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MERTHYR POLICE.

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TO THE EDITOR OF THE GAZETTE AND GUARDIAN. SIR,—We seldom cast our eyes over a newspaper without seeing some horrid account of women and children burnt to death. IViiyistliis? Men are not burnt to death-the reason is, they arc not foolish enough to wear clothes as combustible as if they were dipped in gunpowder. VV ( never b^ard of our grandmotners being burnt to deatn. I hey wore siiks and stuffs; Were not liable to be turned into a cinder by a spark from the fire, lighted from .op to toe m the process of scaling a letter or converted into a pyramid of flame bv the mere act of looking into a glass over a mantel piece. But now mothers dress themselves in muslins and lr.ee, tneirj }»^nts cottons and cambrics. They mi* well dre,s them m sulphur and nitre, and thrust the squib into the fire at once. The nature of the accidents, too which follow this system of wilful murder are ot the most dreadful kind. No agony of disease no torture ever inflicted by human crueltv is equal to tne infliction whieh tnose volunteers in misery inflict daily upon themselves, in Tue pang of burning auve is the most excruciating the wholeeatalogueol human torments. Yet even this pan»- receives an increase, if possu.e, from its usual circumstances. A beautiful young creature, in the full hev-dav of life and spirits dressed for a ball, or some of those festivities winch are Said to give a double zest to life, stands foi a moment before the (3 0 mirror of the fire-place, to give a last glance at the "■ay dress, or gaver countenaiioe. It is the last glance T d >ed 1 She has forgotten that musiin is inflammable, and that the fire draws its light fabric to the flame; a fold touches the bars; she is instantly wrapt in a hl;!ze! Limbs, hands, head, ad arc in a burst of fire, iler eves glazed-her voice stiffo, frame burning to fragments—her mind a confusion of un- speakable terrors, she 111 vain tries to put down the flame She -scrL!,tllls-Iild rolls on tile ground. S ic still bums until, in this dreadful state, she dies; or, what is perhaps still worse, she is found by some of the inmates of the house, and rescued, half burnt to death, to undergo t:ie applica- tions of new torture, in t;ic snape of nopeiess remedies. Tllc instances of infant deaths in this horrible wav are still iiioi-c frequent, and oftell through tlw excpss of carelessness, the comnion people, when thpy go to drink, darn, or work, leave a child of four years old to watch over three of three, two and one. The first thing that the wretched infants do is to go to the fire, and light papers and other tilings with it, until they succeed in lighting theuiselves, probably too insetting the room on fire, and finishing by burning the house. Now what is the remedy for ail these frightful affairs ? Let the children be sent to the infant schools, they are now to be met with in every quarter of a dense popu- F an(i lation* and THEY OUGHT TO IJR EVERYWHERE; and where they are not, it might well be worth the while of ladies who think that the female head and hands, soul and body, were given for better things than eternal stitching, scandal, drawing butterflies, and shopping, to takecare that they should be—and where they are, to take care that the lower classes should send their wretched infants to them. As to the higher orders, if the love of muslins is incorrigible, which of course it will, Illitil soiiie of the emptiest of the empty, in the name of fashion, pronounce them vulgar, let them at least adopt tile simple expedient of the fire guard. A shilling's worth of brass wire in the front of a grate might save the life oi the loveliest of human beings—a mother, sister, or daughter, more precious than all the contents of all the mines of Golconda, Yet, precious as she is, she is as much exposed to conflagration as if she were a pile of touchwood, or a packet of fulminating mercury. Yet, we speak not to the young and lively, nor to nursery maids, nor to the comnion people. They will take the chance of things to the last, and burn themselves, children, and bouses, while gossamer robes, neglected infants, and wainseots are coiubustiolc. But we speak to the fathers of families, to mothers come to the use of their understanding,and to all those who wish a better fate to their fellow creatures than beingredliced to acinder. We probably ought rather to speak to the Insurance Offices they have a pecuniary and positive interest in averting those sudden demands upon their funds which ensue in case of untimely death. All wearers of the light dra- peries of our day should be marked like the lives of tne unfortunate Irish Clergy, as trebly hazardous;' they, should look to the spread of incombustibility, and urge the propagation of fire guards through the land. ASBESTOS. Merthvr is an exception. We speuW tins to its shame —ED. -1,.

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- NEW SHERIFFS FOR WALES.

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