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The T. E. Ellis Memorial.


(§> Sequel to a Kight Out.


(§> Sequel to a Kight Out. ACCUSED COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. At the Borough Magistrates' Court on Monday, before the Mayor (Mr R. O. Ro- berts) and Mr Edward Hughes, Thomas Evans, Llanberis, a young quarryman em- ployc-d at the Dinorwic Quarry, was charged on remand with stealing a. gold watch, the property of Ellen Williams, a servant in the employ of a local magistrate.—Mr J. T. Ro- berts prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr J. B. A Hanson defended. Mr J. T. Roberts, having briefly opened the case for the prosecution, called Elien Williams, the informant. Shr. aid that she was in service at Bryn Eisteddfod. On the 25th September last she met the defendant in the quay. He asked her what time it was, and she took out her watch. There- I. upon the defendant snatched the watch from her, and in her endeavour to get it from from her, and in her endeavour to get it from liim the glass broke. The defendant pro- mised to have it repaired. The following Saturday she met the defendant again, and he gave 'he watch. It had not been repaired. A week later she again saw him and went for a. walk with him. He asked her where the watch was, and witness showed it him. He then took it from her by force, and again promised to get it re- paired. Witness .sent him several letters asking for the return of the watch, but the accused did not reply. A fortnight after- wards witness again met the defendant in the town, and she asked him for the watch. The defendant aid that he had fallen from his bicycle, and bad smashed the watch. his bicycle, and bad smashed the watch. Witness told him that if he did not return the watch to her she would report the mat- ter to the police., Defendant replied that he did not care what she did, because he was going tWty. Mr Allanson suggested that she had de- scribed the belt as her waistband to the accused, rs a delicate hint for him to place his arm there {laughter). Witne's (indignantly): No, indeed, sir. He took it from my hand after I took it out of my belt (renewed laughter). Mr Alianson Were you walking out with him on business ? Witness: No. Mr Ailanson Did you walk oilt with him believing that he would marry you ? Witness: No, indeed, sir (laughter). There was nothing particular between him and me at all. Mr Allanson On Christmas Eve yoti 1 a i d information for a warrant for his arrest, as a Christmas box for him, did you iic)t P (laughter). Witness: My brother did. Elizabeth Thomas, a servant at liryn Eis- tedutod, also slave evidence. Griffith T. Edwards, Brvntirion, CW:1V- rlo. said that he bought a watch from tb» accused for 5s. Witness identified the watch produced as the ore sold to him by Thomas Evans. Tho reason the defendant gave for sdline; the watch was thnt he had two. Wit- ness then gave the watch to a Jew in ex- change for finother.—Cross-examined De- fendant said that be had the watch frem )1is aunt from America. Hugh Willi-inis, Gkr.dwr, Waenfawr, bro- ther of fhe informant, deposed to to the defendant's house at Waenfawr. Wit- ness asked him where hi* sister's watch wa. and he replied that he fell from his bicycle, and that the watch was smashed into bits. 'Ihe defendant subsequently admitted hav- ing sold it to a it-an at Cwmyglo for oi and offered to'pay for it P.C. 45 (Jonesl proved the arrest cf tlie accused, and read the statement which the latter made to him. 11T J. T. Roberts alleged the man Inlew he was doing wrong when lie sold tha watch, and that he rlid not admit having sold it until nfter the warrant was issued for his apprehension- The accused, in answer to the charge, pleaded "not guilty," ajid reserved his dc- i fence. ) Mr Allanson urged the Ben to send' the defendant for trial, bee: to jury would convict. The defem was a champion slate splitter ei-np;f -at, the Dinorwic quarries, and posse an eir.. cellent character. At all the • s in the t locality he had won the prizes d in tbe slate splitting competition. 3 really brought him under the notice iss Wil- liams, v,ho at the time undo dly was- enamoured of hUll. Thev us< go to- gether for walks once a week, in the course of one ef these the in( of the waistbelt occurred- She gave hie watch. But alas, there came a day w! 10 saw him walking out with another g ladyT Misss Williams, after the marine- ier sex,, became much annoyed. She d. tied tbie- return of the watch but the fi e :ss lover- had sold it. Defendant woulc true pre- ferred bringing it back to avoi 1 d bother, but it was too late. A warra 1' td been issued. What jury would co under such circumstances ? Jurymen I" had ex- perience of ladies, kuew how they ld love, and bow that love couirl turn, some- thing else. Would thev fnink t a re- spectabTe younr man like the acn would deliberately sell for a paitry, watch which did not belong to fcin r 3e nad thought it was a very cheap ar and never thought it was -old. uet magis- trates regard, the matter as wh < really; was—a lovers' quarrel, and nothi or, 'Wie Bench, however, took a rr serious view of the matter, and commit the ac- cused to the quarter sessions to-fl.. Thurs- day, accepting bail, however, i La sum 1 42

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