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EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE. The Editor does not hold himself responsible for the sentiments expressed by his correspondents. JUVENILE RIFLE CORPS. (To the Editor Qf the Merthyrr Telegraph.) SIB,-I have watched the progress of this movement with interest, surprised that it should be carried on so zealously in a place notorious for the lagging character of everything under- taken. At the first glance this rapidity might be thought to supply an overwhelming proof of its excellence, but may it not be the eccentricity of the scheme, the novelty, rather than the good- ness which has supplied an exception to the rules f Merthyr policy. In the beginning I admit the worth of the pro- posers and promoters of the scheme. They are men having good common-sense views of things in general, men of good standing, socially and morally, and hence the movement has a moral support worthy of eliciting respect, even if it do not obtain general support. I, for one, do object, and that earnestly, to this playing at soldiers, and foresee a long train of evils that will not only neutralize the good received, but cause many a sad, aye, and a desolate home. Admirers contend that the juvenile scheme will be the means of improving the boys physically, give them a good manly bearing, accustom them to the use of arms, and thus lessen accidents, im- prove their general tone of health, and train them to habits of punctuality, and to the obser- vance of discipline. In the first place, a school properly conducted should supply that blended physical and mental training so necessary to the development of a healthy man. But where are these schools to be met with, an opponent may urge. Demand creates supply insist on such a mode of training, and schools of the kind will be abundant enough, though, I may add, plenty of the sort can be foand, even now, with little enquiry. In the second place, when the lads grow to years of discretion it will be time enough for them to learn the use of arms and in the third, those habits of discipline, of punctuality, of re- gard to word, and every other of the rules of morality, should be taught and enforced at home. The way the twig is bent the tree is inclined;" by drilling these lads in a corps, and placing them in youthful companionship with the regular corps, their minds will become biased, and the youthful fancy warped to the love of a soldier's life, and an admiration of that romantic colour- ing which hides the gloomy and sober fact. This is unfair to the boys, for in youth we all like playing at soldiers, but when experience has opened the eyes, how we fly off at a tangent to a hundred different pursuits. Now, by placing our lads in these corps we place them in a tempt- ing and a dangerous position, with no powers of discretion to guide them from becoming the willing victims to a fancy-a fancy which, grow- ibg with their growth, wM, in a great number of cases, finally determine for woe or weal their future course in life. Of course in those cases where parents intend.. their children for the army no objection can be taken; indeed the rudimentary training received in these corps will then be highly advantageous, but those of the tradesmen and others who have very different views for their sons, should pause before putting them in so tempting a track. If they do not pause, the next twenty years may supply many a pithy incident-sad enough and disastrous enough to point the moral" for future guidance. OBSEBVEB. 4. CHURCH AND CHAPEL VISITOR. ST. DAVID'S CHTTECH, NO. 3. To one who visited this Church when minis- tered in by Dr. Campbell, .the first idea received is that his successor has better lungs than he bad. For then the last division of seats lacked occupants. You rarely saw any one. Some- times a few little boys were put there by the thoughtful clerk, who naturally inferred that the little boys would not understand if they did hear, and so saved room for the bigger boys. And the next idea is, that there are many more strangers attending this place of worship than formerly. You raiss old faces, but see new ones you mial, those who could bow at the proper place, knew all the lessons, and were well acquainted with the whole of the Common Prayer. Instead, you see faces Unitarian, Wesleyan, Baptist, Independant, and many who have no ana" and subscribe neither to the principles of a church society nor to its maintenance. A few Sundays ago we visited St, David's, and for nearly two hours wag thoroughly absorbed in the details of the service, the music, and the ser- mon. First the new Curate, an amiable, inof- fensive looking man, made his appearance, and this was the signal for one of those grand volun- taries wherewith Mr. \Vilkes delights his hearers. He seemed to cast aside in waves the earthy, and soar up on strong nervous pinions in the realms of song until the perfect and highest altitude of power was reached. The church may well be proud of their organist, for we never heard a man who came so near making his instrument speak. It does everything but that; conscious seemingly of the master hand, ready obedience is lent, and notes that would be harsh and out of place with other men fall softly into harmony. Visit a studio and see an artist plodding with his brush, look at his careful manipulation, his neat sketching, and his pretty completion. Visit another and see a brigand looking man before an easel, and watch him as with fierce bold strokes he lays in his colours, and brines out in strong relief upon his canvas form after form. With the harmony that appeals to the eye so with that which appeals to the ear. The neat man is the type of organists in general—the other, the man of genius, resembles only such as the organist of St. David's. After the Curate had rather drawlingly read the lessons, the Rector ascended the pulpit and entered on the important portion of the service. His text was that well-known one, "Vengeance is mine, &c. but we are not going to follow him throughout the method by which he gradualiy developed his ideas of the text, and his applica- tion to the wants of his congregation. On the contrary, our aim is to give a few illustrations only by which the striking originality and cha- racteristics of the minister may be conceived.. The reverend gentleman appears like many emi- nent ministers, to have a preference for the first second and thirdly method with this difference, that his firstly is introductory and mostly narra- tive, his secondly is devoted to an explanation of the great truths or good deeds narrated, and his thirdly brings home forcibly these truths or deeds to the congregation. So it appeared to us as the sermon proceeded, and at the close we saw no reason to change this opinion. He is blessed with a mind well stored with the recollections of a studious life, and thus he's apt with metaphor and simile, always novel, and very often strikingly attractive. You glean two ideas after a very few sentences have been Tittered; first, that he has an intimate acquaint- ance with the old quaint divines, is familiar with their peculiarities, oddities, and conceits; and secondly, that he is one of that fast increasing class of ministers who have left the enunciation of doctrinal points to the high church party, and are striving to bring religion into the every day tracks of life. They will not confine their teach- ings and beliefs to the Sabbath day and to the sacred building, but interweave it amidst lifes duties and hobbies, pursuits, deeds, and thoughts, so that, instead of an abstract faith to which we hear every Sunday, and retire from as from a weekly pilgrimage, we give it a corner in the homestead and a place near the hearth. The .Rector, as might be expected, gives a little of- fence by this mode of action, but the gravest .misdemeanor with which he is charged is that of illustrating his views by whimsical narratives and funny anecdotes. Sidney Smith, a reverend humourist also, remarks on the slight causes which can upset the gravity of a congregation grief and madness are allied, and gravity and mirth—not at their lowest but at their highest point. The reverend gentleman has the gravest I of features, but this enhances the humour of the narration, and in a secular building never fails to prostrate the artificial bearing of the most sober man. In the sermon we listened to there were several odd" anecdotes given, one especially whimsical. "There was a village," said he, "where every man was on bad terms with his neighbour; no two men were friends except in the case of one solitary couple; these two bad never fallen out; but, one day happening to meet, one said to the other, 'Jones, every one here has a quarrel with somebody but you and me.' Yes,' the other answered, and lamented the fact. Well,' added Jones, 'I don't exactly like that sort of thing; suppose you and I fall out, just to see what it's like?' 'No,'rejoined his neighbour, 'that would be absurd.' Come,' said Jones, now here's a stone, if I say 'tis mine you -will deny it, and we shall soon quarrel.' Now, that stone is mine no tisn't, tis, tisn't, tis.' Well then, be it so,' was the peaceable reply, we won't fall out about a thing worth nothing.' This gravely told we need scarcely add, would provoke the most saturnine to unbend. One other illustration given us during the sermon may be quoted as the type of his higher class anecdotes:—" On a slave plantation a young Creole showed so much assiduity in his master's affairs, that he was taken from menial occupation to a place in the country house, and eventually he became his master's right hand.' One day a slave ship was sighted off shore, and the young slave, with his master, went down to the landing place to see the slaves, with a view to purchase. Among the first lot, the Creole noticed a grey- haired man, whose appearance greatly agitated him; he ran to the slave, carefully scanned his face, and then eagerly ran back and in the most earnest manner begged his master to buy him. The master, struck with his importunity, en- quired whether he was his father ? no, an elder brother? no, a relation? no, who then was this slave? That is the man, said the Creole, who sold me into slavery, and I should like to return good for evil by your buying him, that 1 might endeavour to convert him, and convince him of all that Jesus has done for mankind." By these and similar apt illustrations the Rec- tor completely rivets the attention of his congre- gation, and rarely fails to supply thoughts that again and again return to the hearers' mind. As the reverend gentleman has usually three divisions for his sermons, so his manner is capable of a like triadic classification. Firstly, there is the slow and impressive style; secondly, the fer- vent and the eloquent, and thirdly the excited. This latter style is the one which most of his hearers object to. He appears when pursuing it to forget the thread of his discourse, the links of his arguments, and revel in matters irrelevant. But when he adopts the middle tone, or when he leans over the pulpit and speaks earnestly and naturally as a pastor to his flock, one glance around never fails to show how great an influence lie is capable of exerting. 'Tis then that he shines in his true and conspicuous light, the eloquent and zealous man of God, able to censure follies, aud lash inconsistencies, but content for the time to entice, not force, to entreat, not drive, to act the christian, not sketch a far cy portrait of one, to revel in the depicture of the heavenly hereafter, and not terrify by a calvinistic fore- shadowing of the torments that aWld the wicked. -<E» — MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.—(BEFORE J. C. Fowler, Esq.) BIRDS OF A FEATHER—Mary Jones, alias Big Mary," was summoned by Catherine Sulli- van, alias "Kitty Catchme" for assaulting her at the "city" on the 10th instant.—Complainant said: she was enjoying herself very comfortable ou the step of her door along with a few other ladies," when the defendant came up and struck her about the head and face, and drew her hair nearly all off her head, marks of which were plainly visible. She had given her no provoca tion. Fined 20s. and lis 6d. costs, in default cf payment she was committed to Cardiff house of Correction for 18 days. FELONY.-Eliza Davies was charged with steal- ins a pair of boots on the 12th instant-Eiioch Davies said: I am a labourer at Gillar Street .< ertbyr. Last Sunday night, between nine and ten o'ck cL, I put by the chest of drawers down nairs 111 n.y house a pair of half Wellington boots. I was wearing them all day Sunday. On Wed- nesday morning they were missed. These are the same buots produced. They are worth ten shillings now.—Mrs. Phoebe Goodman said: I am the wife of Mr. Goodman, pawnbroker, Victoria Street, Merthyr. On Monday morning last the prisoner came to our shop and pledged this pair of boots. I advanced four shillings upon them. 8he pledged them in her own name.-P. C. Jen- kins said: I found the pair of boots, produced, at the shop of the last witness, pledged by Eliza Davies. I then went in search of her and found her at Pontstorehouse. I told her, you are charged with stealing a pair of boots from Enoch Davies in Gillar Street, and pledging them at Mr. Goodman's shop". She said: "I did not steal them, but I did pawn them. They were given me to pawn by Henry Richardson, a gaffer on the water works." Iluve made inquiries at the water works for Richardson, and find that there is no su"h person employed there. I received the boAs from r. Goodman .-Prisoner in her defence said: g1. e did pawn them, but did not steal them.—She was then convicted of illegal pawning, and fined 20s. and 10s. the value of the boots, in default of payment she was committed to Cardiff house of correction for eighteen days with hard labour. A THIIISTY FELLow.—Rees Recs, a hooker re- siding at the Cefn, was charged with having falsely obtained from Howell Howells on the 29th of May last, 10 quarts of beer from John Morris on the same day 20 quarts, and tfrom David Thomas (publicans,) on the 7th of June instant, six quarts of beer. No prosecutor ap- peared against him and he was therefore discharged. WILFUL DAMAGE.—Johanna Griffiths was charged with wilfully breaking a square of glass valuers. 6d., the property of David Wiliiam Thomas, at Merthyr, on the 14th instant.—Prose- cutor appeared and said the case was settled. TLe prisoner was then liberated. ENDORSEMENT OF LICENSE.—The Rheola Arms Caedraw, from Ann Moss, deceased, to William Sullivan. MONDAY.—Before J. C. Fowhr, and D. Evans, ESr¡.L THE only business done at this court to-day, with the exception of a few applications for sum- monses, was an order made upon the county for the maintenance of Patrick Donovan, a pauper lunatic now confined in Vernon House Lunatic Asylum, at Brittonferry, wherein he was charge- able to the parish of Gelligaer. It appears that the pauper had not gained any settlement in England or Wales, and that from the time he has been admitted in Britonferry Asylum viz., from May 19th, 1859, to March 25th 1860, the said parish of Gelligaer has expended in and about his conveyance to the said asylum and mainte- nance, clothing, and care, the sum of jE27 6s. 3d. After the evidence had been gone through as to his chargeability and non-settlement in England, the Bench made an order upon the treasurer of the county to pay the sum so expended by the parish as aforesaid, and also to pay the proprietor of the said asylum from the 25th of March last for and during such time as the said lunatic shall hereafter remain confined in the said asylum, the weekly sum of twelve shillings. WEDNESDAY.- (Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) ASSAULT.—Isaac Harris was charged with as- saulting Ann Williams, at Merthyr, on the 19th inst..N 0 person appearing to prosecute, he was discharged. LARCENY BY A SERVANT.-Hannah James was charged with stealing a child's cloth jacket, a flannel petticoat, and a flannel waistcoat, the property of Mr. Henry Watkin Harris, her master.—Mrs. E. Harris said I am the wife of Mr. H. W. Harris, auctioneer, Thomas Town, Mr. H. W. Harris, auctioneer, Thomas Town, f Merthyr. About six weeks ago I lost from the house a child's cloth jacket •, about three months ago, I missed a flannel petticoat and a flannel waistcoat. I missed the two last mentioned articles off the line on which they were laid out to dry. The prisoner has been in my employ as a servant for about six months. She told me about the flannel things being lost, at the same time saying that she had lost a turnover of her own the same time. I had seen them myself on the line. I had no suspicion whatever about the prisoner until the 3rd of this month, when she left my service. These are the things now pro- duced they are altogether worth from ten to fifteen shinings.-Gastavus Kreuzer said I am an assistant to Mr. Siedle, pawnbroker, High- Street, Merthyr. This petticoat and flannel waistcoat were pledged in our shop some time back, but I dont recollect by whom. I don't know whether it was by the prisoner. This is the ticket for them; they were pawned in the name of Sarah Williams, as is set out in the ticket.-Abraham B. Jacob said I am a pawn- broker at Wellington-Street, Merthyr. On the 20th of April last, the prisoner came to my shop with this cloth jacket. I advanced upon it, with other things, the sum of 3s. 4d.; she said they were her own.-P. C. George Wright said I am a police constable at Merthyr. From informa- tion I received, I went in search of prisoner. I apprehended her about five o'clock this morning in her father's house at Pedwranfach. I told her, that she was charged with stealing a cloth jacket from Mr. Harris's house, where she was lately a servant. She replied: I did not steal it." I asked her for a pawn-ticket which I had been told she had in her possession.-She gave me this one, which I produce, relating to the things pledged at Siedle's. She said *"I bad it of a woman on the tram-road side. Her name is Sarah. I don't know her other name; she is gone away now.I then told her you are also charged with stealing a flannel petticoat and waistcoat from Mr. Harris's." She said How could I steal them when I lost a turnover of my own the same time P I then brought her to the station. Prisoner pleaded not guilty to the charge, and in answer to the usual caution she said she had nothing to say. She was then com- mitted to Cardiff gaol for trial at the quarter sessions, on the 3rd of July next. UNLAWFUL W OUNDING.-J erry Collins was charged with striking Dennis Donavan on the head with a poker, at Dowlais, on the 9th inst. Deny appeared with his head tied up as an indi- cation of the injuries he had sustained. He, upon being sworn, said, that he would give the defendant free for this once and the last time, for he considered he was himself so much to blame as the prisoner. He was then discharged. But here again he was doomed to a great disap- pointment, for as soon as he got dischargd for the above offence, himself and Nancy his wife were charged with assaulting and resist- ing P.S. Wm. Hodgson, who, upon being sworn, said: Yesterday morning, about half-past 12,1 took the prisoner Jerry Collins into custody at his house in Dowlais, upon the charge of cutting and wounding Dennis Donovan. I told him the charge, and said, you must come with me to the station." He resisted very much, and struck me several times about the body, and knocked the skin off my head. I was hurt very much. His wife and another woman came on and tried to rescue him from my custody. I was obliged to use my staff and strike the female prisoner on the head. I gave her a slight blow, merely to frighten her. They had taken hold of Jerry, and were dragging him away.-P.C. Woollaway said: He saw this assault and resistance. The male prisoner said he would rather die than go to the station, and was calling out to the lodgers to come out to help him.Fined 10s. each, includ- p ing costs; in default of payment, 18 days each with hard labour in Cardiff house of cerrection. ASSAULT.—John Morgan, collier, was sum- moned by Margaret Davies, forassaulting,her on the 11th instant.—Complainant said: Between e ght and nine o'clock on Monday night week, I wont to the Vulcan and Friendship Inn, Dowlais, to fetch my husband. He was drinking there. Defendant wad also there drinking. I was sitting down by my husband. Defendant wanted him to go with him. I would not allow him. He was pulling my husband. I got up to prevent him, when de- fendant called me a w-e, and struck me three times on the side of the head and breast. He was not very drunk. I was knocked down against the table. It was with his clenched fist he struck me, and not yith hi-i open hand.—John Watts was then called, and corroborated the above testimony, but said he did not see complainant struck in the breast.- Fined 20s. and 7s. 6d. costs in default of payment, to be committed to Cardiff gaol for eighteen days. Allowed time till Saturday to pay. ANOTHER ASSAULT.—William Davies, smith, was summoned for assaulting Margaret his wife (the complainant in the last case) on the 12th instant.—Complainant said she did not live with her husband at present. He refused to live with her. He came home on Monday night week. On Tuesday he went drinking, and came home fcnd beat her. He struck her several times.— Defendant said that he should not be permitted to do anything by his wife. They were only married ten months during that period he had only struck her twice. She had struck him many L'ruea. He was not allowed to speak to his riends by her.—Mr. Fowler said he thought there was fault on both sides, and fined him 20s. including costs; in default of payment, he will be. committed to Cardiff gaol for eighteen days. Allowed till Saturday to nay the amount. ,A,ss DAMAGING Gv 'fienry Watkins, collier, was summoned for having, on the 17th day of June, committed damage to the grass growing in Ptnydarran field, by laying down upon it and causing others to do the same.—Odered to pay one penny compensation and 6s. 6d. costs. PUNCH AT TREDEGAR. THE Prince of Gwent is sorry to inform his people that the progeny of the last County Court, 368 in number, were all still-born. As the French used to call their tribunals beds of jus- tie.?, he will be pardoned for saying that though as mid-wife, he exerted all his skill at the laying- 1D it was impossible to avert this disastrous result/ At the same "iiue, there is in the litter some darling little things of whose appearance he is anxious the readers should have some idea, and he, therefore, clots down a few lines of description. One indeed, there was, Williams v. Davies, about whose state there was such doubt, that a jury was impannelied to try the case, and two lawyers— Messrs. Davies and Forwood, attended on behalf of the parents to watch the proceedings.—The oti spring in this case was a horse, for which plaintiff demanded 1,17 17s. 6d., it having been drowned while returning from a day's hire by de- fendant.—Mr. Forwoud said very cruelly, that the poor animal was blind, aged, and spavined moreover, that it was really in plaintiff's charge, she having procured a girl to drive it for the day. —Mr. E. C. Davies, Cnckhowell, contended that it was very unkind to give the poor horse so bad a character, which it by no means deserved, and proceeded to shew that it really was in defen- dant's charge; but the jury finding that the plaintiff had first tried what public charity would do before he appealed to the law, refused to give damages, although coaxed thereto by the silver tongued Davies. The next case was Grocer v. Prencher, collier, in which plaintiff, not satisfied with the order, cried out "your honor," he gets more on Sunday than all the week beside. Alfred Broster v. Mrs. James.—A second and successful attack on defendant for £2 medical attendance.—The first failed because Mr. B. was not M.D. at the time of attendance. Recovered by suing in the name of the gent whom he then assisted. Sawtell v. Prothero.— Claim for straw, which defendant seemed to consider all chaff, as he could not be got to attend.—Mr. Waters paid the piper for an adjournment. Martin v. Davies, £ 1 15g. balance for work.— The judge went into a searching analysis of the accounts and discovered a coo^-shop.—Ordered to pay, Jenkins tJ. Williams.—Pilot coat, which since its delivery to the wrong Williams, has piloted him to America.-The right Williams objects to pay for a friend and brother, in which he receives decided support from his honor in the shape of a non-suit. Jones v. Bowen.-Bacon 93 14s. 6d.-Defen- dant owes money to Jones, when he calls and asks for an order, expecting to be paid the old account. It was not forthcoming, so no bacon was wanted then. By an innocent woman's stratagem, however, without paying the old ac- count, she sent for the bacon, and wonderful to relate, saved it. Harries v. Poulton, Is. 6d. tea. Order for payment so kindled the wrath of defendant's rib that we all received an awful scolding, to put an end to which, it required several officers to re- move her from court. Morris v. Ben Donkey, f8 lls. grocery.-The cool insolence (genteel talk be it called) with which defendant addressed his honor wa& re- ceived very good humouredly, with the remark on ordering 5s. a month, that he (the judge) was afraid he had been talked over. Ann Williams v. James Morgan, for falsely stating that he had served two summonses upon her, whereby she was imprisoned.-Complainant, a Cardigan girl, with a certain dash about her, bad to confess frailty to make good her case.- Having agreed to go to Newport with John Jones, in consideration of a new dress, she jilted him, for which he put her in court. Hence the action, which has resulted in the discharge of the bailiff. A little clear eyed dogmatic body claimed 4d. as the balance of a day's washing.-Defendant, We agreed for 8d. yer honor, and she wants to claim a shilling."—Plaintiff, "Yes; but your husband chaffed, and that's worth a 'grot;' I don't want chaffing.Unsuccessful here, our undaunted little woman made a claim of 20s. against a man who had presumed to lie down on her bed for a few hours.—Judge, Yes; but my good woman, is not this rather high ? I only pay 2s. for my bed at the Tredegar Arms."—Land- lady, Please your honor, it is my bed-stick, so he only used her blankets.Plaintiff received her second non-suit with many comminations against the whole boiling of us. But the last and most remarkable product of this unfortunate gestation was the celebrated pig case, which the Prince has reserved as a bonne bouche, and which he must for ever lament can- not be given in full.—How a certain dame bought a pig sub conditione, that if the dear creature fell ill he should go back to his master. How this eventuality came into play and the neighbours were called in to a consultation.—How one wise woman gave the poor victim raddle. How a chemist was called in court and pro- nounced raddle an innocent cathartic in which there was no iron! These and many other things would require the pen of Swift to do them jus- tice so as Punch is not Swift-with the pen at least, he abandons the task in despair. Suffice it to say, his honor opined that the poor swine had been cruelly treated, and gave judgment accord- ingly. PUNCH-RIFLE SHOTS. •A 18 ^-ig1anes8 the Prince, being a zealous rifleman, has been during the last week trying the vaunted powers of the Whitworth gun, and has much pleasure in presenting to his subjects the result of a series of experiments made during that period in the Circle Trial 1.—Range 500 yards, angle of depression 5 degrees, charge of powder 10 lbs. to a 60 lbs. —Target—the Board of Health. The effects of this shot were very remarkable, sweep- ing along the streets, En ricochet, it so bespat- tered the eyes of the judges with mud and garbage, that no one could tell how far the shot had penetrated. The most wonderful thing of all, however, was, that the target itself could not be found. Trial 2.-Range 3,000 yards, elevation 15 de- grees, target-an ugly reading desk in Dukestown. This was a beautiful shot, fairly knocking a volume of "Giraldus Cambrensis" out of the lecturer's hands, without giving the learned gentleman himself any thing but a stunner." Trial 3.—Range 5,000 yards, elevation 30 degrees —target, renegade Teetotallers..The charge in this instance was a canister, consisting of a new kind of grape shot called pilulce veri." The gun was pointed in the direction of Park Road and Rhymney. It was a most successful hit consider. ing the aim to have been rather wide, for we are told it passed through the hearts of above a thousand false professors. Trial 4.—Range 4i miles, elevation 45 degrees, target—Nantyglo Company Shop. This trial proved a complete failure for though most care. fully laid, some god, most likely Plutus, turned aside the bolt and drove it between the legs of 40 knickerbockers, who happened just then to be marching file-wise in the trajectory. We have been told that although not wounded, the wind of the shot has caused them to waddle ever since. Trial 5.—Range 10 miles, elevation 99 degrees, target--the old office of the Baner Cymru. This proved, in spite of the immense distance, a very clear penetrating shot. It passed clean through the pot of jam so obligingly sent by Col. Raw- linson to the Editor, from the cupboard of Nebu- chadnezzar, and also tore the part of that mon- arch's journal, containing an account of his dream of be-ing seven years at grass. The Prince is not at all sorry for this result, but at the same time hopes no other damage has been done. What right had the editor of the Baner to the exclusive possession of such precious antiquities as those herein mentioned ? Trial 6.—Range 137 miles, elevation 1,000 de- grees, target-the Tabernacle. In spite of the enormous length of this projectile's path, it is a fact that it fell only twenty yards beside this temple of Calvinism. Punch has it on the best authority, that Mr. Spurgeon was frightened to such- a degree as to induce the doctor to order him abroad for six weeks. Trial 7 and last.—Range 200 leagues, target- Tuileries, elevation 200,000 degrees, being one degree for every rifleman in the country. The charge was fulminating powder, and the pro- jectile "heart of oak." # The report was tre- mendous, making the wires of the submarine telegraph vibrate through their entire length. Though we have not yet learnt the whole effects of the impact, there is sufficient proof its enor. mous penetration in the altered style of the official journal, which, though insensible to all the floggings of the Times, has reduced its angle of elevation by several degrees since this event. 1 ■— MARKET INTELLIGENCE. LONDON CORN MARKET, MARK-LANE, (Monday June 18).—The provnicial letters generally report higl or prices, but with occasional indications of a iavourable change in the weather some of the markets show less activity. At Mark-Lane, this morning, the supplies of English grain were mod- erate, but the foreign imports heavy. The weather to-day was fine, and this, in conjunction with the increased supplies, induce considerable reserve on the part of buyers. Trade conse- sequently was dull; prices stationary, or tending down. English wheat was at first held for higher rates but it was found difficult to sell, and ultimately the market was quoted dull at former prices. The same remarks apply to foreign. Flour was tolerably firm. Barley was easier to buy. Oats were 6d. to Is. cheaper. Malt sold steadily without change in value. Rye held too high for Continental or United Kingdom buyers. Indian corn has been sold on easier terms, but at- tracted more attention at the reduction. The business in floating cargoes eince last report has comprised: Santomirca wheat, passage, at 55s. per 480 lbs., and Taganrog Ghirka, at 543. to 54s. 3d. per 492 lbs. A cargo of Odessa Ghirka sold at 54s. Beans and peas much as they were before. ArrivalsEnglish Wheat, 3,496 qrs.; bar- ley, 90 qrs.; malt, 3,287 qrs.; oats, 40 qrs.; flour, 8 barrels, 2,697 sacks. Irish: Malt, 28 qrs.; oats, 2780 qrs. Foreign: Wheat, 20,605 qra.; barley, 19,048 qrss.; oats, 53,281 qrs.; flour, 5.811 barrels, 2,325 sacks. METROPOLITAN CATTLE MAKKET.—There was an average supply of beef at market to-day, for which the"e was a steady demand at the pre- vious value. From Norfolk and Suffolk there were 2,800 head, from other home districts 414, from Scotland 26, and from abroad 340. The top price of Scots beef was 5s. 8d.; mutton met more ready sale, and the supplies having decreased, prices advanced 2d. per stone on the primer qua- lities Downs ranging up to 5s. lOd. Lamb sold steadily without change, as also did veal and pork. At market: Beasts, 3,780; sheep and lambs, 25,080; calves, 319; pigs, 620. At per stone of 81bs., sinking the offal: Beef, 4s. 8d. to 5s. 8d.; mutton 48. 8d. to 5s. 10. veal, 4s. 8d. to 5s. 4d. pork, 4s. 2d. to 5s.; lamb, 6s. to 7s. STAFFORDSHIRE IRON TRADE. THE iron trade continues steady in all the manufacturing districts, particularly in Middle- sboro* and the works on the Tees. The North Staffordshire works are likewise well off for or- ders for bars and plates. There are some good orders in hand in Shropshire for wire rods and the demand in South Staffordshire continues satisfactory for plates and sheets, the run in the latter kind being particularly on doubles and latten. Canada plates of late are seldom enquired for, and the orders for rods for Shanghai, Canton, and Foo Chow Foo, have likewise diminished here, and the same may be said with regard to common bars. On the whole the trade is steady and satisfactory, all the works being in full operation. Pig iron has been enquired after this week to a greater extent than of late, but the transactions have been moderate, and a greater disposition is now manifested by the pig men to dispose of the raw material at slightly easier rates. The official list of prices of Staffordshire finished iron is as follows Common Staffordshire bars, zC7 10s., at the works; best bars, 28 10.; sheet, £9; doubles, £10 10s.; nail sheets, 98 10s.; latins, 212 boiler plates, £9; best and best best in proportion; common rods, £ 7 10s.; hoops, £8 10s.; gas strip, £ 8; Canada plates, £12; and all other sorts in proportion. Welch bars, 95 10s, to 25 12s.: rails, 95 5s. The new French Treaty is attracting the at- tention of the ironmasters of both countries. The managing partner of the Montataire Company was over here a short time since, in company with anothor gentleman connected with the French iron trade, with a view of obtaining in- formation for the French ironmasters; and Mr. Hartley, of the firm of G. B. Thorneycroft and Co., Mr. Wm. Bird, of London, Mr. Vaughan, of the firm of Bolckow and Vaughan, of Middle- sboro', and Mr. Robinson, of the Ebbw Vale Company, have all recently attended the Com- mission now sitting in Paris. These gentlemen gave every information in their power to the Commission-Mr. Cobden being present; but the French Commissioners are unable to under- stand the anomaly in the hardware trade. They see from all houses in that trade an uniform list of prices, but subject to a discount varying from 20 to 75 per cent off such list prices, and there seems a confusion in their minds between the nominal and discount or real price. This mode of doing business is not a desirable one, and it is much to be regretted that the hardware houses do not adopt new lists, giving simply the real selling prices. But the history of the present custom is this Some 60 years ago, when trade was in few hands, and it was a favour to pur- chasers to get their orders executed, the manu- facturers of hardware goods, and in several other branches of business, issued lists only at one agreed price, which became generally known; but from time to time, as other parties got into trade, and competition arose, prices were reduced. Instead, however, of this being done by new lists, the reduction was made by discounts off the known established lists, and this custom has so continued until the discount often leaves the old list price a fourth or fifth only of its nominal amount. Thus, for instance:—Cast-iron hal- loware is subject from 50 to 55 per cent discount; wrought-iron holloware, from 70 to 771 per cent; Kent hammers, to 55 per cent; wood screws, to 57i- per cent; and so on. Our French friends will now see the bearing of this custom, and that the discounted price is the real price at which hardware goods are sold.—Extracted from Samuel Griffiths's Staffordshire Iron Trade Circular.

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