The Cardiff Times, 23rd August 1884
PENARTH. A QUARREL BETWEEN WOMEN.
At the Penarth police court on Monday before Messrs J. S. Corbett, J. Ware, and Dr. Lewis, Mary Smith, Cogan, was charged with assaulting Martha Heenan, also of Cogan, on the 5th inst.
Complainant stated that she was in her house when defendant came there and struck her twice. She also pulled her hair and hit her with a stool. Defendant used most shocking language the whole time.
The evidence having been corroborated; the Chairman said those quarrels between women were becoming very frequent, and the bench must try to put a stop to them. The present was a very clear case, and they would fine defendant £1 and expenses, or she must go to prison for 14 days. Defendant said I cannot pay; I have a family of children.The Chairman: Your having a family is the more reason that you should behave better.
Source: The Cardiff Times, August 23, 1884, page 2. Publisher=David Duncan and William Ward. Via National Library of Wales http://newspapers.library.wales
Weekly Mail: 6th September 1884
The transcription of this article is:
ASSAULT. At Penarth (before Mr. J. Corbett, and Dr. Lewis), Mary Smith, living at Dock Street, Cogan, was charged with wilful damage at that place on the 20th and 27th of August.
The scenes of her exploits were the houses occupied by Mrs. Louisa Heenan and Mrs. Martha Miller. In the first she had broken a pane of glass and a flower pot and the damage was estimated at 6d.; and on the succeeding night she silently wended her way to the house of the second complainant and destroyed two panes of glass and a paraffin oil lamp, doing damage to the extent of 8s.
Defendant, who seemed quite astounded that she should be summoned for these offences, was, at the conclusion of the evidence, sent to gaol for one month with hard labour.
Source: Weekly Mail, August 6, 1884, page 7. publisher, Henry Mackenzie Thomas. Via National Library of Wales http://newspapers.library.wales