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BARMOUTH. OBITUARY,—The death took place on Weclnesday evening. December 18th, after a long illness borne with great fortitude, of Mr Edward Edwards, 8t Ann's-square, son of the late Lewis Edwards. mariner. Deceased, who was in his 27th year, had been engaged in the drapery trade in Manchester, where he served his apprenticeship Hp had also spent some time in London. His health subse- quently broke down, and he was recommended by his medical attendant to proceed to South Africa 101 recuperation. This was before the war broke out. He was accompanied there by his brother. The change had a beneficial effect for some time, and deceased was again able to follow his occupa- tion. The improvement, however, was only t, ni- porary, and the two brothers returned to their native country. Deceased lingered in a weak state for several months, and the end came on the date above mentioned. The funeral, a public one, took place on Monday, when a large number of relatives and friends followed the remains to their last resting place. The Rev R Ernest Jones -officiated at the house and at ths graveside. MALE VOICE CHOIR.-The Male Voice Choir, under the conductorship of Mr Griffith Griffiths, are now busily rehearsing the chorus, On the Ramparts," which is the test piece at the Dol- gelley Eisteddfod on Xew Year's Day. COUNTY SCHOOL GOVERNORS.—A meetiug of Governors of the County School was held on Thurs- day last, when there were present Alderman Lewis Lewis (in the chair), tRev Z. Mather, Mrs Wynne Williams, Dr Hughes. Councillors John Evans and John Davies, Mr Owen Jones and Mr Robert Wil- liams. Arrangements were made for the Christmas vacation, the term ending on Friday last, and the school will re-open on January 20th. Cheques were drawn for salaries. The colouring and decorating of the rooms was left to the Improvement Com- mittee. MAINTENANCE OF MAIN KOADS.—ihe Lroan District Council have decided to appeal to the Local Government Board for arbitration to det mine their dispute with the Merionethshire County Council, as to what the grant of the latter body shall be for the maintenance of main roads within the urban district. A memorinl stgned by five members is also about t) be forwarded to the Hon. C H Wynn, chairman, requesting him to call a special meeting of the County Council forthwitb, to pass a resolution requesting the Local Govern- ment Board to determine by arbitration the differ- ences that have arisen. A similar course has been adopted by the Dolgelley Urban Council, who have also failed to come to an agreement wi1-h the County Council. URBAN COUNCIL—A meeting of the Bar- mouth Urban District Council was held on Tuesday week, the Rev Gwynoro Davies presiding. Mr T. Abrahams brought forward a scheme for improving the sea front by the planting of trees and the erection of shelters, but it was decided, in view of the financial position of the town, not to proceed with the work until next March. A discussion took place with reference to the dispute with the County Council, against whom the Council have a claim of about £ 2,000 in respect of the maintenance of main roads. The Chairman said it was necessary that a resolution should be passed by both Councils requesting the Local Government Board to arbitrate before the latter would do so, and in face of the fact that the next meeting of the County Council would not be held for three months a very serious delay would take nlace. He added that tha Barmouth Council had been anxious for a settlement, but the County Council would not give way, contending that the Council must aceept whatever they chose to offer. It was decided to write to the Hon. C. H. Wynn. chairman of the County Council, asking him to call a special meeting in order that the necessary resolution might be passed, so that the Local Government Board might arbitrate. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Friday last at the Masonic Hall, befor Dr Lloyd (in the chair). Alderman Lewis Lewis, Mr John Evans, W T Morris and the Rev Gwynoro Davies. Offences against the -Liceniinq A(-t. --Geo Crump, landlord of the Royal Station Hotel, Barmouth, was charged with selling drink to a drunken person and with permitting drunkenness on his licensed prem- ises, and James Hpoe Stewart, of Llanfair, Llan- bedr, was charged with having been found drunk on such premises. Mr R. Guthrie Jones appeared to prosecute on behalf of tne police, and Mr Samuel Moss, M.P. (instructed lby Mr R. Jones Griffith), appeared for the defence. The case as against Stewart was first gone into, and Mr Guthrie Jones stated the prosecution was taken under section 12 of the Licensing Act, of 1872.-P.C. Danid Roberts was the first witness called. He said on Saturday, Nov 30th, he sawStewart about 3 40 in High-street, opposite the Belle Vue Arches. He was drunk and staggering. Defendant came to him and asked him Where has Breeze gone to." He afterwards went to the Royal Station Hotel. About 4 o'clock he (witness) in company of Sergeant Owen entered the Royal Station Hotel. He saw Stewart there, sitting down in a chair. He had a cup of tea be- fore him and a glass of sherry in his hand. Crump (the landlord) was there, also a man named Straw, and the barman On their entering the room Steward said Give the constaoles a drink. The Sergeant called Crump's attention to Stewart, but Crump made no reply. When asked for his name, Stewart gave it as James Thompson. Crump, how- ever, told him to give his proper name, which he did. Mr Straw, told Stewart to get up and show, tfie constables how he could walk. He .refused at first, but did so ultimately. The Sergeant said if he wanted to walk, he must walk a line, indicating a line on the carpet. Stewart tried to walk it three or four times, but failed each time. About five o'clock, he again saw Stewart at Glanywerydd- terrace. Defendant then asked him if he could overlook the matter, at the same time offering him a silver coin.—Cross-examined by Mr Moss, witness said he followed Stewart into the Station H.itel in about, ten minutes. He did not follow at once, as he did not thi r;k Mr Crump would allow such a man on his premises. They went into the Hotel through the coach-yard. When Crump was told that Stewart was drunk, he did not hear him reply I don't think so." Stewart failed to walk heel and toe across the room. Crump told theiti that Stewart came in and asked for a glass, and he gave him a cup of tea and a glass of sherry. Stewart did not ask him when he saw him at ten minutes to five Are yon serious about this matter" Nor did did say that the gossjp of a thing like this would do him hann.-Sprgeant Stephen Owen. who aocom-, panied the last witness, gave corroborative evidence as to what ocurred in the bolel. Later at 4 30, he was in High-Street, in company of SergeantJones.— He saw S fwart opposite Dr Hughes' surgery. He was walking1 along the road like a drunken man. He went from DrHughes'toDrLlovd'¡o;,and from there to Dr Williams', and they followed him When thev were at Dr Williams'. Stewart came to them and asked them two or three times to pass it ovi-r. His speech was affected, and he had no donbt whatever, from his conduet, that Stewart was drunk. He saw defendant later near Davies' butcher shop, where he again asked him to look it over. Crump did not deny that Stewarr was drunk when thev were in the hotel.—C ined, He rsould not say if Crump aoquisc.ed that Stewart was drunk. A gentleman named Straw accompanied Stewart when he called at the sur- geries of the three doctors. He could tn've no reason whv he should call at these places. There were steps leading up to Dr Williams' house, and Mr Straw wen: up and rang the bell. --Sup(-ri-it(!r)(-I- ent Jones also yave evidence for the prosecution,cor- roborative chit-fly of the interview in High-street where defendant came to them and said Pass it, over, thare i" no harm, is there?" Stewart wa verv unsteady in his gait.—Morris Griffiths Roberts 1, St Geonre-ferrace, Barmouth, saw Stewart on the afternoon in question by Belle Vue Arches, and agreed with the constable that defendant was drunk. H- was staggering from one side to the other. He afterwards saw him entering the Station Hotel.—Lewis Jones, foreman, Cambrian RaiUvavs. and F H Strneher. cJerk at the Metropolitan Bank, aod Edwin Husfhes, Penycei, Barmouth, also cave evidence—This closed the case for the proseeuMon. For the defenoe Mr Moss contended that the sum- mons was ivre<rnlar inasmuch asthe name of the lic- ensed house at which the alleged offence took place was nor stated therein.The Bench over-ruled the objection.—James Hope Stewart was then sworn. He said he was manager of copperworks at Pen- rhyn leudraeth, and a quarry at Llanfair. On the day in question he went to the works and returned to B,- rmtif h the 12 o'clock train. He went to the Station Hotel, and tbare bad a bottle of hitter. He saw Mr Straw there. He remained there about half an hour. He cOlTpieteiJ his business in town, and came back again to the Station Hotel about a quarter to four Mr Straw was still there. He (witness) had ordered his trap to be got ready. In the meantime he asked for a cun of tea, but this being long in coming he got a glass of sherry. When the constables came in he did not take them at all seriously, and invited them to have a drink. He drank the sherry while the police-constables were in. When the constables asked for his name, he thought they did so in a joke. He walked across the room. and at the request of the sergeant walked across th- floor heel and toe. While be was doing that the sergeant knocked a stool over. He after- wards called upon the three doctors named, but neither were in. He called a second time, with the same result. When he saw the constable afterwards he said it would be a serious thing- for I him (witness) to have this rumoured about the country, and it would do him (the constable) no good. He was driven home that night by a man named Rowlands. On the way home, be called at Llanddwvwn Inn and had a glass of beer there. Before beine served, he told the landlord and the others in the house of the charge of drunkenness made against him at Barmoutb. He afterwards from Llanbedr to Llanfair.—Cross-; examined, Stewart said that be only had one glass of beer at Penrhyndeudraeth. He had two glasses of beer at the Station Hotel, Barmouth, and one glass of sherry at the Marine. He was not under the influence of drink that afternoon. He did the heel and toe exercise at the hotel as well as anyone could be expected. He reached Lllanddwywe Inn at, he thought, about 6-80 p.m., which was two-and- a-half hours after the time the police complained he was drunk. He was at the Station Hotel on the day previous to the alleged offence, and was driven z, home after the departure of the last train.—George Crump, landlord of the Station Hotel, was next examined. He said when Stewart came to his house the first time be remained there about half- an-hour, during which time, ha had two bottles of Bass. When he the second time shortly before four, he was quite sober. He asked for a cnp of tea, but this being a long time coming, he had a glass of sherry. He denied the sergeant's statement that Stewart, was drunk. Stewart treated the con- stables in a jocular way, and when they asked h im for his name he replied Jimmy Thompson," —Charles Holben, barman at the Royal Station Hotel, Richard H. Straw, 1, Belle Vue, Barmouth Robert Davies; George White, ostler at the Corsy- gedol Hotel ;ohn Morris, Hendreclochydd Rowland Griffth Roberts; and Evan Davies, Glan- llyn, Barmouth, were also examined for the defence. The foregoing witnesses detailed Stewart's movements during the time he was at the hotel, and from then until he was driven by the last, named to the Llanddwywe Inn, on his way home. All swore that Stewart was not drunk, but most admitted thal there was a trace of drink about him. Evan Davies, said he had told the police that; Stewart wrs betwix and between." In reply to the Rev Gwynoro Davies, he now said that in his opinion Stewart was perfectly sober. '-William Mitchelmore (landlord); Griffith Williams, Trongaled Farm, and other witnesses were called to prove Steward's condition when he arrived at the Llanddwywe Inn.—The Bench having con- sidered their decision, the Chairman announced there was a majority of three to two in favour of a conviction, and they had decided to impose a fine of 10s and costs.-The Court then adjourned for luncheon.—On resuming, the case against Crump was gone into. Some arguments took place at the outset as to whether the prosecution could proceed with two separate charges under the same section of the Act. The Bench ruled that they could only convict, on one of the charges. Mr Guthrie Jones said he would proceed with the charge of selling drink to a drunken person, but stated that if he failed to prove his case on that count, he could fall back upon the other.—Evidence similar to that adduced in the case against Stewart was again given. There was no cross-examination by Mr Moss, who afterwards contended that he had no case to answer, inasmuch as the prosecution had made no attempt to show that there was a sale of any kind —The Bench, having considered the point, said they were unanimous that there had been a sale.—A fine of P-5 was imposed and an endorse- ment of the license ordered,—The Rev Gwynoro Davies said the Bench bad taken into account that-, there had been three previous convictions against this house and two against the present licensee.-The summons for permitting drunkenness was then withdrawn. Drunkenness.—James Willie and Frederick Tattersall, Barmouth, were fined 5s and costs for having been drunk and disorderly, and a fine of 7s 6d was imposed on Lewis Pugh, Llandanwig, Llanbedr, and 2s 6d and costs on John Roberts, Talybont mill. for the same offence.



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