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ASEHGAVENNY. PETTY SESSIONS, MAY 5, 1852. Magistrates present: The Hon. W. P. Rodney, and F. II o Williams, Esq. Harriet Lear, of Garnddyrris, preferred a charge against Edward Williams, of Blaenaton, for an assault and threatening to kill him. "Williams was so exceedingly deaf as not to be able to Lear one word from the Bench; his wife, therefore, became his interpreter. Williams had been served with the warrant last night, and as he had not sufficient time to summon a witness who could disprove all that, the complainant had stated-the case was adjourned till next Wednesday. Joseph Cole, landlord_of the Duke of Wellington public-house, was summoned by Patrick^ Cusack, lor having a disorderly house on Sunday night, April 'loth. Cotterall, P.C., sworn:—said that on Sunday ni'glit about 10 o'clock lie found several persons drank in the house that he went in a second time (a little after II) when there was still a great noise in the house, and about 12 saw some persons pushed out of the house one of them was so exceed ingly drunk, that he (Cottle) to k him to the lock-up for pro- tection. and P. C W atkins took the other home, Mr. Cor- nelius Llonl, Attorney, appeared for Cole-and a very able advo- cate he was, and probably w ould have proved in this ease asncres\f 'l one, hail Cole engaged him earlier-but, as Mr. Lloyd received his instructions only just before the opening of Court, he could not possibly do more thin he did. Sarah Bendle, Cole's servant, was examined, but her evidence wat so contradictory that it did her master more harm than good. Thomas Cole, defendant's son, gave very straightforward evidence, but ft did not tell at all against the charge in the main, it supported Cottle's evidence. Mr. Lloyd placed Cola's conduct in a very correct light; he stated that he had been a publican in the town for 14 years, and had never been be- fore the Bench until that day for a breach of the laws by which licensed victuallers are governed, and had for all those years re- tained a good character for propriety of conduct in the management of his house. The ( hairman said lie was greatly pleased to hear so good an account of the defendant's previous general behaviour, and he believed what Mr. L. had said to be perfectly correct about his client. But, still, the Bench had a duty to perform, and in this instance it was a painful one. They (the magistrates) had laid it down as a rule, from which they had determined not to deviate, that after the last mitigated penalties that had been levied, there would be no more cases that would be thus leniently dealt with — but they found in this case of Cole's so many points in his favour, that they would not infliet the full penalty. He was, therefore, fined lns. instead of £ o, which, with costs, amounted to £ 1 I is. 6d. It wa? greatly to the credit of Cottle, that he prayed the Bench to let the fine be as light as possible. The Bench told the policeman that he had done his duty, and did it well and as the Bench was the officers' protection, it was hoped that they would continue to do their duty, for they would always find that the magistrates would support them. IMLOSIIC'JTION TIT TIIE A IIE'IC,.kVr-NNY FIK7IING ASSOCIATION. This association has recently been formed for the protection of fair angling, and the prosecution of poachers, for which purpose keepers have been appointed to wateti over various parts of the river IJsk, between the Boat, Llanwenarth, Llanvabbath. To-day the first prosecu ion came off, Patrick Cusack laid the information against Henry Morgan, carpenter for fishing in the river Usk, off the lands in the occupation of Mr. John James, of the Farm-and William Davies, one of the keepers, being sworn, said that last night (May 4), about 11 o'clock, lie saw the defendant by the river side; that near the place they met, he fDavics) picked up a rod and line: that Morgan admitted he had been trying to take fish, and that the rod and line just picked up belonged to him ho did not attempt to deny what lie had been doing Mr. Batt said that it was not the wish of the association to \?s for the infliction of the penalty in this instance it was brought before the Bench to show the public that the association were empowered to prosecute and he assured the public tfiat they would in every instance where the rules of the association were infringed it was not the wish of the subscribers to exclude any from fair aiigiuig, but only that the sport might be erjoyed on certain days under certain regulations, which are already before the public. lie further stated that many imagined they had a right to fLh with a rod and line when and wlieic they pleased. lie assured them they had no claim to such a right that the Abergavenny Fishing Assccia ion was formed to protect, in the river Usk. the fair angler—prosecute to the utmost the poacher and night line-layer-and to afford to every lover of good Isaak Walton's pastime an opportunity to enjoy himself after Isaak Walton's fashion. —Fined 6d. M Batt admitted the expenses.