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,.^a^twit vardre SCHOOL BOARD.



Letters to the Editor.

The Pontypridd United Choir.

Early Closing Movement at…





Ystrad—Wfoqday. Before the Stipendiary (Mr Ignatius Wil- liams), Alderman Richard Lewis, and W. Mor- gan, and Messrs J. D. Williams, M.F.H., Rhys Griffiths, and E. H. Davies.. Colliers Fight for Fun Augustus Williams, 20, William street, and William Jones, 5, Victoria street, Ystrad Rhondda, single colliers, were charged with fighting a prize fight at six o'clock on the morn- ing of the 9th inst. at the Pontrliondda fields, Ystrad Rhondda. They were arrested on a warrant by P.C. Ashton. In answer to the charge, Williams said he had not been in any trouble like that before, and Jones said they had fousrht for a bottle of whiskey. Replying to the Stipendiary Williams now said they had fought for the fun of it. Stipendiary: Why did you get up at six o'clock in the morning to do so. Williams: Because we had a quarrel the night before, and could not get out of it. P.C. Ashton: They fought five rounds, and Williams hit Jones out. (Laughter). Williams: It is all settled now. Defendants were ordered to pay the costs of the case. Florence Fined. Florence Hill, a married woman residing at John Street, Pentre, was charged with steal- ing a bucketful of coal from the Tynybedw Colliery siding, the property of Messrs Cory Bros.. on Friday last. P.C. Rees Davies proved the case. Mrs Hill said she had no coal in the house, and consequently went to pick some. A fine of 2s 6d was imposed. Low life at Gelli. Henry Richards (30), a gipsy peg maker liv- ing at Gelli Court Gelli, Ystrad Rhondda., was charged with illegally wounding Annie Baggat, a married woman, of 99, GelliCourt, Gelli, on the Monday previous. Mr Tom Phillips de- fended. Complainant stated that prisoner committed an unprovoked assault upon her on the evening of the date in question. He caught her by the throat and threatened to cut her throat. In defending herself a knife, —which prisoner used for making pegs—was drawn across her fingers, and the ion of her middle finger was, cut off. He also tried to gouge her eyes out. Prisnoer said that com- plainant was drunk on the night in question. and had called him a gipsy bastard, and had thrown two bricks, a glass bottle, a plate, and a saucer at him. His fingers was cut by his wrenching a tea cup out of her hand, which she also probably intended throwing at. him. Much contradictory evidence was given by several witnesses for the defence. The Bench thought the case was a very un- satisfactory one from first to last. From the defendant's story given by the witnesses_ it was perfectly impossible to make it out. The ,4or-,v of throwing the bricks was perfectly un- trll. It was. however, clear that, on a.ssan t Iwf W mad- upon the woman by prisoner, ••Vol! led to the cut, on the filler. On tlvo flWe it would be enou-h to ord^r him to pay* I flTin cf £ 2, or a month's imprisonment, an'! qlsn to find two suref-ec in tbe mm of PS L" l.<> +1"" "1("" "r s;" T,fb-. Tl <1"f"1t, be would have to be imprisoned for another month. Alleged starvation of a Cow at Ystrad. At the instance of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, David Recs, a milk vendor, of Ystrad Rhondda, was summoned for illtreating his cow by with- holding a sufficient supply of wholesome food and nourishment. Inspector Frederick Bend- ford, of the N.R.S.P.C.A.. conducted the pro- secution on behalf of the society. Defendant was not legally represented. Inspector Bend- ford gave evidence that on the 16th of last month, in consequence of information received, he visited Pontrhondda fields, Ystrad Rhon- dda. There he saw a Hereford cow, which was in a most shockingly emaciated condition, and seemed to have very great difficulty in walkmg. Its body presented an appearance of almost a living skeleton, being almost devoid of flesh. It was also very lame on the off hind leg in consequence of the thickening of the tendons. He formed certain opinions about the cow, ari in consequence he looked around the field. The grass looked of a very dry and course (nature. He carefully searched, und found no traces of any food having been given beyond two small traces of swedes. There was no traces of hay at all. He made enquiries In the locality, saw defendant, and told him what he had discovered: he admitted being the owner of the cow. He also said "she got lame there about two months ago through fall- ing into a drain, and bad been turned out in the field ever since. Witness told defendant the animal was apparently (starving in the field. When asked the quantity of food lie ha:1 given her defendant said he had fed her night and morning, and had riven her about 1-t cwts. of hay a week. The hay he bought from Mr Morgan, and the swedes he had in stock. In reply to a question as to whether the cow had been fed that day. defendant re- plied that -it had. from a stock kept at Mr Set- ter's stable. Mr Setter had previously told witness that defendant had no h-av in the stable; when defendant was told of this he admitted the truth of the assertion. Upon making enquiries from Mr Morgan, hay mer- chant, Pentre, it was discovered that since November 24fh defendant had only had 5 cwt. of hay. Addressing the Bench the Inspector said he had never seen a cow in such a shock- in-r condition as the one in question; it had been exposed to all sorts of cold weather and had suffered greatly. There was no trace of disease about the cow. P.C. Bonstaple Ashton, Ystrad corroborated the Inspector's evidence, and said he had only F seen the cow being fed once after he had cautioned defendant. To his knowledge it had been out for five months in the open ex- posed to all kinds of weather. Mr Morgan Williams, veterinary surgeon to Messrs Cory Bros. Colliery, also gave evidence He said he had examined the cow, and had it to be in a shockingly emaciated con- dition; it was very weak and lame in 1 hie hind leer It was really too weak to walk about. He could not fmd any organic disease in the animal. If it had had a reasonable quantity of food it would have been in a better condi- tion. There. was a si<m of wasting in the hind 'quarter. The animal's condition was very, very bad in his opinion, and it ate its food in a ravenous fashion, as if it had not had any for a considerable time. Mr Robert Evan Thomas, veterinary sur- geon, Ystrad Rhon(Ida, called by defendant, said he had examined the cow: it* skin was nice and pliable, and it was in a fairly good condition. The Benoh decided that tli,- evidence was so co^ti*^dictorv. thrv would adjourn the "e for a fortrnn-ht in orrler that two of the rnaf!i" /\lde-mm W. Vcr-g-P and Mr J. D. Wiling ha-e an opportunity of ?o:ng down to see the cow.

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