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QUARTERLY RETURN OF THE REGISTRAR. GENERAL. We make the following extracts from this return, which has just been issued, of the numbers registered in the quarters ending the last day of the undermentioned months:- Marriage*, Births, Deaths. Population Dec. March March 1851. 1854. 1855. 1855. MONMOUTHSHIRE. Chepstow 19057 30 161 132 Monmouth 27379 52 261 211 Abergavenny 59229 151 623 504 Pontypool 27993 103 310 250 Newport 43472 154 395 3S1 GLAMORGANSHIRE. Cardiif 46491 134 596 400 Merthyi Tydfil 76804 333 975 782 Biidgend 23422 75 246 205 Neath .46471 123 530 379 Swansea 46901 153 432 372 CARMARTHENSHIRE. Llanelly 23507 59 22:1 166 Llandovery 15055 46 131 86 Llandilofawr 17968 65 141 104 Carmarthen 38142 120 311 260 PEMBROKESHIRE. Narbeth 22130 57 173 104 Pembroke. 22960 49 200 162 Haverfordwest 39382 113 308 322 CARDIGANSHIRE. Cardigan. 20186 36 152 152 Newcastle-in-Einlyn 20173 4.) 152 116 Lampeter 9S74 38 75 73 Aberayron 13224 35 99 84 Aberystwith 23753 67 196 185 Tregaron Iu404 21 83 56 BRECKNOCKSHIRE. Builth 8345 19 59 50 Brecknock 18174 39 145 132 Crickhowell 21697 61 22.5 195 Hay 10962 12 71 73 RADNORSHIRE. Presteigne. 15149 29 113 106 Knighton 9480 13 81 53 Rhayader 6796 10 71 45 PONTYPOOL U SK. -Births, 25; deaths, 35. The deaths are above the average. Measles has prevailed much in this sub-district, particularly in Usk, with in- flammation of the chest sncceeding measles. The births are more numerous, by reason chiefly of railwa) labourers with their wives being in the neighbourhood. NEWPORT: MYNYDDYSLWN. —Births, 88; deaths, 95. The deaths much exceed the average. Scarlatina, typhus, hooping-cough, bronchitis, and pneumonia were very prevalent, and carried off a great number of children. CRICKHOWELL; LLANELLY.—Births, 108 deaths, 115. The mortality is again very high, and in one instance only was it greater than in last quarter. Thirty-three deaths are referable to scarlatina. CARDIGAN NEWPORT.—Births, 59 deaths, 63. The deaths are more than double the average. The preva- lence of scarlatina in a great measure accounts for the increase. KNIGHTON: LLANDISTER. Births, 33; deaths, 31. The deaths are more than usual, from the severity of the weather, scarlatina, and hooping-cough. ■: SOUTH WALES RAILWAY. A special meeting of the Proprietors of this Company was held on Friday, at the Great Western Hotel, Padding- ton, C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M P., iu the chair, for the purpose of considering-in compliance with the Standing Orders of the House of Lords—the following bills now before Parliament, in which the company are interested, namply- A bill to consolidate and amend the acts relating to the South Wales Railway Company, and to authorise the con- struction of new works and alterations of existing works, and for other purposes. An act to enable the Swansea Vale Railway Company to extend their railway, and to maintain and work the same as a passenger railway, and for other purposeo conuected therewith "An act to consolidate and amend the acts relating to the Llyuvi Valley Railway Company, to enable them to con- struct a new railway from Llaneonoyd to Bridgend and to extend their present line from Foce Toll House to Saint Brides Minor; to abandon parts of their existing and au- thorised lines to dissolve the Bridgend Railway Company, and to abandon their railway, and for other purposes. A bill to enable the Rhymney Railway Company to ex- tend their railway to the Taff Yale Railway, to construct branch railways, and for other purpose. The meeting was numerously attended, considering that it was what is called a Wharncliffe" meeting. The follow- ing Directors and Proprietors were present: — DIRECTORS.—C. R. M. Talbot, Esq., M.P., Chairman, William Mathews, E-q., Deputy Chairman, S. Baker, A. K. Baker, F. P. Barlow, D. A. S. Davie., M.P., G. H. Kinderley, David Lewis, Stephen Lewis, C. S. Mortimer, A. F. Paull, Robert Saunders, Esqrs. PROPRIETORS.—W. Robertson, P. James, John Aber- crombie, G. H. Allen, John Thurbarn, Charles McGarel, J. G. L. P. Le,, is, A. Linney, J. G. Cole, Thomas Hunt, W.G.Owen, William Allfrey, Sir Joseph Bailey, F. R. Condor, Richard Jennings, Edward Hales, tisqrs., Rev. Tboinas Smithett. Mr. F. G. Saunders, the Secretary, having read the advertisement convening the meeting, proceeded to read the marginal beads of the first bill in the above list. The Chairman, in submitting a formal resolution ap- proving the bill, said the main object of the bill was the consolidation of the difterent acts of the company. The new works contemplated by the bill were two small lines, one being a line to the Bute Docks, of about a mile in length, at a cost probably under 1:15,000, and which, no doubt, would prove a source of revenue to the company. The other line could not strictly be spoken of as a pro- ductive one it was, however, a very necessary one. At present, the line between Neath and Swansea was highly dangerous to the safety of the public. In fact, the descent was so steep, that it was impossible to place any available che ck on the engine, and there was no way of getting over the difficulty but by crossing the Swaosea Railway. At present they were obliged to stop, in order to ascertain if the line was clear-even the express trains were subjected to this delay. The expense would he about £ 10,000. Mr. McGard trusted that the South Wales Company were not about to enter into an extravagant outlay. The Chairman said the last-mentioned work was an absolute necessity, and as to the extension to Cardiff docks, there was every prospect of its proving a very profitable source of revenue. The trustees of the Marquis of Bute bad entered into an arrangement to lease the required laud to the company. This was worth £1,200 per acre. Mr. Baugu Allen wished to know what the intentions of the Directors were with respect to the Pembroke branch? The parliamentary powers of compulsory pur- chase of land expired in August, he believed, and if the land was not secured, they would obviously run the risk of having their dividend completely shut up. The Chairman said Parliament had refused to grant the company an extension of their powers of compulsory pur- chase, and they were also opposed by Lord Cawdor and Lord Emlyn. "lIe (the Chairman) was asked if be would pledge the company to the construction of the line if the extension were grunted; but with the example of the recent case of the South-Western Company, be positively refused to do anything of the kind. He was willing to pledge himself to uoe his best endeavours to carry out the object of the company, but not to pledge himseli for the company. Their power would expire in August. Mr. Allen said tie originally proposed the line to Fish- guard, and he thought, now the Pembroke line yvas deter- mined upon, they were bound to carry it out. The Chairman I shall not move in the mutter. Mr, Aileii.: The ivill he stopped. The Chairman: If so, to what will these dividends bs applied 1 Mr. Allen: I presume to the construction of the line. The conversation then drooped, and the formal resolu- tion approving the bi)) was pot and unanimously carried. ■i Resolutions, approving bills No. 3 and 4, were then in like manner put and cani d. The Chairman said the second bill on tlio list did not require, the assent of the proprietors. The meeUuj then separated, with the usual compliment fo the Chairman.

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