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he found upon him other papers, the receipts showing that on the 23rd July he received money on behalf of the Modern Art Company, Tredegar, and a book showing that he was then representing Mr. William E. Smith of Cardiff.  The prisoner pleaded guilty to both charges and he was committed for two months with hard labour.

10 August 1912   Merthyr Crown Court    On Friday, Margaret Davies, milk vendor, Fochriw, was summoned for selling milk to Sergt. Nicholas which was found to be 6% deficient in butter fat upon analysis. Mr. F. P. Charles, who defended, said that the milk was sold as it came from the cow. The case was dismissed on payment of costs.

29 August 1936   £15 Fine For Milk Offence   John Slimmon, a farmer, of Fochriw, pleaded not guilty to selling milk deficient in butter fat on 6th July. Police Sergeant William Hamilton said he purchased a pint of milk from Slimmon, who said he obtained the milk from James Jones, Tynewydd Farm, Brecon, and that the milk arrived by rail each morning. The analyst's certificate showed that the sample of milk submitted was deficient in milk fat to the extent of not less than 20 per cent. Police Superintendent G. Griffiths said that he met the train on July 8th at Fochriw station on which the milk for Slimmon arrived from Brecon. He took a sample of the milk, and the analyst's certificate showed that it was genuine milk. Slimmon said he emptied the milk from one can to another and should have emptied it back again, but it was a very wet day. The Stipendiary: The analyst's certificate of the milk of the producer casts a certain suspicion around your head that it was adulterated. Slimmon: I would not attempt to tamper with it. The Stipendiary: We are satisfied that you adulterated this milk with your own hands. This kind of thing cannot be allowed to go on, and we would be lacking in our duty if we did not impose a punishment that will stop you doing it again, and as a warning to others. You are fined £15. There is no blame attached to the producer of the milk, although you tried to cast a reflection on him.

Fighting
9 September, 1865  Pugilistic    One of the unhopeful signs of our times - a pugilistic encounter - took place on Vochriw mountain on Monday evening last. Being an improper affair, they managed for some time to elude our vigilant constabulary. We have no doubts the belligerants (whose names are not worth recording) will hear more of this from another quarter.

16 February 1867  The Ring   On Monday morning, there was a “mill” for £1 a side, on the mountain at Twynywaun, between Cornelius Crowley, the “Cock of the Walk” of Dowlais, and James McDonald, the “Chinese Bantam” of Merthyr. Both men had undergone the necessary preparatory training for the fight, and bets, to a large extent in half-pence, were made upon the result of the contest, each champion being in almost equal favour with the lovers of this delightful pastime. Great efforts were made to keep the “whereabouts” from the police, but the blue gentry got scent of the little affair, and resolved that it should not be settled without thei assistance. The men, however, started early, tended by their seconds, and when a numerous crowd of admirers arrived on the mountain, a ring was formed. The usual preliminaries considerably abbreviated, the champions set to their brutal work. Fourteen rounds had been fought when the police hove in sight, and the champions skidaddled in two directions. Crowley ran to Rhymney whither he was pursued and surrounded opposite the Police Station there. McDonald fled to the Chinese Covers, from which he was brought by the police, soon after the other arrived from Rhymney. Crowley’s eyes were black and swollen, and he had evidently been more severely punished than McDonald. Both men were brought before Mr. Fowler, and bound over to keep the peace for six months.

16 February 1867  Monday morning: prize fight on mountain at Twynywaun - Cornelius Crowley (“Cock of the Walk” of Dowlais) and James McDonald (“Chinese Bantam” of Merthyr) - was dispersed by the police. Both men were brought before Mr Fowler and bound over.

Illegal Games
20 February 1869  The Game of “Cat and Dog” at Merthyr    We are glad to observe that Superintendent Thomas has commenced a crusade against the players of the well known game of “cat and dog.” This game, at all times attended with some risk to its players, is particularly dangerous when played in the roads with people passing to and fro. But for some time past, boys have grown so bold that it is common enough to find half a dozen parties of