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PONTYPOOL. THE MABEET.—As the weather proved extremely fine, there was a numerous attendance at our Market on Saturday last. The prices were as follow: Potatoes, from 8s. to 9s.; turnips, 2s.6d. to 3s.; apples, 8s. to 10s. and pears, 10s. to 12s. per sack. Cabbages, 16 for Is. Cucumbers, ls.6d. per dozen. Kidney beans, 2 £ d.; plums, 8d.; damsons, Is. to 14d.; onions, 5d., and pickling ditto, 6d. per quarter. Walnuts, 6d. per 100. Geese, Sid to 9d. per lb. Ducks, 4s.6d. to 5s.; and fowls, 3s. per couple. Butter, 14d. to 15d. per lb. Eggs, 14 and 16 for Is. Coun- try cheese, 6d. to 6Jd. per lb. Butchers' meat, from 6d. to 8!d. per lb. Wheat, per bushel of r'Olbs., 7s. 6d. to 8s. 2 Barley, 18s. to 20s. (malting, 20s. to 22s.); and oats, 13s. to 14s. per sack. Hay from dB2 to £ 2 10s. per ton. SUPPER.-On the night of Monday last, a housewarming supper was held at the Unicorn Inn, Cwmynyscoy, the house of Mr. James King, at which about sixty of the friends of the worthy host and hostess sat down to test the catering capabilities of the latter, which they pronounced unimpeachable. On the removal of the cloth, Mr. Jones, Caerleon, was called to the chair, and Mr. Eley occupied the vice-chair. After the disposal of the loyal and patriotic toasts, Success to the Unicorn and its Host and Hostess was next given, in which the chairman enlarged on the virtues of the worthy couple, and trusted they would be successful in their new undertaking. Mr. King having responded in appropriate terms, a number of other toasts followed, interspersed with some excellent songs by the company, who having spent a very comfortable evening, separated at an early hour, FATAL COAL PIT ACCIDENT.-Not having bad to report any accidents of this nature for some time, we began to cherish the hope that the workmen in this immediate dis. trict had become less reckless of danger, and were shewing more regard for the preservation of their lives, than they had previously exhibited, but our hope does not appear to have bten well founded, for although the accidents have not been quiet so numerous; yet as the report of this case will prove there is still the same degree of careless- ness shewn, by which human life appears to be wantonly sacrificed. The accident to which we refer, was one that occurred to a man named John Heywood, in the New Pits, Cwmynyscoy, by which he lost his life, on Monday last. An enquiry touching the event was held on the following morning, before Mr. Asbwin, deputy coroner, and a res. pectable jury, at the Hanbury Arms inn, Pontymoile, when the following evidence was adduced Thomas Williams, miner, said Yesterday morning I was looking for work; about 11 o'clock, I was in the place where deceased was I employed, being the first time that I had been there. He worked in a stall," and I was about a dozen yards from him. Whilst he was engaged in removing some loose 1 stuff, a large stone, which, I suppose, would weigh from 8 cwt. to 9 (1wt" fell upon him. Deceased had pulled down a S naller stone that was on one side of the large one just before that fell. He was not killed instantly. He Spoke a few words after the stone fell; it fell on his shoulder, and he was doubled up. I did not see the fall. Deceased called to me, and told me to get the stone off him. I went for a couple of men to assist me, and when we bad re- moved the stone, we found him quite dead. It was a place that might have been well propped or secured, and there were plenty of sticks for that purpose. Deceased might have propped the stone, or drawn it down safely. I had nothing to do with the working of the place. He alone was responsible for that, and no one else was to blame for the accident but deceased. If he had drawn the other stone first, it would have been safe. We generally draw that down first which appears most unsafe or dangerous. The stone had to be brc ken before they could remove it off the body of deceased. Charles Tilling said: I am a miner, living in the parish of Pan teg. I work in the New Pits, and at the time this accident occurred, I was working in the second stall" from deceased. On the morning in question, I was called by last witness to him, and found that a stone had fallen on him. I saw him move his head three times. I told deceased, on the Friday night, that he had better get some timber and put under the stone; when he replied, "Oh! It won't hurt." When I went there, we were obliged to break the stone before we could ex- tricate deceased. I think that if he had put some timber under the stone it would have been safe. The accident was entirely attributable to his own fault, as I told him there was plenty of timber in the road for him. This being all the evidence, the coroner told the jury that they would not have much difficulty in arriving at a correct verdict. This case appeared, he said, unfortunately, to be one of those, which, nine cases out of ten, the fault was to be at. tributed to the deceased himself. The jury, after a short consultation, brought in a verdict of Accidental Death."