Manchester Oddfellows mare than Solvent. The Deputy Grand Master of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, speaking at Lancaster on Saturday, disclosed the important fact that the recent valuation had proved the Unity to be more than solvent. Thirty years ago, under the new basis of valuation, there was an estimated deficiency of a million and a quarter sterling. Five years since this was reduced to £ 400,00:.); now they could meet ail probable liabilities ani carry out their obligations to all members.
ABERGAVENNY. COUNTY COURT, MONDAY. I Before His Honour Judge OWEN. I CI)NGRATULATIO.Ns.-Befure proceeding with the cases, Judge Owen stated that, owing to the death of the High Bailiff and Registrar, he had appointed Mr Iltyd Gardner to the dual office.— Mr Luther Davies, on behalf of the solicitors, congratulated Mr Gardner upon his appoint- ments. SPANIEL WORRIED TO D EATTI. -V,ill! am Barter was sued by John Rosser for XIO, the value of a black spaniel dog, which had been worried to death by a sheep dog. It appeared that on three days in April last year, John Barlow, a machinist, took two dogs belonging to Mr Rosser out for a run, and when near the Red Barn Farm on the 9th he lost the dogs and could not find them again. On the 11th, one of the dogs returned, but the black spaniel did not return.—Thomas Bennett, a hay trusser, stated that on the day in question he was in Llauwenarth Lane, when he saw Barter set hiJ sheep dogs after the black spaniel. They chased it, caught it, and worried it to death. He saw that a reward had been offered, but did not say anything about it for fear of being mixed up with the affnir.—The defendant denied the whole story.—His Honour, however, said the case was fully proved, and gave judgment for £ 10 and costs.—Mr James Corner, instructed by Messrs. Hodgson and Canliffe, appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Luther Davies for defendant.
NEWPORT. I POLICE COURT, MONDAY. I HELPED TO ARREST HIS WIFE.—A young married woman, named Elizabeth M'Donald, of 3, Ebenezer-terrace, was before the magistrates (not by any means for the first time) on a charge of being drunk and disorderly in Ebenezer-terrace, on Friday night last, and also with assaulting P.C. James Powell. She confessed that she did not remember anything about it. The policeman heard her making night hideous, and went to try and quiet her. She ran into the roadway and picked up a stone, which she was about to throw at him, when he closed with her and took her into custody. ■ She fell down, kicked his legs, and offered every possible resistance to being taken to the police-station. Her husband was called on in the King's name, and assisted the policeman to carry her to the lock-up. She was fined 21s, or a month. A CURIOUS CASE.-An application was made by Mrs Meade for an order of separation from her husband, John Martin Meade. of Bridge-street, who was described as a horse-dealer's servant, on the ground of persistent cruelty.—Mr Lyndon Moore was for complainant, and Mr Harold Lloyd for the defendant.—Complainant stated that she was married to Meade, at Maitidee, in 1902. Rhp had previously had judgment against him for £ 200 for breach of promise, but did not receive the money. Her life had been a hell upon earth. As a result of blows struck by him she had to undergo an operation for excision of the breast.— The defendant denied the cruelty, and said he had killed his wife with kindness. The injury was not the result of anything he did to her. -In the result the Bench found defendant guilty of. persistent cruelty, and ordered a separation, the husband to contribute £1 per week to the support of his wife and child. The wife is to have the custody of the child. LANDLADY AND Dipaom.ANitc.-Florence Jones, the well-known dipsomaniac, who has already made 131 appearances bef ire the Cardiff justices, 34 before the Newport, and three before other benches in various parts of South Wales for drunkenness, was convicted of being drunk at the Horse and Jockey Beerhouse, Mill-street, Newport, on Friday evening in last week, and was fined 30s, or a month. She was also ordered to enter into sureties of good behaviour, herself in £ 25 and one other surety of a like amount, or go to prison for another three months.—In connection with the some case Mrs Susan Pocock, landlady of the Horse and Jockey Beerhouse, was charged with permitting drunkenness.—Mr Lyndon Moore defended.—Mrs Pocock stated that she was quite deceived as to the woman's condition, and did not believe that she was drunk.—She was, however, convicted, but in consideration of her exemplary character she was fined 10s only and costs.—It was shown that Florence Jones was only served with half a pint of beer at the Horse and Jockey, and was perfectly quiet until the arrival of the police. Mrs Pocock had had charge of licensed houses for twenty years, and had not been prosecuted before. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. THREW A LIGHTED LAMP.—John Haynes, of 2, Bilstou-street, Newport, was charged on remand with assaulting and wounding Ann Miller on the 3rd inst. Hayes and his wife had apartments with the Millers, and the allegation was that he paid the rent and then demanded that it should be returned in order that he might get drunk. La er in the evening he was going from his room carry- ing a lighted lamp, and at the same moment Mrs Miller left the kitchen. Without a word of warn- ing he threw the lamp at her, striking her on the forehead. Haynes then rushed to the police office, saying that he had killed a woman. Mrs Miller had, he said, thrown some water over him, he pushed her, and she fell agaiust the table, cuttiug her head open. The woman sustained a wound an inch-and-a-quarter in length, which penetrated to the bone and bled profusely.—Haynes was sentenced to two months' imprisonment.
PONTYPOOL. POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. PERMITTING DRUNKENNESS.—James Shenton, landlord of the Hanbury Hotel, Griffithstown, was fined 40s., for permitting drunkenness on his premises on the 6th inst.-P.C.'s Hatherall and Brown found a man, named Gallavin-formerly in the employ of the defendant—being escorted off the premises by two friends. He was in a helpless condition, and had to be taken to the police- station, where he was attended by a doctor.—For the defence it was suggested that Gallavin had a fainting fit when he got into the open air. CASE AGAINST A LICENSEE DISMISSED. Laura Frances Evans, licensee of the Prince of Wales Inn, High-street, Pontypool, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on the 4th inst., while George Gullick, a collier, was summoned for being drunk on the premises. Mr Lyndon Moore, solicitor, Newport, a peared for the defence. P.S. Watkins visited the inn, and found Gullick sitting on a beuch in the tap-room in a drunken condition." Mrs Evans denied having served him. The case against the landlady was dismissed. Gullick was fined 10a, DESTRUCTION. I Four Pontypool colliers—Henry Hobby, William I Plumley, Edward Plumley, and Thomas Williams were charged with throwing down a portion of the wall surrounding the Church of St. Michael's, Llanvihaugel, on Palm Sunday. Defendants tried to prove an alibi. P.C. Boucher, of Pontypool, stated that he kept the men under observation from Waunyclere to Pontypool. They were turned out of the Waunyclere Inn, and became very noisy on the way home. Near the Church he heard a noise as of falling stones, and he found that 35 coping stones had been pulled down. The defendants, who were represented by Mr W. J. Everett, said the stones were on the ground when they passed. The Bench found that the defendants had committed the damage, and ordered each of them to pay a fine of 20s, including costs. Mr T. Watkins, solicitor, Pontypool, appeared to prosecute on behalf of the churchwardens, who estimated the damage done at 28s. COUNTY COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before His Honour JUDGE OWEN. I COMPENSATION FOR COLLISION, -Albert Bisset, shoemaker, Pontypool, was awarded £ 4 for damage done to his bicycle through a road collision. A lad in plaintiff's employ was riding along Commercial-street, when he collided with a waggon belonging to Charles Kuipe, farmer, Griffithstown, who it was alleged was driving on the wrong side of the road. ACTION AGAINST A STEP-FATHER. I Hannah Keen, a young married woman, 23, brought an action against her step-father, Samuel Carter, a collier, who is a deacon at Sardis Con- gregational Chapel, Garndiffaith, to recover SIO, lent him ten years ago. Defendant in his evidence denied having bor- rowed the money, and His Honour remarked, "I don't believe a word you have said. I give judgment for £10 and allow costs." Mr A. E. Bowen appeared for the defendant, and Mr W. J. Everett (Pontypool) for the plain- tiff. ADJOURNED. I Mr R. J. Jones, a local jeweller, sued one of his agents, named S. Deacon, formerly of Garno diffaitb, for XS 14s 9d, in respect of what was alleged to be due for his accounts and stock not returned. Plaintiff admitted that he paid his men 33 per cent commission on some orders in addition to salary. His Honour said he supposed colliers had to pay more for the goods so as to defray this cost, and asked "Why on earth don't they go to a proper shop and buy good, honest goods for one quarter the money ? The case was adjourned. CUTTING DOWN TIMBER INJUNCTION GRANTED. I An action to restrain Martha Williams, the I tenant of the Glebe Farm, near Caerlcon, from I cutting down timber in a wood upon her lands, except such as she was entitled to, and also to recover damages for trees alleged to ihave been < hewn down by her servants, was heard. ] Mr Corner, barrister-at-law (instructed by Mr A. E. Bowen, Pontypool), appeared for the plaintiff (the Rector of Llanthewy Fach), and Mr D. Roger Evaus, Newport, defended. At the time the Rev Mr Evans became incum- bent of the parish. in 1888. the farm was occupied by the defendant's son, William Williams, who then had no control over the wood, but later the Rector included it in Williams' tenancy and increased his rental from C43 to £45. and this arrangement was continued till 1894. The son admitted cutting down the trees, but said he only got £ *7 Is 8d for them. In cross examination, Williams, the son, stated that, although the tenancy was in his aged mother's name, he was really the tenant. He also admitted stating at a previous Court that he only managed the farm for his mother. Judgment was given for the plainliff for L20, with costs upon that amount, and the injunction was granted.
f GENERAL. I MOTHER AND SONS PUNISHED. At Blaenavon, on Tuesday, Mary Ann James (30), the wife of a colliery surface labourer, was sentenced to six mouths' hard labuir for extensive thefts in the district ranging over a period of some months, and for receiving stolen goods from her t-vo sons, aged ten and seven. The latter were sent to a ref inuatory school for four years for theft. The stolen articles, which were laid out on the solicitors' table, included shop scales and weights, a zinc bath, overcoat, wash-hand bowl, hearthrugs, oilcloth, iron boiler, leather leggings, &c. It appears that for the past two mouths, owing to continuous complaints by the inhabitants, several policemen in disguise have been endeavouring to trace the thief. Ultimately they traced the shop scales to the female prisoner's house, and upon searching the premises they found the articles enumerated secreted all over the house, some of them being hidden in a bed and in a cradle covered with old rags. The Bench severely censured defendant's husband, who was present in court, for allowing his bJYs to be brought up to such practices, and said he was very much to blame, as he must have known the goods were not come by honestly. Replying to the Clerk, the husband said he worked at Ebbw Vale, and earned L I a week. He was ordered to pay 2s a week towards his sons' maintenance at the industrial school, NEW TREDEGAR BURGLARY, Oiivor Lloyd, 26, coliier, was charged on remand with receiving articles of jewellery, valued at X3 being a portion of the proceeds of a burgliry at New Tredegar, on February 1st, when goods to the vnlue of Xi 15 were stolen. The prisoner pleaded guilty to receiving.—Thomas Willi im O'Conner, jeweller, New Tredegar, stated that his shop was broken into and a quantity of jewellery taken away. He identified the ring, produc d, and a lady's watch chain as a portion of his property.—Mary Goodwin, married, of New Conisborough, Yorkshire, said the prisoner on March 19th asked her to pledge the ring. This she did, obtaining 6s 61. The prisoner took the money.—David Dunger, pawnbroker's manager, New Conisborough, said he received the ring in pledge, advancing 6s 6d. He asked certain questions, and these were satisfactorily answered.— Sergeant Humphries, New Tredegar, spoke to arresting the prisoner at 36, Eglington Street, New Conisborough. He bad the pawn-ticket relating to the ring in his possession. The chain he was carrying in his trousers pocket. When charged, prisoner said, Yes." adding, after a pause, "I had the ring from Amos."—Supt. Allan said others were mixed up in the affiir. -Prisoner was sent to prison for six months with hard labour.
I Parliamentary. LICENSING BILL, On Tharsday, in the House of Commons, Mr Akers-Douglas, Home Secretary, introduced a Bill to amend the Licensing Acts, 1828 to 1902, in respect of the extinction of licenses and the grant of new licenses, and was received with Ministerial cheers. In introducing the measure, the Home Secretary said there could be no difference of opinion as to the necessity for reducing the number of licences. He did not desire at this stage to enter into any controversy on the general question of the licensing law. The following are the chief points in the scheme:— Compensation to be paid for licences cancelled solely on public grounds—i e., that their number is too great, and not because of mis- conduct. Compensation to be paid by the trade. The jurisdiction to refuse a renewal or transfer of a licence where it is on the ground of public policy only, and is unconnected with the conduct of the licensee, is to be exercised solely by Quarter Sessions. Quarter Sessions to be the authority for the imposing of contributions on the trade for the purpose of compensation, and for distributing compensation in money when it is raised. In all other respects the jurisdiction of brewster sessions to remain intact. The amount of compensation to be given is to be based on the difference between the value of the licensed premises and the value of the premises without the licence, An "insurance" fund to be formed, to which licensed houses will contribute on a graduated scale, according to their licensed value. Thus, a house under zE15 a year will contribute £1 a year under X20, £2 a year; and so on up to X150- This fund is estimated to produce LI,000,000 a year. I If Quarter Sessions grant a new licence, it shall be only on consideration of the surrender of an old licence, or on the payment of a lump sum, or of an annual payment made as a I condition of granting a new licence. Beer-houses undir the Act of 1869 will come into the scheme, and Off-licensees will contribute to the insurance fund. The following were tha figures of the division on the proposal that the Bill should be read a first time:— For the first reading 314 Against 147 Government majority. 167
DISORDERS IN THE CHURCH. I The Prime Minister announced in the House of Corn nons, on Wednesday, that the King has approved the appointment of a Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Disorders. The Commission is to inquire into :— The alleged prevalence of breaches or neglect of the law relating to the conduct of Divine service in the Church of England, and to the ornaments and fittings of Churches; and to cou-ider the existing powers and procedure applicable to such irregularities, and to make such recommendations as may be deemed requi- site for dealing with the aforsaid mattera. Subsequently Mr Austin Taylor obtained per- mission to move the adjournment of the House in order to discuss the question. Oi a division there voted :-For the adjourn- ment, 90; against, 176; majority, 86.
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f Markets. USK, CATTLE, Monday.—The usual bi-monthly market was held to-day. There was very little fat beef on offer, but a few etore cattle, some sheep and lambs, and a number of pigs. Business was not particularly brisk. QuotationsBest beef 6d to 6id per lb, second quality oid to 6d wether mutton 7d to 8d, ewe 6d to 7d; lambs, 25s each- Is per lb veal, 8d to Sicl per lb; cows and calves, £ 15 to £ 18; yearlings, £6 to LIO two-year-olds, 911 to £ U; sows and piZB, £ 7 to ;CIO strong stores, 356 to 45s each; three months old, 20s to 23s each; weaners, 16s to 20s each; heavy- weight porkers, 83 6d a score; light ditto, 9s baconers, 8s 6d a score. USK APRIL FAIR, Wednesday.—The Usk April Stock Fair was held on Wednesday. There were a large number of buyers present, a fair all-round supply, and a very good sale on store cattle. The prices were very similar to those obtained at the bi-monthly market on Monday. The following were the quotation" obtained under the hammer of Messrs Marfell and Poole :-Sheep-English couples, 42s to 50s; tegs, 34s 6d to 42s dry sheep, 32s to 3Ss 6d; calves, 42s to 52s; porker pigs, 27s to 443; three months' old pigs, 16s to 22s 6d. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.—The supply of cattle was fair, of sheep very short, and of lambts and calves large. The trade was exceptionally brisk, and there was a good attendance of buyers. Quotation@: -Best beef, 6id per lb; seconds, 5!d to 6d cows, 5îd to 5Jd best we-ber mutton, 9d to 9H ewe, 7 £ d to 81, lamb, lid to Illd veal, 2 2 8d to 9j. Porker pigs were at from 9s to 9s 6d, aud bacon pigs 8s per score. NEWPORT, COllX, Wednesday.—It was reported that the corn market here to-day was dull and quiet, wheat being 3d to Gd cheaper, and other grains having no change. Flour (fines) was at 26s per sack. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Weiiiesi-,iy.-Tliere was a good supply, with a fair demand, and an average attendance, at the ch~e?e market here to-day. Quotations :—Caerphillys 38s to 44s, fancy dairies 45s to 46s. Derbys 60s to 64s, truckles 63s to 68s, Cheddars 5Ss to 63s, and doubles 56a to 58s per cwt.
Cricket. DIVER AND THE NEWPORT CLUB, The general committee of the Newport Athletic Club met on Monday evening and considered the application of Diver, the professional, to be allowed to cancel his agreement to act for the Newport Club during the ensuing cricket season, in order to allow him to go to Swansea, where, he stated in his letter of application, he had received a private appointment. The committee decided that as the notice was too short to enable them to get an adequate substitute, Diver be asked to carry out his agreement to serve Newport for the season. PRESENTATION AT NEWPORT. There was a large gathering at the Westgtte Hotel, Newport, on Monday evening, to bid bore- voyage to Mr A. C. Morris, who had baeu prominently identified with the Newport Second cricket team for a long time as captain and organiser. Mr Morris is going to Canada. He was presented with a handsome gold watch as a mark of the appreciation entertained for him. I- I MONMOUTH COUNTY FIXTURES. May 25 and 26, v. Cornwall, at Newport. June 10 and 11, v. Glamorgan, at Newport. June 17 and 18, v. Glamorgan, at Swansea. June 20 and 21, v. Staffordshire, at Stoke. June 29 and 30, v. Cornwall, at Truro. July 1 and 2, v. Devonshire, at Exeter. July 4 and 5, v. Berkshire, at Reading. July 6 aud 7, v. M C.C., at Newport. July 20 and 21, v. Staffordshire, at Newport. July 22 and 23, v. Berkshire, at Newport. July 29 and 30, v. Devonshire, at Newport.
Ebbw Vale and the Tramp IVtiisaiiee. A COKE OVES COLONY. At the annual meeting of the Ebbw Yale District Council, held on Monday evening, the Medical Officer (Dr J. W. Davies) called attentIoa to the menace to public health by the continual presence in the district of about 150 tramps who, instead of being allowed to remain in oacupation of the coke ovens, should be in common lodging- houses under strict supervision. -During the discussion it was alleged that the Ebbw Vale Company encouraged and used those loafers as cheap labour. If the police had a mandate from the Company they would SODU clear them out. Mr T. Richards, C.C., said it was a blot upon the police that those undesirables should be allowed to loaf about. If a respectable working man happened to take too much to drink and fell asleep on the road he would be hauled before the magistrates and heavily fined. But these people were allowed throughout the year to contaminate, by their filthy persons aud foul language, anyone who came near them. It was decided to again call the attention of the Ebbw Vale Company and the local police to this tramp nuisance.
A New Comet. It is now a good many months since the appearance of the last naked.eye comet (writes Mr Arthur Meo, of Cardiff). Interest, therefore, attaches to an announcement- made by Mr Plummer, of the Bidtton Observatory, that a new comet has just been discovered travelling northward through the constellation Hercules It is said to be -well defined," so probably an opera-glass would show it or even the naked eye. It is some distance north of the star Eta Herculis, and rises in the north-east late in the evening.
A DISCLAIMER. To the Editor of the COUNTY OBSBRVER, SIR.- We shall be greatly obliged by your allowing us to make known through your wide circulation, that Clement Johnson, piano tuner who was before the Monmouth magistrates last week, on a serious charge, has never been in our service. Having an old and valued employe of the same surname on our staff we should be sorry (for hia sake as well as our own), that any misconception should arise. J Thanking you in anticipation of your favour, r We are, Sir, Yours faithfully, R. WAUGH & SON, Music Warehouse, Monmouth. 18tU April, 1904.
it was disgracefully dirty, and the children were alone in a dirty neglected state. He proposed to call evidence, and it would be for their worships to give the defendants certain words of advice, and, if they thought fit, in the interests of the children, to adjourn the case in order to see how the defendants would act in the future. The object of the Society would be achieved if some- thihg better was done for the children in the future than had been done in the past. As defendants were liable to be sentenced to six months' imprisonment without the option of a fine, they were asked if they would be dealt with sum- miarily or tried by a jury. Cutter said he would go before a jury. His wife said she would not be tried now, adding They are doing just what they like with us. I won't have it done. If you do [to her liusband] you will be sorry for it. It is a parcel of lies made up that man there [Mr Cooper] has «aid," After some further delay, the defendants being reasoned with by the Bench, Inspector, and police, Mr Everett proffered his assistance by offering to act gratuitously for the defence if they would leave the matter in his bands, have the case dealt -with that day, and the woman would keep quiet. This the defendants ultimately agreed to, and -evidence waa then taken. Inspector Sparkes, N.S.P.C.C,, stated that on pro- ceeding to defendants' house on February 26th, with P.S. Sheddick, defendants' eldest hoy was met on -the way to Usk to get some food. He was fairly clean and fairly well clothed, bat he had on very old boots from which bis feet were protruding. It was a very wet day. Seven of the children were in the house alone, witness then described the scene there. One of the elder children was trying to pacify another by gathering some crumbs on the table. .Another was in a soap box on the floor. Three little Sioys were huddled together as close to the small fire as they could get. The fireguard was in a cor- Iller of the room, and witness had the children taken from the fireplace and the guard put in its place, There was no food in the house. The children were fairly clean and fairly well clothed. The little girl said she did not know where her mother was. There was scarcely any furniture in the house, it having been taken for rent. He then described the up- stairs scene. The children's bed was of straw in a coarse canvas, which was saturated. Witness and P.S. Sheddick, when going up to Coedownnwr for bread for the children, found their mother in a cot- tage with the baby in her arms, she said she had come out to see the time. On returning to the cottage they found that the boy had returned from Uøk, but that the bread had been put up on the shelf instead of having been given to the children. Mrs Cutter said they had had something that morn- ing. Witness cut up some bre td and the children simply snatched it from his hand. Witness then gave evidence as to the father's position at Ponty- pool. In cross-examination by Mr Everett, witness admitted that defendant's earnings were not much to provide himself with lodgings and food at Pontypool, pay £ 7 10s a year for the cottage at Coedcwnnwr, and keep his family going, but upon are-examination, witness said defendant had not paid the rent. P.S. Sheddick also gave evidence as to his visits to the house, and what had been done for the defendants. They had now removed to a house at Penpellenny, nearer a school for the children and Cutter's work. 1. T. Bambury spoke to having offered defendant work at £1 or L I Is a week which he had refused because he would be under witness's foreman. Defendant only worked a portion of the garden lie had. Witness had met him drunk on many occasions. Mr Everett, for the defence, urged that there had been an improvement in the condition of the children, and suggested that the case should be adjourned for three months to see whether defendants would continue the improve- ment. After a brief retirement, the Chairman said the Bench had given the case their serious con. sideration, and they thought that the best, and probably the only, way in which it could be met, would be to adjourn it for three months on the understanding that the Inspector of the Society should pay a fortnightly visit of supervision to the house to which defendants had removed. They would enforce upon Cutter and his wife the fact that if, at the end of three months, they again came before them with no evidence of improve- ment the full penalty of six months' imprisonment would be inflicted. They felt that they could not too strongly point out the danger of leaving the little children alone and of neglecting them. It Was a very serious matter, and might give rise to occurrences which would lead to their trial by jury for manslaughter. Mr Lyndon Cooper said Inspector Sparkes would do as the Bench wished. Addressing Mrs Cutter, the Chairman said she bad complicated the difficulties of the Bench by the violent temper she had shown in Court. They -felt that even without intentional vice, wickedness, or bad feeling, the way she lost control of herself and gave way to impulses of passion made the matter a great deal more difficult to deal with, and increased the risk of the children. He hoped she would go home and attend to the advice she had received. Mr Everett had very kindly represented her husband and herself, and done all he possibly s could on their behalf, while the Bench had dealt in the most lenient way possible with the case. Defendants should now let them see that this had had some good effect upon them. James Cutter Thauk you, sir. [Mr Humphreys retired during the hearing of the case.] ALLEGED CRUELTY TO TWO COWS. William James Walters, described in the charge sheet as a farmer, of the Pentwyn Farm, Llan- geview, and who was defended by Mr W. J. Everett, appeared, on remand on bail, to answer several charges of cruelty. The first case was with reference to two cows,which lie was accused of starving and neglecting. P.S. Sheddick stated that at about 2.30 p.m. on the 4th April, in company with P.O. Hughes, acting on a complaint received, he went to Llanllowell, and there in a field belonging to Miss Buckingham be saw a cow lying down. The animal was the property of the defendant. Witness, Hughes, and another man tried to raise her, but failed. She had -evidently b< en dragged some distance from a ditch. There was some bay in front of her which bad been given to her by Miss Buckingham's orders. He proceeded to defendant's farm, where lie saw Walters working in a field, and in reply to questions, defendant said the cow got into the ditch in getting -over the hedge. She got her feet fast in the mud and could not rise. She was in calf. He got her out by putting a rope around her horns, hitching a horse to it. and tushiog her out. Witness then asked him to go to the house, where there was another cow suspended in a sling in ashed. De- fendant said he had slung her up because she was too poor to stand she was in calf, and when she got down she could not rise. Witness asked how long she had been there, and defendant said about « month." 'I he cow had a very small quantity of ,straw in the shed which she was allowed to get at, There was a heap of droppings behind her, about a foot deep, in which her legs stuck, and she was too weak to pull them out. She was in a terribly poor condition, simply skin and bones, and she appeared to be in calf. On the right flank on the front hip bone was a wound. The sack used for a sling had rubbed the part and caused this, and there waa a quantity of matter and blood oozing from it. On the other side also there was a wound, but that was not so bad. He produced the sack, and showed marks of the suppuration. He told Walters the animal was in pain, and that the sling would have to come off. Defendant said, Then she will fall to the ground, and she won't rise." Witness, however, cut the sling, and the cow dropped to the ground helpless. Witness then told Walters to clear away the manure and get some straw, and they put the cow as comfortable as they could. A piece of white matter about the size of a walnut came from the udder. Walters said, 1 brieve she has gone rotten." Witness asked defendant what he bad fed heron, and he replied "Hay; she gets plenty of ? it." Witness told him to offer her some, and hay and a bucket of water were brought which she ate and drank as she lay on the ground. Wit- ness then asked defendant to show him the hay he had on the premises, and he showed him about half- a-hundredweight. He said he had no meal. Asked as to how many cattle he had there he replied Sixteen cows," and witness remarked that the hay was not much more than enough to feed a cow a day, and that he bad four horses besides. Defen- dant replied that it was not what they had got now, but what they had had. Witness noticed a portion of careases Mr Everett objected to a reference to any other animals than those in connection with which the charge was made. Witness, continuing, said he told Walters that he would have to attend to his animals differently, and that he would be reported. In reply to Supt James, witness was proceeding to deal with the supply of fodder found, when Mr Everett objected. la cross-examination, witness said the cow he saw in Miss Buckingham's field was about 40 yards from the ditch There was hay there, but no water. There was some sheeting there, which had apparently been put on props to shield the cow from the wind, but it was not around her at the time he saw her. He heard about the cow about two hours before. Mr Everett: From whom did you obtain that information?—I had better not answer that. Pressed for an answer, witness said it was private information. Further urged to reply, witness said he would leave the question to the Chairman, who subse- quently said he saw no objection to the desired information being given. Witness then stated that it was Mrs Maddocks. In reply to further questions, he said he should not have got the cow out of the ditch in the way explained by defendant. There were other ways than that. The ditch was a dirty one. The period was stormy. He did not see the cow in the ditch, and could not say that she would get deeper in the clay the more she struggled to get out. It was in better condition than the other cow. As to the animal in the shed, witness said that when she was in the sling her feet touched the ground. She did not seem all right. She moved to and fro. It was not a natural movement to see what was coming. After the sling was cut she may have stood up two or three seconds. He suggested that they should try to get her out of the filth, but he did not push her down. He only put his hand on her to urge her forward and she dropped. It might be that this cow was due to calve in four or five weeks, and that the other one was due in a day or so. The suppuration on the sack did not come from the udder, but from the wound on the vind leg to which it stuck. He had not heard that the cow was suffering from fluke (worm*). There was no sign of any hay in the shed, and he would have expected to have found some if hay had been previously given her. The hay in front of the cow in the field had been given by Miss Buckingham. Mr Everett said that was only hearsay evidence, and was not admissible. P.C. George Hughes gave corroborative evi- dence, and Charles Maddocks spoke to having seen the cow straying on Miss Buckingham's land. Defendant brought some old hay and straw for her once, after she was got out of the ditch, but witness gave her some which she ate. Sidney Smith, veterinary surgeon, Usk, who had been requested by defendant's wife to go up and see the cow in the shed previously, stated that on the morning of the 6th April, he saw the cow which had fallen into the ditch, lying outside on the road be- tween Miss Buckingham's and Coedcwnnwr alms- houses, and as the animal was lying in a very awkward position, he had her shifted round. He was of the opinion that she had undoubtedly been starved. At the house defendant asked him if it would be cruel to sling a cow up. Witness replied that she was dead, but told him that provided she could not stand there would be no cruelty in sling- ing a cow up if it were done in a proper way. He looked at the cow. She was nothing but a frame of skin and bones. He attributed her condition to want of sufficient fooi. That was his opinion then and always would be, In cross-examination, witness said he doubted whether the cow would be suffering from fluke if she were properly fed and attended to. He did not lodge a complaint. The policemen saw him and asked him if he had seen the cows, and he told them. He believed that Walters did send for him the day after the CDW fell into the ditch, but he did not go up until two days after. No doubt he did tell defendant to hurry up and get the cow away or he would get the police on his track. Mr Everett Notwithstanding the fact that Walters sent for you, you went and told the police what you found on your client's premises ?-I cannot call the man a client of aiine when he doesn't pay for what I do for bim. Mr Everett suggested that that, and the fact that Mr Storrar had been engaged by defendant was the reason why he appeared in the witness box that day, but witness again denied that he complained to the police and that he knew defendant had sent for Mr Storrar. Mrs Walters came down to ask him to go up, and he thought that if he could do them any good he would do so. He gave the police information when they asked him for it. He told them the cows were starved, and that was still his opinion. This was the case for the prosecution. Defendant then gave evidence on his own behalf. He stated that he was bailiff for Mr Sidney Matthews, of New Tredegar. The farm was either 165 or 156 acres in extent, and there were sixteen cows there. On the 3rd April, he found one of the cows in a ditch on Miss Buckingham's land, under a fallen tree, the limbs of which had to be removed. After trying to get the cow out by other means he fetched a horse and a chain trace. The chain was put around the horns, the stuff cleared from in front of the cow's fore feet, two men assisted her behind, and she was hauled out down the hill. The animal could not stand. They rubbed her down and went home for hay and water. A rick sheet was rigged up to protect her from the wind. In reply to the Chairman, witness said no bones were broken. He believed the cow had strained herself across the loins in trying to get out of the mud. Afterwards they fed her morning and night, and she had hay constantly and water twice a day. In his opinion they behaved most humanely in the I matter. On Tuesday morning they slung her up, and on Wednesday she walked part of the way home, and then lay down again. Mr Smith suggested she should bo got home on a sledge, and he got one, but the constable would not allow the cow to be removed on it, saying that it was his order to arrest him if there was any cruelty. They then got her into a field and left her with her "head towards home. She was subsequently turned round, and her legs were swinging in the air. She could not get, up and she died there. The cow had had plenty of food. Mr Smith suggested that the wet weather had a great deal to do with the matte' As to the animal iti the shed he thought she must have slipped in the snow and have strained her back. Food and water were given to her three times a day when she was in the sling. He had other hay than that referred to by the Sergeant; he should say about a ton. He did not see any reason fur showing the Sergeant all over the farm. He did not know at the time that the cow was suffering from fluke, nor that there was a wound on it. The sling was quite loose on the animal. The other cow would have calved in a day or two, and this one in five or six weeks. The Sergeant showed him a place with flii hair off, but he could not see any wound. The matter on the sack which formed the sling came from the udder. The Chairman thought that an impossibility from its position. In cross-examination by Supt. James. defendant adhered to the statement that he fed her regularly. There were about 60 tons of hay on the farm when he went there; it was not all taken away. He could not say how much he had purchased since he went to the farm in November; El would not cover it. He thought the way the cow was got out of the ditch a humane way. The strain on the horns was regulated by his standing by the horse, and she was assisted from behind. It was impossible to do it without the horse. The cow could not have been dug out with a spade. She was tushed about 20 yards. The cow in the shed had been slung up only a week; he did not tell the sergeant that it had been so a month. David M. Storrar, veterinary surgeon, Aber- gavenny, stated that he thought the action of the defendant, in getting the cow out of the ditoh quite justifiable under the circumstanoes it was the general practice to get cows out of such difficulties by the horns, and he did not think it an act of cruelty. The cow in the shed was in poor condi- tion, and would have calved within two or three weeks. A large quantity of food was in the stomach when he made a post mortem examination. It was loaded. There were 50 or 601bs of food in the first stomach, a proportionate quantity in the other, and the intestines contained the usual amount. The lungs were healthy, but the liver was rotteD. Flukes were prevalent this year in cattle, and would account for the impoverished condition of the animal. The tubes of the liver were destroyed by the disease, and the digestive fluid was not prod iced, so that the animal would not derive the proper benefit of the food. As to the sling it was most difficult to prevent it chafing, and if it were slack it would be possible for the matter referred to to have come from the udder. The cow iu the field was in fair condition, and very much better than the one in the shed. She also bad a large quantity of food in her. Her liver also was affected by flukes, but not to such an extent as the other. He attributed her death to strain. From what he had seen and beard he thought defendant had done everything that it was reasonable to do. The cows appeared to have been properly fed; the amount found in them indicated that for at least a week they had had sufficient to eat. In cross-examination by Supt. James, witness adhered to his statements, and Mr Everett then claimed that the expert evidence given had disposed of the charge against Walters, of starving and neglecting the cattle. After some consideration, the Bench agreed, and the case was dismissed. ALLEGED CRUELTY TO A HORSE. I The same defendant was then charged with cruelty to a horse by causing it to be worked in an unfit state, and Frederick Jones was charged with work- ing the same, on the 4th April. Mr W. J. Everett defended, P.S. Sheddick and P.C. Hughes gave evidence as to seeing Jones working two horses harrowing in a field on Walters' farm. On one of the horses a number of sores were found-on both shoulders, on the left hip, on the nose, and on the right side of the mouth. Jones said it was Walters' horse, and he drew Walters' attention to the animal and had it taken to the stables. The wound on the shoulder was the size of a five-shilling piece. Sidney Matthews gave evidence that he was tenant of the farm, but he could produce no agree- ment. Frederick Jones said the horse was his and not Walters', and that he had the choice of four horses and could work his own or not as he pleased. It had only been worked on the Saturday and Monday. Walters also gave similar evidence. Mr Everett contended that Walters was not liable to be charged under the circumstances. D.M. Storrar said when he saw the horse in ques- tion, three days after the date of the alleged offdnce, the only raw wound was one the size of s threepenny piece on the shoulder. In the result he case was dismissed. NO DOG LICENCE. I Walters was further summoned for keeping a dog without a licence, on the same date. The defence was that the dog was Matthews', who had taken out a licence. It transpired, how. ever, that this was done after the visit of the police, and a fine of 10s was inflicted. DRUNKENE. I James Parry, farmer, Raglan, was summoned for being drunk iu charge of a horse and trap, at Usk, on the 2nd April.-P.C. Hughes stated that at 5.20 p.m. on the date named, he saw defendant with his wife in a trap in Four Ash-street. Defendant was driving. He was drunk and swaying to and fro. The reins were loose, and the horse got on the pavement. Witness got defendant to change places with his wife, and she subsequently drove off.- Defendant said the case was a trivial one. He had driven all the way from Pontypool market safely, and he only gave up the reins to save a bother.— Fined 5s. and 4s. 6d. costs. Matilda Jones, married woman, Usk, was sum- moned for being drunk while in charge of a child, in the Nag's Head Iun, Usk, on the 15th April.- P.S. Sheddick stated that he found defendant in the Ion at 11.15 a.m. on th9 day in question. She was drunk, sitting in a chair in the kitchen, and had a baby in her arms partly dressed, the remainder of the child's clothes being on the floor. # Witness fetched the husband, who took the child home. Defendant became abusive and fell down in the kitchen.—Defendant said she was not very well at the time. She was not an habitual drunkard.- Fined 10a, the Chairman remarking that it was a terrible thing for a young woman to be found drunk at that time of the day.-Replying to a question as to the responsibility of the licensee, Supt James said the matter would be properly reported. SCHOOL CASE. I John Chandler. labourer, Llangeview, was sum- moned for not obeying an attendance order. The production of a medical certificate, which, however, did not cover the period for which he was summoned and Attendance Officer Wallace having stated that the attendances of the child in question numbered only G9 out of 130 possible, defendant was ordered to pay 2s 61 and costs. USK RACES. The usual occasional licence for the race course, on May 4th, was granted to Mr Albert James, of MonrnOuth. The magistrates rose after sitting from 10.30 a.m. till 4 p.m.