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ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE.

ABERDARE POLICE COUxtT.

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DAU ENGLYN

PONTYPRIDDINTELLIG^NCE^

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PONTYPRIDDINTELLIG^NCE^ SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST AN ACCOUNTANT. At the Petty Sessions, on Wednesday (before Mr G. Williams, the stipendiary, George F. Price, accountant, Pontypridd, a young man of respectable connections, was charged with obtaining a sum of money under false pretences from John Ashford, a boot seller in Aberaman, now living in Pontypridd. Mr J. Edwards Price^appeared for Ashford, while Mr Rosser (Rosser and Phillips) defended. From the opening statement of Mr Price, it appears that Ashford, being in difficulties, placed bis affairs in the hands of Price, with a view of effecting an arrange- ment with his creditors. Price represented to Ashford that he had written to the creditors, and had obtained their assent to the declaration of a dividend of 10s 10 the .6. Ashford thereupon paid Price jE8, for which receipt was given. Afterwards Ashford paid an addi- tional £1. Ultimately Ashford received a County Court summons for JB14 from a Mr Hicks, of Brynmawr, one of the heaviest creditors. Ashford at once went to Price to ask for an explanation, as he had paid the £9 under an impression that Hicks had consented to accept the composition. Price quieted Ashford, and wrote an ex- traordinary letter to Hicks. Suddenly Ashford found his goods distrained, and sold ^for the deht owing to Hicks, the goods realizing £7 15s 6d. Defendant had never refunded the money paid to him. For this amount, obtained under false representations, Price was summoned. John Ashford, on being called, gave evidence in ac- cordance with the above statement. On being cross- examined, he said that Price was to be paid jgg for his services. It was arranged to pay 5s in the pound cash, and 5s in the pound by bills. He was told that the consent of the creditors was obtained to the composition when he paid the £1. The amount of £9 Was to be put in the books. Price was to collect the book debts, and pay the creditors as they came in. Defendant had collected some, but does not know how much.âRe- examined Has paid 7s 6d in cash, and given two pairs of elastic-side boots to the defendant. Defendant told him tha.t he had received proxies from the principal creditors. George Hicks, boot and shoe maker, Brynmawr. Re. ceived an offer to compound from defendant on behalf of Ashford. Did not assent to a composition of 10s in the £ or appoint defendant his proxy. Sent a proof of debt. Has received no money whatever from defen- dant. Sued Ashford, obtained judgment, and dis- trained. Received £ 7 15s, Received a letter from Cbe lefendant. Has seen him in court to-day. Defendant ">ked him to prove that he had consented to accept the somposition. This would be contrary to the fact, ^sked him (the witness's) opinion, which he declined o give. Never gave assent whatever to a composition. He received a form for proof of debt from defendant, tfbich his solicitor filled up, and which he signed on )ath. Did not assent to a composition when he sent ;he proof. Did not appoint any proxy, because h** vished to know something more about a transaction ;hat was prima facie suspicious. Did not at the time ie sent the proxy intend to accept the composition >ffered. The Bench considered that sufficient evidence had )een adduced to commit defendant for trial, and he was accordingly committed to take In trial at the next Quarter Sessions at Swansea. He was admitted to â¢ail, himself in jS50, and two sureties of £ 25 each. TREDEGAR INTELLIGENCE. POLICE COURT. â At the police-court on Tuesday here were four magistrates in attendance (Dr Coates, Sr. Harrhy, the Rev. Wm. Hughes, and the Rev. Rees ones), and as the business was unusually hea, J, 7-1 ases being entered on the charge sheet, a second court ras formed in the retiring room, presided over by the wo first-namtd justices. Jane Jones, an old widow, s'ho has been three times previously convicted for Llegal beer selling, was charged with selling a quart of leer on Sunday, the 5th inst., at Vale-terrace. Trede- ar. A girl named Li.)ey deposed to going to the house f the defendant on Sunday last, and paying Od for a uart of beer, which was suppled by Mrs Jones. Ser- vant Milkins stated that he went to the h^use on Sun- av eveding and found two persons there with beer efore them. He discovered a half-barrel of beer on *p, and a quart and a quart a pint measure, and a un-dish beside it. Defendant denied everything. Ir C. R. Harris, jun., conducted the prosecution in be- alf of the Licensed Victuallers' Association. The >ench read the old woman a good lecture, and inflicted penalty of JE10 and costs, in default three months' im- risonment with hard labour.âJoseph Maddocks, Georgetown, was charged with a similar offence. Mr 'lews appeared in his behalf, the prosecution being in he same hands as the previous case. Mrs Maddocks ttended, and after a lengthy lnquiiy, the prosecution withdrew the summons as it could not be proved that he husband was cognizant of the doings of his wife. it the next meeting of the magistrates, Mrs Maddocks rill be placed in the position of defendant.âWilliam mith, for exposing for sale in Tredegar some unwhole- ame sprats, was ordered to pay 5s and costs.âWilliam Vilstead and John Hale, for stealing coal at Ebbw rale, were, on the evidence of Police-constable Crow- sy, and officer Fletcher, fined Is and costs.âDuring he sitting Dr Coates expressed disapprobation of the ourse adopted by the Licensing Committee, in refusing o confirm the application granted by the thirteen lagistrates sitting at Blackwood on the last annual censing day. He, as one of them, felt hurt, as he hought persons resident in a locality were the best to Jdge whether a licensed house was necessary or other- lise.

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