Western Mail Saturday November 27 1926. No. 261.
COURTSHIP RIDDLE OF THE FUTURE-Cardiff Grand Mother Perplexed.
Mutual affection and a sweet philosophy of life are about the only things that
have remained unchanged in the 50 years of happy married life that Mr. and Mrs.
George LAVINGTON, Oxford House, Beauchamp-street, Cardiff, complete to-day
Mr. LAVINGTON is 71, his wife 72. They are natives of Glastonbury, Somerset,
but since they were wed at St. Margaret's Church, Roath, on November 27, 1876,
they have made the city their home. Mr. LAVINGTON worked for 47 years as a
compositor with Messrs. William LEWIS (Printers), Limited. Queen-street, where
for 25 years he was father of the office chapel.
Mrs. LAVINGTON talked to a Western Mail reporter on Friday about the Victorian
girl compared-or should it be contrasted ?- Miss 1926. "It is really almost more
than I can do to tell girls from boys now-a-days," she said . "You have to look
twice to make sure. They wear their hair and skirts short and are becoming more
like men every day. How the sexes will be able to tell each other at all in the
near future I don't know, and then courting will be rather complicated won't it
"It will be all the same a hundred years hence," chipped in Mr. LAVINGTON, and
perhaps-who knows ?-they will go back to the crinolines and then there will be
complaints again of sweeping up the dust."
"Girls used to enjoy themselves by long walks." continued Mrs.
now it is all jazz-bands and night clubs, which we never heard of in my younger
days-although we had plenty of fun, I can tell you."
Mr. and Mrs. LAVINGTON have still living four sons and a daughter and four
CARDIFF MAN'S FRAUDS.- Imposed On Landlady And Printers At Neath.
Robert Colin ROBERTS, said to be a native of Cardiff, was charged at Neath on
Friday with obtaining £2 by false pretences from Henry GRANDFIELD, The Croft,
Complainant said that ROBERTS called upon him, saying he represented Messrs.
G. MORGAN and Sons, Printers of Neath, and that the firm were short of £2 to pay
wages. Complainant gave him £2 and ROBERTS gave an I O U for the amount. He
afterwards found that the prisoner had not been authorised by Messrs.MORGAN and
Son to ask for money.
ROBERTS said that he borrowed the money with the intention of paying it back
when he secured commission on a big order which he hoped to get. He denied
representing that he was authorised to get the money.
ROBERTS was further charged with obtaining food and lodgings to the amount of
£11 by false pretences between September and November 1926. Prisoner pleaded not
Mrs. Florence Loretta FINN, London-road, Neath, said that the prisoner obtained
lodging on the representation that he was employed by a firm of printers. He
owed her about £11.
Detective-constable KEET said prisoner's proper name was Hewitt Garwin
ROBERTS, son of a Cardiff printer. He had been in business himself and had left
his wife some time ago.
Prisoner was fined £5 or one month.
GIRL IN CUSTODY.-Infanticide Charge At Carmarthen.
Gwladys RICHARDS (19), formerly a patient at the Carmarthenshire Infirmary,
and before that employed as a maid in the town, was brought up before the
Carmarthen borough bench on Friday on a charge of infanticide.
This was a sequel to the discovery by Dr. R. Telford MARTIN of a brown paper
parcel containing the body of a child on November 14 in North-parade, which
adjoins the infirmary.
A post-mortem examination revealed a piece of cotton wool in the child's
The Chief-constable (Mr. W. Howel EVANS) said he only proposed to call
evidence of arrest. The matter had to be reported to the Director of Public
Inspector David JONES said on Thursday evening at the close of the inquest
under a coroner's warrant, he detained the girl. She made no reply to the
On the application of the chief-constable the girl was remanded in custody
until Friday next, and was informed by the Mayor (Alderman Walter SPURRELL) that
she would be taken to Cardiff Prison, where every opportunity would be given her
of consulting friends with a view, if she desired, of someone to defend her.
UNCLE ROBBED. Four Months For Cwmcarn Timberman.
Cecil V. C. BOWDLER (24), a Cwmcarn timberman was sentenced to four months'
imprisonment at Blackwood on Friday for stealing £2. 18s. 11d., the moneys of
RICHARDS, who is an employe of the Ebbw Vale Company, said he sent BOWDLER-who
is his nephew-to the colliery office to fetch his pay. Defendant did not return
with money, and witness subsequently found that he had absconded.
Evidence was given that defendant was arrested at Bristol.