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NEWPORT TOWX COUNCIL.

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TOWN HALL, NEWPORT.—SATURDAY.

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TOWN HALL, NEWPORT.—SATURDAY. [Before J. LEWIS, T. GRATREX, and T. LL. BREWER, Esquires.] Thomas Wood was charged with trespassing on a piece of ground in the occupation of Moses Scard, in search of coneys. The prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr. Moses Scard gave evidence, stating that such trespasses were very common. He added that he did not wish to press the charge, on account of the prisoner's family. Defendant was fined 15s., including costs, with a caution from the Bench Samuel Vowles was charged with stealing a coat, the property of Robert Hum. Mr. Champ appeared for the prosecution. The complainant said he kept the Miners' Arms, at Risca, and on the 17th inst. the ptisoner, ac- companied by three others, entered his house. They went into the kitchen, adjoining which is a parlour, and in this room was a black cloth coat. Other evidence was adduced to show that the prisoner took the coat away. He pleaded not guilty, and the Magistrates committed him for trial. MONDAY. [Magistrates—CHAS. LYNE and GEO. GETHIXG, Esqrs.] DRUNKENNESS.—Mary Ann Egerton was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and with assaulting the police, on Thursday last. P.S Pratten deposed that on the day named, he found the accused near the Lord Raglan in a drunken state; she there asaulted a man named Williams, and was then taken into custody. She was very violent, and he was obliged to have assistance to take her to the station-house. Prisoner said that Pratten had beaten her in the station-house in a brutal manner; this Pratten denied, P.S. Bath confirming the denial. Defendant then said that thq, fault entirely lay with the man with whom she lived, who had struck her down on the same day in the street. Fined 10s. and costs, or 21 days' hard labour. A COOL HAND,—Lewis Jenkins was charged with stealing two loaves of bread from the shop of Samuel Harse, Llanarth-street. Prosecutor stated that on Wed- nesday evening last, about nine o'clock, while he was putting up the shutters of his shop, he saw the prisoner loitering about, and then enter his shop and take down the loaves, and put them under his arms; he then walked up the street with the loaves, prosecutor following him, but not seeing a policeman he went up to prisoner and took him back to the shop, when he replaced the bread. Prisoner then asked Mr. Harse what he intended doing rfvvi with him, as he did not feel disposed to remain there all night-did he, or did he not, intend giving him into custody? Prosecutor on ascertaining his name, let him go, Jenkins saying, Well, good night, God bless ye." He subsequently gave information to the police, when prisoner was apprehended. Superintendent Huxtable gave him a character extending over some 18 years, during which period he had put in a great number of appearances at the police court, but he was never before charged with theft. Sentenced to one month's imprison- ment, with hard labour. CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION.—James Barry (a man in the employ of Mr. James Keyse, corn-merchant) was, on the complaint of Mr. Townsend, charged with obstruct- ing the entrance into his warehouse in Cross Keys-lane, by placing his horse and cart there, and also with using abusive language when ordered to move away. Mr. Townsend stated that his object in bringing the case before the Magistrates was principally to place himself in a position to enter an action against Mr. Keyse for conti- nually allowing his men to load and unload carts opposite his warehouse door, thereby obstructing the entrance thereto, and consequently deteriorating the value of his property most materially. Mr. Townsend then stated that on Friday last Barry placed the horse and cart on the spot referred to, and be remonstrated with him, and ordered him to move away, when defendant made use of very low language, placed his fist close to Mr. Townsend's face, and threatened to strike his brains out. Defendant here said that Mr. Townsend struck the horse three times, and afterwards struck him across the head with his stick. This Mr. Townsend emphatically denied, but admitted to having given the horse a slight cut to cause it to move on.—Moses Scard gave corroborative evidence as to the foul and abusive language used towards Mr. Townsend, adding that he saw him slightly cut the horse, but did not see the defendant touched.—William Evans (foreman to Mr. Keyse) said that he did not see Mr. Townsend strike the defendant, but heard very bad lan- guage made use of by both parties—" one as bad as the other."—Defendant: "If I can give worse than him, I'll give any one the best."—The Bench considered the charge proved, and inflicted a fine of 8s. 6J. WAGES CASE.- Mr. John James, jun., was summoned for the sum of £1 2s. 6d., wages alleged to be due to James James for carving a coat-of-arms. Plaintiff stated that he had offered to do the work for 10s. in his brother's yard but was afterwards requested to go into the country, a distance of three mi'es beyond Caerleon, where he had to do mason's work in addition to the carving, which occupied altogether, including the time consumed in wallyng to-and-fro, two days and a quarter, for which he demanded payment at the rate of 10s. a-day.—Mr. John James, for the defence, stated that James agreed to go into the country and complete the job for 10s., which sum he had paid. Mr. James added I feel bound to say, he did his work well-he is a first-rate workman." —Catherine Jones, servant in the employ of Mr. James's sister, said that she received messages on three occasions, stating that plaintiff would execute the coat-of-arms for 10s., and that he would carve it in the country.—The Bench considered it to be a contract job, which took the case out of their jurisdiction it was therefore dismissed. ASSAULTS.—Sarah Pring (who did not appear) was charged with assaulting Catherine Rees, on Thursday night last. Complainant deposed that accused struck her an open-handed blow on the face. Fined 5s. and costs, or 14 days' ira prison ra en t. -.Nlary Ann Kelly appeared on the complaint of Mary Ann Parry. Complainant stated that on Friday last Kelly abused and struck her. The Superintendent stated that defendant was designated the Champion of Castle-street," but the championship availed her nothing, the magistrates fining her 5s. and costs, or 21 days' imprisonment. Patrick Welsh pleaded guilty to striking John Jones, a sailor lad, serving on board the Little Nell; it appeared from the evidence that Welsh contracted to discharge the vessel above nclmed of a cargo of iron ore; that at six o'clock in the evening the men left work, when Patrick insisted on their working until eight o'clock; the men refused doing so, and the complainant asked Welsh why he was in such a hurry to discharge the vessel, when Mr. Patrick Welsh, by way of reply, kicked the boy in the mouth, causing it to bleed and swell very much. Sergeant Lloyd gave the defendant a character for any- thing but amiability of temper, adding that he was in continual brawls. Welsh on being called upon for his defence, said I just put me fut in his mouth," and called a witness to prove it. This witness, an Irishman, proved the assault, much, as it appeared, to Patrick's surprise and indignation, who called out in a very sen- tentious manner, Mike, how much money do you have for coming here this day to persecute me ?" Mike re- plied very indignantly, Me d—e no money." Fined 10s., and 9s. 6d. costs. DRUNKENNESS.—Catherine Burton was charged with being drunk and incapable on Sunday evening last; it appeared that she was so helplessly tipsy that she was obliged to be carried 011 a stretcher through the town from High-street to the Town-hall, followed by a large mob of people. Defendant, when placed at the bar, pre- sented a sad and pitiable spectacle, having no covering to her head, or shoes to her feet, and her hair hanging in dishevelled tresses down her back, She trembled ex- cessively while stating that she was the wife of one of the soldiers quartered at the Barracks that her husband had been in the Crimean war-a horse-artillery min- that while in Scotland she had managed, by selling off everything she was possessed of, even her wedding-ring, to purchase his discharge. They then came to this dis- trict, when her husband succeeded in getting into work at his trade—that of an engineer—he, however, in three weeks, getting tired, it is presumed, of hard work, again enlisted, leaving his wife in an utter state of destitution. Two of the officers, she said, very humanely gave her five shillings each she had been almost starving, sub- sisting on a dry crust of bread for days together. While in this state her husband carne to her lodgings on Satur- day night, and excited her very much certain of his comrades gave her a glass or two of beer, and eventually she got into the state described; all she now inapL„ ed was to get to Falmouth, where she had friends, who she trusted would take her in.—The Bench were favourable to this request, and humanely ordered her fare to be paid to Falmouth, on condition that she would leave the town the same evening by the Bristol packet. James Sheppard was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Beamish on Friday morning last, It appeared that the parties weie engaged at Messrs. Rennie's brick-yard, and a quarrel took place about the ownership of a small pan from words they quickly came to blows-a regular up and down" fight took place; the trophies of which were a black eye received by the complainant, and a sample of defendant's hair exhibited by his wife, about sufficient to make an ordinary periwig, which was stated to have been plucked out by t'ie innocent complainant from her opponent's head.—Defendant was fined 10s., including costs.

BLAINA.

MONMOUTH.

CHURCH-RATES.

BRYNMAWR.I

PONTYPOOL.

PONTYPOOL COUNTY COURT.

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