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CARDIFF. THE Cardiff Wafer-works Bill was read a second time in the IIouscTof Lords on Tuesday last. MR. ELLIS ROBEKTS'S CONCERT. —This gentleman on Monday evening gave a concert at the Theatre, and from the snwrier quality of his catering, we were sorry to see so thiii an audience. That he is a harpist of the first order there can be no doubt—a character he has possessed for some time past, and which he fully established last Monday evening. His method of entertaining the public is instruc- tive as well as amusing, and each of the songs produced are P. prefaced by an explanation of their composition, &c. This gentleman was assisted by Miss Vaughan,.of London. This young lady well deserves the title of an accomplished vocalist. She possesses a sweet voice of good power, and sings all the airs allotted to her with great taste and pre- cision. Her expression is admirable, and we hope the time is not far distant when we shall be permitted the pleasure of hearing her again. A duet was sung by Mr. Roberts & Miss Vaughan, which was warmly encored. A stanzas, by Mr. Roberts, was also well and deservedly received. This gen- tleman, previous to commencing it, excused himself for the reason that, as he said, in the art of vocalisation he was an amateur. However we can only say that we should be highly pleased if we heard all professionals execute in so masterly a manner any production they might lay before the public. Mr. 11. possesses a fine voice, and with a little practice would be an eminent vocalist. Should these de- lightful artistes favour Cardiff with another visit, we hope all lovers of music in this town will avail themselves of the treat. WATITORD INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, NFAlt CAERPHII.LY.—The friends of the above place of worship held their tea party, on the 29th ult., when about 300 took tea. The amount realised from the above to be applied to the legislation of the debt on the above place of worship, which we understand-amounted to 13,. to whith John Edwards, Esq., of Waingleder, kindly added JEl, which made it in all £14. POLICE.—MONDAY, JUNE 17,—(before his Worship the Mayor' and C. C. Williams, Esq.) Three young fellows, named lIIm. Mineheiu, Dd. Nuiam, and Dennis M'Carty, residents of Little Frederick-street, were charged with playing cards in an unfinished house in East-terrace, on Sunday evening. Mr. Stockdale said that the practice was a com- mon one, and it was also customary- for lads like the prisoners to congregate in the fields for the purpose. Mr. Evans also testified to the practice, he having seen as many as a hundred Irish people engaged in gambling on Sundays, in the open fields. The Mayor admonished the lads and discharged them. Catherine Thomas, of Whitmore-lane, was charged with as- saulting Maria Thomas, of Charlotte street, on Thursday evening. Complainant said that she was going into Whitemore-lane to purchase a halfpenny worth of sand, when Thomas came up and kicked her, and threatened to knock her brains out. The defen- dant said that she had been called Welsh Kit," lbyl the com- plainant, and in return merely called her "Baked faggots," but did not kick her or attempt to hurt her. Maria Thomas did not call a witness. She said it was of no use, as she could only pro- duce a girl of coarse character, and they generally defended their own class. Fined 5s. and costs, or a fortnight's imprisonment, Thos. Jenkins, owner of NOP. 7 and 9 in Kington's-court, was charged with allowing those houses to contain persons of objection- able habits, after a notice to the contrary. Mr. Williams said that he had taken great pains in the matter, and had hoped from the very straightforward assertions of Mr. Jenkins, that he would ere this have remedied the complaints; but, instead of doing so, he had thrown every obstacle in the way. Mr. Jenkins informed the bench that No. 9 was quite clear-the people left this morning.- No. 7 was being repaired. After some conversation, the magis- trates advised that the cleansing of the houses should be proceeded with. ASSAULT UPON A POLIOEMAN.—Samuel Sheppard, policeman, preferred a charge, through Mr. Stockdale, of an assault committed upon him by the landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton public house. Mr. John Bird appeared for the defendant. Sheppard said, On Sunday morning, about half-past one o'clock, he was on duty in Church-street, in uniform, and heard parties talking in the Shoulder of Mutton Tavern, kept by Mr .'Harrison. I Knocked at the door, and some person came and asked who was there," I told them, police. A person on the inside also asked what I wanted in the house, I answered that I wanted to see the house cleared. I knocked again and Mr. Harrison opened the door, and I walked in. In the room on the left hand, there was one person sitting by the fire. Having heard a. number of persons talking previous to my going in, I was about to search the house farther. When 1 was going to another room the landlord said that I had seen his house all over, and that I had no business there. He then took hold of me by the two arms and pushed me towards the door- Way, and, with his knee, hurled me into the road. I fell down with considerable violence, on some stones, and when I came on duty last night I found I could not continue. About half an hour afterwards he came out and wanted me to have a glass of bc-, r with him, but I never answered. I sawnomore of the house. Sarah Morgan was the first witness for the defence. She said that she.was servant to Mr. Harrison, and heard a knock at the door about half-past one. She was going to bed. There was only Mr. Sparks in the house. When the person knocked her MASTER asked, Who was there ? and the man said, Let me in.; Master then' said, No, you shall not coMe in to-night, call to-morrow. The man outside did not say he was a policemau. He then commenced kicking the door, and master 1st him in and showed him the roomlJ in the house, and, finding he would not go, took him by the shoulders and pushed him out. By the Magistrates My master showed him all the rooms. Ha would not go out after he had.-seen them. Ann Jenkins, another servant, corroborated the previous wit- ness's evidence. Her master asked him to go out, and he said he would not. Her master said he should as he had looked all over the house. By the Magistrates He gave no reason, why he would not go out. Mr. Harrison, the defendant, then stated that when the knock came to the door he went there, and asked who was theie ? '1 he person said, Let me in. He said I shall not let anybody in to-night. Defendant then went and sat down with Mr. Sparks until the kick came. Having related the other facts he said that he went immediately to Mr. Stockdale, and told what he had now stated. The policeman would not give his name before the door was opened. Mr, Bird to Mr. Stockdale; Did the defendant come and tell you this ? Mr. Stockdale: Yes he did, but his statements then bore a dif- ferent aspect to what they now did. P. C. Sheppard said he had mentioned the word police" when he was at the door, but not so loud as the other conversation. The Mayor considered that the conduct of the defendant was such as deserved punishment, and therefore fined him in the jieualty of 20s., and costs. "PUNCH" IN TITOUBLE. Illal-tin Hoskin, alias "Punch," was charged with assaulting John Matthews, at the time of the lata affray in Newtown, on the 3rd of June. Mr. John Bird appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Lewis Reece for tae defendant. John Matthews, plaintiff, sworn; Some time ago there was il row near the Prince of Wales public-house, for which I was fined. On that occasion I was on the ground, and the policeman Evans on the top of me. The defendant came up, and, whilst I was on the ground under the policeman, collared me and said "d your eyes, I'll give it yon." He then struck me on the head with abrass staff. I have.never had a quarrel with the man. I consider "Punch" A dangerous man to go at large. The staff was a very heavy one, and the blow severe. Cross-examined Proof can be brought that the instrument wu: a brass one. I sent for a surgeon to dress my head. It .was -Air. Payne came and did so. I cannot say what I said to him, but I recollect telling him that it was a shame that I was treated so. I told Mr. Payne that the police coiistable had struck me. I did not at the time state that "Punch" struck me. The policeman did strike me several times. By Mr. Bird: I wished to get a suiminons against Punch at the time of the row. W iIliam Welsh deposed to seeing Punch strike Matthews, in the manner described, with a brass staff which he drew from his sleeve. P. C. Morgan prevented him being struck a second time, Jeremiah Sullivan also corroborated the statements. For the defence, P. C. Waterhouse was first examined: I was present at the row in Newtown, and sprung my rattle for the pur- pose of getting assistance. Among others that came was the defendant, "Punch" as he is called. I was standing about four yards from Matthews when the blow, as stated, was given) by Punch." I saw no blow, and I honestly believe that none was struck by Puiieli." I was close enough to see. I did not hear Punch" make use of objectionable language, but Matthews's conversation was disgraceful. Throughout the affair I did not see Punch" strike Matthews. Matthews was very violent and drunk. Cross-examined: I do not believe that a blow could be struck without my seeing it. I saw a pole in Punch's hand, but did not see him use it. I called out to Evans not to beat Matthews, and had I seen Punch" do it I should have done the same. P. C. Morgan was next examined. He saw Matthews at New- town on the morning of the row, but did not arrive until alter tho row was over. Saw Matthews's head bleeding very much, and, he was being lifted from the ground by Evans and Hoskins. Matthew* walked away very quietly with him (witness). He did not complain of the blo ws he had received at the time. Saw a staff raised as if to strike Matthews, but interfered and prevented it. Did not know whorai-sed it. It was a constable's staff, not brass. William Edwards proved that as he was going home from his work he heard the row, and ran and called assistance. "runeh was one of the persons who arrived. Hoskuis did not strike Matthews at all. If .he had he (witness) must certainly have seen it. Cross-examined: I saw a stick in "Punch's" hand, but can- not say whether it was a brass one or a gilded one. I did not see 1 "Punch" use it, but saw him take hold of Matthews by the collaTi- By Mr. Rees: That was in consequence of his assisting the policeman. P. C. Francis Evans was next examined, and his statement went to corrobate the facts as previously adduced. Mr. Lewis Iteece said that during the previous investigation no allusion had been made by Matthews respecting the treatment of which Hoskins was now charged. He next referred to the evidence which he said went to corroborate the one fact that Hoskins did not strike Matthews. Hoskins went to Merthyr the day before to ap- prehend a prisoner, and took with him the staff which he retained in his possession, and being called out in the manner in which he was he might have been induced to take it out of his pocket. Rather than be blamed for his conduct he thought that Punch deserved the commendation of the bench for the praiseworthy manner in which he acted. Mr. John Bird did not agree with Mi-. Reece, and thought that an over officiousness had induced the defendant to behave in the manner described. He was well known, Uand had been within the confines of a gaol on one or two different occasions. Hoskin wall- also in some way linked with the police, and received a portion of pay. for his seryicesa fact he could not understand except it was upon the old principle of "set a thief to catch a thief." Mr. Bird then carefully went through the defendant's evidence, and after pointing out what he considered to be defects, left the magistrate* to decide the matter. The magistrates after a slight consultation, said that they consi- dered there was no act of officiousness on the part of Hoskins, and that if they believed the testimony he only gave the aid that WAS required. The blow might have been mistaken for one that Evan* given, nnd taking intocollsideration the amount of testimony on each side, they decided upon dismissing the case. Mrs. Penton landlady of the Bridgewater Arms, preferred A charge against Ellen-Farrell, John Dotcny and Anotller, for causing- and assisting in a riot at her house on Saturday night, and with damaging and breaking her property. George ball, examined; I was at the Bridgewater Arms on Sa urday night, and Ellen Farrell and John Downy had words, she then took up a handful of saw- dust and threw it in the man's face. A general row then com- menced, during which the windows and ether things wt,i,fil broken. I put Downy out, but he came in again through the window. All the squares of glass in the windows were broken, and the panel of a door knocked in. Superintendent Stockdale deposed to the value of the glass being about Is. a pane. There were 16 panes broken. The parties were lined the damages, with costs, or two months' imprisonment. The remainder of the cases being of a nature requiring two ma gistiates, and his Worship being obliged to leave the court, the business was adjourned until five o'clock, when the same gentlemen were in attendance. Gitoss AsSAULT.-Artitier Fergusson, a labourer, was charged with stopping three seamen, named WM Edderton, John Benson, and W .Wills, in Bute street, on Thursday night last, between twelve and one o'clock, on their way to their ship. It appeared that the prisoner was in company with another man and two woman, and without any provocation, came up and struck Benson a severe blow. He then struck Edderton twice, who ran away crying out police, —murder." The other man and two women then ran after him. The prisoner, in his defence, said that he was in Bute-street on the night in question, but had no recollection of seeing either of the three men. He was taken into custody by P. C. Morgan, the policeman having received his information from Benson. The pri- soner was making towards a field with a brick in his hand, which he endeavoured to get rid of without the policeman seeing him. One of the prosecutors missed a knife, but the spot where the scene" took place was afterwards searched and the missing articls was found. The magistrates asking what kind of a character the man was, Mr. Stockdale informed them that he lived in Mary Ann-street with a woman of the town; Fined £ 3 and costs, or two months' imprisonment; John Gleeson was charged with assaulting Bridget Driscoll. She said that she owed Gleeson 5s. 6d. for rent, and when she went into his house, where she lodged, one day last week, he was taking away her clothes. Upon being remonstrated with Gleeson, beat her with his fist. The defendant denied the charges made, and the magistrates thinking the case a frivolous one dismissed it. An Irishwoman, with a baby in her arms, a lodger in one of the houses in Kington-court, which place had been left by the landlord at the wishoi Mr. Jenkins, the owner, was charged with an assault. Some conversation took place about the house in question thiii morning, and it. was at the express wish of the magistrates that Mr. Jenkins had acted in the manner described, and turned out the woman. In getting her out she had behaved in a most violent manner, struck Mr. Jenkins, and tore the clothes from the back of a person whom he had engaged to assist. The charge not being pressed the woman was carefully cautioned and discharged