THE SPRING ASSIZES.
The Commission of Assize for this county will be opened in the Crown Court, Carlisle, on Saturday evening. The learned Judges are Mr. Baron HUDDLESTON, who has presided at these Assizes on a former occasion, and Mr. Justice MANISTY, whom many of our readers will recollect as one of the ablest barristers on the historic roll of the Northern Circuit. Their lordships will leave London at 10 o'clock in the morning, and reach Carlisle at 5:42 p.m. They will therefore probably attend the Cathedral in state on Sunday morning.
The High Sheriff, Jonas Lindow BURNS-LINDOW, Esq., of Hasell Holme, Cleator, enters upon his office at these Assizes. The equipage he has provided is one of the handsomest we have seen in this county. It is of most chaste design; the body being coloured in marine blue, picked out with orange, and on the panel the arms of Mr. and Mrs. BURNS are beautifully emblazoned together. The carriage is drawn by four stately bays, with black legs, richly caparisoned.
The business will begin in both Courts on Monday morning. The most interesting suit is that raised by Mr. J. G. MOUNSEY against the late Chief Constable of Carlisle, Mr. Walter HEMINGWAY, for undue violence in arrest, refusing lawful bail, false imprisonment, and slander. The following is the legal form of the action, according to the notice: --
"For that you, the said Walter HEMINGWAY, on Thursday, the third day of August last, in a public street, to wit in English Street, in the city of Carlisle, falsely and maliciously spoke and published of the plaintiff the words following -- 'I don't care for your warrant, it is a bad one; you obtained it be false pretences from Mr. NANSON, the magistrate. I will repeat it. You obtained that warrant by false pretences. I dare say it and I will. You obtained it under false pretences.' And also, for that, upon a charge that the said John Giles MOUNSEY had committed an assault upon you, you assaulted and beat him and seized him by the neck, and with great violence tore his shirt and coat, and then and there dragged him across pavement into a shop and pinned him down with a violent grip to the counter of the shop, and, although he, the said John Giles MOUNSEY, informed you that he would appear to any charge and to any summons for the said alleged assault, and requested you not to use such extreme violence, and to release your grip, you refused so to do, and the, with another constable, notwithstanding appeals made to you by the said John Giles MOUNSEY and the bystanders not to use such extreme violence, you became more violent, and, although the said John Giles MOUNSEY then assured you that if you would only leave go your grip he would go with you, you then and there refused, and with the said other constable, in a most violent manner, and with much greater force and violence than were necessary for that purpose, dragged the said John Giles MOUNSEY out of the shop through the public streets to a police station, and there imprisoned the said John Giles MOUNSEY. And for that after you had arrested him, and detained him in prison at the police station, and had there charged him with having assaulted you, and then and there imprisoned the said John Giles MOUNSEY there upon the charge aforesaid,, you then wrongfully and maliciously refused to and would not take or receive reasonable and proper bail for the appearance of the said John Giles MOUNSEY to answer the charge aforesaid, although you then acted as such high constable as aforesaid, and it was your duty, as such constable, to liberate the said John Giles MOUNSEY upon his giving reasonable and proper bail in that behalf, you then and there wrongly and maliciously refused to and would not accept any person whatsoever as such bail as aforesaid, other than and save and except the brother of the said John Giles MOUNSEY, whereby the said John Giles MOUNSEY, in order to obtain release from such imprisonment by you, the Said Walter HEMINGWAY, was forced and obliged to and did send for his said brother and procure him to become such bail, and the said John Giles MOUNSEY was thereby imprisoned upon the charge aforesaid for a much longer time than was necessary or proper in that behalf."
We understand that three learned counsel, led by Mr. Charles RUSSELL, Q.c., have been retained for Mr. MOUNSEY. In the Civil Court there will also be the re-hearing of the horse warranty case, and, we believe, a heavy mining case from the west. Mr. MOUSEY'S action is expected to come on first on Monday morning.
In the Criminal Court there are twelve charges for trial, the most serious being that against a young woman for child murder at Dalston. The following is the calendar: --
Thomas Williamson WARWICK and Joseph CARLTON, for arson at Penrith.
Jane PATTINSON, for concealment of childbirth at Crosby Villa, near Maryport, in November, 1876.
George OWEN, for robbery with violence at Whitehaven, in December, 1876.
William CRAKEPLACE and James WALLACY, for offences under the Debtors' Act, 1869, at Cockermouth, in October, 1876.
Edward MONAN and Thomas GREEN, for stealing 1s 8d at Maryport, in January.
William MILLS, for forging a request for the delivery of goods, with intent to defraud, at Whitehaven, in January.
Jane IRVING, domestic servant, for the wilful murder of her illegitimate child at Dalston, in January.
John POLLOCK, for stealing a silver watch at Dearham, in January.
William SMITH, for stealing a horse, a set of harness, and a coat, at Whitehaven, in January.
John OATES, for rape on Jane SIMPSON, at Frizington, on the 3rd inst.
Elizabeth BUSHBY, married, for the wilful murder of Minnie Russell BUSHBY, at Egremont, on the 7th inst.
Bridget GRIFFIN, unmarried, for concealment of childbirth at Cleator Moore, on the 8th inst.
THE SPRING ASSIZES.
The learned Judges will go from Carlisle on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning To Appleby, where, immediately after opening the Court and attending church, the trials will be proceeded with. The case against the widow KIRKBRIDE, for concealment of childbirth, or course exceeds all others in interest. There is also a charge of forgery against a bank clerk at Kendal.