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PENARTR PIER CONTRACTORS AND THEIR WATCHMAN. WHAT CONSTITUTES A WEEK'S WORK ? On Monday last, at Penarth Police Court (before Mr Valentine Trayes and Mr John Duncan), James Thorne, a labourer. sued Messrs Maysh Bros., contractors of the Penarth Pier, for Ss, balance of wages due to him. Complainant deposed that he was engaged by defendant's foreman at £ 1 a week, not to work, but simply as watchman.—Defendant admitted that plaintiff had worked 69 hours, but that he ought to hava worked 109 hours, and, therefore, plaintiff had lost 40 hours. He ought to have worked 109 hour- to complete a week's wages of £1 a week.-Tho Chairman I should like to get men at that price.—Defendant It is customary for men to work so.—The Chairman I know a little about watchmen, tOG.-Plaintiff added that when engaged it was understood that the blacksmith would watch on Sunday.—For the defence John Bell, foreman for Messrs Maysh, said plaintiff was distinctly given to understand that .he had to work on Saturday and Sunday. They had no blacksmith on the work.—Joseph Maysh, defendant, denied giving plaintiff work to do. "They had to engage another man to finish the week's watching.—Thorne said he had worked ten or twelve hours in addition to the watching.—An order was made for the payment of 5s to plaintiff,

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