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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. IVOR CHAFEL, DOWLAIS.—During the past summer the English Congregationalists meeting at this place of worship were deprived of the valuable services of Mr J. G. Lloyd, who had for a considerable time gratui- tously played the harmonium at their Sunday services Mr Lloyd, to the great regret of his friends, removed from Dowlais to the ancient city of Lincoln. He left so suddenly that his friends connected with Ivor Chapel had no time to make any kind of testimonial, as an ex- pression of their kind feelings and good wishes. A sub- scription was afterwards opened, and a very handsome silver inkstand was purchased of Mr J. D. Williams, jeweller, Merthyr, which, having been exhibited at Ivor Chapel, was enclosed and sent by rail to Lincoln, and was in due course received by Mr Lloyd. As he could not acknowledge the testimonial in a public meeting, he has written to express his gratitude, and adds that it will be always esteemed by him as a memorial of his past connection with Ivor Chapel. NEW STEAMER FOR THE GREAT WESTERN STEAM- SHIP LINE (BRISTOL AND NEW YORK.—On Wednes- day, there was launched from the yard of the eminent builders, Messrs. Richardson, Duck, and Co., at Stock- ton-on-Tees, a splendid boat for the Bristol station. Her dimensions are-length between perpendiculars, 280 feet; breadth, 35 feet; depth, 24 feet six inches. She is of the highest class, viz., 100 A 1, at Lloyd's and 20 years in red of the Liverpool registry, and, in addi- tion, has extra strengthening plates beyond what are re- quired by the rules. Her engines are by Blair and Co., the most extensive builders of compound engines in the kingdom, and are of 2CO horse power nominal, about 1000 effective horse power. The owners hope she will be ready for work by the end of this year. She was very successfully launched, and was christened the Cornwall by Miss Mary Ingram Head, of Coatham, near Stockton.— Bristol Times, Oct. 23. THE SINGER MANUFACTURING COMPANY. — In these days, says the Liverpool Mercury, of competitive ex- aminations, and when everything is submitted to the crucial test of public opinion,the Singer Manufacturing Company are glad to be able to inform their patrons and friends that they have again received the most sub- stantial tokens of public approval, having during the present year, in open competition, carried off no fewer than 15 medals and four valuable silver cups. At the Vienna Universal Exhibition the sewing machines of the Singer Company occupied the foremost position amongst the competitors, and to them were awarded the Grand Medal of Progress for unequalled excellence, the Grand Medal of Merit for the best specimens of sewing doae, and three medals for the superior workmanship and perfection of the company's manufactures. These were the highest prize given, no diploma of honour having been granted to any exhibitor. Such testi- monials conferred by so distinguished a body as the scientific judges of the Vienna Universal Exhibition constitute the most flattering tribute to the superiority of the Singer sewing machine which could possibly be paid, and more particularly so since the opinions of the foreign judges have been so completely endorsed by the judges at home. Conscious of the intrinsic excellence of their machines, the company have fearlessly sub- mitted them to the opinions of scientific men in various parts of the United Kingdom and in every instance in which they competed, the company succeeded in carrying off first prizes. Amongst the places at which these distinguished honours were awarded were Ayr, Blackburn, Ormskirk, Preston, Richmond (Yorkshire), Lancaster, Chester, Hereford, Carmarthenshire, and Farnworth. These valuable trophies, added to those won in former years, are the best attestation which can be given to the excellence of the beautiful domestic ma- chines manufactured by the company, which, for ele- gance and durability, combined with every modern im- provement, still stand unrivalled in the world.—[During the present year several important improvements have been introduced, having reference particularly to the more elegant descriptions of work in which these ma- chines may be employed, which may be seen in opera- tion at the Company's Depot, No. 1, Victoria-street, Merthyr TydfiLJ MR. HOWPIELD.-In this testimonial age, when so many of our fellow townsmen are actively engaged in promoting now a testimonial to a public servant, and again to a private friend, it is but right that the claims of a thoroughly able, conscientious and hardworking servant of the public should be brought under notice. It is said that public companies have no conscience. One thing is certain, they lack in a great degree human sympathies. Railway companies for instance use a man up literally, take his best days away, and when he is worn out they throw him aside as a worn-out sleeper. What railway companies omit to do the public should rectify. In the case of Mr Howfleld, we have a towns- man who has laboured in the service of the public ever since the starting of the Vale of Neath Railway. He left that service lately, and new it is but right that he should carry away with him some kind expression in the shape of a testimonial for his long and arduous services. His career in connection with the railway has been one eminently free from accident, due to his ability, care and vigilance. We believe that he was never the cause of the slightest ail to any one passenger but hundreds he has saved from peril of life or limb. A quarter of a century's service in aiding our business, our pleasures, and conducing to our safety and wealth, ought not to be forgotten, and we hope the matter will at once be taken up. THE ALEXANDRA OPERA COMPANY opened for a brief season on Monday last, at the Drill Hall, Merthyr. The company consists of several talented ladies and gentlemen, many of them being well known and of high professional reputation in Merthyr. Among them we may mention Miss Jessie Mills, soprano Mr Stanley Betjemann, tenor Mr Glover, baritone and that ever popular comedian, Mr Dunthorne. These are well sus- tained by a numerous company of ladies and gentlemen, and are accompanied by an efficient orchestra. On Monday evening the grand opera of "Maritana" was performed; on Tuesday, "La Sonnambula;" and on Wednesday, The Bohemian Girl;" followed each evening by a laughable farce. The company performed their several parts with great ability, the principal songs being sung with an effect exemplified by the crowded audiences in the loudest applause. It is gratifying that so excellent and respectable a company are so generously and deservedly patronized; and notwithstanding the temporary disadvantage of having no suitable scenery aad other subsidiary helps," the large numbers who have attended have been greatly pleased, and a pros- perous season is anticipated.