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ACCUSED BEFORE THE MAGIS- TRATES. At Merthyr Police-court on Monday Eliza- beth Carpenter, aged 19, of 11, Beckett-street, Mountain Ash, was brought up (before Mr. T. Williams, Mr. C. Henry James, and Mr. A. Truran) charged with killing and slaying her illigitimate child, about sixteen months old, by drowning it in the Glamorganshire Canal at Abercynon on the evening of Thursday, the 11th. inst.—The prisoner, who appeared' to be in a very weak state, was allowed to be seated in the dock. The first witness was Elizabeth WOkins, of Cardiff, the woman who adopted the dhlTd. She gave hor evidence with considerable emotion. She deposed to the circumstances under which the prisoner came to fetch the child away on Thursday, and said that the child was naturally delicate. About a month ago it was poorly, but it was getting better again. The prisoner asked no question of the witness. Agnes Moore, pupil teacher, of Abercynon School, and living at Mountain Ash. who was not called at the inquest, said that she saw the prisoner coming from the railway station, pri- soner carrying the child, as Elhe was going to catch the 5.20 train hoime. She spoke to the prisoner, whom she knew, and said, "good evening." Prank Hopkins, the lime burner, gave pre- cisely the same evidence as he had given at the coroner's inquiry as to seeing the prisoner on her knees bending over the canal, and throwing stonea into the water, and as to noticing that she had done away with the child which he had previously seen in her arms when going down the bank, past the kiln where 1 he was a.t work. The prisoner, in cross-examination, asked: "Did you se-a me throw the chivi into the water, and the witness answered, "No." The ] prisoner further asked Hopkins if he saw her throw stones, and he repeated that he did. The prisoner, frrcly, "Well, I contradict that wholly; wholly I contradict. If I had any intentiou of throwing my child into the water would I pay £ 15 to have it reared up?" The Magistrates' Clerk remarked that that was not a. question which could be addressed to the witr.ess. Prisoner • I was on the public road, and do vou think, if I intended to do away with my child. I would go on the publio road to do it? Witness, in answer to the magistrates clerk, eaid he believed the tow:ng pat,i was private property, but the publio had fiee access to it. William Blake, a. collier, proved finding the body in the canal, as a result of what n opsins told him, and Edward Bowen, canal labourer, fJpckt" to getting the body out with a boat hook. The Magistrates' Clerk (to prisoner): Do you want to esk Bowen any questions. Prisoner: No, bÏr; only I don't remember seeing Idm anywhere. .i. once-constable Henry Evans related his story of encountering the prisoner, carrying the baby's jacket and hood, and of the removal of the corpse to the old school house. He set out the statements made by the prisoner when he first accosted her, and, subsequently, when she was charged with the wilful murder of the infant. Two letters written to the prisoner's mother in reference to the child were put in, but the magistrates' clerk advised that they could not be admitted as evidence. Police-sergeant William Davies, who received the prisoner in custody at Treharris Police- station from Nidhdills, also gave the statement which was made by her when charged by him. He added that after the inquest the prisoner denned throwing, any atones into the canal. M1"II. Wilkins, re-called, said that one of the letters asked -few- a couple of pownds more than' had been agreed upon for the child, and the other informed Mrs. Carpenter of the prisoner having fetched the child away. When witness was asked to identify the jacket and hood. ( she burst into tears.. Dr. Griffiths gave evidence of his first exami- ( nation of the body, and detailed the results of 1 a post-mortem examination made an Sunday. when he said he found a, contusion on the 1 aoalp, which might have been caused by a 1 blow, and traces of previous congestion of the lungs. The child, he said, was of normal 5 height for a baby of its age, but it only I weighed 13pb. In bis opinion death was due to drowning. The prisoner wai then formally f-n&rged by ( the magistrates' clerk with the capital offence. In reply, sho eaid:—"I wish to say that I did 1 not throw my child into the water. I went in half-way up my legs myself. I was on my 1 way from Cardiff, e.nd_ the child fell in. I 1 tried to *ave her, but it was impassible. She 1 had gone too far. The Magistrates' Clerk: What vou want to say is that the child fell in accidentally. PrMoner Yes, and I had a narrow escape of 1 my own lifo. The prisoner was then committed to taxe J her trial at the next assizes. The prisoner waa removed to, Swansea. Gaol bv the tJiTpe o'clock train, her conveyance to the railway-station Jrom the police bifldiug 1 l>eLn.(V eff-ceted in a cab. A large number of 1 people assembled in the street for the purpose of seeing the unfortunate girl, in the expecta- tion that ehe would be taken with the rest of the prisoners on foot, but onlv a few persons < were able to catch a. glimpse of her as she leaned baok in the vehicle, one window of which was hidden by a rug hung from the roof and drawn inside.