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The Question of the Hour-

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Carmarthen Board of Guardians.

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Carmarthen Borough Police Court. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (Mr H. Brunei White, the Grange); Mr Henry Howell, the Studio and Mr John Lewis, Johnstown. OVERSEERS. The following were appointed overseers of the poor :Mr Daniel Lewis, grocer, King- street Mr David Griffiths, draper, Compton House Mr J. T. Lewis, draper, City House and Mr James Davies, ironmonger, Towy Works. A LUNACY ORDER. Mr Howland Browne, clerk to the Carmar- then Guardians, applied to the justices for an order authorising him to deal whh certain property belonging to Morgan Morgan, late of Glogadu, Llanpumpsaint, now a patient in the Joint Counties Asylum The property in question consisted of a bank deposit note for £ 20, and a gold 10s piece.. The Bench made the order asked for. HIGH LIFE IN SHAW'S-LANE. "TOM THE TINMAN" AND HIS ILPPY HOME. Ellen Jones, wife of Thomas Jones (" Tom the Tinman !), Shaw's-lane appeared for a separation order against her husband. On the Mayor informing defendant of the charge of cruelty he said, I deny it blank, sir, that I ever touched her. If she has witnesses to prove it, I will give in." Complainant said she had been married to the defendant nine years ago since the 22nd of February. On the 17th January he came into the house, and began calling her all sorts of names. He then began to beat her, and she ran out. She ran up to Guildhall-square for P.C. Phillips this officer came down, and during the time he was on the scene there would appear to have been a cessation of hostilities. However, on the departure of the representative of law and order, defen- dant began to cut tobacco with a pair of scissors, and threatened to cut her eyes out with the same implement. She had been in the workhouse for five weeks. She would not have brought on the case at all if defendant had let her alone as it was, lie was calling after her in the streets. Defendant: Whatever she is, I have only called after her once. I have never beat her, I can swear before my God here in the box. Complainant said that on another occasion he had threatened her until two o'clock in the morning, that lie would cut off her head with a knife. On another occasion he had locked her up in the house and nailed the door. He made quite a practice of turning her out in the middle of the night. He had not done seven months work during the last four years. She had before then to run out in the middle of the night with her head bleeding. The reason she went to the work- house was that because when she went to lodge anywhere, the defendant always came and thrashed the people of the house. Defendant said that his wife came into the house late at night; and then kicked up a row so as to have an excuse for running out. The whole cause of the row was that she had been drinking with a strange man until six o'clock in the morning whilst he--her lord and master—had his solitary quarters in Her Majesty's gaol. She had also harboured two women of ill-fame on the same occasion. The Complainant carried the war into the enemy's camp by asserting that her husband had brought "Ann Duff" into the house. The latter lady would appear to have been possessed of a most ferocious appetite, for she had (as Mrs Jones averred) "eaten up all my food, so that I had not a bit (laughter). Defendant: It was you who brought her to the house first of all. Some wrangling took place between the parties as to whether the complainant had travelled on the 17th January from Carmar- then Junction to Swansea in a compartment with nobody but henself and a strange man. The Mayor said it did not matter even if such were the case. Defendant said it did not look very well at any rate. the defendant then went into the history of the two visits which his wife had made to Swansea to her brother. He alleged that she had only gone as far as Llanelly 011 one occasion and he also stated that since she came back on the 15th February, she had been living in common-lodging houses and not alone. Complainant No; I was not. I was with Baby Davies." Defendant Did you see your brother in Swansea ?_ Complainant I did. Defendant Well; he did not say so. P.C. Phillips spoke to accompanying Mrs Jones to the house on the 17th January. Both the husband and the wife were sober at the time. Defendant said he could not make any- thing out of the case at all. He would leave it to the town-or to the world-as to whether he had been treating his wife as she alleged. His wife had told the town many times that she did not want to hvo with him—that she wanted him to go away from her. If ever he got a job, she was enticing him to run away; or to quarrel I? with his employer. Nobody in the town could see a mark on her which had been made by him. Oil the night in question he had Is 3d which lie had earned with Griffiths, the tinman he offered her a Is but she tuld him to keep his —— shilling. He then sent the little boy for 3d worth of coal and 4d worth of meat. The little bov made the best shift he could with these whilst his mother was away at Lianelly. On another occasion, he alleged that she had locked a strange man in an outhouse until she had her house cleared of some other company which was there. Con- cluding, defendant said That hinnocent woman that is complaining about the towii lie. intended The Mayor asked defendant if he intended to prove any of these allegations. Defendant said that Stephen Davids would prove them.-No amount of calling on the part of the loud-voiced policemen could induce Stephen Davits to come forward. In fact there was nothing to show that any such indivi(lual existed in the flesh. Defendant: Cm I call "Ann Duff 1 ^^The Mayor: That would not affect the question. I am afraid you are making M<;qprtions you canuot prove. The Clerk (to complainant): What wages does he receive T Defendant: Indeed, I don t know. I never had a whole week s wages. The Mayor Is anything known about the woman ? Supt. Smith: Nothing whatever, sir. The Mayor: Anything known about J°Supt. Smith Yes he has been hero 36 times before. The Mayor, looking through the record, said that the convictions dated from 1875 to 1895. Defendant: A good many of them was through her, sir.—Defendant then stated that his wife some four years ago had tramped from Kidwelly to Llanelly and thence to Llandilo in company with a man, and a woman ot bad character. The latter was a (i proiessional.11 In Llandilo she told several Carmarthen people not to say that they had seen her. She had even told "Tommy Mammy" (laughter). On another occasion she went on tramp via Lampeter to Aberystwith. While in the latter "Queen of watering places," she acted as deputy in a lodging-house. She then came home, and told him she had been in service with the priest. She had money enough somehow but never any to spend on her child. David Davies, who is stationed at Car- marthen Junction, was called as a wituess, but he merely spoke to seeing complainant going away and come back by train. Tho Mayor: What relation are you to Jones ? Witness I am married to his step-sister. Defendant again made another harangue, in the course of which he said that his wife did not want, to stay with him. She had other things in view. His wages were 18s a week but he only worked half-time. The Mayor said that the Bench had decided to make a separation order. The mother would have custody of the child. Defendant He will never stay with her, sir. The Mayor said that the defendant would be ordered to pay 5s a week to his wife—and Ss for the costs of the present ease. Defen- dant had made several allegations which he had not proved if, however, he came forward again in a position to prove such statements, the Hellch would consider the propriety of rescinding the order. -+-

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