ffje have just completed another addition to our m "'N m I ti T ism pq -IT fill III NEWM FURNISHING SHMMMS, Bringing their total length up to nearly Jk. QUARTER 03F1 A. MILS A vast avenue displaying an unrivalled collection of FURNITURE in Three Grades, viz.— PLAIN, SUBSTANTIAL, VERY INEXPENSIVE FURNISHINGS FOR THE COTTAGE, ARTISflf) FUMITUR1 of moderate Price for the VILLA, Productions of the Highest Character for the MANSION, P. "F,. G VX E vS (Late Trapnell & Gane's) establishments at Newport. Cardiff, and Bristol, now form one of the LARGEST PRIVATE (JONOJiRNS IN THE COUNTRY, with operations extend- ing to all parts of the kingdom. Beautifully Illustrated Catalogues for either of the sections named above FREE ON APPLICATION. All Goods Peliirereq Free. -_J, GANE, (Late Trapnell & Bane,) E-iotrsE 3E;-MTM:IIV3[SX-3:3E;M:19 t61 and 162, COMMERCIAL STREET, NEWPORT- Bv Mr. THOMAS PARRY. MON MOUTHSHIRE. Parishes of Llangeview and Gwernesney IMPORTANT SALE OF FREEHOLD FARMS AND LANDS. ME. THOMAS PARRY has received instructions M from the Executors of the late E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq., J.P., D.L., to conduct a SALE BY AUCTION, at the WESTGATB HOTEL, NEWPORT, on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 1900 at 3 o'clock in the Afternoon (subject to the Common Form Conditions of the Monmouthshire Incorporated Law Society, and to such other Condition" as may be then and there produced) the following valuable FreeSiold Properties; viz: LOT I.-All that compact and Valuable FREEHOLD ESTATE, known as "SLOUGH FARM," situate in the Parishes of Gwernesney and Llangevie-v, mill distant about 2 miles from the town of Usk, containing in the whole 117 Acres, 2 J?oods. 30 Perches, or therefthouts, of rich Arable Meadow, and Pasture Lands, Garden and Orcharding, with suitable Farm House and Buildings, in the occupation of Mr. JOSEPH WILLIAMS, as yearly tenant. LOT 2.—All that very desirable FREEHOLD LANDED PROPERTY, known as "CHURCH FARM," situate in the Parish of Gwernesney, and distant about 2 miles from the town of Usk; with Farm House, Outbuildings, Yards and Garden, and about 9b Acres of very useful Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, and Orcharding, the whole being now and for many years pasr in the occupation of Mr. J. T. E. Jenkins, as yearly tenant. This Lot offers an admirable site for the erection of a residence. LOT 3.—All that FREEHOLD COTTAGE, with Outb: ildings, Garden and Orcharding, situate in the Parish of GweruelJey aforesaid, and now in the occupation uf George Dobbins. LOT 4.-All that FREEHOLD COTTAGE and Garden, known a CHURCH COTTAGE," situate in the Parish of Gwernesney, aforesaid. Full Particulars with Plans are in course of preparation, a' '1 may be obtained, with Cards to View, on and after November 2lst, an application to the AUCTIONEER, Albany Chambers, Newport; or to MESSRS. DAVIS, LLOYDS. & WILSON, Solicitors, Newport. Auction and Estate Offices, Newport, November 7th, 1900 -=-F.F- ,c.J .¡¿ By MESSRS. STRAKER & SON. Monmouthshire. Parishes of Abergavenny, & Llan- gattock-j u xta-Usk. VALUABLE FREEHOLD FARM FOR SALE. MESSRS. STRAKER. & SON WIN SELL BY AUCTION, at the ANGEL HOTEL, ABEBGA- VENNY, On TUESDAY, the 11th DECEMBER, 1900, At Two for Three o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced, and in the following or such other Lots as shall be determined at the time of Sale. LOT I.-All that Valuable Freehold Farm, Situate in the Hamlet of Hardwick, in the Parish of Abergavenny, and in the Parish of Llangattock- juxta-Usk, both in the County of Monmouth, within three miles of the excellent Market Town of Abergavenny, and known as THE VEDW," otherwise "Fedwisaf," now and for several years past in the occupation of Mr. William Sheen, as yearly tenant (with Lot 2) at the annual rent of X45. This Lot comprises an area of about 40 Acres, 3 Roods, 3 Perches, of capital Meadow, Pasture, and Arable Land (only 6a. Or. 15p. being Arable) with Farm House, Pig- gery, Fowl House, Barn and Cow House, Stable and Chaff House, and is bounded by the Estates of Sir William Thomas Lewis, Bart., John Owen Marsh, Esq., Jenkins, Esq., and Pritcbard. LOT 2.All that PIECE or PARCEL of MEADOW LAND (part of No. 896 on the Ord- nance Survey Map), situate on the side of the Main Road from Abergavenny to Monmouth, in the said Hamlet of Hardwick, and lying between Ty-Pwll and Llangattock Lodge, the properties of John Owen Marsh, Esq., and the representatives of the Owen Marsh, Esq., and the representatives of the late Mr. John Richards respectively. This Lot contains an area of about 2 Acres, 2 Roods, 39 Perches, and is an admirable site for the erection of a Villa Residence, it being on the side of the Main Road, within half-a.-mile of Penpergwm Station (G.W.R.), and only two miles from Abergavenny. A Plan of the Property and a copy of the agree- ment for tenancy may be seen at the Auctioneers' Offices, Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, from whom further particulars may be obtained as also from Messrs. GABB and WALFORD, Solicitors, Abergavenny or W. H. BELCHER, ESQ., Solicitor, Newbury. A-A 1. I JOHN H. RENNIE, BY EXAM. For many years with M1'. Thomas Parry) AGRICULTURAL and GENERAL AUCTIONEER, VALUER, LAND AND ESTATE AGENT, &c., Ie, SKINNER-STREET, NEWPORT. Newport Cattle Market Every Wednesday. I Sale Fixtures. Dec. 5.—1st Christmas Fat Stork Market. 5.-Horses, &c., Clarence Place Reposi- tory, Newport. 12.—2nd Chistmas Fat Stock Market. Sale by Tender. Timber and Coppice Woods. TO BE SOLD BY TENDER. Dingesfcow Court Estate, Monmouthshire. LOT I.-The fall age of the GraigWood, containing 21J Acres, situate in the parish of PKNY- CLAWDD with 42 Oak and 2 Ash and 3 Birch Timber Trees numbered white, and 124 Oak Stores dotted white. LOT 2.-133 Oak Timber Trees, numbered red, and 8 Oak Stores dotted red, standing in the GRAIG LEAZE BRAKE adjoining Lot 1. LOT 3.-39 Oak. 34 Elm, 1 Larch, 1 Birch, 3 Ash, and 6 Beech Timber Trees numbered white, and 10 Oak Stores dotted white, stand- ing in the Hedge Rows, &c on the Estate. MR. WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, Keeper, Dingestow, near Monmouth, will show the Lots. Z!5 For further particulars and forms of Tender. which must reach this office, on or before the 1st day of DECEMBER, 1900, apply to FRANCIS HOBBS, Estate Office, Troy, Monmouth. River Usk: about ailile of Fishing (both sides part of the distance), THREE WELL-KNOWN SALMON CATCHES TO LET, BY TENDER, "TROSTREY t LODGE," CL1 TliA, Monmouthshire, with Stables, Coach-house, Outbuildings, about 36 Acres of Land (none nrable), and about a Mile of Excellent Salmon and Trout Fishery in the River Usk. The House stands high, about 200 yards from the Fishery, and contains Twenty-three Rooms, besides large arched Cellaries, Pantries, etc. For further particulars, apply to GARDNERS, Solicitors, Abergavenny, to whom Tenders should be sent before NOVEMBER 30th, 1900. For the Pipe THREE NUNS TOBACCO. NONE NICER-loz., 2oz., 4oz. Sold Every where. J. and F. BELL, Ltd., GLASGOW. Cyclists, Light Up. Saturday, December 1st. 453 Sunday, 2nd. 4.52 Monday, 3rd 4.5 Tuesday. 4th. 4.51 Wednesday, 5th. 4.50 Thursday, 6th. 4.5 Friday, 7th 4.5 Saturday, „ 8th. 4.49 [Being One hour after Sunset.] APPOINTMENTS, &c., FOR WEEK Ending Dec. 8th, 1900. Dec. Sat I-Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. Football-Usk v Maindee, at Usk. Sun. 2-First Sunday in Advent. Mon. 3—Usk Cattle Market. Pontypool R.D.C. Tues. 4-Abergavenny Market. Wed. 5-Newport Cattle, Cheese, & Corn Mkts. Abergaveuny Petty Sessions. Sale of Property. (See advt.) Thur. 6-Usk Petty Sessions. Usk U.D.C. Sat. 8—Pontypool Petty Sessions, 11 a.m. When asking for Cocoa, insist on having CADBURY'S —sold only in Packets and Tins-as other Cocoas are often substituted for the sake of extra prost.
Births, Marriages, & Deaths. Announcements of Births, Marriages and Deaths are in- serted at a uniform- charge of IS each, unless such words as "No cards," No flowers' are added, when the the charge will be 2s 6d. All announcements must be authenticated. Postage stamps may be sent in payment. Lists of Wedding Presents are inserted at the rate of Is 6d perinch in depth,
The Petition in the Monmouth District Boroughs. The petition which has been lodged by the Liberal Party in the Monmouth Boroughs against the return of Dr Ruther- foord Harris, M.P., must, it is presumed, in the present stage, render a certain reserve advisable as to the allegations on which the document must be held to be founded. All courses are undoubtedly open to all men and all parties. It would seem, however, that a majority of 688, obtained at an exceptionally heavy poll of the Electors in these Boroughs, is not to be accepted as a reliable guide to the position of parties. The voice of the Electorate, shown in a way that might else- where carry conviction, has, in this instance, to be tested still further; charges, too, are made, which, whilst the matter is sub judice, at all events, may subject the triumphant candidate, his agent, party, and the majority of the Electors in the Monmouth Boroughs, to aspersions which may not perhaps be safely commented on, much less replied to, until the appointed time, and before the properly constituted tribunal. It is per- missible to hope that this state of suspense will not be of long duration, and it is much to be deplored that the interval of unrest must continue during Christmas time, a season which civilized communities have been taught to observe as one of Peace and Goodwill amongst Men. Meanwhile, no interests can be com- promised by glancing at the only two possible issues involved by these proceedings if persisted in, without attempting, in any ID wav, to forecast either. Should the allegations on which the Z3 Petition is founded prove to be sufficient in law to support its object, our Member, with the large majority of electors, and, possibly, a larger majority still of voteless sympath- isers, must, and will, readily show their respect for the Law of the Land, and that to the extent of acquiescing in the efface- ment, for the time being, of a political opinion recorded, as it unquestionably was, with the fullest bona fides, by enfranchised members of the Monmouth Boroughs. The Corrupt Practices Prevention Acts of 1883 and 1895, being largely designed to meet political offences which almost amount to crimes, are complex and sweeping in their provisions an occurrence traceable possibly to a single individual, often to a mere accident, may, consequently, when fully pressed, involve a Member and the majority of his Constituents in penalties scarcely less rigorous than social extinction and dis- franchisement. On the other hand, should the result of judicial and unbiassed investigation prove disappointing to the organizers of this Petition, the triumph already secured by the return of the Conservative Member will be enhanced, the Constituency cleared from an aspersion unnecessarily cast upon it, and, what may now perhaps pass with some few as zeal for party, will be publicly and unmistakeably branded as misdirected and utterly unjustifiable enmity. The Party whose interests the Petitioners are now presumably seeking to promote may thus in the end be visited with punish- ment more condign than any they now believe it to be in their power to inflict on their opponents.
[We do not necessarily endorse all our correspondent writes.-ED. "C.O."] THE DAIRY SCHOOL" AT USK. Annually, in connection with the Working Dairy School of the Monmouthshire Technical Instruction Committee, competitive examinations take place, at an agricultural centre, at which the School concludes its year's work. This year, for the first time, I believe, Usk is the centre, and the date, Thursday aud Friday, December 13th and 14th. The programme is growing into quite an im- posing one, going outside of dairy work proper, and demonstrating the encouragement the County Council is giving to all agricultural in- dustries which obtain in Monmouthshire. There will be a butter-making (theory and practice) competition for the County gold, silver, and bronze medals, and a competition for the ten in-resident scholarships, tenable for one month, at the County Cheese School, during the Session, of 1901. Prizes are also offered for cider (in bottles and 18 gall. casks), butter, cheese (Caerphilly and Wensleydale), poultry (turkey, goose, cockerels, pullets, and ducks, dressed and prepared for market), and eggs (white, coloured, and preserved). cl Mr. Radcliffe Cooke, M.P. for Hereford City, the great expert and authority upon the Native Vintage of England (Cider) will judge the cider; Mr. Bramley the poultry (in dressing which demonstrations will be given) and Mr Ashcroft and Prof. Gilchrist the scholarships and medals exams., and the butter and cheese. The medals, certificates gained during the year, prizes, &c., will be presented to the successful competitors by Lady Llangattock, at 3 p.m., on the second day, in the Town Hall. I trust that Usk will prove by the entries and the interest taken in the event that it is equal to any other agricultural centre. FROM THE FRONT. The following interesting letter (dated Heidel- burg, 26th October) has been received by Mr G. Evans, Chief Warder, H.M. Prison, Usk, from his son, Trooper W. D. Evans, 11th Hussars Dear father and mother,—No doubt you have seen by the papers that we have had a terribly hard time of it of late. Our two Brigades must have lost 200 men this last fortnight; and a few nights back we had a narrow shave of losing the whole Regi- ment. The Boers, about 500 strong, galloped up to within a few hundred yards of us, and men got, shot down before they could get to their horses. It was sickening to see some of the poor chaps. A man named Evans, of our Regiment, got wounded I hope if you saw it in the papers you did not think it Wfi8 me. The idea of tha Boers was to take our convoy, which was a very good one, and, as a matter of fact, they nearly got it, when General Mahon started with it two days before us. We had to turn out on two occasions to help him, so at last we got together. Then we were aole to take care of it, but the duty has been very heavy- only one night in four without being ou duty, and up at, two every day. To add to our discomfort, it has rained constantly for this last ten days. We had two boys and several horses killed by the lightning. The end will come ere long, I hope; it cannot last for ever. One thing in our favour is that we have the most successful General out here— General French. He addressed no on Monday last, and said how thankful he was to iim all for the splendid way we bad behaved throughout the cam- paign. Also that he had to thfiuk us for the way he bad gained success, and that he was sorry for our heavy list of killed and wounded. He promised us a long rest in a few days, and expressed hit anxiety at our being out in the wet nights without any covering save one blanket. He put the troops on rum every night, and gave us a quart of beer per man when we got here-a drink some had not tasted since the beginning of the year. Well, I hope our long rest in Pretoria comes soon, but I am doubtful, as Botha is getting a lot together again, and most likely we shall have to go after him. You ask me when we are going to get D« Wet. We have a far greater lot to trouble after than him, and have been very successful. I hope you in England don't want General French's Cavalry to go into the Free State again and back to Barberton, as we kill enough horses as it is. I killed two horses in fourteen hours; that is not bad, is it ? Well, I must now say good bye, as I must be on duty again. Kindly remember me to all old friends. OUR BOYS IN SOUTH AFRICA I am sure all my readers will peruse the fol- lowing with pride and pleasure The Commanding Officer of the 4th V.B.S.W.B. (Lieut.-Colonel A. J. T. Goss) has much pleasure in publishing the following extract from Battalion I Orders by Lieut-Colonel the Hon. U.' de R. B. Roche, Commanding 2nd Batt. South Wales Bor- derers — 24th Regioaent, Krugersdorp, South Africa, 9th October, 1900.— In bidding farewell and God-speed to the Volunteer Company of the Regiment, on their departure for home, the Commanding Officer cannot allow such an event to pass without placing on record the magnificent services rendered by the Company during the entire time that they were with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa. The Company joined at Oifontein on the 8th May, during the general advance of Lord Roberts' force upon the Capital of the Transvaal, and took part in the action at Zind River and the taking of Johannesburg, after which they were employed with the Battalion in the defence of the railway line be- tween Kroommellenburg and Rhenoster River, which was constintly subjected to attack by Com- mandant C. de Wet. Here the duties of outpost, patrol, and entrenching were extremely hard. The Battalion remained in defence of the line until Commandant C. de Wet was forced ticros-i the Vaal River to the north, when they wer-, ordered to move rapidly to reinforce various posts on the line to the north, which were threatened by De Wet's force, ultimately reaching Krugersdorp on the 13th A ii- gust, where they remained until August 30th, when they joined General Firzroy Hart's Column, to operate in the Potchefstroom district against various Commandoes of the enemy. lit ill For 30 days the Battalion was constantly on the move, and covered 310 miles, making many forced marches by day and night, one of which measured 44 miles, and effected the re-occupation of Potchef. stroom, and the capture of many of the enemy. Twenty-nine engagements were fought during this expedition, and the Column was ordered back to Krugersdorp. In the performance of all these operations the Battalion has served under the com- mand of five different Generals, and all have ex- pressed the highest admiration of the work done by the Battalion, and some have specially referred to the fine marching and soldierlike bearing of Letter I, or the Volunteer, Company. The Commanding Officer, on behalf of himself and the whole Regiment, tenders his warmest thanks to the Officers, N.C. Officers, and men of the Volunteer Company, for the manner in which they have at all times during this campaign served the battalion, and he assures them, that it is with feelings of genuine regret that they bid them farewell; and it is the hope of all ranks, that, if ever the regiment is again called to active service, they will have the sssistancaof their old comrades of the South Wales Borderers Volunteers, to uphold the flue traditions of the good old Regiment, of which we are all so proud. And again we may with ardour sing, "All honour to the 24th," and have the satisfaction of feeling that our citizen soldiers-our own boys "—have helped to maintain its glory and renown." Probably little thought the Col. Commanding when he penned his graceful fare- well, that the gallant band of volunteers would have yet more campaigning to do ere they em- barked for home. But such has been the case, in consequence of the mistaken and suicidal policy of the fugitive bands of Boer marauders, so that now has gone the cherished hope that we should be able to welcome home before Christmas those who have more than justified the confidence in them expressed so often by after-dinner speakers, whose utterances were looked upon by many as insincere, if not bombastic, and altogether fulsome flattery.
USK. Agent~-Mrs. E. K Jones. Stationer THE P.L. DANCE.—In our report last week we should have mentioned that the Town Hall had been nicely decorated by Mrs Chilton, MissRowen, Messrs C. A. Mortimer, W. Harris. F Pratt, and W. Talbot, and that Mrs Nicholl kindly lent the plants. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION. -The Diocesan Inspector has forwarded his reports on the religious instruc- tion imparted at the local schools, which are very satisfactory indeed. The Usk boys and infants' schools and the Gwehelog school are classed "Excellent," and the Usk Girls' School "Very good." Mr Russell expresses the opinion that, in the latter, the children did not do justice to their teaching. CHAIN BEIDGK.—At an extraordinary Meeting of the Kemeys Bridge Co., Limited, held at the Three Salmon's Hotel, Usk, on Friday afternoon last, it was resolved and confirmed That the Company be wound up voluntarily," and further, "That Arthur Davies Berrington, Esq., of Pantygoitre, near Abergavenny, the chairman of the Company, be appointed liquidator for the purposes of such winding up." This was promulgated in the London Gazette on Tuesday. THE PERJURY CASE.—The publication by us, last Friday, of the sentence upon John Price for perjury created a sensation in the town, and a crowd assembled at the railway station to see the prisoner come in. It seems to be generally considered that the sentence is too severe, and it is understood that counsel's opinion is being taken as to the advis- ability of presenting a petition to the Home Secretary for a remission of a portion of the term of imprisonment. Price is 61 years of age.
THE USK PERJURY CASE. J TRIAL AT THE ASSIZES. I The Usk Perjury Case, in which so much interest has naturally been taken locally, was not reached until about 12.30 p.m., on Friday in last week, at Monmouth Assizes, before Mr. Justice Lawrance. The prisoners were John Price, 61, publican; Rosa Price, 19, his daughter, described as a barmaid; and Frederick William Lewis, labourer. Mr. L. Morton Brown (instructed by Mr. Horace Lyne, solicitor, Newport), was for the prosecution, and Mr. J. Corner (instructed by Mr. Lewis E. Webb, solicitor, Pontypool), defended. The three prisoners were put up and separately called upon to plead. Each pleaded "Not guilty." The case of the older prisoner was first proceeded with, a preliminary technical objection of Mr. Corner's having been met by his lordship decidiii- to exercise the power of amendment given him by the Statute. He also refused to state a case, the point as to his power of amendment being so clear that it would be i useless. Mr. Morton Brown then briefly opened and explained the case to the jury. Price, he said was the landlord of the Queen's Head Beerhouse, Usk, and on the 17th August, a private in the Coldstream Guards, named Joseph Jones, who had been invalided home, visited that house between 10 and 11, and subsequently went to other public-houses, eventually getting home the worse for drink. He lay down at home and went to sleep, but awoke between 6.30 and 7 o'clock: in the evening, and again went out. He was at the Q ieeti's Head at about a quarter past seven, and had a "sleever" of beer. No one else was in the house then, and he left and visited other houses. About. 10.30 he was found by P.S. Sheddick outside the Queen's H-iad undoubtedly drunk. To Jones' movements between the time he left the Queen's Head at 7.15, and returned to the house, a great deal of that inquiry must be directed. Jones having been found by the police drunk at the latter hour outside the Queen's Head he was summoned for the offence, and Price was also summoned for an offence against Sec. 13 of the Licensing Act of 1872, viz., of permitting drunkenness upon his licensed premises. Joues admitted being drunk, and was dealt with by the justices. It then became necessary for the magistrates to enquire iuto the case against John Price. Three witnesses were called in support of the charge against him—the police-sergeant, a man named Harvey, and Mrs. Day, a sister of the soldier Jones. Defendant, however, gave evidence on his own behalf, and was supported by his daughter and Lawis. and the jury had to inquire into the truth or falsity of that evidence, the effect of which was that Jones did not come into the house until 9.45 p.m. on August 17th, and that he remained until 10.30; that Rosa Price seeing he was drunk refused to serve him, and that Price also refused; and that Jones thereupon threatened Price with personal violence. When Price was asked by P.S. Sheddick what quantity of liquor the soldier had been supplied with, he replied. "Not much; only two sleevers' But before the magistrates Price swore that he made no such admission to the officer, that Jones was not served with drink in the house, and that all he had there was two tots from the customers' glasses. He (the learned counsel) would call Jones and many other witnesses who would prove that Jones was at the Queen's Head at 8.15 and stayed there all that evening, that Price played rings with him, and that Jones paid for and was served with several lots of beer. Mr. Morton Brown then called for the production of the licence of the house, but .Mr. Corner said he had not got it. Mr. Brown then asked for the original copy of the summons served upon Price, aud to this also the same reply was givet.. Mr. Henry Dunning, photographer, Usk, was then called as the first witness, and proved the photographs of the house put in. In reply to Mr. Corner he stated that no one had instructed him as to the way he should take it. He could not take it in front, as the street was too narrow. He certainly said the photograph was fairly taken. His lordship asked why it was unfair, and Mr. Corner replied pointing out the perspective. His lordship saw nothing unfair about the photograph at all. John Henry Salter, reporter, read a transcript of his notes of the statement of Price at Usk Petty Session* on the 30th August. Mr. Evelyn Waddington, clerk to the Usk magistrates, gave formal evidence as to the granting of the licence to the prisoner, &c. Joseph Jones (the soldier) gave an account of his doings on August 17th. He was in the Queen's Head the second time that night from about ten minutes or a quarter past eight. Mr. Price was there then and played lings with him. Witness got so drunk that he did not know what happened after nine o'clock. Joseph Harvey repeated the evidence he gave at the Police Court on August 30th. In cross- examination he admitted several convictions dating from 1877 down to 1895, but denied others. Re-examined, he said that during the last five years he had been working at for the most part. John Bennett said Jones came into the house after him, and paid for a sleever of cider for him. That might be a little before or after nine o'clock. Witness subsequently went into the kitchen. He did not see Price playing rings. He heard Price order th3 soldier out. He did not hear the soldier threaten Price. Cross-examined: He would not be certain as to the time, but it was before nine that he went to the Queen's Head. He was there a half or three-quarters of an hour before Jones came in. He did not think Price was in the bar when Jones ordered the drink for him. There was no doubt Jones was in a very drunken condition.— Re-examined Price was in and out of the bar when the soldier was playing for beer. Mrs. Day spoke to seeing her brother in the bar between 8 and 9, and again finding him there about 10.30. Nellie Lanman stated that she heard Jones in the house at about 8.30 p.m. Mrs. Lewis corroborated Mrs. Day, Frederick Taylor said he did not go into the house that night because Jones was there, and he wanted to be home before eleven o'clock. P.S. Sheddick's evidence was corroborated by P.C. Bullock and George Cale. Mr. Morton Brown having addressed the jury, Mr. Corner followed, complaining of the attitude his learned friend had taken up. He urged that there was not a single witness who had deposed to prisoner serving the beer to the order of Jones, and receiving the money for it from him. He then referred to Bennett's evidence, in which he was at variance with Harvey, and asked which they were going to believe. Perjury consisted of a fdsa oath being taken deliberately and intentionally; if it were done from inadvertence or mistake it would not amount to perjury. His lordship added that it was perjury for a person to speak on oath to that of which he was in ignorance. Mr. Corner contended that what prisoner had stated he believed to be true. Surely, if he honestly made a mistake that was not a crime. Most of them made mistakes, but they would not care to have the hard measures meted out to them that had been meted out to the prisoner in the present case. A charge must be proved beyond all reasonable doubt-that was the onus the law put upon those who presented prosecutions. Although Price may have made a mistake with regard to time, that was not evidence of wilful and corrupt perjury, and he asked 1hl) jury to accept prisoner's statement. He then called witnesses as to character. Mr. Groye Johnson, managing director of the Crown Brewery, Newport and Pontypool, stated that he had known Price since February, and had found him to be a very honourable man—perfectly straightforward, and one who came to them with an excellent character. He was tenant under witness's Company. His lordship If Price had been convicted of permitting drunkenness it would have put the licence izs jeopardy ? Witness replied that, he did not know. His lordeSiip You do not kn ow —a manager of a Brewery Company? It would not improve the value of the property—we will take it no further than that ?-No, my lord. Edward Morgan, U<k, said he h ad had dealings with the prisoner since he had b <en in Usk, and had always found him to be honest and truthful. Richard A. Rogers gave similar evhlpnce. Hid lordship then summed up. Peijury, he said, consisted of a person making au a saertion on oath, upon a material point before a Co urt, which lie knew to be untrue, or of which he waS entirely ignorant. The facts in Chis case, whfn looked into, were very simple. Having dealt with ther evidence for the prosecution, the learue dl jiudge> turned to the statement on oath of Price, whichy he said, was as explicit as it could be. It was that Jones did not come into the house until a bout w quarter to ten, and that so far from bee.r being- drawn for him, he told Jones that no one sirauld draw him any, and that Jones thereupon took' off his coat and threatened him. Now, if Price ted1 been convicted of permitting drunkenness, hist, licence would have been in jwopardy. He (bnJ. j lordship) was rather surprised to hear the" Managing Director of a Brewery Company say that he did not know that. Price was, therefore,. fighting for the sake of his licence and for the Brewery Company. Two or three convictions of that nature, and the licence might hruvoegolle. His object, therefore, was to get out of the -trouble he was in. The jury, then, had to judge between the evidence of a man defending himself, bis licence, and the house of which he was the manager, and the evidence of a number of witnesses who, they were asked to believe, had, for some unknown reason, put their heads together to- make up this story against him. If it were a question of time only, there might have been a mistake on the part of Price, and they would not hold a. mam to half- an-hour or so unless it were in something very important. But they had to consider whether what Price had sworn before the magistrates was true-that the man did not come into the house until a quarter to ten, was then drunk, was refused beer, was ordered out, and then threatened to smash his head or, on the other side, that it was true that Jones was there from about a quarter or half-past eight, was served with beer, and remained theie until half-past ten. His lordship agreed with Mr. Corner that the time was not particularly of importance. Yet Jones himself put the time of his entry at a quarter past eight Harvey said about the same; Bennett said Jones was there from half-past 8 to 9 Mrs. Day, half- past 8 Lauman, half-past 8, and gave the reason Mrs. Lewis (who was with 11r". Day), between 8 and 9; and Taylor, from half-past eight to a quarter to nine. What, in effect, the t-hree- witnesses who were in the house with Jones said, was that he paid for two lots of beer—three sleevers of beer for himself and two men—and one aleever of cider (for Bennett). He did not see how it could be said that the whole of Priced statement was a mistake—and that was the whole of the defence. The jury might if they liked throw out the evidence of Harvey, but were they going to throw our, also the evidence of the others who corroborated Harvey? In conclusion, the Judge pointed out that prisoner had a perfect right, under the new Act, to go into the witness box, and on oath swear again to the truth of what he had sworn before the magistrates, but the learned counsel had not taken that course, and, therefore, the evidence of the witnesses for the prosecution was absolutely uncontradicted. The jury just after returned a verdict of "Guilty," the foreman adding, "with a very strong recommendation to mercy." The Judge On what ground? The Foremau Indiscretion as the result of his great anxiety, and taking into consideration his past good character. His lordship then consulted with Counsel on both sides, as a result of which the other prisoners were put up, and, acting ou the advice of their legal representatives, withdrew their former plea of Not Guilty," and pleaded Guilty." His lordship, addressing the prisoner Price, said the jury had found him guilty, upon the clearest evidence ever given in a Court of Justice, of having committed perjury. He need hardly point out that perjury was a very serious offence, and one of the curses of every Court of Justice in tho present day, In every Court of Justice, and in almost every case-especially in civil actions—persons cam& forward on one side or the other and swore that which they knew to be untrue. If a person,, therefore, was convicted of perjury, he ought to be severely punished. In this case prisoner committed it for the purpose of saving the licence which was in jeopardy in consequence of his being summoned for permitting drunkenness. He (his lordship) understood that that was one of the grounds why the jury recommended him to mercy—(the foreman assented)—but that was the very point of the case it was no reason he should go and swear to something that was untrue. Although he always liked to give effect when ha could to the recommendations of a jury, he did not agree with the jury in this case, for the fear of losing his licence was the very reason why prisoner committed the offence. His lordship was sorry to say that the matter did not end there. Ifc was not a matter that affected the prisoner alone. That young giri. his daughter, 18 years of age, had been brought into the trouble, he had not the slightest hesitation in saying, by her father. He had induced her to do the same thing as he had done. He had urged her to do that which she must have known very well she ought not to have done, even for the purpose of saviug the licence. The pressure put upon her must have been very great coming from a man of prisoner's age, and he her own father, and he (the Judge) felt that he ought to say there in Court that there was great excuse for her in what ehe did, and that he hoped that what she had done for her father, and which a moment's consideration would have shewn her to be so wrong, would not interfere with her prospects in life. And not only had prisoner persuaded his own daughter to do this, but also the man Lewis who, so far as he could see, could have no earthly reason for committing the offence- no interest whatever in the matter. Lewis must have been persuaded by Price-what inducement Price held out to him to commit the offence he did not know. Courts of Justice were debauched by tha perjury committed in them, and when a case was found out it should be punished severely. He looked upon Price's case as a very bad one, for the reasons he had given. The jury had recommended him to mercy on account of his good character. Well, he knew nothing against it, but all he could- say was that it was the-shortest character he had ever heard put forward in a man's favour-it extended over only two or three months. Fortunately the jury had not such a knowledge of the Courts of Justice as he (the learned Judge) had, but if they had they would know that generally witnesses as to character were able to say I have known this man since he was five years old," and so on. He was surprised and rather shocked at Mr. Johnson giving evidence as to good character. He had only known Price since February last, and he said that he had no idea that if Price had been convicted of permitting drunkenness it would have had any effect upon. the licensed house. The sentence upon Price was that he would be sent to prison for eight calendar months' hard labour. As to Rosa Price, hia. lordship expressed the hope that she would never be tempted again by anyone to do anything that was wrong. No doubt she had been influenced in this case by her father, and be should inflict no punishment upon her, but she would be bound over to come up for judgment when called upon.. He should take the same course, also, with regarcE to Lewis, who ought to have known better. The case, which lasted from just before one till nearly six o'clock, concluded the business of tha Assizes.
FOOTBALL. MALPAS V. USK. Played at Malpas, on Saturday, when the follow- ing represented Usk.-Back, t-:1tnmonds; three- quarters, R. Roberts, T. Weare, A. Weare, H. Haggett; halves, H. C. Davies (capt), and P. Davies; forwards, I. 1 ratt, A. J. Thomas, J. Morgan, F. Morgan, W. Stockbam, J. Waters, D. Murray, and C. Pouls)m. Neither side was well represented. Usk were minus three of their best players, F. Williams,
A VETERAN M.F.H. I On Monday to celebrate the 93rd birthday anniversary of Mr John Lawrence, M.F.H., the members of the Llangibby Hunt were entertained with breakfast at Llanwern House, by Mr. D. A. Thomas, M.P. The health of the host and hostess having been gracefully given by Mr Lawrence and cordially responded to, Mr D. A. Thomas proposed the health of Mr Lawrence, who is the oldest M.F.H. in the kingdom. The toast met with an enthusiastic reception. Mr John Lawrence returned thanks. He said < that a good many people asked hira for a recipe for longevity, and be recommended plenty of hunting and moderate eating and drinking like an ox. (Laughter.) On being asked what he meant by that remark, he said that an ox only drank when thirsty, and could never be forced to drink after quenching its thirst.