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Regina v Thomas Davis
George Hitchings I am a Roll Turner and live at Ebbw Vale - I am a housekeeper- On Sunday night the 3rd November last
some men armed with pikes came to my house and took me out against
my will
- I do not know any of them - I went with them down the road
towards Newport - I tried to make my escape at Pont Aberbeeg - I went into a public house at Pont Aberbeeg called the Hanbury Inn kept by
Leonard - I saw Thomas Davis there - he had a pike in his hand - there were a great many more there whom I do not know - we were - ordered out of the house and I heard some of the men say that they were all
bound to be in Newport by 2 o`Clock in the morning
- I went from this
place down lower with a body of people until I came down to Newbridge
Before we reached Newbridge we stopped at the Union Foundry public
House kept by Edwards about a mile below Aberbeeg - I saw Thomas
Davis
in this house - he had the same pike in his hand - from there we
went down the road to Newbridge - Thomas Davis was there - he stopped
a little while at Newbridge Inn - there were a great many people there -
nearly all armed - Davis still had his pike - I heard Thomas Davis order
the men out of the house and to go to Newport
- we went out of this house down the Tram Road to Abercarne - I then with others ran away from the Tram
Road to the Turnpike Road - we met another gang coming down the Turnpike
Road Thomas Davis was with them
- I heard him say to us "Roll up" - I said
to him " I will not roll up no more I have rolled up enough". I went up to a
man name Arthur Davies Surveyor (who was with Thomas Davis`s party)
living with John Daniel Greyhound Abercarne and asked him if he
could tell me where I could get a little beer and dry myself - He
said there was a house - John Daniel`s open a little above,which they
had newly broke open - I understood from Arthur Davis that it was
Thomas Davis and his Gang had broken open John Daniel`s House - I heard Thomas Davis say to Arthur Davis " I didn`t do it" and then
rushed at me with his pike to stab me
- I turned one side and Thomas Davis passed by me - I did not see him afterwards - I went up to John
Daniel
`s house with Arthur Davies and John Daniels wife can speak a great deal more than
I can respecting Thomas Davis -
George Hitchings
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