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BRIDGEND. MECHANICS' IN.'TITUTE.—Mr. D. L. Evans, Bridgend, says, in regard to the following statement which appeared in our last—"We understand the establishing of this institution originated in a remark made by the Hev. J. P. Jones, in alecture delivered by him in the Lancasterian schoolroom a short time since." The fact is, the movement alluded to originated from z, a few mechanics and tradesmen of the town, most of whom have recently signed the temperance pledge. As one proof that the cause of the movement was not any remark made by the Rev. J. P. Jones, Baptist minister, in his lecture, I may state that the reverend gentleman was not so much as invited hy-the founders to attend either of the two preliminary meet- ings held previous to the one at which the Rev. Mr. Harding, of Coyty, presided. At these two meetings there was no men- tion made even of his name, I happened to be present. As to the origin of the movement, your informant, whoever he was, is certainty wrong but there is no doubt that the reverend gen- tleman feels a sincere interest in the undertaking, and I hope and trust that he will lend powerful assistance in the working- out of its objects. MAESTKG.—This place was visited last week by three gentle- men of the Llynvi iron company, in consequence of which there is a general expectation that a change for the better will take place here ere long. The company continue to build dwelling- houses, and those who are in their employ are obliged to remove to them as fast as they are completed. It is rumoured that a considerable quantity of coal for shipping is to be raised here. Of the truth of such a rumour we have nothing to say, but time will reveal it shortly.
BLAENAU 6WENT. A NARROW ESCAPE.—On Tuesday evening, the 19th inst., as 1he train of the Cwmeelyn and Blaina Company was progressing ■ upwards at a pretty quick rate, some of the carriages were thrown otf the rails. A woman who sat at the time on one of them was thrown to the ground, but happily for herself she escaped this time unhurt. Our correspondent begs to-warn men, women, and children to value their lives and limbs more than to trust them- selves to open dangers, while the means of conveyance are not properly provided for passengers by steam on this road. SHOCKING ACCIDENT.—On Saturday evening, the 16th Hut., as a little lad was returning with a team of trams, after having he n with goods at Nantyglo, when opposite the Cwmeelyn and Blaina furge, he full undsr the wheels of the trams. He was so seriously injured that it was much feared an amputation of one of his legs would be necessary. His mother cams on Monday, and lie was removed, though m the greatest pain, to Abergavenny u;n.>n house, where be ls^oing much better than was expected. INSTANTANEOUS DEATH.-On the 19th inst., as a man named Joseph Norman was at work in one of the stalls of the colliery of W. S. Cartwright, Esq.,at this place, a portion of the vein which he. was working under, and a of rubbish gave way, and about a ton weight fell upon him, and crushed him instantaneously -to dea h. After the body was extricated, it was carried home to his house, and exhibited a frightful sight; the skull was fractured, a ui some of his brain was scattered about. An inquest was held on E Ie body, and a verdict of "accidental death" returned. Mr. Elward Jones and his men have acted with Christian benevolence towards the destitute widow in her present very distressing cir- cumstances. The body was buried at Blaina church.
MONMOUTH COUNTY COURT.
MONMOUTH COUNTY COURT. This court was held on Friday, the 15th inst., before J. M. Herbert, Esq. There were a great number of cases for trial, some of them, however, were settled out of court, and others, having been investigated to a considerable extent, were ad- journed to the next court. The first case that was tried was that of Richard William Johnson, liquor merchant, Gloucester, v. James Powsll, Coleford. This was an action to try the validity of a bill of exchange alleged to have been given by defendant's wife, in her own name, to plaintiff for the amount of L15 Is. 7d. The wife denying ever to have given the bill said that she never signed any bills for her present husband, although he could not write, except shop bills and receipts for money, in which cases she always subscribed her own name that she was not much of a scholar, could not read the writing on the bill in question, it was net her handwriting, nor was even her name which was attached to it ever written by her. No evidence to prove the contrary, the learned judge said to Mr. Wanclyn, the U, Fl"'ULia" attorney,' aim unless lie coweradduce proor uut-ite- wife had signed the bill, and could refer to some case which justified her in so doing, verdict must be given for defendant. Esther Coles v, Thomas Williams.A. claim of 1:4, being ar- rears of rent for a cottage in the palish of Llanfihangel Peny- rhos, which was formerly the property of Thomas Jones, but now, by virtue of a mortgage deed, is that of the plaintiff. After it was proved that the defendant had been duly served with notice to pay the rent to the mortgagee, he was ordered to pay the arrears sued for by instalments of 8s. every eight weeks. Messrs. Reesand Co. v. James Todd, iiisolveiit.-The defen- dant in this case is a land and mineral surveyor, late a resident at Abergavenny, but having been arrested for debt. on the 24th of May last, has been since in Monmouth couiity,gaol. l'iiis was an action brought against him by his opposing creditors, for not fully and correctly inserting in his schedule the state of his pecuniary affairs, and attempting to conceal some property in which he was alleged to be interested. Mr. Batt, who was himself one of the prisoner's creditors, and who, it seems, had previously obtained judgment against him, appeared for the plaintiffs and Mr. Owen appeared for the defendant, after he had been examined, and when it was too late to re.ider him scarcely any service. The defendant, examined by Mr. Batt, said that the houses on the new road Abergavenny, which were nominally his, had not been inserted in the. schedule,; that he had purchased them for 14-00, but having no money to pay for them, Mr. Morgan advanced money upon them, on condition that he could at any time, without any expense, take possession; that he did not recollect what sum was advanced on them that he never had the deeds that the conveyance was not made absolutely to him, and that he had now no inte- rest in the houses. He further admitted that Mr. Isaacs, his brother-in-law, had advanced money on his wife's property at Trevethm, near Pontypool, for which money he had signed a policy for IHr. Isaacs, as a collateral security, so that he had now no interest in this propertythat his.wife's life had been insured; and that he had performed some services, by means of his profession, to Mr. Morga.n of the, Hill, for which he was to receive the sum of JE 1,000. Neither of these items were in- serted-in his schedule. The prisoner's defence was that, as he had no interest in any of the property he had omitted, he thought it was of no use to insert it. His case was adjourned to the next court; the prisoner was returned to the gaol, and very leniently allowed by the learned judge to amend his sche- dule. There were many interesting features in this case we shall, when it comes on next, furnish our readers with a full detail of it. William Rumletf v. Matthew -This was an action brought to recover arrear of house rent E2 16s. 4d. Mr. George appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Pearson for defendant. It seemed that defendant, having had notice to quit, occupied the house for a considerable period after the expiration of' the time specified in the notice, and would not give up possession until he was taken before the magistrates at Coleford on the 9th Feb., j 1317, when lie was ordered to quit within eighteen days, and that the landlord in the interval had been several times keep- ing possession of the house, and had made repeated attempts at getting defendant out by force. There was therefore in the case the difficulty of judging whether the defendant after the expiration of the notice was a tenant or a trespasser, for it was for this period the arrear of rent was claimed. Judgment was deferred. Highway Y. Samuel James.-A claim of £ 2 14s. 6d. for sundry articles of shop goods supplied to defendant. Ordered to pay 10s, a month. Highway v. James James.—-Another claim of 17s. 5d. for si- milar goods. Ordered to pay 6s. a month. Highway v. William Jones.-Amount of debt 18s. Ordered to pay all within a month. Highway v. -Debt E7. Ordered to pay 10s. per month. Highway v'. -ICeer.-A claim of £2 14s. 4d. for grocery, &c. Ordered to pay 10s. a month. I Sctknizal v. William Peacli.-Defendaiit having not paid the instalments which the court had previously ordered him to do, and not appearing to-day, was by his honour com- mitted for twenty days to Gloucester prison. Anne Griffiths v. James Rennolds.—Defendant had rioji paid one of the instalments previously ordered by the court, and did not appear to-day. We did not hear his lordship order him to be imprisoned, which probably he did at the close of the court. 1 enjamin Hughes v. Henry Ilowells.—rDebt £ 16 7s. 6d., pre- vious y proved. Defendant having not complie I with the for- mer orier of his 'ordship to pay 1:1 per month, was now com- m; nde 1 to pay 33s. a month. ■■•; Iogtes v., Thomas Wutkins.—This was an action to re- covEf M, being a balance d Ie for a horse which plaintiff hrd solcL'd -fendant for £ 43. -Mr. George appeared for pi in-iff, and Mr. Owen for defendant. Defendant's plea was that on condi. tion the horse would turn out well and lucky he promised the additional £ 5. But he had never made any complaint of the horse, and had, as he admitted, sold it for upwards of £50. When the judge heard this, he ordered him to pay within a month. Sarah Grindle v. James Bar gam.—Plaintiff claimed £ 2 Is. for grocery. Defendant did not appear. Ordered to pay 5s. per month. Grindle v. White.—Debt £ 3. Ordered to pay 5s. per month from the 6th November next. Grindle v. Ila)-i-is.-Debt E2. He was ordered to pay 4s. per month. James Rudge v. George -,This was a claim of C12 10s. for work done to defendant at the Oakwood chemical works, Gloucestershire. Plaintiff deposed that defendant hired him on the 9th of August, 1847, told him he should have 30s. a week, and paid him £ 1 on account. Defendant pleaded that he carried on the work for his mother, had no interest in it, but was merely an agent. Ordered to pay £ 1 per month. James v. ls(tacsoit.-This was an action brought to recover cer- tain clothes which Captain Isaacson had given to a little boy, the son of plaintiff, when in the former's service, but which, when he suddenly dismissed him, he retained and also for part of the boy's wages alleged to be due. Mr. George ap- peared for plaintiff, and Mr. Wanclyn for defendant. The in- vestigation of this case took up much time. The judge re- marked that the question was whether when a master agrees to find a servant clothes the latter has a right to them any longer than he is in the former's service, when there is no agreement to the contrary, whether the property of the clothes pass to the servant. And as to the question of wages, he observed that a master has a right to turn away his servant for an offence, and is justified in not paying his wages under some circumstances. Judgment for the defendant. Phillips v. Simmons.—An action to recover £ 30 lent by the defendant, for which he had given plaintiff a note. Mr. George conducted the case for plaintiff, and Mr. Owen pleaded for de- fendant. Judgment for the former, and the latter ordered to pay 10s. per month. Turner v. Robe)-ts.-This was a claim of 8s. 4d. for drapery alleged to have been supplied to the wife of the defendant, the Rev. Mr. Roberts, formerly the vicar of Monmouth, but now residing in London. Mr, Powles appeared for defendant, who stated that his client Mr. Roberts had no recollection whatever of having ordered or received the goods for the amount of which this action was brought, but if his wife had she would have no objection to pay. The plaintiff, who appeared to be a widow keeping a shop at Coleford, deposed that she had de- livered part of the goods to Mrs. Roberts herself, and part by her instruction at Mrs. Mushet's, her mother's. Plaintiffs books were produced, and the entry examined, which did not appear to have been recently made. The judge, however, on the alleged grounds that all the goods had not been delivered to Mrs. Roberts herself, gave judgment for defendant. Turner v. Jar)-et.-A claim of 5s. 6d. for a cask. Defendant pleaded that the cask was for Mr. George Skipp, and that he told plaintiff so when he bought it. Plaintiff stated that he said in reply that he would not trust Mr. Skipp, but would enter the cask for defendant. Judgment for plaintiff, payment to be made forthwith. Ford v. Jones.-An action brought to recover damages for bodily injury inflicted on plaintiff by defendant, when driving his pig from plaintiff's premises. Mr. Owen for plaintiff, and Mr. Wanclyn for defendant. It appears that defendant, seeing plaintiff severely beating the pig, went towards him, whereupon a struggle ensued, plaintiff attempting to retain the animal and take it to the pound, and the defendant attempting to take it home. The plaintiff on examination deposed—He did beat me with a large stick on my head and sides I struck him after he had struck me I walked that day from my house to Crosby- chan, and thence to Monmouth and back to my house I wanted a warrant.; it was not you, Mr. Owen, who told me that unless I went to a doctor I could recover nothing it was he that gave me this wound on my forehead he broke the stick in giving it (the stick was now produced). I have been able to do no work since I have not been cleaving wood. Dr. Price deposed—He came to me there was not a great wound on his head'; he complained of pain in his sides no ribs broken. The plaister was then removed from his fore- head. The wound, slight as it was, appeared as if it had been inflicted by scratching the skin with the nails of the hand ra- ther than by a blow with a stick. Plaintiff s wife deposed--He struck my husband down; took the stick from his hand, and beat him with it on his head; band was Dealing mm 1 diet not see my husband cleaving wood since j he has thrashed a little leasing; he did not use any abusive language to him; we followed the pig from the garden to Mrs. Roberts's meadow. His pigs did not use to come to our garden. Defendant stated—As I was going to bed that Sunday night I saw my pig in his garden; I went to fetch it; I should not have it, he wished to keep it. I struck him after he struck me first. Defendant's servant boy-I saw the battle; he struck master first; master took the stick from his hand; they laid hold of one another, master threw him down. Defendant's mother—I am 68 years of age. I never before Z, had a book in my hand to swear. I saw Ford beating the pig on his ribs it was my pig. I saw him beating my son. Ver- dict for plaintiff. Damage 10s. The professional men appeared rather disappointed that they could not persuade the judge to order defendant to pay the cost of plaintiff's action; for the latter being a poor man, the prospect of recovering it was not very bright. Hawkins v, Hawkins.-An action to recover possession of a piece of land situated in New Court, Gloucestershire. Plain- tiff as an heir-at-law claimed the rent. Two wills were pro- duced, the validity of each of which was questionable. The case had been under consideration the last court, and is to-day again adjourned to the next. Powles Horisen.—A claim of £ 3 10s. for rent of house and garden. Ordered to pay 30s. per month.
ABEKSYCIIAN. A fire of rather an alarming nature was discovered on the night of Wednesday week, between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock, to have taken place at the ready-made clothing, furniture, and iron- mongery establishment of Mr. R. C. Pinnell, of this village, and which at first seemed to threaten the destruction of the entire stock and premises, together with those of Mr. W. Parker, grocer, &c., and Mr. Grant, hairdresser, whose houses were immediately adjoining. Mr. Thomas Spittle, of the Union Inn, was the first on the spot, who with an iron bar burst open the front, and found the shop to be entirely enveloped in fire and smoke. A number 'of the inhabitants of the village and neighbourhood were speedily on the alert, and most strenuously exerted themselves in convey- ing water from the river in buckets, &c., for the purpose of ex- tinguishing the flames, and in about fifteen or twenty minutes from the first discovery the devastating element was entirely sub- dued. Much praise is due to Mr. John Spittle, who in an almost incredible short space of time went and returned from Pontypool, having first given notice to the superintendent of police that the fire engine and services of its attendant brigade were required here but we are happy to state that, although it was soon dis- covered wending its way to the scene of action, all danger was over on its arrival. We must not omit mentioning the services rendered on this occasion by our indefatigable and praiseworthy sergeant of police, Mr. John Hodder, and indeed upon all other occasions where his services are required is ever to be found at his post." Also of the valuable services of Messrs. Wm. Jayne, W. Wood, J. Price, T. Davies, W. Mansell, and others, to whose perseverance the extinguishing of the fire must be chiefly attributed. It is thought that the whole amount of damages, in- cluding stock and premises, will not exceed jEt 03. The goods unfortunately were not insured, and the cause of the lire has hitherto remained a mystery.
PONTYPOOL, BRITISH SCHOOL.—On Monday, the 18th instant, a public tea meeting was held at the British School-room, in aid of the funds of this institution. About 80;) persons took tea, about 1,000 tickets were sold, and the proceeds amounted to nearly £ 30. The tea being over, the getting up of which reflected great credit on the judgment and exertion of the committee and friends who undertook the management of the meeting, and gave full satisfaction to the numerous attendants, the chair was taken by W. W. Phillips, Esq., Maesdenven. The spacious room was crowded in every part by persons of all religious denominations, as well as many well-wishers to the cause who were unconnected with any Christian church. The proceedings of the public meeting began by the whole as- sembly joining in a hymn sung to the ever popular old hun- dredth tune. The interest was well kept up till the last by alter- nate speaking and singing. A party of the school children sung several interesting school songs, with which the audience appeared highly delighted, particularly the chorus of "The good time coming;" a poem, the sentiments of which, we heard several remark, were of too liberal and scriptural a cha- racter to be relished by any Government inspector, who, if the school were connected with the Committee of Council, would probably have found cause of complaint against the master, and a pretence for his dismissal. Only think of a Government patronising a master who teaches his pupils to sing,— The pen shall supersede the sword, And right, not might shall be the lord, In the good time coming Worth, not birth, shall rule mankind, And be acknowledged stronger," &c. A choir of singers, formed from the several, congregations in the town, sang in a superior style, "Melchisedec," "The Pro- mised Land," and the" Halelujah" chorus. The meeting was addressed in short and effective speeches, which we regret our inability to report more fully, by the chairman, Messrs. Her- bert Daniel, George Thomas, Thomas Thomas, and Edward Evans, ministers, and Mr. Read, ironmonger, on various topics relating to the importance and value of popular educa- tion; the origin and progress of education in the parish of Trevethin, in connexion with Dissent; the necessity of free- dom and independence; the tendency of Government influence in promoting the education of the working classes the utility of tea meetings, and similar popular movements in counteract- ing habits of intemperance, and in engaging public sympathy and support for benevolent objects. It is very gratifying for the voluntaries of this neighbourhood to find that their school, which now contains about 250 children, is increasing in popu- larity, and is engaging a larger share than ever of public confi- dence; and we have no doubt that though the two Church schools in the parish are honoured (?) with Government pa- tronage, and subject to Government inspection, the living energy of voluntaryism, if faithfully put forth, will enable the Dissenters to preserve to the people liberty of instruction, and to engage such a measure of popular sympathy, confidence, and Mm?RBm & cc, are schools, and Government bribes the appropriate rewards of the slaves who can stoop to accept them. On Tuesday, the 19th instant, the children of the above school took tea in the school-room. Many of the committee and friends of the school were present, and appeared highly delighted with the proceedings, several of whom checrluby assisted in supplying the youngsters with tea and cake.
NEATH. PETTY SESSIONS, SEPT. 22.—(Before Griffith Llewellyn and 'Hubert Lindsay, Esqrs.)—Thomas Thomas, farmer, GellyBwreh, Coedfrank, was charged with being intoxicated in court. Pined 5s., or six hours' confinement in the stocks. Paid. Evan, David, and Thomas Phillips, three brothers residing at Skewen,werc charged by Mr. John Bartly, relieving officer, with neglecting to maintain their mother, and leaving her to tn the hamlet ot Coedf'rajik. "f (Jadoxton. Ordered to pay Is. each per week towards her support. Ecau Jones, farmer, Llanguicke, was charged by .iohn Morgan Jones, residing at the same place, with wilfully shooting his mare. It appeared in evidence that the com- plainant's mare was in the habit of trespassing on the de- feilclant 8 land, and that on this occasion he took out his gun and shot her. The defendant in his defence stated, that he fired at a hare, and that the mare was shot accidentally. Fined E3. Mr. Hargreaves appeared for the defendant, and gave notice of his intention to appeal against this decision at t'ne Quarter Sessions. Some other cases of minor interest were also disposed of. i PETTY SESSIONS, SEPT. 23.—(Before Sankey Gardner, Esq.) -Captain Joshua Morris, of the schooner Atlas of Swansea, trading between Neath, and Waterford, was charged with car- rying loaded pistols in his pockets, and threatening to shoot Air. Thomas Easta^ce, brewer, maltster, Neatn. Bound over to keep the pexce lor six months, himself in £ 109, and two sureties of £ 30 each. lBTTY SESSIONS, SEPT. 25.-(Before S. Gardner, Esq). — John Hess, ostler, alias Hopples Popples, Neath, was charged "•with, threatening to kill his wife. Ordered to iiud bail to keep the peace for three months, in default of which he was committed to gaol at Swansea.——Mary Lewis, alias Mary Soters, was brought up in the custody of Police-constable Rees (who had arrested her at Cardiff), and charged with deserting her illegitimate child, and leaving him chargeable to the Neath r, 9 Union. Committed to the House of Correction at Swansea, 1 r 14 days.
MONMOUTH. A" INSI-XB WOMAN.—There lias been about the streets of this town for this last fortnight, during the greater portion of day andaught,-a-strange Welsh woman who is evidently 'deranged, and is an object of great pity both on account of her mentll state and physical wants. She is also a source of great annoyance to this town, and is very dangerous to 'bG left about the streets; She almost incessantly scolds ill the most loud and boisterous manner; her piercing voice makes the whole town ring. She sometimes carries stones i:1 her hands, which, when some wicked children annoy her, ahc throws at them. By this practice she has broken several windows; In order that her relations or a.ny that are interested in her may know where to find her, and take under their protection, we give the following description ,of her. She is stout and rather short, of a fair complexion, "Wjars a black velvet bonnet, a pale yellow apron, a purple merino dress, a yellow hanuli erchief, and speaks only Welsh, in consequence of which very few in this town are able to understand what' she says. Our correspondent has had aft interview w'ith her, ih Welsh, and has, with difficulty, owing her incoherent expressions, and her strange aver- sion to disclose any of her affairs, elicited from her these j^rtieiilarsIier name; as she says. is Anne Lewísr she ¡ .¡.. lived last in a small cottage called Cwmcidach at Blaenavon Iron Works (she once said at Nantyglo). She has been married and has one little boy. Her husband has enlisted as a soldier about seven years ago. She has been lately deprived of all her furniture, by way of distraining for rent or debt5 it appears, of which robbing she almost continually speaks; and for which she blames Mr. Williams, Maesyrhy- ddid, and others. She has been for many years at Tredegar working on the tips. Whether these particulars can zn be relied upon or not we do not know. What she says is so incoherent that it is difficult to attach any distinct meaning to it. Her mind is almost continually in a state of exas- peration. She was last Saturday taken to the station-house, because her disturbance was intolerable. She has not been seen here to-day (Monday), nor is she in the station-house. We have been told that she has been persuaded to go to Aber- gavenny, where probably her friends may find her. She must be in great want of food. A QUAKER MEETING.—On Friday evening, the 15th inst., in the new market hall at this town, three individuals, consist- ing of two gentlemen and a lady, belonging to the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, held a public meeting for worship, to which the inhabitants of this town had, by means of almost imperceptibly small bills placed in the windows of shops, dwelling houses, &c., on the previous afternoon, been respectfully invited. The attendance was very large, and com- paratively respectable. The numerous audience conducted themselves, from the beginning to the close of the proceedings, with the greatest decorum. The three friends, having placed themselves on the platform, sat down before an assembly con- sisting of several hundreds of people for fully an hour in solemn silence, if we except that one of them, in the interval, arose to announce to the anxious crowd what was already too evident, that their worship did not consist in words. At length, how- ever, the spirit moved one of them—a Mr. Thomas, from Ross, we are informed—to address the long-assembled congregation, who was the only one that spoke. He dwelt largely on the divine influence which moved the friends when they spoke.; and took up much time in justifying their creed and manner of worshipping. In the course of his address he stated that they received no pecuniary remuneration for preaching but that, as they believed the gift to be a free, gift, they gave it freely. His lore bore upon no particular and definite point, and yet meddled with almost every point. It was highly rhapsodical, devoid of any concatenation of thought, containing not one ar- gument, not one vivid idea, not a spark of wit. It was in some sense more like a prayer than an address, a speech, a lecture, or a sermon. No one we think would doubt it was extempore. The speaker appeared a man of very weak intellect, feeble re- ligious feelings, but of very great presumption. His words sa- voured of superstition; his mien and gestures were disgusting; his religious pride was enormous. He had some kind of an impediment in his speech, in consequence of which he very often repeated the same word four or five times, such as born, born, born, born again be, be, be sprinkled," &c. At the conclusion of his tedious harangue he made a very long and af- fectedly solemn pause, after which he gravely said, Friends, the meeting is over." Upon this the assembly took their leave, expressing their individual opinions of their religious teacher in language by no means favourable. Let it clearly be under- stood, however, that we are far from being inclined to form a low estimate either of the talents or piety of the Society of Friends at large, which we know to comprise many persons very eminent for both. The foregoing account and remarks apply only to the individuals who figured in the meeting, the proceedings of which we have just narrated.
COMMUNICATION BY POST BETWEEN…
COMMUNICATION BY POST BETWEEN MONMOUTH AND NEWPORT. Our readers arc aware that, although the distance from Monmouth to Newport is only twenty-four miles, letters from one place to the other are now transmitted through Gloucester and Chepstow, a distance of seventy-one miles, and that an answer cannot be received until the third day. A memorial on this subject, most numerously signed by the inhabitants of Newport, was sent last week to the Postmaster General; and Mr. Blukemore, who is always so ready to ad- vance the interests and prosperity of all around him, has been kind enough to forward the views of the memorialists by writ- ing the letter, of which we subjoin i copy:- The Leys, Monmouth, 18th Sept., 1848. My Lord,—I have had transmitted to me a copy of a memorial, addressed to your lordship by the magistrates, merchants, &e., of the town of Newport, audits neighbourhood,respecting the present defective communication by post between their town and the county town of Monmouth, and other towns to the eastward thereof, and suggesting for your lordship's consideration the means by which the memorialists consider the inconvenience of which they com- plain may be remedied, namely, by giving one of the public coach conveyances, long established, and now running through the re- spective towns mentioned, the privileges of a mail coach convey- ance. Permit me, my lord, as chairman of the Newport and Pontypool Railway Company, and of the Monmouthshire Canal Company, and at the request of many of the influential inhabitants of the town of Monmouth, in the immediate vicinity of which I reside, to add my respectful application to your lordship, that your lordship would give to that memorial your favourable consideration. The town of Newport has of late years increased, and is still in- creasing in population and commercial importance, in as rapid a manner as perhaps any town in the United Kingdom. It is the seaport from whence the whole of the vast produce of the Mon- mouthshire iron works and collieries—rivalling in extent that of any other mineral district in the kingdom—is shipped. Its rapid communication, therefore, with its county town, with Ross, Wor- cester, Birmingham, and the North of England is to it of the utmost importance, and this communication the memorialists apprehend may he obtained without adding to the public charges at present incurred—or if any addition, that of a very small amount—by the conversion of the Hero coach, now running daily as a private coach from Cardiff through Newport and the other towns to Worcester, into a mail coach, to which shall be entrusted for conveyance the letter bags of those respective town*. It has been suggested to me that an arrangement to this effect would be willingly enteied into by the proprietors of the coach, which since its establishment has been found a most convenient and satisfactory conveyance, and has therefore met with great eneo urage- ment from the public. I have the honour to be, my lord, with the greatest respect, RlCHAltD BLAKEMOIIE. To the Most Honourable the Postmaster-General." To this letter an answer was received, stating that the mat- ter should be immediately considered by the Post-office autho- rities.
CARMARTHEN. CARMARTHENSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. The Annual Meeting for the Exhibition of Stock, &c., in connexion with this Society, was held on Tuesday week in this town. The weather was delightful and the attendance of strangers numerous, though the number of agriculturists from the immediate locality was less than usual, possibly it). conse- quence of the good opportunity afforded by the climate for completing harvest operations. The shovV took place in a field in Friar's Park, nearly at the back of the Three Compasses Inn, and at an early hour the I n lowing of the cattle, the bleating of sheep, and the neighing of prancing steeds gave "ample note of busy preparation" for the portentous events of the day. The arrangements in the show field were excellent, and hav- ing been personally superintended by the Secretary, Mr. J as. Gwyn (whose indefatigable energy was the theme" of general eulogy), were exceedingly appropriate and fitting for the occa- sion. The stock of cattle attracted general attention; the bulls shown by Mr. Shield, and Mr. W. Gwyn, Pilroath, being deservedly admired. The fat oxen were the centres of attrac- tion or gnwity; that exhibited by Mr. Prosser, for Col. Vaughan Watkins, being an immense animal but not particu- larly unwieldy. Mr. W. Morris's ox, for symmetry and quality, was the more preferable of the two, but as the prize was lor the fattest ox, Mr. ilrosser's gained the day. The show of sheep presented some splendid specimens, many of which would not have disgraced the flocks of some of the most celebrated English breeders. Those exhibited by W. Morris, Esq., were deservedly admired as having been bred in tili6 county. Horses were rather inferior to former shows, and in tins respect improvement is amply required. On the whole the show was remarkably successful, and displayed decided symp- toms of progress. We must not forget to mention that Messrs. Hodges and Wright, of Brecon, the spirited implement manufacturers, exhibited a choice selection of implements, as did also our fellow townsman, Mr. Bright. These afforded much satisfac- tion to the agriculturists present. A dinner took place in the afternoon, at which the usual toasts, and others connected with the proceedings of the day, were drank. The following is a list of the premiums :— CATTLE. For the best bull of any breed, premium given by the lIon. G. Trevor, M.P., Silver Cup, valued, Mr. Shield, Llandav, ke. Second in merit, Mr. Du Buisson, Glinhir. For the best yearling bull (bred by the exhibitor), W. B. Gwyn, Esq., Pilroath, E3. Second in merit, Mr. J. B. Givjii. For the best breeding cow (in milk), T. W. Lawford, Esq E5. Second in merit, Lewis Morris, Esq. For the best two year old heifer (bred by the exhibitor), Capt. Cross, Abermarlais, £ 3. Second in merit, Lewis Morris, Esq. For the best ditto of the black or Castlemartin breed (bred by the exhibitor), Mr. Morris, of Brook, £ 3. Second in merit, Mr: G. Goode. For the best yearling heifer (bred by the exhibitor), Wr. Chambers, Esq., £ 2. Jsecond in merit, Rev. Mr. Williams, Llwynhelig. For the best ditto of the black or Castlemartin breed (bred by the exhibitor), Mr. Geo. Goode, £2. Second in merit, Mr. Morgan, Maesgwrda. For the best pair of two year old steers (bred by the exhibi- tor), Mr. Morris, Brook, £ 3. Second in merit, Mr. Anderson. For the best pair of yearling steers (bred by the exhibitor;, Mr. Morgans, Maesgwrda, X2. Second in merit, Mr. W. Waters. A Silver Cup, value F,5 5s., the gift of D. A. S. Davies, Esq., M.P., for the three best milch cows, bred in Carmarthenshire the cows must be in profit at the time of showing :—Mr. Mor- gans, Maesgwrda. Second in merit, John Waters, Esq. A Silver Cup, value £ 5 -5s., given by D. A. S. Davies, Esq., M.P., for the fattest ox, the ox to be in the possession of me exhibitor six months before the day of show. L. P. Watkins, Esq. Second in merit, W. Morris, Esq.
SHEEP. For the best ram of any breed, premium given by the Hon. G. R. Trevor, M.P., to, Mr. Goode. Second in merit, Mr, Lawford.
POLICE, SEPT. 20.-(Before H. A. Bruce, andW. Thomas' Esqrs.)—Evan Griffiths, tinker, was ordered to pay 2s. for damaging the water-closet of the police station, and 7s. costs. Sarah, the wife of Watkin Rees, of Coed-y-Cymraer, was fined I 5.s. and 7s. costs, for assaulting Mary, the wife of John Evans, of the same pJace.Bliz5tbeth, the wife of Win. Moses, of Tydfil's well, was fined 2s. 6d. and 4s. 6d. for assaulting Mary Davies, aid in default of payment she was committed for one week to Cardiff House of Correction, James Williams, puddler, Peny- darran, was fined £1 and costs for assaulting Sylvesta Harrison, and in default of payment he was committed for one calendar month to Cardiff House of Correction. Wm. Jenkins, White Horse, Pont-y-Storehouse, was fined £1 and costs for neglecting to appear, though summoned to give evidence against David Evans of the Cellars, who sold beer without licence to do so. The said D ivid Evans was also fined JE5 for selling one pint of beer without legal authority to do so.-I' icliard Owen, sinker, Aberaman, had an order made upon him to pay Is. 6d. per week, 5s. mid- wife, and costs, towards the maintenance of his bastard child by Sarah Richards. POLICE, SEPT. 23.—(Before II. A. Bruce and W. Thomas, Esqrs.)—Arthur Arthur was committed for tiial at the next Swansea quarter sessions for stealing a floor-cloth and 4d., the property of Catherine Evans. David Davies, fireman, was committed to Brecon House of Correction for fourteen days for neglecting to pay Ann Rees, a single woman, the weekly payments ordered by the magistrates fur maintaining his bastard child by her. Some cases were adjourned, and several summonses granted. FATAL Accii)EN-,r.-As two men, named Thomas Edwards and William Williams, were using their bars on the top of Gurnos quarry on Wednesday, to unloose the limestone at a height of twenty-six yards from the bottom, dreadful to relate, they fell down, and Edwards survived only half-an-hour. He has left a wife and child. An inquest was held on view of his body on Thursday at the Greyhound Inn, before J. Maybery, Esq., coro- ner, when a verdict of Accidental death" was returned. Wil- liams has sustained severe fractures, but hopes are entertained of his ultimate recovery. COED-Y-CYMMEII.—Upwards of one hundred persons have joined the Temperance Societies at this place since the meetings held here on Monday, the 17th inst. MH. LolIAX.-A resolution, expressive of the confidence of the Temperance men of Merthyr in this gentleman, was passed at the English Independent Chapel, on Monday evening, amidst much applause.