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Lewelyn Powell of Beaufort in the parish of Llangattock
in the County of Brecon Hallier in the employ of the Monmouthshire
Iron and Coal Company States that having frequently lost quantities
of bar Iron from the Trams when coming down from the Victoria
to Newport and suspecting John Owen - of the parish of
Aberystruth in the County of Monmouth
Blacksmith - I went several
nights to watch him and about nine days before the 4th November
the time of the Newport Riots between one and two o'Clock in the
morning I looked thro' the shutters in John Williams' Shop
and saw him making an Iron Instrument on the anvil similar to
the instrument which I have heard the Rioters brought down to
Newport and which I have seen - there was another instrument
which appeared to be finished on the block of the Anvil - the instrument
was about eight inches long and sharp on both sides - it had a fork at
the end - I thought at the time he was making knives for his
house - I knocked at the Shutter and I said "holloa John what
are you doing at this time of night "- he said "nothing" but immediately
threw a pan of water on the fire which left the Shop in darkness
I am quite positive it was John Owen - he having worked for me
I then went away
_______________________Lewelyn Powell
W.S. Cartwright



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