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INFRINGING THE SUNDAY CLOSING…

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INFRINGING THE SUNDAY CLOSING ACT. -EMINENT VISITORS AT PONTRHYDD- ALLT. At the Carnarvon Magistrates' Court on Satur- day, befere Captain Wynne Griffith, Sir Llewelyn Turner, Mr George Farren, aiiii Dr Taylor Morgan, a charge of Sunday trading was preferred against Isaac Davies, landlord of the Rhyddallt Inn, Pont- rhyddallt. Deputy Chief Constable Prothero, who prosecuted, said that on the night of Sunday, November 12, Police Officer 24, stationed at Cwm- y-glo, visited the Rhyddallt Inn, and there found nineteen persons, four of whom were from Llan- beris distant betwren three and four miles from Pontrhyddallt. On behalf of the prosecution it was contended that the persons found on the de- fendant's premises were not bona fide travellers within the meaning of the act as they visited the bouse nolelv io* the purpose of drinking. Fif- teen of persons referred^ were from Caruar- Evidence was given by ^Tous^o^the (24) as to his visit to the defendant mjn, ty,e night in question. On the following, mornm^the landlady t,ld him that the four persons who we^. alleged not to be bona fid* travellers were walkm from Carnarvon to Llanbem, Pontrhyddallfc be. about midway between tne two places, had visited the defendant's houss on week days, but had never before seen such a large Ilsscmbl:gG of customers resident at a distance. cross-examined by Mr Al'anson, who defended, witness said that the case was reported to headquarters on f ber 13. when he personally informed the chiei oonstable and his deputy cf it. Mr Al!an?on This house, you know, has been twice orosecuted for offences which occurred months. and months ago, and which were duly reported. The charge of permitting drunkenness Was dismissed, and why is this case now proceeded Witness: The case was reported to the chief constable, who said he did not think it was clear enough, and that it was a pity to proceed against Mr Harwcod, the owner of the house, who was a respectable tradesman. Mr Farren: I don't see what this has to do with the present case, which is a charge of permitting Sunday trading. Mr Allanson: I want to know why we should be summosed at the end of January for aa offence committed months ago. Why should the case be raked up when, after such a length of time, we find a difficulty in getting rebutting evidence ? No licensed victualler would be safe under such circumstances, and, as representing the Carna-- vonshire Licensed Victuallers' Association, I have a right to complain, and I do bitterly", about the action of the police in connection with this prose- cation. The case should have been heard when the charge of permitting diunkenness was brought against the house nothing was then said about it upon that occasion, but when the police tailed to substantiate that charge, and the summons was dismissed, then the present offence is alleged against us. The case for the prosecution having be n con- eluded, Mr Allanson, addressing the bench for the defence, said it was a very serious matter that his client should be put to the expense of bringing on two occasions a large number of witnesses to rebut a charge which should have been investigated at the fi.st hearing. The defendant was very unfair- ly dealt with, especially when they regarded thin, fact that such a long period of time bai eLpeect since the offence was alleged to have be,n com. mittedand since the laying of the information. The persons round in the defendant's ho.ise bein outside the radius of three miles, they were bona fide travellers. Fair and reasonable precaution Lad been exercised by the defendant, who since the passing of the act had compelled all bunasv customers before being serve-I to write down their rames and addresses in a book kept for that pur- pose, the object being that no infringement of the pet should take place. Captain Wynn Griffith (examining tin book re- ferred to) âT see here that ou Sunday, October 1, there are included a^otu? the entries of visitors. I Mr William M&rwood, executioner Sir Watkin W. Wynn, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, and Mr Br d- laush., fir. p., for Northampton" (laughter). The bench can only hope that the first narmd in- dividual hid not the charge of lhe three gentle ,;eti whose names follow his (laughter). Mrs Davies, the defendant's wife, in the course of her evidence, denied that since tne passing of the Sunday Closing Act there had been an increase in the business on Sunday. Capt Griffith Did Sir Wstkin W. Wynn si,u this bock in your house ? Witness: No, it was done byMrHarwood. Capt Wynn Griffith Then all I Cq) say is that it is a scandalous shame th t the na, s of gentle- men of such hi h position and standing as Sir Watkin and Sir Wilfrid Lawson should be written immediately after the name of Marwood. Mr Farren The book has b^en handed to n? as evidence, and when it contaii < -i, h'entries as these its value entirely destroyer) Capt Wÿnn Griffith: There is also an ex- pression in this book which I will not venture to allude to. Mr Alia .son The thing was done in a joke, and we regret it very much. Sir Llewelyn Turner I, tco, think it a most scandalous thing for anyone to be miilty of. If my name was found in such a book I should feel very indignant. After hearing the evidence for the defence, Captain Wyun Griffith said that the beueh were of opinion that they ought to convict in the case, and they fined Davies 403 and costs, the license to be endorsed. HJ thought that the case should have been brought on at an early period. Sir Llewelyn Turner: I think so. too, because when a case is delayed for mon ths the Interests of justice are very seriously jeopardised. No notice of appeal was formally given, but it is understood that an appeal will be made against the decision.

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