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BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

SPECIAL POLICE COURT.

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SPECIAL POLICE COURT. A YOUNG OFFENDER. On Monday, before Dr. Jenkins (in the chair) Messrs. J. W. Lumley, and W. T. Rodw. John Edwards, a lad of twelve years of age, Mwrog Street, Ruthin, was charged with stealing seven pounds of sausage, the property of Mrs. Jane Barrow, Tan-y castell, on March the 9th. The first witness called was Mary Jones, a servant in the employ of prosecutrix, who said she knew the prisoner. She saw him at Tan-y- castell last Thursday evening, between eight and nine o'clock, in company with his mother. The latter asked witness whether she had any Yorkshire ducks or black puddings. She re- plied, No, but they will be ready in about an hour. We have only sausages now, but they have only just been made.' Mrs. Edwards said she could not afford to buy those, and then went away, taking the boy with her. During. the time che boy wa3 in the shop, he did not say or do anything. Witness was at that time put ting the sausage into a dish in the window. Mrs. Edwards and her boy could see them, and were within reach of them. It would not be possible to get at the sausage from outside the shop. When prisoner and his mother went out, witness closed the shop door, and went into the house. Hearing the shop door open, she re- turned, and saw a boy's hand taking some of the sausage. The prisoner was the boy who took them. She ran after him, but did not catch him. She had no doubt as to the identity of the boy. After losing sight of the boy, she went back to the house and informed Mrs. Barrow of what had taken place. By the Bench: About five minutes elapsed from the time the boy and his mother were in the shop, to the time when she saw the former taking the sausage. The prosecutrix was called, and identified the sausage as her property. She had no doubt about it. The quantity of sausage she missed would be about seven or nine pounds. She gave information to the police. Sergt. Woollam stated that the sausage pro- duced were shown to him by P.C. Bithell at the house of the boy's mother, late on Thurs- day night, and the prosecutrix afterwards iden- tified them as her property. The following afternoon, the prisoner was brought to the office by P.C. Bithell, and witness asked him what he was doing at Tan y castell the pre- vious evening. He replied that he was not there. Witness told him two or three persons had seen him there. In reply to further ques- tions he said he was up the town about 6 30 and then went home to bed. He was then charged with stealing the sausage, and said, No, I didn't take them I wasn't there at all.' When he was going to be locked up, he began to cry and said, I will tell you all about it; I didn't take them my mother took them, and I stood by the old lock-up watching.' The prisoner elected to be dealt with sum marily and pleaded not guilty. In answer to the Bench, Sergt Woollam said the lad had never been convicted before, but he had had several complaints against him. The Chairman reprimanding the lad for his conduct, said he hoped he would not continue in his evil ways. If he had been older, he would have been sent to prison, but he would instead have to undergo twelve strokes of the birch rod. -AND AN OLD ONE Elizabeth Edwards, mother of the previous defendant, was also charged with receiving the sausage knowing the same to have been stolen. P.C. Bithell said, on Thursday night he accompanied ISergt. Woollam to prisoner's house, in Mwrog Street. He went to the back premises, and the Sergt. went to the front door He saw prisoner come to the door, and throw out the bundle of sausages now produced. They were tied up in a cloth. Witness took up the sausage, and taking them into the house, gave them to Sergt. Woollam, who went away. Witness remained in the house for about 20 minutes. Sergt. Woollam deposed to receiving informa- tion that some sausage had been stolen from Mrs. Barrow's. From inquiries made, he went to prisoner's house accompanied by P.C. Bithell, whom he sent round to the back door. It was after 11 o'clock, and everyone was in bed. Upon knocking, prisoner's husband came to the bedroom window, and asked who was there. He then came down and opened.the door. He found the prisoner lying on a mattress by the kitchen fire. Witness told her he wished to speak to her, and she then went into the back kitchen to dress herself. As he thought her rather long in returning, he asked her what she was doing, but did not get a reply. Going into the back kitchen he met P.C. Bithel coming in with the sausage. Witness asked the prisoner how she accounted for them, and she denied all knowledge of them. Witness said, 'You have just thrown them out this minute into the constable's arms,' but she denied it. There was no one else in the room besides themselves. P.C. Bithell stated in his presence that prisoner threw the sausage out, and he caught them. Prisoner said, I did not steal them, and I won't tell you who did I won't get anybody else into trouble.' She re- peated that several times. As prisoner had several young children, he did not arrest her. He went the following day to apprehend her, but was unable to find her all day. Shortly after eleven that night, he was standing by Llanfwrog church, when he heard two people whispering together. He walked towards them, and they then turned back. He foand a gar- den gate open, and going inside, he found pri- soner hiding under a hedge. Upon arresting her she said, The boy did not steal them.' Prisoner was brought up the following day, and remanded in custody. P.C. Bithell was re-called, and in answer to Mr. Lumley, said there was nobody else in the back kitchen or the yard at the time he got the sausage. Prisoner elected to be dealt with summarily, and in reply to the charge said, It is I that have done it, the boy has never seen them until to-day.' Sergt. Woollam said there were nine convic- tions against prisoner, chiefly for assaults, and for being drunk and disorderly, the last one being in October of last year. Prisoner pleaded with the Bench to deal leniently with her, and she would never come there again. Addressing the prisoner, the chairman said, she was guilty of encouraging her boy to be a thief, and that was an exceedingly wicked thing. S'he was liable to three months imprisonment, which for her offence he considered was not nearly enough. She was not only guilty of stealing, but had encouraged her boy also to be a thief. She would be sent to prison for six weeks, and would have to go through whatever hard labour might be given her there. He trusted that during those six weeks she would seriously consider her position. He felt very sorry for her. Prisoner was then removed. MAKING HER BED. Jane Roberts, married woman, Ruthin, was charged with stealing two counterpanes, the property of Mr. Thomas, draper, Ruthin, on March the 7th. David William Owen, an apprentice with Mr. Thomas, draper, said he was not acquainted with prisoner, but he had seen her before out- side the shop. There were a number of articles exposed for sale outside the shop. Last Tues- day night, about seven o'clock, he saw prisoner outside the shop, looking about her. He did not see her do anything else, when he first noticed her. The second time he came out, he saw her taking the two quilts produced, and put them under her shawl. They were valued at Is lljd each. He went into the shop and told Mr. Thomas, and they went down the street together after the woman. She was not going in the direction of her home. They over- took her opposite the entrance to the Cross Keys, and Mr. Thomas said to her, I You have some quilts under your shawl.' Prisoner did not say anything, but gave up the quilts. By the Bench Only a minute or two elapsed between the first time he saw her, and the time he saw her taking the quilts. William Thomas, draper, said from informa. tion received from the previous witness, he ac companied the latter down Well Street, and overtook the prisoner, and told her she had some quilts belonging to him. She hesitated for a moment, and then gave up the quilts produced to him. Asked for the name she gave it as Jane Evans. Sergt. Woollam deposed that prisoner was brought to his office about 7 p.m. on Saturday night by P.C. Bithell. Upon the warrant being read out, she said, she found the things on the street. She did not intend to steal them, but had had some drink, and went past the shop with them. Mr. Thomas, re-called, said he did not think that prisoner was in drink when he spoke to her. Prisoner eleoted to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty. Sergt. Woollam said there were no previous convictions, and she had never been before the Court before. The Chairman said prisoner'soffence deserved a good deal heavier punishment than would be inflicted. It was a very serious business for her, but she must go to goal for 21 days with hard labour. He hoped prisoner would mend her ways. 'IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND.' -AND THREE YEARS. William Roberts, a lad of twelve, living in Mwrog Street, Ruthin, was charged with stealing a penny, the property of another boy named Frank Williams, that morning. A little lad named Frank Williams, a son of Mr. Williams, butcher, said he was in the show- field that morning with his brother, Thomas John Williams, about 9 o'clock. He had a three penny piece with him, which he changed in the field, in case he should lose it. He changed it at Bethell's shop. He knew the prisoner, and saw him in the show-field that morning. He knocked the money out of wit ness's hand, and took a penny, running away with it up Llanfwrog. His brother than went and told Sergt. Woollam about the affair. Defendant stated that witness gave him the penny to go on the swings with. Thomas John Williams, brother of the Pre" vious witness, stated they were in the sho* field together that morning about 9 o'clock He did not know at first that his brother had any money. He afterwards showed him two pence. His brother was going to give him f penny, and when he was doing so prisoner pr' knocked his hand, picked up a penny, and raB away towards Llanfwrog. His brother diduot gave a pjnny to anyone.. By the Bench He did not see prisoner knoc» his brother's hand, but he saw him pick up money. Sergt. Woollam gave evidence as to the lad witness making a complaint to him. Whence saw the prisoner he had a penny in his ha.D' and he told witness that the lad Frank gave it to him. Williams however, denied this' The lad pleaded guilty, and the Chairing reprimanded him strongly for his bad conduO'1 He thought it would be best to try and him from the misery which would attend sort of life. He would, therefore, be detained fit the Workhouse until such time as he could removed to a Reformatory. He would kept there for three years, and he hoped during that time, he would mead his ways.

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