A prelirninary hearing was had this af ternoon by Judge of Probate Newkirk ou the petition to clean out Sugar No. 1, Black Fork and Sugar Creek No. 2, drains in Augusta township. M. J. Cavanaugh of he law firm of Cavauaugh & VVederueyer appeared for Daniel Barry the drain conirnissioiier and Attoruey Williatn H. Murray for the contestans. Without going into the merits of the case, Mr. Murray objected to the hciaring on the grounds that the ditches affected waters in two couuties aud therefore the county drain coniiuissioner of Monroe countv should have been notifled of the proceediugs. He preseuted a neatly drasvu map of the ditohes aud grounds. Mr. Oavauaugh did not dispn;e the propositiou of law as to draius affecting other counties. He said ït was ouly a questiou of proof. Witnesses were sworn and proof giveu sufiicient to satisfy Judge Newkirk aud the petition was dismissed. Amoug thofce present from the township of Augusta were Henry Tiaoiupsau, David Liudsley, Daniel Murray aud Jonathan Wardell.