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SOUTH WALES INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS.

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- POLICE COURT. 1

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POLICE COURT. 1 FRIDAY. THEFT OF A GOLD RING. The only case of any importance that Messrs. Win. Law, J. W. Jones, Dd. Owen and John Whi^ehad to deal with this morninj was that in which Florence Hill, a young single woman, residing' at No. 3. Gerald-street, was chargod with stealing a gold riiig, valued at 25s., from No. 289, Carmar hen-read, between December lOch and March 20th. Defendant admitted the offence, and begsr?d for lenipncy. Prosecutrix (Anne Byron) was not desirous of pressing the charee, and the defendant—an orphan—was accordingly deait with under the First Offenders' Act and discharged. "SATURDA y. The magistrates in attendance on the Bench this morning wore Messrs. Wm. Walters, David Owen and A. H. Thomas. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Jas. O'Riiy, a fireman of no fixed abode, was charged by P.C. (74) Gammon with having been drank and disorderly in Wind-street, on Friday. ¡ He was fined 10s. or seven days. DISMISSED. A 16-year-old boy. named Thomas Corbett, of No. 8, Emma-street, was charged with stealing 3s. worth of iron from the old timber-yard on the river-side, the property of Messrs. Vivian and Co. P.C. Cross and R. F. Williams, a. foreman in the employ of the prosecuting company, were called. The case was dismissed owing to the evidence being insufficient. COUNTY BUSINESS. The County business waa next proceeded with. AFFILIATION. Marearet Jane Ree3, a single woman, of Gorseinon, applied to the magistrates for an affiliation order against John Rees, a labourer, Llanelly, in respect to her illegitimate child. An order for 3s. 6d. per week was made. THE ADJOURNED GOWERTON CASE. The magistrates resumed the bearing of the case in whiuh John Morgan, a Gowertou coliier, was summoned for committing an indecent assault upon Ann Lewis, a married woman, aged 65 years. Henry Lewis, husband of the com- plainant, gave evidence. Cross-examined, he admitted having declined to attend at the police court on Wednesday last. He was intimately acquainted with the defendant, but was never- theless desirous that he should be punished if guilty. Dr. Abel Davies testified to examining the complainant, whose right leg, just above the ankle, was extensively bruised. The defendant denied the charge on oath, and farther evidence having been given for the defence, the ca-e was dismissed. MONDAY. The mazistrates on the Bench th:s morning were Messrs. Howel Watkins, Simon Goldberg, F. Rocke, J. R. Leaver and David Owen. MINOR OFFENCES. Wm. Clancy, of no fixed abode Margaret Davies, of ill-repute. 4. Upper Strand Thomas Jenkins, cook, of 18, Croft-street and Daniel Jenkins, 69, Kilvey-road, were all penalised for drunken and disorderly conduct. Jas. Williams, labourer, 23, Sydney-road, and Daniel Jones, 15, 2, Frederick-street, were sum- moned for playing pitch-and-toss in New-street on the 26th ult. The former was fined 2s. 6d., and the latter, who had offended before, 3s. 6d. A young man of respectable appearance, named H. Wade, of 165, Gorse-lane, appeared in answer to a summons for not keeping his bicycle on the left or near side of the road in Hospital- square, on the 25th ult." P.C. Brooks having been called, defendant stated on oath that at the time the traffic in the square was such as to compel him to ride on the left side of the road. The magistrates, believing that this wa.s the case, dismissed the summons. HOUSE-OWNERS FINED. John Eees, Clydach John Williams, 15, Nixon-terrace Thomas Evans, 18, Springfield- terrace and David Reas, Pontardulais, the owners of houses in Nixon-terrace, were sum- moned for allowing the out-housea to remain in a defective condition. Mr. LI. Davies, Chief Inspector of Nuisances, gave evidence, and said that notices to abate the nuisances were served upon the defendants in February last, but nothing had since been done. Thomas Evans was fined 20s., and the other three defendants 40s., at the same time being ordered to abate the nuisances. FEMALE SQUABBLES. Bridget Thomas, 16. David-street, a. married woman, was summoned by Mrs. Ellen Hansell, of 313, Neath-road, for sureties of the peace. Mr. Hy. Thompson was for the complainant. As it appeared from the evidence that there was bad blood between the parties, the Bench decided to bind the defendant over in £10 to keep the peace for three months. THE SUNDAY TRADING CASES. The summonses against shopkeepers for keeping their premises open on Sunday, the 15th ult., were, on the application of the Chief Constable (Capt. Colquhoun), adjourned until Monday, the 21st May. THE SALVATION ARMY AND THE POLICE. The magistrates were occupied some time in considering a case of importance from the point of view of the Swansea Branch of the Salvation Army, and a. case which is not without interest to the public of Swansea generally. The defendant was Mr. Ed. l'hos. Holmes, a captain in the Salvation Army, and he was summoned for causing wilful obstruction in Jockey-street, on the 28th April.—Mr. Laurence Richards appeared to prosecute on behalf of the police, and Mr. Frost (London) defended. In opening the case, Mr. Richards said that on the 28th nit. Inspector Gill saw the defendant addressing a crowd in Jockey-street about 8 o'clock and in consequence of complaints made I -4. VIA addressing a crowd in Jockey-street about 8 o'clock, and in consequence of complaints made -I I -4. VIA oy some raiep»ypra, UB OCUIJ WIU LUlU UO was causing an obstruction. Defendant denied this, and the Inspector, after explaining the nature of the obstruction to him, went away. A constable then watched the place from 8 to 9 o'clock, when the obstruction still continued. j Consequently, the case was reported. In conclu- 1 sion, Mr. Richards said he wished to point out I that up to very recently the police and the Salvation Army officials had got on very well to- i gether. The police had only to mention to the Army men that they were causing an obstruction and they would at once go to another place. On 1 this particular occasion, however, they did not do ] so. On Thursday a summons, which had been taken out, was adjourned upon the solicitor for the defence promising that the obstruction should not occur again. This promise, however, having been broken, the Head Constable felt compelled to bring the offender before the Bench, so as to shew the Salvation Army officials that they must not infringe the law. Inspector Gill bore out this statement, and in cross-examination he admitted that Jockey- street, owing to its steep gradient, was little I used for vehicular traffic. He could not give the names of those who had complained about the obstruction. Inspector Evans and P.C. Trick also gave evidence. For che defence, Mr. Frost said the evidence of Inspector Gill, vhich had been given very fairly, shewed that there was a sincere intention on the part of the defendant not to cause an obstruction, whereas in the summons be was charged with "wilfully" causing one. The Salvation Army officials did not in the slightest degree wish to break the law, or to cause people to think that they could do so with impunity. On the contrary, their aim was to work in complete harmony with the police, as the latter were their best friends. Capt. Holmes, and several others who were in Jockey-street on the date in question, denied the allegation of obstruction. One of the witnesses stated that the Army had held meetings in Jockey-street for 16 or 17 years, and this was the first time proceedings had been taken against them by the police. After retiring for deliberation, the magistrates said they thought that the Salvation Army had taken a great deal of care to keep the footways clear, but there was no evidence of the highway having been kept clear. Undoubtedly a technical offence had been committed. They imposed a fine of la. including costs. ALLEGED ASSAULT. Solomon Zuker, jeweller, 1, Prince of Wales- road, was summoned by Harris Chavenson, for an assault alleged to have been committed on April 11- Mr. E. T. Leyson prosecuted, and Mr. Hy. Thompson defended. There was a cross-sum- mons. A considerable amount of evidence was called, and the Bench ultimately decided to bind the both parties over to be of good behaviour for the period of six months. TUESDAY. The magistrates in attendance this morning were Messrs. M. J. Roche (in the chair), J. W. Jones, F. Bradford, D. Owen, Griff. Davies,'JE. R. Daniel and Wm. Thomas. VARIETIES. An old woman named Mary Simons, described as a widow, of 12, Grove-street, appeared on a charge of drunkenness. Taking into considera- tion her advanced age and the fact that it was her first offence, the magistrates decided to discharge the defendant. The latter said she would never come before them again, and after a fervent God bless your worships," she left the court smiling. For committing a similar offence in Churoh- street, on the 28th ult., Annie Morgan, a married woman of Union-street, was fined 5a. Selina Jenkins, a woman of ill-repute, Vangban's Lolging-honse, was charged with riotous behaviour in High-street, on the 17th ult. P.C. (74) Gammon, stated the facts, and a fine of 10s. or seven days in default, was imposed. Bridget Thomas, 8, Landeg-stveet, ra fined 5s. for throwing stones in Neath-road, on the 13th ult. Several persons were ordered to pay a nae of 5s. for contravention of the Muzzling- Order. Relieving-Officer J;<hn Waiters prosecuted Thos. Hughes, Langley, Birmingham, for non- mair.tenance of hi" lather, who is now chargeable to the common fund of the Union. An order for ls. 6d per week was made. Chas. Ford, a young man now residing at Birmingham, but formerly of Swansea, was similarly prosecuted in respect to bis mother. The Bench made an order for 4s. per week. DARING YOUNG THIEVES. John Duffy, aged nine years, and Richard Locker, aged 11. both living in Greenfield-street, were charged with breaking and entering a ware- house in Oxford-Street, and stealing therefrom a box of chocolate, valued at 2s. 3d., the property of Mr. John Boyle, wholesale grocer. The evi dence went to show that the boys gained an entrance into the warehouse after it had been faster.ed up for the night by the foreman, Wm. Mitchell, and took possession of a box of ch.-c ))a.tes. However, before, they had got clear of the premises, and whilst still in the yard, they were observed by P.C. Umpleby. When the boys saw the constable they ran up a ladder into a hay loft, but being followed by the" man in blue they managed somheow to get down into the stable, where Ump'eby found them trying to hide in the manger. They were then taken to the police station. The charge of breaking and entering was withdrawn, as it was shown that the youngsters bad got into the warehouse by one of them pushing his hand in and drawing the bolt of the Joor. The defendants, who did not seem to feel their position much, admitted the theft, and they were dealt with under the First Offenders' Act, being bound over to be of good behaviour for three months. The parents, who were present, were told to look after the boys better in future. Mr. Daniel did not agree with this decision, for he said the boys ought to be birched. WEDNESDAY. A VIOLENT YOUNG WOMAN. Messrs. E. R. Daniel, F. H. Glynn Price, E. J. Boundy, David Owen and A. H. Thomas had only one case from the Borough to dispo-e of this morning. The defendant—Fanny Dalling, a young married woman of 66, Strand-was charged with drunken and disorderly conduct in High- street. and assaulting P.C. Rees on Tuesday.- The officer said that when he attempted to take the defendant into custody on account of her disorderly conduct, she turned very violent, i truck him in the faoe with her fist, kicked him several times and bit him.—Fanny was fined 40s., or in default one month's imprisonment. The County business was then proceeded with A CAUTION TO BAKERS. Leonard Westward, a. baker and confectioner, of Penclawdd, was summoned f>r selling bread otherwise than by weight. Defendant did not appear, and the case was heard in his absence.— Edw. Williams, an Inspector of Weights and Measures, stated that on the 4th May he entered defendant's shop and asked defendant's wife for a 2-lb. loaf of bread. He was given the loaf, and he drew Mrs. Westward's attention to tiie fact that there were no scales or weights in the shop. She repliei that they weighed the bread before it was put into the oven. Defendant then entered the shop, and, in reply to a question, said it was the custom there to sell bread at so much per loaf. The loaf that he (witness) purchased was afterwards weighed and found to be 5 ounces 7 drachma short of 2 lbs. A fine of 20s., including costs, was inflicted. UNCOMMON GRATITUDE. Whilst P.C. Roberts, stationed at Mumbles, was going through the Dunns on Sunday, the 22nd ult., he observed Wm. Jackson, a Swansea labourer, being ejected from the Christadelphian meeting-house. As he was in an intoxicated con- dition, he took him to the police-station. Jackson now appeared before the magistrates, who fined him 15s., including costs. "Thank you, very much," he said, and the magistrates naturally looked surprised, for they rarely meet with such gratitude. OTHER CASES. A Swansea upholsterer, named William Evans, was fined 15s. for drunkenness at the Mumbles on the 22nd ult.; and William Jenkins, Sketty, had to deposit a similar amount for having been drunk and disorderly on the 28th ult.

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