PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. The monthly meeting of thf Public Works Committee of the Barry District ( ICil was held on Tuesday afternoon last. M A. Manaton presided, and there were prese: in addition, Messrs, W. J. Williams, T. Walter" James Jones, D. Morgan, and the Rev T. Pandy Johu. Application was made by residents at New Wallace that a foot-bridge be placed over the stream thereat, it being pointed out that the stream ran through a public footpath.—It was agreed to pay half the cost of erecting a foot- bridge, namely, 30s. Mr W. Waddell, resident engineer of the Barry Railway Company, wrote stating the the new road at Colebrook was completed, and asking the Council if they were prepared to take over the maintenance of the road and footpath.-It was decided, however, to comply with the request when the old road was closed. The Surveyor reported that several tradesmen had not complied with the request that their shop blinds, etc., be raised to the regulation height of 7ft. 3in. It was resolved to ghe the defaulting persons a month's notice to comply with the request. Mr James Price, Holton-road, wrote calling attention to the channel running through the lane at the rear of his shop, which he contended was dangerous to his horses. — The Surveyor was instructed to see into the matter, and have the necessary alterations made at a cost not exceeding £ 5. At the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to place several gates in the Council fields at the Buttrills. With reference to the proposed laying of electric cable from the Refuse Destructor Works to the Manual Instruction Centre, the Surveyor stated that poles would have to be erected in the lane at the rear of Court-road.—The Committee decided to have the poles erected as suggested. In reference to the maintenance of steam road rollers, the Surveyor stated that a roller with water cart costs £313 per annum. This would be the coet of maintenance of the Council's own roller. A hired roller with water cart would cost j6356 5s. There was, therefore, a saving of £ 32 per annum, or 2s 6d per day, on the former scheme. The question of the proposed new road at the Buttrills, coming up for consideration, the Rev T. Pandy John asked whether the ground landlords would give the land necessary for widening of the existing lane, or if it could not be obtained gratis, at what cost the land could be bought.-The Surveyor was asked to prepare an estimate of the cost of widening the road to 60ft. They had had the land on the right side of the lane offered them at a cost of :£100 per acre, and it was decided to enquire if this offer would hold good for the widening of the lane. Letters were read from several football clubs asking for playing grounds at the Buttrills, but the matter was deferred. This was all the public business.
GAS AND WATER COMMITTEE. ADVANCES OF WAGES GRANTED. At the monthly meeting of this Committee on Tuesday evening, there were present—Messrs J. E. Levers (chairman), J. C. Meggitt, J.P., S. R. Jones, W. R. Lee, O. McCann, T. Walters, and J. D. Watson. MrF. M. Harris, gas engineer, reported that during the past month 24 gas services had been laid, 5 ordinary and 51 prepayment meters, 56 prepayment, and 17 ordinary cooking stoves and one gas fire had been fixed 20 houses were fitted out, and 12 ordinary and 27 prepayment meters, 8 cooking stoves, and 47 prepayment cooking atoves and 7 gas fires bad been removed. The Committee discussed the question of pur- chasing an automatic weighing machine for coke. Messrs Avery, Limited, wrote stating that they could supply a one-cwt. machine which would weigh from two to three times per minute if required, and would automatically register every discharge.—Mr Jones thought the matter should be deferred, inasmuch as it was not provided for in tha estimate, but the Chairman reminded him that the estimate was for one year, and they would have to wait that time.—It was decided to defer the matter for a month to enable the Gas Engineer to obtain further particulars. It was shown by the report of Mr E. W. Waite, water engineer, that the total quantity of water pumped to the high and low level reservoirs during April was 20,775,000 gallons, the average quantity used per day being 672,500 gallons, equivalent to 22 gallons per head per day upon the .population. In the corresponding month of last year the average quantity consumed per day was 646,066 gallons the consumption last month was. therefore, 26,434 gallons per day on the average more than in April, 19C3. During April rain fell on 11 days, with a total fall of 1'24 iaches. The average April rainfall for the previous 15 years was 1-91 inches, the fall last April being 67 inches below the average for that period. The Gas Engineer reported that the stokers at the Biglis Pumping Station asked that the rate for Sunday work recently given to the gas stokers should be extended to them. At the present time they were paid 6d per hour, without deduction.- It was decided to accede to the request, and at the suggestion of Mr Meggitt it was agreed to request the Water Engineer to minimise as much as possible Sunday labour. The Clerk (Mr T. B. Tordoff) reported that the Local Government Board had sanctioned the borrowing of J66,000, for ten years, for the supply of gas services and general gas fittings. Mr A. Durbin, on behalf of the Gas and Water Department employees, wrote asking that holidays be granted on July 9th on the occasion of the annual outing. -The request was granted. The Chairman said he had seen several employers in the town, and ascertained that men who did plumbing in addition to gas fitting were paid a penny an hour more than they would get if they could only do gas fitting.-After discussion it was decided to raise the wages of the gas fitters one halfpenny an hour. The caretaker of the Gas and Water Offices wrote asking for an increase of wages. — Mr Meggitt: If the Council meetings are going to continue to last till midnight I think some con- sideration should be given to the application. (Laughter.) — It was resolved to increase the amount from 7s 6d to 10s per week, the Gas and Water Committee to bear half of the cost, the Council a quarter, and the Education Committee a quarter. — Mr Meggitt: By granting the increase the Gas and Water Committee save 2s 6d, (Laughter.)
LICENSING COMMITTEE. The Licensing Committee of the Barry District Council was held on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Ben Evans presiding. There were also present Messrs J. Milward, John Williams, J. A. Manaton, J. C. Meggitt, J.P., Dr P. J. O'Donnell, and Rev T. Pandy John. Mr T. V. Davies, Cadoxton, attended with regard to the license of the Theatre Royal, Cadoxton, and explained that if he let the theatre for a week, and afterwards found that the play was in any way unbecoming, he could order the same to be stopped.—Mr Milward proposed that the license be granted, inasmuch as during the last twelve months there had not been a single complaint.—Mr Manaton remarked that the tone of the theatre was not so high as they should like to see.—Dr O'Donnell seconded that the license be granted, and it was agreed to and, at the sugges- tion of the Rev T. Pandy John, it was resolved to add that the conduct of the audience and of the performers should be supervised either by Mr "Davies or a responsible deputy. The Clerk (Mr T. B. Tordoff) stated that the only regulations with regard to the theatre at .present were that no intoxicating liquors be sold on the premises, and that no boxing be allowed. It might be well to draw up a code of regulations. -This was agreed to. On the question of entering into further lease with Lord Windsor with regard to the beach at Barry Island coming up for consideration, Mr Manaton stated that the Public Works Committee had made a suggestion that a special joint meeting of the two committees be held next Monday to discuss the question.—This was agreed to, the Chairman remarking that he was pleased to know that some of the members of the Council had taken such a determined attitude in the matter. He hoped they would bring the matter to a final and successful issue. This was all the business.
MRS. (TIUJNDY'S JOTTINGS. It is not true that any person in the Barry district has been invited by the Royal Commis- sion to give evidence as to alleged illegalities in the service of the Established Church in the town. Mr and Mrs Oliver Jones have arrived at 39, Ashley-gardens. London, from Fonmon Castle, Glamorgan. Major-General Lee, The Mount, Dinas Powis, has, I am pleased to state, sufficiently recovered from his recent severe illness to be able to preside at last Monday's sitting of Barry Police Court. To-day (Thursday) is Empire Day, and the national emblems and other flags are flying over the public buildings, schools, and from many private residences in the Barry district. An eisteddfod will also be held during the day in connection with each of the Council Schools, that at St. Helen's Roman Catholic School to take place on Friday evening, and the children in each instance will be addressed on the greatness, importance, and responsibility of Empire. X The traffic receipts on the Barry Railway, including the Vale of Glamorgan Railway, last week amounted to £ 9,945, a decrease compared with the corresponding period of last year of £4,336. The aggregate for the present year is £291,279, an increase of £ 9,660. The flowing tide seems to be with the Church life of Barry. One of the monthly magazines of the town states Baptisms have lately been per- formed with some difficulty, owing to there being no water supply. This difficulty has now been overcome, the water having been laid on." There are good prospects of a successful regatt a being held at Barry on Wednesday, the 17th of August. Major-General Lee, The Mount, Dinaa Powis, proceeded to London last Wednesday to consult a medical specialist. • In view of the intended visit of the King to Swansea in July to lay the foundation stone of the new dock, an effort is being made to induce his Majesty to call at Barry, and lay the founda- tion stone of a building in connection with an institution of which the King is patron. • In the opinion of Miss E. P. Hughes, M.A., Barry, late principal of Cambridge Training College for Secondary Teachers, the chief blot on the Welsh Intermediate Schools is the way in which the dual schools have not been kept in any sense of the word dual, but have practically become mixed schools, fu the great detriment of the girls and of the women teachers. Miss Hughes believes profoundly in mixed education, but she considers it should be really mixed-that the head should not always be a man. The Norwegian steamship Fancy, 830 tons, a regular trader between Cardiff and Bordeaux, and belonging to Messrs Neilson and Begocness, of Tonsberg, was wrecked last Sunday on Nash Sands. The vessel was bound from Bordeaux to Barry with a cargo of pitwood for Messrs T. P. Thomas and Company, of Barry Docks. Fortunately, all hands were saved. # Animproved brake service between Southern down-road and Southerndown, in connection with the Barry Company's trains, has been commenced, and will continue throughout the summer months. w 4' "Ohl I do hope there are no Pro-Boers amongst the teachers," was the lament of an anxious parent as she entered one of the Council Sohools in the Barry districton Empire Day.The woman obviously -is a loyalist and patriot. it The committee appointed by the Barry Chamber of Trade to go into the matter of getting out a pictorial poster have put the matter in hand, and have approved of a sketch which will shortly be issued. All interested in Friendly Society work are informed that the annual meeting of the Barry District Friendly Societies' Council will be held next Wednesday evening, at 7.30, at the Glamorgan Restaurant, Barry Docks, when the advisabilty of continuing the Council will be considered. The President (Mr R. N. Davies) appeals to all members of Friendly Societies to make a special effort to be present. Are the inhabitants of the Barry district going to illuminate their houses to-night (Thursday), Empire Day ?" I am continually asked. My answer is, "I hope they will." The children of St. Helen's Roman Catholic School, Barry Docks, accompanied by the Rev Father Byrne, and the head master, Mr J. Wood, took part in the annual Festival of Corpus Christi at the Castle Grounds, Cardiff, to-day (Thursday). The weather was favourable, and the children, carrying flowers, were quite picturesque in their white dresses.
BARRY STEAMER ON FIRE. The British steamer Cheviot Range, bound from Barry for Las Palmas, has arrived at her destina- tion with the cargo of coal on fire. The dockers proceeded to the vessel to extinguish theflames, but as they were endeavouring to make their way to the seat of the fire a terrible explosion occurred, by which 13 men were injured, three of them seriously.
"SPRING.The cowing of spring is always welcomed with delight, and a cup of Horniman's Pifre Tea, composed of the luscious spring leaves, is appreciated by all classes because of its absolute purity, delicious fragrance, great strength and uniform quality. All vjood housewives buy Horniman s Pure Tea. Full weight without the path-age" Ask for Horniman's and have no other. Sold by:-Cash Supply Stores, 86, High-street (Special Wholesale and Retail Agents) Hopkins, 88, High street; Macey, grocer; Allen. High-street. Barry Dock: Cash Supply Stores, 234 and 236 Holton road (Special Wholesale and Retail Agents); Jones, Holton-road; Williams, Thomp- son street; Meredith, Graving Dock street; Gardiner, 10, Dock View road. Cadoxton Abernethy, High-street; Owen, 49, Vere-street. Penarth: Richards, chemist. Taff's Well; Thomas, grocer; &c.
SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES ALLEGED BY THE POLICE. TWO DAYS' HEARING AT THE POLICE COURT. As was reported in our last issue, there was a special sitting of the Barry Police < ourt on Thursday, the 26th ultimo, to hear e\ idence upon a summons issued by the police to show cause why the Unionist Working menV Club and Institute, situate in Holton-road, llnry Docks, should not be struck off the register of clubs on the ground of alleged irregularities. The case was the outcome of a raid made by the police on the premises of the club some time ago, and a large amount of interest was evinced in the hearing of the evidence by a full court during the day. Mr George David, solicitor, Cardiff, con- ducted the prosecution on behalf of the police; and Mr B. Francis Williams, K.C., instructed by Mr F. P. Jones-Lloyd, solicitor, Barry, defended. The justices who occupied the Bench were Mr T. R. Thompson and Mr J. C. Meggitt. In opening the case, Mr George David said the proceedings were taken under section 28 of the Licensing Act, 1902, the terms of complaint in the summons against the Club, and its secretary (James Johnson, 12, Regent-street, Barry Docks), being as follows :—"(1) That the club was not conducted in good faith as a club; (2) that there was frequent drunkenness on the premises; (3) that illegal sales of intoxicating liquor have taken place on the premises; and (4) that the supply of in- toxicating liquor to the club was not under the control of the committee appointed by the mem- bers." The club, Mr David stated, was formed on the 23rd of October, 1896, when rules were formed, new and revised rules being adopted in 1900 and 1902. The first minutes of the club contained an incorrect and misleading entry, that the first meeting of the promoters of the club was held at 22, Holton-road, whereas such meeting was held in the house of a man named Stroud, in Thompson- street. Stroud was the first steward of the club, and all the people who attended the initial meet- ings were people who would, in different ways, benefit by the formation of the club. On Sunday, the 6th of March of the present year, the police paid a surprise visit to the club premises, and during nearly two hours the police remained there, no less than 137 persons entered the premises, which were comparatively small, containing absolutely no facilities except for drinking purposes. There was a piano on the premises, but this was used at smoking concerts which were from time to time htld, and these naturally afforded additional inducements to the consump- tion of drink. There was also a bagatelle table, but it was used for ordinary table purposes. There was supposed to be a library, but it contained no books there was also a reading room, but it was entirely devoid of newspapers or magazines of current date, only one or two magazines of a month or two old. When the police visited the club on the the 6th of March there were one or two persons there under the influence of drink, and no attempt was made by anyone responsible for I the management of the club to have them ejected till their attention was called to the men by the police. The original rules of the club provided that all disputes were to be referred to the final arbitrament of a certain solicitor named therein. Mr B. Francis Williams So that whatever you may say of the club, it had at least a bona-jide. solicitor. (Laughter.) Mr David Yes, who was evidently determined to have a bib out of it. (Laughter.) Resuming his remarks, Mr David said the original rules specified that the club was formed for the bona-jide consumption—whatever that might mean — of pure and wholesome intoxicating liquors at moderate charges. Mr B. F. Williams: The members were evidently free fooders. (Laughter.) Mr David I would rather call them free drinkers. (Laughter.) Mr David said in the revised rules of 1900 it was shown that the object of the club was to afford rational enjoyment; and in the rules of 1902, which were at present in force, it was to provide for working-men social intercourse, mutual helpfulness, mental and moral improvement, and rational recreation, but no reference whatever to the sale or consumption of drink was made therein. Mr David described the mode of election of members, and amount of entrance fee and sub- scriptions, and said, according to the books of the club when they were seized by the police, there were Various serious discrepancies apparent under these heads. Of the 137 persons who were present on the club premises during the police visit on March 6th, there was scarcely one who had been elected in a regular manner according to the rules, consequently it was illegal to supply any of these men with intoxicating drinks, in fact the place was con- ducted with an utter disregard of its own regula- tions. During their visit the police were informed that the committee provided one loaf and some cheese every day for the members, and twice this quantity, with pickles, on Saturday and Sunday. but the published balance-sheet for 1903 showed that no less than J648 had been paid during the year for bread, cheese, pickles, and matches. There were at the close of the year 561 members on the books, but a large proportion of these had not paid their subscriptions, and of the amount received by way of subscriptions only a portion, had been transferred to the treasurer and paid to the bank. Mr David added that there bad been a large amount of drunkenness and disorderly conduct on the club premises. This he could prove by the books of the club themselves, but more had come under the observation of the police. Members' wives had also frequently gone to the club in search of their husbands, and there had been dis- turbance when they could not be found. Amongst the members of the club were men of known drunken habits, and these had been admitted and re-admitted notwithstanding the fact that they had been convicted at the police-court or expelled from the club. Police-sergeant R. H. Thomas (203) was the first witness called in support of the prosecution. Sergeant Thomas detailed the circumstances of the visit paid by Inspector Morris, himself, and several constables to the club on Sunday, the 6th of March, when they took the names of 137 men who entered the premises during the time they were there. Drink was being supplied in abundance, and it was as much as the waiters could do to serve the crowd. With the exception of two all the men present were on the ground floor, and there was no provision made other than for drinking. Witness corroborated the statement of Mr David as to the almost entire absence of facilities for games, reading, &c. He had been informed by the steward that a loaf of bread, with some cheese and pickles, were provided for the members every day, with double the quantity on Saturday and Sunday. The last entry in the daily takings book was on the 29th February, and when the attention of the secretary was called to the fact, he produced a slip of paper on which the takings had been entered for the previous week. The original promoters of the club were men who would financially benefit, either directly or indirectly, thereby. He found 125 forms of application in which the dates liad been altered 32 of these had paid their subscrip- tions for the present year, and 91 had not paid. The alterations of dates, he believed, were made by the secretary. Witness produced 243 proposal forms, a large number of which had been made out irregularly he also produced 1,182 proposal forms the dates on which had been filled in by the secretary, and not according to the rules, and 176 forms in which there was not the required three days' interval between the date of nomination and election whereas in a number of cases, forms were produced which showed that the persons had been elected several days before they were nom- inated. The present secretary (the defendant Johnson) was elected member on the 5th of February, 1898, and he (witness) was of opinion that the handwriting on the nomination form was that of Johnson himself. Witness proceeded to give evidence m proof of other various similar discrepancies, when the Court adjourned for luncheon. At the resumption of the sitting, the justices proceeded to examine in detail the large number of forms which had, on different grounds, been irregularly made out. There were twenty forms pertaining to members who had not paid their subscription for the present year. Mr B. F. Williams contended that there was no evidence to show that these persons had enjoyed the benefits and privileges of the club. Mr David replied that their names were on the register. Mr B. F. Williams Those who have not paid their subscriptions are not members. Mr David said their names should not be on the register at all. Witness produced 491 proposal forms, the signa- tures on the whole of which were in the hand- writing of a former secretary of the club. During the police visit the men present were requested to produce their cards of membership, but 43 out of the 137 failed to comply with the request. Mr B. F. Williams pointed out that there was no rule calling upon members to carry their cards with them. Witness added that he found some of the cards and their duplicates behind the bar in the posses- sion of the steward. On examination of the books there were numerous discrepancies between the amounts alleged to have been received as sub- scriptions and those paid to the bank. On the 8th of January last four hogsheads and a barrel of beer were delivered to to the club, but were not entered in the books. Also a barrel of beer on August 12, 1903, and a jar of port wine on May 7, 1903. The stock-book showed that the takings for the weeks August 8th and 14, 1903, amounted to £111 Os 3d, but only £105 14s 3d was paid into the bank. Free drinks were frequently given to the committee-men members, but there was no check kept on the steward. It was shown that certain members "got into trouble," and their fines were paid out of the club funds, being debited to "Police charges,"these men having been locked up at Chepetow. Mr B. F. Williams That should have been charged to "lodgings." (Laughter.) Mr David They even went so far as to pay bastardy arrears for some one. Witness Yes, for a waiter. (Laughter). Sergeant Thomas added that the steward's stock book showed an overplus of £ 7 8s lOd, and a deficit of £20. Amongst the club records were minutes dealing with members for abuse of the committee, gambling on the premises, using foul language, drunk on the premises, etc., and even the present secretary* had been severely repri- manded." A number of members of the club had been convicted at the police couct for drunkenness and disorderdly conduct, for being" drunk and disorderly on licensed premises, and assaulting the police. Mr B. F. Williams objected to this evidence, and said it had nothing to do with the case. Witness described the club as a disgrace to the town, and said frequently as many as 150 men I could be seen coming out of the club on Sunday, many being drunk and had to be led home. Some had also bottles of beer in their pockets. On a Saturday night the olub was a perfect pandemon- ium. There were two men drunk on the premises when the police made the raid. Mr B. F. Williams said he was instructed that one of these men was seen by a doctor, who gave it as his opinion that he was not drunk. Witness replied he did not oare two-pence for the doctor's opinion he believed he was drunk. I The other man who was drunk called him a b liar for saying so. Mr B. F. Williams That is rude. but forcible. You know this a working-men's club. (Laughter). Witness It is a brewer's club. It is not a bona fide club. After hearing some further evidence from the same witness, the Bench decided to adjourn the case till Tuesday, at 1G o'clock, when the examin- ation of the first witness will be resumed.
SECOND DAY'S HEARING. Another special sitting of the court was held on Tuesday for the further hearing of the case. The cross-examination of Police-sergeant R. H. Thomas was resumed before the same presiding justices. Witness said he was satisfied that gaming was indulged in on the club premises. Betting books and racing guides were found on the premises; and one of the members had been fined for street betting, and another cautioned for gaming at the club. He also produced a sporting telegram which had been sent to a person at the club, and be (witness) had been offered racing tips by members of the club. Mr B. F. Williams: I hope you won ? (Laughter.)—I did not accept it. Witness, con- tinuing, said the committee spent more last year on matches than they did on the brass band of the club. The rules stated that proposal forms should be signed three days before election. In his opinion that meant three clear days. Mr B. F. Williams: I see; you have been reading Every man his own lawyer." (Laughter.) Witness did not suggest that there had b6en embezzlement by the secretary in connection with the discrepancy between the amount received as subscriptions of members and that paid to the bank. Police-constable H. South (452) gave evidence in corroboration of that of the previous witness. At the time of the police raid on the 6th of March he saw three men drunk on the club premises. He had frequently noticed rowdyism and dis- turbance at the club. He had seen five men go from the club tea a neighbouring field to drink, and when they left he found an empty bottle of John Dewar's on the ground. Mr B. F. Williams: What do you mean ? Had they been consuming Mr Dewar himself ? (Laughter.)—Witness No, whisky. He had on several occasions seen men leave the club under the influence of drink. Mr B. F. Williams Why did you not arrest these men ? The Bench It is not usual to arrest men who are merely drunk. Mr B. F. Williams 0, isn't it! (Laughter.) Inspector D. Morris testified to cases in which men who had left the club under the influence of drink being fined for drunkenness at the court. When the club closed on Sundays he had seen men carrying bottles away wholesale. Police-constables J. Clyncb, Beedlee, and James Fuller, and Sergeant Poolman gave similar evidence as to the character of the club, which was supported by the opinion of Deputy-chief- constable J. F. Gidd;ngs. For the defence, Mr C. H. Kempthorne, archi- tect and surveyor, gave evidence as to the structural capacity of the club premises and Mr W. E. Knapman, M.S.A., architect, having spoken as to the accommodation available, the (Jourt adjourned for luncheon. On resuming James Johnson, the secretary of the club, and one of the defendants in the case, was called. He was appointed secretary in March. 1900, at a salary of £ 2 a week and 6d per day for refreshments. He described the mode adopted for the election of members, and said no visitors were allowed on the premises of the club, and those responsible for the management had done their utmost to carry out the establishment in a proper manner. He denied the allegation which had been made that the club was run by brewers. He (witness) had never signed a proposal form without the authority of candidate, proposer, or seconder. Mr T. R. Thompson According to the rules the proposal form should be signed by the applicant himself. Mr B. F. Williams And an infringement of that rule would not make the club other th m bona fide. It would only be an irregularity. Mr T. R. Thompson That would open the door to any amount of irregularities. Mr B. F. Williams: But irregularity does not affect the club as a bona-jide institution. Witness declared that all the money received by way of subscriptions had been paid into the bank. He denied that drunkenness had been I¡ encouraged on the club premises at all. When- ever a member was found to have had enough, I the steward would refuse to supply him with any more drink. In cross-examination, witness said that on the day of the raid the club was bom- barded by men, who were nob members, coming to the door seeking admission. The committee had consequently appointed the chairman of the club, at a salary of two guineas a week, to look after the members. The average attendance at the club on Saturday was 150 to ?0Q, I He could not give any explanation why the sub- ( scriptions of meuibe-f from February 9ih to March J 6th had not bstn p.iid m;o the buik. Mr T R Thompson said according to the books j about JB13 worth of beer and cpirits was given away to members on tha 1st of January last. This, he thought, was an improper use of funds. Mr B. F. \Yilliams That is one of the objects NY of the club—social intercourse. (Laughter.) Mr T. R. Thompson It says moral improvement in the rules I should say immoral improvement. Mr B. F. Williams It is a species of elevation, Sir. (Laughter.) Mr David (to witness) Under what head would these free drinks come ? Mr B. F. Williams Mutual helpfulness. (Laughter.) Mr T. R. Thompson asked whether the defence were prepared to meet the charges of drunkenness ? Mr B. F. Williams repiied that in the face of the evidence, it would be helpless to struggle against the charges of drunkenness. In addressing the Bench, Mr Francis Williams said this was a workingmen's club, and one would not expect a club of this kind to be conducted with the same scrupulous regard to rules as clubs of a superior class. He admitted irregularities, but still he contended that the club was yet a bona-fide institution. The ideas of social recreation which the members seemed to have were those of our grandfathers, and not present- day ideas of propriety. (Laughter.) The Bench were of opinion that the case had been proved, and ordered that the club be struck off the register of clubs, and that the premises be not used for the purposes of a club requiring registration under the Act for a period of twelve calendar months. Mr Thompson added that great credit was due to the police for the very efficient manner in which the case for the prosecution had been prerpared. Mr David applied for costs, and the Bench I granted j615 15s, Mr Thompson regretting that it I was not in the power of the justices to grant special costs to the police. AN EXPLANATION. We are asked to state that the solicitor referred to during the evidence of Sergeant Thomas as i having appointed himself arbitrator of disputes in connection with the Unionist Club, is a solicitor not now residing at Barry, and was not Mr F. P. Jones-Lloyd, who was instructed for the defence.
PROGRESS OF BARRY FLOUR MILLS. Mr T. Rank, the senior partner in the firm of Messrs Thomas Rank, Limited, of Hall, paid a visit to Barry Docks last week, and having inspected the works connected with the erection of their new flour millfe, expressed satisfaction at the progress made by the contractors. Messrs E. Turner and Sons. The buildings, which will be seven storeys in height, and cover a frontal area of about 300ft. are expected to be completed by the end of the present year. Meanwhile the Barry Company's Import Stores are being utilised by Messrs Rank for the accommodation of flour, etc., for their South Wales and West of England trade.
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BARRY BAND OF HOPE UNION. The annual children's festival held in connection with the Barry District Band of Hope Union is an event that is eagerly looked forward to by towns- people, and the crowded houses and great success which have attended these events in previous years afforded striking testimony of excellence of the festival and appreciation of the public. This year's festival will be held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, June 8th and 11th, at the Romilly Hall, Barry, and promises to be at attrac- tive and successful as those of former yean. The children's choirs have been in training for some time. and will render several glees in addition to action songs, drills, &c., under the conductorship of Mr A. J. Medcroft. Councillor J. C. Meggitt, J.P., will preside on Wednesday evening, and Dr. W. Lloyd Edwards on Saturday evening, the chair to be taken both evenings at 7.30. Tickets (front seats 2a. second seats Is. gallery 6d) may be obtained of members of the choir. We hope there will be as large a gathering of the public as ever at this the fifth annual festival of the Barry Band of Hope Union.
BARRY MINISTER AND SABBATH BREAKING. At an assembly of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists of South Wales and Monmouthshire, held this week at Oupel Drindod, Cardiganshire, the Rev Aaron Davies, D.D., of Cadoxton-Barry, Moderator of the General Assembly of England and Wales, and ex-president of the Barry Free Church Council, taking part in a discussion on the prevalence of Sabbath desecration in the country. said it was high time to deal with this subject. Sunday travelling had increased enormously, their highways and byways were crowded every Sunday with bicycles, motor cars and traps. It was terrible, and all who had regard for the religious welfare of the people should offer the practice every possible discouragment. —
SAD DEATH OF A SHIP'S APPRENTICE AT BARRY. A violent death befel George Chambers, an apprentice on the sailing ship Sofala (Captain Auld), lying under No. 17 Tip, Barry No. 1 Dock, on Tuesday morning last. He was walking along the deck of the vessel, when he slipped and fell down the bold. Help was quickly at hand, and Chambers was conveyed to the Town Accident Hospital in Kingsland-crescent. Dr W. Lloyd Edwards was in attendance, and it was ascertained that the unfortunate young man had sustained a severe fracture of the base of the skull. The injuries were of such a shocking character that little hope was entertained of his recovery, and the poor fellow died an hour after his admission to the hospital. Chambers was only 19 years of l age, and belonged to Huntington Court. Kington, Herefordshire. This morning (Thursday) before Mr E. B. Reece, the divisional coroner, an inquest was held on thf; body at the Police Court, Barry Docks, when evidence of identification was given by Sister M. E. Crump, of 77, Sile-street, Bethnel Green, London, aunt of the deceased. — William Hanley, chief officer of the vessel, said Chambers was engaged in shifting hatches in the 'tween deck on Tuesday morning, when he overbalanced himself and fell into the lower hold, one of the hatches falling on him. Chambers was quickly picked up, and ordered by Dr King to be removed to the Town Accident Hospital.—Herbert James Odan, fellow- apprentice to the deceased, corroborated the evidence of the chief officer. — Dock-constable Robert Owen removed the deceased to the hospital, where Dr \\T. Lloyd Edwards found the young man in a dying state, suffering from fracture of I the base of the skull. He succumbed shortly afterwards.—The Jury returned a verdict of Accidental death.Mr C. Wolff, H.M. Inspector of Factories, watched the proceedings on behalf of the Home Office.
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