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that such boy has attended school for not less than five hours on each of two days (not being consecutive days and on which he shall not have worked in the mine or-colliery) during the week immediately preceding, between the hours of eight o'clock in the morning and five in the even- ing, exclusive of any attendance on Sundays." He trusted the committee would assist him in establishing the rule that, on two days in the week, the boys alternately should not enter the mine at all. By his proposition the mine-owners would have twice the com- mand of labour they would have under the bill. Three boys could do what two boys would do, if continuously in the mine. One boy could have schooling and rest on Mondav and Thursday, another on Tuesday and Fri- day, and the third on Wednesday and Sa- turday. This was the signal for a most anima- ted discussion, in which many honourable gentlemen took part. Some suggested that one day a week should be devoted to educa- tion, others opposed the amendment without any suggestion. Several members thought it would :operate injuriously with the lower classes, others that the interests of coal owners would be greatly interfered with. In reply to Mr. Roebuck, who said that when the Factory Act was passed, the principle of an educational test was adopted, Mr. Bruce said that The Factory Act did not insist upon an educati- onal test as an indispensable qualification for obtaining employment. He maintained that the effect of such a system would be most injurious to the coal-owners, would diminish their supply of labour, and would in the end effect injuriously the persons to be employed. He was as warm an advocate of education as any one, and education was recognised by all intelligent mine-owners as an object as necessary for the outlay of capital as any of the mechanical appliances of the mine but he thought education might be obtained in a manner less injurious to the owner. He sugges- ted that the clause should specify five hours per week, without the restriction to one day. At the conclusion of the debate, Mr. Bruce Tioved an amendment in order to carry out the suggestion made by him, but this, happily, was negatived by a majority of 22. Thus this bill, which will very shortly become law, provides that each boy shall every week pro- duce a certificate that he has attended school for five hours in one day, exclusive of Sun- day, during every week. On this point also we should like to have our member's opinion at greater length than given in the House of Commons. His view, we apprehend is that the boys could better attend a night school for one hour each evening, than devote five hours to education on Monday or Saturday. An objection to this is that when they return from work, they are too tired and sleepy to profit much from their lessons and though it may be urged" that the loss of five hours in a day would be tantamount to a day's loss of work, yet we know that even this sacrifice is a3 nothing to the advantage which an attendance-whether enforced or voluntarily-at school will in. duce in the formation of intelligent working Rien. ° LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. Mas. AsrEEY.—The long list of well-known men and women whom death has stricken off the roll of life in our town, has received an addition by the lamented decease of Mrs. Asprey, wife of Asprey, of Merthyr and the Cefn. She died,suddenly on Sunday last, after a brief ill- ness, to the sorrow of many friends. 1 d ES" ■BNZIE;—The funeral of this amiable whose untimely decease we recorded last week, took place on Tuesday, and was both large and respectable. The funeral procession pro- ceeded from Thomas Town through Merthyr to y\neW cemetery at the Cefn, attracting conside- attention, and eliciting very general sym- pathy for belayed, RECRUITING.-The regimental band of the Glamorganshire Militia, from Cardiff, visited this town on Monday, and paraded through the principal streets, followed by a motley crowd, principally young men, the majority of whom were evidently imbued with military ardour. e recruiting serjeants met with tolerable suc- cess m their efforts, to the grief of many a poor worn an, one of whom varied the expression spartan dames by crying out that she would i her loafefcon 'ler boy's corpse than let him becomea "sonldier." THE COM:E^.—At ten o'clock any fine evening, comet is visible in the north, which astrono. mers are inclined to think is the long expected whose eccentric flight has misled them s^jfhueh in their calculations. Should this be so, at all unlikely but that the continued all 5f rain is due to this celestial visitant. Heat equally long and exceedingly great may be ex- pected we are also informed by men, shrewd in these matters, though the scope of conjecture is somewhat of the same immensity as the propor- tion of the comet, and the distance from the earth. WHERE ARE THE MISSING MEN P—Any one acquainted with Merthyr in the old days of turmoil and dissatisfaction, and more particular- ly iniimate with the leading men, one or more of whom might be found in every mine pit, and in every relay of workers in the ironworks, who were the exponents of this dissatisfaction, would be at a loss now a days to find these worthies. Irue the superior and better off may yet be seen falling offices of trust, and reconciled to the exist- ing, order of things, reminding one of Chantry, who was a liberal in his youth and his poverty, but who waxed more conservativedas he increased in riches, and died a wealthy man and a rigid tory. But the others, where are they ? r One conversant with the men and the caus s of their disappearance, lately supplied us with the answer. They tried it appears to bend matters to their Vlew8, worked hard in teaching political doctrines, and then, beholding their efforts yield nothing, the remnant of the christian faith some £ T,Air held, became latter day saints, and turned pheir backs on dear Merthyr" in disgust, hop- lng to find with a new faith and country, better Boll for their labours.-O. TIIE WEATHER.—Frenchmen say that if it Was not for ouv "vile" climate Englishmen would lack a subject for conversation. True or the weather' has now become the absorbing jopic Of discourse. If fine one day the rain "jakes up for it the next. All the weather pro- an 1 the district are put out of countenance,. ». to commit themselves to any inter- Trr Nation of signs in the air or on the earth. cJ^her-glasses once infallible have lost their formerly they were true-prophets, hav y on1y mislea<1- Even those men who lad; proP,letic corns are taken in, and venerable so rff troJlbled witlx rheuuiatiz" have stumbled civ u m tlie]r prognostication, that they have • UP, the attempt. We know men with the n i 88 whic"»111 ordinary cases, like but twes. of Delphi, prophecy ^oraing events, chn ln 80 indefinite a manner, that the may be either for good or evil, fine wav (T or foul- Now the legs have gone the crp^'f° i a^' weather-glasses and are no longer honn • an^ only faint shade of reasonable: fine J1Ve? *s ^at ra*n exhaust itself and atirl „ eather come to cheer the drooping spirits ana vegetables. T,I,, Mid-Wales Railway Bill passed through <vt °f tb? HouSc of Loids 011 Tuesday MonHn case Ior promoters was opened on ay morning, when evidence in favour of the line was given by Earl Powis, Earl Sudeley, Lord Vane, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Major- General Wood, and the Rev. Hugh Bold; Mr. Piercy and two other engineers were also ex- amined. Counsel appeared for the Shrewsbury and Hereford, and the Hereford and Brecon Railway Companies, also for Mr. Fuller Mait- land, and Mr. W. L. Bankes, (secretary of the Hereford and Brecon) in opposition to the bill. The committee decided that neither of the rail- way companies had any Parliamentary locus standi, they were therefore not heard. Mr. Robertson, C.E., gave evidence on the petition of Mr. Fuller Maitland, but on a satisfactory ar- rangement being made between the Central Wales and Mid-Wales, his opposition to the latter was withdrawn. Mr. Bankes, then in the face of a strong expression of opinion from the committee, declined to continue the contest, and the bill passed. Merry peals from the church bells of Llangorse, Llanfihangel, Talgarth, &c., spread the news far and wide through the district on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. CRICKET.—We had thought that this once fa- vourite game bad been quite Riven up in the town, in favour of military exercise and rifle practice, but have just learnt that the Primrose Hill Club, whose victories have on many occa- sions been recorded in this paper, intend inaugu- rating the business of the season on Thursday next, by a match with the Plymouth Club, on the ground belonging to the latter. THE GARDENS.—Although the complaint of gardeners, amateur and professional, is of a general and severe character, we are glad to find that there are some few exceptions. At the Cefn especially, the garden of our townsman, Mr. Pearce, is but little deteriorated by the weather, the produce being most abundant and of excellent appearance. Especially do these re- marks apply to the rhubarb, which, as was the case last year, is truly surprising both in size and quality. TEMPERANCE EXCURSION.— Our readers will see by an advertisement that an excursion to Swansea on a grand scale will take place on Mon- day, and if the weather proves favourable, and we sincerely hope it may, a treat of no common order maybe anticipated. This, though in reality the second excursion of the season, is the first of any importance, for the one of Saturday last, partially on account of the weather, but mainly owing to the public being so ill informed of it, was a complete failure, the train leaving Mer- thyr being composed of carriages, some of which would have been empty were it not that the officials carefully distributed the few passengers among each carriage, a method which made a good show, but it was at the expense of putting some of the passengers in a kind of solitary con- finement until their journey's end. In all these cases publicity is of the first importance to the people, and those who project the excursion. The Temperance committee in this, as in all their public proceedings, have availed themselves of the best means of making known their intention, and they will no doubt, as usual, derive all the advantage which their sound judgment entitles them to. To the Editor.—SIR,—In times of war we generally get proclamations issued for a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer to Almighty God for his goodness towards us. Do you not think this is a far more'needful time for a day of humiliation and prayer for God's blessing upon the crops that are now in the earth, and require more favourable weather than we have had of late? I would beg to suggest that all shop. keepers, publicans, &c., suspend all business for a day, and each minister announce from his pulpit that a day selected will be set apart, and that the hours of prayer for that day will be as each church may determine upon, but com- mencing at seven o'clock in the morning; for it has been said by one that cannot err, The prayer of a righteous man availeth much and knowing there are many, very many such noble characters amongst us, let us hope that they and we, and all, will offer up our most earnest peti- tions, and thereby receive those blessings which we so much stand in need of. Hoping these few lines will be inserted in the next number of your valuable paper, and that the suggestions may be responded to by each and every party with hearty good will, I remain, your obedient servant. W. W. BOARD OF GUAEDIANS.—At a meeting of the Board held on Saturday, June 23rd, the follow- ing members were present:—G. T. Clark, Esq., (chairman), Messrs. Lewis Lewis, David Wil- liams, Thomas Williams, David Rosser, B. Kirk- house, John Ansell, E. W. Scale, D. Rees, Wm. Williams, R. H. Rhys, D. Davis, G. Davies, D. Williams,' W. Williams, D. Watkinp, L. James, W. Phillips, E. Lewis, Rev. 0. Evans, T. Evans. W. Morgan, G. Overton, Esq., and Morgan Morgan, Esq.—Number admitted during the week, 15 discharged do., 15; in the house, 187; corresponding week last year, 168 relieved out" door during the week, 2,452; corresponding week last year, 2,595; amount of relief, £214 lls. Id.; corresponding week last year, £220 5s. 5d. Religious services; morning, (church) Welsh and English, Rev. R!ce Jones evening, (Adulam,) Welsh, Thomas Williams.- The Board proceeded to the election of a Re- lieviog Officer for Merthyr Tydfil lower. There were ten candidates, viz.,—G. P. Williams, J. T. Oliver, Wm. Davies, John Sprickett. John Williams, George Price, David Prbe, William Mansell, Thomas James, and Daniel Joaes. On the votes being taken, there were 15 for Gabriel P. W illiams, five for William Mansell, two for George Price, and one for Thomas James, and therefore Mr. Williams waspdeclarcd to be elected. and required to commenciniis duties immediately. LADY.]—The grandDT b at the Rum- mer Tavern, took pyrco MS Tuesday evening, June 26th; it was/mVtfWly attended, and passed off with %/eclat. Among the company we W^J^/3-ray, Esq Dr. J. Stewart, and several oflpfsoi inabilities. ABERDARE. .d T4, GRAMMAR SCHOOL.—The half-yearly examina- tion of this school took place on Thursday last, when the following boys obtained prizes: — Latin, T. K. D. Davies; French, T. E. D. Davies; geometry and mensuration, Evan. Morgan; geography, George Floud and Thonips Richards reading, Thomas. Richards and Richard Palmer Lar he grammar and dictation, John Williams; arithmetic 1 hornas Edwards and John Williams; drawing, John Williams. Among the list of successful candidates who passed their exam ma- tion and obtained certificates at the recent mid- summer examinations of the Royal College of Preceptors, London, appear the names of Richard Pughe, Thomas Kmsey, and David Davies of this school. THE CEMETERY.—On Wednesday last, an ad- journed meeting of the Burial Board was held, the following members being present: Mr. R. H. Rhys, (chairman,) Mr. Thomas Williams, the Rev. Evan Lewis, vicar, the Rev. Thomas Price, Messrs. E. Richards, and Phillip Rees. The question of burial fees, &o., referred to in our last was discussed at considerable length, but it was finally arranged that the whole matter should be deferred until next week. EISTEDDFOD. On Thursday se'nnight, a large number of bards, among whom were, Alaw Goch, Cynddelw, Aueurin Fardd, Gwilym Mai, Gwilym C'lf.ynydd, Dewi ILtfran, Nathan Dyfed, Tegai, Mc. Ebrill, &c., &c., assembled at the Stag Inn, Trccynon, to consult as to the subject for which the chief prize should be given at an Eisteddfod which it is intended to hold at the above-named phee, in 1861. [An advertisement with reference to this will be found in our advertising columns of to-day.] Gwilym Mai occupied the chair, and read letters of apology for absence from Bryehan Hen, Cawr Cynon, 3Nefydd, Gwilym Tawy. The Rev. Thomas Price was present, and Mr. Thomas Stephens, Merthyr, joined the meeting in the course of the evening. After proceeding to the Hirwainf Common, when the Eisteddfod and Gorsedd were published with all due solemnity i and ceremony, the bards returned to the Stag long room, and spent a highly interesting evening, the harpist on the occasion being Mr. Thomas —^wmmmm Llewelyn (Llewelyn Alaw), who performed his part with his customary ability. The englynion written in connection with these proceedings shall appear next week. CWMDARE.—We are glad to hear that the transfer of the leases rlative to a pit situate in this locality, and recently sold by Mr. David Williams, Yniscynon, to Messrs. R. H Rhys & Co., has at length been effected. It is satisfac- tory also to learn that Messrs. James L. Roberts & Co., are progressing favourably with their sink- ing operations in this neighbourhood, and we trust both of these new firms will shortly add a respec- table quota to the coal return of the valley. THE RIFLE CORPS.- Weare glad to learn that the new drill sergeant gives the greatest satisfac- tion to both officers and men. The corps are getting on well with their new drill, and several members have already distinguished themselves in the use of the rifle. FIREDAMP.—On Friday last, June 22nd, an explosion of firedamp occurred in one of the Aberdare Iron Company pits, at Abernant. Three men were severely injured by the accident, but. happily, no lives were lost. One of the unfortu- nate men was severely burnt, another fractured his arm, and the other had both his legs broken. The latter, we are sorry to state, is in a very precarious condition, and there is but little hope of his eventual recovery. ABERDARE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq. FELONY.—William Lawrence was charged with stealing a cloth troupers at Aberdare, the pro- perty of John Thomas.—Prosecutor said: Last Saturday week, June 16ih, I had in the Aberdare market-house a stall with ready-made clothes. Among the latter was a cloth trousers. Last Saturday I missed them; they are worth jBl; these (produced) are the same; I can swear to them. I know nothing of prisoner. I never gave him any authority to pawn anything for me. I did not see him near my stall on Satur- day.—Mr. Abraham Freedman said: I am a pawnbroker at Cardiff-street, Aberdare. On Fri- day, the 22nd instant, I received these trousers from the prisoner's wife in pledge. The prisoner was not present when I received them. I gave them to Serjeant Matthews yesterday.—P.S. Matthews said I am a police Serjeant at Aberdare. I re- ceived these trousers from last witness. I went in search of him and took him into custody yes terday (June 25th), and told him, "You are charged with stealing a pair of trousers from the market between last Saturday and Saturday week." I took him to the station. He said, I bought them of a tailor at Aberdare, about a fortnight or three weeks ago. I gave him 9s. 6J. for them." I said, If you can tell me who the tailor is I will go and fetch him." He then said, "I did not say it was a tailor it was two years ago I bought the trousers." He afterwards said he bought them of a tramping blacksmith. The prisoner pleaded Not Guilty," and was conse- quently committed to take his trial at Cardiff at the next quarter sessions. UNLAWFUL W OUNDIN G. -Isaac Price, labourcr, at Cwmbach, was charged with committing the above offence upon Isaac Edwards. Prosecutor said I am a collier at Cwmbach. The prisoner and I came together from Cwmbach to Aberdare yesterday morning. We were about the town all day we were drinking together; we were going home and playing with each other. Frisoner threw my cap down; he and two others ran on and left me. I ran and caught them. I thought prisoner had my cap I took his cap off, and he then took me by the hair and I fell down; he put something under my eye I did not see any- thing, only felt something. We were neither of us drunk. I had at first only tried to get priso- ner's cap but failed; I told him when I got up "You have stabbed me." He then struck me with his list.—Mr. John Watkins, assistant sur- geon at Aberdare, examined the prosecutor this morning, and said that he had a wound made with a cutting instrument (as it appeared to him) under the eye; there was nothing dangerous about it, and it might have been done by a fall on a pipe, button, or sharp stone.—Lewis Thomas was examined, and proved that prisoner had nothing in his hand, and that after they had scuffled on a heap of stones, prosecutor wanted to fight prisoner for £ 5.— Mr. Fowler said the charge was quite unfouoded, and dismissed the prisoner, ordering prosecutor to pay 49. 9d. costs. OBTAINING GOODS BY FALSE PRETENCES.— William Phillips was charged with falsely ob- taining some ssrocerifs from David Davies, a grocer at Aberdare.-Prosecutor said: prisoner came to my shop and said, "I am master over the hauliers under Richard Williams of Bute- street, in the Abernant works. I am lodging in Taiyrynis, near the Trap, and have lately moved there from Pontypridd." After some delibera- s°i2ie goods, among which were jo lbs. of flour, and two pounds or sugar. He brought me at the same time a reference signed J°J0 R^^E.8,°F Pontypridd, who stated that he lad dealt with him for a time, and recommended aim as an honest customer; on this statement in the paper, and that he was living in the place, I let him have the goods. I afterwards made in- quiries for him, but found that he was a stranger vr 1- residents about the Trap.—By iVLagistrate I would not let him have the goods but for Mr. Miles's recommendation; they amounted in all to £ 5.—Thi3 concluded the evi- dence which could be produced to day against the prisoner, and he was then remanded till Sa. turday to the Merthyr police court for further evidence. ASSAULTING A PARISH CONSTABLE.-Samuel silcoclrs was brought up under a warrant charged is follows.—John Iloweils said: I am a parish sonstable for the parish of Ystradyfodwg. On Saturday last as I was eoming home I heard a row on the road. There were three or four men kicking each other. I went to stop them. Tke prisomr rose and struck me with his figt and then with a stone.—The prisoner said he wished to have witnesses examined on his behalf, and the case was adjourned till this day fortnight for that purpose the prisoner entering into his own re- sognizance in the sum of £ 5 to appear then. ASSAULT.•— Mary Dillon was summoned for as- ,a mr>L ranees Barry, at Aberdare, ou the 18th inu-'i t 8, was a case of spitting in the face, in ivnicn botii appeared equally guilty, and it was iccordmgly dismissed. WITFUL DAMAGE. — William Jenkins and lilizabefcn Jenkins were charged with damaging wad and doors of houses belonging to Mrs. Catherine Rees, of Cwmbach, on the l(3th inst.— Adjourned for a fortnight. BASTATJDY.—Thomas D ivies was adjudged the father of an illegitimate child by Ann Davies, of Big-row, Aberdare, and was ordered to pay Is. 6d. a week from the date of application for summons, and lis. 3d. costs. ASSAULTING A POLICE CONSTABLE.—Jonathan James and David dones, colliers, were charged with assaulting P.C. Henry Jones, at the Djfl'ryn Arms, Cwmbach, where the policeman had gone by request to put them out, as they were both drunk and quarrelsome.—Fined 20s. each and 7s. costs each, or eighteen days' hard labour in Car- diit house of correction. I ASSADLT.—Catherine Brit was summoned for assaulting Cnaides E.gan, tailor, at Aberdare, on the 2,tt h inst. Complainant had given defendant provocation by calling her a prostitute.—Fined Is. aud;>?<• Gd. costs; one week's imprisonment if not paid in a week. OAEEB OF REMOVAL.—Richard Rowlands, collier, with wife and five children, from the pansn ot Aberdare to the parish of Llangian, in the county oi Carnurvon. BEAUFORT. FROM what is goi;ifr on in this town it is clear that the nomenclature of truck will need further extension. The word "tommy shop" is become quite inadequate to the wants of this locality, and indeed, this new system, if new it can be called, does play "old harry" with the working matt. The Prince did not think any- thing could be much worse than a huie shop towering over people's heads like a eJ- lossus hanging on their shoulders but he now reluctantly confesses his error. Punch once bathed in an Indian pond, or tank, as it is there called while swimming, he felt a stinging sensa- tion all over his body, and on landing to see what was the matter, he found hundreds of leeches suspended from his skin, and the blood trickling down his body in minute rivulets. Now suppose the tommy to be leeches or a cupping instrument if the reader likes, then the, big shop will be the lance, which if sharp and effective, is calculable in its periods and effects, but with the other system you bleed at every pore and not iknow when the phlebotomy is to end. BRYNMAWR PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY. (Before Capt. Parkinson, Martin. Roberts, and John Jayne, Esqrs.) CAUTION.—The Rev. D. R. Williams, Baptist minister of Blaina, was charged with refusing to pay the sum of £ 2 4^. for work done about his premises at Brynmawr by the surveyor of the Board of Health.—The defendant did not appear. Mr. Thomas, who was the complainant, said the case had been adjourned for defendant's conve- nience once before he did not know the reason lie was not here to day. He lived at Newport, and came up every week to preach to his congre- gation at Blaina.—The Bench thought it would be better to summons him again previous to is. suing a distress, and charge him with the expen- ses and mileage to Newport and back.—Com- plainant said he had seen the defendant about the town several times lately, but he had no objec- tion to another adjournment. -A.djourned ac- cordingly. 1 CAUTION TO PUBLICANs.-Benjamin Llywellyn of the Fireman's Arms, Brynmawr, was charged with violating the Beer Act.Defendant's wife pleaded guilty, and said that they had been keep- ing the above house for six years, and as this was her first offence, she hoped the Bench would deal leniently with her.—Fined 6s., and 6s. costs, with an advice to get their sign legally painted, or another summons would be issued for that offence. The good woman left the court avowing that before she would be fined again, she would give it up altogether. The Bench reminded her that her business required great care to be con- ducted properly. William Williams v. John Payne.—This was a charge of an assault.—The complainant appeared in court, and asked the Bench to allow the case to be settled out of court: application granted by payment of Is. DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT. — Eliza Davies, of Blaenycwm, was charged with throwing the car- case |of a bull in a stream of water, which was stated to be the source from which the people got all their drinking water, on the 12th of June. Defendant was a widow and kept a small farm she denied the charge, and said in defence that she had lately lost six cattle, and the one in question was properly buried by the side of the stream. Some time after the flood rose in the night, and the current carried away a portion of the bank, and also the bones of the carcass.-P.C. Jones, who was the complainant, said hq, could prove that the carcass was not buried at all. The Bench for more than half an hour investi- gated the various statutes, to ascertain from whence they cou'd derive power to punish in this case; the only act which they knew of applicable was that referring to cases of nuisance, but in this there should be notice given by some party in authority, and that notice had not been given either by the Overseer of the parish or by the Board of Health, or by the Inspector of Nuisance or any local power.—The policeman said he had given the defendant notice to remove the nuisance, and on enquiry of Mr. Evans, the superintendent, it was ascertained that the police have no legal power to give notice in such cases.-The Bench then informed the defendant that they had no power to act in the case, and they would there- fore dismiss it, and order Mr. Richard Thomas to summons her again, or if she thought proper to pay the costs, the case might be settled at one. The defendant preferred paying 49. to finish with it. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY AT DrJ'IŒ's TOWN.- Thomas Medlicot was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Duke'" Town, on June 3rd.— Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 5s. and 5s. costs. Susanna Mediicot, mother of the above de. fendant, was charged with assaulting and resisting P.C. Jones in the execution of his duty.—Defen- dant pleaded guilty, but said it was a hard case to see her son abused by the policeman.-Fined 4s. and ordered to pay 5s. costs. Richard Rees was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Duke's Town, on the 4th of June. P.C. Jones complained of the inebriety of many of the defendant's class about that neighbourhood lately. The Bench considered it their duty to inflict the penalty in such cases.- Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 5s. and 5s. costs. THE BROTHEL AGAIN.—Joseph Summers was indicted by the Board of Health for keeping a disorderly house and a common brothel in Bryn- mawr. Defendant was said to be ill at home, and wished to have the case adjourned to CrickhoweU. Granted. RIDING WITHOUT REINS.—Winnifred Jenkins was charged with the above offence on June 13th. —Defendant said it was not she that was driving the horse, it was the boy. It was then ascertained that the boy in question was only 14 years of age, and that defendant was the real driver and had the care of the horse.—Fined 5s. and costs. IiHYMNEY. TIR PHIL. SOME time ago, we gave a design of a new village of this name, planned by Messrs. Powell and Son for the accommodation of their workmen. The erection of the cottages was left to private enterprise, but Lord Tredegar and the above mentioned firm were so liberal in their terms of lease and in the Eupply of materials, that the result could not long remain doubtful. It is now to be said that a village has sprung up as if by magic, that a neat chapel is in a very forward staft^ and that a branch Company Shop, alas is established to supply the physical wants of the people. We may also add as a matter of no small importance, that it possesses in T. Hench- ley, Esq., surgeon, a skilful practitioner, se- cond to none in the district, as our own experi- ence fully testifies. A d inscription of that magni- ficent undertaking, Messrs. Powell's pit, has likewise appeared in our columns, with some notice of the masterly way in which it has been handled by Mr. James Nasmyth, the manager. We have now a duty to perform, of which we cannot say whether it causes us more pleasure than regret. The skill with which Mr. Nasmyth has conducted operations in this pit has become widely known, and though this gentleman, who has six sons and three daughters to establish in life, thought of emigration to Australia, he has been induced by Crawsbay Bailey, Esq., M.P., to undertake the management of his collieries at Abera man. This occasion of his leaving us, has been taken advantage of by his men to show their sense of the kindly and. straightforward treatment they have received at his hands, and accordingly the whole village assembled ou the Green last Mon- day to present a gold watch to Mr. Nasmyth, and a tea service to his good hearted wife. For once the weather was favourable, and the Rev. Mr. Morgan, ofBedwelity church, presided. In a spirit-stirring address, he adverted to the early history of the manager, shewing how from a humble door-boy, he had risen by steady industry and self-culture, to a position of honour and re- sponsibility. The reverend gentleman was sure that every one present felt happy in thought that by humble contributions they had been able to present to Mr. Nasmyth and his wife a memento of the feelings with whi"h they regarded them. It was not often that a manager made himself so loved ant respected, but virtue is its own re- ward,% and he was sure his friends would have many pleasant reminiscences of his sojourn In even this secluded valley. With regard to the offerings themselves, the watch was a very hand- some piece of mechanism, and he presumed that the workmen's wives he saw around him had eho sen the most elegant tea service they could get for money. Long might his frieud wear the one, and long might his friend's wife brew from the other for her fine and numerous family, thE cup which cheers but not inebriates." This ad- dress, out of which we have picked only a few grains, was received with much enthusiasm, and after it had subsided, William Evans, a fireman, stepped forward and presented the watch with an appropriate address. The oldest collier in the dingle then presented the tea service with many wishes that its use might recall the days of Auld Lang Syne to the lady whose benevo- lence they had all so often proved. In acknowledging those very sound proofs of the esteem in which he was held, after warmly thanking all concerned, Mr. Nasmyth addressed his workmen at some length, and seriously upon their present condition. He showed them how he had ascended the social scale from the very humblest beginning by dint of naflagging la. bour, not labour of the hands only, but of the head and hands combined. According to his ex- perience, there was nothing in the pumps, the gases, with the necessary ventilation, whieh a moderate intellect and a powerful will could not master; and said Mr. N, with a force of reason which all must acknowledge, "I tell you it is my deliberate opinion that a man who begins at the practical boundary of his work, and ascends through that to the theory, will always be a more efficient workman in the great laboratory of na- ture than he who takes the contrary direction." (Cheers.) Mr. Temple Stroud, agent of Blackwood Col- lieries, then reminded the assembly of the debt of gratitude they owed to Messrs. Powell's, and closed and address evincing good sound British feeling by proposing three cheers for their mas- ters, who occupied high ground among the mer- chant princes of these isles, and as far as human throats availed, this was responded to, after which Mr. Henchley, surgeon, proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman.—The reverend gen- tleman had succeeded in the difficult task of elec- trifying a Welsh, and pleasing an English audience. To be sure his task was easy and pleasant, but it was not every one, even under the stimulus of a good dinner and a bottle of wine, who could accomplish even that. The reverend gentleman having duly acknow- ledged the compliment, the assembly fell to various sports, and were regaled with tea and cwrw da. But the proceedings connected with this interesting event were not yet terminated. In the evening an excellent repast was spread by our substantial friend, mine host of the Wel- lington, to which his graceful and good humored daughter, Miss James, did the honour, with arch gravity and becoming ease. Among the guests were T. Henchley, Esq., Rev. C. Henchley, the Rhymney agents, Mr. Daniel Williams, engineer, Mr. Jenkin Matthews, cashier, and Mr. Watson, farmer, Mr. Temple Stroud, Blackwood, Mr. Griffiths, and several other contractors, with a host of friends. We are sorry to cut short our correspondent's report, but it must be closed by saying that the evening passed very agreeably with toast and song, speech and sentiment, and that the party separated at a late hour. We are bound to add without the daring indicated by Burns, The cock may craw, the day may daw, But we will taste the barley bree." Probably Welsh wives are not so submissive as those of Scotia. TREDEGAR. AN inquest was held on the 23rd inst., before C. M. Ashwin, Esq., over the body of John Trace, who was killed in No. 8 pit by a fall of coal, on Thursday, the 21st inst. There seems to be some fatality hanging over this mine, where more men are killed than in all the other pits put together. After the preliminary pro- ceedings the inquest was adjourned, for the at- tendace of the Government Inspector. ON the same day two colliers of the name of Thomas Pugh and James Jones, were very badly burned in the face, neck, and hands, by an ex. plosion of fire-damp, while cutting coal at the new pit below Tredegar. It is said that this is the most dangerous pit in the locality, and we trust that the agents will do all in their power to remove as far as possible the accumulations of foul air. TREDEGAB RIFLE CORPs.-This corps is about to inaugurate its praiseworthy condition by a grand pic nic, for the benefit of the band fund; the scene decided on is the old memorable ruins of Caerphilly Castle, and the time Thursday next. As a laudable esprit du corps is in these cases most praiseworthy, we hope the rifle corps of Merthyr, and neighbouring towns, will frater- nize with their brethren, and meet under the shade ot Caerphi;ly Castle, with a determination to have a day of rejoicing & healthful recreation. Signs abroad indicate that the pic nic will be a large one, upwards of 900 tickets having been sold already. While we are treating of the Tre- degar rifle corps we would notice the remarks made by our regular correspondent in reference to the band last week. We have ascertained that these remarks were entirely uncalled for. The representation there made was most erroneous, ahd we are surprised that our correspondent should have misled us, and thereby wounded the feelings of many very deserving men. THE Sunday Schools of the Established Church held their annual tea meeting at the Sirhowy School Room, on Monday. The children paraded through the town to;Bedwellty House, with flags, &e. Everything went off most satisfactorily, under the management of the Rev. Edmund Leigh, and his amiable lady. SIRHOWY AND TREDEGAR RAILWAY TO NEW- PORT.-It is rumoured that this line is to be completed at once, the Company having engaged a regular and competent railway contractor, with his navvies, &c., to proceed with the work with all expedition. TRAM IIoAD.—The tram road leading from the Tredegar works, and passing the church, Globe Inn, &c., &c., is kept in a most disgraceful condi- tion, no inhabitant on the side by which it passes being able to approach his house without first placing his foot iato deep mud. CATHOLIC CHURCH.—This magnificent build- ing erected at Duke,s Town, near Tredegar is just completed by that competent architect and builder, Mr. Richard Taylor, of Church Square Tredegar. It is estimated to hold nearly 2,000 persons, and will be opened for divine service on Tuesday next, on which occasion high mass will be sung at 11, a.m., by tha Rev. F. M. Garelli, O.C. and a sermon preached by the Very Rev. J. EST. Sweeney, O.S.B., of Hereford. The evening service will be at 6i, when a sermon will be preached by the Rev. F. R. Richardson, O.C. The Reverend John Dawson, (the resident pas- tor,) a gentleman highly esteemed and beloved in Tredegar and neighbourhood by all denomina- tions, has issued tickets of invitation to numbers )f respectable persona, and it is expected that wme of the first families in this and the adjoining counties will attend.—An Occasional Correspon- dent. rUNCH AT TREDEGAR. THE "MONSTER riCNIC" AND THE "MONSTROUS TEMPERANCE FES- TIVAL." IT ia believed that the teetotallers can do anything but write English. They can build futnisii, speechify, and calculate (verv closelv ) Indeed there is a question if the Alliance paper leaches English, else why the above monstrous heading to a bill notifying a very innocent tea- pa ny at Letngoleu on the 6th of August. The Prince hopes Dr. Lees will see to it forthwith, and publish a polite handbill writer" containing the various forms necessary for enunciations of different kinds. He might, if he have leisure after that, revise the Temperance Melodist, and weed it of a good deal of doggerel. Surely there is enough tea or cold water in Wales to inspire one bard m the English tongue, while Welsh song has its creator (poet) in every village. Or if "cwrw" be absolutely necessary to inspiration, let a dispensation in the manner of Rome be granted to one nascent genius in each town, so that to so many full blown orators there may be at least one decent rhymer. Perhaps Punch may try to demonstrate the possibility of doing the thing on water by perpetrating a stanza. A CONCERT at Midsummer, may seem rather out of order, but in the first place it is not a real ■ midsummer, and in the next a very meritorious I young man, whose services have long been at the gratuitous disposal of his fellow vocalists, is about to proceed with a widowed mother to America, and needs a little assistance. For this reason, and quite in season, the friends of Joseph Morris were determined to get up an entertainment fcr his benefit, and we are happy to say that the ben- efit proved a bumper. There was no attempt at instrumental performances, except the finished accompaniment of Mr. Caird on the harmonium, and for his valuable assistance at both rehearsals and performance we are instructed to offer the wrar,raesk thanks ofthe performaners,andespecially u miner in whose behalf the concert was held. The programme consisted exclusively of songs, glees, and duetts, and if there were a few trite and well worn things, which by the bye the working people love best, the general result of the performances exceeded expectation. The trio How merrily we live," was sung deliciously by Messrs. Harris, Williams, and Thomas, who to their patronymics added two Jobs and a Levi. The pretty glee by Moschelles, The village Cho- risters" pleased so well that it was unanimously encored. Mrs. Rees, who has a voice of wonder- ful power and sweetness, lent great effect to this glee. in which she was well assisted by Mrs. Williams, Mr. Thomas, and another cantatrice whose name we did not learn (Miss Lewis). The pastoral glee was rather too noisy, but the har- monies were well brought out. We cannot say that the duets were up to the glee's mark, but time and tune were kept. It should always be borne in mind by English connoisseurs that their Cambrian brethren and sisters labour under an immense disadvantage in singing English words. Not one Saxon working man in a thou- sand would understand the language of the Id- ulian Queen, and how then can we expect two Welsh workmen's wives to give the requisite ex- pression to it. Of the songs, we may without flattery speak in terms of high praise. The diffi. cult new song assigned to Mr. Pillinger, Rifle. men Form," was given with considerable power and expression. An encore was demanded, but it was an effort too great for an amateur, whose first public appearance will not we hope be his last. Mr. Joseph Morris sung Friends Depart" to the "Aria in Somnambula," Fi raviso, delight- fully. He has considerable taste and skill in the management of a light tenor voice, and the mu- sical public of Tredegar, while wishing him all success in the west, will lose a very efficient vocalist. Another cultivated vocalist was Mr. Moses Davies, Ebbw Vale, who sung Russell's "Newfoundland Dog." Is it not singular that this Yankee composer, who has not as many musical ideas as a barrel organ has tunes, should be able to give them in such kaleidescopal forms as to please all but educated ears. We must not omit "the Misletoe bough" of Mrs-Rees, which, though it cribbed, eabined, and confined her magni- ficent voice, was given creditably. The sort of halting stuccato rendered necessary by the sense, with such an organ as hers, gave us the idea of filling phials at a pump. To close, we have only one break down to record in the whole entertain- ment, which occurred in a song with which the public has been drenched ad nauseum, "Robin yn Swil." In the first stanza, the singer got com- pletely bewildered, and though nothing but an arch playful expression can do it justice, the whole of the remaining part was sung as drearily as if it had been one of the seven penitential psalms. We must not omit to state that a troop of Rhymney friends, with Mr. Lodwig at their head, came over to lend a hand or a voice to their brother vocalist. In Handel's "Let's imitate her notes," Miss Lodwig and Miss Williams did not seem so self-possessed aa they are generally on their native timber, but went through a difficult duett bravely. A glee from Oberon, of an intricate character, also fell to their share, and proved their good training. At the conclusion of the per- formance Mr. Pillinger stepped forward, and in a few well chosen phrases thanked the audience for a degree of support which had exceeded expecta- tion. He hoped the gathering that evening demonstrated the possibility of cheap winter concerts. After the toasts of the day some re- laxation was absolutely necessary, and he had reason to believe that in spite of all that had been said or sung, the glee and catch were better without the bottle than with it.