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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.

The Burglary at Woodland*.


The Burglary at Woodland*. (Examination at Usk Prison, yesterday.) The examinations of persons charged with a participation in the burglarv committed at the residence of J. J Cordes Esq theIS nf\T' the night o; the lmh, or at thp Ho'isr. t 0° ? took place on Thursday, inpcn'vrito y.rp.c^iOU' ^sk, beiore Thomas Prothero, Lsq., j.- the division in v.hieh the burglary was eifected e,'k the magistrates at Newport, taking the The lCn °' tUC Vl itncsses i i the case. h-rl Vio°n Pcrs.ou charged at first was Fiederick Jones, who after the ^om™'ttcd to that prison on a charge of vagrancy, t'ikon°^e Parkes was the first witness examined. He had been baen into custody at the time of the robbery, on suspicion of elng concerned tnercm; hue was committed as a rogue and "gahond at that time. He vas now brought up from the cell ;°. ^n'c information against Jcnes, who had been committed ;un him at the same time. Witness said 1 am a moulder, uving at the prisoner Jones's house, Deep-street, Lewin's- Mead, Bristol- I came from Bristol with Frederick Jones, the Prisoner, to Newport, to look ftr cmplovment, on the loth Mav. Prisoner, to Newport, to look ftr emplovment, on the loth Mav. There were two others with JS, my brother, William Parke's, and John Davis. When we came into Newport, we turned off on the Pontypool ro;.d and when about a mile and three quarters from Newport, where there was a bcer-hcuse at the top of the lane, and an old church on the other side the road, the prisoner, Jones, and my brother looked into the hedge. I asked what they were looking for; and Jones said, "the tools." I sat down with Davis on a brink there, and then Junes said pointing to a at some distance, That was the house the plate came from—where the rabbery was done." Some folks were then looking at us, and I snjd, Come on, or they will think you are on some gain Jones and myself then went one wr.y, and the others an.Hher way. We were all appre- hended on coming into Newport, and taken to the police station there. After that we were ail brought up before the magis. trates, and there a policeman produced a knife taken from Frederick Jones. (Knife hereprodueed by Sergeantll uxtable.) When Jones and I were taken back to the station-house, the examination, he said. Little did they think, when they were looking at that knife, that that was'the article we did it ("lr;ul'nS. the getting into Mr. Cordes's house). He said, the tools were put into a hedge after the robbery hut they couldn't exactly pitch upon the place." The tools were not found by Jones when we were up on the road there were too many eyes about. On tie llth (the dav the robbery was committed,) f was in Bristol; and about half-past three that atermon, I saw some plate at the house of my sister, Mary libs, on the Quay, Cornish Mount Passage. Tiie plate con- sisted of a waiter, which had daws on it and it was doubled up a teapot, with a white handle a larg ladle, with a crook the top of the handle; a cream jug, doubled up, appearing to nave contained a glass, and formed of filagree work; a kniie, with aflat wide blade, and ahandle to it (lish knife); the top ot a pepper box one old cob some things like butums witii neads, and other articles of Jones was with me, and saw the articles also. Other, were passing in and out. Jones old me he had come up fro:) Waks. Jones's wife came there that morning, with a basketand a coat in it, which she wanted to pawn, and sent the girl u do so. The girl w: s so long that 1 was sent for her; and when I returned the plate was laid out. • hen a Jew, named John 1'avis, came to my sister's house, with another man, like a Jev'; and they went into a room where they would not allow me to 50. I saw the Jews pack the plate afterward: next put elever sovereigns and one pound in sil- ver, on the table, and said tiey would owe a pound for the plate, and then they carried it awlY in Jones's basket, and promised to pay Jones the other pound when he fetched the basket. Jones told me afterwardslhe plate weighed 6i lbs. On the Sunday following we went out too walk; Jones went from us to teceire the pound duej—Mi on ^turning to the pwblic-hovwc f we were waiting for him, he had (he basket with him, and said he had only 12s. from the Jew, who had no more silver then but he said "There was eight shillings then due on the plate." Jones here said he was quite innocent of the crime; and he believed the witness had said what he had to get out of the scrape himself. He had no question to ask him. Afterwards, however, he cross-examined the witness, who said I didn't see the jey; pay you the money; I didn't see you have the money; but you were there. Prisoner I was never there; I den t know your sister. X è-VH saw her; I don't know anything about it John Davies was then brought into the room. and admonished by the magistrate most solemnlv to give serious attention to the oath he was about to take. Being sworn, he said I lived in Bristol, and worked at the Glass works. I never knew the prisoner, Frederick Jones, before the llth of May last. On the previous day. I had gone to the place where Parkes lived, and slept there that night. While there, I heard a conversa- tion about Jones, after which, about 10 or 11 o'clock on the morning of the llth, Parkes and 1 went down to Parkes's sister's house, on the Quay, and there saw the prisoner Jones and William Paikes. Jones afterwards sent me out to a per. son's house on Lawrence-hill, to tell bim a person wanted to see him at tbe Cornish Monnt. The person was not at home; and wc returned to Mrs. Willis's house; but the prisoner was then gone. Then we went to the public house, next door, and there saw Jones and Witliam Parkes. After sitting there alto- gether some time, George Parkes called out Jones. I had seen something when I was in Willis's house, lying on the foot of the bed, and partly wrapped up in a handkerchief, like a ladel, a cover of a tea-pot, and a fiat piste rolled up. I never heard Jones say anything about a robbery till I heard him talking about coming across in the packet, on the llth. Jones said Mary Smart concealed the bundle under her clothes, when the policeman came on board the packet at Newport to search. On Jones returning to the public house, after Parkes had called him out, one of the your.g women there said Well, how did you manage it: Jones replied, "Oh, we hadn't enough for a sovereign." On the following Snnday we went out to walk, and Jones left us to go to Davis's for the sovereign. We went into a public house in Temple-street, near Davis's house. Jones came back to us there, and said, He (the Jew) had got but 12s fid. in his pocket; and I had the 12s., and left the 6d.; and there's 8s. now to come." On the loth of May, the follow- ing Tuesday, William Parkes said his Uncle was at Newport, arid had got him a job. So he, his brother, Frederick Jones, rhe prisoner, and myself, came down by the Usk packet. hen we got to Newport, we crossed the bridge, and went on the turnpike road. [ The witness then went on to corroborate the testimony of the witness George Parkes on this portion of the transaction ] James Jamieson Cordes, Esq was next sworn, and de- tailed, in his examination, the particulars of the burglary, and the description of the stolen plate, which our readers are already familiar with. The stolen property was worth about £70. Jane Wait and Emma Wait, mother and daughter, proved seeing the prisoner Jones near the cottage where they lived, on the day and place described by the witnesses-the 15th May and near the Malpas road. The daughter also proved finding a green baize bag in the garden hedge, which contained the housebreaking implements produced—a "jemmy," a piece of machinery called a "spanner," to which blades could be attached, for cutting out circular holes ten inches iu diameter, fifteen picklocks, five double skeleton keJs, and a box of hicifer matches. [The holes cut in the scullery window and doors at Woodlands, corresponded exactly with the piece of machinery described; ancl the matches corresponded with the matches found in the bundle, by there being a mixture of bl: ck and white. Sergeant liuxtable proved receiving information of the bur- glary un the morning of the llth of May, on which morning the pickets had left Newport for Bristol at half-past five and six o'clock. Witness went on fully to describe the appearance of the premises at Woodlands—the broken glass-the holes in the shutters for enabling the burglars to unfasten the bars—the forced drawers—side board, tea caddy, fee., and the various other indications. He also produced some matches he had found on theibor, which, from having two coloured igniting mixturc en them, reù and black, were lound to correspond exactly with these afterwards found in the bundle. He pro- cci. esd af erwards, on enquiry, the same morning to Bristol and Bath; but unsuccessfully. On the lath of May, in the after- noon, witness and another ofiicer apprehended the prisoner Jones and liis three companions. Found a knife, a key, and a small spanner, on Jones, which lr.tter fitted the nuts of the spanner found on May. The prisoner Jones and two others were afterwards committed as rogues and vagabonds. On the 28th 01 June, witness received a bag containing the tools." Walter Waters, Brookside cottage, identified the prisoner as a man he had seen on the loth of May, in the evening. Prisoner to him at his farm house, on the farm adjoining M r. Cordes's premises, and asked if he had a house to let. Told him he had not; and assed him what trade and what countryman he was. He said he was a Staffordshire hawker Told prisoner there was a house which might suit him on the other side of that house (pointing to Mr. Cordes's.) Prisoner then asked whose house that was—pointing to Woodlands; and witness told him it was Mr. Cordes's. lie then asked the road way to the railway witness told him, and he went towards Newport in that direction. Prisoner If I ever saw that man (witness) before I saw him afore the magistrates at Newport, I hope the Lord will take me off the earth at once. Wiliiam Clements, shoemaker, Malpas, proved that prisoner came to his house on the aflcruoon of the 10th of May, and asked for lodgings for himself and wife. or to rent the house near by. his wife disliking to live in the town. Prisoner I never saw the man in my life, before he came up against me at Newport; and that he knows very well: but i'.s no use my saying so, I suppose. Joseph Hilnnau. corn measurer at Newport, proved seeing the prisoner and three others, on the morning after the bur- glary end he saw him again coming from the packet on the loth of May. Prisoner denied ail this also. Henry 2\lorgan, farmer, Malpas, proved seeing prisoner and three others coming from the direction of Woodlands to- wards Newport, with a woman, and three or four other persons with him, cn the afternoon of the 10th of May. Took particu- lar notice of the lot, and of the prisoner in particular, because they looked a gang of bad fellows. Saw the prisoner again on the Tuesday lollowing, the loth, going in the direction of Mr. Cordes's and Mrs. Wait's house, with four other men. This was the case against the prisoner Jones, who was there- upon committed to take his trilll.a the assizes. The persons charged with receiving the plate, knowing it to be stolen, were then brought into the room. The names of the prisoners were David Levinson and Solomon Davies, father and son, and Jews.—Mr Ayre, solicitor, of Bristol, appeared, by the courtesy of the magistrate, to watch the case. George Parkes was then brou?,ht in, and being sworn, and at once desired to look at the prisoners, very seriously observed their features for about half a minute, and then distinctly said These are not the men." I he prisoners were therefore libe- rated. [It was mentioned that Mr. Ayre would have to appear at Chepstow as solicitor against these Jews, in the case of the great robbery of watches and jewellery in that town some time since ] The female prisoners, Mary Willis and Elizabeth Jones, also supposed to have been connected with the transaction, were then called in, and discharged also. The women, one of them particularly, cried for joy, and thanked the magistrates with much emotion.



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