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and Pontypool we there saw plenty of people most all of them were
armed with Sticks they took us up an old Lane by a large Quarry
they took us on a great way till we came to a farm house a great
many were going up the road before us. I heard the people along the
road saying there was shooting in Newport - I heard no Guns
fired they did not tell me any men had been killed. I heard
nothing said to that effect -the same two Men continued our
Leaders and we were still told to follow them - when some of the
Men said there was shooting in Newport - our Leaders took us up
the Lane instead of leading us to Newport when they took us on
the road towards Mr Corde's we were marching on towards Newport
and we were then told by some one in the Crowd that there was
shooting in Newport and we were taken a contrary direction by our
Leaders then our two Leaders said follow us and we did follow
James Aust came with us as far as Mr Cordes Gardeners house -
he then went in there and he was soon afterwards missed by the
Leaders they missed him before they got to Mr Cordes house - I
don't know the name of Mr Cordes Gardener - the Leaders cried
out Where is Aust the two Leaders then retreated back and
said where is Aust they went on to the further part of the Crowd
to look for him and some of the Crowd said he is gone to the
Gardener's he is gone to the Gardener's we then went on to the
Pontypool Road and at the Turnpike Road the Leaders again
inquried for Aust - they asked for him and that was all
When we got to the quarry they took us on as I have said
before to the Farm house - I am sure I don't know who the
two Leaders were - I cant say how they were dressed I am quite
sure I dont know them - I never saw them before I saw their
faces when they came into my Shop I did not notice them
as to know them again. Just before I got to the Farm house
I went over into a field and tried to escape I turned back with
the intention of going towards home but I met a drove of Colliers
and they said Come along back, Come along I got away from them
with my fellow Workmen about 12 o'Clock. The last time I saw
Aust was at the Three Horse Shoes more than a week before
the two Men with the Axes were Strangers to me they were

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