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"Wednesday—Mr. F. P. J. Hanbury (chairman), Mr. W. H. Rotledge, Major Sanford, Col. \V. Williams, Mr. \V. L. Thomas, Mr. Gower Andrews, Mr. J. Merton Jones and Mr. D. Howell James. Licensing Hours Extended. Mr. Iltyd CJ.r:r 3.J.ia applied on benali ot the Abergavenny Licensed Victuallers' Associ- ation for an extension of hours oil market and fair davs. He reminded the Bench that during the earlv dav- fie war there was no closing 111 Herefordshire, though the restricted hours applied to Abergavenny. That had a bad result on the Abergavenr.v markets, and the town lost verv serioush then. Xow. although they hoped that the war was long over. the restricted hours still remained. The just ices in Hereford had determined that the licensed houses should be kept open during the whole of the day on market and fair dajs, and the justices at Brecon had made a similar order with regard to fair days. Farmers came long distances to Abergavenny market, some of then: from the top of Clodock and Longtown, and had to start very early in the morning, and f >r the Christmas market they used to get there before five o'clock in the morning. Dealers did the same. The bulk of the living of Abergavenny depended upon the "Abergavenny's principal reason for existence was that it was the market f' >r the agricultural country eastward, northward, and southward, and the great industrial country to the west, where there w;s a huge population which grew n•-> fjod for themselves. The farmers at the ordinary the previous day begged him to proceed with that application. There were more and more people travelling to Here- ford and other places much further away than used to travel, sitnoly because they could get better accommodation there than at Aberga- venny. It was a very serious matter for the town. He quite failed to see why they should be worse off in these matters than other counties and other towns. Surely they were as fit to be trusted as the people at Hereford. It seemed to him that their farmers and dealers were just as respectable and fit to be trusted as were the farmers and dealers at Hereford and Brecon. Every writer upon the law agreed that where a law was too severe it was constantly broken and could not be- well enforced, because the whole of the public were against it. Many modifications of laws had had to take place on that account. Juries a hundred years ago would find that a man stole a purse of 11 guineas of the total value of 6d., because if the value was given as 11 guineas the man would have been hanged. An unfair law was evaded by every means. Too severe laws lowered the whole character of a community, because people tried to escape them by any trick instead of respecting them fairlv and supporting them honestly. He could quite understand the position of the police in opposing that application, although l.e did not think that that opposition was a very high one. The police were human, like other people. They had got their jobs, and they had their salaries fixed, and they agreed to their appoint- ments in the days when there was no closing at all 011 week-days To look after the public- houses was a part of their work, and naturally enough if the public-houses were only open for an hour or two their work was very much less. They were human, and it was quite natural that if they had the choice of doing much or little thev would prefer t, do little, like most men would. They might just as reasonably ask that no motor be allowed on the roads because a few people drove too fast or that all the dogs in England should b; shot because some of them had no muzzles. They might just as reason- ably ask for that as that the large number of decent people who came to Abergavenny market should be put t" trouble and annoyance in having refreshment because it would give them a little more trouble to look after the few who broke the law. He asked the Bench to make such an order as would enable the licensed houses in the town to be kept open for much longer hours. The order said with regard to the opening of licensed houses, They are to be kept open for any public ceremony or gathering or like special occasion involving an assembly or the necessity for accommodation for a large number of persons." Anyone knew that there were a considerable number of people in the town on market days. This Order was ap- parently an enabling Order. It referred to Section 57, which sjid that they might make anv order for an occasion or occasions, and that enabled them to make an Order to cover a number of occasiull"; Major Sanford asked if it was not a fact that the houses could be kept open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for the sale of intoxicants. People could get coffee or tea. Mr. Oardner replied that the houses could be kept open, but he was sure that the police, if they were of the sam. opinion as the late super- intendent, would strongly object. He had been asked by the police again and again to undertake with regard to particular houses that they should not be kept dpeti during the time that the sale of intoxicants was prohibited, because those were the very occasions on which there were breaches of the law. If licensed houses were to be kept open during the restricted hours it would be a very bad thing. People in the houses bullied the landlords for drink, and sometimes they succeeded in getting served. After the Bench had retired to consider the application, the Chairman said that they would grant an extension of two hours in the morning, from 10 to 12, and of 1} hours in the afternoon, from 2.30 to 4, for houses in the borough only. This extension would only apply to the Tuesday markets and to the stock fairs. Miscalculations. Annie Williams, of Llanellen, was summoned for riding a bicycle without lights, on the 9th Deccmher.-P.C Ayland said defendant told him, when stopped, that she was delayed tofrti ci little lOá vtlai she thought to be. Fined 2s. 6d. including. Maggie Roberts, of Uanellen, was similarly summoned, and P.C. Ayland said that when told she would be prosecuted she got on her bicycle and rode home. Defendant said she did not think she would be so late returning The Chairman You ought to calculate better than that. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. Moonlight and Moonshine. Francis Bevan, ot Llantilio Pertholey, was summoned for riding a bicycle Without lights, at Pantygellv, on the 6th. PC CHmer said defendant told him that for the last six months he had been trying to get a lamp in a shop at Abergavenny. He had paid for otie, but could not get it, so had a tyre in- stead. Witness inquired at the shop and found that the defendant had been supplied with an oil lanin. but took iz back. There were plenty of oil lamps in the she?. Defendant said that it was moonlight, and he I did not think it mattered. Fined 2s. 6d. Slow Watches. Abraham Williams, summoned for driving a horse md cart witlwd lights at Llanover, said horse cart w: t that he thought he would get home before. The Chairman You have all got the same excuse. Your watches must have been a bit slow. A tine of 2S. 6d. was imposed. Not The First Time. n '1 Thorns Tames, farmer, 01 i.ianauewi u- derch, was summoned for driving a horse and wagon without lights, on the gth. P.C. Trigg, who proved the case, said dc- ferdan: said he had been delayed m town waiting to -?Vr,- pr.v i ous conviction against Th/è'r<: wen: thr,.?e p:-<:vious conyictions against the def-ndaiit, and ii, fined twice as inucil.as on the lost occasion— £ i, including. A Danger. Thomas Booth, c?rt—, Abergavenny was summoned i for dnv?.? a timber wa1, On wI'- tii four hors? .-tached w?.c-t lights, on the 11?- P.C. Clftner said that the wagon was loaded with timber and the timber pole was projecting at the back.. Warrant Issued. I Henrv Lane, labourer, was summoned. ior being drunk and disorderly on the 9th in Flannel A C,):stablè cètètl that defendant refused t go home, and witness took hold of his arm where' ■ > 11 he struggled. Witness had to get assistance to get defendant home. Dei -ndant did not appear, and a warrant was issued for his attendance at the next coart. Wife Missing. n_ G?— Clavton, formeri?v III roS Ab r,.a?y, and now workm. at P vard "-s summoned by the _'Lhergavenny Guardians for runu? away and deserting lil;' wife ard leaving her and a child born before the marriage chargeable to the Abergavenny Union. Mr. John Edwards, clerk to the Guardians' said that Mrs. Clayton applied for relief on tll" 23rd of September, stating that her husband had deserted her. She and the child were ad- mitted to the Workhouse, and the cost of maintenance was i I) 13s. The Magistrates' Clerk said that the Bench could not convict without the evidence of the wife to prove desertion. A statement' at second hand was not evidence. Mr. Routledge read a letter written by Mrs. Clayton to her husband, in which she said If I get some money I will lllakela clean sweep, and you will not be troubled with me again." It looked as if the wife was guilty of desertion. The Bench dismissed the case. Defendant was further summoned by Sophia Heywood, Overton-terrace, for bastardy arrears amounting to ;t8 8s. in respect of two children. Defendant admitted owing the money, and said that he had an Army pension which was overdue and which would more than cover the amount. The Bench suspended the case fnr a fortnight to give defendant a chance of paying the amount.



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