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About a Cefn Public House.


About a Cefn Public House. PECULIAR CONDUCT OF A TENANT. REFUSED TO HAND OVER THE LICENCE. The adjourned licensing meeting for th petty asssiftnai division of Cefn was held a. Cefn on Wednesday afternoon. The magistrates pre- sent were:—Col. J. J. Jonc^ (chairman1. Mr. Edward Jones, the Hon. H. C. Hore Ruthven, and Mr. David Vaughan. The licences of tho Church Tavern, Vaynor (Mr. David Wilikns), and the New Inn, Ystrad- fellte (Mr. J DaviN). were renewed, structural alterations having been carried out. Mr. F. P. Charles applied for the transfer of the licence of the Greyhound s Head Inn. High- street, Cefn, from Evan H. Jones to Thomas Lewis.—The police offered no objection.—Mr. Charle, said that on the 9lh Feb.uary. he ap- plied for an order to eject the tenant, Evan H. Jones, from the house under the provisions of the Landlords and Tenants Act, as he would not give up possession to th-i owners. tho Pont- ycapel Brewery Company. Last week the war- rant was enforced by the police, and at present there was no tenant in the house. There was provision in the Act under which a bench of magistrates, if they thought lit, could d'spenso with the consent of the old licensee and the pro- duction of th-3 annual certificate. Last week he (Mr. Charles) gave Mr. Jones notice that he would that day apply for the transfer, in order that Mr. Jones might have the oppor- tunity of being present. He (Mr. Charier-) atrongly advised Jones to get legal advice as to his position and rights; but as there was no other solicitor in court, he (Mr. Charles) pre- sumed that Mr. Jane; had not dono so. He asked the Bench to call )1: Jones. In repy to the Bench, Mr. Jones said he was not willing- to give up the licence until he had a satisfactory settlement. The Chairman That is not a matter we have to do with. If you have any claim acainst the Brewery Company, tha: is a matter for another court. Mr. Jones: I am able to prove that the notice I gave was illegal. The Chairman: You do not consent to the transfer? Mr. Jones: I wish to ask one question. The Chairman I am not obliged to answer r qution. What is it? Mr. Jones: I have been instructed to ask you whether you are a shareholder in the Ponty- capel Brewery Company, or whether you are interested in the brewery? The Chairman No. I am not shareholder. But I waa going to tell Mr. Charles that if tihere is any dispute in this case, inasmuch as I have acted as solicitor to the company, I do not intend to take any part in the case. Mr. Jones: I think the ejectment order was illegal, as you signed it. The Chairman What is between the Brewery Company and yourself has nothing to do with the order made. It is a question between the landlord and tenant whether the tenancy has expired. I think even in this case I can sit if I choose to do 110, but I will not do so, because I do not want suspicion, even in your mind, that I am acting in any way different to what I would do in any other case. Mr. Charles said the Company had had to put up with unreasonable, wretched, and miserable suggestions such as Mr. Jones had just made to the Bench. The Chairman said this was the first time his impartiality had ever been impugned. He did no complain if anyone wished to do so, as it would not hurt his feelings. Having regard to the facts, and seeing that Mr. Jones was going to refer to private matters, he (the Chair- man) would retire from the Bench for the time £ eing.—Mr. Edward Jones then took the chair. Mr. Charles said that Jones became tenant of the house between two and three years ago. He was told that the condition was that he should trade only with the Brewery Company, who rented the house. In many of these cases, 1 it was usual to have a legal agreement. But the Pontycapel Brewery Company always got on very well with their tenant.?, and they had never found it. necessary to put into force s,.icli a stringent agreement as some breweries did. Mr. Jones was tenant up to the end of last year. At his own initiative, he gave notice to quit, and the notice expired on the 20th of December He did not give up possession, however, no doubt thinking it would be to his interest to stay on over Christmas. The Com- pany allowed him to take his own time. In January. Mr. Dan Thomas, a well-known valuer of licensed houses, made a valuation, in order that the Company might settle with ths tenant. Everything was agreed to between Mr Jones and Mr. Thomas, and the latter had a blank signed cheque to pay the money. Mr. Thomas made several concessions. On the 26th January, Mr. Thomas wrote to Mr. Jones say- ing he regretted to find that he had not given up possession. He confirmed the arrangement made on the 13th. and undertook to forego th? rent due from that date. His offer Jones ac- cepted. There was. he said, an objection to taking over the front room furniture because it was not there when Mr. Jones took the house At the licensing sessions on the 27th January. Mr. Jones attended the court and would not consent to the transfer. If Mr. Jones had been offered £ 100 a' that time. he would not have gone out. and his subsequent action showed that he had allowed himself to be made use of by certain persons in Cefn—persons who ought to have known better. Whether Mr. Jones was sticking out to get a large sum of money from the Brewery Company by way of blackmail, or whether lie. through others, was trying to do the brewery harm, he (Mr. Charles) "did not know. Several times he advised Mr. Jones to seek legal advice, as the Company did not wish to take any advantage of him. But somebody got hold of him again; Mr. Jones told him he did not do it himself. Offensive bills were printed and posted throughout the town, copies of which he produced, and one of which stated, "Boycotted by the Pontycapel lie." Mr. Charles said that if the bills had been worth taking any notice of, action would have been taken ere this, and Mr. Jones would have been made sorry for what he had done. What the "lie" was, the Company did not know. Jones had behaved in a most pig-headed way from first to last. Mr. Dan Thomas proved valuing the fixtures at the house, and said he gave the tenant sev- eral concessions. Jones (sworn) said that Mr. Charles had made use of "abusive" figures. The Chairman: We have no figures before OS. Jones He has said I owe so much to the brewery, and they owe so much to me. The figures are "abusive" (laughter). He said he quite agreed with the figures suggested by Mr. Dan Thomas. He contended that he was not a quarterly tenant as there was no agreement. He was proceeding to refer to figures in dis- pute, when the Chairman said that had nothing to do with the Bench. The question was whether Jones would consent or not to the transfer. Jones complained that the Company had sent him a bill for 210. whereas the proper amount was only 92 9s. 2d. The Bench consented to grant the transfer without the production of the existing licence.




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