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CARDIFF POLICE.—MONDAY. [Before R. Reece, F.S.A., Mayor; the Lord James Stuart, M.P., and Rev. J. Evans ] BREAKING INTO THE GUILD-HALL. John Abrahams, who seemed to be a sort of travelling vagabond, was charged with haviug broken into the Town-lml^ and with having stolen thereill divers articles- Superintendent Stockdale said that at about nine o'clock on Saturday evening as he was passing the Town-hall, on duty, he observed the front door njar—or rather open. He weat to the police-station thinking the door had been left open by inadvertence. Accompanied by a policeman he retur- ned to the Hall—entered it -found the large hall in some J disonlt-r-the moreen curtains had been drawn out of a box in which they are usually deposited so that he was induced to believe some one had been there with a 'elonious intent. Lie looked at the floor and could plainly distinguish 1 lie impressions of feet in the saw-dust upon It, by wnich impressions he was enabled to trace the pro- gress of the person through the building. He went on and came ultimately to the room in which the magistrates meet, anu in which the "county business is transacted at Quarter Sessions. The door oittusroom he found fastened although it is generally left open. He was now convinced that gome one had fastened It, and putting his houhler to it forced it open. Upon earing he dis- c ivered the prisoner who had prepared a lar^e bundle <>! vai ious articles—such as the covering of the desk usi-o hy judges at asaiz.es, the engraving of IlngiUth's "Idle App c 'ice, curtains, See. Prisoner had two keys aooj! hi HI, one of which would open the Town-hail and tin station-house doors. Tiie prisoner in reply to question.* j out to hi in told Superintendent St ickdaie thai lie intended I robbing the HaJJ-that he had formerly been convicted oi forgerv, but had effcC'ed hi= escape )ro>t» prison. Hewas taken into custody. In reply to the magistrates be Ireeh admitted that it was his intention ta c ury the variou- articles which he had collected away WHO him. Remand d. CAUTION TO HOUSEHOLDERS.—Superintendent Stock- dale said lie wished householders getieranj would forth- with examine the fastenings of their doors, itS d,ey were in nany instances, which had n-cently come to his knowledge, nostiusecure. Many had no fastenings at ali to their doors. Again, some of the watchmakers, silversmiths, and jewellers of this place were negligent iti fastening their premises at night. [Mr. Stockdale m.-mtioneu a par- iicul ir case in which a jeweller's shoo had receutiy been found with the door wide open at midatgiti.] ASSAULT. — Francis Foul, seam 01. who rppeare" wiih his face most curiously and ingeniously tat- tooed, was charged with having assaulted the servant- maid of the Royal Oak public-bouse. Tiie young woman state to the bench the circumstances under which the assault had been committed, but didnotwishto press the charge. Defendant said he was too drunk to know what he did or said at the time. He was discharged on putting three shillings into the Infirmary box. DRUNKENNESS.— Robert Manship was convicted in the penally of eight shillings, including costs, for having been drunk on Saturday night, and far having whi'st in that disgraceful state committed several breaches of the peace. Paid. Tit3 attention of the magistrates was called to the state of Cardiff market on Saturday evenings. It was said that boys, and in many instances, men 111-ide a practice of peiting potatoes, pieces of apples, turnips, &c., at per- sons who were quietly pursuing thEir avocatIOns, or making purchases. The magistrates gave the necessary instructions to Superintendent Stockdale so as to prevent a recurrence of the offensive and dangerous practice. "IRELAND'S WEAKNESS."—Three of "the finest pis- anthry in the universe," natives of the "jim of the say," applied to the bench for assistance under these circum- stances They said they had recently engaged at Newport with a master of a vessel to convey them irom that port to Ireland for balf-a-crovvn a head. They went on board and the vessel proceeded on her voyage as far as Penarth roads, where she was, by stress of weather, obliged to anchor. The provisions of our Emeralders began to wax short and they determined to go ashore. The master of the vessel put them ashore, but refused to return their passage-money. They now applied to the bench for a summons against the captain in order to compel him to refund their two-and-sixpences. The magistrates toid them they could not interfere. They (applicants) then left the Hall, loudly exclaiming against the "lhralemint" they received ashore as well as at sea. A young seaman next advanced and said his captain [a master of a coasting vessel] would not pay him twenty days' wages. He (complainant) wished to ieavethevesset as he was too unweii to proceed and to do duty at sea. The person complained against appeared soon afterwards, and having heard the seaman's story said that he certainly objected to pay the wages claimed, inasmuch as the man had not served his month out, which by law, he ought to do. The magistrates after hearing statements from both sides at considerable length and with much patience, told the young man to return to his duty and to endeavour^to agree with his employer; who was also enjoined to take a fair and merciful view of his seaman's position. THURSDAY. [Before Rev. J. Evans and W. Nicholl, Esq.] ASSAULT.—Mr. Henry Hod'ier, articled clerk to Mr. Langley, of this town, solicitor, was charged with having assauited Mr. John R. Reece, surgeon, on Monday evening lasf. This case excited the deepest interest in this town, in consequence of the high respectability of the parties, and therefore the magistrates' room was crowded. The mayor was present, but took not the slightest part in hear- ing the case. Mr. John R. R"ece sworn:—I have to complain that on Monday last, December 1st, between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock at night, in coming out of the theatre, I was assaulted by a man of the name of Hollier. I saw him hehind me in coming out. A party ol ladies and gentle- men, including Lord James Stuart and his party, were waiting for their carriages auJ I did not wish to push beyond them, but waited, as I thought it was my place to do so. I felt somebody pushingbehiad me. I looked round and saw Mr. Hollier. He managell to push me on one side and get before me. There was not sufficient room without his doing so. It was done with his body. I immediately, on being pushed, said, You are a rude monster whoever you are and I should imagine that you had been brought up at the ploughshare all your days." Nothing further was said, as he managed to get out before me. On getting outside the theatre, just before I had got on the path, he said to me, You called me a rude mon- ster ?" I had my hands in my pocket at the time, with my gloves on, and had just time to say I did, when he struck me with his fist on my moulh. 1 instantly pulled my hands out of my pocket-a person interfered-when I received a second blow from him (Mr. Hollier) on my mouth. Several persons then interfered and I saw no further of him. I saw Mr. James Lewis pulling him away. That is ali I have to complain of. I could call a host of witnesses to prove (he assault, but one is sufficient. P. C. Phillips fully corroborated Mr. Reece'sstatement. Mr. Hollier, addressing the magistrates, wished to know whether he might enter upon his dispute with Mr. Reece generally, or confine himself to the assault? The magistrates thought he had better confine his ob- servations to the assault. Mr. Iloliier then said :—T am charged with having pushed Mr. John Reece, in the passage, on leaving the theatre. As far as that charge is concerned I can only say that it is impossible for lue to say whether I did or did not. It was in a crowd, and I therefore neither contradict that charge nor admit it. I can say nothing about it. What first attracted my attention to him was hearing a remark made behind my back, which was this-" Did yon ever see such a rude monster." I turned round to see who the speaker was, and to whom he applied such an unnsuairetuaik. On my turning 1 saw Mr. John Reece, but did not say a word to him then. On my going out of the theatre these words were repeated twice or three times. On coming outside the th-atrelbeard Mr. John Reece make use of the same words again, and added—" It shews In", he must have been brought up at the ploughshare." I waited till he was outside the theatre and then asked him if he made that allusion to me?" lie said, I did;" and then I struck him. Astubishandsbeinginhis pockets I have nothing to say: they ought not to have been there when they were wanted somewhere else. (Laughter.) However, he attempted to strike me back, and I received his blow on my left arm. I then gave him a second blow, which he says took effect in the same place as the first. Mr. Lewis (surgeon) took hold of me and led me some distance off. Mr. Russell then joined me. I soon afterwards heard a voice cry, Shame, shaise, to strike a man behind his back.1' I turned round—saw Mr. John Reece about to strike me, and I then struck him again. Some other circumstances were entered upon, which the magistrates thought did not form part of the transaction, and therefore Mr. Hollier did not proceed with his state- ment. After considerable discussion the magistrates ex- pressed a wish to hear the evidence of any one who saw Mr. Hollier push Mr. Reece in the passage, with the view of being enabled to form an opinion as to his (Mr. Hol- der's) intentions—whether he pushed Mr. Reece accident- ally or de.si^nedly. Mr. James Lewis, surgeon, was, with that view, examind, but his evidence did not touch npon the point under consideration. Ultimately, after a pro- tracted conversation, the magistrates convicted Mr. Hol- lier in the penally of one pound, exclusive of costs, which sum was instantly paid. Mr. Reece said he had been violently pushed by Mr. Hollier in the passage of the theatre. The magistrates seemed to think that it was advisable to require the principals in ibis case to enter into sureties tokecp the peace. A friend of Mr. Hollier's thought it but right that he (Mr. Holiier) should shew the magistrates a note which lie had received from Mr. Reece, and which was a challenge to Mr. Holiier, reqlJiring him to meet Mr. Reece on Wauntreoda commou [a bleak unfrequented spot three miles from Cardiff] at four o'clock this morning, with pis- tols and a friend." ( Great laughter.) We understood Mr. Reece to say that he had received a similar note from Mr. Hollier, which caused explanations to take place, and by which it appeared that both gentle- men had been played upou by some wag—or, in the words ot a gentleman present, "both were regularly hoaxed." This liule incident set the whole party laughing. The following is a copy of the letter received by Mr. Reece: Sir, -In consequence of the misunderstanding having taken place at the Theatre' 011 Monday last, I demand that satisfaction which one gentleman gives to another by meeting me with your friend and pistols on Waintrodda commons at four o'clock to morrow morning. Yours, &c., Cardiff, Deer. 3d, 1845. IIENIIY IIOLLIER, jun. It is more than probable that by the sune post Mr. Hollier received a similar note, couched in precisely simi- lar terms, and being evidently written by some one well acquainted with the particulars of the affair on Monday night for in the course of the week Mr. Reece received the following letter, which may, or may not, have been written by the gentleman whose name is attached to it: — Sir,—! have placed your note in the hands of a friend, who tells me that the terms are too ridiculous to comply with. A Gentleman, when he seeks satisfaction, sends a friend to his opponent to arrange matters. I will add that at this lime of .he year daylight docs not commence un il some hours af er the 'ime you mention. Should you wish to proceed further in this affair you will find that I shail not flinch. Yours, Sic., Cardiff, Dec. 3rd, 1845. H- J. HOLLIER. Mr. John Rees, Cardiff. [Before R. Reece, F.S.A., Mayor, and W. Nicholl, Esq.] Mr. Thatcher, landlord of the Railway Tavern.Crockherb town, was charged with having refused to receive three soldiers into his house who had been regulariy billetted on him. Case dismissed, as it appeared Mr. Thatcher had not refused to receive them, but had merely sent to inquire of Superintendent Stockdale whether the soldiers were to remain there. In the interim the soldiers walked away and refus d to return when asked to do so. Two young fellows were brought up, charged with pelting apples or potatoes about the market. Case dis- missed for want of evidence. The young man wiio is charged with having broken into the Town-ba i was lurtker ren.au tiU ^louday.



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