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COUNTY POLICE COURT. + SATURDAY.—Before Mr. Horace D. Trelawny (chairman), the Hon. Cecil T. Parker, Mr. B. C. Roberts, Mr. John Thompson, Mr. R. T. Richardson, and Colonel Evans-Lloyd. GUARDIANS AND A PARENT'S INTER- FERENCE.—William Henry Swain, bricklayer's labourer, was charged in custody with unlawfully and knowingly assisting his child, John Thomas Swain, to escape from a home at Mollington, while the child was under the control of the Guardians of the Chester Union. Mr. H. G. Hope defended the prisoner.—It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Rowe Morris (chairman of the Board of Guardians), Mr. John Minshull, farmer, Molling- ton, and Mr. Nickiin, assistant clerk to the Guardians, that on the 3rd June. 1902, the boy was adopted by the Board of Guardians, because it was considered that the parents were not suit- able persons to have charge of the child. The lad was sent to the Central Children's Home at Saughall. As the home was very full at the time, Mr. Minshull agreed to take the boy into his service, agreeing to send him to school for half of each day, and to let him do what work he oould do in the other half, until he was fourteen years of age. The boy, who became fourteen years of age in October, remained at Mr. Minshuli's, where he was fed and clothed, until the Sunday evening after last Christmas, when the father paid a visit to the farm, and said he was going to take the boy away. Mr. Minshull warned him that he would be prosecuted by the Guardians if he did so, and advised him to apply to the Guardians for their consent. The father, however, removed the boy, and took him to Manchester, where he was since been employed in nippering "-to use the fathers own expressive phrase—by the Midland Railway Company.,—Mr. Rowe Morris said the Guardians wished for a conviction as severe as the magistrates could inflict. At the present time they had another boy belonging to this man in the Saughall Home chargeable to them, and another boy, William, was in the Fulwood, Homo for the Blind, chargeable to them at £ 20 a year, whioh they were paying. The City Police had twice received t:2 bonuses for apprehending him. Prisoner was also owing to the relieving officer 12s. 6d.-Mr. Hope said the prisoner was liv- ing apart from, his wife, and was anxious that the lad should not bo allowed to visit her as he had been m the habit of doing while employed at Mollington. He did not think the mother's in- fluence upon the boy would be for tho lad's good, and that was the reason for his removing the boy' and he had no idea that he was committing a breach of the law.—The Bench imposed a fine of -Us. ^lnoludmg costs, with the alternative of 14 days imprisonment.—The Chairman said they had taken into consideration the fact that he had been in custody seven days. The Guardians must be supported, and they (the magistrates) had been rather too lenient with prisoner hitherto.—The Magistrates Clerk (Mr. Churton) intimated that it the Guardians were satisfied that the boy was bona fide in the employment of the Midland Rail- way Company, it was the magistrates' feeling that sdxndd be allowed' to remain there—Mr Minshull mentioned that he gave the character upon which the boy got the appointment under the railway company. Charles Darlington, a master carter, of Whitby, was summoned for illtrcatina a oow by causing it to be driven along the high- way at Newton, on the 21st January, while in an ™ ^Sergeant Jackson said ho was in com- pany \v it.1 Constable Ailman in Newton-lane .nd saw two little boys driving two cows. One of the cows was very lame cn the near hind leg tn 1 could scarcely hobble along. Every step she' took snt left marks of blood from her toe. Cross examined by Mr. Bras.-ey, who appeared for the defence, he said he did not know that the road had been freshly macadamised The cow was suttering from being over-driven.— P.C. AMm-vi gave corroborative evidence.-Joe Pulford. one .f .-ho boys, said Mr. Darlington told him to drive, the cows from Chester—Mr. Brassey said it was an extraordinary case, inasmuch as the defendant was not the owner of the cows, which belonged to a Mr. Parker, farmer, Ellcsmere Port. Moreover, he was not in charge of the cows. and if he did pen. out the cows to the boys he ceased to have a.ijt.un" to c.o witn them outside the aiea ov-r vwiich that Court had jurisdiction. The facts were t-.iat_i.he cows were purchased at Hooton on the previous day by Mr. Parker. and slioul.1 have be-n taken home from there. Owing to a rnisunde' stariding, however, the auctioneer's clerk declined to let the animals go. end they were diiven to Chester on ihe following day. It was cn Mr 1 arker's instructions that Mr. Darlington came r fr'"eltor to Tscn(1 tho covs to Whitby in charge ot tl:o boys. lie contended that any offence com- mitted by ins client was in Chester and not in the crunty.—Mr. Darlington said he last saw th., cows in Chester, and all that was wrong with the irijur-d cow was that it appeared a littl-, stiff. I-Ie admitted that he told <he boys to drive the cov3 steadily.—Fined 10s. Including- costs. PILFERING AT UPTON.-William Jones, a wagon builder, lodging at Upton, was charged tvitii stealing four pieces of wood, the property of George Austin, Quoen's-road, Cluster, and vaine 6d. Prisoner pleednd guilty.—Mr. Austin said he was building some new houses at Upton Heath, and the wood (prod",cod) was part of some timber he had there. He did not wish to press the case. -P.C. Allman said he suspected pilfering from these new houses, and watched. About > on Friday morning he saw Jones go to the and leave with some wood under his arm. !!e caught him on the doorstep of his lodgings, and prisoner said he was taking it for firewood Prisoner was further charged with being drunk nt Newton. Mid his scared face suggested a pain- ful adventure, in which as Mr. Churton put it probaoly a lamp post had played a prominent part P.C. Ailman found him holpless against a will .\t 10.15 p.m. oii-Frl'(i -i v. -Prison (,r told the Bench that he was making )rrr)-, fhe road and his went loose"—also that he d'd not like the buttons of the nohce officer, and was retfinsr out of tho rOM1. (Laughter.)—Fo»- the theft- the Bench fined him jO; and costs. and for being drunk he was ordered to pay the costs.




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