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-=- ointment*. Monday Ewias Harold fair. Tuesday.M.igor fair.—Trelleck petty and special sessions (hIgh way purposes—transferring licenses). Weanesday .Newcastle petty and special sessions (highway purposes-transferring licenses). -Pontypool Board of Roads meeting.—Sale of Freehold Property at Llangattock-juxta-Usk, by Mr. J. Williams. Thursday Rosa fair.-Chepstow petty and special sessions (highway purposes).-—-Sale of Household Furniture, at Llanbaddock, by Mr. W. Davis. Sale of "Farming Stock at Pont-Kemeys Farm, by Mr. Hands. Friday Grosmont Fair. Speech House Great Market. Saturday .Pontypool Special Sessions (Highway Purposes). 8th Mon. Rifle Volunteers. Monday Company Drill at 7.30 p.m. For other Drills, see detail at the Armoury.
J5írtbfS. At Blaenavon, October 2, the wife of Mr. Henry Day, tailor, of a son. At Blaenavon, October 7, Mrs. Mary Kear, of the Puddlers' Aims, of a son. Carnages. » At the Independent chapel, Garndiffaith, Oct. 3, John Lavars to Mary Davis. At the Register Office, Pontypool, Sept. 29, Philip Hayward to Elizabeth Ellaway. At Baker-street, Abergavenny, Oct. 7, the infant son of Wm. Price, boot and shoemaker. At Lion-street, Abergavenny, Oct. 1, Ann, relict of Mr. Philip Jones, and mother of Mr. Richard Jones, ironmonger, Abergavenny, aged 80 years. Deceased had resided in the town for a great number of years, and for her many good qualities was universally respected. At Mill-street, Abergavenny, Oct. 4, Ann, relict of Mr. John Ling, formerly of the New Duke Inn, Abergavenny, aged 74 years. At Usk, Oct. 8, Mary Dorothea, the wife of the Rev. S. C. Baker, Vicar of Usk, aged 39 years. At Usk, Oct. 8, in his 44th year, the Rev. John Watson, late Rector of St. Peter's, Chester.
TO CORRESPONDENTS AND READERS.
TO CORRESPONDENTS AND READERS. Mr. Dunn's Communication, and also a Bankruptcy Act Adver- tisement reached us too late. XTsk County Court and Caerleon intelligence croweded out. We regret being again obliged to withhold the minutes of Roger Edwards' Charity meeting.
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£ [ic pstrbtt. DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE. THE COil TRADE.—Within the last two months the coal trade of South Wales, more especially steam, has shown a considerable improvement, and the demand has materially increased. Since the agitation tor an advance of wages at the ironworks commenced, the colliers have also commenced a movement with a similar object in view, and this circum- stance, together with the increased demand, induced the coalmasters to call a meeting at'Cardiff, in order to decide what course should be taken. At this meeting it was re- solved to advance the price of steam coal Is. per ton, and it is believed that the result of the resolution come to will be an increase in the colliers' wages of from five to ten per cent, according to the nature of the coal. The house coal trade is also improving, and an advance in quotations is likely to take place immediately the cold weather sets ir. GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY—So much has been said about the probability, desirability, and so on, of the South Wales clerks being removed from Swansea to ^Newport, that it will be received by many as a great disappointment that they have received the route for London. We have been informed, on the other hand, that at a recent meeting of the Great Western Railway Board in London, it was resolved that the whole section of the Great Western lines, and the lines in connexion therewith, this side of Hereford, including the Taff Vale Extension, should be added to the South Wales division of the Great Western Railway, New- port being the head-quarters, and the gentlemen to fill the posts of district manager and assistant manager are Mr. Weaver, of Newport, and Mr. Griffiths, now of Pontypool. SOUTH WALES "Osioa EAILWAT.—A mishap, such as had been feared would impede the utility of this line, con- sequent upon the necessity of crossing the Severn at all states of the tide, occurred on the evening of Friday, the 2nd instant. The ferry steamer was crossing in conjunc- tion with the 3.40 p.m. train from Bristol, the tide being very low at the time, and running out very rapidly, when, in consequence, we believe, of some part of the machinery failing, she drifted on to a sand-bank, upon striking which she heeled over considerably, creating much -alarm in the minds of the passengers. Present danger was, however, averted by casting an anchor, and by these means the boat was righted. After some delay, small boats were obtained from the shore in which to land the passengers; but the landing was found to be a work of no little diffi- culty, owing to the low state of the tide and the rapid cur- rent, and occupied much time. However, the whole were ultimately placed on TERRA' FIRM A, after wading through mud, climbing rocks, and surmounting other difficulties, but, of course, too late for the trains they had intended meeting at the Porskewett station, in consequence of which, several were prevented reaching their destination that might. THE EARTHQUAKE.—From reports that have reached us, it will be seen that the shock of an earthquake,which visited certain parts of this kingdom on the morning of Tuesday last, was experienced throughout this county; but we are inclined to think it was not so severely or so generally felt as in Herefordshire and the Midland counties.
ABERGAVENNY AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION
ABERGAVENNY AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION The annual exhibition of stock, &c., in connexion with this Association, was held on Thursday last, for the first time in the New Cattle Market. The show was said to be as full, if not more so, than on most former occasions, although, from the compactness with which the stock was distributed amongst the stalls and pens allotted to each department, the yard certainly wore an empty appearance, as compared with what we have seen in the old Cricket Field" days, when spectators, prize beasts, and imple- ments were huddled together in a concentrated mass. The number of entries in the various classes will, however, dispel any doubts as to the present meeting being as suc- cessful as most of its predecessors. We purpose making a circuit of the yard, and briefly pointing out the more noticeable features of the exhibition as thev came under our observation, taking them in their catalogued order. First we come to the bull, cow, and offspring, exhibited by Mr Warren Evans; the bull, a magnificent specimen of the Hereford breed, 3 years 2t months old, named Monaughty," was bred by Mr Turner, his sire being the celebrated bull Wellington," belonging to Mr Rea, of Monaughty, Radnorshire. Mr Evans had no competitor in this class, but the first prize was justly awarded him, for the offspring was a perfect picture, though we cannot say so much for the cow. The bull also carried off the sweepstakes for the best bull in the yard, in which class he was met by Mr Roger's Hereford, which took the prize as the best stock bull, and a cross- bred short-horn, exhibited by Mr Logan. We may add that Mr Evans's bull took the first prize for stock bulls at the last meeting of this association, and also the sweep- stakes as on the present occasion. In the yearling bull class, Mr Maund exhibited a symmetrical and clean looking white short-horn, and Mr Jones, of Llwynygaer, a very nice animal, by his celebrated bull Chancellor," the latter of which found more favor.,in the eyes of spectators gene- rally than Mr Logan's roan short-horn, to which the prize was awarded. The bull calf class was inferior, the prize animal being rather a diminutive specimen. For the best three cows in milk, Mr Edwards, of Llanarth, had two lots exhibited, taken as a whole, really superb animals, and completely distancing the other competitors — one lot re- ceiving the prize, and the other being highly commended. The pair of two-year-old in-calf heifers, belonging to Mr Logan, and to which the prize was awarded, were perfect models of the short-horn breed, and elicited much com- mendation-exemplifying,as they did, the success which has attended the pains that gentleman has taken in securing a pure stock of this much-prized breed of cattle. Messrs Warren Evans and Jones (Llwynygaer) were also present in this -iass with their white-faces, their names being a sufficient guarantee that they were not far behind-hand. Mr Logan was also successful in the next class for a pair of yearling heifers. Some excellent animals, all of the Hereford breed, were put in for the two-year«old and yearling atsers, although small in number. Our space will not admit of our entering into the details of the sheep department, but, as a general remark, we may state that the entries were unusually numerous, and the competition very keen. Tiiia especially applies to the class for the be6t l ;é"t six long-wooled breeding ewes; but not so with regard to the classes for mountain sheep, the only exhibitor being Mr John Fothergill, whose stock was certainly very good, and we must assume defied competition. Strange to say, there was no entry for the best mountain ram. In pigs, there was no competition except in the Cottagers' class, in which the animal exhibited by Charles Milliner, dis- played that obesity which is supposed to constitute porcine beauty in such a degree as to warrant the owner, we should think, in exhibiting as a breeder. In horses, the competition was generally good, although there were no entries in the classes for nag stallions, and for yearling cart colts. The cart stallion, Young Cobham," belong- ing to Mr Ellis, of Clodock, was a handsome horse, and was deservedly awarded the prize. In the brood mare and foal class, there was a good entry, the colts generally bearing traces of good breeding, but the choice seemed to rest bet ween those shewn by Mr Edwards, Llanarth, and Mrs Dew, Llanvetherine. There was a capital show of three-year-old and two-year-old nags, the judges having some difficulty in arriving at their decisions from the general merit of the animals. The same remarks also apply to the yearling nag c'ass. The grain brought in for the prizes offered by Mr W J Hands, and Dr Smythe, was in excellent condition, and weighed well. In the implement class, Mr J A Lewis, of Abergavenny, as usual, exhibited a general assortment, combining the most recent improvements, and including a horse-power mowing machine. Mr Thomas Rees, of Abergavenny (but .who had not entered for the prize), was iOso present with a large varLtv of appliances adapted to the wants of agriculturalists, and amongst which were pointed out to us, as of most recent introduction, the following a 1 :ver cup drill, for drilling two rows at once an improved ridging plough and Scotch whippletrees for three horses abreast; some short wrought iron plough shares, reducing the cost of those articles by about one-half; turnip and chaff cutters of various improved makes, &c. Mrs Wil- liams, coach builder, Abergavenny, exhibited two elegant basket carriages and waggonette; Mr. Hope, saddler, Long- town, some improved Scotch and other harness; and Mr. Saunders, of Abergavenny, some curiosities in the way of gouords, varying in weight from 371bs. to SZlbs., and also some prodigious turnips. For particulars of the poultry show and other details, we refer our readers to the AWARDS OF PRIZES, S T 0 C K Bull, cow, and offspring; the bull and cow to have been the property of the exhibitor at least 18 months. One entry. 1st, E2 2s., by Col. Clifford.—Mr.Warren Evans, Llandowlas. Stock bull, not less than 2 years old, to have been the property of the exhibitor not less than 6 months. B3. Two entries—Mr John Rogers, Alterynis; John Logan, Esq., commended Yearling bull, to have been the property of the exhibitor at least 6 months. £ 3• Six entriee-J ohn Logan, Esq., Mr Rosser, Triley, highly commended, and Mr. Jones Llwynygaer, commended » Bull calf, bred by the exhibitor. 92. Three entries—Mr W Powell, White house, Llandilo A sweepstakes of 5s. each, tor the best bull in the show of any age, with B2 added by the Association. 3 entries— Mr Warren Evans Three cows in milk, or within 3 months of calving (for breeding purposes), the property of the exhibitor at least 12 months. 93. 6 entries—Mr T Edwards, Llanarth; Mr Jones, Llwynygaer, highly com.; and Mr Warren Evans and Mr T Edwards commended Pair of 2-year-old heifers, in calf, bred by the exhibitor. £ 3. 3 entries—John Logan, Esq.; Mr Warren Evans and Mr Jones, Llwynygaer, commended Pair of yearling heifers, bred by the exhibitor. £2. 5 entries-John Logan, Esq.; Mr Jones, Llwynygaer, highly commended. Pair of 2-year-old steers, bred by the exhibitor. j62. 2 entries-Mr Nicholas Price, Llancillo; Mr. Warren Evans commended Pair of yearling steers, bred by the exhibitor. dB2. 3 entries-Mr George Pritchard, Llanvihangel Fat cow, not less than 5 years old, the property of the exhibitor at least 6 months. dB2. 2 entries—Mr Jones, Llwynygaer Ram (long wool}, not less than 2 years old, the property of the exhibitor. dB2. 4 entries-Mr Geo. Pritchard Yearling ram (Uvrigj wool), the property or the extubitor* £2. 8 entries—Mr George Pritchard Lamb ram (long wool), bred by the exhibitor. £2. 7 entries—John Maund, Esquire, Duffryn; Mr George Pritchard, commended Down ram, not less than two years old, the property of the exhibitor. jE2. 1 entry—Mr John Rogers Down yearling ram, the property of the exhibitor. B2. 4 entries—Mr John Rogers Mountain ram, the property of the exhibitor. 92. 1 entry-Mr Fothergill. Cefnrychdir Six ewes (long wool), for breeding purposes, bred by the exhibitor. 92. g entries—Mr Jones, Llwynygaer; Mr George Pritchard, and Mr Jones, Tymunich, highly commended; whole class commended Six yearling wethers, bred by the exhibitor. £ 2. 1 entry —Mr Jacobs, Penydre Six yearling ewes (long.wool), for breeding purposes, bred by the exhibitor. B2. 4 entries—Mrs Elizabeth Dew, Llanvetherine; Col. Clifford, M.P., highly commended; whole class commended Six down ewes. for breeding purposes, the property of the exhibitor. 92. Gentries—Captain Craws hay, Danypark; Mr John Jacobs, Oldcastle, highly commended. Six ewe lambs, bred by the exhibitor. £2. 6 entries- Colonel Clifford Mr Powell, White house, and Mr Jones, Tymunich, highly com.; class commended Six unshorn wether lambs. X2, by Messrs. Clarke and Haste, Bradford. 4 entries—Colonel Clifford; Mr Geo. Pritchard highly commended; Mr P Morgan, Llanellen, commended Six mountain ewes, bred by the exhibitor. 92. l entry- Mr John Fothergill, Cefnruchty Six mountain wethers, bred by the exhibitor. 22. 1 entry —Mr John Fothergill, Cefnruchty Breeding sow, not exceeding. 2 years old, with pigs, or in farrow, the property of the exhibitor. jBl. 1 entry— Mr Jones, Tymunich Stock boar, not exceeding 12 months old. £1. No entry Breeding sow, not exceeeding 12 months old. £ L. 1 entry -Mr Philip Morgan, Little Hardwick Best pig, the property of a cottager (to have been in the exhibitor's possession not less than 3 months), gen- tries. 1st, a scarf shawl, value 15s., by Mr. Mc.Farlane.—Charles MUner, servant to Mr. Geo. Pritchard, Whitehouse. 2nd, a pair of boots, value 13s., by Mr. T. Evans.—James Trim, servant to Mr. Wm. Watkins, Wernycwm. 3rd, 5s., by the Association.—Win. James, 'servant to Mr. Roger Morgan, Llanellen. Nag stallion, that has attended Abergavenny and neigh- bourhood during the season of 1863. B3. No entry. Cart stallion, that has attended Abergavenny and neigh- bourhood during the season of 1863. £ 3. 2 entries— Mr Daniel Ellis, Bryn, Clodock Brood mare (not less than 15 hands high) with foal, best calculated for producing a roadster or hunter, the pro- perty of the exhibitor, who must be a tenant farmer, over whose land the Monmouthshire Hounds hunt. £ 5 5s., by W. R. Stretton, Esq. 6 entries—Mrs Eliza- beth Dew BY LORD LLANOVBB. Three-year-old nag gelding or filly, bred in the county, and to be the property of the exhibitor at least 6 months previous to showing. £5. 7 entries-Mr Richard Rees, Abergavenny; William Morgan, Esq., Llanfoist house, highly commended; Mr T Morgan, Llangattock Court, commended. Two-year-old nag colt or filly, bred by the exhibitor. iC2. 6 entries-Mr Warren Evans; W F Batt, Esq., Cae Kenfy, highly commended class commended Yearling nag colt or filly, bred by the exhibitor. M. 5 entries—Mr Wm. Morgan, Lodge farm, Raglan; Mr. Warren Evans, highly commended Two-year-old cart gelding or filly, bred by the exhibitor. JB2. 1 entry—Mr John Tucker, Llantillio Pertholey Yearling cart gelding or filly, bred by the exhibitor. £ 2. No entry. Cart mare and foal, the property of the exhibitor at least six months. £2. 3 entries—Mr Jones, Llwynygaer; Mr George Pritchard commended. Pony, not exceeding five years old, and 13^ hands high, to 2 be in the possession of the exhibitor at least six months. X2. & entries-Mr Wm Watkins, Wernycwm BY MB. W. J. HANDS. Sack of seed wheat, not less than 621bs. the imperial bushel, grown this yeiar by a member of this Society. £ 1 Is. 7 entries—John Maund, Esq., Duffryn Sack of seed barley, not less than 541bs. the imperial bushel, grown this year by a member of this Society. aul Is. 3 entries—Mr Pye BY ROBERT SMYTHS, ESQ., M.D. Sack of new oats, not less than 401bs. the imperial bushel, grown by a member of this Society. £ 1 Is. 4 entries —John Maund, Esq. ■: Best selection of the most improved and useful agricultural implements (open to all subscribers of one guinea). 1£2. 2 entries-Mr. John A Lewis, Abergavenny POULTRY!— Game cock and two hens. 10s. 1 entry.—Mr. George Pritchard, White House, Llanvihangel. Game cockerel and two hens. 10s. 1 entry.—Mr. George Pritchard, Llanvihangel. Cock and two hens, gold spangled Hamburgh. 10s. 1 entry.—Mr. John Pye, Abergavenny. Cockerel and two pullets, gold ditto. 10s. I entry.—Mr. John Pye. Cock and two hens, silver pencilled breed. 10s. 1 entry. Mr. David Davies, Clydach. Cockerel and two pullets, ditto. 10s. No entry. Cock and two hens, Dorkings. 10s. 3 entries—Mr. Wm. Saunders; Mr. R. Rees, Abergavenny—commended. Cockerel and two pullets, Dorkings. 10s. 5 entries.- John Logan, Esq.: Rev. William Corfield highly commended Mr. William Saunders-commended. Cock and two hens, Spanish. 10s. 1 entry.—Mrs. Lewis, Glen Pedr, near Crickhowell. Cockerel and two pullets, Spanish. 10s. 1 entry.—Mrs. Lewis. Cock and two hens, bantams. 10s. 1 entry.—Mr. D. Jenkins, Llanvihangel. Gander and two geese. 10s. 2 entries.—Mr. Richard Rees; Mr. P. Morgan, Little Hardwick-com. Ditto, of 1863. 10s. 4 entries.-Mr. Richard Rees; class highly commended. Drake and two ducks, Aylesbury breed. 10s. 5 entries.- John Logan, Esq.; Mr. John Pye—highly commended; Mr. Richard Rees-commended. Ditto hatched in 1863, Aylesbury breed. 10s. 4 entries. —John Logan, Esq. Mr. George Pritchard-highly commended Mr. John Pye-highly commended. Turkey cock and two hens. 10s. 1 entry.—Mrs. Gwynne Holford. Ditto, hatched in 1863. 10s. 1 entry.—Mrs. Gwynne Holford. Classes for dorkings, ducks, and geese, birds of great merit. EXTRA STOCK (Hon, Clifford.Butler) One pen of golden-pencilled Hamburghs, worthy a prize.
COTTAGERS' PRIZES. Couple of chickens, accompanied by 12 leeks. Bs., by Lady Llanover. 1 entry—Joseph Rowley, Bailey Glaes, Llanellen Piece of flannel (white or coloured), spun by a cottager— the flannel to remain the property of the exhibitor. 10s., given by Lady Hanover. No entry. Cleanest and neatest cottage and garden, provided the cottage is white-washed inside and out, with the outside of the chimney also. 10s., by Lady Llanover. 1 entry —William James, Bailey Glaes, Llanellen Hive of Honey. 1 entry. 1st, a shawl, value by Mr. Mc.Farlane.—Thos. Christy, servant to Mr. Thomas Watkins, Llanvair. Four cleanest and neatest cottages and gardens within six miles of Abergavenny. 120 yards of calico, by Mr. W. Williams, Hereford road, Abergavenny, to be distributed as follows .—7 entries. 1st prize, 45 yards.—John Griffiths, Goytrey, servant to Mr. Thomas Watkins, Llanvair. 2nd, „ 35 yards.—George Watkins, servans to Mr. George Pritchard, Whitehouse. 3rd, „ 25 yards.—Paul Hughes, servant to Mr. Thomas Watkins, Llanvair. 4th, „ 15 yards.—Wm. Williams, Bridge, servant to Mr. Thomas Watkins, Llanvair. Extra prizes for collection of garden seeds or garden requisites:— 1st, 10s. 6d.-Charles Milliner, servant to Mr. Geo. Pritchard. :2nd,7s.6d.John Price, servant to Mr. T Watkins, Llanvair. 3rd, 5s.—W. Williams, servant to Mr. T. Watkins, Llanvair. Rick maker and thatcher, who has thatched the ricks in the quickest and most workmanlike manner, for men who have never won a first or second prize at this Asso- ciation. Certificates to be produced as to time. dBl, by the Åssociation. 2 entries-Thomas Emery Neatest and best hoer of roots, not less than 5 acres. 4 entries. The two prizes offered, viz-21, given by the Association; and 10s. by Mr William Watkins, were equally divided amongst the three following- Charles Milliner Wm. Jones, servant to the Blaenavon Iron Company Charles Phillips, servant to Mr. Wm. Watkins, Wernycwm. To the Shepherd, being in tho employ of a member of this Association, who shall have reared the greatest number of lambd from the smallest number of ewes (not less than 50); the number of ewes put to the ram to be accounted for. Certificate to be produced from his em- ployer. £ 1, given by Mr. Bowles. 2 entries—James Edwards To the Agricultural Laborer who has resided in the same parish not less than 7 years, and has brought up the largest family without parochial relief (the winner of the first prize last year not allowed to compete). 5 entries. 1st, ElIby Mr. Geo. Pritchard.—Thomas Prosser 2nd, a shawl value 10s., by Mr. Me.Farlane.,Toseph Flook. Best and cleanest piece of swedes, not less than 5 acres. 6 entries. 1st, E5, by the Earl of Abergavenny.—Mr. George Pritchard, Whitehouse, Llanvihangel. 2nd, £2, by the Association.—John Logan, Esq., Goytre. Mr Richd. Rees (Abergavenny), Mr Sherratt (Michaelchurch Escly), and the Blaenavon Iron Company, were highly com- mended. Best piece of common turnips, not less than 5 acres. 2 entries. 1st prize, Wernycwm. 2nd" £ 1.—Mr. George Pritchard, Llanvihangel. Green crop, consisting of mangold wurzej or carrots; due regard being had to th3 proportion which the land under such crops bear to the whole of the arable land on the farm. The prize not to be awarded unless there are three competitors who grow not less than five acres of swedes, and at least one acre more of the above men- tioned crops. dB2 10s., by J. A. Herbert, Esq. 3 en- tries.—:Mr. George Pritchard; Mr. William Watkins highly commended Mr. Sherratt commended. Piece of mangold wurzel, not less than 2 acres. £2. 2s., by the Association. 1 entry.—Mr. George Pritchard. To the tenant farmer, being a member of this Association, and the occupier of a farm, the rental of which is not less than £100 per annum; whose farm is under the neatest and best general state of cultivation, and whose fences, roadways, and ditches are in the best condition. 4 en- tries. 1st, E5 5s., by Col. Clifford, M.P.—Mr. D. Jones, Llwynderri. 2nd,. £ 2 10s., by J. A. Herbert, Esq.—Mr. George Pritchard. Mr. Sherratt, Michaelchurch Escly-highly commended. Best piece of swedes, not less than 5 acres. 95 5s., by Messrs. Norrington and Co. 2 entries.—John Logan, Esq., Goytroy; Mr. Richard Rees, Abergavenny, com. Best piece of common turnips, not less than 3 acres, grown as a second crop, after vetches, ryegrass; or other green crop, or-on stubble of the present year. 1 entry. 1. or crops grown with Messrs. Norrington's superphosphate only, and within 8 miles Of Abergavenny, 1st, £3-Ss., by Messrs. Norrington and Co.-Mr. Watkins, of Llanvair. Best piece of swedes, not less than 4 acres. 5 entries. 1st. E5, by Mr. Roger Morgan, Llanellen.,—Capt. Crawshay. 2nd, £11s., by J. H. A. Cox and Co.—Mr. Richard Rees. John Logan, Esq., Goytrey-bighly commended. Class commended. Best piece of mangold wurzel, not less than 1 acre. dB2 lOa. 4 entries.—Mr. David Jones, Llwynderri. The above to be grown with artificial manure only. Piece of swedes, not less than 5 acres, manured with not less than 4 cwt. of Lawe's turnip manure to the acre. E7 7s., by Messrs. Tucker, Brothers. 2 entries.—Mr. David Jones; Mr. John Morgan, Great Triley—com. Piece of common turnips, not less than 3 acres, manured with not less than 3 cwt. of Lawe's superphosphate to the acre. £ 3 3s., by Messrs. Tucker, Brothers. 3 entries. Mrs. Gwynn Holford, Buckland; Mr. William Watkins, Wernycwm—commended. Sweepstakes of one sovereign each, for the best piece of swedes, not less than 5 acres, to be grown in this neigh- bourhood. 2 entries.—Mr. R. Rees, Abergavenny. PLOUGHING:— Ploughing half an acre of land within four hours, in the best and most workmanlike manner, with a flay. For a member of the Association or his son, with a pair of horses, without a driver. 3 entries. 1st prize, £ 2.—Philip Leonard, Tonybetha, Llangibby. 2nd" £ 1.—Richard Rees, Wernhir, near Usk. The CHAMPION PRIZE (open to all comers), with a pair of horses without a driver. £21Os. 3 entries.-Leonard Lewis, servant to Miss Morgan, Mamhilad. Servants of members who have never won a first prize at this Association, with a pair of horses without a driver. 7 entries. 1st prize, JE2 10s.- William Stephens, servant to Mr. P, Mor- gan, Little Hardwick. 2nd £ 1 10s.—William Williams, servant to Mr. Edward Williams, Cefnhenlla. To the ploughman (being the son or servant of a member) under 18 years of age, with a pair of horses without a driver. 2 entries. 1st prize, 91 10s.—George Watkins,. servant to Mr. Warren Evans, Llandowlas. | 2nd „ £ 1.—William Jones, Llanusk, Llanellen. The Judges were: for Stock-Mr George Pye, Madley, and Mr. John Wigmore, Weston Under Peugard. For Corn-Mr James Phillips, Priory Mill. For Poultry-Mr Rowland Henry Nicholas, Malpag, near I Newport. For Green Crops-Mr Evan Morgan, White- castle, and Mr Philip Jones, Long Barn, Llanarth. Stewards of the Yard-Mr Peter Morgan, Llanellen Mr Williams, Bryncaen and Mr Wm Watkins, Wernycwm. Honorary Secretaries, Mr Philip Morgan, Abergavenny, and Mr Roger Morgan, Llanellen. The usual dinner took place at the Angel Hotel in the evening, to which, we understand,"a good number sat down, under the presidency of the Hon J F Clifford-Butler, supported by Lord Llanover, Colonel Clifford, Captain Relph, Rev D Davies, the Vicar of Abergavenny, Canon Williams, &c., and F C H Williams, Esq, occupied the vice-chair. The late period of the week, at which the meeting took place, precludes our giving a report of the post prandial proceedings.
ABERGAVENNY. TUB EARTHQUAKE.—The inhabitants of this town generally experienced the effects of the subterraneous commotion, which carried terror to the minds of so many thousands throughout the kingdom, on Tuesday morning last, with, we fancy, more severity than in most places. Nearly every one we meet has his own story of how he was affected by it, and what his first thoughts were with regard to the cause (the most prevalent idea being that burglars were at work), to enumerate a tithe of which would occupy more space than we could possibly devote to it, we may, however, note two or three instances of the extent of the vibration. In one house, a door that had been firmly latched the night before was thrown open; in another, a person sleeping on an iron bedstead, with rollers under the legs, was wheeled some distance across the room; and a chimney at the back of the King David public- house, was shaken down. A man engaged in cleaning one of the engines of the L and N W Railway Company at the Brecon Road Station, says he saw the engine move, and ran away in a fright. The most graphic account of the phenomenon that we have heard is given by one of the police officers, who was on his beat; he says he was in Tudor street, near the Forester's Arms, when he suddenly heard the windows of the house commence to rattle, accompanied by a rumbling sound, approaching him, and passing in an oblique direction across the street; he did not at first feel any sensation, but in a few seconds he felt the ground shaking under him; at the same time a whistling sound passed him, but no wind, and he distinctly saw the houses moving with an oscillating motion; he then tried to run, fearing the houses would fall on him, but he had not proceeded many yards before he was brought to a stand, from the effect it had upon him; he experienced nothing more, but was accosted by several persons from their up-raised windows as to the cause; he describes the morning as being unusually calm and bright, and adds that the phenomenon lasted altogether about a minute. The time he gives as 3.20. WEATHER AT ABERGAVENNY DURING SEPTEMBER 1863.-The weather was most unusually unsettled during this month, and but few really fine days were experienced. On the evening of the 9th, there was a continued succes* sion of vivid flashes of lightning, and on the 24th a heavy thunder-storm took place. The temperature was very low for the season. On the 30th, the self-registering ther- mometer fell to 31°, whilst the highest reading in the shade was only 66°, giving a monthly range of 35s. Greatest daily range, 27°. Maximum in sun, 101°. Sixteen days were marked as fine (without rain). The rain-fall during September amounted to 3.54 inches. The barometer was occasionally very variable. Highest reading, 30.405 in.; lowest, 29.245 in; monthly range, 1.160 in.; greatest range in twenty-four hours, 6.25 in. The wind was often high; direction as fohows: W. on 6 days; S.W., 7 N.W.,9 N., 2; B. E.,1; 8. a., 1; s., 2; uncertain, 2.-GOBAN- MIBNSIS. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, before the Rev. JAMES FAEQUHAR, and W. W. MANNING, and J. C. HILL, Esqrs. PUBLIC HOUSB OFFSNOB,—John Watkins, of the Bridge inn, was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer during prohibited hours, the informant being P.C. Edmund James, who proved the charge. De- i. fendantwasfined 2s.6d., the bench remarking that they had mitigated the fine in consideration of this being bis first offence, while they admonished him respecting his future conduct. future conduct. DISPUTED P ATERNITY.-Rebecca Estens, of Cwmyoy, summoned Noah Winstone, to shew cause why he should not contribute towards the support of her illegitimate child. Mr. Sayee appeared for the- defendant, and Mr. Baker for the complainant. The bench considered the defendant was the father of the child, and ordered him to pay ls.6d. per week, and the expenses. STEALING DOGs.-Thomas Thomas was charged with stealing two dogs, belonging to Edwin Libby, of Hereford road, Abergavenny, and Alfred Williams, of the same place. Edwin Libby deposed—On Wednesday last, I received in- formation that my dog had been stolen; I immediately went after the prisoner, who had been on the Hereford road, and I overtook him at Pontrilas, where I saw him sitting on a bank with two dogs by his side. In answer to some questions I put to him, he said that one of the dogs had been given to him, while the other had followed him from Abergavenny. Robert Thorley, wheelwright, Llantillio Pertholey, deposed: on the day in question I saw prisoner in front of my shop; he had two dogs with him, and I remarked to him, pointing to one of the dogs, That's not your dog." He said it ought to be, for he had bought it at the Bull inn last night, and gave 2s.6d. for it. Alfred Williams, the other prosecutor, having also satis- factorily proved his charge, the bench sentenced the pri- soner to 12 weeks for both offences. CHABGE OF LAECBNT.—Ann Jones, Garndyrris, was charged with stealing 2s.6d., the property of Chas. Thomas, of the same place. Mr. Baker appeared on behalf of the accused. It seems that about a fortnight ago,while Eliza- beth Thomas, wife of prosecutor, was away from her home, the accused, who is a neighbour, entered her house, asking a little child for a pin; the child saw the prisoner open and look into a box, in which the prosecutor was in the habit of keeping money, but she did not see her take out anything. In answer to some questions respecting the matter, the wife of prosecutor said that the accused had stated it was to make up the 2s 6d. she had lost, and she would give her the remainder another time. Mr. Baker called the attention of the magistrates to the fact that there was a bad feeling existing between the parties, and that it was a fortnight since the money had been missed, observing that it was somewhat singular that this charge had not been proceeded with before. The bench looked upon the evidence of the child as being in- sufficient, and discharged the accused. INDECENT AND VIOLENT ASSAULT.—Upon the case of Charles Price, painter, who was charged with inde- cently and violently assaulting Maria Hughes, being called on, Mr. Baker, who appeared on behalf of the defendant, remarked that he must state before this case was gone into, that he bad received an intimation from the complainant and her friends that they were anxious that the charge should be withdrawn, the assault being one merely of a common character, and no harm had been done to her. In answer to the bench, the father of the complainant expressed a wish that the case should be withdrawn. The Chairman (to Mr. Hughes)-Why do you wish it ? Mr. Hughes—Because of the exposure, and I don't think there is sufficient evidence. The Chairman —The charge is a very serious one; but if you are justified in settling the matter, I don't think the bench would object. Mr. Hill—Have you been offered any money to settle this matter? Mr. Hughes—No. Mr. Watkins (excited)—I beg Mr. Baker--I submit that Mr. Watkins cannot be heard for he is not a solicitor. Mr. Watkins (to the bench)-My son has been charged as being, the person who committed this offence, and I hope you will not allow this case to be withdrawn, my son's character being at stake ;-if you do so, I shall take further proceedings. Mr Manning--We ought to hear something of the facts of the case before it is dismissed. Mr Baker-The facts are of a common assault; no such offence as complained of having been committed, and she has not lost her situation. It would appear that Mr Hughes, the father of the girl, was not the real prosecutor, but that it was Mr Watkins, who had evinced such an ebullition of feeling. The Chairman (to Mr Watkins)- The only man charged with the offence is Charles Price. The Chairnjan1 then asked Mr Hughes if he had been offered any compensation for the injury done to his daughter, to which he replied in the negative. The ma- gistrates theij retired from Court, and after the lapse of a few minutes returned, the Chairman observing that they were of opinion the case should be proceeded with, upon which Hannah Maria Hughes was called." She deposed.I am a; servant to Mr Rees, ironmonger; last Sunday week I went for a walk with the defendant; when I first met him, he was in company with some one else, and a female was along with rhe; having pro- ceeded a short distance I and the defendant were left to ourselves, and we went up the Chain lane, from whence we turned into the fields; I was induced to go through the fields with him by his saying that that was the way home; I did not know whether it was or not; having passed along two fields, he threw me down, raised my clothes, and committed the assault of which I complain; I started with him about half-'past seven in the evening; he kept me on the ground for an hour; he threatened to strike me if I did not cease screaming; subsequently, I got away from him, and ran home; upon my way (in the lane referred to) I met two men, who, seeing me crying, asked me what was the matter; while talking to these two men, the defendant came up, and they asked me if that was the man, and I told them that it was, upon which they asked him what he had done to me; and he said he had not seen me at all; I walked home with the two men of whom I speak; my sleeves were torn by my struggling with the defendant; when I came home, Martha Lear saw me, and I told her what had happened. By the bench: While on the ground, for an hour, he attempted to violate me, but he did not; the day after the occurrence, I felt very sore on my back; I got home about half-past ten; I was with the defendant altogether about three hours. Mr Baker having cross-examined complainant with a view to shew that she had willingly accompanied the de- fendant, corroborative evidence was adduced, and the magistrates committed the defendant to take his trial at the ensuing quarter sessions, liberating him on bail.
USK. THE EABTHQUAEE of Tuesday last was experienced by several persons in this town and neighbourhood, especially by residents in detached houses.
MAMHILAD. SHOCKING DEATH ON THE RAILWAY.—On the morning of Monday last, about twenty minutes past 4 o'clock, a platelayer named Thomas Lewis, engaged on the railway in this locality, was horrified at finding on the line, near where it passes the reformatory school, the body of a man quite dead, and partly resting on the rails of the up line. Lewis obtained assistance, and removed the body, which was recognised to be that of William Morgan, for- merly of Little Wernhere farm, Glascoed, but who has recently been residing, with his wife, to whom he had been married only a few months, at the house of her father, the Pentre, in the parish of Mamhilad. Inquiry was at once made as to how the deceased had met his death, when it was ascertained that he had been seen at the N antyderry station on the previous (Sunday) night, having arrived by the train due there at nine o'clock, from Aberga- venny, where he was also seen on the platform. It was further elicited that a man had been seen by a passenger riding on the outside of the train, after it had left Nanty- derry station, and jumping off where deceased's body was found. It is therefore assumed that, after ostensibly leaving the train, deceased passed round the end of it, and got on the foot-board, for the purpose of riding as far as the nearest spot on the line to where he resided, intending to jump off, as it is said he did, and thus to save himself a considerable distance to walk. A coroner's inquiry in.to the circumstances was held at the Half-way House Inn, Little Mill, on Tuesday morning, when, after the above facts had been deposed to in evidence, the jury returned a verdict of," Accidental Death," at the same time expres- sing an opinion that none of the company's servants were the least to blame in the matter. It has been rumoured that deceased had before been known, when living at Wernhere, to jump from trains on the Monmouth brancli whilst travelling. If such be the case, his not having before come to harm from such a dangerous practice can only be accounted for by the trains not running so fast on the Monmouth branch as on the main line; and that the train in question was running at a high speed will be gathered from the fact that the road bore marks of his having lite- rally ploughed the ground for a distance of about forty yards from the spot where he first alighted, the injuries inflicted on the body thereby being of a frightful character, and such as undoubtedly caused instantaneous death.
PONTYPOOL. THE EARTHQUAKE.—This unusual visitation of Tuesday morning last frightened the people of this locality from their slumbers, about half-past three o'clock, there being scarcely a house the inmates of which, some or all, did not experience the' shock, with its concomitants of shaking beds and windows, rattling of furniture, ringing of, hells, stopping of clocks, &c., and it is even said that a woman residing on the canal bank was thrown out of her bed Tiy oscillation, but this we look upon as being moyg probably the result of an involuntary effort of her own, consequent upon the sudden fright, than the actual effect of the shock. The residents on the Freehold Land appear to have experienced the phenomenon with greater severity than those in the town, which may be attributed to the houses there being for the most part detached. No damage is reported as having occurred in this locality. TOWN HALL, MONDAY, before C. H. WILLIAMS, Esq. DEUNKENNESS,—Thomas Buck was charged with being drunk and incapable in the streets of Blaenavon, on the 28th September. Convicted in 61. and costs, or 7 days. THURSDAY, be ore H. C. BIRD, Esq. DETJITX AND RIOTOUS.—Isaac Binding was charged with being drunk at the Clarence Railway Station, and assaulting Mr. Griffiths. The case was clearly proved by complainant. Convicted in 20s. and in default of payment 14 days hard labour. A NEGLIGENT WORKMAN.—Patrick Murphy was charged by Messrs. Roper and Company of Cwmbran Iron Works, with neglecting his work as a furnace-filler, by filling the furnace contrary to orders. The case was proved by Robert Humphrys, the watchman. Committed for 14 days hard labour.
RAGLAN. EARTHQUAKE.—One of those alarming, and in this country rare, occurrences was felt in the village and neigh- bourhood of Raglan between three and four o'clock on the morning of Tuesday. The shock was not very severe, although the inhabitants were much alarmed thereby, a great many leaving their beds from fright, before being able to ascertain the cause of their alarm, and imagining that some ill had befallen their premises j;.but no serious casualties have resulted.
CWMBRAN. ANCIENT SHEPHERDS'SOCIETy.-Tha "Shepherd on the Hill" lodge of this society held its anniversary on Monday, the 5th instant, at the Oakfield Inn, when the members, and friends from the neighbourhood, numbering about 120, sat down to an excellent supper, provided by the worthy host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, whose catering gave unqualified satisfaction. Ample jus- tice having been done to the good things, the cloth was removed, and Mr. T. Leadbeater, the manager pf the works, was unanimously voted to the chair, while the duties of vice-chairman were ably discharged by Mr. Davies, cashier of the works. The chairman proposed the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, and others of a local nature. The meeting was enlivened by the celebrated harpist, Mr. William Thomas (" Morlais Alaw"), of Merthyr Tydfil, who played some of the most popular airs of the day. The healtbs of the chairman and vice-chairman were drunk with musical honours, and the harmony of th" evening was greatly enhanced by the singing of Messrs. Copes, J.Evans, Jones, and others, and everything passed off very comfortably.
MONMOUTH. THE EARTHQUAKE.—A shock of earthquake was felt in this town on Tuesday morning last. Nearly the whole of the inhabitants were aroused-from their slumbers at about half-past 3 a.m., by a sound like an explosion, succeeded by a rumbling noise, which lasted about a minute, during which time a rocking sensation was experienced. The chamber ware, in a great many instances, was heard to clink. The ceilings in several houses cracked and fell to the floor, and furniture was found to have moved from its usual, position. It is impossible to describe the various conclusions arrived at regarding this most extraordinary visitation. „
NEWCASTLE. THE EARTHQUAKE.—A correspondent from this place wntes About half-past three o'clock this morning (Tuesday), I, in common with the other inhabitants of this village, was very much alarmed at what we have unani- mously concluded to be a shock of earthquake. Its course seemed to be from west to east, and was attended with a heavy noise, which subsided into a deep hollow tone, leaving us for several seconds literally rocking in our beds, The very atmosphere of the room seemed awfully strange, and baffled description, as did the sensation we felt. I got up as soon as I became composed, for I assure you that I never was so disconcerted before, and found the moon and stars shining brightly, and the serenity of the morning strangely contrasting with the bedroom from which I bad but just emerged. Some sixteen years ago I experienced a slight shock at Newport, but it was as. nothing compared to this. It was, I believe, so sensibly felt at Hilstone Park, that •Mr. Hamilton's household all got up. I have heard, too, that it was much felt at Monmouth, and at several places in Herefordshire." Printed and Published by the Proprietor, WILLIAM HENRY CLARK, at his Offices, Bridge Street, Usk, in the County of Monmouth, October 10, 1863. r! ,1 ■'■- ■j "•>> jsu c