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Porth Police Court. Porth Police ourt, Thursday, December 19th, before the Stipendiary (Mr Lleufer Thomas) Messrs. Tom John, M.A., F. L. Jacob, D. Enoch and D. Parry. AN ELOQUENT TRIBUTE. Before proceeding with the busi- ness the Stipendiary made sympath- etic reference to the death of Mr W. Brans, J.P., Tonyrefail, one of the senior magistrates at the local courts by whose demise the community had •"iffered a great loss. His Worship said that Mr Evans was an excep- tionally conscientious and capable magistrate and remarkably impar- tial in his judgment. He never pre- judged a case but gave most patient hearing to all the evidence and never begrudged the necessary time to en- able him to thoroughly understand it. He was singularly capable of very clear thinking for a man in hit station in life and was possessed of a remarkably judicial temperament and when he came eventually to mete out justice he always tempered jus- tice with mercy. The Stipendiary proceeded, "I at least could not help being struck by his natural dignity of manner, and old world courtesy which one appreciated very much. His own life illustrated in a very marked way what is known as the peasant nature of Wales. He began • life as a small craftsman but by self- education, self-discipline and contin- uous study which was carried on the end of his days, he acquired a wide I outlook on, and extremely varied in- terests in life. Whenever one met him, instead of turning to gossip he discussed some intellectual matter lJuch as literature, etc. One was not very much surprised, in view of his training in 'and association with religious work, that his views had a very definite theological and philo- sophical bias. He served the com- munity ior many years and I hope his example in this respect will be followed by others." Mr J. S. Davies, magistrates' clerk, Mr W. G. Spickernell for the legal fraternity, and D.C.C. Wil- liams for the police, associated them- selves with the Stipendiary's tribute and a vote of sympathy with the family was cawied in silence, all present standing. THE DRINK. I For drunkenness H" Jones, 11aer-1 dy, was fintd 10s. Richard Davies, Maerdy, 20s. Edward Burke, Maer- dy, was placed on probation; Zach- | ariah Richards, Trebanog, was placed on probation; and Thomas Blayney, Tonyrefail, was fined 40s. and 20s. for breach of probation. Rose Williams, Mountain Ash, was fined 40s. (or one month) for dis- orderly conduct at Pontypridd. TREHAFOD LICENSEE AND II CONSTABLE. Thomas Lanyon, landlord of the Vaughan Arms public house, Tre- hafod, was summoned for permitting z drunkenness on his premises. Mr St. John Francis Williams (instructed by Mr Idris Price), de- fended. J.C. Christopher J'ones said that whilst standing outside the hotel at ¡ nine p.m. on the 10th December, having been there since -)oO, he saw the wife of the licensee and a man named Crowley assist another man, who was in a drunken condition, out. On getting him outside they released their hold and tee inebriated one fell in a heap on the road. Wit- ness attended to him and placed him against a wall and entered the hotel. released their hold and the inebriated wife said, "I saw him inside the bar but he was not supplied he was notl in there very long." Witnesse said he had been outside for half-an-houi and Mrs Lanyon retorted, "We do not say that he entered during that time; he has been sleeping in the bar for about three-quarters of an ) hours, but ho did not get a drink here." By Mr. Francis Williams: There were two entrances to the public- house but both were on the main toad. He was on duty in Coedcae- road generally but the site where the Vaughan Arms stood was the most important part of his beat. Mr Francis Williams What! out- side the public-house ? Witness: Yes, .sir. (Laughter). Witness added that he was facing the public-house for lialf-tii-liour- Mr Francis Williams said that the i man in question entered the bar and on observing his condition the land- 1 lord refused to serve and ej ected him. About ten minutes afterwards other man asked for two -pints of beer and was proceeding to c-ive one measure to the fir«t man who had again entered. Defendant inter- vened and once more the latter was turned out bv Mrs Lanvon. Evidence bearing out Ihis state- j ment wns civen by the defendant, Mrs Carrie Lanvon. Thomas Henry 1 Davies and Llewellyn Williams. The Benr-h found that the defend- ant had discharged lhM Jmrden cast upon him of proving tut." he had taken steps to prevent drunkenness on his premises, and dismissed the summons. I PONTYGWAITH POSTMAN'S 1 BETS. J Idris Owen Davies (33), postman, Pontygwaith, was summoned on two counts for detaining and opening postal packets. Mr C. S. Goodfellow prosecuted for the postal authorities and Mr. Levinson, Cardiff, defended. Mr Goodfellow explained that the defendant was an ex-soldier whose wages were 60s. per week. Although the case arose out of a betting trans- action the Postmaster General did not prosecute in the interests of commission agents but because he (the latter) objected to the postal staffs utilizing their opportunities to- wards betting. Dealing with the first offence Mr Goodfellow said that on the 18th October a letter was sent from CarcfifP addressed to H. Horner, 31 Llanwonno road, Pontygwaith. It was intercepted in the post office and appropriated by the defendant. It contained a cheque for Y,22 19s. 4d., the result of a betting trans- action. Harold Horner said he had never made any bets in his life with the commission agent named neither had he authorised anyone to make use of his name and address nor to open his letters. Wm. Henry Stradford, secretary's oiffce, General Post Office, London, said he saw the defendant on the 19th November, when the latter admitted that he did not have the permission of Horner to use his name and ad- dress. "Why did you use this name and address then ?" asked witness and the defendant replie,d, "Because it was against the rules of Office to make bets in my own name." De- fenant added, "I had been making bets in the name of T. Thomas, Fern- dale road, since last summer, and Morris, the bookmaekr, refused to pay a bet to me made in that name— at least he doubted if it was genuine. So I did not want to use the name T. Thomas' too often." Asked how he obtained the cheque he said, I intercepted it in the sorting office. I came ocross the letter while I was sorting and put it in my pocket think- ing that it referred to my bet." Questioned by Mr Levinson, wit- ness said he was satisfied that the letter addressed to Horner was in- tended for the defendant and that all the latter did was to put in his pocket a letter intended for him- self. In the second charge Walter Smith, postman, said he failed to deliver a registered letter addressed to T. Thomas, 3 Ferndale road, Pontygwaith, on the 24th October, there being no reply. Defendant suggested that he should deliver it and witness handed him the letter for which he brought back the re- ceipt. Witness had heard since that the name "T. Thomas" was assumed by the defendant. Lazziro Restigenni, 3 Ferndale- road, Pontygwaith, said the defend- ant asked him to accept delivery of letters addressed to T. Thomas at that address, which he did. The Stipendiary ruled that there was no case to answer on the second charge and dismissed the summons. Mr Levinson submitted that the I same applied to the first because the letter addressed to Horner was iu- tended for and expected by the de- fendant. The latter used the name I and address just as he wojild use any fictious name and address. I The Stipendiary, however, held otherwise and Mr Levinson then pleaded guilty to a technical offence, remarking that the defendant de- tained the letter because he knew it was for himself and in doing so he was guilty of a breach of the rules. He had been punished by the Post Office people for this very offence, having been suspended and lost his post and forfeited his superannuation pay and the other "privileges which the Post Office offered. For opening the letter defendant was fined 15 and for detaining it he was bound over in £ 10 for two years. INCOME TAX SUMMONSES. I F. G. B. Mortimer, ex-secretary- manager of the Porth Football Club, and financial secretary of the local discharged soldiers' organisation was charged with embezzling various sums of money amounting in the ag- gregate to £69 Gs. (id. whilst en- gaged as income tax ^collector, at Porth. He pleaded not guilty, and was committed to the Assizes and released on bail. It was stated that the defendant resigned his position on the 6th July after a visit by an inspector of taxes, who subsequently found two "unoffi- eial" books in the office, one of which defendant said he used for recording entries respecting persons who had paid only a portion of tax. A com- parison of this book with the sworn j schedule led to the discovery of the (jef,Ications. I Five witnessses deposed to having sent to the defendant posh)!, orders in respect of income tax, for which they received no receipts. A young woman clerk, questioned by Mr W. G. Spickernell, who de- fended, admitted having lost a bunch of keys which included those of the office door, till and letter box three months before the resignation of the defendant. The letter-box was broken into on one occasion. She was not aware that a clerk found a 1-pound Treasmry note in the grate. I SECOND COURT. Before Mr Tom John, M.A. (in the chair), and Mr F. Llewellyn Jacob. PERSISTENT CRUELTY. Ada Thomas, Parry st., Tylors- town, summoned her husband, E. Thomas, Lake st., Ferndale, for persistent cruelty. Mrs Thomas told the Court that she had been married 30 years and there were three sons now at home. Her husband's conduct had been so bad that she could not think of re- turning to live with him again. The Chairman: Are the sons work- ing? Witness: Yes; but they are here to-day and gone to-morrow. Defendant denied cruelty, but the Bench made an order for 25 s. a week. DEFENDANT ABSENT. I Edward Jones, Edmund street, Tylorstown, was summoned by his wife, Mary Jones, Lincoln street, Cymmer, for desertion. Complainant said that she was married to defendant on August 4th last at Pontypridd Registry Office. On October 28th he returned home under the influence of drink and she told him tÀflt she could not stick that. Defendant became annoyed and told her not to call him the next morning because he did not intend going to work. The next day he went out at 4 p.m. and again got drunk. He left her the same even- ing. He told her he was going and would not return to her again. An order for 30s. a week was made. TONYREFAIL LANGUAGE. 1 W. H. Thomas, Tonyrefail, was I fined 20s. for using obscene langu- j age. P.C. Cummings deposed to seeing defendant leaving a local fish and chip shop and hearing him making use of filthy language. He also shouted at the top of his voicq. Defendant denied the allegation, and said that he never shouted out "Black Sam," He admitted he had a glass of beer. VARIOUS. ¡ The following were dealt with for I causing an obstruction on the high- way: Alfred Jones, Stanleytown, 30s. Caradog Thomas, Ynyshir, 20s.; Jas. Rogers, Ynyshir, 20s.; John Miller, Williamstown, 208.; Wm. Manley,j Tonyrefail, did not appear and a warrant was issued for his appearance. Wm. Gibbon. Coedely, was fined J 20s. for being disorderly and re- fusing to quit the Ely Hotel. A further fine of 20s. was inflicted upon him for assaulting Mr E. G. Payne, licensee of the hotel. ?- ?

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