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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

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