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ICotal intelligence JVT.V.:SHT.—On Wednesday Mr. Edward Strick, Coroner, held inquest at the HUh-street police stitioa, on the body. f an infant an hour and a half old, the child of Thon: > Webb, 37, Jockey street, gas stoker. A verdict of dea* from natural causes was returned. A Dt iCLAiMER. We h i ve been requested by Mr. John Jones, capture reader, Waterloo-street, in this town, to .ta.t. ti it he is not in any way connected with the Thomas Jones v'ho, on being changed at Llandilo some time ago with < aining money uT-der false pretences, erroneously .descr" t himself as "Thomas Jones, scripture reader, Wate (-street, Swansea." TTI LATE MCTIVY 0'.1 BOARD THE CASWELL.—We tinder- iftd that the survivors of the crew of the Swan- Ilea b, j Ie Caswell and the widows of the deceased have recei- litferent sum, of money to relieve their distress and t > nake something like provision for them. The ande risers at Voyd's have remitted to Mrs. Bes widow f the captain, a cheque for JE125 to Mrs. Wilson, the of the first mate (who has a family of five or si children to support), £225; to the carpenter, Macg< .'H', and Dunne £:!5 each and to elch of the two appn ices, £20. The underwriters still hold in hand a sum f £150, because Carrick, who, it will be remeii.1 c.red, navigated the vessel home after the muti> and muder, has preferred a claim for salv. which is t.. be resisted. It has been stated that upwH- isof £1000 was collected in the form of subscip- tions i hoard tfie s'aswell. in Cork, Bris ol, and Swan- sea, f -r the surviving sufferers, but the total amount realh r use i was about £ 37, which was handed over to Mrs: \i Ison, the first mate's wife. THK WINTER ASSIZES AT SWANSEA.—By an Order of Hei Majesty in Council, dated at Balmoral, October 33rd w iich the authorities of the county have just re- ceive1 it is directed that trials of prisoners for the sever counties and boroughs of Glamorganshire, Car- mart i ;hire, Carmarthen Borough, Pembrokeshire, Haven'»'dwest, Cardigm, Brecknockshire, and Radnor shall ke place at Swansea, and be called the Winter Asdz County No. 12." in pursuance of the provisions of th "Vinter Assizes Act, 1876. The High-Sheriff of Glai.io-g mshire will for he purposes of these Winter Assiz "Vet as High-Sheriff of all the counties included in this ier. The town having now direct communication -with v.'ry part of the Principality, by means of the three Sea* >■liiway companies, i.e., the Great Western, the id 1, and the Loudon and North Western, is most conv eutly situate for these assizes, and the claims of Swa- I as the metropolis ot Wales is now recognised bv the horities. This important announcement should stiiii te our council to at once adopt steps to secure bett. iccommodation for her Majesty's Judges than are now assessed, and it is anything but satisfactory that we are dr,>endeut upon to" kindness of a private gentleman befor > ■ ven the present accommodation can be had. LA MDOIIE SCIENCE CLASSES.—On Monday evening last c usses on chemis'ry a id metallurgy were opened at the S; oh School-room, in connection with the Science and Art Department, South Kensington, by Mr. W. Terrill. By the time appointed to deliver the opening lecture the school-room was well filled. Mr. R. Williams was vor.ed to the chair, who, after a few appropriate word- .Ill the advantages of these classes, called upo i Mr. T- riill to deliver his lecture. He commenced by stating his reason for open ng these classes at Landore. .Man.. of his pupils at Swansea were from this district, and h • thought by doing so he would spare them the trouble; of walking into town through the winter, which was not very pleasant; and he hoped that others would be m st likely to j in ■•hould the classes be more con- ven:"Jlt f"r them. Mr. Terrill then proceeded with the sciance of chemistry lecture, giving experiments as he went on. At the conclu ion a large number of youni men joined the classes, which are to be held every Mon- day fanning until the examination in May. A vote of thanks to the lecturer and chairman brought the meeting to a close. It is also the intention of Mr. Molison, cf Swansea, to open classes in 'nechanics and steam, to be held eve y Wednesday, at the same place. THM BOROUGH TREASURBRSHIP.—Pressure of advel- tisemenis compelled us to shorten our report of the last monthly meeting of the Swansea Town Council to such an pxtesjt, that all mention of the question of the Borough Treasurership was omi tted. In the agenda of business to be transacted at that meeting, Mr. John Buse had given notice that he would move a resolution to the following effect That all cheques drawn by tho Borough Treasurer be signed by the Mayor and the members of the Council, and countersigned by the Treasurer, and that the Town Clerk be instructed to inform the Bankers of such arrangement." The Mayor, in bringing up for adoption the minutes of the finance committee, said he had received a letter from Mr. Islay Young, the Borough Treasurer, setting forth an arrangement as to the pay- ment of cheques, to the effect that whatever .-um the Council sanctioned payment of by their signature, that sum nly could be drawn during the present month. The Treasurer also stated in t'lat letter that if any secu- rity further than the present sum of £2.000 were deemed necessary by the Council, he would be prepared to enter into it. Mr. Buse said he had conferred with the Treasurer in reference to this matter, and though the proposed arrangement did not go to the length he could have wished, he was willing to accept it. He therefore withdrew the resolution standing in his name. THE PARISH CHURCH. — HARVEST THANKSGIVING SERVICE.-The crowded state of our advertising columns in our last week's number necessitated the omission of any notice of this, a* it ought to be the most happy and successful of the many similar services at this season. In answer to a call for volunteers given in the church on the previous Sunday by the Rev. A. D. CampheJl (locum tenens), of the parish, a large number of wllling hands, and with much artistic taste, in two days so decrated the honoured though unecclesiastical church, that it drew forth from the multitude one expression of delight and surprise-many exclaiming, vte never saw the 01,1 church look so well." The services throughout were of a hearty character, and, like the chaste decorations, were entirely free from any of those meretricious attractions which in the present day are too akin to the Romish schotfl of thought that sadly prevails in many quarters. The anthem, the hymns, and organ exercises fully harmonized with the rest of the services, and reflected much credit on the org.nist and choir. The sermon, preached by the Rev. Eli Clarke, vicar of Christ Church, was a happy climax to the whole it was eloquent iu its poetical simplicity, and while pointing out the deep calls for a grateful remembrance of all the covenant mercies which call for songs of loudest praise, he lovingly pointed out amidst all the Divine blessings, the crowning benefit is that great-continual gift which He, the Saviour, has brought salvation to guilty-fallen man. We congratulate the Rev. A. D. Campbell and his noble band of loving helpers for so successful an issue to a rather delicate undertaking. The collection on the occasion will be added to the Reparation Fund already in existence. PROPERTY SALE.—Mr. J. M. Leeder, auctioneer, &c. yesterday submitted for sale by public auction, at the Mackworth Arms Hotel, the spacious and admirably erected leasehold family residence, known as North Hill Villa, with its gardens and grounds situate in Fynone Crescent, Walter-road, lately the property of Mr. Leonard B. Williams, deceased. The property is held for an un- expired lease of 88 years from June last at the ground rent of £43 8s. Mr. Leeder made a few remarks, to the limited number of gentlemen who were present, as to the value of the premises he was about to submit to them, stating that they contained every accommodation which a gentleman's family mansion should have, commanding a splendid view, and the grounds and gardens were lar e and tastily laid out. There was ample ground, should the purchaser deem it prudent to erect a large residence on either side of the present, so that the ground rent then would not be high. A more eligible site could not now be had for money. The present was certainly not favourable for the sale of property, in consequence of the depression of trade, but in more prosperous times the house and premises would command a very high figure. Mr. Leeder then solicited offers, but only one bid (and that nominally, of JE1000) being made, the property was withdrawn, Mr. Leeder stating that he was opeu to treat by private contract either for its sale or letting. Mr. Leeder then offered for sale the lease and good-will of the double-licensed public house, known as the Black Horse, Rutland-street, lately in the occupation of Mr. Barnes. These premises are held for an unexpired term of seven years, subject to a rent of £34 per annum. The first bid was that of Mr. Joseph Hall of £200, after which the offers slowly proceeded between Messrs. Harvey, Weillake, and Hall, but the lot was eventually knocked down to Mr. Joseph Hall for JE420. THE SWANSEA MARKET-PLACE ON FIRE.—Swansea boasts of the possession of a commodious, well-arranged, and convenient market-place—an arena for cheapening, purchasing, and vending, such as outbids the rivalry ef any other town in the Principality. The place has enjoyed a long immunity from serious accident, until Saturday night or Sunday morning last, when a considerable portion was destroyed, and the whole of the structure imminently threatened by fire. Soon after midnight, such of the bur- gesses as had retired to bed as those who would have slept," might have heard the booming of a clock bell at sedate intervals, as though some public horologe had be- come frisky and forgetful of when to stop. After it had .truck such a number of times as to suggest to the half- somnolent inhabitants that the hour had waxed later than they had ever yet known it, the unusual sounds ceased, and no doubt the puzzled ones fell asleep, only^on their awaking next morning to learn that the market place had been the scene of a destructive fire, But bte as was the hour when the alarm was given, many shop- keepers and their assistants had not retired to rest, and soon a considerable number of persons were collected. The gates were locked, and for some time spectators were watching the flames, without being able to do anything to stay their progress. After the gates had been opened no water could be bad, and it is stated that from 30 to 40 minutes elapsed before anything like a supply could be obtained, notwithstanding that the fire brigade and reel were ready and waiting. The flames, therefore, had got such a. firm hold of the woodwork, &c., that all hopes were at once abandoned of being able to save the greenstuff market. Three fire reels and hose, however, got to work, and the water was directed to keep the flames within the sheds, and fortunately the firemen were successful in their efforts. The whole block of sheds and the contents, vege- tables, fruit, &c., were mtirely destroyed, and the occu- pants of stalls were losers of considerable amounts. The fire raced for some time, and it was once feared that the tower In wiiioii is situate the keeper's offices &c., would ignite, for such was the heat that the glass in some of the windows in the office were melted. One of the keepers fo: lately L-1 the presence of mind to turn off the gas at the meter, or probably still more serious consequences would have ensued 1 fl damage must a- mount to something like £ 3->0. Fortunately the struc- ture itself was insured some 15 months since in the Lon- don Insurance office, but the stall keepers have lost their property stored there. The officers were careful before leaving the market about eleven o'clock to see that all was safe, and there was not then the slightest indication of fire in either the stores or stalls, and the origin or the tre ïa. therefore, involved in mystery. BASELESS RUMOUR.—Mr. Henry Chapman, photo- grapher, High-street, writes to contradict the absurd report that I have failed for some seven or eight thousand pounds" Yesterday, an important and largely attended meeting of Liberals was held a.t Devonshire House. Amongst those present were Earl Granville, Lord Hartingten, Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Bright, and Mr. Lowe. It was agreed to make a further effort to induce the Government to con- vene Parliament. A meeting of Liberals was subsequently held at the Devonshire Club, when Lord Hartington condemned Lord Derby's policy, and argued in favour of au independent Government for the Christian provinces of Turkey. FATAL ACCIDENT TO A MUMBLES DREDGER.—On Tuesday Mr. Edward Strick held an inquest at the Oystermouth Police Station on the body of Geo. Howells. The evidence adduced went to show that the deceased was 3S years of age and a dre'ger. On the 23rd inst., while following his avocation on board the skiff Atalanta, off Porthcawl, a coil of rope accidentally got entangled round the poor fellow's leg, and pulled him overboard. His body was not recovered until life was extinct. A verdict ef Accidental death" was returned. DROWNED IN THE NOhTH DOCK.—On Saturday last, Mr. Edward Strick, the coroner, held an inquest at the Sea.beach Hotel, on the body of Joseph Baxter. It ap- peared that the deceased was about 18 years of age and an apprentice on board the ship Professor Airey. He had been missing since the 12th of October, and there was no evidence to show how he had got into the waters of the dock, nor were there any marks of violence about him. It was supposed that when making his way on board ship on the night of the 12th he must have slipped his foot and fallen into the dock. A verdict of Found drowned" was returned. MR. ARTHUR LLOYD.—We would again remind our readers that this accomplished and versatile vocalist, and his talented company of artists will appear in our Music hall on tIe evenings of Monday and Tuesday next. The company has twice had the honour of appearing, by express command, before H.RH. the Prince of Wales and a distinguished company of ladies and gentlemen. Mr. Arthur Lloyd's personation of character is unrivalled, and is received everywhere with the greatest satisfaction and applause. We understand that this is the farewell tour of Mrs. and Mr. Arthur Lloyd, as they contemplate retirement into private life af'er several years of active professional duties, having done much to provide in- nocent mirth and recreation for the people. We hope to see crowded houses, and feel su e that all will thoroughly enjoy the entertainment provided.—See adv. THE SWANSEA OHORAL SOCIETY. The members of this very successful society have so organised themselves for the performance of classical music in our town, that their efforts to interpret the woiks of the great masters have met with signal success in the two Concerts given by them, both from a pecuniary as well as a musical point of view. They now invite those who possess mu- sical taste ahd talent to join and assist them in their praiseworthy undertaking to promote musical culture and the scudy of those noble and inspired works which composers, ancient and modern, have bequeathed to the world. By an advertisement in our columns it will be seen that the society recommenced the rehearsal of Haydn's Creation" last night (Thursday) with a view to its performance early in the new year. ERRORS IN TIME TABLES.—A correspondent, writing from Pontardawe, complains that by depending on the correctness of the figures of onr Midland Railway Time Tables, he lost the 7.48 a.m. train from Pontardawe, and was greatly inconvenienced thereby. We are extremely sorry that anyone should have been so misled, but in justice to ourselves we are bound to state that at the commence- ment of the month we forwarded to the office of this com- pany, in the usual way,our time table for the past month, in order that corrections for the current month should be marked. It was returned to us with only two corrections marked, and we of course published the tables in accord- ance with that returned sheet. The notification of our correspondent arrived too late for correction ill this issue, for the inside formes were already worked off, but it shall be attended to in our next. PENMAEN HARVEST THANKSGIVING.—The harvest thanksgiving service was held in Penmaen Church on Wednesday, the 18th inst., for which occasion the in- terior of the edifice had been nicely decorated with evergreens, cereals, and fruits. The service was choral. The prayers were read by the Rector of the parish, the Rev. E. K. James, who also read one lesson, the other being read by the Rev. D. W. Da vies, curate of Nicholas- ton. A most appropriate sermon w IS preached by the Rev. John Griffiths, Rector of Merthyr. The church was crowded, and the thank-offering amounted to the con- siderable sum of JE13 5s. lid., which has been divided between the funds of the Swansea General Hospital and the Penmaen Palish Schools. MR. TERRILL'S CHEMISTRY CLASSES.—Mr. W. Terrill, who is known in the neighbourhood as a very successful teacher of chemistry, commenced the work of the present session by delivering a free lecture on chemistry, illus- trated by experiments, in the Theatre of the Royal Insti- tution, on Wednesday evening. Mr. James Livingston (the Mayor) presided, and the attendance was good, the audience being evidently much interested in the subject treated of. The Mayor having briefly introduced the lecturer, Mr. Terrill commenced his address. He con- tended that a knowledge of the great science of chemistry is of very great and manifold use in most of the pursuits of life, and added the encouraging fact that such a know- ledge of the science may be acquired by any person witn moderate application in spare and leisure hours. Ui the truth of this statement he quoted several instances. He also thought that a place like Swansea should not be without a laboratory such a.s the Science and Art Depart- ment are assisting to form in other places. Mr. Terrill then proceeded with his lecture on the forces of chemistry, and successfully illustrated them by useful, rather than showy and dangerous, experiments. The classes of which this lecture is the commencement, include the teachlllg of the following subjects :—chemistry—inorganic and organic; Wednesdays: geology and mineralogy, Fridays at 7.30 p. m laboratory practice and metallurgy, Saturday afternoons. The success whicb. has hitherto attended Mr. Terrill's teaching is the best guarantee of his aptness to impart knowledge in his own special blanches of science. EVENING LECTURES FOR THE COMING WINTER.—The long dark winter evenings are at hand, and by their ad- vancing and lengthening shadows people are warned of the propriety of makiug due provision for spending their time wisely and well. One mode of securing gather- ings for amusement and instruction and mental stimulus is the delivery of lectures, and it is undoubtedly an important educational instrument if properly used. Theoretically, the advantages to be diffused among the masses of the people by means of well prepared dis- courses are immense but in practice, unfortunately, this immensity of benefit dwindles down to a very small matter. The reason perhaps is not far to seek. The number of men in any nation at one time, possessing eloquence of speech, and aptness to teach multitudes or people, is very tmall. Many men devote themselves to the study and practice of elocution, but though they have the manner, they lack the matter to teach. Others, deeper men, give thelll8elves up so entirely to their sub- ject as to neglect the manner, and thus buth classes fail of some of the success which their efforts might be ex- pected to secure. Perhaps some such lack of power on the part of the teachei s may account for the untimely death of the University lecture movement ia Swansea. Anyhow it is dead, and lecture-goers will be glad to know that the Council of the Royal Institution have issued their syllabus of pre-Christwas lectures as in pu^t years. The list of seven lectures announced is headed with a lecture by Mr. G. G. Francis, the President, entitled "A Chapter on our Local History, embracing the building of the Castle, the erection of the Parish Cnurch. and the founding of St. David's Hospital" (with illustrations). This first lecture will be delivered on the 6th November, in the Theatre of the Royal Institution. OXFORD LOCAL EXAMINATIONS—SWANSEA CENTRE.— The annual distribution of prizes in connection with these examinations took place last night in the Theatre of the Royal Institution of Eiouth Wales. The Mayor presided, and there were present the Rev. Edward Higginson, local hon. secretary. Alderman P. Rogers, &c. The attendance of pupils and their friends was large. The awards to successful students comprised three certificates for senior students and twenty-three for juniors, and four prizes given by the Swansea Local Com- mittee.' The Mayor having briefly notified the object of the gathering, called upon the Rev. Edward Higgmson, the lecai hon. sec., to read his report. The report of the year's working was to the effect that these examinations, which were commenced in Swansea in the year 1869, took place this year for the ninth time in the month of May last. For the senior examinations there were three can. didates. Four had entered, but the fourth had been obliged to withdraw on account of ill-health. There were 32 junior candidates, 26 of whom passed. The boys were examined in the Unitarian School-room, High- street, and the girls in the Walter Road Congregational School-room, the Rev. Conybeare Bruce of St. Nicholas's, Cardiff, being the examiner. Of the three senior can- didates, two had passed in the second division and one in the third. Of the junior candidates, four had passed in the first division, eight in the second, and 14 in the third, the three girls being in the third. In pursuance of a resolution passed by the local committee, it had been determined to award some book prizes this year, and therefore four prizes would now be handed to the suc- cessful competitors. The honorary secretary (the Rev. E. Higginson) finding it necessary to retire from his post, had the pleasure to announce that that office would be tilled by Mr. Sidney Davies, solicitor, himself one of the first local certificate takers, and the son of one of the earliest promoters of this movement. After giving the per centages of local success during the past years, the report concluded with an expression of hope that in future the good results of these examinations would be still more widespread. The Mayor then distri- buted the certificates to the following:—Seniors in order of merit—Samuel Thomas Evans, Collegiate School, Swansea; Frederick Knight, Normal College, Swansea; and Alexander Macgregor Ferguson. Juniors:—Liefchild Jones, Normal College, Swansea (with book prize); Eustace T. Clark, Collegiate School, Swansea (with book prize); L. J. W. Cawker, Collegiate School, Swansea; Robert Knight, Normal College, Swansea (with book prize);—these were in order of merit; the following in alphabetical order Marcus Leonard; William Morlais Thomas; James Thomas Brockey, Carmarthen; Walter William Brodie, Llandilo A. C. F. Evans, Carmarthen Charles Henry Jenkins, St. Andrew s College, Swansea Miss E. M. Jones, Llanelly John P. Jones; John N. Lewis, Normal College, Swansea; Walter G. Lowe, St. Andrew's College, Swansea; A. Williams Morgans, St. Andrew's College, Swansea Catherine E. Barnes H. Wilson Paton, St. Andrew's College, Swansea; H. T. Sladen, Swansea; Miss Emily Spencer, at the Misses Phillips's School, Tremont House, Swansea; William Thomas W. F. Thompson, St. Andrew s College, Swan- sea W. R. Watkins, Athenaeum School, Llanelly; t Edward Miall Williams. After distributing the certifi- cates the Mayor spoke a few encouraging words to the students, pointing out the great value in commercial life of modern languages, particularly French. The prooeed- ings then qame to a close.


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