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Alleged SeriousAssault by Treharris Youth
Alleged SeriousAssault by Treharris Youth. SCHOOLGIRL'S REMARKABLE EVIDENCE. A Treharris youth, aged 19, named Arthur Amos, was charged at the Merthyr Police Court on Tuesday with attempting a serious offence on Mar- garet May Rees, a 12-year-old school- girl. Complainant, a small, delicate-look- ing girl, said that on Sunday evening, January 24, she went to chapel. After chapel she went to her aunt's shop in Fox Street. As she was passing through the shop from the kitchen on her way home she saw Amos in the shop. As she was walkng up the street Amos rushed past her and went into a gul- ley. When she was crossing the gul- ley Amos rushed out and pulled her in, and attempted the assault com- plained of. She struggled, and to get away from him promised to return the following night. She then returned to her aunt's, but did not tell anyone of what occurred until the following morning. David Alfred Evans, milk vendor and confectioner, Fox Street, Tre- harris. said that on Sunday, Jan. 24, defendant came to his shop about 6 o'clock, and left about 6.50 p.m. Whilst complainant was in the kitchen Amos came into the shop. She left at about 9.30, and Amos followed, saying "Good night; I'm off now." The girl returned in about a quarter of an hour. He no- ticed that she had been crying. Esther Jones, Penry Street, said the complainant was an adopted sister, and lived with her and her father. Her age was 12 last birthday. On the Sunday night the girl came home at about 9.4.5, and went straight to bed, which was an unusual thing for her to do. Next morning the girl came to witness crying, and told her of the alleged at- teaipted assault by Amos. The police were informed. P.C. Fisher said that at about 9 p.m. on Monday, January 25, he re- ceived information, and found that defendant had enlisted in the 17th Ser- vice Battalion, stationed at Porthcawi. He arrested defendant at Bridgend on Friday, the 29th ult. When charged with the offence he replied, I was in the house at the time she says I was with her. A boy named Will Dixon can prove it." Dr. Stewart Dunbar gave the Court the result of his examination of the child. Replying to the charge as read by the Clerk, prisoner said: "I am not guilty." Prisoner was committed for trial at Pnsoner was committed for ti-ial at
Dowlais Schoolroom Scene
Dowlais Schoolroom Scene. CANON LUCAN FINED. I No Justification" for His Action. I The Merthyr Police Court was crowded on Friday, the 29tli inst., when Canon Lucan, Correspondent Manager of the Dowlais R.C. School, appeared before Mr. R. A. Griffith (De- puty-Stipendiary) to answer a charge of having assaulted Bridget Barrett (14), a scholar at the school, on Jan- uary 12. Mr. St. John Francis Williams (in- structed by Mr. T. Aneuryn Rees. Town Clerk) appeared on behalf of the complainant; Mr. ,F. Sidney Simons wag for the defendant, and Mr. Henry Lyon (instructed by Sir Percival Lavine London) watched the proceedings on behalf of Miss Kiernan, headmistress of the school. At the request of the Deputy-Sti- pendiary (Mr. R. A. Griffith), Canon Lucan was accommodated with a seat in the defendant's box. Mr. Francis Williams, in opening, said it was clear that the reverend gentleman lost all control of his tem- per. because the facts displayed a very extraordinary story. The defend- ant, who was the correspondent man- ager of the Dowlais R.C. School, visi- ted the school at 9.20 on January 12, and went into classroom 7, where complainant was one of many pupils engaged in religious instruction. Without rhyme or reason he told the girl to get out of the school, an order which he had absolutely no right to give. The Stipendiary: Who was in charge of the school? Mr. Francis Williams: A lady nam- ed Miss Kiernan. the headmistress, was in charge. Counsel repeated that the order was absolutely outside the jurisdiction of Canon Lucan, and said the girl took no notice of it. The de- fendant then prodded her in the chest with a stick which he afterwards plac- ed under bis arm, and then, with considerable violence, caught hold of her and pulled her from the desk. She fell to the ground and screamed. He then caught hold of her again and dragged her across two classrooms and the playground into the street, lock- ing the playground door behind her. The girl's arms were much bruised. The reverend gentlemn then return- ed to the school and said to Miss Kiernan, Take the girl's name off the register," which was another re- quest which he had abolutely no right to make. He said this in front of all the pupils. Miss Kiernan asked him not to shout at her, and he re- plied he would shout as much as he liked. The complainant bore out her lear- ned counsel's opening. Whilst complainant was giving evi- dence, there was a disturbance in the public gallery, and. the Stipendiary remarked that any persons who in- terrupted would be promptly put out. Cross-examined by Mr. Sidney Si- mons, complainant said that Canon Lucan caught hold of her on the pre- vious Friday. Miss Kiernan told her on the Monday evening not to go out of the school if anyone ordered her to do so. Asked why she went to Standard III. class-room, when her proper place was in Standard V., the girl said it was on the instructions of Miss Kiernan. When the Canon ordered you out, you refused to go?—Yes. v Why ?—Because I knew it was wrong MISS KIERNAN'S EVIDENCE. I Miss Kiernan, headmistress of the school said she saw the defendant pull complainant from the desk. She tried to cling to another girl, but Canon Lucan pulled both of them out, and complainant fell to the ground. The girl then tried to run to witness. but Canon Lucan held out his stick, and prevented her. He then caught hold of her roughly and pushed her out of the room. The girl was ejected without being given her hat and coat. The Canon then returned to the school, and within the hearing of two classes shouted, Take Barrett's name off the register." Witness told him not to shout at her in that manner, and he said he would shout as he plea- sed. Witness had no right to take a girl's name off a register, and the Can- on had no right to instruct her to do so. On the previous Friday, witness, in consequence of a disturbance in the class, sent complainant and another girl to her desk. Several children shouted, "Send for the Canon, and a few minutes later he appeared on the secene and sent them away from the desk. Defendant had no right to order a name to be struck off the re- gister. and witness was responsible for the discipline and control of the school. A QUESTION OF LAW. I Mr. F. S. Simons submitted that the Court had no jurisdiction in the mat- ter, on the ground that the priest had sole control of the school during the period of religious instruction, and had the right to eject a trespasser, and de- scribed the proceedings as a put up job to get over the authority of the Canon. The Stipendiary: I have no hesita- tion in ruling against you. Dr. Brennan, one of the magistrat- es, who is a Catholic, seemed to dis- sent from the Stipendiary. The Stipendiary: It doesn't matter if you do. It is a question of law. Mr. Simons sad it was a conspiracy hatched at the Town Hall, and he hoped the Bench would not allow them- selves to be used as a tool of Miss Kiernan and the Director of Educa- tion in stirring up further strife in the school. CANON LUCAN. Canon Lucan stated that on the Friday previous the girl Barrett and a companion named Campbell had re- fused to obey his orders. He then told Barrett to go back to her place in the class, but she walked out into the playground, and he told her that, as she had openly disobeyed him, she must go home and not return to the school. He went to the school on the Tuesday to find if his order to take the girl's name off the register had been obeyed, but he found that it bad not. When he saw her he several times told her to go home, but she took no notice. He did not "prod" her with his stick, but lifted her from the desk. She would not put her feet to the ground and commenced scream- ing and struggling. He did not drag her down the steps or use unnecessary violence. He claimed absolute power during the period of religious instruc- tion Cross-examned by Mr. St. John Francis-Williams, witness said he claimed the right to remove a child's name from the register on moral grounds. Mr. Francis Williams: Do you sug- gest Miss Kiernan could legally strike a name off the register upon your in- struction ?-Yes. Why?—As manager. It was an em- ergency. Is that why you came to school with a stick next time —No. Do you ever use the stick?—Yes, often on the boys. And they love me for it. The Stipendiary: I am afraid we do not win the affections of boys in that way in this court. (Laughter.) Mr. Francis-Williams: Have you read the regulations of the Merthyr Tydfil Education Committee?—They do not bind me. The Deputy-Stipendiary One doesn't read such things during the war. (Laughter.) Mr. Francis-Williams: I think the war on the Continent pales into in- significance in comparison with the war at Dowlais. (Laughter.) Witness said he did not carry the walking stick into the girl's school to use it on them. "I only use the stick on boys," he added, and they love me for it." Deputy-Stipendiary: I am afraid they do not love us here for, the same thing. (Laughter.) Miss Annie Simpson and Miss Laura Punch, teachers at the school, gave evidence as to the incidents. Michael Crawley, of Dowlais, said that Mr. Barrett told him he was compelled to prosecute, otherwise the Director of Education would have summoned him for the absence of his child from school. Objection to this evidence by Mr. Francis Williams was upheld by the magistrates. CANON FINED 92 AND COSTS. The Bench retired, and upon their return ten minutes later the Deputy- Stipendiary said they had given the case their utmost consideration, and he regretted to say that the decision was unfavourabe to Canon Lucan —he meant it sincerely and from the bot- torn of his heart. It could not be pleasant for the Canon to have to come to Court to answer a charge of assault, and it was not an agreeable matter to have to sit and adjudicate in such a case Probably carried away by partisan feeling and mistaken views of his power and authority, Canon Lu- can had committed an act for which there could be no justification. There was practically no conflict as to the facts, for according to his own version he went to the school with the delibe- rate purpose of ejecting the complain- ant if she was present. "ADD ANOTHER TERROR." Continuing. Mr. Griffith said he I l i Giiffitli said lie could find no grounds for the con- tention of the defence that the priest had absolute power and control of the school. The managers had to act col- lectively and not individually. The general conduct of the school was Ves- ted in the head teacher, who was the only person to punish and eject a child. It was impossible to look upon the case as a mere technical assault. for if all managers had the power that the Canon claimed, and such views could be upheld in a court of law, it would only add another terror to school life, would shake the confid- ence of parents in education, and weaken the power of education autho- rities. They had decided to fine Canoin Lucan E2 and costs. The Stipendiary added that one of the magistrates. Dr. Brennan, disag- reed with the decision.
Was it Really Official
Was it Really Official? A REPUDIATION. I G. BERNARD SHAW, in the NEW I STATESMAN. On Wednesday last a deplorable piece of third-rate journalism appeared in the daily papers, headed by a state- ment that" The Secretary of State for .Foreign Affairs authorises the pub- lication (through the Press Bureau) of the following observations upon the report of an interview recently granted by the German Chancellor to an Ame- rican correspondent." Some papers om- itted this statement and published the article simply as "an official British statement. It is very difficult to believe that Sir Edward Grey can have given any further sanction to such a document than is implied in the fact (if it be a fact) that it was shown to the Foreign Office by the Press Bureau, and net thought worth censoring. It is true that there are scribes at the Foreign Office who need some watching. The official, statement issued when the Turks took the field should not have described them as degenerate" and the preface to the penny blue book might have been further considered. But this latest stuff, spiteful, reckless, and open to damaging retort for Ame- rican consumption as it is, is beyond all bounds of toleration as an official utterance, and is the more exasperat- ing as anyone with a knowledge of the facts and sufficient good manners to tackle the German Chancellor with- out pettish loss of temper, could have made a perfectly effective and dignified reply, if a reply was called for. As it is, what will happen? The Germans have circulated in America facsimiles with translations of certain documents found by them in Brussels among the papers of the Beglian Genet- ral staff. They are records of conversa- tions between the Military Attache of the British Legation and the Belgian Minister of War as to the military ope- rations to be undertaken by us in the event of Germany invading Belgium. The first conversation was in 1906. The next is dated without the year, but is presumed to have taken pla.'c in 1912. They went into considerable detail, as the Belgians pressed us for exact particulars as to the numbers of our expeditionary force, the speed with which we could despatch it, the ports, the distances, the railway ac- commodation required, and so forth. Our answers were made good last A1¡. gust: what our Military Attache said we could do was pretty nearly what we have actually done, except that we failed to stop the Germans. Now in all this there is nothing in the least discreditable either to II,; or to Belgium. Even had the documents never been discovered, any intelligent person could have inferred the JC- currence of the conversations from :">e circumstances of the European situa- tion. The strategic railway system es- tablished by the Germans had made it quite clear that if war br ;e out Germany would attack through Bel- gium and if the Belgians had not sounded us and France on what we were prepared to do in that event they would have been fools and traitors. And we were equally bound, as their guarantors, to tell them what we were prepared to do. Nevertheless the arti- cle of last Wednesday angrily declares that the fact that there is no note of these conversations at the British War Office or Feoreign Office shows that they were of a purely informal character, a.nd no military agreement of any sort was at either time made between the two governments." This appears to have been written on the principle that patriotism obliges us to deny everything that the enemy says or implies, false or.triie, creditable or dis- creditable; for two paragraphs lower down we are told that the conversa- tions were entirely justified. Of course they were: then why try to explain them away? The Germans claim that these con- versations prove that Belgium had made up her mind in 1906 to throw her lot in with France aned Britain as against Germany in the event of a war, as therwise she would equally have sounded Germany as to what as- sistance she would get if France at- tacked Germany through Belgium. I see no reason whatever for disputing this inference. On the contrary it is a point very strongly in our favour and morally highly damaging to Ger- many that her near neighbour Belgium not only chose our side, but never seems to have dreamt for a moment that her interest could lie in the oppo- site direction. Belgium paid us a valu- able practical compliment; and it is our business to acknowledge and try to de- serve it. Belgium had to decide whe- ther Potsdam or London was the safer friend of her liberty. If she preferred London, need we protest? And the scribe of Wednesday last, had he not been too spiteful to see his own points, might have added that the worse Potsdam makes us out to be, the worse even than we must Potsdam have made itself appear in Belgian eyes. But the most serious mistake in the Wednesday utterance is the following virtuously indignant splutter: -"First the German Chancellor alleges that England in 1911 was determined to throw troops into Belgium without the assent of the Belgian Government.' This allegation is absolutely false." Immediately after this very undiplo- matic expression, which really can claim the endorsement of Sir Edward Grey unless his equanimity and offi- cial correctness have suddenly and com- pletely given way, the writer loses his thread as people out of temper usual- ly do; and we have to skip twenty lines to reach the justification in a refer- ence to a marginal note in the record of the conversations to the effect that the entry of the Fjiglish into Belgium would only take place after the viola- tion of Belgian neutrality by Ger- many. Here the writer quite misses the point, and will probably be accused in America of having wilfully evaded it. Fcor what the German Chancellor ob- viously alluded to is the following passage in the record of the conversa- tions — TRANSLATION CIRCULATED BY THE I GERMANS IN AMERICA. tIjastTJireè Paragraph's' "Oftl?). i I.- -I P I At the tune of the recent events, the British Government would have immediately effected a disembark- ment in Belgium even if we had not asked for assistance. The General objected that for that our consent was necessary. The Military Attache answered that he knew this, but that since we were not able to prevent the Germans from passing through our country-England would have land- ed her troops in Belgium under all circumstances (en tout etat de cause). By suppressing all reference to this passage (probably through ignorance of it) and intemperately describing the allegation founded on it as "absolute- ly false," the Wednesday writer lea- ves himself open to a retort and quo- tation which may have the most dam- aging effect on Amercian public opin- ion. This plague of idiots who insist on being more loyal than the king, and on assuming that the exact truth must be discreditable to us, is more dan- gerous than a whole German army corps. What right have we to throw over Col. Bridges in this fashion? We have never pretended, nor has France ever pretended, that it would be pos- sible for us to respect Belgian neutral- ity if Germany violated it. When we were asked for our pledge to respect it, we gave it with that express reser- vation, as France did also. Yet when the German Chancellor pleads this un- disputed and innocent fact (as far as anything connected with war can be innocent) our anonymous patriot shrieks that the plea is absolutely false"; and we are told that his observations are authorised by Sir Edward Grey. As it happened, Bel- gium invited us to violate her neutral- ity when Germany violated it; but that does not in the least excuse an English writer for giving the lie to a foreign statesman whose allegation harmless to us in neutral countries-is entirely within his rights and his do- cuments. If a reply t. the German Chancellor is really needed and the necessity is certainly not apparent on the sur- face. as he has done nothing but give I the obvious German bias to facts that I require no apology it should be made officially, in a dignified, responsible and reasonably well-bred manner, and not in the manner of Mrs. Proudie. It is monstrous that we should be commit- ted to a spokesman whom we do not know; whose paltry nagging utterly misrepresents the English spirit and gives by contrast an air of bluff man- liness to our opponent; and whose reck- lessness of the effect on neutral public opinion should never have received the remotest token of official sanction or even consciousness. However, the mischief now being done, it becomeo necessary for those of us who have some sense of public de- cency to disavow it, and to appeal to Sir Edward Grey not to allow it to go to America and elsewhere with its cre- dentials unchallenged, if, as seems probable, it has claimed more author- ity than he meant to give it.
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Merthyr Police Court
Merthyr Police Court. Tuesday. Before Mr. It. A. Griffith (Deputy- Stipendiary), Coun. H. M. Lloyd, Mr. D. C. Evans, Mr. J. M. Berry, and Dr. O. Biddle. HUSBAND AND WIFE. Maud Newton summoned her hu&- band, ii*>WfcOsi, •» liauli«r a,, tbe Black Lion Brewery, Aberdare, for an alleged assault on January 26. Complainantj said that on that date her husband abused her and attempt- ed to srtrike her in the eye, but she (witness) saved her face with her hands. Complainant alleged that she could not live with defendant again, as he was continually ill-treating her. Complainant was advised to take out another summons for persistent cruelty and a lined of 20/- and costs was in- posed. "STAGGERING ABOUT THE STREET." Michael O'Brien was fined 10/- and costs for being drunk and disorderly in High Street, Caeharris. on Sunday. P.S. Hunt said defendant was drunk and staggering about the street. WENT TO SEE A FRIEND. James Sullivan was charged wth be- ing drunk and disorderly in Union Street, Dowlais; on Sunday last. Clerk: What do you say, Sullivan? Defendant: I went to see a friend of mine at Aberbeeg and walked back. P.C. E. Owen proved the offence, and a fine of 10/- and costs was im- posed. ALRIGHT." Sarah Evans, of Cross Street, Peny- darren, who had been remanded for medical examination a week ago, on a charge of attempting to commit suicide by cutting her throat with a table knife, was bound over in the sum of 21-0 to be of good behaviour for six months. Defendant's husband said that his wife's. behaviour since the remand had been aright."
All that Futurism
"All that Futurism." People have said to me that the war is retributive: a punishment for the misdeeds of the modern world. Xot a few believe it to be so. I shall not discuss the, point beyond ad- mitting that such opinions are often based in obscure but certain truth. Thi.s one neither more nor less than others. But I do not expect the aver- age fatalist to be able to apportion his blame with anything like exactitude. On the contrary, when you draw your fatalist for evidence, you soon find him floundering amongf wild guesses, or clinging with emphatic desperation to some crazy notion in the hopes of sav- ing himself. For instance, one very earnest friend explained the war an the result of "All that Futurism!" Whilst another said he was not at all surprised when war was declared, for what with hobble skilrt and! night clubs, we were I-oing such a pace that something was bound to happen sooner or later. "-Holbrook Jackson, in "T.P.'s Weekly."