TlMAlUJ— Thursday, Not. 291h. (Beforo F. LeCren and J. Jackson, Esqs , J.P.'s.) WOOL STEALING. James Bell, alias Walls, was charged with stealing 401bs of wool, value £1 10s, on 171 h Nov., the property of the New Zealand and Australian Lund Company (Levels estate). fc'ergoant-Major Mason conducted the prosecution. i W. Collins, auctioneer, stated accused came to his auction room aud offered a sack of wool for sale as ft sample of his clip of three or four hundred sheep ho had to shear. Witness »greed to givo him 83 per lb. Witness suspected the wool was not his, it was so neatly tied up, farmers are not usually so careful m making up their wool. The wo 'l wa3 quite freshly shorn, the ticks m it iitive, and bits of skin quite moist. Detective Noil came up and Arrested the man while they were talking. Detectivo Neil related a conversation with psiaoner at the auction room, and showed that bo contradicted hitrself as to where he got tho tho wool. C. N. Orbell, manager of the Levels station, stated that on tho 16th inst be began shearing half and threequarter bred sheep, and at night somo of the wool was left unpresaod m the ahed. The wool m Court was of tho came description. It was also skirted, rollod and and tied up m tho same- way as was done on tho .station, and the twino was of tho same description. Ho did not know of any other station on which the wool was similarly made up before pressing. The freshness of the wool, as spokcu of by Mr Collins, would correspond. He valued the wool at 9d per lb. The sack was similar to some on the station, it had spots of ink on it, showing that it had been m a woohhed. From tha wholo of the circumstances he believed the wool was stolen from the Levels homestead shed. Prisoner : Did you miss any wool ? No. It would be impossible to miss any unless it was marked. This was the case for the proaeeution. The prisoner Biiid ho had nothing to say.) Tho chairman : Atd yet you pleaded not guilty, and have not a word to say m reply to the witnesses. There is no doubt about it. It is a most despicable thing to go about the country stealing wool which people have no means of protecting, you are sentenced to three months' hard labor. Sergt.-Mujor Mason said there was another charge, of stealing seven sheep skins, value 14s, the property of some person unknown. Tho police had been unable to find an owner as there were no marks on the skins, and with the leave of the Bench he would withdraw the charge. The prisoner, he mentioned, hud only recently been liberated from gaol at Dunedin, where ho had served two years for the very same offence. GERALDlNE— Wednesday, 28th Nor. (Before 0. A. Wray, Esq., B M.) DBTJNKBNHBSS. A Crßt offender was fined £i with an alternative of 48 hours imprisonment with hard labour for being drunk and disorderly m the streets of Geraldine. CIVIL CABE3. Jane Tindall v. G. R. Meredith, claim £3. Mr Wilson-Smith, who appeared for tho plaintiff, stated that this was a claim for the value of a pig gored and killed by defendant's bull on 29tb December last. Defendant filed a act-off for £2 10s. Mrs Tindall, the plaintiff, Bworn, depored that on the 29th December last defendant's bull broke into her stockyard and gored her pig so much that it had to be killed. It was a breeding sow and she valued it at £3. She sent word to defendant about it when Mrs Meredith said that she believed it was her (plaintiff's) cows that gored the pig. Defendant said he would give another pig for it, but ho did not do so, and afterwards said that the pig had either been shot or lost. Defendant's son offered her somo chuff m pirt payment for tho pig. She agreed to take it on those terms, and took 50 bags. Shu had since applied for the balance of the money, but .had born unable to get it. The pig was so badly gored that it had to bo killed. It was m pig ut the time or she would have mado use of it John W. Tindall, son of the last witness, corroborated m general his mother's evidence, and stated that the chaff supplied by defendant's son was from wheat straw ; was badly out, and only worth 6d per bag. He did not see the pig gored. O. G. Bradley gave evidence to show that the chaff was only worth 6d a bag. This was the plaintiff's case. G. R. Meredith deposed that he was not at home at tho time tho pig was alleged to have been killed. He knew, however, that hi 3 bull was hobbled m one of his paddocks and had been enticed away to plaintiff's stockyard by her cows, which were constantly on the road near his property. The probability was that the pig had been gored by one of tho cows. Ab regards the value of tho chuff, he had got Is a bag for it from several partiep. To Mr Wilasn Smith : Havo sold chaff lor 6d, 9d, and Is a bag. A witness deposed that he went to plaintiff's hotel at Hilton on the 23rd December to see Itr Kdgeworth, and while there ho saw the pig going first to one cow and then to another. Ono cow became annoyed and twice gored tho pig m the fide. Tho injuries, ho thought, woro sufficiently bad to warrant the pig being killed. On tho following morning plaintiff told witness that Jonca, tho blacksmith, had killed tho pig for her. Tho sow was only worth about £t, being only skin and bone. Mr Tindall, recalled, stated that there was nothing at all Iho matter with tho pig on tho night of tho 23rd. Tho pig was not m over good' condition, but was a good one. E. H. Pearpoint stated that the value of wheat chaff was only about 6d per bag. Tho bench allowed half the amount of the set off, and then gave judgment for 15s and coat?. The court then adjourned.
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