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NEW SWANSEA DOCKMASTER.

REV. T. TEIFION RICIHARDS.

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,SWANSEA BREWSTER ! SESSIONS.j…

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SWANSEA BREWSTER SESSIONS. MR. LEYSON AND REDUCTION OF LICENSES. LEADING TO MORE HOUSE DRINKING. Annual Swansea Brewster Sessions opened on Monday, and, as usual, excited interest in "the trade" and temperance circles by reason of the fact that the licensing justices had included another area of the borough for review in the hope of eliminating any unnecessary licenses. The district selected was Brynhyfryd, Waunwen, etc., and there are fifty licensed houses contained in it. A'd. Howel Watkins presided, and the other justices were: Messrs. David Harris (Mayor), J. W. Jones, Wm. Williams (Wern), Frederic Edwards, W. Thomas, Wm. Lewis, junr., David Roberts, and Oak- ley Walters. Mr. Laurence Richards repre- sented the police interests, Mr. R. T. Leyson appeared for the Swansea and District Li- censed Victuallers' Association; Mr. John Sankey (instructed by Messrs. Aeron Thomas and Slater) appeared for the Swan- sea United Breweries, LW. Mr. J. C. Gas- kcll (instru.cted by Messrs. Viner Leeder and Morris) represented Messrs. Hancocx and Co. 's houses and Mr. horatio Watkms" appeared tor the Swansea Old Brewery. Adjuornments were announced in the cases of the Mason's Arms, Llangyfelach- road, Lamb and Flag Inn, Morriston, Foun- tain Inn, Morriston, and the Landore Inn. ADDRESSES OF DEPUTATIONS. Chairman announced that he had received a memorial from the Catholic Total Abstin- ence League of the Cross, and if there were any deputations present he hoped the spaar kers would have regard to the amount .A business before the court. Rev. Penar Griffiths, on behalf of the Brynhyfryd teetotalers, urged that the art-a selected was a congested one. He thanked the Bench for what they had done :n the past, and hoped they would continue to oo what they could on the lines of sobriety, I which tended to enhance the good behaviour and the peace of the neighbourhood. Tne majority of the people were church and chapel-goers, and a very large number of them total abstainers "and," the rev. gen- tleman confessed, "they seem to be increas- ing month after month." Still he considered there should be a larger proportion than 750 persons to one public-house. Mr- Jeffreys (Guardians) on behalf of the' Cwmbwrla District Temperance Society, FPd the mission workers of the district, appeared at the head of another deputation and said there were too many public-houses in tho neighbourhood, whilst, as a. Guardian of the poor, he thought these led to poverty. He read a resolution declaring that the number of public-houses was far in excess of the re- quirements, such being the opinion of a meeting held on Saturday night last, Rev. Isaac Lloyd, chairman, and Mr. W. Grif- fiths, secretary. Chairman said the Bench were fully "Hve I to the necessity of doing what they oould to better t^ social conditions of the people. BAD VENTILATION. Mr. Laurence Richards described the area selected, and said there were 4,665 houses in it, a population of 28,000 people, and about one public-house to every 600 persons. He called attention, by the special request of the police, to the want of ventilation in most of the licensied houses. NO OBJECTION. Town Clerk had obiected to the renewal of the license of the West End Inn, Union- street, on the ground of arrears of rates. These had since been paid and the clerk (Mr. Jenkin Jones) told Mr W. A. Thomas, who appeared in the case, that there was no objection before the court. Mr. Thomas applied for his costs. Court had no power to grant them. I BEERHOUSE WITH NO BEER. On behalf of the Swansea Old Brewery, Mr. Horatio Watkins consented to the Rail- way Inn Beerhouse, Villiers-street (Mr. Harry Fisk, tenant) being referred for com- pensation. Sergt. Davies said there was no bar, and when he visited there was no beer in the house. (Laughter.) Chairman Did you ask for some? Witness: Yes, and I could not get Tt. (More laughter.) Mr. Richard Watkins (temperance aidvo- caite) supported the renewal to a house where no beer was sold. (Laughter.) Decision reserved. CHORUS OF APPROVAL There was no serious objection offered to the renewal of the license of the Fountain Inn, Carmarthen-road, Mr. John Jones li- censee, and Messrs. Hancock and Co. owners. Mr. Richard Watkins could not say that the house was not required because of ,he trade done. Mr. Gaskell: Even Mr. Watkins joins in the chorus of approval. (Laughter.) T Decision reserved. CALIFORNIA INN AND ITS GUN- CLUB. The license of the California beer-house Carmarthen-road, Mr. T. Quirk, owner and tenant, was next reviewed.—Mr. W. D Roberts (represented by Mr. W. E. Harris) objected, urging the license was unneces- sary. Mr. Leyson Do you know anything about the trade done? Witness No, I do not participate in it. Mr. Leyson: I didn't ask you that. I asked if you know anything about what you axe answering. Witness: No, I don't. (Laughter.) Mr. R. Watkins said there was an air- gun club there Mr. Leyson: An air-gun club is not un- lawful. Witness: No. You don't use an air-gun?—No. You have never thought of the German question—(laughter)—that it is advantage- ous to us to know how to use a gun. It has never st k you or enlightened you. You object to people using a gun?—I ob- ject to people using a gun there. You think it might do you a little harm if you came in unawares? (Laughter.) It might. Decision was reserved. MR. R. WATKINS AS BALLET GIRL. It was admitted that the Malsters* ..rms Carmarthen-road (Mr. S. J. Quick, tenant and Mr. D. J. Bassett owner), did a fair trade.—Mr. W. D. Roberts and Mr. Wat- kins objected to the renewal. Mr. ueyson said the trade was over R20 per wee.k. and with regard to Mr. Watkins' support of one house and opposition to another, compared him to the 1 "irl who stood first on one leg and then on the other, ,with the persistency that would enable him to score. (Laughter.) Decision was reserved in this also. MASON'S ARMS. Mason's Arms, Llangyfelach-street, Mr. Philip Meagher, tenant, and Messrs. Spen- cer and Maddocks, owners, was the first ..f the seven-day houses taken. Mr. Thomp- son appeared for the Owners, and Mr. Ley- son for the tenant. Police evidence was that the house was structurally unfit, and Sergt. Davies said there was no furniture there- Complaints had been made of Sunday trading, and when ]

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SECOND DAY'S PPOCEEDINGS.

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