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Wife Desertion. 1 AN EXEMPLARY SENTENCE. if ,me, s Tuti.tciiHM. Aborvstwytb,barber, wasi ight 'j'> iii custody before 'lie Mayor (Mr E. P. nne) nnil Alderman C. M. Williams at a spccial, ing at the Police Station on Friday even-EB las'. charged by the Guardians of th erystv.jih Union with deserting his wife, Anngg nes, became chargeable to the AberystwvthH aion ou t. 14th inst. Accused was the town, and upon his arrival at a Friday evening' after his arrest at Manchester, aS irge crowd :i--embled n.t the Railway Station,g vhere thev ricuorded him anything but a reception. — Thorna/* Vaughan, relieving stated that on Sa' urday, the 12th inst., wife applied him for an orde for admission into the stating that her daughter, aged 13 and herself wcvj V-licet", having been deserted! by her husband. making enquiries he founds there were good ^rounds for making an order.S wbich he scanted —William Jones, workhouseB master, proved the a<«jni«si"n of the woman to theg House, and her chargeum-ity to the Union.—Anna Jones, (lecendaqi's wife, said on Wednesday morn-g ing, the 9th inst ••!>.• went to tbe bedroom and told! defendant Jiis bit te -t ready. He asked her, as she was going e,r to wash, what, time she would be back, and see replied about six o clock. Accused did no; come home that night, and on making enquiri' PV'lowing morning she found he had left the town. He had not told her he going away, find e-f' h"r destitute. There bad been° a family difference between them before Christmas, but no:, after. on account of some young woman. Defendant b el always been accustomed to supplv. til bouse with food, bnt never with money. She; give no reason for bis goingg awav, other ti i his relation with this woman She (witnes"f .diva; behaved properly to him, and was newr ei 1-r the influence of drink, and he had endeavoured te <rive him the best home she could afford. had told the little girl to telli people who qitf.fi i her about her father that h had writt-n a 1 etiT to her. but that was only to cover him from the public.— Mary Jones, defendant s daughter. had told her sister Edith that. a letter had from her father, but it was in order to stop Tx;ep'e t ilking about the matter.—Edith Letitia Jones -said her sister had told her that a letter had from her father from Machynlleth. For several weeks her father and step-mother had not been happy, the latter being of drunken habits, and continually under the influence of drink. The only reas-jn why her father had left was because the home was not comfortable, and he bad very often threatened, in her presence, to leave her because of her drunken habits.—Police-ConstaWe Rowlands proved the apprehension of the accused in Manchesfer.—Accused desired to bring evidence to prove that he had written to his wife from Machynlleth, and the case was adjourned for that purpose until the following morning, bail being allowed defendant in his own recognizances for £10. and one surety for £10, When the hearing was resumed on Saturday. accused stated he bad been unable to produce evidence to show that he had posted a letter at Machynlleth, and that it had been delivered to bis wife at Ahenstwvth. He then elected to give evidence on oa'h. He said he started away from home on the 9ih January with the intention o going to loc k for a place to open a barber shop in a place where be would do better trade than at Aberystwyth. He had told his wife a few weeks previous that he would not stop another winter at Aberystwyth, but would go to South Wales. Other friends had a Ivisod him to go to Machynlleth and Manchester. On the 9th he went Machynlleth and remained there for a night, and as the place did not impress him fayourably he proceeded to Man- chester the following morning. Previous to start- ing he wrote a note addressed to his wife, stating he was going to look for a place to open business. probably in South Wales, but would write again in a few davs. He posted that letter in Machynlleth on the night of the 9th, and his wife should have received it on Thursday morning. After arriving at Manchester be found be had developed bad cold, through t/aveiling by night and had to remain in- doorsfor sometime. On the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday he went round the town looking for a shop wherin to start business, but on the Wednes- day night he was arrested. In reply to the Clerk, defendant said be knew his wife had money, but he could not sav how much. She earned some money herself. There was food and furniture in the house, and she could keep lodgers, so she was not left dest itute. His wife and himself had not been happy since they had been married.—Asked why he left without. telling his wife, defendant said he did not want to have a scene and let the whole town know about it. He wanted to depart quietly. After they had quarrelled, he told his wife several times that it would be better if they would part, and she;replied Very well, you can go if you will only contribute towards the child That was about a week before he went away.—In'replv to the Relieving Officer, defendant said be sent his box away bv, goods' train on the 18th December lastarldressed to a house in Manchester.—In reply to Mr C. M. Williams. Jones said he sent the box to No 14.1 Lower I)vron-street, Manchester, addressed to L. Griffiths—Mr Williams What does L. stand for ? —Defendant Louie.—Mr Williams Was it at this house vou were apprehended by the police ?— Defenrlant: Yes.—How long had this young lady been at that house ? About three weeks.—Did she go there from this town ? No, sir, from Birmingham. She communicated with me and said she had reached there.—Ha^l she been to this town ?j because this is of considerable importance to the' charge before us ? Yes.—Where was she at Aber-j vstwyth ? She had been stopping at the Lion.—I In the employ of Mr Williams ? Yes.-—Can you! tell us the exact day she left? No, sir,—Where did she go? Ifc was from Manchester I heard first from her.—Did you recommend this young lady to go and live there? No, sir.—How did she get there ? I can't say.—In further examination by Mr Williams, accused admitted it was after he received the letter be sent the box to the address in Manchester, a.nd it was in her name he sent it. Mr Williams I am sorry we have to ask these but you are making every attempt to conceal the troth from us. You have taken your oath to make a truthful statement, and we have to elicit every item of information from you. You are here under a serious charge, and it has turned out. on your own admission, that you went away for a purpose other than that which you first stated.— Defendant I intended, after I had settled down, "to make an arrangement and send my wifa some money.—Ke'ieving Officer: Have you gone away before without your wife's knowledge?—Defend- ant: No, sir.—Defendant said his wife did not go about in the day time, but at night, and it made it very unpleasant for him.— Mr Williams: But she stated last night that you never came home until after eleven o'clock at night.—Mrs Evans, also living at Harbour Cottage, said she had never seen defendant's wife under the influence of drink. -In reply to defendant witness said she never heard any rows in the house, and thoughts they lived verv peaceably.—Defendant, addressing thetBench, said their life had been one long quarrel, and there wa* never no happiness between them. He admitted he had been wrong as things looked now. He was very sorry that things had gone as they were, and he would be most happy, as long as he could, to contribute toward his wife.—Defend- ant sought permission to ask his wife whether she had agreed to his going away provided he contri-fi bated toward the support of the child, and thisB was granted.—The wife, in reply, said she agreedl to 'tis going away provided he contributed _,e support of the child and herself.—Defendants said his wife only wanted him to contribute towardS the child. There bad been nothing wrong 8 between him and the other woman, but there had been a talk that she would come and keep houseR for him if he started a business somewhere There bad been nothing wrong, and heH did not walk out with the other woman in Aberyst-1 wjrth.—Mr Williams Why did you not ask youru own daughter to come and keep house for you ?—H Defendant: She had gone in direct opposition toH my will, by joining the Salvation Army. I did not like to see her" gallivanting" about with them, asM I wanted her to be respectable.—Mr Williams: I should think that was the way she would be respectable.-Defendant I brought her np in the Church, and she left there.—The Bench deliberated in pfivate for some minutes, and the Mayor after-E VMM announced that this was one of the mostB h(wjPess cases that had ever come before them.H 1W had considered the case patiently, and givenH Ihe^lefendant every opportunity to call witnesses.B ajr4 on his own admission he bad ha* admitted that the whole affair had been pr«|iediated, which was proved by his having sent his "box away about six weeks ago. Defendantl be committed to prison for three months wtti. hard .abour.-Defenrlant: That is ratheri haflB sir. I a

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