NAEBERTH. A NEW OKGAN FOR THE CHURCH.—We are glad to find a movement in the right direction here since the arrival of the new rector, the Rev. H. C. D. Chandler. A vestry meeting was held in the church a few days ago, when it was resolved that the church should be repaired, and a new organ provided. A subscription was then entered into and X69 subscribed on the spot. Thomas Lewis, Esq T. G. Bush, Esq., and J. Griffiths, Esq of Woodfield, were appointed to wait upon the parishioners to solicit subscriptions.
iv, FISHGUARD. ANOTHER ACCIDENT FROM A VICIOUS BULL.-Our neighbourhood seems to be coming unpleasantly noto- tious for vicious cattle. Last week we had to record the death of a man though injuries received from a bull. This week we regret to say we have to report another tad accident from a similar cause, which it is feared will result in death again. The melancholy occurrence happened at Trecwn on Tuesday week. It appears the poor fellow, whose duty it was to attend to the cattle, was in the act of chaining the bull to his post, when the savage brute turned round and attacked him, knocked him down and trampled on him, and finally tossed the Poor unfortunate man into the yard, where he was seen by a child who gave the alarm. The poor fellow was speedily rescued and brought to Pendwble. Mr Wathen, Who was immediately sent for, discovered that the man had his collar bone and three ribs severely fractured, in addition to several severe injuries of an internal nature. We are informed that the poor sufferer lies in a' very precarious state. Mr Barham immediately gave orders to have the beast destroyed, which was carried into effect the same day.
NEWPORT. As a sign of early winter the migratory birds are beginning to make their appearance on our shores. On the 13th inst. a fine woodcock was shot by J. B. Bowen, Esq, of Llwyngwair, being the first of the season in this neighbourhood.
OAR MAR THE N S HI R E. ACCIDENT.-As Mr David Morris, postmaster of St. Clears, and the letter-carrier between St. Clears and Llanboidy, were on Saturday week proceeding in a dog- cart, near the Blue Boar Inn, in this town, the mare suddenly sprung forward, by which both occupants were thrown to the gr und. Mr Morris escaped with a little hurt on one arm, but his companion bad come in contact With the ground, which completely stunned him for some time, but he is now quite recovered.
REVIEW. 'OUR OWN FIRESIDE.' A Magazine of Home Literature for the Christian Family. Part L October, 1863. London: William Macintosh, 24, Paternoster Row. Price Sixpence. 'Our Own Fireside' is the genial title of a new and excellent Serial, edited by the Rev. C. Bullock, Rector of St. Niobolas, Worcester; and author of • The Way "Home, and other highly popular works. We have sel- dom seen such an array of contributors to a religious Periodical as are grouped around this cheery I Fireside.' The names of Dean Alford, Canon Stowell, Dr. Marsh, Dr. Winslow, and the like are sufficient guarantees to the Public of the admirable nature of the Serial to which they contribute. In this age of 'sensation' writing when the unreal usurps the place of the real, and startling com- binations are made to do the work of trnly artistic development, it is pleasant to turn to pages such as those of 4 Our Own Fireside,' where interest is combined with lnstruction, and the holiest thoughts are conveyed in a Winning and agreeable manner. Above all, in times like Ours, when the foundations of our Faith are rudely assailed, and when a shallow scepticism veils its hol- jowness under the name of philosophy, it is not a little Cheering to find a publication to which we can open onr noors withoutany fear that we aieadmitting a treacherous guest into our family circle. Among so many articles of merest, it would perhaps be invidious to particularize «ny. We would, however, draw especial attention to one the Dean of Canterbury, entitled 'The Home at ^atarethoae short quotation will suffice' Think, if .ur thoughts can reach such a conception, what it would any household, If one member of it were absolutely clrn 8*n" A11 tlie t"als wllich come with other chil- tQ,n~°f waywardness of temper, thwarting of plans and aflwfor their g00<1, want of allowance for their parents' evfin and infirmities—entirely spared; all those lines, ?!? the pu.re' sm<?°tb brow of childhood, where suc- iBl temptation sets its mark, and the Adversary records his triumphs, unwritten and unknown; ever the same loving consideration; ever the gfime irreproachable meek-, ness, and justice, and purity.' Now that the chill breezes of the dying year are singing their sad songs around us, we cannot admit to our glowing hearths a pleasanter or more useful guest than 'Our Own Fireside.' And we heartily commend it to the favourable notice of our readers..
BRITANNIA HOISTS HER STORM-DRUM. Up with the drum that storm forebodes, From the signal rigging flown The only puzzle's about the modes In which to point the cone- For upwaids tells of storms from East, And downwards from Westward blown. But if upwards or downwards who shall say, Or opposite comes together, Whea clouds so bank and blacken each way, Portending awful weather ? That not the most sky-piercing sense That Europe holds dare speculate whence, Or, still less, prophesy whither. Will the storm come from the nor'-nor'-west: About the Great Black Eagle's nest ? Where red stains freeze along the snow, That fain poor Poland's dead would hide, But up the accusing corpses show, With teeth set hard as when they died, With face to Heaven, and breast to foe, Their hands still clenching scythe or spade That served for bayonet or blade. Where skeleton-like the charred beams peep 'Out of those sheets of winter's sleep, That look so pure and shroud such sin Or a little hand shows here and there, Or a silky curl of infant's hair, Still clasped the mother's hand within, Who died so hard, yet could not save The little one that shares her grave ? The clouds they draw to the nor'-nor'-west, About the Greaf Black Eagle's nest, So thick, so charged with vengeful ire, So laden with God's own levin-fire, It scarce may be but the storm must burst, On the nest of the Great Black Eagle first. But farther to South and more to West The storm-clouds gather grim, Where Dansker and Dutchy-man are prest On Baltic's West-land rim, Spirits of Vikings wake from sleep, Who living loved the loud wild roar r Of elements upon the deep, Or charged as fiercely on the shore, And Swede and Norseman to Dansker calls, And bids be of good cheer, And forge-fire glows, and hammer falls, Welding the armour for wooden walls, Or shaping sword and spear, And the white-hot metal -plashing runs Into the moulds of the mighty guns, And growling thunder, near and far, Roll up the sulphurous clouds of war. Or comes the storm from the Banks, of Spree, Where a little game' they're at, With the Hohenzollern's crown for pea, And for thimble Dollf's his hat ? Comes the storm from the people's wrath, Slow-roused, to sweep away The bauble sceptre that bars the path Of Prussia to breathing day ? Comes the storm from the smouldering fires Of I Federal' Execution, The breath of the Diet that never tires Of its threats of R etribution ? Comes the storm from the clash in air Of Pruss and Austrian Eagles ? Or from Franks with Prussians proud to wear Their collars as Russia's beagles, To bunt the Polish patriot down, Or the baser hound, that for the crown, Betrays whom be inveigles? Comes the storm from the bed that heaves With the groans of the sick man lying, With his heirs all cursing him in their sleeves, Because he's so long a-dying r Comes the storm from Venice or Rome ? Or comes the storm from across the foam ? Where, as North and South, the tempest rages, And threatens e'en their ancient Home, Once place of Pilgrimages, But now their sooff and scorn and hate, Because we've watched their storms rage on, And only prayed they might abate, Nor catch up Englishman, Frank, or Don, And tangle Europe with Union's fate ? But howsoever we hoist the drum, Or whencesoever the storm may come, A watchful, wily, Eagle I see With the banks of the Seine for his aery, That wheels and wheels about the piles Of cloud, all sullen with stormy war, Now soaring, sinking otherwhiles, As if he scented the prey a-far, And meant that the storm, where'er it break, Should bring him food for his yellow beak. We know not whence the storm may come, But its coming's in the air, And this is the warning of the drum, Against the storm, PREPARE !-Puncll. —« THE GROWTH OF LIFE ASSURANCIC. -From the pub- lished balance-sheets of forty life assurance companies for the past financial year, it appears that the aggregate of new business transacted is as follows :—New polices issued, 31,670, assuring £15,248,860, producing in new premiums £ 654,055. As there are about two hundred life assurance companies in the United Kingdom doing good business, these figures may fairly be quadrupled, when the following appears as the accession of new business for the past year:—New policies issued, 116,680; sums assured, £ 60,995,440; yielding a now premium in- come of £ 1,780,220. We find that the forty offices paid in claims during the twelve months the large sum of £ 2,732,176; and if this amount also is quadrupled, it gives nearly eleven millions sterling as total amount paid to the survivors of deceased policy-holders in a single year I-Insurance Record. EXTRAORDINARY CAM.—A gill, named Mary Ann Barber, was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment at Taunton, on Wednesday, for a singular offence. Barber, who was supposed to be an invalid, disappeared about two months ago, and it was supposed that she had been murdered. Suspicion fell on the woman with whom she lodged, who then told the following remarkable story, which now turns out to be true, but was not believed at at the time. During the summer the girl Barber lodged at her house, keeping her bed entirely, during a portion of which time she was visited by charitable persons, who daily looked for her decease, so ill did she appear, ap- parently taking no food to sustain life, In the house were other girls, who went out daily to labour, and who invariably complained on their return that some of their victuals had mysteriously disappeared. One day, a little girl, on the return of the mistress, told her that Mary Ann, the invalid, had been down stairs, in her nightdress and bad been to the cupboard and taken more victuals. When Mary Ann was told of this she stoutly denied it, and asserted that the girl must have seen her ghost, and doubtless it was a token that she should speedily die and be with Jesus.' One day in Angust, the food in the cupboard continuing to disappear, the mistress resorted to stratagem to discover the thief, and told Mary Ann that she was going out and should not be at home for several hours. She locked the front door, and apparently left the house, but at once got in again by the back way, and secreted herself ia the cupboard. In the course of half an hour she heard footsteps coming down stairs, and then the door of the cupboard was opened, discovering to. the mistress the ghost of Mary Ann, and to Mary Ann the ghost of the mistress. Both were too much frightened to speak at first, but the affair ended in the mistress ordering Mary Ann to leave the house next day. Early in the morning Mary Ann had vanished, taking with her tome of the apparel belonging to her fellow-lodgers. A day or two since she returned to the town, and was at once given into custody on a charge of vagrancy.
JAPAN. DESTRUCTION OF XAGOSIMA BY THE BRITISH FLEET SHANGHAE, September 4.—News has been received here of the arrival of Admiral Kuper, with the fleet, at Kagosima. Negociations failing, the admiral besieged and levelled the city, and fired Prince Satsuma's three steamers. The fleet then returned to Yokohama. Captain Josling and Commander Wiltrot were killed in the engagement. 0 TERRIFIC COLLIERY EXPLOSION IN SOUTH WALES. THIRTY-FIVE LIVES LOST. We deeply regret to have to announce that another of those fearful visitations to which the district of South Wales is so liable occurred in the MorIa Colliery, Mar- gam, Glamorganshire, on Suturdny last., and that no te« when thirty-five poor fellows have been thereby hurried into eternity. The Morfa colliery (in which two previous accident* have occurred) is situate about eight miles from Neath. It is the property of,:or situate on the estate of, C. R. M. Talbot, Esq, the lord lieutenant of the county, but is leased to and worked by the Messrs H. Hussey Vivian, M.P., and SOBS, Mr Pendarvis Vivian being the resident manager. The Morfa Colliery is one of the largest in South Wales; and to convey to our readers some faint idea of its size and importance we may mention the following particulars. Generally speaking there are about 800 colliers engaged in the pit, which works between 600 ind 700 tons of coal per day, which is shipped at Port Talbot, Neath, and Swansea. The colliery is known as a nery one, has literally miles of underground work- ings, is ventilated by means of a furnace with two shafts for the down and return air, and is always worked with locked safety lamps. The distressing explosion to which we now refer occurred about half Dast ten on Saturday morning. There were aloout 400 men in the pit at the time, but the effect of the explosion was happily confined to the Old Mine Foot Vein, where forty-three men and boys were at work. When our correspondent left the scene late on Saturday night, about seven or eight bodies had been brought out alive, one or two of whom, however, subsequently expired, ten dead bodies had been recovered and there were twenty-five or twenty-six still in the pit. The falls of roofs and debris rendered it exceedingly difficult to get at the remainder of the bodies, and there was no human probability of more being recovered alive, Several were killed from burns, but the great majority died from the equally fatal effects of fire damp. Nearly the whole of the men were married, and a large number of children have been thus suddenly rendered destitute. Mr Wm. Gray, the. general underground manager, was in the heading at the time of the explosion, and was rendered senseless. He was removed with great diffi- culty, and under medical skill progresses favourably.! He is one of the most careful and able colliery managers in the kingdom, and universally beloved by the men. The cause of the sad accident cannot, of course, be positively stated, but we are afraid there is too much reason to believe the gas was ignited by one'of the men removing the top of his lamp (picking the lock) probably to light his pipe. Many touching scenes were witnessed, and the anxious forbodings of the wives and mothers around the mouth of the pit, the shrieks of the bereaved as the form of the husband and father was brought to the surface, cannot be easily depicted. The whole district of Taibach, Mar- gam, Neath, Swansea, &c, has been deeply affected by this melancholy event, whilst in the more immediate locality there is almost universal weeping and sorrow. • RECRUITS.—The army returns which have just been published for the year 1861 show that in that year 12,191 recruits were examined at the head-quarters of the recruiting districts, and 4600 of them were pro- nounced unfit for service. This is a much higher rate of rejections than in the previous year, but a much smaller number of men was required, and therefore greater strictness in the selection was observed. As in the preceding year, the proportion of rejections was highest among the natives of Scotland and Ireland, and lowest among the Welsh. The highest proportion of rejections was among the manufacturing artizans, and the lowest among the shopmen and clerks. Small or mal-formed chest gave rise to a much larger number of rejections than any other cause. Upwards of two-fifths of the rejections were tor causes indicative of ill-health or feeble constitution, and one-fifth for defects which would have affected the marching power of the men. The returns show, as in the previous year, a considerable excess in the amount of the diseases of the eyes and eyelids in Ireland. Of every 1000 recruits examined 484 were labourers, husbandmen, and servants; 161 were munufacturing artisans; 243 were mechanics em- ployed in occupations favourable to physical develop- ment 96 were shopmen and clerks; six were profes- sional persons or students; 20 boys. These differ but little from the figures of 1860. A return of the men serving in the army in 1860 shows a long catalogue of trades. 31,115 had been agricultural labourers, 69,801 'labourers' (the branch undefined) 8105 weavers, 7404 shoemakers, 5630 grooms or ostlers, 6285 servants, 5032 tailors, 4078 commercial clerks, and 600 attorneys' clerks. Of the enlistments in 1861 England and Wales furnished 531 in the 1000, Scotland 156, Ireland 307, the colonies and foreign countries 6; this is an increase in the proportion of Scotchmen. Of every 1000 recruits examined in that year 271 in the English districts were unable either to read or write, 168 in the Scotch dis- tricts, and 328 in the Irish. In the army itself the return of 1860 just referred to showed that a fifth of the men were unable either to read or write, and another fifth were only able to read, so that there is abundant scope for the labours of the regimental schoolmaster. THE IRISH AND SCOTCHJ IN ENGLAND.—The census of 1861 found in England (with Wales) 6U1.634 persons who were born in Ireland, and 169,202 who were born in Scotland. This is an increase since the census of 1851, of 81,675 Irish, or nearly 16 per cent, and of 39,115 Scotch, or no less than 86 per cent. But the immigration of Irish and Scotch into England in the ten years must have been considerably larger than this, and, probably, somewhere about double for the children born in England of Irish and Scottish parents are in the census reckoned among the English people, and, there- fore, do not supply the loss by death of any of those who were returned in 1851 as born in Ireland or Scotland. There must, then, have arrived here not only these additional 81,675 Irish, 39,115 Scotch immigrants, but also others to supply the vacancies created by death. The Irish have come to England in greater proportion (in relation to the population of their country) than the Scotch, but the ratios are now becoming more equal. With regard to the distribution of these immigrants the metropolis of eourse tempts more than its. share. The Irish born persons enumerated in all England in 1861 were one in every 33 of the population, the Scotch-born one in 118, but in London there were 106,879 Irish-born persons (a rather smaller number than in 1851), and 35,733 Scottish-born; so that the Irish were one in every 26, and the Scotch one in 78 of the people of London. In various other towns, and especially in the manufacturing districts the Irish settle in large numbers. In Leeds one in every 20 persons enumerated at the last census was returned as having been bprn in Ireland; in Manchester, one in 9; and in Liverpool, nearly a fifth of the entire population. In Bradford the pro- portion is one in every 17; in Preston, one in 12; in Stockport, one in 9. The women are a very large pro* portion of the population in the manufacturing districts in the districts of Rochdale, of Ashton, and of Salford' and in the city of Manchester three in five of the Irish- born inhabitants are females. This is accounted for by the demand for male labour. Scotch women in England are fewer than Scotchmen there are about four women to five men. The inference is that Scotchmen frequently come here singly to push their fortunes, often marrying English wives, and leaving an undue proportion of women in Scotland. The Scotch settle largely in the north. One in every 58 of the inhabitants of Manches- ter at the census was returned as born in Scotland, and one in every 25 of the inhabitants of Liverpool; and of the 169,000 Scottish persons in England nearly half were found in Lancashire and the four counties nearest the border—Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Durban.. Of the 600,000 Irish-born persons in England more than half arein London and Lancashire. MISSION TO IRELAND.—Lieutenant Capsal, of Rich- mond, has been commissioned and sent as commissioner to Ireland, to represent the Confederate cause in that country, and counteract the influence brought to bear by the Lincoln government to induce them to enlist in the Yankee crusade.— Savumiah News.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, & DEATHS. Notices of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, should be sent to us in Manuscript, properly authenticated. We cannot under- take to search other papers for these announcements, which are frequently found to bs incorrectly printed, or turn out to be untrue. BIRTHS. On the 18th inst, at Dew-street, in this town, the wife ot Mr Hugh Morgan Venables, of a daughter. DEATHS. On the 20th inst., at Dew-street, in this town, after & long and painful iilness, Mr Thomas Willi Amy, landlord I of the King's Arms Inn, aged 60, respected by all who knew him.
OSTEO-EIDON. PATENT MARCH 1, 1862, No. 560. GABRIEL'S Self-adhesive Patent Indestructible MINERAL TEETH and FLEXIBLE GUM4, without palates, springs, or wives, and without operation. One set lasts a lifetime, and warranted for mastication or articulation, even wnen all others ail. Purest materials only, at half the usual cost. *THEOLD ESTABLISHED J .t T)iE OLD ESTABLISHED J n AkNy T 1sis 37, HARLEY-STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE, AND 31, LUDGATE HILL, LONDON. LIVERPOOL,: 134, DUKE-STREET. BIRMINGHAM: 65, NEW-STREET. ONLY ONE VISIT REQUIRED FROM COUN1RY PATIENTS. Gabriel's Practical Treatise on the Teeth,' Gratis. Complete Sets from 4 to 7 and 10 to 15 Guineas. GABRIEL'S PRACTICAL TREATISE ON ARTIFICIAL TEETH, and the. only effectual mode of supplying them, post free, three stamps, explains their numerous improvements. I Gabriel's new work should be read by all who value health, and before consulting a dentist.—Herald.' In addition to their own inventions, Messrs. Gabriel supply, with equal success, every known method, whether English, French, or American, in Gold, Platina, Gutta Percha, Incorro- dible Soft Gum. Lentum, &c. Gabriel's Patent White Enamel, the only permanent stopping that does not discolour the teeth. Spopja adapted for Front Teeth. PEMBROKESHIRE. Most Important and Extensive Sale of very valuable Well- bred Herd of Dairy and Fat Cows, In-Calf Heifers, Stock, Bulls, Oxen, and Young Horned Cattle, Powerful Carriage and Draught Horses, well-bred, and Curt Colts, Sheep. Bacon,ind Store Pigs, Agricultural Implements, and Machinery, Potatoes, Cheese, Bacon, Alalt, Meal, Dairy and Brewing Utensils, Household Furniture, Plate, Pitted Goods, Books,$■(?., §*c. MR H. PHILLIPS Has been favored with instructions, to SELL BY AVCTIOX at PEARSTON, in the parish of Saint Brides, the residence of the late Richard Ferrior, Esq., (deceased,) on Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 1863, THE undermentioned truly valuable herd of dairy cows mostly of the Castlemartin breed, ia-calf heifers, Castlemartin bulls, oxen, and young horned cattle, powerful carriage and draught horses, well-bred and cart colts, sheep, bacon and store pigs, agricultural Implements and machinery, dairy and brewing utensils, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, plate, plated goods, books, &c., &c., comprising;- HORNED CATTLE. 21 very superior dairy cows (some of which are fat,) mostly of the Castlemartin Breed, and to calve early; one very handsome two-years-old Castlemartin bull, two fine bull calves, three three-years-old in-calf heifers, one three years-old Ox, 17 fine two-years-old steers, 8 spayed heifers, 25 fine yearlings (19 steers and 6 heifers), 25 calves. SHEEP. 39 very choice store ewes of the Southdown and Leicester cross; three choice Leicester rams, five fat lambs. HORSES AND COLTS include 10 very powerful and active cart horses, one bay carriage gelding, one black ditto six years old quiet in double and single harness; one chestnut mare, 10 years old, by Pharaoh, a useful hack; one chestnut colt, four years old, quiet in harness; one bay filly four years old, one brilliant gelding, three years old, very promising, suitable for cart or carriage purposes; one grey two-years- o!d colt, one roan two years old filly, one two years old filly, by Pegasus, one yearling ditto by same horse out of a useful cart mare, one bay yearling colt. PIGS. One Berkshire brood sow, two long-eared ditto, 14 fine bacon pigs, 14 slips. AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, MACHINERY, &c. One 4-horse-power thrashing machine with shaker complete, winnowing machine, 2 corn stumpers, barn planks, and all other barn requisites, chaff machine, 4 tumbril carts and wheels with rails and tripples, 1 long- body cart, horse bay rake, turnip machine, turnip drill and roller, five iron ploughs, one double mould board ditto, four sets iron harrows, dray, horse turnip hoe, sheep rack, grindstone, iron rake, large scales, beam and weights, 11 cattle stands, dog and kennel, stone and wood pig's troughs, wheelbarrow, wheel raiser, carpenter's bench and form, lot of swings, cart ropes, lot farming tools, five dozen corn sacks, four sets shaft harness, five sets plough ditto, lot of slabs, boards, and other seasoned timber, cattle tube. DAIRY AND BREWING UTENSILS, &c. Druke churn, 2 pair lead milk pans and frame", 2 pair stone ditto, 3 butter tubs, 10 cream pots, milk strainer, wood butter scales and weights, two cheese presses with iron screws, curd crusher, three sets cheese boards, and stands, cheese vats, copper boiler and fittings, malt mill, two brass pans, kives, tubs, casks, tun dishes, buckets, butter casks, also, about 16 cwt good cheese, &c. THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE will include mahogany dining, square, round and other tables, mahogany hair seat, Morocco seat, and other chairs, easy chairs, four post tent and other bedsteads, feather beds, bolsters and pillows, hair and wool mattresses, blankets, quilti and counterpanes, dressing tables and toilet glasses, washing stands and chamber ware, towel horses, pictures and frames, mahogany and paiuted ward- robes, and Chests of drawers, carpeting, fenders and fire irons, together with all the kitchen requisites, and various articles of plate and plated gooods. Also a good mangle. BOOKS. About 500 volumes and parts. STORE ROOM. Large chest and barley meal, large bacon chest and lot of baoon, 2 casks and oat meal, large malt chest and malt, several sacks of malt and sacks. Refreshments on the table at 10. Sale to commence at 11 o'clock precisely in order, if possible, to complete ia two days. Four months' credit sullject to conditions of sale. Gentlemen arriving at Haverfordwest by mail train. 8.11 a.m. will find ample means of conveyance to the sale. The live stock and agricultural implements will be sold on the first day. The household furniture, plate, plated goods, books and the remainder of the valuable effects on the second day. P.S.-The well known and justly unrivalled quality of the Pearston black horned cattle, being selected and im- proved during the last half century from the best blood in Wales, with mature judgment and regardless of expense, relieves the Auctioneer from the necessity of offering any opinion of his own, other than to invite judicious breeders and admirers of genuine black stock to honor him with, their early presence at the sale and to judge for themselrefl.
That the supply of stones for highways be referred to the Highway Committee; That six tons of steam coals be ordered of Mr Nicholls as per quotation fifteen shillings and sixpence per ton, delivered at the Water Works; That the, Clerk be requested to see as to the state of the Engine House and premises connected with the Water Works, and to call the Engineer's immediate attention to the same. At the suggestion of the Chairman, It was ordered that in future a discretionary report of the monthly meetings be sent to the local papers lor insertion. Mr Garrett intimated that he was instructed to state, on behalf of Messrs Wood, contractors, that they were prepared to pay their rates on the following day. The unsatisfactory state of the Gas Meters, and the alleged incorrectness of the same was fully discussed, and Ordered to stand over for re-consideration. The Valuation Committee were requested to fix upon the rateable value of the houses in the occupation of Col. Bennette, Captain Jefferies, and Mr Thomas Williama chemist. The Chairman and Clerk were requested to fix the day on which the respective committees should meet for the transaction of business, and to advise them accordingly. The Chairman remarked that he was pleased to find, from the present attendance, that there were to be found among his townsmen gentlemen prepared to grapple with the difficulties surrounding them-difficulties too, to which they had been no parties, but resulting from the want of proper precaution on the part of those who now, by evading office, also evaded the responsibilities attached to their acts. There was no use in concealing the fact that there were embarrasments of no ordinary description. He believed it would be found that the defal- cations of the late clerk amounted to the sum of about one thousand pounds—the absence of such a sum must necesiarily make a very important difference in their financial arrangements. They (the new Board) had, however, so far proceeded in the right direction, by cut- ting down the expenditure to the lowest possible point, and with their present receipts from bridges, and other sources, amounting perhaps to six hundred pounds per annum, he trusted that they may yet be enabled to Weather the storm. For his own part, he still entertained the same opinion which he had always expressed respect- ing the Act from the commencement, but he had seen sufficient to convince him that much more good might he done at the Board, than by barking and threatening out- side, only resulting in unnecessary expense to all parties. He had tried hard to secure the services as Commissioners of those who, from the interest they had in the town, w»e much more bound to exert themselves, than those wBo had kindly come forward to the rescue. They how- ever declined the responsibilities until others bad disposed of them. Had the ship been sailing with a fair wind in smooth water, they would not have objected to a cruise; but now that she was surrounded by breakers, and in a sinking state, instead of manning the pumps, and en- deavouring to keep her afloat, they were prepared to let her go down, or to leave her entirely in the hands of those who were no parties whatever to the mismanagement, and who were not nearly as much interested is the.affair, as themselves. Such philanthropy the public would no doubt estimate at its proper value. From the fact too of their being'obliged to do that, to which they had hitherto been opposed, at least to the extent carried on, viz., the levying of rates to meet the numerous demands upon them, they no doubt would find their position an un- popular one; eventually, however, when their dififculties became more fully understood, and when the public would find, as he trusted they bad to a certain extent already found, their office was no sinecure; but that they were doing their best to extricate themselves from their embarrassments, he was convinced that their services would be duly appreciated—at any rate, be the result what it may, they would have the proud satisfaction of feeling that they had done what England expects every manto do—viz., their duty. The meeting, which did not break up till 11 30, was then adjourned until six o'clock p.m. on Friday next.