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Shire Hall, Haverfordwest, Saturday: Before Mr. W. Davies, Westfield (presiding), Mr. A. W. Massy, Major 0. H. S. Williams, and Mr. J. T. Fisher. NO LIGHT. George Eynon, High Street, Neyland, was summoned for riding a bicycle without a light at 9.30 p.m. on February 1st. P.C. 36 proved the charge. When defendant saw witness he dismounted and said he had no oil. He then lit his lamp and went on. Richard Hughes, High Street, Neyland, was at the instance of the same constable charged with a like offence at the same time and place. Hughes told the policeman he did not know the lamp had gone out. The defendants, neither of whom appeared, were each fined Is. and costs. STRAY COWS. Matthew Morgan, Honeyborough Green, Ney- land, did not appear in answer to a charge of allowing three cows to stray on the highway called Honeyborough Road on February 6th. P.C. Bassett said that on Wednesday, Feb- ruary 6th, he found three cows straying on Honeyborough Road. He drove them to de- fendant's house, where they were claimed by his son. This was Morgan's first offence. He had not been warned. A fine of 6d., without costs was opposed. NOT BACK EARLY. Edward Warlow, Hill, Burton, was mulcted in a fine of Is. and costs for riding a bicycle without a light at 8.40 p.m. on the 11th inst. P.C. Nicholas (11) met defendant on the Pembroke Ferry Road on the day in question. He sai-I he had been to Fishguard and meant to be back early. SUNDAY DPJINIONG. George Morgan, Travellers' Rest, Freystrop, was summoned for keeping open his licensed premises for the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sunday, January 27th. Fred Havard, West Farm, Llangwm, and Joseph James, Llangwm Hill, were summoned for being on licensed premises. The case against Morgan was taken first. Defendant's wife appeared, and Mr. W. J. Jones conducted the case for the defence. P.S. James said that at 7.45 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th, in company with another con- stable, both in plain clothes, he visited the Travellers' Rest. They went in, and in the front room found Havard and James. On the table was a bottle of stout and two glasses. He asked Havard what he was doing there, and he replied, "drinking stout," adding that. they had come from Hook. Cross-examined by Mr. W. J. Jones: There was no secrecy about it at all, and no con- fusion. The landlady invited them to search the house. He had no reason to doubt that the young men came from Hook. P.C. Nicholas (11), in reply to Deputy Chief Constable John James, said he knew the young men, and also where they lived. He had me'a- sured t he distance from both houses to the Travellers' Rest, along the shortest road. The distance from Havard's house was one mile, 1,400 rds, and from James', two miles 969 yards. This was a public thoroughfare and was used by children to school. By Mr. W. J. Jones: I go over this road, but it is not up to my knees in mud. The distance round the highway is about 4 miles. Deputy Chief-Constable James: It is the shortest way and not the longest that is reckoned. Mr. Jones: The shortest practical way. Addressing the Bench, Mir. Jones said the only question was whether the landlady took proper precautions to prevent an illicit sale. Fortunately the Act itself afforded protection by a section which stated that if in the course of the proceedings defendant failed to prove that the purchaser was a bona fide traveller, but proved that he believed the purchaser to be such and took all necessary precautions to ascertain whether he was or not, then the justices shall dismiss the ease. If the justices thought that the persons had falsely repre- sented themselves to be bona fide travellers, they should differentiate between the licensee and the purchasers. If their worships thought his client acted honestly and believed that these men were travellers, then the Act said not that they may, but, the section was so strong that it read "they shall dismiss the case." His cilient was in a very feeble state of health and the business was practically carried on by his wife. Mrs. Morgan believed that these young men came to her house round Troopers' Inn, and when the constables called there was no secrecy. The beer, stout, and glasses were there, and the constables were invited to go round the house. There was another strong point in his client's fav- our. Some time previously a constable called on a Sunday morning and invited her to sup- ply a man from Hook with drink. The Magistrates said this was not evidence, and the clerk said he was bound to advise the magistrates it was no defence to say "she believed" that they were travellers. Mr. Jones said he relied on the section of the Act. The Clerk: If you fail to prove that they were bona fide travellers. Mr. Jones: The section protects me. 1 in reply to her advocate, Mrs. Morgan said she was the wife of the licensee of the Travel- lers' Rest, an inn on the Pembroke Road. She Had a seven days' license. On the Sunday in question two young men from Hook came to her house and asked for drink. She asked them if they were travellers, and she believed that they were. She knew it was almost im- possible for anyone to come along the short road at night time. They told her that they were" sweethearting," which she knew to be true. The distance round the roadway was about 4 miles. Had they come the other road they would have been up to their knees in muck, but their boots were quite clean. She believed them to be bona fide travellers. Cross-examined by Deputy-Chief Constable James: She was born here and knew the young men well. They visited her house occasional- ly. She knew they could come the other way. She had not been that way for some years. The Clerk: Then you don't know the state of the road. Asked what precautions she took to find out that the men had come round the road de- fendant repeated that their boots were clean. Thoy had no leggings on. The magistrates considered the case proved, and fined the licensee 10s. and costs. The case against Havard and James for be- ing on the premises was next proceeded with. The same evidence for the prosecution was re- peated, and defendants contended that as they came round the road they were travellers. They had witnesses to prove that. The Clerk advised them not to waste money in trying to prove which way they came, and they were each fined 6d. and costs, making a total of 7s. in each case. THEFT OF HAY. At the instance of Mr. Basil Jones, hay merchant, Old Bridge, Haverfordwest, Thomas James, City Road, Haverfordwest, was charged with stealing four trusses of hay of the value of 7s 6d. on January 31st. David Jenkins:, Broad Haven, was cFajrged with receiving the same, knowing it to have been stolen. Mr. W. J. Jones prosecuted, and in opening the case, said Mr. Bftsil Jones was a hay merchant. Thomas James was charged with larceny, and Jenkins with receiving the stolen goods. The facts were short and clear, Mr. Jones was in the habit of purchasing hay and employed a man to cut and truss it, but con- fined the selling entirely to himself. He bought some hay at Druidstone, and employed James to cut and truss it. He was given no pow- er to sell it. In this case, Mr. Jones went down for a load on January 31st, and found no one there. There were 65 trusses of hay and ho removed 38. When he returned on the follow- ing day for another load the 27 trusses were not as he had left them, and James was con- spicuous by his absence. The rick had been newly cut, and from enquiries in the neigh bourhood he traced the destiny of the hay to the defendant Jenkins' house. He afterwards had a search wan-rant issued and had Jenkins arrested. The latter afterwards volunteered a statement to the effect that he had bought the trusses at Is. Id a truss, the ordinary price being Is. 10d. When James was asked to ic- count for the absence of some of the hay, he at first denied it, but afterwards said he had sold some bedding to Jenkins, but not any hay. Jenkins must have known he was barter- ing for what was not James' own, for the price suggested larceny. The possession of the fruits of a crime a short time after the crime



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