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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. THE TRUCK SYSTEM.—Mr Mundalla did good service on Monday night in the House ef Commons, by calling the attention of the Home Secretary to the paramount impor- tance of taking steps to put an end to a system fraught with so much evil to the community. It is gratifying to learn that Mr Bruce has promised to introduce a measure at an early period. SAD CAB ACCIDENT.—A sad and painful incident oc- curred on Saturday last about mid-day on the Market- square, which indicated, on the one hand, great negligence on the part of a cab-driver, and on the other hand, a re- markable and almost miraculous escape from immediate death to a much-respected gentleman now on a visit in the town. Captain Smyth, of Narberth, formerly of Llanbleth- ian, an old Peninsular officer, eighty-four years of age, father of Mr Walter Smyth, chemist, Merthyr, was on a visit to his son, and in the afternoon, whilst taking his ac- customed stroll through the town, and walking leisurely along the pathway in front of the Market-square, a cabman from the stand in the Square, and who was driving a two- horse cab, carelessly drove up against him and struck him with great force, until he fell between the horses. Although the cab passed over him, yet, most singularly, he escaped being trodden upon, nor was he touched by the wheels, otherwise, in either case, he would most assuredly, in his feeble state of health and advanced age, have been in- stantly killed. The incident was witnessed by hundreds of people, who thronged the High-street and Market-square, and the excitement produced by the occurrence was of a most intense description, and led te involuntary screaming, that, for a moment, produced the greatest alarm. Un- fortunately, Captain Smyth had for many years suffered from lameness, produced; from a shot wound he received whilst serving with his regiment at Pampeluna, and latterly the pain had considerably increased, so that this accident, though in itself not serious in its immediate result, it is feared will have produced such a nervous shock as to greatly affect his general health. He w.as immediately after the occurrence carried in an unconscious state to the shop of Mr Gay, chemist and dentist, where Drs Probert and Ward were quickly in attendance. He was bleeding from several surface wounds on the face and head, and after consciousness had been restored these were dressed by the medical gentlemen, who, in conjunction with Mr Gay, did all that skill and kindness could do under the sad circumstances. The cabman, we hear, was unaccustomed to driving, and was only temporarily engaged in conse- quent of the illness of the regular driver, and probably it is owing to this circnmstance that the sad accident occurred. May we suggest that the Market-square be no longer used as a cab stand. It is unauthorized by the Board of Health, aud we hope the proprietor of the Square will not again sanction its use for that purpose. We scarcely need add that much sympathy is felft for Mr Smyth in the sad circumstance which has befallen him. THE LATE EXPLOSION AT THE PENYDARREN WORKS.— INQUEST ON THE DECEASED.—An inquest was held on Saturday at the Black Bull, Bethesda-street, Merthyr, before Mr George Overton, coroner, on the body of Sarah Hewett, who was killed at the late explosion at Penydarren. The first witness called was Benjamin Evans, who said he was a refiner at the Penydarren Works. He knew the de- ceased, who was employed for a fortnight at one of the re- fineries. She had been previously employed at Cyfarthfa, but witness did not know in what capacity. Her employ- ment was to fill cinders into the trucks and carry coke for the fire, and any other labour that was required to be done. It was customary for the refiner to employ his assistant in the day. On Thursday morning last, about four o'clock, he was tapping his furnace, when the molten iron got between the joints of the metal moulds, and passed through into the water tank below, cousin* the explosion. The mould had been propurly covered with clay in the usual way before be tapped the furnace, and was in proper working order. He believed the cause of the occurrence wa.s that the hot iron had washed away some of the clay from the joints. The explosion blew up the mould, destroyed a portion of the roof, and created a loud report. Witness was standing by the furnace tapping it at the time of the explosion, and he saw deceased a short time previous standing near another furnace. Witness was struck down by the ex- plosion and injured considerably by the bricks and hot ashes.—John Roberts, another employe, was at work when the explosion occurred. He went to the place as soon as he heard the report. Found last witness sitting down. Two me:), named John Ditviesand Evan Davies, were also in. jured. l'va.l 1 dcec.s^-l <ying down with her clothes on fire, and part of the mould resting on her body. Some men raised the mould off her body and carried her home. The doctor attended her, but she lived only half an hour.- Edward Campbell, of the same place, step-father of the deceased, said she ought not to have gone to work before six on the fatal morning, but the clock in the house had stopped, and he believed she made a. mistake and rose too early. She was 17 years of age.—Mr Mostyn, the Govern- ment Inspector under the Factory Acts, attended the in- quiry to watch the proceedings, and intimated that from the first report of the deceased's fate it appeared that she had been employed during the night, which was illegal; but, after hearing the evidence, he was convinced it was not the case.—The jury, after consideration, returned the following verdict:—"Accidental death from the explosion of a refinery furnace and we believe there is no blame attacnea to anyone. PAYMENT OF DENOMINATIONAL SCHOOL XEES.—-Mr R. Foulkes Griffiths, secretary to the Llangollen School Board, writes to the Daily News as follows I have received a circular from the Education Department, dated January 1, 1872, and bearing a printer's date January 9, which shows in a striking manner the contradictry nature of the explana- tions of My Loids. I had proposed that one of the terms of the transfer of a good school-room and a. house worth X7 per year to the School Board of the parish should be the payment of the expenses incurred by the existing managers, such payment not to exceed £ 25. The department objects, possibly it is well that it does go, but I would wish the ground of objection to be noted. I quote from paragraph 4, of "Letter explaining Minute, dated July 17, 1871."— "According to the Elementary Education Act, 1870, the ratepayers cannot be made to contribute towards the ex- penses of any elementary school, unless it be a school' pro- vided by a School Board,' which means (sec. 14), a school conducted under the control and management of a School Board, so that until the date of transfer, a School Board cannot undertake to contribute towards the expense of its maintenance." This explanation seems to have been drawn up by a man of the law." May I ask what becomes of the power of the Board to pay fees in schools not provided by tne Board, which was a few months ago on# of the pet hobbies of My Lord* BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The weekly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, Mr Clark in the chair.—The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.—The Master reported the number in the house to be 28G corre- sponding week of last year, 333.—The notice of appeal against the surcharges on certain guardians, made by the auditor some time since, was read. It set forth the repairs carried out, for which the pavinents in question had been made. It was jocularly urged that if members of the Board wer* to be plagued in this way. they had better get a couple of insolvents on the Board and let them sign all the cheques. -The report of the Vaccination Inspector was read, from which it appeared that small-pox had increased.—It also transpired that out of the 30 applicants for re'.ief ordered in'o the house last week, three only complied. INQUEST.—An inquest was held on Wednesday at the Prince of Wales Inn, before Mr George Overton, coroner, on the body of Edward Williams, who was accidentally killed on Monday, on the railway at Llwyncelyn, by falling under trucks in motion. After hearing the. brief but clear evidence adduced, showing the accidental circumstances of the poor man's death, the jury returned a verdict of °' Ac- cidental death through falling under railway trucks." THE .b.mnT BILL. The Parliamentary and Municipal Elections Bill has been printed. It consists of 28 clauses, the first 18 of which relate to parliamentary elections, four to municipal elections, and the remainder to miscel- laneous points of detail. The mode of voting is thus described in the second clause — The ballot of each voter shall consist of a paper (in this Act called a ballot paper) showing the names and description of the candidates. At the time of voting it shall be marked at the back with an official mark, and delivered to the voter within the polling station, and the voter, having secretly marked his vote on it, and folded it up so as to conceal his vote, shall place it in a closed box in the presence of the officer presiding at the polling station (in this Act called "the presiding officer"), after having shown to him the official mark at the back. Any ballot paper which has not on its back the official mark, or on which votes are given to more candidates than the voter is entitled to vote for, or on which anything is written or marked by which the voter can be identified, shall be void and not counted." Infringement of secrecy by any officer, clerk, or agent in attendance at a. polling station, is to be punishable by imprisonment for any term not exceeding three months, with or without hard labour. Clause .5 provides that every resident county elector, so far as is reasonably practicable, shall have a polling place with- in a distance not exceeding four miles from his residence, but a polling district need not be constituted in any case where there are less than 100 registered electors. The 12th clause provides that no voter shall, "in any legal proceed- ings to question the election or return, be required, or with- out his previous consent be asked, to state for wham he has voted." The schedules to the Act contain a number of re- gulations for the conduct of Parliamentary and Municipal elections, and forms of ballot papers and various notices required to be given under the Act. THE NINE HOURS MOVEMENT.—A meeting of the master tradesmen of Merthyr and Dowlais has been convened to be held at the Owain Glyndwr next Tuesday, to consider the memorial of the workmen recently presented, praying for the concession of the nine hours limit on the 1st April next. It is not believed that there will be any objection offered by any master to the concession, but the masters will stipulate that the regulation of the hourj must be a matter of detail, to be left to each trade or shop. PROPOSEDMEMORIAL TO THE LATE MR MORRtS. —Arrange- ments are being set on foot by a few friends of the deceased gentleman, for getting up a testimonial to Mrs Morris, in memory of her late husband, who, we believe, was unfortu- nate in the way in which he effected his heaviest insurances. We have no doubt that the hundreds, nay thousands, of friends which the deceased gentleman made will rejoice at the opportunity of giving some practical and substantial proof of their regard for him who, in all charitable things, was so open-handed. THE ALLEGHANIAN VOCALTTS AND SWISS BELL-RINGERS gave their novel entertainment on Thursday night, and which will be repeated to-night (Friday ) They were greatly applauded, and those who were present declare that the entertainment was thoroughly deserving of patronage, and that the artistes indicated talent of a very rare order. CORRECTTON.-In the list of pupils published in our last as having obtained certificates of merit from the South Kensington Museum, the name of Master Tom Forrester, son of Mr James Forrester, draper, late of this town, and now of Swansea, was somehow omitted. We understand that this young lad passed in mathematics and physical geography, and remembering his youthful age he deserves to be complimented on his success, and we hope it will prove an augury of his future progress. He was a pupil in the science and art class of the Merthyr British School. The following names were also inadvertently omitted in our last week's list of successful pupils :Mathematics Mr David Evans, 1st grade, 2nd division. Practical plane and solid geometry Mr P. R. Bedlington. elementary. 2nd division.—These pupils were under the tuition of Mr E. Williams, M.A. DUNVILLE & Co., Belfast, are the largest hoers fold whisky in the world. Their Old Irish Whisky is recom- mended by the medical profession in preference t( French brandy. Supplied in casks and cases for home use or ex- portation. Quotations on application to MESSRS. DUN- VILLE & Co., IRISH ROYAL DISTILLERIES, BELFAST. 471

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