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SUPREME COURT.—IN DIVORCE. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Sim.) GEDDIS V. GEDDIS. Agnes Geddis v. James Geddis.—This was a petition for dissolution of marriage on the ground of desertion. Mr H. D, Bedford appeared for the petitioner. The case was partly’beard last week, when it was stated that the respondent had served two lengthy terms of imprisonment. The case was then adjourned for further evidence of identification. Senior Sergeant Dart produced the police records of the convictions, Eiko his photographs on his discharge from prison. The petitioner identified the photographs as that of her husband. His Honor then granted a decree nisi to be made abeolute after three months; costs on the lowest scale. chambers: Cliff and others v. Bryant and others. Motion to settle terms of judgment (Mr W. C. MacGregor). Form ot judgment settled. Bennie v. Stewart. Originating summons for appointment of guardians (Mr Hanlon). Order in terms of summons. Simpson and another v. Leo. Motion for directions (Mr W. C. MacGregor). Order in terms of motion. Re Simpson v. Inglis and others. Motion to confirm registrar’s report (Mr W. C. MacGregor). Report confirmed; costs of all parties to be taxed by registrar and paid in usual way. Re the Manuka Mining Company. Petition to restore registration of name (Mr W. C. MacGregor). Order in terms of draft submitted. Henderson v. Perpetual Trustees Estate and Agency Company. Summons for order of taking evidence. Order in terms of summons. Probates were granted in the following estates John Gray, John Spencer, Mary Kearney, and Isabella Fox. CITY POLICE COURT. (Before E. W. Burton, Esq., S.M.) Drunkenness. —A first offender was fined ss, in default 24 hours’ iraprisounient.—— Another, who did not, appear, was fined 10s. Assaulting a Chinaman—Robt. Eccles, for whom Mr Irwin appeared, pleaded not guilty to a charge of having assaulted Luin Poy on the 18th inst,—Senior-ser-geant Dart said that accused and tlw Chinaman were in the bar of the Commercial Hotel at 11.15 a.m., and after a dispute defendant assaulted the Chinaman, not severely but sufficiently to. cat his face.—Complainant, through .an interpreter, said that defendant squeezed his band and struck him twice.—-Spencer G. Smith said that he was passing the hotel, and hearing some noise went in. He saw the barman trying to get tho Chinaman away, and defendant was standing with a pint pot elevated, threatening the Chinaman. When the latter came out he wag bleeding profusely at the face.—Archd. MTVit;. 1 (barman) said-that accused and the Clji..aman were in the bar. Witness was called out for a moment, and hearing a scuffle, returned to find the Chinaman on the floor, and defendant holding him down. Witness pushed defendant away, and took the Chinaman out. Tlw latter had a stick in his hand, which witness took. Then the Chinaman drew out a pocket knife, which witness took also, lihe Chinaman became excited if tormented.—Constable Doak said that when he charged accused, the latter said that the Chinaman tried to strike him-—Mr Irwin said that the defendant held a responsible position, and the evidence.would show that it was the Chinaman who oomiui(jited the assault.—Defendant said that be was a foreman carpenter in the railway service, and over 50 years old. The Chinaman brandished his stick and struck him twice. Defendant tussled with him to get the stick, and the Chinaman fell back, and witness held him down.—To the senior-sergeant: He must have said sometiling that annoyed the Chinaman, but had no intention of offending him. —Seniorsergeant: You were going to have a lark with him! Witness: I may hayc arid something jocular; I don’t know what it wpus.—Win. Rees (a laborer) said the Chinaman let out a sorb of war-cry and brandished his stick, for which the two tussled. —Defendant was convicted and fined 20s and costs (£1 2s 6d).

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY Evening Star, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914