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MERIONETHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. The Hilary Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the county of Merioneth opened at the County Hall, Dolge'ley, on Tuesday. The attendance of magistrates included—Mr Richard Meradyth Richards, chairman, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., M.P., Captain R. Mascie Taylor, Mr John Vaughan, Mr J. E. Parry, Air Lewis-Williams, Colonel Bunbury, C.B., Mr John Pughe, Mr Chas. Edwards, Mr Henry Robertson, Mr W. P. Jones, Mr R. J. Lloyd Price, Mr H. T. Hichardaon, Lieut.-Col. Tottenham, Capt. Tottenham, and Mr Wm. Casson. There were also present-Mr Edward Breese, clerk of the peace, Mr H. H. Lloyd Ciough, chief constable, Mr Owen Pearce, county surveyor, Mr Owen Thomas, governor of the county gaol. Mr Wm. Jones, of Glandvrr, Barmouth, and Crosby-square Loudon, qualified as a magistrate for the county, and in accord- ance with the usual custom was congratulated by the Chairman upon being placed in the commission of the peace of his native county. THE VENTILATION OF THE COUNTY GAOL. The CHAIRMAN said that with respect to the better ventilation of the county gaol he had been in communication with Mr Briscoe, the Government Inspector, who advised as proper gen- tlemen to undertake the supervision of the work, Mr Hadvn engineer, Trowbrijge, Wilts, and Mr Wm. Martin, architect, Birminghan. It was resolved, That Mr Wm. Martin be applied to forterms." THE CONVEYANCE OF THE MAILS. The CHAIRMAN said that in accordance with the terms of the memorial agreed upon to be presented by the Court to the Post- master-General, for the conveyance of the mails via Bala and Ruabon, instead of by the present Cambrian route, he had in the first place got the Postmaster of Dolgelley to iurnish him with the time of the arrivals of the mails for three weeks. The delay he found to be very considerable, averaging during that time nearly half an hour, and during that period he'was informed that the arrival of the mails had been more regular than in the previous or succeeding three weeks. He then put himself in communication with the directors of the Great Western Rail- way, to ascertain from them upon what terms they would put on a train from Ruabon for the conveyance of the mails. By the directors he was deputed to wait upon the Postmaster- General, and he then went to London and obtained an interview with Lord Hartington, who lenquired very fully into the sub. ject, and accorded him a most favourable reception. It appeared that the only real obstacle in the way was that a contract had been entered into with the Cambrian Railway for the convey- ance of the mails for a term of two years, and a new contract could not be entered into with the Great Western Railway before the expiration of that time, unless it could be proved that the Cambrian Railway had been guilty of culpable or great neglect. He took it as a very good sign that no answer had yet been received to the memorial, and by keeping the matter constantly in view, their end micht be attained, and the alteration which was very necessary, might be carried Into effect; and the'letters thus be to hand at seven o'clock in the morning, and the mail closed at half-past six in the evening. Under existing arrange- ments a letter posted at Dolgelley for Bala, a distance of eighteen miles, occupied in despatch from 4 30 p.m. to 6 30 the following morning, going first to Welshpool, from Welshpool to Salop, thence to Stafford, to Ruabon, and finally to its destination occupying just eighteen hours, when it could be conveyed direct in less than three quarters of an hour. TOWYN POLICE STATION. Mr JOHN PUGHE, on behalf of the magistrates acting in the Towyn Pet y Sessional Division, reported that this matter had been left in the hands of Mr Spaull, who would do the necessary works as economically as possible. THE KEEPER OF THE COUNTY HALL. Jane Meredith, the custodian of the County Hall, applied for an increase of salary, on the ground that the quarter sessions having been discontinued at Bala, extra work was thrown upon her. On the motion of Mr CHARLES EDWARDS, seconded by Mr LEWIS WILLIAMS, it was resolved that her allowance be INCREAQORI from £ 7 10s. per annum to £ 12 10s. THE IMPLIED VOTE eF CENSURE" UPON THE COUNTY SURVEYOR. With relation to the motion, adjourned from the previous quarter sessions, that the County Surveyor be reprimanded, Mr JOHN PUGHE said that in the absence of Mr Thruston and Mr Wynne, who were better acquainted with the subject than himself, he did not propose to bring forward the motion, and would prefer that it be adjourned until there was a larger attendance of magistrates. The CHAIRMAN thought that the matter should be brought forward at these sessions, or dropped altogether. Mr ROBERTSON was also of opinion that the matter should be decisively dealt with, as an imputation of this nature hanging over the head of a professional man was a most serious matter. He proposed that the motion be not acted upon. This was seconded by Mr LEWIS WiLLiAMs, and carried. THE POLICE STATION AT CORWEN. Captain TAYLOR, in the absence of Colonel Tottenham, re- ported that the committee had the offer of two sites, for which 5s. per yard was asked. On the motion of Mr CHARLES EDWARDS, seconded by Mr VAUHAN, the matter was adjourned until the next quarter sessions. THE CONDUCT OF THE BTTSTNISRS NV TTTF OTOOMVO Sir WATKIN, who arrived just before the general business of the Court had concluded, called attention to the desirability of postponing the general business of the sessions until after the arrival of the twelve o'clock train from Ruabon and Bala, in order to afford the magistrates from that part of the county the opportunity of beiog present. He suggested. that the several committees should be taken first, Instead of, as at present, at the conclusion of the general business. He proposed that in future the accounts of the various committees should be taken first, at eleven o'clock, and the county business at one. This was seconded by Mr CHARLES EDWARDS, and carried. THE APPOINTMENT OF INSPECTORS UNDER THE CONTAGIOUS DISEASES ACT. Attention was called by Mr Vaughan to theinecesatty of having, where practicable, properly qualified personstto act as inspectors under the Contagious Diseases Act, and\ instanced two cases in which much inconvenience had been caused through the in- competency of the local inspectors to determine what was the exact nature of the disease under which an animal was labouring. He suggested that there should be a qualified veterinary surgeon selected, to whom the local inspectors could apply in case of necessity or doubt. Captain TAYLOR suggested Mr White, of Cynwyd, as a proper referee, and tihe Clerk of the Peace was instructed to take the necessary steps. THE TREASUREEVS ACCOUNTS. From the accounts of the county treasurer (Mr W. Williams) it appears that the debt of the county amounted to £ 5,421. The following rates were ordered:—County rate, IJLI police rate, id. THE REPORT OIF THE INSPECTOR OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. Gentlemen,-—I beg to lay before your worships my report as inspector of weights and measures for the .quarter now ended. I have been employed inspecting weights and measures for twenty-three days, during the quarter, viz., fifteen days in stamping and adjusting. I have .attended with the standard at Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau, Corwen, DojgelJey, Harlech, Llan- dnllo, Llanbedr, Maentwrog, Penrhyn,Town,.and Trawsfynydd. I have been engaged five days in .attending petty sessions in matters relating to the weights and measures, and the Petroleum Acts, and three days in visiting shops and other places of busi- ness testing weights and scales. Four persons have been sum- moned for being in possession of incorrect weights and scales, three of whom were fined. In obedience to an order of the Justices, I have obtained a petroleum tester, which will enable me^to enforce the provisions of the Petroleum Acts 1862 and -0. HUGHES." "irveTT °F TH,E G0VEEcou^HgaGOHLES" discharged, leaving sixteen in the prison this dav. The highest number at any one Urn^ during the quarter was"'thirty tbe lowest sixteen. The prisoners were kept to hard labour as Sent of Pt°hQ3 n^and the IUleS and regulations for the govern- fhonffh not ?omPlled with. All -the new cells, though not certified, have been in use duriug the quarter, but c°mP,aine<1 that they were extremely cold. It mw nit?« n aPParatus does not warm them like the other cells. On the msrning of the 25th ult., a prisoner named 18 under2oing «■ term of three months' larceny, seveiely attacked Evan Jones, the warder, who was very much injured about the head, and has not h.,s dutles since. Another person has f m n i d"tlcs un,il his recovery. M* Williams ?fVtu y' of the Justices, upon being in- formed of the occurrence, came to the prison, and ordered Anderson to receive twelve lashes, but the sentence has not yet been carried out. yet been carried out. (Signed) OWEN THOMAS, Gavernor." _„ „ SURGEGN'S REPORT. Tiie sargeon of the prison, Dr John E. Jones, reported as fol- „"™ £ CknCi6S f ti'1Preyai'sto a large extent in comparison with the number admitted. A few were of a serious and severe nature. One man suffering from (famine) fever had to be detained in the infirmary fourteen days after the expiration of his sentence in consequence of the repeated relapses and theierious character of the malady. Other cases of diseases of the chest, &c., have also required constant and assiduous care. Of the forty cases causes, three to parasites, six to diseases of the chest, five to the digestive organs, five to ulcers and ab-cesses, three to -the urinary system, and ten to disorders of the nervous system. The ventilation of the new cells remains m the same lmperfect state, as the means of warm- them are inefficient." « T REP0RT ?F THE EF»EF CONSTABLE. j a return of crimes committed during the IE ?d ?eee™ber 25th, 1869, viz., one arson, one burglary, hrArh ot?R ;ia»Qn'?'i f0 °.bia.m!ng money by false pretences, one fonrteon Ten' Lt?*' s»?Ple larceny,making a total of mittp l fni-tin been apprehended, seven com- ™ A K dlscharged. No further outrage has I have pai-Wad nnt «.kerhimant estate since last quarter sessions. I have carried out the iIlitructions then received, and regret to say that I have not been able to discover the offenders. The force requiTeS One MaU to complete its strength. Tram¿s are much on the decrease. (Signed) H. H. LLOYD CLOUGH, Chief Constable." x WEDNESDAY. T! at el?y.ent0'cl0ck on Wednesday for the trial of prisoners. The magistrates present during the day were Mr R. M. Richards, chairman, Mr Lewis Williams, Mr Charles Edwards, Mr Charles Jones, Mr Johu Vaughan, MrJ.E. Parry, Colonel Bunbury, C.B., Mr William Jones, Mr M. T. Pugh. The following Grand Jury was empanelled:- w°n-n B-Pa™es> Corsygedol Arms, Barmouth, foreman, William Brodie, Last Inn, Barmouth, „ Rowland Davies, Caedu, „ EUis Edwards, Hafodycoed, Richard Edwards, Llwynon-isaf, „ William Edwards, Gwyndwn, „ David Edwards, Penybont, „ Evan Evans. Glanartro, „ William Evans, Werngron, John M.Jones, Dolbenmaen, „ John Jones, Talwrnfawr, 1 „ Evan Jones, Tahvrnbach, „ Morgan Jones, Tyddynbach, „ Thomas Jones, Hen'du, 1 „ John Jones, Graigisaf, Griffith Parry, Ynysfawr, •- „ John Roberts, Shopisaf, Ellis Roberts, Gesaii-ewm-btch, „ John Roberts, Cwm'rafon, „ Ellis Jones William*, Mochras, William Williams, Craigyronyd, „ Robert Williams, Caehir, „ Lewis Williams, Caegian. In delivering the charge to the Grand Jury the CHAIRMAN said that he was not aware of having ever observed in any court of justice, upon previous occasions, such a large number of grand jurymen, who, when called, answered to their names, and thus showed their desire to serve their country. Every juror who had been called on the panel had answered to his name; there was not a single absentee, a fact which was specially gratifying to the Bench of magistrates. He regretted that, at the commencement of a new year he could not, as upon former occasions, congratulate them upon the state of the calendar, which, at these sessions, was usually very light. On the contrary, the calendar was rather heavy, containing the names of six prisoners, charged with the commission of seven offences. In the case of Jane Davies, who was charged with a misdemeanour, under various Acts of Parliament which had been passed for the safety of the public traveling by rail, she, as appeared from the depositions, had allowed a number of cattle and a horse to stray upon the line of railway, and, after hearing the witnesses who would be called before them, they would have to judge whether it was a proper case to be brought be- fore the petty jury, or a case in which no true bill should be returned. With a brief allusion to the remaining cases in the calendar, the Chairman dismissed the grand jury to their room. LARCENY AT LLANDDWYWE. Edward Reeves, 22, labourer, was charged with stealing, on October 21st, one pair of boots belonging to Laura Push The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's im- prisonment. ROBBERY AT TOWYN. Jane Davies (on bail) was charged with stealing, on November Sllver spoons, tho propertv of Jane Bed- does. Mr Griffith Jones Williams prosecuted, Mr John Jones defended. The Prosecutrix, who lives at Brynmor Cottage, a short distance from Towyn, had occasion to go to Barmouth, leaving a little girl named Gwen Ellis in sole charge of the house. In the course of the day, the prisonor, a young woman e.^fPf^able appearance, called at t £ e house with sSme her rings for sale. She remained in the house a long time, and having assisted the girl to make the bed, she persuaded her to show her over the house. In the parlour she opened the doir of the cupboard, and helped herself to wine, ale, and spirits. Having possessed herself of the keys, she went into another par- lour, and secured further booty in the shape of coffee. Thence she went to the kitchen, and cutting two slices from a flitch of bacon, she concealed them in her basket, ui.der the herrings, and then "looted" a piece of salted mutton from the dairy. She was afterwards seen meddling with some silver spoons in a plate basket, and two of these she pocketed, und then went out. Nothing was said to Mrs Beddoes until some days after this occurrence, because the witness feared to vex her. In the meantime the witness met the prisoner upon several occasions, and requested her to return the spooris.-For the defence it was contended that the principal witness had con- cocted the btory, on purpose to screen herself.—The jury after a lengthened consultation, returned a verdict of guilty, and the prisoner wis sentenced to six months' imprisonment, with hard labour. OBTAINING MONEY UNDER F.ALSE PRETENCES. William Edwards, 40, sailor, pleade guilty to obtaining, under false pretences, the sum of one shilling from Mary Jones, of Bryncrug. The prisoner represented himself as being the mate of a barque which had arrived in Aberdovey, and took lodgings with the prosecutrix, who, on the faith of his story, advanced him the money.-Mr Owen Thomas, the governor of the county gaol, said that the prisoner had been confined in Carnarvon gaol for a similar offence, having been discharged from there on December 6th.-Owing to the absence of a competent witness, the previous conviction could not be proved.—Sentenced to four months' imprisonment, with hard labour. ROBBERY FROM A DWELLING-HOUSE. Edward Jones, 45, labourer, was charged with stealing a quan- tity of cloth belonging to Dorothy and Edward Davies, Gwyndy, near Towyn. Mr Griffith Jones Williams prosecuted. The prose- cutors keep a draper's shop, and, on Oct. 27th, Mr Davies observed that the cloths in the shop had been disturbed, and a quantity taken away through the door of the warehouse, which communi- cated with the shop.-P.C. Lewis, of the Montgomeryshire con- stabulary appiehended the prisoner in an outbuilding nearLlan- fair, and found the stolen goods in his possession. He explained his possession of them by stating that a friend had given them to him to help him over the winter. Subsequently he told P.S. Roberts that he did not consider that he had broken into the house if people were foolish enough to leave their doors open. There was a second charge against the prisoner of stealing a coat and a pair of gloves belonging to Lewis Pugh, but this was not proceeded with. The prisoner, being found guilty on the former charge, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment. CHARGE OF OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES AT LLANYCIL. Edward Roberts, 22, quarryman, was charged with obtaining, under false pretences, on November 29th, one shilling from Anne Roberts. Mr Griffith Jones Williams prosecuted. On the 29th the prisoner called at the Temperance Coffee House Bala which is kept by the prosecutrix. Having had some refresh- ment, he told the servant girl that he had some boxes, a carpet bag, and a S5 note at the Gin Shop, and obtained a shilling from her on the pretence that it was to get the boxes away from the Gin Shop. H iving got the money he went away in the direction of the Gin Shop, and nothing further was heard of him until hi 3 apprehension.-Mr Edward Parry Clubbe, of the Gin Shop, said th £ tPrisoner had no luggage of any description at his house —P.C. Evans apprehended the prisoner on Nov. 30th, and in r-tilv to the charge he said that he had the shilling, aiid had Miss Roberts been at home, he would have had more. The manner when searched had only two halfpence.-The jury acquitted the prisoner. THE RAILWAY CASE. In the case of Catherine Jones (on bail), who was charged with a breach of the Railway Act, by wilfully allowing a number of cows and a horse to trespass on the Cambrian Railways, near Dyffryn, the bill was thrown out by the Grand Jury. Mr Charles Howell, of Welshpool, who appeared for the prosecution, applied for the costs, which were allowed. On the application of Mr John Jones, who was for the defence, the recognizances of the defendant were ordered to be discharged. The Court rose shortly after four o'clock. The following committees were nominated for passing ac- counts:—The Police Committee: Mr Lewis Williams, Mr Parrv Col. Bunbury. Surveyor's Committee: Capt. Taylor, Mr Henrv Robertson, Mr John Pughe.

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