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A BRIDGEND LANDLORD FINED. At Bridgend on Saturday, William Brown, landlord of the Masons' Arms, Bridgend, was summoned for being open on Sunday last and George James, fitter, Newcastle, Bridgend James James, carpenter, South-street, Oldcastle, Bridg- end Brown Gregory, plasterer, Park street, Bridgend, were summoned for being on licensed premises on Sunday. — Acting sergeant John Button stated that defendant's house was near the brewery. Last Sunday ha was instructed to watch the premises, in company with Police-constable Sloley. At 8.45 a.m. they saw three men enter the backyard of the Masons' Arms. They were out of sight for ten minutes, when they came out and went away. At 10.30 they saw a man named Gregory, a mason, enter the house, and he remained five minutes. They then saw the defendants go into the house, and witness went round to the back. Police-constable Sloley going to the front door. When in sight of the back door he saw the landlord's neice standing in the door. She said, Run the policeman is by the front door." De- fendant James James came out and passed witness, who asked him what he was doing there, and he made no reply. Witness saw George James in the kitchen, and on the table were two pints of fresh-drawn beer. George James made no reply when asked what he was doing there, but went next door without a word. Witness saw Gregory with a pint vessel about half full of beer near him on a bench. Witness called the landlady's atten- tion to the two Jameses, and also to Gregory. She said, "I have not seen the two Jameses this morn- ing. neither did I supply them with any beer, but I did supply Gregory, because he has been work- ing here since six o'clock this morning." Witness said that was an untruth, because he had not entered the house more than 15 minutes before he (witness) went in. The neice then said, I must tell the truth. It was I who filled the two pints for the Jameses, and the Missis did not know anything about it.—Police-constable Robert Sloley said that he was in company with Police- Sergeant Button last Sunday, when they watched the house for a considerable time. What the last witness had said was correct. Witness went to the front door whilst Acting-sergeant Button went to the back. He knocked at the front door, and the landlady came and answered from inside, Who is there Witness said, It is the police, open the door." He then heardsomeone say. Run, the police are at the front door." The landlady then opened the front door, and witness went in. Be- fore he could get to the back the two Jameses had disappeared. Witness then went back to the kitchen, and saw Brown Gregory sitting there, and another man with him. There was a pint pot partly full of beer beside him. The other man, whose name was Thomas Davies. was work- ing there that morning cleaning horses. Witness saw him carrying water out all the morning. He asked Gregory what business he had there, and he said that he had been there since six o'clock in the morning, working. Witness told him that was an untruth, as they had seen him go in only about a quarter of an hour before. To that Gregory made no reply. When the landlady was spoken to by the last witness she denied all knowledge of the Jameses being there, and then they (the police) told her what they had seen. The landlady then said that if they had had any beer it must have been supplied to them by her neice, who then admitted supplying the two Jameses with two pints. Witness saw the landlord, who said that he knew nothing about it having been ill in bed. Witness knew that the landlord had something the matter with his eyes.—George James stated that he was on the premises for the purposes of attend- ing engine repairs, &e.—Thomas Davies, engine- man to Mr. W. Brown, said that he went for Geo. James, as they could not get the water in the boiler. They began the job on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning witness started the engine. Witness was seated in the kitchen waiting for George James to return, and told Police-constable Button that they were working at the machinery, They could not get the water in the boiler without George James. Witness had a pint of beer in his hand, but I did not see a pint on the settle. Witness saw Brown Gregory in the kitchen. He did not hear the neice say she had drawn the two pints for the James.—By Superintendent Thomas He could not say what time it was that George James came to the house. Witness did not see George James at all until after the bother with the police. Witness knew nothing of what occurred between 10.30 and 11.30 when the police entered the house.—William Brown was fined £1. the case against George James was dismissed, and James James and Brown Gregory were each fined 10s.









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