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AFFILIATION ORDER AGAINST A MERTHYR TRADESMAN, l Appeal at the Breconshire Quarter Sessions. At the Breconshire Quarter Sessions on, T.r& day—before Sir Joseph R. Bailey, Bart.. M. P « Mr R. D. Cleasby, and Mr A. Crawebaj Bowen Jones, grocer, of the Market-sq w Merthyr, appealed against an order made by M D. E. Williams and Mr E. B. Evans, justice' sitting for the Penderyn petty sessional division, adjudicating him to be the father of the illegiti- mate child of a girl named Elizabeth Edward44 and directing him to contribute 5s per week co- wards the child's support. Mr Bowen Rowlands Q.C., instructed by Mr J. Plews. appeared for the appellant; Mr T. Bonnell Bishop appeared for the respondent Edwards. -The respondent was for several years up to June, 1883, in the service of the appellant a* nurse. Her allegations were that whilst her sla- ter, who was a cook in the same service, and Mrs Jones and the childreen were at Briton Parry (whither she herself had been a few days prior), in the week following Christmas, 1882, the appeU mt' became unduly intimate with her, this intimacy afterwards continuing with the result that on ha 24th of September, 1883, she gave birth to a child. Six weeks after the cominencernent of the in, course he gave her some medicine and piIh: to take, and subsequently, when it was obser, J that she was pregnant, he endeavoured to induce her to fix the paternity upon a young man named! t Howells, an assistant in the shop,, who at that I time was on the point of leaving. This ;o declined to do, but after she had left she persuaded, upon the faith of promises which ne had made her, that if she screened him he would give her plenty of money to rear the child, to sign a paper drawn out by Mr Lewis, of the fitni of Lewis and J ones, solicitors, stating that neither he ror anyone else in his house was the father of the child with which she was was then pregnant. _He gave her half a sovereign to pay Mr Lewis in case he should make a charge, which, in fact, he did not, and he had previous handed her a half-sovereign, saying that u to go for buying clothes for the child. Aftet the birth, he, for the first time, doniod that he was the father, telling her that the cuild did not come to his time but on the same occa- sion he offered her J32 to affiliate it upon someone else. In cross-examination by Mr Rowlands, she said that she took out a summons against the appel- lant in August, 1884, at Merthyr, but she d-d mt • appear, as her solicitor, Mr T. PhillipSj couid not attend. She had consulted other solicitors inee with the view of taking the case up. She denied that it was upon the suggestion of a certain woman at Twynrodin, against whose goads Mr Jones had taken out execution, that she first charged t the paternity upon the defendant. She denied also that she had ever been seen in the warehouse with Howells uuder suspicious circumstances, and, further, that she had been caught in flagrante delicto whilst, mis- conducting herself with a married man, during her stay at Briton Ferry. Sarah Ann Edwards, respondent's sister, de- posed to overhearing a conversation between appellant and respondent, whilst her sister was pregnant, in which the appellant admitted paternity, and promised to give her money, but she admitted having signed a statutory decbr. tion, prepared by Mr Plews, declaring that she never heard anything about Mr Jones being charged with being the father of the child until long after her sister was confined. The young man Howells was also called, and he stated that there were no grounds whatever for the imputation that he had ever been unduly familiar with the respondent. This closed the respondent's case. For the appellant,Mr D. R. Lewis said that when the respondent came to him he was quite unpre- pared for her visit, and when he read out to der what he had written, she declared it to be per- fectly true. Judgment was given for the appellant, and each party was ordered to pay bis own costs.

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