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THE CARDIFF AND MERTHYR GUARDM. FRIDAY. JANUARY 30, 1846. n: Our readers will perceive by an address from the b tght Honorable John Nicholl, member for our °r°Ughs, to his constituents, which appears in a Previous column, that in consequence of his being Obliged for a short period to visit the continent, on aCcount of the illness of one of his family, he has felt Qecessary to resign the office of Judge Advocate eneral, which he has so ably filled for some years Under the present government. We are glad to that he has been appointed to an unpaid seat at 9 Board of Trade, which he has accepted as a proof his confidence in Sir Robert Peel's government. ls honorable appointment being without eraolu- no vacancy has occurred in the representation. WAITED STATES OF AMERICA.—In a previous column i 1.1 be found most important intelligence from America, ell)g from New York to the 8th instant. The Oregon {jUe»tion has been taken up in the House of Representa- ^V.es) and warmly debated, the tenor of the speeches J*lllg most warlike. On the 2nd instant Mr. Adams gjV.e his views at great length in favour of promptly t,.VlQg the notice to terminate the existing joint occu- of the Oregon territory. On the 5th the committee foreign Affairs recommended the adoption of that gt|SsUre. The report was debated and adjourned on the JQ^' Until the first Monday in February, by a majority of Wk'° summary of the proceedings will be read J? deep interest at this particular juncture. VALE RAILWAY.—Such is the confidence which a,6 Public place in this line, and in the board of directors, t0^lhe new £ 10 shares—issued in order to raise capital lIa Proceed with the various extensions and branches lIr thcularised in our last—are freely purchased at 20s. fr ell¡inm. We understand that one or two gentlemen Vj0'11 Bristol visited this place during the week with the j. e,v of buying of those shareholders who are not dis- to take the number to which they are, by previous ^gement, entitled. 1 Hon. James Stuart Wortley, M.P., brother of ha^ Wharncliffe, and a relation of the Marquis of Bute, H s been appointed Judge Advocate General, instead of Right Hon. John Nicholl, M.P., resigned. I^A.UDLFF SAVINGS' BANK.—JANUARY 24th, 1846.— ^m°unt received, £ 233 ls. lid.; paid, £ 120 9s. 5d. jUnber of depositors, 59. TF ^RDIFF NEW SAVINGS' BANK.—A meeting of the s'ees and directors was held on Monday last, at which pjr> John Prichard, architect, of Llandaff, attended with sections, elevations, and specifications, for the new Oh ding about to be erected at the coiner of Duke-street, land purchased by the trustees of the Marquess of YyjWe perceive by an advertisement that builders n £ to contract for the ejection of the house are Rested to send in tenders. .^DEN DEATH.—An aged man, named Thos. Michael, in Caroline-street, in this town, died suddenly ou j.sday afternoon, after a few hours' illness. He was pb'-keeper on one of the quays at the docks. Vit PlG-—0n Saturday last Messrs. Bishop and Scott, cWs, had a pig in this market which weighed 2-1 0j^e and lOlbs. It was fed by Mr. Abraham Hauling, ^"int Fagan's Mill. TJJ ,T°RES.—The revenue authorities having had under tj)e,r consideration certain cases which have occurred of (p..abstraction, and, in some instances, adulteration of rits> left under the special seal of the tide surveyor of rell) eustoms, on board vessels during the time of their fy^ining in port, and considering that the revenue lid be better protected by having the spirits secured tb; e: official seal in a place on board to be selected by to tide surveyor, and set apart and appropriated solely 8il)) t purpose, instead of, as hitherto, placing the seal ot¡ Ply on the packages themselves, they have issued ill e efs for the same to be observed in future in all cases hif:h spirits, reported by the master of the vessel in Manifest, of the cargo, as being surplus or unexpended are left on board vessels, whether British or {0'*ign. This regulation has been made general, and is l observed in future at every port in the kingdom k/1 it is important that it should be generally known, t/ Masters of vessels, owners, an d others connected with dipping trade, in order t-hat inconvenience or trouble Hot arise in their regard, consequent upon a non- servance of or opposition to the same. TJ^HEAT WELSH CENTRAL RAILWAY COMPANY.—WE er our readers to the report from our own correspon- 1 of the meeting which took place in London on the o inst. Feeling interested in a line which, if carried h' must prove of the greatest importance to the princi- we have devoted more space than ordinary to re- ^rting occurrences connected therewith, and having j ocular means of information, our statement can be led on. The opposition to the Committee of Manage- 0j.e,1t seems to have been got up by a very feeble portion t] the subscribers, and was, as appears by the letter of Q6 solicitor to the company, composed only, of a Mr. §.0!l> a holder of but ten shares, and his attorney, a Mr. ^FFORD (see Mr. Parker's letter to Mr. Stafford in the j^Port of the meeting.) Upon this slight foundation have shareholders been twice called together. The first fetitig we reported in our publication of the 17th inst., the solicitor to the company attended and gave such 8 e*planation as seemed to us and the meeting quite factory. Since that meeting the chairman of it, Mr. V w- Harvey, and another of the gentlemen appointed, I at several times been to the office of the company, Were shown the accounts and vouchers, with which t] eJ expressed themselves satisfied and other parties at | late meeting also stated they had been shown the g c.°Unts in detail. We certainly think this ought to have Mr. Cox and his attorney, as Mr. Parker very I jj^ificantly intimates to them. If the committee be- fl)eted that the object of these parties was only to seek f grounds for suits at law, they have very properly re- them further access to the accounts and other •ormation. We should very much doubt whether the u't'ng of the accounts by Cox, Smith, aud Jones, would been more satisfactory to the subscribers than that y such honorable and respectable members of the com- "tee whose whereabouts" are known, who have always ^ducted its affairs. From what took place at the last eetiugf we are disposed to think the committee—we *.ean those who have actually given then time and jj^'ition to the affairs of the company—have been very .<Hy used, and subjected to much misrepresentation v up by a small fraction of the subscribers, and sup- bj an ephemeral portion of the press, the editors Whicli have probably been disappointed candidates for ^eaUhinthe shape «f premium. We warn our readers ",Ot to be led away by unmeaning inuendoes and ugly °'ds which are so freely used to all unsuccessful schemes, l-p11* arn'st all this verbiage to look atier facts alone. As ^Sard* this company w»' have sifted all that has been said, We must say that nothing has appeared to the dis- j°tiour of the acting managers of it. The cause of its ()1\llurQ we have before al'uded to in a previous number of paper, and the heavy loss of 17s. 0d. per share was <J'dently owing to the defalcation of the greater portion 'he allottees and many members named on the provi- l1al committee for such we have no excuse, but con- er that any course which would not make the bona fide J^BICRIBERS further losers should be taken against them to them to pay. It will be seen that the expression /he meeting was evidently strongly in favour of the Pinion we entertai OR the subject, We beg to call the particular altention of our readers generally-of the manufacturing as well as of the agricul- tural classes—to Mr. Fevrand's letter, which is given in our-fourth page, and which is addressed by him to the farmers, the operatives, and the friends of native industry in the West Riding of Yorkshire. MAIL COACH ACCIDENT.—On the morning of Wed- nesday last, the London mail coach met with a most serious accident this side of Rumney, and which might have been attended with the most melancholy consequen- ces. It seems that on the morning in question, at about eight o'clock, as the coach approached Rumney bridge- which, as our readers are aware, connects this county with Monmouthshire, and is distant from Cardiff about three miles-the coachman (Thorogood) perceived the low road before him to be entirely under water—the con- sequence of a remarkably high tide and a heavy land flood in the river Rumney. Being anxious to save time and believing that the water was not deep, he pushed on slowly and cautiously, and had arrived within a short distance of Pengam bridge (about two miles from this town) when he found the water getting much deeper- the parapet of the bridge being actually out of sight.. What materially added to his embarrassment was, that a strong current ran across the road, and that the horses wearied with their exertions in wading so far with a heavily-laden coach were scarcely able to move alon". He, however, preserved his presence of mind, but sud- denly a body of water passing through a gate-way completely carried the coach and horses into a drain close by against an embankment, upset the mail into the water, but providentially the passengers escaped by leap- ing on the hank, where they remained for some time. The heads of the leaders were got upon the bank, and also the head of the off wheeler, but the near wheeler was drowned and unquestionably the other three horses would have shared the same fate had it not been for the exertions of the Guard, Coachm-M, and a labouring man who happened to perceive the accident, and whoo with the Guard and Coachman, held the heads of the horses above water until further assistance arrived. The off wheeler was very ncartygone; and when taken out of the water was too weak to stand. Just after the acci- dent occurred we reached the spot, and perceived only the off hind wheel and part of the luggage out of the water. The passengers were on the bank, congratulating each other on their escape. A lady (an outside pas- senger) who had been very much wetted, was taken to a house near at hand, where she partially dried her clothing. The Coachman and Guard deserve all praise ior their very great exertions in saving eveiythhi", par- ticularly for their humane exertions on behalf°of the poor horses. The horse which was lost was, we hear, the property of Mr. Bland, and was worth about £12 or £15. Several persons from neighbouring farm-houses quickly reached the spot, and rendered all the assistance in their power. As soon as the water had subsided the coach was replaced on its wheels—drawn out of the drain into the road, and onwards to dry ground. Upon examina- tion it was found not to have been injured. The LINKAGE, parcels, mail-bags, &c.. were all safe, although thoroughly soaked. The detention to the passengers and mail amounted to about an hour and a quarter they were drawn into Cardiff by two farm-horses. The Dassengers, amongst whom we perceived Joseph Martin, Esq., High- sheriff for this county in the year 18-11, were rather wet, but upon the whole seemed to be impressed with the idea that they had had a most providential escape. Parties in this town have been censured for not sendiug proper as- sistance to the spot, especially as information of the occurrence was forwarded. Two horses and a man were sent, certainly, but no harness. Those who were at the spot concur in describing the scene as one of much ex- citement and danger; and express considerable surprise at the escape of all-the only life lost beitxr that of the poor horse. Parties in vehicles or on horseback on the road were detained for a considerable time until the water subsided. On Thursday morning the tide was much higher than on Wednesday but Thorogood gathering wisdom from experience, wisely determined on waiting at Rumney an hour and a half before attempting to pass onwards. During this delay the horses were taken from the coach and put into the stables of a neighbouring farm. Since the foregoing was in type we have been requested to state that had posts been placed by the commissioners of roads along the sides of the road, the Coachman would have perceived the depth of the water, and would not have ventured on. LLANDAFF PETTY SESSIONS.—MONDAY Held before the Rev. Richard Prichard, Rev. George Thomas, Walter Coffin, Esq., and John Homfrav, Esq.—-WILLIAM Lewis, a native of Pembrokeshire, but residing in Newbridge, was fully committed for trial at the ensuing assizes for this county charged with havingstolen several carpenter's tools, the property of Mr. Edward Evans, ironmonger, Newbridge. Edward Lewis, of Ruddry, farmer, was convicted in the penalty of ten shillings and costs for assaulting Edmund Lewis, of Lisvane mill. paid. CotiONEii's INQUEST. On Saturday last, an inquest was held at the Exchange public-house, near the Llandaff station of the Taff Vale Railway, before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of George Williams, aged 57 years, labourer, who was accidentally killed the night previous. It appeared by the evidence that de- ceased, Mr. William Slone (a contractor on the line), and one William Jenkins were, between the hours of eleven and twelve on Friday night, proceeding in an empty tram from the Melin Griffith weir (to which place they had been conveying some stones), and when by the accommodation bridge of the Great House farm, occupied by Mr. Langley, the horse attached to the tram took fright at something not discernible to those in the tram, and ran away at a tremendous pace. Mr. Stone jumped out and endeavoured to stop the horse, but missed. Jenkins followed his example, but was also unsuccessful. The deceased continued in the tram, and was urged by his companions to jump out he refused to do so but by the statement of a witness, it was evident that he must have done so, as he was seen running by the side, of the tram and endeavouring to stop the horse. The night was "ery dark, aud the parties had been worl, ing with lan- thorns. 1\1 r, Stone and Jenkins followed in the direction taken by the horse, but did not overtake the tram until lhey had arrived near the Exchange public-ho1l8e, where they found the body of deceased lying across the rails upon his face and the horse and tram about ten yards further on. The horse was standing still, still hooked to the tram, which was not then upon the rails. It weighed tons, so that, it is supposed, having been thrown off the rails its weight, drawn over an uneven surface, caused the horse to stop. Having discovered the body, a light was procured, and the deceased was turned upon his back: he opened his eyes once, but did not speak. Hc was conveyed to the Exchange public-house (a distance of about 20 yards), but died whilst they were conveying him there. There were marks of wheels over his jacket, but, singularly enough, scarcely any external marks of violence upon his body. He must have died from inter- nal injuries. Verdict—"Accidental Death." The horse, it is said, was usually considered to be a very quiet animal. MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.—Two WOMEN DROWNED. — On Monday last, inquests were held before H., Lewis lleece, Esq., coroner, on view of the bodies of Margaret Davies, of Treforest, aged G2 years, and Eliza Jane Harding, aged 22 years, daughter of Mr. Abraham Harding, jun., of St. Fagan's. Previous to giving a summary of the evidence adduced at the enquiry, We may stale that Margaret Davies was blind—had been blind since her seventh year —and was a native of Llandaffj although she latterly resided at Treforest. In her youth- ful days, although totally blind, she lived in the family of Mr. Abraham Harding, sen., as nurse, and nursed all his children, one of whom is Mr. Harding, the father of Eliza Jane Hard ing, who, however, usually resided with her grandfather. The old woman generally paid an annual visit to her former master, and this year had been at his house, near St. Fagan's, about three weeks -intending to remain there some time longer. On Sunday evening last, at about six o'clock, after returning from chapel, and after taking tea, Mr. Abraham Harding, juu., called at his father's house, and invited his old nurse and his daughter to take tea at his house. He was in- formed that they had taken tea; but, however, they consented to accompany him and as the waters were out"—the river Ely had overflown its banks they got into a donkey-cart, and rode in it over the parts of the road which were flooded-the distance between the houses being only about 200 yards. Having reached Mr. Harding, jun.'s house, they (the deceased) remained there until half-past nine, when they left, intending to return to the mill-the young woman leading the blind old nurse. Mr. Harding, jun., did not see them again alive. About 20 minutes after they had left, his brother Thomas came to his house and asked, "Are the women here?" & upon being told that they had left upwards of 20 minutes, exclaiflOed—" Then they are both drowned," It seems that shortly after the women left Mr. H arding jun.'s house, certain persons in Saint Fagan's heard a heavy splash in the water, as if one or more persons had fallen in, and instantly afterwards heard cries of distress. In- stant means were taken in order 10 ascertain from whence these cries proceeded, and messengers were dispatched to the neighbouring houses in order to enquire whether any of the inmates were missing. Upon enquiry being made at the house of Mr. Harding, sen., he became rather alarmed, and sent his sou Thomas to his other son's house to ascertain whether the two women had left, and on being told that they had left upwards of twenty minutes and having only two hundred yards to walk he instantly felt confident that they had perished. The night being very dark and tempestuous, those engaged in the search for the bodies were not successful but as soon as Mr. Harding, jun., heard his brother say "then they are drowned," he rushed out crying I'll find them"—reached the water (which by this time covered all the low lands), and in- stantly found the body of the old woman in shallow water (2| feet deep), which he conveyed upon his back to his father's house. Having deposited it there he ran back and instantly found his daughter's body, which he also carried to his father's house. Thus alt hough the most diligent search had been made for the bodies for a con- siderable time he found them in a moment—having plO- ceeded to the exact spot where the eddy had driven them. The jury returned a verdict of accidentally drowned," but with the coroner condemned the unprotected state of [he approaches to Saint Fagan's bridge the scene of this melancholy affair, as there can be no doubt hut that the deceased must have walked over the sides of the road into the water. There were marks upon the bank which in dicated that the poor young woman had giasped the edges whilst falling: her nails were filled with earth. Several of the most influential parishioners assured the coroner that the approaches to the bridge should be railed, so as to prevent similar accidents in future. Mr. Hardingi jun., wished his daughter to take a light with her, but she replied—"Oh no, I know the road well enough: IN A few minutes afterwards she and her companion must have missed the path, and as there is not the slightest protec- tion, must have walked into the water and perished. MONEY ORDERS.—It may save considerable trouble tc many of our readers, who may have to remit money tc distant charitable societies, public companies, newspapers, &c., to state that all such orders must be made out to A person & not to a society or a Co. The various country postmasters have recently received instructions that "henceforward no money order is to be issued unless th remitter can furnish the full christian and surname of the person in whose favour he wishes the order to be drawn," and that they (the postmasters) "will be held responsible for the consequences of any departure from the strict regulation oil this subject." CARDIFF STREET COMMISSIONERS.—The usual monthly meeting was held on Monday last, when orders were made for payment to the surveyor, for paving stones, cleansing and repairing pavements, £20513. lOd; J. B. Stockdal?, for one year's salary, £ .). A few days ago the brig Joe, of Saint Ives, Simmons, master, was run down off Seilly; crew saved. A letter received in this town, dated Hartland Quay, January 20th," states that the brig Pheasant, laden with iron, from Cardiff to Hull, sank about four miles to the westward of that place. The cvew, eight in number, were all saved in the ship's boats. They landed at Clovelly. THE LATE GALES PORTSMOUTH, THURSDAY WEEK. -The schooner Ann and Elizabeth, of Fowey, from Cardiff, laden with iton for London, drove from her two anchors at Spithead last night, about nine o'clock, and struck on the spit, where she thumpt and sank. The captain & crew were in the rigging the whole of the night, until eight o'clock this morning, when they were rescued, in a state of great exhaustion, by Rueben Main, a Ports- mou:h waterman. Six hands (including the captain) were thus saved from apparently inevitable death. The stern of the schooner has since been washed out, and the sea is making a clear breach over her. Messrs. Garratt and Gibbon, the agents to Lloyd's, promptly rendered every assistance, and succeeded in saving the spars, sails, three small anchors, and other stores, but all the men's clothes and property have been lost. The captain was putting his desk, containing all his savings, into the long boat, which was got out directly the vessel struck, when a heavy sea struck her and smashed her to pieces, together with the desk and its contents, which were lost. The schooner struck and sank in less than five minuses. The captain and the men describe the night as truly awful. Mr. Bassett Jones, our respected townsman, (by appointment chief harp-maker to her Majesty, his Royal Highness Prince Albert, and his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales), has this week completed a most mag- nificent triple harp for MR. Edwards, of Lauover, Mon- mouthshire. It is built after the style of the old Welsh triple harp, but tvith considerable improvements with regard to the most perfect scale and mechanism of the instrument, which produces such rich tones as almost, to be worthy of being designated unrivalled. The top of the post has a plume of feathers beautifully carved on it, and along the comb the ivy-leaf, terminating at the top with a handsome scroll. It stands on two carved brack- ets. The ornamental painting is beautiful that an the sounding board represents a Welsh harper standing on a rock, with Edward the First's exterminating army in the distance—the design having reference to these lines '■ On a rock whoso haughty brow Frowns o'er old Conway's foaming flood, Kobed in the sable garb of woe, With haggard eyes the poet stood (Loose his beard and hoary hair Streamed like a meteor to the troubled air), And with a master's hand and prophet's tire Struck the deep sorrows of his lyre."








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