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spection of this mighty agent for the dissemina- tion of knowledge, hut that they have, at their leisure, reflected what a vast boon to society the Steam Printing Press is, which can print countless thousands of copies of our Journal, which may be spread broadcast over the land, whilst the Hand Press (such as is used by many of. our contemporaries of great pre- tensions), is only capable of working off" the very limited number of copies their circulation requires. We refer with pride and satisfaction to this great advancement of our Journal, and sin- cerely hope that our efforts to improve the material and the character of this Journal, may prove as successful as they have been to extend its circulation; and that in due time, assisted by that encouragement that has been always afforded us by our. friends, we may go on im- proving both in Quality and Quantity, and, that we may eventually produce a broad-sheet equal at least, if not. surpassing, that of any of our contemporaries in this or any adjoining county. It is impossible to take leave of this subject without a, reference to the fact, that Steam Power is still being most usefully employed for various other legitimate object-, for the good of mankind. When the first NAPOLEON doubted the power of steam to propel a vessel across the Straits of Dover, and when, as it is believed. Dr. LARDNER, in his lectures, stated that it would be impossible to propel a vessel by steam across the ATLANTIC OCEAN, that mighty Emperor, on the one hand, could not anticipate the fact, that vessels of war would be propelled by steam, and would enter and depart from all his harbours; and, on the other hand, that eminent lecturer and philo- sopher could not foresee that he, himself, would three or four times afterwards cross and re-cross that mighty Atlantic by means of steam still less did either of these individuals, each so eminent in his respective sphere, cal- culate upon the dissemination of knowledge by means of the Steam Printing Press, and little did they imagine, that by the power of steam, our lands would be ploughed and culti- vated, and our corn thrashed, and that this mighty power would be gradually used by man, for nearly all the purposes of husbandry. Little did they think, also, that the Steam Engine would be used in our Colonies—that the sugar could be extracted from the cane, by means of the Steam Engine, and that our Colonists in the West Indies would seek to 'use the Steam Engine to supply the place of the labour, so grudgingly yielded by the free blacks in our West Indian Colonies. And yet these things have come to pass, and, doubtless, many more mighty benefits are in store for God's creatures. Let us, therefore, while we wonder at the power of electricity, and the connexion of Europe and America by • the trans-aquarian cable, rejoice that both these mighty engines-steam and electricity— have been thus developed in this our genera- tion, and let us give God the glory and the praise.
LOCAL INTOfTLIGENCE. GOOD NEWS.—We are glad to hear that very large orders have been received by the iron- masters on the hills. With the opening of the great empire of China to our traders, we may expect another load of prosperity to penetrate into the Welsh valleys An absurd rumour has been actively circulated of late, to the effect that a large ironmaster and banker in Monmouthshire had become involved in difficulties. We need scarcely state that there is no foundation whatever for the report. The immense landed wealth of the gentleman in ques- tion, and the great fortune he has accumulated, place him far above the accidental storms which wreck so many. WAXWORK ^EXHIBITION. The indefatigable manager of this attractive resort has been en- abled -to take a cast of the poor fellow who was killed in a brawl a few weeks ago, and to pur- -se the clothes worn at the time of the tragedy. • This figure is now on view, and is a remarkably correct one. Every one who has seen it speaks in praise of the creditable and artistic manner in which the cast is executed, and the poor victim represented. -DOWLAIS. The scarcity of water which bas been experienced of late in Dowlais, now tells sadly on the trade of the place. Nothing but the commonest necessaries, with the exception of drmk, are had, and business is consequently at a still. As a proof of the present severity hrio-v)+ —though we may say the sky is of ,5. —we hear that the weekly payment amoi^f8 P°wlais.is just one half of the weekly A" ItpPai £ in August, 1857. tl tIRE ENGINE.N ow that it is seen clearly our townsmeTthe we c1au diree't with-the task. which can be taken men apply to the leVdWi^ ourPrm^al tra,d?8/ are interested in Merthv. ?&CG8' 7mch doubt not they will eithe?as^tPe3rfcy-'q we 8u,„ly U*m «.» office some years ago offered to nav Wp+i, ? of one surely if that proposal we're rnfdt L^9 our town would not refuse. Were made a^in, DISTRESSING CASE OF SUICIDE.—On Thursdav morning last, about' 9 o clock, a poor woman named Margaret Davies, residing in Brewery street, Bryan's Fields, committed suicide by hanging herself in her back-kitchen. It appears that her husband having for some time been con- fined in a lunatic asylum, she has or late been in a very desponding state. She was first observed by her daughter, a girl six years of age, who on coming down stairs, was terrified at see\ng her mother in such an awful position. She ran to the front door to give an alarm, but found it fastened. She then went out at the back, being then under the necessity of passing close to her unfortunate parent. Two neighbours named Evans and Gay were the first to her assistance, and immediately cut the poor woman down. Mr. Horton, the assistant of Mr. Martin, was soon in attendance, but life was extinct. The unfortunate .woman has left 4 children to mourn her loss. EXCURSIONS.—We have hitherto advocated excursions, deeming them vents for the unhealthy work roan- and the worn-out toiler to escape, though for a brief while, from the scene of his labours, and breathe fresh air and become in- vigorated by the But our former view will be recalled, if better means are not taken to ensure the excursionists good and pleasant ac- commodation on the route. Many of our readers ;ire aware That on excursion days there are often carriages used on the Vale of Neath Railway, no matter what the weather may be, hot as India, or windy as the cave of Boreas, the passengers must endure it and deem themselves favoured by the conveyance. Now, on a late excursion trip that many Merthyr people made, these carriages were used, and, with what result? One of the travellers st^tes-that they were iu the condition of cattle thronged together, with a little dim light just visible, and in the tunnel such was the volumefof smoke poured from the engine that they vfere nearly suffocated We have no wish to see the Yale of Neath suffer by a falling off in the number of excursionists, but we assure the company that such will be the certain result, if they do not improve and modify their arrange- ments. CLUBS AGAIN.—AS there is a time and season for everything, clubs must not be exempted from the rule. For 12 months each benefit society wags along with but little excitement. The usual meetings take place, the usual quantity of beer is drunk, and the usual number of cases, or nearly so, of sickness and death occur; but, on the an- niversary, there is a great amount of festivity indulged in; clubs walk, clubs discuss good din- ners, and wind up with mirth and —drink. This is the club season. Some have commemorated, and others will commemorate their great'day, by taking excursion trips to Swansea and elsewhere, the remainder being content with the procession, and the bountiful dinner at its close. On Mon- day last, the 19th anniversary of the True Ivorites Benefit Society" was celebrated by the members of the 5 lodges walking in procession, accompanied by the officers of the society. The members (in full insignia dressed) made a plea- sant show as they passed the High-street. In front, seated in a cart, a skilful harpist made musical the harp-strings of a modern- looking in- strument. Behind, preceded by a banner, came a long procession of men and boys,some carrying leeks of proportions that would gladden a Welsh- man's heart, others bearing swords, doves, and the framed dispensation" of the society. Hav- ing met at the various lodge houses, they pro- ceeded to meet en-masse in front of the Taff Vale railway station. There they formed in proces- sion, and walked through the principal streets of the town, attracting by the various sashes worn, and their orderly appearance, a good deal of at- tention. They then visited a new library room, at Cefn-coed-y-Cymmer, presented to the society and the public, by a deed of gift of Mr. Henry Thomas, secretary of the Tydfil Lodge. In front of the room addresses were delivered by the Rev. John Evans, and the Rev. Evan Morris, on the benefits arising from such institutions to the working classes. The whole of the procession then passed in order through the room, and con- tributed liberally to the funds of the library. The various lodges then returned to town, and parted to dine at the houses of their respective hosts, by whom, we are informed, substantial dinners were served up. The library, we under- stand, will be shortly opened, as several, hundred volumes, both Welch and English, are already collected, and the funds amount to nearly £15. A reading room is:purposed to be established in connection with the library, to be continually open to its members. MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The members of this body present at the weekly meeting held on Saturday last, were Lewis Lewis, Esq. (vice-chairman), in the chair; Rev. E. Thomas, Messrs. T. Thomas, W. Reece, R. Williams, J. Perrott, R. H. Rhvs, R. Lewis, B. Kirkhouse, D. Rosser, and D. Williams. Number of Paupers admitted during the past week, 6; discharged, 10; regaining on the books, 151; corresponding week of last year, 152; de- crease, 1; out-door relief, 2590; corresponding week of last year, 2372; increase, 18. SCHOOLMISTRESSES SALARY. The Chairman read a letter from Miss Hoult, the schoolmistress of the union, applying for an increase of salary. Mr. R. T-f. Rhys then moved thar the salary of the schoolmistress be raised from £ 20 to £30. Mr. D. Williams seconded the resolution, and it was carried unanimously. The Clerk then prepared the following letter, to obtain the final sanction of the Poor Law Board:- MERTHYR TYDFIL, AUGUST 28th, 1858 MY LORDS AND GENTLEMEN,Miss S. Hoult, the Schoolmistress of this Union, has applied for an advance of salary. The Guardians have agreed to make the ad- vance from JE20, to £:30, subject to your approval. Miss Hoult was appointed'July 2,5th, 1857. The salary paid to'Mrs. Harris her predecessor in offiice was £ 30 per annum. Mrs. Harris holding a certificate of £ 16 per annum. When Miss Hoult was appointed, she had no certifi- cate, and the Guardians fixed her salary then at JE20, with an understanding that an advance would be made when she obtained a certificate. She now produces a certificate of probation 2nd class, with an allowance of £ 20, and applies for an advance to £ 30. I have the honour to be Gentlemen,"yours obediently, FRANK JAMES, Clerk. The Poor Law Board, London. SALARY OF THE COLLECTOR. Mr D. Rosser then moved that the salary of Mr. E. Lewis, of Merthyr, collector, be raised from J6305 to jE280, commencing from June last, and that the Clerk be directed to write to the Poor Law Board, for their sanction of the ad- vance. Mr. D. Williams seconded the resolution, and it was carried accordingly. Ordered, That a special adjourned meeting be held at the Temperance Hall, Aberdare, on Thursday, the 7th of September, at 2, p.m., to. revise the parish pauper's list of Aberdare, Pen- derm, and Rhigos'. The Board then adjourned till Saturday next. MERTHYR BOAIlD OF HEALTH. „ A MEETING of-the .above Board took place on Thursday last, when the following members were present:— R,. Forman, Esq. (chairman), G. Mar- tin, D. Rosser, A. Hill, and T. Williams, Esqrs. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and confirmed, the Surveyor presented his report. The Board made orders for the laying down of curbing stones in High-street, also in Court- street. The Surveyor reported nuisances existing in Alma-street, and also in Castle-street, Dowlais. The Board ordered, that notiees should be served upon the parties, ordering them to abate the nuisances, and intimated that suggestions might be offered as to the readiest and most effi- cacious way of effecting the same. The Surveyor reported that a drain running under the burial-ground into jvlorlais-brook, re- quires repairing. It had been broken by some of the inhabitants residing in the district where it passed, which caused it to be filled up The water was used by some of the inhabitants for drinking purposes, and he th-jught su<-h repairs would be desirable. An order was made to serve Mr. Jones, of Yew-street, butcher, with a notice requiring him to abate a certain nuisance existing upon his premises. w the Surveyor reported certain premises be- •i 5* Murray, of High-street, to be in S'^e, and suggested that by laying down a stone channel near the "Crawshay's Arms," the same might be remedied. EN ^.TTILI>IN<} APPLICATIONS. following persons submitted plans, asking for permission to build :-Daniel Jenkins, for permission to build two houses at Troedyrhiw; Thomas Montgomery, for permission to build two houses m lhomas-street, Merthyr,- -granted. Llewellyn Thomas, for permission to build one house in Grellyf&elog, granted. Samuel Thomas, for permission to build an addition to a house in High-street, Dowlais,—postponed. In reference to the last application, Mr. Rosser enquired if it i was not intended to use one as a public-house, which would be exactly facing the Prince Albert Inn. If so, he thought tliey should prevent any encroachment that would be likely to be made. The Chairman proposed thA the case be post- poned, and that Mr. Clarke and Mr. Martin be requested to visit the proposed site, and report their opinion upon the propriety of sanctioning the application. SCAVENGER'S CONTRACT. The Survey or reported that a great nuisance existed by an accumulation of ashos being thrown by the sides of the walls of tho old buriakground. The accumulation nearly reached t ie tops of the walls, and the skirting of them was in danger of being destroyed. The Chairman enquired if it was not in the contract of the scavenger to remove them, The Inspector of Nuisances intimated that the burial-ground gates were the boundaries of the contract., and that the heaps were beyond. The Surveyor was of opinion that they were under the contract, and that an order might be made for their their removal. The Board ordered that enquiry should be made as to the terms of the contract. PRIVY ACCOMMODATION. The Inspector of Nuisances reported the want of the above accommodation in Plymouth-street, some parts of which were in a disreputable state. Mr. Hill stated that when the present accom- modation vas constructed, it was intended that the drain should cleanse north and south of that locality. Mr. D. Williams remarked that some short time since, the Vale of Neath Railway Company expended considerable sums of money for the re- construction of such accommodation in that neighbourhood; but he thought that those al- lowances had not been put to their legitimate use. The Chairman proposed, and it was ultimately resolved upon, that the Surveyor be ordered to report thereon. A letter was then read from Mr. James, agreeing to certain improvements proposed to be made to a barber's shop, situate in High-street, in which property he has an interest. In answer to a question by Mr. Rosser, the Board intimated they would have by law to ad- vertise for tenders before commencing improve- ments of the property. The Surveyor reported that great annoyance was caused by green-grocers'trucks being allowed to stand and form obstructions in the street, and suggested that orders might be made to summons the owners so offending, before the magistrates. Mr. David Thomas Jones, of Gellyfaelog, at- tended and laid a complaint before the Board against the Surveyor, for unlawfully trespassing upon his premises for the purpose of laying down fresh pipes to convey water from his premises into a public tank. Mr. Jones stated that the water sprang in his yard, and that his father had some years ago laid down pipes 'for its proper conveyance into the tank. In the pipe was a hole, from which he obtained the water for his use; but in spite of his protestations, the Sur- veyor had come upon his premises, and laid down pipes that had no hole, thereby cutting the water from his use. Mr. Rosser expressed his disapprobation to the Surveyor at such a course. The Surveyor: I had the order of the Board to do it. Mr. Rosser You did not have the order from the Board to knock down, people's walls, and tres- pass upon their property. The Surveyor I could not do it without, un- less I was to go to a much greater expanse. Mr. D. Williams: I think that the Surveyor ought to protect persons in their private property, instead of annoying them. The Survey or: I had my instructions to pro- ceed in this case, and you will find the minutes on the book. Mr. Jones, to the Surveyor: I am quite sure you have no right to trespass on my ground, and when I told you yesterday, you told me to mind my own business. Vir. Hill: I think that Mr. Jones has just cause for complaint; but I would wish to ask him, suppose that by means of deeper sinking, the water had been cut off, then what would have been his remedy ? .0 Mr. Jones: It would be a great .expense to adopt such a course, but' I mostly complain of the trespass. Mr. Hili: It is undoubtedly a trespass, and a trespass is a damage, and I do say the Surveyor has no right to follow such a course. The Chairman I perfectly agree that a tres- pass has been committed upon Mr. Jones's pre- mises, and that: a wrong has been done him. After some further discussion the Board asked Mr. Jones if he would accept of an apology from them, and whether, if a tap 'were provided, he would allow the present to remain. Mr. Jones accepted the apology, and gave his assent. A memorial from inhabitants of Georgetown was read by the Chairman, praying for the erec- tion of a gas lamp near the New Church, in the vicinity of the Aberdare road. It represented that if the Board could induce the Gas Company to carry the main pipe in that locality that some of the inhabitants were prepared to have the gas in their dwellings. The Board reserved thel proposal for further consideration. WATER WORKS. A letter was read from the Rock Insurance Company refusing to grant the application for a loan of £50,000 for less than 5t per cent. j The Board thought sthey might agree to that rate of per centage. They then separated. MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY, AUG. 28th.— (Before J. L. Roberts and David Evans, Esqrs.) CHARGE OF TRESPASS.—A man named John Proberi, a puddler, was brought up charired with being found upon the premises of Dr. White, of Dowlais, with an unlawful intent. P.C. James stated that he found the prisoner in the garden of Dr. White, on the night of Wednesday last, and that there were about a dozen of the prison- ers companions upon the walls of the garden. The ease not being pressed the prisoner was discharged. 1 CHARGE OF FELONY.—Three women named respectively, Mary Evans, Elizabeth Mai pus, and Ann Davies, were brought up on a charge of felony, the two former with stealing, and the latter with receiving certain articles, the property of H J. Hollier, Esq., Solicitor, of Aberdare. The prosecutor (Mr. Hollier) stated that Evans was employed by him as cook, Malpus'as house- maid and tie woman Davies occupied a cottage adjoining his back door. From information he had received, he suspected the prisoners of dis- honesty. and acting upon his suspicion, he ob- ed the assistameof P.C. Seenesy, to;earch for some missing property. About half-past nine o'clock yesterday morning he proceeded with the con- stable to the cottage of Davies, and asked if she had received a bundle from either of his servants. She replied yes, and pointed out to him a bundle that was concealed upon her premises under a cloth. He picked the bundle up and found that' it was sewn in a brown canvas wrapper. Upon asking her from whom she had it, she replied from Mary his servant. He enquired of her, if she had anything else that was not her own, and she said no. He took the bundle away, called Mary into his dining-room and there asked her if that was her bundle, she replied it was, and that she had taken it to Ann Davies's cottage." He then asked her if the property it contained was hers, and she said, some portion was hers, and some was property belonging to him." He open- ed the bundle and found it contained many articles, some of which he could identify as his property. The articles consisted of two tin cans, lace, needle-work, dog Ornament, sugar, soap, pillow cases, towel, ribbon, pictures, and sundry small articles, among which was a leter written to one of his family in which some of the things were wrapped. They then proceeded up-stairs, and searched her boxes and in them found other small articles belonging to his family, among which, was some bonnet trimming which Mary said had been given to her by Elizabeth. Upon questioning Elizabeth, she said that the trimming she had given Mary was some that she had accidentally spoiled, and taken from a bonnet while in the service of his mother-in-law, as she was afraid of being scolded over it. The prison- er then began to cry, begging him not to do anything with her, & offered to give up her wages if he would forgive her. He then examined the drawers which Elizabeth said were hers, and in them iics also fonnd otbor property belonging to him. Constable Seeney in evidence stated, that he was on duty at Aberdare, and about half-past nine o'clock on Friday morning proceeded (in company with Mr. Hollier) to the cottage of the prisoner Davies, where he found the bundle of articles, now produced in court. The bundle (containing the articles enumerated) was taken to Mr. Hollier's house, and there opened in the presence of the prisoner Evans. She admitted that some of the things therein contained, were the property of her master; but stated that many of the articles belonged to herself. The prisoner, at the request of her master, gave up the keys of her trunk, and in them they found the second lot of property, already identified by the pro- secutor as his. They also searched the boxes and drawers of the prisoner Elizabeth Malpus, and in them they also found other property belong- ing to the prosecutor among the articles in the drawers there was a pincushion and a small broken pocket-knife; but the prisoner said in explanation, that the knife she had broken and was going to get a new blade for it, and the pin- cushion she placed there to keep clean. They also found some small trinkets. [The prisoner Malpus :—I deny that you found those in any of my boxes or drawers.] On. continuing his search he found a lady's pocket-handkerchief which exactly corresponded to others the property of the ladies of the house, and which he also now compared, excepting that the stolen one had the needlework mark picked out. [The prisoner Malpus again explained, that she did not know that any of the ladies had handkerchiefs unmark- ed, and that she was not aware of it being among her own.] On the afternoon of the same day he continued his search in company with Serjeant Baynard. They proceeded to the house of the prisoner Davies, and asked her if she had any- thing more. She replied no. They threatened to search her house, and she then said there had been a bundle brought to her house, but she had taken it away, and would fetch it in half an-hour. He said he would accompany her, but she seem- ed to hesitate. While walking across the ground another woman who had been looking on, called out and said, it is a pity for other people to get into trouble," and pointing to a tub directed them to look under it. Upon lifting it up they found another bundle containing a valuable carved ivory card case, ribbon, a tea-caddy, a quantity of damask and other articles. Serjeant Baynard corroborated the evidence of the afternoonfsearch, adding that the prisoner Davies at first denied having the bundle. The prisoner Davies, speak- ing in Welsh, said that she had objected to Mary Evans bringing bundles to her house, and had thrown them out-into the garden, as she did not want to have anything to do with them. The prisoners were committed for trial to the next quarter sessions; the magistrates offering to admit them to bail. CHARGE or, ASSAULT.—A woman named Sarah Beck was- summoned by an Irishwoman, Sarah Kelly, for striking her with a brush. The com- plainant stated :that on the 19th of August she sent her little girl with a half-penny to fetch her bread from the defendant's bake-house. The child came back and told her that she, defendant, wanted to speak with her, and when she got there, the defendant severely beat her with a brush. The defendant in defence stated that the complainant sent a loaf to her bakehouse to be baked, and it having parted in the oven, she sent for her to explain it to her, but instead of hearing it quietly, she- commenced abusing and blackguarding her. She pushed her out of the place, but did not strike her. Witnesses were called who proved this fact, and the magistrates dismissed the case. Mo s DAY. —(Before J, C. Fowler, Esq..) CAUTION. -CHARGE OF UNLAWFULLY GATHER- ING COAL.—A. man named John Morgan, a farm servant, (in the employ of Mr. Thomas Lewis, a farmer residing at Tair'lan), was brought up on a charge of trespassing upon the railroad of the "DowlaM Iron Company," for the purpose of gathering coal. Mr. Charles James, who appeared for the company, stated that their object in bringing the case before the Bench was to put a stop to a practice of common depredation, daily committed upon them. He would ask the Bench to take the case as one of trespass only, and im- pose a fine according, as a caution to others though in point of fact, the case itself was one of felony, as well as trespass. The practice they wished to stop was that of persons picking coal from the company's works. For some length of time. parties had been allowed to pick any that had been thrown away with the tips. But some not content with the sufferance allowed them, gathered indiscriminately heaps of coal that lay upon the companys' works, which having fallen from the wagons, had been collected into hfljms. by labourers employed for the purpose, an( placed in readiness to be picked up by the wag- goners as they returned.P.C. No. 95, in evidenc* stated that on Saturday morning last he saw thE prisoner with a cart and two horses near tin Dowlais Iron Company's rails, Along sich the rails, there were, various heaps ofcoallyim belonging to the company. He watched th< prisoner, and saw him picWip the coal from tin heaps, and put it into his cam. He went to £ liin and told him he had no right to pick coal fron there upon which the prisoner said, -'he had right." By the magistrate': .Did he say the ex- press purpose for which he was there with the P P. C. He acknowledged that he was out for the purpose of picking the coal, and said "Hf had a right to do it, as other farm-servants did the same." In answer to a question from the magistrate, the constable added that the heap of coal taken would be about 3501bs. and that the distance was only about half a mile from the works of the company, where the coal was lying. The prisoner's master was in attendance, and at- tempted to justify the action as being the privi- lege of a commoner, which he stated himself to to be. Much that he said was altogether inau- dible, but from what we could gather, he appeared to have a very "peculiar" perception of that voluntary honesty which requires no definite boundary mark between man and man. After hearing him at some length, Mr. Fowler said that he was clearly of opinion, that the act was a felony, and altogether unjustifiable. In answer to the magistrate, Mr. G. Martin, agent for the company, said that they paid the lord of the manor tor their privilege of gathering the coal, and that unless they had the right of common also, for the purpose of tipping, their privilede would be useless. The Bench severely re- primanded the master upon* the employment he (on the morning in question) engaged his servant in, adding that if he could .have proved that they dropped the coal upon the common and left it there without an intention of returning, for it, then he might have said he had a right; but such was not the case. The coal appealed un- avoidably, dropped and labourers had been em- ployed for the purpose of placing it again m rea- dines for the waggons of the company. If he, the master, entertained an idea that his common rights were infringed upon, he had his remedy by bringing an action against any party who mirmg- ed upon them. There was no wrong without a remedy, but remedy was not to be allowed by an uniisni'ted self-recompence. As it was not the wish of the company to prosecute m the case, he would take advantage of the discretionary power allowed him, and discharge the prisoner, hoping that it would be a caution to him and to others who pursued such a course. POOR Jl,A.TEs.-BeDJamm DavIes was summoned for 13s. poor rates. The defendant disputed the claim, alleging that he had given up the house for which he was rated, before the rate was made. Mr. Lewis, assistant overseer attended upon the part of the overseers, and stated that the defen- dant had lived in the house, and had also kept goods in the window some time after the rate was granted. The defendant stated that the goods were not his, as he was in pecuniary difficulties, and unable to pay. He could prove his statement of non-liability to be correct if the bench would e' adjourn the case. The ease was then adjourned till Wednesday. DmJNKARDS'LIS'l'Pntrick Casey and his wife were brought up charged with being drunk and disorderly. They were fined 5s.each andcosts. A mm who gave his mwe as John Lewis was placed in the dock in a state of semi-intoxi- cation charged by P. C. Perry, with being drunk and disorderly. The constable stated that about an hour ago hearing a disturbance in High St he proceeded to the spot from whence it originated, where he found the prisoner quarrelling with a woman. He took him into custody, and placed him in a cell. but during the short time that he had been there, he had behaved in a violent manner, and had broken a quart jug while there. The prisoner stated that he was no more drunk then than he was now. He was fined 5s. and costs.
RHYSNBY PUBLIC MEETING AT PONTLOTTYN. A public meeting of the tradesmen and others of Poatlottyn. was held on Wednesday evening, the 25th of August, to take into consideration the steps necessary to obtain a station at this place on the Rhymney Railway. Thos. Hinchley, Esq., surgeon, being called to the chair by accla- mation, said. our object in meeting together this night is one well worthy of your deep considera- tion and determined efforts, and I am sure that whatever difference of opinion may exist between the shareholders in this line, and the non-share- holders present, will be merged in the importance of our self imposed task. The interest and convenience of 3,000 people are committed to your charge this night, and I have no doubt that your success will benefit both the line and the inhabitants of Pontlottvn, I will not encroach upon your time further, gentlemen, knowing that the commercial bearings of this question are better understood by many persons here than myself, but will leave the question in your hands with little doubt of your obtaining a passenger station, and perhaps if it be insisted on with pertinacity, a goods station also. Mr Crofts, grocer, proposed the following resolution That, considering the present im- portance and rapid growth of this part of the work together with the fact that the Rhymney terminns- is a mile distant, we have a legitimate claim on the railway company for a station. He felt that we had a perfect right to this ac- commodation from the company. We are now labouring under a great disadvantage, and the erection of a station would put us in our proper position. He would accept a passenger station first as an instalment, but we want both, and the dav is not far distant when, thanks to the keen- ness of railway competition, we shall obtain 1 Mr. John Williams, shareholder, thought that inconvenience would arise from the moving of packages, if a goods station were made here. He thought the demand for a passenger, so reason- able that it would appear hardly necessary to ask for it. It would form a ticket station also. In fact the terminus ought to have been made here as the place affording the greatest facilities to our own goods removal and the Tredegar pas- senger traffic. Sidings might perhaps be had, but a second goods station now would be expen- sive. The railway company certainly deliver the goods on very fair terms, (hear, hear) andhe should wish to hear what Mr. Thomas, their representa- tive had to say upon this matter. Mr. Thomas believed that the traffic manager, Mr. Page, was disposed to forward the views of the meeting with regard to a passenger station, but that a goods station would be a source of great expense and inconvenience. Every facility for the rapid and 'inexpensive delivery of goods to Pontlottyn and Rhymney had been adopted by the company, but he was sorry to say that two or three tradesmen had abstained, even at their own loss, from availing themselves of the advantages offered, preferring to haul their own goods from the terminus. If the tradesmen of Pontlottyn would guarantee their use of the line, he cm Id promise that flour should be delivered at lid. a saek and otker things less constant at reasonable rates. [Mr. Croft, "our practice guarantees that already."] If they had a goods station, the merchandise would go to the termi- nus and cause trouble and confusion. [Chairman, you book to Tyr Phil. why not to Rhymney.] There are not through rates to intermediate stations. Mr. Davis, builder, said he must allow that the rates for the delivery of provisions were reason- able enough, but how would it be with building materials. For instance, what would the com- pany charge him per ton for slates or timber. Mr. Thomas thought he could deliver slates for 2s. 6d. a ton. In these cases all depended upon the regularity of the supply. Mr. Davis :— I could haul slates cheaper than that myself, and I think, considering the rapid progress of building here, that we are entitled to a station for goods. An animated conversation here took place as to whether a passenger station merely, or one for both purposes should be demanded, during which, it appeared that a complete station satis- fied best the general feeling of the meeting. The resolution of Mr. Crofts was then put to the meeting, and carried by a show of hands. The chairman said that now the main question was decided, it devolved on the meeting to say in what manner their wishes were to be carried into effect. His friend. Mr. Heajfcoo e would, propose a resolution to them whichf-ould furnish bounds for the discussion of that .point, and he thought the course there proposed was rendered elie-ible by the favorable view taken of their case bv the traffic manager. Mr. Heathcote rose and said, that the forbear- ance of Pontlottyn no doubt arose from their ex- pectation that the company would yield what ap- peared to be so reasonable a boon to both, spon- taneously. It was too bad to ask the inhabitants of this village, the most important on the line, in fact, leaving out Caerphilly., worth all the rest nut together, to run the gauntlet of forge and furnace for a whole mile before they could set to the station, and thus leave the people of Cardiff to imagine that though dressed in broad- cloth they were not over attentive to their ab- lutions. He believed that the difficulties in the way of a goods station were exaggerated. It seemed to him that the absurdity of sending our goods up to the terminus, and thence labouring back over a hilly road, was little less than that of the 20,000 men immortalised by the poet, They valiantly marched up the hill, And straight marched down again." With regard to the form their efforts in this direction should assume, the resolution he held would give his views, it was to this effect, That 11 petition be drawn up and placed in the hands of Mr. Thomas, station master, for pre- sentation to the board of directors, previous to the half-yearly meeting, to take place on Friday, the 27th August next." This resolution seconded by Mr. ————— Chemist and Druggist, was carried nem. con., after a few remarks from Mr. Rees and the seconder. A committee was then appointed, consisting of Messrs. Evans, Rees, and Heathcote, to prepare the petition, to watch the progress of the move- ment, and to [report progress to the gentlemen present, who will meet for the purpose, this day fortnight- Mr. William Williams, grocer, moved and Mr. James Wellington, both shareholders, conveyed the thanks of the meeting to Mr. Hinchley, Chairman, who, in acknowledgment, said that his- duties had been light and agreeable. He thanked the meeting for having made them so by their moderation, and hoped the time was not far distant when their wishes would be accom- plished. Short a time as he had been in Pont- lottyn, he had been long enough to appreciate the'kindness and good faith of those with whom he co-operated, and ;he hoped he might say without vanity, to obtain their confidence and good wiIL
IMPORTANT TO COLLIERS, MINERS, AND Til PUBLIC IN GENERAL MR. EDMUND MATTHEWS, the celebrated Bone Setter, and Farrier, (late of Pontjpndd,) aas Tinnenced practice in the above Profession, at the house of MR. JOHN MITCHELL, Bed Lion Inn, Top of Dowlais. To he consulted lit all tunes,Oowgei j Moderate, ,ff 6
I ABERDARE THE RURAL FETE.-We are happy to hear that the late ill feeling existing between a con- scientious minister of the gospel, and many of the principal tradesmen of the place, is in a fair way to take wings, like all mundane things, and make its exit from this happy valley. The rural fete which was to have been celebrated, is now scarcely talked about, and a general shaking of hands appears on the eve of taking place, and, say we, for the weal of their progressive town, the sooner it does the better, and wiser for all parties. Let the reverend gentleman, as the first offender, come manfully forward and set the example.— Communicated. ACCIDENT.—On Thursday se'nnight, a miner, named Thomas Jones, was killed whi: j working in Ysgyborwen Mine Work, by the fall of a large stone. Lata in the evening the wife of the de- ceased mentioned the circumstance of his not having returned home from his work ,cS usual, to her neighbours, and two or three miners went into the hole in search of him, when they found his body crushed beneath the immense stone which had fallen upon him, and which called for the united effort of three men to remove! On Saturday an inquest was held before the deputy Coroner, and a verdict of Accidental Death" recorded. BeARD OF HEALTH ELECTION.—The election of five members to fill the vacant places at the above board, took place on Wednesday se'nnight. Although there were twelve candidates in the field, the contest was far from being a severe one, and we rejoice to know that the election was conducted in a far more becoming manner than was that of last year. The following is a list of the candidates and their respective number of voteR: Mr. II. E. Partridge.. 704 Mr. William Williams 268 Mr. Samuel Thomas.. 577 Mr. Jenkin KeesCwm 232 Mr. Thomas Williams 529 Mr. Samuel Price. 202 Mr. Rees Williams.. 523 Mr. David Bevan. 145 Mr. William Powell.. 507 Mr. A. Mason "126 Mr. Jenkin Griffiths.. 311 Mr. W. Griffiths, Sur. 119 CRICKET MATCH.—On Thursday, week last, a spirited match was played by eleven of the Aber- dare Cricket Club, and an equal number of the Merthyr Club, on the Cricket-field, near Aber- aman. The Aberdare gentlemen were the first to handle the bat, and then commenced a most exciting game, which was played throughout in that gentlemanly spirit, with which all true knights of the willow like to perform their parts. At the termination of the game, the scorer's re- port, as will be perceived by the following, showed a preponderance of 20 in favour of the Aberdare eleven. ABERDARE. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. W. H. Thomas b Davies 3 b Davies 0 J. Johns c and h Gay. 5 run out 1 J. Egglestone b Gay. 1 not out 10 Thorogood c Hiek. b Sw 5 b Davies 1 D. Williams b Davies. 14 b Sworder I Jones c Davies b Weight 0 b Sworder 7 R. P. Larke b Davies. 1 c White b Sworder 0 W. Davies I bw b Gay.. 4 c Davies b Sworder 4 Rosser 1 b w b Sworder. 5 c Weight b Sworder. 2 G. Williams .b Sworder. 3 b Sworder 0 G. Williams not out. 0 b Sworder. 3 Byes 12 Byes 3 Wides 5 Wides 4 58 36 MERTHYR. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. Gav b Larke 2 b Egglestone 0 Sworder b Larke. 1 b Larke 0 Brown b Larke. 8 b Larke 12 Pickering- b Larke. 0 b Larke. 0 White b Larke. 0 b Larke 2 Davies b Larke. 3 b Eggleestone 0 Sittleworth b Jones. 0 not out 0 Weight b Larke 2 c & b Egglestone 0 Gabeb Jones 0 run out 9 G. Evans c & b Lark.. 0 b Larke o Smith not out 0 b Egglestone 3 Bves 2 Bves 2 Wides 3 Wides. 2 Leg Byes. I Leg Byes 2 25 49 The decisions of the umpires gave entire and unniversal satisfaction, and the gallant party pro- ceeded from enjoyments al fresco, to enjoy an excellent repast, served up in first rate style at the Rose & Castle Inn." This invigorating part of the day's proceedings, passed off in good old English style, and the company broke up at an early hour, eminently satisfied with the manner in which they had played and wound up their last game. We understand a return match will shortly be played, and we doubt not but that our Merthyr friends, who yielded the pabr with so much grace on this occasion, will be ablr to give a good account of themselves on their own ground.. TREDEGAIi AN enormous monster, breathing fire and smoke through its nostrils, as did the relentless dragon slain by our patron saint of old, and drink- ing the blood of the innocent, is ravaging the district of Blackwood. The name of our scourge is The Bedwellty," and though the inhabitants have repeatedly done battle with him, they have been invariably defeated. A wise man of Mer- thyr was called into the deliberations, and the whole matter was lately laid judiciallv before the Queen's deputy. This awful monster had then devoured 12 human beings, and appeared to take no notice of his pursuers. We learn to- day that while chains are forging for him in the courts of Westminster, he has just taken another meal. It appears that recent proceedings have whetted his appetite, so that one victim was not enough. On Monday night, taking advantage of a loose tire, he dashed down into the river, devouring the engineer (leaving wife and 8 chil- dren), and Mrs. Lloyd, publican, of Argoed, on the way. One or two others were hurt by his headlong flight, amongst whom must not be for- gotten a man who got his right leg broken for the second time, but as this happened to be a wooden one, he bore it most stoically. Quous- que tandem." How long, 0 Homfrays and Fothergills, will you give shelter to this fire- breathing, death-dealing "portent," which, while it is licking, with greedy chops, part of our blood, is fast bringing all the rest to the boiling point. This new destroyer will not be pacated by prayer. Is there no St. George living to slay our dragon? or no Hercules to cleanse those Augean stables, in which our yet quivering flesh and yet un curdled blood is weighed in the ba- lance against a little yellow dust ? Arise, men of Monmouth, and answer, not in the manner of old, when Rebecca rose against the tolls laid upon our hardly-wrung sinews, declaring before high heaven, not without awful flame-witness, that this injustice should then and there cease and determine, but in the irresistible might ot public opinion, stand forth and declare that this Sirhowy tramroad shall no longer be manured with the blood of our wives and children,-that our poor-house shall be no longer burdened with the victims of a selfish monopoly,-and that, m fine, if toll must be taken uponaroadfree by statute to all liege subjects, that toll in some other form than human flesh and[blood. The inquest on the victims took place *^8^; when it being given in evidence that th.s tii* and other machinery werei in a^ f fW« vertict of accidental dea M was found. [We have just been informed, before going to press, that the action pending against the Sirhowy Company, for the alleged encroachment on the l iQ likelv to be withdrawn, the Com- offered suck concessions a* are &1T to satisfy the committee m whose names the bill of indictment was preferred.—ED. M. T.] "WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—In our report of the an- niversary held at this English Wesleyan Chapel, we stated that the total collection was j618, in- clusive of the munificent donation given by Mr. pavies. It appears, however, that we were wrong, the total amount being £30, 10s. made up —
BIRTH. U On Tuesday week, Mrs. Williams, wife of Mr. T. »• Williams, Hong Kong Tea Warehouse, of a daughter. MARRIAGE. At Bethesd a Chapel, Merthyr, by the Rf' Newcastle Emlvn, Mr. Thomas Davies, of, Miss Jane Williams. sec°n<i ^g^ter iff, ThOHW Williams, Master