Athletic and Sporting Gossip. (By "MIN. ") 0 Football was spoiled last week by our old friend "Jupiter Pluvius," many games being postponed. The International match at Bel- fast was the chief fixture on the card, and Wales gained a fine victory against Ireland at the' famous Balmoral Show Ground, by eleven points to three. About a thousand loyal supporters crossed to Belfast to cheer their pets, and they were well rewarded for their trip. The crossing to Ireland was one of the worst on record, and to Welsh sup- porters, wiiu looked oo neat in their red caps and button holes of leeks were not sorry when they reached tne Lougn. Belfast on Saturday was full of visitors, some from Scotland (who match between Ireland and. Scotland, also went to witness the International Soccer played at Belfast), others from all parts of Ireland, and last, but not least, the Welsh contingent. In the morning rain fell as though it had never come down before, and it could easily be forecasted that the game was go'ing to be played in a quagmire. There was a very poor crowd witnessing the match, hardly 10,U0O being present, while close by the Balmoral ground, there were nigh three times that number witnessing the Soccer Inter- national. Ireland fielded with a few substi- tutes, two of their stars, Lloyd and Quinn, being absentees, the former's withdrawal created a lot of disappointment amongst the home supporters. 'Within a few minutes of the kick off Ireland scored, the try getter being Jackson. Wales uqualised through Bedwellty Jones just before half-time. In the second half there was a battle royal between the two packs .of forwards, play being of a give ai?d take nature. Wales gradually outplayed the Irishmen, and Clem Lewis attempted to drop for goal which was charged down. Recover- ing the ball he pased to 1. T. Davies, who, in turn. passed to V, H. Evaus" who took the ball with a safe pair of hands, and romped over the line with a beautiful try, which J. Wetter failed to'majorise. The third try was a brilliant effort on the part of Wetter, who, following up at a great. pace, reached the ball before the Irishmen realised the posi- tion. Clem Lewis made no mistake with the converting kick. In the concluding stages there was a slight tendency of rough play on the pa rt of the Irish forwards. On the whole Wales fully deserved their-win, and they left the famous Ulster city full of joy. Amrnanford, with a weak team, drew at Glyn-Neath. The game, it appears, was fought out on more or less a duck pond, and neither side can grumble at the result. Handel Richards made a welcome reappear- ance in the blue and black jersey, and played a very good game, as did D. Price also. We all are. no doubt, very sorry to hear that Ivor J ones has played his last; game for the famous Blue and Blacks, or his last game as an amateur, as in future he will figure in the Leeds Northern Union team. He will be greatly lJJiHsed frollt the ranks of the Am- manford team and I fear great difficulty will be experienced in obtaining the services of a capable substitute. Ivor is an excellent all- round player, and possesses a good .kick. I am not in a position to give the official figures of the terms, but I understand he has received ±185 down. However. I think you will all join in wishing our brilliant little half-back the best of luck. Just a final word to the Blue and Blacks for Saturday. Don't disappoint your sup- porters by Jetting Gowerton boast of a ground record. Rise to the occasion like at Resolven and open the eyes of Welsh Ruggerites. I am looking forward for a good victory. MATCHES FOR SATURDAY. RUGBY. Gowerton v. Ammanford.* Curwen Stars v. Amman United.* *Bryiiaiiiiiian v. Forest Rovers. ASSOCIATION. *Amnianford v. Mond II. L.N.W.R. (Swansea) v. Garnant.
AMMAN UNITED R.F .C. DINNER Prior to the cup-tie with Ystalyfera a promise was given by Mrs. Richards, the worthy hostess of the Half Moon Hotel, the headquarters of the club, that should the United win their tie she would give them a dinner. This promise materialised on Thursday evening last, when the team, com- mittee, and a few friends, sat down to an tlxcellent repast. After the wants of the inner man had been satisfied, an adjournment was made to the concert room where a very enjoyable evening was spent. Several well- known singers took part, amongst them being the two talented boys of Mr. Jack Bevan,' the one singing penillion, whilst the other ac- companied on the harp. The tit-bit of the evening, however, was a really fine solo by Mr. W. Williams (committeeman), even the singer himself being overcome. The proceed- ings concluded with a hearty vote of thanks to Mrs. Richards, for. providing such good fare.
GARNANT C. C FIXTURES. The following is the fixture list of the (jamant Cricket Club for the coming seapon May 2-Gorseinol1 Away May-* 9—Brynamman Home Mav Away May 23—Ammanford Home Mav 30—Clvdach -Away June ö-Pak Llewelvn Home June 13-Rcsohen Home June 20-Ystalyfera Away June 25—Ammanford Away June 27-Helldy Holile July 4—Park Llewelyn Away July 11—Clydach Home. tllv 16-ReEiolven Away ■ July 18—Ammanford Home July 25—Brynamman Away Aug. l-Al1Im:IJlfonl Away Aug. Coal-Pit Heath Away Aug. 4—King's Wood- Y.M.C.A. Away Aug. 8-Park l,lewelyig Home Aug. 15—Ystalyfera Home Home Aug. 29—Park Llewelyn .Away
Football. RUGBY. AMMANFORD'S HARD GAME. Football in Mud and a Hurricane. When Ammanford visited Glyn-Neath on Saturday, in fulfilment of the return fixture, they found that although much weakened they were up against the strongest side which Glyn-Neath could possibly find, and, conse- quently, it was not unnatural that the home supporters should have such quiet confidence in the ability of their pets not only to avenge the twelve-point defeat inflicted upon them a month ago, but of going one better than their near neighbours of Resolven, namely, to make, the Carmarthenshire men bite the dust, or rather the mud. The latter was their fond- est wish, for the spirit of rivalry between these' two Neath valley combinations is keen, to say the least. To attain their object, they gathered their forces in anticipation of a great struggle, and were out for a win. The preparations they made for the fray can well be gathered from the fact that in their ranks they had such well-known players as Dai Williams, of Swansea, Dai Morgan, Idris Jones, and Owen Hopkins, of Neath. Am- manford would be the last to complain of this, for to them the bigger the opponents, the better the game, but on Saturday they were in a dilemma. Five of their best players—Joe Davies, Abbot Griffiths, Ivor Jones, Fred Jenkins, and Trevor Williams— cried off, some of them at the last m inute, and, to make the outlook still more glum; there was a torrential downpour and a liurri; cane of wind as the depleted team left Am- manford station. Handel Richards and Jack Leyshon were pressed into service, and Walis Shaw, Dai Price and Dai Lewis, junior, came in as reserves. The teams were :— I Glyn-Neath-Back, J. Evans; three- quarters, D. Williams, D. Williams (Swan- sea J, Idfis Jones, and Wyndham Davies, half-backs, Cornfield- and Dai Morgan; for- wards, ChaVrf^' Hamer, Geo. Price, Dick Thomas, Will Arthw, Geo. Williams, T. Joseph, Luther Diviand Owen Hopkins. ?, )' Hopkins. Ammanford—Back, J act Leyshon; three- quarters, Handel Rich'ard&Ike Jones, Tommy Jones and Basil Jones.; half>bat'ks. W. Shaw and Dai l,laii Evans; Rees (capt. I, Wilfred Lewis, T. J. Bowen, Will Rees, Stanley David3^3^-r-J5vans, D. Price, and D. Lewis. Mr. W-. J. Moon, NeathKljeW th4e whistle. Rain kept off, but the coiiffftirfus were as bad as could be imagined, "x A strong breeze blew from goal to goal, and the field was a veritable quagmire. Glyn-Neath came out to be photographed, and no sooner was this ordeal over than Ammanford fieided. The crowd were far from enthusiastic; in fact, the conditions were such as to damp the ardour of the most hot-headed. What with the cold wind which blew in a hurricane, the sodden ground studded with pools of water, and that magnificent pond behind the goal upon which those marvellous, web-footed creatures—ducks -salle(I,I)eautiftilly, the scene cannot be said to have been inspiring. Geo. Rees lost with the spin of the coin, that he and his men had to face that stiff breeze. íhi Evans com- menced operations, but there was a scrum at midneld, from which Ammanford passed and kicked, for Dai Williams to mark. As a result, play came to Ammanford quarters, and Cornfield, getting the ball from the scrum, made a poor shot at goal. Again Glyn- Neath. got dangerous, but the Blue and Black forwards relieved with a fine rush. The danger was not altogether averted, for Shaw sent out a low pass, which Dai Llan Evans failed to take. However, the forwards cleared by means of a concerted rush, but D. Evans got offside, and a "free" to Glyn- Neath regained for them the lost ground. The game was resolving itself into a tussle between the respective forwards, and thus far the AlIImanfonl eight more than held their own, but did not keep the ball close enough after gaining valuable ground, and the conse- quence was that the home backs were able to get to the ball, and, awed (by the, strong breeze, make some lovely kicks to touch. Evidently Stanley Davies, had detected this mistake, for the next minute he dribbled the ball away in perfect style., to the full- back, gaining fully thirty, yards. After- wards, Leyshon was tested, and found equal to the occasion. He diddled two opponents and got in his kick. Under ,the circum- stances, play was of an exceedingly fast des- cription, and both teams.in turn had to defend with all their might. After an an- xious moment, Dai Morgan stopped an Am- manford rush, and a free kick to the latter saw the Blue and Blacks pegging away in the home twenty-five. A smart mark by Shaw improved the position, but Glyn-Neath managed to get their feet to the ball, and the wind did the rest. Handel Richards slipped, but recovered, and a grand dribble by Dai Llan Evans and Geo Rees placed Glyn-Neath again on the defensive. Then Aiiiii-iaiiford, from the line-out, rushed to the line, and, the ball getting loose, Geo. Rees picked up and sent along to the backs, who got away well, but Basil Jones, after swerving past his op- ponents had the misfortune to stumble, five home forwards made desperate efforts to ward off the danger, but a huge punt against the wind by Dai Llan Evans and a daring mark by Shaw were instrumental in sending them back. Then Dai Morgan high-punted and the wind carried the ball three-quarters the length of the field, with the result that the Ammanford backs had to run back, and in this connection, Handel Richards speed stood him in good stead. Glyn-Neath pressed, and Leyshon went down fearlessly for the ball. Backs and forwards stuck to their work, and, after a trying time. sent play to centre. Here Geo. Rees got offside, and his side were penalised, Dai Williams, Swansea, whose kicking and safe fielding had proved of great service to Glyn-Neath, trying for goal. Under ordinary circumstances, the feat would have been hopeless. However, the wind car- _ned the hall along over the goal line, but the direction was faulty. Following the drop-out, Ammanford passed, and Tommy Jones kicked, but the breeze played ducks and drakes with the ball in a manner which enabled Glyn- Neath to dribble away right to the Amman- ford line, after Leyshon had made strenuous efforts to stay their progress. Half-time score :— Atnmanford Nil., Glyn-Neath Nil. I- 1 Following the re-start, Ammanford attacked with vim, Ike Jones, after punting the ball, it,ickling- the, fullohack in possession./ Tommy Jones made a good run. and after some excit- ing play right on the .1 line Glyn-Neath touched down in the nick of time. Afterwards they rushed over the half-way line, but Dai Llan Evans dribbled away. A pick-up 'was out of the question, so he kept the ball close, but the full-back, diving for the ball, made a luckv save. Glyn-Neath were now fully ex- tended, but the wind had moderated a good deal. Good kicking by Cornfield and Dai; Williams kept Ammanford at bay, but it was a narrow squeak when the full-back had to dive for the ball at the feet of nearly half-a- dozen visitors. At last Glyn-Neath raised the seige, but Dai Llan Evans marked on his own twenty-five, and Leyshon made a par- „ ticularly fine kick, which gained nearly three-quarters the length of the field. Play once more came to the Glyn-Neath line, and Jim Evans again had his hands full, but proved safe. These were anxious moments for the home men, but a dribble headed by Owen Hopkins brought them much-needed relief. Dai Llan Evans again marked, but Leyshon this time missed touch by a foot or so. Then Ike Jones became prominent, and afterwards Leyshon fielded smartly after Dai Llan Evans and Basil Jones had collided. Geo. Rees led a fine rush, and after all the home backs had been beaten, Jim Evans made a daring save. A minute later Am- manford kicked a yard or so too hard, and Glyn-Neath conceeded a minor. Afterwards the home men became a little troublesome, and Dai Llan Evans was penalised for ob- struction, which enabled Glyn-Neath to rush play to the corner, where in a melee some of the players claimed a try. However, the Glyn-Neath linesman had his flag up, and a scrum ensued just outside, from which Am- manford dribbled to mid-field, and time was called immediately after, with' the score :— Ammanford Nil. Glyn-Neath Nil. COMMENTS. When due allowance is made for the hurri- cane and the mire, the football provided was-, on the whole, good, and the statement which oue heard on leaving the field, that if it had been a fine day there would have been a grand game, accurately expressed the opinion of the crowd. Both teams were obliged to adapt themselves to the prevailing conditions with the result that those thrilling open movements which we are all delighted to see were at a discount. Nevertheless, the game was with- out a dull moment. The forwards contributed some exciting rushes, and there were periods of sudden transformations. The two teams in turn came within inches of scoring, but neither can quarel over the result. Glyn- Neath were somewhat disappointed over their failure to win, but every important observer must admit that on the day's play they did not deserve a lead.. Never before had Ammanford played so well in a quagmire. The forwards bent to their work in splendid fashion, and the -backs showed that they knew the most effective I Illethodof aggression on such a day. Thus the fifteen without exception deserve a meed of praise, particularly the substitutes. Ley- shon will probably remember the game for a long time, and not without ample cause, for he was never more severely tested. How- ever, he was the master of the situation, and pluckily extricated his side out of many difficult corners. Ammanford owe a deep debt of gratitude to Handel Richards, who, at considerable inconvenience to himself, turned out to help his old team, and the dis- play which lie gave was unblemished. Walis Shaw did a lot of hard, solid work, and Dai Price and Dai Lewis amongst the forwards were ever prominent. Dai Llan Evans was the outstanding back on the field, his defen- sive tactics, and fine dribbles being a feature. The three Jones were up to their usual form. Geo. Rees his rarely been in better fettle, and Will Rees, Wilfred Lewis, and T. J. Bowen, proved themselves gluttons for work, while Stanley Davies and D. Evans I were continually in the limelight. j
AMMAN UNITED v. BRYNAMMAN (To the Editor of the Chronicle.) Sir,—With your kind permission I feel con- strained to answer a few of the criticisms of "Observer" in your last issue. His com- ments on the above match were so biassed as to give anyone who did not see the game an erroneous impression. He openly charges the Amman United players with foul play and his innuendo with regard to the injury to D. Llewellyn need only have been read to be understood. I feel that such charges as were contained in his account of the game should be answered. I may here say that there is an old adage which says "G ive a dog a bad name and hang him." This applies in the present case, but I should have thought tin." the tributes paid to Amman United by teams met this season had blotted out this bad name. To return to "Observer's" charges. I not only give them an absolute denial, but on the other hand will go further and say that the Brynamman players were by no means gentle in their "embraces." It y is a futile excuse to advance in extenuation of a defeat when a critic charges the winners with foul play. With regard to the "Llewelyn incident" I was very near the spot at the time and from what I observed I came to the conclusion that there was more "sham" about it than anything else. Now, "Obser- ver," in future, when your team loses, learn to accept defeat gracefully, and not grudg- ingly, particularly when the honours go to the better side, as they certainly did in this case. In conclusion, I may 'say that had "Observer" adversely criticised the referee I should go a long way with him for it was positively the worst bit of refereeing seen on the park this season.— Yours, etc., _m_- SPECTATOR.
CANADIAN Government LECTURE A Lecture on Canada, illustrated by Lantern Slides, will be given by MR. W. GRIFFITH, Canadian Government Representative, in the National School, Llandebie, On Wednesday, March 25, at 7.30 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m. Chairman Captain JOHN JONES, Gwernant, LLANDEBIE. ADMISSION FREE. For further particulars apply to Canadian Government Special Representative, Adrtan Court," Usk, Mon.
CWMLLYNFELL v. LOUGHOR. I Cwmllynfell Ground Record at Stake. i Loughor were the visitors at Cwmllynfell on Saturday and were represented by an ex- ceedingly strong team, viz :—Full-back, Dick Davies; three-quarters, J. Evans, W. H. Evans, G. Bancroft, and L. Harries; half- backs, Ben Rees and A. Rees; forwards, B. Thomas, A. E. Jenkins, D. Simkins, Dd. Rees, \V. H. Mathias, J. Howe, G. Jones, and M. Jones. The following represented Cwmllynfell Back, Tommy Davies; three- quarters, W. W. Jones, Ben Jones, Jim Harries and Noah 1. Jones; half-backs, E. J. Evans and C. Price; forwards, John 1. Jones, Dan Morgans, Jim Thomas, John Hopkins, Ted Davies. H. E. Jones, Dd. W. Thomas, and Dan R. Morgans. Referee W. Hiii, W.R.U. The match had been looked forward to I greatly, and hopes for a win for the local favourites were strongly entertained, but the severe storm that raged over the district in the early afternoon and the strong wind that continued to blow till the game was practic- ally over was not conducive to open football. Passing movements were clearly out of the question and it seemed as if the game would be a struggle between the two packs of for- wards. Promptly at four o'clock and before a crowd of five hundred, Cwmllynfell kicked off against the wind. The home forwards settled down to control the rushes and the "tight." They rushed the ball down the field in excellent Scottish style, and were only pulled up in the nick of time, when they were on the verge of scoring. From the scrum Evans received the ball and nearly broke through, but was tackled with the ball in his possession.. The pressure was relieved by a fly-kick by one of the visitors, but the home pack was soon back again on the visitors' line. Dan Morgan broke through, but was called back for a slight knock-on. Evans again got the ball from the tight and passed out to his centre, but the wind played pranks with the ball and placed the visitors on the attack. Loughor made great efforts to score, but the stubborn defence of the homesters proved equal to the strain. Once more the Llynfell pack rushed the ball, sweep- ing the defence aside till they reached the vistors' full-back, who got in a lucky fly-kick to touch. The struggle between the forward, raged fiercely, but the players were excellently kept under control by the referee. Half-time was blown with no score having been registered and CwnillynfelJ though playing against a strong wind, haying had the better of the argument. When the second half commenced the wind had eased a little, but Was still a menace to accurate passing and kicking. The home forwards again controlled the game and kept the visitors penned in in their own twenty- five line for the major portion of this half. Will Wat, on the wing, made a fine pick up and kicked inwards with the result that C. Price was nearly put over, but slipped when on the point of scoring. A few seconds after- wards Evans "Bach" went 'away niceiv, giving the "dummy" which was accepted by many of the visitors, but eventually his pass went astray. IJ. Harries, the Loughor wing, received the ball from a kick into the open field, and looked all over a scorer, but owing to the slippery nature of the surface of the field he fell. From the ensuing scrum the Loughor half started a bout of passing which placed the visitors in a favourable position, but 11. Evans, their fleet wing, failed to take the ball at the first time of asking, and it was knocked into touch. Up the field came the ball at the feet of the home pack of for- wards, who were working like Trojans, into the visitors' territory. A scrum was formed and Cwmllynfell heeled quickly to Evans, who went away on the blind side again giving the "JuBHu-y". to the visitors. then passed to Noah Jones, his wing, who gallopecraway along the touch line. but was bowled into touch when within an ace of scoring. Cwm- llynfell now hemmed the visitors -in'on their own line and were making excellent attempts to cross, when the final whistle was blown, with the. score :— Loughor Nil. Cwmllynfell Nil. COMMENTS. The Cwmllynfell ground record is still in- tact, and it would take a strong team to smash it. A visit by "The Record Smashers" would prove interesting. Eh, "Min"? At least, it would give a fine impetus to Rugby in this extreme end of the valley. It was pleasing to see so many Brynam- manites having made the journey to see the match and so enthusiasticlv cheering the home team in their struggle to preserve their record. It shows the excellent sporting spirit that exists between the two neighbour- ing towns. It was a severe test and Cwmllynfell can rest assured that they had the better of the play- though there was no scoring. Everyone played faultless football and it is impossible to single out any for praise because each player stuck gamely to his "guns." The home pack A-as absolutely great, and on a dry ground would have played the visitors off their feet. There was no shirking in going down to the rushes nor in doing the "whack" in the tight. The backs were also safe and considering the great speed of the visiting backs, did exceed- ingly well when each one never missed his vis-a-vis.
44 A LEAK AS THE EMBLEM OF HALES. Mr. Spencer Leigh Hughes' Story of Irish Hospitality, Mr. Spencer Leigh Hughes, M.P. ("Rub Rosa") who was one of the guests at the Irish Club dinner on Saturday night, contributed an amusing speech. He was once passing the new War Office building in Whitehall, he said when his com- panion, a Scotsman, pointing to the emblem- atic devices engraved over the door, indicated the Scotch thistle, the English lion, and the Irish harp. Where was the emblem of Wales? asked his friend. "Oh," he (Mr. Hughes) replied, "I expect there is a leak in the roof." (Laughter.) It has often been said, and truly said, that the Irish possessed one great quality, the quality of hospitality-they were hospit- able wherever one met them. Indeed, one Irish member whom he knew in the House of Commons was known as "What will you have?" (Laughter.) The Speaker often put the question from the Chair; Are you in favour of this, or are you in favour of that?" but he never put the question. "What will you have?" (Loud laughter.)
EVER BEEN HAD. In life's dear school. There's many a fool: That may not be mad, Yet still can be had. With eyes that are kind, One still may be blind And knowing one's way, Be led far astray. One plays, and the price Depends on the dice; Thus by one's yearning, One gathers learning. [ JAMES LOWE.
Ammanford Police Court. Monday, 16th March—Before Mr. Henry Herbert, Brvnmarlais (in the chair,; Mr. David liicliards, Tirydail House; and Mr. William Llewellyn, Fairwater. EXTENSION. Mr. J. W. Bishop, on behalf of Mr. 0. D. Edwards. licensee of the Cross Inn Hotel, Amanford. applied for all extension of the ordinary time of closing to 11.30 p.m. on the occasion of the Ammanford Unionist Associa- tion banquet.—An extension till 11.30 was granted. HIGHWAY OFFENCES. Hopkin Morgan, of High-street, Cwmgorse, was summoned by P.C. Tudor with allowing his carriage to be driven without light at- tached.—The statement of the police con- stable showed that lie saw a man named Stead driving a horse attached to a spring carriage in Cwmamman-road at 7.15 p.m. on the 28th ult., without light. Stead explained that he left it too late before starting from Llandilo, and said the owner was Hopkin Morgan.— Defendant did not appear, but Stead came forward. "Being that I was the guilty per- son I came here instead of him," he explained. —A fine of 28. 6d. and costs was imposed. For a similar offence, Robert Ambrose, Saron, whom P.C. Williams saw driving a lightless vehicle on Saron-road, after lighting up time, had to pay Is. and costs. CHAFFEUR -FINED. Walter Shakespeare, a chaffeur of Seven Sifters Hotel, Seven Sisters, was summoned for that while driving a motor car he did not give audiible and sufficient warning in round- ing a dangerous corner at Cwmamman. Mr. Hugh Williams appeared for the police, while Mr. Hopkins, Pontardawe, defended. The offence was admitted subject to an explana- offence was adiiiitted sul)j ect to an exp l aiia- P.S. Richards deposed thah at (5.40 p.m. on Friday, 6th inst, he was on duty in Cwmam- man-road, accompanied by P.C. Tudor, when lie saw the defendant driving a motor car, LX 6393. He was rounding the corner above the railway bridge and was proceeding in the direction of Gwaun-cae-gurwen, but did not give any warning of his approach. He called on him to stop, which lie did, and, when asked for the reason why he did not sound his horn, defendant explained, "I have been blowing it until I am sick. I did not know that there was a turning here." Mr. Hugh Williams If there had been an- other car coming from the opposite direction, what would have happened—There must have been a collision. In a further conversa- tion defendant admitted he did not blow the horn. He was driving quite steadily, but on the wrong side of the road. There was a layer of stones about two yards wide on the left hand side. Mr. Hopkins Is it possible that he might have tiounded the. horn, although, you might not have heard it'/—Impossible. Although hp was not <w>in(r verv fast. hA did not seem as if lie was going to pull up. There, ladies in the car.. Mr. Hopkins addressed the Bench, stating that the defendant was a very careful driver, and lie appeared for him on the instructions of his employer. During the last nine months lie had driven over 18,000 miles without a single complaint, and was altogether an ex- perienced motor driver The Chairman said defendant must in future exercise caution in rounding sharp corners, as otherwise a serious accident might result. They found he did not give warning of his approach this time, but as that was the first offence known to them against him, he would only be fined 5s. and costs—1 13s. altogether. His license would not be endorsed. GAMBO ACROSS THE ROAD. P.C. Roberts summoned Dd. Davies, Aber- lash Mill, Ammanford, for leaving a horse and gambo unattended on the Blaenau-road for an unreasonable space of time. The vehicle was quite acrss the road, causing an obstruction.—The Bench took a lenient view of the. case, and imposed a fine of Is. and costa. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. A numbr of parents were proceeded against at the instance of Mr. Joseph Morgan, At- tendance Superintendent, for the irregular attendance of their children. They were dealt with as follows :—William Hughes, Trefriw- terrace, Penybank, Is. and costs; Edward Pines, Park-terrace. Paiit vffynoii,. 5s. and costs; David Thomas, Plysgog Villa, Peny- bank, adjourned for a month; William Williams, Cardonnel-terrace. Pantyffynon, ad- journed for a month; Lucy Ann Williams, Margaret-street. Llandebie, Is. and costs; Thos. Hughes, Bontllwyn, Ammanford. 6d. and costs in each of two cases Mary Richards, Aherlash-road. Ammanford, Is. and costs; John Richards. Rawlings-road. Llandebie, Is. and costs; William Roberts, Dolywaur. near Capel Hemlre. Is. and costs; Thomas Davies, Pei i v i-lieol-terrace, Penygroes, Is. and costs; and Richard Hunt, Park-terrace. Panty- ffynon, Is. and costs. I BUDDING FOOTBALLERS. The following were summoned for trespass- ing on Parcyrhun Farni Rees Peregrine, New-road. John Llewelyn Evans, Joseph Walters, Howard Evans, Sidney Lewis, David Griffith Morris, Haydn Thomas. Herbert Evans. Eddie Thomas and Lewis Evans. Mr. W. L. i iItli. who appeared for the complainant, asked that the summonses be withdrawn, -as all the defendants had apolo- gised to the complainant, and had paid costs. \Vhat they did was to play football on a field belonging to the farm, and the cases were instituted in no vindictive spirit, but with a view to putting a stop to the practice. THE USUALS. Drunkenness and disorderly conduct at the Ammanford railway station on the 8th ult., accounted for the appearance of Archibald Bishop, of Celtic House. Glanamman.—P.C. Edwards gave evidence and a fine of 5s. and costs was inflicted. P.C. Evan Dayies found Thomas Thomas, Haulybrvn, Llandilo-road, Brynamman, and Lloyd Morgan. Brynmair, Bryn-road, drunk and disorderly in Station-road, fighting with each other. Thomas was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, and Morgan 5s. and costs. P.C. Roberts sumoned Jams Jones, Rail- way-place, Tumble, and James James, also of Tumble, for drunkenness. Both wore found in Norton Arms, Penygroes. but the licensee had refused them drink. They were let off on payment of costs, 6s. 6d. in each case. William Ward, Glvnmoch, admitted an offence of drunkenness and disorderly con- duct preferred against himùy- F.B. Britten, who found him in the Railway Hotel very drunk and quarelling with some other people. He had to be ejected by force. In fining him 5s. and costs, the be well advised to be careful in future, or else he would find his namfe tJn the hlacK list. P.S. Richards found Morgan- Jones, Upper Colbren-road, Gwaun-cae-gurwen, in a very drunken state on the platform of the Garnant railway station at 11.50 p.m. on the 28th ult. A fine of 5s. and costs was inflicted. Thomas Williams, an old offender, of Pen- tregwenlais, apeared on a charge of drunken- ness preferred against him by P.S. Davies. He was -fined 7s. 6d. and costs. A BETTWS INCIDENT. Mrs. Caroline Griffiths, of Coronation-ter- race, Bettws, was summoned for using obscene language. Mr. W. L. Smith appeared for the woman, and stated they did not admit the words mentioned in the summons. P.C. Farrell deposed that on the 24th ult. he was in Colonel-road, Bettws, and called in the shop of Joshua Bros., when defendant came in. There were other people in the shop at the time, including a young girl ten years of age. Defendant had a conversation with them, during the course of conversation she was asked if her husband, who was under- going a term of imprisonment, had come out of prison, whereupon she made use of obscene language. The Clerk Was the question asked her in an insulting manner, or purely for informa- tion'?—For information, I took it. Mr. Smith Didn't you have a word with her in reference to her husband being in prison ?—Not until she mentioned the matter to me. You didn't suggest that the husband was having a g ood holiday'?—No, the only thing I said was that I promised her husband on taking him to' prison that I would let her know when he would be released, but that I had been unable to carry out that promise as I had been on the sick list. She had no cause whatever from me to use such language. Defendant's version was that Farrell told her, "I thought of giving a call at your house to fetch Tom when he came from prison." She considered it was no business of his to say that, but when he went on to express the hope that her husband had enjoyed his holi- days in "quad" she admitted having lost her temper. Mr. Smith And did you make use of the words which the • constable" says you did?— No, not half of those, only the first word. The rest had been put in by defendant him- self. She had never been summoned before. P.C. Farrell Was not the first reference to your husband made by Josbua?-No, it was you. Don't you often make use of such language? -No, I don't. Addressing the Bench, Mr. W. L. Smith asked why should the woman be taunted with the fact that her husband was in prison, be- cause lie submitted that that really was what did happen. It was absurd to think that a person, especially a woman, should give vent to such a torent of bad language without any cause whatsoever. The Bench found the case proved, but let defendant off on payment of 8s. 6d. costs. AN ELEMENT OF DOUBT. David Jones, of 10, Dogsbrook-terrace, °charged with indecently assaulting le, ell namea iviui/ Bowler, living with her parents in the same street. Mr. Hugh Williams, Llandilo, ap- peared for the police, while Mr. W. L. Smith, Ammanford, defended. The girl, Mary Elizabeth Bowler, said she would be sixteen next October. On Wednes- day, morning the 4th inst., she went to nurse to defendant's house in the absence of the latter's wife. She was there all day, and, after tear he took liberties with her with the result that she ran home and complained to her mother. Evidence as to the complaint was given by the mother, Mrs. Bowler, who afterwards went to see the accused, and taxed him with having ill-used her daughter, but he denied knowing anything about it. She told him that a man of his age ought to be ashamed of himself. P.C. Williams spoke to serving defendant with a summons on the 11th, and charging him with the offence. He replied, "All I have to say is that I did not do it. I only pushed her away from the fire, and told her that her blood was very cold. There is plenty of room down there, I suppose (meaning prison), because by hell, I won't pay a singlo penny. Inspector Davies stated that on the fHh of March he saw the defendant and told him he was making inquiries in the matter, but warned him that he had no need to say any- thing which might incriminate himself. In the course of a long statement, defendant said, "She came here last Wednesday for the purpose of cleaning the house, for my wife was away, but she was too lazy to do any- thing, only stand by the fire, and I gave her a push away. I had no intention of doing anything to her. My stepson was in the house nearly all day with us. It is her mother's doing. Her mother came up here and made the bother, and accused me of interfering with her daughter. I told her the same as I have told you, that I have done nothing." j. Defendant elected to be dealt with sum- marily, and made a denial to the charge, but, before evidence for the defence was called, the Chairman said they thought there was an element of doubt in the case as there was no proper corroboration. Consequently they would dismiss the case. ADJOURNED. The Llandebie Colliery Company proceeded against 17 or 18 workmen, but as the cases could not be taken until late in the day. and it was anticipated that they would last some considerable t iiie, it was agreed that they should stand over to the next court, and be taken immediately after the police cases. Mr. Kenshole, Aberdare, appeared for the company, and Mr. Clarke Williams (in- structed by Mr. T. Randall) for the men.
HOW CANADIAN CITIES GROW The City of North Battleford having been successful -in disposing of nearly ,0£120,000 worth of bonds, it is expected that a large percentage of the following undertakings will be carried out this coming summer. These developments are required to cope with the rapid growth of the city :—Trunk sewers ±8i000, sewers, local improvement ±13,000, cement sidewalks £ 19,700,. water works ±14,000, electric light plant ±8,000, parks ±14,000, street grading ±17,000, exhibition grounds ±3,000, subway ±4,000, schools ±11,006; f-addition to these improvements, for which 'the money is on hand, plans are under'; for a new City Hall to cost ap- proximately ±1.000; a new fire hall to cost t4,000 and the installation of power trucks in place of horsewlraw veh Icles for the fire The Carnegie Library is also expected to be built flus sum)nef. <
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