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MYSTERY OF A DITCH.

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TWENTY WORKING HOURS J

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SCENE OF THE PONTYCYMMER TRAGEDY.

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WRIGHT IN THE WR0N6.

GREAT WYRLEY THREATS.

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LIMERICK" CONTESTS.

A PENARTH WANDERER.

COLLIERY HAULIER ARRESTED.

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COLLIERY HAULIER ARRESTED. Pontycymmer Tragedy ALLEGED ATROCIOUS CRIME. Aged Woman'sAwfu! Fate GHASTLY STREET SCENE. Pontycymmer, Garw Valley, was the scene on Tuesday afternoon of a. shocking tragedy, as the result of which Geo. Stills (301. colliery haulier, is in custody on a charge of murdering his mother, Rachel Hannah Stills, aged 70, in a savagely brutal manner. Mrs Stills lived at 7. B riIF,,end -road. Ponty- cymmer, with her husband, Mr George Stills, who is getting too advanced in years to work regularly. With the old couple lived their sons Georgeâwho stands charged with matricidp- and John, whose age is 32. On Tuesday morning George and John Stills, the sons, did not go to work, and accom- panied by their father. George Stills, sen., they visited the Ffaldau Hotel, and remained there together some time. About 11 o'clock J'ohn Stills returned home alone, had a meal, and went out for a walk. He returned about 12.50 and went to bed, leaving his mother sit- ting in a chair in the front parlour. As to what precisely happened afterwards there is a. certain amount of doubt, as John Stills asserts that when he went to bed he dropped off to sleep almost immediately, and remembered nothing further until he was awakened by noises made by the neighbours in the street when the tragedy was brought to light. I THE ACCUSED. I Shortly after John Stills bad gone to bed his brother, George Stills, must have returned home without his father. What transpired between the mother and son-whether there was a quarrel or whether he attacked her without provocation, and in a sudden fit of homicidal madnessâis at present largely en- shrouded in mystery. The neighbours say that they heard no sounds of quarrelling in the house nor cries for help,but they all allege that quarrels between the mother and sons were frequent owing, so it is alleged, to the fact that the deceased woman, though a very hard working character, was somewhat addicted to drink indeed it is alleged that she was the worse for drink the morning of the tragedy. The first intimation the residents of Bridg- end road bad that anything was wrong in the house where the Stilis lived was at 1.45 when the front door was violently thrown open, and Geo. Stills, his hands covered with blood, and evidently labouring under much excitement, appeared in the door way with his mother in his arms and flung her down on the pavement Her face was covered with blood, there was a gash under the chin, another above the eve, and the rest of her face seemed to have been battened almost to a, pulp. When her son George threw her down on the pavement she fell with her head near the gutter and her feet near the door. George Stills then, so a witness alleges, kicked the feet of the dying woman off the doorstep and slammed the door to, shutting himself inside. This ghasUy scene was witnessed by Mrs Elizabeth Brain, a certificated midwife, who lives exactly opposite to No. 7, Bridgend- road. Mrs Brain had just been to see a patient in the house next door to that occupied by the Stills, and was returning to her own house when she saw George Stills open the door and fling his mother out on to the pavement. Other neigh- bours wore quickly on the scene, and a number of women were soon collected around the old woman lying bleeding on the pavement. When we got to Mrs Stills," said Mrs Brain to our reporter, she was still alive, but gasping hard for breath. She was terribly injured, and her face looked ghastly. Some of the women opened the door and said to George Stills, For shame for shame What made you do this ? Take her in, and don't let her lie out here like this but he threatened that if they did not go away he would serve them all the same." Messengers were despatched for Dr. E. J. Parry and the police, P.S. Lane and P.C. Price Evans and P.C. Daniel were quickly on the scene, and so were Dr. Parry and his assist- ant, Dr. Joncs, but the efforts of the medical gentlemen were of no avail, and the old woman was dead 10 minutes after she was flung out on the pavement.

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THE INJURIES DESCRIBED.

;THE VICTIM'S FAMILY.

ACCUSED IN COURT.

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PETROL DANCERS IN LONDON.

SHIPBUILDING DISPUTE.

MANGLED ON THE LiNE.