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TAFF VALE RAILWAY. To the Editor of the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian. SIR,-l beiz to call your attention to the very great incon- venience resulting to the public from the recent alteration in the dispatch of passenger trains on the Taff Vale Railway. According to the time-table which came into operation on the 20th inst., only two Trains leave Cardiff and Merthyr on each day, so that an inhabitant of this town. for instance, having an hour's business at Newbridge, must leave Cardiff at halt-past 8 in the morning, and is unsble to get home before 20 minutes to 6 in the evening. It is possible the railway functionaries may allege that the pas-*e;iger traffic in the winter months is insufficient to warrant the dispatch of a middle-day train, and they may appeal for confirmation of their views to the reduced numbers who travel by their two-a-day trains. No doubt the season has a certain influence but, I believe, the falling off is mainly owing to the diminished facilities aifordtd to the public, and to the greatly increased expenditure of time imposed on thisc who travel on the lino. The importance of the places connected with this railway is rapidly increasing, and the mutual intercourse of their inha- bitants appears to increase in all equal or even greater propor- tion. At the time when this inconvenient interruption was car- ried into effect, the passenger traffic wa* in full activity-the receipts for the weekending October t I tlr being £ 206 3s. 6J. I am not without hope that the directors, or whoever may have the arrangement of such matters, mav ro-consider the step that has been taken. They will, it is to be hoped, bear in mind that having* deprived the public, by their road, of every other mode of common conveyance, they ought not to diminish the facilities of transit without a more urgent neces- sity than can be supposed to exist in the circumstances of the pr sent case. 1 am. Sir, your obedient Servant, Cardiff, Oct. 22, 1845. AN OCCASIONAL TASSENGER. -410 To the Rdi/m of the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian. Sir,—In the very hasty and carelessly drawn sketch of the charge delivered by the Bishop of Llandaff in his late Visitation, which I saw in your publication of Saturday last, there is a very grave error which must not be allowe,l to deceive the public mind. In recommending the clergy to restore to its legitimate place in the Church Services, one of the most beautiful Prayers in our Liturgy—the Prayer for the Church Militant-his Lordship is made to say, that objections to the service being lengthened by the use of it, mi;;ht be done away with by abridging other portions of the serviceThat such was either the Bishop's language or his meaning, it is of great importance at once to deny. His Lordship said that if objections were made to this prayer from its lengthening the service, they might be con- ciliated by abridging THE SERMO.V -not other portions of the service—an admonition. 1 need hardly say, how seasonable, at the present time, when some are to be found, who scruple not to indulge the itching ears of human nature by saeriflcing the solemnity of a public service of devotion, to a taste for the ex- citement and novelty of sermon preaching. The Bishop in ex- press terms in this, as in his charge three years ago, denounced those who presume, of their own device, to mutilate in any way the regular appointed services, which the sanction of the Church for so many ages has rendered sacred and which are also set- tled by the law of the land. There are also some other errors which it is as well to notice, as I am upon the subject; but being more obviously errors of your sketcher, it is not of consequence to do more than remark them; such as the sentence- who had CONVERTED a delin- qnent of Heresy, but who drew back from punishing the CON- YBRTED Heretic and further on-" Scripture gave a hint that all the world was to be governed by one Bishop." His Lord- ship said, Scripture gives NO hiut." Really, Sir, it is deplorable that, at the present time, when every word which falls from the Bishops of the Church, is eagerly caught up and quoted as authority, such manifest con- tradictions of their actual meaning, are to acquire publicity through the medium of a public journal, and have an influence on many minds who will not care to examine into the truth of their impressions, and thus be disabused by the perusal of the published charge itself. I am, Sir, your obedient humble <>-v:Hit, October 2lst, 1845. K. [The "carelessly drawn sketch was copied by us irom the columns of a contemporary. ED.] CORONERS' INQUESTS. To the Editor of the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian. SIR,-l perceive by your last week's repjrt of our comply business, that a discussion arose out of the circumstance of one of our coroners having made a charge for holding ianuests on the bodies of the twenty-eight unfortunate men, who wt-re killed by the late explosion at the DuJfryn Colliery, Aberdare, while it appeared that but one jury was sworn. and only one inquest held, one verdict sufficing for all. The coroner having stated how his intention had been set aside, with regard to the mode of conducting the proceedings, very properly referred the question of payment to the magistrates, who, after some discus- sion, decided that Mr. Da vies should be paid for four inquests, and be allowed the mileage on each [of those four 1 nresumel. All the bodies were viewed, but then only one jury was sworn and the inquiry went no further than as regarded the death of one of the men (Howell David). The inquest lasted two days, and the full discharge of the arduous and tedious duties of the coroner and jury is admitted on all hands. If the law says that (under the frequently-occurring circumstance of many lives being sacrificed by the same cause) one inquest alone is suffi- cient, then the coroner in this case should not have been paid for four, or for any other number more than one but if the law does not say so, but allows, or does not prevent, a separate charge for each case, then the coroner should have been paid for the whole of the twenty-eight cases named. Compromises are viewed with jealousy and suspicion. If the law is lax, let us petition to render it more stringent, or, if otherwise, let the coroner have fair play. Will any of our county magistrates, then present, let the public know, through your journal, the grounds of their decision ? The honesty of their decision is not for a moment doubted, but, in the name of common sense, let us have a clear understanding as to the extent of our liabilities. We don't object to pay, but we do want to knjw for how much we ought to pay. Yours obedicntl),, Aberdare, Oct. 37, 1815. A RATE PAYER. To the Editor nftltø Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian. SIR,-Having noticed the observations in your last journal in reference to the high prices obtained for, and the choice selec- tion of, the stock ottered, at Fairwater, for fair competition, I hope you will pardon my saying, that two circumstances, then held in general estimation, appear to have escaped your recollection. First, the extreme courtesy, liberality, and attention of the worthy proprietor and his family shown to the numerous visitors (among whom were gentlemen of high distinction), for whose necessary comfort, all elegant and substantial repast was bountifully provided. And secondly, the very business- like manner in which the auctioneer (Mr. Sawyer of Cardiff) conducted the sale, whose exertions and ability were called into action on this occasion, aud which have, as the result has shown, proved pre-eminently successful. A VISITOR.

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