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[ Pontypridd Solicitor Fined for Drunkenness. SIMIARITY IN NAMES. MAGISTERIAL COMMENTS LOCAL SOLICITOR REPLIES. At the Pontypridd Police Court on Wednes- day the magistrates (Dr R. C. Hunter, Alder- man Richard Lewis, and Councillor R. T. Rich- ards) had before them a case in which Thomas Phillips, solicitor, Pontypridd, was oharged with pn •drunkenness near the precincts of the Court on the previous Court day. P.C. Walkley, in giving evidence in the oase, told the Bench that on the 27th ult. he saw Thomas Phillips outside the station staggering about in a drunken condition with a large crowd of people around him. He was waving an umbrella, and came to the Court several times and wanted to be admitted. When he was told he could not do so and advised to go away, he became very abusive, and tried to force an entry. He was taken outside, and asked to go away again, but he only told him (witness) to go to h- -Ultimately he was locked up in the cells. The Chairman (Dr Hunter) were intimated that they had received a long letter from Mr Phillips, in which he endeavoured to explain that he had been knocked about in a sale. This, he said, accounted for his "excitability." As chairman thfre that day Dr Hunter said he wished to call the attention of the representa- tives of the Press to the fact that the similarity ir names of Mr Thomas Phillips and Mr James Phillips, a very respectable and well-known solicitor at Pontypridd, had caused considerable annoyance to tJie latter. Mr James Phillips had received letters from all parts of Wales asking him rather pointedly if he was the "Mr Tom Phillips" referred to. For Mr Phillips' cake, he hoped that notice would be taken of this, and he was very sorry that Mr Phillips had been subjected to such annoyance. MrJames Phillips, who was present in Court, then rose, and, in addressing the Bench, said he wished to thank Dr Hunter for his kind re- marks, and assure them that not only had the similarity affected him, as their worships were well aware, but also his brother, at Aberdare, with whom he was in partnership, whose name, unfortunately, was Thomas Phillips. A large number of their friends knew the difference, but there were other business men and clients who believed that it was himself or his brother. Not only his friends had mistaken him (the speaker), but even his own mother-in-law bad written to moke enquiries in the case. He again wished to take the opportunity of thank- ing the Bench for their kind remarks. Dr Hunter said his colleagues and himself had determined to fine Mr Phillips £1. -=:

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