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Pontardulais Claim at the Assizes Novel Circumstances: Alleged Forgery of Letters. Wednesday was welcomed by nearly every- body at the' Glamorgan Assizes. For days tbe civil business bad been one continual round of dullness respecting shipping shares. Man- nesmann tubes it!td but now came a real, live breach of promise suit, and that of a somewhat remarkable nature. Mrs. Han- nah Evans, voiding at Golden Grove. Pon- tardulais, the plaintiff in the action, and she was represented by Mr. W. D. Benson (instructed by Messrs. Hand-ell and Saiuiders, Llaneliy), uluie Mr. Edward Thomas, of Groves End-iov;. Pontardulais, was the de- fendant, for whom appeared'Mr. S. T. Eva:i,s, K.C.M.P., and Mr. Ivor Dowen (instructed by ML. U"lii,o,ii Dahne, Swan.-ea). The soia- lium asked for the alleged "br.'ach" was £ 1.000. It is said that in Springtime the- young mini lightly turns Lis thoughts to love, and so it was perhaps becoming that the par- ties to the present suit waitod till the harv"i time before making their amo-roius protesta- tions, for both plaintiff an I defendant are not merely well on in years—Mrs. Evan* is just over 50, while Mr. Thomas is some years her senior—but each had knelt at the hymenal altar at one period of their lives Widow and wiciower, they met in a hayfield ::t the Pentre Farm, PouUirduia: in July last, and four months later the alleged promise was made and broken, while now, despite an appeal by plaintiff in one of her letters to defendant to ibe wise and not wa"te hard-earned savings "between barristers and others, the par had come into court for a settlement ot len short-lived love affairs. The remarkable tea- tnre itbaut the case xvas the deteiice .set up, which was not merely a denial oi the promise to mairy. but the alleged tw-erv of certain letters attributed to the defendant. Anotuer interesting tit-bit in the citse wts that on one wetiasion plaintiff, in male attire, attempted to have communication with the defendant after the aid of the law had been requisitioned U1 allegation which her solicitors promptly denied at the time. The action wa- heard before Mr. Justice Philimore and a common jury. According to counsel the promise was made on Aug. 9. 1902, and was verbal. On Sept. 4 it was repeated by letter. In October de- fendant broke off the engagement. The parties had attained middle life. defendant being 67 and plaintiff 45. Thomas was a re- tired colliery proprietor, and each of the parties had a son. Defendant, conusel con- tinued, subsequently called on the plaintiff, and in the* presence of others offered marriage repeatedly to her. Plaintiff at first did not accept, not having known defendant suffic- iently lung. He called several times in August, and pressed for an answer. On August 15 he offered to relieve Miss Bevan of Bolgoed of the share of a pew rent she was I accustomed to pay defendant. After plain- tiff had accepted, a visit was made to the de- fendant's house, and he showed her every- thing about the place. Both seemed satisfied. It. was arranged that the wedding should take place on the loth October following. Mean- while defeuda m went up to Golden Grove to m the acquuntance of plaintiff' son. COPIES OF C RKHSPOXDF.NCE. The corespondent read in court, on behalf of the widow seemed to indicate that plaintiff set the ball rolling in thus direction, for she wrote to defendant, under date September, 1902, "hoping to rind you well and. happy," a.nd ajel-itig whether lie intended to come to the show. To this the following reply wa.s .lilt: — "Groveeend-row, Sept. 4. 1902. 'LW- Huinah,—Your letter to hand this uioniing.. i n<\ I am very glad to receive it, because it it he first one that I have had from you hoping it won't be the laèt. No, dear. I do not intend going to the show, but with pleasure I snail come up to see you, but to stay, 1 hope the day is not far when I shall tome up not to aeo you, but to stay with you for good I shall be there early on Saturday night, and we shall all arrange matters then. dtav Hannah, I nope we shall have no cause tt- repent. so help lis God.—From your ever- faithtul. E. Thomas. "To Mrs. Evans, Golden Grove. have told Freddy (defendant's son) that I am going to get married, but I didn't teU htm to who." When piaintiJ wrote the following:- Gc-lden Grove, Pontardulais. .a. "September, 1902. "Dear Edward,—I am writing you these few lines with regard to the matter you P:lt to nini to consider on Saturday night. On the first matter I quite agree with you: it will be wiser .md cheaper for to go without making 11 any fuss at all. A* to the second matter, I agree to your mentioned time, the middle of next month. We slull see one another a-s to uate when you know what date Mrs. Jones is gemg to leave von. The third matter—it will •be better l'( x- us to live here. It wdl be more vomloat.tb and more independent than live in a row, as I don't want 10 mix up with the '1°', That "i my opinion. I hope that t iri Vfi same. Dear Edward, voa Tf f ever?"thing in mv hand. If that is true there will be no alteration. .pi Hoping thau you and Frtnldy is alright, I remain your ever-faithful H Evans -To /M(r. Thome). Grovesend-row. Tkere waS no direct answer to this letter. Defendant called upon the plaintiff, and it was then arranged that the son of Mrs. Jones, who lodged with the plaintiff, should be given notice. On October ^6.n the deieud,i.ui wrote to the plaintiff: "Grovesend-row. 16th Oct., 1902. "Dear Mrs. Evans.—These lines I am writ- ing you to ask to let everything drop where they are. Sorry for your feelings this morn- Jng; but cheer up as good as you can. Hop- ing you will find a, better one oefors long; so cheer up.—From E. Thorn is. "Dear Edtward." plai-itiff replied on the 16tli. "ves still dear to me, I a:n surprised at you tnig morning that vou are so c-old to me. I never thought of finding you so distant, as you have always been so°lo'v:ng to me. You came to me first as a honest, straightforward to be Christian. So I took. you to be both,; but now, dear Edward, I don t know what to say 0f vou your ex- cuse this morning was chat peoDle were te'l- H,B-FreddjKS;t I,an Kit«S paying anybody. I msh u t h names then I will make them pIOvc ir Vn told me. too, tins morning that Freddys making a row with you. it wis wit! T made the arrangements and not witl. v/'j1! Deal Ed».,rd. thin. *d< £ trouble, and put yourself instead of nv> y have been worse than a tliief to me. ihe th"0lf can only steal my goods in my absence. But you have come in my pivvse.iee^and stolen) n"t even my heart, but n'y sou! out ot my I ndv I d'cn t. kmi ■>>■» .0 ai.i- "L-e-)tnur*t" 1 J*. < oeen ruined 1;1 ad ways, ana i r;u.,< death than shame. Please, Edward, think €fie matter over a rain, aad write and let me kn-ow what you intend to do. Be IK nest enough to a" that, whatever—I rom your sorrowful Hannah Eva i«. Plaintiff, a buxom, pleasant-faced, substan- tial woman, then eiiterud the wittiest box. At the outset she apologised to the Court for bar poor English. She bore out her counsel's opeiujg statement, and detailed the circwm- f^»-«#under wliich defendant met, her and the ■lavi. His name was Thomas "urist-mas r. and was 30. During their courtship they sa. _:rd^r a trte in the garden, where the sen angrily ueuia" -1 THAT WAS UD. Then a holiday trip was discussea. ED her to accompanv him, but she WJUS not un- mindful of what the neighbours would say. "People will talk aoout us." she said, and thPll defendant suggested that the diffieultv MiL"!It be overcome by securing a friend as a compan- ion. At that very moment Mrs. Davies walk- ed in. and defendant immediately said. "She will be your companion. The idea was ex- plained to Mrs. Davies, who fell in with if on one condition-that defendant would pax IK-V expenses'. The arrangement, however*, fell through, and next morning defendant went on hi s holidays alcme. He returned on August 30th. when he showed her over his house— tf-.ven the kitchen. He asked her to visit the garden, but she refused. He also showed her a cow and a pony he had bought. He said, "If you are.satisfied with wl-at you have- seen, please dirop me a note." The marriage was fixed for Oatob-e 15th. and it was arranged t that they should s-eeure the licence in Swan- sea. In order to make room for defendant', I she gave notice Lo her iodgers. LV'tr. and Mrs. Jones*. Ailer this defendant tooled: hb visits stopped, and) at last she went to his house. He was out, but she met him on tne- road. and hI" excused his conduct by saying he had been ill. She told him she was very depi essed, and after a little chat he piomisied he would coll on her the next night. "but he didn't come. And SH it went on until October 15th, lie. next day she went to his house: he saw her coining aud shut the door. "Kdvvard ^hon<a^ si;e called out. "are you in?" Ed- ward opened the door: sh" walkr-d in, a.nd a>ked for an explanation, tie hung nis lieud and said. Freldy has been making a row be- e.iuse of the engagement. and that people said she was in debt, and did not pay any- bodv. "Were voa in debt?" a-sked Mi. Ben-on. "1 'liJll\ owa a shilling, except on mortgage and that I don t call a debt." 0 The Court was then adjourned to Thursday.


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