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MIDNIGHT SCENE AT BETHESDA. CONSTABLES' VIEWS ON BEER. i At the Bangor Police Court on Tuesday, before Mr J. E. Roberts and other magis- trates, Mr S. R. Dew, on behalf of the police, charged John Mills Jones, Bethesda, with being on licensed premises during prohibited hours, and Griffith Evans licensee of the Coach, and Horses, Bethesda, with selling drink during pro- hibited hours, and also, with, opening licensed premises during prohibited hours at midnight on the 28th ult. Mr Thornton Jones defended. Mr Dew said that at, 11-50 on the night of the 28th November Police Constables i Davies and Jones, patrolling at the back of Milil-street, in which street is situated the Coach and Horses Inn, became aware of the back door of the inn being cautious- ly opened. The person opening the door struck a match, and was then seen to be Griffith Evans, the licensee. The light of the match revealed another man in the house, coming behind Griffith Evans, and behind him Mrs Evans, who was carrying something (which afterwards turned out to be a milk pannikin filled with beer). The light of the match not only revealed this strange procession to the officers, but re- vealed the officers to the processionists, Avhereupon Mrs Evans turned round and went in the direction of a sink, carrying the pannikin with her. Police Constable Davies followed her, and found the pan- nikin full of beer, with froth on the top of it, and therefore presumably it, had been freshly drawn. He asked Mrs Eivans what she was going to do with it.. She said she did not know, and afterwards said it was some beer which had leaked from a barrel. Questioned by the officers as to who the other man was, the landlord said it, was Mr Jones, a native of Bethesda. The officers asked the licensee, if he did not know that, he was doing wrong. The licensee replied that he had never been caught before. The beer had since, been transferred from the pannikin to a stone jar, and would be produced in court. Police Davies asked Jones what, he had been doing on the premises. He denied having been on the premises at all. It having been said by the licensee that the beer in the pannikin had leaked out of the barrel, Sergeant Rowlands examined all the barrells, but found no trace of leakage. CONSTABLE'S CURIOUS EVIDENCE. Police Constable Davies started to give evidence in support of Mr Dew's state- ment, when he was asked to produce the beer. He thereupon poured the liquor from the jar into the pannikin, which was placed on the table. After a while Mr Vincent invited the Bench to have a look at the stuff, adding, "I don't know whether any of your Worships axe judges of beer or noit.(Liau,g,hter.) Mr Thornton Jones (to the witness) Are you able to swear that this liquid is beer ? The Witness: I haven't tasted it.— (Laughter.) A drinking glass was now' brought and filled from the pannikin and placed in full view of the Court, presenting a very dirty appearance. Mr Thornton Jones Why, it, isn't even lager beer.—(Laughter.) The witness, replying to Mr Thornton Jones, said he had not put any water to the beer, but someone else had. It was not half water when he first saw it. The Bench stopped the cross-examina- tion, and asked for the next- witness. This was Police Constable Jones,, who gave similar evidence to that given by Davies. Replying to Mr Dew the witness said that. while Davies went, to the ser- geant he stayed and watched the beer. He saw Mrs Eivans pour something into the sink, near which the pannikin after was. He did not see her pour anything: into the beer. Mr Thornton Jones (pointing to the liquid in the pannikin) Look at. that; what is it,1 The witness, leaning over the witness- box with the air of a connoisseur, long and critically examined the liquid, and then, with a tone of finality, pronounced, "It looks like beer."—.(Laughter.) H*e was closely examined as to whether he had seen anybody add anything to the beer. The witness said he could nort, be sure, but, he added emphatically, "if I had brought the beer away then and there it would not have been as it is now." Mr Thornton Jones: Well, was there Ianytihing put. in or not, that you saw 1 Yes or no ?—Well, I may say yes. On your oath?—No, not on my oath. Mir H. Lewis Was it passible for any- one .to put anything in while you were looking at it The Witness Yes; .because it was in a dark place. The Chairman: Was your attention diverted at any time from the pann4 Yes, when Mills Jones came up, and I turned round to look at him. CASE AGAINST LICENSEE STOPPED The Bench stopped the case at this stage, and said they were of opinion that there was no case against the licensee, and the charge against him would be dismissed. They would, however, hear the case against Jones. JOHN MILLS JONES. The defendant denied the charge, but he admitted that. he had passed the can at the time the officers were there. Mr Dew: You are fond of the servant at the Coach and Horses ? The Witness (in a loud voice) Aye!— (Laughter.) What were you doing round there at that time of the night 1-1 expected to have some sport with the, girl?—Yes.— I (Laughter.) Instead of which you met a policeman who ill-treated you?—Yes.—(Laughter.) The Bench considered the charge proved, and fined him 5s. and costs.





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