THE PRICE OF MEAT. I WHAT KEEPS IT UP? INTERVIEWS WITH REPRESENTA- TIVE FARMERS AND BUTCHERS-. _-w. SOUTH GLAMOMAN. We quote the foliotoihg from the Wextern Mail of Monday On Friday our Barry representativa interviewed a number of the leading farmers o f the Vale of Glamorgan and some of the principal butchers of the Barry district with reference to the gradual falling off in the price of agricultural stock during the past few years and the continued high price of butcher's meat. THE FARMERS. In most instances, the farme:s interviewed fully agreed with the opinions expressed by Consumer"in his letter published in the Western Mail on Wednes- day, that the price of cattle was fully 30 or 40 per cent. below the standard of 1888 and 1889, that butchers should make a corresponding reduction, as the butchers have the benefit of the reduction and enjoy a monopoly which should be done away with in justice to the public generally. At the same time, although the farmers expressed their opinions on the matter freely, and in some cases strongly, to our representative, they feel reluctant to allow their names to go forth to the public in connection with the interviews on i he ground that they are so much "under the thumb" of the butcher, and Christmas being so near (when they will have a large quantity of fat stock on offer), they might institute a sort of Boycott against them. One farmer^ who has nearly 500 acres of land in his possession, and is one of the greatest breeders of stock in South Glamorgan, and a. most success- ful exhibitor at agricultural shows all over the country, stated that, although fat cattle is fully 30 per cent. cheaper now than it was in 1888, he deprecated the suggestion that farmers should kill and sell their own stock, being of opinion that in most instances the farmers, not having a practical knowledge of the butcher's business, would be obliged to engage costly assistance, .so that what would be saved in stock would be spent in labour, and the position, so far as the farmer is concerned, would not be an advantage compared with the present. The eame gentleman quoted an instance in which a farmer from the Vale opened business on his own account at Barry, and, after a couple of years' trading, found himself obliged to abandon the business and return to farming, at the same time having lost a considerable sum upon the venture. Still, the farmer interviewed was of opinion that the trade generally, so far as butchers are concerned, should voluntarily reduce their prices when stock can be bought for so low a figure as at present. He was further of opinion that butchers and bakers had never had such good times as they have now. OPINION OF MR. EVAN DAVID, CADOXTON- BARRY. Our representative, calling upon Mr. Evan David, Vere-street, Cadoxton-Barry—a butcher of many years' extensive experience- obtained from that gentleman the following statement I con- sider it is very unfair to charge our trade with obtaining unreasonable prices from the public for the meat we supply. Our position is a very difficult one. The price of stock varies consider- ably twice a year, and this our customers, as a rule, know but little about. At the fall of the yea • there is plenty of stock in the market, and we can buy at fairly cheap rates, but the farmers do not say that between February and July they can get almost what they ask for their stock. Farmers, as a rule, at this time are husbanding stores, and will sell them during the early months of the year. This year has been an exception. The sumtrer was a dry one, and there being but little natural fodder, they sell at a sacrifice rather than keep their cattle through the winter, because of the light harvest which was experienced. Between Christmas and Midsummer butchers have to pay frequently as much as lOd. and Is. per lb. for mutton, and are obliged to supply their customers at the same time. and even less, price, so that many butchers in districts like this (where we supply only working-class families) trade at a general loss. In fact, I have lost many times £80 and £ 100 during three months, and it is only during the fall of the year when we can buy at 6 £ d. and 9d. that we have 'a chance to make this loss up. If we lowered the price to our customers when we buy cheap, and raise when the price went up, wo would have a great deal of difficulty with the public, and it would lead many a butcher to sell inferior stuff. Farmers can buy young Irish bullocks for £ 3 10s., and having kept them for a season or two on the land, they can sell them at £ 12 and C14 per head. T .3 cF land to the tenant farmer varies from 12 an acre downwards. This being so, they are able to make at least £7 and £ 8 an acre by feeding jO„k, assuming, as is generally the case, the /e ag'e that three heads of cattle may be fed on every acre." AsLed whether it would not pay the farmers to rear and sell their own beasts, Mr. David said he had no hesitation in decla-ing that the butchers had nothing to fear from this threat, because it was daily being proved that farmers, although keeping to themselves the double profit, they would hen lose considerably. Continuing his remarks, Mr. David said We have many times been obliged to rely for supply upon foreign beasts-Canadian and American-but now, after a bad summer, the country is full of home stock, and the consequence is that the public are having the benefit of home stock without a proper proportional increase in price. I have .no besitation in saying that the position of the butcher is worse now than it was five years ago. Competition is keener, and we cannot get the prices now that we could in 1888. We buy beef. as a rule, at 5Jd. and 6d. per lb., and we sell 2 at 8 £ d. and 9d., and a great deal at 4d. and even 3d. per lb. INTERVIEW WITH MR. G. H. BURNETT. Mr. G. H. Burnett, of Barry-road, Cadoxton, and High-st-eet, Barry, is the oldest butcher in the Barry district, and the opinion he expressed was mainly the same as that of Mr. David, adding that, with rent, rates, and taaes higher than they were when he commenced business, and the general conditions of trade so much more strained, it was very difficult now to make a comfortable living out of butchering. MR. J. MARSHALL. BARRY DOCK, SETS AN EXAMPLE. Mr. J. Ma-'shall, butcher, Holton-road, Barry Dock, is decidedly at variance with his brother butchers. Mr. Marshall is a young man who seems dete mined to make his mark in the line of business he has adoptc 1. Previous to going into business eighteen months ago on his own account, he was manager of an extensive branch for two or three years, and during this time had oppor- tunities of obtaining a comprehensive insight into the mysteries of buying and selling stock. Mr. Marshall, in reply to our representative's in- terrogations, said .—" The price of stock is now low-lower, really, than it Iras been during the time I have been in business—and I think when we can buy cheap (the saTLe as in the case of flour and other articles of food) the public should have a reasonable benefit of the reduction. Be- lieving this I have to-day—(and Mr. Marshall handed our representative a handbill)—issued an intimation to my customers that for the next few weeks I shall sell prime English ÐX beef for boil- ing at 2 £ d. to 4Jd. per lb. roastirg pieces, 5d. to 6J. per lb. legs, loins, ard shoulders of lamb and mutton, 4Jd. uo 6.1d. per lb. and necks and 2 2 breas.3 at 3d. to 4d. Of course, I don't say I can do this always, but so long as the prese it buying prices last I will continue to do so, in order to give my customers a fair share of the profits. I attribute the present fall in prices to the fact that farmers, after experiencing such a bad summer, prefer getting rid of their stock than keep them over the winter.
BARRY. THE LATE BURNING FATALITY AT BARRY ISLAND.—On Friday morning last at the Marine Hotel, Barry Island, an r'nquest was held by Mr. E. B. Reece, coroner, touching the death of a little girl, named Mabel Kate Hawl-er, aged five years and live months, who died on the lai/h inst. 3a. r. r. Hawke foreman mason, the father of the child, said daughter had been laid iip for some weeks past scarlet fever; and had been put in a separate upstairs to prevent the other clMdren eatc' disease. During the last week or so the rapidly recovering from the fever, and 0' *r»p<,(i*v the 18th inst he went upstairs at dinr before going to his work to see nei. T was slfive in the room m a little reguteredjra fefore which -was placed a low fender about four l H child was out of bed looking throu- /fwtt, 2d he ordered her back intr. bedI for wd ^tch; cold, as she had only her mg on Ee theu. went to his work, which wa» and a)jout sn hour later Mrs. ar ^.as staying at kfis house, came running to he was wor^Lng crying °ut to bim that Mc.be terning to death. He rushed to his house,? A,?i hb chikl's clothes in flames whica e ex i fts goon he was able, and immediate!} Sot Neale, and sent also for oil. Dr. «"re a ^>^ed in the place of Dr. Neale, whe was ir°m tesmn, and did all in his power to alleviate tne .fittle girl's sufferings, bfct she died from t j <g»jfeCts of t&e burns on the following day. His ,j,a(j !ut fluently got over her confine- ment, an' endeavouring to put out the flair es, had •burnt n very severely. It was the right side and arm o j he c)*iicvthat were most seriously burnt; but be Aadit "neir ^he slightest idea how the accident hap- -Pl.at.1,. The doctor had, two weeks ago, ordered the driM'-sbody to be oiled twice a day to prevent the skin -pw'ling off, and the gown that she wore was very oily, Md would have taken fire very easily. He thorght she must have !got out of bed after he had left the house — Mrs. A-J. Larkham, wife of Mr. A. Larkham, labourer, said she had apartments in Mr. Hawker's house, and on Tuesday, the 18th inst., she was sitting in the kitchen, and heard a. scream from the room up- states, where the little girl was lying, and Mrs. Hawker snatched her-shawl and ran upstairs, and she (witness), seeing the child at the top of the stairs with her gown :all ablaze, ran for Mr Hawker. They did everything they possibly could to save the little girl, but she died the next day. Asked by the Coroner whether the child had been playing with anything near the fire, witness said all the tovs that the child had were found in the feed after the accident.—Mrs. Hawker was too ill to attend the ir quest, as she was suffering from the burns her arm had sustained.-A verdict of Accidental death from burning was returned. THE SCHOOL BROKEN INTO.—One evening this week Cadoxton Board School was feloniously broken into, and one of the teachers' desks, having been wrenched open, a sum of money was stolen. Other mischief was also done. LECTURE.—The Rev. T. Evans, of London, lectured on Wednesday evening at the Presbyterian- hall, Barry, on the subject of The Choice of a Life Partner." The chair was occupied by Alderman Meggitt, and there was a good attendance of the public. In the course of his lecture the rev. gentleman, refer- ring to temperance, said it ha.d been proved by official returns that men were more sober now than they were 20 years ago in Wales, but drunkenness amongst women, he was sorry to say, was on the inciease. Re- ferring to gambling, Mr. Evans said that Lord Aber- dare, in opening a bazaar at Merthyr, said that. although raffling in itself was not harmful, he could only describe it as being a pious fraud. FOREIGN MISSION. — On Tuesday last Miss Fletcher (Calcutta) and Mr. Peel (Madasgacar), mem- lors of the London Foreign Mission Society, paid a visit to Barry, and in the evening at the Congre- gational Chapel gave a very interesting account of the .good work they are engaged in. The Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., pastor, presided at the meeiing, sup- ported by the Rev. — Brown, Penarth. The latter gentleman at the commencement of the proceedings said that the generality of people were inclined to ridicule the idea of foreign mission work when so much in- iquity existed at home. But, said the speaker, if that were the attitude adopted by the primeval exponents of Christianity, what would be the present condition of civilised Europe ? If the early Christians had con- :fined their efforts to perfecting the neople of their own country only, the inhabitants of tae Western por- tion of the globe would be in exactly the same deplor- able condition as the poor people whom they (,;he missionaries) now endeavoured to enlighten. (Ap- plause.) He said it was necessary to ^ake a more large-minded view of the matter, and Europeans would do well to contribute more generously towards such good work. (Hear, hear.)—M<ss Fletcher gave an excellent discription of the manners and customs of the people among whom she had spent so many years, and said that during her stay in Calcutta she had made friendsamongthe natives thatshe would be sorry to lose. The speaker illustrated her address by means of pic- tures and curiosities of the land from which she had come. Among other things were a Bhuddist prayer- -tvheel and a caii-lftrn. The former was used in the temples by the priests, and the latter by the natives, to signify the birth of a child, or any other matter of im- portance.—Mr. Peel, in the course of an able address, said that the Madagascar Mission commenced in 1820. There had been a mission started in 1818 by two clever Welshmen, who died a few months afterwards. From 1820 the mission work had progressed in a very favourable manner unuil the year 1836, when a perse- cution of all Christians commenced, and the work had to be abandoned for a period of 26 years but it was now being carried on in a perfectly satisfactory manner. In the Island of Madagascar there were 13,073 Christian congregations, comprising 300,000 people. There were 1,000 day schools for children, and the number examined last year was 70,000, although when he first went there, 19 years ago, there was no more than one school in the Island. Each missionary had charge of from 20 to 120 congregations and day schools. That showed that there was really need of more help to cope successfully with the gigantic work the society had in hand.—A aollection in aid of the London Foreign Missionary Society brought the proceedings to a close. VENOYA TEA.—At the presenftime, when so many teas are advertised as being the fuest in the trade, it is oftimes perplexing which tea rfco select for me. The large and increasing sale of Venoya Tea shows that, at any rate, that tea quite deserves all the many flattering things said of it. Mr. D. Iestyn Jones, family grocer, has been appointed the agent for its sale at Barry. In addition to that, we may state that Mr. Jones is noted for the fine quality of the bacon, Danish butters, and provisions he sells, at very reason- able prices, and intending customers would do well to purchase at the Emporium. MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—The subject chosen for discussion at, the Congregational Debating Society on Wednesday was Fair Trade v. Free Trade." Captain Hamilton Murrell took the affirma- tive, and Mr. F. W. Taylor the negative. There was an unusually large attendance of members and friends at the meeting, the Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A. (presi- dent) in the chair. Two very interesting and instruc- tive papers were read, which were thoroughly appreciated by the audience, each paper eliciting repeated applause. Short addresses for and against were delivered by Mr. S. A. Williams, Mr. Gould, Mr. J. Davies, and Captain Murrell (senior). Upon being put to the vote the negative was carried by a small majority. The proceedings terminated about 10 p.m., a thoroughly pleasant evening having been spent by all. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday evening next, at 8 p.m. All are heartily invited to be present at the debate. MYSTERIOUS DROWNING FATALITY. -Abolt one o'clock on Wednesday afternoon the body of a man, in a state of decompos'tion, was discovered floating in the dock, between No. 9 and 10 tips. A workman, named Thomas, first saw the body, and immediately sent for Dock-conotable Mayled, who had the body conveved to the Dock Ambulance House. The deceased had on a coarse tweed jacket, dark grey trousers, and light stockings but had no hat or waistcoat. The top of the heal was cut open appar- ently caused by falling on the stone sides of the dock or by being struck with a lump of coal whilst in the water. Upon the body were found a badge of the N.A.S. and F. J.,five seaman's discharges, a tobacco bo7:, two smoking pipes, and a small round stone. From the discharges it appears his name was Loirjs aft, 41 years of age, and a fireman. He cn..n? iato Barry Dock with fie s.s. Diligent from Portishead, which arrived here on the 10th inst., and sailed on the 12th. He had been paid off from the Diligent at Portishead, and came across with the same boat. The body re mains in the Ambulance-house to await the inquest. An inquest was held at the Barry Police-station on Thursday afternoon, before Mr. E. B. Reece. An open verdict of Found drowned was returned. NURSING ASSOCIATION.—Those interested in the Barry, Cadoxton and District Nursing Association, and all who belped so generously in the recent sale of work will be glad to hear the total amount realised was Y.50 13s. IS YOUR WATCH WRONG? IF SO, and you wish it put in reliable order, why go to town when you can get any class of Watch, repairs dope equally well at Barry by W. COOMBS, Market Hall Buildings, late with Mr J Hettich 60, Queen-street, Car difi ° f-301 IF YOU feel listlee; t;rprl out, w:vhout strer.^h to do anv.h'ng, ai-d with little or ho s-pcetit-e. Evan's Qninir* Biters ..J;i speedily banish that lisMessness. resoore the app"e- and g've renewed strength and vigour to the whole body, See. ad,t jjage.^ I-20 BARRY DOCK. lNQUESrA, ^Qn Friday Mr. E. B. Reece district coroner, inquest as to the death of Charles Harold nwasork T)f Evans-street, who died suddenly on Wear ni-ght. Mr. Hflfehins was selected fore- ™ar 'of the jury, and the following evidence was ..CiMfcd':—Elizabeth Harvey, living at 8, Evans- F ./r'v-et, Metthyrdovan, wife of Matthew Harvey, feiioatef. said Charles Harold lodged at her house. ISe was'S$vears old, and was a mason. On Wednesday adorning he complained of feeling unwell, and dild not •go to work. He complained of a pain in lis side. He got up, came downstairs, but had no Tbteakfast, and went out at 20 past 8, and came back at 9.30 and bad some tea and a bit of bacon. He went to bed at 12.iO, and got up between six and seven in the even- ing, and went to his club. He said nothing when he ctme back about feeling ill. He asked her boy to take ir.is boots off. He had a little tea at 6.30. Her son '.vent to bed, and found Harold's head hanging out of [ bed. He called for some water, which she sent up. He bathed his head and hands, and then called and told her that Charlie was dead. Her daughter went for the doctor, and Dr. Livingstone canre.—bharles Harvey, labourer, said when he went to feed he saw deceased with his head and shoulders out of bed. He was un- dressed. He was unconscious, and he took hold of him and lifted him into the bed. He un- buttoned his shirt collar, and called for water. He put some of it in his mouth, and it gargled. He thought he was dead, but he was alive when he saw him first. He was quite sober at the time he died. He had gone out for a walk with him on Sunday, and he ate a lot of blackberries, after which he complained of being ill.—Dr. Livingtone gave evidence, and said he attributed death to natural causes, viz.. to heart disease and the man was a heavy drinker. Cross-examined by the Coroner: Mrs. Harvey said deceased had been a heavy drinkers, but lately had been more steady.-Dr. Livingtone said he did not think the blackberries had anything to do with the death, and the jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes—heart disease. BAPTIST CHAPET, ANNIVERSARY.—Anniversary services will be held at the Barry Dock Chapel on Sunday, November 6. The Rev. W; Parry (Ponty- pridd) will preach at the morning and evening ser- vices. In the afternoon, at 2.30, there will be held a special children's service, at which will be rendered solos, duetts, recitations, Ac and an address by the Rev. W. Parry. Collections will be made at the ser- vices in aid of the chapel funds. THE LATE DISMISSAL FROM THE RAILWAY.— On Sunday, at the Globe Hotel, Merthyr, a meeting of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Council of the A.S.R'S. was held, u ider the presidency of Mr. G. Mauncers, Pontypridd. It was resolvedThat, having heard the explanation of Bro. H. Davies re his discharge from the Barry Railway Company's service, this council unanimously deprecates the action of the Barry Railway Company in discharging Liirn from their employ, believing as it does that he was dis- charged, not so much for any mistake that he might have made in the discharge of his duiy, b.1t showing thei- vindictiveness towards him fo: the manly stand he made for Trades Unionism in his endeavours to elevate his fellow workmen; and, furthermore, pro- tests againsu the action of the company in interfering with the pf 'tical rights of t'ie men in their employ, and that th's council is of opinion that Bro. H. Davies is fuhy e-i' led to the protection fund grant, and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Executive Committee, and also to the Executive Committee- men of the district, in support of his c': im. TRAP ACCIDENT.—Mr. Johnson (Cardiff), whilst driving to the dock late on Wednesday evening last, met with a slight accident. In crossing the line by the timber-pond the wheel of the trap caught in the groove between the rail and the guide-rail, overturning the trap and horse and throwing out the occupant. With the help of some workmen the trap was raised to its proper position, and Mr. Johnson proceeded on his journey. It was most fortunate that there happened to be no engine passing or the probability is that in the darkness something more serious would have occurred. CADOXTON. HOAXING AN AUCTIONEER.—The fraud upon auctioneers reported on Tuesday does not seem to have been confined to Cardiff, for on Monday Mr. William Thomas, auctioneer, of Barry and Cadoxton, received a eommunu ition asking him to conduct a sale by auction at a farm near Llanishen on a certain date, and a charge of 7s. was made by the person who forwarded the communication for expenses incurred in securing the sale for Mr. Thomas. The latter gentleman accepted the offer, and replied to the letter accordingly. On seeing the Cadoxton papers on Tuesday morning, however, Mr. Thomas at once suspected that a hoax had been played upon him, but, fortunately, he had not taken any steps towards advertising the sale. Mr. Thomas has given information to Police-inspector Rees, who is taking steps towards discovering, if pos- sible, the author of the letter. SHEBEENING.—Under instructions, the local police have been watching several supposed shebeens in Holmes-street, Cadoxton-Barry. As the result of this, on Sunday afternoon, between five and six o'clock, Acting-sergeant Gammon and Police-constable William Phillips, armed with a warrant, entered the house of a man named Edward Brooks, who holds a licence to sell beer in wholesale quantities, and who also published his inten- tion to apply at the last licensing sessions at Barry Dock for a licence to sell beer in smaller quantities. The police seized several casks of beer and drinking sl utensils. AN OFFICE BROKEN INTO.—At an early hour on Saturday morning a build'ng situated at the end of tne railway siding at Cadoxton Station, and used by t le Cadoxton Coal Company, was feloniously broken into and the place ransacked. A quant'ty of post ge ctamps was stolen, but, fortunately, no money was left in the building overnight, and but little of a valuable character was available. The burglarly was discovered by Gordon, the company's manager, as he entered the place on Saturday morning. PRESENTATION.—On Sunday last an interesting presentation took place at the Bethel Calvinistic Methodist Sunday School. Miss Polly Rees,date assis- tant at the Cadoxton Post office, was presented, on the occasion of leaving Cadoxton for Abercarn, by the teachers of the school, with a handsome Bible, in re- cognition of Miss Rees' labours as a teacher in the Sunday School. The presentation was made by the deputy-superintendent, owing to the absence of the superintendent, and Mr. John Rees thanked the teachers for the presentation, on behalf of his daughter. BRYN SLON.—Next Sunday and Monday anniver- sary services will be held at Bryn Seion Welsh Inde- pendent Chapsl, when the Revs. R. Thomas, Glandwr, and W. Rees. Sirhowy, will preach. BAZAAR.—On Wednesday and Thursday a sale of work took nlace at the Bethel Calvinist;e Methodist Chapel Court-road. There is a. sum still owing on the Building fund, and it was decided some short +ime ago to make a. big effort to wipe t'1e debt out. A band of willing workers, including the Pastor and Mrs. Matthews, the Misses Rees, Mrs. and the Misses Howe, Mrs. and Miss Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Edwards, Miss Hughes, Mrs. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Dean, Mrs. A. W. Morgan, Miss Dav*es (BellaeYue), Miss A. Williams (Springfield), &c., did their *tmost to gather articles, and to decorate the toolroom, and they were quite successful as was shown on Wednes- day when the sale was opened. Around the room were arranged stalls laden with goods, and they were in charge of the following ladies: — Fancy stall, Mrs. A. W. Morgan and Miss Howe plain work sta'l, Miss Parcell, Miss Rees, and Miss E. Evans; fruit and flower stall, Miss Taylor and Miss Rees; refreshment stall, Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Taylor, Miss Hews, and Mrs. Edwards. In a gipsy tent Miss Stevens, attired in flaming costume, peered into the future, and, for a small sum, predicted all sorts of nice things for her patron. What, however, seemed to be more patronised were the electric battery, under the charge of Mr. M. Edmonds, and the weigh- ing and height machine, in charge of Mr. W. Rees. Messrs. Bonn and Howard, with much kindness, gave several exhibitions of "Bonn's World's Diorama." Mr. A. L. Eonn acted as manager, Mr. R. F. Illingwortha acting-manager, and Mr. T. E. P. Haigh as stage ma- er. The views shown were really good, the moonlight :cenes and carnivals showing well, alto- gether forming an artistic treat, and, it is needless to state, the show added much to the success of the sale of works. The views included:- A collection of dioramic scenery, illustrating a trip round the World—visits to the principal cities of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America just added, York Minster, shewing the Minster by day and by night, the Cathedral illuminated for evening service, and many splendid and interesting views with effective dioramic changes. Captain Davies opened the proceedings on Wednesday evening, and in the course of a neat speech, said he was sorry they had to resort to sales of work to suppc t the cause of religion. It ought to be supported voluntari y. If they adopted a svstem of putting an amount, however small, e/ery week, it would be much easier for them to carry on their work, although lie had nothing to say against these bazaars and sales of work, as they gave young people some- thing to do. The Jews gave the first fruits to the Lord, but he was aJraid they, in many cases, only gave the last fruits. (Applause.) A large number of visitors were present at the opening csremony, and the attendance were Good on both nights. Vocal and in- strumental music were felven by Mv3. A. W. Morgan, Misses C. Howe, Davies, Hughes, and Williams, Messrs. G. H. Spinks, D. Deere, W. Howe, J. Lewis, iic. Viss Howe accompanied the iongs. AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—On the occasion of the annual dinner of the Cardiff Union Agricultural Society about 130 members and friends assembled at the Corporation Hotel, Cardiff, on Wednesday evening. General Le.e, R.E., presided, supported by Mr. Henry Lewis, Mr. D. T. Alexander, and Mr. W. L. Yorath (secretary). After the honouring of the usual toasts, the prizes were awarded to members successful n the annual competion. A list of the prize-winners has already appeared in these columns. PUBLIC LIBRARIES.—On Wednesday evening at the Local Board Offices, Cadoxton, a. meeting of the Public Libraries Committee was held, Mr. D. Roberts (in the c iair). There were alw present Dr. O'Donnell, Messrs. J. Robinson, W. Thomas, W. LI. Williams, C. J. Flowers, E. F. Blackmore (secretary), and J. Barstow.—Mr. Llewellyn Williams proposed, and Mr. C. J. Flowers seconded, that the tender of Lewis Evans for printing the catalogues of the Free Library be accepted, subject to the paper meeting the approval of the Chairman and secretary.-After a long dis- cussion, it was decided to take Mrs, Riddler's house in Main-street as reading-room, in place of the room now used at a rental of 10s. weekly.-Dr. O'Donnell and Mr. Wm. Thomas were authorised to see that the necessary altsration be made at a cost not exceeding £ 10.—Mr. Wm. Thomas made a complaint on behalf of Mr. Townsend as to the alleged unfair distribu- tion of orders for books for the Free Library. The secretary showed that the unfairness did not arise from the action of the commitee and it would be easy for Mr. Towdsend to get the matter amicably arranged.-On the motion of Mr. LI. Williams, it was decided to take the Wednesday's issue of the Bauer instead of the Saturday's edition.-This was all the business. PENARTff. SUPPOSED SUICIDE.-On Tuesday evening, as the 8.17 train was proceeding from Penarth to Cardiff, the driver felt the engine jump, about 200 yards from the railway crossing in Windsor-road. On arriving at Penarth Dock he reported the occurrence to a watch- man, named Daniel Miles, who went at once to the place indicated, and discoved the mutilated remains of a young woman. Inspector Rutter, in company with Police-sergeant Fansom, Dolice-consial)le Salter, and others, went to the spot and conveyed the body to the police-station. The body was fearfully mutilated, both feet being cut off, and the head badly damaged. A servant's cap was found about ten yards from the body. The name of the deceased is Annie Davies. She was in service with Mr. Edwin Horsley, 88, Windsor-road, Penarth, with whom she had been living about two months. An inarest was held Oil Wednesday, and a verdict of found dead was returned.
BARRY DOCK POLICE COURT. THURSDAY.—Before Colsnel Guthrie (in the chair), and Mr. John Duncan. LOCAL BOARD PROSECUTION.—Charles Read, builder, Barry, was charged by the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board (for whom Mr. J. Arthur Hughes appeared) with letting two dwel- ling-houses on the Porthkerry-road with- out first having the Board's surveyor's certificate.- Mr. J. C Pardoe, the Local Board surveyor, gave evidence, and the Bench fined defendant 20s. and costs.—Charles Hodge, in the employ of Mr. Gray, was charged at the instance of the Local Board with driving across a pavement in the Courtneyf road, damaging it, and thereby breaking the Local Board's bye-law.—Evidence was given by Mr. E. Morgan, assistant surveyor, and Mr. Gray, and defendant was fined 2s. 6d. including costs. CHARGE AGAINST A HOLTON-ROAD TRADES- MAN.-Edward Delve, grocer, &c., was charged at the instance of Mr. Pardoe, surveyor of the Local Board, with keeping petroleum without a licence. He was also charged with selling mixed explosives without a Local Board certificate.-Mr. Jones- Lloyd. on behalf of the defendant, pleaded guilty to both cases through ignorance of the law on the matter.-Another charge was preferred against defendant by the police, for exposing margarine for sale without a label, according to the require- ments of the law.-Inspector Rees proved the case. -The Bench fined defendant 5s. and costs in each of the first two cases, and 10s. and costs for the last. ALLEGED SHEBEENING.—Edward and Mary Brooks, of Holme-street, were charged with selling beer on Sunday last without a licence.— Mr. Jackson prosecuted, and Mr. Belcher defended. -Defendant was the holder of a wholesale licence, and after Mr. Jackson had stated the facts of the case, Mr. Belcher contended that defendants had a right to sell beer wholesale even on a Sun- day, as had been proved by a case sent to the High Court from Pontypridd.- Two police-constables watched the defendant's premises at Holm-street from 9 a.m. to 5.15 in the evening on Sunday. During that time they saw 7 men, 11 women, 1 boy, and 2 girls go in. The defendants kept a sweet shop. and several of the persons went in for sweets. Six men and 1 girl went in through the back-door, and the others by the front-door. Most of the women were carry- ing something under their aprons, and a boy carrying a bottle in his hand, and one girl came out from the back carrying a jug.— Mr. Belcher, on behalf of defendants, submitted the constables to a sharp cross-examination, and the constables said they watched the house from a dis tance of 30 yards.-For the defence, Mr. Belcher contended that no real case had beee proved. If, as the police stated, a retail trade had been carried on from 9 in the morning until 7, the evidences would have been much more apparent, only two gallons had been taken out of the barrel. Only three glasses were found and there were three adult persons living in the house.— Mr. Brooks and Jas. Sherwood (lodger) gave evidence in defence.-The Bench decided to dis- miss the case for want of evidence. SEQUEL TO THE PENCOITRE DISTRESS SALE.— Amos Gray, dealer, of Cadoxton, charged William Carroll and his wife with assaulting him on the 12th inst. at Pencoetre.—Mr. Jones-Lloyd appeared for Mr. Amos Grey, and Mr. Jackson appeared for Mr. and Mrs. Carroll.— Mr. Gray said on the 12th inst. he bought thiDgs at the distress sale. He paid £ 1 10s. The follow- ing day he went for his goods. He commenced picking the damsons when Mr. and Mrs. Carroll drove by in a milk-cart, got out, and came into the orchard and said, What are you doing there?" He replied, Picking the fruit." With that she hit his man, Hedge, with a stick. He said, You had better stop that, Mrs. Carroll," and she looked up and said, "Oh, is that you up here you b- and caught hold of the ladder, and upset him. Then they commenced to belabour him on the arm. Afterwards they fetched a bulldog and set it on him. The dog did not bite him, and she told Ca-roll to get the gun. He had not struck her. although he saw blood coming from her head. He could not say how she came by the cut. After that she caught hold of all she could lay hands on and threw at him and his boys, and threatened to knock his horse's brains out. He stayed after that and picked the fruit, as the defendants rode away. — Edward Hodge, Wm. Tanner, and Fred Gray corroborated. -Daniel Carroll said that Gray said to Mrs. Carroll when he saw her, get out of it you b cow," and jumped down from the tree, and caught her by the threat. Hodge said li Don't strike a woman," and Gray said Won't I strike the b- cow.A cross-summons was next heard of William Carroll for assault against Amos Grey. -After Mr. Carroll had given evidence, Dr. O'Donnell said on the 13th inst. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll came to consult him. She was suffering from two scalp wounds.-The Bench fined the female Carroll 5s., and William Carroll 10s., for assaulting Grey, and the cases against Grey were dismissed. ASSAULT AT BARRY DOCK.—James Price, con- fectioner, Barry Dock, charged J. Hewett with assaulting him on the 21st inst. at Barry Dock. —Mr. Jones-Lloyd prosecuted, and Mr. Belcher de- fended.—James Price said he was in his shop on the 21st inst, and saw the boy outside cutting the putty from the pane of glass. He went out, took the knife way, and told him to tell his father to come down. The father came down afterwards, and asked him why he had struck his boy, and struck him a violent blow in the nose which had bled freely. He had not struck the boy at all. iHeiwt.s not a violent man, nor was it through his violence that his wife had left him. That was a matter which would be settled by the Divorce Court. -Dr. Livingstone gave evidence as to Mr. Price's wounds.-The Bench fined defendant 5s. and 10s. costs, as there had been a certain amount of provo- cation. ANOTHER SHEBEEN.—John White, Courtney- street, Cadoxton, was charged with selling beer without a licence on Sunday, the 11th September. -As defendant did not appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and the case adjourned. NEIGHBOURS AGAIN.—Elizabeth Phillips was charged with using threats towards Elizabeth Dundon on the 6 th.—Defendant denied threats, and the cases was dismissed.
BURSTING OF WATER PIPES.—Great incon- venience and delay wero experienced at Penarth Dock on Tuesday by the stoppage of the cranes and tips, in consequence of the inability to work the hydraulic machinery owing to a scarcity of water. Through the bursting of certain pipa,s at the dock, the whole of the supply of water had th be suspended until the neces- sary repairs were leffeoted, a. work which occupied about an hour.
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