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PUBLICAN TO GIYE UP HOUSE. ♦—— CONVICTION FOR PERMITTING DRUNKENNESS. IN THE WHOLE VALLEY." Griffith Griffiths, licensee of the Oddfellowe Arms, NantyffyNon, was summoned at Bridg- end Police Court on Saturday, before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn and other magistrates, for permitting drunkenness on his licensed pre- mises,and with supplying drink to a. person named William Mitchell, who was then drunk. Mr. Harold' Lloyd, of Cardiff, was for the defence. P.C. Jones stated that at 7 p.m. on June 23rd, in company with P'.C. Davies, he en- tered the Oddfellows' Arms, and in the back room saw William Mitchell, of 17 Tonna- road, who was the worse for drink. Defen- dant was near by, and witness called his at- tention to Mitchell's condition, advising him to send the man home. Defendant said, Yes, you are right. I will send him home," and then told Mitchell to leave, which he did. Witness then left the house, and' outside he advised Mitchell to go home, and he went in- that direction. At 10.35 the same evening, with P.C. Fitzgerald, witness was outside the Oddfellows and remained there until 10.55. Witness and P.C. Fitzgerald then went into house, and in the bar saw William Mitchell leaning against the counter. lie was at- tempting to drink irom a half-pint measure, but the contents were running down his clothing. Witness asked defendant, who was behind the counter, why he served Mit- chell, and he replied, "I did not supply him with it. I gave it to Will Wynne, who has gone out at the back." Witness asked de- fendant why he permitted drunkenness on his premises by allowing Mitchell to be there the worse for liquor. Griffiths replied, You are right. I will take him home." He then came from behind the bar counter, catight hold of Mitchell's left hand, and took him out. On the road' defendant said, Buck up, Bill; if you fall I will let you there." On arriving at Mitchell's house Griffiths put the man on a ohair, and, Mrs. Mitchell said, It is very wrong of you to keep my husband in your house all day drinking, and to bring him home drunk like this." The following day defendant went to 17 Tonna-road, accom- panied by P.C. Davies, at the request of Mrs. Mitchell. Mitehell was there. Mrs. Mit- chell said, "Now you shall speak to Mitchell; he was too drunk last night; and tell him not to drink and gamble again." Witness asked' Mitchell how he felt, and he replied, "I don't feel very well. I did not remember who brought me home last night until my wife toldj me this morning." In reply to Mr. Harold Lloyd, witness said he was not specially watching the house from 10.35 to 10.55, but he kept it under observa- tion during that time. He always paid at- tention to the house when in the district, because of the complaints he had received. He saw a number of men leave the house and one go in. He did not know who the man was who entered, but it was not Mitchell. P.C. Fitzgerald also swore that Mitchell did not enter the Oddfellows between 10.35 and 10.55. Mr. Lloyd: Did you see a man enter dur- ing the time you were there?—No, I saw several leave. The other officer has told us he saw a man enter?—I did not notice him. Do you swear Mitchell did not go in thiring that time?—Yes. When you got in the house did the landlord say Mitchell had' only been in a few minutes ? -He said a short time." Supt. Menhinick Did you heair the land- lord say, It is not my fault; I have tried1 to get rid of him?"—Yes. This concluded the police evidence. Mr. Lloyd said defendant admitted that the man was in the house the worse for drink, but his defence was that lie had only been in. a. few minutes when the officers, entered1, and he was trying to get him out. Mitchell was not suppHed, but was drinking from another man's glass. He asked the Bench to state whether they ac- cepted the statement of the police officers that Mitchell was in the house for at least 20 minutes. If so, it was no use wasting time. After consulting with his colleagues, the Chairman said they were unanimously of the opinion that the man was in the house the whole of the time. Mr. Lloyd said that, after this statement, he would not call evidence. In fixing the penalty, he asked the Bench to have regard to the fact that the defendant would have to give up the house in consequence of the con- viction, and that there was no previous con- viction during the three and a half years he had been. there. Supt. Menhinick said' the h»use was one of the roughest in the whole valley. It was situ- ated in a rough district, and there were fre- quent complaints against defendant for allow- ing drunkenness. Mr. Lloyd replied that it was a credit to defendant to escape conviction for 3-i- years in a rough district. A fine of £2 was imposed' for permitting drunkenness, and the charge of supplying a: drunken person was withdrawn. William Mitchell, for being drunk on licensed premises, had to pay 10s.
POLLUTION OF THE OGMORE. « BRIDGEND AND PENYBONT COUNCIL'S THREAT TO MAESTEG. SEWERAGE WORKS INADEQUATE. THE ENGINEER'S RECOMMENDATIONS REJECTED. A special meeting of the Maesteg District Council was held on Friday to oonsider the question of improving the sewerage works at Cwmfelin, which have been found inadequate to meet the requirements of the district, in consequence of which the river is being seri- ously polluted. Mr. John How ells, J.P., presided over a small attendance, which in- oluded Councillors T. E. Hopkins. J. Bevan, T. Lewis, and A. J. Hicks, with the medical officer of health (Dr. Walter Kirkby), and other officials. THREATENED PROCEEDINGS. The Deputy Clerk (Mr. G. Williams) read the following letter from Mr. R. Harmar Cox, clerk to the Penybont District Council: "I am directed to again call the attention of your Council to the serious pollution of the river Llynfi caused by the continued dis- charge therein of crude sewage from your Council's District. From a daily report made by an eye witness during the month of June, it appears that your sewage disposal works at Cwmfelin are quite inadequate to deal with the sewage of your district, and that crude sewage from Maesteg is being daily discharged, into the river Llynfi, and, through that stream, into the river Ogmore. This Council, in conjunction with the Bridgend District Council, have determined to put a stop to this, and unless they receive a direct assurance from your Council that they will immediately cease this serious contravention of the provisions of Section 17 of the Public Health Act, 1875, this Council will take such proceedings as they may be advised." The following letter, from Mr. J. T. Howell (clerk to the Bridgend District. Council), was also read:—"I have been directed by my Council to write to you with reference to the pollution by crude sewage of the Llynfi river at your Council's sewage outfall works at Cwmfelin. My Council have ample evidence that the system of treating the sewage is in- adequate for its purpose. It seems that a large quantity, if not all, of the sewage which comes into the tanks is improperly and ineffi- elentiy treated. In addition to that, I am instructed that a large quantity of the sewage finds its way into the iriver without being treated at all. There is ample evidence in the possession of my Council to prove the statements I have made above. The Peny- bont Rural District Council, who, I under- stand', have been in communication with you for the past two years on this matter, and who are equally interested with my Council in the condition of the Ogmore river, have signified their strongest assent of the views of the matter which have been adopted by my Council. My Council have also instructed me to say that it is their intention, unless all, immediate assurance be forthcoming from you that the matter will be dealt with at once, to take such proceedings as they may be advised to restrain your Council from committing any further pollution of the river. Might I suggest that a special meet- ing of your Council be called at an early date to consider this matter, which is one which serious affects the health of a large popula- tion. My instructions are peremptorily to take proceedings failing such assurance from you as I have mentioned. In default of such assurance within ten days of date (July 9th), further steps will be taken." ENGINEER'S RECOMMENDATIONS. The Chairman said the question which the Council had primarily to consider was the de- sirability of laying out eleven acres of land at Cwmfelin! for irrigation purposes in accord- ance with the plans prepared by the surveyor (Mr. J. Humphreys), and submitted to Mr. Diggle, a sanitary expert, for report. The members were already aware of what the ex- pert had advised. While he approved of the plans drawn by the surveyor, Mr. Diggle thought it would be better for the Council to construct some percolating tanks—a differ- ent type to those at present in use. The es- timated cost of providing these tanks was JE500 each, and, according to Mr. Diggle's original suggestion, the Council would pro- Tide a dozen, which, with a sum of £1,000 which would have to be spent in providing a receiving tank at the north end of the works, would mean a. total expenditure of about £ 7,000. It was true that subsequently the expert thought the Council might, at first, construct four tanks, having regard to their present financiall position. It was for the Council to consider whether they were justified in proceeding on the lines suggest.ed by Mr. Diggle, or whether they would carry out the plans prepared by the surveyor for utilising the land at Cwmfelin of which they already had possession. The Local Govern- ment Board had granted them a loan for this work, which the Council could carry out with- out delay, and as their adviser thought it would serve the district for five years, he was inclined' to favour this proposal. The neigh- bouring local authorities and the County Council and the Local Government Board were pressing the Council to do something without delay to improve their works, and if they adopted the recommendations of Mr. Diggle, it would mean at least a twelve months' delay before they could make a start, and what the position in regard to river pol- lution would have assumed by that time, he did not know. The probability was that the other authorities would come down on them. The irrigation land at Cwmfelin would be of use if at any time the Council decided to adopt- any other scheme, and they would have an opportunity of considering carefully the best method of improving the outfall arrange- ments. SERIOUS FINANCIAL POSITION. Perhaps the chief reason why the Council should not at this juncture accept the pro- posals of Mr. Diggle (continued the Chair- man) was the serious financial position of the Council. The district had been crippled financially for the next five years by Mr. John Burns by his insisting on the repayment of the loan on the abortive water scheme within that period. That represented' a sum of nearly £5,000 per annum to be paid by the district—equivalent to a Is. 4d. rate in the £ —and' he was afraid that if the Council de- cided to embark on any expensive scheme they would find themselves in rather serious difficulties. They did not want any further increase in the rates—they would probably not be less than 10s. in the £ next year—and it would be better to spend the sum of JE750, which was the estimated cost of laying out the eleven acres of land, than enter upon a scheme, the success of which was uncertain. When the Council adopted the septic tank system, they were told of its success at Exeter; it was, in fact, described' as a perfect system. Had they any reason to feel assured' that the percolating tanks upon which they were asked to spend several thousand's of pounds, would be more successful? If they waited until the water loan was repaid, they would have the benefit of the experience of other towns in regard to these tanks, which were at present new. Mr. T. Lewis: The business of Mr. Diggle was to approve or disapprove of the plans for laying out the land? The Chair man: That is so. MT. Lewis: Then I'do not see why he should bring in any recommendations for an- other scheme. It is really out of order. The Chairman: I agree with you, but some of the members wanted an opportunity to consider his recommendations. Mr. Lewis thought the Council should see to what extent the outfall works would be made more effectual by the laying out of the additional land before they should embark on another system. Mr. Hicks: Are you prepared to say, Mr. Chairman, that if we lay out this land, we shall have solved the difficulty for the pre- sent, so far as the pollution of the Tiver is concerned? The Chairman: I think it would' do so for five or six years. GROUND WATER-LOGGED. Mr. Hicks: How long have the present works been in use? The Chairman About five years. Mr. Hicks: What is the condition of the irrigation ground ? The Charrmati): It is water-logged. Mr. Hicks: Don't you think that the addi- tional ground would become water-logged be- fore five years have passed? The Chairman The opinion of the Local Government Board' engineer was that it would serve the purpose for nve years. You &ea the land at present iu. use is only an acre in extent, whereas the additional land com- prises eleven acres. Mr. J. Bevan expressed the opinion that if the Council carried' out the surveyor's pro- posals for laying out the land and also diver- ted the storm water at present entering the sewers the difficulty would be overcome for the next five years. Mr. Hicks: And in the meantime we shall be in a. better position to judge of the value of the new system. Replying to Mr. Hicks, the Clia,irman said the works were originally intended' to meet the requirements of a population of 15,000, whereas the present population was probably double that number. Mr. T. E. Hopkins: I say the population has nothing to do with it. Those tanks are not doing their work properly. Dr. Kirkby, expressing his views at the re- quest of the Council, said he was of the opinion that the land which the Council pro- posed to utilise was too low on the bed of the river, and that it was not suitable for the purpose. Passing in the train one could see pools of water standing on the land. He thought some other scheme should be carried. out, but as the question of finance seemed to bo an obstruction, perhaps the Council might with advantage utilise the land at Cwmfelin, and, later on, adopt some other system to augment the tanks at present in use. He understood there were places where percolat- ing tanks had proved a success. Mr. Hopkins said he had carefully exam- ined the septic tanks in use at Cwm- felin, and he was of the opinion that they were not doing their work, and it was the Council's first duty to put them in proper order. The Chairman I don't think you need go into that at present. Mr. Hopkins: Why not? The Chairman: That has nothing to do with the question we are dealing with. Mr. Hopkins: Then what has to deal with it? The Chairman;: It is a question of adopting one of two schemes. Mr. Hopkins: Well, you wandered all over the globe. I say it will be a waste of money to spend it in laying out the land, unless you deal with the tanks first. LIKE A FISHGUARD EXPRESS. Continuing, Mr. Hopkins said the rate at which the sewage should pass through the tanks should be so slow that it could not be detected with the naked eye; as a matter of fact it went through like a Fishguard ex- press. (Laughter.) If the Council pro- ceeded to lay out the irrigation ground and neglected the other aspect, they would find in two years that land' would be water-logged and worthless. He could' assure the Council that a good deal of storm water was going into the sewers, which could easily be diver- ted, and he hoped the officials of the Council would see to it that this would be prevented as well as the entrance to the mains of a large quantity of water from other sources. The Chairman pointed' out that the sur- veyor had prepared a scheme for dealing with the storm water. Mr. Hicks proposed that the Council adopt the scheme recommended by the surveyor. Realising the position of the Council finan- cially he thought this would be the best course for them to pursue, though he did not think that it would prove altogether adequate to meet the requirements of the district. It would no doubt, however, do away with the pollution of the river, and so satisfy the de- mands of the neighbouring Councils, and other authorities, and in the meantime the Council would have to see to it that they pro- vided an adequate system of treating the sew- age for the benefit of Maesteg itself, and also of the other districts from which the complaints had been received. Mr. J. Bevan seconded. Mr. Hopkins reiterated that it would be ftI waste, of money to do this unless the Council took steps to reduce the velocity at which the sewage passed through the tanks. You may depend upon it," he said, that we shall, be held responsible for any waste of money. Mr. Diggle the other night agreed that by laying out this land, the Council were be- ginning at the wrong end." TANKS NOT LARGE ENOUGH. In reply to Mr. Hopkins, the medical officer expressed the opinion that the tanks were not large enough, with the consequence that the effluent as it passed into the filter beds was very foul. If the tanks were larger, the filter beds would no doubt be able to do their work better. Mr. Hicks said he wished it to be clear that he proposed his motion as a temporary expediency. He recognised that it was in- adequate, but there was nothing else for the Council to do in the present circumstances. Mr. Hopkins proposed that the land be not laid out until the Council had put the tanks in a better condition, but this did not find a seconder. The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. G. E. Howells) remarked that the tanks were supposed to be at rest for a certain number of hours every day, but on account of the large quantity of sawage to be treated, they had to be kept working the whole of the day. The motion-to adopt the surveyor'a scheme—was carried. The Council accepted the tender of Mr. C. Sayer for emptying two filter beds and re-filling them with cinders, at JE119 17s. The other tenders received were JE188 lis. 9d. and £200 18s. 6d. respectively. It was decided, on' the motion of the Chairman, to Teply to the Penybont and Bridgend Councils that the Council were tak- ing immediate steps to improve the outfall works.
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Good News.-Dunn & Sons are opening their new Boot Stores, 142 Commercial-street, Maesteg, to-day (Friday). See Win-dows for Special Holiday Bargains in Smart Hardwear Boots and Shoes. Receiving Order.—A receiving order in bankruptcy has been made in the matter of Will-am Morgan, 4 Commercial-street, Maes- teg, boot maker. The New Institute.—The new institute and library at Garth is nearing completion. The estimated cost of the building is about £ 2,000. Such an institution will be a boon, to young people especially. To Compete at National.—The NantyffylIon Male Voice Party, under the leadership of Mr. T. S. Evans, have decided to compete at the next National Eisteddfod1 at Colwyn Bay. Copies of the test pieces have been secured, and the party are already in serious practice with them. Scholarship.—The many friends of Mr. E. T. Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Jones, Alma House, who is employed at the Garth and Oakwood Collieries as an electrician, will be glad to learn that he has obtained a scholar- shtp in the electrical engineering department of the Oardiff Summer Science School. Slight Fire.—On Tuesday morning a fire broke out at the residence of Mr. Alfred Love, 9 Station-terrace, Nantyffyllon. Part of the house is let as apartments, and the occupant left for work in the morning, whenj the fire was discovered in his apartments by Mr. Love. Fortunately Mr. Love wa.s able to extinguish it before much damage was. done to the property. Bereavement.—Much sympathy is felt with Mr. and' Mrs. John Rees, of Castle-street, and other members of the family in their sad bereavement in the death of their son, Mr. David Rees, of Pontyrhil, who was killed on the G.W.R. on Saturday night. The de- ceased leaves a widow and four children. Mrs. Rees (the widow) is the daughter of Mr. John White, of Nantyffyllon. A report of the inquest appears on page 3. Confirmation.On Sunday a confirmation service was held at the Romani Catholic Church. About 100 candidates presented themselves for confirmation, and Bishop Hedley addressed the candidates at length OIL the acts and sacraments of the Roman Catho- lic faith. Mr. J. Boyd Harvey, K.C.S.G., who acted' as sponsor, invited' the candidates forward. The church was packed. The children were all dressed in white, and the League of the Cross Band were in attend- ance. The Bishop also preached a sermon in the morning. Jerusalem, Nantyffyllon.—Very large con- gregations assembled at the above place last Saturday evening and on Sunday, on the oc- casion of the anniversary services, when the Rev. Philip Jones, Capel Newydd, Llanelly, officiated. Needless to say the name of the rev. gentleman is enough in the Maestog Valley, as in other places, to attract a crowd. At these meetings lie was at his best, and his elaborate and telling sermons were much en- joyed. This young cause is thriving and do- ing very good work in the plaoe. It has greatly improved in its congregational sing- ing since Mr. W. B. Evans was appoin- ted its organist. Mr. Joseph Mason conduc- bed the singing throughout.
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SECONDARY SCHOOL SITE. -0 WHY MISS TALBOT REFUSES TO SELL LAND. STRONG PROTESTS. v ANOTHER SITE SELECTED. As reported' to the meeting of the mana- gers of the Maesteg Group of Schools, a re- cord of which appeared in our columns last week, Miss Talbot has declined to grant » site for a Secondary School at Maesteg. A meeting of the Secondary School Site Committee, which is representative of the Maesteg District Council, the managers of the Group of Schools, and Evening Classes Committee, was held- on Monday evening. Mr. Evan E. Davies, C.C., presided, and there were also present Councillors John Howells, J.P., J. P. Gibbon, J.P., John Bevan, Revs. D. C. Howells, W. R. Watkins, M.A., and Iorwerth Jones, Messrs. Thomas Morgan, J. Roderick, J. Edmunds, Win. Job, with the clerk (Mr. R. Scale). The Chairman explained that when the Council and the Education Committees met in September last, the County Council had decided to give Maesteg a Secondary School, and a sub-committee was then formed to select sites, and to obtain the terms upon which they could be secured. The sub-com- mittee selected three sites, the first being on the right of Neath-road, the second near Brynmawr Farm, and the third beyond Salis- bury-road and above West-street^—on what is called the Park. The committee decided to deal with the first site, and they had been in correspondence with Mr. Lipscomb, the agent to the Margam Estate, ever since. No- thing definite could be ascertained, until the clerk received the following LETTER FROM MR. LIPSCOMB Estate Office, Margam Park, Port Talbot, 1st July, 1909. R. Scale, Esq., Solicitor, Maesteg. Dear Sir,—Proposed School at Maesteg. Referring to my conversation with you the other day. I think perhaps it may be as well to explain in a letter Miss Talbot's views in this matter. As you are aware, Miss Tal- bot some years ago went to considerable expense and) trouble in order to assist in starting an Liter mediate School at Port Talbot. Her idea is that if a similar school is started at Maesteg they would both be covering exactly the same lines and providing education for all comers. Miss Talbot's suggestion is that it would be very much better that a higher elementary school should be started r-t Maesteg, where a thoroughly sound technical and commer- cial education should be provided, and ter- minating when the children were 16. To this school no doubt certain children now attending the Port Talbot school might very properly go. The Port Talbot school would thus be freed to give an education to those pupils who desired to stay until they were 18 or 19. By this means you will see that the county will be saved pay- ing for the education of a number of child- ren who are really wasting their time in beginning what they cannot carry on, and in addition to this, instead of having two competing schools of the same type, the education would be graded. I hope the Maesteg authorities will see their way to carry out this suggestion, as Miss Talbot does not feel inclined to assist in the establishment of a school at Maesteg which would compete with the sobool established at Port Talbot.—Yours faithfully (signed), G. Lipscomb. The substance of that letter, the Chairman continued', had been previously conveyed ver- bally to Mr. Scale and Councillor John Howells in interviews which they had with Mr. Lipscomb. It would be seen that the land was refused not because terms had been; offered which the committee were unable to recommend, or because they had in any way disagreed upon terms, but- on a question of principle, namely, that Maesteg was not a town which should receive a secondary school but that it should be content with a higher elementary school. That was an ATTEMPT TO THRUST A POLICY upon the people, which, he felt sure, they would not for a moment dream of accepting. The sub-committee which had considered the letter felt very dissatisfied with it, and at their meeting on the 9th July It was decided that he (the Chairman) should interview Mr. Mansel Franklen, the clerk to the County Council, to see If he could assist them in the matter. He saw Mr. Franklen oil July 13th. Mr. Franklen explained that he had had in- terviews with Mis. Talbot on the matter, and that the letter practically embodied his views —he considered that Miss Talbot had adopted' a right attitude with regard to the Port Tal- bot School, and therefore he did not feel in- clined to interfere. He added that if the original propo-sals with regard to the Port Talbot and Bridgend Schools (to double the accommodation) were gone on with, and the resolution preventing this reversed. Miss Talbot would certainly sell the land on fair and .reasonable terms for a higher elementary school. Until that were done Mr. Franklen said lie thought Miss Talbot was quite right in protecting the Port Talbot School, and he further added that the introduction of the pupil teachers into the County Schools had brought about a new feature since the County Council last dealt with the matter, and that it would be quite open for any member to raise the mat- ter again. Mr. John Hoyells proposed that the com- mittee accept the site off Salisbury-road, which had been offered by Mr. E. F. Lyncli- Blos,se. He understood tho site was avail- able, provided the committee made a road in- dicated a plan which had been supplied, leading from the West-street Bridge towards Salisbury-road. He mentioned that the sur- veyor had estimated the cost of making that road at between £600 and JE700. and that if the land could' be obtained for that it would be a reasonable price. THE ALTERNATIVE SITB. At the suggestion of Mr. Gibbon, the Chair- man read the letter which he had received from Mr. Blosse, as follows:—I enclose you a tracing of part of Llest Fa-ch Farm, showing how it is proposed to develop it for building in the future. I understand that the site that is desired for the school is somewhere near the Llest Fach cottages, and if I am cor- rect in this, I shauld advise Mr. Traherne, subject of course to the mortgagee's consent. to give the necessary land, reserving minerals with power to work, ets., provided the road shown on the plan was constructed as well as the continuation, of the cross-road from Salisbury-road, as bhown oil the tracing, the road to be eonstruoted in accordance with the bye-laws of the Maesteg Urban District Council." Mr. Gibbon This is merely a private com- munication to the chairman. I think we ought to get definite terms from Mr. Blosse after he has consulted his principals, and that the committee should afterwards ar- range to meet him on the site. Mr. Edmunds moved that the committee should select as the next best site that ad- joining the land refused by Miss Talbot. This land, he said, was Colonel Henry Lewis's property, and would be the most cen- tral for all parts of the valley. Rev. D. C. Hpwella seconded. After further discussion', it W3¡S decided that the committee should visit both sites. Mr. Gibbon said he did not think the com- mittee should take such treatment as they had 'received from Miss Talbot lying down, and the facts ought to be made public. Snril action on the part of landlords was a good argument for Socialists. Rev. D. C. Howells: I should like to know who is going to control Maesteg—the people of Maesteg or Miss TalbotP After the meeting the committee visited both sites proposed, and they unani- mously decided to accept the one offered by Mr. Blosse. It was decided to arrange an interview with Mr. Blosse. We understand Mr. Blosse wilf meet the committee to-day (Friday).
UNDISCHARGED BANKRUPT'S OFFENCE. At Glamorgan Assizes on Tuesday David Brace (50), coal merchant, Caerau, pleaded! guilty to incurring debts to the extent of £189. £224 and £195, at Cwmavon, without disclosing the fact that he was an undis- charged bankrupt. Mir. Herbert prosecuted on instructions from Mr. Hunter, of Port Talbot, and' Mr. Ivor Bowen (instructed' by Messrs. T. J. Hughes and Lewis, Bridgend), defended. After hearing evidence as to character, the Judge decided to bind defen- dant over under the First Offenders' Act to come up tor judgment if called on.
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HOW BOOTS ARE MADE. THE BRISTOL ACTION AGAINST A CAERAU BOOT DEALER. JUDGMENT FOR PLAINTIFFS. At the Bristol County Court on. Tuesday, his Honour Judge Austin resumed the hear- ing of tho remitted action Silverthorn and Child v. Yemm, which was a claim for JE23 15s. for goods sold and delivered. There was a counter-claim for £ 75. Mr. H. R. Wans- brough was for the plaintiffs, and Mir. E. C. H. Wethered, instructed by Mr. W. F. Cook (Messrs. Cook, Bennett and Co.) for Mr. Yemm. The case had previously occupied the court two days, though Mr. Wethered had stated that the claim was admitted, sub- ject to the defence and counter-claim. Plaintiffs were boot manufacturers, of Kinga- wood, and the defendant had a boot business at Caerau, near Bridgend. Mr. Wa.nsbrough asked to recall Mrs. Yemm, and the witness stated that one of the witnesses had been a lodger since Septem- ber. She gave 6s. lid. for the Bull Dog" boots. Those now produced were not used in the pits, but for evening wear. Mr. Wansbrough: For dancing? (Laugh- ter.) Witness: No, but after the men have left thepito. His Honour: How many consignments were there between the parties? Mr. Wansbrough Five. John Jenkins, foreman to Messrs. Hutch-ins and May, was also recalled, and in reply to Mr. Wansbrough said that he could not call boots which had runners a.nd' paper backing waterproof soles. Those now produced, and made by his firm, and stamped "waterproof soles," liad had the soles SOAKED IX BOILING GKEASE, which made the sole waterproof. Mr. Wansbrough: HaTe they paper back- ing? Witness: Leather board. His Honour If we are to discuss samples of boots from all the manufa-cturers of Bris- tol and Kingswood the case will last not only for the rest of my life, but the lives of many County Court Judges. The question is whether the boots are reasonably fitted for the purpose for which they were sold? Mr. Wansbrough pointed out that no-one had been called for the defendant to com- plain of the particular boots in question. In cross-examination, Mrs. Yemm had said that she did not believe any of the witnesses had bought the patented boots except Mrs. Evans. who had 4 pairs in Marth, 1908. and they had not heard of any dissatisfaction with regard to them. He submitted that the runner was not in substitution for anything. His Honour: The effect of a runner is, in the first place, to save solid soles being put in, and in the next place to make the outside of the boot look thicker. Mr. Wansbrough said he admitted the lat- ter but not the former. His Honour: What do you say is the use of the runner? Mr. Wansbrough said that one object was to keep in the outer row of nails. With re- gard to the leather board, that wa.s not in substitution for anything, but an additional protection against the wet. The traveller did not describe what the boots were made of. The extraordinary story had been told that he said that Devonshire butts were used. There was no sueh thing in the trade, and it appeared as if the whole STORY WERE A CONCOCTION. Defendant stated first that the boots were warranted for 12 to 18 months, and later that they were warranted for 10 to 12 months. All they had to rely on was the story told by Mr. Yemm that the boots gave dissatisfaction, that he had them ba-ek, and in place gave other boots, refunded1 the money, or had the boots repaired', and that this ruined his busi- ness. Mr. Wansbrough suggested that it was a defence raised when they were pressing for monov. They submitted that the boots came up to the warranty, if any warranty were given, and that they were good boots for the monev. Charles Hayden, traveller for the plaintiffs, as well as other firms, said he went to Caerau 011 the 11th February, 1908. He had not his samples with him. Ho went to Caerau with his brother-in-law because the latter thought of starting a boot business. Defendant said his business was for sale, and he wanted jE50 for the good-will. Aftet- the conversation be- tween defendant- and Mr. Lacey (witness's brother-in-law) witness introduced his own business. In reply to defendant, he said he had some patented boots that were selling well in collierv districts. He quoted them at 6s. 6d. Defendant asked if he had not a better on-e, and he replied that there was an- other make at 7s. 6d., which was heavier, and was also patented. Defendant asked what was the patent, and he toid him there were straps of leather to prevent the kicking out of the nails. Defendant gave an order for 12 pairs at 7s. 6d., and 011 subsequent occasions other orders. Nothing was mentioned on either side of the material in them. With regard to the boot now produced, the fact that half of the tip was worn off showed that the boot had had good wear. He had- sold' thousands of the PATEXTBD UXBREAKABI/E BOOTS, and they had given satisfaction all over the country. Cross-examined Mr. Lacey only went with him once, and that was the first time witness went to Caerau. Boots for colliers were then talked about. He did not say theirs were the best boots made in Kings wood. He di'd not promise to send a card stating that the boots were guaranteed unbreakable. Four cards were sent. Mr. Wethered Whatever unbreakable may mean, you guarantee every pair unbreakable, aecording to the card?—They are unbreafic- abie nntil they are worn. down. He did not say they were just as good as the Bull Dog" made by Coe, Church, and McPhemon, Bris- tol. John Lacey, brother-in-law of the previous witness, living at Kingswood, said the only occasion he had visited Caerau was on Feb- ruary 11th, 1908. Hayden described: the patented boots, and an order was given. Mrs, Yemni did not enter until afterwards. Evan Jones said he worked at one of Norths Navigation Pits, and lived, at Caerau. He bought the pair of boots pro- duced on September 26th, 1908, from Mrs Yemm, and was quite satisfied with them. They were very good boots. Cross-examined He had two pairs, thoser t- 1 i.0n and the others that were in court, which he wore in the pit. Witness admitted that he were down his heels quickly Mr. Wethered stated, that it was the only part of the boot worn. CAERAU MIXERS SATISFIED. Evan Rees Roberts, a repairer John Sea- ger, a haulier; William Hall, a collier; and Edward Regan, a haulier, also spoke to buy- ing boots manufactured by the plaintiffs, with: which they were well satisfied. Regan said lie worked in a dry colliery, and his Honour pointed out that such evidence was hardly re- quired. Mr. Wansbrough said they had had boots flourished before them which were said to- have broken tip under any conditions. How- ever, that was his only "dry" witness. (Laughter.) Boots which had been sent out to be opened up were now brought back to the oou;rt. Mr. Wethered said the backing to the in- sole -was of leather, and not of paper, and there were no runners. Richard Condon, a navvy and quarryman^ also spoke favourably of the boots. Mr. Wansbrough intimated that he pro- posed to call a. number of boot dealers. Benjamin Rees, of Caerau, stated that he had bought the patented and other boots from the plaintiffs, and had sold a large num- ber, without a single 00111 plaint, to colliers and others. He sold the patented boots at 8s. lid. COMPETITION WAS VERY KEEN, and be made colliers' boots himself for 8s. lid. The runners prevented the nails prick- ing the upper. Cross-examined He got a. better profit on the Silverthorn boota than on his own. The public liked "80 see hoots made on the premi- ses. He paid 6s. 6d. for the Silverthorn. If the leather was porus it dropped the nails. He did not put paper backings to his inneerr soles. Re-examined There would be no disadvan- tage if the leather board were put at the* back of the inner sole- Henry Loxton, of Maesteg; George Gib- bons, of Maerdy; Albert Lewis Gibbs, of Ebbw Vale; and Thomas Alfred Nicholas, of Cinderford, boot dealers, also stated' that they had found plaintiffs' boots satisfactory. Mr. Silverthorn was then called, and said he had been in the trade since he was 14- vearg of age. It was untrue that £ 5 was offered to Yemm to withdraw the case. A. runner was not a disadvantage to a boot. His Honour: What is the use of the runl- ner? Witness: It makes up the substance of the -j, edge, and. as was sensibly said by one of the witnesses, it prevents the points of the nails pricking the upper. Mr. tethered: Is not the purpose of leather board backing to fortify a cheap htt- sole r-It is to afford greater stability. Is the presence of the runner to deceive Ife* public as to the thickness of the sole?—No. Was there not an outcry some yeairs ago about the middles?—There was an outcry be- cause there were no middles at all. Mr. A. F. Moon, a boot and shoo manqtfato- turer, of Kingswood. said he had 25 years' experience and employed 100 baindis. The boots he h°d seen were, in his judgment* SUITABLE FOR COLLIERS, and the purpose for which they were sold. The patented boot, in his judgment, wias at very good boot. There was a great deal of misconception- about leather board backing, He had1 worn a pair of boots for two yeiacro with it, and had never had a drier boot. Cross-examined He was rather prefudioodl against leather board backing some year's ego", Edwin Pearce Saunders, boot titaniufaio- turer, of Kingswood, said he employed 30ft hands, and turned out about 7,000 pairs (ft week. Runners were not a disadvantage it properly put on, and were not in the boot8: he had examined. ■ John William Wetteon, another bootfjl manufacturer, of Kingswood, said be had hiftdfl 27 years' experience. He bad hi^>eoteKl il^M boots, and in his opinion they were very gotlH value. Cross-examined A solid middle might fcaVigfl a runner. -^R Mr. Wansbrough stated that that was hSjfl case, and, briefly addressing his Honour, oaffl-S tended1 that the boots were good value for ti money, and that there was no evidence < show that the boots in question were unssDbiBrtf factory. Mr. Wethered submitted that there wito 'I: breach of warranty. The boots were su plied as being reasonably fit for ooljiers, aiMXr it was abundantly clear that those boots w; not reasonably fitted for the purpose. ft VERDICT FOR THE PLAINTIFFS. ■ His Honour found that the boots were raoM sonably fitted for the purpose for which tfalB were sold, and that being so he said the «a< was disposed of. There would be a v for the plaintiffs for JE23 15s., with costs, Mt a verdict on the counter claim. In case M) Yemm desired to appeal, he assessed the dsngfl ages at £26. ,:|M