LOCAL GOSSIP. Is The* name of Beau Pre is linked1 in the an- ttalg of Wales with Basset, for the Bassets of Beau Pre have figured' largely in the history of Glamorgan. Its famous gate is one of the earliest and- most beautiful examples of seven- teenth century Doric architecture in this country. The historical residential estate was offered for sale at Cardiff on Thursday last week, but did not find a purchaser. A gktnco at the history of Glamorgan will show even the most casual reader the importance of the Bassets. of Beau Pre (writes Mr. J. K. Fletcher in the South Wales Daily News"), and will naturally lead to the question: Where did they come from? for Basset is not a Welsh name. The first Basset to enter Glamorgan was John Basset. He was the younger son of one of the Norman generals who fought under William the Conqueror. John Basset came as an esquire of the body to Robert Fitzhamon, who made him his de- puty or vice comes, holding his court at Car- diff Castle and at Boverton Grange. At the partition of Glamorgan John Basset received the lordship of St. Hilary. The first of the Basnets to settle at Beau Pre was Sir Philip, great grandson to John Basset, the vice comes. Hoary tradition says be married the heiress of the Litsillts of Beau Pre, a family who have since altered their name to the simple,r form of Cecil, and' as the lordly Cecils of Burleigh and Salisbury have loomed large in the history of our country. Sir Philip Basset was forester of South. Wales, and fought for the King during the Barons' war. At the siege of Northampton he captured the younger De Mountford, son of the great Earl of Leicester. In the days of Llywelyn Mawr, Beau Pre was the scene of an historic gathering which will fv rm one of the scenes in the National Pageant. This was the meeting between the Lord Marchers of Wales, led by Gilbert de Clare and Prince Uywelyn when the Magna Charta of Wales was signed, which meant peace for all. This momentous meeting was arranged by Basset of Beau Pre, who was an ardent supporter of the Prince, and was also a kinsman to De Clare. When one thinks of the fame of Run- n ymede-on Th a in e »—Avhy every child knows of King John and his stern barons, but how few of the children of Wales have heard of the charter of Beau Pre, which should be as familiar to them. The Pageant will do this, if it does no more: It will remind the present generation of the glories of the past. In the course of years the Bassets of Beau Pre inter-married with their neighbours, and like the othor Norman families, by adding Welsh Mood, became Welsh in spirit and sentiment, its they were Welsh in tongue. To mention a. few of the families with whom they became united, the Leyshons of Bagla n, the Mathews of Llandaff, the Flem- ings of Flemingstone, the Morgans of Pen- coed, and the Mansels of Margam. By these marriages they increased their position in Glamorgan. The builder of Beau Pre Gate was Master Richard Basset, who lived in the spacious days of Elizabeth. This splendid piece of wcrk remains to-day as a monument to Richaud Basset's love of art, but it is an enduring monument to the first great We!!sh artist of the renaissance, Gwilym Twrch, of Sutton, near Bridgend. It is to Old lolo" that we are indebted for our knowledge of Gwlym Twrch, and the story of his travels to Rome reads like one of the old romances. Gwilym Twrch, and the story of his travels to joung country ston-e masons, who had a quarry at Sutton, and found work repairing the churches after the ravages of the Refor- mation. The two young fellows both fell in oove with the same fair damsel, a Coity maid named Gladys, and Gwilym was rejected, so be left Glamorgan with a heavy heart to see the world with his tools on his back. In his wanderings he reached Rome, and at the feet of Palladio, the great designer of buildings. After years spent in the Eternal City, Twrch longed once more for the green woods of fair Morganwg and the sound of his mother tongue. He came back with honour, and was engaged by Richard Basset to build this splendid gateway. The story is that there had been a quarrel in the Basset family and that this gateway was a memorial of the peace. On the front in six compartments aro the arms of Basset, De la. Bear, Turber- vill, Do Clare, Griffiths and Morgan, with the following curious rhyme carved into the stone: — Say. friend, didst thou ever hear Or ever find or see, A worldly wretch or coward prove A faithful friend to be ? The great grandson of the builder of Beau Pre Gate was Sir Richard, an ardent Royal- ist, who was knighted on the field1 at Edgehill by Charles I., who fought too at the battle of the Heath, and was one of the last to leave the red field of St. Fagans. His son, Sir William Basset was Chamberlain to Charles U., and was knighted in, 1660 at the Restor- ation. He died without issue, and was suc- ceeded by his half-brother, Colonel Sir Rich- ard Basset, the great Welsh Nationalist. He took great interest in all the work of the bard's of Glamorgan. In 1681 he called the bards together, and the famous Gorsedd and Eisteddfod of Beau Pre were held, when all the rules of Bardism and the metres of Welsh poetry were revised' and considered. Every student of Welsh poetry or history has read of the Beau Pre Eisteddfod, when tfhw bards sang the praises of the master of Beau Pre. Dafydd o'r Nant in his ode sang of his virtues:- Un ydwjd y Bassed a nodwyd i'w bwysau, Yn berchen glangampau o forau marfexaid! Edward Dafydd, another of the bards of Tir ladl, praised Sir Richard as a soldier. He was Colonel in the Horse Guards:- Pwy'n. farchog pennaf archest? Pwy n ail Lawnslod ffonwd ffest ? Hyrr wyd. wyr, hir dy wart, Hiroeaog fych Syr Rhisiart. After Sir Richard came his son Philip, the last of the old line to live at Beau Pre, which was deserted by the family in 1715, and after dsanging hands several times, was finally pur- chased by Mr. Daniel Jones. L The romance of Beau P're did not end with the days of wigs and patches, for the name P*niel Jones of Beau Pre is a familiar one *tt Cardiff. He was the first of the great feoal philanthropists, and gave to the Cardiff Infirmary, of which he was the founder, the Bum of £11.000, a princely gift, and hto also endowed the institution. On tiho old Iniirmary his name was carved1 over *bed!oor as a reminder of his splendid genero- sity. When Mr. Dannel Jones died without fceirs in 1841 he created a great surprise, and edded to the romance of Beau Pre by be- queathing the Beau Pre estates to Captain Richard Basset, • neat grandson of that Philip Basset who last lived there. So once more there Basset of Beau Pre as there had bc-c,, fOT 700 years. Who shall say what further romances are in more by the vicissitudes of time the old estate of Beau Pre comes into t\J-e- market again. Who shall say what further romances are in store for time-honoured Beau Pre? To the readers of this paper I would say If you have t not seen Beau Pre Gatte your knowled'ge of CWamorgan i6 not complete. And when you irisit this spot so rich in historical incidents 1 Am sure that over all, an-d- above all thoughts of Norman knights and! Welsh tquirea, you will Temember Gwilym Twrch, the poor boy from Sutton, who built this I ..WtouW. porch. t
BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. Saturday.—Before Messrs. R. W. Llewellyn (in the chair), W. Llewellyn, E. F. Lynch Blosse, R. L. Knight, W. Edwards, T. C. Jones, John Howells, Rev. Eynon Lewie, and Colonel H. C. Prichard. ABANDONED) HER CHILDREN. I CHARGE AGAINST NANTYMOEL WOMAN. Margaret Robinson, a married woman, of Nantymoel, was brought up on a charge of abandoning her child, Reginald Herbert, aged one year and six months, at Bridgend, on June 17th. C. V. Sayer, superintendent of the Bridg- end1 Cottage Homes, stated' that two little children, aged about 44 and It years respec- tively, were brought to the Homes cn June 17th, they having been found on the road by one of the girls as she was on her way to school. A third child, older than the others, was brought in later. The children were de- tained at the Homes for some time, and afterwards removed to the Workhouse. They all appeared to be thoroughly clean and' well nouriiuLa. Inspector Benj. Evans stated that the do fer.dant came from Nantymoel on June 17th fendant came from Nantymoel on June 17th and left the child1, to whom the charge re- lated, with two others, on the roadside near the. Cottage Homes. After inquiries, the pri- soner was arrested on the previous Sunday, and on being charged she said, "Yes, I am guilty. I am very sorry I did it, but it was owing to the ill-treatment which I had received at the hands of my husband." The police had instituted the fullest inquiries as to the whereabouts of the husband, but they had not been able to find him. Replying to the Chairman, the Inspector stated that so far as he could ascertain the Erisoner had1 been living at Llan-goioe with er husband. She ran away from him, and went to Nantymoel, where her father resided. She borrowed money in order to come to Bridgend, and went with her children to the Workhouse, but they were refused admission, as she had no ticket of admission. Prisoner stated that her husband had ill- treated her. Inspector Evans: She informed me that her husband brutally assaulted her at Nanty- moel the night before she came to Bridgend. Both her eyes were blackened when she was arrested. Mrs. Margaret A. Williams, Glanavon-ter- race. Nantymoel, said she had known. the pri- soner since she was a little girl. She was the daughter of respectable parents, her father being a. very respectable and religions man. The Chairman Do you know of anyone who would look after her ?-No, sir. Prisoner I would like to go back to my husband and' give him another trial. The Chairman: Will you go to the Work- house until your husband can be found? Prisoner Yes, sir. The Bench suggested that the Guardians should provide for the woman and her family until the whereabouts of her husband were discovered1. CRUELTY TO UNDERGROUND HORSES. CAERAU HAULIERS FINED. Wm. Hawkins, 10 Wesley-street, Caerau, a haulier, appeared in answer to a summons charging him with injuring a horse at the Caerau Colliery on May 28th. Mr. R. Scale, who prosecuted on behalf of Messrs. North's, stated that defendant was charged- with committing a breach of Special Ru'le 236, which provided for the punishment of any person, who. by a wilful act or by neg- lect, injured any horse. ° G. R. Snow, tipper, spoke to seeing the de- fendant taking the horse by a "short cut" to the working-place. There was no room in places for the horse to pass without coming into contact with trams, etc., and the conse- quence was that it was badly injured. Wit- ness told defendant before he went that way that there was no room for the horse to pass. Jen-kin Jones, manager of the colliery, de- posed that on receiving a report about defeii,, dant's conduct he had an interview' with him. Defendant told him that he went by the route mentioned' by the previous witness because he "thought it was nearer," but he admitted that he was told by two men that he should I0 that Way' At one P°int of the roa<1 the hoi se had to pass between trams on the double parting, and the injury to the horse was caused by its coming into contact with the trams. The horse was so seriously in- jured that it would not be able to work for another month. A fine of C2 was imposed. I CASE OF GROSS RECKLESSNESS. A similar charge was preferred against W, alter Scott, 42 Gelli-street, Maesteg. Mr. Scale, for the prosecution, stated that this case revealed gross recklessness on, the part of the defendant, who was a haulier em- ployed at the Caerau Colliery. Hauliers worked there on a. 10 hours' shift, and, if necessary, they were to work overtime, for which they would be paid. On June 9th de- fendant was told he would be required to re- main at the colliery for half an hour or so, and if lie had done his duty he would have remained in the working-places to receive the trams. Instead of doing that he proceeded to take his horse out. He allowed the horse to go as it pleased, and the consequence was that a number of trams came down and rushed into the horse, causing it serious in- jury. The horse was not able to work yet. Benjamin Jones, the master haulier, stated that defendant agreed to work overtime on the date in question. When the journey ran into the horse it was unattended. Mr. Scale: Is it the custom for these hauliers to work overtime? Witness: Yes, and they get half a day's pay for it. Defendant said he told Mr. Jones that he was not going to work on. The Chairman You apparently allowed the horse to go as it liked instead of taking it to the stable. I Defendant: I was walking in front of it. The Bench characterised the case as one of gross and wilful neglect, and fined' the defen- dant £ 2 and the costs— £ 3 cs. in all; in de- fault 14 days. CAERAU MAN SENT TO PRISON. WIFE AND FAMILY NEGLECTED. Charles Bailey, Bridgend, late of Caerau, a coloured man, was again charged at the in- stance of Relieving Offioer William David with neglecting to maintain his wife and three children. The Relieving Officer stated that the defen- dant owed the Guardians £24 8s. 3d. for the maintenance of hiE wife and family. Defendant stated that he had now obtained work, and would endeavour to repay the Guardians. The Chairman Has he paid anything since the case was before us five weeks ago. The Relieving Officer: No, sir; we have not seen him since. Defendant: I am working under the Coun- cil: now; I have been out of work for some time. Supt. Menhinick informed the Bench that defendant had been getting "subs" every eve- ning, upon which he frequently got drunk, his wife being consequently deprived of the money. The police and the public had as- sisted the defendant, but he had sold even. the clothes which were given him and spent the proceeds in drink. Defendant was sentenced to one month's imprisonment. I WIFE'S HONOUR VINDICATED. CAERAU GREENGROCER S WITHDRAWAL. Alderman T. J. Hughes appeared for Mrs. J. Lewis, 70 Hermon-road, Caerau, who sum- moned Jennet Walters, 78 Hermon-road, Caerau, for using abusive language towards her. Alderman Hughes stated that the case. was aggravated: by a very serious imputation which Walters had made on, complainant's character. Defendant had made himself liable for an action for slander, but that- course was beyond the reach of a woman like the complainant, because, if she could afford to bear the costs of the action, there would be no hope of getting the damages or costs. Since the institution of the proceedings de- fendant had sent Mrs. Lewie a half-hearted1 apology, admitting that the grave allegation, he had made was untrue, but there was no expression of regret. Mrs. Lewis repeated1 the language which she alleged, the defendant made use of. Replying to the defendant, she admitted that she had agreed to accept the apology produced, if it was witnessed' by the manager of the boot department of the Co-operative Stores, but she added that defendant had not agreed to pay her a sum sufficient to meet the costs she had been put to. The defendant had to pay 15s. PAWNED HER WEDDING RING. PONTYCYMMER WIFE'S MAINTENANCE. An application for a maintenance order was made by Martha Spencer, o Aibany-road, Pontycymmer, against her husband, Henry Morgan Spencer, residing at No. 11 in the same street, an assistant timberman, on. the ground of his desertion. Mrs. Spencer stated that she was married to defendant 011, February 9th, 1903, and there was one child, aged 2 years. The child was not in her custody, and she did not know who had it. Her husband left her when they were living at Pontymister, and she eventu- ally followed him to Pontycymmer in May. He met her at the station, and she asked him to provide a home for her, but lie replied that he would never live with her again. She had not received any contribution from him since May, but previously he had been giving her 8s. or 10s. a week. "I have asked my husband over and over again to provide me a home," she added, "but he says he never will. I have pleaded for a home." Defendant said he would have contributed towards his wife's support, but he had not been able to do so owing to illness. He for- merly gave her 10s. a week. and in addition paid for the maintenance of the child. He alleged that his wife had pawned her wedding ring and other belongings in order to give the proceeds to her father. Complainant: I had to pawn my ring be- cause I did not receive any monev from yon. Defendant That's not right. It's not the first ring she has pawned either. The Chairman (to defendant): Where is the child? Defendant I have the child, sir. Complainant He has been refusing to tell me where the child is. An agreement, dated June 21st, was handed in by which defendant agreed to pay his wife 10s. a week and also "ciothe and shoe' the child. The Chairman Are you prepared to ad- here to the terms of that agreement ? Defendant: I will give her 8s. a week. •i adjourned the case for a fort- night to- give the- defendant an opportunity to consider his position. DAMAGE TO STREET LAMPS. PONTYCYMMER MAN CHARGED. Henry Uphill, 10 Richard-street, Ponty- cymmer, summoned for damaging two street lamps at Pontycymmer, the property of the Ogmore and Garw Urban District Council, did not appear. H. Dawkin Williams said the Council had had a great deal of trouble with offenders of this type. The Chairman We shall issue a warrant T the apprehension of the defendant to see whether we cannot do something to stop this kind of thing. John Seymour, 32 Albany-road. Pontycym- mei, a haulier, for damaging a coping stone belonging to the Ogmore"and Garw Council, was fined 40s. The damage was estimated by the Council's surveyor at 10s. SET FIRE TO A SHED? WARRANTS AGAINST CEFN COLLIERS. A charge of damaging a shed value £5 was preferred by Annie Gibbs, of the Star Inn \V ick, against Zachariah Jones. Albert Jones ihomas Wm. Jones, and John Grabham, Cefn L-ribbwr, colliers. Prosecutrix did not ap- pear; neither did defendants. The offence was alleged to have takeh place on June 20th. Supt. Menhinick said the defendants were alleged to have gone on a cruise for the Siip, day, and after drinking about the pub- iis-houses, set fire to the shed. He had rea- son to believe that the prosecutrix had re- ceived a sum of over £.5 in settlement. In the circumstances he asked the Bench to say that the prosecutrix having preferred the charge against the defendants must appear and pursue the matter. The Bench decided to issue warrant'; for the arrest of the defendants, and the police were asked to warn the prosecutrix that she must appear. MAESTEG HUSBAND AND WIFE. Margaret OBnen, Maesteg. summoned her husband, William O'Brien, under the Married Women s Act of 189o, applying for an order of separation on the ground of her husband's persistent cruelty. The Deputy Clerk (Mr. Walter Hughes) said the parties had agreed to live together again. The Bench allowed 'the case to be with- -d,rawn. NON-ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL. The following were summoned in respect to "he non-attendance of their children at .school: Kenfig HiIl.John David, Cartref, High- street; George CI a two rthy, Crown-road, and Charles West, Graig-row, Cefn Cribbwr, fined ->s. each. PyIe.-Uriah Thomas, Ash Grove, 5s. Thomas Rees, Pont George. 10s. Porthcawl.—William Jenkins, Kenfig Cot- tage, Nottage, 5s. and 5s. 'V Maesteg—Evan Williams, 2 Llwydarth- cottages, 5s.; George Phillips, 22 Maiden- street, Cwiiifelin, 10s.; James Bowen 10 Llwydarth-cottages, lQs. William Howells. 131 liwydarth-road. 5s. Rees Hughes Rail- way Inn, 5s.; John Brown, 27 Park-street 10s. Joseph Thomas, 12 Crown-row, 5s. John Roberts, 20 Llwydarth-cottages, 10s. • David' JohnHinkin, 117 Llwydarth-road, 5s. David Raymond. 21 Llwydarth-cottages, 5s. Bfaengarw.—Benjamin Griffiths, 106 King Edward-street; Stephen Warwick, 3 Church- terrace, Jacob Rees, Ocean Pit House, 5s. each. Pontycymmer.—William Rees, 1 Bridg- end-road,15s. William Griffiths, 73 Victoria- street, 5s. and 5s. Bridgend.—Wallace Powell, 3 Nolton-place James Thomas, 23 Chapel-street; Frank xtichards, 2 Chapel-street; Cornelius Collins 3 Newcastle-hill; Thomas Say, 36 Chelten- ham-terrace, os. each; Dennis Mahoney, 13 Cheltenham-terrace, 10s.; Morgan Morgan. X Anstrahan-terraco, 5s.; Frederick Shake- snali, 8 The Graig, 5s. Ewpnny.—John Trotman, Ochr Draw Cot- tages. 106. Gilfach Gocli-Jo,lu Jenkins, 9 PritchTd- row, 20s. AbM-kenng.—John Lyddon, Park-road, 15s. WORTHLESS MEDICAL CERTIFICATES. During the hearing of the school cases one of the defendants produced a medical certifi- cate to the effect that the child was suffering from scabies. The attendance officer con- cerned stated that it was strange, if the cer- tificate was correct, that the child should have been at school on the day after the doc- tor granted the certificate. The Chairman We cannot take any notice of such a certificate. The doctor states that the child was too ill to attend school through scabies 0111 the 17th of the month, and we learn that the child was actually in attend- ance on the 18th. We don't believe half the certificates that come before us. MISCELLANEOUS CASES. Edward Hooper, Nantyffyllon, ostler, sum- moned for using indecent language, denied that he caused any annoyance to passengers, and informed the Bench that he was in his own back premises. He was given the bene- fit of the doubt. Fines of los. for the use of improper lan- guage were imposed on the following- — Alexander L. Evans, Glynogwr, labourer; Thomas Bowden, Maesteg, mason; Morgan, Rowlands, David Lewis, Morgan Davies, Geo. Evans, Herbert Hinks, William Jones, Wm! Howells, Wiliiam Jones, all of Kenfig Hill, colliers; Edward Clarke, Pontycymmer, col- lier, and Thomas Evans, Blaengarw, collier. For a similar offence John Davies, Nanty- ffyllon, Humphrey Howard. Pontycymmer- Thomas Evans. Blaengarw. and WTilliam Cox, Kenfig Hill, an colliers, had to pay 20s. eachf For allowing his dog to be at large at iiio,,ht. David Williams, an Ogmore Vale publican was mulcted in 26. 6d.. and a similar fine was imposed on, Matthew Evans, a Caerau hitcher, for allowing his dog to be at 'large without we-armg a collar bearing the name and ad- dress of the owner. I David James, agent to George James, ap- plied for an ejectment order against Walter Pike, North-street, Brideend. a plasterer who was represented1 by his wife. The Bench granted: an order, to take effect in 21 days. For being drunk and disorderly, William J. Evans. Caerau. labourer, and' John Bryant, Kenfig Hill, collier, were each fined 20s. Robert Clarke. Pontycymmer, and William Davies, Ogmore Vale, colliers, were mulcted in los. each for committing a nuisance. Evan Williams and Richard Bradshaw, col- liers, of Cefn Cribbwr, smmoned for riding horses furiously, did t appear. P.C. Hughes proved the offence.. hich occurred at Llangewydd-road, L-.leston. Defendants were ordered1 to pay the costs, 6s. LICENSES TRANSFERRED. Final transfers were granted of the follow- ing licenses —Swan Inn, Nottage, Porthcawl. from Mary Catherine David to Frank Tavlor Turbervill Arms, Maesteg. from Wm. Hogg. deceased, to Wm. George Hogg; Sawyers' Arms, Maesteg, from Elias Treharne to his son, Ellas Morgan Treharne. (MIf. R. Scale appeared for the applicant.) Mr. David Llewellyn, who appeared to eup- Pprt am application for a final transfer of the Kings Head Hotel, Pencoed, from William Gamble to Frederick Edwards, said' he was unable to produce the tenancy agreement that day in accordance with the wish ex- pressed by the Bench when the preliminary transfer was granted. The agreement had been sent to London, and had not yet been returned. He therefore applied for the ad- journment of the application for a week. This was granted. Mr Thomas Morgan put in plans of addi- tional bedrooms at the Dunraven. Arms Motel, Bridgend. Consideration of them was deferred for a week. Monday. Before Mr. Oliver Sheppard and Mr. J. M. Randall. GRAVE CHARGE AGAINST A FATHER. PRISONER COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. Ernest Denley, Bridgend, grocer's haulier, was brought up on: remand charged, under the new Incest Act, with an offence against his daughters. May, aged 17, and Sarah, aged 11. The proceedings were taken by the direc- tions of the Public Prosecutor. Alderman T. J. Hughes appeared to prosecute. After hearing the evidence of the prisoner's wife, the daughters, Dr. Alan D. Low, and Inspector Evans, the prisoner was committed' to take his trial at the Assizes in July. BRIDGEND BLACKGUARD'S AMUSE- MENT." Arthur T. Price, Bridgend, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly on, Saturday night. P.C. John Thomas stated that the defen- dant was exceedingly drunk and' using bad language. He struck his mother and caught hold of his little child, whom he swung with one hand over his head, several times. Wit- ness had to lock him up. Defendant "admitted that he was drunk, but denied that he struck his mother. Inspector Ben Evans desoribed the defend- ant as a blackguard, and said he had been amusing himself of late by ill-treating the old people. Defendant was fined 15s., with the alterna- tive of seven days' imprisonment. William O'Connor, no fixed abode, did not appear to answer a charge of being drunk and disorderly in Elder-street, Bridgend, on Sat- urday night. Inspector Evans said the de- fendant had been liberated on his depositing 5s. as bail. The fine was 5s. including costs. GARW GIRLS BOUND OVER. Three Blaengarw girls were charged with stealing a quantity of coal, value 6d., the property of the Ocean Coal Company; they were: Claudia Evans, 5 David-street (aged 16), Mary Ann Thomas, 21 David-Street (14), and Sarah Jane Rees, 22 David-street (13). # I P.C. H. Senior stated that at 10.15 p.m. on June 7th he saw the defendants get over the fence from David-street on to the colliery sidings of the Ocean Company. They went to a truck and the defendants Thomas and Rees filled, a quantity of coal into buckets, Which they took with them, while the other defendant put some in her apron. When witness approached them they ran. away, throwing the coal down as they went, but he followed them to their homes. Defendants, who denied they had any coal- in their possession, were bound over under the First Offenders' Act to be of good beha- viour for six months. MISCHIEVOUS CAERAU LADS. Four Caerau lad's—Edward Oatley, 3*0 Met- calfe-street; John Owen, 12 Toncoed-road John Hy. Grimes, 16 Tonna-road, and Ben- jamin Phillips, 16 Metcalfe-street—appeared to answer a charge of doing damage to some building material at houses in course of erec- tion at Magazine-street, Caerau. Prosecutor stated that damage was done to the extent of 10s. A police officer spoke to seeing the boys on Sunday night playing with a number of others at the buildings, which had been raised to the joists. They were climbing up the ladders and throwing stones and bricks down, in consequence of which a number of slates were broken. The defendants, whom witness and another constable caught, refused to give the names of the other boys. The defendants were bound over in 40s. to be of good behaviour, and they had to pay the costs, 7s. each. Wednesday.—Before Mr. Wm. Edwards. ALLEGED THEFT AT CAERAU. Henry Kyte, Caerau, was charged with stealing t5 10s., a watch, and ring from a house at Alexandra-road, Caerau, on Tues- day, the property of Edmund Meredith. P.C. A. T. Williams having given evidence of arrest, a remand was granted until Satur- day.
WELSH CYCLISTS IN CAMP. ANNUAL TRAINING AT PONTGARREG. A field on Pontgarreg Farm, John&- town, Carmarthen, has been chosen for the camp of the 7th Welsh Cyclists, one of the I ten battalions formed last year for the pro- tection. of the coast line, and scarcely a more suitable or convenient spot could have been fixed' upon. The sergeant-instructor, the quartermaster sergeant, and some 20 non- commissioned officers and men, under the command of Major AHardyce, formed an ad- vance party on Thursday for the purpose of getting everything in readiness for the rest of the battalion, which comprises nine com- panies. A number of other men also went into camp on Saturday, the remainder- which brought up the number to 350—leaving the headquarters at Cardiff on Sunday morn- ing, reaching Carmarthen Town Station at 1.30 o'clock p.m. At Cardiff, the Cardiff A and B Companies, in charge of Lieutenants J. W. Rankin and Boughton, were joined by the Barry C Com- pany, under Lieutenants E. E. Green and Richards. At Bridgend the D Company, under Lieutenant S. Lynch Blosse, showed! what this year's recruiting boom has done for the company. Lieutenant Deere and the H (Port Talbot) Company entrained at Port Tal- bot, and the Neath Company, in charge of Lieutenant Shaw, at Neath. At Landore Junction the special train was joined1 by the E and F. Swansea Companies, in charge of Major Perkins and Lieutenant Plant respec- tively. By arrangement with the Carmarthen Town Council a connection with the borough mains was effected last week, and a plentiful supply of water is therefore obtainable from Cwm- tawel reservoirs. As the camp is distant barely two miles from the county borough railway station, and within easy access of the town proper, no difficulty in getting every commodity can be experienced. As for the camp provisions, these are under the charge of several firms, and the Y.M.C.A. is in at- tendance, and everything, in fact, that a Territorial cyclist may desire is available. The officers assisting the colonel are Major Hunter, Swansea, the second in command; Major Perkins, Swansea; Major and' Adju- tant Allardyce, Lieut. Quartermaster T. H. Thomas, Cardiff; Lieutenants Rogers and Green, Barry: Lieutenant Rankin and Goughton, Cardiff; Lieutenant Lynch Blosse, Bridgend; and Lieutenants Plant and Shaw, Swansea. The non-coms, are headed by Serge ant-Major Phipps, of the Cardiff Head- quarters; Dr. Stephens being in charge of the hospital tent. There are 75 bells in camp and a number of marquees. Some Teally hard work has been put in dur- ing the week. On Monday after reveille at 5.30 a.m., and the physical exercise parade, conducted1 by Colonel Cecil Wilson, the morning was spent in battalion cycle drill on the spacious camping grounds. Company drill was also gone into at considerable length, and the various evolutions were smartly done. After the morning drill the sections of the Army Act were read out to the Territorials in the Y.M.C.A. tent, and Col. Cecil Wilson delivered a short address on the duties of the men. The afternoon. proceed- ings consisted of a short ride out of the whole battalion along the Llanstephan route to Johnstown, camp being reached again at 4.45 p.m. The first week's course has been more of a routine character than the second week's, when the bivouacs and long rides out of the battalion- will probably take place. The men take kindly to their various duties. Theitr tactical work is attractive. They readily lay themselves out to learn the position and con- dition of all the roads, bye roads, water sup- plies. and the spots on which they can bivouack at night, and they know they must be prepared to sleep out all night in their big coats if movements so necessitate it. For the hospital tent very little use has been for- tunately found. Recreations is available in the well-furnished tent of the Y.M.C.A., and much talent, both vocal and instrumental, ? in. evidence in the evening.
COITY COMMON CAMPAIGN. ACTION AGAINST A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. USE OF THREATS ALLEGED. Proceedings at. Bridgend Police Court on Saturday formed another sequel to the re- cent campaign of the Lord of the Manor of Coity Wal'lia (Lord Dunrawn) and the Cbm- moners' Committee against alleged encroach- ments on the common. The complainant was William Thomas, Glannant, Heol Las, Coity, who summoned Rees Davies, Giblet Farm, Coity, for doing wilful damage to a gate and pigstye on June 10th, and also for using threats towards the complainant. Mr. W. M. Thomas appeared for the complainant, and Mr. David Llewellyn for the defence. Mr. David Llewellyn, at the outset, said the. defendant went to land enclosed by Thomas in order to assert his right as a com- moner, and, as it was a question, of title, he asked the Bench to say that it was outside their jurisdiction, and should be dealt with by the County Court. Persons were appoin- ted by the Commoners' Committee to go to complainant and demand an acknowledige- ment for the land, and, as he refused, they did the damage which formed the subject of the present charge. The Chairman (Mr- R. W. Llewellyn) said the Bench must hear some evidence before de- ciding upon. Mr. Llewellyn's objection. Mr. Thomas stated that on the 10th inst. defendant, in company with his son, went to complainants property. Defendant, who was in an excited state, was ARMED WITH A PICK-AXE, with which he did considerable damage to the posts and hinges of a gate and also to the roof of a pigstye, while he also broke down a por- tion of a fence. Why defendant should have behaved himself in this way was probably ac- counted for by some feeling which had arisen between the parties through the use by com- plainant of a footpath leading to a well on defendants field. Davies had attempted to restrain him from using that path, across which he had placed some dead fence. The day before defendant did the damage com- plained1 of Thomas had removed the fence and persisted in his right to go to the well for water. Defendant threatened to knock his brains out if he went to the well again. Complainant, who is a collier, stated that about 6 p.m. on the date in question he was in, the house when lie heard the defendant shouting that he would pull the house down. On going out witness found that the posts of the gate had been broken, and the hinges de- stroyed, the gate being on the ground. The zinc of the pigstye had been torn, and de- fendant had also damaged the fence consider- ably, about 8 yards of the bank having been pulled down He believed that defendant committed the damage because he had per- sisted, ingoing to the well. Though defen- dant had never asserted1 that there was no right of way across his field he had threatened ooth "witness and his son. Mr. Thomas: How long have you had pos- session of the property in question?—Part of it is my own freehold, and the part which was encroached1 has been in my POSSESSION FOR 18 OR 19 YEARS Defendant did not tell him that he was act- ing undei the instructions of the Lord of the nS+W i.Commoners' Committee, neither uad he previously spoken to him about the encroachment. After he had done the damage he declared1 that he had a right to the property. Witness estimated the damage at L2. By Mr. Llewellyn: He remembered James V ernon and two other men, representing the Commoners' Committee, coming to the house. ihey asked him to pay an, acknowledgement for the Land, &nd stated that if he refused1 to do so they would break down the fence Ihey cant claim the land, though," he abided. Vernon had not done any injury to the fence, but he walked across the land At the suggestion of the Bench, Mr. Llew- eliyn then put defendant into the box. He stated that he was a member of the Com- moners' Committee and went in that capacity to claim the land from the defendant. Do you say that you acted' on behalf of tho committee?—Ye«. Did you get any instructions?—I had a perfect right to go there. Did you have written. instructions ?—Yes. I put it to you that only three men, Ver- non, Clarke, and Cooper, were authorised to act in, these matters on behalf of the com- mittee?—No, I have a perfect right myself. The Chairman: We think the case had better be fought out in the County Court. The case was accordingly dismissed, and tne second summons, relating to ALLEGED THREATS was then proceeded with- Complainant stated that he had been using the pathway h nt £ fieW ,for a considerable P^1', Mr. Davies had endeavoured to prevent him by putting a dead fence across Witness removed it. On June 10th defendant shouted, "If I catch you in here I Jmlv JOUr drains." That was not the fhrl ? fS1°n j10?11 11 °h Davies had used threats towards him, and he was afraid of -Yon think will do you some personal injury?_Yes, sir; I am really ▼ aid to meet him on the road. I can't say I am safe whenever I meet him, and he was d0:ravins man wben he tore th* <1 ow 111. Replying to Mr. Llewellyn, he said he did the SSI mdan a.ctual]y committing the damage. When Davies used the threats fa°iKl was landing on his own lal1(1. Mr. Llewellyn: He has objected to your trespassing on his land?—Yes; be, wants to stop the proper way. Mrs. Sarah Thomas, complainant's wife, also gave evidence in support of the summons saying that defendant used very abusive lan- guage. I Defendant who stated that he had been the tenant of Giblet Farm for 17 years, de- nied that he used any threats towards Thomas. He had! objected, to complainant trespassing continually on his land and doing injury to the hedges, and about three months ago he told him quietly that he must not go there again. By Mr. Thomas: He had never uttered a threat towards the complainant in his life. He had made an accusation against him of stealing stones, which he withdrew on com- plainant producing a receipt. CASE DISMISSED. Replying to the Chairman, Inspector Ben Evans said he had known the defendant for !tll1inyffar8' Was a resPectable, quiet and inoffensive man. The Bench dismissed the case.
GLAMORGAN PUBLIC-HOUSE TRUST. Last week the Mayor of Swansea (Mr. Tutton) attended a meeting of the Glamorgan Public House Trust Company held at the London residence of the Earl of Plymouth, and secured allocations out of the available profits of last year of £ 50 for the Swansea, Hospital, JE10 for the Deaf and Dumb Insti- tute, and JE10 for the Blind Institution.
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BEAUPRE ESTATE AT AUCTION. 0 HISTORIC PROPERTY FAILS TO GET A PURCHASER. The historic residential, sporting, and agri- cultural estate known as Beaupre was offered for sale by Messrs. Stephenson and Alexander at the Mart, High-street, Cardiff, on the afternoon of the 25th inst., together with a number of other properties in the Vale of Gla- morgan near Cow bridge. The property was divided up into 11 lots, but at the outset the first seven lots, including "New Beaupre," Howe Mill Farm, and Old Beaupre," were offered together. They were withdrawn, however, at £ 25,000, and then offered separ- ately. It is not often that a. property of such associations as the Beaupre Estate is brought under the hammer of the auctioneer, and it must have been painful to Mr. D. T. Alexander to confess that tho result was most disappointing. In conversation afterwards, Mr. Alexander, whose qualification to speak with authority on matters of property, par- ticularly in South Wales, is undoubted, ex- pressed the conviction that there was evi- dently something which restrained the large company present from showing the spirit of competition usually evident at sales of pro- perty of such historical, residential, and agri- cultural importance. It was the first imports ant estate he had had to submit since the in- troduction of the Budget, and he could not help feeling that the proposals of the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer had a great deal to do with the result. In submitting the property for competi- tion, Mr. Alexander pointed out that the Beaupre Estate, which is situated in the I parishes of St. Hilary and Llanbleddian, ■adjoining the town of Cowbridge, within, six miles of Bridgend, four of Llantwit Major.— all good market towns—and twelve from the city of Cardiff, was valuable as a freehold re- sidential and sporting estate, besides which it had most interesting historical associations. It lay in a beautiful wooded country ia, the Vale of Glamorgan, comprised upwards of 500 acres of fertile land, with farms, modern re- sidence, small holdings, woodlands, and plan- tations, together with the remains of old Beaupre Castle, built previous to the Norman Conquest, of which portions were still intact, the whole producing a. rental of about £ 1,020 per annum, exclusive of the return from the woodlands. The estate, which had. been in the possession of the vendors since the Nor- man Conquest, as its name (Beautiful Meadow) implies, is situate in one of the most productive and beautiful districts in the country. The portions of the estate, dividedi into Lots 1 to 7 for convenience, were first offered as a whole. These comprised — Lot 1.—New Beaupre, a modern residence, with extensive accommodation, stabling. gardens, and lawns, covering two and three- quarter acres, pa-rk lands, two cottages, with farm buildings, the whole comprising 100a. 3r. 15p.; the land and1 one cottage let at £ 145 per annum, while the estimated rental value of Beaupre House, gardens, woodlands, etc., is £150, subject to £2 17s. 9d. tithe, £ 3 Os. 4d., land-tax (paid by tenant), and £1 19s. 8d. land-tax paid by landlord, together with timber valued at JE833 17s. Lot 2.—Howe Mill Farm, 134a. 3r. 31p., with farmhouse, buildings, old corn mill, etc., let at £ 150; tithe C2 12s. 5d., land-tax paid bv tenant £3 14s. 9d., paid by landlord 10s. 3d. (including over 42 acres woodlands--in, hand), timber valued at JE546 17s. Lot 3.-Four closes of meadow land, o2a. lr. 25p., apportioned rentals £ 64 10s., tithe 10s. 6d., land-tax paid by tenant £ 1 6s. 9d., with timber valued at JE142. Lot 4.—Pasture field, 22a. 3r. 32p., appor- tioned rental £ 50, tithe 9s. Id., land-tax £1 2s. 9d., timber valued at CI8 10s. Lot 5.—Two closes pasture land, 15a. Or 22p., rental £15, tithe 7s., land tax 8s. 00" timber valued at £ 37 5s. Lot 6.—Three closes of pasture land and cowshed. 23a. 3r. 13p., rental £35, tithe 9s. M., land-tax 17s. Id. Lot 7. Farm known as Old Beaupre Castle, 141a. Or. 2p., with ruins of Beaupre Castle, comprising old porches, chapel, guard room, etc., still intact, with farmhouse, buildings, etc., rental £295, tithe L2 19s. 9d., land-tax £5 96. lid., and timber valued at E159 16s. The bidding started at JE17,000, and the pro- £ 25^000 °lle lot Wle "withdrawn at The lots were then put up separately, with the following ,results: -For Lot 1 there was no bidding, and the property was withdrawn. Lot 2 was withdrawn at £ 3,900. Lot 3 was sold to Mr. 0. Smith, surveyor, Glamorgan County Council, for £ 1,750. Lot 4 was withdrawn at £1,450. For Lot 5 there was no offer. The property comprised in Lot 6 was acquired for £1,075 by Mr. David Jen- Jnns Flemingstone. Lot 7, Old Beaupre, started at £ 5,000, and the lot was finally with- drawn at £ 7,200. Lot 8 was the pasture farm known as Broadway, containing upwards of 28a. Or. Q?Pv TTt^1 £ 90> £ 4 ls-> land-tax 19s. od., and situate within five minutes' walk of Cowbridge railway station. The bidding be- lot was withdrawn at Lot 9 was a plot of accommodation land, 2r. 28p., fronting the main road! to Llan- dough. rental JE3, and it was sold for JE85 to Mr. Hopkins, Cowbridge. Lot 10 was withdrawn without a bid. The item was a close of accommodation land, la House aental £ 4 10s"' fronting Eastfield Lot 11, being the freehold' cottage and garden known .as Broadway Cottage, 'let at 14s. per month, was acquired for £205 by Ml-. Watkin° Clt0rj C:°wl:)ridge, on behalf of Mr. The acting solicitors were Messrs. Keen, Rogers, and Co., London.
THE LATE MR. JAMES HOWELLS. — A— GROSS ESTATE— £ 311,636. The papers in connection with the will of the late Mr. James Howell, d'raper, Cardiff, have been lodged1 for probate by Messrs. Geo. David and Evans, solicitors, Cardiff, acting on behalf of the executors. The will is dated December 7th, 1896. The executors are two | sons, Messrs. Thomas Francis Howell and James Howell; Mr. J. T. Edwards (son-in- law), and Sir John Gunn. The gross real and personal estate is sworn at 1:311,636 15s. Id., and the net personal estate at £ 158,254. There are no public be- quests. The estate is divided equally amongst the eleven children. The executors are authorised to carry on the business of a draper, and to convert the business of James Howell and Co., into a limited company.
CAMBRIAN MINING SCHOOL LECTURE. A large number of mining students gath- ^ther m the Cambrian Min.ng School, Porth, on Saturday evening to 1 ear the first of a series of illustrated lectures. The lecturer was Mr. Richard Weed. Birch- groye, and his subject was "The oil shales of Scotland. Mr. Weed delivered1 his lect ne in a most able and instructive manner r'id it was freely illustratedl with charts and numerous specimens of the various prod uts obtained from the shale. The chair was « c- cupied by Mr B. Phillips, Dinas, to whom, as to the lecturer, a hearty vote of thaims was accorded.
Lord Esher and Lord Charles Berosford niado stirring speeches at the final meeting of the Im- perial Press Conference on Saturday. A great university scheme is on foot for pro- viding- travelling scholarships for etudents in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. The Territorial sports at the White Citv on Saturday attracted 2,000 competitors. The Mara- thon Race was won by the London Scottish.
UNEMPLOYED TERRITORIALS. A meeting of the General Purposes Com- mittee of the Glamorgan Territorial Associa- tion was held at Cardiff on Thursday. General Tyler presiding. The chief topic discussed had relation to the unemployed members of the ie-rritorial Force, and the secretary, Captain Wilkie, was requested to organise a scheme, the object of which will be to ascer- tain the members of the force who are out of employment, and! put them in touch with masters who have work to offer. Such a scheme will doubtless commend itself to the members of the force and should have a bene- ficial effect upon recruiting.
THE WEATHER AND THE CROPS. Wheat badly needs sunshine, and the low temperature for the time of year makes the growth slow. It is not likely that any per- manent injury has been done by the wet week which we have just traversed, but after such weather as we have had the necessity for sum- mer weather is getting urgent. Were July to repeat the weather of June calamity would '/ini nnA the suPP1y <>f ^lieat on passage— 6,100,000 quarters—large as it is, does not exceed by a single ton what will be impera- tively required before at best a new home ^t°P i1S > aTailla ^or consumption.—From Monday's Mark-lane Express."
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