NEWPORT BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The weekly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, under the presidency of Mr. P. T. Wood- ruff; there were also present Mr. G. B. Gething, J. P., vice-chairman Revs. J. Hooper and F. B. Leonard Messrs. M. M. Cope, William Jones, William Price, H. P. Bolt, T. F. Lewis, S. Scard, G. Williams, Rees Jones, J. H. Hillier, Evan Hopkins, E. Thomas, H. R. Evans, J. Christopher, T. Moses, W. Jones (Cefu- UogeU), Isaac Harris, and J. W. Bebell. STATISTICS. There were 224 inmates in the house, against 231 during the corresponding week of last year, being a decrease of 7; sick, 50; died during the week, 1. The number of out-door paupers were-Adults, 1042 children, 623. £172 lis. Sd. had been paid out in relief. The number of ehildren in the Caerleon Schools were-Boys, 87 girl8,;1-making a total of 158, against 128 during the corresjxmding period of last last year 2 boys and 1 girl had been admitted. 62 boys and 71 girls were receiving industrial training. THE CERTIFICATE OF THE SCHOOLMISTRESS. The Clerk stated that Miss Hughes, the school. mistress of the Industrial School, had received a third class certificate, and that a grant of JES per annum is allowed to the Board. PURCHASE OF A WEIGHING MACHINE. A letter was read from Mr. Bartlett, of Bristol, stating the prices of weighing machines would be £ 25 and £ 22 respectively. Mr. T. F. Lewis wished to know why they could not get something of that kind from the Newport tradesmen ? After some discussion, however, it was resolved that the machine offered by Mr. Bartlett at JE25 be purchased. RE-FLOORING TH. GIRL'S SCHOOL. Five tenders had been received for the contract for removing the stone flooring of the girl's school, and replacing it with a wooden one, viz., Thomas Jenkins, £ 25 John Linton, X32 5s. George Morgan, £27 10s. John Banfield, f27 10s. and George Martin, £28. Mr. T. Jenkins's tender being the lowest, it was accepted. THE NUISANCZ QUESTION. The Clerk said that the legal proceedings against the Caerleon Local Board of Health had been taken, but in consequence of the electiou, the case had been adjourned for a fortnight. A general conversation ensued as to whether there really was a nuisance— several gentlemen denying it—and it was determined to wait until the fortnight was up, hoping that in the mean time, everything might be amicably settled. PLUMBING AT THE WORKHOUSE. One of the reservoirs of the workhouse wanted at- tending to last week, and Mr. Sanders, who has the contract, declined to do it, and another man had been employed. This tradesman had now sent in a bill fo r C 4. The Clerk wished to know whether he or Mr. Sanners was to pay that sum. It was resolved that the amount be paid, and deducted from Mr. Sanders's contract. This concluded the business.
NEWPORT POLICE INTELLIGENCE. -0 COUNTY POLICE.—SATURDAY. [Magistrates W. S. CARTWRIGHT, Esq., in the chair; Colonel HEYWORTH, F. J. HALL, and J. FIRBANK, Esqrs.] STEALING A BCNDLE OF RODS.Richard Adams and James Smith were charged with trespassing, and stealing underwood, the property of Lord Tredegar.- Edward Rowlands, keeper in his Lordship's employ, tracked the two men going into a wood in the parish of Bettws, on Friday morning. When found, each had in his possession a bundle of rods, containing eighteen in number. The rods were used as handles for black- smiths' clefts, and they were valued at eighteenpence a bundle.—Lawford Smith corroborated the evidence of the keeper. Adams had previously been convicted for a similar offence. Inspector Sheppard explained to the Bench that there were persons liviug in the town who got their livelihood by cutting and preparing these sticks.—Adams was fined 20s. and cost3, or 21 days and upon Smith a tine of 10s. and costs was im- posed, in default of which, 14 days. [Lord Tredegar was not present during the hearing of the above easy, but wh n that had been disposed of he joined the "Bench, and was present during the hear- ing of the following cases] :— THE FARMER AND HIS SERVANT.- -Thomas Jones, a farm labourer, was summoned for assaulting William Watkins, farmer, at Nash. Jones was under an engagement to comp'a Qtut, but through some disagreement the defendant pu!led off his coat, and threatened to beat complaInant. Defendant pleaded that it was done in self-defence, as complainant was holding a staff above his head.—Ordered to keep the peace for a month, and to pay the costs. STRAY CATTLE—William Lock, who did not appear, was summoned for allowing his cattle to stray on the highway. —P. C. Rowen saw five cattle, the property of the defendant, straying on the road at Redwick, about a mile from the defendant's house.—Defendant subsequently appeared, and admitted the offence, but said there were other cattle besides his straying on the road.- Fined 10s. and costs, or seven days'imprison- ment. BOROUGH POLIOE.—MONDAY. Magistrates WM. EVANS, Esq., in the chair; T. P. WANSBROUGH, H. P. BOLT, and WYNDHAM JONES, Esqrs.] ADJOURNED.—The case of S. B Miles, charged with wilfully obstructing and impeding an officer of the Great Western Railway, at Newport Station, was adjourned. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.— Catherine Neal was adjourned. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.— Catherine Neal was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Cross- street.—PC. Dukelow stated that he saw the prisoner drunk and making a disturbance on Sunday night.- The Bench, after remarking that she spent most of her time in prison, lined her 10s. 6d., or 14 days' impri- sonment. DRUNK AND WANTING TO FIGHT.—Matthias Crow- ley, against whom the above offence was proved by P.C. Kear, was fined 10s. 6d., or, in default, 14 days' imprisonment. A VAGRANCY CASE.—Handy O'Connell was charged with begging and vagrancy in Oliver square. — P.C. Evans proved the case.—Discharged on promising to io.tve the town. A TRIO OF "SHEppARDS."—Oliver Sheppard, Anne Sheppard, and Isaac Sheppard, were summoned for assaulting Thomas James, in the Wheat Sheaf Inn, at Magor. Oliver Sheppard made use of some insult- ing language towards the complainant, and this led to a disturbance. The two men struck him first, and then the woman, Anne Sheppard, assisted them. A cross-summons had been taken out, charging Thomas James with assaulting Anne Sheppard. -Com- plainant said she received a violent blow from the de- fendant when she interfered for the sake of quelling the disturbance between her husband and Thomas James. -The Bench dismissed this latter case and in the first summons the three Sheppards were fined 5s. each, and bound over to keep the peace for six months. A DRUNKEN DRIVER.—Morris Cochrane was charged with having been drunk and disorderly in Church- street, Pill, while having the charge of a pony and trap.—Fined 10s. 6d., or 14 days. OBSTRUCTION IN HiGH STREET.—Frank Hoare, a cabman, was charged with obstructing the bighway by staying, with his cab, in front of the Bunch of Grapes, on Friday.-P.C. Gould said that he had asked him to move, and he refused until his fare" would come out of the public-house.—As it was proved that he was not drinking himself, and he had such a good character, he was discharged. A MUTUAL ARRANGEMENT.—The case of Edwin Wheeler against D. Parcell Rowe, and vice versa (a croas-summons), had been arranged out of Court.- Ordered to pay coats between them. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Henry Waunken, a boarding-house keeper, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Mill-parade, on Thursday, the 1st instant.—Fined 10s. 6d., or 14 days. LEAVING HIS CAB.-Henry Wall was charged with leaving his cab unattended, while he was in the loun- tain public-house. -P.C. Kear said that he had seen the cab in Dock-street alone and unattended. The defen- dant pleaded that he bad left three men in care of it. —Fined 10s. 6d., including costs, or 14 days lmpri- ASSAULT.—Henry Gregory, a respectable-looking man, was charged with assaulting Richard Nicholls, a traveller, at the Royal Oak, in Thomas-street.- Com- plainant said that he was in the Royal Oak, in com- pany with Messrs. John Abbel and W m. Baker, on Thursday night, when he (complainant) asked defen- dant for a small sum due to him. Defendant said he did Dot owe it. Complainant said he did. Defendant then called him" a liar," and "struck him three times in the mouth, and repeated the dose by giving him one in the eye."—Mr. Sutthery, from the office of Mr. Gibbs, defended.—John Abbel, on being called, said he saw defendant strike complainant twice. Words ran very high on both sides. Did not know who began it. —William Baker, a gentleman, of no employment, said he was there, and saw defendant strike complain- ant across the face with the palm of his hand.—Taking into consideration the aggravation given, the Bench ordered him to pay 10s. 6d., or 14 day ANOTHER ASSAULT. —Joseph Sawtell charged Henry Harris with assaulting him on Saturday, in Market- street.-Complainant stated that defendant pulled the sleeve of his coat violently.—Godfrey Phillips, a boy of 15, was called, and said that Mr. Harris went up to the other man, and said "How d'ye do," and the other man said I'll strike you with my stick in a minute."—Both were very excited in Court, and as the evidence seemed to be conflicting, the case was dismissed. CHARGE OF STEALING.-Elizabetb Francis, a woman with a child in her arms, was charged with stealing a sheet, a looking glass, aud a pillow-case, the property of William Morris, of Union-street.- Catherine Morris said that Francis had been living in apartments with them, and the articles had been missed from their room.- Edmund Dickson said that the sheet was pledged with him on the 12th October, for a shilling- Inspector Curtis said he bad arrested the prisoner at a lodging-house in Kear-street, and charged her with stealing the articles. She said she did it to get food, and afterwards said she broke them.—Prisoner pleaded guilty, but said that she had intended to bring them back.—Ordered to be locked up for a day, the prose- cutrix not wishing to press the charge. STEALING COAL.- William Hunt, a boy of 15, was charged with stealing coal, the property of the Tre- degar Coal Company, on Saturday night.—William Griffiths deposed to having seen the boy on the truck, and a lot of coal on the ground, in the yard. About two tons had been stolen.-P.C. Kear said that there was abeut a ton of coal missing when he went there. He apprehended the boy.-James Baker, agent, proved the ownership of the coal. and said the boys formed themselves into a gang, and that as soon as a truck was brought there they had a kind of telegraph among them, and they came and threw the coal on the ground, as had been stated.—The Beach said that the mother ought to have been there too.—Sentenced to two months' hard labour, and if he came there again, he would be sent to the Reformatory, or penal servi- tude. • STEALING A SAUCEPAN. —Louisa Harvey was charged with stealing a saucepan, the property of George Meaker. -Po C. Coates proved that she had sold the saucepan for a shilling, to Mr. Jones, second-hand dealer, Old Green.—Elizabeth Jones said she had bought the saucepan, produced. -Prisoner said she borrowed the shilling on it, but not sold it.—Elizabeth Meaker, the prosecutrix, said that the prisoner had been living in her father's house. She (prisoner) came out of gaol on Thursday last, and she had been drunk ever since. She had stoleu the saucepan on Friday. Accused plea lud guilty to "taking it," as she termed it.—The husband of the prisoner, weeping, said he had no peace in the house, and that those people (meaning the dealers) had once cleared his houso out," and bought the things at about half price, but he begged of the Bench to give her another chance. -The Magistrates knew him, and sympathised with him.—Sentenced to one month, with hard labour, at the House of Correction. ASSAULTING AND BURNING.-This case, which has twice been adjourned, was then brought on, in which Edwin Pitman (a queer-looking, one-armed person) was charged with assaulting and burning a lad, named Thomas Inker.—Mr. Sutthery, from the office of Mr. Gibbs, defended the prisoner,—Theevidence having been read over, Thomas Lloyd, a labourer, was called and deposed that he went down to the yard on Sun- day, the 21st instant, when prisoner came up to him, and said, "What a lark we had last night."—Mr. Sutthery wished to know if it was necessary that the prisoner's words should be repeated by this witness.— The Bench thought it waa very important.—The wit- ness then went on: He (prisoner) said, "Tom Inker was blind drunk, lying down by the fire there. I undone' his trousers, and put some fire in. He I would not wake up with that, so we left him alone for a bit, and then [ ran up to him and said, Tom Inker, you be afire.' That was all he said. -Prisoner said he had not seen the man for the last fortnight.—The Bench No, you have been in custody during that time. Prisoner? Not for a fortnight before that Sarah lnke; was next called, and said she was the wife of James Inker complainant was her son he came home on the Saturday in question with his trousers all torn open. She saw nothing nntil next day. She did not look at the burnt parts uuiil Monday morning. He then told her he was very bad she saw the burns, and went to get a warrant. He had been very bad ever since, and attended by Dr. Jennings and Dr. C joke.—Thomas Inker, the lad, who was next called, said he was an assistant brickmaker went to the yard in question on the 20th October it was dark he was sober he went in and slept, as he had been working all night Friday night fell asleep against a pitch of bricks, about nine feet from the kiln awoke up by the fire being iu his clothes and burning his skin, and by Pieman pulling him about; he screamed for help prisoner hit him about with the flat of the shovel, and John Miles helped him in rolling him (complainant) about into a heap of small coal; they would not let him get up they threw coal at him John Miles, J John Pitman, and the prisoner. John Pitman, took a mouth-organ out of his hand found next day that he was very much injured went straight out of the yard and told prisoner he would make him pay for it.— Cross-examined Prisoner did not take the cinders from his trousers they were not split before they were split, but he did not see anyone doing itknew Lloyd quite quite well; last time he saw him. was last Saturday week.-P.C. William Powell said he appre- hended the prisoner on Monday the 22nd -the Monday following the assault; prisoner said he "Did not do anything of it," but that Thomas Inker was lying down by the kiln. and the fire fell upon him he went to take it away, and Inker awoke his (the con- stable's) opinion was that it had been put through the pocket; he produced the trousers and shirt worn by the lad at the time.-Dr. Robert Cook said he saw the boy on Tuesday, the 23rd October he was suffering from extensive burns he had three over the left hip, about the size of balf-a-orown each there were also other burns-follr distinct ones in front, and two smaller ones there was another burn about three inches above the left ankle; they were very much inflamed, and he mniit have suffered very great pain the lad had been laid up ever since the wounds were healing, but were not well yet; they might have been produced by dropping hot cinders into his pocke: his opinion, on looking at the trou- sers, was, that the fire must have been put on the in- side. —The counsel for the defence admitted that the cinders might have been put in the lad's pocket, but submitted that there was no further statement what- ever that hi3 client had put them there besides, there were three of them all of them did it it was per- fectly clear that prosecutor was quite drunk.-so much so, that he bad undressed. The cindess had un- doubtedly fallen upon him. If the case should be sent for trial he was prepared to bring evidence of his client's innocence. He (prosecutor) said at shovel bad been used, but, according to the evidence,, there were no marks of violence on him. Had ha been rolled about, as he said, there would certainly have been marks upon him. He hoped the case would be dealt with as a common assault, dismissed, or that, if sent to the Sessions, his client would be liberated on bail.—The prisoner was committed for trial bail being accepted—two sureties of £]:0. each, or one of £20.. WEDNESDAY. [Magistrates R. J. CULLUM, ESCJ., in the chair and H. P. BOLT, Esq. IE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE.—Thoe. Leary was charged, on the evidence of P.C. May, with having been drunk and causing a crowd to assemble in Commercial-road. Fined 5s. and costs, or seven days. "PUNCHING,"—George Ablart was charged, by P.C. Carter, with having turned his wife out of doors, and making a disturbance in Marshes-road, on Tuesday eTeuing.— Defendant said that his wife was punch- ing" him, and she was acting disreputably.—Ashe had a previous good character, he was mulcted in the expenses only. THROWING BALLAST IN-TO THE RIVER FSK.-Thos. Screetch, a blind captain, was charged by Mr. W. P. Gething, harbour-master, with throwing ballast into the channel of the navigable river Usk.—Mr. R. P. Williams defended.—Charles Spryng, captain of the steam-tug Castle, said that about twenty minutes to three on Saturday morning he took his vessel along- side the defendant's vessel, and saw the prisoner and his brother (Robert Screetch) throwing ballast into the river. The ships were at the time a little off the west end of Peterstone Flats. He (witness) went on board Screetch's vessel. Witness saw Capt. Screetch's son cleatiug the decks. -Cross-examined by Mr. R. P. Williams Witness did not go out for the purpose of informing on any one, but knew that he would he paid by Mr. Gething, the Harbour-master, for giving this information. He (witness) fancied that prisoner and his brother had thrown two or three tons of ballast (sand) into the river. Witness had never before "informed" on any one.—James Mansfield and John Hughes corroborated the evidence of the fore- going wituess. Robert Screetch, brother of the de- fendant, on being called, said that the ballast had been thrown out, but not into water within the jurisdiction of this Court. They had thrown the ballast on Car- diff ground.—Wm. Screetch, the defendant's son, cor- roborated what was said by his uncle (Robert Screetch), -The case was dismissed. ASSAULT.—Ann Sherwood charged Julia Cotterell with haying assaulted her, by striking her with a brick. -Elizabeth Edwards produced the brick with which the prosecutrix had been assaulted, and said that she saw the prisoner strike prosecutrix, and that she (witness) had taken the brick from defendant.— Fined 10s. 6cL, or, in default, 14 days, and also boupd over to keep the peace for six month*, DAMAGING PROPERTY.—Alfred Thomas and John Maker were charged with having wilfully damaged the property of Richard Woods.—The complainant's wife said that Thomas rolled a tar barrel against the dooi of her house on Monday night, and that he afterwards threw a squib into her house. John Maker, she said, then threw a atone in through the window, while she had gone out to fetch the police. —James Hookey was called, and said that he saw the defendant Maker throw the stone through the win- dow.—Samuel Waite said that John Maker was with him in another part of the town at nine o'clock, and that he (Maker) could not have beeu near Mrs. Wood's house but James Hookey, on being recalled, said that the offence had taken place at about half-past seven. --The case was dismissed. Julia Miller was charged with assaulting Hannah Burgess.—The complainant stated that the defendant came into complainant's shop on Saturday night and held her fist up to her face.—Bound over to keep the peace for six months. The case of Hannah Wood charged with assaulting Alice Hodge, was dismissed. DISCHARGED. -Mary Ryan was charged with steal- ing two half pounds of sugar, the property of Thomas Thomas.—Walter Watkins, assistant at Mr. Thomas's shop proved the case, but said that his master did not wish to press the charge as prisoner bad several children. —Dismissed. STEALING A SAILOR'S COAT.—Emma Young was charged with stealing a pilot-cloth coat, the property of John Brooks.—It appeared that Brooks was drunk, that he went with the girl to her home, and that she pawned the coat.—Prisoner said she had done so with his consent; proscutor denied that it was so. The case was dismissed.
NEWPORT COUNTY COURT. Budd and Co. v. rmmanueL-The Newport County Court was held on Wednesday last, before his Honour J. M. Herbert, Esq. It was a pity that so much time was lost, owing to the solicitors not being present in I time. -The first case of any particular interest was that of Budd and Co. v. Immanuel.-Mr. Wyndham Pain appeared for the plaintiffs, shipbrokers, at New- port Mr. Parker (from Mr. Graham's office) appeared for the defendant, a doubler in the Redbrook Tin works. -This was an action brought to recover the sum of jE4, under the following circumstances. It appeared that in March last Trottier Freres, of Hennebont, re- quired some Englishmen for their tin works, and David Immanuel was engaged. He went to France some time in April, and whilst he was there Trottier Freres sent a letter to the plaintiffs authorising them to pay 100 francs to the defendant's wife. A telegram was sent countermanding the order in the letter, but, through a mistake, the plaintiffs paid the money. Trottier Freres refused to pay the plaintiffs the amount they had disbursed, on the ground that de- fendant left his work without giving proper notice. This was denied by the defendant. In the absence of sufficient proof as to the wages due to the defendant, his Honour non-suited the plaintiffs, and refused to allow the defendant his costs. Edwards v. Welstead.—This was a claim for £ 2 4s. 3d, the value of 59 pounds of beef. On the 8th of September, the plaintiff sold that quantity of beef to the defendant, both having etall" in the market. Defendant produced evidence to show that be had paid the money. On the other hand, Elizabeth Dumaine, who stands in the market for the plaintiff, said the money was not paid. His Honour gave judgment for the plaintiff for the amount sought. BILL OF COSTS. Mr. Llewellyn addressed his Honour with reference to an order made in the affairs of Mr. Job Thomas, a bankrupt, viz., that Mr. R. Graham deliver bills of :osta for taxation by the registrar. Mr. Graham had sent in three bills, amounting to f232 6s. 2ii. When !-be matter was formerly before his Honour, Mr. Graham stated that his costs amounted to £ 193> 1<9& 6d, ind that he offered to reduce the amount to j £ 180 to jet the bill settled. He (Mr. Llewellyn) now asked lis Honour to call upon Mr. Graham to render his )il)s of costs in accordance with the amount originally itated. His Honour refused the application, as he-did ]ot think he could bind Mr. Graham to the amolmt irst named.
CHRISTCHURCB SCHOOL BOARD. A meetisg of this Board was held on Tuesday after- noon, at Maindee, under the presidency of Mr. Ful- ford. All the members were present. The Clerk read a correspondence he had had with, the Education Department on the question whether one or two schools- shook) be built. The Departments had been furnished with all the information collected4 by the Board as- to the requirements of the district. and the Board had urged that one school, built on & point contiguous to Liswerry, would answer all the pnrposes of the district, and save a great deal of ex- pense. My Lords had replied that they had conferred with the Inspector, and consulted the map and census returns. After allowing that the 91 childreu in Caer- leon village could be accommodated in Caerleon, and making the uaual deùuctioOl, there were-atiM 200 chil- dren to be provided for in the Royal Oak and Liswerry districts j. and they considerad that the Board should provide two schools—one for 150 at Pontvane, and one j for 70 at the Royal Oak. Mr. Uoyd said it would. be better to ask for an in- terview with, the Inspector It seemed to him unwise to buiidtwo sohools> He moved a resolution to the effect that—" Looking st all the circumstances of the district,, the Board still believed that one effi- cient school would be sufficient for the requirements of the district, and asked whether an interview could be arranged between: this Boardiand Her Majesty's In- spector." Mr. Wilde seconded the motion, which was adopted. Mr. Lawrence,, of the firm-of Lawrence and Good- man, produced: a tracing, on a-reduced scale, of the map of the district, as ordered; by the Board. He also presented to each member a lithograph of the reduced ordnance map. The Board. requested him to send in his bill for the next meeting. Mr. Lloyd reported that, in. accordance with a re- quest of the-Board, Mr. Waters and himself waited upon Mr. Burnell Jones, relative to the hire of a room for the use of the Board. Mr. Jones offered to let the room at his disposal at £ 20 a> year, including rates and taxes, and also promised to get it in a fit state to be occupied. The meting approved of the situation, and the question was, mooted as to-whether the Local Board would join in the occupation, and divide the cost. Ordered that a letter be written to the Local Board, asking the members if they ware disposed to accede to a joint occupation of the proposed room. Until a reply is obtained the question of accepting the proposed terms was left in abeyance.. The Clark to the Board, of. Guardians, who acted as returning officer, sent ic/his bill of costs for conducting the election of this Board. It amounted to £ 40 6s. It included dE3 3s. for the abortive attempt to elect a SchooL Board two ysarsago. The returning officer's own fee was X15 158., and this was said to be the maximum charge allowed by law. Altogether the bill was aonsidered very heavy, and the Clerk was ordered to write and ask for. vouchers. A cheque for £5iwas signed, and ordered to be paid to )11'. IL Keen, for his services in taking the census of the district. The- Board said Mr. Keen did his work. well, and the particulars he obtained enabled the Board to answer all the inquiries of the Educatioui Department.
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-0- THE NEWPORT POLICE AND THE BLACK BAG." SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TO COUNCIL. On Friday, the 2nd inst., a special meeting of th( Town Council was held to inquire into the alleged misconduct of certain members of the police force The Mayor (who was loudly applauded on taking hi: seat) presided, and there were present-Aldermer Lyne, Lewis, Murphy, H. J. Davis, and G. W. Jones Councillors W. West, H. A. Huzzey, J. Thompson, J. Rogers, D. A. Vanghan, O. Goss, J. R. Jacob, J. W. Jones, G. Hoskins, James Maddock, Wyndhair Jones, J. Moses, A. Blake, E. Griffiths, J. Gibbs, H P. Bolt, aud A. R. Bear. The Mayor called upon Superintendent Sinclair tc read-his report. The Superintendent then read his report, which was as follows Police Office, Newport, Mon 22nd October, 1877. To His Worship the Mayor. I have to report to you that Inspectors Curtis an] Wilcox have been making use of the constables of this force for conveying articles to Usk, for the use of one of the prisoners in the county gaol. On two occasions they sent parcels-one on the 13th September by P.C. Johu Widcombe, and on the 18th September one by P.C. Long- vil!e, who was ordered by Curtis to take it to a woman near the Usk bridge. This woman turns out to be the wife of one of the warders of the prison. These parcels were sent by the constables without my knowledge and without my authority. On the 9th March, 1877, I gave strict orders to all the sergeants and inspectors that no parcels, letters, or anything else were to be left in the police office for Mr Bt own, and that no one in the force was to be sent on messagjf for him or employed in his behalf in any way. From that date until the 17th inst. I had every reason to believe that the order was fully obeyed, and that none of the force identified, himself with Mr. Brown in any way. I submit to you the following statements P.C. Samuel Longville states "On the 18th Sept. last I took prisoners to Usk in a break along with P.C. Pym. Inspector Curtis gave me a parcel in the police office to take to Usk to a woman whose name I forget. He told me to inquire for her at the toli-gate. He said her house was near the Bridge. When I got to Usk the turnpike gatcman said he did not know a woman of that name. I took the parcel with me to the prison, and asked the officer on duty at the gaol door (Garnett) if he knew a woman of that name. He said Yes; she is one of our officer's wives." He told me where the house was. I went there with Pym, and gave her the parcel, and said it was sent by Inspector Curtis. She said "All right, thank you." It appealed to me to be bacon, aa the paper was get- ting greasy." (Then followed the deposition cf P.C. Pym corro- borating the above.) Sergt. Frankliu states "Some time ago a bag waa taken to Usk by one of the men. The bag was for Mr Brown. Widcombe brought tbe bag back from Usk, and left it in the police office. Same afternoon Inspector Curtis ordered me to take it So Miss Brown, who is staying at Dr. Morgan's." P.C. Widcombe states On the 5tfe of October 1 took prisoners to Usk, along with P.C, Coates. The Governor called me and asked me who- sent up the books. 1 said the Superintendent, as far as I know. I did not tell him that Wilcox gave them t»me. The Governor said I was to take back the boofes again to the Superintendent. 1 brought the bag with me, and left it in the police office. Told Franklin that I had brought it back on the 13th September last I took the same bag to Usis. Inspector Wilcox put it be- tween my two doors, and told me to t ike it to Usk. I gave the bag to the- Deputy-governor, and toM him it came from Newport." Inspector Wilcox's deposition then followed,, bear- ing out the above, and adding, I don't know what it was, or who it was for. Inspector Curtis states A man named Thccsas Richards brought the bag to the Town-hall in the morning, and ask-id me Jo send it up to the Governor by one of the men. Dr. Morgan came to the Town- hall one day and asked me to send it up to Usk, » some woman, who I understood wastt patieiJt of his." Sergt. Brooks states Some time ago a man came to the Town-hall and asked me if Inspector Curtis- was in. He said "Give bbis to him." He left parcel." P.C. Wm. Kear states: t went to Usk with P.C; Dimond on the 20th September last with prisoners. Before I left the police-office Inspector Wilcox told' me to ask if there was any communication from Mr James Brown to be brought back. I did inquire of the turnkey, and he called the Governor, who said he would not do it for the Queea. of England. I apolo- gised, and told him I hadordemto ask. The turnkey said be would call the Governor, but I don't know whether it was the Governor or Deputy-governor that. same." P.C. John Dimond bore out this statement. £ » answer to questions, the Superintendent said, alter what took place at the lasfr Quarter Sessions he wro- e to the Governor of Usk G aol, who said he could not give him the particulars then. Colonel Relph, Chairman of the Visiting Justices^, afterwards called upon. him, and gave him the particulars. The Mayor theu read two lefctew from Dr, Morgan. The first was dated 27th October, and was to the eOsot that having heard there was to be an enquiry, be wished to state that Miss Krowa requested him to have-a parcel, containing a piece of bacon, sent to Mra MScHale, Usk, and he asked Inspector Curtis if he would send it by the men who-took the prisoners to Usk.. He quite exonerated Curtis from any know- ledge ot its contents, and his iisptession and belief was that it was intended for too- person to whom it was addressed. The other letter was somewhat to the same purport, and offering rr. fslier explanation if desired to do so. He had no Älea he was going to harm any policeman, and now he had much pleasure in "making an honest sin clear" )8in.elair). (Laugh- ter. After some conversation, the Superintendent was asked whether he had received any formal complaint from, the Visiting Justices. He said the Chairman I (Colonel Relph) had spoken to hiaa. Aiderman Lyne asked if Col. Relph said he be- lievod that the force were Implic&ted." The Superintendent Yes, most (decidedly. it was. then determined to bet* the statements of the officers. BrC. Longville, on being called; said I took the poisoners to Usk on the 18th of September. Inspec- tors-Curtis and Wilcox were in the police office when f 1 was there. Inspector Curtis said, Here is a parcel fsr. you to carry to Usk to a person of tbe name of Mrs M'Hale, living by the bridge"" Only the name was-on the address. I inquired at the turnpike gate, but no one there knew any percoa of that name. I touk. the parcel to the prison, a:1d asked Garnett if he j knew a. woman of that name, aud he said, Yes, she-, is.the daughter of old Dick Lucas, one of our turn-j key's wives." A little boy showed him the house, and he told the woman it was from.LtMpector Curtis. Thers- appeared to be stains of bacon- showing through the paper. Had been seven years-in the force, and never before carried a parcel to Usk. Had no idea that its was for anyone in prison. P.C. Pym simply confirmeisthe foregoing. P. S. Franklin said he saw. a bag in the station o-i, the table did not know who- brought it there. The bag was next day taken down by Wideombe. Inspector Curtis asked if a bag had baen left there for him, and he said yes. Then Curtis. said that a man uacaedi Richards had left it for Mr Brown. Two or three weeks afterwards the bag; was brought back in the same condition, and he took it to Dr. Morgan's- for. Miss Brown. P.C. John Widcombe was then called, and stated that Inspector Wilcox had given him a black bag to- take to Usk Caol, but. did not say for whom. He gave it to the Deputy-governor, who said tit's, all right." Ou the 5th ost October he was told to take it back where he had it [;>om, and he did so. P.C. Kear then bore out what he had said, ia his depositions, viz., thjifc he went to Usk with, DLmond, and that he had asked the turnkey whether there was a message from ilr James Brown. The turnkey called the Deputy-governor, and he said that "he would not comnjAtnicate anything out ot the prison walls-not for the Queen of England." Sergeant Brocks said that Thomas Ri&kards, of the Dos Works, brought a parcel to the station for Inspector Curtis, about the close of August, cr beginning of September. Inspector Wilcox stated that on thlt 13th of Septem- I ber, Inspector Curtis asked him if anyone was going to Usk ns-xt morning, and ho said Widcombe was going. Curtis then gave him a bag to send to Usk, and he requested Widcome to, take it there. When Widcombe came back he asked him to whom he gave the bag, and he said the Deputy-governor took it, and said It's all right, I know what it is." A few days later Inspector Curtis gave him a parcel to be sent to Usk, to be delivered at a house near the bridge. There was a name on the parcel. It was a small parcel. Never mentioned the name of James Brown to P.C. Kear if Kear had said he did, be bad stated a false- hood told Kear to ask the Governor if there was any message the message he meant was the bag. In- spector Curtis never mentioned to him that things were being sent to Mr. James Brown did not think that the bag belonged to the Governor. P.C. Dimond corroborated P.C. Kear's version of the affair, and P.C. Kear, on being re-called, repeated his former statement. Inspector Wilcox, however, persisted in fc&yiflg that Mr, Brows WM never spoken of. Inspector Curtis, on being called, said that he would tell them all about it. On or about the 12th oi September, Thomas Richards, of the Factory, came to him and asked him if he would send that bac down to the Governor of the gaol, for Mr. Brown—Mr. James Brown. He asked "What does the bag con- tain ?" and Richards said, two scrap-books. He asked him what authority he had to send them he said "His daughter has a letter from him, with the stamp of the Governor, allowing these scrap-boeks to go." He took the bag into the office, and opened it to see what it contained, and he found a large scrap-book full of newspaper cuttings, and another new book, and a letter, if not two, addressed to Colonel Milman, from Miss Brown. That bag he handed to Inspector Wilcox to send up to the Governor of the gaol. Some days after that he saw the bag in the office, and he sent Franklin to ask Miss Brown what he was to do with it. He knew that it was wrong to send things without the knowledge of the Superinten- dent, but it had been done for years. [The letter sent from Mr Brown to his daughter asking for these books, was then read. It was on the prison paper, with printed heading, and stamped by the Governor, asking her to send them, as he wished to index the newspaper cuttings.] The Visiting Justices would not sanction the giving of those books to the prisoner, so they were returned. Respecting the parcel said to contain bacon, witness said that on the 17th of Sep- tember, Dr. Morgan asked him to send a small parcel to Usk, to be left at the house near the bridge. He sent it because he never doubted the authority of a Justice of the Peace. Since this matter had been talked about he had asked Dr. Morgan to write to the Mayor and Corporation to exonerate him, and he supposed Dr. Morgan had done so. Did not know anything about any other than the two parcels mentioned. Would certainly not have done so for anyone besides a magistrate. Took the first parcel from Richards be- cause he beliererd him to be a respectable man. He bad no idea who Mrs M'Hale was, and he had never heard ot her be!ore. This concluded the evidence. Alderman Davis was of opinion that the matter had been satisfactorily cleared up in reference to the bag" taken to the prison. Then as to the other parcel sent by a magistrate of the borough, it was evidently not known to the police that it was going to anyone con- nected with the gaol. There was a discrepancy between Inspector Wilcox and one of the two constables. He was not going to impute anything respecting it. One or the other might have forgotten what was actually c-aid. He considered that Inspector Wilcox had cleared himself, but that such matters should have been made known to the Superinteudeat. They ought on ail occasions to do so. (Cheers.) Mr West endorsed Alderman Davis's remarks, and said that it was very desirable to have a proper under- standing to whom the force should look. He wished something should be put on record. Alderman Jones said it seemed to have been customary to take parcels t., and fror and that had led to this. One of the parcels was for a former nurse of Miss Brown. There was no proof that it had ever gone further than this woman's house, and he hoped she had enjbyed the bacon for her breakfast. He pro- posed the following resolution be put on record That no wJlful breach of discipline bad been proved, but that in future no parcels or papers be- taken to Usk by the police without the knowledge or consent of the Superintendent." Mr West seconded this, and it was carried unani- mously. This terminated the business.
-ft. — —' t GLAMORGANSHIRE WINTER ASSIZES. The trials of prisoners at the Winter As&i^s, No. 12 district, comprising the counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Pembroke, Brecon, and Radnor, com- menced at the Guildhall, Swausea, on Monday. The commissioner, Mr. Bulwer, Q.C., M. P., took his seat at 11 o'clock. (JEi'-JsD JURY. The following were sworn as a grand jury :—Mtes&rs. L L. Dillwyn (foreman); J. C. Fowler, G. Llewellyn, William Gilbertson, Starling Benson, W. G. ¥Ivian, William T. Crawshay, Htyd Thomas, Charles Bath, G. B. Strick, S. S. H. Hbrman-Fisher, G. Trev. Jen- kio, John Ivor Evans, H. N. Miers, A. Gilber-tson, Ro. K. Pritchard, E. M. Richards, G. G. Francis, W. H. Forester, R. Hughes,. Clarke Richardson, FA A. Essery, and R. Richards. The charge having beeo delivered, the Grand Chry pvo»,-ceded to try the following cases ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER AT PEMBROKE. Thomas Lloyd, 29, boilermaker, was indicteÔfur killiug and slaying John Welsh, at Pembroke,, on September 10th. He was also charged with the same offeace on the coroner's wanrant. The jury found the prisocer not guilty, and he wae. acquitted. ALLEGFD MAXSLAUGHPUBR AT CARDIFF. Frances Roberts, .'M, oharwoman, was indictedion avhoxge of feloniously killing.;and slaying one Thomas-1 Egberts, her infant child, at Cardiff, on September-% 1877". The prisoner was also-charged on a coroneWs warrant with the manslaughter of the said Thois-aa- KobertSv She pleaded not guilty. Mr; Jeffries, who appearad' for the prosecution,, atated- tbat the prisoner was- charged with the man— sdaughtej of her child by note providing it with sufSt eisct food. The child was bom on the 15th of August,. iaed.in one week afterwards V-w prisoner went oot of the house, leaving the child £Or a whole day, in the charge of a girl, with nothing: to feed it but oatmeal Mà: water. Fourteen days aftsr that it was taken to-j Dr..JoneSt who found it was suffering apparently from; want of food, and in a very emaciated condition. Ten dsays afterwards the child died. The jury wodd" however, have to decide whether the child died bcm wa»t of food, and whether through the prisoners neg.- leat sufficient food .was not T>covided. The priso&sr wsa*a poor woman, and stated-that she was unable-to- ebtain miik for her infant son. The evidence of Mary Dunscombe, at whose hy*se the child was born, and that. of the girl, Margaret Smith, wlv> had nursed it, having been taken, together w-Jsh the- testimony of two medical gentlemen" the- prisoner addressed the jury for about half an k&ur. £ he slated that she was only, earning Is. 3d. per day 1 when at work that she had several children to kee^y and that sbe did all she could?'for the deceased. Ihe j^iry found the prisoner "Not Guilty," atsLshe was discharged. PLEADED <3UILTY. Thomas-Wall, 26, labourer, pleaded guilty to. a sharge- of feloniously, unlawfully, and maliciously wounding Jeremiah Regan,, with intent to d&.him ^revous, bodily harm, at Merthyr, on September. 8th. —He was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour. Edward Blake, 28, shi¡Js cook, pleaded guilty to feloniously and knowingly uttering a certain, forged acceptance of a promissory jOte with intent to defraud, at Cardiff, on August 4th.He was sentenced.to- nino 'months''imprisonment wifc&.hard labour. John Davies, clerk, pleaded guilty to feloniously forging a receipt for money with intent to dafraud, at Loughor, on tbe 28th of June, and also to folo«iou3ly stealing a letter of her Majesty's Postmastsr General from the Aberainan Past Office, on June2Sth, and embezzling an order foe the payment of £ &>J9s. — The prisoner was sentenced to five years' penal servitude. William Williams, £ S> hammerman, pleaded guilty to uttering, disposing,, and putting off, knowing the same to be forged, an order for the payment of £1 2s. 6d., with iirtent to defraud David Jones, at )1 LJansamlet, on October 27th.—The prisoner wa3 sen- tenced to six montb" imprisonment with hard labour. Maria Nash, 34>,»idow, pleaded guilty to endeavour- ing to conceal the birth of her female ohild by a secret disposition of the dead body of tha said child in a graveyard, at Begelly, Pembrokeshire, about the 2Sth of July.-Sentence was deferred. Charles Hireli; 40, fireman, pleaded guilty to utter- ing a certain bill of exchange, knowing the same to be stolen, with inient to defraud, at Cardiff, on Septeiu- f ber 1st.—He was sentenced to nine mouths' imprisoiv ment. THiS ALLEGED MURDER. iT MERTHYR. Thegraad jury threw out the bill of indictm^at against Benjamin Evans 101. murder at Merthyr, and found a Isrtie bill against the iprisoaer for manslaughter After returning true bills; in all the other case? the grand jury were discharged. Tfcsa Court then adjouraad.
TUESDAY. ^OUND-JNTJ AT MERTHYR. David Davies, '2.1, quarrynian, was indicted for feloniously and maliciously wounding Tbcs. Hodder, with intent to murder him, at Rhigos, near Merthvr, on September 2'X The prisoner pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful j woundiug. Mr Bowea Rowlands addressed the Court in mitiga- tion of punishment, aud handed in a memorial from the rector of the parish aud other inhabitants of the district in which the prisoner lived. Taking into consideration the observations addressed to him ou behalf of the prisoner, the Commissioner senteuced the prisoner to 6ix months' imprisonmeut with hard labour.
MANSLAUGHTER AT MERTHYR. Benjamin Evans, collier, was indioted on a charge of feloniously killing and slaying one Griffith Evans (his father), at Merthyr, on the 28th ult. Mr B. F. Williams and Mr Bensou appeared for the prosecution. The prisoner, who WM Undefended; pleaded not guilty. j LA I Mr Williams, in opening the case, stated that the f prisoner was indicted for the manslaughter of his 0 father. The deceased lived in the neighbourhood of 1 Merthyr, and the prisoner was a collier working at Ferndale, in the Rhondda Valley. On October 27 (Sunday) the prisoner went to Merthyr to spend the day at his father's house. The prisoner and his father the latter about (;9 years of age, started from the 5 house about 10 o'clock. About six years before thia occurrence the old man had suffered from a rupture, e but on the Sunday morning when be left the house he appeared to be in good health. About two o'clock they went into a house called the Mount Pleasant I Inn, and remained there for half-an-hour or more. > They drank two quarts of beer at the public-house," 2 but neither of them could be said to be drunk al- though they had taken more, perhaps, than was good t for them. They were on the most friendly terms when they left the Mount Pleasant Inrsf and were next seen by a woman who stated that the old man could > not walk very well. She asked the prisoner t6 assist his father, but the latter appeared to be unwilling to accept the proffered aid. She saw the father fall on his face, and as soon as he got up he fell down on hia back. That witness afterwards saw them sitting togetner in a ditch. Another witness would tell the jury that the prisoner quarrelled with his father, and that he kicked him five times on the bowels. She aiso saw the prisoner kick his father on the back, and he lifted him up, took hold of his head, and struck ib against the ground with some violence. The witness then saw five men come up, some of whom he would call before the jury, and they would say that they heard the prisoner -^nd his father quarrelling and the old man said, \Vi:t nobody come and save °my life ?" or words to that effect. One of the men said that the prisoner made use of some expression, and searched his pocket for a knife, lrot could not find one. Some of the men assisted the old man to rise, and it was found that he was unable to walk. They sent for a horse and cart, and took the deceased home. On the following morning he was abie to get downstairs, but he complained of his bowels being painful, and gradu. ally got worse until Monday night, when he died. A post mortem examination of the body was made three days after, but the body was then in such a state of decomposition that it was almost impossible to find what outward marks of violence there were upon it. He had, however, been told that the body had been examined before the post mortem, examination, and that there were marks of violence upon it. There was a cut on the back of the head, bat, according to medical testimony, that did not cause death. Death was P.O-t attributed to the actual violence inflicted npon the old man in the struggle, but, in the judgment of the medical practitioner, it accelerated death. A number of witnesses were then called, and corro- borated the statement made by Mr Williams. The prisoner said nothing in self-defence, aad The learned Commissioner then proceeded to address the jury. He stated that it was a great pity that medical assistance had not been procured when the deceased was takeu home, as probably it would have saved his life. The jury retired, and after an absence of 25rainutes they returned into Court with a verdict of guilty,. but they recommended the prisoner to mercy. The Commissioner staied that the sentence he was about to pass might appear light, but be was of opinion that the evidence given by some of the witnesMS- in reference to the vi dence of the blows struck by the prisoner was exaggerated, and, taking into considera- c -1 9 tion the jury's recommendation to mercy, he would sentence the prisoner to 13 mouths' imprisonment with hard labour. BEADED GUILTY. Maria Nash, 34, widow, who pleaded guilty to iii charge of endeavouring to conceal the birth of her child at Begelly, about the 28th of July, was sen- tenced to three months' imprisonment. CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH AT LLANELLY. Ana Barry, IS, worker at tin works, Briton Ferry,. was indicted on a charge of concealing the birth of her child at Llanelly, on July 19. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and she was sentenced to two months-' imprisonment, she having: been in gaol three months already. This concluded the business of the Assize.
GREAT FIllB AT CARDIFF. A little before S2.'o'olock on Monday night, a great fire broke out on the extensile premises of Mr C. Howell, known as the Red Houee, where Mr. Howell carries on the unitsd businesses of grocer and spirit merchant. The fire is said to ha^e originated in the stores of the wine and spirit premises, but it cannot be said with certainty that this was-the case. Before the arrival of the engines,,though Superintendent Heming. way and his men were prompt in Jsheir attendance, the principal portion of the building, viz., that in which the wines, spirits, &c.r were stored, were found to be wrapped in one mass-of> flame, ami tbe wind, blowing right into the face of the building, soon drove the flames through into. the back. part of the premises. By about 25 minutes-to one a large supply of water had been brought ta-bear upon tbe-Uames, but it was evident that no effort could save the effects of the priucipal building, which was gutted in au incredibly short space of time. The efforts-of: the firemen were, therefore, first directed .to the smaller shops and the private building, tc,, which the fire was beginning to extend. At the same time anotber-boee was laid down behind the buildiug,,but no force: el water could be obtained therefrom^.and the fire iu eoosequence made very rapid progress rearwards, whilst the flames from the front shot up with immeuse fury and brilliancy, vividly illuminating, the whole neighbourhood, and throwing their lurid glare over ths-to-wn. An immense eoncourse of persons-was saon attracted to the spot from all parts of the town. TherfMJjway, being a good vantage point, was thickly lined with.spectators. Not. withstanding that,.from the nature of the materials the fire had to feet, sipon, but smalLeffeet was produced by the water whichiwas thrown i;pou it, yet the fire brigade and police worked with a good will, and often exposed themselves to great dagger, Superintendent Hemmingway setting them an excellent example. By the aid of some ciVthe neighbours, a large quantity of property was saved,) amongst whieh were two traps, a great many sacks, of flour, furciture, stock-in-trade, nxtnres, &c. The fire was prevf-atad extending beyond Mr Howell's premises, but the greater part of these were destroyed, us well as the principal portion of their contents. The shop, in particular, was reduced to a mere skeleton, nothing but the bare walls, which were fortunately thickly buil-ti of brick, remaining. Seeing the sparks that contiuucil.y flew up from the burning premises, it was stranga-that other buildings, especially thosa at the back, (lil not take fire. The efforts of the police and the lue- brigade, after some two hours, completely subdued;the fire, or it may more properly be said that it had by that time burnt itself nearly out. ^Uie loss sustained cannot be less than *3,000. We believe Mr h';i>vyell ia insured. Mr- Howell and hw wife were awaj; at Bath, aud the busi- ness was lef^un charge of the sou3.
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