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CARDIFF POLICE COURT.-SATURDAY. [Held before H. Morgan, Esq., and John Homfray, Esq.] SMUGGLING WHISKEY.â.Thomas Fisher, master of the William,' of Waterford, was charged with smuggling whiskey. David Rees having been sworn, saidâI atn a tide-waiter, and live at Cardiff. On the ICth of May be- tween 10 and 11 at night, I was at the upper end of the Bute Dock, and saw Win. Parry coming from the east side of the dock to the west across a bridge, with a bag on his back. I asked him what he had got in the bag. He said â" I don't know-it is something for my master." The batr contained a owk which Ire said he had on board the William.' I took him and the cask to the Custom-house. I bored a hole in it and found it contained whiskey. I marked the cask and locked it up, and then took Parry to the Tide SurveyorâThomas. I am sure the cask contained whiskey. It was about a six-gallon cask. I afterwards shewed the same cask to Mr. Thomas at the Custom-house: he tasted it and said it was whiskey. Thomas Thomas sworn :âI am tide-surveyor of the Customs at Cardiff. About 11 o'clock on the night in question, David Rees came to my residence and called me up. I came down and found he had a boy in charge. He told me he had taken him with a keg of whiskey which he had locked up in the Custom-house. I took the boy to Mr. Stockdale and left him there. I then went with Rees to the Customhouse, where he shewed me the cask. I found it contained whiskey. I am not judge enough to say whether it is Scotch or Irish, but here is the sample I took at the time. [Mr. T. produced a small quantity of the spirit.] I measured the contents and found them to be 4 gltllons and 7 pints, and the strength to be 12 4-5 O. P. I put official seal on the cask. I found on the cask the impression of a seal in coloured wax with the words Fisher, Quay, Waterford." William Parry swornI am with my father in the boat under Mr. Morgan, of Merthyr. On the morning in question I met lNjr- Fisher about 9 o'clock, by the pump on the Wharf at Cardiff, and he told me to tell my father to come down to his vessel about 9 at night, that he had some business for my master. I met my father afterwards and told him. We went down to the vessel. She was lying near the bottom of the New Dock. She is called the William.' I went on board and asked for the business for my master, when the mate gave me a cask in a bag. He told the cook to come and help me to carry it. I did not see the captain there when I had it. The mate did not say anything to me about it, but the captain told me iu the morning he had a business for my masterâMr. Edward Morgan of Merthyr. I took the bag on my back, and the cook and I carried it by spells; and when we were alone about half way up the dock he went back, and I went on till I was taken by Rees. I had been at the vessel before. Captain Fisher said to the boyâI had bought 500 sacks of flour for Mr. Morgan, and that was the business I wanted to see your father about. In answer to a question put by Mr. Homfray, Mr. Thomas said when vesggig came in from Ireland they were merely examined and not minutely searched. That exa- mination had taken place when the William' arrived, and all that was visible to the officer was about from one to two gallons of whiskey. Three gallons were generally allowed, but that depended upon the number of hands that are on board, and if they have more than the officers think sufficient for the Voyage, the officers put their seal on it until they are ready tosail. Ho examined the' William* and saw nothing of the cask. She was laden with coal and quite ready for sea'. Captain Fisher said- with respect to the seal, he had seal of that description', that he kept a spirit vault in Waterford, and WM in the habit of supplying vessels with spirits, and always sent that seal on his casks, and had no doubt plenty with the sam.e mark could be found in the port at the time. With regard to the keg he could only say he bad not seen it on board throughout the voyage. Several gentlemen present spoke of Captain Fisher as being a highly respectable man and of unimpeachable character. Mr. Morgan said the bench had considered the case; and looking at the evidence as it stood linked together, it left no doubt on their minds as to what they had to do. The evidence was most conclusive, but at the same time they were induced to be as lenient as possible, believing that it was not done with the real intention of defrauding the re- venue, and under that impression they would fine him the lowest amount the law would admit, viz.-£:?5, which sum was instantly paid. FURIOUS DRIVING. â Daniel Thomas charged William Morgan, butcher, Barry, with having on the 10th ult. furiously driven his horse and cart, and with not having his name on the said cart, and with having been drunk. Fined 40s. and 10s. costs. MONDAY. [Held before H. Morgan, Esq., and the Rev. J. Evans ] Mr Superintendent Stockdale preferred a charge against a man named Thomas Heivson, for having been the prin- cipal ringleader of a sort of riot which took place in Mary Ann-street, who, after a patient investigation, was com- mitted to the House of Correction for one month, there to be kept to hard labour. ASSAULT. â William Thomas and James James were severally convicted in the penalty of fifteen shillings, in- cluding costs, for having assaulted Thomas Dunn. Paid. THURSDAY,â[Before Henry Morgan, Esq.] Robert Malone, seaman, on board .the « Swan' of Cork, charged Joseph Ely, seaman, who lately served on board the same vessel, and which he only left on Tuesday, with having stolen a pair of new Wellington boots. It was proved that the prisoner left the vessel on Tuesday, and that on Wednesday he returned and again left with his clothes, &c. The boots were shortly afterwards missed by prosecutor who instantly suspected that the prisoner had stolen them, and thereupon gave immediate information to Mr. Superintendent Stockdale. Enquiries, which were instantly and diligently made, led one of the policemen to the shop of Mr. Wylde, pawnbroker, where he found the boots. Mr. Wylde, in his evidence, stated that the pri- soner brought the boots to his shopâoffered to sell them for eight shillings, (namely, at about one-third of their! value, as they are entirely new Wellington boots,) but eventually agreed to take four shillings for them. How- ever, it appeared from enquiring further into the case that the prisoner did not intend to sell or to steal the bootsâthat he intended merely to "raise money on them for a spree,"âand that in the evening he actually- sent to redeem them with the view of returning them to the owner. He was consequently dismissed, hut previous to leaving the office he received a most severe and well-merited reprimand from Mr. Morgan, who told him that by his thoughtless conduct he had nearly placed hunself III the position of a felon,

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