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{Before Messrs A. J. Burns and G. Calder,

justices.) Drunkenness.— James Cooper, previously convicted twice within the last six months, was fined 20s, in default fourteen days' imprisonment. A first offender was convicted and discharged. Oisscene Language. charged with this offence in a right-of-way off Castle street, said that she got into a temper and did not know whether she swore or not. A woman had said that she (Mrs Edwards) was not married to her husband, and she wanted an explanation, and could not remember what she said.—Constables Ward and M'Glone proved the offence.— In answer to the Bench, the sergeant said that aocused had been previously fined for drunkenness, but had never been in gaol. The Justices said that the Act gave no option of a fine, but they would do their beat to be lenient and sentenoe accused to twenty.four hours' imprisonment, with hard labor

A Stray Bulmok.— Frank W. Peir&, who did not appear, was charged with per* mitting a bullook to be at large in Albert street, St. Clair, The sergeant said that .defendant had been previously fined for a similar breach of the by-laws, and in answer to Mr Burnß's question as to whether the bullock was doing much mischief Constable Dale replied that Mr Petre'b cattle were a perfect nuisance in the district, as he would not keep them off the streets.—Fined /is with 73 costs.

Breack of the Peace— William Crow pleaded guilty to a charge of this nature. Sergeant O'Neill explained the particulars. On the afternoon of the 27th ult. defendant went into the Northern Hotel, and, misbehaving himself, the licensee sent for a policeman. The messenger, named Kenny, went to Owen's Store to use the telephone. Crow followed him in, abused him, and assaulted him. The storeman objected to this conduct and got the men to leave. Shortly afterwards Kenny was found, insensible, lying on the footpath, the accused beside him, and no one else near, but a young man named Fearon happened to have seen the assault. What the police complained of, however, was the breach of the peace, and that they were prepared to prove. —Mr Hanlon, appearing for defendant, agreed that the sergeant's statement was pretty nigh correct, but he (Mr Hanlon) would point out that the Bench were not entitled to take into consideration the fact that Kenny was knocked insensible. Crow might have to defend himself in that respect -at another time. The question for the Bench was as to how much the public peace had been disturbed, and on that point it might be mentioned that as no crowd collected there could not have been much disturbance. Crow admitted that, being somewhat under the influence of drink, he stupidly interfered with Kenny and struck him, but Kenny was not altogether blameless, for when they went outside he caught Crow by the throat—The Bench inflicted a fine of 103 and costs (33s in all).—Mr Hanlon objected to the witnesses being allowed as much as 5s each for what was only a half day's attendance, but the Bench declined to make a reduction. They agreed, however, to give fourteen days' grace for payment.

A Wandering Hobse.— John M. Groves was charged with'allowing a horse to wander on the public road at North-east Vallev After evidence by Constable Lynch and" defendant and his son, the case was dismissed.

Negligent Dei vinc.—.4 If red Leech was charged with negligently driving a vehicle in Lower High street on September 7, and Pleaded guilty. -The facts were that about 10.30 on the day in question defendant was driving along near the Triangle, and whilst looking behind him allowed his horse to run into a surfaceman named Francis. The street was free from other traffic at the time, and there was no excuse for defendant having driven so close to Francis After evidence the Bench inflicted a fine of Is and costs, and witnesses' expenses (14a). Breach of the Cab Regulations.-For plying for hire off the authorised cab stand at Manse street Andrew Middendorf and John Clifford were each fined 2a 6d and costs (7s).

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY., Issue 10419, 14 September 1897

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THE COURTS—TO-DAY. Issue 10419, 14 September 1897

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