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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE, WE understand that it is the intenuon of the advocates of secular edueation to oppose the second reading of the Scotch Education Bill, which is fixed for Thursday, the 2Uth instant. A TnfELY DISCOVERT.—On Thursday morning week a nigger employed under the Plymouth Company applied at Dr. Ward's surgery for relief, complaining of illness. It was at once discovered that the man was suffering from smali-pox. He was conveyed with all speed to the hospital. It is remarkable that few of the many Ethiopians ia this district have escaped this loathsome disease. INQUEST.— An inquest was held at the Park View on Tuesday, before Thomas Williams, Esq the deputy- coroner, on the body of Thomas Lswis, aged 2G, who was accidentally killed under the following painful circum- stances:—It appeared that deceased was engaged putting' a horse and cart into a stable, when the horse started and jammed him between the shafts and the wall, causing injuries from which he died a ftw days afterwards. The jury returned a yardict of Accidental death." FATAL ACCIDENT AT DOWLAIS.—On Friday Daniel Morgan, fireman, died from the effects of injuries received two days previously at No, 2 Coalpit, Cvrmbargoed, Peny- darren. It appears that deceased was leaving work, and upon coming out of the engine-house was struck by the crank of the engine, which threw him on the drum, then in motion. The poor fellow was carried around the drum, being fearfully mutilated. He was subsequently attended by Dr Webster, but medical skill proved of no avail, and after lingering many hours in intense agony, the poor fellow expired on Friday. ACCIDENT ON THE MARKED SQUARE. — On Mon hy evening several children were amusing themselves on the "turn-about" wooden horses on the Square. One little child was in the act of falling, and in some way or other got entangled in the apparatus, and had his arm-bone broken just below the elbow. The woman who had charge of the turn-about," in her anxiety to prevent the accident, seized the cog wheel, by which the aparatus is turned, and unfortunately got her fingers between the cots and completely smashed three of them. She was speedily attended by Dr Dyke, who very skilfully operated upon the hand, and bandaged it, and we hear that she is recover- ing, though very seriously and permanently maimed, j l hildren should be warned not to venture on such dangerous rides. THE JUNCTION GV THE TAFF VALE WITH THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.—Tins desirable improvement, by which the Taff Vale passenger trains will run into and out of the Great Western Railway Station at Merthyr, is thus re- ferred to in the report of the Directors of the Tutf Vule Railway Company, just issued :—"The directors regret that the junctions with the Great Western Railway at Cardiff and at Merthyr are still incomplete the former is in course of construction, an.1 will probably be completed during the present year, but the latter is delayed chiefly by the want of adequate parliamentary power, which the Great Western Company have provided for in their IJill presented to Parliament in the current session. No action will [be wanting on the part of both boards to expedite these desir- | able junctions, involving, as they do, greatly improved station and other accommodation for the public." NEW EDUCATION CODE.—The new code of regulations for the present year, as drawn up by the Committee of the Privy Council on Education, has been published. Several modifications, as compared with List year's code, appear in the new regulations. Among them it is provided that the manager's of a school which has met not less than SO times in the evening in the course of a year may claim for every scholar who has attended not less than 50 evening meetings of the school Ts 6d subject to examination—viz., 2s 6<1 for passing in reading, 2s (3d for passing in writing, and 2s (id for passing in arithmetic. The grant is reduced as follows: (a) By its excess above the income of the school from fees, rates, and subscriptions the rate of los per scholar accord- 1 ing to the average number in attendance and one-half the] expenditure on the annual maintenance of the school in the year defined by article 13. {/>). By not less than one-tenth nor more than one-halt" in the whole, upon the inspector's re- port, for faults of instruction or discipline on the part of the teacher, or (after six months' notice) for failure on the part vI the managers to jemedy any such defect in the premises as seriously interferes with the efficiency of the school, or to provide proper furniture, buols. maps, and other apparatus of elementary instruction, if the inspectorat a visit of surprise not less than six moni hs after notice has been given of the requirements of the Education Deparinent. reports that they have not been carried in'o effect, a deduction may be made from the next grant to the school, (r.) At the rate of JLL;0 for the year, for every 40 scholars, after the first 20. of the average IJl1!nhcr in attendance, unless there has been during the year one pupil teacher fulfilling the conditions of article 70 for every such forty scholars. A certificated teacher, or an assistant fulfilling the conditions of article 79, is an equivalent to two pupil teachers, (d.) By Is per scholar, according to the average number in attendance throughout the year. unless vocal music forms a part of the ordinary course of instruction. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The usual weekly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday. Present -Mr Clark, in the chair, the Revs John Griffith (rector) and Dr Price, j Messrs D. Davhs, James Lewis, Win. Crawshay, B. Kirk- house, George Martin, Thomas Williams, John Williams, Thomas Jenkins. Dr James, Hosgood, Powell, Mathew) Lewis, II. Thomas, and Jones The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.—The master read his report, from which it appeared that there were 284 in the house, as compared with 341 in the corresponding week of last year. He further reported that there were 52 applicants for relief ordered in the house last week, and none availed themselves of the shelter. The precepts for Breconshire and Glamorganshire were placed on the table.—The report of the vaccination inspector was read, from which it appeared that small-pox still prevailed. The Chairman remarked th:1 t in Oowlais the disease was not only racing in the crowded parts of tho town, but in the suburbs. Late on the previous evening he hnit a conference with the medical authorities on the subject, and it was then suggested that disease was propagated at funerals. This was "argued dur- ing the unhappy prevalence of cholera some years ago, and perhaps there was reason for suspicion in the present in- stance. With a view to rendering facilities in the conduct of funerals, he suggested that the Board should depute Mr James to offer free use of the hearse to the Board of Health. Dr Price instanced the action of the Board of Health at Aberdare some time since, in seeking ca-operation on the part of ministers of all denominations, who exhorted their respective congregations not to persist in attending the funerals of departed friends and relations who had been' called away in small-pox. The Hector of Merthyr also suggested the advisability of net conveying a corpse into the chapels at burials in cases of small-pox. He mentioned that as he saw one or two members of the Burial Board pre- sent. Mr James Lewis intimated that an order had been made to this effect at Aberdare, where he regretted to find that although they had offered the free use of a hearse, the people were not availing themselves of it. Dr James, as a member of the Burial Board, remarked that he had given this question much consideration, and acknowledged the difficulty in preventing persons from attending funerals, and, where the friends so willed, to carrying the deceased. He had often wished they could eet a kind of three-wheeled truck, similar to that adopted in some English towns, on whieh the coffin was placed, the bearers still retaining a hold and pushing the vehicle on. The Chairman reminded the Board that it was not their business here to consider the duties of the Board of Health or the Burial Board, or the duties of any Board other than their own but he did not think anyone out of order in taking advantage of the presence here of members of the Burial Board or Board of Health, by advancing opinions on various subjects in which those Boards were interested. When, however, they came to recommend a certain vehicle, then he thought they were trenching on ground perhaps to the disapproval of other Boards. He must remind them of the fact that the CUll- structioii of a trap of the kind suggested was not the duty of this Board, unless its usc were required for paupers, but was included in the duties of the Board of Health. He ap- preciated the vallie of the suggestiol1, amI had often thought of something similar, having seen that kind of vehicle often in the North of England. With respect to attendance at funerals, the practice of following a body to the gravo was a good one, and denoted kindly feeling on the part of the survivors and often, in the case of poor men, it was the only tribute they had to pay. And although for special reasons it should be discouraged at particular times, yet they should he scrupulously careful in interpreting this feel- ing—that, although the practice was admired, under cir- cumstances it should be avoided. He was sure the Board would share in its anxiety to encroach as little as possible on the proper feelings of the people, and to make them un. derstand that, whilst the practice was warmly approved of, yet under certain circumstances their good manifestations of respect should be suspended. (Hear, hear.) This was all the business of public importance.

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