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ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. ADDRESSED TO THE EDITOR. The Editor is not responsible for the opinions of his Correspondent-. MR. CRAWSHAY\ AND THE PENTWYN REGATTA. SLHJ IN last week's TELEGRAPH I made some com- ments on the indecent and immoral deeds done at the Regatta, under the distinguished patronage of Mr. Craw- shny. This week. according to promise, I return to the subject. It is stated in an Editorial note to my last letter, that the swimming: prize was offered by Mr. W. Crawsbay, jan., and not by Mr. R. T. Crawshay. Ihis makes matters worse rather than better, as I had hoped that the future generation of ironmasters would be an improvement upon the past, but if ihe youngest members of the Crawshay family do such things as 1 have wtitten about, then it seems that we are destined to get lrom bad to worse. What is to become of Merthyr it ladies are shocked at church, and dis- gusted and insulted at holiday treats? Is it not enough thit men should be allowed to bathe in ponds and canals, beside which there are public walks, without their being ottered prizes to commit indecencies in the sight of thou- sands of people ? Morality must be at a low ebb when men carrv oft a prize for being immod. st and immoral. But why were those things allowed at the regatta ? Surely the policemen who kept sacred the spot of ground on which Mr. Crawshay pitched his tent would have been much better employed in prevent!.ag Mr. Crawshay from encouraging practices that are only tolerated among savages or Hoten- tots It seems to me that Mr. Crawshay, and the men who swam for his prize, are. liable to be punished under the Act for preventing immora lity and indecency. We can hardly wonder that respectable people do not stay long in Merthyr when they are disguste d wherever they go-even when out for a holiday at a regat .ta at Pentwyn lake. I do not object to swimming matches, but, on the contrary if only gentle- men were present to witness them, I should be willing to give a prize myself to t. \le best swimmer. Against a regatta I have nothing to say, ) )Ut wish that such means of amuse- ment and recreation were often provided for the people duriucr the months of s ummer. My only reason for taking the matter up in the w; s.y I have is the hope that it will assist in preventing the occurrence at a future regatta of such things as disgraced the last. If the regatta is to take place every year, and be. a success—and there is no reason why such should not be the case—then it is evident that those things that offend, and disgust a large portion of the people who attend at it must not be permitted again. To some it will appear a daring step to say a word against the Crawshays, for I find that, though all the people of Merthyr say that the ironmasters have done no good for our town, still nearly all are afraid to say a word against them. and even ready to fall dow/n and worship them. People talk loudly about "doiuR justice it the Heavens fall," und yet are afraid to do justice if there be any ciiance of a part of the roof of their houses fa Iliug. And those who shout out such mottoes as "Trutbi against the World" tremble to speak the truth against one ironmaster or his son. Gracchus" intendssa ying a few plain and homely truths now and then. He has no customers to please, or patrons to tear, and so he will look up different matters in connec- tion with Merthyr and il s welfare, and let the people know the result occasionally through the columns ot the TELE- GRAPH. GKACCHUS. "CRUELTY TO THE MERTHYR POOR." SIR,—The attention of the Guardians of this Union has been drawn to a letter in your paper of to-day, signed Rhys Gwesyn Jones," with the sensational heading of "Cruelty to the Merthyr Poor," wherein Mr. Jones, while. admitting that the paupers in waiting were supplied with bread and cheese, asserts that they were absolutely ref used a drop of water, and that the officials stated that they had strict orders not to give them any. The Board has inquired into the matter, and find that the statement of Mr. Jones is totally unfounded. No orders were given to the officials riot to supply water. The officials did not state that they had any such orders, nor was anyone refused water. The fact is that on the day in question the porter supplied J water to all the paupers in attendance. Three paupers from the house were engaged in the service, the water being served out in a four gallon tin jack and a cup. The j jiick was filled 15 times It did h-;pp?n once in the day that in consequence of some one taking up the jack to throw the water about, the porter too.i it inside the lodge for about ten minutes. It is, of course, not impossible that some one wishing to impose on Mr. Jones may have informed him as stated in his letter, but when it is known that Mr. Jones lives in the very same street as the Workhouse is situate, and could have inquired into the facts in five minutes, I submit he should have done so before writing his letter. I may add that no one complained to any guardian of the want of water, and several of the guardians saw the water supplied. Trusting you will, in justice to the guardians and their officers, insert this in your next paper, I remain, Sir, your very obedient servant, FRANK JAMES, Clerk to the Guardians. Board Room, Workhouse, Merthyr Tydfil, July 7th, 1866. PENTWYN REGATTA. SIR -In your paper of last week a letter appeared signed "Abel," in which my name is most unwarrantably made use of. The writer concludes his letter by trusting he had said nothing but the truth. 1 regret to say that so far as' lilY name was used, he said everything but the truth. He commenced by criticising Mr. William Crawshay's absence from the chair at the regatta collation, and then, more than insinuated that I appeared as Mr. Crawshay's repre- sentative. Let me at once say that not a single word had ever passed between that gentlem:1n and myself 011 the sub- ject, and as to my taking any part in the entertainment, which could he construed into my acting as the representa- tive of Mr. Crawahay, it is totally fals. I visited the tent simply to partake of luncheon, and took no other part whatever in the affair, not even to the carving of a joint. l, therefore, repeat that the mixing up of my name was most unwarrantable, and reflects little credit on its author. I think. Sir, it is high time letters appearing in newspapers—particularly when they contain personal ac- cusations against parties—should have attached to them the real names of the writers. This would, in a great mea- sure, do away with one of the greatest pests of society — anonymous slanderers, whose cowardice deters them from publishing their dastardly effusions without hiding their real names under the cloak of an "alias." Allow me to add that since the regatta, Mr. Crawshay has informed me that the announcement of his taking the chair on the occasion, was made entirely without his know- ledge or consent, he having never been consulted on the subject. Pray be good enough to insert this letter in your next paper, and oblige, Sir, your obedient servant, Cefn Cottage, July 9, 1866. G. N. HosKIXG. THE WORKING MEN'S AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY. Sir,—I attended the performance given by the members of the above society on Thursday last week, and I confess that I was highly gratified with most of what I saw and heard. Mr. Thompson's cool and effective re- presentation of John Mihnday i;ave evident satisfaction and pleasure to all who where present. I can also speak in similar terms of Mrs. Thompson's personification of "Mrs. Sternhold," especially in that part in which "John Mild- may returns the fiifteen letters. Mr. Lewis's Mr. Potter was also exceedingly good. and the other perform- ers acted well for amateurs. It has, however, occurred to me that, without some criticism on the part of the public press, first-rate acting cannot readily be achieved. If you could conveniently point out the defects and excellencies exhibited by the various performers, and if the amateurs would not take your remarks amiss, I believe that the entertainment would be greatly improved. It would per- haps be advisable not to keep the spectators to such a late hour as was done on the last occasion and if I might also suggest a further improvement, the Ethiopian entertain- ment might be advantageously abandoned. There are few men who can act the part of a "negro clown" without rendering it offensive to persons of good taste. Every one seemed to enjoy the comedy Still Waters run deep but the Ethiopian nonsense was out of harmony with it and, accompanied as it was with one or two objectionable ex- pressions, it was calculated to please those only who enjoy vulgarity and profanity. The stage should aim at the ele- vation as wtfil as the amusement of the public, and I am sure that the amateur company will find plenty of ad- mirers even though they banish from their stage whatever panders to bad taste.—I am sir, A BELIEVER IN THE DRAMA. THE TEMPEHAiVCE HALL AND MR. WILLIAM THOMAS, OF THE COUNTY COURT OFFICE. SIR,—Kindly insert the enclosed copy ot a letter received by me yesterday from the chairman ot the Wording Men's Dramatic Society. Any one acquainted with the ordinary mode of transactina; committee business will understand what the resolutions mean, and how flatly they contradict the assertions contained in Mr. W. Thomas's letter of last week.—Truly yours, W. L. DANIEL. High-street, Merthyr, July 12, 1865. Meithyr, July 11th, 1866. Sir -1 have been instructed by an unanimous vote of the Workins Men's Dramatic So iety, to submit to you copies of the loilowiuir resolutions :— June 7th, 1866. Rcsotved, "That with respect to the letter siirned "A Visitor" H t'n Merthyr Express, this society, deeming the letter uncalled for, Mr. W. Thomas be requested to apologize in the Express, and that should he not comply, then a vote ot censure be moved at the next meeting." Mr. Thomas at first refused to do anything of the sort, but ultimately he agreed to do so, an 1 on his second letter appearing, the following resolution was pa«ed unanimously: Resolved, Tnat. the members of this society do not con- sider the letter of Mr. W. Thomas a proper apology, and that one he sent from the society, signed by the chairman and manager, stating that it was written without the know- ledge of any member of the society, anú that he alon.. was responsible for it." On the appearance of that letter in the Express, Mr. Thomas sent in his resignation. What his opinion on the vote was I do not know, but he was illtormeu before the meeting ot members, ot tuos; resolutions being passed.—I am, d'ar sir, yours respectfully, To Mr. Daniel, J. O. A VIS, Chairman of the Working Men's Dramatic Soeiety. THE TEMPERANCE HALL, AND MR. W. THOMAS OF THE COUNTY COURT. SIR,— Presuming that Mr. Daniel will not condescend to notice the characteristic letter communicated ill your last week's issue by Mr. Wm. Thomas of the County Court, I hope you will allow me, as a friend of Mr. Daniel's, to say a word or two by way of comment. 1 do not ask this liberty from any fear that Mr. Daniel's reputation will suffer in consequence of the letter to which I have referred, as the people of Merthyr and, I may say, of South Wales generally know him too well to be moved by any such attack but I am indignant that any man should so far forget himself and the ordinary decencies of language as to bring such a foul and meanly-worded accusation as that of wilful falsehood against a gentleman whom I, in common with very many, most highly esteem. The letter, sir, in whatever light it may be viewed, is a thorough disgrace to the writer. Not content with assailing the principal object of his spleen, he even goes out of his way to sneer at all the supporters of the temperance movement in the town. It is evident that in firing at Mr. Daniel from the rear of his own company, whatever that may be, he did not hold his rifle over the right shoulder and thus unfortu- nately wounded parties at whom he was not aiming. I am not a teetotaller myself, but 1 have too much respect for a cause which has brought joy to many a home previously laid waste and filled with mourning by drunkenness, to descnbe its praiseworthy advocates as a pack of teetotal- lers." It is not Mr. Daniel only, but teetotalism which disgusts your fastidious correspondent but I cannot imagine how any sober-minded man can look at the drunkenness and accompanying misery which are, to a great extent, the bane of Merthyr, and yet sneer at those who seek to stay the tide of im- morality and raise the fallen. Mr. Thomas might, with greater propriety, vent his passion on some cause more worthy of it, and not on one, a closer and more cordial connexion with which might possibly do himself no harm. I may pass over his special reference to the designa- tion, "Chairman of the Temperance Hall Committee," which Mr. Daniel gave himself in his letter addressed to you on the 27th ult., for everybody knows that as he was alluding to matters connected with the Hall, it was only proper for him to describe himself as chairman of the Hall Committee. As Mr. Thomas is evidently ignorant of the ordinary and common-sense custom adopted in attaching signatures to letters, it would be cruel to censure him for his puerile mistake. I would taunt no man on account of his defective education. Your correspondent is equally unfortunate, too, in styling his antagonist a local chief- tain," As he may not be a regular reader of your paper, it is his misfortune rather than his fault if he does not know that, to the credit of Merthyr be it said, Mr. Daniel is president of the Gwent and Morganwg Temperancc Association, the oldest society of the kind in Wales, and is, therefore, something more than a "local chieftain," though even the latter honour might not be unworthy of Mr. Thomas's ambition. But I pass by these minor offences. Sir, it is a serious thing for one to charge another Mr. Thomas's ambition. But I pass by these minor offences. Sir, it is a serious thing for one to charge another I with falsehood, and before anyone presumes to accuse a man of so grave an offence, he ought to make sure of his evidence. Now. Mr. Thomas asserts that Mr. Daniel has committed falsehood by alleging that his attention was not called to the dirty seats in the Hall; but every reader of your contemporary is aware that in that paper the chair- man and manager of the Working Men's Dramatic Society have expressly affirmed that Mr. Daniel's atten- tion was not called to the matter in question. Are these two gentlemen also guilty of falsehood ? We have Messrs. Daniel, Avis, and Thompson directly contradicting Mr. Thomas, so that we may take the liberty of forming our own conclusion. As to the second falsehood with which he charges Mr. Daniel, that of asserting that the committee passed a vote of censure on Mr. Thomas, I may say that their written condemnation of his first letter in which they state that he wrote without the sanction, approval, or knowledge "of the "Working Men's Dramatic Society," and passed himself off under false colours, is a censure plain enough to be understood by any man whose head is of only average thickness. Such a letter would not have been written in the name of the society by two respectable men like the chairman and manager, without a previous condemnation of the party in question; and it is a noticeable fact, which the public may in- terpret or mis-interpret, that Mr. Thomas is no longer secretary to the company. Your correspond- ent further intimates that he is piepared to administer any future correction to Mr. Daniel which the latter gentleman may require. The conceit of the fellow No doubt this modern Hercules, this County Court celebrity, as he strides in stately majesty along our steets, brandishing that deadly club which is the terror of the universe, inspires evey living thing with awe Haste, Merthyr, to the rescue, and, if it be possible, deliver the victim of his rage from complete annihilation I am afraid, however, that Mr. Daniel is likely to recover from this fearful retribution. I do not know what Mr. Thomas's religious opinions or labours are. If I ever am fortunate enough to hear of them, I shall only be too glad to give him credit for them. I will only add that if lie has done one half as much for religion in Merthyr as, to my personal knowledge, Mr. Daniel has, I shall be glad .to think that the cause of Christianity possesses in him so faithful a friend. ALECTO. LETTER FROM AN EMIGRANT. Off Queenstown, Ireland, On Board the England," July 4, 1866. SIR,—Feeling a deep interest in my beloved countrymen, I wish to throw out a few valuable bints to those who may be coming out to America by way of Liverpool. Allow me I to tell them I paid 5s. for taking my few things less than half a mile, and this morning an additional 7s. for taking them 300 yards further this made 12s., and was exactly two ahUlings more than 1 paid all the way from Merthyr