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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. —









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