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MACHYNLLETH. TRANSVAAL WAR FUND.—One of the best minstrel entertainments ever held in Machynlleth took place in the Town Hall on Friday evening, the 29th, the proceeds of which were handed over towards the War Fund, The hall was packed with a most patriotic audience. The chief organizer was Mr Howell, School House, who deserves the highest praise for his gcod work for such a worthy object, and he was ably assisted in the work by Mr Cule, and the utmost loyalty and good feeling prevailed amongst the members of the troupe. Some of the best singers in the town gladly gave their time and talent. Needless to say, each man played his part well, the cornermen keeping the audience in the best of moods. Everyone threw his whole heart and energy into the amusing work, which was a grand success. TRADESMEN'S HUNT.—This annual hunt of the tradesmen of the town with the Plas fox hounds took place on New Year's Day. The meet was at Llynlloedd where those who assembled were enter- tained by Mr Edmund and Mr Rd Gillart. Amongst those present on horseback or on foot were Mr E Gillart, Mr R Gillart, Dr A 0 Davies, Mr D E R Griffiths, Major Bonsall, Mr Daniel, Towyn, Mr It Jones, veterinary surgeon, Mr Jones, Sandilands, Towyn, Mr J Evans, Fronygoch, Mr T Carruthers, Mr Crawford, Mr Pattinson, MrE Breeze, Mr John Evans, ironmonger, Mr E Davies, Dolgaradog, Mr B Pearce, Mr W Sadlier, Mr S Griffiths, etc. The hounds put up a f ox soon after starting and a hunt of some two hours duration took place, during which the fox led the chase up the one side of Cwmrhaiadr, and through the Llyfnant Valley. In all three or four foxes were seen, but all got away. PETTY SESSIONS.- WEDNESDAY. Before Major Bonsall, Dr Edwards, Mr R Rees, Dr Davies, and Mr 11 Gillart. K.-P.C. Pugh summoned Abraham Roberts for having been drunk and disorderly on December 8.—Defendant was fined 2s 6d and 7s 6d costs, in default seven days' imprisonment. SCHOOL BOARD CASES. Upon behalf of the School Board, D Davies Williams applied for distress warrants against Elizabeth Williams, Thos Davies, Ann Evans, John Arthur, John Stevens, Rd Humphreys, and Ann Rees, all of whom had failed to pay the school fines and fees. The application was granted. RATE COLLECTING CASE.—Edward Jones, Lion Hotel, Machynlleth, was summoned by D Davies- Vîlliams, rate collector for the Urban District Council, for non-payment of general and district rates amounting to Cll 3s 6d. The Collector stated that he was authorised to take proceedings by the resolution of his Council to the effect that all those in default at the end of the week should be summoned. Three or four applications had been made. He (the Collector) did not see the defendant personally, but his daughter, who was in the bar, said he was not going to pay.—The Deputy Clerk (Mr Cogan) asked for the counterfoil of the demand note served, and the Collector said he had them with the exception of the first which was delivered in August.—Defendant That you can't prove because you never delivered it.—The Collector: Will you allow me to fetch the counter- foil of the first demand note ?-The Deputy Clerk said it was necessary that that should be produced, and the Collector left the room and presently re- turned and produced the counterfoil which was dated September 1st. The counterfoil of the other demand note was also produced.—Defendant said first of all the rate on Mr Evan's laud had nothing to do with him. He certainly owned the land, but he paid a certain amount for it free of rates, taxes and tithes. He had never been charged with it before.—The Collector said that was the first rate since defen- dant had come into possession of the land. The rates could not be recovered from the landlord. If the conditions of tenancy were as Mr Jones said, the tenant bad his remedy by withholding the amount of the rates, but the tenant was responsible to the Council. If Mr Jones had told him of this -Defendant: How could I when I only had the demand on Friday and the summons on Saturday ?-The Collector That was not the first demand.—Defendant said the first notification he received was a notice on November 8th, in reply to which he sent a letter to the Clerk asking for the particulars at his earliest convenience. The next thing' he heard about it was this demand note delivered on Friday when he (defendant) was not at home. The Collector called again on Saturday morning when he was told he (defendant) would be there on Monday, but on Saturday afternoon the summons came. The Deputy Clerk said defendant was entitled to 14 days after the demand note.—Defendant: Is a rate collector- allowed to deliver a demand note on Friday at your house in your absence, and when he is told you would not be at home until Monday or Saturday to take out a summons ?-The Col- lector I have stated in my ebidence that the first demand note was delivered on September 1st.—The Chairman examined the counterfoil and said the note was dated December 28.—The Collector That was the second. I should like Mr Jones to produce the first.-Defei-i(lant It was never delivered.— The Collector: I delivered it to your daughter.— Defendant (pointing to a lady in the Court) This one ?-The Collector I cannot say which of them. — Defendant How can you say you delivered it to my daughter then ? There is plenty of difference between them.—The Collector: I don't know the difference as well as you', perhaps, but I delivered it to your daughter who was in the bar.—The Chairman I suppose you have a representative at the bar?—Defendant: Certainly.—The Chair- man I suppose you are not particular whether it was delivered to one daughter or the other P—De- fendant: No, so long as he can prove it was de. livered at all.—The Collector said if he had known of this objection, he would have produced evidence to the effect that he delivered the note and that Miss Jones said they would not be paid. The Chairman If you are not pre- pared with your case, it would be better to adjourn. Do you apply for an adjournment ?— Defendant In that case I ask for costs. It has cost me something to be here to-day.—The Col- lector said he had proved the case and did not apply for an adjournment.—The Deputy Clerk said fourteen days should have been allowed after the delivery of the second demand note.—The Collec- tor said that was not necessary when the person was about to leave as the defendant was.—The Deputy Clerk, however, adhered to his statement. —The defendant said he would not have been there that day if he had had ten minutes' chance. He was a respectable tradesman and had never been behind with his rates nor with any other debts and he considered it an insult and an affront that he should have to appear there that day.—The Col- lector: Of course Mr Jones makes these remarks directly to me. I should direct him to the resolution passed by the Council.—Defendant: Why don't you summon others as well then ? Why don't yon summon members of the Council ?—The Collector Who are they ? Defendant: I can point them out. The Collector No, you can't. That is a very unworthy remark to make. There is not a single member of the Council who has not paid.—In reply to the Chairman, defend- ant said he did not deny the rate of the house but of the land.—The Collector said if defend- ant had told him this the matter would have been settled.— Defendant I did not get the chance.—The Collector said he was sorry if Mr Jones had not received the fiist demand note, but he had delivered it.—Defendant: Sorry is not in it, and it was not altogether a mistake.—The Collector It was not that that brought you here. —Defendant: I beg pardon .—The Collector I think you ought to.—Defendant: You as a servant of the ratepayers ought to know better.— The Chairman, after consulting the other members of the Bench, said they had come to the conclusion that there had been some misunderstanding and the case would be dismissed, each party to pay his own costs. Of course the rates would have to be paid. Defendant could make arrangements with the landlord to have the money refunded. The tenant was responsible for the rates.—The defend- ant: May I ask for costs ?-The Chairman shook his head.—The Defendant I think it is hard lines after being here for seven years to be subjected to this scandalous insult when leaving.—The Chair- man I think there were mistakes on both sides.- Defendant It was no mistake. It was nothing but spite.—Mr R Rees and Mr R Gillart, being members of the Urban Council, did not sit on this case.



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