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MERIONETH QUARTER SESSIONS. The Quarter Sessions for the county were held on Tuesday at Dolgelley before Mr W R M Wynne, (lord lieutenant), Rev Gwynoro Davies, Messrs W J Morris, C E Munro Edwards, Wynne Williams, Edward Griffiths, R Jones Morris, E M Roberts, L J Davies, R Williams, R R Roberts, C E J Owen, J Leigh Taylor, R S Wayne, Dr Lloyd, and Col Scott. THE GRAND JURY. The following were sworn on the Grand Jury William AFen, grocer, Dolgelley Robert Davies, Criterion, Dolgelley; William Jones Davies, dealer, Dolgelley; Hugh Evans, farmer, Gwanas; John Evans, farmer, Llwyn; E W Evans, Frondinon, Dolgelley William Evans, Aelybryn, Llanelltyd Griffith Edwards Foelisa, farmer, Llanelltyd J Edwards, Cellfachreth Robert Edwards, Dolfawr; G Antony Griffith, Gwerngawr; J Griffith, Gallistra, Robert.Hughes, Felinnewydd D H Jones, Lawn House, Dolgelley; J Jones, Bridge street, Dolgelley; John Jones, Llwyncynfal, Llanfachreth R Jones, Yaner; James Lewis, Glyndwr street; William Owen, farmer, Bwlan; John Pryce, Ftonolau, Brithdir; and John Roberts, farmer, Henblas. THE CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. The Chairman, addressing the grand jury, said 'he had hoped that there would have been no persons ifor trial before the year closed, but there were two .cases, one of unlawful wounding. He did not think that it was important enough to bring before ,the Quarter Sessions, but could easily have been dealt with by the local magistrates. It appeared to be the result of ill-feeling amongst two labourers in a turnip field, one of whom had struck the other with a bill hook inflicting a wound which, however, the doctor would tell them was not very serious. The other case was more important as it dealt with the tbeft of a parcel by an employe in the Dolgelley Post Office. Looking back over the past year they had to regret the death of their deeply lamented Queen Victoria, who was now peacefully resting irom ber labours willingly and loyally given for see the coronation of His Majesty King Edward VII. who, they trusted, would follow in the of his illustrious mother and loyally oo sepb work, aa he had stated his doing. The report of the Head- mtention c • K0 crime in the county was eminently eons a e as thecounty enjoyed great immunity from the°aame "o.ld W co„. TA TS„ « T,I?ITRR S- American Embassy Londfon W'bankwg he Sessions for its emr **i<3il of 8ymPatby w,th the v duly forwarded to Mrs the message would be « T.r tt. i R mu v u T ftteo cranked them for McKinJey. The Bjmbass} ,7; A, o w &Dd hoped that the the expressions ot good w 1 cordial feeling which now e. "°°1U lou« ™n: tinue. A communication ha> 80 n e,en from the North Western Rail. 008 solicitors office from Mr C H Mason, one c < the executors of the late Mr Samuel Pope, expres. for the letter of condolence. Hew '),Ûd hke to state now, as he was absent at the last Se, lsp ee^ regret and sympathy with the family 0' r °PJ who was always to him a warm per. ° Although they widely differed in politics jifti did not in the slightest degree affect th feeling of friendship which existed betwee a ern» In conclusion he wished them the complinu >t3 s of the season and a prosperous New Year. CHARGE Of UNLAWFUL WOUNDING. Robert Jones, farm labourer, was charged with unlawfully wounded John Thomas, labourer, on t.10 20th of October labt, by striking him in the cours e of a quarrel in the parish of Llandanwg with a bill hook, and causing a serious wound. Prisoner, who pleaded guilty, was represented by Mr W m George, Portmadoc, who said that the case was quite clear, and that the accused was a young man of un- blemished character and a steady workman, who had evidently lost his temper in a quarrel aroused bv ill feeling which had existed for some time. He had the instrument in his hand at the time, and in this sudden fit of temper, had struck Thomas, but he had gone so far to show his soirow for what he had done, as to give Thomas a large sum uf money for medical fees, even after proceedings had been taken against him. The defendant was very sorry for what had occurred, and Mr George pleaded that it was a case for the First Offender's Act.-The Chairman said that they had decided to take a lenient view of the case, although it was quite evident that the prisoner had committed himself seriously by striking Thomas with this sharp in- strument, but it was also evident that more serious injury would have been caused if the quarrel had been prolonged. Priscner would be bound over in vthe sum of X5 to come up for jadgment within six -months it called upon. THE POSTAL ROBBERY CASE. Francis Vaughan Morris was chaiged with having stolen a package, the property of the Post- master General, on the 14th December, which he was conveying to Penmaenpool for Mrs Scott.- Mr Guthrie Jones, who defended said he intended calling several witnesses who would give the accused an excellent character up to the time of the offence, and his father had only recently been pensioned from the Dolgelly Post Office, after 34 vears' work. He would like to draw attention to the youth of the prisoner who was only sixteen vears of age. It was the foolish act of a foolish boy, who did not realise the gravity of the offence. He tad already undeigone severe punishment, he thought, by being imprisoned to await his trial. It was undoubtedlv a case for the First Offender's Act. -The Rev R G Roberts, Bapl ist minister, Dolgelley gave evidence as lo the good character of prisoner before the offence.—The Chairman said that it was a very serious offence. He thought that more care should be taken in appointing these boys as extra messengers when the staff were unable to cope with the work. There should be either better pay or the authorities should be very careful as to the characters of applicants for the posts. He could not imagine that the prisoner intended any theft and taking into consideration his youth and t(}e excellent character which he had previously borne they would deal leniently with him under the First Offenders Act. He would be bound over to come up or judgment within six months if called upon, his father in the sum £ 10 and himself fa £ i

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