PONTYPRIDD. THE FORESTER'S CLUB.—The Courts Rosa Harriet, Chivey Chase, and iSolus, held their annual feasts on Saturday last. The different clubs mustered in force, and at each lodge a most pleasant afternoon was held. THE PROVINCIAL UNION ASSURANCE COMPANY.—The friends of this benefit society held a social tea party on Monday evening, which was well attended. The manager of the society, Mr. Johnson, addressed those assembled in a very practical speech, which was listened to and ap- preciated by those present. THE PRIZE DRAWING.-The sale of tickets for this drawing in aid of the Library funds, still continues. It is gratifying to be able to assert that there is to be no re- issue of tickets, and that the drawing will positively take place on the 9th of October, as advertised in these columns. Several additions have been made to the list ef prizes. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the above board was held on Wednesday, W. Perkins, Esq. in the chair. The following guardians were also present:—Messrs. W. Prichard, J. S. Maddicks, G. J. Penn, T. Lewis, D. Davies (Gellywion), D. Davies (Penrhiw fawr), W. Williams, J. Richards, J. David, E. Evans, T. Williams (Lan), Edmond Thomas, D. Jenkins, W. Morgan, J. j Davies and the Rev. D. T. Davis. The inspectors of the parishes of Llanwonno, Eglwy- silan, and Llantwit Vardre were authorised to employ a horse and cart to remove existing nuisances. The Clerk read a letter from the inspector of nuisances at Llantrissant asking for power to remove a nuisance caused by Mr. Evans. The Clerk said that under the new Act of Parliament inspectors were not compelled to ask for an order, but that they had power to remove any nuisance, and to summon the party causing such nuisance for the expense incurred in removing the same. Instructions to that effect were ordered to be given to each inspector. Iron railings were ordered to be provided for the lunatic ward at the union, as the room at present was very insecure, and one lunatic had got out and traversed the house. Dr. Edwards reported several eases of diarrhoea and one case of cholera at Walnut Bridge. The man had been sent from Aberdare, by Mr. Wood on Monday, and was taken ill during the day with cholera, from the effects of which he died in twenty-six hours. The body was buried on Tuesday evening. Dr. Edwards made application for the expenses incurred, namely, X4, which was ordered to be paid. Dr. Morgan reportedjthatthe sanatory state of Ponty- pridd was tolerably good, but there had been a few cases of diarrhoea of a mild character. Dr. Evans, of Ystradyfodwg, furnished a report for the past fortnight, which set forth the following results :—Fourteen cases of ordinary diarrhoea, six cases of unusual severity, and two deaths. Mr. PENN moved the following resolution:—" That the medical officers of each district be solicited to engage a room, at the expense of the board, for the convenience of persons attacked with cholera; that the rooms be supplied with sufficient furniture by such gentlemen, at the expense of the board and that such places be sup- plied with medicine and disinfectants, abcording to the resolution passed at a special meeting on the 30th of July. The Rev. D. T. DAVIS seconded the resolution, and it was carried unanimously. The CHAIRMAN said that during the prevalence of cholera he considered it necessary that the guardians should meet every week, instead of once a fortnight, as at present. He moved a resolution to that effect. It was ultimately agreed that the board should meet every Wednesday at eleven o'clock, but the relief busi- ness will be only transacted once a fortnight. Several cheques was then signed, and the Board separated.
MERTHYR. EXPLOSION AT GETHIN.-An explosion occurred last week at one of the Gethin pits, but attended with only a little damage, and temporary inconvenience. One man's light was knocked out of his hand, but no one was seriously injured. ST. DAVID'S SCHOOL PIC-NIC.—Tbe annual pic-nic of the scholars attending the above Sunday school, was beld on Wednesday last. Pentwyn Reservoir was the place of resort, and the day being favourable to all kinds of ont-door sports, the children had a delightful holiday. HIGH-STREET BAPTIST CHAPEL.—On the occasion of the administration of the rite of public adult baptism on Sunday evening, at the above chapel, the Rev. C. White, according to announcement, preached an appropriate discourse. He selected extracts fram Paedobaptist writers-Calvin, Luther, Wesley, Bishop Jeremy Taylor, and others to show that infant sprinkling was not taught in the scriptures, but was a modern innovation of the church. "Baptism" always meant "immersion" in the bible, and was spoken of as succeeding the act of repent- ance. There was a large congregation, who appeared much interested.-A pic-nic of teachers and friends of the above chapel and school, was held on Thursday (yesterday), at Aberdare. The party proceeded thither by water in a boat, kindly lent by Mr. W. Harris, and returned in the evening, after a day's pleasure, spent amid the most beautiful scenery. THE BOARD OF HEALTH.—Just now the Board are in a quandary. The late stoppage of the sewage works by Mr. Dixon, necessitated the holding of a second meeting 00 Monday, to which the press were again denied admit- tance. The contractor, however, bad an interview with the Board this time, and withdrew the letter he had sent to the Board, asserting that the engineer had misled him as to the nature of the ground, and that be should re- quire 20 per cen:. extra for some work, and 10 per cent. for other. The truth is Mr. Dixon is bound by his con- tract, but his capital being expended, he is unable to carry on the work. The only way out of the difficulty seemed to be for him to measure up and complete his work to the point he has gone, and then the Board will perhaps, advertise for new tenders for the completion of ■the work, at tbe same time holding sureties of the pre- sent contractor to the extent of £ 5.000. we believe, who ■would be called upon to make good any deficiency that might arise through the non-performance of the present contract. There are but few in the town who do not regret this untoward circumstance, as Mr. Dixon of Liverpool was generally respected, for the straightforward way in which be had transacted his business. Another matter which will come before the Board at their next meeting, is the salary of their medical ameer. Dr. Dyke has hitherto acted as the medical officer of health, at a merely nominal salary, and has furnished some most valuable statistics of the sanitary condition of the town, besides making suggestions which have led to such in- creased cleanliness, that a diminution of disease is the apparent result. The sum of £60 is by some thought to be sufficient, but the doctor compares Merthyr with its 90,000 population-i. e. including districts—with Swansea and Newport, and asks for £100. We are far from suggesting any mercenary motive on the part of Dr. Dyke, but still we cannot forget that he once stated to the board, in meaning, that he was not looking after t" the loaves and fishes." It is certain however that he has his whole heart in the work of the sanatory reforma- tion of the place, and no doubt the board will not let slip the valued services of so able a man if they can help it. DOORBOY KILLED AT DOWLAls.-An inquest was held before the deputy coroner on Friday, on the body of Jason Thomas, of Penydarren-road. The deceased, who was 12 years of age, worked as a door boy in Morgan Williams's Dowlais pit, and on the 15th inst. when at- tempting to open the door on a run, he lost his light, and was knocked down by some trams which passed over him, crushing him so badly that he died immediately. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. HOAXING A COUPLE OF GALLANTS.—On Tuesday last an amusing joke was played by a wag with the affections of three young gentlemen in the town remarkable for their assiduous attentions to the fair sex. A young lady, said to be sweetly pretty," arrived out from Portsmouth at the village of Cefc, near the town, and speedily made conquests wherever she went. There were three young men remarkably fond of her, but who had no opportunity for declaring their intentions, so our hero resolved to afford it. He knew that the lady would be at a party at Capel-nant-ddu, on the above day, and with the assistance of a young lady, three notes were written to the three young men. He who had deserted his lady-love for the new fair one, smelt a rat, and was not to be had but the other two very promptly addressed the Portsmouth belle, assuring her in their epistle how devotedly they were attached to her, and how ready they would be to meet her and have a pleasant, tete a tete. One, booted and spurred, rode oif on horseback fo the appointed place of meeting, with evergreens in his hat, and notorious for being ever-green in his conduct. The otter luckless swain, ignorant of his rival's doings, sported a trap, and drove up. Judge ef their chagrin when they got there, for the lady had been put up to the joke, and enjoyed it most thoroughly. Each of them wished to escort the lady back, but she declined their services, and they returned with their fairest hopes dashed to the winds. Only on Wednesday the lady went back to her home, after a stay of two or three weeks, no doubt with a long tale to tell of her young and foolish Merthyr admirers. SUDDEN DEATH OF A MAN IN THE STREET AT MOUNTAIN ASH.—An inquest was held at the Navigation Hotel, Mountain Ash, before the deputy-coroner, on John Francis, a collier, who died suddenly on Saturday last. The deceased had been unwell for soma time past, and had difficulty in breathing. He went out for a walk in the evening with his brother-in-law, about eight o'clock, and about ten o'clock fell down suddenly in the street, and was taken home insensible. Mr. Brown, surgeon, was sent for, and gave it as his opinion that deceased had been drinking spirits. He continued in a state of collapse till Sunday middle day, when he died. Verdict, death from apoplexy.
ABERDARE. SHOCKING ACCIDENT TO A HAUUER.—Oo Saturday last the deputy-coroner hetd an inquest at the Blue Bell, on the body of Daniel Williams, a haulier, of John-street, Mill-street. The deceased was a haulier, and brought up wagons after being weighed at the machine, to the siding of the Scuborwen works. On the 14th a wagon had been weighed and deceased tapped the window to signify that all was right. The horses were beard to go on, and the weigher went to look as he heard the deceased cry out, and was horrified to find deceased crushed between a wagon and the wall. He had been continually cautioned against riding on the buffers, and in this instance the practice proved fatal, for after two days' suffering he died. A verdict of accidental death was returned. COMBAT BETWEEN A PUGILIST AND A WRESTLER.— At tbe Aberdare police court on Tuesday last, before the sitting magistrates, Richard James was summoned for assaulting John Jones. Mr. Linton for the complainant and Mr. Simons for the defendant. The complainant, a big brawny fellow, is the landlord of the Beaufort Arms, Aberaman, and is a superannuated wrestler; while the defendant is well known in these parts as as Dick Shon Shams, a pugilist who has given many of the small fry a thrashing, but once received a good hid. ing himself from the celebrated Bill Benjamin." The complainant, when he stepped into the witness box, was blinking with a pair of painted peepers," and a deep red mark round the defendant's thick neck showed he bad undergone a process very like throttling. The dis- pute between them seems to have been commenced in this way. The defendant, his brother-in-law, Price, and « little man to whom Mr. Simons facetiously gave the sobriquet of "Tom Thumb," probably a" feather weight," went to the Beaufort Arms on tbe 13th, and ordered brandy round. The landlord supplied it, and then Dick, having an eye to business, offered to toss him for another round. Boniface was at first shy, afraid of being sharped by the astute Dick, but at last began to play, and having won the toss, he then played with Tom Thumb." The gambling had not gone on long before the landlord discovered the downy" Tom, as be thought, "chiseling" under a hat, and at once conceived the plan of seizing him by the scroff of the neck and the back of his nether garment to bundle him out. Tom being a little pot, soon hot," threatened the landlord, ar.J said he would box him or any other man, which made it more desiratle that he should be put out. But before the landlord's amiable intention was carried out, -Dick stepped in and said his friend was a man of means, who could buy the Beaufort Arms and the Aberaman W;rkg into the bargain, if they were in the market. Complainant pooh pooh'd the impudence of the little -,an, and Dick, to quiet him, gave him a "flip" on the lip which sent him spinning across the room. Nothing .azea by ibiw, up came the landlord again, like an en- raged bull, and putting on the "hug," he gave the pugi- listic athlete a terrible cross-buttock threw, and they came heavily to the ground. Having gathered them- selves together, they again stood up and here the evi- dence is conflicting. For the defence, it is said that the landlord pegged away without doing any execution; and on ',he other side it is alleged that Dick, although he did not get his antagonist in chancery," yet managed to hold him across the counter, and so "fibbed" away at his "mug" and conk" in a pretty style, and left his sign manual distinctly visible upon the battered frontispiece. Price swore that Dick was shamefully licked whilst on the ground, and that complainant wanted to call in another rough gem, yclept Yanto," to help him. However, Yanto didn't appear, and com- plainant wanted to finish the "mill" in an adjoining stable, but in this wish he was not gratified. He then rushed into the strong arms of the law. The advocates gave several racy touches to the case, and Mr. Bishop, in deciding it, held the defendant to be guilty of an assault, but thought when a landlord began gambling with his customers, and then wanted to turn them out in such a manner, he richly deserved a thrashing. At the same time, Dick was warned not to assault publicans in defence of a friend, and was fined 10s. and costs.
DINAS. THE ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER. On Thursday afternoon, the 16th inst., an inquest was opened at the Cross Keys Inn, Ton-y-Pandy, Dinas, before Mr. Williams. deputy coroner, on the body of Daniel Jones, who, as was reported in our last, died in an awfully sudden manner near the Adare Inn, on Wednesday morning, the 15th inst. Two men, named Richard Watkins and Jenkin Williams, had been taken into custody upon suspicion of having had something to do with the circumstances which led to the death of Daniel Jones. Mr. Thomas, solicitor, had been engaged to defend the prisoner. The following men were sworn in as a jury:—William Richards (foreman), Chas. Moses, Price Jones, John Brown, Thomas Henry Rowe, Thomas Davies, John Rod, John Morgan, Francis Lewis, Elias Jones, Thomas Rees, Jenkin Jenkins, William Jones, George Knill, and Jewell Edmunds. Having found that none of the jurymen were related to the deceased, to Richard Watkins nor Jenkin Williams, the two men who were in custody on suspicion, the deputy coroner informed them that the death of Daniel Jones had resulted from violence, and that their duty was to inquire how that violence was produced. They then proceeded to view the body, which lay at his brother's house, at Ton-y-pandy. The only mark of violence apparent on the corpse was a cut over the temple, a slight graze of the skin on the cheek bone, and a little swelling under the left ear. Having returned from viewing the body, the coroner proceeded to take the evidence. The first witness called was David Jones, who, being sworn, said, I am a collier, and reside at Ton-y-Pandy, in the house where the body of Daniel Jones now lies. The de ceased was my brother. He was a collier, and was between 27 and 28 years old. He was a single man, and lived with me. I have seen the body and identify it as my brother's. I last saw him alive between 7 and 8 on Tuesday evening, the 14th. He was then lying on the bed in my house. There was nothing then the matter with him, I do not think he had was nothing then the matter with him, I do not think he had been drinking. I did not see him go out afterwards. I next saw him lying dead before the Adare Inn, between 7 and 8 on the following morning. I was not at the Adare Inn dur- ing the Tuesday night. I was at work. No one having any more questions to ask this witness, the next was called. Mathew Lane, sworn, said I live at Merthyr Tydvil, but lodge behind Mr. Davies' shop, at Storehouse, Dinas. I am a sawyer. I was not acquainted with deceased. I saw him yesterday morning. I went to the Adare Inn, about 5 a.m. I went into the house and saw a great many men there-I can- not say how many, but I should think there were about ten or a dozen. They were apparently drinking, but I could aot see many cups about. I had somegin. When I went into the house there was sparring going on. I saw Jenkin Wil. ltams (one of the men taken intocustody) sparring with Daniel Jones. Williams very soon left him, and Matthews,the man of the house, took him up. When Williams and deceased were sparring they seemed to be playing. The deceased used bad language to the people of the house, but I doo;t re- member what the words were. He was addressing his offensive language to Watkins, I suppose, for Watkins took him up for it. Watkins struck first, because of the bad language. I did not hear Watkins say anything to the de- ceased, but simply went up to him and struck him. I did not see Jones strike in return I do not think he was able to strike, for Watkins was much the stronger. I do not think Watkins was drunk, but I believe Jones was affected by drink. The sparring between deceased and Watkins com- menced in the house, and continued until they had arrived at the sloping ground outside the house, when Jones fell. Jones was running out. Watkins seemed to be sttiking him with great force, and the last blow was on the head, somewhere over the temple. I am not sure how Jones fell, whether on his face or otherwise. Several of us went to him when he fell. T did not hear him speak after he fell. I did not notice any marks of violence about his face nor any blood coming from his mouth or ears. After several attempts to restore consciousness, he was taken away. I think he died as soon as he dropped. A doctor was sent for, but I cannot say whether he arrived before the body was removed. A Juror I can say Dr. Jones came. Witness continued: Watkins ran for some water as soon as deceased fell, and tried all he could to restore him. This was about half-past seven. Mr. Thomas, police superintendent: How long after the deceased had left off sparring with Jenkin Williams was the bad language used by Jones? Witness: Not two minutes; he appeared all right after leaving Williams. Jones made use of bad language before Watkins' sister, and this was what led Watkins to take up Jones. Mr. Thomas, solicitor What time did you get to the Adare Inn ? Witness I left home about half-past four, and walked quietly up:Mr. Thomas: When did you enter the house? Witness:' About half-past seven.—Mr. Thomas: Had you seen deceased, Jenkin Williams, and Richard Watkins, before you entered the house? Witness: No.—Mr. Thomas: Who was in the house? Witness There were some ten or twelve there in all, but I did not know any but deceased, Watkins, and William's. When Williams left off sparring, they were in the front room. I don't think Watkins was worse for drink. I was in the house about ten minutes. There was nothing between Watkins and Jones when I went in. They went out. I remained in the house and looked out through the window. There was no one with Jones and Watkins when they went out. Watkins had struck him about twice before they went out, and then Jones ran out. I did not see deceased strike Watkins at all. At this stage of the proceedings the inquest was adjourned to Thursday, the 23rd inst., that Superintendent Thomas might have time to seek and arrange further evidence. Jenkin Williams was then released from custody, there being no evidence to justify his longer, detention, but Richard Watkins will have to remain at the station till next Thursday. On Friday morning, the 17th, Dr. H. N. Davies, M.D., as- sisted by Messrs. Idris Davies, Jones, and Phillips, surgeons, made a post mortem examination of the deceased, the result of which will be fully made known at the next meet- ing. We have learned that the medical opinion is, that the in- juries which result-edin the death of Daniel Jones, may have been occasioned by the fall.
CAERPHILLY. DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERIOR OF THE CASTLE,FROM CAMDEN.—■" The place which Mr. Sandferd called a chapel was probably the same with that which the neighbouring in- habitants called the hall. It is a stately room, about 70 feet in length, 34 in breadth, and 17 in height. On the south side we ascend to it by a direct staircase, not in the middle, but somewhat nearer to the west end of the room, and oppo- site to it on the north side there is a chimney about ten feet wide. On the same side there are four stately windows (if one may suppose them) two on each side of the chimney, of the fashion of church windows, but that they are continued down to the very floor, and reached up higher than the height of this room is supposed to have been; so that the room above this chapel (or hall) had some part of the benefit of them. The sides of these windows are adorned with cer- tain three-leaved knobs or husks, having a fruit or small round ball in the midst. On the walls on each side of the room are seven triangular pillars like the shafts of candle- sticks placed at.equal distances. 'From the floor to the bot- tom of these pillars may be about twelve foot and a half, and their height or length seemed above four foot. Each of these pillars are supported by three busts, or heads and breasts, which vary alternately; for whereas the first (ex gr.) is sup- ported by the head and breast of an ancient bearded man and two young faces on each side, all with dishevelled hair, the next shows the face and breast of a woman, with two lesser faces also on each side, and the middlemost or biggest having a cloth close tIfd under the chin and about the fore- head, all with braid locks. The use of these pillars seems to have been for supporting the beams; but there are also on the south side six grooves or channels in the walls, at equal distance, which are about nine inches wide and eight or nine foot high, four whereof are continued from the tops of the pillars, but the two middlemost are about the middle space between the pillars and come down lower than the rest, having neat stones jutting at the bottom, as if intended to support something placed in the hollow groeves. On the north side, near the east end, there's a door, about eight or nine foot high, which leads into a spacious green, about seventy yards long and seventy broad. At the east end there are two low arched doors within a yard of each other; and there was a third near the south side, but much larger, and another opposite near the west end. The reason why I have been thus particular is, that such as have been curious in ob- serving ancient buildings might the better discern whether this room was once a chapel or a hall, &c., and also in some measure judge the antiquity of the place, &c., which, as far as I could hitherto be informed, is beyond the reach of his- tory." THE CARDIFF CAVALRY.—Thisweek the town presented a military aspect. On Monday evening the Glamor0^ n Light Cavalry Volunteers, under the command of Capt. C. H. Williams, assembled here for a week's training. 1 hey assembled in a field on Pontygwindy Farm. On Wednesday the whole company (mounted) assembled within the walls of the castle, and a photographic sketch of the whole company was taken by Mr. Dunmore, ox Cardiff. There were an immense number of people present from the neighbourhood; and the scene was a very interesting one,-it reminded one of the past, when the Welsh Chieftain, Ifor Bach, the Clares, Breos, Nevills, and Despencers, assembled their soldiers within these old grey walls, in days gone by and many a gay scene took place within these magnificent ruins, which look glorious, notwithstanding their ruinous state. The troop went from the castle accompanied by the band, playing the^ old military air, The march of the men of Harlech," to Ruperra Castle. The band plays every evening in the town, and a large number of peo- ple assemble to hear the sweet strains. THE TUNNEL.—We are glad to find that the tunnel has re-commenced this week by Messrs. Hemingway and Logan, Messrs. Thomas and Griffiths having given it up, and it is to be hoped that it will be carried on without any obstacle in future. PRIZE FIGHT.-One of these disgraceful exhibitions took place near the town early on Monday morning, on the other side of the river Rhymney, in the county of Monmouth. The parties came here on Sunday from Abercarne to elude the police, but in this they were mistaken. The officers had a clue to their movements and followed them to the spot, and when they were en- gaged in the combat the police pounced upon them. Both ran away across the river, but one of them was caught, the other escaped. It is to be hoped that he will be sent to the treadwheel for a few months, it will do him good; for it is high time such brutal scenes were put down. They were accompanied by a large crowd, who made free with people's orchards.
BRIDGEND. SCHOOL TREAT.-The children of Hope chapel Sunday school have had their annual treat this week. The wea- ther was not very favourable, but we have no doubt, with the cake and the tea, they enjoyed themselves very well on the occasion. A TEA MEETING, to inaugurate the formation of a tonic-sol-fa singing class in connection with the Wes- leyan chapel and Sunday school, was held in the school- room, on Tuesday. About forty-two persons were pre- sent and joined as members. The entertainment was kindly provided by the secretary and treasurer, Mr. R. P. Price. A LECTURE was given on Wednesday evening, at Hope Baptist chapel, by the Rev. James Owen. The subject of the lecture was Checks and balances." Too much cannot be said in praise of the sound thought and pleasing eloquence displayed by the lecturer. TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.—A meeting in connection with the above society was held in the school-room of Hope chapel, on Friday. The programme was of a diversified character, and consisted of reading, addresses, and reci- tations, all relating, however, to the object of the society, the spread of total abstinence principles. At the can- clusion of the meeting some of the audience signed the p.edge. There will be another meeting of this kind on Friday next. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At the meeting of this Board on Saturday, there were present, J. C. Nichcll, Esq., j chairman, Rev. C. H. Llewellyn, vice-chairman, Messrs. R. Leyshon, M. Williams, J. Griffiths, W. Williams, W. Lewis, Yorath, J. Clarke. Mr. Supt. Sadler attended to obtain the authority of the Board to proceed against several persons who had not abated nuisances. It was arranged that a list should be prepared for him and signed by the Chairman. It was decided that 100 copies of the new act for the prevention of diseases be obtained for distribution amonst the guardians. A tender from Mr. Shepherd, Bridgend, was received for the construc- tion of a new steam boiler for £16. The offer was taken into consideration. Disinfectants were ordered to be sent to Mr. Garsed for distribution. The Master re- ported the total inmates to be 98; corresponding week of last year, 99. Vagrants relieved, 30; idiots in onion, 2; children in school, 25; in training, 7. LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH.—The adjourned meeting of the above Board was held on Friday last, present-Mr. Robt. Evans, chairman, Mr. Stockwood, Mr. Jones, Mr. Griffiths, and Mr. Llewellyn. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Notices were ordered to be served upon 26 householders for overflowing of privies, Sees. The same were served upon 14: householders for an accumulation of dung and filth, and also upon seven householders for keeping swine, &c. A plan was left at the Board for a back kitchen proposed to be built by Mr. Evans. A letter was read from Win. Lewis, Esq., calling the attention of the Board to the state of the drain at the bottom of Newcastle Hill, recommending stink traps, &o. The Board agreed that as the sewer was about to be made at Oldcastle, it would be advisable to place stink traps upon all drains through the town. The Board then adjourned to Wednesday next, at eleven o'clock. At an adjourned meeting of the Board on Wed- nesday, there were present—Mr. Robt. Evans, chairman, Mr. Stockwood, Mr. Griffiths, Mr. Jones, and Mr. J. D. Evans. It was proposed by Mr. Griffiths, seconded by Mr. Jones, and resolved-That Mr. Sadler, the inspector of nuisances, be authorized generally to appear for this Board before any Justice or Justices, and to institute and carry on any and every proceeding which this Board is authorised to institute and carry on under the Nui- sance Removal Acts, and the Sanatory Act, 1866. The Clerk was ordered to procure 12 copies of the Sanatory Act, 1866. PETTY SESSIONS.-SATURDAY. (Before R. FRANKLEN and W. LLEWELLYN, Esqrs., and Col. MORSE.) ASSAULT.—William Thomas was charged with assaulting Alfred Thomas. The parties were both printers, in the office of Mr. Griffiths, Brigend. It appeared that on the pre- vious Monday, between twelve and one o'clock, Alfred Tho- mas set a boy to work at something in the office, when Wm. Thomas ordered him to do something else, telling Alfred Thomas that he had no right to set him to do anything. Complainant told the boy again to do what he had desired him to do, and then the defendant struck him. Fined 20s., including costs. WILFUL DAMAGE.—Thomas Phillips, Samuel Phillips, William Thomas, and John Thomas, all young boys, were charged with raising the breaks on some trucks on the Llynvi and Ogmore Valley Railway, thereby causing damage to the extent of £ 50. Mr. Howells, traffic manager of the line, said The trucks are put on part of the line with the breaks down. There is an incline there; and the defendants were charged with having raised the breaks on some trucks, and causing them to start off, and if the trucks had not been thrown off they would have run on for several miles. The trucks referred to were thrown off the line, and damaged to the amount of £50. He said the company did not wish to press the charge against the defendants, as they were so young, but they wished to deter others from similar conduct. The boys were dismissed with a caution. THEFT.—Jeremiah Finnegan was charged with stealing 12 cwt. of iron, value 56s. 6d., the property of the Llynvi and Ogmore Valley Railway Company. Joseph Paget said I am inspector of the permanent way on the Llynvi and Og- more Valley Railway. I went into Mr. Shepherd's yard last night, at seven o'clock. Mr. Shepherd is an ironfounder at Bridgend. I saw upon the scales, and also upon a trolley ready to go to the furnace, a lot of iron belonging to the rail- way company. The iron produced here is some ot it. It consisted of broken .chairs and metals. There were some whole chairs there. There were 521 lb. in all.-LI. Walling. ton said I am a marine-store dealer, at Bridgend. I know the defendant; he is a rag collector. I have purchased iron of him. On the 14th inst. I bought 9 cwt., and yesterday 5J cwt. and 211b. The iron produced is some that I pur- chased of him, but not yesterday; that is in the store now. I sold some of the 9 cwt. to Mr. Shepherd. I gave 2s. 6d. per cwt., and sold it for 2s. 9d. per cwt. I put some to the 9 cwt., and made it 14 cwt., and sold it to Mr. Shepherd. When I bought the iron of Finnegan, I called his attention to the whole chair produced, and he said he bought that of a blacksmith.-Mr. Howells, the traffic manager, said he had been with the railway company for five years, and since then all sales of iron have passed through his hands. They had never sold iron to persons in such a position as the prisoner, but only in large quantities. They had sold some to Mr. Shepherd, and also to Mr. Bryant and to Mr. Thomas, but then it was only when they were very much in want of cast- iron, and it would be used at once. The last sale of iron was in June, I860.—The prisoner was committed for trial at the sessions. ASSAULT.—Thomas Jenkins, a fitter, for assaulting Mar- garet Jenkins, at Tondu, on the previous Saturday, was fined 20s., including costs.
TREHERBERT. This place continues to increase very rapidly, and will in a few years be a large and populous place. There are no less than forty houses building at present, and in a few days sixty more will be commenced. At present there is a scarcity of stone, but this will be supplied as soon as the new incline is completed. Preparations are also made for building a new Church at the sole expense of the Marquis of Bute, which (we have been given to understand) will cost about M2000. The Primitive Me- thodists and the Calvinistic Methodists are also going to build new chapels very shortly, and the English Wes- leyans have commenced services on Sunday evenings in the British School. The Rev. J. Rees (late of Cwmamao, Aberdare), has been ordained pastor of the Independent church here, and is undoubtedly the right man in the right place." Their collections at the last anniversary meetings (also ordination meeting), amounted to nearly £80. In the list of subscribers we noticed the name of Messrs. Cory Brothers, of Cardiff, for Y,2 2s.
LLANTRISANT. On Saturday last the corner stone of a new Bible Christian Chapel was laid here by Mr. J. T. Kemeys, who gave an address on the rise and progress of this de- nomination. An able address was given by Mr. J. Dingle, late from the Isle of White, on the great wants of the times, namely, faith in our principles, holy living, and chapels to preach Christ in. On the Sunday fol- lowing Mr. Dingle preached two clear, impressive, and powerful sermons to attentive congregations. The col- lections realised X13 Is. 6d. It is hoped that God will bless the undertaking to the satvatioa of many souls. FATAL ACCIDENT.-An accident happened at the Common Works on Tuesday afternoon, causing the death of a man named David Francis, aged 57 years. It appears that three men were employed on a hard heading, and they were in the act of ramming a hole for the purpose of blasting, when from some cause not exactly known, but conjectured that the fuse must have been cut by the rammer, and that the cut end ignited, an explosion occurred, injuring the men, so that one was killed on the spot, and another was severely and dan- gerously wounded. A third man, also, was slightly hurt, receiving a few flesh wounds. The deceased had lost his two sons in the same way within the last two years. SANATORY MEASURES.—All the necessary means are being taken to have every house and corner cleansed and whitewashed in the town, although the committee cannot find time to meet so often as they ought to do in these critical times. There is hope of better arrange- ments for the future. In general the town is very healthy.
COWBRIDGE. T CITICKU, T MATCH.—A match was played on Wednes- day, the 15th inst., between the Cowbridge Grammar School and Mr. Middleton's eleven of Bridgend. The wickets not being pitched until after twelve o'clock, the match was not played out when time" was called. The Cowbridge gentlemen desired to continue the game, but the Bridgend team declined, feeling they would get thrashed. The following was the score when the stumps were drawn BRIDGEND. 1st Innings. 2nd Innmg.s. C. Davies, b Ord. 9 b Ord 1 J. Birbeck, b Ord 1 b Lloyd 6 W. Bryant, run out 5 b Ord 0 T. Whapham, b Lloyd 10 c & b Lloyd 12 T. A. Middleton, b Ord 5 b Lloyd 13 N. Morgan, b Ord 10 c Lloyd, b Law- rence 4 C. Sawyer, b Ord 0 b Lawrence 0 P. Llewellyn, b Ord 0 not out 3 C. Loveluck, not out 1 b Lawrence 2 T. Morgan, run out 4 b Lawrence 2 G. Llewellyn, c & b Ord 0 b Lawrence 0 Extras 23 Extras 14 Total 68 07 COWBRIDG-E. 1st Innings. 2nd Innings. Lawrence, b Bryant. 16 not out 13 Tyler, 1 b w, b Bryant. 1 not out 6 Lloyd, c Morgan, b Bryant 12 1 b w, b Davies 3 Ord, b Davies 1 b Bryant 6 Stockwood, b Bryant 3 b Dayies. 0 James, b Davies 4: Bowen, b Morgan 7 Williams, b Davies I Haines, b Birbeck 0 Rees, b Morgan 0 Bateman, not out 0 Extras. 20 Extras. 11 Total. 65 39 A match was playea oetween me seconct eleven and the Morning Star, on Thursday last. The College second eleven were beaten in one innings, and 20 runs to spare.
RHONDDA VALLEY. FATAL COLLIERY EXPLOSION. DEATH OF MR. BEDLINGTON, MINING ENGINEER. On Tuesday an explosion occurred in the Tylacocb Colliery, near Treherbert, on the Taff Vale Railway, which caused the death of Mr. Bedlington, the well- known mining engineer, and ot Enoch Francis, over- man of the pit. The Tylacoch Colliery was a new one, and had only been worked for a few months, and there were two seams of coal. About three weeks since the upper seam had to be abandoned, as there was so much gas as to make it dangerous. On Monday Mr. Bediing- too went down to make an examination of the seam, but was obliged to give it up after a short examination. He was, however, so anxious to make a further exami- nation that he went down again on Tuesday, accompa- nied by Francis, the overman, They took every pre- caution with the lamps they used, selecting the most perfect, and trimming them for themselves. They de- scended about mid-day, after which nothing is known of their operations, but the explosion informed the men working in the lower seam, and all others about the pit, of what bad occurred. No one was able to go into the upper seam until four on Wednesday morning, when the bodies of the unfortunate men were found dread- fully disfigured, and only recognisable by the remains of their clothing. Mr. Bedlingtoo had had such long ex- perience in mines, and was known to be so cautious in circumstances of danger, that it is very difficult to account for the explosion; and the fatal termination ef his career has created quite a feeling of consternation,, combined with regret, amongst all connected with col. lieries in the neighbourhood. Mr. Jones, the owner of the pit, had intended to accompany Mr. Bedlington in the examination, but being detained in Cardift longer than he expected, was thus saved from sharing their sad fate. Tha inquest was opened pro forma by Mr. Overton, on Wednesday, and then adjourned for a week.
LLANDAFF. PETTY SESSIONS—MONDAY. (Before H. JONES and E. W. DAVID, Esqrs.) James Ward was ordered to abate a nuisance arising from a drain at Llandaff-place. Thomas Howell was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, for furiously driving his horse, drawing a spring cart, at the Grange, on the 23rd ult. Ellen O'Brian and Julia Hayes were fined 2s. 6d. each and costs; and John O'Brian, Michael Hayes, and Thomas and Mary Welch were fined 5s. each and costs, for being drunk and riotous at Roath. John Lee and Samuel Meredith, young boys, were fined 5s. 9d. each, including costs, for furiously riding horses at the Grange. An order was made on James Cotter to pay Is. 6d a week towards a child sworn to him by Johanna Kerne. Benjamin Finch, manager of the Bridge Works, Llandafr, was ordered to pay 19s. wages due to Thomas Wills. William Thomas was summoned for an infringement of the Cattle Plague orders. Ordered to pay 9s. 9d., including costs. Owen Lewis, for the like offence, to pay 58., inrludmlf costs. Bridget Davey was fined 5s. for being drunk at Canton, and Joanna Kite 20s. for the same offence at Roath.
PORTH. On Saturday last Porth was the scene of gay festi- vity. The Ivorite male and female clubs in connection with Tynewydd, held their annual festival. The female, members ranged themselves together for procession with the males, and altogether we have not seen a more respectable company parade our streets. Afifeanj drum band, clad in military costume, added to the mirth of the day. The Oddfellows and the Ancient Druids, both held their usual feasts at Cymmer, on Saturday last, at their respective lodges.
HAFOD Tafalaw-Pencerdd delivered a lecture on music, in the Welsh Independent Chapel, at Trebatod, on Tuesday evening last. The spirit of the meeting was well kept up. The attendance for so small a place was good. The proceeds were given for the maintenance of the chapel in which the lecture was delivered.
PENARTH. PENARTH DOCKS.—Arrivals :-Aug. 16, Primus (s.s.), Brockett, Bordeaux; M. M. Jones, Thomas, Liverpool; lanthe, Thomas, Liverpool; Marina, Bupke, Glouces- ter; Beata, Frisk, Gloucester Gleanings, Rye, Ply- mouth. Aug. 17, Plough Boy, Field, Little Hampton Ruby (s.s.), Harby, London; Matilde, Scotto, Water- ford; Preston Belle (s.s.), M'Laughlan, Dublin. Aug. 19, Grief, Yanson, Bristol; Ready Rhino, Hunter, Port Leven: Uncle Joseph (s.s.), Camboggia, St. Nazaire; Prince Albert, Watkins, Bristol; Stamford, Frampton, Bridgwater. Aug. 20, Southampton (s.s.), Foster, Southampton; Dragon (s.s.), Neil, Liverpool; Juno, Green, Plymouth John, Smith, Highbridge. Aug. 21, Look-out, M'Thaler, London.-Sailings ■—Aug. 15, H.M. cutter Royal Charlotte, Johnson, Padstow and Ilfra- combe; Greatham Hall (s.s.), Waites, Genoa, 430. Aug. 17, Antonia, Bidamant, Cardiff dry dock; Primus (s.s.), Brocket, Bordeaux, 980. Aug. 18, Queen of the Dart, Stephens, Falmouth, 214; Preston Belle (s.s.), Mac- Laughlin, Liverpool, 740. Aug. 20, Bohemian Girl, Short, Corunna, 210; Prince Albert, Watkins, Bristol, 100; Argus, Williamson, Gibraltar, 210; Stamford, Frampton, Bridgwater, 99. Aug. 21, Southampton (s.s.), Forster, Southampton, 910; Ruby (s.s.), Harby, Corun. na, 400 Gleanings, Rye, Vigo, 106. VESTRY MEETING.-Notice had been given that a vestry meeting would be held in the National School-room on August 16, at 7 o'clock, p.m., for the purpose of rescinding the practice of rating property under twenty ponnds at a rate- ble value of two-thirds, according to Act 59 Geo. iii., c. 12, sec. 19, and for other parish business." A number of rate- payers consequently met and adjourned to the Ship Hotel, where it was proposed by Mr. Morgan, the overseer, and se- conded by Mr. N. D. Marks, that the present practice of rat- ing landlords for all property under twenty pounds be re- scinded. The motion was lost, and a poll was demanded by the overseer, Mr. John Morgan, American House, to take place at the Ship Hotel, on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from three o'clock till seven. Mr. Edmund Davies wis in the chair, and Mr. N. D. Marks acted as clerk. After some little delay business was commenced. The Chairman, in explanation, stated that the present practice was that the landlords paid rates for all property under £20, being allowed one-third off the rate. This law had been in operation between two and tt ree years, and had been found to work well. All the rates had been paid and there were no defaulters. The same law obtained in Cardiff, where men of superior knowledge and great experience had found this to be the best plan. If the tenants had to pay the rates in full, it would add to the ex. pense of collecting, and the results would be unsatisfactory. From the nature of the tenancy a large proportion of the rates would be irrecoverable, and there would most probably be a second call. He (the chairman) thought the interest of the parish would be best secured by allowing the present sys- tem to continue. Mr. Morgan, the overseer, stated that when a new valuation list was made some time ago the rateable value of cottages was reduced from Y,8 15s. to £6 16s. This he thought a fair reduction, and characterised the present practice as most corrupt and unjust, calling loudly for re- formation. Mr. Thomas Lawrence thought that the popula- tion of Penarth had now become more settled and respectable, and that the time had arrived when the tenants might fairly be expected to pay the full rates for themselves. They would then, by beginning at home, be entitled to ask for an in- creased rate upon the Taff Vale company, which, with a rental of £37,000 per annum, was only at present rated at JS2000. When the polling commenced Mr. Morgan insisted upon the words for rescinding or against rescinding being put to the voters. The Chairman remarked very facetiously that it was only very lately that he had attained to a full knowledge of the word; and that they could not, in all con- science, expect that the less highly-gifted Welshmen should be able to understand so difficult and unusual a word and showed, with great plausibility and much petsuasive elo- quence that it would be better to put the question to them in plain English or equally plain Welsh. The debate then be- came more stormy, and Mr. Morgan, whose angry passions had been roused, grew furious, called the chairman to order, threw personalities right and left, and threatened to have another poll in three months. The polling went on with more or less interruption until seven o'clock, with this re- sult :-For rescinding, 20; against rescinding, 40. The landlords of small cottages thus gained a complete victory. LADY MARY CLIVE.—The Hon. Lady Mary Clive, ac- companied by Mr. Ollivant, visited Penarth on Wednesday. After visiting the new church, the docks, and other places of interest, they returned early in the evening. The Penarth ringers rang a peal in honour of the visit. We ought perhaps to add that the ringing has been very much improved, and it must be satisfactory to the men themselves to find that their attention and labour has not been thrown away. PETTY SESSIONS.—MONDAY. (Before J. S. CORBETT and J. S. BATCHELOR, Esqrs.) AN OLD SOLDIER.-Captain Harby, of the steamer Ruby, appeared to prosecute James Merrick, for refusing to work on his passage from London to Penarth. The captain stated that he shipped defendant as an able seaman in London, and that soon after they proceeded on the voyage, defendantpreten- ded to be ill. The captain offered to send the mate with him to a doctor, but defendant wished to go alone. He remained ill from London to Penarth. He was the first to go ashore, and was found soon after drinking and dancing. The pri- soner belonged to a numerous class of men, who went to sea, learned to chew tobacco, and to curse and swear, and then palmed themselves off as able seamen. Prisoner was not worth his salt as a sailor, and the captain did not wish to take him back. Imprisoned for a fortnight. NUISANCE.-Howell Thomas, of St. Andrews, was sum- moned by Superintendent Sadler, inspector of nuisances, for not removing his pigsty, which was close to his front door, after having received a notice to that effect. Fined 10s. 9d. costs, and ordered to remove the nuisance. NUISANCES.—Richard Burton, of St. George's, was sum- moned by- Superintendent Sadler, for not abating an aggra- vated nuisance. Ordered to remove the nuisance and pay the costs.—John Bennett was summoned for not removing his pigsty. Ordered to remove his pigsty and pay costs.- James Darnell, of St. Bride's, was ordered to remove his pigsty and pay costs.—Daniel Rees, of St. Bride's, was or- dered to remove his pigsty and pay costs. MASTER AND SERVANT.— Richard Bailey was summoned by his master, Mr. Griffiths, for leaving his situation before the expiration of his notice. Mr. Griffiths stated that he en- gaged Bailey on Friday, the 11th May, at 6s. per week. De- fendant went home drunk on Monday, the 16th. He was given a week's notice on Tuesday, the 17th, and left on Fri- day, the 20th.—Defendant stated he had been abnsed by ias master and mistress, and had lived eleven years in nis last situation.—Dismissed with payment of costs. HIS wages, which amounted to £ 2 8s., were paid by Mr. STEALING APPLES.—William Gammon, J0;RNC ?N» David James, John James, George Freeman, ana btepnen Painter, six boys from Cardiff, were charged witn stealing apples from an orchard belonging to Mr- inomas Rees, farmer, Landough, on Sunday last. David Morgan, game- keeper, saw the boys in the orchard, and ne and P.C. Thomas apprehended them.—Mr. Rees did not wish to press the charge against them, but hoped the bench would deal leniently with them. They were liable to a penalty of £20, or six months' imprisonment. Fined as. and costs, or one week's imprisonment. STEALING W OOD.-J ohn Cane was summoned for steal- ing a piece of wood from the Penarth viaduct. P.C. Taylor proved the case. Prisoner received a good character. Fined 5s. and costs. G DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—Robert hwans was summoned by P.S. Adams, for being drunk and riotous in Maughan-street, Penarth, on Saturday night, July 28th. Mr. Jones said he was a steady workman- FIlled 58. and costs.
4Ø.en.eral IJetos, OFFENCES AGAINST THE GAME LAWS.—It appears, from a recently issued parliamentary volume, that the offences last year against the game laws numbered 10,392, being an increase of 275 on the preceding year. A MAN KILLED BY THE ROYAL TRAIN.-Whilst the Royal train conveying the Prince and Princess of Wales to Scotland was passing near Usworth Station, on the North-Eastern Railway, between Washington and Pelaw Main, and some seven or eight miles from Newcastle, at top speed, a man named Green, employed at Usworth Colliery, was attempting to cross the line, when the train dashed up, and, striking the unfortunate man, killed him instantly. He was most shockingly mutilated, and the body was not discovered till some time afterwards. No blame can be attached to the engine driver of the train, as the morning was very dark at the time of the accident. ECCENTRIC BEQUEST.—A curious bequest of an eccentric man has been obeyed within the last few days at St. Ives. Mr. John Knill, first an attorney, then steward at St. Ives for the Duke of Buckingham, next a collector of customs for that place, and finally a bencher of Gray's Inn, who built the pyramidal monument which overloeks St. Ives, left a sum of money, the interest of which was to be given quinquennially to five young maidens, who were to dance round the monument. In the centre is a hollow, destined for Mr. Knill's remains, but be was buriedjn St. Andrew's Church, Holborn. A week or two since the trustees found ten damsels, ten years old, wit. nessed the dance, and paid the girls 10s. each for their adherence to Mr. Knill's peculiar wish. CHOLERA IN BRISTOL.-Two more deaths from cholera in Bristol are announced. A man named Morris, who worked for and lodged jat the honse of Mr. Pratten, of Windmill-hill, Bed minster, was on Saturday seized with diarrhoea, but the symptoms were not so severe as to cause him to seek medical advice. He was subsequently compelled to leave work, and go home, where he was at- tended by four medical gentlemen, but, nptwithstanding that everything was done that skill could suggest, the poor man died on Sunday night. The daughter of Mr. Pratten has also fallen a victim to the disease. She carried some water up to Morris during his illness, and was shortly afterwards seized herself with choleraic symptoms, and died the next morcing. THE EX-CONFEDERATE SECRETARY.—Mr. Benjamin, the ex-Secretary of State, of the American Southern Confederacy (says the Liverpool Albion), made his first appearance on the bar of the Northern Circuit during the assizes just concluded. He appeared in one or two cases in Nisi Prius at Liverpool, and much prepossessed those who heard him in his favour, as a very promising addition to the forensic strength of the Northern Bar. ALLEGED SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF CHOLERA.—A meeting, attended chiefly by Jews, was held on Saturday night at Zetland Hall, Whitechapel, to hear a Mr. Bar- nett expound the manner in which he had treated a number of cases of cholera, in every instance, he alleged, successfully. He said he bad gone deliberately and "caught the cholera" that he might test his system on himself, and he had recovered. Several persons in the hall volunteered their testimony that Mr. Barnett -had cured their friends. A LIFE FOR A BOUQUET.—When the last up-train was passing through theLewisbam station on Sunday night, about eleven o'clock, the guard, recognising Walter 'Winchester, the platform inspector, at his post, threw him a fine nosegay, and Winchester, in rushing forward to catch it, stumbled and fell between the carriages at the end of the train and the platform. The alarm was at once given, and the unfortunate man was picked up, but life was found to be extinct. Deceased, who was about 48 years of age, was highly respected by all classes, and the sad occurrence is generally regretted. DARING VOYAGERS.—A. little boat, about seventeen feet long, the departure of which from New York, more than a month ago, was recorded in the papers, arrived on Monday off the Thames, having completed the voyage across the Atlantic in thirty-eight days. Her crew" consisted of a man, his son, and a Newfoundland dog, In connection with this adventure it is mentioned that a little yacht called the Vision, which was said to have been lost in prosecuting a similar voyage, really ran the blockade into Wilmington with quinine and medical stores. FATAL COALPIT ACCIDENT.-On Friday two men, named James Doyle and George Roberts, miners, were killed by a fall of coal in the California Pits, belonging to the Earl of Dudley. They were engaged in loading a "skip," when nearly twenty tons of coal suddenly fell from the roof of the pit, crushing both men in the most frightful manner. Doyle at the moment was standing near the skip, and one of the iron bands placed to keep the coal in its proper position fell across his neck, completely severing the head from the body. COLLISION.—A collision in mid-channel is reported, by which a considerable loss of life has been sustained. An empty steam boat called the Haswell, left the Victoria Dock, in the Thames, for the north, and at about three o'clock on Sunday morning, while pursuing her voyage, and when off Aldborough, on the Suffolk coast, she en- countered the Bruiser, a passenger steamer from Hull. By some mischance, the Haswell struck the Bruiser amidships, and cut her down to such an extent that she sank in less than ten minutes. Most of the passengers were asleep in their berths, and although at present it is impossible to state the exact number, about twenty persons, chiefly women and children, are computed to have perished. The Haswell was very much injured, but was able to return to port with the passengers and crew saved from the Bruiser. ENGLAND'S DEFENCES.—The Times, in discussing the subject of our national defences, remarks :-Of two things one must be certain-either that we do not want Militia and Volunteers at all, or, if we do, that we want them in such a state of organization as shall render them available at need. Yet, though we reject the first ef these propositions, we pay no heed to the second. Our Re- serves, as at present organized, would not be available at need, and that is a fact which the events of the last seven weeks ought to impress upon our minds. We are no more likely to be invaded than ever we were, but if we should be invaded, the time allowed us for preparation would be very short indeed. It is certain that if ever an invasion should occur, we should want every man of our 300,000, and want them on the instant; and yet it is equally certain that on the instant we could not bring them into the field. Against the imaginary enemy ad- vancing, 10,000 strong, from Frimley or Farnham, we take every species of precaution; against the possible enemy, 200,000 strong, advancing from the Sussex coast, we take no precautions adequate to the contingency." FATAL ACCIDENT TO A. HUSBAND WHILE BEATING HIS WIFE.—An inquiry was held by Mr. Humphreys, coro- ner, on Thursday week, at the London Hospital, relative to the death of a lodging-house keeper, named Peter Hampton, aged forty-three years, who lost his life under tha following circumstances :-Georgina Hampton, 3, Grace's-alley, Wellclose-square, said, the deceased was my husband. He was a bootmaker, and we kept a sailor's lodging-house. He was the best of husbands when sober, but he used to quarrel with me, only with me, when he was drunk, and he was then very violent. He has been drunk since Christmas. On Wednesday week he quarrelled with me and ill-used me very much. He knocked me down and kicked me. I ran upstairs to the bed-room and hid myself, and I heard him run- ning after me. Then I heard him fall, and he cried out that his leg was broken. (Here the witness began to cry bitterly.) I ran out at once, and helped him up, and got him put to bed, and I stayed up the whole night bathing his leg with water. The next day he was car- ried to the hospital, where he died on the 12th inst. The jury returned a verdict-That the deceased died from a fracture of the leg caused by a fall down stairs while drunk. A SAD STORy.-On Saturday evening a labourer, whose name is unknown, was brought to Guy's Hospi- tal from the tunnel near Sevenoaks, in Kent, with his head frightfully crushed from the falling of a heavy brick from the roof while he was engaged with other labourers in some necessary repairs. On his admission to the hospital his struggles and cries were frightful. It required the united strength of six men to hold him down, and even then he managed to break the bath- man's finger, to bite and soratch the doctor, and to grasp the sister of the ward so tightly by the throat that the mark still remains. After a few hours of intense suffering he expired, the medical officers being unable to operate on him. Although he has been for some time in the service of the company he is unknown to them, and has only been recognised among his fellow workmen as Tom." There was found upon him a letter from a young woman belonging to one of the boarding-houses attached to Eton College, who was evi- dently his sweetheart. It is couched in terms of warm affection, and concluded with the expression of a hope that they should shortly meet never to part agaiu.-Palt Mall Gazette. How THE FRENCH MEND THEIR ROADS.—A corres- pondent of the Times says:—To inform myself on.the management of the roads I obtained an introduction to an Inspector of Roads and Bridges. He told me that if the stones are crushed in by cart-wheels before they can set, the sharp corners are knocked off, and the stones become more or less round, and never set so well as angular stones; and also that before the stones can be set in this way sufficient small stuff must be ground off them with which to bind them together, thus wasting the stone to a certain extent. Instead of this, small gravel and calcareous sand are thrown over the loose stones to fill up the interstices (about 40 per cent. when very bard stone is used); they are then watered and rolled in (by a huge steam roller); that the stones thus at once form, as it were, a solid pavement, and support each other, and the road, consequently, lasts much longer than when they are ground one against the other, as is the case in the English way of setting them; and that each wheel, ia passing over loose stones, acts somewhat like a plough, pressing down the stones over which it passes, and raising up those on pach side of it. This requires the stones to be constantly raked smooth, whereby fresh corners are presented for the next wheels to chip off, and ultimately the surface of the road is uneven, consisting of minute hills and valleys, as it were, which make it far more vulnerable for traffic than when perfectly smooth. When any small patch requires mending the workman hacks it up, puts on the requi- site stone, &c., waters it from a can, and beats the stones smooth with a large headed paviour's beetle. A DWELLER IN THE CAVE.-A n extraordinary case came before the Sunderland magistrates on Saturday- A pitman named Thomas Robson was summoned for refusing to quit a cave he had hollowed out for his -becu- pation in the sea banks, on the lands of the Ecclesias- tical Commissioners, who were the summoning parties- Their only object was to induce Robson to quit "I tlil premises;" but neither threats nor persuasion could succeed, It transpired, during the hearing of the case, that the defendant took it into his head to leave his eØ1" ployment at Ryhope Colliery, and the bouse he occupied, for the purpose of excavating a habitation out of sea banks. He made himself a nice entrance, cut out a room of considerable size, and made a hole at the top foj a chimney. The place was timbered on the sides an<* the roof; but though he had fitted it up in a style that might be comfortable to live in, there was daoger of it giving way, and some morning he might find himself on the beach. The cave was about half way up the bankr and about forty feet from the beach, and was approached by a winding path. The defendant proving obstinate tO the last, a fine of £ & was inflicted, and refusing to pa? he was locked up. In the afternoon some polieemett and about a dozen navvies proceeded to the cave, where they found the defendant's wife's sister in possession' On being asked to move the furniture and leave she refused, declaring she would stick to the place until she died, and they would have to bury her there. They were ultimately obliged to remove both her and the furniture by force, after which the navvies commenced to demons the place, which had been very strongly built* The defendant was then released. c:' ,'Í/