MERTHYR. THE PONTLOTTYN RIOTS. EXAMINATION AND DISCHARGE OF THE MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. On Monday the five young men, Ivor Lewis, John Parry, John Evans, Daniel Thomas,'and John Prosser, charged with the murder of Andrew Cantv, in the riot at Pontlottyn, on the 21st ult., were brought up on re- mand, before Messrs. J. C. Fowler, and E. J. Davies. Mr. W. K. Smith appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. p p Simons for the defence. In opening his case Mr. bmitn submitted that it would be sufficient for him to prove that the prisoners were engaged in an unlawful proceed- ing to make them responsible for the consequences of that proceeding, and he quoted the ruling of the judges in several cases in point. He then called John Carrol, who said Canty lodged at his house, and came tome somewhat the worse for drink about eleven o clock on the night of the 21st, and lay on the floor of the kitchen" to get sober the quicker." About one in the t morning witness was roused from his bed by the smash- in o- of windows, and got up with his wife and dressed himself and took refuge m a corner of the room. After some time his wife took the child in her arms and went down stairs, but as she got on the last step of the stairs she was struck on the head by a stone and died from the effects of the injuries a week afterwards. He then came down stairs and saw that the door had been broken open. The windows were smashed, and 'Canty, whom he had left all right, was sitting on a bench against the wall, covered with blood and dirt, and insensible. Mary Ann Carrol, a young woman living in the street in which the riot principally took place, said she heard the windows breaking, and took out the upper sash of her bedroom window. She looked out and saw four of the prisoners, Lewis, Evans, Prosser, and Thomas, attacking a man who stood at the corner of John Carrol's house. They beat him, and then dragged him and kicked him several yards, and left him near his door, under Mrs. Barry's window, when Thomas went up to him and gave him three kicks and Lewis threw a shovel at him.-Frances Barry, the woman who lived in the house under whose window Canty was laid by the prisoners, said she saw the man attacked with fists by four men, when he leaned against Carrol's house, and they kicked and dragged him down until they left him under her window, where Lewis finally hurled a shovel at him, but she could not say whether it struck him.—William Moore saw the same things done, and distinctly saw a man go up to Canty while he lay under the window and kick him three times. At the third kick Canty gave a loud groan. That man immediately afterwards passed by him, and he saw that it was Daniel Thomas.—This witness excited a little laughter by stating, in cross-examination by Mr. Simons, that he was sure he was sober that night because he had called on Sergeant Jenkins, and put the question to him, and the officer assured him that he was all right. Mr. Simons remarked that Moore must have been in consi- derable doubt of it himself before he would have done that.-P.C. Markham described the riot, which com- menced by a squabble at the General Picton, where he had to call in the assistance of two of the prisoners to take an Irishman into custody. From their inter- ference a row arose, and the mobs of Welsh and Irish took up hostile ground in King-street, the Irish quarter. There he implored the Irish to go into their houses but as he approached them one of them said, There he is; give it him," and he was obliged to go back Shortly afterwards he heard window smashing, and stones flew in all directions. He went with three other officers to the top of the street, and there at the pine end of a new house, found Canty in a white slop. He was drunk and bleeding, but walked with their help to his lodgings. Shortly afterwards he came out again with a couple of bricks in his hands, and a man went up to him with a stone in the attitude of striking him on the head, when witness interfered and asked him what he meant by it. They took the bricks from Canty and conducted him into the house. Before that how- ever, he heard some one cry out, Here's one of them, let him have it," and four or five men rushed upon him. Canty, however, came out a third time, and then a stone or something came from somewhere that wit- ness did not know, appeared to strike Canty, and he fell on the pavement. Immediately afterwards witness got an officer to assist him, and they carried him in. After receiving that blow, which the officer thought was the fatal blow, nobody struck him or kicked him that he (Markham) saw. The following Thursday the man died. —Mr. Fowler interfered at this stage of the pro- ceedings, and said that upon the evidence adduced a conviction was most improbable, and it was more than useles to commit the men [for trial. Clearly the fatal injury was inflicted by that random stone, which Markham alone appeared to have seen and in the absence of any evidence to show who threw it, he could not assume that it was done by any of the prisoners.— Mr. Smith said he could not alter the effect of Mark- ham's evidence, which would be substantially corrobo- rated by that. of other officers.-The Bench then dis- charged the prisoners, who it is understood will be prosecuted for riot. THE POLICE COURT.-At the police court on Wednes- day there was not a case to be heard. THE LIBRARY.—We are pleased to learn that Mr. R. Fothergill, M.P., has kindly presented this institution with an assortment of books to the value of jElO. MR. CRAWSHAY AT ABERYSTWITH.-During Mr. R. T. Crayshay's stay at Aberystwith, the visitors at that place will doubtless derive many hours' pleasure jfrom the performances of the famous band, which left Merthyr to attend Mr. Crawshay last week. SCHOOL TREAT.—On Thursday last, the children of the Roman Catholic schools, were taken to the Pentwyn lake, and given an outing. The rev. fathers whojaccom- panied them, seemed very desirous that the outing should be an agreeable one to the little folks, and did everything in their power to add to their enjoyment. DEATH OF THE POOR-RATE COLLECTOR.—The sudden death last week of Mr. G. Phillips, who had only lately been appointed by the guardians to the office of assis- tant overseer and collector of poors' rate for the Merthyr district, was a cause of much regret to all who knew him. He had been long ill. BAZAAR AND FANCY FAIR.—A bazaar and fancy fair got up by the Rev. Mr. Kirkhouse, the incumbent of the Cyfarthfa church, was opened on Thursday last, at the Drill-hall, and continued open until Friday evening, the object of which was to aid the funds, and to secure an organ for the church. A long list of persons distin- guished in the district, favoured the object with their patronage. The weather was very favourable to the oc- casion, and the attendance of purchasers was numer- ous on both days. A variety of fancy and useful articles were displayed. The receipts, we understand, even ex- ceeded the most sanguine expections. CONCERT.—A concert was given at the Temperance- hall, on Thursday evening last, at which a number of the favourite vocalists and instrumentalists of the town gave their services. Some of the famous choirs were also in the programme. The entertainment was given for the benefit of a man named Rees, who had, in con- sequence of ill-health been unable to continue his daily vocation. The attendance was good. WHY WAS HE THERE ?-At the Merthyr police court on Saturday, a young robust-looking fellow was charged with being on the premises of one John Price, an inn- keeper, with intent to commit a felony. The prisoner's situation smacked somewhat of the mysterious. Several witnesses were called to prove the fact of the prisoner having been on the premises in question, but why he was there no one could explain. He had been found in a brew-house, which was easy of access, and where there was nothing which he could conveniently covet or carry away. The prisoner's own explanation of the matter was simple enough, and may or may not be satisfacto^ to readers It appeared he was on familiar terms with the innkeeper, and had more than once visited his house. The prisoner said on the night in question, about 12 o'clock, I was passing the door which led into the brew-house, when I heard some one inside. I looked in through a hole in the door and seeing who was there, said "Halloa, Mary Ann, what are you doing there at this time ?" Mary Ann replied, « We are going to brew to-night, as it will be too hot to-morrow." Oh, all right," said I, stick to it." <t • £ £ -will take two to stick" said she. open tlio door and let me come in" said I. She accordingly ened the door and I went in. I then sat upon a v er cask, and in a minute or so she left me there in fhe dark, saying she would return directly. While was away tlie PoIice constable came and took me • custody. Mary Ann, who was the girl alluded to, the prosecutor's servant, and she being called rS- A this statement in toto. The magistrates could wmake the case out, and after finding that the Prisoner was a working collier of good character, re- Sved to give bim the benefit of the doubt and dis- ^Bor4hoT'GuAKDi.s-^T,he, ordmaiy meeting held on Saturday was well attended. Mr. G. T. Clark the chairman wasTnresent. The deputy clerk informed the board that the^erms offered by them for the education of out-door pauper children at a uniform charge of 2d a head had been rpfn<?ed bv the mistress of Llwydcoed sch°o1- Th* chairman alluded with regret to the death of Mr. Gwyllym Phiiiips the assistant overseer arid col- lector. A discussion then ensued as to the advisableness and desirableness of consolidating the offices of poor rate, district rate, and Wat Alector. Mr. Simons suggested appointment of a responsible person who in J ?le Election, as it would be a material of expenditure; and on his motion a formed to take the matter *n4
ABEBDARE. SUNDAY IN A P L?! Sund a vm ^Iason'a Arms a company assembled on bunday morning. They were chiefly colliers. Among a pa>t at least the convPr8ation seems to have been on their work, and to have evoked the displeasure and jealousy of one Patrick MacCarthy towards William James. After the former had left the house a quarter of an bour, the latter thought well to take his departure, but be found his former boon companion waiting for him. "Without any ceremony MacCarthy knocked James down and kicked him well ■when down, severely injuring him about the eye. At the police court on Tuesday MacCarthy was charged witb wounding his companion with the intention of doing bodily harm. James detailed the event, and said that wli,le he was do",n defendant said he would give him boring." This was explained by defendant, who said complainant had been bragging that he was the best borer in the works, and of course better than defendant, who confessed he was nothing of a borer, but would drive with complainant any day. In reply to his cross-examination complainant denied the alleged bragging. He had not spoken to defendant at all. Thomas Rees confirmed prosecutor's sta ements. De- fendant denied kicking the complainant, but admitted striking him. Mr. Timmins, assistant to Dr. Davit-s, explained that the complainant had a lacerated cut near the eye and a swelling underneath. The eye-ball had not been damaged, but there was danger yet. The bench adjourned the case for a week to see what result would take place. INQUEST.—The fatal accident which took place on the TafF Vale Railway on Wednesday night was the subject of an enquiry on Friday at the Commercial Inn, before the deputy coroner Mr. J. Williams. Soon after midnight the deceased, Thomss Evans, was engaged near the Gadlys Works shunting a train. He signalled 'or the driver to move the train backward for him to couple on some more trucks. As soon as the train began to move deceased was heard by the guard 10 cry Oh," and running to the spot found him under- neath the trucks. His cry of "Oh" was heard by one of the company's servants at the crossing, who also ran to the spot. All help was too late, deceased was cut in pieces Mr. Howells, station-ma-ter, was immediately present. The mutilated remains were carried to the Commercial Inn. It being dark it is supposed deceased missed his footing. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The conduct of the company's ser- vant" was exceedingly praiseworthy. They showed everv kindness to deceased's friends. Provision was made by the company for decent burial. Deceased was the son of a respectable inn-keeper at Penarth, where the body was taken by rail immediately after the inquest. BRITISH SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT.—The children attending the above school and those of the infant branch held in the Tabernacle school room, bad their annual treat on Thursday. In serving out the good things assistance was rendered by a number of ladies and gentlemen visitors and the managing committee. After tea the comptny adjourned to the new park which is in close proximity, where a great variety of games were extemporised by the teachers. The children entered fully into the spi,it of the amusements, which were kept up till night intimitated it was time to break up. BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.-The Calfaria con- gregation gave their Sunday scholars their annual treat on Monday. The first movement was to the park about one o'clock, accompanied by a large number of friends. On their return tea was served up, and was more ac- ceptable because the appetite had been sharpened by the walk. In the evening a musical entertainment was held, and greatly enjoyed. A FORGIVING WIFE.—A number of men appeared to answer the charge of drunken and riotous conduct in the streets, at the Court on Tuesday. Among them was a John Jones, against whom was the additional charge of assaulting his wife while in a drunken fit. Before the magistrates the wife declined to press the latter charge, consequently the brute escaped the deserved punish- ment. For the other charge, however, the Bench fined him 20s. and costs, or fourteen days in default. ENCOURAGING DRUNKENNESS.—Our police continue, though not very vigourously, their raid upon landlords in whose houses men are encouraged to get drunk, if not induced to it. The last culprit punished for this conduct was Lewis Griffiths, New Inn, Mount Pleasant, who was brought before the magistrates on Tuesday. Seeing a certain, not very reputable, character enter his house on the evening of the 10th ult., P.C. Bevan and P.S. Thorney properly visited it occasionally in course of the evening, in anticipation of a row. They observed that at each visit the same persons were present, some of them very drunk. On their last call, some of the men had blood on them, as if they had been fighting. The Bench thought the case plainly one of permitting drunkenness, and fined the landlord 20s. and costs. STREET OBSTRUCTIONS.—The practice of allowing carts and other vehicles to stand at shop doors, espe- cially in front of public houses, is very common, but at the same time most reprehensible. A cart belonging to William Jenkins was allowed to remain at the Welsh Harp door a few days ago, upwards of an hour, without any one being in care of it. The occurrence was noted by P.S. Morris, who summoned the owner for his thoughtless negligence. Defendant stated that he did know the cart was there until the policeman told him. It had been placed there by the driver without his knowledge. Under these circumstances the Bench thought it proper the driver should appear, and ad- journed the case a week for him to be brought forward. FOUND IN A PUBLIC HOUSE AT ILLEGAL HOURS.—In compliance with an order made by the magistrates on the previous week, when the prisoners had failed to appear in court, Edward Thomas, and Moses Thomas presented themselves at the Police Court on Tuesday. The charge against them was being found in a public house at illegal hours. The defendants were ordered to pay the cost of summons and discharged with a caution. EXPENSIVE NUTs.-Edward Briton, unable to find anything better to do on Sunday, betook himself to the fields to gather as many nuts as he might have bought for a halfpenny, and in so doing trespassed upon a piece of land belonging to Mr. John Morgan, Mountain Ash, by whom he was summoned to the Police court for the offence. The Bench fined him 5s. and costs, and thus placed an undesirable value upon his nuts.—John Llewellin was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, and Is. compen- sation, for a similar offence at Llwyncoed. FIRE AT ROBERTS' TOWN.—At the break of day on Wednesday an alarm of fire was raised in the above hamlet. The scene of destruction was on the premises of Mr. Thomas Wriggler, grocer. The bakehouse at the back of the shop was nearly destroyed. The fire is sup- posed to have originated in it. At the time the fire was discovered the flames were making their way into the sleeping rooms of the dwelling house, but fortunately the town hose was speedily upon the premises, and the fire got under before further damage was done.
PONTYPRIDD. POLICE COURT.—WEDNESDAY. (Before Mr. E. WHLIAMS and Mr. D. DAVIES.) BEEKHOUSE OFFENCE.—John Jones, landlord of ths Tynewedd Inn, Treherbert, was summoned for selling beer at illegal hours, on the 25th of August. Mr. J. E. Price defended. The evidence of P.C. 52 was taken in proof of the case. Fined 5s. and costs. ASSAULTING THE PoncE.—Benjamin Lewis pleaded guiltv to assaulting police constable 150 at Gilfacoch, on the 2(jth inst. Dcfendant's|wife called the police to take charge of prisoner for bluing her, when the officer came in for a share of abuse. The wife now declined to prosecute, and prisoner was fined 10s. and costs, or ten days. WOMEN'S QUARRELS. ELIZABETH Williams was charged with assaulting Catherine Wigley, at Ystradyfodwg, on the 21st ult. It appeared that both these ladies had been using their tongues to each otlier in truly elegant language, until words were exchanged for blows, which now caused their W' appearance in court. The Bench dismissed the case, each fair damsel to pay her own costs. ASSAULT.—John Day charged William Hill with assault- ing hill, by striking him, on the 27th ult. A quarrel arose about a contract taken by the defendant when the assault took place. Ordered to pay 20i., including enct* ASSAULTING THE POLICE.— Howell Evans was charged with assaulting P.C. 52 on the 5th inst. The constable found defendant asleepj and asked him to go home, when he became abusive. Sent to the House of Correction for one month. BASTARDY.-Susan Prosser, of Ferndale, charged Joseph Townsend, of the same place, with being the father of her illegitimate child. Defendant did not appear, but the case was proved by the complainant's evidence and that of her mother, supported by the testimony of P.C. Tamplin. Or- dered to pay 2s. 6d. per week and costs. ASSAULT.—Catherine Mend cliargrd William Rees with assaulting her at Llantwit Vardre, on the 26th of August. There was a great deal of the usual kind of slang used on both sides, and a great deal of hard swearing, which ended in the dismissal of the cise. THE LADIES AGAIN.—Hannah Bywater charged Ellen Morgan with an assault commit,ed on the 21th ult. The case was of the usual type, and was dismissed by the Bench. Mf* Hopkins, officer of the Cardiff Union, summoned Mr. William Harris, of Crrwa farm, Caerphilly, for allowing his daughter and grand child to be chargeable to the Cardiff Union. It appeared that the officer had been to and surveyed the defendant's farm, and was quite satisfied that he had plenty of means to pay. Detendant had written to Mr. Hopkins t)ffering to keep the child, but the officer refused to deliver it up To mm. The ca^c adjourned for a fort- night. Mr. TREHARNE.—Mr. Spickett, clerk to the guardians, applied for a summonse against the overseers for Llantrtssant, for the plyment ofj6950, which ought to have been collected by Mr. Treharne, the late collecttir.-Gratited. BASTARDY.—Catherine Llewyllin summoned Dd. Thomas to pay f..r her illegitimate child. Ordered to pay 2s. 6d. per week and costs. WIFE BEATING.-A case of this kind occupied the Bench a long time. It appeared that Mr. Ragan, a native of the emerald isle, was charged with beating his wife. Mr. R. Thomas appeared for the defence. The defence set up was first that she was not his wife, and secondly that the offence was not committed. Complainant said she was married by the priest at Treforest about eleven years ago, but the priest had gone to a foreign land, and taken the lines with him. A witness was put up to prove the assault, and on the other side a man named Clayton swore that defendant was knocked down, and exclaimed I I'm dead." He knew the parties had ived_ togtther, but he did not know whether they were married or not. Mrs. Clayton gave confirmatory evidence as far as the assault was concerned; but the conflicting character of the evidence induced the Bench to dismiss the case.
OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH AT PONTYPRIDD. new Church at Pontypridd, the erection of which was commenced in November, 1866, but the completion of which has been seriously delayed by want of funds, has at engfch been so far advanced as to admit of the due celebration within its walls of divine worship, and having been duly licensed for that purpose by the Bishop, was formally opened on Tuesday last. Inter- nally the structure may be said to be practically com- plete, but externally it is still far from being so. The tuver has not yet been carried to its full height, and the spire with which it is to be crowned is not even begun- But we understand the contractor is bound under heavy penalties to complete the edifice by the 31st December next and that he has full confidence in his ability to fulfil the conditions of his bond. The church is situated in a commanding position on the slope of the hill, 011 the south side of the town, and will when completed constitute a striking feature of the landscape. The site was the joint gift of Mrs. Clara Thomas, of Llwynmadoc; and of Mr. George William Griffiths Thomas, of Ystradmynach and Coedrylan, and is valued at £ -100. The cost of erecting a church suited for the district was estimated at about JE5000, and a public subscription was made with the object of provid- ing that sum a building committee, consisting of the following gentlemen:—Messrs. G. W. G. Thomas, E. Evans, E. Williams, G. J. Penn, R. Smythe, R Thomas, W. Morgan, R. C. Hunter, W. Williams, R. Rowland, T. Davie, S. Howard, J. G. Cousins, J. Jones, Francis Evans, and the Revs. J. Griffiths and D. T. Davies was formed; and in a short time a sufficient fund was raised or promised to warrant the commencement of opera- tions the local subscription being liberally supple- mented by grants by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Diocesan Church Extension Society. Designs for the church were furnished by Mr. J. Norton, architect, of Old Bond-street, London, and the contract was let to Mr. W. Morgan, of Pontypridd, for £ 4,000. Extras and matters not included in the con- tract will, however, increase the amount by £800 or £1,000; making the total cost little, if any, short of the sum originally contemplated, £5,000. The style of the church is Gothic, of the transition type. It is of New- bridge stone, with Bath stone dressings and consists of a nave, south aisle, chancel, and small vestry. It is so constructed that a north aisle can at any time be added, should the requirements of the community ren- der it necessary. Indeed, until another aisle shall be added, the design of the architect cannot be said to be fully carried out. The length of the nave is 70 feet, its width 37 feet 6 inches, and the height to the wall plate of the roof 40 feet. The walls are lined with red and blue bricks, and the floor is laid with encaustre tiles from the works of Mr. Godwin, of Ludwardine; those within the chancel and communion being of very chaste and beautiful design. The pews, which are open, are of stained deal, and are calculated to accommodate 400 worshippers. In Pontypridd the day was observed as a general holiday, the shops being closed and all business suspen- ded. There were three services, and at each there was a good congregation, the church being, at the morning service especially, crowded. The morning sermon was preached by the Bishop of the Diocese, who selected as the foundation of his discourse the first three verses of the 51st chaper of the book of the prophet Isaiah: Hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord look upon the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you, for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the Lord shall comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places, and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." His Lordship said that the primary object of the prophet was un- doubtedly to comfort the Jews during their long cap- tivity in Babylon but the passage had a far more lofty signification, and was intended to be a source of con- solation and encouragement, not to Jewish church only, but to the Church of Christ to the end of time. He should endeavour to show how the ex- hortation and promises of the prophet could be made to apply to Christians of the present day; first, in their individual character, and, secondly, to the church re- garded as a whole—as one body animated by one spirit, a body of which individual Christians were the separate members and Christ himself the living head. If he did not believe that our own church, established by law in these kingdoms, was a true and living branch of the apostolic church, in other words, of the church of Christ, he would not dare to apply to it the precious promise of the text. But he did believe that it had within it that which constituted the essence and vital principle of the church of Christ, and there- fore if they faithfully acted their part, following after righteousness and seeking the Lord, God would indeed bless them and keep them. He would make His face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them. Tell him not that the Church of England had her faults. He knew she had faults; they all knew it too well. But was she peculiar in this ? Could any church, could any body of Christians, lay claim to absolute perfec- tion ? Could any institution escape altogether the infirmity inseparable from human nature ? Then let those persons or individuals that were free from imper- fections cast the first stone at her. In conclusion, his lordship, referring to his own diocese, remarked that about the beginning of the century the population was little more than a hundred thousand, but now it had been multiplied to fourfold that number. If they took the very widest view of the case, and supposed that the teaching of the various classes of Nonconformists, differing as they did one from the other,—if, he said, they made the very charitable supposition that their teaching in every single instance had been in conformity with the doctrine of Christianity, and calculated to make men wise unto salvation, still how deficient were the means of grace, and how many of their fellow creatures and neighbours were living in sin and unrighteousness, as if religion were an idle tale, and all that they need trouble themselves with was to eat and drink, for to- morrow we die." He besought his hearers to strive for the furtherance of the religious welfare of those who, in that scattered district, were without the means of grace. If they had thousands to satisfy with bread in the Wilderness, let them remember the four barley loaves and five small fishes. He devoutly acknowledged the goodness of God in permitting them to see the accomplishment of the work which had brought them together that day. For nearly twenty years, as bishop of the diocese, it had been his hearty desire to see a church built at Pontypridd. For the liberal donation of the site, and the silver and the gold which had fur- nished the noble structure, and for the good feeling manifested in the progress of the work, and for those marks of outward respect which they had seen in pass- ing through the streets that morning, he desired to tender the thanks which were unquestionably due. The collection at the close of the morning service amounted to upwards of JE80.
PORTH. BRITISH SCHOOLS.—On Friday last, the children, to the number of nearly 300, of these schools, were treated to their annual tea. Previous to tea they formed a pro- cession, and headed by their drum and fife band, and carrying banners, proceeded some distance down the valley, returning through the neighbouring villages of Trehafod, Britannia, and Cymmer. After tea, by the kind permission of Mr. Idris Williams, the indefatigable secretary of the school committee, the children, accom- panied by their teachers and a few other friends, ad- journed to a field adjoining the school-room. Here with sports and amusements of various kinds, they enjoyed themselves until the approach of dewy eve compelled them to return home thoroughly tired and delighted with their day's recreation.
YSTRAD RHONDDA. PROTEST AGAINST "PiCNics."—On Friday evening, September 3rd, a very influential public meeting was held at Jerusalem Chapel, Ton, to protest against picnics, as carried on in the Rhondda Valley. Several of these picnics, alias rustic sports, have of late taken place in different parts of the valley, and an attempt has been made at Ystrad to make them annual affairs. In the meeting on Friday evening this was most strongly denounced by the following reverend gentlemen, each of whom spoke earnestly and eloquently upon the matter, W. Jones, Ton; J. Rufus Williams, Nebo T. Lloyd, L. J. Probert, Bod- ringallt; and T. Rees, Treherbert. At the conclusion resolutions were proposed by Messrs. Rees, Bodringallt B. Schools; E. James, Pentre; and W. G. Howells, of the Ton B. School, and carried unanimously, con- demning these sports in the strongest language as being unworthy of the age we live in, and exhorting the people to do all in their power to discountenance such disorderly practices. It was also decided to make it the subject of a prayer, and that all the schools of the place should meet together at 3 o'clock on Sunday for that purpose. THE PICNIC.-This was held on Monday, and al- though its promoters had engaged a very efficient brass band for the occasion, it was not patronised to the extent its friends had expected.
LLANCARFAN. CARELESS DRIVING.-On Thursday last a young man in the service of Mr. W. Mazey, of North Cliff, after emptying a load of lime in a field, was returning with the horse and cart to the kiln. Being absorbed in deep contemplation, he was unmindful of his task, and when awakened to a senoo of lrin posititm, Trao not ft little surprised to find that in coming through a gateway, the cart had turned over, and that the horse was laying with one of his legs broken and nearly stifling in the harness. Not long since Mr. Mazey refused Y,30 for the horse.
COvVBRIDGE. THE HIGHWAY BOARD.-The ordinary monthly meet- ing of this board was held in the Town-hall on Tuesday last. In the absence of Mr. G. W. Nicholl, chairman of the board, Mr. D. H. Davies presided, and Mr. D. Jenkins occupied the vice chair. There were also present, the Rev. Hammer Morgan, St. Athan Messrs. Thomas, Boverton; Thomas, Lantwit Major; Richards, Lanharren; Williams, Penlline; Davies, Lamblethian; Lewis, Lanharry; and Lewis, Lanhillid. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and confirmed, it was unanimously resolved that the cost of the pro- I posed improvements at Gigman Bridge, the plans and estimate of which have been accepted by the board. should be excluded in the next half-yearly estimate lor the parish of St. Mary Church; and that the work be proceeded with at once. Resolved also that the clerk of the board write to Mr. Goddard, Mrs. Traherne's agent, respecting the metaling of the road on Stallion Down, or otherwise the board must take proceedings in the matter. The overseers of the parish of Lantwit Major not having paid their second instalment due on the 6th of July last; it was resolved that Mr. Stockwood be instructed to write to them, to the effect that unless the amount be paid forthwith, proceedings must be commenced against them to enforce payment. A de- sultory conversation ensued respecting certain duties of the surveyor, which being put to the meeting was adopted. The surveyor having produced his estimate of expenditure for the ensuing month, amounting to Y,74, a cheque for the amount was ordered to be given him. POLICE COURT.-At this court on Tuesday last before Mr. R. C. N. Carne, Mr. J. Homfray, Mr. J. S. Gibbon, and Mr. G. W. Nicholl, two cases of donkey straying preferred by P.S. Rodman, against Evan Rees, and William Williams, were dismissed, the latter poor man being too ill to attend. Susan Punter, wife of Thomas Punter, Lantwit Major, having made applica- tion to the bench for protection of sureties by reason of ill-treatment she has received of her husband, who had repeatedly threatened to kill her, the defendant was bound over to keep the peace towards her for four months by two sureties of Xio each, with 9s. 6d. costs. Recognisance himself of £ 10, and William Punter, Scott-street, Temperance-town, Cardiff, the other £10.
LLANTRISSANT. A NEW STATION AT LLANTRISSANT.-On Monday last the new station, called the Cross Inn Station, on the Llantrissant and Cowbridge Junction Railway, was opened for public traffic. A great many people availed themselves of the convenience. At present only two trains run, one in the morning and one in the evening; but we understand that the company intend to run three trams a day each way, to commence next month. It will be a great boon to the town, being only about ten minutes' walk instead of two miles-the distance to the South Wales station at Pontclown. ACCIDENT AT BUTE MINE WoRKS.—A very severe ac- cident happened to a man named Isaac Roderick, at these works, on Friday, the 3rd instant. Two trams full of ore were let down a rather sharp incline, at the bottom of which was a curve turning into the main road, where the man stood to direct the trams into their places. On this occasion the trams came at a more rapid pace than usual, and went off the road at the curve. The man was knocked down, and received such injury on his head that he has since been in an unconscious state, and very little hope is entertained of his recovery. PETTY SESSIONS.—FRIDAY. (Before Mr. W. PERKINS and the Rev. T. EDMONDES.) NEGLECTING TO VACCINATE CHILDREN.—John Tho- mas, Denis Doherty, Matthew Flaherty, Henry Rees, Daniel Price, George Harris, and William Sandy, of Llantrissant, were summoned for neglecting to vaccinate their children. The first three were ordered to pay costs, and get their chil- dren vsccinated. The other cases were adjourned for a fort- night. SURETIES OF THE PEACE.-Mary Morris, of Llantris- sant, summoned by Nathaniel Lightfoot, of the same place, for sureties of the peace was bound over for six months, hfTself and one surety in XIO each. NEGLECT OF MAINTENANCE. Joseph Harris, of Cymer, was summoned by the parish authorities for neglecting to maintain his wife, who is in the Asylum. Ordered to pay weekly. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS.- William Evans and William Morgan, of Llantrissant, were summoned for being drunk and riotous. Fined 5s. each and costs. LICENSES.—This was also the annual licensing day. The licenses were all renewed, with the exception of two, one of which was rtfused, and the other adjourned for a fortnight.
CADOXTON-JUXTA-BARRY. HARVEST.—The harvest for the present year is over. The excellent weather has enabled the farmers to secure the crops in prime condition. LAST week this village and neighbourhood were thrown into a state of excitement by the startling report that a grave had been discovered in the corner of a field near the village. It turned out that there was some foundation for the report. The excavation, being upwards of a yard in length and about a yard deep, resembled a grave. When discovered it was filled up, and, suspicion having been aroused, it was deter- mined to have it opened. Nothing, however, was found in it. It has naturally been the subject of much con- versation, and many different conjectures, it being generally resolved that a foul deed had been con- templated. It is now suggested that the supposed grave was dug by some persons in search of rabbits.
BRIDGEND. BOARD OF HEALTH.-The annual meeting of this Board was held on Friday last. present —Mr. J. Jones in the chair, Messrs. Cragoe and T. Edwards. The Sur- veyor reported that the slaughter-house was altogether in a beastly state, such as tended to cause sicknpss, and also to putrify the butchers' meat. After a long con- versation, the Surveyor was ordered to apply to the au- thorities and order it to be put in repair. It was also resolved to put the pumps at Oldcastle in working con- dition, as at present there is a great scarcity of water. Mr. T. Jones was appointed to conduct the business of election of members, in the room of Messrs. R. Evans, T.Edwards, and Jos. Cragoe, who retire by i-otati, n, and of Mr. J. D. Evans, who has lately become bank- rupt. The expenses of the past fortnight were £1, and estimated expense for the next £ 3 5a. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The weekly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday last, Mr. J. C. Nicholl, chairman. There were also present Rev. C. LI. Lle- wellyn, vice-chairman, Rev. J. Evans, Messrs. W. Williams, R. Thomas, Jenkin, Harris, Thomas, Davies, Rees, &c. The Master's journal showed 93 inmates, against 141 last vear. Tramps relieved. 71. A letter had been received from Miss Benedict, respec'ing com- munications passing between her and the master, relat- ing to the squabble mentioned last week, but the Board refused to listen to it. Miss I regarthen, formerly of Crickhowell Union, and Miss Bodger, who, for one year, has had charge of the St. Pancras schools at Plaistow, appeared as candidates for the office of schoolmistress. Mr. W. Williams proposed that Miss Tregarthen be elected, as she could speak a little Welsh, and would also obtain more Government money. She was chosen unanimously. It was also agreed to allow Miss Bodger 35s. towards her expenses. PETTY SESSIONS.—SATURDAY. (Before Mr. R. FRANKLEN, Rev. C. R. KNIGHT, Lieut.. Col. MORSE, Mr. W. LLEWELLYN, Captain TREHARNE, and Capt. TURBERVILLE.) For upwards of four hours the business of the Court was taken up in renewing the license; of publicans in the neigh- bourhood. All applicants that have been convicted during the year, and all applications for new licenses were adjourned till next week. DISMISSED.—William Charles, widower, of Oldcastle, was summoned by a widow of the same place, named Ann Thomas, for assaulting her as she returned from St. Mary- hill fair. It appeared that defenda,lt used some very abusive language towards complainant, and she wished to show that she was in fear of him. Dismissed. A TRAMP.—Mr. Bounds, master of the Union, complained that of late whenever there happened to be a large number of tramps, there was a wilful destruction of public property. On Friday night Jas. Wilson, with 14 others, were received, and about two on Saturday morning he was disturbured by the shrieks of the women, who were alarmed by the flames issuing from the chimney. He found that Wilson had destroyed his clothes, and also burnt a board 15 ft. long, part of the guard bed. Sentenced to one montn's hard labour. STEALING APPLES.—Patrick Hogan, of Maesteg, was apprehended by Supt. Saddler, in the act of stealing some apples at Aberkenfig. This being his first offence, and having been locked up for four days, he was discharged.
MAESTEG. EISTEDDFOD.- Great preparations are being made for the grand eisteddfed, which is to be held next Monday week. About fifty pounds are to be given in prizes, ranging from a crown to a guinea. One hundred and sixty-six compositions have been received by the secre- tary. TEMPERANCE CAUSE.—Last Monday there was a grand turn out of temperance friends. Addresses were de- livered at ten a.m. at Tabor, by ministers who visited the place for that specific purpose. The members of the Band of Hope in connection with the various churches paraded the chief streets, and assembled at about 3.30 p.m. at Carmel, to hear more addresses on temperance. This was followed by an evening gather- ing at Bethania. A considerable sum of money was collected during the day.
SWANSEA. DISTURBING A CONGREGATION.-At the borough police- court, on Monday, Mr. F. E. Moses, pawnbroker, made a novel application on behalf of the Jewish community of the town. Mr. Moses said that in their synagogue there were certain seats for which the members paid, and there were other seats free for those who did not pay. Upon the eve of any great festival, such as that which the Jews were now celebrating, it was usual to get placards printed to the effect that all persons who wished to pay for seats should apply to the proper officers, and also tickets intimating that such seats had been paid for and reserved, and that other seats were free for those who had not paid. Such was done upon this occasion. On their last Sabbath evening, however, a person, in defiance of the printed directions, had in- truded himself upon the seats which had been paid for and reserved, and had refused to move when requested by the beadle and other omcefs. A police-officer was sent for, and he moved over to another place. That morning, however, the same individual and another man had again intruded themselves upon the reserved seats, and again refused to move. He (Mr. Moses) now asked the bench to grant summonses against these in- dividuals for disturbing the congregation. In answer to the bench, Mr. Moses said that the persons he com- plained of were members of the Jewish persuasion. The bench declined to grant the summonses. DEATH OF A CAPTAIN FROM DROWNING.-On Tuesday morning, the berthing officer at the South dock, observed something floating on the surface of the water, which was found to be the body of a man. It was taken out of the water, and identified as the body of Capt. John Phillips, of the brig Marys, of New Quay. The deceased was seen alive as late as ten o'clock the previous night, but was not on board his vessel at all during the night. The presumption is, that he was going to his berth, and, falling into the water, was drowned. The deceased was a married man, and has left a wife and four children to regret his untimely end.
TREDEGAR. CATHOLIC CONCERT.—Some hundreds of persons at- tended a Roman Catholic tea meeting and concert on Thursday week. The vocalists were Misses Williams, Westwood, and Roystron; Mr. T. Williams and Mrs. Williams, all of whom acquitted themselves admirably, with the able assistance of the Rev. Father Williams as promoter of the affair and Miss Westwood as pianist. The school fund will be greatly benefited by the result. THE PHILANTHROPIC SOCIETY connected with the Cambrian Inn paraded the town on Monday, headed by the Tredegar brass band. On returning to the club room a spread quite equal to the usual standard of the Cambrian was laid on the tables by host T. Spencer. The secretary's statement showed the club to be in a prosperous condition. EISTEDDFOD.—On Monday an eisteddfod was held, at which large numbers assembled to compete for the nu- merous prizes offered by an influential committee from Ebbw Vale. The competition commenced shortly after two o'clock. The Rev. J. Jones (Mathetes), Rhymney, presided, and adjudicated in the recitations, &c., and Mr. W. Parry, of Liverpool, was the musical adjudicator. Mr. Caird, of St. George's Church, presided at the piano. EBBW VALE EISTEDDFOD.—On Monday, the Ebbw Vale Eisteddfod was held at the Temperance-hall, Tredegar, under the patronage of some of the leading inhabitants of Ebbw Vale. Crowds of people attended from all the surrounding places. Dowlais was repre- sented by a choir under the leadership of Mr. D. Jones Rhymney sent two choirs to compete, Nantyglo one, Tredegar one, and Ebbw Vale was represented by two, under the respective conductorship of Mr. N. Lewis and Mr. D. Bowen. At the afternoon meeting, the grand prize of £ 25 and valuable medal was awarded to Mr. Meth. Lewis's choir—No. 2, Ebbw Vale. A party from Rhymney gained the four guinea prize, and the remainder were nearly all won by members of the Ebbw Vale choirs. Mr. W. Parry, of Liverpool, adjudicated on the singing, and frequently complimented the com- petitors on the excellent manner in which the several pieces were rendered. The adjudication on reciting was entrusted to the Rev. J. Jones (Mathets), of Rhymney, who was assisted by the Rev. D. Oliver Edwards, of Ebbw Vale. This was the most successful Eisteddfod ever held in this locality. There was a larger attendance and a larger number of competitors than was ever experienced, but we are sorry we cannot compliment the audience on their behaviour, which was disorderly. MARRIAGE OF MR. B. FRANCIS WILLIAMS, B.L — Tredegar has been quite astir this week with wedding festivities. On Tuesday, Miss Leigh was led to the altar; and on Wednesday, Miss W. A. Hughes (niece of the Rev. J. Hughes, of Ebbw Vale) and Mr. Benjamin Francis Williams, barrister, South Wales circuit, were united in the bonds of wedlock, at St. George's Church, by the Rev. J. Hughes. The decorations of the pre- vious day were retained for the occasion. There were four bridesmaids-Mis3 Williams and Miss Lewis, Merthyr; Miss Morgan, Brecon, and Miss James, Bristol-who were attired in white dresses, trimmed with blue, and veils of tulle. The bride was elegantly dressed in a dress of white silk, and the usual bridal emblems. The organist played Kuhes and Mendel- ssohns' Wedding Marches as the party entered and left the church. CLUB ANNIVERSARY.—The Gwenynen Gwent Lodge of Ancient Britons, New Tredegar, celebrated their anni- versary on Tuesday. The members met at the Ruperra Arms, and after making nine new members, and trans- acting other business, formed a procession, and headed by the New Tredegar brass band, proceeded through the place, visiting the principal houses on the route. On their return the members and their friends sat down to an excellent dinner. After dinner Mr. LI. Williams (Pencerdd-y-de), the celebrated harpist, played several of his best selections.
LLANDAFF. ANNUAL LICENSING SESSIONS. The general annual licensing session for the hundred of Kibbor, was held on Monday at the Police-court, Llandaff. The magistrates on the bench were Messrs. T. W. Booker, cliairn,an, E. W. David, and C. W. David. The list con- tained sixty applications for the renewal of old licences to public-bouses; new applications, 6; and for old licenses to beer-houses, 41 applications. The whole of the spirit licenses, or double licenses, as they are called here, were granted, excepting in those cases where convictions were proved to have been recorded 'n the past year. There were five defaulters in this respect, and their licenses were with- held for a week. These applications will be again con- sidered at the silting of the court next Monday. Of the new applications three were granted, two refused, and one ad- jrurned. There were no new applications for beerhouse licenses, but of the 41 applications which the list contained, 27 were granted, 14 were referred for consideration next week, and one was refused. Most of this latter class of ap- plicants seemed to be quite unaware of the changed position in which they had been placed by the new Beerhouse Act, though many hearty expressions were uttered by them while in conversation with each other to this effect, Well, we've got a lot of trouble to get a licence now; it's worse than if one was trying for a double." We ought, perhaps, to ex- plain that the applicants were only made sensible of this "lot of trouble" afier they had preferred their applicatious, and were told that unless they had a witness to speak to character, tluir cases would have to be adjourned to the next court for the production of such testimony. This is one of the requirements of the new Act, and one for which the ap. plicants were altogether unprepared. Several of the cases were put back in consequence, and had it not been for the happy circumstance that there was a gentleman in court to whom many of the applicaats were known, nearly the whole of the forty-one would have had to be remitted. The follow. ing were the APPLICATIONS FOR NEW LICENCES. Thomas Lewis Glaves, ef the Canton Cross Brewery, ap- plied for a spirit licence to the premises of which he is now in occupation.—Granted. William Williams, of the Plough Inn, Whitchurch, made an application to be licensed to sell spirits. In reply to the magistrates, it was stated by the police that there were several public-houses in the neighbourhood, and that there was one within a distance of two hundred yards of the applicant's house.-Refused. Mr. Ensor supported the application of Joseph Trott, of the White Lion, Green-lane, Roath. The nearest licensed house was dUtant from the applicant's premises about 300 yards. Mr. Ensor submitted that there was a large amount of building on land known as Bradley's land, in the locality where the applicant's house was situated, and that with the exception ofTemperance-tOwu, there was a larger area herebuilt upon than existed anywhere in Cardifl on which there was not a licensed house. He handed in a requisition numer. ously signed by the residents in the neighbourhood, praying that a licence might he granted. The applicant had kept the house for five and a hnlf years. Mr. Ensor added that he was aware th it there was a summons out against the appli- cant for selling beer during prohibited hours, or something of the sort, and that he did not desire their worships to give a decision then upon his application, but to keep their judg- ment in abeyance until they had heard all the facts of the case which was to be preferred against Trott, when he had no doubt that they would be of opinion that a more frivolous charge was never brought against any man. The magistrates therefore postponed their decision until next court. John David, Crawys Inn, Roath, applied for a spirit licence. Mr Ensor, who supported the application, stated that the premises, which had been occupied by the applicant for some years, were situated near the cemetery, and that there was no public-house within a considerable distance. A general complaint had been made of the want of a public- house in closer proximity to the cemetery.-In reply to the magistrates, the police stated that there was no licensed house within half a mile of the cemetery.-Granted. Samuel Milkins, Milton Hotel, Milton-street, Roath, was supported in his application by Mr. Stephens. The house was well adapted for a public house, and was situated in a neigbbourhood where a. spirit licence was much required. The applicant was the owner of the house, and that he thought was a guarantee that the business would be con- ducted respectably.-Granted. The application of Edmund Edwards for a. licence to the Romilly Arms, Llandaff, was refused on the ground that the applicant himself did not live on the premises and that the present tenant was not a fit person to conduct the busi- ness of a pubiic-house. ADJOURNED APPLICATIONS. David Morgan, of the Heath Cock Inn, Llandaff; Wil- liam Llewellyn, of the Cow and Snuffers, Llandaff; Heath Jones, White Lion, Canton James Morgan, Splottland's Inn, Roath, having had convictions recorded against them during the year, the applications were adjourned. BEERSELLERS. The application of William Meek, of the Running Camp Canton, for the renewal of his beer license was refused' There was a conviction against the house no later than last week. Mr. Ensor supported. THE TRANSFER SESSIONS. The following transfer days for the year 1869-70 were appointed October 4th, November 22nd, January 31st, March 28th, Apiil 25th, May 23rd, June 20th, and July 18th.
BRISTOL. FUNERAL OF HERR PFEIFFER.-On Saturday afternoon the remains of Herr Pfeiffer were conveyed from his late residence at Horfield to the Arnos Vale cemetry, where they were buried. The funeral was not carried out with full military honours, though it partook of a military character. The funeral cortege from Horfield was a hearse and twe mourning coaches, in which were members of the family, and some personal or profes- sional friends of the deceased gentleman. At the top of Stokes Croft the procession was joined by the band of the Artillery Volunteer Corps, of which Herr Pfeiffer was bandmaster, and there were also about fifty mem- bers of the corps in uniform, together with a few members of the Rifle Volunteer Corps. The band of the latter corps headed the procession, playing The Dead March in Saul" as it marched through the city to Arnos Vale. A large number of people lined the sides of the streets on the route.
FEUR-DE-LIS. CLUB FEAST. —Last Saturday afternoon the members of lodge Noddfa yr Anghenus of the order of True Ivorites, held at the Ivy Bush Inn, Penmaen, celebrated their anniversary. After the usual routine of business, the members sat down to one of host Waters' most recherche spreads. On the cloth being removed, Brother John Powell, P., took the chair, and Brother William Lewis, V.P., took the vice-chair. A very pleasant even- ing was spent. This lodge does not number many members, but the funds are in a very prosperous con- tion. DISCOVERY OF COAL, Coal was discovered at Cwm-yr- allt new pit last Friday morning. This caused great rejoicings, and sharp firing was hept up at the pit during the morning. Flags were hoisted on the top of Messrs. Walters' and Richards' houses. SALEM CHAPEL.—The monthly revival meeting was held by the Independents at Salem Chapel, on Tuesday afternoon. The Revs. E. C. Jenkins, T. L. Jones, and other ministers took part in the services. There was a good attendance, especially at the evening service.
CAERPHILLY. THE RECENT ACCIDENT AT CEFN ONN TUNNEL.— We are glad to find that the men who were injured at the Cefn Onn Tunnel last week are getting on well. THE C>STLE FOUNDRY. — This foundry which is carried on by Mr. Daniels has been completely stopped and all the men are thrown out of work owing to the want of a road to convey the materials to and from the works. About twelve months ago Mr. Daniels bought the foundry of Mr. Jones. As usual, the present pro- prietor tought the works on the understanding that he had a right of way to his premises, ) ut of late the Rail- way Company has hemmed him in on all sides, and the contractor has refused him permission to take anything over their property, and now there is now means of ingress or egrets from the premises. There are several hundreds of pounds worth of material now ready for removal, but Mr. Daniels will not be allowed to remove it. The proprie or has a great many heavy orders, which will email a great loss to him. TRUE IVORITII-S.—: ho members of the society of True Ivorites, which is held at the Piccadilly Inn, in this town, held their anniversary on Saturday last. They paraded the town in the morning headed by the Caerphilly fife and drum band which played some lively airs. In the afternoon they walked to Bed was; on their return they sat down to an excellent dinner at the Piccadilly, which was very creditable to mine host Jenkins. FORESTHY.—A few years ago a Providpnt" Court of the Ancient Order of Foresters was opened at the New fnn in this town; and ever since its foundation it has steadily progressed. On Monday last the members had their first turn-out since the Court has been opened. The members mustered verv strong on the occasion each wearing the insigna of the order and a procession was formed, accompanied by the Pontymeis r brass band. The procession marched 'brough the streets, and from thence to Bedwas where they made a halt at the Court Rose of Bedwas. and returned from thence in the same order to the New Inn where a first class dinner was awaiting them, which gave an ample:proof of Mr. and Mr-i. Lewis' abilities to get up a good dinner. The Chief Ranger of the Court presided. After the dinner was over the company amused themselves wrh singing, &c., and the time passed merrily and pleasantly without any drawback to mar the proceedings. INSPECTOR OF COAL MINES.—Mr. Wales, the Govern- ment Inspector of coal mines, paid a visit to some of the collieries in this neighbourhood and he has given im- perative orders that no lads under age who are not able to read and write are to be allowed to work under ground. ———
NEWPORT. STREET ACCIDENT.—Mr. Jacobs, flour merchant, of Dock-street, lost a valuable horse, under somewhat singular circumstances, on Thursday evening. His wagoner was driving the horse alongside the dock, and when near the head the animal became somewhat res- tive, and ran back into the dock. The horse was drowned, but the young man was rescued by a man of colour who was standing near, and jumped in after him. CHARGE OF INDECENT ASSAULT.—At the County Police Court on Saturday, George Waters. a farm servant, was charged with committing an indecent as- sault, and also with attempting to commit a rape on Mary Toomy, aged 16 years, at Maindee, on Tuesday afternoon last. The complainant stated that her father lived in Bishopsgate-parade. On the day in question she had been picking blackberries near Maindee. and met the prisoner, who asked her how she sold her black- berries. She said 3d. per quart, and he said he would have a quart, and that he lived down a short distance. She followed him, and at length he caught hold of her, threw her down, ard behaved in a most indecent manner. She struggled and screamed, but prisoner put his hand on her mouth. She managed to get up and then ran off. and said she would give him in charge of a policeman. Eventually a milkman came in sight, and then she told the man what had happened. Prisoner kept his hold on her, but on seeing the man approach- j ing he let go. Dan. Brice, the milkman, materially corro- borated the evidence of the girl. In a few minutes P.C. Stead came along, and whilst the girl was in the act of making a statement to him. Inspector Sheppard came in sight. The Inspector detailed the circumstances of the case as he observed them. Prisoner, in answer to the clerk, made a long rambling statement, which mainly cor roborated the evidence for the prosecution. Prisoner was committed for trial at the quarter session. DROWNED IN THE DOCK.—A cabman named George Smith was drowned in the Newport docks on Menday evening. It appears that the poor fellow had taken a captain down to his vessel rather late in the evening, and had gone on board with the captain. On returning to his cab, he unfortunately missed his footing and slipped into the water, and before he could be rescued was drowned. SUDDEN DEATH.—Aaron Cross, aged 72, was found dead in his garden, at Llangibby, on the 1st instant. The poor old man was engaged harvesting a few days before and fell off a load, receiving severe injuries, from the effects of which it is believed he died. KILLED IN A MINE.—James Jones, aged 55, a collier, was killed by a fall of rubbish in a coal pit at Ebbw Vale on the 3rd instant. A MAN FOUND DEAD AT NANTYGLO.—Mr. Brewer, the coroner, received information on Tuesday morning that the remains of a man, in a very decomposed state, had been di-covered in an air shaft, near Nantyglo, on the 3rd instant. There is no trace as to the identity of the body. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.— The weekly meeting of the guardians was held on Saturday, Lord Tredegar pre- siding. The master reported that there were 247 paupers in the house, 61 sick in the hospital, in the Caerleon Schools 152. The clerk stated that Mr. Stone, one of the overseers, had communicated to say that he was desirous of coming before the guardians to make a statement in reference to the collection of the rate. Mr. Stone was admitted, and stated that on the 15th June a meeting was held, and the assistant-overseer applied for a new rate to be made, but the overseers declined doing so until the old one was collected. At the next meeting a rate of Is. lOd. in the pound was granted upon the distinct understanding that he was not to touch the new rate until the old one was cleared off. There remained JE938 uncollected, and therefore he wished to lay the matter before the guardians, and desired to know whether they ought to go on collecting a new rate when they had a sum of JE938 left on the old rate. Mr. Powell had broken faith with the over. seers.—Mr. Lewis thought Mr. Powell was doing all that a man could do. and there were at the present time over three hundred summonses and distress war. rants in the hands of the police for the recovery of the rate. The question was discussed at great length, and the guardians ultimately agreed to adjourn the matter till Saturday next, when the overseer was instructed to bring a statement of account and alse his books to be submitted to the board. Mr. Stone remarked that there was another collector—for the parish of St. Woollos— who had closed his account as promised. The clerk reported that the architect had certified that the builders had completed their contract. The sum of £401 10s. 8d. due to them was ordered to be paid. less £60. which was retained in hand for six months. Mr. Edmund-, relieving officer, had JE20 per annum added to his salary, making a total of £100. THE POISONING CAPE.—The further examination of Charles Gritt, charged upon his own confession with administering poison to Miss Emily Collier, was further adjourned from Wednesday till yesterday (Friday).
ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A NEWPORT CAPTAIN. On Friday night, while James Peters, master of the brig Amy. of Newport, discharging a cargo of tar at Greenock, was, along with his mate and cook. enjoying some refreshment in the Commercial Hotel, a man named John Stewart, residing in Eldon-street, and who appeared to be somewhat the worse for liquor, entered the room, and seating himself beside the captain and his companions, volunteered to stand treat for the party; the captain declined the proffered kindness, but insisted that the stranger should partake of a glass of toddy from him. The liquor was called for. and a ge- neral conversation ensued. Suddenly Stewart rose as if to start, when he was observed to draw from his pocket a sick-barrelled revolver, and level it at the head of Captain Peters, who instinctively drew back, but seeing the threatening attitude of Stewart, the captain rushed upon him and succeeded in disarming him. Stewart thereupon drew a clasp knife from his pocket, and while the three men were engaged examining the revolver, he made a lunge at Capt. Peters's back, and succeeded in inflicting a severe wound below the left shoulder. The mate and cook at once seized Stewart, and gave him in charge of the police. Captain Peters walked to the police office, where the wound was d'essed by Dr. Auld. Peters lost a great deal of blood, but the injuries, though severe, are not considered to be of a dangerous character. The wound inflicted, which is about six inches below the left shoulder, ie about one inch long and about two inches deep in a slanting direc- tion. At the time the assault was committed, Stewart was under the influence of drink No cause can be assigned for Stewart's conduct, as the parties were all on the most friendly terms during thebrid period they were in each other's company. Stewart is a young man, aged 30 years, and is designated as a feuar. On the revolver being examined, all the chambers were found to be loaded with ball. On Saturday Stewart was brought before the police magistrate, and remitted to the sheriff's authorities on a charge of assaulting by cutting and stabbing. On Sunday Captain Peters was progressing favourably on board his vessel, whither he was taken after his injuries had been dressed —Glasgow Herald.
RHYMNEY. CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary of the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel took place on Sunday, when sermons were preached during the day by the newly-appointed minister. The congregation at each of the services was large. THE COAL TRADE.—The first truck load of coal from the new pit at Darran arrived here on Saturday evening. The truck was gaily decorated.
SWANSEA. ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE GLAMORGANSHIRE BAND OF HOPE UNION. The great temperance agitation which has for some years past been showing symptoms of languishing and feebleness, has more recently manifested signs of re- turning vitality and vigour. From all parts of the king- dom are heard the sounds of resuscitation and renewed activity; and almost every remaining society that has survived the general depression, seems phoenix-like, to become the nucleus out of which are springing organiza- tions which promise to reinvest the cause with all its former enthusiasm. Perhaps in no part of the country has this general revival been more apparent than at Swan- sea where some twenty-five or twenty-six years ago the Temperance movement was exceedingly popular, so much so, that there was scarcely a place of worship or Sunday school in the town to which there was not one of those institutions—known as Bands of Hope—at- tached. But after a time this ardour appeared to cool down, for one after the other these Bands of Hope died away. And, doubtless, many of the members who in their youthful days so fervently sang :— Give me a draught from the crystal spring," have subsequently quaffed beverages containing more of the alcoholic than the crystal element. Thus Bands of Hope were beginning to be looked upon as things of the past, at all events as far as Swansea was concerned. But though thus near to dissolution, the vital spark had not yet fled, for early in the year 1867, the committee of the St. Thomas's band convened a meeting of the veterans of the cause at Bellvue-street Chapel, which meeting was attended by Messrs. Bath, Tucker, Hill, Ward, Morris, Guppy, Leonard, A. Boyles, Perkins, I Davies, Hopkins, Cann, B. Davies, Loosemore, D. Williams, Jones, Rice, Lawson, Huntley, and Owens, and the result was the formation of the Glamorganshire Band of .3:ope Union, whose third annual festival we this day chronicle. The new association went heartily to work, and new Bands of Hope were springing up in all directions through its agency, till now an aggregate of upwards of two thousand members is recorded on its books. The committee of management is composed of three representatives from, and the president of. each Band of Hope in the Union, and from among whom a staff of officers is annually elected, the officers for the present year being—Mr. John Tucker, president; Mr. C. R. Vidal, treasurer; and Mr. Charles V. Crabb. secretary. THE PROCESSION. The proceedings on Thursday commenced with what was termed in the bills a monster procession of Band of Hope children." Assembling on the promenade in front of Dunvant-place (which, from its secluded situation, was admirably adapted for the purpose), the various bands of hope as they arrived were placed side by sit • so that they might < sily take up their positions in the procession one after the other in the order of their seniority. Shortly after two oclock the splendid brass band struck a lively air, and the procession began to wend its way through the town by the following route: Paxton-place, Oystermouth-road, Cambrian- place, Somerset-place, Wind-street, Castle-square, Caer- street, Goat-street, College-street, High-street and Back- Castle-street, Temple-street, Oxford-street, Dellwyn- street, Northampton-place, Cradock-street, Mansel- street, Walters-road, and thence to the field. The appearance of the procession, as a whole, was certainly imposing, while the conduct of the children of which it was composed was orderly and well-behaved, the majority of them appeared to belong to the elite of the working classes, to which was added a fair sprinkling of the middle class only. After the band came Mr. Tucker, the president of the Union, next to whom came the St. Thomas' or parent's band of hope, headed by its officers, Messrs. J. Bath, T. Owens, and A. Rice. This society, which numbers 400 members, had several fine banners, bannerettes, and flags. Next came the Bethany company, numbering 332 members, who were under the care of Messrs. H. Hill, T. Johns, and Rosser, and were followed by the Mount Zion society, which was the largest in the procession, having no less than 500 members. The officers in charge being Mr. B. Davies (an old temperance veteran), and Mr. Ponto. A banner having a representation of Sam- son slaying the lion painted thereon, accompanied this band of hope. Next in order came the Burrows and Wycliffe society, numbering 120 members, headed by its president and secretary, Messrs. Ward and Harries this company also possessed several pretty banners bearing appropriate mottoes. Then came the society connected with York-place Chapel, with its magnifi- cently painted banner, which was the best in the pro- cession. This band of hope, which has 200 members on its books, was under the care of Messrs. D. Williams, A. Rendell, and R. Danford, and was followed by the band of juvenile abstainers connected with Pell-street Chapel, numbering 220 members; its banner bearing a very pretty device. After this came a very neat blue silk banner, on which was inscribed in gilt letters, Swansea Wesley Band of Hope, established February, 1868." The society to which it belongs numbers 100 members, and was headed by Messrs. Crabb, Bevan, and Larcombe. The society known as the St. Mary's or National School band of hope, followed with its 146 members, in charge of Messrs. Morgan, Colmore, and Smith the rear being brought up by the band of hope connected with St. Helen's Hall, which was under the superintendence of Messrs. Bennetts, Nicholls, and Sutton, and mustered 50 members, making a grand total of 2,058. The various streets through which the procession passed were everywhere thronged with spectators, while in the more densely-populated parts there was on every hand a perfect sea of human faces, but in no instance was there any evidence of a dis- position to molest or interfere with the onward march of the juvenile army of water-drinkers, although there were many ardent devotees of Bacchus among the crowd. AT THE FIELD. Arrived at the cricket field near Bryn-y-mor house, which was kindly lent for their accommodation, the vast company broke up into sections, the members of each band of hope seating themselves in a circle reund their respective officers, who at once proceeded to distribute to every child a bun weighing three-quarters of a pound, and a plentiful supply of tea, both of which were pro- vided at the expense of the Band of Hope Union. A short time sufficed to settle the business with the buns and tea, prodigious quantities of which rapidly vanished from the scene of action, and then tun and frolic became the order of the day, while the merry peals of laughter which ever and anon rang out on the calm evening air told how thoroughly the little ones were enjoying them- selves. Surely the sternest follower of Antisthenes could not look on such a scene without emotion. A couple of hours having been spent thus, the bugle gave the signal for adjournment to the Music-hall. THE PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT. It being announced that upwards of five hundred children were to take part in the singing, great interest was manifested in this part of the proceedings, and as soon as the doors of the Music-hall were opened a tre- mendous rush was made to gain admittance. The chair was occupied by Mr. J. Tucker, president of the union. Mr. James Bath, ex-president, Mr. Crabb, se- cretary, and Mr. C. R. Vidal, treasurer, were also on the platform, while the orchestra behind was crowded with an innumerable host of little folks, whose musical abili- ties were presently to be put to the test. The pro- gramme, which was a miscellaneous one, commenced with the chorus, The Child's Desire," the juvenile choristers rising en masse and rendering the piece with that peculiar sweetness which is characteristic of the youthful voice. Great applause greeted the conclusion of the chorus, which was followed by a recitation, en- titled The Drunkard's Wife," by Miss Alice J. Bowen, a little girl belonging to Bethany Band of Hope. Next came a song, The Captive Greek Girl," by Miss J. Davies, which elicited a well deserved encore, The Bells of Aberdovey being substituted. After which a chorus, Will you be there ?" was given by the choir, who, after another recitation by Master B. Williams, of Mount Zion Band of Hope, gave another chorus, Perfect Rest." This was followed by To-morrow," a song by Miss Rowlands, who in acknowledgment of a warm encore, gave Sweet Spirit hear my prayer." Master W. Smith, of St. Helen's Hall Band of Hope, next recited George Wilkins," a piece illustrative of the evils of intemperance. How Sweet is Home," by the choir, was followed by a song by Miss M. Davies, of St. Thomas' Band of Hope, entitled, The lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine," which was greatly applauded. The second part of the programme com- menced with the chorus, He leadeth me," which was very nicely rendered. Miss Eva Thomas, of St. Mary's Band of Hope, having recited The Drunkard's Child," Mr. E. Rees sang Scenes that are brightest," receiving a very cordial encore, in response to which he gave Will-o'-th»Wisp." This was followed by a recitation, "Bruce and the Spider," by Master W. Griffiths, of Pell-street Band of Hope. Then came a chorus "One by One," by the choir, after which Master E. G. Pro- theroe, of York-place Band of Hope, gave a recitation, When I am a man;" this was rapturously encored, and the little fellow kindly acceding to the demand, gave No baby in the house." After a recitation, The two Sixpences," by Mr. J. A. Smith, and another chorus, The Heavenly Vision," Mr. W. J. Larcombe, of the Wesley Band of Hope, gave a recitation. A few words by the President, followed by the National Anthem, brought the proceedings to a close. The very efficient manner in which the various choruses were rendered, reflects great credit on Mr. Stephen Williams, who acted as conductor, and to whose careful training of the little ones the success of the entertainment is in a great measure due. The thanks of the promoters are also due to Miss Robinson and Mr. T. Johns, who presided respectively at the pianoforte and harmonium. FATAL ACCIDENT.-An inquest was held at the Town of Ramsgate," Wapping Old Stairs, on the body of Mr. T. G. Roberts, aged 30, of Liverpool, manager of alkali works, whose body was found in the Thames off Wapping. It appeared from the evidence adduced at the inquest that deceased and a friend went to Mortlake to see the race, and were returning to town in a wherry with five other persons. Everything went well until they passed Waterloo-bridge, when they fouled one of the coal barges moored between there and Blackfriars and capsized. All escaped with the exception of deceased who was swept by the strong tide under the barge and was seen no more. The proceedings were watched by Mr. W. Dillon Massey on behalf of the Railway Passen- gers' Assurance Company, with which Mr. Roberts was insured for Ll, 000. The verdict returned was Acci- dental death. QUEENSLAND IMMIGRATION.—The ship Light Brigade, 1,244 tons burden, belonging to Messrs. T. M. Mackay, Son and Co., sailed on the 30th ult., from Gravesend for Queensland, Captain Henry Evans, commander. The Light Brigade is the 93rd vessel that has sailed on the Land Order System of Emigration, under the imme- diate direction of the Queensland Government Emigra- tion office, 2, Old Broad-street. She contains 362 souls, divided into payiEg, assisted, and free passengers, and consisting of 148 members of familes, 131 single 'men 83 single females. THE MINERS of South Lancashire held their annual demonstration at Wigan, on Monday. It was stated during the proceedings that the amount paid since 1863 by the Wigan Miners' Benefit Society for relief during sickness and incapacity on account of accidents was £2,90[¡ 5s.; for assistance to men on strike in Wigan and other districts, £ 21,349; for working expenses salary of agents. &c., £ 2,166. The various speaker* urged the men to be faithful to the society, and to ex- tend and strengthen their organisation, in order that they might be able, in conjunction with the miners of the other parts of Lancashire, as well as those of Wales, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire, to demand at an early date an advance of wages. THOSE LADIES who have not yet used the GLEKTIELD STARCH are respectfully solicited to give it a trial, and carefully follow out the directions printed on every package. It is rather lOort. difficult to make than other starches, but when this ,s overcome, they will say like the Queen's Laundress, that it is the finest Starch they ever used. '7339 At an inquest held by Dr. Lankester, a few days since, 08 the bodies of two children who died from the effeets of poi- soning through sucking some lncifer matches, the Coroner said, Had the matches been BRYANT and MAY's the children would NOT have been poisoned." It cannot be too generally known that BRYANT and l\hy's Patent Safety Matches are NOT voisonous, and that they light only on the box.—Vide Islington Gazette, May 4th. 74^5