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MEKIONJJjTH QUARTER SESSIONS.

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MEKIONJJjTH QUARTER SESSIONS. A UNIQUE RECORD. The Trinity Quarter Sessions for the county of Merioneth were held at the County Hall, Dolgelley, on Tuesday before A. Osmond Williams, Esq., deputy chairman, in the chair Thomas Edwards, Edward Griffiths, Edward Jones, R. Prys Owen, Cnarlea Williams, John Williams, Ellis Wilkin, 0. Slaney Wynne, J Leigh Taylor,Esqrs., Dr J. E. Jones, Dr Edward Joaes, and Major G. F. Scott. There were also in attendance Mr Robert Jones, clerk cf the peace. Major Best, chief constable, and J. Charles Hughes, Esq., under-sheriff. ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM MR POPE, C. The following letter was received from Mr Sarrmol Pope, Q.C., formerly deputy chairman of Quarter Sessions:—" April 10th. I am in receipt of reso- lution passed by the Merioneth Court of Quarter Sessions on April 4th. I beg to thank the Court moat cordially for its friendly terms and to assure my colleagues that as I felt the position of depufY chairman to be one of great honour I retired from it with the greatest reluctance, cherishing the kindliest recollections of the indulgence and courtesy I have always received from every member of the Bench. GRAND JCRY. The following were sworn on the grand jury — Mr Ellis Pugh Jones, Llwyndu, Llanaber (foreman); Messrs Griffith Davies, Tonfanau Hugh Evans, Hengau, Corris; John Lloyd Evans) Hendrecoed- isaf David Evan Hughes. Old Post Otfice shop, Dolgelley; John Jones, Cildydd, Talyllyij: Wil- liam Jones, Garthgallf, Llanaber Edward ewis, Glanywern, Llanegryn Edward Owen, Tymawr, Towyn Evan Owen, Fronheulog, T-ilyllyn Ellis Roberts. Tyglas Thomas Rowlands, Llettyganol David Tudor, Glanmachias, Llanegryn Cadwaladr Williams, Tyddyn-y-pandy, Llanaber Howell Williams, Tynllwyn. NO PRISONERS. The Clerk announced that he had received a certificate from the Carnarvon gaol saying that there were no prisoners for trial. THE CHARGE. The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, addressing the grand jury said he must first of all express the regret, wnich he had no doubt all present felt at the unavoidable absence of their worthy chairman, Mr W. R. M. Wynne, the lord lieutenant, from whom he had ceived a letter apologising to the Court for his ab- sence. He had a most pleasant duty to perform that day. It was to congratulate thegrand jury, the pol- ice, and all persons connected with the Court, on the remarkable immunity from crime in the county. At the last three courts of quarter sessions in suc- cession there had been no cases for trial. This had never taken place before in Merionethshire. He firmly believed there was no county in the kingdom with such a record It was a record which they might all feel justly proud of. He did not know to whom the credit was due—whether the citizens were becoming more and more law. abiding or whether the police under the command of their worthy chief constable were becoming more vigil- ant, although vigilance had always been a marked characteristic of the Merioneth police. He ex- tremely regretted that the gentlemen consist- ing the grand jury should be summoned to attend a at which there was no business to transact, and he earnestly hoped that their legislators would sooaer or later find some means for them to escape this unnecessary attendance. It was ex- tremely hard on the farmers to have to attend caseless courts especially during the harvest, as was the case in the present instance. He had re- ceived a copy of the Chief Constable's quarterly report, which showed thit there were lorty-five cases less this quarter compared with the corres- ponding quarter of last year and twenty-two more cases as compared with the last quarter. The decrease was in the following offences :—Common assault, 7 drunkenness, 16 vagrancy, 13 and keeping dogs without licenses, 8 total, 4-1. There was an increase of five persons in the number arrested for simply larceny are compared with the corresponding quarter of last year. He would like to bring to the attention of-the Court a letter which he had received from Mr E. Parry Jones, "governor of Ruthin Prison, with regard to the Prisoners' Aid Society. The objects of the Society were to aid destitute and deserving prisoners on their discharge with money, food, clothing, railway fares, &c., aud to endeavour tc help them to obtiin employment and assist them in any other way which commended itself to the discretion of the Prison Management Committee. It appeared to him (Mr J :;ne) a mockery after discharging a prisoner who had served a sentence to tell him to lead an honest life. It was not sufficient to punish prisoner", but effjits ought to be taken to make beit-r men and women of them when they were released. He (the Deputy Chairman) thought the Society worthy of patronage. The CHIEF CONSTABLE stated that the Court already subscribed to the Society. WHITE GLOVES. The grand jury having been discharged, the UNDER-SHERIFF (Mr J. C. Hughes) on behalf of Mr R E. Ll. Richards, the high sheriff, isked the Deputy Chairman to accept a pair of white gloves. The Sheriff had also asked him to offer his con- gratulations on the appointment of Mr Williams as deputy chairman, and had expressed the hope that he would preside on many occasions in the future over maiden court*. The DEPUTY ÇHIIAN having acceptsd the gloves and tendered his acknowledgment, the Court • rose.

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