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Friday, October 24, 1873.

-'-'---LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

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-.MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

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MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The ordinary weekly meeting of this Board was held oil Saturday, Mr G. T. Clark (chairman), presiding. There were present Revs. John Griffith and W. Davies, Messrs. R. H. Rhys, James Lewis, Morgan Morgans, D. Evans, J. W. Jones, B. Kirkhouse, George Martin. P. Ritson, J. C. Dalrymple, R. Jones, D. P. Davies, Morgan Edwards, J. Williuns, W. Williams. Rees Lewis, T. Williams, W. Gould D. E. Williams, J. W. James and T. W. Evans. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. STATISTICS. During the past week the numbers relieved had been as follows, In-door—not able-bodied 102, against 111 in the corresponding week of last year able-bodied 10, against 20 children 112, against lib children in school, 6, against 6 total 224 against 246. Out-door -not able-bodied 1008, against 1078 in the correspond- ing week of last year able-bodied, 367, against 389 children 901, against 1141 total 2279, against 2600 Total relieved, in-door and out-door, 2503, against 2846. The amount expended for in-door relief had been £4j 16s. Id., and the amount of out-door relief, JE189 13s hI, against 1226 18s. lOd. in the corres- ponding week of last year. Mr R. H. Hhys. asked on behalf of the Licensing Committee of the County for the use of the Board Room to hold their adjourned ^meeting on Thursday next. The required permission was granted. THE PROPOSED RE-VALUATION OF PROPERTY. MrjR. H. Rhys,addressing Mr J. W. James, said he did not know whether that gentleman had seen what had taken place at the Quarter Sessions, on Tuesday last. The assessment committee had been directed to meet with a view to the re-valuation and readjustment of all property in the county. He would therefore ask Mr James whither, under these circumstances, he (Mr James) intended to proceed with his motion next week or not. It seemed to him that it would be more prudent for them to see what the county would do rather than for this Board to take the initiative in the matter. Mr J. W. James replied that under the circumstances it might be advisable for him to wait a little before bringing his motion forward. But he would like to know how long the county assessment committee were going to be about it because as they seemed deter- mined to go all through the county they might be rather long over it. However, if Mr Gould, his se- conder, was willing, he had no :objection to adopt the suggestion of Mr Rhys. Mr Gould signitied his acquiescence in the proposal. Mr R. H. Rhys hoped the Chairman would be pre- sent at the next meeting of the County Assessment Committee. If the Board expressed a wish to that effect he would perhaps endeavour to do so. He could assure Mr James that the matter would be proceeded with at once, in fact he believed there would be a meet- ing on Thursday next. The Chairman remarked that as a general rule when the rating of property belonging to any individual was going on it was as well that such individual should not take any part in the proceedings. It was open to sus- picion if such was the case. The Assessment Com- mittee sat as judges as it were, and it was not advisable for a man to act as judge with regard to his own property. Mr R. H. Rhys replie<T that there were arrangements to be made in the first place as to how the work was to be done in a general way. Of course when the ques- tion of valuing the Dowlais property came on he would not ask Mr Clark to be present, but to arrange the general preliminaries. The Chairman thought it very like asking a. sheep how lie would wish to be shorn. Mr R. H. Rhys rejoined that at this rate no magis- trates would be fit to sit on the Assessment Committee at all, because they all had property in the county of some sort or other. Mr James Lewis joined in the wish that the Chairman should be present on the occasion of the next meeting of the County Assessment Committee. The magistrates of other places had given great attention to this matter, and he believed this place was suffering from disproportionate rateable value. He was glad that Mr James had withdrawn his motion, and had no doubt that the County Assessment Committee would take care that the valuation of the whole county was placed on a proper basis. The Chairman remarked that there could be no (lOuOt the parish of Merthyr was fairly valued at the last valuation. They had employed the most skilful and disinterested man they could find for the purpose. The following return,which had been moved for at the last meeting, of the assessment of the various kinds of property in each parish of the Union was read :—Aber- dare collieries, £76,171 iron works and other manufac- tories, £11,G26; land, £5,800; railways and canals, .Ell.CSO house property, £ 58,003 total, £ 163,280. Gellygaer, collieries, £ 41,167; ironworks and other manufactories, £ 4,000 lan»l, k5,122 railways and canals, £(j,m9 house property, f 7,947 total, £ 64,275. Merthyr, collieries, JE31,711 ironworks and other manufactories. £:33,129; land, £ 6,347; railways and canals, £ 8,718; house property, £59,243; total, £ 139,148. Penderyn, manufactories, £ 1,060 land, £3,107 railways and canals, £1,072 house property, j31,399 total, £ 6,648. Rhigos, collieries, £1,839; land, jEl.043 railways and canals, £ 2,088 house property, JE442 total, £ 5.437. Yaynor, land, £2.737; railways and canals, £ 310 house property, £ 2,956 total, £ 6,003. Totals, collieries, £ 150.942, parts in thousands, 392 ironworks and other manufactories, jS49,815, parts in thousands, 130 lands, £24,1:)7, parts in thousands, G2 railways and canals, S29,907 parts in thousands, 78 house property, £ 129,970 parts in thousands, 338. Total rateable value, £ 384,791. The return was ordered to be printed, so that each Guardian might be provided with a copy. Mr James Lewis moved that in addition another table should be added showing the number of houses in each district under and over £10 rateable value. This was agreed to. There was no further public business. MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.—(Before A. De Itutzen, and J. Probert, Esqrs.) DRUNKARDS.—Henry Thomas, collier, drunk and in- capable in High-street, on the 15th inst., was, upon the evidence of P.C. James, fined 2s 6d and the costs, and in default of payment committed to gaol for seven days with hard labour.—James Williams, puddler, charged by P.C. Allison with drunken and indecent conduct in Pontmorlais-street the same night, was fined 10s and the costs.-Isaac Williams, labourer, found by the same officer in Castle-street the same night was fined 2s 6d and the costs, for lying drunk and in- capable.—Ivor Jones, weigher, charged by P.C. Jen- kins with drunken and disorderly conduct in Victoria- street, on the 16th inst., was fined 15s and the costs, or fourteen days'hard labour in the alternative.—William Voss, puddler, arrested by P.C. Allison the same night in High-street, Penydarran, upon a charge of drunken and riotous conduct, was fined 5s and the costs. Ann Ryan, widow, found by P.C. Evans in Chapel-street the same day, lying in a helpless state of drunkenness, was discharged with a caution, this being her first offence.— Thomas Costello, tinman, charged by P.C. Cole, with drunken and riotous conduct in High-street the same day, was fined 158 and costs. -Frank Leigh, Jprinter, picked up in the same street the same night by the same officer, in a helpless state, was fined 2s 6d and the costs. Ann Mara, married, drunk and obstructing the highway ia Cross-street, Dowlais, on the 7th inst., wa3 discharged with a caution. Inspector Thomas gave evidence.—Thomas Parry, labourer, summoned at the instance of P.C. Cole for a similar offence in Picton- street, on the 11th inst., was likewise allowed to go, as also was Mary Reardoti, summoned by P.S. Olding for drunken and riotous conduct in Castle-street, on the 4th instant. BOARD OF HEALTH PROSECUTION.- Dennis Star, labourer, was summoned for having deposited a. quantity of refuse matter upon a certain piece of unoccupied ground near Jackson's Bridge, contrary to the bye-laws of the Local Board of Health.—Mr Williams appeared in support of tho summons. The evidence went to show that on the 10th inst. the defendant had been em- ployed to wh eel certain refuse and litter from Canal House. To avoid the little extra trouble of shovelling the contents of his barrow into a properly constructed receptacle for matters of that description, which was close by, he preferred making a longer journey and tip his load down a slope near the river. The con- sequences were, a,s Mr liarpur, the surveyor, stated, that in the event or a flood the river became polluted, sequences were, a,s Mr liarpur, the surveyor, stated, that in the event or a flood the river became polluted, while on the other uand if the refuse remained where it was the stench arising from it will be simply intolerable. -Defendant contended that he was acting underorders, and did not know there was anything wrong in what he did -The Bench being of a different opinion, imposed a penalty of 2s 6d and the costs remarking that if the practice were repeated they would feel compelled to in- crease the fines materially. CHARGE OF PERJURY.— Jane Lnly, sm0le, a respect- ably-dressed young woman, was summoned for having committed wilful and corrup perjury in this court upon the hearing of a case, wherein her brother Edwin Lilly, was charged with having assaulted one Mary Moore.- Simons appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Williams (deputy coroner), the defence.-The evidence adduced was of a very lengthy and tedious character, the hear- in' occupying the attention of the court for upwards of three hours. The short facts of the case were these. The defendant's mother i* the tenant of the prosecutrix Moore. On the 19th ult. the latter went to her tenant's house to demand her rent, and a sort of fracas ensued between herself and the young man Edwin, the result of which was the issue of a summons against the latter for assault. Lpon the hearing the then defendant's mother and his sister, the present defendant, who were called as witnesses on his behalf, were stated to have sworn that Miss Moore was drunk, used frightfully bad language, and struck Mrs Lilly with a poker, and that Edwin Lilly merely pushed her out and slammed the door against her. It was now endeavoured to be shown that these allegations were one and all false, and that so far from being a spectator of that scene the pre- sent defendant was not near the place at all u/itil nearly an hour and a half afterwards.-The Bench, after listening patiently to the whole of the evidence, were unanimously of opinion that Mr Williams had no case to answer, and defendant was accordingly discharged.— Mr Simons, however, asked that his client should be bound over to prefer a bill of indictment for the offence at the next Assizes for the county against the defendant.—The Bench readily assented to this course, and Miss Moore was formally bound, in the sum of £50 to carry on the matter a Voutrance at that Court. DON'T PLAY ON SUNDAYS.— Johia Thomas, a lad of about 13 years of age, was summ.oned for playing a game upon the highway, to the gmnoyance of passen- gers.-P.C. Lidenton proved seeing the defendant on Sunday, the 12th inst. at 7,30 p 1 High-street, Penydarran, with about 30 or 40 others of about the same age, playing a sort of kiss in the ring game, People were just at that time coming from the various places of worship, and many were the complaints which he received of the annoyance caused by these practises, which were growing to be an almost recognized habit in that part.Defendant's mother, who accompanied him, promised that her son should do nothing of the sort again.—The Bench, in the hope this would be a warn- ing to him, fined him only Is and the costs MAKING IT G P. \Yilliam Samuel, puddier, Peny- darran, was brought up under warrant, having dis- obeyed the summons, charged with assaulting Ann Samuel, his wife. A rcport of this case has already ap- peared in our columns.—Complainant on entering the box to-day stated that she had no desire to see her hus- band punished, provided he promised to pay towards her and the children, they having been for some time past resided apart from each other. -At a suggestion from the Bench the parties retired together for a few minutes, and when they returned to Court again it was definitely announced that they had settled it."—De- fendant was therefore ordered to be liberated. VERY SUSPICIOUS. — John Dunne, labourer, was placed in the dock charged with stealing a silver watch and Albet,t chain, the property of some person unknown. P.S. Cook, of Aberaman, stated that on the 15th inst. the prisoner came to his house and complained that a pawnbroker to whom he bad offered a watch in pledge, had refused to give it back again. Witness then accompanied him to the shop of a Mr Henry Thompson. From the evasive way in which he there replied to the questions put to him, witness told him that he should take him into custody on suspicion of having stolen the watch. Prisoner denied having done any such thing. He bad picked the watch up (he said) in a closet at Queenstown (Cork), and the vessel he was going to sail in being about to start he had ho time to make any in- quiry about it. He, however, made two or three differ- ent statements as to the exact day upon which he sailed, although he stuck to the story of his having found the watch in the manner stated. Witness subse- quently ascertained that the man had only very recently been discharged from Brecon gaol,—Upon the applica- tion of Mr Superintendant Thomas, the Bench remanded the prisoner to Cardiff gaol for a week for further in- quiry. AFFILIATION: AN INVALID ORDER.—John Reynolds, a member of the Metropolitan police fore,, was brought up under warrant charged with disobeying an order made upon him by an Aberdare bench of magistrates, to pay towards the illegitimate child of Ann John, singlewoman, Mountain Ash, of which he was adjudged to be the putative father. — Mr Plews, who defended, elicited from complainant that her child had been born in America, whither she had emigrated in 1871.—The Clerk (to complainant) Why didn't ycu tell that when you were before the magistrates at Aberdare ? Com- plainant was dumb.—Mr De PLitzen We must refuse to act upon this order. It is clearly invalid. The Act only applies to children "born in England." Defen- dant is therefore discharged.——James Thomas, collier, was summoned as the father of the illegitimate child of Margaret Edwards, singlewoman, Well-street, Dowlais. -Inspector Thomas proved serving the defendant, who did not appear, with the summons. After hearing the usual formal evidence, an order was made for payment of 2s 6d per week from the date of application for sum- mons and costs. Elizabeth Jones, Caedcae Court, Merthyr, v. Enoch Rees, puddier. Defendant sent his sister to appear for him. It appeared that he had con- tributed liberally towards the support of ithe child since its birth. Ordered to pay 3s per week from the date of the summons and costs. COMMON ASSAULT.—Mary Regan v. John Dwyer.— Mr Plews for the defendant.—Complainant alleged that defendant had struck her thrice in the face in the bar of the Black Bull Inn, Pontstorehouse, on the 6th inst. It transpired, however, that her conduct towards the defendant had been equally bad, and that the landlord of the house had turned them and their partisans out into the street in consequence. -The Bench thinking there was not a pin to choose between them, dismissed the summons. MONDAY.—[Before A. Dc Rut:en, Esq.) DRUNKARDS.—William Meredith, mason, found by P.C. Allison the previous Saturday night lying help- lessly drunk in Post Office Lane, was fined 5s and the costs.-The same officer preferred a charge of riotous drunkenness against a travelling draper named John Regan, whom he had dropped across the same night in Pontmorlais-street. His Worship visited the offender with a penalty of 10s and the costs.—Mary Ann Thomas, married, proved, by P.C. Cole to have been guilty of similar behaviour in Bridge-street the same night, was similarly dealt with.-John Cronin, navvy, picked up by P.O. Evans in a helpless state in the same street the same night, was fined 5s and the costs.- Morris Hurley, another navvy, found by P.C. Allison the same night in Swan-street, in a similar state, was let off with a tine of 2s Od and the costs. William Jones, smith's striker, proved by P.C.'s Evans and Plumley to have been guilty while drunk of riotous be. haviour in Ynysgau-street, yesterday (Sunday) was fined 15" and the costs, and committed to gaol for 14 days with hard labour in default of payment. John Thomas, puddler, charged by P.C. Brownjohn with drunken and disorderly conduct in Ynisgau the same day, was fined 10s and the costs, in default of paying which a similar term of imprisonment was awarded him.—Thomas Davies, collier, found by P.C. Jenkins in High-street the same night, drunk and creating a. disturbance, was fined 15s and the costs. Richard Jones, rail cutter, picked up insensibly drunk in the same street the same day by the same officer, was fined 10s and the costs, as also were the following :-David Jones, labourer, charged by P.C. Plumley with a like offence in Pontmorlais street the same day John Cole- man, labourer, arrested by P.C. Jenkins in Picton- street the same night, upon a charge of riotous drunken- ness Thomas Thomas, collier, charged by P.S. James with a similar offence in Glo ster-street, Aberdare, the previous Saturday night and Ellen Fleming and Mary Callaghan, summoned at the instance of P.C. Davies, for having fought together while drunk in King-street, Pontlottyn, on the 6th inst.—Mary Collins, married, summoned at the instance of the officer last named, for a similar offence in Evan Wynne-street, Pontlottyn, on the 12th inst., was more leniently dealt with, being let off with a fine of 5s and the costs, only. TAKING THE HINT.—John Walters, David Walters, and Margaret Rees, were summoned for having assaulted Thomas Jenkins, a quarryman, on the 11th inst.—Mr Lewis (Smith, Lewis <<.ud Jones) appeared for defendants. -Complainant statedHhat he was returning home with a friend of his named David Davies, a. shoe- maker on the night in question. When near the house of the latter in Brecon-road, the first-named defendant came up to him, threatened him in rather inelegant terms, and finally took off his coat to fight. At that moment the defendant David threw a stone towards him, which, missing its aim, struck his companion Davies, felling him to the ground. The female defen- dant, who by the way, locked them both in the house and struck complainant with the key of the door on the nose, drawing blood.-It appeared from the cross- examination that there existed a grudge of somewhat long standing between the parties, the origin of which waiTtraceable—though in what form did not very defi- nitely transpire-to a bottle of rum.-His Worship thought that this was a matter which the parties might very°well settle among themselves, and for this simple reason—that the only one who had received any real hurt by the occurrence on this night was the man Davies, and he did not complain about the matter at all.—Mr Lewis quite concurred.—The parties upon this retired and held a consultation, the result of which was an adoption of the suggestion thrown out by his Worship. THIEVING TRAMPS. — George Baker and Thomas O'Neil, labourers, were brought up in custody charged with having stolen a flannel shirt, valued at; 9s. the pro- perty of David Robert, the landlord of the Black Horse Beerhouse, Hirwain Common.— Mrs Sarah Roberts, the prosecutor's wife,proved seeing her husband's shirt safe upon the table in the bar about four p.m., on the 17th inst. The prisoners were in her house that day from about two until about six o'clock, drinking in the same room. About two hours after they left she missed the 3hirt, and gave immediate information to the police.- Nathan Myers, pawnbroker, Hirwain, deposed to re- ceiving the shirt in question in pledge about seven o'clock the same night from the prisoner O'Neil, who gave his name as Charles Mitchell, and his address as Mountain Ash.—P.C. Poyntz deposed to arresting the prisoners together in High-street, Hirwain, the follow- ing morning. Upon being told the charge O'Neil denied all knowledge of it. Baker made no reply. On the way to Aberdare, however, O'Neil addressing Baker, said "if it wasn't for you you b y little tinker, I shouldn't hav e got into this you had no business to give the d shirt to me." Baker replied I re- member nothing about i". I was too drunk, therefore it's no use for me to deny it?"—O Neil, a great sturdy- looking fellow, rendered himself particularly conspicu- ous to-day by the anxiety which he displayed to shirk all responsibility in the matter, and lay the whole of the blame upon his petite confrere Baker.-Both, however, ultimately pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to a month's hard labour each. THE PROSECUTOR IN FAULT.-Ann Jones, widow, stood in the dock charged with illegally pawning a cloth coat, blanket and sheet, the property of Thomas Jones, smith, 12, Coffin's Court, Dynevor-street, on the 18th inst. It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner had kept house for the prosecutor, who is a widower. Upon some two or three previous occasions he had authorized her to pledge different articles of his. In the present instance she took it upon herself to act without his authority, thinking she had a perfect right to do so, inasmuch as she only intend to appropriate the proceeds as a sort of set off to a claim of 5s, which she had against him.-His Worship thought it impossible to convict under circumstances such as these, and the prisoner was therefore discharged. AFFILIATION. —David Davies, collier, Gellygaer, was summoned by Jane Pugh, a widow, residing at Wind- street Pontlottyn, as the father of her illegitimate child,'born to heron the 13th of November, 1871.— De- fendant did not appear to the summons, service of which was proved by P.S. Jenkins. —Complainant, it appeared had had nine children by her husband, who had been dead about seven years. — His Worship, after hearing the necessary corroborative evidence, made an order for 2s per week from date of application for sum. mons and costs. f A COWARDLY TRICK.-William Moore, puddler, was summoned for having assaulted^Mfs "Mary James, land- lady of the Carmarthen Arms 'Beerhouse, High-street, Dowlais on the 4th mst. ComplaimtDt stated that on the day in question the defendant came into her house drunk, and began to annoy and worry an elderly man, who sat in the tap-room enjoying his pint of beer. Witness ordered him to desist and walk out at once. He, however, refused, upon which she took him by the collar and put him outside the door, which she closed and held fast in order to prevent his coming in again. Having stood in that position for a while, she opened the door to ascertain whether he had gone or not. It seemed however, that he had remained on the step the whole time, for UO sooner did she put out her head then