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PETTY SESSIONS.—MONDAY. Before Mr W. Æ. SEYS. A PROMISING YOUTH.—Sydney Jones, of Shirenewton, a youth, was brought up under a warrant, on a charge of having assaulted his father and mother. It ap- peared that this was by no means Sydney's first transgression; and he was sent to Usk gaol for three months' hard labour. n t. PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. —Jeremiah Driscoll, who has been missing for some years, on Monday ap- peared in answer to a summons charging him with neglecting to support his child, and was sent to goal for one month. t MONMOUTH. BOARD OF GUARDIANS—The usual meeting was held on Saturday, when Mr S. R. Bosanquet presided, and there was a full board attendance. Cheques were dis- tributed to the respective relieving officers as follow:— Mr Stephens, .eilO; Mr Farmer, £ 65; Mr Howells, £50. Number of inmates for the past week, 122, being the same as in the corresponding week of last year; vagrants relieved, 29; number of imbeciles in the house, 14. On the motion of Mr G. Trotter, seconded by Mr J. Gunter, the chairman was re-elected. Mr Adams proposed, and Mr A. E. Jones seconded, the re-election of Major Davies as vice-chairman; carried. The cordial thanks of the board were, on the motion of Mr J. E. Hale, seconded by Mr S. J. Thomas, ac- corded to the chairman and vice-chairman for their past seavices. The Visiting, Garden, Finance, and Assessment Committees were then formally appointed. The clerk presented the nomination of guardians for the respective parishes and townships in the union, and certified that the lists presented contained the names of the guardians duly elected and qualified to serve at the subsequent meeting of the rural sanitary authority. The inspector reported a case of over- crowding at Doward-hill, Whitchurch. This was all the business of interest. DETERMINED SUICIDE. John Partridge, widower, aged 56, a coach body maker, cut his throat, and died from the effects at 10 o clock on Monday morning. As far as can be learnt it appears that the deceased retired to rest about 9 p.m. on Sunday night. At 8 a.m. on Monday morning his landlady dis- covered that he had cut his throat. He spoke to her, and refused an offer of a cup tea which she had asked him to take, before she discovered that he had cut his throat. The deceased was a good tradesman, and an intelligent man, but lost a good deal of time by reason of his fondness for drink and company. An inquest was held at the Angel Hotel, on Tuesday, before the coroner, Mr. E. D. Batt, and a jury, of whom Mr. Joseph Causen was chosen foreman. Dr. Norman was the first witness, and deposed to visiting deceased between 8 and 9 a.m. on Monday. He found him sensible, but unable to speak. Deceased had his throat cut from ear to ear. The pipe was severed, and it appeared to witness that the wound was a de- termined one, done by the right hand. It was a hopeless case. He was unable to give anything to the deceased hpranse he was incapable of swallowing. Mary Tippins, a married woman, with whom the deceased had lodged for eighteen years, deposed that she was sister to the deceased, who went to bed on Sunday night about 9 o'clock. He appeared sober. She could not tell whether he was so or not. As he did not get up at his usual hoar, she went into his r?°" around He looked well, but had the bedclothes cl^e up ar°u him. She asked him if he would have a cup of tea. x said No." She then noticed some spots of blood on the clothes, and asked him if his Dose had been He did not reply. Witness then turned the clothes down, and found a great quantity of blood in the bed and a razor by his side. She became frightened, and called in a neighbour, Mrs. Collins, and her son went for a doctor. Dr. Norman came in about a quarter of an hour. Deceased was not a sober man; he drank rum. He could get good wages, and he appeared cheerful. On Saturday she thought he appeared low-spirited, and that she attributed to the effects of drink. There was other evidence, but the jury said no more was necessary, as they knew the habits of deceased. One of the jury stated that he met the deceased on Saturday last, when he was in a muddled condition, and lie asked him to lend him some money, and appeared strange in his manner. The Coronet briefly summed up the facts, and said it was evident that deceased was an habitual drinker of ardent spirits, and could earn good wages if he chose. There was no doubt but that deceased committed this rash act while suffering from the effects of drink, which brought on temporary insanity. A verdict was accordingly returned-" That; deceased died from the effects of a wound inflicted upon his throat by his own hand while labouring under temporary insanity." POLICE COURT.-SATURDAY. 1 Before Major TYLER and Mr R. OAKLEY. _nlle STEALING POULTRY.—Emma Jones, wife of Samuel I Jones, carpenter, of Llandogo, was charged with having, on the night of the 12ih April, at Whitebrook, stolen six fowls, of the value of 20s, the property of Elizabeth Follett. Evidence was adduced which went to prove that the fowls were seen safe on Monday night, and on the following morning they were missed. The back door had been forced, and blood and feathers left on the floor. Police constable Randell'traced that the prisoner had sold four fowls at Lower Redbrook, and she was arrested, when she said thot she found four in a shed on her mother's premises. Two were sworn to. The accused elected to be tried by a jury, and she was sent for trial at the sessions. ABERGAYENNY. Alia. LANCY'S ENTERTAiNMENT.-On Tuesday evening, the 15th inst., Mr. Harry Lancy gave a second literary entertainment in the Town Hall, in aid of the funds of the Abergavenny Reading Association. There was a very good attendance, and the programme was a varied one, consisting of literary and humorous recitals, given entirely from memory, and were all rendered in a most able and artistic manner, and gave great satisfaction. His rendering of "The Spanish Armada, aud "The way of the world," were thorough masterpieces of elo- cution. "Major Namby," or "The Domestic Ab- surdity," was also a great success, and kept the audience in roars of laughter. Mr. Gerald Daniel's A Happy Pair," was very well received. We may also state that Mr. Lancy gave his services gratuitously. FIRE.-On Mouday night a lire broke out on the pre- mises occupied by Mr. Holmes, fellmonger, Mill-street. Some wool and harness which had been placed in a shed became ignited, it is conjectured, by means of a fire which had been burning in a fire-place in the wall of the shed, and which was supposed to have been put out. The fire occurred about half-past 12, and was discovered by some neighbours, who gave the alarm, and there being plenty of water on the premises, the fire was speedily put out, but not before damage, estimated at about ZCIOO had been done. VESTRY MEETING.—The adjourned vestry meeting for the purpose of passing the half-yearly accounts of the Burial Board, was held at the office of Mr. J. H. Farquhar, solicitor, on Saturday last. Present H. L Baker, (Chairman), R. Price and E. Morgan. The accounts showed a balance in hand of £35 6s. 4., which appeared to be very satisfactory. Upon the proposition of Mr. Morgan, seconded by Mr, Price, the accounts were unanimously agreed to. ALLEGED ASSAULT.-At the petty sessions on Wed- nesday, Thomas Parry, carpenter, was summoned by Mary Ann Herring for assaulting her on the 10th. Complainant said defendant was her brother. She was in Mr. Richard's the butoher's shop, on the day in question. Defendant's wife was there and made some remarks. Complainant waited outside, and when defen- dant's wife came out, said, don't insult me if I order anything I can pay for it without robbing mother. De- fendant then came up and struck complainant, dragged her by the hair of the head, and knocked her down. Two witnesses were called, who stated that they saw a row, but no assault took place. A cross summons had been issued against the complainant by the defendant's wife. The bench decided to dismiss both cases. TOLL QUESTION.—James Henry Smith, toll collector was summoned by George Pritchard, coal merchant, for taking illegal toll of him on the 16th. It appears that the complainant sends round a cart with coal, which is sold out in small quantities. Complainant owns a house and premises,, in which he lives, and is rated in respect of them. He also rents a coalyard under the London and North Western Railway Company which he is not rated in respect of. He has no coalyard at his house, but occasionally keeps and sells coal there by the hundredweight. Charles Lloyd, in Mr. Pritchard's em- ploy, said that on the 16th he had the horse and cart with him, but no coal in it. Defendant came up and demanded 2d. for toll. He had sold coal that morning it was for the second load that the defendant claimed the and bad paid 2d. for toll. He took a second load out, and 2d. He did not pay the 2d. It transpired in the evidence that there was a bell attached to the cart, and the coal was sold for ready money. For the defence, defendantfturged his right to claim toll under the second schedule of the Abergavenny Improvement Commission- ers Act, 1871, and the 47th Section of the same Act was relied upon, which enacts that any person selling. goods off his premises shall be liable for toll. The bench, after consideration, decided to dismiss the case.. BOARD or GUARDIANS—The fortnightly meeting of this board, was held at the Workhouse, on Thursday (22nd inst.) Present, Messrs. Wm. Hiley, (Chairman), 'rhos. Williams, Wm. Watkins, W. Havard, B. Addis, lhos. Watkins, Peter Morgan, D. Meredith, W. Bennett, Jas. Parry. E. Morris, John Harris, —.Hughes, John Probert, D. L. Dodd, R. Gwillim, Wm. Morgan, and David Lewis. The relief list from the Blaenavon district, containing a large number of applications, the Board resolved to adhere more'stringengently to order for relief in the ^°"se- 1 n answer to the Board, Mr. Lewis the Relieving Officer said there was great destitution at Blaenavon. There was no likelihood of the work being resumed. About 700 persons have signed to go to work and would go to work if they could. Mr. Williams protested against the defiant manner of Jas. Cummins, in not supporting his children who are still in the workhouse. He (Mr. Williams) had been informed that he was in a respectable situation and "elting £1 per week. Mr. Morris said he thought it would be better to leave him alone, as the Board were only ex- pending useless money in getting him committed. It was resolved that he should be further proceeded against. Mr. Watkins was then re-elected chairman, and Messrs. Hiley and Thomas Williams as vice-chairmen ANOTHER DESTRUCTIVE FIRE broke out at Llan- sabath Farm (in the occupation of Mr James), in the parish of Llanover, about three miles from Aber- gavenny, on Wednesday last. The farm buildings consist of cow-houses, a barn, and stables, all attached to the farm house. About 8 o'clock on Wednesday night Mr James discovered that the cowhouse was on fire, and by the time he got the animals out it was in a blaze. The Abergavenny fire brigade was quickly on the spot, but was too late to savp. the barns, stabe, and granary, and therefore commenced pumping water upon the side of the building attached to the house, and succeeded in preventing the flames from extending in that direction. The ricks, which were only about 10 vards from the burning buildings, narrowly escaped destruction. The fire was got under about two o'clock in the morning, but not before the whole mass of buildings was completely gutted. The damage is roughly estimated at from £ 200 to £ 300. Ihe cause of the fire is supposed to be a spark from one of the men's nines The farm is the property of the re- presentatives of the late Theophilus Wilson of Monson House, Maindy, near Abergavenny. — — ABERSYCHAN. LOCAL BOARD.—The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Present, Messrs R. Greenway (in the chair), H* Lewis, P. Hambleton, W. Walters, 'P Davies, W. L. Pratt, J. Daniel, W. P. James, T. Mitchell, J. Jones, E. Jones, A. It. Verity, C. Herbert, and W. Richards. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and confirmed, the surveyor's report was read.-Dr Mulligan, the medical officer of health, re- ported as follows: During the past six weeks your distrct has been, comparatively speaking, healthy. The death rate was 18 per 1,000 per annum. the births exceeded the deaths by 59. There was one death from scarlet fever, and one from whooping cough, accompanied by inflammation of the lungs in the early part of March. At the present time, so far as I can learn, the district is free from epidemic dis- ease.A letter from Dr Lupton was read, in which lie stated that it would be impossible for him to devote any time to the duties of the board, owing to his pro- fessional engagements, and that therefore he must tender his resignation. The clerk was directed to in- sort notice of the resignation.—Plans for two houses, to be built near the Castle beerhouse, were approved, subject to the houses being built in a line with the Castle, and not to project as shown on the plan. It appeared that a building, which hud not been approved ? i Knavd was beintr erected 011 M.i David Wil- ol by the boai(i,waStUenig^hoid Burveyor see Mr and it was agreed that in future no erected unless the approval of the b acninst the tained, otherwise proceedings to be ta^ offending parties.-On the motion of Mi Mnctieu seconded by Mr E. Jones, it was reso accounts due to the board for private diainage no forthwith collected, and that a list of the made out and presented monthly to the boar Veritycompainedofthenegtectofduty on the part of the scavengers in not removing ashes, &c., from streets of Garndiffaith. This led to a conversation, J which resulted ia aa unanimous resolution, on the motion of Mr E. Jones, seconded by Mr J.Jones, that f I the two scavengers should be discharged, the proper j: notices to be given.—With regard to the station road, t it was agreed that the committee should wait upon Mr Prosser, and try to persuade him to give up the 1 house he now lives in, so that the new road con be proceeded with. 1