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A BLAINA INSURANCE AGENT CHARGED WITH FORGERY. COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. At tiia Blaina Police Court on ]?rid,,ty .1,L4t (before Dr. W. E. Williams, in the clitir ,aiid lvfr. James Phillips) He?irv Hathawa?r, agent for the British Primitive Me?hodist Frieudiv and Sick Beiie fit Societv, was cliai?ged with ?feloniously for Drtain receip+ of X3 with inteit to ging a c4 defraud. Mr. T. G. i;owell, i3eaufort, prose- CLIt,-cl, and Mr. Dan-]:cl Evans, BreCOD, defended. Mr. Powell said the prosecutor, William Henry Gane, collier, Blaina. had a child insured iu the j above society. It had died, and it appeared some question had arisen as to who should receive the money. The grandmother of the child had paid the premium, and no doubt the question would arise as to whether the insurance was a legal one on account of her insuring it. That, however, was not the point. A dispute actually did arise, and the defendant told the father of the child that the money should be paid to him. Some time elapsed, and the defendant, when the pro- secutor asked for the money, told hiia the claim must be made out to him. Defendant said he had been to Birmingham, and he had only suc- ceeded in getting 30fe. for him. The defendant made out the death claim on a special printed form, which was signed, the prosecutor making his mark, and accepting the 30s. upon those representation. It transpired, however, that besides the claim, the defendant had sent a re, ceipt for X3, purported to be signed by Gane, to the head office of thesiety in Birmingham, whieh amount he had drawn. Gane never signed this receipt, and this was the document they said was forged. Defendant paid Gane 30s., although he received X3. Mr. Powell then called Ann Gane, married woman, living !at Blaina, who said that she was the mother of the prose- cutor, William Henry Ganev who had a son, Alfred L. Gane, whom she had insured in the above so-aety on the 20th of July, l&iO. at the age of 14 months, ami who died on the l3th of September last. She paid ld. per week, and according to the terms, of the policy was entitled to xo at tne time or death. She made a claim on the day after the child died to the defendant, who told her she had no claim. By Mr. Evans She insured children belonging to two of her sons. Mr. Evans You never paid anything in res- pect to the dead child from the 26th of Oct., .1890, until the 24th ot A7ust, 1891 when you ,,paid 2s. 4d. '?-Witness: es- I pai?i is. besides, es but it was not put down on the card at the time. By Mr. Evans She had not continued to pay for the o^her child, who still lived, because her son objected to her doing so. The child who died was not in a dying condition when she paid the 2s. 4d., on the 24th of August last. It had had the measles, but was quite out of it a fort- night previous. She went to the defendant the day after the child's death, when he ft^old her she had no claim, but that he would arrange, to do all he could for her. She had insured all her family, 9 or 10'in number, also 5 or 6 of her grandchildren. She knew the defendant for a great many years. Would rather say she knew nothing against his character and respectability. Did not know he had been a local preacher with. the Primitive Methodists. Witness upon being pressed by Mr. Evans, admitted knowing a man named Beynon, who was a local preacher with the Primitives. Mr. Evans: Did you not draw this man to commit adultery with you ?—Witness No; he came into my house and committed adultery with me. By Mr. Evans: No IW was paid to settle the matter. Re-examined by Mr. Powell: The child died from scarlatina. Defendant never told her that she had no claim until, sbe went to make the claim. William Henry Gane (the prosecutor) said he? was a collier, son of the last witness, and father of the child that died, on the 7th of October. He heard that the defendant had been looking for him, so he went to defendant's house. De° fendant then said he did not want to see him v,er particularly. but what money he bad was to e paid to him, and -no one else had any claim to it. Defendant, continuing, said he had 30s., that he had been up to the firm in Birmingham, who granted him first 91, and, upon his pleading the poverty of witness's mother, he got another 10s., making it 30s. He did not accept the 30s. that night, but went to defendant on the 9th of Oct., when a claim form was filled up by defendant, who afterwards asked him to put a cross to it. He then received 30s. from, the defendant. He did not sign any other document. He after- wards communicated with the office at Birmin- gham, on the 10th of October, respecting the mtter, but not receiving a reply, wrote 09. the- October, and then received a letter from Mr. Turnball, secretary. [Letters aU handed in.] Mr. Turnball and another person came td* him afterwards and gaie, Iiim 3Qs. He then signed a receipt on the back i of a letter (pro- duced) as balance of claim, having previously re- ceived 30s. from defendant. A receiptfor £ 3 was then produced, purporting to be signed and then marked by the witness, who denied ever doing so. When he put his mark to the claim form only his wife and daughter were present with them. The claim form produced, purported to be signed by a John Jones, a witness to his signature. There was no John Jones present. On the 12th of October defendant came to him, and after some conversation said he had done wrong, and asked him to forgive him, offering him 5s. 6d. to leave it drop. Defendant asked him to go with him to see Mr. Turnball the next day, which he consented to do, but defendant afterwards said he could not come, being unable to leave work. He again asked him to leave the matter drop, and said he was in a position to do a good turn for him. On the 20th of October defendant and a Mr. Tilson came into his house, followed by his brother, Thomas Gane. Defendant then wanted to know what he wanted to settle the matter, and he replied that he wanted £ 10 to settle it; Defendant answered saying, Rather than pay tenpence he would rot in goal." Saw defendant on another occasion in company with his brother, when defendant admitted he had done wrong, and wanted him to leave the matter drop. This waS previbus to coming to his house with Mr. Tilson. By Mr. Evans He had brought this case into court for the benefit of the public, and to put an end of people of defendant's kind. Mr. Evans: Then why did you want tio to settle the matter. Witness: Because defendants were pressing me to settle the matter. By Mr. Evans He could read and write. He put his mark on the claim, because Hathaway requested him to do so, and never asked him to write his name. He never told Mr. Tilson that he had put his mark to a receipt for JE3. Defen- dant had told him he had been specially to Birmingham on his behalf. Mr. James Turnball, of Birmingham, said he was secretary of the said society, and knew the defendant as being their agent at Blaina, which position he still held. He remembered Hath- away coming to the office on the 1st of October in respect to this matter, and receiving from him JE3 in discharge of the claim. Afterwards he received the claim form for 13, and a receipt for the same amount. He came down to Blaina, and paid Gane 30s. By Mr. Evans: Defendant had been their agent for about three years. Since this occur- rence he had had made a strict investigation into all the defendant's business in Blaina in their society, and found everything in the strictest, order, honest and just. Defendant did no other business with him at" the office in Birmingham but the case now in question. The railway fare is about JE1. He saw defendant on two days. He had characterised this case as one of sharp practice. He did not think the 2s. 4d. would nave been paid if the child was not iU, but legall.t they were obliged to pay the claim, thgr? not morally. Powell: They'had given no notice of lapsing the policy on that of the other child who lived. U they had it would have been equally as,rnuch sharp practice on their side. John Gane gave evidence as to being with his brother Will-ism on the 13th Of Octlb,-c, and hearing defendant admit having done wrolo.' Thomas Gane collier, said he saw the defeyad- ant and Mr. Ti?on on the 20th of (),toor. 'Before this he knew there had been son-4diF,pute about a hey., It was in his brother Wilii,,?u-S house. W., heard 31r.' Usons say tUt ile bad ?been around Blaina ascertain' away ot a!Dout Hath- I'aglt'-s I-. He character and th6ii'm said it with great contempt. M' Til,n* con- tinuec? saying that William b2?d?-nD Iaim. He had had similar cases werebe had -r fused to pay. Hathaway said he knew,. he bad e giving th? receii3t far;E3., 'ao"la wrong by By Mr. Fvan;: ii6 brother did say he'would settle it for Xio. This 'was the cam for thetprosecution, and an adjourw?aent for lawheon -'Cook plappj for hg?ff- an-h6ur. Upon the ourt re-assemb Mr. Evans commenced 1,3y del'iveH?g?gs speech for the defenm He rOfv,'Md to the womn An, 0sn6 as having been accustomed to insurance businen, havin insur g ed about 20-or 30 lives and not with hav*mg a -clean sheet. IE[,6r lo;? of money was no doubt vml? great. TBAM the fwt of her *ntripution of thoohad TYiu-g up the c who 'and not the one *ho SMU lived was a very MOPIciOus incident in tbh?Ow.? The defend. ant hadgons to the ibxpenw and trouble of going to Birmingham for _t?t =910 and it wag not for any love of gImn he did so. IEEE ,spent 91 in rgiIW4 bres, Ion Of two dW work, a?ud other expenses-, go thit h6 bad evtuq*w low W, Aouu% g zo ta BM M' wo as The -C! :r' "4_- defendant had hitherto borne the best of charac- I ter, ami held a^imporcant office in i;.je collieries, and if lie had done wrong would it not be feasible) to suppose he would have been delighted to settle tne mattei- for £ 10 ? but, 011 the contrary, rather than be taken advantage of he said that rather tiiaii pay i0d. he would rot in gaol. IS o other evidence out theGanes' Jiad been'pr-oduced. After some further remarks, Mr. Evans called upon William Tinv> who said lie was as-ift.ut superintendent of flie society at BlrpnngLam. After this matter had been reported to the society, he came down to Blaina, and, acc^m paiueu by the defendant, went to the prosecu- tor's iiou.se and heard Gane spying he would settle ^the matter for £ 10, anr] the reply of the defendant that he would rot in gaol He asked Gane if he had his money (the £ 3), and Gane replied, "Yes." He then said he (meaning Gahe) was sure he hat; put iiis mark to the receip. of £ 3, and he replied, "Yes." He was an ahso^e stranger to defendant when he came down to Blaina. By Mr. Powell; He had come down to investi- gate the case. He was satis tied that Gane i--Ad I put his mark; to the £ 3. Mr. Turnball, re-called by the magistrals, said that the society had paid £ 4 10s in respect of the claim. They had not been refunded the ilOs ¡ by defendant, and ulk-?n being f ul-ti.L.r qucst,01,, s al --t pol t -vA,.s ali--?)wad to Ntaiid tik n ()Ver, ing these proceedings. This concluded the ease, winch had lassea about three hours. The Bench, without retiring, said tbM the evidence was very strong-against the defendant, and they considered it was a case foitz another tribunal. The defendant would therefore be committed for trial to. the next Monmouth Assizes, bail was allowed, defendant in the sum. of £ 100 and two sureties of £ 50 ea,oh. The court being crowded dnruigi the heariug of the case, and a great many were unable toobtam I ■admitta«|ce. v





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