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Resident Magistrate's Court.

[Before. S. L. Muller Esq. R.M.] . :, Blenheim, Monday, Juiy 2. George Edward Kells was brought up on a warrant issued at the Waiau, and charged under the Post Office Act with breaking the seal and opening Her Majesty's mail bags at Hawkeswood. ' . ; William James Walsh was duly sworn and deposed :— Am a telegraphist m Blenheim ; was formerly Assistant Postmaster at the Kaikoura; have left about three weeks; know* the prisoner, he carried the mails between Hawkeswood and Kaikoura when I was m the office ; recollect m April or May last he brought a mail to Kaikoura ; this was the last occasion he carried it and I had before his arrival received a memorandum from the Waiau that it was reported he had opened the bag ; on his arrival he put the mail bags on the floor m my presence; I examined the bags m his presence ; the string was round but there was no seal upon it ; the Postmaster said something to him m my presence but I do not remember what it was; I had reported the receipt of the memorandum to Mr Goodall the Postmaster; the prisoner has never spoken to me about the matter nor I to him ; I opened the mail bag and the contents corresponded with the letter bill ; he has carried the mail several times to oblige the mailman between Kaikoura and Hawkswood ; there hate never been any complaints against him by any person ; know nothing more about the case. Cross-examined by the .prisoner : It is the usual custom to place the mail bags on the floor ; do not remember your saying to me that there was . something wrong about the bag nor did I say there would be a row ; about it ; said to the Postmaster there was the mark of the seal on the bag, but did not say half the seal was there ; I think I recollect you saying that the bags were not secure. By the Court : Think he meant when he received them from Hawkeswood or from the other mailman. By the Prisoner :Do not recollect what passed between you and Mr Goodall; recollect you lacing your boot, but do not know what Mr Goodall said ; Goodall seemed m a great rage ; by thisjl mean he spoke loud and roughly. John Emerson was sworn and deposed : Am Inspector of Police for the district of Marlborough ; prisoner was arrested m Blenheim on Saturday last m my presence by Constable John Cullen m consequence of a telegram received from the Police at the Waiau, that a warrant had been issued for his apprehension on a charge of opening the mail bag ; the prisoner made no statement; wish him to be remanded to the Waiau, as the majority of the witnesses are there. The prisoner said that the charge had been hanging over him for four months, and he had no fear to meet an inquiry. He would apply for bail and hoped this circumstance would be taken into consideration. His Worship then remanded the prisoner to the Waiau admitting him to bail, himself m £100, and one security m £50. In answer to the prisoner, his Worship said that the bail might be takendn Havelock* PICKEXT V DODSON. This was a case set down for hearing m Nelson, and the examinations of the defendant and his witnesses were taken under the Resident Magistrate's Evidence I Act. Henry Dodson was sworn and deposed ; am a brewer m Blenheim and the plaintiff sues me for £25 for school fees from July to December 1875. The engagement commenced on the sth February 1875, a quarter £15 13s being paid m advance ; had received two circulars of the school terms through my brother m Nelson ; produce copies of the circulars ; vras to pay at the rate of £50 per annum ; did not agree for a twelvemonth, and paid m advance m February £12 10s for board and education, and £3 3s for extras ; paid again m April ; nothing whatever was aid about notice ; terminated the engage-

ment on June 18fch ; the arrangements were made m the presence of my wif t> and daughter with the plaintiff's wife ; the term of the engagement extended over 4 months and 10 days 1 ; gave notice m writing on the 18th May of my intention to terminate the engagement ; the plaintiff did not carry out his portion of the contract and this was one of the reasons o£ my terminating the engagement. . The defendant's evidence was corroborated m every material particular by that of his wife and daughter. This concluded the business, and the Court then rose.

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Resident Magistrate's Court., Marlborough Express, Volume XII, Issue 933, 4 July 1877

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Resident Magistrate's Court. Marlborough Express, Volume XII, Issue 933, 4 July 1877