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BRIDGEND PETry SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man), Mr. C. P. Davies, Mr. R. L. Knight, and Mr D, R. David. NEIGHBOITBS AT VARIANCE.—John Preece. collier, 19, Forbes-place, Maesteg, was charged with assaulting William Williams, labourer, 21, Forbes- place, Maesteg.—Complainant said that defendant came into his house last Sunday about 1.30, and accused him of interfering with his little child. He told defendant to leave the house, whereupon he struck him in the face, giving him a black eye. Complainant said that blows then passed between them. Defendant had issued a summons against complainant for assault, and alleged that com- plainant struck the first blow.-Preece said that his flesh and blood could not stand the treatment meted out to him by Williams, and he returned the blow, although he did not wish to fight on a Sunday.—The Chairman said both cases would be dismissed. It was a trumpery case, and ought never to have been brought into court. The magistrate" could not go on hearing such trumpery little squabbles. Complainants would each pay their own costs. A TRAFFIC MANAGER FINED.-George Mort, traffic manager, Tondu Iron Works, was sum- moned by Sidney Poole, labourer, Tondu. for assault.—Mr. Scale defended.-Complainant stated that last Tuesday, between 11 and 12 o'clock, at the Tondu Works, defendant got hold of me because a truck got off the rails. Re said he could not stop the track going off the rails although he put the break on. The rails were greasy. Defendant said he had not tried to stop it, and seizing him, shook him and knocked (him into a bush. Complainant then struck defendant in the face. and defendant hit him twice on the nose. He then asked defendant to pat him off, and he refused, saying that he would hit him again. Complainant then said that if defendant struck him he would hit him with an iron.-In reply to Mr. Scale complainant admitted that he was anxious to leave the company's service, and had several times said he would leave. He denied using insulting language to Mr. Mort when spoken to about the truck going off the line. He had been working for the G.W.R., but left. He denied that the railway company had discharged him. The reason he wished to leave the Tondu Works was because he did not think the work suitable for him, and he could not do it.—Defendant stated that complainant wilfully neglected looking properly after his work, and that when he remonstrated with him he used bad language.—David Llewellyn, knocker at the Tondu Ironworks, said that he heard defendant and Mr. Mort having some words on the day in question. He heard Mort say that Poole had not put the breaks down, when the latter said that he had done so. Poole then said to Mr. Mort" You are a liar," Then he saw Poole with his hands near Mr. Mort's face. whereupon the latter seized complainant by the collar and shook him. The two then disappeared from witnesses's sight into the bushes. Afterwards he saw some marks on Mr. Mort's face. Later in the day complainant said that he did not care, as he had given notice to leave the works.-In answer to the Chairman, witness said the work in which complainant was engaged was of a very dangerous character. Witness would think that complainant was rather young and light for such work.- The Chairman said Mort was in a position of trust at these works, and it was his duty to provide efficient people to carry out the work. If he ap- pointed people who were not efficient, he should not be too hard upon them when they got into any mischief. It was his own action entirely putting a boy to that. The magistrates thought it was very evident that a boy like the complainant was not capable of doing such work. There was not the slightest doubt that Mort had assaulted the boy afterwards, and the magistrates thought it was a very gross case against him.—The Bench imposed a fine of £2 10s., including costs. ILLEGALLY EMPLOYING BOYS AT COLLIERIES Mr. Onionc, manager at Tynewvdd Colliery, was summoned for a breach of the Coal Mines Act.— Mr. Strick. solicitor, Swansea, prosecuted on behalf of Her Majesty's Inspector of Mines. Mr. Randall, solicitor, Bridgend, defended—Mr. Strick said defendant, who was a certificated manager of a colliery, was summoned for a breach of the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887, which stated that no boys, girls, or women should be employed in moving railway waggons. The facts were very bad in this case. A boy named Osborne was employed at the colliery, his duty being to grease trucks and to level the nut coal in the trucks. When the fruck was full he had to take the scotch from in front of one of the wheels allowing the the truck to go forward for about fourteen yards. Then he had to replace the Scotch and put down the break. The boy had th. n to let the empty waggon go under the shoot. The object of the prosecution w.-is to show colliery managers that they most observe the act, and he did not press for a heavy penalty. Mr. Randell said defendant had merely continued the employ- ment of the boy Osborne, &s he bad Leen employed before he was appointed manager.—The Bench said for the technical offence defendant must, pay a fine of -12 pounds, including costs. ASSAULT ON A BLAE^TGAKW POLICEMAN. John Jones, collier, Hopkinstown. Pontvpridd, was charged with assaulting Polioe-coastable William Hall while in the execution of his dury at Blaen- ivT^- °UTrT1etJ,esday evening.—Police-constable Wdham Hall Blaengarw, said he was on duty at 11.30 on Wednesday evening in Katie-street, Blaengarw. Prisoner was standing talking to some persons there. He was a stranger. A man named Williams called him, and told him that prisoner wanted lodgings. Witness asked prisoner when he came to Blaengarw, and he replied that it was last Saturday. On being asked where he had been sleeping since Saturday, defendant replied that he had been in several places. The last place where he stayed was in Blaengarw-road. Prisoner then wem away. when witness was talking to a number of persons prisoner approached him, and without saying anything, knocked him on the head with a big stone (produced). The plate on his 2S was damaged, and there was a mark on his fore- head as a result. He was stunned for a while He suffered severe pains in the head now Wit ness jumped on, and secured the prisoner who was under the influence of drink' He believed prisoner came there on the previous Saturday to a club feast — Thomas David Bevan, Blaengarw Hotel, said that about 11.10 a m. on Wednesday he saw Polioe- constab^e Hall tnd two others standing in the f ?7 7ere tolkiQ*' and he joined them Ihe defendant came on, and, without saying any-' thing he struck Police-constable Hall with a We stone (produced). The congtable was stunned fSr tfrh^tho T recovering> seised the prisoner with the aid of witness and took him to Ponty- ^TrT^nf°n0r Said he was verv sorry for I fi i hd d°ne- 1{° had drinking heavily and had taken no food tor several days.' He hf>d L ( S1UCC either—'The Chairman said he would have to go to gaol for one mouth. SCBNE IN COURT.—Upon the chairman sen- tenc.ng John Jonea to one month's imprisonment for police assault, a woman burst out crying and was led out of court still crying bitterly






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