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LONDON GOSSIP.

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METHODISM; AT BANGOR.

--------TENDER-HEARTED COLLECTOR.

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TENDER-HEARTED COLLECTOR. A CLERK S PROTEST. The rate collector for the horough of Comvay, Mr T. Ai. Jones, summoned a burgess to the Police Court on Monday for non-payment of rates. Mr James Porter, the magistrate's clerk, pointed out that the summons was only issued on Fiiiday, and went on to slfite; to the Bench that this collector suffered from an excess of tenderness of heart. lie deferred taking proceedings to the very last minute, and gave more trouble in the office of the justices' c.'erk than any otiu-T collector. The other collectors in the division acted regularly. They laid their informations and took out their sum- monses, and the cases came in due course before the Court. But it was not so in the case of Conway. He did not like to refuse to issue the summonses for Mr Jones, because generally they were asked for on a six months' limit, and if the summonses were not issued there would be trouble and money would be lost to the authorities whom this gentleman repre- sented. But a certain amount of routine had to be pursued, and the books and lists had to be prepared. It was not, fair to serve a defendant with a summons two days before the Court, for if the person summoned had a defence he would not have time to prepare it. He (Mr Porter) had complained of this to Mr clones, who did not appear to take any notice; and in future, unless their Worships directed otherwise, he would decline to issue sum- monses in this meteor-like way. The Chairman (Dr. Prichard) The Bench is of opinion that Mr Porter is per- fectly right, and they direct that a re- presentation be made to the authorities you represent. In future Mr Porter is not to issue the summonses so late as the Friday before the Court. Mr T. M,. Jones said it happened that the last two or three cases were, urgent cases in which he could not help himself. In the case in question he did not know anything of the position of the ratepayer until last week. The person would have been summoned along with others possibly this month. But if he had an urgent case ) he brought it in before that time. The bailiffs were in or he would not have summoned. Mr James Porter That is what I com- plain of. He leaves them until ic is past the eleventh hour .-(Laughter.)

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ALLEGED WIFE DESERTION.

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LONDON GOSSIP.