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« [SECOND EDITION.] After the adjournment, the following witnesses were called by Air. riews, the first being Joseph Lovering, who repeated nearly verbatim his state- ments recorded in the report of LIeutenant Lewis's case. Inliis cross-examination he said: He saw no kicking; he was not bound to see anything; he did not see Moore and Bell do any- thing to May; it was outside the crowd round Lewis and May that witness took the stump from Moore; but in his re-exami- nation he said I took the stump from him because I had the care of them; he was not willing- to give it up; I got one end and he got the other he asked me if I was going to use it; I told him that did not matter to him, and that I must have it; he threatened to strike me with it, and I told him that if' he did I would strike him back. John Griffiths gave corroborative evidence. William Doran then deposed I am a ship-broker, and reside in Swansea; I know Mr. Moore, one of the defendants; on the day of the review, near Briton Ferry Road Station (Wednesday, 31st July.) I had some talk with Mr. Moore; I cannot say posi- tively that in that conversation Mr. May's name was mentioned; on the following day it was; he said that Mr. Lewis intended horsewhipping Mr. May the first day he met him, and that he intended going with him Levis was not then present; Moore was by himself; on the Wednesday Moore asked me if I had seen a letter in the Cambria Daily Leader in reference to a gen- tleman looking at ladies bathing at Briton Ferry, and giving a description of the gentleman; I said I had not; he said that the letter evidently bore reference to Mr. Lewis; I said, Why so;" he said, "Because all his friends have been speaking to him about the letter, and saying he was the person referred to," and in consequence of his friends having spoken to him about it, he intended to horsewhip the writer; I asked him not to have any- thing to do with it lie said that he was merely going, as :II'. Lewis's friend, to see that they had fair play, as iie believed Mr. Lewis would do if ever placed in a similar position that was all that passed. Cross-examined He showed no feeling in the matter, except as Lewis's friend; in fact, he treated the thing rather in a jocular manner. Alfred Bryant Campion then deposed: I am surveyor of highways in this district; I know Ir. Moore I saw him at Briton Ferry road on the review day; Ir. Thomas was with me; I had some conversation with Mr. Moore about a paragraph in the Daily Le<uh-r\ Moore did say something about May, and that it was a very scandalous proceeding on his part to" write such a letter, and that he deserved a thrashing for it; Dr. Thomas was present, and might have heard what was said; Moore said he deserved a good thrashing for writing such a â paragraph to injure the character of a respectable man like Mr. Lewis; nothing was said about" jelly" or about" pounding" to the best of my recollection; Mr. Moore said that he hoped Mr. May would be well thrashed; it was known between us who was the writer of the letter, and the remarks were applied to the writer; I said it was well known who he was, and that he wasn't afraid of him the expression used was that he hoped he would be "thrashed, so that his bones might be made soup of;" other similar expressions were made use of. Cross-examined: We were not chaffing- each other; Moore had pressed me much to tell the name of the writer; I said it was well known, and I believe I told him the name'; when I said he wasn't afraid of him I meant he wouldn't mind standing up in a fight, and a fight between them was rather expected by the public I told Moore that May was rather an athletic man, and could take care of himself, and it was after that Moore used the expressions I spoke of. Re-examined I had no talk with May about the thrashing until Saturday night. b-eorge l-iyrlmg, 31. R C. S., repeated his evidence as reported in the case of Lieutenant Lewis, and added that the kick from a man's foot would produce the marks on the side. They were higher up than the hip. In cross-examination he said I heard this day week a de- scription of certain struggles or scuffles between a Mr. Lewis and Air. I can't st-, -if that was sufficient to cause the in- juries I have described. The blow on the back was a severe one; a fall or a cricket stump would not have caused it; he was bruised all over the chest and sides; the bruises might have been caused by kicks. Superintendent Phillips deposed that Mr. Bell was given into his custody by P.C. Phelps, on the 2nd of August. Mr Plows said that the superintendent's evidence closed his case. "Nir. Smith asked for an adjournment, and Mr. Plews seconded it. Mr. Smith We cannot facilitate the inquiry by going on I have summoned no less than five witnesses. The Ex-Mayor Are you going to call them ? Mr. Smith Certainly, sir. The Ex-Mayor I think that the only course open to me in order to administer justice here is that the case should go on. Mr. Smith then rose to reply for the defence. He said I rise to say how greatly I feel the responsibility of this case, the more especially as we are now charged with being aiders and abettors and accessories to do some bodily harm. But I should like to know what atom of evidence there is against Mr. Bell, and when on the ground, I should like to know what else he did but do as others doâlook on; lie was simply there as a spectator. Sup- pose you could hide from your mind the letter in the Leader the sufferings of Mr. Mayâor the assault-before you charge us with an intent to do bodily harm, is there anything that can justify the idea that there was an intent to do grievous bodily harm The speaker then referred to the "chaff" between Mr. Campion and Mr. Moore and Mr. Bell, and the remarks made on the Burrows about :\11'. Lewis. The Ex-Mayor There was no evidence of Mr. Lewis's pre- sence on the ground at Briton Ferry. Mr. Smith I'll prove they were on the ground together at the Briton Ferry review. The speaker continued: 1\11'. Lewis, smarting under the indignity of a libellous letter, whieh he says is scandalously untrue,âhe is joined by two friends who wit- nessed the castigations on the field, and a man is not to desert his friend, even though he determines to do that which is wrong in point of law. This is not doing wrong. They went with the intention of standing by in the hour of need, and see fair play. It is, therefore, absolutely false to say they went to assist in an assault on lr. May. Mr. Smith then reviewed the evidence of the witnesses, dwelling with peculiar emphasis on the evidence of Mr. Doran and Mr. Campion, and reverting to the visit of the men to the field, and the reply of May to Mr. Moore while standing by the stumps, endeavouring to prove that Moore and Bell were simply spectators. The fact of Lewis going to com- mit an assault did not inculpate the two present defendants for if (said the learned gentleman), they went there to commit murder, why, in God's name, did they not do it while they had the chance. The evidence respecting the three kle was then most vehemently denounced, the gentlemanly position of the defendant being adduced as a reason for controverting the evidence of Mr. Swash. The running away" of Mr. Moore was then sarcastically referred to, and the discrepancies of the witnesses in reference to the fact pointed out. Air. Hutchins then came in for a share of the learned gentleman's cutting sarcasm and he said: Hutchins, always smiling, the gentleman -I, a who was so pugnacious -the gentleman who dipped his fingers into the dirty affair-the gentleman who arrested a man half his size-tlie gentleman who was always busy. 1\11'. Smith then referred to Mr. Hutchins twitching his hands when in the wit- ness box, and hinted that he fancied he had hold of Bell again. The learned gentleman continued his address, analvsing the entire evidence, and dissecting piecemeal the corroborative and the uncorroborative parts. He then added that he wished the papers would not say so much, and keep nearer the truth. Reporter Name the paper. Mr. Smith replied he need hardly sayâthe paper that had got so unenviable a notoriety for not adhering to truth, and the keeping back of that which is false, but for which (said the learned gentleman), we should not have been here to-day. After two hour's exhaustive analysis of the entire evidence, Mr. Smith concluded a most able appeal to the Bench on behalf of his clients. Six o'clock had now arrived, and the solicitors again asked for an adjournment. The Ex-Mayor Shall you call any witnesses Mr. Smith: I shall. The Ex-Mayor: Then we must adjourn to any day conve- nient to yourselves, but not Thursday, as there is market busi- ness to transact on that day. Mr. Plew-s Will Tuesday, the 27th, at 10 o'clock suit you ? r'ie Lx-Mayor: "i es but I wish it to be understood that I shall either convict or dismiss in this case it will be either aye" or "nay" with me. The witnesses were then bound over to attend, and the court broke up.