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" THE FROTH ON THE BEER.",I

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THE FROTH ON THE BEER." Nantyffyllon Narrative. I I Denies It." I Mr. Harold Lloyd showed his usual resource- fulness in his line of defence, and in his speech on behalf of Thomas Bevan, steward of Nanty- ffyllon Constitutional Club, who, at Bridgend Police Court on Saturday, was charged with unlawfully supplying beer to be consumed on the premises, on Sunday, November 5th.- Inspector Canton said that at 8.15 on Sunday night, Nov. 25th, with Sergeants Burston and Williams, he visited the Constitutional Club, of which defendant was steward. Sergt. Burston led the way. The front door was open, and the door leading to the bar was locked. P.S. Burston knocked four times loudly, and in about a minute the door was opened by the de- fendant. On the bar counter there were no measures of any description—there or anywhere else. Defendant's wife was standing at the angle of the bar, and leaning over the counter. NVitilew went inside the bar, and asked her to come out of the corner, which she immediately did, and then he found on the ledge, under- neath the counter, the three pint measures pro- duced. Witness took the pints from the ledge, and put them on the counter. His attention having been called to it, defendant said, "T don't know; I don't know anything about it." The liquor had been freshly drawn, and there was froth on the face of the beer, and also in- side the glasses. Witness picked up one of the pints, and said, "Do you agree it is beer?" and defendant said "Yes." "How do you," next askad the inspector, "account for the froth on the face of the beer and inside the glasses?" He replied, The froth is since last night." In the bar trough, under the engine, was the glass produced, which defendant was asked to account for, and he replied that "it was just the same— something left behind." On the counter were two "rings of wet" similar in size to the rings of an ordinary pint measure, and "something wet" had also been spilt on the counter. Nine men were seated in the bar, and there were no I masures containing non-intoxicants. Witness took the men's names, and told defendant he would be reported. He replied, "I denies it." The nine made no reply.—By Mr Harold Lloyd: I don't know that it was Brain's beer.—Mr. Lloyd; I am told that on Brain's beer the froth remains for some days?—The Inspector: I have never heard of that. There was not a single teetotal drink in the bar.—In corroboration. P.S. Burston said it was a spring lock, which could not be opened from the outside.—P.S. Williams also gave evidence in confirmation.— Mr. Harold Lloyd submitted that the summons should be dismissed, as there was no proof of sale or consumption. The circumstances might be highly suspicious, but on the police evidence, I which he accepted, it would not be safe to con- vict. "There is froth on the beer now," said Mr. Lloyd, pointing to the glasses, one of which was in close proximity to the learned Chair- man (Alderman William Llewellyn). The froth on Brain's beer remained all night in the glasses and always was seen (as in this case) on the fol- lowing day.—The defendant Bevan denied the allegation with emphasis, stating that the club had been "out of beer" since the Saturday night. There had been a change of servants, the "old girl" (Carrie Jones) being succeeded by the "new girl" (Edith Ellis), who did not pro- perly wash the glasses the "old girl" had left. —Mr. Harold Lloyd: You know something about beer?—Witness: Aye. (Laughter.)—And about the froth on Brain's?—Witness: You can see it on Brain's beer in a week's time. (Laughter.) In proof of that, you can see it on the glasses now.—In answer to Supt. William Davies, witness said the men in the bar had I been drinking "hop bitters."—Mr. Barnett (the secretary) and two of the men—George White I and Thomas James- also gave evidence for the j defence.The Chairman, however, said they were satisfied the case had been proved, and im- posed a fine of £ 10.

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