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meiithyr! PUBLIC MEETING TO AID IN THE ERECTION OF A NATIONAL MONUMENT 10 SIR ROBERT PEEL. A meeting for the above purpose, called by requisition to the Chief Constable, was held at the Bush Assembly Rooms, on Wednesday evening last. Mr. Robert Jones, the chief constable having been voted to the chair, proceeded to read the requisition by which the meeting had been ('ailed, and briefly stated its ob jec s. Being the chairman, he did not wish to express any opinion but he hoped the meeting would be unanimous, and that it would support him whilst in the chair, in properly conducting it. The Rev. Abraham Jones, in a forcible speech, which we cannot give now, for want of spaje, but which shall appear next week, then moved the following resolution. That this meeting recognises with gratitude the benefits which, at great sacrifice to himself, were conferred upon this country by the late Sir Robert Peel, and has seen with satisfaction the spontaneous disposition amongst the industrial classes to raise a fund for the erection of a durable memorial of his services, and pledges itself to give all the aid in its power to carry that object into effect. Mr. Russell in seconding the resolution, briefly stated that he fully concurred in what Mr. Jones had so eloquently spoken and that he must ever regard Sir Robert Peel as an honest man. He believed that the goodjof his country was his chief object, and that, in comparison with that, office had fesv oharins for him. The last great measure of his political life was made at the sacrifice of friends, and, in resigning office, he retired to watch its effects. But without regard to any measures he considered we ought to show our regard and respect to the memory of a man whom he should always consider as one of the greatest statesmen England ever produced. The resolution was then put and carried unanimously. The Rev. John Roberts then moved, in a brief Welsh speech, that a committee be appointed to carry the object into effect. Mr. Alfred Hughes, of Dowlais, seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimiously. Mr. George Roacli moved and Mr. W. Y. Thomas seconded, that the following gentlemen be appointed a committee:—Mr. Robert Jones, Rev. A. Jones, Rev. A. Roberts, Mr. Alfred Hughes, Mr. B. Martin, Mr. George Roach, Mr. James Russell, Mr. Samuel Thomas, Mr. Thomas Stephens, Mr. Walter Thomas, Mr. John James, and others, whose names we could not exactly catch, with power to add to their number. A vote of thanks was then given to the chairman and the meeting broke up. DUUID PltOCESSION.-The members of the Druids Lodge meeting at the Globe Inn, held their anniversary on Monday last, when they walked in procession through the town. They weie proceeded by a harper, who played several Welsh airs, and several of the members (officers of the order, we presume) were clothed in long white surplices and caps, and large arti- ficial white beards. They were not near so many in number as we have seen some years ago, but those who were, appeared respectable. THE CYFARTHFA CLUBS ANNIVERSARY.—This anniversary took place on Saturday last. The different clubs met in the morning near the Pandy-lodge, and headed by the agents and clerks, came in procession with Mr. Crawshay's admirable brass band through the town, to the old church, where the rector, Mr. Campbell, preached to them a very excellent sermon. It has been the practice with Mr. Crawshay to take them almost every year to some romantic spot in the neighbourhood, and there let them enjoy the creature comforts. This year it was resolved that it should be held in Cyfarthfa-park, and ac- cordingly two spacious marques were fitted up most comfor- tably, where there was plenty of the best to eat and to drink set out. Mr. Crawshay had k.indly invited several ladies and gentlemen of the town, to come up and enjoy the festivities, and nothing could exceed the affability of both himself and Mrs. Crawshay, to make all things agreeable. The band played some excellent pieces of music, and there was dancing and other arrangements to while away the time. The party sepa- rated about seven o'clock, all highly pleased. The conduct of the workmen was exceedingly good, and, we believe, this ex- cellent fashion of Mr. Crawshay, in taking so much interest in his workmen's welfare, to be productive of the best results. DEATH FROM DROWNING. — An old man, named David Hughes, was drowned on Friday last, under the following cir- cumstances He had been down at a farm-house, called Abervan, and had had some tea there whilst there he con plained of giddiness in the head, and he was advised, as hit way home lay along the canal bank, to take the road instead. It appears he did not do so, for in a short time after he left, his body was found in the canal. An inquest was held before John Morgan, Esq., deputy-coroner, on the body, and the above facts being given in evidence, a verdict of "Found Drowned" was returned. CRICKET CLUB.—The members of this club are in very steady practice both early and late,. and it is said their im- provement is such that they contemplate, ere the season closer, to measure (not swords) but bats with a club of some distinc- tion, not a hundred miles from Dowlais. There is nothing like a little spirit, so we hope the match will come off, ENGLISH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL.—The congregation of this chapel have just bought a very good organ, and we hear that they will shortly give a concert of sacred music. Several cf the best singers here have been engaged for the purpose, and we hear that a gentleman of great professional skill will aid by playing selections from some of our best composers on the instrument upon that occasion. It is the only chapel in town that possesses an organ -r and we only hope it will prove dt- tractive. THERE appeared last week in the columns of the Siluria/t, an account of an attack upon Mr. Milward of this town, which, as it contains several misstatements, and implicates the character of a respectable young man, we have been requested to notice. The affair, instead of being as represented an attempt at highway robbery, was nothing but a quarrel and a fight in consequence. It took place on the road leading to Aberdare from Merthyr, not far from the town, and early ia the evening. When the affair came to be investigated it was proved that Milward was acting somewhat of the blackguard, and the magistrates by dismissing the case and making him pay the costs, shewed that he was not blameless in the affair. POLICE.—SATURDAY, AUGUST 17.—[Before II. A. Biucc and Wm. Thomas, Esqrs.] Philip Roberts, a boatman, was charged with stealing some I., mutton from a woman's basket. Committed for trial at the next I te quarter sessions. John Wafkins, charged by Mary Price with being the father of her illegitimate child, was ordered to pay Is. 6d. per Week towards its maintenance and the costs. There were also four cases of assault, but from the evidence in each case being contradictory and conflicting they were dismissed.



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