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which was admitted, was fully proved by the landlord, Mr Moses Thomas.—The Bench dismissed the case on the de- fendant paying the costs. A DRUNKARD.—Julia Thomas was summoned for being drunk on the 17th inst.—P.S. Thomas said he saw her in Picton-street, Caedraw, on the morning of the aoove date, very drunk. The offence was admitted, and the Bench fined her os and costs. OBSTRUCTING THE HIGHWAY.—Thomas Evans was sum- moned for leaving his horse and cart on the street, so as to cause an obstruction. P.C. Smith stated that on Friday, the 20th ultimo, about a quarter past two, he saw the de- fendant's horse and cart standing, without anyone taking care of them, in Dynevor-street; at about three o'clock he returned, and saw the horse and cart still there he then went into the Three Horse Shoes, and saw the defendant sitting down drinking with the landlord he called his at- tention to the horse and cart, but he did not take it away for about ten minutes afterwards; he had warned him several times before. The Bench fined him 2s. 6d. and costs, and cautioned him against leaving his horse and cart in future without some one to take care of it. ANOTHER BEERHOUSE OFFENCE.—Thomas Jones, land- lord of the White Swan, Dowlais, was also summoned for keeping his house open for the sale of beer during prohibi- ted hours. -P.C. Evans stated that about half-past seven on the morning of the 28th ult., he saw the door of the defendant's house open, and a man going in he followed him, and in one of the rooms were two persons with three quarts of beer before them. —The defendant hoped as this was his first offence that the Bench would deal leniently with him.—Fined 5s. and costs. CHARGE OF STEALING A CHILD.—Ellen Thomas, wife of Moses Thomas, landlord of the Rose and Castle Inn, Pont- morlais, was summoned for stealing the child of Mrs Au- brey, Picton-street, Caedraw, widow of the late Mr Aubrey, of the Bunch of Grapes Inn. Mr Jones (Messrs Smith, Lewis and Jones) appeared for the complainant. It appears that defendant had nursed the child for some years, and had become so attached to it that she refused to give it up to its mother. About a week ago, however, the mother got the child, but in a short time afterwards, whilst it was playing on the road, the defendant took it away, and pusi- tively refused to give it up, or allow anyone to see it. Mr Jones stated that she did not wish to press the charge, provided they would give the child up, and promise not to Molest the mother.—After a short time the ohild, apparently Ottich against its own inclination, was very reluctantly Riven up to the mother.—The Bench cautioned defendant to take the child again or she mjght |>e indicted for child stealing, which would subject her to penal servitude. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—Evan Davies and Daniel Thomas '"ere summoned for being drunk and riotous on the 22nd 5ft. — P.C. Coles deposed to seeing them in High-street, l enydarren, on the above date, very drunk and creating a aturbaDce. The defendant Thomas did not appear, but sent an old woman to appear in his stead, but as she was ?°t supplied with the needful," his case was adjourned or a week the other defendant being fined 7s 6d including costs. /;) /;) ANOTHER.—A man named Timothy Welsh was aho sum- W* for similar conduct in Evan Wynn-street, Ponty- tyn, Rhymney, on the 24th ult.-P.C. Davies proved the ^rge, and defendant was fined 7s 6d including costs. STEALING A CAGE.—William Greaves was again brought jP,on the charge of stealing a cage, the property of Mr ha n l llhams, Patriot Inn. The particulars of the case th V Tj eat^y appeared.—The prisoner pleaded guilty, and A ench sentenced him to six weeks' imprisonment. „I MISCHIEVOUS URCHIN—A lad named John Cary, oout 12 years old, was charged with attempting to do sh t° certain machinery, the property of R. T. Craw- sp8(i;> Cyfarthfa.—Mr C. H. James appeared to pro- sj. u ^rancis Power, 14 years of age, living at 2, King- a lad there was a spell" on Thursday morning last; ^o natned Cornelius Manahan and himself were sitting woul 1Gr w^en. the prisoner came up to them, and said he the ?]Ut a P*ece °t c°ld iron on the cogs of the wheel, in Ward went away from him, and shortly after- sni »a/W Putting a large piece of cold iron on the JJJ F (cogs; of the wheel; directly he bad done so, the enein 6ry made a great noise, and stopped working the ht» f>i.r^er topped the engine immediately he had done so cause of w'th a lamp in his hand to see what was the awav • fV> ,no'se > when prisoner had done it he walked piece of e ce Was rather dark at the time he got the thev w a tram; after the machinery had stopped 8tated th f i° s^eeP in the ash pit.—Cornelius Manahan hook. „,f,! Was 11 years old, and was employed as a juornin l. Works he remembered Thursday ^alkintf K °De their tongs had broken, and they went thev w u°Ut w^en they met prisoner, who asked them if minntM ? put a pIece of iron on the engine; in a few trams atterwards he took a piece from off one of the the Hr'iif' asked If that was big enough to fit the teeth of to do 8ei '^e the last witness were not. willing Put tho 1D^ °f, t^e kind he then went from them and is the anP CCe m u sPiQdles" the piece of iron produced De put on tbe wheels after he had done gbeer akTst J^+nv,018e' a.nd the wheel stopped the en- Was the matti rt ^ngme an<^ came out to see what 2utLSf JS;fi*ey^the?> weut to sleeP in the ash pit tsked nnLPpfl ^ey,non came "P to them and plied thatdi<?n°t- t PUt lron on the whet;1. he re" to d him th\t1 +hDOW he then asked them> and they was Z pnlin he Pns°?er.-Mr John Jones said he half nast twn |ani' T Thursday morning last, about Went fm a f a he> ?tarte<l the engine and it afterwiir 1 £ tVV S,econds ant* then stopped he immediately WentTnft flar a great Doise he shut off the steam and Short t;™, ltPP,10 what was the matter after a or ono-a <?un^ Piece of iron produced in the spur he driving wheel; it must have been put there whikt if eng-De Was no-t *oing if it had been Put there thp .„u ^[as ln Jnotlon it would undoubtedly have broken he rKH a deal °f the other machinery at oil. ^.° See the previous witness or prisoner about there (>nm> *.eL t^ie piece of iron which he found in the S or the wheel to W illiatn Jones, the gaffer there as t?° actual damage done the place where it occurred Was the Old Forge. — William Jones said he was engine- man at Cyfarthfa Works if the last witness had not discovered the iron, and stopped the engine immediately, the damage done would probably have been between £400 and £500, besides throwing f3 men out of employment for three months if the machinery were going when the piece of iron was put on the wheel, and some people were passing at the time, they might have been seriously injured. The engine referred to worked the rolls of the Old Forge.—P C. Charles Bell stated that on Thursday horning last, from information he had received, he went to the prisoner, whom he found in the works he asked hun if he was near the engine that morning, and he replied ^es, I put a piece of iron on the wheel, but I did not think it would break it; it was the other boys that told Ine to do it." He did not threaten or make the prisoner fy. promise before he made the above admission. He reived the piece of iron produced from Mr Btynon.— fnrtk .k now committed the prisoner for trial at the uto ^V°.minS sessions, bail being accepted provided sub- r securities were found for £ 30, and prisoner's rather in a like amount. DRUXK AND RIOTOUS Joseph Edwards and William w.J'f were summoned for being drunk and riotous at Aroedyrhiw, on the 28th ult. P.C. Davies proved the Ss col-itsa S defenda*ts were fined respectively 10s, and MONDAY. {Before H. C. Grccnioood, Esq.) WED!FK AND RIOTOUS.—Caroline Smith was charged W.Hh being drunk and riotous in Garden-street, on Satur- day night; she was also charged with assaulting P.C Bell, Whilst, in the execution of his duty. —The officer stated that whilst faking her to the station for being drunk, she struck aim with her fist, and afterwards lay down on the road, refusing to go any further; whilst on the ground, she kicked him t wo or three times.—Mr Greenwood discharged her for bein" drunk and riotous, but on the charge of ^saultinc the police he sentenced her to one month's Itnprisonment.. ANOTHER DRUNKA'-RD. — John Morgan was charged with being drunk at Ynys;jau on the oth inst.—P.C. 8 proved the charge, and defenu'ant was fined 5s. and costs. DRUNK AND INDECENT-—Michael O'Coney was charged J^ith this offence, committed in Wellington-street on Saturday night last.—P.O. Cook proved the charge, and defendant was fined 10s including costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment. ANOTHER DRUNKARD.—Timothy Ryan was also charged with being drunk and riotous at Ponstorehouse on Satur- day night last.—P.C. Cook proved thecharge. Fined 10s costs, or seven days' imprisonment. AND ANOTHER.—David Griffiths was also summoned for being drunk and riotous at Troedyrhiw on the 29th ult. P.C. Edmunds stated that about eight o'clock on the above date, he found the prisoner lying down quite drunk in Yew-street he woke him up and took him to the station.—His Worship fined prisoner 7s 6d including costs. CHARGE OF STEALING FERRETS. A man named Thomas Prosser appeared in answer to a summons charging him ■With stealing two ferrets the property of Thomas Thomas, 'blocklayer, Swansea Road. — Mr Beddoe, from the office of Messrs Simons and Plews appeared for prisoner.—Mrs Thomas, wife of prosecutor, appeared, and stated that her husband had two ferrets, they were kept in a couple of boxes in a stable, which was a short distance from the house she saw the ferrets safe at twelve o'clock on the night of the 15th of May; about four o'clock on the following morning they were missed the staple that held the door having been wrenched off to obtain admittance they were worth about £ 1; on the Monday night after they had been stolen, from what she heard, she went to the prisoner and asked him for the ferrets, but he replied that he hadn't them.— Mr Evan Evans, Brecon Road, stated that on Monday, the 23rd of May, he saw the defendant at the Cefn Hotel; he had a ferret in his possession they asked and obtained permission of Mr Jones to go ferret- ting at the back of his house after they had done so they returned to his house, where they had some beer; after that they went down to the Gwynne's Arms, where they had another quart; whilst in the Gwynne's Arms the prisoner said he had taken the prosecutors ferrets, but that he intended making it all right again the prisoner had had some beer, but knew perfectly well what he was saying; he noticed a private mark on the ferrets, which corresponded with the particulars he had since had of the prosecutor's ferret.-Mr D. Morgan, of Abercanaid, said he was at the Cefn Hotel on the 23rd of last month, and remembered seeing the defendant with a ferret; the last Witness and another person that was with him had another one after they had permission, they went ferrettmg, and then returned to the Cefn Hotel; after having a quart of beer they all left for home, but when they were on the Cefn bridge prisoner called to them to come back and have a share of a quart of beer, as he had 4d to pay for it, he having sold one of the rabbits they caught whenferretting; they then went into the Gwynne's Arms, and after they Ibad been there a short time, the prisoner called one of the ■company named Richard Lewis outside, he (witness) ifollowed them, and the prisoner then told them that he had stolen the ferrets, and the reason he had done so was that he hatllent Thomas (the prosecutor) two nets some time ago he had asked him for them back, but was told that his brother had received them his brother however denied having them hethen stole the ferrets instead of them; after prisoner said this, they went into the public-house again, where he repeated several times that he had stolen them. In cross-examination the witness stated that the prisoner was not so drunk as not to know what he was saying.—The prosecutor, Thomas Thomas, was called, and said that he had had the loan of one net from the prisoner, but not two as he bad stated he bad returned it to a friend of the prisoner's, be having been sent for it.—The brother of the prisoner was called in defence, and stated that he kept ferrets he remembered lending his brother one a month ago on a Monday he was sure it was a month ago, for he worked night that week. In reply to Mr Lewis (the magistrates' clerk), the witness stated that he liked a little sport in the shape of ferreting he had also been convicted once for poaching, — Two other witnesses were called, who stated that <>n the night of the alleged theft they remembered seeing the prisoner in his house a little after twelve o'clock, and saw him undressing to go to bed one of them also saw him direotly after he had risen the following morning, about eight o'clock. — Mr Greenwood thought the charge ha.d been fully proved against the prisoner, and fined him 40s and costs, or two months' imprisonment. WEDNESDAY.—(Before H. C. Greenwood, Esq.) DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. Sarah Smith was brought up charged with this offence. P.C. Evans said that he saw her on Monday evening last, about ten minutes to six in Swan-street; she was very drunk, and a large crowd had collected around her she had been locked up ever since. Mr Greenwood, in consideration of this circumstance, discharged her. SIMILAR CHARGE. — William Cliver was charged with being drunk and riotous in Court-street on Monday last. P C. Cook said he saw him fighting near the Fountain Inn he arrested him, and with assistance brought him to the station whilst on the way to the station he got very violent, and kicked the man who was assisting him (witness) several times the person, however, would not appear to prosecute defendant for the assault. — The Bench fined defendant 5s including costs, or five days' im- prisonment. ASSAULTING THE POLICE. — William Barnett was also charged with assaulting P.C. Charley whilst in the execu- tion of his duty, on the bth inst.—The officer stated that on Monday last he saw defendant fighting with the last de- fendant he took him into custody, but he resisted, and kicked him several times.—The defendant in defence said he was so very drunk that he did not know what he had done.—Fined 5s including costs. BEGGING.—Elizabeth Jenkins wa< charged with begging in High-street-, Dowlais, on the 7th instant. P.C. Garleck said that he saw her going into several shops in High-street, Dowlais he followed her into one, and heard her asking for alms there was a quantity of bread, and 31d. in money found upon her. The prisoner stated that she had come from Pontypool, and was looking for her husband. His Worship discharged her, hoping that she would go back to Pontypool, or to some of her friends, and not go begging about the country again. A MISCHIEVOUS URCHIN.—A lad named George Wat- kins was charged with damaging a door, the property of the Dowlais Iron Company. P.C. Gardiner said that about four o'clock this morning he was going down Garden-street, Dowlais, when he saw the prisoner rising up the breaks of two trucks that were loaded with hay after he had done so, the trucks moved on, and immediately afterwards he heard the large stable door breaking, the carriages having broken it to pieces there was no one with the prisoner when he did it.—Mr. G. Llewellyn said he was inspector of wagons under the Dowlais Iron Company; he had seen the stable door mentioned by the last witness, and esti- mated the damage at .£2 it was the property of Messrs. the Dowlais Iron Co. — The prisoner admitted the offence, but said that when he rose the breaks up he thought there were some sprags in the wheel. — The bench fined him 10s, damage £2, and costs 8s (id, or in default three weeks' imprisonment.—Allowed three weeks to pay. DISCHARGED.—William Farewood was charged with stealing a carpenter's square, the property of David Evans. —The prosecutor said that as he had had the square back he would not offer any evidence against the defendant.— The Bench therefore discharged him. LARCENY.—Margaret Gregory, a married woman, living at 6, Cross-street, Thomas Town, was charged with stealing several articles the property of Mrs Isaacs. —Mr Howells, from the office of Messrs. C. H. and F. James, appeared to prosecute. -The prosecutrix stated that in October last she engaged unfurnished lodgings with the prisoner at Cross- street, Thomas Town on the 11th of the same month her goods came, and she began leaving there about the 13th; she missed things soon afterwards, and continued to do so until lately she had no idea who took them, and it was not until the 13th ult. that she had suspicion that the prisoner was the thief. The goods produced were all her property, and worth about .82.—Mrs Jones, wife of Mr Thomas Jones, miner, 8, Cross-street, Thomas Town, said that on Thurs- day week last Mrs Gregory came to her house and asked her to buy a pair of sheets she said they were in pawn she bought them, and the ones produced are the same; she gave 6s 4id for them. The piece of dimity (produced) she found on the road, having been thrown out of the prisoner's window she did not see who threw it out—P.S. Thomas said he apprehended the prisoner on Monday morning last; he told her she was charged with stealing a piece of dimity, a cloth trowsers, a cloth jacket, a pillow case, a oair of sheets, and several other articles, the property of Mrs Isaacs in reply she admitted stealing all the above named articles. He found the pillow case on a bed in the prisoner's house, and he received the pair of sheets and piece of dimity from the last witness the jacket and trowsers he received from Mr Goodman, pawnbroker.—Mary Goodman said the jacket and trowsers produced) were pawned in their shop by Mrs Gregory in December last.—The prisoner had no defence to make and pleaded guilty.—Mr J. Williams, builder, Castle-street said he had known prisoner for a number of years, and had never heard anything against her character before. —Mr Superintendent Thomas also said she had hitherto borne a very good character.—jWr Greenwood, in consideration of her previous good character, sentenced her to three weeks' imprisonment with hard labour. THEFT OF MONEY.—John Williams (" Shony Will), and SarahlWilliams (" Pretty Sal") were again brought up on the charge of stealing £1 9s, the property of Mrs Madden, lodging-house keeper.—This was a remanded case. —Mrs Callaghan said that on Monday week last she went with the prosecutrix to the Dynevor Arms, to ask the female prisoner about the money she (witness) did this and Sarah said for her not to give any alarm, John had the money and she would go and coax him for the purse, and part of the money; she then went to the prisoner John and asked him for the money he made no reply to her, but only gave her a slap in the face.-Cross-examined by the prisoner Sarah Was with you twice that Monday, once in the morning, and once in the evening was down in the Swan Inn, and had the share of a quart of beer did not partake of several quarts, but simply of one will swear that you said you would ask John for the money back have donea little pawning business on myownaccountlately. —P.C. Emanuel said that on Tuesday the 31st *lt., from information he had received he arrested both the prisoners in Dynevor-street; he told them they were charged with stealing a purse containing £ 1 9s, the property of the prosecutrix both prisoners said they knew nothing about it; John also said he had not been in the room where pro- secutrix slept since he had been lodging there the prisoner Sarah told him at the same time not to say a word until he was obliged to do so. She afterwards told him (the witness) that the prosecutrix's son had taken the money.-Mr Green- wood, after some consideration, thought there was no evi- dence against the prisoner John, he would therefore be discharged, but the female prisoner would be committed for trial at the ensuing sessions. OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENCES.—Ann McDonald, a girl apparently about 18 years of age, was charged with obtaining money under false pretences from Mr Yantub Levi, clothier, Castle-street.-The prosecutor said the prisoner came to his shop yesterday afternoon, between three and four o'clock his wife was in the shop, and she asked her if she would buy a ring which she produced she said it was her own property, and wanted to sell it to get some drink she said it was jeweller's gold, and wanted 3s 6d for it; he offered her Is 6d, which she took after she had left he took the ring up to Mr Phillips, jeweller, to see whether it was gold, and he then found it was brass, and not worth a penny.—In reply to the Bench, witness said he did not think when he bought it it was gold. A similar charge was now preferred against prisoner for obtaining Is under false pretences from Mr Goodman, pawnbroker. Castle-street.—Mr G. Goodman said he was an assistant to his father yesterday evening the prisoner came into their shop, and wanted to pawn a gold ring which she had in her hand he told her they did not take such goods in pawn, but if she wanted to sell it they would buy it; she then said she would sell it, and wanted 4s he told her if it was jeweller's gold that he would give her a shilling she replied it was jeweller's gold, for if it had not been such she would not have offered it for sale. The ring was very bright and appeared to be what she represented it. In reply to the Bench, witness said that jeweller's gold was nine carat. If it had been such, it would have been worth about 2s 6d; they generally tested such goods before the person left the shop, but on this occasion they did not do so until after she had left, and found it to be made of copper, and only worth a penny.—Mrs Smith said she kept a lodging-house at 2, River Side the prisoner and her father had been lodging at her house for the past five or six weeks; she had seen some keepers like those produced with the prisoner in her house she had also seen her father make some out of old copper buttons after he made them, he marked them inside with a small instru- ment with a figure representing a dog or lion, which the prisoner said was done to make them appear as if they were gold the prisoner also told her that she had sold one to a station master for 5s.—P.C. Morris said he arrested the prisoner in Bridge-street, and after bringing her to the station, he charged her with obtaining Is 6d from Mr Levi and Is from Mr Goodman under falee pretences, she replied If he has given me too much, here is the money, he can have it back." The Bench committed her for trial. No EVIDENCE. — Edward Dalton was charged with stealing a pair of boots, the property of Mr D. McLoughlin. who said he should not offer any evidence against the prisoner, who was therefore discharged. CHARGE OF WOUNDING—A man named Isaac Davies was brought up chargcd with wounding Elizabeth Davies. Supt. Thomas said the prosecutrix did not appear, but he had reasons to believe that she had been kept out of the Way.— John Owen said he knew Elizabeth Evans he was in the Patriot Inn yesterday; both Evans and prisoner were there; it was just before dinner time Evans was turned out of the bar by the pot boy because she was drunk; she came back and went to the prisoner, who was standing by the bar with a knife in his hand eating bread and cheese she commenced sky larking" with him one time afterwards whilst larking, the prisoner moved up his hand to push her away, and when he was doing so, he sup- posed that Evans also rose up her hand, thereby causing prisoner to knock her on the neck with the back of the knife, which was much sharper than the edge.—Supt. Thomas remarked that if the prosecutrix was present, she would give a very different version of the affair than the last witness bad done. — P.S. Thomas was called, and said that he saw the prosecutrix yesterday about half-past one, when she came to the station she had a cut on her throat about two inches in length it was through the skin, and bleeding profusely; he afterwards apprehended the prisoner, and charged him with wounding Elizabeth Evans with a knife in her throat he replied that it was done with the back of the knife, and that be had done so somehow in playing; the knife (produced) he found in the Patriot; Elizabeth Evans told him that prisoner was eating some bread and cheese when she went in she asked him for some of it, and he replied that he would give her some cheese, at the same time drawing the knife across her throat; he had been looking for her this morning, but could not find her. — The prisoner was remanded for a week. ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE. CRICKET MATCH.—On Thursday afternoon last the Aber- dare and Glyn-Neafch cricket clubs played a match on the ground apportioned for that purpose in the Aberdare Park. The weather was admirable, as was also the ground, and early in the afternoon the game commenced in a very spirited manner. Each side played very fairly, but the vic- tory was obtained by the Glyn-Neath party. The following is the total of the scores Aberdare, first innings, ol second innings, 11 Glyn-Neath, first inning3. 50 second innings, 20. It will be seen that the difference is but one run in favour of the latter, but the play having extended so tar as to bring it within train time for returning to their homes, the last innings of the Glyn-Neath party was par- tially abandoned—nine more wickets having to fall. It is not often our lot to chronicle a failure of the Aberdare cricketers. BRITISH SCHOOLS.—The annual report of these schools has just been received from the Lords of the Privy Council, and we have much pleasure in recording the fact that it is in every way satisfactory, the grant being the largest ever received, amounting to £505. The official report is as follows -Boys' school: This school has again done remark. ably well, both in the ordinary elementary subjects and in grammar. An evening class of 38 young men passed wthout a JaiJure,—Girls' school; This school has passed 1 I a very fair standard examination, and has also done fairly in grammar. The order is good, and the needle-work remarkably so.—Infants' school: This large infants' depart- ment, having' 525 names on its b->oks, is in good order, remarkably well organized, and efficiently instructed. It has been under the care of Miss Richards for the last three years. -Infants' school branch This branch school, recently opened in order to relieve pressing want, has been very efficiently conducted thus far. 0 ANNIVERSARIES. The school anniversary services of the Aberaman English Wesleyans, were held on Sr.nday last. Three sermons were delivered by various ministers, in the morning, afternoon, and evening to large congregations. On the following day the scholars were the recipients of a good substantial tea, after which the evening was pleasantly spent in the pursuit of various enjoyments. The English Baptist friends held their school anniversary services also on Sunday last, the Rev D. R. Jenkins, (their newly in- stalled pastor) officiating in a most able manner. Collec- tions in aid of the school fund, were as usual made, and a decent sum realized. On Monday a tea meeting was held, —the children being allowed to partake of the same gratis. at which large numbers of persons attended. The chapel was very elaborately decked with very appropriate mottoes &c. In the evening an entertainment, consisting of singing, &c., was given by the children and choir, in which some excellent recitations and dialogues were introduced. One piece entitled "The Messiah'' was rendered by a dozen girls very well. but rather too softly, some parts being inaudible. Another dialogue by five matured boys," entitled a discussion on miracles," was very well ren- dered. We mnst not omit to mention the bold, brave and unhesitating manner in which the little ones recited. Great care and trouble must have been bestowed upon them by their teachers, to have so wonderfully perfected them in their respective pieces. The concluding piece of music Hosanna," was well sung. The usual vote of thanks having been ten- dered, the meeting broke up. MR. FORSTER'S EDUCATIONAL BILL.—A meeting was convened at the English Baptist Chapel on Tuesday evening last, to discuss the above Bill now before Parlia- ment, together with the amendments. There seems to be very little interest involved in this great subject, to the people of Aberdare, or they would surely have flocked together to hear its merits or demerits as it was, but few put in an appearance. The Rev W, Edwards was elected chairman, who said We all agree as to the desirability of national education, in which we are backward we are far behind most of the nations of the Continent, and far behind our cousin Johnathan in America. It is nearly a quarter of a century since we were aroused to think of this great, nay vital question. There is no doubt we are in a fair way to advance now. Our prosperity and well-being as a nation demand that great attention be paid to education. We attribute the vast amount of crime, poverty and misery in this land to a want of education. There are at the present time three institutions in the principality for preparing young men to become teachers in the National and British Schools. In Aberdare, inclnding the neighbourhood, and Mountain Ash, there are twelve or thirteen day schools, in which there are not much less than five thousand children, and besides, there are also a number of private schools. You are aware there is a Bill now before Parlia- ment, introduced by Mr Forster, M.P. I am for bringing education within the reach of all classes, but I raise my voice against Mr Former's Bill, inasmuch as it is for religious and sectarian education being taught in schools. This Bill was supposed to meet the wishes of the Birmig- ham and Manchester Leagues, but a cry was raised against it, especially to what was called the conscience clause, by the Nonconformists. You are to decide this evening whether you approve of the Bill with its amendments. For myself, I cannot command language strong enough to express my objection to denominational education, it is an attempt to unnaationalise-education altogether—to esta- blish state Church education and Roman Catholicism, which we are opposed to. —The Rev. D. M. Jenkins spoke strenuously against the Bill, and proposed a resolution petitioning Parliament that it might not pass into law. It was seconded in Welsh by the Rev. J. Rees, and supported by the RevD. Davies, Rev Mr Evans, Rev J. J. George, and the Rev D. R Jenkins, all of whom spoke in terms of strong disapprobation of the Bill. It was then put to the meeting, and carried unanimously, that the ministers sign the petition, and forward it as soon as possible. It may be remembered that they all advocated the Bible being read in schools, but not sectarianised, and they contended it might be done without causing ill-feeling in anyway since the Bible was the same for all. The petition was signed by the ministers, and will be sent to one of the members for presentation to Parliament. A vote of thanks to the chairman brought the meeting to a close.