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ABERSYCHAN. GENEROUS CONDUCT OF THE LADY OF THE MANOR.— On Thursday week Miss Webb, the lessee of one moiety of the extensive and flourishing Iron Works of this plaee, and Lady of the important Manors of Wentsland and Bryngwyn, visited the Abersychan property, accompanied by one of her co-proprietors, Mons. Chas. Dendon, of Paris. This gentleman descended the Cwmsychan mine pit, and viewed the workings upon iron, stone, and coal, apparently with much interest. After partaking of some refresh- ment, very courteously offered by Josiah Richards, Esq., the able manager of the works, the party proceeded to view by night the blast furnaces, forges, mills, &c., and the distinguished strangers appeared to be no less gratified with the beauty, than astonished at the novelty, of the scene around them. Previous to leaving the works, Miss Webb, with that kind and considerate feeling towards the workmen which has invariably distinguished her visits amongst them, placed the handsome sum of dB20 in the hands of Mr. Richards, to be by him apportioned amongst the various departments, with a view to afford the men a drop of" cwrw dda," to cheer them in their arduous em- ployment. She also most generously promised to give a cup, of the value of £5, annually, as a prize to be con- tended for by the Abersychan company of the 2nd Mon. Volunteers, and further gave a donation of 95 towards the workmen's institute at Abersychan, the establishment of which affords irrefragible proof that Mr. Darby and his partners take great interest in the moral and intellectual welfare of their workpeople. M. Dendon also presented the like sum of f5 to the institute. The Abersychan company of volunteers feel proud of the honor which is about to be conferred upon thtlm by Miss Webb, and if other ladies who affect to have such a regard for the movement would be less prolific in words, and more so in deeds, they would give better proof of their earnestness, and it would also tend to the improvement of the Volun- teer cause. SAD ACCIDENT.-On the night of Tuesday last a coal haulier, of the name of James Probert, accidentally fell down a short flight of stone steps, behind the Queen Adelaide beer house, near this place, from which he received injuries which are expected to prove fatal. He was removed to his own house, which is only a short dis- tance from where the accident happened, on the following morning, and he still lies in a very precarious state. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. A meeting of this body was held in the Reading Room of the British Schools, on Wednesday last, at which were present: Messrs. C. J. Parkes (chairman), J. Richards, Mitchell, A. A. Williams, G. Fothergill, Hambleton, Rev. S. Price, H. Lewis, J. Jones, W. Walters, J. T. Edmonds, W. Richards, T. Lewis and J. Hair. Mn Beckingsale, who rents the Abersychan market, attended to call the attention of the Board to the number of people who sell goods outside the market in the public streets, which, independently of any private considerations he might entertain, he submitted was dangerous from having the thoroughfares too much crowded with people. The Chairman thought the application was one of which the Board should take notice. The convenience of the public would be consulted if people would confine them- selves to the market, but he thought the question could be more properly entertained when the Board framed its bye-laws, and he suggested that it stand over until that time. Mr. J. Richards spoke of the danger arising from driv- ing through the streets when in a crowded state on market days, and the Surveyor also said that complaints had been made to him of the inconvenience resulting from the matter in question. After a few remarks from Messrs. Price, Williams, and other members, the question was ordered to stand over until the formation of the bye-laws. The minutes of the last meeting having been read over, the Clerk reported that Mr. Mitchell had prepared a design for a seal for the Board, which was in the hands of the engraver, and would soon be completed. The Clerk also said that, by the direction of the Board, he had given notice to the Clerk of the Board of Roads to deliver the money and a safe to this Board. He had given notice both in writing and verbally. One letter had been sent by post and another by a private source, and he had also spoken to the Clerk on the subject. The Chairman remarked that he was very sorry to hear that no reply had been received to the applications, as it was in such very bad taste, for many members of the Board of Roads also belonged to this Board. Mr. Hambleton said that it was necessary for a formal notice to be given by this Board to the Board of Roads, signifying that it was prepared to take charge of the roads. The Clerk having been appealed to, said that no such notice as that to which the last speaker referred was necessary, and read a clause in the Act of Parliament con- firmatory of his statement. Mr. H. Lewis remarked that at the last meeting of the Board of Roads they did not object to give up possession of the money or safe if proper notice had been received. The Clerk again repeated that no such notice as that referred to by Mr. Hambleton was necessary. They had done all that was required, which was to ask for them, and on the very day their Act was gazetted they were entitled to their possession. Mr. Hair said that a proposition had been made at the last meeting of the Board of Roads for it to give up the money and the safe, and bring its existence to a close, which, as he was chairman, and could give a casting vote, was legally carried, but it appeared not to have been adopted. It was here explained that there was a counter proposi- tion, and as the numbers .were divided, there being two for one motion and two for another, they both fell to the ground. Several members seemed to think that Mr. Hair was entitled to the casting vote, which would have carried the motion, and the matter would have terminated. Mr. Price thought it desirable to send another notice or request to the Board of Roads to give up the money and the safe, and after some discussion on the matter, The Chairman suggested that the Clerk should be ordered to write a registered letter to the Clerk of the Board of Roads, calling his attention to the fact that as that body had now been superseded by the Abersychan Local Government Board, the said Board of Roads would not be justified in incurring any more debts, or further liabilities, and asking him to hand over to this Board the safe and money in its hands. An order was ultimately made, embodying the sugges- tion of the Chairman. A lengthened conversation next ensued respecting the rate of four-pence in the £ which had been proposed for defraying the expenses of carrying out, or adopting the new Act, when the Clerk and Surveyor explained that the proposed rate would produce something like £ 247, which 'I.. would leave a balance in hand, after the expenses had been paid, of from £40 to £ 50. In answer to Mr. A. A. Williams, the Clerk said that proper notices had been given both on the doors of places of worship and by advertisement. During the discussion of this question, it was inciden- tally mentioned that the Board ought to feel itself under considerable obligation to some gentleman at Pontypool for devoting his time and extraordinary abilities (?) in looking after the interests of the Board by pointing out its failings and short-comings, in which he had inadver- tently displayed his own ignorance, through the medium of the press. The Chairman suggested that the rate, being a district one, should be deposited in some place in the district for inspection, for as there appeared to be a disposition to watch the movements of this Board, it was desirable to conduct them as regularly and correctly as possible. The rate having been ordered to be made, the Clerk observed that the most convenient place to deposit it for inspection would be at Mr. Martin's, the druggist, when it was ordered to be left there for that purpose during the time given by the Act for appealing against it. The Surveyor reported that he had written to the Pontypool Iron Company in respect to the reparation of some part of their property, which they promised to attend to. A letter was received from Mr. D. Morgan, gas pro- prietor, offering to supply the Board with a number of lamps for the public streets, on the same terois as those at Pontypool. The Chairman observed that it would be time enough to take the application into consideration when the Board had come to the determination of supplying the streets with gas. Mr. Williams: It does not form part of the estimate for this year. 'A. notice having been given to Mrs, Edwards, respecting the want of proper drainageof her cottage property, situate on the river side, she appeared before. the Board to-day, and promised to have the necessary work done, subject to the approbation of the Board. F She su'bject of the bye-laws having been introduced, it was ordered at the suggestion of Mr. J. Richards, that two members from the Finance Committee, and two from the Road Committee, should be appointed with the chair- man as a committee to arrange as to the formation of the laws in question. The clerk informed the meeting that be had written to several towns for copies of their bye-laws, so as to form some guide in making their own It was at length ordered that Messrs. H. Lewis, Mitchell, Walters, J. Hair, and the chairman, be appointed as a committee for the purpose mentioned. Some conversation next ensued as to the place at which the committee should meet, when the Town Hall was men- tioned as being the most likely. I A member having ob- jected to the Town Hall, in consequence of his desire of avoiding 'any collision with disappointed members of another Board, the chairman reminded him that the Town Hall was not given to Pontypool alone, but to the parish of Trevethin, and one part of the parish had as much right to it as another. It was at length agreed that the com- mittee should meet in the Town Hall. The Surveyor next repqrted the existence of several nuisances, respecting which orders were given that notices should be issued for their removal, and that parties neg- lecting to comply with the same, should be. summoned before the magistrates. In one case, that of Mr. Croft, time was afforded for his return from his continental wed- ding tour. This being all the business brought beforej the Board, the members separated.