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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1S95. THE SPEAKER'S F AREWRLL. THE political event of the week has been the leave-taking of the SPEAKER, as he vacated the Chair. Be has left the Chair for the last time, never to return to preside over the deliberations of the greatest legislative assembly in the world. It must have been hard for him to say Farewell," but health and advancing years have compelled him to vacate an important office which he has adorned for so many years. Hia Speaker- ship has seen some troublous times and great events in the making of the history of a great Empire. He will carry with him into his weil-earned retirement the memories of many important, troublous, and vexed as well as pleasant nights. How they will come back to him in his fancies, and the quiet moments when all men are pleased to fall into day- dreaming of the past Eleven years ago Mr ARTHUR PEEL thanked the House from the SPEAKER'S chair for an election which was carried without a dissentient voice. He was proposed by Mr SAMUEL WHITBREAD, member for Bedford, and Mr RATHBONE, for Carnarvonshire, and Mr PEEL had the satisfaction on his retirement to know that both these gentlemen still hold a place on the membership roll of the Commons House of Parliament. One imposing iigure was absent from the farewell scene, that of Mr GLADSTONE. He had said farewell in an informal manner before, but when Mr PEEL was installed the ringing voice of Mr GLAD- STONE told in the delivery of a dignified address. From March, 1884, to April, 1895, Mr PEEL has held sway in the House of Commons, and during the whole period he has more than justified the confidence placed in him and the good things said of him by his supporters. The leave-taking was brief and dignified, characteristic of all that Mr PEEL has done in the Chair. Rising in silence, he was welcomed by a burst of cheering from the whole of the members present, who paid him the compliment of standing uncovered the whole of the time he was delivering his speech of farewell." The speech abounded in good and impressive points, but the most striking was that where he declared 11 If, during any time, I have given offence to any one member, or more members, or to any section of the House, I hope an Act of Oblivion may be passed." The House warmly appreciated this graceful passage, and loudly applauded. The whole speech was delivered with emotion, and it was clear that the House felt that, the high ideal which the SPEAKER had set himself had been fully attained. He has never deviated from that calm which should characterise the utterances of the occupant of this Chair." There is hardly a member past or present who will doubt the sincerity of Mr PEEL when he claims credit for having kept party feeling and passion from his duties in the Chair. He has carried out his duties, frequently rendered very difficult, without creating friction. He maintained the authority of the Chair with- out unduly asserting it, and herein is to be found one great reason for his success. Mr PEEL'S departure from the Chair is, as the L CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER put it, an immeasureable loss. The position of the SPEAKER is without parallel, for he is above and beyond parties- the Firb Commoner of the Realm. Mr PEEL also succeeded better than anyone who has gone before him in the arduous and responsible position which he lias held so long. The proposal of the CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER praying her MAJESTY to confer some special mark of Royal favour upon Mr PEEL was passed nemine eontradicente. One the signal services of the SPEAKER and his special claim to Royal reward, the whole House was in accord.
FAMOUS SPEAKERS. ARTHUR WELLKSLEY PEEL will have his name recorded in the list of Speakers of the House of Commons, and coming historians will recognise in him one of the greatest personages who ever filled the important Chair, will-be famous, noirfor -defying the threats of some misguided Sovereign or holding himself proof against corruption, but as a great Speaker who in times ot constitutional struggles and periods of political passion held the balance and the dignity of the Chair free from reproach. He was born in 1829, and educated at Eton and Balliol. He entered Parliament 30 years ago as member for Warwick, the seat he holds to-day. He was elected Speaker on the retirement of Sir HENRY BRAND in 1884. The selection, which was Mr GLADSTONE'S, was not at all popular with the Conservatives of the time, but it has proved one of the best selections of an; official ever made. In earlier reigns the SPEAKER was frequently in conflict with the whims of the Sovereign. During the reign of CHARLES I. the office was no sinecure. In the affair of the Duke of BUCKINGHAM in 1626, Sir HENEAGE FINCH, the Speaker of the day, begged his Majesty to Remove that great person from access to your Royal presence." Several other historic instances occurred in connection with that great person," for the next SPEAKER, Sir JOHN FINCH, had to request with tears in his eyes a member to desist speaking against BUCK- INGHAM, there being a command laid upon me to interrupt any that should go about to lay an aspersion on the Ministers of State." Sir JOHN did not do hia duties faithfully for the Commons, because subsequently he was held forcibly in the chair weeping and entreating whilst a memorable Remonstrance against Tonnage and Poundage was read. Sir THOMAS MORE in 1523 as Speaker entered into a conflict with WOLSEY and the Court party, and succeeded in holding the Commons firm against persuasions and threats. MORE never forgot the duties and dignity of the Chair, and protected the Commons. The most famous passage in the history of the Speakership is that perhaps of LENTHAL, who defied CHARLES r. and refused to tell him where the five Members whom he charged with treason had fled. The freedom of the House of Commons and the authority of the Chair have been handed down since those days from precedent to precedent until it has become one of the most interesting and responsible offices in a free State.
CRUELTY TO A CHILD AT NEWPORT. LEADING THE LIFE OF A LITTLE WHITE SLAVE." At the Newport Police Court on Wednesday— before Alderman J. C. Sanders (mayor),Alderman F. Phillips (*x-niayor), and Alderman Vanphan, and Mr G, R. Martyn (magistrates)—Ann Hayes appeared to answer a. summons charging her with cruelty to Reginald Watkins, a lad 10 years and 11 months old and Frederick Watkins, the father of the lad, appeared to answer a similar charge. Mr Lyndon Moore, solicitor, who appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Society for the Pre- vention of Cruelty to Children, in opening the case, said that the defendant Watkins's wife was in the asylum, and Watkins lodged with the female defendant at 29, Herbert-street. If the story which had been told by the boy was true he had been leading the life of a little white slave. Up to two years ago the child had slept with his father, but for two years he had slept in the kitchen on a sofa. The lad had to geb up at 6 a.m. and clean the fireplace, clean the boots, and dust the oassage and parlour. If he did not get up a.t 6 o'clock he was sometimes awakened by having water thrown over him, and upon one occasion—about five weeks ago—Mrs Hayes was alltged to have thrown the contents of a jng of water over him, and then brokp the jng by beating him on the head with it. He had to wash up the breakfast, dinner, and tea things, to peel the potatoes, to scrub the kitchens, and generally to run errands, and he was allowed to go to bed at 11 o'clock at night. He was beaten by Mrs Hayes almost every other day, and was frequently sent to school without any breakfast. On Saturday night the lad had to wash his own shirt, and whilst tbe shirt was drying he had to wear a man's singlet. On Ttiui' day last the lad was tate in getting up, and Mrs Hayes and her daughter beat him with his father's shoes, and seufc him to school without breakfast. On returning from school Mrs Hayes bet him with a stick, and the lad then ran out of the house. Reginald Watkins, an intelligent-looking boy, was Shen called and bore out the statements made by Mr Moore. IHrR Hayes had complained of him to his father, and his father said that he would not thrash h m then. Subsequently the father told him that the best thing he could do was to go and drown himself. In answer to Mr Baker Jones, solicitor, who appeared for Mrs Hayes, the lad said that he had stolen some things from Mrs Hayes. When Mrs Hayes beat him on Thursday he was peeling potatoes. Mrs Hayes swung him round and her hand was cub. Mrs Hayes beat him with a stick, and he broke the stick. Mrs Hayes then Went to get a walking stick, and witness then bolted her in the kitchen and ran out of the house. P.C. Packer said that on Thursday last, shortly after 1 o'clock, be saw the lad crying. Witness examined him and found two bruises and several other marks on the forehead, two marks on the neck, the right arm was bruised and swollen, and the left arm was a mass of bruises. He also had a bruise on the ribs and another on the chest. Inspector Brooks stated that he went to see the female defendant on Thursday, and told her of the boy's statements and showed her the bruises, Mrs Hayes said he got the marks in school. Wit- ness then proposed to take the lad to the school- master, when Mrs Hayes said Don't do that; he feU over the wall." Dr. Bassett, who examined the lad, said that the right arm had the appearance of being frac- tured. Mr Jones, for the defence, called Mrs Hayes, who denied in too the statements of the lad. He was a terribly bad lad, and overpowered her. The injury to the arm was caused through the lad falling from a wall on Cardiff-road. Richard Hayes, the husband of defendant, was also called, and denied that the lad bad been illused. Defendant's daughter and son also denied that the lad had been illtreated. The case against the father was dismissed. The Bench considered that the case was not such a serious one as had been alleged, but held that undue severity had been used, and fined Mrs Hayes 20s including costs.
CARDIFF AND CADOXTON BANKRUPTCY. Depression of Trade. On Wednesday » meeting of creditors of Messrs Morgan Bros., builders, Cadoxton, Barry Dock, and Cardiff, was held in the office of the Official Receiver, Cardiff. The debtors' statement of affairs showed the gross liabilities to be £4,157 18s Id, of which £1.200 lis 7d were expected to rank for dividend. The assets were stated at £556 7s, leaving a deficiency of £644 4s 7d. They alleged that the causes of failure were depression in trade in the Barry district, inability to let the property, heavy bunkers' charges, and illness.—The Official Rc"i ver, in his observations, stated that the debtors could not make any offer to the creditors. They commenced business at Cadoxton ID Novem- ber, 1883, with shop at Quay-street, Cardiff, about two years ago, in the hope of extending their business to the Cardiff district, A,1', in oonsequence of depression d and about Cadoxton their trade had fallen away. They had kept only debtors' ledgers and day books, which did not disclose their financial position at any period, or show the result of their trading. They estimated the business was worked at a profit down to about 15 months ago, smce when it had made a considerable loss. Their diawings from the business for household and personal expenses were estimated at 3501 a week each. In addition to their ordinary trade tran- sactions they had erected various properties ia Barry and Cadoxton, and included in the state- ment of affairs a villa and ten houses at Cadoxton, and a house and shop at Barry. The Cadoxton properties were mortgaged to the fully-secured creditors, and the purtly-secured creditor also bad a charge on them with a first mortgage on the shop ab Bany. This snop had been unoccupied for the last two years, to which the bankrupts partly attributed their failure. They estimated the value of these properties to be of the same amount (within £5) as the charges upon them, but it was not likely that on realisation they would produce sufficient to Cover these chares Wílh interest and expenses of sale. The ground landlord was collecting the rents for arrears of ground rent. The household furniture at present used by the bankrupts was claimed by their respective wives as being purchased out of their separate estates and acquired by gifts from their parents. The furniture belonging to the bank- rupts was sold by them in August, 1894, and February last, the latter sale being for the pur- pose of obtaining money for wages and to pay out an execution. The figures accounting for the deficiency were mere estimates, and the bank- rupts had omitted to include the rents they had received from the properties, but stated that the disbursements had more than absorbed these rents. Mr C. E. Dovey was appointed trustee.
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Imperial Parliament. THE NEW SPEAKER. i An Exciting Scene. MR GULLY ELECTED. HOUSE OF COMMONS. -WEIDIQESIDAY. The meeting of the House of Commons to-day for the purpose of electing a new Speaker was characterised by several novel elements. In the first place, as at the commencement of the sitting there was no Speaker it followed that there was no Speaker's chaplain, and conse- quently the proceedings were not opened with the usual devotional exercises. Hon. members as they artived trooped into the Chamber, and taking their accustomed seats bttgan to indulge in animated conversation. At 12 o'clock the House was crowded in every part. Precisely at that hour the doorkeeper raised a cry of The mace." The Sergeant-at-Arms, carty- ing the mace on his shoulder, then entered the House, and bowing, advanced to the table. As the Sergeant-at-Arms crossed the Bar th6 whole House rose and uncovered, remaining standing until the mace was placed below the table. The Chief Clerk at the table then rose and pointed to the Chancellor of the Exoiiequer. Sir W. HAROOURT, who was received with Ministerial cheers, said I have a command from her Majesty to aoquaiut this House that the Queen, having been informed of the resignation of the Bight Hon. Arthur Wellesley Peel, late Speaker in the House of Commons, gives leave to the House to proceed forthwith to the choice of a new Speaker. Ntminatitn of Mr Gully. The Chief Clerk then pointed to Mr Whitbread. The RON. MKMBKB for BEDFORD, who was received with loud Ministerial cheers, said he rose for the purpose of proposing that Mr William Court Gully, the member for Carlisle, should take the chair of the House of Commons as Speaker. (Ministerial cheers.) He regretted to learn on this occasion that the practice which had endured for half a century was likely to be broken, and the selection of those who formed the majority of the House was to be questioned. Whoever was. selected, however, he was sure that that choice would be followed by a full majority of that confidence and support which they owed their Speaker. (Cheers.) It might be said that Mr Gully had not had the long experience of Parliament whichniightberequired. (LoudOpposition cheers.) Let them go back a little to the last occasion upon which there was a contest in the House for the Speakership. That was in 1839, when Mr Shaw Lefevre was proposed, and exactly the same objection was raised to him but the House of MR GULLY. I Commons, believing they saw in Mr Shaw. Lefevro the gifts which went to make a great Speaker, disregarded that objection. Were they going back to the old cry of 100 years ago—that it was the custom to select a Speaker from the landed interest. (Opposi- tion cries of Oh and Ministerial cheers.) No man more than Mr Gully could look back with more full and entire satisfaction to a career carved out by himself. No man had made more lasting friendships amongst his colleagues, and none had earned a wider respect from them. The advantage he possessed was that he had not thrown himself into the heat of party conflict. Believing that the hon. member possessed the high character and thb qualities which were demanded from this great office, he begged to move that Mr William Court Gully do take the chair of that House. (Loud Ministerial cheers.) Mr BIBRKLL, in seconding the motion, paid tribute to the high character, spotless reputation, and marked ability of the hon. member for Carlisle and his undoubted fitness to be Speake" of the House. Sir Matthew White Ridley Proposed. Sir JOHN MOWBRAT, who was received with louri Opposition cheeis, then proposed as Speaker Sir Matthew White Ridley. He said he totally demurred to the proposition with which the hon. member for Bedford started his speech, that the selection of the Speaker rested with the majority. (Opposition cheers.) The selection of a Speaker rested with those at 3arge, even if there were that commanding majority which his hon. friend seemed to think had a right to impose a Speaker upon the House. No such commanding majority existed at the present moment, and until the tellers announced the result at the table he denied the right of any hon. member to claim a majority one side or the other. (Opposition cheers.) What he claimed was they should choose a member who was essentially ona of themselves, trained in the wa!is of the House of Commons, and not within the Law Courts, acquainted with the Standing Orders, and imbued with the traditions of fchi- House of Commons. (Opposition cheers.) All the qualities necessary for a great Speaker were possessed by Sir Matthew White Ridley. He entered the House in 1868, a young man with a high and most brilliant reputation from Oxford. They had known him for six Parliaments as an active and useful member of the House of Com- mons. After the lecture they had had from the hon. member for Bedford he would not venture to say whether Sir Matthew White Ridley possessed an acre anywhere. (Loud laughter.) For some years he had been Chairman of their Grand Committees, and he had twice held office. He was of great independence of thought, con- summate judgment, and infinite tact and temper. The right hen. gentleman fulfilled all the require- ments of the position and something more. (Loud cheers.) Mr WHABTON, in seconding the motion for the election of Sir Matthew White Ridley, remarked that whether they looked at the private or public life of the hon. gentleman he was a man who had borne the white flower of a blameless life. The Rivals on their Feet. Mr GULLT, who was greeted with loud Minis- terial cheers, then in accordance with Parliamen- tary usage rose, and in a brief speech expressed his willingness to serve in the office should he be elected. Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY, who met with an equally hearty reception from the Opposition benches, made a similar statement. Statement by the Opposition Leader, Mr BALFOUR said he should have liked to have kept silence had it been consistent with his publio duty to do so. The course which the Government had thought fit to adopt was not only absolutely without precedent, but it was dangerous to the future efficency of their pro- ceedings in Parliament. He would only briefly allude to the jarring note which the proposer of Mr Gully so unhappily introduced—the state- ment that the members on the Opposition side of the House were animated by a desire to serve some particular interest in the country. Mr WHITBREAD said his reference to land was only made because he was engaged in seeking what possible objection oould be raised to the candidature of his hon. friend. (Opposition cries of "Oh," and Ministerial cheers.) He had not the slightest intention of giving pain to anybody. Mr BALFOUR, continuing, said if the hon. gentleman meant it as a joke, he had nothing to say—(loud laughter)—except to remark that if they looked through the list of Speakers for the last hundred years, and if they wanted two speci- men representatives of the landed interest they would be found in the two great Whig Speakers, Mr Denison and Mr Shaw-Lefevre. (Opixygition cheers). There was one thing they would have like to have heard from the proposer and seconder of the hon. member for Carlisle, and that was the Parliamentary qualifications possessed by the hon. member. (Opposition cheers.) It was not too much to say that the hon. gentleman was absolutely unknown to them in his Parliamentary capacity, or in any capacity connected with the work of the House of Commons. Mr Gully had never, so fat- as he was aware, opened his lips in debate; he had never served on a Private Bill Committee, or Select Committee, or on a Grand Committee. (Opposition cheers.) No parallel couid be drawn between the case of Mr Gully and Mr Shaw-Lefevre, because during the nine years that Mr Shaw-Lefevre was in the House previous to his being elected Speaker he associated himself in every way with the work of the House of Commons, and took a leading part in revising the procedure in regard to Private Bill Committees. He regretted exceedingly that the Government had selected as candidate an hon. member who had not made himself thoroughly acquainted with the rules and procedure of the House, n«t by getting themupoutofabook, but by constant study and constant attendance and constant work in the House. (Opposition cheers.) The labours and the ambition of the hon. member for Carlisle had been directed elsewhere than the House of Commons. (Opposition cheers and Ministerial cries of Courtney.") Pretest by the Leader. Sir W. HABCOCRT, who rose with a considerable show of warmth, was greeted with loud burst of cheering. He charged the Leader of the Opposi- tion with having broken through tradition in intervening in the debate,and also had given by his intervention a party character to a debate which would not otherwise have possessed anything of a party character. (Opposition cries of Oh and Whitbread.") The first object of the Govern- ment and himself as Leader of the House was to ecure, if it were possible, a unanimous selection. (Ministerial cheers.) Who had defeated it t (Renewed cheers.) The Leader of the Opposition talked of men of Parliamentary experience, of Parliamentary knowledge. The right hon. gentle- man knew that his (Sir W. Harcourt's) object and the object of the Government was to seoure in the chair the man of all others who was best fitted for it. (Loud and continued cheering.) How Was it prevented ? (Opposition cries of Labouchere.") The friends of that geatlemart who politically act l with him declared that they were anxiooe to support the election, but aa their Tory allies were datennlaed open* a Iar candidate they must withdraw that support. (Ministerial cheers.) If unfortunately to-dfy they were, after the lapse of so many years, to lave a contest for the Speakership, it was the doing of the right hon. gentleman opposite—thf Leader of the Opposition. (Loud Ministeria cheers.) In con- clusion the right hon. gentlenan strongly pro. tested against what he describe4 as an attempt ou the part of the minority to dictite to the House. Extraorainary SJene. Mr BALFOUR rttle, but could notobtain a hearing I for some few minutes on accounluf the loud cries of Spoke," which were raised ckiefly by some of the Nationalist members. Theriyht hon. gentle- man at last leant across the tsbe and spoke to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sir W. HARCOURT was at once accorded silence and obtained a hearing for Mr Balfour by ob- serving that the right hon. gentemui only wished to make a personal explanation. Mr BALFOUR remarked that all ht wished to say was that it must not be understood that he ad- mitted the accuracy of what tie Chancellor of the Exchequer had said. The Vetinf. The Chief Clerk then put thelnbs§ioti, and the House divided. The figures wvo i— That Mr Gully take the chair 285 Against 274 Majority 11 The announcement of the nurbers was re- ceived with Ministeria! and Nationalist cheers. Mr Gully was now conducted by his mover and seconder to the chair. Standing on the steps, he expressed his thanks for this Signal honour, asked for the generous indulgence of the House, and promised his earnest efforts to faith- fully discharge his duties. (Cheers.) The Speaker then took the chiir and the mace was placed on the table. Sir W. HAROOUBT offered hs congratulations and expressed his perfect coiviction that Mr Gully would uphold the tradittais of the chair. Mr BALFOUR associated hiijself with those congratulations. The Speaker had been elected by a majority, but he was now ,he representative of the whole House, and they lad perfect confi. dence in his impartiality and would give him eYRiY assistance. Sir W. HARCOURT annouuced that by the Queen's command the Speakft- would be pre- sented for her Majesty's approvd in the House of Peers on Monday, April 22nd. The House then adjourned.
Russell Matrimonial Suit — — -— COUNTESS & CONJUGAL RIGHTS Judicial Separation Claimed by the Earl. The hearing of the suit in which Countess Russell petitions for restitution of conjugal rights and her husband brings a crot suit for a decree of judicial separation was resunad on Wednesday betore Baron Pollock and a specal jury. Although Lady Russell coucltded her evidence yesterday the oase did not seem to have lost its interest to he pub! in, the 4 0' gallery being closely packed before his Lordship took his seat. The parties to tfe suit were again punctually in attendance, and Lady Russell, whose bouquet to-day consisted of lilies of the valley, looked much fresher ani altogether in better form than she did yesterlay. Probably this is due to the relief from tie great ordeal which she had to undergo yeiterday. Lord Russell seemed to be in particulary high spirits, laughing and chatting with his frfends. Lady Russell's Sister. The first witness called was Lem Mary Russell, wife of Richard Russell and sister of Lady Russell. She said they were liring at Manor Farm, Berkshire, in. 1892. Ste heard of the coachman Rowe coming there to see her sister, but she was not present at the interview. She was quite certain of that. The Petitiener's Mether, Lena, Lady ScOtt, the mother of the peti- tioner, said she remembered the separation of the petitioner from her husbtnd in 1890, and soon afterwards witness and lur daughter went to Pembroke Lodge, where the Countess Dowager Russell was staying. She very kind and kissed Lady Russell, and said the sympathised with her very much, and that Lord Russell was a disgrace to his family and alvays had been. In a second interview with thi Dowager in her bedroom the Dowager kissed the petitioner. The Dowager said shedisapprovd of Mr Roberts, and though she did not know hin she believed he was not a nice man. Witness 'xpressed a wish that her daughter should go baoc to Lord Russell, for whom witness always hm a great affec- tion, bub the Dowager thught she ought to remain away at least three months. The petitioner, however, did 10 back and lite with her husband at Walton, aid afterwards the petitioner left again and weit to Pembroke Lodge. Witness visited her thtre, and one day at lunch the Dowager Lady Afatha Russell and witness were present. After lutoh the Dowager took witness and the petitioner hto her bedroom and said she thought, it her futy to tell the petitioner something about her tusband, as she could not live with him, thooob what she (the Dowager) had to say would distress her very much. He had caused his family frreit anguish, and was sent down from Oxford for disgraceful behaviour. The petitioner begged the Dowager to tell her what it was, and the Dowagerreplied, My dear child, it is too disgraceful to lalk about." That shocked the petitioner very much. Mr Roberta's name was mentioned at the interview. Was there any mention of alythmg that was in the letter of Lady X. at that interview !—No, I don't think the petitioner had received it then. Advised te Blew His Brains Out. Was the name of Mr Rollo Itussell mentioned ? —Yes, the Dowager said Roll) Russell had to go to Oxford about the matter, Mid when he Came back he told the Dowager that all he could do was to advise Lord Russell to blow his brains out. Witness was next examined as to the interview between the petitioner and Mr Rollo Russell, who she said was very kind to the petitioner. He sympathised with her, and totd her that Lord Russell had oeen turned out of Oxford and that he was a disgrace to the family, but he did not say the reason. He said he had gene down to Oxford at the time that Lord Russdl was sent down, and that there being a pistol ot the sideboard he recommended Lord Russell to blow his brains out. The Rowe Inteividw, Taken to the Rowe interview, witness said her daughter, Mrs Dick Bussell, was not present at that interview. Rich had made a communication to vitness and the petitioner, and it was in consequence of that com- munication that Rowe was telegraphed for. Witness then proceeded to ccntradict item by item the story ot Rowe, and udignantly denied the statement that she or the petitioner asked Rowe if Lord Russell had madlt overtures to him or said that his Lordship was a man who was guilty of that sort of thing." Was there any suggestion from first to last during the interview with Rowe—was anything said about Lord Russell's guilt with men or boys? -No, certainly not. Asked to say what really didtcour at the Rowe interview, witness corroborated the account given of the interview by thopetitioner. Rowe, according to his story, commenced by saying that he had important information to give in respect to Lord Russell, and upon being asked what it was Rowe said he had been discharged by Lord Russell for not touching tis hat to a young woman with whom Lord Russell was intimate, and with whom Lord Russell was con. stantly in the habit of driving about the country. On one occasion Lord Russell me her at Surbiton Station, and they went up to town together. Rowe also said he was quite sure he could give evidence which would procure a civorce. After that it was arranged that Rowe should go with a detective to watch Lord Ruswll in refer- ence to this matter. Rowe further said there was another matter-t.e housemaid at Amberley Cottage had had a baby, that Lord Russell had paid her expenses, and that it was Lord Russell's baby. The girl went into the country for her confinement, and after- wards Lord Russell took her back. No evidence was obtained in support of this statement ?—No. You don't believe in these statements !—Noj I have no faith in detectives. (Laughter.) Cross-examined by Sir H. James: Is your daughter living with you since the separation ?- Yes. And acting under your advice J— Yes, good advice, 1 hope. You are dependent upon her for food ?—Some- times. I have money sometimes, and sometimes I have not. But you have been a bankrupt -Oh, yes in 1892 or 1893. Asked if she had not gone to Oxford and seen the principal of Lord Russell's college and his tutor to make inquiries about Lord Russell and having heard their statemenb read, allowed her daughter to marry Lord Russftll, witness replied in the affirmative. Did not Lord Russell himself tell you about the Oxford incident ?-No; I first mentioned it to him, and he then gave me his version of the story. Did you believe his version ?—Yds, I did. Witness was then taken to the circumstances of the last trial, but she said she was only present one day, as she was ill. You know the charge that was made against Earl Rivsell ?—I knew there was something as to his past life. Did ycu believe the charge to be true ?-No, I did not. I never believed it, and did not wish to believe it. I never suspected anything wrong on the part of Lord Russell, of whom I was always very fond. His Lordship You say you did not wish to believe that is different from not believing. Nobody I suppose would wish to believe. Witness I did not believe it and did not wish to believe it. Sir Henry James But there is distinction. Did you believe thechargeor did yon not ?—Well, I do nut believe it now, and I never have believed it. Witness gave the last answer emphatically, and from this point her manner, which had previously been very quiet and restrained, beoame more animated and ex- cited, and she several times answered Sir Henry cited, and she several times answered Sir Henry James's questions with evident impatience and ill- temper. Asked if she were aware of the correspondence between Lord Russell and the petitioner in refer- ence to the petitioner's making an apology to Roberts, witness replied that she was, but denied that the petitioner acted under her advide id refusing to apologise to Roberts. Did you advise her to apologiset-No, I did not. Then you Uft hAr tn Ho as she liked Wen. he was her husband, and she knew best what to do with reg-ard to his wishes. Witness was then examined as to the employ- ment of detectives in 1890, and the continued employment of th«m nff and on. Two letters were put into witness's hand. She acknowledged that she wn them. One was written towards the end of 1892, and axpressed very kindly feelings towards Lord Russell, which the witness said were perfectly genuine and honest, and expressed her true feelings. Disclaimed the Peetry, The other appeared to have enclosed a Christ- mas card, from which Sir Henry James began to read. Witness: Oh, I did nob write the poetry. (Laughter.) Sir Henry James Never mind (reading)— May thy voic, io-tl iy uigiadne s Join in this sweet Christina* strain, May TlO thought of woe or sadness Touch thy heart or crowd thy brain. —(Laughter.) Witness (excitedly): I meant it, every word of it. Sir H. uames (reading): "God grant that by this time next Christmas all will be forgiven and forgotten, and that you will be with persons who love you I" Witness: Yes, that is an exact expression of my feelings at the time. Sir H. James then referred to the other letter, which appeared to have been written by witness toa detective named Dickenson. You write, said Sir Henry, to this roan, H/we you any goood D6WS to give me to ease my mind ?" What was the good news you wanted 1 Was it news that would prove Lord Russell guilty ? Witness: Guilty or innocent. I had my daughter on my hands and had a great responsi- bility towards her young life, and I was naturally anxious that she should either go back to her husband or have a divorce. That, I consider, justified me in employing detectives, and that is the reason I did employ them. Anything which would lead to either result would have been good news in view of the strain which was then upon my mind. Did you mean news that would prove hint fcuilty with men or with women ?—With women. With women only ?—Yes, with women only. You Write, We are going abroad for rest, and should like to hear before we go. How strange if you were to bring the proper person to justios, but I am sure yon have the wrong man." \Vh:1t do you mean by the wrong mau ? Witness Well, Dickenson had told me a Job of things about a person he said was Lord Russell, and I thought from his description that he had mistaken the person, and that it was not Russell at all. I felt that he had got the wrong man. Detectives all Tell Lies Sir Henry James pressed witness very muoh on this point, and she got a good deal out of temper. Ac one time she replied pettishly, I don't know wht I mean." But subsequently she returned to her first explanation. Then (said Sir Henry) you wrote to this man Dickenson You shall not only get so much a day, but enough to support you for hfe." Was that for obtaining evidence that was true or false ? Witness (excitedly) False. (Sensation.) His Lordship Just think what you are saying, Witness Well, Dickenson, who is a broken- down gentleman and a kind of a cousin of mine, told a lot of things that were false the detectives all tell lies. (Laughter.) Sir H. James: Well, you ought to know. You have had a good deal of experience of them. (Laughter.) How many did you employ ?— About ten altogether—(laughter)—but not all at the same time. Come, now, what did you mean when you wrote this, II W", have evidence enough to hang any ordinary man, but it is not enough for our purpose ?"—Well, I suppose I was angry when I wrote that letter. But is it true or false ?—What, that I had enough evidence to hang him ? Oh no. (Laugh- ter.) Then it is false ?—Yes, false, Then as to the other phrase—" it isjjiot enough for ourjpurpose"—whatwas yourpurpose ?—Either that my daughter should return to Lord Russell, her husband, or that she should get a divorce. The Real Object. Sir Henry James pressed the witness as to whether what she wanted was that evidence should be procured to prove Lord Russell guilty or innocent, to which she replied that her daughter was thrown upon her hands when she ought to have been maintained by her husband, and what she wanted was an end to he matter one way or other. But surely (said Sir Henry) you did not want to send your daughter back to a guilty man 1—Ob, no (said the witness), not to a guilty man (with emphasis on the "guilty.") Then you wanted a divorce 1-Yes. a divorce. Ah I (said Sir Henry) that is the point, Witness It is not my point. (Laughter.) It jrou think you know my mind better than I do I cannot help it. (Laughter.) But you told me you did not want your daughter to go back to a guilty man ?—Well, I don't know about a guilty man. I have known lots ot women go back to guilty husbands and live very happily afterwards. What I guihy of the crime imputed to Lord certainly not. Gmltyof what ?—Guilty of adultery. But you say here you have enough evidence to hang any ordinary man ? You don't hang a man for adultel-y. (Laughter.) What were the charges you had against Lord Russell ?—Well, there were some extraordinary reports from detectives, but I don't recollect now what they Were. His Lordship: This is a very grave matter, and it is hardly the thing to say you don't recollect. Witness Well, I assure your Lordship I never made any Charge of oriine against Lord Russell. Sir H. James: What then, tnadame, was your object, your purpose for which you sought evidence 1 Ib was to procure a divorce—evidence jof adultery. I am not a very good tempered person, and I daresay I wrote some things iu a bad temper and exag- gerated a good deal. (Laughter.) Anether Apolegy, Sir H. James But this is a very serious matter to Lord Russell 1Then I apologise. Apologise I (said Sir Henry, in a tone of sur- prise), Why have you not done that before ?— Because (said witness sharply) I have never had an opportunity. (Laughter.) To whom do you apologise ?—To Lord Russell. Sir Henry James then passed to the letter written by Lady Russell to her husband, in which she refused to apologise to Roberts, and stated that she had sworn affidavits in referenoe to him which she admitted in the witness-box she did not possess. Witness had copied that letter, and Sir Henry now wanted to know if she had given her daughter any advioe as to the sending of that letter, and witness admitted that she had, though she did not believe that Mr Roberts was guilty. You know that your daughter wrote I WOuld rather die than go back to my husband." Witness (lightly): Oh, I have heard many women say much stronger things than that, and they went back for all that. I think (turning to the jury) it is the duty of every married woman and of every man to go back to each otbet and try to live happily together. Hard on the Men. Do you mean virtuous women and virtuous men ?—Well, virtuous women certainly. I don't know what men's virtues are. (Laughter.) Sir H. James You are rather hard upon us tnen-(Iaughter)-but did you get any evidence from the detectives against Lord Russell ?—No, But youpud them a lot of money 1—Yes. Did YOlt provide for any of them for life ? (Liughter.)—Certainly uot. But you were a banftrupfe j did you pay your creditors anything 1—Oh,no; it went to the detec- tives. (Laughter.) There was not einough to pay creditors anything 1—Oh,no; it went to the detec. tives. (Laughter.) There was not einough to pay my creditors. But what about the tradesmen who supply your bonnets, your flowers, and your dresses f Witness (smiling) Oh, I think they mind. (Laughter.) Witness was cross-examined by Mr Murphy, but only gave similar explanations of points of evidence to those given in cross-examination, and added that she had never authorised the detective Dickenson to give up her private correspondence to Lord Russell, and repeated her statement that she did not believe and never had believed Lord Russell to be guilty of the crimes imputed to him. Close ef Petitioner's Case. Geo. Rioh, coachman to Lady SCobt, was oslled, and corroborated in detail the account given by Lady Russ&ll arid Lady Scott of the interview with the coachman Rowe. Witness said be took Rowe into the room and remained there all the time, and Rowe must have seen him. He Was not behind any curtain. The interview histed about 20 minutes. In cross-examination, witness said he had been requested by the ladies to be present at the interview. This oonoluded the case for the petitioner. A Further Adjournment. Some discussion then arose as to the remainder ot tJbe proceedings,aud it was, afcer a good deal of demur by his Lordship, decided that the case should be finished to-day. Mr Murphy then commenced his address on behalf of Lady Russell, but was getting so slowly over the ground that another discussion arose, the result of which was that it was found impossible to finish the ease satisfactorily to-day, and the further hearing was therefore adjourned til the first day of next sittings, when the speeches of counsel will be delivered and the completed.
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SAD END TO A HOLiDAY. Sensational Affair near Cenarth, On Friday Mr W. Williams, J.P., of Ponty- pridd, arrived at LlandySsul en route for his seat hear Cenarth, called Glanawmor. On Saturday afternoon he went in a coracle to fish for trout. About 1.30 p.m. his foot went through the bottom 6f the coraole, and was thus entangled. The Corade capsized, and he fell into a shallow part of the river, about a hundred yards below Cenarth Bridge. Miss jataes, landlady of the White Hart, sent assistance immediately. The two men tent—Morgan and Rees—saw the coracle, and as Soon as they arrived at the riverside Morgan saw the body of Mr Williams in the fiver, but failed to bring him out, but Rees succeeded in doing so. The two men tried to restore animation, but in vain. They then Conveyed the body home, and Dr. Powell, of Newcastle Emlyn, was summoned, and imme- diately attended, but pronounced life extinct. Mr Williams Was a great fisherman, and knew how to manage a coraole well. He was also an expert swimmer. Glanawmor is a very pretty little cottage with lawn tenfiis and croquet grounds attached. Mr Williams generally stayed from a fortnight to a month at his Teifyside residence. Shortly after two o'clock on Saturday a brief intimation was received at Pontypridd by tele- gram that Mr Wm. Williams, J.P., Awmor House, of that town, had met his death by drowning during the morning in the river Teiti, Cardiganshire, while fishing. It is impossible to exaggerate the pro- found and painful sansation produced at the receipt of so sad and startling an announce- ment, and the news as it was rapidly circulated from mouth to mouth caused regret of the most poignant description on all hands while expres- sions of heartfelt sympathy with Mrs Williams and the family in their sudden and terrible bereavement were heard on all hands. Mr Williams, who was one of the oldest trades- men of Pontypridd, left the town on Friday morning to join Mrs Williams and his two daughters at Glanawmor, his country residence near his native village of Cenxrtb, in Cardigan- shire, his intention being to remain there over the Easter holidays. It had been his habit for many years past to spend a couple of weeks at this season fishing in the Teifi, a pastime of which he was passionately fond. On Thursday he was present at Dr. Roberts's funeral at Pontypridd, and that was the last occasion upon which most of his fellow townsmen saw him, little dreaming then that oil that day week his genial face and manly form would be laid to rest in the same place and in like manner. It is a remarkable coincidence that 12 months ago one of his younger brothers. Mr John Williams, was also drowned in the Teifi, by falling into the flood while crossing one of the bridges at Cenarth on a dark night during the latter end of February. Mr Wm. Williams will be sadly missed in many circles. It is but a twelvemonth since he was elevated by the Lord-Lieutenant to a seat on the magisterial bench of Glamorganshire, and we have good reason to believe that shortly a simikr honour would have been accorded him in his native county of Cardigan. He had for years taken a leading part in the public life of Pontypridd, having filled the office of presi- dent to the Chamber of Trade, and at one time member of the Burial Board. Last December he, after a severe contest, was triumphantly returned as one of the Liberal members for the Town Ward on the Pontypridd District Council. Mr Williams was an ardent Nationalist and a staunch Nonconformist, and for very many years had been deacon and secretary of Sardis Welsh Congregational Church, of which the Rev. W. I. Morns is pastor. Socially he was one of the most popular men in the district, and all classes, irrespective of sect or party, now mourn with sincerity his sad and tragic fate. The deceased Was the second son of the late Mr James Williams, of Cenarth, and was in his 48th year. Iu 1863 he left his native county and served his five years' apprenticeship to the drapery trade with the late Mr Thomas Roach, of Merthyr, one of his fellow-apprentices being Mr T. J. Masters, now of Cardiff. Subsequently he removed to Swansea, and in 1868 first re- moved to Pontypridd. entering the service of Messrs Aaron Oule and Sons, drapers. In 1871 he departed for Swansea, and remained there in Mr Thomas Yorath's shop until December, 1872, when he left, and shortly afterwards once more returned to Ponty- Sridd and married tbe daughter of Mr Aaron ule, of £ )ynevor House, who had opened busi- ness in Morket-square, Mr Williams's manage- ment of the business was attended with much prosperity, and in 1881 he built the extensive premises in Market-square where theenterprisjug firm of W. William* and Co. now carry on one of the largest and most lucrative concerns in East Glamorgan. Mrs Williams, who survives him, is, as her maiden name signiies, a member of an old and highly-respected family in Pontypridd, the "Cules" having been largely identified with the trade of the district from its very infanoy. The deceased magistrate had invested largely in land in the lower counties, where he was probably as well known as he was in the industrial districts of Glamorganshire. His only surviving brother in this country is Mr James Williams, builder, Pontypridd, an elder brother being in America.
INQUEST AT CENARTH. Distressing Details. Aa inquest on the body of Mr W. Williams, J.P., of Pontypridd, who met with his death under peculiarly distressing circumstanoes whilst spending a holiday at his charmingly-situated country residence in Cardiganshire, took place on Monday afternoon in tbe Calvinistic Methodist Chapel House, Oenarth, before Mr J. H. Evans, coroner for the district. Mary Thomas, maid servant at Glanawmor, deposed that the deceased went to his country residence on Friday evening. His family had previously arrived at Cenarth. About 11 o clock on Saturday the deceased left the house, taking with him a fishing-rod Mrs Williams saw him leave. She wanted him to stay until his midday meal was over. This would have been about 1 p.m. He said, Don't wait for me, but keep my dinner." His brother-in-law, Mr Oule, was also present. Deceased asked him to accompany him. He (Mr Oule) said ho preferred not, as he was not well. That was the last time Witness saw Mr Williams alive. He was in his 50th year, and was a draper at Pontypridd. He was a J.P. for G1 amorgansh i re. At this stage one of the jurymen was taken ill, but after being given a glass of water he revived, and Was accommodated with a seat in the porch of the house, where he could hear the evidence. Witness (continuing) saw tie deceased go alone on the turnpike road towards fceiiarth Bridge. He Was in good health. To the Foreman He had b«n under hn opera- tion many times for a throat affection. The Coroner That is an important question. The Foreman j Because if ha was so suffering he would drown much quicker ^ian if it had been otherwise. Wm. Evans, fisherman, Glanteivy House' Cenarth, said he saw the deceased going over Cenarth Bridge from Cardiganshire about a quar- ter to 12 on Saturday morning. He bad a fishing- rod and a small landing-net: with him. He also wore great coat. Witness had known deceased since his childhood. He was a keen sportsman, and was very fond of trout-fisbing. He had, as was his wont at iCastw, come down to fish. He had been accustomed to ooracles. On meeting him he nodded. He asked witness if he had the same coracte as usual for him, and witness said "Yes," but witness gave him a better coracle than usual. Witness went to David Thomas's house and asked for the loan of his coracle, as witness's was not quite so new as Thomas's. Deceased's rod was not in very good repair, and so witness mended ib at Thomas's house. After some talk at that residence witness and Williams walked down to the riverside, witness carrying the coracle. The Coroner Are you sure that the coracle was in good condition ?—It was perfectly whole. I am certain it is without a hole now, and is in the same place as where -1 put it when I landed it. It is at the bottom of the wood, about a mile from hfere. The Foreman The coracle of David Thomas would be a very large one ?-Yes because he is a very big man. So that if it would hold him it would bold Mr Williams ?-Undo\tbtedly, air it is one of tile finest coracles in the villige. MM The Coroner You have seen it, then, since this event occuTed ?. 'Y F. (The Coronet ordered the WittlOOR to have the ooracle fetched). You saw him start from the riverside ?—I did. He showed me the flies which he had obcained from London and when he went to the corade I wished him Good luck." He had a paddle in bis hand. He carried nothing except his great coat and his fishing rod. He had all his clothes on. He put the net inside the coracle betore he went to it. You saw him paddle away ?—Yea; and I saw him fishing with the right as well ItS with the left hand. I watched him for about two or three minutes. He called out to say that he would send the coracle back in the same way as he always did by David Price. Before he went out uf my sight he told me he was going to Stradmore. He floated down the river ?-^Yes. Out of sight ?-No. You left then said, Goodbye for the pre- gartt," ftnd Went back to my friMJds outtide my hOHM. Did you hear anything t—Nothing until we heard an alarm given by Mrs Evans, of the Post Office, and then we bolted oft at once. What did you &ee ?—Johnny Rees bringing Mr Williams up. Where was deceased placed 1—We put him on a coracle, with his face downwards, to try to get the water out of the body, and wa worked his arms up and down for the purpose of restoring animation. Was he black in the face ?—Yes, as blfcck as ink, Was a doctor sent for ?—Yes, at once, and two eventually arrived. One arrived half an hour after he had been sent for. He was the locum, tenens for Dr. Powell, of Newcastle Emlyn, who was away. Dr. Lloyd came afterwards. Both doctors tried for two hours to restore animation. The Coroner When was he taken to the house ?—Abont an hour after he was taken fretn the water. To the Coroner To the best of my belief the depth of the water was about 5ft. Can you suggest any theory as to how he met his death ?—I thought he upset the coracle and that it, went over his head, because Major Bate and I fonnd the coracle fcnrned. Bottom upwards ?—Yes and it was a hard job to get it OUt, because it was air-tight. How far was it from this place in which we are sitting ?—-About a mile by the water. Was the boat injured at all ?—No. There Was no hole in it. Was not Mr Williams a good swimmer ?~-A middling one. One could not say he was an extra one. Do you think that his overcoat would have turned him at all ?—I have not the last doubt it was one to that. He attempted to go in on the left hand from the meadow, and the water was going against him. That is the Carmarthenshire side ?—Yes. Do you think it would have been better if he had tried to land on the Cardiganshire side Yes. His chances would have been better if he had made for that side ?—Yes, sir down stream. Was his fishing-rod found ?—No, neither was his net. nor hi" cup. John Morgan Rues, fisherman, Cenarth, heard Mrs Evans, Post Office, calling ous that there was somebody in the river. T. Williams got to the riverside first of all, and sighted deoeased under water, and drew witness's attention to that fact. The coracle was not visible. He could walk out to the spot. This he did, and lifted deceased up. He was only about an inch under water, as he was in a bent position. Hi" feet were lIot on the ground. Witness at once got deceased's hbad above water, and drew bun to the brink, where Thomas Williams and Ben. Richards assisted him to land him. As soon as that. was done witness Went to ohange his clothes. He looked back and saw that Mr Williams bad been placed on the coracle. They were trying to restore life in the manner men- tioned by previous witness. In witness's opimon Mr Williams was drowned when he lifted him from the water. Mrs Margaret Evans, widow, Post-office, Cenarth, who lives about 20 yards from the river side, said she was in the White Hart garden about midday on Saturday. She could see the river but did not observe anybody on it. She was alone, and heard some distressing sounds, which caused her to think someone was drown- ing. She went out and called to John Rbes, William Evans, and others. They ran out at once and made for where the found proceeded. She followed them and found deceased being rubbed by the people gathered in the field. She heard it said that Mr Williams was drowned. Richard Morgan, carpenter and fisherman, Cenarth, said that, in consequence of what the previous witness had told him he ran to the river and saw a man in a bent position, his bead bowed in front, partly under water. Witness jumped into the water and tried to get at deceased, bub fmled. John Morgan Rees oime on the scene. Witness confirmed the evidence of Rees. The Coroner, having briefly summed up, tbe jury immediately found a verdict of Accidental death." The coracle, on examination, was found to be in good oondition, and the jury were satisfied that it was all that one who could manipulate it need desire. It was not noted in the evidence that the deceased gentleman had a bruise on his forehead. This. it is supposed, was caused by a blow which he received from the coracle when he was capsized. This blow undoubtedly caused unconsciousness, otherwise, considering the depth of the river where he was found, he would have been able to swim to shore, as he could swim Buiiciently well to save himself.
GLAMORGANSHIRE. The Glamorgan Easter Sessions opened all Swansea on Tuesday. Judge Gwilym Williams, in charging the grand jury, said the Sessions would take but a very short tune, tor they had to deal with what might be considered for the county a hgbt calendar. There waa one speoial remark he wished to make with regard to the quality and nature of the offences, which he thought necessary to make in the presence of the several gentlemen who were in the habit of administering justice in the petty sessional divisions. What hid struck him ia going through the calendar was the enormous increase of crimes of violence which were being committed in the oouuty. Out of the 25 or 26 prisoners whom they had to deal with, there were 13 cases of crimes of violence. Now this state of things had actuated some of the magistrates in some of the petty sesaiona divisions in sending an unusual number of those cases to be tried at Quartet Sessions—oases which had hitherto been dealt with by them in a summary manner. It had been felt by the magistrates that the punishment which was awarded by a CourlI of Summary Jurisdiction did not seem to have the effect of preventing those crimes, therefore it was that the grand jury would find that they had to consider in the oalendar so many of the cases described. Of course the grand jury had nothing to do with awarding punishment, and he was speaking more to the magistrates round the table but it was also due to the grand jury that he should give an account of the fact that; they had to deal with what they might con- sider rather trivial oases from the point of view of which he had spoken. Formerly the prinoipal number were dealt with at Petty Sessions. In concluding, he said there was not> a single oase which called for any remark on his part. LATE LORD ABBBDABDi On the motion of the Chairman, scoonded by Mr Coke Fowler, a vote of condolence Was passed with the family of the late Lord Aberdare. JOINT COMMITTEE. Mr Lewis (Green Meadow) and Mr T. P. Jenkins were proposed for the vacancy on the Joint Committee in the place of Mr Blandy Jenkins, and Me Lewis was elected. MAGISTS KIAL BOTA. With the object of preventing any future dearth of magistrates at Quarter Sessions similar to that which caused so much comment at Cardiff last Sessions, it was decided to have a rota drawn up. TRIALS OF PRISONERS. FIRST COURT. (Before Judge WILLIAMS, Messrs E. F. DANdr., W. WALTERS, A. S. GAUDKNJC*, and Dr. HALL.) NOT PBOVKM. Daniel Lynch, a young man of Merthyr, Was charged with criminally assaulting an old woman named McCowan, at Mprthyt. Mr Allen Upward prosecuted, and Mr Plews defended. It WM alleged that on the 28th of March prosecutrix, who was the Worse for drink, was sitting on a doorstep in a low part of Meftbyr, when the prisoner attempted to behave inde- cently, and in the attempt out her leg with a knife. Severil witnesses were called, but the jury Were dissrttified with the evidence Of the woman and stopped the case. Prisoner was con. sequently discharged. £ ASSAULTING A LANDLORD AT PINRHIWOBIBER. John Lewis, of Penrhiwceiber, a young raan, was charged with assaulting and Wounding Thomas Williams on the 27th of March. Mr Plews prosecuted. It was stated that on the night iu question the prisoner, who wM the worse for drink, was advised by his landlady to go to bed, whereupon he took up a poker, brandished it, and struck the husband on the head. He admitted the offence, but said he did not intend to do any injury. He was found guilty, and the Chairman, in sentenomg him to a month's imprisouinent, told him he might con- sider himself very lucky, and that he had better not get drunk again. ANOTHKB MKBTHYR CASE, John McCarthy, on bail, was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Catherine Keefe at Dowlais. Mr Plews prosecuted. It appeared that the prisoner saw the prosecutrix Walking down George-street, aud saying, You are the —— I want," struck lier senseless with a poker. Prisoner denied the offence and Said the blow was struck by his boy, who threw a stone at her. Prisoner was found guilty and sentenced to Lwo months' imprisonment. TRBFT OF A COAT AT MEHTLTFB. Joseph Jones (27), collier, was indicted for stealing a. coat, the property of John Treharne, at Merthyr. Mr Trevor Lewis proseouted. Prisoner was found Guilty," and a previous conviction having been proved, ho was sentenced to six months' hard labour. A LUOKY PRISONER. Michael Tooney (38), a labourer, was charged with unlawfully wounding Daniel O'Connell at Merthyr in March. Mr Plews prosecuted. Prisoner was found Guilty," and sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment, the Chairman observing that complainant did not ccnne into Court with a clean record. PLEA Of GUILTY. David Jones (42), collier, pleaded guilty to on 11th of February, at Liantrisant, unlawfully attempting to obtain by false pretences 2s from George Moore and Co., the moneys of William Lewis, with intent to defraud. He was sentenced to three months. THE RliBOLV Of LABKINO. Rees Jones (19), haulier, and Owen Palmer (23), collier, were indicted for breaking into the dwell- ing.house of Margaret Beddoe, at Llantfyfelach, and stealing a shawl and two caps, worth 3s Id, on the 7th of January. Mr Glascodine proec- cuted. Mr Glascodine, at the direction of the Judge; withdrew from the oaae, and prisoners were found not guilty, and discharged. WOUNDING AT MERTHYB. Thomas Kennedy, on bail, pleaded guilty to un, lawfully and maliciously wounding Ellen Kennedy, at Merthyr. He was sentenced to one month's imprisonment. The Court then adjourned till this morning. SECOND COURT. (Before Messrs O. H. JoNRS, D. R. LEWIS, and E. H. DAVBV.) WOtTNDING lit THE BfiOJtiJOA. William Armstrong (24), labourea,-waa sent} to ArMl fo* a month for maliciously wounding Franois Francis by attacking him with a lnife at Pontypridd. Mr Ivor Bowen prosecuted. THEFT OF BEEP AT MBBTHYB. Nicholas Cahill (22), labourer, was charged with stealing a piece of beef trom James Thomas at Merthyr. Mr W. Francis WiUiams prosecuted. After hearing the evidence the jury retired, and returnnd with a verdict that the prisonei did not take the beef with a felonious intention. The Deputy Chairman said that was not a proper verdict, and he ordered the usher to take the jury back till they returned a proper veidict. Finally the jury found prisoner guilty, and he was sent to gaol for six months, his character being a bad one. JURORS FINED. The Court fined the following jurors £1 each for not. answering to their names :1 ohn Preston, James Phillips, Elias Bowen, S. Freeman, John Legg, Robert Jones, and Ben David. Robert Barr was included in the list, but it transpired be was dead. i AN UNPROVED CHARGE. David Williams was charged with stealing jBf, the moneys of Thomas Davies, at Merthyr. Mr St. John F. Williams prosecuted, and Mr Arthur Lewis defended. The evidence was very contra- dictory, and prisoner was found not guilty, and he was discharged. The Court then adjourned.
BRECONSHtRE. I These Sessions were held at the Shire Hal], Brecon, on Tuesday, before Sir Joseph Russell Bailey, Bart. (chairman), the following county justices also being present :—Rev. Prebendary Givrnons Williams, Abetcauilais Col. YV. Jones Thomas, A.D.O., Llanthony Mr Henry Lloyd, Pulrose, Builth Mr E. D. Thoma., Welfield, Builth Mr J. P. W. Gwynue-Holford, Buck. land Mr Rees Poweli, Selydach Mt J.Motgatt Tliouias, Giyngarth, Brecon Mr David Evans, Ffrwdyreoh Mr H. Edgar TLhomas, olerk of the peace, etc. CLOSING OF A BOAD. Mr Daniel Evans, solicitor, on behalf of the owners (Mr R. M. Hope and others) applied to have the magisterial certificate for the dosing of an old road at Llanvvrtyd Wells—the old road leading from Llanwrtyd to Llandenuy-enrolled. a new road having been constructed, and the old road rendered unnecessary.—The application was granted. THE BRYNMAWB BEER STEALING CASK,—" FOOT- PRINTS IN THE SNOW." Wm. Walbcoffe and Wm. Lovett were in- dicted for feloniously breaking and entering the brewery warehouse of Mr Walter Charles Jones, of Brynmawr, and stealing therefrom two oasksof beer, of the value of £2 10s, on the night of the 5 th of March. Mr R. H. A. Da vies, solicitor, Crickhoweil, was for the prosecutiou, and Mr T. Gwynne Powell, Brynmawr, for the defence. T'a,,o °ape [or the prosecution was that at 12 30 on the night in question a police-con- stable was on duty in the neighbourhood of the brewing when he saw two men wheeling two cusks of beer up Somerset-street towards the Vicarage Field. He informed P.S. Hand and another constable, the former of whom Went to the brewery premises and found they had been brokeninto, and Hand. hesring a whistle, walked down King-street -And met the prisoner Valbooffe, who ran away. Hand overtook Walbooffe, Whose boots were unlaced, and took him down to the spot from which the whistle had aounded, which was by the wicket gate at the entrance to the church walk. Here Hand found P.O. Baatable, and inside the wicket gate were the two casks of beer which had been taken from the brewery warehouse. Shortly afterwards they apprehended the other prisoner, Lovett. There Was snow on the ground, and when Sergeant Hand went to the brewery he observed footprints in the snow, which the police alleged on examination proved to correspond with the feet of the prisoners. When charged at the Police Station, he said he was by himself, and no one was with him.—Wm. Richard Jon>», son of prosecutor, identified the casks and beer as the property of his father. They were on his father's premises at 4.30 p.m. on the previous day.—The jury tound Walbcoffe guilty and Lovett not jguilty.—Walbcoffe was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour, and Lovett was discharged. CARDIFF CORPORATION AND MERTHYR UNION. IMPORTANT APPEAL CASE. In this case, which was heard on Tuesday, the appellants were the Cardiff Corporation, and the respondents the churohwardebs aud overseers ot the poor of the parishes of Vaynor and Penderyn, and the assessment committee of the Merthyr Union. The appeal Was against the exoeMive rating of a railway which had been oonstruoted from Cefn to Cwmtaff for the purpose of bringing up material used in the construction of the reservoirs of the Cardiff Corporation. Mr Abef Thomas and Mr Jackson (ins ructed by Mr J. L. Wheakley, town clerk of Cardiff) were for tbe appellants, and Mr Denman Benson (instructed by Messrs Frank James and Son, Merthyr), WM for the respondents. The witnesses examined for the respondents were Messrs Hepkin T. Rhys, Cornelius Gardner, and Messrs Harris and Jones (assistant- overseers, Vaynet and Penderyn). Mr Abel Thomas contended that instead of being rated up to about £2,000 for the piece Of railway in question the Corporation ought not, according to the value of the land, to be rated te half that sum. Mr Robert N. Hedley (Mason and Hedley, London), valued the line as fellows:—-In the parish of Penderyn, nett ratable value as a contractor's railway, £512; in the pariah Of Vaynor, jS127 total, £ó3. Mr John Avory Williams, C.E., supported the evidence of Mr Hedley. Mr Benson said the Corporation were not rated up to £2,000; the net at which they rated was £1,472, The Chairman, in giving judgment, said the Court considered the ratable value put upon this work or railway too high. The ratable value put upon the 79 miles by the Court was Sl20 per mile, or j6900 altogether. Of the 7 miles there ate a littlM over two miles of the line in the Brecon Union therefore the decision, as pointed out by Mr Jaokson, works out M folloffs* Vaynot, £135 Penderyn, J6535. Mr Abel Thomas In the event of the Corpora- tion deciding upon asking for a special oue, will you grant one ? The Chairman Yes. Asked as to costs by counsel, the Chairman Raid the Court considered each party ought to pay theif own costs. The hearing of the appeal occupied nearly fowl hours.
PEMBROKESHIRE, The Pembrokeshire Easter. Quarter Sessions were held in the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest, on Tuesday, before the following magistrates :-8\1 Chas. Philipps, Mr W. H. Walters, Mr J. x,1. Davies, Mr R. Carrow, Mr W. P. Ormond, Mr Jamee Phillips, Rev. P. Phelps, Mr Harries, Capt. Higgon, Mr N. A. Roch, Ac. — The appointment of a chairman in the place of Mr H. G. Allen, whose resignation through ill-health had been received at a previous Sessions, was thé first business deal wlbh.-Á communication from Lord Kensingten, Lord-Lieutenant of the county, suggesting that the appointment of a chairman should be deferred until next Sessions, was read.—Mr W. H. Walters thought the appointment should be made that day, and moved the election of Judge Owen, Abergavenny. —Capt. Higgon seconded.—On being put to the vote, ten magistrates voted for the appointment and eight against. Judge Owen wae therefore declared duly elected. TRIAL OF rBISONBRS. Edward Charles Williams, described as a lade- maker, 21 years of age, was charged with unlaw- fully obtaining by a certain false pretence from Alfred Wm. James one pair of boots, the property of Messrs Cash and Company, With ntent to defraud, at Pembroke on the 11th January, 1895. Prisoner was found Guilty and sentenced to three months' hard labour. Alben PhIllips. sailor (35), a native of Bristol, was charged with stealing J68 10s, the moneys of one Thomas Rees, at St. Dogmell's, on the 3rd March, 1895. The jury found the prisoner h Not guilty," and be was discharged. Mr W. J. Jones appeared for the defence. OA811: ADJOURNED. The case against Thomas Owen RobOfta 01 making false entries in certain books with intent to defraud the London and West of Enfflttkd Yeast Company waq, in consequence of the illnees of one of he Witnesses, adjourned. This was all the business, and the Court rose At 5 o'clock.
CARDIFF DIVORCE CASE. LONDON, Wednesday.—In the Divorce Division to-day—before the President (SirF. Jeune) a case was heard in which Mrs Emma Cohen, engaged on the stage and formerly in the pantomime at Cardiff, where she had resided, sued for a divorce from her husband, Mr Joseph Cohen, a tailor, of Bristol, now living at Taunton, against whom she alleged adultery with a woman named Gertrude Rowaell. The suit was undefended. According to the petitioner's case the marriage took place at Bristol on the 12th September, 1884, and there had been one child. About two years after the marriage the petitioner was offered an engagement in the pantomime at Cardiff, which she accepted. Iu 1888 she had occasion to go to Bristol, and she there met her husband in the company of Gertrude Rowsell. A quarrel ensued, and the police were sent for. The husband followed his wife to her lodgings, but he aftetwards disap- peared, and he did hot see him again until she found him living with Gertrude Rowsell at Taunton in 1894. Petitioner said that when she met her husband and the woman together m Bristol she told Rowsell that Cohen was her husband, and Rowsell said she Would not leave him, and added I have as muoh right to him as you have." Evidence was then given to show that the respondent and Gertrude Rowsell had lived together as man and wife at a house in Bristol. A decree nifii was granted with custody of the children.
THE MARQUIS OF BUTE Lord Bute, who, with Lady Bute, has gone to stay at Falkland until the London season com- mences, is busily occupied with the restoration of Falkland Castle, the scene of the murder of the Duke of Rothesay by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. Lord Bute has also in hand the com- plete restoration and embellishment) of the beautiful chapel of Falkland Palace, the historic abode of Queen Mary, and of the Kings James V. and VI. of Scotland. Falkland House, adjacent, which the Marquis at present oooupiee, is a handsome edifioe of modem ereotioa, oie> turesquely situated on the borders ot. a thickly* wooded glen.