Henry BELL (12), not instructed, was charged with attempting to pass a counterfeit sovereign at Penrith, on the 10th inst. - Mr DICKINSON prosecuted, and Mr MATTINSON defended the prisoner. - It appeared that the prisoner went to a public-house in Penrith, and was supplied with some drink by a little girl belonging to the house. He gave her the counterfeit money and received change. He compelled the little girl, by threats, to hide some of the money for him, and the rest he took home. He afterwards gave up the money he had to the police, and the little girl gave up the remainder. Another counterfeit coin was found in prisoner's possession. - Mr Mattinson submitted that there was not sufficient evidence to show that the boy understood the nature of the offence sufficiently to have a full intention to defraud. - The Judge ruled that there was some evidence to go to the jury. - Mr Mattinson then addressed the jury for the evidence, contending that there was not enough evidence !
to show that the boy had a fraudulent knowledge of the transaction. - The jury found the prisoner guilty of the charge. - The Judge administered a severe reprimand to the prisoner, and having impressed upon his father the necessity of whipping him when he got home, sentenced the prisoner to two days' imprisonment from the commencement of the Assizes, and he was discharged.