CARNARVONSHIRE JOINT POLICE COMMITTEE. A DEPLORABLE INCIDENT LLANDUDNO POLICE BUILDINGS. The quarterly meeting of tlie Carnarvonshire Joint Police Committee was held at tho County Hall, Carnarvon, to-day week. There were present:—Mr T. W. Griffith (chairman), Sir Hugh Ellis INanney, Captain Stewart, Mo^rs Ephraim Wood, Issard Davies, J. Allanson Picton, Dr. Pritchard, Dr. Owen, Dr. Roberts (Penvgroes), Messrs W. J. Parry, D. P. Wil- liams, J. Jones Morris, Maurice Jones, J. R. Pritchard, R. E. Jones, E. H. Davies, J. R. Hughes, Henry Parry, Griilith Jones, Colonel C. 11. Darbishirc, Mr J. E. Greaves (Lord Lieutenant), R. Jones Roberts, J. Evan Ro- berts, and Mr Wynn Williams. THE DOGS ACT AND CLERKS 1' EES. I The CHAIRMAN intimated that t. j sub- CGimmtt-ee appointed at the last meeting to con- sider an application by the Justioes Clerks tor an allowance in connection with the Dogs Act, 1906 had met on a number of occasions, but were not prepared with their final report. He asked that the matter should stand over for an- other three months. This was agreed to. CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. The CHIEF CONSTABLE in his report sta- ted that there had been a slight increase in the total of both indictable uiict non-indictable oiicncea, but there had been no very marked in- crease or decrease in any particular clasa of offenoe. The large increase in vagrancy he could only account for by the number ot casual labourers seeking employment on the Alumi- nium Works in the Conway Nalley. It also Beerned to him possible that the disbanding of & certain number of Militia. Battalions might have something to do with it. The number of tramps relieved during the past quarter was 2658, as compared with 1861 in the correspond- ing cjuarter last year. Number brought up for begging, 23; convicted, 22; discharged, 1. ° TRAMPS AND "LADY" TRAMPS. Attention was called to the large increase in the number of tramps, the increase being 797 on the corresponding quarter last year. The CHIEF CON S i ABLE pointed-out that though the number returned was 2658 that by no means represented the actual number of tramps. The number ought really to be divided by four to get at the approximate number, for 'the same man would be counted as relieved at Conway, Bangor, Carnarvon, Pwllheli, andPort- jnad-oo. Col. DARBISIIIRE asked if the figures in- cluded the lady tramps as weil as the gentlo- JIlen at leisure, the Chief Constable replying in the affirmative. GRATUITY TO A WIDOW. The CHIEF CONSTABLE detailed the cir- cumstances of the case in connection with the gratuity to the widow of the iate Polioo Sergt. Harris. Mr J. R. HUGHES asked if it was not a fact that Sergt. Harris would probably have been promoted to a higher position had he en- joyed the advantages of education which others possessed ? The CHIEF CONSTABLE thought fit very probable, giving the deceased officer a very joigh character. On the motion of Mr J. R. HUGHES, se- Bonded by Mr W. J. PARRY, it was resolved to grant the maximum amount of C196. RESIGNATION OF POLICE-SERGT. J. H. JONES. On the recommendation of the CHIEF CON- ST ABLE, it was resolved that Police-Sergt. J. H. Jones, who has completed 30 years' servioe, be permitted to retire, and be allowed the pen- sion of F,60 16s 8d a year to which he is en- titled. PROMOTIONS. Inspector EDWARDS, Clerk at the Chief Constable's office, was reported to have been promoted to the rank of superintendent, and j?olice Constables 28, G. J. Griffiths, and 37, J. O. Thomas, had been promoted to tho rank pI sergeant. These promotions were confirmed. A DEPLORABLE INCIDENT. Mr J. R. PRITCHARD presented the report Pi the Finance and Audit Committee, Lie direct- ed special attention to one bill for 15s, the hire of a car for driving an old man from Capel j Curig to Llanrwst. The old man, who was 74 years of age, and only recently- dischtirgwf from' the Bangor Infirmary, had been discovered by the Ejlice in a state of collapse in an outhouse at ajiel Curis late at night. The police obtained a tar and conveyed him to Llarirwst. When the bill for the car was presented to the Board of Guardians, that body, by a majority of two, de- clined to pay it on the technical ground that the man was neither a pauper nor without means, having as a matter of fact 2s llgd in his pocket at the time. Mr Pritchard commented in severe terms on the inhumanity of the Guardians. Had the man, however, died after having been found by the police, as he probably would have been had he not been promptly attended to, there would have been an awful outcry in the country. He moved that the bill be paid by the committee, and that counsel's opinion be obtained through the County Council's Association as to the actual liability of the Guardians and the police in such oases. Mr J. R. HUGHES: What will counsel's op- inion cost? Mr J. R. PRITCHARD: Nothing. We get it as members of the Association. The resolution waa agreed to. CURIOUS COMPLICATION. A curious complication in the relations be- tween Carnarvonshire and Denbighshire was dis- closed by a letter from Mr W. R. Evans, clerk to the Denbighshire Police Committee. It was explained that arrangements had been made some time ago for the policing of Llysfaen by the Denbighshire Authority, the Carnarvon- shire Committee paying L50 annually for that service. Llysfaen, though a Carnarvonshire parish, stands in the heart of Denbighshire, and it was to the mutual convenience of both coun- ties that its policing should be undertaken by the latter county. At the time the agreement ,was made, Llysfaen would not require the whole i a constable's time. Now, however, circum- stances were changed, and application had been made for an additional officer. The Denbighshire Authority, through it3 Mr W. R. Evans, now served Carnar- vonshire with a formal three months' notice to terminato the existing arrangement. Replying to questions, Mr BODVEL RO. BERTS, Clerk of the Peace, said he had exa- mined the agreement and found it contained no provision for terminating the arrangement on three months or any other notice. The ar- rangement could, therefore, only be terminated by the mutual consent of both Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire. If Carnarvonshire did not agree, Denbighshire could not terminate the agreement. Mr J. R. PRITCHARD: Then so long as wo polY the E50 Denbighshire is bound to police Llysfaen for us? Tho CLERK: Yes. The CHIEF CONSTABLE remarked that this was part of a much larger question. He thought Denbighshire would be prepared to police the whole of the side of the River Con- way. which he thought would be an admirable arrangement. The CHAIRMAN did not think it desirable to enter into that question. On the motion of Mr W. J. PARRY, it was resolved to abide by the existing agreement. LLANDUDNO POLICE BUILDINGS. In accordance with notice, Mr J. JONES MORRIS rose to move (a) "That the County Council be recommended to acquire from Lord Mostyn for the sum of £882, 1680 square yards of freehold land in Oxford-road, Llandudno, for tho purposes of a site for new county police buildings, provided such site is oonveyed to the county [rtoe from any restrictive condi- tion? and free from any costs and charges 01 tile vender;' and (b) "That the matter be re- ferred for further negotiations, and report to a committee consisting of tho chairman and a representative of the justioes and County Council from each Petty Sessional Division in (the county." Mr ISSARD DAVIES asked if this was In Older., as the Committee at its last meeting had passed a resolution declaring it to be inoppor- tune to deal with the matter. This could not be rescinded under six months. # I Mr JONES MORRIS said he was quite pre- p lred to put the matter off for another three jnontlis to moot the objection. Dr. PRITCHARD asked whether they were sure Llord Mostyn would be willing to wait their convenience. Mr JONES MORRIS said Lorct Mostyn could be quite sure that Committee wo-ild never buy the land in question except upon the terms now stated. Mr ALLANSON PICTON protested in the najne of humanity against unconvicted prisoners being confined in the present wretched, un- healthy, unlighted cells at Llandudno. Mr J. R. HUGHES rose to a point of order. Wm Mr Picton entitled to go with t'-at when proposer of the resolution was precluded j from moving it ? Mr PICTON said the objection to Mr Jones- liorru's motion being proceeded with was not a? a matter of business, but on the point of ex- penditure only. Tho CLERK, on being appealed to, upheld this view, and said that Mr Jones-Morris's mo- tion did not in any way come into collision with tho resolution pre. riously passed. Mr PICTON again protested vigorously against continuing tho present state of things at Llan- dudno. The cells were not fit to put a dog into, and yet unconvicted and consequently presumably innocent persons were imprisoned there from Saturday until Monday. It was monstrous. Mr ISSARD DAVIES protested against those wholesale and unfounded charges being made. The Chief-Constable himself had said he had no- thing to complain of. Mr JONES-MORRIS said he had seen the cells for himself, and they were quite good enough to lodge drunkards in from Saturday to Monday. The matter then dropped, it being understood Mr Jones-Morris would move his resolution at the next meeting. PROBATIONARY OFFICERS. After considerable discussion it was resolved to continue for another six months the existing in arrangements with officers appointed under the Probation of Offenders' Act, 1906.
under him since the early part of January. The deceased, who signed off at seven o'clock, had a pass to go and come from Aber. The deceased could not use that pass only when going to and from his duty. He had never seen the deceased jump off or on a train. lie was satisfactory in his work in every way. The Coroner: Are railway officials allowed to jump on the train or off?—No, that is prohibit- ed. Professor Winter: But it is wicked at? The Witness: It may be. By Mr Thornton Jones: His hours were from seven until seven, and his wages were 9s a week. The pass was a free one and of no value. Inspector Brown, Bangc,r, said that he was in- formed that an accident had happened between Aber and Bangor. lIe proceeded up to the p'ace with an engine, and found the body about 500 yards from the station, very much The Coroner, in summing up, said that he was sure that they all regretted very deeply that the accident had taken place, and that they were in sympathy with the family. The young man was exceedingly injudicious in doing such a thing as to jump off the train like that. It was an ex- ceedingly rash act, even to open the door of a train going so fast as that. It would have been thought that as he was a porter and employed on the railway he would have gone out on the platform side, but of course he escaped all the bridges by going on that side. lie was of opinion that the deceased had been dragged out by the suction of the wind. The jury, after a short deliberation, brought a verdict of "Accidental death," but did not im- pute any criminal liability on the part of any- body. They were, however, unanimous in their opinion that he met his death owing to the neg- lect of the driver and guard of the train in pass- ing through the station. A vote of sympathy was passed with the family.
SEQUEL TO AN ACCIDENT AT LLANFAIRFECHAN. DAMAGES AGAINST A MOTORIST. At a special county court at Bangor, on Satur- day, before Judge Moss and a jury, Albert Harrison, hotel proprietor, Llanfairfechan, claimed JS50 from Nesbitt Ramsey Owen, of Bow- den, Cheshire, in respect of damages caused to a landau through the defendant's motor car running into it. There was a counterclaim for £ 33, damages to the motor car. Mr Artemus Jones (instructed by Mr W. H. Ellis, Llanfairfechan) appeared for plaintiff, and Dr. Aitkinson (instructed by Messrs Boote, Edgar and Co., Manchester) was for the defendant. In opening the case Mr Artemus Jones ex- plained that his client alleged that the motor car was going at an excessive speed, and that the chauffeur did not have it under proper con- tral. The accident occurred on June lltn at a spot in Llanfairfechan which was notoriously dangerous for motorists to negotiate. At that spot the road from the upper village led into the main road, and the driver of the landau owned by the plaintiff was coming down the former on his way to the stable, and knowing the dangerous character of the crossing he took parti- cular care. There was a signal post warning motorists to go slowly through the district a short distance away from tho crossing. The driver observed the defendant's motor car coming along, and he warned him to stop, and according to the law a motorist was bound to stop upon re- ceiving a signal from the driver of any vehicle. When the motor car was about twelve yards away the driver of the landau held up his hand, but the motor car came along striking the hind wheel of the landau which was lifted clean off the ground, but fortunately the driver was un- injured. The horso was turned completely round. Mr Harrison, junior, heard the crash, and he took the number of the car. Mr Thomas Hughes, surveyor, Llanfairfechan District Council, produced a plan showing the position of the spot where the accident occurred, and which he stated was so dangerous that the District Council erected a warning to motorists coming from the Bangor direction. Questioned by Dr. Aitkinson, Witness stated that there was a danger signal in Village-road, down which the landau came. John Hughes, a driver in the employ of Mr Harrison, stated that when he came down Village- road both brakes were on the landau, and the whip was in the socket. He first heard the motor car when it was about ten yards away, and it was travelling at a great speed. He lifted his hand warning the mortor car to stop, but it came along and struck the rear of the landau, witness being thrown under the horse. The defendant came up to him, and asked if he was hurt. He was driving at a slow trot, and could pull up in a yard. Owen Hughes Owen, a local driver, said he was near when the accident took place. He first heard a scream and saw something toppling over. He could give no description of the accident. Elizabeth Jones, Castle Stores, Llanfairfechan, said the cab was neither going quick nor slow. The motor car was going rather fast. Annie Swain, Castle Greengrocery Stores, said she put her hands to her face so as not to see the collision. John Jones, Castle-square, also gave evidence. W llamsden Smith, Castle Hotel, said the landau was lifted bodily up, and both horse and landau were thrown over. Cross-examined: When he first saw the driver the carriage wV in the air. Richard Roberts, Erw Eriol labourer, who saw the accident from his bedroom window, said the motor car was going at a fearful rate. John Harrison, son of the plaintiff, said de- fendant gave him his name as Owen, but refused his address. The coachbuilders estimated the cost of repairs at £ 25, and he calculated a further loss of L16 through not being able to use the landau. Cross-examined: The carriage was a second- hand one. Daniel Roberts, of the firm of John Roberts and Son, coachbuilders, Llandudno, said the landau in question was sold to Mr Harrison in February last. The accident had depreciated the value of the landau by £10. He considered 10s a day a reasonable charge for the loss of the use of the vehicle. Cross-examined: The original value of the •landau was £ 145, but he had had it in his possession for about eighteen months. He was seizing the opportunity of making a good job of it. By His Honour: Hirers would charge about 25s a week for the hire of a landau alone. Edward Jones, coachbuilder, Bangor, who in- spected the damaged vehicle, said the estimate for repairs was a very reasonable one. THE DEFENDANT'S CASE. Dr. Aitkinson, addressing the jury for the de- fendant, explained that the law was that his .client was not liable unless he was entirely to blame for the accident. If the landau and the motor car contributed to the accident then the defendant could not be held liable. The driver of the landau admitted that he got to the middle of the road before he saw the motor car, and therefore he had been guilty of negligence in not keeping a better look out seeing that the spot was so dangerous. Admittedly, he was coming down a side road, and more "than that, he had just passed a danger signal. His client absolutely denied that he was guilty of negligence or that the car was travelling at a fast speed. George Gilman, Bowden, a chauffeur in the employ of Mr Owen, stated that when the accident occurred the car was travelling from eight to ten miles an hour, and he blew the hooter before he reached the bridge. When he was about five to eight yards from the cross- roads the landau shot out of Village-road at a fast speed. Witness stopped the engine dead, and endeavoured to avoid the cab, and this caused the car to skid. Then he had no chance. The Judge: Did you hit the landau? Witness: No. I did not feel any impact but I got close to him. Cross-examined by Mr Artemus Jone3, Witness denied that he saw tho driver of the landau holding up his hand. He did not think that a motor car could pull up in its own length if there was a 38-cwt. behind. motor car could pull up in its own length if there was a 38-cwt. behind. Defendant was then called, and submitted that his chauffeur was going at a rate less than I eight miles an hour at the spot where the ac- rul cident occurred. Considering the wall and the trees in the place plaintiff's car was driven very reckless. He thought he would be within the margin if he said it was "dashing" along. By Mr Artemus Jones: This was the first time ho had been in a motor accident. He had full confidence in his chauffeur, but he al- ways gavo him instructions. Ho had seen a firm of claim assessors at Manchester because he was insured. Constance Owen, defendant's wife, said the car was under good control. The horn was being blown rather on her instructions. The cab was driven at a reckless speed. Margaret Rowlinson, an occupant of the 'motor car, said the driver did not look up till he was in the middle of the road. Ernest Marston. a foreman meohanio in the employ of the Daimler Company, said that damage to tlhe extent of £.31 had been done to the ca.r. Counsel and the Judge then briefly addressed the* y, who returned judgment for the plain- tiff for £ 31 5g with coats. Th. counter-claim waa disallowed.
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I ST. ASAPH BOARD OF GUARDIANS. REDUCED EXPENDITURE. The fortnightly meeting of the St. Asaph Board of Guardians was lieid on Friday, Mr Edwin Morgan presided at the opening of the proceedings, but, hav- ing to leave early, ius place was taken by Mr J. Roberts Junes (Rhyl). There were also present: Messrs J. Pierce, J. R Ellis, John Roberts. Abergele R. Davies, Bettws; R. Jones, J. Ellis Jones, De nbigh; Wm. Jones. Thomas Salusbnry, Llannefvdd T. Pennant Williams, Prestatyn LI. fl. Evans, litiuddlan; Hugh Edwards, G. F. Gunner, 1. Bafho, Mrs M. Jones, Rhyl; J. Lothian, St. Asaph j and liev. 0. F. oRQ- berts, Llanddulua. THE WORKHOUSE. It was announced that there was an increase of 16 in the number of inmates, and that the vagrants showed an increase of 3G. The Chairman said that while the vagrants were on the increase as compared with last year, still the increase was not nearly so large as for some months past. HOLIDAYS. The Board granted the Master a fortnight's holiday, and in proposing it, Mr Pierce remarked that they did not often have a request for holidays from the Master. DECREASE OF EXPENDITURE. The Chairman said the Clerk had received a re- turn of the increases and decreases of expenditure on the poor ior tne past naif-year. He was pleased to say tnat ,t s»u.wcd a decrease (hear, hear). It was a very substantial one, being R140. Other North Wales Unions with decreases were Machyn- lleth, £138; Llanrwst, £:31; Corwen. t4; Bala, zCiO; Dolgelley, £ 58; Anglesey, 1:15; and Holyhead, "I On the other hand, there were some important in- creases, viz., Wrexham, Holywell, £ 193; liawgr- den, £ 176; Festiniog, £ 306 Carnarvon £ 507 Bangor and Beaumaris, £1.34. In some of the English Unions there was an increase of 1,100. there was an increase of £ 1,100. Mr Pierce thought the Board should be complimented The Chairman Yes, it we have done our duty to the poor. Mr gunner said that zLs they would be blamed for a.n increase they should take credit for decreases.
FOUND DROWNED IN COWLYD LAKE. INQUEST ON THE HILLSIDE. Mr J. Pentir Williams, the North Carnarvonshire coroner, held an inquest yesterday week on the body of a man which was found in Cowlyd Lake, higb. up in the Snowdonian mountains. The lake is two miles long, with one end in Capel Ciirig and the other in Du'.garrog Parish. Arrived at the Dolgairog end of the lake, the coroner could find no body. V chance passer-by directed him in the gloom to the other end of te lake, where he found the body lying on a ladder on the lake side, no house being near. Further on he found the jury, and held the inquest ¡ in the open. An open verdict having been returned, the coroncr strongly advised the jury for the sake of common humanity to see that the body was quickly buried. Complications arose from the fact that the body was found in the parish of Dolgarrog, in Conway Union. The jurymen came from Capel Curig, in the Llanrwst Union, whilst the inquest was held in the parish ol 'LlanUeehid, Bangor Union. The question is, who u to pay the cost of burial? The body was subsequently identified as that of H. White, a professional cricketer, supposed to hail from Dover. There was nothing but a small watch in the pockets.
NORTH WALES TRAIN SEE v ICE. ALTERATIONS FOR AUGUST. The London and North-Western Railway Company announce the following alterations in the train ser- vices for August:— The 12.32 p.m., Stafford to Chester, Llandudno and Bangor, will be discontinued after August 22nd. A new train (in connection with 12.55 p.m. from Llandudno) will leave Rhyl at 1.47 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays for Manchester (Exchange) as under:— Rhyl depart 1 i7 Prestatyn I. 1 54 Warrington (Bank Quay) arrive 3 13 » i> depart 3 18 Earlestown „ 8 30 Newton-le Willows „ 3 85 Eccles „ 3 60 Manchester (Exchange) .arrive 4 0 The 1.40 p.m., Chester to Bangor, will cease to run after August 22nd. A new train (Saturdays only) will leave Llandudno Junction for Bettwsycoed at 2.25 p.m., Llanrwst and Trefriw 2.45, and arrive Bettwsyeoed 2.55 p.m. The new line between Holland Arms and Pentraeth is now open and the service of trains shown in the time book for July is in operation.
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THE RUTHIN CHARITY. LEASEHOLD PROPERTY AT LLANBERIS. INQUIRY BY CHARITY COMMISSIONERS. Mr G. D. S. Murray, an assistant Charity Commissioner, conducted a public inquiry at Llanberis on Saturday in the matter of the Ruthin Charity, which owns considerable pro- perty at Llanberis, and in the matter of the Charitable Trusts Act. The inquiry mainly concerned an application by a number of sub- lessees that until they had been heard there should bo no renewal of the lease to the hoad lessee, Mr G. J. Hughes. The Bishop of St. Asaph and Mr Stanley Weyman were among the governors of tho charity present, -while Mr lflilis W. Iia&'ies, *M.P., appeared for the sublessees, ani^Mr liichard Roberts for Mr Hugnes. The Commissioner explained that the inquiry rose in connection with a proposal cf the go- vernors to surrender an existing lease on what was known as the Snowdon View property and to grant a new leaic. The charity was govern- ed by two schemes, one a Parliamentary scheme of 1863, and the other by the Endowed Schools Act of 1381. The Bishop, on behalf of the governors, said they were there to give every assistance they could to the Commissioner, but none of them was authorised to represent the views of the governors as such. NN-ith regard to the parti- cular property before them, t'to Governors were firmly of opinion that the lease they offered was of an equitable character, and their grounds for so thinking would be laid before the Com- missioner in private, though not in public. The Commissioner went on to explain that the Snowdon View property consisted of one set of eight hou.;cs and of another of 18, and it waa leased to Mr G. J. Hughes tor a term of 60 years at a rental of J65 a year. Mr Hughes was prepared to surrender the lease, which had six years more to run, and to take a new leeuso fo.r 60 years at a ground rent of £52 10s 6d a year, but in addition he was to spend £ 500 upon improvements in the space of six years. Then there came a notice from Messrs Ellis Davies and Jones that the tenants of the cottages were desirous of having a renewal of the lease direct to them instead of to Mr Hughes, who, they alleged, had spent no money on the property. The tenants offered to pay a ground rent of £ 2 10s per house and to spend £ 20 upon the repairs of each house. He (the Commissioner) suggested calling the surveyor of the estate (Mr Yale) to give particulars as to the oondihon and the valuation of the property. Mr Ellis Davies said he represented 22 per- sons who held the property on sub-leases from Mr Hughes, and as they were the persons who had really spent money on the houses, he sub- mitted that they had an equitable claim to be considered by the governors before Mr Hughes. He asked that direct leases be granted to those who at present only held sub-leases. Mr W. Williams, one of the sub-lessees, ten- dered evidence in support of the latter's case. in cross-examination, Mr R. Roberts elicited from him the fact that he owned three of the houses, and that only twelve other owners lived in their houses, the remainder being let to tenants. Wit- ness, however, emphasised the point that they were the people who had spent money on the pro- perty. Mr G. J. Hughes said that his predecessor had increased the value of the properly from £5 to JB57 10s per annum. Ten years ago the sub- lessees were willing that he should try to have a renewal of the lease, and that they should pay him double the ground rent which they now paid. Under the proposed new lease he was to spend £ 500 on the improvement of the property gener- ally apart from the houses, and he considered that the governors were driving a hard bargain with him. On the other hand, he estimated that in accepting his terms of a ground rent of about £ 3 a year the sub-lessees would be better off than under the arrangement they were prepared to enter into themselves. COMMISSIONER'S INSTRUCTIONS. At the close of this part of the inquiry, Mr Ellis Davies expressed his intention to call at- tention to other properties, the leases of which would expire at the end of varying periods. The Commissioner said he had been instructed to ask for some details as to charity lands gener- ally in the locality. The Bishop of St. Asaph: In public? The Commissioner: I have been asked to in- quire whether you are prepared to give the infor- mation in public. The Bishop: No, not in public. Mr Stanley Weyman objected to a discussion upon the charity generally merely in order that it might get into the papers. The Bishop added that if the Commissioners chose to come to Ruthin the governors would bo very pleased to lay every information before them, but he believed that they were not called upon to appear more than ten miles away from Ruthin. Mr Davies assured the governors that he would do nothing that was improper. All he desired to do was to informally call the Commissioner's attention to two or three other leases, one of which would expire in three years and eight months. He first of all referred to the Plastirion property. Mr Weyman rose again to object. Mr Davies: Somebody else has an idea of what the inquiry is besides Mr Stanley Weyman, and it is possible that someone else also is inte- rested. Mr Weyman: Only tho beneficiaries and the trustees. Mr Davies: Not at all. Mr Weyman: We are forbidden to consider the interests of others who may be at variance with ourselves. The Commissioner: There may be others who are .not at variance. Mr Davies proceeded to say that practically the whole of the village of Llanberis was built on leasehold land belonging to the Ruthin Char- ity. Consequently the future of the place was bound up with the estate, and the only sugges- tion he had to make was that before any further leases were confirmed by the Charity Commis- sioners there should be an inquiry into the con- ditions under which the leases were granted, and that the persons who had really spent money on the property should be hoard. Short evidence was afterwards tendered as to the Plastirion property by Mr J. R. Jones, and as to property situated in High-street of Llan- beris by Mr R. E. Jones, after which the inquiry closed.
SHOCKING RAILWAY FATALITY AT ABER. JUMPING OUT OF A MOVING TRAIN. THE INQUEST. On Monday evening, Mr J. Pentir Williami, the North Carnarvonshire coroner, held an in- quest at tho Aber Hotel, Aber, into the circum- stances attending the death of John Parry Jones (15), a porter in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway Company, who met his death on Saturday night. Mr Thornton Jones, Bangor, was present, re- presenting the family of the deceased. The jury, of which Professor Winter was fore- man, having viewed the body, The Station-master at Aber (John Thomas Williams) gave evidence of identification. De- ceased was the son of a labourer, living at Hen- faes Cottage, Aber, and was employed at Llan- fairfc-chan, as a porter. There was a train pass- ing through the station every night about 10.30. It went through without stopping on the night in question, and ho expected it to stop. He heard of the accident about 10.50 by telephone. He ascertained afterwards that people were on the train who were to have alighted at Aber. The body was found by Inspector Brown, of Bangor, about 500 yards from Aber station, on the Ban- gor side. The body was partly on the six-t ofc way. One of the legs had been severed from the body. The right leg was cut off entirely above the knee, and he sustained other terrible in- juries. The train would be going at about 35 to 40 miles an hour. In reply to Mr Thornton Jones, Witness said that the boy used to travel on the train to and from Llanfairfechan by means of a pass which was supplied by the company. He had learned since Saturday why the train had gone through. It was a train scheduled to stop at Aber. In reply to the Foreman, Witness said that there were a number of other passengers for Aber on the train. There was nothing to show that it was not an ordinary train. In reply to another juror, Witness said that he had known persons to have returned from Bangor to Aber, having been carried through the station. Benjamin Roberts, 13, Hendrewcn-road, Ban- gor, a porter at Llanfairfechan, said that he was returning home from Llanfairfechan that night in the same carriage as the deceased. There were five in the compartment with the deceased. Three of them wanted to go down at Aber. He noticed that they had gone through Aber when the deceased said, "We have passed Aber." Be- fore they were awars, he had opened the door and had gone on the step. He had gone out before they realised what he was doing. The de- ceased went out on the sea side part of the train. Witness seized the young fellow, but failed to get him back. He shut the door after he went out. Witness pulled the communication cord after looking out, but the train did not, in his opinion, stop as soon as he would have expected it. The train stopped near Talybont, and the engine driver came down. No search was made, and the train went on to Bangor. He had never seen deceased jump on the footboard before. In reply to Mr Thornton Jones, Witness said that deceased went off duty at seven o'clock. He was perfectly sober, and there was no quarrel be- tween them. Owen J. Wesley Jackett, of the 4th Welsh Howitzer Battery, stated that he got on the train at Llanfairfechan, at about 10.20 11 m. for Aber. When they had passed through Aber de- ceased got up and went through the door. He darted for deceased, but he was gone. Deceased seemed to have fallen on his face. He also ap- peared to have hesitated a second or two, and then slipped. The door opened and then banged against the side of the carriage. lie might have been pulled off by the suction of the wind. Albert Henry Gamon, 72, Argyle-street., Swan- sea, gunner in the 4th Welsh Howitzer Battery, said that he got on board the train at Llanfair- fachan, and his companion was informed by the guard that the train would stop at Aber. When passing Aber the deceased began to get excited, and when his companion, Vesper, was going to pull the communication cord, the deceased said, "No, don't do that." Then he went to the door. Witness saw Roberts catch hold of him, but he had to let go or else he might have been pulled out with him. He noticed that the door was closed, and deceased after going out stood facing them. He was not, however, certain of this, as his other companions were between him and the door. David Vesper, another Swansea military man, gave further evidence, and said that deceased stood some seconds on the footboard before he jumped off. ENGINE DRIVER'S EVIDENCE. Lloyd Williams, 26, Prescot-street, Hoole, Ches- ter, guard and brakesman, said that he was guard in charge of the train from Chester. It was a relief train of the 8.40 from Chester, and stopped at all stations where the ordinary train should have stopped. He informed several at Llanfair- fechan that the train was to stop at Aber. The train had passed through Aber before he had noticed, as he was occupied in sorting parcels. His attention was called to it by the vacuum gauge going down. The train was to stop at Aber, but the driver did not stop the train. In reply to Mr Thornton Jones, Witness said that the train stopped automatically by pulling the Qord. He considered the cord a good com- munication. John Pierce Williams, 28, Wilkin's-lane, Ches- ter, engine-driver in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway Company, said that he was the engine-driver of the relief train, the 8.40 from Chester. He overlooked the book, otherwise the train would have stopped at Aber. He pulled up the train in about 30 or 4) jards after the cord had been pulled. He did not no- tice that he had to stop at Aber until the com- munication cord had been pulled. He had been a driver 19 years, and there were no complaints against him. In reply to Mr Thornton Jones, the Witness said that he had not been reminded by anybody that he had overshot Aber station. The train was not slowed down until the communication cord was pulled. It was an oversight on his part. Henry George Haverson, station-master at Llanfairfechan, said the deceased acted as porter
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