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Friday before Messrs H. N. Miers, J. H. P. Uloyd, H. J. Powell, F. R. .Phillips, J. M. Davies and Captain R. H. Miers. COUNTY COUNCILLOR AS PROSECUTOR. David John Holt, a collier of Ystaly. 'tfera, was charged with stealing wood value 3d., the property of the Pwllbach Colliery Company Limited. County Councillor D. W. Davies, managing director, gave evidence of see- ing the defendant coming from Tirbach Colliery v.^t-h. five pieces of wood in his possession. When asked why he took the wood defendant said he did not think the wood was of much value, and he also said that Mr. Watkins had given him permission to take them. Witness told defendant that Mr. Watkins had no permission to give the wood away. Witness asked Mr. Watkins on the fol- lowing day if he had given the permis- sion referred to, and he said, "No," and further he said that he did not know defendant. Defendant pleaded guilty and asked the Bench for leniency as it was his first offence. Chairman You are not supposed to take things that don't belong to you. In reply to the chairman Mr. Davies said that was the first case of the sort from the colliery, and he hoped it would be the last. They had had no trouble before, and the present case was brought to court to show other workmen that they had no right to take goods be- longing to the company. The defendant held a good character and it was the wish of the company that the Bench should deal leniently with him. A fine of 10s. was imposed. WANTED ENLIGHTENMENT. I Thomas Morgan, a tinworker, was summoned by the Guardians in respect to arrears due in regard to his children who were chargable to the Union. The .arrears amounted to L13 16s. Mr. David Jenkins, Relieving Offier, said that the earnings of the defendant and o thea' children who were working and he found that there was 25 Os. 2d. going into the house weekly on an average. Defendant I wish it was true. Mr. Jenkins pointed out that defen- dant's wife was not in good health, and she spent a good deal of her time in bed. It was explained that the order against defendant was to pay 5s. a week to- wards two children, but one of the latter had now died) and the Guardians asked the Bench to vary the order. Defendant asked the chairman if he oould enlighten him as to what the law was on the matter. Chairman: We are sitting here to try and adminster the law. It was decided that defendant should pay 3s. 6d. per week towards his son and 2s. 6d. per week to clear off the arrears. Defendant It's a down right shame. Mr. Tlioi-pe (clerk) Look here Morgan, you had better pay before making those remarks. ROLLERMAN TO LABOURER. I Thos. Joseph, Clydach, was charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and family who were chargeable to the Union. It was explained that the Guardians had given 2,3 2s. Id. to de- fendant's wife and five children. Defen- dant went away to work in Glynneath in November, and when he returned a few weeks ago he gave his wife 10s. He was now labouring at Messrs Gil- I bertson's works. Defendant had once been a rollermian, but was very much addicated to drink. IThe case was deferred for a fort- I night. I A SERIOUS CASE. James Evans, collier. Ynismendw. was summoned for harbouring two children who were under the control of the Guar- dians. The case had been adjourned from the previous court so as to give a chance to the defendant to return the children. Defendant's wife now appeared in court, and in reply to the clerk she said that her husband was at home. She was not prepared to allow the children to return to the Workhouse whatever the consequences would be. Mir. Wyndham Lewis (clerk) said the Guardians were prepared to allow the children to return to the Workhouse even at the eleventh hour. When the children were in the house they were sent to the public school and treated like all other children. The defendant at this stage was sent for, and in a few minutes he turned up in court. Asked if he was prepared to allow the children to return to the House defendant said he was not interfering with the children. He was quite will- ing for them to return. Steps were then taken to bring the children back to the House, and after this course had been adopted the case was withdrawn. DESERTER. Mr. Gardner, Godre-rgraig, was sum- moned with absenting himself from the Army Service Corps. P.C. Jones gave evidence of arrest. Defendant was remanded to await an escort. DEFERRED FOR TWO MONTHS. Edwin Williams, Ynismendw, was summoned for allowing his wife and family to become chargeable to the Union. The amount given in relief was about J34. Defendant said he had been ill, but now he had secured a job with a Pontar- dawe firm of contractors. Defendant was given a fortnight in order to see what he was prepared to pay.

-HEN OGOF _TAREN GWYDDON.…

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