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I QU ARTER SESSIONS. 0 FLINTSHIRE. T- c Quarter Scions for Flintshire were commenced in last. Present P. P. Pennant, D.-paty Chairman (in the chair) Sir W. G. WUlkr. Uod.dwycclnu. Hon. G. T. Kuiuon, Llaaercli Panna, Ellesmere. Colonel Cooke, Mold. H. C. Raikes, Esq., U.P., Oualow-square, London. Rev. T. H. G. Pule°ton, Worthenbuvy A. Mesham. Esq., Ponmiffydd, Rhyl. C. G. ii. R. C iuwy, Esq., Bodrhyddan. A. F. Jon. s, Esq.. Sandown-terraco, Chester. "V*. H. Gladstone, Esq., il.P., Leeswood Hall. W Cooke, Esq. W. B. Buddicom, Esq., Penbedw. W. H. Bu'ldicom, E,-q., POubedvl, jloid, T. G. Dixon, I'.sq Pre^tafyu St. John CharPon, Esq., Holywell. R Prost, Ecl.. Lime Cie-.ter. R. V. Kyrke, Esq., NantyfErith. THE SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The County Surveyor sent his report, with a medical certificate of illness. His report dealt with the damage which had been done to the various bridges by the re- cent storms. and contained several recommendations with regard to them. The bridges named were St. Asaph, Llong, Lees'.vood, Halkyn, and Pont Dafodd. Most of the recommendations were left for the present. THE MILITIA BARRACKS. Mr. T. T. KELLY said that he had written to the War Department in reference to the question of in- suring the Militia Barracks, and the reply was to the effect that it was not customary for the War Depart- mrar: to undertake the insurance of barracks, but indi- cated that as they had undertaken the care and repair of the premises, it was perhaps unnecessary to insure them. As there was no detinite statement that the Department would rebuild in case of the barracks being burnt down, the Clerk again wrote asking if the Office would undertake such responsibility. The reply was that the Department would undertake a lease of the premises for 21 years, and asking the Clerk to forward a lease for their approval. The Clerk further stated that in the lease he would insert a clause throwing the responsibility of rebuilding in case of fire on the Depart- ment. THE HIGHWAY COMMITTEE. The CHAIRMAN stated that the Highway Committee had met that morning, and their first recommendation was in regard to the bye-laws. It would be remembered that they wait into the question two sessions ago, and on that oil th.,37 adopted, with but a few exceptions, the model o} t-laws issued by the Local Government I Board. Those bye-laws had been sent to the Local Government Board for their approval, and the Board had returned them with a few alterations. The first one was exceedingly slight, it being to the effect that the term" ca, t" should be left out, as such indicated a vehicle with two wieelf, and by the bye-laws vehicles of four wheels were understood. This was the only change with regard to the ordinary bye-laws. In regard to the Locomotive Bye-Laws they made greater objections. He thought the principal objections would be sketched in tie letter which he would read. The letter was to the effect that, in going over the bye-laws in question, the Board thought the hours stipulated for locomotives were prohibitive. In many other places a muca longer time was allowed, and tliev recommended the expediency of a reconsideration of Clause I. As it was inconvenient to have different times in adjoining counties, the CHAIRMAN" expressed an opinion that they should make their hours similar to those in the county of Denbigh, which was from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. He believed the bye-laws were in force which stiDulated these hours, but he had heard that alterations were proposed. He thought an agreement should be come to between them and the Denbigh magistrates in regard to the matter. He moved that the recommendation of the Highway Committee be adopted. Mr. W. H. BUDDICOM moved that the hours be those at present in force in Denbigh and Chester. Mr. ICuKEs seconded. Colonel CCOKE seconded the Chairman's motion. The Hon. GioRGE KEXYOX said he thought the hours of ten to six would prohibit the running of locomotives, and in justice to the public such would not be right. The question was whether they should run by day or by night. For his own part he would prefer to meet them by day. However, he did not live in that part of the country, nor did he go home late from dinners. (Laughter). On being put to the vote there were eight for the amendment and nine for the Chairman's motion. The CHAIRMAN said there were one or two other little matters in connection with the bye-laws, but they were not worthy of notice. THE HIGHWAY ACT AND THE STREETS OF MOLD. The CHAIRMAN said an application had been received from the Local Board of Mold in regard to the Mold road. There were certain streets within the district which were formerly turnpike roads, and there were others which were not so. The application was that certain streets which had been turnpike roads should be declared main roads under the act, and that half the expenditure upon these streets should be paid out of the county rate, also that other roads which had been turnpike, should be declared main roads on the same conditions. The Highway Committee had given a great deal of consideration to the application, which thev thought raisid a brg-e question and one which could not be settled offhand, and as the question did not require practical settlement until the 25th March next, they thought in the first instance they ought to apply to the LocSl Government Board for information in regard to the intention of the act in regard to streets. Further, if the county rate was to be liable for half the repairs of streets they need to know what those repairs would include. W ould they include simply a portion of the cost of maintenance of the roadway, or would it include the kerbs and pavements? Again would the watering and sweeping of the streets be included? Under all the circumstances the committee were not prepared to make any recommendations on the subject at present, but hoped to do so at the next Court. THE MODE OF COLLECTING THE HIGHWAY-RATE. The CHAIRMAN said a great deal of inconvenience had undoubtedly been caused owing to the division of the county into townships, and the fact that the precepts for the rate had to be issued to the waywardens of the'' different townships, and not to the overseers of the poor. The consequence was that the rates were collected separately. The system was more expensive and more troublesome, and consequently the Highway Committee recommended—and were prepared to carry out the matter in the proper legal way-that notice be given of the intention at tne next Quarter Sessions to vary the final order in regard to highway districts in that county by incorporating all the townships into several poor-law parishes, the waywardens to be elected not by each township, but by the parishes themselves. Where the parish was large a large number could be appointed, and where the parish was small a small number could be appointed. In fact they could adopt the system as that in existence in regard to the election of guardians. The advantages of such were considerable, and it was a matter which affected all. The committee did not wish to override the wishes of the highway districts or to dictate to them in any way. It was a question which could only be settled through Quarter Sessions, and the committee were anxious that the highway districts should take the matter into their consideration, and be prepared to give their views on the subject. In the district with which he was con- nected there was a very strong feeling in favour of get- ting rid of the townships and of adopting the poor law boundaries. He understood that the same wish pre- vailed in Holywell and Mold. In regard to the Hawarden district, he had not heard their views, but no doubt if they found that the other districts adopted the plan, and that it proved more economical and saved trouble, they would follow in the same wake. How- ever, the committee would give notice that the subject would be taken into consideration at the next Quarter Sessions, when they hoped to have the views of the various boards themselves to guide them. The next question was whether any alteration of the boundaries was desirable. For instance, Halkyn was inconveniently joined to Mold, and would prefer to be joined to Holy- well. This change should also be carried out if possible at the same time. POLICE MATTERS. The CHAIRMAN read a letter received from Colonel Cobbe, the Inspector of the Constabulary. It was dated the 29th of August last, and called the attention of the Board to the premises at present used as police stations at Rhyl and Mold, which the Colonel said were in an unsatisfactory state. In other respects his inspection had given him every satisfaction in regard to the men, clothing, books, and arrangements. The CHAIRMAN said the Police Committee had had the letter before them, and they recommended in regard to Rhyl that the Chief Constable should confer with the Magistrates of tke Rhyl division and report at the next Quarter Sessions on the lock-up there. They were perfectly aware that at Rhyl the station-house was an insufficient one, but it was a question whether it would be wise to add to the present buildings or obtain a new site. In regard to Mold, it was a very old story. No doubt they were aware that plans were in existence for a new lock-up and station-house in Mold. The only reason why they had not proceeded was that they were in doubt with regard to what would become of the Militia Barracks. Now, however, that question was settled, and they could look at the other one without the previous interruption. If they thought proper they could proceed at once with those new buildings, but, no doubt, they would think the present was hardly a proper time to launch into bricks and mortar, owing to the recent unseasonable summer, and the great expense they would be put to in regard to the repairs to the bridges, &c. He thought it would be desirable for the Committee who had had the matter of the new premises under their consideration to look to the old building and see if a couple of additional rooms built on the space at the back would not provide sufficient accommodation for the present. (Hear, hear). Eventually it was agreed to adopt the Chairman's suggestions. THE CLOSE SEASON FOR WILD FOWL. Sir W. WILLIAMS formally moved that the close season for wild fowl be changed from the 15th February to the 12th July to the 15th March and 10th August. Colonel COOKE seconded the motion, which was carried. J THE PROPOSED SALE OF MOLD PRISON. Mr. RAIKES said as that was an opportunity for "the ( last time of asking" he ventured to suggest that they should take into consideration the question "Whether j c or not they would make some representation to the Ie Government with a view to prevent the sale of that valuable property known as Mold Prison. (Hear, hear). He supposed none of them cherished any hopo of a re-opening of the prison, but it did seem a great pity that the property should be sacrificed, for they must be all aware that its value was far more than would be realised by its public sale. He thou .ht they would be doing less than their duty if they did not take some steps to prevent the sale, and he thought they may pa -s a resolution which would clear them of any responsi- bility in the matter. If the Government did carry out the sale he feared it would incur great expense upon the county in future. Probably they could not prevent it, but they may show to the county that they were free from the rash and reckless course the Government were taking. He would propose That this court, having regard to the prospective requirements of the State for additional prison accommodation, and also to the special suitability of the county prison of Mold (now disused) for that purpose, is of opinion that the sale of that building now contemplated must involve the sacrifice of very valuable public property, and an unnecessary ex- penditure at some future time of public money, and that the Clerk of the Peace be requested to communicate this resolution to the Secretary of State for the Home Department." Rev. T. G. PULESTON They will stand a little squeezing, as we have found in regard to the Militia Barracks. (Laughter). Colonel COOKE seconded Mr. Raikes motion. He said it could not be too well known that they were com- pelled to build the prison and that they built in accord with all the new and model improvements and it was reported to be one of the best prisons in the kingdom. He thought it a great pity to sell that prison which cost them E94,000 in building. The motion was carried unanimously. COUNTY AND POLICE RATES. The CHAIRMAN said that last year they ordered seven-eights of a penny for the county rate and six- eights for a police rate. At the present time the police account looked better than it did last year, but on the other hand the county rate was not in such a good position. The costs would be exactly met if they ordered the same total amount of rate, but divide it thus one penny and one-eighth county rate and four- eighths police rate. They should bear in mind that whilst they ordered a similar amount of rates as last year they had a considerably larger amount of work to do with it. The rates were ordered. THE CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. The CHIEF CONSTABLE reported that during the year ending September 20th, (;7 indictable offences were re- ported, 39 were apprehended, 30 bailed or committed for trial, as against til offences, 43 apprehensions, and 28 committals. In cases disposed of summarily, 1,752 persons were summoned. 1,512 were convicted, as against 1,729 summoned, and 1,498 convicted in the year 1878. Out of 1,752 persons summarily proceeded against 30 were for assaults on the police, 256 common assaults, 421 for drunkenness, and (;3 for vagrancy, as against 18 assaults on the police, 207 common assaults, 527 drunken- ness, and 79 vagrancies last year. Vagrants and tramps relieved during the year 4,096, as against 4,417 in 1878. This concluded the ordinary county business, and the court rose until the following day. TRIAL OF PRISONERS.—WEDNESDAY. Before P. P. Pennant, Esq. (chairman), Col. Cooke, H. C. Raikes, Esq., M.P., W. B. Buddicom, Esq., W. H. Buddicom, Esq., Edward Thompson, Esq., W. Hancock, Esq. The following gentlemen were sworn on the GRAND JURY. Mr. Thomas Peters, Celyn (foreman). Mr. Fred. Dalton, Rhyl. Mr. C. H. R. Denman, Rhyl. Mr. Joseph Edwards, Pentre, Mold. Mr. Oliver Elwood, Golityn. Mr. J. W. M. Evaus. Flint. Mr. John Evans, Rhyl. Mr. John Foules, RJiyl. Mr. Edward Jones, Parketate, Northop. lr. Edward Vaughau Jones, Rhyl. Mr. J. Rhydwen Jones, Rhyl. Mr. John Jones, St. Asaph. Mr. John Lpe, Halton Hall. Mr. John Lluyd, Cileen. Mr. John Mansbridge, Gwernymyndd. Mr, John Price, Mold. Mr. Daniel Shcai. Brougliton. Mr. Thomas Taylor, Hartsheath, and Mr. John B. Williams, Rhyl. The CHAIRMAN, in his address to the Grand Jury, congratulated them on the lightness of their duties, there being but six prisoners for trial, and two being coupled in two cases, there were really only four cases for hearing. Three were cases of larceny, and the fourth one of false pretences, all being of so simple a character that they required no remarks from him. But, light as their duties were, probably next year, with the same amount of crime, they would be still lighter, for, by an Act passed last sessions, the power of justices acting in petty sessions were very con- siderably increased, for, whereas now they could only deal with cases in which the value of property involved did not amount to more than 5s., by the late Act it was extended to 40s. that was, of course, with the consent of the prisoner. The tendency of the Act, too, was to mitigate the first punishment, but for second offences the Act left things pretty much as they were. The learned Chairman then dismissed the jury to their duties. STEALING A CLOAK AT HAWARDEN. A man and wife, named John and Ellen Shove, were indicted for stealing a cloak, the property of Isabella Davies, from the Fox Inn, at Hawarden, oil the 28th of August. The cloak was lost on the day in question, and some time afterwards the male prisoner and his daughter were going through Buckley, the girl wearing the cloak, which was at once identified. The male prisoner was asked what explanation he had to make. He answered that he had bought it at a pawnshop in Chester, and had the bill, but the bill had not been produced. The female prisoner, when asked about it, said she had bought it at her door for 5s. Mr. Ignatius Williams appeared for the prosecution, and Air. Swetenham for the defence. Several witnesses gave the prisoners an excellent character, on the strength of which the jury found them not guilty. THE CASE OF BOOT STEALING. Harriet Davies, of Milfnrcl-street, a respectable woman, pleaded guilty to stealing two pairs of shoes, the property of Mrs. Williams, High-street, in June and September last. She was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour, the Chairman severely condemning the practice of leaving articles outside of premises, which was a direct inducement to theft. STEALING PORK AT CONNAH'S QUAY. Edward Mansley, sawyer, aged 53, and JVm. Bennett, aged 35, mariner, were indicted with stealing a quantity of pork, the property of Thomas Evans, from a vessel named Margaret Lewis, on the 9th of October. Bennett pleaded guilty and Mansley not guilty. It appeared that a barrel containing 1501bs. was placed on the deck of the vessel in question and locked. It was taken therefrom, and in the morning of the next day P.C. Pearson and the prosecutor went to the house of Mansley, where a quantity of pork weighing 701bs. was found. They then went to where Mansley was employed and charged him with the theft. He denied it, but afterwards said it was a bad job," and the following day admitted to Pearson he had received the pork. Mr. Swetenham defended. The jury found Mansley guilty of receiving. Wm. Bennet was sent to prison for four months, Ed. Mansley for eight months, both with hard labour. FALSE PRETENCES. Walter G. Dubois alias Richmond, was indicted for unlawfully obtaining from A. W. Merridew, of Rhyl, one gun, a gold Geneva watch, a gold signet ring, and other articles, by false pretences, representing that he wanted them for Captain Grey who was then dead about a fortnight previously. The articles were obtained on the 2nd of October, 1878, and the prisoner was apprehended as he was leaving Winchester Gaol the other day. The prisoner was well educated and spoke with a German accent, and put the prosecutor to a long and interesting cross- examination. Mr. Theophilus Pritchard, of the Railway Inn, Pen- sarn, Abergele, said the prisoner went to his house on the 3rd, engaged a sitting room, a trap, ordered a dinner, and borrowed a sovereign. Then he lost sight of the prisoner and the sovereign. P.C. Denson apprehended the prisoner at Winchester, who admitted to the officer he had done wrong, and would be punished for it. The prisoner then addressed the jury at considerable length, saying he intended paying for the articles he received had he but obtained time and opportunity. The prisoner was found guilty, and was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment whith hard labour. Before Colonel Cooke, Mr. Raikes, M.P., and Mr. Thompson. AN APPEAL CASE. At the conclusion of the criminal business, a case of appeal was heard. It was an appeal from the decision of the Rhyl and St. Asaph Magistrates, who had con- victed Mr. J. Lloyd, of the Royal Hotel, Rhyl, for cruelty to animals in working a mare on the 21st of August, from Rhyl to Bodelwyddan, on the 21st and 24th of August, the convictions being dated the 22nd and 29th September. It was clearly proved that the mare was in a bad state on those days. Mr. Higgins, instructed by Mr. William Davies, was for the appellant, and Mr. Swetenham, instructed by Mr. George, for the respondents. It was contended that the party convicted should have been the driver and not the proprietor. Besides. it was hard that two summonses should have been granted for offences within three days, which were heard before two benches of magistrates, while the second offence had been commited before the first was heard. It was contended that the appellant took no part whatever in the matter, and neither caused nor procured the injury which was admitted the horse had received. Evidence was called to prove that the appellant had no personal knowledge of the fact that the horse was worked on the last of the days in question, and after a lengthy discussion, their Worships retired to consider their judgment. On their return to Court, the Chair- man said the case was a most difficult one, but they had jiven it their best attention, and arrived at the con- lusion to give the appellant the benefit of the doubt, ] ;hough they could not free him from all blame. The ] sonviction, would, therefore be quashed, but without ■< :osts on either side. ] This concluded the business. (













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