A HARD CASE UNDER THE GAME LAWS.-- A case illustrative of the oppressive nature of the game laws was brought before the magistrates on Monday last, at the Warrington petty sessions. An Irishman, named Felix Slavin, was charged by the gamekeeper of J. W. Patten, Esq., with having offered for sale a young cock pheasant. It appeared that the prisoner was standing with the bird in his hand at the stall of a dealer in same, and the gamekeeper coming by and seeing this, gave him into custody. The poor fellow gave a rather confused account of the manner in which he obtained the bird, which was alive, and produced in court; but the facts appeared to be, that he was walking in Bewsey, and as he went along he saw this bird lying on the road hurt, and unable to get away. Naturally enough he picked it up, came into the town, and seeing a bird hanging in the poulterer's shop, went and asked the price of it; on being told, he produced his bird, and asked what it was worth. Some conversation then took place between the prisoner and the man in the shop-- the principal being absent-- which plainly showed that the prisoner did not know what sort of a bird he had got, when at this period the gamekeeper came up, and he was secured. The man from the poultererís appeared as a witness, and admitted that he thought, when he first saw the bird, that it was a corncrake. The fact of offering it for sale was not satisfactorily made out. The gamekeeper said that he had recently turned about fifty-six young pheasants loose into the preserves, near to the place where the prisoner alleged he had found this one; he had bred the birds at home, and he had no doubt this one had strayed out. The prisoner, in defence, stated that he found the bird, as already related, but that he did not know what it was. He hoped their honours would be merciful, as he was a poor man, and wanted to get home. Mr. Beaumont urged that the charge was not proved, but the magistrates thought differently, and inflicted a penalty of 10s. with 10s. 6d. costs, or in default of payment, six weeks' imprisonment. Ultimately the money was paid, and the prisoner liberated.
London (England) Daily News, August 20, 1846.