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ATROCIOUS OUTKAGE AT ABERDARE. A most villanous outrage was committed near Aberdare on Saturday morning about 7 o'clock. The scene of the atrocity was a small farm house occupied by Mr Richard Thomas Richard. It is situated on the slope of the mountain in Cwmdare, and close to the rifle corps practice ground. At the time above mentioned the inmates of the house were thrown into the greatest state of excitement and alarm by an explosion on the premises. The men at work at the C wind are pit both saw and heard the explosion, being only a few hundred yards' distant. They immediately hastened to the spot, and in the dark the disaster seemed worse then it afterwards proved to be. At the east end of the house are a pantry and dairy with the roof sloping from the house gable. Into this dairy a small cask containing gunpowder seems to have been put through a small window, a train laid, and then fired. The roof of the pantry and dairy was blown off, and the doors of both places blown into the former every domestic article in them, besides an old table, was also destroyed. The door opening from the dairy to the kitehen was forced open, and some shelves resting on a dresser, with the contents, were broken. Some articles of clothing hanging on lines in the kitchen were burnt. The kitchen window and frame were found in the garden, with not a pane broken. The floor- ing, which was unceiled, of the room over the kitchen was forced from the joists, but, stange to say, the children that were in bed in the ropm es- caped unhurt. Mr Richard and his wife were in bed in a little parlour, having a door into the kitchen. She had been in the kitchen to light a match, and just laid down again, when the door flew open to the terror of both. The latch is much bent, and the paint on the door is shrivelled. Altogether ten persons were said to be in the house. The wretch that perpetrated the outrages is said to be a Thomas Morris, living at Abera- man. He was found by some workmen not far frorrfthe farm, with his clothes burnt off him, and hii person burnt severely from the breast almost to his feet. The men led him to his home, calling at Aberdare to borrow some clothes to cover him. Aberaman is two miles from the spot. In the dairy on the table were found, after the outrage, a cap, silk umbrella partly consumed by fire, and a col- lier's lamp, none of which belonged to the inmates -thus peeving that some one had been in the room. The police carried those things to Thomas Morris's house. The cap and umbrella were iden- tified by his wife, to whom he had been married about a month. The umbrella she said was hers. No motive whatever can be assigned for the out- rage. Morris has made no statement, and is al- most too iil to be questioned. He lies at his own house in a most precarious siate. THE CHAPEL SCREW. The following letter appeared in the Standard of Tuesday, the Sth inst:— Sm,- This most powerful of all screws was used at the late elections in Wales, and applied with all the force of leverage that preachers and deacons could invent to compel ignorant but devoted mem- bers of their chapels to vote for the Radical candi- dates, who had adroitly retained the preachers and Jacks (a name given to unordained itinerant preachers) in preference to the lawyers, well knowing that the Gospel had more influence upon the conscience than the law. The following instances will prove that the p )wer of tie priests in Ireland is scarcely equal to the unscrupulous and profane screw of the Welsh dissenting preachers and leaders. C, Two persons were dissuaded from voting for Mr Vaughan, in Cardiganshire, by a preacher, who pressed upon them that it was a matter of the soul," and that neither of them had a chance of being saved in the day of the Lord if they votad against Mr Richard." Another preacher uttered the following at a chapel near Llangran: —"I know all dissenters in the lower part of the county. I shall be at the poll on the day of elec- iion, and if I see any dissenter voting for Vaughan I will expose him without mercy." Near Car- marthen a preacher told one of his flock If it is your intenti)n to vote for Jones and Puxley, then, in case you die to-night, you will find your- self in hell," thus terrifying the poor farmers, who looked to these preachers as men of God and their spiritual guides. Another common mode of applying the chape screw was the solemn question, How will vol be able to appear in the-judgment at-the last day if you vote for the Tories?"- And again, Re- member that in voting for Mr Sartoris you are fighting on God's si(le Prayer meetings were held on the morning of the election, and the voters marched off from thence fervent in spirit to vote for the Radical candidates, feeling that they were really fighting on the side of the Lord. At one prayer meeting a devout dissenter uttered the following We thank Thee, 0 Lord, for the excellent harvest this year! We thank Thee for the seasonable weather by which our cattle have had food this autumn We thank Thee for all Thy mercies both temporal and spiritual but above all, we thank T hee, 0 Lord, for having sent unto us a stranger to defend our rights, and to relieve us from the unjust tyranny under which we suffer! Bless him, O Lord Bless Mr Mr Sur (Aside to a neiglibour-" Davy, do you remember his name ?" Mr Sur (but iailiug to recollect, or obtain the name of Sartoris, he proceeds). "0 Lord, Thou knowest his name better than I do, therefore do Thou give him success at the election, that we may trample upon the enemies of liberty, both civil and religious." I need not add any more examples of the chapel screw, but hope another time not to be cursed by its unscrupulous, if not blasphemous applica- tions, by reverend or non-reverend Balaams.—I remain, Sir, yours truly, Llunon, Dec. 5. INDEX. About £ 1,500 is still required to carr^ out the con- templated improvements in the river Cam, which will be commenced in January. A young woman employed as a nurse at Geneva is in custody, charged with having at different times, poisoned at least nine patients with bella- donna. There appeared to have been no motive for the crimes TIIF, BALLOT IN THE UNITED STATES.-To those who think that improper influence or intimidation is not possible where the ballot is in operation we commend the following story from an American paper: An ironmaster in Lancashire county, Pennsylvania, was in the habit of driving his men in a waggon to the polls on election days. He did not trouole them to get out of | £ ie w#"»on but took their ballots and handed them in, sa*yiiif "This "w Petter Hummel's vote; this is Jarab Millers vote this is Casper Webber's vote," and i° jn'»» T £ 6n waSg»n was sent off for a fresh load, Mr C. waiting until it arrived and the ballots in himself, so as to be sure they were on the right side. Suppose the advocates of the ballot system explain how this could have been prevented I—Pall Mall Gazette.