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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 Works 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 through the shutters in John Williams
Shop and saw him making an Iron Instrument on the anvil
similar to the instrument I have heard the Rioters brought
down to Newport and which I have seen - there was another
instrument that 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 over 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
Witness W.S. Cartwright



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