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CARDIFF. ANNUAL INSPECTION AT THE BARRACKS. — On Saturday the annual inspection of the 24th Brigade depôt, consisting of the depots of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd battalions of the Welsh Regiment, for- merly known as the 41st and 69th Regiments of Infanti y, and the Glamorgan Militia, took place at the barracks, by Lieut.-Gener.id Pakenham. The men were mustered on parade in heavy marching order, at 11 a.m., and after putting them through a few movements, Lieut.-General Pakenham complimented them on their smart ap- pearance, and on the precision with which they exe- cuted the movements. The officers on parade were Col. Carden (in command), Major Stirke, Capt. Rudman, Lieut. Threshire. The parade in- spection over, Lieut.-General Pakenham lunched with the officers. At three he inspected the bar- rack rooms, canteen, and other offices, and ex- pressed his pleasure at the cleanliness and good order which everywhere prevailed. DROWNED IN THE GLAMORGANSHIRE CANAL.— The body of Henry Davies, who was reported to the police as missing from his home at 15, Har- rowby-street, since Tuesday evening last, was found in the old sea lock on Sunday morning, at seven o'clock. Deceased worked as a fireman, and was about 26 years old. CORPORATION OFFICIALS' OPTING.—On Satur- day last the officials connected with the corpora- tion of Cardiff, numbering 30, by kind permission of the mayor, celebrated their first picnic. The weather in the early part of the morning was not very promising, but the sun made its appearance as they proceeded on their way to Southerndown. This was done in brakes, kindly lent gratis by Mr Hurley, tramway manager. The party reached Cowbridge about 11.20, when they partook of luncheon at the Bear Hotel. Southern- down was reached at 1.15 p.m. The company then partook of dinner at the Dunraven Arms. The dining-room was tastefully decorated with flowers, ferns, and evergreens, and at the head of the table, behind the chairman, was a de- vice of flowers, supplied by Mrs Jenkins, wishing welcome to the mayor, corporation, and officials of the borough of Cardiff. The chair was taken by the deputy town clerk (Mr Thorp). The usual loyal toasts were given, and the chairman then rose, and proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the mayor and corporation of Cardiff for their kind- ness in allowiug them the opportunity of cele- brating this their first picnic. The healths of Mr Gordon, who had arranged the outing, and others, were drunk, and afterwards the company amused themselves by inspecting the fine old pile of Dun- raven, hard by, and by various games, until the time of returning arrived. TEMPERANCE DEMONSTRATION AND FETE.—1The committee of the Cardiff Temperance and Prohi- bition Association announce a monster demon- stration and fête, at Cardiff, on Wednesday, September 6th. The, programme includes a demonstration of members of the various tem- perance societies in the town, and choral and brass band contests, in which the competitors must be total abstainers. There will also be cricket matches, balloon ascents, and other sports. CAB COMPETITION. — Some time since Mrs Vaughan, wife of Dean Vaughan, sent to the Head Constable JB5, to be divided into prizes and distributed among cabmen whose horses and cabs: were kept in the best condition. Alderman Elliott, chairman of the cabs committee; the Head Constable, Mr Handy, veterinary surgeon, and Mr Kennedy, inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, were appointed the judges. Information was sent round to the cabmen on Saturday that the selection would be made on Monday morning., The conditions were that the competitors should be the owners of the cabs and one horse only. Alderman Elliott, the Head Constable, and others, with the Town Clerk, attended at the back of the Town-hall, on Mon- day, when 15 cabs were brought round. These were carefully inspected, and the first prize awarded to Henry Griffiths, 4, Union-street. The second was awarded to Thomas Brain, 2, Bedford -street, who had been a cab proprietor and driver 14 years, the same animal being used daily. It was stated that the mare, which was about 17 years old, had never been off the stand a single day ex- cept on Sundays. The third prize was awarded to Philip Jones, 109, Cowbridge-road. He had been a cab proprietor and driver for ten years. David More, 76, Clifton-street, was highly com- mended. The Head Constable offered a handsome whip as a prize for the cabman who was the neatest and cleanest in appearance, and this prize Alderman Elliott, Mr Handy, and Mr Kennedy awarded to Henry Griffiths. Alderman Elliott stated that this was the first competition of the kind that had taken place in any town. Next year some additional prizes would be offered, and the competition take a wider aim. Considerable interest was taken in the competition, and a large number of cabmen were present. SIR E. J. REED, K.C.B., arrived at Queens- town on Tuesday, on his return from the United States. SAD CASE OF DROWNING.—On Monday night Mary Stone, the wife of the lock-keeper on the Glamorganshire Canal at Gabalva, was drowned in the canal. The residence of the lock-keeper almost abuts upon the canal. The deceased had been to Cardiff during the day, and in the evening returned when it was getting dark, and in en- deavouring to reach the dwelling fell into the water just before her own door. She was found a few minutes afterwards and drawn out, Out had evidently just expired. Mr Coroner Reece held an inquest on Tuesday at the Three Cups Inn, Gabalva, when an open verdict was returned by the jury. THE .CARDIFF PUBLIC HALL .COMPANY.—WE* are informed that at a meeting of the directors of this company, held on Tuesday, it was decided to include in the scheme a lecture theatre to accom- modate from 400 to 500 persons. It is believed that such a theatre will meet a pressine want in Cardiff, for its desirability is constantly brought under the notice of societies such as the Cardiff Naturalists' Society and the Cambridge Local Extension Lectures, for the purposes of which no proper accommodation exists in the town. The building is to be attached to the new hall about tu be erected at the rear of the Queen's Chambers Hotel, in CrOckherbtown. THE SELF-HELP BUILDING SOCIETY.—A lecture, explanatory of the principles of this societv, was fiven on Tuesday evening at the Town-hall, by Ir J. W. Kirton, of London. Mr George Alex- ander, chairman of the directors, in the absence of Mr Councillor Treseder, who was announced to take the chair, presided. The attendance was fair. The Cardiff Self-help Building Society is the seventh that has been commenced upon a principle different from those of other building societies. The number of shares is limited to a thousand, each share being of the value of £100. When £300 have been paid by the members it is sold to the highest bidder. The prices hitherto realised for these shares have varied from £ 10 to £ 12 per share. This pf-emium forms the fund on which the society is worked. It may be paid down at once or spread over the ten years, which are allowed for the repayment of the sum borrowed. The borrower may purchase JE500 if he choose, and should he pay the premium down he has only to pay back by instalments extending over 10 years the £300, £400, or j6500 lie has received without interest. The repayments are at the rate of Is per week for every £100, and as the full value of the property is advanced, there appear many advantages to persons of sir.sli means, who may desire to become owners of house property, beyond those offered by other building societies. Mr Kirton gave an interesting resume of the operations of the society, and existed that, although the movement has only commenced at Cardiff about three weeks, the number of shares taken up exceeds 100. VALEDICTORY MEETING AT HOPE BAPTIST CHAPEL, CANTON.—On Tuesday evening a fare- well tea meeting was held in the schoolroom by the members of the church and congregation, on the occasion of the Rev. J. P. Williams, their pastor, leaving them for a larger and more im- portant sphere of labour at Southsea. After tea a public meeting was held in the new chapel, pre- sided over by Mr G. S. Stowe, of Park-place, who, in an opening address, after singing and prayer, explained the object of the meeting and the circumstances which led to it, expressing, on .behalf of everyone connected with the chapel, the regret which was felt at their being compelled to take leave of their pastor. He intimated that their esteem had taken a practical form, and that he had great pleasure in calling Upon the senior deacon and treasurer of the church to present to Mr and Mrs Williams the token of such esteem. Mr William Lewis, of Angel-street, then, in an appropriate address, presented, on behalf of the church and congregation, to Mr Williams acheque for & 0, and to Mrs Williams a valuable tea and cotfee service, and also a choice biscuit box, from the members of her Sunday school class. Mr Richard Cory also presented Mr Williams with a number of books from the Glamorganshire, Mon- mouthshire, and Carmarthenshire Baptist Asso- ciation, as a token of their appreciation ef him, and his earvices to them as their secretary for the last two or three years. The secretary of the church was tlien called upon to read the draft of an illuminated address which had been ordered to accompany the presentation from the church and congregation, but which had not yet been received. The rev. gentlemen ap- propriately acknowledged the gifts, and the love which had prompted them. Addresses were also delivered by the Rev. N. Thomas, of the Taber- nacle, Haves; the Rev. T. Da vies, Bethel, Docks; Rev. T. Thomas, Congregational minister, Llan- diiiff-road Rev. J. Watkins, Primitive Methodist minister, Manchester, late of Severn-road Chapel, and others. Letters were received from the Rev. A. Tilly and the Rev. W. K Winks expressing their regret that -circumstances prevented them from being present. The meeting was closed by singing an prayer, when the leave-taking was of the most touching and affecting character. FIRST STARR-BOWKETT SOClRTY: The members of this society held their eighth appropriation meeting on Wednesday evening in the Swiss Hall.. Mr Henry Davies was voted to the chair, and Messrs W. J. Talbot and E. Rowland were ap- pointed scrutineers. The register number drawn in the ballot was 518, representing Mr J. S. StoWf), of Roiith, who is thereby entitled to an advance of £400, free of interest, repayable in 12! years. As announced in another column, members can be enrolled in the fifth society without paying up any back subscriptions. LOCAL SUCCESS.—At the Ludlow Agricultural Show, Mr Thomas, The Heath, won first prize with' 'Geud arme,"f or light wei ght-carrying hunters. Also for weight-carrying hunters—" Gamester," 1st; "Hercules," 2nd "The Guide," highly commended. Mr Thomas also took three 3rd prizes for shorthorn cattle. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.—The monthly meeting of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday at the Docks. Mr George H. Wills presided. The other members present were I Messrs John Davies, J. Watson, F. Cohen, F. J. Bevan, H. Vellacott, D. Griffiths, A. Foa, J. Wallace, and the secretary. The only matter of importance on the agenda was the reception of a letter from the Associated Chambers, asking that 'copies of any resolutions to be proposed by this chamber, at the special meeting of the association to be held -at Gloucester on the 3rd and 4th Octo- ber, may be sent not later than the 5th August. As the members present were so few, it was re- solved to ilistruct the Secretary to request those gentlemen who desired to Submit any resolutions to seud them in before the next monthly meeting. meeting. A number of papers were laid on the table. ASSAULTING THE POLICE.—At the borough police court, on Saturday, before Dr. Edwards and Alderman E.'ans, Daniel Sullivan was sent to prison for 14 days for assaulting P.C. Friend in the execution of his duty on Friday. Defen- dant was creating a disturbance at the Arcade, and, when told to move on, struck the constable a violent blow on the mouth. LARCENY ON BOARD SHIP.—William Winstone, a lad, who had been previously convicted, was charged with stealing a flannel shirt, the property of a French seaman, named Maurice Estruella, on Friday. Prisoner went on board the French ship G.R.C., lying in the East Dock, and sold some common pictures to the seamen. When he left the shirt was missed. Soon afterwards a dock constable met the prisoner a short distance from the ship with the shirt under his arm. He then said that he had bought it for Is. Prisoner now said that the shirt was given to him for the pictures. This was denied, and he was committed for trial at the assizes. POCKET PICKING IN THE MARKET. — At the borough police-court, on Monday — before Mr R. O. Jones, Dr. Evans, and Dr. Paine—Robt. Evans and Elizabeth Smith, two persons some- what well-known to the police, were charged with stealing a purse containing about 5s, from the person of Angelina Ridout, on Saturday evening, at the Cardiff Market. The parties were watched by the police, and the female prisoner was seen to go up to the stall where Mrs Ridout was standing. The male prisoner stood at some distance. P.C. Oxley saw the female prisoner move away, and then ascertained that Mra Ridout had lost her purse. He followed the female prisoner, and apprehended her with the purse still in her hand.—Inspector Price said that the prisoner had only just been liberated from gaol on a charge of attempting to steal. Every Saturday a gang of thieves frequented the market, and two extra men were kept on duty specially to look after them. Prisoner Smith pleaded guilty, and was sent to prison for three; months. Evans was discharged. ROBBERY ON THE GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY.— Mark Morley, a labourer was charge with assault- ing Edward S. Down, and stealing from him a railway ticket while travelling „on the Great Western Railway on Sunday between Bridgend and Peterstone.—Inspector Hickey, of the Great Western Railway, said that the robbery was com- mitted in the Llantrissant district, and the bench had therefore no jurisdiction. At his request the prisoner was handed over to the county police. WIFE BEATING,—John Buckley, a labourer, living in Mary Ann-street, was "charged with beating and also wounding his wife. Complain- ant did not now wish to press the charge. The magistrates insisted on hearing the case. Prisoner returned home drunk on Saturday night, having spent all his money. On Sunday morning the wife began to complain that she had nothing, or very little, for breakfast. He then struck her a violent blow on the face with bis fist, having at the same time a knife in his hand, the blade of which cut her on the cheek. He had been once sent to prison for a month for the same offence, was on the 28th June charged with assaulting her, and on the 3rd of July bound over to keep the Eeace. In 1878 and 1879 he was convicted for eabing her. He was now sent to prison for four months with hard labour. IMPURE WATER.—Seven persons, residing in Crichton-street, were summoned by the Cardiff. Urban Sanitary Authority with having wells, upon their premises, the water from which wail: unfit for domestic purposes. Mr Thorpe, deputy town clerk, conducted the proceedings, and called Mr J. W. Thomas, the borough analyst, who had analysed the water from the four wells, one being made to serve two tenements in each case. The water was (Mr Thomas said) impregnated with sewage soakings, quite unfit for drinking, and was in some cases of a dangerous charac- ter. The hardness of the water also rendered it unfit for domestic purposes. Orders were given to close each well within one week. THE FACTORIES ACT.—Messrs Daniel Owen, Howell and Co., St. Mary-street, Cardiff, were summoned bvMr Mostyn, Government inspecto under the Factories Act, with not keeping a register in the prescribed form, and with unlaw- fully employing three young persons under the age of 16 without obtaining the usual medical certificate.—Mr Scott, who appeared for the' defendants, admitted the charges, but mentioned that the three boys were subsequently examined by Dr. Paine, the medical officer, who had certified that they were quite fit for the work. It was merely an error, which was corrected as soon as their attention was called to it. The register was handed up to the bench, and Mr Jones said that it seemed to have been very irregularly kept. Although the boys commenced work at different times, the three certificates were dated the same day, and the last medical inspection prior was in December.—Mr Mostyn said that he called at these works on the 27th May. He found that these boys were not then on the register. He called the attention of those in charge to this cir- cumstance, and also pointed out the state of the books, which were kept very irregularly. He visited the works on the 9th June and found the same state of things, and nothing had been done in the meantime to comply with the law. The bench considered that the books had been very irregularly kept, and fined the defendants 20s and costs.—Mr James Wood, printer, at the Docks, was charged with the same offences. Mr Vachell appeared for defendant, and admitted that the charges were correct, but stated that they had arisen from the neglect of the manager. Mr Wood had been in business 26 years and no com- plaint had ever been made against him previously. It was simply a mistake of their manager. Mr Mostyn did not press for a penalty in this case, and the bench required Mr Wood to pay the. costs only on the understanding that such a mis- take would not occur again. THREATS. —Frederick J. Jones was charged with using threats of personal violence towards F. H. Pearce, a money lender, of Cardiff. Mr Cox ap-: peared for complainant, and Mr Ensor for defen- dant. The case was considered rather a bad one, and arose out of some money transactions be- tween the complainant and defendant, the de- fendant beiug the borrower, and after a good deal' of abuse the defendant met the complainant on Wednesday and threatened to rip him up. Stress was laid on the provocation, and the bench even-: tually bound the defendant over to keep the peace; (himself in £20) for six months. THE STABBING CASE.We are requested by Colonel Davies to state that the man Geen, charged with stabbing P.C. Lavendar, was not on the spree at Rompney Castle on Sunday, as alleged. Colonel Davies states that owing to the wet day all visitors from Cardiff had left at 7.50 p.m. BREAKING A MAN'S ARM.—At the borough police-court, on Tuesday—before Mr G. Bird and Dr. Evans—Isaac Jones, a labourer, living at Grangetown, was charged with assaulting and breaking the arm of a man named James Spencer. Complainant lives at Oakley-street,Lower Grange- town. On Saturday evening he was standing by his door, when defendant called him. On going towards him defendant struck him a violent blow on the side of the face, knocking him down. In the fall the complainant's arm was broken. De- fendant alleged that the assault arose out of some, previous quarrel with the women. The bench sent him to prison for fourteen days with hard labour. ROBBERY BY A BOY.—William Gibbs, a boy 12 years of age, \^as charged with stealing £5, the money of his employer, Mr R. Brooks, carver, and gilder, Angel-street, on the 10th July. Prisoner was an errand boy in the employ of Mr Brooks. On the 10th July he was left in charge of the shop for a short time. When Mr Brooks returned he missed £2 10s, but as other persons were employed he did not accuse the prisoner of taking it. On Monday the boy was left in cliaree again. There were then JB10 10s in the till. On Mr Brooks returning the till was found to have been broken open and £2 10s taken from it. When in custody he at first denied taking more than 10s, but subsequently gave Inspector Lewis 15s 7d out of a sovereign, which he said he had taken, and which he had secreted in a house where he lived. He was sent to prison for 14 days. AN OLD OFFENDER.—At the borough police- court on Wednesday, before Mr R. O. Jones, Minnie McGuire, a woman who has been con- victed a great number of times, was sent to prison for one month for being drunk and disorderly on Tuesday night in Bute-street. STRIKING A POLICEMAN.—Ellen Geen, wife of James Geen, committed for trial on the charge of stabbing P.C. Lavender, was fined 1 On and costs for striking P.O. Hoskins with a bottle, during the row when the stabbing took place.



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