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Hills and from Bassaleg and Risca
Stephen Rogers

John O'dwyer Sworn - I am a Special Constable and live in Newport
I was on duty on Sunday night last - The Prisoner was brought in
custody before the Mayor. I was in the Room at the time, I observed
his Hat so placed as if he wished to conceal something I told the
Mayor
I thought he had arms concealed on his person, the Mayor
desired me to examine him, which I did, I opened his Waistcoat &
inside his Waistcoat I found concealed a Cutlass, - there was also
on his person a very dreadful weapon, a Pick, it was all Iron,
the Wich was concealed, it was something like a hammer, one
end was blunt and the other a sharp point. I took a pistol which
I found in one of his pockets, it has a Cap on and was loaded
he had also on his person a Powder flask full of powder and a
Tobacco Box full of Caps one Cutlass was quite sharp and recently
ground - there were also two pocket knives and a Cash Bag with a
considerable number of Balls on his person. I heard the Mayor ask
the Prisoner what he wanted with the Articles I have named about
him, he said he carried them to defend him. All the articles taken
by me from the person of the Prisoner were taken from me by Mr.
Hopkins
the superintendant of Police - The Prisoner stated his name
to be Thomas Davies - I think he stated he was a Sawyer, and
said he was going to the Cefn to look for work, All this was on
Monday morning about 6 o'clock - I was present at the Affray here
I should say the Prisoner was apprehended about three hours before
the affray took place, it was on the same morning, the affray was
commenced by a mob of armed persons making an attack upon this
House (the Westgate Inn) - those persons were most of them of the same
description of the Prisoner - They commenced the Affray by entering
violently into the Hall, armed with Guns and Pikes - The Mob
commenced firing their Guns and thrusting with their Pikes immediately
they entered the Mob were armed with all kinds of Weapons - Some had
Guns, some swords, I think all the rest were pikes - I saw no man unarmed
- I saw no man with a simple stick - I have no doubt in the world
that the Prisoner intended to be one of the party - the Mob came down Stow
[Hill]


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