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GLAMORGANSHIRE MIDSUMMER QUARTER SESSIONS, 1841. I These Sessions were held at Neath, on Tuesday last. The following magistrates were preterit: The MARQUESS OF BUTE, Custos Kotulorum. Lord Viscount Adare George R. Morgan, Esq. J. D. lieryington, Esq I Bart J. E. Bicheno, Esq J. Bruce Pryce, i'sq James Coles. Clerk R, F. Hickards, Esq L. Llewelyn Dillwvn, Esq Chas. H. Smith, Esq Richd. Franklen, Esq J. ff. H. Spencer, Esq Fred. Fredricks, Esq Thos. Stacey, Clerk Henry J. Grant, Esq I C. R. M. Talbot, Esq John Hewitt, Esq Henry Thomas, Esq 11. H. Jenkins, Esq Sir George Tyler Robert O. Jones, Esq I J. M. Traherne, Clerk Robert Knight, Clerk N. Edwards Vaughan, Esq E. H. Lee, Esq ¡ J. H. Vivian, Esq J. Dillwvn Llewelyn, Esq W. Williams (Aberper- Griffith Llewelyn, Esq gwm) Esq Henry Lucas, Esq I Evan Williams, Esq Richard Morgan, Esq At these sessions, the Marquess of Bute and Sir George Tyler qualified. Mr Niclioll, the Chairman of the Sessions, being unfortunately absent on account, as we under- stood, of Mrs Nicholl's health, The Marquess of Bute said,—Gentlemen, some years ago, 1 found myself in a position similar to the present—acting as your Chairman. It was an occasion to which I am sure you will look back, with melancholy feeling. 1 allude to the time when our late excellent friend, Mr Thomas, of Sully, was prevented by illness from attending. Since then, Mr Dillwyn was so kind as to act as chair- man throughout the whole of the business; and I am sure, if I ask him, he will readily do so again. I am anxious to obtain the consent of my brother magistrates present to my taking this step. It will be more agreeable to my feelings every way. May I have the honour of proposing that Mr Dillwyn do take the chair throughout the business? J. B. Pryce, Esq—Gentlemen, I beg to second the Marquess of Bute's motion. [It was unanimously carried. Mr Dillwyn ac- cordingly took the chair.") Mr Dillwyn said he was requested by MrNicholl to apologise for his absence. He (Mr D.) thanked them for the honour they had done him. He would do his best, and he trusted he should be favoured, as on former occasions, with the assistance of the Clerk of the Peace. THE GRAND JURY. Mr JAMES FEAR, Foreman. Mr J. S. Fear Mr Jacob Moseley Mr John Morgan Mr William Redwood Mr llees Morganj Mr Thomas Eustace Mr Benjamin Rice Mr David Arthur Mr Edward Thomas Mr John Grainger Mr Philip Walters Mr Morgan Llewellyn Mr William Watson I Mr John Peters Mr John William* Mr Joseph Hayward Mr William Morris Mr William Thos. Morgan Mr David Morris Mr Lionel Brough After the proclamation against vice had been read, and the usual formalities had been gone through, the chairman, Lewis Weston Dil-lvyn, Esq., briefly addressed the jury :-He said he had gone through the depositions with care; the cases generally were of a trifling description, and were so plain that they did not require any remarks from him. There were four prisoners charged with steal ing'coal—a crime,which he very much feared was on the increase; he greatly regretted the repeal of the Merthyr Act, as it was only by strictly enrorcing the provisions of that act they could hope to check the evil. He had been informed that the practice of stealing coal was so great that children were actually trained up to it. He hoped that some steps would soon be taken to meet the urgency of the case. The parish of Lalegton, appellants, v. the parish of Ynisawdre Mr Morgan, of Bridgend, moved to quash the order of removal with costs. This was opposed by Mr Lewis, of Bridgend. In the course of a conver- sation that ensued it came out that the parishioners had agreed on both sides to refer the case to Mr Bicheno, and to abide by his decision. The order was quashed, with costs up to the time of reference. The court then adjourned for the transaction of the county business. The buzz of conversation was so great that we could not hear any thing distinctly until the Mar- quess of Bute rose to address the meeting. We believe the usual routine of business was previously despatched. The Marquess of Bute very briefly addressed the meeting in proposing his motion respecting the rural police. He said his proposition was the same as that made by him at the laltt Quarter Sessions with one exception. An alteration had been made in the Merthyr District- It was intended that 13 constables should be appointed for Merthyr, and two for Aberdare, in lieu of 12 for Merthyr, and three for Aberdare as proposed last Sessions. In both cases the total number for the Merthyr Dis- trict would remain the same, i.e., fifteen. With that alteration he hoped the magistrates would allolV him to prQPoe cite resolution. "That it is expedient to form a body of constables for this county, to be under the direction of one chief con- stable for the whole county; but dividing the county into four special districts, with one superin- tendent of the constables in each. The number of constables in each district to be allotted to parti- cular portions of country within the district, ac- cording to the circumstances of each portion, and to be paid for by each portion according to its own number of constables. This arrangement not to include the towns of Cardiff, Swansea, or Neath." Mr Talbot seconded the motion. It was then put to the meeting, when there appeared, For the motion 27 Againstit. f Majority -20 The details were afterwards agreed to. The whole of the Rural Police"question having been disposed of, the Rev. Robert Knight moved a vote of thanks to the Lord Lientenant for the zeal he had manifested in conducting this great object. Which having been briefly seconded by Mr J. B. Prvce, was carried by acclamation. The Lord Lieutenant briefly returned thanks. The court then resumed for the trial of prisoners. John Griffith, aged 22, oollier, and Morgan Hop- liin. collier, charged with stealing a copper tea kettle, and two ale glasses, the property of Isaac Roberts, of Cardiff. The prisoners pleaded not guilty. Elizabeth Morgan examined by Mr Richards —I live with Isaac Roberts, publican, of Cardiff, in this county; in the beginning of April last, on a Tues- day, the fith of April I saw the two prisoners at the Patriot about dinner time; they were there calling for a pint of beer; they were there about three quarters of an hour; they were in the kitchen; after they left the house I missed some articles from the kitchen; a silverspoon, tea kettle and glasses I had seen them there that morning; the glasses were kept on a shelf in the kitchen the tea kettle was kept on another shelf; the spoon was in the tea caddy; the tea caddy was not ipissing. (Thos. Davies. constable, produced the articles).. J know one of these glasses by a mark; I live at Isaac Roberts' six months, and was in the,habit of using it daily; it is worth two pence; this tea kettle is Isaac Roberts's property; it is the tea kettle I missed that day it is worth eight shillings. Mr Meyrick addressed the jury, strongly contend- ing that the evidence WfU not sufficient to convict the prisoners. Verdict—Not Guilty. Morgan Hopkin was next tried for stealing a tea caddy from the dwelling house of John Barnes. Verdict-Gitilty. Sentence—Four months' imprisonment in Swansea House of Correction the last week of first month, and the last week of his imprisonment to be passed in solitary confinement. Air E. P. Richards conducted the prosecution; Mr Meyrick defended the prisoners. Jane Beynon pleaded guilty to the charged of stealing one silk handkerchief of the value of three shillings and sixpence, and other articles, the pro- perty of Mary Thomas, of Merthyr Tydvi I Sentenced to one month's imprisonment in Cardiff House of Correction. Richard Florence, aged 19, labourer,charged with stealing two silk handkerchiefs the property of Mr George Bird, of Cardiff. Mr Bird examined by Mr Richarrls-T am a mercer residing at Cardiff, in this county I remem- ber the prisoner at my shop on the Gth of April, between six and seven in the eveniag, a female came with him; they came there to purchase a gown and other articles; I shewed them some prints and sundry articles; I shewed them some ,ilk handkerchiefs; before I shewed the handker- chiefs the prisoner had purchased a gown and paid for it; I gave the price of the handkerchiefs pri- soner said "do you think I am a d-d fool to give you 4s. Cd. for these handkerchiefs J*' and then he threw them at me I stooped to picii them up, and ) think it was then he put the articles in his pocket I cut off three handkerchiefs and put them with other goods purchased by the prisoner; I suspected there were some of the articles missing from the counter; the prisoner paid me £2 6s. 7d.; after lie had paid me, I said to him," Now give me back the goods you have in your possession, which you have not paid me for He said, Do you think I'am a thien" I said, "One of you has taken some of my articles. The prisoner denied having them; I de- clined searching them; the female said to the prisoner, "Perhaps you put something into your pocket put your hand in and feel and then she ran out of the shop before the woman left, he had put his hand into his pocket, and pulled out two silk handkerchiefs; they were given to the policeman (the handkerchiefs produced by the policeman); I did not sell him these handkerchiefs; these are the goods I missed from the counter; 1 am positive these are my handkerchiefs; the prisoner said he did not know how they got into his pocket. (The depositions taken before the committing magistrates ,.vas now ptit in. The prisoner had stated that lie did not know how the handkerchiefs came into his pocket.) Verdict-Guilty. Sentence—Three months' imprisonment and hard labour in Cardiff House of Correction, the first and last week in solitude. David llees, aged 18, labourer, charged with stealing one jacke', one umbrella, and divers other articles, the property of Edward Jenkin, of Cardiff. Thomas Phillips examined by Mr ltichards-I am a bargeman on the canal, in the employ of Edw. Jenkins I was in the barge on 23d May last, near the treble locks I left the barge between twelve and one on that day; the cabin was locked I left a loaf of bread, cheese, bacon, trowsers, jacket and an umbrella in the cabin; they were the property of my master Edward Jenkin; I returned at six o'clock the lock had been burst off the cabin the articles were missing; I know the prisoner; he is a boatman I had seen him that day about 12 o'clock; he was with his boat; his boat was tied to my master's boat; on my return I looked for the pri- soner but could not find turn; ne nad lett his boat. Verdict-Guilty. Recommended to mercy on account of his ignorance of his situation. Sentence- One month's imprisonment and hard labour, in Cardiff House of Correction, the last three days to be passed in solitude. Thomas Jones, aged 41, brass founder, pleaded guilty to the charge of having stolen five pairs of shoes and two pairs of boots, the property of Miss Grace Wescombe, of Neath. Sentence-Three months' imprisonment and hard labour in Swansea House of Correction, the first and last week to be passed in solitary confinement. Catherine Harrigan, aged 40, and Susan ShatØ, aged 20, pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing iron, the property of R. Traherne, of Cardiff, Eq. Sentence-C. Harrygan three months' imprison- ment, S. Shaw two months' imprisonment, both in Cardiff House of Correction. (To be concluded in our next)


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