the judge a judge of dogs.
Arthur Augustus Brooks, of Eynsham, farm bailiff, V. Henry Webb, of Abbey Farm, Eynsham. This was a claim of £5 damages for shooting a dog.
Mark Pratley, of Witney-road, Eynsham, labourer v. Henry Webb, of Eynsham. This was a claim of £4 damages for shooting a dog.
Both cases were taken together. £1 was paid into Court in each case.
Mr. Fisher appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Rigden for the defendant.
Mark Pratley, the plaintiff in the second case, stated that his dog, which defendant had shot, was a pure bred fox terrier. It was a good house and yard dog. He valued the dog at £4.
By Mr. Rigden: He had sold a dog by the same mother for 2s. 6d. as a puppy.
John Basson, of Eynsham, who described himself as " a bit of a dog fancier", and stated that he considered Pratley's dog the best fox terrier in Eynsham. He thought £4 was a reasonable price for the dog.
The Judge to Pratley: How came the dog to escape docking?
Pratley: Because I did not want it done.
The Judge: You are quite right, the dog would not have been so good for rabbits if he had lost his rudder (laughter).
Arthur Blake stated that he knew both the dogs. He did not consider the sheep dog to be worth more than 10s. Pratley's was a cross-bred dog, with a big tail.
A photograph of Pratley's dog was handed to His Honour, who declared that the dog was a cross-bred dog, and had a bit of "bull" about him.
His Honour gave a verdict for Brooks for £3 in addition to the £1 paid into Court in the first case, and a verdict for Pratley for 10s. in addition to the amount paid into Court in the second case.
This was all the business before the Court.