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HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY,…
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY, MARCH 27. TRANSPORTATION TO SOUTH AFRICA. MR, ATJDKRI.Y moved an address U> the CrownfreUtive to trans- portation to South Africa, in which he condemned the policy of I\rl Grey. After RII assurance from Sir George Grey that the subject would be taken up by the Government, the motion was withdrawn.
MINISTERS' MONEY (IRELAND).
MINISTERS' MONEY (IRELAND). Mr. FAG AX moved for a committee to coosirler the Jaw relat- in^t<» Ministers' Money in Ireland, which, he said, was a tax on the-'Catholic population. f7.? After a kmg discussion, the motion was lost by a majority ot t~ to 14.
TIOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY,…
TIOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY, MAKCH 28. Several bills were advanced a stage, and others considered in committee. The Insolvent Members Bill was withdrawn. The House adjourned at six uctock.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. I
TO CORRESPONDENTS. SEVERAL articles are unavoidably omitted this week, owing to the of news. F."—DECLINED.. RICHARD JOHN" (LLANTRISSENT).—THE paragraph which you SENT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT.. THE REPORT OF THE MEETING AT ST. MELLONS ARRIVED TOO LATE FOR INSERTION this week. J. P. J."—We shall be happy to insert a short letter on the snbiect. .i T." and" T. R,Received. A. P. J ONI-B, Next week. < D. G." The letter was in type before your note came to hand. T IS letter f I B. W. DAVID, Esq. on the State of Agri- (u tire in the County of Glamorgan, is unavoidably postponed till next week. A Builder."—WE cannot insert your letter, but we should say that Mr. Coffm made a mistake, if he mentioned Mr. David Ljwis a the probable contractor for the new Tovii Hall. Mr. David Lewis being one of the Corporation, could not legally do any work TIR receive anv money from it. He certainly may do so by proxy; but it is not likely the Corporation will sanction anything of the sort. The letter of SUSAK NIPPER crowded out. t'c, ,'I" č-r
OTNGIIAM versus CALICO.—SOLOMON…
OTNGIIAM versus CALICO.—SOLOMON S MEASURE. terslts CALICO.-SOLO}IO'S }IEASURE. BY laughing at a man in a passion you may sometimes cure him of liTs folly; it is, however, a desperate remedy. We are almost afraid to try the specific upon otir honey- tongued contemporary the Guardian, lest the fury into which he lashed himself last week should be increased to Sillph a degree as to cause the bursting of a blood-vessel, to induce brain fever, or to lead him to take a leap Anywhere, anywhere out of the world." Laughter certainlv would be more in accordance with our Imnour, but rather than run the risk of a crowtici-Is quést" although the verdict would doubtless be justifiable homicide," we will endeavour to rein in our merriment, and venture nought beyond the gentlest smile, while we advert Some spumy fiery ignis fntnvx matter, Such as the sAijchtest breath of air may scatter." There can be no doubt now as to the mental unsoundness of the Guardian. Every line of his last two-columned leader attests the fact. His craniologieal aberration par- takes of the ludicrous and the melodramatic. Strange indeed are his hallucinations. At times he is haunted with a mo-'bid desire to gibbet some miserable mortal. He becomes :1 veritable Shvtock, and relentlessly seeks the blood of his vic'tiiii. The pound of flesh he demands. If the public i'li-ercodf. his violence becomes excessive. In his creed ,ruv is 'almost crime. "The last dying speech and con- fession," arid a portrait of the wretched culprit, he prepares in anticipation of the finishing of the law." He glories in the "allows, and were no other found, his hand would be reidv to adjust the rop and draw the bolt; and to tell the t ile of horror to the inhabitants ofour "abominable purlieus," his voire so musical in tone, and even so chaste in its utter- anee, that it makes "Augets lean from heaven to hear," is "ealv for the cry. and his pocket for the pence. Last week, however, in one of his transccndant nights, he actually imagines himself connected with an honourable profession' which" he assumes to represent," and quixoti- c-allv bedight. forth he sallies upon lines as halting as the > steed of the Spanish DOT., wirh lightning in his eye and I outspread gingham in his hand thus ii ««As a Sir Knischt abandon* dwelling, And ont he rides a coloiWiiufj," valiantly to battle with some spectral illusion of moral hideousness," heroically to sweep away the cobwebs of a brain which has the inclination to be misclrievous, but lacks the power," and with a gallantry befitting the pretensions,' and an object so mighty, to run a tilt with the baseless fabric (tape and calico) of a visionary's dream Of course in combat so unequal, between a doughty knight and "cobwebs," "baseless fabrics," "most miserable failures," and other ghostly adversaries, it were little praise to say rhat Sir Solomon, with umbrella for his only weapon, 11 di(I s nash then- fragile frame," and after the manner of Saint George and the Dragon, trampled thern "in the dust, writhing, twisting, and grinning with horrible contortions, under the heels of his Rosinante. Far be it fr ,<m our desire, to rob a madman of his pleasures. If it suits his humour, as long as they are harmless, let him I. enioy his fancies. We would not stop his masquerading. As Shylock. Quixote, or honest Dogberry, he may amuse himself, and set others wagging. But should his humour lead him to play with edged tools and fire, humanity demands that he should be taught to feel the cutting of the one and the scorching of the other. And should lie seek amusement by wallowing in the mire, and by assaulting men's cars with noisy bullying and brazen bravado," then, for human nature so depraved and so far beyond rational endurance, the only fitting place is Bedlam. When a man gets angry, and begins to make use of abusive, bad, and vulgar language, it is a sure sign that he is beaten in argument, and that he is on the losing side. This is eminently the ease with our contemporary. At best <i His barin r,,Lge but Iialf !L grain but whrn. he is worsted by an antagonist, his mouth is as foul as an open sewer, and his brain is very light indeed. We shall not attempt to follow him through the misty in izes of his logic, and the "noisy riotings" of his arguments. Last week he did but reiterate statements the fallacies of which we have already exposed. As. however, "The ill-bated jar will stund its fault," we will trv our "ill-haked" friend with an easy fillip. We have dared to say, and we now dare again to say, that the t -,vft, -a i.wir inii nf the ret)ort of the late Swansea Assizes which we falsely alleged, dishonestly and falsely sent forth as the re- sult of our own exertions." In proof of this, we say that our honesty is patent to all but those who will not see, inasmuch as the information we copied from the Guardian was given ver- batim, and included observations of the reporter in support of opinions peculiar to the Guard inn, with respect to the mur- der by John Connors—opinions which we had publicly com- halted. Surely had we wished dishonestly to-appropriate the report of the Guardian, and to send*, it forth as the re- sult of our own exertions, we should ijot have given-cur- rency to observations by which we werejsure to be detected Had we a desire to be dishonest, we might have inserted the report without the sliglrest chance of recognition. This we would scorn to do. The real fact is, we have been too honest to please the Guardian. He is chagrined at the fact that: our acknowledgment of our indebtedness to him appeared at the same moment as his vile calumnies. He hoped that we| should have imitated the example he had set us, when some twelve months ago he appropriated the whole of a report from thecolumns of ihe Herald, withouthaving acknowledged it at all. The fowler has been taken in his own snare. It is said that the report appeared as original matter." We simply reply, not more so than the assize reports which appear in the Guardian in like manner as original matter," although taken from other journals quite as surreptitiously. The charge made against us by the Guardian, that we were not represented at the Swansea Assizes, we before stated was fa he; and now again, notwithstanding the Guardian calls it an "unequivocal untruth," we repeat the words. It is false. We were represented by our corre- spondent. We say more; the circumstance, which was heard openly mentioned in Swansea," about our writing to our correspondent some time before the assizes, to ask him to send a report of the proceedings, but to which he de- murred, on account of remuneration, is a pure invention. Oar contemporary seems to go upon the principle of telling a He and sticking to it. In this way it is indeed easy to demolish italics." It is further alleged, ill opposition to what we advanced in a former article, that it was at our instance that our correspondent called at the Herald office, and by "pitiful supplication (or, we will say, solicitation)" obtained a copy of its report of the second week's assizes. To this too we give the lie direct, and defy our contemporary to gainsuy it if he can, upon anybody's authority. This, we know, lies beyond his power. lie has hazarded a statement in the hope that it was true. Oh, Sir Solomon, Sir Solo- mon, however disposed we maybe "to wink at" our own most abominable and scandalous untruths," we are not pliable" enough to wink at thine. Our article has already extended itself beyond the limits we had assigned it. We have, however, something more to say. We are glad our portrait of the literary courtesan has been properly appreciated. We did not expect to give satisfaction. Our object was to make a likeness. Had our contemporary been pleased, we should not have been. To please, we must have left the warts and wens uypainted; but, as the character altogether lay in these, that, we could not do. We anticipated that our con temporary would feel disgusted Z5 with seeing himself as others see him, but really we were z;' not prepared to hear him wish himself banished from de- cent society." How touching to hear him talk of the blush of modesty mantling the cheeks of purity and innocence." y Dost thou, then, Sir Solomon, feel compunctions for the past ? Go, and sin no more. Continue not to advertise works on the; filthiest of subjects. Cleanse thy fetid columns" from their impurities. Be no longer an aj/ent, as thou hast been, for the sale of those obscene volumes which are suitable alone for the abominable purlieus of Whitmore-lane, Cardiff, and,; Friars-field, Newport;" and then., as the head of a respect-, able newspaper," thou canst talk of purity and innocence": without making thyself a target for the shafts of ridicule and scorn. We have scarcely space left to advert, most gratefully, to the patronising declaration of the Guardian, that the Welsh are a religious people, a moral people, and a right- thinking people in the main." We are thankful for the sen- tence, and promise that it shall be remembered. We say nought now of our leadership of this religious,; moral, anil right-tliioking people. Facts are stubborn things. It may suit the interests of the Guardian to pretend to doubt the alliance, the power of which his scutrility alone shows that he has felt, and to vilify, defame, and maliciously libel our principles and practices; but he may depend upon it such a course will be liis ruin. Men who hate falsehood and per- sonality will speedily withdraw their countenance from a Journal that loves it. Our adherence to the main points of the Charter we have always avowed; but in our condemna- tion of the Chartisms, who have endeavoured by force to turn things upside down, we have been equally as loud. The insinuation of the Guardian, therefore, is, it knows it full well, an atrocious attempt to injure us. In connexion with, this subject, an allusion has been made to those who makel "nocturnal visits to the British Seliool-rooni.11 The Eclitor of this paper is one of the Secretaries to that excellent in-f stitution, and in respect to it he has this to say, that thef committee under whose management it is includes the oldest layman and the oldest minister in the town, both of whom, for respectability, moral worth, and the esteem in which they are held, stand as high as the very highest, and are in themselves a guarantee that the nocturnal visits to i their school-room are, at least, for purposes is proper as| the nocturnal visits of an Editor to an inn, in the praise oP whose "fair and lovely principal" he last week wrote ar- paragrftph. We have now done with the Guardian, and, in taking our leave, we would counsel it in the future to abandon the personalities in which it has of late so freely indulged. It has been taught that it is a that two can play at. We may have been severe we may have, With disportive wit, Rallied our friend, and tickled while we bit; but it was our humour. We hope soon again to see our contemporary b tck from the realms of imagination in which he has been so lately strutting. When his reason returns, we have no doubt that our Sir Knight, in doffing his lofty plume, will resume the quill with more temperateness, truthfulness, and suavity; and he will be only too grateful that "He has been beaten till he knows W-bat wood a cudgel's of by th' blows.
CARDIFF. STREET COMMISSIONERS. An adjourned meeting of the board was held oil Tuesday last at the Town-hall. There was a attendance of Commis- sioners, v;ind considerable, intercut prevailed as to the result of, cc' the proceedings of the last meeting. There i%,ere i)-peeeii C. C. WILLIAMS, Chairman. Walter Coffin. E. P. Richards. J. Grierson. Ile v. T. Stacey. John Llovd. R. H. Harnlyn. Jas. Lewis. William Williams. W. Bird. Geo. Bird. It. L. Heece. Geo. Bird. II'. L. Lieece. J J. R. Hopkins, Ghas. Milner. C.. "Vac'heH. Thomas Evans. Griffith Phillips. W. A. Bradley. David Lewis. Dr. Vacliell. "W. B. Walk ins. J oil n Batclielor. M. -Grower. Capt. Morgan. Win Harris. W. Pritehard. Dr. Moore. B. Mathews. I W. Pritchard. I ATSSKXT. F. H. Lowder. J. Pride. D. Evans. John Bird. W.Vaehtill. R. J. Todd. J. II. Insole. Thomas Price. ThoUHlJ Dalton. Geo. Farmer. William Richards. Rich. Reece. Jos. Davis. Geo. Insole. R. Tredwen. John Woods. Edw. Evans. The CHAIKMAX, in opening the meeting, read a statement of the board's financial position. The rate and the arrears of riyte made on the 29th of May last year amounted to £ 1,728 2s. bd. There was paid to the bank up to the last meeting, £ 1,300 2s. fid. There had been since collected, t 100 12s. Therefore, the sum of £ 1,4D0 Us. 6d. had been collected in all; and £ 327 8s. re- mained to be collected. This amount includes old ..arrears and also rates due from parties who have jailed iii business, and others whose liability to pay street fates may be doubtful. The CHAIRMAN then read an estimate of the expenses for the ensuing half-year, which, including a h,llallce 1)f £ 390 due to the Bank, amounted to between E900 and An order was then made for the payment of several sums, in relation to which a conversation followed having reference to the method in which the several items Had been contracted. THE PLANS FOlt DRAlXtNO TltK TOWS', The clerk having read the minutes of the last meeting, The CIIAIKMAM said, that no report had beeii rec eived FROM the committee appointed to examine them, and that the coill- mittee now consisted of only. taree go-itlelliell, two 11. Mr. L. REECE rose and said, on behalf of himself and thegentle- men that had been referred to that they had not telt it right to proceed in the investigation of the plans, until the commission- ers had determined whether they would add two gentlemen to the committee in the room of those who had retired, or not. If it was the wish of the commissioners to complete the original number of five, thev would be happy to meet them if on the contrary they determined that the vacancies should not be filled up (being still a committee), they would resume their duties, and with professional *aid lay before the commissioners a report with the professional gentlemen's observations on all the plans. Mr. Reece then referred to an article which appeared in the Guardian of last-week, and said: -:A most un- warrantable attack havs appeared against myself and other members of the committee in the columns of the Cardijf Guar- dian. It will be my duty to reply to it in print. 1 do not for a moment believe it emanated from the editor, (although of course he will be obliged to avow it,) inasmuch as being reporter as well as editor, he must know that the inferences are not at all borne out by his report of the proceedings of the last meeting. I will merely now say that the whole statementts a toilful perversion of the truth. Mr. VACHELL fully concurred in the observations made by Mr. Reece. lIe defended himself from the imputations east upon his character in the Guardian newspaper of last week. In mentioning Mr. Tregellis's name, he merely did so with a view of promoting the objects of the cpmmitcee. He had no idea of favouring his connexions; but since Mr. Tre- gellis had paid great attention to the question of sewerage, and had obtained eminent testimonials of his ability, he thought it no imprqpriety to mention his name to the committee. At one of their meetings, when all the members, with the exception of the mayor, were present, he was desired to write to Mr. Tre- gellis to ascertain his terms. In calling on the clerk, together with Mr. Watkins and Mr. Reece, (the mayor and Mr. C. Williams being out of town,) and requesting him to delay send- ing the plans to London until another meeting of the com- mittees was held, they were actuated by the purest, of motives, and had not the slightest intention of acting in oppo. sition to the other two gentlemen. He had as muchat stake in the town as any gentleman on the committee. His only desire was to do that which would be for the benefit of all. Besides, there was a reason for preventing the plans being sent off to London-he feared that one of the gentle- men to whom the plans were to have been sentwas prejudged in favour of oneofthe plans sentin, and in the absence of information relative to the character of the town, he would most likely give his opinion in favour of his favourite. Mr. V, then read the following extract from the report of the competitor to whom he was referring :—" The practicability of the system has been fully tested by experimental works, visited and reported on by the Surveyors of the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers, an extract from which report I beg to submit to your notice. It has also received the approval of Parliament, and the City of London Commission of Sewers, whom I had the honour of attending to-day, with the view of making arrangements for carrying it out in the City."—He would ask, was it right to send the plans to gentlemen who had already made up their minds, as this proved to be the case ? As to the calumnies that had been cast upon him in a certain print, he would say nothing; those who attempted to do their duty were always the most calumniated by it. Mr. COFFIN disclaimed any knowledge of the article which appeared in the Guardian, until he had seen it in print, and said that he never wrote an article for a newspaper in his life. If the gentlemen to whom Mr. Vachell referred were prejudiced in favour of a particular plan, he was ignorant of it up to the present moment. They were gentlemen of high standing and respectability, and he believed could not be influenced in their judgment by any bias they may have in favour of any particu- lar system. Mr. W. B. WATKINS then rose and said As a member of the committee appointed by yourselves to examine the several plans of drainage of the town, I will take the liberty of making some observations. It will be scarcely necessary, after the remarks just made by Mr, Reece and Mr. Vachell, that I should advert to the base imputations against those gentlemen and myself, contained in an article inserted in last week's Guardian, more especially as that paper, it will be generally conceded, is but the mouthpiece of a party it can, therefore, be scarcely neces- sary to vindicate from such attacks the character of a gentle- man who has so recently filled the high office of mayor of this town, and the responsible duties of which were discharged by him so impartially, honourably, and independently, as to have caused it to be generally remarked, that "Mr. Reece was the best mayor Cardiff ever had." In reference to tHe-imp-u.tati.pn,, endeavoured to be fastened upon us as Chartists—men of no pro- pertyor stake in the town-who have no interest in preserving law or order,—why, gentlemen, this is too preposterous, when Mr. Vachell alone, one of the commltteereflectecl on, is the possessor of house property in this town, not only larger in amount than any one commissioner, but I believe, in truth, larger than the whole body of the commissioners put together. As regards the "diffident and unobtrusive third," as I have been kindly designated, I will simply remark that he is doubly qualified to act as a commissioner, both as a rate-payer, and by property. So much for party attacks and now, gentlemen, as much misrepresentation has taken place in reference to the conduct of the committee, I will, with your permission, detail as concisely as I can the proceedings of that body from its con- stitution to this hour. Mr. Watkins then entered into a tem- perate and able statement of the proceedings of the committee, clearly showing that the two gentlemen who had so pettishly withdrawn because frustrated in their intentions, had taken on themselves to forward the plans to London without having had authority for so doing; that the majority of the committee had strong reasons for objecting to such a course and though they consented to Mr. Coffin's makingfthe inquiry of Messrs. Hazlitt and Phillips, as to the terms on which they would examine the plans, yet had a meeting been called to communicate these "■entlemen's reply, they would then have objected to submitting the plans to their gratuitous opinion, as they had already ex- pressed approvai of the system of one particular plan, and the one which the minority of the committee had from the first advo- cated, and were thus bound by a judgment already expressed. It would, therefore, appear, that it was for this reason that these gentlemen were so pertinaciously fixed upon to be the referrees in the matter, a course that would have swamped the chances of any fair investigation into the merits of the other plans. Mr. Watkins concluded by stating that, as a member of the still existing committee, if the commissioners thought pro- per to add two gentlemen to their number, in place of those who had resigned, or if they desired that the present commit- tee should proceed with their labours, and make a report, he would pledge himself with the other members of the committee, aided by professional assistance, to place before them the whole of the plans, with the merits of each, so as to enable the com- missioners to form their own judgment as to the scheme best adapted to the requirements of the town. Mr. COFFIN S I am totally at issue with the gentlemen who have spoken. There was no misunderstanding. If I under- stood anything clearly in my life, I understood that I was to write to those gentlemen requesting them to examine the plans. Mr. Vachell proposed it, and it was quite unanimous my con- viction remains unchanged. Mr. HrmcE: I distinctly proposed in the committee, that a statement should sant.with the plans, written by the clerk, explanatory of the character of the town, and that it was to have been so was understood by a majority of the committee. The CHAIRMAN did not concur in the statements that had been made, neither did he approve of the article which appeared in the Guardian. He did not know that either of the gentlemen to whom the plans were to have been sent had expressed an opinion. lie believed that they were not the same parties. There was nothing said in committee about a statement. The chairman proceeded, but after an observation from Mr. Reece, he gave way to Mr. E. P. RICHARDS, who-, after having referred to the minutes of the last meeting, said If I am the person referred to as having written the article in the Guardian, I beg distinctly to state I had not previously seen the editor, nor did I know anything directly, or indirectly, about it. I totally disapprove of it. As far as I am concerned, no character shall he attacked by me, nor by any one over whom I have any control or influ- ence. Mr. Richards then went into a lengthy history of the committee from its appointment on the 13th February, and concluded by saying that the committee had wholly failed in their duty. He regretted what had occurred, and wished now to bury all in oblivion. He sincerely regretted what had appeared in the Guardian, and hoped the subject would not again he adverted to. He had hoped that a fortnight would have allayed the excitement., but he regretted to find it had increased. They could not with any degree of fairness propose other gentlemen instead of those who had retired. The com- mittee, in fact, was virtually dissolved the report of a com- mittee of three could not be received. lIe would propose that the plans he sent to the Surveyor and Secretary of the Metropoli- tan Sewerage Commission for their opinion. They had offered to givo their opinion gratuitously, and he was sure they would act honourably. If differences on minor matters were ttiid\ved to interfere, the commissioners would never succeed. Captain MOIUJAN seconded the proposition. Mr. BATCHELOU said that Mr. Richards had been guilty of the same irregularity on account of which he condemned the until the committee had made a report the commissioners were irregular in discussing the subject. On the same ground they were incompetent to pass Mr. Richarus's resolution then, "ts1 cause the committee who were still in existence had not ma"<j a report. Mr. B. approved of the observation that Mr. R. haJ •. made with respect to the differences in the committee, were all honourable lPen. The statements made were directly opposite to each other. The commissioners could not say WltJl whom was the truth. To pass Mr. dl's resolution would be an insult to the remaining members of the coiiiiiiittee. Besidto which to send the plans to parties that had been proved by V'achell to be prejudged in favour ot one of the competing was absurd. (Mr. Vachell here, at the request ot Mr H., rea' again the extract referred to, and which appears above.) A1 last meeting it was determined to refer the subject back agalll to the committee. It was now proposed to take it out of theif hands. It was quite childish to do one thing at one meetmg, and then to undo it at another. In that way no business couaj ever be done. By Mr. Richards's proposition they were asked to stultify themselves. He would oppose the resolution. Mr. Thomas EVANS thought that in tact there was no cotn. mittee to report. Two committee-men having retired the com- mittee was defunct. Mr. RICHARDS, who, by-the-by, was a little out of order, replied to Mr. Batchelor, and would leave it to them as mell of business to decide whether or not it was a question ot absuf* dity. He was surprised Mr. Batchelor was not a better iiiall of business. He challenged any gentleman present to J°¡) issue with Mr. Batchelor. Two out of the five Had declined to act, and there was an end of the committee. Had there been a quorum it might be different. He acknowledged that h" was irregular at the last meeting when he proposed to add Mt. Batchelor to the committee; that was done at the spur of tho moment. After a few words from Mr. COFFIN, Mr. REECE, and others- by way of explanation, The resolution was carried by a large majority.
THE "GENERAL NOTT."
THE "GENERAL NOTT." Mr. MATHEWS moved that steps be immediately taken purchase the General Nott" public-house. He said that the committee appointed at the last meeting abandoned the idea of purchasing it by subscriptions, some gentlemen who had pro- perty in the immediate neighbourhood having refused to give any. .1 Mr. Bum seconded the proposition. Mr. COFFIN proposed as an amendment that the question be adjourned for six months. A long and desultory conversation then followed, in which most of the commissioners took part. The chief subject of conversation was the way in which the purchase was to be effected. The board divided, for Mr. Mathews's motion 12. against it 8. Several commissioners remained neutral. The 1 following gentlemen formed the minority :—W. Coffin, John Lloyd, Rev. T. Stacey, Thomas Evans, W. Harris, W. A. Bradley, Captain Morgan, and David Lewis. A tedious and irregular discussion then followed, after which Mr. Richards made a long speech in reference to the petition now in the course of signature in the town, in favour of the Health of Towns Act, in the course of which he referred, very imprudently in our opinion, to a private conversation between him and Mr. Vachell, to which Mr. Vachell attempted to reply, but was interrupted by the chairman. Several com- missioners stated they had signed the petition, and Mr. Reepe defended the course which had been taken. Mr, Wm. Stanley then called the attention of the board to the neglect of the surveyor in completing the works commenced in Stanley-street. After a few words of advice from Mr. Coffin- the surveyor was ordered to proceed with the work forthwith. The meeting was then adjourned to the 24th of March. [We intended replying to the calumnious article which ap- peared in the Guardian of last week, in reference to the chief matter discussed at this meeting. We however have no roonii our columns are so crowded with assize intelligence. We regret it but little, since our contemporary has been so deservedly castigated by the commissioners he had the audacity to malign- We refer our readers to the speeches of Messrs. Reece, Vachelh andiNVittkiiis, especially to that of the latter, who gives the very marrow of the dispute. The Guardian, wea pprehend, will not very much like the severe remarks that were made upon him. but" the unkindest cut of all" was the complete manner in which his own supporters deprecated his article. THE Boy ON BOARD THE GREEK VESSEL.—A great deal Of excitement was caused at the Bute Docks, on Monday last, 111 consequence of an English boy being detained on board the ,» bvig Malpijniviiic (a Orcein}. Ile liad, dku.iu th. -u.¡; 0 the ship with coals, made known his desire to the colliers to leave, and it was thought the captain had stolen him. He was not allowed to hold conversation with any of the colliers. Thiii. excited their suspicion, and they became determined that the boy should not leave the port, and a mob of them and others surrounded the ship with a determination to rescue the boy by force. The captain and men resisted, put the boy below deek. drew their knives, and threatened to stab the first man that boarded. Mr. Sully, who loaded the vessel, was sent for, and also the police; but previous to their arriving great damage was done to the vessel: skylights were broken, and also the panelling of the companion and bulwarks, by large stones that were thrown on board one of the crew had his face much cut by a stone. When Mr. Sully came he told the mob that if they would desist the vessel could not leave the port until he had cleared her, and that before he did so, he would see it was all right for the boy, and if the boy did not wish to go with the ship he should detain him. He then desired the captain, through the interpreter, Mr. Antony, to have the boy on shore, and take him before the magistrates, which was immediately acceded to. The captairi stated, through the interpreter, that the boy was placed with him by another Greek captain, and that it was his intention when he returned to Greece to put the boy to school and educate him, having no children of his own; but that if he did not wish to go he would not take him- Notwithstanding the arrangement entered into, the colliers and hobblers still molested the crew, and Mr. Sully to prevent dis- turbance put one of his men to watch the ship during the day and night. The colliers have taken to the boy, and have made a subscription to clothe him, and Mr. Bushel has engaged to find employment for him on the railroad. The boy is an orphan about nine years of age. We are sorry that the labouring men of the port should have recourse to means so violent. The law protects British subjects, and had they applied to the proper authorities, before abusing the foreigners, it would have been much better and more to their credit, (even if the foreigners were the aggressors, as some say they were,) than to have recourse to brute force. NUISANCE.—The footpath by the corner of High-street and Church-street is again blocked up by a building barricade. Now we think that parties who are allowed to de so ought to make a wooden footpath outside of the barricade, and have it railed from the street. It is really very dangerous in that narrow street, where all the principal traffic passes, that pedes- trians are obliged to walk in the road, without the least protec- tion from being run over by carriages coming round the corner.
NEWPORT. CATTLE MARKET, WEDNESDAY, MARPH 28.—The market this week was but scantily supplied with ftit Stock, especially beef and mutton, and rather less business doing than usual- There was a good supply of pigs, in consequence of an arrival from Ireland, but ptices rather lower than last week No horses appeared. WESLEYAN CHAPEL, PH-Too-OPENING SERVICES.—This ele- gant chapel lately erected in Pill was opened on Thuisday, the 22ud inst. The Rev. Dr. Beiumont preached in the morning and evening, and the Rev. William Allen, Baptist minister, ill the afternoon. The congregations were good throughout, es- pecially in the evening, when the place was crowded to excess- The collections amounted to L50. Services were again held on Sunday last for the same purpose. The Rev. Wm. Arthur, of Paris, preached. We are informed the collections on Sunday werei37. Next Sunday the Rev. Joseph Ward, of Bristol, to officiate.
SWANSEA. SOIREE IN AID OF THE PKOPLK'S INSTITUTE.—On Monday evening last. a soiree was held at the Assembly-rooms in th|* town, in aid of the funds of this recently formed Peopre's Institute." To secure comfort, only four hundred tickets were issued, and which were speedily purchased, so much iio, that lili an early period on Monday morning not a ticket was to be ob- tained. At six o'clock the assembling commenced the pille being handsomely illuminated, in a very short time the spa; iou* room was filled with a respectable and intelligent assembly- Henry Bath, Esq., presided. After tea, addresses were dell- vered bv Mr. Lewis, Revs, D. Evans and Will. Jones, Kv "1 Davies, M.A., Rev. Wm. Howell, and W. H. Michael, Esq.
FONTYPOOL. PETITIONS, in favour of Mr. Cobden's motion for arbitration instead of war, appeared for signature in several of the senting chapels in this toAvn, on Sunday lust. We understau they were numerously signed by persons of both 4exeaj*b^
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poverty »t ComiHUght, how could it be ju.t thai the tax-payers oi ttie u,iite(i kin,dotTl stiotil(i c()iitril)ute to that relief? Mr. STAFFOKD, with reference to the scheme of Sir R. Peel. which he acknowledged had occupied a considerable share ot at- tention serosa the channel. thought it was due to the people of Irttlar.d that, before this discussion closed, the Government should distinctly state whether or no they had any intention to carry it out. This remark drew a smile from Sir George Grey, at which Mr. Stafford appeared to be somewhat m-ttled. He then repeated his (-all for an explanation of the extent ot destitution, and the calculated amount of the rate. Mr. M. J. O'CON-NI'.LI. suggested that the tenant should be allowed to deduct the actual amount of tire rate he paid from his reat, and the landlord to deduct the rate in proportion froiu in- cumbrancers on his property. Some explanations were interchanged between Sir George (hEY and Mr. STAVFOUD respecting the construction to be put upon the smile of the former after which. On the motion of Mr. NAPIER, the debate was adjourned until Wednesday. The House then went into Committee of Supply to vote a sum for excess upon Ordnance expenditure beyond the grants. The matter wa-T explained by Colonel ANSON" and A:ter a few remarks from Mr. HUMF" the vote for £97,98-1. was agreed to. The other orders on the paper having been disposed ol, the House adjurned at half-past twelve o'clock.