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Horses Death at Llangunnor
Horse's Death at Llangunnor DECISION OF JUDGE LLOYI) MORGAN. At the Carmarthen County Court on Friday, His Honour Judge Lloyd Morgan delivered judgment in a case heard at the last court in which Thomas Llewelyn Davies, haulier. Cae- newydd, Cwmllynfell, and David Bright, of Malvern Villa, Garnant, claimed from P. 1. Thomas, Tyrheol farm, Llangunnor, the sum of zC12 10s as damages etc., in respect of the loss of a horse. The animal was j&ft by the pllaintiffs on defendant's farm "on tack," and later it was found drowned in a. pill on the farm. The Judge said lie reserved judgment at the last court in order to visit Tyrheol farm, as there was a conflict of tesitmony on one or two vital points in the case. He had been up to the farm. On February 7th plaintiffs vi-sited defendant's farm, taking with them a heavy cart horse colt which they wished to leave there to graze. Defendant took plaintiffs to see the fields where the horse would graze along with other colts which were grazing there, and which belonged to different owners. Plaintiffs having seen the land were satisfied with the grazing and left the horse there, the terms agreed upon being a payment to defen- dant of 2s 6d a week. In April the horse was found dead in a pill, or dyke, in one of the fields, and the plainti!ffs now claimed £ 42 10s. .The pill ran through defendant's land, and it was said to be three feet deep and a. few yards wide. In the winter months this pill was full of water, and the land adjacent to it was very wet and boggy, and it being out o.f condition and aiso had some weakness in its back wa^ unable to extricate itself from the bog and feil into the pill and was drowned. There was a conflict of evidence between plaintiffs and defendant as to whether the field whiere the horse was drowned was one of the fields which plaintiffs and defendant agreed should be grazes bv the horse. Having visited the place lie (the Judge) accepted the defendant's evi- dence that this field was pointed out to the plaintiffs as a part of the land where the horse was to graze. Plaintiffs entered into an agree- ment after seeing the land for themselves and he did not think they could have failed to see the pill running from one end of the big field to the other. It was proved that the pill had been in existence for many years; it was the boundary between defendant's land and the adjoining farm. There was never a fence there, and he did not think it was customary in Carmarthenshire to fence pills of that kind. Defendant and the occupier of the adjoining farm always allowed their animals to graze on this field, and no accident had ever happened. Dealing with the law applicable to the casei His Honour said that defendant was bound to take reasonable care, and the question was whether defendant was guilty of negligence. The facts showed that defendant applied de- liberate care as plaintiffs had a right to expect. He showed the plaintiffs the field he treated the horse just the same as he treated his own animals. The plaintiffs had failed to satisfy him (the Judge) that the death of the nor < was caused for want of reasonable care on the part of the defendant, especially having re- gard to the fact that lie found that plaintiffs saw the field and judged for themselves before they entered into the bargain. Therefore his judgment was for the defendant, with costs. His Honour added that in the event of an appeal he, to save a new trial, would assess the damages, if any, at £ 15.
Carmarthenshire Compensation Authority
Carmarthenshire Compensation Authority. The annual meeting of the Carmarthenshire ¡ Compensation Authority was held at the Car- marthen Shiire Hall on Friday. The members present were Mr A. E. DuBuisson (chairman). Rev Thomas Lewis, Mr John Lewis (Mavor of Carmarthen), Mr T. R. Jones, Mr L. N. PoweU, and Mr R. H. Sampson. The report of the preliminary meeting showed that it had been decided to renew the licenses of several of the houses referred by the various Benches. and to consider only the fol- lowing for compensation 'The Gloucester Arms, Carmarthen the White Lion Inn, White Mill; the Penybont Inn, Llanginnning; the Sergeant's Inn, Llanddowror and the Rose and Crown. Newcastle Emlvn. No opposition was offered to the withdrawal of any of these licenses, and the only evidence taken was as to the value of the licenses. GLOUCESTER ARMS, CARMARTHEN. The first case taken was that of the Glouces- ter Arms. Mr H. Brunei White appeared for the Carmarthen magistrates, and Mr Martin Richards for the owner. Mr T. K. Mills, agent in the. employment of Messrs Buckley, was the first witness. He said that the statement handed in showed the trade for the last three years. He put the value of the house now at £ 341 unlicensed it would be worth R-120. 1r,lar.tiu Richards said that if tenants pur- chased1 elsewhere, the amount of such pur- chases could not be taken into account for the purpose of valuation. The.v had to stand that loss. It was a small business—about 1-5 barrels a, year. Mr/1. R. Mills said that some years ago at a similar meeting he valued the Friends Arms unlicensed at £ 108. and the Square and Com- pass at £ 100. After endeavouring for years to sell them they had only this week got an offer of £ 135 for both. Mr Richards said that houses which had been decPlived of their licenses were very difficult to sell. People felt that the Brewery Co. were bound to sell them and held back so as to get a,bargain. The Authority fixed the amount ol the com- pensation at £ 180, allowing L153 to the land- lord and £ 25 to the tenant. PENYBONT IXX. IJLAXGLNNIXG. In this case Mr Morgan Griffiths appeared for the magistrates. Mr Martin Richards, who appeared for the owners, said that this house had been "re- ferred" three or four time previously. When a. house was referred the tenants lost interest in it and the trade decreased. The trade had latterly gone down to two or three barrels a year. It would be fairer to take the trade for a period before it was referred. However they had only put in the figures for the previous three years. Mr T. R. Mills said that the average trade for the previous three years was 9! barrels of beer a year. He placed the present value of the house at £ 169. Without the license it would be worth £60. Mr Martin Richards said that the highest offer they had had was £50, Authority awarded compensation— £ 6* to the landlord and tS to the tenant. THE WHITE LI OX AS A WHITE ELEPHANT. Mr allis-Jones, solicitor, appeared in the case of the White Lion. White Mill. Mr W Vincent Howell Thomas said that the i house was very clean and in good repair. He always considered this was the best house in the village. There used to be three; latterly there were only two. The trads was 57 barrels a year. He took eight year's purchase as the minimum basis on which the value of the trade could be discussed. As a private (house he calculated it would be worth t6 n year. He calculated the amount of compensation at j £445, 1 In answer to the Chairman. Mr Thomas said that houses of this sort when they were de- prived of their license were difficult to let. There are plenty of empty houses in the coun- try. Mr Wall is-Jones There is no industry in White Mill. I Witness: It is right in the heart of the country. Mr allis-Jones: It wou'd be a White Ele- pliant. The Authority allowed £ 325 compensation— £ -80 to the landlord and £ 45 to the tenant. SERGEAXT'S IXX, LLANDDOWROR. In this case, the owner (Sir Charles Philipps) was not represented. An appearance was made on behalf of the tenant. I Mr T. John. auctioner. St. Oloon, handed in a statement. The Chairman said that they had only ai statement for the year 1913. Witness said that he had taken that as good average year—the year previous to the war. The Chairman said they required the figures for the three years. Witness said that he wa s not aware of that. He had been instructed to procure the figures for one year, a:nd he had done so. The Authority altowed C35 to the tenant. ROSE AND CROWN. NWVVCAOTLE EMLYN In tin's case. Mr James Jones, solicitor. New- castle Emlyn, pared on behalf of the owners. and Mr Wall is Jones for the tenant. Mr John JEvans, valuer, Cardigan, placed the difference between the present value of the house and its value as a private house at £ 389. Mr James Jones pointed out that there had been a fall in the takings during the last year. Mr John Evans said that the house had been referred previously, but had not been re- newed. When a house is referred people say that it is going to be closed and they do not put up there. The Authority allowed £ 320— £ 260 for the owner and £60 for tenant.
Whitland Rural District Council
Whitland Rural District Council. -The monthly meeting of the Whitland Rural District Council was held at the Hotel Gros- venor, Wliitlnd, on Friday. Mr James Davies Llanboidy (chairman of the Council) presided, and there were also present Mir J. D. Williams, Egremont (vice-chairman); Mr W. Thomas, Mr P. W. Watkins, a.nd Mr Peter Howells, Llangan; Mr T. L. Phillips, Eglwyscvmyn; Mr James HowetTs, Henllanamgoed; Mr T. James, Giffig; iMr D. Phillips. Heallanamgoed Mr T. James, Ciffig; Mr D. Phillips and Mr T. Lewis, Cilmaenllwyd Mr D. Davies and Mr H. Morris, Llandissilio iMr H. Phillips. Eglwys- fairacserrig; Mr T. Davies. Llanglvdwen; Mr "LeviDavies and Mr John Owen, Llanboidy; Mr Wm. Ebsworth, Marros; Mr W. L. Matthias, Pendine; Mr W. H. James, Castle- dwyran the Clerk (Mr H. Lewis); the Sur- veyor (Mr Rees Davies); and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr D. Jenkins). APPOINTMENT OF TREASURER. Some discussion took place in regard to the appointment of treasurer. It transpired that replies had been received from three banks, but not from a fourth. A message was sent out, and a. clerk from a local branch came into the room and said that he knew nothing either way of any intention on the part of his firm to apply for the treasur. ership. Some members proposed an adjournment of the appointment in order to hear from this firm. It was suggested that it might be poss ible to get a reply by telephone. Mr W. Thomas: We are here to consider the interest of the ratepayers not to consider the interests of our own or our bankers. Mr D. Davies: Or our bankers. Mr W. Thomas: If it is to the interests erf the ratepayers that we should adjourn this, let us adjourn it. If we have any reason to think that we can get better terms let us adjourn it. It is our duty to consider not our own convenience, but that of the rate. Eayers. I am afraid we> have been too weak other bodies in this matter. 'Mr P• James I beg to second that. Mr tt. Morris: I beg to propose that proceed ^ith the business of the meeting Mr Ifatthias: I second that" They hara had plenty of time to send in an application if they want to do so w-hTSr ,orMdth* Lloyd's Bank stated that they. did not desire to quote terms in competition wjth other banks during the war. Mr R. E. Ellis on behalf of the N.P. Bank quoted 2l per cent on the balance of cuirenfc accounts.. Mr J. SM. Anthony, on behalf of the sL.F. \r 2* P^cent on all credit balances +, ~;r., ^latthias said that he would propose that they appoint Mr Anthony whose preu decessor had held the office for over 40 years. l K n *?eT ?we l, suggested that they vote b\ ballot, as they had done at the Narberth isoard of Guardians. It was decided unanimously to ballot, for Mr^Ell^'8 ^or r Anthony and 5# It was then decided to appoint Mr Anthony by a unanimous vote. 7 RIVER POLLUTION. ihe Health Committee amongst other matters recommended that the attention of toeth^'im^ R;Ural DjStlict Coundl be call^ to the immediate need of prohibiting the in- habitants of Velfroy road from polluting the \\aungron brook by discharging objectionable matter into it. The Sanitary Inspector said that there 2o or \V rfSn re'
COLLISION NEAR LLANDOVERY
COLLISION NEAR LLANDOVERY. On Monday evening a motor cycle and side car collided with a timber waggon near C'wm- dwr school, on the Brecon road, four miles from Llandovery. The cycle was driven by Mr Howells. Aberaman Hotel, Aberaman, and in the side car was Mr William Tudor, 41h Chapel road. Aberaman. The occupants of the cycle and side car were thrown out, and Dr Morgan, Llandovery, who was summoned to the spot, discovered that Mr Tudor had su9 tawed fractures of two ribs. Mr Howell. escaped injury.
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