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CARDIGAN. REGINA V. STEPHENS.—This long-pending prosecution was brought to a conclusion in the Court of Queen's Bench on Thursday last. As this case has been so often before the public during the last four years, it will be unnecessary to say more than that it arose out of the working of slate quarries by the defendant at Cilgerran, on the banks of the Tivy, whereby the navigation of the river was alleged to be interfered with. At the last Michaelmas Term the Judges of the Court imposed a fine of £ 1,400, with leave for the defendant to produce affidavits in mitigation, and about three weeks ago the case came on again before the Court, when the Judges agreed not to enter into the question of the extent of injuries done to the river by the defendant's quarries, and suggested a reference to be made to a surveyor under the guidance of the Board of Trade, the result whereof was laid before the Court on Thursday last, wben the Judges took into consideration the merits of the defendant's application for a reduction of the fine, and having heard the affidavits produced in support of such application, they rated that the fine should be reduced to £109. The attorneys for the defendant were Mr Asa Evans, and Mr W. G. George, of Cardigan. INDECENT ASSAULT IN A RAILWAY CARRIAGE.-At the Liverpool Police Court on Tuesday, before Mr T. S. Raffles, Charles Keiley, a very respectable-looking middle-aged man, said to reside at Aberyatwith, and to be a Sergeant-major and adjutant in the Royal Cardi- ganshire Militia, was charged with having indecently assaulted a young woman named Jane Hannah, in a third class carriage on the London and North western Railway. Mr Davies, deputy law-clerk to the watch committee, prosecuted, and Mr Cobb de- fended. The prosecutrix said she was engaged at Lynn's, Waterloo Hotel, Ranelagh-street, Liverpool, as a laundress, and on the previous day (Monday) she went to Preston, returning from that place by the quarter to eight train in the evening. She was sitting in a third-class carriage between two friends of hers, a young man and his father, and the prisoner was sitting opposite to her. The prisoner behaved in a very rude manner towards her, particularly after they had left Ormskirk. When they were passing through the tunnel at Bootle-lane he indecently assaulted her. She struck him with her hand and be then gave over assault- ing her. She afterwards corrpliined of the prisoner's conduct, and gave him into custody at Tithebarn- street.—The prisoner said, in answer to Mr Rafflsa, that he had been in the army for twenty-one years and had a pension.—Mr Raffles said he did not wish to decide the case unless the prisoner denied it. If he chose be would send it for trial. Though the case might appear trifling, it was of great importance to persons travelling in railway carriages.—The pri- soner said be would leave the case in his worship's hands.—Mr Raffles said he was bound to say he had a strong opinion against the prisoner. He thought this was a case in which he was bound to mark his sense of the impropriety of the prisoner's conduct, and he should impose the highest penalty in his power. The prisoner must pay X,5 and costs, or in default of payment go to gaol for two mooths.-The money was paid during the afternoon.

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