ENGLISH BAPTIST CHORAL ASSOCIATION. On Monday last, at 4 o'clock, this Association —comprising the choirs belonging to the various Baptist Chapels in Blaenavon, Abersychan, and Pontypool, and having for its object the genera improvement of Congregational singing,—held its First Annual Meeting at Horeb Chapel, Blaen- avon. It appears that it was at first intended to held the meeting at Pontypool, during the month of May; and owing to this postponement and change of place, and partly, perhaps, to the rather inconvenient time for which the meeting was con- vened, the attendance was not nearly so large as might have been expected. The lower part of the chapel was appropriated to the audience, while the galleries were reserved for the choirs taking part in the Service. Mr T. B. Smith, of Pontypool, was voted to the chair; and on the platform, besides the Chairman, were the Revs. W. Rees, John Ed- wards, and E. Jones, of Blaenavon; D. Lewis, Noddfa; J. Evans, Pontypool; and the conductor, Mr D. Bowen, of Abercarne. The Chairman, in the course of a brief speech, having given expression to the pleasure he expe- rienced in being present at their first meeting, to the sympathy he and many others felt for the friends at Blaenavon under the dark cloud that now threatened their district, and to the hope that better times would soon dawn upon them, then ad- verted more especially to the object of the Asso- ciation, and the necessity for some such combined effort to improve and elevate the musical part of public worship. Then, after remarking by the way that the purpose of that gathering" was not speeching but singing," he concluded by intro- ducing the Conductor for the day, Mr Bowen, than whom, he said, few men had done more to raise the tone of Congregational singing, and to foster a taste for music among the working classes. The programme, consisting of a very fair selec- tion of hymns and anthems, was a lengthy one; but as the conductor was obliged to reduce to the limits of one meeting what should have occupied two, it was considerably curtailed. However, the pieces retained gave ample scope for the singers to show how far they were possessed of the power to lead efficiently in the several varieties of music to which Congregational psalmody is of necessity restricted. In order to render them every help,each hymn was headed with directions as to expression and style short speeches were delivered at inter- vals by the ministers present to prevent needless fatigue; and the audience were asked to join in the last two verses of most of the hymns to relieve the tedium of a long meeting. At one point during the afternoon, the conductor took the opportunity of giving a few words of advice that might be helpful towards making the movement a success. He advocated perseverance in the work they had begun, greater musical enthusiasm, a greater number of rehearsals, and rehearsals under the same leader. To their neglect of some of these points he attributed the fact that their singing was below par; a more thorough organisation, better training, and more frequent rehearsals would make it more creditable to them as a united body and a blessing to the churches to which they belonged. He also bespoke the consideration, respect, and help of churches and ministers for the leaders of psalmody in this useful but sometimes slighted work. As to the character of the singing, it mani- fested in a most marked manner the excellencies and defects common to much of the singing in our places of worship. Fulness, force, strength, and, at times, enthusiastic rendering of favourite pas- sages; these were conspicuous enough even to the most unobservant; but there was a want of many other qualities which, by means of contrast and variety, are requisite to balance and give these proper charm. In sustaining key, in precision and unity of stroke at the commencement of important lines, in lightness of touch and movement, in all points that have to do with the many and subtle varieties of expression, and with what is indicated in the word taste," they were must certainly far from perfect; while piano passages seemed for the most part disregarded, a proceeding which, in the more solemn or more tender parts of some of our most beautiful hymns, could not have any other than a most unpleasing effect upon the ear. Still, it must not be supposed that, because the singing was not artistically perfect, the meeting as such was a failure. Far from it. The very defects of the singing on Monday show the need and jus- tify the existence of an Association designed for their removal. And the first annual meeting was not to be regarded as a sacred concert where the most finished execution was to be expected, but rather as an experiment having the above-men- tioned design in view. And considered in that light, the committee and friends of the Association (an Association still young.it mnst be remembered) have every reason to expect that. if continued with energy and perseverance, the work they have now commenced will be rewarded with commendation and success. It must certainly be a strange thing, and nothing short of a disgrace, :1.. oÏ the speakers said, if the high and noble motive of loyalty to the Saviour, and concern for His wor- ship and service, be not as powerful as a .£10 or .£20 price at any forthcoming Eietedfodd to com- mand the time and aevelope the musical taste of our several ciioirs After a vote of thanks to the chairman, the con- ductor, and Mr E. (1-. Morgan/who presided at the harmonium, the singing of the anthem Open ye the Gates" brought to an end what is hoped will be only the first of many such annual meetings of this Choral Association.
ZULU MILITARY ORGANISATION. The existence among the Zulus of a military organisation based upon the principle of universal compulsory service, and the advanced tactical for- mations in which these dark warriors attack, are explicable by the simple fact that the one and the other have been imported into the country by men who were fomerlyofficers and non-commissioned officers in the Prussian Army. In 1857, a great portion of the English-German Legion, which had been formed during the Crimean War, mainly of ex-Prussian soldiers under the command of an ex- German officer, were transported to the Cape, and settled in the neighbourhood of the Kaffir frontier as a military frontier guard. As, however, the promises made by the English to these mili- tary settlers, and on the strength of which these latter had consented to proceed to the Cape, were not kept, many of those who had been thus induced to join the frontier force left it, and became dis- persed m all directions. Some of these wanderers doubtless settled down in Kaffirland and as it would now appear, have introduced into their new country Prussian ideas of military organisation, Prussian drill, and Prussian tactical formations and manoeuvres.
ABERBEEG. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The anniver- sary services of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School were held on Sunday last, when two excel- lent sermons were preached by Mr H. Hughes, of Blaenavon, that in the morning from Isaiah, chap. lx., verse 1, "Arise, shine, for thy light is come." The preacher introduced his subject in such an at- tractive manner as to at once gain the attention of all in the chapel, and succeeded in keeping his audience interested throughout. The sermon was of a high order, and was so forcibly delivered that it could not fail to convey lasting impressions to the minds and hearts of the members and teach- ers, to whom it was especially adapted. The text in the evening was taken from 1 Chronicles, chap. xi., verse 17, And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem that is at the gate." The fol- lowing is a brief summary of the sermon :—The view generally entertained,that a man is what his circumstances make, him was refuted and proved to be erroneous from the history of David, who began life as a shepherd boy, but who under God was raised to be king of Israel. The case was next described, and how the Philistines cut off the way to the well. The Bible was a well, deep and pure, not contaminated with the filthy surface- water of scepticism or ignorance, nor polluted with falsehood, but was full of promises of reward to the good, forgiveness to the penitent, and eternal life to all who live for it. It stood at the gate of learning; all were invited to drink of its pure waters. The Saviour was a well, full of love, com- fort, and mercy, from which flows the streams of salvation. It stood at the gate of life and happi- ness, but sometimes there were Philistines in the way, such as the world, the flesh, and the devil, and these cut off the way to the well of salvation but God had sent His Son, and in Him were three mighty helpers, viz., wisdom, power, and love, and by these the way was cleared, and the cup of salvation offered to all who believe. Although the sermon was longer than is generally suitable for such occasions, no one seemed in the least tired. We hope the time is not far distant when we shall have the pleasure of hearing Mr Hughes again. The Rev J. Griffiths (Baptist minister), kindly gave an address in the afternoon, deeming it un- wise to preach a sermon because the time was so short. Several recitations, dialogues, &c„ were given by the children, and pieces sung by the choir, under the leadership of Mr Langley. The collec- tions exceeded those of last year.—On Monday, the children, headed by the choir, paraded the principal streets, and returned to the schoolroom, where they were regaled with tea and cake. A public meeting was held at 7.30, when addresses were given by the Rev J. W. Coad, Mrs Coad, and others. [
ABERTILLERY. EVANGELISTIC SERVICES were held in Ebenezer Chapel on Monday and Tuesday, by the Rev Isaac Watts, of Abergavenny. On Monday, the rev. gentleman's discourse was upon the words Dost thou believe on the Son of God," and the congre- gation, which numbered nearly 400 persons, ap- peared to be deeply impressed. An awakening of religious feeling appears to have taken place at Abertillery. A short time since we gave an ac- count of special services in connection with the English Calvinistic Methodists, and the move- ment has spread to the Primitive Methodists and Baptists. During this week, special services have been held in the English Baptist Chapel, in connection with the re-opening services of that place of wor- ship, which are to be held next Sunday. The services were conducted as follows :—On Monday evening, by the Rev J. Griffiths (pastor) on Tues- day, Rev T. Thomas, Risca; on Wednesday, Rev J. Evans, Tydu Thursday, D. Lewis, Abersy- chan. Friday's service is to be conducted by the Rev J. Morgan, Llanwenarth; and on Saturday evening, a prayer meeting is to be held. Tuesday's discourse, which was an admirable one, was upon the character of Apollos as given in the 18th chap. of the Acts of the Apostles.
CAERPHILLY. THE STRIKE.—The colliers are still out here, and some difficulty is experienced in obtaining c;1 coal for household purposes. CAERPHILLY BOARD SCHOOLS.—The report of H. M. Inspector to Mr. Edwards, upon these schools, which were examined by him and Mr J. Rees, his assistant, on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of May, has just been received, and is of a most satis- factory character, and reflects great credit upon the teachers of each department. In the boys' school three honour certificates were granted.
COUNTY RIFLE COMPETITION. The aunual competition of the Monmouthshire County Rifle Association was held at the Marshes Range, Newport, on Monday week. Among the officers who attended were Lieut.-Col. Relph; Lieut.-Col. Burton; Major Thompson; Captain Oliver Goss; Capt. Stevens; Capt. Williams, (of Newport); Capt. Williams, (of Pontypool); Lieut. Brian Lieut. Graham and others. On Monday the weather was not quite unfavourable, but during the night and on Tuesday morning, torrents of rain fell, which rendered the ground a complete swamp, and to make matters worse for shooting, after the rain ceased, severe gusts of wind blew over the range. As a necessary consequence, many of the competitors (about 120 of whom had been entered) did not appear. Below we give the names of local winners. Association Prizes.—Five rounds at 200 yards. Points PrivateR. Davis, Abergavenny £5 .0 0 13 Lieut. Pennymore, Blaenavon 4 0 0 18 Corporal Edmunds, Hanbury 1 0 0 17 Sergeant A. Jones, 2nd^Mon 0 15 0 17 Private J. C. Williams, Hanbury 0 12 G 17 Sergeant S. Harris, Hanbury. 0 7 6 17 Corporal R. Moxham, Hanbury. 0 5 0 17 The Lady Llanover and Association Prizes.-5 rounds at 500 yards. Corporal D. Roberts, 2nd Mon.. £ 5 0 0 18 Private T. H. Davis, Blaeiiavon 4 0 0 17 Sergeant T. Davies, 2nd Mon. 0 7 C 1*3 Sergeant S. Harris, Hanbury 0 5 0 16 The Lord Lieutenant and AssociationPrizes.-5 rounds at GOO yards. Pri T. Davis, Blaenavon £4 0 0 ..16 Sergt T. Davies, 2nd Mon 316 0 16 Sergt W. Cook, Pontymoil 3 0 0 16 Corpl D. Roberts. 2nd Mon 2 10 0 15 Sergt J. Porter, Hanbury 9 5 0 15 Sergt W. Brown, 2nd Mon 1 17 6 15 Pri J. C. Williams, Hanbury 1 12 6 14 Capt J. F. Williams, Hanbury 1 7 6 14 Pri J. West, Blaenavon 12 6 14 Sergt D. Adams, 2nd Mon 1 0 0 14 Corp R. Moxham, Hanbury 0 12 C 13 Volunteer Prizes.—Five rounds at 200 and 500 yards. Pri R. Davis, Abergavenny 1 0 0 32 Sergt T. Davies, 2nd Mon zco 15 0 32 Pri T Lewis, Abersvchan 0 12 6 32 Capt J. F. Williams. Hanbury 0 10 0 31 The xonowmg are the names or tne ten competitors who made the highest aggregates, and are eligible to compete for the Bronze Medal of the National Rifle Association and 3 3s, which will be shot for at New- port after the Wimbledon Meeting. The winner of the Bronze Medal will be entitled to compet e for the Prince of Wales's £ 100 prize at Wimbledon next year :—Corp D. Roberts, 2nd Pri T. Davies, 4th Pri T. James, Pth Pd T Farron, 6th Capt J. F. Williams, 5th S.crgrt. T. Robert*, 3rd Pri W. Cook, lad; Sergt T. DaVies, 2nd Sergt W. Gardiner, 6th Pri J. Walte rs. 6th.
THE ARRIVAL OF THE BODY OF THE PRINCE IMPERIAL. The Orontes, with the remains of the Prince Imperial on board, arrived at Plymouth on Wed- nesday afternoon, and came on to Spithead, where she arrived at four o'clock this (Thursday) morn- ing. The body was lowered from the steamship into "a specially-prepared barge, and transhipped to the Enchantress, which subsequently started for Woolwich. —————
THE AFGHAN WAR. Her Majesty the Queen telegraphed to-day (Thursday) to Sir Samuel Browne her congratula- tions at the close of the Afghan War, and her thanks for the gallantry of the troops.
LORD HARTINGTON AND THE ELECTORS OF NORTH-EAST LANCASHIRE. In reply to a deputation of North-East Lanca- shire electors, who waited upon the Marquis of Hartington at Devonshire House this (Thursday) afternoon, his lordship gave a qualified assent to the invitation of the electors to contest that con. stituency in the Liberal interest. The qualifica- tion is understood to refer to a desire on his lord- ship's part to consult first with his constituents in the Radnor borougs.
LATEST MARKETS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. All kinds of wheat are very scarce and very dear, and fine samples make extravagant prices on account of their great scarcity. As much as 50s for red wheat and 55s for white are given. Feed- ing stuff is a trifle dearer. BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. In our market to-day English wheat was in small supply, with a lively demand. Prices went up 3s per qr. Foreign wheat was also from Is to 2s dearer, and was in good demand; oats unal- tered barley 3d, and maize 6d dearer. BRISTOL CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. Beef in good demand at 78s to 80s for best, and 67s to 70s for middling. Mat-ton plentiful; best wethers, 9d to 9ML Lamb sold freely at lOd. Only about 300 pigs penned; bacon, 9s 6d; poik- ers, 10s 6d. There were 3000 store cattle in mar- ket. Trade dull at lower rates. LONDON CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. There were 1100 beasts, including 260 foreign (dull), 4s to 5s lOd. 9760 sheep and lambs, 70 foreign (quiet)—sheep, 4s to 7s; lambs, 7s to 7s lOd. 250 calves made 5s 6d to 6s 4d per 8 lbs. LONDON HAY MARKFT.—THURSDAY. The supply was short, but trade was good, and prices higher. Prime clover, 100s to 112s; infe- rior, 85s to 95s. Prime meadow hay, 75s to 92s inferior, 40s to 70s. Straw, 30s to 39s per load.
The RICHMOND MURDER CASE—SENTENCE OF DEATH. The Richmond murder case was advanced to ale friOst its final stage on Monday, by the termination of the evidence for the prosecution and the speech Of the counsel for Catherine Webster. During thE horning Mr. "Warner Sleigh, the prisoner's counsel, 1¡1 he had received a private letter giving some Illformation regarding the witness Church, and the 4tter was recalled. He confessed that he had been engaged at a public-house previously. At his last e:(arnination he could not be induced to acknowledge he had ever been a barman. He could not re- flect whether he had been in prison- The state- ment of Dr. Bond regarding the boiled and hacked caused considerable excitement in court. "he defence virtually was that there was no trust- worthy evidence to show either that the body found Was that of Mrs. Thomas or that death had not ''risen from natural causes. After Mr. Sleigh had *°ne, the case was adjourned until Tuesday, when The Solicitor-General replied on the whole case. After combating the arguments of Mr. Sleigh that was not proved that any murder had been com- mitted, or, if so, that the remains found were not t^oved to be Ihose of Mrs. Thomas, the SoLcitor- ?eneral said that they had these facts proved: .'rst, that Mrs. Thomas was not seen alive after the bight of the 2nd of March second, that shortly lifter her return home from chapel Mrs. Ives heard 'heavy fall on the floor of Mrs. Thomas's house third, hat early on Monday morning a strange, un- countable smell was noticed coming from Mrs. Thomas's house by Miss Ives and fourth, that tho washing of clothes was seen early on that morning Soing on at the back; all of which, he maintained, ent to show that a murder had taken place. Mrs. ) homas had not since been seen alive, charred bones 11d flesh had been discovered, and human remains, when put together corresponded with tho kind ) Woman Mrs. Thomas was described to be, had been found. The Solicitor-General then re- ared to the two statements made by the prisoner, which he spoke as a wicked and artful attempt on Jer part to fix the guilt of the murder on two mno- lent persons—namely, Porter and Church. The i^blicity the press had given to the case had Solicitor-General said) been useful. When *^as known that by the prisoner's statement Church lias charged, then everybody who knew Church tried oOiaxtheir memory,and by so doing they were enabled ? come forward and prove an alibi. To implicate jhurch and Porter as the prisoner had attempted to would be a worse crime than the one they were \ú?, inquiring into. If they were to believe the doner's statement they believe that the whole lllilv of the Porter's were bound up in this wicked abominable murder. As regarded the evidence the boy Robert Porter, either he had invented the toty of the black bag, or else the story in reference ) it was true. That bag had been spoken to by dependent witnesses. The head of the murdered 0nan was missing, and the saw was missing. Where as that black bag ? It had not been found. And here was that head? There was one person who •^st know, and that was the prisoner but she made 0 statement about it. Why, even in her own state- eIlt. she did not incriminate Church or Porter in ,he disposal of that. The Solicitor-General concluded ils address at a quarter to one o'clock, having spoken Wo hours and three-quarters. Arr. Justice Denman immediately began his summing He said that the case, which, from the surround- ltig circumstances, had been a very difficult one, had en rendered still more difficult by the statements Which the prisoner herself had made. In order to ^tive at proper decision it had been necessary to 11 the large number of fifty-three witnesses but not i "6 more than was necessary had been called, neither a single observation been made which was not easential to the case. The counsel for the defence had ^"ged that the box and remains found had not been j^oved to be those of Mrs. Thomas. He did not Propose to go very elaborately into that part of the etion because if they found a multitudinous number circumstances going to show that these remains efe those of Mrs Thomas they were not bound to folate common sense by saying the fact was not Proved in every point. The counsel for the j^fcnce had contended that there was no evidence that a murder had been committed. he Solicitor-General, on the other hand, had told that there could be no doubt about it. Me prisoner in her statement admitted that a murder pd been committed, and in those statements had Wice referred to a violent death. In dealing with jho various points of the evidence the judge referred the observation of the counsel for the prisoner hat he had teen instructed, under great pressure, to Jy that after the prisoner saw Mrs. Thomas strug- ihng on the mat on the Sunday night, she had not ^terwards seen her dead or alive. In reference to "at Mr. Justice Denman said he would ask, Was it ,redible that the prisoner could have been there all |:at time without her knowing what had taken I'htce ? There were weak points in the evidcncc of and also in the evidence oi some of the "r witnesses, but whether these weak points arose the weakness or deiuctiveness of the memory judge. It was left entirely to the jury to ter the evidence which had been adduced, prisonci ;d.1 actually committed the crime ? was accused. then retired, and after a short absence, .h a verdict of guilty. usuitation with Mr. O'Brien, her solicitor, ier, in reply to the clerk of arraigns, said ,ot guilty, my lord, of the murJer. 1 Lave ne it, and as I was taken into custody I was r:y, and I made a statement against Church. Porter. I am very sorry for having done so. they are quite innocent of anything of the and I want to clear them out of it. (Sensation.) > another thing, my lord. The man who is guilty all this is not in the case at all, nor ever was in it, therefore I do not see why I should suffer for .hat other people have done. There was a child put c?.,r"y hands in 1S74, and I had to thieve for that k" and actually go to prison for it. Anybody to your lordship can tell it round about o .r;ston ,and, Richmond; and therefore the father child is the ruin of me since 1873 to this int. He is the instigator of this murder, and !'U;! never been taken into custody. (The prisoner i0r" nued, with evident emotion.) I have cherished j' l! o the last moment, my lord, but I don't see why •Should suffer for that scoundrel, who led me 't. 111). Justice Denman, assuming the black cap, said ''risoner at the bar, after a long and very painful !n': i'ry, and after very powerful advocacy on your t::1 f, and all the assistance that could be given to j u by a zealous and sypathising attorney, you have t.n found guilty upon what, even in the absence of you have now told us, I should have ventured ,3' was irresistable testimony, of the crime of murder. You tell us now for the first time you were instigated to that crime by some one "v is not in custody, and whose name is not before ind you have made some reparation at this moment -vonorating from all charge the two persons who '"as not impossible might have been sentenced to "r" scaffold upon the statements made against them, aPled with the circumstances which it was hard :b1' them to explain. So far, I think, all will feel the result of this trial is in one respect satisfac- But, though you put it to me that you ought :0 suffer because another instigated you to this that is a consideration which will not warrant ior one moment from hesitating to pass upon you 'sentence of the law. Indeed, I have no option duty imperatively demands it, and I must do it. '-other your statement now is true or not God only rt tell. After so many false statements which you t'; made, it must not be assumed to be a matter course. If it be so, it is no excuse for Ip because, in point of the law, you have been y °ved to be guilty of the crime of murder, and the ery statement admits the j ustice of the verdict. I '.11 say no more. I do not wish to hurt or wound feelings by saying any unnecessary words, but my duty to pass upon you the sentence of the Sentence of death was then passed in the ~al form. The prisoner, in a clear and distinct voice "I am "?°t guilty, my lord." In answer to the usual question whether she had fining to say in arrest of execution, the prisoner Sltld "Yes, I have I am pregnant." A jury of jt^trons was empannelled, and evidence was gives t prisoner was not enceinte. The matrons returned V(->rdict that the convict was not with child. The :^°tence of death therefore stands. The prisoner was removed.
lO The members of the East Kent Hunt have subscribed o guineas towards the purchase of a ring to be Resented to the Earl of Guildford, the late master, rocognition of his services. A special Church Missionary fund is to be raised u memory of the late Miss Prances JIavorgal. n the death of a brother of Sir John Watson ?'jJ'don, formerly president of the Royal Scottish ^c.idemy, a bequest of £11,000. for the foundation i. chair has become payable. 'Stoke Park and mansion, in Surrey, late the pro- perty of the Earl of Onslow, has been sold to Mr. J. °udgett, of Monument Yard, London, for £ 35,000. t -yIr. Knowles, beadle of the parish church at Prcs- *0?1 died very suddenly during the service on Sunday, after escorting the clergyman to the chancel. It J ne J.x(■■miner is informed that, in consequence 01 ^1 numerous arrests which have recently taken place n Hussia, it has been dt>.ermined to construct six t:0, prisons, capable of accomodating 3,600 offenders. Uf these, four will be construct^ in Southern Russia, 1,11 d two on the confines of Siberu. According to the Constantinople correspondent of r10 Golos, the Sultan of Turkey is a» enthusiastic rpsician. He took consequently a fancy to £ |;lron Ring, one of the members of tht Eastern 'umelia Commission, also a musician, ^w0 -lemen spent a number of hours together Vj the P- eful pastime of playing duets on the piano. ith a view of establishing an institution for th" p'ision of information respecting Japanese art, Mature, and folk-lore, a meeting has been held, at rooms of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, at h Sir Rutherford Alcock presided"; and a com- ee was appointed to consider the best means of 'UT' inn- out this obiect.
LOCAL PBIZE WINNERS AT USK GRAMMAR SCHOOL. We are glad to say that sons of Mr F. Phillips, of Pontypool, and Mr A. J. Harris, of Pontnewyn- ydd, gained prizes at the recent examination of the boys at Usk Grammar School by the Rev. David Jones Davies, M.A., Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Harris came out first in Latin and French, and Phillips took a prize for Latin. We understand that the last-named boy was most as- siduous in his studies in the school, and that he has devoted his half-holidays to work, instead of enjoying himself at play. Although we do not be- lieve in all work and no play," as being benefi- cial to boys, or indeed to anyone, still we cannot help thinking such application as that of our young neighbour is remarkable, and that it exhibits an amount of perseverance and pluck possessed by few. The prizes were awarded as follows:— Scripture, Stephens. English, class 1, Stephens; class 2, Honney; class 3, Kerr. Latin, class 1, Harris; class 2, Usherwood; class 3, Phillips (1). Mathematics, class 1, Jenkins; class 2, Powell. French, class 1, Harris; class 2, Usherwood; class 3, Smith. For general proficiency in Latin and French, in class 2, Mortimer.—The examiner after- wards made the subjoined report: To the Governors of the Grammar School, Usk. Gentlemen,—I have examined your school in Latin, French, English, Mathematics, and Arithmetic, and have the honour to report as follows :— The majority of your scholars passed a creditable examination in all the subjects they took up. Two or three boys at the top of the school have creditably worked hard at French and the Merchant of Venice. The amount of work prepared in French was more than is usually expected of boys of their age. The transla- tion from French to English was very good, but there was a little fallmg-off m French Exercises and German. Divinity, History, and Geography were satisfactory— the weakest points were the dates. A fair start had been made in Euclid and Algebra. The Arithmetic was satisfactory. I have handed a list of the prize boys to the head master. I remain, gentlemen, your obedient servant, DAVID JONES DAVIES, M.A., Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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ATTEMPTED MUEDEK AND SUICIDE AT MAINDEE. On Thursday morning, a man named John Byrne deliberately fired a revolver at another man's head, and then walked to the house in which he lived. Having entered the house, he presented the revolver at the police constables when they went to arrest him, and threatened to shoot them, so that they feared to enter, and up to nearly one o'clock, they had failed to gain ad- mission, and the would-be murderer was at bay inside. Both Byrne and John Watts, his unfortunate victim, were engaged among a party of labourers working under a corporal of Royal Engineers, engaged in making an ordnance survey in the district. Byrne is said to be about 45 years of age, and Watts 18 years. The shot was fired without warning when the labourers, to the number of eight or nine, were paraded in Fair Oak Avenue, Maindee, previous to commencing work. The motive is not known, but Byrne is said to have been very eccentric in his conduct lately. When it was fired the revolver was pointed at the ear of Watts, but the ball inflicted two flesh wounds in the left shoulder, which the doc- tor has pronounced not serious. Watts was af- terwards walking about. The police abstained from entering Byrne's house, because of his threat to shoot them, but he stated he would give himself up at 3 o'clock, and would then go to the police station with Mr Davey, landlord of the Crown Hotel. At that time, therefore, Sergt. M'Grath and Mr Davey went to the house, and found Byrne in the front room. Immediately the:sergeant appeared, Byrne fired at him, but M'Grath dodged on one side, and Byrne then placed the barrel of the revolver in his own mouth, pulled the trigger, and, fall- ing down, died in a few seconds. It was found the charge had entered his brain. Deputy Chief Constable McIntosh: having been telegraphed for, was quickly on the spot. Byrne was an old soldier, andpossessed theVic- toria Cross, four medals, and two clasps, and had generally been a quiet, inoffensive, and respect- able man. He is said to have lately suffered from delirium tremens.
PAOTEGR LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of the members of this authority was held at the Pontymoil School- room, on Tuesday evening. Mr A. A. Williams presided, and there were also present Messrs E. Holdsworth, P. Parker, H. J. Parkhurst, J. Wat- kin, and J. Jenkins. NEW BATE AND FINANCES. A rate of Is 4d in the fona valuation of .£14038 was ordered, to cover all charges. The Chairman stated that the balance of the Sebastopol drainage amounted to £211 9s, and the Cwm drainage .£146 6s 7d. The balance to the credit of the Board at the bank was .£20 is 7d. In answer to Mr Parker, the Surveyor stated that the rate was 4d less than last year, when it was Is 8d in the SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr Goodenough, the Surveyor, presented his re- port, as follows:— (f I beg to report that the committee appointed to inspect the water supply atCwmyniscoy met on Thursday, the 19th ult., and after inspecting the various springs of water in the above district, suggested that a purer supply could be obtained for the inhabitants of the top of the upper Cwm by laying down a three-inch glazed pipe from a well in a field below Bingham's Row down to the side of the brook near the water tank. The committee requested that an estimate of the cost should be prepared and laid before you this evening. The total cost of the above work, including iron tanks, covering well, 100 yds of 3-in. glazed pipes, 18 ft. of 3-m. iron pipes, and laying down pipes, about 2s 6d per yard, or .£12 10s in all. I beg also to report that I ha,ve made a general district rate at Is 6d in the to meet all the expenses that will be in- curred for the year ending March 25th, 1880. No- tices of the proposed rate have been posted as required by the Act of 1875. & it requires the sig- nature and seal of the Board. I beg to submit for the consideration of the Board the following im- provements required in the Panteg district. First, the laying down of a four-inch bark-stone from Pontypool to Machine House, to protect the path for the punlic,which would be the means of making a deeper gutter and draining the turnpike rond; secondly, allowing a pitched gutter across the road to carry off the surface water by the Estate Yard, Jtfaesderwen; thirdly, allowing the parish road to vvi:L-n.cl in the Upper Cwm. near 1\7r .To-jnph, Jenkins's rbop, a distance of 63 yards, which is narrow and very dangerous to young- children when carts are driven that way. I beg to state that notices have been given to owners of property at Sebastopol respecting the water for the use of their tenants, and requesting them to properly protect their wells from surface water running in, SO as to make the water pnre for drinking pur- poses. This has already been attended to." THE WATER SUPPLY. With regard to this matter, as dealt with in the Surveyor's report, Mr Holdsworth expressed a hope that the supply would be brought further down. The Chairman thought it would be better to substitute an iron pipe instead of the proposed glazed one. In the event of the supply being brought further down the valley, there would be no necessity of taking up the pipes again. Mr Jenkins considered that an iron pipe would be cheaper than a glazed one. Mr Watkin preferred an iron pipe, for the reason that a perfect joint could not be made to glazed piping. The water would filtrate through the latter, and so contaminate the supply. b Mr Jenkins remarked that there was a difficulty in obtaining a plentiful supply of water from that source in dry summers. That portion of the report was then adopted, the Surveyor being instructed to do the work at the earliest opportunity. THE CHURCH PATH. Mr Jenkins mentioned that the state of the church path was very bad, and required attention; and also that the path leading across the fields to Pontyvelin needed repair. The Chairman enquired if the Board had ever repaired that path, and The Surveyor said they had not. The Board directed the Surveyor to ask the oc- cupiers of the land if they would haul the material for repairing the paths, and in the event of their doing so the Board would repair them. The Chairman said he felt sure the Board would not undertake the entire expense. WIDENING OF A ROAD. The Surveyor was directed to prepare a plan for the widening of the road near Mr Jenkins's shop at Upper Cwm to be submitted to Mr Hanbury for approval, as the land required for the purpose belonged to that gentleman. There was no other but routine business.
CHARGE AGAINST A PUBLICAN AT TREDEGAR. STRANGE CONDUCT OF A POLICE OFFICER. At the Tredegar police-court, on Tuesday, Wm. James, landlord of the Ponty-y-Capel beerhouse, Briery Hill, was summoned by Captain Foil, superintendent of police, for an alleged infringe- ment of the Licensing Act, viz., permitting drun- kenness on his licensed premises on Saturday, the 21st of June. Mr Plews appealed for defendant. The case was a very peculiar one, and involved a few knotty points of the law as to the duty of a police constable when he sees a drunken man enter a public house. At the last sitting of the magis- trates on the 1st of July, William Lewis and Thomas Jones were fined Is each and costs for being drunk at Ponty Capel Inn on June 21. After hearing the evidence of Police-constables Lynch and Phillip Craig, who both deposed to seeing the man Lewis enter the house of de- fendant in a state of intoxication, Mr Plews addressed the bench, and dwelt strongly on the unmanly conduct of a police officer watching a drunken man into a house just to entrap the landlord. It came out in evidence that Lewis had been turned out of another public house by Lynch on the same evening, and Mr Plews asked the question very pointedly why the landlord of the other house had not been summoned. Police-con- stable Lynch: Because he called me in to turn Lewis out. Mr Plews: And you stood and watched him go into the house of my client with- out attempting to prevent him ? Witness That is not my duty. Mr Plews Are you so instruct- ed ? Witness: I don't choose to say, but it is not our duty to inform landlords how they are to con- duct their business. If they infringe the Act, they—. Mr Plews I don't ask you that, sir; but I do say it was a most unmanly proceeding to watch this man—a man, mind, whom you previously had ejected from another house, and allow him to go into this house; and all I can say is, if this is your duty, I am sorry for the force. The defendant and his two servants were examined, and it was plain enough that the man Lewis was in the house with- out their knowledge, as he had been over and over again, on previous occasions, refused beer. The Bench were of opinion that there had been some carelessness on the part of the landlord as to the supervision of his house, and imposed a fine of 2s 6d and costs, the license not to be en- dorsed.— Western Mail.
PARLIAMENTARY SUMMAKY HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY Lord Oranmore and Bro-.vne tailed attention to the continued disturbed state of parts of Ireland, and asked whether IKr Majesty's Government deemed it that the time had arrived when measures should bo taken to assert the supremacy of the law. He moved for a return of all persons now receiving public pro- tection in Ireland, and of public posts of constabu- lary located in disturbed districts and a return of farms now unoccupied from intimidation. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon admitted that in Mayo, Galway, and Roscommon there had been a great deal of Agricultural agitation, and that a secret society had been established. The Government, however, meant to preserve peace and order, and, if their present powers were not large enough, would lose no time in proposing such measures as might be necessary. The motion was withdrawn. The Summary Jurisdiction Bill was read a second time and the Duke of Richmond and Gordon having, in reply to Lord Emly, stated that the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act was intended to be uniformly applied in the three kingdoms, and he had no doubt that the police in Ireland gave assistance when required, their lord- ships adjourned. HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. In reply to a question, Sir M. Hicks-Beach stated that Sir Garnet Wolseley had been entrusted with the fullest discretionary powers, which he would exercise in accordance with the views of the Government, as to the granting an armistice to Cetewayo. Mr. Callan gave notice of a question respecting a letter which had been published from a private soldier with the British Army in South Africa, in which he spoke of severe flogging in the army out there. On going into com- mittee on the Army Discipline Bill, Colonel Stanley announced that the Government had decided to con- fine the offences for whbh corporal punishment could be awarded to such as were punishable with death. Mr. Chamberlain moved to report progress, as the statement just made by the Secretary for War must have taken everyone by surprise inasmuch as it was distinctly understood from .what took place on Saturday that it was the intention of the Government to abolish flogging. Colonel Stanley denied that he had given such an assurance. The Marqllds of Harting- ton did not understand that any such definite pledge had been given, and suggested the postponement of the discussion of the question until a later stage. After a few words from Sir C. Dilke and Mr. Otway, the Chancellor of the Exchequer urged that the dis- cussion should be postponed until the question could be more regularly raised. Mr. Bright observed that the extent of the concession made by:the Government depended entirely upon the consideration of what were the offences for which, by the hill, tho punish- ment of death might be inflicted, and it appeared that there was scarcely any offence for which death might not be inflicted under clauses which would never have passed, but that it was thought no British officer would enforce the extreme penalty in such cases. HOUSE OF LORDS.—1TUESDAY. On the second reading of the University Education (Ireland) Bill- the Earl of Kimberley and Lord O'Hagan said the Bill would not be a solution of the difficulty. Viscount Cranbrook replied that the legi- timate issue of such an opinion should be a motion to reject the Bill. The Earl of Leitrim thought the Bill, though inadequate, would not be altogether use- less. Earl Granville regarded the measure as inade- quate to the admitted grievance. The Lord Chancellor said while the Government could not consent to any- thing in the nature of denominational endowment, yet if the Senate of the new University were next year to ask for a grant for scholarships and exhibitions, similar to those given to the University of London, no objection could be taken on the ground of endowing a denominational University. After a few words from the Marquis of Ripon, the Bill was read a second time. HOUSE OF COMMONS—TUESDAY. At the morning sitting, the special Report of the Select Committee on the Tower Bridge was con- sidered as to the offer by Mr. C. E. Grissell to con- trol the decision of the Committee if he was guaranteed 1 sum of two thousand pounds. After some discussion as to the precedents bearing on the case, it was resolved, on the motion of the Chanceller of the Exchequer, to refer the matter for further in- quiry to a Select Committee of five members, which will be nominated. The Jtouse, in Committee, proceeded with the Army Discipline Bill, and Clauses 147 to 165 were dealt with. M the evening sitting Mr. Sampson Lloyd moved a resolution in favour of the appointment of a Minister of Agriculture and Commerce. After considerable debate the Chancellor of the Exchequer said he concurred in the spirit of the resolution, and he admitted that the existing Arrangements fell short in many respects but he was not prepared to enter upon so large an undertaking as the establishment of a large department to ad- minister all the functions of the executive govern- ment in respect to mines, manufactures, shipping, railways; and other matters. On a division the resolu- tion was carried by 70 votes to 56-a, majority oi v. | IiOI'sMOF n, i 1; of i j, Chancellor Of the Exchequer. Sck-ct Lomipitteo was appolntfc^Lto consider the special report *>f the Tower High Bridge Com- 1.11 it-tee will- reiVrenco to the aliegCGR?.■ reach of privi- !< go by Mr. Unsdl. Mr. jon, member tOl South Shields, moved the 8"¡;;1¡}.¡-r.. of the Sale oi Intoxicating Liquor-on Sunday HiU. arguing tIHtÍ the same good results migiit/be a>,ii ited in England which had followed similar measures in Scotland and Ireland. He asked the Government, if they could not support the total Sunday-closing of public-houses throughout the country, whether they were prepared to adopt the recommendation of the Lord's Committee, and make an exception in favour of the Metropolis. He insisted that a majority of the public, especially of the trading classes in large towns, were in favour of total closing. Mr. Whcelhouse moved that the bill be read a second time that day three montns. He maintained that the bill was not brought forward in the interests of public sobriety, but was the offspring of a narrow-minded and bigoted section of the commu- nity, who wished to enforce their puritanical views upon the rest of the country, and to suppress the liquor traffic altogether. Mr. Birley cordially supported the measure and was followed on the same side by Mr. Cowper-Temple. Mr. Rodwell would not object to a further contraction of the present hours, but could not assent to tho total closing, and Mr. Pease took a similar dew. Sir H. S. Ibbetson could not vote for the bill. After some other speakers, Sir M. W. Ridley admitted, on the part of the Government, that something more might be done, but asked for time to consider further the recommendations of the Lords' Committee. It must, however, he said, be understood that they did not contemplate going be- yond them. For his own part, what he thought was required was not tolclosc public-houses absolutely, but to restrict drinking on the premises. The best thing the promoters could do was either to bring in a bill to carry out the recommendations of the Com- mittee, or one to restrict drinking on the premises, both of which moasurcs the Government would con- sider favourably. 1\1r. Stephenson was understood to accept this recommendation-a course which Mr. Bright approved. Mr. Monk and- other members complainr of this unexpected change of front on the part the Government, and moved the ad- journment of the debate, which was carried by the narrow majority of three. The House adjourned o'clock-
THE LATE PRINCE NAPOLEON THE FINDING OF THE COURT-MARTIAL. (( correspondent sends the following report:— landsman's Drift, Upoko River Camp, June 10. The court of inquiry into tho circumstances of the death of Prince Louis Napoleon has concluded, and the following is the finding Firstly, turt is of opinion that Lieutenant Care" ..1;,1 not 1d ;n which ho ■>+ onset which J son stat. charge of the escv& „u ihe escort, says: I done tnat Jl nad any Authority over it. After the precise and clreful in. ductions of Lord Chelmsford, stating, as he did, he position the Prince held, and that he was invar- lably to be accompanied by an escort in charge of an Jcr, the court considers that such difference of Dpimon should not have existed between officers of the same department. Secondly, the court is of ppinion that Lieutenant Carey is much to blame 111 having proceeded on duty with part of the escort detailed by the Quartermaster-General. The court cannot admIt the plea or irresponsibility on Lieu- tenant Carey s part, inasmuch as he himself took steps to obtain the escort and failed. Moreover, the Fact that the Quartermaster-General was present on Itelzi Ridge gave Lieutenant Carey the opportunity f consulting him on the matter of which he failed aVaIl hmiself. Thirdly the 'court is of opinion that the selection of the kraal where the halt was nade, surrounded as it was with cover for the enemy, md the adjacent difficult ground showed lamentable want of military prudence. Fourthly, the court ieeply regrets that no effort was made to rally the ascort and show a front to the enemy, thereby pos- sibly aiding those who had failed to make good their retreat." No action has yet been taken on the court's report. Whether Lieut. Carey will be made the scapegoat remains to be seen. Whether the European public accepts the same views of the primary error or not, I maintain it consisted in at- taching the Prince to the department concerning itself with reconnaissance work. The weather is cold, and the health of the troops is superb."
A CURIOUS ACCIDENT occurred at Sirhowy on Saturday to a young man 20 vears of age, named David Jones, son of Mr W. Jones, mineral agent. While he and some friends were amusing them- selves, by jumping, on the mountain, young Mr Jones was suddenly seen to fall down, and it was found that he had been wounded in the head by a bullet, which was supposed to have come from the shooting range of the Ebbw Vale Rifle Corps. Drs. Coates and Brown were immediately sent for and they succeeded in extracting the bullet. The unfortunate young man lies in a dangerous state.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. UNION AUDIT.—The half-yearly audit of the ac- counts of the Pontypool Union was conducted by Mr A. W. Roberts, the Government Auditor, on Wednesday and Thursday last. THE WARDEN'S FETE, annually held at Raglan Castle, took place on Thursday, the 3rd inst. The band of the Panteg Artillery Volunteers was in at- tendance, and played several popular selections. THE SERVICES commenced about a fortnight ago at the Ragged School Mission Hall, Pontymoile, and conducted by an agent from the Evangeliza- tion Society, London, have been continued during the week with much success. VAGRANCY.—On Wednesday and Thursday two men were sent to prison by the Pontypool magis- trates for sleeping out, one of them being found on private enclosed premises, and the other in the Pontrhydyrun Tin Works. Vagrancy is becoming more common—a sign of the bad state of trade. SNOW IN JULY.—Large snow-flakes fell in Cwm- ffrwdoer on Tuesday. They were seen by the men employed at one of Mr P. Chapman's stone quar- ries. We may well fancy Brother Jonathan's weather clerk is indulging in a quiet snooze, and that he has left our winter tap turned full on. VANCE IN PONTYPOOL.—This popular and well- known entertainer paid a visit to Pontypool on Thursday week, together with his operetta party, and gave an entertainment, in the Town Hall. The building was crowded to excess, and the local puns and funny songs which Vance introduced were ex- ceedingly good, and afforded a proof that there can be fun without vulgarity." FooT RACE.—A foot race, conducted under pe- culiar circumstances, took place on Thursday week on the old race course below the Pontypool Road railway station. The match was for ijl a. side, and the competitors were two young men named John Gage and Thomas Moore. Gage won the toss for selection of ground, and he chose a field grown with long grass, which nearly reached to the head of his younger opponent. The distance was 100 yards, and Gage won by two yards. CAPTURE OF A THIEF.—On Friday afternoon, Sergt. Young apprehended in Pontypool an unfor- tunate named Selina Gibbs, charged with having stolen .£20 in gold and 15s. in silver, the property of Jenkin Jones, with whom she had been staying at Merthyr Tydfil on the night of the 27th ult. Only 2s 63 d was found upon her when taken into custody, although she made no denial of the charge. She was transferred to the Merthyr police, and on Monday was remanded for a week, as the prosecutor failed to put in an appearance. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.—A workman named Chas. Martin, employed at the Pontypool Tin Works met with a shocking accident at an early hour on Monday morning. He was engaged in conveying coal to the works, and being new to the duty, was not aware of the narrowneai of a bridge through which the engine had to pass. He was riding on the outside of a truck, and on entering beneath the bridge was squeezed between the wall and the truck. He sustained severe injuries to the spine and hip, and is under the medical care of Mr Essex. THE TOWN SCHOOL.—The annual Government examination of this School took place on Thursday and Friday, the 3rd and 4th inst. Mr Mostyn Price, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, and Mr H. Taylor were the examiners. Two hundred and sixty-five children were present. The Inspector ex- pressed his approval of the sewing, and also of the part-singing of the children. As far as the results of the examination are known, it appears to have passed off well; and judging from the number of passes on the schedule, we think a very satisfac- tory report may be anticipated. PORTRAIT OF MR HANBURY.—A beautifully-en- graved portrait of John Capel Hanbury, Esq., J.P., D.L., Pontypool Park, has just been produced by the firm of Messrs. W. H. Beynon & Co., Fine Art Publishers, Engravers, and Lithographers to the Queen, at their Studio, Delamere House, Chelten- ham. The likeness is strikingly and faithfully pourtrayed, the full face being represented and as, from an artistic point of view, the engraving exhibits great merit, a very pleasing and life-like picture has been produced. The artist under whose superintendence the work has been execu- ted is A. Arnst, Esq.; and the portrait has been drawn from a painting by Signor Bompiani, of Rome, as well as from special sittings given by M Hanbury in London. A DANGEROUS PRACTICE.—In Commercial St., on Tuesday night, a nursemaid carrying a child in her arms was knocked CIOWJL by a bicyclist 'vho passed through the town at a furious rate, and gave no indication of bis approach by whistle 03 bell, as required by law. Happily, no* very serious consequences resulted, but this was more a miracle • h:: n arything else, as sudden and violent throwing vo the ground of a young womim with a. child in he: aims is at the least calculated to in- jure either one or the other. The bicyclist himself came to grief, and narrowly escaped going through a. tradesman's window; but he immediately re- mounted, and raced off without anyone being able to ascertain his name. Such practices are most dangerous, and require suppressing. CONCERT.—On Thursday evening, 3rd inst., a concert was given in Crane Street Baptist Chapel, by the Abersychan Glee Party, for the benefit of a friend in Pontypool, who recently met with an accident. Mr T. B. Smith was in the chair. The audience was small, but appreciative. The chair- man spoke in favourable terms of the Glee Party, which is becoming stronger and is always ready to assist any charitable object. Messrs E. G. and T. H. Morgan played the accompaniments with their usual ability, and Master Windsor Morgan sang several selections in a very creditable manner. Praise is due to Mr John Protheroe for the way in which he has brought out this talented Glee Party, whose usefulness is increasing every week. A RATEPAYERS' BURDEN.—On Tuesday, at the Town Hall, a robust-looking woman named Bridget Morgan was charged by P.c. Turner with being drunk and riotous in George Street, Pontypool, on the previous evening.—Supt. Mc'Intosh explained that the woman and her children had for years been a burden upon the ratepayers. She had been deserted by her husband, and the Guardians grant- ed her a sum of 3os. to go to Wolverhampton to rejoin him, as it was alleged that he was there. She failed to discover him, and had to be sent back at a cost of .£7. Ever since she had been in the Union with her children.—The Rev. J. C. Llewel- lin said it was a most disgraceful thing, especially as she was so violent that the officers found it ne- cessary to convey her to the police station on a truck. She would have to go to prison for seven days, in default of paying a fine of 10s. PONTYPOOL CHERRY FAIR.—For the first time during a period of half a century this annual fair took place on a Saturday; and the day proved fine. There was a very fair show of horses and cattle, and more business was done than might have been expected under the unfavourable circumstances which are attending all commercial and dealing transactions this year. Milching cows and in- calyers fetched good prices; and young colts, of which there was a fine display, realised paying fi- gures, and a great number changed hands. In Market Street there was the usual exhibition of swinging boats, roundabouts, shows, and shooting galleries, all of wThich seemed to drive a roaring trade. The number of visitors to the fair was large, but not equal to the average, as in the "better days" they flocked into the town in hun- reds where they could only be seen by fifties v.û Saturday. Depression of trade, scarcity of work, and lack of good wages, were combinations which did not prevent the expenditure of the cur- rent coin of the realm in houses licensed for the sale of intoxicating drink. Notwithstanding this, and the attractions of one particular house her the public were favoured with bread and cheese and beer at a reduced price, the police had seldom occasion to interfere, and no charge arising from the Saturday night's indulgence was pre- ferred before the magistrates on Monday. TRANCH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY—We are pleased to find that those persons who worship at the above Church, as well as those who take an active part in its services end Sunday School as teachers and singers, still manifest the same zeal and interest in the work as hitherto. The anniversary held last Sunday is a proof of this, and its success must have convinced all who were present at the two services that much time had been sacrificed and pains taken in the teaching of the children by the Superinten- dent of the Sunday School, Mr David Davies, and the other teachers; also by Mr Bateman, who conducted the children's singing upon the occa- sion and Mr Roberts, who officiated as organist. The manner in which the children, both girls and boys, acquitted themselves in their recitations, as well as in the singing of the hymns, was exceed- iagly creditable to themselves and to those who had trained them. A solo and refrain sung by Miss James, of Penyrheol, assisted by the choir, was so nicely done. At both the afternoon and even- ing services, which were somewhat abridged, ap- propriate pieces were recited by the children, who were called from their places by Mr D. Davies; suitable hymns with lively tunes being occasion- ally given out by him. The services were con- ducted by the Rev. W. R. Thomas, Vicar of Abersychan, who is a great favourite in this place of worship, where, as on previous occasions, crowd- ed congregations assembled to hear him. The text in the afternoon was part of the 11th verse of the 16th Psalm, Thou wilt show me the path of life; and in the evening, St. Luke, chap. xii., verses 18, 19,20. Both sermons were warm and earnest, and well adapted to benefit the hearers. A TEMPERANCE ENTERTAINMENT was given in Mount Pleasant Chapel on Monday evening last, when the proceedings passed off to the enjoyment of all present. The Rev T. LI. Jones occupied tbe chair. THE REV. J. WILSON, in his sermon at St. James's Church on Sunday morning, made a touch- ing allusion to the death of the Prince Imperial, and called upon all to sympathise with the doubly- bereaved Empress. Although the case of the poor Empress was unusually sad, he admonished his J hearers to extend their sympathy to other widows ■ in distress.
BLAENAVON. THE Blaenavon stock and pleasure fair has been postponed to Monday next, owing to the poor at- tendance on Monday last. THE King St. Baptists, under the leadership of the Rev. O. Tidman, continue their out-door ser- vices at 5 o'clock on Sunday afternoons with much success. Mr Tidman is well qualified to conduct such services, and is very active in family visiting. TRADE has not improved here during the past week; more hands have been discharged, and the colliers are doing very little. Great numbers of men are to be seen standing about the streets, waiting for the turn of the tideand several have left the town to work at Ebbw Vale and other places. Batches of men also leave every week for America. FAREWELL SERMON.—On Sunday last, the Rev. A. Beavan preached his last sermons, previous to leaving Blaenavon, in the New Primitive Metho- dist Chapel. The subject of the morning's sermon was the text, I have fought the good fight," &c. In the evening Mr Beavan told his hearers that for I the two years during which he had preached the Gospel among them, he had always, as faithfully as he could, preached the same Gospel as St. Paul J had preached. At the close of his discourse, he bade them all Good-bye." A large congregation assembled at the evening service. Mr Beavan has proved himself a most able preacher since he came amongst us, and much regret is felt at his leaving the place. He took his departure on Monday for Radstock. ————
ABERSYCHAN. A JUVENILE EISTEDDFOD, in connection with the Abersychan Wesleyan Sunday-school, took place on Thursday, a notice of which will appear in our next issue. THE LITERARY INSTITUTE.—A meeting for the purpose of promoting the establishment of a Lite- rary Institute in Abersychan was held in the Schoolroom of the Independent Chapel, on Thurs- day evening. A full report will appear next week. THE ANNIVERSARY SERVICES of the Wesleyan Sunday-school were held at the chapel on Sunday last, when sermons were preached, morning and evening, by the Rev G. B. Mellor, of Nottingham, Mid in the afternoon by the Rev T. T. Shields, of Pontypool. In the evening there was an overflow- ing congregation. Notwithstanding the continued "bad times" from which the district is suffering, the collections proved to be in excess of last year. Special Hymns were sung by the children at the different services in a very effective manner. On Monday the children had their usual treat of tea, Jake, &c., at the school-room, and afterwards marched to a field near Sunny Bank, where the re- mainder of the evening was spent in a variety of pleasant pastimes, Aquarius having kindly con- sented for the nonce to withhold his watering-pot.
GLASCOED. THE School Board for the united districts of Llanbaddock, Glascoed, and Monkswood, met on Thursday week, at Usk. Present, the Revs. Win. Morgan (Chairman), G. V. Grantham (Vice-Chair- man), W. Thomas, Messrs. J. Davies and W. Chil- ton. After a discussion upon the necessity of the two schools ordered by the Education Department, it was resolved that the notice of the Education Department, bearing date June 25th, be complied with, and that the two schools be built; that the Revs S. C. Baker, W. Thomas, and Mr W. Chilton Form a committee to select a site for buildino- the Giascoed School, to accommodate 80 children"; and that the Revs G. P. Grantham, W. Morgan, and Mr J. Davies, select the site for Llanbaddock School, to accommodate 60 children. The salary of the clerk was fixed at £20 a year. MR H. S. Gustard, Usk, was requested to continue as clerk to the Board until their next meeting, when a clerk will be definitely appointed. j
USK. THE ATHLETIC SPORTS.—The fourth animal athletic meeting, under tho auspices of the USK Cricket Club, is announced to take place in the Old County Cricket Field (kindly lent for the occasion by Mrs Jon^s), on Monday next, J The entries closed last Monday, and the pro- grammes, price, 2<1., be obtained at the Observer Office on Saturdf.Y morning. The slight, increase in value OJ: the prizes has wrought wonders, as a glance AT the programme will show, and, bar accidents, at the ME-eting on Monday such men as Charles L. O'Malloy, of the Ilex Swimming Club and West London Rowing Club Harry England, of the London Athletic Ciub; A. H. Davies, Blackheath Harriers; Arthur T. Porter, Leicester Athletic Club; J. Crewdson,Manchester j and Salford Athletic Club, and a host of others nearer home, will be found competing. Such entries as those mentioned must take many by surprise, as we confess ourselves to be, and the Cricket Club of Usk we trust will be alUply rewarded for the vigour with which its committee has acted. The weather of late has been very bad, but we hope a fine day may be in store for the meeting on Monday next—an event which is looked forward to with interest from year to year by nearly every inhabitant in the town.
CWMBRAN. j Hutchinson and Tayleure's Circus gave two per- formances at Cwmbran Gardens on Thursday week, which were well attended, and gave much satisfaction, especially to the juveniles. Some of the ponies were exceedingly well trained.
PONTHIR. THE Sunday School anniversary of the Baptist Church at Ponthir was held on Sunday last. Ser- mons were preached by the pastor, the Rev. D. Davies; and in the afternoon a Service of Song was given, under the leadership of Mr. J. Hughes. Collections were made at the close of the services towards the library and school funds.—On Mon- day, the school children had their annual treat, when friends who wished to join were admitted on payment of a small sum.
NEWBRIDGE. THE ANNIVERSARY SERVICES in connection with the English Baptist Sunday School were held on Sunday last. Sermons were delivered by the Rev T. Thomas of Risea and in the afternoon he gave an address to Sabbath School Workers. The singing and recitations by the children were much enjoyed. ————
THE HANBURY CUP. fourth monthly competition for the Hanbury Silver Cap took phicc at Cwrnhckey Range on Thurs- day afterrioan. The highest scores were—Cu^>l J. L. Morgan, 42 points Capt J. F. Williams, 42 and Pri M'V;tt:ie,1.
LATEST NEWS. [EY TELtGiiArH.j ARRIVAL OF SIR GARNET WOLSELEY AT CAPETOWN. A Donald Currie's telegram says that Sir Garnet Wolseley arrived at Capetown on the 23rd June. On his arrival, Sir Garnet was received by Sir Bartle Frere, and drove to Government House. At his Excellency's urgent request, the Dunkeld was specially dispatched to Natal, with Sir Garnet and his staff.
BRITISH TROOPS NEAR CETEWAYO. The British are within 25 miles of Cetewavols kraal. Sir Garnet is determined to reach the front without delay.
THE COURT MARTIAL ON LIEUT. CAREY. The Daily Telegraph correspondent says that the decision of the court martial on Lieut. Carey has been sent to England for confirmation. Lieut. Carey returns home at first opportunity.