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PONTYPOOL. ABERSYCKAN IRON Woltlil.-Tlie New British Iron Com- pany's school at these works (which is conducted on the most liberal principles and reflects the highest credit on its founders) celebrated their second anniversary on Monday, the 3rd inst. It was intended that a procession should be formed, in the morn- ing, headed by the Abersych'an celebrated brass band, con- ducted by Messrs. Lewis, King, and Mitchell, but the weather proving so very unpropitious, prevented this being carried into effect. There were present upon the occasion the worthy and respected manager of the works, Wm. Wood, Esq. the Revs. Thos. Davies, A.M., Trevethin; Jno. Jones, Blaenavon; 0. J. Phillips, Pontnewynydd the various agents, and others con- nected with the works, together with several ladies -'and gen- tlemen. connected with the neighbourhood. The boys and girls, numbering from 300 or 400, were examined by the rev. gentle- men above named, and exhibited under the able and proficient superintendence of Mr. M. Wood, master, and Miss J. Myon, go- verness, of the school, much intellectual improvement, both in their literary and other acquirements. The first class being ex- amined by the Rev. J. Jones, reading the 8th chapter book of Judges, writing from dictation, and arithmetic. Second class, by the Rev. O. J. Phillips, in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, with questions on the most prominent characters in the Old and New Testaments, the same being occasionally interspersed with singing and it was highly gratifying to witness the ad- mirable and satisfactory manner in which both boys and girls acquitted themselves throughout. Much taste and talent was also displayed in the various samples of useful and ornamental needlework exhibited. A number of handsome reward books, provided for the occasion by the New British Iron Co., were, during the course of examination, distributed to the children; and at the conclusion they were also regaled with a liberal supply of'tea and plum cake; and when the happy youngsters had partaken of their repast and retired to their respective homes, the ladies of the British Iron-works and Abersychan, who so kindly came forward to assist on this important and pleasing occasion, in connexion with the gentlemen, stayed and partook of the refreshing beverage, or the cup that cheers but not inebriates," in the girls' school-room, and spent a happy and agreeable evening in social conversation, harmony, and en- tertainment. It is reported that W-. Wood, Esq., who has at all times readily come forward to promote, by his support and countenance, the objects of this most desirable and useful in- stitution, has it in contemplation of lengthening the school- rooms twenty feet, so as to afford more ample accommodation for the children. STJUKE OF WORKMEN AT BLAENAVON, GARNDDYRRYS, AND IpiVLIDU. That portion of e "hills'' extending from Garnddyrrys. cn the side of the Blawrenge, as far as Blaenavon, has for some mouths past been the scene of great distress, arising from the prostration of trade and the depression has issued in one of those unhappy results of which the history of the iron trade in South Wales is so rife. The strike against a reduction of wages was commenced by the firemen engaged at Blaenavon, who, for many months past, have been earning £ 1 16s. per week. On Thursday last, the Garnddyrrys and Pwlldu workmen followed their example. The furnace has been blown out, the forge has been stopped, and the whole district is a. scene of desolation. The general pressure of the times is severely felt by the tradesmen of Pontypool, Abergavenny, Tredegar, &c.; and this unhappy event will aggravate the present state of things.