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that committee paid n- a visit here, and satisfied themselves that our complaints were .iust, and no report has been made. We have now to intorm the committee that the encroachment has been confirmed by building upon it, for the purpose of making it permanent. Are wp. as large ratepayers and owners of property, to be treated thus? Have we no friends at the Board ? We think we have, and we ai-k you to make an addition to the former com- mittee, by appointing the following gentlemen, who, we hope, will kindly consent: Messrs E. Purchase, R. Thomas, and G. Overton. Unless the committee move in this motter, we shall certainly ask the Board for compensation for any further damage that we may receive. Signed on behalf of the Troedyrhiw encroachment committee, Jones and Son, chemists, Thomas Waters. N. Knox, chemist. William Sharp, grocer. James Newbury. David Thomas, Angel Inn W. Hosking, grocer. Price Brothers, grocers. Morgan Rees, butcher. Mr Purchase begged to be excused from sitting upon the committee. After a short conversation Mr R. Thomas and Mr W. Gould were added to the committee, and it was ultimately agreed that it should meet as soon as possible and report to the Board. I SCAVENGING TENDERS. In reply to the advertisement for the above, the Chair- man stated that two tenders only had been received, the first from Mr Benjamin Thomas, Quarry Row, (the present | contractor) who offered to do the work as at present for £ 737 10s and £ 94 8s for a separate collection of street sweepings the second from Mr Isaac Lewis. 2, Taff-street, for £ 651; and if he had to collect the sweepings separately 1 it would be £ 20 extra. Mr Thomas asked what they paid last year. The Surveyor replied E767, which was precisely the same in proportion as Mr B. Thomas had now tendered, for their present contract would not be for a whole year but a fort- night short of it and this made the difference. Mr Thomas thought they shculd consider the contracts independently of the item for collecting the street sweeping separately, for he objected to the Board having anything to do with it. He had understood that Mr C. Davies had been j Riven the refuse that he might do as he liked with it; if that was the case, and he wanted the street sweepings col- lected separately, let him agree with the contractor to do it. Mr Jones asked whether if they had it collected sepa- ¡ rately, would they make anything by it. Mr Gould said that they sent a man out to get orders for it, but they could not supply anyone, for they had not got it. Mr Thomas remarked that if the last speaker had land to Put the refuse on, he doubted very much whether he would Use it a second time. •+lr ^urc^ase observed that he had been talking lately ^vith a gentleman from the bottom of the county who had ought £ 70 worth of the refuse to put on bis land, and after e had done so, there was not the slightest advantage per- ceptible. Mr Thomas strongly objected to the Board having any- ing to do with it. If Mr Charles Davies wished it sepa- ^7'^ • agree with the contractor. Ihe Chairman agreed with Mr Thomas that they should have nothing whatever to do with the refuse. +1 r ^omas then moved that the Board do not entertain ^tion collecting the street sweepings separately, i.' r^Daniel seconded the proposition, and it was agreed to unanimously. r r o J ^.r Jenkins then proposed that Mr Isaac Lewis's tender be accepted. purchase said that inasmuch as the difference was so Mni' W0U^ second the proposition. He presumed that Ar -ri!8 Was a o°°d 111 aD> and capable of doing the work, v -horaas remarked that Mr Benjamin Thomas had been a very good servant of the Board. Did the Surveyor ted Lewis could do the work if his tender was accep- juP'ey°r said his opinion was that the scavenging rk of the town could not be done well for a less sum than paid last year. Ir Jones was in favour of giving the contract to Mr B. omas provided he did it for £ 700. He then made a pro- position to that effect. tra (-r/av?es W0U1(I not object to the Board giving the con- tendered Thomas if he did it for the same as Mr Lewis Mririv58 thought that would not be fair to Mr Lewis. diH « ams thought it was no good advertising if they nn 0 change the contractor. They should have aocompetition if they did not give it to the lowest. The wn.!i^]'nC<i between the two tenders was so great that they not be justified in acc?pting the highest. Mr Jones then withdrew his m otion. There being no amendment to Mr Jenkins's proposition wao airnian declared that the tender of Mr Isaac Lewis was accepted. RP, REPORT OF THE 1'INANCE COMMITTEE. -I he following report was read :— „ Finance Committee, May 31, 1870. Present :-Messrs W. Jones (in the chair), W. Harris, -l nomas Williams, and John James. Recommended—That Mr John Harpur be employed to make out a Dr. and Cr. account of the water rents from 1862, to comply with the 60th Section of the Act. The Surveyor placed in the hands of the Finance Com- mittee a statement of sums which may be charged to capi- tal. and they recommended that the Home Secretary be memorialized to permit them to borrow. "That the members of the Board who are in arrear be summoned first. "Sums payable out of General District Rates, which may be borrowed and charged to the capital:— WATER WQRKS. _r £ s. d. £ s. d. May 7th, 1868 Service pipes. 100 0 0 July 2nd, 1868 do 80 0 0 Aug. 5th, 1860 do 106 0 0 Feb. 2nd, 1870 do 80 0 0 366 0 0 SEWERAGE WORKS. June 3, 1869 Balance. 1202 19 6 Storm overflow- ing Bridge-st. 75 7 3 1285 6 9 SEWAGE WORKS. Survey 171 0 0 Lithography 35 19 0 Tanks 341 16 3 ————— 548 15 3 HOSPITALS. Dowlais. 1015 9 2 Brecon Road 226 9 5 1241 18 7 £ 3442 11 7 'h After a. short conversation Mr T. Williams proposed and Mr J. Jones seconded that the Board apply to the Se- cretary of State for permission to borrow the money re- ferred to above, and also the sum necessary to clear off the balance at the bank. If they failed in getting permission a special rate would h-ive to be made. The Clerk was ordered to prepare a memorial to the Home Secretary. THE BALANCE DUE AT THE BANK. Mr T. Williams stated that the balance they owed to the treasurer was £ 4.385, and not £ 6,000. At the last meeting there was due to the treasurer a trifle over JB5,000 and not £ 6,000, as stated by their Chairman. Mr Thomas thought this should go forth to the public. THE COLLECTOR. Mr Williams stated that at the meeting of the Finance Committee Mr Goodfellow had presented a report, and had shown them very clearly that he was doing his best. Mr Daniel said that, not being on the Finance Commit- tee, he had not heard the report referred to. He thought therefore it was but fair to the collector that his report should be read out to the full Board, and be given publicity to. The Chairman then read a statement drawn out by Mr Goodfellow, the collector, from which it appeared that of the fourth quarter of 1869,|and the first quarter of 1870, of the water rate account, he bad received bills amounting to £2,6 1, of which sum there remained uncollected at the end of May, £ 192 13s 6d. of the general district rates of October 6th, 1869, and April 6th, 1870, amounting in the aggregate to £ 13,794 10s. 10d, there remained to be col- lected but 14,799. URINALS. Mr Williams drew the attention of the Boara to the want of public urinals in the town. He thought it was a disgrace to the place that they had not any. He moved that the Surveyor report upon the probable cost of, say half-a-dozen, and the sites for the same, from the top of High-street, Dowlais, to High-street, Merthyr. This concluded the public business and the Board then broke up. -+- THE MERTHYR RIFLE CONTEST. The following is an official list of the winners 200 YARDS, Pomt0s; Sergt. Joh Jenkins, 4th Glamorgan (Swansea), 1st prize, £ 10 24 Corporal Howies, 6th Hereford (Leominster), 2nd prize, £ 5.. Corporal Peake, 1st Manchester. 3rd prize, £ 2.. Corporal Evans, 3rd Glamorgan (Swansea), 4th prize, £ 2 • Privt. C. E. Burgess, 12th Glamorgan (Merthyr), 5th prize, £ 2 /J Col-Sergt. Davies. 12th Glamorgan (Merthyr), 6tli prize, £ 110s Corporal Gregory, 17th Glamorgan (Neath), 7th prize, £ 1 10s 22 Private Goodridge, 3rd Glamorgan (Swansea), 8th prize, £110s 22 Capt PoweH, lKth Glamorgan Aberdare, !)th prize, £ 1 10s 22 Sir Robert Brawn .(Hirwain), 10th prize, £ 1 10s. • 22 Sergeant Adams <2nd Monmouth), Sergeant Dawson (Halifax;, and Private T. Philips (Hth Glamorgan) scored 22 points each, but by the decision of ties they lost prizes. 500 YARDS. Corporal D. Evans, 1st Glamorgan Dowlais:, 1st prize, £ 10.. 24 Quartermaster-sergeant Pritchard, 7tli Monmouth (Newpert), Sergeant Snclus, 1st Glamorgan ^Dowlais), 3rd prize, 42 10s.. 22 ;Sereeant Lane, Bristol Rifles, 4th prize, £ 2 10s. •• 'Privt D .Tones, 11th Glamorgan, (Bridgend), 5th prize, £ 2 lCs 22 Sergeant Powell, 1st Brecon, Otli prize, L-2 10s. 21 Private Baker. Bristel Rifles, 7th prize, £ 1 10s 21 Coruoral Peake, Manchester, 8th prize, £ 1 10s 21 ,Sergt,-W.kior KeeDly. Br,ynmaNvr, ^Glamorgan1 (Merthyr)10th 20 William Thomas, 12th Glamorgan (Merthyr), loth prizc, 20 (Swansea), Price (Cardiff), and MartiR Dowlais) scored 20 each, but 2y the decision ot ties the) lost PJl7-e^ 3 AGGREGATE PRIZE. Theorize for the greatest aggregate score at the two was won by Corporal Eavid Evans, ot the 1st Glamorgan Rifles, Dowlais. The score was 44. MERTHYR POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.— Before H. C. Greenwood, and E. J. Davies, Esqrs. AN IMPUDENT THEFT.—A man named William Greaves was brought up charged with stealing a bird and cage, the property of Mi John Williams, Patriot Inn. The prose- cutor said that the cage produced was his property, and had been so for a length of time on Tuesday night last be had it, together with two others, in a room upstairs the prisoner came to his house the day before, in the afternoon about three or four o'clock to drink he was also begging, and he gave him lld from what a woman bad told him he 2 ■went upstairs to see if the cage was safe, and he found it there it was worth about Is he asked prisoner what he wanted with the cage, and he replied that a man offered it to him for sale on the bridge.—Mary Flynn stated that on the 26tb of Mav she was in the Patriot, and saw the prisoner coming downstairs with the cage in his hand a red hand- kerchief was thrown over it; he left the house and went in the direction of the river side she shouted for the landlord but be was not in Mrs Wlll'an?8 ^he landlady then called after him be turned back and-she took the cage out of his hand Mrs Williams asked him what business he had up- stairs, and he said he was going to buy it; the prisoner left the house after the cage had been f 'Cook stated that he arrested the prisoner on the following 'day at Georgetown he told him he was *anted for stealing a bird and cage the property of prosecutor■, he replied I have |not stolen any cage, I bought it for ^1(^ ° "and cove there was a bird in the cage when I bought it, and the bird was fluttering about; as soon as I bought it the bird died." He then asked him what he did with the cage, and be said he had given it back to the man again.-The Bench remanded prisoner for a week. SPIRIT" SEEKERS.—A lad named John Harris was sum. ■laoaed for assaulting Margaret Jones.—Tho prosecutrix stated that on Friday week last, a little after seven o'clock, she accompanied a friend a short way up the mountain at Ne.v Tredegar as they were going up the mountain they were met by about a hundred lads, most of whom ha:I sticks and stones in their hands the defendant and others followed her, and after going some distance she asked him what he wanted he replied, I want you, you spirit." at the same time rising up a stick that he had in his hand, as though he would strike her. -In defence defendant stated that the people living in the neighbourhood said there was a spirit on the mountain; he had therefore, together with the other lads, gone in search of that intangible personage, but could not get even a glimpse of it he saw prosecutrix, but as she was not the "spirit" he was looking for, be did not say anything to her he had not a stick in his hand as had been stated by the prosecutrix after they had seen her they sat down by a well on the mountain. There being no other well in the locality, the lads thought that if the "spirit" was a teetotaller it would have to go there to quench its thirst.—The Bench fined him Is and costs. ASSAULT.—John Richards summoned Nicholas Morgan | for assaulting him on the 18th instant.—Mr Plews for defendant. -It appears that both the parties are shepherds, and were on the Rhymney mountain on the day named, when the defendant asked Richards to accompany him home upon his refusing to do so he struck him several times, and also kicked him.—Wm. James, anothershephnd lad. who was with the prosecutor, corroborated his evidence. —The sister of the complainant was also called, and stated that when he came home on the night of the 18th instant, he complained of the defendant having beaten him, and his back and sides were discoloured in several places.—The de- fence put forward was that the prosecutor, and the lad James were in the habit of "dogging" the sheep that de- fendant took care of, and on the day of the alleged assault the defendant and James were caught in the very act, and upon remonstrating with the elder of the two (Richards) he got very impudent, and from words it got to blows. —Both the defendant and the w itness denied that they had sent their dogs after the defendant's sheep.—The Bench j said that defendant had no business whatever to assault the complainant as he did, for by so doing he was taking the la w in his own hands if the prosecutor had been worrying the sheep as was stated, the defendant should have gone immediately to his master and informed him of the circum- stance, and he doubtless would then take proceedings against the offending party he would be fined 10s and costs, amounting altogether to 27s (jd. TRESPASSING.—Edward Rees was summoned for tres- passing on certain lands of William Lewis, Ton Farm, Pwllywhaid, Dowlais.—Mr D. R. Lewis (Smith, Lewis, and Jones), for prosecutor, and Mr Plews for defendant.— The prosecutor stated that he had three fields, a part of one he had let to the Dowlais Cricket Club for playing upon the defendant lived a short distance off (one of the fields intervening), and there was a pathway leading from his house to the cricket field on Thursday week, he saw the defendant walking through the hay field, and get over the wall instead of going around the pathway the damage he had done he estimated at Is. he had spoken to him several times about walking through the field. Mary Lewis, wife of the prosecutor, was in the cricket field at the time, aud asked defendant what right he had to walk through the field, but he told her very impudently to mind her own business. It oppears that a rotv followed, in which the chair upcn which witness previously sat upon played rather an important part—Cross Summons Rees now ap- peared against Mary Lewis for assaulting him —The Bench suggested to the learned gentlemen that the best course to follow would be to settle their little differences mutually, and if that could be done there would be no need to proceed with the case. After a short consultation it was agreed to withdraw both cases. DESERTION.—Jacob Richards, a miner, late of Aberdare, was brought up under a warrant charged with deserting his wife and child, thereby leaving them chargeable to the Mer- thyr Union.—Mr W. David, relieving-officer, stated that defendant's wife and child were admitted to the Union on the 19th of March last, (one of his children having been taken care of by its grandmother), and stayed in the house for about a month, and thereby incurred an expense to the Union of 28s.—Superintendent Thomas said he arrested prisoner under a warrant on Monday last at Douglas, in the Isle of Man he told him he was charged with desertion. The prisoner bad no defence to make. The Bench made an order for 28s and costs, which amounted to several pounds, or in default of payment to two months' imprisonment with bard labour. MONDAY. — (Before H. C. Greenwood, E. J. Dauiets, and T. J. Evans, Esqrs.) DI.SHONEST SERVANT.—Maria Griffiths was brought up charged with stealing four sheets, the property of William Jones.—Elizabeth Jones, wife of prosecutor, stated that the sheets (produced) were her husband's property she had them safe in the kitchen at the beginning of the week pri- soner had been staying with her as a servant for the last month or five weeks on Saturday morning last she missed them she heard her husband asking prisoner where she had taken the sheets to, and she replied that she had pawned some of them she had sent prisoner to pawn things, but she had never sent her with the sheets in ques- tion. The four sheets were worth assistant to Mr Goodman, pawnbroker, Picton-street Cae- draw, said that on Thursday last the prisoner brought two of the sheets (produced) to his master's shop and pledged them he gave her 9d each upon them she brought them at different times she gave the name of Elizabeth Jones he afterwards gave them up to the police.— P.C. Olding said that on the 28th of May, from information he received he arrested prisoner about eleven o'clock he brought her to the station and told her the charge she was very drunk at the time. This morning he again charged her with stealing four sheets, the property of Wm. Jones, Caedraw, value 9s she replied, I do not deny that I did take them but drink was the cause of it." The three sheets had been given him by the last witness, but he had not been able to find the fourth sheet.—The prisoner pleaded guilty, and the Bench sentenced her to one month's imprisonment with hard labour. ASSAULT ON THE POLICE.—James McCarthy was charged with assaulting P.C. Garleck, whilst in the execution of his duty, on the 28th instant.-The officer stated that on the above date he was called to turn some men who were fight- ing, out of the Patriot Inn, Dowlais; when he arrived there he found four men fighting in the back of the house he got the prisoner from of one of the men, and the landlord separated the other t\vo after he got him up from the ground he told him to go home, but before he made any answer he turned around and struck the man that he was fighting with. He then took him into custody, and had not proceeded a, few yards when the prisoner tried to throw him down this he attempted several times, but did not succeed the prisoner had been drinking. —The Bench fined prisoner as. and costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment. SIMILAR CHARGE.—Martin Lanaghan was also charged with assaulting P.C. Rees, whilst in the execution of his duty on the 29th ult.-P.C. Rees stated that on Sunday morning last, whilst on duty at Dowlais, he heard cries of Murder" he went in the direction from which the cries proceeded, and found the prisoner kicking a woman; he took him into custody, when he resisted and succeeded in throwing him down as he was getting up, he was kicked by the prisoner. The woman that he was beating was not his wife, but he afterwards learnt that she was an entire stranger to him. After he got some assistance he brought prisoner to the station.—The prisoner said he was drunk, and did not remember assaulting the ofucer as was stated. -Fined 20s and costs, or one month's imprisonment. ANOTHER.—A man named William Samuel was also charged for a similar offence on the 29ch instant.—P.C. Bennett stated that on Sunday last, as he was coming down Penydarren, he saw the prisoner lying down on the side of the road near the Penydarren Inn he woke the prisoner, and who then got in a passion and began kicking him, and also made use of very filthy language.-The Bench fined prisoner 10s and costs, or 14 days' imprisonment. DISCHARGED.—A man named William Drew was charged with wandering abroad, and sleeping in an unoccupied building at Merthyr, and having no visible means of sub- sistence.—P.C. Hopkins stated that about half-past one yesterday morning he found the prisoner sleeping^near the blast furnaces at Plymouth Works; after waking him up he asked what business he had there, and where he came from; he replied that he had walked from Ross, and was looking for work, and as he had got no money to pay for lodgings, he went there to sleep. He had been locked up ever since. The Bench considering that he had been locked up for such a length of time discharged him, and hoped that his statement that be wanted work was true, for if he was so inclined he could easily find work. SUMMONS FOR WATER RATES.—Mr Richard Irvine, fruiterer, Pontmorlais, was summoned for 10s Gd water rates.—Mr Ollard (from the office of T. Williams, Esq.), appeared for the Board of Health.—The defendant con- tended that his servant had paid the rate, but as she was not able to attend he asked that the Bench would adjourn the case, until she was able to appear. —Mr Ollard opposed the adjournment, unless the expenses were paid. After some discussion the case was ultimately allowed to stand over for a fortnight. "THE WRONG MAN."—Mr John Williams, landlord of the Patriot Inn, also appeared in answer to a summons for 5s 4d amount of water rate alleged to be due. -Mr Milligan the collector of the arrears was sworn, and proved serving the defendant with the demand note —Mr Williams admit- ted this, but contended that he did not owe it, and that he asked them for the bill of particulars," but could not get it.—Mr Ollard contended that it stated on the account all the particulars that were required.—Mr Williams, whose conduct of his case was, though very effective, the cause of much laughter throughout, for he repeatedly interrupted by begging their Worships' pardon, and wishing to know where the ratepayers' money was gone to. — Mr J. Harpur was sworn, and produced the water rate book, when Mr Williams wished to know why it was he had been asked to pay only 5s 4d now for a quarter's water rent, for he usually paid 8s, as would be seen by the receipts which were pro- duced. If they had brought him a proper account he would have paid it immediately, for he always did so.—Mr Ollard. addressing the Bench, remarked that because they claimed a less sum than Mr Williams usually paid he refused to pay. Addressing Mr Williams, he suggested the altering of the account, so as to make it the same amount as as he formerly paid that gentleman however very wisely ob- jected to that course, and turning the proposal against his op- ponents said it was characteristic of the way they managed things at the Board of Health. He repeated that he did not owe the amount claimed.—Mr J. Harpur then showed the Bench the item in the book, when it was found that not Mr John Williams Patriot Inn" owed the 5s 4d, but another person of the same name.—The defendant who had a roll of papers in his hand, stated that he was certain he did not owe them the money, for he held receipts for all the amounts that be owed and had paid--No one ever had to call twice upon him for their just debts.-The Bench dis- missed the summons, and remarked that it would have been much better if he had produced the receipts to the collector, for that would have put an end to all disputes.-Mr Williams then applied for his ex- penses, for had they not summoned T him to appear that day, he would have been at Neath, where he had an appointment. Mr Ollard objected to paying the expenses, for it was purely a mistake, and could have been avoided had he called at the office and produced his re- ceipts knowing the state the books were in he should have done all in his power to help the Board, instead of acting so much the "dog III the manger. Mr Williams (warmly): You want it all your own way, do you, wait a moment, I will have a little of my way as well; I want my expenses for coming here to day; if your books are weak I am strong. (Laughter.)—Mr Ollard asked why he bad not called and shown his receipts?—Mr Williams: "Hold hard, sir I pay you and others to be my servants, and for doing certain work, and you want me to do it." (Loud Laughter.) He again applied for his expenses, for this summons had kept him from going to Neath.—The Bench declined making the order, and defendant said they should see what Judge Falconer would have to say on the subject. ANOTHER WRONG MAN.—David Lewis, living at Pen- rheolgerrig, was also summoned for 9s. 9d. water rate for the quarters ending June 1868, and June and Sept. 18G9. I The defendant stated that the roofs of the houses, the water rent of which he was now summoned for, had a few years ago falleo in, and the proprietors (a club at the Six Bells Inn, Penrheolgerrig), did not think it worth while to re roof both of them, and had only done so to one, which was at present occupied, and the rates were paid by the person that lived in the house. He (defendant) was for- merly the owner of the house, but his proprietorship ceased in 186G.—The Bench dismissed the summons. SUCCESS AT LA"T. -A man named Daniel Phillips was summoned for os. amount of water rate for the quar- ters ending March and .June. —The wife of the defendant appeared and admitted that she owed the money, and she was willing to pay it then, though she objected to pay the cost of the summons, 2s. 8d.—The Bench said there was no alternative but to pay the os. 9d. claimed, together with the costs. WEDNESDAY. — (Before H. C. Greenwood, and T. J. Evans, Esquires.) DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—Edward Rees was brought up charged with being drunk and riotous on the 30th ult — P.C. Williams said he saw defendant on Thursday after- noon on the Newfoundland tip fighting with a woman.— His Worship fined him 5s. and costs, and allowed him till Monday to pay. WILFUL DAMAGE -Lettice Richards appeared in answer to a charge of willfully damaging certain glass,-N 0 prose- cutor appearing, the defendant was discharged, STEALING A SOVEREIGN.Mary Waters was charged with stealing a sovereign and a key, the property of Han- nah Carter.—The prosecutrix stated that she lived at Mar- ket-street, Dowlais she had a sovereign in a box in the house where she lodged the box was down stairs she saw it safe on Monday morning last she locked the box and put the key on the table about eleven o'clock the prisoner came into the house and took the key from off the table and put it in her pocket; she knew prisoner before, and had lived a fortnight with her at BrynmawT when she took the key she. asked whose it was, and she replied that it was the key of her box she then put it in her pocket, and refused to return it she then left the house, leaving the prisoner in the house by herself; she came back in about two hours prisoner was in the house at the time prisoner left about four o'clock immediately after she had ) gone witness examined the box, but the sovereign was not there she had to break the box open, for the key was taken away also the prisoner came there to carry some of her things away, as she was removing to her sister in the North of England; will swear that the key (produced) was her property.—Mary Thomas said that her husband kept the Clarence Beerhouse, East-street, Dowlais on Monday last prisoner came to her house about two o'clock for a pint of cider, and two pints of beer, for which she gave a sovereign witness gave her 19s. 3.U1. change.- Elizabeth Evans, wife of P.C. Evans, of Dowlais, said on Monday last about four o'clock, she searched the prisoner and found a key tied to her pocket gave it to P.C. Par- sons the key produced is the same did not find any money upon her.—P.C. Parsons said that on the 30th ult. he received the key from the last witness he had arrested the prisoner a short time previously on the mountain beyond Dowlais he told her she was charged with stealing a key and a sovereign, the property of Hannah Carter she replied I am charged wrongfully, I have no key about me, nor any sovereign, but I changed two half sovereigns she afterwards said she had changed two sovereigns the key he found fitted the box belonging to the prosecutrix prisoner handed him 19s. 5gd. before the last witness searched her.—The Bench committed her for trial. — CEFN PETTY SESSIONS. TUESDAY-Before E. J. Evans, and D. E. Williams, Esqrs. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—William Glover was summoned for being drunk and riotous, on Sunday, the 8th inst.- P.C. Millar fully proved the charge, and defendant was find 5s. and costs. SIMILAR CHARGE.—Evan Jones, Llwydcoed, was also summoned for a like offence, as well as being indecent at Pontycapel, Cefn, on the 10th May.-P.S. Jones proved the charge. The Bench fined him 10s. and costs, or in default 14 days. BEGINNING YOUNG.—A lad named David Jones, living at Mill-street, Aberdare, was summoned for being drunk and riotous at Penderyn, on the 15th inst. The defendant sent a woman with whom he was lodging to appear in his stead, as he was not able through an injury he had received in his foot to attend.-The Bench adjourned the case until the next sessions, in order that the defendant might appear himself. REFUSING TO QUIT.—John Evans was charged with this offence, committed on the 10th inst.-P.C. Davies (27) stated that he was called to the Maesvdre Inn to turn defendant out, when he got there he found him rather drunk, and refusing to quit; he afterwards put him out as requested. The defendant admitted the offence, and he was fined 5s and costs. ANOTHER. — Elias Leach, appeared in answer to a similar charge.—P.C. Millar stated that on the 10th inst. he was called to the Maesydre Inn, to put defendant out, as he was creating a disturbance he was also very drunk, and it was with great difficulty that he got the defendant to go home.- The Bench fined him 5s and costs, or 14 days. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—David Jones was summoned for for beins drunk in Field-street, at Cefn, on the 22nd May. P. S. Jones proved the charge, and defendant was fned 5s and costs, or in default 14 days' imprisonment. ANOTHER.—John Price was summoned for being drunk and riotous at Cefn, on the 23rd instant.—P.S. Jones stated that he saw defendant in High-street. Cefn, on the above date he was very drunk and riotous.—The defen- dant stated that this was his first offence, and begged the Bench in consideration thereof to be as lenient as possible. — Fined 2s 6<1 and costs. FURIOUS DRIVING.—Thomas Watkins, of Pontneath- vaughan, was summoned for furious driving at Cefn, on the 8th instant. -P.C. Davies stated that about half-past twelve on the night, or rather morning, of the above day, as be was standing near the bridge, he heard a horse galloping very fast when the horse came up to near where he was standing, its rider, the defendant, fell down from off its back he went and caught the horse, and P C. Miller rose the defendant up from the ground he was very drunk and was returning from the Wain fair. The Bench after some consideration fined the defendant 15s including costs. —Paid. SIMILAR CHARGE.—John Rowlands, butcher, was also summoned for furious driving along the highway.—P.S. Jones proved the charge, which was admitted, and the defendant was mulct in 15s ¡¡,nd costs, which were imme- diately paid. ASSAULTING A RELIEVING OFFICER.—Elizabeth Evans was summoned for assaulting Mr. James Roberts.-The prosecutor said he did not wish to press the charge, as the defendant had apologized for her conduct, and was willing to pay the costs. He then stated that the circumstances of the case were that a few weeks ago the Guardians stopped the relief of the defendant's father when she knew this, and whilst he was paying other paupers, the defendant came to bimand began blackguarding him he requested her to leave the room where he was paying the paupers, but she refused after repeatedly asking her to leave he pushed her out; she then caught hold of his coat and pulled at it tearing off one of the buttons.-The Bench discharged the case upon defendant paying the costs, which amounted to 68 (id. ASSAULT.—A young man named Thomas Jones was sum- moned for assaulting a lad named John Pearce, Gwynne's Arms, Cefn.—The complainant stated that on the 12th May. the defendant brought} a donkey into their house and when defendant got on its back and refused to go out, his father sent for a policeman to put him out, but before the officer arrived he asked him to leave he again refused, and struck him a blow on the head without any provoca- tion.—The defendant stated that on the above day the complainant's father was raffling a donkey he together with three or four other lads went out for the donkey, and when they had brought it into the passage he got on its back the prosecutor then came and pushed him right off the donkey's back until he fell under its feet; he asked him why he pushed him, and he replied that he would do so again unless he got off the donkey's back he then gave the complainant a gentle admonisher in the form of a slap on the side of the head, and afterwards sat down in one of the rooms until the police officer came. A witness was called who corroborated the complainant's statement. -The Bench fined him 5s and costs, or in default 14 days' imprisonment. Immediately upon bearing the decision he chose the latter alternative. DRUNK AND REFUSING TO QUIT,-J obn Williams was brought up on a warrant charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Gwynne's Arms, Cefn, on the 19th April.—P S. Jones proved the charge, and defendant was fined 10s and costs, or in default 14 days' imprisonment; not finding the needful he was removed to Brecon gaol. BASTARDY.—Ann Jenkins v. W. Jenkins. This case was tried at the last sessions but was dismissed for want of cor- roborative evidence.—Mr Plews appeared to-day for com- plainant, and Mr D. R. Lewis for the defendant.-The fol- lowing evidence was adduced :—Ann Jenkins said: I am a single woman and live at Cefn I had a child on the 20th of March, of which the defendant is the father I have been keeping company with him since 1868 I was living then at the Wern, Cwmtaf, which is about half-a-mile from defendant's home; the name of the person I was living with was William Morgan when I left that situa- tion I went to the Ffrwd the last time be was with me was last September I told him when I was in the family- way of my condition remember meeting him by appoint- ment in May last year had to wait for him at Mr James Thomas's house, which is on the road between Cefn and Penderyn; defendant came home with me remember going with him on the same Sunday night and meeting a man named Rees Rees when we saw^ him the defendant avoided him by going np the mountain until he passed Rees said something to me I know a man named William Thomas he lives at Cefn remember seeing him one night in June when I was with the defendant; we were walking together, and he had his band on my shoulder it was dark I have had a child before during the time I was keeping company with defendant I did not keep company with any other young man.—Cross-examined by Mr Lewis: I did not say what I have just said this day month for I was not examined by a solictor we were on the Cwmtaf road when William Thomas met us it was a little after nine o'clock in the evening I was living in the Ffrwd at that time it was on a week day I think it was in the middle of June; William Thomas only asked me how I was it was about eight o'clock when I met the defendant at James Thomas's I had to wait for him there about an hour it Was after this, when we were going home, that Rees met us it is two years last February since the last child was born.— Rees Rees, farmer, Penderyn, said I know both the com- plainant and the defendant; I remember meeting com- plainant and some man walking the man went up the mountain, so I could not see who he was that was in M ay, 1869 when I saw Ann Jenkins I told her I did not like those actions, and asked her who was the young man, she replied in Welsh, that it was no relation of mine, and that it had nothing to do with me I then made a remark that perhaps it had not, but it might have something to do with her; she then passed on.—William Thomas said I live at Cefn I do not know either the complainant or defendant intimately, but I have seen them together I remember seeing them in the latter end of June last year it was about half-past nine in the evening I saw her about a week afterwards, when I told her I had seen her with a young man; she made no reply, but blushed and went away.—Mr Abraham Thomas said I live at Cefn I went and saw the defendant the day after the child was born I told him that Ann Jenkins had been confined the day before he asked me what time, and I said^ about eleven o'clock he said That is what I expected I then asked him what he was going to do respecting the child and he replied "Nothing at all."—Cross-examined I did not say at the last meeting that defendant had asked what time she was confined.—Mr D. R. Lewis then addressed the Bench for the defendant, and reviewed the evidence, contending that there was no evidence to justify them in making an order upon the defendant, and hoped the Bench would dis- miss the case.—He then called the defendant, Watkin Jenkins, who said: I have heard the complainant say that I met her at James Thomas's that statement is not true I never kept company with her nor walked with her never bad any improper connection with complainant.—Cross- examined by Mr Plews I have known her for the last two years I have spoken to her when other persons were pre- sent it s not true that I said anything to Abraham -¿ .J '0 Thomas that 1 expected her confinement; when he told me so I replied Nothing I did expect her to be confined, for John Rowlands had told me that she was pregnant he told me because the complainant had been saying that I was the father of the child it is untrue what she said that Rees Rees met her and me I was in lJenderyn last year it was in the month of J une it was not on Sunday I will swear that it was not on a Sunday, but I do not remember what day it was.—Mary Lewis examined: I keep the Rising Sun Inn at Cefn I know the complainant I have seen her in my house with a young man named David Powell; that was about last September.—Another witness was called to prove that he had seen the complainant with another young man named Elias; after which Mr Plews made a most eloquent speech on behalf of the complainant, reviewing the whole of the evidence, and affirming that sufficient corroborative evidence had been given to warrant the Bench making an order upon the defendant for the maintenance of the complainant's child -The magistrates stated that they would consider their decision, and give it at the next sessions. REFUSING TO MAINTAIN THEIR FATHER.-Two young men named David and John John, living at Cefn. were summoned to show cause why they should not contribute towards the maintenance of their father, who is at present an inmate of the Merthyr Union.—Mr Meredith, master, stated that the defendants father was an inmate of the Merthyr Union, and had been so since the 23rd December last; each of them earned 17s and 18s per week respectively. -The defence was that they could not afford to pay any- thing.—The Bench, however, made an order for Is 6d pei week, and costs. -+- ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE. CLOSING ENTERTAINMENT OF THE ABERDARE MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY. The above entertainment came off at the English Wesleyan Sunday School Rooms on Thurs- day se 111 ight, with apparently greater success than on any 1 previous occasion. Tea. with some of Mr Hopkins's best cake, was provided in the upper room and laid out in the best style. O11 entering the room a delightfnl perfume was enjoyed arising from_ the flowers which met the eye on every side. About loO sat down to tea, and by pleasing looks and words, and hearty congratulations, testified most unmistakably to the pleasure felt. Tea being over the party repaired to the lower room, there to conclude the evening's entertainment. As in the upper room, there were fine decorations, especially a motto made of leaves in the furthest part of the room—" Knowledge is power." The meeting was opened by singing and prayer, after which the President, the Rev. R. M. Spoor, gave a short, but pithy address. Mr Gilbert Hodges then read the report, in which he briefly reviewed, with his characteristic ability, the past session's proceedings, and testified to the edifica- tion derived from attending the meetings. A glee was rendered very well by the Welsh Wesleyan Glee Party, under the leadership of Mr Lewis, entitled "The Swan." This was followed by a reading King Henry, of Na- varre." by Mr Reed. A pianoforte solo, by Miss Lindsay, was played in a most attractive style. The next was a comic reading Handy Andy's little mistakes," appro- priately given by Mr F. Lodge Duet, piano, the Misses Cadman. Punishment of a Spy," was next read by Mr E. R Eslick, followed by a vocal duet The Sea of Glass," by Mrs Reed and Miss Cadd. Mr Evan Jones very effec- tively read a touching piece "The Widow and her son." Flute duet, by Messrs Wood and Smith, who were voci- ferously cheered. Recitation, "The Martyr," was given by Mr Fry, who, as the Chairman very wittily observed, was a host in himself. Glee, Ring the bell, watch- man Horatio defending the bridge," was recited with rare ability by Mr Hodges. Mrs Spoor and Miss Watts now gave a piano duet with great precision. The land of my birth was read by Mr A. Sims, following which Mr Wood read Rory's present to the Priest," causing much mirth. Song, To-morrow," by Miss Hill; reading, Keep pushing." Mr Taylor vocal duet, Mrs and Miss Cadman, Christmas Chimes reading. "Monuments," Mr Hopkins concluding with a glee ''Month of May." A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Reed to the ladies who had so generously assisted on the occasion, and to the friends composing the glee party, which was seconded by Mr F. Lodge, and carried unanimously. A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the proceedings. We may add that the talent displayed in the above programme was ex- ceedingly creditable, and, compared with previous years, a great improvement was evident. The meetings will doubtless be resumed in the autumn and winter months, and we trust many more will become members of this ad- mirable class. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—On Sunday last the anniversary services of the Primitive Methodists took place. Mr J. Britten preached in the morning at ten. the Rev. J. Oliver at two, and Mr G. Wilkinson at six o'clock. There were very good congregations at each service, and collec- tions on behalf of the school funds were made amounting to over £7. On Monday the children of the school peram- bulated the streets and then had a tea meeting. A number of friends also attended in the evening, when an enter- tainment of reciting and singing was given by the choir and children, with the Rev. J. Oliver in the chair. In this man- ner a very pleasant evening was spent, the party separating at the very respectable hour of nine o'clock. BETHEL, ABERNANT.—On Monday last a tea party and concert was held at the above place. It consisted of the usual varieties. Mr Griffith Jones (Caradog), attended in the evening as violinist, and Mr Daniel Evans (Eos Dar) as principal singer; a goodly number were present, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. THE MARKET.—The old adage that "it never rains but it pours," is applicable in the present instance. For some past the market has been entirely destitute of "shows," &c., whether from the little patronage they receive or otherwise, we know not. On Friday, however, the place wore a busy aspect by the presence of a host of different amusements. First of all there was Mullet's Moving Waxwork," three pence each admission. Then there was Taylor's Giant, Crocodile, and a perfect Elysium of won- ders," all of which could be seen for one penny. The dog and monkey show was also there, and the "peeping show." Thus it happened that there was a perfect shower of sights shot into the market place all in one night.