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Aberdare Police Court. TUESDAY.—Before Sir T. M. Williams, Messrs. D. P. Davies, D. W. Jones, Dr. Davies, and Dr. Jones. TENANCY.—Morgan Bevan sought an order to eject Benjamin Lloyd, Hirwain. —Granted. A DREAD ALTERNATIVE. Ellen Goodwin was charged at the instance of P.C. Walsh with being drunk in Oak- street, Aberdare.—Defendant: It is all lies. I was quite sober. The neighbours are jealous of me.—The woman expressed her willingness to go back to her mother, but the Stipendiary decreed that she should go to Cardiff for 6 months, unless the necessary sureties were forthcoming. She was fined 10s. and costs for this offence. AMID TITENdRCLING GLOOM.—T. Griffith Evans was accused of driving without light.—P.C. Simpkins gave evi- dence.—Defendant explained that he was leading the horse.—Dismissed on pay- ment of costs. THAT ABSCONDING BOY AGAIN.- Charles James, Hirwain, was charged on the instance of P.C. Williams with leav- ing his horse unattended outside the King's Head, Aberaman.—Defendant said that he had left a boy in charge, and had paid him 2d.—Stipendiary: It was a public-house. That's where you always stop. 10s. and costs. MAINTENANCE.—Thos. Roger Evans, Aberdare, was ordered to pay 4s. to- wards the maintenance of his parent chargeable to the Merthyr Guardians. FARMER. BUTCHER, AND COW. EXPOSING UNFIT MEAT. Hopkin Hopkins, Gelli Uchaf, Llwyd- coed, and Mrs. Evans, butcher, Aberdare, ■were charged with exposing for sale meat unfit for human food.—Col. Phillips, on behalf of the District Council, prose- cuted. Mr. Leyson, Neath, appeared for Hopkins, and Mr. C. Kenshole for Mrs. Evans.—S. James, certificated sanitary inspector under the Aberdare District Council, stated that he visited Mrs. Evans' shop in Duke-street. Asked if she had had a cow from Hopkins, Llwydcoed, she replied, a Yes, what about itF" She denied having any of the meat then, and said that she had boiled it down to make faggots. All the faggots, she said, had been sold. Witness remarked that it was strange that she should boil the best parts, whereupon Mrs. Evans said she still had the head and heart, and pointed them out to him. Afterwards she stated that she had more of the meat, and showed him some in an adjoining room. It was flabby, dark, bruised, and issued an offensive smell. In his opinion it was unfit for human food, and he seized it. He asked Dr. D. Davies to inspect the meat. The Doctor gave him an order to have the meat destroyed. In the after- noon witness, in company with Inspector Nott, visited Hopkins at Llwydcoed. He admitted having sold a cow to Mrs. Evans. He declared that he had not re- ceived money from Mrs. Evans. He de- nied having any of the meat in his pos- session then. Later he admitted having kept a leg, which was then buried. Wit- ness visited the burial place, and found a leg bone there. Asked if he had pro- cured beer from a certain inn, witness admitted it. Stipendiary: Is beer a medicine for a cow ? I know it is for a human being. (Laughter.)—Col. Phillips 1 know they give whisky to horses.—Sti- pendiary As a stimulant, I suppose.— Cross-examined by Mr. Kenshole, the In- spector said that the carcase was in a building separate from the shop. It was the hind quarter and the loin only that he complained of. He understood Mrs. Evans to say that she had boiled the whole carcase. He believed that the portion of the carcase which he saw was intended for sale because the sausages were on the same table. He could not say that the other portion was not whole- sc,me.-Dr. D. Davies said that on the day in question he accompanied the In- spector to Mrs. Evans' shop. He saw the hind quarter minus the leg. He con- sidered it quite unfit for human food. It did not appear to hfve been properly blt,d.-Evan Walters, Cwmdare, said that he sold a. cow to Hopkins on Saturday, October 19th. It had come from Ire- land, and had arrived in Aberdare on Thursday, the 17th. It bad calved in the train on that date. As far as he could say, it was a good healthy cow.—William Harris, 62, Gloster-street, a butcher, tes- tified that on October 22nd he was in the employ of Mrs. Evans, and was sent to H. Hopkins' to kill a cow. He had with him an assistant, whom he did not know. He saw Hopkins there. The cow was lying down with the right off leg broken. There was nothing else the matter with her. He stunned her, bled her, and dressed the carcase. He left the tail and the skirting at a public- house because the basket was broken. He did not tell Mrs. Evans that.—Questioned further, this witness said that he had a conversation with Mrs. Evans about the matter.—Mr. Kenshole: Perhaps you had too much drink at the public-house?— Witness: No, only normal (laughter).— Questioned further, witness held that there was nothing wrong with the cow except that its leg was broken.—Thomas Barnes said that on October 24th he went to Gelli Uchaf, Llwydcoed. He quar- tered the carcase of the cow. He left the broken leg behind, and told Mrs. Evans so. He could not detect anything wrong with the carcase. Witness had a portion of the meat himself as part payment, and it was all right.—Dr. M. J. Rees, medi- cal officer of the Aberdare District Coun- cil, agreed with Dr. Davies that the meat was totally unfit for human food. He saw it on the Sunday morning.—Recalled by the Stipendiary, Barnes said that he had been paid 281. for killing the cow, and also received 7lbs. of meat.—Mr. Leyson contended that there had been no sale or exposure on the part of his client. There was no suggestion of partnership) between Hopkins and Mrs. Evans regard- ing the niatt,-r.-The Stipendiary at this juncture observed that although Hopkins might be morally responsible, no legal responsibility rested on him, and the charge against him would be withdrawn. —Addressing the Bench on behalf of Mrs. Evans, Mr. Kensihole explained that Hop- kins had first consulted other butchers in the town with the view of trying to ,effect a sale.—The Stipendiary held that the fact that the meat was kept on the premises proved that there was an ex- posure for sale.—Mr. Kenshole held that the meat was put in the place indicated in order that Mr. Hopkins might see for himself when he arrived. Mr. Kenshole stated further that his client was a most in order that Mr. Hopkins might see for himself when he arrived. Mr. Kenshole stated further that his client was a most respectable person, and had been in business for many years.-Stipendiary: I I grant that, but it does not weigh with me. I am going by the facts of the case. -T. James, cattle dealer, said that Hop- kins asked him to purchase a cow which had broken Its leg. It was represented to him to be a good fat cow. He de- clined to take it because he did not re- quire it. He recommended Hopkins to try Mrs. Evans. A leg which had been broken for a few days must have affected the whole body.—Stipendiary: That was why you did not care to buy it?—No, but I would want to see it first. By Col. Phillips: Hopkins told him nothing about the calf.—Mrs. Evans said she car- ried on a business in Duke-street. Hop- kins came to her, and asked her if she ] would like to buy a good fat cow. Hop- kins told her that the cow had 'broken its leg. She saw the carcase, minus the leg, which had been left behind. She could see that the loin was bruised, and placed it in the shed.—Stipendiary: That is the place where you make faggots?—Yes.— Mrs. Evans said that the other portion was taken to the shop. It was not her intention to sell any of the bruised part. When the meat was seen by Inspector James it was decomposed. She kept it for Hopkins to see it. She covered it to preserve it from rats. This was her first transaction with Hopkins.—Stipen- diary Why did you not send for Hop- kins ?—Because I used to see him every day.—Col. Phillips: Why not send it back ?—Mrs. Evans That's where the case comes in. (Laughter.)—Stipendiary: Are you in the habit of buying cows with broken legs ?—No.—Do you think it was right to omit to examine the animal be- fore sending the slaughter man up?-I don't think so now.—The Stipendiary said that it was a serious case. Hopkins was morally responsible. He ought not to have sold a cow with a broken leg. Mrs. Evans bought the animal without prev- ious inspection. Some of the meat had been reduced to sausages, and there were sausages near where the bad meat was found. It was a clear case of exposure, and Mrs. Evans would be fined £10 and costs. STONING A SCHOOL TEACHER. Edwin Evans, 9, Lewis-street, Aber- aman, was charged with assaulting Levi Jones, a teacher, formerly at Blaen- gwawr Schools, Aberaman.—Col. Phillips appeared to prosecute. He explained that the Education Committee had decided to take action after having heard the Schools Superintendent's report. The boy was accompanied by his mother, and some laughter was caused by the Stipen- diary asking her if she was preparing the boy to be a student at Aberystwyth College.—Levi Jones said that on October 8th he was engaged at the Blaengwawr Schools. The boy disobeyed his orders, and he gave him a slap on each hand. The boy disobeyed further, and witness reported him to the headmaster. While on his way home in Cardiff-road witness saw the boy with a number of other boys and some women. The lad aimed a stone at his head. He threw another stone at witness, and struck him. Thereupon John Thomas, another teacher, ran after the boy. The only thing witness had done was to report the boy to the head- master for insubordination.—The mother of the boy held that he was marked all over when he arrived home from school. Stipendiary: I don't believe that, but assuming it was true, he had no right to throw stones.—John Thomas, certificated teacher, said that his attention was at- tracted by stones being thrown. He chased the boy, who, when caught, said that he was not throwing the stones at witness. The bey seemed about to desist from stone-throwing, but some women came on the scene, and goaded him on. He saw the lad strike Levi Jones twice.— The Stipendiary said it was a very bad offence, and hoped that such actions were not common in the town. Whether the person was a schoolmaster or a working man it was absolutely disgraceful that any one walking the road should be as- saile4 in that manner. Probably the boy was spoilt by his mother. He had been punished at school, and that was the only place where he had ever been punished. Taking into consideration his age he would only inflict a fine of 10s. and costs.—The Mother: The schoolmaster ought to pay that. Stipendiary: The schoolmaster only did his duty. A BRICKWORKS BRAWL. Violet Maud Williams, North View-terrace, Aberaman, was charged with assaulting Sarah Jane Evans. The row took place in the brickworks. Complainant said that defendant had called her a b- cow several times over, and struck her.- Defendant held that complainant had struck her.-Sarah Jane John and John Warner. gave evidence for complainant. The latter said that he saw Miss Wil- liams strike complainant.—Stipendiary: And then you ran away for your life? (Laughter.)—Defendant said that her op- ponent called her a. b prostitute and bit her hand.—Defendant, who was fined 40s. and costs, left the court in tears. ADMITTED PATERNITY .—Catherine Rogers, Aberdare, who was formerly in service in Glyn-Neath, summoned Ran- dolph Macalpine, Pontneathvaughan, to show cause—Mr. W. Thomas prosecuted. —Defendant was a coachman, and is now a collier. Mr. Thomas said that defend- ant had in his office- admitted the paterni- ty.—An order of 3s 6d. per week was made. NEVER STRUCK A CHILD. Mrs. Gardner, 26, Wellington-street, Roberts- town, was summoned for assaulting Sarah May Morris, a little girl.—Mr. W. Thomas defended.—The girl denied hav- ing peeped into Mrs. Gardner's house, or provoked the latter to strike her.—Mrs. Edith Walker said that the girl was struck in the face by Mrs. Gardner. The latter also called witness a sneaking bitch.—Mrs. Gardner said that she had ordered the girl away when she was pry- ing into her house. She did not strike the girl. She had been 27 years in Aber- dare, and had never struck a child.—De- fendant was bound over to keep the peace. MOTHER'S SENSATIONAL ALLEGA- TION.—Mr. W. Kenshole made an appli- cation to vary a maintenance order ob- tained by Mrs. Kedward, of Aberaman, against her husband in that court.—Mrs. Kedward appeared in court veiled and sporting an elegant hat, and wore rings on the fingers of both hands.—Mrs. Eliz. Maident, said she was the wife of Wm. Maident, labourer. Her son brought Mrs. Kedward to pay a visit to her house in Abergavenny in 1903. From then on she came frequently. In April, 1905, her son was injured and returned home to Abergavenny. Mrs. Kedward came over to see him. A letter in Mrs. Kedward's handwriting came into her house. It was the one produced in court. In pursu- ance to that letter Mrs. Kedward came and stayed with them. One night she watched her son and Mrs. Kedward through a hole in the partition. Her son was in a nude condition washing himself. Eventually she saw him having connec- tion with her on the couch. When she spoke to Mrs. Kedward she indignantly denied the offence. The son said nothing, and Mrs. Kedward was indignant with him because he did not defend her.—The case was adjourned to produce fresh evi- dence. AN UNLUCKY CONTRACT.—Thomas Jones, Ystrad, a contractor, was charged with persistent cruelty towards his wife. —Mr. W. Kenshole appeared for com- plainant, and Mr. G. T. Davies for the defence.—Margt. Jane Jones said that she married defendant in 1904. Until the beginning of this year things went on fairly well. An advt. had been issued stating that he was not responsible for his wife's debts. Things went from bad to worse. About a month ago he pushed her out of bed and she sat in the chair all night. One day recently he came home in a great rage. He accused her of taking away some money, and he struck her on the arm and bosom, knock- ed her down and then kicked her on the floor. She commenced screaming and he said that if she would not stop her noise lie would pour some boiling soup on her. -By Mr. Davies: She did not jump at him or spit at him. She was in fear of I her life through the action of her hus- band and his sons.—Dr. Finney said he examined Mrs. Jones, and found bruises on the arm, breast, shoulder, and leg. Considerable violence must have been used. The bruises might have been caused by falling, but by more than one fall.—An order of 12s. 6d. was suggested by the Stipendiary.—Mr. Davies: His net earnings do not exceed 5s. per day. He has taken some bad contracts.—Stipen- diaTy: The worst contract he made was to marry her.—Eventually an order of 12s. per week was agreed to. LILY'S FA VOURITB.-The following were penalised for neglecting the educa- tion of their children: —Arthur Howells, Cwmaman; Geo. Hollister, Evan Thomas, Evan Williams, Elizabeth Price, James Delaney, Wm. Thomas, and Benjamin Lloyd.—Mrs. Howells said that her son had been to Ilfracombe, and was better now. One mother said that she had three babies, to nurse. a Which is Lily's favourite?" asked the Stipendiary, Lily being the school absentee. DRUNK. Noah Roderick, Capooch, fined 15s. and costs. IN A MILITANT MOOD. Jeremiah Fclev, of Mountain Ash, according to P.C. Barnes, offered to fight any b- Welshman. His challenge not being in- stantly accepted, he went and struck a man in the street, and afterwards struck the constable on the jaw, and kicked him in the back.—Foley declared that half the constable's story was untrue, and the Stipendiary asked which half.—Another constable corroborated. In frogmarching the defendant both policemen had been roughly treated. Foley was fined 10s. and costs for drunkenness, and got four months for the assault.

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