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PONTYPOOL. ALLEGED DEATH FROM BEING BUN OVER.—An inquiry touching the death of one of the oldest inhabitants of the district—an old man named J ohn Poulson, aged 91 years— was held before E. D. Batt, Esq., coroner, and a respect- able jury, at the house of Mrs. Jacob, the Hanbury Arms Inn, Pontymoile, on the morning of Friday, the 16th instant. It appeared that on Monday, the 8th ult., deceased was walking on his proper side of the road near the Clarence Hotel, Pontypool, when he was run against by a cart belonging to Mr. Taffner, of Abersychan, which was carelessly driven by a young man named Lewis Richards, who was said to have been intoxicated at the time. The old man being considerably injured, he was removed to the Union Workhouse, and the driver of the cart was charged at the Police Court on the following Saturday, with furiously driving whilst in a state of in- toxication, for which he was convicted in the penalty of 40s., including costs, which his employer paid for him. At the present inquiry, Joseph Jones said that he saw a man driving a cart near the Clarence Hotel, on the 8th of August last; he appeared the worse for drink, and was driving at the rate of about six miles an hour; there was a crowd or throng in the road which was occasioned by a club procession; there was also another cart on the road, in trying to pass which, the driver of the first men- tioned cart took too wide a range and thereby knocked the old man down; he (witness) picked him up, but he could not stand; the driver (Richards) having been ap- prehended, was brought back, and seemed to be very sorry for what had occurred. Joseph Slade deposed: I am son- in-law of deceased; he was taken to the house of his son after the accident, and then removed to the union, where he remained until the 12th ult., when, at his own request, he was removed to my house; Dr. Cousins attended him regularly until he died on the morning of Tuesday last; his leg seemed to have been broken; he was very old and infirm. In addressing the jury, the coroner remarked that assuming that the death of deceased had been accelerated by the accident, yet it was an accident, and the man bad no intention whatever of knocking deceased down. He had already been convicted by the magistrates, and he (the coroner) thought the jury could return no other verdict than one of accidental death, but he entirely left it to their decision. After a brief consultation, the jury returned a verdict accordingly. THE LATE FATAL GUN ACCIDENT-INQUEST ON THE BODY. In regard to this melancholy event, some particulars of which have already appeared in the Observer, and from which it will be remembered that an individual named Richard Meredith was accidentally shot, we have further to state that an inquest was held on view of the body on Friday, the 16th instant, before E. D. Batt, Esq., and a very intelligent jury, at the house of Mr. Fisher, the Horse Shoe Inn, Pontnewynydd, when the following evi- dence was adduced:- Wm. Harrison Cuthbertson: I am a surgeon practising at Pontypool; about five o'clock on the evening of the 12th instant, I met Edwin Davies, who told me that an accident had occurred, by which a man named Meredith had been shot, and requested me to go and attend him; I hastened to the place, as directed, and found deceased sitting in a chair in a public house; having had him removed up stairs to bed, I found a wound in his back, which appeared to have been caused by a gun shot; in taking off his clothes, he remarked cut them off, I shall not want them again;" the discharge must have been very close to him, as his coat was much burnt where the shot entered; he told me the accident had occurred from Mr. Arthur Edwards's gun going off as they were descending a bill, when he (deceased) was only four or five yards in advance of him. There was complete para- lysis of the lower extremities, and I told the landlord, or some one else present, that it was a hopeless case. Deceased lingered until the evening of Wednesday, the 14th. I did not attend him afterwards, as he was one of Mr. Tucker's patients. George Steward, Pontnewydd: I was out shooting at Cwmfrwdwr, with the deceased and Mr. Arthur Edwards, on the 12th instant. As we were going down a hill I heard a gun go off, and then heard deceased say Oh! Steward, I'm a dead man." I was a little distance behind them. On going up to deceased I found him on the ground. I saw that he had been shot in the back. I asked how his gun had gone off. He said it wasn't his gun, but Mr. Edwards's, that had gone off. He said it was purely an accident. Mr. Edwards appeared to be so much affected at the circumstance that he could give no account of it at the time. The hill was a very steep one, and difficult to get down without stumbling. I saw deceased the next day, when he again told me that the discharge of the gun was purely accidental. Edwin Davies: I was out rabbit shooting at Cwm- frwdwr with last witness, deceased, and Mr. Edwards, on the 12th instant. On descending the hill I heard a gun go off, and saw Meredith on the ground. Mr. Edwards was about five or six yards behind Meredith. Mr. Edwards appeared to be deeply affected, and we were all much distressed. I saw his gun on the ground imme- diately after the accident. One of the hammers was on the nipple, and the other was set at half-cock." Deceased said it was entirely an accident. We got him up into a sitting posture and I went for medical aid. The hill was very steep and difficult to descend. Arthur Edwards was next called, but owing to the dis- tressed state of his mind he gave his evidence with some difficulty. He said he was rabbit shooting with deceased and others on the 12th instant, and as they were decend- ing the hill in question one barrel of his gun accidentally went off, and he saw Meredith fall, when he (witness) became so much distressed that he knew not what he was doing. He could only account for the accident from his stumbling in descending the hill. [Witness here became completely overpowered by his feelings and was subse- quently removed home quite prostrate.} The coroner having briefly addressed the jury, the latter immediately returned a verdict of "Accidental death." A subscription for the benefit of the widow and five children of deceased was started in the room, to which the jury contributed their fees, and the coroner, Mr. E. B. Edwards, and other gentlemen likewise subscribed. The poor woman, it is stated, is about to give birth to another child, and it is to be hoped that, as the subscription has become general in the district, all who can afford to do so, will come nobly forward to aid the widow and the fatherless in their distressing emergency. I TOWN HALL, FRIDAY, before JOHN THOMPSON, Esq. RINGING THE CHANGEs.-Matthew Gainey was charged, on remand, with having passed one, and attempting to pass another, counterfeit half-sovereign, at the Full Moon Inn, Pontypool, on Monday, the 5th instant.' The par- ticulars of the case have already appeared. Defendant pleaded guilty to having passed two counterfeit coins at the Full Moon, but denied having tried to exchange one at the Gold Digger's Return, as had been alleged against him. He was committed for trial, the Mint authorities having undertaken to prosecute. SATURDAY, before the same Magistrate. His LODGING WAS ON THE COLD GROUND.John Preece was charged with having committed an act of vagrancy by sleeping on the public road. P.C. Mitchell deposed that he accompanied defendant to three or four places at Abersychan, at which he said be lodged, 'and finding that he had deceived him he locked him up. Fined 5s., or seven days' imprisonment in default. DRUNK AND INCAPABLE.-Patrick Welsh was charged with an offence of this nature. As defendant did not appear, P.S. Brooks proved the service of the summons, and P.C. Watkins the offence. Fined 5s., or seven days' imprisonment in default. Edward Worthy, who did not appear, was charged, on the information of P.C. Howard, with a similar offence. Defendant was fined 10s., or seven days' imprisonment. AN IMPOSTER.—John Hill was charged under the fol- lowing circumstances. Sergeant Powell deposed that prisoner applied, with four other individuals, at the police station for tickets for lodgings for the night. In answer to the usual questions put to vagrants, detendaut said that he had no money whatever nor anything else. On being searched, the sum of 5td. was discovered concealed in his clothing, and he had as much bread as would serve him two days. He was committed to prison for one months' hard labor. AN ILLEGAL PLEDGE.—John Butcher, tailor, was charged with having pledged a piece of cloth, of the value of 10s., the property of John Hussey, milk-man, Sowhill, Pontypool. Prisoner was apprehended by Sergt. Brooks at Garndiffaith, He was-convicted in the penalty of 20s' for the offence, and was ordered to pay 10s., the value of the cloth, in default of which he was committed to prison for one month with hard labor.