ARM OF THE LAW
REACHES THE “NEW CHUM.”
A CHINAMAN'S. OPIATE. After having successfully avoided police .(election for almost two years, Ah Chung, a rather decently-dressed Chinaman, made uis reappearance in the City Police Court Dus morning before Mr H. Y. Widdowson, .s.M., charged with, on the 18 th Decernoer, 1912, itavlug iu his possession opium ui a form, if not suitable for smoking, might yet be made suitable for that purpose. After the usual explanations by the inrerpreler it was stated that accused admitted having got some tincture, with the object of securing relief from an attack of rheumatism, and ho pleaded guilty. Senior-sergeant Dart explained the circumstances of the case, which were that the Chinaman had been arrested on the 18th December by Constable Munro neai a chemist’s shop in North Dunedin. Accused was seen to lie carrying a package, the contents of which, when analysed, proved to be opium, which, if not altogether in a form suitable for smoking, nevertheless might yet be made into a form suitable for smoking. The Chinaman was brought before the Court on the day following nis arrest, but the case was adjourned until the 27th December, but he disappeared, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on the 50th December. This was effected three days ago at Wellington, and accused was brought to Dunedin lasi night. The senior sergeant said that there was nothing unusual about the case, it simply being one where a Chinaman made a point of getting a large quantity of tincture, and then having it converted into a form suitable for smoking. So far as was known there was no evidence that he intended to sell it, although the quantity was considerably more than he would require for himself. Accused had not been before the Court on a previous charge. la reply to the Magistrate, Tommy, the interpreter, who can fairly lay claim to being something of a spontaneous humorist, explained that accused was a now chum, but qualified this by somewhat gleefully declaring that he was really an old chum, but, having visited the land of his birth, he was once again a new chum. The “new chum” was fined £2, in addition to which he was ordered to pay Tommy’s fee (10s 6d).
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ARM OF THE LAW, Evening Star, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914