14 JANUARY 1832, Page 12


The Its;stol Commission drew to a close yesterday. The concluding trials wet',' of no interest. One miserable-looking young man was found guilty of rioting on the Saturday morning,—the only case of a trial or conviction for the mobbing of Sir Charles Wetherell; and a gentleman who was represented as a Methodist preacher was acquitted on a charge of theft connected 'with the riots. The article alleged to be stolen was a table. This seems to have been a most scandalous case. There was not a shadow. of bnputation. against the prisoner, who had taken the goods into his lodgings to piekrve them,- and gave them up the first moment that it was safe to do so.

At Nottingham, on Thursday, four of the persons charged with the attack on Colwick Ball were discharged, on the Crown declining to produce evidence against them. Two others, Thomas Smith and Henry King, were then charged with being engaged in the same attack. The evidence for the prosecution was similar to that produced against the men tried on Wednesday. Smith was distinctly sworn to by one of Mr. Muster's female servants, as one of those that set fire to the house. On the other hand, no fewer than fifteen apparently respect- able witnesses came forward to prove an alibi. They particularly de- posed to Smith's not wearing an aprom which the young woman spoke of him as wearing in the attack on the house. Another curious parti- cular in this man's conduct—be had not been shaved for many months previous to his trial, having determined to wear his beard until the 16:Prni Bill passed. In the ease of King, a clear alibi was made out ; it ap- peared that the witnesses had mistaken him for his brother. He was, on the suggestion of the Crown counsel, acquitted. The Jury delibe- rated for it quarter of all hour on Smith's ease, and then returned a verdict of not guilty: There was a loud clapping of hands on the re- turn being made.