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WILLNOTCAPITULATE i TONGWYNLAIS LANDLADY AND HOUSEBREAKERS. Further Scenes: Tent to be Put Up for Sale of Beer. In spite of the passive resistance offered by Mr. and Mrs. Dyke, the Castell Coch Inn at Tongwynlais was entirely demolished on Friday, and the landlord and landlady had perforce to seek shelter elsewhere. Before describing the events of that day, it is only fair to explain the position of the Cardiff Railway Company. Under the Act of Parlia- ment for the construction of the railway between Cardiff and Pontypridd, they obtained powers to remove the inn and about 53 cottages. As usual, they were required by the Local Government Board to erect other cottages for the accommodation of the dis- turbed tenants. Those cottages were built about twelve months ago, but the occupiers of the old houses declined to move into them, and as a result they were let to other per- sons. Notices were given to the tenants to leave on the 1st of January, and, with two exceptions, they have found houses elsewhere. The Cardiff Railway Company appear to have acted generously towards them, lending hqraes and carts for the removal of their goods, while Mr. L. Llewellyn, manager of the Glamorganshire Canal Company, aesisted them in other ways. There are now two cot- tages standing, the tenants, apparently, not having been able to obtain accommodation elsewhere, but Mr. Llewellyn informs us that it is absolutely untrue that a brick or a. slate of these houses has been touched. The state- Hfrient that the wife of one of the tenants is ill is also flatly contradicted, but, undoubtedly, the houses must be pulled down soon, as they interfere with the construction of the rail- way and prevent 200 to 300 navvies from pro- ceeding with the work. This is the statement of the representatives of the Cardiff Railway Company so far as the cottages are conoerned, but the position is different in the ease of Mr. Dyke, the landlord of the Castell Coch Inn. The company or the Bute Trustees bought out the interest of the lessees, the Newbridge United Breweries, and do not, therefore, acknowledge Mr. Dyke in any way. The brewery company, it is said, gave an undertaking to the effect that at any time the purchasers wanted the property they should have it, and notice was given on the 1st of December last that the property was required. Mr. Dyke, therefore, has no grie- vance against the Cardiff Railway Company, a. fact which we believe he fully recognises, but he complains that he has had to turn out without, as he considers, proper notice, and also before the end of the year for which he has paid for his licence. As this matter will probably come before a court of la.w, it is advisable to say nothing more about it at present. On Thursday night Mr. Dyke and a man- servant slept, at the Castell Coch Inn. They wexe up and about before the house-breakers put in an appearance, and were evidently determined to remain on the premises as long as possible. Shortly after daybreak the con- tractors' men, accompanied by a Bute Docks policeman, put in an appear- ance, and, after a. conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Dyke, proceeded to remove tho furniture, crockery, beds, &c., which still remain in the house. Some of these were placed in a stable, and others in an open space near the house. This done, the workmen speedily removed the roof, leaving only the walls standing. A number of villagers assembled, evidently in tSie expectation that there would be some fun. There was a good deal of banter, but no resistance was offered to the men who were engaged in the work of demolition. Mr. Dyke, who with his wife watched the wrecking of their home, stated to a press- maJi that on Thured-ay night he.-bad made up his mind to remain on the premises as long as possible, as a protest against the way in which he had been treated. It was a bitterly cold night which he and his man- servant &pent in a room through the ceiling of which they could see the sky. To make matters worse, they had very little coal or I other fuel, and were glad when the morning broke. The contractor's men arrived about seven o'clock, and proceeded with their work, pieces of masonry crashing through the roof on to the floor. Mr. Dyke now thought it was time to move out, a.nd asked the workmen what their orders were. They stated that they were about to pull down the chimney, which stood about 15ft. high. After some further conversation it was suggested to Mr. Dyke that he should remove his furniture, but this he declined to do, adding that if the men wanted it taken out of the house they must remove it themselves. The men then took out the furniture, as already stated. Before one o'clock Mr. Dyke appears to have repented his capitulation of the! premises, and returned with his dinner, which he proceeded to eat in the room in which he had spent the night, notwithstanding the fact that the roof was gone and that the floor was strewn with stone and mortar. He fixed up a seat in the middle of the masonry, and was shortly afterwards joined by Mrs. Dyke. Masonry fell all round and clouds of dust were raised, but Mr. and Mrs. Dyke still remained. They were warned that the chim- ney would be soon coming down, and the foreman begged of them to go to a place of safety. Show me your ejectment order," said Mr. Dyke; when you do I'll go, not before." Shortly after the men's dinner hour came, and the work of demolition was stopped with the landlord still in possession. When work was resumed Mr. and Mrs. Dyke still remained on the premises, notwithstanding that the masonry was falling around them. and some sharp words passed between the lady and the workmen, who took the matter good-hu mouredly. It is alleged that tha penny-in-the-alot gas meter which had been removed had been tampered with and about 30s. taken from it. The attention of the Bute officials and a representative of the gas company was called to this statement, but the money was not discovered. Before the day's work was over the house had been completely razed to the ground, and, fortunately, without any serious mis- hap. Mr. Dyke claims that, although the house has been pulled down, he can still sell beer on the premises, and states that he" will put up a tent on the ground for the sale of beer until the licence expires. This will, probably, be a matter in which the police will have something to say. An "Evening Express" reporter paid another visit to the place towards the evening, and, although Mr. Dyke was for the moment -abs,ent, Mrs. Dyke was still securely bivouacked on the ruins of the old home. a Cardiff Docks constable doing "sentry duty" close by. Mean- while the children of the village were busy carrying away to their homes the timber from amongst the debris for use as firewood. Our representative had a chat with Mrs. Dyke. She was cheerful, and as determined as ever not to capitulate exoept under sheer force. My husband ajid myself," she said, "intend to 'stick it' to the last. To-night we intend to camp out on the site of the old home, and will not give in till we are com- pelled to." ACTION FOR COMPENSATION. It appears that Mrs. Dyke is the actual tenant of the Castell Coch Inn, and she and her husband have sought the advice of Mr. Clement Culle, solicitor, Cardiff. Mrs Dyke was under a tenancy at will with the Newbridge (Rhondda) Brewery Company, and the last month's rent, it is stated, was paid on the 8th inst. This being so, we understand it is the view of the lady's legal adviser that compulsion could not have been brought to bear to procure the surrender of the premises until the 8th of next month. Indeed, the solicitors to the brewery company served the tenant with notice of their intention to apply for an ejectment, order a fortnight ago, but, learn- ing that the month's rent had been accepted in the meantime, the solicitors subsequently wrote, it is stated, admitting that the right to an ejectment order had been thereby nulli- fied until the lapse of another month. When the application for an ejectment order is made to the Llandaff bench on Monday we understand that Mrs. Dyke will be represented by counsel, and that subsequently an attempt will be made to recover compensa- tion for the eviction from the Cardiff Railway Company. NO OFFICIAL STATEMENT. I Mr. J. S. Cortiett, solicitor to the Bute Estate, is in London, and Mr. r. W. M. Corbett. when approa.ched, declined to make ,any official statement. J jt-