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OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH OF ST. MARY'S, CARDIFF. The shortness of the time will admit of only a very brief notice of the opening of this Church, which took place on Thursday, under the most auspicious circumstances. The ceremonial consisted of morning and evening service—at the former of which the Very Reverend the Dean of Llandaff preached from the 11th chap, of Mark and the 17th verse; and at the latter, the Rev. John Webb, "Vicar of St, John's and St. Mary's, from the 100th l'salm and the 4th vetse— discourses of which we can only say, at present, that they were worthy of the eminent preachers who delivered them, and of the deeply interesting occasion. The Church was filled in every part;—the choir was admirably conducted, and effective in the extreme. The procession from the Town-hall was very imposing--it was composed of the children of the schools, the Odd Fellow's, a numerous body of gentlemen and tradesmen, the Free Masons, nearly the whole of the Clergy or many miles around, the Mayor and Town Council, the Building Committee and Officers, the Lord Jas. Stuart, and the Very Rev. the Dean and the Rev. Preachers. The bells of St. John's Church rung out their merry peals, nearly the whole of the day the ships in the harbour hoisted their colours—and we truly rejoice to have to wind up our brief statement with the gratifying fact, that the collection made after the two services, amounted together to above £ 100. [FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] This hlglily interesting ceremony, so long the object o! the anxious and devotional feeling of all classes of the inhabi- tants of Cardiff, took place on Thursday last, under circum- stances that could not fail to enhance the solemnity of the occasion. The day was singularly propitious, and, for the season, mild and exhilarating, and^ afforded ample facilities for witnessing the ceremony. lhe bells of St. John's Church, at an early hour, sent forth a jocund peal, and an- nounced the advent to the thousands who waited in anxiety for the interesting ceremony. Business, in many of the shops of the town, was partially suspended and the holiday looks and trim attire of many who peopled the streets, ap- propriately heralded the ceremony of the day. The children of the National Schools of Cardiff and Llandaff assembled in the vicinity of the Town Hall. They were neatly and comfortably clad, and, in the order and precision of their movements, bore evidence of the judicious discipline to which they were subjected. A few minutes before eleven o'clock, a large body of the Clergy the Corporation, and numbers of the respectable inhabitants, assembled in the Town-hall, from whence they issued, and fell into the following order:— Police. Master and Boys of Free-School, four abreast. Mistress and Girls, ditto, ditto. Two "Visiters and Inhabitants, four abreast. The Odd Fellows. The Free Masons. Churchwardens of St. John's. Clergy, in their Gowns, two and two. The Town Council. The Mayor. Churchwardens of St. Mary's. Committee of the New Church. The Architect and Surveyor. The Secretaries and Treasurer. The Dean of Llandaff, and Vicar of Cardiff. Police. Along the route of the procession, a large number of respect- ably attired persons assembled. It proceeded down Saint Mary-street, through Whitmore-lane. In various parts of the Bute-street, several banners were tastefully thrown across, beneath which by way of triumphal arch the procession moved, which gave a novel and pleasing effect to the entire. A large proportion of the Odd Fellows, with the charac- teristic dvlicacy aud propriety which enhance the fayour of their attendance as a corporate body, and which on all occasions marks their bearing as a social confraternity, drew up in single files on their arrival at the church door, and uncovered received the various bodies of which the proces- sion was composed. The effect of this manouvre was im- posing, and excited the general admiration of the anxious crowds which surrounded them, and who in a quiet respectful way evinced their participation in, and sympathy with the interesting ceremonial of the day. About half- past 11 o'clock the galleries and aisles of this beautiful edifice were filled in every part, and we were glad to ob- serve that many Dissenting families of the town were pre- sent. The morning service was read by the Rev. Mr. Campbell. The responses and hymns peculiar to the occa- sion, were sung by an excellent choir, accompanied by a small but well toned organ. The effect was novel and pleasing, and could not fail to give peculiar interest to an occasion of so much solemnity. The sermon was preached by the Very Reverend the Dean of Llandaff. The organ, built by Smith, of Bristol, is the munificient donation of the late much rcspected Alderman Bird, of this town, by whose executor, Mr. John Bird, solicitor, of Neath, it was handed to the secretaries, for the use of the church. THE rXION WORK iioijsr.E-at-I Fortescue, the late Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland; Lord James Stuart, the Hon. Mr. Clive, and Cripp-i, Esq., M.P., paid a visit this week to the Union Workhouse. This distinguished party, some of whom are on a visit at the Castle, were shown over the establishment by the mistress. They expressed them. seIY44 highly pleased with the order, cleanliness, and general attention to the comforts of the inmates everywhere observable. Not content with expressing this in the hand- somest manner, Earl Fortescue and the Hon. Mr. Clive severally recorded their opinions in the visitors'-book—an evidence at once of the sympathy of these distiuguished individuals with the poor inmates, and a kindly appreciation of the assiduous and careful conduct of the parties in charge of the establishment. The proficiency of the children (sixty in number) was also inquired into, and was the subject of warm approval. The Hon. Mr. Clive, on his departure, left a sovereign for the children and Lord James Stuart ordered a supply of buns for them. Arrangements, it is understood, are in progress to make u-Iad the hearts of the poor inmates on Christmas-day, by a plentiful supply of beef and plum-pudding. The late Earl of Plymouth was the last survivor of Other Lewis, fourth Earl of Plymouth, Baron Windsor, &c. With him the title and ancient name became extinct. The large Glamorganshire Plymouth Estates have been for some time in the possession of the Hon. Robert Henry Clive, M.P., by his marriage with Lady Harriot Windsor, to whom they were left by her brother, the Earl of Plymouth, nephew to the two last Earls. COWBRIDGE. TURNPIKE TOLLS.-The collector of the tolls at the east turnpike-gate in this town, appeared before the Borough magistrates, on Wednesday the Uth instant, upon the com- plaint of Thomas Williams, boot and shoe-maker, for having illegally charged him with toll when taking his horse to pasture in a field near the gate. The collector admitted lie had done wrong, and ottered no excuse in extenuation. The magistrates fined him sixpence and costs. SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT NEATH ABBEY.—On the even- ing of Friday last, a frightful accident happened to Mrs. Close, wife of Mr. William Close, schoolmaster. Mrs. C., we are informed, was subject to fits, and her husband having some business to transact in Neath, left her in her usual health he had scarcely arrived in town however, when the melancholy intelligence reached him, that in his absence his wife had been so dreadfully burnt, that no hopes were entertained of her recovery. The most prompt attention has been paid to the case by Mr. W. G. Jones, surgeon, who is indefatigable in his exertions, and from what we hear we are led to hope they will be crowned with success. BRIDGEND. A very neat iron suspension-bridge has recently been erected at the expense of the Right Honourable Dr. Nicholl across the Ogmore river, below the village of Merthyrmawr, and on the line of communication between bridgend and Ogmore, and the western parts of Saint Bride's Major. This is a great accommodation to the public, as the river, which is about fifty feet wide, was previously passable only by means of a ford, at all times exceedingly inconvenient, and frequently highly dangerous, especially to pedestrians, from sudden and heavy floods. The whole of the work was performed by Mr. Watkin David, blacksmith. Bridgend, to whom it does much credit. SWANSEA. About 9 o'clock on Monday night last, the inhabitants of High-street, Castle-street, and Gower-street, Swansea, weie thrown into the greatest state of excitement and alarm, by hearing a noise resembling that of a tremendous crash. On inquiry it was found that the large building at the corner of High-street, which was to be really for tiling in a few days, had given way and fallen in, owing, it is said by persons competent of judging those matters, to the want of proper propping for its support. Some hundreds of persons were soon attracted to the spot, and the greatest apprehension was entertained for some tlln, for the safety ot human life, as the situation where the building was erected is one of the most crowded thoroughfares in the town. Happily, however, from the fact of its having fallen inwards, such apprehension was soon allayed. Had the event taken place during the day, when there were about twelve persons at work, or even if the walls in falling had taken another direction, so as to come in contact with the shops contiguous to the building, it must, inevitably, have resulted in a catastrophe fearful to contemplate. THE WILHEM: METHOD OF SINGING. An adjourned meeting of the friends of Education, favourable to the dis- semination of the" Divine Art," in Swansea and its neigh- bourhood, was held at the Royal Institution of South Wales, Swansea, 011 the evening of Tuesday last. After some in- teresting statements respecting the progress of the Wilhem System since the period of its introduction had been made, arrangements were entered into for the formation of another class on the above system forthwith, to be taught by Mr. Williams, Harpist at the Theatre of the Institution. The class is to consist of both males and females, and it is expected will number about 200 persons. SWANSEA TURNPIKE TRUST On Thursday week, the monthly meeting of the road trustees of this district was held in the Town-hall, Mr. Moggridge, in the chair. There were also many other trustees present, amongst whom we observed Mr. Vivian, M.P., Mr. Smith, Mr. T. Grove, Mr. Joseph Martin, Mr. C. James, Mr. Aubrey, Mr. Mansfield, Mr. Williams, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Jenkins, and a few others. The weather being extremely cold, the gentlemen lost no time in idle conversation, but proceeded at once to the business of the day, namely, letting the tolls by auction, the chairman acting the part of auctioneer, and acquitting himself very well. After a protracted contest, apparently between five or six bidders, but in reality between only two, as two or three youngsters, who made the most spirited offers, were merely puppets, guided by the winks and nods, and wreathed smiles" of two experienced roadsters, the gates were knocked down" to a Mr. Rickards, at £ 3,235, who named as his sureties certain parties in Bristol. No further business was transacted. WELSH CHARITY SCITOOLS.We understand that the charity ball which takes place every alternate year, in aid of the ivelsh Schools in this town, will be held in March next, at the Town Hall, under very distinguished patronage. There are at the present time many hundreds of children receiving a sound education in these schools, which are well conducted, and of course it is very desirable that as large a sum as possible should be obtained at the approaching ball fur their benefit. MERTHYR. The oldest inhabitant under the cerulean canopy of heaven, does not remember milder weather, for the season of the year, than we have enjoyed the beginning of this week. THE lol-leu.-Ilzsj)ectioit of Weiyhtt and Measures.—It is not. perhaps, generally known, that the public of this town and neighbourhood, are deeply indebted to Mr. Superinten- dent Davies for the measures adopted by him, in having a general inspection .uf uuights anil measures here last week, inasmuch as a great number of those inspected on Wednes- day, as well as those on Tuesday, were sadly deficient. Of course, we cannot prove that they were used, and we hope not; but we can easily prove the (lillie"lty,tiiCt after the impossibility of the generality of the workmen to get suffici- ency of food, and proper raiment; and let it be understood, we do not mean those who squander their time the begin- ning of the month," but those hard-working, sober, and in- dustrious workmen. Really the rates and taxes are too high already to support idlers. A CHEAP WAY TO GET MUTTON. — It appears, that a butcher at Dowlais, on Friday evening last, left his slaughter- house unlocked and some person or persons went in and took away three shoulders of niuttoit-tllus, by neglect, deprived of his property, and another or others, guilty of violating the laws of God and man. TAFF VALE RAILWAY. —Another accidant occurred on the line on Saturday. One of the firemen became entangled in the machinery, whereby he lost his toe, and one of his legs was slightly injured. RIIYMNEY IRON WORKS.—Owing to the super-abundance of ore raised here, we regret to state, that from 100 to 120 miners are to be discharged forthwith. It is greatly to be deplored, that such a step has been rendered necessary, as most of the houses, which had been unoccupied for years, were tenanted of late. The scarlet fever, it appears, is I raging very much in the place, and proves fatal in many cases. The new church, which, we hear, is so well attended, is an ornament to the place but we regret, that the roads, in many parts there, are almost impassable, even with a good horse. We wish to know the names of the parties so culpable. DOWLAIS.—A miner was killed here on Saturday morning last, in consequence of some rubbish falling on him from the top. He was, fortunately, a single man. INQUEST.—On the 5th instant, an inquest was held at the Boot Inn, Aherdare, before Wm. Davies, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Williaii-i Davies, collier, who was killed on the preceding day by a fall of coal in the level in which he was at work. Verdict—" Accidental death." MEKTHYR- —Lord James Stuart and Earl Fortescue visited this place on Friday last, and inspected the splendid iron works of William Crawsha), Esq., of Cyfarthfa castle. After leaving the works their lordships had a long interview with Mr. JliW; the stipendiary magnate. THE BASTARDY CLAUSE OF THB NEW POOR LAW.—A poor girl from the country came to Dowlais on Friday, the 8th instant, for the reputed father of her child and because he would not pay towards its maintenance, she left it at the father's lodgings and went off. The relieving-officer caused her to be apprehended, and she was taken before our stipen-- diary magistrate on Tuesday, but as the father promised to pay Is. a week toward the child's maintenance, she was discharged. MERTHYR POLICE-Wednesday, Dec. 6. [Before T. W. Hill, Esq.] Thomas Jenkins, mason, of Dowlais, was summoned by Benjamin Davies, also a mason, for non-payment of wages, amounting to 15s. 4d. Ordered to pay the same and costs. Gioihjm puddler, was charged by Jane Lewis, married women, both of Dowlais, with an assault on the 2nd instant. Fined 10s. and costs. John Wilde, puddler, was charged by John Miller, of the Wheat Sheaf" public-house, both of Merthyr, with assault- ing him oil the 3rd instant. Fined 10s. and costs. Allowed a week to pay the same. Mary Ann Jones, married woman, was charged by Barbara Peel, widow, both of Merthyr, with an aisault on her person on the 2nd instant. It appeared in evidence, that com- plainant had severely chastised the defendant, and a sum- mons was the result of the defendant's retaliating. The case was dismissed, and each to pay an equal share of tosts. Tltos. Robertson was charged by Thos. Lloyd, labourers, both of Dowlais, with stealing a pair of trousers, com- plainant's properiy, on the 5th instant. Discharged. Wm. Lewis, lalourer, of Dowlais, was charged by Mr. J. Evans, manager of the Dowlais Iron Works, with stealing about GOlbs. of coal, the property of the above company, on the night of the 5th instant. Committed for trial at the next Glamorganshire Quarter Sessions. lVm. Jones, miner, was charged by Margaret Thomas, married woman, both of Dowlais, with an assault on the 3rd instant. Allowed to settle out of court. No cases of any importance were brought before his Worship on Monday. ABERDARE POLICE—Thursday, Dec. 7. [Before T. W. Hill and G. R. Morgan, Esquires.] David Edwards, beer-house keeper, Aberdare, was sum- moned hy Mr. Superintendent Davies, for keeping his house open for the sale of beer, before the hour of one o'clock p.m. Sunday, the 26th ult. Fined Is. and costs. Benjamin Rees, Justina Rees, and Mary Rees, were charged by Eliza Owen, with an assault on the 19th ult. Case dis- missed, and the parties ordered to pay an equal share of the costs.




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