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Milford Petty Sessions. The monthly petty sessions were held on Wednesday last, before Colonel Roberts (in the chair), and Mr J. Ll. Davies. Dr Griffith attended subsequently and took the chair. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. There were no fewer than seventeen cases for non- attendance under the School Board Act. In the majority of them fines of 2s Gd were inflicted, and in cases where there was no appearance, 3s. In two cases-that of Mary Tonner and William Wolfe-it appeared that the former child was aged 12 years, and was still in Standard 1 with no attendances, and the latter 10 years, Standard 1, and no attendances, fines ef 5s were inflicted. The following is the full, list:—James Richards, 2s 6d, Robert Warlow, 3s, David Thomas, 2s 6d, George Nicholas, 2s 6d, Henry Merchant, 2s 6d, George Scotton, 3s, Mary Tonner, 5s, William Wolfe, 5s, John Russan, 2s 6d, Samuel Hood, 2s 6d, John Johnston, 2s 6d, William Jones, 2s 6d, Samuel Mayall, 2s 6d, James Hart, 28 6d, William Evans, 2s Gd, Thomas Laugharne, 2s (id. The case of Edward Wales was adjourned, as it was stated the child was suffering from scarlet fever, and a doctor's certificate to that effect was produced. DRUXK AND DISORDERLY. John Bevans was charged by Sergt. Brinn with being drunk and disorderly at Trafalgar Road. He was using very bad language and struck his wife, who was running to the police station for protection, when witness took defendant into custody. In reply to the defendant witness said the wife called defendant opprobrious names. Defendant said he was up cutting a gentleman's hair and had a drop too much. Fined 5s. and costs. Henry Roch was charged by P.S. Brinn with being drunk and disorderly in the Victoria Road and using very offensive language. Frank Richards was charged by P.C. Nicholas with drunkenness. He was quite helpless and could not walk without assistance. Fined 2s. Gd. Chas. Davies was charged by P.C. Warlow with being drunk in Priory Street. He was fined 2s. 6d. Ed. Jones was charged by P.C. Nicholas with drunken- ness and disorderly conduct on the 26th Oct. He was staggering about and insulting passers by. He caused a disturbance and a crowd assembled. There were two previous convictions and a fine of 10s. and costs was inflicted. I The Chairman remarked that if defendant came up again it would be a very different sentence. P.C. Nicholas charged John Batty with drunkenness and disorderly conduct and knocking against people in the streets. Fined 5s. VAGRANCY. A. Ulan named James Barnes was charged by P.C. Higby, of the Dock Police, with vagrancy—sleeping on the deck of the steamer Hydrangea. When first called defendant was apparently under the influence of drink. He assured the bench that he was a gentleman and had always paid his way. The Chairman ordered him to be sent to the cells and at the close of the business he was again brought forward. The Constable said the defendant was sleeping on the deck of the vessel. He said he had worked on the same company's boat and he would not leave for any man. That was about 1.30 in the morning. The Defendant had no statement to make. The Magistrates sent him to jail for one month without hard labour. Prisoner: I'd rather have something to do to help me to pass the time. Prisoner made some further remarks before leaving the court and their worships recalled him" and added hard labour to the sentence for his conduct in court. THE QUARTER SESSIONS CHAIRMAN AND THE MAGISTRATES. Mr Price, clerk to the court, brought before the magistrates the statement made by the Chairman of the Quarter Sessions to the effect that the magistrates had no power to inflict hard labour in a case of imprisonment. He read a newspaper report of his Honour's obser- vations. The Chairman (Dr Griffith) remarked that his Honour should be more careful. Such observations from a legal man cast a reflection on the Bench. They had always their clerk to advise them on points of law and he in- tended to draw the attention of the Quarter Sessions to ,t i iig. He was very glad Alr this statement at next meeting. He was very glad Mr Price had brought this forward as the public might think they had inflicted punishment while they were not justified in doing so. He repeated that the Chairman should be careful about making such statements in open court. k The Clerk I know we are all liable to make mistakes. Mr Davies remarked that he was present in court at the time and he was never mora surprised because the Chairmanjsaid immediately before that he was sorry he did not have power to inflict more punishment. The matter then dropped. LARCENY FROM A SHIP. A man named Ernest Myhill, cook, of the S.S. Japouica, was charged with the larceny of certain provisions from a trawler including a pound of tea, a pound of soap, remains of a pudding, three tins of fat, and two soles, altogether valued at about 10s. P-S. Evans deposed that on Sunday 29th about a quarter to two in the afternoon he was standing on the Quay. He saw defendant Myhill come off the Japouica which had j ust come in from sea Myhill was cook of her; he came up oil to the Quay with a bag and the watchman told witness he was auspicious of him taking things off the vessel the watchman and witness followed and defendant came towards the market where witness stopped him. When asked what he had in the bag he said nothing but his dirty clothes. Witness asked to sec it and he readily consented. The first thing that came out was a pair of soles. He said "The skipper knows all about these. Next thing was a piece of pork, one piece of pudding. He said it was spared from that ay, a dinner and he thought he had a right to take it away. The next he took out was three tins of fat; he took out an old trousers and a table cloth and said that was all that was in it. Witness requested him to open it which he was very loath to do and whilst doing so a parcel dropped down behind from under his arm. Witness picked it up and found it was a pound of sultanas. Next came out a pound of soap done up in a package also. He said he had a right to take the soap home to wash the table cloth belonging to the ship. He opened the trousers out and a pound of tea dropped out. All the goods except the soles were produced and identified. James Edwards, marine superintendent to Mr F. J. Sellick, deposed all the articles produced were the prop- erty of Mr Sellick, also the soles which he had seen. The ralue of the lot was not more than lOa. The defen- dant was not entitled to any of them. Mr Sellick Tictualled the ship and defendant had no property in any of these. Defendant desired to be tried by the present court. He pleaded not guilty, and wished to give evidence. f ive evidence. Defendant was then sworn. He stated: On Sunday between half-past one or quarter to two on board the S.S. Japonica he cooked dinner as usual, and after dinner was over there was a piece of dough and a piece of meat left, and he thought it was a shame to see it spoiled as it would be thrown overboard. It has been the privi- lege of cooks ever since he was a cook at Milford which is over seven years, to take such things. It was known by the Skipper and everyone on board. As to the fish, he had always been allowed a bit of fish. The soap was to wash the table cloth for the ship. He could not afford to buy soap. He pleaded guilty to taking the tea and sultanas. He hoped the bench would deal leniently with him. Sergt. Brinn said the defendant was an honest, respect- able man as long as he had known him. Sergt. Evans said he was a man of good character. Mr Edwards re-examined denied that the cook had a right to take anything. They were left for the use of the ship. There was no such custom as he had referred to. The Chairman said the bench were inclined to deal leniently with the prisoner. He would be bound over on his own racognisances to come up for trial when called on. He would now be discharged. OBSCENE LANGUAGE. Alfred Barret, charged by P.C. Nicholas with using obscene language on the 28th October in Bridge Street. Was fined 5s and costs. DISCHARGING SQUIBS.—A DANGEROUS NUISANCE. There were no fewer than fourteen juvenile defen- dants summoned to answer charges for having on different dates exploded squibs in the streets of Milford. Constables Nicholas and Morris were the chief prose- cutors. They had been in plain clothes and although in most cases they caught the defendants in the act it was a singular thing that every one of the boys denied the offence and on being closely questioned were prepared to deny same on oath. In four cases the charge was for throwing squibs into a private house. Some of the squibs seemed to have been of a dangerous character. These as Supt. Francis informed the court were known by the name of Egyptian cannon." Dr. Griffith said he considered these things very dangerous and was very sorry they were allowed to be sold to boys. One accident had already occurred in the town through them which might have ended fatally. They did not he was sure understand the seriousness of letting these things off. A horse might bolt and run away and in that way they might easily lead to loss of life. They did not like to be severe on "them as this was the first time these squibs were introduced. They would therefore be fined Is each, and those who had thrown them into private houses would be fined 2s. Col. Roberts said he considered it particularly danger to have these things thrown into houses. They might burn the houses. The following are the names of those who were fined:- Wm. Clarke, Wm. Prickett, Wm. Thomas, Osborne Dnffy, Bertie Davies, Richard Martin, James Pugsley, James Hastings, John Fryatt, George Granby, Florence Griffiths, Leonard Griffiths, Richard Thomas, George Elliott. BURNING TAR BARRELS. There were also a number of prosecutions for burning tar barrels on Guy Fawkes' night. The following were the defendants :-George Tasker, Wm. Evans, Wm. Britton, Geo. Roach, Ernest Bevans, Charles Richards, William Thomas, Charles Utting, Bertie Warlow. P.C.'s Morris and Nicholas having proTed the offences, Colonel Roberts said this was an old custom, and he would like to see old customs kept up. If there was danger in it of course he could not approve of it, and the police had shown that there was danger in the squibs. The Chairman said the police considered it their duty to bring these cases, and he understood that certain people in the town had directed their attention to it. They had only done their duty. It was a custom, but he thought in this instance it was one that ought to be put dolwn. The defendants would be fined 6d each. Dr Griffith (addressing the defendants) If you go into some field and have a good bonfire we will all join you. Mr Davies asked Supt. Francis if they had stopped bonfires in Haverfordwest. Mr Francis We haven't had a bonfire for years. Mr Davies: Well you haven't stopped squibs in the streets. Mr Francis We cannot cope with everything. MISCHIEVOUS BOYS. Two little boys named Wm. King and John Garnell were i charged at the suit of Mr Davies, J.P., for 1 entering his fields and damaging a hay rick. Mr Davies wished to withdraw the summons aa the parents of the children had come to him and promised to keep them out of the field. The summonses were accordingly withdrawn. A BAD SON. Ernest Palmer was charged by his mother Mrs Maria Palmer, of Pill, with damaging and destroying her property. From the evidence it appeared that the house had been practically wrecked and the furniture broken and destroyed. Defendant was drunk at the time. Nearly all the glass in the windows was also broken. The Chairman said he had seen the place and it was most disgraceful. Defendant had nothing to say except that he was drunk at the time. He was sentenced to two months' imprisonment with bard labour. I ALLEGED LARCENY. Wm. Wright was charged with stealing a shirt the property of Wm. Felix, boatswain of the S.S. Birda. Prisoner worked on the same boat. Mrs Felix deposed that her husband got off the boat at New Lynn and he wired to her to get his clothes. She went to the ship for the clothes, but prisoner said he would look after the clothes. He was then wearing one of her husband's shirts which she valued at 2s. He admitted it was not his but that somebody put it in his bag. P.S. Evans deposed to having arrested prisoner. He said somebody must have put it in his bag to injure him. Prisoner was very drunk. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. He did not know any- thing about the shirt. All he knew was that it was in his shirt bag. there was a doubt about The magistrates admitted there was a doubt about the case and discharged the prisoner.

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