THB SUPPLEMENT TO THIS DAY'S MERLIN CONTAINS LameiiUble Accident—Wine versus Spirits-Gross Imposition on Somersetshire Farmers—The London Builders' Strike—Murder in the London Commercial Docka—The Great Exhibition of 1862 -Paper from Wood —Diabolical Crime in France-A. Happy Home-Great Flood at Toclmorden-Murder and Robbery in Lanark- re-The Queen in the Highlands—Extraordinary arvation Case in Glasgow—The Charges of Theft ainst a Clergyman -A Novel Cause of Disease—Income x on Annuities Daring Brigandage—The Cruise of the o n-cased Frigate Defence-Love an,1 Murder—A oarist Lost on Ban Nevis-Amarican Turnkeys and air Revolvers-The Charges against Mr. Edwin James, C .-A Man Killed by his Sister-Frightful Accident a Canal Tunnel-The War in America—The Coventry isoning Case-Foreign Miscellany—Literary Selections —Facetiae, and a quantity of General News.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. 'W. F. Pontllanfraith, must have been under some range hallucination when he supposed we should asert the balderdash he has sent us. J. M., Pontllanfraith.—The letter i3 an advertise- ment. The charge for its insertion would be five shil- ngs, which must be prepaid. T. W., Manchester.—The meeting of the Hereford, Hay, and Brecon Railway Company, was held at the Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford and that of the Hay Railway Company, at the Swan Hotel, Hay. The demands made upon our space by advertisements compel ns to hold over the article HomaBopathy not a sham." It shall appear in our next.—We are obliged by the same cause, to withhold a Leading Article on the aspect of Foreign affairs.
THE lilonnidtttjrsWre |Vlrrliii. NE 1 PORT, SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 1861. THE Magistrates of Newport exercised a wise discretion in adopting the hint we gave a fort- night ago that they should throw open their meeting of the 9th to "the representatives of the Press and our conviction of the propriety of that course is not less deep because it turns out that we shall this week let in the light of pub- licity upon a scene of confusion worse con- founded." It was due to the magistrates no less than to the public, that they should have an opportunity of laying before the town the grounds upon which they rest their opposition to the course advised by the Council. By opening the door of their Chamber to the re- porters that opportunity has been secured; and a perusal of the voluminous record we give of the proceedings, will enable the public to judge with somewhat more clearness than hitherto of the conclusions arrived at by the respective parties. After considerable experience of the confused manner in which public bnsiness is frequently handled in this town, we were scarcely prepared for such a Babel-like controversy as that which took place on Monday nor is it surprising that two or three of the speakers should have ex- pressed uneasiness as to the opinion which would be formed of their capabilities when the eye of the public should fall upon the record of their proceedings. Still,the discussion, such as it is, is before us and though the wordy conflict may somewhat tax the patience of those who look rather for business than talk, it is yet pos- sible to eliminate from the wearying details some appreciable grounds of opposition between the disputants. For the present, then, the magistrates' clerk- ship question has passed from the field of legal litigation into the scarcely less exciting arena of magisterial deliberation; and among the earliest indications of the current of opinion is the admission of the principle that it is desira- ble to pay the Magistrates' Clerk by salary, in- stead of by fees. But is this, it may be asked, an evidence of progress towards the point of settlement ? No. Years ago the Bench of Magistrates agreed to a similar course, and were deterred from pursuing it only by the obstruc tions thrown in their way by the very parties who now urge its adoption. In affirming their preference for a salary, the Council are but echo- ing the long-recorded conclusion of the magis- trates, and the latter body are but re-stating what they had long previously agreed upon. In this respect, they are not a step in advance of their former position-a fact which renders it almost ludicrous that so much time should have been spent on Monday in reaching what was already a foregone conclusion. It happens y In also that as to the amount of the salary to be paid, there is identity of opinion between the magistrates who seven years ago expressed themselves upon the subject and the present recommendation of the Council. We perceive, however, that the Mayor affirmed at the Council meeting on Tuesday, that some of the present magistrates do not consider X300 a year an adequate remuneration for Mr. Fox but it is apparent that no stress was laid upon this point in the discussion of the previous d iy. This subject, then, being scarcely at all an element in the existing controversy, may be judiciously postponed until the funda- mental objection raised by the magistrates has been satisfactorily met. Whether Mr. Fox should have L300 or zC400 a year is really not the question at issue. For all prac- tical purposes, this is at present an extraneous I. point, although it must, of course, come up at a subsequent period for consideration. It will thus be seen that the question is narrowed down just to the proportions it assumed when the agitation was commenced. The payment by salary is agreeable to both parties, and the question of amount, whenever it may come to be debated, is not likely to present any for- midable obstacle to a settlement. What, then, it may be asked, is the remaining t cause of difference ? Simply this-shall a Mr. Fox be paid a salary under the existing 1: Act of Parliament applying to such cases, or ( shall the payment by salary bo deferred until c a new Act (which the Mayor alleges is to be S brought before the Legislature) shall have been P passed? The response to this query by the t Mayor and those who think with him is—let v the payment by salary be resorted to at once, g under the provisions of the existing Act and 1 here ÍQsue is joined, the opposite party objecting; to this course because, as they allege, the effect I would be to withdraw the question of the 1 cte. L"'i remuneration from under their control, ] and place it practically in the hands of the Council. This arises under a section of the 11 Act which assigns the initiative in the matter of tt-e amount to be paid to the Magistrates' Clerk to the Council so that, should the Council recommend a given amount to the Magistrates, and the latter accept that recom- mendation, no further action could be taken on the subject until the Council might choose to submit another recommendation. This, then, is the real bone of contention. The Council, by urging the Magistrates to fix their Clerk's stipend under the existing Act of Parliament, are, in effect, asking for the power of regulating that stipend in the future and this the Magistrates refuse to concede. The protracted altercation at the meeting as to whether the Act of Parliament has been adopted in many or few towns was simply irrele- vant: whether the MAYOR or Mr. Fox was .right upon this point, is altogether immaterial. The attempt to base a settlement of the dif- ference upon the course adopted iIt other places was,, in effect, nothing more nor less than a recommendation to adjust it rather by precedent than upon its merits. It is evident, however, that but few towns have [placed themselves under the provisions of the existing Act—so that any inference drawn from this bearing of the question, whatever may be its value, would be unfavourable to the view adopted by the MAYOR and his supporters. It is somewhat remarkable that the Mayor, on finding that the magistrates were disposed to defer the question until the Act alleged by him to be in preparation should be passed, seemed inclined to withdraw his former statement that such a measure was intended to be introduced. He even went so far as to say that he must correct the reports of the Press upon that part of his speech. We may just remark that we do not accept this correction as His Worship unquestionably made the statement assigned to him in our columns, and given, almost in the same words, in another journal. It is hardly fair that the Mayor, when he finds that his statement is turned to account against his own object, should seek to escape the dilemma by imputing inaccuracy to the Press. OUR contemporary, the Star, is in a predica- ment similar to that of the Irish woman who took violent umbrage on O'COXNELL calling her a common noun." She supposed there was just cause for indignation, and proceeded to dig- j play her anger in anything but courteous lan- guage. Our contemporary has imagined a grievance, and, with conspicuous valour, seizes upon his weapon to reduce us to an appeal c, ad misericordiam." We are, however, not yet in extremis, having had the felicity to survive the volley of hard words with which we were last week assailed. We have, of course, no intention to notice at length the effusion to which we refer. We shall simply state a fact or two, and then relieve 1' the reader from further attention to a matter I which possesses no permanent interest for him or us. A fortnight ago we recommended that the then pending meeting of the Newport ma- gistrates, convened for the purpose of discussing the case of their clerk, should be open to the Press. Among the remarks we then made, was the statement that "a brief report of the ma- i gistrates' proceedings at their meeting of the 21st, had found its way into the columns of our contemporary, furnished doubtless by a < "gentleman who took a leading part in the "business of the day." We also hinted that with this gentleman the Star was a favourite print." We made no further allusion to the paper in question, nor did we express any dis- gust" at the proceedings we have named. But 1 the bare mention of his sheet was enough for our irascible friend: he rises instantly into prickly heat," and charges us with ill-condi- ( tioned temper," questionable motives," and "jealous susceptibility." Alarmed for his ] honour, he unsheaths his blade, and declares he must strike promptly and fearlessly," and even < carry the war into Africa Whether or not 1 he has gone thither in pursuit of his imagined enemy, we are not aware. If he has, we regret < that his Quixotic feeling has so outstripped his 1 discretion and we shall cordially welcome I his return if we find that the warmth of the 1 climate has not aggravated his dangerous ex- I citement. During his absence, we commend to < the study of our juvenile friends, of larger and I smaller growth, the diligent intelligencers, the "jeremiads," the "epidermis," and the < firebrands," cautioning them as to the danger ] of the last-named articles. We would have put I the "epigram" into the same category but for its extreme vulgarity. The writer unwittingly imports into his J article an allusion to the little reproof we ad- I ministered to the Mayor; as though he were, more pained at this than at any supposed affront t to himself. If he intended to admit that the I Mayor was his reporter, there was something magnanimous in his resolution to stand between His Worship and ourselves; if not, the reference to the Mayor must be explained upon the as- sumption of our contemporary being the cham- pion of injured innocence in general. We will simply add, that the remark that we were not cognizant of the proceedings of the < magistrates on the 21st is, in diplomatic lan- guage, inexact. The proceedings in question were chronicled, in substance, in the MERLIN on the same day on which the report" appeared in the Star.
gtal SnttMigew*. « We (Army and Navy Gazette) regret to announce that three officers serving in New Zealand have been dismissed the service-Captain Hare, of the 40th, and Captain Bailie, of the 65th, for being drunk on duty; and Captain Stack, of the 65th, for disobedience to orders The last-named officer was ensign of the company of the 45th Regiment which encountered the attempted in- surrection, headed by Frost, in Newport. Monmouthshire, in 1839. Both Captains Stack and Hare had recently been serving on the staff as majors of brigade. CURIOUS, OVERSIGHT.—The first number of a cheap journal called The Reformer," has just appeared. On g'ancing over it, we observed the fullowing In reference to a paragraph headed suicide,' which appeared in our columns a fortnight ago V* We are somewhat puzzled to understand how anything can have appeared a fortnight ago in the columns of a paper which is not yet two days old. The writer must have been as confused as to the date of his paper's advent as the Irishman respecting the day of hii birth- Although," says Pat, I was prisent at the time, I have no reco'lection of the evint." It may turn out, howev-r, that The Reformer" is but an old acquaintance under a new name. Salmon fishing closed in the Severn, on Saturday night, and will not be open again by law, until February 1862. A Correspondent asks the question-how is it that the Cadets belonging to the Third Monmouthshire Rifles are never called out to drill ? Perhaps some gentleman in authority will kindly answer. THE Dos WORKS SCHOOL AT LLANVRECHVA GRANGE.-On Monday last, in accordance with a very commendable usage, the children of the Dos Works School, in this town, were taken out for a little rural pastime. It has been the practice, on former occasions' for them to visit Bryn Glíh, the seat of the principal member of the Dos Works firm, J. J. Cordes, Esq., but, in consequence of the lamented illness of that gentleman and Mrs. Cordes, Llanvrechva Grange, the residence of F. J. Mitchell, Esq., a member of the firm, was seleoted for the treat. On Monday, the children, numbering about 320, bearing their flags and banners, and preceded by their drum and flute band, marched from a field near the works, to the railway station, in Mill-street, where a special train awaited them. The neat and orderly appearance of the children was a subject of favourable remark. On reaching Llanvrechva Grange they were kindly received by Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, and a large party of ladies and gentlemen- the meeting being signalised by a hearty cheer. J. E. Lee, Esq., Thomas Cordes, Esq., F. J. Mitchell, Esq., and other gentlemen, kindly and actively exerted them- selves in promoting the amusement of the children, and during the afternoon games and races of various descriptions were enjoyed with much zest. The pro. ceedings were agreeably diversified by the singing of pieces by the children, and the playing of a good selection of music by the band. The games were concluded by an exciting sack-race. Cake and other provisions were plentifully distributed among the children, by the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, and the ladies and gentlemen present sedulously ministered to the comfort of the juvenile party. At the close of the proceedings, lusty cheers were given by the children for '-he kind friends who had entertained them and Mr. Mitchell, in responding, expressed his great satisfaction at the orderly behaviour of the children, and the hope that on a future occasion they would again have the pleasure of meeting at Bryn Glai. This was tullowed by protracted cheering for Mr. and Mrs. Cordes and absent friends, and a similar compliment to the efficient master of the school, Mr. II. G. Reyno!ds, whose admirable arrangements for the day's festivity were much commended. The national anthem having been performed, the procession defiled in front of the house, and left the grounds oheering loudly. They took the train at Pontnewydd for Newport, and arrived home in safety about eight o'clock, nothing having occurred to mat the pleasures of the day, HEREFORD MUSICAL FESTIVAL.—The festival of the Choirs of Gloucester, Worcester, and Hereford, for the benefit of the Widows ani O-'phans of Clergymen, commenced on Tuesday last, at the cathodrU, at Here- ford, and was continued up to Friday (yesterday). The weather being favourable, and the arrangements for the festival of a very attractive character, this year's meet- ing was more successful than some of those of preceding periods. The principal compositions performed were Mendelssohn's Elijah, Spohr's Last Judgment, Handel's Samson, Spring, from Haydn's Seasons, Mozart's Grand Requiem, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, and Handel's Messiah. The principal vocalists were :-Sopranoll- Madlle Tietjens, Madame SVeiss, and Miss Louisa Pyne. Contraltos—Madame Sainton-Dolby, and Miss Susan Pyne. Tenors-Signor Giuglini, Mr. Montem Smith, and Mr. Sims Reeves. Basses— Mr. Winn and Mr. Weiss. Evening concerts were given as usual. Mr, Done, of Warcester presided at the piano, and Mr. Amott, of Gloucester, at the organ. The Hereford Journal says-" If it were possible for the meeting to be otherwise than a great success, Mr. Townshend Smith, upon whose shoulders have devolved the whole of the work, will at least have the satisfaction of know- ing that the nobility, gentry, clergy, and his fellow. citizens generally feel, that they owe him a debt of gra. titude for his great and entirely disinterested energies, not only in arranging the preliminaries of the Festival, but in conducting it to its completion. It may be that some adverse circumstance -such as the disappointment naturally caused by the non-opening of the Worcester and Hereford Railway, as we were from time to time led to hope,would not be the case -may have seriously mili. tated against the achievement of that measure of suc- cess we had every reason to expect; but Mr. Smith may take courage that, although it is not in mortals to com- mand, he has at least done everything to deserve it." THE FORTHCOMING RIFLE COMPETITION.—-In an advertisement in another column will be found full particulars of the arrangement for the volunteer prize shooting match, which is to come off at Newport in the course of a few days. It is anticipated from the number and value of the prizes to be competed for, that the contest will excite considerable interest among volun- teers throughout this and surrounding counties, and that a large number will be tempted to display their skill. It will be perceived that a valuable prize has been offered by Mr. Cartwright, open to all volunteers in the ciunties of Monmouth and Glamorgan. CAMBRIAN DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTE-A pub- lic meeting, under the presidency of the Rev. E. Haw- kins, Vicar of St. Woolos, was held in the Town Hall, on Thursday evening, in connection with the above- named institute. The audience,'which was not very nu- merous,was addressed by W.H. Michael, Esq.,of Swansea, who, in an able speech set forth the claims of the insti- tute upon the inhabitants of the Principality, pourtray- 109 in eloquent terms the deplorable condition of deaf mutes, when suffered to grow up in their natural dark- less and ignorance. He enforced upon all classes the luty of adequately supporting deaf and dumb institu- tions, inasmuch as only by educational means specially tdapted to meet the peculiar case and requirements of ,hese afflicted ones, could their minds be enlightened nd their sufferings alleviated. He made a powerful appeal to the inhabitants of Newport, from which town several children had been received into the Cambrian In- ititution, while the contributions from this town had )een by no means commensurate with the benefit con- ferred upon the children it had sent.-In the course of ;be evening several of the pupils underwent an exami- nation in secular and scriptural knowledge, the intelli- gence and proficiency they displayed affording the itrongest recommendation of the institute to the prac- .ical sympathy of the public. At the close, Mr. Henry Phillips, the local treasurer, and by whom subscriptions will be gratefully received, moved, and Mr. E. J. Phillips leconded, a vote of confidence in the institute, coupling herewith a vote of thanks to Mr. Michael,for the admir- able exposition of the objects and advantages of the in- ititution with which he had favoured the meeting. The notion was cordially adopted. A collection being made, ;he usual compliment to the Rev. Chairman closed the proceedings. THE FETE AT RAGLAN CAS-IXE, which annually takes place under the auspioes and for the especial be. aefit, of Mr. Cuxson, the courteous and obliging warden, same off on Monday last. The day being beautifully fine, t large number of visitors from a distance were present )n the occasion,, special trains at reduced fares running 'or their accommodation An afternoon of thorough injoyment was passed, Mr. Cuxson having spared no )ains in providing every amusement calculated to en- lance the pleasure, and ensuie the satisfaction of his guests. The ever-popular" Aunt SaUy," football, iwings, Jack's a'ive," and a host of other games, sup- plied the visitors with ample reoreation and sport. Dancing was indulged in with much, spirit to the admir- tble strains of the Royal Monmouthshire Light In- 'antry Band, until nine o'clock, when the shades of evening fell, the arohery tent having been thrown open io tha lovers of Terpoiohora. JLt tbo boiu- namp/3, the signal wa» given for a grand ditplaf of fireworks, from the donjon, when the tent was vacated, all flocking to what proved to be a really magnificent spectacle. The illumination of the castle produced a very beautiful effect, and formed the theme of admiration of all pre- sent. The proceedings came to a close shortly before ten o'clock, and the visitors departed homewards, highly eulogising the worthy warden who had catered so ad- mirably and so successfully for their amusement. BRITISH: SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE SOSPEL AMONG THE J EVPS.—A public meeting, in Jehalf of this- society, was held at Dock-street Chapel, m Wednesday evening. Mr. Henry Pbillips occupied he chair. The Rev. J. Wilkinson attended as a deputa- tion, and delivered an interesting and instructive address, calculated to create a deep and wide spread interest on behalf of the Jews. He detailed at considerable length the operations of the society, whose object was, he said to minister to the spiritual aDd eternal interests of the most wonderful people on the face of the earth. He ieprecated the spirit in which the Christian had acted towards God's ancient people, and argued that much of the prejudice and antagonism manifested by the Jew to the Christian religion had arisen from the persecution to which in all ages, by all sections of the professing Christian Church, the Jew had been sub- jected. The Christian Church had not acted, aright to. wards God's ancient people because it had not felt aright, and it had not felt aright because it had not thought aright, and it had not thought aright, because having settled in its own mind that God had abandoned his ancient people, it had gone to God's word, with its preconceived notions, aad, interpreting the Bible by its own, prejudices, had made the Bible leave every blessing., and promise to the Gentile, and every curse to the Jew. Until this state of feeling were remedied, the Jew would, never receive just treatment at the hands- of the Chris- tian. In his further. remarks the Rev, Speaker dealt. with the following questions—Are the Jews to be con- icerted ? How are they to be converted ? When are they to be converted ? In replying to these interroga- tories, he argued that the Jews were to be converted by the preaching of the Gospel, accompanied by earnest prayer, in dependence upon the promised blessing of the Spirit, and that when they should be converted de- pended upon the Gentile Church. Gtod had no s«&time for the restoration of his ancient people this would be accomplished when the Christian Church awoke from her lethargy, and used the means, to the end. ordained by God, and revealed by Him in His word. Mr. Wil- kinson supported his argument by numerous quotations from scripture. He concluded by instancing several in- teresting cases of conversion fiera. Judaism, which had come under his own observation. The Revd. A. M c Auslane also briefly addressed the meeting, which was closed by devotional exercises, a collection being made on. behalf of the society Excc&MON.—On Friday (yesterday), the workmen employed in the locomotive- department of the Mon- mouthshire Railway Company visited the fine old ruins. of the Castle of Caerphilly. They had arranged for the enjoyment of a day's relaxation in connection, with. the workmen of their own class employed by the Rhymney Company at Machen and were joined by them on their way to Caerphilly. Hav- ing participated heartily in rural pastimes in the castle grounds, they returned to Machen, where they partook of a sumptuous dinner, prepared under the skilful superintendence of Host Watkins, of the Royal Oak, in the large fitting shed of the Rhymney Com- pany. The evening was spent in conviviality, and all appeared thoroughly to enjoy their holiday.
ABE3&JAVENITY. TEACHERS' HARVEST GATHERING.—The annual ga- thering of the National School masters and mistresses of the diocese of Llandaff, which has been held this year at Abergavenny, was brought to a festive conclusion on Friday last, by a tea party, which took place at the Boy's National School-room. Fifty-four teachers and a very considerable number of visitors were present. The Rev. A. Stammers presided at the centre tea table, with ho Rev. Canon Williams for vice. The Rev. W. Wegg and the Rev. T. Morgan, sat at the head of the other tables. Theroom was tastefully decorated with flowers and the tea tableswith various shrubs, kindly furnished byMr. Saun Jers, The Rgv. T. Williams made a general ad- dress to the assembly on suitable topics, which was well received. After a piece of vocal music by the teachers, the Rev. H. Peake presented to the Rev. A. Stammers, in the name of the teachers, fifteen volumes of judi- oiously-chosen works of Milton, Locke, Miller, and Mil- ner, as a mark of their great personal regard for him, and of their gratitude for the benefit derived from his lectures, and other efforts to promote their welfare. The speaker connected the philosophy and history of the vo. lumes given, with the valuable instruction already sup- plied, and expected in future to be given, by Mr. Stam- mers, and further proceeded to encourge the teachers by reference to the importance of their work, and the cheer- ful discharge of it as a duty to God. Mr. Stammers ac- knowledged the gift in a feeling and appropriate manner, and added soma valuable and pointed remarks. The Rev. W. Wegg, the Rev. H. Ashwin, Mr. Manley Ashwin, and the Rev. W. Davies, spoke in succession on subjects connected with the motives and the duties of teachers, the value of the National Society, and the advantages derived from the harvest gatherings. These addresses called forth a hearty expression of approbation from the hearers, who vigorously applauded every ear- nest sentiment and every warm appeal to their good feW- ings. Mr. Stammers also proposed a vote of thattk* to Messrs. Webber, Munroe, and Walker, for their great ) assistanee in carrying on the daily meetings of the bar vest gathering, and also to Mrs. Webber, for the admir- able manner in which the arrangements of the tea party were carried out. The whole proceedings were most interes-ing and gratifying and were brought to a con- clusion by the assembly singing, God save the Queen," and the Gloria. Patri." Some excellent singing was introduced between each of the speeches. ATTEMPTED SuidDE.—WiNiam Lewis, an aged man, who has for several years past been employed as a water-turner in this town, attempted self-destruction on Monday last. Lewis went, as was supposed, to bed, but he had not been up stairs many minutes when his wife, on going to the room, found him suspended by a rope to the bed-post. In a few minutes more life would have been extiact. This is the third attempt of this indi- vidual to destroy himself-twice within the last six months. OBSERVATIONS ON THE WEATHZ&, TA-REN AT ABER- GAVENNY, FOR AUGUST, 1861.—Throughout this month the weather was almost constantly finer and most oppor- tunely so, as far as regards harvest operations; which, we are glad to- say, have been most favourably carried out in this neighbourhood. The latter part of August was very hot. Bat little rain fell, 24 days being regis- tered as fine, without rain. The temperature was on several occasions very high, as for instance, 1,25- degrees in the sun on the 23rd, which was the maximum reading for the month. In the shads the highest point reached was 83 degrees. Minimum marked by stlf-registering thermometer 45 degrees, giving a range of 38^ degrees. Lightning was noticed on the 2nd, and shooting stars were also prevalent. The barometer was very change- able during this month, though more than once it stood higher than it had done since May. The highest read- ing was 30.360 lowest 29 700 monthly range, 6.60m. greatest daily range, 35TOai.-—GOBANJUEJTSIS.
CARDIFF. FATAL ACCIDENT.-Otl Thursday, a boy about thirteert, years-of age, was killed at Penarth, It appears there- were-some waggons stationed on the line, and as some others were coming down a slight incline the deceased endeavoured to pass between them. In doing this he got jammed, and was killed almost instantaneously. TUB FIRST LORD OF TUB ADMIRALTY visited Cardiff on Thursday, for the purpose of inspecting the extensive chain works of Messrs. Brown, Lennox, and Co., of Newbridge, which firm have extensive Government contracts for the chains of Government ships. His Grace, who was accompanied by two other officials, made a minute examination of the works, and closely watched the process of manufacture. LITAENDAFF CATHEDRAL.—The new organ, constructed by Messrs. Gray and Davison, is to be opened, as already announced, on Tuesday next, with a full choral service. Mr. Wilkes, the organist of the Cathedral, has been indefatigable in his efforts to organise and drill his own choir; which will on that day be strengthened by assistance from Hereford and-other places while Sir F. G. Ouseley, the Professor o £ Music in the University of Oxford^ has promised his valuable aid. The Bishop and the TVban and Chapter have myiiod luncheon after the morning eerTiee. and we are told that A- refreshment tent will be opened, on his. own res- ponsibility, by Mr. Wilkes, of the Cardiff Arms, for the aocommodation of those to whom, from the limited nature of the space at their command, the Cathedral authorities are unable to extend their hospitality. The morning sermon will be preached by the Bishop of Win- chester, and that in the evening, after the six o'clock service. by the Bishop of Bangor. The former connec- tion of< both these Pielates,with the Diocese of Llandaff will give peculiar interest to their ministrations on this interesting occasion. The doors of the Cathedral will be opened at eleven o'clock.on the 17th, and se/vice will commence at half-past eleven. COMING OF AGE OF THE MARQUIS OF BUTE.— Great Public Demonstration,—Arrangements have been for some time in preparation at Cardiff, with a view to. celebrate the attainment ot the age of fourteen, by the Marquis of Bute; and on Thursday last the town, became the scene of the utmost festivity, in honour of thiii, event. A procession,.volunteer displays, fireworks, a guinea dinner at the principal Hotel, &c., were among the measures employed to. give eelat to the occasion, an4 right heartily did the public enter into the cele- bration. The sum-of £ 20 was devoted for the purpose of treating the Sunday. School children of the town and £8 applied to a; similar purpose among the inmates of, the Union. The arrangements were under the di- rection of a general comiaittee, who appointed sub- committees to superintend various departments off the festivities. On Sunday, the 8th instant, the Rev. Everard Wgis, of Midsomer Norton, late of Cardiff, preached two sermons, in the morning. and in the evening. at the Wesleyan chapel, Loudoa-place, in behalf of the Sabbath schools connected with that place of worship. Although the weather, was unfavourable, the chapel was well filled with respectable audiences. The,children sang delightfully the pieces selected for the-occasion. The choice-of hymns. a.nd tunes and the singing were highly creditable tQ" the taste and judgment of the teachers. The preacher took for the ground of his discourse- in the morning, part of the 10th Terse of the 6th chapter of Matthew, 4* Thy kingdom, come." In the evening, the 14;th and 15th verses of the 5d1. chapter of the 2nd of Corinthians, "For the love of Christ constraineth us," 3CO, The eveniag. sermon was masterly and argumentative, full of dear, irresistible reasoning, coming with glowing effect from a warm heart. We wish there were more. of this earnest, poiaied, originaL preaching, and less of. the verbose and highly polished. THJB DEAF AND DUMB INSTITUTE,—On Wednesday evening a meeting was held at the Town Hall, Cardiff, in aid of the funds of the Cambrian Institution for the Deaf and Dumb; the Lord Bishop, of Llandaff in the chair. The. meeting was rather thinly attended. The three pupils, of the institute afforded much pleasure to the audience by the admirable manner in which they went through their examination in arithmetic, working out sums with chalk on a board. Mr. W. H. Mich&el made an earnest appeal on behalf of the unfortunate persons who labour under so great an affliction. CANTON MARKET.—The old barn, which has been the subject of so much litigation, was opened on Saturday, for the accommodation of dealers. It has been cleaned up and had gas introduced, and looks all the better for the labour bestowed upon it.
BLACKWOOD. A correspondent, signing himself An Ancient Bri. ton," says—Much has of late been said about the ad- vancement of the working class. Chapels are rising in every direction, clearly showing that the people are seek- ing after that which is good. But who are the people ? i Is it those whose position in life places them above the I working man ? No. Such persons seem not to care much whether he is preparing for his salvation, or whether he is spending his time in the publlchouse in drunkenness and riot. He is left alone to stand or fall; he may sink into the lowest grade of vice, and no one will step forward to arrest his downward course. But amidst this neglect we are informed that a meeting has been called to take into consideration the ways and means to build a reading-room—a thing much needed in this place. But who is to pay for it ? Ah, there comes the pinch. Gentlemen call meetings and recom- mend plans, bnt will give nothing. They are willing to subscribe to a Volunteer Rifle Corps, so that they may appear before the public with some flash title. This is the reason why Blackwoood is so far behind other places in point of morals and domestic comfort. But I trust the time is not far off when the working man will rise out of his low estate, in spite of those hindrances which now bind him down to the lowest state of igno- rance and vice." NEW CHAFEL.—A neat and commodious Wesleyan chapel has just been opened at Blackwood. It was cer- tainly desirable to leave the damp and dilapidated struc- ture in which the congregation formerly worshipped and the new edifice is creditable to the taste and enter- prise of those who have exerted themselves to get it erected. PETTY SESSIONS. [Before JosEPH DAVIES, Esq., Rev. EDMUND LEIGH, and Capt. MARSH.] Between one and two hundred licenses were renewed seven innkeepers were admonished to keep better hours. Four applications for licenses were renewed-George Wilks, Castle, Fleur-de-lis*; James Phillips, Star, ditto;- Mary Jones, Belle-vue, Ebbw Vale and Charles Grif ftths, Sun, Blaina. Six additional spirit licenses were granted-Hannah Lewis, George, Tredegar Edward Lewis, Railway Inn, Hengoed Richard Jarrett, Forge Hammer, Ebbw Vale Jane Williams, Sun, ditto. J. M. Prothero charged George Rogers and Alfred Grist, with threatening to kill him. Dismissed Thomas Harris was charged by the Rhyinney Iron Company with stealing coal. The gravamen of this charge lay in the fact, that prisoner, to get this coal, had cut into the river bank, where £ b- cropped out, so as to endanger the lives of men working the same seam in a pit bordering on and passing under the river. —Mr. Bed- lington felt under the necessity of pressing this charge to the limits-of the law.-Comrnitted; for ti iall.
MONMOUTH. RUNNING MATCH.— St match for £1 aside between George Hodge and Nathaniel Powell, took place on Tuesday evening last, on the New Dixton Road. The dis- tance was 200 yards the prize was won easily by Hodge. A vast number of people assembled to witness the contest. JONES'S ALMSHOUSES-Mr. J. Wheelock and Mrs. Hazeldine have been appointed to fill the vacancies-in the above foundation, by the Company of Haberdashers. LONDON MISSIONS. Oh> Sunday last two discourses were delivered in the oburch of St. Thomas, over Monnow, by the Rev. F. T. Bassett, whose audiences seemed highly interested at the impressive manner in which the rev gentleman handled his subject. ANGEL HOTEL.-On Tuesday last, a number of trades- men and others passed a convivial evening at the above hostelry, the occasion being the opening of a spacious- ctub room, recently erected by the landlord, T. Watkins,. Esq for the use of the members of the Sons of Equity benefit society. Upwards* of 200 attended, and in the sourse of the evening some-songs were well sung, and the strains of a capital band contributed to the enjoy- ment of the members. On Friday last, Mrs. Jcnes, of the Ancre Hill, near Monmouth, entertained about 40 aged men and women to tea, at Mr. Thomas's aehool-room. Monnow-street. in ere was a plentiful su pp*y or pium cake, &-0., whieh was amply discussed by tbe parties present. The wor- thy benefactress, after the removal of the tea, kindly presented a shilling to each individual present, which we need hardly say, was dfily appreciated. The united ages of 20 of the oldest guests amounted to 1,529 years. The worthy lady had entertained a party of school children at her residence a short time previous.
DEATH OF WILLIAM ADDAMS WILLIAMS, ESQ, OF LLANGIBBY CASTLE- Thursday, the 5th instant, witnessed the death o€ a gentleman who baa for many years held a dis- tinguished position in this county, and whose career, marked by great public usefulness and many private vir- tues, had won him general and deserved esteem-we refer to William Addams Williams Esq., of Llangibby Castle. Mr. Williams was ailaberal in politics, and was for many years identified with local political movements. Having represented this eounty in Parliament for a considerable period, he laboured zealously in support of the cause he had espoused but was no, more re- markable for attachment to his own poiitical creed than for respect to the honest convictions of those who differed from him. In the later years of his life, Mr. Williams was phiefiy known as. a gentleman wielding considerable local influence, and-as- holding a commanding-and an im. portant place among the magistrates of the county. Gen- tlemen accustomed, to attend the Quarter^Sessions, who now doubtless regret the loss sustained; by Mr. Wil- liams's removal, will long remember those prudent coun- sels and high-toned sentiments, dictated by a cultivated mind and a conscientious regard to duty,, which he im- ported into their, deliberations. His energy and inde- pendence of character, always associated with a deep sense of responsibility, opened the way. to extensive use- fulness, and enabled him to bring the conclusions of an enlightened and unbiassed mind to bear upon the nume- rous pubiic questions which came under his attention. Mr. Williams was a faithful aadiaeajcus member of the Established Church, and liberally supported the reli-. gious institutions connected therewith. The Christian Knowledge Society and kindred institutions reckoned him as among theif most efficient supporters; and in the pro. motion oft direetly religious objects,, as well as ia other departments of benevolent effort,.he indefaiigably sought the benefit of those by whom he was surrounded. For his kindness as a landlord, and for his unostentatious benefioence towards the necessitous, his memory will long be cherished by his tenantry and others who re. ceived;continued proof of his.consideration and sympathy. Sbv Williams had attained to mature age, and for. some time past was unable, from, increasing infirmity,, to take his. accustomed part in public business. He carried with him. into retirement the unfeigned esteem of those among whom his years of active life had been spent, and has gone down to the grave honoured and regretted. Mr. Williams' remains were borne to their final rest. ing place in the churchyard at Llangibby, on Wednesday last, followed by a large number of sorrowing friends.
Tolunt,ter gvppitttraettte. FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 21ST, 1861. THIRD MONMOUTHSHIRE RIFLES. Monday. — Parade at the armoury in marching order at 5.45 p.m. Tuesday.—Prize shooting committee will meet at the armoury at 7.30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.-Private practice at the range at 3.30 p.m. Friday.-Muster at the armoury at 6 p.m. in plain clothes and waist belts. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.-Squa(l drill at 5 p.m. Musketry instruction drill every morning during the week at 6 30 a.m. By order, W. WARD, Sergeant. SEVENTH MONMOUTHSHIRE RIFLES. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. — Preliminary musketry instruction at 7 p.m. Drill instruction and practice specially for Raglan review at 7-30. Members who intend taking part in the review are re- quested to attend drill on the above evenings. Thursday.—Raglan review—Parade at the Drill Hall" at 10.30 a.m. precisely. For details see special order. Rifle Practice.—Saturday. Band Practice-Brass, Tuesday—Drums and Fifes, Wednesday- Officers for Duty.—Captain, Lieutenant, and Ensign of Third Company. Orderly Kerjeant.—Oliver Goas. By order of the Commanding Officer, CHARLES E NA18H, Serjeant Major.
I SUSPECTED CHILD MURDER AT CHRISTCHURCH. During the past week another case of concealment of child birth has occurred in this neighbourhood, and, from the facts which have come to light, it seems not impro- bable that connected therewith a still darker crime was perpetrated. The guilty party, the mother of the infant, is a young woman, named Mary Jones, who for several weeks has been residing,in the capacity of a servant at the house of Mr. Winter, the Hartridge Farm, in the ^iristc''lurch. On Monday last, circumstances, which are fully detailed in the evidence given below, transpired which gave rise to the suspicion that she had been delivered of a child. These suspicions were communicated to Inspector Fowler, of the Monmouth- shire Constabulary, who at once instituted a strict search, and eventually discovered the body of a female child, in a water-closet, on the Hartridge Farm. An inquest upon the body was opened at Mr. Winter's house, on Wednesday, before Mr. W. H. Brewer coroner,_a post mortem examination having been made' by Mr. G. Mayou, house surgeon at the Newport Infir- mary. ihe hrst witness examined was Sarah Screen, who deposed I am wife of James Screen, living at Bishpool. I work for Mr. ^intJr occa- sionally as charwoman. I turned into tba house on Monday morning last, between six and seven o'clock, and walked into the back kitchen, where I nw Mary Jones sitting on a banch she appeared to be poorly%nd I asked what was the matter she said she did not know —she was very bad. I said Don't you know?" She replied, "No." I then asked her if she had confined her- self. She replied no, she had not. I then spoke to Miss Winter, who knew that Jones was ill, and said 1 was afraid Mary Jones had been Confined. This was in the dairy. Miss Winter asked me to go upstairs to see if I could find any signs of childbirth. I did so, but did not discover any. There were marks on the boards ft9 though something had been wipell up. I came down ttairs and again communicated my suspicions to Jones, saying she must have confined herself. lSy a J nror: Before thioi time I btd suapeated she was the family way, but had said nothing to her about it. By the Coroner I then asked her if she bad put it into her box- She said no, and offered me the key. I asked her to go with me, but she said she could nut go, and I refused to search the box alone. She them put the key back into her pocket. Mr. Winter ordered a cart to be got ready, and sent her home. The search was- then renewed, but no blood was found on the bed clothes A few spots were discovered on the floor. Just as she was going away I again asked her if ahe was confined. She said no but in reply to »father question, she said" she was in the family way. She had lived servant with Mr. Winter a mouth last Friday. She did her work welt up to Sunday -night,, when I was at the houseraod saw her in her usual good spirits. Inspector Fowler, of the Monmouthshire Constabulary, said Yesterday morning about nine o'oloek, Mr. Winter came to my office,, and said he suspected hia- servant girl had been delivered of a child, and requested me to go to his bouse, and institute inquiries. I immediately weui thither, and on examining the privy, I found the body of a female child. I had it washed, and saw marks of viow lence on the right side- of the neck. Suspicion being at- tached to the servant girl Jones, I went to her bedroom, and examined the room, bed clothes,' and other articles. On one of the sheets-and on a pitlow case I found spots of blood. A piece of matting had been missed from the room. I proceeded to' the garden, and after a further search found the pieceprodneed, covered with blood as it now appears. I was then, informed that the girl had gone to Landevaud, and taken- her box, and the whole of her things with her. 1 at once proceeded thither, and found the box and clothing produced as I now show them, with a quantity of blood about, them. Mary Jones was upataiw in bed. I went to her and charged her with murdering her infont child and throwing the body in the privy. Shi hi l^iA8ever^1 a^ntes, but a short timeafter she said the child was deadi The petticoat product she when lTLl6",1 t0 bor* 1 had takenoff, ni • uad it saturated with blood, as it now appears. °ow her grandmother at Landevaud, ia cuar0e ot a policeman. She it>in a weak state, and not fit- to be removed. The navel string was not tied when I discovered the body. Mr,, George Mayou, surgeon,. stated I this day made a post mortem examination on the body of a female child.. It had arrived at the full period of gestation. The cord: was about-eighteen inches long, and had been torn. Ex* ternally, there wereoontusiona-and marks of nails on the- right side of the throat. There were no other marks of violence externally. The lungs-were crepitant and floated in water. The heart and blood vessels contained a large quantity of fluid blood. I examined the head, and found the brain much congested. I think the child had been born alive. I can give no positive opinion as to the cause of death. The-appearances are consistent with strangu- lation, but tcannot say death was, so cauood. The Coroner remarked that it would be necessary to adjourn the inquest, in order to allow the woman to attend, and the medioal gentleman to give further evi- dence after examining her. After some«onsultation, the inquest was adjourned to Tuesday, thou24th instant.
THE COLLISIONONTHE NORTH LONDON RAILWAY. The inquhy iatv this case, particulars of which appeared in our last, was brought to a conclusion on Tuesday. e Oorouer, .in his summing up, made the followinir. fhfl°"r?«n remarks :—The second person on whom the responsibility hes i8 the signalman, Rayner, who has not given his evidenee in tbJ* » • J which I Should like ^see H« h,a,g r j u J "e baa 8worn tnat the danger signals had not been removed; but in this he is strongly contradicted by the witnesses I have mentioned. He admits he made statements- which are contradictory to the statement he has made here to day, and he will. not admit—I uss the words^advisedly, although he saya he cannot remember, what difference exists in the state- ments which he previously made and that which he has to -day made. If the driver had passed the signals when they were up., .he would be responsible and answerable to. the laws of the land. On the other hand, if the signal- man was negligent, and. life- hM been forfeited by his. negligence,. he is responsible to the charge of man- slaughter. There is, however, another position which. it is right I should put to yeu. If you believe that the. collision arose entirely from circumstances over which.. the driver, or Rayner, the signalman, had no control,, then you are at liberty to find a verdict of accidental death j, but before doiog so you must bo fully satisfied: there was no culpable negligence. The jury retired at a quarter to six o'clock, and,, after an absence ot an hour and a half, returuel into court, with the following verdict: — The jury regreU that thf're ia no alternatiney frota. the weight of evidence,, but to return a verdict of guilty- ef manslaughter against Rayner. At the same time they cannot separate without expressing a strosg opiniou that the directors. and. managers are much to be-censuredi in not employing, more experienced persons to filfc important situations- as- signalmen. And it is highly improper for a statiun-master to start any special traia either before or after. the specified time of hia-instructions from the secretary of the company. That when tba line is obstructed, by shunting or otherwise, the line should be blocked, by telegraph as well as by outdoor signals." The vet diet of manslaughter caused considerable sen- sation amongst the auditory, and tha vote of censure passed on tha Bailway companies met wiih. general approval. The Coroner then directed his warrant to issue for the committal of Rayner on the charge of manslaughter.
—————" BIRTHS: On the 10th inst, at 102, Stow-hill, Newport, Mon., the wife of Mr R. G. Cullum, of a sou. On the lath inst, at Nlaindee. the wife of Mr William MoDajuel, of a son. On the 8th inst, at Aberdare- the wife of R. S. New. ington, Esq., of a son. MARRIAGES. On the 2nd inst, at St Paul's, Hammersmith, London by the Rev Charles Bassett, B.A., Henry Wintle, Esq,, of Newport, to Harriet Eliza, youngest daughter o, Robert Wall, Esq, of 17, Lower Thillimore-place, Kenf aington, London. I On the 5th inst, at Christchurch, Mostyn, Flintshire, by the Rev D. Roberts, Frederick Hoare Colt, Esq, of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-law, to Bertha, eldest daughter of Henry Collins, Esq, of the Duffryn, near Newport, Monmouthshire. On the 9th iast., at Llanfoist Church, by the Rev, Corfield, Mr. George Jenkins, to Miss Jane Ilia, both of Blaenavon. On the 12th inst, at the Back-street Baptist chapel, Trowbridge, by the Rev William Barnes, assisted by the Rev William Alien, of Oxford, the Rev J. R. Jenkins, Baptist minister, lenby, to Ann Maria, second daughter of R- Tarr, Esq, Trowbridge. T „ DEATHS. On the 5th inst, at Llangibby Castle, William Addams Williams, Esq, aged 74. On the 8th inst, at Newport, Mr John Salmon, of West- bury, Somersetshire, aged 80 years. On the 6th inst, at Newport, Mr James Herbert, aged 55 years. On the 10th inst, at Commercial-road, Newport, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends, Mr Thomas Thurston Tyler, aged 48 years. On the 12th inst, at Market-street, Newport, Mr Joseph Parsons, aged 10 yeais. On the 12tb inst, at Albert-terrace, Baneswell, Mrs Elizabeth Webb, aged 35 years. On the 12th inst, at Maindee, Mrs Hanuah Thorn, aged 35 years. On the 3rd inst, at Llandovery, aged 30, of gastric fever, Mr David Jones Roderic, postmaster and stationer at that place. On the 7th inst, at Cwmbran, William, son of Mr Phillips, aged 2 years. On the 10th iust, at Machen, much respected, Mr John Ilees, aged 51 years. On the 4th inst, at Bedminster, Bristol, of consumption, Harriet, wife of Mr Hugh Jackson, aged 29 years. On the 30th ult, at No. 2, Dumfries-place, Dock-street, Newport, Captain Thomas Burnard, aged 78 years, Hia death ia legretted by a large circle of friends. (Newport, Saturday, September 14, 1861. Printed and published by WILLIAM CHKISTOPHEKS, of No. 7, Commercial-street, in the Borough of Newport at the MHK IK General f (inting QTBee No 15, <Joiai8ere(ftt» stmt, Newport,
THE GRAND FETE .ON THE MARSHES. 0 have you heard the news of late, About the coming glorious fete, 'Tis patronised by all the great,— The grand fete on the Marshes. There will be mirth, and fun, and glee, Jovial, jocund, jollity: 'Twill be a reg'lar tip-top spree, The grand fete on the Marshes. There will be dancing for all those Who're blessed with light fantastic toes, And many belles will string their beaus Upon the Newport Marshes. A brass band contest will take place, Five guineas will the victors grace, Yon see they mean to go the pace" That day upon the Marshes. There'll be boat-racing on the river, Now ladies don't cry Did you evei," Good gracious me Oh no I never" Saw such things on the Marshes. There'll be the fashionable game; Of the diy, Aunt Sal" by name, And all who like may play the same, That day upon the Marshes. There will be fireworks after dark, Aud every lass may get a sparkl 'Twi:l surely be a day of mark- That day upon the Marshesj I Now to conclude, I'll name the day, The 30th of September—pray That everybody blithe and gay That day may tread the Marshes. I J.
BEAUFORT. ) SUDDEN DEATH.—A few days ago a poor man named Richard Rees, was found dead on a foot-path between Beaufort and Ebbw Vale. The deceased was an old inhabitant of the place. Having injured his constitution by over-working, his health had been declining for some » time. His body was taken to Mr. James Yems, innkeeper, and thence to his home in Mr. Needham's Row. An inquest was held on the body at the Beaufort Arms there, and a verdict of Died from the visitation or God," was returned. The deceased has left a widow and four children. THE VOLUNTBERS AND THEIR TROPHIES.-It will no doubt be remembered that at the late county shooting contest at Crickhowell, a little dispute arose as to who were the real winners of some of the prizes. The disputed prizes, which consisted in two silver cups, had since been held by the commanding officer the referees have now decided that the second company fairly won the prizes in question, and they will be handed over to to the winners by Major Lindsay, on Friday evening next, at the armoury at Brynmawr, when we may expect a good muster of the volunteers. We perceive by the published list of the Monmouth shooting contest that our Serjeant, William Roberts, was one of the best shots out of the five counties represented. For a considerable time bets were freely made upon him, as being certain of the Allcomers' prize of £25. But at the last filing, Mr. band master Wilson, of Monmouth, made a lucky hit or two, and was declared the victor. NBw MUSIC.—The popular oratorio The Fall of Babylon," a composition of the late Mr. Joseph Nicholas, 11 uow ia the prew, aad will thoitly be published*
BRYNMAWR. AlTNIVERSABTT.- On Sunday last, the- anniversary ser- vices of the Primitive Methodist ChapeP were held. wHea three sermons were preached by the Rev. G. Smithy of Abergavenny, and collections made in aid of the chapel: trust fund. A public tea meeting was also held at the chapel on Monday,, and in the evening at seven o'clock the Rev. J. Harding, of Baaufort, delivered' an interest-- ing lecture on Man's True Greatness." The lecture was well attended-, and a vote of thanks was-given to the chairman and lecturer at the close. TEMPER A NOE. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings- last, Miss S. Evans, of A berdare, delivered two lectures at Rehoboth Chapel, in aid of the funds of the English Temperance Society. This extraordinary young lady, who is only 13 years* of age, attracted a very- numerous audience on each occasion. The chair was occupied by the Rev. H. Walters, curate of Abertillery, who' opened each meeting with-a short and appropriate address. The temperance fife and drum band also performed for the first time, and played several airs in a creditable manner, under the superintendence of their able leader, Aft- Ricks
FRIDAY'S MARKETS. (By Electric Telegraph.) LONDON CORN MARKET. -FRIDAY. Giles, Son, and Barker's report—There being again a demand for wheat and flour for France, both articles held at rather more money. Barley oats and other articles selling at Monday's prices. LIVERPOOL CORN. MARKET.—FRIDAY. The market eontinnes firm, and wheat and floor realized ———— J mrx