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CARDIFF. ACCIDENT. — Oh Tuesday last, an inquest was held at the Infirmary, before L. R. lieece, Esq^, coroner, to inquire into the death of a man, unknown. It appeared that the deceased had formerly been employed as ostler, at the Dowlais Inn, Bute Docks, and being in quest of a situation, applied at the Mount Stuart Hotel. In passing hurriedly through the house about nine o'clock on Tuesday evening week, he missed his footing at the top of the kitchen stairs, and was precipitated headlong to the bottom; He fell with such violence upon his hearl as to fracture his skull. He was taken up in a state of insensibility, aud Dr. Jenkins was called in.' A second medical gentleman Was also present, and finding the unfortunate man gradually became worse, ordered that he be removed to the Infirmary, at which place he died on Monday last. A verdict of accidental death was returned;, IMPUDENT THEFT.—-On Tuesday afternoon some daring- fellow took a valuable book from the driving seat of a pheaton belonging to Mr. Jenkins, surgeon, of the Bute Docks. It had been placed there by Mr. J. who had left the vehicle standing at the top of St. Mary-street, whilst he transacted some busine.-s a, a house near. It was lortunatJ for the fellow that no one pjrceived him, for had svch leen. the case, he wouid doub, leii have received what his im, u leiice deserved in. the gaolk- THE WATFORD INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, NEAR CARrHILLAY. —The religioua and benevolent friends of the cause of the Re- deemer in general, will rejoice to hear that there is £ 40 of the original d. bt payed of this week, together with interest up to the present date. The church, also, have reserved E20, in order to apply the same for the improvement of the old building, now attached to the chapel. The church and the minister is wishful to return their most sincere thanks to all those that have aided them in their exertions. NEW FIELD FOR EMIGRATION.—We have to refer our readers to an advertisement, the subject of which deserves attention, that of Emigration to Rio Grande in the Brazils, a province particularly desirable for Europeans, the climate being mild in winter, and the summer heat tempered by the sea breezes which constantly blow from the N. E. during that season. The Government desirous of cultivating their land, and produce their own corn, hold out most liberal inducements for Emigrants, and it will be well for our countrymen to avail of them, by taking a large tract- of land, and associating: together, which is a thing not feasible in the United States, although most desired both for the sake of their religion, their language, and customs. Most -flattering accounts have been, and continue to be received. ON Friday last, a large party of gentlemen, comprising many of the large coal proprietors, merchants, and shippers, con- nected with the trade of this port, invited Lt. Hyde, R.N., dock and harboui- master at the Glamorgan canal, to a sump- tuous entertainment out of compliment to that gentleman's efficient services, and as a mark of respect for the satisfactory manner in which he has for many years fulfilled the duties devolving on him. The dinner was given at the Angel Inn, and embraced every delicacy of the season, with no lack of champagne accompaniment, and a choice dessert of pines, grapes, peaches, and other fruits. The chair and vice-chair were most ably filled by John Calvert and John Edmunds, Esqrs. and among those present were Messrs. W. Richards, Grant, Dlvid Lewis, W. Prichard, W. B. Watkins, John Thomas, John BUnd, II. H. Lowder, Coupland, John Evans, C. H. Richie, J. Adams, Ed. Rouch, Cooper, James, Pride, &c. T. W. Booker, Esq., deputed Mr. John Evans to express his regret at not being able to attend. After dinner the usual loyal toasts were drank, and in the toast of the eveningthe— health of Mr. Hyde—expression was given to the feeling of the meeting as to the estimation in which his services were held by the trade of the port, for his energy and prompt attention to the large interests dependent on his judicious directions for safe and speedy transit through the docks; and it was men- tioned, as a gratifying fact, that in the last nine years the tonnage entering the canal had exactly doubled. Among the many toasts, the health of Wm. Crawshay, Esq., called forth strong expressions of attachment and a warm appreciation of the extraordinary energy of that gentleman, in setting on foot an additional dock, to meet the growing requirements of this largely increasing port, and in the furtherance of which object himself and family are said to have subscribed the large sum of one hundred thousand pounds. After a most harmonious and pleasant evening, the company separated.
POLICE.— SATURDAY, AUGUST 17.—[Before his Worship, the Mayor, at the Police Station.] John Morrison, a seaman belonging to the ship, Hebe, was charged with rescuing a prisoner from the custody of P. C. Shep- pard (No. 11). Ordered to put 3s. into Infirmary box. Elizabeth John, charged with stealing a shawl from the shop of Mr. B. Lyons, St. Mary-street, was committed for trial. MONDAY, AUGUST 19.—[Before his Worship the Mayor, and C. C. Williams, Esq.] rVilliam Davis, blacksmith, of Cadoxton, was charged with riding in a railway carriage of the Taff Vale Railway, not being provided with a ticket. A man named Daniel Williams, deposed that he was carpenter and ticket taker, at the Tad' Vale Railway Station, and the prisoner came by the train and gave witness a ticket. Upon examination, witness found the ticket was issued at Tail's Well to Aberdare and back, but defendant came on to Cardiff. The ticket was issued yesterday. Witness asked for the excess fare, and defendant refused to pay it, saying that he had paid 2s. from Taff's Well to Aberdare. The defendant, upon being asked for his explanation of his con- duct, said that he ought to have got out at Tail's Well, but fell asleep. He had offered a shilling L.t Cardiff to pay his extra fare, but had been refused. The magistrates to Williams Is that the case ? Williams: Yes, but not till we took him into custody. Mr. William Payne, deputy superintendent, stated that 2s. would have been the proper fare if given, but the defendant not being able to prove that he had done so, was fined Is. and costs. James Bryan, James M'Car thy, and James Coehlane, were charged with depositing a quantity of night soil on the Quay, and also with carrying it in a bucket which- allowed it to run through into the street. The Mayor said that the inhabitants of Quay- street, had complained to him of the nuisance and thought it ought to be prevented. Mr. Stockdale said that he had made endeavours to do so, but had failed, from the fact that the annoyance was always completed before it was possible for the parties to be stopped by the police. The case was adjourned for a week. Ruth Player and Ann Harris, of Pentyrch, were charged by Mr. Grant, of Duke-street, jeweller, with coming into his shop and requesting to be shown some jewellery. After leaving his premises he had missed a ting. Mr. Bird appeared for the prosecutor, and stated that it was his intention, at the wish of Mr. Grant, to with- draw the case. The Mayor told Mr. Grant that he should be particular in accusing persons of committing a theft if he had not sufficient evidence to substantiate a charge. Mr. Bird said that there were good grounds for suspicions, and also a case te be made out against the prisoners, but it was pure mercy that had induced lir. Grant to withdraw the prosecution. However, as'the magis- tratea had hinted a doubt upon the matter, he would go on with the case. Some conversation, however, ensued, which resulted in Mr. Bird adhering to his former intention, and the prisoners were therefore discharged. Mr. Gage, landlord of the London Tavern, lately opened in Crockherbtown, appeared to answer a charge made against him by Mr. Stockdale, for a nuisance outside his house. A proper place having been provided, the complaint was withdrawn. Mr. Gage informed the magistrates that the nuisance was com- mitted whilst ho was away from the house, and he believed by parties uncon lectei in every way with his house, entirely for the purpose of annoyance. David Thomas Dcwsbury, landlord of the King William beer- house, was summoned for keeping a disorderly house. Being a new landlord he was properly cautioned by the Mayor and dis- charged. Defendant said he had not received his licence, although he had paid for it. Mr. Stockdale informed him that he must get it at once and he would then know his duty. He had no right to sell a pint of beer without it, and if he did not get it at once, he should summon him for a breach of the law—selling without a licence. Maria Grubb, a married woman with a child in her arms, who appeared greatly to feel her position, was charged with stealing a piece of cotton print from the shop of Mr. Miles, draper, Lewis- street. Prisoner went into the shop on Saturday night, and re- quested to be shown some prints. Some were placed before her by Thomas Jenkins, an assistant, and after looking at them for some time, she said, Cut me a piece off that one." Whilst the young man was so engaged, he observed her take up another piece and put under her shawl. Upon being asked for it, she said nothing, and walked out of the shop. Jenkins then followed her into the street, and with the assistance of another person she was brought back, but denied having any property of the kind about her. After a short time she took a piece of print from her shawl and said, This is the print I intended to have a piece cut from." P. C. Wills was then sent for, and she was taken into custody. In coming to the Station-house, prisoner said, If 1 had staid at home with my husband I should not have taken it. I knew when I left home I should do something wrong." Committed for trial; but owing to the state of the prisoner, who appeared much affected, and also having a child in her arms, the magistrates offered to accept bail. William, Stephens, a blacksmith, was charged with being dis- orderly in Whitmore-lane, on Friday night, and assaulting a police- man in the execution of his duty. It appeared that P.. C. Morgan (No. 9), was on duty in Lewis-street, heard cries of "murder," in Whitmore-lane. and went to the place. Upon entering the house of Mrs. Prothero, a brothel, from which the cries proceeded, he saw the prisoner, Stephens, stripped,, and in the act of fighting with some boatmen. Upon the policeman interfering, Stephens struck him a blow with his fist in the face, saying that lie did not care a d- for him. He then ran out of the room and tumbled head- long down stairs, and succeeded in getting away, but was taken under the railway bridge. He was very violent whilst being brought to the Station-house. P..C. Nash, who assisted in bring- ing him to the Station-house, deposed also to his violent and very dangerous conduct. It will be recollected that this same man suffered two months' imprisonment for his very brutal conduct to a man named Goggaiij some time previous. Fined JH4 and costs, or two months' imprisonment.. Margaret Daniels was charged upon the evidence of P. C. Nash with being, drunk, disorderly, and using obscene language in the street, on Saturday night. One month's imprisonment. Caroline Davis was also charged with a similar offence, but was admonished and discharged. Morn's- Welsh and Bartholomew Martin were charged with. being drunk and disorderly. From the evidence of P. C; Evans, it appeared that the defendants were fighting in the Rising Sun public-house, and he got one away, but the other followed and they commenced again in the street. Finding that he could do nothing to prevent a disturbance he conveyed them to the Station-house. Both were very drunk., Fined os. each and expenses, or the alter- native-six hours' in the stocks. Henry Miles, for being drunk and preventing meii working on the wharf, at Bute Dock, wa; fined 5s. and costs. In the case in which a hoy was accused last week of milking cows, the property of Mr. Davis, of the Grange, the prosecution was withdrawn, owing to the youth of the prisoner. Another boy a little older than himself, was brought up with him, but a third, who was stated to be the worst, has entirely escaped. POLICE.—TUESDAY, AUGUST 20.-[Before C. Vachell, Mayor, and C. C. Williams, Esq.] ARBITRARY CONDUCT ON BOAltD Surp.-Francia Nantz, mate on board the President, now lying at the docks, was summoned by Henry Lawrence, a seaman, belonging to that vessel, for an assault. Mr. J. Bird was retained by Lawrence. The complainant, who is a man of diminutive stature, stated that he was an ordinary sea- man on board the President. He was shipped at Cork on the 27th April, sailed from that town to Scilly, and thence on to Cardiff- At Scilly the master was dismissed, and the vessel was brought on by the owner and his son. On the 18th July, the vessel was laying in the Pennarth roads, and complainant was in his berth in the forecastle, about three or four o'clock in the morning of that day. About that time the mate came upon deck, and finding no- watch there, sung out to know whose watch it was. Nobody answered him. He then went down into complainant's berth and struck him four heavy blows across the head, and pulled him down out of his berth. lie then got Lawrence down on the boards of the fore- castle and knelt upon him. He was laying on his face and the mate placed his hands heavily upon the back of his neck and forced him against the floor. After a short time the mate slewed" him over and placed both of his hands in complainant's neckcloth, and tried to strangle him—at all events he hurt him very much. He considered he was squeezed in the- neck till he was black in the face. The mate also took complainant's fingers in his mouth and bit them. Timothy Donovan and John Barry were present during the time. After he got up the mate forced him back across the breast-hook and knocked his head, against the vessel. He also threw the hand-spike at him, but fortunately it did not strike him. It made a mark in the vessel at the place on which it fell. He also swore that if the complainant went again in the ship he would murder him, for he had said that was what he wanted to do. There was a man shot thlough his arm on board the same ship, and Nantz was mate at the time. The complainant was about to enter into particulars respecting the matter, but being irrelevant to the case, he was stopped by the Mayor. The Mayor: Did he strike you with his fist, or were his blows merely given with the back of his hand ?—Complainant: With his fist, three or four times. Timothy Donovan and John Barry corroborated the evidence as given by Lawrence. They stated that it was the complainants watch, and he ought to have been on deck but was not called. The Ma>or Is it usual to call a man when it is his turn to take watch ?—Witness Yes, always, and also to stop on deck until he comes on. This being the case against the mate, he was asked if he had anything to say why such conduct had been resorted to by him. He replied that when he went below he left particular orders that watch should be on deck at tide time. At about four o'clock, he happened to awake and hearing nobody on deck, he was induced to get up. His suspicions were correct, and on looking at the helm of the ship, he found it had not been shifted, and the consequence was that being tide time the vessel was swinging over her anchor. Having turned the helm, he went to the forecastle and inquired whose watch it was. Finding it was Lawrence's, he went to the boy who had previously been on the watch to know if he had called the complainant. He told the mate he had, but whether or not Lawrence had turned out he could not say. The mate then went to him, and upon speaking to him of his conduct, Lawrence com- menced abusing him, for which he gave him a slap or two with the back of his hand. Lawrence then said to Barry and Donovan who were near, Come on my lads, let us give him a hiding." He then jumped out of his bunk and wanted to go on deck, but from his threats as to what he would do when he got there the mate prevented him. Complainant then took one of the boards from his berth and struck the mate accross the head with it. He prevented him from doing it again, and lie then laid hold of defendant by the shirt, but that giving way he took hold of him by the comforter, and fearing he should be strangled he squeezed Lawrence's fingers with his teeth to cause him to leave go. Defendent never struck Lawrence after he came out of his berth. George Garret, the steward, was then called by the mate and deposed to hearing him go to Lawrence and finding he wa" in his birth, inquired whose watch it was. Complainant admitted that it was his watch, but said that he had not been called. The mate then went to the boy and inquired if he had called the compainant. The boy said that he had called him, and upon the mate telling Lawrence so, he said the boy was a d-liar. The mate then went down to the forecastle and struck Lawrence two or three times whilst he lay in his bunk. Witness thought the blows were with the back of the hand. Lawrence then jumped out of his bunk and clung on to the mate, and the mate got him down over the breast-hook and held him down with his knee on his body. Lawrence then laid hold of the mate's comforter, and having his hand near the mate's mouth, he might have bitten it. When the mate's teeth came in contact with Lawrences's fin>čr., he then let go. The mate then went away on deck leaving Lawrence in the forecastle, but he wanted to follow the mate up, and to prevent him doing so, he shut down the scuttle. After a sho»t zirae it was removed by the mate and Lawrence laid hold of his legs and pulled him down in the forecastle. Another scuffi ensued and the matter ended. A little cross-examination having taken piacc, the magistrates, after a slight consultation, considered that some degree of neglect had taken place on the part of the man, but could not admire the conduct of the mate in showing his disapprobation of it. They thought that gentleness and not unnecessary violence on the part of mates would be productive of more good feeling on board of vessels. To show their dislike to what had happened, they ordered the mate to be fined 5s. and costs.
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.
MONMOUTH. THE WELSH NIGIITIIGALII.-This celebrated vocalist', 1I1:"s E. L. Williams, at the Borough Court, in this town, on Monday evening last gave a concert, on which occasion the attendance was very ful. and respectable, ard the performances throughout was quite as effective and successful as any of the most sanguine admirers of the singer could have wished. The Welsh Night- ingale has a voice of uncommon compass and brilliancy and while she sings with great correctness of intonation, is yet very true to nature in the manifestations of feeling which she infuses into her song. Althongh she has much uction yet it is always adorned with becoming modesty, so as to attract the admiration of all. Miss Williams, in her programme, states that the dis- tinguished and flattering epithet "Welsh Nightingale," which xhe assumes, has been conferred upon her by her illustrious patrons, in consequence of .her having been born anrlspent the portion of her minority in Glamorganshire, of which she says she is proud and to which county, we would add, she is a great honour, and carries with her indications of more decisive triumphs in the field of song than those she has already achiev- ed. At this concert, Miss E. M. Waugh (only ten years old), daughter "of Mr. \Vaugh, stationer, of this town, made her debut as a pianist, and played several difficult pieces in a. wonderfully skillful and proficient manner for a* child of this age, so as t" elicit the unbounded applause of her audience. This child's talent and skill in music is really prodigious; and unless some- thing interferes with the course which nature has destined her to persue, her success is unequivocal, and the enconiurns worthily heaped upon her last Monday night as a debutante are marks that she will occupy a high position in the musical world.
NEATH. DOCKS AT BRITTONFERRY. Considerable scepticism was indulged in at the time thi8 pro- ject was first announced in the Herald. We cannot state whether the promoters are in a position successfully to carry out the undertaking. But it clearly appears by the following extracts from the prospectus recently issued, that they are in earnest respecting the matter:- "The recent opening of a portion of the South Wales Run- way, and the expected opening of the Vale of Neath Railway. in 1851, has, and will, render accessible for shipment at Briton ferry, in the port of Neath, the produce of a large extent of mineral property, rich in bituminous, steam, and anthracite coal. Blaglan Day, from its contiguity to tile month of the river. and from being traversed by the South Wales Railway, would appear exactly to be the spot designed for placing a dock to accommodate the trade from the east and west by the South Wales, and from the north by the Vale of Neath Railways. "The proprietor of the land, the Earl of Jersey, having signi- fied his desire to promote the ercetion of docks and tidalwhanes within the bay, and having approved of a provisional arrange- ment for the rental of the site, negotiations have been entered into with the railway companies, and the ground has been sur- veyed and examined under the direction of Mr. Brunei, who has from such surveys, and his own examination of the site, fur- nished a plan for the construction of a dock, with locks, and warves, capable of accommodating shipping to the extent of 600,000 tons of coal per annum, with a proportiunate quantity of iron and other export trade, and an equivalent important trade. and capable of being further extended at a moderate cost, so as to accommodate upwards of double that amount of trade. "The total sum required to make these docks and warves independent of the cost of certain works which will be executed by the South Wales Railway Company, under certain clauses of their act, and by arrangements made between them and the Vale of Neath Hailway Company and Lord Jersey, totally inde- pendent of the dock funds, is estimated, at the outside sum, £ 45,000; and the Vale of Neath Railway Company consen t 1.0 charge permanently to the extent of £ 500 per annum* so that on this security, Zlo,000 may also be raised, leaving therefore about; ;E35,000 to be provided for, and of this sum there has been subscribed certain sums by the gentlemen named in the accom- panying list. "The calculations carefully gone into by the dock promoter?, show that dock and tidal accommodation of such easy acres", connected with two important, railways, passing through and connecting mineral districts possessing such inexhaustible sup- plies, must become a source of considerable revenue, and be tile means of benefitting the district. To the proprietors of the Vale of Neath Railway the establish- ment of docks at Brit"n ferry is of the first importance, insnriug to their line a great additional revenue from the ready and econo- mical shipment of minerals at its terminus. "The arrangements with the railway companies are made by the promoters conditionally, on its being satisfactorily shown to the directors of these companies. "That the sum of E3,5,000 can be raised among the parties lo- cally interested, and the time allowed to ascertain the amount pf subscriptions is limited to the 20th of August., after which time it is considered that the execution of the branch to the existing wharves at Giant's Grave cannot be delayed. ° "The capital of the Ddck Company would thus stand st- £45,00 •There will be no expenses gone into until it has been tained that this amount can be raised. It is hoped that the land and mineial proprietors, and all person* interested in the success of the district, will come forward to pro- mote the object, under the advantageous arrangement which mav now be made, and which, if carried out, will make the portofNeatll of great importauce, and must improve the value of all prperty- In the distnet but if the present opportunity is not taken advan- tage of the promoters believe the necCessity for constructing im- mediatly the branch before referred to wi!l prevent, or defer indefinitely, this impoi-tant work As soon as it has been ascertained that the amount can be raised, it is proposed to summon a meeting of subscribers, and to take their concurrence for forming a body to act with the railway companies in carrying out the plans A very large margin has been included in the estimate to cover all possible contingencies in the formation, and the promoters are assured that the sum na.med is ample for the completion of the works and that respectable contractors would be ready to under- take the work at an amouftt within this estimate. It is proposed to commence the work at once. but further to apply for an act of parliament during the next session to incorpor ate the comp.iny, and obtain all those powers which are more lm- mediately and safely derive i under an Act than -i form."—Swansea Herald. <^T r
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mission to a priesthood, there Was a great danger of es- tablishing a spiritual despotism. He much deprecated the practice, now becoming common, of religious bodies re- ceiving the money of the state nothing was more detri- mental to the spirit of true religious liberty. The other speakers were the Rev. J. Bromley, Messrs. Wild, of Lon- don Martin, of Manchester; Massingham, of Norwich. Several other gentlemen afterwards addressed the meeting, which was protracted to a late hour. No resolution was submitted, but the feeling of the meeting was evidently unanimous in condemnation of the Conference proceedings. Conference must look out. There are breakers ahead. It has not yet weathered the storm-it is vain to boast its apparent strength—that strength is powerless when divided. The Peace Congress has afforded the Times and the Sun an opportunity of being facetious, or attempting to be so, but With very indifferent success. We are not prepared to commit ourselves to peace principles, as they are explained and advocated by the society, but we can well understand how their advocacy of them may do much good, inasmuch as they do hold up the evils of war, and fill the world with ideas averse to it; and as the world is eventually ruled by ideas, the peace-men are not labouring in vain. On Monday afternoon the London terminus of the Dover Railway was a scene of unusual bustle, owing to the departure, by special train, of the delegates and visitors to the Frankfort Peace Congress, to the number of about 450. From half-past three to four o'clock—the hour fixed for departure-cabs and other vehicles continued to arrive in rapid succession, depositing their occupants and encumbrances at the centre door. Among the crowd we recognised many faces familiar to the philanthropists and reformers of England, and could not but be struck by the predominance—so unusual in ex- cursions—of the sober garb of the Society of Friends, as well as the large proportion of ladies. Accompanying the Liverpool delegates, and among a group of unmistakably New England physiognomies, was the Indian Chief—the Rev. G. Copway. We were glad to learn also that the venerable Dr. Dick was among the excursionists. The Prussian Government has united with the French and Belgian Governments in exempting the English and American party from the ordinary regulations as regards passports, nor is their luggage to be subject to the Custom- house search. The party were to reach Dover in the evening, thence to cross to Calais, proceeding by railway, without stopping, to Malines and Cologne, at which ancient city they probably reposed on Wednesday night, and by the time this paper is in the hands of its readers, will, it is hoped, have reached Frankfort. The sittings commenced on Thursday morning, in St. Paul's Church, which has been granted for their use by the authorities, and will close on Saturday. Emile de Gicardin, M. Visschers, and Mr. Cobden, will respectively represent France, Belgium, and England—Germany, it was hoped, would appear in the person of the illustrious Humboldt, but the infirmities of age prevent his accepting the invitation of the Secretaries, with whom he held a very interesting interview. The report of the Committee appointed by the House of Lords to consider the best means which Great Britain can adopt for the extinction of the African Slave Trade, has, at length appeared. They state, 1. The past efficiency of the cruising squadron has been greatly undervalued. 2. That its cost has been much exaggerated. 3. That, with pro- per precautions, it is not an unhealthy service. 4. That to withdraw the cruisers in part, and to administer a regu- lated slave-trade (as has been suggested), would be impos- sible of execution, no material saving of the cost of the present system, and utterly at variance with every past profession in Great Britain on this subject since she abolished the British slave-trade. 5. That against the present cost of the squadron should be set the advantage of nourishing Z!1 and maintaining a valuable and increasing lawful trade, which iiiu,t be utterly extirpated if the cruisers were with- drawn, and which might be developed to an unlimited extent if the slave-trade were suppressed, 6. That to abandon the suppression of the trade, to which, in the face of the whole civilised world, Great Britain is solemnly and repeatedly pledged, would be a fatal blow to her national honour. 7. That there is every reason to believe that the present system is susceptible of a large and immediate increase of efficiency by the adoption of such improvements as we have recommended, aad that if these improvements h8 adopted, aided by the other measures recommended, there is reason to believe that this great object may be speedily and certainly obtained. For the present we suppose the blockade system will be continued. Our own opinion of it, however, is unchanged. It is costly, and useless. By no physical force can you erfect a change in the moral habits of a people. Till Africans become civilised they will continue slave dealers. Teach them that commerce pays better, and they will cease to capture and sell slaves. As it is it is the occupation that pays best and they adopt it. The new County Court's Bill came into operation on Wednesday last. It contains 20 sections, and become opera- tive on receiving the royal assent on Wednesday. The jurisdiction of the county courts is extended to £50 for the recovery of debt, damage, or demand, and to all proceedings to that amount. Fees are to be taken according to a sche- dule, 1 he legal profession has been benefited by the sixth section of the new act. An attorney is now entitled to £1 10s. for his fees and costs, where the debt, damage, or demand shall not exceed £33, or L2 in any other case within the jurisdiction given by this act, and in no case shall any fee exceeding jE2 4s. 6d. be allowed for employing a bar- rister as counsel in the cause, and the expense of employing a barrister or an attorney, either by plaintiff or defendant, shall not be allowed on taxation of costs, unless by order of the judge; and the judges of the said courts shall from time to time determine in what cases such expenses shall be allowed. Power is now given to suffer" judgment by default," and to agree to terms of payment without going before the court. By the eleventh section it is declared that if, in actions commenced, after the passing of this act, in the superior courts, sums not exceeding f,20 in actions of contract be recovered, or £ 5 in actions of tort, the plaintiff shall have no costs nor shall any such plaintiff be entitled to costs by reason of any privilege as attorney or officer of such court, or otherwise." This is a great improvement, and will effectually put an end to actions for small sums iu the superior courts. An appeal is given by the 14th section, such appeal to be in the form of a case to the superior courts, to be agreed upon by the parties and, if they cannot agree, then by the j adge of the county court. Foreign news is equally as uninteresting as our own. The late storms in France and Belgium have done an im- mense amount of damage in those countries. The crops have been most severely injured. The nephew of my nncle is still travelling through the country winning the hearts and most sweet voices of the great unwashed. France is essentially monarchical, and it will be no fault of Louis Napoleon if the will of France be not gratified in that respect before long. At any rate, one thing is clear, the Bourboiis-may never hope again to reascend the throne from which they have been four times expelled WIDE AWAKE.