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Catherine Cullen, a second-hand dealer, pleaded not guilty in the Polico Court this morning to a charge of having failed to keep a book showing a record of her sales, purchases, and exchanges. Detective Ward said that defendant said that she kept no book, and did not intend to keep one. Defendant stated plainly that she did not want tho police in her place. They had harassed and insulted her, and this case arose out of a complaint made by her to the commissioner.

Mr Bartholomew, S.M. s "The police have tho right to enter your shop, find you must keep a book. Failure lays you open to a fine of £5 for every ulay's breach. If you persist in refusing to keep a book the Court will cancel your license." The Magistrate added that if defendant had made any complaints of insult they would have been inquired into. Chief-detective Herbert (to defendant) : " Do you say that Detective Ward insulted yon?" Witness: "No!" She named another. Chief-detective: "I think you were called to an inquiry in Superintendent Dwyer's office, and afterwards you complained to the Commissioner _of Police about Superintendent Dwyer?" Defendant: "Yes!" She added that she would like to know what was said about her in the report. She believed it was something about her character. Chief-detective Herbert: "Wo know nothing against her character. The point is that sno is absolutely defiant about keeping this book. lam afraid that when she applied for a license some months ago wo allowed our hearts to run away with our heads, in recommending her for its renewal." The ChieE produced a stoplist (a list provided to second-hand dealers showing reported stolen property) which she had returned with the endorsement "not wanted." Such action by a secondhand dealer was calculated to interfere with the protection of the public, and he submitted that the license should be cancelled. The Magistrate said that it was most important that the Act should be strictly complied with, or the interests of justice might be defeated. Defendant appeared to be defying tho police, and in addition to a fine* of 20s and costs, her license would be cancelled.

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LICENSE LOST, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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LICENSE LOST Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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