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MONTG OMERYSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. TRIAL OF PRISONERS AT NEWTOWN. The July general Quarter Sessions of the Peace were held at Newtown on Thursday, Mr A. C. al Humphreys-Owen, M.P. (deputy chairman), pre- siding. The other magistrates present were Messrs H. Owen Johnes, J. Smout, R.'Lloyd, T. J. Houns- fielfi, with Mr G. D. Harrison (under sheriff and clerk of the peace), and Mr R. W. Hughes (chief constable). ° Mr Evan Kinsey, of Maesmawr, was sworn in as magistrate. GRAND JURY. The following were sworn in on the Grand Jury -Messrs Henry Morgan (foreman), Edward Lewis, John Hughes, E. H. Morgan, R. Breeze, Joseph Smith, W. F. Pryce, Charles Miller, E. Davies, W. Byewater, Richard James, Edward Lewis, M. E. Powell, Edward Jones (Severn place), J. Croft Lewis, John Lewis, J. J. Lewis, William Brown, Evan Bebb, Thomas Morgan, W. Rogers, and Tlios. Jones. THE ROYAL VISIT. The President, in his charge to the Grand Jury, observed that he did not ordinarily refer to matters outside the calendar, but he thought on that occasion that he would be doing what was consonant with the feelings of many in the county if he congratulated them and through them the county, on the aus- picious event of the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales through the county for the purpose of the installation of the Prince as Chancellor of the University of Wales. The visit of their Royal Highnessess had been of the most gratifying character, and none the less gratifying was it to them to know that the address presented to the Prince of Wales, on behalf of the county, received from his Royal Highness especial notice, in respect y 11 of their reference to the lato Prince Consort. The Prince, in his reply to the address, spoke of the special pleasure that reference would give to Her Majesty, as well as it gave himself. Turning to the business of the day, he said there were only two cases to be brought before them, one (the first) being of a simple character indeed, whilst the other was more difficult. With reference to the latter he remarked that the chief thing the jury had to decide was whether the prosecutor was in- duced to part with the horses, owing to Smith's statements, or whether prosecutor sold the horses to defendant on credit. The evidence seemed rather weak, and the jury must examine the witnesses carefully before returning a true bill, and see whether the case was one of a civil rather than a criminal prosecution. ALLEGED FELONY AT XEWTOWX. Richard Webster (27), groom, lately employed at the Black Boy Inn, Newtown, surrendered to his bail on the charge for that he on the 12th February last, at the parish of Newtown, being the bailee of the sum of 3s, the monies of Jane and Elizabeth Davies, fraudulently converted the same to his own use. He was similarly charged with respect to a like sum on the 13th March last.— Prisoner pleaded not guilty." Mr Colt Williams (instructed by Mr T. M. Taylor) prosecuted, and Mr Ellis Jones Griffiths, M.P. (instructed by Mr Martin Woosnam) defended.— Jane Elizabeth Davies, employed as a servant at the Black Boy Inn, said the prisoner was employed at the same place until March last. The month previously, on the 12th, she gave the prisoner 3s to take to Mr Martin Owen's (the County Court bailiff) office, a man named John Getbin having obtained a County Court summons of 3s a month against her. She gave him another 3s on the 13th March with the same purpose, and in reference to the same debt. In April she got a judgment summons against her for 6s 9d, being 6s for the two instalments before referred to, and 9d court fees. She then paid in April the 6s 9d, and also another 3s being the in- stalment then dne. She did not know till then that the 6s she gave to the prisoner had not been paid.—By Mr Griffith The original sum she owed Mr Gethin was £2 7s, which was for nursing a child. Prior to the time she gave the money to prisoner, she had paid off on the summons £1 in instalments, sometimes through Jones, the river keeper. She had paid eight instalments of 3s. each. She gave the money to Webster in the back kitchen, her mistress being in an adjoining room at the time, the door between the rooms being ajar at the time. She said this before the magistrates. She had not talked the matter over since the trial before the magistrates with Mrs Owen, her mistress.—Mr Griffith here pointed out that there was not a word on the depositions about the witness's mistress being in an adjoining room when she paid the money to Webster.—The Chairman (to witness) I must wwma, you as to what you are saying as it throws grave doubts on your story. There is not one word about you having been in the back kitchen at the time you gave the money to Webster. Think carefully of what you say and be quite sure.—Witness, contin- uing, said she never asked Mrs Owen whether she heard her giving the money to prisoner. She denied having been on bad terms with the prisoner.—Re- examined by Mr Colt Williams: Jones, the river watcher, also carried out the duties of County Court bailiff. Albert Edward Jones, the assistant regis- trar at the County Court office, gave evidence as to documents, and explained the issue of the judgment summons against the last witness.—By Mr Griffith: Some of the money was paid to him personally.—Georgina Ann Owen, the landlady of the Black Boy Inn, deposed that Davies had been in her employ about three years. She remembered giving Davies 3s. in February to pay an order of the County Court. A similar sum was advanced in March.—By Mr. Griffith: She knew of these occasions on which Davies gave money to prisoner.-John Jones, county court bailiff, proved receiving money from Davies, and from her through the prisoner and Mrs. Owen. This concluded the case for the prosecution, after which Mr. Colt Williams addressed the jury, aud submitted that the case was clearly proved. Mr. Griffith, on behalf of the defence, having called the jury's attention to the discrepancies in the case, the president summed up and called the jury's attention to the fact of the woman Davies not hav- ing said anything at the magisterial hearing as to Mrs. Owen being in an adjoining room when the money was supposed to have been paid to the prisoner.—The jury returned a verdict of Not guilty," and prisoner was discharged. ALLEGED FALSE PRETENCES AT LLANFYLLIN. John Smith (on bail), horse dealer, answered to the charge of unlawfully obtaining by false pre- tences from David Jones, on the 30th January last, at the parish of Llanfyllin, one horse of the value of JE20 with intent to defraud, and for un- lawfully obtaining from the said David Jones on the 31st January, at the parish of Llansaintffraid Pool, one mare of the value of zE40 with intent to defraud. Prisoner pleaded not guilty on each of the four charges against him.—Mr Ellis Jones Griffith, M.P., prosecuted, and Mr Colt Williams defended.—It was agreed to go into the charge about the bay horse first.—David Jones said he was a farmer, living at Trewyllen. He was at the Llanfyllin fair in February last with a bay horse for sale. He there met Smith, who asked him the price of the horse, and he replied S20. Smith said he had a pedigree colt which would suit him as a breeder. He told Smith that he would sell the horse, and buy the colt when he saw it. Prisoner agreed to buy the horse, and said he would send the colt on his return to Wolverbampton the following day. They agreed upon the price of the bay horse, viz., C20, 10s to be returned to the prisoner as a gift. He then parted with the horse, and afterwards saw the prisoner off. The prisoner formerly promised to hand him the money at the station. When they were at the latter place he wrote out a note at the prisoner's dictation, in which it was mentioned that the money was to be paid on the 5th February. Prisoner did not pay him at the station, but asked him for the gift money being 10s for the bay horse and 10s for the mare. He replied that he would not until he had the money for the horse and mare. Smith then asked him for the loan of some money, and he gave him some coppers, which was all he had. He afterwards went to Wolverhampton on the 4th February, and there saw Samuel Smith and also the bay horse and mare. He went to Oswestry on the following day in older to meet the prisoner, but he did not turn up at the Wrexham Hotel as promised, but he received a telegram from the prisoner at Wolverhampton saying he had lost the train and wanted him to go down to Wolver- hampton in order to settle. Smith paid for a reply, in which he wanted prosocutor to state by what train he would arrive at Wolverhampton. To this he replied that he had been waiting at Oswestry all -day. He then returned to Llanfyllin and took out a warrant. On the 10th February he again went to Wolverhampton, and there got his bay horse and grey mare which he took home with him.—William Bailey and Estyn Powell gave evidence. The latter deposed that he was engaged at the booking office at Oswestry station. On the 31st January prisoner came to the office and wanted to book a couple of horses. The prisoner was accompanied by another man, and there was a discussion as to whether the horses should be booked in the name of Smith or Clare. The prisoner's friend said, Don't be a --fool; book them in the name of Smith."—Detective Sergeant Bates, of the Wolverhampton police, gave evidence as to tVip prisoner being r This Llanfyllin, deposed to arresting the prison er le concluded the case for the prosecution, ™te,rf Colt before Mr Ellis Jones Griffith replied, n0 Williams laid an objection that there ^eDc0 evidence to go to the jury of the false p ^g named in the indictment as regarded the p ^er colt. —The President over-ruled the objection^ taking into cousidera tion the evidence detective-sprge-int when he said that not know of the prisoner having a p1ed:r« r t}ie —Mr E. Jones Griffith said it now remair'eC jury to determine upon the merits at they case. He was sure they already knew ia had to decide. He submitted that there wer questions to consider. The first was cnc allege to David Jones that he had a Pe<^1"rfe_enta- If they found that he did so, was that rep^ joneS tion a part of the grounds upon which^DuuG parted with the" bay horse, and if 1 .e/c,atioii satisfied with that, did Smith make the p-l,e" j,. with intent to defraud?—Mr. Colt "W mitted that instead of making "ur theirp^sideiit> prosecution had broken it down.— Tlu' aUd having addressed the jury, the latter retiree, on their return into Court after an a^senC6 £ onnd minutes, the foreman announced that they the prisoner was not guilty, and he was discba a CIVIL BUSINESS.. J-JIE The President said the only civil Court had to do that day was to appoint a | l^e sentativc on the Standing Joint Committee place of the late Col. Harrison. The C 1r\1 to not being present that day had asked nominate on his behalf Major Pryce-Jones.ard he therefore moved his appointment.—. 1 alld Lloyd said lie had much pleasure in seconding! it was carried. oSe There was no other business, and the Court after a sitting which lasted over six.hours.



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