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TO BE LET, No. !10, Cardiff Road, Aberaman, near Aberdare, A Largo and Commodious PREMISES, with e7ei7,convenienc«. Fitted un as a Draper's shop, suitable for any kind of Business..Rent moderate. Nferthyr, or to T. J. Pea:ce, n, Cefn, FOR SALE, OX HIGHLY ADVANTAGEOUS TERMS. SOME NEW AND VERY BEAUTIFUL FTA NOFORTES Enquire at the Residence of MB. EDWARD LAW RANGE, < Pri Vj.j-.or of Music and Oraanitt of St. David's Church. ADDRESS 4908 2, COURTLAND TERRACE, MERTHYR. DR AYMAX WA>, TED. WANTED, a young man as DRAYMAN.— Apply at the Iron Bridge Brewery, Merthyr. 4JK39 TYDFIL SCHOOL, MERTHYR. A MIDDLE CLASS GRAMMAR AND COMMERCIAL SCHOOL. Head Master:—EVAN WIL, LLUI8 M. A. Assistant Master:—T. WILSON (Certificated in Science.) The studies are divided into two courses I.-The Hn.'llÏ114 Courte, v.- aiuh embraces the s-t.'rjects necessary for all Mechanical Lugiiicenng' and 5t<. reantile Pursuits. 2.;—Th» (Vmtticnl Course, which ineoHlrs the Greek, Latin, and French Languages; the Higher Mathematics, and certain Branches of Science, and prepares for the Middle Class Civil Scrvicc, Science, and Professional Preliminary Examinations, and for admission into the Theoligical Colleges and Tjaivcrsities. Boarders (quarterly, weekly, and daily as well a-; Day Pupils, may be admitted at any time during the quarter. Term*. Ac., on application, personally or by letter at the above address. 4/534 The TEA O^TEAS.^ NEW SEASONS" PURE TEA IN PACKETS Is very choice and pungent—and is selcctcd from the Best Pure importations judiciously blended. 2- 2 6 2..8 3/- 34 38 4/- per lb. Sold in every Toivn in Great Britain by authorized Agents—(Chemists, Confectioners, See.) LOCAL AGENTS:— Mertliyr-LEWIS, chemist, Georgetown. Aberaman, Sinus chemist P'pool, Edwards, stationer Aberdare, Thoma', 70, Mill- Pontypridd, Davies, chemist street Pentlottyn, Davies, Post- „ Evans, chemist office Dowlais, Keen, chemist Rhymncy, Dixon, chemist Emmanuel, confectioner Taff's Well, Williams Ebbw Vale, Jones, ehemift Tredegar, Jenkins, ehcwiist Hirwain, Sims, chemist Troedyrhiw, Knox, chemist Morriston, Bevan, Post-office ftS35 JOHNSON, JOHNSON, & Co., TEA ME HANTS, 17, Bloomtield-street, City, Londo DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP. MESSRS. JONES AND STUCKEY, WHOLE- M sale Wine and Spirit Merchants, of Merthjr, having DISSOLVED PARTNERSHIP by Ilutiial Consent. any Claims against the Fi: m should be sent in to Mr J'KED. STUCKEY, 33. High-street, Mcthyr, who intends carrying on the Business. 4973 COUNTY OF GLAMORGAN. THE Justices of the Peace for the County of Glamorgan will, at the next General (Quarter Sessions, to be hi/Id at Swansea, in and for the said County, on TuiiiDAY, the 9th day of April, 1S72, at One o'Cluck in the Afternoon, proceed to the appointment of a GOVERNOR for the County Gaol at Cardiff. The saIary is .1:)00, with house aud the usual allowances of Coals, Gas, and Water- Testimonials to be "ent, addressed, "Couuty Gaol Governor," under cover, to me on or before the First day of MARCH, 1-572. THO. DALTON, Clerk of the Peacc. Cardiff, 23rd January, 1S72, 40(53 GLAMORGANSHIRE. EPIPHANY QUARTER SESSIONS, 1*72. "V"OTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the EPIPHANY QUARTER SESSIONS of the County of Glamorgan, will be holden by adjournment at the TOWN HALL, CAHDIFF, on WEDNESDAY, the 21st day of FKBBVAKY, 1S72, at Ten o'clock in the Forenoon, for the Trial of Prisoners only, when and where all Jurors and persons bound by rccoynizances are required to attend. Dated this 20th day of Jannary, 1872. THO. DALTOS, 4964 Clerk of the Peace. TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS. WANTED, a respectable and well-educated Youth as an APPRENTICE to the General Iron- mongery business. A lad having a knowledge of both languages preferred.— Apply to W: T, UBIFPITHS, Iron- monger, High Street, Merthyr Tjdfil. 49.51 lira™mmMi ONLY two medicines really act upon the Liver one is Mercury or Blue Pill, the other Dandelion. Thousands of const-itntionshavebeendestroyed by Mercury, Blue Pill, or Calomel. Thy only safe remedy is DR. KING'S DANDELION" AND QUININE LIVER PILLS. which act very gently on the Liver, giving immediate relief in all cases of Bile, Indigestion, Sick Headache, Less of Appetite, Giddiness, Spasms, Heartburn, Flat- ulency, Nervousness. Gout, and all disorders of the Stomach and Liver. Sold by all chemists and medicine ven lors, in boxes at Is. lid., is :)(1. 4s. (id. or for stamps trJm J. KOKKE, 47, Mortimer-street, Cavendish "Square, London, W 4379 CEFN-GLAS COLLIERY. TTTAXTED immediately, Eight SINKERS T v and Four < :ood LABOURERS, to be encased in Pinking at the above Colliery. -Apply to T. HEPPEL. Esq.. Resilient Engineer, Cefn-Glas, near Xroedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, AN I HO-fY" T H()LLOrE7S x E W" stouv, THE GOLDEN LION OF G R AX D P E RE, Is commenced in GOOD WORDS for January. CHATUTES j^iMTSLEY7! NEW WORK ON TOAYN GEOLOGY, Is begun in GOOD WORDS for January. OLIIPIIANTIS NEW STORY HF.I.UN" IN GOOD WORDS. The Best and Cheapest Route for Passengers from the West of England and South Witles to the United States is by the GREAT WESTERN STEAM-SHIP LIXE. a „ BRISTOL TO NEW YORK. A ja THE FINE FIRST-CLASS SCREW STEAM-SHIP /TlliiEttk. "A R R A G 0 N," 1.500 Tons burthen, "William Western, l'ommander- to be followed by the Fine New Screw Steamship "GREAT W>:STEKN," 2.0U0 Tons, intended BO Sail on or about "!4th A pril- Is intended to Sail on WEDNESDAY, March 13th, 1S72. Steerage Passage to New York, Baltimore, Boston, Portland, or Philadelphia, Six Guineas to 0s Passengers may bo uookecl through to all parts of the United States and Canada on very moderate ternn. To secure berths, &c apply to MARK 'IJlTW.\LL and SON, Grove, Queen-square. Bristol; J. T. Morgan, Glebe- land-street, Merthyr Tydfil .j uf,n Morgan, postmaster, Pontypool: G. F. Webband Co, Bonded Store Merchant. Cardiff; R. Burtou and Sr n, Newport, Mon.; or to Richard Morris, grocer, Blackwood. MERTHYR TYDFIL LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. TO MARKET GARDEXERS AXI) OTHERS. Sewagcd Land to Let. THE Board is prepared to receive TEXDERS for renting P4 acre plots of rich Sewage Land at Ynysygored, near Xroedyrhiw. The land has been formed, cleansed, and prepared for Planting. A Plan may be seen at the Office of the Surveyor to the Board, and the land will be shown by Mr. Snook, Troedyrhiw, Condition of Letting may be seen at ray Office, Tenders, naming the Annual Rent offered for the separate Plots, distinguished by number?, to be left at my Office on or before the 20th February, 1S72. THOMAS WILLIAMS, Clerk to the Board. MERTHYR TYDFIL LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. TO HAULIERS AND OTHERS. rrniE Board are prepared to receive TEXDERS from Persons willing to supply Horses to work for Hire on their Sewage Farm, at Troedyrhiw. A Stable may be had on the Farm at a Moderate Rent. Forms of Tender may be had on application to the Board. Tenders may be left at my Office on or before the 20th February, 1371. THOMAS WILLIAMS, Clerk to the Board- TEMPERANCE HALL, MERTHYR TYDFIL. THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY. THURSDAY aud FRIDAY EVENINGS, FEBR l/AB r LM a/Ill 1 Qth, lit S o'Cluck, ai'd Friday Afternoon, at Three. MR. C. PULMAN, who on recent occasions engaged Thurton, Harry Dobler, and other Artistes, now takos pleasure of announcing to the Gentry and Musi.-al Public of Merthy. Tydfil, that he has suc- eeeded in engaging the Great Tianslautie Xusieal Novelty THE ALL EG HA NIA NS VOCALISTS AXD SIVltS BELL RINGERS, Whose execution on the Swiss Bells, and fine Descriptive Quartette Vocalization, are listened to by all hearers with Astounding Wonder and Delight 1 For particulars see Small Liilv Numbered and Reserved Scats, 2s Second Seats, Is.; Galkry. Cd. Children Halt-price to First and Second Seats only. Tickets and Ptacc-s secured at Mr- C. Taylor's, Music Seller, Market Square, and Mr. C. Pulman's, 17, Victoria- street, where a Plan may be seen, TAF-FAVVli fisHERY ASSOCIAilUN. TWO GUINEAS REWARD WILL be given to any person who will give such iniormation as to lead to the conviction 01 any person or persons found FISHING on any part of tKc River Taf-Fawr, between its source aud Pontyeapel, CCïll- Coed-y-cymmtr, or in any of the following Brooks on the ..Ilauur of the Right lion. Lord Tredegar, v;z., Llysiog, Nantddu, Crew, and Garnant, o^ in Hepstv River, between Tyr-yr-ouen and its source, or in any of its contributor) streams, or in any Brook oil Nantgwynue and Abercar Farms. ihc above Reward will be given on comietion of the offender or offenders on application to VA VID TKOMAS, Esquire, Solicitor, Brecon. The Fishing Season eommencvd on February 2n I, and the Tickets may ue had at the Cefii liote., Red Lion, Yny?yfelia; Aiiiler's Ar¡¡],; and Crwuu luus, Capcl ani uti u. TO SERVANT MAIDS. WANTED, a GENERAL SERVANT, of good character.—Apply to Mrs. EDWAKUS 55 Thomas-Street, .Uertln r Tydiil. _SALE BY MS, DAVID EVANS. MERTHYR TYDFIL. A Large Collection of FOREST TREE- OUXAMEN TAL SHRUBS, and FUlilT TREES, (Surplus Sto-k re- moved f.onr the Aberdare Park, the Property of Wrji. Barron, of the Sketty Nursery Farm, Swansea,) wili BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. DAVID EVANS, AT the MARKET HOVSE, MEUTHYK TYDFIL, on THURSDAY, FiiiiitCAiiY 15th, ls72, at Eleven o'Clock in the Forenoon. Detailed Catalogues may be had of the AUCHOXHEK T ronias Street, Mcrthvr. ISTO. 20. HIGH STiiBET, (Corner of Court-street, and opposite the Old Church,) M E KTHYR. THE P R I N C E OF WALES MIXTURE AT THREE SHILLINGS PER POUND IS 1 HE ADMIRATION OF ALL LOVERS OF FINE lEAS. FINE MONING CONGOU, at 2s. Cd. This Tea possesses the aroma, pungency, and strength very difficult to procure-a decidedly good useful Tea for large Families. T. BOWICJST JONES & OC)., CONSIGNEES for AUSTRALIAN PRESERVED BEEF and MUTTON 'iFTIiTG'S EXTRACT OF BEEF ic., and AGENTS for THE LITRE BOTTLE WINE COMPANY, Selected by HElt MAJESTY'S Covernnient for the supply of the Royal Military Hospitals BORDEAUX CLARETS & WHITE WINES. PORTS. Bottle. rotMe. BORDEARXCLABET.—An excellent Dinner Wine. s. d. R D Much improved in Bottle. Duty paid 1 2 I GET >'I"E. — "W ill much improve in bottle, but ST. JULIKN CLAHF.T.—A Beautiful Wine 1 10 T'lte fit for immediate use for general purposes.. 2 i CATALANS & HUNGARIAN WINES. splendh^conih-lo*? .i'W0,"I. BED CATALAN. A most useful Red Wine for Dry, tawny, and'witli"great delicacy'VBOUNU'E^ 3 (! FAMILY PURPOSES—FRUITY AND FULL COLOUR, AND MUCH (MTM7 1 USED IN THE SEUTH OF EUROPE 110 CADI/ IN ES—SHERRIES. WHITE CATALAN.—A DELICATE WINO, WITH SLIGHT ^T ^HEKRV.-A FULL BODIED V>"INE, MO.ST USEFUL MUACATEL FLAVOUR A VERY PLEASANT LUNCH AND DIN- (( 'J'1* ORDINARY PURPOSES NER WINE, AND WILL BE FOUND AN AGREEABLE WINE FOR CROWN U^AND" SHKRKY.- BROWN OR PALE COLOUR EVENING PARTIES 1 10 WITH AGE AND NIUCH AROMA. THIS T\VINE CAN BE USED PORTS DTJSSEIT ^VINE O „ T> U' <■ PALK SNURJTR.—AMONTILLADO FLAVOUR, OLD"AND D"II- TAKRAGONA PORT — VN EXCELLENT V. INE FOR ORDI- CATE.-MOST SUITABLE AS AN AFTER-^I- NER VINE WA nary family use-srcat colour AND body 2 0 highly RECOMMEND tJd, BEAUTIFUL Sherry 35 A List of Prices and Qualities on APPLICATION to T. BO WEN JONES & CO 20, fli",Ii STREET MERTHVR THE LITER BOTTLE CONTAINS FIVE GLASSES OF WINE MORE THAN ANY OTHER WISE 'BOTTLE, BEING 25 PER CENT MORE THAN TH* BEPUTED QUART. JY'3" '= WHY GO TO BRISTOL, AND PAY MORE? THE "TELEGRAPH" STEAM PRINTING & PUBLISHTNG OFFICES, 50, HIGH STREET, (OPPOSITE THE SQU .ARE), MERTIIYB TYDFIL. RETAIL STATIONERY WAREHOUSE, 49A, HIGH-STREET, P. WILLIAMS ANNOLNCES that having every facility, which Steam Machinery and the Employment of the most Competent Workmen can render, for die execution of Printing Orders, lie respectfully solicits a con- tinuance ot public patronage. His Charges for Posters, Bill Ileafis, Circulars, and every kind of Printing Work, areas Mederate as any in the district, and at least ten per cent. lower than the iimal Bristol prices. For the Expedition in the execution of Printing 01k, the TKLKURAMI PKINTII*« ESTABLISHMENT will bear favourable comparison with try Printing Office either in Bristol or the Principality whilst for Co;,outt PRI.VTI.VO, Cards, Printed headings and work requiring special care and taste, the resources of the Establishment -embracing as it docs, an assortment of )tlu,est every kind of Plain and Fancy Type, and the engage.Laentof a numerous staff of efiicicnt Compositurs- ensure these desirable advantages. DAY BOOKS AND C A 8 II BOO Iv Of every size, binding, and thickness, always in stock and Purchasers will find them as cheap as can reasonably by desired. THE ADDRESS:— THE "TELECRAPH" FfiiNT 1KG AND STATIONERY ESTABLISHMENT, 49a, and 50, High Street, Merthyr 'lydiil. -1933
PAYMENT OF FEES.
PAYMENT OF FEES. TO-DAY the Merthyr School Board will be called upon to say whether it means to represent the opinions and convictions of the great majority of the ratepayers, or to set these opinions at naught. The motion of which Mr. JOHNSTONE gave notice some time ago in reference to the odious Gth (now the 5th) bye-law, comes on for discussion to-day. If there could possibly have been any reason for doubt as to the opinion of Merthyr on the pay- ment of fees to Denominational Schools, there is not so uuich as the shadow of a reason now. The last election was Merthyr's answer to the question, Are the rates to be given to Denominational Schools i It would be madness to call their verdict in question. There it stands, as decisive and unmistakable an utterance as a constituency ever gave. Those members of the Board who have hitherto spoken and voted in accordance with those principles of religious equality to which the great majority are devotedly attached, will feel all the more justified in demanding a modiBcation of the bye-law which has created so much confusion, while, on the other hand, those who have hitherto resisted public opinion will have one argument fewer than they had before. We would appeal to the good sen>.e (f the Boaid not to allow this con- flict to continue It is impossible for Noncon- formists to A"C(PT the bye-law in its present shape, even with the stipulation proposed by Mr. CHARLES JAMES and accepted by the majority at the Board. The bye-law is founded on injastico. It ia un- principled in its very essence. It cannot be im- proved upon by ingenious provisos as to the purpose for which the money is to be paid. Government says, "We will not pay money to schools from which we are excluded," and School Boards ought to say the same. We can assure the Merthyr Board that if it reject Mr. JOHN- STONE'S motion, it will only give rise to more agitation. «. ♦ THE TAFF VALE RAILWAY. UNLESS the directors and shareholders of the Taff Vale Railway are determined to persist in a suicidal policy, they will surely make an effort at their approaching half-yearly meeting to remove some grievances of which the public have long complained. Their policy has hitherto been one of defiance. It has been all but useless in times past to show them what the public convenience really demands. In fact, their stubborn disdain of all representations made to them has passed into a proverb, and one would now think almost as soon of introducing an alteration in the Solar System as influencing their minds. That the time has now come, however, for even the Taff Vale Railway Company to respect public opinion has probably forced itself upon the attention of more than one of the many persons pecuniarily interested in that Company's success. Formidable competi- tion is, at all events, a probability to which the public are looking as their solace. That the Taff Vale can always hold its own, and yet defy those who are at present obliged to use the line, iJ by no means likely. Whispers of threatened competition arc daily becoming louder and louder, and Wd have no doubt they will find expression in a tangible form. The competition is, to some extent, begun already, and it only requires encouragement to be carried to a point at which it will be anything but agreeable to the shareholders of the Taff VAL; line. No one forgets that the promised connection with the South Wales Railway at Cardiff is still in the clouds. That it would be an unspeakable boon to the public to have that connection complete1 will not for a moment be doubted by any one, and yet the 1 romise, written apparently on water, is remembered by those only who are put t) most unnecessary trouble and expense. If railway com panies could be supposed to have a conscience, we should argue that the Taff Vale Company is morally bound to complete this connection but, unfortunately for an argument of this description, such to npanies have no conscience beyond the fear of diminishing profits. Still, we cannot help asking t' E Taff Vale Company if they think there is no honour in the keeping of promises, and no dishonour in breaking promises ? Have they not, again and again, given the public reason to believe that the communications with other lines, both at Merthyr and at Cardiff, would be improved, and do they mean to stand to the promises which they have made ? There is not an individual connected with that company who would not scorn the im- putation of being a breaker of promises but why should there be one moral law for an indi- vidual and another for a company 1 Surely these repeatedly broken promises require explanation. One might almost feel tempted to invent an apology fur the company, if the improvement of its connection with other lines at Merthyr and Cardiff would involve the destruction of ceatly stations erected at great sacrifice, but the stations at these two towns are themselves strong argu- ments for a change. To call them stations at all is burlesque, unless we mean to imply that they are stationary by their permanence, in spite of all that can be said, and all the pledges which have been given. No Merthyr man receives a visitor at the Taff Yale Station without a sense of shame, and we are sure that our friends at Cardiff have no reason to be any prouder of the den which con- stitutes their terminus. Merthyr is not remarka- ble for its beauty, as all the world knows, and. in this respect, it differs from the Taff Vale Station, which is rerra kable—yet only for its ugliness Nor is this al'. The station is too small for the traffic. We should just like to present our readers with a return of the arrival of the last Loop train at night. That train is advertised to arrive ten m'rutea before the Taff train starts. In conse- quence, however, of unavoidable delays, the Loop train is seldom up to its time, and has therefore to be kept night after night in a siding until the Taff goes out. This is not such an arrangement as the public have a right to expect, and we hope that the Taff Vale Company will not ignore a just demand and leave a pledge unredeemed forever We are not sure that the corporate bodies in Merthyr have done their part to remove these gi ievances. Why should not the Boards of Health of Merthyr and Aberdare, and even the Boards of Guarciians of Merthyr and Pontypridd, remon- strate? They are not impotent bodies. We need only remind the Merthyr Board of Health of a very important advantage which it was largely in- strumental in securing for South Wales not long ago. When it was suggested that it should memorialize the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to secure a new Ordnance Survey of the South Wales mineral basin on a large scale, the Board took up the question promptly and with vigour, and the result is, that the work is now being actively carried on. Might the same Board, and the Boards at Aberdare and Pontypridd, not take up this question also, and nake strong retresentations to the Taff Vale hallway Company at its approaching meeting I We would STRONGLY urge them to do so. We can- not believe that, in these altered times especially, the Company would receive them coldly, or obstinately cling to a policy which must in course of time prove disastrous to its own interests. A NEW THING IN MERTHYR. THE distribution of prizes and certificates which took place in the Temperance Hall, last Tuesday evening, is certainly a novelty in Merthyr. Science and Art Classes have been busily doing an im- portant work among us, moving so quietly as scarcely to ruffle the surface, but on Tuesday evening they gave evidence before the public that the quietness was neither slcth nor slumber. The meeting was one of great iinterest to those who were present, and we were glad to observe that the under part of the Hall was well filled. These Science Classes were started in October, 18G9. The committee which was formed that year obtained the services of Mr. EVAN WILLIAMS, M.A., and his then assistant, Mr. HjEASLET, and pupils were soon enrolled. The same committee made arrange- ments with Mr. WILLIAMS by which they secured the use of Tydfil School for several evenings in the week, and in courso of time models, apparatus, and diagrams were purchased. The property of this committee is now somewhat considerable. Last year another and entirely distinct committee was formed in connection with the British School, and Mr. JONES, the schoolmaster, undertook the tuition. We have thus two distinct Science Schools, with distinct committees, and a distinct staff of teachers. That Mr. WILLIAMS and Mr. JONES have not been working in vain was proved, to the gratification of all who were present at the meeting, last Tuesday night. Many of the pupils had passed in Mathematics, Geometry, Physical Geography, Acoustics, Light and Heat, Machine Construction and Drawing, and other subjects, and accordingly received at the hands of Mr. FOTVLEB the certificates which they had nobly earned. Several also received Queen's Prizes. Not the least attractive element in the proceedings was Mr. BUCKMASTBR'S able, instructive, and amusing address This gentleman is the orga- nising agent of the South Kensington Department, and is rendering most important service through- out the country in forming committees, and creating an interest in that technical education without which the working men of this country will inevi- tably lose ground in the formidable race of com- petition which they have to ran on account of the progress made by the artizans of other countries. We are sorry that the efforts of the two Science Com- mittees are not more thoroughly appreciated, and we especially regret the comparative apathy of the very class of young men to whom technical in- struction must be invaluable. We trust that these classes will be, not only sustained, but greatly improved. They deserve all encouragement. We understand that it is not too late even now for young lads to enrol themselves. At the classes conducted at the Tydfil School under the able management ef Mr. EVAN WILLIAMS, the arrangements are such as to enable pupils who enrol even now to make the number of attendances sufficient to pass them. If some of our wealthy townsmen would offer prizes, as the patriotic citizens of other towns are doing, they would, no doubt, greatly stimulate the work, and contribute materially to its success.
t VAKRIAGI. Feb. 6th, at St. Tyofil's Church, Merthyr. by the Rev D. Llewelyn, Llanharan (cousin to the bride), Mr T. Overton, doaper, Mountain Ash, to Jane, eldest daughter -of Mr Evan Jones, draper, Dowlais. On the 30th January, at St. Luke's Church, Cheltenham, by the Rev J. H. L. Gabell, M.A., Henry O'Neill, Esq., of Colville House, formerly of Her Majesty's 11th Regiment, to Maria, widow of the late Rev Thomas Williams, Vicar of Newchurch and Llanllwch, Carmarthenshire. DEATH. On the 14th instant, after a long illness, Sarah Ann, youngest daughter of Mr Edward Jones, grocer, Caedraw, Merthyr, aged 13 years. =-=-
LOCAL INTELUGSCE, ADVANCE OF WAGM.—The men of the Plymouth Iron- works, near Merthyr, will receive their promised advance in wages next month. The amount decided upon is ten per coat. LOCAL TALENT.—About a month since Mr Edward Thomas, one of the pupil teachers under Mr Powell, at the Pentrebach National Schools, presented himself a3 a candi- date for admission into a training college. A letter has just beeu received stating that this young man has passed very successfully, and has obtained a first-class Queen's Scholar- ship. THE NISI HOURS SYSTEM.—A meeting of artizans and others connected with the trades of Merthyr and Dowlais assembled at the Globe Inn, High-street, for the purpose of consideringthenecessaiystepswithaviewofintroducingthe nine hours system. Mr Miles Evans occupied the chair, and Mr Batt the vice-chair. The tone of the discussion reflects the highest credit upon those who shared in it-tho speak- ers expressing themselves in becoming and respectful terms of their employers. It was ultimately resolved that a memorial should be transmitted to the employers, soliciting a concession of the nine hours system from the 1st of April next, on which date its adoption would be widely adopted. A committee was appointed, to meet at the New Inn, Penydarren, for the purpose of framing the necessary memorial, and arranging the mode of presentation. RELIGION IN BOARD SCHOOLS.—Mrs Rose Mary Crawshay has addressed the following letter to the Times on this sub- ject "Amid the war between Secularists and those who believe 'Godless' education a dangerous experiment, would the Books of Proverbs, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Parables of our Lord, ornittin" Psalms 35, 58, 59, 69, 83, 109, 140, and verse 10 of Psalm 6, meet the desideratum, of religious teaching, free from doguia and sectarianism ? I bad the pleasure of carrying a motion on the ltIerthyrTydfil School Board for thu daily use of the Lord's Praper only and if to this were added the above Bible selections, surely an indigent parent's week-day conscience would not be aggrieved when compelled to send his child to a Board School, unless he were an Atheist in which case he can withdraw his child at the time of religi- ous instruction." THENINE HOURS MOVEMENT.—A large meeting of cabinet- makers, French polishers, and upholsterers was held on Friday evening at the Cowbridge Aruts, High-street, Mer- thyr, to further the above movement. Mr Thomas Davies was voted to the chair, the vice chair being ably filled by Mr F. W. Mears. On the opening of the meeting, Mr Thomas Woozloy said that should the nine hours movement in any way become a general rule, his employer would bo one of the first to accede to the wishes of the men. This statement was received with great applause. The most im- portant point the meeting had to deal with was the manner in which the movement could be worked s» as to bunetit the piece-work men as well as the day workmen. The ques- tion was argued at some length, and it was ultimately de- cided that to place the piece workmen on the same footing as the day workmen, the former should solicit an advance of 10 per cent upon the present scale of prices. Messrs James Dimond and David Davies were then elected as de- legates to represent the meeting at the committee meeting to be held on Tuesday night, at the New Inn, Penydarren" PRESENTATION TO Mas MONTGOMERY.-On Thursday night a committee of working men assembled at the Bell Inn, in order to present Mrs Montgomery with a handsome testimonial, consisting of a tea and coffee service, from the establishment of Mr T. J. Jenkins, 56, High-street. It bore the following inscription, beautifully engraved • — Presented to Mrs Montgomery (Angharad Gwent) by few of her friends, as a small token of respect for her general kindness and courtesy, and as a slight reward for her valuable help in concerts, by gratuitously displaying her musical talents." The gifted recipient responded in suitable terms of gratification at the compliment paid her There was a goodly attendance, who manifested their ap- proval of the proceedings by loud and repeated cheers which were also accorded to our highly respected townsman' Mr T. J. J enkins.1 LAMENTABLE AND FATAL ACCIDENT. — On Thursday morning last the neighbourhood of Penydarren Works was much alarmed about four o'clock by the sound as of a fearful boiler explosion. People got out of their beds and in a few minutes hundreds of people were upon the roads all asking each other what had happened, each one in- dulging in his own conjecture. Presently it became known that a refinery at Penydarren had exploded. To the uninitiated in such matters we may state that the molten iron runs from the furnace into a kind of trough, some thirty feet in length, and about six inches in depth Underneath this trough, or mold as it is called, which is formed of heavy cast iron, there is a culvert of water, in- tended to cool the iron, which is afterwards broken up to undergo another refining process. Great care is taken that the junction of the pieces forming the mold is secure, so as to prevent the molten iron coming in contact with the water underneath. But it unfortunately happened in this case that it was not secure, and the liquid iron getting into the water immediately generated it into steam, and the consequence was that the trough and its contents were blowu up with irresistable force, carrying away the iron roof, greatly injuring the furnace stack, and doinc other damage to the buildings to a considerable amount" Unfortunately a young woman named Sarah Hewitt re- siding at Waterloo-street. Caepantywyll, £ who was usually engaged as a helper-finer, was killed, and two men Benjamin Evans and Evan Davies, were more or less injured by burns and nervous shock, but not seriously affected. It appears the young woman, who was about 24 years of age, was only recently employed at the refinery and had but entered the work some five minutes before the explosion took place. It is stntthat her time for com- niti.c i'rr work wa,, .T '•clock, and that on Thursday morniug snr ^Lc^eutaiiy awoke about half-past three, and proceeded to her work ander the impression that it was near six o'clock. When she got to the place she discovered her error, and instead of returning home she sat down to rest herself near the furnace. When the explosion took place she was overwhelmed with the molten iron, and was also struck on the lower part of the body by a piece of casting. She was immediately taken home, and Dr Ward was in quick attendance, and though there was no hope for her recovery, everything that medical skill and kiudness could do for her was done, but she died in about half-an- hour. The deceased was a handsome, fine-grown woman of excellent character, and a most painful feature in the case is that she was engaged to be married in a few weeks to a young man now in America, and that only a few days ago lie had sent her a free pass by one of the steamers, so that she might go to his adopted home. Great sympathy is felt in the case, though no blame is attached to any person, the sad result being due, it is said, to pure accident. An inquest will be held to-day (Ftidav). THE VACCINATION INSFECTOR wishes us to state that two of the most obstinate among the opponents to vaccination and who have been proceeded against in our police Court have now had their children vaccinated, notwithstanding threats on their part that thoy would undergo imprison- ment rather than conform to the law in this matter. lIe rejoices that their common Bense has returned to them. THE NEW DAILY LIBERAL PAPER, the South Wales Daily Nevis, made its appearance on Wednesday last, and we con- gratulate the enterprising publishers on the very creditable appearance it presents. The editorial articles are written with great vigour, and indicate talent of which any daily paper might feel proud of. The news department, especially its telegraphic intelligence, is not behind any daily paper in the district, whilst the mechanical skill displayed in the clearness and even elegance of its letter-press, i* most creditable to the office management. We repeat, now that we have seen and read the new paper, our hope is that it may obtain great success. GRATIFYING NEWS.—It affords us great pleasure to announce^ that the Cefn-glas mineral property, below Troedyrhiw, and adjoining Messrs Nixon's property at Ynysowen, has just been purchased by Messrs Wood & Co., of Dudley, aud on Moaday next preparations will be made j for sinking to the coal seams. T. Heppel, Esq., Merthyr, has been May this enterprize prove in a com 'I'J ci;] sense tõllJillp!J tlv successful. CWMTAFFFIRIIERv ASSOCIATION.—We are "lad to observe that this association has again set on foot measures for the protection, during the ensuing season, of the Taff river and its tributaries from Po,!cht.r: and others who adopt an Ull- fair system of either c:;tchirg or destroying fish. Their rules are framed so as to afford fair fishing, by fly and rod, to .nil who engage themselves in this iaine, but to its vo- taries, interesting sport; and we hope their efforts will secure the co-operation of all who take an interest in Lir aisglmg. We understand that fishing tickets, either for the- season or for the day, may ho had of Mi' Meredith Jenkins, Capcl-nant-ddu, and of other members of the association, at. an exceedingly low char;;e, and from the r tiction which the river has obtained for some time past, it is anticipateil that dining the approaching seasonthe lovers of sport will enjoy successful trout fishing. MR HENRY WRENN. — This person, recently the governor at the County Gnol at Cardiff, is stated to have obtained an appointment in London, through the interest, it is sup- posed. of the Home Secretary. The position is a somewhat humble one at present, but there is a clmnee of promotion, should he give satisfaction. His duty will be to inspect, under the police authorities, the metropolitan cabs and omnibuses, and see that there is no infringement of the rules and regulations to which ^they are subject Every useful calling is honourable when its dllties are faithfully performed, and although some of Mr Wrenn's friends, whilst recollecting that he lately occupied a position of distinguished confidence, may now be disposed to heave a sigh, yet all v/ill sincerely join in the hope that'the sad re- membrances of the past may lead to the development of much practical ad vall tal, e to Mr Wrenn in the future. DITNVILLE & Co., 11,.1fast, are the largest hoers fold whisky in the world. Their Old Irish Whisky is recom- mended by the medical profession in preference t< French brandy. Supplied in casks and cases for home u se or ex portation. Quotations on application to MESSRS. DUN- VILLE & Co., IRISH J:nY.\LLhsTU.rKnKs, H'.I.I AST. 471
OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT.
OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. London, which has been moulting during the recess» is itself again. The clubs are all activity the hotels are beginning to do a brisk business, which the proprietors hope will last till August. Kensjngronia, Belgravia, and Tyburnia are evidently commencing the season, and even the Ring and Rotten Row are beginning to be lively with the carriages of the aristocracy, and with "noble horsemanship" of swells, who will revisit the scenes of last session's equestrian performances. Palace Yard and the precincts of the Houses of Parliament look specially lively, as compared with the dullness which is now dissipated, and all this typifies the political activity which is beginning to characterise the public mind We are in for r. stormy session, that's plain, and we can see this quite independently of the Queen's Speech. Just look at some of the subjects that must crop up. Sir Robert Collier's appointment; the Eveline rectory the Meagjura the Alabama, claims; Home rule Mr. Miali's Anti-Church and State motion Mr. Richard's Arbitration motion the Ballot, and other representation questions education and the Nonconformist demands and the licensing system—why there is enough here for a year's continual battling! No wonder, therefore, that society finds itself rather excited just now. The Queen's Speech does not refer to all these subjects, but it signifi- cantly gives us to understand those which will take pre- cedence. Public education in Scotland regulation of mines amendment of the licensing system reform of superior courts the Ballot; corrupt practices at elec- tions administrative measures for Ireland; sanitary legislation—such, in substance, is the Ministerial pro- gramme, which even in the Queen's Speech itself occupies only some dozen lines of a composition unusually verbose in its introductory paragraphs. One other point, however, is noticeable—namely, that, as last year, all mention of economy in the estimates is absent, and the Queen only hopes that they will be found suitable to the circumstances of the country a curious innovation of phrase for a professedly economical Ministry The Peabody trustees are making their plans pay, and are thereby showing that their administration of the munitieemt gift to the poor of London ought not to be regarded as a charity. They report that for the year 1871 they have made a profit of nearly £ 33,000. It would be tedious to go into detail, but having carefully read their report, I am forced to the conclusion that these Peabody trustees arc very slow in their operations, and that they have done, and arc doing, very little to carry out the behests of the deceased philanthropist. They are, in fact, laboriously and very very slowly pro- viding house accommodation for a class considerably above that vhich Mr roabody intended to benefit, while the real" poor of London" arc being left out in the cold. According to the present mode of expending iU Mr. Peabody's bequest ought to produce, a large per- manent income, and perhaps this, if not the capital, may some day be devoted to the relief of poverty. It is pleasant to find that the Orson of the Exchequer is occasionally endowed with reason. Having lately achieved some signal victories over certain pressing deputations, Mr. Lowe is in a most amicable mood. Possibly, likewise, he may have a financial surprise of a satisfactory character in store for us in the shape of an "easy" Budget. However, it is announced that Mr. Lowe has expressed his willingness to give the necessary time to complete tlve arrangements for securing the pre- servation of Victoria Park. Generous being! He is not, as might have been expected, determined to have ready money for the thirty acres of land that nearly fell into the rapaciou-i maw of the metropolitan builders ho has not stipulated for payment in unbattered silver coin. We learn, too, that Mr. Ayrton, as well as Mr. Lowe, is gracious. He, too, will co-operate with the Board of Works in its efforts. Does our pragmatical and pugnacious iEdilo tremble for his seat ? .4.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION AT MERTHYR.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION AT MERTHYR. There was a good attendance of persons at the Tem- perance-hall on Tuesday evening to witness the presentation of prizes and certificates to candidates who had been suc- cessful in passing the Government examinations of May, 1870 and 1871. Mr Buckmaster, from the South Kensing- ton Department, was present. The chair vas taken at ei"ht o'clock by Mr J.C. Fowler, the stipendiary magistrate for the district, who was supported on the platform by "■entlemen who are actively engaged in the promotion of scientific education. Among others we observed Messrs Charles James, William Jones, W. Simons. W.Todd, L. R. Lumley, and the Revs F. S. Johnstone, T. Williams, B. A and John Thomas, B. A. The learned Chairman, in addressing the meeting, said they were met together under circumstances of great in- terest, for, upon looking around the neighbourhood in which they were, it would at once be remembered that that they were in the midst of a vast industrious popula- tion. He had often, in another place, where he presided, spoken to some idle vagabond of the habits of the people in this place, and assured such that the settlements ill these valleys and around our mountain sides were like hives of working bees, from which the drones were carefully ex- cluded and that there was not a more industrious popu- lation to be found on the face of the earth than that which was to be found within a radius of two miles from the spot where he was now speaking. (Cheers). Anyone who took a survey of our great works could not but be struck with admiration at the energy and industry of the popula- tion around us; but'he regretted to say that that higher, desirable, technical knowledge was by no means in due proportion to their industry. (Hear, hear.) He, of course, spoke with reference to scientific acquirements. Up to a very recent period the progress had been slow indeed. But this was not peculiar to Merthyr alone, nor to the hills and valleys of Glamorganshire and other parts of Wales, but was pndicative of the whole of England. The reason was obvious. No wonder progress in scientific knowledge had not been great, for till within a recent period no adequate provision bad been made for cultivating those pursuits. When they con- sidered the circumstances of the country—when they scanned England and Wales-it was discovered to be the workshop of all the world, supplying the world with their various products and when they found that improve- ments in mechanism, and steam, and electricity were vital to the prosperity of our country, who could wonder nt a warm interest being felt in connection with that class of knowledge ? He wished to ask why this country should lag behind other countries ? Why should we stand behind France? Why should we lag behind Prussia, or any other country that sets a high value on this class of pursuits ? He knew of no reason, On the contrary, there was every reason for pushing forward, maintaining pre-eminence in mechanical pursuits. (Cheers.) Then, again, some people might urge that our population was not, on the whole, well adapted for this kind of pursuit. Such was not the case; he would deny it entirely, and contend that there was no want of ability in our population. (Hear, hear.) There was, he believed, just as much, and probably more, natural ability in the constitution of the English mind for the cultivation and for the high attainments in those class of pursuits than there was in any other people in the world. (Hear, hear.) They had only to make the provision necessary for the cultivation of those pursuits, and they might rest assured the ability would be abundantly found. To employ ft striking phrase which had become so common of late, he would say, "Should you be surprised to hear that there is at this moment a Robert Stephenson or a James Watt listening to what I am now saying ?" There was not perhaps a person preseut named Watt or Stephenson, but he contended that although he could not identify him and point him out, still there may be in the hall at this moment some young fellow adapted for the pursuit of, and of high attainment in mechanical knowledge, if he had only the opportunity of exercising himself in those branches, and following out the study to its legitimate end. There probably was a man in the hall who, if he so desired, would attain eminence in some department of the kind indicated. Now, what were tht circumstances under which they stood at the present moment ? Why, under fresh and new circumstances, pro- vision had at last been made for inviting this kind of ability to come and do its best. (Cheers.) After pointing to the provision made by Government, the Chairman said that in the year 1870 there were nearly 35,000 persons under instruction in various scientific classes, and sumething like £ 26,000 approprieted to the payment of those who under- took to give instruction in these departments. They would see to-night something of what was going on in that town— (cheers)—and he hoped it was the commencement of far greater operations. He hoped all present would join heartily in encouraging all concerned in promoting the movement. An interesting report was here given by the Rev Mr Johnstone bearing upon tho progress of science and art classes in Merthyr. Mr Buckmaster next addressed the meeting. He referred at the outset to the circumstances under which this depart- ment came into existence. After an interesting review of the formation cf mechanics' institutes, he descanted upon the movement in 1850, rendering facilities which had since been enjoyed for attaining scientific knowledge. Instances innumerable were pointed out in the speaker's effective and happy manner of the inability of many practical artizans and mechanics to perfect themselves upon technical points, but, could Archimedes raise from his grave and go into. some of their workshops, he would there see an application of some of his grandest discoveries. They wanted men to know something of the laws and principles by which their work was regulated and directed, that they might no longer labour as mere "dumb cattle." It was not right that they should longer remain in tho gross and degraded ignorance in which they were too frequently found. They slu.uld let every working man, no matter what his ")1,1\: may be, I a, e an opportunity of striving for a higher life. in that desire to be something better than what he was, that he can strive to bring about in hi:3 own family more culture, more rdinr- ment, and dissipate that coar. entss too often to be found in the families of the working men. There was nothing in a life of labour which w; s indicative of such a condition and just in proportion as they could educate the working population of this country, just so would they raise them to a higher source cf enjoyment, and although they might not extirpate tastes for sensual indulgences altogether, they would diminish them to a great extent by furnishing to men a higher and nobler source of enjoyment. If, TLIT-N, by this scheme they could manage to bridge over that perilous period which intervened between the day-school and adult life—A period fraught withthegreatestconsequences as to the future-get a youth to these evening classes to dis- cipline his mind, afford him resources in the hoars of leisure for pursuits more lofty than idling at the comers of streets and smoking pipes, they would accomplish great results in the education of those whose lot was to live by labour. After a lengthy and eloquent address, pointing to self- anplieation and determination to accomplish the objects in view, the speaker thus concluded I hope that of the leisure time which will soon be gained in the reduction of the hours of labour, at least a portion will be devoted by the young men to their own intellectual culture and advancement; and if it is not so devoted, then they would be better with- out that reduction. If it secures more time for sensual in- dulgences, then better it never had been given. But if the young men take advantage of the opportunity, and say. NOW we have this leisure, we will solemnly consecrate a portion of it to our own culture and for our own improve- ment," then that reduction in hours will be one of the grea test blessings that ever fell to the working population of Britain. (Loud cheers.) Mr Fowler then proceeded to distribute the prizes. Mathematics (Teacher. Mr E. Williams, M.A) Mr John Forrester. 1st class certificate and Queen's prize Mr PetfOr Bedlington, 2nd class certificate Mr Dl. Jones, 2nd class certificate Mr David Nicholas, 2nd class (1st stage) certi- ficate Mr J. M. Evans, 2nd class (1st &tage) certificate Mr Howell Williams, 2nd class (1st stage) certificate Mr Edward Lumley, 2nd class (1st stage) certificate Mr Thos. P. Evans, 2nd class (1st stage) certificate Mr Charles Williams, 2nd class (1st stage) certificate Mr Joseph Hy. Jones, 2nd class (1st stage) certificate. Practical, Plane, and Solid Geometery Mr Michael Davies, 2nd class certificate; Mr Isaac Edwards. 2nd class certificate; Mr Philip Williams 2nd class certificate; Mr Edward Lumley, 2ud class certificate. Acoustics, Light, and Heat Mr John M. Evans, 1st class certificate and Queen's prize; Mr John Forrester, 2nd c'asg certificate Mr Evan Owens, 2nd class certificate. Mathematics (British School Class): Mr Jenkin Jenkins, pupil teacher, 1st class certificate and Queen's Mr W. Jenkins, pupil teacher, 2nd class certificate; Mr Josiah Thomas, 2nd class certificate Master W. Jenkins, pupil, 12 years of age, 2nd class certificate Master W Rees, pupil, 13 years of age, 2nd class certificate Master Thomas L. Griffiths, 10 years of age. 2nd class certificate Master T. Evans, 2nd class certificate Master Enoch Jones, 2nd class certificate; Master Hector Thomas, 11 years of age, 2nd class certificate. Machine Drawing Mr Morgan Jenkins, 1st class certi- ficate and Queen's prize Mr William Davies, 2nd class certificate. Physical Geography Mr Jenkin Jenkins, 2nd class cer- tificete Mr Josiah Thomas, 2nd class certificate Master Hector Thomas, 11 years of age, 2nd class certificate Master Joshua Evans, 12 years of age, 2nd class certificate Master W. Jenkins. 12 years of age, 2nd class certificate Master W. Rees, 13 years of age, 2nd class certificate Miss Mary Davies, pupil. (This young lady is in college, and has obtained a Queen's Scholarship). Miss Mary Lloyd, 2nd class certificate Miss Mary Williams, 2nd class certi- ficate Miss Mary Ann Davies, 2nd class certificate. Mr Charles James then delivered an address to the juvenile portion of the meeting, congratulating them on their success, and Mr Simons also delivered an eloquent speech, in which he expressed a hope that the children of St. David's School, and the other smaller schools of the dis- trict, would in future year? aspire to similar honours con- ferred upon SO many pupils that evening from the Tydvil ami British Schools. (Cneers.) Votes of thanks were then proposed to Mr Buckmaster and Mr J C. Fowler, who suitably responded. Mr Buckmaster then addressed those wl o obtained prizes and certificates, and pointed out to the audience that if they wished a reduction of the labour hours they should ;impropriate their spare time to learning, otherwise it would better for them not to have a reduction at all. Votes of thanks were then proposed to Messrs E. Williams, M.A., and J. E. Jones, of the Merthyr British School, and the teachers in the schools, for the able manner in which the scholars under their tuition were educated. Mr Williams, M.A., in responding, said that his pupils having prizes was sufficient thanks to him, without having the applause of the meeting. Mr Jones also responded, and the meeting was brought to a close. On Thursday morning a conference wai held at the Tem- perance Hall, when representatives from the twoMerthyr com mittees, and also representatives from the British Scho D managers of Aberdare. were present. The object of the conference was to see Mr Buckmaster, and to confer with him, and each other, on the adoption of the best means for the formation, and the greater success, of industrial classes in the towns of Merthyr and of the surrounding district. A considerable number of suggestions were offered having re- ference on the one hand to the want of public interest in this matter, and on the other hand to the awakening of public attention, especially of employers, and young men of the stilled artiz.M class, to the desirability and advantages of technical education. Mr Buckmaster offered advice of a practic d character, which appeared to commend itself to the approval of all present, and after a long dis. cussion of the question, it WAS proposed and adopted that an united committee be formed, to obtain public subscrip- tions, and that the services of a qualified gentleman be obtained, for at least, a. period of two years, to conduct classes in Merthyr, Aberdare, and Dowlais, and to apply his leisure time to the promotion of public interest in this question.—A deputation was also appointed to wait upon the iron and coal masters of this district so as to obtain their patronage, in some practical form, of the movement. PRESENTATION TO MH. RICHARD THOMAS, OF MERTHYR. On Thursday evening week, Richard Thomas, Esq., of the Court House, Merthyr Tydfil, was presented with a life- sized oil painting of himself, at the Angel Hotel, when some seventy subscribers to the testimonial—gentlemen from various parts of the county—sat down to a. dinner provided for the occasion. The subscribers embraced the professional and leading men of the district, as also tradesmen employed on the Court estate and the faithful manntr in which the squire was rendered on canvas by out townsman, Mr W. E. Jones, will require no further comment here. The chair was occupied by Mr William Lewis, who, after the removal of the cloth and the disposal of one or two pre'ruinnry toasts, proceeded to make the presentation. Mr Meredith, draper, having first removed the banner which hitherto had ensconced from view the object of the evening good round cheering followed, after which the Chairman said that of the recipient of that excellent painting which had just been exposed it was impossible to say too much. He was s gentleman who stuck to the town, and did not forsake them. A great many of the lead- ing professional men and tradesmen of the town, after securing an independency, quitted at once but the squire, he was proud to say, spent hi., money'amongst them. (Hear, hear.) Those of his tradesmen required no persuasion upon the real good he accomplished and the charities he bestowed in so quiet It mnnner. He looked for no paragraph in the newspaper to have his acts sent from one end of the county to another, bat always vouchsafed assistance in an honest spirit of liberality. (Cheers.) The admirable likeness proved that in exercising discrimination Mr Thomas made good choice in patronisirg native talent, for a close scrutiny upon all points warranted the conviction that no London artist could excel the production. (Cheers.) He warmly congra- tulated his artistic townsman on having so faithfully carried out the commission entrusted to him, which Mr Thomas would hand down to hia children and his children's children. (Loud cheers.) Auld lang syne" by the choir. Mr Richard Thomas, who was received with loud and continued cheering, said he really felt as if it were impos- sible to find words to return thanks for the manner in which they had just received him. It must work a maa's feelings to see that he was surrounded by so many of his townsmen who had so unreservedly manifested an amount of resp ;ct which he never for a moment believed he was entitled to. The kindness was the more esteeraed, perhaps, inasmuch as a similar presentation was made to his late father some years ago—(cheers)-but under widely (lifferent circum- stances for, unlike himself, his father had served the town in a magisterial capacity. (Hear, hear.) So that he was more at a loss to account for anything which should make him deserving of so substantial a token of esteem. He could assure them when Mr Jones and Mr Meredith c:t11"d upon him, a short time since, and intimated that tlvy had come for the purpose of taking his little boys on the ponies, it surprised him in a mysterious manner. And after com- plaining that the wind was blowing so hard that it would probably blow thA boys off the ponies, Mr Jones suggested the advisabilty of taking himself (the speaker), and in some unaccountable way managed to get hold OF A for-simile of himself, for upon going up to his studio, by request, some three weeks afterwards, there I beheld (said the speaker, pointing to the painting) your obedient servant. (Loud cheers and laughter.) Well, he at once said they were playing him a trick, for this was to all intents and purposes a "forgery" -(laughter)—or. he was inclined to say, "ob- taining goods under false pretences." (Renewed laughter.) He was proud of it, believing it to be A faithful likeness (Hear. hear.) It would have been impossible to receive anything which caused so much delight to him as the por- trait. He thanked them all from the innermost portion of his heart for such a warm and unexpected manifestation of respect, for nothing could more warmly conduce to any man's pleasure and happiness than to know that he lived in the estimation of his fellow-townsmen. (Cheers.) As he reminded them just now, he was not a public man, like his father therefore, this came doubly strong upon him and he thanked them individually and collectively, trusting he might be spared a few more years amongst them. In con- clusion, he would drink all their good healths. (Vociferous cheering.) The Chairman next proposed Success and properity to the iron and coal trades," which was ably acknowledged by Mr Richard Thomas and Mr Samuel Ilarpur. Dr Dyke proposed Prosperity to the town and trade of Merthyr," which was acknowledged by Mr W. Meredith, whose augury as to the future was well received. The "Local authorities" v»is given, and ably responded to by Dr Dyke, Messrs Jlarpur, Goodfellow,_»nd Howells, the doctor commenting on the sanitary improvements effected. The health of Mr Henry Wat kin Harris, of Merthyr Tydfil, and Chew Magna, Somersetshire, agent for theCourt estate." was proposed and feelingly acknowledged. "The health of the artist, MR Jones, was received with much enthusiasm, and appropriately acknowledged. Other toasts followed during the evening. MERTHYR BOARD OF HEALTH. The usual fortnightly meeting- of this Board was held on Wednesday. Present—Mr William Jones (chairman), and Messrs George Overton, Win. Simons, George Martin, T. Jenkins. John James, W. L. Daniel, W. Gould, William Harris, Rice, Harrison, and James. The minutes of the last meeting were read confirine.(I, AU also minutes of the adjourned meetings held on the 20th, 22nd, 20th, and 31jst January. The Surveyor's report was then read. A cheque for the payment of the sum due to Messrs Jones and Jepson was ordered. With respect to the land at Ynysgored, &c,it was agreed to advertise in the usual papers. It w:.s agreed to divert the sewer as desired by Mr Llewflbn, inasmuch as the Board had never cl anything to Mr Llewellin upon taking to certain groun 1. THE MEDICAL OFFICER'S rLporT. The medical officer's report was as follows Small-pox still continues to spread throughout Dowlais, Penydarren, Tydfil's Well, George-town, the Glebeland, Catdraw, and Penyard (Plymouth). Sixty-five cases have been reported to me during the fortnight ending the 3rd February. The whole number of c.iscs reported since the l'tli November is 174. Of these 110 have been vaccinated, of whom the deaths of seven arc recorded. Fifty-five unvp.ccinated persons have been il1 of these 23 died. I notice that of the number of the vaccinated who have been ill, 51 were children of five and under 13 years, and, upon inquiry, I find that a very large proportion of these children attended schools daily. It is quite possible that many of these children became infected by contact at the school with others who came from houses in which small-pox prevailed-, and I would ask veu to consider whether it would be expedient to invite managers of schools to take note of these facts, with a view of temporarily closing the schools. My attention has been called to the frequent occurrence of persons who have suffered from small-pox exposing t ienselves in the public streets and places of resort while not altogether free from those remains of the disease which, it is well known, will spread it to others. As such exposure is a breach of the statute law (the Sanitary Act, 18(56, section ;)8), I would suggest that the chief officers of the constabulary of this and the neighbouring counties of Monmouth and Brecon should be asked to aid in summon- ing before a court of justice those who infringe the laws. One of the east wards at Dowlais hospital is now fully occupied with male patients; a.,econd wai d will very quickly be ready. Mr Crcsswell, the honorary medical officer, has informed me of his entire satisfaction of the way in which the nurse, Mrs Greenwood, and those who assist her, perform their duties. It will be necessary to furnish onb of the west wards for the reception of female patients; I must, therefore, a*k you to give orders that beds, bedding, and personal clothing for twelve female patients shall be obtained in as short a time as possible. One additional skilled nurko at Dowlais, and one at Merthyr, are imperatively needed. Previously, however, to incieasing the Hursing staff at Dowlais, it is necessary that more accommodation should be provided for the nurses when off duty. Mr Cresswtll con- curs with me in suggesting that a portion of the south end of the west ward should be entirely partitioned off from the other parts of the ward, and usadas a nurses' dormitory. f would also ask that a place be made at the Dowlais Hospital in whish infected bed and personal clothing ill: y be disinfected with the sulphurous acid before they ;de taken to the disinfecting storw at Merthyr. I regret to say that the houses in Dowlais are over. crowded to a very great extent. Inspector Howells has been wholly occupied during the last three months in the multifarious dtties which have attended the fitting, furnish- ing, and provisioning the hospitals, and in directing the removal of the sick. As it is absolutely necessary for the health of the inhabitants that the inspection of houses let in lodgings should be rigorously and persistently carried on, I trust that some competent person may be found to whom the supervision of hospitals, and all that pertains thereto, may be entrusted, and that then the inspector of lodging- houses may resume his usual duties." RETUlIN OF CASES OF SMALL-POX TREATED AT THE HOSPITALS IN MERTHYR AND DOWLAIS. Admitted. Cured. Died. Remain. Marthyr 35 23 3 9 Dowlais 15 2 6 6 49 25 9 15 The reading of this report by the medical-officer appeared to produce a painful impression upon the Board. Mr Daniel: Then it's not true, Mr Medical Officer, that all the patients who go into the Dowlais Hospital die ? The Medical Officer replied in the negative. The worst cases were those of persons coming from other neighbour- hoods. They were invaiiably the most malignant, and rarely came to the notice of the medical officer until the fifth day, when it was too late to do anything for them. Such had been the case in nearly all the fatal instances. And with respect to prompt removal when any case became known, it was always better for the safety of the general public and the neighbourhood that they should be removed, inasmuch as they were in a malignant form of the disease, and by taking them away infection was lessened. In only one case as yet had application been made to the magia- trates. The Chairman This report of the medial officer is an important one, and deserves careful consideration. I will go over the paragraphs, and we can deal with the recom- mendations as they come. With respect to the recommendation as to temporarily closing schools, Air Overton asked whether any communication had been received from the Home-office on this matter. The Medical Officer replied in the negative. Mr Overton remarked that they had at Brecon not all to closing altogether, but with a view to prevention in the case of children coming to school from infected houses. The Medical Officer said steps had been taken in this direction. The Chairman said his idea with regard to this matter was that if the children were kept from school they would be apt. to run in and about infected houses so the danger would be just as great. Jf they prevented the crowding of children in schools they must, on the same principle, pre- vent the gathering together of adults in places of worship, where persons would be equally open to infection. The Medical Officer: This is one day in seven, but in schools the risk is incurred six days in seven. Mr Overton Sixty-five new cases you have bad in a fortnight? It shows an unfortunate state of things. Mr Gould remarked that the number quoted did not refer to children alone. He discountenanced the as to shutting up schools, pointing to the number o- • • ■ attendance incurred and the consequent loss of Govt., ment grants. It would disorganise the system of education altogether. They had already urged on schoolmasters and mistresses the paramount importance of maintaining tempo- rary excommunication iu the case of pupils who were mem- bers of families where the disease prevailed. They could hardly go further without bringing about serious scholastic disorganisation. (Hear, hear.) Mr Simons, whose warm and severe comments excited much interest, said I think that what Mr Gould has said with respect to the impracticability or undesirability of closing schools is right. I think it would be attended by a large amount of public prejudice and public injury. It would disorganise the whole constitution and management of the schools for a long time. I think we might safely use every possible means to urge upon the schoolmasters and others the necessity of communicating with the parents, so that children coming from houses where persons may be labouring under this disease could be prevented from com- ing to school. That we have already done to some extent, but it is desirable that we should weekly make communi- cation to the authorities of the schools. Such a course is necessary is evidenced by the attitude of our institutions. I wish we had a probe long enough to probe the Board of Guarding—(Liughter)—the Board of Guardians having done nothing to suppress the disease in this locality. They have left Gellygaer entirely unprovided for the disease is rife there, and the Board of Guardians at this moment is an entirely useless institution, except for spending money.. (Renewed laughter.) I should be glad to see more interest taken by them in the public health. I was told two years ago at the Board, "Oh dear me, when occasion arises-in cases cf great urgency —you'll see what we will do;" and this is just what we find. It was said by a gentleman from Aberdare sometime ago what wonderful exertions had been made by the Aberdare Board of Health, so that should anything occur there they had everything necessary to meet the evils when they came. But all these things are promises for the ear, and come to nothing. Nothing has been done by the Board at Aberdire. (Hear, bear.) They have utterly disregarded their duty as far as providing means for the repression of disease, and here we in MertLyr are the victims of this indifference and ol)stinacy-(re- newed approval)—because we should not have had an attack of sinall-pox here had it not been for the faithlessness in duty on the part of the local authorities elsewhere. In Bed well ty they had scores carried off, and they have gaped about and done nothing. A Member: Yes, they have closed their schools. Mr Simons (hastily): Yes, they have closed the schools at latt, for it became so frightful that they could not tell v what to do. The Board of Guardians have done nothing, and the Board of Health at Aberdare have done nothing. (Hear, hear.) We have done all we can, but as long as we have fresh inroads of the disease from Brecon-(hear, hear) Y —and other places, it is impossible for us to effect much in our exertions. I, therefore, do unquestionably say that there must be an advantage in continuing to bring the matter frequently before the attention of schoolmasters and others, because we see how dead-alive public Boards are in these places, and how necessary it is there should be a con- stant public expression of thought for the pupose of keeping them in order. (Hear, hear.) I entirely agree with what Mr Gould;ays as to the impracticability of closing schools just yet. I had a plan of my own in the event of matters becoming worse, and certainly in the event of the disease n It becoming repressed, I shall most heartily join in closing schools if I find no other means exist. I think every member of this Board is sincere in his desire to repress dis- ease. (ilear, hear ) I am sorry I cannot say the same for others and should the present state of things not diminish, 1 feel that we should take steps for the purpose of closing schools. Mr Overton You spoke of Brecon just now. Now, the case that came into Brecon, we thought, came from Merthyr. I am glad to say we are in a happy state at present. Mr Simons (still warm): Well, I propose we have Mr Overton fumigated. (Laughter.) Mr Overton I may say that we have a clean bill of health at Brecon. 1 wish you had the same. The suggestion of the medical officer was agreed to so far as sending notices to masters intimating infected houses and seeking their co-operation in the work of isolating the disease. Section 38 of the Sanitary Act, 1806, was read, and it was agreed to communicate with the chief-constables of Glamor- •" ganshire, Monmouthshire, and Breconshire, so that the police in those counties might be made useful mediums in cautioning unwary patients against illegal exposure. The other portions of the report were adopted. AN AMBULANCE FOR THE REMOVAL OF DISEASED PATIENTS, 1 The Chairman urged the necessity of a proper convex ance lor removal of patients suffering from disease, t.o "1 be ntted up with hot water bed, &c. and undertook, in the event of the board's concurrence, to obtain a plan and mate of the same. Mr Simons supported the proposition, v:'hich was unani- mously approved of, and Mr Jones was-, asked to submit the estimate to the Fever Arrangements Committee. Dr James pointed to the fact that the Board of Guardians had recently arranged for such a conveyance. Why not borrow that when necessary? This, however,'according to subsequent discussion was impracticable. CAB I-NFPECTION. The Board here delegated four members of the board to make a survey of the cp;os awaiting an inspection. The vehicles were reported, with but one or two remedial defects. s. to be satisfactory. FINANCE. The report of tiu Finance Committee was read, and cheques ordered for payment of sums therein mentioned. TENDERS FOR CW.M FARM. Tenders were opened, in response to an advertisement, for the letting of Cwm Farm, Pontypridd. They were as follows Messrs Thomas Rees, JM1 D. Alexander, £ 25; Thomas Richard, £ 34—all of Pontypridd. The last-named- tender was, of course, accepted. THE PUBLIC BATHS QUESTION. Dr James pointed to the question of public baths and wash-houses, which was introduced to the Board some time ago. He regretted such a scheme had not been carried out