Taunton Courier 06 Mar 1895 Curry Rivel Somerton Petty Sessions includes Harry FOURACRE of High Ham

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Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser Wednesday 06 Mar 1895

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PARISH COUNCIL. - A meeting of this Council was held at the Board Schools on Thursday evening in last week, Mr. E. B. C. TREVILIAN presiding. There were also present D. VEREKER, Messrs. J. COGGAN, W. GILLARD, W. H. OATEY, W. LANG, J. LANG, G. K. WEAVER, and S. S. WEBB, with Mr. WILLY (clerk). - Mr. E. Q. LOUCH, returning-officer, sent particulars of his charges in connection with the Parish Council election, and requested that a cheque for £7 1s 7d, the total amount, be forwarded to him. - Mr. W. LANG, said that before this bill could be paid it was necessary to issue a precept. - With regard to the question of allotments, it was unanimously decided that a notice be issued stating that all further applications for land at Hambridge and Curry Rivel should be sent to the Chairman of the Parish Council not later than the 9th of March. - The Chairman agreed to arrange for a meeting between the landowners at Hambridge and the following deputation:- Messrs. COGGAN, W. LANG, and GILLARD. - With respect to the proposal of the Great Western Railway Company to double their line between Langport and Durston for the purpose of express traffic between London and the West, Mr. W. LANG proposed “That this Parish Council requests the attention of the Board of Trade to the proposed doubling of the line by the G.W. R. Company between Durston and Langport, and expresses the opinion that the Company should, before proceeding, take steps to provide bridges over the line at the West Sedgmoor and Wick Moor crossings.” - The motion was unanimously carried, and the Clerk was instructed to forward a copy to the Secretary of the Board of Trade.


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TRANSFER. - The license of the New Inn, Somerton was transferred from Mr. BRAMLEY to Mr. HAYWARD.

TRESPASS IN SEARCH. - William KNOWLES and Albion DAVIS, of Langport, were summoned for trespassing in search of game on land at Huish Episcopi in the occupation of Mr. Thomas MEAD. - Charles BEST, game-keeper to Mr. EASTMENT, said he was in Little Wood, when he saw some dogs start something, and a hare come up the field. The dogs coursed the hare, and both the defendants followed them, urging them on. - DAVIS said himself and KNOWLES came from Drayton across the fields and did not trespass at all. - Fined 10s each and costs.

STORY OF A HARE. - Simon SPEARING, jun., miller, Harry FOURACRE, mason; and Solomon GILLETT, castrator, all young men, of High Ham, were charged with having a hare in their possession, unlawfully obtained from land at High Ham, on the 27th of January. - Mr. P. O. H. REED, of Bridgwater, prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr. A. E. EATON (from the office of Mr. J. TREVOR-DAVIES, of Yeovil) defended. - P.C. HORLER, of Huish Episcopi, stated that on Sunday, the 27th of January, he was going through a plantation called “Bowdens,” when he saw a dog working the plantation, and heard voices urging the dog on. When he got into the highway he saw the same dog and another working a ploughed field, and the three defendants were on the highway watching them. SPEARING had a collie dog with him. Witness asked GILLETT what he had in his pocket, and he replied nothing. He searched, and found in GILLETT's pocket a hare, which was quite warm, and appeared as if it had been killed by a dog. He believed the hare had not been killed more than a few minutes. He asked GILLETT where he got the hare, and he replied that he had bought it. - Cross-examined: Did not see the young men in any field on in the plantation, but on the highway. Was not aware that Mr. SPEARING, sen., had any land. - Simon SPEARING, sen., miller and farmer, Paradise Mills, called for the defence, said he had land attached to his mill. He employed GILLETT to operate upon some lambs, and told him if they did well he would give him a hare. On the Saturday afternoon he sent his son to a field with some mangold, and the dogs killed a hare, which his son brought home. Having promised GILLETT a hare, he gave it to him on Sunday morning. FOURACRE was present, and went away with his son and GILLETT. - Cross-examined: He occupied 11 acres of land near to the plantation. GILLETT came to his house that Sunday morning by appointment, and went away with his son and FOURACRE. He did not see GILLETT and FOURACRE again that day, and did not see his son again until the afternoon. The hare was killed on the Saturday, and he hung it up in the chimney corner. - After retiring for a short time Mr. GRENVILLE said the Bench considered it a very suspicious case. The witness SPEARING having said that he gave GILLETT the hare the Bench hardly liked to think that he had committed perjury, and therefore they gave defendants the benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the summonses.

AN INGENIOUS DEFENCE. - John CROSSMAN, labourer, High Ham, was charged with having been drunk at Huish Episcopi on the 7th February. - P.C. HORLER found defendant lying on the side of the road. He was drunk and incapable. Defendant denied that he was drunk. The frost had made the roads slippery, and he fell, and thus rendered insensible. - Ordered to pay 2s 6d.

NON-PAYMENT OF POOR-RATES. - John GOODING, Jabez BARTLETT, F. GARE, and W. NUTT, all farmers, of Somerton, were summoned by Mr. G. CORK, assistant-overseer, for the non-payment of poor-rates, due 1st of January last. - BARTLETT did not appear, and was ordered to pay the rates and costs. - The defence in the other cases was that the Assistant-Overseer had never asked them for the money. - Mr. CORK proved the delivery of the demand notes. - Messrs. GOODING and NUTT were ordered to pay the rates and costs; and Mr. GARE was ordered to pay the rates, without costs.

HORSES ASTRAY. - Noah BARGE, a gipsy, who did not appear, was fined £1 3s, including costs, for allowing a mare and colt to stray on the highway, at Walton, on the 16th February. - The case was proved by Sergeant MARTIN.

NO SKID-PAN. - William PIKE, labourer, was charged with driving a waggon on the highway, at Street, without having a skid-pan to the wheels. - P.C. SHARP proved the case. - The owner of the waggon said his son and not defendant was in charge; but consented that the case should be decided at this Court, instead of waiting for a fresh summons. - Fined 1s and 6s costs.

UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FOWLS. - Anna Maria MARTIN, of West Lydford, was summoned for having in her possession five fowls, without being able to account for the same. - Mr. A. E. EATON defended. - P.C. Walter SLOCOMBE stated that on the 5th ult., in company with P.C. WHITEHEAD, he went to defendant's house, at West Lydford, and told defendant they had come to see about some fowls that had been stolen the previous night from Farmer JAMES's. She said there were no fowls in her house. He went into the back-room, and in the cupboard he found five dead fowls, four of which had been plucked. On a table he saw some giblets and yolk of eggs. WHITEHEAD cautioned defendant, and she said she knew nothing about the fowls, but supposed her son George must have brought them home the previous night, but she had gone to bed and did not see him. He asked where the feathers were, and she pointed to a chest in the kitchen. He found the feathers in a brown paper bag. He found some stuffing on a table, and saw that preparations had been made for cooking four of the fowls. - P.C. WHITEHEAD corroborated. - Defendant, by the advice of her solicitor, pleaded not guilty, and elected to be summarily dealt with. - Mr. EATON called Rosina MARTIN, daughter of defendant, who said when she came downstairs in the morning her mother said there were some fowls in the basket, and told her to pick them. Her brother George was not there on the previous night when they went to bed. She picked the fowls, and put the feathers in a bag. Her mother told the police the fowls were in a box on the shelf. Witness denied the conversation described by the constables as taking place between them and her mother. - Frederick MARTIN, a son, and Louisa MARTIN, a daughter of defendant, gave evidence to the effect that their brother George frequently bought fowls, and brought them home to supply the house with provender. - Mr. EATON submitted that there was no evidence of guilty knowledge on the part of defendant, or of hiding. - The Bench considered the case proved, and imposed a fine of £3 and costs.

A LUNATIC ABROAD. - Ann SEWARD, a married woman, of Keinton Mandeville, was summoned for breaking a window in the dwelling-house of Thomas COCKNELL, of Keinton, on the 27th of February. - Mrs. CORKNELL having given evidence as to the damage, P.C. WHITEHEAD said the woman acknowledge that she broke the window, and said the devil told her to do it. - Defendant's husband said his wife had been seen by three doctors, who said she was insane. - The Bench ordered the husband to pay the damage, and said the parish officers ought to see that the woman was properly looked after or sent to an asylum.


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