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BRIDGEND POLICE-COURT. SATURDAY, before Messrs. R. W. Lewellyn (chair. man). C. P. Davis, W. S. Powell, and F. G Coleridge Boles. ALLEGED ^BREACH OF COLLIERY RULE??.— Oliver Holmes, stoker. Mae»S*g. was charged by William Henry Plummer. oomery manager, with a breach of Special Rules 140 a.nd 141.—Mr. R. Scale appeared to prosecuted—Thomas Phillips, overman, said that the defendant was a stoker at the Llynvi Valley Colliery. On S»j»rday. 14th of March, the defendant commenced wesrk at 7 p.m., and should have continued till 7 a.ne.. next morn- ing. Saw him about 6.30 on Saturday morning near the boiler-had not returned home but had left his duty. He had been. drinking. The boiler was right enough, but the pump had stopped, some inattention to the boiler had stopped the pump. There was fuel there, but ft had not been put on the fire. I asked him if he had been drinking. He denied it, and went home. Next morning I saw him. He admitted having had too much beer.— William Henry Plummer, manager, said that on Monday, after the offence, Phillips. told him some- thing. and he had a talk with Holmes. He asked him about the neglect at the boilers. He admitted having been drinking on Saturday night, and that he left about 10 and returned at 12. He had drunk two pints of beer, and took two bottles of beer and Is. worth of rum to the colliery. He said he was sorry for it. The rules are posted up at the col- liery. A printed copy of the rules is given to every workman who asks for it.-For the defence, David Beynon, timekeeper, said he knew this colliery. There is a notice posted on the outside of the weigh-house. He saw it five weeks last Tuesday. He knew nothing about defendant. He went there to test the machine on behalf of the colliers. —W. H. Plummer. recalled, said that besides the weigh-house there is a print of the rules in the office, half-a-mile away from the colliery.—Case dismissed, as the special rules were not posted up as required by the Act. A SIMILAR CASE.—David Halliday. collier. Penyvai, was charged by J. W. Davison. colliery manager. Tondu, with a breach of special rule 224.—James W. Davison said the defendant's lamp was unlit when found. He produced proof that it was locked when the defendant had it. It should have been locked and lit when he had it.—Case dismissed. A SIMILAR CASE.—Daniel Jenkins. collier. Bryncoch. was charged by J. W. Davison. colliery manager, Tondu. with a breach of special rule 224. Defendant pleaded not guilty, and said he did not know it was unlocked. He did not unlock it. -J. W. Davison, manager, said that on March 20 the overman reported defendant. The defendant came to see him the next morning. He asked him to forgive him. He said he was innocent. He did not know how it came unlocked.—Jonah Jones. overman, said on March 20 he found defendant's lamp in his hand, lit. He asked him for his lamp and he handed it to him-found it was unlocked.- Lewis Morgan, said he locked the lamp in the lamp station. He locked defendant's lamp that morning. There was no defect. The lamp was locked with the key.—Daniel Jenkins, the defen- dant said on the day in question he used a Clanny lamp. The place where the lamp is screwed does not screw quite tight. It may have eased the screw off itself. He did not touch it. or anyone else for him. Had the lamp for 6 or 7 years. The glass of the lamp and of other lamps had been broken and renewed by glass, not exactly the same size.—Case adjourned for a week to have the lamp examined by a competent person who can give evidence about its state. LARCENY.—George Kelly, French polisher, no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a florin. the property of Wm. Anderson. cooper. Abergarw. Sentenced to 7 days' imprisonment with hard labour. BREACH OF LICENSING LAWS.—Wm. Hale, land- lord of the Eagle, Brynna-Gwynon. was summoned for keeping his house open on Sunday last.—Mr. R. C. Griffiths defended.—Police-constable David Evans said that at 8.30 on Sunday last he saw a woman going to the front door of the house. The landlord came to the door. He handed her some- thing. He remained outside, and he went in. In a few minutes he came back, and handed the woman something, and she went towards home. He stopped her, and she had under her shawl a jar half full of beer. He went back to the house with her. He charged the defendant with selling the woman beer. He had sold her a Is. worth of beer. Fined £ 2 including costs. PEACE SURETIES.—Moses Evans, farmer. Penv- lan Fach, applied for peace sureties against John Williams, farmer. Berthcelyn.—Mr. T. G. Hughes appeared for the complainant.—Mr. Hughes. in opening the case, stated the parties had been engaged in a law suit some time ago and had not been friendly since.—Moses Evans said that on February 23 he found one of his sheep dead on the common. Police-constable Hamett and himself examined the sheep and fouud blood running from its mouth. Defendant was 50 or 100 yards away fencing with a billhook and gloves. He told him the sheep had not died fair he said the sheep did die fair they quarrelled. Defendant threatened to kill him. On the following Wednesday defendant came to him on the mountain and began cursing and swearing. He alluded to a law suit between them some time ago. when the defendant had to pay a large sum.—Police-constable Hamett having given corroborative evidence, the defendant was ordered to enter into recognisances for c20 and two sureties in £ 10 each. and to keep the peace for six months. BASTARDY. — Mary Gorman, single woman. Bethania-street, Maesteg, summoned Sidney Chap- pell, baker, Aberkenfig. to show cause. iVc.—Mr. T. J. Hughes appeared for the defendant.—Case dis- missed. TRAVELLING WITHOUT A TICKET.—William Cochrane, auctioneer. Cardiff, was charged with travelling on the Great Western Railway without a ticket.—James Teagle, ticket collector, said he saw the defendant in the up-mail on Thursday night. He asked him for his ticket, and he pro- duced a ticket from Swansea to Cardiff for March 5th.John Bevan, station-master, gave corrobora- tive evidence.-Fined 16s. 6d. including costs. GAME TRESPASS.—Daniel Thomas, collier. Pont- rhydyfen, was charged with trespassing in pursuit of game.—William Beynon. butcher. Tirbach. said he saw the defendant and two others beating about the land on Pencath farm. They had a stick each and five dogs — five greyhounds and a sheep dog- They had one hare. The dogs caught it. The men tied it up in a pocket-handkerchief. He watched them for about two hours.—Ad- journed to Saturday next. There were 18 cases of drunkenness, and a fine inflicted in each case.





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