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CARDIFF POLICE COURT.—MONDAY.

CAERPHILLY PETTY SESSIONS.

MERTHYR AND NEIGHBOURHOOD.

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COWBRIDGE—COMPROMISING FELONY.—On Saturday night last, about twelve o'clock, the work-shop of Mr. W. Roberts, nailar, &c., was burglariously entered, and a handsome single barrel gun taken therefrom. The thieves effected an entrance through a window, which they demolished; and also rendered the large bellows belonging to the shop useless, by cutting it with some sharp instrument or instruments. Upon the depredations being discovered, a strict inquiry and search was insti- tuted by the police, who found that certain parties from a neighbouring village were at a bagatelle table in the immediate neighbourhood, at a very late hour on the night in question and, upon further inquiry, it was found that the foot-marks by the work-shop exactly cor- responded with those of the patty suspected. At length matters became so clear, and the evidence arrived at so conclusive, that it left not a doubt as to the guilt of those suspected, — insomuch, that the very parties themselves returned the guns and amply compensated the damages they had so mischievously committed. The frequent dis- turbances at night that have of late occurred in this town, certainly call for interference on the part of the police by compelling the publicans to close their houses at proper hours at the same time they should neither show favour to one party nor the other. BRIDGEND.—COMPARATIVE ANATOMY.— On Tuesday last a circumstance took place near this town which almost occasioned" very considerable excitement." On the day just named a lad was walking through a field near the place, and had his attention called to something which had been placed near the hedge. He approached it-saw it was a bag—and, upon examination, found it contained what he believed to be the body of an infant. Horror struck at the discovery, he ran breathless with haste to the house of Mr. a surgeon, residing near the spot, and related to him the circumstance. That gentleman, accompanied by Ihe boy, proceeded to the hedge, and after a hasty examination of the bag and its contents, and sundry ejaculations respecting the vile mother of the innocent," directed that it should be taken to his coach-house. He then sent for Mr. another surgeon, who with himself went to the coach-house— had the supposed body of a child properly placed for view —aud then both gentlemen commenced a serious investi- gation, which having lasted some time, they emphatically pronounced it to be the body of a female child twelve months old." Having arrived at this point, and big with the awful discovery they had made, they proceeded to the residenc3 of a magistrate, who, hearing their story, thought they had better send to the coroner at once." However, by this time, the affair became known generally, and reached the ears of a person who said, The body of a child Why, I'll lay my life if they have not mistaken the body of a male monkey which young ——— lately pur- chased of the proprietor of a show, and which, having skinned, he directed one of his servants to throw into the field where you say the lad found the body of the female child." Nothing more need be written. The parties con- nected with the awful affair" threaten to commit suicide. PYLE.-On Sunday last, the 20th instant, a boiler explosion took place at Margam Colliery. We are in- formed that the boiler had been recently repaired—that the men had filled it with water—lighted a fire under it, which soon got the steam up and caused the explosion. No person was near at the time, otherwise the conse- quences would have been most disastrous. Shortly after the explosion had taken place, a pitman, named Isaac Morgan, narrowly escaped a dreadful denth. He was proceeding to examine the damaged boiler, with the view of ascertaining what part had been defective, when in so doing his foot slipped, and he would have fallen into the scalding water had not a fellow-workman promptly jumped forward and supported him. As it was his limbs were scalded. In consequence of this accident to the boiler the works will be stopped for a week. PORTllCAWL.-On Monday morning last, the Ann and Sarah Bristol Trader, Captain Arr, sunk in the basin at this place. She had only reached the port a day or two previously, and was, at the time of the accident, loaded with Bristol goods. Early on the morning in question a man having occasion to go on board this vessel, hailed" the crew, who, upon awaking, found, to their astonish- ment and horror, that the water was rising into the cabin. They instantly saved themselves by a rapid re- treat. The cargo was afterwards removed, and the damage was ascertained to be trifling, thus verifying the adage that a small leak will sink a great ship." ORANGE TREES AT MARGAM.—The following notice of these trees may possibly be of interest to our readers: The late A. B. Lambert, Esq., communicated to the Linnean Society some notes relating to Botany, from the MSS. of the late Peter Collinson, Esq., F.R S., and which were published in the 10th vol. of the Society's "Trans- actions," pp. 278-9. "Copied from my nephew. Thomas Collinson's Journal of his Travels, 1754." "In the reign of Queen Elizabeth, anno the first Orange and Lemon Trees were introduced into England by two curi- ous gentlemen, one of them Sir N. Carew, at Bedington, near Croydon, in Surrey." The account proceeds to state that the trees had been in great perfection a few j ears before, but through mismanagement they languished and at last they all died. "A better fate has, hitherto, attended the other fine parcel of Orange trees, &c., brought over at the same time by Sir Robert Mansell, at Margam, late Lord Mansell's now Mr. Talbot's, called Kingsey Castle, in the road from Cowbridge, and Swansea" in South Wales. My nephew counted 80 trees of Citrons, Limes, Bergamots, Seville and China Orange trees, ). inted i.i great casc- a■i ranged in a row before tlj> neenhouse. I his is the finest; sight, of its kind in Lngland. He had the ci riosity to measure some of tliTn. V Cnina Orange measured, in the extent of its branches. 14 feet. A Seville Orange was 14 feet in heisiht, the ease Ineluderl. and the stem 21 inches in circumference. A Ohina Orange 221 inches in girth, June 11, 1777. I ■t>i;e:i t ie Orangery, ar Margam, in the year 17(5t>, in eompany with Mr. l.ewis Thomas, of Eglews Nyunsrt, in that neighbournood, a very sensible aud attentive man, Alio told me that the Orange trees, &c., in that garden, ei e intended as a present from the King of Spain, to the King of Denmark and that the vessel in which they weie shipped being taken in the Channel, the tree's w^re nade. a present of to Sir Robert Mansell." Kingsey -ast.e is a misname forKeniiir.a ruined pile situated at some iistance^froin Margam. Eglews Nynngt should he spelt, "g "Js nnytM. It appears from one of the notes ap- pended to the Hortus Collinsonianus," printed by L. 'V. Dilhiyn, Esq., in 18f3, for private distribution among ins friends, that Mr. Lambert appears to have had io oilier than a hurried opportunity for selecting and opjmg the memoranda which lie gave to the Linn.ttae. Society: and that the loose memorandum-relatins to the Orangery, at Margam with the date of Ju'v 1 1, 1777, is ittributed to Mr. Collinson, although he had then been i.ad toi several years, aud lie omitted to notice that it is in a very diitereut handwriting from the other papers, and hears the signature of John Browne. It may be observed tn.at there is a discrepancy in Mr. Collins.n's statement, xue Orange trees are said to have "been brought over" oj Sir Robert Mansell (who was, as is well known, a dis- tinguished naval officer i:l the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.) while, in another place, they are said to have been taken aboard a ve»s d in the channel, and given to Sir jtobert Mansell." It is improbable that considering tne sta:e of religious opinions at that period, such a present should have been made by the King of Spain. Again, the curious MS. account of the progress through ■iorth and South Y»'ales, by Henry Duke of Beaufoit, Lord President of Wales, preserved in the library of itadinintou, which mentions various particulars relative to Mai gam, is silent as to the Orangery. Sir Edward Manseii received his Grace and his splendid suite on the 16th ot August, IGSf. We are justified in presuming that the Orange trees were not then at Marram and this hypothesis is strengthened by the received tradition in the family of the proprietor, Mr. Mansei Talbot, that these trees were intended as a present from the King of Portugal to Catherine of IJraganza, the Queen of Charles IL that they were wrecked on the coast of Glamorgan- shire. and given to Sir Edward Mausell, who was Vice- Admiral of Souin ales, and whose family had espoused the cause of Charles 1. in the recent rebellion Catherine remained in England till 1G92. The only document which we have been able to discover connected with this ceienrated collection, is a memorandum dated July 3, 1727. "The account of the green-house plants now in .,recii-lious,! ijj%N- if Margam, and in perfect health, and given from me, Joseph Kirkman, gardener at Margam this 16 year and haif :—71 Oranges, Citrons. Bergamot, &c., of all sizes; I China Orange dying of canciire, all rest healthy. Amotnu:n plyme in a vase." We are enabled to supply a listof the trees in tubs, amountingat the present time to 85:—37 China, Seville, &c. 23 fiergamots 14 Lemons; 7 Citrons, 4 Shaddocks; of what are considered to be the original stock there are 12, 6 Bergamots, 4 China, and 2 Seville Oranges. One old Bergamot died last winter; we apprehend that when the Orange wall was constructed after the old greenhouse was pulled down, about 40 years ago, a few of the old trees were planted against it. The Shaddock, which does not bear well in tubs, produced fine fruit on the hot wall. NEATH PETTY SESSIONS.—(Held at the Town Hall, Neath, on Friday, the 18th instant, before Howell Gwyn, Esq. and G. Llewellyn, Esq.) — Thomas Timothy, land- lord of the Harp' public house, Briton Furry, was charged by P.C. James Beed, with having allowed beer, &c., to be drank in his house on the morning of Sunday week, during the hours of Divine service. The evidence being clear and conclusive, the magistrates convicted the defendant iu the penalty of 20s., including costs, and cautioned him as to his future conductCatherine Davies, Colliers'Arms, Briton Ferry, was charged by the same policeman with a similar offence, and was convicted in the penalty of fifteen shillings, including costs.— John Hal, son of Phillip Hill, was convicted in the p-nalty of twenty shillings, including costs, for assaulting his sister, Elizabeth Hill. It appeared that the defendant had behaved in the most unmanly and cowardly manner, not only striking his sister, but actually kicking her! The magistrates administered to him a most severe reprimand,- Richard Smith, waggoner, in the service of Mr, Charles Thomas, was charged by Mr. Superintendent Peake, with having ridden upon a waggon drawn by two horses, not having reins, and not having any person on horseback or on foot to guide the same. This being defendant's first offence, he was ordered to pay the costs only, which amounted to ten shillings.—Robert Quick, charged by P.C. George Jones with a similar oifence was ordered to pay the costs—7s. 3d. SWANSEA SAVINGS' BANK.Saturd iy, July 19, 1845. —Deposits received, JE489 3. lid.; repaid, £ 117 8s 6d.; notices to withdraw, £ 251 3s. 5d.—Manager, Mr. Samp- son Dawe. A valuable gold watch was last week stolen at mid day from the shop of. Mr. Hennessy, Wind-street, Swansea -a highly respectable young man who has recently com- menced business as a watchmaker and jeweller in that town. AQUATIC EXCURSION.—On Monday morning last, about five o'clock, the Teetotallers of Swansea and neighbour- hood embarked on board the « County of Pembroke' steamer, from Swansea for Tenby, which place they reached about ten o'clock—remained there seven hours- then returned and arrived at Swansea soon after ten in the evening, much gratified with the pleasures of the day. SWWNSEA. On the night of Monday last, the counting house of Mr. Henry Bath, waE burglariously broken and entered, and a five pound note and some loose silver stolen therefrom. The note happened to be left there for a particular purpose, as money is not usually suffered to remain at the office during night-time, the situation being distant from any dwelling house. Papers were found snattered in all directions about the office. THE LATE HIGHWAY ROBBERY NEAR SWANSEA.— Several private inquiries have from day to day been made by the magistrates, relative to the late robbery of Mr. Benson's messenger, as stated in our last number, yet nothing has been elicited calculated to lead to the dis- covery of the thief or thieves. —The old man, from the ill-usage sustained by him, being in a weak state, was conveyed in a fly to Swansea on Saturday last, and there identified William Morgan as one who attacked him; and Charles Y illiams, being by another person seen in company with William Morgan about the time of the robbery, was, with "William Morgan, remanded until Friday next [this day]. The others who were taken up have been dismissed for the present. .=-

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