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CITY POLICE COURT. — — W EDNESDAY.—Before the Mayor, Messrs. Thos. Smith, G. A. Dickson, J. Gooddie Holmes J. M. Frost and Dr. Stolterfoth. LICENSING—Robert Llewellyn Baker applied t irough Mr. W. A. V. Churton for temporary authority to sell at the George and Dragon Hotel ™ -street, of which house he is the owner! —Mr. Churton explained that on Saturday the tenant "did a moonlight flit" from the premises without giving any notice. Mr. Baker wanted temporary authority until he got another tenant. —The application was granted.—Mary Ann Bass was granted temporary authority to sell at the Budge water Arms, Nelson-street, in succession to her late husband, Edward Bass. SINGULAR ASSAULT CASE.—Ernest Ward, barman, 76, Melville-place, Liverpool, surrendered to his bail on a charge of assaulting Thomas Morris, labourer, Upton Heath, last Wednesday night. Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was de- fended by Mr. Lord, of Liverpool (instructed by Mr. Lloyd).—Complainant, whose face was dis- figured by a bad black eye, alleged that while walking homewards along Upper Northgate-street on Wednesday night the prisoner, who was in com- pany witn several other men, came across the street to him, opposite the corncr of Chichester- street, and challenged him to fight. Before he had tune to act on the defensive he received a violent blow behind the ear, which stunned him for a time. He found himself on the ground with prisoner on the top of him. The assault was quite unprovoked, and he never saw prisoner before in his life.—Cross-examined, he admitted that. he had been in more than one public-house that night; ha could not say how many public-houses he visited. It was truo that he took his coat off to retaliate when prisoner attacked him.—Mr. Allan Morris gave evidence in support of complainant's case. He saw a crowd at the top of Chichester- street, and on approaching saw Morris with his coat off, in company with a man who was not the prisoner. He thought from their behaviour they were having some fun. When he got closer, he saw the prisoner come to Morris from the other side of the road, and say to him in strong language, "If you want to fight, I will fight you." He thereupon knocked Morris on the ground, and in a most cowardly manner dealt him several blows while he was down. A policeman then came on the scene and apprehended prisoner. Morris was bleeding profusely, and witness, with a desire to see fair play, accompanied the policeman to the station.—Cross-examined: He did not see the commencement of the row-A constable stated that on hearing a row at the top of Chichester- street he went to the spot, and found Morris bleeding very badly. He had his coat and waist- coat off. Witness did not see prisoner strike him, but acting upon Morris's instructions he appre- hended prisoner.—For the defence, Mr. Lord pointed out that Morris's statement was the only evidence of the assault, because it was the only evidence which dealt with the beginning of the affair. Prisoner and his friends saw complainant on the other side of the road, shouting and waving his arms like an excited, drunken man. They paid no attention to him, but prisoner was unex- pectedly attacked by him and knocked down by a severe blow on the head. Complainant fell on the top of him, and while the men were on the ground it was not improbable that prisoner used his fists in self-defence. Ward bore a very good character, and had never been in trouble before in his life.—Evidence for the defence having been given, the Bench dismissed the case. A SOLDIER'S FREAK.—Patrick Kelly, a soldier in the South Lancashire Regiment, pleaded guiity to stealing a box of haddocks, value 4s. 6d., at the General Railway Station on the previous day.—It appeared from the evidence that prisoner was seen loitering on the platform near the parcels' office, and was observed by a ticket examiner, named George Rigby, to take a box from a truck and take it into a waiting-room. A station police- man afterwards saw him in the waiting-room, trying to roast one of the fish before the fire. He was intoxicated.—Prisoner said he returned from South Africa with his regiment only on Monday, and was making his way from Southampton to Warrington. He got drunk on the journey, and did not remember committing the theft.—The magistrates discharged him with a warning. A SERIOUS CHARGE.—Thomas Taylor, labourer, Garden-lane, was committed to the assizes on a charge of assaulting a little girl, named Emily Evans, residing at 6, George-street, on the 6th inst. FRIDAY.—Before the Mayor, Mr, J. G. Holmes, and Mr. J. J. Cunnah. SOLICITING BOATING CUSTOMERS.— Charles Ainsworth, boatman, The Groves, was charged with canvassing or soliciting certain per- sons to his boats by hallooing, contrary to tho boating bye-laws.—Mr. 'V. A. V. Churton, who prosecuted on behalf of Mr. R. P. Bradbury, said that the summons was taken out under section 10 of the boating bye-laws.—Robert Gerrard, captain of the steamboat Ormonde, said that on Thursday afternoon, 8th May, defendant was standing -about two feet on the Dee Steamboat's iimit, shouting out to people who wished to go on the Ormonde, I that the steamer would not get back until 7.30, and that if they went up in his barge they would get back before that time. As a matter of fact, the steamboat was timed to get back by 7.10.-A licensed boatman named Tasker corroborated.— Mr. Geo. H. Stuart, stated that he was returning1 from the Races on Thursday, May 8th, and while passim; the steamer stage he heard Ainsworth calling out that the boat would not be back until half-past seven. His object was to fill his barge. —The defence was that, according to the steam- boat time-table, the boat was not to be back until half-past seven.—Defendant's father gave evidence, and when asked by the Bench if he did not know that nobody had a right to solicit people toc him boats, replied that it was dono from one end of the Groves to the other.—Mr. Cunnah pointed out that that did net mend the matter.—Defendant, against whom there were two convictions for breaches of the boating bye-laws, was fined 20s. and costs, or a month, the Mayor intimating that if he came there again he would receive the maximum penalty.