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Ammanford Police Court.


Ammanford Police Court. Monday, January 27th.—Before Mr. A. E. Du Buisson, Glnyhir (in the chair) Mr. W. Llewelyn, Fairwater; Mr. David Davies, Cilrhedyn; and Mr. Wm. Williams, Peny- groes: L REFUSED. Daniel Bevan, Abergwynau, applied for an ejectment order against David Richards. The applicant admitted that defendant paid the rent, but not regularly. Mr. D. Griffiths Lewis, solicitor, Gamant, appeared for the applicant, whose application was refused. I NO REAR RED LIGHT. Gethin Roberts, Bettws, was charged by P.C. Higgins with not having a rear red light on a milk float driven by him (defendant). The constable deposed that the offence was committed on the 15th inst., and in reply to th,e charge defendant (a youngster of 16 years of age) said that he did not know the light was required. Let off on payment of costs. MOTOR-CAR WITHOUT LIGHTS. P.C. Edwards charged Thomas Baden Jones, of Latimer Road, Llandilo, with not having lights on the front part of a motor-car; also in respect to the absence of a red light at the Tear of the car. The constable said that at 11.45 p.m. on the 16th inst. he saw the car on the Llan- debie road. It was driven by defendant, who was accompanied by four others. There was on one front light. The,*her lamps were quite cold. Defendant told witness that he had lit the lamps on four separate occasions, and asked him not to report the offence. Defendant pleaded guilty, and stated that he had intended lighting up, when the con- stable came on the scene. Fined lOs. for each offence. A COUNTRY COURTSHIP. A returned prisoner of war was the defen- dant in a paternity case heard. He was Priv. Dl Henry Walters, of Forest Hall, Pontardiilais, and was summoned by Catherine Jane Edwards, of Llanedy, in respect of her male child. Mr. T. R. Ludford, solicitor, Llanelly, was for the applicant, and Mr. Dahne, so licitor, Swansea, for the defendant, who denied the paternity. The complainant stated that the courtship began in 1915. She was then engaged at Plasnewydd Farm, which was only two miles distant from defendant's house. She was 22 years of age. Defendant used to visit Plas- newydd about four times a week, and come in through the window. Delay in taking pro- ceedings was due to the fact that defendant had been a prisoner of war, and was repatriated in. November last. He had also been reported missing. Defendant, on oath, said that complainant was an absolute stranger to him. He denied that he was the father of the child. Cross-examined, defendant also denied that he had been home on leave in May, 1916. At this stage Mr. Ludford applied for an adjournment to procure evidence to prove that defendant was on leave at the time stated. The Bench agreed to the application. BREACHES OF CONTRACT. FORTY-TWO MINERS SUMMONED. Mr. Kenshole, solicitor, appearing for the colliery owners in the cases of 42 miners sum- moned for breaches of contract, said in his opening remarks that on Saturday last he re- ceived a communication from IVLr. Randall, the men's solicitor, stating that they had decided not to appear to answer the charges, nor would they be legally represented. He (Mr. Kenshole) very much regretted the atti- tude taken up by the men. Neither was there any explanation given. That very day the men were holding a demonstration, which meant the collieries being on stop. It was apparent that machinery had been set up to deal with disputes by the Miners' Federation and the colliery owners. A committee was formed, which consisted of representatives of the men and owners, and to whom all dis- putes were'referred for consideration. Before proceedings were taken, the committee of the workmn's representatives were asked if they had any observations to make. They did not give any explanation in these cases. The first charge was preferred against a haulier named Merriman and five others. In this case the srum of i.3 was claimed for breach of contract. On the 19th November last a letter was received from the local sec- retary of the Discharged Sailors' and Soldiers' Federation, appealing to the management to let off discharged men early to enable them to attend the funeral of a comrade named R. Jones, who was-wounded on the French front. It was the only way by which they could shew their respect. Mr. David Lewis, the under-manager at the Tirydail Colliery, was called, and said that the decedfted soldier was not a workman at the colliery, and was, in fact, a stranger. The request was, however, imediately granted. On the morning of the 23rd inst. he (the under-manager) went into the stables. One of the hauliers asked him, How is it looking for a half shift? and that they in- tended taking half a day as well. He told the hauliers that it would not be allowed, for it would mean the closing down of the whole pit. There were 19 hauliers in the pit. They all stopped work, with the result that the whole pit was on stop. Three hundred men were rendered idle. The Chairman: Did you see the men indi- vidually ? Witness: Yes, afterwards. Mr. D. Jones, cashier at Tirydail Colliery, said that the sum of £67 12s. represented standing charges, but it was only £ 3 the Com- pany claimed from them. The magistrates made an order that the amount be deducted from the men's wages. Arthur Lewis and nine others were next proceeded against for a like offence. A letter had been received from Mr. John Harries, and dated tbk 20th inst., calling upon the management to withdraw the sum- monses unconditionally, and unless done, the miners woftld hold a demonstration. Mr. T. W. Lewis, manager at the Tiry- dail Collieries, stated that on the 7th inst. he received intimation of the men's intention to stop work for half a day on the Monday following to attend a funeral. Mr. Kenshole here stated that the relatives were nevw refused permission- to attend the funerals; also this was applicable to friends. Under the Conciliation Board agreement, it was necessary to come to some arrangement with the management to attend a funeral. If any friends wished at any time to attend, permission would never be refused. The standing charges were jEtOO 3s. There were 351 men employed at the colliery, and this worked out at 5s. 6d. -to be paid by each man. The Bench made an order for the amount claimed. In the case of Evan Pugh and 20 others, this dispute arose at the Pantyffynnon Col- liery, and committed on two separate occa- sions. In the first instance the defendants wanted to be carried an additional 100 yards down the lowest shaft, and refused to go down in the spake." In the opinion of the manager, Mr. Wm. Thomas, it would be unsafe to ex- tend the spake." They held a meeting subsequently and went home. On the second occasion it was a question of rotation. A man named Mainwaring, who had finished his place," was sent temporarily to another spot. It was customary that if a man finished his place i" he would have to wait his turn for another.4 Later on, the men demanded that Mainwaring be stopped. He was shortly afterwards, on their further demand, re- instated. The owners claimed 8s. 6d. each for the stoppage on the 26th October, and against the same number, representing 225. for the stoppage on the 22nd November, the sum of 14s. 6d. each. Order made. At the Rhosamman Colliery, Morgan Grif- fiths and four others refused to work owing to an overtime claim being in dispute. In this case the Company claimed £ 5 each. The shift was through the men's action rendered idle. The magistrates here again made an order for payment. After the magistrates had given their decisions, Mr. Kenshole said that with their permission he should like to make a state- ment. Continuing, he stated that it was with reluctance the coalowners brought forward these cases. He was instructed to state that the owners were prepared not to enforce pay- ment of damages, and that on the condition that there would be no repetition of the offences during the next six months. He was communicating with Mr. Randell, the men's solicitor, on the matter immediately. They were at all times desirous,of living in harmony.



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