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PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY.—(Before Messrs. E. Williami and W. Prichard.) ASSAULT.—John Loughor, of Llantrissant, was charged with having assaulted Ann Phillips, with whom he lodged, by taking hold of her by the throat, at Llantrissant, on the 16th January. The defendant was fined 20s and costs, or 28 days. ASSAULTING A PUBLICAN AND HIS WIFE.—Thomas Davies and Thomas Jenkins, two respectable-looking young colliers, were charged with assaulting Mr. and M rs J enkinll, landlord and landlady of the Pandy Inn, Ystrad, and also with assaulting their little girl, for refusing to serve them with beer Thomas Davies was fined 20s and costs, and Thomas Jenkins 10s and costs. Boy TIPPLERS.- Thomas Charles. Lewis Hughes (mere boys), and John Jones, of Treherbert, were summoned for being drunk and riotous. Jones was fined 10s and costs, and the boys were liberated on payment of costs, but were warned by their worships not to come before them again. PUBLIC-HOUSE OFFENCES.—Henry Jones, Caatella, was ordered to pay costs for having his honse open before half- past twelve on Sunday, the 4th February.—Samuel Harry, Railway Inn, Llantwit Vardre, was charged with selling beer during illegal hours. Fined 10s and costs.—Richard Aston, Ivor Arms, Trallwm, was charged with having his house open during illegal hours on Sunday, the 4th inst. Defendant was at chapel when the offence took place. Fined Is and costs. A DRUNKEN WOMAN.—Elizabeth Tucker, a well-known drunkard and noisy woman was summoned for being drunk and riotous on the 10th in*t.—P.C. Osmonde said defendant was making a great noise on Saturday night about eleven o'clock opposite the Colliers' Arms. She was drunk. Fined 5s and costs. CHARGE OF ARSON.—J. Davies, respectably attired, a toy and fancy dealer, Bristol House, Pontypritid, was charged with having attempted to set his house and stock on fire for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining the insurance amount. It was stated that the house and pre- mises had a very narrow escape from destruction by fire, and it is probable that the whole block of some eight or ten houses would have been destroyed had the fire obtained the mastery. Mr Morgan, of Cardiff, now appeared for pri- soner, and on the application of Supt. Mathews he was remanded for a fortnight, hail being accepted, himself in £200, and a surety in a like amount. RHYMNEY INTELLIGENCE. ZION INDEPENDENT CHAPEL.—Collection meetings were held at the above chapel on Sunday last, when three able sermons were delivered by the Rev. T. M. Thomas, a missionary. The services Jwere numerously attended, and the collections very good. On Monday evening, Mr Thomas delivered a lecture in the same place of worship on his "Missionary enterprises in Africa." The proceeds were devoted towards liquidating the debt on the chapel. MORlAR CHAPEL.—On Sunday afternoon last, the Rev T. L. Jones, Machen, delivered an English sermon at the above chapel, having immediate reference to the life and death of the late Rev E. C. Jenkius. His text was taken from the 12th verse of the 2nd chapter of the 2 Book of Kings. There was a very fair attendance at the service. WELSH WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—The friends who met at the above chapel for divine worship, resolved about a year ago to erect a new and commodious chapel, ss the old one was out of repair. Their resolution has been carried into effect by building a chapel a few yards from the Rhymney Church. The building is a very neat one, and underneath is a vestry for holding services on week days, &c. On Sunday last they met there for the first time, when sermons were delivered by the Revs Griffiths and Morgans, Wes- leyan ministers. There was a good attendance. TREDEGAR INTELLIGENCE. SMALL-POX.—The disease seems now to betspreading towards the north part of the town and Sirhowy, a district hitherto comparatively free. It appears there exists a great number of dangerous cases. FATAL ACCIDENT.—At No. 8 pit, a man named William Dai is, met his death on Tuesdayby a fall coming down on him. The deceased was a haulier, and while going in an empty tram. a fall came down and caused instant death. No marks were te be seen on his body, except a little bruise above his right ear. He has left a widow and orphan to mourn after him. EXAGGERATED STATISTICS.—I" a local daily paper of the 12th inst., we observe that in Tredegar alone 20 deaths from small-pox are reported to have taken place during the week. On inquiry, we find that the total death rate from this disease in the parish for the fortnight ending last Saturday is 22—12 occurred in Tredegar, and the others occurred at Ebbw Vale, Sirhowy, &c., so that the correct figures for Tredegar are less than the half of 20. It is bad enough to have such a malady in our midst, at the same time there is no necessity to spread alarm by doubling the rate of mortality. DRIVEN Fnmr HOME.—SHOCKING SCENE IN THE CIRCLE.' —On Tuesday a man made his appearance in the streets covered with small-pox eruptions, and crowds gathered around him as he sat un the clock steps waiting to know where he could find a refuge. The relieving-officer had been appealed to, but he had no power to send the man to tbe union, and there is not yet any hospitatal accommoda- tion provided in the parish. Superintendent Fowler was applied to, and he soon discovered the man was one of three vagrants recently discharged by the magistrates. The man had been sleeping out on Monday night, and the eruption making its appearance he scarcely knew where to go but Mr Fowler found temporary lodgings in Iron-street, and. after giving the poor fellow a good basin of soup, he was safely housed and bedded. This shows how urgent it is that the parish should at once have hospital accommodation. VESTRY MEETING.—A vestry meeting was called of the ratepayers of the parish of Bedwellty at the Castle Hotel oil Friday evening, to consider the propriety of providing hospitals for the reception of persons attacked by the small-pox, which direful malady seems to be gaining ground throughout the parish, no fewer than about 1,500 persons having been attacked since June, and of 'this number 1G!J have died up to Saturday last. The first resolution was moved to build three temporary hospitals, one for Tredegar and Sirhowy, one for Rhymney, and one for Ebbw Vale. It was thought this would be more expedient and cheaper than to have one large hospital at Tredegar alone. It was next moved that the Board of Guardians, in conjunction with a few of the leading men, form a committee to carry out the necessary requirements of those hospitals. The fol- lowing persons were appointed to act with the guardians — At Tredegar, Messrs Brown, James Phillips, Hunter, Tapson, E. Evans, and Hall; at Rhymney, Messrs Lay- bourne, Owen, Dixon, Jones, &c. at Ebbw Vale, Messrs Henry, W. Evans, &c. at New Tredegar, Messrs J. Jeremiah and Thomas Thomas. The medical gentlemen of each district are also to form the committee. Whether or not this will prove efficacious to stamp out the disease time will prove. The appointment of a public vaccinator and inspector of nuisances is to be made by the committee. MEETING OF THE BEDWELLTY SCHOOL BOARD.—On Wed- nesday the Bedwellty School Board held their monthly meeting at Tredegar. The Rev J. Jones (Mathetes) had sent a printed letter, the very day before, to each of the other members of the Board, on the subject of compulsory attendance proposed in the bye-laws, which were to be con- sidered at the meeting. Mathetes takes the lead on the Board in dealing with all matters affecting liberty of con- science, from a Nonconformist point of view, a point which bears relation to the whole question of religious liberty throughout the world. I he letter of Mathetes is too long for insertion verbatim 1Q our columns but the lucid and close argument it contains—such an argument as Mathetes is well known to be capable of giving—will, no doubt, have a wide and deep impression. He quotes from Mr Holdsworth's (barrister) work on Mr Forster's Act, to show that School Boards have nothing to do with schools founded and supported. by voluntary effort," but in case the 25th clause be put in force. He also quotes the words of Mr Gladstone, who said, June, 1870, that local boards shall cease to have any connection with volun- tary schools." Mathetes says that, as the Bedwellty School Board proposes not to put the 25th clause in force, it cannot connect itself to denominational schools by com- pelling children to attend those schools. He proves that it is totally out of the province of the Board to compel any class of children to attend any school but a School Board school. He shows the absurdity of compelling children to attend denominational schools by the Board, as the Board is disposed to have the Bible read in its own schools. To compel one class of children to attend a school in which the Bible is read, and compel another class of children to attend a school in which the authorised version is regarded as a heretical dangerous book, would prove the Board to be hypocritical in its zeal for the authorised version of the Bible being read in school. He shows the abaurdity of the cry about charity in this matter. He says, h It is not charity for a man to say, either in words or actions, that no opposite creed is so good and true as his own, because by stating that an antagonistic faith is as good as mine, he plainly says that he has no faith in it at all. No man can make identity out of palpable difference. To sup- port either or all creeds by money and law, is to violate each faith, for every opposing creed aims at the extinc- tion of its opposite." Mathetes also shows that it is un- businesslike for the Board to be merely the director of force In the service of schools over the education in which the Board will not have the slightest control. The Board in taking such a position would be unlike other Boards, such as Boards of Guardians, who manage their business over which they employ force. By many such unanswer- able arguments Mathetes aims to induce the Bedwellty .uoarii, of which be is a member, against connecting itself TA denominational schools, by compelling children to attend them. His letter ought to be in the hands of all rt is a masterly, powerful, and highly {etter.—Very little business was done at the meeting on Wednesday. Mr Darby had signified that he could not attend, and he thought that the discission on the bye- aws might be postponed with advantage, as the educa- lon measure would come before Parliament for amend- ment.—Ihe friends of unsectarian education cannot con- sisten tly regret that there is a disposition to delay putting r f orster's measure in practice among those whom Mr orster does\all he can to please.—Mathetes read a resolu- ion passed at the Monmouthshire quarterly meeting of the aptist denomination, held at Newport lately. This resolu- tion, which he read at the Bedwellty School Board on Wed- nesday, was put down on the minutes of the Board. The resolution was a follows :—" That this conference deeply deplores the disposition manifested by some of the Schoel .boards, established in Wales, to avail themselves of those objectionable clauses of the Elementary Education Act, by which they are enabled to introduce sectarian teaching into ►school Board schools. It deems such a proceeding unwise and unnecessary, in itself oppressive to the parent, unjuit towards the ratepayer, pregnant with elements of jealousy, animosity, and strife, and a great stumbling-block in the way of national education. It also ventures to affirm that no system of National teaching can suit the Principality, free wkich is undenomianational, compulsory, and



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