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MERTHYR. "SUICXDE.—An inquest was held on the 12th isstant, before G. Overton, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mary Rees, who was found the evfnircp before, hanging by the neck, from the ceiling. John :Evans, a lodger in the house, was called up in the night by some one outside the house, who saw a light burning. When -he came down stairs, he was very much surprised to ifind Mrs. Rees hanging from the ceiling, with a chair by her side, 'upon which, no doubt, she'had-got, to enable her to take away her own life. It did not appear that the deceased had been ill. and when founds she was dressed as usual. The deceased was sixty-three years of age, Mld was the wife of a respectable shoemaker. The usual verdict was returned by the jury. LOCAL BOARD OF IIBAI-TH.—Monday was the day for the usual fortnightly meeting of the Board-but, as Mr. It. Forman and Mr. D. Evans were the only members in' attendance, there wns "no bouse." fhe dearth of busi- ness to be transacted, and the unpropitiovs state of th. ¡ weather, were no doubt the causes which deprived Mer- ■? thyr for a Whole month of the collective wisdom of -the j Local Parliament. I POLICE COURT.—-MOMM?, Before n. Fowler and W. Thoraat, Esqrs. 1 Samuel Reed and John Beachley, were,each fined 5s,, -1 for being drunk and disorderly. ] A STRANGE BRB.TIF.LLOW.—Thomas Webber brought up to answer a charge brought against him by Thomas John Woodward, of stealing-s4s. 6d. from h«.~ trousers pocket.—The complainant sai-d the defendaut and himself slept in the same room at the Bailey's Arm^. Aberdare, on Friday. The door was fastened when thay went to bed, and he-had the above stim in his trousers pocket when he fell aslc-ep. When he looked for his money inthe morning; it-was gone.—Webber was sentenced to two months' hard labour. — STEALING TRAM PIV.TES.—Daniel Dew, a lad of 11.. was brought up, charged with stealing six tram plales, the property of Mr. 31. W. Scales, contractor. ■evidence went to show that the prisoner was in charge a boat, which was loading at the Navigation basin, on ^Friday mornii>g.—Meees Richards, another boatman, :6aid he heard something which induced him to sen Mr. R. Scott, he wharfinger, after the defendant, as 1soon <as he had started. Mr. Scott came up to him, at, Turner, and after socae conversation, the delen an admitted he had taken four plates, which he wou up if he should be let free." He then rcturne in cempany with Mr. Scett, for some distance along the canal, and putting his hand into the water, drew out ree of the plates—three others were afterwards fished ou The defendant pleaded guilty.—Mr. Fowler said persons whose property was necessarily exposed. must be pro- tected. There were a class of persons who were worse criminals than those who -stole the property, viz., those who received it, and these offered a temptation to young men to thieve.-He was-ftntenced to four months' hard labour. A BIRD FANCIER.—Job Brimble, a wild, uncivilized, looking fellow, was charged with stealing two black Spanish fancy fowls, the property of Mr. Orohn Dogger, landlord of the Castle Inn, Aberaman.-The landlord received the fowls in a hamper as a present, and they were pai into the back-kitchen- A butcher, named Stone, who was in the Castle yard the same day, saw the defend- ant abo/t the back premises tipsy, and stumbling about, be fell into a tub of water. This attracted the attention of Stone,.and he then observed that the defendant bad a hamper in his hand.-The defendant, who denied the charge, was committed to the sessions. CHARGE .OF FELONY.-William Roberts was charged by Richard Bowen, a coach-smitfe, with stealing hal £ a- sovereign from his trousers pocket.-The complainant and defendant slept together, on Sunday night, at Broome's lodging-house.—Bowen said he left half-a-sovereign in his pocket when he went to work at seven o'clock on Monday morning, and when he came home to breakfast at nine, it was p ene. It was ascertained that the defend- ant (who was supposed to have no money on the Sunday) had changed a half-sovereign on the Monday morning.- The case was remanded, to give the defendant an opportunity of bricking forward themaa from whQm he said he had receivedthe money. FRIDAY. (Before .J. C, Fowler, Esq. STEALING ROPE.- Mary Seignor, a young girl, a native of .Germany, was brought up for stealing a quantity of rope from the Penydarran Iron Company.—P.C Derby- shire .aaw the prisoner going up the incline, with some- thing in a bag on her head, which, upon examination turned out to be rope coil, which she admitted she had had from the engine.-She made no answer to the charge, and Mr. Fowler passed the light sentence of a week's im- prisonment, with the hope that she would leara a lesson in that time which she would not forget. COUNTY COURT. (Before T. Falconer, Esq., Judge.) The monthly sittings of this Court were held on Wed- nesday, Thursday, and Friday. The great majority of the cases were ordinary matters of debt, possessing no public interest. Morris v. The Taff Vale Railway.—This case, arising out of the closing of the Navigation Station, created a good deal of interest—Mr. Frank James appeared for the plain- tiff, who is a shopkeeper at Blackwood and Mr. Simons for the Railway Company.-The plaintiff sought to recover 92 damages, in consequence of the defendants refusing to give him a ticket. When the case was called on, Mr. Simons took an objection to the summons, which, by an oversight of the Clerk, had been issued for the 13th of November, instead of December.—Mr. James argued on the other side, that the objection could not be valid, as the company must have known what month was meant. the summons not having been served until the 26th of Nov. —Mr. Simons quoted several cases in support of his ob- jection, which his Honour decided was a valid one, and the summons was therefore dismissed. Mattick v. Hopkiop.-The plaintiff and defendant in this case (both women) are neighbours, and the action arose out of that prolific source of police cases—children's quarrels. Mrs. Mattack, according to her own account, bad been very badly used by Mrs. Hopkins. A quarrel had arisen between their children, and the plaintiff gave Johanna (defendant's eldest girl) a "gentle tap" on the head. Mrs. Hopkins thereupon so belaboured poor Mrs. Mattick's head, that she almost lost her senses, and had to go to tho doctor the next day. This bad all happened, notwith- standing that she was a woman who never quarrelled with any of the neighbours in her life.—Mr, Simons, for the de. fend Int, called a woman who was in the house at the time (in elderly Grace, who was there in anticipation of an ap- proaching event), who gave a totally different version of th" story. According to her account, the plaintiff was not only impudent, but was the party who really did all the fighting, Mrs. Hopkins not being in a condition, &c.—His H onour, in giving judgment, took some pains to show why his decision should be for the defendant; but he was inter- rupted at every sentence by the plaintiff, and was obliged at last to give up the attempt to reason her into acqui- escence, and gave judgment for the defendant.—It may be interesting to the numerous mothers who think they have a right to take part iu their children s quarrels to know that the Judge said the law justified the mother in defend- ing—by force, if necessary—her children, when they were ill-used by other women. MORAL OBLIGATION.—Crooke v. Allen.-Mr. Simons appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Frank James for the defendant.—The defendant is a partner in the firm of Y oun" antI Allen, of i. irwaen, and the amount claimed was a balance of £9- Mr. Simons said the goods upon which the claim was made were not supplied to the de- fendaut himself, but to Mrs. Bloomfield (now Mrs. White.) Some time ago, Mrs. Bloomfield applied to the plaintiff f r goods, which he declined supplying, unless she could find security- Upon this, Mr. Allen went to the shop, and offered to become security to the amount of £20, but he would not enter iuto a written bond, as his position as partner would not allow him to do so. The goods, upon the strength of this, were supplied regularly until Novem- ber last when a debt of JE14 remaining unpaid the sup- ply stopped. Mr Allen and his wife then went with Mrs. Bloomfield, to the shop and paid S10 10s. on account, ordering at the same time, five sacks of flour. The flour was supplied, and it was now sought to recover the money. It may be that, in law, Mr. Crooke was not entitled to recover, but he (Mr. S.) put it to Mr. Allen, as a gentle- man occupying a respectable position, whether there was not, under the circumstances, a moral obligation resting upon him to pay for goo.Is which his wife had given the order for.—The Judge The question is not one of legal order for.—The Judge The question is not one of legal obligation so much as an appeal to their generosity?— Mr. Simons Yes.—Mr. Jamas denied that it was Mr. Allen's wife wiio accompauied him to the shop, and cha- racterised the case as a gross attempt, on the part of the plaintiff, to get this money from Mr. Allen. It was, no doubt, believed that Mr. Allen would pay this small auiouft rather than come into Court. It was two years ) since the de.endant had offered to become responsible for £20, and he said at that time that he would ni t be respon- Mbiefor any more. The bills were always made out to Mrs. Bloomfield.—Mr. Simons asked that the summons should stand over to give them time to summon Jehn White (^rs- Bioomfield s present husband), which his Honour assented to.—Some discussion arose with respect to the costs, which the Judge thought ought to be allowed to the defendant as tho case had been brought against him rather by way of experiment.

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