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A NEW GAME FROM AUSTRALIA." «♦ FISHMONGER'S LOSS OF £21 10s. GAMBLING IN A PORTHCAWL TRAIN. Henry Francis Selliek (27), fishmonger, of Coedcae-street, Cardiff; Philip Morris, alias Jacobs, a bookmaker, of Merthyr; John O'Girady, commission agent, Cardiff; Gabriel Davies, bookmaker's clerk, Merthyr; and Thomas Price, bookmaker, Cardiff, were charged with gaming in a train, between Cardiff and Porthcawl. Mr. Parsons (Messrs. Vachell and Co., Cardiff) prosecuted on be- half of the company, and Mr. Harold Lloyd defended Morris and Price, who were the only defendants to appear. Mr. Parsons explained that Selliek, on the arrival of a non-stop train from Cardiff to Porthcawl, gave information to the police that he had been defrauded by some men of £21 10s. by means of the three card trick. In consequence of that information Gabriel Davies and O'Grady were arrested and brought before an occasional court, but as the prosecutor (Selliek) did not appear the men were discharged. Subsequently sum- monses were issued against Selliek as well as the other men. The company were anxious that gaming in the trains should be put a stop to, and he thought the mere imposition of a fine upon men of the character of some of the defendants was utterly useless. Mr. Parsons was proceeding to refer to the alle- gation of fraud, but Mr. Harold Lloyd objected. He pointed out that under the summonses defendants were only charged with gaming, and any charge of fraud must be dealt with in the proper way. Ernest Brown stated that he and a friend named William George Taylor were travell- ing from Cardiff to Porthcawl on July 5th by a non-stop train. Selliek, O'Grady, and Gabriel Davies were in the compartment when witness and Taylor entered, and the two defendants who were present followed them in. About ten minutes after they had left Cardiff, Morris said, There's a new game from Australia; I will shew it to you," and, spreading his coat over his knees, he placed on it three cards and offered to bet anyone in the carriage that they would not "find the lady." One of the defendants ac- cepted- the bet, and won, and1 then all the de- fendants, including Selliek, commenced to play. On the way down Selliek lost JE21 10s. Arriving at PorthcaAvl the men croAvded round the door of the compartment, and wit- ness saw Davies and O'Grady hand over some coins and' notes to Morris. The other men were soon lost in the croAvd, but Sellick pointed out O'Grady and Davies to a police- constable, who followed them to the rear of a public-house near the station, where he ar- rested them. Mr. Lloyd Did you try your hand at the game P Witness: No. Mr. Lloyd: You are a wise man. (Laugh- ter.) Replying to further questions, witness said he could not say whether there was any cheat- ing on the part of the defendants. Selliek put down sums varying from 10s. to £.5; he had a lot of money in his possession. There were a- lot of "sports" and betting men go- ing to Porthcawl; where there were races. Mr. Lloyd pleaded guilty on behalf of Morris and Price., and' said that Avhile he could not defend them from a moral stand- point, they were entitled to justice. Of course men of the "soft" type must be pro- tected, but it was curious that people, read- ing what they did in the papers from time to time, should get into the hands of men play- ing the three card triclt and that Mr. Selliek should lose jE21 10s. between Cardiff and' Porthcawl. He would have liked to see Mr. Selliek, the man who needed protection; he was just as guilty as the other men. He suggested that the Bench should not take into consideration any element of fraud, because the defendants, if they were giiilty of any- thing of that sort, should be proceeded, against in the ordinary way. in which case they would be liable to long terms of impri- sonment. There was no evidence that the; defendants were in league. Detective Sergt. George Stephens said Morris and PVice, whom he had known for four years, gave the company considerable trouble. They were the associates of thieves, pick-pockets, and card sharpers. He had also known the defendant Davies, who was an associate of the defendants. The company were anxious to put down card sharping in the trains. The Chairman Do you know anything of Selliek?—No, sir. By Mr. Lloyd Morris had never been con- victed, and' there was only one conviction against Price. Selliek and Morris were fined- 40s. and costs each O'Grady was sent to prison for six weeks, Davies for two months, and Price for one month.