GBEAT WESTERN RAILWAY. HALF YEARLY MEETING—YESTERDAY. [FROM OUR OWN REPORTER.] The 76th half-yearly general meeting of the share- holders in the Great Western Railway Company was held at the Paddington station yesterday (Thursday). Sir Daniel Gooch (chairman of the directors) presided; there was a good attendance of directors, but not a very large assembly of shareholders. The report of the directors will be found in our third page.. The Chairman, in moving the adaption of the report, congratulated the meeting on the position of the accounts for the past half-year. Looking at the great increase which had taken place in coal, materials, and wages, he thought they might fairly be satisfied with the result. (Hear, hear.) It would be seen from the figures that the amount of interest which they had paid during the past half-year was-upon loans, 94 5s. Ilid, and a little more 2 than this upon debenture stock, the average being £ 4 7s. 6d., being a diminution upon loans of Is. 10d., and upon debentuie stock of Is. 5d., as compared with the previous half-year. The report contained a comparative statement of receipts and expenditure ior 1872 and 1873 but the figures were a little complicated by the fact that the 1873 account contained the receipts from the Llanelly line, which they took at the commencement of the half- year, and also the receipts from the Swansea Canal. With regard to the latter he might say in passing that the receipts of the canal, so far, left at least a couple of thousand pounds a year profit, and that there was every reason to believe that the purchase would prove advan- tageous to the company. The total increase of revenue had been 2216,369. But against this was to be set the increase which had taken place in various items of expen- diture. During the past year 5093 tons of steel rails had been laid in lieu of iron ones, being 2792 tons more than last half-year. The increase in the locomotive expenses" amounted to about £ 90,000 of this sum JE69,000 arose from the increased price of coal, and j318,000 from the increased rate of wages. As an illustration of the advance which had taken place in the price of coal he might mention that this time last year they were paying 7s. 7 jd. per ton in the half-year ending January last the cost was 12s. OAd. per ton while in the half-year ending June last the cost was 13s. llf d. per ton. He feared that even this was not the worst; he feared they were at the present moment paying considerably more, because during the past half-year there were some contracts which bad not expired, and which tended to lessen the average price paid whereas, now the contracts we out, he feared they were paying nearer 15s. or 16s. a ton. It was a mosi, serious thing to them in every way. Looking forward to the extension of the narrow guage, they had bought and paid for 48 narrow guage engines in advance of the num- ber stated in the capital account; they had also 456 waggons in advance of their capital charge as shown in the tables and probably next year a proposition would be made for extending the narrow guage system. The £ 37t0 increase in the traffic expenses was chiefly the con- sequence of increased expenditure in wages. Not only had there been a rise in the rate of wages, but there had also been an increase in the number of men employed, in consequence of various improvements which had been introduced for promoting the efficiency and safety of the working of the line. After going in great detail into the various accounts, the hon. gentleman said the general result was that there was a sum of B44,959 available for dividend, which enabled the directors to recommend one at the rate of 5f per cent. upon the original shares. He thought he might say that dur'Bg the past session they had been fairly successful in their Parliamentary strug- gles. The bill which they had promoted for constructing a new line between Stourbridge, Kidderminster, and Bew ley, instead of the curve which it had been previously proposed to make, had been thrown out. chiefly by the opposition of local interests -the Londen and North- Western perhaps having had something to do with it. The Great Western Company had on'y taken up the matter in consequence of the strong representations of the local authorities he feared that now that the effort he had refered to had failed, there was nothing left for it but to proceed at once with the construction of the line as authorised by the Act of 1861. The Britonferry Dock Bill-the nature of which had been fully explained at the last meeting—had been sanctioned by Parliament, and those docks had now become an integral part of their system. It was not their own seeking, but the Vale of Neath had obligations and arrangements with respect to the docks of so complicated a character, that it was con- sidered to be wise for the Great Western to accept the terms which were offered, and which they were enall d to accept under the provisions of this Act, rather than to run the risk of litigation. The directors had to regret that hitherto all the efforts which had been nuds to obtain the repeal of the duty at present chargeable upon the receipts from passenger traffic had been unsuccessful; he trusted that now that Mr. Lowe was no longer Chan- cellor of the Exchequer, and that Mr. Gladstone had taken his place, they would get something more like common honesty. As stated in the 'eport, the directors had entered into negociations for the acquisition of certain col i ;ry property in South Wales. It was found that they could not purchase collieries at present in work, except at a price which was felt to be exorbitant; but they had the expectation of being able to obtain undeveloped property at a reasonable rate, and one which would make it possible for the company to undertake it with advantage. They proposed to purchase property which would enable them to sink two pits-one in the west of the South Wales district, the other mine in the Monmouthshire district-at a cost of B60,000 each. In conclusion the chairman referred to the fact that it was now necessary that they should take powers to issue a further sum of £1,500,000 of ordinary stock. The direc- tors thought the existing holders of consolidated ordinary stock were entitled to some benefit in connection with the issue, and therefore proposed that it should in the first place be limited to them, and that it should be offered at a premium of 10 per cent.. He concluded by moving the adoption of the report. Captain Bulkeley seconded the motion. Mr. Cyrus Legge, expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of the directors and the result of the working for the past half-year, but doubted the propriety of increas- ing the capital, which he feared would simply lead to a diminution of the revenue, and objected to the proposed speculation in colliery property. Several other shareholders, however, urged that the propose purchase of collieries was no speculation, but a prudent movement, designed and calculated to obtain at a lower price a material which they would always be wanting, and could not do without. A desultory conversation followed, but the subjects touched upon had no special reference to the interests of the Swansea district. Nothing was said as to the desir- ability of providing better railway accommodation for the town, or putting it upon the main line. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman. t
SWANSEA VALE RAILWAY. The thirty-seventh ordinary half-yearly meeting of this company was held at the offices at the station, St. Thomas, on Wednesday last. There were present- Messrs. Starling Benson (chairman), A M. S. Maskelyne C. H. Smith, P. St. L. Grenfell, G. B. Strick, H. J. Bath: and G. B. Lloyd, directors Messrs. W. Gilbertson E. Strick, T. D. Phillips, R. Richards, J. Hall, T. Hall, J. Buse, shareholders; and Mr. T. Morley, secretary. The report, which has already appeared in our columns, was taken as read. The Chairman, in moving its adoption, said he did not know that he had much to say in addition to what was therein contained. As would be seen, the directors recommended that a dividend at the rate of 8 per cent. be paid upon the original shares, and they did so because that amount had been fairly earned. The traffic on the line had risen considerably, and he did not think that there was any reason to suppose that it would diminish. At the same time it had been worked cheaply, because the traffic was as much as could well be carried along a single line; and of course in such cases the expenses were smaller in proportion than they were when the traffic was less. A question had been asked with respect to the item of J62,500, the proposed outlay for lines open for traffic; this arose from works-not contemplated a year or two ago-which the increase in the traffic had rendered necessary, such as the doubling of the line to Upper Bank, and the construction of several additional sidings. He was happy to say that the Clydach and Glaish line was just coming out of the contractor's hands, and all the lines in course of construction in connection with the company would soon be completed. In consequence of the increased traffic it had also been found desirable to increase their working stock-a hundred new waggons had been bought, most of which (not quite all) had been delivered they had been found very useful, indeed, he did not know how they could have managed without them. He concluded by moving the adoption of the report. Mr. P. St. L. Grenfell seconded the motion, and it was agreed to nem. con. The Chairman then moved, and Mr. Grenfell seconded a resolution declaring the guaranteed dividends upon the preference shares, and a dividend of 8 per cent. upon the original shares. Agreed to. The retiriag directors, Messrs. C. H. Smith and P. St. L. Grenfell, were re-elected on the motion of Mr. Gilbert- son, seconded by Mr. T. D. Phillips. The auditor, Mr. G. Young was also re-elected. Mr. Gilbertson then moved a vate of thanks to the directors. He was sure they would all be of one mind upon this matter the shareholders were greatly indebted to the directors for the excellent position in which the company then was. With the permission of the chairman he should follow up the present motion with another. Looking over the accounts he found that the directors received the remuneration of £ 50 for their services during the past half-year, being at the rate of a little over JB14 per annum for each. He thought they could really afford to pay something better than this. The Chairman said as the directors would soon go out altogether, it was perhaps hardly worth while to change the system. Mr. Gilbertson said he should certainly make and press the motion that S350 a year at least should be set apart for the remuneration of the directors, which was at the rate of JE50 for each. The vote of thanks was carried unanimously. Mr. Gilbertson then formally moved that the amount he had named should be the future remuneration of the directors, which was seconded by Mr. Benson, and carried unanimously. The Chairman briefly returned thanks on behalf of the directors, observing that they had always felo a deep l*tfrest in the company, and had given it their best ex- ertions without thinking of remuneration. ihe proceedings then closed.
export of coal for the seven H^r«XLenivng July 21 was 6,623,074 tons, which shows a of n cojppared with the same period in 1S72, the exw«T- first seven months of last year Deriod m 1S7i10TEn/'oj1.ncre&se over those f°r the same ST the r' monlli exported in July last over the amount
BRITON-FERRY. BAZAAR.—The estimable wife of the Rev. David Lewis, Vicar of this parish, feeling that St. Clement's Church was deficient in light and warmth, resolved that this should be remedied, and with this object in view she energetically set to work to hold a Razaar, assisted by her many friends and the Church-going population generally. The Bazaar was held in the National School- room, on Thursday and Friday last. The Band of the 2nd Glamorgan Artillery Volunteers discoursed their favourite music, and the street was quite gay with the many carriages and the fashionably-dressed ladies who visited the School—in fact, the place wore quite a holiday aspect. The stalls were presided over by Mrs. Lewis, the Vicarage; Mrs. Flower, Baglan Lodge; Mrs. Pegge, Vernon House; the Misses Young and the Misses Jeffreys, Giant's Grave. The gross sum realized JB160, leaving about jBlO to come from other sources. Much of the success may be attributed to the very general interest taken by the friends of the Church, not only in Briton- ferry, but in the neighbourhood. It would be invidious to single out individuals, when ALL, high and low, were forward in rendering help. There is ONE deficiency in the internal fittings in the church which, it is hoped, will be supplied at the same time—that is, that the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Commandments be placed over the Communion Table.-The Choir had their annual outing" on Monday last, and on this occasion the Sunday-school teachers were also invited. Their ren- dezvous was Caswell Bay, whither they (about seventy in number) proceeded. The Vicar and Mrs. Lewis did all they could to make the excursionists happy and comfortable.
LLANELLY. STEALING A CONCERTINA.—Abraham Williams, a lad, was charged with stealing a concertina from the Auction Mart, near the Gate Hotel, Llanelly, the property of James Lifely, auctioneer, on Wednesday week. He was sentenced to one month's hard labour. NARROW ESCAIE OE A CHILD.-On Monday last a child named Ruth Fletcher, not two years old, whose parents reside at Old Castle Road, by some means or other fell into the river Lliedi. A person in the field, on the other side of the river, saw a body coming down with the stream, and supposing it to be a dead body raked it out, and took it under his arm to Dr. Buckley's surgery, where Sylvester's process for restoring the apparently drowned was applied with success in about half an hour. ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION.—The Oddfellows of the Llanelly district had a grand procession on Saturday last. The Band of the Llanelly Volunteers headed the pro- cession, and the Hendy Brass Band was also present. They went through the principal streets of the town headed by the district officers after which they went to Cae Pencastell, kindly placed at their disposal by Sir John Stepney. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. W. H. Nevill, William Evans, Thomas Morgan, Jenkin Wil- liams, the G.M. of the district; John Protheroe, D.G.M. and P.G. David Bowen. The chairman was the Rev. J. Jones, Velinvole. The procession numbered over seven hundred and was conducted welL The both bands were in excellent trim. LARCENY BY A DOMESTIC SERVANT.—Margaret Price, a domestic servant at Mrs. Davies, Cloth Hall, Llanelly, was charged by her master with stealing shawls, um- brellas, flowers, feathers, ribbons, and a pair of sheets, his property. She had only been in his service a fort- night when he missed the above articles, and also a dress of the value of 30s. Information was given P.C. Davies, who apprehended the prisoner on Friday, when she denied all knowledge of the missing things. Upon his pro- ceeding upstairs he found some yarn and other small articles concealed in her bed, and also a bunch of keys which she said belonged to her chest of drawers which was at a house near the Railway Station. The constable upon going there found the whole of the goods in the drawers. She was sentenced to one month's imprison- ment without hard labour. SEVENTEEN PUDDLERS BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES.— The Old Castle Tin-Plate Company charged seventeen of their puddlers on Wednesday, at the sessions, with ab- senting themselves from their employment. Mr. ^nead, for the: complainant, said that his clients had lost j6170 through the defendants absenting themselves It seems they gave notice to leave on the 14th of July last, but which notice, it was alleged, was insufficient on account of it not being signed by the men, and which did not mention either of their names. Mr. William Howells, who appeared for the puddlers, contended that the notice was good and that it gave all the information required. Mr. Howells advised his clients to return to work for a fortnight at the old wages, at the end of which time their contract would determine without any further notice, the company to pay the costs of the summonses. This course was agreed to.
The directors of the We'sh Steam Coal Collieries (Limited) have purchased 70 acres of land neffr Neath, South Wales, under which there are extensive beds of steam coal. The necessary works and miners' cottages will be erected at once. This will beneficially augment the supply of steam coal, and help to check the inclina- tion of Welsh miners to emigrate. THE LICENSING ACT.-The justices for the Cambridge division of that county have altered the hours of closing as follows:—From May-day to Michaelmas to open at five and close at eleven, and during the rest of the year to open at six and close at ten, except at Chesterton.- The Derby magistrates have refused an application made by the licensed victuallers of that town to extend permanently the time of closing till twelre o'clock, instead of, as at present, eleven o'clock. NARROW ESCAPE OF A YACHT. -Lord Alesford's yacht Surprise, 210 tons register, grounded between midnight and one o'clock yesterday morning at a dangerous point on the south bank of Carnarvon bar. The night was stormy and pitch dark, and no lights could be seen. A party of eight, including Lord and Lady Aylesford and a friend, put off in an open boat. After rowing for a long time they distinguished a shore light, and at 2 a.m. landed on the beach of Carnarvon. The harbour lifeboat went out before daylight to the yacht, which, however, had disappeared, and it was greatly feared that the yacht bad capsized with all onboard, twelve in number. From the latest intelligence, however, it appears that the yacht succeeded in reaching Holyhead, and the crew are safe. GAS.—The Echo says :—" A most important novelty is about to be introduced into Leeds in the shape of gas manufactured from air. The apparatus for its production is described by a local journal as consisting of three con- nected parts. The, first is a blower, set in motion by a wound-up weight operating upon its axis by a cord passing over pulley sheaves. Through the motive power secured by the gradual pressure of the weight downwards the fan revolves and forces a sufficient supply of air into what is called the generator. This is a cylinder, charged with a chemical preparation known as gasogen, which gives off an inflammable vapour. By passing through this, com- mon air acquires illuminating properties, and is at once conducted ready for use into the governor," a kind of meter used to regulate the pressure. No kind of fuel is used in the process, the only material requisite, in ad- dition to the air supply, being the liquid gasogen. One of the main ingredients of this preparation is spirits of petroleum. It is not explosive, and can be purchased at a cost of half a crown a gallon. This quantity will make 500 cubic feet of air-gas, which is said to be equal to twice that supply of coal gas, owing to its stronger light and slower combustion. The patent for this in- vention has been purchased from the patentee by the Air-Gas Light Company," at a cost, it is stated, of no less than £ 100,000." RAILWAY ACCOMMODATION FOR COMMERCIAL TRAVEL- LERS.—A reasonable request has come under our notice and is now being urged by the representatives of manu- facturing and wholesale houses. These gentlemen, tra- velling at all times of the year, necessarily spend a large portion of their time in railway carriages. They pay the companies large sums of money, and in return, to render them as comfortable as possible, seems to no a very suit- able consideration. They are spread so evenly over the country, and journey so regularly, that but very few are in any train at one time, so that the seats they may occupy can in no way interfere with the ordinary passen- ger traffic. It cannot, therefore, signify much to the companies whether they travel by one class of carriage or another. What they ask is that they may be permitted to travel first-class at second-class fare, and second-class for third-class fare. Comfort in travelling is not all- important to casual travellers, but to those who are ever on the move, and who frequently have to find their rest in the railway carriage—a first-class seat must be a great enjoyment, if not a positive necessity. There is very little difference between the comfort of the second and third-class carriages, and the probability is that the first- claas at second-class fare is the aim in view. We heartily commend their cause to the directors and officials of the companies. It is the case, we believe, that at present by far the greater proportion of these gentlemen travel third-class, so the favour will add to the receipts of the companies in the sale of second-class tickets. One diffi- culty will have to be met, that is, to find the answer to, What is a Commercial Traveller ?" TAFF VALE RAILWAY.—The half-yearly meeting of the Taff Vale Company was held on Tuesday, at Bristol; Dr. Nicol Carne in the chair. The report, an abstract of which has already appeared, was taken as read. The chairman congratulated the shareholders upon being able, notwith- standing the great increase in the cost of coal, wages and materials, not only to keep up the dividend of 10 per cent., but to add a bonus of 1 per cent., to be paid out of a reserve fund put by for contingent liabilities. The cost of main- tenance had been heavy, £ 19,430 for the past half-year as compared with £ 17,936 in the corresponding half of the previous year. The total increase in the expenditure amounted to JB36,816, which, with the exception of £ 12,000 for new engines, was principally made up of wages, coal, and materials. In June, 1872, the working expenses were 47 57 !per cent., and in June, 1873, 60 22 per cent., but, excluding the items for new engines it would be only 47 77 per cent., or very nearly what it was in June, 1872. Referring to the increased cost of coal to the various railway companies, he said iheir increase was small compared with other companies. On thq Manchester and Sheffield, it was 142 per cent.; Wb&e- haven, 135 per cent. North Staffordshire, 134 per cent., while in the Taff Vale it was only 119 per cent. There still remained nearly £ 70,000 on the C shares to be called up, and it was the intention of the Board to call up the remainder when wanted and that call would be made before anything could be arranged as to the issuing of w u ^nder Act of the past Session. Mr. forth A dePaty chairman, seconded the motion SentioniSr °F THE REPORT Mr. A- Warren drew enormous increase in the expenses of the mcrease of their traffic had been £ 33 433 1 while their expenses had increased £ 41,500. Although they had had a Aood of prosperity they must naturally expect that the high price of coal would lead to the development of mines abroad and in other parts of the country, and the prosperity of the Taff Vale be thereby 1 affected. After some further observations, and a reply 1 from the chairman, the report was unanimously adon+erl and the retiring directors re-elected,
OUR COAL SUPPLY. During the delivery on Monday of his inaugural ad- dress to the members of the Institute of South Midland Engineers in Wolverhampton. Mr. E. Jones the mining engineer of the Lilleshall Iron and Engineering Com- pany, of which Lord Granville and the Duke of Suther- land are members, sketched the growth of the alarm which had from time to time found expression as to our coal supply, and spoke of the appointment of the first Royal Coal Company. Subsequent events, he said had proved that there was cause for alarm, for experience bad shown that the quantity of fuel left unworked in our beet coalfields was less than the Coal Commission esti- mated. He was therefore inclined to the opinion of Sir William Armstrong that the country was nearer the end of its fuel supply than the outside world had any idea of. Let the members take as an illustration the counties of Stafford, Worcester, and Shropshire, and view them in relation to our future supply. The first yielded an annual output of ten millions of tons, and the quantity brought to bank throughout Shropshire was in proportion to that in Staffordshire. At this rate of consumption, and if no further fields were discovered, a few more years would see the exhaustion of the supplies of best furnace and house coal in those counties. Speaking of his own county (Salop) he regretted to say that the end was not far off. They were making no new discoveries. Boring in the north of the county, at Child's Ercal, bad been conducted to a depth of 1,000ft. without trace of coal, and though £6,000 and five years of time had been spent, yet it had now to be suspended. The borings made on the Preston Hospital estate, near Wellington, touched the igneous rocks at a depth of 300ft. thus confrming the opinion he had expressed in a paper to the Severn Valley Field Club in 1866. As recently as Saturday last, Lord Hill ceased boring at Wollerton. the igneous rocks having been found at 285ft. He had recommended that the work should stop at 300ft., for previous sinkings had led him to conclude that there was nothing but drift clay overlying the upper new red sandstone. Finally, on the east side of the field near to Shifnal, the ground was found to be much broken and faulty," with strong evidences ef denu- dation. Unless the trial sinkings at Sandwell and other places should prove successful, the new winnings at Cannock would not makeup for the rapid exhaustion of the thick coal in and around Bilston, Dudley, and other places. The great prosperity of this country had been often said to be due to the cheap production of its mineral fuel. The great increase in the get of coal at low prices in the 10 years preceding 1871 was the primary cause of the great development of the iron trade, the extension of railways, the extension of our colossal steam marine, which largely contributed to the expansion of our factory, our engineering, and even our agricultural operations. Such, indeed, was the demand which the abundance and cheapness of our fuel caused for it from all parts of the world, that the demand could not at last be met. The result was a panic accompanied with results with which they were all familiar, and which continued to exist. If this panic was the effect of an inability to meet a demand in point of time, what would be the result of a deficient supply which no lapse of time could furnish ? The duration of our mineral fuel supply depended largely on the application of scientific improvements in promoting access to our ex- tensive coal mines. At great depths we must apply im- pDved steam, compres eel air, and hydraulic power, and when manual labour was incapable of the work machi- nery and science must prolong the duration of England's wealth and happiness. Mr. Jones dwelt with much regret upon the injury which was being done to the mining interest and to the individual collier by the operation of those Union influences which led to an estrangement between the man and his employers; and he asked if the members of the institute could suggest anything to ameliorate this condition of things—any- thing which would allay the antagonistic feeling exist- ing towards them in the minds of the men they worked with. Referring to a strike which was in operation at the four chief pits of the Lilleshall Company, he said that the men in going about seeking contributions on the plea of having been locked out were obtaining money under false pretences. All that he had before said on the subject, and had been reported, was strictly true, however much it might be denied by those interested. By an arrangement for which the chartermaster and not himself or the company was responsible, 13 out of 50 men in one pit, and 16 out of 64 in another were allowed to earn from Is. to Is. 6d. a day more than the rest. On the 1st inst: the terms of the Coal Mines Regulation Act made the continuance of the practice illegal, and he had to give notice to that effect. But ten days before the first four pits' companies struck work, refusing to receive wages by the day, and demanding that weighing machines should be erected. He had reason to know that two-thirds of the men took this course under the compulsion of the other one-third, backed by their Union Organizations. These pits' companies had now been idle a month, and they remained idle though they were sadly needed at the pits, where employment was waiting for all of them on terms which would enable the majority to get 6s. or 7s. for six hours' work. The two-thirds would gladly return, but they dared not, nor dared any miner in opposition to the Union go into the stalls and take up the work which the minority had been doing on terms which the Legislature declared to be no longer legal. Should there be cause for surprise that he would not meet Messrs. Halliday, or any other of the Union agents ? To do so would be to acknowledge their right to manage his pits. He had met deputations of his own men, and was always happy to meet them. It grieved him much to see his men reduced by their false friends to the condition of mendicants seeking casual aid upon false grounds when abundance of well- paid labour was at their hand, and the country was being inconvenienced by their idleness. Mr. B. P. Walker, engineer, of Birmingham, spoke with much indignation of the coercion which prevented artisans from working when and how they liked. The newly appointed Government Engineer for India (Mr. Walter Ness) spoke with much confidence of the correctness of his views when he said that it might take 20 or 25 years to work out the problem, but he felt quite certain that by that time the British workman would lament the way in which he now suffered himself to be deluded by Unionist restrictions. The recent information he had received as to the fuel capabilities of the part of Central India to which he had been appointed was even more significant than at the time of his appointment the newspapers stated it to be. Soon all the coal required for the State railways would be forthcoming in India, with abundant supplies for ether uses also. At one time he was connected with a colliery whence large supplies were sent out regularly to Calcutta, It would surprise South Staffordshire miners, who were familiar with the most splendid seam of coal the world had ever before known, to learn that in Tasmania and in New Zealand there were mines which would yield far more coal than even the South Staffordshire 12-yard coal. As in India, so also in other places he had mentioned, the fuel bad laid till now unknown, but was now being rapidly developed by native labour, which it furnished with well-paid employment. The getting of Tasmwiian coal was being already followed by the establishment of ironworks. So soon as these influences had had time to tell, the British miner would be glad to work longer hours for much less than he waa now receiving. 1° illustration of the effects of unionism as conducted among the colliers of Pelsall, Mr. Ness said that the men no longer subscribed to the surgeons' field clubs, by which they got surgical aid and help for a subscription of some 6d. or 9d. a fortnight. The result was that a working collier when he become ill had often to apply for a medical relief note to the relieving officer, and thereby became a pauper. If he went to a surgeon who knew him he was refused relief, and unless his employer or some other good Samaritan came to his help he was in this matter brought to a state of degraded helplessness worse than that of a pauper. Again, an instance had just occurred at Pelsall in which the widow of a poor fellow who had been killed in a pit where the field club had been broken up by the Union, applied to the Union (of colliers) for help, but was sent away with a flat re- fusal, the reply being that the dead husband ought to have been a member of the Union, then his widow would have had relief, but now she would have none, and perhaps her condition would make other men join the Union." The President, after saying that the Last Mines' Regulation Act had done incalculable mischief, expressed his conviction that several of its clauses would have to be repealed, not in the interest of mining alone, but in that also of other industries and of the nation generally.
THE DBOWNING or Two YOUNG LADIES AT ILFSAOKBE. -The bodies of the Misses Fell-the two young ladies who were drowned at Ilfracombe on Saturday week- were removed from the latter place on Monday to Barnstaple, and thence conveyed by rail to London. The bodies were enclosed in three coffins. The second corpse was only recovered on Friday last. The bodies were accompanied by Mr. H. Richard, M.P. for Merthyr, who was an uncle of the unfortunate young ladies, and who with Mrs. Fell, the mother, Mrs. Glover, an aunt, and Mrs. Richard, were staying at Ilfracombe at the time the tragic occurrence took place. A WELSH NAME.—A correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, who has attended the 'Eisteddfod at Mold, states that he met'there with an intelligent and friendly gentleman, "whose only fault, so far as I know him, is that he lives in a. parish which is called Llanfair- pwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlltysiliogogogoch!" The meaning of this wonderful collection of letters is said to be, The Church of St. Mary by the pool of white hazels, near the whirlpool of St. Tysilio Rufus the lied." THE SOUTH W.&LES' STRIKE.—Much excitement pre- vails in the Rbpudda Valley,-owing to a division among the house-coai\ collieries who are now on strike, in conse- quence of th^ dissatisfaction expressed at the result of Satifrday'? inference. Another mass meeting was held at Portb, colliers being present. Several of the speakers strongly deprecated the action of the IJuion, and wheai the meeting divided a coaeiderable majority were fossid to bo jp, favour of contmaing the strike. TelQgipAmes reeoi#^ in Liverpool yesterday state that a fier«> gale had bjseni raging on the St. Lawerence, and that large number of vegse^s'ifjid gone ashore, including the "Maggie," "Ij'aith,' "Undiri^ ^aflies" "Duncan, and "Nordsternen." It was feared that jthese vessels wouldbewrecked. LABGR DECREASE IN COAL EXPOBTs.-Ouring the seven months ending July 31, the exports of coal amounted to 6,623;074 tons, which, when compared with the cor- responding period of last year, shows a decrease of 348,568 tons. During the first seven months in 1872 the increase in the exports over the same period of 1871 amounted to 594,641 tons. The total exports for the past month amounted to 1,068,617 tons, which shows an increase when compared with the corresponding mouth in last year of 300 tons. The ports at which a decrease are observable during July are Northern ports, Yorkshire ports, and Liverpool. THE TicHBORNE CASE.—The Times of yesterday thus alludes to the evidence which has already been offered for the defendant. The evidence for the defence continued on Wednesday, and 12 more witnesses were called to prove that the defendant is not Arthur Orton." As to most of them notice had only been given as to the nature of their evidence than the very general one just stated. Yet they gave evidence in various ways, most of them speaking to different marks upon Orton. As to the pock- marks, however, which were mentioned in the opening of the defence, such of the witnesses as spoke of them at all spoke of them as very slight," so slight as scarcely to be observed, even more than 20 years ago and as to the earrings many witnesses had not noticed them, and one who spoke most positively to them to-day stated that Orton spoke of taking them out. With regard to the two marks not mentioned in the opening-and of which several of the witnesses had spoken-the cut on the cheek and the cut on the hand, the witnesses examined to-day have given accounts different from those already given. One witness has sworn that the cut on the hand was inside; and another to-day swore it was on the outside while as to the cut on the cheek, which a former witness put in 1851, another put it in 1848. Some of the witnesses had not seen Orton since 1847 or 1848, when he was in his butcher's dress and it was suggested in cross-exami- nation that when tney saw the defendant, long after his return to this country, well-dressed, and in the society of gentlemen, and especially after hearing speeches in his favour, although some of them, even under these circum- stances, admitted that at first they "fancied it was Orton," or "were not satisfied it was not him, yet were easily brought to believe that the well-dressed gentle- man could not be their old Wapping acquaintance. In support of this view, admissions were extracted from some of the witnesses that there was in some point or another a resemblance between the defendant and Arthur or his father, and one of the witnesses was shown early photographs of the defendant, which he failed to recognize. Some of the witnesses who had not seen Orton since 1847 or 1848 gave evidence which the Court thought so worthless that in one instance it was intimated that the expenses would not be allowed. Notices have been given of about 50 witnesses, chiefly from Wapping, to prove that the defendant is not Arthur Orton, of whom about 34 have been examined, leaving about 16 more to be ex- amined. It is not known whether notices of any more witnesses have been given. COLLIER'S LUXURIES.—The following story from the Newcastle Chronicle, is almost too good:—"We have heard a deal about pitmen travelling in first-class car- riages and drinking champagne, as if they had no right to do what they liked with their money, provided they paid their way and kept clear of debt, which is probably more then some of their traducers can do but we have few authentic accounts of such high life below stairs. I will relate one, however, guaranteeing to be genuine. Scene: A roadside station of the Blyth and Tyne Rail- way. Time, Saturday morning. A swell, in a first-class carriage, smoking a cigar. Two pitmen enter, to swell's infinite disgust. Swell, after viewing them over for some time, and addressing them with a supercilious air Pray, have you first-class tickets?' Reply: Wha.'s hat te ye ?' Swell: Very good we will see about when we get to the next station, as the train has started.' Leading Pit- man Oh, vary weel, as yer see curious, luck at wor tickets. They are all reet, are they not ?' Swell, after examining them caiefully: Yes, that is so.' Leading Pitman: 'Now, will ye put yer cigar out? Ye knaw this is not a smoking carripge." Swell, with indignation No, I won't; I'll see you ——- first!' Leading Pitman We'll see when we get to the next station whether you will or not.' Train pulls up at station. Leading Pitman, with his head out of the window: Hi, guard! come and turn this fellow out of the carriage. He will smoke when he has no reet to did.' Guard, ap- pearing at doorway and addressing swell: You must C )me out of the carriage, sir you have no right to smoke there.' Exit swell, with feelings that may be better imagined than described, leaving pitman master of the situation.' "-Amongst the various objects of interest visited by the members of the Iron and Steel Institute during their visit to Belgium, was the Hasard Colliery. The administration of this colliery is paternal. The miners live and board at an hotel, which was erected by the proprietors to supply the deficiency of house and market accommodation. There are, connected with the hotel, a hospital, a casino, and night schools. The follow- ing is the daily life of the Hazard collier:—At five o'clock in the morning a call-bell is rung, and on getting up the collier has a cup of coffee and pound of bread and butter. He also takes another pound of bread and butter and a can of coffee with him into the pit. On leaving the mine at two o'clock he has a bath and puts on clean linen, his dirty clothes being placed in the dirty linen depot. They are at once taken to the laundry, where they are washed in a steam washer. Four persons are engaged in the laundry, who wash about 2.000 pieces of linen and other clothing every day. After his bath the workman has his dinner, which consists of a plate of soup, half a pound of meat, two pounds of potatoes and other vegetables, six ounces of bread, and three quarters of a pint of beer. After dinner the miner disposes of his time as he pleases, either in the cafe or the library, where, besides books, newspapers are provided for his information. At eight o'clock supper is served, when the miner has his choice between a plate of potatoes and a cup of coffee with three- quarters of a pound of bread and butter. At nine o'clock in winter and ten o'clock in summer lights are extinguished and the hotel closed. For his board and lodging the miner only pay If. 20c.—say Is. The vegetable trimmings and kitchen waste are utilised in keeping up a stock of twenty pigs, which yield a yearly profit of from E120 to £160. There are no written regulations, but the men readily conform to the understood conditions of their residence in the hotel.
b We do not Iwld ourselves responsible for the opinions and sentiments expressed, by our Correspondents.
THE SWANSEA REGATTA. TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SIR, -I am sorry to find that the above has, from some cause or other, not been promoted this year, but hope that next year, if too late this year, it will be taken in hand in good time, with the view of making it a success. The regatta in question has been held annually for many years past, and I should be pleased to have a balance sheet, or at any rate those having the management can possibly give us a summary of the receipts and expendi- ture in the past years. I am sure it has not been for want of funds. The Swansea Bay regatta, held at the Mumbles, is all very well in its way, but should not be looked upon as the regatta" of Swansea. It has been argued that the embankment of Swansea is not the place for seeing a regatta, but this is entirely wrong. I am pleased to find that the Swansea Harbour Trustees have, as usual, voted the amount for the Pilot Boats," and I am gratified to find that it was not permitted to be run I for at the Mumbles. I would suggest that if there be no time this year to re-organise the Swansea Regatta," that, as we have a good number of pilot boats, they should be classified, and such prizes offered to encourage the excellent way in which these boats are kept in this port- In conclusion, I would respectfully suggest that tne Swansea Regatta should be under the patronage of the Swansea Harbour Trustees, &c and that the manage- ment should rest with Mr. John W. James, the Harbour Superintendent, and Mr. John Rosser, Harbour Master. The duties would not be laborious, and I am sure great satisfaction would be given to all parties concerned. I for one would be very happy to give my assistance to keep up the Swansea Regatta." I am, Sir, yours truly, ONE INTERESTED.
BATHING ON THE SANDS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,-Walking along the sands at low tide on Mon- day last, I was not a little surprised at the position occupied by the bathing machines. On the beach, to the south front of Christ Church, opens the common sewer, and around it for a considerable distance the sand is covered by a layer of slimy filth deposited from the £ ater when the valve is open at high tide. Just be- f ir+h s, unpleasant spot, the smell from which, owing f fv,6 iun's.^eatj was most overpowering, the majority o boxes were placed, and I counted no less than six of them, which had evidently been in use in the morning, standing in the immediate vicinity of the sewer, the most distant of these being about thirty or forty yards from its embouchure, the nearest not more than sevef1, In fact, in the latter case the unlucky bather must have plunged into the very centre of the polluted stream. Let those in the habit of indulging in bathing in this locality visit the spot at low tide and ask them- selves, as I did, what must be the state of the sea here when the sewer is pouring out its unsavoury and insalu- brious contents ? and if recreation of this kind is likely to be beneficial to the health ? I am, Sir, yours faithfully, SANITAS. ♦
A JUST COMPLAINT, TO THE EDITOR OF "THB CAMBRIAN." SIR, 'Please give me the assistance of your valuablfe paper in redressing what is to me a serious grievance; henevera dead body is brought ashore at the Mumbles it is carried! and deposited in nvy hotel', ahd remains there until a coroner's inquest can be held aad the necessary arrangements for the interment can be made. My house is neither the-nearest to tke shore nor the most cra- venient for the purpose of a dead-house. Why, then, should I have this- serious injury inflicted on me trhis week for the sixth time in as many years. My business is seriously interfered with, and my comfort utterly destroyed for some days. On Tuesday I was compelled to stable the horses of visitors in a room of business, a body in an advanced state of decomposition beisg de- posited in the stable, which, to make matters wwse, is close to and connected with my dwelling house. Surely, the police station is the- most proper place until a. dead- house is built by the authorities in a. suitable- locality, where it can be no offence to anyone. I cannot find by what law I am compelled to provide shelter fee the dead till they can be identified and buried. Perhaps some persons may exclaim against this Ian-guage M inhuman; but let such persons take their turn whe* the next body is brought ashore, I profelil I will not take another in, whatever may be said or done. Let some other ratepayer be applied to, and perhaps at length the proper authori- ties will act with a view to remedying this disgraceful outrage on people's rights. I am, Sir, yours respectfully, FREDERICK BIRKS. George Hotel, Mumbles. Aug. 26, 1873.
THE GAS SUPPLY. TO THE EDITOR OF "THB CAMBRIAN." SIR -In common with a large number of gas con- sumers, I feel very grateful indeed for your advocacy in our favour. We have very many substantial complaints to make against the proprietors of the gas company, and consider with you that the management of the gas works, as well as its manufacture, deserves severe criticism. One thing has always astonished me, viz., why the manufacture of gas in our town should be so costly. Any person would naturally suppose that as we live at the mouth of the coal pits the cost of the gas per 1000 would be far less in towns in the east and west of England where no coal beds existand strangers are astonished when you try to disabuse their minds, and tell them the facts of the case, and to what we are subjected. It is anything but i a dignified position, and the humour is very degrading, to be always fault-finding. On the other hand, the gas con- sumers feel that 4s. per 1000 for bad gas is an anomaly quite unprecedented in the country. Bath pays 2s. lOd. per 1000 feet, whilst the Birmingham people pay 2s. 3d. and 2s. 6,1. per thousand, and a list of the charges in every large town in the kingdom would prove that we are sub- jected to an imposition which has no parallel. I have often wondered why the Corporation granted the Swansea Gas Co. the great but rare privilege of using just 50 miles of their roads to convey the manufactured gas without charging the least rental The constant breaking up of the roads and pavements must cost the ratepayers no small trifle every year to repair. The present Gas Company has grown to large proportions, and as the population of Swansea is rapidly increasing, there is evidently room for a rival gas company. The sugges- tion that the Corporation make their own gas is an excel- lent one, because we should all be benefited. If the present gas company are to have it all their own way, then Swansea will soon become famous for containing one of the most gigantic gas monopolies in the kingdom, and the gas consumers will be noted for being the most con- summate wiseacres to be found therein. Yours, &c., ANOTHER CONSUMER.
NECESSITATED PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS. TO THB EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,-Your recent article on the want of improved street accommodation was read by me with equal interest to that of your correspondent An oM inhabitant," and I trust with him the daily growing importance of the matter will be kept alive in the columns of your valuable paper. Sir, it cannot but he considered by anvone entering the town and seeing the sub- stantial evidence of wealth on all sides in the number and extent of our manufactories as other than a standing disgrace to all concerned that such an incumbrance and so unsightly a structure as that known as the "Island" should be allowed to exist in the very centre of the through traffic. The block that occurs to vehicles, and the danger that ensues to both vehicles and their occu- pants, as well as pedestrians, can only be judged of by those who unfortunately have to experience the risk of walking on the narrow pavements on each side of this structure, yet apparently some new building is going on at one end of it instead of steps being taken by the Cor- poration and other interested parties to purchase the leases and sweep the whole away. Sir, what a fine street would be opened up, which, if followed at a future t me, as it doubtless wmld be by the setting back a por- tion of Castle Bailey-street w mid form one magnificent main thoroughfare from High-street to Wind-street, en rJute to the do ;ks and projec ed Micilmd terminus at the pr smt Swansea Vale Railway station. We have only to go 40 miles and see what has been done by our neigh- bours at Cardiff in the way of removing st: e ;t obstruc- t'ons, and even at Newport, barely half the size of Swansea, they have effected the widening of a stree' formerly as narrow and awkward as Castle Bailey-street. How. then, is it we are so behind in improvements, the urgency of which must be my apology for intruding on your space. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, PROGRESS.
T TOWN IMPROVEMENTS. TO THE EDITOR OF ,C THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,He that would build unto himself a house should first sit down and count the cost," is a wise saying which has Scripture warrant. You have opened your columns to several correspondents who have very freely given the public their views as to the duty of the Corporation in relation to the matter of public improve- ments-more particularly the removal of the block of buildings known as the Island House, and the widening of Castle-street to High-street. There can be no two opinions as to the very great con- venience that would result if this work were carried out, and there can be no question that it would be the bounden duty of the Corporation to have the work pro- ceeded with, if they could do so, having due regard to the financial aspect of the question. If we look at the subject from a practical point of view-i.e., if we first- "count the cost," we shall be doing public service in setting the minds of your cor- respondents, and those who think with them, at rest, and be doing a simple act of justice to the gentlemen who are sent into the Council Chamber as the represen- tatives of the burgesses, and whom they delegate as the administrators of their common property, and may possibly do away with that vein of irritable complaining against them which more or less marks all your corres- pondents' letters. First, let us take the Wind-street obstruction-the Island House." It must be granted that the removal of this obstruction alone would be but a very small public convenience, as the narrow and dangerous piece of road from the top of Temple-street would still remain. The axiom that the capability of a road is to be judged by its narrowest part is perfectly borne out here-and it would be a perfectly useless waste of public money to remove the eyesore in Castle-square without widening that portion of Castle-street. Taking a most moderate estimate of the Island House block, the value of the freehold would be about eight thousand pounds. This, as far as I am able to form an opinion, would be the cost of the removal of this un- sightly obstruction. The owners of property in the immediate locality would no doubt reap the advantage, but the general public, who have to walk the pavements, would not be materially benefitted, and certainly those who use conveyances would be very much in the same position as they are at present. As to the widening of Castle-street. To carry out this very great public benefit, a sum of at least eleven thousand pounds would require to be expended — possibly the frontage to be gained after the removal of the present buildings would, in some measure, lessen this amount, probably by something like 20 per cent. The further extension into High-street from Temple- street would at least cost JE30,000, allowing a fair per centage for the new frontage obtained. Supposing this estimate to be an approximation to the cost, we have a gross sum of jB50,000, or a yearly sum of 25,000, including interest on money to be borrowed, and the necessary provision for repayment. If the general body of the ratepayers are disposed to incur this liability, in addition to the burthens they are already subject to, of course they have a right to demand that the improvement should be made. I confess, I should object most strongly, as a ratepayer, under existing circumstances, to incur the penalty of a Borough Rate, in addition to the responsi- bility of a General District Rate of unknown amount, which we are now liable to, with the addition which must necessarily take place on the very heavy expendi- ture which must be met in carrying out the very import- ant and absolutely necessary works :-the construction of the new, and the repair of the Lliw Reservoir, together with the completion of the borough drainage, involving, as they do, an expenditure of about £130,000, It must be remarked, too, that heavy encroachments have recently been made on the surplus revenue of the Corporation. When addressing you on this subject, some eighteen months since, this surplus amounted to about £ 2,900 per annum, since then the Corporation have incurred heavy expenses in connection with our Police administration, in the appointment of a Stipendiary Magistrate, the erection of a Police Station in High-street, and another, together with a Market-place and a Court-room, at Mor- riston, and other responsibilities, which will make a heavy inroad on the said surplus. It is true they have economised to the tune of some B300 per annum,, in getting rid of the Temple-street Police-station nuisanee; but the great fact remains that between, the general district and the Corporation liability, we shall stand mr debted in the very respectable sum, in round numbers,. of £ 350,000— an amount sufficiently startling to the general ratepayer of the district without the- trifling addition of p another £ 50,000 for the improvements suggested by your correspondents! It will require tolerabljy careful financing on the part of our Finance Committees; if, with all the advantages of the Money Act obtained last year, and the concession of Goveramerrif loans at th?ee-and-a-half pes cent., they keep within tie limit of three one-shilling. Sanitary District Rates in the year. Under these cis- cumstances I fear we must wait until better times come to carry out the suggested improvements; and howeveit inconvenienced we may be fey the-existing, state of things in Wind-street and Castle-street, we must be content ta' grin and bear it." Before closing this somewhat unreasonably lengthy epistle, permit me to warn my fellow-bsrgesses against an "idea" tltat I have heard- suggested fbr the "benefit of the Townvie., that it is the duty of the Corporation to assist the Harbour Trustees in. carrying out Harbour improvements. At present, the "idea" is "a little cloud no bigger than a man's hand," but I very coa-fir dently assert that if this little idea is entertained by the burgesses, they will by-and-bye find: themselves involved in » dilemma out of which it will be impossible to rid themselves. The most specious arguments are now quietly, but will very soon, be openty, employee to get in the thin edge of the wedge. The property of the Corporation, i.e.ot the Burgesses, will then soon !be ab- sorbed,—tken,. hey for a Borough Ra-te in aid of Harbour Deficiencies- The burthen already unjustly put on the general body of the ratepayers of Swansea m festering, by an inequitable assessment of the Harbour Estate, is sufficiently grievous and hard to bear, hut it will sink into insignificance in comparison with the state of things foreshadowed by the little ulea,n which has found advocates among some of the representatives of the in Burgesses, in the Council Chamber, whose very obvious. duty it- is to guard most jealously the rights of the general boJty against the insidious encroachments of a class who aift to t4 dircctly benefited by the scheme. I remain, Mr. Editor, Your most obedient Servant, James RCGE^ Pagefield House, Aug. 27th, 1873.
GAS. TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,-The expenses connected with getting up a new gas company, of the Act, high price of materials and labour, &c., &c., effectually, for the present, at least, would render such a scheme impracticable. A simpler mode of arrangement, I think, would be for the Corpora- tion and the Gas Company to agree to a valuation—all property and interest of the Gas Company to be handed over to the Corporation, who would give their bonds at 5 per cent. in exchange, secured on the rates and their pro- perty, as at present. Thus, no demand from Corpora- tion cash box would be incurred, no new Act, no fresh tearing up of roads, and the other legal pecuniary, and other annoyances. I think were this proposition put into proper form it would not be objected to by any owner of gas shares, of which I am ONE.
REV. W. C. VAN METER'S MISSION WORK IN ROME. TO THE EDITOR OF "THE CAMBRIAN." SIR,—A few weeks since you kindly permitted me the use of your columns to acknowledge receipt of some donations sent to me in aid of Mr. Van Meter's Mission Work in Rome. I now enclose copy of a letter received from Mr. Van Meter, which, will, I am sure, be read with interest, not only by those friends who have already contributed, but by all who had the privilege of hearing him on his recent visit to this town. I avail myself of this opportunity to ask you to allow me to acknowledge the additional sums received in aid of Mr. Van Meter's good work. Yours truly, Longlands, Aug. 26, 1873. SAMUEL B. POWER. [COPY.] 20, John-street, Bedford Row, London. My Dear Mr. Power,—God is doing wonders in Rome. A letter is to hand offering me the first floor of this house for my work!—[here is a diagram.] Just look at it—the most wonderful location in Rome St. Peter's in front, Vatican to the right, Inquisition on the left, house running from street to street, and fronting on this grandest of Piazzas, and all on Nero's Garden that was lighted by burning our brethren in their shirts of tar Now, on this spot I am invited to come and work. Was I rash in believing I could trust Christians 'for the money, and sending a telegram yesterday—" take the house?" I am now writing to 45 gentlemen asking each to stand by me and give or collect by October 1, £10. If they will do it I can leave here for Rome September 1, free from pe- cuniary anxiety until next June. Please show this to some friends who are able to help please also ask those who have already promised to help to hand you the money, so I may ha.ve it the last week in this month. Remember me kindly to those friends who were so kindly interested in my work. Gratefully yours, W. C. VAN METER. ADDITIONAL DONATIONS RECEIVED. Collection at Walter's Road Chapel, £29 2s. 4d. at Burrows Chapel, X5 15s. at Music Hall, JE13 17s. 10d. T. A. and friends, Yl S. Phillips, kl Mr. Savage, 5s. Miss Lucas, 5s Arthur L. Rawlings, Bl Is. A Friend, 10s. 6d. F. Knight, jEl Mr. Montgomery, 2s. 6d,; Mr. Fricker, 7s. 6d. Mr. Crowhurst, 10s.; Mr. Finch, jEl Mr. Lyons and friends, 6s. Mr. Humphrey and friends, JEI. Total, X57 2s. 8d.
SWANSEA HOSPITAL. An Abstract of the Resident Medical Officer's Report to the Weekly Board, from Aug. 21 to August 28 1873. IN-DOOR PATIENTS. Remained by last report. 41 Admitted since 7 43 Discharged, cured, and relieved 3 Died. 1- 4 Remaining. -44 OUT-DOOR PATIENTS. Remained by last report 303 Admitted since 59—362 Discharged, cured, and relieved 61 Died. 1-62 Remaining 300 Visited at home-13 new 33 old. MEDICAL OFFICERS FOR THE WEEK. Physician Dr. Padley. Surgeon Mr.J. G. Hall. JOHN LLOYD, L.K.U.r., &c., Resident Medical Officer. Committee who attended Mr. David Williams, in the Chair; Messrs. J. W. Clark, Wm. Stone, Jonn Jones. Sunday religious services performed by the Rev. Wm. Radnoa and Mr. Parnell.—Wednesday, Rev. Wm. Evans, St. Thomas. N. B.- Parcels of old linen, and other useful articles will be thankfully received by the Matron. JOHN W. MORRIS, Secretary.
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. Receipts for week ending Aug. 24, 1873 E109,234 0 0 Corresponding week 1872 tIO4,219 0 0 SWANSEA VALE RAILWAY. Receipts for week ending Aug. 23, 1873. R963 0 0 Corresponding week last year i;844 0 0 TAFF VALE RAILWAY. Receipts for week ending Aug. 23, 1873 £ 6808 0 0 Corresponding week, 1872 £ 7400 0 0 Penarth £ 876 0 0 Corresponding week last year [1808 0 0 BRECON AND MERTHYR RAILWAY. Receipts for week ending Aug. 24, 1873 £ ] 563 13 3 Corresponding week last year, 1872 £ 1729 10 1 SOMERSET AND DORSET RAILWAY. Estimated traffic, week ending Aug. 24, 1873 B1426 14 0 Trafficjof comparative week. 1872 V;,1793 5 0 HIGH WATER IN SWANSEA HARBOUR FOR THE ENSUING WEEK. HIGH WATER. HEIGHTS. Week Days. Morn Vvpn Ent- lp°ttery Hafod Morn. Even. chan Bridge Works AUG. H. M. H. M. F. I. F. I. F. I. Saturday 30 10 11 10 32 17 11 13 11 10 5 Sunday 31 10 54 11 20 16 5 12 5 S 11 Monday 1 11 53 15 3 11 3 7 9 Tuesday 2 0 33 1 19 15 4 11 4 7 10 Wednesday 3 2 7 2 54 17 0 13 0 9 6 Thursday 4 3 33 4 8 19 7 15 7 12 1 Friday 5 4 41 5 11 22 l 18 l 14 7 Afoo.N's AGE: -First Quarter, 31st, 3h. 48m. a.m.
SWANSEA. GOVERNMENT SAVINGS' BANK, HEATHFIELD-STREET, SWANSEA. (ESTABLISHED IN THE YEAR 1827.) Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from Eleven until Two o'Clock. Open on Saturday evenings from Six until Eight o'Clock. EDWARD J. MORRIS, Actuary.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS. iggyWe cannot insert notices of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, unless the persons who send them attach their names and places of abode. BIRTHS. On the 26th inst., at 4, Oxford-street, Swansea, the wife of Mr. J. Havard Williams, chemist, of a daughter. On the 27th inst., at Temple-street, Swansea, the wife- of Mr. Thomas Saunders, wine and spirit merchant, of a son. On the 22nd inst., at 2, Upper Herbert Place, Swansea, Mrs. E. O. Daniel, of a son. On the 6th inst., at 25, Clarence-street, Swansea, the wife of Mr, John Lancey, of a daughter. On the 22nd inst., at 24, Upper Bathu-rst-street, Swansea, the wife of Mr. Richard Jones, mason, of a daughter. On the 217th inst., at 25, Williams-street, Swansea, the wife of Mr. James Henry Bissent, of a daughter. On the 24th inst., at 31, Clarence-street,. Swansea, the wife' of Mr. David Williams, mariner, of a daughter. On the 17th inst., the wife of Mr. Ewan Ms:.Lean, Springfield Villas, Aberavon, of a son. MARRIAGES. On the 2Tth inst., at St. James's Church, Swansea, by the Rev. J. S. Moore, D.D., M.A., assisted by the Rev. J. Meigh, Samuel, eldest son of Thwnas Roe, Esq. (Surveyor of Taxes, Huddersfield), to Elizabeth,, eldest daughter of Richard Cleave Ham, Esq. (luliand- Revenus department), Swansea. On the 26th inst;, at Greenhill Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, by the Rev. E. Edmunds, Mr. Abraham. John, engine- man, to Miss Sarah Francis, both of Swansea. On the 23rd inst., at Blaengwrach Chapel-oi-Ease, by the Rev. David Griffiths, M.A., vicar, Mr. Jenkin Haghes, of Glyn- corrwg, to Miss. Hannah Davies, of the same plsse. and both in the parish of Glyncorrwg. On the 11th inst., at the Church of Cadoxten»juxta-Neath by the Rev. Benjamin Lloydti, David Godfrey Thomas, Esq., of Penlan, Llangennecli, to Laura Maud, daughter of Thomas S. Sutton, Esq., of Glynleiros, Neath. On the 20th inst., at the Wesleyan Chapel, Clapton, by the Rev. W. F. M owe ton, M.A., assisted by the Rev: Isaac Jenkins, the Rev. Hugh Price HughesyB.A., son of John' Hughes, Esq., of Carmarthen, to Mary Katharine Howard, fourth daughter of the Rev. Alfsed Barrett, of Upper Clapton. On the 19th inst., at St. Ishmael, Ferryside fby license), Mr. John Thomas, of London, to Miss Cecilia Jane Lewis, youngest daughter of tile late John Lewis, Esq., timber merchant,. Carmarthen. On the 12tbinst., at Walton East, Pembrokeshire, by the Rev. W. Rowlands, Haworth Peel Massy, Esq,, second son of Edward Tayloc Massy, of Cottesmore, in th,) same county, to. Anne Justina, only daughter of the late J. Davies Lloyd, Esq., of BJaendyffryn.and Alltyrollin, in the county of Carmarthen. DEATHS. On the 26tlk'.ihst., at his ssesidence, Belle "me-etreet, Swan&8a„ after a few (J\Ys: illness, Mr; Thomas Bullia, an old and highly respected inhabitant of thetown, deeply regretted, aged 68 y^ars. On the 4tTi inst., through a collision with the ss. Alabama, while on hi,s voyage home,, William Lear- Ace (of the Abeoria), aged 21 yeaø, youngest and beloved sou of William anui Mary Ann Ace, of 28, Page-street, Swansea. On the 36th inst., at A, Singleton Tearace, Swansea, aged 73 years, David Sanders, deeply regretted by a large- circle of relatives, and friends. On the 21st inst., at the Old Bank, High-street, Swansea, Henry Alfred, infant son of Mr. Chapman, artist ami photo- graphist, aged 10 wwùs. On me 10th inst., at Court Cottage, Llandovery, aged 58, Anne, the wife of Sir. R. Augustus, auctioneer aad land agent. Oil the 14th inst., at Brisken Farm, Llanfynydd, Carmar- thenshire, aged 62 years, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. John Davies, and' eldest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Williams, of the same place. IF On the Sth inst., at the Rectory, Llysfaen. Abergele, the Rev. R. O. Hughes. rector of the pajish, and eldest son of the late Rev. Isaac Hughes, vicar of Llandyfriog, and incumUent of Blaenporth, in the county of Cardigan, aged 46 years. Printed by Steam Power, and Published by HOWEL WALTERS WILLIAMS, at the CAMBRIAN OFFIOB, No. 58, Wind-street, Swansea, in the County of Glamorsan. —FRIDAT, AUGUST 20, 1873.