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The Chard and Ilminster News and Somerset, Dorset, and Devon Advertiser. Saturday 29 Apr 1899

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Before Mr. W. SPEKE (in the chair), Col. BLAKE, and Col. LANGWORTHY.

APPLICATIONS. - Mrs. LAWRENCE, widow of the late Mr. H. D. LAWRENCE, of the George Hotel, Ilminster, applied for a temporary transfer of the licence to herself, under section 14. - This was granted. - Mr. C. GRABHAM, of the Lamb Inn, Buckland St. Mary, applied for, and was granted, an hour's extension on the occasion of the club festival at that place, on May 21st next. - Mr. T. HITCHCOCK, of the George Inn, Combe St. Nicholas, was granted a similar extension for the 24th. - Mr. W. C. GAYLEARD, of the Bell Inn, South Petherton, applied for an occasional licence and extension of time; the occasion was the annual village club. - Applicant was granted the occasional licence, but refused extension of time. - Mrs. PARKHOUSE of the Volunteer Inn, Seavington St. Michael, was granted an occasional licence to sell liquors in a tent on the date of the village club festival. - Mr. ROGERS, of the “George” Inn was granted an extension of one hour on the 9th May. - Mr. MANNING, landlord of the the New Inn, Dowlish Wake, was granted an hour's extension on May 23rd. - Mr. SLOCOMBE, of the Rose and Crown Inn, Dinnington, was granted occasional licence to sell beer in a tent, in a field opposite his house on May 18th, the club festival.

SCHOOL CASE. - Lucy CALLER, Ilminster, was summoned for not sending her child regularly to school. - Defendant did not appear; the case was proved by the school attendance officer, and a fine of 5s imposed.

“WHERE HE OBTAINED THE DRINK. - Charles MADDOCK was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Shepton Beauchamp, on the 3rd inst. - P.C. GREEN gave evidence, defendant not appearing. - A second charge of refusing to quit licensed premises was preferred by Mrs. Ann BEST, landlady of the New Inn, the complainant stated defendant visited her house several times on the day in question, and between six and seven o'clock entered drunk. She refused to serve him with beer when asked to do so, and requested him to leave the premises. This defendant would not do and used bad language. Defendant was a man of violent temper and, when under the influence of drink, would use very foul language. He appeared to be more crazy than drunk at the time. - The chairman pointed out that it appeared defendant got drunk at complainant's house, a thing she should on no account have allowed. - The Superintendent said he could explain how the man obtained beer. It appeared several men sent from the blacksmith's shop near for beer, from where defendant afterwards went to the publichouse to try and obtain more. - A fine of 7s 6d including costs was imposed.

ILL-TREATING A MARE. - Amos SCOTT, farmer, Seavington St. Michael, answered to a charge of cruelty to a mare, by working it in an unfit state. - P.C. COOMBES stated the offence occurred on the 3rd of April. He was on duty on the main road leading from the above-mentioned village to Lopen, and saw defendant in a field opposite Gummer's Castle, working a bay mare attached to an iron ring roller. Defendant was walking backwards urging the animal along; he watched it cross the field twice, sometimes being only able to pull the implement about a yard, then having to stop. He examined the horse, which was in a very poor condition, and found both its hind legs swollen to twice their ordinary size, the animal being in a bath of perspiration. In reply to witness defendant acknowledge the work was too hard for the animal, but said he wanted to finish the field. When drawing the roller the horse seemed to drag its hind legs after it, and appeared to be in considerable pain in its hind quarters. Defendant admitted the work was enough for two horses; afterwards saying he would guarantee the animal in question to draw a ton from there to Martock station. When defendant took the horse out of the roller, it seemed hardly able to carry its harness. The field that was being rolled was on the incline making it a stiff pull. He accompanied Inspector ADAMS, to defendants place two days later. - Inspector ADAMS of the R.S.P.C.A., said he saw the mare in question on the 5th April in a field belonging to defendant. It appeared to be an old mare, and was in a wretchedly poor condition, he scarcely thought it could do any work at all. Both hind legs were enlarged, and the horse had the appearance of being half starved. - Defendant said the horse was in a much better condition now than 12 months previously. It was an old mare, but very strong and able to do work it would take two horses to do. He had had it in his possession about two or three years, and was perfectly willing to let anyone see it work; guaranteeing it to comfortably haul a ton to Martock Station. - The Chairman advised defendant to be very careful in his use of his horse; the Bench dismissing the case on payment of cost.

OFFENDERS UNDER THE LIGHTING BYE-LAWS. Edwin BICKNELL, farmer, Curry Mallet, was charged with driving a horse and cart without having light during prohibited hours. - P.C. POLLARD proved the case, and stated that when called, the defendant did not stop but drove on. - Defendant said the constable did not ask him to stop but flashed his light on the horse's head causing it to swerve to the opposite side of the road, nearly throwing him out; it being sometime before he could pull up. He nearly always carried lights, but forgot them on this occasion. - On being informed he would have to pay a fine of 5s, defendant said it was his intention to bring an action against the police for “dangerous conduct,” in nearly throwing him out of his trap. - William HARBOUR was charged with a similar offence on the 10th inst. - P.C. WESTCOTT gave evidence. Fined 5s. - Thomas MALE, Shepton Beauchamp, was also charged with offending under the same bye-law on April 12th. - P.C. GREEN(?) stated the case, superintendent JENNINGS adding it had since come to their knowledge that defendant had driven a woman to Taunton to see her husband, who was lying ill in the hospital there, and wishing to remain with her husband as long as possible caused the defendant to be later than he expected. Had the police known this previously a summons would not have been issued. - Case dismissed. - Edward Reginald COLES, of Henlake(?), was the defendant in a case of the same ilk. - P.C. PHILLIPS brought the matter, and said he met the defendant at Beer Crowcombe, who said it being such a fine moonlight night he thought it unnecessary to light his lamps. - Fined 5s.

PIGS ASTRAY. - Robert PARKER, farmer, Barrington, was summoned for allowing a pig to stray on the highway. - P.C. ISAACS deposed to seeing the pig in question straying upon the highway at Barrington about 12 noon, on the 11th inst. He put it in the pound, and from further enquiries ascertained that it belonged to defendant, and had been straying since 6 o'clock the previous night. - Defendant said he sent a man for the pig on the 10th, who on going in somewhere on his way missed the pig, and arrived home after dark without it. Thinking it would be of no use to search then he sent out someone subsequently not troubling further about the matter. - The Super said defendant was very careless about his cattle, and had previously appeared in that Court on like charges. - Fined 2s 6d inclusive.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON ROWDYISM. - John ENGLAND, John MALE, Hobart MALE, George MALE, James BEELEY, & Arthur WELCH, youths of Shepton Beauchamp, all entered the dock, with the exception of Hobart MALE, who did not appear, to answer to a charge of disorderly conduct on Sunday, the 16th inst – P. C. GREEN stated that on the day in question, hearing a lot of shouting he went in the direction of the Institute where he saw defendants behaving in a very disorderly manner. Two of them unhanged the rectory gate and threw it into the road. On seeing him they ran off, leaving the gate in the road. - ENGLAND stated the gate was not thrown into the road, it was leaning against the two posts and fell down. - Super JENNINGS said he had received several complaints of the conduct of youths at Shepton Beauchamp, and was obliged to take proceedings to stop it. - The Chairman said they must put a stop to such rows, and defendants would be fined 2s 6d each, with the exception of Hobart MALE, who would have to pay 4s.

VACCINATION EXEMPTIONS. - Charles DAVIS, South Petherton applied for a certificate of exemption in respect of his child. - Granted. - John BIGG also made application of Mr. H. HEBDITCH, of Stratton, South(?) Petherton, Col. BLACK endeavoured to point out to him “the error of his way.” Applicant was, however, eventually granted the certificate.

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