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PONTYPRIDD PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY. ASSAULT ON A RIVAL OVERMAN. — William Davies, manager of the Coedcae Colliery, was summoned by John Edwards, overman of the Havod Colliery, for commiting an assault upon him on the 18th inst. Mr Price prosecuted, and Mr Plew", defended. After opening the case, the facts of which are stated below, Mr Price examined the prose- cutor, who said be was an overman at the Llwyncelyn Col- liery has been for twelve months was at the Hafod Sta- tion with three children on Wednesday evening last had one child in his arms saw defendant there he came by train as soon as defendant and others came outside the gate of the station a fight ensued the row was stopped by a constable defendant said to the men fighting they had better stop, as John Tregolwyn (complainant) was enjoying the fight of the Coedcae men he (complainant) repudiated any such enjoyment; defendant then wanted to fight him and be refused; was struck by defendant, when his child was in his arms; some men came up and took hold of bim. De- fendant then told the people around him to stay out of the way to see the manager of the Ccedcae pit fight for once." Did not strike him then more than once afterwards met him and asked him again to fight,—Cross-examined Defendant was not in the crowd when the fighting was going on never said to him you bad better go home as you always enjoy a fight" The defendant's attorney pro- ceeded to examine complainant as to his antecedents in connection with the late Coedcae strike, and other matters so far as this Court is concerned which elicited nothing. Lewis Morgan, who prevented from strikingjhiin again, is a tradesman and a respectable man. Re-examined: Mr Morgan supplies goods to the Coedcae Colliery it is by notes the blow caused his face to swell. Richard Thomas is a collier, living at Ynysyhafod; remember Wednesday last,, was coming by last train from Pontypridd to Hafod got out at the latter place; came with defendant from Merthyr, where each had been to a funeral; a number of Coedcae workmen had been at the funeral; it was the funeral of a fireman at the Hafod Colliery when he got out he saw a number of the Coedcae men naked fighting most of them had been at the funeral saw defendant there with his little boy in his arms defendant was leaning on the rails looking at the nght when the police came the the fighting was at once stopped defendant came out from the platform at the station and asked the men how the fight arose, saying to them that complainant was en- joying the fight and making sport of them complainant said No lam not, sure;" defendant replied in coarse terms, after exchanging compliments in the same tone de- fendant struck complainant on the side of his face the child was then in his arms people then interfered com- plainant said nothing, but told defendant that that blow would cost him money defendant then asked the men to stand on one side and see the "manager of the Coedcae Colliery fighting complainant then went home defen- dant afterwards met complainant and challenged him to fight, offering to beat the d- out of him saw a little swelling on complainant's face afterwards defendant was neither drunk nor sober. —The cross-examination of this witness elicited nothing to weaken the evidence in chief witness (Richard Thomas) works under complainant.—Mr Plews, for the defence, said that from his instructions a flat contradiction would be given to the evidence of complain- ant. The facts of the case showed that a more frivolous case was never brought before the Bench. He called Thomas Suben who said be was at the station on the even- ing of the funeral; defendant remained at the station whilst the others went out at the gate defendant came out to suppress a disturbance, and seeing complainant said he hadlno business to be there making game of his men and inciting them to fight; complainant thereupon called de- fendant some opprobious names defendant then put his hand on complainant's breast and told him to go home and leave the men to him at a meeting subsequently, as given above, complainant challenged defendant to fight defen- dant told him to go home, as he would have nothing to do with him did not see a blow struck by defendant.—Cross- examined Will swear that a blow was not struck com- plainant was smiling and laughing at the men fighting do not know whether Richard Thomas was present or not; when that witness states that defendant struck complain- ant it is untrue there was no man present at the second meeting.—Lewis Morgan, shopkeeper at Hafod, said he was at the funeral on the day in question got out of the train and saw defendant, who stopped a few minutes on the plat- form the crowd went outside the station a fight ensued John Edwards (complainant) was in the crowd he bad a child in his arms was close to complainant when defen- dant came up he was inciting the men to fight heard defendant say He ought to be ashamed of himself to stand enjoying himself at seeing his men fighting com- plainant called defend at a scamp and liar, and employed other terms defendant then gave complainant a push and told him he ought to go from there went with defendant away from the station saw complainant by a, gully or passage; he challenged defendant to fight. Cross-ex- amined Will swear that complainant was inciting the men to fight; do not remember what the words or expres- sions were did not hear that defendant challenged com- plainant defendant was not drunk he was excited at seeing the men fighting; will not swear that when defen- dantpushed complainantbis hand was not clenched. — By the Bench Do not remember defendant saying anything to complainant when the latter challenged him to fight.— George Warlow was at the station on Wednesday last; saw defendant coming from the train a quarrel ensued outside the station gates this was before defendant came up complainant was there laughing and sneering at the men fighting defendant came up and pushed complainant with his open band, telling him to go home as he could manage his men himself complainant's wife took her hus- band away at the next meeting complainant offered to fight defendant; William Robbins told him t" !,(, home and not be foolish he took him away; defending never said a word in reply; will swear that defendant never struck complainant.—In cross-examination this witness corroborated tbe evidence of tbe otber witnesses for tbe defence the evidence of Richard Thomas relative to a blow being given is untrue. This completed the case.— The Bench considered the case proved, and fined defendant 10s. and costs. CHARGE OF INDECENT ASSAULT.—William Morgan, a singular looking man, was charged with indecently assault- ing a girl named Grace B. Williams, on the 10th instant. — Mr J. E. Price, defended.—This case was adjourned from last court, Defen(hnt pleaded not guilty. The prosecu- trix on being exan.; ,d said She went for a, basket of coal, and saw defendant. who said. You crow wonderful," then he caucht her round the waist and threw her down: he then put his hand und<r her clothes be told her to keep quiet, and he would do her no harm she called Margaret Rees, and when she came he loosed her. and ran under thu wagons to quot," (hide) she said she would tell her parents, and he told her not to do so. -Cross-examined: She is in the habit of fetching coal from near a screen after the men leave he attempted to assault her in a small shed, where the men dine this is not many yards from hojses defen- dant is a married man when she was told that the police- man was at hand, she did not report the matter to him she did not think of telling the policeman when Margaret Rees was with her she ran away from defendant Marga- ret Rees saw defendant with her in the shed she is over 16 years of age defendant was at work at the time, and left his work to come to her she told her mother when she went home.—Margaret Rees, a young girl 12 years if age, was next called, she said She lived at Pentre went for a load of coal; heard a cry. and found defendant with com- plainant in a shed he told her to go away or else be would make her; she went away and called for a policeman did not see any disarrangement of complainant's dress when she heard complainant call out, she was about five or six yards from the sh^d.—Elizabeth Williams, a married woman living at Ystrad. was next called, but did not give any salient evidence. — Mary Williams, mother of complain- ant. lives at Pentre said She remembered her daughter coming to her on the night of the 10th instant she told her William Morgan had thrown her down on her hack, and had put his hand under her clothes she shrieked and made a noise, and he told her he would not harm her she was much agitated, and her clothes were covered with coal and dust; witness, her husband, and daughter, went to the defendant's house, and asked him why he had insulted her daughter he said he had not done her any harm.-By the Bench He did not deny the charge made against bim. Cross-examined The shed was about 200 yards from the nearest house it is exposed; defendant never accused her daughter to her or her hnsband of having stolen coal defendant had complained to the manager that complainant had taken the coal.—Mr. Price urged that the case was a trumped up one. and urged that the probabilities were entirely at variance with the theory of an assaulthaving been committed.—The case having assumed the form of a. common assault, could be disposed of at the present sessions -Ann Richards, wife of George Richards, collier, Heolfaeh. was called for the defence, and said She re- membererllnst Saturday week going with defendant's wife to complainant's house she went at the request of defen- dant saw the comphin:mt. -Com plainant"s father. mother, and aunt were present she spoke to the aunt in Welsh who interpreted to the complainant she said she had come with defendant's wife to effect a settlement, as defendant had received a summons was told that a settlement would be come to if defendant would go to the manager and with- draw the charge of stealing coal made by him against com- plainant have known defendant nine years has always borne a good character he is a quiet well-behaved man j know where coal is collected, and no permission is given to any one to take coal; some have been prosecuted for stealing coal no money was offered or required to settle.—William Thomas, timber merchant, Ystrad. spoke in high terms of defendant's character as a steady sober man defendant had bought timber of him.— Thf1 Bench found defendant guilty of a common assault, and fined him 40s, or 14 days. RHYMNEY INTELLIGENCE. GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS IN THE EDUCATION BILL.— A public meeting was held at Jerusalem Baptist Chapel, Rhymney, last Tuesday evening. May 31st, to consider the amendments proposed hy the Government in the Education Bill. The Rev. Moses Wright, the minister of the chapel, occupied the chair. The Rev. Mr Davies. Baptist Minister, moved the first resolution That this meeting feels grateful to the Government for the concessions favourable to the liberty of conscience, it has made by proposing- that the school board shall be elected by ballot This resolution being seconded, was adopted. The Rev. E. Davies moved the second resolution — That this meeting is of opinion that the proposed time-table conscience clause will not afford an adequate protection to the consciences of parents whose religion may differ from that of the school, board." Mr Davies said that Dissenters had waited for the pro- mised amendments of the Government The amendments have been given, and while the Government has made a valuable concession in proposing that school boards shall be elected by ballot, the conscience clause is left in a very unsatisfactory state. The proposed clause would compel many dissenting parents either to sacrifice their consciences or their livelihoods, a position of trial into which no Libe- ral Government should lead conscientious and hard working dependent families No system of unsectarian religious instruction can be satisfactory to men of all creeds and yet contain that amount of positive religious truth which may be of any utility as religious instruction. The fairest and most efficient method, and the one most likely to satisfy all parties, would be a system in which the State should care for the secular branches of education, and let the various sects and the parents of children give the religious instruction as fully and unlimitedly as they may think proper. The age is approaching this issue with rapiditv. The resolution was adopted. A vote of thanks was passed to the chairman, and the meeting separated. iii TREDEGAR INTELLIGENCE. INQUESTS.—Mr Brewer, with a jury with the regular foreman, opened nn inquiry on Thursday, 26th May, at the Greyhound Hotel, touching the death of a child, six years of age, named Mary Norton, residing at Coach Row, who died rather suddenly on the 24th. After going into some evidence, it was considered advisable to adjourn the pro- ceedings. to allow a post mortem examination to be made. Mr T. G. Anthony, surgeon, made a post mortem examina- tion the same evening, and on Friday, jury having heard the medical evidence, recorded a verdict of "Death from natural causes. "-The second inquest was on the body of Elizabeth Williams, aged seven days, and in this instance a similar verdict was returned.—The third inquest was held on Monday, and was on the body of William James, a collier, who was killed in No. 8 pit. by a fall on Saturday. This inquirv was adjourned till Saturday, in order that Mr Lionel Brough, H. M. Inspector of mines might be communicated with. The evidence of William Griffiths, a haulier, went to show that the ground had been squeezing for some time at the part where the fall took place, and as the trams went faster on account of the descent, the oscillation caused them to strike the timber, which gave way, when the top fell in, burying deceased who was siding in a mine tram. The baulier had warned him of the danger, but his warning was un- heeded, and when the body was extricated life was extinct. FHNERAL SERMON.—At St. George's Church, on Sunday last a sermon was preached by the Rev E. Leigh, in memory of the late Mr J. Brock, house agent, whose death and funeral we recorded a few weeks back. The text was taken from Ecclesiastes xii., i. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit to God, who gave it." upon which a most touching discourse was made. In allud- ing to the deceased, Mr Leigh said,—You al knew him as a near neighbour, and you all loved him That he died repentant, I firmly believe. My fellow-assistant in this church visited him during his illness, and by his own re- quest administered the Holy Communion, and I may offer this consolation to his bereaved widow, who is here to-day to mourn her irreparable loss, that he made his peace with his God and died happy." Many tears were shed during the delivery of the sermon. The choir sang No. 191, Hymns Ancient and Modern, and the effect was very marked in the lines, Yes, with streaming eyes would say. Lord we love him, let him stay." At the conclusion of the service, the organist played Handel's Dead March," from Saul, with considerable taste. CLUB WALKING.—A club from the Bush Inn turned out on Monday in full regalia, headed by a capital band, and paraded the town previous to sitting down to a fine spread of the good things this mundane state permits mortals to enjoy.