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AFFILIATION ORDER AGAINST A MERTHYR TRADESMAN. Appeal at the Breconshire Quarter Sessions. At the Breconshire Quarter Sessions on, Tues- day-before Sir Joseph R. Bailey, Bart.. M.P., Mr R. D. Cleasby, and Mr A. Crawshay—T- Bowen Jones, grocer, of the Market-squarei Merthyr, appealed against an order made by Mf X). 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 Edwards, and directing him to contribute 5s per week to- wards the child's support. Mr Bowen Rowlands,! Q.C., instructed by Mr J. PJewe. appeared for the appellant; Mr T. Bonnell Bishop appeared for the respondent Edwards. The respondent was for several years up to J une, 1883, in the service of the appellant as nurse. Her allegations were that whilst her sis-1 ter, who was a cook in the same service, and Mrs Jones and the childreen were at Briton Ferry (whither she herself had been a few days prior), in the week following Christmas, 1882, the appellant became unduly intimate with her, this intimacy j afterwards continuing, with the result that on the afterwards continuing, with the result that on the 24th of September, 1883, she gave birth to a child.' Six weeks after the commencement of the inter- course he gave her some medicine and pills to take, and subsequently, when it was observ,J I that she was pregnant, he endeavoured to induce f her to fix the paternity upon a young man named Howells, an assistant in the shop, who at that: time was on the point of leaving. This she declined to do, but after she had left she was 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 firm of Lewis and Jones, solicitors, stating that neither j he ror anyone else in his house was the father of the child with which she was was theo pregnant. He gave her half a sovereign to pay Mr Lewis in case he should make a charge, which, in fact, ha did not, and he had previously handed her a half-sovereign, sayiner that it was to go for buying clothes for the child. After the birth, he, for the first time, denied that he was the father, telling her that the child did not come to his time but on the same occa- sion he offered her L2 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 Mert.hyr, but she did nut appear, as her solicitor, Mr T. Phillips, could not attend. She had consulted other solicitors since with the view of taking the case up. She denied that it was upon the suggestion of a certain woman at Twynrodin, against whose goods Mr Jones had taken out execution, that she first charged the paternity upon the defendant. She denied also that she had ever been seen in the warehouse with Howells under 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 aad respondent, whilst her sister was pregnant, in which the appellant admitted the paternity, and promised to give her money, but she admitted having signed a statutor5 declara- tion, prepared by Mr Plews, declaring that she never heard anything about Mr Jones beinp charged with being the father of the child until long after her sistar 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 her 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 his own costs.

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