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"puff" and sent the Boy along to me. one of the men put their hands upon the Boy
and took him along, some men were put over the Boy to guard him I was
watched by John the man that first took me - he walked near me with his Gun
for the purpose of preventing my going away, when we passed thro' the Turnpike
we proceeded towards Newport. I heard the Prisoner say that some one had run away
he then commanded the Mob to halt or Stop - they did so - he then directed some
of the Mob to go in pursuit of the person who had run away - that person was
over taken and brought back - about that time there were together about four, or
five hundred persons, some of them were armed many of them I should think
about fifty had Guns, some had pikes, about 200 had Pikes, some of them
had short or Dirks which they carried in their Pockets, after
the person that had run away was brought back the Prisoner directed the
Mob to proceed. I observed that the Prisoner carried a Spear in his pocket
it was made of Iron it was not in a Case he also carried a Stick it
was to be used by having a stick or handle put into the Socket of it
I observed the Prisoners dress, he was dressed then as he is now it was
the Prisoner that up to that time directed all the proceedings of the Mob
when he gave the word halt they halted when he said go on they
proceeded I have no doubt those who were with him came from Ponty
-pool
or the neighbourhood beyond it I heard the Prisoner at different
times hurry the Mob on, he said go on quick, or we shall be too late to
go into Newport
, he said in my hearing they were going to Newport
he did not say what they were going to do there; I heard some persons
in the prisoners hearing say they were going to Newport to take it.
All the Orders that were given by the Prisoner were immediately
obeyed by the Mob - there was no one questioned his authority
at all. I remember after proceeding a little further on meeting
two Men with two horses and a Cart. The Prisoner then ordered
the Mob to stop, they did stop, he said he would have one of the
Men and leave the other with the horse and Cart and he left
it to the two men which should remain, he said he was
determined to have one of the Men, One of the Men was a
Young Man, the other was an old Man, the young man then
said "as long as one of us must go, I will go" the Young Man then
came with us and left the old Man behind - the young Man asked
what they were going about, they said they would let him know when they

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