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MONMOUTHSHIRE. The Michaelmas Quarter Sessions for the County of Monmouth were opened at the Shire-hall, Usk, on Tuesday, at noon. Mr. A. D. Berrington, the chairman, presided, and there were also present Mr. S.C. Bosanquet, deputy-chairman Lord Trede- gar, Lord Raglan, Sir Henry Jackson, Colonel the Hon. F. C. Morgan, M.P., Mr. J. A. Rolls, M.P., Mr. T. Cordes, Colonel M'Donnel, Dr. R. F. Woollett, Mr. J. A. Herbert, Colonel Byrde, Mr. W. W. -Phil- lips, Mr. W. Llewellyn, Captain Bradney, Mr. G. G. Griffin, Mr. R. T. Roberts, and Mr. W. E. Hall. Mr. B. Francis Williams took the oath and quali- fied as a magistrate for the county. THE PRISON AND ASSIZES IN THE COUNTY. The CHAIRMAN asked the Clerk of the Peace whether any answer had been received from the Secretary of State to the letter speaking of the detention of a large number of witnesses at the last Worcester Assizes. The CLERK said no answer had been received. The CHIEF-CONSTABLE said he thought something of the sort would arise again at the end of the month at Gloucester. They had already sixteen prisoners for trial, including one murder case, and there would be 20 to 25 constables in attendance there. The CHAIRMAN said the court had twice romon- strated with the authorities on this matter. He himself spoke to one of the judges about it, and he told him (the chairman) that he was always very careful to make arrangements foe takiae all the cases from diffeusat counties at specified times. If that could be done, of course it would very much simplify the matter. But everyone knew that at Worcester the police, the county treasurer, and the witnesses were detained there something like six- teen days. With refereuce to an application from the court that the Government should provide additional accommodation for prisoners awaiting trial at the Shirehall, Monmouth, the Clerk of the Peace read a letter from the Home Secretary stating that the Government could not recognise any liability for the cost of providing any such accommodation at the Court-house. The letter went on to say that there was not at present before the Secretary of State or the Lord Chancellor any proposal for the removal of the assizes from thj County of Mon- mouth. The CHAIRMAN said, with reference to the cost of providing cell accommodation for persons awaiting trial at Monmouth, the court had pre- pared a case for the opinion of counsel on the matter. 'Ihey had a very strong case, and he did not think that the county would be charged with the expense. Then as to the question of Usk Prison. At the last sessions a question was asked as to the intention of the Government to close the prison. The court had no information at that time, but very soon afterwards lie (the chairman) was in London, and he ascertained that not only was there such an intention, but that the papers had been drawn up and had been sent to the Secretary of State for signature. Knowing what the wishes of the court upon the subject were, he took immediate steps in the matter. He communicated with the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Tredegar, and the county members; and Colonel Morgan, M.P., and himself had an interview with Sir Richard Cross upon the subject. He also com- municated with the High Sheriff, and he called a public meeting; and there were other meetings called in different parts of the county upon the same matter. From all of these strong representa- tions were made to the Home Secretary. He had had no definite information upon the subject, but, at any rate, the matter had been postponed, and nothing was now being done. A letter was read from the Home Office approv- ing of an increase in the salary of the clerk to the Bedwellty magistrates from Y,703 to £750 a year. A petition was presented from the Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners, asking that several of the roads in that district should be declared main roads in view of the suspension of the turnpike trust, which takes place next month. The court, however, declined to accede to the application, in- asmuch fI,<i several of the roads were principal streets through the town. POLICE REPORT. TJieCHIEF-CONSTABLE (Major Herbert) submitted to the court a copy of the return which has to be forwarded to the Secretary of State for the year ended September last. Ho stated that the total police rate levied during the year was a little in excess of that levied the previous year, but there was no increase on the average of the five years. The report continued:— In considering police expenditure, the state of things which existed at the establishment of the constabulary should not be forgotten. Ill those days, although the system of district superintending constables was in operation, not a single decent lock-up existed. Untried prisoners were confined sometimes for days in horrible, dark, iilthy lock-ups, occasionally dignified by the name of police-stations; or. where no place existed, as most frequently was the case, were handcuffed to the grate in the constables' kitchens. Court-houses were almost equally deficient. In the Division of Bedwellty two out of the three courts were held in crowded public-houses. I cannot refrain from congratulating the court upon having at length remedied the neglect of a past genera- tion. Suitable police-stations, with light and airy cells, and police-courts, where required, have now been pro- vided throughout the county, and in another month the last of the old lock-ups will be closed. There are, how- ever, still some one or two populous places, such as Aber- carn, which will require attention; and some improve- ment may also be necessary to some of the existing stations. The Chief-Constable in his quarterly report stated that, compared with the curresponding quarter of 1884, there had been a decrease of 41 in the number of persons apprehended and of 311 in the number of summonses. The Finance Committee reported that the new petty sessional court at Chepstow had been com- pleted at a total cost, including the expenses of plans and furniture, of J6779 2s. 4d. The new police buildings at Newport are now approaching completion, and the proportion of the cost payable from the county rate on account of the petty ses- sional court win £ 850. The works at Ebbw Vale Police Station had also been completed, at a total cost of £1,774-. The CHIEF-CONSTABLE recommended an annual allowance of £ 56 from the Superannuation Fund to Sergeant Thomas Porall, Caerleon, who was over 60 years of age, and had served 27 years in the force and that a gratuity of J685, equal to one year's salary, be paid to the widow of Sergeant Morris Richards, who died on July 12, after having served 27 years. These recommendations were agreed to. ADDITION TO THE POLICE FORCK. The CHAIRMAN, in accordance with notice given at the last court, moved that the police force be augmented by the addition of eight constables. He said the police rate was somewhat high at present. The average for the whole country was lid., but in Monmouthshire it had been 2id, in the L. But they had incurred very considerable expense lately. They had borrowed j67,500 for new police-stations, and the instalmenLa of principal and interest would bo about JE600 a year for the present. Eight ad- ditional constables would entail an increased expenditure of £ 94-0, and a farthing rate produced JE896, so that they would be adding more than a farthing to the rates. But the representations made to the Police Committee were very strong, and the Government inspector had also reported that the police force was deficient in the more populous districts, especially in the Tredogar dis- trict. He, therefore, proposed that the recommenda- tions of the committee be adopted.and lie reminded the court that the scale of pay in the police force there was higher than it was in most other counties. The motion was agreed to without comment. COUNTY ROADS. Tho County Road Surveyor (Mr. Tanner) pre- sented a long report. He stated that in some instances inferior stone was used for metalling, and he produced samples of large pieces of stuff which he had picked off the roads at different points. These provoked considerable amusement, but the merriment was intensified when Mr. Hall drew forth three or four large pieces of rock which he had picked up on the Abergavenny-road, some of them measuring about six inches over each surface. NEW RATES. On the motion of Lord TREDEGAR, seconded by Mr. J. A. ROLLS, M.P., a county rate of gd. in the £ was struck for county purposes, and of Id. in the £ for police purposes. NOTICE OF MOTION. Major GRIFFIN gave notice that he would move at the next court that the court allow the Nisi Prius Court at Monmouth Shire-hall for the use of the magistrates of the Monmouth Petty Sessional Division and also to the magistrates of the borough of Monmouth. This concluded the public business. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. The Michaelmas Quarter Sessions for the County of Monmouth were continued at the Court House, Usk. on Wednesday. The following gentlemen were sworn on the grand jury :—Messrs. Andrew M'Mahor., Newport; J. E. Bunston, Pontypool; J. S. Barrett, Newport; D. Davies, Pontypool; C. Davies, Pontypool; 1. T. Dando, Newport; E. T. Downham, Pontypool; T. E. Dibble, Newport; W. Davies, Usk; J. Herbert, Pontypool; J. Holloway, Pontypool; D. W. Hughes, Pontypool; W. Jones, Newport, G. Jesseman, Newport; E. Morgan, Llan- baddock L. Richards. Abertillery; F. Smith, Usk; and F. Vaughan, Llangwm. FIRST COURT. (Before Mr. A. D. BERRINGTON, Captain SMXTHE, and Colonel M'DONNKLL.) THHFT AT CHEPSTOW. Emily Mann, 25, described as a hawker, was sent to prison for three months for stealing a chemise, the property of Mary Trew a collar, the property of George Trew; and a shawl, the pro- perty of EliziLbeth Howells, at Chepstow, on Sep- tember 17,1885. ALLEGED BURGLARY. James Cole, aged 22, described as a clerk, and William Cole, 40, a labourer, the younger prisoner's father, were charged with breaking into the house of Charles Dix and stealing a linen press and other articles, the property of Adeline Habberfield Dix, at Caldicot, on August 31. Mr. Daniel prosecuted. They were found not guilty. ANOTHER ACQUITTAL. Samuel Hains, on bail, was charged with steal- ing four brass engine bearings, value £6 8s., the property of the Blaenavon Coal and Iron Company, on August 16. Mr. Ram prosecuted; Mr. A. J. David defended. The defence was that the watch- man at the works, who saw it parson take the bearings away, had fallen on the wrong man; and in the result the jury acquitted the prisoner. INDECENT ASSAULT BY A SCHOOLMASTER AT ABERGAVENNY. Charles Richard Nicholson, a schoolmaster at Abergavenny, aged SI, pleaded guilty to a charge of indecently assaulting Elizabeth Parry, at. Aber- gavenny, on July 29. He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment with hard labour. THE DISORDERLY COFFEE TAVERN AT NEWPORT. William Davies, aged 56, and Esther Davies. his wife, were charged with keeping a disorderly and a bawdy house at. 13, Commercial-road, Newport. Mr. A. J. David prosecuted Mr. Ram defended.- B jth prisoners were discharged. SECOND COURT. (Before Mr. S. C. BOSANQUET, Mr. W. W. PHILLIPS, and Colonel BYHDE.) FALSE PRETENCES AT MONMOUTH. William Jefford, on bail, was charged with ob- taining £ 10 2s. 6.d. by false pretences from William Phillips, Three Horse Shoes Inn, at Monmouth. on August 13. Mr. Madday prosecuted. The money was obtained on a cheque which was dishonoured at the bank. Prisoner was found guilty, and was sentenced to a month's imprisonment. STEALING A WATCH AT PONTYPOOL. Frederick Knowles, 42, mason, and Frances Knowles, his wife, were charged with stealing a silver watch, the property of James Rosser, at Pontvpool, on October 13, 1885. Mr. Reed prose- cuted. Both prisoners were found guilty, and were sent to prison for six months. STABBING AFFRAY AT NEWPORT. James Woods, 35, labourer; Daniel Haley, 25, labourer and John Morrison, 26, labourer, were charged with beating and wounding a sailor, named George Muir, and Edwin Watkins in Port- land-street, on September 15 last. Mr. Daniel prosecuted. The prisoners, with a number of others, congregated together in Portland-street on the night in question, and Muir, who was stabbed very badly in the thigh, recognised the men as those who attacked him. Watkins was also attacked and had his teeth knocked out. The prisoners were found guilty, and each of them having been convicted before they were sent to prison for four months with hard labour.