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CHABGE OF SELLING POWDER TO NATIVES. At the Eesident Magistrate's Court, on 3rd July, George "Waters, of Wellington, painter, was placed at the bar charged with haying "on or about the sth or 6th days of June last, sold and disposed of a certain quantity of warlike stores, viz., 2fts. of gunpowder, a quantity of leaden shot in bags, and four boxes of percussion caps, to Wiremu Te Rangiaoaki and Hapita Te Rangikatukia, aboriginal natives of New Zealand, against the law."

The evidence of one of the native policem«a, which was corroborated by a companion wko was with him, was to this effect: I saw the men purchasing the powder with my own eyes, and so did my companion; I saw Hapita give money to Waters; it was £llOs.; the money was given in exchange for the ammunition; Wiremu also gave £1 10s. to Waters; this made altogether £3; Hapita's money was all in silver; and Wiremu's was £1 in gold, and 10s. in silver; two other natives were walking about close at hand at the time this happened. The case was adjourned for a week to allow of obtaining witnesses from the East Coast.


James Sinclair v. David Moneo.—The Spectator reports the following case:— "The plaintiff in this case was a merchant at Blenheim, and the defendant the owner of a sheep station at "Wairau. The cause of action aroße from certain charges in respect of the shipment of certain wool, belonging to defendant, from the "Wairau to Wellington for the purpose of shipment to England- A ntion of the charges were paid, but the sndant refused to pay the whole, alleging that the plaintiff had been neglectful in shipping in time for a vessel loading at Port Nicholson, whereby certain other expenses had been incurred in respect of storage, &c. The plaintiff after a great deal of delay brought an action for the balance and interest in the District Court at Marlborough, and it was mutually agreed, as there were several difficult points to be decided, that the hearing of the cause should be removed to Wellington. The defendant paid the balance of the amount claimed into court, and the plaintiff now sued for interest. The following were the issues to be settled, viz:—

1. Was there any agreement between the plaintiff and the defendant that the defendant should pay interest upon any, and what of the charges mentioned in the pleadings ? 2. If so, what sum is due in respect of such interest ? Messrs. Johnston and Fharazyn were examined, and proved that the usual course in a mercantile point of view, had been pursued by the plaintiff. The jury, after a brief deliberation, returned a verdict for the plaintiff for £25.

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NEW ZEALAND PROVINCES., The Colonist, Volume VI, Issue 599, 21 July 1863

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NEW ZEALAND PROVINCES. The Colonist, Volume VI, Issue 599, 21 July 1863

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