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CARNARVONSHIRE ASSIZES. The commission was opened at Carnarvon on Saturday, Jan. IS, by Mr. Justice Manisty. His lordship arrived by the mid-day train from Dolgellev, and was received by Mr. G. W, Duff Assheton Smith, high slieriff Mr. J. B. Allanson, under sheriff; and the usual retinue of javelinmen. After robing at his lodg- ings, his lordship opened the commission at the county hall. On Sunday he attended divine service at Christ Church, the sermon being preached by the Rev. H. Parry, M.A., vicar of Llanfair- isgaer' and chaplain to the high sheriff. CROWN COURT —MONDAY, JAN. 20. Before Mr. Justice Manisty. The calendar contained the names of seven prisoners, the offences being—manslaughter, 1; perjury, 3; bigamy, 1; forgery, 1; larceny, 1. On the civil side there were five causes. THE GRAND JURY. The following were sworn on the grand jury :-The Hon. D. Pennant, M.P. (foreman), Sir Llewelyn Turner, Mr. F. Lloyd Edwards, Captain Wynn Griffith, Colonel Williams, Messrs. R. Davies, M.P., O. Evans, J. D. Whitehea d E. G. Powell, Robert Davies, B. T. Ellis, G. Walker, Dr. Watkin Roberts, À. O. Williams, Albert Wood, O. Lloyd Jones, jfivans, J. R. L. Hazledine, Hugh Pugh, G. R. Rees, Colonel Holt, and Dr. ichol. In his charge, his Lordship said that in meeting the Grand Jury at this unusual time of the year it was asource of gratifica- tion to find so small an amount of crime in the county, the cases in the calendar being of a very ordinary character which would not give them any trouble. After briefly referring to a few of the cases, his Lordship said that this was the third assize town he had visited, and up to the present moment he had been occupied in business for four hours at the extreme. That had occupied a week. It had been said that it was the fault of the judges in going on circuit when there was nothing for them to do; but it was nothing of the kind, as it was their bounden duty to go cheerfully and discharge whatever duties they had to do upon the circuits they had been directed to take. He suggested that, instead of four assizes being held, the experi- ment, which had not yet been made, should be tried of dividing the year into three equal portions, and that instead of having, as had previously been the case, two assizes within four months, there should be assizes at the end of February, the end of June, and the end of October. If the Grand Jury desired to make any presentment on that subject, and also as to holding assizes at Beaumaris, he would take care that it was forwarded to the proper quarter. The Grand Jury subsequently made a presentment stating that in their opinion four assizes were unnecessary .for Car- narvonshire. and that it was desirable that two ordinary and one "composite" assizes should be held at Carnarvon. They further expressed the opinion that Ruthin was most inconvenient and expensive for the trifl of causes and prisoners from Carnarvon- shire. His Lordship said he would take care that the presentment was forwarded to the proper quarter, and added that, since addressing them, he had been informed that the prisoners for trial in Anglesey were actually in the building where this court was now sitting. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. Henry Jones, aged 28, smith, was acquitted on a charge of stealing two guns belonging to Joseph Preston. Mr. I. Williams prosecuted Mr. Swetenham defended. Christopher Taylor, aged 23, clogger, charged with bigamy at Carnarvon. Twelve months' hard labour.. Mr. I. Williams prosecuted. Wiliiam Hughes, aged 19, labourer, charged with the man- slaughter of Owen Jones at Dolwyddelen, was acquitted. Mr. Higgins prosecuted, and Mr. Marshall defended. Thomas King, alias Samuel Ambrose, gardener, pleaded guilty to obtaining money at Pwllheli by means of a forged letter. One month's hard labour, commencing at the expiration of the sentence prisoner is undergoing for obtaining money by false pretences. Robert Ellis, aged 25, smith, was charged with committing perjury in an affiliation case at Pwllheli. Mr. I. Williams prosecuted; Mr. Swetenham defended. Robert Roberts, aged 33, shoemaker, and John Jones, aged 21, a draper's assistant employed by a Liverpool firm, were charged with the same offence, Jones pleading guilty. Jones gave evidence for the prosecution, and, after a long inquiry, a verdict of guilty was returned against Roberts and Ellis. Sentence was deferred. The court was adjourned at half-past six. TUESDAY.—Before Mr. Justice Manisty. Robert Roberts (on bail), aged 33, shoemaker, was acquitted on a charge of perjury at Pwllheli in an affiliation case.-John Jones, 21, draper's assistant, and Robert Ellis, aged 25, smith, who were charged with the same offence, were respectively sen- tenced to three months' and eighteen months' hard labour. Mr. I. Williams prosecuted Mr. Swetenham defended. This concluded the criminal business, and the court then pro- ceeded with the hearing of the following common jury cases :— A DISPUTED WARRANTY. James Edwards, a gentleman lately residing at Glyn, Conway, was sued by Edward Elias, the Abbey, Llanrwst, for the re- covery of £ 60, balance due for the price of a horse sold to the defendant.—Mr. Swetenham and Mr. Marshall (instructed by Mr. W. Jones, Conway) were for the plaintiff.—The defendant, who did not appear, had paid £ 25 into court, and pleaded in de- fence that the horse, which had been sold under a warranty, was unsound, and worth L25 only.—The jury found for the plaintiff for ZGO. ACTIONS FOR SLANDER. John Abbot, a Carnarvon butcher, was sued by Mrs. Mary Emery Jones Hughes, a person in the same line of business, dor damages, laid at 4.00, for slander.—Mr. Swetenham and Mr. Higgins (instructed by Messrs. C. A. Jones and Roberts) were for the plaintiff, and Mr. M Lloyd, Q.C., and Mr. Marshall (in- structed by Messrs. Turner and Allanson) for the defendant. —The slanderous expressions reflected upon the plaintiff's morality, and were alleged to have been uttered in the market hall on July 27th, and to have damaged the plaintiff's business. —For the defence it was contended that there was no proof of the alleged slander, which was denied.—The plaintiff, in her cross-examination, admitted that she had been committed for a mouth's imprisonment, fined P.20, and bound over for a malicious libel, and that she had been several times under recognizances. —John Abel, her brother, the only witness on her behalf, ad- mitted that he had been twice bound over; the defendant also acknowledging that he had been tined for assault and drunken- ness, and for using light weights.—The jury found for the plain- tiff: damages £ 5. Thomas Wharton was sued by William Lawless for damages laid at £ 100.—Mr. M. Lloyd. Q.C., and Mr. Higgins (instructed by Messrs. Turner and Allanson) were for the plaintiff, and Mr. Swetenham (instructed by Messrs. Roberts and Thomas) repre- sented the defendant.—Both parties carry on business as coal merchants at Carnarvon railway station, and it was alleged that the defendant had charged the plaintiff with stealing some coal. -The case was proceeding when the court adjourned. WEDNESDAY.—Before Mr. Justice Manisty. A CARNARVON SLANDER CASE. The case of Wm. Lawless v. Thomas Wharton, damages laid at £ 100 for slander, was continued. For the defence, justifica- tion was pleaded.—The jury found for the plaintiff-dam ages £ 20. HUGHES V. LITTLER. This was an interpleader cause, tried by consent without a jury, in which John Hughes, a trustee in a marriage settlement, was claimant, and Benjamin Littler the execution creditor, the good a in dispute being the furniture of a lodging house at Llandudno, owned by Mrs. Helen Thomas prior to her marriage, Mr. Littler being the mortgagee. Mr. Coxon (instructed by Mr. Chamberlain) was for the Claimant, and Mr. M. Lloyd, Q.C. and Mr. Marshall (instructed by Mr. Jameson) were for the execution creditor. His lordship deferred judgment. A BANGOR BREACH OF PROMISE CASE. This was a special jury case, in which the damages were laid at £ 4,000. Mr. Swetenham and Mr. Marshall (instructed by Messrs. Turner and Allanson) were for the plaintiff, Miss Esther Roberts; and Mr. M. Lloyd, Q.C., and Mr. Clement Lloyd (instructed by Mr. J. Roberts) appeared for the aefpn Unr^ Captain John Robert Ellis, a retired Captain in the merchant service, living at City-view, Upper Bangor. The defendant is a widower, sixty-two years old, and the plaintiff is approaching her fortieth year. Mrs, Ellis died in August, 1876, and about the Christmas following the defendant commenced visiting the plaintiff, who lived near him. Upon her return from Llangefni, where sne had been visiting her cousin, he met her in the passage of her mother's house and gave her a very affectionate kiss. The visits were frequently repeated, and eventually the defendant, it was alleged, proposed to her and was accepted, he, in the presence of her mother (now dead) and Mrs. Hulse, another daughter, promising to be a good husband to her. The alleged courtship continued up to February 13, 187S, the mar- riage being postponed owing to the recent death of the defen- dant's wife, when the plaintiff received an anonymous letter advising her to watch the defendant. She acted upon such advice, and met the defendant walking with another lady on Glanarfon Hill. Upon seeing the plaintiff he left his com- panion, and going to her addressed her as his darling, a.nd, say- ing he was off to London for a month, promised to call that night. He never kept the promise, and the plaintiff next heard of his marriage to the housekeeper of Mr. J. Evan Roberts, to whom he wrote asking how the harmonium at Twrgwyn Chapel played, and consoling him for the loss of his housekeeper by the remark that The ladies are fond of feting marid." No letters passed between the parties. The plaintiff, Mrs. Hulse (her sister), three servants, and Miss Mansell, who lodged with the plaintiff, were examined in support of the plaintiff's case. For the defence it was denied that there was any promise, the visits to the house having been of a friendly charact r. The defendant, in his examination, said that he chiefly called at the plaintiff's house to see Mr. Griffiths, a medical student lodging there. The defendant, Mr. Griffiths, and other witnesses were called for the defence.—The jury found for the plaintiff, damages tloo. This concluded the business of the assizes and the Court rose at nine o'closk.














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