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& £ |jottttmenta. Monday ..Usk Monthly Market-Sale of Rams by Mr. Hands. Tuesday. 0 Bedwellty Fair. Caerleon Petty Sessions. Usk County Court. Thursday.. Abergavenny County Court. Tenders to be sent in for supplying the Aber- gavenny Asylum with Provisions, i Friday .Grosmont Fair. Pontypool Fair (Cheese and Sheep). Usk Petty Sessions. Chepstow County Court. Saturday.. Pontypool Petty Sessions. 8th Mon. Rifle Volunteers. Monday "Wednesday. > Company Drill at 7.30 p.m. Friday J Thursday } Eecruit at 7.30 p-m.
Btrtfjs. At Trosnant, Pontypool,' Sept. 28, the wife of Mr. Richard Turner, Iron Works, Pontymoile, of a son. i&arrtages. At St. Mary Magdalene's Church, London, Sept. 25, by the Rev. W. H. Milman, M.A., Mr. J. C. Moses to Margaret, second daughter of Mr. W. Davies, draper, Pontypool. At Michaelchurch, Sept. 29, by the Rev. —— Colwel], Mr. Michael Cusack to Miss Bridget Cavanagh. Recently, Mr. David Williams, bailiff to Mr. John Merrett, Llangwm Isha farm, to Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. J. Powell, Pentre farm, Llangwm. [We inadvertently inserted Roberts instead of Williams, as the name of the bridegroom, last week]. Beatfjs. At Abergavenny, Sept. 26, Thomsina, relict of the late Mr. Richard Earres, of Abergavenny, aged 76 years. At Llandenny Walks, recently, Mr. Henry Frederick, aged 83 years. An old and respected inhabitant. At Usk, Sept. 27, Bessie, beloved and youngest daughter of the late Thomas Edwards, Esq., Pontypool, aged 41.
TO CORRESPONDENTS AND READERS
TO CORRESPONDENTS AND READERS OUR SUBSCRIBERS are respectfully informed that their subscriptions to the OBSERVER became due on the 27th of September. ABERGAVENNY AGRICULTURAL MEETING.-We were led into error, in our report of the above meeting last week, by the official prize list, in stating that the class For the best Stock Bull" was not exhibited. The con- ditions stipulated that unless there were three entries in each class, the prizes for horned stock would not be awarded. In the above class there were only TWO entries, but it appears the animal exhibited by Mr. Warren Evans, Llandowlas, was so deserving, that the Judges were induced to waive the point, and award him the prize. The same bull took the sweepstakes for The best Bull in the yard."
DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE. DINNER TO CAPT BARRE PHIPPs.-The dinner which was intended to have been given to Captain Phipps, the Adjutant of the 2nd Mon. Battalion of Rifle Volunteers, as welcome on his return from Hythe, and which, from unavoidable circumstances, was postponed, took place on Tuesday last, at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, when 17 officers of the battalion, with their respected Adjutant, and Captain Carnegy, the Adjutant of the 2nd corps, enjoyed a most agreeable evening, under the presidency of the senior officer present, Captain King; most effi- ciently supported by Captain Hill, whose presence is alone necessary to make any social gathering pass off to the delight and entertainment of all present. We un- derstand that it was resolved to institute an annual meeting of the officers of the battalion. A letter was received from Major Butler, expressing his deep regret at not being able to meet the Adjutant on such a pleasant occasion. The Colonel was in London, or there is no doubt he would have had pleasure in joining in the com- pliment paid to Captain Phipps. CRICKET.—MONMOUTHSHIRE V. BRECONSHIRE.-This match was played at Brecon on the 19th and 20th ultimo, and won by the latter; the bowling on their side proving most irresistible. The ground was in capital order, and the weather during both days, was splendidly fine. The following is the score :— MONMOUTHSHIRE. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. G Levick, stumped J Lloyd.. 5 b Griffiths 13 J Rosher, c J Lloyd 3 c Price, b Williams 7 W Thomas, b Griffiths 0 not out. 7 G Worthington, b Griffiths.. 0 b Griffiths. 0 G Peake, b H Thomas 6 b Gtiffiths 8 C Davies, run out 6 b Griffiths 0 R B Gabb, not out 19 c Vaughan,b tl Thomas 7 T Levick, b GriffiLhs 9 b P Williams. 4 E Davies, b H Thomas. 0 b P Williams 0 Hon F Morgan, b P Williams 2 c J Lloyd, b H Thomas 2 lacy, fun out 0 absent 0 Byes 6, leg byes 2, wides 7 ..15 byes 2, wide 1 3 No ball 1 Total.66 Total 57 BRECONSHIRE. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. J Lloyd, b Peake '26 c and b E Davies 33 E Thomas, b G Levick 8 c Rosher, b G Levick.. 2 W J Price, b Peake 2 b E Davies 23 E Thomas, c Gabb, b Peake..11 c Worthington 15 P Williams, c Rosher 2 b G Levick 3 J Morris, b Peake. 0 b E Davies 11 H Thomas, c & b G Levick.. 5 b E Davies 5 D Griffiths, b G Levick 8 c Morgan, b Davies !l3 E Wright, b Peake 6 not out. 0 P Lloyd, not out 16 c Thomas, b G Levick 0 R Vaughan, b Peake 7 b E Davies 7 Bye 1, leg bye 1, wides 5 7 Byes 4, leg byes 2 6 Wides 9 9 Total 98 Total. 127
system are winding their tortuous ways along the valleys, and piercing the mountain sides of old CWMRY, superseding the rugged mountain path, and bringing hitherto secluded regions into easy commu- nication with our large towns and manufacturing centres—carrying away the rich mineral productions of mother earth to the readiest and most remunera- tive markets, and bringing in return the comforts and luxuries of life, and the arts of civilization. Yet, in the face of such advantages, there are those amongst us, even at the present day, who will argue that rail- ways are a curse to the country, and that it were better they had never been invented-these are, how- ever, but remnants of the past, such as must always accompany a transition so great as that effected by the introduction of railways—such opinions are now, for the most part, only held by persons whose memories will carry them back to the" Good old times (as they were called), when monopolies were rife, and snug fortunes were made from the sheer necessities of the public, and its inability to resist exhorbitant charges. But the day of this sort of thing is past -tradesmen of one town are brought into honorable competition with those of another, or even with those of the Metropolis itself, and true merit becomes a necessary qualification for success—therefore, railways should be looked upon, not only as inducements for purchasers of one locality to effect their purchases elsewhere, but also as affording facilities for trades- men to supply their goods upon terms equally ad- vantageous with those of other localities. The occasion which has led us to the foregoing re- marks, was the opening, on Monday last, of the first section, of 8 miles (Abergavenny to Brynmawr), of the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway, and the demonstrations of appreciation of the enterprising spirit that conceived the idea of connecting the above towns by rail, and of satisfaction at the successful con- summation of the scheme, so far,'which celebrated the event. We will now proceed to a description of the leading features of the day. The proceedings commenced at an early hour, the good people of Abergavenny being aroused from their slumbers, and at the same time, reminded of the con- templated events of the day before them, by the merry peals of St. Mary's bells, and the booming of cannon from the Castle Hill. This early commence- ment may perhaps not have been very acceptable to some of the late-rising fraternity, yet, it had the ef- fect of bringing a great number of people about at an unaccustomed hour, so that, as the song goes:- "The good old town, soon after five, Like a rich old cheese, was all alive." Not a few were those, who, freed from the restraint of monotonous business life, preferred spending a n 11 quiet day with their friends in the country, or in some of the neighbouring towns, to taking part in the busy throng; numbers of such may have been seen hurrying away to catch the morning trains, or taking their seats in the four-wheel," for a pleasant drive out of town. But whether this or that, it was evi- dent by the lightsome footstep and happy counten- ance of each passer-by, that all were in for a day's pleasure, however sought. Nor was there any lack of outward signs of the general spirit of rejoicing, for there was scarcely a house in the principal thoroughfares but had some decoration in the way of flags, evergreens, &c., amongst the most noticeable of which may be men- tioned a string of masonic and other colors across the street from the Angel Hotel; a flag bearing the inscription Welcome to Abergavenny," at Mr. J. Morgan's, draper; a neatly executed inscription, Success to the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway," spanning the street from Mr. J. Hopkin Morgan's to Mr. W. Taylor's a number of pretty little Union Jacks, at Mr. John A. Lewis'; a flag at the Golden Lion, inscribed, Success to the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway an inscrip- tion to the like effect crossing the street from Mr. J. Watkins, junior's, and, last though not least, an arch at Mr. Hailstone's, near the new station, composed of evergreens, and bearing the inscription, Success to the Rail, worked in dahlias upon a white ground. The station itself was also decorated profusely with evergreens and flowers. Shortly before ten o'clock, a procession was formed at the Angel Hotel, and proceeded to the station in the following order — Monmouthshire Militia Band. Abergavenny Rifle Corps Drum and Fife Band. Abergavenny Rifle Corps. Crawshay Bailey, Esq., M.P.,(Chairman of the Company), J. C. Hill, Esq. (Deputy-Chairman). Isaac Isaacs, Esq., ) JohnJayne, Esq., j Directors. Shareholders. Messrs. King and Greene, Contractors. Mr. Gardner, Engineer. W. Foster Batt, Esq., Secretary. E. Y. Steele, Esq. (Chairman of the Management Committee). Members of the Committee. Tradesmen, &c. On arriving at the Station, the procession was greeted with cheers by a large assemblage, and a volley of cannon. Mr. E. Y. Steele then read the following address To the Directors of the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway Company.-In the name of Aber- gavenny, we offer you our congratulations on the auspicious day which dawns upon the successful accom- plishment of the first, most arduous, and most important stage of your undertaking; your labours have been beset with obstacles and with anxieties, the full extent of which is probably known only to youi-selves; but we have watched those labors with interest; we, in fear and in hope, have shared those anxieties, and we now hail the crowning success with cordial rejoicing. To your adminis. trative talent, and persevering energy, supported as they- have been by the public spirit of shareholders full of con- fidence in your prudence and integrity, it is owing that the scheme for constructing a railway from Abergavenny to Merthyr was launched, and has been so far guided safely onwards stage by stage. To the skill and indefatigable exertions of your engineer—your contractors, and those employed under their supervision, is due the satisfactory construction of this—the most difficult section of the line, through a district which, to most men, seeming to be closed by the hand of nature herself, might well have daunted hearts less bold and less enterprising. To the wise counsels and careful management of your legal and parliamentary advisers, is due that final triumph which has placed your undertaking under the protection and fostering care of one of the greatest, wealthiest, and most liberal corporations in the world. From this spot, so well chosen for its convenience as a station, and for the scenery of unrivalled beauty which surrounds it, you are about to now Convey, for the first time, a train of carriages, which scaling the mountain precipice, shall carry to our friends at Byrnmawr, the joyful tidings of your success. Thus, by a direct line of communication, opening out a new and very populous district, you will contribute to the material prosperity, and promote the social comfort and conve- niences of the inhabitants. Participators in these valuable benefits, we tender our cordial thanks to you, and to all who, under your auspices, have helped on the success of your undertaking. May that success be to you an earnest of future triumph, when, carrying the iron road on from Brynmawr to Tredegar, and to Merthyr, you may com- plete the communication between this-your starting point—and the shores of South Wales." Mr. Crawshay Bailey, on behalf of the. Directors, thanked Mr. Steele, and the gentlemen of the committee, for the kind sentiments conveyed in the address. In the course of a brief, but humorous speech, he spoke of the great engineering difficulties that had been en- countered in the construction of the line, and how skilfully they had been overcome, of which they would have an op- portunity of judging. He also dwelt upon the great benefit the line would confer on the neighbourhood through which it ran, and congratulated the shareholders upon having transferred their property to such a large and in- fluential company as the London and North Western, and upon such advantageous terms, viz,: 5 per cent on the capita], in addition to half the profits. The Directors with their friends and the gentlemen forming the procession, together with a large number of other persons, then took their seats-in a train of seven carriages, and started, amidst deafening cheers, on their journey to Brynmawr. The only intermediate station is Govilon, where the train stopped to take up as many more passengers as could be accommo- dated. The little station was tastefully decorated, and a large number of people had assembled, who lustily gave vent to their feelings of satisfaction. On reaching Brynmawr, the Directors were met at the station by the members of the Local Board of Health, the clerk to whom, Mr. J. Cox Davies, read the fol- lowing address To Crawshay Bailey, Esq., M.P., the chairman; J. C. Hill, Esq., the deputy-chairman; and Thos. Brown, John. Jayne, E. C. Strode, and Isaac Isaacs, Esquires, the Direc- tors of the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway Company.—We, the undersigned, members of the Bryn- mawr Local Board of Health, on'behalf of ourselves, and other shareholders in the company, and inhabitants of Brynmawr and its neighbourhood, beg you to accept our hearty congratulations on your arrival at this station, for the purpose of opening the first section of the line from Abergavenny to Merthyr. We recall, with pride, the energetic efforts made by all classes, at all places along the line, successfully to launch this scheme at its inception in 1858. We recall, with gratitude and satisfaction, the sagacious and unvarying attention bestowed by yourselves and the officers of the Company, upon their affairs, and the gratifying success in which your efforts have resulted. We regard the opening of this line as the commencement of a new era for the Hill districts, on the borders of Mon- mouthshire and Brecknockshire. We hope to see the agricultural wealth of many a lowland vale poured forth along this line, to supply 'the necessities of these mining populations, and returned by abundant supplies of the inexhaustible mineral treasures here produced. We an- ticipate the time when this and other improved facilities of communication, shall lead to the establishment in our district of some of the many more advanced manufactures in which iron is employed, attracted here, by the abundant supply of metal, and the cheapness of labour and fuel, and I we are sanguine enough to hope that time will find Bryn- mawr the centre of a system of railways, converging upon it from Biaenavon, Blaina, and other adjacent districts. We see such of the slopes of our surrounding hills, as cultivation has touched, if incapable of growing corn, yet producing a sward of grass, which for greenness and luxuriance, few valley meadows can surpass and we hope as work expands with the increased facilities of commu- nication, that greater breadths of this land will be brought under cultivation, for the benefit alike of the landowners and the resident population. We trust the brightening prospects which seem now dawning, after the long de- pression of the South Wales iron trade, will open into the full daylight of prosperity; and we fervently pray that it will please the Almighty disposer of all worldly events, who has made labor the lot of man, to give a long con- tinued and unclouded success to the work which you have this day so far prosperously accomplished." (Signed) JAMES PHILLIPS, Chairman, (And 12 members of the Local Board of Health). Mr. Crawshay Bailey also returned the thanks of the Directors, for the kindly expressions towards them, con- tained in this address. Great demonstrations of rejoicing were prevalent throughout Brynmawr, and the surrounding district; business was suspended; flags and other decorations lined the streets, and a procession, comprised of the Members of the Local Board of Health, and the prin- cipal tradesmen, headed by the band of the Second Brecon Volunteers, marched to the station to welcome the arrival of the train. After spending a couple of hours in the town, the Directors and the greater portion of those who had accompanied them from Abergavenny, started on their return, taking with them as many of the Bryn- mawr folks as could find room in the train. Several other trains ran backwards and forwards between the two towns during the day, carrying passengers free of charge. Everything in connection with the line appears to have been prepared with the utmost regard to the comfort and convenience of passengers, even in the minutest detail. The stations are commodious, well arranged and easy of access whilst to insure safety to passengers, a novel contrivance has been adopted, by means of which, the guard of the train is enabled to apply a break to the wheels of every carriage, so that a train can be brought to a stand within a few yards. Shortly after the return of the train to Abergavenny, the Cricket Field became the centre of attraction, a -great many persons being attracted there to witness the rural sports. They consisted of foot races, jump- ing, donkey riding, &c. and created "no end" of amusement. Several gentlemen, amongst whom we may name Mr. W. Williams (Manchester), Mr. J. Watkins (painter), and Mr. John Michael, were most active in superintending the arrangements, and seeing that the proceedings were carried on in an orderly manner, thus contributing much to the enjoyment of the lookers on. TFIE DINNER Took place between three and four o'clock, at the Angel Hotel. Mr. Morgan catered in his usual excellent style for about 80 guests who were supplied with sparkling champagne, AD LIBITUM, through the kindness of the Directors. The Chair was taken bv Crawshay Bailey, Esq., M.P., and the vice-chair by Captain Hill; they were supported by the most respectable tradesmen of Abergavenny, Mr. Geo. Findlay, of the London & North Western line, and other officers connected with the same company. The toasts were of the usual description, and comprised, in addition to the loyal and patriotic, many of a local and general application. The toast of the evening," viz. Prosperity to the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Abergavenny Railway." was given in a suitable address by Mr. Steele, who made some apposite remarks on the progress of rail- ways from 1830, when the Liverpool and Manchester was opened, to the present time. He enlarged on the diffi. culties which beset the construction of a railway up hill, from Abergavenny to Brynmawr; and papsed a high com- pliment to the zeal and untiring exertions of the Direc- tors in carrying out the undertaking to a successful issue -an undertaking which was certainly fraught with bene- fits to the town of Abergavenny, as well as to the district generally. Overflowing bumpers were quaffed in honor of the toast, the proposer being vooifarously applauded at various stages of his address, which, throughout, indeed, was cordially and even enthusiastically received; all present whether personally interested in the line, or merely trades- men of the town, being fully prepared to endorse Mr. Steele's sentiments on such a subject. Mr. Jayne, in an address, characterised by customary smoothness and c hoice of expressions, returned a very suitable, though brief, ac- knowledgement, on behalf of the Board of Directors and with a reference to the close connection of this local line with the London & North Western, proposed Success to the London and North Western Railway Company, cou- pled with the health of Mr George Findlay," who returned thanks. The evening was spent in festive enjoyment. Before 8 o'clock, the Chairman vacated his seat, and with other gentlemen left for the ball at Clytha. The day proved delightfully fine, which was so much the more acceptable as the morning gave indica- tions of an opposite character; and it is gratify ing to have to state that the proceedings throughout were of the most satisfactory nature, not being marred by any accident, that we have heard of, as is too often the case on such occasions. The trains commenced running for regular traffic, at convenient times, on the 1st inst. In conclusion, we re-echo the sentiment, Success to the Merthyr, Tredegar, and Aberga- venny Railway."
USK. PREPARATORY SCHOOL.—On Saturday last, a meeting of the inhabitants took place at the Town Hall, for the pur- pose of adopting measures for opening a preparatory school in the building lately used as the Writing School, in connec- tion with Roger Edwards's school. The following inhabi- tants were present: T. Falconer, Esq.; G. R. Greenhow- Relph, Esq.; J Bromfield, Esq.; Revs. S. C. Baker, W. H. Wrenford, J. Cadwallader, G.Thomas, G. Cosens Messrs. T. Dunn, H. Dowell, J. H. Clark, W. H. Bosworth, J. Ed- wards, C. Stockham, and T. Williams. On the proposition of Mr Bromfield, the Rev. S. C. Baker was voted to the chair. The Chairman commenced by reading a statement of the information he had collected relative to the ownership of the school, from which it appeared that the building had been erected on some waste ground, and had been held by the Trustees of Roger Edwards's charity for 19 years, previously to which it had been held by the Sub- scribers to the Lancastrian School, which was originally supported in the town. Mr. Relph enquired", hat minute or evidence there was of a transfer of the property to the Trustees. The Chairman replied there was none, but the Trustees had held it for 19 years. Mr. Bromfield' advo- cated the immediate re-opening of the school, and thought that in time it may be made self-supporting. After some considerable discussion, a subscription last was opened and the following sums entered: G. R. Greenhow. Relph, Esq., £ 5; James Bromfield, Esq., £5; Rev. W. H. Wrenford, £11s; Rev. J. CadwaHa.-Jer, £11s; Mr. J. H. Clark, zEl Is; Mr. H. Dowell, zEl Is; 24r, T. Dunn, 91 Is; Mr.W.H.Bos- wortl, 21 Is; Mr. J'Edwards, iSl Is; Rev. G. Thomas, 10s; Rev. (j. Cosens, 5s. A provisional committee was then formed, and the meeting was adjourned. USK GAS COMPANY. The General Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the above Company, took place at the Gas Works, on Monday last, present—Mr. T. D unn, chairman; Messrs. A. Shepard, J. Edwards, H. Williams, and J. H. Clark, directors: and Messrs W. H. Bosworth, C. Stockham, and Henry Lewis, shareholders. The following reports were read: — THE DIRECTORS' REPORT: The annexed statement of receipts and expenditure for the past year, is submitted for the consideration of the shareholders. The consump- tion of gas has been 914 10s more than the year previous; that of coke-and tar, each about 9P, more; that of lime about the same; and the receipts for fittings have been zE6 more. The balance in hand is nearly zC5 more than it was last year but there is a heavy list of outstanding debts. The Directors congratulate the Shareholders on the continued prosperity of the Works, and recommend that a dividend of Ten Pounds per cent, be declared upon the amount of Shares; and that the ptice of gas be continued at the present rate of 5s per 1000 feet. "THOMAS DUNN, Chairman." THE MANAGER'S REPORT: I have to report to the Shareholders that the Works are in good working order. 1 As I stated in my last report, that three new retorts would be required in the place of the one old one, I have to report j f that the same have been put up, and are fit for use; and there will be very little repairs required for the next two or three years. The amount of stock on hand consists of fire bricks, burs, &c., £ 5; meters, £ 9 12 gas fittings, £ 6; Total, £ 20 12s. The present price of gas is considerably lower than that of any other gas works of the same size, and the consumers are generally satisfied. The amount from gas, coke, tar, and lime, exceeds that of any previous year, in consequence of fresh customers, and I consider it will be necessary to lay down larger mains in the current year, that all may have a good supply of gas. "JOHN CHERRY, Manager." The reports were adopted, and the following directors, W. H. Nicholl, Esq., Mr. J. Edwards, and Mr. W. Price, who had to retire by rotation, were re-elected. Mr. Griffin was re-appointed auditor on behalf of the Shareholders. THANKSGIVING SERVICE.—A harvest thanksgiving ser- vice was held in the parish church, Llanllowell, on Wed- nesday evening last. The little church was crowded with a most attentive congregation of parishioners and others. An excellent and most appropriate sermon, on the duty of thanksgiving and the mode of its expression, was preached by the Rev. E. A. Williams, Rector of Llangibby. RURAL TREAT.—Last week, the children attending the united Sunday School of Llanllowel and Coedcwnnor, to the number of upwards of 40, together with the aged in- mates of the Almshouse, at the latter place, were regaled with cake and tea; after which, Captain Waddington very kindly exhibited the magic lantern, to the great amuse- ment of a delighted audience. The funds were furnished by subscription, in which some Usk friends generously assisted.
RAGLAN. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary of the United Baptist Sunday Schools of Raglan and King- coed, took place on Sunday last, the 28th ultimo, when three animated and appropriate discourses were delivered by the respected minister, the Rev. B. Johnson; in the morning at Raglan, subject: Good News for the Little Ones;" in the afternoon at Kingcoed, subject: "The Suit- able Sabbath School Teacher and in the evening at Raglan, subject: How to Help the Sabbath School." On each occasion the children sang some very select pieces, under the direction of Mr. Jones, of the Kingcoed, and their teachers, which appeared to produce a powerful im pression upon thecongregations, as indicated by the liberal contributions. On the following day, the children and teachers, to the number of about 100, met in the School Room, at Raglan, to enjoy the annual treat of tea, cake, &e. Having done ample justice to what was set before them, and performed some very beautiful pieces of vocal music, they separated, highly delighted, and wishing many happy returns of such an occasion. REVIVALISM.—We are given to understand that O. Rodway, Esq., the celebrated evangelist, is about to visit this neighbourhood, when he will hold revival meetings in the Baptist Chapel. CROSS BUCHAN PETTY SESSIONS, FRDIAY, SEPT. 26, before SAMUEL RICHARD BOSANQUET, Esq., and the Ven. Archdeacon CRAWLEY. ASSAULT.-Thomas Rosser was charged by Caroline Rogers with violently assaulting and maltreating her, on the 12th ult. From the evidence, it appeared that the defendant's wife and others, who had been allowed the exclusive privilege of gleaning some corn fields at Penrose, made complaint to the farmer that some drainers' wives, residing in the locality, were encroaching on this privilege, whereupon the farmer deputed the defendant to turn them out; on the latter attempting to do so, the complainant, with others, refused to leave, and a fight ensued, in which the parties named, and some partisans on both sides, took part. The defendant was ordered to pay la. fine, and 91 18s. costs.
CHEPSTOW. CIRcus.-On Tuesday last, Bell's Equestrian Troupe visited this town. The procession was very late, owing to a break down of some of their vans on the road. We understand the performance gave great satisfaction to those who attended. FIRST MON. RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.—This corps mus- tered in good force, with a number of the recruits, on Thursday night, at 7 o'clock, at the Drill Room, and after going through a good drill, marched up town, headed by the drum and fife band.
PONTYPOOL. THE ARBITRATION CASE.—The long-pending case of Wightman v. Pontypool Iron Company, was, at the last hearing, adjourned until the 30th September, for a 4 day's further enquiry, but negociations are at present entered into with "lvr* W;F;hhna. for au "i"1Jlt: settlement of all matters in dispute, which will dispose of further litigation. LITERARY ASSOCIATION.—A committee meeting of this association was held in the Town Hall, on the evening of Tuesday last, for the purpose of announcing the lecture arrangements for the ensuing season. Amongst the com- pany we noticed Wm. Llewellin, Esq. (chairman); Messrs. John Williams, surgeon; T. B. Smith, British School; Thomas, Lewis, and Bytheway. It was resolved that the following popular and talented lecturers should be engaged for the ensuing winter season, viz.: Messrs. George Daw- son, Hugh Stowell Brown, Grossmith, Basil Young, Appleby, Evan Daniel; Mrs. Balfour, and others. Mr. Bytheway, one of the secretaries, said that he had;received letters from Thomas Falconer, Esq., Usk;- and Edward John Lee, Esq., of Caerleon, in which they expressed a willingness to lecture for the society, gratuitously, when fitting opportunities presented themselves. The worthy minister of St. James's Church, the Rev. W.D. Horwood, and Mr. John Williams, have also promised in like man- ner, to promote the cause of the society. From the above programme, which, of its kind, we don't remember to have seen equalled, we may reasonably enough infer that the public may look forward with confidence for the en- joyment of many intellectual evenings during the ensuing winter season. The Committee, we understand, still ad- heres to the laudable practice of issuing season tickets, by which a person, on the payment of 5s., is admitted to the whole course of lectures, and other entertain- ments. WORKING MENS' INSTITUTE.—"A Reading, and Musical Entertainment" was given, in connection with this institution, in the Pontymoile School Room, on the evening of Wednesday last. The audience was very nu- merous, supposed to number upwards of 300 people, comprising the most respectable families in the district; amongst whom we noticed R. B. Roden, Esq. (chairman), Rev. Dr. James, Panteg, Mrs. James C. H. Williams, Esq., Mrs. Williams, and party; Mr. and Mrs. Essex A. A. Williams, Esq., Mrs. WiUiams S. Vernon, Esq., Newport; G. Fothergill, Esq.; T. Cooke,.Esq., Newport; Messrs. Roderick, Bytheway, Jenkins; Miss Jenkins, &c., &c. The entertainment proved of a very agreeable char- acter, which may be attributed to the varied and diversi- fied nature of the programme. The vocal and instrumental performances, which were rapturously received, appeared r' to be comparatively faultless.; and the Readings were given with that correctness of emphasis, and propriety of tone and gesticulation, that enabled the hearer at once to comprehend and understand the meaning of the author. Mother's Last Words," by the Rev. W. D. Horwood, was delivered with such tenderness and emotion as visibly affected the audience.
ABERGAVENNY. THE SEPTEMBER FAIR, on Thursday, the 25th ult., was well supplied with stock, and numerously attended by business and pleasure-seeking folk. Beasts sold briskly, at 5td. to 6d. per lb., and sheep realized 6td. to 7d. (sink the offal). A great number of horses were shewn, but transactions in this department were exceedingly slow. First-quarter cheese sold at 56s. to 58s. per cwt., other descriptions, 40s. to 56s. Ample provision was made for the entertainment of the light-hearted lads and lasses, who thronged the square adjacent to the New Police Station, where amusements of all kinds, such as are common to such occasions, were indulged in to a considerable extent, until a late hour. CRICKET.-On Friday, the 26th ult., a match was played on the Widemarsh, Hereford, between the Abergavenny and Hampton Bishop clubs, in which the former club added another to its long list of victories for the season. We have not space for the score, but subjoin the total of each innings Abergavenny, first innings, 102 (to which Mr. Geo. Peake contributed 61, and Mr. J. Bigglestone, 14); Hampton Bishop, 1st innings, 34; 2nd innings, 49. It will thus be seen that the Abergavenny men won the game by 19 runs in one innings. PETTY. SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, before the Hon. W. P. RODNEY, and the Rev. JAS. FARQUHAR. AN IRELAND STREET ROW.—Hannah Maria Lewis was charged by Mary Ann Farr, with assaulting her. The' parties, it appeared, were denizens of that notorious bad quarter of the town, Ireland street. Either party brought witnesses to support their case, from the contradictory statements of whom, thebench had some difficulty in ar- riving at a conclusion as to which was the most to blame. J/ However, it was thought that an assault had been conf mitted, and the defendant was therefore ordered to pay 10s. expenses. A BAD BEGINNnm.-J ames Worth, 15, was charged with having stolen a box of fusees, of the value of 3d., from the shop counter of Thomas Farren Humble, druggist, of Abergavenny. Prosecutor missed the box shortly after prisoner had been in the shop, no other person having been in in the interim, and followed him to where he worked with his father. When first accused of the theft, the prisoner denied it; but upon P.C. Cook making his ap- pearance, he produced the box from his pocket, and sought Mr. Humble's pardon on his knees. Prosecutor said he was continually losing goods off his counter, and had no- ticed on two or three occasions, that prisoner had been in the shop shortly before the things were missed. Pri- soner was known to have previously appeared at this court on a criminal charge. His father, who was in court, was called forward, but could give no explanation as to why his son resorted to these thieving propensities. The lad pleaded guilty to the charge, and was sentenced to I month hard labor, the Chairman cautioning him against the con. sequences of these, his first steps in crime. A NARROW ESCAPE.-Thomas Powell, who described himself as a groom, was charged with stealing a cap, the property of John Preece, a carpenter. Proseoutor left his cap on the settle, at the Coach and Horses inn, where he lodged, at dinner time, on Monday last, and upon looking for it on the following morning, it was not to be found; he next saw it;during the afternoon of Tuesday, on prisoner's head, in the yard of the Angel Hotel, where the latter was employed, and prosecutor was also engaged doing some work in the house. As prisoner refused to give up the cap, when requested on two separate occasions to do so, prosecutor gave him into custody, when he said he had bought the cap. His tale now was that he had found it in the yard, where prosecutor had been shaking carpets on the Monday morning, but he could assign no reason for saying he bad bought it. The case for the prosecution being weak, the Chairman told prisoner that a doubt existed in the minds of the bench, and he would- have the benefit of it, and be discharged, but he had had a narrow escape.
LLANTRISSENT. CRICKET.—A match was played on Monday sennight, between an eleven of Llantrissent and one from Tredun- nock, in which the latter were the victors. The game was spirited and well contested. Owing to all the Tredunnock men not being present, three of those on the ground went in twice in the first innings. The following score was made:— TREDUNNOCK. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. F Williams, b Walkey. 4 c Lewis 0 Nash, b Walkey 3 not out. 1 Fielding, b Walkey 4 c Lewis 2 Matthews, b Walkey .0 cHayward .1 Cornish, c and b Walkey.. 1 bHayward 0 Beams, b Hayward 0 leg before wicket. 0 Howells, b Hayward 1 b Hayward 1 Slade, c Anstey 1 c Vaughan 3 Day, b Walkey 3 b Hayward 8 Taylor, b Hayward 0 b Walkey 0 Watkins, not out 0 b Havward 1 byes I r Total 17 Total.Is LLANTRISSENT. FIRST INNINGS. SECOND INNINGS. Anstey, b Williams 0 run out 1 Vaughan, not out 4 run out .10 Hayward, c Slade 0 b Fielding 0 Gould, c Fielding. 1 not out 0 Walkey, c Cornish i. 2 run out. 3 Jenkins, c Beams 0 b Fielding 2 Morgan, b Williams 0 bDay 0 M Waters, b Fielding. 0 c Slade 0 WWaters.b Williams. 3 bDay 0 Price, run out 0 b Day 0 Lewis, b Fielding 0 leg before wicket 2 byes 2 Total .10 Total 20 CAERLEON. SEPTEMBER FAIR.—At this fair, on Monday, the 22nd ult., there was a good supply of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, and a fair amount of business was transacted; pigs were lower in price than at the late markets. MARRIAGE ■ FESTIVITIES.—A LOT OF WILLIAMS'S.— On Wednesday last, the marriage of Mr. Williams surveyor, of Rnssalprr. — wittrams, of the Black Horse, Caerleon, took place. The bridegroom's father, the Rev. T. Williams, vicar of Witson and Bishton, officia- ted; and three bridesmaids 'were present-two of whom were the Misses Williams, sisters to the bridegroom. The clerk was also named Williams. The bells rang merry peals, and guns were fired throughout the day. PETTY SESSIONS, TUESDAY, before J. JAMES, and S. HOMFRAY, Esqrs. STEALING PEARS.—James James, Caerleon Village, was charged with stealing pears, the property of C. B. Fox, Esq., on the 21st Sept, and further charged with cutting Waiter Pillinger, who attempted to apprehend him for the theft, with a clasped knife. Sentenced to two months hard labor. STEALING A LOCKET.-Emma Morris, of Caerleon vil- lage, was charged with stealing a gold locket, from the person of John Hopkins, Caerleon, on the night of the 22nd, whilst they were in company together at a public house. Sentenced to 7 days hard labor.
Monmouth Races. SECOND DAY — FRIDAY. The attendance on the course this day was, if anything, more numerous than on the preceding orie-the weather but a little less favorable-and the running equally good. THE LADIES' PLATE of 50 sovereigns, given by the Ladies of Monmouthshire and Neighbourhood. The winner of a handicap after the declaration of the weights to carry 5 lbs. extra. Any number of horses the property of the same owner, may run for this race. Entrance, 2 sovs., to go to the fund; 1 mile, 1 furlong; 6 horses started. 5 10 MrHWyatt's Ledbury, 3 yrs Grimshaw..l 5 10 Mr R Sly's Acton, 3 yrs Lightfoot..2 8 9 Mr Payne's Voltella, 4 yrs .Drew..3 MONMOUTHSHIRE STAKES of 10 sovs each, 5 forfeit, and only 3 if declared, &c., with 50 sovereigns added; a winner of a handicap of the value of 100 sovs. subse- quent to the appearance of the weights, to carry 51bs ex- tra. The winner to pay 10 sovereigns to the fund. Five horses to accept, and 3 horses bona fide the property of different persons to start, or the public money will not be added. If five or more horses start, the second horse to save his stake; one mile, seven furlongs. (19 subscribers, 8 of whom pay 3 sovs. each). Five horses started. 7 5 Mr A Rolls, na Shepherdess, 4 yrs.Drew I 8 0 Mr H J Smith's Fitz Avon, 5 yrs • .Grubb..2 6 7 Mr Adams's b g Wortham, 4 yrs .Grimshaw. ,3 THE WYE STAKES of 5 sovs. each, with 925 added; 2 years old, 7st 21b; three, 9sfc; four, 10st; five, six, and aged, lOst 41b; the winner to be sold for £ 120; if entered to be sold for £ 80, allowed 51bs; if for £ 40, lOlbs; if for iC20, 161bs; m. and g. allowed 31bs; horses that have started twice without winning, allowed 31bs; a winner of a stake of the value of 50 sovs, to carry 51bs, and of 100 sovs, 71bs extra. Six furlongs. 7 6 Mr Goddard's Peru, 3 yrs J Plumb., 1 Walked over for the forfeits. THE BOROUGH MEMBERS' PLATE. A handicap stakes of 3 sovs. each, 1 ft. to go to the fund, with 20 sovs. added by C Bailey, Esq, M.P., for horses of all denominations to be ridden as for the Troy plate; 1 mile, 1 furlong. Fou horses started. r 9 7 Mr Goddard's Peru, aged. Fordham.I 11 7 Lord Westmoreland's Weazel ..Mr F Rowlands ..2 SOMERSET PLATE, of 5 sovs. each, 2 ft. to go to the fund, with 50 sovs. added for two yrs old, 6st 71b; three, 8st; four, 8st 101b; five, six, and aged, 9st 21b; m. and g. allowed 31b; a winner of 100 sovs., 51b; 200 sovs, 71b ex- tra horses having started twice without winning, allowed 51b; thrice, 91bs. live furlongs (20 subscribers). Four horses started. 8 7 Duke of Beaufort's Birdhill, 3 years.A Day..1 8 4 Mr J Clark's Kennett Grimshaw.2 6 7 Mr J Day's Prior, 2 years Deacon.. 3 THE HENDRE HURDLE RACE of 5 sovs. each, 2 ft. to the fund, with £35 added. A winner of any hurdle race value 50 sovs after the publication of the weights, to carry 51bs extra; heats, 1 mile and 5 furlongs (15 subscribers). Four horses started. 11 0 Mr Weyman's The Miller, (h.bj. aged .Sly..l 1 10 4 Mr Jones's Killarney, (h.b.), 6 yrs ..Archer..2 3 10 10 Mr Adams's Wortham, 4 yrs.Holman..3 2 Printed and publishedby the Proprietor William Henry Clark, at his Offices, Bridge Street, U sk, in the County of Monmouth, October 411862.-SECOND EDITION.