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j AN ACCIDENT IN THE HAYFIELD. At Pembroke Dock County Court last Wed- nesday, John Skone, labourer, of Pembroke, sued William Freeman Hitehings, coal mer- chant, of Pembroke, for £7 under the Work- men's Compensation Act, in respect of an acci- dent which occurred in a hayfield on July 18th. The defence was that at the time of the acci- dent Skone was not in defendant's employ, but was a trespasser, and further that the accident, was caused by the intoxication of Skone. Mr. R. D. Llowless appeared :or plaintiff, Mid Mr. F. S. Reed defended. Plaintiff, who said that he was 69 years of ige, said that on July 17th he was engaged by, Mr. Hitchings to work in a hayfield. He wa*: .ngaged to mow some grass, and was em- i ployed by a man named Wm. Griffiths, who was in ilr. ,itchings' employ. On July 18ih ] plaintiff went to the field again. He was asked! to help to make the rick and went on. Defen- > dant was "pitching up" to plaintiff, when he overbalanced and fell from the rick, severely in- juring himself. He had had a pint of beer that flay, but it was a very hot day and was too hot to drink. (Laughter). His Honour said that on a hot day they were more likely to drink. Mr. Lowless: How much did you drink. I can't tell you, sir, I didn't keep any account. Plaintiff added that there was plenty of beer about, but he was not drunk. After the acci- dent he was unable to work for three months. Plaintiff went to see Mr. Hitchings, who told him he would get no compensation out of him. Later on he met Mr. Hitehings, who told him to go to his house. He went to the house and the housekeeper sent him to Mr. Reed's office. A clerk offered him 5s. 3d. and gave him a paper to sign, which he refused to do. Plain- tiff's average earnings were El a week, and he claimed for 10s. a week for 14 weeks. In answer to Mr. Reed, plaintiff said that he did not see Mr. Hitchings on the 17th. On the day of the accident he had some beer, but he denied that he lit his pipe on the rick. He lay down on the rick, but he did not go to sleep. He had been working at stone-breaking previous to the accident, and sometimes earned no more than ls. 9d. per day. Dr. A. Hurrell Style spoke to attending de- ceased, who had fractured his breastbone. Defendant was called, and denied that he had on this occasion employed Skone to do any work for him. Defendant was not in the hay- field on July 17th, and he had not authorised anyone to employ Skone on his behalf. On July 18th he went to the field. There were a number of volunteers in the field when the hay was being made. William Griffiths was called and denied en- gaging Skone to do any work on behalf of defendant. The latter met him and told him he had promised to work for Mr. Hitchings. He went in the field on the 17th and used the scythe for a bit, but soon buckled it up, and then went home. He did not employ Skone on July 18th either. There were a lot of volunteers in the field, and they all had some beer. It was customary in Pembroke. His Honour: The custom is that everyone who can come in, picks up a fork, goes after the beer, and then leaves. Witness, continuing, said that Skone paid a lot of attention to the beer. He also lit a pipe, laid back on the rick, and went to sleep. Skone was drunk, he should say. Charles Griffiths and Arthur Griffiths also gave evidence, and the latter said that he thought Skone was a "bit rocky." This, he explained, meant the worse for drink. Evidence was also given by John Scarfe. His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff for L3 5s.