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Cardiganshire Assizes. LORD COLERIDGE'S MERCIFULNESS- Lampeter Perjury Charge. The Summer Assizes for the County of Car- digan were held at the Town Hall, Lampeter, on Saturday, before Mr Justice Bernard John Seymour (Lord Coleridge). His Lordship arrived in the college town on the previous afternoon, and was met at the railway station by Sir Edward John Webley Parry Pryse, Bart., Gogerddan (the High Sheriff), the Rev. Richard Williams, B.A., Penrhyngoch (chap lain), and Mr F. R. Roberts, and was escorted to his lodgings at Peterwell by Deputy-Chief Constable Williams. Charge to the Grand Jury. His Lordship, in his charge to the grand jury, of which Major Price-Lewes, Tyglyn Aeron, was foreman, said that the calendar was happily a light one, containing only two cases. One of these was a charge of perjury against John Oliver Davies—perjury committed during affiliation order proceedings, and if the evidence of the prosecution was to be trusted it was quite clear that a prima facie case existed upon the depositions to show that the person did make on oath certain false statements which were material to the issue which was then before the court—namely whether or not the accused was the father of the child in question. They would have no difficulty in arriving at a conclusion on that subject. His Employer's Money. John Humphreys (39), farm labourer, pleaded guilty to stealing Jb7, the monies of James Davies, Ffostra^ol Inn, which is halfway between New Quay and Llandyssul, on the 8th April last. Prisoner was employed as a labourer by Mr Davies at the time in question, and was sent to bank the money for his em- ployer, instead of which prisoner converted it to his own use. Prisoner admitted two previous convictions for larceny at Upper Llanilar and Aberayron. His Lordship, in passing sentence of eight months' hard labour, said that the defendant had twice before been leniently dealt with for like offences, but it did npt seem to have cured him of the habit of stealing. His Lord- ship said he misrht be doing wrong, but he did not intend to pass such a severe sentence as perhaps the prisoner deserved, in the hope it might be the last time that he appeared in the dock. Just think of that," he added. Try when you come out of gaol to lead an honest life. Probably this is your last chance, otherwise you will get a very heavy sentence indeed." On the application of Mr David Rhys, who appeared for the prosecution, the money found on prisoner at the time he was arrested, together with the clothes he had bought with some of the money, were ordered to be re- turned to Mr Davies. Taken Unawares. John Oliver Davies, a young carpenter, living at Plasnewydd Cellan, near Lampeter, was charged with committing wilful and corrupt perjury in his evidence as a witness on his own behalf at Lampeter Petty Sessions on the 24th April last. Mr Lloyd Morgan, K.C.. M.P. (instructed by Mr D. Pennant James, Aberayron), stated that acting on his advice prisoner had pleaded guilty to the indictment, as he felt he could not reasonably ask the jury to say that prisoner did not state that which was untrue before the magistrates when giving evidence. Counsel said he would like to point out the way in which prisoner came to give that evidence. It was not a case where a man made up his mind to go before the magistrates and say what was deliberately untrue. Prisoner went to the Petty Sessions to defend the proceedings without having any intention of going into the witness box. The solicitor who appeared for applicant called the prisoner to give evidence in order to support his case, and the prisoner was then at once subjected to cross-examina- tion. No doubt in answer to some of the questions put to him prisoner overstepped the limit. But even so far as the evidence went on that occasion there was a good deal to be said for him. As a matter of fact, he did not intend to say what was untrue, and when in the box he made most damaging admissions against himself. Defendantsaid he had written letters; he said he had been in the girl's company, had spoken to her on occa- sions, and one could not help but think when reading the depositions that the govern- ing idea which the defendant had in his mind was that he had not been guilty of improper relations with her on some of the occasions to which the solicitor had referred, and he hoped that under these circumstances his Lordship would be ablero take a lenient view of the case. Counsel said prisoner was a young man of excellent character, and if he was sent to prison he would be in this difficulty—that he would have the order to pay 3s per week towards the maintenance of the child hanging over his head, and of course he would be unable to earn anything to pay the money. When he came out of prison all the arrears under the order would be against him, which might lead to subsequent imprisonment. Mr David Rhys (instructed by Mr D. Wat- kins, Lampeter) appeared for the prosecution. His Lordship, addressing prisoner, said You have pleaded guilty to perjury, and that is a very serious crime. I have listened to what your learned counsel has said on your behalf, and I am impressed with the idea that there are in this case mitigating circumstances. You v ere, so to speak, taken unawares in going into the witness box, and you were there subjected to the cross-examination, and while no doubt in the course of the cross-examina- tion you permitted yourself to say things upon oath which you must have known were un- true and which were very properly discredited, yet the case differs from other cases in which a man deliberately, designedly, and of afore- thought determines to mislead the Court by giving false evidence. Proceeding, his Lordship said On the whole I have come to the conclusion that justice in your case will be satisfied bv not sending you to prison. Under these circumstances I am willing that you are to be bound over in your own recognisances in-a sum of jE50 to come up for judgment when called upon. Defendant immediately entered into the agreement. This concluded the business of the Assize. High Sheriff's Hospitality. The High Sheriff (Sir Edward Webley Parry Pryse, wearing the uniform of a captain of the 41st Welsh Regiment, with the Egyptian star and medal and the South African medal) en- tertained a large company to luncheon at the Black Lion Hotel. The company included Colonel H. Davies-Evans, Highmead (Lord Lieutenant of the county), Major Pryce Lewes, Tyglyn-ar-Aeron Sir Marteine Lloyd, Bart. Bronwydd Colonel Newland, Dolhaidd Mr Charles Lloyd, Waunfor Colonel Howell, Partgwyn Mr D.. C. Roberts, Aberystwyth (ex-sheriff), Mr G. Rice Pryse, Peithydd Mr W. Inglis-Jones, Derry Ormond Canon Camber Williams, the Hon. Stephen Coleridge. The Lord Lieutenant (Col. Davies Evans) proposed the Health of the High Sheriff." and said that he had set a good example to his countrymen by doing his duty for his country in the foreign parts to which the medals he wore bore such eloquent testi- mony, and following on those duties he had set them the example of doing his duty to their county. Sir Edward had always taken a keen interest in the social and other duties of the county, and in wishing him long life he hoped he would be spared to fulfil the high position he held in the county, apart from that of the high sheriff. The toast was drank with enthusiasm. The High Sheriff, in reply, said it was a very great honour to be the King's representa- tive in Cardiganshire, and because he was the representative of a monarch who was so uni- versally beloved he felt the onerous duties all the harder to bear.

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