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EBBW VALE SENSATION. DARING ROBBERY NEAR THE WORKS. OLD WOMAN BRUTALLY ASSAULTED, RELIEVED OF BAG CONTAINING WAGES. On Saturday morning great excitement was caused at Ebbw Vale when it became known that a daring robbery had taken place near the Ebbw Vale works. An old woman named Sarah Raymond, aged 72, living at No. 1, Church View, Beaufort, with her daughter, Mrs. Rachael Welsted, was em- ployed by the Ebbw Vale Steei, Iron, and Coal Company as a, messenger in the Coppee coke ovens department. On Saturday morning she was conveying a bag of money containing E203 13s. 7d. from the offices of the Ebbw Vale Com- pany to Mr. Win. Dunn, contractor at the Coppee ovens, for the purpose of paying wages. Mrs. Raymond had been employed by the man- agers of the coke ovens for over 32 years, and had been in the habit of going to the office for the men's pay on a Saturday morning. Following her usual custom on Saturday, about 10.30 a.m., she made her way to the office with a hand-bag, in which she had the ticket for the amount required. Mr E. Watkins, the cashier of the Ebbw Vale Company, placed the required sum, JE205 13s. 7d., in the bag, and afterwards locked it, the woman then proceeding on her way back to the ovens. On this journey she had to travel through the Ebbw Vale Works, including the upper portion of the mills and the workshops of the engineering depart- ment. In front of the siemena furnaces there are a few old arches, and between these arches and the works there is a siding into which trucks are very often shunted. This spot is very secluded. As Mrs. Raymond was passing under the first of theso arches somebody pounced upon her from behind, and a sack, or a piece of sacking, wa-s thrown over her head, and she was brought violently- to the ground. During the struggle not a word was spoken. The woman stuck tenaciously to the bag, but she was kicked about the body by her assailant until the bag of money was released from her grasp by a savage kick on her wrist. Her screams soon drew a crowd of people, but they were too late to capture the man. Mrs. Raymond unfortunately did not see the man's face at all, and only just managed to catch a glimpse of his back as he was making his escape. She suffered from severe ?h°ck and bruises, but did not lose consciousness during the ordeal. She was at once conveyed to a house in Wilputts-terrace, the nearest to the scene of the outrage, and eventually taken to her home at Beaufort. Inspector Price, of the Ebbw Vale Police Force, and the police of the surrounding dis- were soon around. AH the employees at the Coppee ovens and crowds also joined in the search that was then instituted. Two lads said they saw a man running away with a bag, and several men employed in the works declared that they saw him go in the direction of Nanty- glo and Blaina Mountain. Sergt. Rees and P.C. Howells, under the direction of the inspector, got on to such clues as were obtainable, but they failed to meet with any success. Some of the workmen who passed the spot said they bad seen a strange man with a sack lurking about the spot. Piecing the different stories together, the police issued the following description of the man wanted:-Age about 26 or 27, height 5ft. j j 6in. or 5ft. 7in., proportionately built, fresh complexion, light clothes, very dusty bcotc (ap- peared to be football boots). This is somewhat j vague, and does not tally with the one given by the injured woman herself, who is rather confident that her assailant had on a dark coat. Of late years Ebbw Vale has been the re- pository of numbers of out-of-works-men from all parts of the country, British and foreign— so that the task before the police on such slen- der information is a very difficult one. Super- intendent Saunders, Tredegar. Inspector Price, Ebbw Vale, and a large staff are continuing their inquiries. Whoever the "hig-bwarman" wa<, it is evi- dent that the robbery had been well thought out, and the plan as cleverly carried out as it was daring. The sack or jacking that en veloped the woman's face, and muffled her cries, prevented her from seeing his face, to that identification is impossible M far as she was concerned, while he took the extra pre- caution of not speaking a word. I WITH MRS. RAYMOND. The nature of the injuries and the sudden shock made it impossible to get a clear state- ment from Mrs. Raymond until some time after the occurrence. But our Ebbw Vale represen- tative called at her residence late on Saturday evening, and had a chat with her. As pre- viously stated', she lives with her daughter and son-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. W Istead, 1, Church- view, Beaufort, a modern-built house above the average of the ordinary workmen's dwel- lings. The house was bright, well-furnished and spotlessly clean, and gave one the impres- sion that the inmates belonged to the respect- able, well-to-do miners. The thought immedi- ately came as to why a woman over 72 years of age found it necessary to work for her living in the heart of a busy iron and steel works. A leading question to th3 daughter soon found the explanation. There was no real necessity for her to do so, but the old lady had foliowed her employment as messenger in th1 same de- partment for 38 years, and her employer (Mr. Dunn) was kind and indulgent. It was really kindness on their part to gratify her wi-hes. and allow her to remain in harness as Jong as she was able. Proceeding to the cosy bed- room, our representative found Ilrs. Raymond in bed. She wae evidently suffering from great pain, and groaned piteously. So prostrate was she in corrsequenco of her injuries and shock that she had been placed in bed exactly as she was taken home, the doctors considering that absolute rest wa> necessary. She was suffering from extensive bruises and a large cut on hpr left wrist, which had been ba.n- daged. There were also a. mass of bruise- on her right side, which had evidently been caused by kicks and and it was with difficulty that she spoke. She is a iypical Welsh subject, and her speech had a pro nounced Welsh accent, as with remarkable clearness she described the terrible ordeal through she had parsed earlier in the 1 day. She said: "It is going on for 32 yean since I entered the employ of Mr Dunn, and Mr. Wilputte at Beaufort before him. I went to the General Offices of the Ebbw Vale Company at half-past t-en on Saturday morn- ing', and Mr. Ted Watkins, the cashier, gave me the money for Mr. Dunn in a locked hand bag. It was always locked by Mr. Watkina, and Mr. Dunn had a key to open it when I got back to the Coke Oven Office. On re- i uming, I passed the Fitting Shop and Engine- Shed, and walked on the side of the rails until I got to the first arch that used to lead to "Old China," and saw no one. The man must have been under the trucks that were standing there. 1 had just cleared the' arch. I did not hear- Mrs. Raymond is slightly hard of hearing--or .see anyone, when a sack or something waa thrown over my head. He draggecl it tight- and hit mo down nearly senseless. He did not speak a word. I screeched and screeched, and held on to the bag for my life. He pulled me over, and kicked me several times on the leg and side, and kicked tho bag out of my hand. As he wa-. going away I pulled the sack off my head and raised it up. I could not see his face, but could just see that he had a. dark coat on, and that ho looked like a. young man. A couple of hundred people came there, and the women took me to Mrs. Tay- Ibv's house in Wilputte's-terrace." In reply to further questions, Mrs. Ray. mond was very definite that she did not see or heur the man until he was going away. She was struck down from behind without a second's warning. She had carried the money for many years, and had never been molested before. It was with a shudder that the old lady repeated that she believed she could have been killed had the man not succeeded is kicking the bag out of her grasp. Great sympathy is felt for Mr. W. Dunn, the contractor, on whom the loss will fall. He made immediate arrangements toO pay all the wages in full, so that his employees were not placed at any disadvantage. There are already some suggestions on foot to sliow him some practical sympathy. 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