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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.

The Burglary at Woodland*.




CARDIFF POLICE COURT-MONDAY. Before W alter Coffin Esq., mayor, and R. L. Reece, Esq. Two Dutch seamen of the ship Hegina, Capt. A. Gerson.weie St"nt'to defraudVthP 'heir P0!,sessio« 3'b- 3°z- of cl8aIS* wilh n ShpiriIf m revenue. l*ined 7s. each, and cost.. ir<*■ in hi aman, was charged with having a quart of whiskey in his possession, and also w,th ,„tent to defraud the rerenuei—Defendant satd he ENLY inttudtd th« whiikey M » present to his brother but from the suspicious manner in which he conveyed his present, he was fined 10s. John Cobbs, who was a native of Blaenafon, appeared under the following circnmstances :—He had been apprenticed at Newport about seven months ago, on board the Salonica of New- castle. He was left behind at Limerick, but managed to reach Cardiff, where the vessel now lies, bound for Alexandria. He "ished the captain to pay him a few shillings which were due to him.—In the course of the dy the captain appeared be said the boy, seventeen years of age. was very wicked, and deserted the vessel at Limerick and he was obliged to sail without him. He could not think of taking him on board again.—The captain was ordered to pay 12s. 6d., the boy's wages, and 20s., to enable him to gotoWolverhampton, vvhere his parents now iesided the indentures beir.g cancelled by mutual consent. A few cases of drunkenness were disposed of; after which several persons appeared to appeal against the POOR RATIS. Mr. Mitchell, bootmaker, Angel-street, complained that he was rated at E40; whereas Mr. Whittington, the county sur- veyor, had only rated him at £32. His rent was f55, and he could not stand it he received C20 for the reading room, but had to supply it with fire and ligits.-Tiie' tlayor thought be was not rated too high. SMUGGI ING SPIRITS. John Jones, master of the brig Friends, of Newport, was charged upon the information of Mr. Wrenford, collector of excise, with having concealed on hoard his vessel two gallons of whiskey, in order to evade the duty.—Mr.Wrenford conducted the case for the prosecution.-David Rees, custom house ofheet, de- posed that he went on board the Friends in May last, and asked the captain if he had any whiskey on board, who said lie had about three quarts. Witness found in a locker under the bed in the state room, a jar, containing one gaiion of whiskey, and the cap ain brought from the corner of a room another jar, containing a similar quan ity.—The captain then produced a certificate, which he received from a dealer in Ireland, but which only pro- tected htni while in Ireland —Mr.Wrenford addressed the bench on the case, stating the duty on whiskey was 7s. 10J. per gaiicn proof, and charted the dt-fendanl wi:h concealing two gallons of whiskey, to evade tiie duty, making himself lianle to a fine of EIOO but the magistrates had a discretional power to mitigate the fine to E25, and to recommend tp the Board of Inland Revenue, a luithei mitigation.— I he !V1 :•->or said that it wouid be a hard case to tine him £ 25, for so small a quantity of whiskey above the usual allowance to captains of Irish coal traders.—Mr. Wrenfoid said he knew of no such allowance, and reminded the worthy magistrate (;f his having a dlcretionary power to mitigate the fi oe.- H IS wor-lnp did not consider the defendant concealed the whiskey In the state room,the box not being locked.- Ilichard Junes Todd, being sworn, said it was usual for captains to have a certain quantity of spirits on board, which varied according to dIe size 01 the vessel bt* the captain should declare the quan- tity to the searcher wtien he boarded the vessel.—Mr. Wientord said the defendant had not oone so —After some lurther conver- sation, the Magi-trates thought the calie of concealment had not been made out, and they therefore could not convict the de- fendant under the ciicumstances.— Mr. Wrenford said he should be under the painful necessity ot appealinc against their decision, and served notices of appeal before he left the court. TWO OF A TRADF. AN ASSAU1.1. — Carroll, shipbroker, was charged with striking Richr-rd Cory, another shipbroker, both of Cardiff.-It appeared that complainant had negotiated with the captain of f vessel, who had previously negotiated uith defendant. The defendant went tocomplainant s cfhce.and d'er some invective and recrimination, struck him a severe blow in the face.- %V itnesses were produced whose evidence went to show that a collision had taken place between the parties, in which pour Mr. Carroll seemed to have come off with the iiardestl'-Ihunps. Caroll said that Cory put hi< fist in his face, and held his hair while a man named Toms beat him in the shle. Another clerk in Cory's office struck him with a chair.— Witnesses called confirmud ti.e statement made by defendant.—The witnesses on both sides seemed to be respectable masters of vessels but the Mayor said, from the confi ctmg nature of the evidence, he feared there was some hastv shearing, and he was sorry to find two respectable brokers fighting for a ve.-sel he would therefore d'smi^s the case. Mr. Catooll then charged Toms v. ith an assault.-Ti)e same witnesses "ere again examined, but they cnlv proved that a zeneral fight had taken place in Mr. Cory's office and that Toms was determined to stick to his master, right or wron?. — The Ma\or. alter commenting strongly on the conduot of the parties, dismissed the case. --+-

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