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CARDIFF AND ITS NEIGHBOOBHOOD. In the annual examination at St. John's College, Cam- bridge. just concluded, Mr. W. Done Bushell has been placed first on the list of men of his year. Mr. Bushell, who was educated at Cheltenham College, is a son of \V. D. Bushell, Esq., one of our borough magistrates and resident director of the Taff Vale Hail way. The Birmingham Post states that one of Lord Newport's hands has proved to be so seriously injured in extinguishing the fire so fatal to his two sisters, the Ladies Bridgeman, as to cause great uneasiness in his lordship's fatnilv. TUE COUNTY COURT for Cardiff and its district was held on Wednesday, Thuisday, and Friday. The usual large number of cases were entered for trial, and on this day (Friday) an address was presented by the mayor of the borough, C. C. Williams, Esq., to his Honour, Judge Falconer, on his ceasing to preside over this Court. We shall report the proceedings in our next. NEW YEAR'S PUBLIC BALL.— We beg to remind our readers that the New Year's Public Ball will take place at the Assembly Rooms, in the Cardiff Arms Hotel, in this town, on We.hiesday evening, the 12th instant, under the stewardship of Henry Lawis, Esq., High Sheriff of the County, C. C. dliams, Esq., the Mayor of Cardiff, Eo P. Richards, and W. Done Bushell, Esqrs., assisted by a committee of twenty-two gentlemen. The band will be most complete and eifieient, and every arrangement will be made which can in any way contribute to the comfort or accommodation of the visitors. BACON PIGS, slaughtered, are now selling in Cardiff market from 8s. to 8s. 3d. per score. "GOING A CUKISTMASINO."— ON Christmas eve John Richards, of the Royal Oak, Treforest, was robbed of 9s. 8d and .1 rule, whilst in a house of ill fame in Whitmore-lane CHRISTMAS UEBSK.-OU the Thursday night before Christ- mas day, three line fat geese, fit for the table at this festive season, were stolen from the premises of Mr. Thomas Morgan, of Canton. LOSSES.—A carpet hag was lost in Church-street, on Christmas eve and a gold pencil case on Monday evening, between the Infirmary and the Pier-head. MissiNO.-Benjamin George, steward of the steimer Winder- mere, lying in the West Bute Dock, in this port, is advertised at the police station as missing." THE REXT AUOiT DINNER of John Ilomfray, Esq., of Peu- nine Castle, took place on the 27th nit, at the Cardiff Arms Hotel, where a large number of the tenants partook of an ex- cellent dinner got up in Mrs. Woods's usual good style. CARDIFF POLICE COUET.— From Dec. 11 to 29 inclusive, a period of 19 days, no less th (n 42 prisoners were committed to gaol from this Court, being an average, omitting the two Sundays and Christrna.3 day, of nearly three per day ACCIDHNT.—A child was run over in Bute-street, in this town, on Thursday, by one of Mr. Deacon's cabs. The child was taken home to its mother, at No 3, Joliii-sti-eet, wliel), we are happy to say, it was found not seriously injured. SHOP ROBBERIES.—A baker's bread basket was stolen from the door of Miss Thomas, of St. Mary-street, and carried away without the thief being detected. The shop of Mr. S. Hall, of 8, High-street, tailor, was robbed of a coat, on the night of theStth. CHRISTMAS DAY IS CARDI: ? COAL.—On Christmas day the debtors and criminal prisoner'?, '.vere treated as usual with a liberal dinner of roast hed, t'or which they request us to express their thanks to the high >heriif, Henry Lewis, Esq., the magistrates, and the governor of be gaol, Mr. Woods, who, with his officials, freely exerted taemselves in rendering the occasion as agreeable to the inmates as possible. CHRISTMAS DAY AT CARDIFF WORKHOUSE.—It is pleas- mg to observe at this season of feasting and merry-making that our poor in the Union Workhouse have not been forgot- n 'ninates were 011 Christmas day, through the liberality of the guardians, regaled with a good dinner of roast beet and plum pudding. The evening was spent in innocent amusement and recreation by the juvenile portion, and to the enjoyment of all. ¥ YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION.—On Thursday zoning next, the Rev. F. W Briggs, of Bristol, will deliver a lecture on the Boy Hard of that ancient city. If precocity of genius, brilliant poetical talent, Herculean struggles for fame, an untimely end, through starvation, are subjects of in- cgrest, then the melancholy fate of poor Chatterton will not Ian to pxcitc it ill the winds of the auditory before whom Mr, Ilriggs »ilt bring the subject, ARDIFF POLICE CASES,—Our weekly report appears ill our eighth page. On Thursday David Lewis, Esq. attended, ,i.. ',lee- we<h«h seamen were placed before the Bench, ffi a VVIl..1,av'"2 deserted from their vessel. The master ri 'l ri-W s^ip' ?Iiltdda, said the three men at the bar *!le ship without notice; and in excuse for their ;on uc the men said tho captain had beaten them, Mr. Lewts advised the men to return to the ship, and recommended ,he captain not to ill-use them, as that was not the way to induce men to remain on board his vessel, or to do their duty there. A police constable was ordered to see them on board. CITILTST4AS AT CANTON.-In Canton, Mr. Wadlev, Mr. J. (jernsh, and JVJr. "Vyjllijpjj Thomas, butchers, exhibited a MVir wh?le th-° grocers, Mr. Thomas, Mrs. kli/.abeth llartnell, and others displayed all the materials that could be desired for plum puddings and mince pies. The ivindowsot Mr. J. I horn as, Anchor House, and Mr. William platt, drapers, were very attractively set out, and drew many [jjinirers; while the fruiterers and greengrocers provided all tJjat Iras required for the dessert. A CHRISTMAS Box.-On Christians pye an infant cbiltj, mly about 3 weeks old, was secretly left at the duor of l^ter VUbony, ot ltbydypenna, in the parish of franishen, near ;ardiff, at about nine o'clock at night. The heartless mother ■ft some clothes with it tied up, and the police are making jtive cnqunies lor her. It is expected she will be shortly scovenxi. JLTEES s IMPBQVED DIARY AND ALMAKAC POR 1859 •s, Llandovery.—1 his is the twenty-eighth year of pubi»- 1 wit of tins cheap and useful little little work, which is quite i a odel ot its kind. 'RISTOL HOSPITAL, ilower Maudlin-street—Founded t c'f Admission Days; Tuesday, Thursday, and i "i.rday, from half-past Eleven to One.—Number of patients < ll'u i'1" ^ve6 > » fresh cases, 20. Surgeon, Dr. j V- < At the Board of Guardians, on Saturday last, the'reporters attended at the usual time, and after waiting nearly an hour, retired, no business, except applications for relief, having come before the Board. ST. :MARY'S CHURCH.—We have received a letter from two persons resident south of St. Mary's Church in this town, stating that on Sunday evening week they attended the above church, and took their seats in a pew in the gallery, which with several others they found unoccupied. In a few minutes, they say, the occupier, accompanied by his wife and two children, entered and addressing them, said, This is my seat, and walk out. Of this they complain, "there being sufficient room in the pew for six persons," and "appeal to the public at large whether such conduct is suitable for a person that professes to be a member of the House of God." Without wishing to interfere at all in this matter we may, perhaps, be allowed to state for the information of the writers of the letter and "the public at large," that in St. Mary's Church there are upwards of 1,000 free sittings in addition to seats specially set apart for "strangers." A FAITHFUL MINISTER.—Mr. Workman, we are informed, in on. of there-opening services of Loudoun-square Wesleyan Chapel in this town, took occasion to bring prominently for- ward, Pride, as one of the sins which hindered the progress of Christianity and the salvation of souls. To assist in the ac- complishment of these important objects it was desirable for all to deny themselves of many things which were hurtful to their spiritual welfare; and alluding to the ladies, it was ne- cessary for them to set aside their crinolines, even, if the wear- ing of them was calculated to draw their minds of! from the one thing needful." THE IMPROVEMENTS IN LOUDOUN-SQUARE WESLEYAX CIIAPEL.—The erection of a gallery on three sides of this large building having been completed a series of services in cele- bration of the re-opening have beeu held, concluding with a tea meeting at which upwards of 400 were present. From a Statement made by the secretary it appeared that the original debt was £ 550, and it was hoped the subscriptions, collections, and proceeds of the meeting would amount to £ 350. The contractor had handsomely subscribed, and had given the ut- most satisfaction, and kindly promised to wait twelve months for the remaining £200. Promises of £131) additional were made at the meeting, and the secretary, Mr. John Davies, on his own responsibility, promised to raise the C;),00 by next November. POCKET PICKING.—Our Christmas market on Friday last was very much crowded, and some thieves, taking advantage of it, plied their unlawful calling with advantage. Margaret Wylde, a respectable domestic in the employ of Mr. Itees, of Maes Vach, Radyr, near this town, had her pocket picked of a puree containing a considerable sum. On Christmas eve, Ann MeGregore had her pocket picked in the market.house. A similar fate attended Mary Thomas, wife of Benjamin Thomas, of Treforest, whose pocket was picked of 30s. ill a shop in Trinity-street. Mrs. Prouse, of Adam-street, had her pocket picked on Thursday evening, in one of the packet omnibuses, whilst riding from the packet to Bute Terrace. DEATHS AT THE WELLS LUNATIC ASYLUM.—A young man, named Roger Evans, blacksmith, the sole support of his widowed mother at Cardiff, recently died at the above institu- tion. Mr. Evans had been seized at his master's house a few days back with monomania, brought on, it was stated, trom excessive study iu the construction of a model steam-engine, which he had just completed. It appears he had taken the design for the engine from a cheap periodical which he had purchased of a news agent in St. Mary-street. The poor fellow was so overjoyed at his success that- he became irresponsible for his actions: he was therefore taken to the asylum, and died the day afterwards. The body was brought to Cardiff and buried in St. John's churchyard, the funeral being attended by several friends of the deceased, who was of most sober habits. Two men from Cardiff, Mr. Portlock, gunmaker, and Mr. Thomas Lewis, hobbler, also died at the same institution recently. CHRISTMAS IN CARDIFF.— Divine service in all the Churches and Chapels throughout this town, was performed on Christinas day, and sermons were preached in accordance with the occasion of the birth of the great author of Christianity and the founder of the Christian era. Oil Monday, all the principal shops were closed, and general business entirely sus- pended, giving the assistants and all parties engaged in them, an opportunity of visiting their relations and friends and in- dulging in rational recreation. It is satisfactory to observe that in no one instance that we are aware of, has this indul- gence on the part of the young men been abused. We have every reason to beli <ve that the consideration thus shown to this hard-worked class will not be lost upon them, but that, by increased assiduity on their return to business, their em- ployers will be amply compensated tor the privilege thus ac- corded them. COMMITMENTS TO CARDIFF GAOL.—Edward Nantcarrow, Dowlais, deserter from the Rifle Brigade. George Nicholas, Nantyglo, vagrancy, seven days. Ann and Ellen Michael of Aberdare, stealing money from Win. Ockwell, Merthyr. David Charles, Llantrisant, stealing timber from Wm. John. Thos. Sullivan, Merthyr, stealing a coat from Jno. Casgreaf. Ellen Kennedy, Merthyr, stealing coal from George Thomas, Merthyr. Luke Hayward, Machen, stealing coal from George Williams. Timothy Sullivan, Dowlais, assaulting Catherine O'Conner. John Sullivan, Troedyrheiw, stealing a fowl from S. Hennesey. John Roberts, Merthyr assaulting a constable at Merthyr. Wm. Ely, St. Fagans, stealing a tame rabbit. Wm. Sadler, Penartli, destroying liaivs. John Williams, Penarth, destroying hares. Edward Thomas, Mertlivr, wilful damage. John Thomas, Merthyr, stealing clothing from Wm. Rces. John Brookman, Merthyr, stealing clothing. Samuel Jenkins, Merthyr, stealing wearing apjparel. Charles Wadley, Merthyr, neglect of duty on railway. LANDLORDS' PROSPECTS.—Notwithstanding that there is such a great number of houses unoccupied in the neighbour- hood of Roath, the Splottlands, and Canton—and many of those occupied at reuts which do not pay the landlords 4 per cent, per annum on the outlay—rents still continue high in Cardiff, towards the centre of the town and at the Docks. Althougn the prospects of those who have invested their money in houses appear to be blighted, building is still carried on to a very considerable extent in those localities, and on that part of the town formerly called the Bulwarks, but now known as Temperance Town. This place, when completed, will consist of five streets—namely, Wood, Scott, Havelock, Gough, and Eisteddfod streets, numbering more than three hundred houses, among which there will be none for the sale of alcoholic drinks. At the extremity of Wood-street there will be a bridge over the Taff, 011 the other side of which it is intended tojjuild, so that the houses will probably in a short time extend in that direction to join Canton. THE LATE T. W. BOOKER BLAKEMORE, ESQ, — The portrait of one whose pleasure it was to do good for the locality in which he resided—one ever ready to give aid and counsel to those who required it-is a valuable memento to be prized and preserved. Cherishing these feelings we have been very much gratified by the inspection of a negative photographic portrait of our ever-to-be lamented neighbour, the late Mr. Booker Blakemore, M. P. for Herefordshire, by a very clever London Artist, who excels very much in this peculiar process. The portrait contains all the lively intelli- gent ^expression of countenance, so peculiar to our do- parted friend and, exactly resembling a mezzotinto engrav- ing, makes a very pleasing picture very different to the usual style of photographs. The words of the poet, We ne'er shall look upon his like again" are true as regards the living copy of the man, but if we apply them to the portrait we find the author sadly at fault, so very faithful is every expression rendered. Wo are pleased to find that negative copies c,f this admirable likeness can be multiplied. THE STATE OF THE COAL TRADE in this port is weekly becoming more and more depressed. Steam coal, the price of which in the time of the last war was lis. per ton, is now shipped at 8s. in some instances, but 8?. 6d. is about the cur- rent price of that once much-called-for article. House coal also, which was some time ago shipped at 10s. 6d. per ton, is now sdld at 9s. Notwithstanding that the price is so much reduced, the number of orders arc very limited, which is the sole cause of coasting freights being kept so lpvy. The vessels which have arrived during the week are but few, and princi- pally foreign. A slight advance has taken place of late in the price of Welsh bar iron, and the demand has increased to some extent. The greatest part of the railway iron shipped in the ports of Cardiff and Newport is for foreign countries, and mostly conveyed in American ships, while a vast number of English vessels are moored for want of employment. Such- is the present depression in the iron and coal trade, but it is to be hoped that there are brighter prospects looming" at a short distance, FAREWELL SERMON OF THE REV. E. JENNEE.—Our readers will doubtless peruse with pleasure the following paragraph ex- tracted from the 7Vest Sussex Gazette :—" The Rev. E. Jenner, who ha3 beeu located with us at Petworth, as one of the curates of the parish for the last two years, preached his "farewell sermon," on Sunday last, The rev. gentleman took his text from the 2 Peter, iii. 13, and was listeued to with much attention by the most crowded congregation we ever recollect seeing in our Church, and from the great kindness of Mr. Jenner's manner to the poor and others—the allusion at the end of his sermon to his departure, caused many a moist eye. It must be very gratifying to him to have received so many tokens of grateful remembrance from the poor. At Byworth, he was presented with a Visitation Communion Service. From the neighbourhood of Moor Farm, he was presented with a "Visi. tation to the Sick," handsomely bound. There were also other presents given from the inmates of the hospitals, and other poor persons. Mr. Jenner leaves the place sincerely regretted, and carrying away with him the good wishes of alL" Tlje I't!V. gentleman is son of li. F, Jenner, Esq., of VVenvoe' Castle, in this county. Boy DROWNED.—An inquest was held on Monday morning, at the Jown-liall, before It. L. Reece, Esq., on the body of Thomas Tucker, aged 16, cook on board the schooner, The Mary, John llousenfell, master, and who had accidentally fallen overboard on Friday afternoon and was drowned,—John Ronsenfell sworn, said: Thomas Tpcker, of fiarpstaple, the deceased, was IQ years old, he was cqok or} hoard the schooner Mary, ot Padstow, John llousenfell, master. Qn Friday even- ing she was lying on the mud on Penarth beach. I was on board and her crew consisted of only four. I last saw dp. ceased alive about 5 p-m, on Friday, when we went to tea (^together. { qaw him dead on Saturday afternoon about half- past three on the mud when the tide went down. We missed him about half-past si* p.m., on Friday; we wanted him to swing ship and called out for him, but he did not answer, and no one could give any account of him in the ship, and lie could not be found. My mate and seaman are quiet, orderly men, and we have no liquor on board the vessel. The ordinary sea- man is only 19 years old, and lIe and the deceased were like brothers. Robert Ford found the body there were no marks of violence on it; it was tying on it§ rjjjht side 5Q yards from the VGSJBI, —Itobevt Ford sworn I I remember finding liiin, I coiild only see a small part of his jumper, and then I called the captain and mate; his chest-key was out of his pocket; his trousers and drawers were unfastened; the vessel rolled about that night; he could swim; the tide was up when the boy was supposed to have fallen over. Verdict—Found drowued. having accidentally fallen overboayd. ijEw CoiL.—On Tuesday, the 14th instant, the engine drew up the first, trams of coal at the new drift, Graig Auner, near Pontypridd, the property of Messrs. Fowler Brothers. Mr. Thomas Fowler and Mr. Calvert were on the spot. The coal proves to be a valuaBl1 seam upwards of three feet thick, known by the name of No. 1. It is an excellent h,o>\se coalj as it js entirely free ftom sulphur and burn's with a beautifully bright and strong flame. It »nakes splendid coke. The coal was found by Mr. Thomas Fowlers underground agent, Thomas Morgan, in February, 1857, and workmen have been constantly employed ever since. They have driven on up- wards of one hundred yards, and the coal proves well. The company have erected a substantial engine, and are now pre- pared to open the pit on a large scale. The incline is in course of erection. MR. MACRONE'S CONCERT.—If we may judge from the immense number of persons of both sexes who attended the the above concert on Monday last, the efforts to please by Mr- Macrone have been highly successful. The performances of the septette band, under the direction of their accomplished leader Mr. G. F. Davis, drew forth rounds of applause, par- ticularly Mr. Davis's Fantasia on Welsh Airs, which of late has become exceedingly popular. The pretty air of Alice Grey was also given with artistic effect by Mr. Davis on the harp. The duet on the flutes by Messrs. Quelch and R. Lewis, ac- companied on the pianoforte by Mr. Bulgin was perhaps the gem of the evening. Miss Lea sung very nicely I am a Merry Laughing Girl," and subsequently "Through the Wood, &c., the latter being rapturously encored. The singing of Mr. Fisher, in consequence doubtless, of the com- modious room being so completely filled, rendered his voice totally unequal to the task. 1 his gentleman may sing very well in a small room or private party, but certainly not° in an as- asembly of about 600 persons. However, he did his best ou the occasion alluded to, but evidently with much physical ex- ertions. Mr. Macrone's glee class, though few, sang nicely in time. The national anthem concluded the programme. THE TROUBLES OF BETSY SCRUBBING IIRUSH, A MAID OF ALL WORK.—From a long letter addressed to us on the Friday and Saturday nuisance in Cardiff, we make the follow- ing extract: In St. Mary-Street as you goes towards Wit- more-lane, tlier' be prented asmal twopenny paper. Now. zm. ever ziuce that 'ere paper a been in existence the hawkin o* it is terrble-and the baugin o' our street door every Vriday and Saturda' as tremendus, last week 15 times in one day. The work as is to be done in our house becaus o' it's too much for I to do, and maister must get another girl if I stops here. It's nothiii but goin to the door all day Vriday and Zatnrday, and as I am a servant girl in Charles street in an under ground kitchen, its no joke fur legs like mine, and I ba'nt able to do't and tiler's for you. Its want a Times' or a Ti/.er' morn till night by a lot o' ragamuffins as won't take 'no' fur 'n anser. We doesn't want one' I sas, closing the door—' A horrid mur- der from Newport in't,' sas the urchin wi dirty face pushing one at the same time thro' the door opening. Us dont a' want one' 1 sas againe, I slams the door in his face and get rid o' him this way. Well, I gets down stairs, Mr. Editor, to a beaf- stake as I left a cooking fur maisters lunch an vinds it done to a coal an as black as the varmet's face the cause on it—when lawks me! Another bang-bang-bang! an' bless us another paper-boy. The other day a sooty lookin' Times boy vindin' the door 'alf op'n walks himself in zinging out'Want any Times—all about Willett, Cory, and Trigg, for tuppence.' I looks thro' the winder an sees another chap ready wia Tizer— Maister don't read paper like yourn,' I sas—but he doesnt go -no the good for nothing vagrant—he must drag me up ther' afore he'll go, an' if I'm not pnrty quick lie may take some- thing off wi bis Times, for one o' the Tizer boys robbed two publican's tills the other day. I hope you'll not frown on us poor servant gals, but insert this and we'll for ever bless your kindness," &c. WELSH AND NEWCASTLE COAL.-A contemporary says- The trials of the comparative evaporative power of Welsh and Newcastle steam coal, at Cardiff referred to in our last, were brought to a conclusion on Thursday. The Government inspectors, who were charged with the care of the experiments, were Inspectors Tamplin (of Woolwich) and Lyne (of Ports- mouth). Messrs Hughes, of Uskside Wtrks, Newport, and Clements, of Cardiff, have represented the Welsh Steam-coal Owners' Association and Messrs, Dobson and Ellis, jun., have attended to the indicators. Throughout the trials the Welsh coal-owners have mustered on board the Isabella Croll" in numbers sufficient to prove the importance they attach to this semi-national inquiry. The trials commenced on Wednesday of last week with Welsh round coal, and on Thursday New- castle round coal was tried. On Friday a trial was made by the Inspectors with Welsh coal, burning 20 per cent, of small coal, and the ash but the experiment was considered unsatis- factory for reasons to which we shall not further allude at at present. Next day the trial was resumed with the same description of fuel as on the previous day, but throughout this trial the fires were attended to by hands more accustomed to handle Welsh coal, and the results were as different from those of Friday as two results could be. On Tuesday and Wednesday the experiments were continued with Newcastle coal, with the help of Mr. W ye Williams's smoke-consuming furnace-doors. On Thursday they were ended with Welsh coal, under the same circumstances. The tabular results of these trials we hope to be able to present to our readers in due time, but in the meantime we may state that the results are such as we cuiitidently looked for, although the experiments were made under circumstances more favourable to the Newcastle than the Welsh coal namely, a stationary ship, and short hours of firing, under which the comparative cleanness of the Welsh coal, and the little labour it gives to the firemen engaged, could not be shown. The results, as regards the objects of the trials -the evaporative power of the two kinds of fuel—are even to an unexpectedly large extent in favour of Welsh coal, of all kinds and under all circumstances. It was also made plain by these experiments how it happened that the Welsh coal figured so unfavourably in those recent experiments at New- castle and Woolwich on which the North-coal men have built so much. T)ARI G HIGHWAY ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE.—On Monday evening a most daring highway robbery wa3 com- mitted about half- past six o'clock on the Leckwith-road. As Mr. Thomas Jenkins, mason, Cadoxton, was returning home from Canton and Cardiff, where he had been collecting his lents as usual, lie was followed by two men in the garb of workmen, all the way from Canton, and when he was pro- ceeding along a lonely part of the road between Leckwith and Dynas Powis, the two men closed upon him suddenly, and gave him a heavy blow on the head. He fell off his horse, and one of the scamps placed his hat over his mouth. Not- withstanding this he shouted murder, and his cries attracted the notice of William Rpe, coachman to the Rev. H. H. Rickards, who was going to Michaelstone-le-pit at the time. He hastened to the spot, and the fellows on hearing him coming, decamped into a wood close by, leaving their hats and a formidable bludgeon on the road. The poor man received severe injuries, and it was a most fortunate thing that Rees came in time, or else he might have fallen a sacrifice to their violence. They were disturbed too soon, for they had only succeeded in abstracting a few shillings, ill another pocket lie had a large sum in gold. P.C. Bush, on receiving information of the robbery, hastened to the spot, but it was too late. The hats and the sticks however are still in his hands, and may lead to their detection. FALL OF NASH CLIFF!—On Friday night last (Christmas eve), a very large portion of the cliff on the Nasli Point, in the parish of Marcross, and in close proximity on the west side to one of the Light-houses there, gave way from the top to the bottom, a height of about forty yards, and fell with a tre. mendous crash on the beach below. Many hundreds of thou- sands of tons of solid rock must have fallen, as the breach in the cliff measures on the surface about (35 yards in length by 7 or 8 yards in breadth. It is supposed to be the largest fall that has ever taken place on any part of this ooast. MASONIC FESTIVAL AT NEWPORT.—On Monday last, being St. John's Day, tho brethren of the Silurian Lodge of Free aud accepted Masons, 639, dintd together at the West- gate Hotel, Newport, on the occasion of the installation of brother Pickford, as W.M. for the ensuing year. Mr. Pickford presided, and thirty-six of the, craft were present, amongst whom we noticed brothers Ilyndman, Edward Wells, John Rolls, P.M. West, Lyue, George Gould, John Pickford, tho Senior Warden, Beynou, Wm. Williams (Secretary), Dj Bernardy, H. L. Williams, Wyndham Jones, &c. The usual loyal, niivsouic, and local toasts were given, and a very pleasing evening was spent. The following are the officers for the ensuing year:—W. Pickford, Esq., W.M., Joseph E. Davies, S.W., Wyndham Jones, Treasurer, Charles Lyne, Esq., P.M., Thomas Beynon, I.W., William Williams, Secre- tary, H. W. Steel, S.D., T. G. Hardee and G. W. Jones, Stewards. G. Pfeitfer, Organist, J. G. Huxtable, I.D., 11. L- Williams, and Wm. McFee Tyler, Inner Guard, LLANWONNO NATIONAL ScuooL.-A lectm-o was delivered in the large and convenient school-room adjoining St. David's Church, in the Ilhondda Valley, in the parish of Llanwonno, on the evening of Tuesday last, 21st inst., in the Welsh lan- guage, by the Rev. I). Jones, Curate of Penydarran, Merthyr Tydlil. The subject was The Young Man," Y Dy)) leuanc." Admission was by tickets, the proceeds to be de- voted to purchase books, maps, and school-matoriata necessary to carry on the day school in tho place. The spacious room was completely filled, comprising, members of the various re- ligious congregations in tha parish, indeed, it was altogether very pleasing to see such a kind and friendly feeling displayed by the inhabitants. There were also present several of the clergy of the neighbourhood. The Rev. W. Davies, incumbent of the parish, was unanimously called to preside over the meeting, who briefly opened the proceedings, 2,nq formally introduced the talented lecturer, who was verjt warmly re- ceived, and the eyes of all we^ at once fasteued on him. The v.'orthy lectnrer spoke quaintly and humorously, and, for up- wards of two hours rivetted the attention of a crowded and most attentive congregation, and his keen remaiks aud graphic description of a Young Man" were highly interesting and iu- c tructive, and as was expected,t elicited universal approbation aud applause, Gro^t credit is also due to the singers, who discharged their duties in a most masterly and efficient manner: in fact, everything passed off to tue entire satisfaction of the audience. This school will be re-opened after the. Christmas vacation, under the tuition of a very efficient and highly certificated master and mistres-, who have hoei; strongly recommended to the committee by H. ilt. Inspector of Schools as two of the very bc^t teachers in his district." The usual vote# of thanks were accorded to the worthy locturer, and the Chairman which were unanimously adopted, and all left highly pleased with the intellectual feast they so much enjoyed. TONGWINLAIS SCHOOL.—The children belonging to the, above school, amounting to nearly 1GQ, wera very kindly treated on Thursday afternoon tq s«me excellent tea,«ake, &c. &c., by Mr. and Mrs. L^vvis, of Green Meadow, whotogpear to take great interest in the welfare of the children of the neigh- bourhood by promoting secular and religious kntowledgje amongst them. The Sabbath school which has recency ifciaan established, and which is kindly presided over by appears to go on steadily and successfully and let qr'jjima that so good an institution will heuceforward he carried oil with Christian zeal atid perseverance, so that the juveiiikfK>r- tion of the neighbourhood may bo imbued with sound Chj^Jjau principles. The children met at the schoolroom which- iras very tastefully decorated for the occasion with ever, flowers, and banners, upon which we read "God savajtbe Queen,"—" Peace and good will to men," &c., &c. xfraie were present on the occasion Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, anifipt. Misses Lewis, Green meadow, Miss Gwyne, fr{a$ter TOotrftii Lewis and Master Henry I.:c\yisJ A|iss' VVaters, the efficient mistress of thf; school, iipd several of the Sunday Sclrtiw s c teachers, Tho tea, oako, &o., were excellent. The young family at Greenmeadow, Miss Gwyne, and others were seen actively engaged waiting on their happy guests who were doubtless touched with a sense of gratitude for the kind twau given them. Several appropriate moral so.r^gs w^.re Ming by the children. A recitatio',), Mr, Benjamin Evai^s, ga,ve. general satisfaction. After ton) the. children forined a pro- ccssiou, and walkeq up to Green meadow, the residence of Mr, Lewis, from thence to tlie village, and back again to tl»a schoolroom singing merrily as they wept along, m4t.il then- little voices echoed from the distant hill. Several amusing games now took place, and at the close of the evening a magic 1aute,n, wrs e.\hib,ited by Mr. Roberts, of Melingriifith, which afforded much fun and merriment among the children. Thanks having been given to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis for their kindness aud iiberality, the children were invited to give tlierq a round of cheers which was right heartily done. Arr, LewtSj in a neat address, assured them that it afforded him and Mrs. Lewis much pleasure to meet them cAr; so interesting an occasion, and promised a. siir4ilpr trc,at next year. God save the Queen" having been suug; about six o'clock the children were dis-i missed, evincing unmistakable symptoms of joy and gratitude for the kindness sUown them.

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