Serious Assault on a Glasgow Publican
Two men named Andrew Phillips and Robert Usherwood were on Monday charged before Bailie Morrin, at the Glasgow Northern Police office, with theft from the till of a public house in Garscube Road, and also with assaulting the owner of the shop. It is alleged that when their money was exhausted the men asked more liquor, and on being refused knocked down the proprietor and helped themselves to the contents of the till. They were remitted to the Sheriff.
Weak Whisky at Rutherglen – A Spirit Merchant Fined
On Saturday, in the County Buildings, Glasgow, George Gemmel, spirit merchant, 1 Cathcart Street, Rutherglen was charged with having, on 10th February sold to James Cruikshanks Stobo, sanitary inspector, one quart of whisky which had been reduced to the extent of 31 degrees under proof whereby he was liable to a penalty not exceeding £20. He pleaded guilty, but stated that he had sold the whisky by mistake, his eyesight not being very good. Sheriff Lees said that as the sale originated in a mistake he would only impose the modified penalty of £2. The money was paid.
THE LIBEL ACTION AGAINST A GLASGOW NEWSPAPER
Yesterday the Second Division of the Court of Session gave judgment in the application of the proprietors of the Glasgow Herald for a new trial in the action at the instance of Wright & Greig, wholesale wine merchants, Glasgow, who were recently awarded £500 damages for libel. Their Lordships decided by a majority that the rule should be discharged, and the verdict applied with the damages restricted to £250, on the ground that the sum awarded by the jury was excessive. Mr Graham Murray, for the pursuers, accepted the restricted damages, and stated that their object in raising the action was to re-establish their commercial credit.
THE ACTION OF DAMAGES AGAINST A BARRHEAD SPIRIT MERCHANT
Sheriff Cheyne has given judgment in an appeal from the decision of Sheriff Cowan in the action by Mrs Annie Hughes or McGhee, residing at Storie Street, Paisley, against Matthew Sproul, wine and spirit merchant, Barrhead, and the Barrhead Co-operative Society, in which pursuer claimed damages for the death of her son, aged 16, resulting from injuries alleged to have been caused by a collision between defenders’ vehicles- a buggy and a bread van respectively. Sheriff Cowan held that the accident resulted from the manner in which the buggy was driven, and found for pursuer for £50. Sheriff Cheyne has dismissed the appeal, and affirmed his substitute’s decision, granting additional expenses.
SHEBEENING IN GLASGOW
Charlotte McCreadie or Paton, for trafficking in whisky on Sunday, the 2nd inst., at 57 King Street, was on Thursday last at the Glasgow Southern Police Court fined a couple of guineas by Bailie Martin, the alternative being thirty days.’
LARKHALL SHEBEENER’S CONVICTED
At a J. P. Court held at Hamilton on Monday, Jane Clark or Bruce, widow, Larkhall, and William Monteith, miner there, were each fined £3, or thirty days’ imprisonment, for keeping liquor for illegal trafficking in their houses.
A GREENOCK MALA-FIDE TRAVELLER CONVICTED
A young man named Francis Sands was at the Greenock Police Court on Saturday fined 21s, with the option of ‘ten days’ imprisonment, for falsely representing at the Royal Hotel, Dock Breast, that he was a traveller from Kilmalcolm, whereby he was supplied with a pint of beer.
GLASGOW MALA-FIDE TRAVELLERS CONVICTED
Gordon Gibb, 12 McAslin Street; John Sharp, 65 Hawthorn Street, Possilpark; and Wm. Bowie, 75 Mansion Street, Possilpark, were charged at the Glasgow Northern Police Court on Friday with having falsely represented themselves to be travellers, and obtained liquor in the Albany Hotel, in Sauchiehall Street, on Sunday, 2nd inst Sharp and Bowie appeared, and pleading guilty, were fined 10s 6d, with the option of seven days’ imprisonment. Gibb failed to appear, and was fined a guinea, with the option of 14 days.
ALLEGED EMBEZZLEMENT BY A PUBLICAN’S ASSISTANT
At Monday’s Greenock Police Court a young man named Robert Trainer was remitted to the sheriff on a charge of embezzlement. He was engaged by Mr John McCormick, spirit merchant, 1 Ropework Street, and it is alleged that since August last he embezzled over £49, the property of his employer.
PROSECUTION OF A HOTEL – KEEPER IN GLASGOW- AN INTERESTING POINT
Hugh Colquhoun, proprietor of the London Hotel, 288 Buchanan Street, was on Saturday morning charged, before Bailie Morrin at the Northern Police Court, with supplying liquor within his premise to two men on the 1st inst. after eleven o’clock P.M., in contravention of the Glasgow Police Act. The defence was that the men had gone there to visit a friend who had that evening been apprehended, and was being kept in the hotel over Sunday in custody of a sheriff-officer; that the liquor had been supplied to them as the guests of the sheriff-officer and that they had also arranged to remain overnight in the hotel. After a considerable amount of evidence had been led, the Magistrate was of opinion that the charge was proved. He thought it had been shown that the men went there for the purpose of having a drink, and with no decided intention of arranging for the liberation of their friend, which the sheriff-officer subsequently suggested to them. He sentenced accused to pay a fine of 25s., or suffer 14 days’ imprisonment. Mr Angus Campbell intimated an appeal against the decision of the Magistrate.
A GREENOCK PUBLICAN FINED FOR BREACH OF THE PEACE
At the Greenock Police Court yesterday, Robert Duncan, spirit merchant, Baker Street, was convicted of shouting and bawling and kicking at the door of a spirit dealer’s shop at 10 Baker Street, whereby a crowd was caused to assemble. Bailie McOnie, in respect that the breach of the peace had not been of a serious nature, limited the sentence to a fine of 10s., or four days’ imprisonment.