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CAHMARTHEN COUNTY S VTUKDAY Dec. lIth.-Beforo Mr. F. Dudley Williams-Drummond, Hafodneddyn (chairman); .Hughes, Middlcton Hall, and Mr. H. Jones ua\ic Glvneiddan. LICENSING. Thomas Thomas, lato of the Lark Inn, Carmar- then, was granted a temporary transfer of the lar- BolicUor, Carmarthen, 10 ,t-™ ,P • The house had been closed since OcFoter and no complaints had been made. Indeed IvL another house there, several people had spot™ t» "J Mid that "M V'aS 'V for the village. »1<1 that tho Bcnch did *ot think ™o»?htV iir 32 licence then being refused NIGHT TRESPASS AND ASS A L L. -L • P.C. J. Ll. Thomas summoned John Evans, 1, Cro £ »t/e'o. Ll^bri. ,,nd Benjamin Wte bank, Llanybri, colliers, with trespassing at m; t with nets in pursuit of game at Llanstephan on the 12th November. They were also charged with assaulting the constable in the execution of his ^Defendants pleaded guilty to trespassing for coming over the hedge of Pentrewyn *arn\ the highway. Witness was 15 yards off end stood against the hedge, when he was struck ^'ith some- thing. He ran on to the defendants, and found m possession of Williams two long nets about 120 vards in length. In possession of Evanslie f°uml twt' stakes and two newly-caught rabbits. itncss ac- cused them of poaching oni Pentrewyn, but defen- dants made no reply. W itness then said. \\hy should you throw stones at me. Evans ieplu^d, '•I thought that you were Pentrewyn boy. Witness asked them to go to Cross Roads, where ho saw P C Dd Davies, St. Clears, in whose presence ho said to defendants, "What made you to go out poaching?" Evans replied, "We wanted a rabbit each." Witness asked them why they threw stones at him, and Williams replied that "the stonús which I thrp-w would not kill anybody. Evam eaid, "I only threw a handful of gravel. Take a rabbit each, and don't summons ns. P.C. DaMes and vutnes., with the two defendants, returned to the place where the stones were thrown and found on the road several stones. In defendants' presence wit- ness- picked the stone (produced), which was the smallest on the road, and said that he would report defendant. Defendants said that if there had been any assault they would not have given their names or carried the constable's cape for him. That was tho firs^ •time they had beard of the assault. They wer not on Pentrewyn but on Hendre, where they could go It was not 9.45 when the constable met them, as it was only 9.45 by his watch when they got to Cross Roads. The Bench considered the case clearly proved, and assumed that the constable's evidence was true. -For the tresna^s they were fined £ 2 and costs with forfeiture of the nets, and 10s. and costs for the assault. THE DRINK. Wm. Jones, timber haulier, Greenfield Cottage, Ferrvside was charged bv P.C. Richards with being drunk and disorderly at 9.55 on Tuesday, the 23rd -ult at Ferrvside.—Ho did not appear through ill- ness, and was fined 10s. and costs, there being one previous conviction for the same offence. P.C. J. Ll. Thomas charged George Williams, farmer, Gla-sfrvn, Llangunnoek, with being drunk at 7 58 p.m .on the 24th ult,—Defendant pleaded '•Guilty," and was lined 5s. and costs, the Chairman describing his action in sending his wife last week to answer the charge as being very cowardly. SHOT AT A RABBIT. John Evans, a gamekeeper in the employ of Mrs. Brogde.n, Iscoed, Ferryside, charged D. J. Williams, Wcllficld-terrace, Ferryside, and Job Davies, Ferry House, Ferryside, with game trespass in the parish of St. Ishmael on the 15th irft.—Defendants both pleaded "Guilty."—Mr. 10. A. H. Harries 6ojicitor appeared for the prosecution. J Complainant said that he found defendants about 11.30 a.m. on land belonging to Mrs. Brogden, Is- coed, with dogs and guns. "When asked for their name and address they ran away. They were hunt- ing the hedges, and shot at a rabbit. He followed them and got. their names and addresses. Williams admitted going over the boundary into Iscoed field and shooting a rabbit. They had per- mission to go on Isooed-ucha. There was a previous conviction against Williams for a similar charge. Mr. Harries said that that was not the only place they had been to. They were seen shooting all over the place all day. They might hear other cases against the defendants. The Chairman said they could not go into that that day. Williams was lined El and costs and Davies 10s. and costs. THE LAW OF GAME TRESPASS. Thos. Edward Lewis, repairer in the employ of the Crellveeidrim Colliery Co., Station-road, Carnaot; David Williams, collier, Brvnderi, (iurna.n1, and Thomas Thomas, collier. Afon Villa, Garnant, were summoned by Edward Bellamy, head keeper to Earl ■Cawdor, with trespassing in pursuit of game at Garreg-goch Wood, Llanarthney, on the 13th ult. Mr.. H. Brunei White appeared for the prosecu- tion, while Mr. W. Howell, Llanelly. represented the defendants. 1 e Mr. White said that last week he was given to understand by a solicitor that the defendants were going to send an apology, and to make reparation] for what they had done, but he was rather surprised to see that day that Mr. Howell was going to plead '"Not guilty." Mr. Howell said that he had been instructed be-1 fore the previous Satur'dav. Mr. White, after outlining his case, submitted that even if permission had been given to defendants by the teuant, or anyone else, he had no right, to give it, and it was no excuse for the defendants in law. P.C. Jenkins deposed that at. 11.30 a.m. on the "I3th ,illt. he was at Garreg-goch Wood, and whilst,; there- saw the defendants. They had two grey- hounds, a spaniel, and a terrier with them, and Williams had a ferret. He saw Williams place the ferret in a rabbit hole several times. Witness was about. 10 yards off. They went to another part, and Williams again put the ferret in a rabbit hole. A rabbit bolted, and a greyhound, which was held by Lewis, gave chase, and brought tho rabbit bac, When Lewis saw witness ooming on he said. "Look out, bovs." Williams took the ferret out of a hole and held it in his hand. Two greyhounds were held by the other defendants. When asked for an ex- planation of what he was doing, Lewis said they had got permission from Rees, Garreg-goch, the farmer, but did not produce it when asked. David Williams said, "I got the permission; I saw Rees this morning. He told us to go." Witness asked him if he had seen Rees that morning, and after some hesitation, he said, "No, but I saw his wife." Witness told him that he was not telling the truth, as tho wife was not alive. Williams then said that he had seen her a year before. Thomas said that he had gone there with the boys. Subsequently he-saw them by his house, when they asked him to overlook it that time. (Yoss-examined by Mr. HoweJl-Everything was done quite openly. They looked quite homely at it. Thos. Edward Lewis said at once that they had had permission from the tenant. For the defence, Thos. Edward Lewis said that ho knew Mr. Rees, the tenant of Garreg-goch, who had been with him before. On the morning in question they called at his house but Rees was not in. Witness spoke to a woman whom he addressed as Mrs. Rees, and whom he asked for permission to go on the field. She said that if Rees had told them to go on the fields it was all right. They said they would go on the fields. near tho house until Mr. Rees came. After they saw the constable they met. Mr. Rees, who said that there was nothing in it, and that, they were foolish to have given their names, as the policeman had no business there, and that he (Mr. Rees) would see about it. They believed that Mr. Rees had a right to give them permission to go there, and that they were doing him a favour, as the place wast over-run with rabbits. Witness was a dog fancier, but was not in the habit of going after rabbits or game. They would not have gone near the place without permission. They instructed Mr. Howell the nrevtfous Thursday week. Cross-examined by Mr. White—A friend of theirs had seen Mr. Griffiths, solicitor, Ammanford, who had written an apology on their behalf to Mr. Drummond. Lord Cawdor's agent. They had no written authority, and Mr. Rees had told them that it was not necessary. Mr. Howell, in addressing the Bench, submitted that tho defendants' had tho permission of the tenant, who had asked Lewis to go there when he liked, and that. Lewis had written to sav that he was going there on that particular day. It was for the prosecution to prove a reservation of the game. There was nothing in law which required permission to be in writing where it was not shown that the game was expressly reserved. Mr. White submitted that it was not necessary that the defendants intended to have committed an offence to support a prosecution, and that permis- sion of a tenant, who had no right to give it, was no excuse. Defendants were each fined 10s. 6d. and costs. Mr. Drummond did not. sit on this case. The Court then rose.
CARMARTHEN BOROUGH MONDAY, .Dee. 15tti.-Befc)re the Mayor (Alderman Walter Lloyd, Lammas-street); Mr. Ily. Howell, Pcnybont; Mr. John Lewis, Gwynf ryn ;Mr. Walter Spurrell, King-street: Mr. E. Colby Evans, Guild- hall-square, and Mr. John Grossman, Penllwyn Park. LICENCING. John O. Thomas, licensee of the Plough Hotel, Lammas-street, was granted an occasional licence to sell intoxicants at the Provision Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. on the occasion of the annual Cattle and Poultry Show on the 16th inst. James Owen Thomas, mason, 65, Little Water- street, was granted a temporary transfer of the licence of the Lark Inn, Blue-street, from Thomas Thomas. LYING IN THE LANE. Daniel Roes, collier. Pont well j, Llandyssul, was charged by P.C. W. J. Rees with being drunk in Jackson's-lane on the previous Saturday, night. The constable said that he found defendant lying down in the lane incanable of taking care of him- self. Defendant, who pleaded "Ouilty," was fined 2s. 6d. and costs. ALLEGED DESERTERS. ITenry Thomas and Stephen Thomas, natives, of Carmarthen, were brought up in custody charged with being deserters from the 1st Welsh Regiment, stationed at Pembroke Dook. P.C. Jones said that at 9.15 on the previous Satur- day night, in company with P.C. Davies (8), from information received; they went in searoh of the de- fendants, who met them in Blue-street, and said, "We are the men you are. looking-for; we aro de- serters from the 1st BattaHon Wh Rogimont, stationed at Pembroke Dock." They were locked up. The Superintendent said that the regiment left on Saturday for Egypt, and he asked for a remand to await an escort. The remand was granted. NO LIGHT. P.C. Walters charged David Jones, a haulier in the employ of Mr. Thomas Williams, slate mercliatit, Blue-street, with driving without a light at 5.55 p.m. on the 7tli inst. Defendant said that his light went out.. Thomas Williams, defendant's employer, was charged with causing a vehicle to be on the Quay without a light. at 7.15 on the same night. The constable said that when told that he would be reported, defendant said, "That's what you ought to do." Defendant said that there was. plenty of room for three oarts to pass. and plenty of light in the neigh- bourhood where his cart was. Supt. Smith said that defendant had been fined Supt. Smith said that defendant had been fined for causing an obstruction in that very place. It was impossible for the big motor-cars to pass. Thero were complaints of the narrowness of the path. D.I. Jones was dismissed, while Williams was fined Is. and oosts, the Bench holding that, although Jones had committed an offence it was not done wilfully. The Mayor said that. they hoped Williams would be more careful in future. The Court then rose.
AMMANFORD LUNATIC IN A LLANDEBIE CHAPEL. SATURDAY, Dec. 11th:—Before Mr. A. E. DuBuis- son. Glynhir (in the chair), and Mr. W. Llewelyn, Fairwater. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Inspector Davies, Ammanford, charged David Morgan, Garnant, with being drunk and disorderly at Ammanford.—Defendant unable to attend owing to injuries, but sent his wife, who pleaded guilty on his behalf.—Fined 5s. and costs. BREACH OF COLLIERY RULES. George Roblings, manager of Park and Blaina Collieries, charged John James Thomas, 6, Dyffryn- road, Tirydail,' with a breach of Special Rule 240 by having matches in his possession at the mine. Mr. J. W. Bishop appeared for the prosecution, and said that a fireman and the under-manager of Pantyffynnon Colliery, on November 10th, went round the mine with the object of looking for matches, and they found in the defendant's coat two matches, which would strike on a box. That was an offence which caused very grave danger to the mine. Defendant, who pleaded guilty, said he was very sorry, and that it was by a mistake he took the matches in. He had been out of work for some time, and applied for leniency and time to pay. The Bench fined defendant 2s. 6d. and cost*, and allowed a fortnight to pay. THEFT OF COAL. Sarah Jane Lewis, 1, Stepney-road, Garnant, was charged with stealing coal, value Iii. 3d., the pro- perty of Evan Jones, Stepney-road, 'from the Gar- nant Colliery tip.—Defendant pleaded guilty—The Bench imposed a fino of Is. and costs. DISPUTED WATER RATES. The Llandilo Rural District Council sought to re- cover water rates from a number of people from Llandebie.— Mr. T. M. Evans, solicitor, Ammanford, appeared for tho Council. All the defendants complained of the impurity of the water in the standpipe, and Mr. Bowen, Llan- dcbie (one of the defendants), contended that ho had never used the water, and that he was not within the 200 feet radius. Mr. T. M. Evans maintained that defendant had then to prove that ho possessed within a reasonable distance a sufficient source of wholesome water. Defendant stated that it was wholesome water, much more so than that in the standpipe. Dr. Lloyd, medical offioer of health for tho Llan- dilo Rural District Council, said ho examined the well from IwhiCh ,dof<|ndaiit), had his supply of water, with the result that he found it absolutely unfit for use- It was very liable to contamination, as it was situated in a gravelly soil, and pollution might travel a great distance through such a soil. During the last five years the number of infectious cases from Llandebie itself was exactly one-third of the number received from tho whole district. He ascribed that to the using of water from these sur- face wells. Tho Chairman said that what ho gathered from the medical officer's evidence was that it might possibly become unfit for use, and not that it was unfit for use. He should like to seo the water analysed. Mr. T. M. Evans said that the cost of analysing should fall on the defendant. The Chairman—The question is whether the de- fendant has to prove that it is wholesome, or that you have got to prove that it is unwholesome. Mr. Evans contended that, according to tho Act, it was respondent's duty. Tho Clerk said the defendant maintained that it was wholesome, and, as a proof, said ho bad thrived on it. Mr. Evans said the case was typical and illustra- tive of tho antiquated methods used to oppose all modern reform in sanitation. Defendant thought that the opinion of a person who used tho water was better than the opinion of one who did not use it. The Clerk-I think it is well that the people should know whether the water is absolutely pure. They won't drink contaminated water. Mr. Evans—Yes, thev will. The stronger tho flavour the better they like it. After further consideration, the Bench thought defendant was not required to prove tho wholesome- ness of the water, as he was outside the radius, and dismissed the case. RIOTOUS BEHAVIOUR IN A CHAPEL. Mary Davies, Maesygwaed, Llandebie, was charged with committing riotous and violent behaviour in Calfaria Baptist Chapel, Penygroes, Llandebie. Defendant refused to plead, and would not utter a word. Mr. J. W. Bishop prosecuted, and said that. on the 28th ult., whilst there was a mooting called for religious purposes in course of progress at Calfaria Chapel, and whilst a gentleman was offering a praver, defendant, in a very loud voiee, which could bo heard throughout the chapel, exclaimed, "Thero are thieves and adulterers in the Sho then made reference to a murder which occurred some years ago, and said, "David Rees, 'the mur- hanged with clean hands." Alluding to a man in the congregation, defendant said, "He should have been hanged, and not David Rees, poor fellow P.C. Thomas, Pcnygroes, said he-was, on the 28th nit. at the service in Calfaria Chapel, and was hit- ting a little behind defendant. When Mr. John Griffiths commenced a prayer, she began to shout at the top of her voice.. At this stage the Bench adjourned the case, and remanded defendant in custody, in order that she might, bo examined by two medical men. In a few bourse the case was resumed. P.C. Thomas said he had known defendant for seven years, and he considered her to be of unsound mind, and not under proper control. Dr. Llovd, Uandilo, and Dr. Hughes, Ammanford, handed to the Bench reports of their examination of defendant. Both of them considered her to be of unsound mind, suffering under a delustion. They thought her a fit person to be detained under proper treatment. The Bench made an order for her removal to the Joint Counties' Lunatic Asylum, Carmarthen. • MIGHT HAVE BEEN A SMASH-UP." DANGER ON THE PANTYFFYNNON-ROAD. Albert C'arrod, Arthur Morris, and Joseph Evans, three Llandebie youths, wero charged with ob- structing the highway between Llandebie and Llan- dilo.—Mr. J. Walton Bishop, solicitor. Llandilo, prosecuted, and Mr. R. T. Leystm, solicitor, Swansea, defended. Mr. Bishop, in opening the case, said that on the 27th Novembe", at 11.35 p.m., a motor-car contain- ing their learned clerk, another solicitor, and two ladies, was driving from Pantyffynnon to LlulIddo at a moderate speed of from some 12 to 20 miles an hour. It was a fairly light night, and there were huupson the car. When-they-were approaching the junction of Pentregwenlais-road, the chauffeur saw three men running, and they passed the car. Going on another five or ten yards he saw something lying on the road. Ho-oould not quite make out what it was. He stopped the car, got down, and there laid across the road were three drags, used for put- ting on cart wheels to sprag them in coming down from the lime-kilns close by. The smooth bottom of the drags were uppermost, and they were about six inches high above the road. Some of the occu- pants of the car got out. and the chauffeur, for roasons of his own, went after these three men. The defendants apparently ran away from the chau- fIeur, but eventually he caught them. Without any suggestion whatever from the chauffeur, one of the defendants (Morris) said, "I did not do it." Con- tinuing, Mr. Bishop said it was one of those cases where thero was no absolute proof of the offence having been actually committed by the hands of the three men, and therefore the cwso resolved itself into this—-that, their Worships would have to con- sider whether tho circumstances surrounding the case would justify them in coming to the conclusion that, they were the guilty men. Air. T. G. Williams, magistrates' clerk, lie was one of the occupants of the car in question. He was sitting on the left of tho chauffeur, and the time was, as nearly as possible, 11.30 p.m., and tho car was preceding past. Iscoed at a moderate rate, probably from 12 to 15 miles an hour. It was a bright moonlight night, and the car was not bril- liantly lighted, having only oil lamps. When they were almost on the junction of tho road leading to Pentregwenlais he saw, 15 or 20 yards in front, some obstaoles. He did not at once recognise, what they were, but thought they were pools of water. The chauffeur onneared to realise what was there about tho same time a-s witness saw these objects, and made a hasty statement, and stopped the car. He (witness) did not know then with what object 'ho chauffeur got out of the car and ran back, and in a few seconds witness heard some talking behind them. Thinking the chauffeur might require assistance, witness jumped out of the car, and ran towards where tho voices came from. There witness found the chauffeur in hot altercation with the three de- fendants, who, in his (witness') opinion, were all more or less slightly under the influence of drink. More especially did he apply that remark to Arthur Morris. Thev all smelt of drink, and witness was closo up to them. He asked them what was the matter, and the chauffeur made an explanation, and witness then got to realise what had happened. Wit- no;" asked defendants to allow him to examine their hands. Morris appeared to be very much be- smeared with mud. When he (witness) drew his attention to this he said, "Oh, I fell at the back of the College." Morris was the chief spokesman, and he asked the chauffeur in Welsh, "Pass it over this time, Will." Witness a.sked the name of another of tho defendants, who did not reply, but simply smilod cynically. Eventually defenuuir gave his name at; "David Jones, Llandebie." The other de- fendant gave his name as "John Thomas, Llan- debie." Witness then asked Arthur Morris for his name. He evaded it by saying nothing, and tie chauffeur said. "Never mind: I know him." The two younger defendants both denied having1 com- mitted the offence, and one of them said, "Peitiaps^ it was some tramp who did it." As far as wit je-s could see, with the. light thev had, an accident woald have been inevitable. He did not know whether they complied with tho law or not: but, except for tho moonlight, witness thought thev would have ben smashed up. w Cross-examined by Mr. Ley9on—Is it true what you say as to the remark, "Pass it over, Will?" You heard Mr. Bishop, in his opening, say that the chauffeur, to whom this remark was addressed, does not remember it. Is that correct?—I can't tell you. This is a rather extraordinary statement you aro making. A man, to whom these observations were made, does not remember them. You, to whom they were not made, and who appeared to have ben very excited, remember what ho has quite for- gotten-?—Yes. This, according to your statement, was repeated moro than once?—Yes, several times. And yet Will can't bear you out? I Witness further said he knew the road well enough. He supposed these drags were used in spragging carts that came down that hilL Ho could not say whether these drags were left at the bottom of the road for anybody to take them up after they were taken off. Mr. Leyson—I suggest to you that these men absolutely denied that they had done anything? Witness—Two of them. practically denied, but the other said, "Pass it over, Will." I suggest to you that this is a. mistake on your part?—Well, I suggest to you that what I say is emphatically true, and that, if the chauffeur does not remember, he has reasons probably for not re- membering. Witness said two of these drags were laid length- ways absolutely across the road. and the other was behind them. They were not laid in a line, but were right in the path of tho oar. William Lewis, chauffeur in the employ of Mr. Rees Griffiths, Llandilo, said that, on the 27th ult, ho was driving a party home from Pantyffynnon. When they had passed Llandebie he saw three young fellows running past them. After having proceeded a short way he noticed something on the road, in consequence of which tie stopped the car and got down. Ho went back towards Llandebie after the defendants. Ho shouted out to them to stop, and started running, and got to within about five or ten yards of them, and shouted again. He caught hold of the collar of the last one, and the other two then stopped. He never accused them of anything, but thev at once denied the offence. Inspector Davies. Ammanford, also gave evidence dealing with defendants' replies to the charge. Mr. Leyson, for the defence, asked if these men,, beeeause they happened to be seen coming along the road, and did not move the drags, were therefore to be penalised for this offence? There was distinct evidence on the part of the chauffeur that these men denied from first to last having anything to do with the drags, and the evidence of Mr. T. G. Wil- liams was contradicted by the chauffeur in the plainest possible manner. Mr. Leyson then referred to the moonshining bit of evidence about some- thing said in Welsh, which Mr. Williams appeared to have had a great deal of difficulty in undereiand- ing until a few days after, when his understanding seemed to have got the better of his memory. Mr. Williams was able to give evidence that day which was absolutely contradictory to that given by the chauffeur, who really was the only man who semed to have kept his head clear. Mr. Leyson sub- mitted there was no case to answer. The Bench thought there was. Albert Carrod was then called. Mr. Bishop applied that the other two defen- dants be put. out of Court. ilr. Leyson At Christmas Air. Bishop indulges in novelties, and this seems to be one of them. -^1 r■ Dishon-And Mr. Leyson seems to indulge in loquacities. Albert Carrod said he had done nothing to the drags on the road, and that he told Mr. Williams and the chauffeur so. Cross-examined—He admitted having given a wrong name. He did not thrtik anything about it then, but admitted that it wa-s simnler to remem- ber one s own name. They (defendants) passed a navvy lying on the road, who was drunk snd quite helpless. They had tried to lift him from the gutter, and in doing so had been besmeared with mud. When they met the motor-car they were standing quite still. The chauffeur said they were running, but. that was a lie. Arthur Morris and Joseph Evans (the other two defendants) also gave evidence, both emphatically denying the offence. The Bench said they had given tho case a great deal of consideration, and it was one of the moet difficult casos they had had to decide for a. very long time past. They felt that, although there was the gravest suspicion, it. would not be quite safe to convict. The caso would be dismissed.
LLANDOVERY THrnsDAY. Deeomber 9th (special), before the mayor, Mr. 'J. C. V. Pryse Hice, VAORAXT MISBEHAVIOUR. Two vagrants, named John Oonnollv and Thomas Wilson, were charged by Mr. David Evans, master, with misbehaviour- and refusing to give up posses- sion of matches, pipes, candles, etc.. whilst in the casual ward.—They wero sentenced each to 14 imprisonment. FRIDAY, December 10th, before Messrs. D. Jones Lewis, Llwyncelyn, and John Williams, Tyrpontre. FALSE PRETENCES. Bertie Wellman. a respectably-dressed man, wear- ing clothes of clerical cut, aged from 25 to 30, was brought up in custody under remand from the gaol at Carmarthen and charged with obtaining several 1iurns of money under false pretences. Rev. J. Titus, curate-in-chargo at Llandovery, deposed that the prisoner came to evening service i at Llandingat Church on Wednesday, 1st inst. When the congregation was leaving prisoner stayed behind and intimated that, he wished to speak pri- vately to the witness. He took him into the vestry where they had eome general talk. Eventually pri- soner came to the point, and said he was short of money and wanted him to help him a little. Wit- ness asked him why he was short of money, and he replied that he had had several troubles and had only just come to Llandovery. He asked prisoner, "What arc you doing here? He replied, "I arn employed at the engine-shed at the station. Wit- ness asked where he had been employed before. He replied thai he was at Coekett near Swansea, and that. lie had been removed to Llandovery at his own request. Prisoner said he lodged at No. 6. College View, and that he would repay witness when he received his wages on Friday. On that understand- ing witness advanoed him 5s. Mr. Arthur Aldridg-e, stationmaster at Llandovery, said he did not know the prisoner, and he had not been employed bv the railway company during the three months witness had been at Llandovery. P.S. Deans deposed that on the 4th inst. he ar- rested. the prisoner under a warrant. Prisoner ad- mitted this offence. Prisoner now wfeen charged said—I know I have done wrong. I have done the deed and I shall have to suffer for it. Ho was next charged with a similar offence in respect to The Rev. T. Edward Meurig Davies, the last wit- ness's fellow curate, who said said that, at 7.30 on the evening of Friday, 3rd inst., prisoner called with this witness at the Elms, Llandovery, where ho was staying, and at his request the landlady showed him into his room. Directly he came in witness recognized him as the man to whom he had been introduced on Wednesday evening at Llau. dingat Church by his fellow curate as the new mem- ber for his Sunday School class. Witness asked him to sit down and offered him a cigarette, which he took. Prisoner told witness that lie came from Coekett, thar. he had been employed on tho railway eight years, that. he knew the vicar of Coekett as well as the curate, that at. Coekett he was engaged some time to a young lady who died about six months ago from consumption, that she was poor, and that lie had siwvit all, his money on her. He added that, it was through the aid of the vicar of Cockett he got. employment at Llandovery Station in the .engine-room. He told witness that. he came hero a.bour a week ago and that, he lodged at Xn. 8, College View, that the landlady's name was Mrs. Lewis, that her husband was an invalid and a chapel man. There were also two men lodging there be- sides himself. They also were cliajiel men and he could not. "stick' cbapel people (laughter). He i continued: "1 went down to the station to-day (Friday) to get my pay. 1 was there told "There's no money for you this week; you arc a new comer and will have to wait for another week before you will get the mney.' I had to buy my own food and haven't, enough money to go on for a week. Can you lend me till next Friday, 5s., 6s., or perhaps you can lend me IDs." Witness was under the impression that he really wanted the loan so he lent him 10s. Continuing, the prisoner told him, "This overcoat I now wear was given me bv the vicar of ( ockett. It is too good for me, and it has too much of the clerical cut. about it. If you have another one to spare I will exchange" (laugixer). "I refused," said the witness, "his generous offer. Befoie he left prisoner asked if he had any news- papers he could give him. lie had otily the "Western )J¡Li¡" for that day and he gave it. him. Rev. W illiam Rees, R.D., vicar of Llangadock,. J told the court how the prisoner had managed to get. 3, by way of a loan out of him. He called with this witness on the 29th of November and told him that he had come that day from Liverpool where ho had been to see his mother, that at the .station lie found he was short of monev to take him to Swansea, and asked him if he would kindly lend him some money, which he did on the dis- tinrt understanding that it was: to bo returned. He told this witness that his name was Macaroy. lIe told witness that he was in the employ of Harry Thomas, Esq., Glasfryn Brook. Coekett, and that he had been there for seven years. P.S. Deans gave evidence to the effect that de- fendant also admitted this offence. Mrs. Lewis-, 6. College View, said that she did not know the prisoner and he had never lodged at her house. AN ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN. Dr. Taylor. Llandovery, deposed that prisoncr called with him on Thesday, the 30ih of Novem- ber. said he came from Carmarthen, and thar he had been under treatment by Dr. Price. Prisoner had a, bit of a, cold and suffered from certain symptoms for which he (witness) prescribed. Pri- soner then presented him with the. visiting card of the Re\. Father Pancras, St. Mary's, Carmarthen, in whose institution he "aid he was a lay brother. Ho gavo this as a kind of guarantee that payment would be all right. Prisoner again called with him on the Thursday and said he was no better, at which witness said he was not surprised when he found he had not taken the medicine. Prisoner then began "humming and haa-ing," and eventu- ally asked for the loan of a few shillings. Witness refused to discuss his proposition and politely showed him out. He telephoned to Dr. Prioe who gave him a. certain answer. He also communicated with the Rev. Father Pancras, and had a reply. These replies made him suspicious, so he placed the matter in the hands of Sergt. Deans. Dr. Taylor said he wished the magistrates and the pub- lic to clearly understand that he was not there be- cause this man came to him and got a bottle of medicine from him. That had nothing at all to do with it. D.C.C. Evans said that was quite correct. The doctor was there to give evidence that the prisoner tried to obtain money by false pretences and render- ing a service to the public. Dr. Taylor said he understood from P.S. Deans that the prisoner had offered 2s. 6d. to pay for the medicine. He should be very pleased to see the 2s. 6d. handed to Mrs. Hughes, the landlady of the Coffee Tavern, when he understood the pri- soner had defrauded out of a. week's board and lodgings. D.C.C. Evans said these were all the charges he intended going into. There were other offences at Llandovery and Llandilo. Since the adjournment the police had been able to obtain hardly anv evidence as to the prisoner's past history. De- fendant had said that he was a native of Bath and that he had been employed at. a- farm attached to Southdown College, near Bath. The Chief Con- stable of Bath, as the result of their enquiries, said that the College mentioned by prisoner had been closed four years ago although prisoner said he only came from there a month ago. The only thing they had been able to discover about the prisoner was, besides his going under several aliases, that at the police court at Warcham in 1904, under the name of Pearce, he was committed to two months hard labour for obtaining food and lodgings false pretences. The Bench committed prisoner to four months' im- prisonment—one month for each offence.
CARMARTHEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS The fortnightly meeting of the Carmarthen Board of Guardians was. held at the Board-room of the Workhouse on Saturday last. Mr. D. John presiding. There were also present: Messrs. D. H. Davies, Abergwih; D. Williams, Abernam; B. Phillips and John Davies Conwil; B. R, Thomas, Laugharne Township; J. Bedford, Laugharne Parish; W. J Thomas, Llanarthney; W. Rees, Llandawke; H. Walters, Llandfeilog; E. Williams, Llanfihangel; B. Thomas, Llanddowror; James Jones, Llangain; J Lewis, LJangendeirne; J. T. Williams, Llangin- nHA Th°ma £ Mvdrim: John Jones, St, Ishmael; D. G. Bowen, Trelech: J. P. Lewis, J. T. Lewis, Miss M. A. Thomas, and the Rev. A F Mills Carmarthen. REPORTS. The Master reported as follows: —"I beg to sub- mit my report for tho fortnight ended the 10th inst Apples were kindly given for the sick by Mrs Davies. Werndrefi, and eponge cakes by Mr* Jones Catherine-street. The Rev. R. B-vrhd Davies, St. Peter's, conducted Divine service at tho House on the 4h I t' an\r rf' ITIarri,'S" Carmarthen, on the 5t.h inst. Mr. D. H. Davies, Werndreli guardian, accompamed by Mrs. Davies, visited the House on tho 8th inst., and their report is as follows \e paid a surprise visit to the Work- f tlf an.d, thoroughly over tho whole of tho building with the Master and Matron We were exceedingly pleased to find the good order in b^f°ll'er'Vi lg Y\kc-pt' The wards were beautifully clean, and the inmates well looked after Most of them were busy at somo work or other according to their abilities and trade, while the feeble and the sick were comfortable in their wards lhe number of inmates in the House on the last day of the week was 92 against 83 for the corres- ponding period last year. The number of casual paupers relieved during the fortnight was 136." RELIEF. The reports of tho Relieving Officers showed the amount of outdoor relief distributed during the fortnight ending on the previous Board-day to have been as follows:—First week: 948 paupers, a de- crease of 16 as compared with the corresponding week lafit. year: expenditure JB135 6s. 10d. a de- crease of lis. 4d. Second week: 942 paupers. a de- crease of 13: expenditure, JE129 45., a decrease of £3 los, THE TREASURER'S REPORT showed that the balance in hand on the previous Board-day amounted to £2,540 12s. 8d. JOINING THE ASSOCIATION. The Association of Poor Law Unions wrote point- Union rniar,lien had nor y-'t joined the The Clerk, in answer to questions, stated that the subscription was two guineas. Four hundred and eighty Cnions had joined out of 600 or so. ^Ir- Rees—What benefit do w get? The Clerk Aou get. ccrtain literature. \nd of course, unity is strength i¥r' J°n.e?—1 am quite in favour of it mv- scif. 1 think it is a verv good thing. It was unanimously agreed to join the Union. A CHECK IN BABY-FARMING. The Relieving Officers had sent in an application for payment for their services under the Infant Life Protection Act. Mr. J. P. Lewis said that as one who had pro- pped that this be postponed. he would move that some recognition be extended to the relieving offi- cer. If the officers were asked to do this work they ought to be paid for it. It was not well to Joad the donkey too much, or he would fall. Miss Thomas agreed that the offic-ers should be paid. i The Clerk said that any person who took in a child under seven year- of age to nurse for pavment came under the provisions of this Act. The fact had to be reported to him. and he was required to keep the registers. The Guardians had to appoint visitors to see that such children were properlv looked after. Such children must not be insured. If the child died that fact had ro be reported to the Guardians and the Coroner within 48 hours. Mr. J. T. Williams—How often have thev to make a report ? The Clerk—The Act does not say how often. They are responsible to you as officers. Mr. J. P. Lewls-lf something was to happen to one of these children through the neglect of the relieving officer he would 00 punishoS. The f lerk Probably he would be censured. I notice that when other Boards advertise for relieving officers they state the separate salaries for this dutv. It is probably more important, in the town than in the county, although there are a good mannn the county. Mr J. P. Lewis said that he would propose that the, relieving officers each get £2 for this work. or else that, the several Guardians undertake the dutv themselves. W. J. Thomas thought that it would be better to have a fee for each child. That was what they did in the case of the doctors. The Clerk—That, is a statutory fee. Mr. W. J. Thomas—How nianv of these children are there altogether? AT1"' J" P' Lpw!s tlia* there were about. 36. Mr. J. T. Williams proposed a fee of 2s. 6d for each child. Mr. J. P. Lewis seconded, and Mr. W. J. Thomas supported 1 b proposal, which was carried unani- mouslv. NOTHING. The. Clerk said that, tie had had a letter from the Neath Cnion asking them what they paid the re- lieving officers for information supplied to the Pen- sion Officers. It was easilv answered. The- paid nothing.
Rural District Council. The monthly meeting of the Carmarthen Rural District Council was held at the Shire Hall Car- marthen, on Saturday last, Mr. D. John. St. Clears, presiding. A' CONTRACT QUESTION. ^ri a farmer contractor, wrote ask- u1™! *v i c>unc'' grant hirn the .ontract which he had held so many years, and which had recently been granted by « subcommittee to another man. He would reduce his price, although he thought it W1I6 low enough. Mr. W. J. Thomas moved that they grant Mr. Bowen the contract. Mr. Bowen had lost his eye when carrying out a contract for the Council. Ho moved that the contract, be given to Mr. Bowen on the terms he now offered. Morris said that he should like to favour Mr. Thomag; but lie would not like to favour him at. the expense of being unbusinesslike. If they did tins. they would not get tenders again. Mr. Edwards (Newchureh) said that if they did this with one of their own members, it would be a good deal looked to afterwards. Mr. Benj. Phillips said that he knew the man who had had the contract, and he thought, it would be very hard if the man were deprived of his work. Mr. W. J. Thomas said that Mr. Bowen had been deprived of his work. and of his eye as well. Mr. Benj. Phillips said that he would like to sup- port Mr. Bowen; but it was not fair to the other man. Mr. W. J. Thomas said that he would move that the contract be given to Mr. Bowen. as the contract had not. been confirmed by the Council, and in view of the lamentable fact, that Mr. Bowen had loet his evo in the service of the Council. Mr. John Davies (Conwil) sec-ondcd. The Chairman asked Mr. Bowen to withdraw while the matter was being discussed. Mr. Edwards said that it. was a very delicate mat- ter when they were asked to deal with contracts in this way, especially when the person making the application wis a member of the Council. If they- did a tiling like this where would the honour of the Council be? He was a great friend of Mr. Bowen, and he would like to support Mr. Bowen; but his conscience would not allow him to do a thing like this. Mr. Benj. Phillips said that he had the greatest possible pleasure in supporting Mr. Edwards in this case. Mr. W. J. Thomas said that Mr. Edwards had referred to his conscience. His (Mr. Thomas's) conscience would not trouble him for giving Mr. Bowen this contract at 4d. a vard cheaper than tho bther. ^Ir- Davies \es; but it is ]i;«s second chance. Mr- W. J. Thomas—This poor man has been de- prived of his eye. Mr. Ed"-ard.We are lucky we have not to pav compensation. Mr. Griffith Morris said that the other man had three or four contracts. He might refuse to carrv out any of them if this were taken from him. Mr. W. J. Thomas-We have r. Bowen. He has a quarry of his own. Mr. Edwards said that Mr. John-Thomas, of Uwarallt, ought to get the contract. It was decided by seven votes to Six to confirm the original docision of the committee. MORE THAN WAS EXPECTED. Mr Prosser (surveyor) presented a plan and esti- Llar^iunip^int OTOT "C" MiU *««". n^orris said that the estimate, which was oier £ 150. was a good deal more than any of them thought it. would be. The parish had promised to give a third- out they did so under the idea that he bridge would cost £ 70 or £ 8C. He moved that the subject b. deferred until the parish meeting had had a chance of considering it. Perhaps they would like to have a girder bridge, which would cost less than a stone bridge. The matter was deferred accordingly. LOCAL COUNCILLORS DIVIDED. An application was received for the taking over of the road from Danygribin to Nantvfen Farm, in tho parish of Conwil. Mr. W. J. Thomas said that if thev took over us ^'ero hundreds of other roads which should be taken over. o^Mr. John Davies proposed that the road be taken Bfnj'i I,)hillil;s, rhat>- opposed this. The c on y .ed to Mr. Davies s farm and another. There was no use for a public road there, except they meant to open it up to Liverpool or Manches- ter. The members of the Parish Council did not approve of it, although they passed it. They said that they depended on him to defeat it at the Dis- trict Council. They said that Mr. Davies was such a nice man that they did not like to oppose him. It was decided by 10 votes to three not to take the road over. An application was also received that the Carmar- tll v iCt ^ounci1 should co-operate with over ,'h^"tK'"l f yn Ii"raI1 Dl~'rn'-t Council in taking over the road from Rhydygwm to Benyon's road! This is partly in the parish of Ciirhedvn. w-hiir; rh nj\i Phl !lps supported the application, opioid it. member [Mr. John Davies) oppod it. drop^dTOPOSal m<?t W"h n° SCCOIider- a"d the matter AN INCREASE OF SALARY. siihhfmmittOG Which hacl ^-n appointed to coii- -idf r the matter recommended that the salary of Mr x'fnn P^croe> surveyor, be increased from £ 92 to S" "iraooslj-. only lr. Edwards TI i.STEA:^ ROLLERS WANTED. J ho Abernant Parish Council wrote callinc atte,, Thev rhoui f i 7uarr^ stone was used, cheaner lr\tho ™n this would be Y^J. Pa.vmg the men for scraping them. othing was done in the matter. HOLIDAYS. The road labourers applied for a holiday on Christ. mas Dav. =econde1"' 5r" iThf°maS r'ro-no>c'^ Mr- Griffith Morris be granted uuammousiy ^<?ed that this hc^ SU^*d Day as a The Clerk sal-I that they might Let into trouble with the auditor if they paid" The men for New Year s Day as a holiday. Mr. Ben. Phillips-Mr. John Burns will be awav electioneering. "nay WHITE MILL WIRE BRIDGE. .The Abergwili Parish Conm-i) wrote calling atten- Bridge £ taU' of th' Whir< -Mill Suspension withit.COUnCil decided that they had nothing to do with ST. CLEARS IMPROVEMENTS. 1. was agreed to have the stone removed oppotite the chemists shop at St. Char-, and also to ask Mr. Raymond not to take the traction engine in wet weather. wa'i n:. Mr. W. 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