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PONTYPOOL. EFFECTS OF LIGHTNING. On Friday last, a young woman who was hay-making in a field near Cwmbrane, was suddenly struck to the ground by the lightning, which was most terrific in that neighbourhood, and was apparently lifeless for some time she has since revived, but is still in'a dangerous state. THE DRUIDS.—The several lodges of the Ancient Order of Druids in this town held their anniversary on Saturday last. The procession left Abersychan about twelve o'clock and proceeded to the English Baptist chapel, Pontypool, where they listened to an eloquent and impressive address by the Rev. S. Price, Baptist minister, Abersychan, from 1 Corin- thians, x. 31. The rev. gentleman's remarks were faithful and appropriate, and calculated to leave an im- pression on the minds of his hearers that would not soon be removed. As the procession moved along, the white gowns and long beards attracted the notice of hundreds of specta- tors. ON Thursday evening, the 13th instant, the Rev. B. Par- sons, of Eblcy," Gloucestershire, author of "Anti Bacchus," Mental and Moral Dignity of Woman," a series of tracts for the fustian jackets and smock frocks, &c., delivered an interesting and instructive lecture, at the English Baptist chapel, on the Greatness of thc- British Nation, traced to its Source." Afer a few remarks on the cause of the present state of things on the continent, and the desirableness of nations becoming more united the lecturer said, the time allotted him for the present lecture was unsufficient to notice all the sources of England's greatness; he should, therefore, confine himself to twelve, which were as follow:— 1. Our climate; 2. Our mixed races; 3. The independence of our various tribes; 4. Our insular position; 5. Our poverty; 6. The usurpation, ambition, and wants of our sovereigns; 7. Our trade, manufactures, and commerce; 8. The introduction of the Bible 9. Our political and religious sects; 10., Oar language; 11. Elevation of the classes; 12. The dignity of woman. The lecture, which contained much sterling matter, interspersed by many striking anec- dotes, and quotations of appropriate poetry, was delivered in a clear and impressive manner, and by occasional strokes of wit, and pungent satire, the lecturer drew from his audi- ence frequent bursts of applause. The meeting separated at ten o'clock, highly pleased and instructed. A vote of thanks to the lecturer was moved by Mr. Read, and seconded by Mr. Conway, and carried with acclamation.