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WHO FINDS—KEEFS!

MR SCORE OX EASTERN MORALITY.

CHINAMAN AND CHEQUE.

It was Sam Weller who drew attention to the fact that nobody had ever seen a dead donkey. Almost as rare a. phenomenon—locally, a.t least—is a Chinaman before » court on a charge of theft. Indeed, Mr C. N. Scurr, who represented Young Po in the Dunedin Court- to-day, avowed that his memory did not carry any similar case. Young Po (a rather prepossessing youth of 25 years) was charged with the theft of a coat, money, and a cheque, of the total value, of £lO 17s. the protK-rty of Frederick Y. Bayne. Chief-detective Herbert said that the complainant railed at accused's premises—a. market garden—to purchase vegetables. In his coat, which he left in his cart, were the money and cheque stolen, and complainant did not discover hie lass until he had left accused’s place. He. at once returned, but accused denied any knowledge of the articles. Subsequently, however, accused cashed the cheque, which was for 17s, and his transaction was traced by Detective Hammeriy. Mr Scurr said that this young Chinaman had come hero only three years a>go. and apparently was not versed in the European code of morality. According to what the interpreter told him, accused got into his present- grave position through applying in a. European country the Chinese principle that what a man'found belonged to him. Coun/sal added, with a, smile, that he did not- advance this seriously as a. defence, but would like to point out that the, defendant wan <>:ilv a boy, had never been in trouble before, and was most highly spoken of by tho reputable Chinese of the town. Moreover.

he. had the biggest fright of any prisoner counsel had known. One night in tho cells had disillusioned him. “Chinamen have been before tho. Court on many charges,” concluded Mr Scurr, “hut never in my experience for theft.” Chief-detective Herbert ; Notwithstanding their Eastern code. Air Scurr : Ah, most Chinamen ar* pretty intelligent, and .scon learn our code of morality.

The money and costs of court —a total of £ll Bs—were ready in court for restitution. and the acenaed smiled a smile whose width would do credit to Jack .Johnson when tho interpreter informed him that the .Magistrate (Air Burton, S.AI.) would merely convict him and order him to come up for sentence if called upon. In other words, that he was free if he.behaved himself.

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WHO FINDS—KEEFS!, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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WHO FINDS—KEEFS! Issue 15702, 16 January 1915

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