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CITY QUARTER SESSIONS. A LIGHT CALENDAR. The City Quarter Sa.iSiion-3 were held at the Town Hall on Monday morning, before the Re- corder (Sir Horatio Lloyd). His Honour was attended by the Mayor (Aid. John Jones), the Sheriff (Aid. J. M. Frost), Mr. Geo. Davison (Larder Sheriff), and Mr. N. A. E. Way (Clerk of the Peace). Mr. J. Sheriff Roberts aoted as foreman of the grand jury. The Recorder (Sir Horatio Lloyd), in his ad- dress to tho Grand Jury, said Chester closed the year 1907 very creditably, so far as crime was concerned. The average number of pesons be- fore the police court during the same quarter in the last five years had been 255, against 243 during the last quarter. In respect of serious crime, there had been a very considerable improve- ment, and he Nvus glad to find there were only two charges on the calendar. Alluding to the Probation of Offenders Act, Sir Horatio Lloyd said that too power it gave to magistrates to refrain from the conviction of first offenders was a graat advance. It had lemoved what he felt to be a blot on the criminal law, namely, that a mere teclmieal offence should stand in a man's way for the rest of his life. The magis- trates had now the power of putting the first offender under the supervision of a probation officer, whose duty it was to befiiend him, and if ncocissary find him suitable employment. In nine cases out of ten that was what the man moat, needed. The succors of the Act would greatly depend upon the discretion of the pro- bation officer. He (Sir Horatio) hoped the Act would work well. It had his goodwill, and he was sure it would be a very beneficial Act in- deed. Minnie Crawford (32), a. married woman, pleaded guilty to stealing two window blinds, a curtain and a wda-syphoa, the property of James Walker, on Oct. 30th. Mr. J. E. E. Bankos said prisoner borrowed from the pr?- vious occupier the key of an empty Iiou-se in C'heyney-raad. and in that way obtained an entrance to it. The Recorder said prisoner had been con- victed of larceny at the hl,t;:t Quarter Sessions in the county, and had been sentenced to six months' imprisonment, and that imprisonment she was now serving. The Chief Constable (Mr. J. H. Laybourne) sa.id the offenoc had been committed when prisoner was 011 bail on another charge. She was married to an old watchman aged 74, and when siho was in a certain condition she com- mitted those offences. That had been so on two previous occasions as well as on the present one. Prisoner was sentenced to five months' im- prisonment, to run concurrently with the sen- tence of six months. Arthur Fletcher Dean, aged, 19, gardener, pleaded guilty to stealing a cash box, contain- ing 3s. lOd" from the shop of Thomas Walsh, Boughton.—Mr. J. E. E. Bankes prosecuted, and said prisoner had been convicted at the July Sessions Prisoner sent- up written statements to the Recorder, which his Honour read. Addicssing D ean, Sir Horatio said: "I am afraid you are a very good hand at writing and promising." Prisoner said that what he had done had been through the influence of bad company. The Recorder: In your statemontsi you put the blame for all your trouble on your com- panions. In passing sentence. Sir Horatio said the best tiling that could happen to prisoner was to re- move him from his bad companions, and for that purpose he would have him sent to a prifon under the Boratall system, in order that lie might- be taught a trade and carefully looked aftT and advised. It was necot-sary to sentence prisoner technically to eighteen months' im- prisonment in order that he might be treated in the very lenient way in which prisoners were treated under the Ror.-ta'l system.

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