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by the appellants, was over-ruled and then Mr. Giffard called for the rate-book to prove that the rate was bad on the face of it, because it did not appear for what purpose the rate was made, nor by what authority. Ou this ground the Court quashed the rate. THE GLAMORGANSHIRE CANAL COMPANY V. THE PARISH OF EGI.WVSIL.AN. Mr. H. Allen and Mr. Hughes were counsel for the appellants; Mr. GifF.ird and Mr. Lloyd appeared for the respondents. This was an appeal against a rate made by the respondent pu ish and levied in respect of a reser- voir belonging to the appellants, the question being that the appellants were not liable to be rated except at agricultural value, and secondly, that the reservoir being incorporated with the rest of the undertaking there ought not to be a separate assessment for the reservoir. The reservoir was irnde for the purpose of storing the water used in the canal, and the appellants, by the evidence which was adduced, put the rateable value at that which applied to agricultural land only. Mr. T. Shepherd, the clerk to the company, said they paid -620 -a-),ear for the reservoir.—On the other side it was contended that the company being bound to allow a certain amount of water to the surrounding proprietors, the value of the reser- voir to the canal v. ould be that which gave a po,ver to the company to supply their canal by means of the reser- voir after keeping up a proper supply to Mr. Blakemore. Mr. E. David, surveyor, valued the parish of Eg wr-\isl an ill 1857, and g .ve the vnlue of the canal therein as £ 184, including the reservoir. He estimated that the reser- voir would contain 300 locks of water, taking the size of the largest nearest lock, a"d the value ot thst he esti- mated at £ 100—Mr. G. #a.,ms°n> secretary to the Monmou'hsbirc Eaihvay and banal Company, gave it as his opinion tiat the reservoir was capable of affording water for 300 boats, and the gross value thereof over the ■whole parish w'0^'1' 00 -t.915 to the company. The gross revenue to the Glamorganshire Company for the year 1868 was X-132,000, out of which there was a return of 85 per cent, to the leaving about P-8000 avail- able for divider,d. Estimating the relative proportions of these sums, he arrived at the conclusion that the re- servoir full of water was worth £56 to the company, and consequently, if emptied and filled twelve times a- year, the value per annum would be JE672. The Court intimated that if the respondents could have shown how the reservoir specially affected the traffic, something tangible would have been arrived at.—Mr. Giffard said he was i,, the difficulty of having to deal with a hostile party, who kept back the information really required. —A Welsh farmer named Davies waa then called by the respondents, and he said he knew the reservoir in ques- tion, and that it is emptied every week in dry weather. --The Court, after some deliberation, gave judgment, reducing the rate from X200 to £lùO, and incidentally that the reservoir was not within the operation of the Act of Parliament, COUNTY BUSINESS. The Clerk of the Peace read a long letter from the Lords of the Treasury, pointing out the excesses they had struk off in the costs of prosecution at the sessions and assizes for this county. A sum of X310 had been struck off, and the deputy-chairman observed it was gratifying to observe the vigilance of her Majesty's Treasury in checking public expenditure. The Clerk of the Peace stared that i;i one case a Clerk of the Peace had gone up to the Treasury respecting the disallowances from his county, and the Treasury said they had a scale of their own, and would abide by it. Several of the magistrates then remarked it would be only fair to this county to be furnished with the Treasury scale. A letter from the Home Office certified that the county constabulary had been efficiently maintained in the vear ending September 29th, 1858. The Visiting Justices of the Swansea House of Cor- rection, at a meeting on the 27th ult., recommended that when the appointment of chaplain came on for considera- tion, the gentleman so appointed should be able to officiate in the Welsh language. REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. Your committee have carefully examined the several charges made on tiie county for the past quarter, which (except as hereinafter referred to) they find correct and recommend to be paid. Your committee have fully con- sidered several charges made by the coroner of the Northern District, and they recommend those for the following inquests to be disallowed for the reasons alleged, videlicet, those on Tnomas Harris and David Roberts, the bodies not having been viewed on Philip Evans and Rees Rees, the inquests having been held without receiving information from the police, butonlyfrom private persons; £ nd that one inquest only should be allowed in the cases of jNIathcw Cousins, Howell Jones, and David Morgan, whose respective deaths arose from the same causes, six and eight pence being allowed in each of thy latter cases for the warrants to bury. Your committee are informed that n lease of land for the purpose of militia stores has been executed, and the Town Council of Cardiff having sigtiincd their desire to pull down the old hall now used as store-rooms, we recommend that a committee be appointed to procure plans of such buildings as may be thought necessary, and when approved of obtain estimates for the same, and that the Clerk of the Peace do, under the directions of the committee, contract for the erection thereof. AVe have estimated the expenses of the enduing half year, and having taken into account the "balance in 1 the treasurer's LUMIS with the rate now payable^ recoin- mend tint a county rate of |d. in the pound, producing £ 1627 13s. 05 1., shall be raised. The expenditure from Michaelmas to Epiphany, showed that in the Gaol and the House of Correction there had been spent £1,311 lls- 6(1. the coroners' fees amounted toj6215 13s. lid.; paid to Mr. Leech, for the main- tenance of ten pauper lunatics, at 14s. and 1& per week, £ 94 18- f r repairing county bridges, £2-1 15s. printing and stationery, £97 10s. 6d. the tulal outlay, £ 1,914 Is. 65 1. The report was adopted, and a rate of a halfpenny in the pound was ordered. The usual sums for the maintenance of police in the several districts were ordered. The Clerk of the Peace reported that several parishes had failed to pay their quota of the county rate, and that by an order of court they had readied themselves Jiable to a fine of 10 per cent. on the amount to which they are rated. Some observations were made as to one parish, where it appeared a satisfactory reason existed for the neglect. It was report, d that there were 78 applications for the Chaplaincy of the gaol and house of correction, and the Committee had examined the testimonials of each gentle- man, and selected seven gentlemen whose previous expe- rience and knowledge of gaols recommended them as pe- culiarly qualified for the office, vie.,—the Hev. J. W. Elzar, House of Industry, Newport, Isle of Wiglit Rev. J. Dr iper, Wakefield Rev. T. Lingley, Liverpool Rev. W. Viscent, Stafford Rev. J. Shaw, Ryebank House, Wheeton, Lancashire Rov. J. Atkinson, Accriug- ton, Lancashire; Rev. 11. Baker, Cambria-place, New- port, Monmouthshire. The committee further recom- mended that a special session be held on the 20th inst., at Bridgend, when the opp intment be finally made. The expenses of the selected candidates to be paid by the county. The Rev. C. Knight suggested that the testimonials of the seven gentlemen should be printed and sent to each magistrate, that the court might be better able to come to » right conclusion. ♦ ordered, and, after a conversation, it was de- 27th inst. >at Uic s?ecial sessions shall be held on the •^beandCeacha Dr!8 a*>Pointed there will be daily ser- 7,Ce8^ The salarv ™U1 bave to be seen twice a-week. in had bo thaP!ains will be £ 250 eaeh. Prison thet;VvCred' and the "Iterations •were read over PP oval of the court. On some a discussion ensucu. Mr. T. E. Tbu'-naa moved an amendment relative to cutting the hair month% Sg <hei: hair cut except within « k reloaSed from "SSa Jo.,eV=id« ">„»"<« t £ Tiew' tot*"— £ i the rule in question. IQ For the amendment, 12 against it, CARDIFF BRIDGE.. gratie committee on this subject reported •' niad??ts°f the Cardiff bridge are bad, and s"oUlu, the preVleast 1 in 30, and that it is expedient to yhe apprSJ bridge to the extent of twelve feet, and tna. three be made of the same width as the bridge Jonei""ed feet on each side. :ntimvted thaVd since the committee met it had been truct vnew stoftrd Bute's trustees had offered to con- v CatUff Arms7ld8e, with a straight approach from j finite stS» if county would give a define d ^t the c«r,ing out the work. He there- fore ^tee P°wer^ould t the report, and give the C01, g^es for the**>ake an arrangement with the Bute 1" N%truction of an entirely pew bridge. r0n^rsation, After a short make a^ resnivea to give the committee p the ^.Sgement, as pro- posed, on COIia1 1atthe^r 0 ,,1-vp not Pay more than £ 2000, and fh it ty 8,d *ith the approval of W fended U* The police committee ^rlCt,also a policemen for the Newbridge als0 acc £ di 10nal atLandaff, containing two cell- togethftation for a married and single P° 1 ^holding tlMion loom to hold petty sessions, instead trates meeting at an inn. ye notice The Mayor of Cardiff said when i^daff, an<l K motion for building a police station ^0n aooveivjtu £ 0building should contain the accom* the sup. < only one man at the Grange. Since Mr. Jones had been the stipendiary magistrate at Cardiff, he had committed two or three men for highway robbery from thai district, and similar offences had also come under his (■ r- Williams's) cognizance. Efficient policemen sent bad characters out of Cardiff, and it was necessary to nave a more efficient force in the neighbourhood to deal vu the persons driven from the town. Then as to the IId- ministration of justice at Llandaff, it was not a proper thing that they should hold their si tings in a public- house. Sometimes they were obliged to sit from eleven till four or five o'clock, and in some instances they had been obliged to adjourn cases because men came before them in a state of intoxication For these reasons he moved that a station be built at Llandaff, containing two cells accommodation for two policemen, (one married and 'the other single), and a room for holding petty sessions. i Mr. E. David seconded the motion. ISIr. Coffin supported the motion, which was a lopted. This concluded the county business, and the second of the above appeal cases was tried. The Court did not rise till nearly seven o'clock. SSCOND COURT. In>r the first time the new couit was occupied t.i-day, J- C. Fowler, Esq, presiding, and there beins present the Rev. W. Bruce, C. C. Williams, Esq., &c. The following cases were disposed of: — STEALING CANDLES.—John Brookmnu, 35, and John Thomas, 34, bo itmen, were indicted for stealing 45lbs. weight of cat-dles, belonging to John Nixon and others, at Llanwonno. The prisoners were also charged with stealing a pair of moleskin trousers and other articles, the-property of William Rees, on the 23rd December.— The jury found them guilty, and they were sentenced to four months' imprisonment at Swansea. ABEKDARE. — Ann Michael, 19, and Eden Michael, 49, were charged with stealing 303, the property of William Oak well, at Aberdare, on the 15th December last.- Guilty.—Three months' imprisonment. STEALING POTATOES.—Christopher Green away, Surah George, and William George, out on bail, were indicted for stealing two cwt. of potatoes, the property of E. W. Scale. The robbery was committed at Merthyr on the 2GLh November, 1858.—William George was acquitted; the other prisoners were sentenced to two months' impri- sonment each. WEDNESDAY. Eilen Clarke, 28, a woman with a young child in her arms, was charged with stealing a watch and a ring, the property of one Barnett Lyons, at Cardiff, on the 14th October, 1858.—The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, she having already been in prison since October. MERTHYR.—David Lloyd, 27, mason,was charged with stealing three steel points, value 3s., the property of one Thomas Davies, at Merthyr, on the 18th September, 1858-—Mr. D. Y. Evans prosecuted, and Mr. H. Allen defended.—The prisoner and Davies were fellow work- men, and the latter had three dozen "points," part of which Lloyd wished to purchase. He did not do so, however, and soon afterwards Davies missed six points, suspected the prisoner of the theft, and caused his ap- prehension. When taken by the policeman, prisoner said, "I only took them three points," the officer having mentioned the loss of six. The poinv were afterwards found in Lloyd's lodgings, although he denied having tak.-n them there. Mr. Allen, for the prisoner, con- tended that the points could not be identified with certainty, and called witnesses as to character. Not guilty. CAllDIFF. — Laurence Madden, 27, labourer, was charged with cutting and wounding Cornelius Shea, at Cardiff, on the 28 th December, 1858. There was another count charging the prisoner with a common assault.— n l'osecu Mr. Bowen prosecuted, and Mr. Austin defended.—It appeared that on the 28th December the prosecutor was going to bed, when he heard a "screech," His wife went out, and he followed her, asking her to come home. She said, "look at the cut on Madden's wife's head." Prosecutor told Madden it was a shame to serve his wife so. Somebody then struck him with a knife, but who did it he could not see, it being dark. After making this statement, the prosecutor declared it was Madden who struck him.—Caroline Shea proved that Madden struek her husband.—Mr. Austin made an in- genious speech for the defence, contending that prose- cutor, belonging as he did to a pugnacious race, cut his hand by dashing it through Madden's window.-A wit- ness was called to prove this fact of the broken window -Not guilty ca the first, and guilty on the second count.- One month's imprisonment.—Mr. Bowen stated that as the prisoner was being removed yesterday, h" made an assault on the policeman, in endeavouring to escape. EXTRAORDINARY CASE.—LANTWIT VARDUE. — Cathe- rine Williams was indicted for feloniously receiving £:.i. belonging to Mrs. John, on the 24th September, 1858. Mr. li, Allen for the prosecution and Mr. Bowen for the defence. The evidence on the part of the prosecution went to show that prisoner incited prosecutoi's own child to steal the money from her, while she was in bed con- fined. Mrs. John had often warned the prisoner net to allow her daughter to bring any articles into tha house. The child in question-between 11 and 12 years of IIge- was examined, and gave her evidence in a very open and wonderfully precocious manner. She said she took two sovereigns out of her mother's pocket and gnve them to Catherine Williams, who t, Id her to go bick and put her mother's pocket as she found it. The two sovereigns Williams put in a little jug, and told witness that when her mother asked her what she wanted in her room she was to say, "needle and tiiread to sew my pinafore." Prisoner also offered to give her 6d. if she would say that she saw her little brother t.ke two small yellow things out of her pocket and throw them into the gutter. The girl refused to do this, and prisoner then asked her to lay the blame on Fanny Thirlby, a servant. She afterwards told her to put the sovereigns back between the beds in her mother's bedroom. At another time prisoner gave her a pocket, and told her to take anything out of her mother's shop she could get—tea, sugar, or such like. The witness went on repeating conversations she had had with the prisoner, in a clear and intelligent manner. One day Williams took up a. hatchet and told the girl if she said a «oid about her she would split her skull with it. In cross-examination by Mr. Bowen the girl said she knew what would beconsc of her if she told lies—she should go on her head to the big fire. She acknowledged that she had been in the habit of taking her father's and mother's money, giving it to girls at school, spending it at a cook shop, and otherwise disposing of it. Siie knew she was a little thief. Fanny Kirby gave evidence corroborative of the girl's story, so far as related to the 2 soveieigns. The officer who apprehended the prisoner said she remarked 1 know nothing of anything except them two sovereigns, and she had them back again." Mr. Bowen replied, contending that the bad character of the little girl rendered reliance on her testimony impossi- ble. Ann Groves was called, and said that Fanny Kirby told her with an oath that the two sovereigns were never in Kitty Williams's house. John Arundel proved hearing Kirby say this, and she also told another girl—n-jt ex- amined—to swear as she did, and the old would be transported. The jury returned a verdict of "Guilty of receiving the money knowing it to have been stolen," recommending the prisoner to mercy on account of her former good conduct. Nine months' imprisonment with hard labour. The learned Chaiiman expressing a fear that the wicked instigations of the prisoner bad been successful in corrupting the mind of the child Harriet John. MERTIIIB.—Richard Hughes was indicted on three counts for obtaining money under false pretences, from his employers, the Dowlais Company. Mr. Rees prose. cuted the prisoner was undefended. Mr. Rees laid the somewhat complicated facts of the case before the jury with great distinctness, and called evidence in support. Verdict-Not guilty. GELLYGAER.—David Lewis was indicted for inde- cently assaulting a girl, named Ann Davies, aged 16, at Gellygaer, on the 18th Oct., 1858,. Mr. H. Allen for the prosecution. The prisoner's guilt was fully proved, and he was sentenced to four months' imprisonment at Swan sea, with hard labour. CARDIFF.—Henry Armstrong pleaded guilty to the ^arge of stealing a shirt, the property of Joseph Andir. moPr<Lvi>ous conviction was proved.—Sentenced to six CAE8 s imprisonment, with hard labour. purse and*Jatnes Santry was charged with stealing a the 17th No°vSe^om the person of Robert Harding, tn Guilty, p/e --1858' Mr- lieeS f°r the Prosecu_ to four years' penal VeTtitC°,m'iction proved- Sentenced V fhomas rf' vV„, Gregory of 3d jl^vies was indicted for rob- TZ Mr.T.AnCirr and tea, on e high\ )I nrosecutrix „ Pr°secution. The pnsoner stoppea x 0 he mou emptied her PoC^ ent. g n great 'car. Guilty.- Sl* months' impi*s0B T .-llebecca Qf for 8tealing a silver watch from the P rnnducted tv. y Redding on the 15th Dec. Mr. Stacej conducted the Guilty.—Six week's impriso11 SECOND [Before H. A. BRUCE, Esq arid th WOman Mary Ann Burke (21), a at Cardiff) guilty to the charge of uttering base coi d to » the 12th of November last, and was ?en months' hard labour. William Vance (57), journeyman cabinetmaker, charged with stealing a trying plane and other f Pronprtv of his master, John Dav;»« Pnntvnridd. r — -j VA V"JT ulty. 't -■arolineEvans (28) was indicted for ut tering counterfeit at Merthyr, on the 2nd of November last. Guilty. Ruths' hard labour. "WaasiuB Papo (28), a Greek sailor, was indictedfor Ann Mangrove, between 10 and 12 years of durii^ardiff^ on the 24th ult. Prisoner had been J,u^e girl's mother's house, in Adam-street and years another's absence the offence was committed. lin, guilty and lie was sentenced to two ''4-, Q I Luke Hayward (38), miner, was indicted for stealing a coat, the property of George Oskin, at Eglwysilan, on the 15th December. Mr. Stacey was counsel for the prosecution, the facts of which were very simple. Guilty. He was further charged with stealing a cask of powder, two pieces of safety fuse, and a horse-cloth, the property of Mr. George Williams, colliery proprietor. Guilty. Three months' hard labour for both offences. Henry Morgan (23), and William Rees (32), boat- men, were acquitted of the charge of stealing four tons of iron, the property of John Jones, of Mountain Ash. Mr. Austin appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Lloyd for the defence. Frances Hall (25) was indicted for robbing a Carmar- thenshire farmer, named Thomas Harris, at Merthyr, of £ 20, on the 17th November last. Prosecutor was at Merthyr, selling cheese, and met the prisoner, when she adroitly robbed hiin against the pine end of a house. She was apprehended at Cardiff, by P.C. Pilce, and had L7 10s. in her possession. Guilty. Six months' hard labour. Elizabeth Williams (42), married woman, was in- dicted for stealing 16 yards of black coburg, the property of John Matthews, of Dowlais, on the 27th of October last. Mr. liees prosecuted. Prisoner had been lodging at the prosecutor's for a few days, and stole the article at that time. Guilty. She wa- also found guilty, after a previous conviction, of stealing a waistcoat, the pro- perty of James Thomas, at Merthyr. Sentenced to four years' penal servitude. THE llioT ix CARDIFF.—Theophilus Jones (19), Michael Brian (19), John Brian (21), John Rees (21), David Jeffries (21), William Steel (25), Thomas Dixon (28), and Jas. Woodward (36), all boatmen except two, were indicted for rio;ouslyassembling to disturb the peace, and unlawfully assulting William Price and Wm. Conway, borough policemen, whilst in the execution of their duty, on the 19th of October. Mr. Bowen prose- cuted, and Mr. Austin defended. Evidence having been given, the learned Chairman summed up, and stated the law as to what constitues a riot, and having presented the evidence before them, he said it was his duty to tell them that the conduct described was a riot. The ques- tion was whether the prisoners were the men who caused the riot. If they had no reasonable d mbt on that, then they must return a verdict of guilty.—The jury con- sulted for half an hour, and acquitted all the prisoners. -The Chairman Well, gentlemen, you have found a vcrdict dead against the evidence, and I am sorry for it. (To Inspector Gifford.) The grand jury expressed their entire approval of your conduct, and especially your conduct in withdrawing the m n. I am sorry that men who really acquitted themselves well in the exercise of their duty should not be protected in the due adminis- tration of the law. William Morgan (23), labourer, was indicted for beat- ing and wounding John Pike, on the 27th December. Mr. Bowen was counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. Coleridge for :he defence. Pike is a tailor, living at Z, Llantwit-Vardre. He was at Cardiif on that day, and went home late at night, when the prisoner and two other men met him. They began to ill-treat him, and he had four teeth knocked out. This occurred near the Maindee Inn, and his cries roused Mr. and Mrs. Oats, who got up and let him in, and washed his wounds. Two witnesses for the defence gave prisoner a good character for peaceableness. Guilty of an aggravated assault. Twelve months' hard labour. 'j BILLS IGNORED. Joseph Horrace, mariner, for stealing a cheque, the property of Edward Boswell Jukes, at Cardiff, on the 11th November Rosanna Johnson, for robbing a foreign sailor, at Cardiff, cn the 22nd ult. John Parry, for stealing three sovereigns, the property of Margaret Davies, at Aberdare, on the 30th November.