The Western Gazette 28 Oct 1881 Ilminster County Petty Session inc ADAMS BRISTER WINTER Westport CORNELIUS Shepton Beauchamp Kingsbury Episcopi VAUX Seavington MALE

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The Western Gazette. Friday 28 Oct 1881

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WEDNESDAY. - Before Mr. W. BLAKE (chairman), Major LANGWORTHY, Captain RABAN, and Mr. J. W. SHEPHERD.

TRANSFER OF LICENSE. - Mr. H. PAULL applied for the transfer of the license of the Happy Return Inn, Chaffcombe, from John HANN to John COOK. Several testimonials having been handed in as to the good character of the applicant, the request was granted.

TRESPASSING IN PURSUIT OF GAME. - Theophilus ADAMS, Charles BRISTER, and Albert WINTER, labourers, of Westport, were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game on land belonging to Mr. R. T. COMBE, Earnshill, Curry Rivel. - Mr. H. PAULL appeared to prosecute. - George LAWRENCE, keeper, said that about five o'clock in the morning of the 7th September, heard the report of a gun. On looking into a fi <sic> he called “Wheatclose,” in the parish of Earnshill, he saw ADAMS with a double-barrelled gun. The other two defendants had nothing. They handed a rabbit from one to another. There was no public path in the field. When they came up to him he asked them if they had had good sport, but they said, “None at all.” Some little time after, he again met ADAMS with the gun, and asked him for the rabbit which he had shot, but he denied having one. - The magistrates, considering that the case was not proved against BRISTER and WINTER, discharged them, and fined ADAMS 10s and 5s costs. - ADAMS was then charged with a similar offence on property belonging to the Rev. S. H. GRUEBER, of Hambridge. - Mr. Stephen GRUEBER stated that on the 18th October, he was walking down Church Lane about a quarter to three. Hearing the report of a gun he went to a gate at the end of the lane, a distance of about 60 yards, when he saw the defendant coming towards him in a field called “Seven Acres,” in the parish of Ile Brewers. The defendant had a gun. When witness accused him of shooting on his land he denied having done so, and said he had shot the rabbit on the road between Mr. GRUEBER's land. Witness demanded the gun and rabbit, which defendant refused to give up. - Defendant said if he had a gun license he had a perfect right to shoot anywhere. - The magistrates pointed out to him that this was an erroneous idea, fined him 1s and 6s costs, and cautioned him as to the future.

A DROP TOO MUCH. - George CORNELIUS and Edward ALLEN, labourers, of Shepton Beauchamp, were summoned for being drunk and disorderly. - Mr. H. PAULL appeared for them, and pleaded guilty, stating the men had been threshing and had had an extra jar of cider given to them, which had proved too much. - Defendants were fined 1s and 3s 3d costs each.

CHARGE OF BEING DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. James VICKERY, marine-store dealer, Drayton, was summoned for being drunk at the New Inn, Hambridge. - Mr. JOLLIFFE, of Crewkerne, appeared for the defence. - P.C. WHITE said that on the 7th October, about 8 p.m., he saw the defendant's horse and waggon standing in front of the New Inn. About 20 minutes afterwards P.C. LYE and himself went into the house to look for the defendant. They met him coming out of the taproom into the passage. He was “staggering drunk.” Witness asked the landlord and landlady, who were standing near, what they meant by allowing the man to get into that state, and Mrs. WOODLAND said he did not “have it” there. Defendant said he had had only one pint, and on trying to walk fell down in the passage. Being in so helpless a state P.C. LYE assisted him into the waggon, and witness drove him home. He was very abusive and said, “I will have Jimmy JOLLIFFE to take your coat off your back.” (Laughter.) Cross-examined: He did not see defendant drink anything in the public house. The landlady did not say he had only one glass, and did not drink the whole of that. - P.C. LYE stated that he and the last witness met the defendant coming from the tap-room. As he hurried to get out of the front door he fell down in the passage. - Mr. JOLLIFFE addressed a long defence to the Bench denying the charge entirely. He called Mrs. WOODLAND, wife of the landlord, who said defendant had only one glass of beer at her house, and part of this he left. In her opinion he was not intoxicated. - John WOODLAND, the landlord, said he had occupied the house a year and ten months and had never been convicted. On the day in question he was engaged with some persons in the bar, and in consequence of that he could not see the defendant for some time. The defendant did not fall down in the passage or the porch. He did not believe VICKERY was drunk. – William MORRIS, of Westport, said he was at the Inn when the defendant came. He did not think he was the worse for liquor. VICKERY only had one glass of beer, and did not drink the whole of that. Witness did not see him fall down, and he did not see why drink should not have been supplied to him. - Thomas CABLE, a step-son of defendant's wife, said he was at home when VICKERY returned. Defendant got out of the cart and went into the house without any help. - After a short deliberation, the Chairman said they believed the defendant was drunk, but as he was not violent, they would only fine him 1s and 10s costs. They did not think he got drunk in the New Inn, and, therefore, the case against WOODLAND, the landlord, for permitting drunkenness in his house, would not be gone into.

SCHOOL BOARD CASES. - Simeon HILL, George BOON, and John HOOPER, all of Ashill, were summoned for not sending their children regularly to school. - George LONG, school attendance officer of the Ashill School Board, proved the cases, and a fine of 1s 6d was inflicted in each case.

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. - John SAVIDGE, butcher, of Kingsbury Episcopi, was summoned for working a gelding whilst in an unfit state. - Mr. G. W. APLIN, Inspector of the R.S.P.C.A., stated that on the 19th Aug., between 10 and 11 a.m., he saw defendant in charge of a horse and cart. He noticed how poor and weak the animal was, and on examination he found on the off shoulder a raw wound the size of a two shilling piece, one on the back, one under the tail, and one on the near side, all of which came in contact with the harness, which was covered with blood and dirt. Witness advised him to let a veterinary surgeon see it, but before doing so defendant put some black grease on the wounds to deceive him. - Mr. R. WARE, veterinary surgeon, of Martock, deposed that he found the wounds described by the Inspector. They had been blackened with some greasy substance. The horse was unfit for work. - The defendant, who was represented by his son, was fined £1, and 17s 6d costs. - John VAUX, baker, of Seavington, was summoned for a similar offence. - P.S. TALBOT said that on the 10th Sept. he saw the defendant beating his pony most unmercifully with a thick stick. Witness stopped the defendant, and found several wounds on both sides of the animal, caused by the blows. From one of the sores which defendant was striking blood and matter were oozing. He asked the defendant why he beat the pony so, and he replied that it was a “slug.” When the animal was examined by the Inspector nine wounds were found on it. - Mr. APLIN said he went to Seavington on the 16th September and examined the pony. He found four wounds on one side, two or three inches long; four on the near side, and a very large one near the hip, from all of which matter was oozing. The animal was in a very poor condition, and had been most badly treated. - The defendant was fined £1 and 6s costs, and advised to be more careful in future.

STEALING WALNUTS. - Mark MALE, a lad, was summoned for stealing a quantity of walnuts, the property of Mr. John BULLEN. He was fined 2s 6d.

STEALING APPLES. - Theodora LOCK and Mary Ann LOCK, married women, of Curry Rivel, were summoned for stealing a quantity of apples, the property of Mr G. K. WEAVER, and were fined 3s 6d each. - Robert MARTIN, Ruth MALE and Elizabeth MALE, were ordered to pay the costs for similar offences.

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