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Monmouthshire Merlin 1865

5 August 1865


GLASCOED: DEATH FROM FALLING IN A HAY-FIELD.- An inquiry touching the death of Job Lewis, farmer, Glascoed, was held at the house of Mr. Abraham Jenkins, Little Mill, on Monday last. From the evidence it appeared that on the evening of Friday last deceased was engaged in loading a waggon with hay in a field, and having told the man in charge of the team to move on, he accidentally fell from the vehicle, and falling heavily on his back, be so far injured the spine that he died on the following day. Mr. Thomas, surgeon, Pontypool, saw deceased some time before he died, but the injury he had received was of that description which rendered medical skill unavailing.

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COME TO THE BIDDEL.-Richard Stretton (Webmaster note: “Richard Stratton” of the Poplar Tree Cottages) was charged with having sold beer, &c., without a license, at Glascoed.—This appeared to be one of those instances in which parties seek to raise a little money by having what is known as a “biddle," and the particulars of this case may be gathered from the following evidence.- Martha Meredith said: I was at a tea party held at defendant's house on the evening of Sunday last, and at about ten o'clock they were selling beer and spirituous liquors.- Mr. Superintendent Mcintosh deposed that the whole of Glascoed was in a ferment in consequence of the drinking that had been allowed at defendant's house. A friend obtained for him a special license for selling drink on the Monday—and it was a general fact that a good deal of this work was carried on in the country villages. — John Williams said that he purchased a jug of beer amongst other people, for which he paid, on Sunday, at the house in question.—In answer to the charge, defendant's wife said that, in consequence of her having been lame, and losing one of her daughters, they had incurred some debt, and had adopted this mode of raising the money to discharge it.-Defendant was convicted in the penalty of 40s. including costs.

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THE ROBBERY OF SEVEN SOVEREIGNS. -George Clements, a young farm labourer, was charged on remand from Tuesday last with having stolen 7 sovereigns from the person of George Roberts.—Mr Superintendent Llewellin, of Usk, bad charge of the case.—Prosecutor said I am a hay dealer and reside at Monkswood. On the evening of Saturday last as I was returning home about nine o'clock. I fell asleep on the roadside near Pontypudding Farm, at which time I had 7 sovereigns in a purse, and 4s or 5s in silver, in my possession. I had been asleep about two hours. When I awoke I missed all my money. I did not see anything of the prisoner then, but had seen him previously.—Ann Jenkins, wife of Isaac Jenkins, Pantypudding farm, said: The prisoner was in the service of my husband. At between the hours of 9 and 10 o'clock on the night of Saturday last he asked me if I would please to Iet him have some money. I refused him. He asked if I would let him have sixpence. I told him I could not let him have any money. He said he wanted to pay his washer woman. I saw him go towards the Little Mill, and did not see him again until Sunday morning.- Prosecutor, on being re-called, said that he fell asleep between the farm and the Little Mill, which were about half a mile distant.—Job Thomas, fellow servant with prisoner at the farm in question, said prisoner had been in his situation about a fortnight. I went to a public-house it the Little Mill (Half way House), kept by Mrs. Jenkins, at about nine or ten o'clock on the night of Saturday Iast. I saw prosecutor on the road asleep between Pandy Pudding farm and the Little Mill. I left prisoner at the farm, and in about an hour afterwards he followed me to the Little Mill. When he came it o the house he called for half-quarter of tobacco, for which he tendered a sovereign in payment. He also paid for four jugs of beer. I saw the bag produced in prisoners possession. It contained gold and silver.-Eiizabeth Jenkins, of the Little Mill, corroborated the last witness.-John Walkley (12) said: I was in a field on Pandy Pudding farm with prisoner on Monday last. Mr. Superintendent Llewellin came to the gate and asked for Job Thomas. When he had gone the prisoner went to a certain part of the hedge in the field. On the following morning I pointed out the spot in the hedge to which I had seen prisoner go. After I had done so I saw P.S. Morgan find a bag containing money. —Sergeant Morgan, of Usk, corroborated the evidence of the last witness which related to himself, and added that the bag contained five sovereigns, two half-sovereigns, 11s. 6d. in silver, and 6d. in copper.-Mary Ann Price deposed that she had seen the bag produced in the possession of prisoner last Sunday, and on the Sunday previous. (It was a purse that contained the money when in prosecutor's possession.)—Prisoner, who had declined to put any questions to the witnesses, said that he did not see prosecutor until he was coming to Job Thomas.- Committed for trial at the Assizes.