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llRIDGEND. LANCASTER! AN SCHOOL.A public meeting in connexion with the opening of the above school was held at the schoolroom, July 3ist. The design which led to the establishment of th's school was not a desire to overthrow any institutions already existing in the town, but to give the advantages of education to the children of the town and neighbourhood in general, and of the poorer class in particular, 0:1 conditions within their reach, and without doing violence to the conscientious scruples of their parents. The school is to be conducted on the principles of pure voluntaryism and unsectarianism, as being those which are believed by its imme- diate friends at least to be the most consonant with the dictates of truth and ju t'.ce, the most harmonious with the evident design, rule, and scope of God's moral administration, and incomparably the best adapted to the demands of the age. The schoolroom, although exceedingly large, was nevertheless crowded to excess bv pirioiu connected with the various religious denomina'ions in the town, thns testifying their attachment to the principles on which this school is to be conducted, expressing their sympathy with those who have been its immediate promoters, and evidencing the profound interest which they felt in its welfare and prosperity. The Rev. H. Roberts, from Norfolk, was called to the chair. The Rev. J. E. Jones moved the first resolution, who, in an able speech, forcibly discussed the great importance of diffusing as much as possible the advantages of education to all classes and conditions of the people, and the urgent necessity of establishing the present school at Bridgend. The rev. gentleman then pointed out and most appropriately expatiated upon the superior advan- tages of the rising generation, and sincerely hoped that they would duly appreciate them, and that they should live to the age in which they would realise their value. Mr. Edward Smith, schoolmaster, in seconding the resolution, briefly explained the nature of the monitorial system of teaching, and ably pointed out its advantages. The. Rev. J. D. Williams proposed the second resolution, and said that he wished briefly to vindicate the imme- diate promoters of the school from the unjust imputation which had been Cist upon them by some of having originated the school in any hostility to the Free School, or what was called the National School. He thought the Free School had done some good; but would have dune much greater good if it had been as free in all its conditions as it had been in regard to the terms of admission. That system of developing the mind, whether it be intellectually or religiously, which compels it to a belief of conventional creeds and grown out tenets, is at variance with its fundamental princi- ples, destructive to'the independency of its operations, and tends p rather to weaken and contract its capabilities than to strengthen and enlarge them. As to the national Church, he had no hostility towards it at all; his hostility was directed merely against its COrlnexion with the State. He firmly believed Government as such had nothing to do with either education or religion, and he hoped that at no period in the history (f this school the principles of absolute voluntaryism and unsectarianism would be abvtildoned by its managing committee. He was glad beyond expression that the school had been set a-going—its interest had for some months tested near his heart—and he felt convinced that nothing but un- faithfulness would frustrate its prosperity. Mr. J. P. Jones, Baptist minister, seconded the resolution, and said that he "W(1, Ipppy to think, that those who had the means of imparting educa- tion thought it their duty to do so, and were resolved not to relax heir efforts in carrying' Jluir purposes into effect. lie felt grate- ful that his lot had fallen amongst them. He was very much pleased with all the principles of the school but with no one more than its perfect unsectarianism and pure voluntaryism. He thought it right to state that he did object, and always had ob- jected, to Government interference in matters of education. His conviction was that Government could not interfere to advantage. He (Mr. Jones) quarrelled not with persons, but with systems. His desire was that every man and every institution should rise or fall according to their merit and where there was any merit or virtue, it would stand up without the aid of props. Mr. Jones, in the course of his address, rehearsed many humourous Welsh anec- dotes; and, after expressing his ardent inishes for the prosperity of the school, sat down.—-—The third resolution was moved by Mr. Davies, Llangynydd, in a short but comprehensive address and was very ably seconded by Mr. John Hussey in Welsh. The merits of the fourth resolution were clearly and fully pointed out by Mr. David James, Brynmenyn, and Mr. Morgan Rees. The thanks of the meeting having been given to the chairman, the meeting then separated, greatly pleased with the prospects of the school.
RHUMNEY. ON the 12th ult., at 7 o'clock in the evening, a lecture was de- livered in Penuel Baptist chapel, by the Rev. E. Roberts (ior- werth Glan Aled), on the "wonders of creation. Also, on the 17th ultimo, at 7 o'clock in the evening, another lecture was de- livered by the same gentleman, in the Calvinistic Methodist chapel, on the composition of matter." The congregations on both occasions were very numerous and although the lecturer took a long time in elucidating these difficult subjects, and bringing them within the compass of the dullest understanding amongst his auditors, the greatest patience and attention was paid to his remarks from beginning to end. A collection was made at the close of each meeting in aid of the British School, and all present appeared willing and ready to contribute for the purpose. Mr. Roberts has promised to deliver two lectures again, in aid of the same fund; the first in the Wesleyan chapel, on the 11 laws of motion and the second in the Independent chapel, on "attrac- tion." The minister of each place to preside on the occasion. Two lodges of the Independent Order of Oddfellows celebrated their anniversary on Monday, the 14th instant. They formed themselves into a handsome procession, and proceeded to the Baptist chapel, when a sermon was delivered to them by the Rev. E. Roberts. Afler peacefully enjoying the day in the usual man- ner, they all separated in a manner worthy of "Cymru a Chymraeg."
PONTYPOOL ON Monday evening last the Great Magician King" Mr. J. M. Buck astonished a numerous and respectable audience at the Assembly-room, Pontypool; the performance consisted of a variety of occult illusions, mechanical deceptions, transposi- tions, and necromantic enchantments, which led many to exclaim, "wonderful!" Previous to the commencement a grand balloon was let off, and gracefully ascended through the regions of air, taking a rapid and onward course till lost in the labyrinth of space. The performance was under the imme- diate patronage of Wm. Williams, Esq., Snatchwood House. BAPTIST COLLEGE.—The numerous friends of this institution will be glad to learn that that earnest friend of ministerial educa- tion, Charles Conway, Esq., of Pontnewydd, has sent to the trea- surer his 6th munificent donation of £50. If equal liberality were shown by all churches and individuals who have it in their power to sustain this and similar academical institutions, their commit- tees would not have to complain of heavy debts, nor of inability to meet the demands of the churches in the admission of new students and the supply of well-qualified pastors. It is, however, a gratifying fact that, notwithstanding the bad state of trade, and the sufferings of many congregations in the manufacturing districts of Wales, the collections this summer are believed to be equal to what they have ordinarily been.
ABERSYCHAN, THE brethren of the order of Ivorites met at their lodge room, "White Hart Inn, on Saturday morning last, to celebrate their anniversary festival, when, after walking in procession to the Pisga baptist chapel, Talywain, where a sermon was preached to them, they returned to dinner. The tables lite- rally groaned beneath the weight of the substantial and deli- cacies provided for them by the respected host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Harrir. These good things being despatched and the cloth removed, various loyal and other toasts were drank. The enlivening strains of Cambrian melody, as"stel by the vocal powers of some of the brethren, kept up with unflagging spirit the harmony and conviviality of the evening until a late hour, and each looked forward with anticipations of renewed pleasure to their next anniversary.
NEWPORT. THE "VATcn COMMITTEE met on Tuesday week. We were sorry to hear several reports read of robberies committed in the Friars',fields yet we think that persons who will resort to that horrible sink of iniquity ought to be punished for their folly and sin. And as there appears to be no other way of in- flicting punishment by the hands of man than that wh'ch the criminals receive at the hands of their co-partners in .crime, we do not think that the sufferers deserve any portion of our com- miseration, and we would apply to them the common saying, it serves them right." One source of great criminality, in that bad locality, is the bid-ale." We hope, however, that the vigilant attention of Mr. Superintendent English will speedily put a stop to these attractions to the vicious. TOWN COUNCIL MEETING, FIlIDA Y, AUGUST 4. —This was a meeting for general business. The attendance was very small. The following gentlemen were, present a part of the time, W. Jenkins, Esq., Mayor, Thos. Hughes, Esq., Messrs. W. Townsend, Edward Thomas, R. P. Woollett, II. J. Davies, Jas. Davies, Lewis Edwards, Wm.. Williams, Joseph Latch, and T.. B. Batchelor. The report of the Watch committee was read to the meeting. Mr. Townsend called the attention of the council to a part of the report which referred to an advance of 2s.-6d. per week in the wages of the two police-sergeants. He considered that these were not the times to advance the wages of public servants; we all know how difficult it is to procure the payment of rates—we also know that provisions and the means of living are reduced, and therefore men can do with a smaller amount of money-wages than they could some time ago; with these and other considerations, he (Mr. T.) would suggest that the watch committee reconsider the matter of raising the wages of the sergeants. The rjport of the finance committee was then read. The sums of eight guineas and two guineas were mentioned as deductions from the bill of the town-clerk for opposition to the railway bill, leaving the amount due to him JE383 9s. Id. The above sum of ten guineas is saved to the town, (and small indeed is the saving), through the efforts of two of the members of the council, who strenuously endeavour to effect reductions and economy in the public expenditure of the town. Like all re- formers of abuses they are obliged to be satisfied with small success, and to bear the ill-will and hatred of those whose reckless disposition to expend the public money, (and at times to profit by the same) they are compelled by a sense of duty to oppose. The sum of thirty-three guineas, as due ta Mr. Thomas Morris, alderman, for professional services, having been mentioned, Mr. W. Townsend rose to protest against the payment, on the ground of its being contrary to law to pay-any member of the board for services rendered to the council as a member, and in the discharge of the duties of such member. Mr. T. directed the attention of the council to the 28th section of the municipal corporation act. The Mayor inquired, with seme impatience, whether Mr. Townsend made any motion, and whether any one would second such motion. Mr. Edward Thomas then rose and observed that he thought Mr. Morris, the surveyor, if he were employed ought to be paid, but he was of opinion that the council had no power to pay Mr. Mor- ris, the alderman. He believed that Mr. Morris was not em- ployed as a surveyor, but was deputed as a member of the council in the same way as Mr. Hughes had been, to represent the council in London. He thought that the 28th section of the municipal act disqualified any member of the board to act with a view to his own profit and advantage, and with the pros- pect of being paid from the funds of the town council. The following is the disqualifying clause, or that part of it to which reference is made during such time as he shall have directly or indirectly, by himself or his partner, any share or interest in any contract or employment with, bv, or on behalf of such council." The moment Mr. Morris ceased to be a member of council, then; if he were employed as surveyor, said Mr. Tho- mas, he would be entitled to payment for his professional ser- vices. 1\Ir. Thomas said that lie would second Mr. Townsend's motion that the sum of thirty-three guineas recommended to be paid to Mr. Morris be struck out of the report. It was then put to the vote, when the mover and seconder only voted for the motion. Mr. H. J. Davies, solicitor, expressed his as- tonishment that any member of the council should vote for the non-payment of Mr. Morris, the alderman. The man must be paid for thirty-three days' labour in London, including Sun- days A motion was then made for a new rate of 6d. in the pound for the Borough of Newport, which the town-clerk said would amount to £ 1,200. Moved by illr. Jas. Davies, seconded. by Mr. Lewis Edwards, and carried, after a few observations from several members of the council.—[The above was una- voidably omitted last week. J POLICE, AUG. 1 L-(ilcforc the Mayor, W. Jenkins, T. M. Lewelyn, Thos. Hughes, and Thos. HaWkins, Esqs.) -Ann Hill was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Corn-street, on Friday night. Discharged with a caution. Jas. Phillips, charged with attempting to rescue the last prisoner from Ser- geant Huxtable, was fined 5s. 'Ann Price, charged with being drunk and disorderly, was fined 5s. James Hamilton, charged with deserting his regiment (14th, now at Newport), was given in charge of the corporal. Thomas Crunwell was charged by Win. Reed, with entering his garden for an unlawful purpose. Discharged on paying expenses.-Peter Keafe, charged with wilfully breaking Mr. Ilarwood's, Commercial-street, window. One calendar month's hard labour at Usk.Jlai-y Griffiths, charged with being drunk and disorderly, was discharged.- TVm. Christophers, charged with assaulting his wife Ann, was bound over to keep the peace for three months, himself in E40, and two sureties of E 20 each. James Lccshon, charged with assaulting Mary Yarwood, alias Mary the Cripple. The case was adjourned. THE POOR-RATE QUESTION. Mary Yarwood, and John Walford, marine store dealer, were to-day summoned, the first for £ 1 4s., and the second for 9s., borough poor-rate, made on the 9th of September, 1847. The question of poor-rates having assumed a public prominency in the borough during the last few weeks, these cases excited some attention among the rate-payers, some of whom having examined the old rate some weeks ago (two rates having been granted since this September rate) had then discovered that the two parties now summoned were excused payment, and the word irrecoverable placed opposite theirs and a dozen or two other names in the same neighbourhood (Friar's fields). This has excited considerable surprise, as the parties are said to be in the frequent habit of expending large amounts in less hon- ourable practices and the collector, Mr. Dumayne, was se- verely censured for such negligence of duty. To-day Mrs. Yarwood and Mrs. Walford appeared, and the former paid her amount without the slightest demur but the other woman excused herself on the ground that she and eight or nine other persons had always previously been excused. She was ordered to pay.- rhe September rate-book, in which the word irre- coverable" had been placed opposite the names of these per- sons, was then examined, against the will of the collector, by several of the rate-payers in court who had previously examined it, and they now discovered that this important word had been erased, or at least was not upon the page. The collector as- sured them that the word" irrccoverable" had never been on the page, which was stoutly asserted to be contrary to truth on the other side. A scene ensued. The police superintendent and the reporter for the Merlin examined the page minutely, they having seen the word there on the first occasion, and they now discovered a portion of the brace enclosing the names erased, and also the capital I, and other letters of the word very plainly upon which some violent altercation took place, and the collector received severe censure from the rate-payers and others to whom his denial that the word had ever been upon the page had been made. It thus appears that persons who have been excused by previous collectors were still to have been excused, just to avoid the trouble of calling on them, and honest rate-payers have to pay heavy double rates to make up for such negligence and deficiencies. These matters are un- dergoing a strict investigation in Newport, which excites much popular feeling on the subject, and which drove the collector to summon the two parties named. HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.—It appears that a poor woman named Margaret George was at work in feeding a bark-cutting ma- chine at the tanyard of Mr. Davies, High-street, when a piece of bark which she was placing in the aperture by her right hand became doubled up, and raising her left hand to assist the piece into the machine, the whole length of her arm was instantly caught between the machinery, and literally crushed. She at once raised her right arm, and that, too, was caught by the machinery, and from the elbow down to the fingers, was also crushed into a shapeless mass. All this was the work of an in- stant. The terrible screams of the poor woman brought imme- diate assistance, and Dr. Stack was called in, who, finding ampu- tation of course imperative, proceeded to the operation, aided by Mr. James Hawkins and Mr. H. Fry. The left arm was severed at the shoulder joint, and the right at an inch or two above the elbow. The sufferer bore the operation with uncommon fortitude, and actually solicited a pinch of snuff, whiltthe left arm was being cut off! THE CONVICT MATTHIAS KELLY.—We do not remember any feeling more general than that of commiseration for the unfortu- nate soldier Matthias Kelly, who was sentenced to death at Mon- mouth, on Tuesday last. The conduct of the wretched man since the hour in which, in frenzied jealousy, he committed the fatal deed, has been decorous, repentant, and prayerful, in the most exemplary degree. He stood at the bar, during the lengthened ordeal of the trial, with humility and a prostrate spirit, frequently shedding tears after the dread sentence of death had been passed upon him. He was ably and zealously defended the expenses of that defence were generously and charitably paid by a gentleman, who saw redeeming features in his case, and traces of good in that character which was wrecked by one dreadful act. An humble memorial to the Secretary of State, in favour of the convict, is now in course of signature, and has already the names of the mayor, magistrates, coroner, clergy, aldermen, and town council- lors of Newport; the professional gentlemen, including the soli- citor for the prosecution; the merchants and tradesmen. In a word, the petition may be considered an embodiment of the feelings and wishes of the town, as regards the miserable cul- prit.Ilei-iin.-[We untlerstan,,l that similar petitions are about being sent from all parts of the coun'y.] ISLWYN BRITISH SCHOOL.—On Friday, August 4th, an exami- nation of Islwyn school took place in the presence of the sub- scribers and many of the parents of the children. At ten o'clock the chair was taken by W. J. Davies, Esq., surgeon, Pentwyn- mawr supported by R. Williams, Esq., Penrhiwfraine, and the Rev. Moses Ellis, minister of New Bethel. The different classes were examined in the following order the minor classes in spell- ing, reading, natural and scriptural history the other classes in spelling, reading, natural and scriptural history, ancient and mo- dem history, physical and political geography., mechanics, pneu- matics, hydrostatics, hydraulics, grammar, mental and slate arithmetic. The examination throughout gave high satisfaction to the audience, and reflected great honour upon the teachers. Islivyn school, from the very beginning, has been entirely con- ducted on the voluntary principle. The important position of this school, and the superior education given to the pupils, should induce every friend of free education in the neighbourhood, to contribute towards its support. -A Correspondent. MONMOUTHSHIRE ASSIZES. The report of the following cases, tried at the Nisi Prius court before Baron Piatt., arrived too late for insertion in our last im- pression. JAMESKEYSE V. JOHN ROWBERRY.—The plaintiff is a corn dealer; and the defendant, a coach proprietor, of Pontyp >ol. The :.ale and delivery of the goods were proved, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for £ 29 16s. The defendent was undefended. MASTERS, ASSIGNEE IN BANKRUPTCY, V. ROWLAND.—Sir Thomas Phillips and Mr. V. Richards appeared for plaintiff. De- fendant was undefended. Mr. Richards stated that this was an action for debt; and that the plaintiff is an assignee in the estate of Isaac Morgan, a bank- rupt; and the present action was brought to recover the amoun of a promissory note, given hy the defendant to Isaac Morgan, for the sum of £ 30. This amount became due from the defendant for goods supplied to him by the said Isaac Morgan, he having been a provision dealer, &c.; and was now sought by the plaintiff, as the assignee to the estate. Isaac Morgan the bankrupt proved that the note put in was given him by the defendant as security for debt then due. His lordship summed up, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount. DOE DEM MALE v. DAVIS AND ANOTHER.—EJECTMENT.—Mr. Whateley and Mr. Phipson appeared for the plaintiff, and Ser- geant Talfourd for the defendant. It appeared that in the month of, December, 1826, a piece of land at Newport was granted to William Davis and David Davis, by the Tredegar Wharf Company, for seventy years. There was a covenant in the lease to build several houses. These were built and subsequently (in 1829) William Davis died. The premises were afterwards sold by David Davis to a person named Naunton, and were afterwards mortgaged by Naunton back to David Davis; and in the mortgage there was au absolute power of sale. The money due upon the mortgage falling into arrear, the houses were sold to the plaintiff Male; and when the plaintiff sought possession, it was refused by the tenants who occupied the pre- mises—the parties mentioned as the defendants in this case. After the examination of several witnesses the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff. [We are given to understand, that proceedings will immedi- ately be taken in the Court of Chancery, when evidence will be adduced, which the forms of an action at law precluded.] DOE DEM JENKINS AND ANOTHER V. JENKINS.—EJECTMENT. —Mr. Whatfeley and Sir Thomas Philips appeared for plaintiff; Mr. Sergeant Talfourd and Mr. Cooke for defendants. Mr. Whateley stated the case at considerable length to the jury. He expressed his regret that the present action was between two brothers, William Jenkins ahd Jolm Vaughan Jenkins. The defendant was the eldest son. The youngest son, William Jen- kins, was the plaintiff. He claimed a piece of land which his brother, the defendant, said belonged to him, as the heir at law of his mother. The property consisted of places known as the Great May Hill House, and the Little May Hill House, with land ad- joining. Sir Thomas Phillips put in a lease, conveying Great May Hill House to James Jenkins, the father of the parties to the action, from which it appeared that a garden upon the other side of the road, belonging formerly to Little May Hill House, was ab. con- veyed to the same James Jenkins. Mr. Sergeant Talfourd then addressed the jury on behalf of tlite defendant, adopting a course of argument designed to show that the present action had been made up by the other three brothers against the defendant, John Vaughan Jenkins, who had held un- disputed possession of the property for eighteen years. His lordship summed up the case at considerable length, after which the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff. GOULD V. HurciiiNGs.—TROVER.—Mr. Sergeant Talfourd and Mr. Keating appeared for the plaintiff, Mr. Whateley and Mr. Rickards for defendant. The parties in the caze were both of them block and spar makers, living at PiIlgwenlly, Newport, and the action was brought by the plaintiff, for the purpose of assert- ing his right to a piece' of wood of the value of fifteen shillings, which he alleges he purchased of Captain Harford, in February, 1845, and which the defendant converted to his own use. It was first brought on for trial in 1846, when at a great expense the de- fendant was allowed to amend his record as stated by one of the learned counsels, it was a clear "sparring match." The only question to be decided was the identity of the timber, which each party claimed as his. A good deal of contradictory evidence was given on both sides. At last a verdict was given for the de- fendant with fifteen shillings damages. PHELPS AND ANOTHEH v. DAVIES.—Mr. Godson, Q.C., and Mr. Gordon were for plaintiff, and Mr. Gray was for defendant. This was an action tor debt. The sum claimed was £31 1 s. I I d. being a balance of account for coal supplied to the defendant at Brithdir. Verdict for plaintiffs, for the full amount claimed. The appropriate busine3s of this court being finished before that of the Crown court, a few prisoners were tried in it. Joseph Beynon was arraigned charged with having, on the 2nd day of April instant, at the parish of Aberystruth feloniously and maliciously stabbed and wounded Philip Thomas with intent to do him some grievous bodily harm, Mr. Rickards appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Cooke for the prisoner. The wounds were proved to have been inflicted in self-defence, and the prisoner was acquitted. John Davies stood at the bar convicted on two indictments of felony; one charging him with breaking and entering the work- shop, and the other with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Thomas James Griffiths in the parish of Bedwellty. Found Guilty of both charges, and sentenced to seven years' transporta- tion for each of the offences. The court awarded the sum of £40 to Police-constable Roberts, of the Glamorganshire constabulary, for his active and persevering exertions in tracing out the prisoner and bringing home to him the offence.
B RE C ON S111 RE SUMMER ASSIZES.r
B RE C ON S111 RE SUMMER ASSIZES. r These assizes commenced on Friday, the 4th instant, on which day the learned judge arrived in Brecon, about seven o'clock ia the evening, and immediately proceeded to the shire- hall, where the commission was opened. SATURDAY. Mr. Justice Wightman attended divine service at Saint Mary's church, where the Rev. G. J. Bevan, Vicar of Hay, (the sheriff's chaplain,) officiated. His lordship took his seat on the bench about half-past eleven o'clock, and the usual pre- liminaries were proceeded with. The following gentlemen were sworn on the grand jury for the_cwality-: Col. Lloyd V. Watkins, M.P., Foreman. Joseph Bailey, Esq.,M.P. J. Parry De Winton, Esq. John Powell, Esq. Henry Allen, Esq. II. P. Price, Esq. John Lloyd, Esq. Morgan Morgan, Esq. James William Morgan, Esq. Rees D. Powell, Esq. Walter Mayt e.ry, Esq. I Thomas T. Roberts, Esq. Morgan Jones, Esq. William Powell, Esq. Rocs Williams, Esq. William Lloyd, Esq. P. Pell, Esq. Edward Jones, Esq. Howell Williams, Esq. David Kirkby, Esq. Evan Williams, Esq. His lordship then addressed the grand jury Gentlemen of the Grand Inquest for the County of Brecon, —It is highly satisfactory to see so many of you in attendance, to aid in the administration of criminal justice for the county at the assize at all times one of the most important of your duties, and particularly so now when. it behoves every gentle- man of property and authority to be at his post, to prove by his presence and example his desire to uphold and vindicate the law. I do not know whether or not I can congratulate you on the state of the calendar, for though the number of prison- ers does not exceed that appearing by the calendar for the cor- responding assizes of last year, yet the offences are of a most serious nature. I do not find that the depositions present any feature which renders it necessary I should take up much of your time. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. Richard Letois, against whom a true bill was found at the last assizes for perjury, committed by him at the County Court at Hay, before John Wilson, Esq., judge of the said court, was placed upon his trial, and pleaded Not Guilty. Mr. T. Allen defended the prisoner with great ability, and the jury returned a verdict of Not .Guilty. Howell Jones, committed on the 17th of June last, for that he, at the parish of Llangunnider, in this county, did assault, stab, cut, and wound, with a certain knife, one Thomas Jones, with intent then and there to murder him. The grand jury having returned a true bill, and the prisoner having pleaded Not Guilty, the trial proceeded, when it appeared manifest that the prisoner at the time of committing the offence was in an unsound state of mind. The jury, therefore, without hesi- tation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty, on the ground of insanity. John Williams, committed on the 3rd of July last, for that he, at the parish of Llanhhangel-tal-y-llyn, feloniously did steal, take, and lead away one bay mare, the property of Thos. Lewis. A true bill having been found by the grand jury, and the prisoner having pleaded Guilty, he was sentenced to seven years' transportation. John Evans, committed on the 3rd of July last, for that he, at the parish of Llangunnider, feloniously did steal, take, and ride away one gelding, of the value of £ 25, the property of one David Price. No bill. Thomas Robinson (alias Thomas Smith), Christopher Roberts, John Williams, and Charles Ridley (alias John Williams), severally committed on the 18th of July, for that they, at the parish of Llanvillo, feloniously did break and enter the dwelling house of one Elizabeth Vaughan, and steal therefrom one piece of bacon and other articles, and against whom a true bill was found, were placed on their trial, and found Guilty; and it appearing that the prisoners Thomas Robinson and Charles Ridley had only just left prison for an attempt to commit felony, they were each sentenced to seven years' transportation, and the other two to one ye: r's imprisonment each. William Jones, who was committed by Evan Thomas, Esq., coroner, on the 19th of July last, for the manslaughter of one John Williams, and against whom a true bill was found by the grand jury, was placed on his trial, and, after having been ably defended by Mr. Nicholl Carne, was Acquitted. Thomas Jeremiah, charged with shooting at one William Jones, in the parish of Llanelly, on the 12th of July last, with intent to murder. A true bill having been found, and the pri- soner having pleaded Not Guilty, his trial commenced on Monday morning, and occupied until five o'clock in the even- ing. The jury, after half-an-hour's consideration, returned a verdict of Acquittal. His lordship immediately, thereupon, severely reprimanded Jeremiah for his very reprehensible and indiscreet conduct, in carrying about him such weapons as fire- arms whilst executing a civil process only. CIVIL CAUSES. Jackson v. Redfe)-)t.-Tliis was an action brought by Mr. Jackson, the late occupier of the well-known Hill Farm, called the Llascoed, the property of Storey Maskelyne, Esq., against Redfern, the present tenant, in respect to the value of some straw used by the defendant, and which the plaintiff considered himself entitled to according to the custom of the country. Verdict for the plaintiff, damages E125, being within 12s. 6cl. of the amount sought to be recovered. Doe on the Demise of Bertram, Earl of Ashburnham versus Margaret Jenkins aml another. (Special Jury.)—This was an action of ejectment to recover possession of a cottage near the' village of Talgarth, in this county, a similar one to which had been tried at a formet assize, before a petty jury, when a ver- dict for the defendant was returned. The verdict, however, on this occasion was returned in favour of the Earl of Ashburn- ham. Hancorn v. The Board .of Ordnance.-The plaintiff in this case was Mr. Hancorn, the builder, of Brecon, who sought to recover upwards of £ 5,000* in respect to the new barracks at this town, lately built by'him. The defendant paid £ 1,000 odd into court. Verdict taken by consent for the plaintiff, subject to a reference to Mr, Sergeant Jone3, This closed the business of the Assises,
IIIRWAUN. THE NEW BRITISH SCHOOL.—We are glad to learn that the projected British School at this place is progressing most satiafac- torily. It is in contemplation to build a house that will accommo- date from 30J to 400 children. The estimated expense is about £ 500, and it is expected the amount will shortly be realised, with- out the aid of the Committee of Council. All parties and classes join most heartily in the work. Mr. Francis C'rawshay, with he, accustomed liberality, has subscribed £50 towards the building' and has also promised all the aid in his power to further the ob- jects of the committee. It is worthy of remark, and should be put on record (and we do so not merely for the gratification of personal feeling, however pleasing that may be, but for the public good, in the hope it may induce others in similar circumstances to go and do likewise), that Mr. Crawshay's kind feelings and gene- uus conduct have won for him the esteem of all with whom he has to do. Remakes frequent practice of visiting the abodes of the poor and the sick, and with a liberal hand and a generous hsart, dispenses to their wants. His conduct, contrasted with that of many landlords and ironmasters, is most praiseworthy. We hap- pen to know of some who have not only not contributed towards the establishment of British Schools in their respective neighbour- iiiods, but have positively refused to sell land for that purpose I We hope the liberal and benevolent conduct of Mr. Crawshay will have its due influence upon others in similar circumstances and that instead of enslaving their tenants both physically and mentally, we shall find landlords and masters engaged in acts of charity and benevolence similar to those we have had the pleasure of recording of Mr. Crawshay. We need hardly say that Mr, C. will be amply rewarded, not only in the pleasing satisfaction of having contributed to the welfare and comfort of society, but also irfthe gratitude and respect of the humble recipients of his gene- rosity.
POLICE COURT, AUG. 12.-(Before H. A. Bruce, Esq.)— A vagrant, named Evan Ken to in, was charged by Mrs. Gay, of the Morlais Castle Inn, with stealing one brass candlestick, her property, on the preceding day. It appears that the fel- low went into the house, and seeing several brass candlesticks, snatched one of them and decamped. A little girl, who ob- served him-, immediately gave information to the police, and he was taken into custody. Committed for trial at the next quar- ter sessions. POLICE, AUG. 14.—(Before II. A. Bruce, and W Thomas, Esqrs.)—Herbert Price, puddler, of Do ,dais, and Daniel Beynon, miner, of the same place, were charged with assaulting P.C. Edward Davies while in the execution of his duty on Saturday. Pined Z20 each, and in default of payment or having no goods to distrain upon, they were committed for two calendar months each to hard labour to Cardiff house of correction. -Daniel Thomas., miner, was charged with aiding and encouraging the above, and with assaulting P.C. Davies and P.C. Parsons. Pined £5 for each offence, and in default of payment committed for one calendar month's hard labour to Swansea house of cor- rection. William Morgan, collier, of Dowlais, was charged with assaulting P.S. Roberts, on Sunday last, at Pontstore- house. Pined £20, and in default of payment committed for two calendar months to Cardiff house of correction.——John I Davies, bailer, and David Evans, shoemaker, both of Dowlais, were charged with being drunk and disorderly. Fined 5s. each. The former paid immediately, and the latter was allowed e I a week to pay.—One assault case was dismissed. INQUEST.—On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Iron Bridge Inn, Merthyr, before George Overton, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Mary Harris, aged 88, who died suddenly on Saturday. The jury returned a verdict of "Died by the visitation of God." COWARDLY ATTACK.—We regret to siate, that as Mr. TV*. Y. Thomas, clerk at Mr. Smith's office, in this town, was returning home on Monday se'nnight, between Pantcoedivor and Dowlais, he was thrown off his horse by three demons in human form, greatly abused, and his horse taken away from him. The horse we understand was found the following day. THE anniversary of the Odd Firemen's Society, held at the Vulcan Inn, in this town, was celebrated on Saturday last. The members, who amounted to a considerable number, went in procession from their lodge to the Welsh Weslevan chapel, when an excellent sermon was delivered to them by the Rev. Thomas Aubrey after which they returned in the same order, and partook of a substantial dinner, to which, no doubt, jus- tice was done. ANNIVERSARY or THE GWENT AND MORGANWG TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION."—On the 8th and 9th instant, the fourth anni- versary of the Gwent and Morgan wg Association was held at Dowlais. On Tuesday, at three o'clock, a conference, consist- ing of delegates from the various societies connected with the association, met and discussed several topics relative to the i iterests of the society. A public meeting was held at seven at the same place, W. Watkins, Esq., of Merthyr, in the chair. T 18 meeting was addressed by the Rev. Griffith Jones, Llan- e ly Mr. Tweedie, of Edinburgh, agent for the Central Tem- perance Association; an.1 the Rev. D. Davies, Swansea, in a very powerful manner. Next morning, at eight o'clock, the v irious ministers and delegates again met in conference, and, a long other things, came to a decision that a temperance con- ference of Welsh ministers of the principality should be held in some central town as early as convenient in the year 1849. A committee was nominated to carry this object into effect. At te I, a public meeting was held at Brynsion Independent chapel, w ien the Rev. W. Williams, Hirwain Mr. Tweedie, and Rev. D. Davies addressed the meeting. At two o'clock another meeting was held at Silo Wesleyan chapel. Mr. Thomas Mor- g m, of Cardiff, in his usual energetic and witty manner, ad- dressed the meeting, and was followed by the Rev. W. How- 1 ,nds. At seven, another meeting was held atBethania, where i; was calculated that at least 2,00) persons were present. The large assembly was addressed by Mr; T. Morgan, of Cardiff, at great length Mr. Tweedie briefly spoke in English, after which the Rev. D. Davies was called for, who declined to enter into the subject as the time was far gone. After singing, the meet- ing broke up, and every heart seemed full of the spirit of the subject. Wc understand that about fifty persons signed the pledge at the close.