Mountain Ash District Council. I The fortnightly meeting of the above took place on Tuesday, Capt. F. N. Gray, J.P., presiding. The other members present J were Revs. J. F. Williams, E. V. ridniali, Major Morgan, Messrs Wm. Davies, H. Price, D. Rogers, T. M, Bevan, Bruce Jones, John Powell, J. Charles, J. Jones, with Mr H. P. Linton (clerk), Mr F. Stock (assis- tant clerk) and Mr W. G. Thomas (sur- veyor). SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Water TVorks.-I have received a report from the County Medical Officer of the chemical analysis of a sample-of water taken from your supply mains, and I herewith submit same. Highways.-As instructed, I have in- spected that portion of Victoria street, south of Mount Pleasant terrace. It is a private road and greatly in want of repair. Bye-L(ttv&I have to report that Mr D. T. Jones has let for occupation one of the two houses built by him in Allen street Mountain Ash, which have not yet been certified as fit for habitation. ACTION ON REPORT. The result of the analysis of the water showed that it was pure, and that there was no evidence of contamination. The water analysed was from Darranlas Reser- voir. Building Bye-Laius.- It was resolved that a letter be sent to Mr D. T. Jones, ordering him to vacate the house. The Surveyor enumerated the articles required by the Abercynon Fire Brigade, and he was asked to provide an estimate of the cost of same. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORTS. Quarterly -Pi,(-,po)-t.-The death and irth returns for the quarter ending September 30bh in your district is as follows :— In the Llanwonno and Llanfabon portion of the district the births numbered 392 (182 males, 210 females). The deaths were 156, and from the fol- lowing causes bronchitis, 6 pneumonia, 5 phthisis and tubercular disease, 12 scarlet fever, 2 diarrhaea, 14 continued fever, 1 acute rheumatism, 1 heart dis- ease, 4; measles, 2 whooping cough, 2 other causes, 101. Inquests, 6. Total, 156. The death rate for the quarter would be 19'2 per 1000 per annum upon the esti- mated population of 32,000. The birth rate would also be 48,8 per 1000 per annum. The death-rate for the third quarter was somewhat high, this rate being due to the number of deaths that occurred from diarrhaea, which is more or less prevalent during the summer months.-E, P. Evans, M.O.H. Fortnightly Report. Scarlet fever, 2 cases. THE OLD ORDER RESTORED. The Chairman observed that the present method of holding their meetings was very inconvenient. By holding the two meetings the same day, the business was being rushed. He proposed that they revert to the old order of things, viz., that the Edu- cation Committee meetings be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the District Council on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the month. This was agreed to. ABERCYNON BRIDGE. Mr J. Beasley, manager, T.V.R., wrote making an appointment with Mr H. P. Linton to discuss the above matter. NEW PUBLIC OFFICES. A letter was read from the caretaker of the Town Hall asking to be allowed to reside in the Town Hall premises when completed. It was decided to grant the request. NEW CEMETERY. Mr H. E. Gray, managing director of Nixon Navigation Co., wrote offering a piece of land near Llety Turner field for the purpose of a public cemetery. On the motion of Mr J. Powell, seconded by Mr T. M. Bevan, it was decided to accept the offer subject to the approval of the Clerk. COMPLAINT. A complaint from a Richard Jones, Kennard street, Ynysboeth, of the conduct of his neighbour in throwing nuisance before his door, was referred to the inspector of nuisances. TAXATION OF LAND VALUE. In reply to the invitation of the Council that he should ballot for a Bill for the taxa- tion of land values at the beginning of next session, Mr Keir Hardie, M.P., wrote that owing to prior engagements he could not accede to their request. He would, how- ever, be prepared to support the Bill when it came before Parliament. Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., wrote In reply to your letter of the 5th instant I regret very much indeed that I am unable to comply with the request of your Council that I should ballot for a Bill for the Taxa- tion of Land Values at the beginning of next Session, for though your Council may rely upon my heartily supporting any reasonable proposal for Taxation of Land Values and Royalties, I propose myself to ballot for the Trades Disputes Bill, of which I was last year one of the backers." Mr J. Powell: I saw that letter in the Press last week. Does he supply the news- papers with copies of all his letters sent to public bodies Mr F. Stock That letter was never out of my office, so the papers did not have it through me. Mr Powell: I do not suggest that.
Mountain Ash Education Committee. The above body met on Tuesday, Mr D. Rogers presiding. The other members present were Mrs Jones, Major Morgan, Captain F. N. Gray, Revs J. F. Williams, E. V. Tidman, Messrs T. M. Bevan, J. Powell, Wm. Davies, Bruce Jones, Hugh Price, John Jones, J. Charles, with Mr Alfred Morgan (clerk), and MrH. P. Linton (clerk to the Council). APPLICATIONS. An application by Mr E. D. Jeffreys for the loan of Newtown School whilst a chapel was being repaired, was granted on the C, usual terms. Thomas J. Richards' application for a 1 )ost as pupil teacher was granted. EDUCATION CONGRESS. The chairman, director, and surveyor, were chosen to represent the Council at an Education Congress to be held in London in February. TROUBLE ABOUT LETTERS. A letter was read from Mr S. Shipton, complaining that letters addressed to him at the Town Hall, Mountain Ash, had indis- criminately been opened by Mr Alfred Morgan, the present clerk. He (Mr Ship- ton) considered this a serious breach of etiquette, and asked that his letters be delivered in future at his son's office in Oxford street. Mr J. Powell: I suppose that time alone will bring matters right. Chairman: I propose that we acknowledge the receipt of the letter. Captain F. N. Gray But there is a state- ment there that our director has opened letters indiscriminately. Is there any ground for saying that? Mr Powell: We had better not discuss the letter at all. Major Morgan: The director does not appear to feel the reflection. Mr Alfred Morgan I do not know that I have made a mistake at all. PUPIL TEACHERS' APPLICATION. The teachers attending Pontypridd Pupil Teachers' Centre applied for two weeks and two days leave of absence to pursue their studies. Mr J. Powell moved that they be allowed the usual time—two weeks. Captain F. N. Gray seconded. Mrs Jones moved and Rev J. F. Williams seconded that it be granted. Mr Powell's motion carried by 8 to 4. ANOTHER TILT AT SIR MARCHANT. The monthly returns of school attendance were considered extremely satisfactory and it was suggested that the attendance officers be congratulated. Rev E. V. Tidman proposed and Rev J. F. Williams seconded that a copy be for- warded to Sir T. Marchant Williams.—The motion was not put. The attendance of classes held at the Mountain Ash Workmen's Institute, was low, and it was decided to ask the atten- dance officers what was the cause of this. ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL. The director was instructed to prepare returns of grants received towards the R.C. School.
Pontypridd Bankruptcy Court. BORROWED X200 FROM HIS WIFE. At Pontypridd Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, D. Jones, grocer, Ynysboeth, Abercynon, said his liabilities were X477, and his assets X28 8s Od. He started business in 1896 with a capital of X60, which he had saved, and during the strike in the coalfield in 1898 he borrowed X200 from his wife. This amount was placed in the business and had not been repaid. In 1902 he made a deed of assignment, 3s 4d in the £ being paid to his creditors. He had continued trading, hoping that trade would revive, and the Official Receiver re- marked that it would become still worse before it would improve. Mr J. F. Thomas, solicitor, appeared for the debtor, whose examination was closed. MOUNTAIN ASH BUILDER'S AFFAIRS. In the case of Evan Griffiths, Mountain Ash, debtor said he was a carpenter and took small contracts. His liabilities were zC225, and assets X186. Of this sum £ 172 9s 8d were book debts. Debtor alleged that a considerable portion of this was due from two persons, who repudiated it and whose interests were watched by Messrs Beddoe and Gwilym Jones, solicitors, and bankrupt admitted that he had signed a contract (produced), but added that he did not know until his attention was recently called by the Official Receiver's clerk that it con- tained a clause that he would have to pay 7s per house per week in the event of the work not being completed by a specified time. Mr W. J. Shipton appeared for the debtor, whose examination was adjourned. PENRHIWCEIBER NEWSAGENT'S FAILURE. The liabilities of Mrs Hannah Jenkins, newsagent, Penrhiwceiber, amounted to X-221, and the assets to X16 5s. She com- menced business eight years ago without any capital, and had no difficulty in obtain- ing credit. The examination was closed. Mr W. J. Shipton appeared for her. OWED X1422. Mrs Sarah Bray, confectioner, Penrhiw- ceiber, admitted that she owed £1,422, and stated that she had sustained heavy losses through sickness and other causes. The stock-in-trade was worth zC28 and the book debts X92, and she had nothing to say respecting the difference between that and the £ 1,422. She was married in 1895, her husband's previous wife having died six months before. She started the business in her own name six month after the mar- riage with a capital of.;CIO, and she did not know until these proceedings commenced that her husband was a bankrupt. He had five children and she had had six. She kept no books, but she- signed all the cheques and kept the invoices and receipts. Her husband told her that he had machines for making sweets, and he worked in the business and made the sweets. She paid 30s a week to each of two sons, who were driving a van and cart, but they were now in business as confectioners at Merthyr and Mountain Ash respectively. Two men were also engaged to look after the sugar boiling. She had not done much in the business for the last five years, but she denied that her husband conducted it. The debtor was evidently not well, and was very nervous, and after having been examined for some time she collapsed and was removed to an z, adjoining room. The examination was ad- journed to December.
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Big Fire at Aberdare. Last Thursday evening the inhabitants of Aberdare were alarmed by seeing lurid flames illuminating the upper part of Maes- vdref. Thousands made a rush for the scene of the fire, which was discovered to be at the Gadlys Foundry, the property of Mr R. Lewis, Fairfield. One or two members of the Fire Brigade took the alarm from the light, rushed to the fire station, communica- ted with the other firemen and were with all their appliances on the scene in less than ten minutes, although the place is most in- accessible. The police, under Inspector David, were also on the spot in a remarkably short time and worked assiduously to keep back the crowd, the inaccessibility of the place being of some advantage to them on this occasion. Only one hydrant was avail- able, and this was a good distance from the conflagration. This handicapped the fire- men materially, but they were able, to se- cure three good jets. The Brigade upon their arrival found that two buildings were hopelessly involved, and they directed their efforts to save a third which was beginning to blaze. A strenuous: persistent effort culminated in saving this building and in preventing the fire spreading to other buil- dings which contained an electric dynamo, a fitting shop and a pattern-making depart- ment replete with valuable patterns. A great number of patterns and smithy uten- sils were however destroyed in the buildings that were demolished. By ten o'clock the fire had been completely got under and the firemen had accomplished their task, although a few remained until midnight to keep vigil over the smouldering embers. The firemen under the direction of Capt. Berry, acquitted themselves very well indeed, as also did the police. Their promptness and activity were praised on all hands. The damage is calculated at about C2500. The buildings had been insured in the Royal Exchange for £ 3500 and in the Phoenix for a similar sum. The origin of the fire is un- known.
Aberdare Police Court. On Tuesday, before Sir T. Marchant Wil- liams (Stipendiary), Messrs. D. P. Davies, D. W Jones and Dr Davies. APPLICATIONS.—D. Richards, 14, Little Wind street, applied for an order to eject Jonathan Davies, 22, Oak street, Aberdare. The Bench ruled that the notice given was irregular, but Mr W. Thomas (for the tenant) said that he hoped to be able to make an arrangement between the parties which would render it unnecessary to apply for a new order.—On the application of Alderman Evans an extension on the occa- sion of the Ladies Hockey Club Ball at the Boot Hotel, was granted. MISCHIEVOUS Boys.-AVilliam Langford, Benjamin Langford, Oliver Parfitt, Samuel Daniels, Thomas Meredith, and John Evans (all boys) were charged with damaging a fence the property of the P.D. Co.-kll the boys were represented by their parents, who were fined 2s 6d including costs, and ordered to pay damages. William King and Ivor Hipsley were charged with breaking a wall at Hirwain School. Fined 5s and costs and ordered to pay 2s 6d damages, the Stipendiary adminis- tering a stern rebuke to the youngsters. NON- !IIAINTENANCE.-Thomas Elias was charged with not. maintaining his wife, Sarah A. Elias, Oxford street, Aberdare. The arrears amounted to X24 4s 6d. Defendant, who was absent, was ordered to pay XI per week or go to prison for three months. A MODERN IMPOSTOR. A SECOND JOSEPH SMITH. Joseph Smith, labourer, was charged with trying to obtain from the Ocean Coal Co. the sum of 10s by false pretences.—Mr Kenshole was for the prosecution. J. P. James said he, was a clerk employed by the Ocean Coal Co., at Treharris, On October 29th-the pay day-defendant came to the window and asked for a ticket for Joseph Smith, labourer. Witness could discover no such name either on the tickets or the books. Defendant then went away and returned shortly with a forged note (produced) demanding payment of 10s. Witness- asked for the overman's name, and defendant gave it as Richards. Witness went to see the manager, but he was then engaged. When witness returned defendant was gone. David Richards, overman, said that he never saw defendant before that morning. No person of the name of Joseph Smith had worked under him. William Phillips, manager of the colliery, gave further evidence. Sergeant Lewis told him that defendant had been seen on the yard, and subsequently witness saw him. He gave him the name of Joseph Smith, labourer. Asked who were his overman and fireman, he said he could not recollect their names. He believed the fire- man's name was Browny." Asked where he worked, he said he believed it was in the "north district." Questioned as to who gave him work, he said, 4! Mr Phillips, manager." Witness ultimately revealed to him his identity and showed him the ticket. He admitted presenting it at the office. Witness then placed him in custody.— Sergeant Lewis proved arrest.—Defendant elected to be tried summarily and pleaded guilty. He was sent to prison for a month, and another similar charge against him was not proceeded with. ALLEGED ASSAULT BY A TEACHER. The charge against D. P. Jones, school teacher, Aberaman, of assaulting a pupil named Daniel Davies was, on the applica- tion of Alderman Evans (who prosecuted) adjourned for a week. Mr C. Kenshole appears for the defence. FIERY CHIMNEY.—For setting fire to a chimney Elizabeth Williams, Capcoch, was fined 2s 6d. DRUNKS.—Edward Higgs, Mardy, and John Davies, Trecynon, 10s and costs each; John Howells, Capcoch, and John Davies, Abernant, 5s and costs each. John Bills, Gadlys, and John Jones, were each fined 40s and costs for fighting in the street. NEGLECTED THEIR WIVES. Thomas Harris was sent to prison for 3 months for neglecting his wife, and John Griffiths for a month for a similar offence. BREAKING WINDOWS. Two boys named Arthur Ray and William Davies were fined 7s 6d and costs, and ordered to pay 7s 6d damages for break- .ng the windows of the Merthyr Town Hall. A VIOLENT CRIPPLE. Denman Cadoodle was charged with being drunk in High street, Aberdare.-P.C. Arch said that defendant was most violent, and made free use of his crutches. It took three constables to take him to the station. —Defendant said that he was not taken to the police station, but dragged there. He had met a friend that day whom he had not seen for 28 years.—Stipendiary: Fifteen shillings and costs.—Defendant Not a farthing, sir.
Abercynon Police Court. On Wednesday before Sir T. Marchant Williams. DRUNKS. William Davies, Cilfynydd, 5s and costs James Harries, Quakers' Yard, 5s and costs; Joseph Downe in Abercynon, 10s and costs; Thomas Stock; Cardiff, in Abercynon Rail- way Station, 20s and costs. EXCITED, NOT DRUNK. John Davies was charged with being drunk and fighting in the Windsor Hotel, Ynysybwi. P.C. Clynch said that defendant was fighting with a man named Owen, who had appeared at Mountain Ash and was fined 40s and costs. r.c. Lucas corroborated. Mr Charles Matthews, who defended, said this was the first occasion his client had been in trouble. He had been a resi- dent of Ynysybwl for the last 17 years. On that night he had been put upon by Owen.—The defendant was called and said he suffered from excitement and was not drunk.—A witness named William Cook corroborated.—The case was dismissed. OBSTRUCTION. Frederick Lacey was summoned for ob- struction in Station road, Abercynon, and was fined 10s and costs. Thomas Davies and John Fitzgerald, Abercynon, were charged with fighting in Ynysmeurig road, Abercynon. Mr Gwilym Jones represented Davies. John Fitzgerald also summoned Thomas Davies for assault. Fitzgerald said he was attacked by Davies near Abercynon subway. On the first charge both defendants were fined 40s and costs. The summons by Fitzgerald against Davies was dismissed. PLAYING "ALL FOURS." Walter Harris, Albert Smith, and two others from Ynysybwl, were summoned for playing cards for money on a Thursday evening. P.C. Lucas said the four defendants were playing all fours" underneath a street lamp in New street. A fine of 5s each was inflicted. ASSAULT. Thomas Meredith was summoned by Mary Matilda Price, Robert street, Ynysy- bwl, for assault. Mr Charles Matthews represented com- plaiaant and Mr James Phillips appeared' for defendant. Complainant said that she was hit by a brush wielded by defendant, as a con- sequence of which she was confined to her bed for a week. Dr Whiteley said the complainant suffered from a scalp wound, which could have been caused by a blunt instrument. John Davies, 5, Cribyndu, gave evidence for the defence A fine of 40s and costs was inflicted. FIREMAN AND COLLIER. James Hopkins, collier, employed at the Lady Windsor Colliery, Ynysybwl, sum- moned John Davies, fireman, for assault. Mr W. P. Nicholas represented Hopkins and Mr C. Kenshole defended. Hopkins said that defendant's son was the turn haulier in the district in which he worked. On the 28th October he had not been hitched in his correct turn by the haulier, and he went out to the heading to enquire the reason. Defendant appeared on the scene and caught hold of his throat, saying, D-- you, go back to your own stall." He (witness) was pushed to the floor, his lamp being extinguished. R. Edward Jones, a roadman, said he was on the spot when the alleged assault took place. He heard the fireman order the complainant back to his stall. The com- plainant, however, refused to go; and a scuffle ensued. The defendant was called, and in the course of his evidence said that he had been fireman for 14 years. He denied having caught hold of his throat. After a lengthy hearing a fine of 58 and costs was imposed. VARIOUS. David Teague and John Jones were charged with being drunk and disorderly in Aberaman on Tuesday evening. Fined 10s and costs each. George Perry, for a similar offence in Fforchaman road, Cwmaman, was mulcted in a like amount. Evan Davies was summoned for damaging the door of John Pugh. Mrs Pugh said that the defendant came to her house and tried to get her husband out to fight. She pushed him out and shut the door in his face. He then kicked the door.—Ordered to pay a fine of 2s 6d and 5s costs. William Lark, Ynysboeth, was charged with stealing a pint measure from Ynys- boeth Hotel. P.C. Evans said that on Saturday night last he saw prisoner in New road, Ynys- boeth, He had a pint measure in his hand. Asked where he was taken it to, he replied, To my lodgings." Cross-examined, wit- ness there was some beer in the pint. Defendant said he was taking the beer home. The Stipendiary said there was some doubt about the case, so the prisoner would be discharged.
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