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.<ri_ PEMBROKE PETTY SESSIONS. Monday, December 28.—Before Messrs. S. W. Willing (in the chair), Messrs. F. P. Tombs and B. Powell. SCHOOL CASE. Alfred Gwyther, of Short Mains, was sum- moned for not sending his child William aged 10, regularly to school. Defendan-, said that the boys' eyes uad been very bad, and he was not able to go to school. He had been to Dr. Williams.—Mr. Hay, school attendance officer, said that Dr. Wall, the school medical officer, had hot been consulted. The boy was defying the law and the father was negligent. Defendant had been previously fined in res- pect of this child. He was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, 7s. 6d., or seven days' imprisonment. A PIGEON CASE. James H. Mahaney, of the Common, was charged with stealing a pigeon value 5s., the property of I-leziry Hall in July last. Mr. R. 1). Lowless defended. It appeared from the statement made by Supt. Thomas that the pigeon was lost in July last, but Hail, on going to the show in Pem- broke, there saw the pigeon in a pen. Henry Hall said that he was employed by Mr. Jones Lloyd. In July last he had a pigeon which he bought at Milford. He lost the pigeon and cote on Saturday night. There was a ring round the pigeon's leg which bore the words "R. P. A. 077964." He informed the police of the matter at the time. On December 9th he visited the Pembroke Fanciers' Show, and there saw the pigeon in a pen which he at once identified. It was in pen 297, and he informed the police of the matter. P.C. Phil- lips went with him to the Market House and prosecutor showed him the .bird, which was now produced in court. He put the value at 5s. In reply to Mr. Lowless, he said that he gave 2s. for the pigeon, which was a homer. He had lost another pigeon at the same time-a brown magpie. The homer was in his pos- session about two weeks. He had put the let- ters and number on the ring down on a piece of paper on the day he lost the bird. He did not know the meaning of the numbers. He did not put the number down before the bird was stolen because he did not think there were thieves about. He believed the bird had or- iginally come from Belfast. Mr. Lowless suggested that as the bird was a homer it should be let fly, and the Court would see where it went. 'Suppose it went to Belfast," said the wit- ness and the Court smiled. In reply to Supt. Thomas, witness said that 1 homers if they did fly home, didn't usually take the cote wjth them. (Laughter). In reply to Mr. Tombs, witness said that he did not allow the pigeon to be free, but kept it eorifined. P.C. Phillips said that in July, the last wit- ness gave information to-the police that he had lost a pigeon from ids backyard. On Dec. 5th he accompanied Hall to the Market House and he pdinted out a pigeon in pen 297 which he said was his. He said that a ring was on tire leg bearing the letters "R. P. A. 077964." Witness examined the pigeon and found a ring on the right leg bearing these letters and figures. Pen 297 was catalogued as belonging to the defendant, who was present. Witness took possession of the bird. Mahaney said that he had reared the bird himself out of two brown pigeons. Mr. Lowless submitted that no case had been made out against the defendant at all. He -pointed out that Hall had never, when he re- ported the less of the bird to the police, given, them fhe number on the ring. The Magistrates found that a case had been made out and accused elected to be dealt with summarily, and pleadect not guilty. Defendant was then sworn and said that he was a tailor's apprentice, and had kept pigeons for some time. He had at times had over 50 birds. He remembered Hall telling him ho had lost a bird four months ago. -Defendant showed him his birds, including this particu- lar bird, wheh was on the roof. The bird in oourt was his bird and was bred by him from a pair of brown birds last December. He had it rung, "R. P. A. 07,7964:' That meant Racing Pigeon's Association, 1907, and the rest was the number. He entered the bird for the Show with the number on. In the show Hall came up and said it was his pigeon, and the police afterwards came and took the bird away. The pigeon had never been kept locked up. Cross-examined by the Superintendent, he said that he did not know were the head- quarters of the Racing Pigeon Association was, and he did not remember where he got the rng. Mr. Willing: If you wanted some rings what firms would you write to?—To the firms that have got them. (Laughter). Sunt. Thomas said that the defendant bore a good charaC-teT. I Edward Willers, a labourer, of Monkton. said that he had often seen s bird on the roof of defendant's house. I