CARDIFF WATCH COMMITTEE. A meeting of this committee was held on Wednesday, Alderman Pride presiding. Supt. Stockdale sent in a report, stating that during the last three months 108 seaman had been arrested for deserting, refusing to go to sea, <bc. Of these 40 had been imprisoned for various terms, 37 sent on board, and 21 discharged. Eight crimps bad been fined, and five discharged for want of evidence. Forty of the sea- men belonged to foreign ships sailing from northern ports. The consideration of Sopt. Stockdale's application for an increase of salary was deferred, the Superintendent and the Mayor being absent, attending the Assizes at Swansea, and there being only eight members of the committee present. P.C. James Porkitt was charged with having been drunk and asleep on his beat in Loudoun-place on the 28th ult.—Inspector Glass said he had been 15 months' in the force, with a good character. At the last Watch Committee he had been complimented for a dexterous ,0 capture, and 30s. awarded to him.—Mr. EVANS sugges- ted that he had got drunk on the 30s. awarded at the last meeting.—Porkitt was called in, admitted the charge and expressed contrition, stating that he had met an old acquaintance who was master of a ship, and who had treated him to two glasses of rum, which took effsct on him, as he was suffering from a bilious attack and head- ache at the time.—Mr. EVANS You should not take rum for a bilious attack a black draft would have done you more good.—Mr. P. BiiiD Doctor, you are pushing your trade now.—The CHAIRMAN suggested that Porkitt should be let off with a reprimand, in consideration of his pre- vious good character.—Mr. JOHN BIRD Fine him 20s. —OQ motion of Mr. EVANS, a fine of 10s. was inflicted. A DRUNKEN LARK." P. C. Tamplin was called in to answer the charge brought forward by Mr. John Bird at the last meeting, in regard to his arresting and subsequently letting go Mr. Gibbon, butcher, on a charge of felony, allowing the charge to be compromised for money. Mr. Gibbon, a grey-haired little man in top-boots, was called in, and on being interrogated about the affair, spoke as follows:—It's a frivolous matter, gentlemen, altogether. About three weeks ago I was at John Rees's, and Johc Jones came there, dinnk, and got drinking people's beer and their gin and water out of their glasses. He stood next to me, with his peeket-band- kerchief sticking out of his pocket, and I took it out of his pocket and threw it across the room. I did it right before his face, and he must have Eieen it if he hadn't been drunk. Somebody across the room picked up the handkerchief. I went home about an hour after, and thought no more about it. In the morning, while I was in bed, between four and five o'clock, there came John Jones, and a man on horseback, and this police- man (Tamplin). They knocked at the door. I opened it and asked, What's the matter ? The policeman aaid, John Jones has preferred a charge against you, of stealing his pocket-handkerchief." I said, "I recol- lect taking his handkerchief out of his pocket in a lark, and I threw it to some one else, who picked it up. I couldn't see who it was that picked it up, as John Jones was standing between him and me." The policeman said he bad nothing to do with tbat-I was given in charge, and he must take me to jail. 11 That's a pretty trick, at all events," said 1. I was in my shirt down stairs all this while. The policeman said, You come with me." I said, All right, but allow me to put my clothes on." He said, Then be very quick about it, for I'll stand no nonsense." Rather insolent, I thought be was. I put my clothes on, and came out with him, and be said Here's John Jones—he's got a witness with him." That was the man on horseback. I thought it looked as if they were come to take Jack Sheppard, or some such man. So I said, "John Jones, what's the matter." "You've took my handkerchief out of my pocket," says be. •* I admit that," says I. 1 threw it away, and now what's on about it ? 11 Why, I want ten shillings," says he, for my trouble. I've been up during the whole night and had a deal of troable; and then, there's the boy," he said, "I don't know what he's going to charge." Says I—"I don't know, John, I've not got the money to pay yon. I've only got a few shillings in my pocket-about nine shillings-will you have that?" "No," says he, I'll have the whole money or nothing at aH." Says the policeman, You'd better settle it with John Jones, or I must take you to jail." I said Can you change a sovereign, John Jones?" "No," says be. "Can't you change it, policeman," gays 1. "No," he said, he couldn't. It's hardly worth while bothering here," said be; "I must take you to jail unless you settle with John Jones." So we walked on up as far as West Bute- street, and then I said to the boy John Jones had with him, What do you want ?" and he said Five shillings, and that's little enough for my trouble." So I gave him 5s., and then I turned to Jones and asked him what be wanted, and he said, ten shillings. I said You can't change a sovereign, and how can I pay yon ten shillings out of it else?" He said I'd come back with you, if I were sure yoa'd get the money." I said No question About that." He said he would go back, fheu we went to Mr. Clode's and knocked at the door. A boy opened it and I ran up stairs, and found Clode and his wifo in bed and I said "I want ten shillings." What's tho matter?" he said. "Nothing particular," says I. "Will that be enough," he said. "Yss," says I, acd he gave it to me and I ran down again and found the policeman and John Jones standing on the pavement. So I gave John Jones the ten abillingf, and he went away, and the policeman went one way and I the other. I went home again and to bed. On the Sunday morn. ing John Jones came down to me again, and said, Gibbon, I was very drunk, and I'd been drinking all the week. I wouldn't have had it happen for ten pound, and if you'll take the money back itll be all right." I said I haven't got your handkerchief." He said Never mind that, you take the money back." I toek it. Three or four days after, I saw the policeman, and asked him if he hadn't exceeded bis duty, and he said, no, he was perfectly right. I said "You will hear of this again." He said he knew his duty as well as any man in the force, and he didn't care what he beard about it. So I spoke to Mr. Bird, who said it was a rascally shame, and he would have the policeman up for it. P.C. Tamplin, in reply, said that Mr. Gibbon was wrong in material portions of his statement. He was not taken into custody, Jones having said he would not press the charge. He (Tamplin) after bringing Jones to Gibbon, said, if you like to settle this between you, you can, but if you make the charge to me, Gibbon will have to go to the station and they settled it between themselves. Mr. J. BIRD You knew Gibbon, where be lived, and where you could find him, and yet you knocked him up at five o'clock in the morning on this charge. If you went as far as that, why did you not hold him in custody ? P.C. Tamplin I had a right to see into it, having heard the charge made by Jones. Mr. J. BIRD Having a charge of felony preferred, wnj did you allow it to be compromised ? P.C. Tamplin Because when I had the parties face to face, they all said it was only a lark. Mr. J. BIBD But you apprehended Gibbon for felony. P.C. Tamplin: Jones at first said he charged him with feloey. Mr. J. BIRD Then that was authority for you to take him, and you did take him. Having done that, be was in your eUbtedy-why allow it to be compromised after that ? P. C. Tamplin: Because Gibbon said it was a lark, and Jones then said the same, and that he would not press the charge. They had both been drinking. Jones Lad had cna man locked up before, on another charge, Tamplin then produced a sealed letter from Jones, who is a pork butcher of Canton. It was addressed to the Watch Committee, and assured them that the police- man had no money irom either party in the transaction. He (Jones) had charged Gibbon 5s. for his lost handker- cbiet, and 5s. for his trouble. Gibbon borrowed 10s. of Clode and paid Jones, and also 5s. to the witness. The otScer stood by when the money was paid. It was his (Jones's) own act and deed, and since then he bad been advised by Mr. Sparkes, cattle dealer, and others, to #turn the money, as it was only a lark. He (Jones) was so rv that the policeman should have been brought into trouble in the matter, as he was entirely innocent. Mr. V\ UIFFEN said it appeared to be a drunken spree zti the part of the men, and the policeman did not s,eetn to have exceeded his duty, as Gibbon's house was on his beat. Mr. P. BIRD thought the policeman exceeded his ¿ ul) in arresting a man well known in Cardiff. The r,ame thing might occur to one of the committee, if a drunken man made a charge against them. Why was Gibbon not summoned ? The CHAIRMAN "aid that in case of a charge of felony a summons was not necessary to authorise an arrest. Mr. P. BIRD Then we are at the mercy of any police- man to whom a drunkon man may say that we have stolen a handkerchief. Mr. J. BIRD It was indiscreet of Tumplin to taka the statement of a drunken man. Inspector Glass sail Tamplin was a good officer. Tamplin was then by the wish of the committee cauti -ned by the CHAIRMAN to be more discreet and careful in future about at resting a respectable resident on the word of a drunken man. The sum of X2 1*. 6d., contributed by the Norwich Union Insurance Company toward defraying the expense of extinguishing a fire in Mr. Hughes Thomas's premises, on Dec. 20, was divided between the police, and the fire brigade fund. The commiitM then adjourned.
CARDIFF BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The Board met on Saturday at Canton, E. W. David, Esq., in the chair. There were also present-Mr.Al- derman Alexander, and Rev. T. H. Jones, vice-chair- men; Mr. P. Bird, Mr. John Evans, Mr. Cory, Mr. Ainsley, Mr. T. Williams, Mr. French, Mr. Vacheli, Dr. Paine, Mr. D. Jones, Rev. V. Saulez, Mr. E. Evans, and Rev. C. Lewis. The CHAIRMAN having referred to the accident which had happened to the master of th& workhouse, Mr. John, temporary incapacitating him from discharging his dujes, the Clerk suggested that Mr. Miller should take the management of the house under Mr. John, and that Mr. Howell, vesiry clerk of St. Mary's, shouli be requested to assist the porter in keeping the accounts, with which Mr. Howell was quite familiar, and which he was willing to attend at nights and supervise. The CHAIRMAN and Mr. ALEXANDER concurred in regarding this as the best plan, and directions were given ac- cordingly. The Master of the Industrial School reported 204 inmates, being an increase of 20 on last year. Tha Sanitary Committee repoited in favour of paying the following bills incurred during the cholera epiaemic for special medical and other services Wall, eleven guineas: Mr. Edwards, eighteen guineas; Mr.' Thomas Evans, £ 8 10 Dr. Taylor, eleven guinea); Mr. fiill, t28 7s.; Dr. Lisle's executors, £ '43 Is.; Mr. F. G. Evans, Melingriffith, t36 15s Mr. John Morris, for expenses chargeable to Penarth, S.29 ICs. lOd.; the Cleik, ten guiueas expenses out of pocket; Inspector I Hibbs, five guineas; Inspector Adams, £1. These, sums, with the £117 Os. 2d. for medicine supplied to the parishes by Mr. Luke Evaus, made a total of £322 5-i. Mr. P. BIRD said these were not all the expenses t caused by the choler 1—there was the Tyndal-stieet house to he paid for. The CHAIRMAN said the committee bad gone through the bills very carefully, and 'IIi') adopted the rule of allow. ing a guinea each for cholera cases, and half-a-guinea each for diarrhoea cases, except in the esse of workhouse patients, where tbey allowed 15. each for cholera cases. He moved that the bills bo paid. they comprised all the medical charges, he believed. The Rev. T. H. JONES seconded the motion, which was adopted. The CHAIRMAN said he thought the Board ought to acknowledge thj great services rendered by Dr. Paine to the Board during the ctiolrra epidemic. The com- mittee, feeling this, were anxious to make hiin a pecu- niary recompense, but they found that this WM imprac- ticable, as he was a member ot tile Beard. The Guardians ought not, however, to allow the opportunity to pass without acknowledging in some way the obliga- tion they were under to Dr. Paine, and he di t not know how else they could do so than by passing a resolution, and causing it to be entered in the bonks, tendering to Dr. Paine their best thanks for his great services. He moved, "That this Board, regieuiug their inability to award to Dr. Paine any pecuniary acknowledgment of his services during the prevalence ot the cholera in the Union, desire to record thrir grateful sense of his valu- able, disinterested, and indefatigable exertions during that time, to which, in the opinion of this Boerd, is greatly to be attributed the comparative mildness of the epidemic in this Union." He moved that this resolu- j tion be adopted, and entered on tae minutes, and that a copy be sent to Dr. Paine. The Rev. T. H. JONES seconded the motioD, which was carried unanimously. Mr. CORY remarked on a matter which Lad been brought before the Board previously to 'heir entering on public business last week, and said he was much obliged to Dr. Taylor and MI, Edwards, by whom it bad been brought forward. He was not Satisfied with the j statement)- then made to the Board on behalf of thecon- tractor (Mr. Flint), who supplied the out-door paupers with tea and sugar. He (Mr. Cory), had made some in. | quiry into the matter during the week, from which he was led to desire a further investigation by the Board, and he wanted the contractor to be cited to attend here | next week. He bad also ma.!c inquiry about the bread supplied to the out-door paupers, and found that for loaves marked in the window at 7d., a pauper had been | charged T|d. To him (Mr. Corj) the bread was weighed, from the same shop, but they refused to weigh it for the pauper. As for the sugar, he never saw such a sample as was supplied to the paupers. The CHAIRMAN said that last week a sample of suga.r as supplied to the paupers was laid before the Board, and on comparison with the sample which the contract required it appeared to be very in fedor-at leabt it differed very much in colour; but the contractor's fore- man, who attended to explain the matter, assured them that it contained more saccharine matter than the sample contracted for. As for the tea, there was a vast difference in the smell of the two samples which were laid before the Board. As to the bread, the relieving- officers had been already directed to furnish the out- door paupers with bread from the Workhouse, and not from the contractor. This would meet Mr. Cory's complaint as to the extra half-penny per loaf; and in regard to the weighing it, Mr. Cory or any one could prosecute the 8eller if he refused to weigh it. When these complaints were brought before the Board last week they sent for the contractor, whose foreman at- tended and stated that though the sugar was darker in colour, it was of quite as good quality as he had con- tracted to supply. The sample of tea alleged to have been supplied to the pauper he admitted to be inferior to the other. The Board impressed on him the neces- sity of adhering strictly to the contract, and the matter was considered to have been then and there disposed of. Mr. E. EVANS thought if proceedings were to be taken against the contractor for not weighing the bread, that they ought to be instituted by the Board, and not left to Mr. Cory personally. The CHAIRMAN Stlid the Board had received no evi- dence that the seller refused to weigh the bread, but Mr. Cory now stated that he was cognisant of that fact, and be therefore was in a position to take proceedings, while the Board was not. Mr. CoRy said he believed the poor had not been dealt with as they ought, and he wished them tlt be protected. He had further information on the subject but he did not wish to state it uatil the contractor was present. Mr. ALEXANDER said this matter had been inquired into and settled at the last meeting, and it was too bad to bring it forward again. As to the alleged bad sugar, he had himself made inquiry and found that though the quality supplied to the paupers was bad in colour, yet it was worth in the market 2s. a cwt. more than the con- tract sample-so that the contractor made no saving by supplying it instead of the other. As to the tea, there was no evidence that the superior sample bad come from the contractor. The woman admitted she bad paid 6d. a lb. more than the contract price for it. The foreman explained as to the sugar that the contractor was Bbort of the precise sample contracted for, and for a few days he had supplied some of another colour, but not inferior quality. As for the bread, the Board had no contract, and they were at the contractor's mercy as regarded the price be charged. Mr. CORY said he would move that the contractor attend here next week, when he would be able to prove that statements made by the foreman were not true. Mr. P. BIRD said that if Mr. Cory was ready to prove that the Board had been deceived by the foreman, it was only right that the contractor himself should attend. He (Mr. Bird) did not believe in the tea or the sugar, and he could nqt understand bow Mr. Flint should supply sugar which cost him 2s. per cwt. more than the contract sample. Mr. ALEXANDER said he bad not stated that it cost the contractor 2s. more, but that it waa worth more in the market. Mr. P. BIRD said, he could not understand a contrac- tor supplying an article worth more than be bad agreed to supply. He seconded Mr. Cory's motion. The motion was carried. Mr. CORY applied that the person who received the bread should be notified to attend, and give his state- ment. The CHAIRMAN said Mr. Cory should bring the man. He bad made the charge, and should be prepared to substantiate it. As to the sugar, the foreman admitted I the dark sugar came from the shop. As to the tea, the foreraau did not admit that it came from him, but that it was inferior to what he was selling at 6d. a pound ¡ above the contract price. lie (the Chairman) did not see bow Mr. Cory could establish anything in regard to the tea. Mr. E. EVANS thought the Board were taking too light a view of this matter, seeming to shirk it altogether. It was not light that the whole responsibility should be laid on Mr. Cory's shoulders. The CHAIRMAN said the mattef would be fully gone into next week in the contractor's presence, and it was not necessary to discuss it now. The Clerk stated that he ) ad made inquiries in regard to the cost of bread, as directed last week. The mean price at the Infirmary, the only large local institution receiving bread by contract, had been 5-d. per 41b. loaf during the period covered by the last account of the Board, which showed that 16,252 loaves had been made at the Workhouse bakery, at a cost, including all ex- penses, wages, flour, and everything necessary for mak- ing the bread, of 5.49 pence per loaf. Thus there was a saving during the half-year of a farthing per loaf, or a total of X16 18s. 7d. on making the bread here, instead of purchasing it by contract. I I Alderman ALEXANDER said the Infirmary always paid higher prices than the Union used to when it bought by contract; therefore he considered there had been no 1 money saving at all in making the bread here, only there was no doubt an improvement in quality. Mr. D. JONES said there was, no doubt, better bread made here than was ever obtained by contract from the bakers. The Clerk said be had no doubt that if the bread was made here at anything like the same price, the Board bad very much bettor make it themselves. They knew what the bread used to be, and what it was now. The Rev. T. H. JONES said he thought it had been stated that there was a saving of X200 a year by the bread being made bete. The Clerk said, that estimate was made by Mr. John Bird, who was the father of the proposal for the bakery, and looked on it with natural affection. The CHAIRMAN If we do not lose money by making our own bread, it is all right. Mr. CORY said the Board were under an obligation to Mr. Bird for having the bread made here. The paupers never had such good braad before, ae was made here. He (Mr. Cory) knew what sort of flour was used in the bakers' bread, and what was used in the bread made here and he thought a vote of thanks was due to Mr. Bird, but for whom the bakery would not have been built. When Mr. Bird brought the matter forward, he (Mr. Cory) saw the common sense of it, and supported it. Mr. ALEXANDER said Mr. Pride had advocated it long before, and brought models of the bakery in Chepstow Union in advocacy of it. Mr. P. BIRD observed that whatever Mr. Pride bad done in the matter was in vain. It was Mr. John Bird who bad urged the matter on the Board, and in- duced its adoption. The Board then adjourned.
THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. A meeting of the committee of the Glamorganshire Horticultural Society was held on Tuesday, at the Town Hall, Mr. R. t. Lsngley in the chair, for the purpose of auditing the accounts for the past year, and making ar- rangements for the present. The accounts of Mr. E. Dawson, the Secretary, were examined and found correct, and a cordial vote ot thanks was passed to him for his services, on the motion of Mr. WOOD, banker. It was stated that the Secretary had collected in person every one of the subscriptions, and by his diligent exertions had obtained seventy new subscribers. There was only one subscriber who bad received tickets for the last year's show, yet omitted to pay bis subscription which entitled him to receive them. This individual, whose name was not given, was stated to be a reverend gentleman." Mr. DAWIWN had written to him five times for the money, yet received no reply whatever. Besides the subscriptions, t89 bad been re- ceived at the gates at the show; and after paying ex- penses a balance of £52 was left to the eredit of the society as the result of the exhibition. The show last year was on August 29th, a fortnight later than in former years. It was discussed whether it should not be a week earlier than that this year, Mr. DAWSON think- ing that some of the fuchsias were too early last year. The CHAIRMAN thought that the peaches and neotarines would not be ready at an earlier date. The show for lb67 was fixed for August 28th. Some letters having been received from Mr. R. T. Ciawsbay and other sub- scribers, suggesting changes in the schedule of prizes, it was referred to a sub-committee, consisting of Mr. Lang. ley, Colonel Hill, Mr. Pain, and Mr. Drane, to revise the schedule for this year, and to prepare a list of prizes, not exceeding .£50 in all, for a chrysanthemum show to be held in the new Drill Hall, in Windsor-place, on Wednesday, November 20tb. On the motion of the CHAIRMAN, seconded by Mr. W. R. HABVEY, it was re- solved that the November show should be kept open from one to ten p.m., the charges being 2s., Is., and 6d., respectively, for the various periods of admission within those hours. Mr. Bcwen, Mr. Sankey, and Mr. Elliott were elected as members of the committee of the society. The CHAIRMAN called attention to the fact that at the last show some of the prizes were taken by persons-who bad not grown the specimens which they exhibited. This was a gross fraud on the society, and the committee should take steps to detect and punish such persons at future shows. If the committee discovered such a case, they had a rule of the society which disqualified the portion from obtaining not only that prize, but from any future competition and by the enforcement of this rule, with the publication of the names of persons who attempted to defraud the society in this way, he hoped the practice would be prevented. Mr. PAIN said that at the last show this offence had been committed most glaringly. One man was seen to take things from a nursery in the morning, and in the afternoon bring them to the show as his own produc- tion. Not only amatenrs, but cottagers, behaved in this way. One of the latter took a prize for potatots last year, and afterwards boasted that he had never grown one of them, but selected them one by one from a large field. It was a serious injury to the society that such fraud should be committed. Mr. DRANG said that if such things were not prevented they would be absolutely fatal to the society. The com- mittee could not too strictly enforce their rule. j' The Secretary stated that an amateur exhibitor had told him that last year he found his name attached to a plant which he had never seen before, and one of his best fuchsias bad the name of another person attached to it. Mr. HARVEY suggested that in order to check such abuses, they should refuse to pay a prize until the party certified the article to bo his own production. Mr. DBANE said he did not believe publication alone would check the fraud, for parties who would act in this manner would not be sensitive to public opinion. It was resolved to take measures for discovering and punishing any person who might attempt to defraud the society in this manner at any future show. The committee then adjourned.
BOATH BOARD OF HEALTH. This Board met on Tuesday evening at the Four Elms Inn, Mr. C. Pearson in the chair. There were also pre- sent Messrs. J. W. Thomas, D. Thomas and J. Thomas. The minutes of the last meeting were read and con- firmed. The Surveyor was directed t3 advertise for tenders for the private improvement of Montgomery-road. The Clerk reported that Mr. Price had further repaired his work on the Newport-road footway. It was requested that Mr. Waring would look at the footpath and see whut further repair was needed. Mr. Waring, C.E., the newly appointed Surveyor to the Board, thanked the members for the kind manner ia which they had elected him to the office, and pro- mised that he would use his best endeavours to deserve their confidence. He bad nothing DOW specially to bring forward, except some building plans which bad been submitted to him, and to suggest the removal of one or two gas lamps in Newport-road, and of one in Milton- street, a few feet from where they were now erected. A report was read from P.S. Vanstone, inspector of nuisances, which brought before the Board sundry nuisances. Seven houses in Constellation-street, of which Mr. D. Thomas was owner, bad the drain choked and caused a nuisance in the back yard. There were nuisances also on the premises of ten houses in John- street, Green-lane. There was also a practice of cottagers leaving their donkeys to feed in the streets all night, and the carts obstructing the thoroughfare. In these cases he bad served notices on the parties.—Mr. Waring in- quired whether the Board were in a position to under- take the drainage of John-street, Green-lane. P.S. Van- stone said that whole neighbourhood bad been flooded during the winter for want of drainage.—Mr. J. W. THOMAS said there was no place for it to he drained to. Vanstone stated that the district generally w&s in good condition, with the exceptions named in his report.— Mr. Waring was requested to report on John-street, Green-lane, to see what could be done to improve its drainage. An application from residents on the fcouth side of Newport-road, signed by Rev. J. Fordyce, Mr. Dowie, and several others, was read, asking for a crossing to be laid down from the Clifton Hotel to Elm street.—Mr. J. W. THOMAS said that the wet weather was now over, and this matter could wait awhile.-In reply to Mr. JOHN THOMAS, Mr. Waring stated that Mr. Lisle paid for the crossing he had made near the Infirmary. Several members of the Board suggested that the crossing which the petitioners wanted should be made at their own ex- pense. The consideration of the petition was deferred. The alteration of the position of lamps suggested by Mr. Waring was approved. The Collector reported that he had received during the month X156 13., The balance at the bank in favour of the Board was Xig 2^. 3d. Certificates were read from Mr. Wnring in favour of Messrs. James and Morgan, for £ 70 contract work on foot-paths, and £18 cleaning and repair of highways. After the trflusactiou of some routine businetia the Board adjourned.
ANTI-FENIAN SrsptvsioN.—So the Habeas Corpus has to be suspended again in Ireland. Let us hope that it will not be necessary to suspend the Corpus there as well as the Habeas Corpm.—Punch. A good article cr,wrji recommendation." The correctness of this proverb is proved by purchasers recommending any article of domestic consumption that is truly cheap as well as good in quality. The perfect purity and cheapness ofmorniman's tea has secured its present large sale and constant recommen- dation from family to family. It is abtainable in most towns, but as there are spurious imitations, it ia neeiful to see that Ilomiman and Co.'n signature is on each packet.
CARDIFF POLICE INTELLIGENCE. MONDAY. (Before the MAYOR, R. O. JONE6, and G. PHILLIPS, Esqs.) NUISANCE.—Garret Barry, Ellen-street, and John Con- way, Nelson-street, were summoned for not complying with notices requiring them to erect proper water shoots on their respective premises. The agent of the preciises attended and explained the cause of the delay and promised to have the work done within a week; for which purpose the case was adjourned. DRUNK.—Samuel Langham, a sailor, was fined 5s. for being drunk. He was a sailor, just paid off, who had got rid of all his money in a foolish spree." DESERTING.—Henry Thomas, a lad of seventeen, was brought up by Mercantile Marino officer Evans. He had joined his ship, the James R. Barry, but just as she was leaving the dock ho managed to escape and the ship had to wait for him, as she was short-handed. Evans, on going to search for the absconding sailor, found him at the South Wales station. The case was adjourned for further evi- dence. THEFT.—John Edwards, who stated himself to be a black- smith, belonging to Merthyr, but recently working for Mr. Fry, in Carditi, was charged with stealing a coat from Wmstone's Hotel. John Cloak, the boots, deposed that he left his coat on a chair in the kitchen on Saturday morning, and missed it soon after. Information was given to P.C. Smedley, who found the prisoner at the Taff Vale railway station near by, with the stolen coat concealed under his own. Prisoner told the constable "he had got it outside," after- wards he said he had just bought it for a shilling of a man down the street. He was sent to prison for a month. BEERHOUSE CASE.—John Tobin, of the East Dock Tavern, Bridge-street, was dismissed on the charge of sell- ing beer at illegal hours, he having produced a witness who wao one of the men in the house, and who swore that no beer was drawn but for the man who had a railway ticket. THE APPRENTICE CASE.—Mr. Paul Smith, painter, ap- peared in answer to the complaint of his apprentice, John Prothero, who demanded four weeks wages, for a period during which the defendant refused to allow him to work. Defendant said the boy was ill-behaved, and insulted the workmen, and ofiended the customers, and the father would not consent to cancel the indenture, so that he had no remedy but to send the boy away. He called two of his workmen, one of whom, named Harris, swore that the bov had thrown water over him, for which he (the man), had put the lad under the water tap. The other, Fowler, said the boy would do nothing that he was told and would swear at them when they told him to do anything. The boy's father elicited in cross-examination, that the witness himself had sometimes sworn before the boy. The Bench cancelled the indenture and dismissed the boy's claim for wages. LEAVING A CART IN THE STREET.—Mr. Clarke, green- grocer, Bute-terrace, was ordered to pay the costs for leaving his cart in Rodney-street all night. He said he had always been in the habit of leaving it there." WAGES CASE.—John Tucker, master of the Forest Fairy, efralmouth, was summoned by Thomas rtl'Cue for non- payment of 30s. wages. The defence was that the com- plainant was a land-lubber who did not know one end of the ship from the other, and was totally useless for any other work but sweeping the deck. Defendant was ordered to pay 29s. instead of the amount claimed. ANOTHER.—George Cole was summoned for not paying Xi wages to John Pound, who had taken charge of a boat for him for four days and charged him 3s. lid. a day, but as he would not pay that sum complainant now sued him for 5s. a day. Defendant hud olferod 2s. a day but the com- plainant would not accept it. The Bench awarded 3s. a day. WOMPN.,s Row.-Elizabeth Moran was charged with breaking Margaret Freeman's window, and Froeman with biting oft the end of Moran's nose. The parties live in Tyndal-street. The facts of the case, as appeared from the evidence of Dock policeman Matthews, who happened to be on the spot at the time, were that Moran was',tho aggressor she broke Freeman's window, and made a disturbance, which Mathews quelled, and sent her home. He was sent for again, and found her getting bodily through the broken window, during which exploit she cut her nose badly with the broken glass. Moran, however, asserted that Freeman had knocked her down, and bit the end of her nose off, and would have eaten the whole of her nose if some kind Welsh- people had not interfered and rescued her; and that she had attempted to bite the nose before. Matthews, on the other hand, said he was certain that Moran's nose was uninjured after he separated her from Freeman and that as for the biting, Moran attempted to bite his fingers while he was separating her from Freeman. The Bench dismissed tho case against Freeman and tined Moran 10s. and costs. ASSAULT.—Morris O'Rourke, a vicious-looking young man, was brought up on a warrant for assaulting Thomas Baker. It appeared that Baker was lighting a fire in the stove in Nolan's bar-room, in the Hayes, when the prisoner knocked him down and brutally kicked him in the face. He had since compromised the matter by paying the injured man 15s., and hence thought himself safe in not appearing to the summons. The Bench thought it was not a case which they ought not to allow to be compromised, and sent the prisoner to gaol for a month's hard labour. BOARD OP HEALTH CASES.—Several summonses for non- repair of shoots wero heard and a week granted for the work to be done, the Bench remarking that for non-attendance to the notices served, the parties incurred an accumulating penalty of £ 2 per day. TUESDAY. (Before the MAYOR and Mr. Alderman PEIDK.) DESBRTION.-Nicolo Brito was remanded on the charge of deserting from the vessel Jessie Boyle. Mercantile Marine officer Kvans prosecuted, and gave evidence of the prisoner having belonged to the ship. "WOMEN'S QUARREL.—Catherine Sullivan was brought up in custody for assaulting Elizabeth Wallbridge. It ap- peared that since the complaint was made the parties had become reconciled, and the case not being a serious one, the Bench dismissed the prisoner. INTERFERING WITH THE POLICE.—James and Catherine Bingham were brought up by Sergeant Wallbridge for in- terfering with prisoners whom he had in custody. Yester- day while the police were taking prisoners from the Court to the gaol, the present defendants, who had some relationship with one of the prisoners, insisted on treating the party to rum. The defendants were dismissed with a caution. STABBING CASE.—A stabbing case was next heard, in which the parties were two foreign sailors, who spoke Eng- lish very imperfectly, but nevertheless they gave the decidedly British names of Joseph Brown and Joseph Williams. Wil- liams was a very dark and bearded foreigner, like an Italian Brown was a very light and fair-faced youth, apparently a Scandinavian. Brown said he was in a house In Maria- street last night when Williams came in, and without a quarrel or any previous acquaintance, stabbed him in the forehead. A girl from the house deposed that she was the only sober person in the place where the affair occurred. She saw the prisoner stab the prosecutor, without having re- ceived any provocation. Prisoner then ran out and in about five minutes he came in again, wearing a different dress, and asked what all the row was about. He was then given into custody, but no knife was found on him. Mr. White, sur- geon, deposed that the wound was nearly two inches in length, but very superficial. He doubted whether it was produoed by a knife—if so the knife was a very blunt one. It oould not have been done by the fist. The prisoner was committed for trial. BKUTAL WIFE BEATING.—Vincent Catzeno, of Frederica. street, an Italian sailors' boarding-house keeper, wearing ear-rings, was charged with beating his wife, an English- woman, about the face with a poker, from which the woman's features presented a shocking appearance. Prisoner had been summoned previously for lllusmg the woman. The wife's mother stated that she was present and saw the pri- soner knock her daughter down with the poker. Elizabeth Gaye, a girl who liv«i in the house, gave similar evidence. P.C. James Price said ho was called into the house at throe o'clock this morning by the scrcammg of the women, and on going in he found the prisoner s wife lying on the floor in a large pool of blood, which was flowing from her forehead There was biuoi on the poker, which stood in the fire-place close by. Prisoner said that the woman had fallen against a chair. His defence now was that at two o'clock this morning tho raother-tn-law and wite, and sister-in-law, un- dertook to turn him out ot his own house, and they all ill- used him, and in defending himself he pushed his wife down and she hurt her head. He had married the one woman, but they seemed to think he belonged to all throe, and he could live peacoably with his wire alone, if only her mother and sister would go away from the house. The Bench sent him to gaol for three months haid labour. DI&OKJ>BB.L.V.—Catherine Sullivan and Mary Williams were brought up by l'-C. Murley^ for riotous oonduct and fighting iu the Hayes last night, at eight o'clock. Williams said that aacther womanjhad a quarrel with her, and in aim- lag a blow at the other woman she accidentally hit Sullivan, who was passing, and the latter, without making any in-, quiry into the matter, replied by locking her (Williams) down. The Bench fined Wllhamilllls, and costs and Sulli- van half that amount. WEDNESDAY. (Before the MA. tOF-, R. 0 JONES, and G. PHILLIPS, Esqs.) NEGLECTING TO —Henry Thomas, sea. man, WM Mfnt to pi i&vu for a, month for reglecting to join the ship Jamotí V. after signing articles. Nigle Brito, for neglecting to join the Jessie Boyle, was cautioned. It p.ppeared the ship sailed early in the morning. The man hnd been working- OIl bwrd for several days, but he arrived too late on the morning of failing to go in the ship. DI««RS>KE.T ■—3RYAII; AN old offender, for being drunk and disorderly, in Peel street, was fined 20s. and co"t1i or fourteen days. —1 Jones was remanded till Friday on a charge of wounding Jamos Thomas during a row which took place at the Operative Inn. Mary Ann-street, on Tuesday. STEALING —Mary Sheppard, a middle-aged woman, was fhargpd, (.n romand, with stealing a skirt from Mr. Brewer, dra;xx-, Bute-road, and a turnover from Mr. Howell», draper, Stygxt Hall, but the evidence not being sufficiently conclusive she was discharged.
STSIKE.—About 20,000 operatives are now on strike at Stockpoit agaiiigt a proposed abatement of 10 to 12 per oent. in their wages. The mills were thrown open on Monday morning to such of the workmen as chese to return upon the proposed terms, but the offer was generally declined. Some mills which do not belong to members of the Masters' Association are it work, and one firm in the association, having effected a compro- mise, have not closed their works. j
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. Th2 following is from the sixty-third half-yearly report of the directors of this company, to be submitted at thy general meeting to-day:— The amalgamation of the Vale of Neath Kail way with this company, authorised by the Act of 1866, ne- I cessitated an a teration in the accounts and the direc- tors, acting on the representations which have been mad'è to them by the proprietors, have, while complying with the provisions of that Act, availed themselves of the opportunity to present the ac-counta in a more con- cise The receipts and expenses of the Vaie of Neath Jiailway being now, for the first time, embodied in the accounts, the proprietors will be unable to insti- tute, from the printed statements, he usual comparison of tho revenue account of the last half-year with thai of the corresponding period of lbfitj. The influences which have uhected almost all other railway companies in the kingdom have operated very injuriously on this com- pany. Not only have the enhanced price both in wages and materials, and the continued pressure in the money- market, tended to increase considerably the expenses, but trie effects of the recent financial crisis, and the un- favourable weather which prevailed during the summer and winter months, have had a prejudicial effect upon the trifib receipts. Having regard to tho large and ex- ceptional extent to which the revenue has necessarily been appropriated, in discharge of temporary loans and other Labilities on capital account, which but for the unusual state of the money market and tho distrust of all railway securitits, would have been defrayed by the issue oi preference stocks, the directors have no alter- native but to recommend that the payment of the divi- dends on th'i ordinary capital should be deferred. They are of opinion that this course, however Inconvenient to individuals, is the only ome by which the financial con- dition of the company will be placed in a position which -will inspire public confidence, and by which its credit, will be maintained. In pursuance of the notice which has been given, the approval of the proprietors will be asked to a Bill now before Parliament. for con- ferring farther powers on the Great Western Railway Company in relation to their own undertaking and the undertakings of other companies, and for other pur- poses.' 'I he Hil contains provisions in reference to the c instruction of new lines in the Bargocd Valley, in substitution for the authorized branch. A short line is propos ed to he constructed in the Radstock district, and a junction of about half a mile in length, between the Tall Vale and Vale of Neath Railways, at Merthyr. These measures were comprised in the Bill of last year, and were then approved by the proprietors, but, from various circumstances they were not proceeded with, and it has become necessary to include them in the Bill now beiore Parliament. The Bills affecting this com- pany at the commencement of the present Session of Parliainen t are considerably fewer in number than those by whLhit has usually been threatened. Some of them, however, affect materially the interests of the company, and will require thG careiul attention of the directors. The directors had hoped that they would have been enabled in this report to announce their intention to proceed at once with the laying of the narrow gauge on the portions of the broad gauge system to which allusion was more particularly made in the last half- yearly report. The continuinc- however, of the mone- tary pressure as affecting railways, and the necessity of confining the expenditure on capital within the strictest limits, have prevented the completion of any general scheme for the extension of the narrow gauge. A special arrangement has, however, been entered into for the laying of a third rail between Neath and Port. Talbot, by which the copper and tinplate works of Mar- gam and Aberafon, and the extensive works at Cwm- avon, will be brought into narrow-gauge communication with the Vale of Neath Railway, and thus with the whole narrow-gauge system of the kingdom. The di- rectors have been enabled to effect this arrangement by the assistance of a gentleman who, being locally in- terested in the district, and desirous of securing the increased accommodation for it, has agreed to provide the capital required for the purpose at the rate of it per cent. poer annum for four years, with the option to the ,company, at the expiration of that time, either to pay off the sum advanced or to issue to him an amount of the last, created stock of the company equal to that sum. The expenditure on the South Wales capital has amounted to 599.841; on the Vale of Neath, to £1,M:J,093. The total expenditure was £ 44,(544:H5, leaving a balance of £ 400,097. The r :eipts on re- venue account for the half-year ending the 'list of Jan. last amounted to .-t'9l>0,4.titi for passengers, muils, &c.; to for merchandise, cattle, and minerals (of which £ 1>X7,764 was for the carriage of coal). Tho ex- penditure amounted to A'974,22;3, including £i;¿,23J, compensation for accidents and losses. The West Mid- land (Newport) dividend was ±"23,917, the South Wales jeso.OOO, and the Vale of Neath X'42,500."
PROVINCIAL INSURANCE COMPANY. The fourteenth annual tiieetirig of th- ahartholiUw uf tht: above company was held at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Wrexham, on Wednesday the 27th instant, Mr. Thomas Barnes, M.P., the chairman of the company, presiding. The report stated that in the life department the company has met with a greater amount of success than i:i any pre- vious year. There were received A S. d. 884 Proposals for the assurance of 228,100 0 0 706 Policies were issued assuring ■ • 174,440 0 0 The anneal Prcminrns on which amount to 5,676 13 6 The aggregate Life Premiuius being Si,531 5 1 Claims were paid upon 45 HvtB amounting to (inclusive of Bonuses) 11,140 10 8 The average amount of each claim beiiig 347 0 0 In the Fire Department the company bas experienced, in common with other Fire Offices, m unusual number and amount of Lossos. There were issued 12,894 Policies, The teti) Premiums being 71,013 16 7 Thcdaimswero. 55,731 17 6 The aversge amount of each elaisn being •• 110 0 In the Annuity Department The ptemiuniK amount to 1.061 8 2 Three Annuitants, whose annuities amounted to 74 14 2 have died during the year- The Income of the compwy i „ Amounted to the mun of • • 107,087 17 5 Two If,in(Ired.an(i Nin<it,y-four additional Agents have been appointed. The directors recommend that the Proprietor' Share of Pro- fit on the Life business be made up to a Dividend on the pairi-up capital of live pea- cent, (free of Income Tax.) The Chairman, in moving its adoption, said the company had, he thought, great reason to congratulate themselves upon the position in which they stood at the present time, considering the year that they had passed through-a year about the most disastrous to commerce and to everything connected with commerce that he, at all events, or men who where much older than himself, had known in the course of their lives-a year marked by disasters and losses in almost every branch of business. They, of course, had not been exempt from those losses, and the result was seen in the report: but though those losses were somewhat larger than they had expected, there were many things in their position which he thought called for their congratulations. They had, as the shareholders knew, two departments, the Life and the Fire departments. The business which they had transacted during the year in the life department was the largest they had ever transacted, and he believed they were progressing satisfactorily in that branch of their business. The amount of claims throughout the year that had passed was consider- ably less than the average of past years, but of course they did not know what the amount would be in the current or future years. They might and probably would have some years in which the claims would be heavier than in other years; but they had been able during the past year to put a iarger amount to the reserve fund than in any previous year, and altogether he thought they might consider the life de- partmenf of the company in a most satisfactory position. The fite department had also some points which were satis. factory. One was the great increase in the amount of pre- miums, something like £ 10,000, although the claims, cs would be seen from the report, had been unusually heavy, but it was a great satisfaction to them to know that those claims had arisen fr»m causes of a somewhat unusual cha- racter. There was another point in the fire department also upon which he thought they might look with satisfaction to themselves, and that was that it had been decided by the fire offices to increase the rate of premium upon certain risks. He had for a long time been of opinion that the fire offices had been taking some risks at much too low a rate. When he compared certain classes ofrisMs and the premiums paid upon them with certain others, and from his knowledge of (he relative risks in the two descriptions of property, he had found a disproportion in the amount of premiums paid. The attention of the fire oinceo had been directed to that, and he understood from their secretary that it had recently been de. cided to raise the premiums wpon various descriptions of property. (Applause.) The directors had gone very tBre. fully through the different branches of the business that they had done, with a view of seeing whether or not any of them were unprofitable and he thought he might safely say t,hey had come to the conclusion that there was no one branch that was unprofitable on the average of years-and no one branch which they thought in the interest of the company t ey should give up. It was very little consola 1 ,n of course to hay that other companies bad been suffering at well as themselves; and he only alluied to that for the purpose of showing that the experience of this company had not been exceptional. They would see from the report that the annual income of the company, had considerably advanced and had now risen to upwards of £ 107,000. The directors had continued to adopt every means in their power to extend the business of the company, and looking at the reiults of past efforts he thought they might fairly expect that the in. come would still be very much increased. No item of ex- penditure was incurred without the sanction of the directors, and the aggregate expenses of the office for the past four years had not increased, though the amount of business done had very considerably increased, which of course was equivalent to a very considerable diminution in the annual expenditure. If they were to obtain business they must incur a certain expenditure, or they could not keep pace with other offices, and meet the competition with which they had to contend in every department of their work. There was one department, which the directors were anxious to increase; and which they had up to the present time found to be profitable, namely, I the annuity department. In that as well as other ments, the directors thought the shareholders might much assistance, if they were minded so to do. The tors were not all disheartened by the result of the last or three years; they would of course have liked to see sr, a year as they had when they paid ten per cent, dividend five per cent. per bonus, but that could not be expected e year with a business of such a risky nature as that of fire' life insurances. Dr. Griffith said, he couid not help feeling very strotl" now, that the time had come when that and mhef surauce offices must look into the matter of fire losses. Vi, out wishing to impugn any man's carefulness or inte|5j they could not but ieel tiiat, in insuring, there was a degree of temptation to being less eaieful. There was -1 of instinctive dread of fire, and before insurance cffices very prevalent the extreme c.ire which was taken rende. 1. fires rather exceptional events. But when a man felt seh saenred from loss shouid fire occur he sat comfort' down, knowing that his loss would be covered by umpte prompt payment, and this feeling probably tended to & nisr. the extreme care which was previously taken to p tires. Each one knew irsat when retiring to bed at and in the manner in which they spent the day, there VI" general look-out to prevent fire, but when there were circul stances which tended to lesstn that dread of fire whether the part of master or servimt, they must expect more S.-rvar.ts were careless and not mindful as to whether t^ went and smoked in the barn or allowed a few sp^rf5 fall from their pipes upon combustible property. Of coo* nobody thought they lu destroy the property, but such a thing did occur .they said ti)e landlord has inS"^ the buildings ana r,iascr has insnred the stock." [II j those things the human mind was progressive, either in Vi or carelessness, and he believed i' would bendh not oV every institution in the I'aited iiingdon., but the i aloo, if some legal means were taken for ju.Hcial!y i i gating the causes of alt fires. (Applause.) A tr al look a littie sharper fier his household if he knev he v* have to go before a jury and state on oath what he I'r. w ith regard to the fire. It, m.tuy cases, too, where fires intentionally produced, he believed the parties would from such a thing if they knew that they would be exømrJl, on oath as to the origin of the tire. He hoped \.hat the htitution of such a system of investigation would sooll brought about. The Kev. Venable Williams and Mr. A. W. Edwards X*' several questions with respect to different items in the rep £ which were all fuily and satisfactorily answered by Dillon, the secretary, and the motion was then put lot meeting and unanimously adopted. Mr. bnape then moved that Messrs. Thomas Ba M.P., Thomas Painter, and Hugh Owen, be re-elected di tors of the company; and that Mr. John Bury, of WreXo and Mr. John Jones, of Chester, pubiie accountants, be elected auditors for the ensuing year, and that £ 'J5 eacb. paid to Messrs. Bt<ry and Jones, lor their:services dllr the past year." j Mr. Brddley seconded the motion, which was then p° the vote, and unanimously adopted. On the motion of Mr. John Jones, seconded by Dr. Fu'l^j was unanimously resolved that the thar.ks of the propriet D be presented to the directors, and that the sum of £60 paid to them for their services during the past year. J Thanks were then voted to the chairman, and the pro ings terminated.
CELEBRATION OF ST. DAVID'S DAY. St. David's Day was celebrated by a grand diooøt the Loyal Society of Ancient Britens in aid of Welsh Schools at Ashford. The Prince of Wales in the chair, and was supported by the Duke of G, u bridge and a distinguished company. The Duke ( Cambridge, in proposing The Health of the FrIo and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the lio Family," said it was always difficult to refer to merits of an individual in his presence, but the 111. trious Prince would forgive him for expressing the b sense which everybody entertained of the admirable" in which his Royal Highness had supported not only general interests of the country, but also those i dividual societies. This, they would all agree, redounded to the credit of his Royal Highness, could not fail to add to the loyalty, affectioD, and tion which were felt by the people towards his b0.^ They bad lately experienced great anxiety respectlo the state of the health of the illustrious consort of a Royal Highness, and he was sure the toast he was#^ to propose would not be the less heartily received f. m. he stated the fact that all anxiety on her Royal ness'8 account might now be considered as at an e?t! The Prince, in responding, said I thank your Highness most heartily for the terms in which j have been pleased to propose the toast, and I aiso t' the company for the great cordiality with which have received it. His Royal Highness has pleased to say that I have always been re-idy, it lay in my power, to assist any charitable roee"0^, this kind. I can assure you that it does afford mefr, pleasure and satisfaction to be present, either 0 looker on or as a participator in these assemblies, derive great encouragement from the kind which I am invariably supported on these oc There being many other toasts to go through, I confine myself to the expression of my thauks faf JJ; very kind manner in wbioli you have drank the of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, truly happy to be able to corrobori te the otatpr-yievtgb my illustrious relative, and to say that her Royal til-rt nesj is rapidly recovering from her late illness. Prince then proposed, '• The Army and Navy. and Voluoteer Service," wh:eh was responded to W Duke of Cambridge arid tae Earl of Shrewsbury Talbot. The Earl of I'ovris proposed, and the Bish" St. David's acknowledgsd, the toast of The The Prince of Wales then gave the toast of the efe01 øI Prosperity to the Welsh Schools," and in doit^ gave an interesting sketch of their history. A h subscription was afterwards made on behalf of charity. i
NINE CHILDREN BURNED TO DEATH- )( A heart-rending occurrence took place on Frid^ •, Accrington, and was attended with a lamentable P" fice of children's lives. 4 Passing over the town of Accrington is a high 0 long viaduct, having wide and numerous arches. SOO where about the centre arch is a brick building, h&^ a room over the ground floor. The room belo^ occupied hy Mr. James Duckworth, who is a maDu^^f turer of healds, a material used in the proce# f weaving and the room above, which was reached lb wooden staircase, was used as a school for infant dren. The school was founded by a Roman Cath. lady, and was superintended by Miss Burscough. g derneath the staircase was a stove used for boiling at nish, wiich is used in the process of the manufactitff preparation of the healds, and was generally heater between 120 to 130 degrees. In this recess a fire out shortly after eleven o'clock on Friday when there were assembled a number of chil'^jj variously estimated from 70 to 80. I he inflamf A nature of the material used caused the fire to with tremendous rapidity, and it first commun^f jj with the staircase which we have already mention^ 0l the only means of access to the building. A num^jf girls who were engaged in the lower room heald-«^j) ting escaped uninjured. Miss Burscough, findi intense smoke rising into her room, went down ,J stairs and found the whole place on fire. She back and gave the alarm, securing as many childreJ) rr. she could, and ret urned three times with the same suit. She appears to have acted with self heroism, and was again rushing through the building when she was held back by the by-staD^j The last time sh-i retreated three of her little oh^,j were hanging by her hair, and four by her arms. of the children rushed down the burning stairSi, J, thus escaped with only their clothes slightly blO 00 The stairs shortly aftt r fell, and thus the children left to themselves excepting for the chance of eS$ from without. Meanwhile the county police, u Bergeant Lord, and the lire brigade belonging c> local board of health, aud under the superintended$ Mr. Richard Moore, arrived, and worked with mendable fortitude and alacrity. A police-officer, Burton, was conspicuous for his bravery. He immediately behind the building, and hearing the screams of ihe children, and ascertaining that the P was on fire, he rushed to the spot. He went school room amongst the bewildered and frantic in* and kicking out three of the windows, dropped the children, when he was stopped by the flamed I then jumped out himself. A ladder was procured, ty several more of the children were saved; but 0 anxiety of the populace below the ladder was br W, But for this accident it is believed that three m°re dren would have been saved. When the ladder 3^ the consternation was indescribable. Another was obtained, and plaoed at the back of the schooU^jSli and several were got out that way. The flames at 1 got to the last window, and all attempts at saving ther lives were fruitless. One boy jumped fro window to the ground and was little' injured, saddest part of the story remains to be told. Aftf* that could be done nine poor children fell a saenh the flames. It was stated that the place had clined as a joiner's shop on account of its ha2»y f(jf character. How it eame to be occupied as a scbo° ntints remains to be explained, especially as this to be the second fire that has taken place in the buu which was only erected last sumnier.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A FRENCH SEAMAN.—-A t&J sailor, named Charties Pierre, aged 60, belonging j« £ barque Caledonia of Havre, was seized with Vs' before the arrival in Penarth Roads, on Saturday Badge was sent for, but before his arrival the PoO^,0j)d^| was dead. An inquest was held on the body on evening, by Mr, R. L. Reece, coroner, and the jury" a verdict of Died from natural causes." IIrr_T.