Location: New Zealand
Alfred William Steele Genet GENET'S GAME
- A Very Crooked Career
- Is He an Habitual ? (From "Truth's" Christchurch Rep.)
- At the Christchurch S.M.S Court last week, Donald James McKay, a laborer hailing from the Methven district, told Magistrate : Bailey how Alf Genet had bitten his ear for £2 10s a couple or three days ago. Genet was charged on two counts of obtaining money by false pretences. He pleaded not guilty.
- Donald McKay told the Court that while he was admiring Curator Young's botanical exhibits at the Christchurch Domain last Sunday, Genet made his acquaintance, and, in a subsequent conversational outburst, Donald broke the news that he could do with a job. Genet then mentioned that he was one of A GOVERNMENT SURVEY PARTY, and could put the Scot on to a decent billet. The duo knocked about together for a while after that and eventually Genet dropped a hint that he had five months' pay to draw from the Survey Department on the following day, although, unfortunately, he was a bit short of ready cash at present and could do with a loan of 10s from McKay. Donald lent him the money and Genet proposed to refund it the following day. On the Monday he called at "Mac's" pubbery and left a message to the effect that he had been called suddenly out of town and would meet McKay on Tuesday. The second appointment was kept by both parties, and, after talking some more about the prospective job with the survey party, Genet took his man down to the Tourist office and after going inside for a while, came out and told Donald that his name was down and the job was secured for him. Then the couple walked about town some more before Genet, representing that he had a bill to pay, borrowed a further £2 from his profitable pal. Next day, however, Genet was not at the appointed meeting place, although "Mac." spotted him on Thursday morning and broached the subject of repayment, to which Genet replied that he would pay up at eleven o'clock. Having caught his bird, Donald stuck to him until eleven o'clock, but shortly after that hour, GENET GAVE HIM THE SLIP. "Mac" then made inquiries at the Tourist office about the job which Genet had procured for him, and the officer "put him wise" to the "ready" which had been worked on him.
- Genet- Didn't we have some drinks at your hotel?— Yes, one each.
- Are you sure I asked for a loan? — Yes.
- Now, remember, you're on your oath. Didn't I say "Excuse me from drinking because I have no money"?— No.
- And didn't you say you'd lend me some? — No, you asked me to lend you some.
- Stratford John Collett, officer in charge of the Tourist office at Christchurch, said that on the Tuesday in question, accused came into the Tourist office and asked if there was any chance of a job for himself. Collett said he knew of nothing just then, but he took Genet's name. The following afternoon McKay came and asked whether Genet had fixed up a job for him. He told Collett of what had happened and Collett advised him to get busy and land Genet. 'Tec. Reg. Ward said that in consequence of McKay's complaint he sleuthed Genet, and, on March 30, asked him what he knew about McKay's fifty 'roberto.' Genet replied that he had got some money from his friend McKay, but it was simply a loan, which he had every intention of paying back as soon as things brightened up.
- Accused- You also charged me with being drunk? — Yes.
- And, as a matter of fact. I was pretty drunk? — You were.
- This concluded the prosecution's case. Genet, giving evidence on his own hook, started off with the somewhat incriminating admission:
- "Well, your Worship, I might as well tell you that I'd only COME OUT OF LYTTELTON GAOL the day before I met McKay. So, you see. I was telling him no lie when I said I had been working five mouths for the Government" •
- Somebody in Court asked "surveying"? and Genet replied "Yes, surveying the inside of the place."
- Continuing, he said that he was introduced to McKay, who voluntarily lent him 10s after they had knocked about town together. On Monday, Genet couldn't keep his appointment, because he had to go to Templeton, but he met McKay on the Tuesday and was loaned another £2. Naturally, he intended to pay the money back and his part in the transaction was quite honest, because he already had been punished for dishonesty and had learned that It did not benefit a man to go crooked. If, however, the S.M. reckoned that his intentions had been dishonest, ,Genet trusted that he would be dealt with leniently and given a chance to enlist and help the country out of its tangle.
- The Chief Detective: You're rather fond of working for the Government Genet? — Aw, now, that's all past. I admit I haven't been all that I should. But as I say, I've learned my lesson and Intend to go straight.
- You've already had thirteen Government jobs?— Well, yes, it you like to put it that way, I suppose I have.
- The S.M: You haven't explained about the billet which you were procuring for McKay?— No more I have sir! I went into the Tourist office and asked about the job. One of the witnesses has told you that.
- Yes. but you put down your own name? — Yes, your Worship, I couldn't understand McKay's name.
- Chief Detective Herbert, seeing that GENET'S CAKE WAS DOUGH proceeded to state the "crook's" pedigree. False pretences he said, seemed to be the accused's long suit, and he had been in gaol all over New Zealand, in connection with an aggregate of thirteen convictions, all involving dishonesty. He was the person who, some time ago represented himself as detectives Ward and Gibson and arrested a man for some offence, afterwards extorting £3 from the person "arrested" and then letting him go. Ho had just about earned his proficiency for classification as an habitual offender. Accused was sentenced to three months' gaol on one charge and one month on the other, the sentence to be concurrent. Genet was also ordered to be brought before the Supreme Court for decision as to whether he should wear the "habitual" tag.
Charles Genet HERE’S WHAT’S WANTED.
A CITIZEN OF CHRISTCHURCH SUPPLIES THE INFORMATION. Over half the complaints of mankind originate with the kidneys. A slight touch of backache at first. Twinges and shooting pains in the loins follow. They must be checked, they lead to graver complications. The sufferer seeks relief. Plasters are tried and liniments for the back. So-called kidney cures which do not cure.
The long looked for result seems unattainable. If you suffer, do you want relief. Follow the plan adopted by this Christchurch man. . Mr Charles Genet; Papanui, Christchurch, states:—“l suffered for about five or six months, with pains in the small of the back, and irregularity of the kidneys. The pains were very severe and occasioned me much discomfort. Sometimes when I bent I could scarcely rise again, and the back was so tender that I could scarcely press it with my hand. The secretions scalded, and contained sediment. I read about Doan s Backache kidney Pills and obtained a supply at Bonington’s Pharmacy. These pills did .me a surprising amount of good. In fact when I had taken a couple of boxes I obtained perfect relief. I am now right in every way, no pain in the back, and no trouble with the secretions. I am as well as can be, and am very pleased to speak in favour of this valuable medicine. . . Success has brought up many mutations of Doan’s, but nothing just as good as this remedy If you suffer with kidney trouble or disordered kidneys, be sure you get the remedy which cured Mr Genet. They are sold by all chemists and storekeepers at 3s per box (six boxes (6s 6d) or will be posted on receipt of price by Foster-McClellan Co., 76, Pitt Street, Sydney, Remember the name—DOAN'S
WALES - March 17, at Nazareth House, Sydenham; Jane Elizabeth Wales, dearly loved mother of Mrs J. Genet, Mrs A. Taylor and Mrs Archhold; in her seventy-third year.-R.I.P. Funeral Monday, 11 a.m. Private interment.
WALES. —In Sad but loving memory of our dear mother, who died March 17, 1917. Calmly sleep, thou dearest mother; Pain no more shall mark your brow. All your cares and trials are over— You are happy resting now. Inserted by her daughters, J. Genet and A. Taylor, and grandchildren.