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focal fntdligeitft. .-— WE understand that X44 has been collected by the agents autt workmen of the Monmouthshire Rail- way ,md Canal Company, and of Mr. Firl>aiik,on behalf of the Indian Relief Fund. AN KVEVIXG WITH SHAKSPERE.—A lecture wndor this ti'le was delivered on Tuesday evening, by Mr. J. Tell Topham, in the Hall of the MECHANICS Institute. The lecture embraced an elaborate critique upon well chosen S lections from Sh..k!!pere'>i best plays, and these "eff! etnineutly sotted for displacing the histrionic abilities of Mr. Tupham, whose versatile powers ensured for him eqaul success in his most varied illustrations: whether ho impersonated the moody Othello, the philoao- phio Hamlet, the inexorable Shy lock, or the pragmatical Dogberry. The lecturer was frequently greeted with most oathusiastic plaudits. A NEW MODE OF APPLYING MEt. BESSEMER'S INVENTION.—Messrs. T. Brown and G. Parry, Ebbw Tale, propose a mode of renning, purifying, or decar- bonizing melted oast-iron by means of currents of air, in a coyered or patially covered furnace, without coal or other fuel. The metal being in a melted state (preferred from the blast furnace as being the most economical), they run it into a chamber or furnace, which is closed so as to prevent the temperature of the contents being too much lowered. They introduce air tuyeres from a blowing apparatus into the interior of the chamber above the level of the melted iron, and in such a position that air IhaIl be blown down with considerable force upon the top of the melted metal, so as to produce a combustion of the carbon combined or mixed with the iron. The blast may be either hot or cold, and they continue the process until the iron has been brought into a state similar to that called 1 finery metal, or refined iron.— Builder. < CAPTURE OF A PRIZE RING.-A very ex- citing event (to the parties interested) came off on Mon- day last, and deserves to be duly handed down to poste- rity The occurrence was brought about in this visa: Late on Sunday evening the Newport Police, from in- formation they received," became aware that a prize fight Was to take place, if the fates were propi ious, on the fol- lowing morning. Communication was made with Sergeant Beswick, of the county police, and on Monday morning, the h.y which was to decide the contest, this officer was on the watch early for the expected combatants. At about half-past six he heard of a large number of men being seen going along the Pontypool road, and he judged from the description given of them that they must have been the "bruisers," for whose especial behoof he had got up so earlyi He accordingly traced their course, and in a dingle he suddenly came upon about 300 persons, witnessing a fierce and sangninary battle." However bold this in- tellectual group may have been among themselves, the image of the sergeant completely overpowered them, and they all decamped with remarkable precipitateness, leaving their ring, formed with new stakes and ropes, as a reward for the kindness of the officer in finding them out. Some me-nbers of the Newport Force came up soon after, and pursued the retreating belligerents, but without over- taking them It is said that a sheltered spot was found near Cwmbran, where the fight could proceed quietly and comfortably. At any rate the ring materiel is in the hands of the police, and the principals in the fight are known, and will, it is said, be apprehended shortly. TEA MEETING.—The members of the Primitive Methodist Society held a tea meeting at the Temperance Hall, Llanarth-street, on Monday evening last, when from two to three hundred sat down to tea. The hall was tastefully decorated by the ladies' with flowers and ever- greens, and suitable scripture mottos were hung round the room. After tea, the Rtv. Mr. Hibs, superintendent of the Pontypool circuit, was called to the chair. He reviewed the rise and progress of Primitive Methodism in Newport, and said he preached the first sermon in connection with the above society in a coal tram, at the bottom of Friars' fields, about 15 years ago; after that he took a room in King- street, for JE10 per year, thence they removed to the Temperance Hotel in Llanarth street, thence to Hill-street, thence to Thomas-street, and now back to King-street, where they are now holding their meetings but by the strenuous exertions of his Newport friends and his own efforts, they had now found a permanent place in a neat little chapel built at Baues-well, at a cost of about £ 400, to which amount the proceeds of the present tea, after pay- ing the rent of their present room, would be applied The new chapel is expected to be re dy to be opened on the 30th of November. Several friends from Chepstow, Cardiff, and Newport addressed the meeting. After the usual votes of thanks to the ladies', chairman, &c., the doxology was UNG; and the happy party separated much pleased with the evening's entertainment. THE OSPREY steamer arrived at Newport, from Cork, 'on Thursday, with a large general cargo of Irish produce for losal consignees. DR. JAMES' LECTURE, on Ancient British Druidisin, announced some time back, is now fixed for Monday, Nov. 9, at the Town Hall. The eminence of the lecturer and the local interest of the subject cannot fail to secure a numerous attendance.—See advertisement. THE SOUTH WALES RAILWAY ACCIDENT.— Since the publication of the last reports the driver of the engine in the recent collision has expired, leaving a wife and five children, three of whom are under five years of age. Articles have appeared in several of our London contemporaries on the accident, and s'rong oensures are passed upon the mismanagement of the Station-master at Stormy and Port Talbot. A letter in the Times of Mon- day, calls attention to the services of three gentlemen- Tis., C. T. Coathupe, M. Coates, and E. Coathupe, all senior pupils and dressers at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, who were passengers in the train at the time of the collision, and who for two hours rendered most valuable services to the wounded, using most skilfully the means at their com- mand, by making rough splints for the fractured limbs, applying dressings, and in all cases adopting those surgical means necessary for the immediate relief of the sufferers all which, from their intimate acquaintance with severe accklenta they were so well able to do. The writer, Mr. R M. Bernard,Surgeon to the Infirmary.says Having made minute inquiries into the nature of the accidents, I find that among the wounded there were five persons with severe compound fractured legs, one complicated with copious hemorrhage on the slightest motion, and I have no hesitation in saying that if it had not been for the timely and judicious treatment of these gentlemen moat or all of these cases would have proved fatal. I have Waited for several days to see some honourable mention made of the assistance afforded by these gentlemen, but as no notice has been taken of it, I can no longer refrain from making the public, the injured persons and the rail- road company acquainted with the facts." The adjourned inquest on the bodies of Mr. Ashman and Mn, Israel has been continued, but no new facts of importance have been elicited. The inquiry now stands adjourned until Tues day fortnight, November 10, in order to secure the attend- ance of Mr. White, station master of Stormy, who was understood to be in London procuring the necessary bail. BRISTOL AND SOUTH WALES UNION HAIL- WAY.—The first half-yearly meeting of the shareholders in this line was held on Tuesday, at the Commercial- rooms, Corn-street, and was attended by a large number of commercial men. thus evincing the interest felt in the formation of the proposed line. C. J. Thomas, chairman of the board of directors, presided. The secretary, Mr L. Bruton, read the notice convening the meeting, and the chairman stated that the meeting had been called pursuant to act of parliament, and a report bad been prepared which was accordingly read by the secretary. It described the circumstances under which the line was designed, and otated that the directors had determined to make a call of of a per share payable in two instalments, viz., £ 2 10s. per share on the 15th January, and 92 10s. per share on the 15th April next. The engineer has reported that the LL^IE can be opened for passenger traffic for £ '250,000. The chairman moved the adoption of the report, expressing his regret that it should have fallen to them at this time to earry out an undertaking, so vital to the prosperity of Bristol. He had often to say how deeply he deplored that the act of 1846 was not then carried out, and that it should have been left to them to incur further expense and responsibility in doing so in times which were so singu- larly unfortunate to railway undertaking as the present. Three years ago when their line was first resuscitated, or rather soon after they had started it. they were in the beat of the Russian war. Since that they had had from various causes the interest of money so high, as to deter persons from coming foward to help them in the way they sho uld have done. He also very much regretted that the Great Western Company did not take up the line in the way it ought to have done, and he could not help saying that, in his opinion, that company would have acted far more legitimately if it had followed out the completion of their undertaking at a place in which the Great Western line was started, than in going in many other directions in which it had since gone. (Hear, hear ) It was, how- ever, left to them to complete the present undertaking, and he hoped that with the help of those who were pre- aenfc and that of others, the directors would be able to go forward with the work AS soon as possible; and when the line came into working older he trusted and believed it would be found to answer all their expectations. With- out farther taking up thevr time h. begged to move the adoption of the report. W. U. G. Langton, Esq., M.P., seconded the motion, AND, in doing so, said he was sure tbatthere were none either in thatroom or IN the city, who looked at the great commercial intercourse BETWEEN this city the metropolis of the west, and Wales, who did not think such a line was necessary, not merely to increase their trade, but to prefer ffl „„ now had. (Hear, hear.) The necessary officers were men Appointed, and the meeting separated. T"Ka NEWPORT HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS. J-AA monthly meeting of the Harbour Commissioners took Slaoe at the Town-hall, on Wednesday morning, ME Layor (C. Lyne, Esq.), occupied the chair, and there were also present—Messrs. J. Latch, W. Williams, John James, jun, Peter Williams, Nelson Hewertson, G. W. Jon*S, Richard Burton, Charles Hall, Geo. Harrison, and S. Homfray. Mr. Nelson Hewertson reported the result of communications he had had with Sir Thomas Phillips on the subject of the proposed site of the gridiron; from which it appeared that Sir Thomas was not disposed to concur in the proposed lease. The committee now re- solved that a deputation, consisting of the Mayor, Messrs. Homfray, Latch, Hewertson, and G. W. Jones, should be appointed to wait upon Sir Thomas Phillips, and consult with hi A upon the subject. FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Saturday sennight, a boy about ten years of age lost his life near the Jolly CollUrs' public house, Llanelly, by falling over a preci- pice. The poor little fellow was found dead on Sunday morning. I HEREFORD AND WORCESTER RAILWAY.—It has been announced on the most reliable authority that Mr. Brawey baa contracted for the completion of this ling i t» Malvern, and it about to tutor on tbo work. THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION.—Since our last publication, Mr. James Brown retired from the office of Town Councillor, and on Wednesday last was re-elected Mr. Hall put up to supply the vacancy occasioned by his retirement, understanding that Mr. Brown would not offer himself again. The suddenness of the movement certainly occasioned some surprise, but it turned out to be successful. Mr. Stephen Campbell has now offered himself for the East Ward. His address will be found in our advertising columns. The business at the police-court on Thursday was too unimportant for publication. INDIAN RELIEF FUND.-CoIlected in the Parishes of Kemeys Inferior and Llandevaad, by the Rev. F. B. Leonard, L2 13s. In the case of Smith 17. Price, recently heard before the Judge of the Newport County Court, and full particulars of which we gave at the time of its occurrence, the award has been pronounced on the side of the defen- dant. It will be recollected that the case was sent from the Court of Queen's Bench for adjudication by His Honour, and involved a dispute between a colliery sur- veyor and proprietor respecting several surns of money. NEWPORT AND ST. WOOLLOS BURIAL BOARD.— A meeting of this Board was held on WeJ nesday morning at the Town-hall. The gentlemen present were the Rev. E. Hawkins, in the chair, and Messrs. J. Davies, J. Latch, and S. Homfray. The clerk read a letter from the Scottish Amicable Insurance Society, acknowledging the receipt of jBSOO, and claiming compound interest, in con- sequence of delay in payment. A letter was also read from the Burial Acts office, enclosing proposals for new regulations in reference to burial grounds, which were discussed by the Board. These regulations agreed to a certain extent, with those of the Newport and St. Woollos Cemetery Company. A notice was received from the West of England Bank, intimating that 9 per cent inte- rest would be required on the overdrawn account. A letter from Mr Graham was also read, stating that he had purchased a new and more expensive grave, and inquiring of the Board whether they would allow him the cost of t eold grave, which he should not in future use. The Board considered it inexpedient to take the ground off the hands of persons who had purchased graves, when various fees and oharges had been paid upon them — Cheques were then signed for accounts paid by the finance committee. CLUB ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary of the Star of Freedom" Lodge was held at the Market Boat," Stow-hill, host William Morgan, on Monday last. An excellent dinner was provided in the Lodge-room, and about 50 sat down to discuss its merits. We believe the opinion was unanimously in its favour. After the removal of the cloth, the chair was taken by N.G. Nichols, P.G. Bell occupying the vice-chair. The usual loyal and lodge toasts were given and respond to by different officers and visiting officers, and a number of songs were sung The society, though a young one, number upwards of 70 members, and the funds amount to about j6200. CIRcus.-The building for Mr. Brown's new circus, which is being erected near the Rodney Wharf, shows rapid signs of completion. It is likely to be com- modious, and every arrangement is made to obtain the support of a fashionable audience. The circus opens next Monday. CAERLEON PETTY SESSIONS—The fortnightly Petty Sessions for this division was held on Friday last, but no business of interest was transacted. Only one case —against a publican-was brought before the Bench. BLAENAVON.—A miner, named Henry Filer, was killed by a fall in the Hill pits, on Tuesday last. lie lingered but a short time.







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