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■ ♦ SWANSEA POLICE COURT. I FRIDAY. [Before Dr. J. G. Hall, Wm. iliehards, and R. Glascodine, Esqrs.] DRUNKENNESS.—Maria Williams (45), a married woman, lining in Tontine-street, was fined 5s. and costs, or seven days, for drunkenness.—P.O. Cross proved the case. THEFT BY A CHARWOMAN.—Charlotte Rees (51), married, Church-street, was changed with stealing a blanket, two sheets, a toilet cloth, and a pillow case, the property of Mrs. Emily Morgans, between the 25th March and the 2nd April. From the evidence it appeared that defendant was employed bv Mrs. Morgans, as charwoman, at her shop in Wind-street. Mrs. Morgans' suspicions were aroused through losing various articles from time to time. Information was given to the police, and Defective Frederick Morris discovered that some of the lost property had been pawned by defendant with Mr. H. Freedman. The prosecutrix' evidence was supplemented by that of Detective Morris and G. Price, pawnbroker's assistant, and defendant was fined 20s., or 14 days. SATURDAY. LBefore John Powell and A. H. Thomas, Esqrs., and Dr. J. G. Hall.] A DESERTER.-Stephen Harrington (28). seaman, Llangyfelach-road, was charged, on remand, with deserting from the 1st Battalion 60th Rifles, stationed at Winchester, on January, 1879. Prisoner had given himse'f up, and he was remanded pending the arrival of an escort from headquarters. WANDERING ABROAD.—Jonah Davies (22), Ivy- place, ticket collector, on the Great Western Kail- way, was charged with wandering about in Alexandra-road in an unsound state of mind.—The defendant was remanded to undergo a medical examination by Dr. David Howell Thomas. COUXTT DRUNKENNESS. — Frederick Shepherd, labourer, Pontardulais. was charged by P.C. Letherin with being drunk and disorderly on the 21st March. Defendant admitted the offence, and was fined 12s. 6d., including costs.—Wm. Williams, haulier, Pontardulais, pleadel guilty to a similar offence, on Saturday week, and was fined 20s., including costs, he having been previously con- victed.—Wm. Thomas. Heuben Sims, and John Eaton were charged with drunkenness at Gowerton, on Sunday week. Sergeant Titus Davies gave evidence against defendants, who were each fined 10s., and 9s. 6d. costs.—Wm. James and Ezariah Howell#, Gowerton, were fined 10s. each and costs (9s. 6d.), for being drunk at Forest Fach on the 23rd alt. Sergeant Davies, in proving the case said the defendants were staggering drunk." UNLAWFUL PRESENCE.—David Jones, rollerman, and David Job, blacksmith, Gowerton, were sum- moned for unlawful presence in the "Star" lan, Forest Fach, on the 22nd ult.-Sergeant Davies deposed that on the Sunday afternoon in question, he visited the "Star," which was kept by David Thomas. Job was sittiag by the fire, and the land- lord's daughter said that Job and a friend bad come from Yspetty. The friend" (the other defendant), who had gone out to the back, then came in. They had beer before them, and, it was proved, lived .within the three mile radius. They were fined 20s. each, including costs. ASSAULT.—Eleanor Neal, widow, Bonymaen, was summoned by Evan Phillips, for assault on the oOth March.— omptaioant said defendant hit him twice on the head with a stick, and also threw a stone at him. Defendant, it seemed, feltaggrieved because complainant passed her door with his horse and cart, and she also alleged that defendant and his son constantly annoyed her.-She was fined, including costs, JEl Os. Gd., or seven days. MONDAY. [Before J. C. Fowler (Stipendiary), L. Tullocb, and T. Cook Davies, Esqrs.] A RIOTOUS PAUPER.—The porter at the Union. Mr. Geurge Elliott, gave evidence against an old woman, named Johannah O'Neil. who was charged with being drunk, and also with damaging 11 panes of glass at the Workhouse.—The Bench, in con. sideration of the prisoner's age, ordered her to be sent back to the Workhouse. THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT.—Michael Slatery (28), labourer, Plasmarl, was charged with stealing a pair of sea boots from 1.150, Neath-road, the property of Edward Stephens, and valued at 7s., on the 4rh inst.—The prosecutor and his wife gave evidence. Prosecutor and prisoner, it appeared, were in the Red House public-house, at Morriston, and prisoner took possession of the boots. He was afterwards seen wearing them, and said be had bought them. Prosecutor, however, charged him with stealing the boorts.—P.C. Morgan (52, said he arrested prisoner on Saturday night in High-street, He was wearing the boots, and said, in the presence of the prosecutor, Did I steal them?" Prosecutor made no l-PDly.—Prisoner pleaded not guilty.- Inspector Flynn said that prosecutor, on giving information, admitted that prisoner had, to his knowledge, worn the boots several times before. -The Stipendiary said prisoner had put himself in an awkward position, and laid himself open to a charge of dishonesty, but under the circumstances, and as he seemed to have no felonious intention. I they would give him the benefit of the doubt. He had acted improperly, but would now be din charged. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. — Margaret Phillips, married, 73, Carmarthen.road, was charged with being diunk and disorderly in High-street, on the 4th inst. P.C. Evans (67) proved the case. Prisoner urged that she was 45 years old, but had Deve appeared before the magistrates until now She was fined 5s. and costs, or five days.-Sarah J Morgan; 24, a single woman, with no fixed residence" was committed for seven days, for being drunk and disorderly in Wind-street, on the 4th inst Ten previous convictions were recorded against the prisoner in this case.—Stephen Jones, wheelwright 54, Orchard-street, was fined 5s. and costs, or seven days, for a similar offence in st. Helen's-road, on the 5th inst. P.C. English (13) proved the case.- Margaret Sullivan (23), an old offender, who has been up before 21 times, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Greenhill-streef-, ou the 4th iust., and also with tearing a rug in the cell at High-street police stution, doing damage to the amount of 4s. Inspector Davies gave evidence as to the first charge, stating that he had to bring prisoner to the station on a stretcher. Inspector Flynn proved the second charge. He said prisoner tore the rug into shreds. She has only just come out of prison., and was sent back again for a month. THEFT FROM A PUBLIC HOUSE. — Rebeccah Mitchell, a married woman of 29, living at St. Thomas. who was said to he respectably connected, was charged with stealing four china cups, from the South Wales public house, the property of David Kees, the landlord, on the 31st March.—Miss Harris, he barinaid, said she had occasion to leave the bar and on her return she missed the cups from the counter.-Mrs. Reed, wife of Richard Theodore Reed, who keeps the shop, 27, Orange-street, said prisoner brought the cups to the shop stating that they were her own. and that her husband brought them from France. Prisoner gave the name of j Jones. and said she lived in Garden-street. Witness gave her 3Q. for the cups, which she (witness) after- wards handed over to Detective Frederick Morris — P.C. Kingdom said he arrested the prisoner, who in answer to the charge, simply remarked What's that ?"-Detective Morris having given evidence as to receiving the cups from Mrs. Reed, the prosecutor j appealed to the Bench to deal leniently with the prisoner, who was left off with a fine of 20s., or 14 days. CHARGE OF STEALING A RABBIT. — Arthur Hayward (16), William-street, was charged with stealing a live rabbit from a coop at the back of 102, Waltei's-road, the property of William Henry Howells, and valued at 2s. 6d., on the 3rd inst. The prosecutor, a lad, gave evidence as to losing the rabbit (produced) from a cub, which was fastened with a piece of iron. He afterwards found the rabbit in the Market, in the possession of Mr. Johu3, dealer, who stated to the complainant that he bought the rabbit for Is. 4d.-Detective F. Morris said that prisoner, on being apprehended, pleaded that, in the company of ether lads, he caught the rabbit in the lane at the back of Walter's-road. —Mr. Johns said the rabbit, when he received it, was covered with muck," as though it had been running in a dirty lane. The case was adjourned until to-morrow, for prisoner to call a witness. SURETIES OF THE PEACE.-Richard Davies, labourer, Morriston, was bound over in the sum of 1:5 to keep the peace for three months, as against Thomas Williams, who applied for sureties of the peace. THEFT FROM SWANSEA MARKET.—Ann Thomas (47), widow, Llansamlet, was charged with stealing a loin of mutton from a stall in the Swansea Market, value 4s., the property ot Mrs. Hopkins, on the 4th inst.—Mr. Morgan Hopkins, son of the prosecutrix, said his mother wished to withdraw, as the prisoner was suffering from heart disease.- The Head Constable (Captain Colquhoun) said Mr. Hopkins signed the charge sheet, and also reported the case, before the woman was apprehended.—The Stipendiary ruled that evidence must be given.— Mrs. Hopkins then deposed that she missed the meat from her stall in the Market on Saturday morning, between 11 and half-past.—Detective Morris spoke to going to prisoner's house, and questioning accused about the meat. She said "I have nothing here only what I have paid for." Witness asked to be allowed to see the joints of meat in the bouse. Prisoner then went into a small pantry, and as she was in a stooping position, he looked over her shoulder, and saw her rolling up in some packing stuff, the piece of meat produced. Asked not to conceal the meat, she turned round and sat on it. (Laughter.) After some persuasion, she got up, and putting her arms round witness's neck, begged him to take the money and say nothing. (Laughter.)—The Stipendiary: You must have been quite taken aback. (Laughter.)—Witness I was, your worship. I had some difficulty in getting myself free from her. (Renewed laughter.) Prisoner had other joints in the house, one of which, a piece of pork, be knew had been stolen, the person from whom it was stolen refusing to prosecute, and the woman gave a false address.- Prisoner pleaded guilty. She had been crying all the morning before her case came on. She seemed quite overcome while the evidence was given against her, and finally had to be assisted out of the dock. -The Stipendiary told Mrs. Hopkins that she had strictly discharged her duty in appearing in this case, as it was necessary that acts of dishonesty should be prevented, so far as possible, in the Market.—Fined 20s or ten days. The money was paid. OVERLOADING OF THE STEAMSHIP DENIA".— THE MANAGING OWNER AND MASTER FINED BY THE MAGISTRATES.—Robert Henry Gunning, managing owner of the steamship Denia, and Geo. F. Gregg, the master, were summoned for a breach of the Board of Trade regulations. Mr. Vachell, Cardiff, appeared for the Board of Trade Mr. Naylor defended.—Mr. Vachell, in opening the case, said Mr. Gunning was the owner of the Denia, which, on the 22nd January, was loaded in the North Dock for Dublin. As their Worships knew, the Merchant Shipping Act, 1876, commonly known as the Plimsoll Act," provided that on both sides of a ship a disc should be marked 12 inches in circumference, and through the centre of the disc was drawn a straight line. Section 28 provided that if any owner or master allowed a vessel, after it had been loaded, to be submerged in aalt water beyond the centre of the line drawn through the disc, that was an offence, and the owner or master was liable to a penalty not ex- J ceeding jElOO. The Denia was a small vessel of 159 tons register, and on the 22nd January she was seen by the officers of the Board of Trade loading for sea, and Mr. Gunniug himself was present superin- tending the loading. The centre of the disc was submerged 3J inches, while the winter load line was submerged 4h inches. The vessel would rise in salt water one-and-a-half inches at the outside, and they gave defendants the benefit of the eighth of an inch, so that the centre of the disc in salt water would be improperly submerged two inches, and the winter load line would be improperly sub- merged three inches. Perhaps it would be con- tended that the master was not so much to blame as the managing owner, the latter being present and superintending the arrangements, and he (the speaker) was prepared, on behalf of the Board of Trade, to accept that position. He suggested that in Mr. Gunning's case they should not inflict the maximum penalty, or anything approaching it; but still be had been instructed to press for the imposition of a substantial penalty, Mr. Gunning having been previously warned, and that was not the worst part of his offence, because when the vessel was overladen he tried to induce one of the officers of the Board of Trade to allow her to be sent to sea in the state in which she then was. The officer properly said that to do that would be more than his situation was worth, and the vessel was accordingly stopped. Mr. Gunning having been warned before, there was absolutely no excuse, and he asked that overloading should be stopped here, as in other ports.—Mr. Naylor Rd. mitted the facts, but pleaded in extenuation that the Denia was formerly allowed to carry a much heavier load than she was allowed to carry now under the new regulations, that she was 20 years old, and had never sustained any accident at sea. The magistrates fined the managing owner £ 25 and the master 40s., the Stipendiary remarking that the regulations as to overloading should be stringently enforced. TUESDAY. "Before Thomas Phillips, senr., and W. Stone, Esqrs. J FOUND AND NOT STOLEN.-Artbur Hayward was charged on remand with stealing a live rabbit from William Henry Howells. The evidence in this case was taken yesterday, and the hearing was adjourned for defendant to call a witness. That witness he now called, a lad about his own size named John George, who deposed that on Saturday night, while in the company of defendant, be saw the rabbit in the lane at the back of Hanover-street. The dirty condition of the rabbit afforded confirmation of the theory that it had been found, as stated, and not stolen from the coop. The Bench dismissed the case. SERIOUS ASSAULT UPON A LANDLORD. -George Jones (28) was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Carmarthen-road, and assaulting Richard Gwilym on the 30th January. P.C. Rosser proved the case. Prisoner did not appear to a summons issued at the time, and he was charged with that also. Gwilym, for whom Mr. W. Smith appeared, the landlord of the Malsters Arms, Carmarthen-road. On the evening in question defendant was in the Malsters Arms, and had some words with the customers, and provoked a disturb- ance in the bar. Gwilym remonstrated with him, whereupon defendant asked him who the he was. and threatened to knock him on the "snout." The landlord, without using more force than was necessary, proceeded to eject defendant, who struck him on the head, in the struggle, wich some blunt instrument. The wound thus inflicted was a serious one, reaching the bone, and bleeding freely. The magistrates imposed a fine of 20s. and costs, or 14 days. OBSTRUCTION. -George James, a lad, living in Rodney-street, was fined 2s. 61. and costs for allowing his horse and cart to stand on the pave- ment in Oystermouth-road, thereby causing an obstruction, on the 25th ultimo. SISTERLY AFFECTION.—Annie Price, married, 9, Little Madoc-street, was charged with assaulting her sister, Margaret Argent, also a married woman, on the 31st ultimo. Complainant said her sister smacked her in the face, pulled her hair, and called her a "black cow." Defendant said she merely pushed complainant, and alleged that the latter threw some pea soup in her face. Defendant was fined 10s. including costs, or seven days. AFFILIATION.—Michael Brean, Pentre, was sum- moned by Mary Jane Collins, to shew cause, etc. The child was born in September last, and was the second to which complainant had given birth. Defendant was not the father of the first child, but he acknowledged being the father of the second. By payinc instalments for a time he had admitted his liability, and he was now ordered to pay 3s. 6d. a week until the child is 13 years of age. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Sarah Parker (23), no fixed abode, on the evidence of P.C. Maggs, was fined 10s and cost*, or seven days, for being drunk and disorderly in Barber's-court, on the 6th inst.- T>alnes'. lab°a,fer, Treboth, was charged by 1.0. Price with a similar offence in Llangyfelach- road on March 28 and was fined 10s., or seven days. -Edward Parry. Morriston, was fined 1511., or four day", for drunkenneu 10 Castle-street. Morriston, on the 2o h ult.-El.zabeth Scott, married, Pentre wah drunk and disorderly Union-conrt on t.h- 2, th ultimo, and was fined 15s., or 10 days.-For being drunk in Castle-street on the 30th ultimo Rosanna Walker, Pentrechwyth, was fined 10s or seven days, and Hannah Evans, 2, Green-row 5s or five days, for a similar offence in High-street on the 28th ultimo.—Rachel Huxtable an elderly woman. living at Brynbyfryd, was present in answer to a charge of drunkenness, but was let off on promising to sign the pledge. HIGHWAY OFFENCE.—Edwin Fisher, haulier, Brynhyfryd, was fined 5a. including costs for driving a pair of horses without reins, on the 29th ultimo. OBSCENITY.—Ann Lucy, Brynhyfryd, used obscene language in Cwra-road, on the 21st ultimo, and was fined ICs., or se- en day. WEDNESDAY. [Before Dr. J. G. Hall and Dr. J. Paddon.] AN OLD OFFENDER LENIENTLY DEALT WITH.— Emma McGwyer (22), who has already 20 convic- tions recorded against her, was charged by P.C. Hill with being drunk and disorderly in High- street, and also with breaking a pane of glass in the bar of the Prince of Wales' public-house, High- street, on the previous evening. Prisoner was discharged with a caution for the first offence, and for the second she was let off on payment of the damages. There was scarcely any County business, and none whatever of any public interest. +







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