Western Mail Friday June 25 1926.
Margretta WHITE summoned her husband Harry WRIGHT, at Ebbw Vale on Thursday for persistent
cruelty, and also applied for a seperation order. Mr. W.A. JONES, represented the wife,
and Mr. John C. PROLE was for the husband.
The wife stated that in February last her husband gave an undertaking to the bench that
she should return and occupy her proper place as a wife in his household.
On the first night she returned to him she found a housekeeper there, who refused to allow
her to take her suit case upstairs, and when the husband returned he said that he did not
intend to get rid of the housekeeper.
Witness was given a spare bedroom with a very poor bed, and stayed in the house for
three-and-a-half months. On one occaision defendant complained about his dinner and beat
her until she fainted. He used to leave notes for her instead of speaking.
The Clerk (Mr. A.T. BADMINTON): Another silent husband.
Mr. W.A. JONES: Yes, a strong silent man.
Harry WRIGHT denied that he had ever assaulted his wife. The trouble was that his wife
suffered from nerves, and it was impossible to live with her as she magnified the
slightest little thing that happened.
The Bench made an order for 20s. a week, with three guineas costs and court fees.
The tinkling of glasses and money led to the discovery by the police of a card party at
the Diamond Jubilee Hotel, Tylorstown, at two a.m., and there was a sequel at Porth
Police-court on Thursday when Stuart CORBETT, the licensee was fined £2 for supplying
liquor during prohibited hours, and Messrs. Geo. James THOMAS, Henry GRAVES, and Daniel
DAVIES £1 each for aiding and abetting.
It was pleaded by Mr. E.W. HAMMOND (Messrs. MORGAN, BRUCE, and NICHOLAS) for the defence,
that the licensee had invited the other three defendants, who were his friends, to a card
party, and that the drink was provided free of charge by the licensee.
It seems rather funny that in these hard times a landlord can afford to give beer away
even to his friends, commented the chairman (Dr. Glanville MORRIS).
At Tredegar Bankruptcy-court on Thursday William Harwood STAINES (54). of Cross-street,
Abergavenny, disclosed a deficiency of £1,291.6s.9d. In 1919 he took over a business which
he had previously managed. The price was fixed at £958 but he still owed £506. His
takings, he said, dropped to half between 1921 and 1925. He lost considerably when the
slump took place in the value of the stock in 1922 and he attributed his failure to this,
together with keen competition and the trade depression. His wife, who ran a
boarding-house, had made sufficient money to be able to lend him a considerable amount,
which he placed in the business.
The examination was closed.
Holding that the case was a frivolous one, the Caerleon magistrates on Thursday dismissed
a summons taken out by Cyril Francis HALLAM, a poultry farmer, of Croesy-ceilog, against
Alfred Massey PILLINER for damaging a field by depositing noxious weeds on it.
Mr. Meyrick WILLIAMS, who prosecuted, said complainant rented the field from defendant,
who is chairman of the Caerleon bench of magistrates. It was alleged that when complainant
spoke to defendant on the matter defendant said he would "get him a stretch of
time" such as he got for another man who was awkward with him.
Defendant denied this and said the weeds, which were dead, were deposited in cart tracks
and could do no harm.
Dr. John Drury ALEXANDER, of 45, Victoria-avenue, Porthcawl, formerly for many years
medical officer of health for the town, died May 30, aged 75 years, leaving estate of the
gross value of £4,292, with net personalty £2,896. Probate of the will dated May 19, 1904,
has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Angelina Blake ALEXANDER, to whom he left all his
Cowbridge Church Renovations.- Previously acknowleged-£241.
Llewellyn JONES, Esq., J.P., Pontycymmer, £1.1s.; Mr. ELIAS, Newton, Porthcawl, £2.2s.;
Mr. D. BRADDICK, Merthyr, £1; Sir Sydney H. BYASS Bart., Llandough Castle. £10.10s.; Mr.
V.S. GWYN, Cowbridge, £2; Mrs. W.R. JENKINS, Cowbridge, 10s.; Miss Vera MORGAN, Cowbridge,
5s.; Mr. and Mrs. T. JOHN, Verlands, Cowbridge, £5.8s.3d.; Miss JENKINS, Graig, Cowbridge,
10s.; Mr. and Mrs. POWELL, Cross Inn, Cowbridge, £2.2s.