ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF A LICENCE. - At the Wigton Police-court on Tuesday, WILLIAM HODGSON, innkeeper, Ireby, was summoned for having on the 29th of August, unlawfully opened his premises for the sale of intoxicating liquors.
MR. M'KEEVER appeared for the defendant. Police-constable BATEMAN stated that on Tuesday, the 29th ult., at ten minutes past eleven o'clock, he visited the Black Lion Inn, at Ireby, and found two men sitting in the house, each having a glass before him.
The men were THOMAS GRAHAM, and IRVING FLETCHER - one belonging to Leesrigg and the other to Fletchertown. On charging the defendant with the offence, he said, "The men told me they came from Flimby." The men denied this, and GRAHAM said he had told the landlord he came from Fletchertown.
MR. M'KEEVER, for the defence, said there was a concert and ball at Ireby, and a great many people went to it in traps. The landlord, who was a stranger in the district, and had only lately come to the house, had an ostler employed, and the ostler would tell them that GRAHAM and FLETCHER went in a trap with two musicians to the house, about ten minutes past eight o'clock in the evening. They said they were going to remain until two o'clock in the morning, and the horse was put up at the Black Lion Inn.
The two men visited the house during the night for refreshments. There were several other horses and traps put up at the place, but no one else was served with drink. The men who had come for a special purpose really were travellers, as Fletchertown was three miles from Ireby, and Leesrigg was further still.
The Bench dismissed the case.
ANN CASS, landlady of the Highland Laddie Inn, Wigton, was charged with having opened her house for the sale of intoxicating liquors during prohibited hours. Police-constable MESSENGER stated that he saw two men coming out of the Highland Laddie on Sunday last. He went into the house and saw the servant girl, and asked where her mistress was. The girl said she had gone to church.
On asking what the men wanted the servant said they wanted a pint of ale, and she had served them, showing the money she held in her hand.
MR. M'KEEVER, who appeared for the defendant, said before MRS. CRASS went to church, she cautioned the servant not to supply any liquor. The case was dismissed.
ALLEGED VIOLATION OF THE SALMON FISHERY ACT. - WILLIAM MITCHINSON, miller, Lesson Hall Mill was summoned for that he, on the 24th of August last, in a certain fishery for salmon, called the Waver, unlawfully did make default, and did not keep shut the sluices for drawing off the water which would otherwise flew over a certain dam in the said fishery, to which dam was then attached a fish pass in such a manner as to cause the said water, which was not then required for milling purposes, to flow through the said fish pass.
MR. CARRICK appeared for the defendant. INSPECTOR NICHOLSON stated that on the 24th of August he saw the defendant and his son near the mill dam. The defendant's son went on the road and a few minutes afterwards, he came back to his father, went to the side of the mill race, looked into the water, crossed over the race again, and went inside the building.
Immediately after the defendant's son went into the mill, the sluice was closed, and the water stopped in the dam.
MR. CARRICK said the defendant only went to the mill last Candlemas. Prior to his going there, he had always been accustomed to a steam mill, and was practically in ignorance with respect to the Salmon Fishery Act. At the time the watcher came, the defendant thought he was acting in a legal and legitimate manner. The defendant considered that the adjoining land was in danger of being submerged, and the fact was that three fields were submerged.
Defendant was fined 20s and costs.