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IFishguard Petty Sessions.


I Fishguard Petty Sessions. Oil Thursday last before Mcssr. J C Yorke (chairman), E D Jones, and W S Jenkins. jilil'NK KXNlv-S. John Griffiths, Tynewydd, Nevern, was summoned for being drunk in Church-street, Newport, Pent., on June 27th.—Defendant pleaded nob riiilty,-P.C. Morgan deposed to Hading defendant lying down on the side of the street. He advised him to get up but a friend came up and he was taken home.—Defendant nothiuu to say. Replying to the Magistrates, the olficer slli;1 defendant was not unruly but helpless.—Fined 2s Gd and 6s Gd casts. A HAPPY PARTY. Thomas Vaughan, farmer, of Pentre, Little Newcastle, was summoned for being drunk in charge of a mare at Newport fair on June 27th last. Defendant 1 was not drunk at all. Four witnesses defendant were ordered out of court. P.C. Morgan said that at 4 o'clock on the day in question he saw defendant drunk riding a mare in West-street, Newport, going backward and forward and on several occasions nearly fell off the mare. Deputy Chief What was the reason ? P.C. Morgan Seemingly, owing to his con- dition. Continuing, the officer said that owing to defendant being unable to control the mare he took it from him. Defendant :—You took it from me ?—Yes, and handed it over to your brother. At this point defendant insisted on the evidence being given in Welsh and inleipreted to him. Mr W S Jenkins, as usual, proved an able interpieler, and P.C. Morgan replied that his questioner was riding recklessly and w,»s drunk. Did 1 drive over anyone or anything'—JSo, but cantering from one side to the other. After further parley, defendant said he had no fnither questions to ask the officer. P.S. liosser corroborated the evidence. De- fendant was quite incapable of looking ,ft-r the horse he was riding by reason of his condition. He seemed very excited, was using bad language and quarrelling with the dealers. Defendant was able to keep his feet, said P.S. Itosser in reply to the Deputy Chief. Defendant What did I do out of the way ? P.S. Hosier Staggering, using bad language rnd with the other dealers just outside the Fanner's Anns. Mr Joseph Phillips,Buekett farm, Letterstjn.said he saw defendant; on the mare's back, but he did not go a yard further than he ought to have done. Witness smiled in quaint and knowing fashion on defendant as he gave his evidence, which several times convulsed the court. The" bubby" told defendant to take the saddle c'lf the mare and he saw him leap ou the mare's bare back Jike a circus man. They weve urging him to go faster and faster all the time. It was defendant's brother's pony and witness's trap. They were altogether and wanted to be a little free. That was the truth about it. Defendant put tile PUT-iy iti the trap aud then drove to' Fishguard each one going to transact his own business at various places. iieplying to (J lletlow" witness said, amid roars of laughter: Indeed, I have beeu many times worse than Vaughan was and the Police never took any notice of me he was not drunk we were out and you know we farmers are so weak that we must have something to strengthen our nerves a bit, sir. lie did'nt see the psdiceman take the mare from defendant, though it might have been done when he was not present. lie would not tell a lie tu piease anyone. What Lime they came to Fishguard he could not tell because he did'nt have a waccti they were going home very happy and emld not say (laughter). Mr Dauiel Kees, Castlenewydd-bnch, questioned by defendant, said he did'nt see defendant do anything out of place and he was with him all the afternoon, he saw nothing at all wrong with him. He noticed he had to take the saddle (tif the marc not owing to defendant being in drink but because of a spot under the girth. The policeman remarked that defendant was not lit to handle a horse but he was not drunk. By the Deputy Chief Defendant was not sober but he was not drunk. They were very happy but did nothing wrong. John Vaughan, Skyber, in answer to questions by defendant, corroborated the other witnesses' evidence he did'nt see defendant drive against anybody nor gallop, nor a step further than the whipper" asked him to go in fact, he did'nt go so iar because he was watching him the whole of the time. Nobody helped him to take the saddle off aud he jumped sixteen and a half hands high when the saddle was taken off and rode the mare bare-naek. Witness did'nt see the police- man hand the mare to defendant's brother and he was just in the excitable state in which he had always known him to be he really did'nt know how he could keep it up he never saw him in any other state. Keplying to Mr E D Jones, witness said that after they sold the mare they went home, arriving just before 10 o'clock. Deputy Ciiivi You sold the marc and had the money and took a drop afterwards? Yes— j (laughter). Mr John Vaughan, brother of the defendant, also continued all the former witnesses said. He asked his brother to go on the maifc's b.ick, but did not see him go against anybody, nor gallop the mare. lie did'nt see the policeman take the saddle off, but saw his brother jump on the mare's back afterwards. Defendant was not drunk he was lit to ride any horse in Wales at the time. Cross-examined Lie saw the policeman tike the mare from him. Chairman Was he diunk ? "Witness (emphatically) No. This was all the evidence and defendant had nothing further to say. The Chairman said they considered the case was not a very serious one. There would be no hue, though they found defendant guihy, and must pay tile costs—lis 6d. NO LIGHT. Capt Francis R liarham, of Trecwn, was summoned for riding his cycle in Hamilton-street without a lighted lamp at 10.20 p.m. The Clerk (Mr Picton Evans) read over the charge and the Captain stood up evidently unaware that the case was proceeding. After a lengthy pause the Clerk said :—" Do you understand Capt liarham ? Capt liarham :—I don't know. Clerk: I beg pardon, I thought you were listening. Capt liarham Not guilty. P.S. Itosser stated he met the defendant coming down Hamilton-street p st the Post Office the night was rather dark he was riding a bicycle without having a lighted hmp. As :fel the officer, approached him lie heard severa, persons complaining of the cyclist riding through the street without a lamp. Witness spoke to him and charged him with the offence, defendant I have no laiiip." He afterwards pro- cured a lamp at Messrs Eynon's establishment. Capt liarham Did you see me riding Ser- geant ? — Yes. Capt liarham Was I riding wheu you spoke to me V—No. Did you address me in any way did you use words, or did 1 speak lirst (' P.S. itosser J s] oke first I could hear people calling out that you were riding without a light. Capt liarham You saw me riding I suppose ? Yes. Capt liarham My witness is not here but in London, and is a lady, that is the worst of it. 1 don't wish to take up the time oi the court. He would not make a statement. — Fined ts (hl and 7s 6d costs. KEEPING DOGS WITHOUT HOLIX-SK. William Morris, Puncheston, was charged with keeping a dog without having a license.—P.C. Morris, Letterston, stated that on the 29th of June at S. 15 a.m.,he visited defendant's house and there saw two lurcher dogs and one terrier. He asked to whom they belonged and dcfeudan replied that one of the lurchers belonged to Mr John Thomas, Littlenewcastle, the other was his brother's at Maesteg. He had only one license which lie (the officer) had previously seen. He ,rave defendant a week to procure a license for the other lurcher. When he called again defendant said his brother had replied that if he wanted to see the license the policeman must come up to Maesteg to see it. The three dogs were at defendant's house on the 6th inst. Defendant in reply said the two lurchers were not his only the terrier belonged. to him. Keplying to the Magistrates he said Hs brother bad no other dog and the reason he did'nt send the license was that lie did'nt understand that it was necessary. Deputy Chief Defendant could be summoned for not producing the license when asked.— One dog kept coining back from Mr John Thomas's place.Filicil Is and 6s 6d cssts. DRGKK AND DISORDERLY. Thomas John, labourer, Hottipass-street, Fish- guard, was charged with being drunk and dis- orderly on Wednesday evening of last week. Defendant appeared beal iag unmistakeable evidence of a rough and tumble. The Clerk Were you drunk and disorderly ? Yes, sir. P.S. Itosser stated that at 10.30 on the evening mentioned he was called up to the house by prisoner's brother ia Hottipass-street. Defendant was very drunk and smashing the furniture there was large crowd in the street and defend- ant was strinp'd to the waist aud was chasing his brother with whom he wanted to light. Then lie returned to the house and behaved in a very disorderly manner. Defendant was a "regular terror to his old relatives.* He behaved so badly that he was obliged to upset him and bring him to the police station. The Deputy Chief said it was on the 15th January, 1903, when defendant was convicted of a similar ollience.-Fine(i 3s 6d and 6s costs. Defendant's brother paid the money. POACHING ON TIIE NEVERN. David Williams, Brengast, Nevern, was charged with having in his possession a gaff, on the morning of July 3td on the river Nevern at Newport, for the purpose of catching salmon.— Defendant pleaded not guilty. Mr Ed ward Pierce, water bailiff, in the employ of the Tivy Board of Conservators, stated that on the morning of the day mentioned at 5.50 in the company of Bailiff Williams, he was patroling the river Nevern from the village along the Llwyn- gwair meadow and saw about iifteen yards away the defendant with the gaff (prodnced)in his hand reeling the cotd attached to the hook around the board, also part of the gaif the liuf) was dragging on the ground. Defendant tried to put the tackle in his pocket, but failed to do so at the time, eventually succeeding. Coming up to the man he asked him to rake out the things from his pocket, as he (witness) was a water bailiff. Defendant replied he had got nothing and commenced taking out a pocket-handkerchief. After fu:ther parly, defendant took out the gaff (produced) and he told him lie would be summoned for having tiie g ui' in his possession for unlawfully taking salmon. Mr J C Yorke (chairman) Was the line dry. Mr Pi«rnp • V W RIP. Asked if he understood the evidence, defendant replied in the negative and the Clerk read out the depositions which were ably interpreted by Mr W •S Jenkins. Defendant then asked if the bailifIe saw him handling the hook and ha replied yes, he was tifteeu yaids away. To another question the baiiiif said that the defendant did not see him come along the river at all. Mr John Garnon Phillips Williams, another bailiff, corroborated his colleague's evidence in every detail. The liev J O Evans, vicar of Nevern, put in a letter on defendant's behalf which he wrote to bailiff Pierc. in his repty,defendant said he was on his way to work on the morning io question when he heard a noise and thought the" buys" were out, with the nets, but going towards the river he failed to find a single numan being, so he turned back and continued on his way to work. Only the two bailiffs he saw lie then walked en very quietly until the babiffs came up and asked whose laud that was and he replied, Llwyn- gwair." Pieice asked him to take out what he hsui in his pocket aud he took it out. At this point bainlP Pierce produced a walking- stick aud asked defendant if he recognized it, but hu, shook his head arm said he did'nt. Air Pieice addressing the Magistrates said there was a good deal of poaching going on and many complaints were received respecting it. Witness was sent down specially to try and get hold of some of the poachers.—Defendant was lined 2s 6d and £ 13s <±d costs, which were all paid by the ltev J O Evans. A QUESTION OF EXPENSES. Bailiff Pierce applied for expenses as he had walked about 18 miles and travelled some distance by rail in order to sustain the summons. He Claimed 3 till which the Conservators did not allow. The Chairman, after considering, said they had decided to allow the sum but were of opinion that the Tivy Board of Conservators ought to allow special expenses in such cases to the bailiff he (Mr York) was chairman of the Haverfordwest Board and they always paid their bailiffs extra in such cases. Bailiff Williams was allowed 5o which brought the costs up to the sum mentioned. MAINTENANCE CASES. William Howells, of Neath, a collier, was summoned to contribute towards the maintenance of his mother chargeable to the Haverfordwest He-aid of Cuardians.—Mr D W Lewis, relieving officer for the district, said that Howells was a widower and had one son who maintained himself. He earned a weekly wage of £ 1 3s 4d, and had paid s üd weekiy for 12 weeks and ceased away, dueltwas said to illness and slackness of trade. A letter was read from Howells statiug he would send something as soon as he could.—An order was made for defendant to pay 2s Gti per week. .lames Davies, collier, of 43, High-street, Clydach Vale, was similarly summoned to main- tain his father, chargeable 60 the common fund. Davies was asked to pay Is per week from the Sih oi February last ana had paid 7s then stopped further contributions. The father had been in receipt of relief for two years. i):ivies' ;tverare earnings was El 12s Cd for ten weeks but lie had a wife and four children to lllaiuLaill. An order was itmtdc for Is per week and costs. GAVE 1111\1 ONE PUNCH IN THE NOSK. T .omas lIenry Salmon, of Kopeyard,Fishguard, and engaged in blasting rock on the Pier Works, was summoned by Benjamin Rees, a haulier in the employ of Messrs Kobert Lewis ik Co., Malsters, for assaulting him in the Itopeyard on the evening of Tuesday of List week, July ISth. In reply to the charge Salmon pleaded guilty, but under provocative circumstances. Mr Vincent Johns, solicitor, Fishguard, who appeared for the complainant, said that on Tuesday evening, the ISth inst at about 8 o'clock, the complainant, who is in the employ of Messrs Itobert Lewis Co., was, with another employee of that linn, taking the horses up to the lield one man riding the first and Rees the "econd. Going up lane the first man Davies was some distance ahead and saw nothing of the assault I complained of and so could not be called as a witness. Rees was quietly passing defendant's 9 house, the defendant being outside with a child, when, without provocation, Salmon seized hold of Rees pulled him off the horse and punched him in the face. The motive for the assault could only be attributed to the fact that for the last 20 years Salmon's father had been in the employ of Messrs Robert Lewis «!i Co., and on the Saturday previous his engagement ceased and Rees succeeded iiim. This would seem to have been the motive for defendant to vent his spleen on Rees and was no justification foi the man to take the law into his own hands and treat complainant in the way he had. Benjamin ltees, the complainant, whose nose and eyes bore an unmistakeable evidence of having been severely bruised, bore out the advo- cate's statement. He entered the employ of Messrs Robert Lewis & Co. on the Saturday previous and was on his way up the Ropeyard when he passed Salmon, who was down by the side of the hedge, outside his house, and before he knew anything he found himself off the horse's back and bleeding like a pig. The Chairman You mean to say lie threw you down off the horse ?—Yes, sir. Continuing, Rees said he asked for what he was doing it but he gave no reply. Mr W S Jenkins The horse was walking S — Rees replied in the affirmative adding that he turned tiie horse back and Mrs Moore took hold of it while he went to Dr O'Donnell's surgery. Mr E D Jones Did you have any quarrel with defendant ? Rees None whatever, never in my life, and I cannot give any reason for the assault. Mr W S Jenkins Did he pull you down Rees Yes, lie held the horse with one hand and I was between the horse and himself. 1 asked at John Evans' house for water but they would not give me any because I was bleeding so much. Salmon (to Rees) Did you see me by the side of the road: Yes. Salmon What was I doing ?—Rees I don't know. Salmon: Was I cutting my boy's hair :-1 don't know. Salmon •- Was anything the matter with youi eyes ? Rees Yes, look at them. Salmon I mean, was anything the matter with them as you come up the ltope-yard V —Rues u. Salmon And you did'nt see my boy by the side of the road — ltees No. Salmon: There was plenty of room for the huiteo to pass ? Rees There was no room for the horse to pass. Salmon Did'nt you drive among the crowd ?— Rees No. A question arose as to the width of the road which the ehairman considered was more like fifteen feet than twenty. Salmon said that his boys had been run over many times owing to the passage of the horses up and down the lane. At this point Mr Johns said that under the circumstances, and as the defendant had pleaded guilty to the assault he would not call further evidence. Salmon 1 pleaded guilty, but under provoca- tion. Salmon in his statement described how he was engaged cutting his boy's hair outside the house when the lirst horse passed by in front of Rees all right, but Rees pulled the rein and his horse's shoulder struck him in the back just as he was using the scissors and the latter pierced his boy's neck in consequence. ills wife screamed and took care of the boy. lie then seized hold of the rein and asked Rees if he had ftny eyes. Then he pulled him off and gave him one punch in the nose. Mr Jenkins You pulled him off the horse. Salmon He came down pretty easy (laughter), and seeing the scissors in the boy's neck it is only what any other father would have done under the circumstances. I had no thought of touching him for other reasons than those mentioned. After a brief consideration the Chairman said, they were satisfied and there was no need to call further witnesses. Defendant had no right to take the law into his own hands, but they would not impose a heavy line—2s üJ and 6s 6d costs. Mr Johns said that his client went in bodily fear of defendant and desired to swear the peace against him. I The Chairman replied that complainant knew how to avoid giving offence and declined t■; entertain the application. Salmon 1 should like to ask if these horses are supposed to be let go up the lane loose ? The Chairman 1 should think not but I am not speaking on authority I will look up the point.