An advertisement. recently appeared it Auckland newspapers calling attention to the raffling of a new motor car. The car was claimed to be the last one shinned from Liege. Tickets for it. were on sale at 10s each, and all the money received was to bo devoted to the Belgian relisi fund. The car, which was worth about 13550, was duly drawn for, the total proceeds from the sale of tickets, amounting to £512, being paid over to the Belgian relief fund, but since' no permission had been obtained for holding such a raflk the promoter, William Matthews Russel’, was summoned in the Auckland Police Court, being charger] with having established a lottery contrary to the provisions of the Gaming Act. In giving 'Judgment Mr E. C. Cut ten, S.M., said that counsa. had asked for a nominal penalty, as ths cruse for which the raffle was held—the Belgian relief fund—was a good one; but the fact remained that permission to hold the raffle had been refused by the Minister of Internal Affairs, which rendered the defendant liable to a severe penalty. Mr Cutten added that he could not condono defendant’s offence in view of the Minister’s decision, and a fine of £5, and costs, was imposed.
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Page 1 Advertisements Column 7, Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915