ABERCARN. KILLED BY A FALL IN A COLLIERY.—On Sun- day night a man named John Abbot, aged 33, a timberman, was killed at the Celyneu Colliery, by the fall of a heavy stone about one ton and a half in weight. He had only gone to his work about half-past eleven o'clock, and by three o'clock his body was carried home. Death must have been instantaneous, as only a few minutes elapsed between being left by one man, and dis- covered under the stone by another. The deceased was a highly-respected workman, and has left a widow and five children,
ABE RGAVENNY. PRACTICAL JOKING AT THE POLICE-COURT.—On Wednesday—before Messrs W. Llewellyn and F. P. J. Hanbury Williams—Thomas Gardner, Charles Watkins, and George Barrett, all of Abergavenny, were placed in the dock, charged with stealing a hare, the property of Mr David Roger Jones, of the Old Herefordshire House.— Mr Iltyd Gardner, for the defence, admitted that Gardner had taken the hare by way of a practical joke, but said that the other prisoners had nothing whatever to do with it.—After hearing the evi- deneo for ths prosecution, the bench dismissed Watkins and Barrett.—Mr Iltyd Gardner then addressed the bench upon the evidence, and urged that there was no felonious intent on the part of prisoner, who, according to the evidence for the prosecution, had been drinking, took the bare in open day, and carried it a short distance, and then openly laid it on the kitchen table at the Black Lion. Hence he went to Vance's entertainment at the Town-hall. He did not behave in any way like a man intending a felony.—The bench, after a short retirement, came to the conclusion that it was a practical joke, although a. very perilous one, and dismissed the prisoner with a caution against such practical joking in the future.
TREDEGAR. POLICE-COURT.—On Tuesday—before Dr. Brown and Mr C. B. Holland—John Morgan, living near Crumlin, was charged with stealing a belt, value 2s 6d, the property of Charles Meredith, a collier, also living at Crumlin, on the 17th inst. The prisooer said that he was the worse for drink, and went to the lodgings of the j^vosecutor. He did not know how he came by the oelt. This was borne out by the prisoner's father, who said he remarked on the following morning that he had a belt, and did not know how ha came by it. The bench discharged the prisoner, as they were of opinion that he had uo intention to steal the belt. —Johannah Clifford, a widow, living at Mount Pleasant, Rhyinney, was charged with selling beer without a licence at Rhymnerc, on the 15th inst The defendant said she was a lone widow, without a Christian friend in the world." P.S. Richards proved the case, and said that he found a 9-gallon cask with the Rhymney Brewery marked upon it on tap. Defendant was fined 10s and costs.—Jeremiah Shea and his wife, and Patrick and Mike Sullivan, for aiding and abet- ting the last defendant, were each fined 5s and costs, or seven days.—Cornelius Sullivan, for assaulting his wife at Ebbw Vale 011 the 21st, was bound over in £10 to keep the peace for six months.—William Lewis, a blacksmith, for being found upon the premises belonging to the Ebbw Vale Company for an unlawful purpose on the 16th, was sent to gaol for 14 days,
CHEPSTOW. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—Ths usual weekly meeting of this board was held on Saturday last, when Mr Henry Clay (chairman) presided." There were also present Majors Lowe and Cowburn, and Rev. F. Palmer, ex-officio Rev. N. S. Bar- thropp, Messrs H. liymer, H. S. Williams, G. Dewdney, W. Townshend, J. Rymsr, J. Taylor, C. Rymer, G. Roberts. Hie master reported the numoer of inmates as 122 this week, against 131 last week; and 151 in ths corresponding week of last year. Vagrants relieved, 23. AN IMPUDENT TRAMP.—At the pojce-court on I Monday, before Mr Godfrey Seys--George Man- ning, a rough-looking fellow, was charged with entering the premises of Mr A. E. Kingsford for the purpose, of committing a felony. It appeared that 011 Saturday evening last the tramp opened the door of Mr Kingsford's dwelling-house, walked in, passing Mrs Kingsford all his way, and was in the act of taking something off the mantel- piece when Mr Kingsford rushed in and collared him. He was sentenced to 14 days' imprison- ment with hard labour. THE GnAMUAR SCHOOL.-Thc pass list of the College of Preceptors' Examination in December last came out 011 Monday morning. Ten boys from this school gain certiticatesof various grades: one in the fiivt class—the only first class obtained at tho Cardiff centre. The others are in lower divisions of these ill the third class there are six second divisions and th ce thirds. The successful candidates are: J. W. Griffiths (first), H. Griffiths, H. Thomas, H. Pybus, M. Heard, H. Rowe, O. B'otherhood, L. Heard, M. Ware, II. Edwards. The subjects in which different boys obtained high marks are Latin, all in arithmetic, geography, drawing, two in French, one in algebra. —————
BRYNMAWR, HARD SWEARING. — At the police-court on Monday—before Dr. Clapp and the Rev. A. Griffiths—Catherine Greatwood, of Orchard- street, charged Elizabeth Preece, a neighbour, with assaulting her on the 15th inst., and there was a cross-summons. Mrs Preece charged Mrs Greatwood with assaulting her. Therowwasall over a brush and a bucket. Greatwood and her witnesses' evidence went to show that she was passing Mrs Preece's door, who put out a bucket to prevent her going 011, and then Mrs Preece struck her 011 the head with a brush until she was covered with blood. After the partifschanged places, Mrs Preece and her witnesses swore that Mrs Greatwood was the aggressor, and also used the brush instead of Precce. Some of the epithets used were worthy of Billingsgate, and the bench said most gross perjury had been committed, and bound each party over to keep the peace for six months, each to pay her own costs. STARTING THE NEW YEAR. — tlichard Jenkins, of Glamorgan-street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and also with assaulting P.C. A. Davies whilst in the execution of his duty on New Year's Day. Defendant pleaded guilty. The constable said the defendant vvas very drunk and disorderly at the Town-hall on the 1st inst. during the performance of the cantata "Joseph," and had to be ejected. Fined for the first offence 10s and costs, and for the assault 20,5 and costs total £298. The money was paid.
DOWLAIS. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Saturday, William Lewis, a labourer, aged 53, was killed at the Iron Works, Dowlais, whilst engaged with two others in lifting a boiler with a jade The jack gave way, and the boiler fell on the deceased, killing him on the spot.
> » r -^i>r Mm- in- an m mm iiii^WJ.ij lu MERTHYR. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—At the usual weekly meeting of this board, on Saturday, Mr H. H. Ilhyr;, the chairman, presiding, the clerk to the governors of the Gelligaer Endowed School wrote intimating that the term of office of Mr James Lewis, one of the governors of the school elected by the board had expired, aud requesting the board to fill up the vacancy,—The Chairman gave notice that at the next meeting ha should movo that Mr Lewis be re-elected.—In reply to the chairman, the Clerk said that he had received no communication from the Local Government Board in reference to the return he had sent up giving the result of the poll on the question of; the triennial election of guardians, but he had had a communication Vrom 111: Stephenson, of Cardiff, from which it appeared that an order had beeu made for a triennial ser- vice at Cardiff, although the majority of persons voting there had not been anything like a majority of the whole body of the" ratepayers.— Mr PIews, on behalf of the committee appointed to consIder and report upon the best means of securing the regular celebration of religious ser- vices at the workhouse on Sunday, said ths exist- ing practice was to have two services on Sunday, one in the morning conducted by a Church minister, and the other in the evening conducted by a Nonconformist minister. There was a list sent round to each, showing the days upon which he had to attend, and, in addition to that, each received special notice when it was his turn to officiate a few days beforehand. The committee considered that this system was sati-fa-:tory, and th there was no necessity for any alteration. They also felt that the board had great reason to be satisfied with t'he way in which the various ministers had given then-attendance, and that tho board ought to express their thanks to them for the past services which they had so kindly rendered.—Mr Plews formally moved that their thanks be conveyed to the rev. eentlemen, and, the motion having been seconded by the Rev. A. Davies, was unanimously agreed t, POLICE. —At the police-court on Saturday— before Mr J. Bishop (stipendiary) and Mr T. Williams—William Evans, Gelligaer, was fined 10s, or seven days, for stealing a quantity of coal, the property of the Dowlais Iron Company. HOUSEBREAKING AT DOWLAIS.—Mary Morris, 32, Elizabeth-street, Dowlais, was charged with breaking and cntrring: the dwelling-house oi Joseph Davies, at 30, Elizabeth-street, Dowlais, and stealing therefrom a blanket, two fhunel shirts. anel a skirt. It appeared that oa the 12th inst. Mrs Davies went away from home, leaving the house in charge of a person named Elizabeth Jones. On the next morning Mrs Jones found the back window, which had been fastened with pieces of stick, drawn down, and the back door, which had been bolted, open, and she therefore communicated with Mrs Davies, who, upon her return home, discovered the articles, mentioned in the charge, missing from her bedroom. The things were traced to Mr Gettleston's, pawnbroker, where they had been pledged on the night of the 12th by the prisoner's daughter, and whence they had been redeemed on the 14th. OIL the 17th prisoner was arrested by P.C. Nathaniel Jones, when she admitted having gone into the liouss and stolen the property. After she was in custody she pointedouttotheomcer a bundle which was standing in a dark corner ill front of the police- station, and in this bundle the purloined articles were found to be contained. Prisoner was com- mitted for trial at the assizes. DISHONEST LODGERS.—Thomas Lynch, Dow- lais, was charged with stealing a blanket, the pro- perty of his brother-in-law, Thomas Kennedy, with whom he lodged. The blanket was taken by the prisoner on the 18th, and given by him to a woman for the purpose of pledging it. This woman put it in pawn, and handed him the money which had been advanced to her. The bench, after hearing all the evidence for the prose- cution and the prisoner's defence, came to the conclusion that there had been no felonious intent 011 the part of the accused, and consequently they ordered his discbarge.—Elizabeth Laws, Aberdare, was charged by John Solman, in whose house she had been a lodger, with stealing a bed sheet. Mr T. Phillips appeared to prosecute, and the testi- mony of the witnesses whom he called led the magistrates to commit the prisoner for trial at the assizes. LECTURE BY PROFESSOR KER.—On Monday evening Professor W. P. Ker, of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, com- menced, at the Caedraw Board-school, a course of ten lectures on the "History of Literature in England during the Reigns of the Tudor Sove- reigns." There was a large attendance, which included many gentlemen associated with educa- tional work in the neighbourhood, and the lecture, which proved highly interesting and instructive, was much appreciated by all assembled. QUOIT MATCH.—On Monday a quoit match for £5 aside, 31 points up, took place at Merthyr be- tween John Griffiths and John Morgan, both of Penrheolgerrig. The play was witnessed by a large number of persons, and in the result Griffiths proved himself the victor, beating his opponent by twelve points. POLICE.—At the police-court on Monday— before Mr J. Bishop (stipendiary)—John Jones was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a piece of timber, the property of the Plymouth Iron Company on the 19th inst. Ths case was proved by P.C. D. Evans ATTEMPTING TO STEAL MONEY.— John Evans, a dirty, lazy-looking fellow, was charged with at- tempting to steal money, the property of Joseph Watkins, of High-street, Merthyr. The prosecutor keeps a small greengrocer's shop, and at about half-past five 011 Saturday night, whilst in his kitchen he saw the prisoner inthe act of leaning over the shop counter and opening the till. Mrs Watkins, who attends to titobusinesa, went in to the prisoner and asked him what h<? wanted, when he begged for a. crust of bread. This being refused him he went out, :1:1.1 after he left he was joined by two other men. Prosecutor followed them, and he gave ihe prisoner into the custody of Acting-Sergeant Thomas (9). When charged by that officer, the accused said, I did lean over the counter, but I took no money I wanted some bread." The learned magistrate committed the prisoner for a month with hard labour. SERIOUS CASE OF WOUNDING.—Wm. Evans was charged with unlawfully wounding David Thomas. A medical certificate was put in, showing that the injuries sustained by the prose- cutor were so serious that he was not out of dan- •ger, and that he would be unable to attend the court for some little time. Only sufficient evi dence was taken to justify a remand. Lewis Lewis, a haulier, of 37, Chapel-street, Aber- canaid, stated that at about ten minutes to eleven o'clock on Saturday night a quarrel took place between the parties in the Glamorgan Arms public-house, Abercanaid, and in the course of the row Evans threw a glass at Thomas, which cut him very severely over the eye. The case was ad- journed for a month. AELEGED THEFT OF A WATCH.—At the police- court on Wednesday—before Mr J. Bishop, stipendiary — William Foley, labourer, was charged with stealing a watch from the person of David Pugh, a coil-er.—Mr W. Bedims defended. —!t appeared that on Monday evening a quarrel took place at Yoysgan, Merthyr, between the prosecutor's mother and another woman, and that Pugh, upon interfering, was knocked down by someone interested in the row. He alleged that whilst on the ground his watch was forcibly taken from him by the prisoner. Thewatch, however, was found on the roadway near the scene of the disturbance by Thomas Beyaon, an onlooker of the squabble, and by him it was taken to the police-station.—Tho learned magistrate dismissed the case.
ABERDARE. POLICE. — At the police-court, on Tuesday, be- fore Mr J. Bish .p (stipendiary), Mr It. H. Rhys, and Mr D. P. Da vies—VV 111 iam Jones, carpenter, of Mardy, was lJrought np on a war. rant charged with deserting his children and leaving them chargeable to the common fund uf the Merthyr union. The offence was proved by Relieving-officer David, who said that the prisoner had been convicted of desertion on two occasions previously. Prisoner was now sentenced to three months' hard labour. CRUELTY.—John Rees, Henry Williams, and David Thomas Davies, boys, were charged with cruelty to a donkey. P.O. Thomas Evans stated that on the morning of Thursday, the 10th inst., he saw the defendants on the road at Ynys- cynon, Cwmbaoh, beating a donkey with sticks. As he walked towards them they drove the animal up the road, and it turned into a field, where they threw stones at it for some time.— Defendants were each fined 5s and costs.
DINAS. ANOTHER BODY RECOVERED.—A body, supposed to be that of Hawkins, was brought out of Dinas pit on Monday night.
PONTYPRIDD. POLICE-COURT.—OIL Wednesday—before Dr. Leigh, Mr Ebenezer Lewis, aud Mr F. R. Craw- shay—for using a house for slaughter-house pur- poses which was net registered, Sir J. M. Jones, butcher was fined 5s and cost-,—For trespassing iu pursuit of game on the land of Mr Williams, Glog, Richard Davies, Ferndals, was fined 20s and costs.—For as-aulting Sergeant Menhenuick, and for being drunk and riotous, Evan Thomas, Ferndale, wasting 20s and co,ts and 5s and costs respectively.—For stealing a pair of boots, value 7s 6J, tho property of Hannah Davies, Ynyshir, Hannah L. Roberts was fined 10-s, including costs.—For wilful damage to a window, the pro- perty of William Smith, Mary Currie, a prosti- tute, was fined 5s, including costs,
RHONDDA VALLEY. YSTUAD Po ICI; COURT.On Monday—before Mr Gwilym Williams, stipendiary magistrate— Thomas Hughes, Pentyrch, was sent to hard labour for 14 day. for stealing 12 £ lbs. of beef, the property of Georgu Morgan. Complainant took the meat last Saturday night to the Lewis Arm! and put it under a seat. Defendant abstracted it, burnt the basket, and hid the meat in the house, where it was found. YOUIHFUL DEPRAVITY AT TREORKY. — John Benjamin Roberts and John Edward, Richards (lads), were sentenced to receive, the first six, and the second three strokes of the bitch rod for stealing, uador circumstances already reported in our columns, J613 10s, the property of William Jones, cattle dea ler. Defendants robbed the man inapubiic-house. ROBBING A TP L AT YSTRAD.—John Thomas was charged with stealing 4s 7d from the shop- till of John Williams, Ho was sent to hard labour for 14 days.
TREHARRIS. A NEW CHAri-x.On Suuday and Monday the Tabernacle, the newly built chapel belonging tc the Independent denomination, was opened for divine services. The following ministers took part in the proceedings :—Revs D, S. Davies, Bangor; T. Davies-, Llanelly (Carm.), and D, Jones, B.A., Swansea. Theedincehascostovet £1,200, of which nearly £200 was collected at the opening—includbu,' other donations received pro viously. A debt of £ 1,000 still remains.
B [TILTH WELLS. MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT. —The Rev MI Beynon, of Cardigan town, has received al1 inti- niation from the Congregational Church here te succeed the Rev Thomas Phillips, now of Great Boughton, Chester, as its pastor.
FALL OF A CHIMNEY. ,,t- -• TJLUKiii WOMEN KILLED. SElUOUri DAMAGE TO SHIP- PING. CARDIFF. CAIE;aT, Wednesday Night.—A strong we»- Inly gy-le t:;d beeu blowing in the Bristol Channel since Tuesday night, aud, with the exception of a slight, lull oil Wednesday.has continued sine?,With every appearancs of a dirty night. There were a number of wiud-bouad vessels in Penavth Foads on Wednesday, but their milli- bar could not be ascertained. Only three loaded steamers—the Sower'>y. L. E. Charlwood, and Jf«h«rbert—:oft Cf.r Vff Docks, and brought up in Hoads and one loaded steamer and lofted schooner entered the docks in the after- BOOR. The barque Dunstaft'nage, of Chatham, in bal- last, while proceeding- îfl)1T! the Hast Bute Basin to the dock at Cardiff, on VVcuue^l-.y morning, WAS caught in one of the t-quads, and had rnain- tsp-gal'.ant mast carried away. Ths gale, which commenced on Tuesday even- ing, continued all day on Wednesday with in- creased violence. The wind at times biew with a force that ha.-i beeu seldom surpassed at Cardiff. Pedestrians found locomotion almost impossible. Men and women were rudely jostled against each other, and many waited at the corners for a lull in the storm before venturing to cro?s the street. Juveniles found abundant amusement: in their hats and caps Hying clown the streets in the direction of the wind, but those whose duty or avocation compelled them to remain exposed to the fury of the gale found the task anything but a pleasant one, as a drenching rain continued to descend nearly the whole of the day. All outdoor work was sus- pended, and tradesmen, onringthentorning, found it necessary, in exposed situations, to partially close their shops, and as it was half-holiday all the places of business were closed soon after mid- day. In the outlying districts chimncy pots and slates were to be seen at times taking a flight across the roadway, and some damage was done to new buildings, but in the town itself the injury to property was very alight. In the afternoon, us Jane Waldron, of 24, Bute- street, was walking on the footway, a large sign- board aver Messrs Boyle's shop fell on her head and shoulders, and inflicted such injuries to her that it was found necessary to take her to the infirmary.
SWANSA. A violent gale swept over Swansea on Tuesday night, and continued all day on Wednesday. Kain fell in torrents, and was carried in blinding aheets by a. high wind. A number of vessels sought refuge in the loads, and up to the time of writing they wore considered to be in safety. The sea in the channel and in the bay was very rough, and throughout the day may ships could be seeatossing in all directions, apparently quite at the mercy of the waves. The schooner Excel, owned by Messrs Vivian, went 1-.shore off Port Tennanfc in the afternoon. She left Cardiff 011 Tuesday week for Plymouth with coal, and for some days has been lying near Lundy Island. The crew were taken off in a boat on Wednesday night, a.nd the abandoned vessel is expected to become a total wreck. The Harvest King, of Runcorn, narrowly escaped going ashore in the same locality. The brig Cambria narrowly escaped running ashore at the Mumbles, she having lost one anchor and slipped another. She was eventually safely towed into port by the tug Privateer. While the Morning Star was being towed into the harbour the rope broke, and she drifted alongside one of the piers, but was eventually taken safely into the Prince of Wales Dock. The Morning Star left Swansea on Monday with coat for Lon- don, and it put back owing to stress of weather.
RHYMNEY VALLEY. A fearful storm of wind and rain prevailed in this vitlley on Wednesday. The Rumney river and its tributary brooks are flooded and over- flowing at many points. The roads in many places are submerge 1 with water, while the roofs of exposed buildings have suffered much damage. Tall trees have beeu blown down and tora up by the roots. The storm has raged 24 hours and shows no signs of abating.
BLAINA. On Wednesday a terrible storm blew over this neighbourhood, and did considerable damage to household property. Tiles and bricks were flying froiaUcuously through the streets. At Paris Hoase drapery establishment, in High-street, a chimney was blown down. It fell with a crash through the ceiling, damaging all the furniture. Fortunately, the young people, witn the exception of Miss E. Anne Jenkius, a young lady hailing 'from Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, escaped unhurt. -Miss Jenkins was in the middle of the shower of bricks and debcis. She was soon carried to another portion of the building, when it was ascertained that the injury which shereceivedwaii about the lower part of the legs,
BLACKWOOD. The storm of Wednesday proved very severe in this neighbourhood. A tall tree was broken off in the park with the force of the wind, whilst the roofs of house; were damaged, slates being blown is all directions. There is a heavy flood in the river here, and the storm is one that will not be Boon or easily forgotten in theie parts, as the gale at times wa3 terrific.
FERj YSIDE. During Wednesday a 'terrific gale of wind kept blowing over th:<? place from the south, veering round at midday to westward. The sand was Mown in clouds, making it difficult and extremely unpleasant for people to get about. The traffic across the river Tonny was partially suspended. A few boats sank, but fortunately no casualties occurred.
TEXBY. WEDNESDAY EVENING. — This afternoon the Tenby lifeooat, in response to signals of distress from Caldy roadstead, proceeded to render assist- ance, and after about nearly three hours battling with the storm, reached the ketch June Sarah, of Poole, which was found to be making very heavy weather. The boat took off the crew of three, aad also the crew of the smack Ellen, of Milford, from Saundersfoot, consisting of two men, and landed them all at Tenby harbour at five p.m. The storm continues with great violence, and there is every appearance of a dirty night.
MOUNTAIN ASH. MOUNTAIN ASH, Wednesday Afternoon.—A rale, accompanied with heavy viu,. has blown here with considerable force and without inter- mission, since yesterday morning. The telegraph communication of the poit-office was interrupted Oft Tuesday evening. Trees have been uprooted, aad portions of the roofs of houses at Tafarnycoed have* been blown off. The river Cynon, as usual on such occasions, has ove. flown its banks and deluged the valley.
PONTYPPJ DD AND RHONDDA. PONTYPRIDD, Wednesday Night. — The gale blew furiously here to-day, as well as last night. The wind was terrific, and the rain beat hard and fast for hours at a stretch. The rivers Taff and Rhondda were swollen to a great height, and at the Butchers' Arms, Pontypridd, the water per- colated into the back premises. The Town-hall was also slightly damaged. The Press Association, telegraphing oa Wed- nesday night, says :—A gale or unusual severity has prevailed to-day. At Briich Works, Elton Vale, near Bury, owned by Mr Joseph Parker, a chimney, about thirty-five yards high, built into one of the gable ends of th". works, fell without the slightest warning. The A-orks consisted of two storeys, and the failing in. sonry crushed through the upper storey, used as .finishing room,in which about a dozen persons w;re at work, and carried the machinery and tbru women into the lower storey. The bodies of the deceased, which were dreadfully mutilated, weis recovered in about an boar. The names of the ie killed are.: Emma Bwden, who was married only two months since Alice Davis, 26, married a >d Hannah White. A young man was also injured, Lvt not seriously. A girl nine years of age, daughter of James Grirae, of Sunnyhurst, Darwen, Lancashire, whilst on her way home from school, was blown into the river Darwen, and though every effort was made to save her, she was carried away by the current and her body has not Leell recovered. The schooner Queen of the Isles, with slate", Sftn., Carnarvon, has been driven ashore in SJlokes Day. (tosport. On the Sussex coast the storm raged with such violence that steamtuga and other vessels could not proceed westward round Beachy H ad. Rain fell in torrents, and portions of farm lands in East Sussex are flooded. NUNEATON, Wednesday Night.—Throughout the day a g;<!e of extraordinary violence has raged in this and other parts of North Warwickshire, and an immense quantity of rain has fallen in some parts of the district. Trees have been up- rooted, while the roofs of house property have in various quarters been considerably damaged. In some parts of the cou.itry low-lying land Is in- undated, the rivers and water courses having overflown then' banks. LIVERPOOL, Wednesday night.—A heavy gale prevailed over Liverpool and neighbourhood, ex- fending along the Welsh coast and Anglesea this s/tornooa. Mariners evidently anticipated it, for only two vessels (small steamers) left the port to.. day. By a wall being blown down in Liverpool a jnan was killed. BIRMINGHAM, Wednesday night.—The gale at Birmingham bus done a good deal of injury to property, and many cases of personal injury from falling chimneys and slates are reported. Part of the roof of the new vegetable market has been blown down. The Central News, telegraphing on Wednesday night, says During a heavy gale on Wednesday morning the brig Siiksworch, from Fecamp, France, for Blythe, foundered to the westward of Rye harbour, and became a total wreck. The Winehlc-.ealif'boat rescued the crew of seven men, but the captain, Edward Picknell, was drowned. Details of Sunday's gale in the Shetlands show that the havoc wrought was exceptionally severe. Messrs Arlies' fishing fleet were driven ashore at Roe Dating. The mail packet tender was driven ashore, but the crew were saved. Several smaller CasualMes are also reported.
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ANNUAL MEETINGS. SPEECHES BY SIR EDWARD REED AND MR. A. M. SULLIVAN. j At Wood street Chapel, Cardiff, on Wednss- day, the annual meetings were held in connection with the Cardiff Temperance and Prohibition Association. In the afternoon there was a con- ference. Mr Lewis Williams, the vice-president, presided, and amongst those present were Mr E. Beavan, the secretai-y Ilevs. G. Hargreaves, N. Thomas, J. S. Lidgett, M.A., J. N. Jones, J. Vaughan, J. C. Honey, A. Tilly, and Wreay Dr. Schoifield, Messrs J. Ferguson, T. Treseder, E. D. Jones, Yvr. Sanders, W. Pedler, T. Emery, T. Roberts, T. Owen, andT. Evans. The CHAIRMAN, in briefly opening the proceeJ- ings, explained that the absence of the president (Mr J. Cory) was due to an important engfgo- ment in London. The Secretary then read the annual report for the year ending December 31st. In it satisfaction was expresses that the cause of temperance was progressing favourably in Cardiff, and that the cry that the supporters of the drink traffic at first raised against the work of the association had passed away in a wail of despair. During the year 100 meetings bad been held in connection with Lhe association, and there had beeu 2,000 recruits to the temperance army, 1,500 of whom had signed the pledge at the Saturday night mass meetings. (Hear, hear.) Within the past three years it was pleasing to state that over 20,000 people had enrolled themselves as members of the army. (Applause.) Allusion was made to the success of the Blue Ribbon choir at the recent competition at the Crystal Palace, and hearty thanks were accorded to the gentleman who .spoke at the weekly meetings, those who gave recitations, to the choir, and to the ladies who presided at the pledge tables. The j committee regretted that thoy had no locd habi- tation for tho association as well as a name, and they suggested that some of the wealthy mer- chants should build a temperance-hali and let it to them, or, better stili, present it to the associa- tioll-(hear, hear)—so that the reproach might be removed. The importance of that would be seen when it was known that there was paid in rent £173 a year. Allusion having been made to the loss the association had sustained by the deaths of several prominent supporters, the report pro- ceeded to express the pleasure of the association at the signal temperance triumph that had been gained by the vote given by the Cardiff Town Council in favour of the Sunday Closing Bill for tie adjoining county of Monmouth, an action that abundantly proves the fallacy of the statements that the Sunday Closing Bill was a failure, and opposed to the best interests of the people. (Hear, hear. The committee felt that the success of Sunday closing gave a strong case for them to go to the Government for a. local option bill. (Applause.) Satisfaction was next expressed that the principles of total abstinence were ex- tending to the higher ranks of society, and the re- port continued to suggest that pressure should be brought to convince the Government that they could not longer delay temperance legisla- tion in the face of public opinion and the signs of the times. (Hear, hear.) The committee de- plored the mischievous effect9 of grocers' licenses in the production of drunkenness, especially amongst females, and sincerely trusted that the issue of these licenses would be discon- tinued. It also trusted that clubs might have a very short life, and might be effectively dealt with by the Government. (Hear, hear.) In con- clusion, the report showed that there was an ad- verse balance of J680, and an appeal was made for subscriptions to clear off thia debt that the year might begin free from debt. The CHAIRMAN, in the course of a speech on the success of the temperance movement in Cardiff, said last week he and some others pre- sent at a town's meeting were publicly challenged by the editor of the Western Mail to show the effects and the results of the temperance work in the town. He was quite prepared to accept the challenge. (Hear, hear.) He moved, amongst the masses of Cardiff as freely as most men, and he now found a. far more stronger tone prevail- ing with regard to the temperance question than he did two years, or even 12 months ago. Men who formerly contended that drink was necessary now told him it was not a necessity, but an indulgence which it would be better for them to be without than to indulge in—(hear, hear,)—and he contended that, notwithstanding that temper- ance workers had lately had to contend with the huge evil in connection with the opening of clubs, yet the temperance tone and morality of the town was on a higher level now than twelve months ago. (Hear, hear.) He had been told by well- known publicans in the town that the trade at public-heuses was falling off to an extent few would believe, and he had figures put before him in relation to certain places that astonished him. That was a very strong indication of the fact he had alluded to. He liked to appeal to thosa who differed from him as to the effect of the temperance movement, and therefore he would read a quotation from the Licoi <'d- Vic- tuallers' Guardian of June 16tli. Speaking of Cardiff to-day and Cardiff 20 years ago, in an article referring to the Wine and Beerhouse Act of 1869, it said, Those who remember Cardiff from 18 to 20 years ago will know what are the fruits of this irresponsible drink traffic. At mid- night, the hour at which the public-houses then had to be closed, it might be imagined that hell itself was breathing out contagion on this world. The streets would be thronged with drunken humanity of the most degraded type, some sing- ing drinking songs,others swearingaud wrangling, and not a few joining fiercely in the street brawls which were inevitable. Stabbing affrays were common, and no person could walk the strests and calculate upon ever reaching his destination .unless he was armed to the teeth." He pointed out that those were not the works of a heated temperance advocate, but a picture that could be verified by all who remembered the time to which it referred. He maintained that the contrast of the Cardiff then and now was such as to convince anyone that temperance work had done an immense amount towards the improve- ment. (Hear, hear.) The article he referred to said the improvement was the result 01 moral suasion. He asked who had been the advocates of moral suasion ? Was it the publicans? No; but the advocates of temperance in the town. (Applause.) That, he thought, warranted them in thinking that the temperance work of Cardiff was of a very hopeful character. (Applause.) A discussion then ensued on the future action of the association, and whether it would be wise to conduct a mission. The Rev. J. S. Lidgett advocated the establishment of a mission which could reach the country districts, and the Rev. G. Hargreaves and tho Itc v. Mr Morgan spoke strongly in favour of an act to abolish clubs, believing them to b0 a source of great evil, especially in country places. Suggestions were also ma.da that free tickets should be distributed admitting the poorer classes to the Saturday night meetings, but it was pointed out that as the chapel was already generally filled such a course would lead to the necessity for a larger building. Ultimately it was resolved to refer to a committee the considera- tion of how far free tickets should be cir- culated admitting peoole to certain meetings. With regard to the establishment of a mission in the town, it was resolved, on the motion of the Rev G. Hargreaves, seconded by the Rev T. Honey, That it be a recommendation to the general com- mittee favourably to consider the question, anti if they see their way clear to carry one out, to do so at as eady a period as possible. Dr SCHOLFXELD then read the financial state- ment for the year, which showed an adverse balance of £30 J620 of this sum it was reckoned would be collected at the evening meeting, and towards liquidating the remainder, the chairman, on behalf of the president and vice-presidents, offered £25, and other sums baing also promised, the amount required to place the association out of debt was nearly subscribed. The proceedings then terminated.
EVENING DEMONSTRATION. In the evening there was a great meet- ing at Wood-street Chapel, when, notwith- standing the roughness of the weather, quite two thousand people assembled. Sir Edward Reed, K.C.B., M.P., presided, and amongst those who accompanied him on the platform were Mr A. M. Sullivan, of London the Rev. R. F. Pilcher, of Oxford Mr Lewis Williams, Mr E. Beavan, Mr I Campbell Cory, Dr Schoifield, Mr W. Sanders, Mr J. Pollard (of the Western Temperance League), J. Fergusson, Rev. W. Watkiss. and Rev. A. Tilly. The proceedings opened with the singing of Gwenith Gwyn," pleasingly executed by the renowned Cardiff Blue Ribbon Choir, which was admirably led by Mr Jacob Davies, the conductor. Letters expressing regret at inability to attend were next read from the Rev. J. R. Buckley (vicrrof L'andaff), and the Dean or* Llaudaff, who in the course of his letter said, "You are sure of success with so powerful a. chairman and so popu- lar a cause." (Applause.) Telegrams v\vre also received from Mr John Cory and Mr Richard Cory, explaining that important business detained them in London. The Secretary (Mr Beavan) next read the annual report, a summary of which will be seen in our notice of the afternoon con- ference. The CHAIRMAN, on rising to move the adoption or the report, was enthusiastically received. Having said he did not think he had ever heard a more eloquent or a more poetical production in the sxiape of a report in his life, he added it appeared to him that if tnere were any cause whatever which brought people together for'the purpose of influencing each other, and for the purpose of controlling, as far as may be, the greatest of all social evils, the cause which hJd brought them together that night was certainly the most remarkable that coull engage their at- tention. He knew that some passages of the report would be canvassed by other persons, and rather severely canvassed, especially those parts in which they s night to exercise control both by legislation and otherwise over the drink traffic, but he must say he envied the coung-e of the man, whoever hu might be, and whvtever lie nnght be'. who dared to cast any stigma upon, or put any hindrance in the way of men who sought to limit the evils of intoxicating drinks. (Ap- plause.) It had been his Jot to come across men who had that courage, and he had taken the liberty of telling them thft he thought their foolishness exceeded their courage —(applause)—because he could not nnde- -tanrt any intelligent men seeking to take their '.and upon a platform of antagonism to a pe o'e reeking to control the great curse of the people. (Ap- plause.) He pointed out that it was not possible for men who trafficked in drink to limit the evil of the traffic to those who drank, because it was well known that the evil that fell upon ch* men and women who drank to excess in their own persons was not a tithe of the suffering which was iu- flicted on society by their products, and surely if the improvement of society meant anything, if the progress of the nation meant anything, they both meant a full and auipie discretion for the people of every claa" aud every grade of society combining together by voluntary effort, for the purpose of controlling a mischief so rampant as the mischief ot iutoxicafcion* Having pro- ceeded to show that it was not only teetotallers who were anxious to deal with the drink traffic, he added thut any m^n in any debtee qualified or worthy to sit as a representative in Padiameilt of such a town as Cardiff must of necessity feel the strongest interest in movements which arc intended to improve the condition and exalt the intelligence of the population—(applause); and he should feel a strong inducement to be present at a great Cardiff meeting, even if he had no very strong sympathy with the object, provided a large number of his Cardiff friends desired him to be present. (Hear, hear,) But he had no excuse, apology, or explanation to make on that occasion, for he could assure them thera was no occasion that could possibly arise in Cardiff which fur- nished him a more agreeable opportunity of being present than that of a great temperance meeting like the present. (Applause.) In the report he noticed that mention was made (he thought very modestly and nicely) of the strong desire to put pressure on the Government to urge legislation forward in the matter. He should like to make one remark to show his personalfeelingonthepoint. The other day the Pall Mall Gazelle, a very enter- prising eve lingpaper in London, took theremark- able step—ratheraboldone,he was bound to say—of writing to each member of parliament and asking him what he thought ought to be the principal legislation of the coming session. Well, being a great admirer of the Press, and never having any fear of it at ail, because of its general fairness, he did not think it worth while to take offence at the proposal, and he answered the questions. If he did not mistake, the general purport of his answer was that he did not agree with the Leeds conference, bcoause he did not think any question was of such importance to the country as legisla- tion in furtherance of the great temperance feel- ing which prevailed in the country, and the great desire of the people to be assisted in putting down drink. (Applause.) Members of Parlia- ment were also asked if they thought it right that there should beabill for extending tha suffrage to the counties. Ho himself had no doubt about it, and he hopedthat the extension of the franchise to the counties would be a very great assistance, at any rate for a time, to the reasonable desires of temperance reformers throughout the country. (Applause. But whilst he should most cordially support a franchise bill, he could not persuade himself that it was ofsuchiugentimportanceasthat legislation which Parliament had favoured by the repeated carrying of Sir W. Lawson's resolutions, and by what he knew to be the sentiment of a very large majority of the House of Commons. (Applause.) Another question was whether, in the event of tho County Franchise Bill being passed, Ireland should be included in it. He was not enamoured of Irish politics just now, for which he was sure Mr Sullivan would excuse him, but lie could hardly think of anything more foolish than that the Liberal party of England should exclude Ireland from the extended suffrage, and thus give the Irish a new grievance and a great cause fordissatlsfaction. (Applause.) Itwasof far less'pressingimportance tograntadditional votes to Ireland or to England than it was to give effect to the urgent desire of most energetic reformers throughout the country to put in motion some legislation tending towards this object—namely, that the people should in some form or other be able to exercise their veto upon the spread and exercise amongst them of the drink which brings ruin or penalties of the heaviest description upon them—penalties which not the eloquence of his esteemed and learned friend (Mr Sullivan) or the rev. gentleman from Oxford could possibly exag- gerate or fully describe. (Applause.) He him- self looked upon the effects of drink as a disease of the most frightful kind, finding its victims amongst the innocent part of the people and he could not allow his thoughts at any time to enter into the houses of the drunkard, or to trace the effects of drink from the door of the public-house into the homes of people, and, at the same time, to think that he and those before him were absolutely powerless to put a limit or a stop to it. (Applause.) What was the use of talking and boasting about the freedom and growth of the popular power if day after day passed, and nothing was dona to pre- vent public-houses from being pnfc down or plantid in neighbourhoods not to meet any neces- sity of the locality, but for the purpose of laying traps for working people going to and from their work ? (Applause.) Ho did not wish to say anything now unneces- sarily to hurt the feelings of the people engaged in the traffic, whether they were brewers rolling in wealth or publicans getting a living in that way. But he did say it was incumbent on all en- gaged in that traffic to realise the fact that not from any fault of their own necessarily, but from the nature of the case, the traffic in which they were engaged, the article they manufactured, they were at war with the best interests of society, and it was the right of the people to resist all encroachments on its well-being, and the morality and the life of its towns and villages—(applause)— and he should not fail in Parliament to do all he could in support of legislation tending to give avast increase of power to the people to control the traffic that concerned the masses of the people more than any other class. (Applause.) Speak- ing of grocer's licenses, the hon. member said he was sorry to say he believed it was impossible to exaggerate tho insidious evil that had been worked by the exercise of the grocers' licenses. (Hear, hear.) He believe 1 people (particularly women) who never could, with a sense of propriety, fre- quent public-houses, had been lured into the practice of drinking by the facilities grocers' licences li?d afforded them for availing themselves privately of intoxicating drinks—(hear, hear)— and though those licences were established for an excellent purpose, he believed they accomplished a great evil on a nation, and he thought they would have to go. (Applause.) And with regard to the clubs that had sprung up, he did not hesitate to repeat a statement he had just previously privately made, that he did not think Ihey were really clubs at all, only colourable Imitations, and distinct offences against the law. He believed the law as it stood was quite capable of putting them down, and he should be glad to see some well- considered action taken fer the purpose of bring- ing to the arm of the law those persons who, under the pretence of conducting clubs, were breaking the law by selling intoxicating drinks on Sunday. (Applause.) But they knew they could not put down grocers' licences or clubs or carry prohibitive temperance legislation unless they carried the full tide of popular sentiment with them. It was not for the Legislature, it was not for members of Parliament, or magis- trates, or gentlemen forming themselves into committees, to carry such a movement. It was a movement that must be carried by the people, and he thought there should be a greater move- ment to force Government action with re- gard to that legislation, which Parliament had expressed its decided approval of time after time. (Applause.) He believed there would be no harm, but good from such legislation, and that the people who most bene- fited would be the publicans themselves, for the Sunday Closing Act had been an immense boon to them. He thought the temperance party throughout the country should do all they could, and not allow those great social questions to be overlooked in the interests of political questions, which could afford to wait better than questions like tbos-e under discussion. (Applause.) The Rev. W. WATKISS briefly seconded the motion, and advocated the adoption of a law similar to the Maine law, and protested against magistrates refusing to have public-houses near ¡ the localities in which they resided, and placing them in the poorer neighbourhoods. The motion was then carried unanimously after which the choir sang You stole my love," Mr FERGUSSON next moved That this meeting rejoices in the success of the Sunday Closing Act, and believes it has already proved a great blessing to the principality. It indulges the hope that Parliament will speedily bring iu a similar bill for England also measures dealing with clubs and the issue of grocers' licences, both of which we regard as being prejudicial to the best interests of the people, and working a fearful amount of evil and ruin in our midst, which we hope soon to sec removed, (Applause.) Mr LEWIS WILLIAMS, who was very cordially received, seconded the motion, and having ex- pressed the pleasure with which he saw moti representing each part of the United Kingdom and each religious body taking part in such a demonstation, alluded to the temperance legislation that had been already passed, and said the opponents of temperance might as well try to roll back the Atlantic as prevent the continuance of temperance legislation. (Applause.) And to the supporters of the clubs he gave notice that the temperance people in- tended to try conclusions with them. (Applause.) He would thank Sir Edward Reed for the staunch support he had given to the temperance legislation in the House of Commons, and also for the support he had pledged himself in the future to give. (Applause.) He hoped he would long be spared to represent them in the House. (Ap- plause.) Some reports had been got up of an in- tention to resign. They hoped the day was very far distant, and he believed it was, because there was no shadow of foundation for the statement. Another gentleman had come to woo the elec- tors. (Laughter.) They did not know whether he was fish, flesh, or fowl. (Laughter.) He told theui he was for progress, and yet he was not for progress; so he must be for progress standing still, as a Welshman once faid. (Laughter). But this they knew, the menwho brought him to Cardiff were the bitterest foes of temperance, and where he commenced his crusade I was the place, it was said, that was put up in order to enable thoee gentleman who wished to evade the law by drinking on Sun- days and till late hours in tlie mornings to days and till late hours in the mornings to indulge in their propensities. (Applause.) If I that was where lie commenced his campaign he thought they could draw their own conclusions as to how far that gentleman was interested in the temperance leformation. (Applause.) The speaker continued to say that if legislation were necessary because 3,000 lives were lost annually at sea, how much more necessary was it when 60,000 were sacrificed annually through drink, and if ship- owners were to be made liable for the lives lost at sea, why should not the publicans for ths jives lost thiough the drink they supplied ? The motion was then carried unanimously, Dr. A. SCHOLFITSLD moved lost thiough the drink they supplied ? The motion was then carried unanimously, Dr. A. SCHOLFITSLD moved That this meeting congratulates the friends of tem- per nice and of social, moral, and religious progress on the acceptance by Government of the "Local Option Resolution" of Sir Wilfrid Lawson. as a basis for early and efficient legislation, so urgently required in the best interests of the nation. The meeting, how- ever, d-splores the subsequent inaction of the Govern- ment, and records its conviction that whatever mavbe the future constitution of the licensing authority, any legislation to be ,:a:; >faeto:y muss include clauses em- powering the inhabitant of parishes and districts to 1 exercise a direct popular veto upon the issue or re- • newal of licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors within their bounoaries, and hereby calls upon the Cabinet no longer to delay, but at tho earliest moment In the next session to introùuce a measure including such ciau;,83. (Applause.) Rev. F. PILCHER, rector of St. Clement's, Oxford, seconded the motion, and said it was the Dean of Bangor who disabused his mind of the idea that the temperance movement in Wales was permeating from the upper strata of society to the lower, instead of from the lower to the upper. The speaker said he rejoiced at the pro- gress which had been made in Wales on the ques- tion of Sunday-closing, but pointed out that on that or local option the kingdom was greatly be- hind Canada, the United States, and Australia. In Manitoba, where so many of our younger brothers and sons were going, there was absoluta prohibition; in Australia, of which he was a native, the law was becoming more and more stringent and in several of the States prohibition was also genera!. It was U0 doubt due to the .slowness, he u\,n! i pot say the indifference, of our Government that, whilst every other part of this great ompire was working out these groat reforms, the mother country itself should be compelled to go on in the old way, and allow those public-houses to con- tinue to trap and snare their sons and daughters at every corner of the street, (Applause.) The CHAIRMAN, in introducing Mr Sullivan to the meeting, referred to the efforts made by that gentleman in another place to prevent a thousand working men of Cardiff from being transferred from independent employers to the Bute employ. (Applause.) lie would say nothing about the little part lie himself took in tho matter, but his friend Mr Sullivan took it up in his usual able, energetic, and stirring way, and succeeded in preserving freedom of labour in ths town. (Applause.) Mr SULLIVAN, who was cordially received, then addressed ths meeting. He complimented the chairman on his speech, referred to his dauntless advocacy of temperance in the House of Com- mons at ?, time when the causa was weak, and its friends few and said he felt sure that his vote counted for more than the figure on?, because not only did he represent a town in which work and manual labour, as well as noble industries and commercial enterprises played so magniiicient a part, but alsobecause he bad been all his life professionally and publicly connected with the labour, industry, and commercial great- ness of the country. (Hear, hear.) The spenker then adverted to the progress which had been made on the temperance question during the present generation, and to the higher and higher levels of reasoning aud investigation which were being reached. The magistrate, the judge, the jury—from the police- man who patrolled the beat to the man who wore the ermine on the justice seat—now gave him their united eestimony to the terrible realities, and from these men, not from the platform teetotallers, came the most eloquent speeches upon the subject. (Applause.) No man could take part in the administration of the criminal laws of the country, whether as an eminent judge, like the one referred to by a previous speaker, as a humble advocate at the bar like himself, without his personal experi- ence overflowing with the testimony that if God could but bestow upon man, cursed and afflicted in this way, the wisdom of the reso- lution to wipe out this stain, how many a prisoners' dock would be empty, how many a scaffold would be without a victim, how many a home would bo without a Saturday night scens, where the hearthstone was wet with the tears of the wife and the child He was glad to say that temperance reformers had received great assistance from the medical profession having grappled with the question. It was sorrowful, however, to remember for how many years the profession hnd in their ignorance-he used the word not offensively—prescribed drink for their patients, just as formerly it was the practice to bleed tor a headache or a sprained ankle— (laughter) — and how many a heart- broken man traced the degradation of his wife to the superstition, to the idolatry of a practice which had led to 50 per cent. of the drinking habits of society. (Ap- plause.) These were great signs of progress, but whilst they might be described as sentimental merely, other and material advances had also been made. The area within which John Barley- corn was king was being steadily narrowed. (Applause.) Scotland, to its honour, led the way many years ago, and 10 or 12 years since Ireland was audacious enough to think that what was good for Scotland might conceivably be very good for her. From the outset, he was glad to say, the majority of Irish representatives in Parlia- ment were sound upon the temperance question. (Applause.) Seventy-six out of the 103 Irish members were pledged to the question, but there were some 300 non-Irish representatives in Parliament, be- lieving religiously that a little drink would do Irishmen good (which lie did not believe), and fully persuaded, uuder the potent fascinations of Bass and Alsopp, that they knew what was good for Ireland better than the Irish members them- selves did. In this way weary years were spent in what was known as the publican's Parliament, and some of the Irish members were even angered to think that on a non-political and purely social and moral question the sentiment of the whole country should be frustrated. At length the in- terests of vat and barrel were sunk on behalf of the only question which had united the Orangemen of Ulster and the Ultramontane of Munster, and the Government granted Sunday closing to Ireland. (Applause.) There were some misrepresentations prevailing as to the effects of the Sunday Closing Bill in Ire- land, and he gave illustrations of the fallacy of the arguments of the opponents of temperance. When he was engaged in some of the struggles "elsewhere," he was always told that Sunday closing would lead to a larger consumption of drink, and people would buy it in jugs and barrels on the Saturday night, to which he simply answered, it is a great wonder the distillers don't support us then?" (Laughter. )Nosooncr had the bill passed than the blessings that prevailed in every district were so evident that there was no barony in Ireland in which the opponents of the measure would venture to take a poll, even to get one-fourth of the people on their side. (Applause.) The opponents showed that, while arrests for drunken- ness had fallen off in the places affected by the act, so they had in the cities where public-houses were allowed to open in th3 daytime for two or three hours, but the police could explain that. For causes ho would not there go into, the police of Ireland for the past two or three years had been so busy at other occupations that they had had to let drinking go its way. To any who had been imposed on by the statistics issued by the opponents of temperance he would say there would be a remarkable disclosure of their fallacy iu the debates that would take place in Parliament during the coming session. Why should not they be cheered by those signs of pro- gress ? Why not take kindly the opposition of the men who believed all they owned was at stake in that question ? Those should study the history of such struggles elsewhere, and he advised those who bad a business to defend for an avocation to conserve that did not rest on a moral basis and the political sanction of the public welfare, to look to it in time, for he was the true revolutionist and communist who shut his eyes to the necessity of reasonable reform, and in resisting the gentle gale of amendment invited the hurricane of destruction. (Applause.) The motion was then put and carried unani- mously. On the motion of Mr SANDERS, seconded by the Rev. GEORGE HARGREAVES, The MAYOR (who had just arrived from another meeting) declared a hearty vote of thanks to the chairman and speakers uuanimously carried, and The proceedings shortly afterwards termiuated,
THE MEMBERS FOR WEST GLOUCESTER IN DEAN FOREST. On Wednesday night Colonel Kingscote and Lord Moreton attended at the Town-hall, Cin- derford, where they received an enthusiastic re- ception, for the purpose of addressing their con- stituents of the Western district of the Forest. Notwithstanding the terribly inclement weather the members were received by a large audience, including local colliery proprietors, and the dis- trict Nonconformist ministers. In the abseucc of Major Probyn, Mr Arnold Thomas presided. Mr KEAR and Mr FRANK BRAIN having moved and seconded a vote of confidence in the Govern- ment, The Rev. WILLIAM THOMAS, Baptist minister, of Cinderford, moved the next resolution, wel- coming the members to the Forest of Dean. Mr MOU.NTJOV seconded the resolution. Colonel KINGSCOTE, in the course of a lengthy speech, referred to his vote, which he said, had given offence to his Forest constituents—viz., the vote given when the Government were defeated by a majority of eight on the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Bill. If he had to vote again he should give it as before. He had not re- pented it in the least. The hon. gentleman alluded to an attack recently made upon him by one of his constituents with regard to the number of cattle and sheep in the country between the years 1882 and 1883, to shew there had been a great increase within that period. lIe contended that they should look back further in order to trace the real effect of the importation of cattle and sheep. He quoted statistics embracing the years 1865 4, as against 1883. In the first-named year there were—Cattle, 5,954,54-9; sheep, 29,427,535. In 1874 there were cattle, 6,125,491; sheep, 30,313,941. in 1883. cattle, 5,952,779 sheep, 25,063,271. Surely, he said, these proved that during those intermediate years some cause existed which prevented farmers from breeding stock. It was the cattle disease. It was the disease also since 1880, at which time we were free from disease. The hon. gentleman advocated the importation of dead instead of live meat, adding that the former already averaged 7s Id per head of the population, against 5s 2d. He referred to the county franchise, and said that whilst he should like to see redistribution running alongside the county franchise extension, he would heartily support the latter both to the English counties and Ireland. The hon. gentle- man next alluded to Egypt, and expressed his entire confidence in the Government policy, add- ing that when the Soudan difficulty was overcome and Egypt pacihad, the Government would with- draw. Lord MOUKTON made a brief speech, in which 113 promised Lis unqualified support to the Govern- ment, and said ho should liks that iniquitous system of faggot voting abolished, as it was un- fair for a man to corns from other districts and swamp local opinions. If Colonel King-cote was the best free trader, he (Lord Moreton) would claim to take second place. In conclusion, his lordship referred to local questions.
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CARDIFF. CAFXU'F URBAN SANITARY REPORT.—Week ending January 19th, 1884.—Births, 70-rafe par 1,000 inhabitants, 39'2; deaths, 46—rate, 25'8 deaths from the seven chief zymotic diseases, 5— rate, 2'8 whooping cough, 1 fever, 4. Ther- mometer, mean degrees, 42'2. Estimated popu- lation,92,576.-H. J. PAINE, Medical Officer of Health. A LOCAL INVENTOR.—Mr Henry Lacey Provis, well known in Cardiff as au ingenious and highly successful manufacturer of artificial limbs and other appliances for the lame and deformed, has recently achieved still further success in his en- deavours to make his artificial leg as like the natural one as possible. We have had the oppor- tunity of examining minutely the mechanism of Mr Provis's last improvements, and the ingenuity displayed in the contrivances for obviating some ot the drawbacks hitherto foundin artificial legs isa strikingtestimony of the in venter's determination to conquer every obstacle. By a system of springs and indarubber cushions the artificial leg manu- factured by Mr Provis is made to move in a per- fectly natural manner, even the toes of the foot having a springy movement, which must be seen in order to be fully understood. Mr Provis is by trade a cabinet maker, but has for many years been employed at the Cathays yard of the Taff Vale Railway Company, and spends his leisure time in manufacturing artificial limbs, &c. We believe he is the only practical manufacturer in the principality. BOAIW OF GUARDIANS.—The weekly meeting of this board was held on Saturday Dr. Paine in the chair. There wore also present—Messrs O. H. Jones and T. W. H. Plain (vice-chairmen), D. Morgan, J. W. Vachell, F. J. Beavan, Dr. Lewis, C. H. Evans, T. Bas-ett, T. Williams, D. Richards, J. T. Barry, T. W. Jacobs, J. lbms. dale, J. Smyth, E. T. Ferrier, B. Gibbs, T. Llewellyn, T. Matthews, D. J. Jenkins, E. Heme, and E. Thomas.—The Master of the Workhouse reported that during the week 45 paupers had been admitted and 42 discharged, leaving 532 in the house, a 11 increase of 60 on the corresponding week of last year. The number of children in Ely Schools was reported to be 210, an increase of 1 on the corresponding week of last year. The number of persons in receipt of out- door relief was reported to be 2,593, a decrease of 63. Cost of outdoorj&ljef, £269 increase, £1.- Mr Bircham, poor-law inspector, had held an inquiry at Peuarth during the week with reference to the late election of guardians for that parish, and he held that Mr Roberts, ons of the candi- dates, was duly qualified, although, according to the rate-bcok, ho was not, and that his name had been improperly left out on the ground of aot being properly qualified. He directed the return of the returning officer to ba amended, and Mr Roberts declared duly elected. The Chairman wished to make known that there were three or four boys at the Ely Schools anxious to find agricultural employment. It was also stated that Dr. Sheen gave on Mon- day evening his Christmas tree entertainment to the children at the schools, much to the pleasure of all parties. Some alterations at the schools, involving an expenditure of £100, were ordered to be carried out. SUdDEN DEATH.—On Tuesday afternoon, a little boy named Keefe, son of John Keefe, of 14, Union-buildings, died suddenly in his mother's arms. DEATH FROM SCALDS.—At Canton, on Tues- day, an inquest was held on the body of a little boy named Evans, who died from the effects of scalds, and a verdict of Accidental death was returned. It appeared that on January 7th the child was playing with a sister, who gave him a push, and he knocked against the spout of a kettle of boiling water. The water severely scalded him, and he died on the 21st. SCIENCE AND ART SCHOOLS.—The hon. secre- tary of the Cardiff Free Library has just received a reply from the directors of the Rhymney Rail- way" Company acceding to his application to carry students of these schools, residing out of Cardiff. on the sarme terms as the Taff Vale Kail- way Company, viz., at one-half the usual fare. GLAMORGANSHIRE AND MONMOUTHSHIRE IN- FIRMARY AND DISPENSARY.—State of register for the past week, ending Jan. 21st :—Remaining by last week, 44; admitted during the week, 19 discharged and relieved, 11 died, 1 remain- ing in the house, 51; number of out-patients on the books, 950. Medical officers for the week ending Jan. 28th, 1884:—Consulting physician, H. J. Paine, M.D.; physicians, W. T, Edwards, M.D., and W. Taylor, M.D. surgeons, Alfred Sheen, M.D., and C. T. Vachell, M.D.; house- surgeon, P. Rhys Griffiths, M.B., D.S., Lond. Gentlemen visitors for the week:—Messrs J. N. Flint, A. Fulton, the Rev. A. Tilly, and the Rev. W. E. Winks. Lady visitors :—Mrs Lewis, Mrs Taylor, and Mrs Webb.—GEORGE T. COLE- MAN, Secretary. THE FORTHCOMING POPULAR CONCERT.—The Cardiff public are fortunate in at last having a hall which can not only accommodate 2.000 people, but enable all of them wherever seated to hear perfectly well every note of a musical pro- gramme rendered on the stage. We are now curious to see whether there is sufficient musical taste amongst our townspeople to enable the pro- moters of a concert, given at popular prices, to show a substantial profit. Such an attempt will be made on Monday evening next, when there is to be a concert given by professionals and ama- teurs, at which the highest price charged will be half-a-crown, and we must say that if the hall does not till it will not be the fault of the pro- gramme, which is excellent, and if it does fill there will be a large profit, which is to be handed over to the fund for building a parish room at Gabalfa for holding mothers' meetings, clothing clubs, &0. This is the primary object of the con- cert. The result v^li, we hope, be that other similar cond"™- bo given at intwrOs, tind tlie CVrcftff people, rich and poor, enabled to enjoy music at little cost. Many of the leading families have already secured their seats, but there are still some hundreds of seats that can be reserved, and all excellent for hearing. The new entrance from Working-street will be ready for the occasion, and carriages can set down there for the reserved seats as well as at the principal entrance. The cloak-room will be also ready. There will be ad- mission to the seats in the orchestra on payment of 2s at the door. ACCIDENT.—Some boys were, on Monday, play- ing at throwing bricks at each other at Richard's- terrace, when a brick accidentally struck a boy named R. W. Behenue, and he sustaiued such injuries as to warrant his admission to the infirmary. THE PITOPOSED TRAMWAY EXTENSION TO CATHAYS,—At a meeting of the parliamentary committee of the Cardiff Corporation, held on Monday under the presidency of the Mayor, a copy was received of a resolution passed at a recent meeting of ratepayers, pointing out that the result of the action of the corporation at the last meeting would lead to an indefinite postponement of the extension, and requesting the corporation to re-consider and modify its terms that the company might be enabled to construct the line so urgently required without loss of time. A letter was also received from the solicitor to the tramway company, stating that neither the circumstances of the company nor the nature of the proposed exten- sion justified the directors in entertaining the proposal of tho corporation that the company should contribute J33,000 towards the cost of reconstruction of railway bridges crossing the route. It was resolved that the council bs re- commended to assent to the proposed extension on the condition that the tramway company contribute £1000 towards the reconstruction of the bridges, and that permission be also given to continue their line at Canton as far as Clive-road. A BAULKED STEAMER.—A correspondent in- forms us that a steamship which sailed from Cardiff one day last week, with a cargo of coal, had not proceeded far before a difficulty was realised in getting ste-sin. She returned to the Penarth Iloads, where the bunker coal was sub- jected to a survey by three or four experts. Steam was raised and a second attempt was made to get away, but in two minutes the steam fell, and the result is that the steamer has had to re- enter the Bute Docks, and is now discharging her bunker coal previous to shipping a fresh supply. In thi3 case there is the making of a very pretty dispute between the merchants and the shippers of the coal. ELECTRIC CRICKET CLUB.—The annual dinner of the above club took place on Saturday evening, at the Philharmonic Restaurant, when about 60 sat down to an excellent repast provided by the host (Mr Barry). Mr H. Baker occupied ths chair, the captain (Mr Walkley) and the vice- captÙl (Mr A. Davies) occupying tlie vice-chairs. The cloth being removed, the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured.—The chair- man gave the "Army, Na>. y, and Reserve Forces," i Messrs A. Roberts, and W. H. Smith responding, s Mr Crane, in proposing the toast of ths evening, j '•"Success to the Electric Cricket Club," con- j gratulated the members on the improved form j shewn during the past year.—The Captain and j Vice-Captain responded.—Mr W. Bowles pro- j posed The Ladies," which was suitably acknow- ] ledged by Mr H. Baxter.—The Chairman then gave The Visitors."—Mr H. Perkins responded. —The health of the chairman and other toasts followed.—Songs, etc., were capitally rendered by j Mes.-rs Morris, Perkins, Hussey, A. Davies, and j Wool w ridge, j GRANGETOWN AND DOCKS INUNDATION FUND.— Tho subscription list for the above fund will be closed on Jauuary 31s'. All firms who have not yet returned their subscription-books and any in- tending subscribers are requested to send their subscriptions to the hon. sec., D. Lloyd Loug'ier, Manor House, Cardiff, at:thcir earliest conve- nience before that date. TRADESBIEN'S Di.VNKRT.— At the Royal Hotel, on Wednesday evening, a number of the leading tradesmen of the town enjoyed their annual re- union with a dinner. The bill of fare was a very liberal one. Mr Locke, ths contractor of the new Public Hall, Crockberbto ATI, occupied the chair. The toast of the evening, Success to the Port and Trade of Cardiff," was drunk with enthusiasm, and eloquently responded to by more than one gentleman present, The company, which was a very select one., passed a very pleasant evening. WK regret to hear of the death of tha liev. Andrew G. Fuller, at the advanced age of 85 years. Atr Fuller wiil still be rell.0moered by many in Cardiff, in hieh town he lived and labouiad many year; ago f.s minister of the Baptist Church now under the pastoral care of the lbv. VV. E. Winks. Up to the last he clung to some of his old Cat Jiff friends, and occasion- ally visited them. Mr Fullsr v,s the worthy sou of one of the most eminent Nonconformist minimi-sin England, the late Andrew Fuller, whose, name is associated with Carey and others. Onp of the last acts of filiid piety in which the sou engaged was a biogiaphy of his celebrated father, a review of which work appeared in these colunrus at the time of its publication. Mr Fuller died 011 Wednesday, at Wolverhampton, at the residence of his sou, Mr W. M. Fuller, under whose roof he spent the last ysars of his life. CARDIFF BIC'YOLU CLUB —The annual general meeting of the Cardiff Bicycle Club was held in the chibrooms, Paradise-plow, on Tuesday even- ing, when there was a large attendance of mem- bera. The hon. secretary submitted the report for ti-.o year, which (showed that the- club was nearly 10J strong, and that a large balance was in JlS i'i, in spite of the heavy loss on the annual meet and races in September. The tricycle havir. ? become so very popular, it wa.s decidod. ( as a compliment to the tricycle members of the club, to change the mime from Cardiff Bicycle Club" to "Cardiff Bicycle and Tricycle Club." The officers elected for the year are -Captain, Mr T. L. E ri1 us, chief consul, Cyclist- Touring Club, in place of Mr W. H. Ilr.tcliinr, resigned; sub-captains, Messrs A. W. Dendy and J. Hughes; treasurer, Mr V. E. Br.ikewich; lion, sec., Mr Herbert Wm. Jones. Mr W. H. Neate, the much-valued president, having expressed his intention of giving up office, a sincere wish was expressed that he should be induced to remain, and a resolution to that effect was unanimously carried. BILLIARD MATCH. — PEALL V. MITCHELL.— These wen-known cuists played an exhibition game of billiards Jast evening in the well- appointed saloon of the Angel Hotel. There was a large attendance, and although the first part of the game—a thousand up, Mitchell conceding his opponent a hundred points' start—was slow, after the interval the scoring was rapid. There is little to record of the doings of the players up to the time of adjournment, the highest breaks being— Peall, 84; Mitchell, 80. Matters mendedcon- siderably in the second half of the game, when the scores were— Mitchell, 500; Peall, 423. The pioneer was first away with a succession of spot shots which brought his game upto 736, to 539. Peall did not make progress after this, and Mitchell, principally by the aid of the spot shot, ran up to 735, and then getting another innings went on to 853, Mitchell still standing on the marking board at 539. Here, however, the latter made a stand, and put on a splendid break of 217, which in- eluded 51 consecutive, spot shots. Mitchell's re- ply was very inadequate, and the game was presently called Mitchell, 903 Peall, 766. The latter then got an innings, and, shopping the white for convenience sake, once more got behind the red, and ran up a break of 110, which made his score 876 to 903. Mitchell progressed only a few points, and Peall once more getting into position for spot striking, ran out a winner, with an unfinished break of 124, composed of consecu- tive spot strokes. The arrangements, which were admirable, were carried out by the lessee of the room, Mr G. Matthews, and Mr Randall the game being correctly marked by Dugmore, the marker at the County Club. COLLEGE OF PRECEPTORS' EXAMINATION.—Mr Henry Whyte Cole, hon. secretary of the College of Preceptors, has favoured us with the following list of th3 candidates from Cardiff and Penarth who have been successful at the College of Pre- ceptors' Christmas examination held at this contre. This was the first central examination for the district.—Ruth Baker, 2nd class, 2nd division -principal, Miss Putt; Ada Smith, 2nd class, 2nd division—principal, Miss Fisher Edith Richards and Agues Vaughan, 3rd class, 1st division—principal, Miss Tullis Mary Erskine. 3rd class, 1st division—principal, Miss Putt ;} Gustavus W. Newbury, 3rd class, 1st division—principal, Mr Henry Cole Lily Parkyn and Beatrice Spray, 3rd class, 2nd divi- sion— principal, Miss Tullis; Charles H. Isaac, 3rd class, 2nd division—principal, Mr Henry Cole Julia Webb, 3rd class, 2nd division, and Clara Ikin, 3rd class, 3rd division—principal, Miss Fisher; Mary Thomas, Bessie Lewis, Millie Hutchins, Wiihalmiua Weichert, Ada Powell, and Florence Morgan, 3rd class, 3rd division-principal, Miss Tullis Grace Laird, Ada Hocken, and Agnes Powell, 3rd class, 3rd division—principal, Mrs Laird; Maximilian Rowland, Wm. Lewis, Chas. Hughes, and Sydney Schilling, 3rd class, 3rd division—princi- pal, Mr Henry Cole. WOMANBY-STREET CHAPEL ORDINATION SER- VICES.—On Wednesday afternoon and evening ordination services were held at Womanby-street Chapel, Cardiff, in connection with the settlement of Mr William Seward as pastor. In addition to the ordinary congregation, officers and members of other churches were present, and there was a good attendance. The Rev. J. H. Stephens, of London, formerly of Hannah-street, presided in the afternoon, and the service waf opened by the Rev. J. Lloyd Williams, B.A., of Roath-road. A masterly address on Congregational Church prin- ciples was given by the Rev. T. Howell, of Aber- dare, secretary of the Glamorgan Congregational Association, who commenced his remarks by an historical notice of the origin of tho Church worshipping at Womanby-street. He remarked that "it was the oldest Noncon- formist place of worship in this town. It was a well-known fact that William Erbury, vicar of St. Mary's, was a zealous separatist, and both he and his curate, Walter Cradock, suffered for their Nonconformity as early as 1633. About 1640, Mr Erbury formed his disciples into an independent church, but in the timo of the civil war this church was scattered. After the restoration and the eviction of more than 2,000' from their livings, on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1662, Mr John French, a native of Cardiff, upon his eviction from Wenvos, removed to Cardiff, and preached as often as he dared in his own house. In 1672 he licensed his own dwelling-house for pieaching the gospel, 1tathereda congrega- tion, and formed a church, which, after many vicissitudes, remained to this day. The first chapel was built in 1696. Many have been the servants of God who have laboured faithfully in this church, and have received their reward." The usual questions were put to the new pastor by the Rev. Jason Jenltfins, of Pen- arth, who, after receiving the answers, and the confirmation of the call to the pastorate, by a show of hands, offered up the ordination prayer, laying his hand at the same time on the minister. The Rev. Thomas Evans, of Star-street, gave the charge to the pastor, which was marked by deep thought and peculiar applicability. About forty persons sat down to a social tea, and the evening service was opened at seven, by the Rev. M. Taylor, of Cardiff. The charge to the congrega- tion was delivered by the Rev. T. Anthony, of Tongwynlais. It was an effective, practical in- struction on the necessity and efficacy of the prajciij of t* ",},urcI1 on behalC ol tlloii. pnobor. THE CIRCUS.—Madame Tayleure, uuder whose personal directions the spectacular pantomime which is now running its last week has been so successfully performed, took her benefit on Wednesday night, when, notwithstanding the terribly boisterous state of the weather, the circus was full in every part. Several ladies and gentlemen occupied the boxes, whilst the reserved seats were all filled, thus testifying to the public appreciation of the liberal catering at this estab- lishment during the festive season which has now terminated. CAUTION TO OLD OFFENDERS.—At the police- court, on Monday—before Mr R. O. Jones—Mary Ann Dee, a woman of bad character, who has been repeatedly convicted for disorderly conduct, was now sent to prison for three months with hard labour for behaving in a disorderly manner in Westgate-street on Saturday night. SUNDAY DRUNKENNESS.—John Crowley, a resi- dent of Canton, was charged with being drunk on Sunday. Inspector Lewis said that the de- fendant was found in a state of intoxication in Cowbridge-road on Sunday evening. He had just left one of the clubs there. As it was the first time he bad been chargod with the offence, he was dismissed with a caution. ALLEGED ILLEGAL DISTRESS.—Mr J. E. Gunn, auctioneer, house agent, &c., was summoned for the value of certain goods belonging to Mrs Ellen Bsll, which he had seized in a distress for rent, levied on the goods of a Mrs Maroney, the occu- pier of No. 3, Tyler-street, Roath, with whom Mrs Bell lodged.—Mr M. Rees appeared for plaintiff, and Mr J. Jonas for defendant.—The parties had Jived in Lily-street, but removed from there to No. 3, Tyler-street, without paying the rent due to the landlord of the house in Lily- street, for whom Mr Guun acted as agent, and who followed the goods to Tyler-street, and there levied a distress on them for the rent of the house in Lily-street, Plaintiff produced an inventory of the goods seized by Mr Gunn's bailiff, and which she valued at £20, while the amount of rent due was only £1 14s. She also complained of the manner in which the distress was levied, the bailiff breaking open the backdoor, and re- fusing to give up anything, although she claimed the goods as her property, and Mrs Maroney had no claim on them.—Ths parties, however, seemed to bear bad characters, and after a number of witnesses had been called on each side, the bench dismissed the case on the ground that plaintiff had not satisfied the court that the goods were her property, the inventory supplied by the bailiff differing very materially from that made out by the plaintiff. ILLEGALLY CONCEALING TOBACCO.—At the police-court, on Tuesday, before Alderman Lewis and Dr. Paine, Frank Kistner, second engineer on board the s.s. Mary Aiming, from Rotterdam, was charged with illegally concealing a quantity of tobacco, the single value of which was 12s. Defendant had deposited £2 as security for his appearance, and as he failed to appear the money was ordered to be forfeited. A YOUNG OFFE:-1DRR.-YIary Ann Sullivan, a young woman only 19 years ot age, but who had been several times convicted for disorderly con- duct, was now sent to prison for one month for behaving in a disorderly manner in Bute-street on Monday night. THE EFFECTS Of DRINK,—At the police-court on Wednesday-before Mr R. O. Jones—Joseph Nitch, a sei'inan, was charged with being dis- orderly and assaulting Miss Ann Harris and Sarah Newton. The defendant entered the Gordon Hotel on Tuesday evening, and wanted to fight with an old man whose arm was in a sling. The landlord, Mr Harris, interfered, and persuaded the defendant to leave the house. The daughter, Miss Harris, also endeavoured to per- suade hiin to leave the old man alone and go out qnistly. The servant in the house, Sarah Newton, likewise came up and spoke to him, and urged him to go. As he was ahnut to strike Miss Harris, Newton asked him not to strike a lady, when he struck Miss Harris a fearful blow on the eye, and with the other hand struck Newton a similar blow on the eye also. He was about to repeat the blows, when the landlord interfered, and the defendant rau away, but was followed and secured. The captaiu of the vessel to which the defendant belonged gave him an ex- cellent character, and, as the vessel was about to leave tho port, the bench under the circumstance fined the defendant £.5 and costs in lieu of send- ing him to prison. TijecapLaiupaidthemoncy, alleging that the defendant at the time must have been under the influence of drink,
LLANDAFF. POLICE.—Before Colonel Page and Mr R. C. G. Dornford, on Monday, Michael Sheen was fined g, 6d for pretending to be a traveller, with the object of obtaining drink on Sunday.—Henry Griffiths, William Jacobs, J. W. Davies, Edward Martin, George Rees, John Thomas, George Fleet, and Evan Davies were summoned for leaving the service of the proprietors of the Collide Ironworks without giving notice. It was proved that the complainant": sustained much loss through the action of the defendants, and the ch-iife agdnst Martin was dismissed, Fleet was fined £1 and cost?, and the others £1 10s each and costs. ———-
TAFF'i WELL. INQUEST.—An inquest was held at the Junction Hotel on Tuesday, before Mr E. B. Rees, coroner, on the body of Thomas Mallott, a child about six years of age, found drowned ill the Feeder attached to the Pentyrch Works. The jury re- turned a verdict of Accidentally drowned,"
COWRRIDGE. COWBRIDGE FARMERS' CLUB.—The tcniar mem- ber for the county, Mr Talbot, as well as Sir 'lussey Vivian, Bart., have promised to attend the annual dinner of the above ehb on ths 5th of next moDtb.
NEWPORT. SERIOUS CASE OF BURNING.—Late on Saturday evening the wife of Mr F. Gritton, son of the pro- prietor of the King's Head Hotel, was severely burnt at her residence, No. 2, Station-street. It appears that after Mr and Mrs Gritton had re- tired to rest, the latter went downstairs for some purpose or other. Some time afterwards her hus- band, who had fallen asleep meanwhile, was aroused by the screams of his wife, and on going downstairs he found her clothing in flames. He extinguished the fire as soon as possible, and obtained medical advice, The unfortunate woman was subsequently removed to the infirmary, where it was found that she was severely burnt about the lower portion of the body and limbs, so much so that her condition is said to be precarious. THE BECENTFATAL ACCIDENTS.—Inquests were held on Saturday afternoon, before Mr Martin (Cdwvrds, deputy-coroner, on the bodies of Charles Evans, 21, goods porter at the railway station, and William Edwards, 62, of Alma-street, who fell out of a cart on the way home from Risca to Newport, and died from injuries received from the wheel passing over his body. In the first case, Mr W. L. Moore, solicitor, attended on behalf at the rela- tives of the deceased, and Inspector Hickey represented the Great Western Railway Company. The deceased was a steady young fellow, a tee- totaller of some years' standing, and the occur- rence, the details of which have been already pub- lished, was purely accidental. The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death." In the second enquiry, it was shown that deceased was sitting on the side of the cart, when he accidentally top- pled over. The jury in this case also returned a verdict similar to the first. FUNERAL OF A SALVATION ARMY DRUMMER.— The funeral of William Tugley, 21 years of age, who for some time had filled the position of a drummer in the local Salvation Army Band, was matt.e the occasion of a display on Sunday, the local army contingent being reinforced by contingents from Cardiff and the hill district. The proces- sion numbered about 100 persons. The band followed the hearse, and half a dozen prominent members of the local corps, in uniform, acted as bearers, carrying flags draped with white. The ceremony at the grave was performed by Captain Evans. DROWNING OF A CAPTAIN'S SON.—An inquest was held at the Castle Hotel, on Saturday after- noon—before Mr Martin Edwards, deputy coroner—on the body of Thomas Davies, 12 years of age, son of the master of the barque Caroliue Morris. The deceased, on Saturday morning, in attempting to get into a small boat moored to the ShIP, fell into the water, and, before he could be rescued, life was extinct. Walter Davies, a brother of the deceased, described the accident, and John Martin, a rigger, proved recovering the body with grappling hooks.—The jury returned a verdict of Accidentally drowned." COUNTY POLICE.—At this court on Saturday— Messrs E. J. Grice and J. Firbank being the pre- siding magistrates—John Mahoney was charged with stealing a purse, a watch and chain, and an article of feminine apparel known as a cloud," value £6 18s, from the person of Hannah Dowdall, at Bassaleg, on Thursday even- ing. Prisoner, it appeared from bis statement when apprehended, found the prosecutrix sitting or lying in the road on Wednesday evening, she being the worse for drink, and at her suggestion accompanied her to the Horse Shoes Inn, where she had whiskey, and he partook of beer. He afterwards saw her to the railway station en route for home. Prisoner denied all knowledge of the robbery and at the request of the police, the magistrates remanded the case for a week that further enquiries might be made.—Wm. Harris and Sarah Edmunds were each fined 5s for assaulting Henry Reid, at Magor, on Saturday week.—Henry Pettergell, apprehended at Risca on Tuesday for being a deserter from the famous Enniskillen Dragoons, was remanded to prison to await an escort and summonses against Frede- rick Potter and James Davies, for trespassing in search of iabbits at Machen oil Sunday morning, the 13th inst., were dismissed, the bench being of opinion that defendants did not send a lurcher and a spaniel dog, which accompanied them, to hunt for tho vermin," but that the dogs, as dogs will, got up a little clandestine amusement on their own account. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—The monthly meeting of the members of this board was held at the workhouse on Saturday, the chairman, Colonel Lyne, presiding. There was only a small attend- ance of guardians.—The Clerk reported that Red- wick was one of the parishes in default in the matter of the monthly return and the Chairman said he was afraid there was a screw loose in re- gard to the parish, aud that they would have to ask the Local Government Board to send down an inspector to inquire into the irregularities which went on there.—The Clerk said that at the last assessment committee he was directed to write complaining of remissness on the part of the assistant overseer, but had not yet done so. —Mr Baker (guardian for Redwick) said there was a good deal of ill-feeling existing in the parish, and he hoped the inspector would put things right.—Tho Chairman said the Local Go- vernment Board could inflict pains and penalties; but the guardians were powerless.—Mr Baker, at the chairman's suggestion, promised to mention to the overseers what had transpired at the meet- ing.—Fish dinners, having proved a great suc- cess, and also the source of a small economy, were sanctioned by the Local Government Board for another three months.—Mr Latch gave notice that he would, at the next meeting, ask whether any resolution was now in existence preventing a boy or girl from the schools taking a situation beyond the limits of the union "district.—The statistics produced by the master of the workhouse showed that for the week ending the 19th instant there were 273 inmates, including 70 sick, against 276 for the corresponding week of 1883. One aged inmate, Charles Lyons, of Goldcliff, 82 years old, had died during the week. At Caerleon schools 183 children were being cared for, of whom 14-5 were receiving an industrial training. ACCIDENT IN STOW PARK.—AS a plasterer, named Samuel Parsons, Oxford-street, Maindee, was engaged on Tuesday at work on a new house in Stow Park, a portion of the scaffolding on which he was standing gave way, and the unfor- tunate man was thrown to the ground, sustaining a fracture of one of his legs, besides being severely shaken. He was removed to the iufir. mary, where he remains an in-patient. INTERPLEADER ISSUE.—The only case of interest heard before his Honour Judge Selfe, at Newport county-court, on Tuesday, was an interpleader case, in which the plaintiffs were Messrs Farr and Wade, solicitors, Newport, and the defendants were Robert Pritchard, farmer, lately of Gold- tops, and his daughter. Some time ago the plaintiffs obtained judgment against the defen- dant for professional services, and had since levied a distraint, but the defendant's daughter, Sarah Maria Pritchard, intervened and claimed the whole of the goods, with one or two trivial excep- tions, and now proceeded against the plaintiffs, and also against the high bailiff for damages. Aftera lengthy hearing his Honour gave judgment for the claimant for £16, and jSlO damages and costs against the high bailiff. The execution creditors were awarded £2 19s Id. Mr R. Morgan appeared for the claimant, and Mr F. Vaughan appeared for Messrs Farr and Wade. SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.The annual meeting of the members and friends of the local Sunday School Union was held in Hill-street (Mount Zion) Chapel, on Monday evening. The proceedings were prefaced by a tea, which was well attended. Mr G. H. Llewellyn, president of the union, oc- cupied the chair at the meeting, and there was a good attendance, which included the Revs. J. Douglas, E. W. Skinner, C. Ayliffe, R. Edgcombe; Councillor Mordey, Mr Jayne, etc. Mr Thomas read the 52nd annual report, which stated that the record of the past year had been a somewhat uneventful one, but that aided by the hearty co- operation of the respective schools, the various means in operation, which had proved so successful in the past. had been continued during the twelve- month. The Pontypool schools had withdrawn from the union, having joined the local union, but a school at Cross Keys had been added. There were now 26 schools comprised in the union, with 493 teachers, and 5,060 scholars on the books. These figures showed an increase as compared with last year, of 33 teachers and 534 scholars. The average morning attendance was 98, and the afternoon attendance 334 greater but the number of scholars who had become members of churches was 132 less than in the preceding year, the numbers being 14-5 and 277 respectively. The financial statement showed that the income was J646 14s 5d, and that there was a balance on the wrong side of JE15 4s 7d, which the Chairman explained to arise from the fact that no extraneous help had been sought, such as the giving of a concert on behalf of the union funds.—The report was adopted, and addresses were afterwards delivered by the chairman and several of the ministers present. BOROUGH POLICE-COURT. — At this court on Monday, before Messrs T. P. Wansbrough and H. M. Brewer, magistrates, Thomas Harfa.'d, charged with being found on the gas company s premises for an unlawful purpose, at one o clock a.m. that morning, was dismissed with a caution. Prisoner said it was too late for him to get lodgings, and that he climbed over into the yard to get a little sleep. Ho was found near the retort house. — Mary Lewis, oi Usk, was charged with stealing a jacket, skirt, pair of trousers and vest, the property of George Pollard and Mary Ann Johnson. The prosecutors live in Queen-street, Cardiff-road, and the clothes were left out to dry. Early on Saturday morning P-S. Brooks found the prisoner sitting by tbesideof the railway in the Cardiff-road, with the bundle of clothes in her possession. It appeared that this was the fifth tims prisoner had looted Mrs Pollard's clothes line, and the bench committed her for trial at the sessions.—Henry Mason, seaman, who, it was asserted, bad deserted from a ship at Cardiff, was charged with fraudulently using a discharge certificate belonging to one Henry Hall. He attempted to palm off the document on the Board •f Trade officials on Friday, but they were too sharp for him. Prisoner now pleaded guilty, and said it was the boarding-master's fault that his ship left Cardiff without him. The bench sen tenced prisoner to one month's hard labour. MR Arthur C. Poosonbv, of Newport, hsr Majesty's Inspector of Coal for the Colonies, and partner in the firui of Messrs Bovey and Co., of London, Cardiff, and Newport, has been appointed vice-consul in South Wales for the kingdom of Rouinania. This, we understand, is the first consular appointment made by the Roumanian Government. FIRE AT PJLL.—Shortly before midnight on Tuesday afire originated in the bakehous3, stable, and carpenters' shop situated at the rear of the promises occupied by Mr Lawrence, contractor, Robert-street, Pill, and notwithstanding the ut- most efforts of the police hose and reel, ths build- ings we."e totally destroyed. When the roof fell n a quantity of wail WAS thrown dowu, and the fiyinff bricks injured P.O. Pritchard, and he had to be carried home. Fortunately, the high wind blowing at the time was in a direction opposite to adjacent buildings, or the fire must have assumed larger proportions, THE VACANCY IN THE NORTH WARD.—Mr Geoige Fothergill was on Wednesday elected to fill the vacancy in the town council, caused by death of Mr W. G. Cartwright, one of the repre- sentative for the north ward. The election was conducted under very adverse circumstances as regards weather, and the general opinion was that the poll would be a small one. This belief was hardly verified, although the number of votes recorded was considerably less than in the same I ward on the 1st of November last. Thengurcs, as declared by the returning officer were :— Fothergill, 651 Hutchens, 492 majority for Fothergill, 159. In November Mr Hutchins, although defeated by about 100 votes, polled 612. CRUELTY TO A HORSE.—At the borough police- court, on Wednesday, William Leonard, hay aud corn dealer, Whitsun, was summoned for cruelty to a horse. The case was brought by James to a horse. The case was brought by James Drown, Inspector to the Society for the Preven- tion of Cruelty to Animals. On the afternoon of the 10th inst. the inspector saw the defendant all the Chepstow-road in charge of two horses, one of which was very lame. On examination by a veterinary surgeon, it was found that the animal was suffering from a long-standing disease of the foot. Mr Sheaf, veterinary surgeon, said the disease was incurable, but if properly shod the pain would be relieved. The defendant said he had had the horse newly shod, and was let off on payment of the costs, 12s 6d. A VILLAGERS' DISPUTE.—Thomas James, a white-headed resident of Magor, was summoned before the same court for assaulting James Jenkins, assistant overseer for Magor and Undy. The complainant on the 12th inst. had occasion to summon the defendant for arrears of poor rate at Newport County police-court, and after the case was over weut to the railway station, on the platform of which he encountered defendant. Complainant was abused and threatened, defendant putting up his hand and saying he would knock his head into a box which was placed behind him. —Defendant admitted having told complainant that he was not a witness of the truth, and that if he was twenty years younger he would put his head where his hsels were.—The Mayor bound defendant over to keep the peace for three months, and ordered him to pay costs, 10s.—Defendant It will be no trouble to me to keep away from him.—Defendant produced a roll of bank-notes and selected one with which to pay the costs, afterwards making an old-fashioned bow to the magistrates and walk- ing away. CHARGES AGAINST A CAPTAIN. — William Addison, captain and part owner of the schooner Amelia and Jane, of Jersey, was summoned be- fore the same court for carrying a seaman named Lewis Thomas without entering into an agTee- ment with him, for refusing to pay him Wages, and also for neglecting to include his name in the half-yearly return of the crew made by home- traders to the shipping master of the nearest port. —Mr R. P. Williams prosecuted on behalf of the Board of Trade, and Mr Parker defended.—The vessel, which is only of 90 tons burthen, had made small voyages to St. Malo since the end of August last, when Thomas, a youth, was taken on board and acted as cook. The defendant paid the youth no wages, but disbursed £1 8., in clothing and pocket money.—The defence was that the captain took the youth out of charity, and to see how he would like the sea before being appren- ticed, but he was no use to him.—The magistrates awarded the lad 30s for wages, and fined defend- ant 25s and costs for violating the law. ^YOUNG NEWPORT'S PROCLIVITIES.—Five boys, of respectable exterior, ranging from 10 to 12 years of age, made their first appearance in the police-court on Wednesday, charged with stealing five pocket knives, three purses, and two bottles of scant, the property of three different trades- men. It was proved that the boys visited the shops on three successive days, and as Mr Phillips (magistrate) said, seemed to be living to steal.— The Mayor reprimanded the fathers of the defen- dants for permitting the boys sufficient liberty to make raids on tradesmen.—One of the parents said no one could be more strict than he was, and that his boy's position was a very bard blow to him.—-The Mayor ordered the boys to be kept/in the cells for a day, and to be whipped.
CAERLEON. LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH.—At the meeting of the members of this body, held on Monday even- ing, Rev. Canon Edwards presiding, a con- versation took place as to £80 which remained outstanding on the county account, and Mr Parry ultimately undertook to see Mr H. Gustard and endeavour to obtain a settlement of the matter.— The medical officer of health reported that the health of the town had been good during the past year, but that the death rate had been 25'66, whilst the birth-rate was only 18-33 per 1,000. The excessive death-rate was due to the number of aged persons who had died, and the lowness of the birth-rate to the absence of able-bodied population, caused by the scarcity of employ- ment. The new system of drainage worked well; and the supply of water by the Newport Water- works Company was also satisfactory, and, in fact, it was a great boon to the town.