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BRECONSHIRE. DREADFUL ACCIDENT.—On Monday last a nu- merous party of young persons ascended the Brecon Beacons, the highest summit of the Brecknockshire hills, which stands 2,863 feet above the level of the sea, on all excursion of pleasure. In a short time, two young men, named Rees Davies, aged about 20, the son of Evan Davies, of Bailey Glaes, Brecon, and John Jones, aged about 19, the son of John Jones, a butcher at Brecon, unfortunately began some actIve I amusement on the top of the hill, in which, in. advertently coming too near the brow, they were both precipitated down the precipice, to a depth of 300 feet where their descent to a lower depth was checked by a projecting ridge. So directly perpen. dicular was the declivity down which they fell, that their friends, who looked from the dizzy height above, could not discover them, and it was only by the daring- ascent of some persons (of whom immense numbers speedily came from Brecon and other parts) from the valley beneath, which in that part was about 1-200 feet below the projection on which the young men were, that their mangled remainswereextricated and borne to their friends. This search of Christian Charity was made by night: and when the light of day broke upon the adventurous and resolute then who had made it, and presented to them the appalling and critical dangers through which they had been guided, they were seized with a subhme feeling of terror at the dangers they had passed, and of thank- fulness to the Almighty hand that had upheld them BRECO.VSHIRE SUMMER ASSIZES. ( Concludedfro- our last.) ATROCIOUS BURCLARY.—Tohn S™<th,<l0 Ja» Bryant, 28, and William Smith, 22, were charged with burglariously entering the dwelling house of fhomas, Prosser, at Cwm. »«nt Coch, on the 24th June, and stealing one box, value 4d. four sovereigns, and some silver. Mr. John Evans, after a very able statement of the case, ealled the following witnesses T Thomas Prosser, an elderly man-I am a farmer. I reside at Cwmnant Coch, m the parish of Llanider. On the 24th of June, my family went to bed at 10 o'clock, I hud gone to bed a short time before. I was disturbed between twelve and one, by a noise hke a tea kettle rattling. I thought the servant had got up. and called to know what she was doing: I heard two or three persons come into my bed room. They asked for money, I said I had no money; my wife was with me in bed, and said she had none in bed, but wanted to get up to give them the money. The men would not let her get up, and when I wanted to do so, they knocked me with this stick [stick pro. duced, about an inch in the thickest end, and tapering downwards] once on ray head and once on my arm. They tied my wife's arms with a cord. I felt the blood trickling down my face at the time I heard the clock strike one. j cannot say which of the prisoners struck me t they were about three quarters of an hour in the room. I laId, if they would be peaceable, they should have money, and victuals and drmk too. One of them said, money I will | C\ nS1 tliere is no money but what is in the box, and you shall have the money, box and all I told them the box\\dS at the foot of the bed, under the table. I soon a,ter heard aloud voice outside of the house; they then left the room. I could not tell who the men were, but 1 could discover three betwixt me and the window, the ixt me and box was taken away. When Thomas Jones carpe they all ran away; and I and my wife went out through the window. We remained out about an hour and a half. When It was light we found the box was gone. When I went to let in Thomas Jones, the window was open it bad been shut over night; there was one pane of glass taken out very neaf i0.l ? fasteninS of the window. On coming in I missed the box-, it contained four sovereigns, some silver, and some papers, the deeds of my property. There was a cupboard m the kitchen, I missed some silver teaspoons that bad been in it. They were found on a bed up stairs, where two of the prisoners had endeavoured to conceal themselves. A kettle was taken out of its place to the house door. Cross.examined by Mr. Chilton, on behalf of John Smith.—1 had seen the box that night before I went to bed. not s<* who the men were .'n the room; I have heard there WCre five, but could see three between me and tho J e ^ox has never been found. I got out-of taW»n before my wife, and am sure the pane was taken out before I got out. Prisoner John Smith—" How do you know that I am e person that struck you? there were live of us, and it I might have been one of the two others." » I did not say sticV'011' whose stick is this?" 1 never saw that EUaabeth Prosser-[This witness, wife of the former, very deaf 1—I ana wife of the last witness. I saw the .1 » 91.1 r^indows weU fastened before I went to bed, on me of jttaCi Al)0ut 12 at night 1 was disturbed I only heard one man by the bed side, but could see that "t0k'iee 'n the room. One came to the bed side, too • o,d of my hands, and began to twist and screw them, an led them with whipcord. I tried to undo it, and he too my hands again and pressed them tight, and said, give me the money, give mc the money." I put the money in the box that night before we went to bed. It was four sovereigns and some silver, in all nearly 51. I tried to rise out of bed, and he said, no, no, no. I tried to get up, and they then tied my hands very tight and fast. The whipcord they tied my hands with was not in the house be- fore. I ivied again to loosen my hands, they tied them again tight till they were black and blue, and struck me on the side of the head with a large club or stick. My head rose in a great lump, and has had a great heat in it ever since. I know who struck me by his voice; it is the yellow haired man, John Smith. I heard enough of his voice, and after it was light I knew him directly. I called to the girls upstairs to come down. I heard Thomas Jones' voice, when the men went quiet off, and my husband and I got out at the window. This witness was cross examined by Mr. Chilton, but nothing new was elicited. Mary Ann Prosser, a remarkably intelligent little girl, about thirteen years of age, deposed. I am niece of the prosecutor, and live with him. On the 24th of June I went to bed before it was dark. I sleep with the servant upstairs, and my uncle and aunt sleep in the room on the groundfloor, under mine. I heard a noise in the middle of the night; it was cursing and swearing, and strange men's voices. One of the men said, "Moneywe want, money we want, and money we will have." Uncle said," We have got no money in bed, but if you will let us rise you shall have some." I had nothing on but my shift. I went down stairs, out at the door, and over to the Gwcnnanh farm, which is two fields off, where Thos. Jones lives, I called him up. He got up and came down, and when I bad got three parts of the way home, he passed me. The dogs barked at me at Gwennarth. I told Jones to come down. I did not return to my uncle's that night. Cross examined by Mr. Chilton. There is a room in which my uncle sleeps, and a kitchen, down stairs. I did not go into the room where my uncle was, hut went out straight at the door. To a question from the prisoner Bryant: I cannot swear who said, Money we want, money we want. I did not hear any one threaten to take uncle's life. The examination of this witness excited extraordinary interest. Thomas Jones, a smart rustic youth of rather small stature, (!epose,l,- I live at Cwmnant. On the night of the 24th June, Mary Ann Prosser called me up. I got up, dressed myself as fast as I could, and took a club (it was the handle of a thresher flail), and went to Pressor's house as fast as 1 could. I saw some clothes on the ground at the door saw the young man, William Smith, at the door. He said," I am not one of the gang, they are just gone along the road" I said, whether you're one of the gang or not, here's at you. [Laughter.] I then hit him, and gave him a good black eye, and down he went, [laughter,] right into the house, and some one shut the door. I then set up a huzza—" Come on my boys, I've knocked one of them down, and I'll knock another down if I can have a chance." I kept up a great noise and shouting, as if I had others with me. Prosecutor and his wife got out at the window naked. I spoke a word to John Jones, and then went for Williams and Palmer. I found lying on the ground two jackets, two hats, and two pair of shoes [one of them belonging to the maid servant.] Jones and I kept puard outside, while Williams and Powell, and Mr. and Mn. Prosser went into the house. Palmer went to the top of the house. I saw the prisoners in the house after they were taken, and I talked to them. .ross-examined by Mr. Chilton.—William Smith had ."s clothes on, the other two prisoners were without their n* 81 I was there when they were searched. They had 0 Property, but two of them had little knives. I did not \cc footsteps from the house. ames Powell.—I remember the night of the robbery. tn_as I0,Ised from bed between one and two by went to Mr. Prosser's house, and searched, and hhi? • ,iam Smith, with the bed clothes wrapt round Cheney v.'6 bed 1 f°Und, set fire to Calmer went to the top outside, and A se found eTs|raw 'n the grate, and Bryant came in™ | 2 between the feather bed and p was d~ ♦ Vh a?d Bryant were without jackets. W- &muh Th_ 38 "e is now. ncss a!!i"0r'Cjr I' Sniitl> defended himself with great bold- Sai- was impossible that he could tieMrs- ros- hold h» 'ri one while he had to use the 0 er o a neri, He said atso that il was *mP0Sf!.ble that a person so deaf as she was should know him by his voice. Wm rTr "TO made no defence. For the prisoner ti« Chihon called Joel Vining, who said, thp K dcrllQinster. William Smith, the prisoner at »on. [The witness here became deeply WhS ? left Kidderminster on the Tuesday after 1 and there was not a better character in the ahnnt r"8^P summed up with great minuteness, and in Tho i m,nutes the jury returned a verdict of guilty. a« if in passing-sentence, remarked that f'V" suPP|>sed there were five men concerned in the 1 ,J .y* ant* 11 was possible that the violence used might hi 1? committed by the two who were not on their trial, tTply Tecorrt sentence of death, and recom. £ 1 it penalty of the law be not exacted. I L eol.Tt his duty also to recommend to his rirr^ f v prisoners be transported, with the utmost rigour of that punishment, for the remainder of their lives. Hill; Lord-chip, on the application of Mr Evans, ordered o five P0UI>ds to be paid to Thomas Jones, and ty lings to Mary Ann Prosser, for their brave and meritoriotis conduct on the occasion. messrs. Jones and Powell were attorneys for the prosecution and Mr. Bishop for the prsioner. Jones v. Watkins -This was an action to recover 23l. 8d. due for making and fixing 18 gates on the turnpike road, by order of defendant who was surveyor of the roads. The question was whether defendant was responsible in his private capacity, or did he give the order as agent to the commissioners of turnpikes. It was attempted to be shown, on the one side that plaintiff had attended a meeting of the committee to apply for his money, which they refused to pay; on the other side the defendant when applied to by Mr. Lawrence, the plaintiff's attorney, acknowledged havmg ordered thegates. The jury found for plaintiff 231.8s. Counsel for plaintiff, Mr. Evans and Mr. C. Powell, for defendant Mr. Whiteombe. Maitland v. Vots and others.-This was an action brought by Ebenezer Fuller Maitland, Esq. who in 1831 served the office of High Sheriff of the county, to recover two sums 281. & 101.on a bond for 20001. signed byvossl JerilLins, and Ricketts, as sureties for the due performance by Vosa of his duties as a sheriff's officer. It was alleged that Voss in executing a writ, Phipson v. Pitt, in the end of August 1831, had from motives of favor granted indulgence from time to time till October, and for this had extorted from Pitt 201. 15s. 8d. more than the law allowed him which 201. 15s. 8d. with law expenses making it 281. Pitt had re. covered from the aheriff. It was also alleged that in a writ, Lewis v. Lewis, Voss had received 101. more than he had accounted for. The principal facts of the former charge were clearly proved by the evidence of Mr. Pitt Mr T. James solicitor, Hay, who acted as Pitt's attornev M: Thomas, Clerk to Mr. Lawrence the Under Sheriff of the county, and several other witnesses. The second charge was not so clearly sustained. Verdict, for plaintiff in the first case 28J.; for defendant, in ibe second. Counsel for the plaintiff Mr. Whitcombe, for tbe defendant Mr. Evan. Waheman v. Lawrence.— This was an action brou.ht hv Mr. Wakeman, a surgeon at Cnckhoweil, against the de fendant, a gentleman in London, to recover lo* f„» medicine and attendance on Miss Jones, who had dipH in May last, and to whom Mr. Lawrence was executor. It was shown iu evidence that Miss Jones, then on a visit at John G wynnc Esq. Gwern Vale House, was taken seriously ill on a Friday night that plaintiff was sent for on the Saturday morning, and went with his apprentice four times on that day to attend the lady who continued to get worse and was in severe suffering; that he remained with his an prentice in the house to give requisite attendance during the night, and that the lady explred at f0llr on th°u' • morning. The defendant considered the billrfXorhiIant and tendered three guineas. In evidence it reinained doubtful whether three of the items of medicine in the bill had been sent: and Thos Batt iq, surgeon said that he considered the charge fbr medicines, supposing them to have been supplied, a perfectly fair one, but that he ron ceived the charge for attendance was too great hv Z 111* Verdict for defendant. Counsel, for plaintiff Mr whit' combe and Mr. C. Powell, for defendant Mr Evans Lindsay v. Herbert, junior.-This was an action brought by Margaret Lindsay, who occupied a small farm, Llwvnon against Evan Herbert, junior, for tresspass. It aDneared that the plaintiff was tenant to Evan Herbert, Esq father of the defendant, and was in arrear in rent. Mr flX was not rigorous as to his rent, but wished the tenant to gne up the iarm, which she would not do. lie therefore irected his son to proceed with Mr. Baker, his attorney, and another person named William Powell, to distrain for the rent due. When they arrived at the farm, Mrs. Lindsay was not there, and they saw no person to whom they could speak. Powell entered the stable through the hwlch, a sort of aperture, about three feet square, and then opened the door and drove out a cow and a sow, which were taken to a Mr. Watkins' farm, and sold some days after, the cow for 51. 10s.. and the sow for 21. In passing through the bwlch Powell pushed down a great stone about two and a half feet long, which he afterwards replaced. It was given in evidence that the value of the cow was 7i. and the sow 21 10s.; and the points for the jury were, whether the entry through the bwlch by Powell was a legal entry, (viz. an entry through an open door or window) in distraiiiing for rent, or whether in throwing down the great stone, he illegally forced an entry. After a short consultation, the jury found for plaintiff 101. The defendant had previously offered 20/ to avoid the luxuries of litigation. Lindwy v, Herbert, senio-r.-Tiiis was an action by the same plaintiff against Mr. Herbert, the father, for a distress, in the same facts, beyond what was due. At the re- commendation of the learned judge, after some discussion between counsel, the parties agreed to a verdict for plaintiff, Is. damages. Williams v. Greville.-This was an action brought by Mrs. Williams, the landlady of the Mariner's Inn. in Haverfordwest, to recover from the defendant, the Hon. Hubert Fulke Greville, the sum of 18781. It appeared that the defendant was a candidate for the representation of the county of Pembroke at the general election in May, 18JI, on which occasion the plaintiff's house was opened for the entertainment of the defendant's professional agents and voters, and was also the head quarters of the candidate and his friends. The defence was twofold. First, that the liability was incurred by the supporters of the defendant, and not by the defendant himself; and, secondly, that if the liability was incurred by the defendant, then the Treating Act was a bar to the plaintiff's recovery of a con. siderable part of her demand. A reference having been proposed on the part of the plaintiff, and the defendant having refused to arcede to it, the plaintiff was put to strict proof of the particulars of her demand, which, however, she established to the amount of 16821. and Justice Bosanquet having directed the Jury that as the Treating Act was set up in defence, 443J. of that suin was not recoverable at law, the jury found their verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount of her bill, as proved in evi- dence, deducting that sum-namely for 1239/ iiiclmJiug 6001. which the defendant had paid into Court. The counsel for the plaintiff were Mr Vaughan Williams, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Powell; and for the defendant Mr. John Evans and Mr. Whitcombe.

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