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BREWSTER SESSIONS. + FRODSHAM. These sessions were held on Wednesday, before Messrs. C. Reynolds, A. Thomas, and P. Speakman.—Superintendent Johnson, in his annual report on licensing matters for that section of the division, stated that there were 17 licensed victuallers, eight beer sellers, and two others, who held off licences, making a total of 27. This gave an average of 245 of the population to each licence. No licensed vic- tuallers had been proceeded against during the year, being a decrease of one the previous year. 1 hirty-three persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness, and all convicted, comparing with 44 convicted in the preceding year. No beer sellers had been proceeded against.—The Chairman remarked that the report was exceed- ingly satisfactory, particularly with regard to the decrease in the number of prosecutions.— Mr. Speakman said another satisfaction to the Bench was that the publicans had regarded their recommendation not to serve children under 13 years of age with drink.—The Bench directed that all the licences should be renewed. There were no licensing applications. FLINT. These sessions were held on Wednesday, before the Mayor (Alderman S. K. Muspratt) and Messrs. Joseph Hall and Charles N. HulL Superintendent J. Ivor Davies (Mold) sub- mitted the following report to the magistrates I beg to submit for your information the following report respecting the working of the Licensing Act within the borough for the year ended July 31st, 1897. There are in the borough 21 fully-licensed houses, 14 beerhouses, two off beerhouses, and two licensed to sell wines, making a total of 39 licensed houses of every description. The population of the borough, according to the census of 1891, is 5,247, thus giving a licensed house to every 134 of the inhabitants. One innkeeper was proceeded against and convicted, viz., John Jones, Mill Tavern, Mount Pleasant, for breach of the Sunday Closing Act, and fined 20s. and costs 32s. 6d. Thirty persons have been convicted of drunkenness, being an increase of 13, as com- pared with the previous year. The MAYOR, addressing the publicans, said he hoped they would not encourage the sending of children under thirteen years of age for drink. The magistrates of Flint quite agreed with what had been done in this matter by benches of magistrates all over the country. The Mill Tavern licence would be held over until the adjourned licensing sessions. The bench wished to say they considered the police used great discretion, and they were glad it was so, because the working of the Sunday Closing Act in Wales had been very difficult. It was to be regretted that there was an increase of drunkenness during the past year in the borough, but they must bear in mind that the same party in some cases had been convicted more than once, therefore they did not think the increase was actually so large as the returns indicated. There was a certain amount of reform wanted as regarded the working and administration of the Licensing Act, and they hoped the Commission now sitting would be able to bring about some beneficial results.— Mr. J. Hall, one of the magistrates, said he was glad there was no increase of drunken- ness on Jubilee day. He was in the streets at twelve o'clock on Jubilee night, and the town was very quiet.—The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. Taylor) asked Inspector Jones if it was correct there was not one case at the sessions following J ubilee day, and the inspector replied in the affirmative.—Mr. J. Hall criticised what was said at the last meeting of the Standing Joint Committee on this matter.—Mr. J. B. Marston, Mold, appeared on behalf of most of the licensed victuallers. He said this was the seventh licensing sessions he had attended in the county this year, and it was the only sessions where an increase of drunkenness was shewn. Although there was an increase, he understood most of the cases were imported. A good many cases came from Queen's Ferry, where there was a large ironworks, to which many persons had come from Lancashire and other places. Although an Englishman himself, he might say these people were largely English, and not Welsh. (Laughter.) Some of them got drunk in the direction of Queen's Ferry and walked into Flint. With regard to the serving of children, the publicans were as anxious as anybody that the law should be obeyed. With regard to the Anchor Inn, it appeared that the Kelsterton Brewery Company had undertaken to forfeit this licence when the Hawarden magistrates last week granted them a new provisional licence for a hotel to be situated near Shotton Station, on the Wrexham, Mold, and Connah's Quay Railway. The licence was accordingly renewed to Robert Williams, the tenant, on the understanding that it should be handed up to the clerk of the justices when the licence of the new premises at Shotton came into operation.—Robert Jones was granted a transfer of the licence of the Hawarden Castle Inn from Charles Humphreys.

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