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REPRESENTATION OF MERTHYR. CONFERENCE AT SWANSEA. SPEECH BY MR. R. FOTHERGILL, M.P. On Friday afternoon a deputation of tradesmen and working-men from Merthyr and Aberdare met Mr R. Fothergill, M.P., at the Mack worth Hotel, Swansea, and presented a memorial requesting him to again offer himself for the representation of the united boroughs in Parliament. The deputation was composed as follows Messrs Thomas Edwards, Cefncoedycytnmer, Merthyr George Adams, Aberdare; John Smith, Aberdare; John Mills, Aberdare; John James, Aberdare; Abel Dance, Aberdare; T. L. Jones, Aberdare; Thomas Jones. Aberdare Isaac Thomas, Aberdare Thomas *P*. Evans, Aberdare; Joseph Owen, Merthyr; Peter Williams, Merthyr; Arthur Williams, Aberaman, Aberdare; Thomas Davies, Abernant; David Davies, Aberdare; Lemuel Hiley, Aberdare; David Darby, Aberdare; David Morgan, Trecynon Owen Harris, Arecynon; S. B. Witchell, Aberdare; David Huges, Aberdare; Lewis Watkins, Aberdare; Frank Lynch, Aberdare, and E. G. Price, Aberdare.—On Mr Fothergill, who arrived shortly before three o'clock from Tenby, making his appearance in the room, he was enthusiastically cheered again and again by those present. Mr Thomas Edwards presided, and, in opening the proceedings, said Gentlemen,—For the first time for a considerable period we meet Mr 'Othergill face to face—(applause)—and I fancy, looking at him, that he is pleased to see us—(hear. bear)-and I venture to assure him that we are delighted to see him. It is my business—I suppose my duty— "o tell him what has been done. We had a meeting, m, yesterday, at which, had it been possible for you to been Pre8ent> y°u nould have been delighted at wnat took place there. (Hear, hear.) I am sure that xne reeling expressed for you, the anxiety displayed tnat y°u should again seek the suffrages of the people } "Merthyr and Aberdare, the desire shown that yon Bnould retain the seat as the member for the united Doroughs, were all so strong that you would have Perceived that the manifestations came from the hearts m eP?°Ple- (Applause.) Although I am a young .n» nave been called upon in the course of my brief existence to preside over a few meetings, but I never experienced a greater pleasure than when presiding over the meeting of last night, and over the business of the committee to-day. Every member of the committee seems so entirely to have fallen in with all the sug- f gestions made in support of your interests, that I, and t 11 81ncerely hope and trust that you will to-day j. H8 unreservedly, that it is your intention to again ■oiictf our suffrages, and continue to represent us in tne House of Commons. (Hear, hear.) We are bound mention this fact, and it must be looked at straight In the face. For some time past you have not been at your post in the House of Commons, but we are not here, sir, to chide you. (Hear, hear.) We feel that there were reasons, and we respect the motives, sir, that prompted you to go mto retirement; but we Jje here to-day to tell you that we think 'be time has come when you should come back into public life, go into the House of Commons as you used I 10 times past—(loud applause)—as the representative of that constituency which you have felt it a pleasure and I pride to represent. Gentlemen, I am sure that in the lw .have addressed to you, and particularly to Mr Fothergill, I have with me your feelings. I am i sure you will feel with me, Mr Fothergill, that the time Das arrived when you should come forh among us once 5^orei and do all you possibly can in the House of ^ommons to further the interests of the people of j •Merthyr and Aberdare. We have gone through a Period of great trial and immense trouble, and the HOU86 of Commons, sharing in the feeling of the country, feel that something ought to be done to im- trade and relieve us of the terrible depression With which we have been so long visited. And we know that with the experience which Mr Fothergill possesses in connection with one of the greatest indus- tries—the mining industry of this country—it is very desirable and necessary that he should be in the Heuse ot Commons to aid that assembly with his knowledge and ability. In the discussion on foreigh dues, reci- procity treaties, and in dealing with other subjects of I similar importance, I am quite sure it woud be im- posible to find a gentleman of greater experience, and ] one more able to cope with these things in the interests or South Wales especially, than the honourable member I for Merthyr, Mr Richard Fothergill. (Applause.) I I am particularly anxious that he should be returned again Merthyr. I remember that when Mr Richard t x othergill had M. P. attached to his name, a tale 1 was told of one puddler asking another the meaning t k'tors—(laughter)—to which the reply was given i p They mean 'Master-Puddler. (Renewed c laughter) You see, "M.P." has a double ( meaning: It may be Member of Parliament, or Master Puddler. I am sure, from the bottom of my j heart, that we not only want Mr Fothergill to be member of Parliament, but we desire to see the cloud £ he commercial horizon passing away, having Mr x.othergill master puddler once more. Let us show ( him that it is our earnest desire that he should continue ( to be our member—(hear, bear,)—that whatever efforts ] may be made on the part of the people to get him out ) of Parliament, it is our wish that he should remain I there. We want him to be still one of us, and although i has lived from us, we looked forward to the day, | when, Phoenix like, Abernant and Plymouth shall rise s ;i their ashes, and when their furnaces shall again their volumes of tire. (Applause.) i Mr Peter Williams, on being called upon, expressed 1 hie undiminished attachment to Mr Fothergill as the s member for the borough of Merthyr. It was his ] privilege to support him in the past two contests, aud I herejoiced, with the constituency, at the large majority < With which he was returned. Owing to circumstances beyond control, Mr Fothergill had in some measure I been alienated from the borough for two or three years, cut he was sure that the affections and sympathy of the Peopk had followed him in his partial retirement from public life. He promised that if Mr Fothergill would sonaent to come forward again as a candidate he would. 88 give his undiminished support to the candidature of that gentleman. (Applause.) It was were three candidates—at any rate, another to the field, with whose political sentiments he—(Mr V 7ram8) —entirely agreed, but still he regarded Mr xothergill more favourably as an advanced Liberal; while, at the same time, he was associated with the romineijcial interests of Merthyr. (Applause.) He believed that Mr Fothergill represented the commercial interests of Merthyr in Parliament. By his votes and to other ways he had contributed to the advancement of the material interests of the borough and he believed, ♦* f^ult of a thirty years' acquaintance with the town, that Mr Fothergill would again have the support J? t majority of the constituency in Merthyr, and that he could command two-thirds of the voters in Aberdare. He was certain that if Mr Fothergill came forward with that vigour which he had displayed on the two previous occasions, he would be triumphantly re- turned. Mr J. W. Evans felt great pleasure in asking Mr xotnergill to be kind enough to offer himself for re- flection in the event of a dissolution. He was sure, from what he knew of Aberdare, that the people still revered the name of Fothergill. He had spoken to tome of the influential gentlemen of the borough, as well as with the working classes, some of the latter of whom told him that they had attended the meetings of James under the impression that Mr Fothergill would not again come forward, but having found the contrary to be the case, they would, as before, "sup- port him, vote for him, and return him." Mr John Ivor Evans (Swansea) alluded to his own early associations with Merthyr, and paid a high tribute M abilities and fitness of Mr Fothergill. Mr Isaac Thomas, who spoke in Welsh, said the whole of the workmen were in favour of Mr Fothergill, and they had told him to say for them, We will every one vote for him." Â: number of others, whose names are given above, baring spoken, Choirman read the following memorial which Bad been adopted at a numerously-attended meeting At Aberdare :— V. w ^1CHARD FOTHEBGILL, Esq. .We, the undersigned electors of the borough of Mer- thyr, Aberdare, and Yaynor, are deeply sensible of the causes which have prevented your discharging your Parliamentary duties for the past three or four years, Mid have sincerely sympathised with you under your great domestic bereavement and affliction. We would how venture to hope and believe it is convenient and agreeable to you to resume your position in the House of Commons* Yon have proved yourself a noble mem- u* P^t—in the front rank of Liberalism, voting right at all times, and in harmony with our wishes. You at the same time earnestly studied our local interests and did not rest until (conjointly with our noble County members, Messrs C. R. M. Talbot and Henry Hussey Vivian) you succeeded in getting our Welsh Steam coal used in Her Majesty's navy. We thank you, sir, for this great boon, aud to prove our gratitude and confidence, cordially ask you to again become one of our members. We invite you to offer yourself for re-election At the approaching dissolution, and pledge you our vote and interest to return you to Parliament." (Here follow the signatures of the members of the deputation.) Mr Fothergill, whose rising wps the signal for re- peated outbursts of applause, and who appeared deeply moved, said, Mr Chairman, gentlemen and old friends, I dare hardly trust myself to answer you in order to acknowledge all your goodness. (Applause.) 1 know I had a. task before uie, but I thought I coulu have bcrne up better than I find myself able* disinterested kindness has so moved my feelings, tnai 1 never felt so unequal to express, or attempt to ex- press, what i desired to say. This address is, per p the most complimentary thing, under the a" that has ever come under my notice-this is the most complimentary incident of my life. It hascome taneously from yourselves-no one could be more sur- Si than I was at this act on your part. I may eayat once that it has given me fresh energy and frKrth life. (Applause.) 1 feel-1 cannot but feel- ♦kft I mav yet be of use to you and to others, (feud applause.) The incidents of the last few years been singnlarly trying to my health. Commercial lMses may be retrieved. Any man of energy and de- {^nation, and especially with such friends as I Save should never despair-(applause)—and I don't despair—(hear, hear)—but following the misfortunes which tell upon me and those connected with me, came that bereavement to whioh you have so kindly and with so much sympathy alluded. I have said com- mercial losses may be retrieved, but death never gives UP its victim, and that blow at the same time seemed to paralyse me. You knew my son. There were bonds of strong sympathy between you, bonds of strong friendship. You loved him, and he loved you. (Hear hear.) I shall never forget, never can foiget, that glorious ovation at his coming of age. I wear upon my finger that superb gift of yours, which 1 value, ud S ever value »ore than any other possession. I WEALD PET FEW FTURTFD TO (BIN PABFTL memory WWE it not that I really had to explain to you why I fairly broke down. I could not go on I did make one or two Attempts. I voted once or twice on important occasions, coming from abroad to do so. I left Italy, and my wife and family, but it was so frightfully painful berfl, T had such a return of those excruciating feelings I was obliged to give it up, and more than once begged my friends to accept my resignation, and to fix upon another member. You may imagine the anguish it was to me. Still my friends were so patient and good, they never reproached me. They allowed me to go into retirement, and I confess I could not see my way to return. But your action —spontaneous action — seems to have restored to me new life. (Applause.) Time works wonders. I could not have conceived it possible that those crushed feelings to which I have alluded could once more be restored to their ordinary tone. I am glad to say that I have two sons of equal promise to the one lost. (Applause.) My wife finds fresh hope and life in their lives, and I myself perceive that life, instead of being a desert, may yet be made a field of usefulness. (Applause.) I feel exceedingly encouraged and gratified by what you have said to me and told me. And I know there is a bond of sympathy between myself and the trades- men of Merthyr and Aberdare. I hope and trust that 1 have scarcely an enemy there. (Applause.) That bond of unity is so strong, appearing to have withstood so much tension, I hope that I may in some shape or other be again useful to those whom I hold in high value. (Applause.) Yet. gentlemen, it forces itself upon my mind that you might take too sanguine a view of the general feeling of the United Boroughs. (" No, no.") But the honour of serving you is so very s?reat—that service is so very sweet to me -I could not, if I was sure that the great body of the electors desired to elect me again, refuse to come forward, (Loud applause.) But it is realty necessary—absolutely neces. sary tor myself, and also that your labours may not be expended in vain—that we should be quite clear on the subject. (Hear, hear.) It would be unwise, and I think altogether wrong of me at this moment, and at this meeting, to give a decided answer, or more decided answer than that, because sufficient time has not been givt n to ascertain the feelings of electors. I understand that yesterday's meeting has been adjourned until Tuesday. At that meeeting there "viil be a better opportunity of learning the feelings of the work- men more particularly, and the electors at large, than you have yet had. I myself don't go so far as to think that a dissolution is by any means certain, and the reception you have given me has so brightened my life, that I hope. if there be another session of Parliament, that you will see me doing my duty there. In view of that, and believing there will be another Session, I beg my friends to kindly undersatnd that I will be much obliged to them if they will enable me to be of any use to them by my attendance in my place in Par- liament. In conclusion, I thank you very much indeed. L cannot find words adequate to express my gratitude for this remarkable instance of your confidenoe and J8teem. (Applause.) The Chairman: 1 am sure we are all delighted to iear what Mr Fothergill has said, but when we get jack, what are we to tell the constituents ? Mr John Ivor Evans That he will stand. The Chairman resumed, that Mr Fothergill had not jiven a direct answer to the question—" Whether,in the jvent of an election taking place at the end of the rear, or at any other time, he would stand." They lid not wish at the adjourned meeting to have to say, Mr Fothergill did not give a direct answer, but he laid that in all human probability there would be mother Session, and he would do his duty." They 'elt convinoed that Mr Fothergill would do his duty. Mr Fothergill I really think, gentlemen, that the nost fitting answer that I can give is tha$—the answer which most suits my own feelings-is to place myself n your hands. (Loud cheers.) But I think you will 'eel with me that we should wait for the meeting on ruesday. The Chairman It would be impossible to have a nore final meeting than that which was held last night. Mr Fothergill thought he should receive a requisition, ligned by a sufficient number of colliers, workmen, and ilectors, in order that he may be able to reply to it, 'or which purpose he should be proud and glad to ittend a meeting. (Applause.) The Secretary here handed in a requisition, which lad been signed by nearly 400 men. After some other remarks it was decided to adopt ,he course suggested by Mr Fothergill, respecting a equisition and public meeting. The Chairman: The business of to-day was to ^certain whether Mr Fothergill would stand at all. Vow I think we quite understand it. We can go lack, and say Yes." We know the conditions, and re may feel sure that when we get an adequate number If signatures Mr Fothergill will not run away from us. Cheers.) A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the iroceedings. INFLUENTIAL MEETING AT ABERDARE. A largely attended and influential meeting of the lectors, numbering at least 600, was held on Tuesday vening at Aberdare, having been convened by circular. g c t was intended that the meeting should have been leld in the Assembly-room beneath the Hall, but such arge numbers attended that the meeting had to be held n the large hall Shortly after half-past seven, on the Iroposition of Dr. Leigh, seconded by the High-Con- table (Mr T. Phillips), Mr David Evan Williams. J.P., vas unanimously voted to the chair. On the platform md amongst those in the body of the hall were-Messrs j Hiley, T. Whitty Evans, chemist; lJ. Davies, Canon- treet; S. B. Witchell, Peter Williams, Merthyr: T. Cdwards, Cefa Dr Leigh, Cwmbach Thos. Phillips, ligh-constable David Hughes, ex-high-constable; J. )wens, Merthyr; John Forrester, Merthyr W. Adams, abernant; Henry Evans, Plymouth Lewis Watkins, fcc., &c. „ The Chairman said he had been called upon rather inexpectedly to preside at this adjourned committee neeting. They bad met as friends of Mr Fothergill. Cheers.) He thought he should tell them that he was he first person in ° this borough that recorded a vote :or Mr fothergill in 1868. (Applause.) He had not lad cause to regret giving that vote, and he hoped be ihould live to take his part in returning Mr Fothergill 'or the third time to the House of Commons. (Ap- jlause.) Mr Fothergill had not broken faith with any )fthem. He had kept his pledge, and his votes had jeen consistent. Mr FothorgiU had beent under a cloud 'or some time, but he (the speaker) hoped brighter day twaited him. (Applause.) Mr Fothergill s loss of sldest son must have cast him down very mucn. Fothergill had given his votes in the right way, an lad not abandoned his party. He had had his tria md difficulties to contend with daring the last few pears. Mr Fothergill had passed through deep waters, jut he (the Chairman) hoped the attachment for him ms now the same as at the commencement. (Cbeers.) rhere was a dissolution of Parliament looming m t listance. It might come upon them quite unexpectedly. Like everything else they might expect from the present Government, and they, therefore, wanted to prepare for that time. To be prepared was to be well organised, md to be well organised was half the battle. Wben that time came he hoped the same faithfulness would be exhibited throughout the borough generally as had been done on the two previous occasions. (Hear, hear.) He (Mr Williams) thought it was necessary for him to mention one matter, as he occupied the pro p that evening of presiding over the meeting. Williams) had been pledged to Mr Charles » like many others, on the understanding that jill was not coming forward. As it had becom that Mr Fothergill was coming forward, he ("heunair man) considered he was doing nothing contrary t was right, but he must stick to his old friend, v applause.) They had first-rate Liberals in Mr rot gill and Mr Henry Richard. (Loud cheering.) Charles James was an acknowledged Liberal, not ot to- day, but of many years standing, and had always helped the Liberal cause. He (the Chairman) thought it would be pure madness if they had a contest in the borough, and he, therefore, hoped Mr Charles James would think it right and proper to say that he was net in the field for the representation of Merthyr at present. (Loud cheers, during which the Chairman resumed his seat.) The Chairman then called upon Mr Thomas Edwards, Cefn, to tell them the result of the deputation's visit to Swansea. Mr Thomas Edwards said, before he told them what took place at the deputation meeting on Friday last, he should express his pleasure in meeting Mr Wilhaaus as chairman of this evening. (Cheers.) He had been a member of the Board of Guardians with Mr Williams for the past four years, and he could bear testimony to the fact that Mr Williams had always taken a kindly interest in working people. He was sure Mr Williams was aiding the working people in coming to the meeting that night to assist their old employer, Mr Fothergill. (Cheers.) As the chairman of the deputation meeting at Swansea, and the last committee meeting, he assured them he was delighted to find Mr Williams in the chair. It showed them they had his support. He was authorised to say that they had the support of another gentleman who was a magistrate and lived in their midst, a gentleman who had devoted about 40 years to the public service. He meant Mr Rhys Hopkin Rhys. (Cheers.) He [gave him (the speaker) authority last Saturday to declare at the meet- ing that Mr Fothergill should have his sympathy and support. (Cheers.) They all knew pretty well that on Thursday night a committee meeting was held, of which this was an adjourned meeting, in the ante-room of this hall. The deputation went to Swansea on Friday morning for the purpose of meeting Mr Fothergill. (Here the speaker, in very eloquent terms, described the interview of the deputation with Mr FothergilL) The speaker added that Mr Fothergill told them that he came to Swansea under the impression that there was nothing to live for, but after sitting with the committee about an hour, he felt that be had some- thing to live for after all, and he promised that he would come up to serve the people of Aberdare and Merthyr again. But he wanted to know the result of the meeting of that night. They had all seen the picture Waiting for the Verdict." Mr Fothergill was waiting for the verdict, and those present were the jury, It rested with them to decido whether he was to retain the honourable position of being a member of Parliament for Merthyr and Aberdare. If the people wished it, he was ready to come among them to represent them as before. (Cheers.) As their repre- sentative, they were all very proud of him. (Cheers.) In conclusion Mr Fothergill said he would place himself in the hands of the people. His decision will be your decision. You are the jury, and it resta with you to say if he will represent you or not. (Cheers.) He felt quite sure there was not one who would refuse to support Mr Fothergill. They were anxious, he was certain, that Mf Fothergill should come back. The gentlemen who promised to support Mr James were wailing a little to see how the wind bl"ws. The Chairman had set a good example he had promised to support Mr James, but that was upon the understanding that Air fothcripU was to roiire. lill now found that Mr |otb«rglU ww not gotog to rettoi I and he was therefore to support him, and thus he stuck to his old friend. (Cheers.) He (the speaker) trusted that Mr and Mrs Fothergill would come back to take the position they had before, and they would feel that they were not coming among people who had forgotten them in their hour of trial and adversity. They would feel that they were coming back to people that had loved them in their dark as well as their bright hours. (Cheers.) Mr Fothergill told them that commercial losses might be retrieved, and he was sure there was wonderful promise of that coming to pass, and that Richard Fothergill would again raise the name of Fothergill to the distinguished position it had held before. (Loud cheers.) ™ Mr Peter Williams, Merthyr, responded to the Chair- man's call. He was a supporter of Mr Fothergill at the present as he had been years ago. He was also a supporter of Mr Richard at each election. For several years he had had the privilege of being a member of the Nonconformist committee of Merthyr. At the last election it was determined by the committee, that inas- much as the Nonconformists of the borough had in Mr Richard a representative of their own religious, or Nonconformist sentiments, they should support Mr Fothergill to represent the commercial interests of the borough. (Cheers). There were three candidates in the field at the last election. MrjHalliday was the labour candidate. Now the position of things was the same that day as it was at tlRllast election, though they had exactly no labour candidate, but they had the two gentlemen whom the Nonconformist committee sup- ported at the last election. Therefore he (Mr Williams) considered that anyone who was a member of that com- mittee w«s quite at liberty to carry out the policy that the committee propounded at the last election. (Ap- plause.) There was no difference in the politics of the three gentlemen who were before the electors. He ap- prehended that the three great questions which would come before the conntry at the next election were the disestablishment and disendowment of the English Church, the assimilation of the county with the borough franchise, and the redistribution of seats. On these three questions the candidates held similar views, but they were attached to Mr Fothergill because he was eminently qualified to represent the trade interests of the district; and what he had done in the past he would no doubt do in the future. (Loud applause.) Having referred to Mr Fothergill's acts in the House of Com- mons, particularly in the matter of proving, in con- junction with Mr Hussey Vivian, the superiority of ithe Welsh coal, and in inducing the Admiralty to use t, e went on to say that what they might do in Aberdare in favour of Mr Fothergill, they might depend upon it there would be the same enthusiasm roused in Merthyr in his favour as had been displayed at the pre- ceding election. (Loud checra.) He did not think that in any borough in the United Kingdom there was such a general feeling of attachment between members and constituents aa had been shown by the electors of Mer- thyr aud Aberdare at the last two elections. He hoped the same attachment would again be shown to Mr Fothergill, who, as they were aware, had suffered a great bereavement and great disasters. One trait in the Welsh character was a warm interest in a man when he was cast down. Mr Fothergill had been cast down, but with God's help aud their help they would raise him again. (Loud applause.) It was his (Mr Williams') firm belief that Mr Fothergill would be re- turned by a larger majority than ever. (Loud applause.) If he would not be returned by a large majority he (Mr Williams) would be ashamed of his fellow-electors. In Merthyr and Vaynor, where Mr Edwards and him- self resided, he would have a triumphant majority. (Loud cheers.) Mr Watkin Williams and Mr John Mills (Tarlan Office) briefly addressed the meeting in Welsh. Mr David Davies, Canon-street, said he was proud to take part in that movement. He bad a resolution to introduce to the meeting, and it read thus That a house-to-house canvass be commenced forthwith. In order to enable them to do so, they ought all of theml,to put their shoulders to the wheel." This would show Mr James's friends that it was perfectly useless to bring him forward. He then concluded by moving the resolution.. Mr Joseph Owen, Merthyr, seconded it it in a Welsh SPMrbThomas Thomas, Grondda, supported the reso- lution, also in a Welsh speech, in the course of which he stated, like the preceding speaker, that Mr James had been adopted by the electors under the belief that Mr Fothergill was not again seeking their suffrages. In going back to Mr Fothergill they did not intend to cast a slur on Mr James, who would make an ex- cellent member. But the one case they had now before them was Mr Fothergill's candidature. I He was a collier, and he appealed to the colliers especially. It was their bouuden duty, he considered, remember- ing what Mr Fothergill had done in the past, to again return him. (Renewed cheers.) The resolution was put to the meeting, and it was agreed to unanimously, amidst long cheering. Mr Thomas Phiilips, High-constable of Aberdare, said he had received a resolution, and he was sure it would be carried as unanimously as the preceding one. His friend Mr Edwards had told them in most glowing and eloquent language that Mr Fothergill was waiting for the verd ct." He did not think there could be any doubt about the verdict. It would be most unanimous. He therefore, had every reason to hope that in a few days they should have Mr Fothergill amongst them again, when he would tell them his own views on the subject. He was sure Mr Fothergill would get a most hearty reception in that hall and in Merthyr.^ (Con- tinued cheers.) He had no doubt if this meeting was called upon to vote to-morrow, the electors would record their votes for Mr Fothergill to a man. This was a large constituency, some 12,000 or 15,000 electors, and to get the support of these electors they must, as the chairman told them, have organisation. He had, therefore, a resolution to submit to them, and it was as followsThat the following gentleman be respect- fully requested to form themselves into ward com- mittees, to organize the canvass in the respective wards, with power add to their number." (Here the speaker named a number of gentlemen representing each of the Aberdare wards.) j Mr John Davies, loan Cynnon, seconded the resolu. tion in an eloquent Welsh speech. lie had been a supporter of Mr James in the belief that Mr Fothergill was not coming forward, but he now knew otherwise, and considered it right that they should give Mr James up, and return to their old love, Mr Fothergill. Mr Samuel Davies, Blaengwawr Inn, supported the resolution in a Welsh speech of some force. Mr Thomas Evans, Cwmbach, said he appeared before them to advocate Mr Fothergill's candidature, though he had gone with Mr James, believing that their old member was not again coming forward. No doubt they had some reason for thinking so, from something said some twelve months ago. Perhaps they (the electors) had been hasty in adopting Mr James before the deputation had waited on Mr Fothergill. He hoped Mr James would retire, and that they should have no contested election. (Applause.) Dr. Leigh, Cwmbach, spoke in support of the resolu- tion, stating that as he mixed amongst the working. men he knew their feelings, and with one solitary exception all had said they would vote for Mr Fothergill. Mr Morgan, a collier, likewise stated that the work. ing-men, as at the previous elections, were in favour of Mr Fothergill. He was sure that all in his pit would vote for their present member. The resolution was then put to the meeting, and agreed to with acclamation. Mr Hiley proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, he was sure they were all delighted to see him taking the chair on that occasion. (Cnters) Mr Lewis Watkins seconded the proposition, which was put to the meeting by Mr Whitty Evans, and agreed to with acclamation. Mr Williams having briefly returned thanks, Mr Evans called for three cheers for Mr Fothergill, a request which was responded to in a most demonstrative mTherproceedings, whioh throughout had been most enthusiastic, were then brought to a close. MERTHYR POLIOE OOURT. SATUBDAY.—{Before Thomas William, Esq.) «;Aims.—John Vaughan, puddler, whom P.C. Jones found on Friday night lying drunk and iu- oanable at Glebeland-street, was discharged with a Lution.—David Woosenain, shoemaker, charged by P.S. Pickwick with drunkenness in High-street on the same night was fined 5s and the costs.—Frederick Wilson, haulier, for a similar offence in the same street on the 23rd ult. was tined a like sum. s (Before Thomas Williams, Edward Davies, and v James Probert, Esqrs. ALLEGED BREACH OF THE LICENSING ACT. — Bar. tholomew Duneen, labourer, was summoned for having been found in the laibot inn, Penydarran, at 10 o'clook on the morning of Sunday, the 20th inst., the same being a time when the house ought by law tn have been closed.—Inspector Rodman gave evidence. Oefendant, who stated that he merely went in to get two half-pence for a penny, was dismissed with a CASSLTTAL FOB TKIAL OF A WELL-KNOWN SHARPER -Annie Edwards, 22, single, a well dressed young woman, whohad been previously committed of felony was brought up charged wit* tnree separate cases of theft two of whicti were committed at Merthyr, and one at Abernant, in the. early part of the present month under the following circumstances. On the nicht of the 2nd inst. prisoner met on their road 3c a Mrs Jones, the wite of a moulder living at Well-street, Brecon-road, and her sister-in-law, a young girl who lives with her parents at Howel-street, Ueorgetown. Accosting Mrs Jones she asked her whether she could "recommend her to a respectable Dlace where she could sleep that night," to which Mis Jones replied You can sleep with me if you like, my husband being at work. Prisoner occupied the same bed with Mrs Jones, who made supper for her that night and breakfast next morning, the prisoner giving her balf-a-crown to go out for some nam. W uilst Mrs Jones was away it was suspected that the prisoner stole a silver thimble from a jug on the table. This very thimble she gave next morning to the sister-in-law, whose house In Georgetown she had been entertained at in exactly the same manner, and upon exactly similar representations as had been made to Mrs Jones. After her departure from this latter house a sixpence, a glass scent-bottle, and 12 yards of merino were missed. On the 10th inst. she visited Long-row, Abernant, and upon pretence of being a benighted lady traveller, who had plenty of money, obtained lodgings at the house of a pattern-maker named Edwards for two or three days. After her disappearance it Was found that a valuable cloth jacket belonging to one of the daughters of the house was missing. This jacket and scent-bottle which she had taken with her from the house in Georgetown were lound upon her at .Neatn when sue was taken intu custody by P.C. Canton. She pleaded guilty to steal, in tbejaoket and went-bottl*, but the 4000 b»YW I I seen the dress-piece, and as to the silver thimble, I contended that it had been lent her by Mrs Jones to mend her collars and cuffs that after using it she in a moment of forgetfulness placed it in her pocket, and that she gave it to the sister-in-law in order that the latter might restore it to the owner.-She was fully committed to take her trial at the next Assizes. WOUNDING HER BROTHER.—Mary Buckley, married, was charged with maliciously wounding Bartholomew Sullivan, metal breaker, Pontlottyn. on the 25th inst. — Defendant, who was Sullivan's sister, was alleged fco have struck him on the head with a stone, inflict- ing a cut two inches long extending to the bone.— Complainant was attended by Dr Evans and defen- dant by P.C. Ford. Erysipelas being apprehended, the Bench ordered a remand for a week, the prisoner to be kept in custody. COMPROMISED. — William John, Wyndham Arms Inn, Glebeland-street, was summoned for assaulting Morgan David, office clerk, on the 14th inst.—Mr Jones appeared for complainant, and Mr W. Price defended.—John was clearly proved to have slapped the face of the complainant, who had just before then given his (defendant's) dog something very much like a kick.—The Bench having suggested the desirability of a settlement, the parties retired, and eventually the case was withdrawn upon defendant tendering a written apology and paying the costs. DESERTING THE MARINES.—Edward Driscoll, navvy, a man whose case we reported in our previous issue, was now brought up on remand, and sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour for neglect- ing to attend before a magistrate to be attested after he°had received the Queen's shilling from Recruitiug Sergeant John Crabb. of the Royal Marines, on the 7th of September, 1877. Instructions had been received from the Admiralty that he should be dealt with as a rogue and vagabond. TRADING AT ILLEGAL HOURS. —John Lyndon, of the Lord Napier beerhouse, Picton-street, was summoned for having opened his house for the sale of beer before half-past 12 o'clock on Sunday, the 20th iust. —Mr Plews appeared for the defendant.-P. O. James (128) deposed to watching the house from five o'clock up to nine o'clock on the morning in question, and to seeing several persons enter, among the rest William Seale, coachman to the Rector of Merthyr, whom he followed to the doorway. After some delay he (the officer) was admitted, but although he searched the house all through he failed to find Seale there. On looking through an upstairs window, however, he saw a man" making his way over the bridge close by the house. He followed him and had a conversation with him which Mr Plews succeeded in shutting out from the evidence. —Defendant, who was sworn, denied that as far as he knew no person but the officer had entered the house that morning. It was admitted, however, that he had a grown-up daughter who appeared to be as much in charge as himself, and who, although in court, was not called to give evidenoe.— A tine of £ 1 and the costs was imposed. MONDAY. -(Before John Bishop, Esqr.) DESERTING HER CHILDREN.—Winifred Maughan, a single woman, was brought up under warrant charged with deserting her two illegitimate childien. — It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner, who was a woman of disreputable habits, had been living with a man named Cahill, by whom she bad had several children and with whom she, in the early part of June last quarrelled. She shortly afierwards left the neighbourhood, and was not again seen until brought back by P.S. Pickwick from Landoro under this warrant Her children were on the 16th of June found destitute in a bouse in Bethesda-street by Relieving- officer Morgan, who took them into the workhouse where they had ever since remained.—Her excuse now was that Cabill's cruelty made it impossible for her to live in the same town as him. -Sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. -For conduct of this kind in Ynysgau-street, *n Saturday night, a labourer, named William Parker, was, upon the evidence of P.S. Davies, fined 5s and the costs. For like behaviour at High-street, on Sunday night, another labourer named David Edwards, was, upon the evidence of P.C. Jones, dealt with in a similar manner.—-John Brown, a puddler, who was making his way to Rhymney on the same day, and who happening to have too heavy a load to cariv fell down, and went to sleep in High-street, Penydarran, where he was found by P.O. Jones, was similarly dealt with. WEDNESDAY.-(Before John Bishop, Esq.) WIFE DESERTION.—Thomas Locke Fry, a labourer, was brought up under warrant charged with deserting his wife who, with her three children, was admitted into the workhouse on the 19th inst. Defendant, who told P S Pickwick, by whom he was taken into custody, that directly he heard the family were in the workhouse he had them taken out, was sentenced to seven days' ^DRUN^RDS"-—Thomas Reardon, a mason, an old offender, found by P.C. James drunk and behaving indecently at Wellington-street, on Monday night, was committed to prison for 14 days with hard labour in default of paying a SUIl of 10s and the costs. ——-William Davies, labourer, charged by P.S. Davies with drunken and disorderly conduct at High-street, on the same night, was fined 5s and the costs. He paid the money. No PROSECUTOP. --Elizabeth Rees, a River-sider,who was charged with stealing a sum of 15s from the person of a blacksmith, named John llhams, on the 28th inst., was remanded in custody until Saturday, for the attendance of the prosecutor. KILLING HER FOWLS.—Daniel Williams, engineman, was summoned for having killed three fowls belonging to a Mrs Sullivan, residing at Sunny Bank, on the 22nd inst.Mr John Jones appeared for the defendant. —The evidence went to show that the fowls had tres. passed in a garden belonging to the latter who, to drive them out, had pelted them With stones. It was con- tended on his behalf that it was a case of • accidental death.He was ordered to pay a sum of 14s 6d by way of fine, costs and compensation. A NEIGHBOUR'S SQUABBLE. Lugene Bryan, green- grocer, Dowlais Top, summoned Catherine Owens, married for an assault alleged to have been committed on the 21st inst. -This was a very trumpery affair, the complainant being shown to have behaved nearly if not quite as badly as the other party. The summons was dismissed upon payment of the costs.