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j BLAIJTA POLICE COURT. • FRIDAY. Before Dr. W. E. WILLIAMS (in the chair), and Mr. JAMES PHILLIPS. DRUNK. James Bateman, collier, Abertillery, who did Dot appear, was charged with being drunk and riotous on the 21st ult., and was fined 10s. George Minion, Blaina, was likewise summoned for a similar offence, on the 12th of December, and being his first appearance he was only fined 58. A DIRTY GROUP. Arthur Bond, George Maker, David Matthews, John Smith, James Matthews, and John Osborne, all whom appeared in court in a most dirty and untidy condition, were charged with vagrancy by lodging in the works at Ebbw Yale, on the 17th inst.—P.C. Grey said that in com- pany with P.C. Evans, he visited the Llandavel Coke Ovens, where they found the defendants sleeping in and out of the coke ovens.—Defen- dants were committed to Usk Gaol for 7 days with hard labour. THE NOBLE ART. Jeremiah Cowhig, William J. Lewis, Thomas Cowhigr, and George Meridith. young men, Aber- tillery, were charged with a breach of the peace by fighting at Abertillery on the 21st of Nov.— P.C. Watkins said that in company with P.C Rowlands, he found the four defendants fighting in Church-street. Two of the defendants were locked up. Their conduct was very bad.—De- fendants pleaded guilty, and were fined £1 each, or 14 days. IN DOUBLE TROUBLE. James Lane of Aberbeeg, was charged with trespassing on the Great Western Railway at Aberbeeg, and also with using profane and obscene language at the railway station at Aber- beeg, on the 24th of October.—Mr. Waddington, solicitor, Usk, appeared to prosecute for the Railway Company.—Mr. A. Evans, station- master at Aberbeeg, said that the defendant wanted to fight with other men, and interfered with the railway officials.-A ticket collector stated that defendant threatened him whilst he was collecting tickets.—Defendant, who did not appear, was fined Jtl and costs in each case. CRUELTY TO A HORSE. John Williams, haulier, Nantyglo, was charged with working a horse in an unfit state on the 17th of November. Inspector Lockwood. R.S.P.C.A., Cardiff, said that on the day i:, question he was at Nantyglo, and saw defendant working a very old bay horse, which was pulling an empty -tram. He noticed that the mare COUKI scarcely get along. The animal was staggering from side to side from weakness. He afterwards examined the mare, and found it suffering from diseased hocks, and it was in a general bad state of health.—John Chilton, contractor, Nantyglo, was also charged with cruelty to the horse ii, question by causing it to be worked in an until state. Chilton said he was very sorry-he ha- made a mistake in buying the old mare. Since the inspector had seen it he had sent it away to be destroyed.—The Bench, under those circum- stances fined Chilton JE1, and Williams 10s. ALLEGED THEFT OF PIGEONS. David Moxley, a lad about 13 years of age, living at Nantyglo, was charged with stealing 10 pigeons, the property of David Parfitt, and lo pigeons, the property of James Butler, at Nantyglo, on the 22nd of October last.—Mr. T. G. Powell, solicitor, defended.—David Parfitt said that his pigeon cot was broken into on the 22nd of October and 10 pigeons stolen.—Cross- examined by Mr. Powell: He went to the houses of persons named Meyrick and Roberts to look for the pigeons, and found some of the pigeons on the premises belonging to him and Butler. He could not give any reason why he bad not summoned Meyrick and Roberts.—P.S. McGrath said that on the 24th of October he received information of the loss of the pigeons. He went to Meyrick's house and found two pigeons there, and upon going to Roberts' house found 13 pigeons in a coop. He then went to defendant's (Moxley) house, and enquired whether they had any pigeons on the premises, and they answered No." He afterwards found on their premises two live and three dead pigeons. Butler identified one as belonging to him. Defendant told him that he had trapped the pigeons.—By Mr. Powell: He had directed this prosecu- tion. He did not summons Meyrick and Roberts because they said the pigeons were given them by Moxley.-Rieliai,di Roberts, a boy of 13. said that the defendant had given him several pairs of pigeons to give to David Meyrick. Defendant had given him a lot before this.-James Butler gave evidence that when searching for the Eigeons with the sergeant he found one pigeon elonging to him at Moxley's. His name was stamped on the wing of the bird, inside.-For the defence, Mr. Powell called a Miss Richards, music teacher, who said that on the night of the 22nd of October she went to the hoiise of defen- dant's parents at a quarter to six in order to five music lessons to David Moxiey and another oy, named Peters. She saw David Moxley then. He was dirty, having just come home from the colliery. She directed him to get clean, and to take his lesson after Peters. At 7 o'clock he came, and from that time to eight was engaged with his lesson.—John Peters said that he was with David Moxley in the house from about six o'clock until half-past nine.—By the Bench He went out from half past nine, returning about 11. He and Moxley slept together that night.-David Williams said he saw Roberts and Meyrick going down the road with something under their coats, and when by David Moxley's house they holloaed. He watched them going to the back of Roberts's house.—Mr. Powell having addressed the Bench, the Chairman stated that he and his colleague were of opinion that the defendant had stolen the pigeons, but in consideration of his youth, and its being the first. offence, he would be bound over in the sum of to to appear here for i udsment if called upon. v A SWEET TEMPTATION. William Williams, a young collier, living at Nantyglo, was charged with stealing sweets on the 16th of December from out of an automatic sweet machine at the Railway Station, Nantyglo. —Mr. T. G. Powell, solicitor, appeared for the defendant, and pleaded guilty. J. Leicester, an employee of the Sweet Automatic Company, stated that in consequence 01 so much stealing from the sweet machines by persons using pieces of tin, &c., the size of a penny to get the sweets out, ne was put to w £ tcl* the station, Nantyglo, with the result that he caught the defendant in the act of stealing some sweets by inserting a piece of round tin. Mr. Powell here said that there were other ooysabout the station, and the defendant was ottered one of these pieces of tin, and told that 1 he dropped it in the slot of the machine he could get a sweet out, The defendant foolishly was tempted to do so. He would hand in testimonials of characterfrom He would hand in testimonials of cbaracterfrom Mr. Thomas Morgan, manager, Coalbrookvale also Mr. Thomas, the underground manager, and others.-Defendant was bound over in the sum of jE5 to come up for judgment when called upon. A COWARDLY FELLOW. Fred Tiley, of AbertiHery was charged with assaulting Sarah Gonnicott o the 22nd October last.—Defendant failed to+ appear at the last court. — Complainant stated that defendant struck her in the mouth a very violent blow on the 24th of October.—Defendant said that he lived in apartments with the complainant She aggravated him by calling him and bis wife bad names, and he struck her in his temper. Fined Jbl. INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE. Ruth Watkins, single woman, Blaina sum- moned James Evans to shew cause, &<•—jDefen dant did not appear.—Complainant, upon being asked if she had anybody to give evidence, said she had not brought anyone, but could do so, and the case was adjourned for a month. WORKMEN AT VARIANCE. Charles Brown, timberman, Blaina was charged with assaulting Charles Young, labourer, on the 11th of December.—t-omplainant said they were working near each other m the same pit, and hud a few high words, when defendant struck him a violent biow on the eye, causing it to dis- colour.-Defei,dant admitted the offence, but said that Young got him in a bad temper.—Fined 10s. MARRIAGE A FAILURE. Albert TtdkeraL, was charged with neglecting to support his w'ire, ousan 1 ulkeral. Both were young people.Complainant stated that she had been married to defendant two years next June. He went away from her in September last. He had left her .several times before, and she had tried to live with him, but had failed. He was very often like a man out of his mind.—The Clerk (to defendant) Why is it you don't support your wife.—Defendant: I am quite willing to do so if she will come from her father and mother.—-The Clerk: The same old grievance again. (Laughter.)—The complain- ant: I should have nowhere else to go. We had apartments once, but his bad behaviour got us turned out.-Dr. Williams (to defendant): Have you a home to take your wife to now ?—Defen- dant No, sir I have broken up my home, but I am willing to see about getting apartments.— Complainant (Passionatel I won't put up with nim any more.—Dr. Williams You must I understand that he is your husband, and you have to follow him. We will adjourn the case for & month to see if you cannot arrange matters. CRUELTY TO A HORSE. James Winstone, haulier, Abertillery, was charged with cruelty to a horse at the Tillery Colliery, Abertillery, on the 3rd inst.—Defen- dant admitted kioking the horse.—John Handy, overman, appeared for the Company.—Defen- dant was fined 10s. DRU^K„^ND RIOTOUS. William Darby, or Blaina, was charged with being drunk and riotous, at Blaina on the 16th November, and was imedjEl. Samuel Bird, Thnmas Price, James Cody, and Frank King were each charged with a similar offence, and fined 10s. each. INDECENCY. Nathaniel Gobi plasterer, of Abertillery, was charged with indecently exposing himself on the highway at Abertillery on the 26th of November. -1>.C. Watkins proved the case, and addec; t, he had previously cautioned the defendant < the same offence.-Fined 10s. ST; ALING COAL. Kate Hillings was charged with stealing e, on the 21st of November, the property of Mess Lancaster, Spier and Co., Cwmtiliery, and fined 10s. A TRANSFER REFUSED. Application for the transfer of a licence 1 Mrs. Hanney, Commercial Hotel, Abertiilerj. Mrs. Candina Thomas was made to the Rt-; It transpired that Mrs. Thomas had a husb.f living, named Ellis Thomas.—Supt. Paik addressing Mrs. Thomas, said it was unusual i< grant licences to married women, and he regretted to state that owing to the bad record of her husband at that Court, he felt he must object.— Dr. Williatns The bad reputation and miscon- duct of your husband is still fresh in the miud Ic," the Cowrt. He has been here three or lorn times, and the Bench do not see their way cxea. to grant the charge of such a house to him. have a duty to perform on public grounds, ,1 we feel that for the present we must refuse transfer.

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