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A SWANSEA SCANDAL. THE TRADESMAN AND TELE FACTORY GIRL. SENSATIONAL DISCLOSURES AT THE SWANSEA POLICE COURT. THIS DAY. There WAS commotion, and giggling, AND excitement and fun. outside of the Swansea Police-court to-day (Thursday), the cause being the promised full-dress rehearsal of the alleged escapadcs of a well-known Swansea tradesman, and the recital of his alleged rc-1 lotions with one of the girls employed at his father's factory, ln plain language, a young married woman, named Mary Ann Nicholls, sumnoned Mr. D. Richards, son of Alderman W. Richards, to show cause why heshould not contribute towards the support for some years of her child of which she alleged him to be the father. The police arrangements resulted in the court being comparatively empJy, those actually engaged ia the case almost outnum- bermg the mere spectators. There was a full bench. Th Stipendiary (Mr. J. C. Fowler) presided, and the other magistrates present I were Messrs, J. C. Vye-Parminter, H. A. Chapman, W. Watkins, E. R. Daniel, J. Lewis, and Dr. Jabez Thomas. Mr. C. H. Glascodine (instructed by Mr. Glasbrook Richards) defended Mr. Richards against the charge, and the girl-woman was not professionally assisted, although the kindly assistance of Mr. Jenkin Jones ("magistrates clerk) stood her in good stead. The complainant is a comely young wenaan, possessed evidently of great vitality. She looks older than her actual age, which is about eighteen. Her attire consisted of a dark-blue braided jacket, enlivened by a bow of big dimensions and cerulean colours, a wide brimmed hat covered with heliotrope furniture, F.nd a lace hand- kerchief. A bent pin was tixed conspicuously in the bosom of her jacket. The defendant, who is well-known in town, has a florid com- pletion; a dark red moustache, and a general appearance of good health and robustness. He was dressed in black coat and vest, and his linen was spotless. The first part of the complainant's evidence went to show in her behalf that she had not seen her husband since the day after theix marriage. He was a. blackman, and the contention was that I he died in San Francisco. The complainant gave her evidence with great coolness, ad- mitting each unsavoury item in the alleged I liaison which ended in the birth of her child with promptitude and a startling absence I of anything approaching baehfulness. Some of her admissions evidently overwhelmed the Bench with regretful as- tonishment, even as it filled the audience in court with disgust. EVIDENCE. Mary Ann NichoUs, placed in the box, gave evideaoe as follows ;1 am a widew, and I live at 194,Carmarthen,road. 1 v as married when I was not quite 15 years of age, and I am now 19 years of age. The Bench You were married very young then ?—Yes, sir. Mr. Glaseedine: Have you any certificate of your husband's death ? Complainant here produced a letter from the medioal. officer at California, saying that David Nicholas, a seaman from thes.s. Gun- ford, died in the hospital there. Mr. Glascodine objected to this as being evidence. Witness, continuing, said: I was delivered ef a male child on the 6th March. Mr. D. Richards is the father. I have known Mr. Richards over two years. I was in his father's employment a year and a half. The Bench—As what ?—Packing sweets. And was Mr. Richards engaged at that place when you were packing sweets ?—Yes, he sent ma several letters. No, no; was he engagod 10 the establish- ment ?—No, sir. Witness (continuing) I left his employ on the Saturday before I was married. I got married on November 21,1892. In reply to a question, complainant also stated that the got married on a Monday, and her husband left her en the Tuesday morning following. She had not seen him since. Mr. Glascodine objected that there was uo proof of non-access. Complaiftant, continuing her evidence, said that defendant invited her to his house in Gere-terrace on the Thursday following the 21at of November, 1892. The Magistrates' Clerk: Did he name a time ?—Yes, seven o'clock. And you went at that hour ?—Yes. Who admitted you ?—Himself. I met him first in Prince's-road. Then he went in front of me, opened the door, and let me in. How long did you remain ?—About half- an-hour. Did you see anybody there beiaes Mr. Richards ?—-No. Did anything take place ?—Yes. He insulted me. In reply to questions, complainant described what she alleged to have taken place from the Thursday above mentioned in 1892, up to August of last year. Mr. Glascodine: don't know whether T should accept this evidence until she proves | non-access. It is a well-known point; of laxv that a woman cannot bastardise her own issue. She has not proved that her husband is away from Swansea. There is no evidence that her husband did not sleep with her every night, nor can she set thatevidence. The Stipendiary: I grant you the rule is such, until non-access is proved. The Magistrates' Clerk (handing their Worships a document): Are you satisfied with that notification of death ? Mr. Giascoaine: I object to that. It is not a cci-Lificate; it is a letter from abroad. You have a right to see it to say whether it is evidence or not. But it is co evidence. The Magistrates' Cicrk Whose ship [did your husband go to San Franeisco in ? The Complainant: The Board of Trades. (A laugh.) The ship has comeback andgone away again. PROSECUTRIX'S COMPANION. Louisa Dariing, sisier-in-law of the com- plainant, wife of Tobias Darling, said, Mary Nicholas lived with me. She did not get I' married from my house. I know her hus- band and saw him on the night of the marriage, She lived with me for twelve months after until November, 1893, and slept there every night during that time. 1 WAS ill all the time, and she attended nre. During the twelve months after she, was married I did not see her husband there. He went to sea the morning after the mar- riage. She lived with her mother aiter she lei'T me. Mr. Glascodine: You say you were unwell a great part of the time ?—Yes. That is no evidence that she was not out IN the town. You say Mary Ann ISicholls used to attend you. Did she use to go uut a good deal ?—Sometimes, yes. Had she upportunities of being with a man sometimes in the evening ?—NO man, sir, only Did she ever have opportunities of being with a mall outside JOUR house P—None. You weie not outside with her R—Yes, very OitOD. Oh vou were not alxva}8 in the house ?— No. She was out every day and in good he -.ltli? She xvas out sometimes of an evening. And sometimes you xvere out with her ?— Yes. 1 thought so. CURIOUS SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS. Richard Darling, A brolher of the com- plainant, swerc that he never saw HI* sister's husband nt the house at all. The hu,bnnd had told him that he was A cook and steward, b..t witness heard afterwards that he was nil ordinarv seaman. He went. to see the hus- band off the morning aitcr the marralge. Mr. Glascodine: Vou were not always in Sxvansea ?—Sometimes I used to travel about the country. When did you begin ?—I was not always out of the country. 1 used to work a chipped potato engine. A chip-potato engine ?—A chipped potato engine. (Laughter.) I used to attend fairs and shows. Have you )bcen living io Sxvansea ail the I time ?—Yes. You have not been axvay in ANIERIA^. —No. Part of the time yOU. have not been in Swansea ?- -Except a day occasionally. Where did you see Nicholas ?—Tn my, mother's house. What time of the day ?—About 4.30 in the eveniag. You have been living with your sister until about six months ago ?—Yes. Where have you been since ?—In Rutland- street. Were you ever living at the Engineers? —Engineers ? Yes.—I don't know where that is. Did you not live at the Engineers i-No, sir. 1" You are Dick Darling ?—Yes. Did you not live at th* Engineers ?—No, sir. Was your sister living in apartments?— Yes. She was living there when you left?—Yes. What house is it ?- Close ,to the General Picton. Did your sister live with her husband ?— Yes. In one of the bedrooms ?—No, her husband slept with me. Oh for the whole ot the twelve months ?— YE?, For the whole of the twelve months r— IES. Her husband slept with you ?—Yes. That you swear ?—Yes, And Marv Ann slept with ?—Her sister-in-law. All the time ?—Yes. Witness, in answer to further questions, said that he lived at his sister's-in-larr before his sister went there. He lived now with his parents. SHALL THE CASE GO ON ? Mr. Cilasdodine again contended that there was not sufficient proof of non-access given. That certain persons had not seen the bus band was no proer that he was not with his wife. The Stipendiary, after a short conference with his magisterial colleagues, held that there was sufficient proof of non-aecess. The case must be proceeded with. Complainant, recalled, stated that all the interviews between her and the defendant took place at her residence in Gore-terrace. Defendant sent her letters. The Magistrates' Clerk: Have you anv letters ?—No, he told me always to destroy them. Did you ever go to his house without getting letters ?—No. His letters were ad- dressed to my sister's-in-iaxv. How ?—-By pest. Whom did you use to see in Gore-terrace ? —Noboby, He himself always opened the door. During your reany visits, was anybody there but Mr. Richards ?—No. Do vou know who lived in the house ?—His missus lived there, and he had servants there. How do you know ?—Because be told me that if the servants knocked at the door ho would not answer. Did anybody knock at the door ?—Yes, one Thursday night. What roon did you go into ?—The parlour. Complainant then handed in a copy of a re- gistered letter which she said she had written to Mr. Richards on August 24th last. The Stipendiary: Did you visit Mr. Richards alone, or did anyone go with you ? My sister and mv sister-in-law accompanied me on many occasions. They used to wait for me at the bottom of Trinity Church. The Magistrates' Clerk Did your sister- in-law ever see any letters written to you by Mr. Richards ?—Yes, she read the letters, and answered them forme. MR. GLASCODINE TICKLED. The copy of the letter was then handed in, and afterwards passed to Mr. Glascodine, who on looking over it, exclaimed Oh my Oh, good gracious! Oh, Lord!" (Laughter in court.) He asked whether complainant was entitled to put that ccuy in ? The Stipendiary There ought to be a notice given before the copy is read. The complainant further stated that a Mr. j Davies, clerk to the defendant, had come to the house recently and offered her £20. The Magistrates' Clerk Did you tell Mr. Richards when you found yourself in the family way ?—T toll him in his own house when I was three months gone. What did he say ?—He said he didn't care, as he was going away. Did he overlive you money on those occa- sions ?—No, never. Once he Hent nu; a 5". order when he knew I was near my confine- ment. A bill was then put in concerning scales and tins. Complainant admitted she had never had any conversation with Mr. Jiiehards about them, but only with his cierk, Mr. Davies. WITNESSES ORDERED OUT. Mr. Glascodine here requested that all witnesses should be ordered out of eourt. This having been done, The Magistrates' Clerk asked complainant whether this "as her first child. The answer was in the aiffrmative. Further evidence was then given regarding an interview which complainant and her sister-in-laxv had with defendant and his clerk at the Gate House public-house, and it was alleged that a certain letter was there c-opied by complainant and posted to defen- dant. Mr. Glascodine complained that this, was not evidence. The Bench You have nothing that the defendant wrote to show, have you ?—No, your Honour. He told me to destroy them. Witness continuing: Mr. Davies told my brother Thomas to write to him if he wanted anything, and not to let anyone know. Cross-examined by Mr. Glascodine That is yeur brother's handwriting ? (hand- ing up a letter ?—Yes. Mr. Glascodine reading the lettor :— Mr. Davies. Dear Sir,—This to certify that Miss Mary Auri Darling do now agree to accept 5s. a week for the support of your child, you being his honour- able parent or father-— (laughter)— born 6th March ill the year of cur Lord 1894. This is mv faithful and truthful statement this day. In this case, said Mr. Glascodine, Mr. Davies was the honourable parent of the child?—He acted as father. (Lond hmnhter.) When did he first act as father to the'ebild ? (Laughter.^—Mr. Davies was on the 22nd May father or the child. Was enybody else father to the child except Mr. Richards and Mr. Davies ?- -No. Have you ever charged anyone else?—No. On your c&.Lh ?—Yes. Do )oa kno w Mr. Jones the srcccr 0 Yes. Was he not charged with being tho father of the child ?—Never, And that you swear ?—Yes. Did you riot about January Jast meet him and tell him that you wore about to be con- hue J, and fusked him xvhat you were to do about the child ?—.No. Did you not tell him you would go to his shop the next morning?—No. Did you not go the next morning with your sister-in-law, and did he not turn you both out of the shop ?—No, Now this letter aoout the honourable ment, nidyou hand it to Mr. Davies xour- I i '—Yes. W hen you ere workingat Messrs.Richard» were you living with your father and mother' —No." Had you bad quarrels with your father and mother and had they requested "OU toicavo theliouse?—No, Have they never complained of your eon-I duct r--No. Now, when you used to go into Mr. Richards's was the servant there?—No. he used to toil hir to go out. Did she ever go to the back door ?—No. Why not ?—1 don't know. She used to go out at the front door. What room did he take you into ?—The back room. Was there a xvindow out of the parlour 0— YCI. Looking towards xvhat ?—Towards tbe garden. Did the servant never go into the garden ? —Sometimes. When did you first tell Mr. Richards that yon were in the family way?- lie sent a menage to me to say that he wanted to see me at the shop. ?Ii!. Richards xvas com:ng out of the shop r-<\ jumped ou the tram, and I and ruy si.-t a pJJ after him? iasl-ed 1 im xvhat he n.v« udea doing, and he snid Tut, tut; I am goiug to a different part uex. week. 1 have been very bad." Whenever you went to the house you used to take somebody with you ?—-Yes. Did you take somebody with you when you went there to work r --No. Only when jou went there hit:invitation? —Yes; Margaret us-.d to go xvith me when- ever I went out anywhere. Anywhere ? Do you mean whenever you went for immoral purposes ?—I don't under I stand v.hal you me^n. Do vou 1;ç:;ow xvhat "immoral purposoF'' are? —NO." Oh! You don't know ?—No. Board School? (Laughter.) —Yes, What Board School ?—Mr. Hadams'S. sir. The Bench: What schoolmaster did ahe say ? Mr. Glascodine A gentleman called Hadams, your Worship Adams is the proper name, (Laughter.) Cross-examination continued: Did your sister-in-laxv, Miss Tobias Darling, know what you went to Mr. Richards's for ?—Y es, she always read my letters. The Stipendiary (to witness): You under- I stand what ho means. He means when yon went out to prostitute yourself on your own account. You sometimes went to Mr. Richards's house to work, and en Thursdays and Saturdays you went for a different pur- pose, and had connection with him on these days ?—Yes. Well, that is what he means by prostitution or immoral purposes ?—Oh, I beg your par- don. sir, Mr, Glascodine: You don't consider that immoral ?—(No answer.) On the Thursday after you were married you received a. letter, did you, from Mr. Kiehards ?—Yee. What was it ?—<;Dear Mary Ann, meet me I at Trinity Chureh a.t eight o'clock." And YOli went, and your sister went with you?—Yes: she stopped at the bottom of the street. She saw you going into the house ? Yes, Did she knoxv what it was for ?—Yes. That was on the Thursday, and you had been married on the Monday ?--Yes. When you used to go into Mr. Richards s house for the purposes of prostitution your sister used to stay outside while you went in- side ?—Yes, Your sister, and sometimes your sister-in- law, would be out with you of An evening ?— Yes. Did you sometimes go into ether houses as well as Mr. Richards's ?—No, sir. Never in Worcester-place?—No. Swear that ?—Yes. Did you never come cot of the heus>e there and tell them that you had only rec ived os. ? -Ñ9. Never had a quarrel with one over the money ?—No. Did your sister Margaret ever go into Worcester-place ?—No. Mr. Vye-Parminter: Did your little sister know what you were inside Mr. Richards's house for ?—Yes; she used to ask me what I was going there for. Mr. Glascodine: Were you never going about the town as a prostitute ?—No. Were you not known to the police as a prostitute during the twelve months after you were married ?—No. Do you know that the police were making enquiries about you during those twelve months ? No. Did you go to Mr. Davies and ask him xvhat they wore enquiring about ?—No. Did you not ask him in Alexandra-road in April last?—No, sir. Had you written letters to Mr. Richaris asking for money ?—Only once, asking for A sovereign. He told me that he would give me anything to set me up in a little business. I put it to you that you wrote to him asking him for money,—Once only. I asked him for a sovereign. Do you know that Mr. Richards complained to the police about you writting these letters ? —No, Do you Jmow that in April the police were aaakiug inquiries about you ?—No, sir. In April did you not speak to Mr. Davies and ask him why the police were after you ? —No. And did he not tell you that it was be- cause you were writing to Mr. Richards ?— No. Did he not tell you that: and was it not the next day that you wrote him the letter with- drawing your statement about Mr. Richards ? —NO. Do you mean to say that before you were married you had improper intimacy with the defendant ?—Yes, three or four times. When you were as young as 14 ?—Yea. Mary, the servant, was never in the house when you were there with Mr. Richards?— No. She used to go out when I was there. D D she over see you coming in ?—No. W IC you ever turned out of the Victoria PIN at uight by a policeman about twelve months age ?—No sir, never in MY life. I A yolice-eoRstable—Jenes, No. 48-—was J here called forward. Were you seen in the Park in suspicious attitudes with a man about twelve months ago by this constable?—No, sir; not to my knowledge. to your knowledge? What do——. —Not at that hour of the night. WHNT hour of the night ?—You said after 12 o'clock at nieht. I Mr. Glascodine: I never mentioned 12 I o'clock at all. A WATCHER IN THE STREET. Louisa Darling, sister-in-law of the com- plainant, said she used to go with her sister- in-law as far as Trinity Church, and watch her go inside Mr. Richards's bouse. That happened about twice a week. She denied that she knew what Mary Ann Nicholls wanted there. \i Cross-examined by Mr. Glascodine, witness stated that she used to read defendant's letters to her sister-in-laxv, She didn't know that Mr. Richards was a married man, but she knew that her sister-M-law was a married woman. And yet she wrote to say she would meet him ?—Yes. They did net go along arm-in-arm together up to her house ?—No, Mr. Richards went first, and she went afterwards with him. You didn't; know what went on inside the house R—NO, I thought she went to BE paid. Anybody eise go there with her besides I you ?—A young woman named Lizzie Rosecr: nobody else. Didn t Margaret Darling go with you ?— I No, never with me. Has not largaret ever had a man in your house ?—N:, never. I will mention his name if you wish it.— Very well. Louis ?—A man did visit my house—Louis Joseph. I Didn't be sleep at your house a night?— No, he did not. Did Louis Joseph visit your house lately ? —Yes, about nine months ago. Aud didn't Margaret YO to bed with him in your house ?—No, she uidn t. Were you and Mary Ann in Victoria Park one evening about. 12 months ago ?—No. Did not P.C. Jones turn you out of the A GOOD LOOKING GIRL'S EVIDENCE. park ?—No. never. I Margaret Dalline, a good looking girl. who I gave her ago as 17, but looked much older, stated that she had been with her sister, the complainant, AS far as Trinity Charch, and stopped there until Phe came back from visiting the defendant. She did not know what MF'-J Ann wanted there. She was at the Gatt Hoi:T>e Hotel when her sister re- I ceived £ B :n;ll1 Mr. Davies on behalf of the í I' defendant. He said the money was to help) to maintain che child. Mr. Glascodine (cross-er^iminiug): What are you now.^—I live at home xvith MV mother, who is SEPANF,.ed from my father, and who receives Vs. r. week from hun. ''), I' ^Proceeding.}$.







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