Stabbing Affray at Penarth. NEGRO SAILOR COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. PRISONER RECEIVES HIS SENTENCE. At Penarth Police-court on Monday a coloured seaman, named William Brown, was brought up in custody on remand charged with wounding a fellow- sailor named Joseph Johnson, on the 22nd January. The injured man was taken to the Hamadryad Hos- pital Ship immediately after th3 occurrence, and had been in an unfit state to attend and give evidence until this occasion, and no N stood in the box with his head bandaged. From his evidence it appeared that a row took place between prosecutor and two others on board the steamship Talisman, in the course of which he was called several ugly namet. Witness, who was having his supper, was threatened by Brown, who said he would throw him overboard," and the latter rushing out on deck with another sailor in 'ited wit- ness out. He went out with a table knife in his hand, and was immediately knocked down with a capstan bar, the other man, who had since gone to sea, also striking him with a belaying pin, rendering him unconscious. Witness heard a man saying when he became conscious, Brown, why did you hit the man with the capstan bar? Prisoner rejoined, Well, I don't know what I have done it for." PI isoner now said he hit Johnson because he had drawn his knife. Other evidence was given by Dr Charles Aitken, Wm. Jones, coal-trimmer, and P.S. Morris. Prisoner, in answer to the charge, made a long statement to the effect that Johnson and another mau were going to fight. The former having a knife in his possession, prisoner knocked it out of his- hand, saying he should fight with his fists. Prisoner was committed for trial at the assizes to be held at Cardiff- At the Glamorgan Assizes on Thursday, prisoner was placed upon his trial. Mr Trevor Lewis prosecuted, and said the affray took place on board the steamship Taliesin, which was lying in the Penarth Dock. There had been a quarrel amongst some of the men, which wound up with the prisoner knocking prosecutor down with a capstan bar. The prisoner, who admitted having done this. said in his defence that there had been a quarrel in the forecastle between a Frenchman and a Portugee about some money. He didn't intend to interfere, but seeing that the others were going on deck to fight and that Johnson, the prosecutor was leading the way with a knife in his hand, he (prisoner) followed, to see that there was no foul play. On getting outside, he said to prosecutor, If you are going to fight, don't use a knife." The latter went on quarrelling, however, and the prisoner, fearing he might do some damage, knocked him down with a capstan bar. He didn't mean to injure him so badly. The prosecutor, who admitted having the knife in his hand, said it was the knife he had just been eating his supper with, and he had had no intention of using it in a fight. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, but recom- mended him to mercy on account of the provocation he had received. His Lordship (to the foreman) I understand you. mean by that, that you believe he thought the prose- cutor intended to use the knife, and so knocked him down to prevent him ? The Foreman That is so sir. His Lordship, in passing sentence, pointed out that if the prosecutor had not belonged to a thick- skulled race his injuries would have caused, his death. He believed the prisoner's story, however, and taking the reccommendation of the jury into con- sideration, he would sentence him to one month's hard labour.
The Susquehannah Minstrels. On Wednesday evening, a very successful enter- tainment was given in Andrews' Hall, by the above popular troupe, in aid of the fund for the purchase of a Bristol Channel Mission Steamer. The choruses, and songs were admirably rendered, and the instru- mental selections were all that could be desired. We are pleased to note that after paying all the expenses there will be a balance of about £ 10 to be handed over to the Steamer fund. «
1 Ir Chamberlain on Welsh Disestablishment. Mr John Morgan, Editor of the Aberystwyth Observer, has received the. following important ex. pression of the views of the Liberal U niouist leader with respect to Welsh Disestablishment Higbbury, Moor Green, Birmingham, 31st January, 1895. Sir,—I am directed by Mr Chamberialll to acknotf ledge with thanks the receipt of your letter of the 25th int., and to say that he entirely agrees with the spirit of your article in the Aberystwyth Observer. Disestablishment in Wales mast come, and .only question is whether it shall be accompanied by a just treatment of the Church in regard to its funds* This can be secured now by the Unionist Party* and Churchmen would be wise if they were to urge their leaders to devote themselves to this part of the subject. If, on the contrary, they meet the present agitation with an absolute non possummus, they may probably find that when it is next brought forward the opportunity of a compromise will have been lost. The Welsh Church is entitled to liberal, and even generous terms, and if, under these circumstances, it is freed from the connection with the State, it will, ia Mr Chamberlain s belief, rise to a position of influencS and usefulness that it hag never yet enjoyed, I am, Sir, Yours obediently, JOHN WILSON. John Morgan, Eeq..
Presentation to Mr David cof nwell* A very interesting presentation was made on Wed- nesday evening last by a committee of gentlemen, who waited upon Mr Cornwell at his residence for that purpose, consisting of a purse and an illuminated ad- dress, designed, written, and beautifully bordered by a very chaste floral device in hand-painting, and sur- mounted by a bust photograph of the recipient. The execution of the testimonial reflects great credit upon the artist, Mr A. W. Shimeld, of the firm of Shimeld Brothers, of Glebe-street, in whose window it will be exhibited for a few days by the kind permission of Mr Cornwell. The following is the text of the address Presented to Mr D. Cornwell as a token of sincere gratitude for, and appreciation of, his painstaking chre and skill manifested in the use of electric appli- ances for the relief and cure of various kinds of bodily infirmities under which the subscribers hereto suffered in greater or Jesser degrees and length of time, Some of whom had been, after very long treatment in hos- pital, as well as private medical practice, given up as incurable. They would also hereby record their ap- preciation of his generosity in giving long and most careful attention to such patients, not only free of charge, but that he specially sought to benefit those whose circumstances were such as to render any ade- quate payment by them impossible. The purse here- with presented, containing subscriptions of some of his patients towards the cost of renewing instru., ments, will, it is hoped, be received as a token of appreciation, and not as their measure of the value of his services. Trusting he will continue to use his very manifestly natural giftj for tracing and dealing with such diseases in the human system, as the electric treatment is specially beneficial for. Signed on behalf the subscribers by JOHN KYTE COLLETT. DAVID H. EDMUNDS, EDWARD SEAGRAVE, m Com uit tee. Penarth, February 1895.
Fire at Mr Pyman's, larine Parade. On Monday evening last, a fire broke out at the residence of Mr J. W. Pyman, Marine Parade. It appears that by some means a beam running under- neath the entrance hall, and the fireplace in the hall became ignited. When discovered it had gained considerable hold, and it became necessary to pull up the tiles of the hall. Timely assistance being ren- dered by Mr J. Owen, the Don, and others, what might have been a terrible conflagration was speedily b extinguished.
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to say, yet true, worse luck, viz., so much the worse for the old Penarthites. as it increases their already overweighted and unbearable burden in the shape of increased rates. 41 What on «arth wmld any business man say or think about a growth of this kidd ? Why it's against all rules or estabiioiu-d principles of political economy. The question is, how does such a state of things be- come even possible, much less exist ? But, alas! alas! it's from possibility to actuality. Now, of course, I know all you gentlemen are all new Coun- I cillors (not pansophical), having one and all passed I through the election fiery furnace, and undoubtedly are the very best men that Penarth can produce in fact, i the vry cream. Ne plus ultra, eh ? The brazen shields Slaving been melted or dissolved in the ejection fiery furnace, it's not likely that you golden shield bearers have any knowledge or acquaintance with the past do- f ing3 or carryings on of the late Local Board (now de- funct) if you do, you have to sorre exten t the advan- tage of the Penarth ratepayers, viz ,as to where all the money collected from a Is Id rate goes to. Now, for your own information, as well as of the Penarth ratepayers, will you kindly instruct your clerk to refer to the books and ascertain how many thousand pounds it cost the innocent ratepayers to pave, kerb, and channel Stanwell-road; also note the number of Board members residing or •owning property on this particular road, as the ratepayers, including the working man with his cottage who reside in other parts of the town, having worked hard to pay their own private improvements, don't exactly relish this special privi- lege conferred on the Stanwell-road folks, especially as this unbiassed, disinterested, unprejudiced, impar- tial luxury was conferred on the quiet, unbeknown, and without the consent, sanction, or approval of the ratepayers. Moreover, these said Stanwell-road pro- perty owners could not by any means compel or force the Board to pave their frontages, then why was this work done ? and what was the particular inducement cr motive ? Was it to benefit ? or an act of kindness towards only seven Board members, eh ? or was it an act of charity ? Once more, according to the minutes, I understand, Mr Forrest promised to pay for the kerbing and channeling of Stanwell-road if so, has this been paid ? If not, why not ? Again, if Mr n Puinell and Mr Shepherd were allowed 3d or 4d per yard off their private improvements accounts, and this after the contractor had been paid the full amount, and also against the Surveyor's strong pro- test, where did this allowance money, including the Arbitrator's fees, come from ? Was this a kindly Mephistophelean cuddling recognition as a set-off against the Stanwell-road private improvements, or Was it from a deuteropathay feeling ? Quid pro quo, eh? And did this take place synchronously? Sub rom. Gentlemen, excuse my meraciousness, but this is a fair question, will you oblige by giving the rate-! .payers a straightforward answer, without tergiversa- tion or subterfuge ? Sir, I am sorry to trouble or disturb you in your ponderous and weighty deliberations, but several years ago money was borrowed to complete private improvements at West Cottages. The work was carried out, and the contractor paid, but in conse- qnence of measurement disputes of a trivial character owners have not yet settled. Will you again kindly inform the ratepayers where the necessary money has been coming from (for several years past) to pay the interest on this extraot dinary and remarkable outlay also please give the exact amount of interest unques- tionably paid out of thb public rates. It's evident the gods do not permit the ratepayers to know everything- Mow. clearly understand, I am not blaming Mr Snell. If he did the work: of course he is entitled to be paid; but why was 15 or 1G guineas paid to this gentleman when a Central Ward member, and also a South Ward member, viz., Mr Thomas Lewis, Garthe, Strongly protested against payment being made, and for this justifiable reason, viz-, because the Board did Dot give Mr Snell instructions to do the work. Will you kindly state where this 15 or 16 guineas came from. Gentlemen, bear with me only this once. A mem- ber of the Council openly states, viz.. it was clearly understood when the late Surveyor was called upon to resign office, that he (the Surveyor) was to be re- elected that this infrequent backstairs resignation, and sublimely grotesque bit of business, fit only for a caricaturist's pencil, was only intended to be a warn- ing in the shape of a severe reprimand. Rather a costly and ridiculous inodus operandi, eh ? JSgrescit- medundo, remedy worse than disease. Will you again kindly refer to the bocks and inform the ratepayers what this wonderful, extraordinary, and brobdingna- gean advertising, paving applicants railway and hotel expenses who came from all parts of the country on a wild goose, rambling, adventurous, and bootless chase, cost the ratepayers ? Sirs, if you or your worthy Clerk, mystagogue or mysteriarch by per- quisition, perscrutation, peroestigation, or pervesti- gation, on referring to the books fail to unbosom, reveal, unveil, and answer these naystagogic questions, or evade by sophistry, j Why of course, it's peccavi an acknowledg- i ffient of wrong-doing will explain intelligibly. the j cause of the rates advancing disingeniously from 8d to Is Id in the t, and is therefore a case of pro-1 spicience panivorous, a policy of looking forward to a butterlesabread existence.. Yours faithfully, 1, G. L. NORRIS. P.S.—Three honourable gentlemen, to their ever- lasting credit, are willing to pay their share or portion of the Stanwell-road private improvements it Lord Windsor, members of the Local Board, and other property owners will do likewise. Now, sirs, here is a rare opportunity for the new Penarth Urban Dis- trict Councillors to distinguish themselves by using their ratiocination or raticinative powers, and thereby earn the eternal thanks and panegyrize of the electors by saving or otherwise relieving pocr overtaxed rate- payers of close on S,3,000 desideratum, a thing to be desired, but regretfully wanting.