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———— RHYL. IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS MEETING. MO.NDAY.-Preseyit Major Penn, chaiaman, Messrs. S. Perks, J. R. Jones, J. Roberts, W. Morris, W. Wynne, Dr. Woistenholme, E. Groncutt. E. Vaughan] T. Lloyd. E. P. Jones, James Davies, J. Oldfiekl, R. D. Roberts, and J. B. Gough. TOWN HALL BUSINESS. The hall keeper had sent in a claim of 18s. for attend- ing religious services in the Town Hall during the summer, but as he had made an arrangement with the Vicar for a certain sum the CHAIRMAN thought the ap- plication to the Board was out of order. Referred to the Market Hall Committee. Mr. R. Owen, Liverpool, was selected to inspect and report upon the state of the Town Hall tower. It was agreed to place a brass plate in the clock room recording the fact that the late Mr. Ellis Eyton gave the clock to the town. THE SEWAGE COMMITTEE reported that the works were going on well. Attention was called to the fact tliat the committee had spent already JE600 in extras, and if this went on the cost of the works would be greatly increased above the contract. The CHAIRMAN of the COMMITTEE said much of the extra money was necessitated by the recent floods, but the engineers would give full particulars next meeting. In reply to Dr. Woistenholme the CLERK said two members could not be appointed at that meeting in place of two who never attended the committee meet- ings. TRAINS WANTED. The Board agreed to point out to the railway com- pany that their was no train from Rhyl to Bangor between 7.15 a.m. and 10.50 a.m., which was very in- convenient. An alteration in the train service was to be requested. FINANCE. £1,015 of the rates had been collected during the month, and the balance at the bank was £ 6,040 9s. 3d. Meesrs. Mostyn Williams and J. Ainsworth, auditors, wrote disapproving of the system of keeping the accounts, but whilst blaming the system highly praised the Clerk for the excellent way in which they were kept, for they were a model of conciseness and accuracy. Some of the members considered the reports of the auditors contradictory, and all eulogised the Clerk as an excellent accountant. It was said that the Government auditor would do the audit next year. NEW MEMBERS. The meeting was adjourned until Friday to elect two members in the place of Messers. Fielding and Abel Jones, disqualified through non-attendance. REMARKABLE THEFT: EXTRAORDINARY PRISONER. On Monday, a man named Walter Charles Dubois, alias Richmond, alias Chandler, was brought up in cus- tody before Messrs. W. Price Jones and J. H. Lee, on a charge of having, so far back as October, 1878, stolen a gold watch and chain, a gun, and a cartridge bag, of the value of £ 17, from the shop of Mr. A. W. Merri- dew, jeweller, Rhyl. Mr. Merridew said that the prisoner, passing as Richmond, went to his shop on the 17th October, 1878, and asked for a gun for Captain Grey, of Bettws-y-coed, whom he said was staying at the Hydropathic Estab- lishment in Rhyl. After trying the gun on the follow- ing morning lie took it away to Captain Grey, as he said, and also a gold watch, gold chain, a carpet bag, and signet ring. Never saw the prisoner afterwards, and on inquiry at the Hydropathic Establishment found that no Captain Grey had been staying there. He found out afterwards that Captain Grey was dead, and obtained a warrant against the prisoner. Theophilus Prichard, of the Railway Inn, proved that prisoner stayed there in October, 1878, and had the gun now produced and identified by prosecutor, with him. The prisoner asked for a trap to fetch some game he said he had shot, and obtained it. He also bargained for apartments at the inn for a fortnight. At prisoner's request witness took charge of the gun, and lent the prisoner £ 1 until "his cheque" came and could be cashed. Prisoner drove away towards Colwyn Bay in the trap, and witness never saw him afterwards. He had ordered his dinner to be ready by the time he came back, but didn't come back to it. Sergeant Denson proved prisoner's apprehension on on his release from Winchester Gaol last week. On the way to the railway station prisoner said, It was quite right; the things in the warrant I had. I had the things and took them away. I am very sorry. I know I have done wrong, and I suppose I must be punished for it." Prisoner, in pleading guilty made the following state- ment :—" Looking back on my past career, I find no excuse for any of those sad acts which are the cause of my being here now. I merely request that you should take into consideration that I have undergone a long punishment already, and in being still separated from my sorrowing relatives whom I have so greatly afflicted. Severe was the punishment I was compelled to undergo. The years of my life will glide on into the sea of unreclaimed possibilities if I am to sent from one prison to another. My physical and mental constitu- tion will soon give way too late to lay a foundation for the future, and the only relief I should have for my sufferings will be the grave. But beyond the grave there will be an angry judge who will ask an account for talents misapplied and time wasted in running after phantons and finding but the realities of misery. As for my past, poor indeed will be that balance, which will consist of nothing better than of having been compelled by the rigid làw of necessity to spend a portion of my lifetime in prison. I therefore appeal to your feelings of justice, your feelings of mercy, your feelings of humanity to let justice have its course, but at the same time to combine,.it with mercy, for I have a whole lifetime before me based on a firm resolu- tion that I will lead an honourable life to regain the confidence of my relatives, to regain a portion of that honourable ground which I have so recklessly lost." Prisoner was committed to the quarter sessions for trial, the Chairman saying that he was sorry to see a man like the prisoner, evidently endowed with good talent, in that pitiable condition. It seems that the man deserted from the 21st regi- ment, in which he was known as "Charles Righty," and afterwards from the 2nd Queen's regiment, in which he was known as James Scott."




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