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DENBIGHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. 0 JURT'S EXTRAORDINARY DECISION." At these sessions on Friday at Wrexham, Captain Griffith-Boscawen presided over a full bench of magistrates. Among the gentlemen who qualified as justices for the county were Mr. Stanley Weyman, of Llanrhydd Hall, Ruthin, the well-known novelist; Mr. Foster Cunliffe, a former captain of the Oxford Uni- versity cricket team, and heir to Sir Robert Cunliffe, Acton Park, Wrexham; and Mr. W. Jones, The Quinta, Overton, clerk to the Over- ton magistrates. The Chairman, in his address to the Grand Jury, said that crime in the county was about the same as usual. He was pained to find, however, that out of the eight prisoners four were indicted for indecent assaults. Unfortunately there had been too many of these cases in the past, and the late Lord Chief Justice at the assizes at Ruthin some months ago made some very strong re- marks respecting these cases, and he had hoped those remarks would have had some effect, but he was sorry to find that they evidently had not. Colonel Mesham, the vice chairman, proposed the following resolution:—" That the Chief Constable be instructed to obtain, with the assistance of the Clerk of the Peace, a complete list of all public-houses and places for the sale of intoxicating drinks in the county of Denbigh, with the names of owners, occupiers, and the changes of ownership, transfers, and convictions which have taken place during the last five years, and that it be shewn on such list whether the houses are tied or not tied. That a form or schedule be drawn up and sent to each division, so that the returns shall be uniform, and then printed and a copy sent to each justice of the peace in the county."—Mr. W. Thomas (Wrexham) seconded, and the motion was agreed to. Jack Hinton, aged 25, who has been con- victed under various names for felony and other offences in different parts of the country, was charged with stealing £ 3 from the person of Thomas Davey, a Liverpool builder. The prosecutor attended Wrexham races on September 3rd along with some friends, and while watching the finish of one of the races the prisoner stole his purse. The prisoner, who only came out of prison in June after serving nine months' imprisonment, was now sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment. Edward Salisbury, collier, living at Brymbo, near Wrexham, was ordered to come up for judgment when called upon for having tried to commit suicide by throwing himself into a pool of water. Mr. Humphreys, butcher, living at Gwersyllt, near Wrexham, was indicted for having attempted to commit suicide.—The jury found a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged. W. Barker, an old offender, was sentenced to six monthe' imprisonment for stealing a pair of boots, the property of John Jones, Ruthin. The prisoner said it was election day, and he did not remember doing it. Evan Pritchard, aged 18, a labourer, was charged with committing an assault on Anne Jones, at Llangerniew. A previous conviction for a like offence having been proved against the prisoner, he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment. W. Jones, a blacksmith, living in Salop-road, Wrexham, was charged with committing an assault upon a married woman, named Sarah Margaret Davies, living at Cerney. Mr. Samuel Moss, M.P., appeared for the prosecu- tion, while Mr. Yates defended. The jury found a verdict of not guilty.—The Chairman said it was a mostjextraordinary decision, and he refused to have the jury any longer. He therefore discharged them, and said he hoped next time they were summoned they would do their duty. A fresh jury was then sworn. Edwin Wright, a blacksmith, who went out to South Africa with the Volunteer Service Company of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, but was invalided home, was also charged with assaulting the same woman, Davies. Mr. Moss prosecuted, and Mr. R. V. Bankes defended. The jury found the prisoner not guilty, and he was discharged. J. G. Smith, a tramp, was sentenced to five months' imprisonment for assaulting a little girl, named Anne Rogers, living in Trafalgar- road, Wrexham.

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