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Monmouthshire Quarter Sessions. The Epiphany Quarter Sessions of the Peace for J the County of Monmouth, opened at the Sessions House, Usk, on Wednesday, S. C. Bosanquet, Esq. (chairman) presiding. Amongst the Justices on the Bench were :—Sir Henry Mather-Jaokson, Bart, (vice-chairman), the Hon J. M. Rolls, R. Riokards, Esq., H Humphreys, Esq., M. Mordey, Esq.. T. Goldsworthy, Esq., E. Hartley, Esq., T. E. Bowyer, Esq., Llewellin, Esq., &c. THE GRAND JURY I was sworn as follows :-Messrs. James Stevens (foreman). Edward Sheppard, G. E. Sully, Richard B. Pugsley, Charles D. Phillips, jr., G. Greenway, Robert Hurley, Edward H. Willey, David E. Humphreys, Alfred D. Simmonds, J. E. Davies, W. Lawrence, W. E. Robertson, and Sidney H. Spencer, Newport; H. Tanner, Ponty- pool W. Morris, Ebbw Vale; H. Davies, Crumlin; John Davies, Abercarn; J. T. Gough, and David F. Thomas, Abergavenny J. Matthews, Abersychan and Arthur Tilney, Abertillery. THE CHARGE to the Grand Jury was of no general interest. I H.M. PRISON, USK. The annual report of the Visiting Committee showed that the prison had been visited regularly every fortnight, and meetings of the Committee held monthly. The daily average of prisoners in the prison for the last three years was: 1903, 93 males, 21 females; 1904, 107. 26; 1905, 109, 21. The conduct of the prisoners had been satisfactory and discipline well maintained; the quality of the food had been quite satisfactory; and the condition of the buildings was good. The Borstal system of treatment of juvenile prisoners between the age of 16 and 21 had recently been adopted. The Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society continued to efficiently help a large number of prisoners in different ways. The Visiting Committee were re-elected; also the County Licensing Committee. A FOOTPATH CLOSED. I On the application of Mr Corner, the Court granted the closing of a footpath through a field in the parish of Christchurch, which was sanctioned by the R.D.C. and P.O. concerned. [ TRIAL OF PRISONERS. I I THEFTS AT NEWPORT RAILWAY STATION. I Henry Pearce (21), groom, Joseph Bowles (28), lodging-house keeper, and Emily Bowles (27), were charged with stealing, on or about 2nd November last, 16lbs of tobacco, valued at S3 4s., the property of the Great Western Railway Company at New- port. Henry Pearce and Emily Bowles were also charged with stealing and receiving respectively on 24th November, 271bs tobacco, valued X6 10s., also the property of the company. Henry Pearoe and Emily Bowles were each also charged with stealing and receiving, on the 20th October, at Newport, four lady's jackets, valued £ 5 Os 3d., the property of the Great Western Railway Company. Thomaa James, of the Empire Restaurant, Newport, was also charged with complicity in the tobacco thefts, but since the Police Court hearing James had died. Pearce pleaded guilty to all the charges. Mr Micklethwaite prosecuted., and Mr H. Acheson Moore defended the Bowles. Pearce was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, and Joseph Bowles and Emily Bowles to three months each. I ACQUITTED. I The jury found Victor Richards, a young Trelleck labourer, not guilty of a charge of indecently as- saulting Lydia Bland, a single woman, on Christ- i mas eve, and he was discharged. I THEFT OF A MACKINTOSH. I Alexander Mason, 47, a sailor, was indicted for stealing a mackintosh coat from outside the shop of Edward Dutson, at Chepstow, on December 14th, 1905. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and admitted being convicted of felony at the Gloucestershire Sessions in November, 1904. He was sent to prison for three months' with hard labour. f ALLEGED INTIMIDATION. I William Reed (24), Charles Thomas (28), John Clarke (29), Richard Jones (30), and David Jones, (56), colliers, were charged with intimidation. The case was tried at the last Quarter Sessions, when the jury disagreed. Mr Acheson Moore, who ap- peared for the defence, said he understood that the prosecution did not wish to offer any evideace and he applied that the prisoners be acquitted. The court accordingly discharged them.

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