CASUALTIES AND OFFENCES.
A young man named Alex Ah Lee was arrested by Detective-Sergeant Nixon on Monday, on warrant, charging him with con-
spiring to defraud Ah Hin. The alleged conspiracy is in connection with the recent frauds on a number of Chinese, who were induced to pay the sum of £12 10s. to secure the withdrawal of certain bogus summonses which had been issued against them for hold- ing lotteries, the object of the persons who prepared and served the spurious documents being to extort money. Ah Lee has frequently acted as interpreter in the police courts.
Mr. Cornelius Muir, of Burwood-road, Hawthorn, boot manufacturer, has reported to the police that his establishment was broken into on Saturday night, and a con- siderable quantity of boots and shoes stolen.
A man sleeps on the premises, and he left after locking the place up, and did not re- turn till 2.30 a.m., when he found that the panel of the back door had been broken, and an entrance effected.
John Henry Blackett, a chemist, was on Monday brought to Melbourne from Ballarat by Detective Charles on a writ of habeas to answer a charge of obtaining £3 8s. 6d. from Jas. G Cerutty, of Robertson and Moffat's drapery establishment, by false pretences. Blackett is at present undergoing a sentence of 12 months imprisonment for false pre-
Jas. Charles, 20 years of age, a porter at the Balaclava railway station, was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital on Monday suffer- ing from a severe contusion of the hip and other injuries. He tried to cross the line just as the train to Brighton was coming into the station, but was struck by the engine, and had a very narrow escape from death.
A murderous assault was committed near Dandenong on Monday morning by a wood cutter named Emel Doepell, who quarrelled with another man named Frank Johnson. He made a blow at the injured man's head with an axe, but Johnson avoided it, and re- ceived it with full force on his shoulder. Dr. Perceval was immediately sent for by the police, who found the wound extended from the neck to the spine, and is very dangerous.
The injured man was conveyed to the Alfred Hospital. When Doepell struct the blow he said he had been directed to do so by Pro- vidence. He was a "salvationist."
A man named Chas. Hall, who was em- ployed at the Federal Coffee Palace, which is in course of erection, fell from a height of 24ft. on to some joists on Tuesday, and sustained a fracture of the right leg, and other injuries. He was taken to the Mel- bourne Hospital and admitted.
A lad named Arthur Smethurst, 16 years of age, met with a serious accident yesterday.
He fell from the roof of a building in Little Bourke-street to the ground, and sustained a fracture of both thighs. He was taken to the Melbourne Hospital and admitted. He is a resident of Lennox-street, Richmond.
A man named Edmund Edwards has re- ported to the police that he was robbed in the yard of the Great Britain Hotel on the
11th inst. of 27 sovs. He had taken the money out of the bank intending to take a passage to America, and was drinking in the hotel in question with three men. They fol-
lowed him into the yard, and two of them held him whilst the third took the money
from his pocket.
John Heyre, residing off Nott-street, Port Melbourne, has reported to the police that his wife Hester has been missing from her home since Saturday last. The woman has been drinking heavily lately, and her husband thinks she may have committed suicide. She is about 67 years old, 5ft. 7in. in height, medium build, and her hair is partially grey. She wore a dark print dress, black straw hat,
and buttoned boots.