CARDIFF AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. 1 ¡n ■ LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL SERVICES. Aug. 2.—Ninth Sunday after Trinity. Morning Service at 11 o'Clock. Lessons—First, 18th ch I. Kings; Second, 21st ch. John. Venite: Tallis. Daily Psatms Kelway. Te Deum Sixth !■"> tone Jubilate; Battishill. Introit, 137. Hymn, 22. rt Afternoon Service at 81 o'Clock. Lessons—First, 19th <ch. I. Kings; Second, 6th ch. Heb. Daily Psalms; Hine. Magnificat; Arnold. Nunc iDImittis Aldrich. Anthem "Cllll to remembrance/ Warrant. Hymn; 170. Litany and Sermon at 7 o'Clock in the Evening. Hymns 169,197, and 11. BoYAL COLLEGE or SCRGEOKS OP EKGLAND.—Mr. R. P. LwJe having undergone the necessary examination, was adiMbtai a member of the College at a meeting of the Court of Examiners on Tuesday, the 28th inst. APOTHECARIES' SOCIETY.—At a Court of Examiners held on Thursday, the 23rd iust., Mr. R. P. Lisle having passed the necessary examination, was admitted a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries. At a meeting of the County Roads Board held at Bridgend ott Wednesday, Mr. James Vowles Spencer, of Lanishen, was elected County Roads Surveyor for the Western District, vice Mr. Wilmott, resigned; and Mr. Jenkins, of Newton Not- tage, was elected Surveyor for the Cowbridge District. ACCIDENT.—On Monday afternoon, about 3 o'clock, a little girl, about 5 years of age, was walking across Bute-road, nea- St. Mary's Church, when a cab came up, the horse knocked lier down, and one of the wheels passed over the child's leg. She ■was picked up and conveyed to the Bute-street Station, where •he was examined by a surgeon. Her leg was found very 'much bruised, but the bone was not broken. She was after- vwards conveyed to her parents in Sandon-place. We beg to draw attention to an advertisement in another <column respecting "The Patent File Company (limited), iformed to manufacture files by machinery instead of hand ilabour, whereby the cost of production will be greatly dimi- inished and the quality improved. The capital is to be .4J100,000, in 10,000 shares of £ 10 each. The Provisional Com- imittee contain the names of firms eminent in the manufac- turing districts of London, Gloucester, Shrewsbury, aud 1Birmingbam. CAUTIOIC to CAB DRIVERS.—On Sunday evening last between 8 and 9 o'clock a cab containing three gentlemen was tturning the corner of Angel-street into High-street very sharply when the horse slipped and fell with its head close to tike flags. Luckily no one was standing at the corner. The geatleatten jumped out and with the assistance of others succeeded in freeing the horse from the harness and getting Jiim up 4gunu The knees of the horse were cut and the .harness brokea, but no considerable damage. was done. JpDAN MACCABEUS.—On Tuesday evening last, a number Hit the Cardiff vocal choir, with a few friends, assembled at the Tabernacle Aapel; and after partaking of a strong cup of Souchong, with the oimal accompaniments—cake, bread and butter, Ac.—proceeded to the business of electing one or two gentlemen, from each church aud chapel in the town and neighbourhood, to form a committee to carry out the necessary arrangements in getting up this beautiful Oratorio, for the purpose of giving a concert for the benefit of the Infirmary. 'Two gentlemen were appointed to wait upon the Mayor, to irequest the use of one of the rooms of the Town-hall for '.rehearsals. To commence so soou after the performance of •" Israel in Egypt" looks like business. As a quiet hint to the •-conductors of this next concert, we would suggest that the }.piincipal vocalists be selected from local talent: such a course ^would, we think, give satisfaction, aud be for the benefit of the iluficmary. THB LATH OUTRAGE AND ROBBBRY AT ELY.—The three prisoners, James, Evans, and Chappell, the two former having been sentenced to penal servitude for lite, and Chappell for 20 years, law made some extraordinary disclosures respecting robberies committed about Cardiff and Merthyr. Some time ago a jewetterfs^feop was robbed in Merthyr, the robbery ac- cording to their <ewn confession, being made by the above prisoners. Sinee tb&iv conviction, the witness, John •Chappell, brother of the prisoner Joseph Chappell, was taken into custody on Satwday, charged with being concerned m the robbery of wafefe* at Merthyr. James stated that John • Chappell had one of (fee watches in his possession. When I taken into custody he toid the constable that James gave him 5the watch. He (ChappellJ was, however, taken before the I magistrates on Monday at Llandaff, and remanded for a few < days- It appears that James and Evans, being annoyed that tChappell had only twenty years, and they transportation for life, Maid repeatedly to the officials that Chappell knew all about ttbc burglary at Ely, and that a plan was laid a fortnight before Whit-Monday to murder Mr. and Mrs. Stanley. The dUfcolical net would no doubt have been committed bad it not been for old Stanley's son sleeping in the cottage on that 1 night (Whit-Sunday). He was not in the habit of doing *9, but it was providential he did so on that occasion. The prisoaers also confessed to tho robbery of Mr. Huckwell's .houseat Llandaff, and also to the robbery of plate, &e., at Rose Villa. The neighbourhood has evidently got rid of a iinost systematic gang of thieves. FATAL ACCIDENT PROM BATHING.—On Tuesday after- moon two young men, one of them a poiutsman on the Eastern Branch of the Taff Vale Railway, overcome a little by the heat of the weather, proposed to each other to bathe in the ireservoir of the Bute East Dock during the dinner hour. The deceased, Francu Griffiths, aud his friend undressed at the tOMCtn of the embankment among some rushes. The ground for ..rt didaDce sloped gently, but only on that part where the new embankment has been raised. The men were to some extent unacquainted with the nature of the place, and did not see danger. This part was formerly an old brickyard, and the bottom is full of holes, out of which clay has been taken for the purpose of making bricks. Those who know the place well, ,even though expert swimmers, never attempt to bathe there. The holes are now filled with mud and covered with weeds. I They had not been bathing long before Edward Tbeudnck saw ihis companion sink. He stretched out his hand to catch him i but could not reach him. Unnerved at the event he hastened f-oo shore and gave the alarm. Numbers of persons ran down \4veB?. the embankment on each side, but none dare proceed any furtlwsr. At length a negro sailor ventured in, his example was fallowed by two others who contented themselves with swimnuag about but afforded little assistance. The spot being pointed oat, the negro dived but he was quickly np again, as he could see nothing on account of the weeds. A pole was handed to him, then grappling irons, but the weeds grew so thick as to obstruct the action of each. A boat was procured from the Bute East Dock, and after grappling about for two hours they succeeded in picking up the body. Information was given to the police, and an inquest was held at the Town- hall, on Wednesday morning, before R. L. Reeee, Esq., coroner, when verdict of Accidentally drowned" was returned. Deceased is young man about 20 years of age, and had been for some time employed as a breaksman on the jailway. CONCERT AT "KKARTH.— On Wednesday evening last, a leonet-'vt a V?P excel! en f ch a rac t er was given nt the National ''Scba*room,.enartj1* e of the promoters was to i«s«atrio raising & *^ards the purchase of a new Har- ttnonium fof Penar 'hunch. The principal vocalists were MtoS&ck, Miss Gedrych, and Messrs. D. Howells, T. U. Davies Proctor, an^ ,X-' L'andaff Cathedral, Sndly'prSed wi* .h VvTt/^ Sieuor Paaai also afc*am gave "»s valuable assistance. The SamrofContained some very i>eautifu soag8, duets, and programme containeu Viliage Choristers," was verv Silv i by Mi £ Caddick and aid Relli a J Davies S.eet spirit bear my b, Mis, rijj-if if 7% II „„„^Vred, and most.deservedly encored. Caddick, was beautifully renaerea, Uowell8 and Davies fhe lauglnng'no by Messis. W HowflU3 cau8ed much' and Simon the Cellarer, by iylr'1 «< TI.« amusement and were louldly ble8s the pr^ „^0"K waTes a»d th J » <• The wreath," &c. of Wales, "To-morrow, Only fortnee, Vn„- 0fll,aii0^ were all well received by the audience. feigD°r £ rp, if not surpassed many of his former effort* the n Rev. C. Parsons, rector of Penarth, OIJ the part ot linns the audience, thanked the ladies and gentlemeu who had so kindly given their services on the occasion, and a very sant evening's entertainment was concluded by Miss Caddies singing the National the audience joining in the < chorus.
VOLUNTEER PRIZE MEETING AT PORT TALBOT MOOR. (FROM OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.) The third annual prize meeting of various Volun- teer Corps in the county took place on Tuesday and the two following days. A printed programme and regulations had been for some time issued, but owing to differences that had unavoidably arisen some changes were found to be indispensable. At 9 a.m., straggling groups of artillerists and other corps may have been observed wending their way towards the South Wales Railway Station, looking somewhat anxious, but evidently happy enough. No confusion arose at the station, but the men took their places in the carriages with marked order. At a quarter past nine puff, puff, went the engine, and away we started, the morning being fine and beautiful, auguring the continuance of a delightful, but warm day. Soon we got to Ely Station, were we noticed a modest vellow-washed cottage, figuring upon which, in large black letters, was the familiar name of Red Lion, looking however quiet as a lamb! On we go past St. Fagans,—a pretty village, boasting of the family castle of Lord Clive, and having a number of hand- some edifices in the neighbourhood. The country about this spot looked highly picturesque, and one red clay field that was being ploughed formed a striking, but withal pleasing, contrast to the waving meadows by which it was surrounded. The snow-whtte farm- houses along the track presented the appearance of being the dwellings of a thrifty and well-to-do people. Next we pass Peterstone, with its ruins" covered with ivy, and the elegant and somewhat imposing rectory, built in the Byzantine style of architecture. In contrast to this, we noticed on the line a cottage, or rather the thatched roof of something built in the ground after the fashion of the Esquimaux, looking like the residence of one of the servants of the com- pany. It was surrounded by a tiny garden, which gave us the notion that its occupier must have burrowed in the ground. Dotted about here and there were some capital dwellings, which would not disgrace more pretentious neighbourhoods. Cattle were either grazing on the fine pasture or else basking in the sun; while waving fields of golden grain and exuberant meadows gave a charm to the scene. Now the stentorian voice of the porter calls out Llan- trissant, Cowbridge Road,"—a pretty place rather, boasting of its" Windsor Arms," a good-looking house enough for which favourable notice we trust its host or hostess, whichever it may be, will thank us, until ar. opportunity may offer under the classic sign of expressing his gratitude more demonstratively. A very good station this and [reflects credit on the com- pany. In the distance is a partially-cultivated moun- tain towering up like another Mont Blanc, and sprinkled over with tiny cottages gaily washed with white and yellow, which colours the sun reflected with exceeding brilliancy. A portion of the mountain was thickly wooded and presented rather a wild appear- ance, putting us in mind of familiar Canadian scenery. Arrived at Pencoed, a neat looking village, possessing several dwellings having many architectural claims, but not appearing rural enough for the place. Here, too, by way of contrast, we observed an insignificant inn, boasting of the high-sounding title of "The Britannia." A short distance to the left we perceived another village, with an old church right in the centre having a venerable-looking tower. It seemed to us as if the intention was to build the houses as close as possible against the sacred edifice; not, we trust, con- firmatory of the proverb, The nearer the church the farther from grace." Speedily our train whistled by Bridgend, adjacent to which is a quarry, which gives the place the aspect of having been upheaved by a recent earthquake. A capital station is here also, and the neighbourhood is ornamented with well-con- structed edifices of modern design. Even in these remote places we find evidences of advertising indus- try and commercial speculation. In every variety of coloured printing and design we noticed announce- ments respecting Patent Locks," Camomile Pills," Pianofortes," Sauces," Agricultural Implements," "Glenfield Starch," Asphalte Roofing," and a lot of other things too wearying to remember. To the right of the station another pretty village, all the houses being new and handsome, with an elegant church, the spire of which glittered in the sunbeams, emblamatic of the spiritual light that is reflected and distributed within. This place struck us as being the nucleus of a yet populous town. Passed a cottage having the ivied ruin of a house iu front, looking like an outwork erected for defence. The character of the country soon changes, from the rich and luxuriant to the arid and barren. "Pyle Station," drones the guard! Well, we are getting along, but not at the rate of sixty miles an hour. In this age of fast travelling slow trains" are nothing less than slow torture. For ourselves, we like to spin along as fast as steam and a good engine can carry us and if there should be a collision or a disaster of any kind, why accidents, like offences, will come. There is one consolation, that before you start, you can insure your life for an immense sum, merely for the trifle you would throw a beggar! A con. solation this too, that if one's life be unprofitable, one's death would be advantageous—to somebody. Pyle station at last. Another tidy and respectable village, three and half miles irom Newton. Here are two station-houses, one of stone and the other of wood, frowning as if in mockery of each other. Let us say to the directors "Uniformity, gentlemen, uniformity." Now we bid good bye to civilization, and jog forward through a wild-looking country, sparsely populated, pass the Margam Copper Works, on to Port Talbot. What a relief! after an hour and a half's ride to get out of a close carriage on a July day, and to enjoy the fresh and cooling sea-breezes. We move forward with the volunteers, get into a little steamer, on which there is difficulty to find standing room, and cross the Float. Hurrah! we are across safely, and on the M oor,—a vast area of ground, with a semi.circle of sandy mounds in the distance. Here some dozen or more marquees were erected—some of them capacious— wherein were forms and tables laden with refreshments of various kinds. Some of the boqths were ornamented with the Union Jack others exhibited flags of sundry devices, the nationality of which it would be difficult to divine. An ingenious individual had an apparatus fitted up—evidently once having done service as the funnel of a steamboat— which a flashy cavass sign informed us was—" THE ROYAL RIFLB SHOOTING GALLERY In front of this affair a few of the volunteers assembled; and as the oSer was tempting—"only a halfpenny a shot"—they tried their skill at the target, by firing through the sooty tube. Here, too, was The Wheel of Fortune," presided over by a little girl—a melancholy representative of the Goddess said to rule over human destinies. Poor thing! 'twas hard to resist her faltering appeal:— "Only one halfpenny a turn, sir; only a halfpenny a turn So we did move the magic spoke once or twice round without looking at, or caring for, the result. Then we had minor shooting galleries and mimic rifles, meant to discharge nuts instead of Minie hall, Nor did the "saviours of the nation" disdain to try their skill at this inoccuous weapon. The "get-up" was imposing certainly. In front was an emblazoned board (with a representation of a tierce battle), flanked by men in armour, sitting surly on horseback while an inscription informed us that the game was patronized by thousands of her Majesty's sub- jects." Crack went the rifle, shooting through a ring fastened to a wooden cock's breast! Here, likewise, were erected venerable Aunt Sallys," with hideous faces and ample crinolines—at which aristocratic game several per- sons indulged at "three sticks a penny!" The ground- were thronged by a number of petty traders having bass kets and small tables, containing miscellaneous articles, such as gingerbread, ginger-beer, fruits and cakes—which did not look by any means inviting—and even lolly-pops for those whose tastes inclined them in that direction. Here, also, we noticed a stand of umbrellas, some of which may have been imported from China, so variegated were the colours. But why the vendor of such articles should have come out on such a scorching day to try and dispose of umbrellas that were not wanted puzzled us sorely to understand. Even cripples plied their mendicant calling, poor colliers, who had lost a leg in the collieries," and to whose appeal it was almost cruelty to turn a deaf ear. One booth was appropriated to Terpischorean purposes, having a door in the centre—after the Donnybrook fashion —whereon we noticed a man with a wooden leg dancing as energetically as if both his limbs had been perfect, to the music of a violin and a Welsh harp. In some of the tents tables and forms were improvised by planks, inge- niously arranged and supported by sticks fastened in the ground. The spectators were far from numerous, although they considerably increased as the shades of evening flung their dim shadows around. A body of police fiom two districts, under Inspectors Sadler and Parsons, kept the ground. Their presence, however, might have been dispensed with, so excellent was the order observed. So far this was an improvement; as from what one of these excellent officers informed me, on a similar occasion last year the force had enough to do in protecting person and property against marauders and rowdies. About noon the men of the corps from Swansea, Britton Ferry, and Cardiff, who were to take part in the contest, moved towards the front, and arranged themselves in squads ot half a dozen or more under shooting screens. There were present several officers, among whom we noticed the President of the Association, Lieutenant Col. Talbot, M.P., Lord Lieutenant; Lieutenant Col. Clark Major Vivian; Major Dillwyn, M.P. Major Traherne Capt. Laughton, Adjutant; Capt. Francis, and Capt. Hill. Major Vivian; Major Dillwyn, M.P. Major Traherne Capt. Laughton, Adjutant; Capt. Francis, and Capt. Hill. Several carriages were on the grounds. We believe the number of volunteers engaged numbered 65, who shot from ve targets. The men appeared in excellent spirits, and vl°kt. ^be exception of the 11th Corps, whose j shabby, dingy uniform contrasted unfavourably with the neat and brilliant habiliments of the other bodies. Between [ the shooting, parties of volunteers would more towards I I the booths, and partake of a hasty luncheon or dinner. And we must do the proprietors of those temporary establishments the credit to say, that the man must have been very fastidious indeed, whose tastes could not be pleased, or whose appetite could not be sated by the good things which could be had for the asking—and the paying of course. Solid joints, consisting of luscious hams, rounds of beef, and tongues, were to be seen in abundance, with drinks of all kinds from sherry and pale ale, down to "champagne cider," and H pop." Although met as rivals in a shooting contest, yet no spirit of rivalry obtained among the volunteers, who appeared to be on terms of the utmost cordiality. Now and again a little dispute may have arisen with regard to the correctness of the weapon or the precision of the aim but no serious opposition arose. The contest did not terminate till about 6 p.m., when the men, covered with dust and black from powder, formed in friendly groups, strolled round the booths, and finally prepared for their departure to their respective districts, which they did in excellent order. In the evening large numbers of persons had assembled and we left the sight-seers enjoying themselves, while we moved towards the station in readiness for the mail train that was to bring us to our destination. Subjoined are the winning scores for the prizes, which were shot for on Tuesday and following days: — No. 1.—ABIILLBBY VOLUNTEER PRIZE FOR CARBINES. Competitors to have been effective members of the Gla- morgan Volunteer Corps. Weapon, Government rifted car- bine. 1st. prize, £10, 2nd prize, 1:5 3rd prize, £3. Ranges 100, 200, and 300 yards. Five rounds at each distance. The number of competitors from each corps was restricted to six. Sergeant Sladen, 1st battery, 3rd Artillery, 39 points, win- ner of the 1st prize; Sergeant Marcombe, 3rd battery, of 3rd Artillery, 39, 2nd prize; Sergeants Green and Bright, 2nd ditto, tied, making 37 points each, and in shooting off Sergeant Bright won the 3rd prize. No. 2.—VOLUNTEEE PruZB, SHORT RANGE. Competitors to have been effective members of the force of the county, who did not contend for No. 2 prize. 1st prize, £10 2nd, £ 8; 3rd, £6; 4th, E4, 5th, £3. Ranges, 160 and! 300 yards; five rounds at each distance. Private Owen, 1st Engineers, 33, winner of the 1st prise • Privates J. Owen, 4th company, and J. Hughes, 5th company made 28 each (the tie not being shot off it was agreed to divide); Privates Thomas, lltli company, Edmonds, 9th tym- pany, and D. Russell, 9th company, tied, making 27 each and in shooting off Thomas won the 4th prize, and Edmonds the 6th prize. RESULTS OF WEDNESDAY'S CONTEST. No. 2.—VOLUNTEER PRizE-LONG RANGE. Competitors-effective members of the Volunteer force of the county. 1st prize, £25; 2nd, £ 20; 3rd, £15; 4th, £10; 5th, 95 ranges, 200, 500, and 600 yards; five rounds at each distance. This morning the shooting for this prize, which commenced yesterday, was concluded with the following resultsPrivate Thomas, 9th corps, 45 points, 1st prize; Private D. James, 3rd corps, 43 points, 2nd prize Corporal D. Powell, 11th corps, 41 points, 3rd prize; Captain Dahne 4th corps, 40 points, 4th prize; Corporal Townsend, 3rd corps, 39 points, 5th prize. No. 3.—SUBSCRIBERS' PRIZE. Competitors—subscribers of f2 and upwards to the Association, or of 5s. if members of the county Militia or Volunteer force. 1st prize, £25; 2nd, £20; 3rd, jB15 4tli, dElO; 5th, dEo. Ranges, 800 and 400 yards. Five rounds at each distance. The entries for this prize numbered 220. The following were the successful competitors Sergeant J. Jenkins, 4th corps, 1st prize, 33 points; Private W. Snow, 17th corps, 2nd prize, 31 points; Lieut. James, 9th corps, 3rd prize, 31 points Private E.P. Martin, 1st Engineers, 4th prize, 31 points; Pri. vate W. Johnson, 4th corps, 5th prize, 30 points. Private Snow shot remarkably well, making six bulls's eyes out of seven shots. No. 4.—MAJOR GBENPELL'S CUP, £ 5 6s., was next shot for. Competitors :—Non-commiss)oned officers of the county Volunteers. Ranges, 400 and 600 yards. Five rounds at each distance. Corporal Williams, of the 13th corps, and Corporal D. Powell, of the llth corps, were ties for this prize. No. 5.—THE LORD-LIEUTENANT'S PRIZE OF dMO, AND CHAMPION SILVER MEWAL. Competitors to comprise the twenty best shots for the 2nd or Volunteer Long Range Prize. Range, 700 yards; seven rounds. The winner to be champion, and receive the county medal. This was the great prize of the day, and, as a matter of course, excited a much greater interest than any other single prize offered. The Lord-Lieutenant was present during the whole of the firing, and marked the score, for one squad. As will be seen by the following score some of the firing was superb, and equalled any exhibited at Wimbledon; whilst, 011 the other hand, some of the riflemen seemed to have lost their good genius at the longest range. The prize was warmly contested by Sergeant Davies, of the 12th corps (Merthyr) and Sergeant D. James, of the 2nd corps (Dowlais). The first shot of the former missed, whilst that of the latter was an "outer." At the conclusion of the firing Sergeant Davies had scored 21 points, and Sergeant James had to make a bull's-eye to win. As may be conjectured, the anxiety of the spectators was great; but far more intense was that of the emulous riflemen between whom the prize trembled. Fortune favoured the Dowlais rineman he fired, and made abull's-ev*. A shout raised by the members of the Dowlais corps present announced the victory of their comrade. The following is the score:— ° Private T. Thomas, 9th 9 Corporal Powell, llth 13 Captain Dahne, 4th 12P Private Johnson, 4th 6t Private J. Jenkins. 5th. 7. Private Yorworth, llth. 9 Sergeant Davis, 12th 21 Private Dillwyn, 3rd 2 Major Vivian, 7th 12 Sergeaut Thomas, 4th 5 Private Lake, 4th j.' 10 Private Player, 4th 8 Sergeant Howell, 6th 11 Private S. Jones, 7th 8 Private D. James, 3rd 14 Corporal Townsend, 3rd 9 Captain Talbot, 1st 13 Sergeant D. James, 2nd. 22 Sergeant W. James, 3rd ••• Sergeant W. Boden. 3rd ••• 1° We believe the Artillery Prize of JE35, for great guns will come off on Monday next in the Swansea Bay. So at least we have understood from Captain Francis, of the Artillery Brigade. In this match the Cardiff Artillery Brigade will not compete, owing to some differences that have arisen between the respective Commanders. Capt. Laughton drew up rules for the regulation of this contest, and submitted them to Captain Francis, who, at the same time, framed regulations of his own, which did not com- port with the wishes or views of the Cardiff Brigade. For instance, Captain Francis refused to authorize points for drill; one of the most essential matters appertaining to artillerists' duties, and as a precautionary measure against danger. Other matters of difference have also occurred, which unfortunately go far towards creating a breach of that amity and cordiality that ought to exist amongst volunteers.
MERTHYR FLOWER, FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND POULTRY SHOW. (n YOU ROW N BE FORTE B.) > Flower shows in this locality are exhibitions of somewhat modern date, and, like many other results of the progressive tendency of society, have a great influence in softening men's character and improving the homes of the rough, and to a great extent uneducated, artizan, who spends a large portion of his time in the damp recesses of a coal mine, or in the smoky atmosphere of an iron foundry. Some men with blackened faces and dirt-begrimed hands, look with pride upon a favourite flower, and sit for hours, during the intervals of toil, construct- ing a ladder which shall exhibit to the best advantage the peculiar beauties of their plants. Perhaps that flower speaks to them of some sweet and innocent early association. How much of refining influence may depend upon the memories of those days gone by. This love of flowers is, to some extent, an inherent feeling in man. How often do we see in the m ^sr mtserable districts of London, in the corner of a window patched and disfigured by various pieces of paper, or its holes blocked up with old rags in the only corner where the rays of the sun find their way through the thick coating of dirt -some spoutless teapot or broken basin, containing a skeleton geranium or some attenuated specimen of fuschia supported with every care by pieces of wood or a rudelv con- structed ladder. Years may pass by before tho world will know the good the flowers have done, the sins they have hin- deied, the kind deeds they have brought out; and well may these exhibitions claim the interest and support of every one who wishes to aid m any way he can the elevation of the tastes of the working man. But these societies beside seeking this elevation of taste, aim also at something more-to stimulate the occupier of the cot- tage to take a pride and pleasure in the cultivation of his little plot of ground by offering prizes for the best specimens of every variety of garden produce. Fruits and vegetables alike have a place with flowers, and thus the collier, the smith, the railman, the artizan of every grade has employment for his hands during the long summer evenings, instead of lounging away hIs time idly in the tap-room or the skittle-ground. The society at Merthyr takes even a more extended view than this. While wishing to give priority to the cultivation of flowers, it by no means overlooks the cultivation :)f those things which form a necessary adjunct to the comfort of the cottage; it seeks to improve the cultivation of vegetables, and also the rearing of poultry. Thus it unites with the Horticul- tural Society the Cottage Gaidener's Society, and one or two branches of the Farmers' Club. The proceeds of the farm- yard, the kitchen garden, the labourer's little plot of ground, and the cherished window plant of the miner, found a place in the competition on Thursday last. About nine years since the Merthyr society commenced its existence under what seemed to be very favourable circum- stances. It had nothing pretentious in its aim; the principal motive was to stimulate the cultivation of small plots of ground then rented by the workmen of the various works in the neighbourhood, more particularly those connected with the Cyfarthfa Works, the proprietor of that immense iron works being chosen president. For a few years the society appeared to progress, but through injudicious management some debts were contracted which the income could not repay, and the society for a time suspended its operations. Iu the early part of the present year au attempt was made to revive the society, which, estimating its succcss from this last exhibition, may argue well for its future prosperity. The market house is not altogether suitable for a flower show. It has been usual to associate with the term flower show a place in some park or garden, where ladies and gentlemen can enjoy a promanade or a lounge under the shadowy branches of some majestic oak or spreading beech, and inhale the pure atmosphere of some locality freed from the smoke and dust of a town, and where it is also possible to move about without being stopped every few yards by two ladies in front, The music, too, generally sounds better in the open air. Taking, however, everything into consideration, the committee made the best use they could of the building. Everything was done that could be devised to remove the im- pression from the minds of the visitors that it was a market. Suspended from the roof was an immense number of flags and streamers of all kinds. The sides of the building were literally covered with boughs of trees; the very stalls them- selves, as if fearing that their appearance would be dis- agreeable to the eye, were concealed under laurel leaves and Union Jacks. The ground was thickly strewn with saw dust; seats were placed at every convenient spot, and at the further end was erected an orchestra very prettily decorated with leaves and flowers, having at the back a very well execu- ted painting similar in style to the drop of a theatre. Ex- tending on each side were decorations of every character, and round the pillars were twined wreaths ornamented with clusters of flowers. The interior was divided into three com- partments by means of tables, on which the various articles intended for competition were exhibited. The first to attract the eye were THE FLOWERS. Perhaps few years have passed by as favourable in every respect to tbe Horticulturists, either amateur or professional, and the expectations of every one were more than realized. The floral show was considered one of the best, if not the best the society has held, and when all was brilliant in colour, perfect in bloom, and judicious in arrangement, criticism ap- peared almost uncalled for—selection, in some respects, invidi- ous. We can, however, but state that many of the flowers would have graced an exhibition of much greater pretensions than the Merthyr Show. The cut flowers exhibited by Mr. Webb, near Swansea, were very beautiful specimens. The sample blossoms of Sweet William called forth a Very high compliment from the judges. Only two candidates exhibited — one contained\l?} beautiful large blossoms of the size of ordi- nary tea saucers. The other small, and not considered worthy of a prize, yet these, a few years ago, would have been regarded as average specimens of the flowers grown in that locality. The other blossoms being the result of the improved system of cultivation adopted. Some very beautiful greenhouse plants were exhibited by R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Among them we noticed a splendid specimen of the cyanophyllum maqnijicum, nearly 9 feet high, with leaves about two feet in length. The devices in flowers were few, but some of them very tastefully executed, showing skill in the construction and the arrange- ment. There were also some beautiful specimens of Phloxis exhibited by Mr. Webb, which were not classed. The cut flowers received very high encomiums from the visitors. FLOWEBS. Six Variegated Stove Plants.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Six Flowering Stove Plants.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Caitle. Six Greenhouse Plants.—R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Three Geraniums.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Three Fuschias.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay. Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Charles Davies, Mary-street, Three Balsams.—1st prize. R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Charles Davies, Mary-street. Three Mignionettes-lst prize, R. T. Crawshay. Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Three Dahlias-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Three Scarlet Salvia—2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay. Three Blue Salvia—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay. Dahlia Blossoms, Twelve varieties—1st prize, R. T. Craw- shay 2nd, Mr. David Price, Penydarreu. Rose Blossoms, Twelve varieties—1st prize, Mr. E. Webb, Park Mill Rosary, Swansea; 2nd, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Pansies, twenty blossoms—2nd prize, Mrs. E. Williams, Pant-cad-Ivor. Carnations, twelve blossoms.—2nd prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Pinks, twelve blossoms 2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., French Marigolds, twelve blossoms—1st prize, R. T. Craw- shay 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Hollyhocks, twelve blossoms—1st prize, Mr. E. Webb, Park Mill Rosary, Swansea; 2nd, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Four White German Stocks—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Four Black German Stocks—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Four Purple German Stocks—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Four Violet German Stocks-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Charles Davies, Mary-street, Four Scarlet German Stocks.—1st prize, R; T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Charles Davies, Mary-street. Four Yellow German Stocks.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Four Pink German Stocks.—1st prize, It T. Crawshay' Esq Mr. Charles Davies, Mary-street. Four Variegated German Stocks,—1st prize, R. T. Craw- shay, Esq.; 2nd, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaleod-y-Garth. Sweet Williams, Twelve Blossoms.—1st prize, R. T. Craw- shay, Esq. Basket of Cut Flowers.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Basket of Wild Flowers.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay Esq. Collection of Out-door Plants.—2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. FRUIT. A little below the table on which were exhibited the flowers, were placed the various dishes of fruit. If the flowers pleased the eye, not the less so did the fruits. The bystanders admired them, and not only admired but seemed to wish that some- thing more than eyesight was allowed. The classes extended from pine apples to gooseberries. Some pine apple plants in pots were exhibited, but the fruit was not so large as those cut. A very fine specimen of the Black Prince was exhibited (not considered worthy of a prize) weighing Bibs. 8oz.; also, one of the smooth Cayenne specie weighing 71bs. 2oz. The cherries were veiy beautiful, the second prize being the largest, but the first were blacker and in better condition for table. Some fine red currants were also shown, but neither the black or the white were beyond the average. The strawberries were very fine and tastefully arranged in baskets. The raspberries small. The gooseberries ripe and of very large size. A few very fine samples of white aud black grapes were exhibited by H. T. Crawshay, Esq., besides two specimens of fruited vines in pots, one black and the other white, the branches being en- twined and forming an arch, the grapes banging in large and numerous clusters. A small dish of peaches were on the table between, not considered worthy of notice. fBUlT. Pine Apple, Queen.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq, Cy- farthfa Castle. 2ad, Mr. D. Price, Penydarren. Pine Apple, Jamaica.—1st prize, Crawshay Bailey, Esq. M. P.. Aberaman. Largest Pine Apples of any other sort.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Crawshay Bailey, Esq., M.P., Aberaman. Four Bunches of Grapes, Black.—1st prize, R. T. Craw- shay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Mr. David Price, Peuy- darren. Four Bunches of Grapes, white.—1st. prize, R. T. Craw- shay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Mr. David Price. Peny- darren. Green Flesh Melon.—1st. prize, R. T, Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Scarlet .Flesh Melon.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Cyfarthfa Castle. Six Apples—1st prize, Mr. Daniel Asprey, High-street; second, Lewis Lewis, Esq., Glantatf House, Troedyrhiew. Six Pears—Second prize, Lewis Lewis, Esq., Glantaff House, Troedyrhiew. Six Figs—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Dish of Cherries, One Pound -1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Lewis Lewis, Esq., Glantaff House, Troedyrhiew. Dish of Strawberries—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle; 2nd, Mr. W. Hopkins, Cefn. Dish of Yellow Raspberries—2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Dish of Raspberries—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Dish of White Currants—1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 2nd J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaelod-y-Gartb. Dish of Red Currants—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2ud, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaelod-y-Garth. Dish of Black Currants—4st prize, The Rev. J. Griffiths, Gwaelod-y-Garth; 2nd, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaelod-y- Garth. Dish of Gooseberries—1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 2nd, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Dish of Largest Gooseberries—1st prize, Mr. H. Hansard, George Town 2nd, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaelod-y-Garth. Two Fruited Vines, in Pots.—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfartbfa Castle. VEGETABLES. Descending still lower in the Market, we arrive at the place appropriated to the vegetables. It is useless to describe them seriatim, or even to make a selection of the most prominent. Many experienced persons declared they had never seen better specimens, and they ceitainly all appeared very fine. Peas, beans, potatoes, onions, carrotts, leeks, turnips, cauliflowers, cabbages, and lettuces, were frequently the means of inducing the passer-by to stop and admire. VEGETABLES. Two Cucumbers—1st prize, Mr. David Price, Penydarran; 2nd, Mr. Wm. J. Jones, Thomas Town. Six Sticks of Celery-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Six Sticks of Rhubarb—1st prize, Mr. Tracey Rees, by Cyfarthfa Office; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Radishes, Long Hed-lst prize, li. T. Crawshay, Esq. 2nd, Mr. Walter Smyth. High-street. Radishes, White Turnip—1st prize, Mr. Walter Smyth, High street; 2nd, Mr. Hugh Gillespie, Merthyr. Radishes, Red Turnip—1st prize, Mr. Walter Smyth, High- street. Quarter Peck of Peas—1st prize, Mr. William Jones, Cefn; 2nd, J. D Thomas, Esq., Gwaleod-y-Garth. Quarter Peck of Broad Beans-I st prize, Mr. Tracey Rees by Cyfarthfa Omce 2nd, Mr. T. J. Pearce, Cefn. Quarter Peck of French Dwarf .Beans-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Six Carrots, Short Horns -1st prize, R. T. Crawsliay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Six Carrots, Altringhams—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Lewis Lewis, Esq., Glantaff House, Troedyrhiew. Six Parsnips—1st piize, Itey. J. Griffiths, Gwaleod-y-Garth; 2nd, Mr. Hugh Gillispie, Merthyr. Twelve Potato Onions-1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 2nd, Mr. W. J. Jones, Thomas-town. Twelve Tripoli Onions—1st prize, Mr. F. Davies, High-st. Twelve Spring Sown Onions—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Bunch of Parsley—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. Walter Smyth, High-street. Twelve White fctoue Turnips-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Lewis Lewis, Esq., Glantaff House, Troedyrhiew. Any other sort of Turnips—1st prize, Lewis Lewis, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. David Price, Penydarren. Six Lettuce—1st prize, Mr. Walter Smyth, High-street; 2nd, Mr. David Price, Penydarren. Four Table Cabbages—1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 2nd, Rev. J. Griffiths, Gwaleod-y-Garth. Four Cauliflowers—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, Mr. David Price, Penydarren. Dish of Salad—1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Bunch of Miscellaneous Herbs -1st prize, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel. Twelve Leeks—1st prixe, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 2nd, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaleod-y-Garth. A3h Leaf Kidney Potatoes.- 1st prizee, J. D. Thomas, Esq., Gwaleod.y-Garth; 2nd, Mr. Roach, Castle Hotel; 3rd, Rev. J. Griffiths, Gwaleod-y-Garth. [ Besides these, 18 special prizes were given by R.T. Crawshay, Esq., for the best collection of vegetables grown by Cyfarthfa workmen residing in various localities, each locality being separately classed. WORKMEN'S PRIZES. The great obstacle that has yet been found to mar to a very great extent the interest which the working man would other- wise take in these societies is effectually met here. In many places a difficulty is felt in inducing the labourer, or the mechanic, to compete in these societies, because of the inutility of attempting to rival the professed gardener, or the gentleman amateur. One of the principal objects of the society is to induce the working man, by exciting a laudable spirit of competition to spend a portion of bis leisure hours in the cultivation of his little garden. The cottage in which he resides is in many instances erected in close proximity to some works, or upon the embankment made by throwing the refuse coa) from the mine. In some spots the little garden is an old coal tip with a soil which to all appearance is worthless. Others again have more confined situations; others also un- protected from the smoke of the works, which, though not emanating from a Patent Fuel Works, is yet somewhat voluminous and dense in character aud in these unfavour- able situations the workmen have succeeded in raising vegetables of a very excellent character not only vegetables, but flowers. Many of the plants in pots were very good specimens of their class. It is much to the credit of the committee that in thus allowing the amateurs to compete with each other, and keeping the workmen's prizes separate, the money value of each prize is equal—giving the same prize to the cottager's fuschia reared in his window as to best specimen of the same class raised in a much more favourable situation. On two tables, running the whole length of the building, were exhibited what might be called workmen's produce, and though they did not equal the produce displayed on the other tables, they were at least a credit to those who exhibited them —creditable for the taste they displayed and for the labour that had been spent upon the ground ere it could have pro- duced such samples as were submitted for inspection. The floral devices were very pretty, and in some instances showed skill iu the design and good taste in the arrangement of blossoms with respect to the harmony of colour. The articles were all deserving of the highest commendation. WORKMEN.—FLOWERS. Three Fuschias.—1st prize, Mr. William Brown, roll-turner, Pentrebach 2nd, Mr. D. Richards, roll-turner, Pentrebach. Three Coxcombs.—1st prize, Mr. Wm. Brown, roll-turner, Pentrebach 2nd, Mr. Levi Richards, roll-turner, Pentrebach,' Three Balsams.—1st prize, Mr. W. Brown, roll-turner, Pen- trebach 2nd, Mr. D. Richards, roll-turner, Pentrebach. Three Mignionettes.—Mr. W. Brown, roll-turner, Pentre- bach 2nd, Mr. Levi Richards, roll-turner, Pentrebach. Dahlia Blossoms, Twelve Varieties.—Mr. William Rees, lock-keeper. Pansies, Twenty Blossom».-Mr. W. Brown, roll-turner, Pentrebach 2nd, Mr. Levi Richards, roll-turner, Pentrebach. Carnations, twelve blossoms—1st prize, Mr. Wm. Brown, roll-turner, Pentrebach; 2nd, Mr. Levi Richards, roll-turner. Pentrebach. Piccotees, twelve blossoms-1st prize, Mr. Willam Brown 2nd, Mr. Levi Richards. French Marigolds, twelve blossoms—1st prize, Mr. William Morgan, master labourer, Trauchbach; 2nd, Mr. William Brown. Four White Germans Stocks-1st prize, Mr. William Mor- gan 2nd, Mr. William Brown. Four Purple German Stocks—1st prize, Mr. William Brown 2nd, Mr. William Morgan. Four Violet German Stocks—1st prize, Mr. William Brown. Four Scarlet German Stocks.-lst prize, Mr. Wm. Brown; 2nd, Mr. Wm. Morgan. Four Yellow German Stocks—1st prize, Mr. Wm. Brown. Four Pink German Stocks—1st prize, Mr. William Brown, 2nd, Mr. William Morgan. Four Variegated German Stocks—1st prize, Mr. William Rees, lock-keeper; 2nd, Mr. W. Brown. Sweet Williams, twelve blossoms—1st prize, Mr. Charles Everett, railman, Cefn 2nd, Mr. William Rees. Basket of Cut Flowers—1st prize, Mr. Charles Everett, railman, Cefn 2nd, Mr. William Morgan. Basket of Wild Flowers—Mr. David Evans, cutter and weigher, Cefn. FRUIT. Six Apples.—1st prize, Mr. Benjamin Thomas, founder, Cefn. Six Pears. 1st prize, Mr. William Brown, roll-turner Pentrebach. Dish of Strawberries.—1st prize, Mr. David Thomas, dresser, Cefn 2nd, Mr. Benjamin Thomas, founder, Cefn. Dish of Black Currants.—1st prize. Mr. Charles, Everett railman, Cefn. Dish of Gooseben-ies.—1st prize, Mr. D. Thomas, dresser Cern; 2nd, Mr. Benjamin Thomas, founder, Cefn. Dish of Largest Gooseberries.—1st prize, Mr. D. Thomas, dresser, Cefn; 9nd, Mr. Benj. Thomas, founder, Cefn. THE POULTRY. In a division separated from the other portion of the market by the cages, which were to some extent concealed by the boughs, were arranged the poultry. There was not the least necessity to inquire where they were, though at first invisible. A farm yard in the early morning is often a noisy locality but would fall very far short of the din created by the pent up' bantams, ducks and geese occasionally joining in the outcry, and giving gratuitous aid to the band in increasing the volume' of sound. We are no great judges of poultry. They were, many of them, fine looking birds, which in several instances had won prizes at former exhibitions. OLD BIBDS.—COCK AND TWO HENS. Class 1, Dorkings.—1st prize, the Rev. E. Nicholl, Llan. dough Rectory, Cowbridge. 2nd, James Buckley. Esq., Penyfai House, Llanelly. Class 2, Spanish.—1st prize, Mr. John Can, Hafod.Swansea 2nd, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Class 3, Game.—1st prize, Mr. John Llewellyn, Caerphilly. 2nd, Mr. George Paddon, Swansea. Class 4, Black and White Cochin.—2nd prize, R. H. Nicholas, Esq., Malpas, near Newport. Class 5, Partridge, Cinnamon, and Buff Cochin.—1st prize Mr. John Carr, Hafod, Swansea. 2nd, James Buckley, Esq.' Penyfai House, Llanelly. Class 6, Gold and Silver Spangled Hamburgha.-1st prize, Thomas Davies, Esq., Belmont Cottage, Stow Hit!, Newport* 2nd, Mr. Wm. Cuff, St. Fagaus. Class 7, Gold and Silver Pencilled Hamburghs.-1st prize Mr. James Llewellyn, St. Fagans. 2nd, Mr. E. Payne Cardiff. Class 8, Black Hamburghs—1st & 2nd prize, R. H. Nicholas, Esq., Malpas, near Newport. Class 12, Bantams of any other sort—1st prize, Thomas Davies, Esq., Belmont Cottage, Stow Hill, Newport; 2nd. Mr. E. Payne, Cardiff. Class 13, Any distinct Breed not before mentioned—1st and 2nd prize, R. H. Nicholas, Esq., Malpas, near Newport. SINGLE COCKS. Class 14, Cochins—1st prize, Mr. John Can-, Hafod, Swan- sea; 2nd, Mr. G. Paddon, Swansea. Class 15, Gold and Silver Spaogled Hamburgs—2nd prize, Mr. Wreun. Class 16, Gold and Silver Pencilled Hamburgs-1st prize, Mr. E. Payne, Cardiff; 2nd, Mr. J. T. Williams, Peurheol. Class 17, Dorkings—2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq" Cyfarthfa Castle. Class 18, Spanish-2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Class 19, Game—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Class 20, Galiuaes, Cock and two Heus-1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. GEESE, DUCKS, AND TCBKBTS. Class 21, Gander and two Geese—1st prize, Mr. E. Payne, Cardiff. Class 22, Aylesbury Drake and two Ducks—1st prize, R. H. Nicholas, Eliq" Malpas, near Newport; 2nd, David Williams, Esq., Penrheol. Class 24, Black Drake and two Ducks -2nd prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Class 26,Muscovy Drake and two Ducks—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq. Class 26, Turkey Cock and two Hens—1st prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq.; 2nd, James Buckley, Esq., Penyfai House, Llanelly. PBIBES.—PoLTBT. Class 27, Cock and two Hens of any breed—1st prize, Mr. William Keddart, Penydarran; 2nd, Mr. Richard Rees, Brecon Road. Class 30, Ibree Ducks of 1863—1st prize, Mr. William Cuff, St. Fagans; 2nd, Mr. William Seal, Gwaleod-y-Garth. MISCELLANEOUS. Class, 36, Largest Twelve Hen's Eggs.—1st. prize, R. T. Crawshay, Esq., Cyfarthfa Castle. Class 38, Sweetest Pound of Butter.—1st prize, Mrs. Jones, Penyrheol. 2nd, James Buckley, Fsq., Penyfai House, Llanelly. The attendance at the show was exceedingly good, and between the hours of 1 and 4 the place was well filled by what is some- times termed carriage company." All expressed themselves pleased with the arrangements made, and especially noticed with very encouraging remarks the productions of the work- men." The celebrated Cyfarthfa band, under the leadership of Mr. George Livesy, very kindly lent their services, and per- formed a very choice programme of popular IDstrumental music. Tbe well known talent of the band needs no comment, as it has foi some time been considered one of the best in the neighourhood. Many of the pieces were exceedingly well executed, the listeners not being annoyed with the harsh sounds which sometimes emanate from a brass band when playing in a confined space. The whole entertainment passed off re- markably well, and must have given every satisfaction to the visitors and also to the gentlemen forming the committee for the very liberal patronage they received.
MBBTHYB VEGETABLE, FRUIT, AND POULTRY SHOW.— No less than 600 entries were made for this event, being con- siderably in advance of any former year. THE MARQUIS OF HASTINGS.—After the dinner to the tenants at Castle Donnington on Wednesday evening week, the proceedings of which were of a very enthusiastic character, there was a grand fancy ball, for which purpose the library of the mansion had been beautifully fitted up and decorated. The visitors began to arrive about ten o'clock and were ushered into the drawing-room. Their dresses were of the most superb and costly description, and included an infinite variety of characters, comprising among the gentlemen the bearded and turbaned Turk, the portly and hooded monk, the stern representative of Oliver Cromwell, the gay and rollicking Cavalier, and others equally diverse; while the characters re- presented by the ladies were quite as various and well sus- tained. Among the more remarkable were those of Lady Edith Abney Hastings, as Midsummer Night; La'ly Con- stance Hastings, as Undine; Lady Bertha Chfton, as a Mar- quise of the lime of Louis XV.; the Countess of Ferrers, as Mary Queen of Scots. The beautiful avenue leading to the mansion, more than a mile in length, was lit by lamps during the nigiit, in order to insure the safety of the visitors, and on an emiuence to the right of the hall coloured lamps in oil dis- played the words Majority of the Marquis of Hastings." It is most important to the comfort of Ladies for them to have a wolf-made Jupe and Messrs. lhompson's Prize Medal Crinolines are both the perfection of comfort and elegance. None others are worn by the Beau Monde in London or Paris. 1 hey are obtainable everywhere, and at prices quite as low as the clumsy and heavy Crinolines so frequently used. All of their manufacture have their rrade wark, a Crown, stamped upon them, to imitate which is felony.
GLAMORGAN CLERGY WIDOWS AND ORPHANS. The annual distribution of this interesting and well- administered charity took place at Cowbridge on Tuesday last, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese presiding. The cases of C'the widows and orphans of distressed clergymen" were fully examined by the largest meeting of subscribers ever remembered on a similar occasion, and proportionate grants were voted and paid. Among the numerous subsctibers who attended the meeting were— The Lord Bishop of the Dio- Rev. H. H. Rickards cese Rev. W. Leigh Morgan The Dean Rev. J. Williams (Marcross) Ihe Archdeacon of Llandaff Rev. Thos. Edmondes, Vicar T> r.!car Llantrissan t of Cowbridge Kev. Edw D. Knight Rev. Walter Griffiths, Vicar Rev R T T Kuight „ of St" L> thans Kev. K. T. Tyler Rev. Wm. David, Rector of St-r«»s And at least a dozen other Clergymen. Among the Lay. men were— °" ° J. Bruce Pija? Esq. the Dr. Salmon, Penlline Court Treasurer of the Society Mr. Stuart Corbett Col. Kemeys Tynte Mr. c. H Williams Mr. Jones, tonmon Castle Mr. de Bureh Thomas Mr. Nicholl Carne, Nash Mr. A. Ba2ett Manor Capt. Gould, Ash Hall Mr. I. Nicholl Came, St. lIr; Evan W. David Donat's Castle Mr. Goddard Colonel Boteler ) And many other Lay subscribers, more than ever met at any former distribution. Forty-eight of the subscribers dined at the Bear Inn, where Miss Ormandy had provided an excellent dinner. It is worthy of record that the Bishop of Winchester, who left thi-j Diocoae 37 years ago, has, ever since, sub- scribed .t:8 5s. per annum, viz., t5 is. to the distressed clergy widows and orphans, and £3 to the Llandaff Na- tional Schools, making a total, to this year, of JL305 5s.!
FOREIGN A ND COLONIA L MAILS. Days of Departure from Cardiff, and hours of closing the Letter Box at the Head Post-office, in Church-street, of the principal COLONIAL and FOREIGN MAILS (not of daily despatch), during the ensuing week :— 1st Saturday, 9.25 morning.—To America (New York line) and Bahamas, by British packet, via Cork. 2nd, Sunday, 7.50 evening.—To West Indies and Pacific. 3rd, Monday, 9.25 morning.-To India (Bombay line) Malta, &c., via Marseilles. 3rd, Mouday, 7.50 evenning.—To India (Calcutta line), China Ceylon, Malta, Gibraltar, &c., via Southampton. 4th, Tuesday, 9.25 morning.—To Malta, by French Packet. Vr .Tuesda3', 7.50 evening.—To Malta (Supplementary Mail; by French packet; to America (New York), bv United States packet. 5th, Wednesday, 9.25 morning.-To Cape of Good Hope. 6th, Thursday, 9.25 morning.—To Canada and United States, by Canadian packet, via Londonderry; to Constan- tinople, by French packet. 6th, Thursday, 7.50 evening—To Constantinople (Supple- mentary Mail) by French packet. 8th, Saturday, 9.25 morning.-To America (Boston line) Newfoundland, aud Bermuda, by British packet, via Cork. MAILS DUE IN CARDIFF DURING THE ENSUING WEEK. 1st Aug., Saturday.-From Canada, by Canadian packet. 2nd, Sunday.- From Constantinople and Malta, by French packet. 3rd, Monday.—From China, India (Calcutta line), Ceylon, Alexandria, Malta, Gibraltar, &c., via. Southampton. 5th, W ednesday.- From Buenos Ayres, Monte Video, Brazil, and Portugal, via Southampton; from India (Bombay line), Mauritius, Alexandria, Malta, &c., via Marseilles. 6th, Thursday.-From America (Boston), Newfoundland and Bermuda, via Cork. 8th, Saturday.-From Canada, by Canadian packet. F. C. WEBBER Post-office, Cardiff, 31st July, 1863. Postmaster. THE CARDIFF VOLUNTEERS. OFFICIAL PROGRAMMES .-FOR THE ENSUING WEEK. 1ST GLAMORGAN LIGHT HORSE VOLUNTEERS. Mounted Drill at Roath Court every Wednesday, at Six o'clock p.m. Undress uniform, with swords. ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS OFFICERS FOR DUTY. Acting-Captain Lieut. Bowen. Orderly Officer Lieut. Rowden. „ „ next for duty Lieut. H. Heard. „ Sergeant Sergt. J. Sladen. „ Trumpeter Davey. Surgeon Assistant Surgeon S. Wallace, M.D. Sergeant Sladen, 1st Battery, was the winner of the first prize, £ 10, and Sergeant Marcombe the winner of the second prize, £ 5 The third prize, £ 3, was won by the Briton Ferrv corps. Pojnts and hits, 39. J The Brigade will parade at the back of the Town.ball on Tuesday, 4th August, at a.m., in full dress, busbies, and proceed by train from S.W.R. station' at o'clock, to Port. lalbot Moors, to take part in the county review under Colonel Me. Murda, C.B., Inspector General of Volunteers. Captains of Batteries will be pleased to make their own arrangements. 15 rounds of blank ammunition to be served out to each effective tive member before Cardiff. As this is the only field day it is likely the Brigade will attend this year, the Commanding Officer trusts there will be a good muster. The time of parade will be notified at the Town-hall on Saturday; the probable time of parade will be 9.30, and that of return 7 p.m. By order, W. C. LAUGHTON, Capt. & Adjut.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE GUARDIAN. SIR,-I beg to call public attention, through your columns, to an act of thoughtlessness,deserving of censure committed by the Board of Health-namely, in having permitted the pavement in Duke-street to be torn up in order that a house proprietor might derive benefit at the expense of the ratepayers, by having another 1, trap-door" inserted in the footway, in addition to those which already are too numerous. It is not long since Duke-street was put in first-rate order; and one cannot but deplore the folly of our rulers in having given way to such an unscrupulous demand as was made upon them. It is questionable whether the house will ultimately be really more valuable, but it is clear that the pavement will be much worse. The Board of Health should be a Board of Wealth if its members intend to persist in a course of recklessness of which the case under notice is one sample, first at great expense put down a pavement, and then immediately afterwards tear it up to gratify private cupidity 29th Jaly, 1863. A. B. C.
BIRTHS, MANAGES. ANI) I)bATILsT .c- BIRTHS. GOODFELLOW.—July 2, at Trafalgar Place, Canton, the wife of Mr. Francis Goodfellow, Quartermaster Royal Gla- morgan Militia, of a son. LEWIS.—July 18, at Trecynon, the wife of Mr. Edward Lewis, grocer, of a son. GREY.—July 26, at Clarence-terrace, Swansea, the wife of Captain Samuel Grey, ot a daughter. STRADLING.—July 20, at Gravesend, the wife of W. L. Stradling, Esq., of Roseville, Chilton Polden, Somerset, and of the Inner Temple, prematurely, of a son. CULLUM.—July 22, at Stow.liillr Newport, Monmouthshire, the wife of Mr. R. G. Cullum, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. WILLIAMS—BIRD.—July 30, at Cardiff, by the Rev. Mr A. Pierpoint, Charles Edward Williams, Esq., Swansea, to Jane Margaret, second daughter of George Bird, Esq. No cards. BYRNE— TAYLER.—Lately at Trinity Church, Regent's Park, London, Lieut. B. Byrne, Royal Glamorgrn Regt., to Fannie, second daughter of Col. Richardson, St. John's Wood, and widow of R. Tayler, Esq., of l'irhoot, E. I., youngest son of the late John Tayler, Esq., M.P. for Kent. No cards. BERE—TROYTE.—July 21, at Huntsham, Devon, the Rev. Chas. Sandford Bere, rector of Uploman, Tiverton, to Frances Lydia Dyke, eldest daughter of the late Arthur H. D. Troyte, of Huntsham Court, Bampton, formerly Acland. ELLIS-KINGSCOTE.—July 28, at All Saints' Church, Kaightebridge, by the Rev. AG. Cornwall, assisted by the Rev. T. Harrison, Edward, only surviving son of Charles Heaton Ellis, Esq., of Wyddial Hall, Herts, to Louisa Harriott, third daughter of the late Colonel Kingscote of I Kingscote, Gloucestershire. DEATHS. WYN Y ARD.—July 22, at the house of her son-in-law, Colonel Bingham, Bingham's Melcombe, Dorset, in her 87th year, Jane, widow of the Rev. Montagu John Wynyard, B.D., for many years rector of West Rounton, and of St. Martin, York, and Chaplain to the Queen. Deceased was aunt to the late Robert Francis Jenner, Esq., of Wenvoe Castle in this county. MORNINGTON.-July 25, at Paris, the Earl of Mornington, aged 49, great nephew of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington. Having left DO children, the title goes to his cousin, the present Duke of Wellington. EVANS.—July 28, at Hay's Farm, Sully, near Cardiff, Louisa Emma, daughter of Mr. Waiter Evans, aged 8 months, EDY.- July 23. Sarah Martha, the affectionate and beloved daughter of Mr- William Edy, Cardiff, aged 8. THOMAS.—July 27, at Ton-yr-Efail, Mrs. Anne Thomas, in her 90th year, universally esteemed during her long and exemplary life for eminent piety and benevolence. ROWLANDS. July 21, deeply regretted, John Rowlands, Efq., surgeon, Aberystwith. JAMES.—July 19, at The Bank House, in the 63rd year of her age, Anne frevor, the much-beloved wife of W. P. Jmnes, Esq., Builth, Brecknockshire. MOYSE.—April 19, at Wagga Waggs, New South Wales, Australia, Robert D. Moyse, Esq., eldest son of Mrs. Lung, of Swansea, aged 29. NORM AN BY.—July 28, aged 66, at Hamilton Lodge, Ken- singtou, the Marquis of Normanby, K.G., aud G.C.B. DOWNES." July 26, at Bert House, Ki'dare, aged 74, General Lord Downes, Colonel of the 29th Regiment. FOLEY.—July 27, in Great Stanhope-street, aged 77, the D.twasrer Lady Foley. LINDSAY.—Julv 25, at Early Bank. Perth, Lady Lindsay. DUNN.—July 24, Major General Duun, retired full pay Roval Artillery. » JOHNSON.—July 25, at his seat, Westhill, Wiltshire, Cap- tain Willes Johnson, K.N., M.P. for Montgomery. HALKETT.—Ju'y 26, aged 80, G neral Sir Hugh Hi lkett, C.B., G.C.H., formerly of the King's German Legion, and since Commander-in-Chief of the Hanoverian Army. Sir Hugh, hke his celebrated elder brother, Sir Colin Halkett, had seen much service with the Duke ot Wellington, and indeed in most parts of the globe.
of Austria, in negotiations, the object of which has been to obtain the fulfilment of the stipulations oi the Treaty of Vienna of 1815 in behalf of the Poles. Her Majesty is also made to express a hope that those stipulations will be carried into execution, and that thus a conflict distressing to humanity and dan- gerous to the tranquillity of Europe may be brought to a close. But is this all we had a right to look for when France is preparing for war, and when it is generally believed that England must follow her into the field P Surely if any comforting assurances could have been, afforded, they would have been given before entering upon a long recess. We argue the worst, therefore, from the reticence displayed. The position of the Government is a very peculiar one. The Foreign Minister is pledged to peace; the Premier is known to be willing to drag the country into war. Consequently, the absence of any assurance that Her Majesty will endeavour to main- tain peace is, we fear, nothing more or less than a strong intimation that we may look for the contrary. r THE BBIBP notice of the civil war in America to be found in Her Majesty's Message is worth nothing I. either way. The mere fact is noticed that the war continues, and then her Majesty is made to state that she has seen no reason to depart from that strict neutrality which she has observed from the begin- ning of the contest. 0 > THB PARAGRAPH in the Rojal Address relating to Oreeco has no value. The announcement that the wishes of the Ionians on the subject of a union with Greece would be duly ascertained had been already made in Parliament. THEBE IS something a little ominous in the paragraph j relating to Japan. Barbarous outrages have been com- mitted apd her Majesty has demanded reparation. Her Majesty hopes, however, that her demands will be con- ceded by the Japanese Government without it being necessary to resort to coercive measures to enforce t them. We have read similar notices in Royal speeches relating to China, and have generally found them the precursors of war. In all probability we are at war with r Japan at the present moment. THERE IS one pleasant little paragraph Intthe Address, and that relates to Brazil. The withdrawal of the Bra- J xilian Minister is noticed, and then her Majesty states, or Ministers state for her, that she has no desire that the present estrangement should continue, and would be glad to see her relations with Brazil re-established. c THE FETE of the Dramatic College came off on Saturday and Monday last at the Crystal Palace. On both days the attendance was very large.