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MARINE STORE DEALERS are interested, in particular, in certain sections of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, the Old Metal Dealers' Act, 1861, the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907, and cer taintsections of the Prevention of Crimes Act, 1871. Section 538 of the Merchant Ship ping Act defines a marine store dealer as a person " dealing in, buying, or selling any of the articles following, that is to say, anchors, cables, sails, old junk, or old iron, or other marine stores of any kind." Such a person must have his name, together with the words " dealer in marine stores, distinctly painted in letters not less than six inches in length, on every warehouse and place of deposit belonging to him. If he fails to do so, he becomes liable to a fine not exceeding E20. He must also, under a penalty of £5, register his name and place of abode with the local authority. To keep proper books.— Every marine store dealer must keep proper books. He must enter therein an account of all articles of which he becomes possessed, stating in respect of each the time at which, and the person from whom, he purchased or received them, and also a description of the business and place of abodeof that person. For default in this respect he will incur a fine. An inspector of the local authority is entitled to enter his premises at all reasonable times. Not to purchase from person under sixteen.—No marine store dealer or his agent is allowed to purchase marine stores of any description from a person apparently under the age of sixteen years. If he does so he is liable to a fine for the first offence not exceeding 1'5, and every subsequent offence not exceeding 220. Not to cut up cable, LS-c.—A marine store dealer must not on any pretence cut up any cable or other like article exceeding five fathoms in length, or unlay it into twine or paper stuff without obtaining a written permit. In order to obtain this permit be should make a declaration before some justice of the peace having jurisdiction where the dealer resides, stating—(a) the quality and description of the cable or other like article about to be cut up or unlaid ; (b) the name and description of the person from whom he purchased or received the smile ; and (c) that he has purchased or otherwise acquired the same without fraud, and without any knowledge or suspicion that it has been come by dishonestly. Thereupon, either that justice, or the receiver of the district, upon the production of the declaration, may grant a permit authorising the dealer to cut up or unlay the cable or other article. If a dealer cuts up or unlays any cable or other article without complying with the foregoing requirements, he will be liable to a fine for the first offence not exceeding 1)20, and for every subsequent offence not exceeding £50. Permit to be adrertisal.—A dealer who has obtained a permit cannot begin to cut up or unlay any cable or other article until, for the space of one week at the least, lie has published in some newspaper circulating in the place where he resides one or more advertisements, notifying the fact of his having obtained the permit, and specifying the nature of the cable or article mentioned in the permit, and the place where it is deposited, and the time at which it is intended to be cut up or unlaid. If any person suspects or believes that the cable or other article is his property, he may obtain a warrant from a justice which will enable him to require the dealer to produce for his inspection and examination the cable or article mentioned in the permit, and also tne books kept by the dealer. If a dealer fails without reasonable cause to comply with any of the foregoing requirements, he will incur, for the first offbnce, a fine not exceeding 110, and for every subsequent offence a fine not exceeding 150.

Old Metal "dealer in old metals" means any person dealing in, buying, and selling old metal, scrap metal, broken metal, or partly manufactured metal goods, or defaced or old metal goods, and whether such person deals in such articles only, or together with second-hand goods or marine stores. The term "old metals" means the above-mentioned articles. Search for old metals stolen or unlawfully obtained.—A justice of the peace may issue a special warrant upon complaint being made upon oath, that the complainant has reason to believe and does believe that Any old metal stolen or unlawfully obtained is kept in any house, shop, room, of place, by any dealer in old metals within the limits of the jurisdiction of the justice. This warrant authorises tht'police to enter in the daytime such house, shop, room, or other place, and to search for and seize all such old metals there found. The articles so seized are then carried before the justice, who will issue a summons requiring the dealer to appear and satisfactorily account for his possession of the articles. Should he be unable to so account for the articles, or if he is found in possession of any old metal which has been stolen or unlawfully obtained, and on his being summoned it is proved that at the time when he received it he had reasonable cause to believe it to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained, then in either of such cases he will be liable to a penalty not exceeding 1'5, and for any subsequent offence to a penalty not exceeding 1)20 or three months' hard labour. But this special provision does not interfere with or affect any proceeding by indictment to which the dealer may be liable for feloniously and knowingly receiving stolen goods, except that no dealer can be both prosecuted by indictment and proceeded against as above for the same offence. Convictions to be registered.—When a dealer is convicted of either of the foregoing offences, the conviction can be registered at the local police office. After such

registration the dealer is subject to and must conform to the several regulations hereinafter set out, for a period not exceeding three years. If during that period he is convicted of any offence under the Old Metal Dealers' Act, the period may be extended for another three years from the time when the period would otherwise expire, and the period can be so extended continuously if the offences are repeated within the duration of a period. But where an old metal dealer who is also a marine store dealer within the meaning of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, is so registered, he continues to be liable to the penalties imposed by the Merchant Shipping Act. Change of business place.—An old metal dealer, upon removing to another place of business, must give notice of his removal at the police office where he is registered. If after removal he continues to carry on business as a dealer in old metal without having given this notice, he incurs a penalty of £95, and a penalty not exceeding ten shillings for every day after the first on which he continues to carry on such business without giving the requisite notice. Where he removes to a place out of the petty sessional district in which he has been registered, the superintendent of police for that district transmits a certificate of the registration to the clerk of the justices for the district in which the dealer has taken up his residence; and any of the justices of that district may summon him to appear before them; and if it appears to them that he intends carrying on business as a dealer in old metals, they can order him to be registered in the same manner as above mentioned ; and such registration will have full effect during the current period. Visitation of business place by police.—The justices may order one or more inspectors or sergeants of police to visit at any time the places of business and inspect the goods and books of dealers in 01:1 metals who are subject to the regulations of, and who carry on business within their district. Every such inspector or sergeant must record in the appropriate book kept by a dealer in old metals the day and hour of his visit, and place opposite the entry of every article examined by him his initials or name in attestation of the same, Regulations to be observed by registered dealers.— Every dealer in old metals who is registered as afbresaid must, during the period which the justices order as above provided, conform to the following regulations :—(1) He shall keep a book or books fairly written, and enter therein, according to the statutory form, ail account of all such old metals as he may from time to time become possessed of, stating in respect of each article the name of the person who purchased or received the same, and the time at which and the name of the person from whom lie purchased or received the same, adding in the case of every such last-mentioned person a description of his business and place of abode ; (2) Ile shall also enter in such book or books according to the statutory form an account of all such old metals as lie may from time to time sell or dispose of, stating in respect of such old metals the name of the person to whom he sold or disposed of the same, adding a description of his business and place of abode ; (3) Every such entry in such book or books mill be deemed and taken, unless the contrary be shown, to have been made by or with the authority of the dealer in old metals to whom such book or books belong; (4) He shall not by himself or any other person purchase or receive any old metals of any description before 9 A.M. nor after 6 r.m.; (5) Nor shall he by himself or any other person purchase or receive old metals of any description from any person apparently' under the age of sixteen years ; (6) Nor shall he employ any servant or apprentice or any other person under the age of sixteen years to purchase or receive old metals of any description ; (7) He shall produce to any inspector or sergeant of police authorised as above-mentioned, whenever thereto requested, the book or books required to be kept as aforesaid, and any old metal purchased or received by him then in his possession ; (8) Such old metals shall be deemed to be in the possession of such dealer when they are placed any house, outhouse, yard, garden, or place occupied by him, or shall have been removed with his knowledge and permission to any other place without a bonti fide sale of such old metals having been made by him ; (9) He shall, without delay, give notice to the officer on duty at the police station nearest to the place where he carries on business, of any articles then in his possession or which shall thereafter come into his possession answering the description of any articles which have been stolen, embezzled, or fraudulently obtained of which printed or written informa tion, containing a description of such articles, is given to him by any officer of the police ; (10) Ile shall keep all old metals purchased or received by him, without changing the form in ss hull such articles were when so purchased, or disposing of the same in any may, for a period of forty-eight hours after such articles have been purchased or received ; (11) For any act or default contrary to the foregoing regulations done or made by any registered dealer in old metals, during the period which the justkcs shall order as above provided, he shall incur a penalty of not less than twenty shillings, and not exceeding X5, and for every subsequent offence a penalty of not less than £3, and not exceeding £'20.