Albert Chamberlain, a coloured man, was brought up at the Hotham Court on Thurs- day, on remand from the city, charged with a criminal assault on a young girl in Durham, street, Hotham, on the night of the 18th inst. When the case was called a witness whose testimony was considered most important was absent from the court, and when at a later stage this evidence was obtainable, Mr. Gillott, who appeared for the defence, ob- jected to its being taken, the prisoner being accordingly remanded until Monday next. A second charge against Chamberlain, of larceny from a dwelling, was also adjourned.
A woman with an unenviable reputation, named Mary Bow, appeared at the same court to answer several charges brought against her. The most serious offence alleged was that while under the influence of liquor she had brutally assaulted a child named Annie Gunn, breaking her nose and otherwise injuring her. On this charge a fine of £5 or one month's imprisonment was inflicted, while for being drunk and dis- orderly and using obscene language in the street the woman was fined in a similar amount, or in default three months imprison- ment, the sentences to be cumulative.
At the City Court on Thursday, before Mr. Call, P.M., and a bench of magistrates, Elijah Upjohn, the public hangman, was brought up
in custody on a charge of having wilfully and obscenely exposed himself in Carlton, on the afternoon of the 27th inst. Evidence was given to the effect that the prisoner grossly misconducted himself in the streets, in the presence of a number of women and children, on Wednesday afternoon, and the Bench im- posed a fine of £10, or in default three months imprisonment. The prisoner was arrested by Constable Thompson, and was under the infiluence of drink at the time The fine was not paid, and he was forwarded to the Melbourne gaol.
At the Footscray Court on Thursday a young man named William Stewart was summoned by the Railway department for stepping out of a train in motion at the Footscray rail- way station on the 6th inst. Mr. D. Gaunaon, who appeared for the depart- ment, mentioned that a man named Childers, who recently met with an accident while leaving a train in motion, had taken an action for damages against the department, which cost the Government over £200. To avoid anything of the kind in future, the Railway department intended to prosecute all offenders, no matter what injury they might have received. A fine of 10s., with £2 2s. costs, was imposed. Joseph Hurst, wag- gonette driver, was summoned for driving over a railway crossing in defiance of the gatekeeper. From the evidence it appeared that on the evening of the 8th defendant opened the gate and attempted to take through a load of passengers. Gatekeeper Toohey, then ap- pearing, ordered Hurst to return, as the signal was down and the train approaching. Mr. Gaunson, who appeared for the prosecution, pointed out that had a train come up while this altercation was going on a very serious accident would have taken place. Hurst stated that he had waited at the gates for a considerable time, calling aloud, and that on a former occasion he had to find the station- master before he could get the gates opened. Mr. Gaunson said that if any delay occurred the station-master would have punished the gatekeeper had a complaint been lodged. Mr. Gaunson pressed for the highest penalty, £10. A fine of £2 with £2 2s. costs, or in default distress, was inflicted.