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THE COURTS-TO-DAY

CITY POLICE COURT,

(Before J. R. Bartholomew, Esq., S.M.) Drunkenness.—Angus Pollock and Chas. Mack were each Sued 7s or 24 hours, and two first offenders 5s or 24 hours. A third first offender Mas fined 103 or 48 hours.

Assault.—Charles Gould and Harry Edward Mowbray wc;e charged with assaulting Joo Say, and also with breaking a window valued at 10s, the property of Say.—They pleaded not guilty, and were remanded until Wednesday, bail being allowed in one surety of £lO each. A Trilling Charge-—James Brown appeared on remand in answer to a chaxge of stealing articles valued at 3s, the property of the Anderson Bay Tennis Club.— Mr Niehol, wlio appeared for accused, called John Meek, who stated that while Brown was in charge of the tennis court 3 as caretaker he had always been perfectly honest. It wa6 a common practice for playeis to leave old cocks about, and as a matter of fact witness had one© given Brown permission to take away any old ' tennis balls. Ho had never had occasion to complain a bom Brown's conduct.— Cross-examined, witness admitted that he had never given Brown permission to take away any clothing which he (accused) considered useless—The Magistrate said it was a perfect!v simple case. Accused was found in the shed, and ho had no light to be there. It was clear that ho had picked up tho articles, but they were of trifling value, and no definite owner had come forward. Ae tho matter was a trivial one, accused would not bo convicted. He would be discharged, provided ho paid tho expenses of the prosecution (12s). A Wooden-legged Sailor.—Augustus Rose, a one-legged sailor, was charged with assaulting James Peter Larsen. He pleaded not guilty.—Senior-sergeant Dart said that accused was employed on the American ship Winslow, at present hi port. Tho complainant wac; the chief mate of tho vessel. The circumstances were, that accused was under tho. influence of drink j yesterday morning, and ho. had to be spoken to by Larsen, who in self-defence had to strike Rose to make him go to his own part of the ship. Accused then took cut a knife, and in 0 scuffle tlw mate's coat was torn with the knife. When the poh'ce appeared jiccuGcd aeain tried to strike the complainant with his spare wooden leg. He had three legs—one wonden leg for going ashore with, and another wooden leg for going aloft.—Evidence was given by the complainant, Oscar Will ; a>» Hansen '(second mate), and Constable Sivyer.—Accused «aid he asked the mate for f'ome tobacco. One. word brought on another and the mate said: "You called me a thief the other day." Larson then hit him with his head and knocked him down. He kicked him on the head while he was down lie got up, and they then cot into holds. The mate knocked him down again. Witness cot on Ins feet or.ee. more and pvlled out his knife. He told tho mate to keep away, and ho kept away by "o'nv to his cabm. He never u*ed the knife,' which'he simply kept in hi- hrvud fo.- protection.— Hjs Worship «aid th"re seemed to have been some feelins and it had been facilitated by accused having had drink. Ho was just m that condition to he annoyed, and drew a knife when there was no occasion for it. His Worship believed that accused drew the knife on tha sp-r of the moment, when he was not perfectly master, -of himself. There was no excuse for using a knife, but in view of nil tho circunv.tanocs he would make tha penalty as light as possible. Accused would br. sentenced to seven dave' Imprisonment, with hard labor. By-law* Cases.—Robert William Higgms was' fined 5s and costs (7s) on a charge of riding a motor cvclc on the wrong side of the street.—Charles Bradfield was fined 5s and costs (7s) on a charge of riding, a motor cycle which did not carry a festered number. —Morris Sims, who did not appear, was convicted on the evidence of Constable Sorrell, and fined 2s 6d on each of two charges of riding a bicycle without a lisht and- riding a bicycle on a footpath.—Williams Watkine, who also failed to apjiear, was fijned tho same amount on similar charges. By-law Catc—Harold Ward was fined ss. with costs (7s), and Donald McGregor, who- failed to appear, 1C.% with costs (7s), on charges of casting offensive matter m Bond street. , , , , , Theft.—Christina Aldved .pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing one urn-, hrella, valued at 12-5 6d, the property ot Margaret Hunter.—Senior-sergeant Dart stated that the defendant went to the rooms of a hair specialist in the TLB. Buildings. She was under the influence of liquor, and aa a matter of fact tho liftman had to assist to put her out. Going out she picked up the umbrella (mentioned in thi> charge) belonging to a Miss Hunter. Defendant was arrested next day by Constable Boer on a charge of drunkenness. Sho stated that the umbrella had been lent to her bv the owner, and that she had left it, together with a bay, at a fruit shop near the railway station. The constable went to the shop and recovered the articles.—Evidence was given by Margaret Hunter, Alfred Simmonds, and Constable Iker.—Defendant declined to give evidence on oath.—The Magistrate convicted her, and stated that in view of the woman's record and the nature of the offence there was only one course to adopt. She would be sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labor. A Snlntarv Lesson. James Johnston was charged' with failing to render the personal service required under the Defence Act.—Captain Eraser said that it was a much more serious offence than usual.—Major O. H. Moller stated that defendant paraded under his charge on Saturday afternoon (November 7). He was sobar when he enmo on parade. He drilled for an hour and a-half, and thr-n tho company went to Pelichet Bay rifle range, where they had tea, after which the men were ordered to fall in. and Johnston was then noticed to be. drunic. ! The men were later ordered to sit down while a lecture was being given. Johnston interrupted on several occasions, and , was cautioned moro than once. Finally ho was ordered off parade, in charge of n S.M. and two privates. He then used filthy and disgusting language for some time. There were two women in the fever hospital who were within hearing.—Evidence was also given by Sergeant-major Montgomery. —'The defendant h"d nothing to say. Ho remarked th-.t ho was brought up on one charge and was charged with another.— His Worship explained tho position to the defendant. Tt was shown that he was insubordinate, and did not undergo his training.—Tho defendant still had notliinw \rv sny.—His Worship said he thought the defendant was very foolifh to ni'oceed in adopting that attitude. If he irvl shown that he lwretted what he had done, or that he had rather foolishly token too much drink, he might take that into consideration. It was a. grave and serious matter, and yet the defendant said nothing. That being so. lie must impose the full penalty provided under tho section. The defendant would be fined £5 and costs (7s).

Defence Cases. —For various breaches of the defence regulations Ernest Arthur King. Guy Winter, Norman D. Bauchon, Johrl'S. Turnbull, Herbert Wilson, Georcrc Brown, Leslie Stewart, Robert Dick Bain, and Patrick M'Auliffe were oa«h fined 10s. with costs (7s), and Lewis M'Donald and Joseph Edward Galiaher 20s and costs (7s). Maintenance. —William M'Kay was charged with failing to provide his children with adequate- maintenance. Mr Irwin appeared for the wife.—After being partly heard the case was adjourned to enable further evidence to be called.

Sir Joseph Ward arrived in Duneclfn this afternoon from the North, and went on to Ealclntha, wheie he will give a pnblio address to-night. Sir Joseph will proceed to Invercirgill to-morrow morning. Mr A. Walker, the Labor candidate for Dunedin North, addressed the employees of the Railway Workshops at noon to-day, and at the conclusion of his address was heartily cheered. Mr Walker is a -past chief ranger of the Ancient Order of Foresters.

The quarterly meeting of the City Licensing Committee, fixed for noon to-day, did not eventuate, owing to lack of business.

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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