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Carmarthen Bankruptcy Court. TUESDAY.—Before tin Registrar (Mr Thomas Parkinson), THE FAILURE OF A CARMARTHEN CONTRACTOR. Mr "William Evans, builder and contractor, Richmond-terrace, Carmarthen, came up for his adjourned examination. Mr J F Morris appeared for the debtor. The om. ial He, eivn Now at the last, sitting of the C'ouit, an oreler ivai made upon the debtor to luinkli detail# oi the losa incurred on the contracts It was submitted to you, and you agreed, that it was not sufficient to put down his loss on LlwyntLrw at U120, and the first two houses ct L'wynywitrh at £2:30, and without giving some pailiculnii? to stttuiiate these accounts. Mr J F Monid th, n promised to furnish details of these accounts, showing how they were arrived at. Mr Morris now writes regretting that he is unable to do i-o. Under these circumstances I ask for an adjourn- ment sine die. Mr J F Morris Will you allow one of your clerks to try to do it with me ? The Official Receiver We are very busy in the office. The Registrar Well, Mr Monis, what have you to eay ? Mr J F Morris The Official Receiver allowed me the papers and the books to go through. I spent two dsy3 with the debtor's son and the debtor himself going through the account", and trying to ascertain from the time sheets what amount of time had been spent by his workmen on the four different contracts going on at the same time. They do not show on what particular contract the men were employed. It is absoluttlv impossible to tell the court where a tertain man was on a ccrtain day— he might be half a day hero and half a day there. There were difft-ient contracts on at the same time, and the men were taken from one to the other. Registrar He can give some details ae to the materials he used. Mr J F Morris: The principal items in the amount would be the wages of the workmen. Then with regard to materials, the materials were had from different firms, and they were sent to the different contracts. For instance, there is a large item of lijor boarding; ar.d it was sent to different houses. The debtor tells me that he had the flooring —if he sa w a cheap line in one lump- from one firm. Ther. they were scattered over the different contracts in the town. There is not the slightest desire on our part not to furnish the accounts. Registrar I think, Mr Morris, some sort of an account must be rendered. It may be incomplete, and it may be unsatisfactory, when it is done still, at the same time, I think that the debtor must show the court that he has made some effort to comply with its wishes. I am not elonbting your word but I think he must make some effort, because at present there is absolutely nothing to show how the creditors' money has been expendeel There are some unsatisfactory features in the case, tlieiefore it is all the more necessary that there should be a thorough investigation. Mr J F Morris Of course, if the accounts had been kept by an educated man, it would be all right but they were kept by a man who could not do much reading or wiiting, and had more work to do than he could attend to. Registrar Well, I will adjourn it until the next sitting of the court en the 14th of July, in order to give the debtor an opportunity of furishing some bccount; and if it is not I shalt have to comply with the Official Reieiver's request. Mr J. F. Moriis then asked if the Official Receiver would allow Mr Daniel to assist in making up the accounts The Official Receiver said that Mr Daniel was a public accountant, and would no doubt take work of the kind Horn any011? who would pay him for it. l he case was, therefore, adjourned until the next court. THE TROUBLES OF AN EXECUTOR. RE EVAN DAVIES, SQUAUE AND COMPASS, LLAISSADWRN, FAEJIER AND INNKEEPER. —- In this case the liabilities were £1,293 68 7d, and the assets £508 10s 5d. Debtor gaid he commenced farming in 1883, when his father died. lIe commenced innkeeping in 1S92. He continued :—When my father died 1 should think I bad not qui:e £2{)1) capital-about £180. My father's will was proved under ;El,iOO. Thsre were seven to have a share of that. My father had some small debts-about £100 iu all. I was sole executor. I was arrested on Saturday night under a writ of attachment from the High Court I was released on my wife undertaking to pay the costs. I had to pay one nephew under the will; and others were to have equal shares of the residue I paid all except this £100 to him. The whole matter was in the hands of Mr D Long Price. The other beneticiaries had JC240 each. It was under threat of Chancery proceedings that the other amounts were paid. No provision was made for this £100 to the boy, becauso I paid the othcra that were threatening me. I thought this other claim could wait in the meantime. Mr T. G Williams said that the debtor had maintained and educated the toy, and had a countcr claim if he were in a position to take steps to enforce it. Debtor, eontinu ng, said: I had both the farm and the public-hcuc to look after. My wife lookcel after the public-house, which is about a mile from the farm. I hd no one to manage the farm except myself. I have carefully looked after the farm. I have led a sober and industrious life since I went to the public-house. I have net iticurncl any losses through intemperate habits. I have never been in d ffieulties of this kind before. I sold a cart off the farm at Caeugwyrion about six months ago, and sold it to Mr Thomas Thomas, Tynewydd. I sold a fiily to John Lloyd, Llangadock, for ten guineas about five months ago. I sold them because people were pressing me. The two cows that were grazing there belonged to my wife. My wife win paying the rent of the Square and Compass and the adjoining land; I paid the license. The trap aLd harness has been removed to the public- house; they are smashed end only worth 15s. The mowing machine is at Caueugwyiiion I had it beck the other day. It was not there when Mr Mathias made up the inventory it is worth £ 1 0 10s. I made no profit whatever on the public- house my wife saved rm cn it before I married but times were better then. Mr T G Wdiiiams Temperance principles are spreading row (laughter). Debtor, continuing, said that he had expended £10 a year on his family more than he made out of the business. There weie his wife and himself, two children, and a servant, The proeeediegs against him commenced about three y¿ar8 ago when one of his brothers sued him for £210 und"r the will. It was not a friendly action—not very (laughter). He had been sued right and left ever since. After settling with the trother ho had enough to pay everyboely 20s in the He did not consider himself bankrupt at the end of 1891. He was only aware ot his insolvency a few days before he filed his petition. The causes of his failure were High rents heavy law cotts and agricultural depression." He admitted that he had not met the Committee of Inspection which went to his place on the 2Gth ult; he had no idea that he was wanted at the meeting. The case was adjourned until the next court —Mr T G Wiilliatns appeared for the debor, aud Mr James John for certain creditors.

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