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ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE.

ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

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ABERDARE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY.â(Before J. C. Fowler, J. Lewis, and D. E. Williams, Esqrs.) V AGRÃNCY. Two men, named James Wilson and Richard Jenkins, for sleeping in an uninhabited building near the Forge Pit, and being unable to give an account of themselves, were sent to Swansea Gaol for ten days. COAL STEALING.âAn elderly woman named Mary Thomas, well known in the neighbourhood, was charged â with stealing 451bs. of coal, value 2d., the property of Mr George Elliott and others, at Abergwawr, on Sunday morn- ing last.âPolice-constable Edmunds proved detecting the prisoner in the act of taking the coal at a quarter-past three m the morning.-Sent to Swansea gaol for ten days. STEALING AN APRON.â Rachel Williams was charged with stealing an apron value 3s., the property of Benjamin Evans, of Aberaman. It appeared from the evidence that THE apron was placed oR a hedge at the back of her house by the prosecutrix, on Saturday fortnight, for the purpose of drying, and during the day it was stolen by the prisoner. Margaret wife of prosecutor, identified the stolen property, and Police-sergeant Melhuish proved finding it in prisoner's houae.-Sent to Swansea gaol for twenty-one days with hard labour. PERMITTING DRUKENNESS.âDavid Jones, landlord of the Mount Pleasant, Mountain Ash, was summoned for per- mitting drunkenness in his house on the 5th of February.- Sergeant Thorney proved visiting the house on the day in question, and discovering nine men in the front room, four of whom were drunk. As soon as witness complained of what he saw, the landlord's son immediately removed the cups, and the tipplers at once left. Fined 50s and costs. REFUSING TO QUIT.âJohn Gwillim and John Phillips, for being drunk and refusing to quit the Earl of Windsor when ordered to do so on the 5th of Feb., were fined 20s and costs. DARING ASSAULT.âHenry Jenkins and Richard Thomas were summoned for assaulting Meyrick Jones, landlord of the Lifeboat, Cwmbach. It appeared from the evidence of prosecutor that accused behaved in a most violent manner, and struck him because they should not be supplied with liquor. They also threatened him, so that witness was in fear of bodily harm. Neither of the accused appeared conse- quently warrants were issued for their apprehension. ALLEGED POACHING AT MOUNTAIN ASH.âThree men, named Joseph Partitt, Henry Probert, and George Ball, were charged with poaching on the lands of Mr J. Bruce Pryce, at Mountain Ash, but the evidence being insufficient, the case was adjourned for a week. THE HiRWAiN COMMON ENCLOSURE.âMr Linton ap- peared before the court and said Mr Games (solicitor, Brecon), who had hitherto acted for the defence in this matter, had written to say that the case had been abandoned. The course would now be to send to Mr Games the amount of expenses his clients would be liable to. It was agreed that a communication should be made to the defence on this point. DRUNKENNESS.âA large number of persons were charged with drunkenness, and fined in the usual amount and costs. THE POWELL'S DUFFRYN STEAM COAL COMPANY V. THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY COMPANY.âTHE MAGISTRATES' DECISION. Mr Matthews, of Cardiff, was present in behalf of the Railway Company; Mr Charles Herbert James, of Mer- thyr, for the Colliery Company. Mr Fowler said: This is an application to the Bench to sanction the construction of certain works for the purpose of connecting lands on either side of the Tafi Vale Railway, of which the Powell's Duffryn Steam Coal Company are owners and occupiers. In the present case we cannot deal with this application under the Railway Clauses Act alone. We are bound to examine also the Local Railway Act which authorised the construction of this line, and is to be combined and read with the Railway Clauses Act as one entire Act. By the 21st section of the special Act it is enacted that the owners of land adjoining the railway may make and use any good, sufficient, and proper bridge or tunnel over or under the said railway at their own expense, for taking and hauling any materials or things, provided that such communications shall not be used for the purpose of diverting the traffic frem this to any other railway. The question 1>1, what effect this proviso ought to have on our decision? For this end it is necessary to call in aid the established rules for the construction of statutes. Applying those rules of construction to the Act before us, we are of opinion that while the railway clauses seem, by the 71st section, to give us an unfettered authority to authorise certain accommodation works, the intention of the Legislature was to protect the railway company from diversion of traffic under the name of accommodation works. We think that our jurisdiction is limited and controlled by the 21st section of the Aberdare Railway Act. That section seems to resemble in principle a saving clause and though it qualifies and narrows the operation of section 71, may yet be construed with it without any violation of legal or common sense. The Aberdare Railway Act was passed subsequently to the Railway Clauses Act; the 21st section was enacted by Parliament with proper knowledge of the general Act, and it is almost impossible to suppose that it was not contemplated as a limitation of accommodation works. If that is the correct view of the sec- tion, it is very probable that au injunction would be granted to restrain the use of such a bridge as is now proposed. For it is freely admitted by the applicants that the effect would be to take a considerable portion of traffic from the Taff Vale line on to another line. Believing us we dll, that our jurisdiction is not unfettered in this matter, and that the diversion of traffic must not be in harmony with the true spirit and intention of the amalgamated statutes, we hold that we ought to decline to authorise the bridge. There is another consideration which also has some weight. The land over which the proposed bridge is to ciosswas not taken under compulsory power. It was sold by Mr Crawshay Bailey to the Aberdarc Railway Company, under an ordinary contract of sale, and the dr'ed of conveyance was executed some time afterwards. By that deed. he reserved to himself his "heirs and assigns full and free liberty on foot, and with horses and carts. &c.. at all times, and in such manner as shall be necessary for the agricultural and other purposes of himself, &c., to cross and recross over the said railway from the lands on the one side of said railway to the lands on the other side as often us occasion shall require, causing to the Aberdare Railway Company lie greater interruption than is absolutely neces- sarr III the exercise of such. rights of way or crossiugs, and which crossings, being four in number, are more particularly delineated and marked on the plan." There is also a cove- nant for quiet enjoyment, subject to the reservation of rights, and also of the minerals subjacent. By tbis con- tract and conveyance, which was perfedly free and sponta- neous on the the part of Mr. Bailey, it seems to u.s that, for a valuable consideration fixed by himself, he parted to the railway company all his other rights of crossing and deal- ing with the line except by the company's consent. The lands in favour of which he reserved these four crossings are the very same lands which we are now asked to connect with a bridge for the purpose of turning the traffic in another direction. Mr Bailey subsequently sold those identical pieces of land to the present applicants. But as he himself possessed no greater rights of crossing than he had expressly reserved, so we are unable to see how lie could assign any larger rights to them. Mr Hughes has argued that there is nothing to prevent them, notwithstand- ing this state of things, from calling to their aid the pro- visions of the Railway Clauses Act. But it occurs to us very forcibly that Mr Bailey, by that voluntary contract, put it out of his pnwer to demand more or different crossings than he expressly reserved, and that the holders of the lands on either side which were referred to in the reserva- tion, who are Mr Bailey's assigns, are in the same situation as he was prior to the sale, and are stopped by the acts of the party from whom they purchased. Mr Rhys is not able to be here to-day, but I know that this point occurred to him very forcibly, and he also concurs in all the grounds of this decision. For these reasons, which I abstain from setting forth more fully, we regret that we must decline to authorise the proposed bridge, and leave the parties inter- ested in its construction to make it under the 21st section, subject to all contingencies, or to satisfy us by the opinion of a higher tribunal that we shall be legally justified in authorising it. Mr Charles James applied on behalf of the Powells Duffryn Company for a case to the Queen's Bench, which was at once granted. MOUNTAIN ASH. THE PRICE OF GAS.âAt the Board of Health meeting on Monday, Mr Brown stated that the Gas Company (Messrs. Nixon, Taylor, and Cory) had consented to reduce the price of gas supplied to the Board for public lighting purposes 6d. per 1,000 feet. This reduction will effect a saving to the Local Board of JE16 10s. per annum. LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH.âGreat interest is taken by the ratepayers of this place in what can be termed the annual contest for seats on the Board. Five of the members retire every year, which gives occasion to rival parties to stir the whole district to a state of excitementâno less than fifteen gentlemen have been nominated this year, house to house canvassing being the order of the day, and groups of work- in" men are to be seen in our streets discussing the merits of°the respective candidates. Unfortunately for some of them the nominator of five of the new candidates has since written to the Clerk of the Board asking him to withdraw such nominations, as it was only done under the enthus- asm of an innocent joke." ENTERTAINMENT.-On Thursday evening an entertain- ment was held at the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. The chairman was the Rev Thomas C. Phillips accompanyist, Mr James James. The following was the programme :â Address, the Chairman; glee, the Choir; recitations, children; address, Mr W. Williams song, "Ring the bell, watchman," H. Sage: dialogue, 1. Davies, E. Phil- lips, D. Amos a round song. the Tonic Sol-fa class solo, llyd; dialogue, Messrs. Evan Williams, Jones, and Davies duet, Miss Lizzie James and Eos llyd song and chorus, D. Davies and party address, Mr T. Williams solo, "Fairer far than evening stars," Miss James. The friends availed themselves of the opportunity of making a presentation to Mr James for his valuable services as precentor in this meeting. The testimonial was made up of various things pertaining to music, viz scarlet morocco music holder, ebony silver-mounted baton. The folio ving books were presented to him alsoDon Giovani," (Mozart), "Fidelio" (Beethoven). "Creation" (Haydn), "Twelfth Mass" (Mozart), "St. Paul" (Mendelssohn), "Seasons" (Haydn), Messiah (Handel). At the pre- sentation the Chairman read an address to Mr James. Then Mr James acknowledged the receipt of the handsome present in a very thankful and appropriate manner. All seemed to enjoy themselves to their hearts' content. PONTYPRIDD INTELLIGENCE. SMALL-POX.âWe regret to announce another death from this disease, viz., Mrs Davies, wife of Mr T. Davies, of the Ton farm, after a brief illness of one week. MEDICAL APPOINTMENT. â Messrs Cooke and Leckie, surgeons of this town, have been appointed surgeons to the new iron works and blast furnaces, Treforest. The above gentlemen also attended the employes of the Taff Vale Iron Works. Treforest, of which works Dr Cooke was the medical officer for many years. PONTYPRIDD DISTRICT STIPENDIARY MAGISTRATE BILL. âThis Bill was on Tuesday before Mr Examiner Robinson in the House of Commons, and there was no opposition. The necessary proofs of compliance with standing, orders were tendered, and the Examiner advanced the Bill a stage. SMALL-POX AT GILFACH GOCH. This much.dreaded disease has made its appearance in this locality but so far we only know of one, William Samuel, of the Glyncoch public-house, having fallen a victim, after a brief illness of ten days. His remains were interred at Llandyfodwg parish church on Monday last. FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE PENYGRAIG COLLIERY.âA man named William Samuel, 48 years of age, was kiiled at the above colliery on Tuesday. The unfortunate man was at work, when a large stone fell upon him, killing him on the spot. The deceased had his son working with him at the time of the accident. With great difficulty the stone was removed, and another ghastly procession wended its way through the colliery village. The Rhondda Valley is getting notorious for fatal accidents in its pits and levels. A FOOLISH FREAK.âNARROW ESCAPE.âFour gentlemen of Dinas, who came up in a trap from Pontypridd, had a narrow escape on Saturday. They met the Dinas dentist opposite the Dinas bouse coal level. They were all pretty hilarious, and one suggested that the mare suffered from tooth-ache, and asked the dentist to extract her tooth. That gentleman being anxious to practice his art upon eervy description of teeth, undertook the task. The mare naturally became very restless, and the trap, mare, and the four men, together with the humane dentist, fell over a cliff, a height of several yards. Fortunately all escaped with their lives, although they were seriously injured, the trap and harness and a trough used in conveying water over the Dinaa tram-road were smashed to pieces. A FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT AT TREORKY.âIt appears that the Tylacoch Coal Company permit the poor to gather coal on their tips. On Tuesday a woman uamed Elizabeth Davies, 38 years of age, who was the wife of a carpenter working at Tylacoch Colliery, was at the foot of the tip gathering coal, when the engine was pushing some empty waggons towards the siding. As soon as the driver caught dight of the woman be set on the whistle, but she did not appear to hear it, aud it is stated that she was rather deaf. The empty waggons rushed forward, a wheel of the front one catching her and driving her before it, crushing her in a shocking manner, and killing her on the spot. Dr. Phillips found, on examination, that her breast-bone was crushed and several of her ribs fractured. She has left three little girls to mourn her loss. Her husband is an aged man, and much sympathy is felt for him and the poor children, THF COLLIERS AND THE PROPOSED FUND.âAS there have been so many hard words written about the refusal of the men to adopt the proposal of the masters and make the whole of the arbitration money the nucleus of an accident fund, it may perhaps be only justice to the colliers to make known to the public the reason why they have not coincided with their employers on that one point. It is stated that the proposal, although good in theory, cannot well be called equitable. The men say, if we accept the offer we shall not be giving equally, some of us having worked the whole six months, and others probably only as many weeks. There- fore, they would prefer some arrangement being made so that all might pay alike, as all are to benefit alike. The objact the employers had in view in making the proposition is, beyond doubt, highly appreciated by the thinking and provident section of the men, and it is to be hoped some arrangement will be concluded to develop the principle of self-help so liberally encouraged by the masters. It will be seen the men do not in the abstract object to the formation of a fund (to which they would no doubt contribute liber- ally), but to the manner in which it has been proposed to start the same. As the interests of both parties are identi- cal, it is devoutly to be wished a scheme may be speedily suggested to weld all discordant theories in one harmoni- ous and practical whole. MEETING OF DELEGATES.â On Monday a meeting of De- legates from the Steam Coal Collieries was held in the Colliers Arms, Pontypridd. The proceedings commenced at half-past eleven, and were not brought to a close till half- past six o'clock in the evening. There were 35 delegates present, representing 12.000 colliers. Mr W. Morgan, of Mountain Ash, was elected to the chair, and Mr Samuel Morgan occupied the vice-chair.âThe question for discus- sion was the consideration of the compromise recently agreed to at the late arbitration meeting at Cardiff, whereby the masters consented to give an advance of 10 per cent, and a further advance of 2A per cent for the last six months. This 2A per cent ta be added to the same sum given by the mas- ters to form the nuclueus of a death and accident insurance fund. The majority of the delegates present were averse to such a disposition of the 2A per cent, and insisted that the amount should be paid to the men in money. A resolu- tion was agreed to that three delegates should be appointed to state the views of the meeting to the public, in order to remove the erroneous impressions as to the motives of the men in insisting on the payment of the IL per cent circu- lated in the other papers published in the district. It was further unanimously resolved that the decision of the arbi- tration should be accepted, with the exception embodied in the previous resolution and that a demand be made in a courteous and conciliatory manner for an additional 2h per ccnt advance, making in al}-!) per cent on the prices existing before the strike.âThere was a large amount of business of a routine character transacted, but of no particular interest to the public. SMALL-POX not only continues to rage with unabated virulence in Pontypridd, but it actually appears to be ex- tenaing its area of operations, and attacking subjects hitherto deeming themselves safe from its influence. Never was there so general a desire to be vaccinated, and for that purpose never were the different surgeries and vaccination stations in the town and neighbourhood so numerously and continuously thronged. It is, doubtless, to this general appreciation of the gravity of the malady, and to the recourse to vaccination as conferring an immunity against the attack of this loathsome disease that so few deaths may be ascribed, and that the type of the disease itself has been se much modified, and its traces so imperceptible in the town. Still, when it is remembered that no contagion is so powerful and so certain as that of smalj-pox," it is a matter of the utmost importance tb&t the disease should not only be localised, but as far as possi ble isolated until it has been stamped out. The small-pox was introduced into Pontypridd some months ago, by a tramp, a wonan, who found lodgings in Llanganna-âa favourite tramp quarterâwho was treated for it by Dr Waterhouse. If we remember rightly, the woman recovered from the attack, and after some sanit try precautionary measures were adopted in connection with the lodging-house wlur; the woman stayed, nothing more was heard of the disease in this town. Subsequently other cases arose, clearly importations, for they existed in "the lodgings for travel- lers" kind of tenements, patronised only by tramps. The nomadic life led bv this social excrescence may possibly account for the diffusion of the disease now so generally prevailing. Tramps have to undergo no quarantine nor sub- mit to any medical examination. It seems, however, to have been a lamentable instance of want of foresight somewhere that so many cases should have occurred in Llanganna with- out the authorities making any effort to intervene in any way. It was only last Board day, some six weeks or two months after the disease had settled in the town, that a proposition was made to provide hospital accommodation away from human habitations for persons stricken with the disease. It appears that so tenderly does the law regard the health of the community that it allows no power to the Guardians to do anything of the kind. There remains the infirmary, a spacious edifice in the rear of the Workhouse. SCIENCE AND ART CLASS.âOn Monday a meeting was held at the New Inn Hotel, to hear Mr Buckmaster's (of the South Kensington Science and Art Department) pro- posal to establish in this town a class, or classes, aided by Government, for teaching the highest grades of technical education. A number of the most influential gentlemen in the town came together, and Mr Charles Bassett was elected to the chair. Mr Bassett briefly introduced Mr Buckmaster, who in a very interesting and eloquent speech expounded the Government proposal, of which the follow- ing is a brief summary:âA sum of £ 160,000 is annually voted by Parliament for the promotion of the arts and sciences throughout the country. It may be increased, de- creased, or withdrawn. The latter contingency is not pro- bable, for the more democratic the form of Government the larger become the demands of the people for educational assistance. The educational business of the Science and Art Department is to promote instruction in science and draw- ing by the establishing of special technical or science schools and evening classes throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Pecuniary assistance is dven towards instruction in the following sciences |âPractical, plane, and solid geometry machine construction and drawing building construction, or naval architecture pure mathematicsâwhich is divided into seven stages theoretical mechanics, applied mechanics, acoustics, light and heat, magnetism and electricity, in organic chemistry, organic chemistry, geology, mineralogy, animal physiology, zoology, vegetable physiology, systema- tic botany, principles of mining, metallurgy, navigation, nautical astronomy, steam, and physical geography. In eveiy place where a science class or school exists receiving aid from the Department, there must be a local committee ot not less than five persons, one of whom must act as the secretary and be correspondent between the committee and the Science and Art Department. The chief duty of the committee will be to promote the diffusion of scientific knowledge, to encourage the teacher, to take charge of all apparatus and diagrams theDepattment has assieted to purchase, sign the register of attendance and the teacher's claims for payment, receive the examination papers from the Department, and superintend the annual examinations. As large grants of public money depend on the faithfulness of the examinations, it is of the utmost importance that the committee should not neglect this duty. These examina- tions are held in May, one evening being devoted to each t uCk reSu'iltion is laid down as to the age or sex of the pupils or the fees paid for the instruction. What is said is that it must not be so high as to exclude apprentices or young men who live by manual labour. (Hear, hear.) The pupils are encouraged by prizes of books, certificates, gold, silver, and bronze medals, exhibitions and scholarships. These encouragements should be sup- plemented by local prizes and exhibitions. The prizes given by Government amount to £ 5, £10, JE15, a't1d are available every year till the pupil is 16 years of age, but he must pass every year in some branch of science and art, or in a more advanced stage of the same subject. The object of these scholarships is to encourage the best pupils to remain longer at school, to find out what talent exists among the children of the industrial classes, and direct it to useful national results. (Hear, hear.) For more ad- vanced instruction the Department offers grants of money, termed exhibitions, to young men, of the value of £25, and these may be held for one, two, and three years. The locality is also expected to contribute a similar sum to enable the student to proceed to some college or school where more advanced scientific instruction can be obtained. If the candidate select a Government institutionâsuch as the School of Minesâthe fees for his instruction are remit- ted. Nine Royal exhibitions of the value of £5 I, without any local conditions, are given to pupils of merit under 21. Sir Joseph Whitworth's scholarships of £100 a-year are also given in competition at the May examinations. Aid is also given towards buildings erected under the provisions of the Free Libraries' Act. Such is aD outline of the scheme. In England 300 schools, with 18,00li pupils, have been established, which have received Government aid. J n Ire- land, 130 with 8000 pupils but in Walesâexcluding the pupils of navigation schools and pupils receiving instruction in drawing- you have only 14 of such schools, with 150 pupils. Do you think this a creditable state of things ? Are you not drooping behind in the educational work which is now attracting so much attention in other countries ? It is to be feared you have nothing in most of your towns to at- tractyoung men but public-houses. When I look around and see the growing industries of these valleys, all more or less dependent on a knowledge of geology, mining, mechanics, chemistry, metallurgy, & other sciences, it is a matter of sur- prise and regret that there is no opportunity for learning any of those subjects without which these industries would have been impossible. The progress of every industrial art is the progress of applied science, and although the men engaged in these industries are frequently ignorant of sciences, they must remember that impruved methods of manufacture are frequently the result of investigations mitdc by men who have no practical connection with work. You have appro- priated the intellectual labour and thought of others, and I venture to think that you would not find an analogous state of indifference to scientific knowledge in any other country. If you believe that God has given men a nature differing from that of dumb cattle, then I appeal to those who have been blessed with greater advantages of education, or wealth, or influence to extend their kindly help and assis- tance to their less fortunate fellow-creatures and if, in the pride of self-satisfaction and suspicion, we refuse this help, a time will come when those who have been neglected will in some uncomfortable way help themselves. We propose bringing into the district a qualified science teacher, whose duty it will be to visit various places and organise and in- struct such classes as it may appear desirable to establish. It is also proposed, where opportunity offers, to give in- struction in the elementary and middle schools, so as to lay the foundation for that more advanced (but still elementary) knowleege which wecontemplatebymeansofeveningclasses, to form one unbroken chain between the lowest and highest education of the country, so that no child blessed by God with any natural gifts, shall, by reason of his social posi- tion, be prevented from raising to the highest distinction. We want a guarantee fund of £100 a year towards this fund. At Merthyr Tydfil Mr Crawshay, Mr Sitnonss, Mr C. H. James, and others have liberally contributed. The Govern- ment, by payments, prizes, and grants of apparatus will contribute to this effort as much or more than is raised by local subscriptions, while the entire management and direc- tion of the work will be left in your own hands. It is not my business, even if I had the power, to urge this subject unreasonably on your attention. I have accomplished my work in bringing the subject before you, and the result must be left to local circumstances. (Loud applause.)âMr Bassett expressed himself much pleased with the excellent speech they had just heard, and fully concurred in the great necessity for a school of the kind in this locality. Although his spare time was very limited, he would gladly contribute what he could both in time and money for so desirable an object as the establishing of such a school in the town. It was the duty of all to do what was within their power to elevate their fellow-men. (Hear, hear.)âMr Price, solicitor, said he would gladly enter into the matter with heart and soul. After seme conversation, Price proposed the Hon. Judge Falconer as chairman of the Institute, with the following gentlemen as a com- mitter, with power to add to their number:âMr D Davies Maesyffynon Mr Thomas Joseph, Tydraw Messrs. G Penn Ruscoe, Dr. Hunter, Dr. Leckie, Rev. E. Roberts Smythe, James; D. Roberts, Taff Vale Ironworks; A Chivers George Griffiths, Mill-street; D. Morgan Sur- veyor Roberts, Bridge-house T. D. Griffiths, "p. Jones and James llees as secretary. At the request of the meeting, Mr Price appended his own name. The above were all elected, and it was agreed to take the necessary measures without delay to establish an Arts and Science School in the town. After the usual votes the meeting terminated. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.âThe usual fortnightly meeting of the above Board was held on Wednesday.âThe Clerk called attention to a bill received to the amount of £5 7s Id, for the destruction of clothing, &c., for small-pox patients recently deceased in Ystradyfodwg. The order for the de- struction of the clothing was given by Dr Phillips, Treorki. After some observations the amount was ordered to be paid, less the sum for articles which could not be allowed.âA letter from Dr Simons, medical department of the Local Government Board, was read, referring to a communica- tion received by the department from Dr Davies, Cymmer, complaining of the danger arising out of the want of privy accommodation at Cymmer. There were very few con- veniences existing, and these were constructed in an imper- fect manner. Dr Simons recommended that action should be taken by the vestry in the matter.âMr G. Williams thought the Board of Guardians had sufficient power with- out having recourse to a vestry meeting. He must refer to Dinas, which was lamentably wanting in that respect. Mr J. Lewis and Mr L. Williams concurred.âThe Inspector said he had little to complain of as to the sanitary condition of Cymmer, but he had repeatedly referred to the disgrace- ful state of Dinas.âMr Lewis said the deficiency in Dinas was owing to the difficulty of obtaining ground. The High- way Board had the matter under consideration, and it had been decided to build privies at the place.âThe vaccination otiicer of Llantrissant, Mr R Thomas, reported that there were 14 cases of small pox in his district-10 in the Bute Mines village, 1 at New Mill, and 3 in Llantnssant. In the Bute Mines village the disease had seized six persons in the same house. He had served notices where required. The Clerk read a communication from the Local Govern- ment Board, sanctioning as exceptional expenditure the erection of a new hospital for small-pox patients. The Master reported that there was a lunatic in the House, who of late had manifested such violence as to become danger- ous. All order was made to send the unfortunate pauper to the asylum. â The Local Government Loard assented to the increase of two guardians to represent the parish of Yystradyfodwg, in addition to those already sitting at the Board.â Mr G wilym Williams (Miskin), called attention to the circumstances attending the introduction of small-pox into New Mill, a district till then unaffected. The Ystrauy- fodgwg Sewage Board had issued instructions for the in- formation and guidance of the ratepayers in that parish, and thought that something of the same kind should be done in Llanwonno.âThe Chairman regretted that proper care had not been exercised in the case referred to, and hoped that through the medium of the press the public would be made acquainted with the importance of the matter. He was sorry the girl was not at once brought to Infirmary where there was plenty of room for her. After a few observations from Mr Penn and Mr J. Williams, in favour of restrictive measures being adopted, it was moved by Mr Penn and seconded by Mr Fowler that bills be printed containing instructions and minatory clauses, and circulated in the district.âThe contract for building the new hospital was let to Mr T. Evans for £265, the highest was JE360. SUSPECTED ARSON,âOn Sunday evening, about six o'clock, indications of fire were observed in the premises known as the Bristol House, in the main street, by the Tabernacle Chapel. As no one appeared to be in the house the door was burst open, and a conflagration in its incipient stages was arrested. The premises are in the occupation of a D, Pavjee, who vends toys and fancy articles of various kinds. From the fact that one of the boards of the upstairs floor had been raided and a quantity of light and inflammable materials placed under it, as well as a similar provision down stairs, the suspicions of the police were aroused, and when Davies reached bis residence, about eleven o'clock, he was apprehended and taken to the police station. His wife was also ta'<en into custody at the same time, but subsequently set at liberty.' The prisoner had insured his stock for an amount more than sufficient apparently to ccver a total loss by fire.

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THE MERTHYR SCHOOL BOARD.