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THE MARKET HOUSE AND THE PUBLIC.

BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

ABERDARE.

MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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MERTHYR POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—(Before J. G. Fowler, Esq.) Drunk and Riotous.—Margiret Thomas, a red faced woman, for being drunk and disorderly on the 7th instant, was fined 5s or in default five days in jail A dangerous Inebriate.—A very black looking and dirty customer named Thomas Hardinge, was charged with assaulting P.C. Whitney and P.S. Thomas while in the execution of their duty on the 8th inst. It seemed the prisoner had been kicking up a row in Dynevor-street, on Sunday morning, about one o'clock, when P.C. Whitney advised him to go home. He refused to do so, and was then told he should be taken into custody. He signified his intention of resisting such a. step, and said it would take rive of his (the P.C's.) sort, to take him to the lock-up. The P. C. was proceeding to prove to the prisoner the falsity of his remark, when P.S.IThomas arrived on thescene. Ascuffle ensued, the P.S. and P.C. endeavouring to take prisoner to the lock-up, and he resisting with all his might. He kicked the P.C. most brutally in the bottom of the abdomen, so that the constable has since been unable to do duty, and he kicked P.S. Thomas in the legs violently, taking off the skin in some places. It was with great difficulty the two policeman succeeded in taking the rowdy to the lock-up. For the assault on P.C. Whitney prisoner was fined j65, or in detault one month's imprisonment with hard labour, and for that on P.S. Thomas he was fined 40s or 14 days' imprisonment with hard labour. The money was not paid. Drunk and Riotous.—William Jones was charged with being drunk and riotous at twelve o'clock on Saturday night in the public-street. He challenged the watchman to fight, and shouted gloriously. Fined 7s. 6d. Larceny.— John Cochrane was charged with stealing a. cloth overcoat, value 9s the property of John Whitcomb, omnibus driver, Merthyr.—Plaintiff said I had my cloth overcoat safe on Friday evening, and I left it in the 'bus at the Lord Raglan door. I looked fur it on Saturday morning and it was gone. I don't know the prisoner, nor could I say it was he took the coat. The value of the coat is 9s. Julia Gleeson was then called and she deposed I am wife of Daniel Gleeson, scavenger. The prisoner lod- ged with us, and he left the house about a month ago. On Saturday morning my husband was going out to worK. and he saw the prisoner lying in the kitchen with the coat pro- duced. My husband called me, and told me to put out the prisoner because he was sure the man must have stolen the the coat. I asked the prisoner where he got the coat from and he said, By Gog I stole it." I said," If you stole it you'll pay for it. 1 said that was like Martin Lannigan'u coat, a man who was living with us for about nine months. He said he took it off him and 1 said he was not the man to do so. He then said he bought the coat for a shilling, and he offered it to me for the price of half a gallon of beer. I said 1 would not give M for it. I then sent for a police- man to take the coat off the prisoner, and when I went back again he was gone, and he took the coat with him.— ¡ To the prisoner I thought you were sober enough. I don't know what time you came into the house.but I suppose you got in there when the men went out to work.—Pri- soner Which of us has the best character Judy ? Witness Faith I don't know, I couldn't say much for you, but 1 know I got seven days in Cardiff once, but not for thievery. (laughter). P.C. Stephens said he arrested the prisoner this morning. He gave him up the coat, which he had in his possession. He afterwards charged him with stealing the coat from the omnibus of the Lord Raglan Inn, and afterwards offering to sell it for the price of half a gallon of beer. He said, I did not steal it, 1 bought it from some man in the street. The next morning, I went to Mrs. Glesson's house, and she asked me where I got the coat. I told her 1 bought it from some man in the street for a shilling, and you can have it if you like for the price of half a gallon of beer. That is all 1 know about it. —The prisoner first said he dii not steal the coat, and he was told by his Worship he would be committed for trial at the assizes. He after- wards pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour. Charge of Larceny, False Pretences, and Assault.— George Thomas, a very cadaverous looking tailor, was brought forward on remand on a charge of stealing four yards and a quarter of cloth from John Evans.—P.S. Wake arrested tne prisoner on the 7th of July, and when he charged him with stealing the cloth, he said he had the cloth still, and made a long state- 7th of July, and when he charged him with stealing the cloth, he said he had the cloth still, and made a long state- ment. On Saturday afterwards he got two pieces of cloth from Gabriel Freedman, Pawnbroker, and he got the dupli- cate for the tickets from the prisoner's wife. The prisoner said that cloth did not belong to Mr. Evans. Elizabeth Evans, the wife of John Evans was examined and she said she lived at Dowlais sometime ago, and she then gave the prisoner cloth/to make a suit of clothes for her husband. She never received either the cloth or the clothes. She was now living in Manchester, and from there she fre- quently wrote to prisoner for the clothes but never got them. At his request she also sent a post office order for over JL1, but still she never got the clothes.—Gabriel Freedman, Pawn- broker. Dowlais, said he received the cloth produced to be pawned from a boy (the prisoner's son), one piece on the 6th of March, and the other on the 17th of May, in the present year. He received one of the pieces from the prisoner him- self. —The prisoner denied that the cloth belonged to Mrs. Evans, and he said if he was liberated he woulfl produce her husband's clothes in three days, (laughter). His Wor. ship said there was no doubt the prisoner's cOllduct was grossly dishonest in this case, but as there wa»s another charge against him he might stand down for the present.— After some little time the prisoner was again arraigned on a charge of obtaining money under false prete) ices. The foundation for this charge was that the prisoner wrote to John Evans last May for £168 for making the clothes, and that money was sent to him. He, however, never returned I the clothes.—P.S. Wake said he also charged tbte prisoner with this offence on Saturday morning when he was in custody. He said, "I received a post office order for the the money, and will make up the clothes for it ae Boon as I get liberty.—There was then a further charge preferred against the prisoner of assaulting and severely injuring his wife, Elizabeth Thomas.—Dr. Byrne examined the woman and found that there was a severe wound on the back of her bead.—Mr. James Edwards, draper, of Dowlais, saw the prisoner committing the assault on his wife, by striking her on the back of the head with a large walking stick. The blow knocked the woman down, and she might j <erhaps, have also got a blow on the head from the curb, in addition to the one he saw.—Anne Williams was then exa mined and said she saw the prisoner beating his wife. She' saw the prisoner striking the woman two blows with the staff on the head. The woman then fell down, and she (wit ness) could not say whether the cut on the back of Mrs. Thoi. lad's head was caused by the blow of the stick, or uf the curb si one. The prisoner admitted that he assaulted his wife, and »id the reason he did so was because he had a great deal of ] pro- I vocation that morning, and was very busy. He den ied striking her on the head, and said he only beat her on i the shoulders.—The complainant said her husband (the p ori- soner) also kicked her on the legs, and it was his first tu ne to treat her in this way.—His Worship said the charge d id not look so black against the prisoner as it did whe n first brought forward on Saturday, because no doubt th e nature of the wound must have been exaggerated. But,. whether or not, an injury was received by the wife after her fall on the ground, it was still quite plain that he made a scandalous assault on her without sufficient provocation to excuse him for so doing. If he had only given her a slight blow, there might have been some excuse for it. but there was no excuse for him in striking her with such a weapon. He (his Worship) would not give the prisonerthe option of paying a fine, and he would send him to Swansea gaol on this charge, for six weeks with hard labour. The prisoner was then charged with stealing several other yards of cloth from Gabriel Freedman, pawnbroker, of Dowlais. —The prosecutor said he gave the pieces of cloth to the prisoner in January last, to make some clothes. The pri- soner, instead of doing so, pawned the articles.—This case was dismissed, as it was now too late to alter the charge to illegal pawning."—The decisions in the other two cases- that of stealing the cloth from John Evans, and obtaining money under false pretence—were not yet given, as it was expected that fresh evidence would be forthcoming. A Short Case.—Elizabeth Davies summoned Margaret Jones for an assault.—Mr. James appeared for complain- ant, and Mr. Simons for defendant. -Mr. James said the case was not a very serious one, and they wished merely to have the defendant bound over to keep the peace.—His Worship said as it was not very serious, perhaps it would be better for a mutual settlement of the case to be made be- tween the parties.—After some litttle conversation this course was adopted, and both parties were bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace towards each other for six calendar months. Charge of Maliciously Wounding at Dowlais.—Michael Glowry was charged on remand with maliciously stabbing and wounding a man at Dowlais, who was not yet able to appear.—Dr. Byrne, of Dowlais, said the man was severely stabbed over the left buttock and on the right breast, and he would not be able to appear in court till about Saturday. —The case was accordingly adjourned till that day. Assault.—John Kennedy, a very red-faced chap, was summoned by David Isaacs, a sleepy-looking customer, for an assault and the breaking of a glass.—His Worship dis- missed the case. The Policeman in Plain Clothes.—In the adjourned cases in which several publicans were discovered violating the laws by the P.C in plain clothes, P.S. Howlett said it was he sent ths policeman to the houses. He did so be- cause he had often observed that when he would be going up towards the houses many people would rush out of them, and he sometimes found some of those drunk. It was im- possible for a policeman in uniform to catch the people,- His Worship again adjourned his decision for a week. WEDNESDAY.—(Before J.C. Fowler, Esq.) James Williams, who did not appear, was charged with removeing clandestinely from a house in Dowlais belonging to Mr. Jones.—Ellen Jones lived next the defendant and saw him the Sunday night before he went. There was a lot of furniture then in the house, and she did not know the defendant was going to move. On the following (Mon- day) morning the house was empty, for both the defendant and the furniture were gone from it.—Dinah Davies also stated she knew James Williams and his family. She did not know they were going to leave their house, nor could she say what time they did leave it on Monday morning. The fact of their moving was kept secret from the neigh- bours. She was quite Surprised to find they were gone. She did not know they were in arrears with their rent. His Worship said the case should be adjourned for further evidence, as there was not yet sufficient proof of a clandes- dine removal.—Mr. Jones said that previous to the removal be had told defendaut that if he did not pay his arrears of rent he should get it by some means.—Defendant was ordered to pay double the estimated value of the goods removed. AssaulU—William Curran and Peter Burns were sent to jail tor two months tor assaulting James Thomas at Cae- harris. Drunk.— John Campbell, a young Irishman, was sent to jail for seven days tor being drunk and riotous on the 10th instant. Charge of an Assault.—Benjamin Pritchard, an 01 J man, summoned a wotuon namfd Betsy Jones, who was also in the "sear ar.d yellow leaf" for assaulting hiin.—Mr. Plews appeared for the defence, and as he made it appear that one party was as guilty as the other, the case was dismissed. LOCAL BOARD CASES. Snowball throwing in bed!—Stephen Jones was summoned by Mr. Harpur the Local Board surveyor, for not having sufficient ventilation in some houses belonging to him at Penjjarrenddu.- Mr. J. W. Russel appeared to conduct the cases on behalf of the Board.—The defendant wanted to know what ventilation was required? He thought his houses were as much ventilated as any others in Pengarren- ddu.—Mr. Harpur, the surveyor, was examined, and he said he had examined the premises at Pengarrenddu men- tioned in the summonses against Mr. Joues. In No. 1, there was only one small window in ths bed-room, and of course, under such circumstances there could not be a sufficient current of air through the place.—His Worship: Is not that the case with thousands ot houses in Merthyr and the locality ?—Mr. Harpur: There is but one window in the bed-rooms ot these houses.— His Worship: Surely you don't require two windows in a bed-room ?—Mr- Har- pur: Not it there was a fire-piace or any other means of getting a current ot air, which there is not in these cases.— His Worship Then, the same might be said of every bed- room in the police staiion. It may also be the case up in Thomas Town. If you will go to Union Terrace you will find iiuch bed-rootns there.—Mr. Russell: Fever gets pre- valent to a great extent in those houses.—His Worship: I would recommend an opening to be .nade in the roof 01 the houses, tOO as to admit the possibility ot a full cirrcnt ot air going right through. Now, I have a house in Thomas Town myself, and when I first took it the bed-room h;»d only a front window, a door, and no fireplace. 1 never occupied the room while in that portion, but I got it run into another. The whole of the Terrace, however, is in the same way. The difference uetween the two cases it, that in the houses I speak of, there is a back window as well a< windows in the front, so that at any moment a current of fresh air could be produced trom side to side. If that was done in those houses it would meetidl that is necess ry. Can you manage Mr. Jones to do that?—vir. Jones: No, sir it will not do. The people say there is quite enough of air there, and, it ttiere was more they could noi live in tuein as they would be too cold. (laughter). His Worship But, Miat does not make any difference in gettinj the window there, all tha window could be Idt open or shut at the pleasure ot the occupant. —Mr. Jones There are several houses the s-une as mine in that district.—Mr. Harpur: Of course there are, but we cannot take them all together. We must begin wiHi somebody and it we began with anyone else they would tell as just the sime as you have told.—His Worship My opin- ion is that there can be a means ot making a thorough dratt in every house, by a little mechanical means for the purpose, and the occupiers would then be in a sate situation at any time.—more especially in case of epidemic. A tree current ot air is a thing absolutely necessary for good health. It is very easily procured, and the expense would be very small- A small hole could be made it the back in which a small window could be inserted, or perforated zinc, either of the two, so as to produce the necessary current of air. I think I will adjourn these cases to give you time to do that.— Vir. Jones: Well, I think we cannot do it" because my tenants say that there is quite enough of air there at present. (laughter).—His Worship: You must bear in mind we have the power to make you do it, but I don't want to put that in operation in a way to annoy you, it you are willing to do it yourself. I would advise you to take the recommendation into con- sideration, and to act on it.— Vir. Jones: Why am 1 to do it, different to other houses in the parish? —His Worship No doubt several houses in the parish are in the same sit- uation, but they must come on in due time. I am sopy to seeyoudont seem, Mr. Jones, inclined to do this.—Mr. Jones here stated he knew several houses in the locality, the occupants of which told him they could look out at. the stars and moon through the roof when in bed at night (laughter), and in the snowy weather the people tlwre used even be throwing snowballs at one another in bed (langh- ter). Why were not those housrs mentioned ?—Mr. Har- pur Surely you don't want us to ventilate houses so excel- lently ventilated at present, (continued laughter). —Mr. Jones: I can't see how our houses are not well ventilated. Mr. Harpur: Your houses are even better than some, but tve must take them all in their tutus.—The case was tufjourned for a week. Willam Junes was then summoned for not having some houses 01 his sufficiently ventilated.—Detendant said he should like to know utoat kind ot ventilation th? houses wanted, as t'.jey had windows both in the back and front.— Mr. Harpur Yes, it is so in one house, but you have no back window in the others. I know the houses 12, and y in Ca>tle-row, and they have not sufficient means of venti- lation there. It is impossible to put back windows into the houses, but I would suggest that a ventilator should he made in the face ot the chimney.—Those summonses weie also adjourned tor a week to allow of the necessary ven- ilation being made, as were also summonses which were taken out for the houses 2, 3, 4, õ near the lower end ot the Dowlais Company's Row, belonging also to Mr. Joues.—In the cases of Mrs. Evans, David Williams, John Lovely, John Jones, and John Tmnnas, similar orders were made, but a summons against William Evans was dropped. A Neglectful Husband.—Edward Davies was charged with neglecting to support his wife, whereby she became chargeable to <"e<undt0< the Merthyr Union. Mr. Jones, the relieving officer, said the woman was admitted into t!*e Union in consequence ot iliness and destitution. Ihe hus- band was fully ahle to maintain his wite, unll ",11m asked why he did not do so he said she wis a very imprudent wo raau Secant Rees gave evidence to the effect that wliiie Edward Davies was in jail about fifteen months ago, hi3 wite was living in a common brothel. He also knew her to be a common prostitute far some time.— His Worship said under those circumstau»*es the inau could not be compelled to support his wite.

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