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BRIDGEND PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man), Mr. C. P. Da vies, and Colonel Franklen. FRACAS AT A NANTYMOEL HOTEL.—'Edward Edwards, carpenter, Pricetown. Nantymoel, was summoned for assaulting William Jones, haulier, 11, Dinam-street, Nantymoel.—Mr. T. J. Hughes, who appeared for complainant, briefly opened the case, and called the complainant, who said that he returned from Australia on May 25, and returned to the Ogmore Valley early in June. He had been abroad about six yeare. On July 25 he was at the jUaonogwr Hotel. Nantymoel, about eight o'clock. He was sober, and went into the bar. David James was with Mm. As soon as he entered the bar, he noticed the defendant. Witness was standing up, and when he had his back towards defendant he came up to him and said How are yon? I have net seen you this long time to speak to." Witness said Well, here I am speak to me as much as you'like." Defendant said, Only for the law. when witness said, "Never mind the law." De- fendant appeared very excited, and caught hold of his (complainant's) tie. Before blows could be struck they had a scuffle, and were then separated. Defendant went back to his place, and com- menced calling him, and said that he (complainant) was a mongrel dog. Defendant said, I kept your 1need." and complainant rejoined that defendant had done no such thing. Defendant came up again, and struck him on the forehead, and again caught hold of his tie. Other men came between them, and, in the scuffle, they went from the middle of the room to the bar door. The next thin? he saw was an axe coming down with him, defendant having hold of him with his left hand. He had not noticed the axe in defendant's right hand. Complainant shouted out. Don't use the axe or something to that efiect; but the blow then fell, and caught him at the back of the head, and ripped his coat. At the same moment another man came between them, and the axe reached him over that man's shoulder. He bled at the time from the cut on the head. As soon as he got loose he (complainant) went to look for the axe to give to the police, but Police-sergeant Beynon had Already got it. The axe had no handle to it. He went to the doctor, who attended to the injuries. answer to the Chairman, complainant said that defendant was sober. He could not say where defendant had got the axe from.-In reply to de- fendant, complainant said that he did not strike defendant until after receiving the blow from the axe.—David James, 21, Belle Vue. Nanty- moel. collier, corroborated the statements of com- plaint. Witness noticed the axe in defendant's hand, while he held complainant by the throat. Witness did not see Jones strike Edwards-before the blow was struck with the axe.—Police-constable Beynon said that he heard the disturbance in the hotel on the night in question, and went into the bar. He saw complainant and defendant having a scuffle, and got hold of Edwards by the neck, and someone -else got hold of Jones, and separated them. Jones aimed at Edwards after he got free. and struck him in the face. Witness said, "Stop it, Jones." ..Jones said, "He struck me with an axe. Look here." Witness looked, and Jones showed his head, and witness observed the cut bleeding. One of the crowd then handed him the axe (produced), which was marked with blood. Edwards did not say anything. Witness advised complainant to go to the doctor, which he did.—Mr. Hughes said that the complainant did not wish to be vindictive, and would consent to the case being treated as a -common assault.—Wm. Saunders, carpenter, N;nity- moel, said that he was present at the time in ques- tion. He saw defendant (whom he had not known before), and complainant and James enter. Some conversation took place between them in Welsh, and then complainant jumped at defendant. Witness jumped up and said to complainant, If you want anybody to light, fight me. and don't fight an old man." He separated them and stood before them for about ten minutes, and then went and sat at another table. During that time complainant and -defendant were talking in Welsh, which witness -did not understand. He remained between them until they became quiet. Witness knew that there was a grievance of long standing between com- plainant and defendant. Witness asked defendant to go home, and defendant picked up the axe from where he had been sitting before the row began and put it under his arm, when complainant jumped up, more like a mad dog than anything else, and went towards complainant. From the Mow with which the complainant struck defen- dant the axe disappeared, witness thought the axe was dropoed with the jerk. Complainant rushed at defendant as if with the intention of butting him, and he (witness) supposed he must have caught his head against the defendant, and so re- ceived the blow from the axe. Witness jumped up at once and tried again to part them. Then the sergeant came in. Defendant did not try to strike complainant with the axe, and did not re- move it from the position in which he had put it under his arm to take it home. Witness told the sergeant that defendant had not struck complainant with the axe.— Croaa-examined Witness advised defendant to go home, so as not to have a row. John Pritchard, haulier. Nantymoel, said that ho saw defendant raise the axe about six inches above his head to -strike complainant, who lowered his head to avoid the blow.—The Chairman said the magistrates did not believe that defendant wilfully raised the axe to strike complainant, but he would have to pay a fine of 30s. TEMPORARY TRANSFERS—The license of the Railway Hotel, Pontyrhydyceff. was transferred to John Williams from William Thomas.—The licenso of the Oddfellows Arms, Maesteg, was transferred to J. Jenkins from R. M. Lewis. PUBLIC HOUSE CASES ADJOURNED.—Mr. Wilson, lIoUcitor, Bridgend, applied, on behalf of T. D. Sevan, landlord of the Blaengarw Hotel (who was lunnuoiifid for selling adulterated beer) to have the hearing adjourned for a month, so as to give time to have the beer analysed.—In answer to the Bench, Superintendent Thomas said he did not think the public would sustain any harm from drinking the beer, but what the defendant was summoned for was because the beer contained (¡q grains of saline matter instead of only 50 grains ■per gallon.—The application was granted.—The case of David Lewis Griffiths was adjourned for a fortnight, and that of Thomas Williams was ad- journed for a week. AUNT AND NEPHEW.—Elizabeth Griffiths, New House, Penprisk, summoned her nephew, William Thomas, aged 15, for assault.—The magistrates -suggested that the parties ought to settle the case between themselves; but the aunt declined to settle it, whereupon Mr. C. P. Davies said she ought to know better than to decline settling the -case. Complainant alleged that defendant struck her, and picked up two stones with the intention of throwing them at her.—Cross-examined, com- plainant incidentally remarked that she was the mother of 13, and had 10 living, a remark which created some laughter.—Mr. T. J. Hughes appeared for defendant, who had issued a. cross-summons. —Both cases were dismissed. A "RIOT" AT ABERKENFIG.—Frederick Davies, collier, Aberkenfig; Thomas Davies, bricklayer, Aberkenfig; and Joseph John, labourer, Aber- Tcennsr, were summoned for being drunk and dis- orderly at Aberkenfig on Bank Holiday.-—Police- sergeant Button stated that he saw defendants drunk and behaving in a disorderly manner on the sports' field on Bank Holiday. They were all very drunk, and were fighting, and a large crowd was watching them. There was almost a riot, and the defendants were fighting like dogs. F. Davies and T. Davies. who had been previously convicted, were each fined £1 and John was fined 15s. RIDING ON COLLIERY TRAMS.—John Evans, liaulier, 47, High-street, Nantyffyrlling, Maesteg, was summoned by Jenkin Jones, Coegnant House, Maesteg, colliery manager, for riding, contrary to the rules, on the hook between the trams at the Coegnant Colliery, on July 22nd.—Defendant who, -did not appear, was fined £1. ASSAULT AT TYNEWYDD. — Thomas Mason, collier, Ffronwen Tee. Tynewydd, was summoned for assaulting Walter Tucker, collier, Glyn Tee. Tynewydd. Complainant stated that he was encaged on Mabon's Day to assist at the Fox and Hounds. Tynewydd. Defendant was wanting to fiu-ht with a man, and complainant was ordered to separate the men. Defendant refused to quit the house and said he would not go out for complain- ant or the police. He then struck defendant. jrivino- him a black eye.—Police-constable Williams stated that he was called in to eject defendant, -and on the road he remarked that he did not care about going to gaol or anything else.—Defendant was fined £ 3 or 14 days. A MAESTEG AFFILIATION CASE. — Mr. T. J. Hughes, solicitor, Bridgend, represented Miss Annie Maria Thomas, 6. Gwendoline terrace, Maesteg, who applied for a bastardy order' against James Cohen, who was stated to be in a large way of business at Maesteg, Defendant did not appear. Police-sergeant Hill stated that both parties occupied a very respectable position in Maesteg, and that when he served defendant with the summons he said that he was willing to pay 3s. a week towards the maintenance of the «hild. Mr. T. J. Hughes said he would ask for the maximum order of 5s. a week. The defendant was .a man who was very well to do, and had a large business at Maesteg. The parties were engaged to be married at the time the seduction took place. Complainant said that the child—a girl—was born on the 17th June last, and James Cohen was the father. Mr. Cohen was eng-aged to her, and had laeen her sweetheart nearly 18 months. He gave her an engagement ring, came to her mother's house, and visited her regularly. He also took her out for drives. The intimacy took place at her mother's house, and when she informed defendant of her condition from that time to the present he had never been to see her. He told her that he would take good care not to have anything more to do with her. At one time he complained to her of having to pay £6 for income tax. He had not paid anything at all towards the maintenance of the child, but had denied being the father, and suggested that some one else was the father.—The Bench ordered defendant to pay 5s. a week, and to pay all expenses incidental to the birth, to pay the witnesses costs, and advocate's fee.—The Clerk said that complainant would still have ground of action for damages for breach of promise, and Mr. .Hughes remarked that that was so. FIGHTING AT BRIDGEND. — Two labourers, Ryan and Humphreys, of Bridgend, were sum- moned for disorderly conduct.—Police-constable Rees stated that about 5.30 p.m. on Bank Holiday he found defendants who were drunk fighting in Nolton-road.—Humphreys was fined 15s., and Ryan £ 1. ALLEGED THEFT AT BLANGARW.—Elias Weeks. was charged with stealing a silk neckerchief and a silver watch, the property of William James, collier, fvanthir, Blaengarw.—Prosecutor stated that defendant was lodging in the same house. Prosecutor had a silver lever watch and a silk neckerchief. On Thursday last he saw the articles safe in the house upstairs at five o'clock in the evening. The watch was in his pocket upstairs. and the neckerchief was downstairs. The waist- coat containing the watch was hanging in the bed- room which defendant shared with him. Witness left them there when he went to work. When he returned home in the morning about half-past five the articles mentioned were gone. Witness asked defendant where the things were, and he said that they were in the pawn. Defendant was in the Blaengarw Inn when he said that he had pawned them. Defendant said that the ticket was in his (prosecutor's) clothes, so he went back and looked for the pawn ticket, which he found under the bed. Prosecutor then went and informed the police.—Mr. Superintendent Thomas asked for a remand for a week, so as to enable inquiries to be made as to defendant's antecedents.—Remanded until Saturday. THROWING STONES AT TRAINS. — Two sum- monses had been taken out by the Great Western Railway Co., against James Rowe, aged 11, and Wm. Rowe, aged 8, living with their parents at Pyle, for throwing stones at a train.—Mr. Ensor, who represented the company, withdrew the summons against the younger brother, as it was possible that he had been led on by the elder.—Police- constable Shears stated that about 8.30 p.m. on June 24, he saw the two boys (Rowe) throw some- thing at the guard's van on the Great Western Railway. He heard the elder Rowe say, "I broke one." Witness asked them why they threw stones at the train, and the boys denied having thrown anything. Witness made the boys go back to the line, and on the way James Rowe said. I only threw one little one." and William Rowe said the same. Subsequently, James Rowe picked up the stone (produced) and William Rowe also picked 1 up a stone, and each said that they were the stones thrown. Witness had had numerous complaints as to stone-throwing at trains.—The Bench ordered James Rowe to receive six strokes with a birch rod.


















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