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.
THE ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTH WALES RAILWAY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MERLIN AND SILURIAN.] MR. EDITOR,—The old saw of When things are at the worst they mend" does not seem to hold good in the 1 present day. So long as railways pay a dividend the bereavement a family may sustain by the sudden removal of a member of that family, has little consideration in railway management. I Some years ago, I was travelling in an express train to Cambridge, and a passenger fell in a fit; we shouted j to the guard at the top of our voices, but in vain. The train was a minute or so behind at the last station, and, I possibly, in that train may have been a director, who might (as in a similar case some few weeks sinee) pull out his watch on arriving at the station, and sternly rebuke the guard for being a minute behind time. If the trains were kept as strictly, it would be impossible, or next to impossible, for the travelling of the present day to be so rife in loss of limb and life, whether by collision or fire. It must be clear that a communication with the driver I (as in America) by the steam pipe, or a bell, could be easily made available to every carriage, and would have 1 the effect of bringing the train to a stop and the time lost between communication, first with the guard, and J then with the driver, might have no effect, as the loss of a few moments is in almost all instances fatal. I It may be urged that some wanton persons would cause unnecessary alarm by a practical joke, by sud- denly communicating with the driver. This is met in a moment. Let a warning he painted in each carriage that any person guilty of such misconduct would be liable to a penalty, and a rigorous enforcement of the penalty would prevent its repetition. The contrivance might be very simple to each car- riage a bell pull might be fitted, communicating direct to the driver, and which it would be the duty of the guard to see was in order before starting the train, by trying it-that is the surest test; and until something of this kind is carried out railway passengers will always travel In dread and danger-a matter which should at once be inquired into, and, as far as prac- ticable, prevented. HUMANITAS.
MUD IN BANESWELL. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MERLIN AND SILURIAN.] SIR,—Allow me, through you, to c*n the attention of the authorities to the vile, wretched, and utterly abominable condition of the roads leading to Baneswell. They are not only ancle, but knee-deep, m mud. It is suffered to accumulate there week after week, and month after month, and it is a fact that the street sweeper is never seen in that neighbourhood. Why is this ? The people pay their rates, and surely deserve some atten tion. The Board of Health have many benedictions, of a certain sort, invoked upon them for their conduct in relation to this matter, and no one blesses them more fervently than, Sir, Your obedient servant, Baneswell. THIN SHOE*.
t TREDEGAR. Two MEN- BURNED TO DEATH AT SIRHOWT. —A frightful explosion took place at the Tunnel pit on Monday last, which occasioned the death of Wm. Rummer and David Price, and severely injured another pitman. The small pox is prevalent here. There is to be a seven weeks' pay at Tredegar, in con- sequence of the reduction in wages. COUNTY C O U R T.—THURSDAY. [Before J. M. Herbert, Esq., Judge.] The number of causes was unusually heavy this month, there beiug 376 new pliints, 64 judgment summonses, and 8 adjourned cases, making, with five summonses not served and three insolvent cases, 456, but none of these were of any particular importance. Prolheroe v. Joseph Saunders.—This was a claim brought by plaintiff, who is a grocer at Brynmawr, against the defendant, a puddler, at Nantyglo, for household necessaries supplied to him.—Judgment for claim, to be' paid in two instalments. James Munn v. W. Taylttr.—A claim of 8s. 61, for boots sold to the wife of defendant, who is a minor, living at Beaufort, by the plaintiff, who resides there.—Order for payment forthwith. David Jenkins v. Edward Jontl.-Both colliers at Tredegar. The particulars of plaintiff's demand set forth that a debt of 19s. lid. was due to him in respect of clothes bought for defendant of a packman. Plaintiff said he paid £2 lis. 9d. for the clothes and of this he had only been repaid £1 12s. 10d., and defendant had incurred the remaining pence by having beer supplied to him. Defend- ant protested that the extent of what the plaintiff was entitled to was 7»- 6d., but as no proofs of payments could be adduced, His Honour ordered the debt to be immediately* discharged. Francis Jone. v. Evan Williams.-The amount sued for in this case was 16s. the balance of a lodging account. The wife of the plaintiff stated that she now lived at Nantyglo and the defendant was a smith at Garnvaeh. Defendant had lived with her, but his wife was habituated to drinking, and while under the inflllence of an unusually deep potation, had ejected her (plaintiff) from her own house, of which she had since retained the key. His Honour gave an order for payment on the 9th of November. IVm. Hiley v. Thomas.—Defendant did not appear. This action was brought by the plaintiff, a grocer, at Blaina, against defendant a puddler, at that placo, to recoverthesum of B2 17s. 71d. due upon groceries delivered to defendant. The same v. J. Pitman, of B aina, fireman, similar claim for £3 9s. 7Jd.—To be paid at 4s. per month.
MERTHYR. BURIAL BOARD.-An adjourned meeting of this Board was held on Monday last, for the purpose of de- ciding upon the tenders for the erection of a wall and chapel at the Cefn Cemetery. The tender of Mr. John Galer for JE1750 was accepted—being J6250 less than Mr. Galer's former tender. WATBR WORKS.—A special meeting of the Board of Health was held on Thursday last. for the purpose of re- ceiving the report of Mr. Hawksley on the water ques- tion. The report was read; but the ironrnasters had not considered it, and the meeting was further adjourned to have their decision upon it. Mr. Hawksley's estimate of the expense is about £ 45,000. SOUTH WALES INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERS. An adjourned general meeting was held at the Castle Inn, Mcrtbyr, on Thursday last, for the purpose of receiving the names of members, agreeing to the rules, electing officers, &c., of a new association, to be called tke South Wales Institute of Engineers About 50 gentlemen connected with engineering were present. Mr. Meneloes, of Dowlais, who presided on the former occasion, again took the chair. The first business of the day was the enrolment of mem- bers, which occupied a considerable poition of time, at the conclusion of which, the Chairman announced that 74 members and one graduate had been enrolled. The Chairman said that the next business before them was, to consider the rules which had been drawn up by the committee at the former meeting. The meeting then pro- ceeded to discuss the several clauses. The first clause stated the object of the Institution, which is, that it shall devote itself to the encouragement and advancement of engineering science and practice, being established to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas amongst its members, and to pi lee on record the results of experience elicited in discussion. The Institute is to consist of members, associates, gradu- ates, and honoary members. The members are to be mining or mechanical engineers, or persons connected with engineering science; associates are such persons as the council and institute consider qualified therefor by scientific and literary acquirements; graduates consists of persons engaged in study or employment to qualify themselves for the profession of engineers honorary members to be such distinguished persons as the council andinstituteshaltselect. The honorary members to be limited to 15. The direction and management of the affairs of the Institute to consist of a council subject to the control of the general meeting. The council to consist of a presi- dent, six vice-presidents, twelve councillors, and a trea- surer, to be chosen from members only. A secretary shall be under the control of the council, who shall receive such salary as the institute shall fix. There are to be five meetings of the Institute in each year three ordinary and one general meeting to be held in Merthyr; and the special meeting convened by the council, at such place and time as they shall appoint—due notice being given by the secretary, i Each member, associate graduate, and hon. member, will have power to admit one stranger to each meeting of the institute, who shall sign his name in a book kept for that purpose, but who shall not take any part in the proceedings unless requested so to do by the chairman. After agreeing to the various rules, the members pro- ceeded to the election of officers, when Mr Williams, of Dowlain, the first proposer and originator of the institute, was unaniinoueiy elected president for the ensuing year. The six vice-chairmen and twelve councilmen were balloted for. The vice-presidents elected were Mr. Rogers, Aber- carne, Mr Adams, Ebbw Vale, Mr. Martin, Dowiais, Mr. T. Evans, Dowlais, and Mr. Clarke, Aberdare. The council—Mr. Truran, Dowlais, Mr. R. H. Rhys, Aberdare, Mr. D. Williams, Mr. Bedlington, Rhymney, Mr. E. Williams, Dowlais, Mr. S. B. Rogers, Nantyglo, Mr. Huxham, Pontypridd, Mr. Richards, Ebbw Vale, Mr. Pearce, Cyfarthfa, Mr. D. Roberts, Rhymney, Mr. Cox, Newport, and Mr. John James, Blaina. The members then proceeded to dine together. POLICE COURL—SATURDAY. [Before J. C. Fowler and D. Evans, Esqrs.] OFFENCES AOAINIT THE COMMON LODGING-HOUSE ACT. —Dennis Regan was charged with keeping an unregis- tered lodging-house in Rees Morgan's Court, Dowlais.- Superintendent Wrenn said that be went into the house, ] which consisted of only two rooms. There were eight < men and a woman sleeping in the room upstairs, and de- ] fund ant, his wife and child, were sleeping down stairs. i Defendant's house was not registered, nor was it fit for a lodging-house.- William CalUghan was also charged i with a similar offence. Superintendent Wrenn said he ] went into the defendant's house in South-street, Dowlais. < There were 12 men, three in a bed, in one room, and a < woman in the same room was sleeping on the floor. The defendant and his family were sleeping down stairs. The house was in a most filthy condition—the smell was most i nauseous.-Richard Whorey, residing at Newfoundland, j Merthyr, was charged with a similar offence. Sergeant < Matthews went to the house on the night of October 19. 1 There were 19 persons sleeping in the house. In one ] bedroom were four beds; three men were sleeping in one bed, a man and his mother in another, two men in ] the third, and a man and his wife in the fourth. In the I other room were the defendant, his wife and child, in one j bed, and two men in the other.—Patrick Burns, Rees's ] Court, Dowlais, was also charged with a like offence. Superintendent Wrenn, on visiting the house, found nine persons of both sexes in bed upstairs; and the defendant, I his wife, and child, were sleeping down stairs. None of 1 the houses were registered, nor were they fit for lodging- houses. The parties were severally tinted 40s., including f eosts. ( OFFENCB AQAINST THE EXCISB LAWS.—Mary Daviea, China, was charged with selling beer without a license. ] -She was fined L5 including costs, and in default of distraint to be committed for a month. I USING THREATBNING LANGUAGE. Benjamin Evans ] was charged by Margaret Evans, his wife, with threaten- ] ing to kill her.-He was ordered to find two sureties in A 9,5 each, or one in £10, to keep the peace for three j months.—Gwenllian Williams, Dowlais, was charged i with using violent and threatening language towards Catherine, wife of Thomas Draper.-The Bench, after hearing the evidence, considered that the complainant 1 need not be much afraid of the old woman, and therefore 1 merely ordered defendant to pay 63. 3d. costs, at the same time cautioning her not to use threatening language in future. 1 WILFUL DAMAGE.—WiUiam Jones, painter, Ystrad- gynlais, was charged by Margaret Powell with breaking a jug, and destroying 91bs. of paint.-Ordered to pay ] 4s. 6d. damage, and costs. FELONY.—A lad named Price Rowland, was charged j with stealing three sovereigns, the property of Jane Jones.—Prisoner was committed for trial. j OBTAINING GOODS UNDER FALSE PRETENCES.-The prisoner in the former case was then charged with ob- taining a pair of boots from Mr. Argust, bootmaker, in the Market-square, under false pretences.-He was com- mited also on this charge. A number of drunkards were brought up and fined. MONDAY. [Before J. C. Fowler and Wm. Thomas, Esqs.] A REFRACTORY SON.—Mrs. Jones applied for per- mission to deliver her son, Walter Jones, into the hands of justice. It appeared that the young man had been on more than one occasion charged before the Bench with drunkenness in the streets. The Bench accord- ingly ordered him to find two sureties to keep the peace, and his father and another man became the responsible parties. On Saturday night, however, he got drunk again, and abused his father and every one else who came near him, and his father, thinking he would be called upon to pay the amount for which he was bound, sent bis wife to ask if the son could not be sent to prison for the remaining period of three months.—Mr. Fowler told the old lady that her husband, having become bound for the son, must do the best he could with him now, as the Beach could not relieve him of his responsibility. If the young man was brought up for drunkenness again within the three months, his bail would have to pay the money. OBSTRUCTING THE HIGHWAY. Thomas Edwards, huxter, Dowlais, was charged by Mr. Jecoriiah Lewis with obstructing the foot pavement in front of his house, by placing his table, with fruit, across nearly the whole width of the pavement.—Fined Is. and costs. CLANDESTINE REMOVAL OP GooDs.-Henry Henessy was charged by Henry Prosser, brewer, with removing his furniture out of his house in the night time, to avoid payment of £ 1 9s. rent. The defendant had received notice to quit on or before a fortnight of such removal. The Bench adjourned the case for a month,the complainant agreeing to allow that time to p-iy the money in.
MAESYCUMMWR. VIADUCT.—Another large and beautiful viaduct is being built at the Rumney junction, MMsycummwr. Like the Crumlin viaduct it is on the Taff Vale line by rail, and the following particulars respecting it will be found interesting :-Its length is 852 feet 6 inches; breadth at top over the parapet, 28ft. 6in.; breadth at the foundation of piers, 40ft.; thickness of piers at bot- tom, 10ft.; ditto at springway, 5ft. 6in.; height of bridge above the river, 120ft.; number of openings, 16 span of openings, 42ft.; arches, semicircular; time building, 2 years; timber used in scaffolding, 32,000 cubic feet; architects, Messrs. Liddle and Gordon, 24, Abingdon- street; the contractors are Messrs. Rennie and Logan and the total cost is under £ 20,000. The viaduct is built of stone obtained in the neighbourhood. The masonry is what is termed rock work, with a block course at the springing of the arches. There is nothing ornamental about the work, the main object being strength but at a short distance it has a very imposing effect—the pro- portions of the various parts harmonise so well and form a very pretty picture. After viewing and admiring the mighty work, the visitor may spend an agreeable half- hour in going through Mr. Jenkins's woollen factory, at the foot, or rather below the bridge. This is a small concern, carried on in every respect the same as the large mills in the west of England and in Yorkshire the power loom is the only thing wanting, and that Mr. Jenkins intends to set up in the course of next year. There are abundant facilities in Wales for manufactories on a larger scale-the whole district from Milford Haven to this place. If the same spirit of enterprise were ob- servable in this branch of trade that we perceive in the carrying out of our mighty iron works, we should have our valleys teeming with mills; for there is no part of the United Kingdom where water power is so plentiful.
RHYMNEY. COLLIERY ACCIDENT.—An inquest was held at the Windsor Arms, on Wednesday, on the body of Daniel Evans, aged 13 years. The deceased and his brother, John Evans, aged 20 years, were at work in the Duffryn Pit cutting coal. There appeared no danger but sud- denly about two tons of coal fell from the face of the stall. John had one of his legs broken, and the de- ceased was killed on the spot. John had worked as a collier several years, and was considered to understand the work well.—Verdict, Accidental death."
FALL OF DELHI. FURTHER PARTICULARS. The correspondent of the Times furnishes us with some interesting particulars relative to the final assault. Before the attack was made, General Wilson promulgated the following excellent order :— The force assembled before Delhi has had much hard- ship and fatigue to undergo since its arrival in this camp. all of which has been most cheerfully borne by officers and men. The time is now drawing near, when the Major- General commanding the force trusts that their labours will be over, and they will be rewarded by the capture of the city for all their past exertions, and for a cheerful endurance of still greater fatigue and exposure. The troops will be required to aid and assist the engineers in the erection of the batteries and trenches, and in daily < exposure to the sun, as covering parties. ] The Artillery will have even harder work than they I yet have had, and which they have so well and cheerfully performed hitherto; this, however, will be for a short ( period only, and when ordered to the assault, the Major- 1 General feels assured British plnck and determination will carry everything before them, and that the bloodthirsty and murderous mutineers against whom they are fighting, will be driven headlong out of their stronghold, or be exterminated but to enable them to do this, he warns the troops of the absolute necessity of their keeping together, c aud not straggling from their columns -by this can success c only be secured. Major-General Wilson need hardly remind the troops J of the cruel murders committed on their officers and com- s rades, as well as their wives and children, to move them < in the deadly straggle. No quarter should be given to the mutineers at the same time, for the sake of humanity, and the honour of the country they belong to, he calls I upon them to spare all women and children that may come in their way. t It is so imperative, not only for their safety, but for the success of the assault, that men should not straggle from their column, that the Major General feels it his duty to direct all commanding officers to impress this strictly upon their men, and he is confident that, after this warning, the men's good sense and discipline will induce them to obey their officers and keep steady to their duty. It is to be explained to every regiment that indiscriminate plunder will not be allowed that prize agents have been appointed, by whom all captured property will be collected and sold, to be divided, according to the rules and regulations on this head fairly among all men engaged and that any man found" guilty of having concealell captured property will be made to restore it, and will forfeit all claims to the general prize he will also be likely to be made over to the Provost-Marshal, to be summarily dealt with. The Major-General calls upon the officers of the force to lend their zealous and efficient co-operation in the erection of the works of the siege now about to be commenced. He looks especially to the regi- mental officers, of all grades, to impress upon their men that to work in the trenches during a siege is as necessary and honourable as to fight in the ranks during a battle. He will hold all officers responsible for their utmost being done to carry out the directions of the engineers, and he confidently trusts that all will exhibit a healthy and hearty spirit of emulation and zeal, from which he has no doubt that the happiest results will follow, in the brilliant termination of all their labours.' On the morning of the 14th, says the writer, soon after daybreak, the assault took place. The attacking columns were-as I gather from a letter that I have seen, written on the following day by an officer of rank in the army, which, though short, is, as far as I know, the only communication of so late a date that has reached Bombay-three in number, one being held, as I understand it, in reserve. Their strength is not given. The main point of assault was the breach at the Cash- mere bastion. One column, however, consisting of Ghoorkas and the newly arrived Jummoo contingent, was directed to make a diversion by attacking the Kis- hengunge suburb, which lies outside the Lahore gate on the western side of the city, and, if it succeeded in car- rying the suburb, to assault the gate itself. But the suburb was occupied by the enemy in force, with a battery of heavy guns. The Cashmerian troops be- haved indifferently, and in spite of the efforts of the brave Ghoorkas the column was repulsed. Its com- manding officer, Major Reid, of the Sirmoor battalion, is among the wounded of the day but on the northern side of the city all went well. The troops entered at the breach with no serious opposition, and spreading to the left and right occupied the whole line of defences from the Water bastion to the Cabul gate, including the Cashmere gate and bastion, the Moree gate and bastion, the English church, Skinner's house, and the ground sabout.' The principal loss sus- tained by the assailants was due to the obstinate resistance they met with in clearing their way along the ramparts to the Cabul gate, and afterwards in an attempt to penetrate beyond that point into the denser parts of the city in the direction of the Jumna. Musjid. In all the loss amounted to about 500 killed and woun- ded. Five officers are reported to have been slain- Tandy, of the Bengal Engineers M'Barnet, of the late 55th Native Infantry; Murray, of the Guides; Brad- shaw, of the 52nd foot; and Fitzgerald, of the 75th. Captain Rosse, of the Carabineers, Major Jacob, of the 1st Bengal Fusileers, and Lieutenant Homfray, 1st Punjab Infantry, are returned as having died of wounds reseived. Brigadier Nicholson was wounded, and his brother, of Coke's Rifles, and many others, in all about 30. Of the loss of the mutineers I do not observe even an estimate. It is only said that bodies of them were seen to be retreating both to the south of the city in the direction of Kootub, and also across the bridge of boats, and that our cavalry had moved round the city to inter- cept and destroy the former. Our victorious infantry, prudently recalled from too hasty an advance into the close lanes of the city, occupied the comparatively open space inside the Cashmere gate, and the walls which they had won upon either side of it. Head-quarters -fre established in the house once occupied by the renege A Irregular Horseman, Skinner, and now known te as ty his name, to the natives as Secundejr's. Preparations were at once made for shelling the enemy Palace the Selimghur, and the other strong pMS city, and the firing commenced next morninjjUB By the evening of that day a breach was effed,, wall of the magazine enclosure, which was he by the enemy, and the place was itormed,. morning by the 61st Foot, and detachments J looeh battalion and Wilde's Rifles. In it wett £ 125 pieces of cannon. The Palace being noW sed the guns and mortars opened upon it frorajH zine enclosure, and the enemy appears to Wm back at all points. Thus the Kishengung, which had repulsed the Jummoo troops, was at* and occupied, and the guns there taken swelle number of captured pieces to upwards of battery on the further side of the river see have been abandoned, and at the date of Jm certain and official news—7 p.m. on the 16th upon the magazine had been repulsed, a chaiA* had been established from the Cabul gate to zine, and the enemy some hours before dayfall — maintaining only a detached and desultory waWfl the tops of the houses. Many townspeople had* and received quarter, which was of course jg every Sepoy. All this is so satisfactory thaiB well credit the tale from Jeypore, that on the ij place was entirely in our hands. —
THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTIC A London contemporary has the following re r the recent carious charge brought against Mr. some particulars of which we gave last week. t course discharged; and we quite concur in the at pt the London police contained in these observation The other day, an honest farmer from Wales way up to the metropolis. While staring about &r the sights of the streets and the splendour of the d Ov was disagreeably reminded of the tricks of by finding himself tapped on the shoulder by officer, hurried before a magistrate, and there < simple and guileless as he looked-with forming qw gang that, a few weeks before, had robbed a jP shop. The man was positively sworn to by two It connected with the establishment, and though his. 0 ance certainly went far to disprove the assertion *1 belonged to perhaps the cleverest department in til ti range of London professional roguery, still the 4. were so positive, that the magistrate had no choicl remand him, till the evidence should be forthcouail he said he could produce to prove that on the day was said to have cheated the sharp eyes of a LonS man, he was quietly attending to the business of some hundred miles away. A day or two nS elapsed before they could attend and in the i O the farmer, as the offeuce was not a bailable one, in prison. The witnesses came at last, and est< £ conclusive alibi, convincing the very accusers tbi that he could not have been the thief, but that ft Walas at the very moment when they said u London. He was, of course, most honourably a but the acquittal will not make up for the incoai the expense, the grief and the shame, to which ttf subjected him. Even the remedy that he unJ t< possesses, of an action for false imprisonment, i an inadequate and uncertain one, and in some c prove worse than the evil it was meant to cure, perhaps, no possibility of altogether preventing tW J g quences which follow from mistaking, as the Be I in this case, one man fcr another and it is fair f that the instances in which such inconveniences place are extremely rare but still, we think Ot& j officers, and our magistrates too, might exercil* more discretion than they did in the case of this nate Welshman. Posi ive as the witnesses who his identity were, they confessed that they hsiijm momentary glimpse of the countenance of the acto*9 and that glimpse could surely have left no vef]V impression in a city like London, where myriads. eaances flit by, each succeeding passenger bl effacing the impression made by his predecessor, shop too whose object is to invite a constant III varying succession of faces. It does seem, !&! the boasted sagacity of our police was here at fanMI their pride that they are familiar with the habits flf haunts of all the roguery they are set to track W hunt down. We believe that the detectives 6bsW can tell from a man's appearance and his deportat only that he is a thief, but the particular kind of to which he may have addicted himself. We eaaBV regarding it as a blot on their professional skill tIMH could not see the difference between a regular II professional and a decent Welsh farmer." B
BIltTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATTF&J [No notices of marriages, birth3, or deaths will in firtuf^jn serted, unless authenticated by the name and addref* sender.] IShtftg. J On the 29th inst., at Park Villa, Newport, Moo" Alfred Wiliiams, of a son. Ou the 21th instant, at Maindee, the wife of Mc Daniel, of a son. iHarriagrt. a On the 27th inst, at Machen church, by the Rev. yu cellor Morgan, rector, assisted by Rev. the Howell-Will and the Rev. Alfred T. Hughes, Thomas Cory £ø4" Cardiff, to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the l^ji William Sarjeant, Machen Place Farm. The aØ bride was attended to the altar by three bridesm\id*» y Miss Cory, Miss Margaret Cory, and Miss WarreD, J a large number of friends, among whom was the ell.,¿ lor's lady (Mrs. Augustus Morgan.) On the 26th inst., at St. Mary's church, AbergaV^ by the Rev. W. Wegg, Mr. Alfred Gurney, of Her*™j to Henrietta, fourth daughter of the late Mr. Jam** Bennett, formerly of Tretire, near Ross. A On the 27th inst., at Llanvihangel, Rogiet, Moafli^j shire, Mr. William H. LangUy, of Llanvair Courts Susan, youngest daughter of R. Baker, Esq., of L^r hangel Court, in the same county. On the 25th inst., at Bedwel'ty church, by the Edmund Leo, Mr. Charles Widdowson, commercial. veller, to Mary Ann, only daughter of Mr. Richard thews, will manager, Tredegar Ironworks. j. On the 28th inst., at Llanblethian Church, Glam shire, by the Kev. E. Jenkins, Vicar of St. MalW assisted by the Rev. H. Gwyn.the Rev. William JenW Rector of Michielstone-y-Vedw, Monmouthshire^ Frances youngest daughter of the late John Miles, of Aburthin. On the 22nd inst, at Llanchychaiarn, CardigaiisKf by the Rev Lewis Charles Davies, uncle of tbe bPte assisted by the Rev. Evan Morgan, vicar, William S**|L eldest son of the late William Belton Crealock, Esq »i Stanhope-place, Hyde Park, to Emma, eldest daqght^J the late Matthew Davies. Esq., of Tanybwich, CardiS shire, and granddaughter of the late Major-Ganeral vies, C.B. J| On the 25th inst., at Trevethin Church, by tie Bj Thomas Davies, Mr. James Leech, grocer, of Ponty to Miss Mary Corns, of the same place, § Orates. | On the 24th inst., at Newport, Mr. Robert Webb, iff monger, Ac., aged 42 years. I On the 24th inst., at Clifton Wood, near Bristol, si 63 years, Elizabeth widow of Robert James, Esq., Dulwich, Surrey, and daughter of the late William Mow Esq of Chepstow. On the 28th inst, at Heolrhydd, Brecon, after a seVj illness, borne with fortitude and Christian resignation)! bis 32nd year, Mr Evan Edwards, for many years 5 faithful clerk of Messrs. D. Thomas and Banks, leavin/ widow and three young children to deplore his loss. On the 23rd instant, at Pontypool, aged 83, Mr. v, mund Baynton, a workman in the employ of the Pott" pool Iron Company for 56 years. J On the 28th, at Aberdare, Mr. William H. Slop' youngest son of the late John Sloper, Esq., surgeon, FI typool. t On the 25th inst., in the street, Brecon, deeply regret by his family and friends, in the 26th year of his age, J* Walter Griffiths, son of Mr. Stephen Griffiths, grocer tea-deal r, of that town. On the 25th inst., in Cross-street, Abergavenny, Jo&! youngest son of :vlr. Richard Shaw, china-dealer, aged1 years and nine months. On the 26th inst., in Flannel-street, Abergavenny, ? Ann Michael, aged 85 years. On the 8th inst., at Cwm Cefela, Llandyssil, Cardie shire, after a long illness, borne with exemplary patieff the Rev. D. Jones, M.A., aged 57, many yeare eiraW S Magor and Red wick, deeply regret te oy l'«s friends. y-. <• >t «<:»«? '»/. tbtobe-r \8St f y.iiU'U fcti UK Proprietor, Er>WA1Sl> DOWlJi" of M< rtesjiftAt, in tiie ikrougV, <-t Seirp«rtt fcy,W lla* CXIRJSTQi'HEiUS. cf No 1, Commercial-street, ia Birtr gh and publiahod at tUe MKS •> General t-jl j Sa. 16, CoiDiuer^i-strwt uviit; ?> Ut. St- M'm CarclSft
(Our letter 13nx. THE COUNTY ADVERTISEMENTS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MERLIN AND SILURIAN.] SIR,-No one sets a higher value on the free comments of the Press upon the public sayings and doings of men than I do, and my regret is proportionately great when I see those comments deprived of their usefulness by having inaccuracies and misstatements so incorporated with them that the reader, seeking for information whereon to found an opinion, is deceived. Such must be the case with all who, ignorant of the facts, read the article under the head of The County Advertisements," which appeared in the last week's MERLIN. In it you say, The County Magistrates ONCE MORE led into a discussion as to the compara- tive claims of the respective local journals to the county advertisements," &c. The comparative claims," &c., were not discussed at the late Quarter Sessions, and they never have been discussed, nor has any analogous question been discussed by the Court, in any shape or form, since I have had the honour of sitting upon the Bench. Again, you say the gentleman by whom the ques- tion has been mooted was so little satisfied with the notice he had given upon the subject that, even before submitting his motion to the Court, maturer deliberation had convinced him of the inutility of his proposition. But in seeking to present his motion in a less exception- able form, he resolved upon a mode equally objection- able." This is all news to me, "the gentleman," who you assert was so dissatisifed "with the notice he had < given," that he sought to present his motion in a less exceptionable form." I never altered in any degree the motion of which I gave notice at the previous Quarter Sessions. In terms and in substance, the motion I made was the one I had given notice of. I Then, again, you say my "classification of the Mon- mouthshire Press is curious and had I said that the MERLIN, was the organ of the moderate party termed the Whigs," I, too, should have called the classification curious"—very curious but I said no such thing. I certainly did speak of the MERLIN as representing 1 Milk-and-water Whiggery"-a sort of political non descript. It seems, however, I was wrong-that the MERLIN represents that great party, the Country." I beg, therefore, to express unfeigned regret for my error, and pity for the Country." Yours obediently, j 26th Oct., 1857. G. R. GREEN HOW RELPH. [See a Leading Article in our 5th page ]
OUR NEXT MAYOR-WHO IS HE ? [r ) THE EDITOR OF THE MERLIN AND SILURIAN.] Si a,—This is a question asked by many of the intelli- gent and good men of Newport. It is one I cannot answer but the 9th of November will finally settle it. It is said, however, that the question is virtually settled long before that time vey likely it has been so before now; but at present it is said there is a greater dif- ference of opinion than usual. Four gentlemen are spoke of and some say the most likely is one connected largely with the public-house trade. It is, Sir, to the qualification of parties engaged in this particular busi- ness that I allude and I contend it would be a public wrong to elect (at any time) such a person to be Mayor or Magistrate. I think, Sir, though I cannot say who is to be, or who ought to be," I can say who ought not to be Mayor. AN ELECTOR.
ABERDARE. An Inquest was held at the Queen's Hotel on Friday. on the body of William Rawson, aged 22, engineer at the Abernant works. He tried to overtake the engine while passing the Abernant office, and was crushed against the wall. He fell, and the wheels passed over him, killing him on the spot. Verdict, Accidental Death." PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH ACT. The long talked of proceedings against Richard Fothergill Esq, as chairman of the local Board of Health for alleged misconduct in taking the names of certain voters at the last election of members of the Board of Health, came off on Thursday last, at the police court. The magistrates on the Bench, were J. C. Fowler, J. W. James, and J. L. Roberts, Esqrs. Mr. Jones, of Neath, was solicitor, and Mr. Field, of the Midland circuit, was counsel for the complainants Mr. Simonds, of Merthyr, was solicitor, and Mr. Cook, of the Oxford circuit, was counsel for the defendant. The court was densely crowded during the proceedings, and considerable confusion was the result. This, com- bined with the inconvenient portion of the Court allotted to the Reporters, rendered it a work of difficulty to them to hear the witnesses or the learned counsel. There were six summonses against the Chairman of the Local Board of Health, which were as follows Mr. Richard Fothergill was charged for that he, within six calender months now last past, to wit, on the 27 day of August, 1857, at the parish, of Aberdare, Glamorganshire, being then and there the chairman of the Aberdare Local Board of Health—charged with taking, collecting, and returning the votes at the last election of persons to be members of the said Local Board of Health-unlawfully did neglect to comply with the provisions of the Public Hea!th Act, 1848, in that behalf, to wit, in then and there admitting a voting paper, signed by one Morgan Morgan, with the initials M.P." opposite the candidates' names, though the said paper was addressed to and intended for one Morgan Phillips, as you the said Richard Fothergill then and there well knew, contrary to the Public Health Act, 1848 Other summonses charged the defendant with admit- ting a voting paper, purporting to be that of Lewis Thomas, without the signature of the said Lewis Thomas with admitting the voting paper of John Eynon, of Cardiff street, Aberdare, sawyer, the said paper not having the initials of the said voter prefixed opposite the names of any of the candidates with admitting the voting paper of Elizabeth Watkins, of Mill-street, with- out the mark affixed at the foot thereof with admitting the voting paper of Jenkin Jenkins, of the Collier's Arms, at Hirwain, the paper not having the initials of the said voter prefixed opposite the names of any of the candidates at the said election with absolutely rejecting the voting paper of Richard Williams, although the same was duly perfected as required by law. Mr. Field opened the case, observing that the object at issue was most important-namely, to secure purity of election. Aberdare was placed under the Public Health Act, in the year 1854, since which time there had been four elections. The proceedings complained of took place at the election in August last. Mr. Fothergill had acted as chairman since the close of the first year, during which the Vicar had presided. The Act provided that the Board should be constituted of representatives elected by the ratepayers and owners of property in the district. It was therefore important that every member should be returned by the honest and free exercise of the rights of the electors. The act was first applied by an Order in Council, which in the case of Aberdare was afterwards ratified by an act of parlia- ment. The Board was constituted of twelve members, four of whom, or a third of the whole number, retired every year. In pursuance of this provision, the mem- bers, who retired by rotation in August last, were Messrs, Fothergill, Roberts, Price, and John; and there was another vacancy occasioned by Mr. Crawshay Bailey, M.P., having forfeited his seat in consequence of non- attendance. The result was that this year there were five vacancies to be filled. The four gentlemen who retired by rotation offered themselves for re-election, and there were five new candidates, namely, Messrs. Thomas Powell, John Watkins, Richard Partridge, John Samuel, and Thomas Evans. The learned counsel then read the sections of the Board of Health Act, from the 21st to the 28th, which describes the process to be pur- sued in the election of members, and the duties of the chairman in relation to the election. He would first of all refer to the case of Morgan Phillips or Morgan Morgan. The voting paper should be filled up by the voter placing his initials against the names of those per- sons for whom he intended voting, and then attaching his own signature. Morgan Phillips voted for Messrs. Fothergill, Roberts, Price, Jones, and John-four of whom were the retiring members. Against these names he placed the initials M. P. but he signed the paper Morgan Morgan," and yet that vote was admitted. The learned counsel then enumerated a number of cases, with the view of showing that in many instances the voting papers were not regularly filled up, but yet in those cases where the votes were in favour of the chair- man and his (the old) party, they were admitted, while, when the votes were in favour of the new candidates, they were rejected. Mr. H. J. Hollier deposed that he was clerk to the Aberdare Local Board of Health, and that the day of the last election was the 25th of August, on which day the voting papers were collected. Mr. Fothergill was chair- man at the time of the election, and the voting papers were examined by him on the 26th August. Witness produced the paper of Morgan Phillips, and the other papers alluded to by the learned counsel in his opening address. On being cross-examined by Mr. Cooke, he said The chairman and myself had some conversation as to the admission or rejection of about a dozen papers, but I do not recollect the particular papers. Previous to com- mencing the scrutiny I pointed out to the chairman the directions of the act as to the admission of voting papers having erasures and alterations, and the chairman, thinking those rules too stringent, decided a short time after we commenced upon admitting those papers which had alterations or erasures to a less number than the names to which the initials were properly attached. If a paper contained two erasures and three names pro- perly marked, that paper was admitted. Every rejected vote was afterwards signed by the chairman. I cannot state the total number rejected. Mr. Cooke submitted that the case was not within the jurisdiction of the Bench, but that it must go to the Court of Queen's Bench, and then if their lordships were satis- fied that a case was made out, it might go to a jury. Mr. Field replied, and, after some discussion, The Chairman (Mr. Fowler) ruled that the case was within, the jurisdiction of the magistrates. Mr. Cooke then, upon the facts adduced, contended that there was no proof of wiljul misconduct upolk the part of the defendant. It was Mr. Hollier who pulled each paper out of the bundles and said whether it was good or bad and there was no pretence to say that Mr. Fothergill altered the papers In any way after receiving them from the clerk. Mr. Hollier said that when handing the papers to the chairman, he made no remark as to the good ones, but when any error struck him, he pointed it out to the chairman, and he did not afterwards look over his shoulder, to see what wa.s done with the paper. Mr. Cooke made a few remarks upon particular cases, and then observed that out of the twenty-one voting papers produced there were only seven or eight which were wrongly admitted or rejected; and that out of a total of twelve hundred, tkese seven or eight papers were wilfully misplaced with a view to alter the result of the election, was extremely improbable. All the in- stances of erasure, he contended, had been satisfactorily explained. In conclusion, he denominated the case as one of the most barefaced of which he had ever heard. The magistrates then retired, and on returning into court after an absence of about an hour and a half, Mr. Fowler said that in this case the question was whether the defendant knowingly and intentionally ad- mitted the voting paper of Morgan Phillips, which was initialled and signed Morgan Morgan." This paper was put in. Tht other evidence brought forward in support of the charge was peculiar, consisting of a num- ber of other papers, some of which had been rejected, and some received. Had this paper of Morgan Morgan or Morgan Phillips been alone, nothing would have been more fair than to suppose that a mistake had occurred, and that the paper was admitted inadvertently but other papers were put in, from which the Bench were asked to infer that the paper in question was knowingly admitted by the chairman. Now, in order to see what force was to be attached to that description of evidence the magis- trates had carefully gone through each case separately. The argument arising from the cases rejected did not appear to have much, if any, force. The question then was, could the magistrates infer that the vote of Morgan Morgan was deliberately and designedly admitted, with the fully knowledge that it was an erroneous vote ? The cases adduced were jotted about among the 1200 voting papers, and in two or three cases the vote was admitted partially against the supposed interest of the chairman and his friends. The Bench were of opinion that upon the penal statute it would not be safe or right that they should infer against the defendant, from the evidence brought forward, any intention to offend against the right of purity of election, or any willful non-compliance with the statute. The scrutiny of the voting papers was properly performed in the presence of a legal adviser and the magistrates thought it fair and reasonable to hold that the offence charged was such an oversight or accident as was not contemplated should be brought under the penal clause of the Act. The summons would therefore be dismissed. The decision of the Bench was received with some demonstrations of applause. Mr. Field then intimated that, as he had no further evidence to bring forward than that already adduced, he would not proceed with the other cases against Mr. Fothergill. A summons had been obtained against Mr. Jenkin Rhys, mineral agent, charging him for that he, on the 27th August, at the parish of Aberdare, did unlawfully, knowingly, and falsely forge the marks or signatures of John Walters, William Griffiths, and Catherine Walters, to their respective voting papers for the election of persons to be members of the Aberdare Local Board of Health, and that you afterwards, on the day and at the parish aforesaid, unlawfully, falsely, and deceitfully did alter the said papers, well knowing them to be false and forged." Mr Field said that in consequence of a witness who had been in court all the morning, not being now present to prove the handwriting, he would withdraw the sum- 1 mons against Mr. Rhys. j The proceedings then terminated, after occupying ( about five hours. (
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