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brought against him:-First, that he had parted with a docu- ment which he had received as clerk of the magistrates, and which it was his duty to impound; secondly, that he did not attend a magistrates' meeting as required thirdly, that he had made charges, as clerk, without having them sanctioned by the sitting magistrates; and, fourthly, that in this bill he had charged for professional services for the prosecution, which were not compatible with the duties of his office. The pro- ceeding arose from a charge of forgery which had been com- promised. WEDNESDAY. The learned chairman took his seat in the Crown Court at eleven o'clock. The grand jury being sworn he proceeded with his charge and congratulated them upon the satisfactory state of the calendar, there being but two prisoners for trial, and that after having read over the depositions lie did not think the cases were of that description which was likely to give them much trouble, The jury then retired, when the following appeal was heard:- John Lewis, appellant, and John Morgan, respondent.—This was a case from Hay, against a conviction of the magistrates under the Malicious Injuries Act" for throwing oil of vitriol on certain wearing apparel, the property of £ he respondent.— Conviction confirmed with costs.—Mr. Pugh appeared for appellant, and Mr. David Thomas, Brecon, for respondent. John Bennett, labourer, was indicted for stealing a steelyard, the property of Richard Price. Prisoner who was out under bail did not make his appearance, his recognizances were therefore estreated. Da vid Jones, of the parish of Llanelly, labourer, was charged with stealing a duck, the property of Thomas Tranter, the prisoner was found Guilty, and sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour. This concluded the business of the session. CARMARTHENSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. These sessions commenced on Thursday week, at Llandilo. On the motion of the Rev. T. B. Gwyn, seconded by Captain John Lewis, the chair was taken by J. Hughes Rees, Esq. The business did not commence until nearly twelve o'clock, in consequence of the non-attendance of a sufficient number of magistrates. The Clerk of the Peace stated that the Treasurer said that he should require a 2d. rate, Id. for the general purposes, and Id. on account of the instalments on Llandilo bridge. The account with the Messrs. Jones at present stood as follows :— At the last Quarter Sessions there was due to the Messrs. Jones £ 3,063, since which they had received E 1,346 6s. Sd., and also £ 349, the proceeds of the sale of the materials of the old bridge the total amount of the sale was about 1:500, but all had not yet been received. There was now due to the Messrs, Jones £2,911, and if a Id. rate was voted this sessions, that would reduce it to £1,011. He understood from the clerk of the works that in six months everything would be completed, and by that time they would be completely out of debt, with the exception of what was due to the Exchequer Loan Office. A 2d. rate was then voted. Capt. Scott's report was then read, from which it appeared that in the past quarter 326 summonses had been issued, and convictions taken place, whereas in the corresponding quarter of last year the number was 277, and in the year 1846, 324. The only offence committed in which the parties remained un- detected was the destroying of the Castell-y-rhingil toll-house, and he had been informed that if another house was erected it was also intended to be pulled down. A fid. police rate was then ordered, and the sun of E8 4 10s. 6d., the balance due to Captain Scott, was ordered to be paid. The Clerk of the Peace presented the report of the committee appcinted to make a new Poor Rate Assessment. They had concluded their labours, and he was prepared to hand in the returns. The difference in the amount of the proposed and present assessment was but small; the present assessment was, 'he thought, about E324,000, and the proposed one was £ 327,000 It would be necessary that the report should be taken into consideration at the next sessions, and in the meantime that the necessary notices should be given by the Clerk of the Peace. The expenses incurred by the committee, amounting to JE51 4s. 6d., were ordered to be paid, several of the magistrates re- marking that they thought they were extremely moderate. PEMBROKESHIRE MIDSUMMER QUARTER SESSIONS. These sessions commenced on Tuesday week, at the Shire-liall, Haverfordwest. In the absence of Henry Leach, Esq., through severe illness, the chair was taken by John Henry Philipps, Esq. COUNTY BRIDGES,—After the grand jury had retired, Mr. W. Rees drew the attention of the court. to the state of Fowl bridge, which was situate on the road from Haverfordwest to Little Haven, and divided the parishes of Haroklstoii West and Walton West. It was ordered. 0:1 the motion of the chairman, that George lloch, J. A. Ll. Philipps, J. Lloyd Morgan, and James Higgon, Esqs., be appointed a committee to inquire in respect to the liability of the county to repair Fowl bridge, and to report thereon. A similar order was made for Skerry Lake bridge. COUNTY ACCOUNTS.—The treasurer's account with the county was then passed, and a balance of E398 6s. carried to the credit of the county in the next account. The treasurer applied to the bench for a warrant against the overseers of the parishes of Me- line and Cosheston, for amount of county rate assessed at Epi- phany Quarter Sessions, 1848. He also applied for warrants against the overseers of all the parishes comprised in the Cardigan ;;nion, and parishes of Kilrhedin, Clydey, Penryth, Castleton, and Capel Colman, for amount of county road rate, ordered at Epi- phany Quarter Sessions, 1*543. Warrants granted. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. nïlliam Pullcn, labourer, indicted for stealing, on the 12th May last, at Cosheston, one silver watch, the property of Ann John. The prisoner pleaded guilty. He stated that he was driven to the commission of the offence by hunger. He expressed deep regret for his offence and prayed the merciful consideration of the court. The Chairman sa!d that the court saw nothing in the statement of the prisoner to induce them to pass a nominal sentence, but felt that they should not be doing their duty without passing a sen- tence that the prisoner be committed to the house of correction and kept to hard labour for eight calendar months. Thomas Davies, horse-breaker, indicted for stealing at Newport, on the 20th of November last, one watch, chain, and seal, the pro- perty of Juhn Owens. Guilty. Sentence, four calendar months' I-ard labour. Michael Conner, mariner, indicted for stealing on the 17th of May last, at Pembroke, a pair of trousers, a shirt, a pair of stock- ings, and a Guernsey frock, the property of Henry Abrams, cap- tain of the sloop Abra. Guilty. Sentence, one month to hard labour. Mr. M. James called the attention of the court to the case of Fdward Gregg, who was committed under the Vagrant Act to the Quarter Sessions, as an incorrigible rogue and vagabond. It ap- p cared that the village of Letterstone had lately become, the gene- ral rendezvous for all the vagrants, who arrive there towards; even- ing, and then apply to Canon Harries in the most impertinent in<mner for relief. Three convictions were then severally put in and read, the first dated the 1st of May, the second dated the29thMay, and the- 3rd the 29th May last. The prisoner stated that lie was a native of Worcester, and came to this county for work and having no money, he was compelled to beg. The Chairman sentenced the prisoner to four calendar months' imprisonment. OUll obituary of the present week announces the death of Henry I.each, Eq., of Milford. The loss of this gentleman will be deeply and sincerely regretted by all who have known his earnest and constant attention to the affairs of this county, and to tl,ie well-being of society in general. As a magistrate, especially, his faithful administration of justice has founded a lasting claim on the gratitude of tne public, which has indeed lost in him a friend and a father. And as Chairman of the Quarter Sessions and Board of Guardians, his strict and unremitting attention to the onerous duties imposed on him has left to his successors the best and brightest example of that high-minded conduct which regards no sacrifice of personal ease in the worthy and efficient dbdwrge of a public office. We scarcely need remark that Mr. Leach was an enthusiastic admirer of the New Poor Law, whose provisions he believed to be eminently adapted to the welfare of the clitis for whom they were designed; and it is no more than justice to say that none who have presided over its administrution have done more to smooth down what may have been deemed its harsher features, and to make it acceptable to all classes. Jlequi- i.'scat in pace.—Pembrokeshire Herald. CARDIGANSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS, The Quarter Sessions for the County of Cardigan were held at the County Sessions House, in the town of Aberayron, on Tuesday and Wednesday week, before George Williams Parry, Esq., chairman, and several magistrates. TltlAI.S OF PRISONERS. John Cockle and William Taylor pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing a woollen shut and a pair of stockings, and were sentenced to three calendar months' imprisonment with hard labour, and to be three times whipped. A true bill having been found against James James, for riot and tumult at Cardigan, the prisoner surrendered in discharge of his bail and pleaded not guilty. Mr. Lascelles stated the case to the jury, but the particulars having appeared so recently in our columns, we do not think it necessary to publish them. The prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to six calendar months' imprisonment with hard labour. William Thompson was found guilty of breaking into the house of the Rev. Lewis Gilbertson, at Cwm, near Aberyst- wytb, and stealing therefrom 5 sovereigns, 2 half-sovereigns, two f5 notes, a pair of Blucher boots, some bacon and a loaf of bread. On the 1st day of the Sessions the prisoner was sentenced to 7 years' transportation, but on the 2nd day he was brought up again, and was informed that the court had altered his sentence from 7 to 10 years' transportation. A true bill was found against William Jones, George Davies, William Ilickey, and Henry Davies, for house-breaking and larceny. In this case only three of the prisoners were in custody, the other having escaped from gaol, but the four were joined in the indictment. On the first day of the sessions the Clerk of the Peace suggested a difficulty which arose from the form of the indictment, and the absence of one of the parties against whom it was found, and the court ordered the prisoners to be brought up the following morning.-Next day Mr. Lascelles moved z, that a nolle prosequi be entered as to George Davies, and that the other three prisoners should be put on their trial, but the court, after consulting with the clerk of the peace, decided that a noli prosequi could not be entered till after arraignment, and that the prisoners could not be arraigned under the pre- sent indictment in the absence of George Davies. The indict- ment therefore was quashed, and the three prisoners were dis- charged but on leaving the sessions House they were again apprehended, and taken before a magistrate, who took the de- positions of the witnesses anew, and committed the prisoners to take their trial ut the next assizes. RunAL POLICE. On the motion of Mathew Davies, Esq., seconded by J. M. Davies, Esq., it was ordered that henceforth a rural police be appointed and established for the whole of the county, the same to consist of 1 chief constable, 1 superintendent, 3 ser- geants, and 19 constables, and a memorial to the Home Secre- tary of State, to the above effect, was signed by the magistrates on the bench. CARNARVONSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. We copy the following report and observations on a case at these SessioHs from our able contemporary the Carnarvon Herald. Charles 11farsh and George Richardson severally pleaded to an indictment, charging them with stealing, on the 22nd of April last, in the parish of Conway, a watch and two keys, of the value of twenty shillings, the goods and chattels of David Williams. Their plea was Not Guilty. Me. R. D. Williams, of the firm above named, opened the caae for the prosecution, very tersely, stating that the prisoners made a dash at the window of a watch-maker, and snatched a watch each; which, on being followed, they threw away. He then called Morris Jones, a boy in the service of the watchmaker, who dis- tinctly deposed to the main fact. The prisoners broke the window first. Each made a dash, and snatched a watch. They then ran away. The watch produced is the property of Mr. Williams. William Holt produced the watch. It was thrown away by the prisoners when they were pursued. David Williams, of Conway, the prosecutor, deposed to the fact that the watch produced was his. Mr. Turner, with great judgment, declined to address the Court, in a case where the evidence was so clear and full. After a brief recapitulation on the part of the Court, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty against both prisoners. To a charge of previous conviction both prisoners pleaded guilty. There was another bill found against the same offenders, for stealing the other watch, the property of William Edwards. The Court ordered them to be severally transported for seven years. On hearing the sentence, the prisoner Marsh threw a stone, which he had secreted in his pocket, at the head of the Chairman. The aim was wide of the mark. The missile struck the left arm of the oil portrait, which hangs over the beach, and perforated the canvass. A more ferocious and determined expression of coun- tenance we seldom saw. The prisoner would have repeated the blow had he had the means, and was removed with difficulty. TheChairman, after order was restored, commanded both pri- soners to be re-called. Marsh appeared more calm, but his fea- tures were compressed and rigid. He is obviously a most deter- mined character. The second indictment was proceeded with. It charged the prisoners with stealing a watch, the property of William Edwards. Both prisoners pleaded Not Guilty: yet, the same jurors were sworn, and the prisoners were not told by any one that they were entitled to challenge. The evidence aud verdict were, of course, the same as in the former case. The pleas as to a former conviction were again recorded. At the instance of Mr. Turner, the gaoler was applied to, as to the conduct of Ilichardsoti in prison, from which application it appeared, that his behaviour had been uniformly good. The Court sentenced the prisoner Marsh to seven years' further transportation, to commence from the termination of his former period and the culprit Richardson to three months' imprison- ment, on account of the good character given to him by the gaoler. -0 Much as we were disgusted with the atrocious attack made upon the noble Chairman of the Quarter Sessions, by the prisoner Marsh, we were almost equally disgusted by the mode in which tne subsequent trial of the two convicts, on their second indict- ment, was conducted. That the same witnesses should depose to the same facts was to be expected and that very assumption evinced the propriety of a tre"h Jury being empannelled. Yet, strange to say, the same jurors were re-sworn, and no one told the prisoners that they had the legal right of challenge. Some one must be to blame in this respect: far, although the guilt of the parties was beyond doubt, and the result might not affect them—the dignity of law has been outraged by the occur- rence. Their second trial was a farce Who is to be blamed il.1 this respect ? The prisoners had only retained an advocate oa. the first charge. In the absence of an advocate the duty of giving them fair play fell upon the Court. The legal tiction that every man knows his own rights is too flimsy to be seriously made use of. The report of the trial shows that the minutest points of law were attended to against the prisoners. Why, then, were they not informed as to the right they had to challenge the jurors as they came to be sworn p The verdict was foreseen; the sentence not. To our surprise Marsh had seven years' extra traiispoetation--tlie other man a nominal sentence of three months' imprisonment only. The character of one was inquired into. That of the other was not. lie had, however, thrown a stone at the Chairman in court. We do not say that the noble Chairman has acted amiss in avenging it his gross outrage upon the tribunal over which he pre- sides. All we blame, in this respect, is the mode. We dislike the legal fiction by which one felony is made to bear the punish- ment of two. Two watches, belonging to different owners, were stolen at one snatch from a shop. Two indictments are framed against the parties and one of them is awarded seven years' transportation upon each. We do not think the legislature ever contemplated multiplicity of punishment by a forced complicity of offence nor are we sure that even the letter of the law has not been overstepped. We think it would have been better had the noble Chairman given to Marsh an admonition and period of imprisonment suita- ble to the outrage he had perpetrated in court; or it seven years of extra exile be not deemed a penalty beyond the offence, we should have better liked to see the former sentence of seven years extended to fourteen, with a direct reference to the outrage, than by resorting to a power which, if it be legal, ought never to be made use of— vifc, that of multiplying penalties, by giving a sen- tence on each separate indictment, when those indictments all refer to. one substantive offence.