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QUARTER SESSIONS SWANSEA RECORDER URGES ijllWK I DISPATCH. The Epiphany Quarter Sessions for the Borough of Swansea were opened at the Guildhall oa Monday morning before the Recorder (Mr. Ivor Bowen, K.C.). The Mayor (Aid. T. Merrells), wearing his insignia of office, occupied a seat on the Bench at the outset. There were six cases in the calendar. Ald. Evan Evans was chosen foreman of the Grand Jury. In his charge to the Grand Jury, the Recorder said there was nothing of t difficulty that he could see in the fact-s of any of the eases. He would, however, draw special attention to the case of two foreigners who were charged with using certain premises for the purpose of gaming by means of the clown" and other machines of a similar type. The trial of these men would give rise, no doubt, to some very interesting questions of law—whether these machines did pro- vide a game of skill or chance. If the Grand Jury thought there were sufficient facts upon which the Court ought to pro- ceed with the trial, they would return a true bill. I hope you will 6end the bills along as quickly as possible," said the Recorder in conclusion, as in these days the despatch of public and private busi- ness is equally important." The First Case. Frederick Ellery (33), litter, pleaded guilty to stealing a suit case containing a drees suit and other articles of wearing apparel, together with a diamond and pearl tie-pin, a woollen muffler and an opera hat, of the value of £27, the property of the G.W.R. Company, at Swansea, on April 20th. He also admitted a further charge of stealing a gold chain and pen- dant, value E3, the property of Thomas Aubrey Morgan, at Swansea on September 22nd. Mr. Clive Lawrence, who prosecuted, said the suit case was deposited at the G.W.R. Station by Mr. Price. Prisoner was arrested at Sunderland in November on another charge. Detective-Sergeant Johnson stated that prisoner had served numerous sentences for felonies, and had just come out of prison after serving a two months' sen- tence. Prisoner came to Swansea in Feb- ruary, 1915, from Abertillery, and left about September 2nd for Sunderland. While at Swamea he worked in munition works at Morriston. The Recorder: What wages was he getting at the munition vroxks? I know they get princely wages. Prisoner, in a written statement, said be had tried to reform during the past 16 months, but during a momentary tempta- ion be ieg. I know my past is black, he said. "That is where it is difficult. A man is always judged by his past, and can never live it down." The Recorder at this stage called Detec- tive Francis, tbe officer engaged in the case, before him, and congratulated him I on his very good work." Addressing prisoner, the Reoorder said from what he knew of munition works, lie had no doubt prisoner was getting ex- travagant wages. It was unfortunate th-a,t there was no institution under the Ministry of Munitions where he could send him to work for nothing. Prisoner had had a shocking career, and he was a confirmed and expert thief. He would have to go to prison for 15 months' hard labour on each indictment, to run con- currently. Sentence Deferred. I Rose Huntley (22) pieaded guilty to I attempting to commit suicide by jumping in the North Dock at S-anæa. an Nvem-I ber 27tth, Mr. Mervyn How?I, who prosecuted, said ? was a dibera ad. and prasoner said she would do it again- Mr. GnSth Jones, who repreeented Honttey. said a Child' of hers died just before this occurrence There were 23 previoos convictions against her. Prisoner promised the Recorder she wouid, not attempt to take her life again. .The Recorder cksferred his decision for enquiries to he made. Subsequently, Ilisa Tucker, court mis- sionary, offered to take the girl into Owm- donkin Sketter, and sent her to a home later, whence sh e could go into service. The Recorder agreed, and bound prisoner over in the eom of 25 to come up for judgment if called upon Led Away by a Woman. I Si chard King (2:3), seaman, also pleaded I guilty to attempting to commit suicide by cutting his throat with a razor at Swan- BOO. on Or 11-th. Mr. Griffiths Jones, who prosecuted, said it was clear King was under the influ- ence of drink; at the time. Mr. Marlay Samson, who represented prisoner, said he was a trawlerman by amupation, and was the son of very re&- pectable people at Milford Haven. He Jaad been in hospital for several months, aad was still in a erirfcical cxmdition. Prisoaer's father said he was prepared to take him home, and look after him ¡ until he recovered. The Recorder aaid he did not see why he should shield anybody in this case. Prisoner had been intimate with a Married woman named Martha. Charey. I The Recorder (to prisonet): You are not the first young man who has been led I away by a woman, who, I have no hesita- tion in saying, is a perfectly worthless woman., and to some exfceot she is morally refqwosibta for the position you find yowr- self in to-day. She is aai older woman than yourself. In tending prisoner and iris father over iR the sum of £16 to come up for jndg- merat if called upon, the Recorder warned King to keep away from this woman.

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