LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.|1860-06-23|The Merthyr Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Iron Districts of South Wales - Welsh Newspapers Online
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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. MEBTHYE JUVENILE RIFLE CORPS. — The officers of this corps were elected on Monday. the 11th inst. There was as much excitement in the selection as there was shown in the election of the officers of the senior corps. Master John Davies, was chosen captain, Master Josiah Hill, lieutenant, and Master Henry Pearce, ensign. The corps will receive their uniform in a few days, the contract having been taken by Mr. Copeland. CONCERT.—The inhabitants of Narberth have had another visit from a Glamorganshire choir, called the Dowlais Glee and Madrigal Society, conducted by Mr. Abraham Bowen, who gave two concerts at the Rutzen Assembly Room, on Thursday, the 7th instant. Some time ago a concert was given by a choir which did not give satisfaction: considerable prejudice, therefore, existod, and it was thought by some that there would be but a small house but Mr. Bowen being pretty well known, the affair passed off very well. There was quite a full house in the afternoon, and in the evening a considerable number failed to get in at all. The first part of the evening concert consisted of selections of sacred music from Handel and Mozart, got up expressly for the Narberth programme. After the commencement of the concert had been made, with such little time for preparation, the per- formance, we think, did* them great credit, lne seeular part was admirably executed, especially the solos of Miss Watts; and the duets by Miss Watts and Mr. Bowen being rapturously encored. FATAL ACCIDENT.-The inhabitants of Cefn were startled on Monday by the report that Mary Davies, the wife of a working man had been found dead at the foot of the stairs. A neighbour having heard the deceased and her husband quarrelling on that day, suspicion was entertained that she had come to her death by foul means. At the inquest however held on Tuesday, it was proved that the unfortunate woman was intoxicated at the time, and that her death was caused by slipping down the stairs.— A verdict accordingly was returned. The de- ceased was 51 years of age. BRUTAL OUTRAGE.-On Wednesdayi evening as a large number of our Irish populat on were walking up the High-street, accompanying the ¿ emains of a poor child to its last home in the cemetery at Thomas Town, a respectably dressed man drove up in a gig, and with little ceremony commenced lashing his horse in order to pass through the funeral procession. As several children were in imminent dangerof their lives a stalwart Irishman stepped out from the list of mourners and took hold of the horse's head in order to lead it safely through. But this action was either misconstrued or opposed by the driver, who whipped the animal still more violently, and as the Irishman resisted this brutnl conduct the lash was applied unceremonious iy across his shoulders amidst loud cries of indignation from the lookers on. The fellow however drove off rapidly and though pursued some distance mana- ged to escape unpunished. If we are not greatly mistaken the perpetration of this outrage is connected with one of the iron works in this vicinity, and thus, if he escapes the just reward for a deed so dastardly committed he will at ail events see from this comment in what light he is regarded. To all appearance he was sober and thus there is no excuse for so unmanly an action. We would advise our Irish friends to enquire of the respectable tradesmen in High-street who witnessed the attack, and having ascertained the man's name bring the case before Mr. Fowler. TYDVIL SCHOOL, MERTHYR.—The pupils of this school were examined on the 14th and 15th mst. The examination was carried on paper under the superintendency of the Rev. W. Thomas, A.M., and at the end a list was given to the parents of each pupil containing the names of those who 'had been examined, arranged in order of merit. The following are the names that appear first in each class :-Geographj senior, W. F. R. Evans; junior, D. T. Watkins reading and dictation, senior, W. F. 11. Evans; junior, E. T. Richards; English grammar, senior W. F. R. Evans; junior, D. T. Watkins; En. glish composition and analysis, W. F. R. Evans Latin composition, W. James arithmetic, senior! W. F. R. Evans, and W. Williams, (equal) junior, J. White; euclid, senior, W. Williams; junior, J. Lewis (1) algebra, W. Williams. We are very glad to see competctive examinations on paper, becoming more common in our daily schools; they cannot but be stimulative to the energies of the pupils, and when we bear in mind that the success of candidates both for university honors as well as for high and lucrative engage- meats under government and elsewhere, depends entirely upon their success in examinations of this kind, their importance cannot be over- estimated, nor can boys be too early and too thoroughly trained up in this routine. ANOTHER DEATH FROM A FIGHT.—A brutal contest took place on Monday evening last in A field near the Prince Llewellyn, a public- house near Quaker's Yard, which resulted in the death of a young man named William Reed, aged 28, a native of the north of England, and who had only arrived in Wales about a fortnight ago. We have not seen the depositions but are informed that the deceased and a man named Edward Owens, both working at a tunnel in that neighbourhood, had had a quarrel some days previously, and that on Monday they were drinking together at the Prince Llewellyn where they again quarrelled, and Owens receiving a good deal of provocation from deceased, con- sented to go-out and fight him. They both strip- ped and the first blow that Owens struck felled his opponent, causing his death on the spot. Owens immediately delivered himself into cus. tody and on the following day an inquest was held, when a verdict of manslaughter was returned against Owens who was committed for trial at the next assizes. This adds another death to the great number which we have to la- ment, occurring from time to time bv the appeal to brute force. BOARD OF HEALTH. This Board met on Thursday, when the fol. lowing members were present:—G. T. Clark, ESQ^ (chairman), Messrs. D. Bowser, Gr. Martin, T. Williams, D. Evans, R. Thomas, J. Bryant, E. W. Scale, L. Lewis, and D. Williams. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed by the chairman. The following report of the Surveyor was read:- Merthyr, June 21st, 1860. To the Members of the Merthyr Tydfil Board oj Health. MR. CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN,—-I beg to re- commend that the owners of the property abutting on the open drain between Wyndham-street and the Taff Vale Railway at Troedyrhiw, be served with notice to have the same properly cleansed, as it is fuli of offensive matter, which will be very detrimental to the health of the inhabitants during the warm weather. It is very desirable that means should be taken to remove this open drain, as it is the cause of much disease in the summer months. I have to call the attention of the Board to the filthy state of the roads and vacant places at Abercanaid, owing to the accumulation of ashes and other refuse matter. As Abercanaid is increasing very much, there being about one thousand inhabitants resident there at tLe present time, it would be a great sanitary improve- ment if the streets were cleansed, and ashes removed once a week, which would cost about jgl5 a vear. The following parties have submitted plans for leave to build, yiz., David Evans, two houses in Dowlais; Mrs. Roberta, alterations to house near Tramroad-side North; Rees Morgans, one house at Abercanaid, to which permission may be given. There are also plans from Thomas Morgan for six houses at Abercanaid; and Thomas Rosser one house at Mountain Hare, which ought to be refused, as the former has no road, and the latter no passage between the bedrooms. I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, ALFRED TAYLOR. All the recommendations of the surveyor were adopted by the Board, with the exception of that referring to the cleansing of Abercanaid, which was referred to the scavenging committee. Both Mr. Clark and Mr. Bryant expressed their opinion that the inhabitants of Abercanaid had a right, as ratepayers, to have their thorough- fares properly cleansed. Mr. Rosser also agreed to this, but suggested that the streets should first be formed before the demand be made for cleaning them/ T6B IROX BRIDGE, Mr. Bryant said, that on a former occasion, when bringing before the Board the desirability of erecting a new bridge over the Taff, at Ynys- goi, he had said that it was urgcnlly" required. He would repeat that it was ,L urgent" if the traffic,.between Picton-street and George Town were considered and if the pecuniary resources of the Board permitted, there was no public work, but that of the.Water Works, in which an outlay appeared to him to be more demanded. The requirements of a bridge at Abercanaid might bo great, but they were insignificant as compared with those of George Town, and to prove this he would move that the amount of traffic over the present iron bridge be taken for seven consecutive weeks. Mr- Thomas: The bridge might be required, but where are the means at the disposal of the aoard r We should have the parish in arms if JF ,LD? were attempted at the present time, wnen trade was so indifferent and the rates so excessive. • HAD no desire to involve the Board ■? but when it had already pledged itself to contribute so largely to Abercanaid bridge-a structure that everyone would confess WAS not nearly so much required as the new- bridge he advocated—he did not think the pre- sent altogether an inappropriate time, especially when arrangements might be made if the bridge were agreed to-whereby there would be no outlay until March next. Mr.\T. Williams saw no good in taking the statistia of traffic as proposed, as the Board did not requiro to be convinced that there was a large traffic there, but'as there was no pecuniary means the question of a bridge ought to be adjourned. Mr. Lewis also did not see any use in taking the traffic. The expense it would involve might as well be thrown into the river. Mr. Clark: Statistics are always valuable, and as they could be obtained in this case at a slight expense, he would not oppose the proposal, though he coincided with Mr. Thomas that the