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NEWPORT. ST. WOOLLOS PARISH. — At the first vestry meeting for the above parish held since the ap- pointment of the new vicar, the Rev. W. C. Bruce, that gentleman, in a long statement, laid befose the meeting a programme of operations he proposed to carry out. He did not intend to im- peach the operations in the past, which were con- nected with long and pleasant recollections, but to make provision for the future. There were three things which he desired to bring before' them. The first was that no part of the parish ■ should be left without its share of spiritual work, and that no society or organisation which could be started should be left unstarted. The second was that such societies should not be dependent for cost upon a few persons. The third was that those who did con- tribute should not be in ignorance of the way in which their moneys were expended. The Tev. chairman said they wanted to raise funds so as to start fresh charities, and organise those already in existence on a better footing, so as to make the working of the parish more effective. St. Luke's Church was in debt JB115 3s, and there were im- provements and repairs to it which wanted and which should be done. He thought they should have three curates for St. Woollos, and although the church was now the west end of the parish, he wanted to see it the west end of the poor ef Newport. He might fell them that the living was worth less than JB500 a year, aad he was en- gaged in a memorial to the Ecclesiastical Com- missioners to raise it to £300. Subscriptions would be required for the curates' salaries.—It was decided to approve the principle which the vicar had expounded, and a committee, consisting of the vicar, curate, churchwardens, Messrs A. C. Jones, C. Kirby, A. J. Stevens, J. S. Stone, and — Caldicott, was appointed to carry out the I details. DEATH BY BURNING.—The woman Margaret Hart, 28 years of age, who was found lying in an upper room in a house in Canal Parade, on Satur- day evening week, with her clothing on fire, and removed to the infirmary and afterwards to the irkhouse, has since succumbed to her injuries. is supposed that deceased, who led a disreput- ",ole life, went to her lodgings on Saturday night, and, having partaken freely of drink, accidentally overset a paraffin lamp, which was found lying on ] the table. Her face, hair, chest, and arms were severely burnt, and from the first her recovery was doubtful. CHRISTOHURCH SCHOOL BOABQ.—At the fort- nightly meeting of this board, Mr J. Fulford pre- siding, a letter was read from the Local Govern- ment Board with reference to the surcharge of £75 on one of the members of the board, and who was desired to furnish the central authority with documents and facts relating to the matter. The board resolved to give the information required. The only other business of public interest was the resignation of Mr L. Thomas, assistant master at Maindee Boys' School, he having obtained the post of head teacher at a school at Beaufort. The resignation was accepted, and the appointment of his successor was deferred until the next meeting. APPOINTMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT REGISTRAR. —The principal business at the weekly meeting of the Newport Board of Guardians, on Saturday, Mr P. Woodruff, the chairman, presiding, was the appointment of superintendent registrar for the Newport district, a position which had become vacant by the death of Mr Charles Lewis, J.P. There was a very large attendance of guardians, including Sir G. Walker, Bart., Dr. Davies, and Messrs E. J. Grice, E. Lewis, and D. White- house, ex-officio members.—The Clerk stated that there were eight candidates, namely, Messrs T. Parry, W. Wade, W. West, T. H. Jenkins, E. Dowle, T. J. Jones, Kinsey Morgan, and J. T. Boshier.—The Rev. D. Roberts wished to know how the voting of guardians was to be taken, and whether if an absolute majority of those present appeared at the first count for one candidate that would be considered decisive.—The Vice-Chairman explained the plan proposed to be adopted, but this did not appear to satisfy the rev. gentleman, who admitted he might be stupid on the mhtter, but he really did not comprehend the plant.) be followed.—Ihe Chairman thought the vice-chairman had fully explained the mode, and suggested that the meeting should proceed to business, as the board was then more like a market place than anything else.—The Vice-Chairman, and Mr Parfit were then appointed scrutineers.— In reply to a suggestion that the clerk should count heads to avoid any dispute hereafter as to the voting, Mr Evans (the clerk) said that he had anticipated the question, and found that for the first time in the history of the beard every elected member in the union was present. (A laugh.— The voting was then taken. The first bal- lot by card showed — Parry, 18; West, 17 Wade, 8 Jenkins, 5 Dowle and Jones, 1 each t Morgan and Boshier, nil. The last four candidates having been struck off, the next ballot came out—West, 22 Parry, 21; Wade, 4 Jen- kins, 3. The third ballot was *s follows: Parry, 24; West, 22; Wade, 5; and the final, Parry, 26; West, 23 votes* Mr Parry, who has been guardian for Caerleon since March last, was then declared duly elected, and handed in his resigna- tion as guardian, and thanked the board for the confidence it had reposed in him. It would be his endeavour and pride to discharge the duties of the office in such a manner that no member of the beard would have cause to regret putting himself to the inconvenience of attending that day and supporting bis candidature. (Hear, hear.)—The Chairman, referring to the voting which had been tak«:n, asked Mr Roberts whether he understood it now—Rev. D. Roberts: I hope votes will always be taken in the same way. now that we have learned our lesson. (Laughter.)—The exodus of guardians from the crowded room was initiated by Sir G. Walker.—As the chairs be- came empty, Col. Lyne jocosely asked Mr Parry for what hour he had ordered champagne, but no answer was forthcoming. NEWPORT Town COUNCIL.—A special meeting of the members of this council was held on Mon- day, the mayor "(Mr T. Beynon) presiding.—Mr Vaughan and Alderman Murphy complained of statements which had appeared in one of the local papers as to an intended Irish rising, denying that there was any foundation for them, and characterising them as vile and scandalous.— Alderman Davis said he heard the rumour before it appeared in jirint.—The Mayor deprecated such rumours; and Alderman Lyne said that the best feeling existed between the men engaged at the Old and Alexandra Docks. The subject then dropped.—It was resolved to rescind the resolu- tion come to on the 15th ult. with reference to the improvements at Pentonville; and Mr O. Goss gave notice that he would at the next meeting move that the resolution passed at the last meet- ing with reference to the acquisition of Park- square as a place of resort be rescinded, on the ground that the matter was not thoroughly understood when it was decided not to take the square. SUICIDE IN NEWPORT.—Early on Monday morn- ing a man named Edward Francis Powell, resid- ing at 8, Tunnel terrace, formerly traffic manager at the Cwmbran Patent Nut and Bolt Works, died from the effects of wounds inflicted with a pocket knife. On Saturday afternoon the deceased went and sat in his garden, and gashed his bowels so that they protruded. He was dis- covered by his stepson, and medical help ob- tained, but the unfortunate man lingered until Monday, when he expired. Deceased had been strange in his manner for some time. MONJiQUTHfiHItfB AND SOUTH WALES BUILD- ING SooiETY.—The annual report of this society, jnst issued, shows that during the past year the number of shares issued in the investment de- partment has been double that of the preceding year, or 186| shares, representing £9,325. In the advance department, 157! shares have been re- gistered, of the value of £ 7,875, being also a con- siderable augmentation of the preceding year's business. The amount received on deposit account has been £ 1,227 and the directors notify that they have carried into effect the pro- visions contained in the new rules, which enaoles them to pay off principal to shareholders who invested at the formation of the society. INSPECTION OF THE HARBOUR.—Tne members -of the Newport Harbour Commission, together with several visitors, made their annual inspection of the harbour and tlie coast line on Tuesday. The saloon steamer Chepiltow was hired for the purpose, and but for the weather a successful holiday would have been scored by a hard-worked representative body. THE DISTRESSING SUICIDE.—An inquest was held on Tuesday, at the Queen's Hotel, before Mr Coroner Brewer, on the body of Edward Francis Powell, who died on the previous day at his resi- dence, Tunnel-terrace, from wounds in the ab- domen. The only witness called was James Labdon, who occupies part of the same house as deceased and his wife. About one o'clock on Sun- day morning he heard the deceased cry out, and on searching for him found him sitting in the porch outside the front door with a pool of blood on the ground. The deceased, with a pocket- knife, had gashed himself in the abdomen to such a degree that the bowels protruded, and had to be replaced in the body. Witness had heard de- ceased threaten to commit suicide, and the Coroner said he had also met him fre- quently, when he had spoken of destroying his life. He had, to his knowledge, ineffectually cut his throat on a former occasion. Air Labdou added that deceased had taken poison on a recent date. In reply to a juryman, the witness denied that deceased was drunk at the time. He was sober on the preceding evening, an also on Friday, The jury returned a verdict of Suicide wbilst in a state of unsound mind." J LANDLORD THREATENED.—At the Town-hall on William Davies, landlord of the Rov; 11 Public-house, Church street, Pill- l jweully* mbvU Q J,œ tha advice oC the magistrates in the following matter. The applicant stated that on a recent occasion he was away on business at Pontypridd, and since then a report had been made that ho had taken the part of the Welsh against the Irish in the riots at Tredegar. Threats had been made towards him at his own house, and his life was in danger. Davies was assured by the chair man that steps for his protection would be taken if necessary, and the applicant then withdrew. ADULTERATION OF MILK.—At the Newport Town-hall, on Monday, William Davies, milk vendor, was summoned for selling milk adulterated with water.—The Town Clerk appeared in sup- port of the summons, and evidence was given by Inspector Jones, to the effect that on Friday he met Davies in the street, and asked him for a pint of milk. He refused at first to supply this, but eventually did so on being brought to the Town-hall. The sample purchased was analysed by Mr Thomas, of Cardiff (the borough analyst), who had since certified that it contained 15.15 per cent of water added, calculated from the lowest standard of genuine milk. Defendant was fined 40s, including costs, or a month's imprisonment, DEFINITION OF DRUNKENNESS. At Newport county police ccurt on Saturday, William James, landlord of the Carpenters' Arms, Maindee, was summoned for keeping open his house for the sale of drink during prohibited hours on Sunday week. When the police visited the house, which has the reputation of being a late house, at ten 'minutes past ten o'clock on Sunday evening, they saw the defendant hand a woman a glass of liquor, and found two men, named Lewis and Waldron, residents of Maindee, drinking liquor in the back, parlour. P.C. Jones, one of the two officers who gave evidence, said that defendant himself was muzzey, having evidently had a good load" (a new definition of drunken- ness which created comment and amusement in court). Defendant denied -on oath that he was drunk, or that he had partaken of anything that day in the shape of the strong waters he dispensed. He also asserted that the officers' time was wrong, and accused Jones of being a liar. The bench fined defendant 20s, without endorsement of license. Defendant asserted that he would rather go to prison, and, behaving badly, the magistrates ordered him to be removed by a policeman. CHARGE OF INDECENT ASSAULT.—At the same court Paul Skjold, shipbroker's clerk, Capel- street, was charged with assaulting Ada Edwards, five years of age, residing at a cottage at Wash, called The Weather Bound." On Thursday last the parents of the child left her and others at home whilst they went to Newport to purchase groceries; and whilst they were absent the prisoner, who had been at the cottage before, paid it a visit to obtain a sea view. Whilst in an upper room the prisoner romped with the child, and according to the evidence of two brothers, aged seven and eight years respectively, com- mitted the assault. Mr R. Cooke, surgeon, de- posed to having examined the child, but said he could not detect any mark of violence. The prisoner denied the assault « boto. The magis- trates reduced the offence to one of common assault, told the prisoner that his conduct had undoubtedly been most disgraceful, and fined him 40s including costs, or a month's imprisonment.












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