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A "BITTER SECRET." CHAPTER VII. Continued. CHAPTER VIIT. Tilings went on quietly for about three days after their installation at Meadowiands. TIll) Eurl was busy with builders, for lie was anxious to get the south wing of the Castle built as soon as possibte; and St. John and Lady Gwendolyn were thrown entirely upon each other's society. She was pecu- liarly gentle to him and there was a look of peace on her face lie had not seen of late, so that he began to look upon her strange excursions to Dor- way as a sort of nightmare, and was trying to all about them until such time as he had a right to demand an explanation, when one morning her maid came to fetch a cup of coffee for her, and the Earl explained that Lady Gwendolyn had just been to tell him that her nurse's daughter had had a relapse, and she was going off to see her at once. St. John's resolution was taken in a moment. He would solve this mystery that was ruining his life, even if enlightenment brought him the keenest pain he had yet endured, He swallowed a few mouth- fuls of breakfast, made soma excuse to the Earl, and just as Lady Gwendolyn's brougham drove up to the door, lie leapt the back pailings and made for the station by a short cut. He reached it two minutes before the carriage, and seated himself in a third-class carriage, where he knew he was safe. From here he watched the platform, and presently he saw Lady Gwendolyn arrive. Her face was very white, and she looked anxious and flurried. The train was delayed on her account; and as soon as she was seated the whistle sounded and off they went. Dorway was not more than an hour's journey from Yoxford and it did not seem so long as this to St. John when the train drew up into the station, and he saw Lady Gwendolyn descend, her grand carringe exciting general attention, although her face was concealed-from view. lie was obliged to be careful now, for if once she percoived him there would have been a sudden end to all his discoveries so he let her get outside the station, and then stood at the door and reconnoitred. She did not take a cab, as he had expected, but walked away on foot. lie following at a safe/dis- y m tance. Presently she disappeared down a side- street, and then lie had to quicken his pace, lest lie should lose sight of her. As he arrived at the top of the street, she was just disappearing inside a house midway down, and he hurried after her as fast as he could. Now that he was so near the solution of the mys- tery, somehow his heart began to fail him, and he almost wished he had stayed quietly at home, and allowed her to fool him to the top of her bent There were some cises where ignorance was bliss, and knowledge brought so much suffering, one were better without it. So he argued and yet we doubt if he would have been satisfied to. leave the matter so, and turn away from the door behind which he would find the knowledge he had so eagerly sought, and was now afraid to face. But this door stood ajar, and everything was made so easy for him, .he could hesitate no longer, and pushing it with his foot found himse.f in a long, narrow passage, at the end of whiuh was another door, also ajar, or he would not have been able to fillll his way. From this room proceeded a. low, soft song, in Ladj* Gwendolyn's musical voice, which he recog- nised presently as the hymn they had sung together in church the Sunday before. This added to his bewilderment, for would any woman who had come to meet her lover clandestinely employ the time after this fashion, unless, perhaps, lie were dying? and this was the only theory that seemed to him tenable/ TVs he pressed his face against the wood- work, in order to gain a good-view of the interior of the apartment, what he saw was this: Lady Gwen- dolyn seated on a low chair before the fire, with a little child in her arms, whose grey-white face and panting breath told their own tale only too surclv. The tears were streaming down Lady Gwendolyn's white cheeks, but she sang on bravely, because the sound of her voice seemed to soothe the dying child. Sending beside her, also in tears, was a middle- agjd, sensible-looking woman in widow's weeds, « hom he judged to be Mrs. Brough ton, whilst the girl he had seen that morning at Yoxford was busy at the other end of the room, evidently keeping in the background, that the sobs she could not restrain .might not disturb the child. Some part of the truth, at any rate, was clear to St. John, for who could doubt, looking from one face to the other, that the child belonged to Lady Gwendolyn? But where was its father, since in its moment of supreme agony she watched alone? He did not stay to ask whether she were innocent or guilty, but from an impulse of generous pity and true love, he pushed oren. the door, and walking .1 straight up to the poor mother, he laid his hand gently 011 hers and said— Why did you hide this from me, Gwendolyn ? Haven't I a heart? She could not speak, and it was no timo for shame, tut she looked up at him gratefully through her tears, as she murmured, "I will tell you all another time. Oh, St. John with an anguished cry, for even as she spoke the flickering breath slipped altogether, the head fell limply back, the glazed eyes became fixed, and a strange silence fell upon the room. Oh, nurse, she is dead cried the poor mother, and Mrs. Broughton took the lifeless body out of her arms, as Lady Gwendolyn fell forward insen- sible. St. John just caught her in time and when she recovered consciousness, after a few minutes of blessed oblivion, it was in his arms she wept, and eased her burdened heart, whilst Mrs. Broughton, guessing how tilings were, left them alone together, whilst she and her, daughter laid forth the dead child. I am rightly punished for my deception," Lady Gwendolyn sobbed out. "I ought to have confessed my marriage to m.y father at once." St. John had had such terrible fears when he saw the child, that it was a relief to hear her speak of her marriage, although this must needs separate them. He did not withdraw his arms from about her—at such a time lie saw no need but he asked her very gently why she had not confided in Lord Yoxford, who loved her so dearly, lie would have pardoned her any sin. My marriage was such an unfortunate one," she said humbly. He was the brother of my gover- ness and she helped it on by every possible device, thinking to make his fortune. He was handsome, plausible, clever. I was young, ignorant, and motherless and I thought him a god. I was frightened and shocked when they proposed a secret marriage; but after awhile their arguments and inducements began to take effect, and one miserable day I yielded. Everything was made so easy for nw, I hardly realised what was going oil, until my wedding day arrived, and then they told me it was too late to draw back." "Where was Lord Yoxford all this time ? He was in town. We did not go to London in the season until I was out, and therefore I was left a good deal to :ny governess." Didu't Lord Yoxford suspect her at all ? she had been highly recommended, and had the same plausible manner as her brother, so that sheimposed upon him entirely; and he thought himself lucky i,, having secured such a treasure." should have fancied they would have insisted upon piociiiiniing your marriage at once," prompted St. John, seeing Littt ill-I' t;luu„.j,.s were wandering away to the oead child again. So they would, no doubt, only they knew I was entirely at my fathers l^ercy until 1 was eighteen, when, if the worst came to the woist. I should come into the £4.00 a "car my mother left me. There was twelve months to wait, for I was not seventeen when I married", and meanwhile I gave him every farthing 1 could collect to ,ceep him a. way. I hail such a horror of liini by that time, ] would ha\e died lather than live with him. But I was saved that misery, at any rate. A monJi after my child was born he was found guilty t l forgery, and con- demned to ten ye::rs' penal servitude but before he had been in prison a fortnight ne died of congestion of the lungs, and I was free." Site paused a moment, a 1*1 choked dOJvn a sob before she added: "Can you wonder that I neves dared tell my father of ujN- ? My husbanc was such a scoundrel, liis name had been a bv- word, for-the man whom lie had robbed had been his benefactor. My father would have forgiven •ne, perhaps, but would he have forgiven the inno- cent child who lies yonder? And v(,tt robbing unrestrainedly, though she did belong to him, sllc was very dear to me, and 1 could not have borne that her hitl.-erVsins should have b"<-u visited upon her." *.«■ "T am sure he wouM not have done that." St. John said, his heart bearing wildly, as lie that Gwendolyn might belong to him. AV)iel-e one loves much it is possible to forgive much." Mo you thinic so? and she looked at him wist- fully through her tears. 1 speak for myself, he answered tenlo-lw Gwendolyn. will \'ou tell me, dear, is it this thai has come between us? "Yps,"s))cs:!t". I had not the heart to tell 3rou. and I could not marry you without." He took her hand and kissed It, but he spoke n<> more of his ho:'es just then, it looked so cruel when she was suffering. But presently Lady Gwendolyn asked him what she had better do about her father. I will follow your advice implicitly," she observed. I know you will spare me all you can." He reflected for a moment before he answered her, and then he said: Your father is an old man, Gwendole n, and according to my judgment, it would he a pity to trCluble the few remaining years of his life by telling him your sad story. If the poor little one were living it would be different,'perhaps; but fhe has no longer any rights, and you harm no one by keeping silent, whilst you might hurt your father by It seemed a relief tolior to hear these words, though she said the next moment, "I hope you do not tell me this to spare me, St. John, for I do not deserve to be sparerl; and I am anxious to do right now, whatever it costs me." "I was thinking of your father, dear; he ought to be our first consideration." "Yes, 0I1 yes," she murmured. Well, what good would you do by enlightening Well, what good would you do by enlightening him ? "None," she admitted. "Then leave him in peace the last years of his life. The only "person who ought to know this se- cret is your second husband." And there is no need to tell him," Lady Gwen- dolyn said, laying her weary head down on St. John's breast; he knows it alrcndv," Lady Gwendolyn's child was buried a few days later, and she and St. John, Mrs. Broughton and tier daughter were the mourners. A little later, a marble cross was placed on the grave, with just this inscription: In loving memory of Gwendolyn de Pene, who fell asleep the arll of March, 18—, aged four years;" but who was likely to connect them with Lady Gwendolyn Greville ? since Mrs. Broughton and her daughter would not have spoken for the world, and the only other person who knew the se- cret, besides St. John, was an exile in a foreign land, and was far too much ashamed now of the part she had played, to betray her former pupil. Six months after the little Gwendolyn's death her mother married St. John, and the old Earl's dearest wish was gratified. How can he doubt that his wish was a wise one when he sees the perfect hap- piness of the young pair; though sometimes it seems to him that there is a sorrowful, far-away look in Gwendolyn's beautiful eyes. But at these times St. John, who is the most watchful and tender of husbands, will fetch one of their little ones from the nursery, and coax her back into smiles by whispering some loving conceit, until his wife remembers only her present blessings, and forgets her past sorrows. TUB END.
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Tn Accidents, Incidents, audi Fatalities. THE ALLEGED STARVATION OF A CHILI) AT CARDIFF. At Cardiff Police-court on Friday, Benjamin Evans, charged on iL Coroner's warrant with starving his infant chil l, was formally committed for triil for manslaughter at the ensuing Gla- morgan Assizes to be held at Swansea. He was immediately removed, and exhibited no veiy great conct* E at the decision of the benca. DEATH OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY SECRETARY. The Rev. Henry Griffiths, district secretary of the Biitish and Foreign Bible oociety, died on Friday last, at Llanstephan, in th* house (if the Rev. O. Thomas, where he had been seized with congestion of the brain and paralysis of the left Side. FATAL FALL OFF WAGGON' BUFFERS AT DOWLAIS. On Thuisday Patrick Butterrnore (IS), fireman, Dowlais, died from the t-fleets "f an accident wbich he received on the day ptior. It appears: that he fell off the buffers of a waggon whilst it Was in motion, and the train went over bis legs. THE LATE FIRE AT SOUTHERN DOWN. Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., has intimated lie intention of subscribing £ 5 towards the find being raised for ,Jenkin -Puwell and lamily, ,ho lost everything througa a fire breaking out in the cottage they occupied. DFATH OF Jtli. It. EVANS, WHITCHUECIT. The unexpected death of Mr. Richard Evans, Rose Mount, after a bri*-f illness of a fortnight, has caused deep legiet iu this qu>"et village. The deceased gentleman, who was iu nis eisjhty-seeorid year, WitS widely esteemed in the Oxlvinistic, Methodist connexion, of which body he whs a prominent deacon. He was a co-deaoon with ,\Ir. JQbt-z Thomas (who died about a fortnight ago) for upwardil of 40 years. They were together first of all at Upper beat Chapel. When Air. Insole opened the Cymmer Colliery they moved to Forth, Mid worked, together there with the Methodist tause for 35 years. Three years ago (having some f'Uie before retired from business) he removed to Whitchurch, the scene of his youth. A CHILD SCALDED TO DBATH AT CARDIFF. An inquest was held at the Town-hall on Satur- day (before Mr. E. B. Reece, coroner) on the body of Marian Richaids, aged two years, daughter of •Jonathan Richards, 5, Green-court, the Hayes. It Rppeared that the mother who was washing, had put M, bucket of boiling sude in the kitchen. De- ceased and a little boy were playing in the neigh- hoiirhccd of the backet, when, approaching too closely, the bucket was upset, aud its contents went over the body of the little girl. She was severely scalded, and her mother convoyed her directly to the Infirmary, where she died at one o'clock on Fiiday. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death." A MERIONETHSHIRE FARMER PERISHED IN A SNOW- DRIFT. A painful discovery has been made on the TrawsfynyddMountain, Merionethshire. Itappeara that a farmer named Humphrey Lewi?, aged 71, wkg attempting to'crces the mountain sheep walk* from Beddycoedwr to Biynygath during thesnow- 8torni. He lott hie way-, fell into a snowdrift, and Perished. The deceased appeared to have strug- gled greatly to extricate himself, aud then to have fallen on bis faae helplessly into the snow. ACCIDBNT AT CUE TAFF VALE YARD. A serious accident occurred to Mr. Obndiah Davies last Friday at the Tiff Vale West Yard. He was assisting in taking a plate to the furnace &nd slipped, when the plate fell and fractured his right tnigh and arm. The sufferer was conveyed to the Infirmary, where his injuiies were at- teaded to. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. Davies. ba being one of the oldest employes of the Taff Vale and widely known by a large circle of friends. A SOLICITOR'S OFFICE ON FIRE AT CARDIFF. On Sunday night a few minutes before nine o'clock, a fire broke out on the premises occupied by Messrs. Morgan and Scott, solicitors, High- street. Information was sent to the central station, and the reel, under the command of Superinten- dent Price and Inspector James, was immediately despatched. On arriving there it was discovered that the fire had broken out in a cupboard under the stairs leading to the second floor. Part of the stairs were also on fire. In a Very shert time the conflagration was completely got under. FALLING DOWN DEAD IN A BRECON CHURCH. On Sunday morning a melancholy incident was witnessed in Brecon Priory Church. As the worshippers were leaving tne edifice, after an ordination service conducted by the Bishop of St. David's, an aged man, named Mr H. Watkins, fell down and expired immediately. WRECK OF A CARDIFF STEAMER. The steamship Newton, of Cardiff, with a crew of 18, ran ashore in a dense foes at Morwenston, near Bude, on Sunday night, and will become a total wreck. The er-!w were saved.
A RHONDDA PROPERTY DISPUTE. In the High Court of Justice, Queen'd Bench Division, on Friday—before Justices Grove and Stephen—the case of March v. Baily, commenced on the previous day, was resumed and concluded. It was an application for a new trial, made on behalf of the defendants, the verdict at the trial at Swansea having passed for the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were entitled in fee simple of the Rhonddafechan estate, iu the Rhcndda Valley, Glamorgan, and the adjoining estate, called Geny- gal"d, belong-d to the defend'inos as the snrviving devisees of one Crawshay Baily, deceased." The question between the parties was to the boundaries of these estates, and a codsiderable piece of land under which were valuable seams of coal and minerals was claimed by both plaintiffs aud defendants. A considerable sum lodged in the Cardiff branch of the National Provincial Bank, the produce of royalties and way leases, abided the result of the litigation. The principal point upon which the new trial was asked for was misreception of evidence, a plan or map bf the property having been received.— Mr Ruby, Q.C., Mr W. B >wen Rowlands, Q C., and Mr Abal Thomas appeHred for the plaintiffs, while the defendants were represented by Sir R. Webster, Q.O., Mr Mclntyro, Q.C., Mr B. F. Williams, Q.C., and Mr S. G. Wood.—Mr Justice Grove considered that the plan was admissible as a muniment of title, and was a most important piece of evidence. In regard to the points with referacoa to misdirection nod rejection of evidence, he thought the learned judge was right, and that even if be were not no substantial damage had been done.—Mr Justice Stephen concurred, and said that he considered the map or plan was rightly admitted. At the trial he was consulted by his brother Denman, who tried the oase, as to whether it was admissible, and expressed hn opinion that it was Upon ftiller consideration he thought the view he then expressed was rieht.—New trial refused, with costs, but a stay of execution was granted pending an appeal. Their lordships refused to grant costs on the higher scale, Mr Justice Stephen expressing the conviction that the unavoidable expanses of the law were heavy enough, and he should not mtike them greater unless for a strong reason, which he did net see in this case. Costs on the higher scale were in fact, an ideal. (Laughter.) Buchupa.iha.A new, quick, complete oure fot all urinary affections, (smarting, frequent or diffi cult) and kidney diseases. 4s. At Druggists, London Agency, No. 1, King Edward-street.
THE PONTYPRIDD RECREATION GROUND. PROPOSED ACQUISITION BY THE LOCAL BOARD. A PROTEST AGAINST IT. INTERESTING DISCUSSION. At the monthly meeting of the Pontypridd Local Board, on Thursday,— Present; Messrs J. lit berts (in the chair pro tern), < J. Peun, D. Leyshon, 11. Hopkins, J. Evans, J. James, W. W. Phillips, M. Cule, and D. Moig>n—there was a lengthy discussion on the question of the proposed acquisi- tion of the Pontypridd Common, or Recreation ground. Mr Hopkins said he wished to bring forward the question of the Board taking over the custody of the Pontypridd Recreation ground. It would ba remembered that sometime ago he got the over- seers of the Parish of Eglwysilan, who were the present custodians of the Common, to agree to hand it over, and it was understood that the Board would take the custody of the Recreation ground, provided it could be handed over legally. ApjiUca- tioe was made to theEnclosnre Commissioners, but without avail. Subsequently, a der utation waited) upon Sir W. T. Lewis, who said that, as the appli- cation for the custody cfthe COUItTIOIl was similar j to the case of thp Aberdare common, the best thing he could do was to ref., r them to Mr Leary, who had charge of the matter in the Aberda,re transfer. The Chamber of Trade took the matter up, and applied to Mr Leary, who replied that it was vested in the C arity Commissioners. In due course, the Charity Commit-slosers were applied to and their reply was that they had no objec: ion to the transfer, provided tne Local Goverment Board ttanctioned it, inasmuch as the transfer would entail So charge upon the lates. Now, he would move that the Clerk write to the Local Government Board for their sanction. Mr Penn seconded the motion, and remarked that he considered it a very important matter. A great deal of interest had been taken in it for years by the Messrs. Lenox and himself. It appeared that the overseers of the parish were not in a position to do anything beyond keeping the custody of the ground. The Chairman; I am very glad to find that it is likely to come to an issue. Mr Hopkins: I should like to add that Mr Sprague, as Secretary of the Chamber of Trade, haR obtained signatures of the present custodians to the petition this year. Mr James: What would be the cost ? Mr Phillips I think we should know the cost, because it is a very important matter. It is a new matter to ma and 1 shall protect against your going on until I and the other new members know more about it. The Chairman It will simply be a penny' rate. Mr Penn: It won't be a penny rate. Mr Hopkins: The Common at present is simply (f no man's land," but some years ago it was vested in the Overseers and Churchwardens of Eglwysilan as custodians for the public. But we as residents in this locality have as much right to it as the parishioners of Eglwysilan j only that, at that time, there was no rating anthorityi The overseers are not a rating authority, as is well-known, and they can do nothing. If the Recreation ground is handed over to this Boird and simply enclosed the grazing value would recoup you; but it is a Recreation ground and I think we Bhou'd keep it in order. It is now in :a very bad state—neither enclosed nor drained—'and worse than that the Lord of the Manor is cutting it up by quarrying. We would be able to prevent that. Mr Jabez Evans: It is a question of conveyance now. There is no outlay now. The Chairman: I believe the ratepayers are protected—that we cannot borrow more than one penny. MrEvana:Mr Phillips, or somebody else, can protest then but there is no outlay now. Mr Philhpa I want to know more about it; that is all. Mr Evans I should be with you against any eutlay now. Mr Penn It is simply taking it over. The Clerk: But ycu must recollect this—the Charity Commissioners may draw up a. scheme which you must carry out. They certainly won't hand it over to you to leave it as it is. Mr Pbitlipa I believe that, by accepting it, we are pledging ourselves to a scheme. The Clerk There can be no objection to seeing: whether the Local Govern.ent Board are willing. The Chairman: A Commissioner will inquire into it, hnd then it will be open for the public to say whether thøy are willing or not. The Clerk Oh, certainly. Mr Evans How often would the penny rate be wanted. The Chairman A penny a year. Mr Penn: Oh, no that won't be required. Mr J. EvHns That is a good bit,. The Chairman Yon would be limited to that. Mr Hopkins I move that we ask the consent of the Local Goverment Board. Mr M. Cule: If you go there you will see a number of gipsifs, and we have no power to drive them away, a!though they are a pest and a nuis ance. Mr James What expense will it be. Mr M. C'lle At present you will only be putting your feet into the ehoes of the Eglwysilan over- seers. Mr Phillips: I protest against dcirg a thing we don't know anything about. The Chairman Yon may depend upon it, the Commissioners wiil protect the ratepayers. I should like to give it every encouragement. I will out it to the meeting. Mr James If we are tied to a great scheme it will be expensive. Mr Phillips Yes, and now in these bad times. The motiou was then ppt and carried Messrs James and Morgan did not vote.
LLANTRlSANT SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. The election of members to serve on the Llan- trisant School Board, for the next triennial term took place on Friday. There were seven booths, at which the presiding officers were :—Town-hall, Llantiisant, Mr. S. Shipton; Miskia Village, Mr. John Morgan; Eirw, Mr.. T. Edwards, (Mountain \sh) Cymmer, Mr. J. Spickett; Tonyrefail, Mr. T. Thomas, Ty'nywern; Gilfach Goch, Mr. Idris Williams; Penygraig, Mr. H. S. Davies. A good deal of interest was taken in the election by the people, of the upper part of the parish, but in the lower part very few voted. The counting took place on Saturday, when the Returning-officer (Mr. E. C. Spickett) declared the result to be as follows:-
ELECTED. Mr. W. Stewart, Penrfciwfer 2407 11 Josiah Lewis, Ty'fcycymmer 1958 11 J. P. Williams, Tonyrefail 1016 11 D. Williams. LIantTiaant 850 11 J. Davies (timberman) Cymmer 654 1, Ishmael Williams, Dinas 572 Judge Gwilym Evans, Miskin 544 NON-ELECTED. Mr. Thomas Lewis, Tony-refail. 509 Rev. J. P. Hughes, Vicar 416 Mr. J. H. Thomas, Porth 403 Edmund Thomas, jLanaly. 327 Z. A. Cooke, Llantrisant 231 Rev. W. C. Davies, Congregationalist 155
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CORRESPONDENCE e do not hold ourselves responsible for the opinion* of -:mr correspondents.] RENT AGITATION AT PON1YPRIDD. To the D,i.t ,r of the "Chronicle." Sir,-I am glad tc find that an effort has been madfe in G aw iina Ciyuacu Vale, to induce the land- lord" to lo.ver the rents. Aud I hope something will SCHIJ be done in the nt-i.;tiuoarhood of i?outvpridoL were tlie rerjC? are unreasonably high. I ata iiviui? in a hous.1 th.it cost about A\s5 to build, aud paying* the extortionate sum ot £ 13 13S per annum for it. JNow, Mr Jbditor, there are many of the landlord* uridyl- the impression, and are not backward in telling us so, that it we I¡H,d more economical we coulct manage to bring t.vo ends to meet very well and foe the sase of those who think so. I shall just let them know how my money 's distributed I am sare there'll. not a man who lives more saving than myself; I never ariiiK any iu £ ox:citiiig liquors, or spend a farthing on unnecessary things; my wife never employs any- body to assist in the house work, and she makes hec own and children's clothing (four in number.) M» earnings are twenty-two per week, after doctor, sick fund, and library deducted, leaves a balance of twenty-one shillings to hung home to my wife; I paw for huusti reut ;-)j ;).1 per week. Groceries composed of the common necessaries of life, 15s per week b.iueLt K'.itl sick clubs, is •! I per week, and there ro- maiiis botuud ait-;r b>ots, clotuinj», ^.nd many other little expenses. My house ivn t and food swallows op my earnings. Nyw, tlie question conies how am I tefc me,nage to get the rest, i.e., clothing, boots, &c ? So, to be phi in, 1 il hit yo.t ku»>»v how I manage. I get my clothing with cue packman promising to pay him. 2s per fortnight, and my D ;ots 1 get in the sain a way from the shoemaker, & So you'll see, Mr Editor, I am in tins way bound to bre«.k my promises becausa my expenses ale greater tiaan my earnings, therefore, I am compelled to ask tiie landlord to allow a balanco of 4s shillings to remain o'er until the next time as I hai'e the grocers7 oill »o meet and the next week I Litve to asa: tbe s;rt.>cer to leave a balance on account ot meeting the packman aud shoemaker, &c. Conse- quently, I am running deeper and deeper into debt, aud unless something will turn up different to wha% it is now, I shall be summoned to the CGunty Court because I've had a dozen warnings alrealy, and if ? fail to meet court payments, my furniture will be, sold, and myself, wife, and dear little children will bft turned to the road. Now, Mr Editor, this is exactly how it is with me and hundreds of others in that valley. I hope these i-tcts will be read by soma of those high rent landlords and if they have any principle or Christian feeling about them they will at once see their w",y ciear towards reducing the ridicl1. Iocs rent they now receive, and go according to thd: old proverb—" Do uuto others as you would wish to, be done by." I am, &c., WARE TEG (FAIRPLAT.^
PONTYPRIDD BANKRUPTCY COURT. Re If. T. Eoans, grocer, Tajf-strcet, Poit'/pridtl.— At thj Pontypridd Bankruptcy Court, on Tuesday, before Mr J3. C. Spickett, registrar, Mr W. T. Evans* grccer, of Taff-etreet, Pontypridd, attended for hia adjourned public examination. It will be remem. berea tha.t at the last court the debtor stated that ho had sold his business to his brother-in-law, Mc Flowers, of Cardiff, and that he had included in th& sale the books and book debts. Some ot the goods, transferred in this way he admitted had not beea paid for. He ha.d been in business about two years and bad started with a capital of £ 130, but through, losses incurred in various -vays he got into difficulties. The examination at the last court occupied a con- siderable timj and in tbe coarse of it the aebtor ad- mitted that no deed had been drawn up transferring the book debts to his brother-in-law, but he adhere^ to his statement that they were sold. The case was taen adjourned to enable the debtor to produce an account of his receipts and payments from the he commenced business, a corrected list of creditors, a corrected statement of affairs, and an amended deficiency account to include the disposal of the.9184 with which the debtor commenced business.—Mr W. R. Davies appeared for the petitioning creditor, and Mr Geo. David, Cardiff, for the debtor. Some docu- ments were now handed in, and Mr Daniel the. Official Receiver, said that he had received the state- ments on Monday, but had not had time to go through them. The most important of all, however, had been omitted, viz., a statement of accounts for that last six months, prior to the sale of the business. Thfc debtor had been asked to produce it. The Registrar remarked that he had no such request on his note* but added that the debtor being now out of business could have devoted the greater part of his time to assisting the Official Receiver.—Mr David said he thought he had done so, because the debtor had spent his time between him (Mr David) and the Official Receiver.—Mr Daniel teared he would have to ask for an adjournment.—Mr David thought it was rather hard that the examination should be again adjourned. —Mr Daniel said that the accounts were filed on Monday.—The Registrar said the order was to file on the 21st inst.—Mr David said that was Sunday and they had filed on the nearest day to that.—Mr Daniel said it was a mistake; he thought they were orctered to be handed in on the Saturday. He added thkt that bankrupt had from the very first shewn every disposi- tion to help him.—The Registrar to Mr Daniel :VYo» want an account of the goods ordered and received for the last six months immediately preceding the sale of the business.—Mr Daniel: Ye3, and on account of the moneys received and paid.—The case, was then adjourned till next Tuesday, the debtor fox file the particulars by Saturday. Re George h/organ, builder, Gelliwa^tad-road, Pontv- pridd.—Mr Montagu Urover appeared for seme of the creditors and Mr Rhys for the debtor. This also waa. an adjourned examination. The debtor had at the last court entered into a long statement as to hiet affairs, and alleged that some of the furniture in hia house belonged to his wife, who, through keeepins lodgers, bad a separate income of her own. He hadi also given details about moriga2;es on property built by him. The examination was then adjourned until tlio following Tuesday for the production of further particulars.—Mr Rhys, who was not present at tho last court, now remarkei that the debtor seemed ta have been asked the same question about a dozen times in regard to a sum of £10 paid to Mr Walter Morgan, -05 of which he paid by Mr John Thomas" the remaining £ 5 of which that gentleman became> responsible for.—Mr Darnel said the reason was that the debtor did not give straightforward answers.- The Registrar said the debtor did not give thesa.m. answer twice.—The debtor now entered the box and said, in reply to Mr -L^uiel, that he could not giva an account of the bills dishonoured by the bank. Ia 1884, however, the Messrs Sessions had tried to maka him a bankrupt and he admitted that in that year heknewhewaa insolvent—Mr Daniel to the debtor: How came you to continue to trade having such know- ledge ?—The debtor replied that he "thought he would be able to recover himsel as other men. had done. He now gave the Court his version of the accounts he owed to Mr David Gower for hauling, to. Mr Julian and others. Not long since he had a la, suit with Mr Isaac Anuluams, the Cross Brook, whQ, bad owed him £56. He could not give particulars as, to the matter, but the claim was for £ ]8. The suit, debtor believed, was decided in his favour. Thi* Cross Brook contract was the last one he had taken*, and dated back to March, 1885. On the 1st February* 18S5, debtor gave up to Martin, his brother-in-law, quarry he (debtor) had been working on Mr Craw- shay's land. He left the quarrying teols there. Hot had not returned them in the schedale to the official receiver as he had not paid the rent, and he thought Mr. Crawshay would take them. But Mr Crawshay had not hitherto claimed them, nor levied a distress. A house which he had built at Gelliwastad had been mortgaged to Messrs Morgan and Bevan for -6250. Hia wife and brother-in-law had built two houses on Wood-road. He had supplied the mason 3 labour for the two houses, but Martin found the material, and debited Mrs. Morgan with the stones obtained for the, frontage from the quarry. The rest of the stones were feund on the site of the houses. There was mortgage on the wife's house for jElOO. The loan waa negotiated by Morgan and Rhys. There was on it another mortgage of .£30 by the National Bank ot Wales. The charges in connection with the banking mortgage were entered on debtor's book, not his wife's. His wife's name was not mentioned in the contract., He arranged far the ground with Mr John Jones, Mr Crawshay's agent. He believed it cost 2d. a yard* but was not sure.—Mr Daniel: Was thera a contract for a lease before you bad the lease ?—Debtor: I believe there was not.Mr Daniel: Who instructed Messrs Morgan and Rhys to prepare the lease in the name of your wife?—Debtor: I cannot swear to that.—Mr Daniel: It appears" to me that both hitt wife and brother-in-law should be examined.—The Registrar concurred. Tne examination was then ad- journed for a week.-It was stated that there wera. seven examinations for nuxt Tuesday.
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