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I DENBIGHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS.

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I DENBIGHSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS. I (Uoncluded fi-om our latt) I FRIDAY. The Court opened at 10 o'clock a.m. for the trial of prisoners. Magistrates on the Bench :Thomll.8 Hughes, Esq., chairman; James Maurice, Eeq., Purcell Williams, EBq., Pentre Mawr and R. 0. Moulesdale. Esq., Llan- rwst. Counsel present :-Moosr8 Swetenham, Ralph, Traf- ford, Ignatius Williams, and Hilton. The following gentlemen formed THE GRAND JURY. Mr. Frederick W. Smith, Castle-street, Kuthiu, foreman Thomas Edward, draper, Ruthin W: Green, sen., Lion Hotel, do David Griffiths, CHygroeslwyd Hugh Jon s, Gavthgynan Yim. Jones, Wern Fawr R. G. Ruthin Mcbard Lloyd, Plas-yn-llan David Tarry Ilenitiewl John Roberts, Plaseinion Tlwmas Roberts, Waterloo Inn Richard Roberts, Cross Keys Thomas Symonti, Hendre Robert Williams Llangynhafal Joseph Maude, Ruthin The CHAIRMAN, in addressing the Grand Jury, said— The calendar of prisoners before me presents but a very few cases of crime. There are but four which you will have to consider, and they are of the ordinary descrip- tion. I am also happy w observe that the prisoners in gaol for trial at the Assizes are but very few-fewer in fact than the cases you have to consider to-day. There are only three cases, I believe, to be tried at the Assizes, and we have four here. One person, a servant in the employ of a farmer in the neighbourhood of Wrexham, is charged with having embezzled some money which his master entrusted to him. It appears his master was in the habit of givinghim money to pay for stock which he had purchiised, and on this occasion gave him £6 or 47 but the servant, unfortunately, forfeited his mas- ter's confidence by absconding with the- money. He was apprehended at some distance from home, and some of the money found in his possession. The case is easily disposed of. A person is also charged with housebreak- ing at a cottage, near Denbigh, and stealing therefrom some wearing apparel; he was seen coming from the cottage with some of the articles on his person. Then, j there is a woman charged with robbery from the person of a man in whose company she had been during some part of the day the case is clearly brought home to her by the evidence of the constable and by her own confession there is no point whatever arising in it call- ing for any observations of mine. The last case is that of stealing a gold breast-pin from a publican in Wrex- ham it is a very short one, and really does not require any comment from me. The only observation that ap- pears to me to arise from the calendar is, that all these 'crimes have been caused by drunkenness—at least, out of four cases, three of them have been committed under the influence of drink. Of course, drunkenness is no excuse or paliation of crime, but it rather aggravates it. I merely mention to you this fact to point out the la- mentable prevalence of drunkenness in the country. I am afraid persons in Wrexham have obtained an unen- viable notoriety for that evil. Let us hope that tho educational and religious systems may raise the habits and disposition of the people beyond the vice of drunk- enness. Now, gentlemen, please retire to your room, and return your bills as soon as possible, so that we may pro- ceed with the business of the Court. DIVERSION OF ROAD. Mr. Swetenham made an application to the Court to confirm the order of Justices for diverting the footpath at Dolildwr, in the parishes of Ruthin and Llanfwrog. No notice of appeal had been given. The application was granted. APFKAL. Mr. Swetenham also applied to be allowed to enter a respite to appeal against the poor rate granted by the overseerii of the poor of Eghvysfach against the London and North Western Railway Company, on the 12th of April, 1864. The rate having been made so recently, there would be no time to appeal at these Sessions; but it was arranged by both parties to defer the case till a future Sessions. The Court granted the application. STEALING MONET. Mary Ann Fowler pleaded not guilty to a charge of having at Wrexham, on the 10th of June, IS64, feloni- ously stolen from the person of James Ankers two sove- reigns and three half-crowns, his property. Mr. Swetenham prosecuted, and the prisoner was un- defended. The prosecutor, a witty old Irishman, had been treat- ing Mary Ann to a few glasses of ale on the day in ques- tion, and in the course of time Jemmy Anky," as she called him, revealed to her the contents of his purse. Mary Ann kept this revelation in mind, and watched her opportunity to place the purse in her own pocket. Meanwhile, Jimmy became drowsy, and went to the first field," near Wrexham, to lay himself down. Mary Ann followed as soon as she thought Jimmy was fast asleep, and with the marked tenderness of a lady's hand, she succeeded in extracting the much coveted purse out of poor Jimmy's stronghold without disturbing his repose. Poor Mary Ann," however, was'captured before she managed to spend all the money. She WAIl apprehonded at Gresford by P.C. Lawley, and 2 sovereigns were found in her possession. Verdict—Guilty. Sentence—Four months imprisonment, with hard la- bour. EMBEZZLEMENT. Terrcnce Pinnitjan, an Irish lad, pleaded guilty to hav- ing, on the 19th of March last, embezzled the sum of t6 16s., the monies of his employer, a farmer residing near Wrexham. Senttuce-Six months' imprisonment, with hard la-' bour. 8TKALMO A SCARF PIN. Thomas Pugk, gas fitter (out on bail), was indicted for ha?,?<he!n<!ofApW! Urt, te)OOIOWIY Owen ;7 pia, value 12., the property of Griffith GrU dth&, ybt-yn, Wrexham. Mr, Hilton prf)-uted, and Mr. Swetenham defended he prisoner. ^GnX Griffithe depoeed-r keep the Spirit Vault* at Peuybryn. PrMonercamemto my Vaults on the night of the 2nd of April, 1864. I pl,cd my scarf  pin on the counter, and went to enquire of^ a clean collar. By the time I returnod to the Vaults, the prisoner and the pin also had disappeared. Cr.?e?min.d-t received 12.. for the pm from a man of the name of Hay" on behalf of prisoner, befere he wm tried before the magistrateo. Mr. Hilton stated that the prisoner had received a quart of ale from Sergeant Parker, 23rd Fusiliers, at Wrexham, and delivered the pin to bin, as a guarantee that he would pay the value of the ale. Sergeant Parker was not in a fit state of health to appear before the Cotirt., -therefore, he proposed to put his depositions in evidence. ST P.S. Lamb deposed having seen Sergeant Parker the previous night, and swore that he was confined to his bed, Buffering from rheumatism, and Was attended oy a medical adviser. m Mr. Swetenhnm objected to the evidence of PS. Lamb, and maintained that the medical man should be present to give testimony as to Carker's health. The Court over-ruled the objection, and the deposi. tions were allowed to be read. Mrs. Parry, landlady of the Blosaonas Inv, Wreyham, deposed having received the pin from Sergeant Parker to deliver to the prisoner when he should call to re- deem it. ^e P.ç. Wm. Jones said he apprehended the prisoner in the Blossoms Inn, asleep on the settle. On the way to Bridewell he said he had only taken the pin iu a joke." Mr. Swetenham then asked if there was a eme to go to the jury. The act was merely a drunkeb joke. ?he ChairmM-1 think it wa.. very curious joke. Mr, Srenham then pr(Jed tI> addreII!J tbe jnry on behalf of the prisoner, and dwelt especially on the good character b= borne by him. WM it likely he would of his own free will forfeit that character for the sake of a pin of the value of 12s. ? The Cbairman summed up, and the jury returned, a verdict of-Not Guilty. HOUSEBREAKING. I James Me. Cartney. another son of the Emerald Isle, was charged with having feloniously entered the dwell- ing-house of Robert Lloyd, Green, near Denbigh, and stealing therefrom one coat, one waistcoat, and two me- morandum booke, on the morning of the 15th of May last. Verdict-Guilty. Sentence-Twelve months' impri- sonment, with hard laix,ur,-to be kept in solitary confinement for one week in each of the last three months.

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