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Mid-Rhondda Y.M.C.A.

-------Porth Collegiate School.



IiAdams Details his Movements.


Adams Details his Movements. Charles Adams, called upon to give evidence, and asked by the Stipendiary to describe his movements during the day, said that he went out between 11 and 12 in the morning. He stayed by the Butcher's Arms Hotel for about ten minutes, and then went to the Adare Hotel, Tonypandy, arriving thTe about 12.15. He had two half-pints while there, and was in the Thistle Hotel at 2 o'clock. He stayed at the Thistle nearly two hours, and then strolled about Tonypandy for a short time. He then took a car to Penygraig, and met the Rev. Mr. Wil- liams. He got out by the Swan Hotel, and was followed by Mr. Williams, but he did not get served at the Swan. He then went to the Gethin Hotel, and saw five or six men in the bar. He walked in, knocked on the counter, and sat down. Miss John then came and served him with half-a-pint. Six and a half pints was all he had had to drink during the day. Shortly afterwards, Miss John came to him and asked him to leave, as he had been refused drink elsewhere. He asked, "Am I drunk then?" and she replied, I don't know about that, but you must go, out." He then went home, walking quite straight, and not stumbling and staggering as alleged. He made his own tea, and went out again that night,' and was served with 2{- pints at the Swan Hotel. He did not see. the preacher at the Gethin. Mr. Reed at this stage remarked that it was unfortunate that the case had been taken up privately; it would be better if it were a police prosecution. The Stipendiary, in summing the case, said that every attention had been paid to the charge. The witnesses for the prosecution had given their evidence very clearly, and this evidence was not at all shaken under the severe, cross-examina- tion. It would have been better if it were a police prosecution, but if there was no official on the spot it was the duty of every loyal citizen to see that the law was enforced. The conduct of Mr, Wil- liams was highly commendable. Mr. Williams obviously had a good chance to observe Adams' state, having ridden in the car with him some distance, and fol- lowed him a considerable distance, enabling him to make a good observation of Adams' physical movements. Mr. Wil- liams had also heard him speaking during his stay in the car, and had come to the conclusion that Adams was drunk. The two other witnesses had been called by Mr. Adams for the express purpose of noting Adams' state, and they would therefore use their best judgment. They had better opportunity to note his state than the men in the bar, who were deep in conversation, and did not follow Adams' movements while he was in the bar, as was proved by the fact that they had not heard or seen Miss John request- ing him to leave. The only fact that im- pressed itself on Grifritlis was that Adams asked him for a light. He (the Stipen- ,9 diary) did not rely at all on what occurred at the door of the Swan Hotel, as the dotor was rather awkward and could easily have caused Adams to stumble. Miss John hal apparently come" to a different conclusion to that of Mr. Williams. Adams was sitting down when she saw him first. She had not had very much experience and was rather excited that a minister should come into the hotel concerning Adams, and therefore she was not in the best position to judge. Three of the men in the bar at the time gave very fair evidence, but they had not paid much heed to Adams' movements. Lee's evidence was very unsatisfactory, and Davies' did not rank high. He was bound to conclude that the three wit- nesses for the prosecution who had been watching to see if Adams was drunk had a much better chance to judge than the men in the bar, who only casually looked at him during their conversation. As regards permitting drunkenness, there was no evidence to show that Miss John knew Adams was drunk, but Mr. Williams put her on her guard, and she should have listened to the better judg- ment of a man much older than, herself. But Adams remained in the hotel at least twenty-five minutes afterwards. If there were no male servants about, as Miss John had stated, there wf#e. respect- able men in the bar, who most likely would endeavour to. enforce her wishes if necessary. He was bound to conclude that there was a breach of the Licensing Act. Owners were responsible even if they were not present themselves, but leave a junior in charge. A fine of £ 3 would be imposed. The charge of supplying was withdrawn. For being drunk, Charles Adams was fined 10s.