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THE MERTHYR SCHOOL BOARD.

ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE.

PETTY SESSIONS.

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PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY.—(Before Mr. E. Williams and Major Lce.) THE CHAltGE OF AltSOX AGAINST A SHOPKEEl'ER, John Davies, toy dealer, was charged with having wilfully set his house and shop on tire on the llth ult. Air Morgan, of Cardiff, defended the prisoner. The fir.-t witness called was Thomas Cooke, who deposed that the prisoner and his wife left home about four o'clock in the afternoon in question, leaving their children at his house. John HolJert" whose house is opposite the prisoner's, and who was tbe first to notice the light in prisoner's shop, said that he gave the alarm and assisted to lireak open the duor of the prisoner's shop. When he got in he saw tire in the right hand corner. He and Mr Morgan brought some water in buckets, and extinguished it in a short time. Fancied by the quantity of smoke there was another fire, and with others, went up and saw that part of the floor was on tire. Found under the door-way that a plank had been removed, and in the hole there were some matches and chips partly burnt. In about a quarter of an hour went there again, and saw the remains of a candle and some paper parity burnt at the bottom of the hole, which were pointed out to him by Superintendent Matthews. The witness subsequently stated that he was not certain that it was the superintendent who first called his attention to the remains of a candle and some paper in the hole. Went down- stairs into the shop, and there Superintendent Matthews called hia attention to more matches, chips, paper, and the remains of a candle in a paper socket on the shelf where the first fire was discovered..There were matches on an adjoining shelf. Match-boxes were also here aud there among the toys. Cross-examined by Mr Morgan Had Jived in his present place 15 years. Had known the prisoner since be lived opposite. Knew Mr Morgan living next door to the prisoner. There is an iron trap-door in the pavement, and believed it was fast that night, for he saw a rope reaching in that direction, but could not say that it was fast to the grating. Conld not say that the grating hinges were secured. Had heard since this happened that Mr Morgan, living next door to the prisoner, had had a quarrel with, him about the right to a water-closet, which resulted in each family having separate keys to it. Re-examined: i'he piece of board upstairs appeared to have been recently taken up. Mr Morgan opened an up- stair window, and called out, "Fetch some water." Saw the key in the lock in the inside of the back door. lie-examined by Mr Morgan Didn't know that all the windows were without fasteners. John Morgan, printer, who said he lived next door to the prisoner, gave confirmatory evidence. In cross-examin- ation he said he had not been on bad terms with Davies. Opened a water-closet door with a key belonging to his own desk. Jsever opened nor attempted to open any other lock belonging to prisoner. He (witness) fancied he had a partial right to the closet. The prisoner had another lock placed there and had the best of it. Didn't at all feel angry in consequence. Could not say positively whether he had on this night any ladders at the back of his premises. Had the use of the closet for twelve years before the prisoner came there to live; but as soon as he came he had a lock put on it. Sergeant Thomas and the ma.n Gaze gave corroborative evidence. Mr Superintendent Matthews said that when he spoke to the prisoner, who returned home late, he stated that he had locked the place himself, and that he had leit every- thing quite safe. Asked him if he had any keys. He said, Yes here they are," and delivered them to him. Told him he would take him (the prisoner) into custody on sus- picion of having wilfully set fire to the premises. The prisoner, in reply, said, "All right." He subsequently asked if lie (the superintendent) had been particular to observe whether all the doors were locked. J old him that they' werc all locked except the shop Joor. Found on the counter a piece of composite caudle, which had the appearance of having been newly cut. Mr PlÎce, insurance agent, proved the prisoner had in- sured his stock and furnituie in one of the offices repre- sented by him for £ 300. The oompany refused to prosecute ill this affair. It Was not llls cuatom to valuo stock to see if it was equal to the amount insured. For the defence Martha Gibbon was called, who said she was in prisoner's house until they left to go a way that afternoon. Mr and Mrs Davies and children left the House the same time as she did. One of the gratings was not fastened. Some further evidence having been given, the prisoner was cOUlmitted for trial at the assizes, bail tieing refused. RHYMNEY INTELLIGENCE. Inchest.—An inquest was held on Tuesday at the Castle Hotel before Mr \V. li. lhewer, on the Oudy of John Sanders, contractor, whose body was found in a pond at the back of lli: h-street on Sunday morning. From the evi- dence of the witnesses it appears deceased had for the last moiith sliovvn Home slight ^ytuptonjs of mental disease, but notion" to load to the supposition that lie contemplated self-destruction. As it was impossible to find out how deceased got into the pond, the jury returned an open ver- dict of "Found drowned." TREDEGAR INTELLIGENCE. SANITOKY.—We arc informed that small-pox begins to show signs of decreasing. There are a number of cases still under treatment, but, as far as we can learn, the disease has begun to diminish in virulence. THE FUNEKAL OF MRS HAKIUIY took place at Bedwellty on Thursday week. The mournful cortcqe consisted of the hearse and six carriages, invitations having been issued to the tenants of Mr Harrhy and a few intimate friends. A- large number of shops was closed entirely, and every window in the town had the blinds down. The weather was exceedingly wet and boisterous, and it added consider- ably to the general gloom which pervaded the minds of the populace.— c regret to hear that Mr Harrhy and a son are prostrate through severe illness.

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