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CHESHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. « The general Quarter Sessions opened at Knutsford on Monday. Sir Horatio Lloyd pre- sided in the first court and Mr. H. C. Yates in the second court. Earl Egerton (the Lord Lieutenant of the County) was present at the opening of the court, and there was a full bench of magistrates, who included the Hon. Alan de Tatton Egerton, M.P., Mr. George Dixon, Rev. C. Wolley-Dod, and Mr. Christopher Kay. DRUNKENNESS AND CRIME. The Chairman, in his charge to the Grand Jury, said the cases were of an ordinary char- acter, and about the same number as at the corresponding period of last year. The only thing which struck him in looking over the calendar-and it was no new feature—was the large number of prisoners who found their way into that court probably through the influence of drink. Half tiie cases on the present occasion were known to be those of persons who had over and over again been convicted of drunken- ness-one prisoner no less than 50 times, and others 16, 15 and so on, shewing what a very fruitful source of crime drunkenness was. lo was a very old story, and various remedies had been suggested for the improvement of persons who could not help themselves in this respect, but perhaps some day or other they would find those means utilised in Cheshire as in other counties. NEW MAGISTRATES. His Honor Judge Bradbury, Altrincham, and Mr. John Brooks, Close Brooks, Chelford, quali- fied as magistrates for the county. COUNTY BUSINESS. The county business was for the most part of a formal character. Justices for the various petty sessional divisions of the county were appointed to exercise the powers conferred by the Lunacy Act. These were with a few exceptions re-appointed. In respect of Hyde the names of Mr. E. Chapman, M.P., Mr. J. T. Watts, and Mr. F. Wild were added, while those re-appointed for Nantwich were supple- mented by Messrs. L. Chew, H. B. Massey and J. Bancroft. Capt. Egerton Leigh was appointed to till the vacancy caused by the death of General Sir Richard Wilbraham, and Mr. A. Thomas in the place of the late Mr. James Handley, of Runcorn. Mr. J. C. Clough was elected in the room of Mr. Lea Jones at Northwich. The Chairman moved That the Easter and Michaelmas Quarter Sessions, which by the standing orders, rules and regulations of the court are fixed to commence at the Sessions House, Knutsford, in each year, be on the con- elusion of the business arising in the Knutsford Division of the county, continued by adjourn- ment to Chester Castle on tbe Wednesdays in the same weeks in which they are held for the transaction of business arising in the Chester Division of the county, instead of on the Thurs- days in such weeks as heretofore." Sir Horatio explained that whether the sessions opened at Chester or Knutsford the business did not now occupy more than two days; in fact it seldom extended over one day, and he thought it would be convenient for everybody if Wednesday were fixed as the day for the adjournment. Earl Egerton seconded, and it was unani- mously agreed to. CIVIL PROCEEDINGS. Mr. Lloyd made an application for the con- firmation of an order of the Stockport justices in regard to the wife and four children of Adam Fox, now chargeable to the Stockport Union. Over SZ7 had been expended by the guardians, and it was now found that he was entitled to the ient of freehold fields in Derbyshire. It was his custom to write to the tenant to meet him at a certain place and there receive the money. —The Bench confirmed the order, and the Chairman, amid laughter, said the guardians could have costs if they could get them. Thomas Etchells appealed against a refusal of the Macclesfield justices to grant a renewal of the licence of the Lord Nelson public-house in that borough. John Moss appealed against a refusal of the Macclesfield justices to renew the licence of the Pineapple Inn, Water Close, Macclesfield. Both appeals were dismissed. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. A REMARKABLE THEFT. Jennie Tucker, 38, manageress, on bail, pleaded guilty to stealing eight parcels of corsets and underclothing, the property of W. Goulden Thompson, between the months of April and August last. Mr. Roe-Rycroft, who prosecuted, said the value of the goods stolen was about X50. Prisoner was manageress of a business formerly carried on by a Mr. Fielder, who had also places of business at Manchester and elsewhere. In March this year Fielder got into financial difficulties, and Mr. Thomp- son, who was a very large creditor, purchased the business from the official trustee. Some time after this prisoner sent an assistant with corsets and underclothing to a shop on the Downs, and the goods were subsequently con- veyed to her lodgings.—Mr. E. H. Lloyd, who represented the prisoner, said that she had borne an excellent character, but she admitted that during the interval of the transfer of the business to Mr. Thompson she had removed some goods, but she by no means admitted they were of the value put upon them by the prosecution. She had, they must remember, lost a comfortable position, and by that plea of guilty she was anxious to make reparation and to redeem her character. It was a first offence, and, although it was a serious one, yet there were friends who were ready and willing to give her employment at once if she was in a position to accept.rho Chairman asked if there had been any return of the property.—Mr. Lloyd replied it was impossible to restore it in kind. She had burnt it when the trouble began in order to get rid of her responsibility. Mr. Roe- Rycroft thought some information should be given as to the goods. The mere statement they had been destroyed was not satisfactory.— The Chairman said that they would take the course of postponing judgment until next sessions, and admit the prisoner to bail in order to see whether any explanation was given as to. what became of the property. James M'Bride (36), labourer, was indicted for breaking and entering the dwelling-house of James Alexander Carse, and stealing four drawing-room chairs, carpets, &c., at Sale. The prisoner committed the theft in the most systematic manner, actually taking a handcart up to the front door in broad daylight, during the prosecutor's absence on a holiday. He informed Mr. Lord, who lived opposite, that he had bought the furniture, and obtained his assistance in removing it. Subsequently he sold the articles, and was found in a state of intoxication. Prisoner, who had been in gaol two months, was sentenced to ten months' im- prisonment. Hannah Cliffe, 67, was charged with attempt- ing to commit suicide at Buglawton, near Congleton, by throwing herself into the canal. The prisoner's son said she had a very bad temper, and, in reply to the chairman, said he would not care to have the responsibility of looking after her. The Chairman described him as not half a son," and sentenced the prisoner, who was found guilty, to one month's imprisonment. Charles Walker (alias George Brett), 28, described as a traveller, was indicted for steal- ing a cashbox and 3s. from the shop of Mary Ridgway, at Sale. He was found guilty, and the Chairman said his criminal record dated back to 1888, and he had only just come out of prison when he committed the theft. He must go to penal servitude for three years. Harry Ingham, 27, labourer, pleaded guilty to house-breaking at Sale. He was on ticket of leave when he committed the crime. Having regard to the fact that he had to serve nine months of his unexpired period of penal servi- tude, he was sentenced to twelve months. The subjoined sentences were also passed:— Geo. Rowson, 60, labourer, theft at Rainow, six months; Henry Howard, 61, labourer, false pre- tences at Stockport, six months; Thomas Flannery, 42, shoemaker, theft at Sandbach, four months' hard labour.


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