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IDeath of a Horse in LlangunDor
Death of a Horse in LlangunDor. CARCASE BLOWN UP WITH DYNAMITE. CLAIM AT THE CARMARTHEN COUNTY COURT. At Carmarthen County Court on Saturday before His Honour Judge Lloyd Morgan, a case was heard in which Thomas Llewelyn Davies. haulier. Cwmllyufell and Dd. Bright, hauiier. Garnant. sued Phillip R. Thomas, a farmer, of Tirheol. LIangunnor. in respect of the. death of a horse. Mr Griffith Lewis, solicitor, Garnant. was for the plaintiff, and Mr Trevor Hunter (instruc- ted byJlr T. Howell Davies. solicitor, Carmar- then) for the defence. Thomas Llewelyn Davies. plaintiff, "aid that lie bought a horse in February last. It was a brown horse about 16.2. It was about 13 or 14 cwt. It was a Clydesdale. He paid 1:15 for it. He had arranged to soil it to David Bright. Bright gave him 1:1 not to sell it to anybody else; the balance was to be paid on delivery. He was to get what lie should be offered for it at June Fair, Carmarthen. The defendant agreed to take the horse on tack at 2s fid a week. Plaintiff continued I went to the yard and holloed out. and Mr Thomas came out. 1 told Mr Thomas that I heard he was taking horses on tack. He said yes. 1 asked him if he had room for one more. He took me down and showed me the place. He showed me the fields in which it would run with four or five ponies from Brynainman. He showed me rougher land which 1 could have during the summer if I required it. The rougher land was between his fields and Croes-Asgw-rn. f saw no river there I saw nothing which appealed to be dangerous. I left the horse with him. Later I received a letter from the defendant, i re- ceived it on the 11th April. It said that the horse was found that morning drowned in the river. Plaintiff went to see Bright, and both went to see the defendant. Defendant faid that he had made a mistake, that there was no river, that it was a "pill." Plaintiff said that defendant was responsible defendant said he did not think he was responsible. Plaintiff said that there were small holes in the fences filled with "trash." Witness said that the stuff was called trash in Welsh he did not know the English name of it. Mr Griffith Lewis said that it meant brziii- hies. The Judge ,a,jd that it wa" a very good fencing if properly fixed. Plaintiff said that there was not enough there to keep a calf in. He had a convc-rsat on with the defendant. The defendant- sa.id that when he did not see the horse in the morning, lie thought the plaintiff had taken it away without paying the tack. He found the horse afterwards dead but still warm. Evidence was given by the defendant as to the burial of the horse. He said that it was so fixed in the ground that he had to use ex- plosives to blow It to pieces before he could get it out. Then a pony dragged out the re- mains. The pony got over its hocks in so doing. Plaintiff had oiten put horses out on tack. The money was pa,id when the horse was taken away. Plaintiff had been looking out for a horse to replace this one. It would cost tlO to buy a horse of this kind now. The Judge said that horses had not gone up in price so much as that since February. Mr Trevor Hunter said that the question was. what was the value of the horse when it was killed, Mr Lewis said that it was to be sold for 1:20. The Judge .said that it was to be bold at the price which it would fetch in June fair. Per- haps it would not fetch f-lo in June fair. That is where the element of speculation conies in in horse dealing. Plaintiff said that he paid 30s for a motor when he went to bury the horse. The Judge: You are very luxurious. When I travel about I go by train. Mr Lewis; There is no train. The Judge: There is a train to Carmarthen. Mr Lewis said that the plaintiff had an urgent request to bury the horse on account of the obnoxious effluvia. Cross-examined by Mr Trevor Hunter When ] left the horse there I went through gateways and gaps. The gaps were such that I went through them. In answer to another question, the plaintiff said: I did not take so much notice as that. I was not going to buy the field. Plintiff said that Mr Thomas did not show him a pill and say it was the boundary of his property. Did you rqlv "The old dei-il will never get into that if he has eyes-—I did not say that. Plaintiff was cross-examined as to an alleged peculiarity in the gait of the horse. He said that the horse was in poor condition, and ver- minous. and lie gave Mr Thomas Is (jd to get it cleansed. It was a bit "weak behind" because it was in poor condition. David Bright said that he paid Davies 1:1 to "bind the bargain." He thought he was then entitled to have the horse. Davies said that ho would sell him the horse in two or three months according to market price. He said that he would like to keep it two or three months to graze it and improve its condition. Defendant said that the plaintiff Davies came to him on the 7th February. He showed plaintiff the fields on which he intended to put the horse to graze. He showed the field 1109 on the Ordnance Plan ill which the horse was to ho placed with five others. Defendant aKo showed the plaintiff 110(1. They got into that through a place where was no gap. They went back to 1105 and back to 1100 and over the hedge back to 1109. They went nowhere else: they stopped there. The hedge between 1109 and 1110 was not sound the pill is at the bottom of 1110. Anybody could see that the hedge between llOH and 1110 was not sound. Defendant pointed out the pill, which is the boundary of the farm. Plaintiff &aid "The old devil won't go to the pill he has eyes to see." The horse was swaying in the hind qtiai-terb the defendant called his attention to that. and the plaintiff said tha it wa- all right. In answer to a question, defendant said that he was 47 years of age and was born on the farm. The pill had been the boundary of the farm and had been unfenced during his memory j he ha never before known any mishap occur to an animal there. Defendant asked plaintiff how much he had given for the horse, and the plaintiff said lie paid £ 15. Mr Trevor Hunter: What view did you form of it? Del end a m I told him he had paid too much for it.. In answer to another question, the defen- dant said that after this horse was drowned, he left the other five in the field. Mr Lewis: Do you know that a cow belong- ing to Mr Jones. Croes Asgwrn, got into that pill last year? Defendant: I never heard of it. On this particular Sunday did you not hoar Mr Jones's son say so?—I never heard" any- thing of it. If Mr Jones had a cow in he would very likely have asked me for help, (Mr Lewis ■ ross-examined the defendant as to certain distances on the farm. Defendant: You were there you ought to know. Mr Trevor Hunter: His Honour does not know. Answer the question. Mr Lewis in the course of his cross-examina- tion said "You remember me pointing out a spot where I said that there must have been a house as there were daffodils there. It was suggested that the pill could not be seen except close at hand. Defendant said that the pill could be seen; but it could not be "judged." Mr Lewis: Do you know how deep the pill i8, Defendant: Yes, I know very well. I got in there but I got out again. My hind part was all right. The Judge: You mean that it this horse's hind quarters had been all right he would hare got out. Defendant: Yes. Mr Lewis You climbed up the willow tree which is there. They did not have to blow you up with dynamite. Defendant said that it was a mistake on his part to call the "pill" a river. It was a river in a way because the water was running. The water was not level with the bank except where the dead horse was lying. Where were your own hors P-In the stable Don't you let them graze outr- le8, in the summer. When do you generally leave them out?—1 leave them out for some time in the day. Defendant said that he never had seen ft horse swing his hindquarters as this did. After further evidence the case was closed. His Honour announced that lie would give his decision at the next cvurt. and that he would visit the locus in quo in the meantime. BANKRUPTCY DISCHARGES. Mr W. W. T. Prosser, solicitor, appeared on behalf of Mr James 'Lewis, but<:her. Carmar- then who applied for his discharge. The appli- cant who became bankrupt in the year 1907 is now 72 years of age. Mr Prosser said that the bankruptcy was brought about the fact that the bankrupt was illiterate and did not keep accounts. The Official Receiver (Mr R. W. Thomas) said he raised no objection. The Judge granted a discharge subject to two years suspension. The Misses Rachel and Aaae luhrardt*. of Penrlieol, Pencader, farmers, also applied for their discharge. The Receiving Order was made on the 11th May. 1914. The liabilities admitted were £ -500. and the assets realised t-!Ol..A dividend of 12s Bid in the £ was paid. The offences reported were "N-ot keepu ;ng books of account, and continuing to trade after knowledge of insolvency." The Official Receiver said that he had noth- ing to say against the application. The discharge was granted subject to two years suspension.
Alighting From a Moving Train
Alighting From a Moving Train. LLANGUNNOR FAiRLMEIR FINED. At the Carmarthen County Police Court on Saturday before Mr F. D. W. Drummond, Hafodneddyn (chairman), Mr T. Lewis, Bryn- gla-s; Mr J. loyd Thomas, Gilfach Mr J. Lloyd Thomas. Ferry side and Mr J. Lewis (Mayor. of Carmarthen). Silvanus Williams. Farm Facli. Llangunnor, was proceded against for alighting from a train whilst in motion. Mr T. R. Ludford, Llanelly. appeared to prosecute for the Great Western Railway Company. Railway Detective Inspector E. Edmunds said that on May 12th he witnessed the arrival of the workmen's train from Pembrey to Car- marthen. The train was slowing down to the Carmarthen town signalbox, and defendant jumped out. went along the metals, and into a lane going towards Pensarn. Witness went on to defendant and asked him why he left the train in such a manner, because the 6.40 ex- press had only just left Carmarthen, and that he was running a. great risk of being killed. Defendant replied that it was a short cut home and that lie would not do it again. Defendant pleaed not guilty, and said that thetrain had stopped. He was sorry he. had done it. The line was clear both ways, and he added "You don't expect an outsider to know all the rules of the Great Western." Defendant was fined 10s. ROW ABOUT COAL TIPPING. David Griffiths. Argoed House. Cwm, Llan- artliney. was summoned by Darid Owen Eras, also of Argoed House, with assault. Griffiths was also charged with assaulting the wife of D. O. Evans. Mr H. Bruno! White, solicitor, appeared for the defendant. From the evidence it appeared that there had been a dispute about the tipping of some coal which Evans was having on that day. Both parties were joint tenants of the house, and there had also Ix-en a dispute 8" to the payment of the rent. Complainant said that after the quarrel. Griffiths struck him in the cfie>t. and knocked him to the ground, where lie na-s kicked. Evans said he did not defend himself. Delendant alleged alleged that both complainant and his wife attacked him whitet he was having his tea. The relatives of the complainant came in. and he had to run for a policeman. Mrs Evans alleged that defendant had struck her in the breast. Martha Morgan said that complainant and bis wife attacked defendant, who was quite sober. The magistrates dismissed the case of the male complainant, and fined Griffiths 10s for the assault upon the wife.
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