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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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EARY CLOSING. —We are cv1:d to chronicle the fact that it is the intention of the tradesmen of Pontypridd to clese their establisments at four o'clock on Thursdays instead of six as heretofore. We hope the public will support the tradesmen in carrying out so laudable a step. LLWYN PIA.—During the storm which raged with some intensity up the valley, a body of electricity passed through the roof of a house, and escaped by going up the chimney. We are happy to say that no accident occurred in any way affecting human life. STORM.—Electrical disturbances have been rather fre- quent of late. During the storm on Friday last an electric bolt fell on Tyvecca farm, going through the door of one of the out-houses, destroying the lintels. It passed out of the window without doing any further damage. We understand that a strong current of electricity visited the residence of W. Perkins, Esq., Croesgade, and shattered the hearthstone in one of the rooms to fragments, also completely cutting in two a decanter. Several cows have been killed. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION SCHEME.—The prize distribution scheme, the initiation of which is fairly due to Dr. Hunter, has through the energy of that gentleman up to the present time, met with extraordinary success. Al- ready over 7,000 tickets are disposed of during the short time it has been before the public. This will about cover the amount of prizes to be given. It is scarcely necessary to state that the benefit of the Literary Institute is the sole object sought to be attained by this movement. WOMEN'S CLUB.—On Monday last the amazon dinner and demonstration of this club was held, the first at Mr. Morris', the Union Inn, the latter throughout the town. The Rev. E. Roberts preached to the females. The women walked two and two through the town, preceded by the brass band. We have, by the bye, to notice the steady im- provement in the style of the playing of this band with care and determination the town need not ultimately be ashamed of it. 19TH RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.—The usual inspection of this corps was held before Major Gordon, adjutant of the Taff Battalion on Friday last. There were present 25 files. The company, which is under the command of Lieutenant Williams with Ensign Williams, as junior, went through the manoeuvres belonging to company and battalion drill. The 19tli has always been a favourite corps, the official staff of the Taff Battalion on account of the difficulties which have surrounded its development and the steady determination with which it has fought its way through them. It is gratifying to be able to state, therefore, that the expectations from the 19th are fully sustained by the results brought out on the official visit. The men were highly eulogized by Major Gordon, not only on the efficiency of their evolutions, but on the marked improve- ment in their appearance and bearing since the last in- spection. Some meed of praise is therefore due to Ser- geant Southwood, the drill instructor, for the zeal he has displayed and the skill he has shown in bringing the 19th up to its present high state of efficiency. PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY.— (Before w: Perkins, and W. Prichard, Esqrs., and the Rev. D. w: Williams) Cruelty to a Dog, and Claim for Damages —Two sum- monses were taken against David Aaron, for cruelty to a dog, and for killing it, whereby damages were claimed. There was also a cross summons. Mr. W. Davies appeared for complainant, but withdrew from the case because an adjournment was refused.—The complainant, W. Davies, was a collier, and saw the dog dead on the 14th May. The dog was worth £5. Was kept as a house dog. Would swear that he did not use the dog for the purpose of catch- ing hares. Had not a dog at Llantwit Yardre. Never told John Roberts that the dog belonged to another person. Never was told that the bitch was in the habit of killing sheep. Did not know that -within two months fifty sheep had been killed. Was told to tie her up and did not, but muzzled her.—.Tohn Parker said On 14th May, about seven o'clock in the evening, saw defendant coming from the mountain, Ystrad. He said the bitch and another dog had been at a lamb, and he would kill her if he could get hold of her, the bitch which was roaming about came up to witness; the defendant said he would kill her no'v but wit- ness suggested they should st-ek for the owner. The defen- dant stabbed the bitch five times with a knife on the right side and twice on the left. It had the muzzle on. He told defendant he had better kill the animal at once. It died in ten minutes.—Cross-examination elicited nothing tending to shake this evidence. —David Evans had a conversation with defendant who state his intention of killing the dog. He corroborated previous witness though he was not certain which side had five wounds. —Ann Evans also saw defend ant kill the bitch by stabbing it.—The Bench thought that the charge of cruelty was unsustained, as it was evidently the intention of the defendant to kill the dog as soon as possible.—Mr. Spicket who appeared for defendant then submitted that the charge of cruelty failing the other summons for damages necessarily fell to the ground.—The Bench hah no jurisdiction in the present case as the complainant's remedy was in the County Court.—The cross summons was then taken. D. Davies v. W. Davies.—Mr. Spickett appeared for plaintiff. On the 14th May saw the bitch in question and another dog upon a lamb attempted to catch her, but she went over a wall and lost sight of her knew the defend- ant's bitch—no dog of the kind near the lamb was not dead, but died shortly afterwards was worth from 30s. to £2; it belonged to Boedringallt Company. This Com- pany has a fine lot of sheep of a peculiar breed this lamb was one of that breed.—The Bench was unanimously of opinion that the bitch was not only attacking the lamb, but was actually mouthing it. The defendant was mulc- ted in the value of the lamb 20s. and costs—making £1 17s. 9d. Gas Arrears.— Joseph Veal was summoned for gas ar- rears, the amount being £1 16s., of which 10s. has been paid. Immediate payment ordered. Damage.?.—Edward Duggin and Lewis Rees were both charged with drunkenness and damaging a fence belonging to Robert Pratt. The defendants who seemed to be re- spectable young fellows, were mulcted in costs between them, amounting to 7s. They both promised to see that the damage done to the fence was made good. f Bastardy. —Mary Dillon summoned Lawrence Reilly for refusing to maintain her illegitimate child, of which he was the father. —The defendant admitted the charge, as also a signature to all agreement between the parties. —Ordered to pay 2s. 6d. per week, and lis. 9d., costs. Assault. —Michael Keefe was charged with assaulting William Llewellyn. The complainant was fishing in Tre- forest, and was by the Bush Inn when the defendant rushed at him and struck him in the back with a. shovel. —The case was adjourned for a fortnight. Bastardy.—Cristopher Griffiths was summoned for not maintaining his illegitimate child by Sarah Anr. Williams. The defendant did not appear. Proof of the summons being served was given.—Jane Williams, mother. W. Bryant, and D. Lewis, were called and proved that tlle parties were in the habit of conducting themselves as suitors.—Ordered to pay 10s. for the midwife, 5s. per week first six weeks, and afterwards 2s. 6d. per week. Stealing Coal —Margaret Power and Margaret Murphy, living at Treforest, were charged with stealing 11 cwt. of coal, value Is., the property of R. R. Rowland, Esq., Gelli- weon colliery. W. Williams, Treforest, in the employ of Mr R. R. Rowland, was watching by the canal side 011 Wednesday last when he saw the two women taking coal. Have lost large quantities in this way. Margaret Murphy was in the boat. She had a bucket of coal in her possession. The other woman ran away.—Margaret Murphy denied being in the boat, and said that the witness came down to her house, and said if she would give witness a bit of "snuff" he would overlook the offence. This" snuff" seems to be pretty well understood by the court. Murphy refused to give witness a bit of "snuff," as she did not feel disposed to disgrace herself, her children, and her man. This was, of course, repudiated by witness. The Bench, after dwelling upon the necessity of enforcing the law the law against coal stealers inasmuch as so large a quantity is lost, sentenced Margaret Power to be confined in Cardiff gaol for three days without hard labour, she suckling a child and Margaret Murphy to be confined for the same period with hard labour. Drunk and Riotous.—Henry Lewis and James Harrison were charged with riotous behaviour opposite the Lamb Inn, Tramroad, at half-past twelve on Sunday morning, 17th ult.—Sergeat Matthews found Lewis down, and Harrison holding him by the hair. Separated them, after which they went at it again.—Both pleaded guilty. Charge of Assault.-Ann Howell, of Wain yr Eirw, charged four little girls for assaulting her while she was milking a cow, whereby she lost four quarts of milk, and was injured by the cow as well as by one of the cows jump- ing upon her. Summons dismissed on payment of costs amounting to 2s. 6d. each. Stealing at Mountain Ash.—Charles Bryant and Jane J ones were charged with stealing two half-pint glasses from Thomas J ones, of the Royal Oak Mountain Ash. They wete taken from the bar. The male prisoner, a youth, is a collier the female, quite a young woman, gains her liveli- hood by washing. The glasses in question were missed when the prisoners were in the house.—Letitia Williams gave evidence at considerable length as to the connexion of the robbery. The female prisoner lodged with witness.— P.C 83 G. was sworn: Went to the house of Mr. Rees. Had one of the glasses. Found both. Prisoner was sent for. Said, on being charged with the robbery, that the glasses were given her by Letitia Williams. Did not steal them.—P.C. 26, G., stationed at Mountain Ash, charged male prisoner with stealing two glasses from Royal Oak Inn. He said, "Jane put one in her pocket, and I put one in mine."—In default Bryant pleaded guilty, but said he was drunk the night he took them.—The female prisoner also pleaded guilty. They both wished to have the case summarily dealt with.—The female was sentenced to 21 day s, and the male to three months hard labour. The female, on hearing the sentence, burst out into a passionate flood of weeping, in which the words man, man" were heard.. W. Hopkins v. Margaret John.—This was a case of wil- fully damaging a house belonging to complainant, of which the defendant was a tenant. She had gone from the house taking away the lock and key, and smashing eight panes of glass. Assault.—Thomas Rowland was charged with an assault upon Jacob Miles. Complainant was going to Porth upon Jacob Miles. Complainant was going to Porth station for some flour two months to-day. Met defendant who asked him where he drank his beer new, as he never came to his house. Complainant said he had tetter use for his money. Defendant then struck him in the face with his fist, in the stomach with a stick, and knocked him against a wall. He also threw stones at him after taking off his coat, and offered to fight him which he declined. —Cross- examined The money he asking for was 6s. fid. Did not owe it. Did not offer to fight him for the money. Did not take up a stone first. Complainant had his child, aged 5 years, with him at the time.—Sarah Richards came up by four o'clock on Wednesday. Saw bath parties scum. ing near the station. Saw defendant strike complainant in the mouth. Miles did not strike Rowlands. — H. N. Davies, surgeon, was passing along the road. Saw two men quarrelling. Did not see any blows pass. The parties were in front of him coming from the station.—Case dis- missed. SPECIAL SESSIONS. THURSDAY. -(Before Rev. D. w: Williams.) James Thomas, a collier, married, and who has a large family, was charged with committing a rape on Jane Moses, 13 years old, living at Fern-dale. The little girl on being sworn said she went from home on Tuesday week to Aber- dare. Left Aberdare to go home on Wednesday. Came home across the mountain alone. Met prisoner on the mountain. It was raining had my umbrella before me. Prisoner came to me, knocked my umbrella down, and threw me down. I screamed for my father. Prisoner said If you do not leave oft screaming I will kill you." Tried to prevent him from carrying out his purpose by telling him that a boy and horse were coming, but prisoner said he knew better. After he had effected his purpose he went away. Was struggling with him for about half.an.hour. Reached home about five minutes past four. Told my mother everything directly 1 got home. Mother sent for a doctor.—Cross-examined by Mr. Plews: Did not know the name of the doctor was Roberts. Went to Aberdare to see for someone to sew. Staid during Tuesday night at my cousins. They are dressmakers. Distance from home from six to seven miles. Met prisoner about quarter of a mile from home. Never saw him before. Swear that pi isoner is the man. Could not resist because prisoner held each band. Mother complained of my being away so long. Told her what prisoner had done. She went next door aud called a neighbour, and subsequently sent for a police constable. When prisoner was brought to mother's house in custody I identified him at once. Esther Moses, mother of prosecu- trix: 11., husband's name is William Moses, a collier. We live in Fern Dale. My daughter left home on Tuesday week for Aberdare. Returneu ten minutes past four on Wednesday. When she returned she had been crying, and was trembling and prespiring. —Cross-examined Could not say a word for a bit. It had been rainine for about half an hour before she came in. Sent for a doctor who examined her. Had never occasion to find fault with her. When brought in presence of prisoner was told to speak the truth. My daugher answered promptly. Had no conver- sation with the policeman who bad prisoner in custody, except that he asked where Jane was. Mr. Dumph asked my daughter if she ever &aw this man before and where. My daughter said she had seen him yesterday. Questions were put to my daughter as to the serious nature of an oath. —J. Roberts I am doctor of medicfnS "at Blaenllecha. Was called to see prosecutrix on Wednesday eveififpg, June 28th, at her father's house. Examined her. Found her underclothing, exhibiting with a further examination, un- mistakeable evidences of the offence having^beet rcommitted. —Cross-examination: Have had no ijcoasfcfi to examine the girl before. Found no marks of violence. Such features might be attributable to other causes, but not probable.— P.S. Edward Hamlin staffed that, acting on information, he went to the house of prisoner near Mountain Ash, about five miles from Blaenllecha Charged him with having com- mitted a rape upon Jane Moses. He said. I have been to Ferndale, but saw no little girl." Asked him if he had the same clothes on as then he said he had all but the trousers. He took the trousers and the man. Went to the mother's house, and asked her to bring the little girl out. The evidence of the girl was fully corroborated. Was led to apprehend the prisoner from description given of him by a man who net him on the mountain.—Thomas Edwards, collier, was going to Blaenllecha on Wednesday week. Met prisoner coming from the opposite direction. Thomas Lewis was with him. Prisoner was by himself. Was at Blaenllecha between 10 and 15 minutes to four. Knew prisoner before. Passed Jane Moses before he met prisoner. From the gate to Moses' house is about a quarter of a mile. —Mr. Plews, in an ingenious defence, endeavoured to show that prisoner could not have been guilty of the offence on the ground of difference in point of time as detailed by wit- nesses, and that there was a greater probability that it was a case of mistaken identity than that the prisoner had com- mitted the offence.—The Bench, after complimenting Mr. Plews for the kind and considerate manner in which he had conducted the cross-examination, considered that the evi- dence perfectly justified the course of committing the prisoner for trial.—Bail refused.—The witnesses were bound over to prosecute.

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