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POLICE COURT. Before J. Blair, Esq.,R.M., Wednesday,   15th October.   Henry Haley, one of the recently arrived immigrants by the General Hewett was   charged with being found in the Govern ment Immigration Depot without lawful excuse. Defendant was admonished and discharged. REFUSING DUTY.-Four of the seaman   of the General Hewett, named: Daniel T. Newbury, Jos. Steel, George Rumbellow,   William Dowell were charged with refus ing duty on board. The former three were   sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, and the last one to 4 months imprisonment. ASSAULT ON BOARD A SHIP.--William Jose and Joseph Barrow were brought up   on remand at the Police Office on Wednes day last, charged, the latter with assault    ting the captain on board the General   Hewitt, on the high seas ; and the former with insubordination on board the immi grant ship, General Hewett. Christopher H. Loudtt, master of the     immigrant ship General Hewitt, was sworn and deposed : On the 26th August, in lat. 35° S. long. 16 W. about half-past 9 a.m.   I was sitting in my cabin when the pris oner Barrow came into the cuddy and de manded tobacco. He was told it was not the day for issuing it. He told me in a very abusive manner that he would have tobacco. I went up to him, put my hand   on his shoulder, and desired him to walk   out of the cabin; at the same time giving him a push towards the door. He went out and then commenced using most abu    sive and threatening language, calling me an old rogue and a b-- y b- r. I ordered him again to go forward from the   cabin door, and he instantly struck me   with his fist on the forehead. I tried to grapple with him to keep him off; he   struck me several more blows, and then   gave me a violent kick on the right side over the liver; a number of the immigrants then dragged him away from me. I had   to keep my cabin three or four days from the effects of the blow. I ordered the chief officer then to put him in irons. The   crew by this time had assembled at the   cuddy which was shut, and were striking at it to gain admittance. Ultimately the   irons were put on ; and the crew then all   refused duty. The chief mate then sum moned them all aft. The first man who ascended the poop was the prisoner Jose.   He addressed the crew and said it all were of his mind they would not turn to nor do     any more duty until Barrow was released   and tobacco issued to all hands. The evi dence of this witness shewed further that there was a gale of wind coming on with a   very heavy sea, and that he had to consent   to the release of the prisoner, and the   serving out of tobacco out of fear for the safety of the ship and the lives of all on   board. Carrilan, the chief mate, gave evidence   in corroboration of the above statements.   George Coward, the surgeon of the ship,   and Thomas Breeze,, one of the emigrants gave evidence also in corroboration.   The case was here adjourned till the next   day, to give the prisoners an opportunity of calling witnesses as they had requested.   On T'hursday (yesterday) the case was re- sumed.   John Augus, witness for the prisoners was sworn and deposed : I am a seaman on  

board the General Hewett. Several quest    ions were put to this witness by the pris     oner Barrow ; the answers to which were to the affect that witness saw the captain on the occasion in question, hold the pris   oner with one hand by the breast, and with the other strike him on the side of the head. I went aft then, and the second steward came out and took hold of the prisoner Barrow by the hand. The boat   swain separated prisoner and the captain. I did not see prisoner do anything all this   while, he was only struggling to get away. Prisoner when free came forward and went into the forecastle. I saw only one blow struck and the prisoner's nose bleeding. The prisoners were committed to take their trial at the next General Sessions to be held at Portland on the 27th of this month for the revolt on board ship.