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Minor cases China 1930-1939

The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 April 1931

CLAIMS FOR £250,000.

Shanghai Greyhound Racing.

SHANGHAI, April 13.

Writs for damages amounting to £250,000 were filed in the British Consular Court to-day by the proprietors of suppressed greyhound racing tracks.  The defendants are Brigadier-General Macnaughten, chairman of the Municipal Council, and Captain Martin, Commissioner of Police in the International Settlement.

Greyhound racing in the International Settlement ceased on April 4, when the police barricaded the approaches to Luna Park, Shanghai's principal track.


The Times, 30 May 1931

JOHN CHARLES OSWALD, deceased, Foochow, China, and Croydon; PROBATE.


The Times, 15 July 1931

ROBERT DILLON MANSFIELD, of the Chinese Maritime Customs, late of Chungking, PROBATE.


The Palestine Bulletin 31 July 1931


Nanking, Wednesday (Via Cairo). - An agreement with the French Government has been signed for the rendition of the Mixed Court in the French Concession at Shanghai.  The Court will thereby comb under Chinese jurisdiction on the December 31.  It is understood that it Weill be replaced by two Chinese Courts, one of the First Instance and the other a Court of Appeal.  P.T.A. - Reuter.


The Times, 30 March 1933

ERNEST CHARLES COOPER, Wesleyan Methodist Mission, Lot 30A Kulong, Kiangsi; (Hankow), PROBATE.


The Times, 12 December 1935

ALICE MARIA CLARK, late of Hankow, spinster, PROBATE.


The Times, 27 March 1936

WILLIAM MURRAY STRATTON, deceased, Tungshan, Canton. PROBATE.


The Times, 3 April 1936

FANNY LETITIA BERGIN, deceased, Kiukiang, Kiangsi (Hankow) spinster, PROBATE.


Singapore Free Press, 26 June 1936
Peiping, June 25.
Strong dissatisfaction with the methods of the British Consular Court in hearing charges against Herbert Cooke and Ralph Hunt, two privates of the Worcestershire Regiment who were charged with the manslaughter of a Japanese officer, was expressed in an interview with officials of the Japanese Embassy.
The Embassy officials announced that they have complained to Tokio in this connection.
  The grounds for dissatisfaction were the failure of the court to question the accused men while "leading" questions were put to Japanese witnesses.  Moreover, these witnesses were not allowed to sit down.
  Japanese residents openly accuse court officials of "insincerity."  British circles suggest that the Japanese attitude is due to an imperfect understanding of British court procedure.
  A boycott of the court was apparently declared by the Japanese authorities, who failed to produce any witnesses this morning.
  Consequently, the prosecutor announced that he was unable to continue and asked and was granted an adjournment until this afternoon.  Japanese officials and pressmen were also conspicuously absent.


The Times, 4 July 1936

Six British firemen of the Bank Line steamer Luceric (6,681 tons, registered at Glasgow) were sentenced at a British Consular Court in HANKOW yesterday to terms of imprisonment ranging from four to 12 weeks on charges of insubordination and assault.  The master testified that the prisoners were frequently drunk while on duty, that they had assaulted the chief engineer and cook, and had attempted to throw the chief steward overboard. - Reuter


The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 1936


"Lives of Ship's Officers in Danger."


HANKOW, Aug. 6.

Six firemen of the Bank Line steamer Luceric, from Australia, were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from four to 12 weeks, on charges of insubordination and assault, by a British consular court.

The captain gave evidence that the lives of the officers were unsafe.  The prisoners, he said, were undisciplined Liverpool Irishmen, and were frequently drunk on duty.  They assaulted the chief engineer and the cook, and attempted to throw the chief steward overboard. (The Luceric left Fremantle for Hankow on June 6.)


The Times, 4 September 1936

ARTHUR JAMES HUTCHINSON, late of the London Mission, Hwcian, Amoy. PROBATE.


The North China Herald, 23 December 1936


Passport Forgery.


Possession of False Passport.

COUNSEL; Mr. R. d'Auxion de Ruffe for Defendant.

Before Mr. R. Kauffman, President; and Me. M. Pasquier and Sadoc.

(Fine and Imprisonment.)

   Convicted on a charge of having made use of a forged passport, M. Le Grosclaude was on Dec. 14 sentenced to three months' imprisonment and a fine of three hundred francs by the Tribunal of the French Consular Court, consisting of M. Rivelain Kauffman, president of the court, and Messieurs Pasquier and Sadoc.

   Le Grosclaude was originally charged with having falsified his own passport, in addition to the second charge of being in possession of a forged passport, but the first charge was withdrawn.

   The judgment took into consideration the fact that the use of the forged passport had been amply proved; that the explanations of the accused were unbelievable and untenable, coming from one of his education; and that the accused had refused to give the reason for his making this attempt at deceitfulness.


The Times, 24 October 1936

HARDY JOWETT (Reverend), late of 72 Nan Ch'ang Chieh, Peking; PROBATE.


The North China Herald, 10 January 1940


Divorce Granted.


COUNSEL: Mr. J. Barraud for plaintiff and Dr. P. V. Terni for defendant.

Before Judge R. Kauffman.

Shanghai, Jan. 6.

   A divorce was granted to Mrs. Raissa Naumovna Lanuzel by Judge Rivelain Kauffman, president of the court, in the Civil French Consular Court yesterday with costs.  The plaintiff was represented by Me. Julien Barraud and the defendant Mr. Louis F. Lanuzel by Dr. P. V. Terni.  Dr. Terni for the defendant withdrew the countersuit.

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