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GENTLEMAN WHEN SOBER

But Pest If [Drank ■ Said Counsel (From "N.Zi Truth's" Special Dunedin • ' .yj; ■'* :Rep.) "An English gentleman when he is sober, biit an English pest. when he is drunk." Thus, m ,the Dunedin Police Court, Mr. C; J. L. White described. Edmund Henry Robert Lister, aged 53, for whom he was pleading when Lister appeared before Mr. H. W. Bundle, S.M., charged with the theft of an overcoat valued at £5, the property of Charles George Baker. -< .' THE police information was that Lister* had borrowed the " overcoat from Baker, who later, finding that. he was unable to recover his property, put the matter m the hands of the police. It' was subsequently discovered that Lister had pawned it for 5/-. Mr. White admitted the facts, but put forward circumstances which he suggested would eliminate the element of theft. Lister, said counsel, was a remittance' man from England, and Mr, White handled all his affairs. When Lister got on a drinking bout'/ it was counsel's policy to "cut off" his allowance. ' : : ; Invariably, on these, occasions, accused would pawn something or other and counsel would have to redeem it on the other's behalf. - "He is a man of '-'.gentlemanly' 7 birth and once held very high, rank as an officer, m the Imperial Army," stated counsel. "This is a frightful downfall for him .' ... he ■ |s an English gentleman when; sober,. but an English pest when drunk." • The magistrate, having; intimated that he considered theft had been established, Chief-detective .Cameron handed m a record of accused's previous convictions.' :' With the remark that apparently it was an "act of drunken folly," Mr. Bundle adjourned the case for • 12 months.

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GENTLEMAN WHEN SOBER NZ Truth, Issue 1234, 25 July 1929

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