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POLICE COURT.

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PROPOSED IMPROVED RAILWAY COMMUNICA- TION WITH SOUTH WALES. In these days of competition it is necessary to look out and support any scheme that will tend to promote and extend the trade of the district. Some time ago there was a project for carrying a tunnel under the Severn near Chepstow, and now a Mr Williams, of New- port, Monmouthshire, thinks a scheme of making a tunnel under the river Severn, on the Newport side of the New Passage, will tend to improve the house and steam coal trades of the district, by shortening the dis- tance to London, Bristol, Southampton, &c., which would make the distance from Newport to Bristol about 27 miles instead of 136 miles narrow gauge, and 123 broad gauge. The dis- tance to London by narrow gauge, is 228 miles, by broad gauge, 159 miles. If the Great Western Company would only make a narrow gauge route to Didcot, via Bristol, and the proposed tunnel, and by laying a third rail down through the tunnel in the spaco between the up and down line, then there would be a single broad gauge and double narrow gauge r, Z-1 through the tunnel to Bristol, &c., the dis- tance to London being 145 miles, thereby shortening the distance to London 14 miles; the distance to Southampton would be 109 miles instead of the present route, which is very circuitous. What is said of Newport can be said of tho whole of South Wales. It would also be necessary for the Great Western Company to make a narrow gauge line from Bullo Pill to Cardiff; then there would be a narrow gauge route to Bristol, &c., from the Forest of Dean via Bullo Pill, the coal and iron works of Monmouthshire by the Mon- mouthshire railways, via Waterloo Junction, as well as from Abcrdare, Neath, and Swansea, and from the coal and iron works of Glamor- ganshire by the Taif Yale and Rhymney rail- ways via Cardiff. To carry out this scheme, it is suggested that an independent company be formed, for the purpose of making the tun- nel and lines to connect the South Wales railway with the Bristol and South Wales Union railway on the Bristol side of the river, and the Midland railway at Mangotsfield. The scheme is certainly one deserving some attention, and if carried out, would give a direct route from Southampton to the North of England and the Great Western Company from Bristol.—From the Engineer.

-THE EMIGRANTS.

SERIOUS RIOT AT PONTLOTTYN,…

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A BURGLARY FRTJSRTATED.

THE ANTIQUITIES OF LLANTWIT.

ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE.t

BEER AT THE SHOP.

THE "CIIIGNON" QUESTION.

DRUNKENNESS 4-T V ART EG.

NOTICES TO C^RRESPONDENTS.

CRICKET.

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A JEWISH MARRIAGE AT MERTHYR.

Family Notices

SHOWING UP THE MERTHYR TYDVIL…