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MISCELLANEOUS.

One morning, recently, a careless mason dropped a half brick from the second story of a building out on Jefferson-street, on which ho was at work. Leaning over the wali and glancing downward, he discovered a respectable citizen, with his silk hat crunched over his eyes and ears, rising from a recumbent posture. The mason in tones of some apprehension, asked : " Did that brick hit anyone down there?" The citizen, with great difficulty extricating himself from the glove-fitting extinguisher into which his hat had been transformed, replied with considerable wrath : " Yes, sir, it did ; it hit me." " That's right," exclaimed the mason in tones of undisguised admiration, " noble man ! I would have rather wasted a thousand bricks than have had you tell me a lie about it."

A writ claiming £5000 has been issued by the Supreme Court, in the suit of Singleton Rochfort against Sir Julius Yogel, Sir James Fergusson, and J. Bathgate, ex-Minister of Justice, for wrongfully appointing Mr Weston, formerly solicitor, of Auckland, to the District Judgeship of Hawkes Bay, when Rochfort, under Civil Service regulations, had first clajm. The circumstances are these : — Rochfort. when practising as a barrister, was induced to relinquish his business and accept the District Judgeship of Hawkes Bay. While there he gave oflence to the land ring by inquiring too narrowly into Native land transactions, pressure was brought to bear, and the office was abolished as unnecessary, Mr Rochfort's name standing, however, on the Civil Service list as having first claim upon it should circumstances necessitate any new appointment. When it was determined to elevate Mr Weston to the Bench, Mr Rochfort wrote to Sir James Fergusson, pointing out that the Government could not do it ; but after a month's deliberation they got over the difficulty by changing the name from the District Court of Hawkes Bay to the District Court of East Coast. Mr Rochfort petitioned for redress in vain, and has determined to proceed to law. Writs for £5000 damages were obtained from the Supreme Court this morning, and Rochfort proceeded to serve Sir J. Yogel in person, but juat missed the steamer. The write against Sir J. Yogel and Sir James Fergusson will be sent Home by the first mail.

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MISCELLANEOUS., West Coast Times, Issue 2371, 2 November 1876

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MISCELLANEOUS. West Coast Times, Issue 2371, 2 November 1876

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