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MERTHYR POLIuK COURT. SATURDAY.â(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) A Dangerous Inebriate.âA very stout-looking man named Thomas Garrard was charged with assaulting P.C. Evans while in the execution of his duty. on the 20th inst. Garrard was first noticed coming out of the Lord Nelson public-house with a large jug in his hand. He was drunk, and it seemed he had been refused beer inside, for he was in a toweringpassion, and swore that if anybody interfered with him be would "murder everybody in the house." Some unfortunate wight was passing by just at this time, and the prisoner struck him a blow with the jug on the dice box." knocking out two of the "dice." p.C. Evans was near. and he thought it was now time for him to inter- fere. He went over to the prisoner and ad vised him to go home, but the exasperated bacchanalian answered the con- stable by a heavy blow with tbe jug on that functionary's helmet. The P.C. then took the prisoner into custody, and on the way to the station the hearty exercise of kict ing and shouting, and" poking" the constable in the ribs was fully enjoyed by the jolly inebriate.âThe prisoner could give no account of bis conduct, and he was fined 40s. and costs in default, he should go to gaol for one month. The money was paid. Street Immorality.â Catherine Jones, a nymph from China, for prostituting herself on the Old-road, near Pont- storehouse (a public thoroughfare), was sent to Swansea gaol for one month. Drunk and Riotous â William Lewis, for being drunk and riotous at Caebarris, was fined 7s. 6d. and costs in default, seven days' imprisonment. Charge of Assault.â Eliza Davis summoned Esther Grif- fiths for an assault. The two women were sprightly look ing pieces, and if "fair-play" was shown to both, we believe the tug would be a hard one 'ere either of them would be victorious. The complainant told her story with great vehemence, and the defendant stood silent all the time with her hands by her side, apparently enjoying the re- hearsal of her "prowess" in fisticuffs with much gusto. According to complainant's story, she gave no cause what- ever for the assault, and this being the case, defendant was fined 2s. and costs, which she paid. MONDAY. â(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) A Disorderly Female. âCatherine Hart, an arnazon, who appeared in court with a pair of black eyes, was charged with breaking four panes of glass, the property of J acob Jones, on the 24th inst. The parties had some row. when the defennant seized a tin vessel, and with it broke the panes of glass. It seemed that the complainant beat de- fendant very severely, and gave her the two black eyes which now decorated her visage. The defendant was, there- fore, only fined Id. with Is. compensation. Sabbath-day Inebriates.â Maurice Neagle, for being drunk and lighting ill the streets on Sunday evening last, was tined 10. and costs in default of payment, seven days in gaol. Another Inebriate.â James Gleesou, for being drunk and riotous ill Wellington-street, on the 23rd inst., was lined 5s. and costs; in default, seven days in gaol. No Prosecutor.âRichard Samuel was charged with as- saulting a police-constable while in the execution of his duty. As the police-constable had since left the force, the prisoner was discharged. The celebrated Paddy Boyle.â Paddy Boyle, the cele- brated Irish hero of the newly-fashioned account book, re- appeared in court to-day, supported by his simple spouse, J udy, to prosecute Catherine Wurphy for the embezzlement of his motley, to the amount of £ 2 3s. l.jd. Mr. Piews ap- peared for complainant. Evidence supporting the facts (or rather peculiarities) of the case, which we previously re- ported, having been given, his Worship thought that a case of embezzlement could not betsustained. The question of instituting a charge of larceny was then raised, and after some slight discussion, his Worship said he would consider that feature of the case against Wednesday next. He ad- journed the case in the meantime. Assault.âA puddler named John Cable summoned ano- ther puddler named David Evans for an assault. Both parties were working together at Dowlais, and on the 2nd inst., some dispute occurred amongst them. Defendant struck complainant twice, and gave him a black eye. De- fendant did not appear, and was tined 10s. and costs. The complainant was also allowed expenses. In default of pay- ment, defendant should go to gaol for 14 days. WEDNESDAY.â(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) Street Immorality.âA wretched, miserable looking pros- titute, with a very scratched, dissipated looking profile, was charged with wandering abroad in Bridge-street, on the 26th inst., and behaving there in a riotous aud indecent manner.âP.S. Rees proved the case, and said the woman was making use of language which was very abominable.â His Worship administered a very severe lesson to the wretch, and then sentenced her to twenty-one days' impris- onment with hard labour. The celebrated Irish Case again. âCatherine Murphy was again urought up on remand to answer the seemingly inter- minable charge of embezzling £2 3s. lgd. from Paddy Boyle, the celebrated uibernian accountant. A woman named Mary Rowlands was called as witness, but she seemed the very picture of total ignorance, and could not even tell the name of the street in which she lived. When being ques- tioned by Mr. Plews, she invariably appealed to Pat to supply her with the answersâan appeal which was very noisily responded to by that individual, greatly to the amusement ot those in court. After much trouble, it was at length elicited from Molly Rowland that she bought some milk for the prisoner, all of which, however, she pro- tested she had paid for. âMary Boyle, the fair sister of the hero of the case, was re-examined, and said that when she went round with the prisoner to the customers, all the money she could see owing on "the score" was 5s. 6d., whereas tne real sum due was .£2 10s. or thereabouts. Pri- oner said it w mid be all right on Monday morning.âThe prisoner was committed to take her trial for the offence. The Women having a row.âA sallow complexioned wo- man named Ann Alahoney was summoned for an assault by Mary Anne Beamish, who appeared in court with her face cut and hacked in a very painful manner. It seemed that the row originated in some dispute which took place between defendant and plaintiff's father, the latter of whom was getting rather a severe beating from his anta- gonist of the "gentler sex." The daughter interfered to save her pa," and was rewarded by a blow of a large stone from prisoner, which caused the injuries now evident on plaintiff's face. Beamish and his daughter then went to the police station, and when the former presented himself to P.S. Thomas he had a large eat over his left eye, from which much blood was flowing. When P.S. Thomas ar- rested prisoner, and told her tha charge, she said, I did not strike him with a stone at a lli His daughter might have struck him. I flung a stone in the house, but I don't think it hit the old manâthat was all fl did."âThe case was adjourned for a week, as the prisoner wanted to have witnesses. Family Jars âSarah Davies, of Dowlais, summoned her daughter, Sarah Davies, for abusing her and giving her a black eye on the 19th instant.âThe complainant said she was sitting down in her house when the defendant came in drunk, and hit her a blow on the eye, which blackened it.âThe defendant said the reason why she hit her mother was because she was always keeping married women and married men in her house at all hours of the night,âThe case was adjourned till Monday, for the production of wit- nesses. A Noisy Row in a Jewish Synagogue.âBarnard Jacob and his son Isaac, a boy of apparently about fourteen years of age, were summoned to show cause why they should not be bound over to keep the peace towards Abraham Stall, who, it was alleged, they had threatened and abused iu the Jewish Synagogue.âMr. Plews appeared for the complain- ant, and Mr. Smith for the defendant. There was a large number of Jews in court to listen to the trial. The case occupied a considerable time in iearing, and we give the principal facts as followsMr. Plews in stating the case for the prosecution said, it appeared that all the parties had been in the Synagogue, where they were having their service on Friday night last. Previous to this there had been some altercation between some of the members and Mr. Levinshon, the reader there. Mr. B. Jacob was the treasurer, and as they were leaving the Synagogue he took it upon himself to go to Mr. Livinshon, who had the key, and demand him to deliver it up. Mr. Stall was going by at the time and he said something about the matter to Mr. Jacob, when the latter flew into a passion, shook liis fist into Mr. Stall's face, and threatened to kill him at the first opportunity. Mr. Jacob's son used similar threats, and the consequence was that Mr Stall was now afraid of both those men, and he wished to have them bound over to keep the peace.âMr. Smith reminded his Worship that on Monday last when his client applied for a cross summons he was told he should have it to-day if it was necessary. âHis Worship said it was so.âMr. Plews said he wanted the defendant to show why they should not be bound over to keep the peace.âMr. Smith remarked that if his friend put the case in that way he would now renew his applica- tion to have the other party put in the same position. He could prove that previous to any threat or violence being used by Mr. Jacob, Mr. Stall put his hand up towards Mr. Jacob's face, and threatened to smash or smack him.âHis Worship said that if both the solicitors were properly in- structed the best course would be to have all the parties bound over to keep the peace.âMr. Smith would agree to that, but his client was asked to pay a sum of 12s. for costs, and that he was not inclined to do. If that course was adopted then once the parties got outside of court one would say Ah, you had to pay 12s. costs, and we got off the best" (laughter). There, then, would be the basis for another row, and the best way was to bind over all parties. âAfter some further discussion Mr Jacob's information against Mr. Stall was taken.âMr. Stall was then exam- ined, and he swore to the facts mentioned by Mr. Plews. He said he did not give Mr. Jacob the least cause for insuling hini.âOn cross-examination he was asked if persons named Goodman were present at the row, but he said he did not see them. Neither, he said, did heknow them, although one was his son-in-law's relations. He did not see a woman named Edwards present during the row. The words used by Mr. Jacob and his son to him wereâ" I will kill youâ I will knock your head off." He did not say to Mr. Jacob in Hebrew, You are a s âty man." Neither did he rise up his fist and say, I will strike you." He did not un- button his trowsers, nor did he use any unclean language. He was afraid of his life of Mr. Jacob. Heymen Levin- show, son of the reader, was also examined and corrobora- ted Mr. Stall's statement as to the row. On cross-exam- ination this boy most decidedly stated that Mr. Stall stood aside all the time with his hands in his pockets saying no- thing, and Mr. Jacob ground his teeth and looked like a luan that would kill anything" (laugh tet). He also said thing Mr. Stall did was to call Mr. Jacob a "disturbing blackguard."âHis Worship said there was not a shadow of doubt that recognizances should be surrendered by Mr. Jacob in this case.âMr. Smith then addressed the court on the other case, and he said he would be able to show that the row was commenced by Mr. Stall putting his hand up to Mr. Jacob's face, and threatening him. He also be- lieved he would be able to show that Mr. Stall did not tell the whole truth, although lie might have told some of it. He examined Mrs. Edwards, who said she was the woman who cleaned out the synagogue. She remembered when the congregation went out on Friday night last. She saw Mr. stall and Mr. Jacob going out. Mr. Jacob went to ask the key from the reader, and Mr. Stall came up and put his fist into Mr. Jacob's face. She was quite sure that be- fore that time Mr. Jacob bad not said anything to Mr. Stall. After Mr. Stall raised his hand, Mr. Jacob also raised his and said something which she could not under- stand as the words were in Hebrew. (The words were said to be, if you strike me I'll soon show you what kind of a man I am.")âBarnard Jacob was also examined and he swore that he did not say anything to Mr. Stall, till that man had first threatened to strike him, and called him some wrong name. He did then rise his hand and said, If you strike me I'll soon show you what sort of a man I am." He was then after asking Mr. Levinshon for the key of the Synagogue, which, as treasurer of the Syna- gogue, he had not to get.âIn answer to his Worship Mr B Jacob said he did not believe Mr. Stall intended to do him any bodily harm.âHis Worship said it was very much to be regretted that those parties could not have settle their little differences out of court, as it would have been far better that such a case should have been arranged by some mutual concessions. However, it appeared in those cases to be impossible to do so. Years ago he recol- lected trying a similar case, with just the same result. He (his Worship) now wished to see that a. breach of the peace should be prevented from occurring in this way again, and he, therefore, required Mr. B. Jacob to enter into his re- cognizances of X30 to keep the peace for six months to- wards Mr StalL In this case against Mr. Stall the evi- dence was not sufficient to warrant him (his Worship) in a similar order. As to the young boy, he warned him against acting as he had done in this case, and he wished all would remember that passage of scripture which said, A soft word turneth away wrath If they did so we should have no moral cases like the present.

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