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CAERGWRLE PETTY SESSIONS. + THURSDAY.—Before Col. Trevor Roper (chair- man), Messrs. R. V. Kyrke and E. Davies. LICENSING.—The transfer of the licence of the Royal Oak, Higher Kinnerton, was granted to Eva Davies.-Eli Humphreys was granted a transfer of the licence of the Crown Inn, Penymynydd. CHARGE OF STEALING A DOG: CURIOUS CASE. Annie Pratt, London, and Jane Barlow, Tryddyn, sisters, two respectable-looking women, were summoned for stealing a collie dog, value X7, the property of Lazarus Roberts, Caergwrle, on the 10th of August.—Mr. J. B. Marston, on behalf of the prosecutor, said on the day in question the dog accidentally strayed from its owner. Mr. Roberts did not see it again until a few days afterwards, when brought to him by the police, who had found it in the possession of the defendant, Jane Barlow. The evidence of witnesses would shew clearly the cause of the dog missing. When the dog was lost it was advertised, and a reward was offered for its re- covery.—Prosecutor having given evidence, Mary Edwards, Hope, stated that on the road at Caergwrle she saw the defendants, who were with another lady, take the dog from the road, put it in a conveyance, and drive off with it.- Edward Jones and John Keenam also deposed to seeing the defendants at different places on the road to Wrexham in possession of the dog.— P.C. John Jones, Caergwrle, said on receiving information of the loss of the dog he went to the house of Mrs. Barlow, and that lady admitted having in her possession a stray dog, which, she said, followed her when driving past Caergwrle to Wrexham. Witness told her the animal bad been identified by a gentleman as his property, and the woman then told him he could take the dog away.—Mr. E. A. Orford, for the defence, submitted that the evidence was not sufficient to prove the case. His clients, with another lady, were driving to Wrexham, and when in the neighbourhood of Caergwrle they saw the dog on the road alone. It looked hungry, and defendants gave it some food, and then the animal followed them all the way to Wrexham. Not knowing its owner, the women took care of it, and when the police called on them they at once admitted having it, and willingly handed it back. The Bench knew it was cus- tomary for stealers of live stock to dispose of them as soon as possible, but the fact of what defendants did in this case was sufficient to convince them that there was no intention to steal. Neither could they form a motive for stealing, for the defendants had not the remotest notion of the value of the dog.—Evi- dence for the defence was then given by Janet Walker, the lady in company with the defen- dants, and the Rev. John Davies, Tryddyn, the latter of whom, in speaking of defendants' characters, considered them perfectly honest and straightforward.—The Bench, after some deliberation, were of the opinion that there was a doubt as to the intention of the defendants of stealing the dog, but considered they com- mitted a foolish act in carrying it away. It was also their duty to have informed the police. The case was dismissed.

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