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Alleged Adulterated Beer


At the Pontypridd police court on Wednesday before Mr I. P. Jenkins, Mr M. Llewellyn, landlord of the Babylon Hotel, Treherbert, and Mr Protheroe, landlord of the Royal Oak, Penyrenglyn, near Treherbert, were summoned for selling adulterated beer.

Mr Wilson (Randall, Wilson, and Cary) appeared for the defence. Mr Wilson remarked that: the case in which he appeared was similar to the beer cases which had been fully entered into and dismissed at the Bridgend police-court on Saturday last, and the beer had been brewed in the same brewery, the Ely Brewery. His worship was well aware that the examination of the character of the boer involved a great deal of expense, and the analysis carried out by skilled men in London was a very expensive matter. Of course, as the beer in this case was of the same character, the result of the analysis would be identically the same. He would, therefore, ask the prosecution to withdraw the summonses.—Supt. Jones observed that he was quite prepared to proceed with the cases, bub he had no objec- tion to an adjournment. — Mr Wilson went on to say that as the cases at Bridgend bad been dismissed, it was but fair that these cases should be withdrawn.— Mr T P Jenkins stated tbat the Pontypridd magistrates did not take the decision of other magistrates aa a preced^t-Superintendent Jones remarked that if Mr Wilson desired to be governed by precedents, he should not overlook the decision of the Llandaff petty sessions regard- ing similar cases.—The hearing of the summonses was adjourned till October 12th. The several cases in which proceedings have been taken by the Merthyr police in respect of the alleged adulteration of beers will be heard at the pohce-court here, as far as Merthyr defen- dants are concerned, on the 1st prox., and not on the 3rd pros., as rumoured.

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