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ABERGA VENNY. THE LATE INQUIRY.—The committee appointed to inquire into the charges brought by Mrs. Fielder, one of the guardians, against the workhouse officials, presented on Thursday, a report, in which while they acquit W atkins, the wardman, of some of the acts of cruelty imputed to him, they find him guilty of gross neglect of duty. Having made suggestions as to the class of man who ought to be appointed to take care of the wards, the committee expressed a belief that the conduct of the master of the work- house had been gentle and humane. POLICE COURT.—WEDNESDAY. Before Mr. HUMFREY (in the chair) and Mr. M. ASHWIN. OBSTRUCTING THE THOROUGHFARE.—Charles Knight, butcher, Monk-street, was charged with the above offence on Friday last, by placing a plank to lead into his yard.—Defendant complained of the deep gutter, and said it was a regular break spring place. He had complained to the Commissioners. The plank was only there from five o'clock in the morning, for the purpose of wheeling manure out.—Mr. Farquhar, who appeared for the Commissioners, agreed for the case to be withdrawn on payment of costs. DRUNK AGAIN.—Elizabeth Evans, wife of Thomas Evans, carpenter, was again charged with being drunk and riotous, in S^m-js-row, on Saturday night last. As defendant is a frequent visitor at this court, she was fined 10s and copts, or 21 days. ANOTHER DRUNKARD.—John Edgar Evans, marble stone cutter, Frogmore-street, was charged by Sergt Edghill with being drunk and riotous on the 13th inst. Witness said that about half-past seven on the above date he saw the landlord of the King David Inn turning the defendant out of his house. Defendant resisted, and tried to re-enter. He afterwards refused to go home.—Defendant was fined 10s, and costs or fourteen days. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.-—Henry Bradstock was again charged with being drunk and riotous in Lion-street, on the 13th ult.-Sergt. Edghill proved the case, and defendant was fined 10s and costs, or fourteen days. NOT WEIGHING BREAD,—James Scott, confectioner, Cross-street, was charged with the above offence, on the 23rd ult.—P.C, Wm. Williams proved the case, and said he went to the defendant's shop and bought a quartern loaf, for which he paidlGd. The bread was not weighed. By Mr. Baker Did not asked to have it weighed. She did not say We don't sell bread." She went out of the shop to fetch it.-Supt. Freeman said he weighed the loaf, and found it 3oz 10 drachms short. As the bread was fetched from another shop to oblige the policeman, the case was dismissed. JAMES MARTIN, grocer and baker, High-street, was charged with a similar offence. The case was proved by the same constable, he having purchased a half- quartern loaf, which, upon being brought to the station, proved to be fourteen drachms short.—Fined Is and costs, or seven days. EMMA JONES, baker and confectioner, Brecon-road, 'vas fined Is and costs, for selling unweighed bread, beIng a half-quartern cottage loaf. WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, grocer, Mount-street, was fined sh,an^ costs' *or selling a quartern loaf, being 2oz. EDGAR and JAMES JONES, bakers and confectioners, HIgh-street, were fined Is and costs, having sold a half- quartern loaf, being 2oz and 4 drachms short. f iiOMAs W ATKINS, baker, was charged with a similar offence, and fined Is and costs. SARAH LAMBERT, grocer. Flannel-street, was also charged with selling a quartern loaf, being I loz. short, 2 and was fined Is and costs.—Defendant said she wanted o weigh the bread, but the constable said he was in a Hurry and could not wait. UNJUST SCALES.—Jane Hubball, grocer, Monk-street, Was charged with using a scales, 12 drachms against ie etistoriner.-P.C. Price said he was in company WIth Supt. Freeman, and visited the defendant's shop, on Friday last, and found her scales 12 drachms short. defendant said she has been in the habit of weighing "our in the scales, and a little had struck to the scales. Supt Freeman said he bought bread there that day, ,eYen drachms short. — William Williams proved to Muging the bread, which was weighed, and they put a Piece on top of it to make it weight.Case was dis- missed on payment of costs. ANONHBR.— James Brown, grocer, Cross-street, was ciarged with having an incorrect scales.—Supt. iceman said that he visited the defendant's shop, on if 6+i 1 inst, in company with P. C. Frice, and asked .those were the usual bread scales, and defendant aid that they were. Witness examined them and found nem loz against the customer.—Fined 2s 6d and Costs. M?JnERTI0N-—Wm. Durham, tailor, was charged by ji". Clement Thomas, relieving officer, with the above ottence.— Witness said that defendant's wife became chargeable to the Abergavenny Joint Counties Asylum, on the 6th March last, at a cost of ten shillingb per veek.-—An order was made for 2B 6d a week. W'M RCen-y"—^ewis Jones, farm labourer, was charged WIth stealing a bottle of vitriol, and a packet of horse nfTi r' •value Is 9d, the property of Mr. John Addis, Llanvihangel Ciucorney, on the 6th of May.—VVm. ,iXon said the prisoner came to his house and offered «i!k pow<*er a"d vitriol for fid. He bought it, and subsequently, from hearing Mr. Addis say he lost a J owder and a bottle of vitriol, he gave him what he ^ought of the prisoner, which proved to be the same. Bare said that on the 15th May he apprehended .e prisoner at Abergavenny and charged him ^th stealing the powder and vitriol. — Thomas ^hakleton, chemist, said that on two occasions he had served the prisoner with packets of horse powder. the first occasion being about a month ago.—The case was dismissed. STEALING A HEN.—Arthur James, an Irish youth, Tudor-street, was charged with stealing a hen, alue 2s 6d, the property of Jenny Lynch, living next °r to the prisoner. —Prosecutor said that on Satur- jAY) the 18th of May, he last saw the hen in the yard. Went to Lianfoist on the Sunday.—John Meredith, arm labourer living at Lianfoist. deposed that on aturday, the 18th May, he saw a bag under a tree, and upon opening it found a fowl inside. It died as he Pened the bag. Prisoner came down out of the tree and asked for the fowl, but as the colour varied, the Prisoner was discharged. TI .RATION.—Emily Cross, single woman, living at antulio Fertholey, charged William Parry, of Hill ,aVlb with being the father of her illegitimate child, pjj ?ch she was delivered on the 27th December last. r? aintiff said she lived at defendant's farm as servant from May, 1875, until last December. Since e birth of the child he has paid her money at the of 2s 6d a week.—James Cross, defendant's father, a'd he was a labourer living at Llantillio, He saw e eudant before and after the birth of the child. He as never denied the paternity. — Defendant was ordered to pay 3s 6d a week until the child attains the age of 16 years. STEALING A CARRIAGE RuG.-WilHam Reed, an ostler, formerly at the Great Western Hotel, was charged with stealing a carriage rug, value X], the Property of Edgar Brewer, Esq., of Llanellen.—Mr -Altyd Gardner appeared for defendant.-Prosecutor 0'Uct he missed the rug between Llanellen and Pontv- Pool, on Monday, the 20ih May.—Jane Wall said she was in the service of Mr. Goldstein, of Pontypool. and on Monday the prisoner pledged the rug now produced at. her master's shop. lie said it belonged to his wife, Be had 4s 6d on it.-P.C. Walter Price said the pri- soner gave him the pawn ticket now produced, and said he and another fellow picked up the rug, and atter trying in several shops to pawn it, he succeeded "'obtaining 4s 6d upon it at Mr. Goldstein's shop.- th C!^Se Was treated as a trespass against goods, and Prisoner was discharged. st' IriSIT Row. —Catherine Stanton, of Tudor- bv ee\ W?s charged with using threats tending to a Ma4 '°* Peace 011 Phoebe Dennis, on the 24th of j) /7^he language used was unfit for publication.— n, eijdant was bound over to keep the peace for three nths, in two surieties of £ 5 each. fori K^,LING A SCHOOL SLATE. — Wm. Henry Howells, Nort? ua c'lec^ier ''I ^le employ of the London and vvas ester.n Railway Company, at Abergavenny, pronC ,ai'Sed with stealing a school slate, value 6d, the thp 7^1'^ ^r* Isaac Jones, stationer, Treherbert, on Priso -Mr. G. A. Jones appeared for the two nei*' Isaac Jones, the prosecutor, said he ordered °* slates from Mr. Davies, of Gwslon, near two aiVor1, ^n 4th May he received an invoice of herpaS-6S °f slate containing 35 dozen, and on the 16th ditioi V-rd the Soods' one ease beinS in a loose con- t)rn^ 0 slates were missing, one of which he then detpdr and is worth 6dl Edmund Richards, 124^ /Ve officer under the company, said that about carr Was in tlle ware^ouse and saw the prisoner to 8yiUg something under his top-coat. He went out to bis dinner, aud was going towards home. Witness called him back and took him into his office, j He searched him, and found the slate produced He j asked him where he got it. Prisoner said lie bought it that morning at Sargeant's, the stationer. He after- wards admitted taking the slate, and offered to restore it to the case. He said he could put it back as the cases had not been sent off. Witness then gave him into custody.—Mr. G. A. Jones, who appeared for prisoner, made a very able speech in prisoner's behalf. -The Bench considered it a serious charge of mis- trust, and sentenced the prisoner to seven days' hard labour. r()NTYi7()OL. LOCAL BOARD.—The monthly meeting was held on Friday last, Mr E. C. Davis presided. The Clerk stated that in accordance with instructions he had communicated with Mr. Hair respecting a reduc- tion to the public in the price of gas. Mr. Hair had sent a letter offering to supply gas to the town at 3s. per 1,000 cubic feet, if the board would light up the town on the same terms as the Abersychan Board. A statement was read, in which Mr. Hair contended that the cost of lighting Abersychan with 49 public lamps was greater than lighting Panty pool with 78 lamps. Mr. Conway made a circulation based upon the statement read, and said that Mr. Hair's argument did not hold good, inas- much as the Pont pool Boaid consumed something like 8,20U cubicfeet of gas more than the Abersychan Board, and, therefore, if the consumption was to be taken into account, Pontypool ought to have the gas equally as cheap at the present time. A long discussion ensued, and the matter was finally left in the hands of the street committee. CONCERT.—On Thursday, 23rd May, an evening concert was given in the Town-hall, Pontypool, by the members of the Avondale Glee Party, con- ducted by Mr. R. S. Roberts, and the Pontypool amateur reed band, led by Mr. Sewell, and assisted by Miss Evans, contralto; Mr. H. Baker, tenor; and Mr. H. Davis, baritone; in aid of the Pontnewynydd Church Building Fund. Messrs. Deacon and Mitchell accompanied the vocal parts on the piano. The attendance was fairly large, but highly appreciative, as was gathered from the frequent applause that greeted the performers after their respective parts. The overture by the band (Andante, Grand March and Coda, Opera Attilla, Verdi), consisting of 22 performers, was rendered well, as was also the glee Carnovale," Rossini, by the glee party. The song of "Looking Right over the Sea," by Mr. Baker, was sung with great expression. A duet was played by Messrs. Deacon and Mitchell, which was beautifully done. Mr. Harry Davis, who is a general favorite, was encored for his "As Welcome as the Flowers in May," and then sang Its not the Miles we Travel, but the Pace that Kills." Mr. Mitchell accompanied. Miss Evans sang the "Gipsy's Warning" with great taste, and her fine contralto voice told admirably. Mr. Mitchell played the Opera Trovatore, and the Opera Semiramide by the band well sustained their reputation as musicians. A comic song "Two in the Morning," was the last on the programme, which Mr. Harry Davis sang in his usual pleasing manner, and "God Save the Queen, brought a very delightful evening to a close. — (The church for which the concert was given has been laid low for about four years, but we think every prospect of a speedy erection now presents itself. The sum of E 1,500 was needed, and only some £80 is now required.) POLICE COURT.—SATURDAY. Before Col. BYRDE and E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq. TEH: PASS.—EUen flearne, Mary Rowlands, Eliza Davies, Emily Roberts, and Angelina Woods, married women, were charged with a trespass on the property of the Blaenavon Company, on the 15th of May Jast.-AII pleaded guilty.—Mr. Greenway appeared for the com- pany,and said he wished to call a witness, as the company had only proceeded for the milder offence.—Elizabeth Lane said she resided at Blaenavon. On the ¡ 5th May she was on the Green Siding, at Blaenavon, where trams full of coal were standing. The defendant Hearne came up to them and loosed the coal off the tram, when the others followed, and carried it away. The defendants denied this evidence, whereupon Mr. Greenway asked the witness a question, which he otherwise would not have done, had the defendants not denied the facts. The question was, Have the defendants said anything to you since they received the summonses P"—Yes. They all said they would tear my eyes out if I gave evidence at Pontypool. -The Bench told defendants if that threat was repeated they would be dealt with very summarily.—Fined 10s üd each, or 14 days. ANOTHER.—Elizabeth Waters and Ann Parry were charged with a trespass on the property of the Ebbw Vale Company, on the 23rd instant.- Fined os each. ASSAULT. —Ann Morgan was charged with assaulting Mary Ann Thomas, and Mary Ann Thomas was charged with assaulting Ann Morgan, at Pontnewynydd, on the 21st May.— Mary Ann Thomas deposed: On Tuesday, 21st May, Mrs Morgan came to my house respecting an egg. She called me names and 1 put my hand to her mouth to stop her. She struck me and we both fell.—Mrs Morgan said she had joined my enemies and they are all against me.—Emma Squires stated she saw Mr. Thomas put her hand in AIrs. Morgan's face, and they both fell entangled in each others hair.—Mrs Morgau How can you go to chapel an tell such lies.Sarah Price deposed I fiaw Thomas put her hand in Mrs. Morgan's mouth to prevent her saying something about her and told her to hush up they both struggled and fell.-The Bench bound both to keep the peace in £ 10, and ordered them to pay 1 Is each, expenses. DHUNK.—•William Taylor was fined 10s for being drunk, 011 the 18th May, at Trevethiu VAGRANCY.—Thomas Morgan was discharged for the above offence. ASSAULT. —Denis Lyons and John Hart were fined 10s Gd each, for an assault upon Thomas 'league, 011 the 20th instant, at Pontypool. SUNDAY TnADI:\G.-Eiizabeth Turberville, Wain-y- claire, was charged with keeping her house open on Sunday, the 19th inst, for the sale of beer.—P.C. Fleming deposed On Sunday, the 19th May, at 5.15 he was 011 duty at Wain-y-claire, and was watching the house, when be saw five men enter by a back-door. He went in, and foundthemeninthe house with pints aud quarts before them. Defendant said they were travellers. One of the men, named Jones, resides near the house. Defendant was watching from the garden.—Mrs. Turberville said she thought they were travellers.—The Bench said they must stop Sunday trading, and fined defendant 40s. ON LICENSED PEKMISES.— James Jones was charged with being on the above premises during prohibited hours, on Sunday, the 19th May, and was fined 10s. D tiSERTiON,— Alfred Strong was ordered to pay 3s 6d weekly, towards the maintenance of his wife, and to pay costs, 6s. LocAL BOARD RATlêS.- William Llewellin, Mary Lewis, and Samuel Williams were ordered to pay their rates due to the Abersychan Local Board. TUESDAY. Before Rev. J. C. LLEWELLIN and C. J, PABKES, Esq. DRUNK.-Thomas Wells was fined 10s., or seven days, for drunkenness. DESERTER.—James Pugh was committed to prison for seven days, as a vagrant, for neglecting to attend before a justice of the peace to attest himself, he having received the enlistment money. STEALING COAL.—Thomas Luce, Richard Williams, Hannah Luce, and Mary Williams were charged with stealing coal from a truck on the Monmouthshire Kail way, on the 28t:i May.-P.C. Saunders saw the pusoners on the truck throwing the coal off and the female prisoners carrying it away.—The Bench dis- charged the wives, and sentenced the male prisoners to 14 days hard labour. CAERLEON. LOCAL BOARD.-At the meeting' of the Caerleon Local Board on Monday the Rev. Canon Edwards presided.—~A discussion on the new drainage was raised, and the Surveyor said he could not prepare the plans for 1^ per cent. A special meeting will 2 be held on Monday next to deal with the question. — Mr. W Yauglian was elected in the room of Mr. Roberts but the filling up of the vacancy caused by Mr. Moggridge's non-attendance during the last six months was allowed to stand over.-Some financial matters having been disposed of, the meeting adjourned to Monday. CHEPSTOW. SHEEP-SHEARING MATCH. The seventh annual sheep-shearing match came oft' at Chepstow in an orchard, kindly lent by Mr. Thomas Perkins, on Saturday and, considering the unfavourable weather, passed off successfully. There were 32 competitors in the six classes, and the wl-rk, as a whole, was pronounced by the judges and other competent persons to be per- formed in a first-class manner. The judges were Messrs. John Rymer, Bishton; Henry Rymer, Lansant; J. B. Fewings, Woolaston; and J. Burridge, Shirenewton and Messrs. J. Rymer, S Perkins, Mathern and S. Rugman, Sedbury, acted as stewards After the competition, the members and their ftiends,to the number of about 50, dined together at the George Hotel, Mr. Henry Clay, Piercefield Park, presided, and was supported by most of the leading farmers of the district. The following is the MST OF AWARDS. Class 1.—To the son of a farmer residing with his parents, and being above 18 years of age, who shall catch, shear, and re-pen four sheep, and make up their fleeces in the most workmanlike manner within three hours: 1st prize, J. Talbot, llyelands; 2nd, £2, W. Till, Caerwent; 3rd, T. Perkins, Innage, Matheru. Class 2.—To the farmer's son, under IS years of age, who shall catch, shear, &c., three sheep as above: 1st, t:3, James Till, Caerwent; 2nd, £2, John Rymer, Stroat); 3rd, El, John Rymer, Bishton. Class 3.—To a shearer, who shall catch, shear &c., four sheep as above 1st, C2, Enos Guest, servant to Mr. E. Woodroffe, Panta; 2nd, £1 10s., George Weaver, servant to Mr. T. Woodall, Great Dinham; 3rd, XI, Edwin Plaisted, Caldicot; 4th, 10s Joseph Cherrington, servant to Mr. Henry Clay, Piercefield Park 5th, 5s., Charles Wightmau, servant to Mr. T. Dowle, Ifton. Class 4.—To a shearer, under 18 years of age, who shall catch, shear, &c., three sheep as above 1st, £1, R. Hanks, servant to Mr. H. S. Williams, Southbrook; 2nd, 15s., W. Howell, servant to Mr. Henry Clay, Piercefield Park 3rd, os W. Winter, servant to Mr. W, Jeffs, Portskewitt. A champion prize of Y,3 3s., to be competed for by shearers (not being farmer's sons) above 18 years, who have taken first prizes at any previous shearing match or matches, four sheep in three hours: Joseph Franklin, Crick. POLICE COURT.—SATURDAY. Before W. M, SEYS, Esq. THEFT. — Henry Lynch, a travelling umbrella mender, was brought up 011 remand, on a charge of stealing a missonary box containing a sum of money, from the person of Annie Bullock, at Tidenham, on Wednesday evening, May 22nd. According to the prosecutrix, a girl of between 13 and 14 years of age, living with her parents at Brock Weir, she had been to Chepstow with a missonary box for the purpose of collecting money, and, having received several sums, started to walk home in the evening. When going along a lane the prisoner came over a hedge out of a wood by the roadside, and asked her what she had carrying, meaning the missionary box she had under her arm. She told him what it was, and he told her to give it up to him. She refused to do so, saying it was not hers to give, and he then came towards her as if to take it, when she screamed out. He forcibly took it from her, and, holding something up in his hand, threatened to stab her if she made a noise. He then jumped over the hedge and disappeared. Information was given to the police, and the prisoner was appre- hended the next day at Stroat.-He denied the offence, and said, although on the road on the evening of the day in question, he did not see the girl. Upon cross- examination, the prosecutrix made several contra- dictions in her statements, and several witnesses were called who proved that the prisoner could not have been on the road at the time the girl alleged she saw him, as he was at work at a cottage at the time she said be met her.—The magistrate, after heariug this evidence, discharged the prisoner, and told the prose- cutrix she had had a very narrow escape of being com- mitted for trial for perjury, as she richly deserved it. — BLAENAVON". ENTERTAINMENT.—A concert took place on Thurs- day evening, 23rd ult, at the White Horse Assembly Rooms. Songs, glees, dupts, anthems, trios, quartetts, and solos, were well rendered by the Blaenavon choristers, conducted by Mr. J. Jones, several encores being called for. Miss E. J. James accompanied the singing on the piano with great taste and ability, A meteronome, won at the late eisteddfod, and a baton, subscribed for by Mrs. D. Jones, were presented to Mr. John Jones, the leader of the united choir, by Miss T. Prothero. Mr. Jones suitably acknowledged the gifts. The chairman (D. Jones, Esq., furnace manager.) demanded a song of Mr. Jones in return. The profits of the concert goes to the funds of the choir. ENTERTAINMENT.—On Thursday evening an en- tertainment was given by the Independent Order of Good Templars at the British schoolroom. Some lively songs were sung by the Misses Bowen, Williams, Jackson, and Morgan and readings by Messrs. Wheeler, Baker, Witcliell, and Morgan. Addresses were given by Messrs. Hnghes and Millard, the latter qeing chairman. There was a fair attendance, and a very pleasant evening was spent. NEWPORT. CATTLE MARKET, Wednesday.—The market was rather large, and the attendance of dealers and butchers was better than of late; but the importa- tions from Ireland were hardly up to the average, and the supplies from the home-grazing districts were short, but there were some extensive lots in the hands of the Newport and local dealers. The lots of Mr. H. Duckham, sen., were to be noticed above the general class. In the fat cattle depart- ment there were some stock of good quality, though the numbers were not large. Cows and calves were not in good numbers; but a guod trade appeared to be doing in that class of stock. Fat calves were not plentiful, though there were enough to meet the present demand. The sheep pens were nearly all occupied with some good mutton. Sheep in wool were rather plentiful for this time of the year, and a good trade was done in the course of the day. The pig market was occupied by some good pork, though small, and these appeared to be picked up at once, a clearance being effected before the close of the market. Prices ruled as follows:—Best beef, Sid. to 9|d.; second quality, 7-id. to 8d. per -1 .2 2 lb. Mutton, in wool, 10-^d. to lid. ditto, out of wool, 8 1 d. to 9jd. per lb. Porkers, I Os. 6d. to lIs. 2 2 bacon pigs, 9s. 9d. to 10s. 3d. per score.—There were several sales of furniture, carts, &c., by local auctioneers in the market, but they were very poorly attended, owing to their being two Cheap Jacks present, and these seemed to draw nearly all the customers of the market. BOROUGH POLICE.-MONDAY. REMOVING HIS GOODS.—John Hopkins was charged with removing his goods to avoid a distress for rent. Mr. George Thomas prosecuted.—Defendant was ordered to pay double value, 33s., and costs, 10s, or two months' imprisonment. DRUNK.—John Sullivan was fined 5s for being drunk and disorderly on Barrack Hill. A DANGEROUS DOG-Henry Rich was summoned for keeping a dangerous dog. —Defendant was ordered to keep the dog confined, and pay costs. DARING THEFT.—William Thomas, of Cardiff. was charged with stealing a seaman's box containing cloth- ing, &c., from the Great Western Radway Station, the said box being the property of William Reynolds. -P.S. Evans had apprehended the prisoner in Canal- parade. He was wearing the trousers, waistcoat, shirt. socks, and muffler produced, which were identified by William Reynolds, the prosecutor, as his property. Witness had received the box from Mr. Isaacs, Commercial-street, where the prisoner had left it. It had been forced open Robert Buckstone, a porter at the Great Western Railway Station, said that the prisoner claimed a box and bag on Wednesday, the 22nd inst. The box was given him and he said he would call again for the bag.- William Reynolds said he came from Exeter on the day in question, and missed the train at Bristol, and his box and bag came on without him.—Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to four months' hard labour. DISORDERLY. —John Fitzgerald and James Barrett were charged with being disorderly at the Parrot Hotel, and also with assaulting the landlord, Mr. Edward Evans. The prisoners had made a row in the house with some sailors, add Mr. Evans interfering, got struck.—Barrett was discharged, but Fitzgerald was fined 20s and costs, or fourteen days' hard labour. APPLICATION FOR BAIL.—Mr. A. J. David, solicitor, made an application to the bench for bail on behalf of one James Fry, who had been committed for trial on a charge of stealing lath wood.—The application was granted.

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