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;;jlarniarthenshire Farm c- :<,c Murder. -t'" ',wa; \0-' ———— 4 PrisGuer Committed for Trial. > •■ I Aged Mother as Chief Witness. I f There was a crowded court at Llan- dilo on Saturday when David Davies, Blaenrhysglog Farm, Caio, was -charged with the wilful murder of Dr. David Thomas Glyn Jones, Llansawel. ) Prisoner, who had been conveyed from ( Carmarthen Prison in charge of two warders, maintained a. cool demeanour throughout the hearing. He was cora- I mitted for trial at the a,ize- Mr T. H. Powell, solicitor, Llan- dilo, prosecuted on behalf of the ,Director of Public Prosecutions; Mr I I J. Lewis Phillips, Llanelly, appeared I for the prisoner. f ACCUSED'S MOTHER. I ] Prisoner's mother, Mrs. Jane Da vies I widow of-Thomas Davies (who died on ,the day of the tragedy), said she was tin her-husband's bedroom on the 15th ■JxiJy vrofen*-sh« heard a gunshot, and on going out saw her son and the doctor, .whom she had summoned by telegram to^ attend her husband, struggling to- -grther* on -the farm premises. She tried to pull her son away and during the struggle a secon d shot went off. Hfej- son said, "Just shot you." Both continued to struggle on the floor, and the doctor fell. Accused went ( away and she ran for a neighbour. Cross-examined: She had walked tour or "five miles to send the telegram for the dpetor. Mr Phillips: Was that because you could not trust your son?—-Yes. Hd, you noticed he had been strange rin his ways P Mr Powell rbjected to arir questmrs a-s to accused's mental stg e. The Chairman G fie Hughes^ said Bench ru'ed. against Mr Phillip*, b 'f they would allow (onduct. :\r;" Phillip; (to witness): Was the (•or.ri. r-t of your son during the last fejj • vears sucfy that you would not to take a telegram for you?— Mr Powell again objected as it was not i question of conduct. Mr Phillips: Then I ask that it be p1M; down on the notes. Mr-Powell: And I object to that. The Chairman: The question is not allowed. Witness, further cross-examined said her -son absented himself from home for "IS.months. He never informed her where he had ^litne, nor did he write home He returned Unawares to her, shabbily dresged, being "something like a tramp." He did not like to see strangers about the house. Mr Phillips: Had you to humour him ?—I had to ask him several times before getting anything out of him, an/bit was no use "crossing" him. e ther e occasions when he would not-work P-ii' es. Evidence was given by Mr Jones, Ty LJw-d. a neighbour, and Dr. Griffiths, Lampeter, who described the injuries sustained by the. deceased doctor. Either of the wounds in the stomach or the head, the doctor said, would have caused death. ,I STORY OF THE CHASE. P.C. J.Thomas, Llanwrda, and P.C. W. J. Thomas, Ammanford, gave evi- dence of the capture of prisoner, ihe former said there was a desperate struggle, prisoner endeavouring to pull a carving knife, from his coat pocket. When charged accused said he«ijte|kl the doctor to so back as his father H>as better. His firpt impress sion tbs^ tl, d K-t gcing T at On lie h- (-?i-.iF-? n?')- ')\'o ni*ed th? ?"n and fired. He saw lie was shot and and bent d6wn to examine him. He (prisoner) was getting up, with no further intention of doing any harm, when the doctor gripped him, and they both Tell and struggled on the ground. Another shot from the gun went off accidentally. He hardly knew for a moment what had hap- pened, and as the doctor still clung on to him he used the gun. He struck out blindly. He was still flat on his back, until at last the doctor let go. Witness (continuing) said that on the way to the police station prisoner, having ascertained that they had no I revolvers, said, "Had I seen you com- ing towards me in time one of you would have been gone, and you could not blame me for doing it. I had sharpened a knife for the purpose. I know you will not say this against me. but say the arrest was simple, as it will be better for me. If you had not caught me to-day and I had been able to go to Aberystwyth and seen some- body after me, I should have made for the 'blue' (meaning the sea.). I only wanted three-pennyworth to finish both of you." P.C. W. J. Thomas, cross-examined by Mr Phillips, was asked whether it was known in the police force of the esea.pe another doctor was supposed to have had. Mr Powell: He cannot say that. Mr Phillips complained that two witnesses who gave evidence at the in- quest were kept back. I Mr Powell said Mr Phillips could subpoena them if he iwanted them. The prosecution were calling all the evidence they had. Inspector Peter Jones, Llandilo, Mr C. A. Seyler, public analyst, Swansea, and P.C. Andrews, Llansawel, also gave evidence. COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. I Prisoner, on being asked if he had any witnesses to call, replied in a low voice "No." He was committed for trial at t,ik, next Assizes -at Carmar- then. The Bench ( nip imented Constables J. Thomas, Llanwrda. and W. J. Thomas, Ammanford, on their intelli- gence and courage in effecting the cap- ture, and commended their conduct to the notice of the chief constable. A large crowd witnessed the depar- ture of the prisoner for Carmarthen.
AMMANFORD JUSTICE S VIEW
AMMANFORD JUSTICE S VIEW. THE DRINKING RESTRICTIONS. I At Ammanford on Monday W. Wil- liams, a collier, of Pentregwenlaris, was filled tl inclusi ve for being drunk and disorderly, and £ 4 for assaulting Police sergt. Morgans while in the exercise of his du'ty on Saturday. Police Sergt. Morgans said he found the defendant and another man drunk and using bad language nea;r a "field at Llandilo rd., Llandebie. He spoke to them, and de- fendant threw a bottloat him, striking him on the thigh. During a struggle the other man tried to strike him with a bottle, which was promptly taken from him by a civilian, and two other civilians assisted the ser- geant to handcuff defendant. The Chairman said it would be a good thing if the Government when restrict- ing the hours for the sale of drink had stoppel the ffeigon trade and the grocers' licences. Then there would be some hope of doing away with drunkenness.
W. A. WILLIAMS, Phrenologist, -••-I >>> ■•tins'nt"o 1-[11w. i t I '*»•!>. v
Ystradgynlais Show. The third annual show under the auspices of the Ystradgynlais Agri- cultural Society was held on Monday. There was a good attendance. The principal officials were,-President, Ald. T. J. Davies, M.E., Abercrave; judge, Mr Davies, Maesvcymmer; secretaries, Messrs. Jenkin Thomas, Owen M. Davies, and Morgan Thomas; treasurer, Mr ,T- Jones; chairman and vice-chairman Messrs. Daniel Thomas and Win. Thomas; handicapj>er, Mr David Janes, Brynfamma-n and starter Mr David ,M. Evans Ystalyfera. A WARDS- HORSES: Mare or gelding suitable for agri- culitural purposes: 1, J D Williams, Ystalyfera; 2, Miss Williams, Senny- bridge. Oart mare or gelding that has not won a first prize prior to date of show: 1 Miss Williams, Sennybridge2U P Williams, Sennybridge. Mare or gelding suitable for col- liery (purposes, not over 15 h.h.: I J. P. Williams, Sennybridge. Collier under 14.2 h.h.: 1, J. P Williams, Sennybridge; 2 T. Walters, Sennybridge Collier that has been working under- ground for not less than six months prior to date of show: 1 John Davies, Godre'rgraig; 2 Win. Beynon, Bryn- amman. Pure Welsh mountain pony mare, ntat over 12.2 h.h.: I Dd. Thomas, Cray; 2 D. Price, Ystradgynlais. Welsh cob, not over 14.2 h.,h: I T Walters, Sennybridge; 2 John Thomas Owmtwrch Yearling or two year old, mare or geldimg; 1 Wm. L. Griffiths, Ystrad- gynlais Pony, not over 13.2 h.h.: 1 W L Griffiths,Ystradgynlais; 2 M. R. Mor- gan, Ystradgynlais Cob or hackney, any height: 1 R. Davies and Son, Pontardul-ais; 2 Supt. Williams, Pontypridd. Colt or filly, yearling or suckling, pot by "Abernant Express": 1. J. Davies, Lower Cwmtwrch; 2 Yerbury, Ystra dgynlais. Turn-out, tihe bona-fide property of exhibitor, and used regularly for pur- poses of tradie: 1 and 2, divided be- tween W Williams, Trebanos, and A. Morgan, Ystalyfera. Mare, entire, or gelding, not over 14 11.11. that has not won first prize prior to date of show: 1 M R Morgan, VirtnidgynJais; 2 J James, Cray. Mare, entire,or geling, driven in harness any height: 1 Supt. William&, Pontypridd; 2 R Davi,es and Son, Pontardulais; 3 J J Edwards, Morris- ton. CATTLE. Breeding cow: 1 Col. Gough, Ystaly- !fera. Milking-eow: 1 Thos. Davies, Ystaly- fera; 2 Col. Gough, Ystalyfera. Bull: 1 Thos. IVillisnis, Palleg.
LABOUR MP EXEMPTED
LABOUR M.P. EXEMPTED. Mr W. C. Anderson, Labour mem- I)er for the Attercliffe Division of I Sheffield, received at St. Paneras Tri- bunal six months' exemption, with leave to appeal again. Mr Anderson, wh o is 39 years of age and married, is chairman of t'he EBour party. He was described also as » journalist, and stated that he was a student of indus- trial and eoonomiic problems, with heavy responsible public duties re- quiring his constant attention. He had! been passed for garrison duty abroad, but contended that the service J he was now rendering was the best he was capable of giving to the nation. I
0 WELSH PARTYS PROTEST
———— 0 ———— WELSH PARTY'S PROTEST. The Welsh party at their meeting in London on Tuesday passed a resolu- tion (says a London correspondent) protesting that in a. matter so closely affecting the interests of their con- stituencies Mr Haroourt, as acting President of the Board of Trad(t., ,had .seen fit, without consulting them, to increase the standard price of coal at the pithead by 28.6d. a ton beyond the limit fixed by the Coal Prices Act.
WELSH UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
WELSH UNIVERSITY EDUCA- TION. A prominent Welsh (educationist has recently been in London pressing the project that Welsh collegiate univer- sity education should be free, the cost being covered by a. penny ration the districts and a R for X Treasury grant. Welsh M.P.'s are receiving from their constituencies resolutions in support. It is probable the matter will be I pressed upon Lord Haldane's Commis- sion inquiring into Welsh univeraity education in Wales.
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I GELLIONEN TRIALS I
I GELLIONEN TRIALS. I RECOR. ENTRIES, BIG ATTEND- ANCE AND KEEN EVENTS. The fourteenth annual Sheep Dog Trials and R-aces which were held on Gellionen Mountain, on Tuesday, turned out tiOf be one of the most suc- cessful yet held in connection with the Society. The weather was all that could he desired, with the result that there was a large attendance. Pleasure seekers flocked to the mountain in crowds from the Swansea Valley and I district, and a most enjoyable time was spent in every respect. This year the Committee had substituted two ad- ditional races in pltace of harness and saddle classes, whilst the entries con- stituted a record. The sheep-dog trials created much interest, whilst the galloping and trotting races furnished plenty of excitemanit. The president for 1916 is Mr Evan Lewis, M.E.. of Graigpval. Glnis, arid he has decided to give a subscription equal to half tlhe net proceeds in- asmuch as the amount is to be de- voted to the Prisoners of War Fund. Mr Lewis, who is interested in close upon twenty collieries, has proved him- self an ideal, president, amd he ex- pressed his delight with the success of Tuesday's events. The officials were aa follows:— Ju.dge-Me&w,s. W. G. Davies, Sour- lage Couat, Reyinoldstori; and E. Bem- nett, Gray; haaidicappers, Messrs. H. Williams and Stanley Owen, Pontar- dsawe; hon. vet. surgeon, Capt. W. D. Jordan, A.V.C measuring steward, Mr Johnny Williams; timekeepers, Messrs. Tom Rapsey and W. Edgar Morris; starters, Mj- W. J. Bevan; lap steward Mr David Davies; judges steward, Messrs. John John and Edward Bevan; sheep tewards, Messrs. Hezekiah Davies and Jdhn Williams; clerks of the course, Messrs. D. W. John, Albert John and W. J. Hopkin; field stewards Messrs. Dl. Williams, Lewis Hopkin, W. J. Roberts, H. R Jones, Watkin Price and Richard Thomas; chairman of oommitee, Mr Esiaiah Lewis (Glais); vice-chairman, Mr Watkin Price (Grllais); treasurer ,Mr H R. Jones, and secretary, Mr Will Hopkin. Pontar- dawe. Several members of the Pontardawe Belgian Relief Committee viz.: the Rev. Joel Davies, M.A.; Messrs. J. G Harries, J.P.; and John Edwards and David Davies, also assisted as stewards during the day. The emeiing was carried out by Messrs. D. J. Stephens, New Inn, Lone, and R. Clarke, Her- bert street, Pontaj?&we. The awards ias follows:— SHEEP DOG TRIALS. Champion Class.—1 Tom Davies, Sight, Pomtardulais; David Harry, Bishopston, Grower. Amateur Class.—David Davies, Hen- gas tell, Garnswllt; 2, Thomas Price, Waunlliwyd, Upper Cwmtwrrih; 3 —Llewellyn Pontypridd. GALLOWAY RACES. Galloway Handicap Race.-I A G Williams. Abernant, Ammanford; 2, LIew, Llewellyn, 40 High street, Am- manford 3, D Ll. Davies, Greenfield, Cwmtwrch. Galloway Races for Ponies not over 13.2 h.h. 1 Llew. Llewellyn, Amman- ford; 2 T H Thomas, Skettv; 3 Owen Evans, Ammanford. TROTTING. Open Trotting Handicap RaN-l Mr Chappell, Morriston; 2 Mr Williams, Gellvfawtnen, Ammanford; 3 W. Howells, Ynisymond. Ponies not exceeding 13.2 h.h. 1 E James, Rhydyfro; 2 J Rees, High st., Pontardawe; 3 Elias Jones, Butcher, Poutardawe.
W. A. WTLLIAMS. Phrenologist, mn hP i?«nM't^ d-iilv nt Victoria ￼ A""nf; :c ?.
THORNY PROBLEM MR ASQUITH AND A NEW FRANCHISE. Although the Government's proposals for registration will be introduced simultaneously with the Bill to prolong the life of the present Parliament on Monday, they will not form a part of that measure. There are still many outstanding points of this thorny problem on which no final decision has been taken. and the intention is that in a general first- reading speech Mr Asquith will state the broad lines of the Cabinet's find- ings, and follow them up with the presentation of a "dummy" Bill, the second reading of which will be de- ferred till after the Vacation. When the Bill comes up for con- sideration in Committee it is believed thalt the points of controversy, among them the enfranchisement of service men, of men munition workers, and of woimeji ,be- ktffc t>Q. t-he,free tJseuepiojn of ("Hh FTou-^e.
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IRHONDDA JPS ADVICE
I RHONDDA J.P.S ADVICE. In fining Wm. Williams 20s. and costs for being drunk and assaulting P.S. Morris at Tonypandy, Mr Tom John, at Ystrad advised defendant, who was stated to be a boxer, not to aetM a blackguard, but to follow the met,hods of Jimmy AVildo, who was not onlv a first. class boxer, but gentleman as well.