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MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATUEDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) ALLEGED FBLONy.-Mary Evans, single woman, was charged as follows:—David Roach said: I am a labourer, residing at Mill- treet, Aberdare; on last Thursday morning week I had in my home a bedstead, two sheets, two quilts, two cups and saucers, and two basins, when I went to work on my return I missed them; these are the things produced; they are worth altogether about 8s. 6d.: the prisoner lodged with me at the time they we; e taken.-P.S. Wm. Hodgson said: From informa- tion I received I went in search of prisoner, and apprehended her in a house in Dowlais: I told her, You are charged with stealing a bedstead, two quilts, two sheets, two basins, and two cups and saucers, from a house at Mill-street, belong- ing to David Roach." She said, "No, I did not steal them; they are all mine, I bought them and paid for them; but as for the basin and cups and saucers, I sold some rags to David Roach, and bought them with the money; that bedstead I borrowed of a woman." I told her to fetch the woman; but when she came back, the woman would not swear that the bedstead belonged to her; I found these things all in the house she lodged at.—Prisoner denied stealing them, saying they were her own property, and called a witness who swore that he had seen them in her Dosses- sion.-Prosecutor said the things did once belong to her, but had been sold under a distress war- rant, and he bought them.-Remanded till Mon- day next on bail. MONDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, and M. Mor- gans, Esqrs.) DBTJNKENNESS. — Mary Evans again.-This person, whose name appeared in our last impres- sion for the above offence, was brought on this day again and fined 5s. and 2s. 6d. costs. The proof of her being riotous was deficient, or she would have bad to visit Cardiff house of correc- tion for a week. Patrick Cronin, labourer, was fined 5s. and 2s. 6d. costs, for the same offence. FELONY.—James Tobin was charged as fol- lows:—Mary Santry said: In the month of March last a lodger of mine named Cornelius Driscoll, had a waistcoat hanging on a line up. stairs in my house. There were several other people lodging there, among whom was the priso- ner. He lodged there a few nights. On Satur- day morning he left me about breakfast time. He had, about half an hour before he left, been upstairs changing his shirt. Just before then I saw the shirt safe. Immediately he left I missed the shirt. I went in rearch of prisoner, but did not find him. I never saw him since till now. When I missed the shirt there was no person in the house but James Power and Ellen Power, who were also lodgers of mine. No person but the prisoner had been upstairs from the time I saw the waistcoat until the time I missed it. The value of the waistcoat is 2s. 6d. It has not been found yet.—James Power and Ellen Power severally said that they had seen the waistcoat in the morning and that no person had been seen upstairs from the time they got up until the waistcoat was missed, but the prisoner and Mrs. Santry.—Prisoner consented to be tried at this court, but pleaded "not guilty" to the charge.— Mr. Fowler said he had no doubt whatever that prisoner stole it, otherwise he would have the benefit of such doubt; but as there was none he had no alternative than convict him and sentence him to six weeks' hard labour in Cardiff' house of correction. ANOTHER FELONY. Timothy Sullivan, labourer, was charged as follows :r ohn Rickett examined I am a miner, living at Cwmrhydy- bedd, Dowlais. On Saturday night last (August 4 h), I was walking along the Pendarran road. When opposite the clock I turned to the wall. I had my cap on my head. I stood with my face towards the wall. Somebody came behind me and struck me a blow across the head. I looked round and received another blow which knocked me down. While down I received some kicks. I then saw the prisoner take my cap and run away with it. I did not know him before. I ran after him but could not catch him. He was caught by some other persons near the Carmar- then Arms. There was no play or anything of the sort between us. The value of the cap was 3s.— Elizabeth Thomas corroborated the above testimony, and P.C. John Loyns said: I was on duty on Saturday night on the Pendarran Road about eleven o'clock, and met the last witness running up the road. He said a man had stole his cap. I followed him back to where the priso- ner was caught by some men. I told prisoner the charge. He said, "I did not steal his cap. They were four or five of them pitching into me." I searched him, but found no cap. 1 then took him to the station.—Prisoner pleaded not guilty," but consented to be tried here. He was then sentenced to six weeks' hard labour in Car- diff house of correction. Mary Evany, who had been remanded on bail from Saturday on the charge of stealing a bead- stead and other things, surrendered to-day. No prosecutor appearing against her she was dis- charged. STEALING FROM THE PEBSON.—Sarah Roberts was charged with stealing money to the amount of seven shillings, from the person of Joseph Vaughan, at Merthyr, on the 5th inst. No pro. secutor appearing she was discharged. SuBETi>s.—Mary Davies was ordered to be bound over in her own recognizance in the sum of 1:5 to keep the peace for the next six calendar months towards the Queen and all her liege sub- jects, and especially towards her brother William Lewis. ASSAULT.—Mary Jones was summoned for as- sauiting Rachel Davies, who said, about half-past six o'clock last Thursday morning I went to de- fendant's door and peeped in through the key- hole. There was a man there. Defendant, when she saw me said, Send that old w-e away, or I will take the poker and make her go." I told her, "Get somebody besides yourself to call me that name." I was never carried on ladders (meaning a custom called in Carmarthenshire, Yr hen gcffyl pren') used for carrying ladies of the sort about." I then went to my house. She followed me with a whip in her hand, and with the butt end she beat me about the head and body and gave me this black eye, and nearly kilied me. I was quite dead once." I did not strike her first.-By Mr. Simons I did not catch in defendant's hair first. She struck me first. I don't know whether I bit her arm. We fought about quarter of an hour. Three other witnesses were called by complainant, but neither of them could prove who struck the first blow. The magistrates differed in their opinion of the mat- ter and consequently could not come to any con- clusion, and the case was dismissed. SURETIES.Catherine Daley was summoned by her daughter-in-law Mary Daley, to find sureties to keep the peace towards her, for having threatened to wash her hands in complainant's blood. Bound in the sum of 15 to keep the pence for six calendar months. Benjamin Joi es was adjudged the father of an illegitimate child by Martha 1:1 ier, and ordered to pay Is. 6d. a week from July 30th, and 11s. 3d. costs. ASSAULT.—Mary Sullivan was fined 2s. and 6s. 6d. costs, for assaulting Hannah Sullivan, and also fined 2s. find Gs. 6d. COSTS, for assaulting Catherine Blake. In default of' payment to be committed to Cardiff house of correction tor a week. John Thomas was adjudged the father of an illegitinate ühiLI. by Elizabeth Williams, and ordered to pay 2s. 6d. a week for the iirst six weeks from the date of the summons, Is. 6i. a week after, 5a. midwife, and 11s. 3d. costs. WEDNESDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) FELONY.—Mary Sullivan, a resident of the City," was charged with stealing eight shillings from the person of David Evans, bootclosor, Tiamroad side North, Merthyr, on the firh inst. No prosecutor appearing, she was discharged. YAOKANCV.—Joseph Williams, aged 12years, was charged with fcifftpmg m ihc works at Dow- lais. this morning. The httle lad in dofenre said he had no place to so to, his father was dead and his mother had run awav, leaving himself and two other children. His father's name wi a Jones, formerly a sugar boiler at Merthyr. Mr. Fowler^ to prisoner: Wculd you like to get work P" Boy: "Yes, sir; if 1 could get victuals." Mr. Fowler: How do you get victuals now p. Boy I get it with the workmen in the Works." Mr. Fowler then inquired if there was any body who would take charge of the boy and look after him. A good natured person named Mrs. Evans then stepped forward and said she would take him. Mr. Fowler then gent for the Master of the Workhouse, who took the boy to get him washed and clothed in a fit state to go with Mrs. Evans. Mr. Fowler also gave her a letter ad- dressed to Mr. Joseph, of Pentrebach, to try to find him employment. BASTARDY ARREARS.-J ohn Thomas, a bailer at Dowlais, was brought up under a warrant charged with disobeying a bastardy order made upon him towards the maintenance of an illegiti- mate child by Ann Morgan, whereby he became 19s. 6d. in arrears.-Ordered to pay the amount and 7s. costs, in default of payment twenty one days in Cardiff gaol. WILFUL DAMAGE.—Daniel Driscoll, one of the hauliers attending the scavengers' carts in the town, was summoned by Mr. Robert Jones for breaking a box, thereby doing injury to the amount of Is. Defendant did not appear, but an order was made upon him to pay Is. compensa- tion, and lis. 9d. costs. ENDORSEMENT OF LICENSE.—The Royal Oak Inn, High-street, Merthyr, from Mr. Harris to David Jones. THE SOCIAL EVIL. PUBLIC MEETING AT THE TEMPERANCE HALL, ABEBDABE. On Thursday evening last a public meeting was held at the Temperance Hall for the purpose of advocating the desirability of establishing a House of Refuge (for fallen women) for South Wales and Monmouthshire. W. S. Clarke, Esq., F G.S., occupied the chair. The audience was an exceedingly limited one, and we cannot help associating this fact with an insufficient publica- tion. If it had been published in the several places of worship on the Sunday previous, and advertised in the local papers that it was intended to hold a meeting of the kind, there would doubt- less have been a "full house," instead of empty benches. Mr. M. Moggridge of Swansea, and Mr. N. E. Vaughan, Rheola, had been nominated at a meeting of the committee recently held at Neath to attend as deputation. The former gen- tleman was in attendance, but the latter was absent in consequence of indisposition. Mr. Moggridge, in speaking to the first resolution stated that the committee had decided upon holding their first meeting at Aberdare because they considered it a place of note. Before enter- ing fully into the subject of the meeting he wished to put himself right with his audience as to a wrong feeling which existed in the minds cf some people relative|to this movement. They did not indulge in the Utopian hope of being able to entirely rid the community of those unfortunate women that infest the streets. That could never be done so long as man was constituted as he now is, but what they wished to do was to reduce the evil to more moderate limits. There were many of these wretched creatures of whom they heard so much who would sincerely and honestly return to the paths of virtue if they could. The plan by which they proposed to help these unhappy women had been tried in many places and had succeeded to a very great extent. Many people taunted them with being too sanguine, but whe- ther they succeeded in saving 50, 30, or 20, or even 10 per cent, it was their duty to do their best and that they were determined to do. The speaker dwelt at length on the penitent feeling oftentimes exhibited by unfortunate women and related the following anecdote in proof of the sincerity with which their reformation is some- times marked "Years—very many years ago— one of the worst girls that ever walked the streets of Swansea—and unfortunately there are and have been very many bad ones to be found there -was condemned and transported. For a long time nothing was ever heard and no one ever thought of her until one morning the governor of the gaol received a letter from her thanking him, and requesting him to convey her thanks to the chaplain for the exertions that had been made on her behalf. She had long since resolved to be- come a reformed creature, and had been admitted to a Reformatory. She bad married a cheerful go-a-head fellow, and when she wrote this letter she was the mother of several children, and her carriage was waiting at the door of her house to take her to a neighbouring town." He would give them another instance. The other day one of these poor girls was passing by a chapel and her ear caught the air of a holy song which her mother had sung to her in her youth. In a moment it brought back to her recollection the happy days when she sat on her mother's knee the thought lowered her almost to the ground, and she almost unconsciously entered within the sacred building. She had been there but a few minutes only and she fainted away. Some of the congregation—ladies he was glad to say— closed around her; she was conveyed home and afterwards to a Reformatory, from which place, after having given proof of the sincerity of her reformation, she was removed to respectable ser- vice. He Mr. Moggridge could give almost in. numerable instances of the same kind, butab uno disee omnes. He then went on to state that 45 women had been admitted into the Home at Cardiff in one week, and that out of 69 who had been admitted during a given period, 60 had be- come reformed characters. He did not know the state of things at Aberdare, for he was not sufficiently acquainted with the town: but how- ever that may be, he felt that he could appeal to them as charitable and christian men to assist in the present movement. Even taking the' base view of pounds, shillings, and pence, it would be to the advantage of every ratepayer and every citizen to assist in the mitigation of the evil. The speaker proceeded at considerable length to press the claims of the excellent movement with fi c' I which he identified himself, on their attention, and concluded by proposing the following reso- lution :— Thfit Houses of Refuge having been founded in many parts of the kingdom, and having on the whole met with much success, it is desirable that a House he provided in South Wales, in which fallen women may be received, and may, while acquiring a character, be taught some industrial business, with a view to their future self- support." The above was seconded by Mr. R. H. Rhys, who stated that, from his experience as a member of the Board of Guardians, he was sure such an institution as the one referred to was much re- quired. The resolution was then put to the meet- ing by the chairman and carried unanimously. The Rev. John Griffith, M.A., Rector of Mer- thyr Tydfil, and Secretary to the projected Insti- tution, next addressed the meeting in a speech of more than an hour's duration. He referred in withering terms to the licentiousness of many young men, and dealt out severe blows at the prudery of society in connection with what is popularly called the "Social Evil." Mr. Grif- fith's speech was characterised by his usual elo- quence and fervour, and we deeply regret that so excellent an address should have been delivered to so limited an auditory. Alter riveting the attention of his hearers for the period we have 'u, mentioned, the rev. gentleman concluded by pro- posing the following resolution, which, after being seconded by the Vicar of Aberdare in a neat hut brief spcech, was put to the meeting aad carried nam. con.: — That this meeting pledges itself to use its best exer- tions with a view to the establishment of such a House of Refuge, and that a local committee be formed ior the purpose ot carrying out this laudable intention." The names of a number of the most respectable inhabitants of the town were here mentioned in connection with the proposed committee. A vote of thanks was afterwards awarded the "•bairruao, aid the proceedings then terminated. fa making this last proposition iVi r. Griffith took occasion to read over the list of subscriptions and donations received on account of the projected House of Refuge. It included the names of se- veral gentlemen of the county, and showed a receipt of £350, together with the promise of a number of annual subscriptions varying in amount from one guinea to ten guineas.


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