——————————t Aberdare Police Court- Tuesda-y.-Before Sir T. Marchant Wil- liams (Stipendiary), Messrs. G. George, D. P. Davies, D. W. Jones, Dr. Davies, and Dr. Jones. EJECTMENT. Mr. M. T. Morgan, on behalf of Wm. J Durbin, sought an ejectment order against Enoch Morgan, Regent-street, Aberamam.-Granted. YOUNG THIEVES. John Samuel, Wm. J. Kelly, W. Evans, and John Morris, four boys from Aber- aman, were charged with stealing certain articles, the property of Francis Cole. Mr. W. Thomas appeared for Kelly and Morris. Fred Cole said that his father was a hawker, and lived in 9, Dean-street, Aber- dare. On Nov. 6 they passed through Aberaman on the way home. That night the policeman came to their house, and subsequently witness examined the wagon and found that two dozen india. rubber heels, a penny fan, a flower pot cover, and boot protectors were missing. They were valued at 2s. 3d. P.C. Greening deposed that on Novem- ber 6th he was in. Cardiff-read, Aberaman, and saw Cole's wagon passing to Aber- dare. He saw the boys placing their hands under the cover and take something out. He caught Samuels and Kelly, and found on them the rubber and the flower pot cover. He afterwards arrested Evans and Morris. Evans took him to a garden in Cardiff-road where he found six rubber heels and the boot protectors. All the boys pleaded guilty. The Stipendiary said that the next time he came there Evans would be sent away to a truant school. Each was fined 10s. and costs. LICENSING. Mr. W. Thomas applied for the trans- fer of the Prince of Wales, Aberaman, from John Howell, the owner, to T. Rees, of the Plough Inn.—Granted. Mr. James (Morgan, Bruce, and Nicho- las) applied for the transfer of the Carne Park Hotel, Abercynon, from Phillips, the present licensee, to A. J. Mortimer.- Granted. Mr. R. P. Martell, Swansea, submitted plans of the Welsh Harp Wine Lodge, Aberdare, showing certain proposed alter- ations to the premises, and asked for the endorsement of the license. The Stipendiary said that the ground floor was devoted entirely to drinking purposes, consequently the people of the house had to live in the garret. Mr. Martell contended that they were the first to introduce meals into public houses in that street. Stipendiary: But the kitchen is up- stairs. The Bench evinced a desire to inspect the premises, consequently it was de- cided to adjourn the case until next week. Mr. J. W. Evans asked for a temporary endorsement of the Bridgend Inn, Hir- wain, from A. Richards to Wm. Davies. —Granted for a month. "THE SOONER THE BETTER." For being drunk in Cardiff-road, Aber- aman, David Thomas Gibbon was nned 10s. and costs. "You are nearly ready for the black list," said the Stipendiary. "The sooner the- better," was defend- ant's reply. HIRWAIN MAN'S WOES. Blamed for the Sins of Others. Gwijym Davies and Patrick Cahill were accused of fighting in the Tramway, Hir- wain. Cahill said that whenever there was a fight in Hirwain he was in it. Others did the mischief, and he got the blame. Davies, the other man, had a lot of friends there. Stipendiary: Evidently you are no friend of his. 40s. and costs each. HE ONLY TOOK HIS BROTHER HOME. Nicholas Cahill was charged with being drunk and abusive on the same occasion. Cahill said that he was simply taking his brother, Patrick Cahill, home. Fined 10s. and costs. REFUSING TO QUIT. David Rees was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Cross Inn, Trecynon. Fined 20s. and costs. ABERNANT TOPERS. R. Jenkins and Frederick Ridley were charged with being drunk and com- mencing to fight in Abernant-road.—P.C. Panniers gave evidence. Fined 10s. and costs each. AN ABERNANT JEHU. Frederick Gabb was charged on the in- stanceof P.C. Panniers with driving fur- iously a horse in Abernant-road. Fined 15s. and costs. UNLICENSED DOGGIE. John Barwell, Cwmaman, was sum- moned: for keeping a dog without a license. Fined lOa. and costs. A BATCH OF MONOGLOTS. Missing Pit Props at Penrhiwceiber. Richard Pugh Jones, Penrhiwceiber, was charged with stealing a piece of wood the property of the Penihiweeiber Coal Co. Sergt. Davies, Penrhiwceiber, said that on October 30th he saw defendant coming from the Penrhiwceiber Colliery. He had a piece of wood under his arm. Asked if he had permission to take it, he re- plied, "No." Witness took the wood from him and placed it on the ground. When he went to look for it someone else had taken it. It was a piece of pitwood about 15 inches long. Defendant wished to give his evidence in Welsh. He held that the block was only 10 inches long. If he had not taken it it would have been thrown to the rub- bish tip. The constable said that the Company supplied firewood at a cheap rate. Stipendiary to defendant: You say the block was ten inches, whereas the con stable says it was 15 inches. His stand- ard, ie the "mesur hir" and yours is the "mesur byr." Evan Jones was charged with appropri- J ating a piece of plflnk about 18 toy 9, value one penny. Defendant held that it was not a plank he had taken but a block. Stipendiary: What is the difference be tween a plank and a block f Defendant A block is round, but a plank is square. The constable then produced a piece of plank and testified that it was the one de- fendant had. Defendant held that what he had taken was a round block with bark on it. The Stipendiary eaid that there was no evidence that the wood had been taken wilfully and feloniously. David Stoneway was charged with steal- ing a piece of wood, 18 inches long, from the same oolliery. Stipendiary: Are you from Corris too ? -No, from Cwmbach. The block was only 12 inches long, not 18 inches as the oonstable stated. John Thomas appeared to answer a charge of stealing a pit prop from the same colliery. Stipendiary to defendant: Where are you from ?-Cwmsymlog, near Aberys- twyth. Did you understand the oonstable's evi- dence ?- No, not a word. The interpreter's services were again requisitioned. The Stipendiary stated that at the Court at Mountain Ash he had discharged some offenders brought there on similar charges. However, this time a fine of 2s. 6d. would be imposed in each case, and if the offences would be repeated the fines would be increased. COAL STEALING AT LLWYDCOED. John Rees was charged with stealing a lump of coal, the property of the Dyllas Colliery Co. Mr. W. Kenshole prosecuted, and Mr. J. D. Thomas defended. P.C. Empson deposed to seeing defend- ant on the Dyllas Incline. He was push- ing the coal through the fence at the time. When he saw witness he ran away. When witness spoke to Rees he asked to be fined at the office instead of being taken to the Police Court. The coal was valued at 2d. Fined 5s. and costs. PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER AND AMATEUR THIEF. William Thomas Symmons was charged with stealing an overcoat and muffler, the property of William Lloyd. Ellen Lloyd, complainant's mother, said she lived at 7, Cross-street, Aberdare. Early in October prisoner came to lodge with her. He told her he was a pro- fessional footballer. (Stipendiary: He does not look like it.) He stayed until October 22nd., when he said he was going to play for Troedyrhiw. He wanted money, and she gave him 6d., and lent him the coat and muffler (produced). He never returned. Stipendiary: What a simple soul you are. Did you think he looked like a pro- fessional footballer? Prisoner said he had gone from Troed- yrhiw to Cardiff and had been detained on business longer than he expected. P.C. Matthews said he received prisoner into custody from the Barry Dock police. Being charged he replied, "I did not take them; she gave them to me." Prisoner pleaded not guilty. Stipendiary: What is your occupation when not playing football? Prisoner: A fitter. Stipendiary: A clothes fitter, I suppose. You will have to go to prison for a month. I don't understand how women are so careless when taking lodgers in. A MATRIMONIAL DISPUTE. Solicitors' Attempts at Reconciliation. Elizabeth Wood, Abercwmboi, sum- mened her husband, Thomas Wood, with deserting her. Mr. W. Kenshole, who appeared for complainant, said that the parties were married as recently as last April. He was a widower and she was a widow, and both had children. Mr. Kenshole then proceeded to narrate their matrimonial feuds. The Stipendiary observed that even on Mr. Kenshole's showing there was no justification for gTanting a separation. The parties might be brought together, because there had been nothing between them save the usual petty domestic quar- rels. The case was deferred to give the soli- citors an opportunity to bring about re- conciliation. Later on Mr. Kenshole and Mr. James (for the husband) re-appeared in court, and told the Bench that they had failed to effect a truce. The Stipendiary said he would give them another opportunity to reconcile, and the matter was adjourned to a future court. A SEXAGENARIAN'S BABY. He Wanted the Baby but Not its Mother. Elizabeth Watkins, of Mountain Ash, a smart-looking and comparatively young woman, appeared in court leading a bright-eyed little cherub, the child of Wm. Bowen, of Porth, collier, 61 years of age, against whom she sought an affili- ation order. Mr. Kenshole appeared for Mrs. Wat- kins, who said she was a widow, and had been a housekeeper to defendant. On June 26th she gave birth to a child, of whom defendant was the father. Owing to a dispute with defendant's son she left his service. During her absence he gave her 5s. a week. She returned to his house, but she quarrelled again with de- fendant's son, and again went away. Now she wanted an affiliation order of 5s. Defendant said he was sorry for what had happened, being that he was ad- vanced in years. He hed never been in that court before. He was prepared to contribute towards the child, but he had never paid 5s. towards it. He was pre- pared to adopt the child. Stipendiary: Oh, no; you cannot take the child unless you take the mother as well. Defendant: I cannot live with her now, much less after being tied to her. Stipendiary: You are quite right there. An order of 3s. 6d. per week will be made. A CEFNPENNAR COURTSHIP. W. Edwards, Cefnpennar, was charged by Mary Anne Jones, Cwmpennar, with 1 being the father of iher illegitimate child. 1
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Abercynon Police Court. On Wednesday.—Befere Sir T. Marchant Williams (Stipendiary). DRUNKS. Thomas John Rees, in Tyntetown, 5s. and costs; David John Jones and Gomer Morgan, in Station-road, Abercynon, 10s. and costs each; Arthur Phillips, in Station-road, 10s. and costs; Edward Burt, in Ynysybwl, 10s. and costa. ALLEGED INDECENT ASSAULT. Publican and Servant. Thomas Williams, landord of the Thorn Hotel, Abercynon, was charged with in- decent assault upon Ada Lewis, a domes- tic in his employ. Mr. W. Thomas ap. peared to prosecute, and Mr. R. Edwards James, Cardiff, defended. Ada Lewis, the complainant, said she was in the employ of Thomas Williams, at the Thorn Hotel. She was 18 years of fege last September. She had been in the Thorn Hotel slightly over two months. Previous to that she was engaged at Troedyrhiw. On Friday, the 27th Oct., Mrs. Williams, the landlord's wife, left in evening to go to Mountain Ash. Com- plainant then went to the kitchen, where she washed her hands. Just then Mr. Williams came downstairs, and asked where had the candle been taken from the cellar window. She replied that it was in the coal-house. She asked him for rt match. With that Mr. Williams caught hold of her, placed her against the cellar door. He disarranged her clothes, and tried to have connection with her. She struggled, but could not scream She begged him to leave her alone, and said, "If the Missus knew about this, she would kill you and me." He said 'rll kill you before you go from here." The bell was ringing in the bar, and Mr. Wil- liams then went out of the cellar into the kitchen. He then went upstairs. She sat in a chair for 81 minute or two, and then went out to Bassett-street. She there saw a little, girl, whom she know. Her name was Annie Richards. She asked for her brother, because she (com- plainant) was keeping company with him. Annie Richards replied that he was not in. She then sent to a neighbour's house to see if Richards was there, but he was not. She then went back to the Hotel kitchen. She remained there for some time. At 9.30 p.m..she went to the back door and saw Richards, and made a state- ment to him. Shortly afterwards Mrs. Williams came home, but she did not tell her anything because she did not want to make a bother in the house. Next morning she saw a Mrs. Hughes, and told tier what had happened. Afterwards she tvent back to the Thorn, but left that night, and went to stay with Mrs. Hughes. On the following Monday com- plainant, in company with a Mrs. Moore, went to the Thorn Hotel. They asked to see Mrs. Williams, but could not see her then. They then went to the Police Station, and P.S. Rees accompanied them to the Thorn Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Wil- liams were there then. P.S. Rees said to Mr. Williams that he, had received a 'complaint against him. She afterwards left with her box. On the Tuesday a message was sent by William Richards for her to go to the Thorn Hotel. She went, and was taken into the parlour, where she saw Mr. Williams. Mrs. Wil- liams said, "Here is Ada; come and face her now." He replied, "I told that girl last night if she came here again I should fetch the sergeant." She had been there the, night before when she took her box away. She had also asked for her money that night, and Mrs. Williams replied that she could not give the money because the master was not willing. She (Mrs. Williams) then rang for her husband, and asked "Did you attempt to take her bloomers down?" and he answered, "It's a Ilie; I have witnesses to prove I wasn't there. If you come here again I shall fetch the sergeant to lock you up." Mrs. Williams then said to Mr. Williams: HTOln, you beast of a man, I believe Ada." On the day following she obtained a summons. Cross-examined by Mr. R. Edwards James, she said she had only been in ser- vice for a month at Troedyrhiw. She had been in a number of places during the last six months. Stipendiary: There is nothing in that. It might be the fault of the mistresses. Mr. Edwards James: Surely the mis- tresses would not be all alike. Stipendiary: I would like to see the mistresses first, and then I would tell you. There is nothing in what you say, ¡ unless you are going to base something on it. Coming to the alleged assault, witness said there were a good many people in the bar at the time. It was against the cellar door that the assault tok place. She ad- mi ttedlthart if she had screamed the people in. the bar could hear her. Asked why she did not scream, she said she could not for a time, because defend- ant had his lips against hers. After- wards, when she could have screamed, she was so frightened that she did Aot koow what to do. Mr. James: Have you made a charge what to do. Mr. James: Have you made a charge similar to this before?—No. Mr. James: Did you not make a charge against an insurance agent whilst you were at Troedyrhiw?—Yes. Mr. Williams treated you with every kindness whilst you were at the Thorn s>— Yes. Why did you not complain to Mrs. Wil- liams when "she came in ?-I was afraid of making a row, because Mr. Williams was a nasty man. Y^°U Served iu the bar that night?— Witness, in reply to further questions, said that she kept company with William Richards. She denied asking Richards to go to Williams to settle the case. Rich- ardEls mother did suggest that if Mr. Wil- liams offered to settle it she should do so. Annie Richards, 75, Abercynori-road, was the next witness. She said she was 10 years old. When complainant came to hej. she appeared as if she had been cry- ing. She (witness) was asked where her brother was, but she replied that she did not know. William Richards, a brother to the previous witness, said he had known com- plainant for about six months. He had been keeping company with her. On Friday, October 27th, he went to the Thorn to see her. When she came out she appeared vexed. She made a state- ment to him. P.S. Rees, Abercynon, said that he heard first of this affair on Monday, Oct. 31st. Ada Lewis came to him, and at fler re- quest he went to the Thorn Hotel and called Williams in. He told him what the girl had said, and Williams replied "I never did such a thing." Ada Lewis thea said, HYes you did, master; you know you did." Witness then advised the g,.rl to lay the case before the Magistrates the following day. Louisa Hughes, wife of John liu^Les, Bassett-street, said that Ada told her. She was crying, and she took her; in the house. At this stage the Stipendiary stopped the case, and said he did not believe there was sufficient corroboration. The com- plainant was a most respectable girl, but that was not enough. If she had made a statement to the first person she met, it would have been different. Mr. James: If the case went on I and a number of witnesses to account for de- fendant's movements since Mrs. Williams left the house. Stipendiary: If you brought 10,000 wit- nesses, they would have no effect on me. Of course, the defendant is entitled to go from this court an innocent man. He is discharged. DRUNKENNESS DENIED. Thomas Jones, Penrhiwceiber-road, was charged with being drunk and c'isorder- ly. P.C. Griffiths gave evidence of having seen defendant in a irunken condition, and using bad language. Mr. James Phillips, who defended Jones, questioned the constable whether he had abused the defendant by striking him on the ear and kicking him whilst on the ground. Witness denied this. Eventually the case was adjourned for the presence of P.C. Charles, who was in the Police Station when defendant was brought in. OBSTRUCTION. Evan Jones and Rowland D. Jones, brothers, were, charged with fighting in the Old Parish-road, Abercynon. P.S. Rees said he separated them on three different occasions. One of the defendants: We were only having a few words, sir. Stipendiary: Words? You cannot fight with words. 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I.L.P. at Mountain Ash. On Thursday evening, the 9th inS" Mrs. Pankhurst delivered an address* the Lesser Hall upon the "Mission of t» "Independent Labour Party." Afr. IV, Trainer, of Leeds, who is engaged in the district for a fortnight in organisation work, acted as chairman. TKere waSnr. fairly good attendance, though not ly so good as the excellent diseo°rse served.lr. Mrs. Pankhurst explained that the ject of the I.L.P. wag to bring about better organisation) of society by eve available means; to create a j Municipal Councils, etc., which ej, honestly attend to every social ill* 'e ing that every existing wrong standing shame and menace to the na^ti In rousing language she urged her heaI L0 to do their utmost to secure adeq11 i Labour Representation. She g the privileged male with having little in that direction 6ince 18G7.. speaker deplored the political disabili^ of women, and insisted upon the need for their enfranchisement. If franchise had been extended to the avo 1867 much greater progress would h been made. Men and women had J ,,j<i learn that their true relationship sho be one of mutual helpfulness.J. 1111- disunion was a da,ng«r to both. The __e employed question was dealt with at so length, and the following resolution 1 e olu 1 11 carried unanimously: cf "That this meeting, representative .4-g the workers of this country, expresses concern for ihe alarming state of the ^gI employed and its emphatic disaPV.fo re- re, of the inaction of the Government xlX m gard thereto. That we call upo° Prime Minister to devise and carry 1 effect adequate measures for the Pre tion of suffering and starvation." Trip A largely attended meeting on the closed the proceedings.
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Complainant, who is an orphan girl, said she gave birth to a child on Sept. 18th, of whom W. Edwards was the father. He had kept company with her for two years. He first had connection with her on the Duftryn a fortnight be- fore Christmas. On Christmas night he had connection with her, and also on the following Saturday and again on Good Friday, there being on that date a bio- scope show at Mountain Ash. She was pregnant at the time. That night she informed him of her condition, and he never replied a word. One night in July he came to her and said that the people in work were teasing him about having misconducted himself with her, and said further that he was free. She replied that he was certainly the father of the child. He then said he was going away in September. Her aunt went to see him before the child was born. By Mr. Kenshole (for the defence): She had put down on a book the dates of I the acts of intimacy. She had left the book at home. It was in the chest of drawers. She had notified the dates in the event of something happening. The first time defendant had connection with her he promised to marry her provided something occurred. Defendant often took her for a walk to Bruce's Field. It was in April that she discovered she was in trouble. Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Glyngwyn-street, Mountain Ash, complainant's aunt, said that her niece asked her to go to defend- ant's home. That was a fortnight before the "big eisteddfod." She went and in- terviewed defendant. For some time he stuttered and made no reply. Eventu- ally he replied, "I have not been with her since Christmas. Many more have been with her besides me." She an- swered, "Oh, that is the usual reason." She asked him to go with her to see the girl, but he replied that he did not have his shoes on. She then offered- to fetch the girl, but he would not see her. Margaret Harries, cousin to complain- ant, said she lived in Miskin. She ac- companied Mrs. Jones to see Edwards. Mrs. Jones asked him what he intended doing with regard to Mary Ann Jones, and he replied, "I have not been with her since Christmas." Mr. Kenshole: Did you ask him pre- cisely the same question as your aunt did ?—Yes. M. A. Lloyd said ehe was Mary Anne Jones's companion. On the night of the Bioscope Show she saw Edwards and Miss Jones together. She saw them after- wards together at the end of April. The Stipendiary said that it was a clear case. The girl was a nice girl, and had given her evidence lucidly. Defendant ought to have married her, but now he would not have the chance. An order of 3s. 6d. per week would be made. ABERAMAN WOMAN'S WAIL. "So My Poor Baby Must Starve." Margaret Collins, Aberaman, accused David Collins, her husband, with desert- ing her. The case had been adjourned from a previous court. Mrs. Collins said defendant had left her pretending that he was mad. Stipendiary: Oh, is this the man that walks about in his sleep? Mrs. Collins said that she was afraid of her husband. He had threatened her, but did not fulfil his threats, She had no witnesses, because she had kept the matter to herself. The defendant denied having deserted his wife, and related the story of his de- ] parture to the Bench. j 1 Stipendiary (t-o the woman): Well, it seems that you left him. All he did was to walk in hie sleep. Stipendiary (to the husband): What are you earning P—22s. per week. I handed over all the money to her. Complainant: O1! Duw anwyl, no. Mrs. Collins said she only wanted de- fendant to maintain the baby. Stipendiary: Oh, (no, he will not do that, I am sure. You have taken the faher for better and for worse. Mrs. Collins: For worse, I am afraid. Stipendiary: There is notsufficient evi- dence for us to separate you. You must try to live together. We cannot help you. Mrs. Collins: So my poor baby must I starve.