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ABERSYCHAN.

BLAENAFON

NEWPORT.

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NEWPORT. THE BOILEK EXPLOSION AT BEDWAS.—EX0NEKATIN8 THE POLICE. At the Guardians' meeting on Saturday, the Rt Hor. Lord Tredegar in the chair, p.c. Ben field said he had been ordered to attend by tho Superintendent respecting the removal to Newport of the man who was injurc-I by the boiler explosion at Eedwas. Mr Bebell said be believed it was stated a fortnight ago that the police- man would not allow the man who had been scalded ?o be removed. Mr J, Davies I believe there was a charge made against the policeman for not allowing the man to be removed. A Guardian Yes, just so, f. id now we can bear his explanation. Mr Latcb: The jury exonerated the policeman, and commended him .r his conduct. The Noble Chairman said he saw by tho reports of the inquest that they had done so. Mr Aid Brown thought they should put the policeman in the proper light in which he should stand. (To the man :) You say the wretched place this poor maa was in induced you to go to one of the inns ? P.c. BeafieM: Yes, sir. Mr Brown What did tbey say P.c. Ben- field: They said it would not be a pleasant thing, Lut they had no objection, and the house was about 300 yards from where the man was lying. Mr J. Dalies Why was not the man removed there? Mr Brown: In consequence of Mr Llewellin's interference the man. was not removed to the public-house which you had found P.c. Benfield He was not. After Mr Llewel- lyn left the spot, the man became delirious, and rushed" about the room. I then gave orders to three men to; take charge of him and look after him. Mr J. Davies Was the man delirious the next morning ? P.c Ben- field No, sir, he was Dot he appeared a little better. Mr Bebell Do you remember Charles Phillips coming out of the fly thC! e ? P.c. Benfield: Yes, sir. Mr Bebell: And why did he not remove the man then? P.c. Benfield He said, when he went into the house, Poor fellow 1 1 had no thought he wss in such a stata as that; I should not think of removing him, fl v; could not keep him in the fly." Mr Phillips afterwards said he would not remove the man for j650. Mviiebeil: n°U r?'C' not k"11 s'lou^ n°t remove the man ? P.c. Bcnfiold No, sir when we got there, there were a great many colliers there, and they said the n an shouid not be removed. Mr Brown The colliere would not have resisted his being removed to the public-house, but they would to Newport? P.c. Benfield: They would have carried him to the public-house The Noble Chairman I think it has been said that we per- fectly exonerate the policeman for his conduct on'the occasion, and we commend him for his kind and humane conduct. Mr Latch And the jury also exonerated him. Mr Brown (to p.c. Benifeld :) We will have a minute entered on our books recording your good eon- duct. THE I.ATE CONFESSION OF POISONING. At the meeting of the Watch Committee and Pnard of Health on Tuesday, in reference to the apprehei.sion of Charles Gritt, on his own confession, for having poi- soned Miss Emily Amelia Collier, the chief-superir ten- dent stated that he had made all the inquiries l.e (oul: with a view to find out the friends and relatives of tbe prisoner. He had ascertain-"? that the boy's father ant3 matbtJr had aCJaoàoned him, and left him in -\e pot' about eleven years ago, and thus he bad become an in" mate of the workhouse. He had also discovered that the father was originally master of a ship, but d left, his wife, and was now living with a woman keminer a public-house in the neighbourhood of Plymor. h' 112 had put himself in communication with the relatives ci the prisoner, informing them of the facts of the case, so that they might if they chose devise some nu ins of de- fending him. The boy was now 16 years ot are, ari had not been looked after for eleven or twelve ears. ALARMING FIRE. Probably the most imposing and costly business pre mises in Newport were almost destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning. The establishment known as the Commercial Emporium, in which a large outfitting end general clothing business (and until recently that cf a jeweller and silversmith) was carried on, together with a pawnbrokering trade, by Mr Abraham Isaacs, were, discovered to be on tire about 1.30a.m. Dense vol- umes of smoke were to be seen issuing from the window, but for a time the flames did not appear to eain muc' headway. An alarm was given, and the police author- ities with promptitude and dispatch got ou; the fire engines. The fire bell was rung and soon plenty I assistance was at hand. No less than four f nnexioi were made with the hydrants, and with a per.tirul supph of hose and water the staff of officials and ot he.s preser.' were prepared to cope with any emergence It soor. became evident that the interior of the ildill, was literally one mass of fire. The patent re*. ^ing shut- ters soon showed signs of getting red hot, av.a the plate glass windows were heard to give way with a tremen- dous crackling. The cbief-superintendeM cf police en- trusted the hose to competent officials, aiei wherever there was the slightest trace of the lire breaking out there water was immediately brought to j'hiy. For a time it was found dlfficult to effect an entrance, tha doors being so effectually barred and hr. d The in- mates were awoke after some little difficuly, but fortu- nately Mr and Mrs A. Isaacs were the only occupantt, for the family had gone from home, and the shop assist- ants did not sleep on the premises. T. fre appeart to have spread in a most mysterious man. as alm( every loom in the large building had s: ed from influence. After an entrance had bee: effected t water was soon made to tell with eff Sergt Winmill fell headlong through the flooring to basement, a distance of at least '2011. 1 r. videntiallv. r escaped without broken bones, but he wss fright" iliy shaken. Dr. Brewer, who was near at hand, atte-ded to the officer, and he was assisted ho"; The v tier was kept on without ceasing for about five hours, her. the flames were got under. The premises udjoinir: es- caped uninjured. There is no accounting for the of tha fire. Mr. Isaacs was insured in two O\rc-tt." Phoenix and the Commercial Union The pvemi-r^ have not been completed above two vf.vs, a i w then re-constructed in the most modern si vie, Noth" can be more praiseworthy than the indefatigable way t: which the police officials under Supt. Huxtable kept h; their work, especially, we may mention, I-sp.Williau.t Sergts I'ratteu. Winmill and Wilcox,

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