PRESENTATION OF COLOURS BY THE DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT. The Duchess of Connaught, who was accompanied by the Duke, presented new colours to the 2nd Batta- lion of the 12th Regimentat Portsmouth on Saturday in presence of thirty thousand spectators. Among those present were the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Louis of Battenburg, Prince and Princess Edward of Saxo Weimar, and the Duke of Manchester. The old colours were first trooped, and after the new ones had been consecrated by Bishop Claughton, chaplin- general to the forces, the Duchess made the presenta- tion, after which she spoke as follows, in a clear voice, with scarcely a perceptible accent and without ex- hibiting the slightest degree of nervousness Colonel Bagnell, I have very great pleasure in pre- senting these colours to the officers, noncommissioned officers, and men of the 12th Regiment, and in doing so am persuaded that I am confiding them to safe custody, placing them in the hands of those who will defend them if called upon with honour and distinct- ion, and I am proud to have the honour of perform- ing the ceremony. Colonel Bagnell replied expressi ng the honour they felt at being the first to receive such a favour from the Duchess "bo had become a member of the English Royal family. The nam I colours will have the word Afghanistan" added, as the 1st battalion is on active servico there. The twelfth was raised in 1685, and has seen much ser- vice. At the battle of Dettingen the Twelfth, with the Twenty-second Regiments were led by King George I. in person, in honour of which, on the Sov- ereign's birthday, both regiments wear a rose. A number of the regiment perished when the Birken- head foundered, and in 1783 the regiment was direct- ed to assume the title of East Suffolk. The last colours were presented at Gibraltar in 1827.
PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Col. BYRDE (in the chair), and the Rev. T. EVANS. THE QUALITY OF MERCY. John Price was charged with stealing a pick, used for the purpose of cutting coal, the property of the Blaenavon Iron Company.—P.s. Young stated that he took the prisoner into custody with the pick in his possession, and which bore the mark of the Blaen- avon Company.—Prisoner said he had been 40 years in the service of the Company, and nothing had ever been known against him. He found the pick which was in his possession.—The Chairman said the deci- sion of the Court was that prisoner enter into his own recognisance to come up to receive judgment when called upon, and under this understanding he would be discharged. MORE FIGHTING MEN. Job Reece, labourer, and Edward Williams, collier, of Talywain, were summoned for committing a breach of the peace by fighting in the public streets, on the 26th ult.—Williams, who did not appear, was fined 17s, and Reece 5s. AN ADJOURNMENT. William Lewis, labourer, of Glascoed, was sum- moned for assaulting John Harris, beerhouse keeper, on the 27th July, hut the case was adjourned by consent. A DECEIVER. Noah Davies pleaded guilty to an information charging him with being the father of the illegitimate child of Rosannah Barwood, of Abersychan, and was ordered to pay 2s 6d a week towards its maintenance, together with the custs. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. John Frost, labourer, of Blaenavon, was summoned for being drunk and riotous on the 27th ult.—De- fendant did not appear, and the case having been proved by P.c. Watkins, a fine of 15s was inflicted, with the alternative of seven days imprisonment.
POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—(Before the Rev. J. C. LLEWELLIN and C. J. PARKES, Esq.) A DISGRACE TO HER SEX. Elizabeth Johnson, a miserable looking, middle- aged woman, was charged with being drunk and be- having in an indecent manner. At a late hour on the previous evening Sergt. Basham found the pri- soner in Mill Road in the company of a number of men, and acting in a most disgusting manner. She was very drunk, and for this reason, and because he wished to save her from possible violence, he locked her up.—The Magistrates said it was a most disgrace- ful case, and sent the prisoner to Usk gaol for 14 days hard labour. ASSAULTING THE POLICE. Henry Morgan, of Abersychan, was charged, in custody, with being drunk and assaulting P.c. Tratt in the execution of his duty.—Mary Ann White de. posed that prisoner was drunk and insulted her, but she did not wish to say anything against him.—The constable stated that at 11 o'clock at night two wo- men complained to him of the prisoner's conduct; he saw him a short distance from the house occupied by one of the informers, and he was at that time quar- rellingwith some men witness ordered him off home, but he retaliated by striking him (witness) a blow on the face he then took him into custody, but before he could overpower him, prisoner kicked him several times when on the ground and bit him he eventually, by violence, effected his escape, but was apprehended the same night. Fined 20s or 7 days hard labour.— Paid. AUDACIOUS THEFTS. Joseph Williams, a seaman and a stranger, was charged with stealing a pair of boots, the property of Mr Henry Jacob, boot and shoe maker, of Abersy- chan.—On Saturday night prosecutor missed three pairs of boots from the inside of his shop door, and while he was inquiring of his apprentice respecting the matter he noticed the prisoner walking in a sus- picious manner outside the door; he accordingly watched him, and subsequently saw him take three fairs of boots from the other side of the doorway he followed and gave him into custody.—Sergt. Lewis deposed to finding three other pairs of boots in an outbuilding where prisoner was seen to have been.— He pleaded guilty, and pending inquiries was re- manded until Saturday. 0 PUTRID FISH. James Flood was charged with exposing for sale at Abersychan, on Saturday last, a quantity of fish un- fit for human food.—The fish was inspected by the magistrates, and the charge was supported by Mr Cook, inspector of nuisances, and Sergt. Lewis.— Defendant was ordered to forfeit the fish and pay the costs, 10s.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM. ———— x GREAT DAMAGE. Early en Sunday morning, a thunderstorm of extreme violence passed over South "W ales, Mon- Biouthshire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire, Ox- fordshire, London, and adjacent parts of the country. In the neighbor, hood of Pontypool, after a bright warm morning, a heavy storm of fain fell about 6.30 on Saturday evening, being ac- coiupanied by lightning and thunder. This cleared off. although a quantity of rain still continued to fell. During the night, from about 1 to 2 o clock, however, a thunderstorm of unusual severity visited this locality, during which the lightning flashes were so frequent as sometimes to follow each other almost without cessation, and now and then a single one lasted for the space of several seconds. The thunder-claps were exceedingly loud and pro- longed. The storm was very generally felt throughout this part of the country, and was more widely spread than such storms usually are. A tree was struck in Llanover Park. At Chepstow: the house of a gardener named Thos. Jenkins was struck, a chimney and portions of the roof were damaged, iron piping down the outside of the house was broken, and the stone doorstep was moved away six inches. The man had been stand- ing on this stone a few minutes before. Near Rugby, two sheep were killed while in afield. At Cambridge: a large tree was torn up by the roots at King's College; a farm homestead was set on fire at Pulbourn, the premises being totally des- troyed and a man was struck dead at Tivetshall. At Coventry the chimney of an empty honse was completely destroyed, several windows broken, and n, large number of bricks fell into the yard. At Norwich: several houses and trees were struck, also the church at Wells-next-the-Sea, which was set on fire, and only the tower is left standing. In London and neighbourhood, very large hailstones fell, and at Richmond (Surrey) the policemen Measured some to be five inches in circumference. The Roman Catholic Chapel at the same place is Wrecked, and a great deal of glass in windows and conservatories was broken—in this respect Kew Gardens have been greatly injured; the dining- room of the Orleans Club was destroyed, this being witnessed by about thirty persons j at several Mansions, as well as in the strawberry nurseries, glass was broken, a.nd damage to a large amount was caused. Near Reading, the camp of the Berkshire Rifle Volunteers, in Englefield Park, the seat of Mr Benyon, was deluged with water. Near Oxford, about a mile of railway was washed away, and passengers had to be conveyed by a dif- ferent route. At Guildford the pumping ma- chinery of the water works, belonging to the Local Board, was struck, and rendered a complete wreck, the piston being twisted up like a corkscrew, and the massive fittings of the engine rent, rolled up, and hurled about the place in great confusion— fortunately the engine was not at work and no one "Was on the premises; several trees were struck, the roofs of houses torn away, and farm buildings and sheds destroyed. At the Marquis of Bristol's seat, Ickworth Park, near Bury, a hundred panes of glass were broken, and pieces of a large tree which "Was struck were hurled seventy yards. At Leices- ter, a horse belonging to the railway was killed by lightning, and also a cow. In various parts of the Western counties, trees were torn up, fields sub- merged, windows broken, houses unroofed, sheep killed, telegraph instruments disabled, a,nd much other damage was done. A very singular accident occurred at Pontardulais Mr G. T. Edmunds was Wheeling his bicycle from the station up to his residence on Saturday evening, when the lightning struck the front wheel, which was smashed to Pieces. Fortunately Mr Edmunds let go at once, and so escaped uninjured.
ANOTHER ACCOUNT. About eleven o'clock on Saturday night a storm of thunder and lightning broke over the metropolis, and continued without interruption until daylight on Sunday morning. With the exception of a few flashes it was principally sheet lightning; but the •torm was sufficiently violent to bring down at in- tervals heavy falls of rain. The weather on Saturday Tj'as fine but oppressive until the hour when the hghtning began to play. The storm was felt with nioat severity in the northern suburbs, where torrents of rain and hail fell, causing the flooding of houses much damage in gardens. lteports from the district more immediately affected describe the storm to have raged with unusual violence during the whole j^ght, and in instances death has resulted, a man having been killed by an electric flash, as well as a pumjje'r of (Jomestie animals. The wind and rain ^hich accompanied the storm has caused destructive jodings !lD^ great injury to the crops, At Richmond a»d Twickenham the storm resulted in the destruction of several thousand pounds worth of property. The Castle Hotel, Richmond, as far as glass is concerned completely wrecked. Some thirty guests were staying at the Orleans Club, and were witness to the gnashing of the heavy corrugated glass forming the dome of the dining-room and the laying waste of the choice exo'.ics in the beautiful grounds. The los° here alone represents over one thousand pounda. Lady John Chichester's mansion at the foot of Rich- mond Bridge, has suffered severely, and also that of Mr. Grand Duff, M.P., at York House, Strawberry Hill. Lady Adeliza Manners out-buildings have been more or less reduced to a wreck, whilst also those of a well-known strawberry growers. A printer, r.amed ltussel, was struck by the electric fluid, whilst watching the lightning from his window but he is recovering. There docs not appear to be a single house in the the parish that has not had panes of glass broken. —At Cambridge damage was caused by the flooding of cellars. Several fires of farm produce arc reported from the district. Two cows were killed is a field at Dawston. The rainfall at Cambridge was over three inches, and the result was the flooding of all lands and property adjacent to the Cam to an extent un- known for twenty-four years. Men were rowing about Midsummer-common, which is flooded almost up to the four lamps. The College ground of St John's, Trinity, Clare, King's and Queen's were several feet deep with water, and the roads at the back of the Colleges were impassable for pedestrians. The usually sluggish Cam was running with the impetuosity of an overcharged mountain torrent, so that fears were en- tertained for at least one of the bridges. Communica- tion between Cambridge and the Midland Counties, via the London and North-Western Railway, is stopped,the line being under water in several places. fA man at Tivetshall was struck dead. A fire caused by the lightning took place at Fulborn, at the farm of Mr. Reuben Moore. The premises are destroyed. A large tree at King's College was torn up by the roots. The greatest fears are entertained as to the result at Cambridge and St. Ives. The parish church of Wells-next-to-the-Soa was struck by the lightning during the storm on Saturday. The edifice was greatly damaged; in fact little more than the tower was left standing. Two windmills atWreningham & Wymond- ham were wrecked by the* wind, which at one time had almost the fury of a hurricane. The roads about Norwich suffered very greatly from the furious mass of water which crossed over them, and on a low part of Newmarket Road a great sheet of water accumulated. On the Ipswich Road a large tree was torn up by the roots and thrown across the road. The wheat and barley was greatly laid by the storm over a wide breadth of country. In Warwickshire the storm raged with terrific violence. At Bulkington, near Rugby, two sheep in a field in the occupation of Mr. William Satchwell, farmer, were struck by lightning and killed. Large quantities of hay have been borne away by the floods. An unoccupied house in Spon Street, Coventry, was struck by lightning. One of the chimneys was completely shattered, the windows broken, and about three tons of bricks hurled with great violence into the yard below. Windows in the houses were also smashed. Just after midnight on Saturday the storm broke over the camp of the Bucks Volunteers, near Cookham, and raged with great violence. Rain fell in tor- rents, and the whole encampment was flooded, water rising in some tents to the depth of four inches. The men were compelled to turn out, some half clothed, and waddle through a sea of mud to the canteen tents, which were pitched on higher ground. At four o'clock in the morning the camp was one vast sheet of water, in which clothes-boxes and bedding were floating. The Eton boys and cadet corps from Stony Stratford College were sent home, but the remainder of the volunteers are weathering out the effects of the storm. The regiment was paraded and addressed by the Colonel, who said the men would show the country that they were not feather-bed soldiers, and that they would not, if possible, allow the elements to break up their camp before the appointed time. The regiment then, with the band at their head, marched through mud and water, in some places a foot and a half deep, to Woodburn House, where church parade was held, the Ven. Archdeacon of Buckingham preaching. In the Newbury and Bath districts the storm was very violent, and was accompanied by heavy rain. Telegraphic communication between Monmouth and Gloucester was stopped.
MR. TRACY "TtJRNERELLI'S AMBITION REALISED. Mr. Tracy Turnerelli writes from the Charing Cross Hotel, under date August 2nd:—" < You have now got what you desired.' These words were ad- dressed to me yesterday afternoon, by Lord Beacons- field, between five and six p.m. Had they been addressed to me, as I hoped, at the Crystal Palace, or even in Downing Street, in the presence of the pi ess, I should have been satIsfied, and have required no more from the Premier. But they were addressed to me on the pavement of Bond Street. I was coming from Huntand Roskell's, when a gentlemanly-looking old man, leaning on the arm of a younger man, passed me. I had never before seen Lord Beacons- field, but I saw at a glance it was he. I bowed to him. He returned my bow. 'May I have the pleasure of shaking hands with you, my Lord,' I said. f am the unfortunate! Tracy Turnerelli.' His Lordship shook hands with me cordially—well he might-addilg the above words—'You have now got what you desired.' I did desire that—but I desired no more it was publicly for the Premier to tell the nation I had served him and the country. As I am a gentleman, I repeated my bow and walked on—for the streets are not the place for anything but civilities— but elsewhere I should have added: I want more, my Lord—Justice that justice I have asked your Lord- ship, of the Prince and Princess of Wales, of the Queen, and which in a month, on a hundred platforms, if I live, and health permits, I intend, after my rammer holiday, to ask of tjie people.' Will his Lordship prevent me by acting fairly towards me before the Session is over ? I kftow not. But what- ever I write and whatever I say, I trust his Lordship will not forget I treated as a Christian gentleman should do—shook hands with him, spite of the injury he has done me—and look to him to act in the same way to mo, even when painful words are being writ- ten and uttered."
Gloves with thirty-two buttons are worn in Paris for full dress, those with eighteen buttons being con- sidered fit only for demi-toilet. Hearts may be attracted by assumed qualities, but the affections are only to be fixed by those which are leal Jonathan Mason, a youth residing at Workingtoa, has been apprehended and charged with strangling his wife. It is stated the couple quarrelled during A drinking boui, and that after the deed Mason decamped. At a large bicycling meeting-at Brighton,a collision occurred among the bicyclists, an 1 three young men were very severely injured. THE DUKE OF BEAUFORT AND MB SOTHERN.— Mr Sothern is travelling in America and has the Duke of Beaufort for his companion," or some- thing to the same effect, would probably be the Yankee way of putting it. It seems that many of them refuse to believe in the Duke's rank, and say he is the servant of the great actor, whose protests to the contrary are treated as good jokes. An American paper had the following :—" Our old friend is at his old tricks. He is accompanied by a portly and imposing valet, to whom he has given the name of a Duke,who is skilled in packing port- manteaus, driving phtetons, and gaffing salmon." SHIFTING A RAILWAY STATION.—On Thursday last, Port Talbot railway station, having been previously lifted up about two feet by means of screw-jacks, was shifted bodily on baulks of timber a distance of several feet by the same means. Secure foundations and walls were afterwards built. The building is of stone, and the doors and windows were left in, but there was no crack or start of any kind. The contractor was Mr G. H. Whalley, of Chepstow. One hardly knows which is most deserving of praise, the contractor who re- moved it, or the mason who built the walls so fir mly as to stand the strain. HOLLO-WAV'S PILLS.—The sudden changcs, frequent fogs, and pervading dampness sorely impede the vital functions and conduce to ill-health. The remedy for these disasters lies in some purifying medicine, like these Pills, which is competent to grapple with the mis- cbicf at its source, and stamp it out without fretting the nerves or weakening the system. Holloway's Pills ex- tract from the blood all noxious matters, regulate the action of every disordered organ, stimulate the liver and kidneys, and relax the bowels. In curing chest com- plaints these Tills aie remarkably effective, especially when aided by fiiction of the Ointment on its walls. This double treatment will ensure a certain, steady, and b en ( ficcnt promts, and sound health will soon be re- sta blislied.
SINGULAR ACTION FOR LIBEL. At the Bristol Assizes, on Tuesday, Miss James, a young lady of nineteen, sued through her father, a commercial traveller of Bristol, to recover damages for libel from Mr Jolly, pro- prietor of the largest drapery establishment in Bath. Miss James was apprenticed to M r Jolly for three years, paying a premim of forty gui- neas. When within a few months of completing her term Mr Jolly suddenly dismissed her, writ- ing to her father the letter which contained the libel complained of, and which alleged general levity of character on the part of Miss James, and charging her with walking out every night with a Mr Russell, and with laughing and talk- ing at the door with a young man of no reputa- tion. The Lord Chief Justice insisted on Mr Jolly giving the names of the two young men particularly referred to, and it appeared that one was the son of a colonel and the other of a major. It was proved that Miss James and her sister are remarkably alike, and it was the sister who had been seen walking with Mr Russell, to whom she is engaged. The jury awarded the plaintiff £75 damages.
WHEN GENIUS FINDS INSPIRATION. It is told of Mrs. Siddons that one day, as she was passing in her carriage through St. Giles's, she saw two Irish vixens indulging in a struggle that was s more common sight in the great actress's time thar our own. The tragedienne ordered her coachman tc stop, much to the amazement of the lady who was her companion on the occasion. The performers of the grand combat continued the conflict without tak- ing heed of who are who was not looking on at then exertions. At last, equally mauled, very much disfigured, and exceedingly out of breath, the Milesian viragoes had to leave off from positive ex- haustion. Upon this the majestic Sarah directed hei servant to drive on. "You are astonished," she said to her friend, at my stopping to witness a vulgai street brawl. I have never been satisfied that I had exactly caught the true facial emotion for Lady Macbeth, when she talks of dashing out the brains of her babe. Now one of those women, in threaten- ing the other, struck me as having exactly the expression required; and I am determined to try it to-night, as I have to play the character." She did, and the effect was electric.
DR. FRANKLIN AND AN INQUISITIVE INNKEEPER. Dr. Franklin, in the early part of his life, had occasion to travel from Philadelphia to Boston. He put up at an inn, the landlord of which was a thorough Yankee for persistent inquisitiveness and insatiable curiosity respecting the business of his guests. Franklin had scarcely sat down to dinner before the landlord began his accustomed torture. Well aware of what he had to go through, and knowing that auswering one question would only pave the way for twenty more, he resolved to stop the matter at once, bv re- questing to see the wife, children, and servants—in short, the whole household. This request astonished the host, but it was complied with. -When they were all got together, Franklin solemnly began: "lily friends, I sent for you here to give you an account of myself. My name is Benjamin Franklin I am a printer, nineteen years of age reside at Philadel- phia, and am now going to HI lIon. I sent for you all that if you wish for any further particulars you may ask, and I will inform you which done, I hope you will permit me to eat my supper in peace.
HOW A FARM WAS EARNED. A young man, says the Cincinnati Times was very anxious to secure a piece of property which was for sale on very advantageous terms. lIe w. nt to confer with a friend who was a banker, and inquire whether it would be prudent to borrow the required sum and pay it in regu'ar instalments, thinking he should be able to manage all but the first instalment. He was advised to borrow from the bank a sum large enough to cover the first payment, lay it slrictlv aside, and then go ahead. But," said his fricnd:" you must spend literally nothing. You must live off the place. You must make a box, and drop into it all the money you receive." The young man and his wife went bravely to work to follow his advice. If it was necessary to dine on a head of boiled cabbage and salt, they did so and never grumbled. Every payment was promptly met. The egg money, and the butter money, and the corn and wheat money—all weni into the payment box, and at a specified time the lot was theirs. There was an invisible wealth about such hard-earned possessions that common observers knew nothing of. On the day of the last payment the young man presented himself before his friend with a smiling face. and with the money in his hand. There were no rags to be seen, but his clothing was well covered with darns from head to foot. You SA6 1 have followed your advice," he said, easting a glance iver himself, "and my wife looks worse than I 0.1.1. I But I have earned the farm, and now I know how to jam another. i
ANECDOTES OF JUDGE TALFOURD. I In July, 1850, Baron Parke and Justice Talfourd ¡ met at Chester, the one having just travelled the South and the other North Wales circuit Walking side by side down-stairs at the Judges' lodgings to join the high-sheriff, who was about to convey them to the Cathedral, the Baron noticed, to his surprise, that his brother judge was arrayed in his scarlet and ermine robes, instead of the scarlet and silk costume donned in summer, and which he himself correctly wore. Brother, brother!' cried the punctilious Baron, you've got your winter robes on Yes,' said Talfourd, my unfortunate butler made a mistake when we started from town, and put these in the luggage.' 'And you travelled all round North Wales in them f Oh, yes,' said Talfourd, the prisoners were tried just the same, you know, and I did'nt like to hurt my man's feelings by speaking to him about them. I shall tell him before we part, 80 as to be right next time.' 'Why I'd have dis- charged him,' said Baron Parke. 4 Oh, no, brother, you wouldn't,' replied Talfourd; he's lost his mother lately poor fellow; and, after all, it was only a fault of the head, you know, Baron, not of the heart.' Another anecdote relating to the same judge is more of a domestic character. At the corner of Russell square, and near to the house of Talfourd an old woman had for several years kept an apple-stall, where the Judge, frequently made a small purchase. Standing at his parlour window one pouring wet day, Talfourd saw the old creature seated in her usual place, and crouching down wet through in the pelting rain. The sight aroused all his kind and pitying nature. It was in vain he returned to his literary and legal labours; again and again he went to the window to see the same, to him, distressing sight. At last, seized with a sudden idea, he donned his hat and coat, rushed oft" to a shop in Southampton Row, and purchased a large gig umbrella, which he brought back triumphantly and placed over the old woman. it a glorious thought ?' we heard him ask a somewhat unappreciative brother Judge. thing actually covered her and her apple-stand, too. Many were the half-sovereigns and sovereigns which the kind and good man sent round privately to the governors of gaols to be given to poor friendless youths convicted before him, that they should not be turned penniless upon the world when their term of imprisonment was over.—Leisure Hour.
The Commissioner:) of 1851 have granted sion to the companies of the City of London to'-fiin Technical School at South Kensington. The Odessa Messenger states that never before has there been so much corn stored at Odessa as at the present time, as no orders have arrived from abroad. Dr. Francis Henry Laking has been appointed Surgeon-Apothecary in Ordinary to her Majesty, and Apothecary in Ordinary to her Mftjwty'* house* hold. The Home Secretary has granted a reprieve to Mary Ann Sanderson, a midwife, who was convicted of wilful murder at the recent Nott- ingham Assizes. SAD CASE OF SUICIDE.—On Monday, William Pace, who was serving a term of imprisonment in Coldbathfields prison for killing a man who had seduced his daughter, committed suicide by hanging himself with his braces. The Hon. Arthur John Morgan, brother to Lord Tredegar, (who represented Breconshire for 18 years, until 1875) has consented, in compliance with a requisition, to contest the county in the Conservative interest, in opposition to the sitting member, Mr. Fuller Maitland. SERIOUS CHARGE AT NEATH.—On Tuesday, Moses Hopkins, collier, of Ty Llwy, was charged at Neath with violently assaulting a single woman named Millicent Florence Price, of Brecon, with intent, &c. Mr Peters defended. Prosecutrix asked for a remand in order that she might obtain the assistance of a solicitor. Mr Peters objected on the ground that the defendant would be prejudiced thereby. The case was adjourned. THE VICAR AND THE WESLEYAN ARCHITECT. A Yorkshire vicar has found that bigotry is sometimes an expensive luxury. A firm of archi- tects at Hull having obtained the contract for the restoration of a church, the vicar in question at- tacked them in the press as having no experience in church work. He also wrote to the vicar whose church was being restored I am an- noyed to see that you and your committee have engaged Messrs. Buttcrill as architects for the restoration of your church. Are you aware that they are Wesleyans, and cannot have any reli- gious acquaintance with such work?" Being now mulcted in £50 damages and costs, he has learned that a clergyman, inclined to indulge in clerical arrogance, must keep to his own church and churchyard, and not interfere with the pro- lessional reputation of even a AVesleyan.
COURT LOYAL HANBURY LODGE OF FORESTERS. The Anniversary of the above friendly society, No. 1939, of the Ancient Order of Foresters was held on Monday, the event being celebrated at the Winning Horse Hotel. The dinner, provided by Host and Brother George Jeremiah, was well- served and substantial; and a sensible feature in the affair was, that it was given in the Market House. The large division of the building directly opposite the Hotel was devoted to the purpose, and the cool and pleasant appearance it presented formed a marked contrast to the heated and crowded atmosphere of a room in which too many people, for their temporary good, are so oft on such occasions huddled together. Evergreens and flowers, mingled with appropriate inscriptions significant of the order, decorated the walls, and with a sufficiency of room, a good dinner was enabled to be partaken of under the most favour- able circumstances. After dinner the company subsequently met at the Winning Horse, the large room of which was also choicely decorated, when the chair was taken by Bro. W. Williams, and the vice-chair by Mr J. Evans. During the inter- vals which took place between the toasts, capital songs were sung to the accompaniment of the harp, most ably played by Mr W. Pearce, Ystrad- Rlwndda. The Chairman, in proposing The Queen," remarked that we had a good and devoted soverign, but he trusted we should soon have a Government in power which would more successfully govern the country than the present one as doing. The toast was received with musical honours. The Prince and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family," was next given by the Chairman, who commented upon the readiness displayed by the Prince to promote the welfare of charitable societies. His public conduct showed the geniality of his disposition, and he (the chairman) doubted not that when he came to rule over the country, he would do so with prosperity and maintain the regard of his people. (Applause.) The Chairman proposed The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces." He felt sure that at such a time as the present the toast would be warmly welcomed. It was necessary for us to defend our national honour, and there must be forces to do it. For the safety and prosperity of our country they were indebted to the Army and Navy, and to the Volunteers for our inland defence. He rejoiced in the establishment of a Volunteer force, and felt sure that if ever called upon, their posts would not be deserted. (Applause.) Bro. Thomas responded for the Volunteers. f < The Clergy and Ministers of all denominations was next given by the Chairman. He said he was very thankful he belonged to a society which associated with its creed the nature of a religious order. They were in accord with all religious societies, and cordially drank the health of minis- ters who represented every religious body. There was nothing in their views as members of a society which was not based on the true and substantial groundwork of religion. Their work and intentions were sacred, and he thought all who were con- nected with religious bodies should become members of sacred societies also. He thought they were greatly indebted to the different forms rpli<?ion existing in the country, for its honour mainly rested upon the observance due to public worship, and a dependence upon religion. (Hear, hear.) If religious views should ever forsake the minds of a majority of our country-people, it would be a dark day for Great Britain. (Applause.) Mr J. Morgan responded, anel observed that among the friendly and religious societies in the country, there were to be found the most honour- able and fearless men who paid tribute to the British Flag. (Cheers.) m, The Chairman followed by proposing 1 he Coal, Iron, and general Trades of the District." He said they had suffered long enough, and although ii was not wise of them to go into politics, he could not help but to express a hope that it would not be long before they had a change of Govern- Z, ment. They were all suffering, and all alike wished for a revival of trade. He should not like to say that because they had a Conservative Government they were always delighting jjj war, or took a pleasure in meddling with foreign affairs; but he would undertake to say that at the present moment they would not wish for a Conservative Government. They could not change for the worst, but they possibly would for the best. If a. Government were constantly interfering with foreign affairs, and engaging the country in complications,they could not expect that any great amount of speculation would be rife. It was upon our foreign relations and the speculation of our capitalists that we looked for a circulation of c 't, ts money and an abundance of trade. At present they had neither. Twelve months ago he knew hnen who were receiving the wages they were now, and had less work to do- The prosper- ity of the country was mainly dependent upon its working population, but if they wanted a change for the best, they must commence at the top of the tree. (Applause.) Bro. A. Trollopc responded, and seemed to regard a change of Government as inevitable. He hoped that with it they would have a revival of trade. „m „ The Chairman proposed lhe Press, and remarked that such institutions as theirs from greatly indebted to the local newspapers, that the encouragement they gave and the stimulus they imparted to the public mind in causing men to reflect, and then to becon:e members of benefit societies. The local representatives responded. The Chairman observed that the society had become so general that every person seemed to be a society man- He was thankful that he was such, for he regarded those who kept amy from society as being only fit for a lunatic asylum. He spoke of society generally. They were met toge- ther as members of a society which conferred numerous benefits upon them, and it was only natural they should at times meet together. It was his opinion that every working man should belong to some association of the kind. There was scarcely a fireside in the country which had not been comforted by the benefits which such societies extended, when the head of the family belonged to one of them. He advised every father teach his sons to become Odd Fellows or r Foresters when they were old enough. They would all join in wishing such institutions God speed." They made men more independept, and not ashamed of being working men. It was an act of Providence in directing men to make pre- paration for themselves in time of need, or succouring and providing for their widows in times 0f° distress. He begged to propose Prosperity to the Court Loyal Hanbury Lodge, °f the Ancient Order of Foresters. (Cheers.) Bro. Jones responded, and read a number of statistics showing the growth of the society and its increasing prosperity for a period of 30 years past. According to the last return, they were only 383 in numbers behind the Odd Fellows. Bro. Poulsoin proposed the health of "The Monmouthshire District," which, be said, was at sent in a very healthy state. lIe. prayed that every district lodge might be in a similar condi- tion. (Hear, hear.) Bro. Jenkins read a statement of the financial condition of the lodge, which-was of a most grati- fying nature, although a lev; of 4s per man had been made upon the members trs a contribution to the Abercarne Colliery Explpsion Fund, Is of which had been remitted. £:i!60 had been paid out of the funeral fund, which was rather a large amount, but a satisfactory balance rested with the treasurer after paying all expenses. The Chairman next gave the health of Past and Present Officers," to which the Vice-Chairman responded, and proposed The Lodge." Bro. Edwards acknowledged the toast, and challenged the policy of accumulating funds. The Host and Hostess," The Ladies," and other complimentary toasts followed, the meeting being brought to a close in a most harmonious manner, God save the Queen" being the signal for departure home.
LOYAL HANBURY LODGE OF UNITED FRIENDS. On Monday, the Anniversary Dinner of this society took place at the Montague Hotel. In the morning the band of the 2nd lon. Rifle Volunteers assembled at the Hotel and about noon, preceded by three horsemen, gaily attired in the regalia of the order, headed a procession of the members, who walked to Pontnewynydd. On their return a first-class dinner, provided by Host Beacham, was enjoyed, and after the cloth was removed, Bro. Vater was called upon to take the chair, and Bro. Wm. Davies the vice-chair. After the usual loyal and complimentary toasts had been duly honoured, the Chairman gave a statement of the affairs of the lodge. This showed that it was in a most flourishing condition, there being upwards of JE375 in the hands of the Treasurer. The customary toasts of rrjie chair," The Host and Hostess," &c., where heartily drunk, and a very enjoyable evening was spent by the members and their friends.
USK. THE Baptist Church Sunday School anniversary was held on Sunday. The sermons were delivered by the pastor, the Rev W. Morgan. In the afternoon, the service having been opened by singing, and prayer by the Rev J. Matthews, the scholars gave a service of sacred song, entitled Christiana and her Chil- dren," conducted by Mr Wheeler, jun., with connec- tive reading by Mr Morgan. On Monday the annual tea. was given at Mr Walter Evans's Farm, Llancayo.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. No SERVICE will be held at Trevetliin Church for the next two Sundays, on account of the build- ing being under repair. ACCIDENT AT THE TOWN FORGE.—On Monday, a breakage oocurred at the Town Forge to one of the valves connected with the large engine, and the machinery was consequently stopped for a time. A BAPTISMAL SERVICE was held at the Taber- nacle Chapel on Sunday evening last, when there was a large congregation. After a sermon by the Rev. J. Evans, the ordinance was administered to four candidates. To OUR READERS —We have received the manu- script of an original story, the publication of which will be commenced in these columns in a few weeks. It is entitled Breeston Hall," and is written by Lionel," a local author. We are sure that it will prove very interesting to many. PRESENTATION.—On Sunday evening last, at the close of the ordinary service at Crane St. Chapel, it was unanimously decided to grant the pastor (the Rev. J. Williams), a sum of £10 towards de- fraying the expenses of his holiday tour. Mr Wil- liams, who was taken quite by surprise, briefly and suitably responded, and the meeting soon after- wards terminated. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev. W. Thomas, who for the past two years has been the minister of the Baptist Church at Glascoed, has received and ac- cepted an invitation to the pastorate of the Church at Llanthewy, near Abergavenny. Mr Thomas's removal, which will be deeply regretted by his late charge, will doubtless be a great gain to the Church to which he is about to minister. IN MEMORIAM.—We have this week to record with deep sorrow the death of Mr John Warwick, innkeeper,and one of our most respected townsmen. The deceased was 50 years of age, and he died on Wednesday morning from an acute attack of bronchitis, his illness having only lasted a few days. He was recently elected a member of the Local Board, but resigned the office without tak- ing his seat. MUSICAL CONCERTS.—On Thursday evening, the band of the Pontypool Amateur Musical Society, under the direction of Mr Sewell, played a choice and varied selection of music in the Italian Gar- dens. During the present year these agreeable musical concerts will be given weekly, instead of fortnightly, as heretofore, and will be continued to a later period of the season, their commencement having been delayed by the bad weather. The subscription list is this year ad lib., and the restric- tions for admittance are greatly modified. t, MOUNT PLEASANT SUNDAY SCHOOL.—The an- nual treat to the children attending this Sunday r, School was given on Thursday week, on which oc- casion some 500 teachers and scholars partook of an excellent tea in the chapel, after which they marched with flags and banners through the town, singing, to a field near the Baptist College for re- creation. Mr Jones (the Pastor), was uuable to be present by reason of sudden and unexpected be- reavement, the knowledge of which marred the enjoyment of the teachers and senior scholars ex- ceedingly. BANK HOLIDAY.—Monday last formed a strong contrast to the last Bank holiday, when the fete in the Park took place. The day was delightfully fine, anel was generally observed as a public holi- day. The railway companies offered facilities at a cheap rate for excursions to favourite places, and so afforded an opportunity for the holiday-keepers to visit their friends. Raglan seemed to be the favorite resort of the Pontypool inhabitants, and a large number proceeded there by train, while others selected Swansea. As a fine day throughout is beginning to be somewhat ef an unusual occur- rence3 it is a matter of congratulation that one fell "!a on the day most desired by the general community. LONDON AND PROVINCIAL BANK.-The Report of the usual half-yearly meeting of shareholders of this Bank, which was recently held at the City Terminus Hotel, London, together with the ba- lance sheet submitted at the same meeting, will appear in full in our next issue, having been crowded out this week. The chairman alluded to the late period of continuous and almost un- equalled depression," and also to other unfavour- able influences which the bank had to contend with durin, the past six months. In calculating the profits,°the Board had carefully gone through every debit account in the whole bnök" in which there was even a possibility of loss, and it was only after making provision for bad and doubtful debts that the profits had be-eit estimated. The custo- mers'" balances were £ 2,059,324. being the first time they amounted to two. millions. The gross gross profits were Y.59,202 9s 5d, out of which cur- rent expanses, salaries, fees, &c,, had 'lo be paid, as well as the dividend, which was at the u^ual rate of 121 per cent. The chairman also spoke uf the 5,088 new shares which were isstipd in the early part of the year. They were offered pro rata to the shareholders, from whom the directors received applications for six times the number of shares available. FARWELL SERVICES AND PRESENTATION.—On Sunday the Rev R. J. Edwards, United Methodist Free Church Minister, preached his farwell ser- mons: in the morning from Deut. ch. ixxii., v. 9-12, and in the evening from Luke xxiii., v. 33, eni The place which is called Calvary." At the close of the evening sermon the preacher said, in addressing the church, he hoped that the place called Calvary would ever have an abiding place in their hearts, and, that amid the many absorb- ing things of this life they would not fail to re- member this place and the great events issuing therefrom; and that in the contemplation of it they would find peace and happiness as well as aspirations Godward and Heavenward. The one aim of his ministry had been to lead them to this place as the only remedy for sin, and the only source of inspiration towards that holiness with- out which no man can see God. He had, he believ- ed, preached to them the Gospel, and must leave the result, hopino- it would be to them the savour of life unto life. His earnest desire and prayer for all was that they may be saved. On Wednes- day a meeting was held, presided over by Mr Hall, when addresses were elelivered expressing regret at Mr Edward's removal and desire for his future usefulness and happiness, after which Mr S. Win- sor on behalf of the teachers of the Sunday School presented Mr Edwards with a book entitled The Dictionary of Illustrations," and Mr Tunnadine also presented him. on behalf of the friends at Sebastopol, with 4 volumes of Knight's "Half hours with best Authors." Mr Edwards suitably replied, and after a vote of thanks to the chairman the meeting broke up. A HOAX.-An incident recently occurred in the neighbourhood of Pontypool which has since given rise to considerable laughter at the expense of the parties principally interested. Not many evenings ago a smartly-dressed gentleman put up at a well- known hostelry in our town, and presumably re- quired accommoelation for the night. Shortly after his arrival, however, he enquired if there was any possibility of his reaching Llanover that evening. He was thereupon informed that the last train had gone, and he could not be taken except by special conveyance. Upon inquiring as to the fare, he was told that it would be 8s. for the trap and an addi- tional 3s. for the driver. But another difficulty now presented itself-the men had all left for the night, and the only person about the premises was the Boots." The night being fine, and with the prospect of earning an extra 3s., Boots readily consented to drive the gentleman with the eye- glass to Llanover. The journey was accordingly undertaken, and all went merrily as a marriage bell" until the couple approached the gates lead- ing to Llanover Park. Here, upon some pretext or other, the passenger desired to be set down, and said he would shortly be back. The whilom jarvey patiently waited for some time, and still the tra- veller gave no sign of returning, until at length the conviction forced itself upon the mind of the driver that he had been cruelly sold." If the statement that reaches us be correct, information was given to a police constable, who, with lantern in hand, was searching the greater part of the night for the delinquent passenger, but needless to say, without success. Nothing therefore remained for the now-disoonsolate driver but to make the best of his way homeward, which he did, reaching Pontypool in the small hours of the morning, "a saclder and a wiser man."
BLAENAVON. ACCIDENT UNDERGROUND. On Wednesday afternoon, in a coal pit at this place, a door-boy named David Morgan had his foot severely injured z, by a loaded coal tram passing over it. He is pro- gressing favourably. BANK HOLIDAY.—On Monday, business in this town was generally suspended, and the shops were closed. A great many persons availed themselves of the holiday and joined the excursions to Raglan Castle and other places in the neighbourhood. If trade was more prosperous, there can be no doubt that the excursions would have been much better patronised than they were. A most severe thunderstorm visited this place between Saturday night and Sunday morning. It commenced early on Saturday evening, and ceased for a time, but about twelve o'clock came on again with greatly-increased force, and continued with scarcely any abatement until about four on Sunday morning. Such lightning and thunder have not been known in Blaenavon for many years. No serious damage occurred. CONCERT.—On Tuesday evening, an excellent concert was given in the Wesleyan Day Schools, Park St., by the choirs of Wesley and James St. Chapels (assisted by other vocal and instrumental talent of the town). The chair was ably filled by Mr J. Gill; and the accompaniments were played by Mrs Gill and Miss James. At the close of the concert the opportunity was embraced of present- ing to two young men connected with the chapel a small token of respect from the officers and teachers of James St. Sunday School, on the occasion of their being about to leave this country for New Zealand, which, as was said, they did accompanied with the good wishes of all. Mr Timms, the senior super- intendent, presented Mr Bennett with a powerful telescope, and Mr Witchell, with two handsome- ly-bound books. Addresses were delivered by Messrs W. Lewis, D. Daniel, F. Smith, and F. Bennett. QUOITS.—On Thursday, the 31st ult., a very in- teresting match was play eel, on the ground of the Blaenavon Quoit Club, between eight of the rnar- ried and eight of the single members. The game was carried on with much spirit throughout. When the last four men went on to pitch, the married party were eleven in advance of their opponents, and it was fully anticipated that they would come out of the contest with flying colours. However, just when the married gentlemen thought the game was all in their own hands, it assumed an unex- pected aspect owing to their representatives com- pletely breaking down, they only scoring five out of the twenty-one; and the bachelors won the game by five points, much to the surpise and de- light of their own party. THE King St. Baptist Sunday School held their annual tea party in a meadow at the Upper Cotcha on Bank Holiday. At half-past two, the children, with their teachers, the minister, and other friends, walked in procession through the town, accompa- 7 nied by the chapel choir, singing Strike for vic- tory," one of Sankey's hymns, which they did with much taste. They then adjourned to the meadow, where they were regaled with tea and cake. It being known that friends would be admitted to tea at the low charge of Gd. each, there was a good attendance, and the sum of X3 8s. was received at the gates. Altogether about 500 persons partook of the cheering cup, as well as of the more satisfy- ing edibles, of which every morsel was eaten. After tea, various games were indulged in with much gusto until a late hour.
VARTEG. FATAL ACCIDENT.—At Aberdare last week, Thos. Horsman, collier, son of Wm. Horsman, Varteg, met with a fatal accident from a fall underground. SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO A Y OUTH.-On Tuesday evening last, a very serious accident occurred to a boy named Philip Handford, residing at Cwmavon, who in attempting to get on a truck in motion at the bottom of Vipond's incline, fell with his arm across the metals. The limb was crushed in a fearful manner by the wheel passing over it, and his screams, which were heard some distance off, brought immediate assistance. Dr. Verity was in prompt attendance, and under his able treatment it is hoped the arm may be saved.
ABERSYCHAN. THE Salvation Army had a street parade on Thursday week, followed by a service in the Bible Christian Chapel, at which the addresses made much impression. One man said the talking of the young girl almost overpowered him. The services were continued on subsequent days. THE RECENT FATAL ACCIDENT.-The inquest on the body of Thomas Watkins, who was killed last week at the Abersychan Top Pit, was held on Friday at the Golynos Hotel, Talywain, before Mr E. D. Batt, Coroner. Samuel King, roadman, and James Price, overman, gave evidence showing that Watkins was blameable in pulling coal from the side of the main heading, and that in doing so he discharged the stones which fell upon him, and which caused his death. A verdict of" Accidental death was returned. Mr James, manager of the works, was present during the inquiry.—The fune- ral of the deceased took place on Friday at Sardis burying ground, Garndiffaitb, aud was attended by a large number of friends, several of whom, as a last tribute of respect, dropped some beautiful sprays of flowers on the coffin when loweied into the grave. The Rev. D. M. Davies officiated on the occasion. Mr John Thomas, Cwmbran, also took part in the service.
PONTNEWYNYDD. j BETHANY SUNDAY SCHOOL.—On Thursday, the 31st ult., the teaches and scholars jf the above- named Sunday School, with some friends, assem- bled together in oreier to partake of their annual tea, which was thorouglily enjoyed by them. After tea aud subsequent gainc> in a field, which was kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Jones, a public meeting took place in the chapel, when Mr Parry, of Abertillery, was unanimously voted to the chair, j The meeting was opened by prayer offered by Mr "Malp and a hymn sung by thE children. The singing and recitations, generally, reflect great credit on the able secretary and leader, Mr John Evans, who evidently takes great pains with the scholars. The principal recitations were given by the Misses Saint, N. Edwards, A. J. Thomas, Master Tom Griffiths, and Mr Wm. Taylor and party. This last was a dialogue, entitled The Prodigal Son," composed by Mr Taylor, which closed with the hymn O Prodigal, come home," and was rendered with great offect. Too much credit cannot be given to Mr Lloyd for the per- formance of his party; and to Mr Jones^ oi is two Welsh songs, "Losing the train and iieres no place like home;" also to Mr T. Saint, tor uis rendering of the "Minstrel Boy." The Misses Bratchley gave also, respectively, a song and read- ing, which were much appreciated. After a short address by the Rev D. M. Davies (Sardis), the meeting terminated on the Chairman pronouncing the Benediction.
GRIFFITHSTOWN. THE annual treat given to the children of the Wesleyan Sunday School took place on Monday last, when the teachers and scholars, accompanied by a few of the parents, went sailing up the canal as far as Mamhilad in one of the ships generally used on this water. Every accommodation was provided on board, including refreshments and music; and the playing of the organ and singing of the children drew hundreds of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood out of their houses to witness the festivity. A field having been kindly lent by it. the Rev C. Cook for the use of the school, tea and cake were distributed to the hungry party, who no doubt had sharpened appetites as the result of the sea voyage. After tea, several games were played, such as racing, jumping,wheeling barrows blind-folded, &c., and very enjoyable day was spent. The return trip was made at 9 o'clock. Great praise is due to the superintendent (Mr W. Rees), and also to Mr W. H. Brown, for the very able manner in which the arrangements were car- ried out. A special vote of thanks was given to the Rev C. Cook for the use of the field, and also to the ladies who so admirably performed their part in the preparation of the refreshments.
PONTNEWYDD. SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary ser- vices in connection with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School was held on Sunday School, when three sermons were preached by the Rev. W. Newns, of Blaenavon. The attendance was very good, and in the afternexm and evening several ap- propriate pieces were sung and reciteel by the children.—On Monday, the annual school treat was given, when a number of friends joined, and a va- riety of sports took place in a field near Pont- newydd, kindly lent by Mr Henry Parfitt, Ashley House. The day being fine, a most enjoyable afternoon was spent.
CWMBRAN. SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO A MEDICAL MAN.—Un Friday last, while Dr Davison was riding on horse- back on his professional rounds, he came to a place where a clothes-line was stretched across his path, and riding on without observing it, was unfortu- nately jerked off his horse and thrown to the ground, breaking his arm near the wrist, and in- juring his hand. Much sympathy is felt for him. PAINFUL AcCIDENT.-On Monday, as William Thomas, pattern maker, was at work in the Foun- dry here, his trousers were caught by the iron core projecting from some molten metal then being cast, and this caused him to fall, upon which he put out his hand to save himself, but sad to say, his left hand went into the molten metal, and was severly burnt. He is under surgical treatment, and is doing as well as can be expected.
NEWPORT. FIRE.-On Sunday morning a fire was discovered by Mr Henry Ray, at the shop of Mr Thos. Crease, basket maker, Ul, Commercial-road. Sergeant Evans and a staff of police-officers put out the fire in 40 minutes, but the larger portion of the con- tents of the shop, together with the plate glass front, was destroyed. The property is insured in the Insurance Company. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.-On Tuesday, at the works of Messrs Richards and Glaskin, at Pillgwenlly, a work- man named W. Edwards got one of his hands in the cogs of the wheels, and his left arm had to be ampu- tated below the elbow. ASSAULT.—At the Newport borough police-court on Wednesday—before Mr Joseph Gibbs (mayor) and Mr R. G. Cullum-Hugh James, butcher, of Charles-street, charged with brutally assaulting his wife, was bouud over o keep the peace. BOAT ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday evening-, about 7.40, three young gentlemen named Nicholas, Wynn, and Mason were rowing up the river, and when near the railway bridge the boat struck against a buoy. The boat was capsised and sank, but one man got on the buoy, and the other two kept afloat by swimming until someone went to their assistance and landed them on the marshes. THE NEW- RAILWAY STATION.—Rapid progress is being made by the contractor, Mr Claridge, with the station at High-street, for the Great Western Railway Company. So far -is can be judged, the accommodation for traffic will be five-fold greater than formerly. The platforms, under cover, are of great length and width, and it is clear from the arrangements made, that the Great Western Com- pany have every confidence in the future pros- perity of the trade of Newport. When complete, the improvement will be immense.
ABERTILLERY. SCHOOL INSPECT; ON.—Messrs Pryce, Taylor, and Holliday, school inspectors, recently paid a visit to the Cwmtylery Board Schools, and examined the scholars there. AN EISTEDDFOD was held on Monday in the Ebenezer English Baptist Chapel. The adjudica- r, tors of the singing were Messrs G. R. Jones (Caradog), and Silaf Evans (Cynon). The com- positions in prose & poetry were adjudicated upon by Mr D. W. Charles (Gwon Gwent). For the best rendering of "Hold the Fort," the Congregational Choir, of Abertillery, gained the prize. Mr J. Esau gained the prize for singing at sight." Mr Henry Samuel, of Abertillery, won the prize for the rendering of the Wolf." The prize for the best impromptu speech was gained by Mr John Collins, of Blaina. The best singing of Through the Valley," was rendered by the Cwm Baptist Choir. Mr John Collins, of Blaina, obtained the prize for the best poetry on Ebenezer Chapel." For the best rendering of the duet Tell me gentle stranger," Mr. J Lane and friend obtained the prize. Will o'the Wisp, baritone solo, was won by Mr. D. J. Winstone. Leoni," from the Bristol Tune Book, was sung best by Ebenezer choir, led by Mr Esau. The prize for the best pair of stockings was given to Miss Thomas, of Penybont. "He shall feed His flock" was sung best by Miss Francis, of Abertillery. Messrs Collins and Davies, of Blaina, gained the prize for the best impromptu debate on The relative advant- ages of trust and cash." The trio, God be merci- ful," was rendered best by Mr J. Lane, Mr D. Winstone, and Miss Skidmore, of Abertillery. For the best rendering of May no rash intruder," the choirs competing were the Cwm, Abertillery, Independent, and Abertillery Baptist, and the adjudicators declared that the Cwm choir, led by Mr Lewis Lloyd, had won the prize of .£9. The adjudicators declared the essays sent in on The cause of trade depression," to be unworthy of the prize. The accompanist was Miss M. A. Richards of Tredegar. A Concert was given in the evening, when the winning choir again sang May no rash intruder," from Handel's oratorio Solomon," and songs were also sung bv Misses M. A. and E. Richards, of Tredegar; Miss Bowen, of Blaenavon (who won a prize at Abergavenny Eisteddfodj. Mr Silas Evans, and Mr James Esau's Glee Party. The accompaniments were played by Miss M. A. Richards. Both Eisteddfod and Concert were thoroughly successful.
TREDEGAR. John Shea, who lived herewith a woman, named Anne Benn, quarrelled with her some few nights ago, and kicked her so savagely that she died "last Monday. ———
CARDIFF. A CAPTAIN OF A STEAMER STABBED BY A SEA- MAN.-On Tuesday evening the s.s. J. Narissa, of Havre, arrived at the Cardiff Docks from Antwerp, which place she left on Saturday. Previous to leaving the port, one of the crew—John Love— was reprimanded by the captain, Mr J. Steward, for drunkenness, and soon after leaving harbour, Love came up to the captain and began to abuse him. He had a knife in his hand, and with it he stabbed the captain in two places. One wound was inflicted on the hand as the captain raised it to protect himself and take the knife from him and the other just over the heart as the captain fell backwards. The seaman was at once secured by the officers and placed in irons, and the captain conveyed to his cabin. At his request the p came on to Cardiff, which was the port to whICh she was bound, and on arriving here Love was handed over to the custody of the police.
BRIDGEND. A BAXK HOLIDAY A CV FN T C I L.— fne Congrega- tional Sunday School at Bridgend went to the seaside, at Southerndown, on Monday, aud had a very pleasan'. time of it, being Aell-carcd for by the pssfcor and his wiie, ami tLe .fit-is and friends. There was only one case of straying. A young couple, who are engaged," preferring the ioweet solitude of their own company, wandered over the rocks and into the caverns, which can only be reached at low tide here they lingered too long, and, on attempting to return, they found the tide had flowed in and stopped all means of eseape, and they had to remain until the next morning, when they returned home very thankful for their escape.
THE ZULU WAR. LATEST TELEGRAMS. SIR GARNET WOLSELEY HAS DECIDED TO RE-OCCUPY ULUNDI. TOO MANY TROOPS IN ZULULAND. THREE GENERALS COMING HOME. PEACE PROSPECTS. COLONISTS DISAPPROVE OF REDUCING THE FORCES. The Union Mail Steamer Aral arrived at Madeira yesterday (Thursday) morning, having left Capetown on the 22nd of July. Sir Garnet Wolseley proceeded to the front on the 7th of July with the flying column. Sir Garnet Wolseley, in telegraphing to the Secretary of State for War, under date of July 21st, says that in consequence of the natives being unable to understand the retirement of the British Forces from Ulundi, he intends re-occupying that place, and has requested the Chiefs to meet him there for the purpose of negociation. Sir Garnet considers that there are more British troops in Zululand than are necessary, and is ar- ranging to send home the dismounted Lancers and other troops with Generals Crealock and Marshall. Lord Chelmsford, having resigned, returns home with his staff, and General Wood and Colonel Buller are also going home for rest. The prospects of peace are considered to be satis- factory. The Standard correspondeilt at Natal telegraphs that Sir Garnet Wolseley is reducing the army, believing the war to be virtually at an end. On the other hand the correspondent says old colonists are of the opinion that if Cetewayo is allowed the opportunity, there will be more fighting. They think the Zulu power is not sufficiently broken. The Coast tribes are submitting, but the North- ern tribes show no sign of yielding.
The Bank rate is unaltered. A Cabinet Council was held on Thursday (yester- day) at the Premier's official residence, and was attended by all the ministeis.
LATEST MARKETS. [BY TEIÆGRAPH. MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. There is very little English wheat at market, and the price remains without change, namely, 50s for red and 54s white. No other English corn ut market. Maize and oats are both rather dearer. BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. English wheat remained unaltered on our market to-dav. Foreign continues in good consumptive de- mand at previous rates. Barley 6d per qr dearer. Maize very strong, at Is per qr advance, with still an upper tendency. Oats very scarce; prices nominal. LONDON HAY MARKET,—'THPRSDAV. There was a rather short supply, with good trade and firm prices. Clover dearer; inferior, 85s to 95s. Prime meadow hay, 80s to hand inferior, His to 75s. Straw, 3.0s to 43s per load. LONDON CATTLE MARKET. —THURSI>\I. There were about 500 beasts, including K foreign market quiet; 4s to 5s. 8340 sheep and lambs, 30 foreign; market steady; sheep, as to 7s; lambs, 7s to 7s 8d. 290 calves reached 5s to 5s lOd. 20 pigs, 3s 8d to -Is 4d per b lbs. BRISTOL CATTLE MARKET.—THURS»A». Beef in small supply, and trade very ifuiet; best 72& middling, G3s to G7s. Sheep in moderate sup- ply; best, 9d to 9d heavy ewes, sd to SJd. Plenty 2 lamb offei-ed at I (id. 2000 store cattle trade slow. Pigs short bacon, 10s Gd; porkers, 10s 9d to I I S.