This Day. (Before B. Westenra, F. J. Kimbell, and J. F. Jumeßon, Esqs.) Dbunkbnhbss.— James Smith was fined 40s and Is cab hire for drunkenness and indecent exposure. — Martin Warren, who " came into town to get some things," was charged with drunkenness and destroying the property of Henry Allen to the value of 10s. Accused, who admitted the offenoe, was fined 5s for drunkenness, and ordered to paj the amount of the damage. — Patrick Dowd, for drunkenness and resisting Constable O'Flaherty, was fined 15s.— William J»mes Patrick was mulcted in the sum of 10s for being drunk while in charge of a horse.— George Brown, who had been remanded on Feb. 28 for medical treatment, was fined sa.— Three inebriates wbo made their first appearanoe before the Court were fined 6s each. Obsobne Language. — Margaret Fowte was charged with using obßceno language at Sydenham, and with destroying the private property of Emma Wagstaff. Accused admitted using the bad language. From the evidence o£ the prosecutrix and another witness, it appeared that accused had gone to Mr Wagstaff's house, made use of bad language, and broke the window. Sergeant Brookes gave evidence as to the general bad conduct of the aooused, who waa fined 15s, and ordered to paj ss, the amount of damage done. False Pbbtbnobb.— George Hamill, remanded from March 1, was charged, on information, with having obtained the sum of £49 from Donald Stewart, of Sheffield, by means of false pretences. Mr M'Oonnoll, en behalf of the prosecutor, asked to withdraw the charge, oil the ground that Hamill had been under a misapprehension in the matter, but had no felonious intent. Tho charge arose out of a partnership trantaotion. The Bench allowed the case to be withdrawn as requested. BBBACBB3 OP LIOBNSINe Ad. — W. H. Hardeoke, charged with having sold liquor to others than bond fide travellers on Sunday, Feb. 25, was fined 20s. Edwcrd Hiorns was similarly charged. Mr Holmes appeared for acoused, and denied the charge. Sergeant Pratt stated that on Sunday, Feb. 25, he went with Constable Lawlor to the accused's hotel, the Central Hotel, and found three men sitting in a room next the bar. 'J.'hey all said that thej were lodgers, having ilopt there the night before. One, samed M'Donald, stated, however, that he livod with his mother in Armagh street. He had a gkßß in front of him with dregs of porter in it. The second man had some whisky and ginger-ale, bu!; the third had nothing. Cross-examined: Witness did not go to the books to see if the names of tho three men had been ontered as lodgers. Constable Lawlor had seen the barman behind the bar. Bobert Cowie, clerk : Had lived in the Central Hotel 16 days and nights. Clark M'Donald and himself were in the bar parlour trying to ropair their watches. M'Donald and himself had a drink each, supplied by tho barmaid who brought the drinks from the bar. Did not know that M'Donald was a boaider. Saw Mr Hiorns that morning. Oross-examined : Invited M'Donald to dino on Sunday with him at the Central. Went with him on the Sunday morning, and, on returning, dined at the hotel. Called for the drinks and paid for them. Tho Sergeant did not ask who had "shouted." Had beon there over a week. Did not shout any drinks during dinner. All the drink witness had wai one glass of beer to refresh himself after the walk. Mr Holmes submitted that this pul an end to the case. Inspector Pender would call further evidence. Henry M'Donald, clerk residing in Armagh-street, had a glass oi stout in the bar parlour on the day in ques tion. Blept in his own houso the nighl before. The barmaid supplied the drink Cross-examined : Witness confirmed tho cross examination of the last witness. Told th< Sergeant that he was a ledger. Was con fused at the time. Mr Holmes submittec that an hotel-keeper wan entitlod to supply liquor at any time to a lodger in tho house Inspector Pender called their Worship' attention to clause 170 of tho Aot. Th
Benoh were satisfied that the information could not be sustained, and dismissed the oase. Stbamhg peom Waihakabibi Pbothotitb Wobks.— Peter Hanion was charged, on information, with having on < Jan. 6, stolen, and carried away certain willow saplings to the value of £1 from a plantation near the Waimakariri river, and the property of the South Waimakariri Board of Conservators. There was no appearance of the defendant. Inspector Pendor asked the Bench to go on with the case, whioh had already been postponed. The Bench decided to give the defendant another opportunity of appearing, and adjouraed the obbb till Friday. MisOBiiiAHBOUS. — George Hampton was charged with carrying three passengers in a hansom cab on Feb. 25. He pleaded not guilty. Constable Kelly had seen three passengers in the cab at the railw»y station. The defendant said one of the passengers was standing on the spring. Fined 6b.— Jonathan Gill was charged with allowing a oow to wander on Papanui road footpath on Feb. 23. He admitted the faot, but said a boy had been in charge, and had put the oow in a paddock, from which she must have broken loose. Fined 5s. — William Woodman was charged with letting off a gun within 50 feet of a road in Sydenham. Mrs Woodman appeared, and stated that defendant was away from home and had never received the summons. Could not say when he would return. Postponed for a fortnight — Harry Walls admitted bathing in the Avon near the Carlton mill, about five minutes to seven in the evening, contrary to the Domain by-law. Inspeotor Pender did not press for a penalty ; the case had ; been brought to prevent bathing at prohibited places. The Board would give every facility tor bathing, but at present there waa only one place. Fined Is, the Benoh remarking that the full penalty was £s.— Benjamin Milner was oharged with habitual drunkennesß ; his wife also applied for a protection order, and for the custody of their child. Defendant said he took a glass or two on Saturday nights. Jane Milner, defendant's wife, deposed that he came home druak every night. — Godfrey proved that defendant for months past had been addicted to drink, and illtreated his wife and daughter, and a son " big enough to double him up." Defendant pleaded that he had suffered from rheumatism in the nerves for whioh he had to take strychnine. The Bench thought the better plan would be for the partieß to try and live amicably together, and adjourned the case for a week. — Benshaw Musohamp pleaded guilty to assaulting and beating George King on Feb. 1. Mr Joyce appeared for Mr King. He called the proieoutor, who proved the assault, a very savage one, at the milkmen's picnic. Had given no provocation to defendant, who had no business on the ground. James Angus, William Falconer, J. A. Sky, Joseph Vogel, and James Gumming gave evidence for the proseoution. Defendant called several witnesses. The Benoh fined defendant 20s, and costs of solicitor and witnesses.— Qeorge Glansford was oharged with habitual drunkenness and gross oruelty to his wife Mary Anne, who asked for a protection order, and for the custody of three children. Complainant proved the complaint. F. J. Banks deposed that he was renting a house in which complainant was living.' On one occasion defendant came and witness put him out. Defendant deposed that he had done all he could for oomplainant, who had been unfaithful to him with the last witness. He had made a good home for her, and furnished it. The Benoh thought that there waa need of better evidence than that given for the complainant. The complainant said she could bring further evidenoe. She admitted that she was living with another man ; all she wanted was that defendant should support his own children. Oase dismissed. — Peter Maimanche was charged with failing to support his wife and three children. Mr Stringer appeared for the defendant, and said that the parti* had been separated for eight years. Therewad been an order for 10b a week made in the Besident Magistrate's Coutt, Akaroa. The complainant said that defendant had paid nothing for six years. The Benoh recommended complainant to apply to the Akarea Court.