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Women and Agriculture.




A JIBBER? SOLDIER CHARGED WITH CRUELTY TO HORSE. BRECOX HEXClI'S DECISIOX. Pte. Wm. J. Wells, belonging to an agricultural com- pany at the Depot. Brecon, and who has been working as a substitute haulier with the Breconshire Coal and Lime Co., appeared to answer a summons, at the Brecon County Police Court on Friday^ for ill-treating a horse. Mrs Smith, Millbrook, said on the 12th March, about 3 p.m., she saw a soldier standing with a horse and cart loaded with coal on the bridge by Millbrook. De. fendant had blindfolded the hcrse and was, knocking it across the head and neck with a stick. He knocked the horse several times. Witness told him not to do it, but he told her to mind her own business. She said she thought it was her business, and that she would report him. Later she saw him trying to blind-fold the hor.-e again, but the horse seemed daunted. He had a bag or eanva.s over the horse's eyes, and later she saw him putting his top-coat over its head. It was a light horse, and he was trying to get it to take the cart up the hill. If he had asked her for the loan of a horse to help it up the hill she would have lent him one. Defendant said the horse was a jibber. The Clerk (to Mrs Smith): In your opinion, if the horse were a jibber, was the punishment defendant was giving it excessive?—Yes, it was. Sarah Ann Jones, a servant at Millbrook, gave cor- roborative evidence. She added that she saw defendant later at the foot of the hill knocking the horse about the legs with a stick. The horse was trembling and seemed afraid of the man. The Clerk: Did the horse appear to you to be able to manage the load ?-He could pull it along the flat, but she did not know whether it could pull it up the hill. She could not tell the condition of the horse. P.s. Evan- said on .the evening in question, in ecn- sequence of complaints received, he visited the stables in the Watton, and there saw the hor:.e-a chestnut cart mare—which defendant had been driving. It was brought out of the stable antd witness examined it. It was bathed in perspiration from head to foot and trembling, appearing to be in fear when epoken to. and from its general appearance had gone through very rough usage. He failed to find any marks on it. The next day he saw defendant and told him of the com- plaint he had received. Defendant denied he had beaten the horse, but said he had had a great deal of trouble with it, and produced the whip which he said he had with him. Defendant had since been dismissed. The Clerk: From whose employ? Witness: He was employed by the Breconshire Coal and Lime Co. Witness added that he saw the manager the same evening and he ^sent the man back to the Barracks. Supt. Jones: What was the condition of the licrse? P.-s. Evans: It was a good horse, and appeared to be quite capable of taking a load. I made inquiries of other hauliers, and they told me they could manage it all right and never had trouble with it. Defendant: When you inspected the horse cn Tues- day. I believe it had been raining all day?—Yes, it had been. I saw other horses the "ame evening, and they did not appear to be in the same condition. Defendant: All the other hauliers and Mr Jones, the manager, admit that they always had had trouble with the horse jihhing ?-They did not say .so. Defendant said he would like to have a representative of the firm present to give evidence on this point. The horse was. a. noted jibber, and whoever had been in charge of it had always had trouble with it. The Clerk: You can have an adjournment, but there is still the question if the horse were a jibber was the treatment- excessive ? Defendant: NO, it was not. The bench decided to send to the stables for evidence on this point. John Price, a haulier, in the employ of the company for two years, said the name of the horse was "Madame." He had had charge of it in hauling a load of coal. It worked all right the time he had it, about 18 months ago, but he was told "she had been jibbing with some" since then. It was an aged mare. The Clerk: You are ,ure she is a jibber?—Xot when I was with her. The Clerk: Perhaps she is jibbing now at the price of eca.l! (Laughter.) Supt. Jones: When did you first hear of her iih. bing?~vThis long time. By your own regular workman ?^-Yes, before I had her. The Clerk: Who is driving her now? Witness: Another man from the Barracks. The Clerk: Perhaps she resents khaki, or is a con- scientious objector. (Laughter.) The bench (Mr A. A. Mitchell and Mr Evan Morgan) said they did not consider the evidence was strong enough in the case to convict-, and they desired to warn defendant to be more careful in driving horses.

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