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AtrcfeLAND, Monday. The following items of Fiji news, are to hand by the Southern Cross i-ZY ' f 'ZY t . Measles has been imported iii Fiji'fr'om Melbourne by the s.s. Snod, which had two cases on board; - She has been quflran* tiried to ' Levuka. '7 ! *^' , '' T A divorce case Was tried at the Civil Sitting of the Supreme Court, Fiji, on the 22nd Jiily, . which created r great interest owing to the social standing of the parties. The action was for the dissolution* of Htoi marriage of William Scott, ! barristetywith his wife! Emma Elizabeth} flee Miln'ej oil the ground of hei? adultery with Joseph Hector Garrick, also a barrister and Her Majesty's Attorney-General f or thecolony. Mr Hobday appeared for the petitioner, ani the Attorney-General (the co-reßpondent) appeared in person. The respondent was not represented. The petitioner gained his suit and £1000 damages. At the Criminal Sessions of the Supreme Court, Fiji, Mr E. C. Ohippittdall, a Fiji planter, was put on. his trial, charged with the manslaughter of a laborboy on his estate at Savusdon Bay. The boy ' was sick and had complained to several fellow Islanders, but not to the owner, that he had pains in his chest. Mr Chippindall coming down to the sugar mill one morning saw that the boy was slow at the work he was doing and gave him a kick to help him along. The boy said he was Bick, whereupon Mr Chippindall told him .to go to his house and lie down, at the same time giving him some medicine with hia own hands. Ten days after this the boy died, most probably, as the medical evidence showed, of pneumonia. Chief Justice Gorrie and two. Assessors gave, the case a most patient investigation, .and delivered their decision as follows : — "We are of opinion that the deceased was ill on the morning of the 25th March- of -a mortal -illness of which he died,; and that lie was kicked once by the accused, but that this kick did not cause or accelerate his death, and therefore in our opinion the accused is not guilty. We desire 'further to express our strong reprobation of the' act of Chippindall in kicking evett -onco his Polynesian laborer.'- The bhief • J'asf tice then discharged the prisoner. " Great public interest was taken in the trial, as i the case was regarded as a " planter's test case." Mr Chippindall was warmly congratulated by the Press and many citizens on his acquittal. - i .mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmummmmmmmmmmmmmm .

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FIJI NEWS., Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5769, 17 August 1880

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FIJI NEWS. Hawke's Bay Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 5769, 17 August 1880