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Sequel to a Detective's Visit to Swansea Inn. A licensing case that occupied consider- able time at Swansea Police-court on Monday was that against Robert Ed- wards, licensee of the Exchange Brewery Public-house. He was charged with per- mitting the sale of intoxicants during illegal hours on New Year's Night, and also with allowing gaming on the pre- mises. Mr. Marlay Samson (instructed by Mr. L. Richards) prosecuted, and Mr. Trevor Hunter (instructed by Mr. Henry Thompson) defended. Detective Gubb said he visited the place at night after closing time, and found eight men there. Five of them were en- gaged in card-playing, with drinks before them. Defendant, said the detective, got somewhat excited when spoken to, and, told the men to say nothing. When he asked one man, said Detec- tive Gubb, whether he was a lodger, the reply was! "No, I am a married man with four children." Defendant then cast a look at him and the man said, "I am lodging here to-night." Defendant, continued the detective, got angry, and, using some expletives said This is not the police-court. If you have got a case fight it. I will fight you. I am not a dummy to be dictated to." Witness said he then left, but returned a few minutes later and found five men there. In the meantime two policemen in plain clothes knocked at the door, and defendant told themi "You cannot come in. There are two 'tecs here." He further said to the detectivel "This is a nice start to the New Year. I can see myself going back to cut coal again." Defendant said he had been a check- I weigher, and was also connected with the '•Amman Valley Chronicle." He said that on the night in question he had men from the Amman Valley staying in his house, as they often had before. At 3.0 p.m. they closed the house, and sent the lodgers into the parlour. Not a drop of drink of any kind was supplied to those lodgers afteirwards. A man called on business, and witness took him into a smokeroom next to the bar. That room was only one through which drinks could pass to the parlour, where the lodgers were. Mr. Trevor Hunter Were there any drinks on the table?—Not a drink. Defendant said the first thing he heard was Detective Francis instructing Gubb t" close the docd" and take namot, —Aid addresses. He accused one man of passing money. Mr. Samson Did he say anything to you?—Not la word. Did he ask who had supplied the drink they had in front of them?-No, he did not. Did you say anvthing in Welsh ?-No, sir; not till my missus came in. Mr. Samson put before defendant de- tail remarks alleged, in the detectives' evidence, to have been made by him. All of these defendant denied. Evidence was then called for the de- fence, it being stated by one who called to see defendant, on business that, no drinks had passed the room in which he wa with Mr. Edwards. Sidney Lewis, Bryna.mman, collier, one of the men who were present, said there were no drinks on the table when the detectives arrived. None of these had any drinks after 9.0 p.m. William Hedges, blacksmith, Garnant, said the charge brought by detectives against Mr. Edwards was that two of the men present were playing cards. Henry Morgan, repairer, Garnant, an- other man who was present, gave similar evidence. John Llewellyn, Evan Samuel Jones, a.nd Richard Morgan, Gwalmcaegurwen colliers, were called, and the Court ad- journed for luncheon. The Bench, after a retirement, imposed a fins of £ 20 and five -uineas advocate's fee on the charge of permitting the sale of intoxicants during prohibited hours. The Bench declined to sit any longer in the court, complaining of the cold, and the charge of permitting gaming was ad- journed for a week

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