♦ Forth. THURSDAY.—Before Dr Ivor A. Lewis and Mr Thomas Jones. Mary Jane Owen, a married woman of Fern- dale, was summoned by Jane Matthews, Fern- dale, for assault. There was a cross-summons. Both cases were dismissed on payment of costs. WilTiam Matthews was summoned by Owen for threats, oifd was ordered to pay the costs. Esther Supple, a married woman living at Williamstown, was summoned for assaulting Jane Martin, Penrhiwfer, on the 20th Septem- ber.Prom the evidence of the complainant it appeared that the defendant spat in witness' face and inflicted several blows in the Glamor- gan Hotel. Defendant was fined 10s and costs. John H. Wayward, collier, Williamstown,was summoned by Jnlia Ann Moyle, Trealaw, for bastardy arrears. Complainant said the defen- dant now owed R5 2s. Defendant said he could not pay now, as he had been on sttfke, and had since met with an accident, which prevented him from working. He promised to pay 10s now, and 5s per week when he restarted work. The case was adjourned for two months. Cafherine Roes, 14 years of age, Penygmig, was summoned for stealing coal from the Ely Pit, Penygraig, on the ltlhl inst. P.S. Mark- ham proved the case. The Bench remarked that they felt strongly upon the subject of parents sending their children to steal coal,and thought it was useless fining the children. The parents were the ones who should suffer. A line of 2s 6d was imposed. <
♦ Llantrisant. FRIDAY.-Before Mr Godfrey L. Clark, Mr Samuel Evans, and Mr Evan John. William Osborne, Llantrisant, was summoned for not sending his child regularly to school, and was fined 2s 66. John Williams, Pentyrch, was fined 2s 6d for a similar offence, while The cases of Thomas Hayes an Oliver Richards, Pentyrch, were ad- journed to see how the children would attend. James Fisher, Pentyrch, was fined 2s 6d for 'being drunk and disorderly on the 8th October. Gwenllian Parry, Llantrisant, was summoned for the nonpayment of poor rates amounting to £ 5 5s 4d. The money was now paid.
-♦ Ystrad.—Monday. Before Messrs T. P. Jenkins, in the chair; D. W. Davies, J. D. Williams, E. H. Davies, llhys Griffiths, and Richard Lewis.
The Troubles of Married Life. Catherine Martha Phillips, Tynewydd, Tre- herbert, summoned her husband, Thomas Phil- lips, for assault. Mr James Phillips, Ponty- pridd, appeared for complainant. The parties -were about 20 years of age, and were married in April last. On Friday he was the worse for clririk and quarrelled about his food. He seized the wife by the throat, knocked her down, and blackened her eye. Having a knife in his hand he remarked he "had a mind to stab her even if he would be hanged for it." He had told her he would like to have a separation, as he would only have to pay 2s 6d to her. Defendant ob- served that generally the house was without fire, and he had to cook his own food and dry his working clothes. Defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six months, and ordered to pay -the costs. Margaret Cale, 17 years old, summoned her husband, Thomas Cale, about 18 years of age, living at Fernhill, Treherbert, for non-mainten- ance. Mr J. phiflips, Pontypridd, defended. The parties had been married only a few months. She had had a child by him. They had had several squabbles, and on a recent occasion she had thrown the crockery out of the house and threatened to strike him with a tea- pot. Three weeks ago she had summoned him for assault, the ease being then dismissed. In reply to the Bench he said he had furnished apartments Teady for his wife, but she would not. come tc live withhim. The case was dis- missed.
Prosecution of .a hondda Club. John Hill, secretary, and Thos. Ash, ste- ward, of the Reform Workmen's Club, Tony- pandy, were summoned for selling beer with- out a licence. Mr James Phillips, Pontypridd, represented the prosecution, and Mr Sankey, barrister-at-law (instructed by Mr Bryant,Pont- ypridd), appeared for Ash. Mr Phillips re- marked that since the summonses had been served the defendant Hill had absconded. The club had been prosecuted and a very heavy fine imposed some years ago. The matter was taken to the Quarter Sessions and to a higher court, which upheld the decision of the Ystrad magis- trates. The club had been resuscitated and carried on since March last under another name. A copy of the rules was submitted showing that the club had been established for social inter- course, mental and moral improvement, and rational recreation. Mr PhItlips said the elec- tion of officers had been illegally and irregularly done, anS that no proper notice had been given fcy the committee of the meetings. Hili was appointed secretary at a salary of £2 per .week and Ash steward at 30s per week by an illegally- constituted committee. The club received an averoge of ten barrels of beer per week. The profits of the club had not been distributed amo": the shareholders, but somebody had had the money. Inspector Hoyle and Sergt. Thomas and nine police constables made a raid on the club cn the evening of Snday, October 9th, and found 70 persons on the premises, including the two defendants. The literature in the club consisted of "Comic Outs," "Chips," "Answers," nd Magazine," "Mirror of Life," and a copy or two of the total newspapers. One of the men on the premises gave his name as God- frey Clake, lmt upon inquiry at the address given.-Bush Terrace, Clyaach Vale-the police found we right name was Godfrey Jones, a voun,T n*m who had since left the district for Ab^rc.irn. There was no items in the account book:; showing whether the furniture had been bonerht by t ehcluh, an dnotihng as to the trans- fer of The premises. The bar takings showed they had received £ 32? since the club opened for business on April 16th. Hill and Ash had receive! out of that amount JE74 10s. Beer was supplied by Messrs Fuller, Smith, and Co., Bristol, al £ 1 16s per barrel, the discount being 15 per cent. The estimated amount at which it was retailed was £3 12s, and allowing for waste 4s per cask the value per cask in the cellar vu £ 3 8s. The figures in the books from April 16th to October 8th, showed there should have been a profit of £ 200 196 lOd, the takings over the counter amounting to nearly £400. There were 313 members belonging to the club, each of them having paid Is, the subscriptions amounting to L15 13s. The discount amounted to L34 9s. Consequently, there should have been a clear profit altogether of JE251. All they had as balance in the bank was L5, and they owed a sum of E15 to Messrs Fuller and Smith just before the raid was made. It was evident there was a leakage according to their own the accounts of £ 71 lla 7 bd. Inspector Hoyle and Sergeant Thomas, Tonypandy, gave evidence. Mr Sankey asked the Bench to oonfine them- selves to the first four weeks following the open- ing of the club, in order that they might see hew well the books had been kept and the club conducted. Account books and documents were hended up to their worships, and Mr T. P. Jenkins observed that he must say that they ap- peared to have been very well kept and showed a marked Improvement upon the set of books that had been examined by them on the occa- sion of the previous prosecution of the club. Mr Sankey called attention to the fact that Hill had tendered his resignation before the raid was made, and that his notice would expire on the 22nd inst. The club would stand or fall by the accuracy of the books. Their worships should not too closely scrutinise the books because they could not expect perfection from the officials of a workmen's club. What they should do was to find out whether it was the intention of the members to carry on a bona fide club and strictly observe the law. Every item that ap- peared in the books had been taken from entries made at the time. Their worships were men of the world. There had been no concealment at all, and he defied anybody to pick a hole :n the accounts, and they would find there had been no leakage at all. The Bench announced they would give their decision in a fortnight, but they would not express an opinion whether t'io club should be closed in the meantime.
— ♦ Caerphilly -Tuesday. Before Dr Franklen Evans, Mr William Rees, and Dr Maurice G. Evans. Lewis Jenkins, collier, Gelligaer, was sum- moned for being drunk and disorderly at Gelli- gaer on the 10th inst. The case was proved by P.C. Tucker, and defendant, who did not ap- pear, was fined 10s. John Emmual Davies, and Evan Meredith, colliers, Bedlinog, were charged with being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Nelson on the 9th inst. According to the evidence of P.S. Williams, both defendants were challeng- ing each other to fight on the Sunday in ques- tion. The names and addresses given by the defendants were wrong. Davies and Meredith denied being drunk or disorderly, the former stating that he was only talking about "foot- ball." A Mrs Margaret Davies, Bedlinog, said she saw the two defendants at Bedlinog about an hour and a half after the time they were seen by the officer. At that time they were quite sober. Defendants were fined 10s each, with the alternative of seven days' imprison- ment. Maggie Rooms, a married woman of Hengoed, was summoned for using threats towards Mrs Amelip Gilfoyle, Gelligaer, on the 8th inst. The evidence of the complainant was to the effect that the defendant had threatened to do for her when the six moults were up (both women's husbands being bound over). Defen- dant denied this, and said the complainant's husband was continually using bad language towards her. The case was dismissed.
> Pontypridd-Wednesday. Before Dr R. C. Hunter, Alderman Richard Lewis, Mr P. Gowan, Alderman W. H. Mathias, and Mr Edward Edwards. David Phillips, labourer, Cilfynydd, was sum- moned for being drunk and disorderly on the 18th inst. P.C. Walkley saw the defendant in a very drunken condition and very riotous. He was requested to go home, and was taken to a brake by a bystander, but shortly afterwards witness again saw him in the Arcade in the same noisy and drunken state. Nine convictions had been registered against the defendant, who was now sent to prison for seven days. William James Adams. labourer, Pontypridd, was fined 5s for driving without lights. For a similar offence, Edward ~X<lpyd Jones., brakedriver, Pontypridd, was fined 10s. Mary Ann Pember, a single woman of Pwll- gwaun, was summoned for assaulting Mrs Charles, Pwllgwaun. Evidence was given by several witnesses, and defendant was fined 30s, including costs. William Thomas, lampman, Hafod, was fined 2s 6d for allowing his chimney to be on fire on the 23rd September. Alfred Wheeler, and Evan Howells, collier boys, Safod, were summoned for letting off fireworks in the street. Wheeler was fined 2s 6d, and Howells, who did not. appear, was fined 5s. Richard Howells, milk-vendor, Coedpenmaen, was charged with being drunk while in charge of a horse and trap on the 10th inst. P. C- Walkley stated that he saw the defendant driv- ing a. horse and trap very recklessly through Taff street, Pontypridd. He called on him to stop, but defendant took no notice, but drove on. He was falling about in the trap, and had to be held up by his wife. Near the Llanover Arms witness overtook him, and found that the defendanVs wife'had got out of the trap to get him more drink. Witness asked him why he had not stopped, but defendant jumped out and seized him by the shoulders, and used abu- sive language towards lii-m. He was compelled to get the assistance of some bystanders to put. the defendant into the trap. Ae Howells did not appear, a warrant was issued, A further summons had been issued against tiae defendant by William D. Israel, Norton Bridge, for as- sault on the 10th October, and this case was adjourned until Friday. Charles Morris, cafe-driver, Pontypridd, was summoned for driving without lights on the 10th inst. P.C. Dalby said he saw the defen. dant at Coedpenmaen driving a hansom which had only one light. Witness asked him to stop, but he was requested to go to a place where lights are ltnnecessary. When the de- fendant returned from Cilfynydd, witness asked him why he did not stop, and told him he would be summoned. Morris replied that it was al- right; he was driving an official, who would put it straight. Defendant now said he was sorry. He had had a little whisky, which he had not taken for a long time. The lamp had jerked out. ne was fined 5s. Lawrence Peters, William Lewis. Benjamin Davies, William Addie, David Williams, and Edward Lewis, boys, Hafod, were seen by P.C. i Gv.ilym To be playing in the streets near the Baptist Chapel, Hafod, during divine service, and making a great noise on Sunday, the 9th inst. The Bench remarked their disapproval of th3 lads' conduct by inflicting a fine of a shil- ling each. Margaret Sealear, Treforest, was summoned by Elizabeth Pridle, Richards Court, Treforest, for assault. The complainant stated that Mrs Sealear came into her house and struck her on the-, face and on the chest and arm. They had a quarrel about their children. Mrs Sealear denied the assault, and stated that the com- plainant had assaulted her little boy. Evidence was called on both sides, and the defendant was ordered to pay the costs of the case.
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WATER. To the nriror. Mr Hedeeter,—Wen Bil saw that thare pees in the paper about the gatherin at Porth, he was taken enthoosiastik, an he says enthoosiasm should always end in the formashon of a class or sosietee; so Bil says we must hav a class so that we coold take up matters wich the local guvemin bo3is were unable to deel with. He sed he was willin to be the first chareman, an tharfor woold take the chare without givin us the troubil to vote. This he pointed out was the praktis with Parsuns an Preechers, an he woold adopt that corse without diskushon. Be- fcur we had time to say Jack Robinsun Bil gets on his fete to give us what he termed his in- awgral addres, an orderd me to take notes and sendthem to the "Free Press." He starts: "Frends of the Common Wheel, I think it mi duty as the boss of this meetin to call your attenshon to a publik matter. No doubt, you have seen wimen and kids goin yere and thare with jugs, bukets, jars, and other wateroldars; a site which has made mi i's sore, for it seems so much like 50 yeers ago, an in this age of goin on it should not be aloud. I fefer to the water which corns throo the tap and which peeple that are not on the Counsil noes itn't fit to drink. I Let me tel you that the Counsil is sup- pozed to look after the helth of the peeple. So the Pontypridd Counsil not noing that the water wasnt fit to drink themselvs desided to send to the hanalist to see If thare was anything the matter with it, so as to have some eggskuse for bein indiferent. You have seen the repli. I out to tel you that a Counsil cannot do any- thing with a cumpany supplin water to the peeple as long as it doesnt kill peeple rite off. In the kase of a well which affekts about a duzen peeple, the Counsil wil interfear at once, an threten to prosekut-e anyone for drinkin that water, but in the kase of a cumpany which sup- lies thousands it isnt of so much importanse. Ia the supli of water the cheef thing is good filters. A filter (says Bil) is something much afike our skreens at the pit which is not sup- pozed to alow anything larjer than a spud to pas throo. This is a shure preventiv against animals larjer than frogs gettin into the pipe and causin the cumpany to go to the expense of openin up. These filters are generally suplied by firms whose shares are open to anybody, n;.i it is an advantage to be a dierekter of both conserns if you can.. To move on I may tell that the medikal offiser of the Bord has a lot to do with lookin after the water, and Davies an Jones says that the water isnt fit to drink cause it gives diearea an other pains. But when Davies tells is Bord they send to the hanalist an finds out its only vejetashon, which I says is not rite, cause we aint vegetarians all of us, and we should have the water the same as we have the whiskee, undilooted. Then Jones gose and tells his Bord that the water is bad, but one of tTTe members tells it tasts alrite. It seems then that we have to drink this water with our i's shut, and then we one noe the diff- erense, or if we can afford it get our drinks in anuther form regardles of what teetotalers may say. Now I wish to point out that these doc- tors are paid for reportin anything that is against the heith of the peeple, but it appears now that they are not to be lisened to if it affekts a large corporashon. It is theyare duty to see that the peepil do not go to wells and spcuts to get theyar water and give them die- rekshons to bl off the waterworks cumpany, I whose rules are payment in advanse for what you must pay wetfier you like it or not. Now I don't intend to make a long speech today altho the subjekt is not a dry one, an I like to dwel on it, but I wanted to kall your atenshon to the rediaesa with which the Rhondda. Coun- sil takes up the matter when a crisis okkurs. I dont thinK it rite to expekt a Bord to have a copy or an Akt which doesnt affect less than 7 or 8 thouzand of the peepil; it would be capi- tal lyeing idel and it would indekate foursite. As long as they watch th small spouts and wells I think the peepil ort to look after the rezervoirs themselvs and not grumbil about their representativs. As longs as Water supliin cumpanys pay good divedends and supli plenty of water that tastes alrite, why should we trouble medikal offiisers and banalists about theyare opinions; I say it is chukin our monee away. The ratepayers should be consulted in future before monee should be borroed to bi 2 copees of an Act of Parliament when no doubt they could nave borroed one. As this questiun will not be seereonsly delt with until after Xmas I must draw to a cloz and ope you have lurnt sumthin aoout what your representativs should be." Bil then sat down amidst mr chears. A rezolooshon was passed that Bil should inquire how many members of the Bords had shares in the water consern.-YOU- freelee, BIL'S MATE.
Pontypridd Amateur Dramatic Society A meeting of the Pontypridd Amateur Dra- matic Society was held on Monday evening at the Town Hall Chambers. There was a large attendance, most of the old members being pre- sent. Mr Ivor Davies was elected chairman, and kindly consented to occupy the position of stage manager for the coming season. The society decided to produce early in January the well known dramfe., "The Lady of Lyons," to be followed by a laughable force. The secretarial duties are in the capable hands of Mr Edward Morgan, Graigwen, Pontypridd, and the treasurer, Mr Charles V. Olive (London and Provincial Bank, Pontypridd), was re-elected. A further meeting will be held on Monday evening, 24th inst., at the same place at 8 p.m., when the caste will be selected.
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Ynysybwl. In consequence of the departure of Mr John Wiiliams to Neath, a change in the check- weighing department of the Lady Windsor Col- liery was rendered necessary, and upon the re- sclution of a meeting of colliers, Mr J. T. Wil- liams was promoted to the tram machme. This move causing a. vacancy in the "Billy" machine i was decided that all candidates for the posi- tion should inform the Works Committee. It was then seen that there were eight aspirants for the post, the following names having been submitted:—Messrs Henry James, E. Lewis, Ellis Lewis, John Rowlands, William Shep- pard, David Williams, Silas Williams, and Wil- liam Williams. A vote by ballot was taken on October 12th, when H. James secured 125 votes; W. Williams, 71; E. Lewis, 57; S. Williams, 34; D. Williams, 28; W. Sheppard, 25; Ellis Lewis, 13; and John Rowlands, 12. A second "ballot" was then arranged for between those who occupied the 1st and 2nd positions on the poll. By this time the excitement had risen to fever heat, and party feeling ran high, each candidate's supporters being apparently equally confident of victory. Monday last was the appointed "day of reckoning," and it was eager- ly looked forward to. While the votes were being reckoned at the Robert Town Hotel (which is the head-quarters of the committee), a crowd assembled in the vicinity of the hotel waiting to hear the result of the voting, which proved to be as follows:—Henry James, 192; William Williams, 157; majority, 35.
Abercynoq. The darlc and dangerous rood leading from the Navigation Hotel to the New Inn has at last been lighted by oil lamps. It is a pity this was not extended the length of the road, as it would be a great boon to those who attend St. Cynon Church. The inhabitants are, however, thankful for this small mercy. The entertainment to be given by the Variety Entertainers is for The widow of the late Mr John Williams, Greenfield Terrace; and in De- cember, the local Minstrel Troupe will give a concert in support of Tom Jones, North street. We insert this to rectify a mistake which inad- vertently occurred, and which was reported in the issue of the previous week. A debating class has newly been formed here, and the meetings are held in the Reading Room. This is a splendid opportunity to improve and elevate the mind, which the interchange of knowledge is bound to effect. The next meeting night is on Tuesday next. The Welsh Baptists held their annual big meetings on Sunday and Monday, when the preachers were the Rev J. R. Jones, Ponty- pridd; Hughes, Mountain Ash-, Saunders, New Tredegar; and Howells, of Saesteg. The evening readings are about to be reinitia- ted. On the last day of this month the Welsh Independents hold their'inTTial meeting, when 8.1 interesting hour or two could be profitably spent. At the English Congregational Chapel, a social tea took place on Thursday evening last, tin purpose of which was to extend a very hearty welcome home to the pastor, Rev Morr gall Jenkins, and his wife, on their return from their honeymoon. There was a large attend- ance of the members and friends. The tables having been cleared Mr E. H. Battram occupied the chair, and addresses were delivered by Mr Tame, Rev T. Anthony, and Mr Glyndwr Rich- ards, Mountain Ash; Rev J. Fred Williams, and Dr Griffiths, Suitable solos were also rendered by Messrs D. Evans and Mr P. J. Evans, Miss Hiscock presiding at the organ. During the meeting Mr Hiscock, station-master, on behalf of the church, presented the happy pair with a beautiful writing desk, and marble clock, Mi Jenkins replying on behalf of himself and wife in suitable terms. A most enjoyable evening was spent. Came Town district, in spite of the heavy downpour of rain, presented a very lively ap- pearance on Monday mornfag, the occasion being the marriage of Miss Battram, the eldest daughter of our esteemed townsman, Mr E. H. Battram, of Parknewydd Farm, to Mr T. Jones, grocer, etc., Park street. The ceremony was performed by Rev M, Jenkins at the Congre- gational Chapel, Pontypridd. Breakfast waa partaken of at Parknewydd. There was a large number of guests, and the wedding presents were numerous and costly. The happy pair left amidst great rejoicings for Bath, where the honeymoon is to be spent.
Treharris. The seventh annual general meeting of the shareholders of the Public Hall Company was held on Monday, Mr J. P. Gibbon in the chair in the unavoidable absence of Mr Jacob Ray. There was a fair attendance. The secretary, Mr W. H. Woodyatt, presented the balance sheet and statement of accounts, which were adopted as read, and a dividend of 5 per cent, declared payable -on Friday, the 14th instant. Alderman D. Prosser and Mr Rees Jones, senior were re-elected, and Mr George Morse elected as directors. Mr D. Roberts, of Messrs Roberts and Son, Cardiff, was re-elected auditor. On Friday evening, about 10 o'clock, much consternation was caused by the cries an- nouncing that a little girl, aged 8 years, named Alice Evans, of Evan street, had not returned heme from school. A search was made, when the little thing was found in an outbuilding of the school fast asleep. She had gone partly home from school, and returned fearing cor- rection from her parents for some misconduct previously committed. Early (,n Fridry evening a fire broke out at l7, Edward street, the residence of Mr Evar Davies, through his little boy accidentally set- ting fire to the window blind of the frcnt roont, with a lighted candle. Very little damage was dene, the inmates being assisted by some neighbours in extingmshing the names. Harvest thanksgiving services were held at St. Mathiae Church on Sunday week. In the rrorning, tin Rev R David officiated. In the evening the Music Magnificat and Nunc Dimi- tis was specially composed by Mr Fred Evans, tiic: organist for the occasion. The Rev Jesse JcrJes. Gelligaer, officiated. On Monday, a communion service was held at 9 a.m.. and in thi evening at 7.30 the Rev Mr Reynolds, of St. James's, Cardiff, preached. The church was tastefully decorated for the occasion. The local I O.G.T. lodge has just secured the prize banner given by the North Glamorgan District for the greatest increase of member- shir during the last quarter. The Cefn Glas Colliery, Quakers' Yard, has been temporarily closed -since Thursday fort- night. The horses have been raised and the surface fires extinguished. This course, we understand, has been adopted for the purpose of repairing the boilers. Harvest thanksgiving services were held at Berthllwyd Welsh Baptist during the whole of t last. week. About. 700 Deep Navigation (Ocean) workmen joined the new Southi Wales Miners Associatiot on ikturday week, and paid their subscriptions- A meeting of Deep Navigation (Ocean) work- men was held on Saturday evening, Mr Wi-. ham Jones, checkweigher, in the chair, wkn Lhe question of Mabon's Day was considerec, and after some discussion It was decided tc work on that day pending the decision of a con- ference shortly to be heltr touching upon the matter. It was reported that 960 workmen had joined the new miner's organisation, anc paid their subscriptions. The meeting decided to use their influence with the remainder of tht workmen to do likewise on Saturday. The re- port of Mr T. Andrews in English and Mr Lewig Morris in Welsh as delegates to the rooen Trade Union Conference, was considered. A third arrest in connection with the recen*. burglary at Edwards and Sons, jewellers, etc., Perrot street, was effected on Monday night by the Rhondda police. The accused wa. brought before the Merthyr Bench on Thursday This makes four persona m custody. Mr Ben Jones, collier, of Railway Ten-aoe, broke an arm in the football field on Saturday ill a. serum for the ball, while playing half bact at Gilfach Bargoed. Fortunately, a local doctor was on the field, who promptly set tht bone. The members of Bethel English Baptiev owing to the great increase in their numbers. and the increased attendance of the paolic are considering the desirability of erecting r. new place of worship on the site of the preseSt building. The church has unanimously decidec that such a course is necessary. A public meeting was held in the benkroott. on Tuesday evening to receive the statement o: accounts and balance sheet anent the recent soup kitchen. Mr Lewis Morris presided. There was a fair attendance Mr W. R. Thomas, the secretary, said that he with them rejoiced that the last chapter of the recent great strike were these accounts. He said that the soup kitchen had been open 22 weeks, and during that tiny; they had received in money and goods £ 40V 18s 3d, all of which had been spent except ;Cl" which the treasurer had in hand. The commit- tee by the aid of these funds had been eneblw- to give out a grand total of 81,858 meals,on an average costing about one penny per meal.Grea. satisfaction was expressed at the statement cl". accounts, which were unanimously adopted, also were hearty votes of thanks to all whe assisted in making the kitchen a success.
Pentyrok. The Saturday evening entertainments at th- various chapels in Pentyrch are in full swin: just now, and promise to entertain, instruct and enliven us during the winter evenings. At Gwaelodygarth the children of the BetMi hem Congregational Chapel are busily prepar ing for their performance of the pretty oper etta "Snowwhite," which will take place, usual, at Christmas time. The last concert wa. a huge success, and those who are in the knov. predict a. still greater success to the next. W hope they will not be disappointed. The new Board School at Gwaelodygarth i nearing completion, and reflects considered), credit upon the architect and builder. It ha. long been called for. The parishioners wL now have the pleasure of paying for it. On Wednesday evening, a parish meet- ing was held at the Pentyrch Village Schoolroom. The chief object of the meetu- was to secure an expression of opinion from th parishioners as to whether or not they ap- proved of a proposed outlay by the Pan,. Council of about JS30 in erecting gates on th path leading from Pentyrch Village to Creigia. Station, but other matters of considerable irr; pcrtance were discussed. With regard to th outlay referred to, it was agreed, after sort,, discussion, to approve the same. The groun landlord, it appears, has contributed JS10 tc wards the cost of erecting the gates, but aCCQrc ing to some of the speakers it would be on: just and proper were he to bear the whole cos and one speaker was especially severe, descril ing the landowner as "an absentee landlord the worst type." After this the question of the water supp < of Pentyrch cropped up. It was reported tlw a. committee were to visit the water works t the following day, so that there is hope of tl:, pressing matter having attention at last. 16-, Thomas Williams favoured the meeting wit: his views of the water question, preceding L c; remarks with the quite unnecessary stateme that he knew more about the waterworks tbb any other man in Pentyrch. We should like give an outline of his theory, but it will be be te" now, perhaps, to leave the question xn we are in receipt of the District Council's Cor mittee's report. The same speaker made son sensational allegations with reference to th Pentyrch Churchyard. This Churchyard, 1, assured the meeting, was in a disgraceful c.. dition, and it was full time that a new bur ground was provided. He knew of a case which a body lay within "seven inches" of tb surface; and he could point out several where bodies were within 14 inches of the face. Then again, in Pentyrch Village, thfr- was a stream on the roadside which had bt-- "pounded," and in which scores of ducks cod1, be seen daily. He looked upon this as a stai,. ing nuisance. Who was responsible for the c tinuance of these nuisances? tne speaker manded. What were our District Cotr cillors doing ? Had they eyes wherewith to g'- and if so, why could they not see these thiri- as well as he? In his judgment they (the D trict Councillors) were "A pair of dolls." it was true that one of them (Mr Evan Watiir had spoken at the last District Council meeti: but up to that 'time he Ead been "muzzled" • that he true, thought some, what a pity 'tis tl wo cannot be represented by someone who all occasions could feel free to take an acti and, if need be, an aggressive, part in the Cor cil mting-s, and would not feel it ncoessa\ at times to remain "muzzled." Then as to tl Vicar (the other Councillor) he, thought A, Williams, was all right in his place, but th place was evidently not the District Ceur<" Mr Williams' spirited speech created a gc 1 deal of cxcitemer.t. We may or may not agr- with all his remarks, but if the state of tl < Churchyard is as he alleges, it behoves those authority to remedy this grave menace to th public health. It is a notorious fact, which n )u i h0 borne outNbv tne local medical men, howev it may be accounted for, that the village o; Pentyrch is not as healthy as Gwaelodvgar or Taff's Well, although from its position < should "have expected to find it more roo statements made at this meeting may thrr seme light on the subject. rOther District Items may be found on page "J
Local Cases. At the Quarter Sessions, held at Swansea on Tuesday, the following local cases were disposed of: SHOPLIFTING AT YSTRADYFODWG. Alma Vincent (44), on bail, was charged with stealing 3b yards of print at Ystradyfodwg, the property of Margaret Jones. Mr Ivor Bowen prosecuted and Mr Rhys Williams defended. It was alleged that Mrs Jones sold five yards off a roll of print material in March last, and placed the remainder of the roll outside her shop. She never saw the print again until it was found under circumstances which led to the supposition that defendant was connected with its disposal. Ruth Kelvin, sister to defendant's servant, said she went to defendant's house at the end of Jufy, and defendant showed her a roll of print material in a Bedroom and asked her if she would like a dress of it. She ulti- mately received and wore the dress for which she paid defendant nothing, defendant having made it for her. In cross-examination witness admitted that she had been sent to prison for six weeks for stealing boots, four suits of clothes and somo dresses, pawning them and giving false names and addresses to the pawnbrokers; but she denied that it was she who took the print in question to defendant saying her pa- rents had sent it for her to make dresses of for her and her sister. In re-examination she said she was originally charged with stealing the print, but was discharged. Beatrice Kelvin, sister of the last witness, said defendant also gave a dress of the material to her. Asked as to why she should, have had the dress from the defendant, she said because she was taking things to the pawnshop for her. Mr Rhys Wil- liams elicited the fact that the pawnshop was only 'on the opposite side of the road. In de- fence, Ann Morgan, a washerwoman, was called and said Ruth Kelvin told her that her mother had given the print to defendant, and she was to make her a dress out of a portion of it. Albert Smith, a fruiterer, spoke to a similar statement made by Ruth Kelvin. Mr Williams, for the trefence, said the only evidence against defendant was that of Ruth Kelvin, who had been convicted of a series of thefts only this year, and who in the witness-box admitted that with respect to these thefts she had told a tissue of lies. Hence how could a jury believe such a girl, who was not only a convicted thief but admittedly unworthy of belief? The jury re- turned a verdict of not guilty, and defendant was discharged. COAL-CUTTING CASE. Alexander Richards, David Morgan, and David William Jones were indicted for severing with intent to steal 3 cwt. of coal from the Llan Level Mine, the property of Mr Thomas Taylor. Prisoners pleaded guilty, and were each fined 20s, or 14 days' imprisonment, and bound over in £10 each to be of good behaviour. William Megan, Thomas John, J. Williams, William Perkins, and John Gower, young col- liers, were indicted for severing with intent to steal 9 cwt. 23lb. of coal from the Penrhiw Level Mine, the property of Mr Charles Ed- ward Ellioti. Prisoners all pleaded guilty, and were each fined 20s, or in default 14 days' im- prisonment. PONTYPRIDD WOUNDING CASE. Emily Bates (21) pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Elizabeth George at Pontypridd on August 21st, and was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with hard labour. A TONYPANDY CASE. Egbert Blake (16): collier, was indicted for at Tonypandy unlawfully and maliciously wound- ing James Blake, his father. Mr Lloyd Mor- gan, M.P., prosecuted, and Mr Rhys Williams defended. The evidence Aowed that James Blake, who had since riied, arrived home very drunk, and demanded money for more drink from his wife. She refused it, whereupon the father took' up a plate and threw it at her, smashing it against her head. He then got up to attack her with a knife, whereupon the prisoner struck him on the head with a poker. Prisoner was arrested, and in answer to the charge he said he struck his father to protect his mother. Just afterwards the Slither arrived ar. the police station, and said he did not believe the prisoner struck him. but that he fell on a fender. Subsequently, when he heard that James Blake had been taken to the hospital, Inspector Howell again arrested tLe prisoner. Dr Llewelyn said when he first saw James Blake he cautioned him not to drink, as that would render the wound he received dangerous. He, however, did continue drinking, and eventually he had to be taken to the Hospital to have an operation performed. This he survived about five weeks, James Blake's deposition, taken at the Hospital, was read. In it he admitted the attack on his wife, and that he was mad drunk at the time, adding that he had a blow from a poker, but could not say who dealt it. It was stated that a coroner's jury found that the act of prisoner was justifiable under the circumstances. In summing up, the Chairman said the whole question hung on whether the act was justified by prisoner thinking his mother's life was in danger- The jury without hesitation found -prisoner not guilty, and he was discharged. THEFT OF BOOTS. James Wynn (26), haulier, Pontypridd, who pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of boots at Pontypridd, was sent to prison for two months. PENYGRAIG WOUNDING CASE. loan Lewis (26), haulier, was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Richard Hunt on the 21st August at Penygraig, Rhon- dda Valley. Prisoner, who was alleged tp have stabbed the prosecutor in the chest with a knife during a. row, but there were some circumstances of doubt, and The jury convicted of common assault only, and prisoner was sentenced to 14 days' hard labour. WOUNDING AT TREFOREST. Rhoda Mordecal (36), Treforest, was charged with, at Pontypridd in July, maliciously wound- ing Joseph Williams. It was alleged that the prisoner, who was a neighbour, went to the house of the prosecutor, an old man, and after a few words struck him twice on the bead with a hammer. Prisoner elected to give evidence, and said they had had a drinking bout, and she and other parties pawned their goods for the purpose. The people in the house set on her and ill-treated her, and she acted in self-de- fence. She was found guilty, andlsent to prison fo. three months. A CAERPHILLY CASE. Arthur Hawkins (20), baker, Caerphilly, was indicted for at Caerphilly, then being a servant to Richard Williams, baker, fraudulently em- bezzling and stealing £ 2 6a Ud, reoeived by him for his master. Mr Parsons addressed the Court in mitigation of sentence, and the prisoner was dealt with under the First Offenders Act, and bound over to come up for sentence when called on. WOUNDING AT SENGHENYDD. Edward Millichap (a youth on bail), Senghen- ydd, was indicted for on the 24th September un- lawfully and maliciously wounding John Jones, Senghenydd. It was alleged tKat the prisoner went up to the prosecutor and made a remark about his brother and on the prosecutor turning round he received from the prisoner a. blow on thr eye with a stone, and for some time it was feared he might lose the sight of the eye, but after treatment at the Eye Hospital he re- covered. The defence was that the injury was the result of a fight. The Judge said there were circumstances which at least made the assault no more than a common assault. Prisoner was found guilty of a common assault. Prisoner, who had not a good record, was sen- tenced to one month's imprisonment, the Chair- man saying the Court would give him another trial. A DEFRAUDING COLLIER. James Hinckley Williams (23), collier,pleaded guilty to altering the numbers on trams at the Cambrian Colliery with intent to defraud. Mr Sankey, for the defence, said prisoner had suffered from an affection of the head, and that the way he proceeded proved that he was not responsible for what he did, as he only obliterar. ted one of the two numbers on the trams. Mr Rhys Williams, for the prosecution, said this was the case with respect to only one tram, and this was not the first case of the kind. In pass- ing sentence the Chairman said the prisoner was rather clever at this kind of thing, and if he were mad there was a method in his mad- ness. He considered it one of the most ras- cally things a man could do, as it was an attempt to cheat ids fellow-workmen out of money they had earned. The sentence was three months' hard labour. THEFT OF BOOTS. William John Morgan (83), collier, pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of boots, the property of George Rodd, at Ystradyfodwg, Prisoner, who had been previously convicted, attempted to justify the offence by saying he had come out of gaol in the middle of the strike, and being unable to obtain work and having no boots had to steal some. He waa sent to prison for six months. ASSAULTS. Edward Dodderel, on boil, was found not guilty of an indictment charging him with assaulting Mary Jane Morris, with intent, at Caerphilly, and was discharged. William Bevan (38), collier, on bail, was charged with, on the 28th August, having in- decently assaulted liary Francis, a child, at Pondy. The Jury found prisoner guilty, but recommended him to mercy. The Chairman said he could not understand the recommenda- tion, but sentenced prisoner to four months' hard labour. RFFONDDA COUNCIL'S APPEAL. The appeal by the Ystradyfodwg District Council against the assessment made on a por- tion of their sewer which runs through the district of the Newport Union, near Rumney, the Newport Board of GuardiaDSoefng the respondents, was specially fixed to be heard on the 16th November. CHARGE AGAINST A LLANTRISANT BANKRUPT. Thomas Lewis, a middle-aged man, Llantri- sant, collier, surrendered to his bail, charged with between the 1st October, 1895, and the 30th September, 1896, obtaining credit of Messrs T B. Downing, and Co., Messrs Francis, Tren- nery, and Co., and Messrs Valentine, Fleming, and Co., to the extent of £ 20 and upwards with- out informing the said firms that he was an undischarged bankrupt. Mr Lloyd Morgan, M.P., appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Arthur Lewis for the defence. A number of witnesses were called for the prosecution to prove the facts, which were very simple, and are practically stated in the charge above. The prisoner was adjudged bankrupt in 1893, and had not received his discharge not had he even applied for it. It was further not disputed that he afterwards traded in a sort of general dra- pery business managed by his wife, but run in his own name. Commercial travellers belong- ing to all three firms mentioned in the indict ment were called, and distinctly testified that they were never told either by the prisoner or his wife that he was an undischarged bankrupt. For the defence Mr Arthur Lewis called defen- dant's wife and daughter, who testified that before they obtained credit they told certain representatives of the firm (not now called) that the prisoner had been "in difficulties." The Deputy-Chairman asked Mrs Lewis if she had said lier husband was an undischarged bankrupt. but she replied that she did t think it was necessary. In summing up the Deputy Chair- man said that before defendant could be acquit- ted he must prove that he distinctly told the firms in question that he was an undischarged bankrupt. It was not sufficient to say that he had been in difficulties unless he also made it plain that he had not received his discharge, thus showing them that his moneys were liable to be applied to the old debts. The jury inti- mated a desire to retire, and after an absence of nearly half an hour they found a verdict of not guilty. The Deputy Chairman said they had given a verdict in direct oontmdiction to the evidence. He had never heard "& jury give a more improper verdict; they were quite unfit to be jurymen. WATCH STEALING IN THE RHONDDA. Frank James (21), collier, was found guilty of stealing a watch, the property of Henry Mor- gan, at Ystradyfodwg, and was sentenced to four months' hard labour.