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LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. LIGHT.—It is a congratulatory fact that the public lamps are at last lighted in the town. FURTHER EMIGRATION.—The exit of people of this neighbourhood from their mother country to distant colonies still continues. During the week a number of persons have left Pontypool for America and Australia. THE HANBURY CHALLENGE Cup.-The fifth monthly competition for the above Challenge Cup took place at the Cwmlickey Range on Thursday week, when the highest score, 46 points, was made by Corporal C. Davis. This being the fourth oc- casion of his winning the cup, it now becomes t Corporal Davis's property. This is, we believe, the first time in the history of the corps that four competitions have been won by the same man in one year. A SUPPER, which had been shot for a few days previously by members of the Hanbury Corps, was partaken of at the Globe Hotel on Thursday week, upon which occasion an excellent repast was pro- vided by Host Newth. After the removal of the cloth, the proceedings were enlivened by singing, &c., and a very enjoyable evening was spent. AMONG the recent departures from our town are Mr and Mrs Joseph Green, of Pontypool, who left on Tuesday morning for Australia. From his con- nection with the Ebbw Vale Co.'s collieries, Mr Green was widely known and respected, and we trust that in the distant country to which he has gone he may meet with the success he merits. A number of hands were on Saturday discharged from the Panteg Steel Works. We hear, however, that from some favourable cause many have been, or are likely to be, re-instated. Upwards of 100 men are thus temporarily thrown out of employ- ment, but we are glad to state that trade at these works generally is brisk, as they are going night and day. AN ENTERTAINMENT, underf the auspices of the Temperance Society, was held at Mount Pleasant Chapel on Monday evening last, when there was a fair attendance. The Rev T. Llewelyn Jones oc- cupied the chair. During the evening, readings, recitations, &e., were given, and the proceedings passed off most successfully. There were four pledges taken at the close of the meeting. WESLEYAN CHAPEL, HIGH ST.—We beg to call the attention of our readers to an announcement in another column respecting the anniversary ser- vices of the above place of worship, which will be held on Sunday next. The friends connected with the Church are to be congratulated on having again secured the services of so able and popular a preacher and lecturer as the Rev Peter M'Kenzie, of Leeds. The anniversary of last year, when Mr M'Kenzie preached and lectured, will be remem- bered as most successful; and we are glad to know that everything augurs well for the success of the services and lecture about to be held. A RUNAWAY MAIL CART-—Great consternation was caused last Sunday night in Newport by the spectacle of the horses attached to the Pontypool and Abergavenny maii cart rushing along at a violent pace. They came through Malpas, along the Marshes-road, Hio-h-st., and Commercial-st., and when near the Parrot Hotel were pluckily stopped by Mr Edgar Evans and another young man. The horses and cart were taken back to the post office. Considering the crowded state of High- street, it is re-arkable-that no accident occurred. The driver is alleged to have been thrown out beyond Malpas. He appeared at the post office a short time after the arrival of the mail. SHOCKING ACCIDENT THROUGH DRINK. —A man named John Reece, 30 years of age, a labourer,who was on Saturday discharged with many others from the Panteg Steel Works? met with a shocking ac- cident in Pontypool on Tuesday. It appears that he and a woman had been drinking, and while Reece was larkino-" with the woman he fell over a wall at some back buildings in George Street. He was picked up and conveyed to the Union Workhouse in an unconscious state. Dr. Cousins attended the unfortunate man, and found him to be suffering from concussion of the brain and flesh wounds on the face. He remains in a very pre- carious stare, but hopes are held of his recovery. PONTYPOOL BAPTIST COLLEGE.—On Tuesday last the Students of this Institution re-assembled after the annual vacation, and on the same day the Examination of Candidates for admission took place. The Examination was conducted by the Rev. W. M. Lewis, M A., the President, and D. A. Bassett, Esq., B.A., L.L.B., Classical Tutor pro tem. There were seventeen candidates for admis- sion, ana tne subjects tor Examination were- Arithmetic, Algebra, Euclid, English Grammar, Geography, EnglishHifitory,Greek and L^tin, and Sketches o# Se^qfeus. The standard for ad- mission has been .considerably advanced from former years. The following were the successful candidates in their order of merit, 200 being the maximum of marks: D. Davies, Newcastle Em- lyn, 193; J. Morris, Briton Ferry, 1G6; J. Harris, Rhymney, 156; D. Williams, St. Clears, 154; H. Thomas, Treorky, 144; Thomas Evans, Carmar- then, 140; Chas. H. Watkins, Blaenavon, 134; and John Evans, Ton, Ystrad, 128. The following were also accepted as outdoor Students for the current term:—William Vaughan, Goginau Jos. Miles, Rhymney; Owen Davies, Cwmbach; W. H. Prosser, Mountain Ash; Richard John, Llanelly, Carmarthen; and J. Roberts, Hirwain. The num- ber of Students now in the Institution is 24, and, with the outdoor Students enumerated above, there will be 30 attending the classes. We are glad to hear that the Rev. D. Thomas, B.A., the Classical Tutor, is now entirely restored to health. A VIOLENT LODGER. — At the Magistrates' Clerk's office, on Friday, a man named Stephen Ryan was charged by Sergt. Lewis with being drunk and riotous at Abersychan. Defendant lodged with a well-known character who goes under the name of Johanna Carey, and it appears the parties got on the spree" and quarrelled. Prisoner then went to the house and smashed the windows and committed other damage. A corn- Plaint was made to the police, who gave complainant some suitable advice, but at a later period of the evening defendant was found drunk and repeating his former destructive conduct. Sergt. Lewis then placed him in durance vile."—For being drunk, he was sent to prison for seven days, and for com- mitting wilful damage he was sent for a month, the imprisonment to be consecutive. TRIP TO RAGLAN CASTLE.—On Thursday, the 14th inst., about 50 of the teachers and friends connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School, Pon- typool, had a. day's outing to Raglan Castle, under the leadership of Mr Thomas Williams, who made the necessary arrangements to promote the comfort and happiness of the party. They were courteous- ly received, upon theii arrival, by Mr Cuxson, the Warden of the Castle, who afterwards kindly showed the company the different features of note in the ruins, taking great pains to explain any par- ticular point of interesting history, and graphi- cally describing how battles had been fought and conquests gained by the warriors of ancient times. At 4 o'clock, an excellent tea was provided, under the superintendence of Mesdames T. Williams, G. Anthony, J. Bees; W. Woodley, and Miss Jolliffe, and was heartily ttartaken of by those present. Throughout the innocent amusements were tor the homward IM), the only matter tor regret being that the dayjyphich was most happily spent by all, had provea&ceedingly shox't. DESPERATE ST^BGLE WITH A LUNATIC.—A powerful, smart-lo'«kino- man, named James Fel- tham, a labourer, -gas recently received into the r I Pontypool Union fiotn Usk, apparently suffering from delirium tremeu- or some affection of the brain. He was duly visited by the/Aedical officer, who saw nothing in his condict to warrant him being placed under any kind of restraint except that of the usual supervision of the Souse. He remained harmless and inoffensive unti. Monday night, and went to bed in the ordinarj course with other patients, sleeping in an up-sfeirs ward. About five o'clock on Tuesday morning the other inmates of the room were alarmed by foe conduct of the man, who commenced jumping across other beds, and finally made his way to the window, which he attempted to lower. Luckily, ihe window was rather stiff and did not readily C\me down, but when the luna- tic, for such he undoubtedly was, got it open wide enough to admit his lody, he tried to throw him- self out. The other iimates mustered in a body and drew him back br the legs as he was on the verge of falling out. On regaining his feet in the ward he furiously attacked several old men, tem- porarily blinding one jy closing his eyes, smashing the teeth of another, tnd seriously injuring others. He was eventually 0-vorpowered, and later in the day was sent to the Aylum at Abergavenny. MONMOUTHSHIRE REFORMATORY AT LITTLE MILL.-Major Inrlis [I M. Inspector of reforma- tories and industrial s-.hools, paid his first visit to this institution on Thursday, 7th instant. He carefully inspected tie whole establishment, in. cluding the grounds vhere the crops of vegeta- bles, fruit, &c., are beno, raised for the markets; and the boys, 29 in lUber, were examined by him. He expressed hmself highly pleased and satisfied with all he say and heard. His full re- port will appear in tie next Government Blue Book, meanwhile the following entry was made by him in the directors' visiting book :—" I have this day inspected and examined the school, and am very much pleased with my visit. The boys look cheerful, bright, aid healthy. I hear a very good report of their conduct during the past year, and their health seems to have been good. They passed a very good examination. The school seems going on in a thoroughly satisfactory manner. The premises are in very good order, and suitable for the work." It is satisfactory, also, to be able to add to the above report that, through the good management of the soil and successful sales of produce, the funds of this institution are in a prosperous state; no subscriptions for its support have for some years been received or needed. Nearly the whole of the ground has assumed a garden-like appearance, with solid paths and roads. Several boys, rescued through its instrumentality, are filling useful positions with respectability and credit. '1 he superintendent and bailiff for the 20 years of its existence has been Mr Arnold. The schoolmaster is Mr Merrick. County Observer. THE MORTALITY OF PONTYPOOL.—It is matter for congratulation that there have been no deaths registered at the Pontypool Registry Office during the past week except those of two young children, one being only five months old. COLLIERY ACCIDENT.—The wire-rope at one of the Cwmlickey pits broke on Friday, as a tram of coal was being brought to the surface. The tram descended with frightful velocity, but happily no one was injured. The damage was speedily re- paired, and on the next day work was resumed. RESUMPTION OF WORK BY PONTYPOOL COLLIERS. —We are glad to say that the men at the Ponty- pool Collieries of the Ebbw Vale Company have resumed work, the dispute as to time of com- mencing in the morning having been arranged. They will now begin at six o'clock, instead of five, as had been proposed by the Company. THE NEW LiNF,It is expected that the London and North Western Extension Railway from Pontypr 1 vwain will be opened for traffic on the 1st ember. A double service of trains will be run between Newport and Blaenavon—on the old Monmouthshire line between Newport and Pontypool, and above that, partly on the Mon- mouthshire, and partly on the new line. We hear special arrangements have been entered into under which return tickets taken out on either line will be a Triable on the other for the return journey. Ttuo fi prove a great boon to the public, and cannot fail to be much appreciated. cannot fail to be much appreciated. e FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT TO A PONTYPOOL MAN.-Early on Wednesday morning a shocking accident happened to a fireman residing at Grif- fithstown. As a goods train was passing through z, Abergavenny (Great Western) Station the fireman was knocked off the engine, through his head coming in contact with the footbridge at the sta- tion, and fell under the train. Both legs were cut off, and he was otherwise injured. The poor fel- low was carried into the first-class waiting room at the station, and a doctor sent for, but he died in great agony in about an hour afterwards. De- ceased's name is Charles Willis, and he has a wife and family residing at Griffithstown. This is not the first accident which has happened from a simi- lar cause, as the bridge is evidently too low. PRESENTATION TO A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER, —Before the departure of Mr John Williams. Freehold Land, for Australia, he was presented by Mount Pleasant Sunday School, on Sunday afternoon last, with the following books :-H The Life and Words of Christ," by Cunningham Geikie, D.D. (2 large, handsome vols.); Morning I and Evening Exercises," by the Rev W. Jay (4 vols.) and H Arnot on the Parables." These works are not excelled by any on their respective subjects. The presentation was made by the pastor (the Rev. T. LI. Jones), in the name of the school. Mr Sandbrook, Mr Dauncey, Mr Coles, &c., delivered appropriate addresses. It may be interesting to know that Mr Williams was received into the Church at Mount Pleasant about six years ago. From that time he has been a consistent, intelli- gent, useful Christian but during the last two or three years his well-balanced mind, his growing zeal, and his steadily-increasing desire to be useful drew him on to more prominence and publicity. He has for years been a teacher in the Sunday School, and a District Superintendent. He was re- cently appointed to the Diaconate, and has just served his time as one of the Superintendents of the Sunday School. Thus the School has lost one of its most prompt and punctual workers, the Prayer Meeting one of its most faithful attendants, and the Church a man whose firmness, consistency, and uprightness cannot but be felt and utilized in the land'of his adoption. Mr Williams has carried with him, not only the good wishes of his Pastor, Church, and Sunday School, but also of the Volun- teer Corps, and of the Benefit Societies of the town, in whose welfare he always evinced the deepest interest. CONSECRATION OF PONTNEWYNYDD CHURCH.— Our ieaders»will see, by an announcement in ano- ther column, that St. Luke's Church, conveniently situated midway between Pontnewynydd and Abersychan, is to be consecrated for Divine Wor- ship on Tuesday next by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese. Everyone in the neighbourhood is aware how a series of misfortunes have attended the ef- forts of the vicar and churchwardens for the time being to re-build this church, so that we now need but to glance at them. When Pontnewynydd Works were in full swing, and there seemed every 0 probability of the place enjoying a long period of prosperity which should obliterate, in some mea- sure, its former lengthened stagnation, it appeared to the vicar of that°time and influential members of his congregation, that they might venture upon repairs, which had long been needed, but for which there had been no funds.When the church was exa- mined, it was discovered that the walls had given way, and that the only course open to them was to take down the old church and build a new one, but when this had been determined upon, and the new building had been so far proceeded with that its walls were some feet above the ground, the Wire Works were suddenly brought to a standstill by the unexpected failure of its proprietor, and there en- sued in consequence idleness and poverty, instead of work and good wages. Various circumstances occurred to cause delays-a dispute arose between the committee and the contractor (during which the architeet died), which caused a large sum of money to vanish in law expenses-the large sub- scription promised by Mr Henley lapsed when he failed—and the vicar, the Rev. John Morgan, was appointed to another living-so that when the present vicar, the Rev. D. O. Davies, took charge of the district parish, he found the affairs of his church in a deplorable state, from which it seemed at first that nothino- could remove them. However, by dint of unflao-o-ino* perseverance, and the most strenuous exertions, Mr Davies has succeeded in getting the edifice completed andrendered suitable for its Sacred purpose. Certainly the tower is not yet built, but its base is, and that forms a porch, over which the tower intended by the architect can be reared at any future time. The interior also is not completed and furnished in a permanent man- ner, but Fall that is necessary for decently and reverently conducting Divine service has been pro- vided temporarily and economically. In his good work the Vicar has been greatly aided by several members of his congregation, among them being three gentlemen who generously lent a large sum each, free of interest, for as long a time as it might be required. (Since then, one of these gentlemen has, we regret to say, been taken from among us.) The amount of subscriptions still required, .£540, is large; but the actual deficiency just now is not as great as this, for the reason that the before- mentioned loans for an indefinite period are of ne- cessity included in this sum by thejcommittee.We earnestly hope that a large congregation will be present at both services on Tuesday next, to testify to the sympathy for the cause which, we are sure, is generally felt in the neighbourhood. The morn- ing sermon will be preached by our venerable r, s Bishop, who is, we believe, the senior on the Bench; and that in the evening, by the Rev. O. T. H. Phillips, a former Incumbent of St. Luke's, who is still remembered with much respect and esteem by many persons.

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