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ALARMING CHARTIST INSURRECTION AT NEWPORT. (Continued front the fourth page.) Basil Grey, Esq., continued his depositions as followsOur men soon got to work, and enfiladed the streets from the bow-windows; and the passage of the house from the doorway of our room this con- L tinued for about ten minutes; after which I saw our shots were getting thin from want of objects. The n.-irtUtV shots were not repeated after the soldiers ^'nmenccd firing; 1 then went into the passage with a few of my men to see how things were looking; I saw there was no more attack when! returned to the room, and ordered them to cease firing from the window, which order was obeyed immediately; I then made every preparation to strengthen my posi- tion in case of a second attack while so employed, I entered a side room leading from the passage, on the right hand, and found the two prisoners in a corner; I ordered them to follow me an.) gave them to my men prisoners; I saw nothing in their hands, but on examining their persons, a quantity of ball ammuni- tion was found on the person of the prisoner Benfield I was putting a dead body out of the passage, to clear it for a second attack, into this room. which was dark, when I found the two prisoners skulking in a corner. The window shutters in this room were closed they had evidently gone into this room from the passage to avoid the fire of my men, and they could not leave it without again exposing themselves to it; they were in fact taken in a cul de sac; I do not recollect whether Venn, the last witness, spoke to me, for I had not time to speak to any one, I was engaged in strengthening my position one of my men told me in the presence of both the prisoners that Benfield had ball ammunition on him; in a moment after their pockets were turned out, I saw them eating bread and cheese: finding the attack was not reuewed, I had all the dead bodies in the house taken out of the room and passages, and placed in the yard under a veranda; when the scene became quiet, I caused the dead bodies to be removed from the outside and placed them with the remainder in the yard there were, in the whole, nine dead bodies in the yard I cannot say whether the mayor gave me orders to fire or not; for being fired on by the mob I did not require any orders to return it; the mayor was by my side. 1 do not recollect whether the room in which 1 found the prisoners was open or shut. Richard Benfield, on being duly cautioned, was asked, whether he had anything to say why he should not be committed on a charge of High Treason, lie replied, I have nothing to say against this. John Rees being duly cautioned, said, that he would say what he had to say in Welsh A translator having been sworn, his statement was as followsHe wished to make a statement. At eight o'clock they came to threaten every one at their houses, in consequence of which became with them; he was as much afraid to stay behind them as he was to go with them; there was nothing in his hand when lie to this place, nothing in the world. I am at Tredegar this 20 years. fIlls IS all I have to say. He averred that he uever was before a magistrate "until now. The prisoners were then fully committed to take their trial for High Treason. Rees then, through Mr Phillips, said. and he wished it to he heard, that this is the wav in which the inno- cent arc made to suffer for the guilty." On Friday morning Wm. M. Townsend, who was committed the proceeding night, was brought up, and after receiving a severe reprimand from the magis- trates, for his culpable and indecent conduct last night, was discharged, with a ca ution lint again to come before them under similar circumstances. William Jones who was taken into custody the pro- ceeding night, was then brought in. William Evans sworn, said—I am a clerk to Mr Morrison, at Crumlyn; I know the prisoner, who is a watchmaker I know him the last two years; I assisted in apprehending him yesterday, Ihursday the 7th, in a field adjoining the Navigation Inn, at Crum- lyn; he passed through the Navigation Inn there, and going out the back door he endeavoured to make his escape he was making his way to a road, when I and Edmund Jones, a mason, followed Iii,.n he ran about 30 yards after he saw us and then he drew a pistol out of his side pocket. 1 then called to John Willis, who was 50 yards behind me, to go to his house and get a gun, and then Jones', immediately said he would surrender himself to us; he heard me call for the gun—he then threw the pistol to me, and while I was in the act of nicking it ul). lie came down to me, and surrendered himself to me—this is the pistol. [Here witness produced tile pistol.] It was loaded with ball when Jones gave it to me and a cap on the nipple; it was unloaded in my presence, and I then sent for a constable. There were then present, myself, John Willis, Edmund Jones, and Wells. We thell sent for Richard Thomas, constable of the parish, who examined him and found on him powder, balls, and copper caps; the prisoner took out of his pockets cverv thin" he had. I k»evv nothing of the proceed- in«rs*which°took place at Newport, on Monday, the 4th November; but on the Sunday night before, at seven o'clock, I knew it was to take place, as crowds of people were passing through all night. I eanllot sav if they were armed —I was at a distance from them, but I saw their lights; they did not attempt to molest me it was between three and four yesterday afternoon when we took him we brought him down here and delivered him up to the magistrates; I never heard Jones address any meeting. John Willis sworn, says 1 assisted with Evans, Jones, and Wells, to apprehend the prisoner yesterday, When we took the prisoner to Mr David Thomas, the Mavpole Inn, he requested the pistol to be given up to him, that he might unload li; tue pistol was then in Mr Evan's hands; he took it unscrewed it, and 1 then took it out of Ins hand nd shook the powder out of it- I took the cap oil the nipple, and then asked liiiii if he had any other arms about him, upon which he took the contents of his trowsers and waist- coat pockets and put them on the table; I produced some balls and caps, and a screw which he took out of his waistcoat pocket; he t.ien took out the contents of his trowsers pocket; there was not anus nor am- munition in them; there were one or two small pa- pers which I did not toUC Edward Hopkins sworn, says—I ain a police officer of tho borough of Newport I received the prisoner Win. Jones into my custody last night; I searched him ane found a printed p >I>er, containing an inflam- tory address and a seditious song, with the music, ell- titled "The Horn of Liberty; [put j„ and read;] I also took from his P°<*et *1 l'*s I was on duty here on the morning ol the 4ih November, when an attack was made on this house by a mob of people who came down from the nils-—they were armed, some with guns, some with pistols, some with swords and some with mandrils,one had a small hammer with a haft in it three feet long'; there were also some pistols; the attack commenced between eight and ten o'clock I was at the door when it commenced the mob marched down trom Stnw hill, anl1 came in front of the house (the Wesgate; when they halted and fronted, and immediately commenced an attack on the special constables at the tront door, with pikes and I guns, and immediately commenced firing; the con- stables were driven hack through the rear of the Hotel; I could not get in the house till after the firing ceased I saw a sergeant of her Majesty's 45th regiment who been wounded during the attack; I also saw the mayor who had been wounded I know that some of the special constables were also wounded I got the doctor to attend to the mayor I also saw a number of dead bodies, some in the yard, and some in the house; they were s-mie of the rioters who made the -,xtt-,tck. I searched one of the dead bodies, and in his pockets I found 2.1 rounds of ball cartridge, which I delivered to Lieutenant Grey, who gave tLem to the soldiers; there were two of the rioters wounded then in the house, they were placed on the stretcher and carried away by the special constables. I did not see any of the firing by the soldiery. I do not know that the body from which I took the cartridges .ø U'V'VlI 'BUIUt:U. John Prosser. sworn, s-tid-I live at the New Inn' in the parish of Panteague; it is in the road from Pontypool to Newport; two miles and a half from Polity pool, and nine from Newport. My mother keeps the inn, and I live with her I was at home on Sunday night last. I saw about 200 men come to our house between eleven and twelve o'clock most of them were armed with guns, spears, and daggers and other kinds of weapons. I know a person called Jones the watchmaker; I see him here; it is the pri. soner; he came in with the men, and they called for beer. lie asked for a noggin of rum to put in a jar that he pulled out of his pocket; I saw it supplied by my mother. At that time I saw him pull out something like a dagger, and he asked my sister how she should like to have that stuck into her; she made answer, and said—Oh, lord! Mr Jones, what is that you have got? he smiled, and said nothing. I saw the dagger. About that time one of the men jumped up, and took a gun which I had banging up in the kitchen. He took it out into the passage leading to the kitchen, and tried the lock; there was no flint in it, and another man took a flint out of his pocket and put it iti the lock, and then the gun fired. I then' took hold of the gun by the barrel, and said—You took hold of the gun by the barrel, and said-You must not take this gun, it is mine, and I want it. The men who had it, said they would not give it to me; I then went to the bar, and told Jones that the men had taken the gun; and asked him to interfere to get it back. Jones said-O never mind about the gun, I'll see that you shall have it back again. I then returned to the place where the men where who bad the gun; I took hold of the gun, and said to Jones, I should have it; he said a stain— l Never uuudi I shall see you lave it back. He did not say when; and it was then taken away. He had also a small stick in his hand he then returned into the kitchen; he was tappill the men on their backs, telling them—Now, my lads, light your pipes, and let us go on. The men did so, and followed him out. I heard a great noise outside, both while the men were in, and after they went away. It appeared to be a noise proceeding from a great number of men willie Jones was in the house, I saw a person standing on the stairs, in the passage adjoining the kitchen that man told me, he bad several pistols in his pockets, and made me feel his person, to satisfy myself that he had. He had a gun in his hand. He asked me if Leigh's carriage was gone down, and I said it had, and had gone back again, lie sairl-l am sorry for that, as we meant to have attacked him on the road. I have no doubt at all that he meant Squire Leigh, the Lord Licutonant of the county. The Lord-Lieutenllut hves two milesor two miles and a quarter from that; I saw the Lord-Lieutenant go down that day towards New- port, and I also saw him return; I am quite certain that the man who said that, was one of the men who came in with Jones, and went out with him I do not know that man, nor do I know any other -of the men. --Examined by Prisoner: There were only three or four persons in the house when you came in; when you showed the dagger, you did not appear to have any intention to use it. You have been on friendly terms with my family for years; I would be very sorry to come against you, but I was compelled to do 50. I thought it was a joke in shewing the dagger to my sister. You said twice that you would see the gun returned. [Mr Blewitt here reminded Jones, that the Magistrates had offered him professional as- sistance, if he required it. The prisoner thanked him. and declined the offer.] When you left, only one person remained behind; there was a great noise of persons while you were in the house. I do not know that you had a similar intention with respect to Mr Leigh, that the person had who asked me about him; I saw nothing in your manner to show such an intention the only thing I saw, was a dagger. The person who spoke of Mr Leigh, I did not see speak to you; from what I saw, I believe It was the intention ofyou and the persons who were with you, to do some mischief. Basil Grey, Esq., Lieutenant of the 45th foot, re- peated the evidence which he gave in the case of R. Benfield and J. Rees, yesterday. Further evidence was given by John Phillips, of Cross y Cylog; Christopher Kidner, of the same place; and John Matthews, gardner to Mr Prothero. The prisoner was then committed to Monmouth Gaol, to take his trial, on a charge of high treason and sedi- tion, at the next gaol delivery for this county. The prisoners will be tried by a Special Commission, and it is said that the Attorney-General will be sent down to prosecute. We understand that it is the intention of several in- fluential gentlemen of the town and neighbourhood, to set on foot a subscription for the purpose of pre- senting to the Mayor, Thomas Phillips, jun., Esq a testimonial of their esteem and admiration of his conduct, on the late eventful occasion. Mr Powell, of the Gaer. mentioned the subject at the meeting of Canal Directors last week. A REIJUISTION TO THE MAYOR, most numerously and respectably signed, was presented, requesting his consent to be put in nominaton for re-election for the ensuing year. This honour Mr Phillips declined, and Mr Thomas Hawkins, ironmonger, has been appointed. Amongst the dead Chartists one is a man named Williams, who drilled them, aii(i who is supposed to be a deserter from the 29th regiment; another was a miner, named William Griffiths, upon whose body was found a card, inscribed with his name, and bear- ing tbe following nponit "The Working Men's Association for benefiting politically, socially, and morally, the useful classes.- The man who evades his share of useful labour, diminishes the public stock of wealth, and throws his own burdens on his neighbour. No 657. Monthly payments." Underneath this is a scale of the months for the insertion of payments in two columns, of which those for July aud August were payments of Jd, for each month carried out. On the body of another was found a similar card of the Merthyr Tydvil Association, numbered 2,601. I"ROST, since his committal to Monmouth Gaol, has been in a most dejected state. The magistrates sent written directions to the gaoler at Monmouth, to prevent all intercourse be- tween the prisoners and the Chartists who are at pre- sent in confinement in pursuance of their sentences, at the last Assizes. Pontypool, Monday. Before Mr Serjeant Taddy, the Lord-Lieutenant of the county, aud Mr Needham. George Tomltns, John Brittan, Thomas Davis, Chas. Bucknall, Henry Harris. Isaac Davis, Wvt. Howard, David Williams, Thomas Bolton, and Frederick Turner, werecharged with havingriotously assembled, and conspired together to endanger the lives of her Majesty's subjects. 0 A number of witnesses were called, who proved the prisoners to have been active in the mob which went to the Varteg and British Iron Works, aud compelled the men to abandon the engines and let out the blast furnaces, allowing the iron and cinders to run toge- ther. It was also proved that the prisoners were variously armed, &c. The whole of the prisoners were committed to take their trials for the above offen- ces, the magistrates intimatin" however, that in these cases they would take bail. ° John Charles Was then placed at the bar upon a simi- lar charge. The prisoner was fully committed. THE CHARTISTS' PIKE MAKER. Thomas Ketjes, Ami, Meredith, and James Meredith were then charged with riot and conspiracy, and with burglariously entering the house of John Jones, and stealing various trticies ttierefrotil. I he three prisoners were ful'v committed for riot, conspiracy, and burglary The mag Istra tes have evidence to prove the prisoner Keyes to have been the Chartists' pike n.aker to a great extent, but the evidence cannot be adduced at present. (From our own Correspondent.J Newport, Thursday, Nov. 14. Since last Week al| has been quiet, with a rumour now and then that the Chartists are coming the fol- lowing to this time have been fully committed Committed for High, Treason and Sedition.—John Frost, Charles Waters, John Partridge, James W, Thomas Davies, Richard Benefit, VVilham Jones, John Rees, J„im Lovel!) Solo,non Brittan, George George, Moses Scard. T t Committed for On Month.— James Morris, John Barrett. Committed for Fourteen Days.—'JameS) Wm' Jones, Thomas Gibson. Edward Frost bound over to appear. Discharged on their own recognizances of £ o0 each to appear if called on John Napp. ^|jar,es Gr°v^f' Thomas Edwards, William Griffith". Ebenezer Wil- liams. Discharged.—John Regan, Williami Purnell, John Thomas, Thomas Edwards, John Grimtlis, John George, Arthur Parker. Joseph Wilter, John Slugg, Henry Jones, Robert Hodges, Henry James, James Cantil, Henry Chardes, Thomas Aurelius, Absolom Crook, Thomas Crook, James Morgan, James Meeds. Remanded.—John Bowen, Lewis Ihomas. William Trem, a special constable, who refused to assist Mr Powell in taking the gun, was brought up, and after a severe reprimanding, was fined in the mi- tigated penalty of 10 shillings, and cautioned that if he had not been a poor man he would been fined in the full penalty ot ^5.. „ A man, named Victory, is under examination for inducing the soldiers to desert, and to get their 2s. Gd. a day—same as the Chartists get-and not to fire on theui r i. The Coroner's inquest is further adjourned to Tues- day next. Sunday last, four steam packets, with the 45th regiment arrived here a so, three pieces of artillery and amunition, came io by way o ^Chepstow. The 10th Hussars went out in the morning to escort the artillery into the town. If anything were needed to show the folly and wickedness of the leaders and dupes in the Newport affair, we think the following statement of the condi- tion of the disaffected men will be sufficient. The men in the collieries average 10s. Od. every four weeks; good workmen at the Dockmen earn X:2 a week, and the Sawyers from 28s. to 30s. Such are the malignant feelings engendered by Chartism, that when any or the men who were not enrolled met with an accident, the others would pass them in the pits, and holding a candle in their face, say, Oh, let him lie,, he is not enrolled! <> Whitehall, Nov. 9, 1839. "Sin,-Tije Queen has been pleased to command me to express her Majesty s high approval of your conduct, aud of the conduct of the magistrates acting with you, oil lJ'e occasion of tbe outrage recently committed in tjic town of Newport. To the resolution and courage of the magistrates, and of the small military force which supported them in withstanding the unexpected and daring attack of numerous bodies of armed men from the mining districts, her Majesty ascribes in a great measure the preservation of the lives and property of the inhabitants. Her Majesty is deeply concerned that any one of her faithful and loval subjects should have suffered personal injury in the discharge of his public duty, itua iu deleuce Qf tlie pe&ee of the TQNU ugaiusl Uw« less aggression. And while her Majesty cannot but regret that any loss of life should occur, it is a satis- faction to her Majesty to know that this loss, which, under the circumstances was unavoidable, has been confined to those who were foremost in making the attack; and that the loss was not greater or more indiscriminate, her Majesty attributes to the jndg ment evinced by the magistrates, and by the officer in command of the troops, and to the exemplary forbearance, steadiness, and good conduct of the soldiers. n I have, &c., NORMANBY. The Mayor of Newport, Monmouthshire."

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