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EDIVORIAL CORRESPONDVNCE. The E(Btor does not hold himself responsible for the sentiments expressed by his ccwrespondenta. THE SUNDAY BAND. To the Editor of the Merthyr Telegraph. SIB,—Is it not an alarming fact, Sir, that (in Wales, a country that has long enjoyed the characteristic of being religious), such a thing as a band of music should be allowed to play on Sunday, afternoons P It really a pity that a portion of the inha- bitant of this town should be tempted to go astray from the duties of the Sabbath by men who have no regard for Gad's day—a day set apart for wor- shiping the Most High and not for amusement. If this degradation to the town be not sup- pressed, we may expect shortly to have our ball playing, cricket matches,-and all other forms of amusement carried on on the Sunday, that is if the origina- tors of this movement are allowed to have free course. Inhabitants of Me^h^r,, ministers of religion, and all those who have the welfare of the com- munis at heart, set your faces against such de- moralising practices by crushing at once these attempts to entice the youth of the town to abandon their'Sonday school in order to hear what these profaners of the Sabbath describe all sacred music," or music dedicated to the God who abhors iniquity. If these performers and their abettors-men as callous to the opinion of the good as they are' regardless of t-heii; dut ies to God-are determined to wallow in their wicked- ness let them take their departure from amongst us, and settle somewhere on the Continent, where they can have Sunday amusement to their heart's content. It was only the other day that some of the continental countries were cited in the House of Commons as models for us to follow in religious matters, when such an nbsurd id&a. naa very Sroperly scouted, but what say you of Merthyr 'ydfil imitating them in more pernicious prac- tices? Hoping that the voice of the people will soon fut an end to the Sunday band, and that the lord's day will be properly respected, I am, sir, A LOTEE OT THE SABBATH. Merthyr, July 24th, 1830. f To the Editor of- the Merthyr Telegraph. SIR,-It is boasted that England is a christian country, and that she owes her pre-eminence to her Christianity that by the Divine Will she has become a torch cf civilisation, whose blazing ray illumines and enlightens the whole world; that her Christianity is the main-spring andftaple of her might, her almost boundless dominion, her glorious freedom; that under the folds of the banner of Christianity, she stands forth the rock and bulwark of liberty; that it is ehristianity which -has made her language universal, and given her a predominating influence in the senates and councils of the civilized world that it is her christianit^^p^ch cements her arch of empire indissolubly firm; and has raised her to a degree of unexampled grandeur. If God has given her such power and glory, he has given her prece- dents for guidance also, in Babylon, Greece, and Rome. We have the indisputable authority of the Bible to prove that these fell for their sins. Each of the mighty, empires of old grew up like a man-committed sin—and paid the forfeit- death. And if England go on in sin, will it not bring on a day of vengeance from the Almighty as a chastisement for her iniquity P If Sunday bands become a national institution, it would seem inevitable, for they only add fuel to the fire of sin, which burns and rages too fiercely already. God has given us a law to keep, and if we break it we must pay the penalty. Prominent in his laws stands one commanding a strict observance of the Sabbath, and no one can deny that it was flagrantly violated by the band, which played in public last Sunday. To play for amusement on Sunday is diametrically opposed to all christian principles and who can prognosticate the moral injury which a single instance of this kind might inflict upon a community ? The example set last Sunday, if repeated, might be followed by ether*, and the pleasure-loving portion of the population might eventually claim the Sunday band as a permanent national institution. Let us hope that Merthyr will not be the scene of such unholy proceedings again. 'Tis not the spreading fire we blame, But those who did ignite the flame. OBSERVER. LETTER FROM PARIS. To the Editor of the Merthyr Telegraph. DEAR SIR,-Is it the contents of this bottle of MaSon (veritably a beverage that cheers but not inebriates"), or the shadow of the trees of the Boulevard de Montmartre, under which I find myself seated at ten o'clock this cloudy night of July 21, I860; or the constant apparition of the thin-cheeked, whiskerJess, and sharp-eyed face of the picturesque policeman, with his cocked hat and sword (the faces of all the hun- dreds one sees here -seem to have been cast in the same mould, and I doubt not but that those wearing the very becoming though antiquated uniform of the Paris police are chosen because of their resemblance to one another), or is it the monotonous crowd of quiet and gentle-mannered people, or the long distance trom dear Old Eng- land, and the absence of friends or is it the mixture of all these, that buries the mind in reverie as an autumn fog covers the valley P Whatever it be, one is as fancy-free and suscep- tible of the phantoms of the memory as if buried in the depths of some old forest, insie-td of being surrounded by the ever-moving thousands of this gayest city of the world. And now come up the shadows of the past week or two. :"Iere are the three young fellows who passed as Frc. chmen the whole of the voyage to Dieppe, till, arrived at the quay, they became, singularly natural Eng- lish, and careful of themselves and their baggagu and here is the clergyman-looking gentleman with his wife, who spent the whole of the voyage i in learning from a new handbook of the French language what he should be obliged to say for the next few weeks instead of bread and butter," w Piter, some more coffee," &c.; and here are most of the ladies and some of the stout gentle- men, who, after the first hour's sail, became sin- gularly intent on something they could see in the water over the side of the vessel; and there, above one's head, as the vessel touches the quay (and a capital clever vessel it was too, it made the pas- sage from Newhaven in about eight hours), are the crowds of strangely-costumed women and girls in queer caps, and the crowds of red-trow- sered soldiers (" le reefelamen de France, mon- isieur," as my French travelling friend laughingly said tome), and now comes the ineffectual straggle to get hold of one's luggage, then the being packed off like so many convicts in a long line to the custom house, then the dreadful ordeal of the passports, and the unpleasant enquiries by officers one sees one cannot deceive, as to name and age; then the escape into a large company shop as it were, where they sell nothing but portmanteaus, and where, by some magic or other, one finds one's own; then the modest demand for one's keys, and the tumbling up of one's things; then the sallying out into the ¡ street, and the salute of biue-bloused commis- sionaires, who make a Babel of the place as they shout about their different hotels; then one of the hotels; then, after the novel refreshment, the walk out at night into the dreadfully, quiet streets of Dieppe, and the twentieth return of the thought that everybody's face has the shadow oftl cloud upon it. The train of thought becomes interrupted now, by the delightful but very slow ride through an English kind of country (where, by the bye, the crops look more backward than at home) to that wondrously-ancient city of Rouen, with enough of splendid old buildings in it to satisfy all the antiquarians that have ever been, or will be, would have come next, but the train of thought is interrupted by a slight tumult down this Faubourg de Poissoniere, which -is just at my elbow, so I run quietly down to see what it is (everything must be done quietly here); rows are quietly conducted; you must run quietly to see one; if you go into a shop you feel bound quietly to say so and so, and you will be sure to say this with a slight touch of the hat, too, if the .1 woman (and it is iifrariably a woman) who keeps the shop looks at you, and she will quietly serve you, and gently ask what is it that Monsieur would desire, more if you are the editor of a paper, you wiJl quietly feel your way into a topic, as the papers have done now about the outrages in Turkey, till at last you will quietly say that the most admirable of all living men—namely, the Emperor of the French, has taken the initiative, not of war, but of a kind of political crusade" (I quote from La Patrie); and as they did a week or two ago about the visit of the the French singers to the Crystal Palace, when they said at first John Bull thought the singers were Turcos in disguise (I saw some of these Turcos drunk last night, but I have seen none besides since I came), and were cold and suspicious, but at last, finding his mistake, allowed these French singers to carry the riflemen of England about the gar- dens at Sydenham; and if you are the Editor alluded to above, you will then guictly. proceed to fill the illustrated part of your paper with pictures of this ironical homage of the French to English valour but I forget myself, let me see well, yfs, I ran quietly down to see this row, and behold on the ground, exactly above, and parallel with his foe,, lies a blue bloused. Frenchman, tumbling the neckloth of his said foe, and being feebly kicked at by this said recumbent foe and this, I find by the exclamations of the crowd, is really a fight. Bah! never mind their .red trou- sers, and regiments of undersized Turcos, if this is really a fight. Well, presently two policemen appear, from under around somewhere I think, for I did not see them coming, and laying hold (■delicately, for the men were a little dusty), of tbe blouses of each combatant, quietly walk them off. Each policeman walks at arms' length with bis prisoner, because as I have said he is dusty, and it is well understood th<>.t he-wili not try +'« escape at the risk of disarranging his dress. ADd so this very quiet pow has disturbed my first train of thought, but now as I seat myself once more under my French neighbour's vine and fig tree, set anot her in motion; and in this train I see how peaceable this French neighbour seems by nature to be; how he has surrounded himself at home here with all sorts of elegancies, luxuries, and pleasures, to an extent we in England cannot conceive of; and how natural it is that he should be content with these; then I see that he, though living on a continent, knows less of the world than his insulated neighbour, and is more satisfied with his own country than this insulaire" a3 he con- temptuously calls him, is with his and I see in- deed very many reasons for relying on this French neighbour as the safest of all neighbours; but now the cloud of thought is tinged by the varied uniforms of the soldiers of France, or rather cf the French Fmperor, constantly passing before my eyes, and I see how easy it would be on the part of that man who depends upon these soldiers for the strength of his position here, to please these soldiers by giving them employment, thai; the amiable, pleasure-loving, light-hearted, and not deep-thinking French neighbour of ours, would, without much enquiry on the subject,, think quite legitimate and necessary. The train of thought now breaking down I beg to get cut of it, and dear Sir, to remain, &c., yours, SOUVENIR," No. 51, Rue de l'Echiquier, Paris. MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE.—Mary Evans, the wife of Evan Evans, Glebe-land, who m;s been several times convicted at this court for drunken- ness, was to-day fined 6A. for the same offence upon the information of P.C. Wm. Mansell. ASSAULTING A POLICE CONSTABLE. — John Evans, purUller, was charged with assaulting P.C. Samutl Da vies.—Complainant said he was on duty on the Brecon road on the night of the 20th inst. He saw prisoner laying down in the gutter, he rose him up and requested him to go home. As soon as he wss up Le struck com- plainant.—Fined 10s. and 7s. costs. ASSAULT,—Mr. David Thomas, a smith ft Dowlais, was summoned for having assaulted Elizabeth James on the 11th inst. It apncared that complainant had gone to defend mi's shop to compel her husband not to work for defendant, and that the latter told her to take her husband from there, and did not (according to his state- ment) use more violence than was necessary to put her out of the shop.-Case dismissed. MONDAY.—(Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) FELONY.—Hannah Jones was charged as fol- iows.-Tt-,oi-iiasi Roberts said I am a boot and shoemaker at Victoria Street. Merthyr, and I also keep a stall in the Dowlais market. Prisoner called there on Saturday night last. I asked her if she was pleased to want anything, and she replied, "no I dont want to buy anything." I had just before then seen her take a pair of boots off the "ptall and conceal them in the slit of her gown. I then asked her where are the pair of boots you took off'the stall." She said, "I have not got them." She moved away about a yard and dropped the boots to the ground. I picked them up. These are the same produced. They are mine. I can swear to them.-P. C. Samuel Woolloway said I am stationed at Dowlais. I was in the market on Saturday night last about ten o'clock, and saw the prisoner going from Mr. Roberts' stall. He gave her in charge, and re- ceived the boots from him.—Prisoner in answer to he charge said she had nothing to say only t' she was not guilty of it. She was then committed to take her trial at the sessions to be held at Cardiff, < previous conviction having been proved against her. FELONY.—Elizabeth Powell was charged with stealing a tin box and 7s. 6d. in money, from the person of Michael Coliins. N.) pro sccu tor appear- ing she was discharged. FELONY.—Eleanor Hughes was charged as. follows.—George Binney Gregory said 1 am a contractor at Llanfabon. Yesterday morning i ibout OBC o'clock T went to the prisoner's house and went to bed there. I had in my trowsers pocket 2s 9d. in money, I also had a cloth cap, a pair of flannel drawers, a pair of woollen stockings, and a black silk handkerchief. They were the things I bad on when I went into the house. "rhen I went to bed I stripped them off and I placed them on a line upstairs. I had not been lorg asleep when a man came into the house and ordered me out. I got up and began to look for my clothes. They were gone altogether with the exception of my trowsers. The man asked me what was the matter? I told him that I bad lost my clothes. He said, "well I am in the same mess as yourself, I can't find mine." I then went out barefooted in my shirt and trowsers. I saw the policeman and gave him information, and returned with him to the house. I have known the prisoner many years. There was nobody in the house when I went in but the prisoner and an infant.—P. C. Melhuish said I was called down to China yesterday morning by prosecutor. The prisoner was pointed out to me by him. I told her she was charged with stealing his things. She said, he may say so. I have not seen him in my house to-night." I searched the house and found the drawers on a bench, the stockings in a corner under a. box, and the handkerchief in a cupboard. I then took the prisoner, to the station. The. man that co-habits with prisoner was sitting on the drawers at the time I found it.—Prisoner denied any knowledge of the offence,tand a previ- ous 'conviction having been proved against her, she was now committed to Cardiff gaol for trial at the sessions. THE case against Mr. Verity was brought on to-day and dismissed. WEDNESDAY— (Before J. C. Fowler, Esq.) FELONY.—Hannah Jones was charged as fol- lows :—Benjamin Evans said: I am an assistant to Mr. Bice Thomas, grocer, Glebeland. Merthyr, who has a stall in the Dowlais market; I attended it for him on Saturday night about ten o'clock when the prisoner came there. She had been loitering about for abcut half an hour she bought nothing, but in a short time after she left I' missed two pieces of bacon I am sure they were not sold to anybody; these are the pieces (pro- duced).-P.C. Woollaway said: I was in the Dowlais market on.Saturday; I apprehended the prisoner on another charge, and upon searching her, I found these pieces of bacon upon her. I made inquiries respecting them, and found they were taken from the stall that Benjamin Evans kept; I then charged her with stealing the bacon she said, "I did not steal it, I bought if from Evaos I gave him 2s. for it, he gave me three- pence back."—Prisoner in answer to the charge, said she was not guilty of taking it; a previous conviction was proved against her, and she was now committed to take her trial at the next quarter sessions. ASSAULT.—William Thomas and William Rees, puddlers, were charged as follows :-P.C. Henry Harris said, between 5 and 6 on Monday evening I was on duty at Pontstorehouse, I heard a row there I went up to it, where I saw the prisoner Thomas with his coat off' going to tight'; I told him to go home; he refused and said he did not care for the police, that he would have his fight. out before he went home; I then took him into custody he turned round and struck me in the face. While I was taking him away, Rees came on and endeavoured to rescue him by dragging him away; I then took him in custody and brought them both to the station,—Mr. Fowler said that liees's case was a'more serious one than Thomas's, and he would therefore be fined £ 1, and 7s. costs, in default of payment he would be committed to Cardiff house of correction for 14 days; Thomas would be fined 10s., and 7s. costs, in default of payment 10 days with hard labour in the same house of correction. VA&EANCY.—David Evans charged with being a vagrant, was sentenced to 14 days hard labour [,irj_Cardiff house cf correction. PUNISHED AS LAST.—David Saunders, puddler, who, a$wo have been informed by Mr. Wrenn, jijisi ii., uiaKiat>i-aiea' rorty or titty times for drunkenness, was to day brought up -for the same, but he was not, as he un. doubtedly thought he would be, treated with the saute- lenity, as he received upon previous occa- sions; for ho had this time, in default of paying '5s, penalty, to undergo the term of five days im- prisonment in Cardiff gaol. Many of the drunken fraternity will, undoubtedly, be sur. 4 pr se" hov., imprisonment could be inflicted for such an oftcnee, but if they take the trouble to read the'provisions of the new Wine Licenses Ant, they will obtain the authority. Section 40 of 23 Vic. chap. 27, enacts: That every person found drunk in any street or public thoroughfare, and who, while drunk, is guilty of any riotous or indecent behaviour shall, upon summary convic- tion pf the offence before two justices, be liable to a penalty of not more than forty shillings for every offence, or may be committed if the justices or magistrate before whom he is convicted think fit, instead of inflicting on him any pecuniary penalty, to the house of correction for any time not, more than seven days." Section 41 enacts Tunt any peivson, who shall be drunk, riotous, quarrelsome, or disorderly in any shop, house, promises or place licensed for the saie of beer, vane, or spirituous liquors by retail, to be con- sumed on the premises, or for refreshment, resort, and entertainment, under the provisions of the ai'i, and shall refuse or neglect LO quit such shop, house, premises or piace, upon being-requested so to do by the manager or occupier, or hid agent or servant, or by any constable, shall, upon convic- tion (hereof before one justice, be liable to pay a hue of not exceeding forty shillings," -Now having given the words of the act relating' to drunkards we hope they will take warning as to their conduct m the future. FELONY.—Elizabeth Davies was charged with stealing a watch horn the person of Isaac Harris, a smith, on the 23rd inst., at Merthyr. No pro- secutor appearing she was discharged. ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO CotUnT A BAPE.— Jo mi Davies and iiichard 3\ees were charged as follows: —Mary Lewis, wife of Daniel Lewis, a Is ooarer, living at Aberaman, said i was begging about Merthyr about eleven o'clock last night, and the prisoners in a street in the Glébc- land. The particulars as given by the prosecu- trix are uniit for publication. When ..ne men V. tie given iüw custody it was Plated by the pc.iee that sbe was quite drunk, and her descrip- tion of the offence appeared altogether impro- bable. At the conclusion of her evidence Mr. bo tier said he did not believe a word of the charge, and discharged the prisoners. < THE THREE PER CENT. CONSOLS. Tms is the structure more durable than brass, loftier Hum the Pyramids, that storm wil! not waste nor tii:;p, corrode. Borrow ten millions or twenty millions i-i ilii.s form, and you have only augmented impercep- tibly the grandest and gloomiest of our national monu- ments. You have only added a few pieces to a universal currency. What if it be thousand millions who is the w»er ? There is nothing in the world, it is urged, so negotiable at all tiross and seasons, and. under all cir- cumstances, as the Consols. House and land, stock an,l share, mortgage and bill,—everything has its ups and downs; but that which changes least is the Three per Cents. The cormncrcial spirit loves their modest, lauiifui, constant character, their equal mind, their moderation in prosperity, their firmness in adversity, their help in time of need, their open, honest counte IIaIice, like the good wine that needs no bush. What occasion to advertise the praises of the Three per Cents., or to explain their hidden virtue ? Three golden sove- r. i vns, on the faith of the British limpire, speak for tjJcrnScLves j they requite no introduction, no letters of credit, no testimonials, no certificate of analysis bv eminent professors, no special adaptation to your parti- cular case, no logic, no rhetoric, no puff, no sermon— DI;, king whatever but the great fact of those three golden sovereigns, or notes infalliby conveying- them.—Times.

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