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BRIDGEND. HOPE MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT CLASS.—The weekly meeting of this young men's improvement class on Thursday evening last week was presided over by Mr. John Lewis. There Tras a fairly large atten- dance. A paper was read on "Slaves of the Nineteenth Century" by Mr. P. Morgan, after which a sharp dis- cussion followed. WESLEYAN MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT CLASS.— A musical evening was enjoyed by the members of the above class on Friday evening in last week, when a goolly number of persons attended. Next week a Bible reading will be given. MONTHLY MAHKET.—The monthly market of stock was largely attended on Monday last. A largo number of milch and store cows and sheep wre offered, but the sale was not brisk. Mr. W. Thorne offered for sale by auction several Jersey cows from the famous herd at Porihcawl, belonging to Mrs. Brogden. PROPOSED RE-ESTABLISHMENT OFTIIR UNITED CHOIR.—We understand that efforts are being made to get a. committee together towards revising this once successful institution. It is proposed to agÜn re- quisition the services of the veteran leader—Mr. John Jenkins. Tondu—who, we hear, is perfecslv willing to again undertake the duties. It is to be hoped the choir will be established on a sound basis, and will assist in once again upholding the reputation of the town in musical circles, as Penybont-pen-y-byd. DEMISE.—We have to record with regret the death of Mrs. Thomas, wife of Mr. Robert Thomas, for many years an inhabitant of the town, and who recently removed to Aberkenfig. Deceased, for many years has not been in the enjoyment of her full strength and health, and yielded to the inevitable on Thursdiy in last week. The interment took place at Coity 011 Tuesday last. FUNERAL OF MRS. EDWARD RICH.—The funeTal of the widow of the late Mr. Edward Rich, a former native of the town, and for many years a member of the Briilgend Local Board, took place on Monday last at Holton Churchyard. There was a large gathering of townspeople and relatives, the deceased lady being held in the highest esteem by all. She was the mother of Mr. Edward Rich, Brackla-street, a member of the Bridgend Local Board at present.- HARVEST THANKSGIVING.—Services of thanks- giving for the harvest were held at the Tabernacle Independent Chapel, Bridgend, on Wednesday after- noon and evening last. A prayer meeting was held in the afternoon and in the evening, the Rev. George James (Baptist) occupied the pulpit, and preached an appropriate sermon. SMASHING A WINDOW.—A young girl, 16 years of age, named Amelia Vaughan, daughter of Thomas Vaughan, a labourer, was brought up in custody at the magistrates' clerk's office on Wednesdav last on a charge of having wilfully damaged a window belong- ing to Mr. David Williams, stationer, Caroline-street, for the purpose of committing a felony, on the previous night, about 11.30—Police-constable Benjamin James gave evidence, and prisoner was remanded on bail until to-morrow (Saturday). SUDDEN DEATH.—An old woman, named Eliza Evans, aged 55 years, an inmate of the Bridgend Work- house, died rather suddenly on Sunday last at that institllcion.-An inquest was he'd on Monday, before Mr. E. B. Rees, coroner, when, after evidence had been adduced that deceased was subject to epileptic fits, a verdict of Death from natural causes" was returned. MAESTEG. THE RECENT STORM.—The violent storms last week was the means of blowing down a tree inside the boundary wall of the residence of Mr. J. Tamblyn. Owing to its force, it also knocked down .a large portion of the wall. TRANSFER OF LICENCE.—The licence of the Royal Oak, Llangonoyd, was temporarily transferred on Saturday last, at the Bridgend Police-court, to Thomas Pritchard from John Griffiths. LLAN TWIT-MAJOR, THE severe "torm which brok" over this diatric last week did great dam age to rick yards by striking the thatching. Several trees are blown down in the neighbourhood. The fruit that remained ungathered are all blown down, and several fvuit trees uprooted. anniversary services in connection with the above place of worship took place on October 7th and 8th. The first service was held at Ebenezer, Llantwit (which is a branch of the mother Church) on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m., when tile Rev. M. Jones, Tynewydd, Treherbert, preached in Welsh, and Rev. W. White, Brynmawr, in English. The ser- vices were continued Thursday at ten, two, and six in Bethesda, when the rev. gentleman delivered powerful and impressive sermons. The collections during the services were very good amounting to over £5. ANNIVERSARY SERVICES.—On WednesJay and Thursday in last week the anniversary services in con- nection with the Bethel Baptist Chapel took place, when able sermons were preached by the Hev. K. Allen, Pontypridd, in Welsh, and by the Rev. C. E. Probert in English. At 10 o'clock on Thursday morn- ing the Rev. Mr. Allen ordained three deacons in place of those deceased. The rev. gentleman gave a very- able explanation of the duties of deacons. The gentle- men chosen by the church for that importtmt office were—Mr. Tom Jones, Church-street; Mr. David Thomas. Lanmaes and Mr. Edward Meredith, Down Cross Cottage. Collections were made in aid of the church funds, and the sum realised was very sub- stantial. VESSEL ASHORE.—About 6 a.m. on Friday morning, when the local coast guard officer was on duty near Stout Point he discovered a vessel ashore between Stout Point and Summerdown Point, which proved to be the Norwegian brigantine Arturo. The crew were in the rigging, and when the tide left the vessel the captain stated that they left Barry on the 5th inst., and in consequence of the head winds and storms were driven back into the Channel, and casting anchor off the Welsh coast on Thursday night were able to ride out the storm until about 4 a.m. on Friday morning, wdien the vessel dragging her cable, he slipped his chain but was unable to heave her to the wind, and was driven ashore. The captain and crew, which numbered eleven hands all told, managed to save their effects, but the ship is a complete wreck Ca pt:1.Ín John Thomas, Channel View, saw to the comfort of the crew, and took measures to rescue as much as pos- sible of the sails, ropes, &c.. belonging to the Arturo. ABERKENFIG. EBENEZER CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL. — On Sunday evening last the quarterly meeting of the above chapel took place, when a large number came together to listen to the capital programme that had been provided. Ths singing and reciting was far superb to that at any previous meeting. The recitation of "Y gwrandawwr Ystyfnig," by Mr. Jones, late of Dowlais, was excellent, but the climax was not reached until Mr. D. Phillips and party recited the dialogue, Iesu fel Meddyg." which was a treat, and when the party sang the hymn," Dyma geidwad i'r colledig," which was the finish of the dialogue, the whole congre- gation joined in the singing, and the last two lines were repeated several times. The whole congregation were llloveù to tears hy the excellent rendering of the piece. The singing of the party under the leadership of Mr. John Rees was very creditable, and the duett by Mr. M. Matthews and Miss C. Thomas (LIino3 Cynffig) was enjoyed by everyone present. The fi lowing were presented with certificates for passing in the examination of the Cymanfa Pwnc held on the 7th inst.:—Mr. T. Hopkin, Miss R. Roberts, and Miss S Morris. The Rev. E. Davies mide an excellent chairman. Programme — Congregational Hymn, Iv.irsbey recitation, 3rd chapter cf Proverb. Miss R. Roberts; prayer, Mr. Jones; singing, Br/niau Cassia," Choir; recit., Paid arcs nes yn hen," Mr. D. Hopkins; recit., Jonah yn y mor," Mr. D. J. Daviea quartett, Galwad i'r ysgol Sul," J. Rees and party; reading, Air. D. J. Jones; song, Iesu, cyfaill f'enaid cu," Sir. M. Matthews; recit.. {; Hen Wran- dawwr Ystyfnig, Mr. Jones; sin^'ng, "Ohio" (Dr. Parry), Mr. J. Rees and party reading, Mr. J. Rees reading, "Y Mab Afradlon," Mr. W. Thomas; dia- logue, Iesu fel Meddyg." Mr. D. Phillips and party duett, Canaf i'r Arghvydd," Mr. M. Matthews and Llinos Cynffig; singing, Mr. J. Rees and party. The meeting was terminated with prayer by the pastor. PORTHCAWL. INQUEST.—An inquest on the body of Frederick Hobbs Davey, who was picked up here drowned on Saturday last, was held on Monday, under Mr. Cuth- bertson, coroner. A verdict of Accidental drown- ing was returned. For seven years I suffered from Asthma, tried all known remedies, and LEWIS'S PECTORAL BALSAM is toe best of all."—Is. l £ d. per bottle. POXTYCLOWN. HEAVY FLOODS.—After the heavy downfall of ra'n of ast Sunday night the river Ely overflowed on Monday morning at Pontyclown, Brynsaddler, Miskin Village, and on the road leading to Miskin Manor, so that it was with great difficulty traffic could be kept going. Several commercial travellers arriving at Liantrisant that morning were as usual giving pre- ference to "shank's ponies," tramped on as far as Pontyclown where they suddendly found their mistake, the water being more than 3 feet deep over the road from the bridge right up to Pontyclown House. By the bridge they had to remain until some good Samaritans came with vehicles to pick them np and land them on terra firma, the north side of the flood. Other gentlemen were busily engaged with vehicles convoying men, women and children from Brynsaddler to Lbntris:1nt Station. TIN-PLATE WORKS.—The Ely Tin-place Works appears to be once more in a healthy state, and have rallied from the effects of the stop inontn, and all wheels are in full swing again. COEDCAE BLEWOG COLLIERY is going on '.veil under the able management of Mr. Roderick. Mr. Jonah Jones acts as under manager. Their chief operation is the opening of a new worklug, and as they have their several valuable seams they anticipate being able to raise a fair quantity of coal by March next. NEW PLACES OF WORSHIP.—We are looking on here now for a new Independent chapel and a new church. Well done, Pontyclown; I am sure we won't have them before they were very much needed. PONTYCYMMER. THE REV. T. D/.VIES.—We are sorry to hear that the Rev. T. Davies, Noddfa, Pontycymmer, is laid low with influenza. He was not in his pulpit last Sabbath. We hope he will soon be able to resume his duties. ABERKENFIG. DEPARTURE OF POLICE-CONSTABLE PHILLIPS. —Police-constable Philip Phillips, who has been stationed in the neighbourhood for some little time, and who has been successful in winning a number of admirers, left on Tuesday last to take charge of the safeguarding of the works of Messrs. Wright and Butler at Cwmavon. The inhabitants all deplore his departure, and wish him their hearties success. "T e understand that a movement is on foot to make a presentation to him. MERTHYRMAWR. OBITUARY.—We regret to have to chronicle the news, just to hand, of the death of Edward, son of Mr. Griffith Rees of this place. Some months ago, owing to being in a bad state of health, lie wils ordered out to Australia, whither he went. After arriving out there, however, ho never fully recouped, and died a short time ago. Deceased, who will be remembered as of a quiet and ami ible disposition, for some time was em- ployed at the office of Mr. A. D. Webber, goods agent Bridgend. OGMORE VALLEY. THANKSGIVING SERVICES.—On Sunday and Monday last thanksgiving services were held at bt. D "yirs hurch, when Revs. Canon Roberts, Llandaff, and Mr. Evanson, Mcrthyrmawr, officiated. ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday and Monday the Wes- leyans of Nantymoel held their Sunday School anni- versary. Mr. J. Bennett, Tynewydd, and Mr. J. T. Onions, Tynewydd, preached in the morning and evening respectively. At 2.3J on Sunday a service consisting of singing, reciting, etc., was held, under the presi,lencyof Mr. Bennett. On Monday afternoon a tea party was held, and an entertainment, under the presidency of 11r. Onions. PRESENTATION.—On Wednesday evening, the 14th inst., a meeting was held at Tynewydd Schoolroom for the purpose of presenting Mr. H. J. Morgan, lato assistant-master at Tynewydd Schools, with an address, watch, and a purse of money, on his leaving the Valley to enter on a course of training at the Cardiff Univer- sity College. Mr. \V. Llewellyn, chairman of the Llangeinor School Board, presided. The Chairman. Mr. Mackney, schoolmaster; Mr. E. Edwards, school- master, N antymocl; 1111'. Chilton, president of the Athletic Club; Mr. F. A. Vangelder, secretary of the Athletic CInb and others spoke very highly of Mr. Morgan. On behalf of the subscribers, the address was read and presented by Mr. J. Chilton, the vatch by Miss M. Lewis, Tynewydd Schools, and the purse bv Mr. Vangelder. Mr. Morgan verv suitably thanked all who had subscribed towards the testimonial, and expressed his sorrow on having to part with the Tynewydd friends. After having a. few more speeches and songs, a. very enjoyable meeting was brought to a close. BURSTING OF A STEAM PIPE.—About 8.30 on Saturday evening last a loud report was heard coming from the direction of the Wyndham Pit. Scores of pe0 pIe, of both sexes, in great excitement an, I alarm made their way towards the pit bank, thinking that something serious hMl occurred but to their relief they found after reaching there that nothing more than the bursting of a steam-pipe had happened. No one was injured. NANTYMOEL. PREACHING SERVICES.—The half-yearly meetings of the Welsh Caivinistic Methodists were held at Dinam Chapel, on Sunday a.nd Monday last. The ministers engaged on the occasion were the Rev. Thos. James, M.A. (Llanelly), brother of the pastor, and Rev. W. H. Thomas (Maesteg). The services were of a very ennobling nature, and the attendance was usually large. PENTYRCH. DEATH.—With deep regret we record the death and burial of Albert Samuel, aged 3 years 5 months, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Jones, 1. Arcot-street, Penarth, after a very severe but short illness. The child was one of the healthiest, brightest of the children—12 in all—but the litttle boy was attacked with scarletina, and inflammation set it and took him away on the 14th inst. On the 16th (Friday) the funeral took place, starting from Arcot-street for the above place (Mr. Jones's native place) aboat 2 p.m., ariving at Bron- llwyn Congregational Chapel about 4 p.m. where a very large numb:r of relatives and Lienrls were assembled. The Rev. John Davies, minister of the place, conducted the service, and preached an appro- priate sermon from Job xiv. 14. The coffin, covered with beautiful wreaths, was then borne by the brothers or the deceased chilel t,) the grave, where a short ser- vice was conducted by the Rev. T. Jones Davies, C.M.. Pentyrch. The funeral arrangements were carried out in a very satisfactory manner by the undertakers, Mr. F. J. Hooper and Son, Windsor-road, Penarth. and Ho!ton-ro.id, Barry. We deeply sympathise with the bereaved parents and family in their sorrow. FIRST MEET OF THE HOUNDS. — October 20th was the first meet of thc Llanharran Hounrl:5 in this neighbourhood. A goodly number of men and horses met at ten o'clock, Twyn-pen-y-garn, and started for the Garth-Garthgocd, as it is callerl-anl1 ere long they succeeded in starting a fine fox: but after a short, sharp run, Reynard managed to get into a place of safety. Not very far from Castell-y-mynach they started another, and went after it in full cry, and the writer last heard the sound in the distance, and did not see any of the huntsmen until dark, when he found that they had b;en three times around the Garth Mountain, and killed at last near the spot it was started from, Mr. T. Llewelyn, Ty-yn-y-wain taking the brush. The weather on the whole was very fa- vourable. We have had our share of game-killers, as usual, in our district. About the best hands are the three t rather., by the name of Warren, from the firm of solicitors of that name in the metropolis. They come every now and again and kill great numbers of birds, hares, and rabbits. The slain on their last visit were more numerous than usual. They are so gene- rous and kindly-disposed that they make a great num- ber of presents to the tenants and others. Llenfer," not LIeufer Thomas, but one who who bore that uom <Is plum", before Mr. Thomas was lorn, being one of the recipients, wrote the following lines on the spur of the moment. Surely the chance of be'ug 1111- mortalised in Hawing verse, such as the appended, should spur other sportsmen to be as generous. The gentlemen from London I know by sight and name To them I am indebted For this fine brace of game. They are experts at shooting, And killing on all hands This is Aceldama. When they are on the lands. t And not from selfish motives, The spoil they all divide Between a goodly number. Far, near, broad, and wide. I trust that all are ready To cry aloud with me, And give the Warrens cheers In hearty three times three. THE Llanharran and Ystrad Hounds will meet on Wednesday, October 28th, at Llanharran, at 10.30. NEATH. DEATH.—We regret having to record the death of Mr. Owen Richard, of Tonna. a student for the Bap- tist ministry, who died on Wednesday night in last week. Mr. Richards, who wa3 but twenty-five years of age, gave many promises of a good career. He ruptured a blood-vessel when on a preaching tour in North Wales some time b-iek, and never recovered. He was buried on Monday. ACCIDENT.—On Sunday last an unfortunate acci- dent occurred at Neath, A French travelling mena- gerie was passing along London-road, when a wheel of one of the caravans came into coutact with the tram line and hroke off, and the caravan was overturnec1. There were in it a boy and a girl, whilst the driver sat in the front. The latter was thrown from his scat, and the whole weight Of the huge caravan came upon his body. He was extricated with much difficulty; how he escaped death is really marvellous. He was carried to a neighbouring house, and Dr. Llewellyn Lewis was soon in attendance. It is said that the un- fortunate fellow has broken some of his ribs. The woman anel the girl escaped injury. THE RECENT GALES AND FLOODS have had a disastrous effect upon Neath and district. Last week the shop windows of Messrs. J. D. Llewellyn and Co., the Neath Supply Stores, was entirely blown in by the wind, causing considerable damage. Outside the town several huge trees are lying on the roadside, having been completely uprooted by the wind. At Aberdu- his the flood has again inundated the houses, compell- ing the residents to seek shelter from the water upstairs, On Monday the flood entered the tinworks and stopped work in several of the departments. It is rumoured that a neighbouring farmer has 10Jt thirty-five sheep, which are supposed to hive been carried away by the flood. ART CLASSES.—The evening art classes of Mr. Phillips, Queen-street, are gaining a wide reputation. Numerous and creditable successes are continually re- corded of Mr. Phillips' pupils. Prizes for freehand drawing were recently given by the Schoolmistress, and hundreds of competent teachers throughout the country c0:11petcd. The second prize was won by Miss Annie Phillips, Rosser-street, pupil teacher at the British Schools, and a pupil of Mr. Phillips. Miss Minnie Owen (British Schools), and Misses Hutchinson and Jones (Briton Ferry Board Schools), also pupils of the above classes, were highly compli- mented. Miss Phillips deserves praise, inasmuch as she is the only prize-winner in the principality out of such" larg-e number of competitors. These successes speak highly in favour 0: the superior instruction given in these classes.

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