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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. GGF WE are obliged on account of the press of advertise- ments and other matters to hold over the third letter on A Vacation in Merthyr till next week. 'k. ERRATUM.—The Mr. J. Giles whose horse was mali- ciously injured last week at Penydarren field, should have been described in our last as a contractor at Penydarren, and not as a brewer and spirit merchant of Merthyr. A RARE TREAT.—On Monday last the Members of Bethel Sunday School, through the kind permission of G. P. Clark, Esq., Dowlais, were permitted to ramble to their hearts' content on the grounds of Morlais Castle farm. Being favoured with one of the most sunny days of the season they started at 1 p.m. to the number of about 300, from the chapel in a procession through Pontstore- house along Penydarren road, and by the water works. The smaller children were conveyed in carts kindly lent for the occasion by Messrs. W. Harris and Aaron Lloyd. By the time they arrived on the grounds everything was ready for the occasion, and the company were arranged in companies on the grass, and afforded the means of satisfying their appe- tites which had been made keen by the mountain breeze. The pleasing ceremony of eating and drinking having been gone through in a manner highly creditable to the consum- ming powers of the" performers" the remaining few hours of the day were spent in innocent recreative sports. At a seasonable hour all left for their respective homes, well pleased with the pleasure of the day. The school children feel very thankful, and beg to tender their warmest thanks to Mr. Clark for his prompt compliance with their repeated applications for the ground at Morlais Castle. TIIB EXTRA PKIZB AT THH COMING FLOWER SHOW.—As some misapprehension exists as tothearange- rn- nts in connection with the extra prize originated by Mr Hoskinar to be competed for by younir ladies at the coming Flower Snow, we are requested to state clearly 1hos° facts The competition is notconfined to tadies residing in Merthyr, hut it is open to all it is not necessary that the flowers bt- erown by the exhibitor, as they can he obtained any whereto as they are not stove or greenhouse flowers. The prize is siven tor taste and arrangement not for quality. We are happy to hear that the subscription tor the purpose is proving succetstu) and hopes are entertained that a second priz tnav he given in tins case. DEATH OP A LABOURER AT MIDNLIS DUFFRYN.—On the 2ind instant a man named Dai id Thomas w s engaged as a labourer at. No. < stall at Middle Dutfryn, when a very heavy pie -e of coal fell on him and crushed him to death. An inquest was held on the remains on the 25th instant, and a verdiet of ac. id ntal death returned. THB ADJOURNED INQUEST on the holy of Thomas Lewis who wasrecentty kided at Vochriw pit, was held at the Horse aud Grooin public house, Dowlais, on Tuesday last., by the Coroner and a respectable Jnry. A verdict 01 "accidental death" was returned. THE FLOWER SHOW.—We have this week observed on exhibition at the shop of Mr Meredith, Jeweller, of this town. some very valuable prize" to be distributed at the coming Flower S'_ow. The piizes are an excellent silver base, oi an exceedingly handsome pattern, and elegantly made, worth from £ 12 to £13, and a no le.»s lovely silver cup worth £ 3 to £6. ihey have been subjects ot inspection for many curious people, and we are sure any one who would see them, would teel very desirous ot being- the successful competitor for them at the Show—not only on acrount 01 their pecuniary value, but still more because of their grace- ful design, and the elegance of their woikmanslop. )h. .vi ereditu deserves much ciedit for the seiection of those PAINFUL ACCIDENT AT THE GETHIN COLLIERY.—An ac- cident of a fatal nature occurred in the No. 2 Gethin Coal Pit, on Tuesday morning last. An Irishman named Ti- mothy Mack, who resided at 15, Bank-street, Merthyr, and who on the very day before as a pitcher, was ascend- ing the pit when the carriage stopped at the first stage. He was ignorant that there was another stage below, and in attempting to get out of the carriage he fell down the shaft a considerabl distance, and sustained injuries from which he died almost instanter. THE TWELFTH ANNUAL MEETING of the Gwent and Morganwg Temperance and Musical Association will be held at Zoar Chapel, Merthyr, on Monday next. A con- cert will be held by Miss Watts, whose talents are already sufficiently known, and do not require any enologism from us. Numerous choirs will take part in the meetings to be held, numbering together, upwards of 1,000 voices. A full programme of the intended proceedings has been published, and it promises the public many rare and beautiful pieces on this occasion. Full particulars may be seen on refer- ence to an advertisement in another part of our columns. IN ANOTHER PART OF OUR COLUMNS we publish an ad- vertisement of a "monster fete and gala," which is to take place on the 12th July, in a large field at Penheol- gerrig, under the immediate patronage of Captain Russell, and the officers of the 12th Glamorgan Volunteers Many very rare and startling varieties of entertainments are offered to the public, ef which, we have no doubt, they will anxiously avail themselves. The tine Cyfarthfa Band will attend, and the Foresters are to march to the field in full regalia. Part of the proceeds of the gala are to be given to the widows' and orphans' fund. The prices of ad- mission are very moderate. DOWLAIS Ntw SCHOOLROOMS.—A grand concert was given at the above rooms on Saturday evening last, by tho Merthyr Giee Party, together with the Dowlais No. 1 and 2 temperance choirs. The principal soloists were Mrs. Harries, Miss Francis, Miss Gedrych, Mr. W. Jones, Mr. W. Davies, and Mr. R. Rees. The four part song, Com- rades in Arms," by Adam, was sung very effectively by the Merthyr Glee Party. The song, Warblmgs at eve by B. Richards, was given in good voice, and with much taste by Miss Francis. Mr. W. Davies acquitted himself well in the singing of the song" Liquid gem." The land of my birth," by C D. Lewis, (Cerddor Gwalia,) was well rendered by Mr. W. Jones. This gentleman was in good voice, and sang with great animation. He was encored by the audience. The glee From Oberon" and the chorus Just before the Battle" were exceedingly well rendered by the No. 1 Choir. The proceeds were to be devoted to- wards the education of Miss Francis, who is now the rising star" in the Principality. We are sorry to say that the house was not nearly full. SHOP IMPROVTMENrs.— Recently, some very useful and valuable improvements have been made at tbe Jewellery establishment of Mr. J. D. Williams, Hiah Street, by Mr. F. Sage. of 11, Hatton Garden, Loudon, one of the best show case manufacturers in that extensive city. A new window arraneemr-nt has been made in front of the shop, and there have been placed there various stands lor the exposing of Jewellery, of a modern and novel design, and which appear to be excellently finished, and very wed adapted for the exhibition ot this elass of goods. The firm ot which Mr. Saae is the principal, make tuis description ot business their special study, and owin^- to the c.instru tion of their work the goods are pro- tected from being injured either by dust or atmospheric in- fluences. The work at Mr. Williams's shop was completed on last Wednesday, and a trial was immediately made of the utility ot the constiucsion. A coiuparttn nt, holding 2t cubic teet ot air, was selected for the test, and into it were put four lighted candles, the compartment being then closed. In the space ot 22 minutes thece candles were extinguished, owing to the rapid consumption ot the entire quantity of oxygen gas. Of course, as a rule, we should prefer, where practicable, the employment of local tradesmen in all local im- provements, but then it is not every locality that can give experience to men in certain classes ot work and this is especially the case in this instance, for Mr. Sage is beyond cotnpe itinn in bis trade, as he makes this branch to which we refer his sole study. MERTHYR UNITY PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTION.—The quarterly meeting of the Merthyr district of this flourish- ing society was held on Saturday last at the Welsh Harp, Aberdare. There were in attendance 21 delegates repre- senting the lodges, and the officers of the district, and several other members. The meeting throughout was a most unanimous one. Several large sums of money had been paid during the last quarter, but the funds had in- creased considerably. The chair was occupied by the G.M. of the District, James Rogers, and the vice-chair by D.G.M., John Elwards. Several important matters con- nected with the order were ptoposed and adopted. Two applications for opening new longes were adopted—one at Cefncoed-y-Cymer, and the other at Ystrad. It was also arranged that the district form an excursion to Raglan Castle the first Monday in August, whon the institution intend holding their A.M.C. It was also arranged that the gold watch and chain, which has been procured to the value of thirty five guineas be presented to Mr. J. Beynon, of the Welsh Harp, Aberdare, P.GM. of the order, for his energetic services to the society. We are given to un- derstand that the Rev. Dr. Price, Aberdare, and other gentlemen are to be initiated at the Castle at the same time. After the business was over the delegates and others, amounting to 36, partook of a dinner well provided by the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Beynon. THE SOUTH WALES IRoN TRADES.—The rapture of the peace of Europe in Germany is likely to be more disas- trously felt in the manufacturing districts of Great Britain than many people anticipate. Italy and some of the German States are our best customers, and any depaiture from the peaceful pur- suits which latterly characterised the people of those States is sure sooner or later to make itself felt in England. It was hardly thought, however, that the evil consequences of an European war would so soon develope themselves. The falling off in orders within the last week or two has been alarmingly great. In most of the large eatafelish- ments of Monmouthshire and South Wales the demand, which a month ago was more than brisk, is now reduced to almost nothing. A month ago there was a general ap- prehension throughout these districts that the continual drain of emigration would produce an inconvenient scarcity of hands. The case is now altered—the position of things reversed. AVe have reason to believe that some of the iron-works orders are so scarce that the discharge of work- men was already commenced, and at one establishment; which in ordinary times employs about 5,000 hands, there is not a single order worth mentioning on the books. At this place the proprietors have already commenced stack- ing, which means reduced labour, and by-and-by reduced wages- It is impossible to say when a turn for the better-, may take place but the probability is that trale in South. Wales will continue in a languishing state, to say the least, for the whole period of the war. Iron-masters and coal- owners feel especially solicitous about the attitude which may be assumed by the French Emperor, as they believe that a departure from a strict neutrality by that potentate will immeasurably aggrevate the conflict by giving other powers a pretext for intervention, and so make matters worse for them. At this inopportune period, the colliers of the Rhondda Valley have determined to strike for an advance of wages. A few weeks ago the men sent in their request for an advance, and the masters thereupon con- vened a meeting and formed themselves into an associa- tion to resist the demand. Indeed an opinion was freely expressed that if the present state of things continues they will have no alternative but to reduce the wages now paid to the men. The decision to resist the application for an advance was communicated to the men last week, and the latter have responded by a general notice to leave the works in a month unless a settlement can be previously arrived at. We hope some satisfactory arrangement will be made. The masters, however can concede nothing. The only thing to be done is for the men to withdraw their notice, and rest and be thankful that things are not worse than they are. The prospect before them is by no means to be contemplated with satisfaction.—Times. REMARKABLE COMMERCIAL SUCCESS OF A MERTHYK RESIDENT. —We, this week, have the very great pleasure of recording one of the most remarkable incidents of commer- cial success that has ever come under our notice, and our joy isenhanced by the welcome fact that the incident is specially connected with a former resident of this town. We sup- pose almost every one of our readers will remember Mr. James Davies, formerly employed in the drawing office of the Plymouth works. He is brother of Mrs. Montgomery, of the Bell Inn, where he also resided. The in- habitants of Merthyr well know him as a most industrious, shrewd, clever, and respectable man, and, as such they res- pected him. However, as Mr. Davies had a young and numerous family, and as his prospects here were not the highest, he believed it would be well for him to emigrate to New Zealand. He did so about twelve years ago. Having a knowledge of engineering he there engaged as a railway contractor, and fortune favoured him so well that he has just now been able to retire from business, after having amassed an ample fortune amounting to £25,000 sterling. Mr. Davies has also purchased an estate there or, as it is called in the colony, a "sheep run"—containing 23.000 acres. This he has well stocked with 7,000 sheep, from 60 to 70 horses, and about an equal numlier of cattle. We need not tell our readers that, in New Zealand, the sheep trade is, R8 yet, the most lucrative, for, on account of the great paucity of manual iabouiers, it is the most advanta- geous kind of business into whici the people of that country cau enter. Those sheep, too, are extre uely prolific, and, in one year, they more thau double their stock. The wo II. alone, of the sheep is worth about live or six shillings, and from these few statistics our readers may be able to form some idea of the immense value of a large herd of sheep in New Zealand. At present Mr. Davies resides at Invercargill, a settlement situated in the interior, a con- siderable distance from Auckland. Whilst we are much interested|to hear of this wonderful success of our distant fel- low townsmen, we are still more pleased to hear that, in the midst tf his applause, Mr. Davies still cherishes the remem- brance of some of the friends and companions of his youth in Merthyr, to whom he has recently sent some valuable presents. We understand that Mr. Davies will shortly pay a visit to this. his old home, and we ¡1,re sure many will give him a cordial welcome. Perhaps, a^ there might be some who would take advantage of his advice, and return with him to the country of his adoption and t „ oene of his good fortune. We do not encourage emigration, but we think that while there exists a country where there are so many excellent opportunities for the active, strong, steady man, it is idle to remain here at home, where the c ombatants for fortune are already much too numerous.

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