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SWANSEA. ROYAL INSTITUTION.—MESMERISM.—A SCENE.—On Friday evening last the long anticipated lecture on mesmerism, bv Dr. Williams, came off. The Theatre of the institution was not only full, but crammed, all anxious to hear what Dr. W. had to say on the subject. The lectures of \V. II. Jackson, Esq., had created considerable stir, and numbers of respectable and intel- ligent persons in the town, who now in private practice the act were anxious to hear what Dr. W. would advance in opposition to that able lecturer. At eight o'clock the respected lecturer commenced, and 111 doing so paid a respectful compliment to Mr. Jackson, as being a scholar and a'gentleman. At the same time he begged to be understeod as having nothing to do with the lectures and demonstrations of Messrs. Jackson and Davev but simply to exhibit truth. After a lengthened dissertation on the nervous system, and exhibitions of it by the aid of diagrams, &c., Dr. W. treated the audience with a history of J -:sawr, and a number of German, French, and English phy- sicians, wh JIll he regarded as either the deceivers of the public, or the deceived of the designing. Amongst the latter he classed Dr. Elliotson. What mesmerism is Dr. W. has not yet explained, although three hours were taken up in his address. Curtis. of Swansea, at the close of the lecture offered Dr. W., amidst much cheering, to mesmerise in his presence, aud indeed before the whole profession of the town, and dared him to a denial of the truth of the science. Ano- ther gentleman tendered Dr. Williams, in the name of W. II. Jackson, Esq., a most respectful challenge, publicly or pri- vately, to discuss the question. Dr. W. made no repl\ tre- mendous cheering followed the challenge. Mr. Itavner, archi- tect, begged Dr. \V. to allow Mr. Curtis to mesmerise him which would at once demonstrate the truth or fallacy of the science. Neither of these would the Doctor accede to. It is much to be regretted for the sake of science, that Dr. Williams did not accept the challenge of Mr. Jackson, for "when Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war." We have heard and it is sincerely hoped in this town that the rumour is eorrect, that Mr. Jackson purposes revisiting Swansea, with the hope of bringing out the late lecturer, and of placing in a yet clearer light the phenomena of this interesting, yet much contemned science. A FRENCH BRIO DESERTED BY HIm CREW.—On Monday night last the Troubadour steamer, on her passage from Liver- pool to Bristol, when near the Crow Rock, near Milford, fell in with a French brig named the Iahmael, laden with coal having two anchors out, and deserted by her crew. The rud- der also was lost. She was taken in tow by the steamer, and brought into Swansea harbour on Monday morning. With respect to the mysterious absence of the crew, it is conjectured re,t that finding the vessel in the position of proximity to a dan- gerous reef of rocks, they, apprehensive of the weather, secured the vessel by the anchors, and took to the boat and went to seek assistance. SWANSEA SUNDAY SCHOOl, AND PEOPLE'S INSTITUTE..—The prospectus of a society bearing the above title has recently been issued, from which it appears that arrangemeius are being made to provide instruction for the class indicated in the title of the society. In addition to lectures, reading room and li brary, a prominent feature of the proposed institute is, the pro- viding claises for elementary instruction. Classes are already announced on the following subjects :—Principles and practice of arithmetic—Mr. E. Davies, M.A.; elementary physiology— Mr. "Michael; logic and elementary mathematics—Mr. Samuel, B.A. grammar, Rev.^ W. Howell. In addition to which we are informed that writing clssses will shortly be formed, and a class on geography and history. The Victoria-rooms have been taken for the institute, and are being fitted no, one room for a reading-room, and the other for a lecture and class-room. It is but just to state that the institution was at first suggested t u,, amongst the Sunday-school teachers connected with the, Swnn- sea Sunday-school Union, to provide secular instruction for the elder boys in the Sunday-schools but it is now proposed to extend its advantages to the town in general. The institu- tion is to be self-governing, and the charge is so small that wa hope a large number, especially of the young, will avail them- selves (If the advantages thus placed within their reach. A public soiree is to be held on the 26th inst. in aid of the funds — Herald. LLANGYFEL.VCII FAIR.—The fair on Thursday was thronged with business as well as pleasure-seekers. The show of horses was considerable, perhaps greater than usual at this lair. Prices were asked in advance of those obtained at the autumn fairs of last year. There were many inquiries, and en the whole, we think, a moderate sale at values a shade higher than those of autumn. In the pig fair on Friday, the business, was brisk, particularly in young pigs, which passed off well at good prices. There was a greater quantity of flannel fabrics, of ail descriptions, at this fair than. we almost ever remem- bered having seen even at a^Llangyfelaeh fair.


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