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MERTHYR AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. GItEAT MUSICAL TREAT.BnAu,H['S CONCERT, on Friday evening, the 11th inst., at the Assembly Rooms, Bush Inn, was attended by the elitd, not only of this town and neighbourhood, but also by the most respectable families from Tredegar Iron Works/Rbymney, Newbridge, Aberdare, Hirwain, and the surrounding districts. The magnificent room, which is capable of accommodating between four and five hundred persons was full, and the extraordinary powers of Mr. Braham and his Sons gave universal satisfaction to the numerous and respectable audience. On the cold shores of the stranger," by Mr. C. Braham; the sea fight,—"Stand to your guns," by Mr. Braham the duet, The Brothers," Mr. C. Braham, and Mr. H. Braham; and the glee,- "The wind whistles cold," Mr. Braham, Mr. C. Braham, and Mr. H. Braham; "The watchman," Mr. Braham: and The bay of biscay," Mr. B'-aham, were most rapturously encored scena,—" Willfain Tell," Mr. bra. ham, was such a rich treat of vocal m'nsic that a Merthyr audience never before heard. "r e observed in the room several of our fiist-rate resident singers, and they seemed to be well pleased with the splendid enter- tainment thus afFordod them; spoke very highly of the tinging, and were even astonished that a man of 72, (Mr. Braham), had his musical powers so unimpaired. On Saturday, Mr. Braham and his sons left for Swansea, as highly pleased with their reception at Merthyr, as their audience were with them. MERTIIYR TVDVIL. — At the meeting of the British Association, at Cambridge, a paper was read by Mr. G. S. Kenrick, on the Statistics of Merthyr, from which we extract the following interesting particulars :-The mass of the population of Merthyr has been called ijito life and brought into this wild dlstnct by the establish- ment of large iron works belonging to Messrs. Crawshay, Guest, Hiil, and Thompson. The greater part of the people are supported by their daily labour at these works aii.1 the remainder of the population consists of persons who supply them with food, clothing, furniture, beer, physic, law, and divinity. There are very few persons who reside in the black-looking village of Merthyr who ire not either directly or indirectly interested in the iron works, in one of the modes mentioned above. An anal- ysis of the population of Merthyr during the spring of 1841 (exclusive of Coedyrymmer, hamlet of Vaynor, Taff, and Cymon, and Forrest-hill) :-Total population, 32,908 houses, HI4;3, 5, persons to a house 'neartv sleeping- rooms, 10,83-), 3 persons to a room lodgers, 6140, 1 for each house; English people, 4181, 13 per cent, of the population Welsh people, 27,802, 81 per cent, of the :)opu!atio!i Irish people, 985, 3 per cent. of the popula- tion persons who cannot speak English intelligibly, 10,917; Children who go to day schools by report of their teachers, 1313, less than a fifth of those who ought to go pupils attending nineteen Sunday-schools at dissenting chapels, 4581 ditto at church Sunday-schools, 350 can read, 11,774 can write, 5709 persons among the labouring classes who have other bocks besides reli- gious books, 445 do not go to aav place of worship, 11,759 workmen occasionally intoxicated, 2587, or, a thirteenth of the population churches, 2, and chapels, 26, will contain 15,182 persons. It is surprising that a large village so near the boundary of an English county as Merthyr is, and having such frequent communication with it, should have so small a number of Saxons, as the English are called, among the population—only about 4000 out of a population of 33,000 and there are 11,000, or one-third, who cannot speak English intelligibly, and would not understand an English sermon. The consequence is, that the service at the chapels is generally conducted in Welsh. In the neighbourhood of the Dowlais, Pen- ydarran and Cyfarthfa iron works there is a great deal of distress among the people; the streets in which they live are filthy and untidy; their houses are ill-furnished they have scarcely clothes or food for their children: yet it is to be remembered that the persons employed in the iron works have been receirinj t for seven years 2!h. a week on an average, with regular work. But under these favourable circumstances, in a parish containing 33,000, most of them workmen, only 91 workmen have built or bought houses of their own and very few indeed have put money in the savings' bank. Though they receive their money every week, and have a good market at which to make their purchases, yet the majority of the workmen are poor-many of them are deeply in debt to the shopkeepers. They cannot afford to send their children to school, but instead of that they take them to work at too early an age, to the injury of their health. A large proportion of these sufferers, who are in the de- cline of life, if they had been prudent, would now have been independent of the frowns of the world, an,d might have retired from work on a handsome competency. All the comforts that they might have enjoyed they have sa- crificed for the sake of intoxication by means of a nauseous kind of beer which would not be considered drinkable in other parts of the kingdom. HiRWAiN.—An inquest was held here lately on view of the body of George Jones, miner, aged 23, who was killed by a fall of mine and rubbish from the top of the level where he was working. Verdict, Accidental Death. MOST DARING BURGLARY.—Between the hours of one and three o'clock on Saturday morning the house of Edmund Rees, puddler, at Cae-pant-tywyll, was entered by some burglar, and the sum of forty sovereigns—the hard earnings of a sober, industrious, and economical man—were taken away. It appears that Edmund Rees was at his work, and that no one was in the house except his mother, aged 82 years, who was sleeping in a room down stairs. The ruffian effected an entrance through the kitchen window, after making not less than seventeen attempts to lift the same. The sovereigns were kept in a box upstairs. It seems that the old woman saw a man in the house, but was too much afraid even to call for assistance, although there were many houses in the im- mediate vicinity. Hitherto no clue has been had of the burglar, but it is confidently supposed that he will be found shortly. INQUEST.—An inquest was held at Aberdare on Mon- day, before W. Davies, Esq., coroner, on Tiew of the body of Rees Polly, the illegitimate child of Morgan Polly, who was found dead in bed that morning. LLANTRISSENT.—A correspondent at this place has sent us the following copy of a petition forwarded to the House of Lords, and which, he states, was influentially and very numerously signed. We have much pleasure in complying with our esteemed correspondent's request by "giving it a place in our columns." It is as follows;- To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Tem- poral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, in Parliament assembled. The humble Petition of the undersigned gentry, farmers, and inhabitants of the city of Laudaff, and of the borough of Lantrissent, in the county of Glamorgan, and their respective neighbourhoods; SHEWETH,—That a bill is-now before your Right Ho- nourable House for making a railway from Pembroke Dock and Fishguard to Chepstow, with a branch to Monmouth, to be called the" Soulh Wales Railway." That the said railway, if made, will greatly improve the present means of communication and intercourse between the city of Landaff, the borough of Lantrissent, and various other places on the line of the said railway, and will also greatly facilitate the means of intercourse with more distant places, and will thus be of the most important service to your peti- tioners, who have long suffered from the want of some improved means of tiansit. That the said proposed railway, if made, will also leave only a comparatively short space to be filled up, HI order to complete an uninterrupted communication by railwav between South Wales and London, which would lead to a considerable deveiopement of the resources of that important district, and would greatly enhance the prosperity of your petitioners, and of tr.e whole of 8011th Wales. "That your petitioners are, therefore, deeply interested in the success of the said bill, now before your lordships, from the passing whereof they anticipate such important benefits; and they sincerely hope that the formation of the great extent of railway, for the making of which powers are proposed to be taken by such bill, and for which your petitioners under- stand that the necessary capital is subscribed, may not be delayed by the rejection or postponement of the said bill to a future session, Your petiiioners, therefore, humbly pray your lordships that the said South Wales Railway Bill may pass into a law during the present session of Parliament.





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