MERTHYi!. LV.CTUNR AT THE TEMPERANCE HALL, GLEBELAND. —MR" Morgan Williams delivered a lecture on the life and character of Franklin, to the members of the English Temperance Society meet- ing at the above place, on Monday night last. Mr. W. com- menced his lecture by impressing upon his hearers the importance of the study of biography. The lives and characters of great men had been in all ages the best intellectual contemplation by all men who had been in any respect celebrated. He instanced Plutarch's lives as a book which had been so deeply studied by the great men of every civilised country, and by men whose pur- suits in life and characters were of the most opposite charaf-I r; by the warrior and the man of letters by the politician and the philosopher. He viewed the character of Franklin under three dif- ferent phases as a citizen, a philosopher, and a legislator. Under these three different heads he sketched briefly, butconcisely, his ca- reer as a bookseller's apprentice at Boston his residing as a work- man in London, and his progress in wealth and independence after his reiurato America; next his discover esin electricity, which had made his name for e\er linked with a science which since had become so magnificent in its fruits and, lastly, theimportantfpart lie played in the great drama of the American revolution. In the course of the lecture he quoted some of his writings, and related some characteristic anecdotes of his life not known, except through the medium of Jefferson's Life of Tucker." The lecturer concluded by an appeal to the young men of the Temperance Society to take such a man as a model for imitation, for his life was a striking commentary of what persev erance aud industry are able to accom- plish under the greatest obstacles, and showing how a poor printer's boy became the sought-for guest of the great, the learned, and the high-born at one time a guest at the table of kings, and at another time one of the leading councillors in the deliberations of a power- ful Repul 1 e. TE >EL Y.;H W CHAP,;L.—The Rev. Rowland Hughes, the Welsh "Wesleyan minister at Merthyr, delivered a lecture at the above chapel on Tuesday week last, to a very crowded audi- ence. The subject of it was on the" Divine Providence of the Almighty in its respective branches towards mankind." The worthy and respected manager of the Plymouth Iron Works, D. Joseph, Esq., was unanimously elected to preside, who briefly stated the object of their convening there that evening, after which the rev. gentleman commenced his address, and from the eloquent and lucid manner in which he treated the subject every one seemed highly pleased at being present. A vote of thanks was proposed and carried for Mr. Joseph's kindness in accepting the chair, and also to the Rev. Mr Hughes for his attendance, and in delivering such a valuable lecture, which were respectively acknowledged, and prayers having been offered up by the latter, the meeting separated. We are happy to state that the benefits arising therefrom are to be appropriated in purchasing a selection z!1 of books fur our respected aud laborious minister, the Rev. W. Morgan. THEATRE, IAI A RKFT- HOUSE. -We hear that Mr. Rogers, well- known at Swansea and other places for his judicious theatrical management, has opened one of a good deal of taste and conve- nience within our market-house. We have heard that his company of performers is well selected, and that on Monday night last Sir lJulwer Lytton's play of the Lady of Lyons" was performed with more than an average degret3 of ability. Tne audience was highly respectable and expressed themselves much gratified. We shall pay it a visit soon to judge for ourselves. A CHAsE.-There are men, nay gentlemen, who pay a deal of moivey, who go many miles into a rough break-neck country, and who ride the best of horses at a pace and over grouiid occasionally f CTVEjmires and bogs, to witness the death of a poot fox. This is good sport as it is terinei. Those who cannot alibrd to partake of this amusement, or mayhap whose tastes do not lie that way, are nevertheless sometimes gratified with a chase also, and that within the precincts of their own town, and without the risk of neck-breaking. Such was the case on Thursday last. A tall, raw- boned fellow, what our Yankee brethren would call a loafer, entered the shop (If Mr. Williams near the Castle Inn. Now Mr. Williams has a peculiarly tempting show in his window. In the Christmas season there are fruits of all descriptions, and along with the disappearance of those comes the nicest-looking tobacco ii the whole world. Any Jack tar out of his quid for a week would go crazy to look at it. There is Dutch-cut, Negrohead, bird's-eye, pigtail, and we know not how much besides. Then as for cigais, they are in all prices and all names the latter we cannot give, as we never learned more Spanish than enabled us to read Don Quixote in the original, and we find the don was somewhat in his prime before this great luxury was invented. But to our story. The loafer, seeing the shop unattendedlaid hold of one of the best cigar-boxes and cut, but Mr. Williams, who looked through a small window, immediately gave chase. The loafer was swift of foot, and, like an old fox, took to that un- explored district, the Glebeland. The view halloo was here of the most sportsmanlike character; finding there was no chance of earthing here, he took away through the C-stle-yard, into the field, the varmint evidently making for the cinder-tip rocks. In the Ciistle field the chase was at its height. Mr. Williams was saon thrown out by more daring sportsmen, until the creature took right away in the most gallant style through the formidable Xorlait; brook. There was here a considerable check, with a ctsance of final escape, but the cinder tip was not deemed safe, so after skirting the above river he came to a court known as Roper's- court. By this time his chance of escape was fairly gone, and that well-known sportsman John Kiperdowa ignobly grabbed him in a coal-hole. The distance ran was considerable, and was done much under the hour. The chase had been so quick that several of the leading sportsmen seemed considerably distressed. LIBRARY LECTURES.—The usual fortnightly lecture belonging to this institution was given on Wednesday evening last, at the National School-room, High-street. The subject was the sanitary condition of Merthyr, by Mr. F. James, clerk to the (ILiardians. From the nature of the subject, it consisted of a great mass of statistical facts taken from the reports of the Registrar General, Mr. Rimmell, on the sanitary condition of the place, and the letters which have appeared in the Morning C/ironocle. It was evident that the lecturer had been at considerable trouble to bring these to a classified arrangement, and he gave a full accou of the general mortality of the place, and the terrible ravages of the cholera; he also pointed out with great earnestness, the duty of making the town, which as it was the great seat of the iron manu- facture, equal in all the necessary conveniences of water, drairftge and ventilation to other towns of a similar size in England—it was not so at present. He thought the building of a Town-Hall was the first necessary step in the right direction, and he hoped the other things would follow. The lecture was in every respect both amusing and ins'ructive, and a vote of thanks was unarii- • iBomly given him for his services. —
XARBKTIL PROGRESS OF CIVILISATION.—The tradesmen of this place W WI llle exception of one, who ought to have been the foremost in setting the example) have agreed to close their shops daring lle summer months at eight o'clock p.m., in order to afford the young men in their employ, time to attend to their moral and intellectual improvement. A printed circular has been delivered to the inhabitants, shewing the physical and moral evils of the sate hour system, praying their co-operation in carrying out 'he movement—hope it may meet with a hearty response, and hat employers and employed will find it to their mutual benefit.
CARMARTHEN. 1 CURIOUS DISCOVERY.—OPENING OF Two ANCIENT BARRIWS op. TU.NIVLI.-At a short distance.frotll Kidwelly, on the top o a hill called All -cyn-Adda, are two specimens o tul,ili. or ancient barrows, found not only in so nmny parts of Britain, but in many countries on the contmcnt-relllalns of a remote anti- quity, and with respect to whose origin and uses there have been so much speculation and controversy. Mr. Fitzwilliams, of New- castle Emlyn, on whose property one of those "borrows" is situated, a few weeks since determined on the exploration of its contents, with a view to ascertain if any light could be tluI/wn on the question which is mixed up with their existence. For this purpose, accompani dby Mr. Fenton, of Fisliguard,he proceeded to excavate the more perfect barrow, which, in the surrounding country, has been, from time immemorial, known as Banc-y- Binsil," on the mound or elevated ground of Binsil. The barrow is a circle of about 56 feet in diameter, and in height about 5 feet above the level of the surrounding ground. At the apex it had a circular hollow or depression about 6 feet in diameter, and 9 or 10 inches in depth. The opening was commenced at the level of the ground on the north side about 9 feet, and driven on at the same level until about 6 feet past the centre. The earth taken out contained large quantities of charcoal, of wood, or furze, probably the latter, as there were no pieces of charred wood visible. After the middle of the tumulus had been thus passed over without discovering anything, a hole was dug down at the centre, when at about a foot below the surface of the sur- rounding soil, the diggers came to a large flatstone.o. £ an irregular hexagonal figure, eight feet four inches long, and'nearly seven feet wide, and about a foot thick, which was found to cover a hollow chamber dug in the earth below it. On digging down at one side of this stone and removing the earth that formed that side of the chamber (which was nearly IS inches high) a tolerably: perfect skeleton of a tall man was found lying on its back. The perfect skeleton of a tall man was found lying on its back. The skull appeared to have had one side of it oil the lower hemisphere of the left side beaten in. This was 21 -1 inches in its horizontal circumference, 61 inches broad, and 7 inches long, and was a remarkably fine and regular head, but a slightly receding fore- head. The palate and dental bones had all fallen away, but the teeth were found and were exceedingly perfect, and showed that the individual must have been somewhere about thirty years of age. The chin bone was particularly prominent. The thigh bones were perfect, and two-and-a-half inches long, and the fibula of the arm was eleven inches. The other bones were not quite perfect, so that the measurements could not be made. The skeleton lay with its head N.W., and its feet to the S.E. No weapon, coin, personal ornament, or crockery of any kind was discovered. The bottom and sides of the chamber had evidently been prepared and levelled with great care, and the body seemed to have been laid out as in a modern coffin, but did not touch either of the sides of the grave. After removing the stone, the remains, with the exception of the teeth, and two or three of the vertebrae (which were kept as a memento) were re- placed, and the earth thrown in upon them. After Bank-y-Bensil had been opened, the gentlemen went to the other tumulus, which does not appear to have had any difsinguishing name. It was about the same diameter as the last, but only about 18 in. in elevation, and without any depression in its crown. The opening into this was made at the aummit in the centre, and about 3 feet down a large boulderstone was come to, when the approach of night put a stop to the proceeding. Several pieces of charred wood were thrown out with the earth in digging down. The operations being resumed the next morning, it was found that the stone had been placed over a large grave dug down through the rab to the solid rock, the surface of which seemed to have been carefully levelled. It was filled with earth, which appeared to be saturated with the decomposition of animal matter. Nothing being found in this tumulus, the earth was carefully replaced and the hole filled up. The investigation of these barrows is of the highest interest in an antiquarian point of view, inasmuch as so. far as the indications go, it points to the fact that these singular remains of a very remote antiquity were used for the purposes of sepulture, although the conjecture has been disputed by many learned anti- quarians. We should, however, be glad to obtain more details of the exhumation than are before us. Were there any indications of- the body having had habiliments, &c. P We trust that the laud- able example set by Mr. Fitzwilliams will be followed by other gentlemen similarly situated. The opening of a nuipbef of barrows may probably lead to the discovery of some camtoon feature fro which we could generalise some conclusion as to the uses of th^s? remains, which have so long been a subject at once of itilreres, and of controversy among the learned.
FRIGHTFUL OCCURRENCE On Sunday morning, about half-past one o'clock, loud screams which proceeded from the house, No. 17, gardens, Drury-lane, attracted the attention of the policeman on the beat, who, on entering the premises, discovered in a back yard the almost lifeless body of a woman named Ann Donovan, the wife of a person who exercises the callings of blacksmith and pugilist. The police were informed that she had been thrown out of the second-floor window by her hus- band, and as it was found that she had received extensive injuries, she was removed to King's College Hospital. Donovan, who asserted that she had herself jumped from the window, was arrested immediately and lodged in Bow-street station- house. Two children, a little girl and an infant, who were found in the room, were conveyed to the workhouse. When the unfortunate woman was removed to the hospital her skull was found to be fractured. Her ribs were all broken and her left side terribly injured. At two o'clock in the afternoon Professor Ferguson, the physician to the hospital, found the poor woman in such a precarious state that he at once pro- ceeded to Bow-street, and requested the magistrate to come and take her deposition, as he had no doubt she was dying. r. Hall was soon in attendance, and the prisoner was bought up in custody of two policemen. The woman said she was thirty-five years of age, and her husband had frequently beaten her in an unmerciful manner, sometimes with a poker. Latterly he had been much more affectionate and kind to her. On Saturday night they had; been out drinking together. They got home about half-past twelve. In a short time afterwards she said or did something which displeased him, when he struck her over the face and head; The last blow knocked some of her teeth out. She then heard him call for a poker, and she, to escape, pushed the window for the purpose of calling assistance, when she fell or threw herself out. She knew she was dying, and prayed for forgive- ness. The little girl, who said her name was Martha Donovan, confirmed what her mother had stated about the quarrelling, and added that she ran to the window, when her father fol- lowed, and lifting her up threw her out of window into the backyard, and she fell first on her face, and then on the back of her neck. She had frequently seen her father beat her mother. The prisoner then took a farewell of his wife, and was removed to his cell at Bow-street.
WOOL. JLEEDS, APRIL 26.—There has not been any change of moment in the demand for wool this week, and the prices are stationary. We have no change to notice in the foreign wool market this week. The demand continues limited, but prices are firm.
HOPS. MONDAY.—The business doing in hops is limited to the wants o consumers, and prices, except for the finest samples, are feebly supported.
TALLOW. MONDAY.—Our market continues tolerably steady, and prices are fairly supported. To-day P.Y.C. on the spot is quoted at 36s 9d. to 37s. per cwt., being last Monday's quotations. For forward de- livery we have offers at 38s. 3d. to 38s. 6d. per cwt. Town tallow 3os. 6d. to 35s. 9d. per cwt., net cash rough fat, 2s. per 8 lbs.
BREAD. The prices of wheaten bread in the metropolis are from Gel. to G4d. and household ditto, 4d. to 54d. per 41bs. loaf.
HIDES. LB ADEN HALL.—Market hides, 561b. to 641b., 1 id. tolkl. per lb.; ditto, 611b. to 721b., 14d. to lid.: ditto, 721b. to 801b., 2J. to 2ad. ditto, 801b. to881b.,2|d. to 2cl.: ditto, 881b. to 961b., 3d to id. ditto, 96Lb. to 10-il.b.,31d. to 34d.; ditto, 1041b. to 1121b., 4d. to -d; Calf-skins, light j ,2s. (3d. to 3s. 6d. each; ditto, full, 6s. Oll to Os. Od. Horse hides, 6s. 6d. to Os. Od. Polled sheep, 5s. 6d. to 7s. 0<1. Kents and Half-breds, 4s. 6d. to 5s. 8d.; Downs 4s. to os. OcL.
OILS. 1 Linseed, 31s. 6d.to -s.Od. per cwt.; Ilapeseed, English, refined, f 36s. Od. to Os.; brown, 38s. Od.; Gallipoli, per tun, £ 48; Spanish:, [ £ 46 Sperm, £ 82 to £ — bagged, £ 83 South Sea, £ 33 to £ ■ L Seal, pale, E37 —s. to £ Os. ditto coloured, £ 33 Cod, £ 35 0 to L-; Cocoa nut, per ton A:38 to £ 40 ;• Palm, £32.
HAY. SATUKDAY, APIUL 27. j SMITHFIELD.—Both hay and straw moved off slowly at late < rates. CUMBERLAND.—Supply tolerably good, and trade dull. i, WHITECHAPEL.—A full average supply, and a sluggish demand
PONT YPRLDD.- MAY 1. s. (I. s. d. Wheat per bush. 5 0 te) 6 0 Barley. 3 3 3 6 O,ltH „ 2 3 2 5 Beef ,perlb. 0 4 6 illutton. 0 6 0 7 Pone „ — — Veal 0 6 0 6§ Lainb 0 7 0 8 1 s. d. t. d. Butter, Fresh .per lb 1 o to' i i Do., Salt 0 10 0 W'i Cheese 0 4 0 Geese — — DUCKS per couple — — Fowls — — Eggs per doznn 0 6 0 tl Potatoes .per 12 lb. 0 6 0 w I 0 4 0 64 Geese — — s. d. t. d. Butter, Fresh .per lb 1 o to' i i Do., Salt 0 10 0 W'i Cheese 0 4 0 Geese — — DUCKS per couple — — Fowls — — Eggs per doznn 0 6 0 tl Ilotatoes 1,1 ib. 0 6 0 w
CARMARTHEN.—APRIL 27. § I Our corn market is dull this week, rather on the decline. Prices 1 I as follows :— I I as follows I I s. d. s. d. 1 Wheat, per Imp.Win. 4 6 to 4 10 1 Barley „ 2 6 2 10 Oats 18 1 10 Beef .perlb. 0 4 0 6 .Yftitton 0.1. 0 64 Ve,il 0 2 0 5 Lamb 7 n.8- Pork 4 0 4J Callow. (I 3 Cow Hideg 0 1 0 It I Butter per lb. 0 9 II 9 I s. d. s. d. Turkeys each — — Geese 0 0 0 Ducks ,,12 I 3c Fowls ,,0 9 I 2 Cheese perewt. 22 6 24 Kggs five for 0 2 0 Plants for setting-, 120 o o 2 Potatoes .p'er lb. 0 0J 0 0 Herring-s two Salmon .per lb. 1 4 16 Sewin 1 0
MERTHYR.—APHIL 30. I s. (i. s. (i. Mutton ,>perlb. 0 6 fo 0 7 Beef 0 5 0 7 Pork. „ 0 5 06 Veal 0 5 07 Lamb. 0 5 0c Dried Salmon. — — Bacon 0 7 9^ Onions.- — — FreshP.uttcr, 10 '2 Do., Salt „ 0 8 0 9 -u_ s. d. s. d Skimmed Cheese perlb. 0 4 to Caerphilly Single — —i j Ducks per co uple 3 0 Fowls 2 3 2 9 Geese perlb. 0 6 — Turkeys 0 6 — Eggs per 12 0 6 Potatoes, 14 lbs. 0 6 New do. j;
TAFF VALE RAILWAY. Traffic for Weekending April 27, 1850 £ 2,471 19 4
(From Friday's Gazette.) BANKRUPTS.—W. Chittenden, Church-street, Paddington, dra- per.—C. Veneer, Tonbridge Wells, Kent, builder.—J. Pattison, t' Liverpool, grocer.—J. Stanford, and 11. Bannister, Titford, Wor- cestershire, brickmakers.—A. S. Corrick, Bristol, timberdealer.- t> J. Powell, Upper Cabalva, Radnorshire, cattle dealer. (From Tuesday's Gazette.) BANKRUPTS.—James Brighton, Derby-street, Gray's-inn-road, > licensed victualler.—John Brown, Bristol, builder.—William George Ceely, Poplar, carman.—Thomas Collingwood, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, innkeeper.—Anthony Edward Corvan, Hampstead-road and Lisson grove, baker.—Conrad Greenhow, jun., Newcastle-upon-Tyne, timber merchant.—James Guest, Bir- mingham, commission agent.—Charles Pearson, Sheffield, victual- ler.—James Villar, Leckhampton and Cheltenham, Gloucester- shire.
SWANSEA. ANTI-STATE CHURCH ASSOCIATION..—At a meeting ON conformists, held fit Castle-street chapel, last week, the Rev. T. Dodd, minister of Lady Huntingdon's chapel, and Mr. W. ti. Michael, surgeon, were appointed delegates to represent the Swansea Dissenters at the approaching Triennial Conference of the Anti-State Church Association to be held in London. At the same meeting, a resolution was unanimously passed con- demnatory of the attacks made by Dr. Caiii pbell, in the Britivlt Banner, upon the Anti-State Church Association.
LLANELLY. MECHANICS' INSTITUTION. -Mr. B. Ilowell delivered a m sf interesting lecture on Provident Institutions" to the members and friends of this society, on Tuesday evening, the 30th April. The Rev. Thomas Roberts presided. Mr. Rd. Rees moved and Mr. Hall seconded the usual vote of thanks, which was cheerfully carried. The chairman announced that G. G. Bird, Esq., M.D., of Swansea, would deliver the next lecture, on Tuesday, the 14th May next. He also requested that all the members wishing to s, join the singing club about to he formed, should give in their names to the librarian on or before Tuesday evening next, in. order that the same might be commenced as soon as possible.
NORTH WALES. AWFUL OCCURRENCE AT MENAI BRIDGE.—On Thursday ev n- ing last, about seven o'clock, Mr. John Thomas, of the firm of Messrs. R. and J. Thomas, druggists, met with his death in the following sudden and a-wful manner. It seems he was very fond of reading chemical works, and of trying chemical experi- ments. On the above evening he was making some detonating powder (probably for the first time), and having had the ingre- dients properly dried, proceeded to mix them together in a Wedgwood mortar, when the friction of the pestle caused the powder to explode. The explosion, which was attended with a very loud and strange report, shivered the mortar, bottles, jars, window, &c., to atoms. Mr. Thomas immediately ran out through the back door to the house of a neighbour opposite, where he immediately fell, and weltering in his own blood he almost instantly expired. Mr. Charles, surgeon, Bangor, who had just left the Bridge, was immediately sent for, and having been found at Gorphwysfa, was on the spot in a few minutes, but too late to be of any help to the poor young man. It turned out that a portion of the mortar, or some other broken fragment, had entered the groin, and penetrated the mllin artery, the great and rapid loss of blood from which caused almost instant death. The thumb of the left hand was almost completely severed at the joint which attaches it to the wrist, a narrow piece of skin on the outside alone keeping up the con- nexion. Numerous small pieces of glass had also penetrated the flesh about the face and head. The apprentice was the only other person in the shop at the time. He was looking out of the window, having his back turned towards Mr. Thomas at the moment of the explosion. Two pieces of the entire thickness of the mortar, about an inch square, lodged in his arm. Mr. Charles dressed the wounds, and we understand he is likely to do well. An inquest was held on Friday morning on the body of Mr. Thomas, when a verdict of Accidental death" was re- turned. The deceased was a very amiable and steady young man. HOLYWELL.—The Rev. Matthew Lewis, of Bangor, has re- ceived and accepted an unanimous invitation from the Inde- pendent churches, at Tabernacle, Ebenezer, and Pisgah, in and near the town of Holywell, to become their pastor. The rev. o-entleman intends to enter into his new field of labour early in July.
Sirtlji On the 23rd ult., the wife of Mr. Win. James, carpenter, Cowbridge, of a daughter. On the 23rd ult., the wife of Mr. John Price, of Frampton, I,antwit Major, of a son. „ e On tne 2Sth ult., at Neath, the wife of Mr. W llliam E. Llias, draper, of a S°Lately at Cowbridge, the wife of the Rev. J. Iteece, Welsh Wesley an minister, of a son. Btitrriaijrs. On the 27th ult., at Llanblethian church, by the Rev. F. Taynton, Mr. John Lewis of St. Marv church, to Miss Catherine Morgan, of Cowbridge. On the 3(ltll uIt., at the Wesleyan chapel, Cardiff, by the Rev. C. Tucker, Mr. John Godden, tailor, to Miss Maria Day. On the 2nd instant, at the same chapel, by the Rev. Mr. TucKer, Mr. D.iy to Miss Williams, daughter of the late Mr, W. Williams, St. Mary-street, in this town. At Zion chapel, Merthyr, by the Rev. J. Jones, Mr. Daniel Lewis, farmer, to Miss Sarah Francis. Atthe same place, Mr. Win. David, grocer, Dinas, to Margaret, youngest daughter of William Davies, Esq., Cwmsaibren, Ystrad, in the prist nee of Mr. D. Lewis, registrar. On the 28th ult., at Aberavron, Cardiganshire, after a long and protracted' illness, borne with great patience and Christian resignation, Mr. Evan?, aged 77, the beloved brother of the Rev. David Evans, Tredegar. On the 28th ult., aged 30, Mrs. Coburn, wife of Mr. James Coburn, butcher ^Ou'the '29th ult., at Great PredericK-street, Miss Mary Abraham, duughte, of the late Mr. John Abraham, of this town. „. On the dud instant, aged 39, Mr. David ltees, butcher, Merthyr Typhi. Printed and Published for the Proprietor, by DAVIi) EVANK, at his Ofiice, in High-street, in the town of Carditf, on t'riuav, May the ord, P:>O. .1 LONDON AGENTS. Messrs. NewtonandCo., 2, Warwick- square. Messrs. Barkerand White, 33, Flect- street. Mr. Mun ten Hammond, !27, Lom- bard-street Mr. Samuel Deacon, J, waiurorn. I Mr. George ltevnell, 4J, CLaiieery- I lane.. | Mr. W. Thomas, 20, Catherine-sirtat I Strand. | By whom the PRINCIPALITY IS reguiarij nivu.
BRIDGEND. SUPERSTITION' IN THE NINETEENTH CFNTUP.Y.-It is remark- able in this age of light to witness a continual observance of a prevailing opinion that to receive a benefit, by applying to a certain course towards effecting a water cure," you must abide by the rules prevalent in the neighbourhood in which you seek relief from any malady thatflesh is heir too. We record an instance which bears a striking resemblance to the delusive belief fostered on the Italian States, viz., that of altering the means adapted by nature towards the removal of many diseases which so materially affect the human system, by virtue of a departed saint. Lately this superstitious notion was exhibited by a married woman of this town, who, remarkable in outward appearance of holding dear to heart the true Protestant faith, yet, in seeking a cure to a bad leg, sustained by an una- voidable occurrened, she carries a thought which only would e cherished by a high Roman Catholic. It appears that the person in question attends nearly every day a certain well in the neigkbourhood, celebrated for its coldness, (this well is called Ffynon Cae'r MochJ, where she bathes her sore leg, and in token of respect to the saint who blessed the water, he hangs up a piece of liuen upon the tree which overhangs the well, in belief and firm hope of a cure effected thereby. Wake up, ye sons and daughters of Gwalia, and. shake off the prejudices which clung to your forefathers-refurm, and let not your children hear of this baby belief-adhere to the princely rula of observing nature and nature's comforts in its true light, and place no faith in anything affecting superstition. On Sunday afternoon last, a large assembly of persons met together for the purpose of witnessing the first baptism take place h connexion with the Hope chdpel of this town. We never witnessed a more numerous concourse of persons oil a similar occasion. The ceremony took place at the Brewery pond. THE Railway Station is progressing rapidly towards comnletion, and it will, when completed, be a great ornament to the town.
COWBRIDGE. MECHANICS' INSTITUTE.—We are h ii py to say this institution is going on as prosperously as could be expi cted. There are always several volumes of useful books, some of which have been presented by different gentlemen, and others purchased by th committee. J. Bevan, Esq,, and Capt. B iteler, eac.i have very kindly presented the society with E5, which liberal example we trust will soon be fo lowed.
CHILD AIURDElt. Child murder, perpetrated by a mother and daughter, has been discovered at Belper, and a large amount of money founp concealed in the house of the murderers. The following are the facts of the case :-A constable, named John Hawkins, livinrr at Hearre, near Belper, having received an anonymous letter, setting forth that a young woman, named Elizabeth Vicars, who resided with her mother, in a small cottage, had been confined, and that the two parties were suspected of having murdered the child, he immediately went to the house, and, having made known his business in calling, was told by. the mother that the report was groundless. Re, however, apprehended the daughter and mother, and, on the former x I being examined by Mr. Allen, a surgeon, he pronounced her to have been delivered of a child. The constable then pro- ceeded to search the cottage, and, finding that a large paving- stone had been recently removed, the discovery of the M an- ilines' murder flashed across his mind, and he forthwith took the'stone up, when he found the body of a newly-born female child, wrapped up in an old black apron, the legs being doubled up under its body, and the latter squeezed quite flat. The constable found concealed in the cottage a sum in gold and silver, amounting to £ -53 3s, In another hols a quantity of copper money was found, which had not been counted, but which weighed 37 lbs., and in another place he found £ 1.0 9s. 5jd. Where. they got the money from is a mystery. Both prisoners occasionally went out begging. The surgeon, at the inquest, which concluded on Thursday night, said the child had been born ten days; there were marks of external violence on the head, and a piece of tape had been tied round the neck to produce suffocation. The entire surface of the scalp was a mass of bruises, and black from effused blood. The injuries were inflicted during the life of the ,child. A conversation between the two prisoners, which had been over- heard in the lock-up, proved that both were guilty, and the jury returned a verdict of" Wilful Murder" against both, who were fully committed for trial.
LONDON CORN EXCHANGE. MONDAY.—The show of samples by land carriage from Essex, Kent, and Suffolk, was small and from Lincolnshire, &c., there were scarcely any offers. The demand for foreign wheat was not by any means active, and excepting for choice qualities no improve- ment could be established. Flour remained precisely the same a s last week. Barley of home growth was in moderate supply, an d sold quite as well as on this day se'nnight. Foreign was more in- quired for, and moved off rather freely at late terms. The opera. tions in malt were unimportant. There were not many oats fres h up coastwise, and factors were firm. English beans were scarce t and Is. per quarter higher.. Pca-, of all sorts were held very firmly ana white boilers were again the turn dearer, WHEAT— S. S. Essex and 3t) to 46 Ditto, recV 3S 40 Nrflk., Lneln., & Yrk., red 38 39 Ijitto, White 39 41 Irish, Hud — Ditto, \Vhite — — English- Malting auddistilling. 22 24 .Chevalier 23 25 'Grinding 18 ,,201 MALT— Essex, Norfolk,aird Suffolk 44 48 I Kingston Ware, and town 48 34 OATS.— Essex and Suffolk. 14 Lincolnshire & Yorkshire (Polands) 15 17 Ditto, feed 13 15 Devon & Wst. Cntry., feed 12 11 Northumberland & Scotch, feed. 16 21 Dundalk, Newry, & Belfast, potato 14 16 Limerick, Sligo, aiidIVest- s. s J'OI t, potato. 15 to 17 Ditto, feed 13 J Cork, Waterford, Dublin, Youghal.&Clonmel, b'lk. 12 14 Ditto, white 13 15 Gal way 11. „ 13 BgAS- Mazagan 20 22 Tick 22 24 Harrow 25 26 Pigeon, Heligoland 26 28 Windsor 21 26 Long Pod 24 27 PUAS— Non-boilers 22 21 White, Essex & Kent, boils. 24 25 Ditto, tine Suffolk 25 2'i Maple 23,, 25 Hog and grey 23 2) FLODK (persackof 280 lbs.)- Best marks 32 3f- Norfolk & Suffolk, ex-ship 27 31 KYK -20 2 2 ^WEDNESDAY.—Scarcely any English wheat was on offer in to day's markets. The few parcels brought forward were mostly dis- posed of at prices fully equal to those obtained on Monday last. Very few otters came to hand from the east coast to forward wheats at present currencies. Nearly 12,000 quarters of foreign wheat have come fresh to hand this week. The show of samples was by no means extensive. All kinds were in but moderate request, yet the quotations were well supported in every instance. The supply ° of English barley was small, that of foreign large. In inalt nex, to nothing doing at late rates. We had a large quantity of foreig oats on the stands. A, steady business was doing in that article, bu we have no improvement to notice in value. Beans, peas, Indian corn, and flour, as last advised.
LIVERPOOL. TUESDAY.—We have had a good fair demand for the leading articles of the trade during the week for consumption, but the principal business has been several speculative purchases of wheat, and prices have advanced from the lowest point about 4d. per bushel on wheat, and Is. to 2s. per sack and barrel on flour. There was a fair attendance of town and country millers and dealers at our market this morning, but their operations were limited by the high pretensions of holders. The sales of wheat were moderate, but an improvement was established on the price of last Tuesday of 2d. per bushel on the finest red wheat, Rostock, &c., and a trifle more on Rhenish and Polish. There was an improved sale for flour, at very full prices. Oats and oatmeal supported late rates. Egyptian beans were 6d. per quarter dearer. Peas and barley were un- changed. Indian corn was in less request, and Friday's advanje of 6d. per quarter was hardly supported.
SEEDS. MONDA Y.- There was not much doing in the seed market, but there was a disposition to ask rather more money, and the turn was on the whole against the buyers. BRITISH SKEDS, 8. 8. Cloverseed, red 35 to 40 Fine 45 50 White 35 50 Cow grass (nominal) Linseed, sowing per qr. 54 56 Crushing 40 42 Linseed cakes (per 1,000 of 3 lbs. each) 160 180 Trefoil perewt. 14 18 Rapeseed, new, perlast, £ 35 to £ 38 Ditto cake, per ton 95 110 Mustard, white. per bush. 6 9 Brown >, 8 11 Coriander perewt. 16 25 Canary, new .per quarter 68 70 Tares, spring.. prbush., 38 Od 4s Od s. d Carraway perewt. 28 29 New 30 32 Turnip, white per bush. — Ditto, Swedish FOKEION SEEDS, &C. Clover, red perewt. 33 50 Ditto, white. 24 42 Linseed, Baltic per qr. 38 44 Odessa 42 46 Linseed cake per ton 110 150 ltape cake 90 100 llye grass per qr. Coriander per ewt. Hempseed, small.per qr. Do. Dutch — — Tares, small. — — Large — —
SMITHFIELD. MONDAY.—A very moderate supply of foreign stock was on sale in today's market; nevertheless, owing to the large arrivals from our own districts, the demand for it ruled exceedingly heavy. The supply of home-fed beasts here, this morning, was unusually large for the time of year, and of excellent quality. There were nearly 3,000 more sheep in the market than last week. Nearly the whole were in good condition, and out of the wool. For all breeds the demand was in a very sluggish state. The lam"b trade was heavy, at, in some instances, drooping currencies. The veal trade ruled exceedingly heavy. In pigs scarcely any business was trans- acted, at late rates. Priceperstone of Slbs. (to ink the offal). s. d. s. d. Coarse and inferior beasts.. 2 2 to 2 4 beasts.. 2 2 to 2 4 Second quality do 2 6 2 8 Prime large oxen 2 10 3 0 Prime Scots, &6 3 2 „ 3 4 Coarse& inferior sheep 3 0 3 2 Second quality do 3 2". 3 6 s. d. 8. d. Prime coarse-woolled sheep. 3 8 to 4 0 Prime Southdown do. 4 2" 4 4 Large coarse calves. 3 0" 3 2 Prime small ditto 3 ,3 6 Large hogs 3 2" 3 6 Neat small porkers 3 S" 4 0 Lambs, 4s. 8d. to 5s. Sd, Suckling calves, 18s. to ;?4s.; and quarter-old store pigs, 16s. to 21 s. each HEAD OF CATTLE ON SALE. (From the books of the clerk of the market.) TOTAL SUPPLIES. Beasts. 4,448 Sheep and Lambs 23,220 Calves 165 Pigs 225 FOREIGN SUPPLIES. Beasts 314 Sheep J 290 Calves 86 Pigs — A statement and comparison of the supplies and prices of fat stock exhibited and sold in Smithfield Cattle Market, on Monday, April 30, 1849, and this day, Monday, April 29, 1850. Per 8 lbs. to sink the offals. April 30, 1849. April 29, 1850. s. d. s. d. s. d. s. d. Coarse and inferior beasts 2 0 to 2 4 2 2 to 2 4 Second quality ditto 2 6 2 8 2 6 2 8 Prime large oxen I 4 Prime Scots, &c. 3 2„ 3 4 3 2 „ 3 4 Coarse and inferior sheep 2 6 „ 2 8 i 10 „ 3 0 Second quality do 2 10 „ 3 4 3 2 „ 3 6 -Prime coarse-woolled do 3 6 3 8 o » » « v Prime Southdown do 3 10 4 0 4 2 4 4 Lambs 4 1# „ 5 10 4 8 „5 8 ;X,arge coarse calves. '3 2 3 6 3 0 „ 3 2 Prime small do, 3 8 4 0 3 4 „3 6 Large hogs ,3 2 3 8 3 2 3 6 Neat small porkers 3 10 ,,4 2 3 8 ,,4 0
PROVISIONS. MONDAY.—The stock of old Irish butter is gradually working sdown at irregular prices, according to quality, &c. The supplies of new foreign continue good, and meet a steady sale at little or no change in price. We have to note a steady trade in Irish bacon, and pnccs have further advanced full Is. per cwt. Sales of best Waterford sizeable made at ols. on board for shipment. In American no particular change to notice. The English butter trade is anything but good, as foreign butter is so plrntiful and low in price. Our rates for the finest Dorset butter are only supported by the present cold weather, all middling and inferior dairies are left on iinnd. and must entail a serious loss to the holder. Dorset, fine 84-s. to 88s. per cwt. Do., middling £ 6i. 70s. Fresh 6s. lis. per doz. lbs.