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THE REBECCAITES AT HAVERFORDWEST. HAVERFORDWEST, Saturday, Aug. 26th. On Thursday morning tMt. this town was thrown into a state of considerable excitement from a report that Rebecca and her Daughters intended to pay lis a visit dining the night, in order to pull down the toll-gates about the town. The Magistrates had-, been previously summoned together at the request of the Chairman (the Rev. Thomas Martin), to whom it appears information of the intended attack was conveyed during the previous day, by a person who was in Rebecca's secrets. The Magistrates immedi- ately sent off expresses to Pembroke Dock for a detach- ment of marines, and to Narbeth for a troop of cavalry. The latter arrived in town about eleven o'clock, and were ordered to hold themselves in readiness for immediate ser- vice. The marines did not arrive until about half-past one. Between twenty and thirty of the town constables wete also called out, and stationed about twelve o'clock at the Prendergast toll-gate, to await the arrival of the Rebeccaites. Considerable doubts existed whether the infonnation which led to all these precautionary measures was not false, but about half-past twelve o'clock, a body of men were observed approaching the Prendergast toll-gate, on the Fishguard road, in numbers from sixty to one hundred, from ten to twenty of whom were on horseback, and the others on foot; they were headed by a man on horseback, armed with a double-barrel gun, who had his face blackened, and wore a long beard, and a shawl about his head. On his coining near the gate, he called out to his followers to come forward, and lifted np his gnn. At this moment, Williamll, one of the police constables, made a dash at the man, and caught ho\d of his gnn a struggle then ensued between them, during wAich the gun went off. The horse then galloped back towards Crow's Nest, and Williams secured the gun. The Rebeccaites then turned about, and took to their heels as fast as they could. The constables followed up, and ob- served that the rioters were armed with guns, large blud- geons, sledge hammers, and other weapons they succeeded in capturing two of the fellows, who were brought to town. Some short lime after, following on in pursuit of the mob, Ihe constables discovered a horse lyinc on the load, and on examination they found it had been shot by a ball in one of the hind legs. It is probable that this was the horse rode by the leader of the gang, and which had been hit either by the ball discharged from the gun during the scume, or by another from a gun fired by the rioters at the constables, as it was quite clear that no arms were fired by the latter. The hoise is an entire one, of middle size, in good condition, chesnnt colour, and about four years old. Unfortunatelv, neither the cavalry nor the marines had arrived at the gate to assist theconstabtes; the night was also very dark, so that two only out of the large nnmher of rioters were secured. The Magistrates held a private meeting in the Town-hall on the morning of Friday, and subsequently a public exami- nation of the witnesses against the two men in custody. The Magistrates present were the Rev.T. Martin, Chairman, J. Potter, J. Griffiths, Wm. Evans, Win. Owen, and Wm. Rees, Esqrs. Thefotiowingisareportof the proceedings:- The prisoners, whose names were Da* id Vanghan and Joseph Walters, were charged on the oath of Thomas Roch Garrett, with a dot and tumult. John Francis sworn I live at Newhouse, in the parish of St. Dogmelis, and am a farmer and butcher. I know the prisoner Joseph Walters; he is a servant with William Lloyd, of Penvider, parish of Ambleston, butcher. I have known him about two years. I know Vaughan he is a servant with Joshua Price, of Mustand. I did not see them last night, nor during the last month. 1 have not seen the horse to day. I heard of a hoise being shot it is the property of John Jenkins, of Langwg-fach, near Puncheston. I only heard it was his horse; I don't know it of my own knowledge. The prisoners had no question to ask. Margaret Llewellyn :-1 live at the Corner Piece, Rnd- baxtou parish, and keep a public-house. I know neither of the prisoners. Last night, about half after nine, persons came to my house and caned for some ale—I cannot ten one of them. Some of them were on honieback, others on foot. I don't know how many were there. I did not hear them anything; they seemed to have feathers in their caps. I saw nothing in their hands they remained about a quarter of an hour. They had nine or ten jugs of ale. They seemed to go towards Haverfordwest. Agentteman on horseback paid the money, I went to the door with a light to receive 11: he said" keep back the light, and I will give you the money." He then returned the jug with the money in it. I fever saw him before as I know. I think he had on a round jacket and a cap. He spoke English; he did not say what he was going about. I thought they were going down to the gates. There might have been one hundred people there. I was not aware of their coming. The prisoners put no questions. John Davies :—I went up the Fishguard road last night as far as Treffgarne bridge. When I got to the Corner Piece, there were from ten to fifteen persons there they had branches of trees about their heads, and their faces blackened they were lying about the door and the garden hedge. This witness deposed 10 his having met five or six other companies of men with their faces blackened, and similarly dressed. George Thomas :—I am a servant with John James, black- smith, Tangreis. I am sixteen years of age. Last night, atler I went to bed, some persons came to my master's door. I went to the door, and saw men in the road about fifteen were 011 horseback, and others on foot. One of them asked me to come to the shop; his face was blackened. I told him I had not the key. They then broke in the shop door; the men on foot went in. I went'to the door of the shop, and saw thetn come ont with a sledge hammer. A boy took up a spade, and I took it back from hlui. The sledge now produced is my master's, it is the one they took out of the shop; they then went down towards Prenderuast; they did not say where they were going, or what they wanted the hammer for. I followed thetn down to Siminond's house he lives half way between my master's and Crow's Nest. I met my master there he went down after the men, and 1 relumed. I saw one or two of the men with sticks. Joseph Po'ter:—I am the son of the Mayor. I accom- panied my father last night to Prendergast gate. I went up between eleven and twehe o'clock. I remained about five minutes at the gate, and then went up with William Williams, the policeman, as far as Colby Scott, on the Fish- ¡ guard road I there heard a noise of horses galloping. The sound proceeded from the road beyond me. I then returned, not hearing any body follow us. We again walked I towards Colby Scott. When we got a little way up, we heard steps. We then hid in the hedge, and saw a single person pass Oil foot. We remained a short time, and then got up, when we heard the sounds of horses and foot people. We returned slowly before them. I passed through the gate, leaving Williams about 10 yards behind me. As soon as I faced round, a man on horseback pushed the horse's nose against the gntp, He appeared to have a shawl on, and a low crowned hat he then cried out forward," about three or four times. He had a gun in his hand this he raised, but I don't know whether he pointed it at any ob, jpcl; iheie were persons in front of it. I saw some person catch at the horse's head, and \\1m. Wïliallls caught hold of the gun. I did not heat him say anything; they scuffled for some time, during which the gun went off. Williams secured the gun. I did not hear any other rejiort of a eun th"re were about thirty or forty persons behind. After Williams got hold of the gun the man escaped. I heard the crowd talking; thev had something like sticks in their hands; they retreated as soon as the man on horseback es- caped. I soon after saw a scuffle between Mr. Llewellyn and Mr. Tasker, and the prisoner Walters. By the time I got up he was secured. Wm. Williams, police-constable:—I went np last night to Prender«ast uate "illl thftou) constables tbeie were about twenty-five who went up; the Mayor was present. I have heard Mr. Joseph Potter's statement respecting going up the road and returning again-il is correct. When I came hack to the gate, I saw a man on horseback coming towards the gate, carrying a non he appeared to have a long heard lie cried out forward, to. ward." He overtook me. and I walked Oy his si:le he kept the gnn pointed towards me he did not put it to his shoulder. I went towards him, and caught hold of 'he gun. I held on by the trigger. We struggled for it, during which his horse turned round with his head towards Crow's Nest, The scuffle lasted about a minute, and the gun went off in the struggle. I then got it out of his hand. The man escaped. The gun is now in my possession. I have shown it to the Magistrates, it is a double- hartetone the left barrel was discharged, the right loaded it had a percussion lock with caps; the hammer of the discharged barrel was down, the other was full cocked. I nas present when the loaded barrel was drawn to-day; there were a leaden ball and powder in it. I saw a great many other persons at the gate; they were all disguised. I saw some willi cudgels in their hands. I saw no guns be- sides the one I took. I afterwards went up the road, and saw a hotse lying in the grip without asaddle or a bridle he was dying; he was shot in the ihish. I saw this balllaken out of the thigh to-day, the bone is in atoms he is an en- tire horse, from three to four years old, chesnnt colour. Wo). Llewellyn I went up after the Mayor last night to Prenilerffasr gale. I arrived there about a quarter after twelve. I saw a person come to the gate on horseback he was accompanied by thirty or forty petsons; he cried out "forward." His followers were all disguised, with their faces blackened, and something over their hats; they were talking; 'hey had clubs and guns in their hands. I saw pail of the scuffle between Williams and the man. I saw the people move off. I then went up the road, and saw the piisoner Walters; he had a glln in his hand; I was close to him. He carried it upright; his face was black- ened, with his cravat covering his hat; he either passed the gun to some one else, or threw it into the hed^e. I kept niv eye on hint, and caught hold of him, as soon as I saw Thomas Adams, a constable, near me; before that I was surrounded by the mob, and saw none of my own friends near me. I asked him his name, and what he had done with the gun he said he had no gun. Mr. lasker then came up alld laid hold of him he struggled to get off, aud shouted for help. I brought him to town. Coming down Prenderjjast hill, I said to him, "it is of no use your deny, in^ hating the gnll, because I saw it with yon." He then said that the gnu was not his own, that it had been handed to him by another per-on. I was present when he was seaiched in thehati by Gairett, the policeman there were a comb, and two or three other tilings found in his pocket, and some cartridges were found at his leet, which he had dropped. James Tasker corroborated Mr. Llewellyn, as to the capture of Walters. James Davit s :—I am one of the constables of this town. I was at the gate last night after 'he gun was taken from the man on horseback I went up the road I saw a person attempt to get over the hedge Maid hold of him, and pulled him hack; it was the piisoner Vatighan. He had something tied on his head, and under his chin; his face \\as disco- loured. I nave him into the custody ot Garrett. Thomas R. Garrett deposed to his having searched the piisoner Walters, and finding on him a burnt COI k. HIIII having picked up some powder, which he saw the prisoner d rop. The prisoners were remanded till Monday. On Monday, the examination was resumed, when the following witnesses were sworn :— John BI. thYlJf constable;—I was at Prendergast gate on Thursday night last. I saw the man come to tlie gate on horseback. I saw some persons there, but I did not know them, they were disfigured with their faces blackened. After the gun went off, I went up the road, and picked op the two sticks in the road, which I now produce. I found them about 100 yards from the gate, they have been in my possession ever since. Thomas Adams. constable:—I went np with the other constables to Prendergast gate. I was there when the man on horseback came up. I saw the scuffle between Williams and the man. I saw some persons come down the lane; they were a great many in number. I cannot say how many. I could not see the dressof any but of the prisoner, who calls himself David Vanghan. I saw him from a dozen to twenty yards above the gate he was dressed in a round jacket, an old hat, and a handkerchief tying it down his face was all btack he was moving on towards Crow's Nest. I heard him say, Here's Becca come." He caught hold ot me by the collar of my coat; I then laid hold of him. Other constables came up, and secured him; he never spokeawordaftethewastaken. T. A. Phillips produced a cartridge and ball, which he took out of one of the barrels of the gnn taken bv Williams. Elizabeth Llewellyn :1 live with my mother at Corner Piece. I don t know the prisoners 1 have never seen them before to my knowledge. I was at home on Thin sdav night last. Iwasupaboutten. Abont that time a flock of men came to the door; I cannot tell who they were— they were on horses and on foot; some came into the bouse and called for ale their faces were blackened three came in first. About five minutes after, the persons came to the door on horseback and on toot. I had a canctle in my hand going to the door, when a gentleman on horseback said, "Go hack wilh the light, we W<int none," I did not see him, but only heard his voice; he spoke excellent English, like a gentleman. I sold 5s. worth of ale at one time, 2s. worth at another, and six or seven quarts besides. The gentleman put the money in the jug, and handed it to mv mother he asked me how many miles to the next town. I answered four; they remained about a quarter of an hour, and then left in the direction of Haverfordwest, as I thought by the noise; the greater part of them had fed caps and red tin bans on; aome of their faces were black, some not. I never to my knowledge heard that gentleman's voice before. A few other witnesses were examined, whose statements agreed with those already made. The prisoners declined saying anything in their defence. They were then committed for trial at the next Assizes. The witnesses were ad bound over to give evidence, and the prisoners were liberated on bail. The sureties for Vauglrm, were Joshua Price, of Musland, and John Francis, of Newhouse. Ambleston parish, in the sum of 501, "Itch; and for Waiters, Owen Llewellyn, of Whitelays, and Win. Lloyd, of Penvider, Ambleston paiish, ill the same sum. Between two hundred and three hundred persons, con- sisting of farmeis, farmer's sons, and their servants, were present dill iogthe examination on Monday. At the close- of the proceedings, a few remarks were addressed by Sir R. B. Philipps, the Lord Lieutenant, Mr. Potter, the Mayor, and Mr. John Henry Philipps, to the persons present, en- treating them to go home quietly, and stating their leadiness to give every explanation in their power of the turnpike aff;1irs, and to redress all grievances; bnt they were listened to with apparently great d ssatisfaction. One of the Magis- trates (Mr. J. H. Philipps) was loudly hissed by the crowd, although his remarks were very reasonable and conciliatory. The prisoners were then carried away on the shoulders of their friends, amidst loud hurrahs, and when they arrived at Prendergast gate, the prisoners were lifted on top of it. and were swung backwards and forwaids for about ten minutes, during which the country people gave full vent to their powers of cheering. They then marched quiettyaway.

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