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ABERAYON POLICE COURT. I

"THE GENERAL PICTON," PORTHCAWL.

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"THE GENERAL PICTON," PORTHCAWL. Sunday Night Police Vigil. At Bridgend Police Court on Saturday- before Alderman W. Llewellyn and other Magis- trates—Mrs. Carrie Matthews, licensee of the General Picton Hotel, Porthcawl, was sum- moned for supplying liquor on a Sunday to George Bennett and Frank Cousins, both of Porthcawl.P.c. Vallance deposed that on Sun- day Last, in company with P.C. Stockford (Laleston) and P.C. Gomer W. Lewis (Bridg- end), he kept the "General Picton" under obser- vation from 7.15 p.m. At a quarter to 8 they saw two men leave the premises together by the side door. In the back room they overheard conversation, and looking through the window saw the curtain "had not been drawn close to one side." They saw the landlady bring in a glass of beer. In a moment, she returned with the empty glass, and brought in another full glass, and again returned with tlie empty vessel. J list afterwards, a man left the room, and went towards another part of the premises. W itness and Stockford went round to the side door, and left P.C. Lewis at the back door. Witness knocked at the side door, and upon its being opened by the licensee, they saw the man, whom they had previously seen leave the room, close by the door, which had been opened for their admittance. Seeing them, he attempted to pass through before they could close the door. Witness prevented him, and took him to the room they had seen him leave, and there they saw the landlady and her husband, and another man named Bennett, sitting$y the fire- As they entered, the landlady and her husband rose. Then he told Mrs. Matthews they had for some time had the house under observation, and on two occasions had seen her take a glass of beer into the room. She said, referring to the two men, "Tliey are my guests." Cousins said "I am here as a friend," and Bennett said, "I am here on business, and have had no beer." At the same time he got up from his seat (which was a low chair) and removed it so that they might look underneath it. Next he told the landlady they had previously seen two men leave the house, and asked her to account for that. She made no reply. Witness told the two men they would be reported for consuming beer. They then proceeded to the bar door, which was open. On the shelf were four glasses quite wet. In the bottom of one glass was a "small por- tion of beer." and in the bottom of another a "small portion of stout." On removing the glasses, it was found that the places on which they had stood on the shelf were "quite wet." The landlady's attention was called to this, and she explained that the glass had been "left over since Saturday night." He then pointed to the condition of the floor under the 2 casks, where there was a considerable amount in one case of fresh beer, and in the other of fresh stout. She said the "taps were leaking," but on examina- tion witness found that that was not so. They took possession of the glasses, and told Mrs. Matthews she would be reported.—Mr. L. M. Thomas put it to the witness that on the licensed premises there was no cask of stout on draft.—Do you know the difference'between beer and stout? Oh, yes. (Laughter.) Asked whether the contents of the glasses might not have been "hop bitters," witness answered in the negative, saying he looked in vain for the "head," which was always noticeable on beer. (Laughter.—P.C.'s Stockford and Lewis cor- roborated, after which Mr. L. M. T ho mass, for the defence, submitted that it was not reason- able to suppose all the incidents fitted conclu- sively as alleged, and arguing that the police story was "too tall" to be true in every particu- lar. If the police were satisfied that what they saw was beer, why did they make such a minute examination of the premises?—The landlady, a vivacious little woman-who gave her evidence in earnest and dramatic fashion—swore that Cousins was a friend, and Bennett was there on business with her husband, and neither of them, she positively averred, partook of any intoxicat- ing cbrink. She also said there was no cask of stout on the premises.—MT. Thomas: The police say they saw a cask of stout?—" They couldn't," replied Mrs. Matthews, "because we can't get any stout."—By Supt. Wm. Davies: I didn't bring in a single glass of beer.—Defendant's husband (Arthur Matthews), dentist's traveller, denied that his wife ever left the room to fetch beer, as alleged by the police.—George Bennett (Porthcawl), also a dentist's traveller, and in the same employ as the last witness, agreed that Mrs. Matthews did not leave the room until the police arrived, and beer was not supplied to either of them. Witness partook of tea in the kitchen.—After further evidence, Mrs Matthews was fined Y,3, and Bennet and Cousins £ 1 each.

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