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Ystrad County Court. Thursday.—Before his Honour Judge Bryu Roberts. A FAMOUS DRIVE—AND THE SEQUEL. Stephen Davies, grocer, Pentre, claimed L2 damages from Leonard W. Llewelyn, managing director of the Glamorgan Coal Company, Llwynypia, in respect of damage doile to horse and cart, Mr, H. Walker (of Messrs. Treharne and Treharne, Pentre) appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. A. T. Jam-OR (Messrs. Morgan, Bruce, Nicholas, and James) for defendant.. Mr. Walker said that on the 11th March last—the day of the unfortunate dam disaster at Clydach Yale—plaintiff's assistant was driving a horse and cart containing goods past the District Coun- cil Office, Pentre, when Mr, Llewelyn, who was leaving the Council Office at the time, appropriated the cart and requested the driver to drive him as far as Llwynypia to mlilet his motor-car. The horse was driven at a rapid rate over the hard tram- way setts, resulting in the damage of about 10s. worth of goods, and breaking about 14 fellys and two spokes in the wheels of the cart. Plaintiff gave evidence and isaid that on the 11th. March he sent his assistant to deliver goods. He was away about 2l hours, when he should have been only H. hours. When he returned, the horse was covered from head to foot with lather as if he had been drawn through a river. Two spokes in the wheels and -about 14 fellys were broken. His assistant also brought back several boxes of groceries which he could not deliver, as they had been. broken. Mr. James: There is nothing men- tioned in the claim about goods, only doing damage to horse and cart. Mr. Walker Horse and cart, etc, Mr, James: No, there is not even an etcetera here. Plaintiff, continuing, said he had to take the cart to Messrs. Jones and Nicholas, wheelwrights, for repairs, for which he paid £1 14s. 6d. Cross-examined, plaintiff said he had had the cart for about 2. years. There was 7owt. of goods in the cart when it was taken by defendant. Both wheels were broken. The cart was aU right when it was taken out. Wm. Leonard, assistant in plaintiff's employ, said that on the day in question he had just left the shop, and was pro- ceeding on his way to Ton, when he saw Mr. Llewelyn standing outside the Coun- cil Office. Defendant stopped him, and requested him to drive to Llwynypia to meet his ear. When witness said he had goods to deliver, defendant said that an accident had taken place at ClydachVale, and he, was bound to get there. Witness demurred acceding' to his request until he had consulted his" boss," whereupon Mr. Llewelyn retorted. Bother your boss." He then jumped up into the cart, followed by Mr. R. S. Griffiths, architect, and another gentle- man (too" Leader" representative). He drove as far as Llwynypia Railway Station, where Mr. Llewelyn's car met them, and the three gentlemen got out. Mr. Griffiths gave him a tip—(laughter)— and he (witness) drove back to Pentre. In reply to Mr. James, witness said it took him twenty minutes to drive from Pentre to Llwynypia Station, John Nicholas, wheelwright, gave evi- dence as to the state of the cart when it was brought to him for repairs. Mr. James, for the defenfe, said that Mr. Llewelyn was a member of the Rhondda District Council, and upon this occasion he was attending a meeting of the Council, when a telephone message was received of the disaster at Clydach Vale. He rushed out, and being anxious to rearJ1 the scene of the accident—his own car being at Llwynypia at the time —he commandeered this cart, and told the driver that he would be paid for it. It took them twenty minutes to cover a distance of two miles, and the damage to the wheels could not. therefore, be the result of the drive, as the horse was only driven at the rate of sis miles an hour. He suggested that the fellys were in a bad state previously, and that plaintiff considered this a favourable opportunity to have them repaired. When Mr. Llewelyn and Mr. Griffiths left the cart at Llwynypia, no complaint was made to them. Judgment was entered for £ 1. WAS THE MANAGER. AUTHORISED? David John Jones, hay and corn mer- chant, Tonypandy, sued Wm. Morgan, Maesyrhaf, Trealaw, for £ 2 9s. 9d. in respect of chaff and grain delivered to defendant's manager at Clydach Yale. The amount was not disputed, but the defence contended that the manager was the liable party. Plaintiff, in cross-examination by Mr. David Reee, Pontypridd, who appeared to defend, denied having received letters repudiating liability from the defendant, and declared that the manager, a person by the name of Matthews, had informed Jjim that he had been authorised by defen- dant to purchase the goods. On the application of plaintiff, the ca* Was adjourned for the attendance of Matthews, plaintiff agreeing to pay the costs of the day. A DIVIDED CAMP. A sequel to the Young Men's Camp neld on the slopes overlooking Clydach » ale during last summer, was heard, when six of their number were summoned the instance of the camp secretary, Harry W. Thomas, to pay up their arrears of contributions as agreed upon at a meeting of the members in October last. Mr. T. W. Lewis appeared for the Plaintiff, and Mr. D. Rees defended. Mr. Lewis said that Mr. Thomas was h°n. secretary of the camp. On October ^th last a meeting of the members was Peld, and after going into the accounts fl'-as found that there was an outstand- ing debt against them of £ 15. It was yien resolved to allocate a portion of the against each member, and that those Bombers. who were in arrears should pay o?- a week until the debt was cleared. of those present at the meeting had Paid their quota, but the defendants had £ °t met their obligations. The secre- ,ai'y was being continually bothered by Jjradesmen for the payment of their ccounts, and one tradesman had actually alien proceedings against the Master of Camp, Mr. Davidson, who was now London. Tile secretary was in the box giving vidence in support of his case, when

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