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THE Butchers of the town object to attend the new slaughter-houae until the road to it is properly finished. DELAY OF A STEAMER.—Last week, the steamer Henry E. Taylor, which trades between Aberyst- wyth and Bristol, was delayed at this port for several days, owing to a mishap. The tides were low, and the cargo chanced to be too heavy for the depth of water that she drew. She, consequently, stuck in the mud," and it required the intervention of the "spring tides" to set her afloat. The high tides occurred in a few days, so that the steamer was en- abled to pursue without further delay, and the in- convenience to freighters was not much prolonged. A YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST.—Last week Mrs Davies, of Moore-street, was afflicted by losing a child, and she had only recently become a widow. Thomas William Garner, son of Mr Garner, Terrace Road, having heard of the affliction of the widow, set himself to alleviate the distress of the poor woman by starting a subscription list to defray the expenses of the funeral. Although only 12 years of age, he succeeded in collecting no less than ll. from kind friends and neighbours, which was at once handed to the bereaved widow. This is certainly an example worthy the imitation of much bigger boys and girls. A CKYIXG NDISANCE.—On Thursday night last. a stray donkey took into his sagacious head to lay down in the middle of Baker-street. The moon withheld her recent lustre, the night being remark- ably dark and cloudy. The result was, that Neddy was stretched full length on cold bare ground. Several unfortunate persons who were grouping their way homewards in the darkness tumbled over the poor animal, and damaged their knees and noses. One female residing in the immediate vicinity had a very violent fall, and was badly hurt. The gas had not been lighted in the street that evening, so that the animal was not visible to the ordinary wayfarer, being of a dark hue. The magistrates have recently fined several owners of stray donkeys, but the nuisance appears still to exist Not only are the owners of stray animals liable to a fine, but they are also liable to any damage that may be occasioned owing to their neglect. A broken limb might occa- sion the owner serious consequences. I:> GUN ACCIDENT. On Tuesday last, a party of rook-shooters from Aberystwyth proceeded to Nant- eos to secure the national sport of the month of May. The gallant Col. was as blythe as ever, and all went on as merry as a marriage bell" until, unhappily, a sad accident occurred. The reports of guns re- sounded in the demesne, and at each crack down came the new-fledged birds. But the assailed rooks had their revenge betimes. The gun of Mr Edgar Atwood, son of J. J. Atwood, Esq., one of the party, burst, and his right hand was injured; but we are glad to find that no very serious consequences will result, btyond the temporary inconvenience. This little accident marred the pleasure of the day but when the excursion party found that the patient was in a fair way of speedy recovery, the rooks had but a brief respite, and their death warrants were issued profusely. During the week, several of the rook- shooting party started for the woods and dales of the neighbourhood, and, as usual, secured good bags; but we have heard of no other casualty. THE MILITIA.—At noon on Saturday, the Royal Cardiganshire Militia were disbanded after their usual month's training. As might be anticipated, the payment of the bounty and the termination of their drill, produced serious consequences, so far as the "bottle" was concerned. Several of the men got into grief," by which we mean the police station. Superintendent Lloyd and Sergeant Evans secured the assistance of a strong body of the county consta- bulary, who patrolled the town during the day, so that it was no easy matter to beat them on their beats, although it is well-known that there is a pro- verbial chronic hostility between the "peelers" and the custodians of the public peace. The streets were, consequently, the scenes of extraordinary stir and commotion, and riots on a small scale were the order of the day. By Sunday night and Monday, the town was cleared of the new influx of "raw materials." We must, however, state that on the whole, the regiment, or rather, section of a regiment, behaved remarkably well during their training. It is only to be regretted that some popular recreation and amusements. were not provided for the men during their training. It is gratifying to observe that the leading-authorities in Cardiff have been active in this mattSt, and provided concerts or diar- amic exhibitions for the men, so as to keep them from mischief and harm's way, when subjected to the many temptations which a town always presents to young men from the country," from which class a large proportion of the militia are recruited. THE BAY FISHERY.—Another large supply of fish arrived in the town during the past week but nearly all were forwarded by train to Liverpool and other populous places. Soles, skate, gurnet, flat-fish, and other rougher fish were netted in abundance •' and a modicum of oysters were also secured. Judg- ing from the recent arrivals of fishing smacks and their lucrative cargoes, we opine that the fisheries must be very productive this season. On Thursday afternoon last another fishing smack arrived opposite the Terrace, and soon unshipped its cargo of the finny denizens of the mighty deep. Tons were soon stowed in hampers and carted to the railway station without loss of time, as fish is such a perishable com- modity. Only a small portion was secured by our local fish dealers, who sold gurnet at 2d. per Ib., and the rougher fish in proportion. Some prodigious skates were captured) and the haul weighed some tons. One kind of fish that is sometimes captured by the fishermen in the bay is the terror of its captors, as it is of a most poisonous character, and has wrought great mischief to many of the hardy crew. This genus is termed by the adventurous fishermen the "lancet," owing to its being able to inflict a sharp wound with one of its fins. When entangled in a net the unwary are liable to take hold of it with their hands to disengage it, when it inflicts a punc- ture which leads to the most serious results. A poor fellow, who is now residing in Aberystwyth, had his hand thus injured some years ago, and it nearly cost him his life. So pernicious is this insidious poison, I that he was speedily rendered insensible. He was < subsequently confined to his bed for months, even- J tually partially losing the use of the wounded hand. « The fish is not formidable in appearance, being only the size of a mackerel, for which it has been some- n times mistaken. The shoals of mackerel, however, j do not make their appearance in this bay until the summer. Several attempts have been made to form a fishing company in this port for the purpose of fit- ting up a few fishing boats, but all the attempts made have hitherto been unsuccessful. A boat or two < casionally goes out to net mackerel and herrings r when very plentiful; but no systematic plan is adopted for supplying the local requirements of the district, hence the high price of fish which has to find its way to Aberystwyth from Birmingham and t giill more distant places. 1 THE LITERARY INSTITUTION. — A committee of the above institution met during the past week, when the above institution met during the past week, when, the resignation of Mr Smith, the secretary, was ac' ¡ cepted, as he expressed his regret that his numerous; engagements precluded him giving the requisite*1 attention to the duties of the office. After a discis- sion in regard to the present position of the society, it was stated that Mr G. E. J. Powell of Nanteos, had, in accordance with his previous intimation, sent a box of books for the use of the institution. It is hardly necessary to add that the members of the institution, and all its well-wishers, feel deeply obliged to Mr Powell for his kind consideration for the wel- fare of the townspeople. He has on previous oc- casions given valuable presents to the institution, and a very large proportion of the books of the library have been presented by Mr Powell. It is'S 1 satisfactory to find that Capt. Lewis and 3Ir J. P-* Jones, active members of the committee, have con- sented to act, pro. tern as secretaries and no doubt their united energy will be instrumental in advancing, the interests of the institution. They have, already, a capital librarian in Sergeant Vernon, and the in- habitants generally ought to make an effort to place the institution on a firm and permanent basis. The membcM who happen, of course, inadvertently to be in arrears, would greatly facilitate the operations ot I the members of the committee by paying their sub- scriptions to the librarian or the hon. secretaries. A little energy and united action will soon extricate the institution from its temporary embarrassment. In addition to the books, Mr Powell forwarded two very chaste statuettes of Faust and Margaret, to decorate the institution. They have been much admired by all who inspected them, and are quite unique in their construction, being quite a model of elegant artistic construction. POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT. —During the past week, crowded audiences have been vastly enter- tained nightly, at the Temperance Hall, with phanto- scopic and spectroscopic illusions and delusions. Mirrors and other ingenious mechanical contrivances are so arranged on the stage, that the eye is com- pletely bewildered what it sees, and the very senses I seem to all imposed upon. The numerous scenes were depicted by clever actors, who were aided bv a strong detachment of local talent. The programmt states truly that angels are apparently seen to floa' about in the air, and figures glide through the wai1 in astonishing fashion, demons roll about and fairies dance on walls and ceilings, so far as the eye is con-! cerned. Females dance among flames of fire, anr 1 such a catalogue of wonders and marvels were en* such a catalogue of wonders and marvels were en- acted, that it would not be an easy task to describe them unless they were witnessed. About 30 tableaus were exhibited. We must not omit the clever de- ception known through the country as the Pepper's Ghost exhibition. The entertainment is reallj- what its proprietors state it to be, a combination o 1 music, mystery, and mirth. Several songs wen rendered during interludes and the exhibition ap peared to afford intense satisfaction, eliciting burst: ? of enthusiastic applause at frequent intervals. Thf admiration and interest of the audience were kept up throughout without flagging; and Mr Poole, the manager, and his colleagues have sometimes remained in the same town for a series of weeks, where they have nightly entertained crowded audiences. Tin hall was filled to excess every night, and we have no doubt but that the company will be well patronised?! here for weeks succesively when the season has secured the usual influx of visitors. The entertain- ment is well worthy the attendance of young as well as old. of the learned and the unlearned All will. assuredly, be intensly amused, and they ought to be I also somewhat edified. I ABERYSTWYTH ENAMELLED SLATE WORKS.—! Messrs. Ellis & Owen, the enterprising proprietors of these works, have just employed a number of operatives to fit up a powerful steam engine and boiler, as they find that the large orders entrusted to hem for execution cannot be completed with the requisite facility without invoking the aid of more powerful assistance than can be effected by manual exertions. They have, therefore, in accordance with the improved spirit of the age, had recourse to mighty steam. The engine will work a number of machines that are used in cutting and polishing the large slabs of Aberllevenny and other slates that are susceptible of being rendered most useful and orna- mental articles of furniture; and have now commonlv made their appearance in the houses of the wealthy in the shape of hall tables, mantle shelves, ornamen- tal tables, flower vases, and a score of other hand- some articles that reOLter saloons and drawincr-room^ attractive and artistic. The skilled hands employed in this establishment produce large and small slabs of decorated character, which have the appearance of exquisitely wrought marble. The hall and draw- ing-room tables, loo, chess, and various fancy tables, are wondrous specimens of cunning handiwork. Golden devices are embossed or impressed on the surface in almost indelible characters, and roses lilies, and richest tinted flowers, of varied hues and graceful forms, are painted naturally as possible on some choice slabs. There are also numerous attrac- tive scenes on the table, pieces representing well- known romantic water-falls, including the Devil's Bridge. The firm is preparing a large selection of their attractive wares for exhibition at one of the stalls of the new market in Terrace Road, when the public will have an opportunity of inspecting speci- mens of the skill, perseverance, and success of one of our Aberystwyth firms. We heartily wish them the success and encouragement which their merits command far and near. It has rarely been our lot ucToSaSip"" attraCtiVG °rnate and hiSh]y artis' ANJZLL^D D*CEMBER.-IT will be observed by raale Z L R A"OTH^ column that bo,H the HAD a,,H- ,M gossips in town and country have bad subject-matter afforded them for no 4onsi- derab e amusement and speculation. Itappearsfrom parochial archives that a young miner residing at Stay-litile, and who rejoiced in the euphonious and classical name of Jones, wooed and won the affec- tions of an ex-virgin, who also happened to be the hostess of an inn at Talybont, and also an unpro- tected widow who had only seen about 70 summers. ere «HEE^?'* £ £ TTHE TIME °F HER ^"HOOD when she V>A* T ,Natrimony again drew nigh, leaf, ,be had 8eer a°d 'Tflo r""ch,'d bM age of 50 stern winters. In addition to all THI* THE blooming bride is a grand-mother of a proK'eny some of whom are themselves contemplating hy- rnenial felicity. Mrs. Morris, for that is the name of the widow lady-love of the amorous Jones, was possessed of more substantial charms than those which are merely superficial or, at most, like beauty, only skin-deep. She had laid up for herself treasures on earth, or the defunct spouse who was under the earth, had done so for her but her un- dutiful children and grandchildren prepared against her the soft impeachment that she had purchased a robust husband with funds which, instead of being irrevocably settled upon him should descend in due rotation to them, and of which they entertained great expectations until the fatal noose bad been tied at the registrar's office. After the conclu- sion of the interesting ceremony when the golden circlet, eml Iematical of love without end until de- sertion, death, or the divorce court us do part, r*IF H ECB P ON L^E finger of the blushing bride, G b aPPyPa'r went quietly to the enamelled sldte works of Messrs. Ellis and Owen, at Moor-street, where they proeeeded to apply for the head-stone ordered previously for the grave wherein reposed, the mortal remains of the defunct John Morris the first husband, whose name, together with that of his son, were inscribed on it. The buxom wife wished to discharge her last sad duties to the memory of the lost old love now that she had begun with the knew. It appeared that the deceased bad made his hW •" Noveuaber 1868 to the inexpressible sorrow of his inconsolable widow who remained ir> 'hat melancholy condition for twelve whole months. The bonny pair then bid a fond adieu to the grave- stone, and went their way rejoicing. The daughter- in-law of the interesting bride is about marrrying a man old enough to be her grandfather

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