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NO<&H WALES SPRING ASSIZES. I .11, DENBMH8IRE. I <<he Judge ApOed at Huthm on tnday attemoon,' lpth instant, Wid proceeded to the County BMt, where the commission of assize was formally opened. His Lordship afrwardít attended Divine Service at St. Peter's Church, accompanied by the high sheriff (J. Lloyd Wyune, Esq., Coed coch), and J. Parry Jones, Esq., undpr-sherin'. The assize sermon was preached by the R"v. R. H. Jackson, the sheriff's chaplain. SATURDAY. The court was opened this morning at 10.15, the Judge being escorted from his lodgings to the hall by a retinue of javelin men. The following gentlemen were awom on THE ORMfD JURY. Sir Watkin WiUtama Wynn. Btrt.. M.P., foreman Thomas Hughes, Esq Ystmd Hall Townshend Niainwaring, Esq., M.P. Col. Tottenham B. 0. Trevor ahNth, Esq. Simon Yorke, Eaq. Cot. Ma(hlock.. CtMywem H. Bertie Wynn, Esq. Uewetyn Faulkner Hoyd, Esq. Rowtand Jones Venablea, Esq. E. H. Urimth. Eaq" P)amewyd(! John Price, Riq.. lanrhaladr HgA R. Wvnne Price, Esq.. ditto jAmes MMrice. Esq., Ruthin MichMt HumMe. Esq, R. o. Moulsfhte, Esq., Uanrwst Co). R. Brooke H R SandbMh, Esq. Joguatius %Villiams, Esq. H. George Johnson, Esq. Henry Potts. Esq. Whitehall Dod, Esq. t S. P. Hope. Esq. Oaptaia Rumtey Charles Godfrey The Clerk of Arraigns having read her Majesty's Proclamation against vice and immorality, and for the encouragement of virtue, His LoHDMiP'delivered his charge to the Grand Inquest. He commenced his observations by expres mng a hope that the few minutes delay' in opening the court had not inconvenienced the gentlemen in atten- dance. It had been done in order to have the assistance of those residing at a distant part of the county, and who had not the advantages of railway communication. He did not think that any body of men were more useful in the administration of public justice than on a grand <ury. Without juries (grand and petty) there would be a danger for law, and law only, to be administered, but with the union of judge and juries the administration of justice according to law was secured. His Lordship then alluded to the cases in the calendar. There were two c.tses t.f arsonâa crime of very serious complexion, and which was prevalent almost In every county in the circuit. He had in every case he had met with, whe- ther the fire was communicated by man or woman, inflicted a very long period of penal servitude In order if possible to discourage this class of oSendera. In his opinion there ought to be some severer and more effec- tual mode of punishment in the case of arson than is at present inflicted. What that mode should be, it was tor them to judgeâbut he would throw out a suggestion, Namelyâthat the offender should at first be severely punished for a short time, and then sent to some new distant .settlement. There was a case of great gravity to come bt-fure themâa case of murder. If it was a real case of murder, it ought to be gravely probed, but of coursewithonthesitation. It was a case in which a careful preliminary enquiry was desirable. The judge was always anxious that justice should be done, and so were the petty jury. A man charged with murder stood in a perilous position. Sometimes a guilty man might escane, and an innocent man might be condemned âbut it wa.s a great security, nevertheless, for an ac- cused person to have his ease investigated by a grand jury, previous to .mother investigation before a judge and petty juryâand those who proposed the abolition of graud juries were very short-sighted people indeed. A person of the name of Joseph Hughes was by the coroner's inquest indicted for the murder of William Kendrick. By the magistrates he had been committed on a charge of cutting and wounding, but William Kendrick afterwards died from the effects of his wounds. The occurrence took place in the town of Wrexham. It seemed that Joseph Hughes went up to two young men (one of whom was the deceased) to uk where he could get lodgings, and It was represented that he be- haved himself in a very odd mannerânot being, it was supposed, sober. One of them said-" You have had a civil answer to a civil question, why don't you behave yourself." In consequence of these words a slight scuffle ensued between prisoner and the deceased, in the course of which the prisoner drew out a knife and stabbed at the head of the decoded. He waa attended by a medi- cal man, and it triiwired that the knife had penetrated a portion of the bram; Congestion of the brain foifowed, and in a short time the unfortunate man W. Kendrick died. There would be no doiibt that the prisoner had taken away the life of the deceased, and he was so far guilty of homicide. AH homicides were prima facie murdersâprima facie, tltvefore, Joseph Hughes mur- dered the deceased. But, then, there was a scuNe, and certain circumstances m)gnt reduce the crime of murder to manslaughter. What were those circumstances? Mere words would not reduce murder to manslaughter âhowever abusive were the words of deceased, it would BOt affect the case. But senoua blows would. Suppos- ing the deceased struck the prisoner a serious blow, and the stab w.ta given in hot blood, th'at would reduce the crime to manslaughter. Therefore gefeCOMMODdedtbe jury to pay most particular attention to what passed Immediately before the fatal stroke was given. The first question wasâwhether there was a Now at all! If there was a slight assault, revoked by the prisoner himself, then the homicide wSo. murder; but if there was a serious blow and returned'\y the prisoner with a knife in hot blood, then it was manslaughter. His lordship trusted they (grand jury) would be directed to & ngut conclusion. Owing to the Quarter Sessions hav- ing been held on Thursday, at which a good many pri- soners were disposed of, he was happy to say only six remained for trial at the Assizes, and the grand jury's occupation wouM be light, with the exception of the murder case. NO TRUE BILL Against Henry Birch, 25, for having, at Wrextmm, on the 17th of August, 1864, feloniously killed Md slayed ene John Jones. ARO)f. William .VftftOK, 21, and )!'tf<K[nt lIfnwson, 21, were arrMgred for having, at Hantysitio, on the 10th of No- vember, 1864, feloniously set fire to a. stack of hay, the property of Mr. Godfrey Parry. Both prisoners ptoaded gttitty. His I,ORDSTIII" in passing sentenceâYou have plead- ed guilty upon your own confession to the crime of arson. I have earefuDy perused the depositions, and it is quite plain that the result of any trial would be a conviction. This is a crime which must be stopped. I am sorry to inflict upon you so severe a sentence, but I have no discretion in your case. I have dealt in the same way in every instance of arson that has come under my notice throughout this circuit.âSentenced to 7 years' pen d servitude. Retibeit /M<en, 20, and Thomas Duitlop, 20, pleaded guilty to having, at Wrexham, on the 10th of January last, set Sre to a stack of hay, the property of Mr. Robt. Jarvis. The prisoners handed over to the Judge a statement in writing, which his Lordship ordered to be read by the Clerk of the Court. The statement was to the following effect-It Is with deep feeting.s of regret that we have to address you in any way whatever, but what can we do, having been brought here under such circumstances. On the 16th of December we were turned out of the Wrexham Workhouse with nothing to cover our nakedness. We suffered so much from hunger, and our bodies were so benumbed with cold that we were driven to commit this crime. Whatever the damages amount to, we are witting to pay by working if we have the opportunity. We are sorrv for our conduct; we know we must suSer for our wickedness, but we hope your Lordship will be as lenient with us as you can. His LoRMHip said it was with very great pain he proceeded to pass sentence upon them; but it was abso- lutely necessary that the unprotected farmers should be protected. Sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. Nisinuus. ACTIOX FOR SLANDBB. I Elizabeth Jones Y(tieglian, aged 18, (by Jane Vaugnan, her next friend), versus John Jones, farmer, GImdwyd, Bodfari. Mr. Morgan Uoyd and Mr. Swetenhara for the plain- tiff. and Mr. Mclntyre and Mr. Ignatius WiUiams for defendant. Mr. Swetenham opened the p)eading9 and Mr. L!oyd stated the case. The ptaintiff, on her oath, saidâI am the daughter of Mn. Vani;h:tn, Victoria Inn. I:odhn. !r. and Mrs. Wi!ii"M. who ke.) the Blue Hand Inn, ou the Moid and l)('lluigh road, an; my grand parent. On t)n' 2'2nd of June hMt, I waa Hvini; <1: a servant with them, at a eataryof .Coayear.with my clothe: I know John JOlle, the defendant. He is a nnddk-aged man. On the 2-)d of June he came to the bar of the Rtue H.uid. I served turn with a t;[ass of gin, and aa I was t,Lizii)g it to him, he t, ",k ho)d of me rather ronghty by ti)e tu'tn, and 'i.h!t; t.. t. I I :yb(; hut f him t.) t. it ii>, ,t" Htithcni'tid to T!in hi Tll. III.,}, ,'d; ntht'M t:, ))ear-Yf'u ù, y.u &).d m) 'it.d < cr SHVt.'n tuto'eft shift WiUiam Williams, the t?he ?''? ?? heard the defendant speak the ehndtf ? K?°" daughter that he had dismiss her from hh Service in confluence of the talk about her chameter in the neichbourhood since the MghtmqMtton. Crow-examined-MY wife is unable to walk about. She has bad Umba. She can watk with a stick in the house, pother Witness (ThomM Asbury) waa called, but he did not hear the slander uttered. He only heard Wm. Williams and his wife quarrelling about it with John Jones. ?. McIntyre Mid that in the whole course of his expe. rience he never saw a more trumpery case. Six or seven persons were in the room, but only the girl and her grandfather had heard the words spoken and be maintained that they themselves had made the scandal public and not the defendant. John Jones, defendant, sworn, said-Recollect going to the Blue Hand on the 22nd of June last. I spoke in plaintiff's ear. I asked her to whom the old shift belonged. I never said "you have lost your character," &c, ?' Cross.examined-1 ca!)ed with plaintiff's mother that night, and told her that I had been charged at the Blue Hand with saying that her daughter had mia- carried. Margaret Jones-I went with my husband and John Jones, defendant, to the Blue Hand, on the 22nd of June. Did not see or hear John Jones say anything to plaintiff. ? ?amined-Saw John Jones go cut of the room to speak to Mrs. Williams. I heard and saw plaintiff crying. ? ? McIntyre addressed the jury, and urged that whatever was said to plaintiff by defendant was said in a whisper. Margaret Jones, an independent witness, had aworn that she heard notning uttered offensively to plaintiff. If the jury believed that the slander was spoken by defendant, but not loud enough to be heard by the company present, the defendent was entitled to their verdict. Had the grandfather heard tne words, was it not natural that he should at once attack the de- fendant for so insulting his granddaughter But he did nothing of the sort. Why, because he only knew of it, most probably, after the girl had cried and told her grandmother. He (the teamed counsel) trusted thatithe jury would clearly see that the action was one merely to obtain costsâthat the discharge of the girl was only a sham to plead for special damages. He confidently hoped they would not encourage such trumpery actions, and that they would scout it out of court by their ver- dict. Mr. Morgan Lloyd made a humorous reply, remarking that his learned friend, in want of material for defence, was driven to attack the plaintiff's attorneyâhe had no defence whatever,âthe burden of his song was "it is a trumpery action, brought to put money into the attorney's pocket." There could be no truth in saying the action was brought to obtain costs, inasmuch as plaintiff had said all she required was for the defendant to say- The words were false; and I am sorry I spoke them." But what were the real merits of the defence It was maintaine3.:tbat the words were said in an undertone- in a whiape:âand they were made public by plaintiff in ? wh?' Tnat iogic, however, would not bear a common sense view. Had the defendant (being no doubt in some degree under the influence of liquor) said the words loudly, they might have passed off unnoticed, as a jocular remark of a drunken man; but the fact of his having said them in an undertone proved that he spoke earnestly, and meant what he was saying The whisper was more prejudicial to the girl than if the words were hallooed out in the streets of Denbigh. Only one wit- ness bad been called for the defence, and she did not even corroborate the evidence of defendant, for she said she neither saw nor heard him speak to plaintiff. There was no pretence to deny defendant had not spoken to plaintiff-therefore her evidence did not help his case. In calling her, he was like the Irishman, who, being charged with beating another, said he could call a hun- dred people to prove they had not seen him do it. (Laughter.) Again defendant confessed having said "who is the owner of the old shift." That was sub- stantially the charge itself-it was very little milder; and would the jury for a moment suppose that the words had been invented by the girl and her grand- parents ? It was not at all surprising the grandfather, an old man, did not instantly attack defendant, a strong middle-aged man, being "fresh" with drink, and just in the mood for Bghting. He submitted the case for the plaintiff was abundantly proved. The JuDOE summed up, and directed the jury to satisfy themselves upon the following points :â1. Were the words spoken, as alleged, or any part of them, im- puting unchastity to plaintiff. 2. Were they spoken (this was the most material question) in the presence and hearing of any one besides the plaintiff (if -not the case was not actionable.) 3. Was the plaintiff's dis- charge a real and honest discharge, or a discharge merely to ground this action. The jury retired for a short time and returned with a verdict for plaintiff. Damages, ;C 5. The court was adjourned at S o'clock. I MONDAY. I The court was opened at 10 a.m. precisely, at which time a denae crowd of listeners had assembled, including a goodly number of ladiea.

THE CHARGE OF MURDER AT WREXHAM.

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