MONMOUTHSHIRE. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MB. MATTHEW JONES, at the Beaufert Arms Hotel, Raglan, at Two o'clock in the afternoon, On FRIDAY, the 31st day of March, 1876, precisely, subject to conditions of sale to be then produced, viz., all that FREEHOLD MESSUAGE or Dwelling-house, with large productive Garden, well stocked with choice fruit trees, Outbuildings, and appurtenances belonging, situate in the parish of Bryngwyn, one mile from Raglan, adjoining the Abergavenny-road, bounded by property of Mrs. Cheslyn and Mrs. Morgan, and late in the occupation of Mr. Daniel O'Leary. For further particulars apply to the Auctioneer, or to Mr. W. C. A. Williams, solicitor, Monmouth. Dated, Auction and Estate Agency Offices, Agin- court-square, Monmouth, 16th March, 1876. BOROUGH COURT, MONMOUTH. Attractive and genuine sale of genteel, modern, and well preserved Household Furniture, and other valuable effects (removed for convenience of sale), and which MR MATTHEW JONES has been favoured with instruction to SELL BY AUCTION, On Tuesday, the 28th day of March, 1876. Full particulars in posters. Sale to commence punctually at One o'clock. Dated Auction and Estate Agency Offices, Agin- court Square, Monmouth, March 16th, 1876. LOWER PINK FARM, SHIRENEWTON, Midway between Chepstow and Usk. MESSRS. JOHN DAVIES & SON beg to announce their instructions from Messrs. Richard Burden and James Thomas, who are leaving their respective farms, to Sell by Auction, on the above premises, On TUESDAY, March the 28th, 1876, The following Live and Dead FARMING STOCK, AND OTHER EFFECTS, VIZ. SHEEP—72 cross-bred ewes with lambs and to w Lamb, 15 ditto ewe and weather tegs, 1 ditto Ram. CATTLE—2 prime young cows with calves, I in-season cow, 1 ditto heifer, 7 barren cows and heifers, 5 two-year-old steers, 3 yearling steers and heifers. HORSES—Dark brown cart horse, four-years- old chestnut cart mare; one brown half-bred mare; 1 ditto in foal; 1 ditto yearling colt. IMPLEMENTS, &c.-l narrrow waggon, 2 ditto carts, I broad-wheel ditto, 1 spring ditto, manure distributor, 12-coulter corn drill, 3-furrow seed ditto, iron wheel ploughs (by Howard, Kell, and Wilkes), pairs of iron harrows, Banbury turnip cutter, 2-knife chaff engine (by Samuelson), 3 dozen new hurdles, sets of trace and thiller har- nesss, pair of G O. ditto, agricultural tools, several articles of household furniture, dairy utensils, about 12 sacks of prime potatoes, and other effects not specified on the bills. Also a first-class sheep dog. Luncheon at 11.30, sale at 12.30. OAK TIMBER FOR SALE. FOR SALE BY TENDER, IN TWO LOTS. LOT 1.—20 oak timber trees, numbered in red, now standing on Alt-y-Billa Farm in the parish of Llangeview, near Usk. LOT 2.—59 oak, 3 beech, and 2 ash timber trees, numbered in red, now standing on Pen-y-Bank Farm, Llangattock nigh Caerleon. Mr John Davies, of Alt-y-Billa Farm will show lot 1; and Mr William Harris, of Pen-y-Bank will show lot 2. Tenders to be sent in ou or before the 16th day of April next, to Mr OLIVBB DAVIES, Land Agent and Surveyor, Usk, from whom further particulars may be obtained. SKENCHILL FARM, LLANROTHALL, FOUR MILES FROM MONMOUTH. SALE of 4 capital Hereford cows with calves 2 3-year-old heifers, in calf; 5 2-year-old steers; 2 2-year-old heifers and 2 yearling heifers. Black cart mare brown cart mare, in foal'; half-bred mare, aged. 2 2-year-old rams 1 ewe, in yean I well-bred young hilt. Narrow-wheel waggon, with dashboards and tripples complete broad-wheel cart wherry; a nearly new Cambridge roller; new horse rake (Ransome and Simms) set of harrows (nearly new); pair drags (nearly new); pair seed harrows; a nearly new 6-coulter drill (Kell); wood roller; a nearly new wheel plough (Ransome and Simms); a ditto ditto (Kell) iron swing plough (Bentall's); patent chaff cntter (nearly new); 2-knife chaff ma- chine galvanized sheep trough 2 wooden sheep troughs; 2 haul rakes; half-bushel measure, seedslip, grindstone, 2 sets short harness, 2 sets G.O. harness, chains and traces, riddles and sieves, scythes, 2 steel-prong dung forks, harvest bottles, axe, 2 hackers, 2 pairs gloves, spades, shovels, pikes, rakes, and a general assortment of farming tools; 2 cheese presses, cheese tub,* ladder and stand, milk pans, milk pails, 6 cheese vats, a superior barrel churn, tubs, benches, &c., &c. Also 600 gallons of prime cider in casks, empty casks, and numerous other valuable miscel- laneous effects, which MR. MATTHEW JONES Has been favoured with instructions from Mr John Phillips (who is leaving the farm) to Sell by Auction, on the premises, On. THURSDAY, the 30th day of March, 1876. Luncheon at 11, sale to commence punctually at half-past 12 o'clock. Dated, Auctioneer and Estate Agency Offices, Agmcourt-square, Monmouth, 22nd March, 1876. APRIL WHEAT FOR SALE, — APPLY to WILLIAM LLOYP, Cefn Coch, Raglan. RAGLAN FLOWER-SHOW. The COMMITTEE of the RAGLAN FLORAL T and HORlrcULTURAL ASSOCIATION announces that the ANNUAL SHOW will take place in August ensuing. H. P. SOMERSET, Hon. Sec. The Vicarage, Raglan. 23rd March, 1876 OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person or persons found trespassing upon the land of the Great Llancayo Estate, bordering on the river Usk, in pursuit of fish, without the permission of the tenant, Mr David, will be prosecuted ac- cording to law. Langstone Court, J. JONES. March 20th, 1876. BURTON AND OTHER ALES, AT THE KING'S HEAD INN, USK. TN 9, 18, and 36 gallon casks, at lOd, Is, Is 2d. J_ and Is 4d per gallon. PORTER & STOUT, in same sized casks. i NOTICE. NOW READY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 24 THE USK GLEANER," Part 6, price 3d., ATTACHED to some lines on Spelling Bees will be five enigmas, and Nuttall's Diction- ary or the popular work Enquire Within," will be presented to the first person who brings to the Observer office the solution of the Enigmas men- tioned above.
Hunting Appointments. LLANGIBBY AND CHEPSTOW HOUNDS. Monday, March 27,The Beech (Wentwood) Thursday, March 30, Mathera Saturday, April 1, Chepstow Park At half-past Ten. MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS. Monday* Mar. 27 Pen-y-clawyd Thursday, Mar. 30.Hilston Park At Eleven o'clock.
Births, Marriages, and Deaths. Births, Deaths, and Marriages are inserted jree oj charge, but it is requested that such announcements be sent to the Office properly authenticated. MARRIAGES. At Usk Church, March 20th, by the Rev S. C. Baker. vicar, Mr Charles Upstill, of Monmouth, to Jane, only daughter of the late Mr Benjamin Weare, innkeeper, Usk. At the Baptist Chapel, Chepstow, March 14, by the Rev W. Cumberland, Jabez James Lintott, to Annie, daughter of Mr B. Greening, watchmaker, Chepstow. DEATHS. At 41, Bridge-street, Chepstow, March 13, Diana, widow of the late Charles Harris, in her 79th year. At Almonte, Ontario, Canada West, March 2, Mr Geo. Williams, draper, formerly of Monmouth, son-in-law of the late Mr Benjamin Yeates, draper, Monmouth, aged 56 years. At 160, Commercial-street, Newport, March 14, Wm. Brixey, aged 64 years. At 1, Summer Hill Villas, Maindee, March 11, Ann Cherry, in her 77th year. At Lower Cwmbran, March 12, Mary A. Davies, aged 6 months. At Cwmbran, March 13. Hannah Davies, aged 77 years. At Pontnewynydd, March 3, Hester Thomas, aged 38 years.
AMNESTY CRIES. U AMNESTY 1 Amnesty!" is a good cry for agitators who always like to keep the ruling powers in hot water. We are familiar with it in this country, and have been so since the days when the ringleaders of the Fenian movement were consigned to penal servitude. It brings about periodical demonstrations in Hyde Park, and it serves to give point to the patriotic speeches of Irishmen on St. Patrick's day. The cry which has long been familiar to us in this country is now also being loudly raised in France, where the genus" agitator never dies. On the same day M. Victor Hugo in the Senate and M. Raspail in the Chamber of Deputies proposed an amnesty for all acts com- mitted during the commune. The extreme political views held by both the movers would very likely have stirred up active opposition to any proposals of theirs, however simple or innocent; but the amnesty cry—remember the inflammable material of which French senators and deputies are generally composed-was the very thing to cause the scenes which actually occurred. It would be difficult anywhere to match French legislators, when in a state of excitement, for the irritating character of the r retorts and the pungency of their exclamations. On M. Victor Hugo reading his resolution, one of the senators of the Right exclaimed, Do you propose an amnesty even for the murderers of the hostages ?" How cutting again was the retort of a member of the Left to the Bonapartists in the Chamber of Duputies when he shouted out that the assassins of the 2nd of December owed some indulgence to the assassins of the commune!" If the sole object of MM. Hugo and Raspail had been to set senators and deputies by the ears, and to afford the members of opposite factions the opportunity of spitting fire at each other, they could not have hit upon a better device than introducing motions in favour of an immediate amnesty for the convicts of the commune. By some curious fatality they had absolutely chosen at first the 18th of March—The anni- versary of the murders of General Lecomte and Clement Thomas—to bring forward their motions, and if the day had not been changed the reception accorded to the senator and the deputy might have rivalled scenes in the National Assembly in revolutionary times. The proposals, to which the Government at- tached importance, were voted urgent, and there is a confident expectation that, by the end of the week, MM. Hugo and Raspail will be defeated by large majorities. The members of the Senate are too well aware that, though Co n- munism is out of the sight for the present in France, it still exists as an element of possible danger when any political crisis comes around. Out of France commemorative demonstrations have recently taken place which help to put the French Government and Assembly on their guard by letting them see that expatriated Communists are only patiently bidding their time. The refugees in London dined together and made speeches, and in Lausanne the Com- munist leaders gave vent to violent views against religion, patrotism, family ties, and all those binding principles of order without which society would fall into hopeless ruin. From the manner in which some Communist demonstrators were treated in Berne, where a red flag-the symbol of blood and anarchy- was torn to shreds, it is pretty evident that the Swiss people, who prize the constitutional liberties:they enjoy, have no sympathy what-, ever with the destructive sentiments of the refugees, to whom, nevertheless, they freely grant the right of asylums but in Paris where dangerous doctrines seem indestructible, even by the most vigorous measure of repression, it may be well imagined that a very different feeling still smoulders among the masses, and that harm might be done by the premature in- dulgence in such acts of clemency as are re- commended to the French Government in the motions of M. Victor Hugo and M. Raspail. Neither that Government nor our own can be blamed if they turn a deaf ear to the amnesty cries in the cases alike of Communist and Fenian ringleaders. Between them there 18 very little to choose. Outrages against society of the flagrant kind were common to both. and society, for its own security and in its own defence, is compelled to exact the full penalty due to seditious and treasonable crimes.
PONTYPOOL. INQUEST ON THE GENTLEMAN FOUND ON THE MOUNTAIN NEAR PONTYPOOL. An inquest was held on Friday, the 17th inst., by Mr W. H. Brewer, coroner, touching the death of a gentle- man, named James Whitehouse, aged 80 years, who was found dead on the summit of Mynydd Maen, on Monday evening, the 13th inst. The body was re- moved to the Mountain Air Inn, kept by Thomas James, on the side of the mountain overlooking Cwm- bran; and there the inquest was held. Mr Henry Morgan, surveyor to the Llanfrechfa Upper Local Board, was sworn as foreman of the jury. William Whitehouse deposed: I am grandson of the deceased. I have seen the body, and recognised it as that of James Whitehouse, my grandfather. I am perfectly satisfied of it. He lived at Loughor, near Llanelly, Swansea. On the 6th of January last, I went with him to Snow Hill station, Birmingham; 1 put him into a train to come to Merthyr Tydfil. He was booked through to Merthyr, and was going to visit a. daughter of his, living at Dowlais. From that time I saw no more of him until I saw him yesterday. I saw no marks of violence about him, but the face was very de- composed. I have no suspicion that any violence was used towards him. The coroner said that if there was any suspicion of violence, he should order a post mortem examination; but if there was not, such examination would not be necessary. Witness identified several letters, spectacles, a wooden pipe, a card of elastic, and a. small sum of money, found on the deceased. He added that he had no idea of how deceased got on the mountain. De- ceased had been staying at witness's father's house for some time. He was a little childish, from age; but they thought him quite capable of travelling by him- self. He came to their house in September by himself, went from there to witness's uncle at London by him- self, returned to witness's home, and was returning to Dowlais. He had been a commercial traveller all his life, and was accustomed to travel. He had not a large sum of money with him; about the same amount as that found on him. James Cocker deposed: I am a farmer, living at Maes Gwyn Farm, in the parish of Llanfrechfa Upper. On Monday last, John Wiliiams and I were in search of sheep, in Cwm Lickey Dingle, when we saw a coat hanging in a tree, near the bottom of the tree. We walked on, and then we found the corpse lying against the tree. It was in a sitting position. We returned at once, and gave information to the police. The body was then removed to the Mountain Air Inn. There was nothing to lead us to suspect that he had been ill- used. In answer to the foreman, witness explained that the coat was not detached from the body, but the coat tails were blown upwards in the tree. He was sitting on the stump of a tree, looking towards the summit of the mountain. Deceased's grandson said that the guard of the rail- way saw the deceased at Hereford on the 6th inst. He had travelled in this district a long time. The railway ticket was not found on the body, and had not been traced at any railway station. The coroner remarked that the old gentleman pro- bably got out of the train at Pontypool road, or Pont- newydd, and had strayed up on the mountain, not knowing where he was going. But that did Dot matter. The only question was whether he had been abused, and there was no symptom of abuse. Charles Hughes, police officer, stationed at Cwmbran and Pontnewydd, deposed: On Monday last, from in- formation received from the last witness, I went with him and others to Cwm Lickey Dingle, and there saw deceased, in a sitting position, at the butt of a beech tree. I examined the body and clothes. I found no marks of violence. The body was very much decom- posed. I found on him the letters produced, one shilling in silver, tenpence in coppers, spectacles in a case, pipe, tobacco, matches, pocket handkerchief, and something which appeared to have been bread and cheese. I do not in the least think that he had been abused. He appeared to have gone and reclined there, exhausted. I at once came to the conclusion that de- ceased was the man whose description I had received as being missing from Birmingham, I communicated with Supt. M'lntosh. The coroner thought that the only verdict that the jury could return was that the poor old gentleman was found dead on the mountain. Whitehouse, commercial traveller, son of deceased, said that they took the precaution of placing the old gentleman in the care of the guard, who accompanied the train as far as Hereford; and if they had had the least suspicion of his coming to hurt, some one would have been sent with him. They had gone to every trouble and expense in searching for him; and found that he was seen in the train after it left Hereford, but when the guard went to look for him in the train at Quakers' Yard, he was missing. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was found lying dead on the mountain, and expressed their opinion that not the slightest blame attached to the relatives. POLICE COURT.—SATURDAY. Before Colonel BYRDE, C. J. PARKES, Esq. Rev. T. EVANS, and E. J. PHILIIFS, Esq. COMPULSORY EDUCATION.—Richard Worthing, James Thomas, Thomas Allen, and George Attwood, were summoned, at the instance of the Llanfrechfa School Board, for neglecting to send their children to school. Mrs Worthing pleaded that she had been very ill, and required the services of her little girl; Mrs Thomas 8^1(1 her husband had kept their boy at home now and then; Mr Allen produced a medical certificate that his children had been suffering from colds, &c., during the winter; and the others also gave excuses. Mr Law. rence, on behalf of the Board, said that if the people had attended the Board meeting, and given satisfactory explanations, that was all that was required. A man named M'Carthy produced papers showing the dates on which the children were absent. Mr Phillips said that he knew that Mrs Allen was a lady of superior education and it was a. question whether she could not give her children efficient education without sending them to school: if a Board chose to build schools in an extravagant manner, that was no reason why parents should be compelled to send their children to them. These being the first caPies brought before the Bench, Col. Byrde said it must be understood that the bye laws must be observed. The case against Mr Allen was dismissed, but the othf;r defendants were fined Is each. DRUNK. James Gould, collier, was fined 10s or seven days for # being drunk.-George Taylor, sweep, was charged with a Hike offence in the parish of Llan- frechfa Upper, and w as fined 20s or fourteen days. ASSAULT.—Charles Court, was charged with being drunk and with assai alting Henry Charles Kent. He pleaded guilty, but iM Lr Greenway, on his behalf, said that was a mistake, a ad he must ask for a remand, as Mr Kent had sentav ay his servant, who was a witness for the defence. Mj Kent said he was changing his residence from Maja hilad to Brynmawr; and the ser- vant had gone there with Mrs Kent. He then deposed that defendant had been in his service, and was dis- charged last Sa furtlay; complainant attended a sale, and defendant, Nrho was there, was very abusive, so that complainan t had! to leave the sale; defendant after- wards came to complainant's door, and, when com- plainant answ( jred the door, caught hold of him, got him down, kic' ted him, threw stones at him, and bit his hand; defend a.nt was very drunk at the time.—Mr Greenway pi eaded that defendant had been in Mr Kent s servic « some time, and that his conduct might be overlookei ël on account of his long service; and the Bench could deal with the case at once, without ad- journing it,, remembering that defendant had already been locke< ijup two days.-Defendant was fined 40s or one month ,'s hard labour. STEALI ,<G COAL.—-Ann Parry was charged, as a juvenile offender, with stealing a quantity of coal, the property of the Ebbw Yale Company. The case was proved and defendant was fined 10s or seven days.— iiibenefjer Lacey, a boy. who did not appear, was simi- larly c harged, and a warrant was issued. SEL LINO BEEB WITHOUT A LICENSE.-Margaret Powe,ii was charged with selling beer without a license at B) aenavon. Mr Grreenway conducted the prosecu- tion, and Mr A. Morgan defended. P.C. Coombes deposed that he and P.C. Wilmot visited the de- fendant's house on Sunday, the 5th inst., and found in it Ifour men, who had two cups of beer; Mrs Powell began to wring her hands, and begged him to say no- thuig about it; there were two empty casks on the premises, and several jars, one of which, a gallon mea- sure, had recently contained beer; when he served the summons for her, she said she did not. know what it was for, or how it could be said that she was selling beer, as she only had half-a-gallon which she brought up from the Cwm the night before.-P.c.. Wilmot gave corroborative evidence.—For the defence, Mr Morgan called Oliver Tovey, who deposed that bet was invited into the house by Fred Hacker, a friend of his, to have some beer, but no money was passed. This witness had refused to give his name to the police. Mr Morgan contended that Hacker brought the beer to this house on Saturday night, and on Sunday brought in some friends to share it with him, but no money passed.—Mr Greenway argued that there was only one bed in the house, and therefore these men were not lodgers; the woman's own behaviour before the police, and her statements, were quite inconsistent with the plea set up by the defence; and it was not necessary to prove that any money passed.—In answer to the Bench, Superin- tendent M'lntosh said that the woman had been sus- pected a long time; and there were a great many houses of the sort at Blaenavon.-Defendant was fined 20s; and cautioned for the future. CHARGE OF PERMITTING DRUNKENNESS,—John Probyn, of the King's Head Inn, Pontypool, was charged with permitting drunkenness on his premises. Mr Greenway defended. P.S. Young deposed that he saw Uriah Weeks very drunk in the street, and or- dered him home; Weeks tried to get admittance to several inns, but was refused; a man said he would take him home, but took him to the King's Head in- stead; he found Weeks in the taproom at the King's Head, and defendant did not take any steps to put him out, but merely said he had had no beer there. P.C. Walters gave similar evidence; Weeks had been fined for being drunk on the occasion.—Mr Phillips thought it must be shown that the man got drunk on the pre- mises.—Weeks was sworn, and said he paid for about five quarts of beer in the King's Head after he went in there, drunk, from the street, so he supposed he was double drunk; it would take him about two minutes to drink one quart, if he had not had any; he was not dead drunk, or he should have had to be carried into the house; a good many helped him to drink the five quarts.—For the defence, Mr Greenway called Fred- erick Nicholls, who deposed that he was in the King's Head on Tuesday, the 7th of March; about 2 o'clock, Weeks and another man came in. and had four or five quarts of beer, but were sober when they left; about two hours afterwards, Weeks returned, and then Mr Probyn refused to draw anything for him, and re- quested him to leave; the police followed him in, in about four or five minutes; the beer that was on the table before Weeks belonging to a man named Griffiths and some other navyies; witness, Edward Farr, and others, helped to drink the four or five quarts.—De- fendant was sworn, and said he was a single man, and attended to the business himself; Weeks appeared to be quite sober when he first left the house; he returned in about two hours, bringing some brawn to eat; as he seemed the werse for drink then, witness told him he would draw nothing for him and requested him to leave; witness was busy in the bar, and could not go to turn him out; witness did not think any harm to allow him to eat the meat there. -Weeks said that a man was present, who was with him, and was qaite sober, and he could prove that he (Weeks) had told no lies.- The Bench said they would hear this man.—James Wilkins was therefore examined, and deposed that Weeks had his right senses about him when he left the King's Head; and when he came in the second time, the landlord refused to draw him anything and did not. -The Bench, on hearing this, dismissed the case. ANOTHER PUBLIC HOUSE CASE.—Edward Johns, of the Ash Tree beerhouse, Blaenavon, was charged with keeping his house open during prohibited hours. Mr Greenway defended. P.S. Coombes deposed that on Sunday, the 5th inst., he and P.C. Wilmot visited the house, at 12.15, and found a number of men there; through the window he saw one man go into another room; after being detained at the door about three minutes, he was admitted, and found ten men in the room, with a cup of beer; the landlord pointed to the clock, which denoted half-past 12, but witness pulled out his watch, and showed that it was only 12.19; in another room, witness found three men and two women, who were said to be lodgers.-P.C. Wilmot corroborated, and said that the beer found drawn was said to belong to the lodgers, and one of the men said to be lodging there, came and fetched it.—Mr Green- way argued that defendant kept his clock by the hooter," and believed that his time was correct; there were some lodgers in the house, having dinner, and the beer that was seen belonged to them; the other men seen in the house were employed on the railway hard by, and had a. right to go in there for shelter.- Mr Phillips said that every public house keeper was bound to go by Greenwich, or post office time.—De- fendant was sworn, and his statement agreed with that of Mr Greenway.—James Lewis, a lodger at the Ash Tree, also gave evidence for the defence; so did his wife, and Thomas Foster, one of the labourers on the railway.—Defendant was fined 40s, and the license was endorsed. ASSAULT,—John Lynch, labourer, charged with as- saulting John Lewis, at the Race, on the 12th instant, was fined 10s, with lis 6d costs. A DRUNKEN BATCH.—Patrick Murphy, labourer, charged with being drunk on the highway, at Blaen- avon, was fined 15s, including costs.—John Collier, miner, charged with being drunk at Garndiffaith, was fined 10s, including costs.—William Brown, navvy, of Cwmuantddu, charged with being drunk and riotous, was fined 15s, including costs.—Francis Turner, collier, charged with being drunk and riotous at Abersychan, was fined 1.0s, including costs.-William Watkins, labourer, of Garndiffaith, was fined 20s, including costs, for being drunk at Garndiffaith, on the 11th of Decem- ber; and was further fined 20s, including costs, for refusing to quit the Little Crown beerhouse, Garn- diffaith, on the same day, when requested to do so by the landlord, William Hill. THREATS.—Mary Keefe, married woman, of Aber- sychan, charged with using violent threats and in- sulting language, was bound over to keep the peace for six months, and ordered to pay 8s 6d costs.—Ellen Welton, charged with threatening Ellen Rice, at Cwm- bran, was also bound over to keep the peace. TRESPASS.—Susan Jones, 13, and Alice Rees, 16, were charged with wilful and malicious trespass by picking coal at Blaenavon on the 5th inst. Jones was fined 10s, including costs; and Rees was discharged. TRESPASS.—Ralph Bryant, collier, charged with wil- ful and malicious trespass by breaking slates, belong- ing to the Patent Nut and Bolt Company, at Cwmbran, on the 29th of February, was fined 10s, including costs. ASSAULTING THE POLICE.-Henry Holder, collier, of Abersychan, charged with being drunk and assaulting P.C. Saunders, was fined 40s, with 9s costs. LEAVING WORK.—Emma Howells and Joanna Her- ring were summoned by Henry Cullimore, gaffer at the British Works, Abersychan, for leaving work without giving notice. Howells was fined 20s, with costs; and Herring was discharged. WEDNESDAY. Before the Rev J. C. LLEWELLIN, and C. J. PARKES, Esq. THEFT.-Edward Johnson and George Young were charged with stealing jib. of tea from the shop of David Ellis, Pontypool. Mrs Ellis said the boys went into her shop to buy some sweets, and after they left she missed the tea. Police-constable Gardner found the tea in Johnson's possession. Johnson, who had been charged several times before, was sentenced to three months, and Young to 21 days. DRUNK.—James Bendall was fined 10s for being drunk. AN INQUEST was held by Mr E. D. Batt, on Monday, at the house of Mr Henry Knipe, Coedygraig Farm, near Pontypool, touching the death of Cornelius Win- stone, aged 49 years. Deceased had for the last four- teen years been in Mr Knipe's service as waggoner, was valued as an obliging and trustworthy servant by his employer, and was known and liked by most people from Pontypool to Blaenavon. On Friday morning, the 17th inst., he was proceeding with a cartload of manure to one of Mr Knipe's fields, opposite his ex- tensive market gardens. As he passed over the rail- way bridge, about eight o'clock, his whip tied round his body, he exchanged merry greetings with the rail- way men, and further on with Mr Knipe's son William and another man, who were on a rick just inside the field which he was about to enter with his team. He had passed through the gate on the right of the leading horse, when he saw that the hind horse was coming too near the gate-post on the left. Instead of flinging his whip across, he ran round in front of the leader to guide the hind horse clear of the post. Unfortunate for the poor man was it that he I did so, for he got caught between the post and the "cart. He and the gate-post were both thrown down, and the wheel pas- sed over his head. Mr William Knipe jumped down from the rick to assist him, but Cornelius merely ex- claimed,Oh William, this is the finishing stroke! and died, in about four minutes, in his young master s ttrms. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental dea,th," There was no one to blame. About six years age a little child of the deceased's was suffocated by falfeg on her face into a small hole, containing but a fewiinches of water, on a little plot of ground at the baek;of her father's cottage. Cornelius, who belonged to the Philanthropic Club, held at the Green House Ian* was buried at Panteg churchyard on Tuesday. PONTNEWYNYDD WORKS.—These large and important works, now unhappily standing still, were on Wednes- day offered for sale by auction, by Messrs Fuller, Horsey, Son, & Co., at the Auction Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, London. There was a good attendance, but the bidding did not run up to the desired mark. The works were eventually bought in at £32,000, and the Snatchwood House and grounds, comprising upwards of 27 acres, were bought in at £ 2,100. BUTTEK WORTH'S ROYAL CHRISTY'S MINSTRELS visited Pontyposl, and gave two entertainments at the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, to very respectable audiences. There are some good singers in the troupe, and the entertainment altogether was of a very pleasing character. ABERGAVENNY. PEDESTRiANiSM.—We are pleased to learn that Mr Albert J. Goodwin, formerly of this town, but now of Jesus College, Oxford, has just added to his numerous trophies, the much-coveted Prince of Wales' Cup, by winning the Three Miles' race at the Oxford Univer- sity athletic sports. There were eight competitors, and the 3 miles were run in 15 minutes, 41 and three-fifths seconds, being 18 seconds quicker than last year. Mr Goodwin, who has previously given several proofs of his prowess in pedestrianism since he has been at Ox- ford, is now, we understand, in training at Windermere ior the competition between Oxford and Cambridge which will take place at Lillie Bridge on the 7th prox. THE MARCH Horse and Cattle Fair was held on Tuesday last, and a large number of animals were offered for sale. Horses were very dear and a little on the increase in price but cattle prices were almost unaltered. Small ponies were excessively dear. Mutton sold at lid and Is per lb. English ewes and lambs 50s the couple Welsh 40s. Pigs were also very dear. POLICE COURT.—'WEDNESDAY. Before Rev. JAMBS FARQUHAR (Chairman), Caj t. AMIEL, Capt. WHEELEY, R. REES, and MANLEY ASH win, EsQs. MRS DEAN'S CELLAR AGAIN.—Mr Price again appeared in this case and said that Mrs Dean had laid a wooden cover over her cellar, and not an iron one as required by the Improvement Commissioners' Act, and there- fore he contended she had not put the covering in proper repair. Mr Batt (the clerk) was of opinion that the Act only bore on future cellar coverings and not existivg ones. Mr Price contended that if that was the case, all the old cellar coverings could go to rack and ruin, and the Commissioners could not pre- vent it. Mr Batt: and that's the object in your Act. Mr Price said that if Mrs Dean had put an iron cover- ing to the cellar, after the first hearing, and for which purpose the case was adjourned, there would have been nothing more about it, but this she had not done. Mrs Dean contended that her old covering was quite effective until the Commissioners' men injured it in re-laying the pavement. The bench after some con- sideration, fined Mrs Dean 6d and costs. GAME TRESPASS.—Wm, Mainwarning, keeper to Lady Llanover, charged Thomas Witcombe, of the Nag's Head Inn, Talywain, with trespassing in pursuit of conies, in Llanover, on Sunday, the 5th inst. Mr Farquhar defended. The defence was that defendant and some friends were on the road near Llanover, and they had two dogs following them, and while they were looking at the new fountain at Hanover, one of the dogs started a rabbit which it coursed into the hedge at the side of the road. Thomas Watkins was called to prove the defendant's statement. The bench con- sidering that P.C. Allen had also sworn that defend- ant was on the land, he was fined 10s and costs. CRUELTY TO A HORsE.-Walter Pierson, a young lad in livery, servant to Capt. Wolsey, was charged by P.C. Meredith with driving a horse with a wound caused by the rubbing of the harness. Defendant said his master was from home, and he wished an ad- journment, which was granted. DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES.—Thomas Brown and Michael Broaduck, two ragmen, were fined 6s and costs for having been found drunk at the Somerset inn by P.C. Gardner, on Wednesday the 16th inst.. THE IMPROVEMENT COMMISSIONERS V. JOHN HOLMES. -Mr J. G. Price for the complainants, and Mr Gwynne James for the defendant. This case has been much talked ef in the town, and considerable interest was taken in it, the hall being crowded during the hearing. The charge was that the defendant had; contrary to the provisions of the Public Health Act, 1875, without the written authority of the complainants, established the trade of a fellmonger, in Monk-street. Mr Price, in opening the case, said the Act provided that no person should establish the business of a fellmonger within the limits of any urban district without their authority, after the 1st day of August, 1875, and this he (Mr Price) would prove the defendant was guilty of, unless he admitted it. He then called Francis Haigh, inspector under the board, who swore that to the best of his belief, the business of a fellmonger was not carried on at the premises in question in August last, and not until October, and that it had been idle for the past three years since Mr Rees gave up pos- session. This was the case for the complainants. Mr James made a most able and exhaustive address upon the case, contending that the business of a fellmonger had not been established upon the premises since the passing of the Public Health Act, but that it was merely a continuation of the fellmongering business established there since 1840, and in proof of which he cited several rules of law as to what constituted a. waiver of a settlement. The premises had been idle for three years, because they could not be let, and under which circumstances the taking possession of the pre- mises by another tenant was not establishing a new trade there, and as a second defence he would prove that the premises were taken by the defendant in June, two months previous to the passing of the Act. He then called Mrs Evans, shoemaker, Cross-street, the owner of the premises in question, who gave an ac- count of the number of fellmongers who had occupied the premises from 1840 to 1872, the time Mr Rees had given it up, and she had tried her best by advertising in numerous papers, to let it again, but had failed to do so until Mr Holmes took it in June last. She could not swear in what month he began to carry on his business there. Some cross-firing here arose between the two solicitors as to whether it was a fellmongery or skinner's or tanner's business, had been carried on by Mr Rees and previous tenants, and several fellmongers, including Mr John Turney, of Nottingham, member of the town corporation there Robert Price, Bridg- end John Ick, Stourbridge and Thomas Price Parry, mayor of Oswestry, were called and all gave a very lengthy and clear definition of fellmongery, which, to use the words of the last witness, might be defined as follows A fellmonger's employment is in re- moving the hairy or woolly covering of any animal, and the tanner puts the skin through the ultimate processes, by tanning it with oak bark or chemicals in order to convert it into leather but generally speaking a fellmonger carried the raw skins through every pro- cess until they were made into leather." The bench then retired, and after a short absence returned into court, when the chairman said the bench were unanimously of opinion that thebusiness of fellmonger had not been established since the passing of the Public Health Act, 1875, and therefore the summons must be dismissed. Mr Price intimated that he should take the case to the superior court. The decision of the bench was re- ceived with loud applause. THE LLANVETHERINE FARMERS AGAIN.—Wm. Morgan, of the White House Farm, charged James Strachan jun., of Llanvetherine, with wilfully breaking a lock, value 3s 6d. Mr Gardner defended. The complainant said he had his barn doors locked with the padlock in question, on the 14th inst., when the defendant came and broke it open with a stocking axe. The defence was one of right, which was that the complainant had ceased to be tenant of the farm and buildings, which belongs to Mr Bailey, and therefore had no right to put the lock on the door. Under these circumstances the bench dismissed the case, and directed the com- plainant to go to the county court. JOHN STRACHEN, SEN., wa3 then charged with threat- ening to kill the complainant in the last case, and he applied to have him bound over to keep the peace. From the evidence it appeared that there was a good deal of animus existing between the parties, and the chairman said the bench would be satisfied if the de- fendant would promise not to molest complainant. This was agreed to. ASSAULT.—John Jones, a labourer, charged his housekeeper with assaulting him. The complainant is an old man, and lives at Llanover. It appeared that the c. mplainant had killed a fowl on the sly and his humane housekeeper catching him, had knocked him down, and shaken him well. Fined Is and costs. EMBEZZLING MALT.—Thomas Jones, of the Turnip Tavern, Llanthewy Eytherch, was brought up in cus tody, and charged with receiving four bags of malt