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* SUPREME COURT.—IN CHAMBERS, (Before Kis Honor Mr Justice Sim.) I Probate was granted re C. Heath, D. t OToo, W. Carson. T. O'Brien, W. L:>- ' thian, G. H. White, J. -Stephen. 15. Pitchio. M. E. C. Lalla, M. Graham. V.. Stevens, M. Mally, 11. M'Kay, C. lium-i----iiKn. .VI. Lunnam, G. S. M'Gheo. J. bloidell,' 11. E. Dahlenburg, J. 11, Stuck, .!'. Williamson, J. Vomit;. W. W. WvP-\ .1. '!■'. Cadoy, J. Henderson, F. P. Hall, .!. M'Daren, M. C- Kelicher, H. Jovey, A. Hazlett, M. 11. Strang-, A. Dtmh...;., .']. M'lver, and R. B. Mason. Letters of administration were gramrd re D. S. Stewart, W. M-Creaciy, .1. ];>- skine, E. C. Roberts, and S. P. liarclay. Re M'Gavin and Co.. Ltd.—Petition for confirmation of reduction of capital (.Mr Stephens).—Order as prayed ; notice of registration to be published as directed. Chalker v. Reeves and others.—Motion for directions for fiorviee (Mr Hanlon). — Accordingly, giving time for defendant residing out of the Dominion to file defence. CITY POIJCE COURT. (Refore IT. Y. Wtddowson, Esq., S.M.) Drunken Offences.—Two first offenders, who failed to appear, were each lined 10s in default 24 hours' imprisonment. Dmirdd M'Leod, who hr:d been twice previously convicted within tho past six months, was fined 20s or 7 davs' imprisonment, and a prohibition order wa's also issued against him. Dismissed.—William Joseph Garvey pleaded not guilty to a ehargo of being deemed to be an idle and disorderly person in that he had insufficient lawful means of support.—Constable Bandy said that during tho last two years accused had done little or no work, and within the last three months he had been seen in company with convicted vagrants. He was always hanging about hotel corners, and was often in a filthy condition. He could have got work if lie wanted it, but he simply had the "tired feeling."— Constable Lang said that he h;->d repeatedly warned accused to get v.-rrk. He was not willing to work.—Accused declared that during the last few months ho had been doing casual work, and detailed several " jobs " he had done. During the period mentioned ha had averaged £1 a week, and had never refused work. He denied that he kept company with certain undesirable persons, as wn.s alleged by the police.—George Henry Allen said that he had always found accused to be a strady, honest worke:-, and he had often left him in charge of other men. He was one of the first men he would give preference to nn the wharf. He was not a loafer.—The Magistrate said ho did not feel disposed to convict accused. Tho case would be dismissed.

An Objectionable Practice.--John and Charles Scott wore charged with ca.-t----intr offensive matter.- —Mr Hanlon said that both accused were seafaring men, and they had instructed him tn plead guilty.— Dart stated numerous complaints had been received from people in Bond street about this offence.— Each accused was fined 2C> with ef-ts.

Family Dissension. —John Henry Garret (Mr ITai.lon) was charged with ;ifsaultiif-' AM BctU-n (Mr Hay) o n Xovernb.v 2. The eon Die, of which, the cutr-orrte wr-r, this charge, was apparently bred by family dissension. Bettcn (who w.'u- born in Germany, but who was brought to this country at the aae of 12 men! hs. and i.; a naturalised citizen employed ;;", I in the Lands Department) Garret .ire married to two sisters. Clnirct has ben talking about divorce, end the child ->r | their marriage has brx-n staying at tho i Betten's According to complainant's story I Garret took the child away from the hocc.p, j for a walk, and did not bring it back. But he returned later and demanded the child's clothing. At the time Mis Betteu. i being annoyed at Garret's action, refused jto give the clothing, r.nd Ihr-re was .-; ; quarrel, in which Garret a.=s-ntdteil Beftcrt ! and thcratencd to do for him if th»v met jin the street. Next day the t-Jothii.g was ' given to a Mi Bc'd. with whom t.lnrr-t ; and the child were staying. On the n-fii- • in.' of the scullJe BeU-"ii an 1 H-ri ! v,-. re ' standing on the corner of Leith ciul Frrde- ; rick streets ulien Onrret appeared. Aceoiding to eomplr.iiiant, Tie called him a German pig and other offensive <•: :ni then assaulted him violently four ti;r:e,s. 'betweet: each of which attacks he attempted to escape, and could net. He had to get tho attentions of a. doctor inirr.:-c:i-p.-tely after the ;<fftTray. The < for the defence amounted \o Better:, while ci-tensib-ly friendly to Garret, was secretly making tfonbl-e; that on the evening in question Garret accused Belter, of having incited his wifa to go to lipid's h'.uec.'and take the child, and Er.tten called him a dirty liar and assumed f]:.rlit-incc ]>'*- tnrs : whereupon Garret took hi; i<;a< ■

, and hat, and they "sailed into each other." He alleged that a cut on his brad was eansed by a kick from Batten.—Thero was the usual contradictory evidence.—The Magistrate e-tid ho war; satisfied horn th? evidence of th-» independent witness f.eckie that there had been an assault, and that as far as the evidence shaved it was unprovoked. Defendant would !>e fined £4 ::::<! co:<U _(.?! l.nO, half the line to be oaid to ]_CcJ.ij,)iuUUUlt.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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