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CITY POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before Mr. John Thompson (in the chair), Mr. Thomas Smith, Dr. Stolterfoth and Dr. Roberts. LICENCES TRANSFERRED.—On the appli- cation of Mr. E. S. Giles, the licence of the Druids' Arms, Seller-street, was transferred from Ellen Probert to Harriet Ada Burgess, who had had temporary authority since the 23rd April this year, and who was for some years licensee of the Bridge Inn, Tarvin Bridge.—Mr. W. H. Churton asked the magistrates grant to Chas. Edward Luker the transfer of the licence of the Watergate Inn, Watergate-square. He had had temporary authority since the 26th March. This was granted. —Other transfers were granted as follows:-Tlio Market Tavern, George-street, to Annie Maria Hill, tenant under the Northgato Brewery Co., on- the application of Mr. Churton; the King's Arms, Crane-street, to Henry Chas, Lefre, who, Mr. Churton explained, had been a variety artist for seven years, and had since been residing at 5, St. George's-avenue, Tranmere, while engaged perfecting patents; the Exchange Vaults, Boughton, to Fredk. Vernon Greene, on the ap- plication of Mr. E. Brassey; shop, 26, Cecil-street, from Saml. Cheers Nixon to Annie Seller; Bridge- water Inn, Nelson-street, to Mary Ann Bass.— Plans shewing alterations to the Wheat Sheaf, Boughton, were submitted by Mr. R. Cecil Davies, architect, and passed. THE PIERROTS.—A representative of the Pierrots applied for a licence for entertainments on the Little Roodee,»tfll the end of September.— The date, the Chief Constable pointed out, was in accordance with the agreement between the Pierrots and the Corporation.—Dr. Roberts asked how many extra police were required in the road. —The Chief Constable remarked that for any extra police the Pierrots had to pay. He asked that the entertainments should close at ten o'clock. —With this stipulation the licence was granted. KICKING A NORSE.-George Sheldon, senr., a travelling showman, who gave the address of Seacombe's Buildings, Furlong-street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to cruelly ill-treating a horse by kicking it on the 11th inst.—Inspector Blake Jones, R.S.P.C.A., stated that at 7.30 a.m. he was watch- ing the traffio leaving the Little Roodee. De- fendant was driving two horses attached to a lurry loaded with 30cwt. of stuff. The lurry stuck, owing to the roughness of the road, and there was a considerable amount of rough treatment. After the horses had got out of that difficulty and were doing their best, witness took a savage kick at one of them. Witness told him he had been watching his exhibition of temper, and defendant said he was irritated and' lost his temper.—Defendant now said he kicked' the horse with the flat of his foot. —The Chairman: Kicking a horse is almost worse than kicking a man, who could give it you back. —Fined 10s. and costs. DESERTER OR ABSENTEE?—Edward Cur- tis, a young soldier, was charged with being a deserter from the 22hd Cheshire Regiment, and admitted the offence.—Another soldier said prisoner, in uniform, surrendered to him in Bridge- street. He had been a deserter 21 days.—The Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Laybourne) questioned whether prisoner was not an absentee and not a deserter, seeing that he sutrendered in uniform. He thought the military authorities might have dealt with him.i—The case was adjourned till Friday, and liberty was given to the police to lianxJ him over to the military authorities in the meantime. BAD BOUGHTON BOY.—Edward O'Brian, a Boughton lad of nine years, was charged wiLh stealing a pair of opera glasses and a box of games, the property of Mr. Bradbury.—The Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Layboume) said he was very sorry to bring a lad so young before the Court, but he had previously cautioned the lad himself- once in a case in which another boy was sent to an industrial school; moreover, he had been be- fore the magistrates of the Chester Castlo Petty Sessional Division, and had been ordered to. be birched.. The lad had been the ringleader of about five boys, whose ages ranged from six years to eight years. He broke into a boathouse in Sandy-lane, taking away some opera glasses, a box of dominoes, etc. He was leading a lot of other boys astray, and ought to be sent away.- A lady named Ellen Crawford, of 18, Stocks-lane, said they were joint owners with Mr, Bradbury of the boathouse. On Sunday evening, at six o'clock, the boathouse was secure. About four p.m. on the 18th inst., in consequence of some information received, she went there and found that the place had been entered, a pane of glass having been broken. The opera glasses (produced) and other articles were missing.—Detective Hughes said he recovered the opera glasses from a boy at Mount Pleasant, Boughton. As to the box of games, he found the empty box, which had been hidden away. The contents were at O'Brian's home, also several other things which were missing. —The Act gives power to bring a charge against the father for not controlling him.—The father, who was by the side of the boy, said he did con- trol him. His offences were when he came from school. If the magistrates would let him off this time, he would send him to his brother, who lived at the other side of Manchester.—The Chairman cautioned the father as to tho. responsibility of parents in regard to keeping their children under control.—The Father: I'll be stricter than ever this time.—The Chief Constable: I have given the boy one chance, and he has had one chance at the Castle.—Detective Hughes, in reply to the Bench, said the boy's father had an umbrella shop, and went about repairing umbrellas. He had two other beys at home, and a daughter, who kept house, his wife having died recently.—The magis- trates made an order committing the boy to an industrial school until he is 16 years of age, and requiring the father to contribute 2s. per week towards his maintenance there. FRIDAY.—Before Mr. R. L. Barker (presiding) and Dr. Stolterfoth. SEPARATION AFTER 22 YEARS.— Christopher Peterson, flatman, living at 4. Crook- street, was summoned by his wife, Elizabeth Peterson. for desertion, and a separation order was applied for. Mr. E. Brassey, on behalf of complainant, said the parties had been married about 22 years. Defendant, who worked away from home during the week, came home on Easter Monday and asked for his clothes. He took them and left the house, and had never returned since or provided his wife with any money. In consequence she was now practically destitute.—For the defendant, Mr. W. H. Churton denied the assertion, alleging that on Easter Monday his wife ordered him out of the house, and had refused to let him in the house on several other occasions. Complainant had money of her own, and was the tenant of house. Defendant was willing to make her an allowance.-A separation order was granted, de- fendant being ordered to contribute 5a. a week towards his wife's maintenance. AN ABSENTEE SOLDIER.—Edward Curtis was charged with deserting from the Cheshire Regiment.-The Chief Constable said prisoner surrendered on the previous day, and was an absentee from Aldershot. The police had oom- munioated with the authorities at Aldershot, but an escort had not arrived.-Prisoner was ordered tc be detained to await an escort. SATURDAY. -Before the Mayor and Mr. John „ Thompson. DESERTER FROM THE CHESHIRES.-H. T. lates, a young fellow, was charged in custody with deserting from the 2nd Battalion of the Cteshsre Regiment.—Prisoner admitted the offeuce. rt. Wakelyn deposed, to arresting prisoner on Jbriday evening. He charged him with beine & deserter.The Chief Constable asked for prisoner's committal to Knutsford to await an escort.-The magistrates consented to this. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (Mr. J. G. Frost) mrriT and other magistrates. n PJiF ?T AND PEDESTRIAN CURIOUS V „ ,cuPous charge of assault was brought by James Scholefield, of Gladstone-avenue, Chester, rvu^1IlSt °ji,n ^°Ginty, of Watergate-street Row, Ooester. Complainant stated that he was riding' his cycle on Sealand-road on Wednesday when the defendant, who was accompanied by another man, seized the machine and twisted it round. Com- plainant fell off, and defendant demanded his name and address.—The Magistrates' Clerk: Did he touch you ? Complainant: No, he did not touch he Magistrates' Clerk You said he pulled you off when you took out the summons. It is a. very technical assault if it is one at all —Defendant said a friend and he were walking along the road when two ladies and the complainant cycled that way. One of the ladies ran into him. He jumped out of the way of one and in front of the other. He seized one lady to. prevent her falling.. He did not put his hand on the young man. at all-Thek Magistrates Clerk remarked that defendant had a perfect right to be on the road.—The magiarstes dismissed the case.