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MONTGOMERY QUARTER SESSIONS. The October general quarter sessions of the peace -for-the countv of Montgomery were held at the Town Hall. Welshpool, on Thursday, before Captain D. J:L. Mytton (chairman), and Mc A. C. Humphreys-Owen 1 vice-chairman.) The latter presided over the crimi- nal business. There were also on tht, bench Capt. Johnes, Messrs T. Pryce,, S. Powell, Thomas Wat- kin, I". I'J. Hounsfield, Richard Lloyd, R. E.,Jones, Joseph Evans. H. D. 0. Beadnell. -j—— The grand jury was composed as follows: Messrs Wm. Farmer, Broad-street, Welshpool (foreman); Evan Watkin, Red House, Berriew; Richard Jones, Welsh Town; William Owen Pugu, Upper Luggy, Berriew; Abia Morgans, Llanfair; Edwin Lloyd Tudor, Trewern; William Dewy, burgedin, GuilA- field William Evans, Dyffr^n, Berriew; William Riddell. Trallwingollen, Welshpool; John Evans, Berriew; Richard Jones, Taoylian, Llanfair; John Edwards, Cloddia, Kerry Edward Evans, Kerry Charles Jones, Upper Pen war ran, Kerry; Howell Gittins, Berriew; Griffith Jones, ianyffridd; Richard Evans, Caebettin, Kerry Alexandra. Hugnes, Bank, Berriew; William Rogers, Glaslyn, Llantair; Morris Jonea, Tyddyn, Llaagyniew; and Thomas Ridge, Brynelen, Llanfair. The CHAIRMAN, in chargiDg the Grand Jury, said the calendar was unusually large, although none of the cases were of a serious nature. The first case was that of Charles Davies, who was charged with stealing a watch and chain from William Egerton, who had celebrated the royal weddicg with rather too much enthusiasm. On the 6tb July Egeiton was lying on the side of the road, and on awakening saw prisoner standing over him. with tne chain hanging from his hand. Other witnesses would depose to see- ing prisoner there, and the circumstances of the case were sufficiently suspicious to send him for trial be. fore the petty jury. The next case was that of William Pilot, who was indicted for stealing apples and rosebuds from the garden of Mr Palmer, of N ew. town. A constable saw prisoner in the garden, and saw him steal some apples and rosebuds. Prisoaer s brother was standing outside the garden gate, and when he saw him he ealled out Hei e s a bobby," and ran away. The prisoner Henry Charles Mat- thews was charged with having obtained under false pretences food and lodging from Mary Anwyl, of the Black Lion Hotel, Llaugurig. Matthews went to the hotel on a tricycle, representing his father as a clergyman living at Birmingham, and had bought an estate at Dolgeliey. lie also said he was a student at Oxford University. The charge against Elizabeth Jones was for stealing .£5, the money of her em- ployer, Roger Cwen, a draper, of Machynlleth, to whom she acted as housekeeper. She admitted the offence. The last case on the calendar was against Samuel Davies for stealing five eggs, and in conclu- aion he reminded them that twelve of them must be agreed before they could return a true bill. In discharging them the CHAIBMAN said there were no other cases for them to go into, and it was his pleasure to discharge them, with the thanks of the county for their services. MACHYNLLETH.—A MERCIFUL SENTENCE. Elizabeth Jones, 26, late of Machynlleth, was charged with stealing in the dwelling house of Roger Owen, draper, of Machynlleth, X5 in money, on or about the 15th of August.—Mr T. Morris appeared for the prosecution, prisoner being undefended.— Prisoner through the aid of au interpreter, pleaded guilty. In answer to the Chairman she said she had nothing to say. She simply took the money, for which act she expressed her sorrow. After the Chair- man had briefly consulted with the female warder, Mr Morris said he was instructed to IItate that they did not wieh to press the case, Tiie Chairman, I passing sentence, said taking into consideration tu. she bad been in prison for two months, and the C:ir less way in which pro ecutor had left his morey ab .ufc, throwing temptation in the way, she w.u. omy be sentenced to oue day's imprisonment, wh:. ■ woud mean her imme liafce reieaa?,—Prisoner \bauk-1 tha B.,nol1 in WelsQ, and left ,he dOJk. LLANGURIG.-MOBJS FREE FOOD AND LODGINGS. Henry Charl-s Matthews, engineer, was chivgvM with obtaining food and lodgings under lab p v temjes from Mis Anwyl, proprietress of t' e TT.a > Lion Hotel, LUngurig, on July 29th. — i'r son r pleaded guilty, and said he had nothing to say.—Sen- te ced to one month's imprisonment wnh ha labour. BERRIE W. STE,&LING EGGS. ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE POLICE. Samuel Davies, groom, 53 years of age, was pluc u in the dock on a charge ot st ialin^ five hen's g, the property of Herbert HAnry OweD, on Oetoysi lltb, at Berriew.—Mr E lwards Jones pros-cutjj Prosecutor said he was a sa Idler, living at Bar iew On the day in question he saw prisoner going towards tp his barn. He letched a constable and together they visited the place. Prisoner was liOt then there, but he saw live hou9s eggs there. Toe next morning tut eggs were missing.—Mary Phiilip3, housekeeper o the Lion Hotel, Berriew, said on toe morning of the 11th October, prisoner called at the hotel. She hear him speak to the landlord about cooking some eggs. .P:C. Davies came to the inn afterwards, and cl-jiuie the eggs.-P.C. Daviei3, of Berriew, deposed to re- ceiving information of the theft. He arrested pris- oner, and tolcl him ho wa< suspected of stealing five eggs. In reply, prisoner said I know LOtil,n, &Dout them." Witness then wont into the inn, anu took possession of the eggs P. S. Humphreys said that when prisoner was at Weloh- pool police station, he said "I did sleep in the build- ing last nighr, and I got up this morning. I holllu not have bothered with the five eggs if I had not been drunk."—tMsouer alleged that the last witnesn did not caution him, neither was there a fire at the station, and tie was ju-t about starved.—Iu answer to the Chairman, the police sergeant said he did not ask him questions, and he would swear prisoner male the statement vo.untariiy.—Prisoner said that the facta were nothing of the sort. He (meaning the sergeant) was at him all the night, and told him hww foolish he was to b ther about five eggs. Hd knew that very weil. Addressing tne jury, prisoner said a week before the occurrence he was in prosecutor's service-uziiii *Vel,hpool show da.y. Prosecutor's horses did not win, and all went wrong. Mr Owen owed him 1(K Prisoner slept m the stable, covered over with n horse It was his custom to take all the eggs down lo prosecutor's hcuse, and he wa" doing the same that morning. Overnight he had had too much ber, aart he took them down that morniu- in the hope tnat he would be paid his ten shillings. He had no inteut-on whatever to steal tlicin.-ihe Foreman, after the jury bad deliberated, askt-d n prisoner had offered the eggs for sale at the inll.- The Chairman No, the evidetica given is to show that he intenoed to convert them to his own use — The jury then returned a verdict of not guilty, which announcement was received with slignt applause, but immediately dlpessed —The Chairman (to pris- oner) Before you -go, let me give you a warning You have b,-Pn behaving we 1 for a good loug time, and I hope you will not forfeit your character. NEWTOWN.—ALLEGED THEFT OF APPLES. THE JURY DISAGREE. William Pilot (m bail), ropemaker, of Newtown, was charged wi,4 steiling eight apples and six rose- buds, the property of Josepn Palmer, nursery gar- dener, at Newtown, on the 6th June. Prisoner pleaded not gouty.—Mr Edwards Jones prosecuted, and Mr Ellis Jones-Griffiths defended.—The foimer having opened his case, called Mr Evan Jones, mana- ger of the nursery, who i-aid that on Juue26td David Clayton showed film some rosebuds aiidtpplei, I which he had missed daring the day from Mr Palme-s gar- den.-Croi-e-c-x.,I,uaine,i They were a sptcial sort of apples, and wortia eighieenpence. He could identify the apples and 1 hree of the rosebuds, although it was 21 days after they WEre stolen. He kept no spr c.>ii account of the number of app-les or r"ae8 on thu Vit i- ons trees in the garden. People did go through the garden in order to iret to the railway station quicicy, but prisoner had never had permission to-do so.- Dd.vid Clayton, Parker's Lane, Newtown, said he went to Lewis's Garden, which was alongside pro-e- cutor's garden. In a water butt h3 saw eignt ajtpU.'s F and a bunch of roses. He showed them to the hat witness. and on the next day he accompanied three police officers to ths water butt.-P.C. Davies siid on the morning of tbe day in question he wtis neHr Palmer's nursery, when he saw prisoner between the rose trees plucking Home rosebud, aud afterwards got some apples. H" subsequently saw defendant's brother standing oatsids the garden near the eate, and heard him shout. Look out, here's a bobby," and then ran away. Witness cha=ed aad caught him, but found no property on him. His brother ha-i dís appeared from the garden on witness's coming b*ek. He saw the apples and rosebuds in the water butt, and he took possession of thetn.—Cross-examined He could not swear that the apples and rosebuds he found were the ones that he saw prisoner take. He saw him in the garden for five minutes, and watched him take tlp goods without calling out. Mr Ellis-Jones Griffiths opened the defence by re-1 viewinz the evidence ^oduottd. He reterred to the conduct of the constable in allowing prisoner to cotu- mit a theft, whilst it w is the usual duty of police-! men to repress crime. The question of identity had not been established, and the policeman instead of running after the man whom he 8aw stealing the a p. ples chafed a boy who was outside the garden. He suso-ested that the reason lor the constable's action waVthat he did not know who was in the garden, and rat, after the lad to endeavour to ascertain.—John .F.ilot, father of prisoner, said his sons, prisoner and > another b-other, got up with him at half-past four. I rb"y all went along Kerry road. Withing 20 yards of Garden Lane his boys got ahead of him. Prisoner went down the New lioad, and his son Herbert up the new gardens. They were racing, as boys would do, head of him. Witness followed behind prisoner. Against the Qceen's Head or near Clifton Terrace, he saw two boys jumping over the New Church all i with their hats in their hands, and run down New Church Street. After going down to his warehouse in Picton's yard and on returning witness saw the police-officer, prisoner having gone up to the railway -station about one minute before the constable. Pris- oner could not have got into the garden either on going to the warehouse or in returning from there to the railway station without witness seeing him.- Cross-examined: The boys getting over the wall were factory boys, and where they got over witness found some peas on the pavement. He could walk from his house to the warehouse comfortably in seven minates.-Herbert Pilot, prisoner's brother, said his father, brother and himself on the day in question all left home at the same time. When against the gar-, den gate he and his brother agreed to race, witness going down Garden Lane, and prisoner down Kerry and New Roads. While going along he heard a noise in Palmer's garden, and stopped to ascertain what it was, when the constable jumped out of the hedge. He frightened witness, and he went back in the di- rection of Kerry Road, because the man ran after him. He shouted after witness, and he stopped. Witness was taken back to Palmer's gate, and asked for his name, and who was with him in the garden. Witness replied that he did not know, and when asked if it were his brother, witness remarked that it was not, as prisoner had gone down New Road. His brother dfd not go in the garden that morning. Mr Jones-Griffiths reminded the jury that prisoner chose to be tried by this Court, rather than be dealt with summarily. The case bad altered materially since he last addressed them, and unless his learned friend said that the father's and brother's stories were invented, the jury must come to the conclusion that the constable's evidence was not to be trusted, His friend had endeavoured with great skill to shake the boy's story concerning his stoppage in the lane, I but hearing the noise the lad's curiosity got the bet- ter of his ambition to win the race, and he stopped to see what was going on in the garden (laughter.) The father had proved that prisoner did not enter the garden as had seen him walk in front of him, while he (the father) was walking solidly, and, judging from his appearances in the box, stolidly along the road (renewed laughter.) He did not suggest that the case had been trumped up by the constable, but was one in which he had made a genuine mistake. Mr Elwards Jones, in reply, said his friend had made a point of the policeman having looked at pris- oner for five minutes without making himself seen. That was rather against the prisoner, because, if after looking at prisoner for five minutes, he could not identify him, he never would be able to (loud laughter.) ■■ The Chairman, in summing up, saia the jury had to decide as to the credibility of the policeman or the evidence of the father and brother of the prisoner. There were doubts on both sides. The Foreman expressed a wish to retire, and the jury were absent for about an hour, when the Fore- man returned into court, immediately after the jury had found Charles Davies not guilty. The Clerk of the Court (Mr G. D. Harrison): Have you agreed upon your verdiot? The Foreman: No. The Chairman We will give you another quarter- of-an-hour. Mr Jones-Griffiths: It would be a very good thing to try it before this jury (meaning Charles Davies's jury) again (lcud laughter.) At the end of the quarter-of-an-bour the jurymen were brought into the court again, The Clerk of the Court: Have you now agree iinon vour verdicts The Foreman We cannot agree. The Chairman: As the old practice of starving juries has been abandoned, we n:u.t discharge you. The Foreman We aie all agreed except one The Chairman: It is very kind of you to have given 30 much thought, time, ani attention to he case It WolS theu agreed by mutual consent otCoanseltc have the case remitted to the Assizes. Prisoner WèF. allowed bail, bia father standing seourity for < £ -(), NEWTOWN.—CELEBRATING THE ROYAL WEDDING Charles Daviss, 25, fitter, was charged with steal- ing a watch and chain, the property of WiLiair. £ g«iton, at Lbullwchaiarn, on the O^h July.—Pri^ ner pleaded not guilty.—Mr Ellis Jon s-Gnffith- conducted the prosecution.— Prosecutor, a tailo iivina at the Canal, Newtowu, said about pix or saver o'clock ou the 6 h July he was in Barnes Lare, iyi, down, going to sleep. He opened his eyes and sa prisoner standing over him with his chain in hl- hand. Witness said That is my watch," and pris- oner r ui away. It was worth .£578 6d.—Tho Chair- man Were yon aober?-I was not. Hi w much bad you to drink?—I cannot say. You had drunk s much, so iarge a quantity, tint you are unable t, teil how much P-I could understand qu te we'l what I wa doing-You had hal some beer ?—Yes, sir Thomas E. Matthews, of Llanfair*roa.i, Newtown, pattern weiver, said he saw prisoner in the lane as he was pap-t-ing it. He also saw prosecutor. Pri soner was 40 or 50 yards from witness, wiio assisted Egerton to get up.-Prisoner: Was he drunk r.i sober? He was drunk.—The Chairman: Could he stand upright? Yes, sir.—Could he walk? H- walked ail right going down the lane—Do you know- prisoner well P I have seen him many times.—Mar y Harris, wife of John Harris, Bryn-street, N,,wto-ii, said she saw Egerton in the Barnes Lane, and he asked her if she had seen a man in the lane. She saw pri- soner just before.—P.S. Morgan said he was ir; Frankwell-street when he saw prisoner pass up thir street. He stopped him, and said he ihousrht he wanted him, and then searched him. Just as he was about to search prisoner, the latter said, "Y• n seem to knew all about it," and drew out cf his pocket the watch produced, and dropped the chain out of another pocket. Prosecutor identified the articles. At the time prisoner was committed for trial he said he picked up the watcb and chain in thi road, a little farther aloLg where he' found Egert UJ lying on the road drunk. He was covered with dust, and looked as if he had been rolling aboat ox. the road. He went up to Egerton, thinking the wateh and chain might be hie, to give it him, and when he touched him, Egerton said, it, let me alone." He tried to get up, but was too diunk.—The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, stating that the" thought there was a doubt.—The Chairman, in dis- charging prisoner, said they knew something abou' him, and he seemed to be entering upon a course which would certainly lead him into great trouble He strongly urged upon him to take warning. THE REV. EVA.N JENKINS AGAIN. Mr Jones-Griffiths made an application inregpec, to the appeal of the Rev Evan Jenkins, of Man&fon, at the last quarter sessions, against a conviction against him. The appeal was dismiss d, and tt^ rev. gentleman was ordered to pay 40 shilling? costs The costs had not been paid, although several appii cations had been made to the respondent's solicitors and his sureties, but they had received nothing. H; applied for the recognisances to be estreated for the purpose of the costs.-The Uhairmm said th--re was some question at the time the appeal was made as to its being out of date, but that objection was waived, and the ca?e was proceeded with. It appeared to him that they could not estreat tho recognisances without notice having been giveR to the sureties, iu older to afford them an opportunity of saying some- thing u;>on tha subject. Before making the order they must give notice to the sureties, and make the app.ication at the next sessions. CIVIL BUSINESS. Captain D H. Mytton presided over this business, which cvas purely formal. Messrs Thomas Watkin, Mathrafal, and Thomas Pryee, Pentreheilen, were added to the committee for the inspection of paux>er lnnatics. In place of Messrs Robert Mitchell Hawkes, IVlachynlleth, the name of Major Bor^ali ivlts substituted, and Captain Beadnell for that of the late Mr William Thomas, Llanidloes, on 'be cora- in ttee for the IDspecticn of houses licensed fo. the custody of lunat ics.-The county licensing commit- tee was re-appomted.

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