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CARDIGANSHIRE ASSIZES.

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CARDIGANSHIRE ASSIZES. The Commission for these Assizes was opened in the Shirehall, Cardigan, on Monday, Jan. 20, before Mr. J. B. Maule, Q.C., the Commissioner appointed in the place of Mr. Justice Hawkins, who is detained in London by press of criminal business. The honourable gentleman arrived in Cardigan between three and four p.m., and was met at the Judge's lodgings by the Right Hon- ithe Earl of Lisburne, high sheriff for the county, who wore the uniform of a Lord-Lieutenant. After the Commis- sion had been opened the Commissioner, attended by the usual retinue of police constables and other officials, at- tended divine service in St. Mary's Church, where the assize sermon was preached by the Rev. John Jones, Head Master of the Ystrad-Meurig Grammar School, the High Sheriff's chaplain. TUESDAY. The Court re-assembled on Tuesday morning, at 10.30. THK GRAND JUlty. The following grand jurymen answered to their names âMessrs. J. B. J. Jordan, Pigeonsford .(foreman), T. E. Lloyd, M.P., Coedrnore, Herbtrt Vaughan, Brynog, Thos. Davies, Cardigan, J. N. Howell, Noyadd, Tretawr, T. H. Brenchley, Glaneirw, W. G. Davies, Cardigan, Morris Davies, Ffosrhydgaled, C. H. Ll. Fitz-Williams, Adpar, Thomas Lloyd, Adpar Cottar, and M. J. V, Davies, Tanybwlcb. Only eleven gentlemen having answered to their names out of thirteen,- the lowest num- ber required, the following two gentlemen were called into the box, and sworn :-Alessrs. James Graham Keil, Plasygwernant, and Thomas Williams, Penrallt, Aber- porth. After the Queen's proc'amation against v CO and immorality had been read, the Hon. Commissioi.er briefly addressed the grand jury to the following effec,- Gentlemen of the grand juryâThere are but two cases to come before you presently, which constitute all the business of the Assizes. There is a case Of felony alleged to have been committed by William Gooch against a girl under thirteen years of age. You will see by the evidence the character of the charge, and that without my saying more will suggest to you the manner in which you will deal with it. The second case on the calendar is that in which Morgan Hughes and Abraham Jones, are both charged with rob- bing a hen roost; they were, it appears, seen op. the morning of the 8th January on the premises of the prose- cutor where fowls were kept. The fowls were lacked up, which is sufficient to show they could not get out of their own free will. Hearing a noise in the place where the fowls were kept, the prosecutor and his brother got up and saw the prisoners with dogs coming out of the fowls' house. On their coming down they found three fowls dead in the yard, but the prisoners got away. They were followed and caught, butâand this is the difficulty-they were not taken into custody; they had, it is asserted, coats on with bulging pockets; and seven fowls were missed besides those killed.. The inference for the prosecution is that the contents of the prisoners pockets were those fowls. The property has not been round, and it is for you to say whether the evidence to be brought before you is sufficient to justify you in returning a true bill or not. You must also bear in mind that if twenty-three gentlemen ou the panel hai com posed the jury, the majority to return a bill would be twelve, therefore as lyou are but thirteen the number must still remain at twelve. The Grand Jury returned true bills in both cases brcu^Lt before them. STEALING FOWLS AT LLANB VDARNFAWR. Morgan Hughes and Abraham Jones surrendered to their bail and pleaded not guilty to stealing fowls, the property of David Hughes, at J-Ianbadarnfawr, on the 8th of January. Mr. Abel Thomas, instructed by Mr. A. Hughes, Aberystwyth, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Henry Allen, instructed by Mr. Griffith Jones, Aber- ystwyth, for the defence. The evidence for the prosecu- tion having been taken, it was not denied that the prisoners were on the premises where the fowls were. but it was contended by the learned Counsel for the defence that the prisoners had asserted they were going down the river close by for some purpose or other, which was im- material to the charge of stealing, when their dogs disturbed the fowls and killed three of them, the prisoners following in order to get them off. Al- though the prisoners did deny when apprehended being on the premises at all., they possibly did so in their anxiety to cloak another otfence; he did not say it was so, but possibly it might be so. Evidence as to character having been called, his Lordship summed up. He animadverted on the lie told by the prisoners either one way or the other, and stated that an innocent person would not have told an untruth, but would have stated at once when charged with the theft of fowls that they were on the river side shooting wild duck or otherwise.â The Jury, after a consultation of about half-an-hour, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoners were immediately discharged from custody. CRIMINAL ASSAULT AT LLANLLWCHAIARN. William Gooch, a repulsive-looking tramp, pleaded guilty to a common assault upon one Sarah Owens, of Dolnant, in the parish of Llanlhvchaiarn, in the county of Cardigan, aged twelve years and seven months. He also pleaded guilty to a previous conviction for arson in W?. Sentenced to five years' penal servitude. This concluded the business of the Assize.

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