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Builth Tribunal. I


Alleged Encroachment.


I County Appeals.


I County Appeals. Breconshire Tribunal Cases. I CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR AND PELHAM COMMITTEE. The Breconshire Appeal Tribunal met at Brecon on Thursday. Member.- present were Messrs. David T. Jeffreys (chairman), H. Evan-Thomas, W. S. Miller, Ed- ward llutler, J. F. Parry de Winton, J. D. Morgan and E. T. Hyde, with Mr H. F. W. Harries (clerk), Messrs. Gwilvm C. James, C. W. Woosnam, C. W. Best, and Col. J. Jpnes (military representatives). Mr Owen Price re- presented the Board of Agriculture. Mechanic or Chauffeur. j The International Anthracite Colliery Company, Ys- tradgynlais, represented by Mr Lovat Fraser, barris- ter-at-law, were the respondents to an appeal by the military representative against the decision of the local tribunal in granting exemption until 15th September to Frederick Jay (31), married an assistant mechanic and chauffeur. The grounds ot the appeal were that the man was a chauffeur and not a mechanic. Evidence was given by Mr John Davies, manager of the colliery, and, in reply to Mr G. C. James, he said the man only acted as chauffeur when required. He had no stated time to go to the colliery. The Chairman Which does he give the more time to, the car or the colliery?—To the colliery. If his chief duty is a colliery mechanic, should you not have appealed' to the Colliery Tribunal? Mr Lovat Fraser: But this is the military appeal. The Chairman: But, in the first instance, the appli- cat i..11 should have been made to the Colliery Tri- bu: I. You make such a point of the fact that he is a colliery mechanic that we are inclined to send it back to the proper tribunal (to witness): Look at the last paragraph of our appeal: "The spare time he puts in as assistant mechanic at the colliery." The spare time ? Mr Davies: Xo. sir, I might have made an error in wording it. Probably, I should have written spare time as chauffeur. After retiring for consultation, the Chairman said they were satisfied that the principal occupation of this man was that of chauffeur, and they would so far allow the appeal of the military representative that they would reduce the time to the 1st September. Mr Fraser: And you will not send it to the Colliery Tribunal ? The Chairman We have given you time, and that is a matter for yon to consider. Better Than Nothing. 1 Mr Duncan Cameron, travelling draper, Merthyr, who was represented by Mr Meredith, solicitor, appealing on behalf of an employee, asked by the military re- presentative if he had tried girls or women in the busi- ness, replied that he had tried six and had still got three. Mr James: Is it a success? Mr Cameron I cannot call it a success-it is better than nothing at all. (Laughter.) The Chairman: You have not thought fit to put one of the girls on this round. We gave you two months to make arrangements. Mr Meredith said this round, wllich was worth R1600, was too large for a girl to travel, and pointed out that of 13 men employed before the war they were only ask- ing that two should be kept. Two months' exemption was granted. Local v. German Spas. Mr Careless appeared in the appeal of Mr W. R. Jen- kins (26). lessee of the Dolecoed Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells. Appellant said he had had people staying there who would have gone to foreign and German spas, and this was an opportunity of attracting people to home spas in future who used to go to Germany and other continental towns. It would not be possible to carry on the place without his supervision. His wife could not carry it on without him. Exemption was given until 1st September, final. Conditional exemption was given until 1st Novem- her. on their remaining in their present occupation, to two timber-fellers. employed by Mr Griffith Lewis, Neath, in felling pitwood at Llyswen. Evidence was given by Mr Geo. Mills, of Messrs. Mills and Co., Port Talbot, to the effect that they had contracted with Mr Lewis for 1500 tons of home-grown pit-wood. Mr Ley- shon, Neath, appeared for appellant. Singular Builth Case. Mr John Jones (37-), a tenant farmer, Sancjrta, ap- pealed against the decision of the Builth rural tribunal, who gave hinj temporary exemption to the 31st August, making it final. Appellant said he was joint tenant with his brother, who had been exempted. They were the only two on the farm, where they used to have four or five men. They had 650 acres, 25 acres of corn, 3 of swedes and 50 of hay. The rent was £120. The Chairman: And you say that only yourself and your brother are there?- Yes. since last November. Answering Mr Owen Price, appellant said they had 745 sheep of a good class, 51 cattle, 9 cart horses and 14 cobs and ponies. Mr Price: And you have not got a single man on the farm except yourself and your brother?—Not since No- vember. His brother was not strong. Is it right to say ttat you manage the farm and do all the buying and sffling. and that the management of the farm is in youPiiands?— Yes. He got 43/- apiece for his ewes. Mr Price: That shows the good class of sheep. By the Chairman: A brother had a farm about a mile-and-a-lialf or two miles away from this. Mr Woosnam said Penrheola and this farm, San- cyrta, were practically managed by the three brothers. The farms practically joined each other. (To wit- ness) In your application you say that your stock consisted of 420 sheep?—What month was that? In the month of February ?—Yes, that is quite true.- We have got 300 lambs since then. Reckon them up. (Laughter.) You say your acreage consists of 650 acres?—Sancyrta is 500 and we have 150 acres of land beside. You say your brother is the owner of Penrheola?— Yes. he bought It three years ago. When before the Builth Tribunal you stated that Penrheola was left to your brother by your mother?— Yes. my mother gave him the money to pay for it and gave the stock on it to him before. We two have got Who is your landlord?—Lord St. David's. I Sancyrta. Were you a cattledealer and not a farmer prior to 1915 ?-I was on the farm as well. Prior to two years ago practically the bulk of your time was spent in cattle dealing about the country?— I was not at it regularly. Mr Woosnam, addressing the Tribunal, said his point was that prior to the last 18 months, and for five-or six years before, these two farms were managed entirely by two brothers, appellant being a cattle dealer, practi- cally the whole of his time being devoted to cattle deal- ing. That was his contention and the opinion of the local tribunal, and, consequently, they held that this man's services were not necessary on the farm, which had been carried on jointly by the two brothers for years past. The Chairman (to appellant): How long have you had the farm in your joint names?—About seven years. Mr Woosnam said appellant was a cattle dealer and not a farmer, and he was prepared to prove it. The Chairman Then prove it, Mr Woosnam. Let us have the evidence. Mr Woosnam said he could not bring evidence now, but the decision of the local tribunal did, and that tribunal was practically composed of farmers. The Chairman: We must have evidence, Mr Woos- nam. Proceeding, the Chairman said they had it in evidence that for seven years these two men and their mother were tenants of this farm. Mr Woosnam was understood to say that he would have to review the certificate granted in another case, and he asked that the decision of this tribunal should be deferred until that case was brought before them. The Chairman: Our difficulty is this. We have to decide on the evidence brought before us. The only evidence we have is that of this man, and until his statement is contradicted by other evidence we are bound by his statement. Mr Woosnam: It will he necessary for me to review the certificate of the other man and to bring before you evidence that these two farms have been worked and managed as one farm in the past. The Chairman: Then we will adjourn this case and hear both cases together on your review. Government and the Wool. Mr H. Lloyd. Builth, in his appeal for Mr W. H. O. Dean, wool classer and sorter, said the War Office was working out a Scheme for the purchase of wool, and he had reason to believe that they had been appointed offi- cial buyers. He therefore asked for a postponement on behalf of Dean, who was the only man left on their staff of military age. He bought for them in Pem- brokeshire, and in the case of his firm being appointed by the Government they would have no one to do the buying there. Mr G. C. James: If this Government scheme is put on foot there will he no necessity to send Mr Dean down to Pembrokeshire or anywhere else?—I differ very much with your opinion. The Chairman said they would adjourn the case un- til they, knew whether II: Lloyd's firm had been ap- pointed definitely by the Government or not. I Licensed Victuallers, Cases. The military representative's appeal against decis- ions of the Brynmawr Tribunal, who had granted ex- emptions to two licensed victuallers, was successful. Mr Gwjlym James asked one of the respondents whether this was not one of the businesses that a lady could look after without the aid of her husband? Respondent said there were a good many obstacles to that. He did not think it was a trade in which a woman should be alone. The Chairman: You kept a licensed house during the time you worked underground?—Yes.

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