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Board was not at present in a position to under. take the incurring of so large an outlay as £1,700 or £1,800 on the bridge at Ynysgoi. The proposal being seconded by Mr. D. Evans, was then put to the Board and carried. JSEW MEMBER. Mr. Crawshay having resigned his seat at the Board at the last meeting Mr. Bryant suggested that they should now proceed to the appointment of a successor. He had himself no proposal to make; .upon which Mr. T.Williams proposed that Mr. W. Jones, Goitrecoed, be appointed. This was seconded by Mr-* vans' and carried unanimously. The following report from the Local Surveyor of the Water Works was read:- MERTHYR TYDFIL WATER WORKS. To the Merthyr Tydfil Local Hoard of Health. GENTLEMEN,—I beg leave to lay before you the following report of the progress made in executing1 the different contracts for carrying out the Merthyr Tydfil Water Work". 7U" Contract No. 1, for Pipes—Messrs. Edington and Co., Glasgow—This contract is nearly completed, the total amount of contract being £ 16,500; amount due for pipes delivered in Merthyr, £15,9.56 8s. 5d.; paid on account, £ 11,090 2s. 8d. Contract No. 2, Pipe-laying—Mr. Thos. Crump.— This work is being carried out satisfactorily, the pipe- laying having been completed through all the streets in Dowlais and Penydarren. The pipe laying has been commenced in Merthyr; the pipes along Brecon road and the streets lying to the north thereof having already been laid. If the weather permits, the whole line of main pipes between the filter beds and Callan brook will be completed in a fortnight hence. The total amount of this contract is about £ 5,500; amount of work already done, £ 3,117; advanced on account, 9'2,495 14=s. lid. Contract No. 3, Filter Beds^c.—Messrs. Harpur. —This work is progressing in a satisfactory manner— the covered reservoir being nearly completed. The masonry for the four filtering beds is also nearly com- plete. The contractor is now proceeding with the two depositing tanks, and the foundations of the engine house and boilers. The covered reservoir near the Dowlais turnpike gate is also in hand. The total amount of this contract is £ 12,338; amount of work already done, C3,880 12s. 2^d.; advanced on account; £ 3,104 10s. „ „ Contract No. 4, Engine and Boilers—Vulcan Foundry Cornpany.-The engine and boilers are in a forward state at the foundry; a small portion is as yet delivered in Merthyr. The total amount of this con- tract is £995; there is no money as yet advanced on account. 1, Contract No. 5, Storage I?eservoir—Messrs. Evans Brothers.—The "excavation for the" fuddle trench of the main embankment is being proceeded with, but the recent wet weather has very much impeded the progress of the work. The large stones and other materials for the construction of the waste weir are in progress of being conveyed to the ground. The total amount of this contract is jE10,773 4s. Id.; amount of work already done. jEl.600 14s. 6d;; advanced on account, £ 1,437 10s. 7d. I remain, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, Merthyr, June 20th, 1860. JOHN LEWIS. There was no discussion on this report, and the Board, after reading the following complaint, which was re- ferred to the Surveyor, then adjourned, DOWLATI;, JUNE 20th, 1860. MR. CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN, — We the undersigned inhabitants and owners of property in the neighbourhood of Elizabeth-street, Dowlais, humbly beg of your Board to take under your notice, the public bake-house and oven which are situated near our houses. They are a great nuisance in the neighbourhood, and damage our property to a great extent by the smoke and dust from the oven, which is heated two or three times a day. It is quite useless for us to colour or paint our houses and railings, as the oven is situated several feet below our property. Therefore, we hope that you will take immediate steps to compel the owners to remove the oven to another part of their ground—which is very convenient, or have a high stack built that will take away the smoke. As the owners are building cottages on the ground at present, they have plenty of materials and men ready at hand for to remove the bake-house at a little trouble and expense. We have the honor to be, Your most humble servants, EVAN JONES, grocer. JOHN EDWARDS, Sunny Cottage. WILLIAM JKNKINS, butcher. ROGER EVANS, Temperance House. ABERDARE. SPECIAL NOTICE. *I:* THE increasing importance of this flourish- ing town has made it necessary that we should increase our efforts to give our readers early and full information relating to all matters of im- portance that may happen within the locality or neighbourhood. We have accordingly made the necessary arrangements fcr the receipt of the latest and fullest intelligence concerning all sub. jects and occurrences of local interest. Our Aberdare readers may, therefore, expect that, henceforth, such a share of our space will be de- voted to their interest, as will, we hope, prove commensurate with the representation it de- serves. The principles of this journal have always been of a liberal nature; but whilst we shall consider it our duty never to swerve from the advocacy of those principles, we will at the same time, guard against allowing unjust par- tiality to tinge our reports or comments. THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BAP- TIST ASSOCIATION OF GLAMORGAN. The usual annual meeting of this association took place at Trecynon, Aberdare, on Tuesday and Wednesday last. Notwithstanding the un. propitious nature of the weather a large number of ministers and delegates arrived by the first train, on Tuesday morning, and proceeded to the Baptist Chapel,to be present at the conference The first sitting was opened at 11 o'clock, by the Rev. Titus Jones, CaersalemNewvdd, president of the association, who occupied the chair on the occasion. Shortly before 1 o'clock the morning meeting was adjourned, and those who had been present—about 250—repaired to the St. Fagan's School-Boom, (which had been kindly iont for the occasion by the Rev. 1. D. Jenkins,) whore an exellent luncheon had been prepared under the superintendence of Mr. Thomas Joseph, to whose indefatigable exertions for the admirable arrangements in connection with this department are mainly due. Ample justice having dcen done to the spread, an adjournment to the chapel took Place, and the afternoon sitting of the conference commenced at 2 o'clock. A great deal of business Y'dH transacted in a manner highly satisfactory to all parties, and the numerous reports handed In by the delegates present were read by the secretary of a nature to encourage the Baptist brethren. At 6 o'clock, the special services held in con- nection with the association were commenced in the following places :-Hirwain; Jievs. C. Griffiths, Aborafon and N. Thomas, Cardiff; Independent S?aPel, "Llwydcoed, Rov. T. Roberts, Hebron, •dowlais; Cwmdar, Revs. B. Thomas,tCadoxtqn, a.nd Davies, Cowbridge; Heolyfelin Baptist S.HaPel, Revs. D. Davies, Wauutrodau, and J. -tt-ichards, Caerphilly; Ebenezor, Revs. D. Ed- Wai;ds, Beaufort, and E. Evans, Dowlais; Car- ?ei> Hevs. R, Williams, Hengoed, and II. Jones, Swansea; Aberdare, Rc-ra. Thomas, Briton Ferry, Auara8> Salem, and Fugh, Sketty; Bethel, ernant, Rev. Davies, Penyfai, Clydach Aber- -n1}' Revs. J. Philips, Liantrisainfc, and J. Rowlands, Cwmafon; Cwmaman, Revs. I'hilipa, ^ontrhydyfen, and Davies, Spelters Csvmbach, a^Tr" Sl.charcls> Cardiff, J. D. Williams, Canton, ].■ Dowlais; Abercwmboi, Revs. Jcn- v™, baron, and Jenkins, Troedyrhiw. U chapel was filled to repletion, and the ^rocecdmgs were conducted with solemn fervour. Hot • £ 8<*ay morn^n8 broke murky and wet, withstanding which dispiriting circumstance, of t^normou8 influx of visitors from various parts th • ,couuty poured in by the earliest train, and sho ln^Ustri°U8 little town of Treeynon, with its s8Ar f close4 *n honour of the occasion, and its s a«8 8 teeming with respectably attired strangers, ]'o^f^d a .gay and holy-day-like appearance, bee morning advanced the weather gradually more genial, and at length grew fine Who V j^0. Sadden the hearts of the thousands uo naq. by this time congregated together in front of the stage erected near the Common School, for the accommodation of the officiating ministers, The scene presented here was strik- ingly impressive, and no report that we could possibly give would convey anything like an adequote idea of the religious enthusiasm and devotion noticeable at these out-of-door meetings; suffice it to say that at each gathering there were present from five to six thousand people, all of whom seemed attentive hearers. The preaching on each occasion was unexceptionable, and the whole of the day's proceedings must have tended much to improve and strengthen the Baptist cause. As on the previous day, a luncheon was prepared for the Ministers and delegates at the St. Fagan's school-room, and about 300 sat down and partook of the good cheer provided. Almost every house in the town had its visitor or visitors, and the greatest hospitality and kindness were displayed by the inhabitants in general. The following is the order of the meeting and the ministers who took part in the proceedings At 7 o'clock, the Rev. R. Williams, Hengoed, 2 Tim. i. 9 & 10; Rev. D. Davies, Landore, Luke x. 12; Rev. D. Williams, Salem, Joel ii. 13. At 10 o'clcck, the Rev. J. Rowlands, Cwmafon, Judges vii. 15; Rev. T. Lewis, Rhymney, (English and Welsh), 1 Peter i. 11; Rev. N. Thomas, Cardiff, Hebrews xiii. 8. At 2 o'clock, the Rev. J. Morgan (Lleurwg), Eph. ii. 8 & 9; Rev. T. Jones, Caersalem N ewydd, (English), Acts xv. 12; Rev. T. Jones, Tongwyn- las, Eph. iii. 8. At 6 o'clock, the Rev. M. Evans, Llwynhendy, Eph. iii. 10; Rev. I-t. A. Jones, Swansea, Romans viii. 32; Rev. T. Jenkins, Bristol, Acts xiv. 15. The next meeting of this Association will be held in Cardiff, and we trust it may prove in every respect as successful as the one we have just referred to. TEA PARTY.—On Thursday se'nnight, a tea party was held in connection with St. Elvan's Church, at the Assembly Rooms. A large- num- ber of the elite of the town and neighbourhood were present on the occasion, and the following members of the Clergy:—The Very Rev. the Dean of Bangor, the Rev. Evan Lewis, vicar of Aberdare, the Rev I. D. Jenkins, L.L.B., incum- bent of St. Fagans, the Rev. David Richards, Aberdare, the Rev. David Davies, do., the Rev. Wm. Williams, Mountain Ash, and the Rev. D. Jones, Hirwain; amongst the ladies who graced the proceedings by their presence, we noticed- Mrs. R. Fothergill and family, Mra, H. A. Bruce and family, Miss Cotton, (daughter of the Dean of Bangor), Miss Wayne, the Misses Wayne, Glandare, Mrs. Adorns, Tydraw, and family, Mrs. David Davies, Cwmsaebron, Miss Denton, the Misses Roberts, Gadlys House, Miss Green, do., &c., &c. The room was tastefully decorated with festoons and wreaths of evergreens and flowers. Banners and neatly-wrought mottoes of an appropriate nature were displayed here and there over the building, and a graceful tree, whose green branches bent beneath a load of oranges and chaste little presents, added much to the attractiveness of the scene it presented. A large number of children belonging to the Church day and Sunday schools, came together on the occasion, and the proceedings were commenced by forming a procession, the members of which afterwards marched through two or three of the principal streets, presented themselves at the re- sidences of a few of the neighbouring gentry, and then returned to the room to spend the even- ing; between 350 and 400 sat down and were plentifully regaled with tea and cake. The tables were ably presided over by ladies, who, in the performance of their onerous duties, displayed the combination of energy and grace which, we suppose, ladies alone can command. The repast being over, the Vicar of Aberdare and the Dean of Bangor addressed the children in an earnest but appropriate manner. A neat present was afterwards given to each of the Sunday school children, the whole of whom seemed to be much delighted. A fullness of enjoyment and interest appeared to be experienced by every one who took part in the day's proceedings, and it has but rarely been our duty to chronicle so pleasant and successful a meeting as tho one we have thus briefly described. THE CEM.ETERY.-On. Wednesday se'nnight, the members of the Burial Board visited the Cemetery for the purpose of arranging how the burying ground connected therewith should be divided between the representatives of the Established Church and Dissenters. Owing, however, to the inclement nature of the weather an adjournment was soon made from the ground to Messrs. Morgan and Smith's offices, where the necessary arrangements as to the division of the land were made almost without any discussion. The ground altogetherJ measures about 20 acres including roads and, on tho motion of the Rev. T. Price, seconded by the Vicar of Aberdare, an area of 5t acres was to be placed at the disposal cf the Church of England, 51 acres for the Dis- senters, and one acre for Roman OathoEes-thn3 leaving several acres as yet unsettled. The reason for leaving these few acres unappropriated is, obviously, to prevent inconvenience to the party whose burying ground may be filled first. We have informed ourselves as to the precise manner in which the division has been made, and we think the whole arrangement reflects the highest credit on the foresight and intelligence of the Board. This matter having been disposed of, the members entered into an animated debate on the question of fees, and the meeting was subsequently adjourned until the 27th, for the purpose of coming to a final arrangement on the matter. In our report of the next meeting we will give our readers full information as to the fees, &c., referred to. PROPOSED REMOVAT. OF THE UPPER VILLAGE TURNPIKE.—We understand that a movement is on foot to bring about the removal of the Upper Village gate from its present place to some little distance higher up than the Cwmdare croF ing. The arrangement would certainly he advantage- ous to the people of Llwydcoed and Trecynon, and as the m,atters appear to be in the hands of the right parties, it is highly probable that it will shortly be brought about. We here there is but little opposition offered to the movement, and that Mr. Edward David, the valuer under the Enclosure Commissioners, has made an offer with reference to the erection of the Turnpike house, which will materially assist the promoters thereof in gaining their object. In a short time hence, we will mako further reference to this matter. Tjjj! ENGLISH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL.- W e regret very much to hear that the present excel- lent minister of this chapel, the Rev. ohn Oün- nicK, is about leaving the town. During his residence here, Mr. Cunnick has, by his benevo- lence and usefulness, made many warn-hearted friends and to mark the regret with which they witness his departure, and in token of the admi- ration in which they hold him, it is intended next week to present the reverend gentleman with an acceptable testimonial and address, prior to his leaving Aberdare. In our next isaue, we hope to give our readers a full account of the proceedings attending the presentation, which we have no doubt will be of an interesting nature. THE HAY HARVEST.-—We notice that the Vicar commenced his hay harvest on Monday last, by mowing the large field adjoining the Vicarage. The sudden change in the weather, which set in on the following day must have caused the reverend gentleman to regret he had commenced thus early, and will deter many from following his example. Considering the extraor- dinary and unseasonable storm with which we have been visited for the past few weeks, the crops in this valley louk remarkably A-ell, but should we have a continuance of these cold nuns, it is propable that the consequents will be de- plorable. THE CORPS.—We are glad to hear that the senior volunteer rifle corps have at length succeedcd in scouring the services of an excellent drill sergeant from This circumstance has tended to revive a IHtle. of the spirit with which the members were animated when "all was novel," and a better attendance at drill has been the result. 1.1 CmcKET.- W e notice that while many of our English friends are beeping up the goodold game of cricket with their wonted spirit, scarcely a single game has been played in this valley during the present year. The knights of the willow are wooing the rifle, we suspect, and their usual "field exercise" will be taken this year in the company of a more deadly ball than that of the cricketer. We can see no reason for this total desertion of the bat and wickets. Cannot the rifle exercise be prosecuted without the absolute neglect of cricketing ? We think it can, and we trust we may yet have the pleasure of witnessing before the season goes out a few good games of that excellent play which has done so much towards developing the physical strength of the British nation. ST. ELVAN'S CHURCH.—On Sunday last the very Rev. the Dean of Bangor, preached an ex- cellent sermon at this church. TBECYNON FAIU.—Last Monday the usual fair was held at Trecynon. There was a much better show of stock visible than we have noticed on previous occasions, and a considerable amount of business was done. THE LATE MIL. DYKE.—On the 11th instant, at his residence in this town, Mr. Richard Dyke, draper, died. He was a young man who bad won, mainly by his own exertions, a respectable posi- tion in the commercial world, and by his kindly disposition and unassuming habits, endeared himself, to a large circle of friends, by whom his premature death has excited the deepest regret. Mr. Dyke was a freemason, and his remains were borno to the grave by eight members of that honourable order. ABERDARE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY. — (Before J. C. Fowler, and J. L. Roberts, JEsqrs) DESERTER.J ames Curtis, who had been re- manded from Tuesday last, was again brought up to-day and discharged. ENDORSEMENT OE LICENSE.—The Lamb and Flag, Cardiff Road, Aberaman, from Thomas Howells to Benjamin Meredith. ORDERS OF REMOVAL OF P AUPERs.-Catherine Edwards, widow, and one child, from the parish of Aberdare, to the parish of Llanwrthwl, Brecon- shire.-Ann Evans, widow, and two children, from the parish of Aberdare, to the parish of St. Peter, Carmarthenshire.—Henry Thomas, from the parish of Aberdare. to the parish of My- nyddyslwyn, Monmouthshire. An order was made on the Guardians of the Newport Union, to pay on behalf of the parish of Mynyddyslwyn, the sum of £ 6 Is. 6d. to the parish of Aberdare, for expenses incurred in the removal of Catherine Thomas to the Lunatic Asylum at Britonferry, and her maintenance there from April 30th to the 18th of June instant, it being adjuged that the parish of Mynyddyslwyn was her last place of legal settlement. ASSAULT.—Tabitha Williams was summoned for assaulting Ellen Thomas, the wife of Ben- jamin Thomas, on the 8th instant.—Complainant said: I live at Aberaman. On Friday week de- fendant came and struck me with stones, and hit me twice. The quarrel was about the children. -Fined 2s. and 6s. 6d. co Ls. ASSAULT.—Bethsheba Jones was summoned for assaulting Sarah Gillgrass, at Capcoch, en the 7th June.—Fined Is. and 3s. 6d. costs. ANOTHER ASSAULT.—AMI Meredith was sum- moned for assaulting Esther Hiil, on the 11th instant, at Gadlys.—Complainant said, that on Monday week one of defendant's children struck her boy down, and that she went after the child who had gone to a neighbour's, and took his arm and shook him. She then went home, and de- fendant came and struck her three times about the head, giving her a black eye.-Fined Is. and 5s. 6d. costs. BLAINA. A PLEADING- variety was given to the usual course of Welsh lecturing, on the 15th, at the Calvinistic Chapel of these works, by the Rev. .r. R. Joues, late of Kilsby, who took for his sub- ject-The life and death of John Penrv theMartyr. This individual soldier of the "Noble Army," perished for the sake of his religious opinions, in the reign of the immaculate Elizabeth, who it is affirmed did not put quite so many to death as the bloody Mary. Penry's birth-place was the parish of Llanfrynach, Brecon, and the lecturer, after giving some striki u; particulars of the bigoted management of the Welsh colleges at that period,and graphically describing the circum- stances of the martyrdom, concluded a two hours' address, by acknowledging the honors paid him by the Rev. W. Roberts, chairman, and a numerous audience. BLAINA PETTY SESIONS. FRIDAY, JUNE 15.-13<1ore F. Levick, Esq., and the Rev. E. C. Leigh. AsSAULT.-Charlotte Williams v. Mary Pritch- ard.—This was one side of a cross summons case, which originated in complainant breaking defen- dant's windows.—A conviction was obtained, and Ai rs. Pritchard was fined with costs 13s. 6d. ASSAULT.Mary Davies v. James Brown.—An attempt was made to get a conviction for an in- decent assault,^but it failed. The liberties taken in the house of complainant could not have been very heinous, as the Bench fined defendant only 4s. 6d. and costs. John Rees, charged with stealing earthenware and a canvass bag value 3s. 6d., at Tredegar, on the 13th June, (a remanded case from the clerk's office) pleaded guilty, and was committed for one month to hard labour. Thomas Mackley, an Irish labourer, was charged by the Ebbw Vale Company with having stolen in May last, two pieces of buffalo hide, used for valves in a patent coal washing machine. --Wm. Lloyd, litter, said that he received the pi^cs^pf leather, whose use he described, from P-C^ Richards, on the diih of June, and proceed- ing to fit them on the pislon 'of the engine found them to correspond. He had no doubt they be- longed to it.—Wm. Murphy, labourer, said that the prisoner lodged with him. A.boufcxseven or eight weeks ago he brought home two pieces of leather, which ho showed the family. With one of the pieces he tapped his boots, and the piece now produced (which he gave Richards a fort- nignt ago) is the other.—P.C.Richards said he apprehended the prisoner on the 5Lh. He was remanded to this session. The leather was worth 3s. a pound.—Prisoner admitted- the fact of having taken the leather, but said he did not think it was any harm,—Committed to the ses- sions. BKYNMAW EARLY CLOSING.—We have much pleasure in announcing that an early closing association has been formed in this town, under the presidency of the Rev. W. Jenkyns, of Rehoboth. It num- bers already about 70 members. On Friday hst, a deputation of the- association, consisting of the Revds. W. Jenkyns, J. Roberts, and W. Thomas, and Messrs. Edwards, Lloyd and others, were successful in obtaining a promise from tne princi- pals ill the drapery,goneral clothing,grocery, iron- mongory, stationery, and boot and shoe trades of this town, to close their business establishments at eight o'clock every evening, except Monday and Saturday, to take effect from Tuesday next, the 26th inst. We had this as a move in the right direction, and can see no reason why the hours may not be still furthoi shortened so as to give persons of business all oppotunity of attend- ing their places of worship in the week evenings, and of obtaining intcuectuatculivation nd phys- I I ical recreation. It may be mentioned that last year an early closing movement was set on foot and continued for about a fortnight,which mishap, it appear?, was owing to a misunderstanding on the part. of some tradesf-nen respecting the ar. rangement. la the inoscnt case, however, these have been fully explained, and handbills circu- lated. We therefore trust that no one will so far disgrace himself as to break his promise, and we are glad to find that in such a case, the in. dividual will receive from the association, a. richly deserved exposure. The Revs. W. Jtrnkyns, John Roberts, and W. Thomas have announced- their intention of preaching sermons in furtherance of the movement. EBBW VALE. ORDERS OF MERIT.—There are several bodies corporate in these works, which we have not yet seen described, and as a sketch of some of their leading characteristics may not prove uninterest- ing to the readers of the TELEGRAPH, we sub join the following :— SISTERS OF MERCY.—They include girls of all sizes and women of all ages, and are as re- markable for their figure as for their self-sacrifice. Done up all of a heap with a jack on their heads, they travel backward and forward from spring to cottage supplying the crystal fluid to every one that thirsteth. Another section of this holy sis- terhood is engaged in travelling to every point of the works, with nourishing food and drink to the hive of workers in mine and forge. But the former are the most hardy class. We have seen little scantily clothed sisters stagsering under a heavy pitcher in mid-winter, with the ice-cold water running down their spparently insensible bodies. What a contrast with the voluptuous Asiatic sailing with Mediciall grace, under a vase of Etruscan elegance SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE:.—This is a very diffe- rent class of religious order, consisting of well- tann'd burly dames of J erne,who go infine weather with a bowie knife and reap a harvest of moun- tain feathers, hidden beneath which they tramp to poor men's houses. Of course those feathers are not so highly esteemed as those from a awan's breast, nevertheless, they form a delicious bed for the toil-worn man, who frequently gives the meritorious sisters a few of Peter's pence for their trouble. SISTERS OF CHARITY, by which term we mean those who give their most precious pos- session to the needy-do not exist as a class about here. There are indeed individuals who are generally soft handed and invariably despised by the worthiest of the whole class—namely, saenrs de labor, a sturdy hard handed mud, colored bloomer attired sisterhood, who live like hermits, work like Welsh ponies, and on a Sun- day dress like ladies. The only specimen, we know of, of Abernethy's ideal "Earn sixpence a-day and live upon it." This is literally true with them, therefore we may take it for granted, they never suffer from indigestion. All honor and good husbands to them As a complete contrast, and to finish our list for this time, we must name the Soeurs d' industrie," the feminine parallel to the Chev- aliers d' Industrie of France, yet they do not consider themselves thieves by profession. Look at that young thing creeping stealthily beside a train of coal trams, not a morsel of that pre. ciousjet can fall to the earth but she pounces on it like a hawk. The eye of the engineer is on her. A piece larger than an egg she daren't take, for the stoker would be down upon her in a manner anything but polite. Yet only let some little object catch their attention for a moment, and the coal tumbles from the train is off1 by magic. It is of no use to say, "go and sin no more." No use in sending her to prison. Coal is her lawful prey, and for coal if needs be, she will suffer martyrdom. A THIEF CAPTURED.—Much has been said and written, respecting the clever trickery and ingenious robberies effected by the daring and celebrated Dick Turpin, but had he lived in the present age of detective police, we question whether he would not have had to ride the wooden horse," long before he had completed his career of plunder. We have this week had a daring attempt at robbery, but without success, by Thomas White, a mason by trade, who was both living and working with his master, John Harris, builder of this place. The latter on rising on Monday morning found that his lodger had made his exit in the night, and had taken with him his watch, he at once hastened off to P.S. Ward, and informed him of the robbery. The Sergeant, with his ususl promptitude, sent off policemen to Pontypool, Abergavenny, Merthyr, Newbridge, and went himself to Cardiff besides telegraphing to Chepstow, Gloucester, and other towns, # The officer who went to Abergavenny, ascertained that a man of the same description, had just taken train and had gone on towards Pontypool. A telegraphic message was sent en to Pontypool Road station, and when the train arrived, the Station-master Griffiths observed a suspicious fellow, and in a few minutes P.C. Williams to his great surprise informed him, that Her Majesty's Justices, learned in the law, had an account to settle with him. On the following Tuesday Sergeant Ward ascertained that the prisoner on the 7th inst., had stolen another watch at Llantarium, near Newport, and had pawned it in Newport. He is now in custody at Pontypool and will no doubt get his deserts in a few days. WESLEYAN CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sun- day last the Rev. W. Vincent, of Marlborough, preached three sermons in the English Wesleyan Chapel on behalf of the Trust Fund. It will be remembered by many that Mr. Vincent laboured in this circuit as an itinerant minister, about 12 years ago, and his devotedness to the spiritual welfare of the Church during his career in the circuit, endeared him to all who became ac- quainted with him. On Sunday last, many of his old friends attended the Chapel, to see and hear their old and tried friend. The collections on the occasion were liberal. THE NEW CHAPEL.—We ure happy to state that the foundation of the New Wesleyan Chapel ia this place Is dug, and that very soon the building will be commenced. Mr. Henry Guppy, having been successful in getting the contract, he doubtlessly will prosecute the work with rapidity. The contract is let for £ 1,373. The front of the building is to be of freestone from the Bath quarries, the other part of the stones are from the locality, which T. Brown, Esq. has kindly pronr.aed.to give and deliver them at the Chapel site. He has also promised a donation of £ 200. An example worthy of imitation, for those who have the means to do good. TREDEGAR. A VERY picturesque scene was open to view last Fridav morning on the mountains, and one iu the present alarming price of meat, to cause mangled sensations in the minds of those who have small transactions with the butcher. Droves of Welsh ponies with thoir foals, a large herd of cattle in every stage of existence, flocks of sheep and lambs with Trusty," to check their roving propensities, and scattered around in every va- riety of dress and attitude droves of either sex gazing about listlessly, or hoping perhaps, for the coveted barrel of cwrw, which the hard hearted steward would not order. It was a striking sight this census of Lord Tredegar's live- stock, this driving of the mountain from Bedwellty to Cefn Goleu, and no man must think he has exhausted the sight of the Welsh mountains till ho has observed it. TREDEGAR IRON WORKS.—A manager has at length been appointed to these Iron Works, and will take charge of the manufacture in a month from the dato of his appointment; hut as from the death of the late manager the utmost secrecy has been observed, so the name of the gentle- man chosen has not yet oozed out. The Star of Gwent, has indeed, named more than one per- son as the probable successor to the vacant office, the last being G. P. Hubbuck, Esq.^formerly manager of Rhymney) but while we admit that the appointment would be a desirable one, there is no credit at present to be attached to the con- jecture. Xpdeed, it is not long since that gentle- man declared that he would not be induced to leave the fine villa he has built in London, to re- turn to Monmouthshire, and we can readily be- lieve him. It is not every independent man who can be induced to quit a pleasant country and a hida-toned society, to come and reside in a dis. trict like this. THE LETTER BAGS AGAIN.—We have good reason to complain of the recent monstrous ir- regularities of the mails and the seasons. On Saturday, the mail cart was three hours behind time, and on Saturday, M.adame Summer came in three months behind time. It is really too ba h If the letter bags, or the warm weather were be- hind once in a way, we could get over it, but day after day and year after year to be go baulk- ed, sticks in the gizzard. For our part, we really believed that the queen of tulips intended to play truant altogether, and let the year 1860 go on three legs. As it is, we are not quite sure that this is not a flying visit, made merely to save appearances (So it has proved.) What to do with Rowland Hill, we dont know; he has been so good a boy that it is a pity to hurt him, but, without doubt the clerk of the weather ought to be indicted. THE carriage of the mails from Merthyr, offered by contract some months ago, has been the source of a good deal of competition, but it has ended, as we wish things might always end, in the triumph of rectitude. Gibbon, our trust- worthy old mail cart driver, considering the enormous price of fodder, knew (for his living depended on it,) that the work could not be done lower than at present, so he consequently offered to continue his services at the same rate. But one man, David Owen, though in a good situa- tion, offered a contract for more than 10 per cent leas, and it was long doubtful whether he would not get it; but calculation and good senap have at length made their impression, and Gibbon has been informed that he is to continue his work subject to one week's notice, whenever change of route shall render his services unnecessary. LAST Monday evening, as one funeral had just passed up Park Road, we saw the Dr. galloping up in the same direction, followed by an im- mense concourse of people accompanying a wounded man. Scarcely had the poor fellow been carried into the house, when another large funeral followed. Altogether it was a saddening conjunction. The name of the poor fellow hurt is Samuel Bowen, a haulier. He was trying to check the speed of some trams down an inclined plane, by placing his back against the foremost tram, a very common, though dangerous prac- tice, when his foot slipped, and three teams went over him, before the tram could be stopped. It is to be hoped he may recover, though at pre- sent it is not easy to estimate the nature of his injuries. WE have just seen a curious lusus naturae, which is perhaps, one of the most remarkable in- stances of animal monstrosity on record. Three weeks ago Mr. Henry Lewis Ruper, at the Tredegar Park, shot a rook which, besides the two ordinary legs, had another hanging from the right thigh, which, instead of the usual foot of four black claws, terminated in what closely re- sembied a white human hand. So strong was the resemblance indeed, that every one called it a hand. The claws were plump and fleshy, like fingers, ending in long pointed nails. But there are six fingers besides the thumb, so the number does not correspond to the human hand, neither is the anatomical structure such as to justify the term finger; allowing for this, the occurrence is exceedingly wonderful. JOHN GOWER in his new uniform as town-crier takes off his gold laced hat and makes his politest bow to the inhabitants of this town. He begs to suggest that the dignity of the town as well as his own personal importance have received an acces- sion by this costume, and henceforth a more attentive ear will be bent to the oyez of the ambulatory advertiser. To those'who have subscri- bed their money to this official equipment, he begs to offer his most unfeigned thanks. May their shadow never be less !—[What has our old friend David the postman done that his ser- vices should not be recognized in a similar man- ner.—EDITOR.] THE RIFLES AT THE TURNING OF THE SOD OF THE TREDEGAR AND ABERGAVENNY RAIL- WAY.—Since our last notice of the 4th Mon- mouthshire at Rhymney, they have not been inactive, but other and more pressing matter has occupied our attention. The wet weather has rather interrupted drill, but Capt. Homfray, with the spirit of a hero, has determined wet or dry we shall learn how to march. Accordingly on the 15th, after a supply of ammunition bread had been issued, the corps fell in and performed a march which, since the time of Zenophon and his 10,000 has never been surpassed. 750 toises before set cf sun brought us to Sirhowy House, the castle of the gallant Coates, who threw wide open his gates to admit the toil-worn veterans. Thrice did the gardens ring with the acclama- tions of the veterans, and thrice did the beaker pass round amongst the wearied soldiers. Then fell we upon our haversacks, which soon began to gape, and the consequence might have been serious, had not our host's larder supplied the deficiency. For a-while there was a pause, till- "The war which far off space did fail, Now trebly thundering swelled the gale." That is, when the bread and cheese had dis- appeared, the butler with his October made another furious onslaught among the troops. We must pass over the speeches, and the toast- ing of the ladles with musical honors, and our hilarious return to take a glance at last week's church parade, of which there is only time to say camemus majora, that the sergeant major of the junior Rifle corps marched admirably with his drawn sword, and did'nt cry once on the road, thus beating the Colonel Napoleon by odds. But the eventful Monday has arrived, and we are on our way to assist at the turning of the Abergavenny sod. It is to bo hoped for the sake of the lady who did it that buttercups and daisies were plentiful in that locality. Of the mysteries of the six and sixpenny silver fork dejeuner, of the grand speeches, grander com- pliments and grandisSimi condescensions, of the fir.st ladies of the county, we reverently forbear to speak. Satisfied with our sandwich and bottle of porter, rejoicing that a placid Jove withheld his thunder, the oxey'd Juno shed a few natural tears. Above all, glorying in the fact, that the 4th Monmouthshire had the honor of leading the grand procession to the sccne of action, \ve repose on our laurels for a time. First came the band followed by the armed men. Next the directors and influential gentlemen con- nected with the proceedings. To these succeeded the gallant knickerbockers of Breconshire, the carriages of the gentry who attended this gala, hundreds of navvies v. ith shouldered spades, and thousands of spectators from all quarters. We must pass over the ceremony as our inches did not permit us to see it. Doubtless it was per- formed with all the grace which a well-bred lady can lend to the most trivial act. Let us hasten to get a bit of dinner, and prepare to retire in good order. Not by rail though, for it is tire- some and very expensive, as was found this morn- ing, so we hire a bus, or rather our liberal and good natured officer R. Waters, Esq. hires one for us, unci very politely we privates ail step in, and leave the gentleman who paid for the vehicle to ride outside in the pelting rain. That is a specimen of Tredegar manners we presume, so don't complain, but we have to request the bum- bailiff who was among the polite on this occasion, to remember that ho is not ex officio an officer of the rifle corps, while he scarries a private's ball box. The return was marked by no incident worthy of notice. We have all remarked after a day's t-xeicement, bow stale, flat, and improfita- ble the journey home is, nor has it escaped us that since the discovery of the elixir of life, we naturally try to counteract tnis morbid tendency by potations pottle deep. The only approach to hostilities with all this display of armed force took place between the two bands. The Bryn- mawr bm;d. with their sage and renowned leader were obliged to give precedence to that of Tre- degar, which itself is no great shakes. This en- raged them so much, that a musical challenge was tho consequence. On the other hand, the Tredegar musicians were so elated that they all got drunk coming home, and played See the conquering hero," in so aroll a manner on tbeir re-entry into Tredegar, that nobody could tell what the tune was. We must not omit in this account the compJtmeat paid to the Tredegar difles by Thos. Brown, Esq. and his promise to join us with the Ebbw Yale Volunteers. Nor will our brother rifleman of Brynmawr, we hope, take it amiss if the pest of lienor was assigned to us. Probably, eithei the band or the uniform were the cause of the preference, eitherfof which in the eyes of gallant men, as we know them to be, are qxiite secondary affairs, mere matters of detail. ]. £ we take tha liberty of laughing as their knockerbockers occasionally, we can assure them that if our dress were narrowly inspected, .i '———— 1 it would be found quite as ralawable. Whatever became of our bodies, the frail uniform would assuredly go to ribbons in a very short cam- paign. Magistrate-g" Office, Tredegar, June 14th.— Before the Rev. B. C. Leigh. John Rees was charged with felony.—ThomM Holloway said: I am a rag and bone merchant at Blackwood Yesterday (June 13th) I waa in the Britannia drinking with the prisoner, and I left my bag in the tap room and went ontfor about two hours. When I returned my bag was gone. There were in tl;hnsc three dozen plates and three teapots. Then I went into two or three public houses to look for Kees. and found him at the Bush. I then asked him what he had done with my things, and he replied that he would make it all right. I then came down to the police station and gave information of my los3. I can swear to the bag but not to the plates, though I have no doubt thev are my pro. Serty. My loss is about Bs. 2kd. Remanded to 11 a in a. Parish of Bedwellty v. Jane Jones, for desert. ing her child on the night of the 10th of June, by leaving it on a tip at Rhymney. This was a very bad and cruel case, and the reverend gen. tleman sentenced the woman to six weeks' hard jabour at Usk. -+ SWANSEA PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY, JUNE 16. — Before M. Moagridget and E. Richards, Esqrs., Sf the Rev. J. Davies. Messrs. Richards and Glasbrook, owners of the Copper Pit Colliery, were summoned at the instance of Thomas Evans, Esq., inspector of mines, for not supplying an adequate amount of ventilation to dilute and render harmless noxious gases, so that under ordinary circumstances the working places should be in a fit state to work in.-To this they pleaded guilty, and the magie- trates imposed a penalty of 21 and costs. William Lewis, manager of the said colliery, was also fined £ '1 Is. and costs, for a violation of the 16th special rule established at this colliery, which requires that every district of the mine at work in which firedamp is liable to make its appearance in explosive or dangerous quantity, shall be worked exclusively with locked safety- lamps." The defendant, however, worked for three days in explosive gases with an unlocked lamp and with naked lights. Thomas Lewis, fireman, was also fined in two cases 10s. 6d. each and costs, for not preventing the men to enter the mine until it had been made safe, and not removing the accumulation of fire- damp and making the place safe. — » CLERK OF THE WEATHER OFFICE. FROM PUNCH. NOTICE is hereby given, that in eonsequenoa of the zodiac being taken up for repairs, there will be no summer or autumn this year. All contracts made on the understanding that the seasons would go on as usual, hirings of country houses, and of moors, arrangements for tours, promises to marry and the like, are null and void. The winter quarter begins on the 1st of July proximo, and terminates some time next year. (Signed) PHCEBUS APOLLO.