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PONTARDAWE POLICE COURT Friday.—Before Messrs. H. X. Miers (presiding), F. R. Phillips, H. J. Powell, D. T. Williams, 1). T. Wil- liams, and D. T. Jones. I MAINTENANCE ORDER. W. O. Lewis, Ystalvfera, summoned by his wife to contribute to her main- tenance. was represent>*d by Mr. G. A. Thomas, for Mr. Edward Harris, Swan- sea. The case had been adjourned. De- fendant now applied for a reduction in the order, and was reported to be L17 in arrears. He agreed to pay 25/- a week for the next fortnight, and in the meantk.i to draw out a proper summons. E. R. rl honias, formerly of Llansare- let, was .summoned by his ^V'ife, who applied for an increase in the amount of her separation order for which he was liable. Mr. C. B. Jenkins was for complainant, and Mr. W. A. Thomas, Swansea, for defendant. Evidence was to the effect that an order had been made in July last of P,li:5,10 a week in respect of Mrs. Thomas and her three children, aged 10, 8, and 5, against her husband. Ap- plicant now tnaintained that her hus- band was receiving more money, and she could not afford to live on the money alloted her. Mrs. E. IL Thomas said she lived at Llansamlet, whilst her husband was a clerk at Merthyr Labour Exchange. He received a pension of JB1, and earned besides, £ 2/3/0 a week. She asked that the* order be increased from £ l/o to £ 1/12. She had three children. In cross-examination, complainant admitted that her husband joined up in May. 1915, and served in the East. He was found work by the authorities. Defendant also admitted that she had considerable property, but it was heavily mortgaged. She had become guarantor for her husband to the bank. Defendant was most anxious to take his Wife back" but there seemed to be some little differences, and the Bench increased the order by 5s. a week. TOOK HOME A PIECE OF TIMBER. I Thomas Jones, reputed to be a man of excellent character, was bound over for taking a piece of timber from the tip at the Maerdy Pit, Gwauncaegur- wen. P.S. Jenkins proved the case. The defendant said he only took it for fire wood. At one time he was allowed to purchase it, but this had now been dis- continued. Mr. Miers said the constable had done quite right in reporting the matter.

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