At Ballinasloe Petty Sessions, Mr. W. Hastings summoned Mr. J.A. Butler for taking a “Western News” from his premises on the 1st inst.
Complainant: I would very respectfully ask, before proceeding with the case, that the defendant be put in the dock, as is done with all parties charged with a mean offence.
Chairman: Well, go on.
Complainant: My case is: I was going down the town on the evening in question on business when I met defendant and a small boy. Defendant made some remark to me, but I did not mind him, and passed on down Main-street. On coming back to Dunlo-st., my attention was attracted to the boy, who had a paper in his hand. I asked him if he was selling papers. It was a “Western News” he had, and I asked him where he got it. He said Butler gave it to him.
Chairman: Have you your witness here.
Denis Delaney (father of the boy) said he would not allow his son to give evidence, and the summons was wrongly served. The mother brought forward the little fellow of about six years of age.
Chairman: I have no hesitation in refusing informations. It is scandalous to bring a child so young into Court.
Same complainant charged the same defendant with writing, posting and causing to be delivered to complainant letters of a libellous character. Complainant produced a bundle of letters, and handed one to the bench, and described them as “infamous documents”. The magistrates, having perused the letter, the Chairman said it was a case for a civil action.
Sent to prison
John Collins (19), of no fixed abode, who was charged with the larceny of linoleum valued at 10s. 6d., was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment as from the date of his arrest. Mr. Murphy, who defended, said that Collins wanted to get married but his uncle – a man named Maguire, with whom he travelled – objected and in a fit of pique, Collins took the piece of linoleum from Maguire, who now did not want to press the charge.
During the last twelve months, eighty-eight bicycles were stolen in Galway and approximately sixty per cent of these were recovered by the Garda Síochána. Our representative, who interviewed members of the Garda regarding cycle thefts, was surprised to discover how very little some owners know about their machines.
Many visit the Garda barracks to report the loss of a bicycle and do not even know the make of their machine, not to mention the number. They are irritatingly vague when asked to describe the machine and cannot even say if they had a pump on it.
Nailer’s House demolition
The centuries-old “House of the Nailer” at O’Brien’s Bridge where seventy-years-old Michael Curran – with his niece, Miss Kathleen Dalton, who keeps house for him, he has now been provided with alternative accommodation at Shantalla – and his ancestors have made nails in the same small forge and lived in the apartments overhead for more than 200 years, is to be demolished. Mr. J.S. Carroll, Borough Surveyor, who inspected the premises, said that in his opinion the premises were in dangerous condition and quite beyond repair.
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