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MERTHYR POLICE-COURT. I THURSDAY. Before Mr. W. M. North (stipendiary) SUNDAY DRiNKlXG.—WiIhum Phillips, landlord of the White Horse, Twynyrodyn, was charged with selling beer on a Sunday. Mr. Thomas Phillips, Aberdare, was for the defence, and Mr. W. Beddoe appeared for the owners.—P.C. Stevens stated the facts of the case, which were not disputed, but Mr. T. Phillips put in a plea of extenuation of the offence.- The Stipendiary said that it was gentlemen like the defendant who should try to keep up the standing of public-houses, so that publicans on a lesser scale might have a good example to follow.-Fined B2 10s. and costs, the licence not being endorsed. AFFILIATION.—Mary Jane Lewis, Dowlais, sum- moned Thomas John Kemp to show cause, ic.-Mr. Jones was for the complainant, and Mr. J. W. Lewis for the defendant.—Tne allegation was not disputed, and an order was made for 2s. 6d. a week, with £ 2 2s. expenses. ASSAULT. — Margaret Lewis was summoned by Charlotte Yend for assault on Monday night.—Mr. Beddoe, who prosecuted, said the parties lived next door to each other in Canal-square. Defendant was in a case recently in which the complainant's mother gave evidence against her. Since then the defendant had continually taunted the complainant, and on Monday night assaulted her by striking her in the mouth and using very vulgar language towards her. Mr. Beddoe added that the defendant was a terror to everyone in High-street of an evening.—The Com- plainant gave evidence in support of her advocate's statement, adding that the defendant took off her jacket, and striking witness in the mouth, invited her to go into Castle-street and have a fight.—The Defen- dant called a witness to say that she did nothing at all, but the witness said she would have done the s ime had she been in defendant's place.—The Stipendiary fined defendant 10s. or 10 days. MONDAY.—Before Messrs. W. M. North (stipen- diary), Thomas Williams, W. Morgan, and Thomas Jenkins. Alleged UNLAWFUL WOUNDING.—Frank Wilson was charged with unlawfully wounding Patrick Donelly, a founder, on February 16th.—Complainant deposed that on Sunday lie was working in the Dow- lais Works. Defendant was working near him. Witness had occasion to remonstrate with him for throwing the iron all over the place. Upon this defendant got excited, and threatened to strike him. After dinner he was very quarrelsome, and got hold of an iron bar and struck witness on the top of the head with it.—Cross-examined by the defendant He did not throw water on him by turning a water hose in his direction -Edward Connelly also gave evidence to the same effect, after which the case was sent to the next Assizes for trial. ASSAULT. -Wi Ilia ni John Bond and Catherine Ellen Jones were summoned for assaulting Mary Ann Jones on 7th February.—Mr. W. W. Meredith appeared for complainant.—The charge arose out of a county-court case which complainant had taken against her husband, who was the female defendant's brother-in-law, and the male defendant's adopted brother. Several wit- nesses were called for the complainant, after which a cross-summons was proceeded with. Ultimately Catherine Jones and Bond were fined 5s. and costs and 10s. and costs respectively. All the parties were also bound over to keep the peace- ALLEGED LARCENY.—David Jones was charged with stealing a watch, the property of Thomas Davies, on 10th February.—Mr. Beddoe prosecuted.—Com- plainant said that he went to the Canford Inn, and fell asleep there. When he awoke his chain was hanging down, and his watch gone. He subsequently informed t'le po) ce about the matter.—James Evans said he saw defendant in the back of the Cauford Inn. He (defendant) offered to sell him the watch (pro- duced) for Is.—Acting-Sergeant Davies said that defendant came to the station and said that he had been told by the landlord of the Canford that the watch had been found at the back of the house.- Prisoner pleaded Not guilty and the case was dismissed. OBSCENE LANGUAGE.—William Edwards was fined 5s. and costs or seven days for using obscene language. MATCHES IN A COLLIERY.—George Hall, ostler, was charged with having matches in his possession in Merthyr Vale Colliery, and was fined 10s. and costs or 10 days. COAL Pn.FERp.Rs.-Mary Rees and Mary Francis were charged with stealing coal,'the property of the Dowlais Iron Company.—A fine of 5s. each was inflicted. ALLEGED ASSAULT AT BEDLINOG. — W. Webb Dekthay was summoned for assaulting Timothy Leary on February 6th, at Bedlinog.—Mr. Beddoe defended, —Complainant, who had a very black eye, gave evi- dence in support of the summons.—Several witnesses were called for the defence, and eventually the case was dismissed. ENDORSEMENT or LICENCE.—On the application of Mr. D. W. Jones, the licence of the Prince Llewellin Inn, Dowlais, was endorsed from Miss Jane James to Miss M. J. Thomas. ILLICIT SALE OF BEER.—Timothy Cahill, Queen's Arms, Cae|iantwyll, was summoned for keeping his house open for the sale of beer on 9th February.— Mr. Bedd oe defended.—P.C. Lamb said that on the date mentioned, at about ten past three in the after- noon, he was passing the Queen's Arms in company with P.C. Stevens, when they heard a noise like a bolt being drawn. They hurried to the corner of the street to see who would come out. A woman then came out of the back door of the Queen's Arms with a can of beer under her apron. She proceeded to 10, Queen-street, a few door- away, and witness followed. He went in after her, and saw her just putting down the can (produced), which contained half a gallon of freshly-drawn beer. There were a number of men there drinking. He then took Mrs. Collins (the woman mentioned) back with him to the Queen's Arms. The landlord denied knowing anything about the beçr. The woman also said that she had not had the beer from the Queen's Arms.—Cross-examined The beer was not on the table when he went in, but the woman was just putting it on the ground.—P.C. Stevens corroborated.—For the defence Mr. Beddoe called Sarah Collins, who s-.vore that she obtained the beer at the Three Cup- on Saturday night. It was bought in order to celebrate the third anni- versary of the birth of a neighbour's child (laughter). She had nothing under her apron whatever.—Patrick Donovan said he was at 10, Queen-street, on the day in question. His brother was also there. Mrs. Collins was there when he went in, but presently went out. She came back shortly after, closely followed by P.C. Lamb, who, when he got inside, caught hold of Mrs. Collins and said, "Sow I've got you, Mrs. Collins." He (Lamb) took hold of t'le beer, which was on the table, and went out as; a in, taking Mrs. Collins with him.—Cioss-examiiud There was nolxxly drunk in the house. Thi beer was there when he went in.—Edward Mackenzie, a boy about 14 years old, an adopted son of the defendant, said that P.C. Lamb came to the back door and shouted out to open it. He went and asked Mr. Cahill who gave him permission, and he thereupon opened the door. He never handed any beer to any- one —Cro-s-examined Mr. Cahill had told him never to open the door without his consent.—The defendant then went into the box, and denied having served anyone with beer that day. It was not the first time for Lamb to wrongfully accuse him.—Cross-examined: He considered himself badly treated by Lamb.—1This closed the case for the defence.—The Bench, after a consultation, decided to inflict a fine on Cahill of £3 and costs, without endorsement of the licence. REFUSING TO AIHHT THE POLIOE.—Mrs. Price, landlady of the Pengarnddu Hare, Dowlais, was charged with refusing to admit the police on Sunday, 2nd February.—Mr. J. W. Lewis defended.—P.C. JLamb .-aid that on the date in question, in company with P.C. Steven", lx>th being in plain clothes, he visited Pengarnddu Hare at about half-past four in the afternoon. He went to the front and Stevens to the back. In about a minute after he had knocked someone came and asked who was there. He said, Policemen, open the door." Soon after he heard footsteps coming along the passage. He again knocked, .t- and asked them to open the door. Then there was a sound of someone running upstairs. A few minutes after the door was opened, and he, on going in, at once ran upstairs into the longroom, the door of which was open. There was a man in the room just about jumping out. The lower part of the window had been taken out, and when he looked he saw that there was another man down on the ground. One of the panes of glass had been broken by the men in jumping down. He then went downstairs and told the landlady. He went into the kitchen, and found two men who came from Abercanaid. Cross-examined: He was at the front door for five minute3. He did not know whether Stevens knocked the same time as he did. He heard a lot of scuffling iu the passage.—P.C. Stevens deposed to going to the back door and knocking. A girl came to the door and asked who was there. He said, Policemen." She then ran back to the house. He I knocked several times. He was at the door about four minutes. Then the landlady opened the door. He went into the kitchen, and saw two men with beer in front of them. He saw the two men jump down in front of the window of the kitchen.— Cross-examined: The men in the kitchen said they came frem Abercanaid.—Mr. J. W. Lewis then opened the case for the defence, and called Mrs. Price, who said that she had lived at Pengarnddu for 16 years. There were four men in the house when the police knocked. Two had come to Pengarnddu in order to see a relative, but the other two she did not know. They told her they came from A ber- canaid, and she was just about to serve them with refreshments when the servant girl ran in from the back and said "Police." The men thereupon ran into the passage. She told them to stay in the kitchen, for as long as they had said the truth they ] need fear nothing. They, however, would not do so, and ran upstairs. She subsequently admitted P.C. j Stevens through the back door, and P.C. Lamb through the front.—Cross-exam ined The bolt of the back door was rather stiff, and that was the reason of the delay in opening the door.—Mary James, the servant, was also called.—The Bench decided to con- vict, and fined the defendant LS and costs, without endorsement of licence. NEGLECTFUL PARENTS.—John Evans, puddler, and Sarah Evans, his wife, Well-street, Dowlais, were B-osecuted for neglecting their four children at owlais, the eldest aged eight and the youngest three, Mr. Spickett, Pontypridd, prosecuted on behalf of the R.S.P.C.C.—Inspector Cook said he had known the defendants for about three years. He had noticed the children from time to time. The clothing they wore was of a very scanty nature, and in a very filthy condition. Both defendent? were addicted to drink, and he had seen them from time to time in a drunken state. On January 31st the two children attended school, and had only a single garment on. Mr. lloulson sent for him, and showed them to him. They had been given clothes in school, but only wore them once.—Inspector Ruff, the inspector for the society at Pontypridd, said he had called at the defendant's house in Dowlais on the 5th January, and saw Mrs. Evans and the youngest child. This child had one garment on, and was covered with vermin. Ho asked her where the others were, and was told that the husband had taken them to Merthyr. — Mrs. O'Connel, Mrs. Winibdon, neigh- liours, and Mr. James Lewis, attendance officer, gave evidence as to the dirty state in which they had seen the children, and the scanty clothing in which they had been attired.-The Bench said it was a clear case of negligence on the part of the parents. They deserved, the woman even more than her husband, to be sent to prison without the option of a fine. This time, however, they would give them a chance, and fine the woman 20s. and costs, or three weeks, and the man, 10s. and costs, or 10 days. The defendant were then taken down, the female as she left the box exclaiming, "I am going in, John, you take care of the children."

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