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PONTYPRIDD PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESRAY.—(Before Messrs E. William?, TV. Pricbard, and Major Lee ) HAVING A DOG WITHOUT A LICENSE.—Thomas Jones, broker, residing at Ystrad, was summoned by the Inland Revenue, for having a dog without taking out a license for the same. The case was proved, and defendant was fined 25s the mitigated penalty. PUBLIC HousE OFFENCE.—Morgan Richards, landlord of the Prince of Orange Inn, Dinas, w-i* summoned for alhw- ing drunkenness in hia house. Mr Simons defended. P.S. Wise said on the night of the 27th ult. he went into defen- fendant's house when he saw 14 men and women drinking. A conversation was going on about fighting. This conver- sation on the men going out developed into action. Several of them were drunk. He (witness) called the attention of the landlady to the fact. Cross-examined Did not say he would be up with defendant again, at any time.—For the defence Mr Mike O'Bryan was called. He said he was in the house when the Sergeant came he was sober. and had been so since he arrived in perfidious Albion. The house was punctually closed at half-past 11 o'clock, but those who remained did so to hear the harp. This witness flatly con- tradicted the officer's evidence, and further staged that he was quite sober, as his weakness was "pop." The Bench considered the case proved, and fined defendant 108 and costs. UNLAWFULLY WOUNDING.—Thomas Rees, a young man, a collier, was brought up charged with unlawfully wound- ing William Jenkins, haulier, Llwynpia. The complainant had his face enveloped in a cotton bandage. An offer was made by prisoner's friends to pay all losses and costs, to which the Bench assented. After adjourning, the parties returned and acquainted the Bench that the matter had been adjusted. PIG STRAYING.—Evan Hopkins, Llantwit Vardre, was summoned for allowing his pigs to stray on the highway. Defendant said it was the result of a pure accident; but he was fined Is a pig, with costs. ASSAULTING A WOMAN.—Griffith Davies was charged with assaulting Mary Hale, the landlady of tho "Golden Age." Fined Is and costs. THE WELSH LANGUAGE IN COURT.—Some difficulty is occasionally experienced in our petty sessions in conse- quence of some of the litigants and witnesses declining to give their evidence in English. Sometimes the Superin- tendent officiates, sometimes Sergeant Thomas, and lately Mr Owen Morgan, a strong philo-Gwalian, has filled the role of interpreter. Mr Morgan has qualifications for the post which makes it, perhaps, desirable that the courtshould secure his services as the official interpreter to the court. We have no deubt that his ability, in this respect, and his conscientious desire to perform the onerous duty occasion. ally entrusted to him, will commend him to the Bench, should they dccide upon availing themselves of the services of a standing interpreter to the court. INDUSTRIAL CO-OPERATION IN SOUTH WALES. • A meeting was held on Monday evening at the Baptist Chapel, Treherbert, to consider a proposal for the intro- duction of the industrial co-operative principle amongst the colliers in the Rhondda Valley. Theproposal has eman-ited from the directorate of the Cardiff-Merthyr Steam Coal Company, Limited, who have resolved to adopt the prin- ciple of co-operation in working their new colliery atBlacn- rhondda. This is an innovation entirely new in the labour market of South Wales, but its promoters are, no doubt, justified in their course of action by the success which the application of the principle has met with in some of the large industrial establishments in the Midland Counties and the North of England. In the collieries of Messrs Briggs, Son, and Company, the principle has proved eminently suc- cessful. The prospectus which has been issued by the Cardiff-Merthyr Steam Coal Company sets forth that the directors are prepared to receive applications at onco from about a hundred and fifty good men of respectable charac- ter. The terms offered to those colliers who may wish to enrol themselves as workmen, to participate in the great advantages which the system confers, are plainly under- stood. The scale of wages current at the colliery since the 19th of February in the present year will be continued to the men, but subject to any general raise and fall in the Aberdare and Rhondda valleys and after providing for a fixed rate for depreciation and interest on capital, the balance remaining at the end of each current year will bo divided into equal shares, one of which will be retained as the property of the proprietors, and the other devoted to the rjayment of a bonus to these in the employ of the com. pany. Subject to the reservation contained in the rules, the bonns will be ùivided amongst all persons engaged un- der the company, in proportion to the wages or salary earned by each person. The project has been approved by Mr Thomas Hughes. M.P., and Mr A. J. Mundella, M.P. and the latter gentleman has expressed his willingness to act as scrutineer of the accounts, and to certify that the distribu- tion of the profits is made according to the terms of the contract. We are assured that the proprietors of the Blaenrhondda, Colliary have spared no expense in making the works as complete as possible, and with the large undeveloped field of coal before them they feel warranted in anticipating the most satisfactory results for their enterprise. The avowed object of those gentlemen who have taken upon themselves to introduce the co-operative principle amongst the colliers of South Wales is to prevent the occurrence of the unhappy differences which have on several occasions disturbed the relations between employer and employed. The meeting was attended by a large body of colliers, who manifested the liveliest interest in the scheme. The chair was occupied by Mr J. Marychurch, of Cardiff Messrs F. W. Harris, E. S. Jenkins, and Rees Jones (proprietors of the Blaenrhondda Colliery) were also present. The Chairman said the question which they had met to consider that night was one of no small importance to the colliers of the district. He could assure them that he would not have consented to occupy the position of chairman if he did not think and feel that the meeting had for its object the benefit of the working classes in the neighbourhood. He believed this meeting was the first step to the opening 1up of a DeW and important idea-at least it was a new idea in this district-in relation to master and servant. (Hear, hear.) He was satisfied after they had heard the explana- tion which would be given them that evening in reference to the proposal made by the Cardiff-Merthyr Steam Coal Company that they would be convinced that the system of co-operation was the only one which would effectually re- move those vexed and irritating questions which were con- stantly arising between masters and men, and creating feel- ings of ill-will and jealousy—they would be convinced that industrial co-operation would remove all those bitternesses of feeling, and promote harmony and good-will amongst them. (Cheers.) Mr Harris said he believed the subject of industrial co- operation in Wales was entirely ndw, in faet, so new was it that it would be impossible to find anyword for it in a Welsh dictionary. The necessity for industrial co-operation had arisen owing to the position of the masters and men having of lrte years become hostile. Very truly had it been said that Dissentions, like small streams, at first begun, Unseen they rise, but gather as they run. The proprietors of the Blaen Rhondda wanted, if possible, to prevent any bad feeling arising between them and their men. It was a new colliery, and so far no such feeling had arisen, and he hoped never would arise. (Hear, bear). The recent strike had no doubt brought very disastrous results upon many of those whom he was then addressing, and there was no doubt the results were equally unfortunate for the masters. Previous to the last strike a crude suggestion was, he believed, thrown out, whether it was not possible to establish the system of co-operation, but it did not seem to prove acceptable to the men, for one of the colliers present at the meeting where the suggestion was made said, "He had no doubt there was a wriggle some where in the old devil's tail—(laughter)—though he could not make it out." Now in submitting their proposal to the colliers of Treherbert the proprietors of the Blaen Rhondda came before them as fair and honest men. The terms of the proposal would be clearly and candidly laid before them and it was at their option either to accept it or reject it. The proprietors had consulted with two members of Parlia- ment (Mr Thomas Hughes and Mr A. J. Mundella) who had the reputation of being the leaders of the worhing men, or at any rate they had the character of jealously watching the interests of working men. Their scheme bad met with the sanction of those two gentlemen. (Hear, hear.) They had endorsed the rules, and that, he thought, would be a guarantee to the collier that the proprietors bad no intention of humbugging him. (Hear, hear.) The men would probably think that they were offering something for which they expected to get a great deal in return, and he would candidly tell them that they did look for a great deal in return. The first element of success in the working of a colliery was regularity, and one of their expectations was that the men would always come to work on a. Monday. (Hear, hear.) They were not so exacting as to expect their men to work like slaves, and to be in the workings every Monday through the year, because there were occasions when mon really required a holiday but they did require and what they should look for was, that the men would make it a rule to work on Monday. (Hear, hear.) In the concessions which they were making, the proprietors hoped to gather a superior class of men around them, and that, as tliey became fully alive to their interest in the pit, they would study economy in the stores, and, at the same time, exercise all their experience and practical knowledge in preventing, so far as it was in the power of man to pre- vent, an explosion. Mr Harries then entered into a de- tailed explanation ef the rules, pointing out that the standard of wages would be based upon the rate fixed under the late arbitration, but governed by the rise and fall in the Aberdare and Rhondda Valleys; that weekly pays would be established and that the maximum bonus which the men would receive would be 10 per cent. He mentioned several instances where the principle had been successfully worked, stating that the bonus divided amongst the men in Messrs Briggs's colliery in the north of England had reaehed 7.^ per cent. The system of co-operation, as esta- blished in that colliery had met with the approval of Mr Alexander M'Donald and Mr Pickard. Dr Price, of Aberdare, and the Rev Lewis Jones addressed the meeting on the subject in Welsh. The proceedings concluded with the usual complimentary votes of thanks. RHYMNEYINTELLIGENCE. MEETING OF RAILWAY EMPLOYES.—A crowded meeting of platelayers employed on the Rhymney line was held on Sunday, at the Perrott Inn, Caerphilly. The long room was crowded with men from all parts, who assembled for the purpose of memorialising the Company fer an advance of wages. It was resolved to present a memorial to JMr C. Lundie, the traffic manager, soliciting the Board of Directors to give the foremen Rd. per day, and the ordinary men 4d. per day advance. A vote of tiianks to the chair- man terminated the proceedings. GELLIGAER SCHOOL BOARD.—The ordinary monthly meeting of the board was held on Friday last at the Rising Sun Inn, Fochriw, when there were present Messrs. G. Martin (chairman), J. Rees, J. Lewis, Revs G. C. F. Harries, A. Davies, and J. P. Williams. It was resolved that the Rev G. C. F. Harries and Mr J. Recs be a com- mittee for selecting a site and making arrangements for building a new school at Gelligaer village for 130 children, and that they be authorised to instruct the architect, to meet them for the purpose of drawing plans and preparing specifications against the next meeting. It was also resolved that as soon as Lord Bnte's consent was obtained for the Fochriw site, the following gentlemen make arrangements with the architect:—Messrs G. Martin, J. Lewis, the Revs A. Davies and J. P. Williams.—The clerk was ordered to forward at once to the Educational Department a copy of the ground plan and cost of the Pontlottyn site, and that, as soon as thC"other plans can be obtained, they shall be forwarded in due course.—The report of the committee appointed at the last board with regard to the Troedrhyw- fuwch School was read and approved by the board, and a. cheque was drawn out for the amount due on the transfer. It was also resolved that the following gentlemen should be managers of the schoolThe Revs J. Hughes, Aaron Davies, J. P. Williams, and Messrs Jag. Hopkins, H. Lonie, D. Jones, and T. Wilcox.—The clerk was instructed to write to the Powell's Duffryn Company to ask if they will pay the school fees of children of their workmen in New Tredegar Pit,'attending Pontlottyn and Troedrhyw- fuwch schools and, if not, the clerk shall write to the managers of the above schools, to give the parents notice that after the 4th, of March no child will be admitted without paying the fi.es. Several other matters of minor importance were gone into, after which the board adjourned TREDEGAR INTELLIGENCE. SIRHOWY RAILWAY COMPANY.—The report of the direc- tors for the past half-year states that the grosb earnings amounted to jglR.203, as compared with £ 14.593 in the cor- responding half-year of 1870. Including the balance brought, forward from the previous half-year. the amount available for dividend is £ 9,459. The usual dividend at the rate of 5 per cent, per annnm is recommended on the preference stock, and at the rate of 10 per cent, on the ordinary stock, leaving a balance of £2,078 to carry forward. The same rate of dividend was paid on the ordinary stock in the previous and corresponding half-years. THE SMALL. POX EPIDEMIC AT SIRIIOWY.—Since the outbreak of this disrase in Bed well ty parish, 180 cases have been treated in Sirhwwy district, only. three of which resulted fatally. Re-vaccination is been actively carried on, and the medical gentlemen are using every precaution to allay the progress of the malady. w.„. FUNERAL.—The funeral of Mr. John v\ uliams, of Crown- terrace, whose death from small-pox happened on Tuesday, took place on Thursday, and was attended by a large circle of relatives and friends, in addition to a strong muster of the members of two clubs to which he belonged. INQUEST.— A coroner's inquisition was held by Mr W. H. Brewer, at the Greyhound Hotel, on Thursday, touching the death of William Davies, who was killed in No. 8 pit on the previous Tuesday. Deceased was a collier, and while riding in a tram in the pit. the horse knockcd away some timber, and a fall took place, killing Davies on the spot. He was married, and leaves a wife and young family to lament their loss. The jury having heard the facts, a verdict was recorded of Accidentally killed in a coal pit." NARROW ESCAPE.—A young man named David Jones, employed at the works as fireman. was nearly smothered to death on Tuesday. It seems he was cleaning one of the boilers, when the gas overpowered him. One of the men outside went in with a lamp, and saw the poor man quite senseless. He was ultimately rescued, and lies in a pre- carious state. DEATH OF MRS. HARRHY.— Mrs Harrhy. wife of the respected manager of Tredegar Bank, died on Monday night after a few days' illness from small-pox. This case is indeed a sad one, ?s a large family have lost the protec- ting care of one of the best of mothers, a good husband has lost a partner whese place can scarcely be tilled again, and the town has lost a friend who, by virtue of her posi- tion in society, could bestow comforts on those around her, and one who was ever ready to assist in any good. canse. MARRIAGE. —On Wednesday, the 21st inst., Mr Thomas Evans, grocer, Church-street, Tredegar, was married to Miss Jane Price, second daughter of Mr Thomas Price. foreman of engineers at the Tredegar Works. The nuptial ceremony took place in Bedwellty Church. The Reverend Edward Jones, vicar, officiated. The young bridegroom is well known in Tredegar, as an enterprising, active, and careful yaung man much respected among all circles. All who know him and his affectionate partner, heartily wish them great happinells. A WARNING TO TRADESMEN.—At the county-court, on Thursday, before Judr-,e Herbert, a case was heard which has a certain amount of importance, as affecting trades- men who supply goods to marri- d women whose husbands are in America or anywhere else. David Phillips, grocer, Garnfach. summoned a collier named John Adams for a balance of £ 15 9s 9d, for grocery. Mr Plews was for the plaintiff and Mr Harris fnr defendant. Adams went to America in May, 1870, leaving £6 in cash, and two weeks' stock of provisions, with his wife, and during his stay at Maryland State he remitted money nearly every month. He was away till November, 1871, and his remittances amounted to £481011. Mrs Adams received 4s weekly from the parish, and had a son who earned 7fJ a week. After hearing all details, his Honour heM that as defendant supplied his wife with sufficient to maintain the family, he could not be considered liable for debts contracted by his wife, unless they were shown to bo necessaries, which was not so in the present case, as there was lis a week besides the monthly remittances coming in regularly. His Honour directed a nonsuit, and hoped it would be a warning to all tradesmen who were foolish enough to allow a wife to pledge her husband's credit without having proper authority from the husband.

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