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NEWPORT TOWX COUNCIL.

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TOWN HALL, NEWPORT.—SATURDAY.

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CHURCH-RATES.

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PONTYPOOL. SCHOOL TREAT.—Friday week being the anniversary of the birthday of Master John Hanbury Leigh, son and heir of Capel Hanbury Leigh, Esq., Pontypool Park, it was intimated to the teachers of the town, infant, and Penygano school, that Mrs. Hanbury Leigh would with her accustomed liberality provide the children of the three schools with tea and cake, and to give an additiona ( interest to the proceedings of the day, it was propose that the children of these schools should unite and par- take together of the treat provided for em, rmougr.m. of toe town It. „rd»r of^the to the Park-houae, where suitable hymns were to be sung, and certain demonstrations of respect were to be paid to Mr. and Mrs. Hanbury Leigh, the young squire," and his interesting sisters; but owing to the extremely unfavourable state of the weatbler these arrangements were unwillingly set aside as impracticable. The children having assembled in the town school it was found necessary to amuse them with in-door exorcise until four o'clock, at which hour, the schools havin" united, the total number of cllildren present was 673 Every corner of the capacious building was filled with li ippy faces, but owing to the judicious arrangements made by Mr. Dovey for the accommodation of this largo number, no inconvenience was felt, and the tea and cake, of which there was an abundant supply, were distributed to the numerous recipientsvvith order an I comfort. After tea, the children of the town school, sweetly and with much enthusiasm sung some lines, written by a young man who was formerly a pupil teacher in the town school, in celebration of the birthday of Master John Hanbury Leight. With joy we hail thy natal day, O! happy may it be, A bright spot in the circling year, A day of mirth and glee. Where'er 1ve roam, whate'er betide, This, this, shall be our pray'r, That Heaven may bless thy infant years, And guard thee with its care. May every virtue, in thy heart Its varied charms display, And may Religion's guiding star Direct thee by its ray. May Happiness, its radiant beam j thee, fair infant, cast, And may each birthday ot thy life, Be happier than the last. Long may thy Parents live, to be Our Patrons good and kind And may their virtues long remain Within thy heart enshrined. Where'er we roam, whate'er betide This, this, shall be our pray'r, That Heaven may bless thy infant years And guard thee with its care. This was followed by the children of the infant school singing verses by the same composer, their little voices blending sweetly and harmoniously together With gladness and pleasure, and hearts full of glee, Thy birthday we merrily greet, And fervently lift up a prayer for thee, With voices harmonious and sweet. Through life thus we'll sing- May each birthday bring Fresh increase of joys, without care; May Religion's bright ray E'er shine in thy way. And, Long may'st thou live," is our prayer. May blessings attend thee, may every bliss That Earth can afford thee bo thine May thy parents long live, and, be added to this — May their virtues in thee also shine. Through life thus we'll sing, &c. And if, in life's journey, a cloud e'er should throw Its gloom o'er thy sunny bright sky May it pass like a dream, and may moments of woe Give place to such joys as ne'er die. Through life thus we'll sing. &c. At the conclusion enthusiastic cheers were given by the children for Master John Hanbury Leigh, Mr. and Mrs. Ilanbury Leigh, the Misses Leigh, the Rev. Thomas and Mrs. Davies. The visitors present were the Rev. J. Hooper, Messrs. Alfred Williams, S. Vernon, W. Wood, and Mrs. Wood. Much credit is due to Mr. and Mrs. Dovey, and the pupil teachers of the town school, for their active and zealous exertions in connection with the happy celebration of the young squire's" birthday. After the children were dismissed, the teachers, assistants, and visitors sat down to an excellent tea, and after an hour's social chat, separated highly gratified with the day's proceedings. Mrs. Hanbury Leigh has since expressed a wish that each child present on the interesting occasion should be presented with one penny. We regret to say that the Rev. Thomas and Mrs. Davies were unavoidably absent from home. THE BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTION.—The annual meetings of this institution were held on Wednesday and Thursday the 19h and 20th instant, and were nume- rously attended by ministers and other friends of the society. The greater number of the ministers present had been educated in this college either at Abergavenny or since its removal to Pontypool. The examination of the students, which appeared to give general satisfaction to the friends present, took place at the college on the Wednesday morning. That in theology was conducted by the Rev. James Row, of Risca, and that in classics 'V <-V' Butterworth, M.A., of Abergavenny. Alter dining together in the lecture-room a committee meeting was held in the library, Doctor Thomas in the chair. The Welsh service in the chapel commenced at seven o'clock; the Rev. S. Williams, of Nantyglo,. preached a very appropriate and excellent sermon to the students from Ecclesiastes xii., 9, 10, 11. The English service, on Thursday mcrning, was commenced by the Rev. A. Tilley, of Cardiff. Mr. Philip Reese, one of the students, read an essay on the Province of Reason,, in relation to Revelation j and the Rev. S. W, Todd preached a very able and impressive sermon from 2nd Tim., ii. 2. The Rev. John Jenkins, from Bdttanv closed this service by prayer. The public meeting for TTf6 w T?-tl(^n business commenced at half-past two, Phillips, Edq. in the chair. It appeared from the report that twenty students had been in the house during the year a greater number than had ever bsen colore on the funds of the society. Several of the stu- dents had during the year entered upon important spheres of ministerial lctbourr and others had accepted invita- tions to the pastorate. From the treasurer's account it appeared that nearly £1,400 hid been received towards the jubilee, but that there was a balance of more than £100 against the society, which was attributed to the depression of the times. The whole proceedings were of a very cheering nature, and augured well for the institution. WHIT-MONDAY was gloomy, wet, miserable, and dirty. All pleasurable holiday anticipations were dispelled from an early hour in the morning, when rain, accompanied by frequent gusts of wind, commenced, and continued almost without intermission throughout the day. Very few strangers visited the town. A swing or two and a show were plying their occupation, and the juvenile band occasionally struck up a tune but nearly the whole of shops were closed, the clubs' processions, with the music and flags, were absent, and all contributed to present anything but a gay appearance. THE COLLIERS' AXD MINERS-' BEXEFIT SOCIETY.—The annual feast" of this institution took place on Saturday at the Three Cranes Inn, and the dinner prepared by Mrs. Glazebrook added, if possible, to her previous laurels. T'HE CLUBS.—The various benefit societies, of which so large a number are in being in this town and neigh- bourhood, celebrated their anniversaries on Whit-Monday. Hitherto, it has been the custom to walk in procession with the usual adjuncts of music, &c.; but this year a I an c^r>-ainly loss expensive, course was t. t n nierll'3er3 merely assembling in their rooms 0 rausaet lheircustomarybusiness,todine,and afterwards to spend a fratprual evening together. At the Ship Inn, ih'\ Ancient Britons Male Society and The Old Female Society were well entertained. The dinners gave every satisfactioii.-The Sons of Unity enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the Full Moon. Mrs. Manly having been a cook at the Park, as a matter of course, was quite au fait in providing good and substantial, yet delicate dislies.-Tlie Sous of Unity meeting at the Sun Ion were well entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Merchant, and the fifty guests who sat down were in every respect satisfied. After dinner, seventeen now members were proposed. From the general annual financial statement, it appeared that the receipts amounted, with the superannuation fund in hand from last year, toj6132 ls. lid., and the expenditure for funerals, sick pay, &c., such as to leave a dividend of 16s. od. for each full member, and a dinner ticket of 2s. bd.-both items amounting together to S52 2s. lid,, while more than Xio was added to the superannuation fund.-The Old Pontypool Club were well regaled by Mr. and Mrs. Jones, at the Clarence Hotel, and spent a delightful evening. SUDDEN DEATH.—Last Saturday morning, a man 42 years of age, named Thomas Lanwerne, who fell dead while loading ashes at Pontypooi-park. An inquest was held at the Hanbury Arms Inn, on Monday, before Mr. Ashwin, deputy-coroner, upon the body of the deceased, when Henry Morgan proved that they wore at work together on Saturday filling ashes to be removed from Pontypool-park; that deceased had taken one load, and whilst filling another fell down witness caught him in his arms; John Watkins held his head on his knee while witness went for further help; in less than five minutes he breathed his last. Witness had no doubt but he died naturally, as he had been ill a long time. He had been attended by a doctor and had taken medicine. J ohn Watkins corroborated this evidence. Verdict "Died by the visitation of God." T ACCIDENT. — A serious mishap occurred to Stafford, of Abersychan, on Saturday morning. l.e at work at the Varteg, by a tall of rubbish upon is thigh was broken, and he received other severe injuries. POLICE COURT-—SATURDAY. [Magistrates—F. LEVICK and JOHN Juia, |un Esqrs.] GOYTRE.—Thomas Roberts, oJ? 1:he .Royal Oak, for keeping his house open after eleven o clock on the night of Sunday, the 9th inst. was fined 20s., including costs. P0NTYpU.-Dan.el Morgan was charged with leaving the employ of due notice.-Air R. J. Oathcart, who for the defence, intimated that he had an objection to make to the jurisdiction of the magistrates, when the proper time arrived-Mr. Greenway, the c omplainant's solicitor, said there were several individuals in the same position, and he would therefore, consent to the charge b >in» nKorri a M defendant would r„urn t0 "&Lrt • SXTT as beeYakra wtth„ut'«ny ™Sn whatever. As to any other matter, that may be treated upon in another p ace Mr a ;,L; *vlr* Greenway said it was but x. ,3. ve mifiutes that he had brien instructed f ^1 ainant' only desired to show that men no eave their employ without giving the least notice whatever. In the present instance, the defendant ™ a £ a £ °5,f Saturday morning—the most busy time. —Mr. Jij. B. Ldwards, clerk to the Bench, suggested that Mr. Cathcart should now take his objection.—Mr. Cath- cart: If Mr. Jenkins will proceed with his case, I shall be happy to meet it.—Complainant theq deposed I am a draper; there w-is a change in the firm, andon the lstof Aptil I engaged d feudint at £ -30 a year, paid quarterlfi a'd to live in the house a month's notice WAS understood upon either side, as is always the caSJ except there should be a special agreement; he 10ft m" on Saturday mornigg last; he gave no notice.—Cross-exvnined I engag^ hi;n to serve in the sh ip as a drapjr's assistant, to k the stoc t right, to wait upon cus omers, and, if neces' sary, to sweep out the shop and clean the windows. jlr. Cathcart then proceeded with his objection. 11'¡ assurned that the information was laid'under the Act ai iament 6 Geo. I\ the words of which were, "No, servant in husbandry, or any artificer, calico printer,! handicraftsman, miner, collier, pieceman, or other pef sons, and so on. Within any of the terms thus specified he contended, a draper's assistant did not come; whils the general words, "or other persons," must apply toi those of somewhat similar pursuits, as was evident from a decision of Lord Desman's, in tho case of Kitchen Shaw, reported in Adolphus and Ellis, p. 729, where 8 domestic servant brought an action with reference to a magisterial conviction. He was also borne out by Oke," and other works.—Mr. Elwards remarked that there had been more recent casei.—Mr. Levick (who was at this time alone on the Bench) Would it not be well for the young man to go back, and then give the required notice ? —Air. Cathcart said he fuHy appreciated the advice of the Magistrate but he was desirous that the case should be decided according to law.—Mr. Levick would then con- sider the matter bdfore deciding upon it.—Mr. Cathcart produced a decision of Lord Tenterden, to the effect that where general words followed particular ones, the rule was to consider them as applicable to persons of the same de- scription. Mr. Edwards believed the case of Rex v. Gor- don and another case had since been decided in a contrary manner.—Mr. Levick The consideration for the Bench is whether a draper's assistant is included in the words other persons"-a term which most certainly includes a << great quantity of employments not specified.—Mr. Cath- cart: But of the same description.—Mr. Levick ND doubt there are some employments in which it is difficult U° J U w I1!10 ^Qe'—Edwards In one case a tailor a een hired.—Mr. Cathcart: That was under a more recent Act. He would illustrate his position. A number of persons were employed in collieries besides colliers, but he did not mean to say that a summons would fall to the ground because one of the employees, who was not actually a collier, should not be described as such,— Mr. Edivards: There was the case of a domestic servant at a farm-house.—After a few words from Mr. Greenway, the matter was adjourned until the next sitting, to con- sider the point of jurisdiction.—J 3hn Phillips was charged with committing a trespass upon the property of Michael Yates, by walking actoss his field. Defendant said hf. j kept to the path, but no public path exists there. Ordered 0 pay bs. E,]., the costs.—An order was made upon » Michael Quinn to pay as. for being drunk. £ PENYGAR.V.—John James was charged with committing a trespass by driving his donkey into a plantation belong- ing to C. H. Leigh, Esq. Fined 20s. and costs. I"LEUR -DE-.LIS. -Sarah Palmer charged Thomas Row- lands with being the father of her illegitimate child.. Mr. Greenway appeared for the complainant, and Mr. Simons, of Merthyr, for the defendant. The case hal been already heard twice at the R')ck Petty Sessions, being dismissed upon one occasion, and the magistrates disagreeing upon the second. A iditional evidence was now adduced, and the hearing occupied the Bench a con- siderable time. Mr. Levick then said had the matter been brought before them now for the first time, the ma- gistrates would not be long in arriving at a decision but out of deference to the gentlemen by whom it had been previously heard, they deemed it only proper to look at the testimony of the several witnesses with more minuteness The magistrates accordingly retired, and remained in consultation some time. Upon their return into court, Mr. Levick said: We have heard this case at great length in courtyand we ourselves have patiently and carefully gone through it again. We ean come to no other decision than to convict the defendant in the paternity of the child, and ordeT 2s. a week. The remaining cases were of trifling interest.

PONTYPOOL COUNTY COURT.

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