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NEWTOWN SESSIONS. Another long sitting of the Newtown Sessions was held on Friday, when the magistrates present were Mr Richard Lloyd (chairman), Messrs Richd. Morgan, W. H. B. Swift, Dr. Salter, Alfred Ford, John Humphreys, and Edward Morgan, in the morning, and Messrs Richard Morgan, W. H. B. Swift, and Edward Morgan in the afternoon. HOW POLICEMEN BECOME UNPOPULAR. Frank S. Morris, Old Hall, Sarn, Kerry, ap- peared to answer two charges against him, one for keeping a carriage without a license and the other for keeping a dog without a license. Defendant pleaded guilty to both charges. Defendant: I do not appear to-day to answer the charge of keeping a carriage without a license. He then produced the summons on which he was summoned to appear cn October 11th. The Bench said that a mistake had been made, and they would amend that date to November 11th. Defendant said that he was not aware until P.C. Hopkins told him that he had not taken out a license for his trap and dog. Usually he received a polite note reminding him from the Revenue Office. But he did not have one this time, and consequently he forgot about them. P.C. Hopkins said he did not warn Mr Morris. D.C.C. Williams: It is not a policeman's duty to warn them. Defendant: I have been in the habit of receiv- ing this polite note from the Revenue Office. The Chairman: The police are not quite so polite. The Bench decided to impose a fine of 5s and costs (6s) in each case. Defendant: The police are making themselves very unpopular. A COSTLY CONEY. Charles Williams, a farmer, hailing from Trl- gynon, did not appear to answer a charge of using a gun to shoot rabbits without a license. P.C. Nathan Davies said that on October 28th, about 4-50 in the evening, he saw defendant shoot at a rabbit on Birchen House Farm, Tregynon. He asked him if he bad a license, and he said he had not. Witness told him he required a license to shoot rabbits, and he said he was aware of it, and he would take one out the next day. Witness did not know whether he had taken one out since. Defendant worked with his brother, who was the tenant of Birchen House Farm.—Fined 10s and costs. A WIFE SEEKS PROTECTION. John Jones, 58, Lady well-street, Newtown, appeared to answer a summons taken out against him by his wife, Anne Jones, for assaulting her on September 24th. Defendant pleaded Dot guilty. Anne Jones said that on September 24th de- fendant came into her room and pinched her arms and struck her on the back. There were marks on her arm yet. When he struck her she screamed, and he said If vou make any more row I will kick you downstairs." Her two children were in the house at the time, and there was a lodger living above. In consequence of him striking her on the back she was ill for ever a week. Her husband had been cruel to her for many years. She had four children. In answer to defendant, Mrs Joues said that he came out of his room to her. She was upstairs at 11 o'clock at night. Complainant: He has been like a raving mad- man since I have taken out the summons. P.C. Thomas gave evidence as to his seeing the mark on her arm. Defendant said that on the night in question he went into the house at 10-30, and his wife was rot in then. She came in directly, intoxicated. She started blackguarding him, and he went to her I and caught hold of her arm and ahook her. He did not strike her. Mrs Jones: Yes you did, and a good one. The magistrates decided to reduce the costs to 5s and to fine him 5s, five shillings to be paid in the first week and the other a fortnight later. THE SERGEANT'S GOOD GRACE. PJS. Owen said that two boys had been sum- moned for stealing iron, and they bad engaged Mr George to defend them, and as Mr George could not be present that day he applied that the case be adjourned until next Friday. The application was allowed. P.S. Owen charged Ernest Francis, Bryn-street, Newtown, with having been drunk. Defendant's wife appeared in court.—Sergeant Owen said that he was standing on the Cross on Saturday, Octo- ber 5th, when defendant came up staggering drunk. He fell against Mr Breezd, the chemist's shop window, and had not the shutters been up he would have fallen through.—Fined 2A 6d and costs (2s 6d). A week's time was allowed to pay. ROUGH ROAD TO LEARNING. Thomas Owen. Cefntwlch, Tregynon, was sum- moned for a breach of the Education Act in respect of his four children—Sarah (13), Thomas (11), Margaret (9), and Mary (7). Mr Llewelyn Phillips said he had been asked by the Education Committee to attend the Court. The question in this case was about a footpath, and the distance from the house to the school. The defendant would state that it was over I-ffI miles, but the Education Committee had proved that it was not so. Attendance-Officer Richard Corfield said that from October 1st, 1909, to September, 1910, the children had attended out of a possible 410 as follows:—Sarah, 17; Thomas, 243; Margaret, 317; and Mary, 290. None of the children had attended school once since the summer holidays. There was a path leading to the school, though along the road it was ik miles. The reason he had received why the children did not attend school was because the road had been ploughed up. Defendant said the reason why the children could not attend school was because of the bad state of the road. The path leading from the house to the main road was not a public path. In rainv weather water completely covered the oath. The only public road which was leading to the house had two fences across it, and the gate nailed and wired. His eldest daughter was suffering from St. Vitus' Dance. Defendant, on oath, said that for three years he had tried to get the Parish Council to repair the road. He had written two letters to the Educa- tion Committee. The distance from his house to the school was 200 yards short of two miles. He did not expect the Education Authority to repair the road, but he expected them to help him to get it done. The Chairman: Your argument is that the road is bad. Your eldest child has only attended 17 times during the past year. but the two youngest children have made the best attendances. That goes against your argument. If the two youngest children go along this road, why cannot the eldest child travel this road ? P.C. Davies gave evidence as to the bad state of the road, but said there was one path always clean. The Chairman said that they they considered that the defendant bad neglected to send his children to school, and they would fine him 2s 6d in each case, and reduce the costs of each case to 2s 6d. Defendant (as leaving the Court): I have got to pay because the Parish officials neglect their duty. David Davies, Tregynon, was summoned in respect of his child (Francis). The case was ad- journed from the last Sessions. The boy had made 83 attendances out of a possible 91.-The case was again adjouined until January. THE POLICE ATTACKED. The charges against Jane and Maud Bumford, Frolic-street, for assaulting the police, William Bumford, Frolic-street, with having been drunk and disorderly, and William Morgan for obstruct- ing the police in the execution of their duty, had been adjourned from the last Sessions. Now the four defendants applied for a further adjournment owing to the fact that Mr Richard George, whom they had engaged to defend them was away. D.C.C. Williams strongly opposed this, and the Magistrates decided to hear the cases. In the case of William Bumford, P.C. Thomas stated that on October 1st, at half-past eleven at at night, he was in company with P.C. Hammonds in Park-street. He saw defendant lying against the wall, drunk and disorderly. He kept shouting that nobody could make him go home. Two persons tried to persuade him to go home, but he refused. He went up to him and asked him to go home, but he replied, You have no right to interfere with me." He got bold of him by the arm, and started him up the street. He was then taken home by some friends. P C. Hammonds said he was with the last witness, and corroborated.- By the Defendant: The first time he saw defendant was on the ground, pulling Pugh by deeve. He did not push him down. P.C. Thomas, re-called by the Bench, said that ;he fighting took place before he got there. William Owen, Frolic-street. said he was in his house, and, hearing a row in Park-street, he went there, and saw defendant on the ground, hurt. Defendant said to Thomas, You have hurt me, Thomas." He helped to carry defendant home. A short time afterwards he visited defeadant, and found him in a very bad state. His ankles were swollen very badly. By the Bensh: He did not see Bumford fall. Defendant was hurt badly. He did not know whether he was drunk. Cross-examined by D.C.C. Williams: He was sober himself. Defendant was almost insensible with pain. The row brought him out of the house. He did not see P.C. Thomas push the defendant down, nor did he see anybody fall on him. Defendant stated that on this Saturday night he was going home abcut ten minutes past eleven. There was a row about twenty yards from the Picton Arms between Osborne Morris and Sarah Ann Johnson. Jack Pugh came up and said, '• Who hit our Annie." He was trying to hold Pugh back from hitting Morris when P.C. Thomas came and pushed him down. He srouted that his leg was broken, and he was carried home. He was hurt badly, and was unable to leave the house for five weeks. He was attended to by a doctor. Cross-examined by D.C.C. Williams: Thomas kicked him down. There was a big crowd there. When he was on the ground Hammonds fell on to him and hurt his leg., He did not. pull Hammonds down, but Hammonds fell over him. The Bench said they had no doubt but that defendant was guilty of being disorderly, and he would be fined 5s, and the costs reduced to 5s. Defendant said he would not be able to work for three weeks at the least because of his leg, and so he was allowed a month to pay. FEMALES ASSAIL THE POLICE. Jane and Maud Bumford pleaded not guilty to assaulting the police in execution of their duty. P.C. Thomas said that on the same night and at the same time he was taking the defendant in the last case up the street, when Jane Bumford came up to him and said, You are always on to our boys, you bcamp," and struck him in the face with her shut fist. He released William Bum- ford, and he fell to the ground. He went to pick him up, when Maud Bumford caught hold of his tunic with her left hand and struck him in the face with her other hand. Jane Bumford Did not you strike me and push me down ?—No. Maud Bumford Did I strike you on the side of the face F-Yes, you did. P.C. Hammonds corroborated all the evidence given by P.C. Thomas. Maud Bumford: Did you not tell me that Thomas was off his head that night ?—I did not speak to you. By the Bench He saw Mrs Bumford strike Thomas, and saw Miss Bumford catch hold of the chain of Thomas's whistle with her left hand and strike him with the other. I Leonard Birch, Ladywell-street, said he was in Park-street when the row took place. lie saw Mrs Bumford strike P.C. Thomas, and Thomas pushed her down on her back. Maud Bumford came up and smacked Thomas in the face. There were hundreds of people there that night and only two policemen. Maud Bumford: Where were you ? Witness Behind Thomas, against the wall. By D.C.C. Williams: There were so many fights going on that the police would have to push many people about. Jane Bumford said that on the night in question she was in Mr Thomas's shop when somebody came to her and said Your eon is down the street." She went to her son and asked him to come home. P.C. Thomas came to him and started pushing him, and he said, "Now, Mr Thomas, atop pushing him." He then struck her down on her back. Her daughter came up and said to P,0. Thomas, How dare you strike my mother" ? and' she pushed him. She bad got a doctor's bill *to pay because of her son's leg being hurt. William Morgan said he was with a friend in the Pheasant Inn, drinking a hop bitter. When he came out he saw the whole of the dibturbance. He saw William Bumford trying to pull Pugh away from fighting with Osborne Morris. P.C. Hammonds came up, and accidentally knocked Bumford down. He said to Hammonds, "The best thing you can do is to go and apologise to him, and perhaps he would. go home quietly" Bumford's sister came up, and said she would take him home. Then P.C. Thomas, came up with P.C. Joseph, »f the Manchester City Police, who caught hold of Maud Bumford, and flung her across the street. Bumford's mother came up. Witness asked P.C. Joseph why he pushed Maud Bumford, and told P.C. Thomas he had better be careful or he would report him, and have his coat taken off him. Bumford fell down, and P.C. Hammonds fell over him. Mrs Bumford was knocked down by Thomas, and when Miss Bumford got up she said, I will give you striking my mother." Cross-examined by Mrs Bumtord: Hammonds told-bim he was sorry that he fell over Bumford. He did not see Mrs Bumford strike Hammonds. He never touched the police. Leonard Birch was telling lies when be said that he saw Maud Bumford strike Thomas. She only pushed him. The Chairman said they were charged with a very serious offence. It was a serioue matter to obstruct the police whilst executing their duties. The law provided that in a case such as that they could inflict a very heavy fine, or a term of im- prisonment. On the night in question there must have been a terrible row in Park-street, and they were sorry that such disgraceful scenes had taken place in Newtown, and what was worse that women should interfere. They thought that the case had been clearly proved, but they would deal leniently with the offenders and fine them 10s and costs in each case.—D.C.C. Williams then applied for a witness fee, and 5a was allowed, each defendant to pay 2s 6d.. TORE THE CONSTABLE'S TROUSERS. I William Morgan, Newtown, was charged with obstructing the police whilst executing their duty on October 1st. P.C. Thomas said that about 11.30 he was with P.C. Hammonds in Park-street. As he was taking the previous defendant (Wm. Bumford) up the street defendant came up to him, and said, What do you want to interfere with Bumford for ? and he replied that it had nothing to do with him. Later on, when defendant Bumford fell witness went to get him upon his feet, when defendant came to him, caught hold of him by the back, and pulled him off, tearing his trousers By D.C C. Williams The tear in his trousers was seven inches long. By Defendant: He came up the street with P.C. Joseph. Defendant started on to him twice. P.C. Hammonds corroborated P.C. Thomas's evidence. By the Defendant: He saw him catch hold of P.C. Thomas by the bips. He did not tell any- body that Thomas had lost his head. P S. Owen said that when he served defendant with the summons he-asked him what it was for. He told him, and defendant replied, I would not have touched the policeman if he had left Bumford alone, They had no business to interfere with him." Defendant, on oath, stated that when he came out of the Pheasant Inn it was about 11 o'clock. He saw Bumford trying to pull Jack Pugh from fighting with Osborne Morris, when he (Bumford) got knocked down accidentally by P.C. Hammonds. He said to Hammonds, The best thing you can do is to apologise to him, and perhaps he would go home quietly." Maud Bumford said she would take him home. He asked Joseph why he pushed the girl, and he answered that he had not done so. Thomas said to him, Shut your mouth what do you know about it" ? He told him he had seen it all, and what he saw he could believe, and P.C. Thomas summoned him for it. P.C. Hammonds admitted to him that P.C. Thomas had lost his head completely. By D.C.C. Williams: He did not touch the police. It was a scandalous thing that they brought the accusation against him. He did not tear the policeman's trousers. Maud, Jane, and William Bumford corroborated all the defendant's evidence. P.C. Thomas produced the trousers, showing the rent. The Chairman said the charge against him was a serious one. They were determined to up- hold the police, and in the tuture if any case of that kind came up before them they would deal very severely with the offenders. They considered that the case had been made out, and defendant would be fined 10s and costs (os). MAINTENANCE IN ARREARS. David Williams, Old Church-place, Newtown. was summoned for neglecting to maintain his wife and family. Mr J. R. Lewis, relieving-officer to the Newtown and Llanidloes Union, stated that since the last adjournment he had visited the house twice, and iound things greatly imprcved There were four children, but one of them was in service part of the time. The Chairman, in adjourning the case for two months, said defendant must attend next time, or he would be tent for. Fred. Wilcox, Frolic-street, was summoned for failing to maintain his father and mother.— Defendant was represented by his sister.—In 1907 he was ordered to pay 9d weekly towards the maintenance of his father, and a similar amount towards his mother. The father died on January 28th, 1910, and the arrears were 41 133 3d, and the mother's arrears X2 15s 9d. Since defendant had been summoned he had paid 12s 6d. The case was adjourned till January for the defendant to pay the arrears.