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MOLD. PETTY SESSIONS. MONDAY.—Before Colonel Cooke (in the chair), Capt. A. F. Jones, and E. Thompson, Esq. ALLEGED DESERTION. Samuel: Christie, a private in the 22nd Regiment, stationed at Chester Castle, was brought up in custody on the charge of desertion. Police constable Thomas Jones (5) stated that about six o'clock on Sunday evening he saw the prisoner walk- ing about in King-street. His boots were dirty and old in appearence, and he went to him and asked for-his* pass. The prisoner said he had lost it, and witness took him and locked him up. He made no resistance. The Chairman Prisoner, do you admit that you are a deserter ? The prisoner No, sir. I cannot be a deserter. I am without a pass—absent without leave. I wish to go back to my regiment. The Chairman said that was the course they would adopt. He would be sent back to his regiment. PLAYING WITH FIRE. Six boys, named Thomas Williams, Edioard William, Joseph Jones, Robert Davies, Thomas Morgan, and Peter Hughes, were charged with obstructing the highway. Inspector Minshull stated that from complaints. he received in the street of Mold on the night of the 22nd of last month, respecting boys at Maesydre carrying fire about, he proceeded there and saw 20 or 30 boys with tarry ropes lighted at the end, attacking one another. Passengers were complaining that they could not get past for them. The Chairman, addressing the parents of the lads, said the bench considered the case iully proved, and the boys were liable to a severe penalty. The bench, how- ever, were not inclined to deal harshly with them, but they left it to the parents to. give them a sound whipping all round when they got them home. This practice might be very dangerous to the public. He also asked the parents to caution their children against throwing stones. It was becoming a fashion in Mold for little children, scarcely able to toddle, to throw stones at horses which were running along. Parents ought to check that; it might cause somebody's death. The parents (mothers) curtsied to the bench and promised to chastise the delinquents. ADULTERATED WHISKY. Robert Roberts, landlord of the Bridge Inn, Mold, was summoned for an offence against the recently passed Adulteration Act. Mr. H. G. Roberts appeared on his behalf, Deputy Chief Constable Adams stated that on the 28th August he called at the Bridge Inn, Mold, kept by the defendant, and found his daughter at the bar. He asked for a pint of Irish whisky, which she supplied him with from a stone barrel, and he paid her 2-. "y it. He told her he had purchased it for the put-- of analysis. He asked her if her father was at d she said he was not. He then asked for her and she went and fetched her from the bach, He then told Mrs. Roberts that he had purchased th whisky from her daughter and was about to sen to the analyst; he believed he said the public analyst at Chester. He then asked her if she would like t "have the liquor divided into three equal parts according to the act. She hesitated for some time, and he then o died a gentleman who accompanied him, and a polie^-nan into the room, to hear what was said. He repeated his question as to whether she wished the whisky di before it was sent for analysis, and the gentleman ad- vised her, as she sLill hesitated, that she had bette- l'ave her case in his (Mr. Adams's) hands. She then declined to have the liquor divided, and he sealed the pint of whisky up in the tin into which it was put, in her presence. He forwarded it by ''route "to Mr. Lowe, the public analyst for the county, from whvin, in return, he received the certificate he now produced. Mr. W. F. Lowe, of Chester, the public analyst for the county of Flint, stated that he received a pint of whisky in a tin vessel from Mr. Adams on the 29th August. He analysed a portion of it, and found it to contain 62'8 proof spirit instead of 75 per cent., the re- duction allowed by the act for brandy, whisky and rum being 25 per cent. under proof. Mr. Roberts then addressed the Bench on the merits of the case, stating that the defendant held a small inn in an out of the way corner of Mold, he hardly knew a word of English, and yet he was expected to know this Act of Parliament, which only received the Royal assent on the 21st July, and of which the clerk did not receive a copy until after these proceed- ings had been instituted. The Qhairman He knew the Act of 1875. Mr. Roberts further submitted that the defendant's house was situated near the Alyn, and he had just bought the spirits from an eminent firm in London when those fearful rains came. causing the overflow of the river, and everything was flooded. (Laughter). The Chairman, after the magistrates had consulted, said they had decided to impose a penalty of £1 and the costs. This being the first case under the Act, they would deal leniently, but others who might be brought up afterwards need not expect to be dealt with so leniently. He was glad to see that the police were taking some steps to put an end to adulteration, and he hoped they would look at other articles as well as liquor. Mr. Adams I may say we have done so. Other articles have been submitted to the analyst, and have been found correct. The Chairman The man who adulterates does wrong to his neighbours. He is getting a profit which he has no right to, and he is injuring those in the same trade who deal honestly. The tine and costs amounted to £2 16s. STEALING FLUKES, John Shone, labourer, Bretton, was charged with stealing four pounds of flukes, value Is. 4d., the pro- perty of Edward Dean. Sergeant McBride, replying to the Chairman, said Shone was a lazy, idle fellow, and an associat# ef thieves and poachers, and had been convicted of poach- ing. The Magistrates sent him to gaol for a month with hard labour.




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