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NORTH WALES SPRING ASSIZES- FLINTSHIRE. Mr. Justice Byles arrived in Mold on the afternoon of Wednesday last, having alighted at Flint, from whence he rode to the assize town. He was shortly afterwards met by the HighSheriff, BryanCeorge Davies Cooke, Esq., Gwysaney, and a very imposing array of javelin men, who escorted him to St. Mary's Church, where the As- size sermon was preached by the Sheriff's chaplain, the Rev. Mr. Cooke (brother to the High Sheriff), from Psalm 39, 15, The Court sat on Thursday morning, at ten o'clock, wheu the following gentlemen were sworn on the GRAND JURY. Hon. Roger Mostyn, Foreman Sir Pyers Mostyn, Bart, Talacre Sir John Huniner, Bart.. M.P. John S fiankes, Esci, Laughton C B T Roper Esq, Plasteg T G Dixon, Esq. Nant W P Godsall. Iscoyd Park Thos Hughes, Esq, Ystrad J C Jones, Esq, Rhyddyn W Keats, Esq, Holywell LI F Lloyd. Esq. Nannerch J H Lee, Esq Redbrook E Peel, Esq, Brynypys F Phillips, Esq, Rhual P P Pennant, Esq, Brynbella C J T Roper, Esq, Iseoyd 0 M C Reade, lisq, Wern H Sanky, Esq, Holywell Jos. Warters, Esq. Bangor R. Wills, Esq. Plas Berllan T H Wynne, Esq, Nerquis Alexander Cape, Esq, Saithaelwyd G Potts Roskell, Esq. His LORDSHIP, iu his address to the Grand Jury, said that not having before the honor of presiding in that place, he was unable to express any opinion about the calendar, except that it seemed to him to be too nume- rous for a small county like theirs. There were, how- ever, very few cases upon which they required any as- sistance from him. There was one in which Wm. Craig, Henry Taylor, and Wm. Wright Craig, were charged with the manslaughter of eight men, at a colliery in Leeswood. This (his lordship remarked) was ,t very se- rious matter for their deliberation it involved on tlis one handserioHB consequences to the defendants, and on the other, the lives of the humbler members of the community. In this, as well as in other cases, he hoped there would be no respect of persons, and that they would come to a decision in this matter, just as if th? parties concerned were their equals in society. The facts adduced before the Coroner were to this effect, The defendants were owners of the Blue Pit Colliery, near to that town. At the time of the accident, 13 or 20 men were at work at that place. The work appeared to be adjacent to an old abandoned colliery, which was at the time full of water. Between the two collieries there was a partition, which, on'the loth, was demolish- ed, and the water broke through, and resulted in the death of the persons upon whose bodies the inquest was held. The manager of this mine, was a man of th3 name of Ishmael Jones, who had complete control under ground. The defendants were in the habit of visiting, the mine about once a month, and one of them once or oftener in the week. That individual was said to have ordered a drift to be made, contrary to the opinion and order of the manager. The consequence was that wa- ter flooded the pit, and the accident from which this charge arose, occurred. It was also alleged, that the manager bored 20 feet underground to search for the wa- ter. There certainly were boring tools in the mine; and they were used; but the boring was done in a wrong direction. Having given them the outlines of the case, he wished to draw their attention to points of law as applicable to the same. There was a marked dis- tinction between liability for negligence in civil and criminal cases. A man was civilly responsible for any negligence; but any negligence would not make a per- son liable to a charge for misdemeanour or felony. There were degrees of negligence which were acknow- ledged and defined in law; but to render a man liable fjr an action at criminal law, it was necessary to prove that he was guilty of gross or culpable neglect. His lordship further explained this distinction by an allusion to a mother nursing her child, who might let it fall without being guilty of gross neglect; but if she left the child alone in a room exposed to fire, or within reach of boiling water, and the child's death was occasioned there- by, the mother would be culpably negligent, aud crimi- nally responsible. They were also to inquire how far the defendants were personally liable for the neglect of their servants, the legal bearings of which his lordship fully explained, and concluded by saying, that if they found any difficulty, he should be very happy to rea- der them any assistance in his power. STEALING CLOTHES. n I I Wm Jones, aged 2 1, a groom, pleaded guilty to naving stolen a large quantity of clothes, and a £5 note, the pro- perty of Robert Phillips, at Overton, on the 31st Dec., 1864. A previous conviction was proved against the prisoner, who was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment with hard labour. BRANDY DRINKING. I Elizabeth Parry, aged 24, was charged with obtaining from one Martha Ann Deakins, one pint of brandy, th3 property of Francis Henry Deakins, by false pretence?, at Rhyl, on the 23th February last, The prisoner, who was said to be addicted b drink. was proved to have been previously convicted for steal- ing some beer. Mr. Ignatius Williams prosecuted, and called the wife of the prosecutor, who swore to the facts of the case. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, ad the pri- soner was sentenced to 12 months' imprisoumsLt. BURGLARY. I James Ellis, aged 37, described as a fsst-nry hand, pleaded guity to having stolen several at tides of cloth- ing, arid burglariously breaking into a dwelling house at Mold, on the 22nd of August last. A previous conviction was also admitted by the pri- soner. Sentenced to nine months' imprisonment. ARSON. I John Fitzgerald, aged 24, by trade a joiner, pleaded not guilty to having maliciously set fire to a stick of hay, the property of Mr. Charles Davison, at Kortliop, on the 13th of August. Mr. Swettenham prosecuted, and called several wit- nesses, who swore to the prisoner being seen on the pre- mises in question, and to his having made use uf expres- sions tending to implicate him in the commission of the crime. A piece of paper was also found upon the pri- soner, which corresponded with another piece found on the spot. The prisoner handed to the Court a written state- ment in his own defence, which was read by Mr. Crornp- ton, Clerk of the Arraigns, but it contained little of any- thiugthat would influence the jury on his behalf. His LORDSHIP summed up, and the jury, without he- sitation, returned a verdict of guilty. He was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. STEALING A SHEEPSKIN. I Patrick Hutchinson, aged 19, and Richard Branvon, aged 21, were charged with feloniously stealing one sheepskin, the property of John Howard, at Hawarden, on the 20th February. Mr. Talbot Smith prosecuted, and Mr. Mclntyrede- fended the prisoner Brannon. Just as Mr. Mclntyre was about addressing the jury for the defeuce, his lordship allowed the jury to retire for five minutes. All the jury, except two, returned in- to court punctually. The two gentlemen, when their names were called over, could not be found, and the Judge remarked that he had a mind to discharge the prisoners, and then the uuder-sheriff, the bailiffs, and the absent jury would find themselves in a very unplea- sant predicament. The absentees shortly after arrived, and received a very smart lesson from his lordship. Mr. McIntyre then addressed the jury for Brannon, after which, his Lordship summed up, and the jury re- turned a verdict of guilty. Sentenced to six months' imprisonment each. STEALING A SHIRT. Catherine Whittle, aged 35, described as housekeeper, pleaded guilty to stealing one flannel shirt, the property of Mr. R. T. Williams, on the 18th of January. Sentenced to one month's imprisonment each. I BURGLARY. I John Brannon, Michael Brannon, and Thomas Robin- son, were charged with feloniously breaking into the dwelling-house of Enoch Williams, aud stealing there- from five pairs of boots, a cloth coat, cloth vest, scarf, blanket, three coloured shirts, flannel ijiirt, a dress piece, eight yards of linen, a silver' watch, six lbs. of tea, aud hams, at Pentre, on the 4th August, 1864. Verriict-Guilty. John Brannon was sentenced to six months' impri- sonment, and Michael Biannon and Thomas Robinson to seven vears penal servitude. 8TEALING CLOTHES. I Henry Bohen, aged 23, pleaded not guilty to having stolen one pair of trousers, pair of braces, a vest, and two shirts, the goods and chattels of Owen M'Kenna, at Flint, on the 1st itist. Mr. Wynne Ffoulkes prosecuted, and the prisoner de- fended himself with great ability, by cross-examination and by a long and ingenuous statement read by him to the court. BURGLARY. Robert Hughes, aged 32, a collier, pleaded not guilty to feloniously breaking and entering a certain building, with the curtilage of the dwelling house of Robert Git- tins, and stealing therein two fowls, the property of the said RobertGittins, at Hawenddu, on the 15th January, 1865, Mr. Morgan Lloyd prosecuted the prisoner, who was defended by Mr. Swetenham. Mr. Lloyd addressed the jury, and from the nature of the evidence indicated, the learned Judge interfered, and elicited from the learned counsel that the case was only one of suspicion against the prisoner, who was' acquitted. BILLS IGNORED. The following bills were ignored by the Grand Jury:— John Denman and Thorns Edwards, charged with maliciously setting fire to certain gorse, the pro- perty of Mr. Baldwin Lloyd, at Cwm mawr, St. Asaph. Henry Thomas, and Thomas Jones, charged with set- ting fire to certiin gdrse, the property of Her Majesty the Queen, at Gwaeuyscor, on the 20th of August, 1864. Wi.lliam Craig, Henry Taylor, and William Wright Craig, admitted to bail, charged upon the Coroner's warraut, with the manslaughter of Owen Jones, William Jones, John Roberts, Lewis Lloyd, John Ellis, and John Jones, at Leaswood, on the 15th of December, 1864. The Foreman of the Grand Jury handed to the Judge a presentment, of which the following is a copy. "Presentation of the Grand Jury for Flintshire. "That they consider it is of the greatest conseqftence and importance that all occupiers of collieries and mines should keep correct maps and plans of their workings, and that where the, existence of a body of water is hnown or suspected, that positive instructions should be given to their managers to 'use the very utmost caution when they are working in that direction. "On behalf of the Grand Jury, ROGER MOSTYN, foreman." This concluded the criminal business of the county, and the courr rose at a quarter to 5 o'clock. FRIDAY (YESTERDAY). His Lordship took his seat on the bench this morning shortly after ten o'clock. THE MANSLAUGHTER AT BLUE PIT COLLIERY. Messrs Taylor, Craig, and Co., were placed in the dock this morning, and pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter, the bill for which was ignored yesterday by the Grand Jury. No evidence being offered by the learned Counsel for the prosecution, a juror was withdrawn, and under the direction of the Judge, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. SPECIAL JURY CASE. I Hughes v. Roberts.)fr. McIntyre and Mr. Brandt were for plaintiff, instructed by Mr. Ellis Eyton, Flint; and Mr. Morgan Lloyd, Mr. Swetenham, and Mr. Talbot Smith for defendant, iustructed by Mr. M. Louis, Ruthin. The plaintiff in this case was Mr. Robert Hughes, Piasouo, and the defendant was Mr. John Roberts, the tenant of PJasoun, and the action involved certain de- clarations which stated that defendant had not performed the various covenants contained in a lease granted to defendant in 1861, for 20 years. It was alleged that the farm had considerably deteriorated in value in conse- quence of defendant's bad farming, which would now -etch a sum far below its previous marketable value. The sum of E125 would be required to put it into a proper state, and restore it to its former condition. [Mr. Mclntyre was stating the case to the jury when 'our parcel was despatched.]

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