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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
Owen's
` 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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