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81antorgocn:hírc. CAltDIFF -NoI,v tiisfa!i(ilill, the dep fall of snow on Monday night, the Ball at the Cardiff Arms on Tuesday t.ie 12th was very well attended, and was the largest Snow Ball ever remembered. I he hospi- table mansions of Dnffryn, Court-yr-alln, Gabalva, LI and a ff Court, &c. were filled witu visitors from this County and Monmouthshire, and in spite of the snow, between SO and 100 of the (lite of these counties attended the Ball. he families of Tredegar and Ruperra were unfortunately prevcnted-the for- mer from the indisposition of Lord Rodney and other branches of the family; and the Steward, (the Hon. W. B Grev) was also deprived of the invaluable aid -of the Lady Patroness of the Ball (Mrs Morgan, of Ruperra) who could not attend, on account of the recent death of a near relation (Admiral Mundy, we believe). There were, however, several debutantes; and also the families of Clytha, Llanarth, and Court- field, who were visiting at Gabalva. Most of the families of the immediate neighbourhood were pre- sent, and Mr aud Lady Charlottee Guest, Mr and Mrs Crawshay and family, Mr and Mrs Bruce and family among those who are not the usual attendants of the Cardiff Ball, which was kept up witli great spirit to a late hour. A Correspondent informs us, that oil Tliiirs- day night last, several of the public gas lamps in the town of Cardiff, were mischievously broken by a set of idle fellows, who amused themselves by throwing snowballs at them, and that the injury done in this wanton manner calls for the interference of the_ma- gistrates. INSOLVENT DEBTORS* COURT.J,lllJ, 9.—The Officcrof the Court, Mr Simpson, stated that he had re- ceive seven affidavits from persons who were confined in Cardiff Gaol, at the suit of a Clergyman (the rector of a parish near Cardiff), praying for leave to petition, and to be heard on the ensuing Circuit. It appeared from the affidavits that they had been confined in gaol on a judgment against them in the Ecclesiastical Court, for having forcibly entered the belfry of the church, and rung the bells. Mr Commissioner Harris expressed his opinion that the' persons making the application had been committed for contempt. Mr Simpson stated that it did not appear so, and that the applicants seemed to be in great poverty. The Commissioners thought there was a necessity for fuller affidavits being made, and the matter was ordsred to stand over for that purpose.—Morning Post. COMMITMENTS To CAKDIFF GAOL AND HOUSE OF CORRECT[ ON. -January lltb, William Parker, by T. R. Guest, Esq. charged with being a deserter from his Majesty s 1st Regiment of Foot.—Manoel Gon- salvis, by same Magistrate, charged with having fe- loniously stolen one flannel petticoat, and other articles, of the goods and chattels of one William I, vans.- Co'nvictiO,-Is.-January 5t!i, Aaron Thomas, by H. Williams, Esq. for wilfully breaking the windows of the kitchen of David Miles, at Ton- gwinlas. Two calendar months' hard labour, or pay £ 1 9s. Gd.—January 6th, Morgan Thomas, by same Magistrate, for want of securities to keep the peace towards Morgan Thomas, his father. Three calendar months. NEATH.-On Monday last the Council of the New Corporation of Neath, partook of a dinner at the Ship and Castle Inn, handsomely provided for them by H. J. Grant, Esq. their newly elected Mayor. When the clotli was removed the Chairman gave the usual toasts. The King" "The Queen''—The Lord Lieutenant" The Members for the County" — Tlie Members for the Boroughs"—" The Lady Cuarlotte Talbot"—The Mavor'and Corporation of Swansea," &c. The toasts proposed of more pecu- liarly local interest, such as The Prosperity of she New Corporation"—" The Prosperity of the Trade and Port of Neath" The Members of the Old Corpora- tion —" The Absent Members (two) of the New The Burgesses of Neath," were received with pleas- ing manifestations of cordiality and harmony. The health or ,Nlr (-raiit" Mrs Grant"—and "Captain Warde," were drunk with enthusiasm. "The Redor of No,-it, was received with the most gratifying ex- pressions of confidence in his long-tried and highly esteemed character. The healths also of Alderman Place"—"J. Miers, Esq."—" D. Powell, Esq., Town Clerk"—and The Rev. R. Oxlad," were drunk in the course of the evening. The company was briefly addressed by the gentlemen whose names we have mentioned, and we have seldom observed, on such occasions, any more prompt and cordial manifesta- tions of friendship and unanimity. We feel confident that the manner in which the kind and respected entertainer of the Corporation had previously laboured to secure the peace and harmony of the Borough, the motive which led to this social meeting, will be duly appreciated by the Members of the Council, and Burgesses of Neath, so that their Municipal changes, commencing under such auspices, may promote their prosperity and peace. The dinner was served up in a very superior style, and reflected the highest credit on Afri Targett, for her good taste and liberality. Lamb and all the delicacies of the season were provided in abundance— the wines were most excellent, and the whole gave general satisfaction. ### GLAMORGANSIIIRg AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. We arc glad to be enabled to contradict, from good authority, the assertion of a contemporary, that in consequence of the opposition to a petition proposed at a meeting of the above Society, held at Cowbridge, on the 4th inst., "several members withdrew their names from being members of the Socicty any longer." We believe that not one has done so; and we are assured that the deliberations of the meeting were of the most friendly and accommodating character. The advertisement in this day's paper will best illustrate the spirit. In another column we give a letter addressed to the editor of the Standard, to which we earnestly call the attention of our readers. At a meeting of the Glamorganshire Agricul- tural Society, held at Cowbridge, on the 4th instant, which was attended by the Hon. W. B, Grey, Presi- dent, J. Nicholl, lOsq. M.P., the Rev. I. M. Trahernc, Colonel Entwisle, Major Kdmondcs, R. Franklen, Esq. the Rev. R. Knight, &c. &c. The report of the meetings lately held at Freemason's Tavern, was laid on the table by Mr Bradley, the Secretary of our Society, who had been delegated to attend the London meeting, The lion. VV. B. Grev, pro- duced an excellent petition to Parliament, complain- ing of the distressed condition of the agriculturist, and praying that an enquiry might be instituted into the cause thereof; which, on tiie proposition of Mr Nicholl, was after some trifling alteration unanimously adopted by tne meeting, and which the President will sign on behall of the Glamorganshire Agrieultural Society." GLAMORGANSHIRE AGRICULTURAL REPORT. The winter set in about the middle of December, and occasionally it has been rattier severe. From the 20th to the 26th the frost was more intense than we have known it for many years, Farenheit's thermome- ter frequently sinking below 20°, and on the night of the 24th it was as low as 17°, which is as great a depression as we have known in the vale of this county for the last zO years. The ground has been covertd with snow, for ttie past two or three davs, whioh is now disappearing. Such sharp weather at, and previous to, Christmas, occasioned the frequent remark, that the present is an "old fashioned winter," which never fails to ensure abundant crops. It is far nwre acceptable for farm operations at this period of the year than in the spring; but it may be observed that, notwithstanding the absence of Hard winters, of late, the crops have not proved deficient. The plough has been nearly at a stand for some weeks but the frosty weather proved acceptable for removing manure, and grass land ought to experience some benefit from it, which in general is greatly neglected. Ttie other operations on the farm arc limited to the thrashing and marketing 01 corn, the sale of which it is difficult to effect even at the present low prices. In fat stock, tiiere is not yet any great improvement in price, the deficient crops of turnips and hay having forced them to market, wnich has been hitherto well supplied but in the spring we expect they will be found scarce. The continued depression of the farming interest has at last awakened the landed proprietors to the subject, and meetings have lately been held in various parts of the kingdom, to petition Parliament for an investigation into the cause of the distress. While we acknowledge the difficulty of removing the pressure by legislative enactments alone, we still think that some effort should be made by the Government to mitigate it. In political as well as in animal economy, the seat of a disease should he first ascertained, and half the cure has very properly been ascribed to the discovery, and thus far at least the claims of the agriculturists cannot justlv be rejected. Yet we see no disposition to make even this concession to the thousands of occupiers whose property continues to disappear. Had they adopted the menacing attitude of other less important classes, the householders of London for instance, some remedial measures would have beeu enacted long ago. But years of patient suffering, and humble and constitutional applications for relief meets no attention. There is, we are sorry to say, a latent feeling cherished by a certain set of politicians not far removed from power to pull down the landed interest; and who seem to consider that it is essential for the well being of the State, that the British farmer should be reduced in the scale of so- ciety, and brought back to the habits and living of his forefathers; while the same party loudly clamour for the advancement and the improvement of all other classes. It is not enough for these economists that "our merchants be Princes, and our traders become the Honorables of the land," but our journeymen, ar- tizans, and mechanics, must have tlwir public buildins, their Trade Unions, Mechanics' Institutes, &c. &r. The British husbandman, on the contrary, is pro- scribed from any participation in this general improve- ment. He alone must return to his former state of vassalage, must be again brought to the smock-frock and wooden clogs of his ancestors, and be kept in ig-. norance. Levelling him down to the miserable and destitute condition of tiie Irish cottar is now the order of the day and the object sought for by these politicians, and whic;1 is rapidly accomplishing by their measures, aided by the increased facilities of communication between the two counties. We trust that the landholders of England and Wales will not tamely submit to tnis degradation of their tenantry, but will exert the influence they still possess, in avert- ing from themselves, and those dependent upon them, the ruin which awa ts them. THE IRON TRADE. We understand that at a meeting oftheVVelsn iron-masters, held at Rumney, on Tuesday last, the price of bar-iron was, after considerable discussion, raised 40s. per ton. We understand that some of the largest iron- masters argued that such an increase of price would only tend to glut the market, and that its usual con- sequence, great depression, would follow. The majority, however, considered that the present state and prospects of the trade justified the advance, and it was determined upon. To make hay while the sun shines" has generally been an undisputed maxim, and we therefore trust that the result will be a perma- nent as well as a successful harvest. We also understand that it was generally deter- mined to make a spontaneous advance of wages, so that the workman might have his share in the present prosperity of the trade. The common report is that the wages of all branches will be advanced 10 per cent. We hail this intention, which will be found as politic as it is liberal. IRON AND COAL SENT DOWN" THE GLAMOftGANSHfRE CANAL, IS THE YEAH ENDING 31ST DEC., 1835. Iron. Tons. By The Dowlais Iron Company 39,145 William Crawshay 35,090 Tiie Penydarran Iron Company 12,752 Messrs. R. and A. Hill 12,631 "Ihe Aberdare Iron Company 9,201 Messrs. Richard Blakcmore and Co. 4,020 Ihe Taff Vale Iron Company 3,068 Messrs. Brown, Lenox, and Company 1,S54 The Gadlys Iron Company 1,828 lue Bute Iron Company 1,341 Tons 120,990 Coal. Tons. By Messrs. Thomas Powell and Company 71,906 Walter Coffin 44,028 Lucy Thomas. 21,061 George Insole 16,941 Morgan Thomas. 13,391 Cairns aud Davis 7,207 Evan Evans l'(840 Tons. 176,374 The Frost in December having impeded the upper part of the Canal for many days, a considerable quan- titv of Iron was prevented being sent down by the Cyfarthfa, Aberdare, and Hirwain Iron Works. CAUTION TO OVERSEERS.—Edmund David, overseer of the poor of the parish of Saint Mary Hill and another overseer were recently fined two pounds each, at the Petty Sessions, at Bridgend, for neglect of their duties as overseers, in having omitted to publish iir the manner directed by the Act of Par- liament relating to juries, lists of the persons, in their respective parishes, qualified and liable to serve on juries, The informations were laid by the Clerk to the Magistrates and the amount of the penalties (o £ 4) has been pa id over by hi III to the Treasurer of the Swansea Infirmary. ROBBERY.— On Monday evening last, Abra- ham Lewis, Butcher, soil of Edward Abraham, a farmer residing at Cefnyfores', was robbed of twenty- five pounds, (five Brecon notes), at the entrance of tne Rhiw Gymro road, near Troedyrhiw, Merthyr. He was on his way home from Merthyr, and was accosted by one man, and shortly attacked by another. He had alighted from his horse, the road being in a very slippery state, and they took the money from his pocket. He had lately got the bills at Cowbridge, and had had the precaution to mark tlieni. The man bears an excellent character, and is sober and indus- trious. Two men were taken into custody at Sam Morris's lodging-house, but.the prosecutor could not ideiitify tiietij. It is to be hoped as the notes are marked, that some traces may be had of the per- petrators. UNFORTUNATE SUICIDE. —On Thursday morn- iti&c last, t Poor Yoiii, w,i:t:), wito li-,t(i been for some tilllP a servant at Perthygleison in this parish, drowned herself in a very small brook adjoining the house, so small that it is wonderful how she could have effected her purpose. The young woman had milked the cows as usual in the morning, before she committed the fatal act. She was a daughter of Thomas Rosser of Pwllfa, Aberdare; and was pro- bably pregnant at the time she committed the act. If the present bastardy laws are not soon repealed, or greatly modified, it is to be feared that cases of this description will not be rare. The Coroner has been sent for. MERTHYR POLICE. (Before J. B. BRlJCE and W. THOMAS, Esqrs.) (Omitted in our last by a press of other matter.) JAN. 9. 157 Appeals were heard against payment of poor rate on the plea of poverty, of these 148 were exonerated, 8 ordered to pay, and lnot found. Richard Griffiths was fined IOs. to the Dowlais sick fund, and tne costs, for leaving his employ without legal notice. William Williams, cinder-filler, Bute works, was fined 10.i. and costs for leaving the employ of the said company without notice. William Evans,collier,Dowlais, wlsfiiicdl,5 fora vio- lent assault,upon. Morgan Da vies, collier in the same works, and in default of payment committed for two montns to the 1 toifse of Correction. Thomas Llewelyn, of Rhydybedd, was fined ^5, and his servant John Williams Lfl, for stealing wood from tne Castle farm, in the occupation of the Dow- lais Iron Coiiipaiiy. Daniel Richards, CIol)o beer house. Dowlais, was fined £2 for keeping his house open at irregular hours on Saturday the 2nd instant. JAN. 14. Transfer 0f jjccnscs_—The following were transferred: Ibe Snip, George Town, from Walter Morgan to David Felix; the Lamb and Flag, from Samuel Jones to Isaac Watkins; the Wnite Hart, Dowlais, from Morgan Thomas to David Thomas; the New Inn, from Richard Millward to David Rees. Appeal against Poor Hates.—172 appeals were heard on the plea of inability 1,54 were exonerated nine ordered to pay six removed three vacant. JAN. 15.-155 appeals were heard against poor- rate; 143 were exonerated; eight ordered to pay; two removed and two not found. The order of removal of George Townsend and family, from Biiston, Staffordshire, to Merthyr Tydvil, was quashed at the last Stafford Quarter Sessions. p

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