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Colwyn Bay Petty Sessions. THE RECEIPTS AT THE VICTORIA PIER CAFE;. Mr Kneashaw (Chairman) presided at this Court on Saturday. The other Magistrates on the Bench were Mr T. G. O shorn, Mr J. W. Raynes, Mr J. Dicken, Mr J. W. Lumley, Mr W. Jones, Mr T. J. Williams, the Rev Thomas Parry, Mr W. D. Houghton, and Mr D. Gamble. THE PIER LICENSE. Mr W. A. Pryce Davis, Secretary of the Vic- toria Pier Pavilion, applied for a reduction in the amount to be contributed by the Victoria Pier and Pavilion Company to the County Compensa- tion Fund. He contended that as they only did business during three months of the year, they ought to be exempted from paying the full charge, under the schedule that provided for certain deductions in circumstances such as they were in. The sum they were paying was too heavy. The Chairman,: How heavy ? Applicant: The compensation charge now made is £ 15. The Clerk What is realised1 from the sales of intoxicating liquors during the year? Applicant: Z474 ns Sd. That means, from all excuseable goods except tobacco. Mineral waters brought in £ gy 12s 3d, and tobacco £29 15s. From other refreshments such as confec- tionery Z55 4s 1 id was. received. Of course, these were the takings during the months of June, July, August, and the beginning of Sep- tember. The Clerk explained to the Magistrates that the application was made under the schedule bearing upon public and private amusements. It cannot be brought down to less than a third of the usual charge. The Chairman: What isi the rateable value? Applicant For the restaurant, £7S. The Chairman And the total makes Z657 2s 7d. Is there anyone appearing to object to this? The Clerk I have received no notice. Mr Lumley It strikes me as rather strange that this place is rated at £75 when the whole takJings amount to £ 657. It seems to me rather extraordinary. The Applicant: We have to put up with a great deal of expense. By the time we have cleared our expenses I will guarantee, that it shows a very small margin of profit. Indeed, so small that it is hardly worth while to keep it up. There is a profit, but a very small one. It is really nothing more than a convenience for visitors. The Chairman: This being the first case of the kind that has come before the Magistrates, we should like to have time to consider one or two points. We will posltpone our decision and let you hear later. Mr Lumley: You have said that this restaur- ant is practically only doing business for three months of the year? Applicant: Yes, actual business Mr Lumley: Is that so? Is it not a fact that you have the refreshment room open all the year round? Applicant: You will notice from the figures placed before you the difference in the takings in the winter and summer months. The Chairman: We will have that before us. A LUCKY CABMAN. Arthur Hanmer, cab driver, 71, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, was summoned for travelling without a ticket, and with intent to avoid pay- ment of the fare. Mr J. Fenna, who appeared for the Railway Company, said that the defendant returned from Llandudno without a ticket on September 28th, and got out of the station at Colwyn Bay by crossing, the platform, instead of by the usual exit. The collector, failing to see him the same night, called upon him next morning, when the defendant said he no intention to avoid pay- ment. Defendant stated that at Llandudno he had had no time to book, and that not seeing anyone after crossing the line at Colwyn Bay, he intended calling at the station next morning. John Williams and John William Roberts, the collectors at the Colwyn Bay station, corrobor- ated the statement made by Mr Fenna. The defendant said he had asked a man that was seeing him off at Llandudno to get him a ticket, but his friend said there was no time. After landing at Colwyn Bay, he went straight to the lavatory; and, finding no one at the exit, decided to bring his fare in the morning. He was on 'his way to the station when he met the collectors who had given evidence in the case. The, Chairman said that Hanmer would have to pay the costs in the case. As the defendant had not been charged! with any offence before, he would be set free without a fine. CENTRAL HOTEL IMPROVEMENTS. Mr James Amphlett (of the firm of Messrs, Porter, Amphlett & Jones, Conway, Colwyn, Bay, and Llanrwst) presented plans of alterations on an extensive scale to be earned out at the Cen- tral Hotel, which had recently been purchased by Messrs Butler, of Birmingham. It was pro- posed to construct a billiard-room on the ground floor and dining and tea rooms on the second floor. The bar accommodation was not to be increased. It. was proposed to spend a very large sum of money on these alterations, as it was the wish of the owners to bring it quite up to date in every respect. He presented the plans on that occasion in order to find out whether the Bench were likely to suggest any improvements when they came up in the usual course.. It was their desire to fall in with the wishes of the magistrates in any recommenda- tion they might make, and an expression of opinion at that Court would facilitate the pro- gress of the work, inasmuch as it was the desire of the proprietors not to. disfigure one of the main thoroughfares but as little as possible in the season. The Chairman said that his! colleagues were pleased to have the plans before them, but no expression of opinion could now be given. A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION. John Thomas Newton, meter inspector, em- ployed by the Urban District Council of Colwyn Bay, applied for the exemption of his child from vaccination on the ground that he had a con- scientious objection to same. The Chairman What is your objection? Applicant: I don't believe there is any good in it. The Chairman But you have, to prove your objection. Applicant: My brother's child was vaccinated two years ago, and it has not been healthy ever since. The Chairman Have you a particular reason? Applicant: Well, I don't want my child to suffer. The Chairman: You have thoroughly made up your mind? Applicant: I have, sir, thoroughly. The Chairman Well, I am very sorry that you have. The application was granted'. AN UNWELCOME GUEST. I John Evans, 10, Ivy Street, Colwyn Bay, cab- man, was summoned by 'Mr R. W. Gee, of the Central Hotel, for refusing to quit the premises when. requested to do so. Complainant stated that as Evans was under the influence- of drink, he was asked to leave quietly, but when near the door, the defendant struck out and kicked at witness, and had to be forcibly ejected. A fine of ios. and costs was imposed. The defendant, in leaving the box, was, cau- tioned by the police for using bad language. William Riley, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, labourer, was fined 2s. 6d. and cost's for drunk- enness, in Station Road, on the 14th ultimo. EGLWYSBACH BLACK-LISTER. John Wynne, butcher, an Eglwysbach black- lister, was fined £ 1 and costs for drunkenness, while in charge of his horse and cart in the dis- trict of Colwyn Bay. For drunkenness on licensed premises, Ellis Roberts, Sea View, Llysfaen, was ordered to pay ios. and costs. Francis Condron, 15, Park Road, Colwyn Bay, was summoned; for allowing his' donkeys to go astray. A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed. Jabez Jones, Lawson Road, Colwyn Bay, was charged with a similar offence. The Chairman: What are you? Defendant: A bath-chair, sir. (Laughter.) After the laughter had subsided, he explained that he wheeled one of those conveyances. Five shillings and costs. William Foulkes, Ty IMawr, Llaw'r Pentref, Old Colwyn, and William Jones, Victor Road, Colwyn Bay, were charged with drunkenness on licensed premisie,s-the Ship Hotel, Old Col- wyn. Jones was fined ios. and costs, and Foulkes 5s. and costs. William Salisbury, of 41, Park Road, was fin- ed ios. and costs for drunkenness.

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