MAESTEG MYSTERY. SAY STONE GINGER." WHAT WAS IN THE GLASS? DOCTORS CALLED IN. Concentrated penetration by the Magistrates and others, and the skilled analytical judgment of two Maesteg medicos, were brought to bear upon a sealed drinking glass, and the micro- scopic quantity of fluid it contained. Was it stone ginger, or was it intoxicating? That, in brief, was the issue in the adjourned case at Bridgend Police Court on Saturday, in which John Isaacs, alehouse keeper, of The Swan," Maesteg, was charged with an offence between 1.30 and 6 o'clock on the 18th ult., in contraven- tion of the Liquor Control Order. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Mr. Harold Lloyd ap- peared in his behalf. Sergt. Frank Evans deposed: At 4 p.m. on Saturday, the 18th of last month, in conse- quence of complaints, I, in company with P.C. Alfred Williams, in plain clothes, visited the Swan Inn, kept by the defendant. We entered by the front door, and went into the bar. We •aw four men round a email table tossing a coin in the centre of the room. A man named James Martin, standing close to the counter, was in the act of drinking liquor of the colour of beer from the glass produced. The landlord was standing in front of Martin, and facing us, and there was also a man named John Rees inside > the counter. Immediately he saw us, the land- lord made a jump, and tried to take the glass from Martin's mouth. Martin held the glass, and I sprang forward and took possession of it from the landlord. Some of the liquor was spilt on the counter, some inside, and some on my clothes. When I took possession of the glass, Rees, who was still inside the counter, shouted, Say stone ginger." The landlord said, "Yes; it is stone ginger." I tasted it, and so did Williams, and we found that it was beer. The landlord came round from inside I the counter. He made several attempts to knock the glass out of my hands, and said, "It is stone ginger." I handed the glass, and what it contained, to P.C. Williams. When I told the landlord the glass contained beer, he made anidther attempt to snatch the vessel from me, and saying "It is stone ginger." He asked to be allowed to taste it, and I gave permission. I asked Martin why he drank beer during prohi- bited hours. He replied, "I will say nothing I now; I will tell no lies." The landlord, when told that he would be reported said, "Stone I finger is it." I asked him, if he still had any doubts, to come to the Police Station for the liquor to be examined. He came ,and Inspec- tor Sansom, who was there, examined the glass. He told the landlord "it was beer." The land- lord said, Oh, I want a doctor. I want Dr. Sinclair." We went to Dr. Sinclair, who said what was in the bottle might be beer or stout, but it was "certainly not stone gin- ger." Not being satisfied, we consulted Dr. Bell Thomas, who came to the Police Station, and having examined the glass, he also agreed it was certainly not stone ginger, but either "a mix- ture of beer and stout or light stout." He used these words, "I won't take an oath and say it is beer, but I will say it is intoxicating liquor." The glass was sealed in the presence of the de- fendant. > » In answer to Mr. Harold Lloyd, the Sergeant said the fluid in the glass was of a dark colour, Quite different from stone ginger, a bottle of which he produced, and poured out a sample, -to, prove that it was so. He had no doubt it was malt liquor, and not one of the "mysterious v concoctions" sold as substitutes. Witness had tasted "football stout," and was certain this was not football stout. There was "plenty of flifierence" between that sort of stout and or- dinary liquor. Defendant, from start to finish, •emphatically said it was stone ginger. Mr. Harold Lloyd:, Dr. Sinclair said he couldn't give an opinion?—Nothing of the sort. Didn't the landlord say it was not Martin's glass?—Nothing of the kind. Dr. Bell Thomas said it might be football stoutr-Nothing of the kind. Witness was cer- tain what the liquor wa fe, as he both tasted and ..melt it. By Mr. Harold Lloyd: I don't drink port wine. (Laughter.) Mr. Harold Lloyd: Only teetotallers drink port wine. (Renewed laughter.) At the close of the case for the prosecution, Mr. Harold Lloyd called witnesses for the de- fence. The first was the defendant, John Isaacs, who said the glass produced was not Martin's, but another glass that had been stand- ing for some time on the counter, for how long he could not say. He was moving the glasses when the police entered. He did not know what was in the particular glass; but "only -stone ginger the boys had had." He did not remember trying to knock the glass out of the police officer's hands. Dr. Sinclair said "he couldn't make out what it was, and he did not fcnow what it was." Supt. William Davies: If this is not the glass, why did you go to the Police Station, and ask Inspector Sansom what it contained? Why didn't you say, This is not the glass"?—Why Should I tell the inspector. The Supt.: Did you ask DT.fiell Gliomas yes- terday to come down and give evidence on your hehalf ?—No. Did you ask for a certificate?—Yes. And did he say he certainly thought it was in- toxicating liquor?—Witness: You can read for yourself. The Supt.: You don't wish to read it?-No. The Supt.: He is satisfied it is intoxicating liquor. He cannot say whether it is beer or porter. Martin was called, and swore that he was drinking "hop bitters" when the police made their appearance. Further evidence for the defence was given by John Rees, Howell Prosser, and David Wil- liams. Finally, the Bench imposed a penalty of £ 5. Summoned for "consuming beer," Martin said **he had no beer." He was fined J01.
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I NANTYFFYLLON COLLIER'S DEATH I SEARCHING QUESTIONS AT INQUEST. Mr. Lewis M. Thomas (District Coroner) and a jury, of which Councillor H. M. Jones was foreman, held an inquest on Friday afternoon touching the death of Job Hopkins, 30 Picton Street, Nantyfiyllon, who was killed at the Coegnant Colliery on the previous Wednesday whilst following his occupation as a haulier. Thomas Hopkins, 16 Bridgend Road, Maesteg, said deceased was his brother, and was 61 years of age. Witness saw him last alive about 3 or 4 months ago. As far as he knew, his eye- sight and hearing were good. David Leyshon Williams, 8 Barnardo Street, Nantyffyllon, said he was a collier, and worked in a place called The Baltic," at the Coeg- nant Colliery. He knew Job Hopkins welL He (Hopkins) was employed as a haulier. Wit- ness and his mate were working in the coal face. They heard the haulier coming in with his horse and tram, and just at the same time I heard a fall of roof. They ran back on the roadway to ascertain what had happened, and before reaching the spot heard another fall, When they got to the fall, witness shouted, Where is the haulier? Are you all right?" And he heard a voice from under the fall: "Oh, Dai!" twice or three times.. Witness sent his butty round to the other side of the fall to see what could be done. They unhitched the horse from the tram, and began to remove the debris that had fallen, and which now covered the de- ceased. There was plenty of help by this time, and they released the deceased in about 15 or 20 minutes. He was quite dead, and was re- moved to the surface. Continuing, witness said they were working about 20 yards from the place where the fall oc- curred. No timber had been knocked out. He passed the spot that day, but did not notice anything unusual. The fireman was there about 8 o'clock, and again at the time of the ac- cident. H.M. Inspector of Mines (Mr. T. Walden): How long had he been working at this particu- lar place?—Witness: Only that day. Did you notice any disturbance in the face? .-Yes, on the top of the road there was a bit of a jump. Was it going practically with the road?—Yes. Can you give any reason for the accident?- No. When you heard the fall, as you have des- cribed, what did you do immediately?—Drop the mandril and off. Did you hear any shout?—No. Where was his lamp?—Whto we released him his. lamp was in his hand. Where did the deceased usually ride?—On the gun. Did you notice laggins on the timbers?—Yes, there were several. Were they new laggins?—I did not notice par- ticularly. Did you see a lump of coal there?—Yes; it would be about a hundredweight, shaped like a wedge, and about 2ft. 6in. long. Did you know how much rubbish had fallen? -No, but we knew the second fall was heavier than the first. Altogether, about 5 or 6 tons of rubbish fell. Did you see any broken lags?—No. What was the position of the horse?—Part of the horse was under the fall; we hitched him off. Did you notice any slant in the top after the fall?—No. By County Councillor John Evans (on behalf of the Miners' Federation): What is the* dis- tance between the timbers?—About 4ft. 6ins. Was the tram off the road when you first saw it?—Yes. Do you think that caused the fall?—Quite pos- sible. By Mr. Joshua Davies (manager of the col- liery) Did the haulier make any complaint to you at any time about any obstruction on the road?—No. William Cardiff, 8 Grove Street, collier, said he had heard the evidence given by Williams. and believed it to be correct. The Mines Inspector: Was the tram )ft the rails?—Yes, just over the raiL i Did it show signs of having struck anything? -No; it was quite clear. Did you see any bit of timber where the tram might have touched?—No. I Moses Bowen, 37 Station Street, Maesteg, a pight fireman at the colliery, said he was in work on the morning of the 29th ult. up to 6 o'clock. In the usual way, he reported to the day fireman that everything was in order. Re knew the place well where the accident occurred, and he was there just before he left the colliery, when everything seemed all right. There was no scarcity of space at .this point, and nothing likely to indicate a fall of roof. By the Mines Inspector He had a party of repairers on this road. The haulier had to pass this particular spot eight times during the shift. He (the haulier) was an old hand. The Mines Inspector: Did he complain to you of anything?—No. When was double timber put at about this spot?—About a month ago. What was done at this very spot thenP- 'i ^eif was an old collar there, and it was taken down, and lags put across the other timbers instead. The lags were tight to the roof. He saw no- thing to indicate they were loose. He had no reason to doubt the method of lagging. The Inspector: Would you do the same your- self again?—Yes. The Mines Inspector (to the Coroner): I am trying to get at the cause of the accident, Mr. Coroner. The Coroner Yes, but you are a long way off yet. Resuming, the Mines Inspector asked the wit- ness: How is the ground at this place?—Very disturbed. What.is the thickness of the roof ?-About 2ft as a rule, but it varies. It is very damp just there. Did you notice a large lump of coal there?— Yes, about 2 or 3 cwt. Where did it come from?—From the side. Why did this lump of coal fall?—There may have been a squeeze there. By Mr. John Evans: The height in this par- ticular place was about 5ft. 6in. It was Ht likely that the horse was "roofing." There were no lags broken. John Ramshaw, 22 Wesley Street, Caerau, day fireman at the colliery, said he was at this particular spot about 7.45 a.m. He passed the fcpot where the accident took place. He exam- ined it with his lamp, but did not see anything wlong. There must have been á.I squeeze a b! eak the coal in the side. Deceahad be,n working there quite a long time, and knew th- Vlace well. Ihe Mines Inspector: How near the face lo you rip the top?—Aftout 7 yards. Who does the ripping, colliers or repairers? Repairers, as a rule. Who gave orders to put up the double tim- bers?— I don't know. It was done on the other shift. Did the haulier make any complaint to you? -No. Why, in your opinion, did the coal gave way? —Possibly there was a squeeze there. Do you think the loosing of the coal had some- thing to do with the fall of the roof?—Yes. The roof would be disturbed thereby. Are you satisfied with the way the lagging was done?—Yes. Dr. Hector Jones said he examined the body at the house. In his opinion death was due to suffocation. The Coroner addressed the jury at length, and. a verdict of "Accidental Death" was re- turned. The funeral took place on Saturday at Llana. gynwyd Burial Ground. Rev. W. R. Bowen officiated. j
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I MAESTEG SECONDARY SCHOOL. The monthly meeting of the Maesteg Secondary School Governors was held on Fri- day evening at the Plasnewydd Board Room, Alderman E. E. Davies presiding. Other members present were Mrs. Howells, Mrs.. Hartshorn, Rev. Iorwerth Jones, C.C., John Evans, C.C., Rev. W. Thomas, Rev. W. Saunders, C.C. (Pontycymmer), Mr. W. J. Morgan (Blaengarw), Mr. J. Griffiths (Aber- gwynfi), with the Clerk (Mr. J. R. Snape) and the headmaster (Mr. J. S. Griffiths). A letter was read from the Incorporated Association of Assistant Masters of Secon- dary Schools, making an appeal to the Gover- nors for a war bonus owing to the present high cost of living, and enclosing a list of secondary schools where war bonus had been granted, such as Port Talbot, Bridgend, etc. The Chairman reminded the Governors that they made a similar recommendation to the County Authority some time ago, but it was not adopted, because the County Coun- cil at that time had not considered the mat- ter for Secondary School masters. On the motion of Rev. W. Thomas, secon- ded by Mr. W. J. Morgan, it was decided to .recommend, that a bonus be granted, and also that a revision of the scale of salaries be asked for as compared with other Secondary Schools in the County. On the motion of Mr. W. J. Morgan, seconded by Mr. John Evans, it was decided to remmmeiad- a bonus of L15 for married teachers and £10 for single teachers during the period of the war. The question of the formation of a School Cadet or a Boy Scout Corps was discussed at length, but as no evidence was forthcoming that the War Office would give financial as- sistance, the matter was left in abeyance. Depletion of the clerical staff at the County Council offioes wsa the Teason given by the County Council Authorities for the de- lay in issuing certificates for candidates to obtain season tickets in time for the last term, whereby they were forced in some cases to pay their ordinary fares for a fortnight. The Governors did not think this explana- tion was satisfactory, and decided that the Clerk write again urging the County Council to rotund the fares paid by the children, as it was a hardship upon them, and through no fault of their own. The Chairman said be had received com- plaints of teachers not being in time at school on Monday morning and asked the headmaster for an explanation. This was duly given by Mr. Griffiths, who was thereupon informed that the Governors looked to him to see that the staff w-ere punctual at every session throughout school hours.
MAESTEG. I "PRO BONO.We are asked by Mr. J. W. Jenkins, Turberyille Street, Maesteg, to say that he is not the writer of the recent letters published over the signature "Pro Bono." TABOR M.I.S.-Last Wednesday a meet- ing of the above,vae held, Mr. John Williams presiding, when a paper was read by Mr. W. G. Roberts (President of the Society) on "Jesu Gwaredwr a gobaith y Byd," which proved both edifying and interesting and full of hope for the future. The following took part in the discussion: Mrs. Tom Richards, Mr. E. H'.Moncas and Mr. Howell Davies. A solo and chorus were rendered by Miss Annie Howells a.nd the Ladies' Choir, under the icanductoirship of Mrs. Rees, The Hollies. The meeting was closed by the singing of the hymn "Dyma Gy faill haedai garw Ai glod fori n fwy na run etc.
GARTH. I EISTEDDFOD. — A successful eisteddfod, held on Saturday last at Libanus Hall, Garth, attracted a large number of competitors. Each item was keenly contested, and great excitement prevailed, especially during the choral competi- tion. A musical tfeat in itself was the cham- pion solo, over which there was a great fight. The chairman was Councillor William Jones, Maesteg. The music adjudicators were Mr. Gomer Jones, Bridgend, and Mr, Dan Jones, Caerau; literature, Mr. Tom Richards, M.A., Maesteg; prize bags, Mrs. D. W. Evans, Maes- teg; accompanist, Miss Nellie James, L.R.C.M., Maesteg, assisted by Miss Dolly Powell, Caerau. The awards were as follows:—Children's recita- tion Miss Ruth Jones. Children's solo: Miss Eira Jenkins, Maesteg. Pianoforte solo: Miss Annie Survey, Caerau. Prize bag: Miss A. L. Owen, Blaen-Rhondda. Violin solo: Master Glanmor Spiller, Bridgend. Soprano solo: Miss M. A. Evfins, Nantyfiyllon. Contralto solo: Madame Walters, Bryn. Tenor solo Mr. Isaac Morris, Blaengarw. Baritone solo: Mr. Gwilym Kinsey, Ogmore Vale. Champion solo: Mr. Ben Davies, Skewen. Champion recita- tion Mr. W. D. Owen, Cwmfelin. Mixed I choral competition—Three choirs sang in the j following order: Garth Melodio, Bryn United, j Maesteg Music Lovers. The prize was awarded to the second choir, Bryn United. The secre- tarial duties were ably carried out by Mr. J. D. Owen and Mr. W, J. Thomas.
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POTATO DISEASE. I MAESTEG AN INFECTED AREA. I IMPORTANT STATEMENT BY ALLOT- I MENTS SECRETARY. A meeting of the members of the IJynfi Valley Allotments and Small Holdings, Ltd., was held i4, the Co-operative Hall, Maesteg, on Saturday evening last. Mr. Gwilym Richards, who presided over a good attendance of members, said he was glad to inform them that their secretary, Mr. Skinner, had been appointed by the Board of Agriculture as their representative in Maesteg for the notification of wart (potato) disease (synchytrium endobioticum). He took this as I a compliment to their secretary, who, as they were aware, had proved himself worthy of the honour conferred upon him. The Secretary, Mr. Wm. Skinner, thanked the Chairman and the members present for their good wishes. The Board of Agriculture had sent him a draft copy of the proposed Order in regard to wart disease in potatoes. The sche- dule of infected areas included the parishes of Llangynwyd Higher and Cwmdu-in fact, it covered the whole of the area under the juris- diction of the Maesteg District Council. The Management Committee of the Association had considered the effect of the Order in its many phases, and had recommended that a joint meeting of the Allotments Committee of the District Council and the Association's Commit- tee be held, with a view to holding public meet- ings in the town to enlighten the public on the provisions of the Order. The Order would be posted up throughout the town in the course of a few days. Members and the public generally should be made acquainted with the fact that only certain authorised varieties of potatoes were to be planted; also with the source from which such potatoes can be obtained. And he advised those members who had kept seed po- tatoes for next season which, were not of the variety selected by the Board, to dispose of them as soon as possible, as only immune varie- ties would be allowed to be planted next sea- son. The Board of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Agricultural Organisation Society, had or- ganised a conference of all the Allotment Asso- ciations in Glamorgan that were situated in scheduled areas, with a view to co-operating in buying a quantity of immune seed potatoes for planting in the spring; and he was pleased to inform them that they had already ordered six tons of these. Mr. David Jones, the president of the Associa- tion, and the delegates to the conference, ad- dressed the meeting, at which there were pre- sent 60 representatives of various Allotment Associations, including Mr. Taylor (Inspectr to the Board of Agriculture) and Mr. R. Hedger Wallace (the County "Agricultural Instructor). Two alternative methods for purchasing seed potatoes were laid before the conference. The I first was to ask the County Council to take the matter up; the second was to ask the Farmers' Central Trading Board to do so.—The meeting, after much discussion, decided to ask the latter Board to act on their behalf, and a sub-commit- tee, consisting of the secretaries of the (liferent Societies, was appointed to make the necessary arrangements. The problem of providing seed for those out- side the membership of Allotment Associations was also discussed at the meeting. As a result, it was decided to impress upon all those who have gardens in infected areas to join the local j Allotments Associations. There is reason to believe that members of Allotments Societies and others who have gardens have not exer- cised the necessary care in the past in planting the best kind of seed, and especially in ascer- taining the origin of those sold locally. By combination, however, one thing would oer- tainly be accomplished-the origin of the seed would be known beyond doubt. (Applause.) A hearty vote of thanks to the speakers and chairman concluded a splendid meeting.
MAESTEG MAN'S AFFAIRS. I CASE HEARD IN BANKRUPTCY COURT. A remarkable case was heard at Cardiff Bankruptcy Court on Monday, before Mr. Harry Cousins, registrar. The debtor, David John Davies, farm labourer at Maesteg, and formerly proprietor of the HaJf-Moon Hotel, Carmarthen, in answer to the Official Receiver (Mr. George David) said he formerly rented a farm under his father-in-law, but, as the result of a dis- pute, he gave up the farm and received JE252 aa compensation. Later, he purchased the Half-Moon Hotel, Carmarthen, paying for the freehold CI,500, with the addition of L20 for goodwill, and L315 for stock. After re- maining there for some time he sold the hotel to a Mr. Hannay, and received £ 500. Sub- sequently he received a cheque for £ 1,000. The Official Receiver's observations and inquiries chiefly related to the disposal of this amount. Debtor said he paid a 950 note to his wife, JE300 in JE1 notes to a moneylender named J. W. Marsh, and with the remainder he went to Llangennech, Maesteg, Cardiff, London, Birmingham and Manchester. Questioned as to his payment to Mr. Marsh the suggestion was made that the transaction was not bona fide. Debtor maintained that it was genuine, and in support of his state- ment put in a letter, unaddreseed and un- dated, in which Mr. Marsh wrote:— Dear Mr. Davies,—Have just heard that you have filed your petition. For God's sake do not mention anything concerning our trasaction, for should my people find that I have been doing business unknown to them I shall be done for. Besides, I am not registered. I was only doing business on my own with a few safe ones. You won't gain anything; I will lose every- thing.—Faithfully yours, J. W. Marsh. The Official Receiver doubted the genuine- ness of the letter, and pointed out that the debtor was placing himself in a very awkward position, especially as he professed not to re- member the addresses of the napneylender and also failed to give information as to other incidents. Debtor said he had had an accident and a serious illness which had affected his memory. I Ultimately the examination was adjourned until January 8th, on which date the Regis- trar informed the debtor he would expect him I to furnish the addresses of the moneylender named Marsh, both in London and Swansea.
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SHOPWORKER'S HOLIDAYS. The holidays which shopworkers and assist- ants all over the country dropped in the sum- mer in unison with the munition workers are likely to be fixed by legal procedure under the I Defence of the Realm Act for dates between now and the end of February (says the Lobby correspondent of the London "Daily Ex- press"). The Government have under con- sideration the question of the equivalent holi- day for retail trades in place of that waived in the summer. In the course of his statement in July the Prime Minister said the Govern- ment would see that the holidays were not abandoned, but only postponed, and that when military exigencies permitted they would be given in full.
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