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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.—(Before A. De Rutzen, Esq.) INEBRIATES.—The following offenders were dismissed with a caution —Win. Pollard, mason, charged by P.S. Jenkins with drunken and riotous behaviour in Castle- street, on the 19th inst., and Mary Rowlands and Wir. Power, summoned at the instance of P.C. Lidenton for similar behaviour at High-street, Penydarren, on the 15th inst. It was a first appearance for each of them. A JUVENILE OFFENDER.—Rose Furlong, 15, was brought up under warrant charged with stealing 1171bs. of coal, the property of R. T. Crawshay, Esq., from a tip at Gethin, on the 14th of Sept. last. P.O. Melhuish gave evidence. The prisoner, who had left the neigh- bourhood immediately after the summoust was served upon her, was shewn to have been previously convicted of a similar offence. She was now fined 10s., and in default of payment committed to Swansea gaol for seven days. BREACH OF THE FACTORY ACTS AT DOWLAIS. —Eleven summonses against the Dowlais Iron Co. for having contravened these Acts by employing girls in the manu- facture of bricks were called on for hearing. Assistant- Inspector Whymper, Bristol, and Sub-Inspector Mostyn, Swansea, prosecuted. Mr. G. C. James, who appeared for the defendants, admitied the offence in every in- stance, but urged in extenuation that his clients had not been apprised of the last Factory Act (1871) which came into operation on the 1st of January, 1872, untl Mr. Mostyn's visit to the works in November last, when the complaint was made, upon which the present summonses were founded. It would appear, however, that the sub-inspector had called the attention of the Person who had the immediate supervision of these girls to the provisions of the new law, and had left with him an abstract of the Act, but this person—the foreman of the brickyard—had omitted to report to those in authority, and matters were thus allowed to go on as before. It was also stated that Mr. Dyke, who held the appointment of Medical Inspector under the Factory Acts, examined these girls, and certified each of them to be over 13 years of age, and it was accord- ingly thought that that was the requisite minimum Standard. Had Mr. Mostyn, as had been his practice with regard to defects in the machinery, &c., reported the matter at head-quarters instead of at the brickyard it would have been at once set right. Under those cir- cumstances Mr. James asked that a very mitigated penalty, if one at all, should be imposed, or that the summonses be withdrawn upon payment of costs. Mr. Mostyn, in reply, while admitting that the defendants might have been under a misapprehension, contended that he had done all that his duty required of him by drawing the attention of the foreman of the brickyard to the state of the law, and leaving with him a copy of the Act, and that although he had frequently been to the Dowlais office his duty really lay in the works in regard to matters of this kind.—His Worship thought that taking all the circumstances into consideration the Justice of the case would be met by the infliction of the full penalty of £3 and the costs in one case, and the withdrawal of the remainder upon payment of the costs.—Messrs. Mostyn and Wbymper left the matter entirely in the Stipendiary's hands, whereupon judg- ment was entered against the defendants in the manner hIS Worship had suggested. TIE HIM UP —John Williams, greengrocer, Union- street, Dowlais, was summoned as the owner of a dog, which was dangerous, and not kept under proper control. Evidence of the dog's ferocity was given by Messrs. Frederick and J. H. Day, neighbours of the uefendant, the former of whom had been bitten upon three different occasions by the animal, and the latter Of whom owned a small dog, which had bad its shoulder torn open by it. Defendant, who contended that the dog was quiet enough unless meddled with. was ordered to keep it under proper control, his Worship pointing out that the penalty of disobedience would amount to something like £1 per day. CRUELTY TO A HORSE.—Daniel Walters and Isaac avies were summoned for this offence. It appeared that the defendants reside at Dowlais, the first-named S.eing a scavenger and the owner of the horse, while •Levies is its haulier. The poor brute had attracted the attention of the police upon more than one occasion. It Was literally covered with warts and scabs, and on the 14th inst. several large ulcers were found by P.O. Lidenton, of Penydarren, upon various parts of its body. Walters stated that a farrier named Jones, who had attended the animal, had pronounced it to be fit for work, Davies adding that it was mending famous." A he Stipendiary considered that a case of very gross cruelty had been made out. Walters was much more to blame than the other defendant, and would have to Pay a fine of £ 3 and the costs. Davies would be fined Ss- and the cpsts. The money was paid in both in- stances. ASSAULT AT DOWLAIS.—Jane Williams v. Ann Williams. Both these are married, and reside at Patriot-court, Dowlais. On the 4th inst defendant, imagining the other party to have shaken the dust at some clothes which the former had newly washed, grew lrate, and committed the assault complained of, for Which hia Worship now fined her 18a. 6d., inclusive of coses, or seven days. AFFILIATION.—Elizabeth Hannah Lewis v. Alfred D-mes, collier. Defendant resides at Treorki, while complainant, who stated her age to be 20, lives at Davies-street, Dowlais. Defendant's mother appeared, and exprebsed herself particularly anxious to arrange matters between the young couple. His Worship said he would adjourn the case until Monday week, and if the parties failed to come to terms, complainant would on that day obtain a formal order. MONDAY.—(Before A. De Rutzen, Esq.) FRAUDULENT REMOVAL.—John Evans, collier, Bryn- mawr, who did not appear, was summoned for having fraudulently removed his goods in order to avoid dis- tress of 13 6s. 4d. rent due to Wm. Baker, of Twyn- c^rt}°i. Rhymney, under whom he had occupied a house at Bridge-street, Pontlottyn. Personal service of the summons was proved by P.C. Oole, of Dowlais, and evidence of the justice of the complaint having been furnished by the landlord, the Stipendiary ordered a warrant to issue for defendant's apprehension. A GEORGETOWN SQUABBLE. — Eliza Jones and Mary Lewis, married women, were summoned for having damaged the pannel of ajdoor, the property of Thos. Williams, smith, Iron-lane, on the 15th instant. This was a very trumpery affair, and his Worship ordered the summons to stand adjourned for a week, so that the parties might have an opportunity of settling matters amicably. STEALING SHAWLS. —Lydia Thomas, a married woman, Was brought up charged with stealing a turnover and shawl, the property of Wm. Wilcox. pawnbroker, High-street. It appeared from the evidence that the Woman was seen on the previous Saturday night at the prosecutor's shop by bis assistant, a lad named Mahony, wearmg the shawl, which had been missed from the Window about a week previously. Shortly before she left the turnover also was missed, and Mahony was sent to watch her. He followed her as far as the Lord Napier beerhouse, and thence to her own house, and then came away. Almost immediately after that she pledged the turnover at Mr. L. J. Davies's shop, in Dynevor-street. She was subsequently arrested by P.C. Parsons, to whom she admitted stealing the turnover. She contended, however, that she had bought the shawl of a travelling draper. Slr-j now pleaded guilty to Stealing both articles, and was sentence^-fcp 21 days' im- prisonment with hard labour. A KNOWING CUSTOMER.—Thomas Butler, described as a puddler, was brought up on remand charged with stealing an umbrella, the property ot Mr J. H. Day, Union-street, Dowlais, and also with stealing a cravat, the property of Rees Davies, collier, Market-street, Dowlais, under circumstances already reported in the columns of this paper. Prisoner now pleaded guilty to the first, but not guilty to the second charge.—Inspector Thomas informed his Worship that nothing was pre- viously known against the prisoner, for the excellent reason that all the references which he had given had turned out to be fabncatIOns. HIS Worship, after complimenting Mr. Thomas Lloyd, of the Prince Albert Inn, Dowlais, for the excellent public service he had rendered in arresting the prisoner, passed sentence of three calendar months' incarceration with hard labour. ALLEGED ROBBERY FROM A BROTHEL.—WM. Woods, labourer, Nelson, was brought up charged with stealing a clock and a pair of stockings the property of William Sherwood, hobbler, River Side. Ic appeared from the evidence that the prisGner visited prosecutor's house on Saturday, the 6th of November last, in company with a girl named Watkins. Some beer was sent for and drunk, and ultimately the prisoner left saying be was going to the bank to raise JE200 for his employer. Later n the day he returned and inquired for Watkins, for whom Sherwood's wife at once proceeded to search. When Mrs. Sherwood returned she found that the pri- soner had decamped, and that the time-piece from the mantelshelf and also & pair of stockings had disappeared as well. Information was given to the police, but the prisoner could not be found, until Satuday night, when P.O. Parsons arrested him in Bridge-street. He, how- ever, denied that he had been to Sherwood's house, and boldly asserted that the wrong man had been got hold of-—His Worship remanded the accused in custody for further inquiry for a week.—Prisoner: All right; I'll go, but I'll take a dying oath this minute that I never took the things. ASSAULT AT CAEPANTYWYLL. Catherine Hurley, married, summoned Eugene Sheen, a labourer, for having assaulted and beaten her at the above neigh- bourhood, on the 15th Inst. Complainant, who ap- peared in the box with the remains of two serious black eyes, stated that defendant had accused her child of having killed one oi his fowls. After telling witness to chastise the boy, and finding that she preferred paying for the fowl, he struck her in the face. She then took up a sweeping brush, but before shi- could use it defendant caught hold of her, dragged her a consider- able distance from the spot by the hair, and beat her until she was covered with blood. Defendant, who stated that he was bound to have some "revinge" for the losa of his fowl, was, in default of paying a fine of £2 and the costs, committed to Swansea gaol for a month with hard labour. WEDNESDAY.—{Before A De Rutzen, Esq.) AFFILIATION.—Francis James, fitter, was summoned by Margaret Evans, a single woman, residing at Mary- street, Dowlais, as the father of her illegitimate child, born on the 4th ult. Defendant appeared and admitted the paternity. After the usual inquiries his Worship madfe an order for 2s. 6d. per week from the birth, with costs. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—John Jones, timberman, surrendered to his bail charged with drunken and riotous conduct at Station-road, Dowlais, on the 24th had\rnr £ tun ms pavo evidence. Defendant, who his dauVh/pr ll} C01ise(iuunce of the marriage »f nothing to W ^ad taken place Miat morning had fn r.nn^1dpr^y ln ^swer to the charge. His Worship, ]l!w!7E lts bciu £ the man''i first appearance, discharged him with a caution. Ellen 'llatloran! married, her second appearance, charged by P.C. Jenkins with similar conduct at High-street, Merthyr, On the same day, was dealt with in a similar manner. ASSAULT. Hannah Williams, ct/KM "Hannah <des," was summoned for having assaulted Julia ealy, alias" The Flower of Newbridge," on the 18th it. The women are disreputable characters both, mplainant residing at Ynysgau, and delendant at 'iver Side. A fight had taken place between them on le day in question in Glebeland-street, but it was -tther a difficult matter to say which of them had been rJost to blame. The summons was dismissed. REFUSING TO QUIT. — Wm. Vaughan, puddler, Cae- pantywyll, was summoned for this offence. Mrs. Eliza Vaughan, landlady of the Jackson's Bridge Inn, stated that the defendant, who was her husband's nephew, came to the house on the 13th inst., and demanded souie Christmas beer of her. Because she wouldn't supply iiiui with any he called her all the names he could think of, and refused to leave the house. She had, however, no desire to press the charge against the defendant this time. His Worship, after cautioning the young man as to his future behaviour, dismissed the summons.

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