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DRINK AMONG WOMEN.

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DRINK AMONG WOMEN. SAD CASE AT RIHYL. At the Rhyl Petty .Sessions on Tuesday Mary Jar vis, wife of a cripple, who said she had had nine children, six of whom were dead, was charged with drunkenness. Inspector James, of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,, said he had to report the defendant, and, her husband lalt, the end of March last, but f before the ciasei came before the Bench a lady pleaded for another chance for them, and when he visited the house again he found it nicely furnished and the children well clad. A gentleman had provided them with a suit, of clothes each. In reply to the Bench, Inspector James said he believed the children would be as well off as they are now if the mother went to, gaol. Asked what his wife's general conduct! was at home, the huisband replied "That's, not a thing to. ask me, sir. I took her for- better or for worse." The Chairman (Mr G. S. Hazlehurst). satid the Bench would take a merciful view of the case, and would bind the woman over in £ 10 and her husband as surety in 25 to be of good behaviour for six months. If the sureties were broken she would be. sent to prison. Mr T. D. Jones (a magistrate) Is iit, not. possible for the police to find out who sup- plies a woman lake this with drink? Some: publican must be responsible for supply- ing her. Inspector Pearson She chiefly gets it. into the house. She gets the neighbours; to gvle it to. her, and she stops men in the. street and solicit,s, dirttnk from anybody. Mr J. R. Ellis (another magistrate) She was refused drink at several places. Inspector Pearson: The police have tried everything. Mir J. H. Ellis: She ought not to be served anywhere. Jarviis, the, defendant's husband, who had gone up to the clerk's desk to. sign his recognisances, probably acting on a hint- from Mr Giainlin, turned round and asked; his wife if she would consent, to be put, on the "Black List," She replied "No. I will not go on the Black L:.slt, I can keep- myself without it. It is very little drink I get; a good deal of it is excitement, and; and I get no food very often."

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