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BLAST FURNACES. In Mr Lionel Broucrh's :;c>i:im;iuication to the Mining Journal, part of which we quoted last week, a COllJiJla was introduced in suna a manner as completely to alter the sense of one of the sen tences, thus :—" which is now creeping into use where it is not absolutely required, to make good i;ny iron," &e.; this would inter that the hot blast there alluded to is now used where it is not required; whereas, the meaning intended to be conveyed was, that at those works where it is not jiositi ve!y a sine qua non to make foundry iron, tin* hot blast is now in efficient use, and that with raw bituminous coal. If the above COlllnla followillg" the word required he omitted, it will be obvious that such was the original intention of the sentence. "1' TO THE EDITOR OF e, FIUAITWAN SIR,—I beg to give the most unqualified contra- diction to the statement in your last paper, which attributes the loss ot three lives at my collieries, at Dillas to wilat you cail "IOIIg- work." So far from pursuing that mode of working the present viewer never sutlers a stall to he more than eight yards wide, anclllte pillars are eight yards wide also. c)] I icry, For many years before he had charge of the colliery, the stalls were at least twelve yards wide, and the pillars only two yards wide, and so good is the roof that neither inconvenience or accident attended this course of proceeding. The rock which crushed todpath the three sufferers, Was about eighty tons weight. A joint was met with in the roof just above the place from which they removed the coal, tile coal ollce removed left tiiis mass of stone unsupported, and no human care could have prevented the melancholy accident which took place. Your obedient servant, W XLTER COFFIN. Llandaff, 14tli February, 1839. ###,#>## SWAMPING OF THE PORTH CAWL PRE- VENTIVE SERVICE BOAT. MELAN- CHOLY LOSS OF SIX LIVES. Perhaps an accident involving in its results more heart-rending calamity has rarely occured, than that which has been occasioned from the melancholy loss of lives by the swamping of the Porth Cawl Preventive Service boat, on Thursday night last. Tltis ill-starred crew, consisting of five excellent sailors, and an in- dustrious and respectable young man of Nottago, in the Preventive boat, in company with the pilot boat likewise belonging to Porth Cawl, having been apprized by the lookout that a wreck, with human beings on it, was discernable in the direction of the Sher-weathers, immediately put to sea to their rescue, and happily succeeded in picking up the crew of the brig Charles, nine men, who had lashed themselves to a part of the wreck, on which they had been driven about in the channel, in a dense fog, for nearly eight hours. After landing their half-starved and dripping cargo of human life at Porth Cawl, where the poor fellows received every attention, the boats again went out to endeavour to save some part of the wreck of the vessel, which was floating about the channel, and in a heavy and dangerous sea they had towed a con- siderable quantity of it to within a short distance of the shore, but the night coming on with thick drizzly rain, and being very dark, it was deemed advisable by the persons in charge of the boats, to abandon the wreck, and to make the best of their way back to Porth Cawl. The man having charge of the pilot boat finding the tide running very strong, with a heavy surf at the point of the break-water, ran for N ewl on, and happily succeeded, though pitchy dark, in landing his men near the Bathing House; but, alas! not so the crew of the Preventive boat: it is supposed that the principal coast guard officer, Mr Richard Jeatte, trusting to the strength and gallantry of his crew, fancied he could round the point, and gain tlw port: this, however, is only conjecture; but the dcplorable fact is, that on the return of the pilot boat's crew, along the coast to Porth Cawl, they found the other boat driven up bv the surf high on the sandy beicli and on giving the alarm, and obtaining lights, the bodies of Mr Jeatte, and James John, another of the coast guard men, were found not far distant from her. That night, and the following day, all was dismay and lamentation in the neighbourhood; wives and children, brothers, sisters, and aged parents were seen in every direction faithfully searching the rocks and sands for their lost relatives. On Satur- day morning the bodies of the two Johns, (brothers, and sons of the coast guanl man of that name;, who had been found on the Thursday night,) were dis covered on the shore near the Bathing house; and on the same evening the corpse of John Williams, (a. volunteer,) was also picked up near the same place; but up to the present period the other un- fortunate man, John Howell, of the coast guard, has not been found. JJy this dreadful calamity the surviving families of the deceased are left in the most deplorable, and some of them, destitute circumstances. Mr Jeatte, the prillcipal coast guard officer, has left a widow and two children by a former marriage; James John, coast guard man, li-is left a widow and three sons, and she, poor woman, has also to mourn the additional loss of two sons, with their father, they having, only within a few days, arrived at Newton to see their parents, on their return from a voyage to Cuba. John Howell, the third roa=t guard man, has left a widew and twelve children, all of them be- tween three and eighteen years of age, and mostly girls; and being entirely dependant oil their father's pay for support, are now left totally destitute, and far a way from their natural homes. John Williams, the young man who in this emer- gency was taken out by Mr Jeatte to make up his crew, has left a young widow to whom he has been married about ten months, and she is in hourly expectation of her confinement. We surely, therefore, were not incorrect in stat- ing, in the commencement of this article, that this catastrophe is one of a most heart-rending description. It is well known that the men were all and in their respective situations of life bave always borne excellent characters. Upon the foregoing statement, which can be tes- tified by the most respectable testimonials, it is confidently hoped a benevolent contribution will be raised; the appropriate distribution of which has been undertaken by tho Rev. Hobert Knight, Mr Charles Rawlinson, and Mr Fitzmaurice, of Newton Nottage and Porthcawl, from either of whom any further particulars may be obtained. A list of subscriptions will appear in our next publication; and, in the mean time, any contribu- tion will be thankfully received by cither of the above named gentlemen, or at any of the National Provincial, or Monmouth and Glamorgan Banking Establishments in this county. "'#'#4>,#'#.IJ".##"#"# COPPER ORES SOLD AT SWANSEA, February 13, 1839. Mines. 21 Cwts. Purchasers. -S. s. d. Cobre 104 Williams,Foster, & Co. 23 6 G Ditto 95 Ditto, and Vigurs, Bat- ten, and Co 15 2 6 Ditto 66 Williams, Foster, & C«. 15 7 0 Ditto «. 86 Pascoe Grenfell & Sous. 13 5 0 Ditto 75 Vivian and Sons 13 3 0 Ditto 75 Sims, Williams, Neville, Druce, and Co. 30 10 6 Ditto .112 Pascoc Grenfell & Sons. 20 10 6 Ditto 24 Williams, Foster, & Co. 7 13 0 Ditto 23 Ditto 7 2 0 Knockmahon .135 Ditto 9 4 0 Ditto .103 Ditto 9 13 0 Ditto .100 Ditto. 8 10 0 Ditto 91 Vivian and Sons 8 3 0 Ditto .80 Ditto 7 1 0 Ditto 63 Williams, Foster,& Co. 9 17 0 Ditto 57 Ditto 7 H 0 Ballymurtagh 125 Vivian and Sous 3 17 0 Ditto 55 Ditto 3 4 0 Valparaiso 80 Ditto 17 19 0 Ditto 79 Williams, Foster, & Co. 18 18 6 Crown 80 Freeman and Co., and Vivian and Sons. 5 10 0 Ditto 65 Freeman and Co. 511 6 Chili 102 Vivian and Sons. 17 4 0 Copiapo 89 Ditto 19 10 0 Ballvgahan 3S Pascoe Grenfell & Sons. I 10 0 Ditto 11 Ditto 3 10 0 2010 or" A NEW POTATO.-A new variety of potato called the Prince de Rohan has been obtained from France by a market-gardener at Egham. It is said to grow to an iiiiiiierise size, is very iii-olific, iiieilly, and of delicate lIavour, STEPHENSON .MEMORIAL.—We observe, with pica- sure, that a well-deserved tribute of admiration and respect is about to be paid to an individual, to whose genius and untiring energy, his country is deeply in- debted for one of her grandest modern improvements —the formation of railways, and the application of locomotive power—we allude of course to George Stephenson, Esq. A committee has been forllled, embracing many of the first names connected with the iron trade, to consider the subject of It 1, Sta- phenson Memorial," and we hear that a colossal statue is spoken of, to be erected in such part of the king- dom as may hereafter be tictet-iiiiiiecl upon, and formed <jf that most appropriate material—cast-iron. A meeting of tho committee and ol other gentlemen who take an interest in the proposition, is appointed to be held on Friday, the 15th inst., the proceedings of which we hope to report in our next.—Mining Journal, I SINKTNG'OFTIIK SWANSEA FERRY BOAT. MELANCHOLY LOSS OF SIX UVES. On SatnrdaV ni:{i¡t (act, the DLIi iIISt., the inhabi- tants of Swansea and its immediate eastern neighbour- hood were throw" into a state of great alarm and excitement, by the report that the ferry boat had sunk with a great many persons in it, not one of whom, it was then feare.l, escaped a watery grave. Crowds of persons continued passing through the street, during the whole of the night and the following dav, to and from the landing place of the ferry and pier, anxious to ootaiu intelligence as to the way in which the melancholy catastrophe occurred—whether any persons had been saved, and how many were drowned. During the morning of Sunday the'bodies of the following persons were found and identified, ail of whom have idt disconsolate widows, wil.ii young children, the latter, amounting in number to twent"- three, wholly unprovided for. J Tne following are the names of the persons drowned, with the number of children left bv each: —Evan Morgan, boatman, aged 10, leaving'five children John Jones, porter, aged Ki, two children; Ed.vnrd Llewellyn, nailer, aged 32, three children; Daniel Daniel, agent to the Neath Brewery, aged -10, four children; Ananias Griffiths, weaver, aged 25, two children; and John Eaton, aged 36, leaving seven children On Monday, Mr Collins, the coroner, summoned a Jury to hold a n inquest on the bodies, which were viewed in succession by them at the late happy homes of the deceased and their families. The Jury after- wards sat at the Town Hall, for the purpose of receiving the testimony of witnesses relative to the late calamitous event. The accident appears to have happened a short time after lO o'clock on Saturday nig-ht; the boatman was in the act of hauling the boat over by the tow-rope. there being at the time a groat quantity of fresh in the river, running at the rate of 10 or 11 miles an hour, and when about half way across, the water rushed over the gunwhale of the boat, and filled it. Another boat, containing two men, being near, who saw tho danger of the ferry bo,¡t, immediately proceeded to its assistance, and succeeded in getting all out of it, when one of the persons, catching hold of the gunwhale of the sinking ferry boat, caused the boat he was in to fill also with water, and immersed the whole of the party in the river. The two men who came to the assistance of the others were saved, one by swimming, and the other by clinging to a buoy about 20 yards below tin; ferry, to which he had been carried by the flood. Tne remainder were all drowned. The Jury, after a very patient investigation, which occupied nearly two days, returned the following ver- dict on each of the bodies. —" Drowned by the sink- ing of the ferry boat, which has been for many months utterly unfit for the purposes for which it was used. The evidence brought before the Jury, has been sufficient to satisfy them of his Grace the Duke of Beaufort's agent, Mr Thomas Thomas, having been made acquainted more thin four months since with the dangerous state of the ferry boat; which time, it has been given in evidence, would have been more than sufficient to have prepared a proper and efficient boat; and the Jurv regret that they have no evidence before them to connect the knowledge ol these circumstances with his Grace the Duke of Beaufort, so that their verdict might inculpate him. They hope some steps will now be taken to prevent the occurrence of a similar calamity, so that in future the lives of her Majesty's subjects may not be placed at the caprice of any man, however high iu talent or distinguished by birth They cannot find words strong enough to express their feelings of indignation, that the cupidity of oiie. man, and the. deception of another, should have been the means of hurrying six individuals to an un- timely grave, leaving six widows and twcllty-thrte children (under eleven years of age) to mouin the loss of husband and parent. The Jury also regret that it would be useless levying a deodand on the boat, as it would go into the pocket of the Lord of the Manor, who is the Duke of Beaufort. The Jury were awarded 3s. 0d. each, for their attendance, which sum, amounting to £3 10a., they presented for the purpose of being divided amongst the most necessitous of the poor bereaved widows. 4>1" SWANSEA AND LLANELLY POOR LAW UNION BOARDS. The Cambrian, of Saturday last, copies the follow- ing paragraph from this journal of the preceding week "The Rev. Henry Crowther, who is the English Lecturer at St. John's Church, Swansea, and who stands high in the opinion of all good people, has often tnadeeomptaints against David Morgan, the above- mentioned relieving officer. Tho resolutions, already referred to in another column, were accompanied by an expression of obligation to that Reverend Gentle- man, 'through whose exertions the case in question has been investigated.' A notification of this latter fact was forwarded with the reso'utions to the Cum- brian for insertion; but the Cambrian suppressed the part which spoke favourably of Mr Crowther. Why? A correspondent supplies us with an answer but, we think, it would come with a better grace from that journal than from us. Perhaps it will give it next week." Upon this passage the Cambrian remarks as follows — "\Ve will grace our col umns by giving our contem- porary upon this occasion all answer to his interroga- tory, as it is addressed to us "I a (lotirteotti manner— the present editor not being answerable for the sins against gentlemanly controversy so recklessly mani- fested in the columns of talat Journal by his prede- cessors. This is a eontention between two Tories; therefore, the public will exonerate us from any pre- dilection or political bias on cither side. It i true we declined the insertion of tile" notification," because we were correctly informed upon the subject, and well knew the ramifications of the proceeding, and the power of the lever used upon on the occasion at the Board of Green Cloth then assembled at L'anelly. A little bird" (as Cobbett used to sav) informed us who the individual was that pulled the wires. We, therefore, considered the as emanating from and conveying the feelings of the junta then assembled, and not of the deliberate and legal judg- ment of the full Board of G uardimjs and as a proof of the correctness of our decision, we now insert the. following copy of a lIoteaddrcssed to us by Mr Senior, tiie Assist;iiit Coiiiiiiissio;jer '■'Carmarthen, Feb. 3, 1S39. "'Mr Edwarrl Senior, Assistant Poor Law Com- missioner, presents his compliments to the Editor of the Cambrian, and would be much oblicd to him to state, that he was not present when certain resolu- tions were passed by the L'anelly Board of Guardians, and in which his name appears.' Mr Chambers, the Chairman of the L'anelly Board, was not present at the proceedings adverted to by the Merthjr Guardian. We know more than wo have said upon the subject, I a)zd thereby hangs a tale., A few words are all we shall add by way of re- joinder. In the first plaee we do not see how the absence of one, two, or three, of a numerous Board of Guar- dians can justify the designation of those present as a "junta, in the sense in which our contemporary seems to employ the term. In the second place, whatever might be the feelings of individuals on the question, still the "expression of obligation" to the Rev. HENIIV CIIOWTUEH was a pnrt ami parcel of certain public proceedings; and we think that in the principle which the Cambrian appears to adopt, a newspaper would be equally jus- tified in omitting from its report of public meetings any resolution whatever, provided the "feelings" of the mover and seconder, or some part of those who supported it, were obnoxious to that journal. Lastly, we will observe, that the cause which our contemporary assigns for the suppression of tile para- graph to which we alluded in the passage quoted above, is not the one which has been suggested to us by various correspondents. We, however, know of no reason why the statement of that journal should not be received as true; and in fairness to it we have given it above; leaving it to make its own impres- sion on the reader; and contenting ourselves with protesting most strongly against the principle which dictated the course it has pursued. The YOUNG WHEAT.-Thc farmers inform us that the wheat, which was sowti before Christmas, has been uncommonly slow and late in brairding. In general, however, though young and tender, it has a lio;tltljyzipp(,i r;t tic(!. -Preston Chronicle. SELF-TRAINED HORSES -IVIeti a colt is weaned and turned out, it has, of course, a shed or stable to lie and feed iu. By making a slight fence, about the height of the colt's knees, a few yards from the door, you compel him to walk over to get his corn. When lie is quite used to this, raise tiie fence six inches. This will make hiin rear up and get ids tore-legs over, and he will soon find it is easier tojump over than to and he will soon find it is easier tojump over than to draw over his hind-logs after him. When he does this freely, raise the fence still higher, till he is obliged to make a good standing leap over it every time he goes freely, raise the fence still higher, till he is obliged to make a good standing leap over it every time he goes ill. When he is perfect at this, which he will be iu the course of a month, then dig a ditch, and throw up I a bank with the earth instead of a rail, and he will first walk into the ditch; and then get his fore-legs on jtlllli)(,it the bank, but iu a day or two ho will quietly jump on tiie bank. After being perfect in this, have another ditch on the other side of the bank, and he will jump onandoirinafewdaysaswcnasanyhunter. The writer has a thorough-bred colt, only nine months old, which is as perfect at all sorts of fouces as the best lmuter,—Diary of a Huitfmun,