LOCAL GOSSIP. 1 In spite of all the changes of recent years, the County of Glamorgan is one of the most interesting districts in Wales from the anti- quarian and historical point of view. Situ- ated as it is on the borderland between the two oounties, it was the theatre of the con- stant conflicts which took place between the Anglo-Norman conquerors and the original Celtic inhabitants. Great castles, such as the Normans loved, were built to restrain the in curat ona of the native Welsh, and the ruins of those edifices may still be seen in Sully and Dinas Powis and Penmark, and other places. Even the old mansion houses were built with a view to war. Look at Llancaiach House, near Gelligaer, where Charles the First dined on his journey from Cardiff to Brecon, or St. Mary Hill Court, Cowbridge. the old resi- dence of the Aubreys of Llantrithyd. Note the thick walla and the solidity of the build- ing. Those houses were not built by jerry- building syndicates. They were built to en- dure, and their stability and strength are the admiration of the present generation. Lying so near England, says Mr. J. A. Lovat-Fraser. Barry, it is quite natural that the County of Glamorgan should contain a considerable number of families of English descent. Some of those families came at the Conquest. The Turbervills. of Ewenny, and the Grenfelis are descended from Pagan de Turberville and Richard de Granville, two of the companions of Robert Fitzhamon. Some of the English names have come into Glamor- gan by marriage or inheritance. The Talbots established themselves in the county in 1750 in the person of Thomas Talbot, who suc- ceeded to Margam in right of his mother, the daughter and heiress of Thomas, Lord Maneel of Margam. The family of Lord Windsor became landowners in Glamorgan through tlie marriage of the third Earl of Plymouth in 1730 with the daughter of Thomas Lewis, of the Van. One of the most important of the Anglo- Welsh families in Glamorgan are the Wynd- hams, of Dunraven Castle, who came into the county in the middle of the seventeenth cen- tury. In 1642 the Castle and estate of Dun- raven passed into the hands of Humphrey Wyndham by purchase, and in 1654 the name Humphrey Wyndham is found as High Sheriff of Glamorgan for that year. At the begin- ning of the present century the Wyndham family ended in a daughter, Caroling daugh- ter of Thomas Wyndham, of Dunraven Castle. An old rhyme well-known in Glamorganshire, referring to the decay of old families, says— "Great Berkrollee, Sydney, Gam age, all are gone, And Wvndham's daughter now is only known. So races spring and flourish, fade and die, Leaving but graves to tell their history." But the Wyndham family did not fade and die. In 1810 Caroline Wyndham married Windham Quin, who was the son of an Irish nobleman, Valentine Quin. Lord Adare, of Adare Manor, in the County of Limerick. After the marriage. Mr. Quin took his wife's name in addition to his own, and the newly- married pair became Mr. and Mrs Wyndlham- Quin. In 1822 Lord Adare, father of the squire of Dunraven, was raised1 to the dignity of an Earldom, and he took the title of Earl of Dunraven from the Castle and estate which his son had acquired by his marriage with Caroline Wyndham. On his death his son became second Earl, and was the grandfather of the present Earl of Dunraven and Colonel Wyndham-Quin. After the death of Thomas Wyndham, his wife, mother of the second1 CoYmtess of Dun- raven, married again, and became Mrs. Ben- nett. She resided in Crockherbtown, Car- diff. A hundred years ago, when journeys to London were tedious and expensive, Cardiff, like many other provincial towns, had a little aristocratic coterie of its own. The country families came into the town to enjoy the pleasures of Society. The baronets of Wen- voe Castle, to take a single instance, had a town house in Cardiff, which was afterwards converted into an inn, and was known as the "Cardiff Arms." It was there that Mr. Peter Birt lived after he bought the Wenvoe estate from Sir Edmund Thomas, and while the pre- sent castle was in process of erection. In taking up residence in Crockherbtown, Mrs. Bennett would find herself within the circle of a congenial society. The Dunraven family have always taken a prominent place in Glamorganshire politics. Charles Edwin, who was a Wyndham, but took the name of his mother, the daughter of Sir Humphrey Edwin, of Llanfihangel, re- presented the county in Parliament from 1780 to 1789. Thomas Wyndham, her son, represented Glamorganshire from 1789 to 1812. Edwin, Lord Adare, afterwards third Earl of Dunraven; was member for Glamorgan from 1837 to 1851. The election of 1837 was long remembered in Glamorgan. Mr. C. R. M. Talbot had been Liberal member since 1830. and when a second member was granted to Glamorgan he coalesced with- Sir John Guest for the purpose of contesting the county in the Radical interest against Lord Adare. The result was that Lord Adare de- feated Mr. Talbot's partner, and the election proved that if there had been another Conservative candidate in the field the attempt to carry Dowlais Liberalism on the back of Margam "Talbotism" would have de- prived Mr. Talbot of his seat. Mr. Talbot was one of the political mys- teries of his day. Professing Radicalism he was a Conservative to the backbone, and by dint of absenting himself from important di- visions, and by persuading his constituents to segard what he "Mid he was" rather than what he did, he managed both to retain his seat, and to avoid doing violence to his feel- ings for the long peroid of 59 years. To the Conservatives Mr. Talbot was a persona grata but it was nuite another matter when it came to electing Sir John Guest. Sir John Guest was rejected, and Lord Adare was returned and oontinued to sit till 1851.
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BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. Saturday.—Before Messrs. R. W. Llewellyn (in the chair), W. Llewellyn, E. F. Lynch Blosse, Griffith Edwards. A. J. Lawrence, J. 1. D. Nicholl, Dr. Parry, and Captain Prichard. THIRSTY SOULS. The following were summoned for drunken- ness :—Richard Maloney, Nantvffyllon, col- lier, fined 15s. including costs; Martin Ryan, Bridgend, labourer, 25s. David John Smith, Maesteg, collier, 15s.; John Francis, Caerau, collier, 15s.; David S-ni Ith, Maesteg, collier, 15s. George Teague, 22 Albert-street, Caerau, haulier, 20s.; David Charles Healey. Nantvffyllon. collier. 15s. Charles Williams, 1 Railway-terrace, Brynna Gwvnon, collier. 20s. ITALIAN IN COURT. Guitous Avorie, of Talbot-etreet, Maesteg. labourer, was summoned! by Thos Vaughaa, 16 Ivor-street, Maesteg, for assault and dam- age to a pair of spectacles, to the value of 10s. Defendant, a typical Italian, could not speak English or Welsh, and the services of an interpretor had been secured. The offence was admitted. Prosecutor stated that Avorie had promised to pay all expenses and the value of the glasses. He asked permission therefore to withdraw the summons. This was granted. FIVE-YEAROLD DEFENDANT. Elizabeth Rees, 2 Wyndham-street, Caerau a child about five years of age, was summoned for stealing ooal. the pronerty of Henry G. J. Barrow, of Maesteg. Mrs. Rees, the mother of the child, was summoned for receiving the coal. P.C. Kelland spoke to seeing the child take the coal. He asked her who told her to take it, and she replied "My mother." While speaking to the child the mother came up. At first she denied sending the child for the coal, but afterwards said she sent her because she had no coal in the house. He told her he should report the matter, as he had cau- tioned her before. The Chairman said the summons against the child would be dismissed. It was very disgraceful of the mother to send her child to steal. She might consider herself lucky in getting off with a fine. She would have to pay £1 or go to gaol for seven days. THE TRADE." The following temporary transfers were granted -Odd fellows, Bettys, Joseph Staein to Owen Williams (Mr. David Llewellyn ap- peared); Oddfellows. Nantvffyllon, David Thomas to Griffith Griffiths (Mr. R. Scale ap- peared); Queen's Hotel, Maesteg. executors of Elizabeth Lewis, deceased, to Illtyd John Lewis (Mr. R. Scale appeared) New Inn, Penyvai, from David Thomas, deceased, to Mary Thomas, the widow; Rock, Nanty- ffvllon. Mary Howells, to John Jones. Mr. F. H. Gaskell, solicitor, Cardiff, made ti an application for the granting of a license to Mr. Joseph Staein to carry on business at the Hollybush, Aberkenfig. Mr. Gaskell said he had endeavoured to obtain a transfer from J. L. Mitchell, the license-holder, but failed to trace him or his residence. It was believed he was at Wigan, but they could not get at him.—Supt. Davis offered' no objection. He knew it was a fact that Mitchell had left and could not be found.—The application was granted. An occasional license was granted fr. R. H. Stiles on the occasion of the Volunteer Ball at the Drill-hall on the 6th February. SCHOOL ABSENTEES. The following were summoned for the non- attendance of their children at school:- Daniel David, Taithorn, Ccfn C-ribbwr, col- lier, fined 56 including costs; David Phillips, Cross, Pyle, collier, 5s. Jenkin Evans, Cross, Pyle, labourer, 5s.; Llewellyn Thomas High- street, Kenfig Hill, collier, 5s. Thomas Lewis, New-road, Kenfig Hill, collier, 5s. Michael Kinsella, 6 Station-square, Tondu. labourer, order made; John Lvddon, 32 Pandy-road, Aberkenfig, collier, fined 20s.; James Willis, 7 Morse-row, Bryncoch, collier. os.; John Davies-, Rose Cottage, Brynmenin, ripper, 5s. William Gronow, 3 Morse-row, Bryncoch. Bryncethin, collier, 5s. and order made; John Lake, Railway-terrace, Heolv- cue, collier, 5s. Timothv Griffiths, 13 Coro- nation-street, Gilfach Goch. collier. 5s. and order made; Richard Da vies, 20 Henry-street Gilfach Goch. haulier, 5s. James Jones, 2 Fountain Huts, Gilfach Goch, haulier, order • William Jones, 7 Pr it chard-row, Gilfach Goch, mason, order; George Enticott, Grey's Houses, Gilfach Goch, collier, fined 15s.; Annie Bridges, Glynogwr, widow, two orders made: Charles Stuart, Pwllyfelin, Glynogwr, Tarm bailiff, order; Jacob Phillies, Craiglas, Glynogwr, farmer, order: Morgan Jones, Dundonnell-terrace, Gilfach Goch, collier, order. CEFN CRIBRWR ROW. Thomas Jones, of Cefn-road, Cefn CTibbwr, haulier, was charged with assaulting Robert Clark, of the Three Horse Shoes Public-house, and Thomas Richard Browning, of C-efn-road, on the 22nd January. John Grabham, of Cefn-road, haulier, was charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the Three Horse Shoes. Mr. David Llewellyn prosecuted. Clark deposed that on Saturday night the complainant Browning and the two defend- ants were at the Three Horse Shoes. Wit- ness was in the cellar doing some work when he was called to the taproom where there was a disturbance. The two defendants were quarrelling, and he asked Grabham to leave, but he refused' to go, and he proceeded to put him out. He was tripped by someone from behind and Grabham and he fell to the ground. He was kicked three times and also struck, and someone took him by the throat. Browning said he went to the landlord's as- sistance. He saw Jones kick the landlord and take him by the throat. When witness interfered Jones struck him. Dr. Twist said Clark was badly bruised. I Jones said the row occurred between other men in the house. One man who was knocked about was bundled out of the house. and the one who struck him was allowed to remain. Witness did not touch either the landlord or Browning. Jones was fined JE1 for each offence, and Grabham had to pay 15s. TONDU P.-C. ASSAULTED. Thomas Saunders, Tondu, labourer, was summoned for assaulting Police-Constable Clement Parry on January 20th. Defendant pleaded not guilty. The Constable deposed that about 11.20 on the previous Saturday evening he was escort- ing a prisoner named Ryan to the Police-sta- tion, having arrested him on a charge of drunkenness, and while in Maesteg-road' the defendant, who was a brother-in-law of the prisoner, overtook and passed them. When he had gone about six yards ahead the defen- dant turned and hurled a pint bottle, which was full of beer, at him. It missed him, however, and witness, leaving his prisoner handcuffed on the road. went in pursuit of the defendant, who threw another pint bottle. containing beer, which narrowly escaped strik- ing his head. He failed to catch the defend- ant in the darkness. He had had occasion to summon defendant for obstructing the highway bv fighting. Sergt. Gill said he made inouirie6 as to the defendant's movements on the Saturday night and found that he was at the Fox and Hounds Brynmenin, until stop-tap. He purchased there before he left two bottles of beer. On Sunday defendant came to the Police-station and signed a voluntary statement to the effect that he was at the Tondu Arms in the after- noon, that he went to Tondu House at nine o'clock, and did not leave his house after- wards. He told defendant that he knew that he was at the Fox and Hounds at 11 o'clock, and he made no reply. Nellie Rees. barmaid at the Fox and Hounds Brynmenin, said defendant purchased two bottles of beer at the publichouse on Saturday evening, and left at 11 o'clock. He went to the Fox and Hounds on Thursday evening, and asked for a pint of beer in a bottle, bear- ing a "Greyhound" label, but she could not find one. Supt Davis called the attention of the Bench to the fact that the pieces of the bottles which the constable afterwards picked up on the road bore the "Greyhound" label. Defendant said he only asked the barmaid to produce a bottle with the Greyhound label as he wanted! to see one. He denied that he was on the road at all after nine o'clock on Saturday night, and he returned from Bryn- menin by one of the paths. He did not throw anything at the policeman and did not see his brother-in-law in custody. He did not tell Sergt. Gill that he was not out after nine o'clock, and he didn't know that it was in- eluded in the statement which he signed. Supt. Davis: Have you not been throwing blinkers at Sergt. Gill ?-I was never prose- ced for it. That is not the question. Answer the que&- tion.—No, certainly not. never in my life. I put it to you that you have been ?—No, if I did he would run after me pretty quick. Supt. i/avis: But he lost you in the dark- ness. Defendant was sentenced to ten days' impri- sonment.
PUBLICAN AND BAILIFF. ABERKENFIG BEER-HOUSE AFFRAY. BLACK EYE FOR A TOOTH. At Bridgend Police-court on Saturday, Abraham Jones, licensee oi the Royal Oak Beer-house, Aberkenfig, summoned Tudor Foster, Penyfai, a bailiff of Bridgend County Court, for assault. There was a cross-sum- mons, also for assault. Jones had a very badly discoloured eye. Mr. Harry Lewis (Messrs T. J. Hughes and Lewis) was for Jones, and Mr. W. Powell David for Foster. Mr. Lewis said plaintiff was indebted to a Bristol firm to the extent of 3s., and County Court proceedings were instituted. A postal order was remitted for the amount of the debt, but it appeared to have gone astray. Defendant called at the Roval Oak and asked for the. money, with 4s. 6d. expenses. Com- plainant at once said he had paid, and pro- duced the counterfoil of a postal order for 3s. bearing the name of the firm concerned. De- fendant said that was no receipt, and that he must have the money or he would remove the goods. Very properly complainant said he should not allow any goods to be removed. All the defendant could have done was to make an inventory of goods, and become the nominal, but not the actual holder. He could then have removed the goods in five days' time if the debt or expenses were still unpaid. Defendant was evidently not satis- fied with threatening to remove the goods; he said, "Come outside your door. and I will take it out of you." Comnlainant then opened the door of the counter which separ- ated them with the intention of putting the defendant out of his house, when defendant struck him a very violent blow on the eye. which felled him to the ground, and caused the mark which he now bore. A scuffle en- sued, and subsequently two other bailiffs came in and separated the two men. THE PtJBLICAN'S bTORY. Abraham Jones gave evidence bearing out his solicitor's statement. He said he subse- quently paid the money because he did not want any further bother in the house. He had written the Postmaster General regard- ing the postal order, and inquiry was pro- mised. By Mr. David: The reason he had not paid the 3s. before proceedings were taken was be- cause he had forgotten it. rr. David I put it to you that he asked you a week before to pay and you refused to do so and ordered him out of the house?- No such thing. Why did you go the other side of the coun- ter?—To turn him out. Mr. David: You intended to turn a bailiff out of the house when he was there in the execution of his duty! George Lea, a ffirm labourer, said he wit- nessed the affray. Foster struck the first blow. This concluded the case for Jones. Mr. David said the case was a most serious one. Foster had an unpleasant duty to per- form, and was assaulted in the execution of that duty. He had been to the house several times for the money. The counterfoil of the postal order was no receipt at all. BAILIFF'S VERSION. Foster, in the box, said he was a bailiff under the Act of 1888. When he threatened to remove the goods, Jones struck him, fell- ing him to the floor and knocking one of his teeth out. Witness struck him back in self- defence. Lea was not in the room at the time. Witness had had trouble with Jones before. Cross-examined by Mr. Lewis, Foster in- sisted that Jones was the aggressor, and that Lea was not present. Richard Williams, a bailiff, said he went to Aberkenfig with Foster and left him outside the Royal Oak. On returning he found Foster and the landlord scuffling and parted them. Mrs. Jones threatened himself and Foster with a poker. By Mr Lewis: He could not say who struck the first blow. George Lea was re-called on the cross-sum- mons. He said that he met Foster the same night, and he said, "Jones was too heavy for me; if I had got him outside I would have knocked him." Both men were given good characters by the police. BOTH PARTIES FINED. After a long consultation with his brother justices, the Chairman said it appeared there had been cross-swearing on both sides. Whatever was the truth, the whole matter was very disgraceful indeed. The County Court bailiff must have gone to the house in a very bumptious way, and there was evi- dence that he struck the first blow. There was a mystery about the affair, and the Bench would fine each of the parties jEl.
LARGE INCREASE IN BRIDGEND UNION. A meeting of the Assessment Committees of the Glamorgan County Council was held at Cardiff on Friday, when Alderman E. H. Davies was unanimously re-elected chairman. A report, was presented showing the present net rateable value of every parish in the county, as prepared by the clerks to the vari- ous Unions, from which the following sum- mary is taken:- Increase. Union. £ Bridgend and Cowbridge 28,383 Cardiff 48,247 Gower 662 Llanelly 1,573 Merthyr 24.080 Neath 7,533 Pontardawe 1,204 Pontypridd 20,788 Swansea 10,501 Total £ 142,971 The Chairman dealt with the principal al- terations in the various parishes. In the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union there was a decrease of £ 1,682 in Bettws, but there were the following substantial mcrea&es: -Coy- church, £ 1,261; Cwmdu, £ 9.174; Llandy- fodwg, £ 6,204; Llangeinor, £ 1,787; Llangvn- wyd Higher, £ 3,694; Llanharran, £ 1,636; Llantwit Major, £ 1,441; and Pencoed, £ 1283. The Chairman added that a penny rate on the new rateable value would produce £ 13,885 Is. 8d., and upon the increase of R142,791 it would produce £ 595 14s. 3d. The new Union assessments were adopted as the basis for the county rate in the several Unions. It was reported that the valuers appointed in the Bridgend and Cowbridge Union were proceeding with their new valuations, and that they would soon be furnished to the County Assessment Committee. It was decided to make allowances to the valuers for preparing the new valuations in the respective parishes.
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BRID6END COUNTY COURT. January 25th.-Before His Honour Judge Gwilym Williams. LLANHARRAN COLLIER'S DEATH. Mrs Maria Hughes, formerly of Llanharran and now of Ashfield-road, Wrexham, claimed £ 235 6s. from the Gas Coal Colliery Co., Ltd., Cardiff, proprietors of the Meiros Col- liery, Llanharran, in respect of the death of her son, Edward Hughes, a collier. It ap- peared that deceased, who had resided at the Shop Farm, Llanharran, was employed in the colliery on November 13th, and was crossing over some water to get to the top side of the heading when a large stone, fell from the r-oof, he being instantaneouslv killed. lr. Wynne Evans (Wrexham), for the plaintiff, said he had agreed with Messrs. Kenshole (for the respondents) to settle the matter for E166 Is. 6d. He asked for costs for appearing, but Alderman i. J. Hughes, who appeared for Messrs. Kenshole, pointed out that Mr. Evans could have arranged with an agent in regard to the formal application for judg- men t. His Honour allowed the fees ordinaxily paid to an agent. MAESTEG COUNCIL WINS. His Honour gave judgment in the case ad- journed from the last court in which John Jones, 31 Union-street, Maesteg, sued the Maesteg Urban District Council under the Workmen's Compensation Act. Mr. Evan E. Davies was for the plaintiff, and Alder- man T. J. Hughes appeared on behalf of Mr. F. Charles (Merthyr) for the respondents.— Jone-3 was employed under the Maesteg Council at their Tonna Defaid quarry as a 6tone-breaker. On July 3rd he met with an accident while breaking stones, a piece of stone flying into his left eye. He was in- capacitated from work and the sight of his right eye was subsequently affected. His Honour said he had considered author- ities on the matter, which confirmed the opinion he formed at the time of hearing that plaintiff was not entitled to succeed. The respondent Council were not under- takers as defined by the Act, and he awarded in their favour. He understood that appli- cant was not in any fund. and no order would therefore be made as to costs. BRIDGEND PLUMBER. John Lane, Queen-street, Bridgend, plumber, sued F. Bartlett, Nolton-street, Bridgend, painter, for £1 10s. 3d. for work done and goods supplied. Plaintiff having given evidence in support of the claim, Defendant contended that a counterclaim should be set off but His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff, stating that defendant should have put in the counter-claim in the usual way. BRIDGEND POSSESSION CASE. Mr. J. T. Howell represented Jennett Jenkins and Ernest Jenkins, trustees of the estate of Edward Jenkins. deceased, who claimed possession of Morfa Villa. Bridgend. from John James, the same having been let to him on a monthly tenancy from Septem- ber 23rd, 1905. Mr. Howells said the ten- ancy was determined by notice to quit which expired on December 23rd. Plaintiffs also claimed C2 3s. 4d. for loss of profit. Defendant did not apnear, and judgment was given for the plaintiffs. A PORTHCAWL CASE. Thomas Jones, licensed victualler, Porth- cawl, was sued by Thomas Jephson, Booth Hall, Hereford, for moneys due on an under- taking made by defendant on leaving the Globe Inn, Newton. Mr. J. T. Howell re- presented the plaintiff, and Mr. Evan E. Davies was for defendant. Edward Powell, auctioneer, Cardiff, agent of Mr. Jephson, said Mr. Jones undertook to pay zElO on leaving the Globe Inn for the General Picton, being the balance due for rent. The rent, had been increased by agree- ment. Defendant denied that the rent had been increased, and stated that he was not aware that he was signing an undertaking to pay LIO. He could not read, but could write his name. His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff. CEFN COLLIER'S ACCIDENT. Burgess Brown, Cefn Cribbwr, collier, sued the Bryndu and Port Talbot Collieries Co., for compensation for personal injury caused by an accident while following his em- ployment in the mine. Mr. J. Sankey (in- structed by Messrs. Walter Morgan, Bruce, and Nicholas) was for the plaintiff, and Mr. Ivor Bowen (instructed by Messrs. Stock- wood and Williams, Bridgend) for the respon- dent comnanv. Mr. Sankey said plaintiff was following his occupation as a collier in the mine on Novem- ber 9th of last year, when a blister, which had formed on his hand, owing to his not being accustomed to use the tools, was burst by a piece of coal, which fell from the roof between the mandrill and his hand. The hand wae dressed, and subsequently poulticed rr? ^CK><^ poisoning set in, and laid him up. I his was not one of the cases which His Hon- our had held were not accidents under the Act, such as when gradual lead poisoning set in. The coal falling from the roof caused the mischief, and that was an accident with regard to which compensation could be awarded. Plaintiff said he had served in the Army, but he was bought out and went to work in the Cefn Colliery. His hands were very tender, and the use of the tooir caused a blister. A piece of coal fell from the roof when he waa using the mandrill and burst the blister. By Mr. Bowen They did not do much hard work in the Army, and ho was not used to the shovel. He told the night overman about the piece of coal causing the injury, but it was not mentioned in his claim or in the notice of injury served on the company. The story of the piece of coal was not an after-thought. He believed he had kept to the same story throughout. Mr. Bowen suggested that the injury was caused by the continued use of the mandrill, but plaintiff denied this. A fellow workman named Berwick sup- ported plaintiff's statement. Dr. Twist and Dr. Martin gave medical evidence, the former stating that plaintiff in- formed him that the injury was caused by a piece of coal, the day after the accident. Mr. Bowen contended that the story of the coal was only an after-thought, because -no- thing was said in the particulars of claim about it. He had to prove conclusively that the fall of coal took place before he could succeed. Dr. Bird said the plaintiff did not mention anything about the fall of coal when he ex- amined him though he questioned him a good deal. Dr. Simons (Bridgend) also gave evidence. Daniel Edwards, under-manager of the col- liery, deposed that plaintiff said nothing about the coal falling on him. His Honour awarded compensation, the weekly amount to be agreed uoon by coun- sel. It was stated that plaintiff would be able to resume work in five weeks' time.
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THE DRINK TRAFFIC. To the Editor. Sir,-In your London letter in last week's issue comment is made on the verdict of an American Judge who recently awarded dam- ages to the amount of C3,50,0 against three publicans to the five children of John Hed- land, a journeyman carpenter, who had been ruined through drink. May I venture to suggest that it is very de- sirable to introduce some such principle into our own country. It is generally conceded that about 50 per cent. of our pauperism is due to drink. This means, of course, a very great expense to the ratepayers. It seems to me most reasonable to fasten this expense on the people who are responsible for it and who have profitted by it. Capitalists in other trades have to pay compensation in cases of injury. Why exempt the wealthiest capitalist in the countrv ? I think an ex- tension of the Compensation Act in this direc- tion would soon prove a national boon. Pub- licans pay next to nothing to the State for their monopoly. It is unreasonable to expect the State any longer to indirectly aid them by maintaining their victims. I am not cer- tain, but I have an idea that America is not the only country where this Principle prevails. Why should England be behind other nations in progressive legislation ? I may point out that it would be easv to solve this problem. Paupers are maintained by poor rates. Let the Assessment Commit- tee of the Guardians see that licensed pro- perty is assessed not simply in accordance with the rateable value, but in accordance with what the drink costs the Union. Thank- ing you in anticipation for inserting this.-I am, yours faithfully, M PROGRESSIVE. Jan. 22nd, 1906.
LIBERAL CLUB WANTED. To the Editor. Sir -Great. has been the victorv record —and all true Liberal hearts beat proudly, but where, oh where! in Glamorgan's County town is a building which bears aloft the un- furled flag of Freedom? Nowhere! r ?OW, is, the time, surely, for a sturdy Liberal Club to blossom forth Ln Bridgend. It has been made very evident during the last few weeks that there is a large body of influential, intellectual gentlemen in and around this town who are firmly attached to the great cause of Liberalism, and now that Mr. William Brace has been elected aa South Glamorgan's representative in the Commons, it should be his henchmen's interest and de- light to show their appreciation of his valu- able services, their patriotism, and their alle- giance to C.-B.'e Government, by supporting, in a practical manner, a widespread desire for the establishment of a club, wherein the true principles of politics shall be clearly pro- pounded and abiy discussed; wherein Parlia- mentary knowledge shall be properly dissem- inated wherein the uninitiated may be in- structed in the profound mysteries which emanate from St. Stephen's; wherein the woefully ignorant shall glean something with regard to the value of a vote; wherein all may be drawn together with that bond of friendship and unity which means strength for the battles of the future. To keep the club clean, refined, and of a real educational value, it should be run on strict temperance lines, and used' only for the purpose of its inauguration-the promo- tion of Liberal principles, and the advance- ment of true progressive thought, aiming for the highest interests of its country, the wel- fare of its fellow-men wherever the Union Jack waves aloft, and justice to humanity throughout the world. If in the light of recent events—such a J not flourish and nrosper in Bridg- end, established, supported and aided by the keen men of energy who figured prominently in last month's fight, then trulv. politics is only a game. "settled convictions" are all sham, and "club" has indeed degenerated to cafe-casino." I voice the oDinion of many when urging that all staunch Liberals should give this im- portant matter the deepest consideration and thought. It would be interesting to hear the opinion of others.—I am, yours faithfully, LEIGH WESTERDALE. Oak Villa, Coity Road, Bridgend. -t_-
POWERS OF SCHOOL MANAGERS. To the Editor. Sir,—After reading the report of the Gla- morgan Education Committee in your last issue, I could not help recalling to my mind what I heard Archdeacon Wilson say at an educational meeting. After speaking of edu- cation in general, he next dealt with its modus operandi, and said that school authori- ties had two important duties to perform (1) To be exceedingly careful in the ap- pointment of a teacher, and (2) To be exceedingly careful not to meddle and interfere with him. As headmaster for a long period of Clifton College, 1 venture to think the Ven. Arch- deacon of Manchester was qualified to give sound judgment on this question. Art emus Ward says that "Every phule (fool) thinks he can edit a noosepaper" (new&- paper), and I have not the slightest doubt that you, sir, can bear witness to the truth of this assertion. The other day I was reading, once more, Mr. Andrew Carnegie's "Triumphant Democ- racy." ( In chapter VI., on education, he 6ays: "The true parent of modern education was the Reformation, for did not. Luther him- self say that if he were not a preacher he should be a teacher, as he thought the latter the more important office"? I very much question whether Luther would make such an assertion if he had lived in these enlightened days, when the main ob- ject of so-called school management seems to be an everlasting study how best to add to the cares and worries of conscientious, hard- working, and under-paid teachers. In the same chapter on education, Mr. Carnegie gives the following:—"The public schools of America cost in 1880, over sixteen millions sterling. This is very unequally distributed among the States. Virginia City, Nevada, spends most ner head upon her scholars, namely, 34.81 dollars (almost t7). Then comes Sacramento, California, with 34 dollars (P-6 16s.) per head. The City of Boc_ ton, Massachusetts, ranks third with 33.73 dollars (E6 15s.) or head. which is more than three times that expended by London. While the American living is ever mindful of the cause of education, he does not forget it at death, and often bequeaths large sums to his favourite school or college. In 1880 such benefactions exceeded five and a half mil- lions of dollars ( £ 1,100,000)." All acquainted, even in a general way, with the education question in America, know that the United States have gone forward in this matter with leaps and bounds. As one who has visited various schools in the States. I make bold to say that the trained British teacher can more than hold his own with the American. It is all a question of environ- ment. Give the proper surrounding condi- tions in this country, and properly qualified teachers will soon come forward. As it is, we seem to be graduating in the art of manu- facturing teachers out of unprepared material with a disastrous effect on the child mind, an increase of hooliganism, and a swelling of the ranks of unskilled labour.—Yours etc., J. DEXTER. Lisworney, Jan. 29th, 1906.
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STOURTON v. STOURTON. INCIDENTS IN A VISIT TO SOUTHERN- DOWN. WTFE'S PAINFUL STORY. In the Divorce Division on Tuesday (before Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane and a special jury) the hearing was continued of the case of Stourton v. Stourton. Mr. Aubrey Joseph Stourton, a member of a well-known Catholic family, petitioned for an order for restitution of conjugal rights against his wife, Mrs. Gladys Jessie Stourton, nee Thomas a daughter of Mrs. Thomas, of Glanmor, South- erndown, and formerly of The Heath, near Cardiff. Mrs. Stourton traversed this, pray- ing for a divorce on the ground of the alleged cruelty and misconduct of her husband, which he denied. Mr. Priestley, K.C., and Mr. Glazebrook were for Mrs. Stourton: Mr. Duke, K.C., and Mr. Bayford were for Mr. Stourton; and Mr. Belloc was for parties interested. Mr. Priestley, on behalf of the wife, had taken advantage of his position as traverser, and the divorce suit was opened first, and Mrs. Stourton and her mother (Mrs. Thomas) had given evidence when the Court adjourned on Thursday last week. Mrs. Stourton, recalled, said that in Janu- ary, 1903, she was at Paxton, and' was very distressed. She asked why he couldn't care for her, and he replied, "I do care for you in a way, but I cannot be faithful to any one woman. I never could it is not my nature, and the sooner you find it out the better." Proceeding, she said she always wanted to go with her husband when he went to Lon- don, but he refused to let her, saying he wished she would lead her life and let him lead his. She pressed to go to London with him, and he said, "Oh, very well." He car- ried on a great flirtation with Miss Matter- son. She was very miserable at this open flirtation. At Ranelagh. where they were on one occasion, it was raining hard, and he took her umbrella and gave it to Miss Mat- terson. "I took it away," proceeded Mrs. Stourton. When we got back to Paxton he was very cross and ill-tempered, and left the next day. At St. Neots, in July. 1900. there was a polo tournament. My husband said he had invited Miss Matterson. and I said I did not want her. He said. "Very well, we will have nobody." We had no one. Letters came to my husband with the postmarks on of places where Miss Matterson lived. The envelopes of some were thin, and I saw the handwriting through. It was Miss Matter- son's handwriting. For some time when he was away I did not know that he was at Birchington. We had a conversation about his means, and I said, "Suppose your com- panies do not pay, how are you going to pay back the money you have borrowed?" He got verv angry and flew into a great temper. fr. Priestley: What did he say? Mrs. Stourton Must I say ? Mr. Priestley: Yee, you had better. Mrs. Stourton He called me a —— old fool. Intercourse was resumed about 1903. There had previously been no intercourse be- tween them since August, 1901. That, con- tinued witness, was not my wish. A PUSH FOR A KISS. In April I went to his room to give him a kise. He was sitting at his desk writing. When I got to him he hurriedly covered up a letter, swung round on the chair, caught me by the right arm, and pushed me away. I fell against the table and I hurt myself. I didn't tell anyone of that. I once asked Miss Matterson to stay with us because I wanted to please him and make him love me. At dinner I made a remark, and he very rudely told me to shut my mouth. Thinking he would ask her to stay I had my boxes brought up to my room with a view to my going away. 9 In August I got a letter from him when he was away. Ho said Miss Matterson was staying in the same house. I tore the letter up. On one occasion I came to my husband in London. I went to where he had taken rooms in Curzon-street. I went straight to his rooms. On his asking if I had taken rooms I said I exepected to stay with him. He said they were only bachelor's rooms. I said I would get another room in another por- tion of the hotel. He said they were only bachelor's rooms, and it was only a bachelors' house. I said I would dine with him, but he said "No." I then said I would come back and sit with him after dinner. He said no, he preferred being alone. On one occa- sion my husband came to Paxton very de- pressed. I spoke to him in the smoking- room. Miss Matterson's photographs had been taken awav, and he said he was de- pressed at that. I had' spoken about his having Miss Matterson's photographs. He laughed and said everyone had ladies' photo- graphs. When he was depressed he asked me if I had heard Miss Matterson was going to be married. He said he had destroyed the photographs. I asked him why. and he then told me, "I will tell you. I loved her; she was everything to me, but now she is going to be married. I did love her, but I have done with her now. Will vou take me back ?" "I LOVE HER MADLY." Did he say anything more?—Yes, he said, "I love her madly. When I got Daisy's letter telling me of her engagement I felt I could not give her up. I battled with myself for two days and two nights thinking what I should do. The next night I went to Lowes, the chemist, for a sleeping draught." Later he came to my room and asked if I had made up my mind what to do. I said "No." He said, "A love like this only comes once in a lifetime. I loved her madly, and I am sure she loved me too. She always told me she could never care for anyone else as much as she did for me. I cannot understand how she could turn round in four days and love another man. When I wrote once saying how much I admired another lady she took a whole bottle of phanatacine to poison her- self." Did you ask him a question?—Yes. What?—I said, "Tell me, have you been liying with other women?" He replied, "Yes, I have." I said, "Then all that about your health making you unable to live with me was untrue?" He said, "Yes, it was." I said "It is awful." I added I always trusted you and always thought it was your health. I never thought you cared so much for her. If you had stuck a knife into me you could not have hurt me more. I don't think I could live with you again." At the interview did he refer to any other woman except Miss Matterson?-No, it was all about Miss Matterson. The Judge: That is not accurate. She used the plural "Any other women." Mrs. Stourton: Her name was the only one mentioned. I was very troubled, and as I had not made up my mind I went hunting. I then made up my mind to go to my mother at Southerndown. I went on the 2nd De- cember and took my child. I there took the advice of the family solicitor and was subse- quently examined by Dr. Cowley. I found a blotting paper out of my husband's desk. I found my husband's and Miss Matterson's writing upon it. I put the blotting paper under a magnifying glass and looked at it in the looking glass (paper produced). I saw in my husband's writing, "My own, own baby," "My own love," "You most—most awful-darling-if it comes-my own, own baby." This was signed, "Audrey." There was a name on the pad it was the name of a relative of Miss Matterson it was a "key." There was also another name on the pad, "Miss Ethel Matterson, Peel House, Taun- ton." I found some of Miss Matterson's writing on the pad. These words were, "Let me know what she says," and then what looked like, "Good-bye, dear love." Had he ever sent you his best love or called you "love" ?-No. I see there is "Love to your mother," "With love, your dearest hubby." Did he ever call you "My own, own babv"?—No. What did he call you ?—Kiddy. CROSS-EXAMINATION. Cross-examined: The blotting pad was kept. in her husband's desk. She had not kept her husband's letters, except some since 6he had left him. Mr. Duke: You did not keep the letter, "Your dearest hubby, and love to your mother"? Mr. Priestlev: I do not accept my friend's reading of it. Mr. Duke: Did Miss Matterson ever visit you without an invitation from you?—My husband told me she was coming, and I had to write. When my husband went into the I ladies' bedroom one was a young lady and the other her married sister. Did you object to Hurlingham except that once you have spoken of?—No, except that generally he used to carry on a flirtation with Miss Matterson. What was the worst thing you ever saw happen between them?—They used to sit close together and look into each other's faces. How far were you off?—Not very far. Someone had to take Miss Matterson, who was 19, home from Hurlingham, but they might have taken me with them. Did you suggest you should go?—They gave me no chance. Miss Matterson and I corres- ponded. She called me "Dear Gladys" and I called her "Shrimp." She wrote to me after I left my husband. I certainly did not say room must be found for his best girl's photograph. I make il-o imputation against Mrs. Hunt. She is now dead. Do you know why Mrs Hunt's name should have been introduced in this case?—He neg- lected me for her when we were first mar- ried. I know my husband had no money. I do not know all the money he had went into speculations. Mr. Priestley: Of C21,000, a sum of £3,075 went into the Petroleum Company, and that is all; zC93 is for cigars. Mr. Duke: I put it to you that he never said anything about living with other women?—-Yes, he did. Did you at the same time say you had something to say to him, to tell him?—I did not' say that. Did you mention a mutual friend of yours? —I said I liked somebody in a friendly sort of way. Did you say you must never see him again r -He asked me about the friend. Did you say you had had that feeling to- wards him for four years?—No; I said I liked him as a friend. Mr. Priestley: There is no suggestion of impropriety against Mrs. Stourton. Mr. Duke: Oh, no. MRS. STOTTRTON'S MONEY. Re-examined: It was in 1903 I noticed there was a change in the way his letters came and the way they were put in his desk. She had given her husband E15,828 in eight years; this was an average of £1,978 a year. She did not know that in 1904 he owed L93 for cigars, zEIS3 for clothes, and jESOO for fodder for ponies from Buenos Ayres. She did not know he had incurred a debt of jE112 for jewellery. Mr. Priestley said the husband had threat- ened to take away the child unless something was done. The Judge said he should tell the jury to utterly disregard that part of the case. The sole question was whether Mr. Priestley could prove the charges he had made. To refer to other matters might throw the jury off the scent. Mr. Priestley said he had been drawn to make these references bv the cross-examina- tion. (To Mrs. Stourton): Is there any truth in the suggestion that you cast your affection upon anybody else? Mrs. Stourton: No, certainly not. When my husband went into the two ladies' bed- room at Cirencester he was in his sleeping suit. It was about eight in the morning. When he stayed at Curzon-street there was no reason why he should not have come with me to the Grand Hotel or anywhere else. SISTER AS WITNESS. Mrs. Maud Williams (married sister of Mrs. Stourton), living at Cardiff, said that the conversation as to Mr. Stourton having mar- ried her sister for money took place at South- erndown. The conversation turned upon being married, and he said, "If I had been a rich man I should not have married at all, but having no money I was obliged to marry money. Mrs. Stourton's face paled. No- thing was said, but the conversation was changed. That was not said jestingly. She was present when he told his wife to amuse herself with another man. He said, "Why cannot you have some other nice young man to take you out, and have a jolly time like other women do?" Witness's sister did not like this at all. Her sister got very de- pressed, and eventually she complained to. her. Mr. StiUlirton seemed cold towards her sister. In December, 1903, Mrs. Stourton got very worried. At hunting she always used to "ride straight," but she began to linger behind and try not to jump. Witness had consulted a doctor about her sister. Whenever the husband was asked to take her out he would never go. She had heard him refuse on many occasions. Her sister told her she suffered from sleeplessness, and she looked it. MARRIED FOR MOXEY. Miss Fain Stephens, formerly governess to Mrs. Stourton and her sister, said she had frequently stayed with the former since her marriage. It was absolute news to her to hear what had been said about her (witness). She remembered the occasion when the re- mark was made about having married for money. Mr. Stourton said "What else do you think I married an old hag like you for?" Mrs. Stourton turned red, and did not like it. The Judge said he and the jury had seen Mrs. Stourton, and could form an idea for themselves. Kate Dear, maid to Mrs. Stourton, said she had been in that position for eight years. At Paxton in the polo tournament, Mr Stour- ton and Miss Matterson walked about like lovers. 'They walked about in the back fields together. They didn't want any other society but their own. Mr. Priestley: In what way did they look? Witness: Exactly as lovers look. (Laugh- ter.) How is that ?-They showed they loved each other in their eyes. (Laughter.) Whatever it was, it seemed to have at- tracted your attention?—It attracted every- body's attention'. Witness also remembered a visit to Chiches- ter. Mr. Stourton then arways took Miss Matterson in to dinner. Almost every night there were other people there—"heaps of people"—(laughter)—ladies and gentlemen. One evening, said witness, she saw three ladies sitting on the stairs, and Miss Matter- son was one of them. \They were in light dressing-gowns, which looked like night- gowns. (Laughter.) They were screaming when the gentlemen came out of the smok- ing-room, and brought all the people out of their rooms. Witness said the gentlemen used to draw lots as to who should take the ladies into dinner, but Miss Matterson al- ways became Mr. Stourton's companion. (Laughter.) Witness said she had seen Mr. Stourton go into Miss Matterson's room on three occasions and she had heard Miss Matterson's voice saying "Auberon." 'The further hearing was at this point ad- journed till Wednesday. WEDNESDAY'S HEARING. The hearing of the suit was continued on Wednesday. Kate Dear waa cross-examined by Mr. Duke. She said Mrs. Stourton stayed a good deal with her mother, Mrs. Thomas, and at friends' houses. They had a good many friends and relations, gentle people, about the country. Asked if she was not on con- fidential terms with her mistress, witness said "She very seldom took me into her con- fidence." At a party in 1901 at Cirencester there were five ladies and a number of gentle- men. The gentlemen drew lots as to who should take in the ladies to dinner. Mr. Stourton generally took in Miss Matterson, but witness admitted that he drew lots the same as the others. Miss Matterson stayed three times at the Stourtons' house at P'ax- .ton-hill. Mrs. Stourton went out hunting. When Mr. and Mrs. Stourton returned from the hunt latterly they did not come together, as formerly. Mr. Stourton rode in advance. Mr. Duke: As to Mrs. Stourton fainting, was not the cause of her fainting that. after her return from hunting, she would take a meal and then have a hot bath? Witness: She never had a bath. (Laugh- ter.) Mr. Duke: That was not her husband's fault. (Laughter.) A FOOTMAN'S EVIDENCE. Stephen Fisher, who had been footman in the service of Mr. and Mrs. Micklethwaite (a sister of Miss Matterson), said that when they were staying at a house at Lancaster- gate from February, 1903, till the summer Mr. Auberon Stourton was constantly there. He generally came in the afternoon) and went into the drawing-room, where Miss Matterson was. Mrs. Micklethwaite would then be either out or upstairs. When wit- ness had gone into the room he had seen Miss Matterson and Mr. Stourton sitting on the couch. Before Mr. Stourton came he had seen Miss Matterson looking out of the win- dow. On one occasion he saw Miss Matter- son sitting at the writing-table with her back towards Mr. Stourton, aiad she had her hand- kerchief to her eyes and was sobbing. Mr. Stourton was sitting on tho couch. Subse- quently the Micklethwaites went to Birch- ington, and Miss Matterson accompanied them. She stayed at a house called Kinrose, and had her meals at the White Bungalow, where Mr. and Mrs. Micklethwaite stayed. He saw Mr. Stourton there each week. He sometimes had meals at the White Bungalow. He was staying at the Bungalow Hotel. Witness had seen Mr Stourton and Miss Mat- terson out arm-in-arm. He had seen them alone in the front hall of the hotel, and also .when other people were there. They were at Birchington three months. After that they went to Broughton Grange, near Ban- bury. Mr. Stourton came there once and stayed the night. Miss Matterson was stay- ing in the house at the time. Witness had taken telegrams to the telegraph-office for Miss Matterson addressed to Mr. Stourton. They were addressed, "Novus, London," and were signed, "Daily." He had also posted letters for her addresaed to Mr. Stourton. Some of the addresses were typewritten others were in a disguised handwriting, but he could tell it was Miss Matterson's. In cross-examination, witness said that Mr. Stourton was a friend of Mr. Micklethwaite and visited at the week-end. Witness be- lieved he was there five times altogether. CALLED HIM DARLING." Mrs. Agnes Hearn, proprietress of the Bun- galow Hotel, Birchington, said that Mr. Auberon Stourton had stayed there. Wit- ness had seen a lady whoso photograph was produced at the hotel. She called to see Mr Stourton, generally in the morning. She had been there before he got up. Mr. Grazebrook (the junior counsel for Mrs Stourton): Where did she go? Witness: She went to his room, which was on the ground floor. How long did she stay there ?—Sometimes half an hour; sometimes an hour. Witness believed she sometimes had meals with Mr. Stourton. She had seen them go out together. What had you heard him call her?—He called her "My dear." Have you heard Miss Matterson address him in endearing terms ?—Yes; she called him "Darling." In cross-examination witness said she could speak to four or five visits. Miss Matterson came about nine o'clock in the morning; it was in July, 1903. Do you tell the jury that you supposed some impropriety was going on in your house?—I thought it very strange: we al- ways thought they were engaged. Witness admitted that she knew Miss Mat- terson was staying at the Micklethwaite's, and that they were all on friendly terms, and, therefore, did not worry herself more about the matter. Miss Louisa. Blanch Taylor, the book- keeper at the hotel, gave details as to the visits of Mr. Stourton to the hotel in July and August. 1903. The first morning after he came Miss Matterson came to the hotel some time after eight o'clock. She went through the hotel in the direction of Mr. Stourton's bedroom. She and Mr. Stourton left about an hour afterwards. Mr. Duke: On what terms did thev appear to be?—Very affectionate. She took his arm at. the bottom of the hotel steps. They seemed very much more LIKE A YOUNG COUPLE engaged than a lady walking with another man's husband. (Laughter.) Mr. Duke: Don't get excited. You mean another woman's husband. Witness said it was her impression that Miss Matterson came there every morning, and she thought she came to fetch him to breakfast. You thought nothing else at the time?- No. And since you have seen a dectective and solicitor you have thought all sorts of things ? —Yes. (Laughter.) I thought they were engaged, and then it would have been all right. By the Judge I could not see fr. Stour- ton's room door from the office. I only saw her go in the direction of the room. But there were unoccupied rooms in which she could have waited ?-There were unoccu- pied rooms. The Judge: We do not assume guilt in this Court. We assume innocence until we find differently. Henry Hanom, who had be-en butler to Mr. Micklethwaite, said he had seen letters and telegrams for Mr. Stourton from Miss Mat- terson. Cross-examined: Miss Matterson would send a telegram to Mr. Stourton very nearly every morning. Witness: It is substantially true. I can remember but one telegram t-hat was sent by Miss Matterson. Witness said he was unaware that he had been dismissed from Mr. Micklethwaite's ser- vice in consequence of a complaint by Miss Matterson. IN LONDON LODGINGS. Mary Hooley said she lived with her brother-in-law, who kept a boarding-house at 28 Devonshire-street, London. -vir. Stour- ton took a drawing and bedroom there, and stayed two or three nights on each occasion, but she did not think he sleot there twice. Miss Matterson visited him there. Henry Stribblehill, formerly butler to Mr. and Mrs. Stourton, said he went into their service about eight years ago. He had ac- companied Mr. Stourton to Dublin, and while there he saw a letter lying open on the dress- ing table. It was in Miss Matterson's hand- writing, and contained an indecent expres- sion. On one occasion witness said he saw a telegram in Mr. Stourton's handwriting ad- dressed to Miss Matterson at Taunton, which ran: "Better lato than never. Yours for ever." (Laughter.) Cross-examined by Mr. Duke: When you told him that you had seen a letter contain- ing this indecent expression did Mr. Stour- ton say it was quite untrue, and that there had never been such a letter in his posses- sion ?—No. The hearing was adjourned until Thursday. (Continued on Page 5.)
OPPOSITION FROM BRECON. At the quarterly meeting of Breconshire County Council, at Brecon, on Friday, lr. W. S. 4miuer moved that the Council oppose the Glamorgan and South Wales Water Bill. His impression was that the Breconshire .1 -I- I I council HQOUIU pay aue regard to the rights they had and allow no one to interfere with them. (Hear, hear.) Councillor Owen Price, in seconding, said the Bill, to a certain ex- tent, interfered with their rights, and he thought it was their duty to protect them- selves. Some of their water rights had been taken already and he would, urge them to do all they could to retain what was left. The resolution was carried unanimously and fult powers were given to the Parliamentary Com- mittee of the Council to act in the matter.
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