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|Vie»1hyr Watch Committee. THE CHILDREN'S ACT. IMPORTANT NOTICES. A meeting of the Watch Committee of the Merthyr Corporation was held on Tuesday even- ing, the Mayor (Aid. Wilson) presiding. The following were appointed officers to fill vacancies:—John Fitzgerald, Merthyr, age 25, height 6ft. 14in.; William Griffiths, Miski. age 24, height 6ft. Igin. Philip Hampton, BIaen avon, age 27, height 6ft. William Carter, Blaenavon, age 26, height 6ft.; Eugene Sulli- van, Aberdare, age 25, height 5ft. llin.; Samusl Doble, Merthyr, aeg 24. height 5ft. llin. The Chief Constable reported that durng last quarter seven dogs were seized by the police. Five were destroyed, one claimed by the owner, and 'one was sold by the police for 5s., which amount was paid to the Borough Controller. Section 3, eub-sections 8 and of the Dogs Act (1906) stated "that a police officer or other person having charge of any dog de- tained under this Section shall cause the dog to be properly fed and maintained during the seven clear days it is detained. All expenses incurred by the police under this Section shall be defrayed out of the Police Fund. and any money received by the police under this Section shall be paid to the account of the Police Fund." He (the Chief Constable) recommended that the Committee make an allowance to station keepers for the maintenance of stray flogs seized by the police. The amount of 3d. per day was allow- ed to station keepers in the county of Glamor- gan, and he recommended that the eame amount be adopted by this authority.—This was agreed to. The Chief Constable reported that Messrs. J. and G. Jones had delivered at the Town Hall the prison van, and that it was according' to specification. THE CHILDREN'S ACT. The Chief Constable reported in regard to the Children's Act that he had had the fol'ow- ing notice served upon all licensed victuallers: —"Section 119 provides that if any person gives or causes to be given to any child under the age of five years any intoxicating liquor, except upon the order of a duly qualified medicaJ prac- titioner, or in case of sickness, he shall on summary conviction be liable to a fine not ex- ceeding £3. Section 120 provides that the holder of the licence of any licensed premises shall not allow a child under the age of 14 years to be at any time in the bar of the licensed premises, except during the hours of closing. If the holder of a licence acts in con- travention of thm section, Or if any person causes or procures or attempts to cause or pro- cure any child to go to, or to be in, the bar of any licensed premises except during the hours of' closing, he shall be liable on summary con- viction to a fine not exceeding, for the first offence, 40s; for any subsequent offence. JB5. If a child is found in the bar of any licensed premises except during the hours of closing, the holder of the licence shall be deemed to havo committed an offence under this section unless he shows that he has used due diligence to pre- vent the child being admitted to the bar. This section shall not apply in the case of any child of the licence holder, or in the case of a child resident but not employed on the licensed pre- mises, or who may be in the bar of the licensed premises solely for the purpose of passing through in order to obtain access to or egress from some other part of the premises not being a bar. where there is no other convenient means of access to or egress from that part of the premises. In this section the bar of the licensed premises means any open drinking bar or any part of the premises exclusively or main- ly used for the sale and consumption of intoxi- cating liquor." Notices had also been issued to old metal dealers, marine store dealers, and pawnbrokers, pointing out that if a dealer in old metal or a marine store dealer purchases rrom any person apparently under the age of 16 years, any old metal, whether offered for sale bv that person on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person, he shall be liable on nummary convic- tion to a fine not exceeding £5; and for the purpoe of this section "old metal' 'includes scrap metal, broken naetal, or partly manufac- tured metal goods, and old or defaced metal goods. The notice also contained the follow- ing :— Section 117 of the Act provides: "That if a pawnbroker takes an article in pawn from any person apparently under the age of 14 years, whether offered by that person on his own bp- half or on behalf of any other person, he shall be guilty of an offence against the Pawnbrok- ers' Act. 1872, but nothing in that Act nor in this section shall affect Section 50 of the Metro- politan Police Act, 1839." DECREASE IN CRIME. The Chief Constable also reported that dur- ing last quarter the total number of crimes com- mitted in the Borough was 82, as compared with 116 in the previous qua.rter. Of the. 82 persons apprehended, 52 were males and 6 were females. The total number of convictions was 46; 13 persons were discharged, and 20 com. mitted for trial. Under the head of non-indict- able offences, the report showed that 546 ma¡ and 131 females were proceeded against, a total of 677, as compared with 647 males and 163 ffc males in the previous quarter, or a decrease of males of 101, and of females of 32. There were 571 convictions of non-indictable offences, and 106 persons were dismissed, showing a de- crease of 103 convictions. An interesting table showed the days during last quarter on which moat drunkenness occurred, viz., Sunday, 36 (as compared with 55 in the previous quarter); Monday, 68, as compared with 4C; Tuesday. 17, as compared with 28; Wednesday, 16 (16); Thursday, 23 (19); Friday, 8 (21); Saturday, 142, as compared with. 113, or a total for the quarter of 308, as compared with 292 in the previous throe months. TENDERS. It was agreed to advertise in the "Merthyr Express" for tenders for summer clothing for the police. A letter was Tead from the local branch of the Society of Painters and Decorators, asking the Council to put in the contracts about to be given out for painting work at Dowlais and elsewhere clauses that Trades Union wages should be paid.—It was agreed to reply that such clauses were inserted, a.nd if thero was any breach, the matter should be reported. The following tenders were received for painting and plumbing work at Dowlais Police Station:—E. M. Jenkins, £20; Mulv->v £86 10s.; J. Jeremiah. £81: John Jenkins. 178.: Thomas Bros., £ 82.—That of Mr. John Jenkins, CaAfti..WJaar*being the lowast, yar- |

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