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Monmouthshire Merlin 1864-66

15th October 1864
COUNTY COURT.—TUESDAY. [J. M. HERBERT, Esquire, Judge.] Stock v. Scrimmino.—This was also an adjourned case. Plaintiff, who resides on the Sowhill, Pontypool, claimed £1 for damage he alleged had been done to his garden by defendant's fowls.—Mr. W. H. Lloyd appeared for defendant.—This case had been adjourned for the production of a valuer on the part of defendant, as plaintiff had produced one on the first hearing of the case.—Mr, Lloyd asked plaintiff several questions, with a view of shewing that the ground itself was not of the measurement, 40 perches, as he stated that a great portion of it was valueless for garden purposes, as it was covered with ashes; that the whole of the land was of a thin, cold, and beggarly description; and that as every person in the neighbourhood kept fowls, plaintiff was not in a position to say whose fowls had done the damage.—On behalf of plaintiff an additional witness, named William McClinton, appeared to-day, and gave corroborative evidence to that given at the last Court, viz.,—that some fowls had damaged plaintiff's garden or the crop thereof, consisting of 'taties and cabbage," to the value of £3. For the defence,
 John Pitt, of Glascoed, said that he had measured the garden, which he had known a number of years, and in giving the measurement to the Judge per chain, the latter said, Yes, you are right; it is 24 perches exactly."—Witness added that the whole of the damage done by all the fowls in the neighbourhood would only amount to 7s.— The Judge deemed this a very low estimate, and asked defendant how many fowls he had ? To which he replied that he had eight, but plaintiff had poisoned five of them.—The Judge: Then there were three on his land.-Plaintiff: I'll make defendant prove that.—The Judge: Perhaps he will prove it against you.-Plaintiff also claimed 15s. against another defendant named Stanton, on the same conditions.-The Judge ultimately gave judgment for defendants to pay 10s. each, in a month. 

5 August 1865

GLASCOED: DEATH FROM FALLING IN A HAY-FIELD.- An inquiry touching the death of Job Lewis, farmer, Glascoed, was held at the house of Mr. Abraham Jenkins, Little Mill, on Monday last. From the evidence it appeared that on the evening of Friday last deceased was engaged in loading a waggon with hay in a field, and having told the man in charge of the team to move on, he accidentally fell from the vehicle, and falling heavily on his back, be so far injured the spine that he died on the following day. Mr. Thomas, surgeon, Pontypool, saw deceased some time before he died, but the injury he had received was of that description which rendered medical skill unavailing.

Same date:
COME TO THE BIDDEL.-Richard Stretton was charged with having sold beer, &c., without a license, at Glascoed.—This appeared to be one of those instances in which parties seek to raise a little money by having what is known as a “biddle," and the particulars of this case may be gathered from the following evidence.- Martha Meredith said: I was at a tea party held at defendant's house on the evening of Sunday last, and at about ten o'clock they were selling beer and spirituous liquors.- Mr. Superintendent Mcintosh deposed that the whole of Glascoed was in a ferment in consequence of the drinking that had been allowed at defendant's house. A friend obtained for him a special license for selling drink on the Monday—and it was a general fact that a good deal of this work was carried on in the country villages. — John Williams said that he purchased a jug of beer amongst other people, for which he paid, on Sunday, at the house in question.—In answer to the charge, defen- dant's wife said that, in consequence of her having been lame, and losing one of her daughters, they had incurred some debt, and had adopted this mode of raising the money to discharge it.-Defendant was convicted in the penalty of 40s. including costs.

Same date:
THE ROBBERY OF SEVEN SOVEREIGNS. -George Clements, a young farm labourer, was charged on remand from Tuesday last with having stolen 7 sovereigns from the person of George Roberts.—Mr Superintendent Llewellin, of Usk, bad charge of the case.—Prosecutor said I am a hay dealer and reside at Monkswood. On the evening of Saturday last as I was returning home about nine o'clock. I fell asleep on the roadside near Pontypudding Farm, at which time I had 7 sovereigns in a purse, and 4s or 5s in silver, in my possession. I had been asleep about two hours. When I awoke I missed all my money. I did not see anything of the prisoner then, but had seen him previously.—Ann Jenkins, wife of Isaac Jenkins, Pantypudding farm, said: The prisoner was in the service of my husband. At between the hours of 9 and 10 o'clock on the night of Saturday last he asked me if I would please to Iet him have some money. I refused him. He asked if I would let him have sixpence. I told him I could not let him have any money. He said he wanted to pay his washer woman. I saw him go towards the Little Mill, and did not see him again until Sunday morning.- Prosecutor, on being re-called, said that he fell asleep between the farm and the Little Mill, which were about half a mile distant.—Job Thomas, fellow servant with prisoner at the farm in question, said prisoner had been in his situation about a fortnight. I went to a public-house it the Little Mill (Half way House), kept by Mrs. Jenkins, at about nine or ten o'clock on the night of Saturday Iast. I saw prosecutor on the road asleep between Pandy Pudding farm and the Little Mill. I left prisoner at the farm, and in about an hour afterwards he followed me to the Little Mill. When he came it o the house he called for half-quarter of tobacco, for which he tendered a sovereign in payment. He also paid for four jugs of beer. I saw the bag produced in prisoners possession. It contained gold and silver.-Eiizabeth Jenkins, of the Little Mill, corroborated the last witness.-John Walkley (12) said: I was in a field on Pandy Pudding farm with prisoner on Monday last. Mr. Superintendent Llewellin came to the gate and asked for Job Thomas. When he had gone the prisoner went to a certain part of the hedge in the field. On the following morning I pointed out the spot in the hedge to which I had seen prisoner go. After I had done so I saw P.S. Morgan find a bag containing money. —Sergeant Morgan, of Usk, corroborated the evidence of the last witness which related to himself, and added that the bag contained five sovereigns, two half-sovereigns, 11s. 6d. in silver, and 6d. in copper.-Mary Ann Price deposed that she had seen the bag produced in the possession of prisoner last Sunday, and on the Sunday previous. (It was a purse that contained the money when in prosecutor's possession.)—Prisoner, who had declined to put any questions to the witnesses, said that he did not see prosecutor until he was coming to Job Thomas.- Committed for trial at the Assizes.

Monmouthshire Merlin. 19 May 1866.



USING THREATS.-Sarah Pitt summoned Hannah Lewis for sureties of the peace. Mr. William H. Lloyd appeared for complainant, and Mr Greenway for defendant.—The parties reside at Glascoed —The complainant, who is a widow, said that defendant had threatened her from time to time, and on Saturday last came after her and threatened her, and said that she kept her husband. It seemed that defendant and her husband have for some time led an unhappy life, and defendant said that her husband loved complainant better than he loved her, and had been with her for as much as seven weeks together, saving that he came home once or twice in the day just to keep up appearances. She had witnesses to call, she said, to prove what she had asserted.—In answer to Mr. Greenway, complainant said that she had had a “bidale" or “kidley wink."—Defendant's husband was there, but she had nothing to do with him, and did'nt want to have, and he had not been at her house for the last two months only once.—The Bench said that as complainant swore that she was in bodily fear of defendant, they must bind the latter over to keep the peace.—She was also ordered to pay 10s. 6d. expenses.