to stop her. There was then a lot of hair pulling. Mrs Thomas was fined 20 shillings and costs, and each of her daughters 10 shillings and costs.

12 February, 1916   Bankruptcy    Evan Henry Davies, aged 35, a collier, of Pentwyn,  Fochriw, appeared at the Merthyr Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday for his first public examination. Replying to the Official Receiver, Mr. Ellis Owen, he stated that he was married in 1902, and attributed his failure to his deceased wife "going into debt without my knowledge." Prior to the death of his wife in April, 1915, he had no knowledge that she was contracting debts, but then he received notice from creditors, together with county court papers. His gross liabilities amounted to £51-10-4, and his assets were £10. There was a deficiency of £41-10-0, of which £17-4-5 were for groceries. The hearing was adjourned for the signing of papers.

3 February 1917   Fochriw Baker's Affairs   At Merthyr Bankruptcy Court, on Tuesday, before the Registrar, the first public examination into the affairs of Mr. Thomas Llewellyn, 18, Dynevor-street, baker and provision merchant, was held. It was stated that Mr. Llewellyn had gross liabilities of £2,186-13-4, of which £1,494-1-9 was expected to rank for dividend. His net assets were £567-0-8, and there was a deficiency of £927-1-1. Mr. Llewellyn, aged 63, had commenced business in November 1884, having previously worked as a colliery winding engine man. He had kept a farm and a public house in addition to the business. The causes of failure were ill health, bad debts and a keen competition. There were 230 debtors and his assets included £275-4-5 cash in hand. His net profit for the last 12 months was £330, and during 1916 his takings amounted to £4,287-19-8. Since December 8th last, his average weekly takings were £103. The hearing was adjourned for further investigation, and will await the result of the creditors' meeting.

3 March 1917   "Too Much Credit"   The adjourned public examination was held at Merthyr Bankruptcy Court of Thomas Llewellyn, grocer etc, Fochriw, who was questioned at considerable lengths by the Official Receiver, upon the details of his amended deficiency account, which he now presented. He was examined in detail upon his estimate of household expenses, and as to the ownership of furniture, some of which was claimed by his wife, and some, including the piano, by Mrs. Watts, her sister-in-law, who lived with the family. He was also questioned as to borrowing and lending flour. It was the practice of the tradesmen at Fochriw to give each other accommodation in such respects, and Mr. Llewellyn said that all the flour he had borrowed from, or lent to, other tradesmen, had been duly returned in each case. He attributed his failure to ill-health and other causes, including keen competition and book debts (which he had continued to regard as good). He did not think it was necessary for him to have given so much credit, and he was afraid his wife was too lenient. Upon the application of Mr. W. W. Meredith, the examination was closed.

8 March 1919   Bankruptcy    At Merthyr Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday, Thomas Thomas, colliery night lander and newsagent, came up for examination. His liabilities were £115-15-4, and deficiency £113-15-4. The causes of his failure were an inability to follow his occupation readily owing to his hands and feet being crippled. The receiving order, on debtor's petition, was made on the 17th February, and he was adjudged bankrupt on that date. An execution was levied against him on the 14th February, but the bailiff withdrew as there were no effects. The debtor, aged 40, said that his earnings were small owing to his being crippled, and to supplement his earnings, he commenced, in November 1917, a small news vending business at his private address. He discontinued the business until October 1918, being unable, on account of illness, to meet the claims for the newspapers supplied to him. No books of account of any kind were kept by him. The liabilities comprise four creditors for papers etc. supplied to the business, £49-5-5; one for the hire of a sewing machine, £9-7-6; and eleven for goods and clothing, £55-2-5. The examination was closed.

21 October 1922   Bankruptcy    At Merthyr Bank Court on Thursday, Mr. W. J. Canton, solicitor, appeared for David ap Jones, H. Lloyd Jones and John Lloyd Jones, the Supply Stores, grocers, Fochriw. The examination was adjourned for the debtors to furnish an account of debts to the estate. Mr. H. A, Oliver, Merthyr, was the debtors accountant.