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REYMISEY AJSD PONTLOTTYK THE RHTMNEY RAILWAY BILL.—On Monday the pream- ble of this bill was proved before a select committee of the House of Commons. It is a bill to name £90,000 by shares, and JE300,000 by loan. Some of the concessions sought for by the Cardiff Local Board of Health, in regard to bridges within the district hav e been granted. KHYMNEY AKT UNION PRIZE DRAWING.—A committee has now been formed, consisting of one hundred persons, and among whom are included the leading tradesmen and others of this with a view to obtain funds for educa- tional p\1rpnS"8 in the upper parI; of .J$hymn..y. J.t is '1n- tended to offer prizes to the value of £2UO, the particulars .of which appear in our advertizing columns. A DARING SWINDLER.—On Thursday morning last a. man, having the appearance of a showman, called at Mr. Griffiths', diaper, 'i wyncarno and asked whether he coulu get two pounds in goid for two pounds in silver. Mr. Griffiths having complied with the request, the person then desired another favour, and that was to change the two sovereigns into half-sovereigns. In doing this the fellow darted one of the sovereigns rapidly into the cash-box, and, by manoeuvring, he seems to have placed the others into his coat sleeve. r. Griffiths at once laid hold of the man's arm, aud after a little struggle the concealed coin dropped to the floor. The fellow at once decamped, minus bis silver. Mr. Griffiths having a few moments previously ob- served Supt. Fowler passing bis window, sent for him but the wizard was uoti est. It is to be hoped that this will serve all a caution to tradesmen, when fellows of this cha- racter call at their shops to be accommodated with change. .From inquiry with our police, a person answering to the ^'etiCr'tlUa »'Ven by Griffiths has been at Tredegar, en- deavouring to procure change in shops. HOUSED.—On Sunday night when three horses which were at a late hour that night in a field at Twyu, 'Carno, when sought for the next morning were not to be found and the impression of the owners was that they had been stolen. Our police have been every day .'n the alert, endeavouring to discover their whereabouts. On Friday P.S. Richards came across their path, near the Plymouth Works, below Merthyr, and returned in the course of the evening with his prisoners, himself on a borrowed horse, and deiivered them over, not to the tender mercies of the *w, out io the owners, who were only too glad to receive their lost property. SION CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL.— This chapel is now completed, having been in hand during the past twelve rnonths. When the speeitications were drawn out by Mr. Price, the builder, it was the intention of the chapel com- i-tttittee to have had it completed in four months. But as ut lS in the nature of committees connected with chapels, V> \well as other movements, to alter and re-alter everything tL^ey touch, and continually to suggest, probably for the better; so the particulars embodied in the original specifi- cations have been so modified, that now the chapel, as finish \:1.1, suid that which was at firft contracted for, resem- bles, IL* some respects, a bill passing through a parliamen- tary committee—that the original aud the final appear as two very different things. Air. Davies has finished this chapel in a maimer that reflects credit on his skill as a builder. The wails have been raised two feet, and the ceil- ing is boarded, stained, and varnished. The centre-piece is thirty feet in circumference, which is very tastefully orna- mented and around the walls there is a large cornice in fancy plain work. From the centre-piece is suspended a beautitul star-light. The galleries have been much im- proved—the front ieats in the middle part have been taken away, and hence a lighter appearance is thus given to the chapei, and the front of the gallery has been re-pannelled. The ground floor, which inclined a little at first, is now considerably raised, and is on a level with the entrance and boarded and the structure of the seats has been altered and arranged considerably for the better. A platform oc- cupies the place of the old-fashioned pulpit, and the design and finish of this is everything which implies good taste. The vestibule presents an attractive entrance—the doors Jeadiny to the aisles have patent springs, and the window ■has a variety of stained glass. If this had a mixture of red •and blue with the green, it would have relieved the mono- tonous appearance to the eye, which is invariably the case 'when there is a sameness in the colours. The windows on •each side of the platform are bordered with stained glass; those on the sides have the rough patent in the lower parts, "which will obviate the use of blinds. The front is stuccoed ^d around the door we have two pillasters, and on the in- ^t, a, massive moulding in cement work. The plaistering Apartment was entrusted to Mr. D. Thomas, whose work always takes well in this place. The painting dep rttnent Was given to Mr. Jones, of Merthyr; and the glainiut-r, Particularly of the platform and gallery, which was exe- cuted by ,H r. Poole in his employ, displays considerable ar- *istieal power. The gas lights on the ground floor are .attached to the different sides, and for heating purposes, lhtre are a stove and tire-place, one on each side. The y.entilatiun will, undoubtedly, be very good, and in addi- .lou to the ceiliug, there are proper ventilators in the win- dows. coa(; 0f this now very commodious building will little short of £ li00. The opening services are now defi- nitely fixed to be held on Sunday and Monday, July 15t- and lüth, when several able and popular ministers are exPeeted to preach at the openiug services. d -NEW TREDEGAR.—PRESENTATION MEETING.—On Mon- ay evening last a meeting was held on the green, ln front of the colliery manager's bouse, for the Purpose of presenting Mr. and Mrs. Bum with their por- °1J'> which were painted by Mr. Ross, of .North ales. Mr. Bum has been for two years a resident mana- jst" over the colliery of Messrs. Powell and JJuffryn Coal ]a Piiuy (limited), and has, by his abilities, placed this f°Hiery in good working order. Mi. Bum is now and- avmS this place and going to reside at Aberaman, It act there in the same capacity under the same company. bood*8 thought, by the leading persons of the nei-hbour- well as those employed under Mr. Bum, that a tes- T, *"5* should be given him, and thus publicly to testify .Hy," .i i tlulation in which this gentleman was held in the baud ur^,)ock A stage having been erected, and the °n tK/uunecte(l with the Blackwood Rifle Corps was also P^ees "3»Pot' enlivened the meeting by playing suitable aud i,/i music. At six o'clock the meeting commenced, had ajjg rt>l't of the platform a very large concourse of persons kadini,<d» and seated on the platform we observed the by th<Jc'i?er63tU3 lbe neighbourhood. The chair was taken his Jones (Glagynys), who, in the course of tU<t tUear a, aJld witil considerable good humour, stated aiJd a ij/L t ogether to show kindness to a good man i i°h we u e 'clietjrs) J and, pointing to the portraits u R • u 111 covered, said there they were (loud t^at he lik tec^ their chairman he, the speaker, said nV'nager. Mr p. bee ao mauy Ulen before him and tbeir among bis workmen as one e» u> sr«» 1 trs'" there anyone above the people? • ;-if,4^rJ>ivvas,I10k Glasynys then told us that he a &oi'ui«jif>r .and the-Koo"er thev (laughter). But the chairman wished the audience not to mistake his meaning it was the coal dust and not the people that annoyed him (loud cheers). The people had showed him (the chairman) the greatest kindness, and as a Cymro he was at home with his fellow country- men. Speaking on testimonials, Glasynys stated there were testimonials of a very different nature from the one they were about to present that evening It may happen that a man uses an animal and his neighbours, to test" their kindness and get up a testimonial, another uses his wife and the Chairman thought the best testimonial to such a one was to get another (laughter) But Mr Burns bad made his workmen his friends and this was an emanation of workmen to a kind and benevolent employer (loud cheers). The Rev. Mr Morgan, the Rector of Bedwellty, then addressed the meeting and said he would do his best to discharge the duty that devolved upon him and that was to present these por- trait Re, the speaker, before doing so wished to impress on the meeting that there were two elements essential to the success of our great works and that was capital to em- ploy labour and the right management of it, and it has very often happeneil that a large capital had been expended in many places and through ndsarrangement he (tne speaker) had known rich men becoming poor. But capital under the hands of such men as Mr Bum is turned to good account (cheers) He (the speaker) recollected the time that the old company could not drag along, but Mr Bum had so hus- banded the recources of capital as materially to benefit New Tredegar (cheers). The speaker then alluded to the effort that had been made by Mr Bum to establish a reading room and other means to improve the social condition of the workmen, concluded a very excellent speech. With the presentation of the portraits an address was read by Mr Thomas and also presented which was "The workmen of New Tredegar Colliery and Level, desire most respectfully to solicit your acceptance of these portraits as a token of our regard towards you being fully sensible of the great benifit we have derived both individually as workmen and as a community, the latter being fully shown by the great developement of the mineral resources of this neighbour- hood and for which we are wholly indebted to your able management, and also we appreciate your zealous efforts in establishing a reading room-an institution which we regard so essential for the moral and social enjoyment of the workmen and inhabitants of New Tredegar. We hope that although you will no longer reside among us yet that the tie between us may not be severed, and that although your duties may prevent you giving the same attention to the above places as formerly, still we have every confidence that you will be enabled to keep these works in a progressive prosperity. We therefore trust that you, together with your amiable wife, may long live a life of happiness, and that these gifts may be handed down to your descendants as heirlooms and moirientos of your great abilities, and the esteem in which you were held by the tradesmen and workmen of New Tredegar." This was signed by the Chairman. Mr. Bum then. as he stated, most sincerely returned his thanks and that of Mrs. Bum for this, he would say, unmerited favour bestowed upon him for so short a service. The Chairman in calling on Mr. Holiday to address the meeting, jocularly remarked that he was a woikman, and that if his father had made him a collior he (the chairman) believed he would be a good one. Mr. Holiday said that undoubtedly those who had spoken before him had said the tiuth, but their knowledge of Mr. Bum was of a very different char- acter to the way in which he (the speaker) was connected with him. He thought the best way he could represent Mr. Bum was to place him before the meeting as one who understood underground work. As such, the speaker said, no one had more reason to regret a master leaving a place than he did Mr. Bum. The overman had a fellow work- man, nor could. he (the speaker) call to mind that there was a penny too much spent in improving the underground working. With respect to Mrs. Bum, to use a north country expression, she was a canny body (cheers). The band having played, Mr. Butson, the successor of Mr. Bum was called on to address the meeting, and stated that he felt highly pleased to find his fellow countryman so esteemed among his workman, and it would be his earnest wish to carry on what had been so well begun. A vote of thanks was moved to Mr. J. Thomas for the trouble he had taken in the matter by Dr. Henchley, which was seconded by Mr. Holiday, after which a vote of thanks was given to the chairman, and the band struck up the national anthem. The meeting then closed, and the party adjourned to the dinner, which was prepared under the direction of Miss James, at the Tredegar Arms. Upwards of fifty persons sat down to a sumptuous dinner containing all the good things of the season. After the cloth was removed the usual loyal toasts were given, and the eveiung passed away very pleasantly. EBBW VALE. MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.—We are pleased to state that a number of the most intelligent young men of this place have commenced a society for the mutual im- provement of the mind. The society is based on the high- est moral principles, and at present it has all the appear- ance of becomiug a flourishing one. Tbe various branches of learning to be introduced will be of the greatest impor- tance, and such as will tend to improve the mind, inform the judgment and, in every respect, fit the members for higher positions in society. All young men of moral cha- racter should embrace this favourable opportunity of becoming members of such a useful institutiou. INQUEST —On Thursday an inquest was held at the Bridge Inn, Pontygof, before W. Brewer, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of Edward Parsons, miner, aged 40 years. The evidence given went to show that the deceased was employed as a miner in one of the Gantre pits, when he met with a very 8\rÍ1>UR accident from a fall of rubbish. One of the poor man's legs was so badly smashed that amputation of the broken limb was necessary The operation was performed by Drs. Coates, Liobertham, and Whitworth and it is very probable that the unfortu- nate man would have recovered had he not been injured on other parts of his person, which appears to have hastened his death. The jury, after due deliberation, found a yerdict of "accidental death." TOTAL AnsTINENcE.-On Sunday last a very eloquent discourse on this subject waa delivered in the open air by Mr. JL). Thomas, to a numerous assemblage. Mr. Thomas is an inhabitant of this town, and carries with him great influence. The arguments made use of on Sunday by the worthy advocate of temperance were very powerful and convincing, so that the most prejudiced part of the Father- ing fully concurred with the sentiments addressed, and it is very probable that if lectures of this description were given more frequently, the temperance cause would soon gain its former flourishing state, and be again in full pros- perity. T R. E D E G A R. FATAL ACCIDENTS.—David Jones, 12, of Ebbw Vale, was killed by a fall in his work last week. —An explosion took place in No. 8 pit, Tredegar, one day last week, by which a man named D. Jones was so seriously injured that he died soon after. The inquest will be held in Brecon parish as deceased died in Duke's-town. THEATRE. A wooden structure has been erected in our town, ana was opened on Saturday week under the high sounding title of Prince of Wales Theatre." We arc always happy to see anything come here that wilt afford innocent recreation and amusement for the working classes, and if this theatre will do these we hope we shall often have to notice the doings at the "Prince of Wales Theatre." It appears some of the shareholders in our Tem- perance Hall have a great antipathy to such performances in the hall, aud they will, no doubt, be glad to see this company bringing their own house with them but we are afraid if these companies are allowed to fix their own abodes the shares in the Temperance Hall will soon be at 6d. per dozen. FUNERALS. -The funeral of the late Mr. John Morgan, of the Greyhound Hotel, took place on Tuesday, 19th inst. The procession consisted of nine carriages containing the relatives of deceased, and a few of his most intimate friends who attended by invitation. The masonic craft was re- presented by six of the brethren.-The funeral obsequies of Mr. James Huggins, confectioner, took place on Mouday last at the cemetry, and, in accordance with the wish of his relatives, was stiirtly private. His melancholy and un. timely end cast quite a gloom over the town. He took his usual evening walk on Monday, 18th inst., and not returniug home at his accustomed hour a search was made of all the public places in and around the town, but no one had seen him after nine o'clock, he was then on his way home. He had taken a turn across the tips behind Dr. Hotnfray's, and falling down into a pit wat exposed to the cold drench- ing rain, and was discovered dead by P.O. White about five o'clock on Tuesday morning. Dr. Coates attended and did all that tnelical skill could devise, but deceased never rallied, aud expired on Wednesday. The cause of death was apoplexy. MUSICAL Touu.— Mr. Frost, the celebrated harpist, gave a series of four concerts in Pembrokeshire last week. He was assisted by Miss Walters, Tredegar. Miss Evans, Handovery, Messrs. M. Davies, and B. George, Mr. Lewis (Llew Llwyfo), and daughter, and Mr. Caird as pianist. The concerts were given at Zion. Hill chapel. Spittal, at Haverfordwest, Milford, and Pater. Mr. ircist created quite a jurorc by his splendid performances on the harp at Haverfordwest, where he was obliged to play five solos, Mr. Davies and Mr. George also commanded general approbation; the same may be said of Miss Walters, Evans, and Lewis, and whereallgaveequalsatisfac. tion it would be inavidious to particularize. Llew Llwyfo won golden favours by his excellent rendering of some fane dramatics songs of Mendelssohn, &c., whose excellent man- ipulation on the piano gave universal satisfaction. Mr. Caird played several duets with Mr. Frost, and Mr. Hard- ing, a celebrated cornet soloist. Altogether the series was a complete success in a musical sense. Colonel Greviile was the patron at Milford, and the assembly room of the Lord Nelson was tilled to over-flowing by a full-dress audience. Some very agreeable evenings were spent at Hooke and Scolton farms, and the performers had the pleasure of a trip on Milford Haven in a private yacnt. 1 he same party have been solicited to visit Milford once more during their season, and we learn that a tour is arranged for a week in August. _————.—————