MERTHYR. ON the 18th inst., Mr. EliezarThomas, Ebbw Vale, delivered a lecture on the Rise and Fall of Babylon, to a-numerous assembly, at the Temperance Hall, in this town. The lecture was characterised throughout by great research and observation in this branch of ancient history, much of which is involved in great darkness but the lecturer succeeded in throwing addi- tional light upon some of its hitherto obscure parts, and gave a yery satisfactory description of the magnificence of the "golden oity," u.udtho greatness of the" glory of kingdoms." The lecturer was obliged to dwell at great length on several parts of the subject, owing to the intricacies by which they were sur- rounded, so that time did not permit him to proceed farther than the history of this great kingdom. The remaining part of the lecture is to be delivered gratis at a future time, which we anticipate, on account of its moral application, will be truly edifying. Mr. Thomas was formerly a resident in this neigh- bourhood, during which time he very diligently laboured in behalf of sobriety; and no small praise is clue to those who have so steadfastly exerted themselves in this glorious cause, 110 that through their efforts teetotalism has been the means of creating a taste for sound practical knowledge in many of the working men of Merthyr, whose minds had been lying dormant under the baneful eitects of intoxicating drinks. We may mention in particular the institution of the Teetotal Cymro- iljiion Society," which holds its interesting meetings regularly. MANY children have fallen a sacrifice to the virulence of scarlet fever in this town and neighbourhood lately. One man at Coedycymmer lost three children in the short space of a week through the ravages of this dreadful malady. FHW remember having seen such a wintry week as the last ..at this season of the year. Vegetation in consequence has been very much checked, if not seriously injured, in many parts. Last Saturday the weather was much milder than during the previous part of the week. GAAWEX-TBRTTACE, Merthyr, should be called now Preacher's- terrace, or Clergy terrace, for there are six ministers and one clergyman residing in that part of the town. .11 TUB news of the execution of Sarah Harriet Thomas at Bris- tol, last Friday, reached Merthyr at an early hour on Saturday morning. EARLY T-tisi-G.We perceive that the Taff Vale Railway Company intend setting au example, and a laudable one too, an. this head, on and after the 1st of May next. This arrange- ment will, we doubt not, be a great accommodation to the I public in general. ABBRDARE.—INQUEST.—Au inquest was held at the King William beerhouse, on the 19th inst., before George Overton, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, touching the death of Daniel Richards, who was killed at Abergwawr colliery, by a fixll of stone from the top, on the 19th inst. RHY"HHEY.—Messrs. Jackson and Davey delivered two lec- tures at the new school-room in this place, last week, which ware well received by large and respectable audiences. COUNTY COURT. This court was held on Monday and Tuesday, before John Wil- Ron, 170 plaints had been entered, and 10'J were jpne through the first day very quickly, as there were no objec- tions, and several had been withdrawn. The cases were mostly Hoimportant. The following are a few of the cases heard:- Daniel Morgan v. Wm. Onion. Complainant claimed the sum s/" 22s. 10.. for hauling apples from Abergaveany to Merthyr, in September last. No defence was offered, and the defendant was ordered to pay the. whole amount claimed. Daniel Jenkins v. Wm. Evans. The amount claimed was L2, for pigs sold by complainant's servant to defendant but the de- fendant denied having ever bought the pigi, but alter ward* ad- mitted that C I 101. of the £ 3 10s. had been paid. The defendant's wife was ia court, and was very clamorous, go that she was ttrde-red to be taken into custody. Ordered to pay £ 2, Ann Marshall v. Benjamin Jones. This was a debt for beer, but we could not hear the amount. His honour ordered 10s. a month to be paid. The same v. Jenkin Richards. Debt claimed IBs, for beer, Ordered to,pay 5s. a month. The same v. Thomas Morgan. The amount claimed was 32s. tW. beer. Ordered to pay 5s. a month. Robert Marshall v. Jenkin Richards. The amount claimed was £ 2 4s., for work done, at Is. IQd, per day, Ordered to pay a month. John, Davies v. Wm. Da vies. Amount claimed it money Liit, and h. 9d. for seven pints of beer. Ordered to be paid in fourteen days. Volsman v. Edward John. Amount claimed E4 4s., for two barrels of beer had in May, 1848. Ordered to pay ia a week. !xmcr v. Williams. Thus eaSO occupied much time in oonrt on .Tuesday Mr. Frank James appeared for plaintiff, and Mr. Philpotta for the defendant. Mr. James stated the case on the part of the plaintiff. Lower was a miner, and had lodged with defendants for twenty years. About twelve months ago plaintiff went to Cornwall, and was go- ing to a house of his own. When returning he wanted the furni- ture he left at the house of the defendant. He had tha clock, the bed, bedding, and other articles, but could not get the che.it of drawers, and this action was brought to recover that from possession of the dafendant. 0 After the examination of the plaintiff, and several other persons, his honour reserved his judgment. } Several other cases were gone into, and the court rose. MR. D. W. JAMES was appointed chairman of the board of guardians of Merthyr Tydfil union, on Saturday last, and Mr. Lewis Lewis, vice-chairman. Bvareference to our advertisements in to day's PRINCIPALITY, it will be seen that Thomas Webster Rammell, Esq., has been ap- pointed superintending inspector for the parish of Merthyr Tydvil, under the Public Heal:h Acts, and will proceed on the 15th of May next to make the necessary inquiries. AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH.—On Saturday morning last, Mr. Thomas Thomas, farmer, of Penrhiwyronen, was attacked with apoplexy, and died after the lapse of twenty minutes. When attacked, he called on the servant girl to give him some water, and cried out, "0 God, what is the matter! In a few minutes after his death his left side was found to be quite discoloured. He was 48 years of age, and has left a wife and four children to lament his premature death. On Monday, an inquest was held on the body before George Overton, Esq., coroner, when the jury re- turned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God." GELLTGAER. Four persons were baptised at this place, on making profession of faith, last Sunday afternoon, by the Hev. J. D. Williams.
LLANELLY. YESTERDAY week, the workmen employed in Mr. Richard Nevill's foundry, of this town, together with their wives, were plentifully regaled with tea, coffee, beef, and cake, in celebra- tion of the marriage of their employer. Tables were arranged in the erecting shop of the engine factory which were most tastefully decorated with a profusion of evergreens and flowers. Success to the happy pair was pledged in cheerful bumpers of coffee, and the harmony of the evening was greatly promoted by a few of the elder boys of the British Schools, who with their teachers attended, and enlivened the proceedings by some excellent singing. Thanks having been voted to Mr. Maybery, manager of the works, for the excellent arrangement of the evening, all separated highly pleased.
PONTYPOOL. ASTRONOMY.-On Friday evening last, a highly interesting and instructive lecture on the above subject was delivered in the Bri- tish School-room, by Mr. C. Popham, F.A.S. After a brief intro- ductory address, the lecturer exhibited a number of beautifully illuminated diagrams, in which the earth appeared apparently suspended in space, surrounded by a magnificent assemblage of clouds with the rising sun, performing its annual and diurnal re- volutions. Ships also appeared in actual motion, approaching to and departing from land, clearly demonstrating the rotundity of the earth. Several diagrams of the moon were also introduced, showing the telescopic appearance of the lunar surface also a beautiful representation of a lunar eclipse. The lecturer then gave a general description of the various planets and fixed stars, and concluded this part of the lecture by exhibiting his much ad- mired planetarium, in which all the planets appeared revolving round the sun attended by their respective satehtes. After a few minutes' pause, Mr. Martin introdaced his dissolving diorama, and exhibited a number of dissolving views, alternated with several beautiful cromatropes, presenting curious and lovely combinations of colours, and concluded with two views, on which were inscribed "Prosperity to this town," aad "Adieu." The audience was large and respectable, and appeared highly delighted with the whole proceedings. BLAENAU AND CWMCELYN IRON-WOHKS.—SUDDEN DEATH.— On the 18th inst., as a man named John Price, about forty years of age, employed at the said works as a banksman on one of the pits, was going as usual to his work in the morning, he fell down, and expired in a moment. It appears he has been in a rather weak state of health for several months past, but was a man of steady habits and generally well respected. We regret to hear that he left a wife and three children to deplore his loss. ABERYSTUUTH. —EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF SN ow.-This parish and the adjacent ones were last Thursday morning enveloped in deep and heavy snow the average depth taken was about nine inches, but there were many heaps of snow in the neighbourhood of two and three feet deep, blown by the wind. Such a heavy fall, in so short a time, and so near May, has not been remem- bered by many old men here. The lofty Breconshire beacons and the black mountains have been covered with snow for the last fortnight. Such severe cold weather has not been experienced for several years, as on Monday and Tuesday last; but on Wednes- day, when a considerable quantity of snow and hailstones fell, the temperament of the air became a little more calm, and before Thursday night, a great quantity of the snow was diminished by the power of the sun from the lowlands and the mountains, so as to cause the floods in the river Ebbw to rise tremendously. We have not heard of any damages done. The writer had to walk, on Friday evening, in snow on the mountain (the manor of Wents- land) of a yard and more deep, and the poor sheep on these hills appeared to have suffered greatly from the cold and the want of grass.—From a Correspondent. CWMBRANE.—DEPLORABLE OCCURRENCE. — On Wednesday evening last a young man, aged 18 years, named George Weese, while at work in one of the levels belonging to Reginald James Ble witt, Esq., M.P., tramming out, a stone fell from the top on the back part of his neck, and caused instant death. An inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of Accidental death" was returned by the jury. Mr. Beese was much requested by all his acquaintance, and has been a member for some time at Panteague church. We have just heard of another fatal accident, which happened last Friday evening *o one William Oddie, while at work in a level belonging to C. H. Leigh, Esq., at Cwmbrane.
NEATH. SEVERAL shipwrights left Neath last week for Liverpool, en route for Texas, where it is said extraordinary high wages are being given to shipwrights. Last week we had a heavy fall of snow. The hills between Neath and Merthyr were covered in many places to the depth of eighteen inches, and great numbers of lambs have died in consequence. AN INQUEST was held on Friday, the 20th inst., at the Ma- riner's Arms, Neath, before Alexander Cuthbertson, Esq., on the body of David Llewellyn, aged 19. It appeared that the deceased was employed in a colliery, connected with the CWlll- ayon Copper Works, at Tor Mynydd, He met his death by the fall of a stone from the roof the colliery. A QUARTERLY MEETING was held at Glvnneath Independent chapel on the 11th and 12th inst. A, confereii,, was held il' at eleven o'clock the first day, when the Rev. J. Thomas, mi- nister of the place, was voted to the chair. Resolutions were passed to the following effect1. That the next quarterly meeting will be held at Ystradgynlais the time to be specified in the Diwygiwr. 2. That four quarterly meetings wiU be held iij this connexion independent of the county association, and the annual meeting of Summerlield chapel, Neath, 3. That this meeting desires to express its sympathy with the English interest at Neath, and promises to introduce it to the.attention and liberality of the churches. 4. That this meeting desires to protest its entire disagreement with every State interference Z, y with the education of the poor. The following ministers of- on the occasionRevs. D. Williams, Aberavon; J. Thomas, Bwlchnewydd; J. Thomas, Clydach; W. Davies, Rhymney J. Williams, Brynteg W. Williams, Hiryrain J. Williams, Tyn'coed J. Davies, Bryn; H. Itees, Ystrad; J. Rees, Carmel; J. Mathews, Neath; R. Pryse, Cwmllynfcll; W. Morgan, Llwyny P. Griffiths, Alltwen; J. Harrison, Aber- dare; W. Watkins, Llwyny; J. Bowen, Peny waun; D. Evans, Neath; W. Roberts, Cwmavoa; M. Ellis, Mynyd<, R islwya.
PEMBROKE. PIIMBHOKBSHITIK COUNTY ROADS BOARD.—A general meeting of the county roads board, for the county of Pembroke, was held at the Town-hall, Pembroke, on Thursday, the 19th day of Aprit, 1849 at twelve o'clock at noon. The following members were present :—John Henry Philipps, Esq., chairman Charles Mathias, Esq., William Richards, Esq., Nicholas lloch, Esq., Mr. Richard Ormorul. It was ordered that the Baron de Rutzen be paid the annual rent of 5s, for the use of the road from Pnckett's Gate to Slebeeh. and the road Ity Toch to the river, for the purpose of land- ing materials for the use of the county hoard, the rent to be payable from tl1 bt day of January. That the order made\hy the court of quarter sessions of an annual payment of t-50 for repairing and keaping in repair the portion of turnpike road, over and a e,¡ch end of the severalxiounty bridges, now repaired by the county ¡ be accepted, The clerk reported that at the last quarter sessions Ge;>rge Rowe, Esq., was appointed a member of the connty roads board, in the 100m and stead of John Henry Philipps, Esq.. who had resigned on being appointed chairman of the court of quarter sessions. The clerk read a letter from the Secretary of State ap- pointing the general annual meeting of this board to be held ii C.Lire vil the foartli Wednesday in January, instead of the third u_ Thursday, as heretofore. The county roads board suggest to th!t. district boards, that as the united expense of finding depots for stones, milestones, and finger-posts would considerably exceed the sum applicable to that purpose, it would be expedient to direct their attention, in the first place, to their providing depots for stones, as being of most consequence. Several payments were then ordered to be made by the treasurer. OrJered, that a me- morial be presented to the Secretary of State, praying him t introduce a biil into Parliament, to reduce the quorum of members from five to three, for transacting the general business of tint county roidii board. The meeting then dissolved*
PEMBROKE DOCK. Ox Sunday, the 15th inst., two sermons, in behalf of the CaJ. vinistic Methodist missions, were preached in Gershain chapel, in. this town, by the Rev. W. Howells, of Swansea; and on the same day, the Rev. W. Williams, of GDwer. preached in favour of the same cause, at Wallaston, Thorn, and Pembroke. On the even- ing of the 16th, the public meeting was held in Gersham chapel, D. Vaughan, Esq., of Milford, in the chair when the claims of missions in general, and especially in connexion with the C ilvin- istic Methodists, were brought before the meeting in various powerful and eloquent speeches. The ministers who took part in the meeting were the Revs. J. Williams, E. Davies, W. Williams, W. Howells, J. Davies, W. Powell, J. H. Morgan, and J. Davies. On the 17th and 18th, the uiual annual meeting was held iu Gersham chapel. Oil the evening of the first day, at half-past six o'clock, the Rev. W. Williams, of Gower, introduced the service and the Revs. J. Davies, of Montgomery, and W. Howells, of Swansea, preached. On the morning of the second day, at eight o'clock, the ministers and deacons met in private conference. At half-past ten, the Rev. J. Ashford, of Begelly, introduced; and the Revs. E. Davies, of Haverfordwest, and W. Williams, preached. In the afternoon, at two, all the members met in a private society; the subject submitted to the consideration of the meeting was, Christ the pattern of the Christian's life aud convert sation." In the evening, at half-past six o'clock, the Bev. J. Davies introduced the service and the Revs. W. Williams and Wm. Howells preached. The attendance on both day, was good.
HAVERFORDWEST. THE following gentlemen were recently appointed overseers of the poor of the several parishes in this town, for the ensuing year: —St. Mary—Messrs. Thomas Williams and William Lloyd, of Market-street; St. Thomas—Messrs. John Brown and Richard Rees, of Hill-street; St. Martin—Messrs. D. P. Saunders and Rhys Jones, of Bridge-street Prendergast— Messrs. Thomas Lewis and Thomas James, of Prendergast; Uzinaston—Messrs. Benjamin Phillips, of Shoal's Hook, and John Davies, of Uzin iston. ON Thursday last, a man named Wm. James, formerly resid- ing at a farm called Bower, near Little Haven, and now living at Plain Dealings, near Narberth, was brought before James Griffiths and Wm. Rees, Esqs., at Haverfordwest, on a charge of having obtained money under false and fraudulent pretences. It appeared from the evidence of Mr. James E. Evans, one of the firm of Evans, Powell, and Co., solicitors, Haverfordwest, that on the 14th instant the prisoner came to their office, arid represented that he had a large sum of money just coming due to him, on account of a sale of his stock and crop, which had taken place at the previous Michaelmas, at Bower, and he re- quested the loan of £ 50, on the credit of the sale moneys, and offered to place the sale accounts in the hands of MessN. Evans and Co., to receive and repay themselves. On this representation, Mr. Evans was induced to advance him the EGi), and it was agreed that the sale moneys should be paid to them. But it was afterwards ascertained by Messrs. Evans and Co., that the prisoner had, in July last, assigned all his effects to Mr. Henry Phillips, auctioneer, who sold the same in the following Septemboi, under conditions requiring me mon.-ystQ be paid to Mr. Phillips. On this evidence James was com- mitted for trial, on the charge, to the next assizes fjr Pem- brokeshire.
ABERYSTWYTH", CAMBRIAN INSTITUTION FOR THE DEAF AND DUMB.—- Since our last week's publication we have learned that Mr. liliind, the Principal of the above institution, will be attended by two of his deaf and dumb pupils at the public meeting's he intends shortly holding in South Wales, for the purpose of forming auxiliaries, whom lie will introduce during hia explanation of the system of their instruction. We have also been further informed that the following is the com- mittee's arrangement as to the days on which the meetings are to be holden at the several towns agreed upon to be visited by Mr. Rhind, namely, at Newcastle oiL Wednesday, the 2nd of May: Cardigan, Friday, the 4th Newport, Saturday, the 5th Fishguard (evening meeting), 5th; Haverfordwest, Tuesday, 8th; Milford, Wednesday, 9th; Pembroke, Friday, 11th; Pembroke-Dock (evening meeting), 11th: Tenby, Monday, 14th; Narberth, Wednes- day, 16th; Carmarthen, Monday, 21st; Llaneliy, Wednes- day, 23rd Swansea, Friday, 25th; Neath, Monday, 23til 5 Cardiff, Wednesday, 30th; Merthyr Tydfil, Friday, June 1st; Crickhowell, Monday, 4th Brecon, Wednesday, 6th Llandovery, Friday, 8th; Liandiio, Monday, 11th; Lam- peter, Wednesday, 13ih. IMPORTANT MEETING.—On Friday, the 20th instant, a meeting was convened in the Town Hall, in accordance with a requisition, numerously and respectably signed by bankers, professionals, merchants, tradesmen, and others, to memo- rialise the Postmaster-General for an of the London mail to the above place John Miller, Esq., mayor, in the chair. On the motion of J. Hughes, Esq., Glanrheidiol, seconded by Joseph Downie, Esq., it was unanimously re- solved that a petition be sent to the Postmaster-General, praying to have the London letters sent per rail to Shrews- bury, thence Vy mail coach, via Welchpool, Newtown, Llan. idloes, and Llangurig, and to arrive at Aberystwitii at eleven, a.m., instead of three, p.m., as heretofore. ON Friday last a meeting of the Conservatives of the upper part of Cardiganshire was held at Bellevue Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth, for the purpose of considering the expe- diency of entering into a subscription for the purpose of pre- senting J. S. Harford, Esq., of Blaize Castle, Bristol, with a piece of plate, for his late exertion in endeavouring to rescue the Cardiganshire boroughs fro'n Whig representation. It was strictly private, but we are told that the puvse-striugs were very tight. Poor mortals! we pity the "iloweracf Cardiganshire." When will they blossom again ? The arti- sans and shopocracy of Aberystwyth have given the aris- tocracy such a drubbing as they will never forget.
NARBERTH. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—On Monday, the 23rd of Apr?1, this board was well attended by magistrates, clergymen, arm gentlemen, with their dependents, full half an hour before the hour of business, to tlie astonishment of those who gene- rally attend to the business of the board. Being the frret meeting of the new board, at eleven, the usual hour, Sey- mour Philipps Allen, Esquire, was unanimously elected chairman. Immediately afterwards, the Rev. Mr." Buckby, rector of Bigelly, a magistrate for the county, proposed that the Rev. Wm. Davies Phillips, rector of Cnniwear, should be vice-chairman, and added that the office was one of great importance, and that Mr. Phillips, from his legal knowledge, prudence, and extensive reading, was every way qualified to fill the important office. Another magistrate seconded Mr. Buckby's motion. When all the magistrates, clergym n (except one), and their dependents, voted for Mr. Phillips of course, Mr. Jones, of Llandissilio, proposed, and another farmer seconded, that B. R. Thomas was, in their opirior, a fit and proper person to fill the office, when the board de- cided in..favour of B. H. Thomas, who, in taking his seat, thanked the board for a renewal of their confidence, and re- marked that he was much gratified at seeing so many persons around him, and as the appointment of the surgeons would take place in about two months, he sincerely hoped to haTe the company and aaiistance of those very geatlenifiq agaiu on that di.
NEWPORT. EXTENSIVB ROBBERY IN CROSS-STREET.—At the Newport police court, on Monday last, — Anderson and John Hughes stood charged with having stolen from the house of Daniel Darby a box containing £95 in gold and silver, a tea canister, some cards, and two club books. It appeared from the evidence that Darby was about to emigrate to America, and for that purpose had made an agreement with Anderson to let him have the furniture and fixtures for fll, winch was paid by him; he put it In the box which then contained E84, which made it E95, He left on the morning of the 16th for Bridgend, and was to go to Swansea to meet his family, who were going to Liverpool by the Troubadour, but they did not ao he then heard that the box and money were stolen, so he returned to Newport when he had the house of Anderson searched, and £ 39 was found in a desk in his house; the box was found broken open in the house; Darby had just left. They were then taken into custody. Committed to Usk to take their trial at the next sessions.
BRIDGEND. ANOTHER STEP IN ADVANCE.—It has for some time past been a matter of contemplation among the members and friends of Rhuamah chapel, in this town, as respects the practicability of establishing a singing class in connexion with that congregation. We are happy to state that it is now no longer a matter of contemplation. A class has re- cently been formed, established upon Hullah's system. Large sheets (3 ft. 6 in. by 3 ft.), containing the exercises, &c., have been procured, and the class is now in a flourishing condition. Mr. Smith, schoolmaster, has engaged to conduct the class for the present, and has tendered his services gra- tuitously. TEMPERANCE.—-Female orations on popular subjects are not of unfrequent occurrence in these days. Still it must be allowed, it is a treat of no ordinary character to listen to a debate on any subject by one of the fair sex. A lecture on temperance was delivered at the Town-hall, in this town, on the evening of Monday, the 23rd inst., by Mrs. Wooller. Curiosity drew many persons together, and the spacious hall was filled with a very respectable company, including a great number of ladies. The fair orator advocated the principles with much firmness, adducing many very strong and forcible arguments in their favour. She also addressed herself very impressively to those of her own sex who were present, urging upon them the utility of abstaining them- selves from all intoxicating drink as a beverage, in order that it may be an inducement to their husbands to follow them. After addressing the assembly for upwards of an hour in a spirit and style which would have done credit to many ex- perienced lecturers, she sat down amidst the applause and cheering of her audience. The temperance cause is steadily progressing in this neighbourhood. Meetings are held and lectures delivered nearly every week, and great interest is elicited on the subject. A CONFLICT occurred on Thursday evening last, between some railway excavators, at a public-house called the Nolton Castle, Bridgend. We are sorry to add that the knife was resorted to. The accused has since been committed for trial. COUNTY COURT.—This court was held before J. Wilson, Esq., judge, on Friday last. The only case that excited any interest was that of Williams p, Howells and Richards, in which the plaintiff sought to recover Z4 for rroiiey lent. It appeared that the two defendants (one of whom, so far as name is regarded, claims some relationship to royalty itself), conducted themselves in such a manner towards the plaintiff and his sister as to lead the world, as well as the unsuspecting fair," to believe that they courted them. The subsequent conduct of one of the defend- ants towards his ladye love was recorded some weeks since in our columns, and the evidence now adduced in court tended to the conclusion that both were cupboard lovers." The sum forming the subject of the present action had been lent by plaintiff to the defendants during a social pleasure trip, through a portion of the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, an occasion which the defend- ants turned to the best advantage, so far as replenishing the inner man, and a full participation in all the good things of this life, were regarded. Mr. Griffiths appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Verity for the defendants. Our correspondent has omitted in- forming us in favour of which party the verdict was recorded, although we presume from the tenor of the communication that the fair plaintiff must have s,.uca,-eded. -Ilerald.
SWANSEA. MR. TALBOT AND THE SWANSEA TOWN COUNCIL.—Last week we had occasion to refer to Mr. Talbot; and to do so in depreciation of his present views of certain important fiscal questions. Weare glad this week to be able to award him great and well deserved praise. He is visitor of the Swansea Grammar School, the last master of which has been for some years dead. Mr. Talbot has, under proper advice, suggested, that the school be henceforth made available to the children of the poorer class of burgesses. The Swansea Town Council have added to Mr. Talbot's schemes, that most necessary article for the at-tiz an --classical instruction and have also proposed to raise the entrance fee, as well as weekly payment, to a much higher sum than Mr. Talbot's plan would enforce. That such a body as the Swansea Town Council should by a decided majority agree to this, is to us a matter of profound astonishment. We perfectly concur with our contemporary the Swansea Herald in reprobation of such a proceeding, and earnestly hope the Lord Lieute- nant's scheme will be fully carried out, and that to the utmost extent of the funds at command; a sound English education shall be secured to as many children of poor burgesses as possible. Wo highly reverence the zeal of the Swansea cor- poration for "classical instruction," and trust the several members of it are making, and will make, their own children good and erudite scholars, and that at their own proper cost; but let the Town Grammar School, in the name of common sense, be made as free as is practicable, and the education be as sound and substantial as the children of honest working folks should have, and let classical attainments be secured by force of individual character, or by a course of collegiate instruction at the direct expense of parents or guardians. At the same time we cannot but have very high admiration cl of the intense sympathy with advanced classical attainments evinced by the town council, and arc exceedingly glad to find in South Wales a corporate body so addicted to letters and erudition. REPLY OF MR. SIIORE TO THE LETTER OF SYMPATHY FROM SWANSEA.—The following- is a copy of the letter for- warded by the above rev. gentleman in reply to the letter of sympathy agreed to at the public meeting in this town, held ou Tuesday week. The reply is addressed to the mayor, who had signed the letter of sympathy on behalf of the meeting:— The Gaol, St. Thomas, Exeter, April 21, 1849, inly DEAR Slit,-I desire to express to you, and through you to the friends of civil and religious liberty in Swansea, my best thanks for your kind sympathy and remembrance of me in my bonds. I rejoice to testify to the power of the truths of the Gospel under my present circumstances. Though in a prison I am happy and coiitetit still, it is a monstrous outrage against humanity and common sense, and that in the middle of the nineteenth century, in Protestant England, this land of bibles and professed religious liberty, laws should continue to exist, by which a minister may be incarcerated for lie for merely preaching the Gospel. If, however, the people in this country generally shall speak out in the same decided and constitu- tional manner as you have adopted in Swansea, I am sure that such laws will not much longer disgrace the statute book. I beg to repeat my best thanks for your kindness. I remain, my dear sir, Yours, very sincerely, in the bonds of the Gospel. (Signed) "JAMES SHORE. ToM. J. Michael, Esq., Mayor of Swansea." —Herald. DOINGS IN THE CHDRCII.AS-BY LAW ESTABLISHED.— On Saturday last the body of the infant, child of J. Richard- son, Esq., of this town, was conveyed in the usual manner to the burial ground connected with St. Mary's church, fol- lowed by the father and other friends of the family, when, to the astonishment of the friends, a note was handed to the father informing him that his having refused for his child the waters of baptismal regeneration," Christian burial must be refused it. The child was, however, quietly interred in the family vault without the least fear on the part of Mr. Richardson thnt the want of the parson's bless- ing will in the least injure its eternal felicity. The parson, however, differs from him.
TENBY. Ox Friday evening, April 13th, a teetotal meeting was held in the Welsh Methodist Chapel in this town; lectures were delivered by Messrs. Thomas Birkin and James; many persons attended although a report had been circulated that the meeting would be a failure, and one of the lecturers, Mr. Thomas, said that he was determined if all other sources failed, he would carry it on at his own expense for two years.. When will the Churches awake from their prejudices. Drunkenness is a sin. against nature, and against government, as well as against the law of God, it lays the axe to the root of human society and is a common enemy to mankind.
jiounced for next Wednesday is the sixth section, the union of Church and State contrary to the New Testament." We hope that on succeeding occasions the attendance will be more numerous, and that the example set by our excellent friend will be generally followed by the Dissenting ministers of Wales. CARDIFF UNION "WORKHOUSE.— An inquest was held on the 23rd April, before R. Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, on the body of the infant child of Jeremiah Crawley, aged three years, who died in the streets while being carried on the back of its another. It appeared from the evidence that about three months ago the father, mother, and four children arrived in this country from Ireland, part of a crew of fifty passengers that came over from Kinsale. All but sixteen were landed at Mil- ford the remainder at Penarth. They had been wandering over the country ever since without work. On Saturday night tMy lodged in Stanley-street, and left in the morning. De- ceased was alive when they left the lodging, but after walking about the streets for some time the child was discovered by its father to be dead. Verdict, "Died by the visitation of God." MRS. JENNER, of Glamorgan, gained a prize of the value of £80 at. the distribution of prizes at the Art Union exhibition last Tuesday, IN the House of Lords on Monday the Earl of Harrowby pre- sented petitions from Cardiff praying for an amendment of the laws relating to beer-houses. MR. E. P. RICHARDS, of Cardiff, gained a prize of the value of £:10 at the distribution of prizes at the Art Union exhibition, Lon- don, last Tuesday. SOUTH WALES.—At a special meeting of the South Wales Com- pany, held last week, a committee of inquiry was appointed to investigate the affairs of the company, and report thereon at a future meeting. ON Sunday last a young man died on board the Olivia, Capt. Williams, lying in the old dock, from an attack of small-pox. His body has been interred in the Tabernacle chapel yard, in this town. ON Saturday night last, about half-past eleven, one of the watchmen of the Bute Docks heard a frightful scream, and on looking about found that a person had fallen off the pier into the mud, a fall of several feet. Assistance was procured, and a young woman, who has been a resident of the town, but had not lived here for some months, named Janet Morgan, was found in the mud under the bows of the steamer at the western end of the pier. Two raea ventured, at the greatest peril to themselves, into the mud, and with great difficulty rescued her from her unpleasant situation. This was a work of great labour, as the mud was so left that the men in lifting her out sunk themselves deeper into it. She was ultimately conveyed to the infirmary, and it was found that she had broken her collar bone, bruised herself, and cut se- verely one of her ears. She is now, we are glad to say, conva- lescent. The conduct of the persons who rescued her and directly brought her to town is praiseworthy, and deserves some public testimonial at the hands of our to wnsmen. IMPORTANT DECISION.-It will be seen by our "Police Re- port, in the eighth page, that complaints of several men who have been at work on the South Wales Railway were heard, in which a decision was come to against Mr. Elkington. The attempt at an amicable adjustment having failed, the mayor attended on Thurs- day morning, at the shire-hall, to hear the complaint of George Avery against Messrs. Corslett, for 18s. 9d. wages, for 6-1 days, at 3s. per day. The complainant swore that he did the work for Elkington, by his orders, and had never applied to Mr. Corslett for the money due. George Elkington swore that he had been formerly employed by Mr. Corslett, and that he had taken a con- tract with Mr. Corslett, which the latter had broken; and that Mr. C. had discharged men himself. Thomas Glew swore that be had heard a conversation between Corslett and Elkington, and Corslett said he was to go on with the work, and he would see the men paid. J. Jarman was also examined. After a patient hear- ing, the worthy magistrate decided that Elkington had acted under the orders of Messrs. Corslett, and that they should pay the amount claimed. He stated that he should grant summonses in all the other cases (54 or 55), and make similar orders unless Ales srs. C. consented, in the course of the day, to satisfy all the claims of the men, which has been done. Mr. Phillpotts attended foc the complainant and the other men Mr. Bird on behalf of the Messrs. Corslett.