Welsh Newspapers

Search 15 million Welsh newspaper articles

Hide Articles List

7 articles on this Page


[No title]


iFotfign Intelligence.


Farietieø. I

Toe ebutro.


Toe ebutro. DEANERY OF BEDMINSTER.—A meeting or deaconal synod of the clergy of the deanery of Bedminster, took place on Monday last, at the TSational School-room, Bedminster, the Ven. the Archdeacon of Bath in the chair. Petitions to the Queen and both Houses of Parliament, in favour of Church Extension, and against the consolidation of the Diocese of St. Asaph and Bangor, were unanimously adopted. A paper, numerously signed by the clergy of the same deanery, was presented to the Archdeacon, containing a request that he would assemble the clergy of the deanery, to consider the best means of proceeding, in order to obtain a restitution of the Church's rights in eonvoc-wtion. The Archdeacon ap- pointed the 21st instant for that purpose. The synod will; be held in the same place.-Bristol Mirror. An election will be held at Corpus Christi College, on Friday, the 3rd day of March, to two Scholarships, open to natives of the dioceses of Bath and Wells, and Exeter, re- spectively. Candidates must be under nineteen years of age, on the day of election, and must present themselves to the President at eleven o'clock, on Saturday, the 25th inst., with certificates of the marriage of their parents, and of their baptism, competent evidence of the day and place of their birth, testimonials from their college or school, together with Latin Epistles to the electors. The Lord Bishop of Bath and WeUs has been pleased to appoint the Rev. Edward Aislalie Ommanney, M.A., Vicar of Chew Magna cum Dundry, to the office of Visiter arid Inspector of Parochial and National Schools, in the district of Bedminster, in the diocese of Bath and Well's. CWM CELYN BAND. --CARBONI FE FTOUS IRON-STONE We are glad to hear that the Cwm Celyn Company, some of whom reside in this city, participate in the succsss which has attended their worthy atid wealthy neighbours, in reference to the black band mineral, a rich and valuable bed of car- boniferous iron-stone, or black-band, as it is geologically called, having been recently found at Cwm Celyn. We understand that levels are already being driven, and that every effort will be made to turn this mineral treasure to good account. As wH-wishers to the party who have so spiritedly invested a large capital in the above works, we sincerely hope that this fortunate discovery may tend mate- rially to advance and benefit the interests of all concerned. This mineral is found at Cwm Celyn on the side of the hill, about 300 yards from the Company's furnaces, and will be obtained by means of driving levels, which will save the great expense of sinking shafts. EXTRAORDINARY CASE.-The Court of Assizes for the department of the Meuse was last week occupied with the trial of a man, as singular in appearance as remarkable for his character and history, and who bore the peculiar-we could almost say impious-name of Christ, and which, on his entering the court, caused an almost universal and at the same time outrageous cry, of Voild le Christ! This strange being had the complexion of an African negro of the deepest dye, but, in truth, his natural complexion was of ordinary fairness. He had contrived by means of a composition, in which soot was the principal ingredient, to tinge his face and hands with a shining, and, it was said, an almost inde- lible black, and this not as a disguise, but merely to amuse his associates or frighten weak women and children. Ac- cording to the indictment, Francois Christ, for such, it seems, is the man's real name, who is a native of Essay, in the Meurthe, was, in 1832, sentenced to two years' impri- sonment for robbery; again, in 1834, to the same punish- ment for a year and a day for a like offence. In 1835, he was a third time brought to judgment, and sentenced for a robbery of considerable importance at Mandres aux Quatre Tours to hard labour at the hulks for seven years, to be exposed in the pillory, and to remain afterwards under the surveillance of the police. His term of confinement expired in the Qoumtatk" year, but he -was soon afterwards tried for breaking his ban, and again incarcerated for 15 days. Still the fellow was incorrigible, and he was now brought before justice for numerous thefts and robberies committed since his last release in July. On the present occasion, when the witne6ses made the strongest depositions of his guilt, he repeatedly called them worthy friends, and assured them he had no rancour against them, and should never for- get that some of them had often given him sous to buy tobacco with. On being asked how he came to be such an inveterate thief, he replied that he could not help it, that it came natural to him, that when he first began he wanted for nothing, and that it had become a necessity for him, inso- much that, if he was set at liberty, he should rob again. He also confessed many misdeeds of which he was not even sitspected. Among those he avowed himself to hare been the actual perpetrator of a robbery of 800f., committed at Commercv, which another man, named Varinot, had been tried and convicted not long ago but, as the account he gave of the particulars of this transaction did not corres- pond with the facts proved against Variot, it was believed that the pretended confession was false, and made only with the hope of obtaining the release of the real felon, who was an old prison comrade of Francois. This man, robber as he was, could not be accused of any act of violence, but, on the contrary, on several occasions gave proofs of forbearance, and even of timidity. In one instance being found by a lone woman under her bed, where he had bid himself on her coming in unexpected upon him. after he had appeased his hunger by eating a portion of her victuals, he begged she would not be frightened, for he would do her no harm, and then quietly departed, leaving his shoes behind him, and went and concealed himself in a forest. On another occasion, being caught by a single per- son in one of his acts of depredation, Francois, though armed with a hatchet, an d the other without any weapon at all, suffered himself to be tamely taken to gaol. During the trial this extraordinary being displayed several Hashes of humour. To one witness, who deposed to his having stolen some tools hid under a heap of shavings, Francois replied- What you have said, my good friend, is all very true; and I recommend you to hide your things better next time, for when I am let out, if I pass that way, I may chance to take them again." To another, -who accused Francois of break- ing into his cottage and robbing it of some of its contents, the prisoner answered—" You deserve to be robbed. You live in an isolated place, and you left it with no other fas- tening than a few rotten boards. You deserve to be robbed, I tell you again." During the pleadings it was stated that at one time the prisoner wrote to the executioner of the Meurthe, offering to sell his head to him for £10, because it would only lead him to commit acts detrimental to his soul's salvation, and it would be a real service to send him into the other world without his head, for then he might have a chance of becoming a good man. The executioner delined the purchase, and Francois now accuses him of being the cause of all the evil which has since happened to him. The jury could do no other than tindthe prisoner, guilty of all the misdeeds imputed to him, and the court sentenced him to hard labour at the hulks again for twenty years, and to be once exposed in the pillory. Scarcely was the judgment pronounced when Francois exclaimed with a loud voice, I appeal," and extending his arms to the gendarmes, added, Come, my good friends, don't be afraid; I am not going to escape; but twenty years is too much for any man to bear. It is quite enough to put one in a passion." He then went quietly back to prison -Galiyna?ti's Messenger. ADMIRALTY COUItT.-Tlie John Daniels- Collison.-In this case the schooner Auckland, of 61 tons, bound from Llanelly, in Carmarthenshire, with coals for Dublin, and the John Daniel, a brigantine, with a cargo of cattle from Ire- land, came into collision, in the Bristol Channel, off the coast of Pembroke, on the 6th of October last, in conse- quence of which the Auckland, which was an old vessel, Sank about five minutes after she was struck, the master and crew being taken on board the brigantine. The question of blame depended upon nautical points, and the court was assisted by Trinity Masters, who were of opinion, in which Dr. Lushington concurred, that the John Daniel, the vessel proceeded against, was solely to blame. The court accord- ingly pronounced for the damage. Dr. Addams was for the Auckland, and Dr. Haggard and Dr. R. Phillimore for the John Daniel. THE LATE SIR BETHEL CODRINGTON.—"The deceased was eldest son of the first baronet's second son; and on the death of the third baronet, in 1816, succeeded to the title. The late Sir Bethel married 15th August, 1796, the Hon. Miss Foley, only daughter of Thomas, second Lord Foley, sister of the late and aunt of the present peer, by whom he had issue a large family. He eldest son, Mr. Bethel WTm. had issue a large family. He eldest son, Mr. Bethel Wm. Codrington, M.P., for Gloucestershire, who succeeds to the family property, married Dec. 29th, 1836, Lady Georgiana Somerset, second daughter of the Duke of Beaufort by his first marriage. The deceased represented Tewkesburv in the House of Commons for some years, having been elected for that borough in 1807. Siit R. PEEL.—The inhabitants of the town of Greenock, we understand, have prepared an address to Sir R. Peel, t'nugrftutaiins him on his late escape from assassination, when f. was the fate of the unfer unate Mr. Drummond to be murdered by M'Naughten. 'j he document has al e.u y bee numerously signed by gentlemeu belonging ti all politi- cal parties.^—Glasgmo Courier. "WILTON.—MYSTERIOUS ROBBERY The greatest excite- ment prevails in this borough, owing to the circumstance of a burglary of a very extraordinary character having occurred here on Thursday night. Two overseers are appointed to act within this borough, and for the year now terminating at Easter two respectable persons were appointed: it was agreed between themselves that one should keep the ac- counts, and that the other, who has been most mysteriously robbed of f 700 should be the collector of the rates. The latter-mentioned person is a bricklayer, named Samuel Cutler, who is supposed to have accumulated a comfortable independence, and who resides in 1- hewly-built neat little cottage, at B'ulbridge, within the borough. It appears, that q,a Thursday atght theproperty In* question wis safe in Mr. Cutler's possession, and that the keys of the place of safety, where the cash was deposited, were in a pocket of some clothes which Mr. Cutler had worn the previous dav, ant in a chair by his bedside; that he is a widower, and has a housekeeper, and an apprentice, 143 years of age (his grand- son), who slept at his cottage that night; that their rest was not disturbed by any alarm whatever, nor was. the house broken into below stairs, but an entrance through a very small casement upstairs is reported to have been effected; that the persons entering by this means must have landed in the very bed-room where .Atr, Cutler was then asleep, and is "j bave gone to his clothes and searched his pockets, and, ha\iug taken the keys, possessed themselves of about 281 .sovereigns, two checks, value L120, and a draught for the residue. Part of the money belongs to the borough, and is the proceeds of a rate lately made at all events such is the report. The county police are on the alert, and a private investigation is being made. It. is expected that some strange circumstance will be brought to light. BODMIN ELECTION.-On the declaration of the poll, there appeared for Sir S- Spry 165 votes, and for Mr. Sawle 161.<: COritT OF COMMON PLEAS* (Before Lord Chief Justice TINDAL and a Special Jury.) CAUTY V. GILL, KNIGHT. This was ^n .action in debt-for money Jenl by the plaintiff o the dehesdant at )iis request, and. aioney found to be due lr(om ll'« 'plaintiff to the defendant on an account stated. The plaintiff's counsel stated, that his kwat, Captain Cauty, was ortnerly in the army, was proprietor of Langley-park-cottage in Buckinghamshire, and possessed or mines in Wales; that the defendant, Sir Robert Gill, had served in the loth Hussars, and was knighted at the coronation of Hia Majesty George IV; that early in September last the defendant, while on his way to Warwick races, met the plaintiff and a Mr. Haymer, who were going to shoot in Wales, at Worcester; and that being previously acquainted, it was agreed between the parties that Captain Cauty and Mr. Haymer should ac- company Sir Robert Gill to Warwick races, on condition that he went with them to Liverpool and Doncaster races, and that they might have the shooting in Wales on their re- turn. In support of the first issue on the record three I O U's were put in evidence by the plaintiff, and the handwriting in them proved by the defendant's brother. In support of the defendant's pleas a great number of witnesses were called. and the examination of some of them elicited some curious facts. As to their transactions while at Doncaster, Mrs. Hannah Bennett, sworn and examined, stated that the plaintiff, Mr. Haymer, and the defendant, took lodgings in her house in Doncaster on Wednesday, the 14th of Sep- tember, which was tb. date of the second I 0 LT, and that Captain Cauty asked for paper, which she at firllt refused to give, saying that she had lost the key of her desk. Serjeant Bompas.-Had you seen anything which iudoced you to refuse the paper? Witness.-I bad beard some words, and thought qnarreHing about cards. Mr. Sutton, sworn and examined, stated, that he met Sir Robert Gill in Doncaster, during the races in September; that while walking with him to the race ground they met Captain Cauty, who commenced talking to defendant about a het, and that Sir Robert Gill asked him if hfi- knew Captain Cauty. Serjeant Bompas.—What was your answer? Witness.—I said, Captain Cauty ? Captain Devil? How long .have yø. been captain ? You have been both baron and count, and your wife was called countess. I know you onty as-tta auctioneer, but any other name will do for swindling, and captain is a good travelling name. For God's sake, Sir Robert don't make so large a bet with such a man as this is. If you want so large a bet, bet with some one who can pay you; such aa Crock/oril, or Guilv, or Justice. When cross-examined as to the E12,000, invested bwr him ia the Hertford house, this witness showed great unwilliog- ness to give his testimony as to how so large a sum came into his hands, and frequently appealed to the Chief Justice against the questions put to him. Chief Justice Tindal.—You are a stranger to us, and we must judge of your evidence by your answers to the questions put to you. Witness.—My Lord, I believe I am a stranger to your Lordship. (Laughter.) Lord Huntingtower, 8"worn and examined, stated that he had known the plaintiff fur lDe time. Serjeant Bampas.—Had you ever any conversation with the plaintiff on the subject of cards and dice ? Lord HuntiDgtower.- YeA. In the spring of 1841 the plaintiff was with me at Penton, and he asked if I had ever seen any feint cards, and if I knew what despatches were? I said I did not. He then asked me if I was in want of money? I said I was. He said if I would allow it would bring a "flat" to my house at Penton, and said he could show me in the cards what, to a moral certainty, would win money of him, and proposed to go halves. Serjeant Bampas.—Did the plaintiff show you what he meant by feint cards and despatohee ? Lord Huntingtower.Yes. He showed me five sets of dice, and more than one pack of cards. One pair of dice would not throw 7, so that whenever you used these you were to call seven the main." Another pair would not throw 5, and a third would not throw 9. By the feint cards one could know the eight highest cards. Serjeant Bompas. -Hadyou any conversation with.plaintiff about the defendant? Lord Huntingtower.Yes. He called on me in November last, in the Queen's Bench Prison. I asked him if it was true that he had won a large sum of money from Sir Robert Gill at Doncaster ? He said lIe bad at ecarte. Cross-examined by Mr. Corkborn.-When the plaintiff made to you a proposal so disgraceful, did you not, as a gen- tleman and as a man of honour, order him to leave your house ? Lord Huotingtower.-No. Mr. Cockburni-Did you continue your intimacy with him, e w and did he afterwards fit out your yacht for you ? Lord Huntingtower.—Yes. Mr. Cockburn.-Did Captain Cauty oppose your certificate, and did you say that you would stick to him through lile for it t Lord Huntingtower.—I can't say, but I firmly believe that I did not. I Baid, If I can get Sir Robert Gill to give you £ 1,200, will you gire me £ 200?" Mr. Cockburn.—If Sir Robert Gill had, through your in- fluence given £ 1,200, to the plaintiff, would you have ac- cepted the £ 200? Lord Huntingtower.—I would not. I did not intend to take it. The plaintiff said, that if I bad interest with Sir Robert Gill, and would use it to obtain the sum claimed in this action, he would give me EI,000, and quash an indict- ment brought by him against me in Hampshire for perjury on an affidavit. Mr. Cockhnrn.-Have you not kept a gaming-table in the Qtieen's Bench Prison Lord Huntingtower.—I have not. Some witnesses were here called to prove that the plaintiff bad been a bankrupt and insolvent, that in the latter instance his debts amounted to £ 13,000, that in the schedule of his effects there were entered "good debts, nothing," bad debts £ 3,000, and that no assignees had been appointed. It also appeared in evidence that the claim of the lord of the manor on account of the mines in Wales was still unsatisfied. After some oppo.iiion on the part of Sir T. Wilde and Mr. Serjeant Bompas, the plaintiff's counsel were allowed by his Lordship to adduce evidence to disprove the gambling consi- de. a Ion. Srrjeant BomPas.-Were you concerned in that affair of Cassidy at Paris, and were you indicted for a conspiracy diereoD ? Haymer.—Yes. There was a verdict for the defendants on the indictment. ]c me t After a speech from Mr. Cockburn, as able and eloquent as his case was bad, Chief-Justice Tindal proceeded to charge the jury- He told them that they must discharge every other consideration from their minds except the question whether or not the evidence adduced established the gambling consideration al- eged in five of the defendant's pleas. The Jory, without retiring, and after a few minutes' con- ference, returned their verdict for the defendant.