At Dundee Police Court today-Bailie Perrie on the bench- James Young, a hawker and dealer in old metals, Hilltown, was charged with contravention of the Prevention of Crimes Act by purchasing a less quantity of brass than is allowed by the Act. He pleaded guilty. Mr W. Nixon, solicitor, who appeared for Young, stated that this case arose out of a theft of brass from the grave of James Chalmers in the Howff Burying-Ground. The man from whom the brass was bought made a statement which seemed satisfactory to Young, and he purchased the brass for 4s 9d and resold it for 6s. He was acting in ignorance of the law, and Mr Nixon trusted that a small penalty would be imposed. Mr Dewar explained that the brass railing round the grave was put up in June last at an expense of £5 14s 6d. The theft was a most despicable one. A fine of 20s, with the option of fifeteen days' imprisonment was passed.
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