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MON VlJUThlSHIRE RAILWAY AND CANAL COMPANY. EASTERN* AND WESTERN VALLEYS RAILWAY. OS 0HtttSTM AS-DAY the Trains will Run as on SUNDAYS. N.B.—The Dock Street Goods Stations will be open on MONDAY, December 24, for the reception of Goods, until 1 p.m. W. LANE, Traffic Manager. Newport Dec. 21, 1855. ACCORDING to the Parliamentary Return for 1854. printed by order of the House of Commons, of 17th Feb., 1855, the Newspaper of largest circulation in the South Wales District, is THE MONMOUTHSHIRE HERLIV. The advanee of its issue in the last year, over that of 1853, was 12,425, giving an average circulation of more than Two Tuousand One Hundred per week. 1854. VV'kly. Average Monmouthshire Merlin 110.245 2124 Cambrian 79,000 1519 Star of Gwent 7*5,100 1463 Mertilyr Uuarrlian 61,500 1163 Swansea Herald 58,250 1120 Silurian 35,375 661 The .Ii HR LL.V haj been registered at the General Post Office, Jor transmission beyond the United Kingdom. The postal charge (which may be ascertained at the Post office) must be pre-paid. The change in the stamp uutv which came into operation on the lot of July lust, gave an impetus to the taste for newspaper reading, and stimulated the production. of the public prints in a corresponding degree. It is undoubtedly true, however, that a considerable measure of the avidity with which news has been for some time sought, may be ast-ribedto causes quite independent of the alteration of the stamp law, and winch, in the nature of things, must prove only tem- porary in their operation-we refer, of course, to the eager anxiety for, and febrile desire of frequent infor- mation connected with the all-important movements of the war, and the manifold subjects of interest ari- sing therefrom, when the fate of nations, as it were, trembled in the political balance. Mid-week impres- sions of standard papers were then published, to supply a want, and keep the reading public au couruut with the stupendous events of the day. Yv ith a view to satisfy such a desire, and that this district might not lag behind the onward move- ment of tue times, we determined upon a bi-weekly edition of the MERLIN, and most assuredly have no reason to complain ut' the public response to that re- solution. Fur nearly six months we have fairly tried the experiment of a cheap mid-week paper, which has attained a ci.culation nearly as large as some of the most respectable provincial prints; but, of course, the paramount, subject of general interest being at present quiescent —the campaign being over for the season, the belligerents retired into winter quarters—the vic- toiious allied flags floating over the razed stronghold of despots—the once proud fleet of the enemy rotting beneath its waters—so far as the vehicles of informa- tion are concerned, things are likely, in some degree, to return to then normal course. Our brave soldiers are snugly encamped for the winter, talking over their feats and "deeds of battle done," and when called again to the tield, are ready to prove it one as glorious as Alma or Iukcrmann; and when our intrepid war- riors and allies reap fresh laurels next spring, we may possibly—should the occasion demand it—turn over new leaves of a bi-weekly paper, which, for the present, will be discontinued. With the commence- ment of the ensuing year, we shall issue the MERLIX as betore, once a week, giving a Supplement of Twelve Columns with each paper, and carry out such other arrangements, by extending the utility and services of the MERLIN, in the district-in the way of full reports of local importance, with a carefully-condensed epitome of general news—as are likely to meet the approbation of our friends. The price of the paper (to be published on Friday Evening and Saturday Morning, as at present), will be, Unstamped, tourpence; Stamped, Fivepence.

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THE TREDKGAR CATTLE SHOW.

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