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ABERGAVENNY. LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE NEW BRITISH SCHOOL. The laying of the foundation stone of the New British School, which, as stated in our last, was, owing to the inclement state of the weather, post- poned on Monday week, took place in the presence of a numerous assembly on the following Wednesday. At the public meeting which was held in the Assembly-room after the tea meeting on the Monday, and at which about five hundred persons were present, Mr. J. H. Conway presided. A deep interest in the movement was widely manifested, and but for the boisterous and wet weather there is no doubt the room would have been crowded. Very many whom we know looked forward to the event with feelings of profound interest and pleasure were deterred. from being present. The meeting was opened by singing Before Jehovah's Awful Throne," and a prayer was offered by the Rev. S. R. Young. The Chairman, in his opening address, gave a brief analysis of the various clauses of the Elementary Education Act, which had reference more especially to the constitution and powers of school boards, and dwelt at considerable length on what was called the Conscience Clause. School boards he considered ought to be made general and their appointment compulsory. He condemned the Conscience Clause as being of no practical utility in places where the education rested solely in the hands of one or two denominations, as was the case in Abergavenny. The only means of providing education of an unsec- tarian kind by which the children of all denominations might be instructed apart from religious dogmas or creeds was by establishing British Schools. He then adverted to the establishment and decline of the British School in Trinity-street, which was opened many years ago, and said that its failure might in great measure, if not entirely, be attributed to the fact that its promoters refused to receive Government aid in carrying it on. Mr. Scanlon, the honorary secretary, read the re- port of the committee, which was as follows :— REPORT. In submitting this report, the committee desire to give briefly some account of the origin of the scheme which we have to-day met together to inaugurate, the motives and object which led the promoters to commence and prosecute the undertaking, the method by which the project may hereafter be maintained and carried out, and the success which has hitherto attended their exer- tions. The scheme may be said to have originated towards the close of the year 1870, and shortly after the passing of the Elementary Education Act. On that Act becoming law, a meeting of various members of most of the churches in the town was convened for the pur- pose of conferring on its provisions touching their bearing and operation in regard to Abergavenny. In discussing the effect of the new law, which the com- mittee were compelled to consider anything but satis- factory—affording cause for discontent on the one hand, and productive of disappointment on the other—the ex- pediency of commencing a school of an entirely unsec- tarian character was introduced, and it need scarcely be said that the desirability of such an object became abundantly apparent, and was unanimously acquiesed in. Finding that the Act, while professing to encourage the establishment of unsectarian schools, had either by in- advertance or design been rendered partially nugatory and almost impracticable to fulfil the end for which it was ostensibly intended, the gentlemen attending the meetings appointed a committee of about twenty of their number with a view of at once taking measures for providing a school which would meet the requirements of the district. The Education Act it was found afforded no assistance, and nothing remained but for the com- mittee to do the best they could. The first step to be taken was the procuring of a suitable building. After the adoption and abandonment of several proposals, the difficulty was removed by Mr. Davies, the proprietor of the present British Schools, assenting to their having the use of that building on what was thought to be fair and satisfactory terms. Simultaneously with this step, another and one of equal if not greater importance had to be considered, and that was the procuring of means for carrying on the undertaking. A sub-committee was accordingly formed, and the result of their efforts will be presently stated. Suffice it here to say, that it was so far encouraging that the committee felt justified in seeking the services of a competent master. Negotiations were entered into both with the Education Department and the British and Foreign School Society. By the aid of the society, the services of a school-master who held a certificate of the first class, and who was highly recom- mended by the best authorities as an excellent teacher, were secured, and the Education Department signified their recognition of the schools, and consented to receive it under Government supervision and inspection. The Education Department furthermore intimated that the first official inspection would take place in the month of November following, and that the capitation grant which might be awarded would be calculated for the nine months ending with the month of October. The school opened on the 30th of January last, and it will be seen that little time was allowed for preparation for the inspector's visit. Success, it is said, is best proved by the fact of being successful. Now let us see to what extent this school has been successful. As has been stated, this school opened on the 30th of January. At the opening there were 55 children in the third week there were 75; in the sixth, 106; in two months there were 130; and 153 were presented in the school at the examination. This number included infants under the age of seven years, of whom there were about 70. But the success of the school may be more forcibly illus- trated by saying that the Government grant earned for the nine months amounted to very nearly £ 50. This grant is made as a reward for efficiency on the part of the teacher, the assiduity and ability with which he has discharged his duties, and the number, discipline, and at- tainment of the scholars. The inspector, in his official report, says :—" The infants are well instructed in reading, writing, and numbers. The standard scholars passed well as a whole, and considering the over- crowded state of the room, and the fact that this is a first inspection, the school, too. having been worked by the assistance of monitors only, the results are creditable to the master. The room is greaty over-crowded. Un'il the new premises are completed, the average weekly attendance must positively be kept down to 109, or no grant can be made." This report the committee feel to be highly gratifying. To provide for the require- ments of so great a number of children as attended the school, it was found requisite to engage three monitors, who were presented at the inspection as candidates for pupil teacherships. The committee learn-and it will doubtless be interesting to the supporters of the cause to know—that all these monitors passed successful exami- nations, and the Education Department have expressed their concurrence in their engagement as pupil teachers. With regard to the financial position of the school, it will be pleasing to learn that, notwithstanding the ap- peal for help was made to a very limited few, the receipts will, after taking into account an outstanding amount due to the committee, he more than equivalent to the expenditure, which amounts to £98 3s. 4d. The disburse- ments consist principally of the schoolmas'er's salary, the fitting-up and rent of the school, and the books and apparatus. The report, after stating the terms of the schoolmaster's and teachers' engagements, proceeded to remark upon the great success with which the school has been attended—a success which the committee con- fess has even exceeded their expectations, and which may be taken as proving incontrovertibly the need of such a school, and that unsectarian teaching has a manifest preference in the minds of very many people. Within a few months the school became so full that it was impossible to entertain any more applications for admission. The question therefore which has for some time past engrossed the attention of the committee has been the possibility of providing better accommodation, To enlarge the present premises, if all parties were agreeable, was found to be impracticable, and there was no other available place in the town. However additional accommodation was absolutely necessary, and the immediate demand imperative. Alter carefully considering the subject in every conceivable aspect, the committee came to the conclusion that the best course would be—indeed, there appeared no alternative- to erect new schools, and in the first place to ascertain what prospects financially they might reckon upon to warrant them in entering upon such an undertaking. A subscription list was therefore opened, and the result is that a sum of nearly Y,300 has been promised. Among the subscribers it may be mentioned that the Managers of the National and Provincial Bank have kindly con- tributed the sum of £20. The canvass for subscriptions, o it ought to be said, has hitherto been comparatively a I partial one, but it is intended to be made general; and the committee hope and have every reason to expect that it will meet with the cordial support which its object so worthily deserves. A most eligible site has been secured on what the committee consider advantageous terms. A piece of land, measuring about half an acre, has been leased for a period of ninety-nine years at a gvound rent of about £11.1, a year. A contract has been entered into with Mr. White, builder, for the erection of a sub- stantial stone edifice, in accordance with approved plans and specifications, capable of accommodating 270 chil- dren, and adapted for the purposes of an infant and mixed school. The infant school it is calculated will provide for the accommodation of 130 children, and will be under the management of a schoolmistress; and the mixed school, 140 boys and girls, under the manage- ment of a master. The amount of the contract is £ 694, and the cost of the internal fitting is estimated at another dBlOO. The building is to be completed in six months from thej date of the contract. No grants for building purposes are now made by Government. The report then proceeded to give a comprehensive statement showing the probable annual expenditure which would be required to carry on the school, and the sources from which the income might be expected to be derived and continued. The Rev. E. H. Smith referred to the spirit which had actuated the promoters of the movement. They disclaimed any charge of antagonism to other schools. They declared war only against the ignorance, error, and vice which prevailed around them. To those who were endeavouring to remedy those evils by other systems of education the Managers of the British Schools wished God speed. The promoters also claimed exemption from a mere spirit of com- petition with other schools. They had a higher ob- ject in view than to gain the ascendancy over .others who were working for the public good in another way. The only rivalry they wished to stimulate was that of the most friendly and justifiable nature. The education of the young was felt by all to be a grand national necessity, and that necessity was felt in Abergavenny. Actuated by an earnest desire to see this want met, the friends of the British School system had come forward to do their share of the work, and, had it been in the order of Providence that he should have remained longer with them, it would have been a source of the greatest pleasure and delight to him to have laboured earnestly and zealously for its success. The speaker adverted at some length to the claims which the elementary education of the young had upon the affluent and intelligent, and said that the claims which the sup- porters of the cause had were based upon political, social, moral, and religious grounds. (Applause.) The Rev. J. Williams, B.A., said that that day had been looked forward to by him with much anxiety, and its advent had been the source of in- finite satisfaction and joy. He had long looked for it; he had laboured for it, and no one rejoiced more than himself now that it had ai rived not because it was the first day of the year 1872, but because it was the day on which the foundation stone of the New British School at Abergavenny had been laid. For him there could be but two such days again in con- nection with the school, namely, the day on which the building was completed, and the day on which it was paid for, unless thow days should occur simul- taneously. The speaker entered largely into the subject of education, both in a general and local sense, which he characterised as deplorable. With regard to the progress of education in that town, the highest possible honour was due to the Church, and to those who had had the management of the Church schools the thanks of every friend of education were owing. He could not speak too highly of the good those schools had effected, and of the very able manner in which they had been conducted. Efficient though they may have been, they were not suitable for them; they themselves needed day schools. From the in- spector's reports, and from carefully-revised statistical returns, it was computed that there were two millions of children growing up in ignorance. Mr. Forster's Act, he said, was one of the noblest measures that had passed the Houses of Parliament with a view to the social improvement. However, he could not, with alibis admiration of its numerous excellencies. be blind to what seemed to him to be grave de- ficiencies and positive faults. The 25th clause could not possibly be worked amicably. It seemed to him that school boards should have been compulsory and universal. The success of the present British School proved its need. They had, by the liberal aid of Mr. William Jenkins, of The Willows, and Messrs. John Jenkins, Charles Davies, William Price, the Chairman, and others, been able to commence the building of the New British School, and when the school was completed it would be their constant aim to make it a blessing to the locality. (Cheers.) Captain Hill explained that the inability of Mrs. Hill to lay the foundation stone was owing to the weather. He thought that the ceremony would have lasted a long time, and that Mrs. Hill would have had to be exposed to the storm for an hour or more. They would believe that they were both anxious to be present when he told them that they had re- turned from a journey three -days before they had intended to for the express purpose of being present. In consenting to Mrs. Hill laying the foundation stone, he felt he was performing his duty. The still small voice told him that the undertaking was a good one, and calculated to be of great benefit, and that it was his duty to give it his help. He should be happy to subscribe £10, and wish it every prosperity. (Loud cheers.) The Rev. S. R. Young said that he was sure those who had seen them turn out and march in procession that stormy day would give them credit for being in earnest. He did not think the mere failure to lay the stone that afternoon was much cause for either regret or disappointment, because the ceremony might be proceeded with another day. The speaker gave an account of the origin of the former British School, and said that its promoters declined to have any help from Government; the burden was gradually left upon the shoulders of a few, and by-and-byc it fell through. The managers of the new school, he understood, intended to ask for Government assis- tance. He believed the school would prove suc- cessful, and be a blessing to the neighbourhood. The remarks of the Rev. J. Parsons were generally in concurrence with the former speakers, excepting that he was not in favour of school boards where they could by any possible means be dispensed with. Votes of thanks having been given to the Ladies' Committee, to Mrs. Hill, and the Chairman, and the singing of the Hoxology, followed by the Benediction, brought the meeting to a close. The laying of the foundation stone took place on the following Wednesday afternoon, the ceremony being kindly undertaken by Mrs J. C Hill, of The Brooks. After the necessary adjustment and the distribution of the mortar, which was accomplished in a most skilful and admirable manner by Mrs. Hill, the stone was lowered amid loud cheering. Under- neath in a cavity had been placed a bottle con- taining various coins and a statement giving a short account of the origin of the school, and the names of the General and Building Committees, and those of the architect, Mr. Nevill, and the builder, Mr. White. Mr. Nevill pronounced the stone to have been perfectly laid, after which the Rev. S. H. Smith read a copy of the statement placed in the bottle. After the ceremony, the builder pre- sented Mrs. Hill with a silver trowel as a memento of the event, and singing and prayer concluded the proceedings. GRAND NATIONAL HUNT MEETING.—Our readers will be pleased to learn that a telegram has been re- ceived by Mr. J. Howard, honorary secretary to the Abergavenny Races, to the effect that the committee of the Grand National Hunt had consented to hold their next meeting at Abergavenny. A meeting was held amongst the gentlemen connected with the races when it was announced that between three and four hundred pounds would be required, in addition to the sum usually subscribed, before the above meeting could take place at Abergavenny. The gentlemen of the Hunt promised a portion, and at a meeting of tradesmen of the town the sum required to supple- ment that contributed by the above-mentioned gen- tlemen was promised. Now that the town will have the honour of the meeting being held here, it is to be hoped that every accommodation will be provided for man and horse, so that it may be possible that future meetings of the Grand National Hunt may also be held here, as it is said that the steeple chase course is as good, if not better, than the majority of English steeple-chase courses. I TABLET TO THE LATE ME. II. HOSKYNS.-It will be remembered that last summer the above-named young gentleman, the only son of Mr. Chandos W. Hoskyns, M.P. for the city of Hereford, and who had been iiving at Llanwenarth Rectory, undergoing a course of tuition under the Rev. G. Faithfull, went to bathe in the Usk with another student, and being unable to swim, was drowned. A massive granite monument has now been erected on the side of the river opposite where the melancholy catastrophe took place. THE SMALL-POX.—While many parts of the Prin- cipality have been infected with this epidemic, this town, although not escaping, has not been visited so severely as other towns. Some fatal cases have oc- curred, but by the timely energy of the Board of Commissioners in seeing to the thorough cleansing of the polluted parts of the town, and a free use of chloride of lime, the disease is much on the decline, and what few cases there are now existing the med- ical officers speak of as not being of a dangerous nature.
Xirtjis, nnii IDrntvø. BIRTHS. At Abergavenny, January 8, the wife of Supt. Free- man, County Constabulary, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. At the Slad Church, Stroud, by the Rev, R. D. Monro, Police-constable John Davies, to Miss Mary Ann Mayo, both of Stroud. DEATHS. At Clifton-place, Newport, December 30, Mr. William Williams, aged 58 years. Deeply regretted. At St. Mary-street, Chepstow, January 3, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr., W. L. Hodgson. At Abergavenny, January 1, Alice James Price, in- fant daughter of Mr. J. T. Price, Inland Revenue, Aber- gavenny. At Blaenavon, January 3, Mr. George Stokes, town porter. At Blaenavon, December 27, John Walbyoff, aged 87. At Llanfoist House, near Abergavenny, January 9, Crawshay Bailey, Esq., J.P., in his 83rd year. At Whitebrook, January 5, Mary Ann, daughter of the late John Brown, Esq., in her 89th year. At Brynderwen Lodge, Clytha, December 30, Jane Sophia, only daughter of Henry and Jane Selby, aged 9 months.
IN another column we chronicle the demise, at a green old age," of a gentleman, who, for a long series of years, exercised a greater in- fluence over the manufacturing and commercial industries of this county than had any man before and it is possible-nay, probable-that it will never be in the power of any one man to attain the influential position, in the county of Monmouth at least, which the late MR. CRAWSHAY BAILEY reached and reached, too, by virtue of his own individual exertions. In some respects lie may be regarded as having been a fortunate man—fortunate in his oppor- tunity-but, beyond that, it is to his indom- itable perseverance and his unwearying industry that we must look for the secret of his success. A success which enabled him, during his life- time, to open out the vast resources of the mineral wealth of this and adjoining counties, to the incalculable benefit of thousands upon thousands of his fellow-creatures. A success which enabled him to engage in large under- takings for the furtherance of trade and the advancement of the civilization of mankind. And, last, though not least, a success, too, which will cause his name to be honored by hosts of people as long as this generation lasts, and to be venerated by generations yet to come. lIe has done his work, and has passed to his rest, peacefully, without suffering, and full of years." Certain it is, that in work he found his pleasure for—despite the efforts he has made from time to time, to conform to the exigencies of his advancing age—to work he has returned, again, and again and even since the failure of his bodily strength has prohibited his taking the active part he desired in the various under- takings in which he was engaged, his predomi- nant anxiety was to be informed, by his agents and others, of how things were going on. And, further, to his honor be it said, he evinced, up to within almost the hour of dissolution, con- stant solicitude on behalf of those superannuated workmen—and their name is legion "-whom lie was proud in referring to as his pen- sioners." In addition to (or rather jn correction of to some extent) the particulars which we give elsewhere concerning the deceased gentleman's early life, we may state that MR. CRAWSHAY BAILEY came of a Yorkshire family of respect- able position, though of ordinary circumstances His father married a Miss CRAWSHAY, sister of the founder of the celebrated Cyfarthfa Works They had a family of five sons—of whom JOSEPH (the late Sir Joseph Bailey) was the second, and CRAWSHAY the youngest-and three daughters. While the family was young, the parents removed from Yorkshire to the Priory farm, Wenham. Suffolk, in the Church of which parish their remains lie interred. At the age of about seventeen, JOSEPH was taken into the Works at Cyfarthfa by his uncle and at the death of the latter, he entered into partnership with his cousin, the father of the present MR. ROBERT CRAWSHAY. Young CRAWSHAY BAILEY followed his brother to the Cyfarthfa Works, at the early age of twelve, and upon his attaining man's estate the brothers took to the Nantyglo Works Here and elsewhere they carried on business for a long series of years, and with great suc- cess, under the tide of" BAILEY BROTHERS," un- til the death of SiR JOSEPH, (some fourteen years ago) since which time the firm has been known as CRAWSI-IAY BAILEY & Co." The mortal remains of the IRON KING (an ap- pellation by which the deceased gentleman was familiarly known at the seats of his manu- facturing operations) will, we understand, be deposited in their resting place at Llanfoist Church-yard on Tuesday next. The obsequies will be of a private character.
DEATH OF MR. CRAWSHAY BAILEY. Crawshay Bailey is no more The Iron King is dead At the age of four-score and four years he has succumbed to the stern tyrant death He was a man take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again and his death will cast a gloom over the whole district, although his length of years had been extended beyond nature's limit. No man as- sisted more to develop the resources of the mineral districts of Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire than did the deceased gentleman and up to the last half- dozen years he pursued the active life he had been accustomed to follow from his youthful days. Mr. Bailey was elected representative in Parlia- ment for the united Boroughs of Monmouth, New- port and Usk in 1852, and resigned his seat in 1868. During the past few weeks Mr. Bailey had been assiduously attended by Dr. S. Steele and Dr. E. Y. Steele, but despite their efforts to prolong life, he peacefully expired on Tuesday morning at his resi- dence, Llanfoist House. Mr. Crawshay Bailey was related to Mr. William Crawshay, of Cyf-irtha, the founder of that cele- brated firm who first commeiu-o I in South Wales the manufacture of iron on a laig-j scale. At his death, about sixty years a be ids to young Crawshay Bailey and his brother Juoeph (afterwards Sir Joseph Bailey, Bart., of Glanusk Park, Breconshire) a hand- some legacy. Upon the strength of this the two brothers commenced business as ironmasters, and purchased the Nantyglo Iron Works, which had been previously carried on without success. The brothers commenced business under great difficulties, but by the energy and perseverance of Mr. Crawshay Bailey, who acted as manager, and undertook the whole charge of the working department, Nantyglo in a few years attained the rank of one of the chief concerns in Monmouthshire. The firm subsequently purchased Beaufort Works, which, as well as Nanty- glo, was successfully carried on under the manage- ment of the deceased gentleman, and in a few years the partners amassed a considerable fortune. About twenty-five years ago Mr. Crawshay Bailey retired from the active management at Nantyglo and Beau- fort, and removed to Aberaman, to take the manage- ment of the works he had previously purchased there for the manufacture of iron. But after the lapse of a few years he returned to Nantyglo, as it was found that the works were not profitably carried on under the new management. At this period he devoted his time equally between Nantyglo, Beaufort, and Aber- aman. Subsequently, finding his health failing, he sold ttle.,Aberarnan works, and was induced to re- linguish the active management of the Nantyglo and Beaufort works. After his retirement the works ap- peared to go on so badly that they were almost, if not entirely, stopped, and he had again to step in and take the management of affairs, which he con- tinued until the recent disposal of them to the Blaina Iron Company. Independently of his being one of the principal iron masters, Mr. Bailey Iwas largely concerned in all the local railways, and was also a great promoter of railway enterprise, not only in Great Britain, but in the United States, and, indeed, throughout the world. Mr. Bailey, it is true, had amassed for himself a princely fortune, but that fact does not in the least detract from his claim to respect as one of the most influential men in the promotion of the commercial prosperity and success of South Wales. Some few years ago Mr. Bailey purchased Llan- foist House, in the neighbourhood of Abergavenny, where he has resided in retirement since the disposal of the works. A short time since he undertook at his own expense (€500) to provide a clock for the tower of the Abergavenny new market-hall, which, unfortu- nately, he did not live to see completed. A still greater boon conferred by him upon Abergavenuy was the interest he took in promoting the making of the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway, which now is connected with the lihymney Railway, which and runs through to Cardifl. The bulk of the deceased gentleman's immense fortune is divided between his son, Mr. Crawshay Bailey, of Maindiff Court, near Abergavenny, who married the daughter of Count Metaxa, and a daughter, relict of Major Gwyn. Minute bells were rung from the Abergavenny church tower during the early part of Tuesday, in token of Mr. Bailey s death. L, T ru¡llR
SPECIAL SESSIONS.—WEDNESDAY. Before M, J. ROBKRTS, Esq. (Chairman), and JAMES H UMFRAY, Esq. Beerhouse Offence.-Thomas Monks, of the Six Bells beerhouse, was fined £1 and costs, or one month's im- prisonment, for permitting drunkenness in his house.— Mr. Jones defended, and gave notice of appeal.—P.O. Price said he saw a man (Wm. Pugh) go into the de- fendant's house in a state of intoxication. He followed him, and saw him supplied with a pint of beer, and saw him pay some money.—The evidence for the defence was contradictory. Wcyyes.-A claim for wages, made by John Lewis against John Parry, was dismissed. Bed-house Offence.—Wi liam Morse, of the Vine Tree, was fined 5s. and costs for permitting drunkenness in his house. Alleged Excise O.!fence.- William Roberts, butcher, of Llanellen, was charged with using a carriage without a license.—Mr. Bolger, supervisor, said that in this case the question whether a farmer could give a person a "lift" in His market cart on his way to or from market would arise, and he wished to have the magistrates' decision on this point.—A witness was called, who said he met the defendant's cart driven by his son on the way back from Blaenavon market. In the cart were the defendant's son and four women.—Mr. Farquhar said the defence was that the women (there were but three) had been to Blaenavon to assist the defendant's wife.—The Chair- man If these women went to Blaenavon market and as- sisted the defendant's wife for a few minutes in un- loading and arranging her goods, that would scarcely be calied such an assistance as would exempt the defendant. One of the women was a relative of the defendant, living close by, and the others were members of his family.— Mr. Bolger said that the instructions of the Inland Revenue were, that a farmer might on his way to or from market convey members of his family only.—An ad- journment was granted, on Mr. Farquhar's application, for the attendance of the relative referred to, Application.—An application for a license on the Nag's Head, Monk-street, was adjourned for a week,
MONMOUTH. AMATEUH CONCERT AT N EWLAND.-A public ama- teur concert was given on Tuesday evening last, at the residence of Mrs. Palmer, Newland House, in aid the Redbrook New School Fund. The spacious dining room, in which the concert took place, was completely filled in every part, so that there could not have been less than 150 persons present, many of whom attended from Coleford, St. Briavels, Mon- mouth, and surrounding places. It must have been highly gratifying to all who took part in the formation of this praiseworthy object to witness their efforts attended with such signal success in every respect, and so highly appreciated by the numerous audience, who frequently testified their approbation by their most enthusiastic plaudits. It was much regretted that the Rev. C. A. F. Kuper was pre- vented by indisposition from taking part in the proceedings. The prices of admission having been fixed at five shillings and three shillings, it is expected that a handsome amount will be added to the fund. The pianoforte and harmonium used in the perform- ance of the concerted music, were tuned for this occasion by Mr. Waugh, of Monmouth. Subjoined is the published programme:- PART I. Overture, pianoforte, harmonium, and violin—Masaniello (Au- ber) — Mrs. Corbett, Miss Dighton, Mrs. W. Oakley, and llev. ç. A. F. Kuper. Quariett—Ye banks and braes-Miss Fitzgerald, Miss Lang- ley, Mrs. E. C. Jones, and Mr. Vizard Solo-Miss Fitzgerald Duet—Giorno orrore (Rossini)-11.rs. Palmer and Miss Langley Solo-O, ruddier them the cherry-Rev. G. F. Ouise Solo, violiti-Itev. C. A. F. Kuper Solo-Auld Robin Gray, encored—Mrs. Palmer Solo-The Mother's Dream-Miss Langley Chorus—The splendour fills (Macfarren)—The Choir Glee-God bless the Prince of Wales-The Choir PART II. Selection, piano and harmonium-Oberon (Weber)—The Misses Dighton and Mrs. W. Oakley Quartett-I,J. Carita—Mrs. Palmer, Miss Fitzgerald, Miss Lang- ley, and Rev. G. F. Guise Solo—Thine is my heart, encored -Rev. cr. F. Guise Solo, violin-Rev. C. A. F. Kuper Solo—Children's Voices, encored—Miss Langley Solo—The. Stirrup Cup—Mr. E. C. Jones Chorus-The Fair Flower of Northumberland-The Choir Solo-Miss Fitzgerald Glee-Sleep while the soft evening breezes-The Choir God save the Queen. MONxMOUTHSI-IIRE HUNT. BALL. The annual ball of the Monmouthshire Hunt Club was held at the Beaufort Arms Hotel on Wednesday evening. The room was appropriately decorated, and the supper reflected great credit on the management of the hotel. Many of the costumes were very beautiful, and among those present were Mr. F. C. Hanbury Williams—Costume of M.H.C. Mrs. F. C. Hanbury Williams—Colors of M.H. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Williams—Evening dress Dr. Mayou-Full dress Mr. Power-Prince Ram-Dam-Sambi Miss Rivett Carnac—Lady of the Dale, 17th century Captain Power—A Retired Officer Mrs. Captain Power-Lady of the Hill, 17th century Mr. Rivett Carnac—A Court Swell, period of Geo. II. Captain Arney-Full diess Mr. A. Vizard-Fuli dress Mr. R. Oakey—An Officer of the First Mon. K.V. Mr. Oakey-Full dress Captain Wheeley—M.H.C. Miss Wheeley--Poudre Mr. W. Firbank-First Mon. Artillery Sir Thomas Thomson—Fn)I dress The Misses Dighton—Evening dress Captain and Mrs. Digh'on—Evening dress Mr. Napier Hoberts-Full dress Miss J ones—Evening dress Mr. and Mrs. Palmer—Evening costume Miss Palmer-Fancy dress Mr., Mrs., and the Misses Peel—Evening dress Mrs. and Miss Burden- Evening dress Lord and Lady Raglan—Full dress Dr. and Mrs. N orman- Full dress Mr. Henry Davies—Uniform 5th Fusiliers Mr. R Oakley-Officer of the Bengal Company Mr. K. Oakley—Evening dress Mr. E. C. Scobell—Full dress Mr., Mrs., and Miss Lawrence—Full dress Mr. and the Misses Wyatt-Fllll dress Mr. Walter Evill-Full dress Mr. Cuthbert Lynne—Full dress Mr. Anthony Maching—Full dress Mr. Gwynne Holford—M.H.C. Mr. Chester-Master—Beaufort Hunt Mr. Owen Grant- Full dress Mr. J. A. Rolls-IV!. II C. Mr. Adolphus Evill-Full dress Earl of Mar- Scottish Costume Countess of Mar-Mary, Queen of Scots Mr. A. R. Pryce—Officer 13th. Hussars Miss Hamilton—Shepherdess Captain F.etcher—Omcer Oxford Militia Miss Rolis-Fuil dress Mr. Freer—Full dress Captain Davies—M.H.C. Mr. Harrisou-Full dress Miss Harrison—Poudre Miss Lloyd—Full dress Mr. Husband-Full dress Mr. Shepard-Pull dress Mrs. Shepard—Poudre Dor Mr. J. P. Sowerby-FLIII Dress Mr. C. Lawrence—M.H.C. Mr. F. Harding—Full dress Miss Amy De Winton—Russian Girl Mr. Benard Full dress Mr. C. G. Prille-Monsieur Chapelon Mr. CarnÜhers-Full dress Mrs. Carruthers—Scotch Costume Mr. Martin Edwards—Full dress M.. Ernest Evans—Mth Regiment Captain Bowlby- Mr, E. S. Brooks— Mr. G. Froom Mr. and Mrs. Gustard-Full dress Major and Mrs. M'Dounell— Full dress Captain Wheeely—8th King's Own Mrs. Lewis- -Full dress 0 Captain Herbert and Miss Wheeley-Full dress Mr. Little—M.H.C. The passages leading to the refreshment and retiring rooms were decorated with ferns and dowers. There were also some very appropriate devices in gas-jets over the various doors, &c. The band of Mr. A. G. Pollock performed a well- selected programme of music. INQUEST.—An inquest was held on Monday, at the Bath house, by E. D. Batt, Esq., and a jury of which Mr. R. Biddle was foreman, on the body of Timothy Jones, aged thirty-five years, who was killed by the falling of a wall, on Friday, the 6th inst.—Holman Harris deposed: I am an under-gardener on the Leys estate, and was with deceased at work on Friday; I was near a wall which is close to the Gas Works at half-past three o'clock in the morning; as I was talking to Jones, the water gushed out of the wall about half-way up it; it was coming through the wall; I told him I thought the wall would come down; there had been very heavy rain.—Mr. Biddle here stated that he had inspected the wall, and had found that, in consequence of a grating being choked up with leaves and rubbish, the water had been stopped at au unusual part of the wall.—Witness resumed The water had collected against the wall, and I told Jones it would come down; shortly aflerwards it fell, and as it was falling both of us ran in different directions, deceased running into the midst of it; I did not see him again inside the door of this house; I went to James Lewis, and told him, and he came with me to look for him; we heard him groan, and found him; there were no stones upon him then; he was close to this house; he had been washed over another wall on the bank; he spoke to us to help him in, and we did so, and put him in a chair, after which I immediately went for Dr. Willis, who stayed with him up to the time of his death, which occurred about half-an-hour afterwards. —The Coroner told the jury they could not give a verdict of accidental death, as death had primarily been caused by a neglect of duty; it would rather be a case of misadventure.—Dr. Willis stated that he thought the men had lost their heads, as they had previously had orders to bale the water out of the house.—The jury re- turned a verdict that Timothy Jones had been knocked down by the falling of a wall in the parish of Dixton, and had died therefrom. MARKET.—The monthly market was held on Monday, and may be considered not a full one. Stock was scarce