ABERDARE. SHOOTING MATCH.—The Hirwain practice ground was the scene of considerable excitement and some good shooting on Thursday the 21st instant. The contest was for a rifle of the value of £ 5. 'The conditions of shooting were five shots each on the two ranges of 50J yards and 200 yards. The day was a stormy one, and tha strong wind at times almost prevented the steady holding of the rifle. Thirty points was the winning number, and Mr. Wilkinsen, Aberdare, the winning man. The whcle passed off cheerfully and satisfac- torily, except to one or two who bad made up their minds to win, but were a little wide of the target. THE LAGGING PETITION.—A petition awaiting signa- tures is slowly and stealthily moving about our town. Several weeks have now eiapsed since it received ex- istence. Its prayer is the maintenance of the State Church in Ireland. Failing signatures from the lords of creation" those of the" wehker sex" are sought, single or married, the latter often refuse because their lords would, the former comply in ignorance, or believing that what is upheld by the clergy must be right. Some say that the ladies help is sought to give weight to the prayer which must be intended to propitiate the Upper House, inasmuch as it is nearly too late for the Lower. This is town gossip. DEATH, AN ILLUSTRATION OF LIFE.—Tbe overwhelm- ing prevalence of dissent in this locality receives curious illustration in our tocal 11 God's acre." The part of the cemetery devoted to Nonconformists is rapidly filling. At the present nte of burial its whole extent will be filled in a short term .fyearR, while the consecrated part which is only so in name, the ceremony is still in abey- ance, has only a mere sprinkling of bodies of the dead in it. It is a matter of frequent experience that old dissenting families still bury in vaults in churchyards while chuichmen do not bury in unconsecrated ground. COUNTY COURT.—A special couit was held in the Temperance Hall, by Judge Falconer, on Tuesday, to hear an accumulation of adjourned cases, with the ex- ception of which, there was nothing particular about the cases heard. ABERNANT AND TAFF VALE WORKS.—The decision of the company to stop the latter works at Treforest, in order to carry on the former on the double-shift system, has not been carried eut. A deputation from Trefomst waited upon the company's representatives at the Aber- nant office some days since, and petitioned that the Taff Vale might go on as heretofore. The deputation was well received, and after consideration its prayer granted. GADLYS DEVIATION ROAD.—The unpleasant dispute between the Board of Health and the Dare Vatley Com- pany still remains. A short time ago when the latter began to raise the northern part of the deviation road, and according to the recommendation of Colonel Yol- land, of tbe Board of Trade, people thought the road would be made a good one, and the business set at rest. Unfortunately the hope was not realised. The road is more ugly than before, and the only hope that remains is, that a speedy appeal to the law courts will lay this disturbing ghost. It is nnderitood that the Board in- tends to adopt this course. The sooner it is autborita. tively decided whether the Board can compel the com- pany to finish the work partly done, or must finish the work itself, the more satisfactorily will it be to the rate. payers and to those especially having property in the immediate locality.
TONYREFAIL. 'v THE CHURCH.—The Rev. Mr. Pritchard, rector of Newhold, Stratford on Avon, patron of this living, has nominated the Rev. W. Lewis, late of Treoderwen, Merthyr, to the perpetual curacy of St. John the Baptist. We think no better proof of the prudence of this choice can be brought forward than the immense increase in the congregation which has taken place dur- ing the past two or three Sundays ur der Mr. Lewis's ministration. Mr. A. Chandler has kindly lent his beautiful harmonium for the use of the choir, until a sufficient sum has been subscribed. Great credit ia due to Mr. Chandler for the pains he takes in instrurt. ing the choir during week days, in order to secure the creditable performance of the ehurch service.
■W-. CONTEMPORABT OMKIOHS THE SCOTCH BEJOBM BILL DEBATE. The Times congratulates the House of Commons tm titv amount of real business it can get through if it triea. There was the Scotch Reform Bill, for instance. The set- tiement of the franchise clauses of the Scotch lull would in itself have been a fair evening's work, but the introduc- tion by the Government of a revised scheme of redistribu- tion and the adoption of its chief provisions by the com- mittee are wonderful strides towards the end of the bill The new scheme is a great improvement on the old. and, though needlessly halting, it was in many respects bettef framed than Mr. Baxter's proposal. Thereisnosumcientrea- SQulwhyten seats should not have been takenfrom England, but the transfer of seven has been thought a reasonable compromise, and if the eighth seat provided by the union of Peebles and Selkirk be given to the Edinburgh instead of to the Jedburgh .or Hawick Burghs, the redistribu- tion effected will be the best yet proposed. This is the point to be decided on Thursday, and to which attention should be directed. As the Govern- ment have given up their design of weeding the Clyde counties, they may consent to relinquish their new proposal to weed a great noble's Border land. A third member for Edinburgh, elected, like the third member for Glasgow, on the minority principle, would secure the representation of large and important sections of Scotch society now unrepresented, and may meet the inconvenience that might otherwise follow the disfranchisement of Thetford. It is in this way that the monotony justly deprecated by Mr. Lowther can best be avoided, and the representation of Scotland placed on a basis upon which a larger superstructure can be built in after years. The characteristic of Scotch repre- sentation, hitherto peculiar to it, is that the county members are almost entirely of one party and the burgh inembers as entirely of the opposite party. So antago- nistic a result, where there is no real antagonism of interests, condemns the present system of representation and those Conservative statesmen who desire to effect a lasting settlement, and those Liberal statesmen who desire the greatest possible number of voters to be represented, ahould unite in supporting proposals designed to secure both these objects. THE FLOW OF PARLIAMENTARY TALK. The Telegraph has a word of, serious advice to offer on Doth sides. It is the obvious duty of members to drop useless talk, and to devote all their energy to the business before the House. It is their duty to avoid such scenes as those of Monday night. Every member who indulges in conversation without immediate purpose helps to delay the anxiously-expected appeal to the new constituency. If we finish the session at the earliest possible moment, there will be a longer holiday than usual; but that will hurt nobody. While affording the Liberals time to confront the great and solemn task which they have undertaken, it will give the Conservatives time to examine the principles of their political faith, which has been rudely shaken by the whole march of recent events. Moreover, it will secure to both sides au early recess, during which they may arrange for a dissolution at the earliest possible moment. Thus Parliament may assemble at the beginning of the year, for the decision of the main question—Which of the two great parties in the State is, without loss of time, to undertake the accumulation of important work that public opinion has marked out for prompt and effectual execution ? OUR MILITIA SERVICE. Amid the excitement of politics and the sound of par- liamentary strife, the Pott finds time to write a leader on the constitution of our military services. Devoting espe- cial attention to the militia, it points out that its weak point is admittedly that of the officers, and it has been fre- quently suggested of late that they should receive com- missions from the Crown, instead of from lord-lieu- tenants, as an inducement to gentlemen to serve and it is to be hoped that no objections of a trivial character may be allowed to stand in the way of grant- ing this boon, if such it should be esteemed by the great majority of militia officers. As regards the training of militia officers, surely sufficient advantage is not taken of the facilities offered by the regular regiments. Would it not, asks our contemporary, be a very agreeable and ■efficacious mode of learning their work if militia officers Were frequently attached temporarily to the nearest Regular regiments ? It appears to us that every imlupe- taent and facility should be offered to them to seek instruc- tion in this way. THE ENGLISH HOTEL. The Daily News comments on the charge which has so frequently of late been brought against our English inns— that they are unsafe. To our contemporary it seems hard that establishments which have been so eloquently praised should be now branded as unsafe, and that ring-men cannot store their gains there with security. But it is at wast consoling to know that the losses are principally con- fined to a class, and that the depredations which follow in the wake of race meetings rarely occur at other times. It 58 on record in the pages of a popular magazine that on a great sporting occasion at which Mr. John Heenan and Mr. Tom King were the heroes of the hour, self-acting pocket instruments were displayed, the merits of which consisted in their lodging a bullet in the stomach of an intruder. These were ^"gently recommended as useful accessories to a bedroom door, and were inspected with grave approval by the Patrons of the ring. After much deliberation and dis- cission, it was, however, decided that, though handy things enough, and useful in other countries, they weren't So rnnch wanted in England, where the hotels were mostly Ej an.d this verdict we should be sorry to see upset by Jjhe experiences of any other set of sporting men. Cool and carefully-locked bedroom doors on race-nights would do much to save the inns from scandal and their Customers from loss. "HISTORICUS" AND THE GOVERNMENT. The Standard, dissecting Mr. Vernon Harcourt's letter On the Irish policy of the Crovenuueut, wntwids in •ubstanee there is no contradiction between the opinions ^nd the acts of the Ministry in the matter <;f the lloman University. As even H." '<«Aild not have .^Ued to understand, had he lowered himself to that duty, e Government proposed nothing but to do an act of Justice to the general body of the Irish Roman .Catholic not to endow or to support the Roman Catholic Church. jr~ey expressly stipulated as a necessary condition of the they were willing to concede, that the priests should 5f>t have the exclusive control of the funds to be bestowed, r-t ig in this respect that the Irish policy of the Ministry bas been deliberately misrepresented, as Mr. Disraeli Complained, and by none more grossly than by H." him- &Self. As to the greater number 01 his quotations, they only prove this—that four of the Ministers did not always express themselves in precisely the same terms in regard to the Irish Church. We need not defend the Govern- tnent against a charge so trivial as this. We know of no Principle of political duty winch requires that every •Minister shall think exactly alike with every other Minis- teber on all points of policy. It is possible that there may "e honest and truthful men in the Cabinet, who still are Liable to express themselves. in precisely the same lan- guage on all occasions. It is incomprehensible that there ]je found a critic at once so arrogant and so narrow- minded, so lofty in his ideal of morality and so low in hia Jteatanings, so exacting of purity and yet so prone to think evil, as to utter a solemn accusation of falsehood, deceit, and duplicity upon grounds so paltry and fooliah as those which "H." has selected.. j THE EXECUTION OF BARRETT. ud:¡, The Herald comments on the defence set up by the con- vict. It says In the interest of justice it is well that the hollowness of the artifice should have been thoroughly Exposed, and that even by an extra-judicial and some- what irregular investigation the falsehood of the defence *et up should have been once more demonstrated. Had an inquiry been refused, Barrett would have had some shadow of pretence for giving himself the airs of a Martyr, and undoubtedly there would have been IlOllle who would have believed, or affected to believe, in his innocence. All pretence for this kind 041 financing has now been taken away. Repeatedly Spited, that no opportunity of arriving at a correct Conclusion might be missed, the prisoner has had a fresh chance of life, in the course of which he has again been proved to be deserving death. This being so, it is well for Society that Mr. Gathorne Hardy has stood firm to his and has allowed no weak sentimentality to induce ■nini to grant a life which the law lias declared forfeit, and Which it would have been a sacrifice of the interests of 8c^ety any longer to spare. We regret the stern necessity .^hich requires the sacrifice, as we lament the wretchea delusion which instigated the crime. But having regard Hot only to individual suffering, but to general well-being, We must accept inevitable severity as the truest clemency, and must hope that Barretts fate may not be without a influence upon those who have shared or sym- pathised with him in his desperate enterprises and in his atrocious offences. THE COMMON COURTESY OF THE LORD MAYOR. T It is a custom of old observance for the Lord Mayor of ■kondon to entertain the judges and serjeants at an annual dinner, and on Monday night the customary entertain- ment was given. A large general company was present, for the guests, as might be supposed^ were selected with- out reference to political opinion, "lory and Whig peers &i1d judges and distinguished laymen sat side by side. In 8uch a company, if anywhere, the Star would have ex- pected the Lord Mayor to have suppressed or moderated ma fiery zeal for the Irish Establishment. Common COurtesy would have dictated such a course, not to speak of those responsibilities which should attach themselves to high civic office. The Lord Mayor, in proposing the health of the House of ■Lords, whether through mere ignorance or negligence, Jusplayed a bad taste that is positively amazing, both in the tenour of his remarks and in the selection of the person whom lie called to respond to the toast. It is scarcely to be credited that any man occupying a position which demands of its tenants common decorum and politeness °°uld invite Lord Dunraven, himself a Catholic Peer, and one whose name had been promi- bently affixed to the Irish Catholic- laymen's decla-- Nation in favour of religious equality, to reply to .speech which denounced Mr. Gladstone's ^Suspensory dl, a>ul challenged for it in prospect the hostility and Successful opposition of the House of Peers. It was sum. ciently startling to invite Lord Dunraven to return thanks the Lords, and to accept a policy thus dictated by so j^gfh an authority but it was still more unprecedented so r° plunge from the ordinary commonplaces of civic feasts *;to the stormy sea of party politics, and, in the presence °f the eminent Liberals whom we have already named, to the Liberal party, its policy, and its leader. The Liverv of London must really take steps to instruct the Lord Mayor in the limits of his duties, and the conven- clonal courtesies of which he has shewn himself ignorant ■Or careless. THE RESULT OF THE IMPEACHMENT. The Times declares that it cannot but be a matter of *fiten*e gratification to every well-wisher of the American Republic that the impeachment has failed. The citizens of the United States—above all, thecitizens of the Northern states—have prided themselves upon being a law-abiding People, and, despite occasional excesses, such as stain the history of all nations, the native-born Americans have been justified in their pride. The condemnation of Mr. Johnson would, however, have disposed for ever of tilU hoast. It is bad enough that so large a majority should have been found willing to convict the President upon the evidence brought before them, but there have beeO found a few Republican senators sufficiently independent Of the tyranny of party to resist the pressure which would have compelled them to violate all considerations of law and justice. The names of those who voted are not given in the telegraphic despatches, but it was know* ™jat Mr. Fessenden, of Maine, the senator selected by Lincoln as Secretary for the Treasury when Mr, Chase resigned that post, would be one of those Would refuse to convict the President. Mr. Hendenon, of Missouri, was another thus distinguished, and hit resolution has apparently remained firm, although the full power of the Legislature of Missouri, to whose suf- ■frages Tie owes his present position, has been brought to ber* upon him. Those who know how easily men.among ourselves are turned aside from their spontaneous resolu- tion by the action of some, it may be only a knot, of their constituents, can understand the strength of pur- pose those Republican Senators must have possessed who iave adhered to the conclusions of their own judgment in a land where politics is a profession, where de- parture from exact conformity with party discipline incurs a sentence of exclusion from political^life, and where the machinery of party organisation and the pressure of party opinion are the most galling and oppressive to be found anywhere in the world. So deeply do the public men of America feel the necessity of acting in unison with a vast number of others to accomplish any joint object, that it is rare to find original and independent counsel among them, and the con* scientious self-reliance of those who quitted their party to vote with the minority against the impeachment de- serves the greater honour. Nothing else, however, we venture to say, was possible, if the law of the case was to be regarded. Nothing else was possible if the reputation of the Senate was to be maintained unsullied. The con- stitution of the Union, the articles of the impeachment, the evidence, and the arguments are all before us, and there is no reason why an opinion may not be pronounced upon them. The Herald thinks that the American people have reason to congratulate themselves on their escape. TheJj Constitution and the fate of their country has hung upoit a vote. Only by one vote has the Senate failed to pasi the decree which, in expelling Mr. Johnson from the Presidency, would have inaugurated a new era-jf revolu- tion in America. We may accept the vote on the eleventh Article of Impeachment as decisive, because it was mainly on that article that the managers of the House of Repre- sentatives relied. Thirty-five voted that the eleventh article was sustained, nineteen that it was not sustained. So that if one member of the minority had voted with the majority the article would have been car- ried by the majority of two-thirds, which is necessary in this momentous business. This article, which was the pith and summing up of the whole indictment, charged the President with having denied in a public speech that the 39th Congress had the right to exercise legislative power with denying that the legislation of the said Con. gress was valid or obligatory upon him, or that it had power to propose amendments to the Constitution with seeking to prevent the execution of the Tenure of Office Act by attempting to restrain Mr. Stanton from exercising his functions as Secretary at War and with having con- trived to hinder the working of the Reconstruction Act, and of the Act which provided that all military orders should be issued through the general commanding the army. Those who voted against this article must have refused their consent to the spirit rather than to the letter of it. It was just as in those actions in this country where pleas of justification and not guilty are put side by side by the defendant in the cause. They voted against the monstrous injustice of condemning the chief functionary of the State on grounds which, if sustained, were a credit to him rather than a crime in him. As a matter of literal fact these allegations were true. Mr. Johnson did dispute the competency of the 39th Congress, and he was right in disputing it, as it represent* only a fraction of the Union, and has arbitrarily excluded from its sittings the representatives of the rest. He did not deny, and he was right to deny, the competency of a Rump Congress to pass laws, or make amendments to the Constitution, which by that instrument require the consent of two-thirds of the States. He did question the legality of the Tenure of Office Act, and, pending the decision of that legality by the tribunals, he did suspend Mr. Stanton, and appoint a successor to his post. He did interpose his authority to cause the incidence of the arbitrary and cruel Reconstruction Act to fall as lightly as possible on the peoples of the persecuted South and he did assert his unquestioned right, under the Constitution, to act as Commander-in-Chief of the forces of the Union. Why, then, did 19 senators vote against the article ? They, voted against it, not as a matter of fact, but simply as a reason for depriving of place and power the man who had rather deserved the thanks of his countrymen .for the heroic stand which he had made against oppression and Wrong. THE REPEAL ,OF THE CONCORDAT IN AUSTRIA. The Post observes that the most important of the many struggles which have taken place in Austria in connection with the establishment of liberal institutions in that empire has now come to a close. The Emperor has given his sanction to the bills relating to education, civil mar- riases, and the footing which shall for the future be occu- pied by persons of different religious denominations. In a word, the Concordat has been swept away, religious equality has been established, provision made for educa- tion on a system recognising differences of creed, and marriage made a civil contract, independent of ecclesias- tical sanction. Seldom, if ever, perhaps, have such mighty changes been effected in the institutions of a country by simple legislative action as those- which have been brought about in the course of the past twelve months in Austria. It is only natural, therefor*, that there should manifest themselves some symptoms of what is termed reaction. There is always a class of per. sons who are terrified by progress, and whose breath is taken away if the course of events is rather quicker than they expected. Many persons in this country in 1832 believed that we were on the road to ruin when we abo- lished the rotten boroughs and passed the first Reform Act. And in like manner in Austria, independently of the Ultramontanists, there are many who confound political liberty with anarchy, and who believe that the only safeguards which society possessed were supplied by the autocratic system which has. been swept away. THE PRACTICE OF HOLDING BRIEFS BT DEPUTY. The London Review calls attention to the prevalence at Westminster of a pernicious practice, indulged in by counsel who are flooded with, briefs, of appointing'a deputy to do tnelr work. This is not merely in<1ûIged in by the lower branches of the learned profession of the law, The practice is essentially peculiar to what is termed the higher branch of the legal profession. No one ever hears of an eminent physician receiving the fees of those who wish to consult him and saving himself the trouble of looking at them by availing himself of the idleness of one of hisbrethren, whose knowledge may possibly equal that of the American doctor who sent all his patients without exception into convulsions because he happened to be a stunner at fits." Yet things of this sort are by no means uncommon in practice at the bar. An attorney may have a case requiring the employment of a coun. sel of peculiar capabilities. Knowing that every. thing may depend upon a rough tongue and unsparing cross-examination, a rattling speech to the jury, or a piece of well-sustained chaff throughout the conduct of the case, he selects his man, and proceeds to retain him. A feeling of natural anxiety to make sure of the talent of which he hopes to availhimself, and theprice of which he is prepared to pay, prompts him, as a necessary preliminary, to ascer- tain that the counsel will be 1D his place when the case comes on. His mind is set at rest upon this point by the assurance of the barrister s clerk that hia master has no other engagements to divert his attention from the case. Now it may be the misfortune of the attorney to be a gen- tleman, and, judging of others by himself, he pays away his money upon the promises he receives, fixes an hour for consultation, and returns to his chamber vwith the con- sciousness that he has done his duty, and that his client's case is in the fittest hands to hold it. On the morning ol the trial hia first disappointment is the non-appearance of the distinguished advocate for whom such solemn promises had been made and painful doubt takes the fonn of yet more painful certainty when the clerk, who was SJ liberal of assurances the evening before, comes forward with an expression of sympathy upon. his features that would be pleasing if it were not chronic, to inform him that Mr. So-and-so is unfortunately detained in the country, or in the House of Lords, or at the Privy Council, and will not be able to reach the court until late in the day. The at- torney then, upon searching for his brief, finds it, in the hands of a young barrister, likeihim who made.his griev- ance known through the columns of the Times, or. of .an old barrister whose abdities had not been of a sufficiently marked character to confidence of attorneys, and who, having bn! wu T own, holds those of other people. The substitution, it is heedless to say is in most cases unfortunate. The clerk of the absent advocate, intent upon securing his-own fees and those of his master, makes hia selection with a liberal disregard of the fitness o f A inild squabble, in which the witness gets the best of it, takes the place. 01 the proposed cross-examination, and. a spirited speech or adroit chaff is looked for in vain from the staid individual whose eloquence'in ? cannot soar above the statute of frauds. The case may be lost and injustice done, and the person who is mjured is left with such poor consolation as the general abuse of lawyers will afford him. The law itself leaves htfn without remedy. For some inscrutable reason it wlU f hamster fa ,bijna an action for his fees, ^d, by ^*y of set-off, it investl him with the power of bemg as neghgent a,nd as reckleei of the interests of his client as he pleases with impunity. THE PRINCE OF WALES'S ALLOWANCE. The John Bull, while denouncing the. diølovai expres- sions which have been drawn forth by the withdrawal of the Queen to Scotland, resets that she has been obliged by the state of her health £ .^6% course she hap. In her absence, however, thePrince of Wales should be called upon to take her place. C^n no the Prince of Wales, m hisi laudabk desire to fulfil the arduous and difficult duties of an Heir Apparent-never so arduous and difficult as a p moment—has not had sufficient allowance fropajilHernation for the carrying out of duties which, the na'tion exp&cts him to undertake. The Government desire to do this simple act of justice,to hia Royal Highness; but with a characteristic considerationfor their position in the mid_st of ""scrupulous foes, the Prince has desired them not to P^POseit. But the time has come when a spontaneous offer shouM be made by the nation to add to the m come of the Prince of Wales, 9n whom so many duties devolve. Mid who has in a difficult and trying position so ^ly discharged them. Our con- temporary trusts thftt ptep Zuif no^ on^y to provide his Royal lligrhness ith a dhooting-box in Ireland-one of the best remedial measures for Irish discontent-but to increase an allowance which shall enable him to continue on a suitable scale those hospitali- ties and charities which have so endeared the occupiers of Marlborough House to the people of the United Kingdom.
============- '=; We regret to hear of the deaths of two of tha medical officers of the British service in Abyssinia- namely. Staff-Assistant-Surceon John Collins, M.D., and John E. Stewart, M.D- joined the expedi- tion from this country, and the latter from Boiribay. | Medical Times and Gazette. THE LATE VOLUNTEER REVIEW.—When the whole of the claims on the Portsmouth Review Committee have been liquidated there will remain a balance of up. wards of £100 in hand and, as it is the general opinion of the committee that Portsmouth will be selected next year,' it was resolved that the balance should be appropriated as the nucleus of a fund necessary to entertain the volunteers on their return visit. FOXES IN CHURCH. In a. secluded valley in the Yorkshire wolds stands the ancient church of Wharram Percy, quite apart from all human habitation. Only on Sundays is the church frequented, and the congregation have been somewhat surprised to find a breed of foxes in possession. An air dram for ventilation from the outside has been used as an earth, and by this means accesshas been gained to the pulpit, beneath which an old fox and her litter of fine cubs are, except when unearthed during divine service, comfortably domiciled. The novelty haa been communicated to Morgan, Lord Middleton's hunta. man, who declares that during his forty years' experience he never 'before heard of such a circumstance, and nevat met with » brood offoxes. < q.' ;t. "t'
AX ANGLO AUSTRALIANS UPON'THE AT- TEMPI ED ASSASSINATION- From a batch of correspondence by the last Austra- lian moil, we extract the following from the pen of the able writer of The Log of the Great Victoria" and Three months in Queensland" Bat while I submit these facts to you as signs of Victoria's material growth, of her intellectual progress, and of her higher development-taste, it is with a crushing sense of in- dignant shame that I approach the mention of the foul, black, deed which has so tarnished and stained our hospitality, and raised up the wildest pulses of our Saxon nature. Need 1 say I refer to the attempted assassination of the Prince, the Dake i>f Edinburgh, who was so lately sojourning amongst us. All our efforts to show our exuberant loyalty, all our jubilant shouts of welcome, all the innocent and genuine out- hursts of childhood-all now bedraggled and bemired through the diabolical outrage of this one thrice-accnrsed miscreant. Whilst the very flag-poles aie s'ill standing that wtre hoisted to do him honour; whilst the month we spent en fete is yet a matter of household words and kindly memories, the hideous, grim skeleton stalks out, and this execrable spawn of a miserable race snatches from us the fair name for which we struggled to be regarded at home, to be consigned in asso- ciation, perhaps for another century, with the convict and the confirmed malefactor. We, sir, in Victoria fuel this to be a matter of well nigh life and death to us, and no words of mine can convey the reverberated howl of detestation with which the ruffian and his crime are viewed. How passing strange that he who tra- velled from our seaboard to distant Queensland, to-day but adding to yesterday's fair impressions, that our further knowledge but leads to the realization of our heart's fondest wishes, we find a simple, gallant, comely gentleman, in fact, we find his royal mother's son—one from whom there has been no word of impatience, who by almost a strain of gen. tlemanly courtesy has delighted to honour us all, and who in kind has met with no smail proofs of our attachment; from the wheat growers of Adelaide to the great sheep lords of the North from the princely squater to the misty words of welcome of the poor Aboriginal from all our varied and diversed nationalities, and it is a curious blending—but all with one voice—to his high honour and the authority he re- presents; Jews, Greek, German, and Chinese, till he falls at last by a son of this favoured home of assassins and con- spiracies—by the hand of a catholic Irishman. His ancestors shot from behind a hedge, this cowardly cur fires from behind the back- Why the bitterest enemy in the tent of the fierce and la wiess Bedouin, while he eats his bread and salt, is safe from his vengeance. 'Tis an example well worth the study of our christian Irishmen. Is this to be the end or this miserable imposture ? It sutely now has played its last card, and stands revealed to humanity as nothing more or less than a huge organization of assas- sination and blood; and from one end of this vast continent to the other comes the cry of "No quarter with these Thugs;" and, greatly as it is to be deplored, there are not wanting those frequent signs that stagger even the most in- credulous of this most hideous of all civil commotions, a war of races; the elements are cropping up fiercely for this con- summation-of Celt against S'xon, of Saxon against Celt. If history repeats itself one need not be dubious as to the result. A foutth-form school-boy can answer that. Certain it is that one of them must go to the wall. It remains with one branch of my countrymen at home that in this year of grace, in the midst of this most splendid civilization, with all our high reverence for law and order, all of which have been produced not only without the help but actually in spite of the dead weight of a race that would now throw us and our fair England into a hideous chaos of anarchy and blood. Fenianism read with. something like paralysis of 84,000 special constables being enrolled among you as conservators of law and order. Can I point out some of the ='gns of the times in our panorama. On St. Patrick's day just passed, we would hive no display of assembled men and tawdry greeD, in which their bathos-like sedition could find vent; and we had none. Aimed police and volunteers kept this down. Our English and Scotch countrymen are reinforcing by thou. sands the Orange Lodges (just think of it—English and Scotch becoming Orangemen); and again, at a meeting of two or three thousand of the working men of Metbournejust assembled, they intimated that all they wanted in the way of dealing with this cowardly conspiracy was just to be left alone, and, In their own words, they would run the thing right ofl'the reel." How do my Irish friends at homelike the position they hnve themselves created ? The Irish difficulty has long been England's greatest one. But their career on this planet cfours is strikingly consistent. It is, perhaps, quite at much as the irrepressible nigger'" the gieatest difficulty of our. cousins in the States. They are last, becoming, from their apparent love of violence and crime, to be looked on as the very Pariahs of existence. What a problem for the statesman or the philanthropist to find his wav out ot it.. I met a ft iend of my own the other dry and let me tell you, he is an Irishman and agood Catholic. After the compliments of the morning were passed, we very. soon slid into the crime of the assassin O'Farrell. The worthy fellow spoke out in no un- certain note of his urmitigated abhorrence of the villain and his deed. But let me tell you," he said, my countrymen have a rare knack for conspiracy but do not expect any of the broad-light-of-day style with which you have managed the likes of these matters in England, to which she even now owes her rights and her privileges. Ours (he said), ours have all the same rank smell of the back-door and the whis- key-shop; but yet England will, or can, never rule Ireland. She's trving it now plaving, and no better, playing a game of marbles with her, at He Irish Church and tenant right, or wha.t you will. Look here, friend (he continued), there is only one man living who could lule Ireland, and that is his Alfjfsty of France. Oh, wouldn't he look well after the hap- piness of the priests, and make them fat, rubicund, and rosy, and then screw out of them three times as many taxes as ever England will dare do; and when they cry for bread, or try on sedition, treat them to grape-shot and canister— grape-shot and canister, sir. That's the way to rule Ireland, a'suitof argument, my faith! they are not slow to under. stand and fully to appaeciate; and believe me, that the very fact of it taking all this to keep them quiet, they will look on as delicate flattery." I could not help thinking, if he had heard it, how the grim Cynic of the Tuileries would have most complacently smiled.
============== b.;l.¡; Ularhels. (FROM THE MARK-LANE GAZETTE.") t LONDON CORN MARKET.—MONDAT. Wheat has declined one shilling to two shillings per qr to-day. The leading country markets held on Saturday were fairly supplied with wheat, which moved off heavily, at Is. to 2s. per qr. decline. In barley, as well as in most other kinds of spring corn, very little was passing at previous rates. Flour was selling on lower terms. On the Continent, very little business is doing in wheat, either on the spot or for forward delivery. In America, the export demand for both wheat and flour, is inactive. The imports of foreign and colonial produce into London last week, amounted to 50,973 quarters of wheat, 3,128 barley, 16,249 oats, 960 beans, 44 tares, 40 linseed, 4,200 rapeseed, 175 sundries, and 894 sacks of flour. Our market to-day was very scantily supplied with English wheat; but the quality of the samples was tolerably good. For all kinds, the demand ruled heavy, and a few forced sales were made, at a decline in the quo- tations, compared with Monday last, of from Is. to 2s, per qr. In foreign wheat-the show of which was rather ex- tensive—very little was passing, and prices had a downward tendency. The stocks in warehouse continue to increase. Floating cargoes of grain were very dull, at last week's de- cline in the quotations. The supply of English barley was small-of foreign moderate. Sales progressed slowly, aad late rates were with difficulty supported. Malt was held on former terms; but the inquiry for it was by no means active. The supply was tolerably good. Oats supported the late advance, but the business passing was only moderate. The show of samples was rather limited. Beans supported former terms. The inquiry for them, however, was far from active. Peas were a slow inquiry, but not cheaper. English flour supported former terms, owing to the limited quantity brought forward but foreign parcels were offered at reduced rates. The inquiry for seeds and cakes was wholly confined to limited quantities, at barely stationary prices. CURRENT PRICES OF BRITISH GRAIN AND FLOUR. Shil. per qr. Shil. per qr. ■\Vheat—Essex & Kent, Oats—Irish black 24 — 27 new- 59 — 76 Ditto white 25 — 28 Ditto red 55-69 Rye -45 — 47 Talavera 67 — 80 Beans—Mazagan, 1867 41- 44 Norfolk & York new- 0 0 Tick, ditto 44 4t Barley-Malting 39 — 45 Harrow & Pigeon, do. 48 — 50 Grinding and Dis. 88-88 Peas—Non-boilers 0— 0 Malt—Essex & Suffolk 66 — 68 White boilers 45 47 Kingston and Town- 70 — 74 Ditto, fine Suffolk 48 — 50 Brown 66 — 62 Maple 0 — 0 Oats—Essex & Suffolk 23 — 27 Grey 44 — 46 Scotch and Lincoln Flour—Best marks, da- potatoe 31 — 85 livered (per 2801bs) 62 — 64 Ditto feed 29 — 81 Seconds & Country 50 — 57 potatoe .31—35 livéred (per 2801bs) 62 64 Ditto feed 29 81 I Seconds & Country 50 57 WEDNESDAY. The attendance at Mark-lane was thined by the attraction at Epsom, and there was very little inquiry for any kind of grain. English wheat was limited, and held for Monday's rates, at which purchases were made but slowly. There was a libefal supply of foreign wheat, which met very little demand, and prices remain nominally the same as on Monday. METROPOLITAN CATTLE MARKET.—MONDAI. The supply of foreign stock here, to-day, was only moder- ate for the time of year; but its general quality was tolerably good For the most part, .sales progressed steadily, at very full prices. From our own grazing districts, as well as from Ireland and Scotland, the receipts of beasts fresh up this morning were again only moderate. The quality of the English and Scotch breeds, however, was good, The best Scots, crosses, Herefords, &c., were in good request, at an advance in the quotations of 2d. per 81bs. A few very supe- rior animals realised 5s. 4d.; but the general top figure for beef was 5s. 2d. per bibs. Although there was a large supply of sheep in the pens, the inquiry for most breeds ruled steady, and prices had an upward tendency. The best Downs and half-breds sold freely, at 5s. per 81bs. "We have no change to notice in the value of lamb. Prices rangetl L from 6s. 4d. to 7s 4d. per 81bs. The supply was tolerably good. Prime small calves were rather dearer. Heavy calves were a slow sale, at late rates. Pigs were firm in value, with a fair average number on offer. Per 81bs. to sink the offal. Coarse & inf. beasts 8 2—3 4 Prime Sth. Downs.. 4 8—4 10 Second quality do 8 6—4 0 Lambs .6 4—7 4 Prime large oxen 42—4 8 Largo crse. calves 4 0—4 10 Ditto Scots, Ac 4 10—5 3 Prime small ditto 5 0—5 4 Coarse & inf. sheep 3 4-S 8 Large hegs 8 4—3 8 Second quality do.. 3 10-4 2 Neat small Porkers. S 10-4 4 Prime coarsely „ Sucklg. calves (each) 22s.—26s. wooled sheep J Qrter.-old store pigs 23s.—26s. LIVERPOOL CATTLE MARKET.—MONDAY. The supply of stock was about the same as on Monday last. The demand for cattle was slow, without change in value. Mutton sold at lower prices. The best lambs were dearer other kinds unchanged. HOP MARKET.—MONDAY. Messrs. Woolloton and Son report that in many parishes fly has been seen to the extent of two to five on a leaf, and occasionally lice are found but fly-golding" (ladybirds) are abundant, and the bine grows vigorously. The stock on offer is small, and holders refuse to sell at recent depressed Quotations. The foreign markets are firm. TALLOW MARKET.—MONDAY. The market was flat. We quote Y.C. on the spot 43s. 3d. Town tallow 41s. 9d. nett cash.
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EISTEDDFOD. One of these interesting and popular meetings was held in the Temperance-hall, on Monday, under the auspices of the Sir Robert Peel Oddfellows'Lodge. The event was celebrated by banners suspended from the windows of the Temperance-hall and other places in the neighbourhood of Cannon-street, and by the. ringing of the bells at intervals from early morn till late at night. The Eisteddfod was held in the morning and afternoon, and in the evening a concert brought the whole to a close. The majority of the performers at the concert bad been successful competitors at some earlier part of the day. At the Eisteddfod, Gwilym Williams, Esq., presided. The following is a list of the prizes and their winners Mr. James Mathias, Shrewsbury, was awarded a prize of 7s. 6d. for the best composition on Y Duehangerdd." Seven persons competed. Mr. Silas Evans was awarded a prize of 10s. for the best rendering of the solo, Now heaven in fullest glory st ines." Six persons competed. Mr. T. Price, Tenby, was awarded a prize of 6s. for the best made tuning-fork, of which ten specimens were received. Mr. S. Evans and friends, and Mr. R. Rees, &c., rectived 10s. each, the divided prize for singing the duet, "Mae'n Hiaith yn Fyw" Four parties competed. Mr. D. Griffiths, Aberdare, received 5s., as the best reciter of Y Gof," out of fourteen competitors. Mr. R. Rees was awarded a prize of 5s., for the superior singing of "Nans a's Glyn." Mr. D. Evans was honourably mentioned, and Mr. Gwilym Williams gave him 5s. out of his own pocket. Four competed. Mr. 1). Griffiths, Swansea, was awarded .£2, for the best poem on Noah building the Ark." Ten competitors. Mr. S. Evans, Aberdare, was awarded 15s. for .the superior rendering of the song and recitation, Gwae fyth y dydd." Ifor Wyson, Pontypool, was awarded 7s. 6d., and Athai Farth, Newport, 2s: fid., for the best out of eleven englynion to Ieuan Gwyllt's Music Book." The Aberdare United Glee Party, conducted by Mr. Silas Evans, were awarded the prize of the day, £21, for singing Now- by day's returning lamp." There were no other com- petitors, ia consideration of which fact, the conductor re- turned £ o to the Eisteddfod fund. The Chairman remarked tliat the rendering deserved the prize. The conductor of the Eisteddfod announced at this part of the proceedings that he should offer a prize to the best male singer with the harp, and the Chairman that he would give a prize of 10s. to the best female t-inger with the piano, in the afternoon at four o'clock. Miss Mason, Aberdare, was awarded 5s. for her superior recitation ,of" Y Bredd Gar." The Chairman gave 2s. 6d., and os. were collected on the platform and given to Dryw Bach, for his good execution of the same piece. Mr. W. Morgan, Aberdulais, was awarded 5s. for the best made baton. The Siloa Choir were awarded £7 for choral singing. The Deffro, Arglwydd." The Saron and Calfaria choirs also competed. Mr. James Wild' was awarded £3 for the best Englynion to the late Mrs. Williams, Pantygerdinan. Mrs. Evans, Aberdare, was awarded 15s., for her excellent singing of The Night was calm." Three competed. Thomas Edwards received a prize for the best extempore speech. There were five competitors. Mrs. Phillips, Aberaman, was awarded a prize of 10s, the prize offered earlier in the day to the best singer of any Welsh air. Five competed. The Rev. J. C. Jones, Pontypool, was awarded £3 for the best essay on Navigation." Nine competed. Mr. J. C. Jones, Dowlais, was awarded zC,5 for the best Englynion to the late D. Davis, Esq., Abergwawr. Nine competed. The amount of this prize was subscribed by the Abergwawr workmen. At the concert in the evening, the large ball was filled to overflowing. The greater part of the per. formers were successful competitors at the Eisteddfod. Mrs. Evans repeated "The night was calm," and was well received. Mr. Silas Evans reproduced Gwae fytb y dydd." The Siloa Choir and the Aberdare United Glee Party also re.appeared as successful competitors. Mr. and Mrs. Frost, the former with the harp and the latter at the piano, played with their usnal success, and were awarded due honours. Mr. Griffith Jones, the fayohrite violinist, tellingly executed "The March of the Men of Harlech," with variations, accompanied by Mr. Frost on the barp. Later in the evening the audience demanded the Farm yard" from Mr. Jones, who re- sponded in an amusing style. One curiosity in the evening was some comic songs from the Rev. E. Ste- phen, who requested the audience to join in the chorus, a move that was exceedingly taking. The great at- traction of the evening, however, was Miss Edmonds, late of Swansea. She was woll received by the au- dience. She appeared four times, besides responding to a vociferous aud rrreslstlble enoore. "From mighty kings," and "Tell me my heart," were especially fine specimens of her ability as an artiste. The National Anlhem concluded a successful entertainment.
PONTYPRIDD. THE NEW CHURCH dedicated to St. Catherine, is being expeditiously proceeded with. Already the building pre. sents signs that it will become a distinctive landmark in thedistrioti Most of the walls have been raised to the required height, and the design promises well to be one of more than ordinary beauty. The principal fea. ture in which the new church will contrast most. favourable wilb other country churches, will be the lofty spiral tower to be raised over the southern entrance. This, with the very elevated position of the site, will render the church a conspicuous object for many miles around. The building is. in the Gothic style of archi- tecture, and has been designed by Mr. John Norton, of London. Dissenters and churchmen alike must have long regretted the want ef a ehurch in so rapidly a ris- ing town as Pontypridd. The fact. exists that no less than nine different congregations—alike Christiana and Jews—have each erected suitable places of worship- some of them at considerable cost; whilst the Estab- lished Church has been unable so far, with all its ad- vantages, to build an edifioe. This fact taken by itself, would tend to cast a serious reflection upon the past liberality of local churchmen, were we not better in. formed as to other more creditable instances. We trust, however, that as the present is the third effort to pro- vide a church for Pontypridd, that it will be met with more than ordinary liberality. The cost of the building will be nearly I5000, and towards this about £3,500 has been already subscribed. The latter includes over a dozen handsome contributions, ranging from JE500 to X100 each. Amongst the subscribers is a numerous list of dissenters. The building will commend itself as a "poor man's church," from the fact that it is intended that all the Bittings shall be free. We need scarcely add that the hon. secretaries, the Rev. D. T. Davis and Dr. R. C. Hunter, will gladly furnish further information to intending contributors. STREET ACCIDENT-—On Monday evening an elderly man, named Rees Edwards, of Llechwen, was walking through the Higb-street, when he was knecked down and run over by a truck. It would appear that the boots of the New Inn was conveying luggage from the railway station, and driving the truck before him at a break- neck pace, and the poor old man, on being overtaken in the street, was not aware of the approach of the truck in time to get out of the road. and was consequently struck down and run over. Happily, however, the in. juries he received were not so serious as they might have been. He was carried to the Butchers' Arms, and after remaining there for a few hours he became able to walk home. That such an accident should have happened is no matter of surprise but the wonder is that many of a similar nature have not happened, It is customary to iem|>ljy thi) m^de ojf conveyifi^ travellers' luggage from the railway station to the Bote!; and there being a con- siderable descent in the street, it id an easy task to repel the vehicle at a most swift and dangerous pace. Of course to the mode of conveyance there may be no ob- jection; but surely there is no necessity for driving it at. such headlong speed as.is here too often indulged in. It is not essential, and should not be allowed in a town like this, where streets are narrow, and footpaths are rarieties, and persons obliged to walk for the most part in the middle of the street, so that their limbs are at any moment imperilled in pursuing their way through the turnings and irregularities of the streets. CONCERT.—A concert will be given shortly for the benefit of Mr. Barker, who frequently took an active part in,the popular readings, as instrumentalist, during the past winter. Mr. Barker is about to leave this neighbourhood. THE W EAT HER.—Lately the weather has been very changeable) and we have had sunshine and shower in frequent alteration, and at times it has been "rather cold for the time of the year." It is, however, generally considered to be an excellent growing season. PICKPOCKETS.—Pocket picking is rather an uncommon practice in this locality, but the light-fingered personages bearing the above appellation, display a little of their skill occasionally, but luckily they have been caught. Two women had their pockets picked, the one of about 4s., and the other of a similar sum, at the Theatre, on Saturday last, and the thief is now lodged in Cardiff gaol until the next petty sessions..
BOARD OF GUARDIANS. t: 1 .,J This Board hsld their fortnightly meeting at the Union, on Wednesday. There were present the Rev. D. T. Davis, in the chair, Messrs. J. S. Maddicks, D. Davis, J. Lewh, D. Davies, Gelliwion, J. David, J. Richards, T. Williams, E. Thomas, E. Evans, W. Morgan, J. Davies, and D. Jones. The Clerk read a letter to the Board which he had received from Mr. Morgan, the relieving officer, inform- ing the Board that be bad not recovered sufficiently from his illness to enable him to resume his duties at the expiration of the month's leave of absence which they had given him i. and be therefore requested them to grant him another month's leave of absence, when he expected be would be quite able to resume his duties. The Board granted the request. The Clerk, on behalf of the master, informed the Board that Mrs. Morris, the woman who had been appointed assistant matron during the absence and illness of the matron, would shortly be leaving the house, as the matron would be able in a few days to resume her duties. It was therefore requisite that the Board should decide what remuneration they should give her for her services., A guardian wished to know who was the assistant matron, and whence she bad come. The Clerk replied that she was the daughter of the master and matron, and she lived with her husband in Pembrokeshire. She bad been in the house two months. The Chairman thought they bad been very fortunate in securing the services of the matron's daughter, who was so well ac- quainted with the house, and capable of undertaking the duties in the absence of the matron. He proposed that they should pay her X2 10s.. Mr. Richards seconded the proposition and thought the remuneration would be little enough. The Board agreed. Mr. MADDICKS then brought forward the motion of which be had given notice at the last meeting of the Board. But first he requested the Clerk to refer to the minute book and read to the Board a resolution respect- iug county rates, which was passed by the Board about sixteen months ago. The resolution was to the effect that a committee was appointed to consider whether properties were as highly rated in tither unions as they were in this. Mr. Maddicks then went on to say that nothing had been done tending to the carrying out 6f that resolution, and from what he had seen and heard u it was evident that they were assessed much higher in the parishes of this union than the parishes of other unions adjoining were. He did not see why that should be, and therefore be did not think there could be any barm in appointing a committee to inquire into the matter, if no good accrued from it. If they found that they were equatly and fairly rated that would be satis- factory, and there could be no harm done. He thought it was a step that should be taken by the Board, and in sppport of bis motion be showed that the county rate paid by the Board in 1803 amounted to X3,349 15,9. lid., and in 1867 the Board paid ^6,641 Is. 4d., which showed an increase in the rate of £3,291 14s. 7d. He proposed, That it be referred to a committee to con- sider the advisability of appealing against the county rate basis, on the ground that collieries and other pro- perty in parishes comprised in other unions are valued at much less than similar properties in this union. The committee to consist of Mr. Perkins (the chairman), Messrs. Pritchard, Penn, Maddicks, Lewis, J. Richards, E. Thomas, E. Davis, W. Morgan, and D. Davis." The Clerk said it was competent for the Board to pass the resolution, but the Board, as a Board, could not appeal against the county rate, unless there were some private grievances, through which it might be done. It was certainly an important matter, as they were now paying nearly double the rate they had formerly paid.—Mr. J. Lewis seconded the resolution, which was carried unani- mously. The Master reported that during the 7tb week there had been three admitted into the bouse, five discharged, and one dead, leaving 83 in the house, against 71 in the correspondiug week oflast year. The number of chil- dren in school was 26, ten boys and sixteen girls. In the 8th week there were four admitted and six dis- charged; remaining is the house 81 against 69.
> fbin a .1' COWBRIDGE. FARMERS' CLUB.—At a committee meeting of this club, on Tuesday last, it was unanimouly resolved that a trial of mowing machines shall take place at Llanble- thian, on or about the 18th of June next, when prizes to a large amount will be awarded to the successful competitors. A general meeting of the society waR also held the same day at the Bear Hotel, under the pre. sidency of Mr. Thomas Thomas, St. Hilary. There were also present Mr. John Garsed, the Moorlands, Mr. H. N. Hooper, Llansannor, Mr. Edward Bradley, jun., Cowbridge; Messrs. W. J. Huntley, Welsh St. Donatts Gordon, Toada Donne, Lynvi Iron Works; Colver- well, Llwynheleg A. B. Price, Bridgend Yorath, Mol- ton T.' Alexander, Monkton T. Jenkins, Cowoliff; Wright, St. Nicholas; Lewis, Brigam; Jenkins, Cae- gwennaf; T. Treherne Thomas, Bridgend; Williams, Trehedyn, and Bodington, Canton, Cardiff. The chair- man, having briefly explained the object of the meeting, introduced, Mr. Gordon, who read a most excellent paper on The Improvement of Hilly Land." A lengthened discussion took place. Messrs. Huntley, Donne, and Thomas taking an active part, illustrating the advantages to be obtained by the proper culture of such soil, observing that the hints thrown out by Mr. Gordon were practicable and worthy of attention. After a vote of thanks to the chairman and Mr. Gordon, the meeting dispersed. PETTY SESSIONS.—TUESDAY. (Before the Rev. T. EnMOHDES, R. C. N. CARNE and G. H. JENKINS, Esqrs.) OBSTRUCTING THE HIGHWAY.—William Deere, John Gould, Iltya Deere, John Thomas, and Elias George, all of Llantwitt Major, were severally charged by P. C. Charles Rodman with unhooking a gatemtar St. Athan, early on the morning of the 17th instant, and placing the same across the highroad leading therefrom to Llantwitt Major; The case being proved, William Deere and John Thomas were con. victed and fined, the former 20s. and lis. 8d, costs, and the latter 10s. and lis. 8d. costs, or in default 14 days' im- prisonment, The other three defendants were discharged on account of their youth and inability in consequence to re- monstrate with the other grown up defendants. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.—P. C. Rodman summoned W. H. Whitby, Walter Knapp, John Williams, W. H. Payne, and Edward Payne for causing a disturbance at the Horse and Groom, and in the street, on Sunday week last. The evidence1 not being sufficiently conclusive against W. H. Payne he was discharged, the others were convicted and fined each 5s. and 9s. 6d. costs, or seven days'imprisonment. The money wa» paid.
ST. MELLONS. FORESTERS' ANNIVERSARY.—The Foresters of this place held their anniversary on Tuesday last, when most of the m.en>bPrs met at the court-room, Star Iun, about noon.. -The weather being fine, and the country appear- ing pleasant, a procession was formed, beaded by the dispensation of the order. They walked as far as Rumney, and returned to the court-room, where din- ner was prepared, and all enjoyed themselves well. After the tables were cleared, the Rev. D. Edwards (Dowi Isan), P.C.R., was proposed to the chair, and Mr. T. Roberts, P.C.R., to the vice-chair. The Chairman said,.after, taking the cbair, as the room was warm and plose,. it .wee requested by many tbat they should quit the room for about half an hour, to enjoy a little fresh air. That was agreed to, and they rambled some through the village, and some through the fields and some through the green pastures that surround this beautiful place, and others conversed with their old friends. At the appointed time they returned to the court-room, and the chairs were taken by those first proposed. The Chairman, as usual gave the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family, as the first toast; then the Bishop and Clergy, and Ministers of all Denominations; and likewise the Army and Navy. Then the Chairman gave The An. cient Order of Foresters." This was responded to by Mr. James Hill, of City Wells Ash Court, No. 1991, in a very appropriate speech, and he concluded with a song to Robin Hood, as the founder of Forestry, with the Foresters' fire." The principal toast of the evening was next given by the Chairman, which was—" Success to Court Cefn Mably," and be coupled with this the names of the officers of the court. Mr. J. Lewis, of Hendre, first responded, as secretary of the court. He gave a full statement of the financial position of the court, from which we were happy to find that the clear increase of the capital during the year ending December, 1867, amounted to XII 8 7d., though it is not yet two yenrOl since the commencement of the court. The tcast was also responded to by Mr. P. Jones, Penypil, as trea- surer of the court, and by Mr. Wm. Lloyd, of Henllys, who each gave very interesting speeches. The next toast was The Visiting Brothers," coupled with the name of Mr. D. Davies, P.D.C.R-, who responded with interesting remarks in reference to the court and the order at large. The Chairman gave an address on The duty of every man to join friendly societies." "The Host and Hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Rees," was the next toast, which was duly responded to by Mr. Rees. Thanks were given to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, and the company sepa- rated, after enjoying a very pleasant evening. Some well- composed verses were given by the Chairman after his address, but we are unable to find room for them.
BRIDGEND. BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE GUARDIANS.—The usual weekly meeting oftbe above Board was held at the Workhouse, on Saturday last. Plesent-J. C. Nicholl Carne, Esq. (chairman), Rev. C. R. Llewellyn (vice. chairman), Messrs. R. Leyshon, D. Llewellyn, W. Tho. mas, L. John (St. Bride's^, J. "Williams, J. Howells (Pencoed), J. Lewis, and Dr. Leahy. As seme families had been obliged to apply to the Board for relief in con- sequence of desertion by the fathers, the desirability of offering rewards for their apprehension was discussed. n the Poor Law Union Gazette advertisements ap- peared offering rewards of £3. The Clerk was desired to a-cprtain if it was legal to advertise in the Police Gazette, as cone appeared in it. It was proposed by Mr. Lewis, and seconded by Mr. Williams, That it is desirable to advertise for absconded husbands, offering XI reward for each. It was left open till next week in what paper to advertise. THE BRIDGEND MAY FAIR was held on the 21st inst. There were about 300 cattle and 500 sheep. The prices ruled high; sale slow. The weather in the evening was wet. POLICE COURT-SATURDAY. (Before R. FRANKLEN, Esq., and Lieut.-Col MORSE.) STRAYED ANIMALS.-William Johns, carpenter, St. Brides, Edward Hopkins, and D. Thomas were charged with having, last week, pigs on a green. The evidence being un- satisfactory, the cases were dismissed.- W il I iarn Charles Pitcot, Black-hall, was charged with allowing his donkey to stray. Fined 4d., and 10s. 2d expenses.-David Llewellyn, BUck-hall, was charged with allowing his horse to stray. To pay 10s. 2d. expenses, and a fine of 4d.—Mary Hopkins, for a similar offence, was fined 4d. and 9s. 2d. expenses.-Evan Morgan, Wick, was charged with allowing his horse to stray. He wished to have the case adjourned, so as to have a survey of the common. ASSAULT.—Mary Jenkins summoned William Davies for striking her over the eye. As she did not wish to press the case, and he having a good character from his employer, he was fined 2s. 2d. ASSAULT.-Ann Hopkins summoned Amflia Rees for an assault. Both parties are single, and reside at Cornelly. Plaintiff said Last Monday evening I was going to Kenfig- hill, between eight and nint o'clock in the evening, when defendant called after me and on coming up struck me in the face, and used very abusive language. About two months ago, on a Sunday evening, I was returning from chapel with a companion. I was telling her that I was suffering from chilblains in my feet when we were passing defendant, who apparently overheard-me, and thought I was speaking of her, as she was then suffering from the same. This was the cause of the assault. Defendant denied the charge, and said that plaintiff used abusive language first. Each had a witness. Case dismissed. DRUNKENNESS.—John Griffiths, Mary Thomas, and John Williams, Bridgend, were summoned for being drunk on Thursday evening last; but as the former was sick, and the summons of each only served on Friday, new ones were or- dered for. next Saturday, except in regard to the latter de- fendant, who wished his case to be settled then. P.C. Mac- kenzie therefore charged John W ilhams with being drunk, and causing disturbance at the Police Station, for locking his friend, John Griffiths, in a cell for the evening. Fined 5s. 8d.—P.C. Williams charged Ebenezer Norton, travelling tinker, with being drunk and kicking the door of a gin-shop in Caroline. street, at 11 o'clock on Friday evening last. The prisoner promised to leave the town immediately, and was dismissed. TRANSFER OF LICENSE.-The widow of David Thomas, Knights' Arms, Porthcawl, applied for the transfer of the license to her. Case granted. BASTARDY.—Mary John sought claim of payment for a child from Evan James, of Pitcot House. The child was two years old last Christmas. He had paid very well till a month ago, when he was married. Witness for plaintiff stated that he had left money for the child's support. Super- intendent Sadler said defendant came to him on Thursday last, stating that he had paid 2s. per week, and would con- tinue to do so. Decision, to pay 2s. per week, and 17s 2d. expenses.—Mary Jones sought claim of payment against William Richards, engineer, Maesteg, for a child born in the Union a month ago. Defendant sent a letter to the magis- trates, which stated he was the father. Decision, 2s. per week from coming out of the Union two weeks ago, and 18s. expenses.
LLANTRISSANT. WANT OF A POLICE STATION.—A correspondent writes: —"The inhabitants complain loudly of the want of a police station, and bow is it that the town is left without one ? I believe I am not far out when I state that this is the only town in the county without a police station. How is this to be accounted for ? We have a much larger population than some of our neighbouring towns. It is true that a police station has been granted two years ago, and even the site has been looked at, and there the matter rests. We hope this summer will not pass away again without some active steps being taken, and that we shall see the commencement of the station before another winter sets in. At the last quarter sessions an additional police constable was granted, but as yet he has not made his appearance. We shall have another onslaught on ear present sergeant, then we shall be favoured with another policeman."
MAESTEG. AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH.-This place has just had another solemn reminder of tbe fact that In the midst of life we are in death." Thomas Richards 1 ft his home on Tuesday last to work for the first time in No. 9 level belonging to the Llycvi Company. A few hours after. wards bis body was found cold in death, and crushed beneath an immense stone. On being extricated the remains were borne by his fellow-workmen to the house in which he was lodging to await the coroner's inquest. Deceased is said to have been upwards of fifty years of age, and though not being with them of late, to have left a wife and children. LLYNVI WORKS.—These works appear to be going on with much greater regularity; the men being employed their whole time. This fact gives conntenance to the report that the company are not without a good supply of orders. Still the peverty of the place will not be adequately relieved until there is a considerable advance of wages. REMOVAL.-Our townman Mr. W. B. Popkin, after a residence of upwards of 20 years, is on the point of leaving this neighbourhood to try his fortunes elsewhere. We understand that his friends do not intend that he shall leave without some token of the respect they entain for him and his numerous family. ZOAR CHAPEL.—The Rev. D. Philips, who was ap- pointed as delegate to the recent conference of the Liberation Society, met his friends at this chapel on Tuesday last to detail to them the observations and ex- perience of his visit.
MOUNTAIN ASH. CHRISTY'S MINSTRELS. — The Cyfarthfa Iron-works Christy's Minstrels made their appearance at the Work- men's Hall. on Saturday night last. The audience was a very limited one. THE FAIR.—On Monday the annual May fair was held, when a large number attended, and amused them- selves by the various attraetions provided. Everything passed off peaceably. FOOT RAGE.—On Monday last, the sum of £ 2 was given by a few farmers to be divided amongst the three best runners of a four mile heat, from Llanwonno to the Oak Inn. The first was Will Waan," who received JE1; Macyn Graig" received 15s.; and the third, whose name we eould not ascertain, received 5a, BALL.-On Monday evening a ball was given at the Workman's HalL Nearly all of the elite of the town were present. The string band played some capital dance musio. ACCIDENTs.-Last Tuesday two colliers named Evan Jones and James John, working at Cwmpenner upper pit had a narrow escape by a piece of stone falling from, the roof upon them. The former bad the small of his back and right foot badly hurted, while the latter bad his leg cut open to the bone aud bis back severely hurted. No bones were broken. The same day a boy bad his leg broke in two places at the Navigation pit. CONCERT.—On Tuesday evening a benefit. concert was Riven at the Harp Inn assembly ro^ms. This was for the benefit of Mr. Benjamin Edwards, who has lost his right eye. There was a good house. .(:
OGMORE VALLEY. THE COLLIERIES.—-Tbe block of coal raised from Messrs. Brogden's pit, as noticed last week, weighed twelve tons, and was nine feet square and four feet six inches thick. Another large block was extracted the same week from a pit belonging to Messrs. Evans and Son, of Merthyr. The weight of it was five tons and it was taken from Maesteg Colliery, Little Ogmore Valley.
BLAENYCWM, THE DUNRAVEN COLLIERY BRITISH SCHOOL was es- tablished last June when Mr..L. T", Morgan, C.M, took charge of it. Mr. Bowstead, her Majesty's Inspector with ¡Mr. Davies, visited the school last month and appended is a copy of the report which be has made:- This new school has been well organised and carefully instructed. It has passed a very satisfactory examin- ation. The premises are sufficient for the present popu- lation of this corner of the Rhondda Valley, and they are suitable in all respects."
PORTH. AN ACCIDENT, which might have been attended with a fatal result, happened to a man named Tbos. Llewellyn, nearly sixty summers old, on Saturday night last, It seems that the poor fellow was returning, home from Dinas rather late, and when near the Cymmer colliery, by some means or other he was precipated over a high embankment, and nearly thrown into the river Rbondda. He sustained a severe injury on the head. Fortunately assistance was promptly afforded bim, and bis head was dressed by Mr. T. R. Phillips, surgeon. He is now pro. gressing favourably. BRITISH ScHOOM.—The scholars attending the above schools received their annual treat on Friday last. They assembled together at tbe schoolroom at an early hour, and afterwards accompanied by tbe teachers and man' agers, they marched through the principal villages in the valley. They then returned to the Bcboclroom, which was tastefully and beautifully decorated with choice flowers and evergreens, and enjoyed themselves to their heart's content upon a very sumptuous and choice supply of tea, cake, &c., being waited upon by a large collection of the fair sex, among whom we may mention-Mrs. Lewis, schoolmistress; Mrs. Griffitbs, of Cardiff; Mrs. Williams, Brynglas; Mrs. Rees, Penrbiw; gwynt; Mrs. Fudge, Porth Mrs. Jones, Treberbert; and Miss Richards, of Ynisybwl. The following gentle- men also assisted:—Mr. Oke, schoolmaster; Mr. Idris Williams, Brynglas; Rev. H. Puntan, Mr. J. Rees, Mr. W. D. Moore, &c. The children were dismissed in proper time, and all returned to tbeir respective homes highly pleased with the day's proceedings.
PONTYPOOL. THE COAL AND IRON TRADES—Our local iron works are folty employedi ..ad- toraiag out -large quantities oL. rails, kc. The Blaenavon Company will blow in another of their new blast furnaces in a few dayt. Railway iton is in a little. better demand. The coal tiade is quiet, and the sale for inland purposes continues very small. The workmen at Abertillery, Abercarn, and Aberbeoy, are now working at the reduction, and in a few days we ex- pect all the house coal (or red ash) colliers will accept the masters' terms, which for nearly four months they have most unwisely rejected.
'). i-' .VliWi; if: Itlij v.f 1, ANKTTAL MEETINGS.—Last Sunday and Monday tha » Independents worshipping at Moria Ammaa, held their annual meetings. Sermons were preached on Sunday, by the Revds. J. Williams, Newcastle Etnlyn, and J. Matthews, Neath; and on Monday, by the Revds. L. Lake, Ferndale; Morgans, Cwrobach Llewelyns, Moun- tain Ash. Collections were made at the close of each service, and a fair amount realized, considering the de. pressed state of trade in tbis valley.
TONDU. ¡. THE NEW "WESLEYAN CHAPEL here will be opened on Wednesday, June 8th, w ben the Rev. T. B. Butcher, Cardiff, will preach at 11 0 a.m., and Dr. W,addy, Bristol, at 6 30 p.m. In the afternenn there will be a pEblic tea meating. The services will be continued the two following Sundays by the Rev. W. Andrews, Cacdiff, and William Calladine, Chepstaw. FATAL ACCIDENT.—A large stone from the roof of Park Pit, Tondu, fell upon a collier Thomas Howells, a single young man, on Saturday afternoon last. The stone was removed, and he lived till he reached his hame.
t t.h LLANDAFF. POLICE COURT—MONDAY. (Before T. W. BOOKER, and E. W. DAVID, Esqrs.) NON-MAINTENANCE.-Thomas Richards, who. did not; appear, was charged with having neglected to maintain his father. Ordered to pay oftJ 6s. and -costs.-Bertie Howery, who was similarly charged, was ordered to pay 2t. a week.. BEERHOUSE OFFENCE.—John David, landlord of the Crwys Arms, Roath, was summoned for having had his house open during illegal hours on Sunday the 17th instant. P.C. Martin proved that he visited the house at 10.35 a.m., and found several persons drinking beer. The defence was that the men were travellers. To pay the costs, 911. DRUNK AND RiOTOtrs—Thomas Thomas, of Grange- town, was summoned by P. C. Simpson for having been drunk and riotous on Sunday week. Fined 5s. and costs. OBstRUCTlON.—John Cotter was charged with having obstructed the highway by leaving his cart during Saturday night the 16th instant, in Thomas street, Grangetown. The case was proved by P.C. Simpson. Discharged with a caution.—Thomas Thomas was summoned for having left his dog cart ?n the Llandaff-road, on 13th inst. The de- fence was that the cart was forgotten. To pay 5s.—John Jones was summoned by P.C. Roberts for having left his cab in the Llandaff. road, opposite the Butcher's Arms, foe twenty minutes, without leaving any one in charge. Dis- missed.—James Parkman was summoned for having allowed his horse to stay on Severn-rokd, Canton, on Sunday 17th instant. P.C. Roberts and Sergeant King proved the case. Cautioned.—Richard Nash, a boy, was summoned for hav- ing allowed his donkey to stray on the Llandaff-road. The defence was that the donkey threw its rider and ran away. Cautioned. ASSA ULT.- Margaret Dawkins and Elizabeth Holland was summoned for having assaulted Margaret Davies. The complainant stated that she lived in Halket-atreet. On the 13th instant she had some words with the defendants about a broken window, when Holland attacked her, pulled her hair, and struck her. The other defendant, Dawkins, en- couraged her companion and also threatened to throw a bucket of water over her. Holland was fined 7s. 6d. and Dawkins 2s. 6d." WILFUL DAMAO E.-Elizabcth Dawkins, sister to the pre- vious defendant, was summoned for having broken a window in the bonse of Elizabeth Davies. To pay the damage and costs. STEALING BEEF.-—Henry White, of Cardiff, was chargcd with having stolen 44lbs of beef from Humphrey Taylor, butcher. The ptosecator (who did not wish to proceed with the case) said he was a butcher living in Stuart-street, but he bad no charge to make against the prisoner, who had been in his employ for eight years. P.C. Vanstone stated that on Friday last he received information that the pri- soner had left some beef at a private house at Roatb. He then went to Mr Taylor's and told him of the occurrence. Taylor said prisoner had no right to do so, and accompanied witness to ibe house where the beef was. They found the six pieces of beef in possession of a butcher named Weeks. From what Weeks told him he took prisoner into custody at his house in Peel-street. He charged him with stealing the beef, and prisoner replied, I did take it. I hope you will let me go." Prisoner asked his master not to appear against him, and the latter replied that he cou!d not help himself, that the case was in the sergeant's hands, and that he (prisoner) ought to have known better. The prisoner asked his master several times not to appear against him, and offered to pay for the meat. When being taken to the station prisoner said, "I am very sorry, beer was the cause of it." He also asked "What is the reason Tom was not apprehended along with me ? He knew all about the beef." Cross-examined He did not tell him that he always left the meat at the same place for the militia-sergeant. Mr. Taylor was re-called and stated the prisoner had 8cwt. and 4tbs. of meat to deliver to the militia on the morning in question. Abouk 40ibc of better meat was generally reserved for the staff sergeants and left at some convenient place. Mary Squires, of 44, Planet-street, proved that the meat was left at her house for Weeks. Weeks's daughter proved tbat she received the meat. Prisoner afterwards cut it up and told her to sell it. She imagined that her father had bought the meat from the prisoner and she sold a portion of it. James Waeks, the father, proved that he saw the prisoner on the Thursady, but be did not say anything about leaving meat at his shop. Thomas Wilson, an employe of the pro- secutor, accompanied prisoner when he delivered the meat to Squire. Prisoner told him he was going to leave the sergeant's meat at Weeks's and that he would call back and fetch it. They always left the staff meat at a separate place. They always took all the meat to the barracks first, but on the morning io question they did not do so. The prisoner was committed for triat at the quarter sessions, bail granted.
NANTGARW. A LECTURE.—On Saturday evening, the 23rd inst., a lecture was delivered at the above place by the Rev. T. Roberts (Scorpion), Llanrwst, North Wales, on tbe Life.of Ieuan Gwynedd." Tbe attendance was small. The lecturer gave a graphic and minute history of Gwynedd's birth his delicate health in bis infancy bis great thirst for knowledge in his boyhood; his determi- nation in the face of all diiffculties; his success attri- butable to his having a pious mcther to guide him at the starting point of life; bis singular patriotism; biseoer. getic and victorious defence of the fair sex of Cambria against the ealamnies of the spies;" his great popu- larity as a writer and a poet; the enormous work done in the face of great bodily weakness; his premature and early death a national loss. Nychdod, cyn dyfod i'w dw j-a ddaliodd I ,v; Y meddyliwr goew, Er hyn ei fri a'i enw—fydd ar led, k" J Hyd ei ymwared o dy y meirw." We are happy to learn that the talented lecturer is at present preparing a biography of Gwynedd, which will soon ba published, with a selection of his writings. The chair was occupied by Caledfryn,one of Ieuan Gwynedd's chief friends.
CAERPHILLY.. > r.™ PETTY SESSIONS.—The usual petty sessions wera held at the Castle Inn, before E. Williams, Joseph Davies, and Hugh Jenner, Esqrs. Several persons summoned at the last petty sessions for causing an obstruction during the disturbance among the colliers came up for bearing. Superintendent Thomas said be would not press the-charge, provided the offenoe was not repeated. Discharged on payment of costs. John Finn and J. Fnllore were committed for fourteen days each to Cardiff gaol for being drunk and riotous. William Thomas, innkeeper, Nantgarw, was charged with selling beer during prohibited hours. Case dismissed. There were several cases of drunkenness beard. We are glad to state that Mr. Reynolds has built a large and commo- dious room for holding the petty sessions and other meetings of the kind, adjoining the Castle Inn. SUDDEN DEATH.-On Thursday week, an old woman of the name of Susan Cross, 80 years of age, residing at Rudry, died suddenly. She bad been suffering from an attack of bronchitis for some days, and it is supposed, as there was 110 one in the house with her, that she bad a fit of coughing, which suffocated her. A coroner's inquest was beld, and a verdict returned of Died from natural causes." FOOT RACE.—A foot-race for £50 a side is to come off on Saturday next, between Edwin Howell, of Caerphilly, and the "Talgartb Tailor." It has caused a great deal of stir among the parties who taken an interest in those things, and there is a great deal of betting going on as to the event. THE ENERGLYN COLLIERIES.-It was reported last week that the Energlyn Company had [consented to give 3!d. per ton to the colliers, and masters were in- vited to attend the meeting of the colliers on Tuesday. On Tuesday a meeting was held in a field adjoining the works, and Mr. Lewis, one of the Company, attended but it turned out that the Company had not made such an offer. The Manager denied that he ever said so, but threw out a suggestion, at the last meeting, that they should come nearer to the masters' price. Mr. Lewis, on behalf of the Company, told the men that they would not agree to anything less than 15 per cent., the same as the other colliers that they might go to work on those terms, if they wished that it was perfectly useless to have any more meetings; that they were determined to employ fresh bands in case the men would not go in and would order the people living in the Company's bouses to quit them. The men refused to accept Mr. Lewis's terms, and the meeting came to nothing. It appears that no more meetings will be held in connec- tion with the strike. If the men had adopted this plan months ago, tbty would have been wiser, as the former meetings only gave opportunities to stump orators to display their faoritorital powers. ■ -J tf