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USK. POLICE COURT, THURSDAY. Before Gen. DUNN (in the chair), H. HUMPHREYS, E<q., aad H. A. ADDIS, Esq. A NEW MAGISTRATE.—Rees William Spencer, chairman of the Pontypool Rural District Council, was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace, and upon taking his seat on the bench was congratulated by the chairman. A. TRANSFER.—Ann Gilbert applied for a transfer of the licence of the Nag's Head, Usk, from her husband (deceased) Thomas Gilbert.—Granted. A. DISPUTE.—Henry Penhorwood, landlord of the Six Bells Inn, Usk, was summoned for not giving up a garden, adjoining his house, the property of Edward Morgan, which he rented, notice to quit having been served upon him. — Mr. Watkins (Messrs. Watkins and Co.) appeared for the owner, and having stated the case and called witnesses to prove the same-defendant and his wife disputing the evidence.—The bench made an order against de- fendant, with costs, allowing 28 days to move the crops. DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES.—William Jones, mason, Usk, was charged with being drunk on licensed premises—The Lamb and Flag, Usk-on the 6th inst.-P.S. Sheddick stated that at 9 p.m. on the day in question he saw defendant at the aforesaid house in a drunken state and arguing. He called the attention of the landlady to him, but he was not drinking there.—The Chairman I say, Jones; when you are shut up in one of those homes for a few years you won't like it.—Fined 10s. and costs, or 10 days. BATHING WITHOUT DRAWERS.—Arthur Weare, plasterer's apprentice, Usk, was summoned for bathing in the river Usk in view of the public road, on the 10th inst., not wearing a proper dress.— Defendant pleaded guilty and said such a thing had not happened since.—P.S. Sheddick stated the case, and said there had been complaints made of youths bathing in a nude state.—The Chairman: Nobody can walk down the river Llanbadoc way without seeing half-a-dozen men bathing.—Fined 6d. and costs. OBSCENE LANGUAGE. Morwent Parker, hay dealer, Usk, appeared in answer to a summons charging him with using profane and obscene lan- guage in Priory-street, Usk, on the 13th inst.— P.C. Bullock stated that defendant's sister on the day in question complained to him of her brother's conduct; he also said defendant's language was bad.—Fined 2s. 6d. and 4s. Gd. costs. THE GIPSY ENCAMPMENT -TIJISAIqCE. --Job n Hunt and William Hunt, gipsy tinkers, were charged with encamping on the highway at Llangeview, oa the 12th inst.—Defendants did not appear.-P.C. Bullock proved service of summons, and stated that John Hunt said he should not be there, and the other defendant, William Hunt, remarked that whatever the fine was he would call and pay it.- P.C. Pettitt stated the case, and Superintendent James said the Rural District Council made a lot of complaints about that sort of thing in the district.— Fined 10s. each and costs, or in default 10 days'. EDUCATION CASES.—Emma Jones, widow, Usk, was summoned for disobeying an order to send her boy to school,—G, Wallace (school attendance officer), showed that the lad, who is ten years of age, had made but 60 attendances out of a possible SO.-Fined 2s. 6d., costs remitted. Thomas Williams, farmer, Gwehelog, whose wife appeared, was similarly charged on account of his two boys, who had respectively made 12 attendances out of a possible 90, and 17 out of a possible 72.—As this was not the first offence, a fine of 5s., including costs, in each case was inflicted. QUARRELSOME NEIGHBOURS. Edwin Col well, labourer, Usk, and Ellen Parker and her son Jamep, Llanbadoc, were cnarged at the instance of Ellen Davies, Llanbadoc, with assaulting her at Llanbadoc I on the 16th inst.-Defend ants also charged Ellen Davies with assault.—Davies stated that on Satur- day evening last she was washing down her window when a drop of water ran down to farker s place (next door), whereupon Ellen Parker. threw a bucket of water over her. She asked her why she did it, and then Colwell assaulted her by dragging her along by a cotton neckerchief and jumping ou her stomach. He pull her into the road, and a young man named Lewis told him to get off and let her get up. James Parker subsequently threw stones (produced) at her, but she warded them off by closing the door. The marks were still t« be seen. Witness further said that she was nearly 70 years of age and weak for a man like Colwell to jump upon her.-Colwell's version of the affair was that he was passing when he saw that Davies had hold of his sister-in-law (Parker) by the throat. He released the latter and told her to go in the house. Davies then fell down and pulled him on her. Questioned by Colwell as to whether she did not hit him three times with a brush, Davies vehemently answered in the negative.—Parker stated that pro- secutrix threw water over her, but the letter denied it.—James Parker also denied throwing stones. — Davies then called David Lewis as a witness, but he stated that he knew nothing whatever of the affair as he was not within a dozen miles of the place. He applied for his expenses.—Davies said there was some mistake; it was David Lewis's brother she wanted as a witness.-This completing the case for Davies, the cross-summons was proceeded with.- Ellen Parker ascubed all the lawlessness to Davies, and called a witness, who stated that Parker had a bruise where she was kicked, that she did not see a bueket used to wound either party, and that Coi- well took the broom from Davies as a precaution.— The Chairman said the bench were quite unable to make anything of the case, and therefore both parties would be bound over in their own recog- nizances of £10 each to keep the peace for six I months, and pay their own costs, or in default ona month. I STEALING COUNTY COUNCIL CIDER. I Frederick James, farm labourer, Llangibby. was brought up on remand charged with breaking and entering an outhuuse at Llangibby, and stealing therefrom 36 bottles, containing six gallons of cider, the pvnn-Tty of the Monmouthshire County Council, j value 30s on the ISrhinst. Mr. H. S. Gustard, Clerk of the Peace to the County, represented the C.O. He stated that in an outhouse on Tregrwg farm a quantity of rider was stored by the C.C., and onj be morning in question, about three o'clock, 36 bottles were taken therefrom. The prisoner, first of all, was charged with breaking and entering the shed, but as that court could not dpal with such a case, and putting: it off to the Quarter Sessions would entail trouble and expense, the charge had been reduced to one of simple larceny. William Pritchard, the first witness called, said be was in the employ of Mr. Wm. Lewis, of Tre- grwg farm, LIangibby, and slept in the house. On Sunday morning about three o'clock he heard the rattling of bottles, and after listening; awhile heard the staple of the door of the shed being knocked. He knew tK-ere was cider in the shed, and looking out a few minutes afterwards saw one man in the road and another beside a gatepost. Iney had two sacks, and walked towards Llangibby. Witness called his master and then want and dressed, subsequently going out with him. He examined the door of the shed and saw that the staple had been driven in again and the door shut. He did not make a search, but went towards Llangibby, and when near the fishpond heard the clinking of bottles. When he went round by the ditch he saw prisoner there. What are you doing there ? asked wit- ness, and prisoner replied: Go on and keep it quiet." He then went for his master, but when they returned prisoner bad gone. They found the sacks open and the tops rolled back, so as to enable the bottles to be more easily extracted. Prisoner said he told witness to keep quiet as he was half asleep. He had been sleeping in the ditch. William Lewis, Llangibby, said the County Council had cider at the shed on his farm. They bad bottled fuur 60-gallon casks. He corroborated much that the last witness had said, and further stated that a s!aple had previously been drawn from the same door, and that he followed Pritchard towards Llangibby to look for the stolen cider. He saw a man the far end of the meadow, but at the fi-bpond, on his arrival, there were only the bottles. He did not follow the man, as last witness knew him well. Prisoner protested that he kuew nothing about; the bottles. P.O. Pettitt said he went to New House Farm, Llangibby, on Sunday, and charged prisoner. He replied that he had never seen a drop of the cider; he was asleep, the effects of a drop too much the nig-ht before, when the boy woke him. Prisoner, who elected to be dealt vrith. summarily, disclaimed all knowledge of the cider, and strongly protested his innocence. The Chairman, addressing prisoner, said the Bench were of opinion that he stole the cider, but as it was his first offence they would let him off lightly. He would be fined £ 1 aud costs, or in default 14 days'.

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