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z s ra. REBECCA AT PRENDERGAST GATE, HA^ERFORDWEST.-In- formation having been received by the magistrates of the town and county of Haveifordwest, about five o'clock on fnurs ay evening, that Becca and Her daughter intended beset ing Prendergast-gate, which is close to the town, on that evening. About twelve o'clock, fourof the magistrates,consisting of t e Mayor, the Rev. Thomas Martin William Owen, Esq., ana J. Griffiths, Esi,. met at the Town-hall, and despatched a messenger to Narlerth for a detachment of cavalry, and ano ther to Pembroke Dock fcr a company of marines, both ot which arrived in tow'n about elevtn o'clock. The magistrates held a second meeting, when it was determined that the special constables headed by the magistrates, should defend the gate, and in case of need the cavalry and marines should come to their assistance. Very soon after their arrival at the gate Re, becca and her daughters, consisting of about two hundred horse and foot, made their appearance, when the special con- stables, about twenty-five in number, assisted by several re- spectable townsmen, most valiantly attacked Rebecca, who was mounted on a charger, and cafiied a double barrelled per- cussion gun, loaded with ball cartridge, when in the scuffle one of the barrels went off and lodged its contents in the JOIDS of the horse, and the constable, Williams, succeeded in secu- ring the gun. The second bairel was loaded with ban. Re- becca, finding herself disarmed, gallopped off, the horse, how- ever, fell dead at the distance of a hundred yards. Unfortu- nately, in the darkness of the night, the rider escaped. In the meantime a fierce contest took place between fhs constables and the rioters, when two of the latter were captured. Their iaees were blackened, and they were otherwise disguised. Finding themselves vigorously attacked by the constabulary force, the rioters fled in all directions. The cavalry and ma- rines, accompanied by Capt. Peel, a county ma^'t^trate, arrived at the spot when the affray was over, and patrollid the roads during the night. On the following morning the prisoners captured on the pre- vious night were brought before the magistrates at the 1 own- hall. Their names were, Joshua Walters, aged twenty, and David Vaughan, aged twenty, both farm servants. A long in- vestigation took place, which lasted the whole day Various witnesses were examined, and the prisoners were fully com- mitted for trial as rioters. On investigation before the magistrates, it appeared that the prisoner Walters had been seen with a gun in his hand, but which he contrived to pass away before his capture, and on ex- amining his person, blank cartridges were found in his pocket It was also proved that as the rioters passed a blacksmith's shop, on the way to the gate, they forcibly entered it, and stole several sledge hammers, and other deadly weapons. A farmer from the neighbourhood of little Newarth gave evi dence as to the very general dissatisfaction of the farmers and others with regard to the tolls, alleging their heavy and une- qual pressure. This man seemed well acquainted with many of the individuals who are under the guidance of Rebecca and on being very closely examined, he very reluctantly ad- mitted that he knew the owner of the horse which had been shot-a very fine horse, four years old, but refused to give the name, even if a hundred pounds were offered. He proposed, Aith a view to remedying some of the grievances, that the whole expense of the roads in the county should be paid out ot the county stock, instead of, as at present, being subject to vexatious tolls. He stated that some roads were comparatively free from turnpikes, and others too nuineiously supplied and complained of the unjust operation of such a distribution ot the turnpikes on particular individuals. Another witness deposed that he saw a flash of light from a gun which missed fire. This event has excited the greatest commotion in the town, the magistrates have exercised the greatest zeal in detecting the offenders. The Rev. W. Martin has also proposed to circu- late tracts in the disaffected districts, to call the attention 01 the Bebeccaires to such measures as he intends to propose foi their consideration, prior to the conference which he solicits with the leading parties. The prompt and cheerful assistance of the military claims our respect and praise but it furnishes another proof how in- adequate a cavalry force is to put down these rioters, who, on the approach of soldiers, are instantly over the hedges, and dis- perse over the fields in all directions. Instead of government putting down this species of insubor- dination by a military force, and the argument of sword and pistol. or by the foolish efforts of the Carmarthen magistrates, lord-lieutenants, establishing an expensive rural police, adding to the heavy burthens of taxation, why are not the more hu- mane and generous means adopted of enlightening the mind- of the deluded rioters, by meeting them on fair terms, hearing their grievances, rectifying the evils which are real, with bo- nesty and decision, and calmly pointing out the errors and misconceptions under which they labour? This might be done by cheap tracts freely distributed, and by popular lectures and conferences in towns and villages. When the farming people have completed the harvest, and winter is setting in, many fearful riots may be apprehended, unless moral mea.ns are used to pievent the efforts of perverted and misguided men.—Correspondent of the Evening Chron.

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