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AN UNFOUNDED CHARGE AT COWBRIDGE.

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AN UNFOUNDED CHARGE AT COWBRIDGE. At the Cowbridge County Police Court, on Tuesday—before Colonel Tyler (chairman), Air F. W. Dunn and Air D. Thomas (Mayor)—Hughes, haulier, Llanblethian, was charged with having stolen a quantity of cog-wood, to the value of 12s, from" The Walks" Llanblethian, the property of Messrs Edwards and Lewis, timber merchants, Pontypridd. Mr Edwards deposed that wood had been cut for his firm at The Walks," and on January 23rd, he was proceeding from Bolston in company with another gentleman, when he saw the defendant coming out of the place with a cart load of cog- wood. Asked where he had the wood from, de- fendant said he had sent his man for some brush- wood. The Chairman They had permission to take brushwood ? Witness replied in the affirmative, and pro- ceeded to say that defendant told him that his man had made a mistake-had loaded the cart with cog wood instead of brushwood, as be had been told to do. Witness asked the defendant if he did not know better than to take the cogwood, and he said he did not know anything about it, and that it was his man's fault. Defendant then said he would take the cogwood back, and he turned the horse to do so, but he (witness) did not know whether he took it to the termination or not. The value of the cogwood in the cart was 12s. Mr Edwards added that he had lost wood of the same description from the same place previously. The Chairman Do you suspect somebody else Witness No I don't, sir, I give permission for them to take brushwood, but they can easily dis- tinguish the one from the other. The Chairman Have you been in the habit of selling cogwood in the neighbourhood ? Witness No sir. By the defendant: He first began to lose cog- wood in March. He had never seen him (the de- fendant) there, nor one of his men. Defendant: You came up to my house, with the two police officers, and asked me for 16s. Witness I told you the value of them was 16s, without the hauling. Defendant: And that 1 could go free if I paid you 16s ? Witness: No I dtdn t. Defendant: Didn't I tell you that as you had been so kind to bring two officers with you— (laughter)-to go and search over my premises ? Witness Yes. Defendant: Did you find anything there?—No. Defendant: No, and never would. Mr Parson, the gentleman who accompanied Mr Edwards on the day in question, gave corrobora- tive evidence as to meeting the defendant and his man with the cogwood in the cart. Police-sergeant Canton proved accompanying Mr Edwards to the defendant's house. The de- fendant told them that his man took the wood by mistake. Mr Edwards told the defendant that the timber was worth 16s, but did not make any request. Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, and electing to be dealt with summarily, stated in de- fence that having had leave to fetch brushwood when he liked, he sent his man, Moses David, on January 23rd, to fetch some. The hounds happened to be about that day, and seeing that his man was rather long at it, he went to look for him, and met him with the cogwood, and said, This is not the timber,you have made a mistake." David replied, Never mind, there's not much al- together," the defendant said, But this is not the right thing to do." They then met Air Edwards. Moses David bore out the above statement, when defendant met him with the cogwood, they had a dispute, defendant telling him to take them back, and be, witness, saying I won't, I've taken the trooble to get 'em, and you'd better take 'em back yourself." (Laughter.) By the Bench: The defendant told him to get "sticks." It was his (witness's) mistake al- together. The Chairman said the magistrates considered that the defendant was not to blame, and that it was entirely the fault of his man. Therefore the case would be dismissed.

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