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BRIDGEND PETTY SESSIONS. » SATUBDAY.—Before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man), Mr. C. P. Davies, Colonel Franklen, Major David, and Mr. R. K.Pritchard. AN AGED SON AND HIS MOTHER.—William Evans, collier, Varteg-terrace, Cwmavon, near [ Pontypool, Mon., was summoned by the Bridgend Guardians to show cause why he should not con- tribute towards his mother's support.—William Punter, relieving officer, said defendant had been before the Guardians that morning. Defendant's mother, who resided with her son-in-law, was 84 years of age, and received 3s. a week from the Guardians. Defendant was farming a small hold- ing rented at £26 per annum in Monmouthshire. As a collier defendant earned about £5 a month himself, and members of his family also worked.— defendant said he only kept three cows, for which he had to keep buying hay.—The Clerk So has everybody else who keeps cows.—The Relieving Officer We have had a letter from defendant in which he offers his body as a sacrifice for his debts. —The Clerk You are getting altogether about £3 a week.—Defendant said he was 59 years of age. and had an invalid daughter 23 years of age. and this the Relieving Officer said V.TIJ true.—Defendant said his brother was a younger man than he. and being single was better able to pay.—The Relieving Officer said they could not find the younger brother.—The Bench ordered defendant to pay :¡, a week and the costs.—Defendant protested that he was already heavily in debt, and that he could not possibly pay the money. The constables in Court had the greatest difficulty in inducing defendant to be quiet. ALLOWING CATTLE TO STKAY.—Daniel Morgan, labourer. Colwinstone. was summoned for allowing cattle to stray on the highway at Colwinstone on August 6th.—Evidence was given by Police-consta- ble Adams to the effect that four cows and one mare and colt belonging to defendant were straying on the highway last Saturday evening. He saw them on the road for twenty minutes, and no one wa.s in charge of them.—Defendant was fined 10s. ALLEGED THEFT AT BLAENGAHW.—Eiias Weeks, labourer, Nanthir, Blaengarw, was charged on remand with stealing a silver watch and handker- chief, the property of William James, collier, Nanthir.—-Mr. S. C. Tension, pawnbroker, Blaen- garw, said that on the 4th inst. prisoner came to the shop in the evening, and wanted to pawn a watch. Witness advanced him 6s. on it. The next day Police-constable Hurford called with prisoner and the prosecutor. They gave witness the ticket and asked for the watch. Prisoner then admitted having stolen and pawned the watch.— Mary Ann Jones. 28. Blaengarw-road. Xanthirjsaid that on August 4th she bought the Handkerchief from prisoner for 2s. 6d. Prisoner asked for 2s. 6d.. and stated that he had bought it that week new for 4s. lid. Witness gave it to PoLce-coHstable Hurford the next night.—Police-constable Hurford said that on August 5th Wm. James came to him. and subse- quently he (witness) arrested prisoner in the Blaengarw Hotel at six p.m. He took him to the pawnbroker's shop, and received the watch there. He charged prisoner with stealing the watch and a silk neckerchief from the bedroom at 28, Nanthir- road, the property) of Wm. James. Prisoner said I took the watch in drink. I did not mean to steal it, and I sold the neckerchief for 2s. Gel, to Mrs. Jones, of Blaengarw-road." Witness received the handkerchief from Mrs. Jones.-—Prisoner who did not say anything was committed for trial. UNFRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS AT NANTYMOEL.— Sarah Jane Radford, 7. Park-street, X antymoel, was summoned for assaulting Edith Hale, wife of Thos. Hale, timberraan, Park-street, Nantvmoel.—Com- plainant stated that defendant on the 8th inst. got hold of a knife, and threatened to rip her open. and show her entrails. De- fendant had only lived there a few months.— Mary Lawrence, 4, Park-street. Nantymoel. said that, hearing a noise, she went out. and saw defen- dant with a knife in her hand. Witness thought defendant was a very dangerous woman to live by. —Cross-examined She did not hear defendant being accused of stealing a- sovereign. She went away, and left them quarrelling-.—In answer to the Chairman, witness said she had never seen defen- dant going about with a knife in her hand before. Witness had never heard of defendant striking anyone.—Defendant called John BNJok. labourer. 18, Park-street. Nantymoel, who said that Mrs. Hale was told by her 'husband to -go and smash Mrs. Radford's face. Defendant then said that if complainant went in there she would not leave without a mark. Defendant stayed in her own house.—The Bench ordered witness to stand down, as he evidently did not know anything about the assault,—The case was dismissed. A DANGEROUS DOG AT TYNEWYDD.—A sum- mons issued at tha instance of Henry Worthy, ostler, 20, Church-terrace, Nantynioel, against William Walker, collier. 33. Tynewydd-row, Ty- newydd. was heard.—Complainant stated that defendant kept a dog which was allewed to be at large, and every time he passed flew at him. On one occasion the dog seized hold of a bag containing seven bottles, which he had over his shoulder, with the result that one was broken and four were cracket:.—In reply to defendant, complainant said that when he on one occasion attempted to hit the dog with a hatchet. he so acted with the approval of Police-sergeant Roberts, to whom he had complained about the dog. Opon nearly every occasion of his passing defendant's house for the last eighteen months the dog had attempted to attack him.—Defendant alleged that the dog would not have taken any notice of complainant if he hi»d lefc it alone and not have attempted to hit it with a hatchet. —Police-sergeant Roberts saiid&e knew the dog in question very well. The dog was a savage one. and had attacked him several fames, and was quite unfit to be at large without a muzzle. It had attacked the constable and soii^e children, but. had not done any serious harm.—The Bench ordered defendant to keep the dog under proper control in future, or it would have to be destroyed. STEALING COAL AT MAESTIXT.—-Mary Mansel Hughes, Park street, Maesteg, and 'Margaret Brien, aged 10, Maesteg rew, Maesteg, were charged with stealing coal, the property of the North's Navigation Colliery Company, Limited.— Police-constable Charles GriSLe., Maesteg, said that at 6.40 p.m. on July 25th, at Xc. 9 Colliery, Maes- j teg, he saw two girls with a bag each full of coal from the incline earning from tfce colliery. They were 80 to 100 yards from r«-e pit, but .when they saw him they threw the bags down and ran away, He knew the girls. He opened the bags, and j found that they contained ab(Hrt 40 to.'VO lbs. of j eoal in each. He went to the girls' houses in the evening and spoke t<i Mrs. BrieE. He aeked her < why she sent the child stealing coal, and she said | that she did not know she was-ctealing coal. The child cried, and said, she waialtl not go again, Mary Hughes was eot present when he epoke to < Mrs. Hughes.—Mrs. Hughes, whs was present in court, kept denying tie accuracy .«f the constable's j statements, and was repeatedly warned by the Clerk that she would be put out of court unless she kept quiet, the Ckrk aildiiig that siie was irrepressible.—In answer to the Clerk the con- stable said there was no where eL*e in that neigh- bourhood where defeadants could ge* the coal except they got it from the trusts.—In reply to Mrs. Hughes the officer said he ootikl swear that the defendants had taken the coal from the incline. —The girls pleaded guilty to stealing the coal from a meadow, but denied taking it from tb*! pit incline as stated by the. officer.—Ihe Chaimnan said the Bench thought that in cases like that of children .stealing coal there could be doubt &iat they had been sent out to steal it by ti'.eir pares ts. and tliey thought the poliec should -endeavour in future to trace the crime the real offender*— the parents. If any such parents were breught before them the Bench would deal severely (with thesi. In ;the present cases the defendants wo&Id be dealt with under the First Olfeaders Act. tad woulrf. have to come up for judgment within the next sis months if required. .ASSAULT AT MAESTEG. —Gregory Hamilton, r! labourer, Maesteg, was summoned for assaulting Patrick Dempster, labourer. IG- Temperance-street. J; Maesteg.—Complainant said that on Saturday, ( July 3&. about 8.30 p.m., he was; going ho«:e past diie Town-hall, Maesteg. when he met defendant aud his lather. Defendant asked him to boc with MMt, and he decVned. teLling defendant to go about hi<s business, lie proceeded home. when defendant eaaie up and strl!t.k him to the ground, ant hit hist several times on the fide of tne head. Same one then dragged defendant away, and he (com- plaisant) went to the police statioj:.—The Beach imposed ajfine of THEFT AT PORTHCAWL.—Robert Giles, labourer, Cardiff, was charged with stealing knives, the property of the landlord of tite Espi&uade Rote! Porthcawj^ on the 11th August.—Poiiae-constable j Charles liees stated that on Thursday afternoon. 11th inst., about 4.15 o'clock, he saw defendant, who wa.s drunk, driving a horse and e:llt.. He was beating the horse severely, and witness spoke to him about driving so fast, when defendant said that he had bought the horse for 5s. (Laughter.) Just then the owner of the horse and cart. came up and asked defendant what right he had to take his horse and cart away. Defendant said, I have bought it." Witness then got the defendant out of the cart and took him to the police-station, where he was charged with being drunk. Upon j being searched the two knives produced were found upon him.. Witness asked him how he accounted for them, and he said that he had got them at Newport. Witness said, You came from Cardiff ? and defendant said. il Yes, I did." De- fendant was then locked up, and from enquiries it was found that they belonged to the Esplanade Hotel.—Thomas Green, waiter at the Esplanade Hotel, identified the knives as the property of Mr. Brogden. They were worth 3s. 6d.-Defendant. who said he did not remember anything at all about the matter referred to by the offioer, as he was intoxicated, was sent to gaol for 14 days. ALLEGED COAL THEFTS AT BLAENGARW.— Catherine Thomas. 56. Marian-street, Blaengarw. Margaret Haines, 55, Marian-street, and Margaret Davies, 51, Marian-street, were charged with stealing coal, the property of the Ocean Colliery.- Mr. Scale appeared to prosecute.-Defendants. who did not appear, were represented by their mothers, but the Clerk intimated that cases of felony could not be heard without the defendants being present. The Bench decided to issue warrants to ensure the attendance of defendants on Saturday next. THE PUBLIC-HOUSE CASES.—In the case of Thomas Williams, Llanharran Hotel. Ponty- cymmor, summoned for selling beer csntaining too much saline matter. Mr. Plews appeared, and said that it had been suggested to him that it would be most convenient to the magistrates to take that case, along with the other two cases in which land- lords were summoned for similar oSences.—Mr. Superintendent Thomas had no objection to this. and the magistrates, intimating that they would prefer to take the three cases altogether, it was decided to postpone the hearing for three weeks: The others charged with selling beer containing too much saline matter are T. D. Beavan, Blaengarw, Hotel, Blaengarw, and D. Grif- fiths, Pontycymmer Hotel, Pontycymmbr. It will be remembered that at the court last week, when the cases were adjourned, Superintendent Thomas stated that the beer sold by these defen- dants was not inj urious, and that he thought the public would sustain no harm through the hearing of the cases being adjourned. THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY SUMMON AX OLD SERVANT.—John Edwards, painter, Bryncoch, was summoned by the Great Western Railway Company for trespassing on the line. Mr. Ensor appeared for the Company.—De- fendant stated that he used to work for the Com- pany, and seeing some men on the line with whom he used to work he went to speak to them.—Thos. Jenkins, relief man in the employ of the Great Western Railway, said that on July 14th he was on duty on the Pencocd Branch when he saw defen- dant on the line. He was going towards Bryn- menin. Defendant went past witness, who spoke to him and charged him with trespassing, and told him that he would be prosecuted. Defendant said that he considered the Company ought to give him a warning. When asked for his address, defendant said that he should have that again. Defendant went on in. the direction he was first going although the nearest way off the line would have been for him to turn back. There was not much in it.- Defendant said that seeing witness on the line he went to speak to him, as they used to work together on the line.—Alfred Williams, railway inspector, stated that there was a notice on the nearest cross- ing warning people not to trespass.—The Chair- man said that taking into consideration the fact that defendant used to work for the company, and perhaps thought his old comrades on the line would be glad to welcome him, they would only fine him 5s. including costs.








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