THE ABERDARE STRIKE AND THE TRUCK SYSTEM. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. gIK _i have read your remarks on the Aberdare strike and i; the truck system in your last number, and as I have received several communications asking my opinion on the truck system, and as it is not right that the men of Aberdare should labour undercharges which they do not deserve, I shall, with your per- mission, reply to both in your next numcer. I ani, Sir, your obedient servant, T. W. OWENS, 'v Solicitor, Monmouth.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. A LOOKER-ON" will appear next week. WE are unable to make room for A MINER'S" letter on the Truck System. It will appear next week. J ZEPHANIAH EVANS writes to correct a mistake in the returns for the dioecese of Llandaff. He says, "The date of the erection of Melincwrt chapel was in the year 1'799, and not in 1825, and i the .number of the congregation is 250, and not 150.
THE THEOLOGY OF THE GALLOWS. THE great arguments against death punishments—that tlrey do not deter, from crime--fliat, they do not reform the offender-that they excite a maudlin sympathy for the cri- minal, and for the time transform a brutal murderer into a hero, respecting whose slightest traits of character intense public curiosity is excited-become more apparent every dav. How the murderer looked during his trial—how lie walked upon the scaffold-with what fortitude, assumed or real, he met the extreme sentence of the law-are chronicled by the penny-a-liners of the press with a minuteness and a fidelity worthy a better subject. This of itself we conceive to he enough to show the inexpediency of death punishments but there are other points of view from which the question may be viewed, and one of them has lately been forced into notice by executions that have just occurred. The following are the particulars of the case. A week or two since two poor creatures, named MARY RUDER and ELIAS LUCAS, were hung at Cambridge. The crime of which they had been found guilty was that of murder The wife of LUCAS and the sister of his accomplice in crime had been poisoned by them just after her; confinement, in order that, the unoffending wife removed, there might exist no obstacle to the gratification of their guilty love, Their crime was great, greater it could not well be, and their punish- ment was richly deserved. An effort was made to save them, but without success. When informed that the law would be left to take its course, LUCAS exclaimed, 11 I am glad of it-I am quite prepared to die—I would not live now for £ 10,000. I know I shall go to heaven if I die now; if I were to live longer I might not." Thus confident of future glory did the prisoner LUCAS, fresh from the commission of adultery and murder, meet his fate. The sacrament, that sign of the union of the believer in CHRIST with his risen LORD, was admi- nistered to both and the burial service, which tells for those over whom it is performed of a glorious resurrection to eternal life, was read. At its conclusion the reverend chaplain said GOD ALMIGHTY bless you botli-GOD bless YOII-GOD bless you!" The prisoners severally replied, "GoD bless you, sir At the same moment the male prisoner whispered to CALCRAFT, I am going to GOD-Iamgoing to GOD." The next moment the executioner loosened the fatal bolt, the drop fell, and the unfortunate wretches had done with earth and time. Now had LUCAS been a martyr, and died a martyr's death —had lie sealed a career of purity and piety by laying down his life for the religion he had believed and exemplified-we could have entered into his hopes, and could have seen no- thing indecent or unbecorning-nothing flagrantly offensive to our notions of what is just and riglit-iii the fact that he took the sacrament and was buried as are all who exemplify the power and cherish the hopes of Christian truth; but in this case it was manifestly the reverse. He had not been merely false to his marriage vow—he had not merely violated. the faith he had sworn—but had poisoned his wife at the very time when the natural instincts of the husband and the father should have pleaded most powerfully in her behalf And notwithstanding that he had done all this—notwith- standing that he was steeped in infamy and crime—notwith- standing that his offence against society was of the blackest dye—he was bolstered up with Christian hopes, and died with all the calmness and confidence of an aged saint ripe for eternal glory; when rather the consciousness of, what he had been and what he had done should have filled him with trembling and shame. And yet this state of mind—horrible as it must seem to all reflecting men—is the natural result of the theology provided by the gallows. We bind'the sacra- ment and the gallows together, and we make the one an in dispensable preliminary to the other; and thus assured of the pardon of Heaven, we put an end to the life. of the wretch whose crimes we deem too atrocious to permit his existence o, -c t' upon earth. We virtually tell him he is too bad for man, ye that he is gdod enough for GOD. Such is the theology of the gallows. What can be said in its favour we cannot imagine. Human reason revolts at it, for it destroys all morality, and breaks down the barriers of right and wrong. The Bible disowns it, for it says in its own majestic tongue, But the fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." True finite man may not fathom the depths of infinite mercy, and pardon may be granted to those of whose salva'ion even charity may bid us despair; but this is very different to the assumption which tells the murderer that GOD has forgiven him—that for him the grave has been robbed of its victory, and' death of its sting. The gallows is bad enough without this theology. We see no good done by this promise of eternal; pardon to all who expiate their crimes by their ignominious death. We see that it is high time that a mockery so flagrantly indecent and insulting to'nian, and to him in whose name it is done, should be no longerperndtted to exist.
THE GUARDIAN-" PRO BONO PUBLICO"—AND THE ATHENAEUM. THE Guardian has found a mare's nest, and it chuckles over it with a fondness which a discerning public will appre- ciate and pardon. On the principle that if a man flings enough dirt some of it will stick, so the Guardian imagines that a few slanders set afloat every week will ultimately hurt the character of the Atheiueum. Last week a letter was inserted, deemed so highly important that an editorial paragraph was concocted purposely for the sake of calling attention to it. As it has the questionable merit of being short we give it entire, as it appeared in the columns of our venerable cotemporary:- CARDIFF ATHENJEUM.—In a subsequent column will be r found a letter from a correspondent, who adopts the1 signature 'Pro Bono Publico,' in which a charge is brought rtgamst the committee of this institution of having opened a letter 'that had been confided to them on the faith of their distinct gua- rantee that it should be held inviolable.' Soon after the late Eisteddfod we received a communication containing reflections on the decision of certain of the judges, which we declined to insert; but it found instant admission into the columns of con- temporaries and that beinlg so, and as our correspondent is a person on whose respectability and accuracy we can place im- plicit confidence, we think the subject of his letter is one which has a claim to public attention, inasmuch as a prima facie case hns been made out against some person or persons which it is incumbent on them to answer, or be held responsible at the bar of public opinion for having been guilty of the conduct imputed to them." Now there is more in this than meets the eye. The editor would lead the committee to suppose that he had avoided in- serting a letter in order that he might not pain them—a regard for their feelings which his cotemporaries had. -not displayed. Now, this is all fudge—the letter that appeared in the columns of the Guardian's cotemporaries was a letter from Mr. L. WILLIAMS, of Caerphilly, who after playing inpub- lic, and being adjudged an unsuccessful candidate, was natu- rally desiroui to set himself right with the public. To re- fuse to insert Mr. WILLIAMS'S letter was no favour to the c numittee, and was an act of injustice to Mr. WILLIAMS. So much for the parade of sensibility for the feelings of the committee which the editor endeavourscunningly to insinuate. Even were it true, the non sequitur of the next paragraph remains equally absurd—" that being so" that is, the fact of Mr. WILLIAMS'S letter appearing in the Guardian s cotemporaries-11 we think the subject of our correspondent's ("Pro Bono Publico") letter one which has a claim to pub- lic attention." This is precious logic, but it looks well. We do not see the connexion however. We do not see how Mr. WILLIAMS'S letter has anything to do with that of Pro Bono Publico"—we question whether our worthy cotem- porary could tell us where the connexion is; the most cha- ritable supposition that we can arrive at is, that he was not very wide awake at the time of writing it-possibly it might have been penned after reading one of his own leaders in favour of protection to British industry—but newspaper quarrels are foolish things, and we turn to "Pro Bono Publico," who, in common parlance, we should designate as rather a nice young man. t, The facts of the case are soon told. Pro Bono" writes an essay which fails to win the prize—which does not even win a remark in its favour from thejudges-and which, therefore, we may reasonably conclude was a deplorably bad one. This essay is returned after an interval of three weeks, opened. Had "Pro Bono Publico" been what we fear he is not, he would have complained of the delay, and of the opening of his letter, to the committee, instead of rushing into print, or getting some friend to write a letter for him, merely for the sake of blowing up an institution, and of ridiculing an Eisteddfod of which, till he failed, Pro Bono Publico" had not such a low opinion, or he would not have contended for its honours. Pro Bono Publico," however, shall tell his own tale. He is great in the ridiculous-he is at home in bathos-had the prize been for that Pro Bono Publico" would have made sure of it. At length," says he," after an interval of about three weeks, my manuscript was handed to me and my note; BUT THE LATTER HAD BEEN OPENED!! -opened, be it re- membered, in direct and flagrant violation of the rules which the committee had themselves laid down; and being one of the grossest and most scandalous breaches of faith that ever fell within my experience." This is amusing enough, but what will our readers think when Pro Bono Publico," swelling bigger at every line, charges the committee with having had a morbid and prurient curiosity to find out who JLE—" PBO BONO PUBLICO"—was; when absolutely for weeks —aye, up to last Saturday—the committee have been eating, Z) 0 and drinking, and sleeping, as usual, utterly unconscious that there was such a person as" Pro Bono Publico" in exist- ence, or that he was an unsuccessful candidate at what was rather facetiously termed an Eisteddfod." This is strange but vet it is true. Pro Bono" wrote an essay, which the adjudicators could not recommend. With regrd. to "Pro Bono Publico," the committee committed one of the grossest and most scandalous breaches of faith that ever fell within his experience, and yet we do seriously question whether at this time any single member of the committee, the most pru- rient and the most morbidly curious, can tell where Pro Bono Publico" lives when he is at home, who washes for him, or how he is off for soap,—so profoundly, so scan- dalously ignorant are the committee of anything appertain- ing to the individuality of Pro Bono Publico." Had Pro Bono Publico" wished it he might easily have learned that the Rev. W. L. MORGAN, one of the adjudicators of the prize, opened his note in consequence of. his own scandalous breach of faith. The note had no motto, as the committee requested, and Mr. MORGAN opened it, thinking it was a private one. The delay in the return of the essay is also easily explained. Mr. BUSHELL went from the Eisteddfod to his house, where the essays were with his brother, who, in the prime of youth, was struck down that very night with a disease which in a few days carried him to the grave, and in the natural sorrow of the hour even the essay of "Pro Bono Publico" was overlooked.
TOWN LETTERS.—No. 51. AT length the long-looked for event has taken place, and another prince is born. Her Majesty was confined at twenty minutes after eight, on the first of May. She had of course to pay the penalty of illustrious rank, and there were present in an adjoining room the Duke of Wellington, Sir George Grey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, Lord J. Russell, the Duke of Norfolk, and the Mar- quis of Breadalbane. Thus with the high and mighty of the land around him did the unconscious babe enter this world of sin and sorrow to what purpose, whether for good or evil, time alone can tell. More than one great man has come into the world on the first of May. That was the day selected by the hero of Waterloo for his debut into a world in which "he has acted no unimportant part. Should the new-born prince do as much for peace and progress as his Grace has done for the reverse, his name will long live sacred in the memories of men. Parliament this week has been chiefly ecclesiastical and economical. On Monday there was a long and useful debate on bringing in a bill for amending the law relative to sav- ings banks. It was high time something should be done to put these excellent institutions on a better foundation, and we think this desirable result will be brought about by the steps Government proposes to take. If Government can protect itself against defalcation by tax-collectors, by taking- security for their conduct, it can do and ought to do the same in the case of those intrusted with the management of savings banks. This business disposed of, then came on the Ecclesiastical Commission Bill, which Mr. Horsman at- tacked with his usual power, and in that telling mode which was most irritating to the defenders of ecclesiastical abuses, whose bile lie generally manages to excite. On Tuesday, Mr. Henley brought on his motion for the reduction of salaries and wages in public employments, in consequence of the removal of the Corn-laws. The Protectionists, who, before the repeal of the Corn-laws, foretold this as their na- tural result, of course did their best to fill the minority on Tuesday night, and to accomplish their own prophecies. ,An -ion-st the principal, opponents of the measure was Mr. Cobden, who opposed it because he objected that the humble salaries of humble but deserving individuals should; be re- duced, and because of the reasons urged for the •redaction. He would not be a party to make it appear that this country under Free Trade was less able to pay its servants than under Protection. And Mr. Cobden was right. Our aim is not to reduce the wages of those who hold places, but-of the place holders, who are far more numerous than necessary. But this is a step against which the Protectionists are pre- pared to vote. On Wednesday, the House was again occu- pied with ecclesiastical subjects. Mr. Hume wanted the House to affirm its repugnance to the principle of pluralities; but the House took care to do nothing of the sort. Mr. Sid- ney Herbert's amendment to prevent all pluralities except where the contiguous livings were under the yearlyvalue of £ 100, met with a more favourable reception, for it was carried by 162 to 16. So that yet there is some prospect of Church reform, notwithstanding the storm of opposition Mr. Horsman always contrives to raise. The principal event of the week has been the triennial conference of the British Anti-State Church Association, which commenced its sittings in the theatre of the City of London Literary Institution, Aldersgate-street, on Tuesday last, and which was most numerously attended, in conse- quence partly of Dissenting zeal, and partly of the attacks made on it by its quondam supporter, the editor of the British Banner, whose, extraordinary proceedings were .severely handled by more than one speaker at the Conference. The delegates, of whom there were between 600 and 700 present, have been sent from all parts of the country, scarcely any town of England and Wales of any importance being without its representative. At the commencement of the proceedings, the treasurer (Dr. Price) took the chair. Such an arrangement, however, was but temporary. Business and finance committees were appointed, and the members elected retired to private rooms in order to discuss and agree upon necessary preliminaries. Several clergymen and gen- tlemen having addressed the meeting in reference to the state of feeling respecting the Church and State question which prevailed in their respective districts, Mr. J. Carvell Williams read the report, in which it was stated that successful meet- ings have been held in the cities, counties, and principal towns in England and Scotland. Mr. Edwards submitted a financial report. It stated that the society's receipts for the year had been £1,999 Os. 6d., and the expenditure less than that sum by X51 15s. Since the accounts were made up Y,30 had been received. The liabilities would require all the cash in hand. The adoption of the report was moved by the Rev. A. Reed, of Norwich, and seconded by the Rev. G. Conder, of Leeds. A vote of confidence in Dr. Price was moved by the Rev. J. Burnet, seconded by Charles Gilpin, and carried with enthusiasm. In seconding the third resolu- tion, the Rev. Mr. Gordon administered a few castigations to Dr. Campbell, which were most warmly responded toby the whole audience. Amongst the other speakers were the Rev. Abraham Jones, of Merthyr, and the Rev. W. Griffith, one of the expelled Wesleyan ministers. Wales sent up her proportion of delegates. They were as follows:-From Cardiff—Messrs. John Edy, John Batehelor, and D. Evans. From Merthyr-Rev. Abraham Jones. From I-lirwaun- Messrs. D. Williams, T. Williams, and D. Edwards., From Milford-Mr. B. Thomas and the Rev. T. Lloyd. From Swansea-W. H. Michael, Esq. From Carmarthen—Rev. W. Morgan. From Llanelly—Mr. R. Palmer. From New- port—Rev. W. Allen. From Pontypool—Rev. T. Thomas and Mr. Rogers. z, With the exception of Paris, proceedings abroad have not been of a peculiarly interesting character. In Rome it is very evident that the poet is wrong, and that it is not true of the Pope that He leads a happy life." The Erfurt Parliament has been adjourned, and what good it has done. time will prove. In Paris Eugene Sue has been returned by a majority votes. The number of elec- tors who abstained from voting was 65,471, and the number of votes polled is 12,000 less than it was on the 10th of March. The refusal of the parties to record their votes is attributed to the- disgust which they felt at the tyrannical proceedings of M. Carlier, at the ill-judged threat of Ge- neral Grammont to move the seat of government from Paris, and at the very "imperial tone assumed by the Napoleon of last Sunday. The fact is, the great majority of the French nation is Republican; although the reactionaries at- tempt to disguise this truth even from themselves, yet it is a truth, and although that majority is not socialist, yet it would prefer to accept Socialism rather than to lose the republic. The National, in recording this great victory of the Republi- can Constitutionalists, the party of legality, over the Mo- narchical reactionaries, the party of force, says that the Republicans would be unjust if they did not award a part of the credit due to those who have secured the return of M. Eugene Sue to M. Carlier. He, more than any other single individual," says the National, has contributed to the return of M. Eugene Sue. In justice to all," adds the National, we must not forget the assistance which was rendered us at the last moment by the Emperor of Sundays (the Napoleon). In politics nothing is so valuable as a wise enemy." We consider the return of M. Eugene Sue (for the sale of whose pamphlets the Court of Cassation recently condemned a newsvender, which condemnation is the foun- dation of M. Carlier's recent proceedings) as a protest on the part of the people of Paris against the recent attempts to interfere with the liberty of the press; we consider the return of M. Eugene Sue, the advocate of secular education, as a protest on the part of the people of Paris against the recent law of Public Instruction, which hands over the whole of the education of the people to the priests; we consider the election of M. Eugene Sue, the author of the Juif Errant," the denounced of the Jesuits, the anathematised of the College of Cardinals, as a protest against Jesuitism, obscu- rantism, and ultramontanism, as a solemn repudiation on the part of the people of Paris of the policy which led to the expedition against the Roman Republic, and to the resto- ration of the Pope, and as a warning to the Government to abstain from pursuing an illiberal anti-republican and anti- national polity. May they take the warning in time. But when did wise Government or governor ever see breakers a-head till the vessel of Statewas in the midst of them with no way of escape? Whether Louis Napoleon is wiser than his class, is a question to be asked. WIDE AWAKE.
THE HERESY OF ORTHODOXY. TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY. could not if I would write a long reply to the last letter of my friend Mr. Rees, because I am too ill to do so. I would not if I could, because it is unnecessary. The point at issue between Mr. Kees and myself is ttiis-TTcis D?-. Campbell war ranted in imputing heresy to Dr. Price and love of anarchy to Mr. Mia.ll? I maintain the negative. I hesitate not to say that his imputations in both cases were atrociously unchristian, and if I were to measure Dr. Campbell by the rule he has applied to these two eminent men, I could from his own writings show that his heresy and anarchy is fearful in comparison wid1 theirs. I have already expressed my belief that Dr. Price was deceived by his not knowing enough of Mr. Linwood. lie has said so him- self, and made all the reparation in his power for the false step he had taken. What more was needed P Dr. Campbell well knew that the life of Dr. Price was suspended on a thread, and that any excitement would greatly aggravate his disease. Notwithstand- ing this he attacked him with all the frantic rage, and relentless ruffianism, which his pen, or rather his cudgel, could command. Sir, I am no advocate of Dr. Price, but I do p:ead for a little decency and humanity, even in a Doctor of Divinity. We can afford it. Truth can grapple with error, whatever may become ofi the Doctor's newspaper and periodicals. And let me tell islr.1 Rees that I am entirely unknown to Dr. Price, and that I have no privette reason whatever for claiming justice and fair play to Mr. Miall. lama reader of his paper, and I pay for it. And,' though Dr. Campbell committed a -dastardly outrage upon my. character as a man and a Christian some two years ago, I have, frequently since then spoken of him in terms of commendation. I will do so again whenever (as lie often does) he renders can service to the cause of truth and liberty. At the same tim I will not forget in literary matters he is a very Herod, always ready for a massacre of the innocents, lest there might be arming them a King of the Jews. As I have no wish to depreciate hi virtues, which are many, so I have no desire to palliate his faults. I remember him as the panegyrist of Louis Philippe and Guizot, as well as the champion of orthodoxy. I remember him as the calumniator of the Glasgow students, who adopted Finney's views on the work of the Spirit, and as the man who opens his pulnit to the very same Finney I remember him as the copyist ,<>f Emerson in the Witness, and the denouncer of the same Emer- son in the Banner as a writer of satanic brilliancyI re- member him as the apologist of Staaling, the reputed infidel, and as the reckless imputer of infidelity to the excellent Dr. Price. I thus dare to entertain the horrid supposition," as Mr. Rees calls it, that the orthodoxy which the Doctor protects is no very sublime affair-notliiiig more than the supremacy of the sinking publications which lie edits. If Mr. Rees wishes to prove that Dr. Price is a heretic, and Mr. Mirtll an anarchist, should health permit, I have no ob. jection to meet him, if he will abide by their own-writings. I will not swear by the Evangelical Magazine or Dr. CampbeU opinion of them. Let Mr. Hees point out the passages on which he founds his charges, and I will consider them. Let me again say that I never had a particle of confidence iL Mr. Linwood, that I regret his connexion with the Eclectic, that I do not coincide in Mr. Miall's views on the Profes- sional Sentiment," and that the points which I engage to ma n- taii are, that Dr. Price cannot be justiy charged with heresy. nor Mr, Miall with anarchy. I do this, though it has been hinted that my doing so would destroy my little perio- dical! Well, be it so! It will not be the fij t time for me to risk all for what I believe to be true. I love the truth, though I do, not like to see it dragged through the streets at Tiie lieuia of a bully and truth, I fancy, would as lief occupy a mo dignified position. I siueereiy hope I have not said a word personally offensive to Mr. Rees. I wish not to do so, for he is a good, worthy man. I certainly ought to have remembered when I wrote las that lie has a pair of strong, piercing, lustrous eye. Let him for- give my apparent want of courtesy, and I will endeavour to prevent my rhetoric from running away with me in future. I agree with Mr. Rees that the various attempts now made to undermine the faith of eighteen centuries, ought to be care-, fully watched, and properly exposed. I think the British Quar- terly is deserving much credit for what has appeared in it. We do live in dangerous times, but let us not create sceptics and infidels by our treatment of men every whit as orthodox as ourselves. I did withdraw from the Drysorfa on the ground alleged by Mr. Rees. I do not believe that we ought to do for money, what we would not for conscience's sake. But wh6 followed my example? The gentleman in question retained his ministerial status, during the time he was printer and publisher of the Unitarian Magazine. Nay, another did the same, when he be came publisher to the Latter-day Saints! Did my friend Mr. Rees raise his voice against them ? We are sometimes too hard oil heresy when across the Severn, or too mild when we find it at home. To "Priam'' I have only to say that I am not aware that orthodoxy is justly chargeable with the numerous faults which he has catalogued. The meaning of the word is well-known; and I despair of giving any satisfaction to a person of the wrl ter's bias, if I were to extend the length of tlus uote in its discussion. With much and deserved esteem for Mr. Rees, I remain, Sir, your obedient Servant, Cardiff, May 1,1850. EVAN JONES.
CARDIFF. SANITARY MEASURES.—Mr. Rammel, C. E., the superintend- ing inspector appointed by the general board of health to re- port on the state of this town, is about to publish his report. with the recommendation that the Public Health Act be applied to the borough of Cardiff." We congratulate all friends of sanitary improvement, therefore, on the prospect of some- thing being at length done to remedy the evils so frequently complained of, and which the local authorities have either been unwilling or unable to amend, owing to the defects in the Cardiff Street Act. WE understand R. Daw, Esq., will resign th situation he holds, as superintendant of customs in Cardiff, he having re- ceived an appointment to the comptrollership of the customs at Plymouth. On Sunday, the 28th uIt., the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Llandaff will preach at G eilygaer church, the rectory of the esteemed pastor of St. John's congregation, the Rev. Thomas Stacey. We z, understand that the Bishop intends addressing the congregation ill Welsh. THE Bishop of Llandaff has fixed the 14th of this month as the day on which he will attend the cathedral of that place for the pur- pose of holding his first visitation. Dit. STEVENS'S LECTURES.—It will be seen by an advertisement in another column that this gentleman has been compelled, from the intervention of important business, to alter the evenings on which his last two lectures will take place. The alteration will no doubt not interfere with the convenience of his audience, whiclag the subject of health is an all-important topic, we predict will be numerous on each occasion. Dr. Stevens is not only clear in his description of the theory of American medical practice, but from the great flow of eloquence he possesses, renders his subject most elaborate, and during his travels through the country has excited the interest of a large number of friends. LATE ROBBERY AT RADYR COURT.-It may be remembered by some of our readers that a robbery occurred at the above named place, in the month of January, 1849, when a watch and several articles were stolen therefrom. Information was at once given to Sergeant Pim, of the Glamorganshire constabulary, who at once laid the proper means for the discovery of the robbers, but apparently without any success. On Wednesday evening last, however, he received information from Joseph TharkwelI,a re- pairer of watches, &c., in this town, that an article answering the description of the one stolen had been brought to him for the purpose of being repaired. Sergeant Pirn at once proceeded to the shop, where he found a watch in Thackwell's possession, answering in every respect, with the exception of the .last figure of the number, 32,478, erased in four places, and the maker's name (Barry), which had be.en filed off, although a portion of the "B remained visible, the one stolen. After ascertaining the name of the individual who had brought the watch to Thaekv.-ell, he at once proceeded to the house of one James Whire, a coal shipper, residing at the Bute Docks, and who he immediately took into custody. Upon being charged with the offence, While said that a person whom he did not know had, about nine or ten months ago, knocked him up between five and six o'clock in the morning, and offered him the watch for sale, together with a pair of boots (which are also supposed to have been stolen from the house at the same time), and he gave £ 1 7s. for them. The watch was identified by the previous owner, John Capel, a ser- vant residing at Radyr Court, at the time of the robbery, Whiro was taken yesterday morning before the Rev. R. Pritchard, at Llandaff, when he was fully committed to take his trial at the next quarter sessions at Neath. ACCIDENT TO ONE OF THE BRISTOL STEAM NAVIGATION COM P ANY' S VESSELS, AND PRECARIOUS SITUATION OFTHE PASSENGERS. -On Saturday last an accident happened to the Star seam. vessel, which has plied daily for some time past between this port and Bristol, under circumstances which could not very well have been prevented. From what we have glean d of the affair, it appears that it is the usual custom upon the arrival of the second boat into the slip that the prior one should turn
=- HOUSE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY, APRIL 30. The Marquis of WESTMKATH moved for some returns relating to the expenditure of money advanced under the Labour Rate Act p in the barony of Dclvin, county Westineatli. After son e conversation, and an explanation from the Marquis of LANSDOWNE, the returns were ordered, and their lordships adjourned. ——— HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY, APRIL 30. Sir B. HALI, entered into a statement respecting a sinecure office attached to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Cathedral, whose revenues amounted to between £ 10,000 and zCI4,000 per annum, and to which (although the late Archbishop of Canterbury had, from conscientious scruples, left the office vacant) the present primate had nominated a relation of his own. The hon. baronet inquired as to the truth of this statement, and whether any act was in preparation to regulate or abolish ecclesiastical sinecures. Lord J. RUSSELL observed that the son of Dr. Sumner had been named to the reversion of one of the registrarships in the Canterbury Prerogative Court, but that the whole question of ecclesiastical appointments was under the scrutiny of a committee, which might probably result either in the abolition of the office --indicaled, or at all events a large reduction in its emoluments. Sir B. HALL gave notice of a motion for some returns on this subject. Mr. HENLEY moved that an address be presented to her Majesty, praying for a careful revision of all salaries and wages paid in every department of the public service. After a debate, in which Col. SEBTHOIIPE, Messrs. NEWDEGATE, HOlE, ROEBUCK., Sir R. PEEL, COBDEN, H. DRUMMOND, WOOD, DISRAELI, and Lord J. RUSSELL took part, ATI* TTWXT.KY ren!i?d'and the House divided ¿"4.. For the niotiott 173 I against 269—96 I The House adjourned at one o clock. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY, MAY 1. Sir G. GREY moved an address to her Majesty, congratulating her on the birth of a Prince. The Landlord and Tenant Bill was read a second time. The Railway Traffic Bill was negatived without a division. The House then went into committee on the Benefices in Plurality Bill. The House adjourned at six o'clock.