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LLANILaK. RHO-TIE SUNDAY SCHOOL.- Tile members of this school had an outing last k to Devil's Bridge. A start was made from Rht),svg,,it t!!i at eight in the morning and Devii's Bridge was r ached about mid- day. In the afternoon Hxfod was visited and the party were generously entertained to tea by Mr and Mrs Waddingnam. G-nnes were afterward indulged in and suosequently three hearty cheers were accorded Mr and Mrs VVaddingham for their kindness. The grounds of Crrsswood were also thrown open to the party by the Earl of Liaburne. PETTY SESSIONS, FRIDAY, AeGDST 5TH.— Be- fore Vaughan Divies, Esq.. M P., in the chair, the Earl of Lisburoe, and Dr J. E. Hughes. A Sad Ca.e.-Anne Jones, Llanrhystyd, was brought up in cusrndy on a charge of wandering abroad without visible means of subsistence. De- fendant was brought before the magistrates at Aber- ystwyth and remanded, being ordered to be de- tained at the Workhouse in the meantime.-P.C. Thomas, Llanon, said defendant absconded from the Aberystwyth orkhouse and on the previous morning between five and six he founi her wander- ing about Llanon. She made a statement in eff. ct that she was being illtreated at the House and that she could stay there no longer. Her departure was hastened, she added, because of the waste that was going on at the House.—In reply to the Bench, witness said defendant was a married woman. Her husband had deserted her and was now in America. She had been in the Aberystwyth Workhouse three times and in the Aberayron Workhouse twice and had been before the magistrates four times. — Mr Vaughan Davies thought the best thing to do would be to examine the woman to see whether she was sane.-Dr Hughes concurred in thi3 view.-P.C. Thomas said she had been examined by a doctor who said she was sane.—Mr Davies said they had no certificate certifying her sanity and under the circumstances they would further remand the de- fendant so as to have her examined. They ordered her removal to the Workhouse pending her exami- nation hv a medical man. Neglect oj Chiltli-eii. -John MacDonald and Edith Lighe, hawkers, were summoned by George Luff of Shrewsbury, inspector to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, with having neglected the three children of MacDonald, aged eight, six, and two years respectively, in a manner likely to cause them( unnecessary suffering. —Mr W. F. Williams, solicitor, Shrewsbury, appeared on behalf of the Society to presecute.- Both defendants appeared and elected to be dealt with summarily. -In replytothe charge, MacDonald said he was guilty of not keeping the heads of the children clean, but they would not let the young woman, Edith Lighe, clean them. He added that he earned his living by hawking tins.—The Clerk said the explanation of the defendants amounted to a plea of net guilty.—Mr Williams, in his opening remarks/said MacDonald co-habited with the young woman Lighe although his wife had only been dead about twelve months. The girl Lighe had now a child from MacDonald aged four months and the three, together withJhe three children of MacDonald by his wife, lived in a wretched little tent near Bwlchbach, in the parish of Llanbadarn Lower.—The Chairman: We know the tent well. -Mr Williams said he need not labour on the dimensions of the tent in that ca3e. The charge of neglect consisted in the fact that the children aged eight, six, and two years with the baby were allowed to live in an insanitary abode of that nature. To live under such conditions was to cause the children unnecessary suffering. They had been living in this tent for weeks and months in a filthy, verminous state and in all sorts of weather. They were living the tent when a portion of the Cambrian Railway was washed away in the great storm of two years ago when the tent must have been nearly swamped. M acDonald had no excuse whatever, for he had had repeated warnings during the past two years. Living as the young woman Lighe did with MacDonald, she was as responsible for the care of the children as if she were his wife. The maximum penalty was at one time three months' imprison- ment, but this was found inadequate and the penalty was increased to six months and a fine of JE25, or six months, or a fine of f25 only.—The Earl of Lisburne said MacDonald had been warned by numerous other persons besides the officials of the Society.—Mr Williams added that MacDonald when living in the tent put up in the Aberystwyth borough, was prosecuted, and convicted by the Aberystwyth Bench for not complying with the sanitary requirements. He thereupon removed from the borough outside and into the parish of Llanbadarn Lower.—The Earl of Lisburne It is a most shocking and shameful case and it is an ex- tremely good thing that the Society have taken the matter up. The Society are doing a great deal of good work.—George Luff, inspector, said on July 20th he visited the tent at Bwlchbach. The tent was in a field off the main road leading to the Devil's Bridge. The habitation consisted of bent sticks covered with dirty rags which let in the rain. It was in no way waterproof and could hardly be called a tent. In one end of the tent was a lot of verminous clothes, this being the sleeping compartment. He examined the children and found them covered with lice. They were in a fearfully lousy condition and had only one garment each on. The baby was in a better con- ditionithan the children, but was fed out of a filthy bottle containing sour milk which must cause the child untold suffcrir g. The children were in no way emaciated, however, and appeared to be well nourished. The tent was about four feet high. Witness added that he had seen the male defend- ant in July, 1S96, and several times since, and had told him that if he could not keep the children in a proper way he would have to send them to the Workhouse. When he examined them in 1896, they were horribly verminous. He had had ex- perience in examining gipsy tents and such habita- tions, but he never came across a worse place than the tent occupied by; McDonald and his children. — McDonald said witness had only visited him twice. He spoke to him about the vermin on the children and the young woman had attempted to clean them, but they would not let her.—The Earl of Lisburne That is a downright lie. I know some- thing of the case. It is gross carelessness and nothing else. Do you think that young children of a few months old could stop anybody from clean- ing them ?—In reply to his Lordship, Mr Williams said if McDonald was sent to prison tne children would be removed to the workhouse which was a paradise compared with their present abole.-His Lordship said McDonald could not expect the woman to look after the children of his wife.—Dr Abraham Thomas, medical officer of the borough of Aberystwyth, gave evidence in which he said he had visited the tent on several occasions when it was fixed at Felinymor and Penparke, Aberyst- wyth. He described how in May of last year and February of this year defendant had been convicted of living in a place not provided with sanitary requirements. The tent was hardly 250 cubic feet and was not sufficient accommodation for one let alone six persons. It was in a dreadful state and the children were covered with vermin. It !was very unhealthy for the children to live under such conditions.—The Earl of Lisburne It is in a deplorable state I take it.—Dr Thomas Yes.—Mr Vaughan Davies at this stage left for the purpose of catching the train.—Mr Williams asked if he should call further evidence ?-The Earl of Lisburne replied that they had heard quite enough. He noticed that defendant had some time ago been convicted of drunkenness. -,NlcDonald Yes, many yars ago.—His Lordship It is sufficient to let us know how you spend your money and neglect your children.—McDonald Pardon me this time and I will do my level best for the children. I will put them in the workhouse and pay as much as I can towards their maintenance. Give a poor man one n'ore chance and I promise you that I will never trouble you again.—His Lordship That is what you all say when brought to book.—Mr Williams Yes, he has had two years' chance. -Defendant: I Lm a hard working man and am doing my best.- rhe Bench then deliberated in private.—The Earl of Lisburne, giving the decision, said they considered ;he case a most serious one, having regard to he repeated warnings which McDocald had had. rhey were bound to put a stop to that sort of :hing which was a disgrace to a community. They, nowever, had to consider the children, and they reared that if they sent McDonald to prison he would ill-treat them when he came out. Having "egard to the children, they had decided to give McDonald another chance, hut this would bR the ast warning. They would fine him 10s including osts and if he came before them again they would inflict the maximum penalty, that was six months' imprisonment.- Defendadt w as allowed a fortnight to pay.-T-ie Bench remitted tne cost of theSociety and trusted that the Society would continue watch- ing the case and take proceedings if there was a re- urrellce of the offence. They dismissed the case igain^t the young woman, who was more or lees ,ntrolled by the male defendant. Assault.—Jemuel Lewis, Llanfihangel Creuddyn, Lower, colli. r, was charged by D. Morris Edwards, Glanystwyth, Llanfihangel Creuddyn Lower, with having assaulted liirn on July 3rd.—Defend- ant admitted the ofTence.-It was s'atedthat Lewis struck Morris in the lower part of the head.—De- fendant was fined 5s and cost-1. Obstructing the Highway.—Is^ac Jones, Aberyst- wyth, carrier, was charged by Superintendent Pnilbps with having obstructed the highway at the parish of Llanbadarn Lower by allowing "and to re- main thereon on August 21st.—Mr T.J. Samuel, solicitor, Aberystwyth, appeared for the defendant. -P.C. Griffiths said abcut 2 30 on Thursday. July 21st, he noticed two loads of sand on the roadside near Gosen Chapel. The sand lay some distance on to the road and complaints had been made in regard to the obstruction. The n ad was only rive yards twelve inches across. Defendant had been w,triied. -Tne Bench imposed a fine of 2s 6d includ- ing costs. Switnry Requirements.—Edward Jones, Fry non- wen, Llanrhystyd, farmer, was charged by John Rowlands, sanitary inspector to the Aberystwyth Rural Council, with having refused to provide privy accommodation for four houses at Dolforwyn, Llctn- rhystyd.—The Inspector applied for the adjsurn- ment of the case, stating that the accommodation was in course of being provided.—The application was granted.

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