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From: J GRIFFITHS <>
Subject: [MON] News Items of 1924 Number One-Hundred sixtynine
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 21:19:40 +0000 (GMT)
Western Mail Wednesday May 14th 1924.
William Bertram WATKINS, of Glyn-clydach, Neath, appeared once more before the Neath Bankruptcy-court on Tuesday for the registrar's decision.
It will be recalled that the deficiency was about £73,000. and the examination was adjourned from time to time for further particulars to be supplied by the debtor.
The Registrar (Mr. Reginald CHARLES) said that at the last hearing the Official Receiver (Mr. Henry REES) had applied that the case should be adjourned sine die.
Since then he had an opportunity of reading the notes of debtor's public examination.
It was clear, he said, that the debtor's failure had been brought about by un-warrantable and unjustifiable extravagance.
Since the war he did not appear to have had any regular income, and was still living in a style which he could only be justified if he had been in receipt of considerable means.
He had carried on, he added, by borrowing from his relations and moneylenders, with the inevitable result. It was not the case of a man in business who, through circumstances over which he had no control, suffered a serious diminution of income. Debtor in this case had for all practical purposes had no income. "He seems always to have been expecting to bring off some big deals, " said the Registrar, "but, with one exception, these deals never fructified."
The question the court had to consider was whether he had fully disclosed his affairs, and whether he had complied with the orders of the court.
The Official Receiver had pointed out numerous instances in which the debtor had not satisfactorily explained his affairs or had compiled with the orders of the court.
The Registar disagreed with Mr. SHIPTON (for the debtor) that he had done all he possibly could, but he had not satisfied the court. In the circumstances he must adjourn the case sine die.
John William JONES, miner, of 10, Prosser's-terrace, Abercregan, Cymmer, Port Talbot, appeared at Neath Bankruptcy-court on Tuesday for his public examination in bankruptcy.
His deficiency was £109 12s. 4d., and he attributed the cause of failure to ill-health of himself, wife, and son, the latter being paralysed. He had been suffering from bad health for three-and a-half years, and owed two years' rent. He had a gramophone and a wireless set, but he had sold them as well as part of the furniture. The wireless set without the valve had cost £2.10s.
The hearing was adjourned for the signing of the notes.
William SWAITHES, greengrocer, Senghenydd was summoned at Caerphilly Police-court on Tuesday in respect of 10s, water rate. Mr. HARSLEY, collector, said that the amount represented a balance of 40 per cent, upon the gross water charge which was due from defendant as a fishmonger.
Defendant submitted that he was not a fishmonger under the meaning of the Act, and it was a gross injustices that he should be asked to pay this charge whilst others did not to have to pay it. He said there was preferential treatment to his competiors, and he objected on those grounds.
The Bench made an order for payments.
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