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THE BURIALS BILL.

jLOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

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MERTHYR SCHOOL BOARD. --1-

MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

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EHYMNEYINTELLIGENCE,

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WHAT THE " WOKLTT^AYi.

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WHAT THE WOKLTT^AYi. (Notes by "Atlas.") Some Bayswater burglars have made rather a bad shot of it. Having broken into the house of a well- known doctor in the neighbourhood, they were dis- turbed in the net of attempting to break open the plate-chest, and had to make off with the first tiling they could lay their hands on—a suit of clothes. Un- "fi-riunately for the thieves, the suit was one specially kept by the doctor to be worn when visiting cases of malignant fever, and if, ignorant of this, the burglar* have been trying it on," the police will not have much difficulty iu securing them. There is, I understand, a hitch in the arrange- ments regaiding the decision of the Royal Academy to create additional associates, which may, however, be solved before the end of the month, the time for election. Meantime the law officers of the Crown are being consulted on the point. It is said that Mr. Water- liouse, the architect, has a good chance for one of the vacancies. A really well-deserved promotion Major C. B. Brackenbury, R.A., of the Intelligence Department, is, I see, to. be made a lieutenant-colonel. There is, I hear, not a little grumbling at the Carl- ton and elsewhere at the recent additions to the peerage. People are saying that whilst the new peers are men who have doue little or notbing for the Oou- servative party, those who have worked and fought hard, some of them for more than a quarter of a cen- tury, in the Conservative ranks, and hnve spared neither time nor money in the service of their party, are passed by unrewarded. The Premier should re- member that there is a powerful section of the Conser- vative party that would like nothing better than to see another member of the Cabinet become First Lord of the Treasury. The New York detectives are very much exercised over the whereabouts of Boss Tweed. One report represents him as having taken refuge in the Adiron- dacks and another as having been seen in Havana. I have heard a rumour, which I give under reserve, that he is in Madrid actively engaged with JUnes Stephens, ex-Head Centre, andAchtlle IJazaine, ex Field-Marshal, in forming a Co-operative Society for the Introduction of Patent Escape Movements. There will naturally be a branch in Geneva,of which M. Henri llochefort is the prospective manager and as Mr. Alexander Collie is also said to bein Spain, his experience might be availed of. The_"e is an individual in London zealously quali- fying for a partnership. That was a curious scene which was presented on New Year's Eve at St. Alban's, Holborn. There is a disinclination among the Ritualists to celebrate what they call "Mass "at these midnight services, chiefly on account of the impossibility of keeping out people who, after carousing at some neighbouring gin-palace or other, are apt to stumble into some of the < pen churches, aud commit very displeasing vagaries. Mr. Stanton accordingly invented a short service for the occasion, consisting of hymns, prayers, and a sermon on the subject of death, which he deli- vered to a congregation composed almost entirely of working-people — artisans, costermongers, out-door toilers of every class, and pi inters' devils," who scam. pered into the church in their inky blouses and grimy faces. All were welcome. There wasneitherchoirnor organ only an harmonium, on which Mr. Stanton played the melody,of each liy inn and then led the singing. The preacher, who is a typical Ritualist, wore only a cas- sock, and spoke to the people present much as he might have addressed tliem in their own homes. Gifted with marvellous eloquence, "Father" Stanton, as the congregation call him, offered to the spectators' gaze a singularly-striking figure as he dramatically depicted the fearful uncertainty of life, before abruptly con- cluding his sermon by saying, "I wish you all a very happy new year." Miss Elizabeth Thompson is not alone in the design of giving us a painting representing that episode ot the Crimean "War of which we have lately had such & surfeit—the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava. Sir. T. J. Barker, whose picture of The Allied Generals before Sebastopol" and The Relief of Lucknow are well known, has taken up afresh a sketch of the charge which he commenced five or six years ago. He will introduce Butcher Jack and other celebrities into the work, and I understand that the President of the Royal Academy has seen and approved of it as far as it has gone. Among impending cases in Sir James Hannen's dingy little court at Westminster is one in which the co- respondent, who holds high military rank, is said to be nearly ninety years of age.

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SHOCKING FATAL ACCIDENT.

NOT GOOD-LOOKING ENOUGH.

CONTAGIOUS DISEASES (ANIMALS)…

SIR JOHN MANTELL AND VAGRANTS.

THE GLADSTONE DIVORCE SUIT.

THE COMIC PAPERS.

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