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ROWDYISM AT BARRY AND CADOXTON. ♦ DISGRACEFUL SCENES IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. WANTED A STONGER POLICE FORCE. From time to time we have had occasion to draw attention to the miserably inadequate police force in the Barry and Cadoxton district. Individually, the men in the force will bear very favourable comparison on with those in any town in the county; but their numbers are far too few. When it is considered that we have probably a resident population of over 15,000 in the district, and a very considerable amount of floating population, the local police force—numbering as it does only fourteen policemen, all told—must appear to be lamentably insufficient. To any one who perusts carefully the reports of the police courts it is also, evident that the percentage of Barry cases at these courts is very heavy. Shebeens abound in our midst, robberies and thefts are of frequent occurrence, grosser offences against the moral and criminal law are often brought to light, and no one whe has lived in the district a short time can be blind to the fact that there is a greater amount of drunkenness at Barry than in towns of a like magnitude elsewhere. Many of these crimes and misdemeanours are found out by the police, and exemplary sentences have been passed on the offenders by our local magistrates. But the fact remains that, as long as the number of our police force is so inadequate, there will be a very considerable proportion of offences which will be undetected by the police and unpunished by the magistratts. Many quiet and peaceable persons have to bear silently every day scenes of brutality and rowdiness through insufficient police protection. We hope that some steps will be taken to increase the numbers of our police force, and we feel sure that none will more gladly or readily testify to the insufficiency of the present force than the police authorities themselves. One of our representatives on Tuesday last was a witness to one of these DISGRACEFUL AND BRUTAL SCENES. At the corner of the Wenvoe Arms Hotel there was gathered a group of men and women, vhile from a short, but safe, distance away from the evil-smelling crowd of public-house loafers and others stood interested and respectable neigh- bours. The crowd had formed themselves into a ring. and within it two half-drunken men, stripped to the waist, were\ going at one another like un- reasoning beasts. Their faces were brutalised by drink and unholy anger, and were soon rendered repulsive by streaming blood. The brutality of the exhibition was not relieved even by a show of science. The two com- batants only appeared as two animals, bereft of reason, MADDENED BY LIQUOR AND PASSION, ) determined by fair means or foul to injure one i another. Time and again they hit out blindly at i one another, till one or both fell. and sometimes, even when on the ground, one tried to disable his opponent. They were attended, however, by seconds, who did their best to restrain the fury of the principals, and induce them to fight according to the Queensberry and most Christian-like rules. After several rounds, it became evident that the smaller of the two—who looked like a sailor-was getting the worst of it. This only made his antagonist—a big, bony, muscular fellow, with arms like a windmill and chest like a horse—the more eager to get at him. After an unusually tough tussle, the sailor looked as if he had HAD ENOUGH OF THE FIGHT. but was egged on by his sympathising and gentle friends. With unsteady limbs and faltering steps he stood out again at the cry of time," saying at the same time, in a quavering voice that belied his words. I'll die before I giw in." In a few seconds both were again on the ground, and when the sailor, who was undermost, was helped to his feet. he looked as if he were about to faint. A friend of the two combatants now rushed in and said that a policeman was in Vere-streat. The seconds tried to induce the two to shake hands, but the big one wanted another round. The sailor, poor fellow, though evidently hardly able to stand, and with a face hardly recognisable through the gashes and blood and mud on it, said he was game for another round, and then stood up to be knocked about by his fresher and stronger antagonist, until at last, through SHEER EXHAUSTION AND WEAKNESS, he fell down like a loy. The big one was not yet satisfied, but the policeman's helmet was now seen coming up the hill, and it became imperative that the fight should c.iase. When the policeman appeared on the scene he could sea nothing bat a. crowd of thirty or iorty loafers. for the two com- batants h.i,d resumed iheir shirts and coats and disappeared..i,nd h;i c)uld hear nothing except mocking exclaniations of It's all over now," Ask A pkseofcinan," ;MHI suchlike pleasantries. AIL this histwl about; fifteen, or twenty mtnutes; find took place in one ft the most public thorough- fares in Cad oxton, within a stone's throw of the railway station, and between four and five o'clock in the afternoon. Such scenes—even if this were the only one. and not a specimen of what is often occurring—are a disgrace to the district. The police are not to blame, for they are practically helpless in the matter. The only way to cure the evil is by increasing our police force. Shortly before seven o'clock the same evening A SIMILAR DISGRACEFUL SCENE was witnessed by another of our representativts near the Barry end of the Holton-road, and almost within a stone's throw of the local police station. Scores of respectable persons were passing at the time, and the brutal fighting of a number of druuktn scoundrels with an accompaniment of disgusting and filthy language went on un- disturbed for a quarter of an hour. One of the combatants" had a fearful gash on the eye, besides being cut about the face, and getting his clothes torn, while the real offender—a detestable scamp of the lowest type, and who richly deserved a horse whipping of the severest kind—besides getting his face literally covered with blood, and his both "peepers" blackened and closed, after- wards set about his friends in vigorous style, trip- ping a couple of them up by the legs, and throwing them violently to the ground with great force. Respectable people asked Where are the police," and not until the mists cad a rolled away." did a guardian of the law put in an appearance.


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