ri Cogan Tradesmen's Club. MAGISTRATES SATISFIED AS TO ITS BONA FIDES, BUT ORDER A FINE FOR ILLEGAL SALE. At Penarth Police court, on Wednesday morning (before Mr L- Wood, in the chair Mr W. L. A-Ioiris, and Mr James Howell) James Duffey and Mrs Duffey husband and wife, of 42. Pill Stret, Cog-an, known as the Cogan Branch of the Tradesmen's Club Company (Limited), Cardiff, were summoned for unlawfully selling- intoxicating drinks by retail at the premises mentioned on the 14th of July. Mr Geo David, Cardiff, appeared for both defendants and before the case was gone into, called attention to the summons. He asked the police which of the two defendants they intended to proceed against. There could not be a joint sale. The Clerk: What objection do you take ? They can give evidence. Mr David I am aware they can. The husband will take all responsibility if that is what you want. We admit a transaction in the nature of a sale. Evidence was then taken as against the two defen- dants together. Police-sergeant Lewis said In company of Police- constables Morgan and Parsons, on Sunday evening, the 14th inst., about eight o'clock, he visited the premises of the Cogan branch of the Tradesmen's Club (Limited), in Pill Street, Cogan. They weie admitted by the side door, and witness showed the warrant to male defendant, and informed him he was going to search the premises, and Duffey said." All right." The front room on the ground floor waB fitted up as a bar and behind the counter were several barrels and shelves with bottles of spirits. There were also tables apd chairs in the room, and seated at the tables and counter were fourteen men, twelve of whom said they were members, and two visitors. The names of the men found on the premises were Samuel Milton, Rich- ard Walters. Edward McCarthy, Heiiry Ifchcock, William John, George Watkins, George Howell, George Goodenough, W. Morgan, W, Davies. and A. Cullen, all of different addresses at Cogan, and the two visitors were Edward Wellington, 17, Crichton Street, Cardiff, and George Weasbrcad, 7, Clive Cres- cent. Cogan. Witness asked male defendant to show • him the register of names, minute book, ledger, cash I book, and till book, but Dufiej said they were all at the offices at Cardiff. He then told him that the I money he received by the way of takings, was handed to a Mr Podesta, but he could show him (witness) nothing on the premises belonging to a club. The police seized all the stock, and ordered tbe men present to leave except the defendants The stock included one 18-gallon cask untapped, one ditto half empty, one ditto containing slops," two ditto empty, ten dozen and five bottles of ale and portor, with fifteen empty, one bottle of ginger brandy uncorked, one bottle half fall of port wine. a bottle of brandy half full, a whit- key bottle three-paits full, and three large measures. He had subsequently been informed by Podesta that he was the managing director of the company, and produced a book containing a list of members of the club. He examined the register at the Police-station and the names and addresses of the men found on the premises at the time of the police visit. He found seven of the names and addresses as they were given to him, but the other five he could not find These 'i tV"' Davie8' Itchcock< ^hn. In wlllkmV iliam °bD' WilHam M°r-a"- YV illiam Davies, there were similar surnames in the books, but not the same Christian names nor the same nnt inT" u naT of Itohcock and Cullen were not in the bool-s at all. He also noticed that the hnes after some of the names were blank. Mr David said the explanation was that certain nienibet-s took three or four shares instead of one. He hlid tbe reRister before him, and found it was again and again the case. K hf-M-r T)aTii •»"•••«« There wi<j 6 1S W*8 a ^rni^e(^ liability company oaTXp0Sted Up in the cl"b that the cre"ScenN cfdiff^ndTomcorie T ,h 35' W-V"dh/m- gg** Hehh~aihS hv V'ff0 ?me C0mpany were investigated ,y tb, Cardiff st,pe„dial.v sk ra0Ilth he stipendiary, alter a three day's hearing, disminsed legal institution. A the mm e thp ko ™en- Wlth the exception of !nd tr se nV!T?fVf!dtbe^ were members, and and those two declared they jvere visitors. The mac- ager showed witness the form rf r v tTipm ciFn 1 °* application one of nem (\\ eaboroadj had made for membership. Defen- dant oifeted to go to Cardiff and letch the books of wait "o 'l Unc°n' R3WifneSS replied that he could not tvbp I !• not expect the visitor's book tr the'v •? h^-q"»rterS. Witness asked n i S 01is book' defendant answered "It is in Cardiff with the others-" Police-constable Charles Henry )[org,,lil, who accom- panied the last witness confirmed his statements given renTr'taTThan j", or°98-<*™i™ti°n, Mr David qaeStio,s toilet.'10'ttU,lk *ny lHr David then Fddressed the court. After pointing Corrrn -eAC been duly registered under the 2T Acts' be P°inted that the club, so fa* 5- was; concerned, had already been before ths if' S 1^e"( u'k° ca!ae to the conclusion that nnp<?ifrm"^ 10Ua i C0"Cern- Therefore, the only f j. i ^|)ether this branch at Cogan was pro- ,'y ne at Cardiff, or, rather whether it was not part and parcel of it. The Chairman You don't sav that because the club at Cardiff was found to be bona fide the branch at Cognn must. therefore, be bona fide ? Alr David Perhaps I ouzht to have said, I don't f f that because the stipendiary at oomwn tl,e clob ™ a bon* ftie fhe rTn't 'y^ Tt ^'ofalliu with his decision, but e point is that after the decision of the Cardiff stipen- ntZi Z 1S a ,nian of very great experience and a' ge.th°se_ mattsrs. you will not lightly 'Jvv !i,H decision and come to one entirely dilterent. 1 puc lt no higher than that- 'n The Chairman You are putting it very high noW c' -nearly as high as I put it just now, This is one set of circumstances, and the Cardiff stipendiary magis ™te, of whom I speak with all respect, had to deal with another set of circumstances. Mr David You will see that the two sets of circumstances are not so different as you suppose, roceadmg, Mr David said the magistrates would see oy Clause 3 of the Memorandum of Association, Sub- section 4, that the object of the company, among others, was "to open branches, construct, maintaint &e," so that the company clearly acted. VERDICT. At the close of the case the magistrates retired, and» after consultation, the Chairman said, "Mr Howel* takes no part in this decision. We are satisfied the club is a bona fide club, owned by the Tradesmen's Club Company (Limited), but we are of opinion that drink was supplied on the night in question to other persons than members cf the company and club, and impose upon, the male defendant a fine of £ 5 and costs, or fourteen days- The police withdrew the summons against tbefemald defendant.
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waarthe period at which M. Napoleo- • Parlandet made his bow to the world in the dirty, narrow street of the city. His lineage was not illus- Urious, nor were his parents of high descent. Par- landet senior had been a of that Old Guard which died but never > vied—a genuine birth of the Napoleonic era. i ustache to the back- bone, he had been pr- I,* .<! mtainebleau when his beloved Emperor bade ;t U;u.-«-n detachment farewell before he set out for Elba,. YV hen well-beloved Louis was believed to be firmly seated upon the throne, Jean Parlandet requested and obtained his discharge, and returned to Grenoble, his native place. Here he was among the first to rejoin Napoleon in his triumphant progress to Paris during the Hundred Days—fought at Ligny, at Quatre Bras, and last, at Waterloo. The final charge, that scattered the hopes of his master to the winds, very nearly also scattered poor Parlandet's brains upon the field. Bleeding and faint from bayonet stabs, unsteadily slipping in his comrades' ,blood, he was still gallantly striving to support the grandiloquent motto of his corps, when the blow of a clubbed firelock from an English guardsman stretched him senseless upon the ground. Kindly Belgian peasants, wandering at night over that awful plain, found signs of life remaining, and carried him to their adjacent farm. They were honest folks, too, these country people, for they left their helpless charge his medals, and the much-prized cross, placed by the hands of the Little Corpqral himself upon the soldier's breast. After a short sojourn with these worthy souls, Grenadier Jean went back to friends at Grenoble to get cured of his wounds. By slow degrees this desired result was gained, and about a year after the date of Waterloo Jean Parlandet once more possessed the advantage of a sound and healthy frame. He was at this period some forty years of age. Had he chosen to remain in the army, he might have done so willingly. He was a good soldier, liked by his comrades and esteemed by his officers. But the fall of his great Emperor had given him a thorough distaste for the service, and for the second time he quitted it in disgust. Then came the con- sideration upon which every man must enter when he steps out of the career in which he has been engaged for years. When Jean Parlandet first fol- lowed the drum, he had just completed his appren- ticeship as compositor in a printing-office.at Grenoble. To his old trade, therefore, he resolved to return, and as employment was easier to procure and better paid in Paris, removed to the metropolis. At that time there lived in the upper portion of the Street of Peace an English printer bearing the curious name of Pith. He had been so long estab- lished in Paris as to have become a thorough French- man in his speech, his manners, and his morals. Rumours were current among the men whom he employed of Monsieur Pith having led a wild life in his earlier years, and of a fabulous amount of fortune having slipped through his too-yielding fingers. In 1817, when ex-grenadier Jean Parlandet came to Paris in quest of employment, plenty of work was to 'be found in the office of Monsieur Pith. Jean's first proceeding was to procure a list of the different offices at which he could apply for an en- gagement, and to set forth upon the search. His exertions, however, proved fruitless. In vain he applied to place after place, produced certificates of faultless conduct and good service, exhibited his cross and medals, showed in his honest sunburnt face and manly bearing the frank and noble spirit that dwelt within him. All was of no avail. No one would give him a trial. Sadly, and without much hope, Jean bent his weary steps towards the workshop of Monsieur Pith, as a kind of forlorn hope. It went sorely against the grain with him to ask a favour of a native of the hated country which had overthrown his demi-god; but Necessity-stern and relentless task-mistress coupled with the determination to gain his bread by honest means, constrained him. By honest means, indeed, he was resolved to live, for, failing these, he had determined to die in a way by no means honour- able. Before setting out to apply to Monsieur Pith, Jeanu took from his knapsack a pistol, with hand- somely inlaid stock and barrel. He cleaned the weapon carefully, oiled the lock, dropped in a charge of powder, then two bullets, and laid it gently upon the table in his humble garret. Lie thou there, trusty friend," said honest Jean, sternly. "If I return within the hour, I shall have need of thee." Mind, I am not defending the man, nor attempting to palliate the deed he contemplated. My task is simply to relate actions, which are clues to cha- racter." He locked his door, dropped the key into his pocket, and set off to see Monsieur Pith. chap 9 "The printer was in his counting house, in the Street of Peace. Something—no matter what-had evidently happened which sorely vexed his Caxtonian mind. Whatever the cause, Monsieur Pith was in an unamiable .mood, for his little velvet skull-cap was pushed awry, and he looked angrily over his spectacles at his over- seer, standing before his desk with the attitude and expression of a man deprecating wrath. The time was evidently anything t favourable for preferring a petition. At this unlucky moment, Jean Parlandet put in an appearance—in legal phrase-at the eount- ingi-house door. It is disgraceful, Monsieur Robertin!" exclaimed the printer. Positively atrocious! My good nature is imposed upon by every man and boy about the place. "Xou all presume upon it. But I shall make a change, Monsieur Kobertin. This is no longer to be endured. I have drawn up a set of rules, which are here somewhere in my desk, and from which you will find-dii ? What are you saying ?" He had lifted up the lid of his desk as he spoke, and with his head inside was searching for the paper, so that his voice sounded muffled and dull. Thus engaged, he was unable to see the gesticulations by which Monsieur Robertin endeavoured to warn off the luckless Jean before his master's head came into view. Poor Jean, too sorrow-stricken to compre- hend the overseer's signs, came nearer and nearer to the desk, so that when Monsieur Pith at last raised his head, he gazed" into a sad and melancholy sun- burnt visage, whose gaunt lineaments, great blatk eyes, and long drooping moustache were within a few inches of his nose. Hoa who the deuce are you, and what do you want? was the involuntary exclamation of startled Monsieur Pith. Though the martial Adam within him was Strangely stirred at the uncomplimentary form of the question, Jean Parlandet brietly brought forward # his request. ° « Want employment, eh ?" demanded Monsieur Pith, tDg h18 eye rapidly over the ex-grenadier's upright and stalwart figure. "Hm! Not worked at the trade lately, Pshoaid think, eh ?" If Not of late yam, monsieur," was the reply. 14 How long ago, pray, if I n:ay ask ?" inquired the printer. chap 9 Monsieur, for twenty years I have fought the battles of France. I have followed the flag of my country and of my Emperor wherever glory and honour led the way. In Italy, in Germany, in Egypt, in Russia, and lastly, alas at Waterloo. Behold my cross, my medals," my certificates of service and of good conduct, amd my permit of discharge. If you will give me employment, I will serve you faithfully, as I have served him." Oh, yes, I dare say," returned Monsieur Pith, moving restlessly to and fro upon his stool. That's all very well, no doubt. But you see it's no use my taking a man into my service who hasn't worked at his trade for twenty years. An old soldier and a Bona- partist too! Why, I should have all my men inflamed with ideas of the revolution in a week. Verry sorry, my man, but I can't do anything for you. Try some- where else. Stay," he added as honest Jean was turn- ing gloomily away, you look hungry. Here's a trifle to help you on for the present." He held out a five-franc piece as he spoke, and offered it to Parlandet. It is hardly likely, however, that he would have done this, had he foreseen its effect. The man drew himself up proudly; a glance of intense scorn shot from beneath his bushy eye- brows his nostrils swelled with suppressed emotion. With a gesture of contempt he calmly put away the hand of Monsieur Pith, and answered from behind his clenched teeth— "Monsieur, I am not of those who whine and beg. I could accept employment, and be grateful. Keep your alms." He turned away, and left the counting-house with a rapid step. There was a quiet dignity in his manner that made a deep impression upon Monsieur Pith. Catching up his hat, and desiring M. Robertin to wait fer his return, he followed the grenadier as quickly as he was able, traced him to a house in an obscure street and went after him tip the winding stair. I Stopping near the topmost landing to recover breath- for Monsieur Pith was short-winded and pursy, and the man he followed had walked fiast-he saw Jean l Parlandet hastily enter his humble room. Resolved to pursue the adventure to the end, Monsieur Pith stole upon tiptoe to the door which had been left ajar, and beheld It curious sight. (To be continued.)