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LOCAL MATTERS.—An extraordinary case of attempted felonious assault, will be found in the police report, in the 2nd page other important local arti cles are also inserted in that and the following page. ACCIDENT. -On Tuesday afternoon, a little boy was knocked down and ridden over in High-st., by an incautious young man, riding a spirited horse. Though stunned, the child was not much injured; and after receiving attention from the bystanders, was able to walk to his home. DRAINAGE.—The Stow-hill drain-a work of some mag- nitude—was commenced on Monday last, by Messrs. Wil- liams and Francis and great progress has been made with the undertaking during the week. INSURANCE DUTY.—During the week, the petition to Parliament prepared by the Lancashire Insurance Company, for the removal of the per cent. duty on fire policies, has been numerously signed in Newport, by the insurers in that office, and others desirous of seeing the obnoxious tax upon prudence, given up by Government. SUNDAY TRADING. A petition to Parliament, from "wives, mothers, and sisters," against the opening of inns and beer-houses on Sundays, has been extensively signed in Newport. SHIPBUILDING.—We are glad to find that the very suit- able premises formerly occupied by Messrs. Young and Cook, near the packet-slip on the east bank of the Usk, have been taken by Mr. Henry Oakley, who intends to proceed with the building of two large ships forthwith. We have also heard that a ship of 900 tons burthen is about to be "laid down at the building yard of Mr. Willmett. These signs of reviving activity, in a trade for which the port was once famous, are exceedingly gratifying. ACCIDENT.—A correspondent represents that as a lady named Donaldson was walking down Blewitt-street, on Fri- day last, she struck her foot against a step which had been left in the paving,—fell, and suffered a fracture of the pmall bone of the leg. The writer considers that, leaving steps in street pavements, is against the local law." THE SESSIONS.—The committee appointed for that pur pMe, have fixed Monday, the 20th of March, for holding the Spring Sessions. FLEET OF MERCHANT SHIPS.—Since Saturday evening last, the following vessels, belonging to our enterprising neighbour, W. C. Webb, Esq., have arrived at Newport:— Conquest (schooner), Mary Ann (brigantine), Mary Jane (ditto), William and Eliza (schooner), South Picton (brigan- tine), Iris (ditto) the two latter with flour and grain from Liverpool. Mr. Webb has, we understand, recently pur- chased in Liverpool, the South Picton and Iris above named; also the Norwood (1527 tons register), a three-decker, and the largest ship belonging to the Bristol Channel. She is now being coppered and classed in Liverpool, the want of accom- modation at Newport compelling the owner to lay out a large sum of money for this purpose in Liverpool. Captain James Price takes the command of the Norwood. The Rhea Sylvia, now also in the dock, has just been loaded with 1150 tons of rails, for New York. SMACK SUNK.—One day last week, the smack William, of Gloucester, laden with iron, settled on her anchor, on the ebbing of the tide, and received damage, through which she filled with water the next tide. She was lightened subse- quently, and on Tuesday again floated. NEW STEAM SPECULATION.-During the last week, the arrival III this port of the fine iron screw steam ship, Vulcan, of boo tons, caused much gratification. This steamer is the finest that has yet visited this port for the purpose of con- veying merchandise to and from the neighb jurhood. Her agents at this port, the Messrs. Jones, Brothers, and Co., Canal-parade, did everything they possibly could to encou- rage the enterprising owners in their speculation. The Vulcan arrived here on Thursday, the 26th ult., with a cargo of iron and after discharging the same, she was laden with iron, tin-plate, and mine, for Liverpool -a cargo that could not be of less value than £ 12,000. She also took about 70 tons of steam coal (supplied by Mr. James Brown), for the use of the ship on her voyage. We trust the merchants of our port will bestow sufficient patronage on the next visit of the Vulcan to Newport, to ensure success to the enter- prise of the owners. ERRATUM.—"A Herefordshire Reader" obligingly calls our attenti n to an ambiguity in a short article which we last week wrote in reference to the recent Herefordshire edu- cational meeting. The meaning of a sentence waalostThY its accidental division, and the omission of a word. ^he second sentence in the last paragraph but one should nave )ur read tiius :—"They, however, must obviously be taken care of by their parents unless, indeed, for those belonging to the Establishment, the Dean of Hereford's suggestion> as to some provision from the Cathedral revenue for a co egiate school, should be carried out." To the intelligence ana in- dulgence of readers, public writers are often in o e with regard to typographical errors, as in the case o prelimi- nary," instead of parliamentary," in our remarks on the Queen's speech. BRITISH SCHOOLS.-The annual meet" the Girls' School. Newport British Schools, was held at the s chool- room, Llanarth-street, last evening- In our police report of last week, it was ^ated that John Hussey was fined 5s. for 'md <ll«or- derly conduct. As this statement is c J?*ove in- jurious to a well-conducted person o n Newport, we feel it right to state that the pe was "Chas. Hussey," of Cardiff. COURT OF EXCHEQUER—HADLEY V. BAXENDALE.— This was an action on the case against ssis. Pickford, the carriers, for damage arising 011 ° eir delay in not deli- vering a portion of a mill engine within a reasonable time and the question raised by this rule was whether the jury were rightly directed by Mr. Justice Crompton, by whom the cause was tried at the last Gloucester assizes, to take into consideration the loss in trade sustained by the plaintiff in estimating the damages.—ihe learned judge allowed the loss of four days ot trade to be given in evidence as an in- gredient for the estimation of the damages to which the plaintiffs were entitled, and this was a rule to review that direction.—Mr. Keatmg and Mr. Dowdeswell appeared for the plaintiff, to show cause against the rule for a new trial; and at the close of their argument, the case was adjourned. On Thursday, last week, the case wasresumed, Mr.Whateley, Mr. Willes, and Mr. Phipson appeared on behalf of the defendants, and contending that the damages in question were too remote, and ought not to be taken into consider. ation. The Court took time to consider its judgment. Judgment deferred. — g TESTIMONIAL.—We mentioned in our last number, Mr. Bland, of the carrying department of the South H Railway, in this town, was invited to a dinner at the Tf 0 degar Arms, previously to his removal to a similar post t e Haverfordwest; but we omitted to notice that a very bell fully-chased gold pencil-case and pen-holder, and gold peIII were presented to Mr. Bland on the occasion. MELANCHOLY OCCURENCE.—We regret to state thfol [ Mrs. Turner, the wife of Mr. Turner, of the Dos 3 and who was far advanced in pregnancy, was so alarmed *J ) the occurrence which took place in the Factory Field S Sunday evening (reported in the police column), that ) pired on the following day, leaving ten children and a h band to lament their shocking bereavement. ) THE ASSIZES.—Mr. Justice Wightman and the Ho"' Justice Talfourd will hold the assizes for this county Monmouth, on Wednesday, the 29th of March. MR. HALLAM.—We have recently learnt with profo regret, that this illustrious writer, one of the most guished historians of his age, is in a state of health so P1* carious as to cause the deepest anxiety to his friends. announcement will be received, we doubt not, with the utmost regret and sympathy by all those whose studies enabled them to appreciate the services rendered by !It. Hallam to our national literature. CORONER'S INQUEST.—On Saturday last, W. H. Breweft deputy coroner, held an inquest at the King's Arm8 Inn, Pillgwenlly, on view of the body of John SlocowbØ, a married man, who had been in the employ of the MoV mouthshire Railway and Canal Company, for two yeaH but had only on the morning of Thursday, entered upon the new duty in the performance of which he met his death. Ii appeared that early-on Thursday morning he was engaged "t m i m ^taclung the engine to the columbuses of tb« Tredegar Company, when the bar which he carried, under the place of fastening, and thus no check bein" placed on the motion of the advancing engine, it crushed biJII against the columbuses so frightfully, that he died on tW following evening, of internal hcemorrage. The pei^ attendant on the act of fastening the engine to the columf useS* caused much comment by the jury, as it seemed to theW, that in consequence of there being no sufficient buffers to those carriages, if the man should fail exactly to fix t coupling bar of the engine, while it was in motion, he IIl. be subjected to serious accident; and the jury, in returning a verdict of Accidental Death," added thereto a reIllOn" strance to the company against the further use of columbuses, which were not provided with suitable buffers. Thø witnesses who gave evidence in this unfortunate case, were John Thomas, the engine driver, the breaksman, and Mr* James, the surgeon.