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MAGISTRATE'S COURTS.

CHRISTCHURCH. Tuesday, Mat 5. (Before C. C. Bowen, E*q„ R.M., A. Back, J. Ollivier, and J. Grigg, Esq?.) LAECENT.—Edward Banks and John Bent were charged with this offence. Constable Jeffreys stated that he went to the house of Banks and charged him with having stolen a goose from the Caversham Hotel. He said that he knew nothing of the matter, and would rather pay for the goose than have any bother about the matter. Witness did not find the goose on the premises. Kobert Hallam Btated that he was at the Caversham Hotel on the previous evening about 11 o'clock. He saw Bent picking up a goose from amongst a flock along the road. Banks told him to leave the goose alone. He was drunk at the time. They went away together, Bent taking the goose with him. Witness informed Mr Smith of the circumstance, who called to Bent to drop the goose. He threw it over a fence. The goose was found lying in a garden. Witness was sober at the time. W. Smith, landlord of the Caversham Hotel, corroborated the evidence of the previous witnesses. Witness had never seen the goose since. Prisoner denied all knowledge of the affair. The value of the goose was about 8s: , witness had previously lost some of geese. | On being asked if they had any defence to offer, Banks stated that he was so intoxicated at the time that he had no recollection of the circumstances. Bent denied that he had stolen the goose. The Inspector stated that Banks was a very respectable man. His Worship said that the were of opinion that Banks, although responsible for the act, had not been proved to have taken part in the theft, and that he would be discharged. With regard to Bent, the Bench were convinced that a deliberate theft had been committed. They did not desire to be severe upon him, as it was his first offence, and he would be sentenced to a months' imprisonment. ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING. (Before C. C. Bowen, Esq., R.M., J. H. Taucred, (Chairman) Captain Greaves, J. Ollivier, J. Grigg, Esqs.) The usual report, by the Inspector of Police, on the condition of the public-houses in the Christchurch district was handed in and read.

General Licenses —W. D.Barnard, H. G. Burnell, C. Shaw and H. Orpwood, N. Edgar, H. Lewis, D. M'Guinness, R Russell, F. Slee, J. Thompson, Warner and Workman, J, Feather. Hotel Licenses. A, A. Adley, R. Beattie, G. Brooker, J. Brunt, J. Collins, W. .Savage, H. C. West, J. E. Coker, W. Craythorne, C. G. Dann J. Dilloway (transferred to the executors of the late J. Dilloway, snr), J. Blake, J. Fuchs, J. Fox, J. Fantham, J. Gordon, J. Hart, M. B. Hart, J. Hadfield,. F. Hooper, S. Lawrence, W. Laurance, J. Marshall, W. Mnir, J. W. Morton, C. F Money, A, W. Munay, B. Monk, A. and J. O'Hara, M. H. Oram, J. W. Oram, J. Power, J. G. Kuddenklau, W. Schmidt, A. bilk, W. R. Smith, G. Oram, J. H. Tompkins, T. and J. Turton, W. White. Countbt Hotel Licenses.—W. Lunn, E Prebble, S. Treleaven, W, C. Webb. Wine and Beek Licenses.—A. M. Arklie, W.Bowdon, B. Clegg, G. and A. Gee,T. Johnston (Ferry Road), T. Johnston, D. McGuiness,L. Smith, J. Paterson, and G. Tickner.

Conditional Licenses.—B. Bulmer, G. Bedford, J. Bryan, W. Birdling, J. Chapman, ,M.D'Arcy,E. Derrett, T. Hetherington, J. Horaon, J. Innes, H. Johnston, J. Jones, W. Lawrence, J. J. Loe, S. M'Rae, L. Neilson, W. Power, D. Pye, T. H. Ranger, J. Taylor, A. Thompson, G. Willis, C. White, C. WatBon Senr,, and C. White Junr., F. King. License Adjourned.—The consideration of the following licenses was adjourned until Thursday, May 14:—Luis Berliner, E. Shakespeare, J. Plank, J. Mann, H. Hadrell, J. Coles, P. Martin. Licenses Refused.—W. J. Pearl, J. H. Brake, R. J. s m c. Dearing, J. F. Douglas. Mr Wynn Williams attended on behalf of the Licensed Victuallers Association. In some cases, the Chairman remarked that it was a useless waste of the time of the Bench for persons to apply for a license whose applications had been refused on a former occasion.

LYTTELTON. (Before P. D. Gibson, EBq.,R.M.; W. Reeves, Esq., andJ. E. Graham, Esq) Keeping a Brothel.-George Coker was sentenced to three months* imprisonment without hard labour, for keeping a brothel. CIVIL CASES. Carder v. Lysaoht.—Claim for money lent, Judgment, by consent, with costs. Hargreaves and Co. v. BASCAND.-Clain, £1 5s for a barrel of cement. Judgment for full amount and costs. ANNUAL LIgENSINO MEETING. General Licenses.—E. W. Roper, R Belgrave.

Horn Licenses.—J. W. Julian, J. Hill W. Davis, White Parsons, T. Leslie, P. Cameron. Wine and Beer Licenses.— S. Pearson T. Waterworth. Conditional Licenses.-G. Day, S Foster. Licenses Refosed.-G. Scott, wine and beer, in Canterbury street ; do in Oxford street. KAIAPOI. (Before W B Pauli, K Bq „ R , M Rnd c> Dudley, Esq., and the Hon. G.L. Lee, Esq.) BEEACH OF POLICB ORDINANCE.-Wm. Balhuger was fined 10s for riding on a vehicle not driven with reins. CIVIL CABES. Judgment was given for the plaintiff in the following cases :-J. T. White v. Brandon, £5 s same v. Hyland, £U; same v S Bear, ™ *9o;Newnham and Buddie's estate v. James Hennah, £U. l n the case Morrow y. Daweon the plaintiff was nonANNUAL LICENBINO MEETING. The following licenses were granted tr. Uay, in a month; conditional on repairs L wm Brothe «> W. Hnmmett,W. Harris, B. Jeffs, H. Hinge, T.Bassingthwaite. s»» *■••««

The licenses for the Oxford district were gran ed, the Bench considering the report highly satisfactory. " JS u h0 !? .°- the a PP licat >»n8 for the Leithfleld district was granted, with the exception of A. King, Ash'ey Hotel, and J. Drew HurunuL The former was adjourned o enable the police to report again, an, the latter because it appeared desirable that the applicant should provide a boat for the ferry. The application of T.Ball was adjourned for a month, m order that he might provide more accommodation. The application of T. Wycner y was also adjourned to enable him g comply with the conditions imposed by the

The usual report by the police on the public houses in the district was handed in and read.

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MAGISTRATE'S COURTS. Lyttelton Times, Volume XXIX, Issue 2299, 6 May 1868

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