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ri Cogan Tradesmen's Club.


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.