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I PONTYPOOL. I PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY- IiJetore ISAAC BUTLER, Esq. (chairman), A. A. WILLIAMS, Esq., W. L. PBATT, Esq., and E. I FOWLER, Esq. ASSAULTING A POI,ICEMAN.-Charlel Candy, engine driver, Griffithstown, was summoned for assaulting P.C. Maxfield whilst in the execution of his duty.-Alr. Parsons, barrister, defended.-P.C. Maxfield said that at 1.25 a.m. on the 3rd June, he was at Pontypool yard, and there saw a basket, jar, and coat at the bottom of the steps. He lifted the basket, and found it unusually heavy. He concealed himself behind the tender of an engine, and in a few minutes he saw Candy carry it off in the direction of Griffithstown. Witness called after him, and asked whether he was going off duty, to which Candy replied that he was going on the 3 a.m. train to Oxford. Witness asked him what he had in his basket and defendant replied that it was his food. Witness aked to see it, and he put it on the ground and said, All right, you shall see it now." At the same time he brandished hi", i ir. aud struck witness on the head, knocking and leaving him on the grouud in a l condition. \Vhen he got up he saw the i-(• ii hint coming towards him. He still had the jir in his hand, and once more struck him on the head. He said he would kill witness. Some railwaymen came up, and told the defendant to be quiet. Witness afterwards examined the basket, and found that it contained food and some jars. It was at least lOlbs. lighter in weight than when witness lifted it before.—Cross-examined He had not been authorised to go on the railway and examine the enginemen's baskets, but he had received complaints of things having been stolen from the yard.—William Henry Hales, call-boy. said that hearing a row at the yard, he went to the spot and saw Candy strike Maxfield on the head.—Candy, on being put in the box, said that he had been in the service of the G.W.R. Co. for 30 years. On the night in question, he was coming off duty, and laid his basket at the foot of the steps. In the basket were some tools, food, a jar, etc. He afterwards saw the constable standing by the basket, and said Good morning to him. Maxfield asked to see what was in the basket, and witness said that be should not as long as he was on the company's premises. He then got in front of witness and pushed him, upon which he retaliated with a blow on the chest. Maxfield then drew his staff, but before he could use it witness struck him on the head with the jar, felling him to the ground.— Mr. Simpson, assistant superintendent at Pontypool Road, gave Candy a first-rate character, saying that he was an excellent engine driver, an upright man, and had brought up his family well. Witness had never looked upon him as a violent man.—A fine of 40s. was imposed. COLLIERY OFFENCES,—William Parsons, collier, Wainfelitij was summoned for sleeping with a Lighted lamp in his possession at the Blaeusycban [Colliery, on June 4th.—Defendant pleaded i guilty, and the facts of the case having been given by William Penney, a fine of 40s. was inflicted.- George Burgoyne. for a similar offence committed 011 May 17th, was fined :!Os.- William Morgan stated that defendant was asleep in the stable with a. book lying by his side. ASSAULT AT GARNDIFl"AITH,-Frederick Jones, collier, was summoned for assaulting Gwen Jones, Harper&, r,,)afl.-C)m plaitiaiit said that a dispute arose over a water tap, and because witness persisted in turning on the water, defendant struck her to the ground. She afterwards called him a coward for striking a woman, and he struck her again, this time in the face.—Fined 20. BROTHER AND SI-OTSIL -Johii Hitchings, a butcher, was summoned for assaulting his sister, Martha Hitchings. Complainant stated that the defendant struck her in the face without any provocation being given. Defendant, who pleaded guilty, was fined 20s. DISGRACEFUL BRHAYIOUIL-John Tibb;, collier, was summoned for behaving indecently.—P.S. Edwards gave evidence which showed that the defendant had been guilty of disgraceful behaviour, and a fine of 20,; was imposed. PERMITTING DRUNKENNESS.—Martha Davies, landlady of the Rifleman's Arms, Abersychan, was summoned for permitting drutiketitiess.-Air. L. E. Webb defended.—P.S. Groves said that at 8 p.m. on the 21st May he visited the Rifleman's Arms. In the tap-room he saw John Phillips sitting on a form, and lying forward on the table, very drunk. On seeing witness, he pushed a pint towards him thus inviting him to have a drink. Witness spoke to the landlady, and she said, He isn't very drtitik I have only supplied him and Air, Drink water with one pint." He afterwards saw Phillips come staggering out of the house. In another room he found Henry Morgan, who was also under the influence of driiik.-P.C. Evans corrob.>rated. —Mrs. Davies said that Phillips came to the house about 8 o'clock with some other men. She met them at the door, and told Phillips that he had better go home as he had had enough. They pushed in, and knowing that her son would be in in a few moments, she allowed him to sit down until her son came to deal with him. She did not. supply Phillips with any beer.—William Drinkwater also slated that Phillips was not supplied with drink.—A fine of 20s. was imposed. UNPROVOKED ASSAULT.-Philip Williams, collier, Talywain, was summoned for assaulting Edmund Davies, in a hotel at Abersychan. Davies stated that the defendant struck him without any provocation, and a fine of 10s. was imposed. DRUNKENNESS.—A large number of cases of drunkenness were dealt with. COUNTY COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before His Honour JUDGE OWEN. RUN DOWN.—Philip Roberts, a Blackwood news- agent, was sued by Mrs Squires for £50 damages sustained by being run down by defendant's trap.— Judgment was given for E25. A COLLIERY TEST CASE. Samuel Phillips, collier, Pontnewynydd, claimed £ 44 8s. lid. froln the Tirpentwys Colliery Company for various works done at the Colliery. Mr Arthur Liwis, instructed by Mr T. S. Edwards, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Bryn- mor Jones, instructed by Messrs Dauncey, Newport, for the defendants. Mr Lewis, in opening his case, said that the question in dispute was that Phillips was employed in cutting a stall, and when he had worked this out was placed on another stall, and afterwards on another, the first two having been worked out. For this he was paid the ordinary price. When he was engaged 011 the third stall, the Company turned the two worked-out stalls into a. road or heading. Now, the prices for cutting a heading were on a higher scale than those for cutting a stall, and the plaintiff claimed that, as his work, for which he was paid at stall prices, was used for the purpose of a heading, he had a rielit to be pad at the higher prices. The question was whether the circumstances were such as to make this stall a heading. Mr Biynmor Jones said that the man was employed to work at the stulis, and wis paid for doing so. After he left the stalls, the Corripauy came to a fault, and then decided to convert Phillips' old stalls into a heading. They employed the plaintiff and other men to do this, and spent JE45 in doing the work. Samuel Phillips then gave evidence as to the work he did, Mr A. Onions, miners' agent, Tredegar, said thit the general custom in the South Wales coillfie,,d was that where a stall, which had beeu paid for at stall rates, was afterwards converted into a heading, the man who worked the stall was paid the difference h«i^'eeu the stall rates already paid and the heading rates. Mr Brynmor Jones said that the Company admitted that the stall had been converted into a heading, but it had been done after considerable alterations, for which the Company had gone to considerable expense. His Honour pointed out that the action bad been brought for a decision upon the point whether when a man'8 stall was converted into a heading be had the right to be paid the difference between the two rates. This question, however, did not arise in this case, as the man had been paid, not only for the working of the stall, but afterwards for the conver- sion of the stall into a heading. Mr Lewis said that the defendant did not know for some time that the road was to be used as a heading. The action failed upon the special circumstances of the case. His Honour gave judgment against the plaintiff with costs on the ordinary scale.

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