TRESPASS. William Fallen, who did not appear, was charged with trespass ou the property of John Jordan- Complainant said that defendant, a lad of 15, was in the habit of coming to his premises of a Sunday morn- ing, and while smoking would spit upon some choice flowers that he had. The boy had torn a lilac tree which he prized much. Complainant said that a number of boys, of whom defendant was one, were in the habit of gambling on Sunday morning. Talk about sending missionaries abroad, we want a missionary at Chapel-lane. Defendant was sentenced to 7 days' imprisonment.
=-- POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. Before Col. Byrdt, C. J. Parkts, Esq., and J5. J. Phillips, Esq. J PHOHIUITED HOURS. Elizabeth Jeremiah, landlady of the Horse and Jockey Inn, Llaufihangel, was charged with j keeping her house open for the sale of beer during prohibited hours, on the 4th inst. j P.c. Farr deposed that on the date above- named, at 10.20 p.m., he wasou duty on theUsk road, and visited the Horse and Jockey Inn, and found ten or fourteen men in the house be got the names of five of them, but subsequently found out these names were wrong the men said they had ccae from Usk, but he (the po- liceman) had been to Usk and found out that these men had not been there on that day he made further inquiries relative to the names, and succeeded in finding out the proper name of one man. Mrs Jeremiah made a statement to the effect that at 9.55 on the night in question two gentlemen came into the house and had some drink she was at the time in another room, and a rush of men came in and called for beer at about 10.10 p.m. she refused to draw them beer at first, but they demanded it, saying they had come from Usk she drew the beer for them on condition that they leave the house directly. P.c. Farr said the men had gone into the house at 10.5 p.m., and it was 10.20 p.m. when be went in. Fined 20s, and the license ordered to be en- dorsed. John Cook, one of the men found in the house, and who gave a wrong name, was fined, for the latter offence 20s, and 10s for the former.
ASSAULT. Abiathar Jones was charged with assaulting James Gameson, on the 10th inst. Mr Greenway, who appeared for Mr Game- 801)0 in this and another case, said that defend- ant had apologised and expressed his sorrow to complainant for what he had done, and thjy had settled it between them.
ANOTHER ASSAULT. Albert Wall was charged with assaulting James Gameson on the 11th inst. Mr Greenway prosecuted. Complainant deposed that he was a brick- maker, residing at Pentrepiod Mr Hambleton and he were sitting on a wall near Snatchwood when defendant came out of a public-house and knocked him down had not given him any provocation said nothing to him, and never saw the man before to his knowledge. Defendant said that complainant threw a glass of beer io the face of a friend of his, who was very ill. Fined 30s.
SUPPLYING A DRCNKEM MAN WITH BEER. Edmund At lalom, Swan Inn, Pontnewynydd, was charged with supplying intoxicating liquor to a diunken man on the 31st ult. Mr Watkins defended. P.c. Price deposed that at 10.45 on the date above mentioned he saw James Stephens, who was very drunk, led by his son along the road they went into the Swan, and Stephens called for a quart of cider, which the landlord sup- plied him saw the man drinking the cider as he went in, and heard the son ask the father if he bad paid for it, and he answered that he had told the landlady about it, and immediately the landlady ran and fetched a pint of beer, placed it within half a yard of him, saying, "Drink, and say nothing more about it toid her he did not drink beer, and she aakeJ hicn if she should fetch him some porter shp- subsequently fol io*"ed thm into tho road, and offered some money if he would not anythirg about t. By ilr W a*kins Witness saw Stephens and bis son waik np from the Horss-Sl oo towards 8.vau. them enter the latter house Srepheua wad very <1ronk, and unable to walk without the sou's help they walked along arm in arm heard the maa call for the drink Ab- salom was present whan his wife offered drink not to report the case. Edmund Absalom was put in the witness-box, and said he had kept the Swan for three years, and bad not been once reported during the whole of that time remembered James Stephens corn ing into his bonae on 31st ult. defendant was at the time sitting in the back kitchen a neigh- bour came in for a pint of porter, and he (de- fendauc) came out to serve it, when he met young Stephens, who asked him fur a quart of cider drew the cider and placed it on the table; the old man took hold of the cider as soon as it was down, and the young man told him to pay for it could not say the old man was tipsy, beeaoae if he was so be could be beard half- a-mile awayâ€”he was such a noisy fellow when in drink saw him go out, and he did not ap- pear t04Ã¨e" tipty his wife did not offer tlis policeman any drink in his presence By Supt. M'lntosh Saw Stephens leave the house they both went out together, but they were not in hold" went outside, the old man walked the same as usual. Samuel Lloj'd, puddler, said he went into the Swan on the 31st ult. and brought from there a pint of porter home saw tephens there, and his son they both cacae into the house toge- ther the son asked Absalom to draw him a quart of cider went out through the room where they both sat, and the old man said, Samuel, have a glass of cider j" witness re- fused; had seen Stephens drunk dozens of times, aud when he is in such a state he is generally very noisy,but on that occasion he was very quiet. Benjamin Stephens, 80D of James Stephens, deposed that his father and himself had been in town previous to their going into the Swan at Pontnewynydd, aud bd three or four pints of beer they walked straight up from Ponty- pool to Poutnewynydd, went iuto Absalom's house, and called for a quart of cider his falser was quite sober. By^Supt. M'lntasb His father had hold of bis hand as they went along they generally walked together in that way. P.c. Price, on being re called, said that the Ion took the father home after leaving the house. Fined 20s. Stephens was fined 108 for being drank.
TRESPASS. â€¢ Joseph Howells, John HoweUs, Howell Howells, and Darid Stone, fuur boys, were charged with trespass on the property of the late George Fothergili, at Pontnewynydd. P.c. Saunders saw the four defendants running through the grass for about 20 minutes, and cutting boughs from the hedges. Great complaints had been made of trespassers from :ime to time in these fields since the death of Mr Fothergili. The grandmother of the fclowells was present, and said, There was cows and sheeps in the field." Fined 2a 6d.
PROHIBITED HOURS. William Burland, Railway Inn, was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer on Sunday, the 3rd inst. Sirs Burhnci appeared. P.c. Saunders said that at 8 a.m. on the 3rd inst. he saw a oian named Bees go into defendant's house; he remained there a few minute5, and wbot: he cmne out he ivas wiping his lips; at 8.20 he entered the house again; at 5.10 a woman named Boil went into the house, and in a short time she came out; followed her, and in her basket, a bottle containing beer went, to defendant's house, and he admitted having drawn the beer.â€”Fined 40s.
STRAY DOGS. James Howe, Wm Williams, and Henry Sleppard were severally charged with allowing their dogs to stray without being under proper control.. P.c. Herbert pioved the charges..Fined 2s 6d each.
STRAY PIGS. Catherine Herbert was charged with allowing two pigs to stray in the parish of Llanithel P.c. Taylor proved the charge..Ordered to pay costs (9s).
DRUNKENNESS. John Griffiths was charged with being drunk and riotous near the Masons' Arms on Sunday, the 3rd inst. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Thomas Jones, landlord of the Mason*' Arms, Pont- newynydd, deposed that about 7 on Sunday night defendant and a man named Donoghue came from Bur- land's, acioss the road, and stood in front of his house, wrangling; they came to the door, and he saw they were both tipsy told them they were cot to come into the house Griffiths said he would come tn, and cried out, You keep bobbies' here to catch your neigh- bours Donoghue drew him out into the road. Fined 10s. Mr Jones said that since Burland bad been caught be (Jones) had been subject to great annoyance by Mrs Burland. The policeman came through Mr Jones's back-way, and he knew nothing of it; because of that Mrs Burland would stand in her doorway and call out that he kept policemen in the house to catch them. The Bench told him that if he was subjected to any further annoyances on that head, he could summon the parties.
PROHIBIT') HOURS AGAIN. George Cook wz charged with being on licensed pre- mises during prohibited hours, on Sunday, 10th inst. P.s. said he visited the Hospitality beerhouse or Â°^nday heard some shuffling, and when the door was opened he could see nobodr there went upstairs, and found defendant in a bedroom defendant said he had slept there, but witness found that defend- ant bad a house of bis own some 40 yards from the public house. v- Walter Jenkins was called, and said that Cook slept with him occasionally; he did live farther up the street, but the house was a very small one, and when his son- in-law, who worked at Cwmbran, used to come home defendant slept with witness. Discharged. I
MONDAY. Before Rev J. C. Lleweliin and C. J. Parkes,Esq. ALLEGED TRESPASS. John Thomas and William Thomas were charged with trespass bv washing sheep in the Monmouthshire Railway Company's canal. Mr Greenway defended. He said that his clients had washed sheep in the canal (and this had been ilone from time immemorial), and they would continue to do so. John Phillips was called, and said that he had seen defendants washing their sheep in the canal, and when he remonstrated with them they answered, They (meaning the Company) can't do anything to us be told them that the Company would be sure to summon them one of the brothers answered. The other man that was here tried to do something with us, but failed there was about a yard of the cana bank knocked in. The canal superintendent was present he knew the state of the bank previous to this washing of sheep there there was about one coping stone thrown off the wall, but now there were about seven or eight feet gone; the damage done would be about 15s worth. By Mr Greenway: Never saw horses go to water at this spot; two or three of the coping stones have been thrown down for a long time, and a plank put over the place to keep horses from it; knew that defendants had washed their sheep in the canal; they had been forbid- den to do so; they had never told him it had been done for half a century. Mr Greenway said that he would be able to show their worships that the bank was in the same condition for some time and as to the washing of sheep in the canal, his clients had done it for a number of years, and he would be able to show that they bad a right to do so Mr Thomas, father of the defendants, said that he had occupied the Great House Farm since 1850 till a few years ago, and he had always washed his sheep in the canal, and that practice was continued by his sons up to the present time he knew the place referred to by wit- ness very well; the wall was then down and some planks thrown over it; horses used to pasa that way he had seen horses frequently go there to drink. Superintendent Hill was present, and said that the farmers had been frequently forbidden by bills posted, &c.. to continue washing their sheep in the canal. Mr Greenway denied, on behalf of his clients, that the sheep were washed from the towing-path on the contrary, they had been washed from the other side, where his clients' land came down to the edge of the water. Phillips was; recalled, and said distinctly that the sheep were washed by defendants from the towing-path; j and they had injured the walls. Defendants both affirmed, and stated that they were willing to support this affirmation on oath, that the sheep were not washed from the towing path. Mr Parkes said, in view of such contradictory state- ments, that there must be perjury somewhere. Defendants were discharged.
TUESDAY. Before C. J. Parkes, Esq. DRCNKEXXESS. Thomas Christopher was charged with being drunk and riotous, at Pontypool, on the 18th inst.â€”Fined 10s, or 7 days.- Christopher went to gaol.
FOWL STEALING. Thomas Butler was charged with stealing two fowls, at Blaenafon,â€”prisoner was remanded till Saturday.
WEDNESDAY. Before Fie-o. J. C. Lleweliin. William Williams was charged with being drunk and iuc,'P;ible.- Fined 10s, and in default of payment was sent to gaol fur 7 days.
DEATHS. June It, at Railway Side, Pontnewynydd, aged 68 years, Rachel, widow of Mr Wm. Thomas, forgeman. June 15, at Garndiffaith, aged 70 years, Mr Samuel Hill, engineer.
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ABERSYCHAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. The monthly meetiug of this Board was held on Tuesday. Present Messrs R. Greenway (chairman), P. Hambleton, A. R. Verity, J. Daniel, R. Fisher, G. Grifiiihs, D. Da vies, D. (chairman), P. Hambleton, A. R. Verity, J. Daniel, R. Fisher, G. Grifiiihs, D. Da vies, D. Williams, W. L. Pratt, U Lewis, W. Prosser, T. Winstone, W. P. James, W. Richards, and J. T. Edmonds. The minutes of tho last meeting were read and confirmed. The surveyor's report was read, as follows :â€” Gentlemen,â€”I beg to report upon the undermentioned subjects:â€” Snatchwood Road. I met Mr R. C. Sayer, the engineer of the Mon. Rail- way and Canal Company, on the 30fli ult. for tlle purpose of pointing out to that gentleman the damage done to the various points in the district crossed by the Pontypool and Talywain Branch Railway. After making ? de- tailed inspection of the points referred to in rny letter of the 5th of May, he promised to communicate with me in a few days his decision in the matter, and the probable amount of compensation the Company would give this Board in lieu of their executing the necessary repairs themselves. Breach of Bye-laws. The Blaenafon Iron and Steel Company and the Ebhw Vale Iron, Steel and Coal Company have committed a breach of the th bye-latv of the Board by commencing the erection or reconstruction of dwelling-houses without having given the necessary notices and depositing plans for the approval of this Board. I have served notices on I both Companies, and the first-named has promised to comply with the said bye-laws forthwith. Nuisances. I have, during the past month, served a large number of notices requiring the abatement of nuisances, the greater portion of which has been attended to, whilst in some in- stances no steps whatever have been taken to remedy the matter complained of. There is still a considerable lack of privy accommodation in the district, and a very large number of houses without any water supply. Repa irs of Roads. Dur ing the past month we have distributed upon the Cwmffrwdoer road 58310ada of stones, #c., the hauling of which has cost 3d, or at a rate ofQdper ton. ENOCH COOKE, Surveyor Inspector. The surveyor reported that he had served Mr Masters with notices requiring him to abate the nuisance mentioned at the last meeting of the Board he had abated the nuisance, and was building a stable in accordance with plans passed at a former meeting. A discussion was held respecting an amount of money due for private work on property be- longing to a Mrs Williams. This property was about to be passed on Wednesday, at the Court Baron, held at the Crown Hotel. Mr Chapman was instructed to see Mrs Williams, and obtain from her a wnt- ten authority, for Mr T. Lewis to deduct the amount out of the purchase money. A letter was read from a ratepayer, residing at Cwmfrwdoer, calling the attention of the Board to the state of the road in that locality, the filth from the water closats flowing on to the road he had also to complain of the narrow- ness of the road, waggons passing that way coming in contact with the wall of his house, He would, in ease of any damage ocuu;-iing to his property, look to the Board for compensa- tion. Mr Daniel said the writer of that letter had built to the extreme point of his property. The chairman said, with reference to the nui- sance, the best remedy would be to give the Â¡ owners notice to provide privy accommodation. Mr Hambleton suggested the appointment of j a sanitary committee, the members of which would examine this place, as well as other places necessary, and report to the Board. j Mr Pratt said this was a very good suggestion, and it ought to be acted upon. Â° A letter was read from Mr E. Davies, Gflrn- diffaitb, requesting permission to raise the back wall of his house some 12 feet. The surveyor had seen Mr Davies, and told him he would have to present plans. It was then agreed that the road and drain- age committee should act as a sanitary commit- tee. The following are the names of the gen- tlemen appointed Messrs H. Lewis, J. T. Ed- monds, P. Hambleton, W. Richards, R. Fisher, Ed. Jones, A. R. Verity, C. Herbert, and W. Prosser. Mr Verity suggested that the sanitary com: mittee should visit a well at Pentrepiod. Ty- phoid had been prevalent in that district,and he beJieved it had arisen from the water being contaminated by sewage. Mr Hambleton said tho water supply to Pen- trepiod was entirely cut off there was no water in the neighbourhood. Mr Edmonds asked if it would not be compe- tent to get something in the shape of a report from the medical officer as to the quality of the water supplied to the district. There was no doubt there was reason to suspect that many of the sources of our water supply were eoutami- nated by sewage and he thought it the duty of this Board to take thejnatter up at once, and he was sorry it had not been taken up soouer. He had heard of a very large well which was the source of water supply to at least 100 fami- lies, and he had been told that this well was contaminated by sewage. If that was the case, then other efforts that had been made with re- spect to sewage were in vain. The chairman There is no doubt but this is a question of vital importance, and they should request the medical officer to turn his attention to the matter, and report accordingly. [Friday (this day) was appointed for the meet- ing of the sanitary committee.") Mr Edmonds There is another matter which arises out of this, namely, the water supply. The Chairman Is not the supply good ? Mr Richards said that the Water Company were in the habit of leaving the people a couple of days without any water, aud did not even give them notice. Mr Edmonds said that the Board would have to consider a proposal that some steps be taken to consider the propriety of securing, for the portions of Garndiffaith not yet reached by tho Water Company, a proper supply of drinkable water and that a committee be formed to go into the matter. He thought, also, it would be right to ascertain what would be the feeling of the people as to a proper water supply. Such a supply could be obtained from Varteg Hill. Mr Edmonds disclaimed any idea of placing the Board in this matter in antagonism to the Water Company. The chairman thought the Water Company Water Company. The chairman thought the Water Company nad taken in an additional spring for the pur- pose of supplying any deficiency that might have existed. Mr Edmonds Nothing would meet the en- gineering difficulties of this place. The chairman Could we not appoint a com- mittee to report upon the question ? Dr Verity Would it not be well to obtain the opinion of an engineer ? Mr Edmonds I have been told that in the hot weather people have been known to wait the whole of the night to get water iu some parts of Garndiffaith. Mr Verity I have seen that. A committee, consisting of Messrs E. Jones, W. Richards, J. T. Edmonds, C. Herbert, D. Davies, A. R. Verity, and W. P. James, were appointed to go into the matter. Mr Verity said he had taken a wine glass full of water from one of the wells that very morn- ing, and he was satisfied that it contained par- ticles of chlorine; aud where chlorine was, there was very likely to be sewage. It was agreed that the committee meet upon Tuesday next, and that Mr Hair be communi- cated with in order that he may bring the ques- tion before the directors of the Water Co. The report of the medical officer of health was read, as follows :â€” The death rate for the month of May was 27'2 per 1000 pet. annum, considerably higher than the two previous months, but calling for no special comment, as the mojo. rity of deaths were caused by chest affections, owing, no doubt, to the sudden changes of temperature prevailing during the entire month. Of the zymotic disease only one (measles) was present, and caused 5 deaths. I beg to lay before you for consideration the accompanying pros- pectuses of closets, wh ich in my opinion combine cheap- ness with efficiency. in parts of the district where no drains are laid dotal, their adoption would be beneficial from a sanitary powt of view, and a great saving of ex- pense. The insufficiency of closet accornmodation is noto- rious,there being no number of houses in which fault could not be found in that particular. J. W. MULLIGAN, M.D. The following characteristic letter was read, and caused some laughter :â€” [COPY.] Snatchwood June 17 1877 We the tenants of L'per Snatchwood Snatchwood Row do mtlke an aplicatwn to theLoacal Board of this dtStnctfor the removal af Nuisance from this row "as we have no conveniajicic for it to remam on the Primases. The letter was not signed. A memorial of LorÃŹ1 Aberdare, praying for tho Government Grant to the University Col- lege of Wales, was read. Mr Edmonds proposed that the ehairman sign the memorial on behalf of the Board. Mr Daniel seconded the proposition, which was supported by Dr Verity, and carried unani- mously. Mr Josiah Richards was elected member of the Board in the room of Mr Parkes, who bad resigned. Mr Pratt said there was only Â£23 6s 2d iu the bank to the credit of the Board to rrifeet a debt of Â£ 304 3s 7d. The amount of irrecoverable â– . C) rates through void property aud other causes j was Â£612.
CONCERT AT GRIFFITHSTOWN. On Thursday se'nnight a grand concert was given in the Drill Hall, Griffithstown, the pro- ceeds to be devoted to the band fund of the Griffithstown Artillery Volunteers. The Drill Hall at GtiEHthstow) is a upacious structure, built with coirugated iron sheets. The interior of the building is nicely painted and gives one the idea of a very comfortable and well-built hall. On this occasion the hall was very neatly decorated by Sergt.-Major Perry, the stage pre- senting quite a formidable appearance, being guarded on either sid, by two ponderous breech loading guns, the rear portion being set off with glittering swords audcarbines. The concert was under the patronage of Lieut.-Colonel Lyne and the officers of the 1st Mon. A.V. Brigade. The programme opened with a glee, "The Vil- lage Blacksmith," by the celebrated Aberdare glee party, under the leadership of Mr Evans. Mr Daniel Evans sang II Llewellyn's grave," and a trio entitled" Myoheer van Dunk," by Messrs R. Evans, DI. Evans, and Davies, caused much laughter, and was very warmly encored. Miss Ciara Dowle, Newport, who possesses a very strong soprano voice, sang Tbe lover and the bird," and was raptuioaely encored, after which Mr Harry Davis, Pontnewynydd, sang a Volun- teer song, The two barrels," and was heartily applauded. He also received AS encore, with which he complied by singing" Keep your powder dry;" and t be; first part of the pro. gramme closed with a gleU He who trusts io ladies fair," by the Aberdare glee party. After a short interval, the second portion of tho pro- gramme commenced with a glee, by the Aber- dare glee party, The little church." Miss Clara Dowle, whose appearance was the signal for ap- plause, sang a pretty song" entitled Waiting," after which Dreams of my childhood," by Eos Dar and party, was rendered. The next item on the programme was a duet from Handel" Go, baffled coward," and was very well rendered by Messrs Thomas and Phillips. Mr H. Davis then sang Robinson Crusoe" with telling effect, and was heartily encored, and tho concert closed with the rendering of the Hunters' farewell," from Mc-ndeissohn, by the Aberdare glee party. Mr Ernest Deacon presided at the pianoforte. There WM a fair attendance and, from their bearing, all seemed thoroughly 3atisti?d.
WAR TO THE KNIFE! To the Editor of the Fret Tie destructive elements have had somewhat more than an average share of work to perfarA of late. Two indui trial wars have raged in Engiand and Wales du- ring the years '73 and '75. the disastrous consequences of which Capital and Labour ars tow mutually realising. Perforce, both sides now see several mistakes, and to redeem the past they nonce patched up their differences, whifv slowly, thp work of re-organising is beiug with. Evtr^uouy j pretty well by this time peiotivos tbattnrngs have been shattered to piecce, and tb*t rfuonstruction is not the work of a day, bat of perhaps years; and now theoombatuts tardily bsgin to admit with Frank- lin, in QM of hÃŹ8apoth8R,.I\t." Pools will learn in no other school for. that r f ^xperience^ and scarce in that; for wiiiist "ecaa.a["JOd adviee, we cannot vonch for good conduct." War,jel!war, of another kind has broken out ia Eastern Europe. Wiaat the result will be it is bard to foretell, aad an opinio;i is not to be haphazarded. Suffice it to sajr, whilst moralist and pa- triot enlarge opott the question*)? right and wrong, of principle found, after all, that heaven is ou the sida^^Seoiti'ongest. battalions. Coming to '.be Questions more immediately af- fect this diitrict and with wfekh we are abottt to deal, it may be said a warâ€”a ppar r.r-8Scbool Board battle â€”tiavft, been both foqghl, kv and won and that even at the time of writing, a sac.: iotal war is being actively waged by getitlemea whoc** persuasive and oratorical powers, in another direction, woald fain lead us to be- lieve that tbey invariably Ub/'it'l the white flag of gospel humility and meekness that when they exchange hands they give one another the frrip of brotherly love and friendship and that f. eir wik and mission is peace and gnod-will eKGlÂ¡Â¡,3iniy.- ju.tof this anon we will not forestall our method and a few observations are now offered in regard tL first-mentioned local warâ€” one, by the way, be it remarked, which was conducted in strict accordance with tliÂ» prÂ«aeipies and regulations of the fourth estate. Treves' in, perhaps, cannot boast of having prodaoed many grijit men either in the past or prefcnt age, and, with deference to the inba. hitants uf the upper or lIti porti Â»n of the d,trict- Varteg and Abersychan--it is tEoieuorieeahie to the eye of the merest tyro of paroohi 1 history and observer of topography, that the locality itt more famed for the huge appearances of the exuvia of Mast furnaces,viz,, pigs and cinders, rather than for if" eholar8 and literati, who have turned out of its br schools or graduated at its coH?gt>, or any other Py of learning the place happens, or might havr possess. Still, for all that, despite the in, ternal surroundings, rough and CU- as Ve SamUjts named, tbere are a few tbstn, wbo, in after time, will shed the places of tbeir birth or domiciliation. talent, men of ability are they, wielding trencl j, making their stoutest opponents quail under th and, aftor the recent paper skirmishes, the most optical must be convinced of the force of this assertion. The foremost of them all â€” the hero of a hundred fightsâ€”fairly roused the atten- tion of our local parliament ths other day, and for the first time it was placed upoa record that a great and de- liberative assembly went out ot 1" way to crush a pub- lic benefactor Whose body, active as- his mind, Al! compact In Um>nd wind, Except some ieatberâ€”-J081 bthir.ti. A skeleton in o'ltwsrd figure, His meatrre frame, Rh Ml of vi^pur^ Would bait behind bunâ€”were it bigger. Shtnes at an period* like a Har, In converse bold, and fierce lÃº war. With pen or brwiawl. no man of straw. And his followirgâ€”-for it is veritably believed he has amanuensisesâ€”all closeiy tread in the loar of his foot- steps, and lose no opportunity of acquiring true great- ness of mind by listening to burning words, which, softly as milk and ra>i!io'.r as oil, now frnna his lipt. Let tbe unwary then he on their jrnard in falling foul of Abersychan and Varteg at this juaetu-e. The next struggle which con es u ravisw is one which has just roused the deao;a ional suscepti- bilities of the whole parish to heat. Who worked it up ? was it the sectarian c ,s< tarian party? Ah who, pray. made the fuion r is it a renegade dissenter, who despises big pew infiii. as his talented father did before him, or was itâ€”weU â– 'veilâ€”Â« church- man ? Who was it at tbe onset .ejcirnaje^ t iikw to give them a bloody nose and forthwith comtcet^ced to rant and rave about disestabliihroent ffEii tbe enormities of P"PPT\"} Very, verv, pteciow HVinâ€”ae given in your reports, Mr Editor-ill thereto 'he rate- payers and householders in this paii&h in regard to a question of primary importance, for lUdJ the recent meetings were ostensibly conreoed, that is to say, for promoting and advancing the educ;u;Â»n of the YO.J.ng. More, however, is to be gleaned frolin your account of these proceedings in relation to ^tariao prejndice and animosity, and especially iO in "gard to the gratuitous insolence tendered by one of our dooat ttfg-wigs to the Catholic party. 'Tis said, Hit B:y wife, hit me," and by aiming a blow at priestcraft (so-called), 3D! withal sending it into mourning, the ire of the party named was kindled to such a degree that if the weather on polling day had been favorable it is generally believed it would have been resented in a rough and ready fashion. Such utterances only tend to create a breach of the peace and if such had occurred who would have been accountable ?â€”a renegade dissenter ? a churchman ? or a consistent liberal 1 whose heart and intellect are largely admired, but whose tact and judgment in this instance is open to grave doubt and question. Surely our Catholic friends have every right to be represented in loeal and educational matters, and if they can assert themselves in any or every legitimate way. common sense can only commend them for so doing. Beyond aHquestion they are grappling apace in this vicinity wlthn,Ãśive ignorance and vulgarity, and it is the duty of every honest-minded man to wish them God speed; it is equally clear that if they had not the means to support their own ministry, it is but small assistance (if any, indeed) that they would be able to obtaip from protestant Sources, even if they cared to accept it. We are told that at the late election a loud boast on tbe unsectarian platform was thie, thltt Our forefathers fought, bled, and died for liberty of conscience, and should we be unworthy of our birthrightâ€”freedom to act for ourselves and to exercise every toleration for the religious opinions of others. This text was not in all cases rigidly adhered to, but iu a peculiar fashion these theories were evolved by be various speakers however, be this as it may, it has not so far transpired that the logical inferences of the above propositions have been elaborated to the satisfaction of rtose who look upon these matters in an unimpassiep*d and disinterested light. Naturally, the consideration of the standard of unsectarian excellence, "Freedom to all, restraint to none," brings into the foreground the "row" now on the carpet, not existing between the prIests nor the parsons, but between the preachers connected with a certain un- sectarian college, and the exalted application which seemingly they make of their pet crotchets or glorious principles. See how tbe servants^of the meek and ljwly Jesus" imitate their great_Master in works of faith and labours of love; irradiating a rioh glow of Nonconfcrmist light and sweetness on all around by bespattering each other with mud and filth, until at last, like Kilkenny oats, they will keep aMt until everything is absorbed with the exception oOM1? ^a^8. What an exhibition for Christendom to benola. What a specta- cle! How lovable, how Christlike theseundcnomina. tional belligerants appear to be Th^y remind one of MantaV.ni, when he exclaimed, Oh, you demnition savage lambsstill "let us tread softly here;" the case is yet sub-judicc, or what may be worse still, possi- bly and probably, it is 8ub-Judz,. we mast therefore forbear comment for the present, otherwise the conse- quences may be fatal to those who are developing a muscular Christianity, and who, like the beasts, May yet commit suicide, To save themselves from slaughter. I am, Sir, yours truly, ANTI-HUMBUG.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. Once more Letters received on Thursday an A>o late.
TREVETHIN SCHOOL BOARD. The first meeting of the abov.-j board, since the election, took place on Wednesday, at the Town Hall. The following gentlemen were present:- Messrs W. Conway, H. Lewis, J. Daniel, M. Edwards, J. T. Edmonds, and W. P. James. The chair was tikiti by Mr C. W. Toyo (for the returning officer), who read the official re- tura of the election. Mr Edmonds proposed, and Mr Daniel second- ed, that Mr Conway be re-elected chairman for the ensuing three yoars.-Carrie(i unanimously. Mi Conway returned thanks for the honour conferred upon him. Mr James moved that Mr Bytheway be re- appointed clerk to the board for the Dext three years. This was seconded by Mr Lewis, and carried unanimously. The question of appointing a treasurer was then discussed but it was deferred till the next meeting. The question of the appointment of vice- chairman then came on for discussion. Mr Edwards considered that Mr E. Jones, having taken a great deal of interest in School Board matters during the past year, would be a fit and proper person to fill the office for the next three years. Mr Conway s'aid the desire of the members present was that out of respect to the gentlemen who constituted the party not represented that dayâ€”that they should elect one of those gentle- men as vine-chairuian. Mr Edwards had sug- gested that Mr E. Jones was a gentleman who had taken a great deal of interest in School Board matters, and that therefore he would be a fit and proper person to occupy the vice-chair. He (Mr Conway) thought so too. A gentleman who occupied the vice-chair ought to attend pretty regularly. He (Mr Conway) had often travelled from Tenby and Clifton to be present at the School Board meetings, and he could say that he had not been three times absent during the 3 years he was in office. Mr Llewellin had very rarely attended, and it was important that the vice-chairman should attend the meetings. Mr Edwards When I mentioned Mr Jones's name it did not occut to me who the late vice- chairman was. Mr Edmonds said that it was the intention of ) those present to place the appointment of vice- chairman in the hands of the Church party, and they would support the choice. Mr James considered that Mr Jones would be the best man for the office. Mr Edmonds Mr Jones has paid a great deal of attention to the affairs of the board school at Garndiffaith. Mr Lewis proposed that Mr Jones be appoint- ed vice chairman. Mr James seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously Mr H. Lewis proposed that five members of the Board should constitute a quorum. Mr James seconded the proposition, which was carried. It was agreed that the meetings of the Board be held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 11 30 a.m. Mr Conway said, with reference to the mana- gers of the British school, that possibly some of them may, under existing circumstances, resign. There had been a scheme for altering this school so as to accommodate 100 additional children, and the estimate for this was Â£800. There was one thing which may be done independently of this plan for alteration, and that is the roofing. The slates were coming down every windy day, and something should be done very soon to re- medy this. He would suggest that some gen- tlemen be appointed as a committee to estimate the cost of re-roofing the school, and report upon it at the next board meeting. Mr Edmonds suggested there should be ar. in- terim meeting for this purpose. Mr Conway said that no time could be lost. It should be done during the holidays, otherwise the school would lose about Â£50 in children's fees. In answer to a question by one of the mem- bers, Mr Conway stated that Â£3.000 had been borrowed on account of the Garndiffaith schools, and they had given notice to borrow another Â£3,000 during the ensuing year. They had writ- ten repeatedly to Mr WarldingtoD to inspect the school site for them, but could not get him to do it until a census was made. Now they bad a census which showed that in Pontypool 1,078 children attended the various schools, and there were 1.180 children above three years of age, and not above the prescribed school age, who did not attend any school. Some minor questions having been discussed, tbe pior,codinso tuimiviotfl/t.
PON TYP 0 0 L COLLEGE. To the Editor of the Free Press. Bir,-I beg to apologize for again trespassing upon your columns, upon the above subject, and more especially as "Scrutator" has not replied to my former communi- cation. But two other correspondents ltave favoured us with certain strictures upon my lettei- and one of them evukntly plalls the lackey to Scrutator." It is not my usual course to take any notice of what may be said of my style of tvritiny; but as your correspondents are utterly void of anythinfJ in the shape of argument 18hall just for once depart from my usual course. The heart of" Oris Intei-ested may be right enough but his head seems to be egregioiisly at fault. He gently rebukes me fCJr my severity, and reminds me of the spirit which animated our great Exemplar. But 1 fear that One Interested" has fallen into a))tistake common to many, that of studying but one aspect of His character. I would also remind him of tJUJ manner in which He treated those who deserved only scorn and condemnation. Let him call to mind the withering epithet He used when he spoke of that cunning scoundrel, Rersd. Let him also bear in mind His terrible denunciations against every- thing that was base and hypocritical in the Pharisees and their fellows. AJer lw has contemplated tÂ¡Â¿is aspect of Our Lord's character, let him tell uswhethcr or not in using the scourge upon the backs of such men as Scru- tator" we should wrap it around with the foliage of paradise. But One Interested" tells us that there are no per- sonalities indulged in by "Scrutator." "Scrutator," in your correspondent's estimation, must be a very innocent and well-meaning man. How strange that a man's mental vision should be so distorted. No personalities indulged in l" Can" One Interested" seriously and con- scientiously affirm that he never recognised the" person" into whose vitals "Scrutator" would plung his poisoned dagger? There is not one of your readers, sw, who jalled to recognise him. And what childish nonsense, if not Illl- pocrisy, to pretend that Scrutator s" analysis was drawn out simply as a piece of information. This, sir, is too niueh like the Madman" of Solomon," who cast- eth firebrands, arrows and death, and then saith, Am not I in sport ?" A fine sport this for Christian gentlemen and a very innocent game for thefollowers of the" meek and lowly One," to be entertained and amused therewith. Gicirionedd" has been greatly shocked by the style of my letterâ€”" It is a style of writing which respectable persons do not adopt." But his exquisitely susceptible nature was not at all shocked at the vile hatred which instigated "Scrutator" to the performance of his un. worthy and designing task. lie can contemplate his cruel action with much complacency, and, no doubt, with un- measured Christian (.2) delight. We cares not a jot about the malignant spirit within, so long as the style of wri- ting be i-e,qpe ,etable,i.e., smooth, oily, hypocritical. Sir, all I have to say upon this point is, that if this is your correspondent's notion of respectability, I care not for being numbered among selek as commend themselves to his good opinion. I make no pretension to be in the possession of much gold and I am rather inclined to believe that there is some brass about lite. But I should also like to add that, when the occasion demands -it, I have within. me a ffood quantity of steel. As for your correspondent's talk about" contemptible effusion," -1 rtebbish," "silly rtf/d," S,-c. (a r(.f,i,)Ied -model of a respectable style this), it only proves into what a ludicrous state of imbecility in argument he has been re- duced. A more pitiful exhibition of tccalmessis scarcely mveivable. In the whole compass of his letter there is notMng tllat bears the stamp of sound argument. The only thing that bears any pretension to argument may be reduced to the following formula:â€”Such and such is "Scruf ator's" ana- lysis: whether the principle upon which it is based be true or not, it is not his business or mine to enquire or maintain, alld if you arc disposed to dispute its validity it is yours to prove the contrary to be true. Was ever a controvertxst brought to such pinching and ridiculous straits ? This, sir, is a shift that no one but the helpless champion of a hopeless cause would resort to. If an honest man were arraigned in Court for theft, and he be able to refute his accusers and show the insufficiency of the gYound upon which the accusation was based, what would be thought of the accuset- if he got up twd said that although the accused had been successful in demolishing the ground of the charge he must undertake to prove upon other grounds that he was really an honest man. Arid this is just the form of argument advanced by Gwirionedd. He attempts to throw the onus proba.ndi upon the parties attacked and injured. Gwirionedd"- admits that he and" Scrutator"â€”tv.X> exemplary nteit-are in possession of the list of voters, and no one else has access to it except through them. Why then does not one of them, especially Scrutator," a man skilled in a-nalysis, present the subject in this If they have nothing to fear, why hesitate ? But â€¢' Gwirionedd admits, tacitly at least, that the representative voters fo-nned the 81: but he would in- sinuate that on this side the whipping in" was. They held meetingsâ€”they sent rejtorts of these meetiugs to the press and thus they pushed on their cause. Surely, ij he calls this whipping in" it was legitimate enough, for they whipped" themselves in." Sir, as far as I am concerned I have done MH"' this wretched dispute. Let such as are able to hate so well continue so tÂ» hate, and they vAtl toon find thetr re- ward. 1 hope they icill consider well the simple statement of tru'h made by Another ScrutatorÂ» in your last week sissue; and possibly they m9-Y find that a common sense" treatment gf the subject. Yours, JUDEX.
"CAUTION.â€” MESSRS. RECK ITT & SONS beg to caution the public against imitation squareBlue of very inferior quality. The Paris Blue in squares (used in the Prince of Wales' Laundry) is sold in wrapper, bearing the name and Trade ark.
"THE MORAL ATMOSPHERE OF A CONTESTED ELECTION." ( Concluded.) Now, I believe the first poisonous breath that helps to make the moral atmosphere of a contested elcoiioa so foul is exhaled, not from the political views in themselves we may happen to entertain, but from the dogmatic, bigoted spirit with which we support those views. Living as we do in an age of cheap and abundant newspaper literature, v hen the very poorest man need not be for 24 hours ignorant of the great, national questions of the day, every one, from the loftiest to the humblest ia rank, claims to have some knowledge of political affairs. Thus, I suppose, hardly any nation is more strictly political. in its tastes and sympathies than our own. And yet, with all the amount of political agitation and demonstration one witnesses in our larger towns and cities, how true it is that questions affecting the interests of the majority are, after all, only thoroughly understood by the few. I am sure I do neither some of you nor myself an injustice when I say our political views are not the result of re- condite study or careful observation, but are cut from one-sided journals, gathered from the associations of our life, our training, our education, our every-day compan- ionships. It must be so. For anything like competent scholarship in it, there is no branch of study that I know of necessitating severer and more continuous mental ap- plication than the study of politics-and for this, bread is too scarce, and labour too hard and protracted, to admit of time or opportunity. But beoause the foundation is thus essentially not very deep, the information not very accurate, I do not mean to say our views are not worth main tain ig, that our opinions and principles are not worth struggling manfully for to the last. A man's sympathies and antipathies are always doar to him, and should command respect even when his logical faculty is at fault. No influence of life is stronger, or more hallowed to any of us, than that which comes from our early train- ing and associations. We should never break rudely or hastily their bond. We should never be ashamed to advocate the principles that have grown with our growth until we are fully and sincerely convinced, by after- thought and experience, that they are erroneous. But if, as I think, we are never justified in disseminating our views on any subject with such positive assertion as to infer all who differ from us are either demented or in- sincere, much less are we justified when there is no com- petent scholarship to support our claims to be heard. As a rule, you will find the most empty-headed and shallow- brained the most positive and vehement in their declara- tions what they lack in cool, collected argument, they try to make amends for by noise and vituperation whereas one of the surest marks of thorough acquaint- ance with a subject is to hold fast by one's own conclu- sions without being overbearing in their annunciation to be sure of the truth and yet to be charitable and con- ciliatory to those whose investigation may lead to different results. This is applicable to politics as well as religion The men who are noisiest during the excitement of a oontested election are generally those least acquainted with the relative merits of the candidates, and perhaps even indifferent to the questions at issue between them. Now much as I hope to see the unsectarian candidates returned to the board to-morrow by an overwhelming majority, I would have no man record his vote apart from his own personal conviction. If he be anxious that his child should become a devoted little Churchman,able to state, as of course all pious little children should, who gave him his name, and when, and what blessed pro- mises were made concerning him, by his sureties, at his baptism or, if in that last and solemn hour which must come to us all he have no objection, as he stands by the dying bed of his little one, to hear it murmur with his last conscious breath, "Holy Mary, be a mother to me:" if he would have hupe and consola- tion in the anguish of such a loss by the thought that Mary had taken the little way-side flower and planted it in her garden in heaven," he knows well enough what gentlemen are most likely to represent his views on the board. On the other hand, if he wish the Word of God â€”that is the mustard seed of all great growths in moral and intellectual character-and which is never so power- ful as when left to fight its own way-if be wish that Word to be read without the ecclesiastical comment of the Churchman, or the Popish mysterious interpreta- tions of the Roman Catholic, then he knows in that case too what gentlemen will best represent him. But you say, "I am told the unsectarian candidates want to for- bid the use of the Bible in our schools; they will neither allow the Word of God to be read nor suffer the name. of God to be mentioned." It is passing strange what interest and veneration some people suddenly conceive for this Book, and the claims of religious truth upon the hearts and consciences of their fellows. Is it uncharitable to wish they were half as much interested in the name and Word of God at they are in the support of denominationalism and in the maintenance of the arrogancy and assumption of priestcraft. How much better would it be if among other studies, in which they seem lamentably deficient, they would set themselves to inquire where any apostle of Christ ever pretended to be a priest, where any pro- phet ever said be was a priest, where any evangelist, or pastor, or teacher ever laid such a claim before the Church or the world. These first office-bearers of the Church, as Jews, had all been trained in the imposing ritual of the Temple, had all lived under the wide-spread influence of the Levitical priesthood, and yet in no case, that I can find, do they lay claim to a similar office in the Now Testament Economy. But you know of course what wicked people we Dissenters are how for example among other insults heaped upon our ministry is this oneâ€”that we cannot be trusted to conduct with seemli- ness the sad solemnities of the funeral rite. We cannot be allowed to administer the last consolations of the Gospel to the members of our churches, who in some cases are obliged to find their last resting place in the parish churchyard, because we are so vulgar, so illiter- ate, so indelicate in our tastes and sympathies,we should make the grave the arena of the advocacy of disestab- lishment and the scene of the dissemination of our political views in general. And all this is in the face of that most beautiful picture in theBible wherein we see theson of Man beside, the well of.J 3.cub txpla.ini.. 1>0 *â€¢ QTf -1 ofSlLIU. j ria that the time had at length come when neither 1nl Mount Gerizim nor yet in Jerusalem should men wor- ship the Father, that the world was at last a temple thrown open to all mankind, that there were no more holy places, no more holy days, no more specially holy men, no specially holy acts; that religion was no longer a thing of peculiar shape, exceptional and additional to the ordinary life, but simply the ordinary life itself, done unto God." But we are used to these taunts. And therefore, those of you who hear we want to do away with the Bible will understand what it all means-that it means, in a word, simply this:â€”we do not want sec- tarian comment: that to whatever denomination w. may happen to belong we are not so prejudiced in its favour as to wish that the ratepayers' money should be used for the purpose of teaching the children of our neighbours creeds and interpretations in which they have no faith. But while we have these strong personal convictions, we should carefully abstain from going about with our hearts full of" envy, hatred, malice and all uncharitableness." It is unfortunate that in these moments of political excitement on the principle that all things are fair in love and war," there are some who so far forget the social obligations of life as not only to wilfully misrepresent the views of their opponents, and to issue mis-statements of facts, but lend themselves also to the defamation of public character, to libellous utterances, to the imputation of false and scandalous motivesâ€”in short, to regard their antagonists as ene- mies to all candour and truthfulness. It is, perhaps, difficult, at such times, when everyone you meet is will- ing to exchange a word on the prospects of the contest, to keep within the limits of the truth, to scrupulously avoid everything like misrepresentation or exaggera- tion to let individuals alone as to their character, and to fight them fairly only on the .score of their principles. Thus the moral atmosphere of a contested election is surcharged with the libellous indecencies of hot-headed disputants: and those who present themselves for elec- tion do so at the risk of having their most private his- tory hauled over by an inquisitive public, and even the peculiarities of their temperament and disposition con- strued into most audacious vices. This being so, let our tone to-morrow be parliamentary throughout. The battle we fight is for truth: let UIi not make it inglorious by petty piques and insults. But now a word or two as to the grosser forms of evil to which party spirit gives birth-I advert to one in par- ticular, viz., bribery, or corruption. And these terms are far more comprehensive than their ordinary limita- tions would allow. As you are aware, by the constitution of the law of our land, government seeks as far as possi- ble, from every class of society, to have a voice and judgment. Neither a man's poverty, nor his ignorance, are considered any barrier to his exercising his right to record his vote. Parliament most justly and wisely says, I want to hear that poor man's voice that I may know how to secure to him his rights and how to redress his wrongs." At the same time the ballot is brought into active operation that he may be protected from intimi- dation and from all undue and immoral pressure. Igno- rant, poor, vicious as he may be. parliament does its best to get at his opinion, to understand his political feelings and sympathies. Now what shall ba said for the manliness and integrity of those who take advantage of his humble position, the subordinate relation in which he stands to those who are placed in authority over him, the scarcity and uncertainty of the means of his liveli- hood, to givo that poor man a paltry sum-whicli his low wages tempt him to acceptâ€”in order to suppress his convictions and to get him to voto on a side utterly op- posed to his principles. I say utterly opposed t9 his principles, for unless we recognise that the poor man has principles capable of being forfeited as well as the rich, he will never learn to respect himself, or strive to raise himself to the position of honour and esteem among his fellows it is God's intention, as a ra'tional creature, he should occupy. Oh is this the fruit of our pious cant about the elevation of the working classes ? Is this the way that the intelligent and the wealthy teach the poor man that God above bas given him a soul of his own, and that according to his fidelity, his sincerity to such convictions as he has, that God will try and judge him What sympathy do such men evince for those whose greatest misery is that they have too long been silentâ€” too long, through the proud tyranny of caste, been afraid to act as men and be true.- In my humble opinion, masters who so interfere with the political or. religious views of the men they employ are not worthy of consci. entious and faithiul service and much as it is inoum- bent on every working man to provide for the wants of his own he has no business to place himself in a position where he cannot be faithful to the convictions of reason and conscience. But there are some corrupters of the morals of men even more coarse and unprincipled in their attempts to secure the election of their favourite candidate. Set, by a wise Providence, as the protectors and instructors of those dependent on them, they do not hesitate so to defy the authority of the law and to, insult. the poor man because he is poor, as "to muddle and con- fuse by drink such little judgment as he has, and to bring him up to the poll in a state of tipsy and boister- ous excitement." And thus, not only do they degrade the manhood of their fellow and set at nought the law of their country, but dishonour Him whose will it is we should be upright and honourable even in the discharge of the common duties of our citizenship. I said just now Christ has taught us that religion is not additional to the ordinary life, but simply the ordi- nary life done unto God. If buying and selling, eating and drinking, work and recreation, joy and sorrow, do- ing and suffering, were in his estimate to religion, I see no reason why a man should not regard it equally a religious act when he records his vote at a contested election. Any way, 1 hope all who have a right to exercise their vote to-morrow will do so without fear or favour and in the spirit of a man who is registering his solemn conviction on one of the greatest I,ieotions of parochial interest. In addressing you as I have to-night J have net scrupled to take an unpopular subject for the pulpit because I believe educational and r.jlifljious iaterest3 ara identical, and because I think itisiaeuuty of the Hliarch to w .-n men cf those moral dangers to which, under certain exigencies, they t .e exposed. Upon you it now falls to put within the reach of your children those simple means of Scriptural instruction by y which in the providence of God they shall be taught to hate reluioas intolei ance and tl narrow views of any particular spot by which they Â¿;Â¡Â¡.t.ll be taught t';at f,ha Word of God is of itself sufficient to be the counsel, >.Lo guide, the stay of their lives: and by which such a broad foundation of sound olementary education shall be given them that in after years they may build up upon it the Temple of a really noble and useful life. See to it that you embrace this opportunity as in the fear of God that in the language of Holy Writ You sin not against the child
COUNTYTXJURT. WEDNESDAYâ€”Before J.M.HERBERT, Esq. Judge. Watkins v. The City of the Valley LodgfJof Loyal A lfreds. The above case was adjourned from a pre- vious court, and was a claim for the recovery of arrears of sick pay alleged to have been due to plainliff's deceased father. Mr Morgan appeared for .plaintiff. It was alleged that the lodge now bearing the title of "City of the Valley" had been formerly knftwn as, and was identical with alodge known as the "City of the Mount," and was attached to and uuder the government of the Abercarne district, The Judge intimated that he shoold have proof of the allegation before he could deliver judgment. A witness named EMcher, who, from his ap- pearance, looked more like an ancient Druid than a Loyal Alfred, was called to prove, bat his evidence was not sufficiently strong. The Judge said that the society ought to be registered under its new name. Mr Belcher gravely added; I think so, too. (Laughter.) The Judge: Your opinion fortifies mine. (Lond laughter.) The case was further adjourned to procora proof of the identity of the "City of the Monnt" with the "City of the Valley." botneone in court saying that there was no distinction between the two names, the Judge said only as much as exists between a moan- tain and a valley. (Laughter.) Masters v. Davis. This was an action brought to recover the value of a horse under the following circum- stances :â€”In November, William Panniers, a horse-elaughterer, who resided at Tilbach Farm, owed plaintiff the sum of Â£207. Plaintiff pressed him for payment of the tponey both personally and by letter, and ultimately suc- ceeiied in obtaining from him on the 30th of November a bill of sale to secure V,200, with interest accumulating at the rate of lOper cent. On the 26th of April in this year Panniers died, and the money was then owing. Plaintiff gave notice to the representatives of the deceased that he would enter into possession. On the 27th of April plaintiff went to the farm, and put John Stone, a bailiff, in possession of effects found on the premises but Stone feeling on- well, possession was given to a man named Miles. On the premises was a browti horse which wept by the name of Tommy Dodd," and which horse, it was alleged, was bought in the month of January, after the biH of sale above referred to had been drawn up but the bill of sale contained a clause empowering plaintiff to seize acquired effects to satisfy the bill. The horse in question was taken posses- sion of, and subsequently driven by Miles, ser- vant of deceased (but who at the time was in the the service of the administrator of the de- ceased), and placed in the stable of an inn known as The Steam Packet," at Newport. The defendant, Charles Davis, who, it was al- leged, sold the horse to deceased, took it from the stable, and subsequently sold it. Defendant alleged that he had not sold the horse, and that it was only on Panniers's premises for trial. The present action was to recover the value of the horse. The case was adjourned till next court. Clark v. Hicks A claim of Y,2 4s 7d for grocery and drapery supplied to defendant.Adjourned for further evidence. Clark v. Lawrence. A claim of Â£4 14s 9J for grocery and drapery supplied to defendant. Defendant's wife appeared, and said she owed only Â£ 2. Adjourned for a bill of particulars to be de- livered. Clark v. Lewis The above was a claim for grocery, Amount- ing to 22 98. Defendant admitted 12 3. 8t1, 11:ju,lÂ¡. -r tl.nt amount aa given.
THE HANBURY COR-PS. On Thursday, the 14th inst., the members of the above corps assembled at Cwm Lickey rifle range to compete for tho monthly challenge cup. was exceedingly fine, and very favourable for rifle practice. There were many competitors on the ground and remark- ably good scores were made, of which the fol- lowing is a specimen Capt. Williams, 48 points; Corpl. C. Davis, 47 points Pri. Seth Joshua, 45 points Corpl. Purnell, 45 poiuts; Corpl. Morgan, 45 points and Corpl. Moxham, 42 points. The cup was won by Capt. Williams, a veteran marksman, who made the highest soore as stated above. b. On Monday, at 1.30 p.m., the corps assembled at the armoury in undress uniform, for the pur- pose of proceeding to join other corps in a bat- talion drill. At 2 p.m. they were joined by the, Blaenafon company, and both corps, preceded by their respective bands, marched en route to. Pontypool-road. The following are the corps that assembled to take part in the battalion drill: Pontypool, under the command of Capt. J. F. Williams and Lieut. Bevan Usk, Capt. Hambly and Lieut. Falckner; Abergavenny. Captain Steel and Lieut. Walford; Blaenafon, Capt. Jayne and Lieut. Pennymore Monmouth* Capt. Vizard and two corps from Newport. under the separate commands of Captains Jonea and Jones. The following field officers were present Colonel Relph, Major Burton, Major Hair, and Battalion Surgeon 0.. D. Thomas. The battalion being wheeled into line, Major Burton put them through the manual and firins exercises. Several battalion movements "'er^ then executed under the command of lionet Relph. A new phase in infantry driJl was put into operation on Monday, and veiv well execu- ted. This was the extending of the line for at- tack, and seemed to be an oa.1 movement when. contrasted with the stea,(i., shoulder-to-shoulder method. Two compares were thrown out and their lines extended; these were supported by two other compsuies as reinforcements. At a certain stage ihe word Charge I is given, and the men r^b forward with a cheer (as the Colo.- nel put it) as if they were going to frighten the R,, o,iatis. There can be no doubt the morale of a regiment in the act of charging is much ele- vated by a stirring war cry, but not by such a long-contiuued, exhausting cheer as our bravo volunteers gave vent to on Monday. Sir Robt. Napier, in his History of the Peninsular War.. bears valuable testimony to the effectiveness of a war cry and no doubt the revival of the old Biitish cheer will be welcomed by military men. The Hanbury corps, preceded by the band, returned about 6 o'clock to the Globe Hotel, and in conformity with the usual liberality dis- played by the officers of the corps, the men were treated to a good substantial spread, which did credit to the catering of the new host, Mr Newth.
~FALL OF ATTROUSETLN^TROSNANF"ST7" On Wednesday evening the workmen exca- ting for the building of a now shop for Mr J, Bevan, furniture dealer, Clarence-street, had only just left off work when a parting wall came down with a tremendous crash, laying bare the walls of the adjoining house.
-SUDDEN-DE,ATH IN A VOLUNTEER CAMP. A gloom has been thrown over the Glouces- tersliire volunteer camp, on the Minchinhamp- ton Common. The battalion band plays each night, and dancing is usually kept up round their stand. On Monday evening Sergt. Clut- terbuck, fifty-three years of age, once a civil engineer, of late years a woolstopler, a bache- lor, and one of tb; best shots in the kingdom, had been dancing vigorously for half an hear, and had taken part in the last- valtz with Miss Rasier, the daughter of a neighbouring dancing-master. Ho led her into the sergeants' mess tent to get some refreshment, and was coming out with her, when he fell forward on the turf a corpse. The volunteers and visitors gathered round, and tho battalion surgeon and his assistant did all they could to restore life, but in vain. The body was put under a tent for the night, and on Wednesday morning was put in a shell and taken slowly off the ground, ti e officers and men following bareheaded, and the band playing the Dead March." Sergoant Clutterbuck suffered from heart disease.