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ING SESSIONS. AMMANFORD LICENS- I SATISFACTORY POLICE REPORT. The annual Licensing Sessions for the 'Amman Valley Division were held. at Ammuuford on Monday morning. The following justices attended: Messrs. G. H. tffczdck (in the chair), Hy Herbert, W. J. Williams, B. R. Evans, Wm. 1,1 o welly it, and David Davies. Police Report. Deputy Chief Constable J. Evans pre- sented hits annual report., in which he s'-ated there were fifty-three licensed premises within the division to a popula- tion of 2:3.0;H. Included in that n uanber were six off-licenses, two of which were ior wines and ■spirits, and dour for medicinal wines, all held by chemists. Oi the pxtblie-hoiKse licenses thirty-five were for i^even days, and twelve for six day. There was one public-house to every 470 of the population. or, when the otT-ii-een- were included, one for every .iiH.G, "viNJe the proporliDll for England and Walos came to ;0.44. to every 10,000. 1 hiring the year ended iilst December last five occasional licenses were granted, j eight extensions, two transfers, a.ud one p-t^fion order. He was exceedingly pleased to say that so far as the public- house license-holders were concerned, he had not found it necessary to proceed in ziny instance. There were proceedings II against one holder of a wine and spirit 1i(fn: for infringing the law, and a con- viction followed. With reference to I drunkenness during the year, 215 proceed- j ng's were taken, and 203 convictions ieeorded, as against the previous year 213 proceedings and 200 convictions, showing a def"'TPlasE' of four proceedings and three convictions. He had just men- tioned that, the conduct of the licexise- hoiders had been very good, but he would suggest that the publicans of the district could assist the police in decreasing drunkenness if -they took a jitilo more care in the serving of persons who fre- quented their promises, and who very olttn had "had enough" before coming to ia particular house. He did no-t want for one. moment to suggest that all persons proceeded against in the division were. made drunk in the division. He happened 1O know that, was not ,so, many coming from over the borders, and, unfortunately for them. happening to knock against the police while in a drunken condition. But he felt, if the publicans were a little more diligent and careful as to the condi- tion of the people they served, they would materially assist, he was sure, in rahr> irg drunkenness in the division. He was pure the publicans would agree with him that a drunken ]>ei«on at best wa.-i not a very inviting friend to be on the pre- mises, ayfvrt from the serious risk run of til lowing a roam in tha;t condition on the premises. So far as the police were con- cerned, they did not offer any objection to the renewal o;f the several licenses in the division. He had had no notice of any nfention to apply for new licenses, with the exception of billiard licenses. In regard to those he had received about half-a-dozen notices, and did not offer any objection to the granting of the licenses, but he might say that he had had one petition sent in opposing the granting of a billiard license m one par- ticular district, and he believe(I that that petition would be presented to the Beneh. He added that the decrease in drunken- ness had been most marked the. latter part of the year.—The Chairman con- gratulated the district on the favourable roport which the Deputy Chief Constable had been able to present. He observed that that WHS not the first time it had been their pleasure to find thai no pro- ceedings had been token against publi- cans. If his recollection served him light, some two or three yeans ago they were in the same fortunate position, but cilice then the number of proceedings against public-bouse license-holders had been very email indeed. He had hoped to see some further reduction in the num- ber of cases in which drunkenness had been proved, but it was satisfactory to learn that during the second half of the year there ha.d been a material decrease. 'That, he thought, had been the case everywhere, and he hoped it would con- tinue, because in the serious crisis through which we were parsing we wanted to sober the country; and he used the word sober not entirely with regard fto intoxicating drink, but to soberness of conduct generally, and soberness of fthought. And he was not sure whether it did not require some great crisis of this kind to do something Ito bring home to anen generally ilhat. life was more serious than they had been .in the foaibiit cf re- garding it for the last, generation or two. He was afraid thev had a long time ahead before this crisis was over. He was not ♦speaking without some knowledge of Ger- many itself, where lie had been for a couple of years, and it was his view that it would <t.ake a long time yet before that great nation was defeated. They all •(.rusted land beheved that in time the out- come of this war can be but one, but as he 'had already stated, they had long to wait for that end, and therefore they earnestly hoped that the people of the Amman Valley and the whole country would exercise sobriety in every way. lie could very well support; the remarks of the Deputy Chbf Constable with regard to it-hf, assistance that iraay be given by publicans, who had not only ,to deal with the men who came in under the influence o'i drink, but also what he might call the daily and weekly customer. Very often, regular customers were allowed to stop until they had had more tha.n enough, and more than was good. He was sure it would be to the interest of the publicans ps well as the general community if fll-.v could fall in with the suggestion made, .and have the moral courage to tell a customer when he had had enough.—The. Deputy Ohicr' Constable intimated that it had come to bis knowledge that about half-a-dozen public-houses in the division kept ring boards, tabrte qucil;s, draughts, dominoes, etc.. on the premises. He said he did not. wish to take any step on this occasion, but he hoped that publicans bc- tween now md. the next licensing session would discontinue that practice. All the licenses wesre renewed. Billiard Licenses. I Six appiica&orrs were made for new billiard as follows: W. H. Brown. Ceutral Temperance Hotel in re- spect of premisses in Ammanford forroerly •-occupied bv Afr. E. Harries, ironmonger; Joint Morgan, Garnani, in respect of Central Institute. Drnevor-road Daniel Wfciilips. Brynamman, in respect, of Mount Pleasant Institute: Wm. Atkins, ( apel Hendre, in respect of premises rear ttie Hemdre^squaje; Wm. Ma in war- ing, AmiBaofor(ji in respect of preimises in Qllk"-ti- and John Jeremiah, Mertiiyr Tydfil, in resoect of premises in As Arcade, Ammanford. The applicant Ware ropreseated by Messrs. T. C. Hirrl<?y and Hy. Noves respectively, who sub- mitted that billiard playing was a. harm- less game, and wcwld nlJlt in any way deteriorate the morals of the voung •people. A Petiticn. I k pe,tkon orr-ing the e tb,- license to promises lmir the Capei Hendre-sqnare was prreseabed, a in! sup- iported dn evidence by the Rev. i\ti«>:n:.e Fnmeis, C.,M-. ministør, wiao opinion wasdhatit was dangerous to the K*rarnnxm% from the inilnenees too- had ofossrved ftrom time to time in their twvk$i ho rt rhot«d.—Choenrtan: W&,A are yoiar fnars from whai- TOD have ohperred iin ifhe iwc^hbocrbood F Perhaps you will he a Tiftsblo more dedinite.—Belying, the w. gentleruan gave instaziees of an jn- ftelkgeflnt young man. vesy foeEbd. o £ read-u ing, who upon taking to billiards, was -) ,• absorbed in the game tliat he devoted the whole of his leisure hours to the game, and also how it had proved doti-iment-il to the home life. Those cases had been brought to his notice, and he felt thant to have one 'billiard-room, at Tycroes, only a.bout a mile away, and another at Peny- groes, was s-tillkient to meet the purposes of Capel Hendre.—ii>r. Xoyes: May I fake at that you OhjN-t to io<^ball piav- ing ?—JSTo, I don't objoot; I flon't olhject at all to playing. I object to the circum- stances under which the playing is carried on.—If billiard playing is carried on in a proper way you would not obiocit —The conditions are similKtr to thote that are in exintencc in other places.— Do you in-an to say that Capel Hendre is not fit for a billiard license or that a billiard license i-s not fit for Capel Hendre ?-Tha.t the billiard license is not. fit for Capel Hendre.—You think that ;be people are fit to have a billiard ii-epse, do you?—I would not. like .to say 'n' W'I'l or the other.—They are your fo'.i:: they not fit to have a billiard table in the placer—Yes, I admit that. Under cer- tain conditions, and it depended what those conditions were. One oi the condi- tions that he should lay down was proper supervision. He had his private op.inion as to other conditions that 6hould be im- posed as well. The objection lie had was that the working of those billiard houses in the neighbourhood had been detri- mental to vhe young mrinhood.—You go against public billiard-roonus gPlleraJly- I do, a." far as my knowledge -e,-ocs.-ilave you ever had a game of billiards your- self?—I believe that does not concern my evidence.—-I think I am entitled to }",k I you.—I do not thiuk I ehould answer that.—Oh, yes; I think you shoiitd. Have you anything against the gamer—Xo, I have not, personally.—And don't you think it is a very ^ne and a very reason- able recreation lor young men?—I don't think <;0. That, is open to debate. I have no objection to anyone choosing his own recreation.—Would you rather thai the young men should play billiards than t:lut they should go to That is a personal opinion altogether. —Samuel Vaugha-u said he had obtained a number of signatures t? the petition. In all there were 213 signatures.—The Chairman upon examining the -signatures observed that K ^seemed as if one member of the family had signed f-or the others in ^veral instances.—Mr. Noyes said the I petition made remarkablo reading. It ertateai that k wouid be asainst. the in- terests of manhood, of patriotism, and of spiritual issues to grant the license, and went, on to compare the effects of hal- liard playing to "creeping paralysis."— After a long deliberation in private the Bench declined to grant the application for a license at Capel Hendre. The five other applications were granted.—It was stated that all the billiard halls-would have to close at 10 p.m. each evening except Saturday, when haif-an-hour's extension would be granted. The 4nfrv licenses would become operative from the 5tli of April next.



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