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HAULING ACCIDENT AT PONTYPRIDD.

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The Licensing Act. PROSECUTION OF A CLYDACH VALE HOTEL KEEPER. At the Pentre Police Court on Monday, Mr Evans, landlord of the Bush Hotel, Clydach Vale, was summoned for keeping' his house open during prohibited hours on Monday evening, the 18th inst. Mr Joseph Henry Jones, Car- diff, defended. Sergeant Thomas, Pandy, de- posed that at 11.20 p.m. he, accompanied by P.C. Hawkins, entered the defendant's hotel. While they were in the passage he saw Miss Evans and the barmaid draw a glass of beer each and hand them through the pigeon hole to men who were standing there. The defendant was standing near the passage door. He came up to the officer, who immediately called his attention to the time. He told the defendant that he had seen two men being served with beer by the barmaid and Miss Evans. Tht barmaid remarked that she bad served a mam with beer, but had not received payment for it. The defendant disputed the accuracy of the officer's time, which was then 11.22 p.m. De- fendant produced his own watch, which showed the time to be 11.28 p.m. Defendant subse- quently informed the officer that a presenta- tion meeting had been held at the house that evening, ana he dared say about 500 persons were present. The officer, he said, knew very well that it was very difficult to get such a large number of people out in a few niin'utes.The officer replied that the defendant could net pos- sibly get them out if he allowed his servants to continue serving beer to them. There were about 50 persons in the house. The officer took the names of eight of them. Cross-examined by Mr J. H. Jones,: The officer admitted having heard that a meeting was held at the hotel that evening to present the leader of the Clydaoh Vale Male Voice Party with some gifts. The' long room where the meeting took place was a large one. He (witness) had been stationed in the district for over tour years. The defen- dant had been in the licensed victualler's busi- ness for the past 30 years. P.C. Hawkins gave corroborative evidence. The Stipendiary re- marked that inasmuch as Mr Evans had been a licensed victualler for 30 years, and had not been summoned previous to tbifl occasion, it was not likely that he had intentionally gone wrong that evening. Defendant was ordered to pay the costs, but there would be no convic- tion. With respect to the eight men whose names were taken by the officer the cases against them would be dropped. The Bench, however, considered that the police had done their duty satisfactorily, and that their reports were absolutely accurate.

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