Western Mail Saturday June 26 1926.
Arthur George COURTS 48, a plasterer, living at 24, Rodney-street, Swansea, was knocked
down by a motor-cyclist on Windsor-hill on Friday evening and received injuries to the
head and hand which necessitated his detention at the hospital.
Governer of Swansea Prison Mr. S.N. ROBERTS, received a number of gifts on the departure
to take up the post of governor of Leeds Prison.
Reuben ATTWELL (29), coaltrimmer, of Marine-street, Newport, at the Ministry of Pension
Hospital at Chepstow, formed the subject of an inquest by Mr. Fothergill EVANS on Friday
when at was stated that he collapsed under the anaesthetic, and all efforts to restore
life had proved futile.
The operation to be performed was for the removal of shrapnel, and the post-mortem
revealed the prescence of a thymus gland in the breast from which the victim was liable to
die suddenly, especially under an anaesthetic. The cause of death was said to be due to
heart failure. The coroner recorded a verdict accordingly.
George GREEN, a well-known Pontypridd man, was charged at Barry on Friday, with having
been drunk in control of a motor-car ar Barry. Mr. A.L. HOPKINS, Pontypridd, appeared for
Police-constable Arnold RICKARD said that on June 13 he noticed a motor-car in the yard of
the Barry Hotel, and the tallest of four men, who was obviously drunk, stepped in and
prepared to drive away. Witness forbade the man to drive, and one of his companions
remarked. "It's all right, officer. I am going to drive." and upon this
assurance witness left. Later, he observed a crowd of townspeople watching the movements
of a car guided by defendant. Witness jumped on the footboard and switched off the engine
GREEN shouted, "I can drive this car without you interfering." Requested to
accompany witness to the police-station, defendant staggered into the roadway and refused.
Defendant's friends betrayed a hostile attitude towards the officer. They were sober.
Councillor W. GAMESON and two friends, who aided witness to perform his duty, stopped a
passing 'bus and Police-constable RICKARD conveyed defendant to the police-station.
Defendant said that the only intoxicants he had taken that day was to share the remains of
a flagon with three friends.
The officer had told his friend, named ADAMS, not to drive the car.
The magistrates complimented the officer upon his promptness in stopping the vehicle, and
imposed a fine of £10, or a month's imprisonment and suspended GREEN'S licence for
When Joseph SUMMERS, a bone-setter, of High-street, Penydarren, was charged at Cefn Coed
on Friday with attempted suicide, it was stated that he was found lying on the bank of the
Taf Fawr River with a gash in the throat and the left wrist.
SUMMERS pleaded that his act was due to fit of depression.
He was bound over in a personal surety of £5.
Fuller particulars are to hand of the accident in which Mr. H.W. KERNICK, son-in-law of
Mr. W.T. BEAVAN, J.P., of Cardiff, met his death at Singapore on Whit Monday. According to
the inquest evidence (reported in the "Singapore Free Press") there was no
eye-witness of the accident. Mr. KERNICK and Mr. P.N. LOWNDES were travelling in a car
from Singapore to Pasir Panjang, and Mr. KERNICK was driving. There is a sharp bend in the
road which the car evidently failed to take. The rear wheel must have struck a stone and
the car was overturned. Both occupants must have been killed instaneously. After the
bodies had been removed the car caught fire.
Mrs. KERNICK came home on a holiday five months ago, and at present is living at Porthcawl
with her four children. Mr. KERNICK was power station superintendent at the derpot of the
Singapore Traction Company.
A woman had a miraculous escape from death at Barry Dock on Friday, when she was knocked
down by a runaway motor-van and carried a distance of 20 yards.
The driver of the van, which is owned by Mr. Harry TASSELL, dairyman, of Crogan Hill,
Barry Dock, entered a garage, and in his abscence the van, apparently not being held in
check by the brakes, started to slip down the slope at the junction of the five cross
roads in Court-road.
Mrs. T. ANDREWS, wife of Mr. ANDREWS, 64, Jewell-street, Barry Dock, chairman of the Barry
Coal-trimmers Branch, who was walking in the centre of the roadway in front of the van,
was knocked down and carried twenty yards before the van crashed into the fence bordering
some allotments, and finally fell into a ditch ten yards away.
Mrs. ADREWS, who was injured badly, had a miraculous escape from death.
Another woman, who was with Mrs ANDREWS at the time, sprang out of danger in the nick of
time. A child, however, by the name of Dilys Margaret JAMES, the eight-year-old daughter
of Mr. David JAMES, of 10, Hannah-street, Barry Dock, who happened to cross the path of
the van, was knocked down and severely hurt.