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BRECONSHIRE RIFLE ASSOCIATION.

THE LORDS' "AMENDMENTS" TO…

THE DOWLAIS ATURDER.

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

FASHIONABLE WEDDING.

RESPITE OF THE CONVICT WATKINS.

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RESPITE OF THE CONVICT WATKINS. Since sentence was passed upon Watkins his demean- our has been very quiet, and the efforts of thehaplain appear to have had some influence over him, as he ap- pears to feel the serious position in which he is placed. He is kind and thankful to all about him, and he has made a sort of a statement to the Governor of the Gaol that he found Anderson and the old woman in bed together. He then went to the kitchen and got the poker and struck Anderson, but he had no intention of injuring him. He deeply regrets that his passion overcame him, and he spends hours daily in reading the Bible. The old woman is now scouted by the people, and it is probable she will be obliged to'leave the neighbourhood. A memorial, signed by upwards of 600 persons residing in Dowlais, has been forwarded to the Home Secretary, for a remission of his sentence to transportation for life, on the ground that there was an absence of premeditation, and on Tuesday morning Mr. Woods, the Governor of Cardiff Gaol, received by post an official communication from the Home Office announcing a respite for the condemned murderer. The news was rapidly circulated through the town immediately after post-time, and the feeling gener- ally expressed was one of satisfaction that the execution would not now take place. As it is only a respite in point of fact, so that further inquiries and consideration may be given to the same, it is possible that the execution may yet be ordered, but taking all the circumstances, together with the reprieves which have been in several instances granted to condemned murderers, the probabilities are, that the final sentence of death will not be carried out, and in all likelihood it will end in a commutation of the sentence to one of penal servitude for life. The governor of the gaol forwarded the information immediately to the High Sheriff of the county, and in company with the chaplain of the gaol, the Rev. E. Jones, he also lost no time in communicating the fact of the arrival of a respite to the unhappy criminal, who received it with the same amount of calmni ss and composure which he has displayed throughout his incarceration. When he was informed of the respite, he at once dropped upon his knees, and extemporarily broke forth in expressions of contrition for his crime, prayer for forgiveness, and thanks to God for the mercy vouchsafed to him in the extended opportunity for repentance in this life. It is to be hoped, now that the wishes so generally expressed, that the town will not be called upon to witness the horrors of an execution, will be fulfilled ia ¡ this wretched case.

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BRECON TOWN COUNCIL.