THE" NEWPORT LURIAL BOARD AND THE OVERSEERS. fTO THE EDITOR OF THE MONMOUTHSHIRE MERLIN.] SIR -In answer to A Ratepayer's" letter I am nut able to reply at present to all the questions he raises but if he will take the trouble to examine the question he will find that no ratepayer htls a right to call a vestry meeting. There is little doubt but tf at he his stated the case fairly that in the event of 1 ^a! proceeding?, whichever party lose?, the costs will CO,¡,¿ from 'he rate;ayer". But it is the duty of the Overs ers to pay only such calls as are for matters in themselves legal," and as the call for the cost of the erection of the railings in St. Wool os churchyard is deemed to be illegal the payment is refused. Not refused, howaver, wHbcut advice for a ca3e wa3 Submitted to an eminent hauler, whose advioe is de- cideKy in favour of the position taken by the Orereeers. The Burial Board also instructed their lawyer to take proceedings. He would naturally take counsel's opinion the result of his inquiries, however, is unknown to the public. I maintain that in this case the Overseers have aotel fairly, for tLey hava long offered to joia in a friendly case, for submission to couesel, and to be guided by the result. If adverse to them they will pay if the con- trary, the Burial Beard to p.ovile tae funis, in the way which, to them, may seem bett. This offer has been as yet declined, "or rather not accepted," and the overseers, rs the representatives of the public, can do no more; and until the Burial Boar i comes to a decision on that point they decline to su r.mon a vestry meeting; but when an answer is given, tha course to be then adopted will, I doubt not, have their attention. The question whether the Poor Law Auditor would pass the item or not does not solve the prior question of its legality or illegality." It is, however, certain that he at first declined to pass the charge in the parish of St. Woolos accounts and the reason of his doing so eventually does not appear to have been or.e that would induce the Parish Overseers to repeat the payment should a like case occur again. There is a principle involved which the Overseers con- sider of public importance, and this alone is their reason for taking the position they have. I trust that "A Ratepayer" will accept this as a lespectful answer to his letter, and I write on my own xesponaibility as a ratepayer. GEO. FOTHERGILL. Newport, February 14th, 1867. do
RITUALISM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE MONMOUTESHIBE MERLIN.] SlE,—I am desired by this Committee to forward you the enclosed Report of the C mcautee of Liymen on the subject of Excessive Ritualistic Pratiees in the Church, which was adopted at the Conference of Clergy and Laity an Wedaesday last, and to express the hope that you may be able to give publicity to it. This Committee was appointed to make arrangements for a Deputation to wait ujon the Prime Minister on the subject cf a Royal Commission, as recommended in the Repcrt. I am, yours f.iithfu'.ly, ROBERT CULLING LLAXEURY, Honorary Secretary. 1JL, Luckingham-streel, Strand, 11th Feb., 1S67. Report of the Committee of Laymen to the Conference on Fxces«iie Ritualistic Practices, Y/e, the Committee appointed at !he Conference of C:ergy and Laity, held on the 18th January, 1867, for the purpose of considering ar:1. reporting upon the best ttepa to be taken t) arrest excessive Ritualistic practices within the Church, witli special rcforecce to the follow- ing subjects— j. Aa application !o Pariiamentfra Declaratory Act; 2. An application to Parliament for a Royal Commis- sion; 3. The presentation of Memorials to the Queen 4. The presentation of Petitions to Parliament; 5. The holding of Public Meetings; 11 6 The adoption of Legal Proceedings; beg leave to report as follows The practices principally complained of are these: the wearing of cacharistic and other unusual vest- ments the use of incense the adeament of the com- munion table as an altar, and the placing upon it of cendles lighted in the daytime the adoption of Romish devotional gesturea and processions; the mixing j of water with wine, and the use of wafer bread in the Holy Communion; the offering of the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper as a propi'iatory sacrifice; and the elevation of tLe suored elements for adoration by the people. We believe that these who adopt these practices rely for their justification rcain'y upon the Rubric which immediately precedes the order for morning prayer, the words of which Rubiic are as follows:- 1, And here is to be noted, that such ornaments of the church, and of the ministers thereof, at all times of their ministration, shall be retained, and be in use, as were in this Church of England, by the authority of Parliament, in the 2nd year of the reign of King Ed. ward the Sixth." This Rubric was first introduced into the Prayer Book by the Act I. E izabetb, c. ii., sec. 25 (A. D. 1558), but with the follow ing qualification, viz., until other order shan be therein taken by the authority of the Queen's Majesty, with the advice of Her Commis- sioners, appointed and authorised under the Great Seal of England, for causes Ecclesiastical, or of the Metro- politan of t\is realm." Other order" appears to have been speedily taken by the Queen's Majesty, for in the following year (1559), Qieen Elizabeth issued certain injunctions, whereby, amongst other tbingp, Her Majesty com- manded that All archbishops and bishops, and all other that be cr.Hed or admitted to preaching and ad- ministering of the sacrament, and that be admitted into vocation ecclesiastics', or into any society of learning of either of the universitiss or elsewhere, should use and wear such seemly habits and garment', and such square caps as were most commonly and most orderly received in the latter year of the reign-of King Edward YI" • It is, therefore, necessary to ascertain what habits and garments were most commonly and orderly received in the latter year of the reign of Edward the 6th; and we find that in the year 1552 an Act was passed (5 and 6 Edward VI., cap. 1) commanding the use of Book of Common Prayer which contained the following Rubrio And here it is to be noted, that the minister at the time of the communion, and at all other times in his ministration, shall osa no alb, vestment, nor cope, but being archbishop or bishop shall have and wear a rochet, and being a priest or deacon shall have and wear a sur- plice only." It further appears that Queen Elizabeth, in pursuance and exercise of the provisions of the statute passed in the first year of her reign, took further order partly for the apparel of rereons ecclesiastical," and issued certain advertisements subscribed by the then Metrc- polian of England, and by Commissioners appointed and authorised under the great seal in causes ecclesias- tical wherein it was commanded That any minister saying any public prayer, or ministering the sacraments or other rites of thfChufcb, shall wear a comely sur- plice with sleeves." These injunctions and advertisements were uniformly followed and enfirced at law up to the year 1662, when the last Act of Uniformity (13 and 14 Car. II.) was passed. That Act authorised the use of the Book of Common Prayer now in use, containing the Rubric which we have quoted at length above, referring not to the latter" but to the second" year of Edward VI. But although the retention of this Rubric, without reference to any further order by the Sovereign, or to the injunctions or advertisements of Queen Elizabeth, is novr enid to have restored the obsolete vestments, the use of which had been then discontinued for more than a century yet in fact for two centuries more these vestments wpre never used, but the dress prescribed by the injunctions and advertisements of Elizabeth con- tinued to be the invariable costume of the clergy of the Church at the times of their ministration. Recently, however, the judgment of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the case of Liddell 9. Westerton has introduced doubts as to the present validity of Queen Elizabeth's injunctions and ad- Tertisements, and the question has even been raised whether it be not right to recur to the obsolete vest- ments which were in use in the second year of Ed- ward VI. The words of the judgment are as follows:- 45 The same dresses and the same utensils or articles which were used in the first Prayer Book of Edward VI. may still be used." And again, The Committee are not prepared to hold that the use of all articles not ex. pressly mentioned in the Rubric, although quite con- sistent with and even subsidiary to the service, is for. bidden." The result has been that in various churches both in the Metropolis and elsewhere, many innovations have been made upon the uniform practice of three cen- turies, and these innovations derive their importance from the fact that they are avowedly symbolical of doc- trines which we hold to be false, and plainly repugnant to the teaching of the Church of Eagland. In fact, we cannot but entertain grave apprehensions that so long as that rubrio remains in the Prayer Book without qualification, and the decision in the case of Liddell v. Westerton continues to be law, every clergy- man may chim the right to wear the vestments and io use the other vessels or articles which were in use by the authority of Parliament in the second year of Edward VI.; and it is by no means certain that he may sot be compellable to do so. But at any rate the non- user may expose him to the cost and vexation of prose- cution with a very doubtful result, depending upon the mndeaoe given of the artictet or vessels and vwtmeats used in various churches throughout the land three cen- turies ago. The grievance occasioned by the uncertainty of the law is aggravated by the cost of prosecuting and defend- ing an action in the Ecclesiastical courts as now con- stituted. Oa this point we quote the authority of Dr. Lushington, the Dean ot Arches, who has spoken of the Church Discipline Act as obscure, cumbersome, and nearly unintelligible, and says that "the confusion in troduced by it knows no limits." Many of the lai y are deeply aggrieved by these in- novations upon the long established mode of conducting public worship, and by the impossibility of restraining them without recourse to the Ecclesiastical Courts, the working of which has been thus stroDgly characterised by Dr. Lushington. It follows from what we have stated that the inter- ference of the Legislature is necesiary- 1st. For the purpose of amending the Rubric above quoted in such a manner as to render it plainly con- formable to the usage of the Church duriug the last three centuries, and to give full force and effect to the injunctions and advertisements of Queen Elizabeth. 2nd. For the purpose of amending the Church Dis- cipline Act in such a manner as to provide a prompt, simple, and inexpensive remedy against such innova- tions in the mode of conducting public worship, and to give real and practical efficiency to the existing provision of the Prayer Book, viz. Forasmuch as nothing can be so plainly set forth bat doubts may arise in the use and practice of the same, to appease all such diversity and for a resolution of all doubts concerning the manner how to understand, do. and execute the things contained in this book, the parties that so doubt, or diversely take anything, shall alway resort to the bishop of the diocese, who by his discretion shall take order for the quieting and appeasing of the same; so that the same order be not contrary to anything contained ip this book. And if the bishop of the diocese be in doubt ha may send for the resolution thereof to the archbishop." Having given all these matters our anxious and earnest consideration, we have agreed upon the following re- commendations to the Conference. 1. We advise that an invitation be sent to the leading members, both lay and clerical, of the Church of Eog- land, without distinction of party, requesting them to join in a deputation to the Primo Minister for the pur- pose of urging upon the Government the necessity of such legislation as we have described. And inasmuch as the appointment of a Royal Commission is likely to afford a satisfactory solution of the question at issue with the least irritation to the feelings of those who would be opposed to any change, we recommend that the Premier should be requested to advise Her Majesty to issue a Commission which shall enquire into the propriety of amending the Rubric complained of, and of rendering the enforcement of ohurch discipline in such matters prompt and inexpensive. 2. In the improbable event of the application to the Prime Minister being unsuccessful, we recommend that some independent member of each House of Parliament should be requested to move for an address to the Crown praying Her Majesty to issue a Royal Commission for the purposes set forth above. 3. We advise that the proposed application for a Royal Commission be supported by memorials to the Queen from all parts of the country; but we can give no'general recommendation as to the manner in which such memo- rials should be adopted, whether at public meetings or otherwise, as we think that this must be left to be deter- mined by the principal persons in each town or parish but we are decidedly of opinion that it would not at pre. sent be desirable to hold a public meeting in London for the mere purpose of making a demonstration against ritualis ic practices. 0 4. We are of opinion that if the Premier should re- fuse to advise Her Majesty to issue a Royal Commission, petitions from all parts of the country should be presented to both Houses of Parliament in sapport of the proposed address to the Crown for a Commission. 5. We consider that it is unadvisable for this Confe- rence to institute a prosecution of any clergyman for the ritualistic practices in question. 6. Lastly, your Committee cannot too earnestly and emphatically impress upon the Conference the import- ance of regarding and dealing with this question in such a. manner as to oarry with them in their proposed solu- tion of the present difficulty the largest possible number of members of the Church of England. If the oontemplated movement be confined to one party in the Church, failure is most probable, and even success will have the drawback of being a party tri- umph, and increase disunion in the Cnurch. There is a large number of churchmen belonging to all parties who have no sympathy with exoesssive Ritualism, and who may be fairly expected to co-operate in the proposed movement to restrain the present excess and to strengthen the hands of the Ordinary for the avoidanoe of future disturbance. We believe that the course which we have agreed to recommend to the Conference is likely to meet with the approval of all classes, and to be effectual; and we confidently trust that the permanent result will be, under God's blessing, to secure the peace of the Church, and the maintenance of the principles of the Reformation. By Order of the Committee, JOHN ABEL SMITH, Chairman, ROBERT CULLING HANBURY, Hon. Sec. January 28th. 1867.
CARDIFF. ST. JOHN'S DAY SCHOOLS.—The present schools in Cjrckherbtown are to be tn'arged. The two large room3 hitherto used for boys and girls are to be thrown int3 one for boys ajone. A new sohool for girlj is to be at once erected on the site formerly occupied as a black- smith's shop, opposite the Cross Keys. A large portion of the playground behind St. John's Schools will be added to Lord Bute's kitoben gardens adjoining, while a large piece in front will be given as an equivalent. The old arch, which seme centuries ago formed the leading entrance to the Whitefriars (the fine ruins of which still exist in Lord Bute's park) will, by the present arrange- ments, be taken down to make room for the new school. Several gentlemen have visited the site to take a last look at the above arch, and one of them carried away a stone or two with him as a relio. The massive irons which the gates of the monastery used to hang upon will also be carefully preserved in some museum. Cardiff Free Library Museum would perhaps be a filting repository for such an interesting rolis of the past.
ABERDARE. THE LATE ACCIDBNT AT QUAKER'S YABD.—Inquest and Verdict of Manslaughter against the Pointsman. -The inquiry into the cause of this accident was con- cluded on Friday, at the Black Lion Hotel, before Mr. Deputy-Coroner Williams, and the jury, after hearing evidence as to the cause of the accident, returned a verdict of manslaughter against the poinstman, John Emery, who has gone off and has not been heard of since the disaster occurred.
ABERCARN. THE COLLIERIES'—One of the most valuable pro- perties belonging to the Ebbw Vale Company (Limited) is situated at Abercarn, where the Company possesses one of the finest collieries in South Wales. This col- liery, since its first opening, has passed through many hands, but it is evident that it remains for the share- holders in the Ebbw Vale Company (Limited) to reap the benefit of the capital orignally laid out to develop the property. The new pit is 300 yards deep, with a shaft 16ft. by 22ft., and the winding power consists of a couple of direct acting condensing engines 42-inch cylinder and 8ft. stroke, of a powerful engine. The present drain of water is kept down by two strokes a minute, and ifneoessary the engine is capable of seven strokes a minute. Mr. Llewellyn Llewellyn has recently taken the management of the colliery, and on Friday last the incredibly large quantity of 1369 tons was raised in 12 hours, which is just 71 tons short of two tons per minute. Irrespective of this, the old pit is capable of an output of 600 tons per day, so that the colliery altogether can produoe the enormous quantity of nearly 2000 tons per day. This is an achievement not often to be met with in colliery working. On the occasion in question the quantity named was raised without any extraordinary preparations. It was simply the result of a trial, by means of the ordinary appliances, what quantity of coal could be got out of the pit in twelve houts. The following is a detailed statement of the pro- gress through the day Hours. No. of Trams. Tons Weight. 1 89 94 2 114 121 3 110 117 4 114 121 5 108 115 6 106 113 7 117 124 8 112 119 9 114 121 10 108 115 11 104 111 12 92 98 1288 1369 (Signed) J. M. REKS, Machine Clerk. Neoessary precautions were taken to prevent accidents, as Mr. Llewellin communicated with the overman at the bottom of the pit, and gave such directions as proved successful in carrying out his intentions. When the men repaired to their respective habitations on the ter mination of their day's labour they were repeatedly cheered by a numerous crowd of people who Lad assembled in the streets. On the following day they were regaled with cwra dda at the Drill Hall, and as the 6th Company of the 2nd Mon. Volunteers were pre. sent, with the artillery band, a very happy meeting was enjoyed by all present. Banners, flags, and streamers fluttered in the breeze from, prominent positiona at different parts of the vtorks.
SIRHOWY. READINGS.—The seventh of the series took place on Wednesday, the 6th inst.. and was numerously attended. J. Phillips, Esq., of Victoria, was the chairman. Mr Muskett read A Night with a Stark," in the absence of the Rav E. Leigh, who was indisposed. Mr. Deacon played a set of waltzes, "Up the ladder." A very in- structive piece was well read by the Rev J. R. Edwards. A bit of courtship," read by Mr. Cuff, amused greatly, as did Mr. Burder's "Doctor and his pupil" Mr. Lloyd sang Beautiful Isle of the Sea" very creditably after which, Mr Walters gave The Gottingen Barber," and caused many seats to be vacated when the pistol went off. Messrs Gwyther and Lewis read some Yankee talep, which pleased the "gods" amazingly. Miss Williams played a quadrille, followed by Miss Eva Lewis, of Rilymoey, who played "The Cameron Men." A song and chorus by three amateurs, and "God save the Queen," closed the meeting. The next readings are fixed for the 20:h inst. MAGISTRATES' MEETING.—Oo Friday last a very gay scene was enacted at the Temperance Hall: clerks, policemen, and the usual audience were assembled, awaiting .the arrival of a magistrate. The Rev. E. Leigh was too indisposed to take his seat, as usual, neither coul 1 one be procured to supply the vacancy, and so the sessions did not come off. Of course much in- convenience and disappointment were occasioned, many having come from a distance and the weather being call and drizzly, did not cheer their spirits. One would suppose, when the district can muster six or seven ma- gistrates, that such inconvenience might be avoided, especially when the Rev. E. L igh gave timely notice of his indisposition and consequent inability to attend. Some argue that a stipendiary would obviate the chance of such an occurrence; but we presume even such a functionary would not be proof against the ills that flesh is heir to." The adjourned cases from Blaina the previous week, added to the adjournments on Friday, will augment the list for Blackwood on Friday next,
PONTHIER. SUNDAY SCHOOL TEA MEETING.—On Monday last the children attending the Sunday School at the Baptist Chapel of this place, were invited by their teacher* and friends to a tea party, which was given to them in the school-room After due attention had been paid by the little ones to the excellent tea and cake set before them, they adjourned to the chapel, which was well filled, the audience including many of the parents and .frienda of the children. The Rev. J. Williams, the pastor, pre- sided, and introduced several of the children who had been chosen for the purpose of giving recitations to the meeting. The recitations showed that great care had been employed in the selections, and they were very carefully given by the children. In the course of the evening the Rev. D. B. Jones, of Caerleon, addressed the juveniles. Several anthems were sung by the chapel ohoir, under the direction of Mr. John Hughes, in a superior manner. Tho interior of the chapel was very nicely decorated for the occasion by several ladies of the congregation, with wreaths of evergreens and vases of snow-drops, the effect of the whole being very chaste ami pretty. Subjoined is the programme— Anthem—" Youthful Praises The Choir Recitation-11 Parental Sacrifice" .Miss M. Harris Recitation-" The Little Trout" Mast. Carey Harris Recitation— The Spider's Web" Master J.Jones Recitation—" The Welshman's Ditfi-1 Master W- H. oulty"$Williams Recitation-" Lord's Vay" .Mies Emily Jones Anthem—"The Beautiful Land" The Choir c. <-> T. -A » ) Miss Hannah Rees Dialogue On Piovidence £ & Misa E> Harris Recitation-" Pray for Poor Children". Nli as M. A Lewis Recitation—" The Tale of the Trnm-> Arlhur jones pet' > Recitation-" Coming" Miss Selina Harris r.. • c mi .„ i„no» > The Choir & Sun- Singing— Thy will be done J day School Recitation Thees)jPhilosopher's J Maater JobnJones Scales Reoitation, in prose—" Pat and the ) Master William Priesi" ) Jones Dialogue by Miss Davies and her Class. An address by the Rev. D. B. JoneB, Caerleon Recitation-" Jerusalem" Mr A. Jenkins Recitation—" The May Queen" Miss Selina Harris Closing address by the Chairman Shall we Meet Beyond the ) By the Choir and River" the Audience
PONTYPOOL UNDER SHERIPP.-E. B. Edwards, Esq., of this town, has been re-app ointed Under Sheriff of the county, the duties of which he has honourably discharged for several successive years. OPENING OF A JEWS' SYNAGOGUE.-The need of a place of worship has been long felt by the Jewish oommu. nity in this town, and in order to supply the want a. com- mittee was formed some time ago, and they exerted themselves to such good purpose that a very neat and beautiful little synagogue has been erected at Wainvelen, near this town, and which was opened on Sunday last. The consecration of the edifice, or that portion of it, how. ever, more directly devoted to religious purposes, com- menced at 3 p.m., when the Rev. D. Marks, of Cardiff, followed by the wardens and officers, brought the Scroll of the Law to the door of the synagogue, when the Rabbi, standing under the canopy, asked for the opening of the door, and the request having been complied with the pro- cession entered, chanting an appropriate psalm, and pro- ceeded to the ark, and thence walked round the synagogue seven times, chanting Psalms, the scroll being handed to each member in sucoession as they made a separate or individual circuit roand the place of worship. The sermon was preached by the Rev. N. Jacobs. The Rev. gentleman exhorted his bearers to be regular in their attendance in the temple they had now opened for the worship of God, and to keep the inward temple of their hearts spotless and undefiled, and to devote and dedicate themselves to God's service. Amongst the prayers offered was an appropriate invocation in behalf of the Queen and Royal Family of this country. After the Rev. D. Marks had announced the offerings, which were of a liberal character, the proceedings were brought to a close by giving a paraphrased ode, and singing a Psalm of praise and thanksgiving to God. Besides the two reverend gentlemen mentioned, the Revds. L. Har- feld (Newport), and — Rosenthal (Pontypool), also took part in the consecration, at the termination of which the company repaired to a lower room in the building, in which refreshments of a sumptuous description were bountifully supplied. Mr. D. Marks and Mr. Crawcour occupied the ohairs, and due acknowledgments were made and thanks given to all who had in any way contributed towards bringing the undertaking to a successful issue,the names of Mr. J. Jacobs (president), Mr. Folliok (treasurer), Mrs. Bloom, Messrs. J. Bloom, A. Bloom, A. Bloom, and other members of that family being honourably mentioned, as well as those of other contributors, and others residing at a distanoe. The female portion of the congregation (to whom separated seating is appointed in the synagogue) very gracefully discharged the duties and honours per- taining to the refreshment tables. The strangers who were admitted to the ceremony, which was of an im- posing and solemn character, were muoh interested in the proceedings. ■
PANTEG. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD MEETING. The monthly meeting of this body was held in the Board-room, Pontymoile, on Tuesday last, at which were present-Messrs. A. A. Williams (Chairman), John Wil- liams, J. T. Wightman, Richard Eley, H. J. Parkhurst, Thomas Steadman, and John Rosser. The minutes of the last meeting having been read over, were confirmed. Attention was called te the state of the oulvert near the Cider House, Pontynellen, when the Chairman suggested that it would be well if the matter were allowed to stand over for the present, as the Trustees of the Park Estate intend to try to turn the course of the brook and if such could be done, they would then ask the Board to share the expense that might be incurred in making a new culvert across the road. The Surveyor reported that the parapet walls of the culvert over the Dare Brook, in Cwmynyscoy, h..d fallen, and required to be immediately attended to when an order was made to attend to the same forthwith. The Surveyor next called the attention of the meeting to a piece of road situated near Pontrhydyrun Tin Works, which the Surveyor of Highways for the Caerleon Dis- trict refused to repair, stating that the duty belonged to Panteg. After some discussion on the matter, from which it ap- peared that as the parish had from time to time repaired the road in question to a certain point near the house of Mr. Llewellyn, the Surveyor was ordered to repair it as early as convenient. Mr. Edmund Lloyd attended the meeting, and asked for advance of salary for scavenging Cwmyniscoy, when it was ultimately decided that a sufficient amount was already paid for work done, and an increase would not at present be granted. The Surveyor called the attention of the Board to the neoessity of putting down a grate and eject to carry off the surface water near the tramway at the Upper Cwm, when it was resolved that the work be done as early as convenient. On account of the drainage rate the Collector reported that he had obtained B10 of highway rate, jMO and of general district rate, JE30, whicn he had paid into the Bank. Cheques were signed for JE12 28. for wages, and for JE2999.4d.for bills, =
THE MONMOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS WILL KBBT ON Monday, Feb. 18 Bassalleg Village Wednesday,, 20 Tredegar Park Saturday 23 Dingestow Bridge Half-past Ten o'clock. THE TREDEGAR HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Tuesday, Feb. 16 High Cross Friday, 22 Duffryn At half-past Eleven o'clock. THE LLANGIBBY HOUNDS WILL MEET ON Tuesday, Feb. 19 Royal Oak (Chiistcharcb) Friday 31 22 Trevella At Ten o'clock.
BRISTOL EYE HOSPITAL, LOWER MAUDLIN STBEET, Admission Days-Asiday, Thursday, and Saturday from half~patt Eleven to Qie. I Surgeon—Da,
General r t\1,i. No charge has been mIlle in the rale of discount. A son of Lord Shaftesburyhaa been articled to a Lon- don engineer. Sixteen youths were brought up at Bow-street, on Tuesday, charged with picking pockets at the reform demonstration on Monday. The action of Mr. De La Poer, M.P., against Major Womb well, for slander in calling him a Fenian, has been arranged by an apology. Other similar actions are also settled. A labourer has died at Manchester from lockjaw, through having one of his fingers crushed under a pin- ion while turning the wheel of a crane, neglecting to turn the handle. The Liverpool Town Council, at their meeting on Wednesday, had a long discussion upon the Liverpool Tramways Bill, which proposes to introduce a system of tramway traffic throughout the principal streets of the town. The general opinion of the Council appeared to be in favour of the principle, though opposed to giving the Company compulsory powers except with regard to a few streets. The question was referred back for fur- ther consideration. HEALTH OF LARG); TOWNS.—In the week that ended on Saturday, February 9, the births registered in Lon- don and twelve other large towns of the United Kingdom were 4,629; the deaths registered, 3,375. The annual rate of mortality last week was 27 per 1,000 in London, 30 in Edinburgh, and 37 in Dublin 25 in Bristol, 24 in Birmingham, 32 in Liverpool, 30 in Manchester, 27 in Salford, 26 in Sheffield, 28 in Leeds, 29 in Hull, 44 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and 32 in Glasgow. ATTACK ON A POLICE STATION BY FENIANs.-Kelis po- lice barracks, eight miles from Cahirciven, on the Va- lentia road, was attacked on Tuesday night, and arms were seized. An outbreak is said to have been intend- ed at Killarney,« but information was given in time. A Captain Moriarty, who was to have commanded, was arrested. The Valentia wires communicating with America were cut in five places. They have been re- paired. The superintendent saw 100 armed men while repairing the line. Valentia reports state that great excitement exists. Thirty-two persons, supected of being Fenians, were arrested on Wednesday morning in Dublin. FUNIKAL OT WILLIAM DARGAN. — The remains ot this distinguished Irishman, true patriot, and good titizen, were on Monday last conveyed for interment in Prospect Cemetery, Glasnevin. Every mark of respect for the memory and deep regret for the loss of one who may justly be termed illustrious was shown by men occupying the most exalted positions in society, by the mercantile and trading classes, by the rich and poor, as all felt that in doing honour to the memory of Wil- liam Dargan they were discharging a public duty, and expressing the gratitude which they felt to the greatest benefactor to his country in the time in which he lived. -Freeman's Journal. FOUNDERING OF A SUNDERLAND SHIP.-On Wednes- day afternoon, the crew of the brig Duchess of Portland, Capt. J. A. Cave, of Sunderland, were landed at West Hartlepool, having been picked up in a small boat by \he Ann Clark, of Whitby, the previous day, about 16 miles off Flambro' Head, on the Yorkshire coast. The Duchess of Portland left Sunderland on Saturday after- noon, with a cargo of coal bound to Le Conquet,France, The vessel had not left the Wear many hours before she began to make water, but not to such an extent as vo cause the captain to have any fears about her safety. The men were put to the pumps, and on Sunday the Water gained fast, necessitating the pumps, to be in continual motion. During Monday night a heavy sea struck the ship and stove two planks of her side in. It then became a serious difficulty to keep the ship afloat, and at nine o'clock the following morning the vessel's leek was nearly level with the sea, there being nine ?eet of water in her hold. The long boat was unshipped «tud a portion of the crew's clothing were stowed in it. The crew kept aboard their ship until they deemed it prudent to desert her and saw no possibility of keeping her above water. They then all got safely into their boat and shortly afterwards their vessel sank in deep water about fifteen miles off Flambro' Head. The crew were in their boat for about two hours, when the tug Ann Clark sailed up to them and took them aboard. ATTEMPTING TO SHOOT A POLICE OFFICER AT BRADFORD. —On Wednesday, at the Bradford Borough Court, Whi- taker Clough, who keeps the Red House beerhouse, in Barkerend Road, was charged with having presented a loaded gun at PoliceConstableWood,with intent to shoot him. The officer stated that about a quarter past three o'clock that morning, while on duty in Barkerend Road, he heard the report of a gun, and went to ascertain whence the report proceeded. He went into the back yard of the premises of the prisoner, and there met the prisoner, who immediately cocked a gun at him and pulled the trigger. The capwent off, but the gun missed fire. The prisoner then immediately raised the gun and struck him with it. He raised his arm, and, all the gun fell upon it, he saved his head from the blow. He immediately sought assistance. Sergeant Hopkins came up, and he no sooner appeared iotthe presence of the prisoner, than he cocked the gun at the sergeant, who hastily knocked the muzzle of the gun on one side and seized it, and took it from the prisoner.—Thomas Smith a private in the 51st Regiment, corroborated the statement; and Sergeant Hopkins stated that the gun, when presented at him by the prisoner, was within a yard of his body, and if it had exploded, he would have been shot. The gun was charged and capped, and the trigger was at full cock. He had drawn the charge, which consisted of one ounce and ten grains of shot and one drachm of gunpowder.-The prisoner was com- mitted for trial at the assizes. CAUTION TO PERSONS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. At the London Mansion House, on Monday, the Lord Mayor cautioned the public against an attempt which was being made to obtain money on a large scale, and under cir- cumstances exciting suspicion. Some persons, he said, had taken an office in Great Trinity Lane, City, and had issued an advertisement headed, Employment— Paris Exhibition. In that they said," Efficient and responsible persons of all trades and occupations will be required to take charge of, attend to, and show goode machinery, &c., of every description. Parties desirous of engagements should apply at once, by letter only, en- closing stamp for reply, to Broadhorst et Cie, 12, Great Trinity Lane, Cannon-street, City. On the receipt of a penny postage stamp they sent to the applicant for employment a printed form, desiring him to fill it up with his name and address, the department of the Ex- hibition for which he conceived himself qualified, and the name of a reference, with 2s. 6d. in stamps as a re- gistration fee. It appeared that on the 30th of Janu- ary, two men called at the shop of Mr. Tozer, the oc- cupier of the house in question in Trinity Lane, and took a small back room at 3s. a week, stating they only wanted to have their letters addressed there. They paid two weeks' rent in advance, and gave an address in Shoreditch, which proved to be false. On the morn- ing of the 4th of February, about fifty letters addressed to them were delivered there, but the police have re- ported their belief that the transaction is a swindle. MURDEROUS OUTRAGE NEAR DONCASTER.—At Doncas- ter, on Wednesday, a man, named Charles Lister, was charged with having committed a murderous assault upon a widow, named Elizabeth Dawson, who carries on business as a farmer, at Barmbrough, near Doncas- ter. Last Saturday morning, the prisoner presented himself at the house of Mrs. Dawson, and asked her to give him the job of spreading some manure upon land in her occupation. She told him she could not do so, as she had engaged a man named Marshall. He then asked her to give him a drop of beer, and she did so; and he stayed so very long at the door that she had to request him to go. He asked her what she was afraid of; and, almost before she could answer that she was not afraid, he rushed upon her, forced her into the kitchen, and then knocked her down and demanded her money. She told him she had none, but he insisted that she had and, under fear, because the prisoner took a razor from his pocket and drew it across her throat, she gave him her purse, which contained seven half-sovereigns and some silver. She screamed for as- sistance, on which he took her to the top of the cellar steps and flung her to the bottom. She was so much injured that she became unconscious, and remained so for about two hours. The prisoner having acted in this brutal manner, fastened the cellar door and left the premises. He was apprehended the same day. Hehad upon him a razor at this time; and it appeared that of the money he forced from Mrs. Dawsonvhe gave three guineas to a young woman to whom he was engaged to be married on Monday last.—The prisoner was com- mitted for trial at the assizes. THE FENIAN CONSPIRACY.—According to the inform- ation derived from official sources the Fenians have re- cently organized in New York a band of fifty, whose special mission it is to proceed to England and Ireland, and endeavour to resuscitate the brotherhood. These men are understood to have arrived in England-fifteen of them are stationed in the Metropolis, and there form a directory—eight of them are ex-officers of the American army. There are also similar directories at Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, and Birming- ham. For some time past these directories have been making arrangements to concentrate their forces upon some place which was to have been named on Friday nightinlast week. This was not done, but a meeting was called for Sunday at Liverpool, and it was then resolved to make an attack on Chester Castle the following day, seize the arms deposited there, cut the telegraph wires, tear up the rails, and make good their escape to Holy- head, and then trust to fortune to get across to Ireland. What arrangements were to be made for their recep- tion in Ireland has not transpired. It is also under- stood that they would attack the banks and jewellers' shops. Tuesday night passed of peaceably at Chester. The anxiety which had filled the minds of all—magis- trates and military-was considerably increased when nearly 200 persons, of the same class as that which had already arrived during the day, reached the central station from Manchester, Halifax, Leeds, and other towns adjacent, late on Tuesday evening. This, if any- thing, tended to increase the suspicion of the inhabi- tants, who took every precaution to defend their pro- perty. The rumour in town that a prize fight had been arranged was dispelled during Tuesday afternoon, as it had been ascertained that the immigrants were moving about with apparent indifference, and nothing could be learnt from their general demeanour of any intention to leave the city, as is usually the case with prize fights. It is quite evident there must have been a premeditated plan and an object as widely known among the brother. hood as are the positions of Liverpool and Leeds, and that the most sanguine sacrificed a. dit. work to arrive at the snot in full time, Convocation of the province of York has been pro- rogued until Tuesday the 9th March. Mr. Chatterton, the Irish Solicitor-General, was re- turned on Tuesday, for Dublin University, unopposed. The Times' obituary of the 12th contains the deaths tf four persons in their 99th, 89th, 86th, and 93rd year. respectively. It is stated that the visit of the Prince of Wales to Paris at the opening of the exhibition is finally settled, and that he will return with the Princess to Paris in July. Both Houses of Convocation met for the despatch of business on Tuesday. The Lower House was occupied with a debate on the report of the Committee as to a general Anglican council. The Dublin Express is happy to be enabled to announce that the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have resolved to allocate £ 12,000 for the purpose of increasing the in- comes derived from small benefices. Major General Balders is gazetted to the colonelcy of the 17th Lancers; Major General George Bell from the 10th foot to the colonelcy of the 53rd; and Lieut.- General Dixon to the colonelcy of the 10th foot. "We are sorry to hear that, after immense expenditure in providing ammunition for the new Snider gun, it is found in practice that the copper of the cartridge so ob- structs the barrel after the discharge as to render the gun useless. This was not the case with the hand-made cartridges, and the fault is directly attributable to the use of machinery adopted by the Government under the pressure of the great demand.-The Owl. LIBERATION OF THE TORNADO'S CREW.—We have the satisfaction to announce that the crew of the Tornado were set at liberty on Monday. These unfortunate vic- tims of Spanish injustice and cruelty, in their petition to Parliament, demand not merely their liberation, but compensation for their confinement as prisoners of war for nearly six months, and the barbarous treatment to which they have been subjected.-Pall Mall Gazette. It is understood that the Treasury have refused their sanction to the application of the Irish Education Com- missioners for an increase in the estimates, to carry out some of the changes recommended last year by Mr. For- tesque when Chief Secretary, and adopted subsequently by the Commissioners. It has been intimated to them that inquiry must precede any call upon Parliament for an augumented vote for Irish education.-Pall Mall Gazette. A marriage is announced between Lord Waterpark and Lady Constance Finch-Hatton, daughter of the Earl of Wincliilsea. Also between Mr. Walsham, at present attached to the Legation at Madrid, and son of Sir John Walsham, Bart., and Miss Scarlett, daughter of Mr. Scarlett, C.B., late British Minister at Mexico. Also between Mr. Berners and Miss Anstruther, sister of Sir Robert Anstruther, Bart., M.P., and Lord-Lieu- tenant for the county of Fife."— The Owl. SEXAGENARIANS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.—Seventy- seven members claim to be excused from sei ving on elec- tion committees, on account of being more than sixty years old, viz.: Messrs. H. J. Baillie, E. Baines, T. Baring, Sir H. W. Barron, Messrs. W.H.Barrow, M. T. Bass, Colonel R. M. Biddulph, Sir R. G. Booth, Sir B. W. Bridges, Messrs. J. 1. Briscoe, J. Brockleliurst, R. Brooks, Major C. Bruce, Sir E. M. Buller, Mr. M. Chambers, Sir M..T. Cholmeley, Messrs. W. J. Clement, J. C. Cobbold, M. E. Corbally, J. Cowen; Sir II. R. Davie, F. Dundas, Sir D. Dundas; Messrs. A. C. Dun- lop, W. Ewart, J. Fielden; Colonel Gilpin, Mr. G. C. Glyn, Sir G. Grey; Messrs. B. L. Guinness, G. Hadfield; Sir W. Heathcote; Messrs, J. W. Henley, E. Holland, T. B. norsfall, R. Ingham Sir J. Johnstone Messrs. J. K. King, J. Laird, W. Lee; Colonel Lowther; Messrs. W. Marshall, C. W. Martin; Sir J. Matheson Messrs. J. S. Mill, J. R. Mills, C. Moore, O. Morgan; Colonel North, Sir H. O. Owen, Mr. C. W. Packe, Colonel Packe, Mr. R. Padmore, General Peel, Mr. E. Potter, Sir J. Rolt, Mr. F. W. Russell, Sir W. Scott; Mr. G. P. Scrope, C. Seely, W. O. Stanley, J. Steel; Colonel Sykes; Messrs. W. Tite, G. Traill, M. Treherne; Sir J. Trol- lope, Mr. C. Turner, Sir W. Verner, Sir H. Verney, Admiral Walcott, Sir J. Walsh, Sir T.B. Western, Mr. H. W. Wickham. ijiBEL BILL.-The following is the arrangement of the olauses of the bill to amend the law of libel, and there- by to secure more effectually the liberty of the press, prepared and brought into the House of Commons by Sir Colman O'Loghlen and Mr. Baines:—1. No proprietor of a newspaper or periodical publication shall be liable to an action or prosecution for a faithful report of a speech at a public meeting,unless he shall decline to pub- lish, if required, an explanation of the statements com- plained off. 2. A speaker at a public meeting shall be liable to be sued for defamatory matter spoken by him at such meeting, as if lie had written and published the same. 3. The privileges of Parliament or any other bodies shall not be be affected at all by this act. 4. In all actions for libel the defendant shall be at liberty to pay money into court in discharge of the action. 5. When the sum paid into court is not accepted by the plaintiff in discharge of his action, the defendant may require the plaintiff to give security for costs. û. When the damages in an action of libel do not exceed £5, the plamtlff shall not get more costs than damages. 7. With out the sanction of the law officer of the Crown no pri- vate prosecutor shall be at liberty to prefer an indict- ment for any libel other than a libel published with intent to extort. 8. The defendant on the trial of an indictment or information for libel may offer himself as a witness, and so may the defendant's wife or husband. 9 The truth of a libel may be pleaded in a short form. 10. When so pleaded the plaintiff may get a bill of par- ticulars of what is intended to be relied upon by the defendant.—The act is not to extend to Scotland. THE- CREDIT FONCIER CASE.—On Tuesday, Vice- Chancellor Malins had before him the case of Seatonv. Grant and Others. In this case, a motion was made on behalf of the defendants to take off the file this bill, which had been filed by the plaintiff on behalf of him- self and all other shareholders in the Credit Foncier, and which impugned the conduct of Mr. Grant as the managing director of that Company. The defendants denounced the suit as a device to extort money.—The Vice Chancellor said if he were at liberty to act as he wished he would accede to the motion, because the plain- tiff himself admitted that having for some time specu- lated in the Credit Foncier, and having lost money by those speculations, he became a shareholder for the pur- pose of filing this bill, and thereby sharing in the funds of the Company alleged to have been improperly used by Mr. Grant. Even if the plaintiff could succeed in obtaining a decree for refunding against the defen- dants, it was estimated that his share in the funds of the Company would n6t exceed 40s. £80,000 was the amount alleged to have been misapplied by Mr. Grant, and the proportion of the plaintiff was that which five shares bore to 200,000 shares. This was not a bona fide, but merely a speculative suit, and the bill ought never to have beon filed, and the Court would rejoice exceed- ingly if it was at liberty to order the bill at once to be taken off the file. But the defendants, before making this motion had put in an answer—an imperfect oi.e, it was said-to the plaintiff s bill; and there was no pre- cedent for ordering a bill to be taken off the file on a motion by a defendant after he had put in an answer. Mr. Waller, one of the counsel for the Company, had said that, this being a novel case, the Court ought to apply a novel remedy. If the Court of Appeal should think fit to apply such novel remedy, the Court would be very glad; but at present it felt bound to adhere to the established practice by refusing the motion. If this were the hearing of the cause, the Court would un- doubtedly order the bill to be dismissed, with costs. A VERY SAD STORY.—A very shocking case of desti- tution, coupled with sickness and death, has come to light in Preston. The other day a man named Parker, along with his wife and two children, all being in a desti- tute condition, applied for relief to the poor-law authori- ties of Blackburn, where they were living. Parker was at the time suffering from fever in its preliminary stages and his wife was within a few hours of her confinement. Owing to their very destitute condition—they appeared to have no home and no means of subsistence what- ever-an order for the Blackburn Workhouse was given them. But Parker and his wife would not have it, and in the afternoon of the very same day they, along with their two little children, walked to Preston, a dis- tance of eight or ten miles, where they had previ- ously lived. In the course of the same evening they got into Albert-street, Preston, and were in a very exhausted condition. They looked about for a house, and on find- ing an empty one, Mrs. Parker went to the sub-agent, and agreed to take it. She stated that their furniture was on its way from Blackburn-a statement of course incorrect. Believing what she said, the sub-agent gave her the key, and afterwards Parker, his wife, and chil- dren crawled into the house, hungry, cold, and exhaust- ed, and laid down on the bare floor. In the course of the night the woman (with her husband in a high state of fever by her side) was confined but the child did not live more than a few hours. Subsequently the at- tention of the relieving officer for the district was called to the case, which he found to be one of the most wretched he ever saw. The woman was attended to, and her husband was removed to the House of Recovery, where he afterwards died. A sister-in-law, who had previously been attending, also took the fever, and had to be sent to the House of Recovery. Owing to the dis- inclination of anybody in the neighbourhood to attend Mrs. Parker, who was unfit to be removed to the House of Recovery, her father-in-law, ahandloom weaver, had to be called in, and he remained attending her for some time, until at length he took the fever, and had to be removed to the House of recovery, where he died. A female who went to see Mrs. Parker occasionally during her sickness, consequent upon confinement, has likewise taken the fever, and is in the House of Recovery and finally, Mrs. Parker herself has caught the infection, and is now in the same place. The sad catalogue of sickness and death above given is attributed directly to the deter- mination of Parker and his wife to leave Blackburn, in order to obtain relief without going into the workhouse.
MONMOUTHSHIRE RAILWAY AND CANAL. Week ending Feb. 9, 1867 £ 2,458 11 6 Conespoudtugwoek,1866 £ 2,428 15 Õ TAFF VALE Week ending Feb. 9, 1867 £ 5,442 10 11 Corresponding week, 1866 £ 4,706 6 4 PENARTH HARBOUR, DOCK, AND RAILWAY. Week euiling Feb. 9, 1867 £ 285 11 2 corresponding week, 1866 JB421 2 4 GREAT WESTEiiN. Week ending Feb. 10, 1867 £ 66,983 0 0 Corresponding week 1866 £ 64,795 0 0 BRECON AND MERTHYR. Week ending Feb, 3,1807 £ 1,172 1 2 Corresponding week, 1866 » £ 1,155 18 8 0
FOREIGN TELEGRAMS AMERICA. (By Atlantic Telegraph.) NEW YORK, Feb. 8th.-The Louisiana Legislature has rejected the constitutional amendment. p NEW YORK, February 10th.—The bill for the ad- mission of Nebraska into Congress as a state of the union has been passed by the SemLte over the President's veto. NEW YORK, February 11, Evening,—Mr. Banks and other Republicans urge the necessity of the adoption of some measure to secure the President's co-operatioil with Congress. The Cunard steamer Australasian arrived out yester- day, and the Malta to-day. ARRIVAL OF THE CITY OF BOSTON. (Via Queenstown.) NEW YORK, Feb 2, Morning.—The Louisiana Legis- lature has passed a resolution to call a convention to re- vise the state constitution, so as to release the state from Radical rule. Governor Wells has decided that if a new constitution is adopted, he will re-assemble the convention of 1864 to depose the present Legislature. The Judiciary committee continue their deliberations on the impeachment of President Johnson with closed doors. It is reported that General Butler and other Radicals advise the impeachment of General Grant. President Johnson hasissued a proclamation ordering that the removal of the discriminating tonnage dues on American vessels by the King of the Sandwich Islands shall be reciprocated by a similar federal action towards vessels belonging to those islands. The Freedmen near Savanna have refused to work or leave the plantations. They forcibly resisted the troops sent by the freedmen's bureau to remove them. The ringleader was arrested, and tranquillity was finally re- stored. MEXICO. NEW YORK, Feb. 2nd.—Advices from Mexico state that Juarez had received Ortega as a prisoner of war. At a Cabinet Council, held under the presidency of the Emperor Maximilian, His Majesty was advised to remain in Mexico. The Republicans deny the report of the bombard- ment of Mazatlan. FRANCE. PARIS, Feb. 10th.-An order of the Ministers 01 Agriculture has been issued declaring that, as the cattle plague is extending in Belgium, all meat and carcasses of cattle are forbidden entry into or transit through France, from across the French frontier from Dunkirk to the Rhine at Lauterbourg. RUSSIA. ST. PETERSBURGH, Jan. 9.—The Invalids of to-day gives a denial to the intelligence published by Indian journals of a fresh victory having been gained by the Russian troops in Bokhara, adding that no news of ally kind has been received by the Russian Government of any recent military operations in Central Asia. An hospital for English seamen, under the patronage of the Prince of Wales and the English Ambassador at the Russian Court, has been established at Cron- ..t"1t- AUSTRIA. VIENNA, Jan. 9.—The State Railway Company have invited subscriptions to an issue of 150,000 new obliga- tions, applications for which must be made in Vienna on the 12th and 13th, and in other continental cities on the 12th inst. The obligations will be issued at 225f. and will bear 15f. interest, with annual drawings of 500f. The whole amount is to be redeemed within ninety-five years. The interest and sinking fund are guaranteed. PESTH, Jan. 9.—M. Deak returned here to-day.-The statesmen who have been designated by the Govern- ment to form a part of the Hungarian Ministry will, leave for Vienna to-morrow and the day after. Advices published here from Hermannstadt, dated the 7th instant, state that the Saxon portion of the Transylvanian population are favourable to union with Hungary. ITALY. FLORENCE, Feb. g.-Signor Crisani has been chosen reporter of the Committee on the Free Church and Ecclesiastical Liquidation Bill. He is instructed to op- pose the bill. The Committee were unanimous in rejecting the political portion of the bill, whilst the financial portion was thrown out by five to four votes. A proposition was introduced to draw up a counter scheme. MOLDAVIA AND WALLACHIA. BUCHAREST, Feb. 9.—Prince Stirbey has left here on a special mission to the Austrian Government. The Hospodar and his brother are expected to return to Bucharest to morrow. The bill for the Abolition of the Tobacco Monopoly has been agreed to by the Senate. AUSTRIA AND NEW ZEALAND. ADELAIDE, December 28th.—The bill for increasing the Governor's salary by £1,000 has been carried in both Houses. The new Marriage Bill was lost in the Assembly, but another measure will be brought forward in the next session. Parliament has adjourned, but will re- assemble on the 2nd January. MELBOURNE, December 27th.—Parliament meets oil the 17th January. It is rumoured that Messrs Francis M'Gregor, Vale, Bindon, and Miller, will retire from the Cabinet. Captain Gilmore is proceeding to London, with the object of endeavouring to get a telegraph cable laid across Bass's Straits. Intelligence from New Zea- land announces that the Maori King has signified his submission, and invited Governor Grey to visit him. The following gold ships have sailed during the month -Anglesey, with ll,500oz.; and Essex, with 375oz. CHINA AND JAPAN. (via Treste.) HONG KONG, January 1st.—The question of the light- house at the entrance of the Yangtse river is still under discussion. Arrangements for the formation of a na- tive arsenal and dockyard at Foochow are progressing favourably. The Mahometan rebels in Kiangsi have captured four towns. A large fire has occurred at Tien- tsin. The property destroyed is estimated at 300,000 taels. Chinese registered as British subjeets have been forbidden to reside in the interior of China. Advices from Japan state that the rice riotsat Yeddo had ceased, and the price of grain had fallen. The Prince of Kiusiu had defeated the Daimo Kokura, and held his ground against his opponents. Distrust exists among the Daimios, and they refuse to attend the pro- posed conference. The answer of the Japanese Govern- ment in reference to the dollar question is favourable. PRUSSIA. BERLIN, February 11th.—It is asserted that the Prussian troops will only evacuate Dresden when Prus- sia's authority to regulate the movements of all the federal military forces shall have received indubitable and unconditional recognition. EARTHQUAKE IN CEPHALONIA. MALTA, February 1Ith.-Telegraphic intelligence received here announces that a destructive earthquake has taken place in Cephalonia. Lixuri is reduced to ruins, and the loss of life is appalling. A vessel leaves Malta at noon to-day with provisions to relieve the BllfierP-re- PRUSSIA. BERLIN, Feb. I3.-0fficial publication has been given to-day to a resolution passed at the conference of the North German plenipotentiaries on the 18th ult. autho- rising Prussia to submit to the German Parliament the draft of a constitution for the Northern Confederatioa, as agreed upon at the conference, and also to represent the views of the lattet to the Parliament. HANOVER, Feb. 13.-Herr Von Munchausen, candidate of the Democratic party, has been elected member of the North German Parliament by a majority of 4,000 votes over those obtained by Herr Rudolph Van Ben- ningers, President of the National-Verein. ITALY. DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT. FLORENCE, February loth.—The Italian Parliament has been dissolved. The electoral colleges are convened for the 10th March, and the new Chamber will meet en the 22nd March. CANDIA. CONSTANTINOPLE, Feb. 13th.—Intelligence has been received here announcing the arrival of Server Effendi on the 22d January at Candia, which he met with a good reception. In conformity with the firma, which he held from the Sultan Server Effendi had caused the elec- tion of Mussulman and Christian delegates to be pro- ceeded with. These delegates will shortly set out to Constantinople. MALTA, Feb. 12th.-An American war vessel has been despatched from Spanish waters to Candia, in order to assist in removing Christian families from the island. AUSTRIA. VIENNA, Feb. 12th.-It is stated that conferences are now being held at Hietzing between the late Hanoverian Minister, Count Platen, and a Prussian plenipotentiary, who arrived yesterday from Berlin, with a view to the settlement of the demands of the ex-King for the resti- tution of his private property. It is added that the Prussian plenipotentiary, immediately on his arrival at Heitzing, had an audience of the ex-King George. The Emperor of Austria has granted to Sir Charles Bright and Mr. Acton Ayrton a concession for laying and working a submarine telegraph line between Ragusa and Malta or Ragusa and Corfu. TURKEY. CONSTANTINOPLE, February 12th.-A modification has taken place in the Ministry, Aali Pasha being appointed Grand Vizier, Fuad Pasha, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ruchdi Pasha, Minister of War. Other changes are expected. Intelligence received by the Porte from Athens of yesterday's date announces that 320 Greek volunteers had been brought back from Crete in two Turkish steamers, and landed at Salamis. FRANCE. PARIS, Feb. 13th.-Official intelligence received here from Mexico to the 13th January announces that the concentration of the French troops was being oarried out with the greatest order. The troops were to be echeloned on the 23d January, between Mexico and the sea. Their movements met with no obstacle. TURKEY. CONSTANTINOPLE, Feb. 6.—The Viceroy of Egypt has demanded from the Porte four additional rights, viz. -1. The right of assuming the title of Caliph of Egypt. 2. The right of striking coin in his own name. 3. The right of increasing the strength of the Egyp. tian army to 100,000 men. 4. The right of appoint- ing officers to the highest rank of mushir. These de- mands are considered equivalent to Egyptian inde. pendence of the Porte. Newport, Saturday, February 16, 1867. Printed and Published at the MONMOUTHSHIBB KRULYX General Printing Office, No. 15. Commercial-street, in the Boroagh of Newport, in the County of Monmouth, br WILLIAM CHRISTOPHERS, residing at Melroae Yilla. Gold Tops, in the parish of St. TYoolloi, Newport.