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NEWPORT. Last week Mr. Oakley, clerk to Mr. Powell of the Gaer, applied to the magistrates for redress against several of Mr. Powell's men, who had, as he alleged, illegally left the fvork pn which they had been employed. The following deposi- tions were taken on the occasion, and the magistrates ordered a forfeiture of the wages:—Mr. John Phillips, sworn and examined by Mr. Davies: am an agent to Mr. Thomas Powell and Mrs. Vaughan; Wm. Taylor was em- ployed six or seven months the wages were paid by the month, with a draw in the middle of the month; William Taylor left the work on the 9th inst., without giving any notice, and has continued out ever since.—By Mr. Williams The works were stopped on the 24th Dec. The men were told by Mr. Bevan, they were to reduce in the beginning of the month. The notice was given on the 23rd December. The men did not bring Mr. Bevan aa answer, nor did they go on with their work for a day or two. The colliers were all out for a day or two; they were not prevented to go in, for all he knew. Was not present at the works when they were stopped. Measures the work and pays the men did not know the cause of the men stopping. The men afterwards returned to their work.—By Mr. Stacy Thinks they returned to their work on the 29th of December, and worked until the 9th of January. It is partly my duty to make myself acquainted with the terms on which the men were to work. I saw an agreement on which the men re- turned to work.—By Mr. Lewis Were not paid for any work in January. Mr. Henry Oakley, sworn and ex- amined It was the men's wish that a month's notice should be given; Taylor in particular, and Mr. Powell agreed to it. Mr. Bevan, examined: He told the men that it was his im- pression that the men would be discharged without a month's notice. Mr. Oakley, re-examined by Mr. Williams: Was not in the room all the time when the men were with Mr. Powell; the men wished particularly to have a month's notice, to which Mr. Powell consented does not recollect that he made any observation in the agreement. NEWPORT EXCHANGE AND READING ROOMS.—Last week the adjourned meeting of the gentlemen desirous of estab- lishing a Commercial-room in this town, took place at the New Council House, at which the Mayor presided. The Provisional Committee submitted a code of rules for the regulation of the institution, which gave very general satis- faction, and elicited the thanks of the meeting; and these rules were adopted, with one or two exceptions, namely that of substituting, on the amendment of Mr. Dowling, a com- mittee of 20 with the treasurer, 5 to form a quorum, for the originally proposed numbers of 12, and 3 for a quorum. Con- siderable disscussion took place also, as to whether the room should be entirely closed on Sundays; and it was ultimately determined (the Mayor and two other gentlemen dissenting), that the reading-room should be opened after divine service, until five o'clock in the evening. NEWPORT POLICE,—MONDAY, FEB. 6. [Before the Mayor, Lewis Edwards, Thomas Prothero, T. Hawkins, and T. Hughes, Esqrs.] The only case of any interest to-day was a charge of assault preferred by Joshua Fell, servant to Col. Love, of the 73rd regiment, against William Richards and Charles Pring, both of Pillgwenlly. Fell deposed as follows ;-on the 1st of February, about 8 o'clock in the evening, I had been for dogs' meat, and was returning, and saw a man as- sault a soldier by the Cambrian. He struck him with his fist. I told him the man had done nothing. He said, he did not care a d-n. The man had the appearance of a captain of a vessel. He struck me, and I returned the blow —we both fell. I struck him again,, and he ran away. There was a great crowd assembled. Wm. Richards sprung out, of the crowd and struck me. Pring was standing by my left side, and also struck me. Pring said he could not help it, but Richards wanted to fight. I did not strike either of them, nor give them any offence. This statement was corroborated by two privates of the regiment. For the defence six witnesses were called, who told a very different tale. The following is the evidence of one of them. Benjamin Evans sworn, said, -I am a moulder, and I live at Pillgwenlly. I know the prisoners. I was up stairs in my bed-room on Wednesday evening, the 1st, and heard a noise in the street, and went out. Saw a captain quarrelling with the soldiers. A serjeant came up, with a pipe in his mouth, and asked the captain what business he had to insult the soldiers. The captain struck him-he shewed fight, whereupon two or three pitched into" the captain, at the same time. The captain said, You are all of one colour." The prisoner Fell then came up and said to the captain, You b-r am I of the colour?" and struck the captain, and they got lighting. Fell was dressed in light clothes, and was not in uniform. Richards put his hand upon Fell's shoulder and said, too many of you upon one is not fair. Fell said, if you don't get out of the way I'll strike you too. Richards put himself in a fighting attitude. When they came to the light, Fell said I know you young fellow." Pring took no part. Richards did not strike Fell. The row lasted about 20 minutes longer. The soldiers went towards the barracks, and returned again towards the Cambrian, to the number of 30 or 40. They had slates and stones in their hands, They went into the Cambrian beer- house, and brought the captain out. After he had been out a few minutes he fell from loss of blood, and was carried back to the Cambrian. He was dreadfully cut. I don't know whether Fell went into the Cambrian or not. The other witnesses gave similar testimony, and the pri- soners were discharged.

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