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THE MEMORIAL TO THE QUEEN. WE hope our readers both in North and South Wales will lose no time in fqi-wardiiig signatures to the memorial to the Amserau office, Liverpool, and to Ml?. EVAN JOXKS, at our office. We have already received sheets very numerously and respectably signed, from Mynyddislwyn, Ystradlefara, Talybont, Swansea, Glynarthen and Neath, and hope the lium- I-V rwill be much, larger in the course of next week. Themc- luorial need not be written on the sheets, as they will be all attached to one general heading, 0 time is to be lost. Now for a decisive movement! We have the means of knowing that the demonstrations which have already taken Place have produced considerable effect. By ceaseless and Untiring exertion we may hope for success. Let us hold on <>urway through evil and good report, and be fully persuaded ■in our minds' tlkt the sacred cause of nationality, and the still holier and nobler interests of religion are now consigned to our hands for defence. Let us not fail in the day of con- flict. By the love we; owe to our mothers, by the affection. which binds us to our wives, by the protection which is turned by our sisters, and the tenderness due from us to- wards our children, now for a decided, general, and. national tflbit.! "■
-L- CHAPELS KEGISTERED FOR; MARRIAGES, OUR ESTEEMED friend, Mr. Thomas Hopkins, Register of Carriages in this town, has favoured us with the following t ahle, showing the number of registered buildings in each vounty, to what denomination they belong, together with !he total number ill Noi-tll and South Wales. Comparing Z, ^vith the table which appeared in our paper for May 12, o perceive that fifteen buildings have boen registered during !?e year' 1847. In some counties the proport.'o;i is lament- Y^y small, whilst others are highly creditable. We trust y ^consistent Dissenters will soon wipe away this blot from i'ame, by registering their chapels without delay. A list of' Chapels in the Principality,; registered for the Solemni- sation of Marriages up to Jan. 1, 1848. • 2 c 2 •- « '-o 'J = 3 1 « *> M' IT? O S £ i S jf -55$x u 3 "5 O O o Ph P .H Brecon ;12 8 i" 20 Cardigan 13 13 1 1 2 30 Carmarthen 45 10 1 1 '>•- 57 Radnor 1 3 1 5 Glamorgan 35 21 3 1 1 1 I 03 Monmouth 21 36 1 1 8 1 68 Pembroke 19 12 4 35 Anglesea 1 1 2 Carnarvon 9 1 9 19 Denbigh 6 4 6 16 Flint 3 12 1 1 8 Merioneth l 11 I 2 10 1 I 1 I 24 Montgomery 16 7 8 31 Denominational Number ..192 | 118 | 46 | 6 10 2 1 3 I 378 Of these 278 belong to South, and 100 to North Wales.
CARDIFF. TAFF VALE RAIT,WAY.-The traffic for the week ending June 17th, 1848, was £ 1,845 16s. 6d. FARMING IN SOUTH WAI.ES.—The HoyalAgricultural Society of England has offered II premium of J50 for the best Essay upon the Farming of South Wrales. The Essays are to be sent in to the Secretary on or before the 1st of March, 1849. THE Queen has been pleased to approve of Mr. Richard Jones Todd, as Consul at Cardiff for the Grand Duke of Oldenburgh. POLICE COURT, JUNE 19.—(Present James Lewis, Esq., ,eV. LT. S the Mayor, and Rev. T. Stacey.) Elizabeth Lewis and Catherine Randall were charged with stealing a purse containing about £ 5 17s. 6d. from the person of Joshua Lelane, master of the Eliza La Foy, in a house of ill fame. Complainant had been there in the company of three women, whom he had treated to some porter; the two prisoners began to play with him, and on going out he found his purse gone. He then turned back, and eventually gave them in custody previous to this, however, a man had been in, and. had gone up to the wo- men, and then walked out. Both prisoners denied any knowledge of the theft. Committed for trial at the next quarter sessions. Joseph Gleeson was charged with having military clothes in his possession. As the prisoner's wife had given up the clothes, he was discharged. Richard Murphy was charged by Mr. Winstone with stealing two carpenter's tools, a plough and a saw. As there was no direct evidence against him he was discharged. Thomas BOlCcn was chaiged by Christopher Benson with as, saultinghim on Friday evening, and breaking his windows. Ben- son's evidence was corroborated by his wife and another person. The defendant told a very different story, and said that he had been struck with a stone on his head by the complainant's daughter., The defendant was lined Is., and 9s. expenses, and ordered to pay for the windows. Ellen Jenkins was charged with assaulting Fanny Gage on Wednesday last. The complainant deposed that she had been beaten until she was insensible, and that a baby which she held in her arms was much injured. Fined 20s., and 9s. costs, or to be comniitted to jail for one calendet month. Thomas Morgan was charged with receiving 10s. in money for a watch, supposed to be stolen, by a "Yankee," of the name of William Johnson. It was proved and admitted that the amount had been received by Morgan, but he declared that he had only received the money for'Johnson. Bound in his own recognizance of £ -20 to appear when called for. James Mahonny brought a complaint against Edward Miles for non-payment of wages. Ordered to pay Is. 6d. John Jones was charged with having negligently allowed his barge to run against the boat of the Fossiua Siers," so as to cause its utter destruction. Permitted to be arranged out of court under the direction of Mr. Tredwen. P)LICE,'l'nultsDAy.(Present, the Mayor, James Lewis, Esq., Henry Lewis, Esq.)—Mr. Stoekdale complained to the magistrates that a letter in the last number of the PUIVCIPAUTY attacked him iu regard to the part which lie had taken in putting: down street preaching, and for-allowing shows te exhidit on the Haj-es. lie hld obeyed the Mayor's orders in regard to the shows; and mentioned this in order to set himself right with the public: lIe had been looking for another place, and he thought a piece of ground near the gas works might do. The Mayor expressed his opinion, that if shows are to be allowed at all, that they ought to have a central place. Mr. Lewis concurred in this opill- ion, and stated that the shows were removed from near the Cardiff Arms, to the Haves, oil account of their being more out of the way. Mr. Stockdale continued, and said, that the shooting, to which reference was made, had been discontinued, and should not be permitted to take place again. It happened then as if was the time of the Llandaff fair, when the police were more busy than usual. He was not aware that the game of ninepins was played tiicre. lie did not wish to bear more than his share of blame. A copy of the PRINCIPALITY was then sent i,oi., and perused by the Mayor, who said that the Editor's note, attached to the letter in question, exoner- ated Mr. Stockdale from blame. In this opinion Mr. Lewis concurred. Mr. Stockdale, however, was afraid that many persons read the beginning of articles, but not their eu(l. He had no charge against the Editor. [The public wilf see that Mr. Superintendent Stockdale has no power to prevent shows exhibiting on the Hayes, as they do so by permission of the Mayor. We trust, however, that he will be authorised to keep the thorough- fare clear at all times, as it seem8 a great anomaly to prevent its obstruction by preaching, and to allow it by such exhibition's; We feel assured Mr. Stockdale will do his duty faithfully arid impartially, and wo will do our best to assist him, always remembering that our mission is to declarc the truth.—.ED.] Edward Thoma-s was charged with having gone to the house of David Yorath, and. saying that he had been sent for one gallon of beer by Henry Lawrence, master of the gas.. Upon subsequent inquiries, it was found that: lie had not been sent by Nlr. Lawrence. As the complainant did not know iVI r. Lawrence Or the offender, he was severely reprimanded, and discharged. I lie Mayor advised Mrs. Yorath to bring an action against him in the Couiity Court. David Thomas, Jane Morris, and Mary .41111 Smith, were charged with breaking the young trees in Cooper's fields, in the Castle grounds. This of- fence has been carried on to such an extent as -to disfigure the plantation entirely in some instances. These offenders, with another person, not then in custody, were charged with destroying an ornamental walnut tree, of the height 0(6 feet, of the value of 3s. or 4s. The offence was proved by Mr. Itainlyn, who had seen the damage done. Mi-. Evans proved that the trees grew in the shrubbery nearly opposite the tanyard, through which there is a private drive of the Marquis of Bute., Fincd, Is. each for the -trespass, Is each for the damage done to the tree, and costs; or to be committed for three day". CIVIL WAR AT PO-VTOAN-A.—John Bryan was charged with cutting down a black currant tree,, the property of Christopher Benson. Pontgana is the scene of tremendous commotions, which frequently occupy the attention of "the powers that be" in this Court. On this occasion a female witness swore that John Bryan was always a insulting thcm;" and that he was, on Monday evening, three-fourths drunk; and that he cut the tree in ques- tion Another female amazoujiad witnessed the. last insurrection; but nei- ther of the two had seen the tree cut by the terrible Bryan,. Benson, how- ever, who was lavish of oaths, had seen the cutting process of the "three," which graw on his property. He wouldn't, indeed, however, put a value on the threebut he wouldn't, take 5s. for it. Mrs. Benson acted as Attorncy- GCIlPraUn the case, and occasionally chided her better half for taking a trip out of the record, which lie was exceedingly prone to do. He wished to hayc "pace," and the Attorney-General, who is exceedingly devcr, joined in, the petition. Fined 2s, 6d. for-the trespass, 8s. 6d. for the value of tike fruit, and the costs, or ¡ iodays. imprisonment with, hard labour. Thonuis John was charged with having assaulted Susannah Davies, a pros- titute, Oil Tuesday night la- t, in Caroline-sti cet. The assault appeared to be quite unprovoked. l'iiiect Jos., and lOs. costs, or U days' imprisonment. Committed. TIIE REFORM MEETING.—We beg the attention of our readers to the very full report of this meeting we have given in our fifth page. The meeting undoubtedly represented the wealth, the intelligence, and the moral worth of Cardiff, notwithstanding efforts to make it appear otherwise, But this conduct is of no great consequence, as it can injure none those wlio eat Haye those who can stoop to adopt it. •A SERIOUS accident occurred on Tuesday list, to Mr. Tho- mas David,, carpenter, of this town, who fell from the roof of a house in Caroline-street. We understand that lie tured two of his ribs, and that his head was very severely injured. A DEPUTATION from the board of directors of the Newport Dock Company, consisting of the following gentlemen-— Messrs. Samuel Homfray, Jer. Cairn, John Jenkins, Thomas Hughes, W. W. Phillips, T. 13; Batchelor, Phiiip Jones, John Russell, and R. Ruscoe, visited this place, for the purpose of inspecting the jetties recently erected at the Bute Docks for the shipment of coals and the discharge of ballast. The de- putation were afforded every facility for inspecting the va- rious works by Captain Doruford, l. N., Dock Master, and Mr. J £ en\yay, secretary to tha TaffVulc Railway. It appears that t^he-ISfewport Dock Company are about to effect consi- derable. improvements in the mode of shipment of coals at Newport, but before finally adopting any particular plan they thought it well to see how. the new shipping machines above alluded to answered at this, port. I HE Rev. illiani Rees delivered his..eelcbrated lecture 011. the Life, Times, and Geniujs of lyillianis., PantycclN-n on Tuesday evening, The audience unfortunately was not large but the gifted lecturer rivetted the. attention of his hearers for two hoi is ud three quarters. Ilis.descriptions and fascinating, and weie tiequently in- terrupted with loud bursts of applause. At the close of the lecture, the cordial thanks of the meeting were voted to Mr. on the motion of Rev. E. Morgan, seconded by Rev: Lewis Powell. After singing one of Williams's hymns, the meeting separated, perhaps not a little perplexed which to admire most the sweet singer of Wales or his eloquentd masterly panegyrist. ADJOURNED VESTRY MEETING AT ST. JOHN'S,—Yesterday ail adjourned meeting was held for the purpose of proceed- ing with the poll demanded at the meeting reported in our paper of the 9th instant. At 10 o'clock, the Rev. T. Stacey took the chair, and declared the poll to be open. Very few persons were present, only one or two besides the Church- wardens. The Chairman remarked that the friends of the Church had determined to ask no person to poll on its be- half, and that if the parishioners refused to make the rate they had instructed Mr. Thomas Evans, solicitor, to fix upon some one individual amongst thorn, and to proceed against him by monition in the ecclesiastical courts. A parishioner observed that he understood the Dissenters to have deter- mined to refrain from going to the poll, because they con- sidered that the Chairman ought to have put the amendment submitted by Mr. James at the former meeting, and because they believed from that and other informalities, the proceed- ings of the vestry had been invalidated. One or two per- sons then voted on either side, and the proceedings termi- nated nominally, with a majority of one in favour of the rate; but really with a withdrawal from the poll oil, both sides. The Churchmen relying on the presumed extraor- dinary power of making a Church rate whether the vestry willed it or not; and the Dissenters upon the right of the vestry to determine how the repairs of the Church should be effected, and to do it oil the voluntary principle if they sliould-tli:d, fit. Tm-FjUEsT.—We have received a letter, signed, "The Pa- rishioners of Lantwit Vardre," which contains a series of com- plaints against several of the powers that be" in this locality. It seems that on Monday, June 12, a person, of the name of Rose, with another man, obtained tickets at the Treforest station, to go to Llandaff fair, but as they were drunk and disorderly they were very properly not permitted to go with the train. They then be- came much more abusive, and our informants blame the police for not being there to look after them. They left the station and went to the bridge which crosses the Taff, where they laid down- on the parapet of the bridge wall. Deceased was taken from the place several times by different persons, whom he abused for their kindness. He repeatedly returned back to the same place. The police are again blamed for not being there to remove him. At last, however, he turned in his sleep and fell over to the river. His bead struck against the abutment of the bridge, and he imme- diately sank. Two persons, of the name of Cooper and Morgan,, went to the river in search of the body. It was not recovered, however, till six o'clock the following morning, when it was brought up by W. Richards and W. Thomas, on the Lantwit side of the r.ver, but it was landed on the opposite side. The body wa, taken to the Castle Inn. The landlord sent for the police, but we are told they had gone to Llandaff fair. He also sent for the co- roner, before whom an inquest was held, and a verdict of u Acci- dental death" returned. We do not think the verdict was at all appropriate. Deaths occurring in a state of drunkenness are not accidental, and the verdict should be either "Wttfut murder," or Manslaughter, against the parties by whom the fatal driak was sold, as it assuredly would against any chemist that would care- lessly administer any kind of poison to persona already under its effects. An application was made for a coffin, but was refused. On Wednesday, ai the body wa. ,e.ting decomposed, thi landlord ordered a coffin at his own expense. Mr. S. Williams, the con- stable of the parish, endeavoured to prevail on the parish officers to grant the coffin, but a Mr. Thos. Jones, guardian of the parish, objc c:ed, on account of the body having been landed on the oppo- site side of the river. Mr. Williams also applied to the Superin- tendent of the police, who would do nothing, on account, as he said, of the landlord" taking the matter out of his hands." When Mr. Cooper sent his son to the grave-digger, the parish clerk, who is an old lady, could not go for the clergyman, who resides at Pen- tyrch. Mr. Cooper, jun., proceeded to Pentyrch; he found that the minister was not at home, but was expected at nine in the evening. He left a request that the rev. gentleman would meet the funeral at 10 o'clock the following morning, At the appointed time the body reached the place, but the clergyman did not make his appearance. AH waited till one, but all to no purpose. Some were then obliged to leave, whilst others remained tillthe evening. The body was left in the church over night. No minister ap- y Z, peared the following morning, blot the body was conveyed to tie grave about twelve on Friday, as it had begun to fall in. The grave Was closed some time in the evening; but we have not heard whether the reverend gentleman had pre- sented himself at this last stage of the proceedings. Such is a plain unvarnished tale of the statements of a long letter which we have received. If these things be so, they certainly de- serve,notice; and if not, an opportunity to refute them is thus given
THE NATIONAL DEBT. MVNY of our readers, we dare say, are fond of arithmetic. We beg to furnish them with a problem to test their inge- nuity. It is very simple, nevertheless, it may prove for- midable. It is this—how are we to pay our National Debt? The following figures, from. The Trade's Weekly Messenger, give some idea of its magnitude. They inform us of its weight and length, but give no direction as to how it is to be disposed of. Now the Welsh are adepts in figures—even Mr. Symons admits thatancl here is a question to tax their genius. How are we to pay it? Canwe have any effectual retrenchment until it is paid ? Let the advocates of things as they are ponder these figures well. Ihe let-well-alone people should give them their best consideration. Let the advocates of Government good intentions read the future by the light of the past. We have no wish to speak evil of dianities, but this tremendous account is not calculated to give us a very view of statesmen. Like, original s n, the National Debt taints the whole constitution and generation after generation suffers its withering curse. It is OUr everlasting incubus, our body of death, and who will deliver us from it? "THE NATIONAL DEBT, IN GOLD AND SII-VKR.—IN WEIGHT AN, i) LINGTII.' its weight in gold would be 6,282 tons in silver, 120,000 tons its transportation in gold would require 26 ships of 250 tons each; 12,581 horse carts, each carrying half a ton and forming a procession 25 miles in length, or 281,769 soldiers each carrying oOlbs.; in sovereigns, piled one upon the other, they W >uld be 710 miles in height; laying them side by side and touch- Ing c tchother they would form a chain of gold 11,04S mile. in length, ^nearly twice the circumference of the moon the same amount 111 pound notes, sewed together, would carpet a turnpike road 40 t'eet broad and 1,040 miles long, or from Land's End to John O' Croats and half way back again if sew,e'd together, end to end, they would form a bandage reaching four t ines round the world or sixteen times round the moon divide the debt equally among the 111hahitants of the world, and each person, man, woman, or child, every colour, would receive 16.; it would require,476-ships ot ~o0 to.is each to transport it in silver from Mex;cJ (provided the JUines in that country could furnish it), and after reaching England 240,000 one-horse carts, carrying half a ton each, making a proces- sion 676 miles long, or 5,00-3,000 of men carrying 501 bs. each, to deposit in the vaults, prior to its use for the redemption of out- standing pledges." Of "glorious was" what remains iii ? Where are their Monuments? If you wish to behold them, look at—THE T NATIONAL DEBT!
SWANSEA. SHAMEFUL COXDUCT OF A RAILWAY S IJB-CO-TYC.CTOI i.- About fifty workmen, who had been engaged by a man named Burner, applied, in a body, at the police court, on Wednesday week, for instruction from the bench, under the following circum- stances: A hnge number of men were employed by, Hucnes, at the railway tunnel, to whom there was now due for wages a sum amounting to about £ 200. During the last week, it was alleged he had obtained various sums of money from his employer, but paid nothing of what was due to the men. On Wednesday morn- ing the sub-contractor made his exit by coach, leaving the poor workmen mtnus of their wages. It was, however, said that he-had left about £9lt in the possession of Mr. Weir,.towards spaying the workmen, which was not one half of the amount due. The bench expressed their sympathy for the workmen's loss, and tendered the best advice they could Under the circumstances. Prom the the best advice they could under the circumstances. From the statement made, any attempt to recover the wages in the usual way seemed hopeless, the man having disposed of hie" plant" before he ieft.fllis is the second time that the poor workmen have been cheated out of their hard earnings in this neighbour- hood, by dishonest and designing sub-contractors. DREADFUL ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTII WALES RAILWAY. —An inquest was held on Saturday last, and continued by adjournment to Monday, at the Golden Lion Inn, High- street, before C. Coliins, Esq., coroner, to inquire into the death of David Rees, aged 27, mason, who with three other men met with a serious accident at the tunnel of the South Wales Railway, near Cwmbwrla, oil Friday morning last. It appeared by the evidence of Francis Bryant that 0 about two o'clock in the morning, the deceased, together with Morgan Rosser, John Williams, and Isaac Davies, were about descending the shaft of No. 2 to their work. They, entered a skip or basket suspended to all iron chain and let down by the engine. After they had gone partially, down witness heard the chain snap. Witness and others ran to the mouth, of the pit and called out, bat got no ans.wer from below. On calling out a second time they heard one of the J men callout(" I am killed." Oil going down through shaft No. 3 they saw the fom-men named lying on the ground. They had been evidently much injured. Deceased, how- ever, was able to speak. The four were carefully taken up through the shaft, and removed to their houses. They were Z5 vei,e. promptly attended by MR. Michael, who rendered all the medical aid in his power. Deceased, who had been much bruised about the-head, besides sustaining fractures of the thigh and left hip, expired in the course of a few hours. Mr. Taylor, the contractor, as well as the witnesses, aid the men were strictly enjoined to descend by means of the wooden ladders placed along the sides of the pit, but it appeared that these being somewhat out of repair, the men generally preferred being let down in the baskets, thus effecting a saving of time. Isaac Davies, the eugineman, was examined, but his evidence was merely corroborative of the above statement. The chain had been in use twelve new when first used at the tunnel. It had been tested in the usual manner previous to being used. He produced the link which had given way. It did not appear 9 to be much worn. Inspector Rees said he had examined the chain, and was of opinion that the link in question was 11' defective from being- overheated in the .manufacture. It frequently happened" that such defects were undetected, although tested in the usual manner. The jury, after hearing some additional evidence, returned a verdict oj Accidental Death," at the, same time exonerating the con tnîctor from blame. We understand that the three othei men, although.mucja injured, UVE likely to recover.—Swansea Herald. SUDDEN DEATH.-—An inquest, was held an Monday last, before C. Coflins, Esq., coroner, on the body of StÜa1. Llewellyn, aged fifty-two, wife of Thomas Llewellyn, hobbler. Tlie husband stated that on Thursday night.last his wife and himself retired to bed about twelve o L the COUVSC.• of half-an-hour: shé (deccu-ed) tOU :HÍlWd o 'being dreadfully ill. He went to call a female acquaintance, and after h is return she died, She was ill some days before, when Mr. Hall of the Swansea Infirmary a/ttended her. A verdict was returned in accordance with the above facti. THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION.—The committee for superin- tending the arrangements connected with the visit of the above body, have, within the past week, made an appeal to the public of Wales for additional pecuniary means of se- curing for the association not only a proper, but a hospitable 0 reception. In making this appeal general to the principality, the committee have, we think, exercised a sound discretion. It in fact implies liberal and comprehensive views of the relations of the British Association (in reference to its visit), by regarding other counties and districts of the principality than those of our own neighbourhood as equally sharing in 0 Z!1 the distinction, as well as the responsibility, which the looked-for event may confer upon Swansea. It is, too, the just view of the case. The British Association migrates from 11 semon soil," for the first time, to the western side of the Severn, not alone to visit Swansea, but Wales; nor is it Swansea only, but still more—the principality—to which, whatever of distinction or of honour may hereafter gather aroun.d men's recollection of the event, will pertain. An appeal which, by thus inviting the co-operation, shares the honour of this visit with the whole principality, and does away with every association of exclusiveness arising from, the accident of its locale being Swansea, evinces a tone of liberality which, we have little doubt, will be met in a kin- dred spirit by the Sons of Cambria" from end to end—by all who delight to honour the memory of her ancient hos- pitalities."—Swansea Herald. IIAY-RICKS ON FIRE.—On Saturday last a large hay-rick belonging to Mrs. Jones, of the Maekworth Anns Inn, was found to be on fire. After the lapse of some' time the firc- I engine was taken to the spot, and the fire extinguished, but not until the smoke had penetrated so as to destroy the entire value of the hay. There is but little doubt that this rick has been destroyed by those mischievous young urchins Who have of late been detected with Inciters amongst the hay- ricks in the neighbourhood.
NEWPORT. POLICE; MONDAY.—(Before the Mayor, and Thos. Hughes, Esq.)-lVm' James, foaiissa-altiiigiolii Smith, Fined 19s., and costs. 6". II. Oliver, J. Walker, and fl m. Tombs, for assaulting George LloyJ. Fined 15s., and costs. John Davies, for stealing brass, the property of Nlr. Edwards, iron. founder. Committed to take his trial at the next quarter 5c,;5ions at Usk. George Vratchley, tor assaulting his wife, Sophia. Settled, on'his paying expenses. i'OLIC'E, THURSDAY.—(Before, the Mayor, and Thos. Hughes, Esq.)-- John Jolms, for assaulruig his mother, Margaret Johns. Bouiia over in the sum of £ 20, to keep thu llcnee for six months. Thomas Bums, for assaulting his wife. Ordered to leave her, and paylicr 2s. (ld, a. week. He-was also lJuU¡,Ù. over in £:.10, to keep the peace for six months. John Rtmncif,- a Bri stol pilot, was charged by George Nash, a Newport pilot, with damaging his. vessel to the .amount of JSS tis. 9lI. Case' di- mi8sed. TRADE hereabouts assumes a gloomy aspect, and trades- men begin to entertain serious apprehensions respecting the future, while the labouring classes generally complain of low wages and scarcity of employment. A considerable number of operatives are daily leaving for America and other places. WAlt.Alr. N. Pearce delivered two lectures on the hor- rors of war in the school-rooul of the English Baptist chapel, Abersvchan, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 14th and loth. The lectures were well attended. IhTRIXG the past week petitions in favour of Mr. Hume's motion for the extension of the suffrage, &c., were prepared and placed for signature in different parts of the town, while some of the more zealous advocates of reform exerted themselves in canvassing the town and neighbourhood, for the purpose of obtaining signatures. We understand a vast number of persons signed the petitions, many of whom were Chartists in every sense of the word except physical force, and who therefore regard tlie motion as a step in the ri»'ht. direction, although not embracing all that they could wish. C, y NEWPORT CHORAL SOCIETY.—The second concert of this flourishing society took place on Tuesday evening last at _h Town Hall. The room was wcll-lilled by a large aud respect- able audience there must have been at least 400 persons pie- seat. The performances were chiefly selections from Haiiaei's oratorio the Messiah," and compositions by Mozart, Sphor Haydn, and other celebrated nu-ftors. The band and chorus consisted of about forty or fifty vocalists and instrumentalists, amongst whom we may mention the ibUowhig:—Principal vo- calists Soprano Priino, Mrs. Tilley; Soprano Seeondo, Miss Masden; Contralto, a Lady Amateur; Tenore, Mr. Tilley; Basso, Mr. Thomas. Instrumentalists: Violin Primo, iI, King Violin Seeondo, Mr. Pitman Violin, Mr. Sturge; Vio- lincello, Mr. Waite, all of the Bristol Philharmonic Society Contra Basso, Dr. VVastefield; Fiauto, Mr. Ball, jun. Fagotti, Mr. Ball, sen.; Leader, Mr. T. King; Pianoforte, Mr. J Re es,; Conductor, J. Tifte-v. The programme comprised, some gems out of the compositions we have named. A quar- tett (" Benedictus ") from Mozart's celebrated requiem, sun? very admirably, we considered one of the triumphs of the evening. We were also particularly pleased with the airs (out of the Messiah) "he was despised," "thou shalt teach them." The eh-u-uscs were very ably sustained, and reflected consi- derable credit upon the performers, aad their indefatigable con- ductor. We cannot speak too highly of the sjveral artistes we have enumerated above, and although there was some little timidity evinced by some of the vocalists in the early part of the evening (as may have been naturally expected), they ac- quitted themselves much to our satisfaction, and we. think t .> that of the whole audience. We are glad to see native talent so well supported, and trust that the society will continue to merit, by tilcir renewed exertions, still greater patronage and co-operation. Sou.ru,WALKS RAILWAY, BiunGfE,—The lamentable oceurreuc which recently took place, the destruction of the. railway bridge across the Usk at Newport by iire, led to an anticipation that (111 the reconstruction of the bridge, some less igmtabie material than wood would be brought into requisition. Such, however, is not iu be the case. The chief engineer of the (ire.it Western Ruiiwav, Mr. Brunei, has made a survey of the wreck of the bridge as now stands, and has come to the conclusion that it shall be reco.in- structed on the same plan, and of timber. The .chief local en- gineer, Mr. Owen, having received instructions to this effect, Messrs. Rennie, Logan, and Co., the contractors, will proceed forthwith with the rebuilding. Fortunately for them, the principal portion of the original structure will still be available. A va t amount of labour and expense was expended in driving piles into the bed of the river; and, a,.i the tire drd not consume the pile,, below high-water mark, all new drivings will be avoided. Besides this, though the bridge was destroyed as a whole, yet the aout- merits 0;1 either side of the river are still available,, even to an ex- tent into the river of two or three arches; therefore, although it was nttirst feared that the opening of the line, which was in a for- ward slate, would be deiaycd two years in consequence of the fire, there are now grounds for supposing that six months at the far- thest will see the bridge reconstructed. It is to be hoped, however, that some procedure will he adopted to render any future cuii filruction proof against the ravages 01 tire. Many iiieu-ns, have liecil suggested. Among others we have heard it stated that the con- tractors will employ some surface coating upon the work, as each part may be constructed. coitiiigs of wliitiiiiz- are spoken of, and rough cast" is also mentioned as a preservative.—■Him, CARDIGAN MARKET, JUNK 17.—The prices of the dif- ferent articles in our market to day were much the same as last reported. Tne farms and gardens around this pktcc never, perhaps, looked better, aud there is a prospect -of an abundant harvest. MADAM CASTAGLIQXI'S concert took place at Coworid 'e Hall, on Monday evening, and wasycry fashionably at- tended.' The singing took well, but Mr. Macarthy's Hours in Ireland went oii' drv.
MEliTJIYR, SUNDAY. --It reflects great credit on the Dissenting ministers of Dowlais that they have discountenanced, and, indeed, have come to the aversion, of not marrying parties on the Lord's" day. There are six other days for such-purposes; anil on those, therefore, young.people, go, and get married, for it is an honour- able state. KEFORM.—We find from the Parliamentary reports that several petitions from this place were presented to the House of Commons in favour of Mr. Hume's motion. We are also happy to state that all the respectable and moral Chartists. 1 joined in petitioning, and that a public meeting would have Iccn held were it not for the violence and unreasonableness if a misled portion of them, who wen1, we understand, .deter-?. nillcd to d;scurb the proceedings.
suggested. It is in reality an attempt to patch up affairs that arc deplorably bad, the superficial healing of a danger- ous wound, without touching the root of the matter. There is no.homage paid to first principles. Protection is either right or wreng. If the Whigs believe the former, why not grant it at once? If they believe the latter, then why accept it at all? Free trade principles are applicable to the West India colonies, or they are nott If they are, let them bo honestly and unhesitatingly applied, despite the may-be temporary sufferings of the planters. If the Colonies cannot get on with free trade, then ministers should be prepared to say so. If the traffic in human flesh and blood is bad, 'why attempt it partially? If good, why not adopt it openly and avowedly ? That the proprietors desire the revival of this trade is clear, and that the concession of Government will assist its revival is evident to our mind. It is well known that the planters have the greatest objection to engage the emancipated population. They are not prepared to give them a fair day s wages for a f iir day's work. Hence they clamour for cheap labour. In order to obtain it they have brought over, from time to time, thousands of idolatrous Coolies, who have proved worthless as labourers, and who have beex left to perish on the road sides, and rotten in the fields. They now want to import negroes from the coast of Africa,—and what is more they want it at the expense of Government. Certainly there is no great degree of modesty in this demand. It must be borne in mind that the indi- viduals who make it have already received twenty millions of British gold for parting with stolen property, and that stolen property was human beings. Suppose their demands carried into effect, the result would be the starving out of the present population which has boen civilised and moralised through the exertions of Christian missionaries. That this is the object in view is so evident that he who runs may read. We must therefore regard Lord John Kussell's plan to give them pecuniary relief as singularly ill adapted to remedy the radical defects which prevail in the Colonies. Much is said in regard to the injustice of compelling the planters to compete with the slave holders of Cuba and Brazil in the sugar market but if this emigration n tn ftlicinewill becarried out, we feel assured that slavery in those countries, and West Indian liberty, will be only a distinction without a difference. To hoard men from the wilds of Africa, in their native, uncivilised degradation, to steal others from slave traders, and sent them to the Colonies, will soon produce a state of things, more perplexing to Government than the present panic of the planters. 0 If slave grown produce is to be prohibited at all, it ought to be discountenanced in all cases. If it is villany to buy fcla ."e-grown sugar, it cannot be vil tue to use slave-grown cotton, smoke slave-grown tobacco, or trade in slave-dug copper. Slave producers will find a market for their goods, and the higher will be the protective duties against them, the less humane (if, indeed, humanity can be at all attri- buted to such wretches) and scrupulous they will prove to their slaves in order to realise profits. But it is well known that slave labour cannot compete with free labour in efficiency and skill. There is alvrays this great advantage on the side of the fair trader, and which gives far more valuable protection than any that can be imposed by prohibi- tory duties. The West Indians may now be in distress, but let them reduce their expenditure, and study cconomy, and If the fortunes of some of them may be ruined, let our readers not be surprised. Honesty is the best policy, but for centu- ri s the policy of the planters has been fraud, cruelty, extor- ti ii, degradation, and death. There is a retributive I'rovi- d nce-thereis.an Almighty Being, whose sanction is never given to iniquity, and in whose eyes the oppressor and mur- derer are not held just. Fortunes wrung from human Z5 sufferings and cemented by human blood may be fairly con- sidered as the inheritance which the Lord hath cursed.