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Magisterial.

CHRISTCHURCH. This Dat. (Before C. C. Bowen, Esq., R.M.) Pigs. — James Dann was summoned under the new City Bye-laws for having driven a number of pigs through Manchester street during prohibited hour^, and, not denying the offence, was fined 10. Cattle Trespass. — The following finewere imposed for cattle found trespassing on public thoroughfares: — Stephen Bowen, one goat, tethered in Cambridge terrace, 10s ; Cornelius Dyer, one cow at large near the Town belt, ss ; Charles iiliams, one hoise at large in Gloucester street, ss; J. S. Turnbull, one cow at large in Montreal street, ss; John Hicks, one horse at large in Barbadoes street, ss ; George Steele, one horse at large on a public road in the Spreydon district, ss ; John Hammill, three calves, also at large in the same district ; Ann Evan*, one cow at large in Colombo street south, sa. Unlicensed Hawking. — William Brooker was charged un'ler the new City By-Laws with hawking coals in the city without being duly licensed for the same. Accused denieil the offence, pleading that he only sold coals from his yard and then delivered them. The informing constable proved to seeing accused stop at several houses with his cart and he lieved him to be offering the coals for sale. His Worship said there was no evidence of hawking before the Bench, and the case would be dismissed. If a man sold coals on his own premises and then delivered them, it could not be considered hawking within the meaning of the by-laws. Absent fbom their Cabs. — W. M'Cardle was summoned on the information of constable O'Connor with having absented himself from his licensed cab when in front of the Criterion Hotel, on the 9th inst. The offence was denied, and a witness called, who proved that he offered to shout for accused, and took charge of the cab whilst he went into the hotel to get the drink. Witness was not a licensed cabman. His Worship said accused had no right to leave his cab at all when in a public thoroughfare. A second charge of precisely the same nature was made against accused for the llth inst., aud was admitted. A fine of 10s was imposed in each case. — William Dunn admitted having committed two similar offences on successive days, and was also fined 20s. — Andrew M'Taggart was also charged with having absented himself from his cab on two occasions — the Oth and 10th insts. Constable O'Connor proved both cases. Accused pleaded that he left a licensed cabdriver in charge of the vehicle, but the latter being called in evidence, it appeared that he only looked after the cab whilst M'Taggart was in the hotel, and his Worship repeating that the bona fide driver of the cab had no right to leave hia vehicle at all, imposed another fine of 20«. Furious Hiding. — Henry Prince was charged on the information of Constable Thoreau with having furiously ridden a horse in Cathedral square, to the consequent danger of passers by. Sergt. M 'Knight gave evidence in support of that tendered by the constable, but it did not appear that accused Was culpable of an intent to break the law, whilst the pace at which he was riding could not be very great, from the fact that a horse he was leading did uot break out of a trot The case was ace rdingly dismissed with a caution. — James Courtney was summoned for a similar offence, which was proved by Constable Wallace as having occurred inHigh street. The horse was galloping at a very rapid pace. Accused, in defence, pleaded that the horse bolted as soon as he mounted, and he could not pull it in. Constable Wallace said when he saw accused he was not making the slightest effort to stop the horse ;'and Detective Feast, who also witnessed the offence, said accused, instead of trying to curb the horse, was urging it forward with both hands and feet. A fine of 10s was imposed. Furious Driving. — George H. Sharp, on the evidence of Constable Mullins, was fined 10s for having furiously driven a horse and trap on the Lincoln road whilst under the influence of liquor. Dirty Slaughtkr-tard. — George Ell was summoned for having neglected to comply with instructions given to him respecting the cleansing of his slaughter-yard. Constable Mullins proved to visiting the yard, and finding it in a very dirty state. He ordered accused to clean it, but, ou two subsequent visits, he found that this had not been sufficiently complied With. Accused pleaded that he carted all the blood and offal away as quickly aB possible, but he waa short of horses. A witness was called for the defence, but admitted that the yard was not in a clean state a short time back, aud a fine of £2 was inflicted. Offending Publicans. — John Baylee admitted having kept his licensed house — the Criterion Hotel— open for the sale of liquors during prohibited hours, and was fined £5. He was also charged on a second information with having allowed prostitutes to congregate in the bar of the hotel. Constable Thoreau proved to seeing five prostitutes in the bar shortly after 1 p.m. on the 13th instant, and to their remaining there quite twenty minutes. They were drinking and conversiug loudly with some men. Mr Williams appeared for the defence, and called the barman, who said the women were not in the house above ten minutes. He was quite certain of this, and further averred that the women eamo in with some men tj have a refreshment, and all left together immediately after being served. Mr Williams contended that the case did not come within the meaning of the Act. His Worship thought it would be a somewhat hard construction of tho law were it made to do so, as the women clearly di<! not linger about the house in the manner evidently intended to be prevented. The case would therefore be dismissed, but publicans should be careful how they abused the license allowed them, for heavy puuish-

ment would be imposed if a case were made out.— Joseph Perkin was also charged with having kept his licensed house — the Albion Hotel — open for the sale of liquors during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 7th instant. It was proved thit some whiskey had been served to the child of a neighbour, and a fine of £5 was imposed. Wilful Destruction of Froferty. — George Gofton was charged with having willfully destroyed some division fencing erected by Thomas Green between their respective properties. The case was a very trivial one, and was dismissed. Affiliation. — William I.oilge, on the application of Elizabeth Wilbee. was ordered to pay 10a per week towards the maintenance of his illegitimate child. Destruction of Property. — James Fergus was summoned for having wilfully damaged a gate, the property of B. Midgely Tuam street. The offence having bten committed under the impression tha a cuse 1 hid power to use the t ntrance way impeded by the pate, which had been fastened by complainant, the case was dismissed.

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Magisterial. Star, Issue 470, 18 November 1869

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