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Date: 19 February 1918

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FOUR YEARS' WAGES
Found on Chinaman Charged With Assault.

At Aberavon on Monday, Ah Quai, a Chinese seaman employed on a British ship, was charged with assaulting Arthur Duff, second mate, and F. Battensby, the chief officer of the ship, and also with disobeying the lawful commands of the two officers. He was also charged under the Merchant Shipping Act. There was a cross-summons for assault. Mr. Evan Gibson Davies represented the second mate and captain, and Mr. Lewis M. Thomas was for Ah Quai.

Inspector Hall said that when charged the defendant denied the assault, and said that the officers struck him.

Defendant, in the box, denied the offence. He never gambled, but admitted in cross-examination that he had over £80 on him when arrested. This, he explained, was four years’ wages. The chief mate hit him with a knuckle-duster.

The defendant was fined £ 10, and the cross summons dismissed.


Source:
'Four Years' Wages.' The Cambria Daily Leader. 19 Feb. 1918. 2.

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