CARDIFF. Mr John Horry Lucas, "Local Exhibitioner of Car- diff, has passed first class in both examinations of the 44 Royal School of Mines" in Mechanical Drawing," Jbeld last April. LIGHT WANTED AT ROATH,—A resident at Roathsug- gests that the lamps which are supposed to iiluminate the narrow Line or "short cut" from Clifton-street to New- port-road. should be re-arranged, as at present the lane At night is exceedingly dark. SERIOUS ACCIDKST AT THE DOCKS.—On Tuesday morn- lng, as Phillip Barry, a labourer at the Dowlais Yard, West Dock, was loading railway iron, a bar of iron fell < npou him, knocking him down, breaking several of his ribs, and injuring him internally. He was conveyed to the infirmary, where he remains in a dangerous state. INQUEST.—On Tuesday the deputy coroner (Mr Grover) held an inquest at the Town-hall on the body of ft widow named Elizabeth Sloper, who resided at 47, Sophia-street. Deceased, when going up stairs on Tues- day last, slipped and fel!, and received a fracture of the IkulI, from which she died on Thursday. A verdict was teturued of "Died from concusuon of the brain." SALE.OF FREKHOLD LAND AT CADOXTOX, NEAR CAR- t>u-T.—Mr D. T. Alexander submitted this property for tate by auction at the Royal Hotel, on Saturday last. l'he property consisted of a dwelling-house and between 15 and 16 acres of pasture land. There was a very large Itl;endance, and, after a spirited contest, the property kn sold to Mr Thomas Shepperd, of Navigation, near ycptypridd, for £1,725. THE LATE SEXTON OF ST. JOHN'S.—The Vicar of St. John's took occasion in the latter part of his ser;non on Sun- day night to make a few instructive remarks in reference to the character and example of the late lamented sexton, Edmund Ret-s. He spoke of him !lob a true man amI a true Christian—honest, simple-minded, honourable, one of nature's gentlemen. He singled out for special appro- val his exemplary conduct towards his aged parents up to the time of their death, and spoke very highly of his unflinching devotion to duty, and the unaffected piety wlåich adorned his life, and gave him solace in the hour of his death. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The weekly meeting of the guardians was presided over on Saturday by Mr C. W. David. There were also present Messrs W. H. W artin, W. Davies, W. Lewis. A. Thomas, J. Ie (Boulanger, T. W. H. Plain, C. French, T. W. Jacobs, E. M. Thomas, G. A. Stone, F. Wride, W. Wride, M. Clover. T. Williams (Whitchurch), T. Llewellyn, T. I/RWVRIE and Rev V. Sauless. The Master of the Work- hottse reported the number of pauper inmates to be 381, an-increase uf 3S on the corresponding week of last year. The master of the Ely schools reported the number of children :I t the institution to be 241, an increase of eight on the corresponding week of last year. The number of out-door paupers relieved by tlu- relieving officers during the past week WJ." repurted to be 2,4:30, at a cost ot £2&1i Gs 4d: corresponding week last year, number of pau- pers cost of relief, £2:)3 os 6d. This was all the business. 6R,AKORCANiiHIBE AND MOXMOCTHSFIRRE INRRR.VABV.— The election of three of the medical gentlemen of Cardiff to assist the present medical staff at the Infirmary by I *tierid\T: _T to the out-patients took place on Saturday at the Town-hall. The ooaimittee had selected Mr W. D. Bushell to act a.-< returning officer, the election being carried out under the ballot system. There were five I candidates—Dr Vachell. Crockherbtown Dr Thomas Wallace, St Mary-stieet; Dr Hardyman, Crockherb- town Mr Frederick W. Evans,son of Dr Thomas Evans and Mr Morris Evans, Roath-road. There are nearly 500 subscribers to the Infirmary, all of whom were entitled to vote, either personally or by proxy. Many of the subscribers field & large number of proxy votes. The poll was opened at nine, and closed at four o'clock. Ballot pai>ers had been distributed among the subscribers, and these were filled ti[»in the room, and placed in the ballot box, which was under the charge of the returning-officer. At the close the votes were counted, with the following result:—Dr Vsjcliell, 287 Dr Wallace, 237 Dr Hardyman, 217 Mr F. W. Evans, 205; Mr Morris Evans, 27. The return- injj-officer declared Messrs Vachell, Wallace, and Hardy- man duly elected. JOHN WESLEY.—The Rev Hugh Stowell Brown, of Liverpool, delivered an address on Monday evening at I the Great Frederick-street Chattel, on "John Wesley's journal, as illustrative of the times in which he lived." 3? he Mayor (Alderman Elliott) occupied the chair. The building was crowded. The lecturer said that as Wesley tvas born in the early part of the 18th century, and died when he was 83 years of age, he had rare opportunities of observing the chief events of that century. Having sketched Wealey's life, the lecturer said that Wesley's journal gave often a graphic and humourous description of manners and customs in the eighteenth century, and also a clearer insight than history itself of the condition of the country, the state of trade and commerce, the mode of travelling, with a number of interesting anec- dotes of men, which made this journal valuable to the students of English history. The lecturer then paid a glowing tribute to the value of Wesley's labours, and said that he was the great apostle of the century in which he lived. The usual vote of thanks closed the proceed- ings. LAYING THE MEMORIAL STONE OF A NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL.—On Wednesday the memorial stone of a new chapel belonging to the Particular Baptist denomina- tion was laid at Longcross-street, Roath, by Mr J. K. Popham, of Liverpool. The continuous downpour of rain prevented the attendance being so large as was antici- pated. The proceedings commenced by the singing of a Lymn, and Mr Robbins, the pastor of Zoar Cliapel, Windsor-road, then delivered an ad- dress, afterwards calling upon Mr Popham to lay the jetone. A bottle, containing a copy of the Gospel Standard, was placed in the cavity, and the ceremony having been concluded, Mr Popham addressed a few words to his appreciative though meagre audience. The finding of the Doxology concluded the proceedings. A collection was made in aid of the building fund. The building—a substantial stone structure in the Gothic •tyle—is to be 50 feet long by 40 feet broad, with side and end galleries, and is designed to accommodate 450 per- sons. The architect is Mr Peter Price, of Crockherbtown, »nd the builder Mr Richard Trotman, of Stacey-road, Roath, Mr R. Roberts being the superintending mason. The cost of the building is estimated at £ 1,000. Mr J. Popham preached in Windsor-road Chapel at seven O'clock the same evening, and a collection was made in aid of the building fund. STABBING ON BOARD SHIP.—At the borougi police- court, on Saturday—before the Mayor (Alderman Elliott), the ex-Mayor (Alderman D. Jones), and Mr R. 0. Jones (stipendiary)—Joseph Parker, a seaman belonging to the Steamship Miranda, of London, was charged on remand irith stabbing John Toms, the mate of that vessel. Mr Cousins, who appeared for the prisoner, put a number of questions" to Mr George Hodder, the master of the Teasel, with a view to shewing that the mate was exceed* ingly abusive to the prisoner, and provoked the outra^ by his conduct. The witness gave evidence to the effect that the mate behaved rather roughly to the prisoner be- fore the assault. He did mlt allow hia officers to be abusive to his men. The mate was stabbed before he had time to interfere. It was dusk at the time. The prisoner was then committed for trial. MAINTENANCE.—Patrick Williams was charged with neglecting to contribute to the support of his wife, where- by she had been rendered chargeable to the Union. In defence Williams endeavoured to establish a charge of infidelity against his wife, which broke down. He was Sentenced to a month's imprisonment. ASSAULT.—Richard O'Brien was charged with as- saulting Abraham Bernstein, pawnbroker, Bute-street, on the previous day. The prisoner met Air Bernstein, and used some abusive language, which he followed up by kicking and striking the complainant. Sergeant Newman corroborated. The prisoner called a witness in defence^ who said that Mr Bernstein struck the prisoner Urst. The bench fined the prisoner 10s and costs, in de- fault 7 days' imprisonment. He chose the latter alter- native. JuvENrr.E THIEVES.—At the borough police-court, on Monday—before Mr R. 0. Jonea and Mr Alderman Alexander—Albert Colly and Frederick R. Turner, two lads 14 years of age, were charged with stealing 15 lbs of ton, the property of the (j-reat Western Railway Com- pany. The boys were seen on Saturday morning by Dock Police-sergeant Carne removing pieces of iron from the railway to the roadway by the docks, and running away with them. There were three boys engaged in the robbery, but the constable was able to secure two only. Turner had been in custody previously on a charge of felony, and he was sent to prison for 14 days, and after- wards to be sent to a reformatory for five years. Cally was ordered to receive six strokes with a birch rod. ASSACI.TING THE POLICE.—Daniel Nevel, a "bully," Jidng at Canton, was charged with assaulting Police- constable John James. The defendant was creating a distuibance on the Ely-road on Saturday night. The constable went to remove him, when he struck the con- stable, knocked him down, and bit him on the thumb. He was subsequently very violent at the Police-station. The bench sent him to prison for two months, with hard labour. ROBBERY BY A SERVANT.—Anne Maria Anthony, a domestic servant, in the employ of William James Thomas, laudlord of the Pine-apple, St Mary-street, was charged with stealing £\1 \Is, the property of her employer. The prosecutor had a large sum of money locked up in a drawer in his bedroom. The prisoner left the house on Sunday evening, and soon afterwards he missed from the drawer, he believed, £20. The prisoner's mother lives at Gathays, and, accompanied by two police officers, he went there about 12 o'clock at night, knocked them up, and accused her of taking the money. She at first denied all knowledge of the robbery, but after a time went upstairs and brought down a purse containing £9 Ds Od. She said that was all the money she had taken. Prosecutor had missed money on 8tweral occasions previously. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sent to prison for a month, with hard labour. ANOTHER ASSAULT ON THE POLICE.—Frederick Rad- ford, a labourer, living at Grangetown, was charged with assaulting Police-sergeant Murley. The defendant was creating a disturbance in Oakely-street on Saturday night. He was removed by the police-sergeant, and on the way to tho, police-station struck the officer several times. The bench sent him to prison for two months, with hard labour. DISORDERLY HOUSE.—Martha Palfray, a woman well- known to the police, was charged with keeping a house tf ill fame at y, Frederica-street. The case was proved by Police-sergeants Cox and Johns, both of whom visited the house on several occasions. The promises were small, and were crowded with women of bad character. The bench fined defendant i.O, or in default to go to prison for two months, with hard labour. PUBLIO HEALTH ACT, 18C6.—Robert Popham, the cap- tain of the schooner Tryphena, was charged, under the Public Health Act, 1866, with exposing himself in a public treet while suffering- from an infectious disease. Mr lugledew api>ear!'d for the defendant. It appeared from the evidence of Dr Paine, the medical officer of health, that on the 5th he received instructions from the customs authorities to visit the schooner Tryphena, which had just arrived from Corunna, in consequence of sickness being on board. He saw the captain, and learned from him that the chief mate had just died from small-pox. He desired to see the log-book, but it could not be found. The cautain said that there had been no other case of small pox on board, but that he had come from Corunna, where small-pox prevailed. lIe then told the captain not to allow any one to go out of the vessel, or any of the crew to leave it until he certi- fied that the vessel was free from infection. The captain atiked for permission to go on shore to attend to thebusl- ness of the ship. Not being aware that he had had the onall-pox, he gave permission, under certain regulations. On the following morning, the captain was seen in Louisa- street bv Inspector James, in company with a gentleman. On the following morning, Dr Paine received information that the captain was suffering from small pox. He went to the vessel, saw the captain, and found that though he was convalescent he WM still in a state to communicate the disease. The pustules were scaling off on the arms and neck. Had he been aware that the captain was suffering from small-pox he would never have allowed him to go on shore. Mr Ingledew, for the defence, pro- duced a medical certificate from a surgeon at Corunna stating that the captain was free from tne disease, and it was stated that the ship remained a week after the surgeon had told him that he was free. The bench cou- riered that the captain was in fault to deny that anyone tad had the disease besides the man who had died from tt. He Wa3 fined 40s. and costs. STEALING A WATCH AND CLOTHES.—Henry Evered 1 Rodich, the son of an Austrian boarding-house keeper. residing at Bute-terrace, was charged with stealing a silver watch, gold chain, and a suit of clothes, the pro- perty of Thomas Nicholson. The prosecutor is a seaman, and two months ago left in a box at the house of the prisoner's father his clothes and watch, while he went to sea. On his return, on Saturday, he found that the pri- soner had taken the articles from the box, and pledged them at various places. The pledge tickets he found subsequently at the house of some women in the neigh- bourhood. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sent to prison for two months, with hard labour. CHARGE OF EMBEZZLEMENT.—At the borough police- court on Tuesday—before the Mayor (Alderman Elliott) and Alderman Alexander—William Lloyd was charged with embezzling various sums of money, the property of his employers, Messrs Powell and Niciioll, tobacconists, St Mary-street. It appeared from the evidence of Mr Nicholl that the prisoner was employed by them as shop- man and town traveller. In the latter capacity be would take out bills to their customers, receive the amount, and account every night for the sums so received. The prisoner had on several occasions paid portions of the amounts of bills, stating that there was a balance left. In March a bill for a Mr Lorris, amounting to £ 5 19s Id, was handed to him, and in April he paid in £ 3 011 this bill, but it had been ascertained that the whole of it was paid. The same was the case with a bill to Mr Zachariah White, which was for £3 7s 4d. A third amount had been discovered paid, and at present they could not state how much money had been received by the prisoner in this way. The bench remanded the prisoner. EMBKZZLEMEXT.—At the borough police-court, on Wednes- day—before thp Mayor, Mr R. U. Jones, Mr Alderman Alexander, and Mr Alderman Bowen—Wm. Lloyd, shop man and traveller for Messrs Powell and Nicholl, tobac- conists, St Mary-street, appeared on a remand charged with embezzling various sums of money belonging to his employers. Formal evidence was now given that several sums of money received by the prisoner within the last six months had not been accounted for. and that on three occasions he had only paid over portions of the amounts he had received. Inspector Taipblyn apprehended the prisoner on Monday. He then said that he had taken the money, and much regretted that he had done so, but that he had became mixed up unfortunately in some betting transactions. The prisoner pleaded guilty. Mr T. H. Stephens, who appeared for him, addressed the bench in mitigation of punishment, alleging that the prisoner had unfortunately come into contact with bad companions, and had been induced to spend the money given to him for his employers. The Rev G. A. Jones, vicar of St Mary, gave prisoner an excellent character: He was, in consequence of this good character, only sentenced to one month's hard labour.
PENARTH. ASSAULTS.—At the petty-sessions on Monday—before Messrs R. F, L. Jennerand J. S. Corbett ^William Har- ley was fined 10s and costs for assaulting Harriet Sim- mons, on April 24. A charge against Harley for refusing to (juit the Golden Lion Inn, when requested to do so by the landlord, was dismissed.—Joseph Taylor aud Albert Taylor were charged with assaulting Jonah David, at Liandough, on the 3rd inst. Defendants were fined 10s each, and costs, or 14 days. The fines were paid. OEKENCES AGAINST THE LICENSING ACT.—A charge against Mr William Pullen, of the Pilot inn, for having his house open during prohibited hours, and charges against two persons for being on the premises, were ad- journed for a fortnight.
MONMOUTH. INTERESTING CASE.—At the county court, Oil Tuesday— before Judge Herbert—the only case of public interest was that of Walter Marsh Prosser, farmer, of the May- poles, Rockfield, and John Haines, farmer, Llanrothal, v. Thomas Anbury Court, grocer, Hereford, Mr T. J. A. Williams appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr Gwilliam, of Hereford, for the defendant. The plaintiffs sought to recover a quantity of silver plate which had been de- posited with the late Mr C. A. Court, auctioneer, of Monmouth, the defendant's cousin, or to recover the sum of £20 as compensation. To facilitate the working of the case the present defendant was sued as a debomts non ad- ministrator. The facts of the case were these. In 1869 the plaintiffs applied to the lats Mr Court for an advance on the plate in question. Mr Court agreed to purchase the plate at 4s Od au ounce and to keep it one year, at the end of which time Mr Prosser might purchase it back at the same price, and pay Mr Court 74 per cent for the use of the money. However, Mr Prosser was unable to re- deem the plate, but he got his friend Mr Haines to pay the money and secure it for him. Mr Haines paid by cheque, marking the counterfoil of the cheque for Walter Prosser's silver account." The silver was still left in Mr Court's charge, and before it was taken away Mr Court died intestate. "Eventually a sale of the deceased's effects was advertised by Mr Charles Wilson, who had taken the business, the defendant acting for the widow. The plate was in the catalogue of sale, but it was eventu- ally withdrawn and passed into the possession of the defendant, who had retained it ever since. The question arose as to whether it was an out-and-out sale of the silver or not. Since the death of Mr Court the widow had also died, and the estate (these being real property) was now the basis of friendly Chancery pro- ceedings, to protect the interests of the infant children of the intestate's deceased brother, they being heirs-at-law. His Honour decided that the plate must be the property of Mr Haines, under a lieu, and that Mr Prosser had the right to redeem the goods. He made an order for the amount claimed to be paid, or the plate to be restituted. Defendant said he would restitute the plate. His Honour made a declaration to the effect that the plate in question was no part of the assets of the intestate, so as to protect the defendant in the course of the Chancery proceedings.
CRICKHOWELL. BOARD or GUARDIANS.—The fortnightly meeting was held on Tuesday, present Messrs Hiley (ill the chair), Jeffreys, Jenkins, Francis, Robbins, Stuckey, Watkins, Watkeys, W. Williams, and Rev A. Griffiths. A call of £l9ti was authorised for the parish of Llambedr, instead of the amount previously ordered. The clerk of the Manchester Guardians wrote asking for an order for the removal of Thos. Davies to this union. The board objected, and the clerk was instructed to take the course he thought necessary after consulting a committee of the guardians. RURAL SANITARY AUTHORITY.—At the meeting of this board on Tuesday, resolutons passed at the parochial sanitary committee with respect to the extension of the Crickhowell drainage were approved of. Mr Wm. Owen's tender to lay down 254 yards of pipes and other work for the sum of £95 was accepted, Mr H. Williams to receive £1 to superintend the work.
PEMBROKE. HIGHWAY OFFENCES.—At the borough petty-sessions on Saturday—before Mr J. A. P. Adams (mayor), Mr W. Hulm, Mr W. Dawkins, Mr L. Mathias, and Dr J. W. Morison—George Rees and George Jenkins, for leaving their carts unattended in the streets, were fined 10s each and costs.—Thomas Lloyd, for a similar offence, was fined 5s and costs. LARCENY.—James Mathias, of Pembroke Dock, was charged with stealing three flooring boards, the property of Messrs T. McMaster and Co., timber merchants. Mr G. Parry appeared for the prosecution, and Mr W. V. Williams for the defence. Prisoner was seen taking the timber from a raft floating near the prosecutor's premises. Pleading not guilty to the charge, he was committed for trial to the quarter-sessions. Prisoner was admitted to bail, two sureties in £10 each, and himself in £20. ROBBERY FROM THE PERSON.—John Dennison, a pri- vate in the 41st Regiment, was charged with robbing Mr John Miller, the King's Arms Hotel, Pembroke, and stealing from his person a watch of the value of £2 on the 2nd of April last. Prisoner, with four other soldiers, on the night of the day in question went into Mr Miller's house and called for beer, but were refused it, whereupon a scuffle ensued, and one of the soldiers took off his belt and struck Mr Miller on the head. Mr Miller got them out and subsequently missed his watch. He gave infor- mation to the police and military authorities, but the watch could not be found until Wednesday last, when prisoner sold it to another soldier in the same regiment. Pleading guilty to the charge, he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour. Prisoner had been previously dealt with by court martial, together with the other four soldiers, who are now undergoing a term of Imprisonment for their disgraceful conduct on the night in question. WILFUL DAMAGE.—John Oliver, a lad about 18 years old, was charged with maliciously damaging the roof of a stable used by the Royal Artillery, at Pembroke Dock, the property of Her Majesty the Queen, by tearing a quantity of lead therefrom. Sentenced to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour. A DISORDERLY PAUPER.—At the county petty sessions, on Saturday (before Mr L. Mathias), Martha Evans, a pauper, was charged with breaking windows in the work- houae, on the 8th instant. She was further charged with using threatening language to the master of the work- house. The bench sentenced her, in respect to the first offence, to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour, aud in the latter to ten days'impirsonment, with hard labour. DESERTING HER CHILD.—Ellen Jones, of Baker's-row, who failed to affiliate her child this day three weeks, was now sentenced to two months' imprisonment for leaving it at the union gate.
ABERGAVENNY. SUDDEN DEATH.—On Saturday night, about 12 o'clock, Mr Kenry Jenkins died almost instantaneousiy. Mr Jenkins left the Angel bar, where he had been conver- sing with some friends, in the best of health, went home a.nd retired to bed, when suddenly he made a shrieking noise and died in less than 10 minutes. Mr Jenkins was a prominent member of the lodge of Freemasons at Aber- gavenny, also an improvement commissioner, a member of the burial hoard, and he also took an active part in several local charities. Deceased was about 57 years of age. THE LATE MR HENRY JENKINS.—The coroner's inquiry into the death of the late Mr Henry Jenkins was held Wednesday. It appeared that on the night of his death the deceased read for a time after going to bed, and suddenly his wife felt him seize her arm tightly. He died in a few minutes. The evidence of Dr Steel was to the effect that deceased died from spasms of the heart. The jury gave a verdict in accordance with these facts. ANOTHER SUDDEN DEATH.—On Monday night David Rees, a collier, from Garndiffaith, died suddenly in bed at Llanellen from an attack of apoplexy. This is the fourth sudden death which has occurred in the town within seven days. PETTY-SESSIONS.—At the t police-court yesterday— before Messrs Hill and Ashwin, Aaron Evans was fined 208 and costs, or 21 days, for poaching on land preserved by Mr Crawshay Bailey.—Lewis Harris was sentenced to one month's hard labour for stealing an axe and hatchet, the property of Timothy Light.—Edward Williams, Llanelly, was sentenced to one month's hard labour for stealing a duck, the property of Win. Powell, of Ochran farm.
LLANSAMLET. NEW SCHOOL BOARD.—It is officially notified that the Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council on Educa- tion have issued orders for the formation of a school board for the parish of Llansamlet Higher.
LLANDILO. THE London Gazette of Tuesday contains an annouce- ment tnat the parish of Bettws has been united to the united school board district of Llandilo-fawr and Llan- dyfeisant.
LLANELLY. UNWHOLESOME MACKEREL.—Mr Daniel Richards, mar. ket inspector, has seized 200 mackerel which were offered for sale in Llanelly market. They ware examined by Dr Buckley, medical officer of health to the local board, and pronounced unwholesome, and were destroyed. Proceed- ings have been instituted against the offenders. MR. A. K. C. STEPNEY, M.P.—Mr Stepney has sub- scribed JE25 to the Liberation Society, through the South Wales agent of the society, the Rev John Jones, Felin- foel. FATAL ACCIDENT AT A BRICK WORKS AT LLANELLY.— On Wednesday last Jenkin Williams, an engine driver at Mr William Ihomas's brickworks. New Dock, was acci- dentally killed by falling into the machinery. He lingered only a few hours after the accident. He was a native of IVutyuridd. but had lived at Llanelly some 15 years.
SWANSEA. HARBOUR TRUST.—The monthly meeting of the Swan- sea. Harbour Trustees was held on Monday, Mr Starling Benson presiding. There were also present Messrs G. B. Strick, F. Price, F. A. Yeo, T. Glasbrook, W. H. Francis, and J. Glasbrook. The minutes of the finance committee having been read, the Chairman in proposing that they be received and adopted, and that the seal of the Trust be affixed to mortgages for £"4100 for new works m favour of the persons mentioned in the minutes, said that there was a surplus over the corresponding month of last year. There was a large item in the ac- counts owing to the delivery of steel rails to be paid for. The committee thought it would be better to pay for these rails all at once, and by doing so they had received considerable discount. They seemed, as a port, to hold their own, and to have v^ry fair prospects. The motion was seconded by Mr Francis, and agreed to. In moving the adoption of the report of the executive com- mittee, the Chairman said the report contained the usual recommendation for payment of bills for the extension of the Western Pier, of which there were only 40 feet to be completed. The cost of the extension would, as he had stated at the previous njeeting, be within the estimated cost. Mr Thos. Glasbrook seconded, and the motion was adopted. There was no other business of importance. BOROUGH POLICE COURT.—David Jones, mason, was charged, at the borough police-court, on Saturday—be- fore Messrs J. Trev. Jenkm and Mr B. Williams—with stealing a rnason'o trowel, the property of John Isaac, and also with stealing two brass tape from the Railway Inn, Hafod, the property of Edward Griffiths. It was proved that the prisoner pledged the articles in question at the shop of Mr Freedman, pawnbroker, Singleton- street. Committed for trial.—John Sullivan, militiaman, was charged with assaulting Benjamin Driver, on Friday last. Case dismissed.— William Nugent, copperman, was charged with assaulting the police and rescuing a prisoner, in Well-street. Sentenced to one month's hard labour.—William Harris, labourer, was charged with stealing a jacket from the back of a house in oodfield- street, Morrijston, the property of Jamea Thomas. Sen- tenced to two months'liard labour. SELLING BEKR WITHOUT A LICENCE,—Sarah Smith was summoned by Superintendent Howlett, on Saturday at the county petty-sessions, for selling beer without a licence at the Velindre. Mr Woodward appeared for the defence. A man named Francis proved going to the house on Sunday last in company with another man. A quart of beer was supplied, and a shilling was tendered in payment to the defendant, who gave him Cd change. In cross-e»amiuation by Mr Woodward, witness said he was asked to go to this house by the superintendent of police to try to detect the defendant selling beer. The bench considered ths case proved, and fined defendant £5 and costs.—Sarah Bell, charged with a similar offence, was fined £ 5 and costs.—John Bowles, for a similar offence, was fined £ 5 and costs. Mr Woodward defended iu the last two cases.
MOUNTAIN ASH. NAZARETH ENGLISH BAPTIST CHAPEL.—Since the re- moval of the Rev. J. W. Williams to St. Mary's Gate, Derby, the friends worshipping at the above-named chapel have been without a pastor. On Sunday evening last, however, it was decided unanimously to give the Rev. Mr Howells, of Tonypandy, Kliondda Valley, a call to the pastorate. PUBLIC FUNERAL.—The mortal remains of Mr .Jabez Brown, the respected manager of the Merthyr Vale Colliery, were interred on Saturday afternoon in the Mountain Ash Cemetery. The deceased was highly re- spected by all classes in the district, and that lie was beloved by the workmen with whom he came in contact was strikingly shown by the large numbers that attended his burial. The Rrfv J. W. Williams, St Mary N Gate, Derby, officiated. Great sympathy is expressed towards the -family, this being their second bereavement within a short period. LocAi. BOARD.—The fortnightly Sheeting was held on Monday. Present—Messrs G. Brown (in the chair), T. Yeo, E. Evans, G. Wilkinson, E. Thomas, W. Morgan, D. Davies, L. Edwards, D. Morgan, A. James, 1'he Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board inquiring as to the extra duties imposed on medical oEcers. The board resolved to write the officers on THE subject. The clerk was asked to write to the rural sanitary authority at Pontypridd in reference to the duties required by the Government from medical officers, and to ascertain what remuneration was granted by that authority. The visiting committee recommended a rate of 9d in THE £ which the board adopted.
NEWPORT. ALLEGED BURGLARY AT MACHEN.—At the county divisional petty-sessions on Saturday (before Mr W. S. Cartwright and Mr F. J. Hall) Thomas Coles was charged with breaking into the house of Jane Harris, at Machen, and stealing therefrom the sum of £2. The evi- dence was too weak to justify a conviction, and the bench discharged prisoner on his own recognizances to appear before them when called upon. A CAUTION TO ROADSIDE PUBLICANS.—'Thomas Ger- rish, the landlord of the Carpenters' Arms Inn, Ram. ney, near Cardiff, was charged with selling beer during prohibited hours on Sunday. Defendant was lepreJSntea by Mr Suthery (from the office of Mr Joseph Gibbs, solicitor). P.C. McCree stated that at 10.45 to 11.10 on Sunday morning last, he, in company with Police-officer Crooker, of the Cardiff force, watclicd the defendant's house. He saw a number of men go to the door of the inn and receive beer, which they drank outside. He stood at about 100 yards from the house. Saw this done re- peatedly. There were at least a hundred rough men on the road near the defendant's house. They came from Roath purposely to drink. Complaints were very general as to the conduct of men having been supplied with drink from the defendant's house. There were stains of beer and froth"in front of the defendant's house. He spoke to five men, whose names he gave, and they admitted having been supplied with beer by the defendant. They also gave their addresses at Roath. It had become a regular Sunday custom. P.C. Crocker, who had been stationed at Roath for about seven years, <jave corroborative evidence. Mr Suthery based his derence on the assertion of his client that he treated the men as bona fide travellers, believing what they told him when they said they had walked over three miles. He called defendant as a wit- ness, and he swore that from all persons who asked for beer he inquired if they had come three miles, and they said yes. The bench considered it a most grave offence, in addition to the desecration of the Sabbath, and there- fore imposed a fine of £5, and ordered the licence to be endorsed.—In connection with the same defendant Mr Suthery made an application to the bench to restore to the landlord a number of measures which had been seized by Inspector Sheppard. It appeared that defendant supplied beer. as is the custom at Cardiff, in vessels called blues." These cups were not standard measures, nor aliquot parts of any standard measures. Hence Inspector Sheppard contended that they were not legal measures, and having the duty of testing weights and measures in this division of the county, he oould not test them. These cups were one-third and two-thirds of a quart. The Chairman said the question had come upon the bench somewhat suddenly, and they would prefer the application to be renewed on Saturday next. This Mr Suthery consented to do.
BRIDGEND. SCHOOL BOARD.—At a special meeting of this board, held yesterday, Mr aud Mrs Wood, of London, were appointed master and mistress, and they agreed to enter upon their duties at Midsummer.
CARMARTHEN. A WOMAX STABBED.—At the same court, Joseph Guest, hawker, was charged with stabbing Harriet Slen- der, alias Stamp, in the Ship-and-Castle lodging-house. Prisoner was committed for trial. PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE.—The annual services in be- half of the Presbyterian College, were preached on Sun- day. in the Independent chapel, Lammas-street, by four of the students at that institution. Collections, amount- ing to upwards of £10, were made.
ABERDARE. THE RECENT RAILWAY ACCIDENT.—On Sunday after- noon the remains of Wm. Conner, the unfortunate driver who was killed in the accident which occurred on Sunday evening last, on the Great Western Railway at Mountain Ash, were interred in the Aberdare Cemetery. The funeral cortege was a very large one, it being estimated that there were at least 1,000 persons pre- sent, and of that number about 450 were men, employed on the Great Western andTaff Vale Bail- ways, who walked in couples. In order to suit the con- venience of a large number of railwaymen in the Mer- thyr district, Mr Donaldson kindly provided a special train to convey them to Aberdare. Amongst those who were present were Messrs C. Bottiog, Griffiths, Thomas Price (locomotive superintendent Taff Vale Railway), Lewis, Robertson and Govier. Mr Thomas John, driver, was most energetic in carrying out the preliminary ar- rangements of the funeral. Much sympathy.is felt for Mrs Connor and her seven orphan children in their sad bereavement.
MAESTEG. BETHEL CIfAPEL.-The recognition services of the Rev T. R. Pryce as pastor of Bethel Baptist Chagel were held on Monday evening, when the large chapel was crowded. The Rev J. Lewis, Salem, presided. After Messrs Gilbert, Ferrier, and J. Hurley had welcomed their new pastor in very appropriate words, a few words of welcome were given by Mr J. Rees, who repre- sented the Sunday school, and the choir sang an anthem. The Rev T. R. Pryce said he was very pleased to see so many of his reverend brethren present, especially the ministers of Maesteg, for it showed that they were prepared to co-operate with him. Dr Price said that Mr Pryoe was coming to them an experienced man, neither too young nor too old. The speaker urged them to make provision for the rising generation, or the English would increase at the expense of the Welsh. Addresses were delivered by the Revs T. Jones, Aberdare; T. Cule, Bridgend; D. Evans, W. B. Morgan, E. Jonea, and Lewis Jones, of Maesteg. In the afternoon a meeting was held in Llynvi Schoolroom, when GOO persons were present.
DISASTROUS FIRE IN THE OGMORE VALE. Late on Saturday night—or, rather, early on Sunday morning-Blackmill railway station was discovered on fire. Being constructed chiefly of wood, the flames ex- tended with surprising rapidity, and in a short time the whole place was in ruins. Nothing was saved, the books and documents of the company being part of that which was burnt. For a time considerable fears were entertained as the safety of the new signal box erected close to the station, but fortun- ately, being close to the river Ogmore, and there being a large number of willing workers at hand, the flames were prevented from spreading. The inhabitants who were attracted to the spot by the unusual occurrence worked energetically to put the fire out, and save the company's books and papers.
A LLANIDLOES DIVORCE SUIT. In the Divorce Division of the High Court of Justice, on Wednesday, before Sir J. Hannen, and a common jury, the suite of Evans v. Evans and Jerman, which was the petition of Evan Evans, ironmonger and town councillor, of Llanidloes, for a divorce, on the ground of the adultery of his wife with John Jerman, an ostler employed at the Queen's head. It appeared that Earties were married in June, 18G4, the respondent then eing a Miss Thomas. For a time they lived happily, until, unfortunately, Mrs Evans contracted habits of inebrety. Sarah Breeze, stated that on the 23rd September last she saw the respondent and the corespondent go up a passage, where they stayed about 20 minutes. Witness saw Mrs Evans coming out of the passage with her hair dishevelled and her dross disarranged. She afterwards spoke to her husband about it. Elizabeth Jones gave corroborative evidence, and said she spoke to Jerman about the matter, when ho replied that it was not his fault, but Mrs Evans'. Benjamin Lewis proved that on the 23rd of September he saw the respondent and co-respondent coming out of some wash-houses. Miss Evans, daughter of the petitioner, testified as to the scene in the passage, and said that her mother-iu- law was drunk every day. The case having been concluded, the iurv failed to I aarr.ifl. and were discharged.
CARDIFF TOWN COUNCIL. A quarterly meeting of the Cardiff Town Council was held at the Town-hall, Cardiff, on Monday. The Mayor (Alderman Elliott) presided, and there were present also, Aldermen I). Jones (ex-mayor), H. Bowen, Winstone, and T. Evans, and Councillors G. W. Armstrong, T. W. Jacobs, G. A. Stone, W. Treseder, David Jones, Rees Enoch, Thos. Rees, A. Fulton, n. Davies, W. Sanders, J. W. Vachell, D. E. Jones, Daniel Lewis, D. Duncan, J. Sloper, Rees Jonps, J, Rowlands, J, Evans (South Ward), T. V. Yorath, Alf. Thomas, R. Bird, and D. Lewis (Roath).: THE OLD CEMETERY QUESTION. The MAYOR stated with regard to the proposition made at the last meeting that summonses should be issued against the churchwardens and the vicar, calling on th.m to abate the nuisance at the Old Cemetery, that the magistrates had declined to issue a summons against either the Vicar of St. Mary's or the churchwardens. The Stipendiary (Mr R. O. Jones) positively refused to issue a summons against either of those parties. Mr DuNCAN Did he assign any reason ? The Town Clerk (Mr G. Salmon) said that the magis- trata stated that he thought the vicar was not liable and as far as the churchwardens wore concerned they were exempt because they had no funds. Mr SANDERS said that the resolution of the last meet- ing did not point to the summoning either of the vicar or the churchwardens; if he remembered rightly it was that the vestries should be served with notice. The Town Cfurk said there was no possibility of pro- ceeding against the vestry. The only chance of pro- ceeding was against either the vicar or the churchwar- dens, one of whOOD. must be the owner. There was no liability on the part of the vestries. Mr SANDERS Are W^ to understand that Mr Jones re- fused to grant a summons against the churchwardens? The MAYpB He did but it is a matter which will be brought forward again. Mr DutCAN How will it be brought forward again? The MAYOR: Dr Paine will mention it in his report. Mr DCNCAX cited a case which had recently been heard in one of the Londmt COURTS in which a similar conten- tion arose. The wall of a churchyard became dangerous, and application was made to the court for an order to compel the sanitary authority of the district to take the proper steps to prevent any danger to the public. On the one side it was held that the vicar's yearly stipend would not amount to a sufficient sum for the repair of thlnvall, and ultimately it was decided to issue an order on the sanitary authority to keep the wall in repair, leaving the sanitary authority to take what legal steps they J thought fit 10 recover the expenses. In the present case, he thought the magistrates could have made a similar order on the sanitary authority of the district, for if the present state of things continued, ft would be a great nuisance to the public. As the stipen- diary refused to grant the SUMMONS in the form in which it was asked for, he thought he should have told the ap- plicants how to put a stop to what was condemued by the medical officer as a nuisance. Tho Clerk said that in the case referred to by Mr Duncan the churchyard had been closed, but the case of the Old Cemetery was different, for it had not yet been closed by order of the Secretary of State. The IlIA YOR, in reply to Mr Duncan, said that Mr Jones had recommended that a proper application should be made for the closing of the Old Cemetery at once, after the application to grant the summons had been refused. The EX-MAYOR said he was aware that it was necessary to apply to the Secretary of State for an order to close churchyards when they were overcrowded, or in any state injurious to health, and after that step had been taken they could be dealt with in another way. The case referred to by Mr Duncan did not apply in this instance, for the wall was dangerous in being likely to cause accidents in the Qld Cemetery it was a case of the churchyard being filled and overcrowded. They had no right as a corporation to interfere in cleansing or beauti- fying a churcnyard. The only. thing they could do was to make application to the Secretary of State for an order to close the burial-ground in question. He pro- posed a resolution to that effect. Alderman BOWEN seconded. Mr DUNCAN quite agreed with the motion that the burial-ground be closed. But that did not meet the diffi- culty, for to all intents and purposes the ground was closed at the present moment, and had been closed for years. The mere fact of closing the burial-ground would do nothing towards its sanitary improvement. The ques- tion arose—Who was to do that ? Alderman Bowot said that question could be dealt with after the cemetery was closed. Dr Paine, in reply to the MAYOR, said he had com- municated with the medical inspector of the burial board, who had directed him to tell the local authority to apply to the Home Secretary for an order to close the ground. If the application were sent up to-day it would receive immediate attention. Mr JOHN EVANS Do we bind ourselves by that ap- plication to put the cemetery in a proper sanitary condi- tion? The MAYOR No. The Ex-MA yon said the course would be that, after the churchyard had been inspected by the Inspector of Cemeteries, a peremptory order would be issued, saying that, except husband to wife and wife to husband, all the graves should be entirely closed. After that had been done the sanitary condition of the place could be dealt with. Mr J. EVANR said he had asked the question he had put because some hundreds of pounds would have to be expended to put the Old Cemetery in a proper sanitary condition, and he should like to know where that money was to come from. He certainly should not vote in favour of this step being taken if he thought the money would have to come from this board. The Clerk said that after the order had been issued by the Secretary of State for closing the cemetery,, an order: could be made upon the overseers to put it in a proper sanitary condition. Mr SANDERS asked whether, if an order were obtained for closing the Old Cemetery, it would still remain the property of a distinct church ? The Clerk said it would be still the property of the same parties who held it before. Mr DAVID JONES said that if that were done the Nonconformist portion of the community would have to pay for beautifying the church property, but if it were possible to sue the churchwardens they would be liable for all the expense that might be incurred. He did not think it right the matter should be postponed until an order had been made by the Local Government Board for the closing of the cemetery. It seemed to him very hard that Nonconformists should be taxed for the benefit of that particular section of the community. Mr SANDERS proposed, and Mr R. DAVIES seconded, that the subject be postponed for further consideration. The MAYOR said that if the churchyard were closed they would be able to take steps to put it in a proper sanitary condition. The amendment and resolution were pat to the meet- ing, and the amendment that the further consideration of the subject be postponed was carried. FINANCE AND SANITARY. The reports of the finance and sanitary committees were adopted without discussion. PUBLIO WORKS COMMITTEE. Various items in the report of this committee provoked a long discussion. Inter alia, the committee recommended the acceptance of the tender of Messrs Smith and Pring for the New- bridge stone crossings. A tender offering to do the work at the same price (IDS 6d per superficial yard) being sent in by Messrs Jones and Jepson. Mr TRESEDER proposed that it be accepted instead of that the committee had recommended for adoption. Mr JACOBS seconded, and censured the action of the committee. Mr FULTON defended the committee. Mr J. EVANS, on the other hand, thought they had not treated the board with due courtesy. Mr SANDERS deprecated the practice of the committee opening the tenders at all. Alderman JONES replied that the objection taken to the action of the committee was not founded on reason, and said the course toler adopted had been pursued in order that the transaction of public business might be thereby facilitated. He proposed the adoption of the committee's report in its entirety. Alderman EVANS seconded., The MAYOR followed on the same side. Mr REES JONES asked whether the practice followed by the committee of opening the tenders would be con- tinued in future ? The MAYOR said that after the discussion which had taken place, that question had better now be decided by the board. Mr REBEl JONES accordingly moved, and Mr REES ENOCH seconded, that in future all tenders for work done by the corporation be opened at the general meetings of the council. Mr JACOBS mentioned that a certain tender had been given out to a contractor, and afterwards the work luid been handed over to a member of this corporation. Mr G. A. STONE had also heard that that had been done. Mr SLOPER thought the committee were entitled to know the names of such persons. Charges of that kind ought not to be brought forward without good reason. The EX-MA YOB made a similar request for the name of the contractor referred to. Alderman WINSTONE protested against the bringing forward of such a charge without mentioning names. Alderman BOWEN expressed his agreement with the resolution of Mr Rees Jones. Alderman EVANS said that the committee had in no way gone out of their province. They had received in- structions from the council to ouen the tenders. Mr DUNCAN moved an amendment, that the committee open the tenders, but not recommend any for acceptance, leaving that to be decided on at general meetings of the council. The imputation thrown out by Mr Jacobs reflected on the entire body of the council, and he WAS bound to make the matter clear. No doubt Mr Jacobs had good grounds for what he said, or he would not have ventured to say what he had and it was for the public interest and the public benefit that these things should be exposed if they did exist. At the same time it was not right that any member of that body should bring hearsay and tittle-tattle before the board. Mr JACOBS said there was a misunderstanding existing as to what he had actually said. He had simply men- tioned a conversation he had had with one of the con- tractors. (" Name, name.") He did not at present feel disposed to give the name. The Ex-MAYOR If Mr Jacobs does not give the name I shall resign my position as chairman of the committee at once. The MAYOR You should give the names. Mr JACOBS said he would take his own course if they would allow him. It had not been his intention to mention the subject, but when the question of tenders cropped up he had advanced it as a reason why the con- tracts should be opened before the whole board. The Ex-MAYOB You have made a broad and distinct charge, and I insist on the names. If Mr Jacobs does not give the names I take it the whole charge is unfounded and untrue. There is no other way to put it. After the committee give the best of their powers to the work an inuendo of that kind has no business to be thrown out without foundation. If there was any foundation for it he would-give it to us. Mr D. LEWIS thought that members of the board should not lend their ears to the statements of interested parties, but should obtain information at head-quarters. Mr REES JONES disclaimed any intention of casting a reflection on the committee in bringing forward his reso- lution. He had merely done so in order that such an un- pleasant discussion as the present one might not crop up in the future. He altered the terms of his resolution to these, at the suggestion of Alderman Bowen: That in future all tenders for work done by the corporation be opened at a general meeting of the council, unless under a special resolution, directing the committee to open them in anticipation." Alderman WINSTONE thought the committee should be allowed to manage their own business. If the tenders were presented to the whole board a great waste of time would be caused. After further discussion, the amendment was carried. The MAYOR announced that he had the resignation of Mr Alderman Jones as chairman of the Public Works Committee before him, unless Mr Jacobs would give the name he had referred to. This Mr JACOBS declined to do, and the subjec t dropped. Mr TRESEDF.U'S motion that the tender of Messrs Jones and Jepson be substituted for that of Messrs Smith and Pring was put to th meeting and lost; but another re- commendation of t, >mmittee that the tender of Messrs 1 Pariitt and Jenkin. lamp pillars at HI Sa OdbeM- ccpted, in preference to that of Mr T. Beer (£1 5s Gd) was set aside, on the motion of Mr Armstrong, and. the tender of Mr Beer accepted. ø THE CASTLE-ROAn LFVEL CROSSING. The public works committee in their report called attention to the fact of a child having been lulled on the Ivhymnoy railway at the level crossing leading to Castle- road, and also to other accidents of a similar nature having occurred on the same spot. The committee re- commended that representations be made to the Board of Trade as to the dangerous and unprotected state of the level crossing, and requested that steps be taken for en- suring the safety of foot-passengers across the above line. The Ex-MAYOR said that for years the committee had endeavoured to get a watchman there, but without avail, and the negotiations to obtain a bridge had fallen through on this account. The owner of the land on both sides said they were under no engagement with him to do what was necessary, and refused to contribute more than £300 to the construction of the bridge, which the railway company said would cost between £5,000 and £ô,oao. The recommendation of the committee that the facts be reported to the Board of Trade, was agreed to. The committee recommended also the appointment of a clerk of the works to superintend the construction of the additional buildings at the back of the Town-hall. This was agreed to. THE ELEANOR-STREET BOARD SCHOOL. The public works committee reported a statement of the surveyor that in excavating for the foundation of the new board school in Eleanor-street it had been found that a portion of the proposed buildings in the rear would ex- tend over A sewer, the property of the urban authority. The committee recommended that the fiewer be not built over, and that the school board be requested to make the necessary alteration in the proposed building. Mr Duncan, Mr T. Rees L (as a member of the school board) and Alderman Evans hoped every facility would be given to the school board, and that the matter would receive favourable consideration. The EX-MAYOR pointed out that the sewer must be removed, or the school board must select a different site, for it'would be dangerous to health and inconvenient and illegal to build'on the sewer. The report of the public works committee was then adopted. PROPOSED REMOVAL OF THE CEFN-Y-WRACH SHOAL. The next business was to receive a deputation from the 'Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, on the subject of the removal of the Cefn-y-Wrach Shoal. Mr Evan Lewis (the president of the Chamber of Commerce), introduced the deputation in a short speech, in which LIE said that the object the* deputation had in view, was to call attention to the obstruction to navi- gation caused, by the silting up of the passage through the Cefn-y-Wrach Shoal. Lord Bute had on several occa- sions had the channel dredged through, but the obstruc- tion was still as serious as ever. Mr Wikon spoke at length on the obstruction caused by the present condition of the shoal. In consequence of the inadequate character of the channel, vessels were fre- quently prevented going to sea for several days: The tendency in ship-building in the present day being con- stantly to build vessels of a larger size, the obstruction to trade was likely to increase if the present sbte of things continued. At different times the passage tlirough the shoal had been dredged. In 1872 a width of 190 feet towards the Cardiff or north end was cleared, and about 120 feet at the south end. This cutting had recently been examined, but it had been found to be so silted up by the action of the tides as to be practically of no use, and as the result of this pitots put no confidence in the passage, and would not take a vessel out of Roath docks until there was sufficient water to take her over the shallows of the Wrach. This, of coursp, they could not do unless vessels were considerably detained. He had heard it remarked that the fact that the Wrach was perfectly safe was proved by vessels never going aground there. The fact was that pilots would never take vessels out there until there was sufficient water to go over the shal- lows of the Wrach. Vessels were on this account often detained in port from two to six days at a time. This not only cauaed a very serious loss to shipowners who had vessels here, but also to the port and trade of Cardiff, and it seemed impossible to change the present state of affairs unless active steps were taken, either to remove the shoal or to deepen the channel. It had been stated that the channels through the Wrach were sufficient to enable vessels to go through. The deputation said they were not. He had visited the place, accompanied by men practically acquainted with navigation and engineering matters, and it was quite evident that the channels were of very little service, as they were continually silting up, and were very irregular, both as regarded shape and depth. The waters of the Taff were directed with considerable force down a. cutting made in 1852 by the trustees of the Marquis of Bute, tending in a S.E. direction, or East by South, and made originally for Bristol steamers. As far as could be seen the current of the Taff scoured that channel very consi- derably in fact, the Taff waters were diverted almost entirely into that channel. Practically that cutting was of no use whatever, and the pilots invariably aimed for the '72 cutting, or what might be called the western gully leading in a direct line from the cutting away past Penarth Head and out into the open sea. In order to utilise the waters of the Ely and the TatI, it would be necessary to cut a channel of 300 feet tlirough the Wrach, and if the other waters could be diverted en- tirely into that channel they would have all they required. To make that cutting 300 feet wide, and so as to utilise the present cutting, would necessitate the removal of about 50,000 cubic yards of material, which would cost. at Is 6d a yard, about £3,ï50, or £2,500 at Is a yard. To that must be added the cost of cutting the channel from Penarth Dock, which would fully cany out what was required. If it was thought necessary to make a perfect job and remove the Wrach entirely, the expense would be very heavy—probably about &30.000. But to make the cutting 300 feet wide would answer all practical purposes, and the Taff and Ely could then be utilised as natural scourers. If that were done there would be always a draught of water at the Wrach channel six inches lower than the depth on the Roath basin sill. A very large proportion of shipping coming into Cardiff drew from 22 to 23 feet of water, and a num- ber of vessels were continually leaving Cardiff—over 100 in a year—which were prevented going out of the docks on account of this obstruction. Captain Capper (representing the Cardiff Shipowners' Association), was the next speaker. In the course of his observations he said that the Cardiff pilots invariably re- fused to take ships out of the East Dock unless they had five feet of water under them, because they said the channel through the Wrach was not available for their purposes otherwise. The channel was stated to be 100 feet at one end and 120 feet at the other. The pilots urged that the channel was go tortuous and narrow as to render it exceedingly likely that a vessel would be driven aground, either one side or the other, when the wind blew straight across the Wrach, and that the current did not set through the channel regularly. He had visited the shoal in order to test the accuracy of the pilots' state- ments. They said to a man that the channel was useless for their purposes. The north end of the channel he found to be for all practical purposes silted up. It was hardly 70 feet wide, in fact, at the north end. In addition to that there was a large ridge outside, called "The Patch," wider than the channel. From what he saw he would not attempt to take a vessel out of the East Dock, unless there was quite as much water as the pilots demanded. At Newport no such obstruction existed, and it did not require much argument to show that some steps ought to be taken to attempt to clear away this obstruction to the navigation of the port. Replying to questions put by members of the council, Captain Capper said the shoal was a bank covered with^nard mud and stones. There was not much depth of stone,—about 18 inches—and below that nothing but mud. Mr SANDEBS asked what support the deputation wished the council to give them. Was it pecuniary support ? Captain Capper said they wanted the corporation to interfere to widen the channel, so that ships could be got out of the port readily. The MAYOR inquired whether it was a fact that within the last four months a pilot had refused to take a ship out of the Roath basin when there was five feet of water, that the dock-master insisted on her being taken out, and she was taken out. Captain Capper said there was an old saying, that Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." (Laughter.) In this case, he believed it was iust a toss up as to whether it WAS safe to take the vessel out or not. Captain Fraser ordered a second man to do the work, on the first refusing, and the second man succeeded. Captain Guthrie confirmed everything that had been said by Captain Caviper. There was a difference of 19 inches between the West Dock and the top of the Wrach. He gave a number of instances of vessels being delayed in consequence of this obstruction. The cost in demurrage amounted to something like £900 a year, at the lowest estimate he could frame. Then the direct loss to ship- owners which resulted amounted to £8,000 or £10,000 a year. Mr Jonas Watson also spoke, pointing out that the deputation were seeking only to promote the real interests of the port, and were acting from no selfish motives. They did not seek to make a distinct claim on the corpo- ration simply to represent the facts, and to leave the responsibility of action with the corporation. Mr Downing pointed out that the fact that they were placing themselves at a disadvantage as regarded the competition with Newport had been overlooked. He might also state that the port of Cardiff was virtually closed during a fifth of the year to heavy traffic, in con- sequence of the narrowness of the channel through the I shoal. Mr J.H. Anning said that aetheshipping interest of Car- diff paid a large proportion to the income of Cardiff Cor- poration every year, he thought they were entitled to a grant of some kind for the repairing of the channel. Mr DUNCAN apprehended that this was a very im- portant matter, and perhaps it would be desirable to adjourn the present discussion for further consideration. He referred to a letter from Mr John Boyle contra- dicting the statements that had been made about the shoal. There seemed to be some conflict of evidence as to the actual state of the facts, and it was very important that the corporation should have clear iiiformation on the subject. Mr Boyle said the Channel existed now in such a condition as to meet all the requirements of the Bute Docks. Therefore, as non-nautical men they were placed in a peculiar position, having on one side the authority of Mr Boyle, and on the other that of the deputation. He should like to see a large diagram of tho shoal, and all information given that would enable the council to form a correct opinion on the subject, because whatever tended to the benefit of the shipping of the port must tend to the benefit of the town as a whole. The letter was read by the clerk. It was discussed at a recent meeting of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, and the full text of it has already appeared in the columns of the South Wales Daily News. Mr Boyle asserted that the dimensions of the channel were now exactly those first laid down, but THESE^ facts, he added, were only partially known to pilots." No alteration, he affirmed, had taken place in the character of the channel. # Captain Capper said that he was in a position to dis- prove the latter statement. Such an alteration had taken place in the channel as to make it practically of no value at all. If Mr Boyle would accompany him to the' spot he should have great pleasure in demonstrating to him that no channel really existed. If Mr Peter Whyte, who on behalf of the Bute Trustees accompanied those who inspected the shoal, were present, he would say with him (the speaker) that the channel was of no use whatever. But whether that were so or not, the fact remained that a large body of pilots absolutely aud defi- nitely refused to attempt to use the channel. Alderman EVANS, in the course of a short speech, said that as to the assistance the Cardiff Corporation could render to the project, the corporation dues had been mortgaged twice already to obtain money for the town of Cardiff, and he did not think that that would be done again. The MAYOR, addressing the deputation, said the council were fully aware of the importance of the subject they had introduced, and assured the deputation that the interests of both the town and of the docks should not be lost sight of by the corporation. The deputation should receive a reply in some shape, and the council would assist them m the matter if they possibly could. No dou!>T three interests would clash in the matter—the interest of Lord Bute, the interest of the Penarth Dock CONI^AIY, and the interest of the corporation. The corporation were fully AS desirous as the deputation that the trade of the port should be assisted, if possible. The deputation thould receive from the council any assist.uvie the council eould render. The deputation thanked the council for their reception, and withdrew. Alderman WIXSTONE, after the deputation had retired, said he could not imagine what the council had to do with the matter. Nothing could be done in the affair, in his opinion, without an Act of Parliament. He thought the matter should be brought before the whole board, and not considered merely in committee, for many members of the council could know nothing whatever about the sub- ject. He believed he was as capable of reporting on the matter as the whole lot put together. The deputation had not explained the thing at all; they had only muddled it up. (Cries ot "chair.") Alderman BOWEN proposed the appointment of the following committee to obtain information and report on the subject to a meeting of the full board '•—The members of the Pilotage Board, Alderman Evans, Jones, and Win- stone, and Councillors Rees Jones, Duncan, and Rowlands. Mr itEES J ONES seconded. The council were not only conservators of the river Taff, but, as he understood, conservators of the interests of th:, town and trade of Cardiff generally, as far as they might extend, and a de- putation of that character was at least entitled to receive the respect the appointment of a committee would amount to. The MAroR replied to the observations of Alderman Winstone. A conversation followed, in the course of which Alder- man WIN'^TOTVE rose to speak again, but being greeted with cries of "Chair, chair," resumed his seat without speaking. The appointment of the committee was then agreed to. COMMITTEES' REPORTS. The reports of the following committee) gave rise to no discussion of importance —CABS, watch, fire brigade, and lighting. IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE. On the consideration of thifr report a discussion arose relative to whether the tenants of properties in Angel- street should be served with notices to auit, with a view to pulling down the houses. Mr STONE and Mr JACOBS opposed the adoption of the report as it stood, with the recommendation that the HOI^ES be pulled down, on the ground that that step ought to be deferred until the whole of the property was acquired by the corporation, The amendment was lost, and the board agreed to adopt the report as it stood. PROPOSED STREET EXTENSION. C IM^HOMAS presented a memorial, signed BY upwards of LOO persons living in Broadway, asking for the exten- SION of Broadway into the Newport-road. The memorial was referred to the public works com- mittee. GENERAL DISTRICT RATE. A general district rate of Is 7d in the £ was agreed to. CORPORATION PURCHASES. The seal of the council was affixed to an agreement between the devisees of the late Rev W. Price Lewis and the corporation for the purchase of premises in Wharton- street. PROPOSED NEW 1'REE LIBRARY. I he report of the special committee appointed by the council to select a site for the proposed new buildings, required for the free library, museum, and science and art schools, was as under :— ¡ The connnittee further considered the question of a site for a freehbrnry, museum, wid science and art schools, and they re. commend that the site of the existing police station and barracks, with such alterations ift the entrMice to the market as may be ncccssaryto make thc adjoinin<Y space most available for the pur- pose, be adopted for the erection of the free library and other required buildings, and that the eui'veyor prepare a ground plan of the site in question to lay before the council. The committee further recommend that atvei-tisomonts be issued for competitive drawings for the proposed bui'dings. Mr HERS JONES proposed the adoption of the report. The committee had come to the con- c LUS ION that the site in question was capable of hemg adapted to the erection of a building which would fully atiswer the purposes of a free library and museum, and ,a school OI science aud art. Tlie BOROUGH surveyor had prepared a plan which would be submitted, tthowntg the block ground plan, and SLEWING that internal accommodation could be provided fully equal to all the NECESSITIES of the case. Without going into figures he might say that the committee had taken careful advice, and had come to the conclusion that by the adop- tion of this site,the institution might be made self-support- ing, and, indeed, leave a small margin to go towards the maintenance of the structure. Supposing £8,000 or .810,000 were borrowed from the South Kensington Com- missioners, they could provide for tm repayment of that with the interest in 50 years, and still leave a slight mar- KIN of balance towards the maintenance of the building. I he foregoing facts had been arrived at after careful in- vestigation, and in his opinion made out a prima fane case for the adoption of the report. He moved that the report be adopted. Mr DUNCAÑ seconded, endorsing all that had been said with regard to the care exercised by the committee in selecting the site. Mr DAVID .TONES asked on what basis the committee had arrived at the conclusion they had put forward. Mr REES JONES replied at length. It had been calcu- lated that .£13,000 would be required. It might reasonably be expected that £3000 would be raised with- out asking aid from the South Kensington Com- missioners. Then £10,000 would have to be borrowed, repayable over a period of 50 years at 41 per cent per annum. By using the present site they would be able to let shops which would bring in not less than £1,000 a year, which, making all the necessary allowances for the redemption of capital and payment of interest, would, if the corporation allowed them to take the ground at a moderate price, leave the margin he had indicated. He hoped -the council would deal with the matter in a broad spirit, and see their way clear to making favourable terms. A discussion of some length followed, Mr R. Davies, Mr Bird, and Mr D. Lewis supporting the motion. Mr TRESEDER at great length urged that the considera- tion of the subject-should be postponed. Mr DAVID JONES took a similar view. In the course of the discussion a high tribute was paid to the services rendered by Mr P. Pnce, and Mr REES JONES suggested that he should be invited to submit a plan showing how the ground could bo best adapted for the purpose. Ultimately AIR TRESEDER moved, and Mr DAVID J ONES seconded, the postponement of the discussion. Five voted for the amendment; nine for the resolution. The resolution was therefore declared carried. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES. A memorial to the Lord President of the Privy Coun- cil, in favour of an annual grant of !Z2,500 towards the support of the University College of Wales, and of a grant of £5,000 towards the completion of the building, was agreed to unanimously, on the motion of tlie Ex- MAYOR. On the motion of Mr THOMAS RtE8, seconded by Mr TRESEDER, the attentidn of the sanitary committee was directed to the 'practice of conveying various filthy com- pounds through the streets during the day-time to the prejudice of health. The board then adjourned.
CARDIFF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. The monthly meeting of this chamber was heldWednea- day. Present: Messrs Evan Lewis (chairman), Jonas Watson, J. H. Wilson, C. E. Stallybrass, F. Church- ward, J. B. Ferrier, D. L. Owen, F. J. Beavan, James Cowell, T. Morel, W. T. Trounce, L. V. Harrison, M. Krieger, W. Jones, J. Batchelor, H. Vellacott, F. Got- terell, J. Guthrie, C. W. Ingram, R. C. Bulgin, E. Bre- geon, and W. L. Hawkins (secretary). The minutes of the last meeting were read and con- firmed. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION WITH LUNDY. Among the papers laid on the table was a circular from Mr S. Lloyd, M.P., asking the chamber to instruct the local members of Parliament to support Mr Dillwyn when he brought forward his motion with reference to telegraphic communication with Lundy. The Secretary announced that that had been done, and in reply to members stated that favourable replies had been received from Mr Talbot, Mr Vivian, Col. Stuart, and Mr D. Maclver, member for Birkenhead. Mr WATSON suggested that the chamber and other similar bodies should petition Parliament on the matter. He thought independent petitions from the several chambers would have some weight. The CHAIRMAN understood that Mr Dillwyn was going to bring the subject forward when the post office esti- mates were before the House. COASTING FREIGHT CHARTERS. Mr J. A. Lr BOULANGER had given notice of his in- tention to draw attention to the present mode of charging commission on coasting freight charters, but in his absence the consideration of the matter was deferred. CEFN-Y-WRACH SHOAL. The CHAIRMAN said the next subject was the report of the deputation that waited on the corporation as to the removal of the above obstruction. On Monday last they (the deputation) waited on the corporation, and he might say they were graciously received, and the matter was very ably brought before the council by Messrs Wilson, Capper, Guthrie, and others and from all lie could judge of the proceedings, the deputation seemed to make a favourable impression upon the council, who had, he believed, already appointed a committee to further inquire into the subject. The council promised them an early reply, and he hoped that something would come of the interview. The corporation were, he considered, the proper body to go to in the first instance, and they should also go to the dock authorities and railway companies, so as to get the obstruction removed. The nwre he heard of this Cefn-y-Wrach, the more was he impressed with the necessity of having something done. No doubt it would be a costly undertaking, but it would be trifling in com- parison with the advantages which the port would derive so as to be better able to compete with xvewport and the other ports in the Channel. Mr WILSON repeated that the deputation were favour- ably received, and patiently listened to. They saw from the papers that some little discussion took place after the deputation left, and perhaps it would bo as well not to make any reference to the discussion until they had re- ceived the reply. It was to be hoped that a little more value would be given to the express desires of the ship- owners and others interested in the shipping of this port. and the corporation. will already see that Cardiff, but for its shipping interest, would be he might almost say nowhere. I'IE INDUCEMENT which vessels had for coming here was really the basis and foundation of the prosperity of the town, and he trusted the corporation would look upon the matter from that point of view, and not consider, as he sometimes feared they did, that the shipping interests were a secondary matter as compared with improvements and alterations required in the town. 1.11. Mr GUTHRIE Ilaving- suggested that some members of the chamber should accompany the town council committee in inspecting Cefn-y-Wrach, observed that the South Wales Dailll News recently stated that the fund arising from the shipping charges of 5s each vessel entering the port, paid to the corporation, now amounted to upwards of £14,000. He oould not see why that money should not be spent for the benefit of the port in malting a proper channel for the entrance and exit of vessels. The CHAIRMAN said he concurred with Mr Guthrie as to the advisability of some members accompanying the town council deputation, but dm tney think that the deputation would accept their advice and assistance upon the subject? He was in favour of two or three practical gentlemen accompanying the committee. Air J. BATCHELOR concurred as to the desirability of appointing a few members to accompany the town coun- cil committee, and he had no doubt the corporation would be very glad of their assistance if they made a survey of Cefn-y-Wrach. lhe great difficulty in tlie matter arose from the fact that some years ago there was a movement throughout the country, and AU attempt made to get the Legislature to pass a Bill destroying all these local dues, from WHICH the slapping derive not the slightest benefit. Then, Air Matthews was town clerk, and a very excellent town clerk he WAS, and suggested, whilst that Bill was pending, that the-corporation should mortgage that fund for the imprpvement of the town. ThafrecommendatIon was agreed, to, and the amounts now received from ships must DQ appropriated to pay the interest and the principal of T aat debt, No doubt the town was interested 1ll this Watter, for theprosperityofthe town depended upon the prosperity of the port proper, and anything diminishing the prosperity of the port must be injurious to the TOWR^ AS It had no manufactories upon which it relied. Therefore, being interested, he thought thev should t.) v I'U'.J find a way out of the difficulty they I were in. He asserted that the town was virtually in- terested in this matter, and he likewise said that the shipping was virtually interested. Besides the corpora- tion there were two other interests which might fairly be asked to co-operate with the corporation. He did not know whether mere was anything-done in the manner he suggested, but ho thought they should again call the attention of the Talf Vale directors aad Lord Bute's trustees to the matter. He thought that if a suggestion was made by that chamber that the corporation should pay one-third, the Taff Vale one-third in respect of the Penarth dock, and the Bute trustees the remaining third, the obstruction might be removed. He thought that if a little pressure was brought to bear to induce the Taff Vale directors to expend to the extent of one-third, they might do so -thoogh he was speaking out of board-and they might then not be without hope of attaining their ends. He thought it was for them to ascertain Whether these three interests, combined with the Chamber, might not be the means of effecting what was so desirable, and what they were so anxious to accomplish. (Hear, hear.) Mr WATSON thought they should be careful in what they did, and it was not, he considered, their province to judge how much each interest should contribute. He thought they had done their duty when they laid before the corporation the claims of the com- merce of the port to the corporation spending some of tneir-money in causing the removal of this obstruction. Air WILSON" at some length detailed the result of the inspection of made by himself. Air Capper, Air Guthrie, and Afr White, an engineer under the Bute trustees, showing that it was absolutely neces- sary that the present obstruction should be removed, and a safer and wider channel made for the entrance of ves- sels to tho Penarth and Bute Docks. Air GUTHRIE having, added some remarks, Mr INGRAM asked if they could not obtain a copy of tue Act of Parliament under which the corporation levied tlie os upon every vessel entering the port. Air BATCHELOR said there was no Act of Parliament, but the dues had been levied for the past 000 or GOO years. r,^ ATSON said he believed tlfere was an oid Act of Elizabeth's reign. After some further discussion it was agreed that some members of the chamber should accompany the committee of the council, and the secretary was instructed to com- municate with the corporation on the matter. KEUTER'S TELEGRAMS. Air OWEN said that at present the Hettter's telegrams which were posted up in the rooms of the chamber were f°r "y out of the 181 members of the chamber. I hough these 85 members paid only 2< per month, he thought it was unfair that other persons who frequented the rooms and read the telegrams should not also con- tribute. If all the members could not be got to contri- bute, he would suggest that tho cost of the telegrams be defrayod by the chamber, and if the funds Were not sufficient, then let next year's subscriptions be increased from 1:111s 6d to £2 2s OJ. Several members demurred to the latter suggestion, and eventually Air Owen gave notice of hts intention to bring the subject forward at the next meeting. This was all the business of public interest.
CARDIFF IAfPROVEMENT BILL. An inquiry was held on Wednesday, before Air Hedley, county valuer, who had been appointed referee to assess tiie value of ^certain freehold property in Angel-street, j belonging to Miss Hook, in the occupation of Mr R. W.' Williams, solicitor, and which was required by the Car- > diff Corporation under the powers of tlie Cardiff Improve- ment Act, lS75, for the widening of Angel-street. Mi* Lawrence, Oxford circuit, appeared for Mr Williams, and MrB. Francis Williams for the corporation. Before the proceedings-commenced, an effort was made to agree upon a sum to be paid by the corporation without calling the witnesses. A claim was made by Mr R. W. Williams, for himself and AlisS Hook, of £G,OOO. This wa-< considered too much, and after some discussion the counsel on each side agreed to give and accept £ 2,700 as a settlement of the claim-t1,OOO for Mr Williams as the value of an un- expirpd" lease of the premises for 13 years, and £1,700 to Aliss Hook, who is tbeowner of the fee simple. Air Hedley concurred in the arrangement made, and the proceedings terminated.
THE EXTRAORDINARY CHARGES AT CARDIFF. At the borough police-court on Wednesday—before the Mayor (Alderman Elliott), Mr R. O. Jones, Aldermen Alexander and Bowen—Charles Henry Seddon and Mar- inaduke T. Dougall appeared on a remand, charged with obtaining money by false pretences. Air Blelloch ap- peared for the prosecution, and Air Ensor for the pri- soners. The evidence taken at the first examination was read over, and the witnesses Were cross-examined by Air Ensor. i When cross-examined by Air Ensor, Air Thomas Evans, grocer, High-street, said that the prisoners called upon him in the afternoon of Tuesday week. They ex- plained the objects of the association, and he was cer- tainly under the impression that its object was a good one, and he believed the statements they made, so far as they were supported by the names which appeared on the petition. Had he believed that they were telling him what was false, ho would not have given them a' halfpenny. Be-examined by Afr Blelloch: He believed the signa- ture of Messrs Cory Brothers to be genuine. He should not have ported with any money if they had stated noth- ing but what was true, if he had not felt certain at the time that the signature of Alessrs Cory Brothers was a genuine one. Mr Blelloch stated that Mr R. Cory. who had given evidence at the first examination, was absent in Corn- wall, and he proposed to confine the charges to the false pretences, and of obtaining money by this means, from Mr Joseph, of St Mary-street, and Mr Evans, High- street. The money from Mr Joseph was obtained by the prisoners calling his attention to Alessrs Cross Bros. having given a guinea. Mr Edward Cross, ironmonger, St Mary-street, said that the prisoners called on him on the day they were apprehended. After producing the petition, and hearing their explanation of the objects of the association, he signed the petition. One of them then produced a small book, and stated that it was usual for tradesmen to give; according to their wishes towards the expenses of carry- j ing out the objects which the association, had in view. He replied that he should treat the matter as he did all busi- ness transactions, and first satisfy himself that the affair was not a swindle. If he found that it was all right, and they called in the afternoon, he would give them a subs- cription. He did not give them any money, and tb»y then left. In the afternoon he learnt that his name was being used in connection with the affair" and that it was alleged that he had given some money towards it. He then gave information to the superintendent of police, and Detective-sergeant Newman apprehended the prison- ers in the evening. Mr William Follett Nicholl, tobacconist, of St Mary- street, gave similar evidence. The prisoners called on him. They explained the objects of the association, and he was impressed with the conviction that the object was a good one. He did not believe all they said that would result from the action they were taking. They produced a small book and asked him to subscribe towards the ex- penses. He demurred at first, but they overcame his objections. His objections were really overcome by see- ing the signatures, as he believed, of Messrs Howell and Co., Alessrs Cory Brothers, Alessrs Williams and Sons, but more especially on seeing the signature of Air Howell. Air Ensor, in addressing the bench for the prisoners, stated that he should be able to show that there was such a society as the prisoners represented themselves as the agents of. This he had ascertained by sending a telegram to London and receiving a reply to that effect from a very respectable firm. He had also a witness to call who would prove that such a society was in existence. He also urged that the statement of Mr Joseph could not be correct that he saw Messrs Williams' signature in the book, as it was shown that the prisoners called on Mr Joseph at half-past one o'clock, but did not call onMessrs Williams till four o'clock the same afternoon, and their names could not, therefore, have been entered in the book at the time Mr Joseph paid his money. He con- tended that the persons who gave the money gave it im- pressed with the conviction that they were assisting a good cause, and not because they saw the names of other persons who had subscribed towards the same object. He also stated that the prisoners were persons of high res- pectability, and that though imprudent they had not been guilty of the charge preferred against them. Mr R. 0. Jones was of opinion that the prosecution j had not carried the case far enough. It would be neces- sary to prove that no such society as the prisoners repre- sented themselves to be the agents of had an | existence, If it had an existence, and it could I be shown that the prisoners remitted money from time to time to the society, then before a jury the question would be argued on one side that tlie prisoners had been guilty of false pretences, and on the other that they had only been guilty of telling lies. The actual pre- tence was that they represented a society for the equali- zation of rates. If this were true, then so for their conduct was bona fide; but then followed a number of lies told by the prisoners, but which did not altogether form the actual pretence. Mr Blelloch said he had telegraphed to the Lord May or of London, who had replied that he had no knowledge of such a society. He had telegraphed to Preston, the resi- dence of the alleged chairman, and found that no such person lived there, nor was there such a house as Preston House. The Superintendent of Police said if a remand were granted he should be able to prove that there was no such society. The prisoners were "wanted" at several places, and if liberated at Cardiff they would be taken into cus- tody again immediately for similar offences committed in other towns. The prisoners were then again remanded for a week, bail being refused.
THE DEANERY OF LLANDAFF. The installation, by the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, of the Ven. Archdeacon Blosse as Dean of Llandaff, is fixed for the 20th of June, the festival of St Peter.
THE ARCHDEACONRY OF LLANDAFF. We are authorised to state that the Archdeaconry of Llandaff and a residentiary canonry attached to it, have been offered to the Rector of Neath, and accepted by him.
KAY'S COMPOUND ESSENCE OF LINSEED.—Asthma and Bronchiti* are immediately relieved bv it. Sold by all Chemists* FORK versus FINGER.—The progress of civilisation through successive agC8 may be very succinctly marked by the means we have possessed for eating our food. First, we ate with our fingers, and this practice continued till a comparatí vely recent date, and still exists in many parts of the world. Then eamo flie wooden, the. bone, and the lutten spoon with the common j-ick Unife. These held sway for a long period, but as civilisation advanced, and the requirements of the people increased, and taste became more refined, there were gradually sujwr-added the two-pronged, the three-pronged, and the four-pronged forks, tirst of iron, then of steel, but at length and at present of silver or electro-plate, elegant in design, and lasting ill fabric, lhe great seat of this rapidly increasing manufacture is at Birmingham, where it forms one of the staple industries of that busy HI\ E of commerce. At the manufactory of Messrs Ellcington & Co., alone, several hundred hands are constantly employed designing, manufacturing and turning out endless quantities and varieties of spoons and forks, all destined to minister to the waitts and necessities of our middle class populations, no less than to t ie requirements and fancies of the wealthy and delicately nurtured. It has been often said that it is a matter of wonder and surprise what becomes of all the old pins and pens, and oortamly it is no less surprising where all the spoons and forks c:uv,go to. LU give an idea of tho enormous growth in the manufacture of these articles, it may be mentioned that the quantity distributed over the surface of the globe hy Messrs Klkington alone, during the last forty years, eould be counted by many miUions, while the weight of solid silver employed to coat them during that period may be estimated by tons, and would make a girdle of sufficient length to go several times lound the earth, and would represent an equivalent to the whole coinage of more than one European State. Recently this enterprising firm, in order to still further place their ware5 within the reach of others besides the upper ten" and the wealthy mercantile classes, have been busily engaged in perfecting various improvements >n the niau- ufacture of s]>oons and forks, with A view to the reduction of co^t. Their success has been complete, and although it might fairly be supposed that where so much has been done, searcelj any further increase or improvement could take place, it is never- theless a fact that this wonderful industry goes*>N increasing AT such a rate that Messrs. Elldngton have continually to TOY uown additional machinery to carry out the improvements refened to and to provide for the ever growing demands made upon them. One interesting and important feature of Messrs. Wlungtons operations is that they are open to the public--»a3 visitors—wno are thus enabled to see for themselves that fill', justice is done to the articles produced, whilst they have the -agreeable occupation of learning HOW science and industry go htfad in hand.—Morning J'o
RAILWAY ACCOMMODATION AT ROATH AND CANTON. I A public meetiugwasheldoll Tuesday night, at the Metal" street Schoolroom, Roath, to consider what steps should be taken to induce the directors of the Great Western Railway Company to Glibbliah a passenger station ift the parish of Roath Mr Whiffen presided, and a larg* number of residents of Roath were president. Mr J. H, Wiww proposed that a memorial be td' pared, setting forth the wishes of the ratepayers (JhH was seconded by Mrj ENOCH, and adapted una^ ¥r, WILSON then read the draft of h memorial which !t,LV n 'nefPar<sd foi' adoption by the meeting. lj stated that the population of Roath had increased during the last 20 years from 3,000 to 20,000 anl I <ia PU?^ng?r 6ta, n ,Was erected at the 'eoutf1 ton-atreefc the advantage would be consider^ to the inhabitants, and also to the railway company, fro* the increased traffic that would arise from the inhabitants travelliiig between Cardiff and Roath. ii tV V-f^TROKn having said a few words, Mr 11. J. DAVIS, agent for Lord Tredegar, supported the motion. He said that a railway station at Roath waS not only desirable, but necessary. A piece of land near the soiuh-fend of Clifton-street had l>een reserved by hifl» for this piirpose. There was also land on the other side L r r?lTay; bel°?S}*S to Lord Tredegar, to be had it the >eat W estern Railway Company required it. tune since he invited a few of the officials of the Gtoeat li" HaiJway Company to meet him there. Air Owen. H A £ • SHVTN' -TUNR'» MET him and discussed the Question. He pointed out to them that it would be verjf m l a coaI J'41''1 tf,ere« ar,d a piece of Mr fh ndg? waa ,>0lnt'e<1 as suitable, M Air Owen said a road was wanted leading to it, and thift road he (Air Davis) had provided. (Hear, hear.) Lofd redegar had bad very large number of houses btfift upon hts land. Cpwards of 1,500 had l-eeu built uixm # since he (the speaker! had been agent to Lord Tredegar. 1 he Aloors on the other side of lhe railway were not only for building houses, btit also for the erection d not only for building houses, but also for the erection Of manufactories, but here he had also made atrangeirievo for the rail way requirements, and he was open at apt time to let-theso moors for extensive manufactories. JM had had offers for the erection of a thousand bouses 00 the moors, but he had always avoided letting land o« that side for building purposes until the whole of the land OIl this side of the railway bad beefc covered with houses. Before this could be donS the bridge over the railway would have tn be widened. At this moment the Great Wentern b'aihvay Company were in treaty with Lord Tredegar for some land on the other side of the railway, and they had deuwited John* showing what they reonired. The terms on which the Ja"d would be sold to the railway company would veif much depend on the way in which the railway company met them. If they required Lord Tredegar to widen the approach to the bridge, and cany out a proper approach, or did not give them what they required, the railway company would have to pay in full, but if they gavetlieB» what they required, as agent be should reco.umcnd Lord i rcdegar to treat with them handsonely. (Hear, bear.) If t.ief required land for the railway station, that could also be had on the same terms. As, however, the railway compaiV were at the present moment in treaty witn Lord Tredegar for land at Roath, if the meeting de- sired to do anything they could not do it too >,oou. (ilear, bear). All AVrpiji,.it spvjke in favour of the objects of the meet- ing, and stated that lie had some time since taken up the question, prepared a memorial, which had beau signed by 700 of the inhabitants of Roath in favour of gettiu" railway station at Roatli, and if desirable the names upon bis memorial could be added to that proix^ed now for adoption. „ r}> Air W. Lewis, Air A. Thomas and fliers sjtoke in favour of the jH-oposifciofl. I lie memorial was adopted unanimously, the chairman being requested to sign it on behalf of the meeting. hiffcn, Air A. Thomas, and Air Armstron" appointed a deputation to the Great Western Railway directors to present the memorial and Air Webber wff asked to aeompauy them to, at the saine^time, present hi# lnemoiial, which in the opinion of the meeting ought not to be embodied in the memorial adopted by them. Votes of thanks were paased to the chairman, tV vicar for allowing the use of the room, to Mr Webber fotr the trouble he had taken in preparing his memorial nnd obtaining the 700 signatures, and to the committee who had prepared the memorial for adoption by meeting, and to Air H. J. Davis for attending the meet* ing to supllOrt the action proposed to be taken by the1, ratepayers. Copies of tho memorial to the directors of the Great* IVestet-ii hailway are lying for signature at the Roath and gplottlands Post-offices, the Clifton, the Tredegar, tha oplottiand, aud the Great Eastern Hotels. The deputation appointed at a meeting of the inhabit- ants of Canton, held last week, to present a memorial to the directors of the Great Western Railway Company, praying that a railway station be erected at Cantoll, uttoiulcd at the central offices of the company at Pad- ington on Tuesday. Air Bodington being unable to attend, the deputation consisted of Air Daniel Jones, T. V. Yorath, and Air Sanders, who were accompanied1 by Air Saintiel Marks. At the terminus they were, met by Colonel Mtuart, ALP., who introduce^ them to the directors. Sir Daniel Gooch, and Air C. R. M. Talbot, Al.P. Mr Grierson, the secretary of the companyi was also present. Air D. Jones presented'the memorial^ pointing out the great necessity that existed for a railway station at Canton, and the advantages that would arise W' the company if a station was established there. Mr Yorath! and Air Sanders also addressed the directors. Sir Danier Gooch put a number of questions to the deputation respect- ing the population of Canton, its prospects of devolop nent from a commercial point of new, and the best site for » station. Plans were placed before him, and after a dis" cussion, which lasted about three-quarters of an hour, he promised to lay the whole matter before the board at their next ordinary meeting, and intimated that tDII subject would receive careful consideration. Air Viviao had sent a message expressing his regret that, being on committee of tlie House of Commons, he was unable to accompany the deputation as he had promised.
THE RELIGIOUS CANVASS AT ABERDARE-, On Tuesday night a public me £ timz,was heh!_a.t Temperance-hall, Alieixl^) connection with the rei»? gious canvass oiJ^> «>wn. The new vicar, the Rev J» W. AVyiu"> <ronos, presided, The report of the committee, read by the Rev Davii Young, the secretary, stated that there were about 9* canvassers of both sexes, and of different denominations* On the whole the religious canvass had been satisfactory* but by some the movement had been opposed, 'IW reasons given for opposing it were that the questions pulb were "too searchujgj" or "too -insulting.; "that good would result; and that the canvassershad a* right to aslc such questions." Some thought that dis- establishment was meant, or that the enquirie* were to test the comparative strength ot ChurcH and Dissent, or of the different denominations, The town of Aberdare only badbeen canvassed, the stir- rounding villages and isolated houses being kept is reserve. The families in$3 houses had refused to give information, and it was possible that a few houses wora overlooked. The canvassers gave the following statis- tics:- Number of houses visited 1753 To ta.) number of inhabitants 8271 Number attending placoo of worship 7340. NOT ATTENDING ANY PLDFCE OF WORSHIP 753 CHILDREN ATTENDING SUNDAY-SCHOOL 28841 Not attending Sundar-school. 005 Houses without copies of the Word of God G1 Houses vacant 54 FAMILIES who made special requests to see specified ministers visiting them 11 There were 468 persons who at present were not in th4 habit of attending any place of worship, but used to do øo. The list of names and addresses of these persons would B* given, so that each church might endeavour to eause thellÍ to attend.. Addresses were delivered by Mr R. Pardoe, Mr G-r Morris, Mr D. R. Davies, tho Rev. J. Davies, Mf Frame, the Rev J. Farr, the Rev T. Jones, the Ref M. Morgan, and the Rev S. Butcher. Thanks were votecl to the canvassers, especially the Rev D. Young, an steps were taken to secure some practical result frotØ the canvass.
DEATH OF SIR JOHN STEPNEY. Our obituary to-day contains an announcement th4 Sir John Stepney Cowell Stepney, Bart., died on the 15thji inst., at his residence, 5, St George's-place, London, AGE4; 86 years. Sir John Stepney for many years occupied M prominent position in Carmarthenshire^ where he held 54 valuable estate, situate near Llanelly, in which town HI to :>k a warm interest, devoting a good deal of personal car* and making no small sacrifices for the development of THJ mineral resources which lay around it, and for its improv# ment in a sanitary AAD commercial point of view. In 186% when the late Air William Alorris retired from the repr#% sentation of the Carmarthen Boroughs, Sir John, THEW Colonel Stepney, contested the seat with Mr Treharoe* and won the election for the Liberals by an immens* majority. Indeed, the Liberal party, with Stepney as their champion, had practically a wyjk oveJ»' for althoug .Ins opponents made a great deal of noise# • the votes they received went to show that it was PET^ fectly unjustifiable to put the boroughs to the EXPENSE.} and trouble of a contest. In the boroughs Colonel,, Stepney became a general favourite, his frankness O' J speech, blunt honesty, and fearless independence, servitt# to w in most completely the goodwill of the workipfJ and middle classes. The proposals of Mr Gladstone to disestablish and disendow the Irish Church BTA excited the strongest passions amongst the Tory party* and it required no small amount of courage and resold' tion on the part of a local gentleman, himself a membe* of the Church, to face the obloquy and abuse which were T heaped upon those who sought to do an act of justicf, to the Irish people. But Colonel Stepney's military training here stood him in good stead. Entering IN*? the contest with the utmost enthusiasm, he carried it through with unflagging energy. His blunt and li\elf sallies, delivered on the spur of the moment, often foiled* in the neatest way, the portentous and laboured attack of his opponents, and his speeches, while short and simpffc were to the point. His spirited appeals to the voters tO GIVE religious liberty to Ireland, by supporting Gladstone and returning the Liberal candidate at t head of the poll, will not soon be forgotten* There was no possibility of disguising the issue Con- ( tained in such a policy as that. At agricultural dinned and on otherpublicoccasionsColonelStepneyused to MAK* the most original speech of the evening, and his long e** perience in all parts of the world enabled him to bring -90 bear upon his subject a rare fund of anecdote and iiluo, tration, which kept the table in a roar. Undeterred W the late hours involved by a seat in the House of Cof mons, the venerable and GALLANT member for the Carwav then Boroughs discharged his political duties conscieP* tiously, and, like a good old soldier, .was always at W" post when the Liberal party required him. It is not LE8* a proof of his energy that when the Colonelcy of Carmarthenshire^ LLIFTE Volunteers became vacant accepted the position, and for some time took an actif' interest in the prosperity of the corps, frequently directing in person the evolutions on faeld-da In 1871 he was created a baronet, at, the recommendatio11 of Air Gladstone, and at the general election of 1874, biØ health having failed, he reluctantly resigned his seat. Sir John Stepney WAS born in 1791, entered the ar&Uj in 1800, served in six campaigns under the Duke Wellington and Lord Lynedoch, and retired as a lie11' J tenant-colonel of the Coldsteam Guards, He was_ £ I deputy-lieutenant for Carmarthenshire, and LLIS.^ I Sherifi in 18G2. The title, as well as the VALUABJJ | estates, will now fall to Ids son—Air Arthur KEPR | Cowell Stepney M.P. for the Carmarthen Boroughs. 1
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