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The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 19 Apr 1899 1

POLICE COURTS.
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    A Suspected Person.—At the Central Police Court yesterday, before Mr WM Macfarlane, DSM, George Wilson, 27, saddler, was charged with being a suspected person frequenting Hyde Park with intent to commit a felony. A sentence of six months’ imprisonment was imposed.

    Bad Language.—At the Central Police Court yesterday, Mary McLeod, 29, was charged before Mr WM Macfarlane, DSM, with using indecent language in Pitt-street and was fined £5, or in default three months’ imprisonment.

    Theft of clothing.—At the Central Police Court yesterday, before Mr WM Macfarlane, DSM, Thomas Monteith, 29, a gardener, was charged with stealing the sum of 15s 6d, a pair of trousers, and a pair of boots, total value £3, the property of John Purdon, on April 15th last. The articles in question were taken from a house in Park-street where accused occupied a room with prosecutor. A sentence of three months’ imprisonment was imposed.

    Alleged theft from the Person.—At the Central Police Court yesterday, before Mr WM Macfarlane, DSM, John Brown, 20, was charged with stealing a purse, containing £3 7s in money, two tram tickets, and a receipt from the person of Ellen Duffy on Friday last. Prosecutrix stated in evidence that whilst seated in the Balmain tram accused took a seat beside her, and she twice felt his hand at her pocket. He left the tram at Belmore Park, and she immediately missed her purse. Accused pleaded not guilty, elected to be dealt with at a higher Court, and was committed for trial to the Quarter Sessions of May 25 next.

    Cruelty to a Horse.—At the Central Police Court yesterday, in the Summons Division, George Summers, 20, a dealer, was proceeded against by Inspector Anker (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for cruelty to a horse by working it whilst suffering from lameness. A fine of 20s was imposed, or, in default, seven days’ imprisonment.

    Refusing to Pay for Liquor.—At the Water Police Court yesterday, before Mr J Mair, SM, James McCauley, 50, described as a traveller, for refusing to pay when demanded the sum of 1s 6d for liquor supplied in the bar of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Erskine and Clarence streets, was sentenced to the nominal penalty of imprisonment for one hour.

    False Pretences.—At the Water Police Court yesterday, before Mr J Mair, SM, William Beaumann, 35, described as a clerk, was charged with having, on April 12th, by means of a false pretence —to wit, that he was a son of Mr Gehrig, of Camperdown —obtained from Murdoch McKenzie the sum of 5s with intent to defraud. The accused pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

    Committed for Trial.—Charles Artogue, [aka Artonge] 18 steward, and Vincent Saville, 27, seaman, were, by Mr J Mair, SM, at the Water Police Court yesterday, committed for trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions on a serious charge [attempted to commit sodomy]. In each case bail was allowed —self in £80, and two sureties in £40 each.

    Charge of Stealing.—At the Redfern Police Court yesterday, before Mr Isaacs, SM, William Stewart, aged 60, was charged with having stolen three yards of serge valued at 17s, the property of Emanuel Yedworph. The accused was ordered to be imprisoned with hard labour for six months.

    Light Weight Bread.—At the Newtown Police Court yesterday, before Mr Edwards, SM, John S South, baker, of Kogarah, was charged at the instance of James William Evans, Inspector of Weights and Measures, with having in his possession certain bread, to wit 41 2lb twist loaves, which were deficient in due weight, 115oz; such bread not being sold under the denomination of French or fancy bread or rolls. Defendant was ordered to pay a fine of 5s per ounce on the 115oz deficient. The fines amounted to £28 15s, together with 5s 6d costs, in default levy and distress. The bread was ordered to be forfeited and sent to one of the asylums.

    Noisy Instruments in the Streets.—At the Glebe Police Court yesterday, before Mr MacNevin, DSM, a man named JH Riley was charged with having on the 6th instant used a noisy instrument, viz, beaten a kerosene tin with a stick for the purpose of announcing he was collecting bottles in Old Parramatta-road, a public street in the Glebe district. The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of 7s 6d and 2s 6d costs, in default 3 days’ gaol.

    Discharging Fireworks in the Street.—At the Glebe Police Court yesterday, before Mr MacNevin, DSM, Samuel Stephens, aged 13, for having discharged fireworks in Bridge-road, Glebe, on April 15, was ordered to pay a fine of 2s 6d or be imprisoned until 6 pm.

    Delaying Admittance to the Police.—At the Redfern Police Court yesterday, before Mr Isaacs, SM, Charles Kirk, licensee of the Boundary Hotel, Wyndham-street, Alexandria, was charged with having at 9 pm on Sunday, April 9th, wilfully delayed admission to his hotel to Sergeant Vane, an inspector under the Licensing Act, who at the time had reasonable cause to suspect that a breach of the Act in question was in process of commission, viz the sale of liquor. Defendant was ordered to pay a fine of £3, in default imprisonment for one month.

    Committed for Trial.—At the Newtown Police Court yesterday, before Mr Edwards, SM, Joseph Willmot, aged 32, and Richard Mahony, aged 30, were charged with having in company assaulted Joseph Green and robbed him of about £14 in money at Marrickville on Monday, April 13. Each of the accused was committed to take his trial at the next Court of Quarter Sessions at Darlinghurst. Bail was allowed.

    Bad Language.—At the Newtown Police Court yesterday, before Mr Edwards, SM, Alice Smith, aged 25, for having used bad language in Forbes-street, Newtown, on the 18th instant, was ordered to pay a fine of £1, in default 14 days’ gaol.

    Disorderly Conduct.—At the Redfern Police Court yesterday, before Mr Isaacs, SM, a Chinaman, named Ah Tong, aged 31, was charged with having behaved in a disorderly manner in Turner-street, Redfern. He was ordered to be imprisoned with hard labour for three months.

    Riotous Behaviour.—At the Redfern Police Court yesterday, before Mr Isaacs, SM, Oscar King, for having behaved in a riotous manner in Bourke-street, Redfern, on the 7th instant, was ordered to pay a fine of 5s and costs, in default 24 hours’ imprisonment. Alfred Lewis, for a similar offence in Elizabeth-street, Redfern, on the 10th instant, was fined 10s and costs, in default 2 days’ gaol. Sydney Banfield and Amos Walker, for riotous conduct is Bourke-street, Redfern, on April 11, were each ordered to pay a fine of 10s and costs, in default two days’ gaol. Arthur Flynn, for a similar offence in Young-street Redfern, on the 6th instant, was ordered to pay a fine of 5s and costs, in default 24 hours’ gaol. At the Glebe Police Court yesterday before Mr MacNevin, DSM, Alfred Brewer, William Eusor, George Craig, and William Goldspring were each charged with having behaved in a riotous manner in St John’s-road, Glebe, on the evening of April 12. Goldspring was ordered to pay a fine and costs of 10s, Craig and Eusor each to pay a fine of 5s and costs, and Brewer a fine of 2s 6d and costs. In default three days’ gaol. At the Newtown Police Court yesterday, before Mr Edwards SM, Janes Allen, aged 45, for having behaved in a riotous manner in Enmore-road, Newtown, on the 17th, was ordered to pay a fine of 10s, in default three days’ gaol.

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The Daily Telegraph, Tue 30 May 1899 2

LAW NOTICES.
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QUARTER SESSIONS.
Cases for To-day.

    Arthur Fox and Charles Burgess, housebreaking; Vincent Saville and Charles Artogue, [aka Artonge] attempt to commit an unnatural offence; George Harris and George O’Brien, stealing in a dwelling.

THE COUNTRY.
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SUICIDE OF A SOLDIER.

    BOWRAL, Monday.—An inquest was held this morning at the Cottage Hospital by the coroner, Mr AD Badgery, into the death of Elijah Griffiths, (22), who shot himself in the orderly-room of “The” Company on Friday evening last. Evidence from deceased’s depositions showed that he first tried to suffocate himself by inhaling gas, but this did not prove successful. Deceased then obtained one of the rifles from the chest, and broke into the storeroom, containing ammunition. On the first attempt the bullet grazed his forehead, inflicting a flesh wound. He then shot himself in the abdomen, the bullet passing through his body, and thence through a thick book and thence through a wooden partition of the room. A verdict was returned that deceased died from the effects of a gunshot wound self-inflicted, whilst of unsound mind. He was formerly a member of “The” Company Volunteers.

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AN ESCAPED PRISONER.

    INVERELL, Monday.—The escaped prisoner Warby was recaptured by the police at 5am to-day. He was found in a hayshed at the rear of the manse.

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A CLERGYMAN ON RAFFLING.

    BELLINGEN, Monday.—A bazaar was held here on Friday and Saturday in aid of the Anglican Church building fund, and realised the highly satisfactory sum of £90. The building will be finished and furnished free of debt. In opening the bazaar, the Rev CE Burgess referred to raffling, and said that he hoped no questionable means would be used to raise money. He would rather have the widow’s mite with God’s blessing than £1000 with the devil’s curse.

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SUICIDE AT SUNNY CORNER.

    SUNNY CORNER, Monday.—A shocking tragedy occurred here late on Saturday night. A young unmarried woman, Harriet Smith, aged 19 years, blew most of her head off by putting the muzzle of a gun to her mouth and pulling the trigger with the tape attached. Her mother and brother were away from home at the time. No cause is assigned for the deed. An inquest is to be held.

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METHYLATED SPIRITS FOR BLACKS. 3

    WALGETT, Monday.—A man named Daniel O’Reilly was sentenced at the Police Court to-day to two months’ imprisonment for supplying aboriginals with liquor, which, the evidence showed, was largely composed of methylated spirits.

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PRESBYTERIAN PRIEST.

    WHITE CLIFFS, Monday.—The Rev J McAndrews, Presbyterian Minster, visiting from Wilcannia, at the service yesterday evening in the People’s-hall, amongst other parochial notices, voluntarily announce that the Rev Father Paul, RC, of Wilcannia, would officiate at Mass in the building the next Sunday; “and”, added Mr McAndrews, “I hope he will have a large congregation.” His action has won the admiration of all classes of the community.

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THE TERRAGONG COMMON.

    KIAMA, Monday.—Individual applications for leases of portions of the Terragong common, which has been drained by the Government, have been accepted by the Minister for Lands at the rated originally fixed by the local Land Board in August, 1897. It is understood that applications by syndicates for the central portion of the common (about 200 acres) have been refused, it being the intention of the department to use this land for several years at least for experimental purposes.

Molong courthouse, built 1862. Photo: Peter de Waal
Molong courthouse, built 1862.
Photo: Peter de Waal

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A LUNATIC FREAK.

    MOLONG, Monday.—The madman, named Arrows, of Yeoval, who escaped from Mrs Kerr’s private hospital last Thursday, was, at the police court on Saturday remanded for eight days, so that his friends might be communicated with. Mounted-trooper Ross captured him, and Sergeant Fagan reports him as highly dangerous.

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WENTWORTH IRRIGATION SCHEME.

    WENTWORTH, Monday.—Several lots of ground at the Wentworth irrigation area have already been taken up, and settlers are waiting to sign their agreements as soon as water is available. Mr Claude Wilson, officer in charge of the scheme, intends filling the channels shortly, when settlers who have crops in will have a chance to irrigate the same. Everything is now in readiness for selection, and when a proper start is made a great rush for the blocks is expected, but the very long and seemingly unnecessary delay up to the present time was detrimental to the first success of the scheme.

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THE PHYLLOXERA QUESTION.

    LIVERPOOL, Monday.—A meeting of vine-growers was held at the Town-hall on Saturday afternoon to consider a petition, which has been extensively signed for presentation to the Minister for Agriculture requesting that gentleman to cause an inquiry to be held respecting the methods adopted in Glenfield for the eradication of phylloxera, also suggesting that zones be established for the prompt inspection of vineyards close to infected ones. Alderman Chapman presided, and the attendance, though small, was fairly representative, and included growers from Minto, Moorebank, Glenfield, Cabramatta, Smithfield and Liverpool. Mr Weaver read the petition, and moved, “That this meeting approves of the petition demanding an inquiry into the methods adopted by the Department of Agriculture for the eradication of phylloxera.” Mr Weaver said the statements contained in the petition were true, and the methods adopted by the department for dealing with the disease were calculated to disseminate rather than eradicate it. At Glenfield some stakes had been removed from an infected vineyard and placed in a healthy one, and by the delay of the department the insect had been allowed to reach the flying stage. Expert evidence showed that preventive measure could be adopted in dealing with the pest, and although the Government held the opinion that such measures were too costly, he contended that they should be tried in order, if possible, to prevent the wholesale destruction of vineyards. If these measured were adopted he was certain the cost would be less than the amount expended under the existing system. After further discussion the motion was carried. The questing of appointing a deputation was deferred for a fortnight, Mr Hall intimating that he would place the petition before the Smithfield Fruitgrowers’ Association on Monday evening, when he was certain that a number of signatures could be obtained.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 30 May 1899 4

LAW NOTICES.

QUARTER SESSIONS.
Tuesday, May 30.

    Arthur Fox and Charles Burgess, house-breaking; Vincent Saville and Charles Artogne, [aka Artonge], a serious offence; George Harrison and George O’Brien, stealing in a dwelling.

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The Spectator, Sat 3 Jun 1899 5

LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS.
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    SUPPLYING LIQUOR TO ABORIGINALS.—A typical son of Erin’s Isle, named Daniel O’Reilly, appeared before Mr HG Shaw, PM, at the Police Court on Monday last to answer a charge of supplying aboriginals with liquor. Daniel was found in the aboriginals’ camp the day previous and the arresting constable forcibly ejected him and bundled him off to prison. He pleaded guilty to the charge. Evidence was given by an aboriginal to the effect that the liquor supplied to him by accused was of a very inferior quality and had played sad havoc on his constitution, burning his innards and making his legs shaky and very uncertain. In answer to a question from the Bench witness said he didn’t know whether the liquor contained spirits of salts, but this paper firmly believes that some powerful deleterious ingredient must necessarily have been imported into it to have the effect described on the tough anatomy of the average darkie. The Magistrate inflicted a fine of £5. Om default two months’ imprisonment. With a bland “Thank yer, yer Wurshup’ the erring Daniel accepted the alternative.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 10 Jun 1899 6

LAW NOTICES.
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QUARTER SESSIONS.—
Monday, June 12.

    Bessie Fisher, forgery and uttering; Vincent Saville and Charles Artogue, assault; John Bennis, attempt to discharge loaded arms.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 12 Jun 1899 7

LAW NOTICES.
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QUARTER SESSIONS.—
Monday, June 12.

    Bessie Fisher, forgery and uttering; Vincent Saville and Charles Artogue, assault; John Bennis, attempt to discharge loaded arms.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 13 Jun 1899 8

QUARTER SESSIONS.
(Before Judge Gibson and juries.)

    Mr AF Dawson prosecuted for the Crown.

ACQUITTED.

    Vincent Saville and Charles Artogue, Frenchmen, were charged with in company having attempted to commit an offence at Sydney on April 17. Saville was also charged on a second indictment with assaulting Saville. Mr JW Abigail appeared for both accused, who pleaded not guilty.

    After a brief retirement the jury returned into court with a verdict of not guilty, and the accused were discharged.

 


1     The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 19 Apr 1899, p. 4. Emphasis added.

2     The Daily Telegraph, Tue 30 May 1899, pp. 7, 8. Emphasis added.

3     See The Spectator (Walgett) below.

4     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 30 May 1899, p. 8.

5     The Spectator, Sat 3 Jun 1899, p. 2.

6     The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 10 Jun 1899, p. 7. Emphasis added.

7     The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 12 Jun 1899, p. 7. Emphasis added.

8     The Sydney Morning Herald, Tue 13 Jun 1899, p. 3.