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SERIOUS OFFENCE UNDER THE BANK- RUPTCY ACT. A PEMBROKESHIRE MERCHANT IN TROUBLE. At the Carmarthen Borough Police-court on Mon- day-befolrethe Mayor and Messrs. T. Hughes and J. Howell Thomas—the court wais engaged for hours "With the adjourned case against William Jonesr Buildings, Blaenffoe, Pembrokeshire, for allege^ pffeoces in his bankruptcy. Mr W. Morgan Griffiths appeared on behalf of the Treasury'to conduct the case, which was taken under several section's of the Debtors' Act, 1869. Defendant was undefended. Mr W. M. Griffiths, in opening the case, said the charges were three in number, namely:—Making material-omissions in his statement of affairs con- cealing property; book debts; and concealing books. On the 1st February defendant filed his petitioft, with liabilities JE406 3s. 5d., and assets dE14 Is. 10d., which were wholly in book debts. Defendant stated that those were all the debts, but the official receiver had since secured the payment of otlVelf debts which debtor had represented as having"been paid. He had denied the existence of any ledger, but evidence was forthcoming of such a book. Defendant had been doing a large business, at ond time paying as much as JE40 a month freightage, and yet he wanted the official receiver and thecourt to believe that be carried all his accounts in his head and in certain memorandum day-books' which he produced. C. N." Phillips, chief clerk of the Carmarthen Bankruptcy Court, put in the file of the pro- ceedings'. W. J. Needle, Carmarthen, the shorthand writer engaged in the case, spoke to the correctness of his notes and transcript of the defendant's examina- tion. J. H. Daniel, from the official receiver's office, said he went into possession at the defendant's when the receiving order was made, and assisted in getting up the defendant's statement of affairs. Defendant denied the existence of a ledger. He (witness) prepared the list of book debts at the direction of the debtor, and Jones did not point out to him the list of names at the end of account "oook No. 3. When that statement was made out, Jones fully understood that it was his statement, and he (defendant) was responsible for it. Joseph Williams, now living at Llansamlet, said that he formerly collected debts for the defendant. On the 8th January defendant gave him a number of bills to collect. He paid money over to defen- dant, jE2 10s. on the 4th February that was three days after the petition was filed. On the 5th he paid him £ 2 Is. The items on the list produced were, except one, the bills defendant gave him to collect. On April 11th defendant offered him 92 to send to the official receiver jEl 19s. 10d. which he (Williams) received on one of the accounts, and paid over to defendant in February. James Williams, cashier in the office of the official receiver, produced a list of debts received from various people since February 1st in that bankruptcy. It amounted to 99 5s. None of those items were included by the defendant in his state- ment of affairs. There was no ledger account in defendant's books against David Davies, post- master. The Official Receiver (Mr T. Thomas) said that his suspicion was aroused in that case, and he made strict enquiry. At the end of day-book No. 3 he found, under date January 9th, 1889, a long list of names with amounts opposite to them, some of which were crossed out. At the public examina- tion he asked defendant as to how he omitted certain accounts, and he said first that he thought his son bad received them, and then that he did not understand why they were omitted. John Davies, blacksmith, Bridgend, Clydey, Pembrokeshire, and coal and lime merchant at Llanfyrnach Station, said that on the last Tuesday in January witness applied for the payment of JE47 due to witness, and defendant told him not to be afraid, as he had about jE400 due to him. This concluded the evidence as to the omissions in the statement of affairs, and Mr Griffiths then called evidence as to the charge of concealing the ledger.-Messrs. C. N. Phillips and J. H. Daniel were resworn, and a fresh witness. W. R. Hughes, brewer's traveller, Burton, said he called upon defendant at his office at Boncath on January 7th and 21st to collect money. On the first occasion defendant said he had a great deal of money out. He had a ledger before him, and said that he had dE300 to C400 out on it. The book was about 10 inches by 14, and had accounts entered in ledger form. Defendant said his lia- bilities were not much above £100. A man came in with an account, which he said was not correct, and defandant turned up -the account in the ledger. In March he asked defendant about the ledger, and he said he had sold it to a man named Samuel, and that was the only one he had. Witness saw the' book sold to Samuel, which was produced in defen- dant's presence at his public examination, and that was not the one he saw at defendant's office. William Davies, engine driver, Llanfyrnach, said that four years ago he frequently saw a ledger, about 12 by 8 inches, at the defendant's office. David Davies, postmaster, Rose-hill, Cilgerran, said that in September, 1888, he went to defen- dant's office to look after a bill. Defendant's son was there, and he looked it a ledger. The book was about 14 or 15 inches long and 9 inches wide. The son turned to the index to find the account. The book was strongly bound and was well worn. James Adams, coal and lime merchant, Cilger- ran, said he often saw the defendant drawing bills out of a ledger. The Official Receiver said that defendant swore distinctly at his public examination that he never had a ledger with an alphabetical index. Defen- dant said that the only big book he had he sold to Samuel when he gave up business. That book was produced at the public examination. It was a new book, and the only leaves written upon were cut out by defendant's solicitor, and he (the Official Receiver) produced those leaves. Ultimately, defendant was committed for trial on all the charges.

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