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Reg vs Pillinger</hi>
Benjamin Strickland sworn says - I live at
Quarry Mawr and keep the machine there and am Agent to the -
Sirhowy Tram Road Company. I remember a great many men
come to my house on the night of the 3rd November last. I saw
three men armed. the first party that came down were nearly 300-
I should think the train that passed my house consisted of from 3 to
4000. Some of the first party came to my house. the first thing
that I heard was halt and at the instant knocking at the door of -
my house - the door was fastened with a bolt - a lock and safety
Chain. I was then lying on my bed. I had received information
at Eight o'clock the same Evening which induced me to load my
Gun and Pistols and to take them & my sword into my Bed room
when they knocked at my door my wife got up and went to the
Window. I went to the window and asked them what they wanted
they said they wanted light. I said they had plenty of light. they
had about 20 Lanthorns with them on the Road. they told me to
come down that they wanted me. I went down. I opened the
door. the first man that came up to the step of the door put a spear
towards my left breast and another man put a gun to my Head -
I threw up my hand against the spear and drew a pistol out of my
pocket, and said, come, I can use those tools as well as you can
My wife and six Children came down stairs and screamed. I
said to them be peacable, keep back. I don't think they will
hurt us. A man with a Hay pike stood between me and my
Parlour door. they asked me where my arms were. I told
them I had none. some one outside said where is your Gun
I said I had lent it to one of Sir Charles Morgan's keepers on Friday
- I had not done so - they took a new Lanthon and nearly
four pounds of Candles out of my House. they took 21/2 loaves
of bread and about 8 " of cheese. a walking stick and a yard
which they broke outside the door. that party went away -
another party called and asked for light. the last party
that came down was two men who came to the door and asked

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