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SPECIAL SESSIONS. The above were held at the County Hall, on Saturday last,when the following justices were present Messrs. E. G. Jones (in the chair), E. R. Jenkins, J. Parry, Roger Hushes, Evan Jones, R. W. Roberts and L. J. Davies. The Court was crowded, owing to the fact that there was under consideration an ap- plication for the transfer of the license of the Ship Inn, Bala, from W. F. Carney to Edward Roberts. Mr. Jordan, Bala, appeared to support the application, and Mr Wm. George appeared to oppose on behalf of Rev. J. Howell Hughes, W. T. Rowlands, Thomas Davies, J. 0. Jones, Thomas Ellis, and others. Mr. Jordan having proved the service of the notices on the overseers and the Super intendent of the Police and read testi- monials in favour of Edward Roberts' char- acter, formally applied for the transfer, and Mr. George opposed, and the following gave evidence against the transfer. J. J. Hughes, the Stores, said he lived next door to the Ship Inn. He remembered Carney, the late licensee, coming there. It was in February 1898. The business had in his opinion decreased greatly since J. W. Hughes, was there. He did not think any business was done with the stabling since Carney was there. He did not know of any persons staying there. No commercial travellers lodged there. There are eight licensed houses in Bala,and there are stables to six of them. There is also stabling at tached to the Red Lion, which used to be a public house. There were from 10 to 12 refreshment houses in Bala where food could be obtained. He did not think the house was required for the accommodation of the public. There is an entrance to the premises from the back leading from Berwyn street. He noticed that customers often used the back door. The witness was cross-examined at length by Mr. Jordan. Rev. J. Howell Hughes, C.M. minister, said he believed the Ship was not wanted for the convenience of the public. He thought it well to lessen the temptations to drink. He was present when Edward Roberts (the present tenant) applied for a temporary transfer. He gave notice then that he would oppose the transfer to-day. Wm. Thomas Rowlands, Tanycoed, farmer, said he was in the habit of attending Bala markets and doing business there. He did not think it would be any inconvenience to him and his neighbours if the Ship were closed. So far as he knew it had not been used by farmers fer putting up their horses. Thomas Davies, Teawlwyd, farmer, said he came to Bala to transact business. He had known the town for about 50 years. He knew almost all his neighbours who came to Bala for business. He did not think the Ship was required. Cross examined—He remembered many more public houses in Bala. He remembered 13 here. He was not in a position to object then most of them were stopped before he became a ratepayer. He should like to see the Ship clossd because it was only a pot house. He said that because there was no room to put up horses and traps. He remembered a few traps stopping there and being left in the street. There is or was recently no accommodation for horses there. He was speaking of 15 years ago. j He believed that even now it was only a pot shop. He had never seen the stables now said to be at the Ship. Re examined-He always considered accom. modation for farmers deficient. There was no room for cars and carts. Thomas Ellis, Cynlas, farmer, said he had attended Bala market for about 55 years. He knew practically all the farmers in Penllyn. So far as he knew, the Ship had not been used by farmers. If the license was stopped, no incon venience would be caused to the public or markets. Cross examined—If the Ship license was granted, he would not be as ready to say that the Goab could be done without. There were perhaps some of the other houses that might be done away with. He thought five or six of the best houses with good yards and stables would be sufficient. Re examined—He was giving evidence as to things as they are now. He thought that the Ship was only a drinking house. He had been at Cynlas 45 years, and had passed the Ship hundreds of times. He had never been asked to go to the Ship to receive or pay money. Robert Ev;tns, Llechwectd, Llandrillo, said he had been in the habit of attending Bala markets for about 40 years, and had been doing a lot of business, buying and selling. He had never U ied the Ship for business purposes. In his opinion, the house was not required. Cross-examined—His market towns were Bala and Corwen. He was nearer Corwen than Bala. At present, it would not be convenient to do away with all public houses. He had seen some carts before the Ship years ago. There were houses that can put up more than 6 horses. ,He.examined- The Ship had no yard that a trap could be taken to. Mr. Jordan said that in face of the slight nature of the opposition, he only proposed to call one witness, and he asked leave to do this before addressing the bench. Robert Lloyd Jones, architect, Bala, called by Mr. Jordan, said he prepared the plans of the Ship premises then produced. Mr. Jordan then addressed the court in sup- port of the application. After a cons ultation extending to nearly an hour, the justices returned into court, and the Chairman announced that the bench were not unanimous, but the application was refused by a majority. Mr. Jordan iut'mated that there would be an appeal, and we understand that notice of appeal has since been served.




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