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Important Rating Case. ORT TAlBOT DOCKS CO. AND OVERSEERS. VALUATION usr-CALLED FOR. Assessment Committee Clerk's Reply. 'he J^er stage in the costly litigation between 'ttd °T?a' overseers ancl tbe Port Talbot Docks 'he ^'lway Co. wa8 reached on Monday, when P0lj Co,npauy were summoned at Port Taibot Court to show cause why distress warrants 'he Uot be issued against them in respect of felldnon-payrnem of £ 921 2d. In 190] the de- li, appealed against what they alleged to Hjjj ^excessive valuation of their properties. Mr pPlUe was referred to the arbitration of Vai Howdou, who reduced the over"tio" from about £ 10,000 to a little cow, £ 3,000. In the meantime the otj_Pany paid the lates levied upon the iDaf.'?1' valuation, and then the overseers ie- '*«» k* Payment of the 1902 3 rates upon the oa,sia. The defendants refused, and gave Ce to apply at the Quarter Sessions at t0 ^Sea to-day (Tuesday) for effect to be given at) Qe. arbitrator's award. The overseers there- in1 issued the summonses, which occupied the nti°n of the magistrates at Port Talbot for £ pral hours on Monday. Mr S. T. Evans, • (instructed bv Messrs Cuthbertson °°WeU, Neath^, was for the overseers Mr t>av ^ams (instructed by Messrs Hicks, Pa '0s' and Hunter, London) was for the com- tjjey* in whose behalf Mr Humphrey Davies, jWell-known rating expert, was also present. lien r Rhys Williams asked, in view of the 'he dll} R appjjcatiou at the Quarter Sessions, that should be adjourned. He did not i>Ue au or^er of tbat court to be rendered tlai .0ry by a superior court. Instead of hienll!nt' uPon original valuation the Assess- should have altered it in glance with the arbitrator's award. S. Evans opposed the application. The re^urence t0 'be rates of 1901 only, '•on R '^at could happen at the Quarter Ses- s could affect the present proceedings. The ,i Dlngs°f the company had increased very much ^901, and the fact that an appeal against v ,*ates cow sued for was withdrawn should not sight of. •Urn ^erk (^-r Jones) asked whether Mr Wil- suggested that the Assessment Committee y, been guilty of a dereliction of duty in not vtr'ng the valuation list ? 4)5* Williams Certainly. It should have been immediately the award was made. The ''M?anV were being sued upon a valuation which proved to be excessive, and the magis- 'fto8 Were being asked to issue distress warrants 11 that valuation. A rate not made in accord- 'with the valuation list could not be col- led. ^fter further argument the Bench decided not an adjournment. Hr Evans said the overseers were quite pre- to give the company credit for the money 6ady paid in respect of the rates. a. 8,ir.es McCoan, collector for the parish of oga.m. produced the rate books, and said the ICes bad been published in the ordinary way h; church doors, &c. Williams called for the notices, but Mr 400kns submitted that the production of the rate r wis prima facie evidence of publication. *0t>? teP'y t0 Williams, the witness said be fjroduee the valuation on which the Were based. ice Williams We say the rates are not in ij °rdauce with the valuation list, and we par- Jjl&rly want to see it. to.e Chairman (Mr D. R. David) You can »L'y get it here. i Evans I object to that strenuously. Mr >k att>s had no foundation for his suggestion, st he had not given notice to produce. "tt WHIiitms A public document of that kind tbt to be here. It can be brought in an hour. Evans did not object to its production, but J?h adjournment on quite a frivolous ground, tjj witness had stated that the rate had been v?e in accordance with the list. ?Jr Williams I am instructed it has not. flit Evans I should like to see that gentleman the witness-box and give evidence. Williams He will. These are practically proceedings, and all I ask for is a public jpment. t^entually the Bench expressed the opinion rJ the list ought to be produced. Clerk I am told across the table that the »cannot be here. Williams It is very necessary, I assure We did not ask them to produce the rate and it is here. Evans: This is childish—puerile. My is only trifling with the Bench. ■me Williams I ask for an order that the list ^Produced. 'i« Chairman When I suggested that the 3 should be sent for I thought it would be here five minutes. Mr Gandy (clerk to the It. Oftnaent Committee) says it cannot be given the office without him being present. *0t Williams suggested it should be telephoned v. Mr Gandy's voice would be recognised. G&ndy: I have nothing to do with the case, &be Chairman asked whether it was suggested te Was anything wrong. mj** Williams: I do, sir. I have done so be Chairman: You had better get the book, ady Gandy There is nobody in the office now, with all due deference I don't see why I be asked to fetch this book. He had told pother side that-the book would not be pro- d unless proper notice was given. r Williams Mr Gandy says one moment he j, Nothing to do with the case, and the next he retracting the solicitor. hitv Chairman said the Bench could do no more tu&ttor Williams submitted that Mr Gandy was lig them. Evans There is no defiance at all. You tlJ 'o a difficulty because you have not taken Ordinary steps to prepare your case. jjbe Chairman The book must be produced. Gandy submitted that the Bench had no Xj to order him. Williams hoped the Bench would not be by Mr Gandy. If there was not some good for keeping back the book it would bo jjfccoming. llirr Evans You have no right to make such a ?Sp»ent. Williams But I do make it. 'W Court was then adjourned for the produc- Jtjr?* the valuation list, and on re-assembling Williams continued his cross-examination of Witness McCoan, who admitted he had t0 Pve an undertaking to refund the bey overpaid;} by the company, because the ju^Panv owed the overseers more than they had »h«:- only valuation list in existence was of 1900. On the reduced valuation the oJ^P&ny had paid in excess, but how much he hot say. «^r,°es it not show they have overpaid JE572 ?--I say how much. ^Jv^other argument ensued between counsel, tjjj the case was again adjourned for a short to allow of the production of the valuation kjlt. Imately the Clerk said he understood Mr dy had not returned. Williams I am not surprised at that, liv he Chairman said the Bench had no alterua- but to adjourn the case. Evans I must ask you to state a case. v|r Williams laughed. 5?* Evans You are very rud Hiu e Chairman We shall be very pleased to a case when we have heard the case, qp* Evan3 And that is your reply. His iJ^ts would consider whether or not they would P'y for a mandamus. bo "^nionses taken out against the Port Talbot Of an,j Railway Company by the overseers v»aKlan Higher were also adjourned. e r Powell, who appeared for the over- a, asked that a case should be stated jJ* David If we can do it. rlt Powell Of course you can. ^e{ 'er ,n afternoon the company were »u6tldant8 at Aberavon Police Court at the in- overseers of Aberavon. Mr Rhys \IQ."iams raised the same point a3 at Port Tal- lcase was also adjourned, the Bench, n to Mr PowelJy stating they would state if necessary when the case came before

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