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CARNARVONSHIRE HILARY QUARTER SESSIONS. These sessions commenced at Carnarvon on Thursday, the 8th inst., Col. Vincent Williams presiding, m the absence of Mr W. F. Lloyd Edwards, who was unable to attend owing to ill health. The other magistrates present were :— Mr Love Jones-Parry, M.P., Colonel the Hon. W. E. Sackville West, Sir Llewelyn Turner, Rev. E. T. Watts, Major Priestley, Capt. Wynn Griffith, Messrs H. J. Ellis Nanney, B. T. Ellis, T. H. Owen, Ty Coeh; H. Kneeshaw, W. A. Darbi- shire. C. H. Darbishire, W. Dew, G. H. Owen, E. H. Owen, T. J. Menzies, T. Dalton, Owen Evans, R. Carreg, and G. Farren. THE TREASURER'S STATEMENT. The county treasurer presented IL statement, showing that the estimated expenditure for the ensuing quarter on the county rate was £ 1.906, and the estimated revenue £2,646 6s :1d. which would leave an estimated surplus of JE740 .)8 3d. A county rate of Id, to produce £2,106 4s 4d, was passed. On the police rate, the estimated expenditure was £ 2,305, and the estimated re- venue (including a rate of Id to produce £ 2.106 4s 4d), £ 2.748 4s 4d, leaving an estimated sur- plus of £443 4s 4d. The court issued a police rate of Id in the pound. THE ANALYST'S REPORT. The county analyst reported that 30 samples of food. &c., had been submitted to him during the quarter. APPLICATION FOR AN INCREASE OF SALARY. Mr J. H. Roberts, clerk of the peace, applied for an increase of salary, but aB the present time was very inopportune to increase the salaries of officials the matter was referred to a committee. CHIEF-CONSTABLE'S REPORT. Major Clayton (chief-constable) reported that the rate of crime during the past quarter was nearly the same as the similar quarter last year. Indictable offences, present quarter, reported. 14; apprehended. 10; convicted, 6; discharged, 4; undetected, 4. Same quarter last year, reported, 9; apprehended, 4; convicted, 3; discharged, 1; undetected, 5. Larcenies under Summary Juris- diction Act. present quarter, reported, 34; ap- prehended, 27; convicted, 25; discharged, 2; undetected, 7 same quarter last year, reported, 32; apprehended, 20; convicted, 15; discharged, 5; undetected, 12. Other summary offences, present quarter, brought to trial, 442; convicted 380; discharged, 62; same quarter last year, brought to trial, 449 convicted, 373 discharged 71. Drunkenness, present quarter, 146 men, 14 women; same quarter last year, 173 men, 14 women. In three cases publicans had been pro- ceeded against—two for permitting drunkenness and one for opening during illegal hours. Seven other persons had been prosecuted for offences against the licensing laws. For begging there had been 17 convictions. The number of tramps was as followsCarnarvon, 220; Bangor, 317; Conway, 359; Pwllheli, 49; Portmadoc, 56; total, 1,001, a decrease of 38 on the same quarter last year. The value of property stolen during the quarter was k68 Is Gd, of which J658 3s had been recovered. The county was free from cattle disease. One boy had been sent to the reforma- tory, five to industrial schools, there being now 28 boys and 2 girls in industrial schools, and 10 boys and six girls in reformatories. There were 10 boys from the county on the Clio. At the Bangor Petty Sessions, on the 23rd ult., the Bench requested him to bring to the notice of the court the conduct of Sergeant Richard J. Jones, one of Lord Penrhyn's private constable s, who was seriously assaulted by poachers. He called attention to the dangerous state of the highway at Talysarn, belonging to the Dorothea Slate Company. The Chief-constable then ap- plied for an increase of salary. He had now held his appointment six years, and his duties had greatly increased, whilst his salary remained at iIOO. The force was still undermanned. As compared with Denbighshire, the population of Carnarvonshire was 11,000 more, and yet Den- bighshire had nine more men in the police force. Replying to Mr Jones-Parry, M.P., the Chief- constable said he believed that the salary at- tached to the Denbighshire appointment was £330.-0n the motion of Mr Farren, the applica- tion was referred to the Police Committee. With respect to the application for a gratuity to Police- sergeant Jones, Mr Jones-Parry thought that as the man was Lord Penrhyn's private constable. Lord Penrhyn should himself reward him. He was to all intents and purposes a private watcher for Lord Penrhyn, except that he wore police uniform. He did not see if a servant of his (Mr Jones-Parry's) was injured that the county should reward such servant if he did anything particu- lar.-The Chief-constable pointed out that Ser- geant Jones did county duty in addition to act- ing as a special constable to Lord Penrhyn. His lordship paid j6250 a year for private constables, and if this sum were withdrawn he (the chiefr constable) would be obliged to ask for an increase of the force.—Colonel West should like to know what duties these private constables did that they did not also do for the county.—Mr Farren asked whether Sergeant Jones considered himself under the orders of the Chief-constable as well as Lord Penrhyn.—The Chief-constable said the private constables were also subject to his orders.—Mr Ellis-Nanney thought this macter should be brought before the Police Committee. — The Chief-constable said he made no application in the matter. He had simply been requested by the Bangor Bench to bring the conduct of the sergeant before the Court. Sergeant Jones was seriously wounded, and he acted most bravely. He was a man advanced in years.—Mr B. T. Ellis remarked that this was not a case of poaching salmon, but of taking salmon during the close season.—Colonel West said the salmon was taken during the month of December, during which month even Lord Penrhyn himself could not take salmon.—The Chief-constable having detailed the facts attending the assault, Sergeant Jones ex- hibited his clothes to the Bench, after which the Court referred the question to the Police Com- mittee.-A discussion took placa respecting the dangerous conditiou of the high road at Talysarn Uchaf, and the road surveyor was informed that it was his duty to see that the road was in a safe condition.—In reply to questions from the Bench, the Chief-constable said that the Berkshire sys- tem did relieve a few unfortunate people.—Major Clayton then applied for all increase of the county police force by the addition of two, viz., at Glas- infryn and Penmaenan, near Penmaenmawr.— Sir LI. Turner remarked that there were less prisoners from that part of the county than there used to be, and it seemed to him that the increase was unnecessary. They ought to have very strong reasons from the districts applying be- fore the Bench sanctioned the increase. Times were exceedingly bad all over the country. Could not the Chief-constable avoid the increase by moving constables from places where they were not so much required ?-The Chairman observed that they knew that for the last few years Glas- mfryn had been wanting a policeman, but it was to be hoped that, now that the railway bad been completed, that the call was not so urgent.—Mr Menzies asked what was the reason of the appli- cation ?—The Chief-constable said there were several public houses in the district of Glasinfryn and within the last week two serious assaults had occurred there.—Mr George Farren proposed that the matter be passed on to the Police Committee. —Mr W. A. Darbishire pointed out that this would involve a delay of three months. He thought the applications were most important.— Sir Llewelyn Turner inquired whether it was not equally important to say whether they could not save expense.—Mr Kneeshaw moved that the ap- plication of the chief-constable be acceded to.- Mr W. A. Darbishire seconded.—Sir Llewelyn Turner moved an amendment, viz., that no in- crease take place in the police force, but that the matter be referred to the Police Committee to report to the next Quarter Sessions.—Mr Love Jones-Parry seconded.—Mr Ellis Nanney asked whether there was any place in the county from which the chief-constable could spare a constable. -The Chief-constable gave a negative answer.— Sir Llewelyn Turner inquired what was the pre- sent strength of the police force ?—The Chief- constable replied seventy.—Sir Llewelyn Turner asked how many there were at Bangor.—The Chief-constable said nine.—Sir Llewelyn Turner: How many are there at Carnarvon ?-The Chief- constable: Twelve, including myself and the deputy chief-constable.— Colonel West: How many in the borough of Bangor ?—Nine between Bangor and Upper Bangor.—Mr Kneeshaw I think you said you were undermanned?—The C!¡;, "-constable: Yes; the difference between Denbighshire and Carnarvonshire is five.-Sir Llewelyn Turner said there would be nothing lost by adopting his amendment.—The Clerk of the Peace remarked that the Home Office only sanc- tioned additions once a year.-After some further conversation, the Chairman put the amendment, for which eight voted and nine for the original motion.—Captain Wynn Griffith abstained from voting, remarking that he should have voted for the addition were he certain that the Home Office would sanction such before the next October Sessions. COUNTY RVEYOR'S REPORT, Mr Thomas reported as follows:—Sir, my Lords and Gentlemen,—I have the honour to report as follows :—About five miles of the worse portions of the Shrewsbury and Holyhead road in this county have been put into something like a fair state of repair, and at a less expenditure than an- ticipated. I am now satisfied that the Govern- ment grant of £ 1,456 5s, added to the tolls, will suffice to put this road, 24 miles in length, into a thorough state of repair without drawing upon the county rates, and will also maintain its effi- ciency until the year 1890, when it will probably be distilrnpiked and become a main road. To secure the laying of macadam early enough on the main roads in this county (about 185 miles), it was decided that in future I should finally in- spect them annually during the month of January, determining then which should be passed as satis- factory and which not. Due notice of this has been sent to the authorities, and will be enforced accordingly. I may state generally that the practice of using inferior material, such as sea- shore gravel, under heavy traffic, is still per- sisted in, although I have repeatedly expressed my disapproval of such false economy, as in some cases the best macadam could be delivered on the roads at less than once and a half the cost of the inferior material, and which would last six times a,s long under the traffic; this and the non-atten- tion to the material after laying are the principal defects in road management in the county. I shall take care to note these cases and report upon them in my annual report to the surveyor's com- mittee.—I have the honour to be, your obedient servant, JOHN THOMAS.—The report was adopted. FISHERY BOARD. The Conservators for the South Carnarvonshire Fishery Board, with the exception of Mr Jones- Parry, were re-elected. VISITING COMMITTEES. Sir Llewelyn Turner, Mr Lloyd Edwards, Mr Poole, and Dr. Taylor Morgan were appointed Visiting Committee of Carnarvon Prison, and Llewelyn Turner, Colonel Vincent Williams, Kneeshaw, and the Hon. Henry Mostyn visit4 to the North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum. APPEAL. David Williams, appellant; Elizabeth Eva" respondent.-Affiliation appeal from the NøJ Conway division.—Mr Allanson for the appeIV and Mr James for the respondent.-The servi* ef the usual notices was proved.—The singuJI point of the case was the fact that the respond had died on Monday last.—The Clerk of Peace asked. in that case, for whom Mr JaC appeared. Mr James said he appeared for child (laughter).—Mr Allanson remarked that child could not instruct counsel.—Mr James 6* it was not a joking matter. He appeared for t! grandmother, in whose custody the child was, 4 for the Llanrwst Board of Guardians. He b' looked very carefully for an analogous case, g; bad utterly failed to find one. There was a Oil in which the mother had died before notices' appeal could be served. The magistrates, on$ ground, would not hear the case, but the supetll court overruled this. It was an unprecedentl case. He asked for an adjournment, as there W not been much time to investigate the mattf the respondent having died so recently.-An journment was allowed. FRIDA* The sessions were continued on Friday, Lieutenant-Colonel Williams (deputy-ellairno and other magistrates. In his charge to the grand jury ("of whom R. J. Davids, Carnarvon, was foreman), the puty-chairman, after expressing regret at t; absence through illness of the chairman, said had to congratulate them upon the lightnelS i their duties, and to congratulate the county uf the fact that for some time past the criMO: business of the sessions had been extremely ligb Such events were gratifying at a time when 00 heard of so many crimes of violence in otf parts of the kingdom, and they tended to that the community in the county was a pe^ able and honest one. ALLEGED LARCENY. The Grand Jury ignored the bill against Georf Frederick Smith, a musical instrument make' who, according to the indictment, was committt for having, at Bangor, on the 28th October, falsely pietending that he had a banking acco^ at Carnarvon, obtained from Mr George ShrU1 sole, artist, four oil paintings, valued at jE25, w it intent to cheat and defraud him of the same' Mr R. H. Pritchard (Bangor), addressing t bench, said that in the case of Smith the pictui^ which bad been given to him by Mr Shrubs^ were now in the possession of the police. He ( Pritchard) therefore applied that the pictilre" which had not been paid for, should be Jlu' handed back to Mr Slirubsole.—Mr H. Llot Carter (Carnarvon) said he appeared for Stui, The contention of the defence was that the tures had been given to-Smith on credit. He r Carter) did not think the bench had power order the restitution of the pictures, the reco*^ of the value of which ought to be made the ject of a civil action. The pictures had b^.1 taken by the police from Smith, and it was tbt!' duty, new that the bill had been ignored to rtt turn them to him.—The Bench declined to any order, and left the matter in the hands of tbl police. Smith was afterwards discharged.