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MERTHYR AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. MERTHYR LITERARY SOCIETY.—In our fourth page will be found a report of an interesting lecture given by Mr. Stephens to the members of this society at their fortnightly meeting, held on Thursday night week. DOGS.—We have had several complaints lately made to us of the great number of dogs which are allowed to prowl about this town and neighbourhood. It is even said that five or six of these animals may frequently be seen running together and attacking travellers." We conceive that the tax-collector or assessor might, by com- pelling the owners or reputed owners of those nuisances to pay the taxes, easily lessen the number, and thereby confer a great benefit upon the public of this place gene- rally. SUDDEN DEATH.—A married woman (a milk-teller) from Rhyd-y-carr, near this town, was taken ill whilst attending divine service on Sunday last, and on Monday morning was a corpse. THE HARVEST.—The weather during the week has been very unfavourable. The river has been heavily swollen and we regret to state that a considerable quan tity of corn yet remains uncut in our mountainous districts. THE IRON TRADE.—We beg to calt the attention of our Merthyr friends, as well as that of all who feel inte- rested in the present position and prospects of the iron trade, to a most able letter upon the subject, extracted from the columns of the London Mercantile Journal, and which letter will be found in our fourth page. FATAL ACCIDENT.— A workman was accidentally killed last week at the Tredegar Iron Works, by falling into a pit two hundred yards deep. It is conjectured that he must have mistaken one tram-road for another- entered upon the wrong one—and so have met with instantaneous destruction. INQUEST.—An inquest was held on the ] Ith instant, at the Windsor Arms Inn, Rhymney Iron Works, before William Davies, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of John Davies, collier, aged 14 years, who was killed by a stone, weighing two tons, falling upon him. He survived the accident half an hour. He was, we are told, the only survivor of nine children! Verdict, "Accidental Death." DEATH IN AN OMNIBUS.—As Marianne, the infant child of William Davies, of Tredegar, collier, was return- ing last week from Swansea with her mother, she died on the journey whilst between Pontwalby and Merthyr Tydvil. An inquest has &ince been held before William Davies, Esq., coroner, on view of her remains. Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God." The child was only 17 months old. MEUTIIYR MARKET, SATURDAY, 13th SEPT.—Mutton, 5:1. to 7d.; beef, 5d. to 7¡d. i veal,61(t.; lamb, 5d. to7d.; pork, 5!d. to 7d.; fresh butter, Is. to Is. 2d.; salt ditto, lOd. per lb.; potatoes, 161bs. to 281bs. Hr 6d.; cabbages, 2 or 3 for aid.; turnips, 53. to 7s. per sack; apples, 8d. to 3s. per hundred; pears, 4d. to Is. 6d. per do,; omons, 21bs. for l|d.; plums, 6d. per hundred, nuts, 2d. per qt. MERTHYR POLICE—WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. [Before W. Thomas and G. R. Morgan, Esqrs.] CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH Ann Evans, single woman, was charged with illegallycollcealingthe birth ofherchild. Elizabeth Griffiths, sworn, said—I am the wife of William Griffiths, and live at Llwydcoed, in the parish of Aberdare. I know the prisoner Ann Evans. She is a single woman. I took her into my service when I was ill about two months ago, and she continued one month with me. She slept with me during the whole time. She told me she was in the family way, and that she was going to the house of her sister at Penydarran to be confined. She told me that several times in the course of the month. She said also who the father was. She came to my service on a Monday morning did her work very well till within the last four days, in which she was the greatest part of the day in bed-getting up every now and then. [The prisoner here fainted and the surgeon ordered a glass of wine to be given' to her.] She slept with me all these nights and complained of a head-ache. She rose on Monday morning and changed some of her clothes. I was out many times in the course of the day. \fter she changed her clothes, she threw them down on the floor by the head of the bed-she did not roll them —there was nothing in them. I gaid it was an awkward place to leave them there, and said I would take them away, when she said "Don't you touch them, I'll take them away myself." However, I moved them from that place to an idle chair in the pantry. I left them there and went out again. I Was out about half an hour. When I returned, I found the clothes missing in the pantry,—she was in bed. I asked her "Where have you put the clothes, Annl" She said that she put them down in the privy. I asked her why she threw them down there before they were washed, and she said they were not worth washing. The privy is about twenty yards from my house, is for the convenience of fourteen houses, and is within one house of my own. On Mon- day evening her sister from Penydarrau brought a cart to my house, and took her away, in consequence of a mes- sage that I had sent to her. I did not observe any difference in her size. There was no appearand that caused one to suspect any thing, until the police came there on Sun- day. Witness swore,to the identity of the clothes pro- duced. P. S. Sadler examined :—I am stationed at Aberdare. Tuesday, August 12th, about 4 o'clock, p.m., I went to the house of George Seburne, at Penydarran, her sister's house. I saw the prlsoner, in bed. I told her she was suspected of havi ig given birth to a c^Ud. She said, "I was very ill on Thursday night, and something came from me. On Friday morning I did not, see-it. Elizabeth Griffiths was sleeping with me that evening. She took away what came from me." I then went to William Griffiths's house, at Llwydcoed, about six miles from Merthyr. I asked Elizabeth Griffiths if she had anything to return to Ann Evans. She said, No." I searched the privy, and at the bottom found what appeared to be k bundle elf rags, and in rising it, a small child tumbled out. I rose the child and clothes to the surface. The last witness saw me wash the child and the clothes, which consisted of a flannel apron, and flannel shift. Elizabeth Griffiths said, There are the clothes that Ann Evans wore." I brought the child and the clothes to Mr. Su- perintendent Hemer at the Merthyr station. An inquest was held on the body. Mr. Superintendent Hemer examined :-P. S. Sadler delivered me the clothes, which I have since kept in my possession. E. Davies, Esq., Surgeon, Dowlais, examined:—I was called in to the house of George Seburne, and saw the prisoner in bed. I endeavoured to ascertain the age of the child as nearly as possible. From the examination I found it was a full grown child. There were no marks of external violence the body was of average weight and size. The naval string had been lacerated..It is my opinion that the child was born alive, and that it died of suffocation. The prisoner was committed for trial at the next Glamorganshire Assizes. A man from Aberdare was charged with obstructing P. S. Hume in the execution of his duty, and, in com- pany with several others rescuing a prisoner from the officer, and otherwise behaving very violently. As P. S. Rees gave a good character to defendant, he was fined only 3s. and 7s. costs. Two cases were settled out of Court. David Allen was charged with throwing a large stone at William Favor, which hit him on the head. Fined jEl and costs, or in default of payment to be imprisoned for three weeks. William Roberts was charged by four men with non- payment of wages. Defendant had been discharged from his work at Dowlais, and was consequently unable to pay. However, he said he would satisfy complainants on Monday. A man was ordered to be locked up for a few hours for contempt of Court*





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