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CAERLEON. TEA MEETING.—On Thursday, the 5th instant, a tea meeting was held in the Baptist chapel, in aid of the funds, when upwards of 300 persons were present. A lecture upon the "Life of Wycliffe" was afterwards given by the Rev. J. D. Jones, the minister who is at present supplying the chapel. At the close of the lecture addresses were delivered by the Revs. D. Morgan (of Usk), Williams (Pontheer), and Williams (Glascoed). Robert Graham, Esqr., occupied the chair. During the evening a statement of the funds of the chapel was read, from which it appeared that there was still a balance of upwards of 94 due; and the Chairman offered that if half of thct amount could be collected in the chapel that evening, he would give the other half. The necessary amount was immediately collected, and the chairman then gave his moiety. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY.—Before the Rev. W. POWELL, and JOHN JAMES and F. J. MITCHELL, Esqrs. A RAD HUSBAND.—David Phillips, of Cwmbran, was brought up in custody charged with using such violent threats towards his wife that she was afraid he would do her some bodily harm. It appeared defendant bad been on several previous occasions charged with assaulting his wife, and had been imprisoned for the offence. On Sa'ur- day last it seemed he went home drunk, and taking hold of the poker he threatened to kill her with it; she ran out, and took refuge in a neighbour's house. The wife stated that while defendant kept sober he was kind to her but when he got drunk he always abused her, and all that she wanted was for him to keep away from her. This defendant promised to do, and also to allow his wife 6". per week for maintenance, upon consideration of which the Bench discharged him on payment of 6s. 6d. costs. ADJOURNED PUBLIC-HOUSE CAS E.-Evan Poioell was charged with selling beer after hours. This case was adjourned at the last meeting, for the purpose of enabling defendant to call a witness to disprove the police-officer's statement. That witness (a female) now stated that she went for beer to defendant's house at half-past nine o'clock, when it was drawn for her, but she remained in the house helping defendant's wife in her work, until the officer came and saw her with the beer; witness denied having told the officer she had nothing in her jug. The defendant was ordered to pay 7s. costs. NEIGHBOURS' QUARRELS.—Joseph Lucas was charged with assaulting John Lawler. Complainant said he was called out of his house and saw defendant beating his son, whereupon he went to him, and defendant then struck him several times. Alfred Lawler stated I spoke to defen- dant about having caused a row between my father and mother; he then struck and kicked me, and I called my father out, and when he came defendant struck him. Defendant denied striking complainant first, alleging that he was set upon by complainant, his son, and several others at one time; and, having got him on the ground about seven of complainant's party set about him. The face and hands of defendant exhibited marks of severe treatment, but both complainant and his son denied touching him. Defendant was ordered to pay 7s. 6d. costs. HIGHWAY OvEEXCE.—Edxoard Miles pleaded guilty to riding on the shafts of his cart without reins to his horse. Ordered to pay 8s. 6d. costs. ASSAULT.—John Williams was charged with assaulting John Trinder. Complainant stated that he was leaning against a gate near the cottage of defendant, when the latter came up and charged him with having been in his garden he denied it, and defendant struck him in the face he was not inside the garden. Defendant stated that on coming home he found complainant inside his garden leaning on a hurdle; he asked to be let pass, and complainant refused to move and pushed against him he then struck complainant. This statement was corroborated by defendant's wife, and the magistrates ultimately dis- missed the case, ordering complainant to pay 7s. costs. ROBBING A TILL .—George Richards, a lad 14 years of age, was charged with robbing the till of his master, .Ue„w^>a the bar window; he looked in, and saw the boy with his hand in the till; he ran into the bar, caught hold of the boy, and charged him with the theft; the lad acknow- ledged it, and gave hini twopence he had taken. Prose- cutor said he did not wish to press the charge, and the magistrates therefore discharged the boy, after the Chair- man had given him a severe reprimand and caution.


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