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I' PIERROTS ON THEIR DIGNITY.

LLANRWST RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.

LLANDUDNO AMUSEMENTS

A CHARGE OF STEALING !APPLES…

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A CHARGE OF STEALING APPLES AT OLD COLWYN. AN AMUSING CASE. A ten-year-old lad named Thomas Henry P erce, eon c<f John Henry Pieoo, .of Old Col- wvn. was sui-.iiii-ic-ned before Mr Kneeshaw and other magistrates at Col.wyn Bay 4on Saturday for stealing' apples from the garden of Mr J. Wood, of Maesycoed, Old Colwyn, a cro-se- ummons being i &suod against Thomas Davies, Mr Wood's gardener, for assaulting the child. Mr E. A. Cnabbe was for the defendant, whoso father pleaded not guiity on his behalf, while the prosecutor, Mr J. Wood, of Maes-y- Coed. was represented by Mr Franc s IN u,nn. Thomas Daviets, a gardener eiinnoyea by tr* Wood, was the principal witness for the prose- cution, and he, in turn, was charged by the ac- cused boy's father w'th having assaulted a.nd beaten the boy. Davies stated that, hcar.g boy¡, in conversation, he concealed hiiiiself, and saw the defendant creep through a small gap in the hedge, proceed to one of the best-fruited dwarf apple trees, fill his pocket with apples, and break off two branches loaded wth applet, with wYch he returned towards the hedge. At the dramahc moment Davies revealed himself, caDtured the offender, and conducted him to the owner of the g'arcjen. The other boys escaped. In reply to Mr Crabbe, the witness said he d:d not assault or hurt the lad in any way. Mr Crabbe: And do you recognise this boy as the one in Question? Witness: Oh. yet?. Mr Grabbe: Put him on the table, inspector. Let Uq see this roaring thief (laughter). Mr Nunn: We don't say he roars (renewed laughter). The lad was broug-ht forward, hi) head just reaching- the level of the solicitor's table. Continuing, witness said that when the boy had filled h.s pockets with apples he cut some branch- es loaded with apples, and was on the point of beariner them off when witness "surprised" him. He was taken to Mr Wood, but he exhibited no signs of fn.ght, neither did he cry at any time. Witness had called on the lad's mother in the evening, and wai3 assured by her that the boy was "a res'ular little She stated that she had thrashed him, and did not know what to do with him. Later in the evening she had 'invited witness to a glass of beer at the Plough Hotel, but, he had refused to enter the house with her. She urged, hiim to be as lenient aø possible with tho bov. Bv Mr Crabbe: The apple trees were of the "dwarf bush" and "pyramid" variety. Mr Crabbe: You have been a boy yourself?— Yee, some time (laughter). And you have stcle-n apples, I dare say?—I don't remember doing so. Mr Crabbe: Then you mui-t have been a very ifunn • boy. I have done so many times when a. bov (laughter). Mr Nunn: I have never düne so—possibly be. cause I was brought up dn London. Mr Cra.bbe: If vou had lived in the country vou would have done so iniany times (renewed lauarhter). Mr Wood also gave evidence. Mr Crabbe (to Mr Wood): Were 7ou ever a Mr Wood: Like yourself (laughter). And did you never steal apples?—I never did. M r Nunn: There are four of us "funny" then (lauerhter) Mr Crabbe: I must confers that I have, many a tilne (laughter). The advocate for the defence stated that all the bov took were windfalls on the ground. His captor, it was alleged, cuffed him soundly on the head and gave him a 1ick at parting. The Chairman suggested that the charge cf assault should be withdrawn. The defendant's father obiected, unlcns the charge of theft was dismissed. He was reminded that he could not make a bargain of that kind with the Bejich. Under his solictor's advice he agreed to with- draw the ease ag'ainst Davies, and the Bench then decided to dismiss the charge of theft on the pavment of 7g costs. The Chairman po'.nted out tihat the court imight have punished the parents for this boy's crime. That, feature or t:he ilaw ought to bo made known in the district. ABSENCE FROM CRIME. Mr Kneeshaw congratulated the (inhabitants of Colwyn Ba.v upon the ab-ence of crime and offences in the district, whi *'ch was ,now full of visitors, and Mr Nunn, on behalf of the adver cates. welcomed the chairman on his return to the bench.

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