ABERGAVENNY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. MEMBERS STRONGLY CRITICISED. IMPASSIONED ORATION BY HAULAGE CONTRACTOR. The monthly meeting of the Abergavenny Rural District Council was held (Ill Tuesday, Mr. Robert Johnson presiding. There were also present Messrs. Edgar W. Lewis (vice- chairman), Ecnjamin Price, J. W. Williams, Chas. Thomas, John Jenkins, Alfred Edwards, Matthew J. Knight, David Edwards, John Bay nam, and J. W. Price. National Service Expenditure. The Clerk reported that he had received a number of posters from the National Service Department, which were to he published through- out the district. The Department stated that they would bear the expense of posting. "A Tall Order." The Clerk reported the receipt from the I<oca] Government Board of an order made on the recommendation of the Food Controller conferring on local authorities the powers and duties of enforcing certain 'provisions. It was I Suggested that the Sanitary Inspector or other officers should make inquiries as to the oper- ations of the orders in the course of their usual occupations. There were the Sugar and Con- fectionery Orders, the Feeding of Game Order, the Price of Milk Order, the Brewers' Sugar Order, the Potitc, (1916) Main Crop Order, the Manufacture of Flour and Bread Order, the Swedes Order, and many others. Th ? Chairman Are we supposed to deal with them ? The Clerk Perhaps the Sanitary Inspector and the Medical Officer will see to it in their spare time. (Laughter). They authorise you to enforce these orders, and it is a very big order. You would want to appoint somebody specially to scour the district to see that tea is net over- I charged for and that horses do not have too much corn, and so on. The Chairman I am thankful to say that I have enough to do already. Are we to take this seriou.lv ? The Clerk I can't see how a small staff can carry out these orders. Mr. M. J. Knight Don't the police carry out some of these orders ? The Clerk: There is no authority. It is for the local Councils. The Chairman Ic wants a detective, I.should think. The Clerk You would want to pay a salary of £ 150 or £ 200 a year to carry it out. You had better adjourn it and think it over. The Chairman: 1 should think so. It is a tall order for us to undertake. The matter was adjourned. Waste Paper and Food. I The Clerk also read a circular from the Local Government Board with regard to waste paper, food. etc. They had no waste paper worth mentioning, and he supposed they had no waste food. The Chairman We don't know of any. School Managers. I In reply to a letter from the Monmouthshire Education Committee, Mr. Edwin Eynon was appointed a representative manager for the Grosmont School, and Mr. Alfred Edwards for N the Llanwenarth School.. Mr. John Baynam was appointed a member of the Old Age Pensions Committee. No Infectious Disease. I The Sanitary Inspector (Mr. A. J. Willcox) reported that no cases of infectious disease had occurred in their district since the last meeting, the last case being on April 17th. The Isolation Hospital had been closed since the 2nd inst. Haulage Contractor and Rotten Road." The Surveyor (Mr. A. J. Willcox) reported 011 a claim made by the Council against Mr. Moses Walters, timber haulage contractor, for damage to the Cwmyov road, and a claim by Mr. Walters for hauling stone for the Council. They owed Air. Walters f29 14F. Sd. for hauling stone on the Grosmont-road. Will reference to the Cwmyoy road, he had prepared an estimate showing what it would cost to put the road in good condition, and his estimate amounted to £z.(J IDS. gd. It did not require so much stone, however, and the actual cost was 1-24 4s. cjd. Mr. Walters was present at the meeting in order to address the members 011 the matter. He was invited into the room and he made a lem ;thy and impassioned oration, in which he strongly criticised the Council. He said that for the last 18 months lie had been working from Pontrilas in that district in the haulage of timber. He had had difficulties in working in that district. He started on the Cwmyoy read, and he was still working at another remarkable nlace. He did not know of two roads harder to work on than the Grosmont pitch and that strange and wonderful hill at Queen's Head, Cwmyoy. At Cwmyoy he worked less than 100 tons in eight loads, and the result was damage to the road. Why was the road damaged ? The same could be said of the Hill- side road at Grosmont up to the village of Grosmont. Once he got into the village of Grosmont there was no difficulty and no damage. Capid's Hill stood firm and wore well, although the engine was heavy. He was speaking as a public man of over 25 years, a memb-r of the Monmouthshire County Council and the Mynyd- disllwvn Council, and he put it to them that in asking him to pay for damage done to the Cwmyoy road were they not themselves to bla me ? Every modern go-ahead Council pre- pared for emergencies, but he submitted that these roads were rotten from being neglected and starved. It seemed a strong thing to say, but he believed it was literally true. They had been neglected and starved all these years. There was a sprinkling of stone on them, but they had foundations of clay. The Chairman Probably the road is good enough for ordinary traffic. I Hard on the Landlords." Mr. Walters said that might be, but he sub- mitted that the landlords of the districts of I Grosmont and Cwmyoy had had to suffer in the price of their material and the extra work that had to be done in bringing the stuff from the district. The overseers had taken the rates from them and seen that they paid them, and this had gone on for 60, 7° or 80 years. In all fairness to them these roads ought to be kept in proper repair for any emergercy that might arise, such as this. When the time came that tne landlord reaped his harvest and cut the timber that had been growing on his land and on which he had paid rates for all those years, he thought it was only fair that the Council should help him to get his material into the market, where, as they knew, it was most urgently needed at the present time. He really did not under- stand why they should try to penalise him in asking for damages for work that was absolutely necessary to be done by someone. He did not know why it was that they pitched on him, because of all the innocent creatures that had ever appeared before them he did not think that thev could find one more so than himself. (Laughter). They might think that traction work was a profitable affair. His profits had been on the wrong side, and he was prepared to show them his bank pass-book, as he had done their Surveyor, in order to convince them that what he said was perfectly correct. He had lost hundreds of pounds, and he was not ashamed of it, but rather he felt proud that no one could charge him with being a profiteer out of the needs of the country at the present time. He had volunteered and had been striving for the past two years to do his bit in this particular work, and he was satisfied if he did not get any- thing out of it. There was about 1,000 tons still required to be brought in from the Hillside Grosmont, and he appealed to them as public men, as citizens, and as patriors to put these roads in order. Let them have fair play. Really and truly, he thought he ought to have a bill against the Council, instead of they against him, because of the extra labour and expense he had been put to. He had spent scores of pounds in the upkeep of the traction engine, simplv because of the dreadful state of the roads he had had to travel in their district and the Monmouth district. There were not two district councils in the county of Monmouth, he told them candidly and without any austerity, who had worse by-roads than they had. Why, he did not know. Take the Mynyddisllyn or Bed- wellty, or even the Dore district. He had travelled 011 the Garway Hill and had no trouble there. He wanted their co-operation, because he felt that they were as much patriots as him- self and wanted to serve their country a" much as he did. Let them serve it together. They might not have a traction. He happened to have one, which he used for the public good. Instead of paying them damages, let them pay him for what he had done for them in hauling stone at a less price than they could get anyone else to haul t for them. He would be glad to continue to do that work at a less price than the I contract, and he thought that ought to be sufficient for a poor haulier to undertake, under the circumstances. I Members' Retorts to their Critic. Mr. J. W. Williams said that Mr. Walters said that he hauled the timber from Llanthony because no one else would do it. He was given to understand that he offered to do it at a less price than a man who practically had the con- tract. Then lie said that the roads round there were rotten. Did he consider that it was fair to come there with a traction engne about 15 tons and 7ft. 3m. wheels and drawing 26 tons of timber in wagons, to tear up their road and then ask that they should put it in repair ? He left it to the Council to consider whether it was a just or fair statement. There were men who were hauling on the road now, and they had not cut the road up. Mr. Walters said that there was a local farmer who did the tushing, but he would not undertake to haul the timber. He did not admit that the engine was 15 tons. The County Council had had the fame question some years ago and went to law o\er it, and it cost them 1'1,200. It was the duty of every public body to keep the roads in the best repair, whatever the traffic on them and whatever the weight. That had been his opinion for 25 years, and he believed it was the correct policy, because the best roads would stand the pressure, and they were always having to repair a patched road. If they kept the roads as they should be they would find that this engine of his did not do any damage. Mr. J. W. Williams As a conscientious man and a traction engine owner, (10 you tninK it was a fair thing to brirg a traction of those dimen- sions into that lane ? Mr. Walters It is the fairest tiling possible when the work can't be done by any other means. Mr. Williams It could have been done. You are speaking from a business standpoint. I blame you for bringing an engine of those dimensions into the lane. You could not possibly pass a vehicle in the lane. Mr. Knight If you are so patriotic, why is it that since you signed the agreement you threw up the contract with Mr. Marsh and left about 660 sticks behind ? Your traction broke about three arches, and when the frost came the culverts fell in. Mr. Walters said that he did not throw up the contract, but JUessrs. JVlarsn threw it up. Mr. Knight Because you left the job. Mr. Walters I left the job because it was wet weather and I had undertaken to keep the road in repair. To require me to do that is the most scandalous thing in your history. It ought to be put in a case and put in the Abergavenny museum. It would be useful in years to come. Mr. Baynam Don't you think it was ex- cessive traffic to bring 27 tons on that pitch ? Mr. Walters I don't admit that it was 27 tons. There was not six tons in the wagons that went over that road. Mr. Williams Your drivers have said that they brought an average of 10 tons on each wagon. It is a question of your word against that of your men. Mr. Walters said that the railway weights would prove that, but he had not got the figures for the Cwmyoy timber. Mr. Williams Your parting shot when you went away was that the farmers of Cwmyoy would have cause to remember you, and they have. Mr. Walters If you wanted to be patriotic the best thing you could do is to support the business in your district, and if you were patriotic you could do some service at the front or do something the same as I am doing for the country. Mr. Williams I am afraid that the patriot- ism is all on one side, and that is yours. I Mr. Walters: 1 don t want to create any feeling, but I could say a few things. I Patriotism Ail Tommy-rot." Mr. J. W. Prica I can't follow your remarks about patriotism. A traction engine is one of the most valuable things to-day, and timber hauling is very profitable. Mr. Walters said that he could prove that it did not pay him. At Cwmyoy he hauled 100 tons. When he got to the Queen's Head pitch he broke a shaft, which cost him f,I 7 to repair, and he had to pay the men 10 days for doing nothing. Mr. Knight You must remember what it has cost us. Mr. Walters If you did your duty at Cwmyoy and on your by-roads you would never have seen me here to-day, because the engine could work without doing any damage. Mr. David Kdwards You said that we should keep the roads to stand your traction engine. Do you think that we, as ratepayers, are going to keep every road to stand your traffic ? What is it going to cost us, as ratepayers, to meet your traffic on these little roads ? Mr. Walters That is one standpoint. There are two sets of men on every public body. One is always saying Keep the rates down, keep the rates down," and the other says Let us have progress, let us have improvement, let us widen our roads, let us put foundations in them that will stand any pressure." I am one of the latter. The Surveyor said that before Mr. Walters left the room he should like to say, as Surveyor, that he resented his remarks that their roads were the worst in the county. It was ungentle- manly of him to come there and make such statements. He had only hauled on one or two of the roads in their district, and yet he said that the roads in their district were rotten roads. They and Monmouth were the most rural districts in the county, and they did not receive the amount in rates that an urban district did to maintain the roads, but he would say that some of their roads were equal to any in the Mynyddisllwyn area, where there was more traffic. These were roads that Ivlr. Walters had probably never seen. Mr. Walters said that he would like to make one word of explanation. He only referred to the roads he had been working on, and he still said that these roads were in a bad state. That was not the fault of the Surveyor, because he had to carry out the instructions of the Council. They were only paying a .-1d. rate to maintain and keep in repair 200 miles of roads, and he did not think that was a credit to them at all. The Chairman I don't think that is a matter that we can discuss with you. Mr. Walters then left the oom, and furthe discussion took place on the matter. Mr. Williams said that the engine blocked the Cwm- yoy road up for nine or ten days. Mr. Walters' talk about patriotism was all tommy rot." Eventually it was decided to adjourn further consideration of the matter. Messrs. Underwood and the Llanvihangel Road. I The Highways Clerk (Mr. J. H. Farquhar) read a letter from Messrs. Underwood pressing for the payment due to them from the Council under their agreement to maintain the 1..1an- vihangel road to the waterworks road, up to the 31st of March last. They pointed out that while they had control of the road a good deal of traffic passed over it which was not stipulated for in the agreement, and that as the repair of the road was now being undertaken by the Government the Council had not been called upon to spend any money on it. The Surveyor said that if these other people had not been repairing the road it would have cost Messrs. Underwood a great deal more than £ 10 to put the road in good condition when they gave it up. Mr. J. W. Williams said that Messrs. Under- wood had not fulfilled the agreement by keeping the road in repair. The Clerk was directed to reply that the Council could not see their way to pay the (io. Roads Board and Llanthony Road. The Surveyor reporttd that he had met the chief engineer to the Roads Board with reference to the road from Llanvihangel to Llanthony, on which a large amount of timber hauling was being done. < They went over the road together, and the chief engineer said that the road was not in a worse condition than he expected to see, and that the Council need not trouble about the question of repairs. He (the Surveyor) had worked out the average cost of the mainterance of the road from Llanvihangel station to Llan- thony at ^240 per year for the past six or seven years, and his estimate of the cost for the en- suing year was £ '052, or a difference of i'412. The chief engineer said that he would recom- mend the Roads Board to make the Council a grant of that amount, and that his recommenda- tions were invariably accepted. The chief engineer advised him to use slag for the repair of the road, as it would wear better and be more durable than limestone, and he (the Surveyor) agreed with that view. <4-
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I NEW BARON CONGRATULATED. r PICTURESQUE WELSH GATHERING. Llanover people felt excited last Monday, i June 4 (writes a correspondent), on learning that the name of Major-General Sir Ivor Herbert was among the new Barons in the King's list of Birthday Honours. True, we had expected it for a long time, but when it came, and that at a time when he was in residence among us, all felt that some kind of gathering must be heid at his residence, Ty Uchaf, in Llanover Park, in order to give vent to the general expression of our congratulations to his Lordship, as well as to her Ladyship. So the harpers went to work on their strings, the bard on his muse, and the choir to practise their Welsh songs. It was felt-even though as a nation we are in the midst of such a sad time—that for one hour at any rate all the good folks of Llanover must give expression to their feelings in the ordinary pre-war Welsh way. The Spirit of the Hour. So it came about by half-past 8 in the evening that a long procession, headed by Mr. R. Logan with his pipes, and two men bearing aloft our ,,v i t'.i i!?Is pipes, congratulations expressed in Welsh on a canvas, marched to the front of Ty Uchaf, and stood in a large semi-circle facing his Lordship and her Ladyship, who were supported by friends. The harps on a stand in the centre (played on by Mrs. ,,e fcniilv liarpis ￼ -Nliss E. B. Gruffydd Richards, the family harpist, Miss Enid Walters, and Mr. Peter James), together with the taking garb of the many young women who have lately taken up farming, gave a pleasing variety to the scene. What a picture And where could you have such a setting for it ?-with the sun just taking its last glorious look on ns, and giving its benediction on the scene before retiring behind the Blaenavon hill to give place to its substitute, the moon. No doubt his Lordship felt, as he looked on the multitude of friends aDd well-wishers gathered before him, that he had indeed not lived in vain. If the presence of Angels saved the British Army at Mons, what was it that cast such a spell over us here on this occasion ? Was it the Tylwyth Teg ? These little people are known once to have had a liking for the place. Or was it the spirit of the late Arglwyddes Llanover ? There I surely was something hovering over us this evening. I Music, Verse, and Speech. Selections were given on the haTps; Welsh songs were sung to the accompaniment of the harps, guided by the local choir, under the leadership of Mr. Peter James, who also sang suitable penillion while our bard, Madog Mou, gave expression to his poetical productions for the occasion. The Revs. J. Prys, E. Davies (vicar), and D. Davies, Hanover, together with Messrs. R. David, Cwrt Farm, and Jones, Coed- moelfa, fittingly expressed our congratulations in prose. His Lordship very feelinglyresponded. and mentioned how he wished that his son, Captain Herbert, who is out in Palestine doing his bit for King and country, was by his side. He felt quite sure that if his daughter, Mrs. Roch, only knew what was taking place at that moment at the old Ty Uchaf, she would have been there, even if she had to come by an aeroplane. Her Ladyship also very suitably responded. One feature of this spontaneous gathering was that representatives of the distressed nation of Poland had a Hip, hip, hurrah and in their native tongue. They felt that his Lordship had on many occasions taken up the cause of their people. The whole pro- ceedings left everyone in a very happy mood. and no one more so, we think, than the new Baron and Baroness. Long may thev and theirs live and be happy in the love of their people. I Earlier in the day the school children also had a I touching demonstration.
I SIR IVOR HERBERT'S NEW TITLE. I LORD LLANOVER OR LORD GWENT ? I There is some speculation whether Sir Ivor Herbert will revive the title of Lord Llanovcr, his grandfather, or, as some suggest, whether he will take the title of Lord Gwent. A London correspondent states that Sir Ivor Herbert's new title will not be Lord Llanover and that the new baron will choose a Welsh name. This suggests that the title will be Lord Gwent. His elevation to the peerage creates a vacancy in the Parliamentary representation of South Mon- mouthshire. His son, Capt. Elidyr Herbert, who has seen a good deal of service with the Royal Gloucester Hussars in Gallipoli and the East, has been spoken of as a possible successor, but the most likely candidate seems to be Sir Garrod Thomas, of Newport. The Monmouth- shire Labour Party oppose the principle of heredity being adopted in the filling of the vacancy.
CRICKHOWELL TRIBUNAL. j Mr. E. Pirie Gordon presided at a meeting of the above on Monday afternoon, when there were present Messrs. Henry Thomas, T. Ll. Jones, A. J. Thomas, P. Griffiths, W. G. James, Rev. W7. Arvon Davies, and the Military Representa- tive, Mr. Gwilym C. James. A Crickhowell grocer, with a good country business, age 39 and married, appealed, and was exempted to 4th December. The Chairman We have not yet com- menced to take men where one-man businesses are concerned. A wheelwright from Gilwern appealed. He produced a letter from his employers stating that he is engaged on work of national im- portance. He had been twice rejected and was now classified C3. Exemption to 4th December. A grocer's assistant, 21, appealed. He said his domestic circumstances were exceptional. His mother had had a serious illness, which would undoubtedly recur if he had to join up. Then his father was practically an invalid, and he was the sole support of the home, including a sister 4^ years. The Military Representative Have you been working at local collieries ? Applicant Yes, and have had to leave the work twice through ill-health. Replying to further questions, he said he had been twice rejected, but was now classified Bi. The Military Representative What are your earnings ? Applicant Over £r i6s. weekly. A member of the Tribunal confirmed the man's statements with regard to the domestic position, which he said would undoubtedly become critical if he had to join. Exemption to 4th December next. A Gilwern painter and decorator, in business on his own account, appealed. He said he had been several times rejected, and he was now passed into Class C3. He had an invalid mother, and his father was getting on in years. Mr. A. J. Thomas Have you any brothers in the Army ? Applicant Yes, one, and another is joining. Exemption to 4th December. A Crickhowell market gardener. 36, single, the sole support of an aged mother and invalid sister, applied for exemption. He cultivated a large garden, and hoped to raise this year one ton of onions, beside large quantities of vege- tables. He had been twice rejected, and was now put into Class B2 by the Brecon Medical Board. The Clerk stated that he had received a message from the Clerk to the Breconshire War Agricultural Sub-Committee intimating that the Committee supported the appeal, provided the man agreed to engage in potato-spraying in the district. The Chairman What do you say to that ? Applicant I am willing to do what I can, but as I work 12 hours a day now in my garden, I do not see that I can spare much time. Beside, am I to be paid for this work ? The Military Representative I should think so. People can hardly expect you to work for nothing. Exemption to December 4th. A Crickhowell master baker, now the sole emplovee in a business where the chief pro- prietor is on active service, appealed. He had previously been rejected and was now classified C 3. Exemption to 4tll December next. A carpenter, 36, married, who stated that he had a large garden which he cultivated in his spare time, appealed. He had been previously rejected, and relying upon this as being final had invested his savings in a cottage and the garden referred to. He was now classified C2, not labour. Exemption to 4th December. An estate mason, 38, whose two brothers are serving with the colours, appealed. He was the only one at home his mother was practically a cripple, and his father was unwell. He was engaged in repairing farm buildings. He was classed C2. Mr. P. Griffiths More useful in his present work than being a C2 man in the Army. A Crickhowell slaughterman and butcher's assistant, 42, was appealed for. Before the appeal was read a certificate of birth was put in showing that the man is outside tne provisions I of the Military Service Acts, and the appeal was dismissed.
I Abergavenny Police Court. V;ednesday.-COlJyrV SESSIONS—Before Mr. < J. O. Marsh (in the chair), the Mayor (Alder- I man Z. Wheatley), and Mr. Edwin Foster. Didn't Think It Was So Late. Augustus Cullimore and Frederick Cullimore, of Grosmont, were summoned for riding bicycles without red rear lights, at Llanvetherine on the 26th of May. Only Augustus appeared, and he said his brother was engaged with a team of horses. P.C. Birch said that he saw defendant and his brother riding bicycles from the Firs down towards Llanvetherine, and they had no lights I attached to their machines, although it was I 10.20 p.m. He called to them to stop and asked them why they had no lights, and they I said the reason was that they thought they would have been home before. They were only carrying one head lamp. and that was not lit. Augustus Cullimore said they did not think it was so late as it was, and was so late as it was, and as soon as the constable drew their attention to the time they lit their I front lamps. He hoped that the Bench would not be hard,. as this was the first time they had been summoned. I Defendants were fined 2S. 6d., including I costs, each. Llanfoist Innkeeper and Cruelty to a Calf. I Rose Ellen Prosser, licensee of the Llanfoist Inn, was summoned for cruelty to a calf by neglecting to feed it, and John Morris, butcher, of Blaenavon, was summoned for causing the cruelty. P.-Sergt. Spendlove said that at 11 a.m. on Thursday, the 29th ult., he visited the Llanfoist Inn and there saw a young calf shut up in the stable attached to the urn. It was makmg a terrible noise. He saw Mrs. Prosser and asked her about the calf. She said that it had been left there on the Tuesday afternoon by some butcher boys whom she did not know. He asked her if it was being fed and she replied that it was not and she did not know who it belongeel to. She said she did not know anything about calves and could not feed it, but she had given it some water. Witness got some milk, and a woman named Pritchard offered to feed the calf, with Mrs. Prosser's permission. Witness after- wards went to Blaenavon and ascertained that the calf belonged to the defendant Morris and that it had been left by a man named Watkins on the Tuesday about 2 p.m. He made no arrangement to have it fetched away, but another man said he would fetch it, though he did not do so. Witness afterwards saw Mrs. Prosser again and she said If I had known that it was Mr. Morris's calf I would most certainly have fed it." The calf was there from 2 o'clock on the Tuesday until 4 o'clock on the Thursday, and it had had nothing except what was given it by the woman at his instigation. The Magistrates' Clerk About 50 hours. Witness Yes but there was no proof as to when it was fed before 2 o'clock. It had been in the market all the morning. It was not as if the calf had been forgotten, because it was bellowing all night, and I could hear it right down the Llanfoist road. Morris When you came to Blaenavon didn't yon learn that I had made arrangements to fetch it away on the Wednesday ? Witness You told me that you had made arrangements with a man named Barber to fetch your calf. I saw Barber, and he said he had had a few drinks the night before and he would not be sure what it was that you told him. When I got to Blaenavon there was no arrangement to I fetch the calf then. Mrs. Prosser Didn't I say that I knew that Mr. Morris would pay me if I had it fed ? The Magistrates' Clerk That does not matter. The point is that you knew the calf was there and that it was not having food. P.-Sergt. Spendlove Your exact words were, If I had known that the calf was Mr. Morris's I should certainly have led it." It was not a question of payment. It was that the two de- fendants were friendly and that as friends she- would have fed it. I remarked that she should feed anyhody's calf that was put in the stable off the road. The Magistrates' Clerk (to Mrs. Prosser) Did you expect to receive any payment ?—No, sir. It is a frequent occurrence for stock to be left behind on a Tuesday. I had stock from three different butchers, and it is always understood that they will fetch them. Mr. Morris always fetches his things on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings. The Magistrates' Clerk When nobody came, why didn't you do something ?—I gave it water and I was expecting every minute that someone would come for it. I did not know who it belonged to. That has nothing to do with it. You knew the calf had been there a long time without food. -1 understood that they are not to be fed when they are going to be killed in a few hours. If it was left for a week would you leave it without food ?—Oh, no. I understand that if an animal is unable to walk I am obliged to accommodate it. The Magistrates' Clerk I don't know about that. It is a rather deep problem of law, and we had better not discuss it. Morris said be made an arrangement with a I man on Wednesday to fetch the calf on Thursday in his cart. He called the man at half past six in the morning and the horse was harnessed, but he afterwards found the horse in the stable and that the man had not fetched it. When the sergeant came the harness was on the horse ready for him to fetch it himself as soon as he was able. The Chairman said that there was a responsi- bility on innkeepers who took in animals to see that they were fed, no matter who they belonged to. Both defendants would have to pay the costs. BOROUGH SESSIOXS-Before the Mayor (in the chair), Mr. J. O. Marsh, and Mr. Edwin Foster. Congratulations to Sir Ivor Herbert. The Mayor said he thought that they ought to congratulate Sir Ivor Herbert on the honour conferred on him by His Majesty in raising him to the peerage, seeing that he was the Lord Lieutenant and had the supervision of the magistrates of the county and of the borough as well. He moved that they send their con- gratulations on having a baronage conferred upon him and wishing him long life and health I to enjoy the honour. Mr. iltyd Gardner, in supporting, said that Sir Ivor Herbert had lived in the neighbourhood for many years and had taken a leading part in public affairs. He had considerable authority with regard to the custody of the peace, inwhich they were all concerned, and he thought that it was highly suitable that they should congratulate him. In doing so they were really congratu- lating themselves in an honour having been conferred on one of their high officials. Rate Summonses. Mr. H. G. Restall appeared in a number of summonses for non-payment of rates. The amounts had been paid in all but two cases, and the usual orders for payment were made in these cases. A Hot Day and Too Many Drinks. Wm. Boyt, farmer, of Llanddewi Rhydderch. was summoned for being drunk in charge of a horse and trap in Cross-street on the 31st of May. Defendant did not appear, but was represented by Mr. Iltyd Gardner. P.C. Hamber said that at 2,35 on the 31st of Mav he was on duty in Cross-street, when he saw the defendant in charge of a horse and trap which was going from side to side of the road. Witness stopped him and told him that he was not fit to be in charge, and defendant replied I have been buying a bit of hay to-day and have had a few drinks which have overdone me." Witness took him to the Police Station, where another constable got a man to take him home. Mr. Gardner said that the defendant had got up at 5 o'clock in the morning and had been to Raglan to buy hay. It was a very hot da:- and he had two or three glasses of beer and they overcame him. By the time he got to Aberga- venny he was asleep, and the constable woke him u p. He was exceedingly sorry, and he had never done anything of the kind before. A fine of 1 os. inclusive was imposed. Cruelty to a Horse Extenuating Circumstances. David Thos. Rees, cab driver. Tredegar, was summoned for cruelty to a horse by working it in an unfit state on the 29th ult., and D. J. Vaughan, cab proprietor, was summoned for causing it to be worked. P.-Sergt. Spendlove said that at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the 29th of May. he was on duty in company with PC. Casey in High-street when he saw a landau drawn by two horses and loaded with women and children. It was driven by the defendant Rees. One of the horses was extremely lame on the near fote. Witness stopped the horse and told the driver that it was lame. He answered" Y eS1 a bit stiff, sergeant." Rees admitted that he had driven the horse from Tredegar that morning and he was just starting on his way back. Witness examined the horse and told Rees that he could not allow him to drive it back. The horse was an aged animal and was suffering from a false quarter near the fore feet. There was also a big enlargement on the side of the quarter. The horse was suffering from suppuration, and matter was coming out from the back of the foot at the top of the en- largement. The animal was very much neg- lected in the matter of shoeing all round. Its teet were very long, which, of course, pushed the shoe forward and caused pressure on the bad part of the foot. It was possible to pull off one of the hind shoes with the hand, as it was so worn and loose. The horse was in iairiy good condition. There were four women and six or seven children in the landau. The horse was unfit to travel, much less to work. It was a horse which would take a lot of coddling to make it fit to do any work at all. The boy who was clnvmg made a tatement that the horse had been sold to work on the laud and that Mr. Yaughan had borrowed it back to work over the holidays. He also said that a man ramed Thomas Parry was responsible for turning the horse out, but that he had not s 'n it start him- self. The following day after th horse bad been attended to by the blacksmith it was fit to be moved, but it was not fit to woik. Vaughan On the following morning did yon instruct the blacksmith that the hind feet re- quired attention ?—No. Did you allow it to travel with the front feet shod and with only one nail put in the hind feet ?—Yes. If the horse had been properly hod 0:1 all its feet the cruelty would not have been so bad. During the time you have been at Aberga- venny you have. seen score? of our horses here. Have von had an; urevious cause for complaint —No. P.C. Casey corroborated the evidence of P.-Sergt. Spendlove. Ernest Alfred Morgan, blacksmith in the em- ploy of the Blaenavon Company and living at 23. Chapel-road, said ne saw tne horse on the 29th of May, just after it had been stopped bv Sergt. Spendlove. It was exceedingly lame, and in fact too lame on the near fore foot to do anything. He had been working on horses' feet for the past 25 years, and instinct told him that tnere was sometning the matter with the norse, and he considered it his duty to pick its feet up. He saw on the side of the foot a very bad false quarter from the top of the foot from the coronet down, and there was an enlargement on the coronet caused by a blow or something. The latter was of long standing. Matter had been oozing out from the top to the bottom. He told the driver that if the horse had not been neglected so badly it could have been eased a lot, but in his opinion it had not been shod for three months. The toe had grown out of the normal by about three inches. David Thos. Rees said he had been employed by Mr. Vaughan for about six months. He had driven this horse on many occasions. He had never seen it lame and it had never been in the stable because of lameness. Supt. Davies Wasn't the horse put out to rest because it was not fit to work P—No, sir. Margaret Kathleen Vaughan, wife of D. J. Vaughan, the defendant, said that the landau was a light one. Her husband did not see the horse on the Tuesday, because he -.vas confined to the house, but they saw it on the Monday, when her husband said to her that he was almost sorry that he had sold the horse, because it was working so well. The Magistrates' Clerk Do vn.1 know whv he sold the horse ?—No. I think ne was going i to replace it by a lighter one. It had nothing to do with the condition of the horse ?—No. Defendant Vaughan said that he v.-as pur- chasing some timber at Crickhowell about a fortnight before the holidays, and the vendor asked him if he had any horses to spare. He told him that he had some to sell because he had purchased motor vans. He told him about the horse in question, wnich ne said had to be worked slowly, and he offered to let him trv it for a week. He tried it for a week and sent him a cheque for £ 28 for it, which witness accepted on the condition that he had the horse back over the holidays. The police had brought new regulations to the house that motor cars were prohibited from being hired from garages such as theirs, and his wife told them that weddings were of national importance in time of war. They had to cancel most of the orders. The Magistrates' Clerk Don't you think yon had better come to the 'osses ? (Laughter). Defendant said that he protested his inno- cence in regard to this matter, as he was confined to the house on Tuesday. He kept a competent foreman, and if he had sent up to him to say that Jerry was lame he would have at once sent to the parties explaining the circumstances and cancelling the order. The Magistrates' Clerk Somebody is to blame for sending out an unfit horse—either you or someone else. Do you suggest that the case should be adjourned and the name of the fore- man substituted for yours ? Defendant No, that would seem a very mean course to adopt. I aver as strongly as I can that the horse was not lame on the Monday. I beg you, as a public man, not to put the stain on my character of saying that I Lave been guilty of cruelty to a horse. The Mayor said that the Bench were of opinion that the police had done their duty in bringing the case forward, but there were certain ex- tenuating circumstances, and the defendants would be let off on payment of costs.
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CRICKHOWELL POLICE COURT. I Wednesday.—Before Messrs. E. Pirie-Gordon I (chairman) and William Rosser. MOTHER SUMMONS SON.—Mrs. Mary Ann ¡ Hancocks, Sunny Side, Clydach, charged her I son, John F. Hancocks, with assaulting her. Defendant, who is a married man and lives near the cennplainant, denied the assault.—Mrs. Hancocks said she went to speak to her son, having business with him, but be hit her a slight blow on the jaw, and he was encouraged bv his friends with the remark Hit her again, Jack." This he did three times with his fist under the butt of the ear. She put in a doctor's certificate referring to a contused jaw."—The son, John I F. HF>Ncocks, said his mother tried to stop him going home, and he merely pushed her out of the way. She followed him, screaming, used verv abusive language, scrammed his face, and finally ran into his house.—Mr. D. Gibson Harris, solicitor, who was working in a garden near, said he was attracted by a noise, and looking round saw the complainant outside defendant's house screaming, throwing her arms about, and using threatening terms. Her language was bad.- Another witness said complainant behaved badly, and at this juncture the Bench stopped the case, intimating that it was dismissed. No LICENCE.—Reginald Clifford Powell, of I the North-Western Hotel, Abergavenny, for driving a motor cycle and side-car without a j licence was fined 6s. I
ABERGAVENNY STOCK MARKET. I There was a large all-round entry of sheep' lambs and calves on Tuesday. Calves from Mr. Richards, of Raglan, made up to £Ij 10s. Lamb was easier, though the supply was larger, and mutton was dearer than the previous week a good trade resulting and very few pens being left unsold. The cattle trade was very brisk and high prices were realised. Fat bulis made up to ?65 ios., and cows up to ??, prices bein" no doubt affected by the snort supply. no doat afiected by the suort "U p piv.
I A splendid selection of Writing Pads, from 2d. each, at the Chronicle Office.
AN OFFICER'S TRIBUTE. Pie. C. V, Steen, son -of Mr. W. Steen, of Llandaevsi JsKirrid, has been killed in action at the front. The officer commanding his coin p any, in a letter of sympathy to Pte. Steen s father Siiys he cannot speak too highly of the way in which he behaved. He was always ready and willing to endure the greatest hardships and danger, and he deserved all honour and praise Decause ot illS youth. He was killed instan- taneously by a shell. Pte. Steen joined up with the 3rd Monmouthshires in August, 1914, when only 16 years of age, and was sf erred to the I South Wales Borderers. I DIED OF WOUNDS. I Bombardier Albert Victor Bishop, R.F.A. Idied of wounds in France on the I i-th May He was the youngest son of Mr. and JIrs. John Bishop, 58, Victoria-road, Ebbw Vale, and grandson of the late Mr. John Paxton, Werndu* Abergavennv. MILITARY CROSS FOR ABERSAVEHNY MAN. Temp. Capt. C. irop- shire Lignt miantry, has been mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Military Cross.* Capt. Webb, who is the only son of 2\Ir. Ctlas. Webb Mill House, Abergavenny, enlisted in the Royal Gloucester Hussars at the outbreak of war and received his commission in March, 1915- He has been in France 14 months, and was wounded last September. He is Adjutant of his Battalion.
i BLAENAVON WATER TROUBLES. "FED UP" WITH TADPOLES. The monthly meeting of the Blaenavon Urban r District Council was held on Thursday evening in last week, Ir. H. J. rAvillim, J.p., presiding. I he Surveyor reported that consumers of water flowing from Reservoir No. i were troubled by tadpoies.-Several members complained that owing to the recent extraordinary pressure of water tadpoles had been carried to the taps. Mr. Ruther said it was becoming more difficult daily for Blaenavon people to be teetotallers in consequence ot the poor condition of the water. Mr. Dando said a quantity of water had been drawn irom the taps for him to bath. Out of curiosity that particular water had not been boiled and he was amazed to And the bottom of tne bath covered with tadpoles. k Mr. 1. Wathen We live on themJt Mr. E. J. Williams suggested that the surveyor should see tnat his workmen collected the spawn, irom the surface of the water in the reservoir so as to prevent tadpoles maturing. The Surveyor stated that the re .t would be removed very soon. ———— ————
Monmouthshire Prisoners of War in Germany. —-Airs, oteei nas received 11s. 4d. from the members 01 the New Inn Social Club, Llanfoist ior the above object, and wishes to thank those who have so kindly subscribed. +
Salvation Army. Flag Day. The Salvation Army are holding a flag day to-morrow at Abergavenny, in aid of its work with H.M. Forces. The president is the Mayoress (Mrs. Wheatley), and the hon. sec. Mrs. T. E. Lloyd (Penypound). The Salvation Army has done a great deal of valuable war work, including the erection of 153 refreshment and recreation huts in military camps, 77 hostels and naval and military homes, with 4,000 beds, and the provision of 30 motor ambulance cars. Fortv-one thousand food parcels and articles of clodiing have been sent out to prisoners of war and troops, and 300,000 soldiers and sailors are catered for weekly in various institutions at home and abroad. +
I Monmouthshire Volunteer Regiment. I ABERGAVENNY DETACHMENT. I ORDKRS rOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 17th 1017 Monday, 7.30 p.m.—Squad drill. Wednesday, 7.30 p.m.—Platoon drill. I Thursday, 7.30 p.m.—Couipanv drill. Sunday, 3 p.m —Extended Order Drill. For each parade the men will assemble at the I Drill Hall. Recruits can be enroll 2d on application at the Drill Hall at any of the above parades. I W. PERCY COOPER, 2/Lieut., Officer Commanding. -+-
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS. BIRTH. LEPPER — February lIth. at Calcutta, India, the wife of Gordon W. Lepper, of a daughter. DEATHS. JOLLIFFE.—On 31st May, at Silverdale, Christchurch-road, Newport, Maude, the dear wife of Graham Jolliffe, and oulv daughter of F. W. Gibson, Governor of H.M. I'rison, New- castle (formerly of Usk and Swansea). I,F,NVIS.-At 6, Trinity-street, on 1st inst. J ane, widow of James Lewis, aged 74 years. DIED OF WOUNDS. BISHOP.-Bombardier Albert Victor Bishop, died of wounds in France, May 17th. 20 cars of age youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J ohn Bishop, 58, Victoria-road, Ebbw Vale. I MAX?.—On June 1St. at 34 North- j j street, Richard Thomas Mann, aged j j 20 years, late 3rd Mons. Regt., from ) wounds received August 20th, 1915. j KILLED IN ACTION. 1-: 0 th t. 'I k'll d. I I I STEEX- ,n the oth May. killed in I action in France, George William, I only son of William Steen, Brvn-y- I gwnin, near Abergavenny, aged i<) ) years. I¡
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. lr. Berrington and family wish to thank all friends for kind sympathy in their sad bereave- j ment also for floral tributes sent and to all those who kindly attended the funeral. Merthyr-road, Abergavenny. The family of the late Mrs. Neil wish to thank all friends for sympathy shown in their recent bereavement and for floral tributes sent. 31, St. Helen's-road. Mr. Powell and family desire to thank their numerous friends for letters of sympathy and floral tributes sent to them in this their sad bereavement. Morfyth House, Prospect-road. Mr. and Mrs. J. Watkins, ,4. North-street, desire to thank all friends for kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes sent in their recent sad bereavement.