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CARMARTHEN.

NARBERTH.

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HAVERFORDWEST. SUDDEN DEATH.—An awful instance of the uncertain tenure of human life occurred in Haverfordwest, on Tuesday evening last. Mrs. Hamilton, from Tenby, the widow of the late Capt. Hamilton, who had arrived there a few hours previously, was walking down Market-street, about 8 o'clock, in company with Miss Cole, when she met William Thomas, an old servant of her late husband, and was in the act of giving him some money, when she fell down in a fit, and in less than 10 minutes life had become extinct. An inquest was held on the body before W. Walters, Esq., coroner, the same evening. Dr. Millard, who happened to pass by at the moment the melancholy event oc- curred, stated that he found the deceased quite insensible, with no pulsation, and that she made no respirations; he applied ammonia to her nostrils and bathed her face without effect. It was his opinion that she died from a'rupture of one of the ar- teries of the heart. It was also stated that the deceased lady had been subject to fainting fits, and had been seized with six within the last three months. The jury returned a verdict of "died from natural causes." The remains of the deceased, who was 55 years of age, were conveyed to Tenby on the fol- lowing moriiing.-Ilei-aid. z, PEMBROKESHIRE ASSIZES. The commissions of Nisi Prius, of Over and Terminer, of General Gaol Delivery, were opened at the Shire-hall, in this town, on Wednesday evening, the 26th ult., before the Hon. Sir W. Wightman, Knight, one of the Justice is of the Court of Common Pleas. On Thursday morning, his lordship attended divine service at Saint Mary's church, when the assize sermon was preached by the Rev. James Phillips, rector of Wiston, from Prov. iv. 7. At half-past twelve the court was opened when the Grand Jury were sworn. The Clerk of Arraigns having read the usual proclamations against vice, &c., the learned judge addressed the grand juries of the county of Pembroke and town and county of Haverford- west: Gentlemen of the Grand Jury for the county of Pembroke,— As I have not had any Opportunity of comparing the state of the present calendar with that of other calendars for the sum- mer assizes of this county, I am uncertain whether the num- ber of cases it contains is above the usual average or not but certainly the number, amounting only to six, is, when compared with other counties, a subject of congratulation. Not only is the number light, but although some of the cases are of a pe- culiar character, there are none presenting, as far as I have been able to ascertain, any circumstance of aggravation. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. Margaret Alderman, charged with having stolen certain articles of bed-linen, &c., the property of Mr. Lewis Lewis, of the town of Pembroke. Mr. Davidson moved for the post- ponement of the trial in this case, until the next assizes, on an affidavit showing the absence of a material witness for the prosecution. The court granted the application, and ordered that the prisoner be discharged on finding two sureties In 4 10 each for appearance at the next assizes. John Griffith? charged with having, at the parish of Gum- freyston, committed a rape. No Bill, John Furze, charged with having stolen a watch from the premises of Mr. James Bevans, in this town, pleaded Guilty. Sentence, six months'hard labour. George Wiltshire, railway labourer, (against whom a bill for the same offence was presented to the grand jury, but ignored by them,) was arraigned upon the coroner's inquest, for the manslaughter of William Mathias, at the parish of Clarbeston. Mr. Grove, the counsel for the prosecution, then addressed the jury, and observed that, as the grand jury had found the prisoner not guilty of the crime with which he was charged, he should offer no evidence against him on the part of the Crown, and it would be their duty,' under the direction of his lordship, to acquit him.. i'lis lortlshijJ stated to the jury that, in this case,the grand jjmy haying ;iourid' the prisoner not guilty, it \yas necessary that he should be arraigned and put upon his trial upon inqui- sition taken before the coroner; but he was bound to state to them that, inasmuch as the grand jury had ignored the bill, the learned counsel for the prosecution was of opinion that the ends of justice hL-.d be:)n sufficiently satisfied, and declined to offer any evidence against him. They therefore should find him not guilty, which was done, and the prisoner discharged. John Evan. farmer, was indicted for having, on the 21st day of March, 18 8, feloniously stolen a grey mare, the property of James Reyni: h. farmer. Mr. Nichol Ctrae stated the case to the jury. Thomas Owen: I am a farmer residing at Bramble, in the parish of Brawdy, in this county. On Tuesday, the 21st of March last, James Reynish employed me to sell a mare for him at Narberth fair, because he was not well at the time. I was to ask E 15 for her, but was not to take less than E 12 or 1: 1 j. Sh was a grey mare, coming 14 years of age. I took her to Narberth fair on that day. I met the prisoner in the fair, when he asked me what I would take for the mare, and I told him JE15. He offered me E13. I told him it was too little. I led the mare afterwards about the fair, and did not obtain a better offer than the prisoner made. I met the prisoner again in the evening, when I told him he should have her for the E13, throwing back 10s. for luck. He declined doing it. I failed to sell the mare, and put my own horse and the grey mare at Rachel Davies's beer-house. I have since learnt that th0 prisoner is a brother to Rachel Davies. I went into the house and observed the prisoner there. The prisoner asked me to swap the mare for a pony, with 10s. at first, and then he offered 16s. I told him I could not swap, but I would sell the mare. He called out for some pens, ink, and paper, which were brought to him. He wrote something on the paper and asked me to sign it, which I refused to do; I also told him I could not write. A mob came round me, and said, "don't be dull; put your mark." I did not put my mark, nor make any bar- gain about the mare. I got up and ordered the ostler to bring out my horse he was going out of the room when I saw the grey mare being brought out through the passage of the house. z, I cannot say wno was leading h^r. I made a dart at the mare, when the person leading her pulled her head on one side, and I fell and cut my face; when I got up the mare was gone a long z, 11 way, so that there was no chance of my overtaking him on foot. When I came back I found my own mare had gone out of the stable. I asked the landlady how my horse was turned out -? and she said it escaped out. On the following morning I gave information to the police-constable, who went with me to Blaenfaes in search of the prisoner. I could not find anything about the mare until last Thursday, when I saw her in a field of Thomas Hughes, in the parish of Eglwyswrw. I wanted him to give it up, but he lefused to do so. I then got a warrant and had the mare. It is the same mare which was taken from me at Narberth. Mr. Lloyd Hall addressed the jury for the defence, and said, that, far from the prisoner being guilty of the charge, he should I, prove by incontestible evidence that there was a bona fide ex- change of the mare for the pony, with 10s. to boot; and he was quite sure they would have great satisfaction in acquitting him. He then called William Evans: I am a brother of the prisoner, and went to Narberth fair last March, and saw him there between nine and ten o'clock in the morning. In the evening I was at the house of my sister, Rachel Davies, about seven o'clock I heard T. Owen ask my brother £ 13 for the mare. My brothlêlbffered E7. He then said he had a pony which he would swe with him. They then went out, and when they returned T. Owe i said it would suit him very well. Prisoner asKed Owen what he would give to boot,—if he would give 30s. he should have her. T. Owen offered 10s., and prisoner said A bargain." T. Owen had not 10s., but said that prisoner should have it the first time they met, which prisoner could not agree to without a memorandum, and wrote out the paper and gave it to Owen to sign. The witness Davies prevented him signing it. John, Davies took the mare to the door. I did not see her afterwards, William Davies and Rachel Davies, of Narberth, and the nephew of the prisoner gave similar evidence. James Bowen, Esq., of Bridell, William H. Lewis, Esq., Mr. Benjamin Evans, and other farmers, gave the prisoner an excellent character. The jury returned a verdict of Guilty. His lordship, in passing sentence, addressed the prisoner as follows :-The jury, after a most calm and patient inquiry, have found you guilty of the serious offence with which you were charged, and with the propriety of that verdict no one who has heard the case can disagree, nor for a moment doubt that the de- fence had been founded on the grossest and foulest perjury, as dis- graceful to those who brought'it forward as to those by whom it was concocted and supported. The jury have however recom- mended you to mercy on the ground of your previous good cha- racter, and I feel bound to some extent to respect their recommen- dation, although yours is an offence of a grave character and com- mitted under aggravated circumstances, and the punishment which I must pass upon you must be severe, I therefore sentence you to be imprisoned in the house of correction for the period of eighteen calendar months to hard labour. Peter Murray, charged with having stolen a piece of blanket- ting, was found guilty and sentenced to three calendar months' imprisonment.

NORTH WALES.

BRISTOL.

LIVERPOOL.