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MERTHYR AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. MERTHYR TYDVIL BALL.—The Bush Inn on the night of Wednesday week, the 31st ult.. was tie scene of one of the most brilliant, animated, and agreeable assemblies which has ever enlivened the town of Merthyr Tvdvil, which by a distinguished stranger was designated as "the Queen of the Hills." Balls have been facetiously termed matrimonial lime twigs;' & certainly if the vouth- ful deity intended gmtifying his inclinations for sport on the evening in question, he could not have had a more am- ple field than in the unrivalled beauty, youth, elegance & fashion which graced this long-expected and spirited ball. The large room, which was beautifully illuminated and most tastefully decorated by the estimable heads of the Bush establishment, presented on entering an appearance of which we had scarcely thought it capable. To enu- merate individually the persons who composed the com- pany is a task which we will not attempt, as there were many parties of great respectability from distant parts of this and the neighbouring counties, who were entire strangers to us, and whose names we actually had not leisure or indeed inclination to ascertain, sa much were we occupied in contemplating the graceful evolutions of some of the most charming of Cambria's far-famed daugh- terll, Amidst a distinguished cluster at the upper end of the room we recognized Sir John Guest. Lady Charlotte Guest, several members of the hospitable Tredegar Fa- mily, and in another quarter of the room several ladies and gentlemen of Breconshire, the Officers of the 73rd Regiment stationed at Dowlais, and the principal families of Merthyr, The stewards—Capt. Layard, M.P., David Evans, Esq., James W. Russell, Esq., and Edward Davies, Esq.—were unceasing in their attentions to the company and in promoting the pleasures of the evening. The Cyfarthfa Brass Band, assisted by several instruments from Cardiff and Merthyr, occupied the or- chestra with much ability, and left those who tripped it on the light fantastic toe nothing to wish for as far as music was concerned. At nine o'clock—the usual bout — dancing commenced, and was kept up most spiritedly with an unbroken succession of polkas, waltzes, quadrilles, and gallopades, which followed each other, to the exquisite gratification of those who were merely lookers on. To- wards midnight a move was made to the supper room, Refreshments were provided in profusion, exhibiting in the most favourable manner the excellent capabilities of the house and the arrangements of the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Davies, who, by their conduct on this as 011 all similar public occasions, wiu golden opinions of all persons. At supper all was gaiety Jouth and age seemed delighted—"nods and becks and wreathed smiles" were universal—happy gallants were devoutly intent upon their pleasing devotions to the various divinities in their respective vicinities—that we declare, while con- templating the whole scene, we fancied it was one of the happiest periods of our existence. After supper dancing was resumed, and with that peculiar ardour which inva- riably distinguishes this amusement at this period of the night. The company did not separate till the morning of New Year's Day, when Night's candles had burnt out, and jocund day Stood tiptoe on the misty mountain's top." THE ODD FELLOWS' BALL took place the same evening at the Globe Inn, and was well attended. The stewards were Messrs. Thomas Vaughan and Benjamin Davies— who well discharged the duties which devolved upon them—succeeding in giving general satisfaction and eli- citing well deserved commendations. Balls which take place under the auspices of the members of this ORDER (which, we may confidently remark, is second to none ever established, in any point of view) have always been remark- able for their spirit & gaiety; and this ball farmed no excep- tion to the general rule. A vast number of tickets had been disposed of to persons from all parts of the surrounding district, but the unpropitious state of the weather pre- vented many from attending: however, those who did attend enjoyed themselves heartily—the bachelors main- taining unimpaired that reputation for gallantry which the happy swains of Merthyr have acquired, and which was only surpassed in degree by the beauty of the Glamorganshire Lasses," who graced the room with their presence. The arrangements of the esteemed landlady, Mrs. Joseph, cannot be too highly eulogised they clearly evinced a determination on her part to leave nothing undone, or, at least, unattempted, which could add to the gratification of her guests, amongst whom we observed several of the principal and most influential members of the noble order of Odd Fellows, of which we are proud to have to boast we have been members for many years. Long may it flourish and may its influence be as exten- sive as the desires of its membeis are ardent for the amelioration of mankind generally, by the promulgation of the principles of the Christian religion and the soundest philosophy. STRIKE FOR WAGES.—A Merthyr correspondent writes —" It appears that the celebrated and spirited colliery proprietor, Thomas Powell, Esq., of the Gaer, made an advance of twopence per ton to his colliers at Cwmbach and Duffryn immediately after the unfortunate occurrence in August last, so that they were getting Is. 7d. a ton, whilst colliers of other works in the neighbourhood had only Is. 6d. Within the last fortnight, Mr. Powell reduced the rate of payment to the extent of one penny per ton—a reduction which the men refused to submit to, aud struck' for an advance of wages; as did also the men employed |n a neighbouring colliery. The men, whilst evfnciug the greatest firmness, conduct themselves with much propriety.

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