BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' OFFICE.
 
                                                        TOWN HALL
 
MONDAY, OCTO. 22.
 
Present: ...THE MAYOR,   WILLIAM STORDY, Esq.,   and GUSTAVUS GALE, Esq.
 
ASSAULT
 
GEORGE DONOGHUE was brought up charged with having violently assaulted two women named ELIZABETH BLAKE and MARGARET CARRUTHERS, on Saturday night.  The assault was of a cowardly and aggravated character;  and the BENCH fined DONOGHUE 20s;  in default of payment, fourteen days imprisonment.
 
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24.
 
Present:...GUSTAVUS GALE, Esq.,   WILLIAM STORDY, Esq.,   and   JOHN FAWCETT, Esq.
 
OBTAINING GOODS BY FALSE PRETENCES.
 
ROBERT ROBINSON, remanded from Monday, was charged with having obtained, by means of false pretences, three yards of collar check, from MR. JOHN HARGREAVES, of Abbey Street.  The prosecutor's son deposed that the prisoner came to their warehouse on the 21st of August last and stated that he wanted some collar check for MR. RIDLEY of Durdar.  He gave the goods to the prisoner, who stated that MR. RIDLEY would call on the Saturday following and pay for them.
    He sent the invoice to MR. RIDLEY the same night, requesting payment on Saturday.  Subsequently MR. RIDLEY came and said he had not authorised the prisoner to get any collar check in his name.
 
The value of the goods was 4s 3d. 
 
MR. FAWCETT - Did he state at all that MR. RIDLEY had sent him for the goods ?
 
WITNESS - He did not say that.
 
MR. FAWCETT - Did he say that MR. RIDLEY had authorised him to come ?
 
WITNESS - He did not;  but he said that MR. RIDLEY would call and pay for the collar check.
 
MR. RIDLEY was sworn, and denied having authorised the prisoner to get the collar check in his name.
 
MR. GALE said that unfortunately the late Act did not meet the prisoner's case;  he would therefore be committed to take his trial at the next Quarter Sessions.
 
 
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24
 
Present:... GUSTAVUS GALE, Esq.,   WILLIAM STORDY, Esq.,   and JOHN FAWCETT, Esq.
 
STATE OF THE PUBLIC STREETS.
 
MR. SABBAGE stated that on Tuesday evening, about half-past six o'clock, the Hawick mail-coach had a narrow escape from being overturned in English-street, opposite the White Hart Inn, owing to the negligence of the sewerage contractors.  At this point there was a cutting in the street, and although a fire had been put on, it was placed so low that it could not be seen even from a short distance.  The result was that when the coach came up, the driver could not see the fire;  the leading horse was driven into the cutting;  and the coach might very easily have been overthrown.
    MR. WHITE - we had so many cuttings open that night, owing to the wet weather, that the two men whom we had watching could not attend to all of the fires at the same time.
 
    MR. FAWCETT - but when you have so many cuttings open, you ought to employ more watchers.  Not long ago I had almost met with an accident myself on account of a place being open in Castle-street.
 
    MR. SABBAGE - I must say that so far they have been very careful;  but the fires must be put higher up.
 
    MR. WHITE asserted to this.
 
    MR. FAWCETT observed that there were so many cuttings open just now that the town was really in a very dangerous state;  and the contractors must be more careful for the future;  they could not be too cautious, as very serious accidents might happen.
 
    MR. WHITE promised to attend to what was said.
 
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COMPLAINT.
 
MR. SABBAGE said there was also a complaint against MESSRS. MARTINDALE and STORY, drapers, English-street, for obstructing the thoroughfare in front of their shop. 
 
MR. OSTELL said, on their behalf, that it appeared a large influx of goods had taken place during the day.  The railway company had set down two large cargoes, which MESSRS. MARTINDALE and STORY had scarcely been enabled to clear off, when a third cargo was set down.
    The effect of this was that the goods could not possibly be unpacked upon the premises for a few hours.  They had no wish to break the law;  but this was really one of those cases in which it could not be avoided if they were to carry on their increasing business.
 
MR. FAWCETT said that he could soon suggest a remedy.  If the business of MESSRS MARTINDALE and STORY was progressing to so large an extent, they must increase the size of their warehouse. (Laughter).
 
MR. OSTELL observed that they might not be enabled to do that;  however they would take care for the future, and do all in their power to keep the thoroughfare clear.
 
MR. FAWCETT said that as there appeared to have been no intention to offend, the complaint would be dismissed;  and he would recommend MESSRS. MARTINDALE and STORY to increase the size of their establishment.
 
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