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MEKIONiiTH QUARTER SESSIONS.

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MEKIONiiTH 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 Jone3, R. Prys Owen, Charles 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 ci the peace. Major Best, chief constable, and J. Charles Hughes, Esq., under-sheriff. ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM MR POPE, Q C. The following letter was received from Mr Samuol Pope, Q.C., formerly deputy chairman of Quarter Sessions:—" April 10th I am in receipt of reso- lution passed hy the Merioneth Court of Quarter Sessions on April 4th. I beg to thank the Court most cordially for its friendly terms and to assur • my colleagues that as I felt the position of deputy 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. IIRAND JrRy. The following were sworn on the grand jury — Mr Ellis Push Jones, Llwyodu, Llanaber (:oreman); Messrs Griffith Davies, Tonfanau Evans, Hengau, Corris; John UOYII Evans) Hendrecoed- isaf David Evan Hughes. Old Post Office shop, Dolgelley John Jones, Cildydd, Talyllyn Wil- liam Jones, Garthgallt, Llanaber Edward Lewis, Glanywern, Llanegryn Edward Owen. Tymawr, Towyn; Evan Owen, Fronheulog, Talyllyn Ellis Roberts. Tyglas Thomas Rowlands, Llettyganol David Tudor, Glanmachlas, Llanegryn Cadwalidr Williams, Tyddyn-y-pandy, Llanaber Howell Williams, Tyullwyn. NO PRISONERS. The Clerk announced that he had received a certificate from the Carnarvon gaol saying that there were no prisoners f jr 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 chairmati, Mr W. R. M. Wynne, the lord lieutenant, from whom he had re 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 tney 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 court at which there was no business to transact, and he earnestly hoped that their legislators would sooner 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 that there were forty-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, S total, 4-L There was an increase ot five persons in the number arrested for simply larceny as 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 Pri.son, with regard to the Prisoner*' Aid Society. The objects d the Society were to aid destitute and deserving prisoners on their discharge with money, food, clothing, railway fares, &c.. and to endeavour tr help them to obtiin employment and assist them in any other way which commended itaelf to the discretion of the Prison Management Committee, It appeared to him (Mr Jones) 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*, hut e:f >rts ought to be taken to make be't;r men and wompo 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 L NDER-SHERIFF (Mr J. C. Hughes) on behalf of Mr R. E. LI. Richards, the high sheriff, asked 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 courts. The DEPUTY CHAIRMAN having accepted the gloves and tendered his acknowledgment, the Court rose.'

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