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THE CHARACTER OF BRECON. The Reporter of the London Times, after spekin in commendatory terms of the conduct of the- Breconshire trustees, in lowering the tolls and abolishing some gates there were reasonable grounds of complaint against, and ob- serving, that in consequence the grievances brought before the Commissioners at this place, were of the most unimpor- tant description, thus proceeds :— The town of Brecon is very unlike the most other Welsh towns that I have visited. It is quite equal in its public buildings and institutions, in well-built handsome houses, and in public walks, to any English town of the same popu- lation that I have seen. Its churches are not white-washed bai lis, but handsome, venerable, and appropriate edifices. It has a spacious market, a handsome infirmary, fine barracks, and a 1 own-hall, which is, really, a very beautiful structure! and an ornament to the town. All these things evidence public spirit and enterprise, of which there is a plentiful lack'' elsewhere in Wales. For instance, one of the bravest men that modern times has,.produced-a man whose daring- valour won glory for his country in many a battle-field one of whose name the page of history shall bear proud record when generations shall have passed away, and whose feats of arms the bosom of many a young warrior yet unborn will heave to imitate—one who finished a career of military glory, and spilt his life's blood on the plains of Waterloo—the immortal Picton-was born in the neighbourhood of Carmar- then, and to him a monument has been in that town erected. The base of this unsightly piece of taste was originally covered round with alto relievo depictions of the siege of Badajos and other battles in which the hero to whose honor the monument is erected led or took part. But being ori- ginally done in Carmarthen fashion, by contract, cheaply, i!l plaster, the first frost cracked off and defaced all these figures. The contractor, for his own credit, sent down fresh figures from the old models, carved in stone, to replace those which had failed but will it be believed by fathers who have sons in whom to excite a spirit of emulation—will it be believed by the inhabitants of any other town which has given birth to any other man deserving of his country's honour, that these more lasting records of their countryman's renown now lie in an adjacent field, and have done so for years, with the grass growing over them, because-because (upon my life I can hardly write it for shame)—because it would cost the town's people—his own townsmen—some jE20 to put them up t and the monument remains, a shabby, defaced nondescript, to excite the indignation of every stranger, and their pity—their contemptuous pity for the people of Carmar- then The people of Brecon, however, are far removed from such peddling barbarism and it is worth inquiry how far they owe their evident advance in civilization to the universal use of the English language. They have positively a news-room here in Brecon—a luxury which the people of Carmarthen, not being able to get for nothing, wont pay for. The people read and keep pace with English literature and habits. Constant intercourse with England amalgamates the people, introduces English customs and habits and improve ments, which the Welsh inhabitants, naturally quick of apprehension, soon understand and see the value of, and imitate. But where the TN elsh people arc confined to their old and (except as regards oral communication) useless lan- guage, they only partly understand whatever is communi- cated to them in English, and, consequently, district it and the habit of distrust grows upon their character till they view every Englishman and every English custom with sus- picion, and pertinaciously adhere to their old habits and to that which they do understand. A DARING REBECCAITE.—A fellow named John Jones, alias Shoni Scuborfawr, already committed on several charges connected with the destruction of turnpike-trates and toll-houses in Carmarthenshire, has again been examined at the county gaol, on a charge of shooting at, with intent to murder, Mr. Walter Rees, of Ponthenry, near Pontvberem. The following are the facts of the ease :-On the 25th of August last, the great Mynydd Sylen meeting was held. At that meeting, it will be remembered, a resolution condemna- tury of nightly outrages was unanimously cariied. The piisonei was present and made himself very conspicuous, voting for the resolution on the show of hand's being taken. On the evening of that day, fa man named Levi asked him what he carried the gun for, after having held up his hand against nocturnal meetings and outrage. Shoni, with dreadful imprecations, levelled the gun at Levi's'breast who at once seized it by the barrel, and a violent struggle ensued, in which the gun went off, without, lionveye-r, in- juring either. Levi then ran away, and took refuge in a public-house, called the New Inn, followed by Shoni, who, rinding the door shut against him, attempted to force it in, and being a very powerful man, succeeded in his object, but did not enter the house, being suspicious, as it is supposed, that other persons were inside. The landlady inside saw him level his gun, as if he intended firing at some one throug-h the window, and being much alarmed, requested Mr. W. Rees, of Ponthenry, who happened to be in the house at the time, to close the door. Mr. Rees attempted to do so, but while in the act Shoni left the window and came to the door, and before it could be closed, levelled and fired at him. The charge from the gun made a large hole in the door, and a number of the shots went through Mr. Rees's hat. Shoni then made off. The circumstances were ascertained by Inspector Tierney, who, after about three weeks of incessant exertion, succeeded in getting the evi- dence in train so as to secure Shoni's committal.

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