LONDON CORRESPONDENCE. Rather than serve as a juryman on an inquest to be held on a man who had committed suicide, a Lon- don shoemaker declared that he himself would commit Euicide. This threat, made to the coroner's officer, was no idle one, for on Saturday morning he was found dead, suspended from the bedpost. The duty of serving on a coroner's jury, it must be admitted, is often a most revolting one, but it is not often that persons summoned to give their assistance are so sen- sitive that they prefer to be the subjects of an enquiry to serving as jurors. I understand that there is every probability of the claims for the Victoria Cross of Lieutenant W. R. J. Hamilton, of the Corps of Guides, for services ren- dered during the Afghan campaign, not being enter- tained, on the pica that the officer did nothing more than his duty on the occasion of Major Battye's death, when his conduct was brought specially under notice. The authorities of the Horse Guards are most anxious not to lower the decoration in the public estimation, and it is felt it would be lowered were it granted for every case of personal gallantry. < • One of the Society journals says that Mr. Joseph Patterson, of Philadelphia, is regarded by the best informed Americans now in London as the probable successor to Mr. Welsh at the American Legation. lIr., Patterson is an opulent citizen of the Republic, of refined tastes, and of good position. He is known t. many English travellers in the. States, and its aris- tocracy. Mr. Gladstone met Mr. Patterson at a dinner party at Sir Thomas Dyke Acland's, and teemed much impressed by the variety of his informa- tion and the breadth of his views. < What singular coincidences one occasionally hears of. No wonder imaginative people sometimes see in such events sequences of fate or destiny. I hear that the steamer City of Edinburgh, which in 1840 conveyed the late Emperor Napoleon III. when he made the Boulogne landing fiasco, was hired from Donald Currie, and was therefore sister ship of the present steamer Edinburgh Castle that conveyed the late Prince Imperial to Zululand. Apropos of Currie and Co.'s line, I lately heard from one of their cap- tains that he took Sir Garnet Wolseley to Coomassie, brought home news of the fall of that place, and si- tently took Sir Garnet to Zululand. This sort of gossip leads one on, and I am tempted to give a little chapter of Camden House, Chislehurst, history. Sixty. six years ago, this very month, a valet named Joseph Nichols, in the employ of the then owner of that place, Mr. Bonar, banker, be- lieving that money had been willed to him by his master, murdered that aged man and Mrs. Bonar in the very chamber in which Napoleon III. subse- quently died. Nichols gave himself up, and was evented at Maidstone and husband and wife sleep together in the pretty churchyard at Chislehurst. Mr. Newman Hall's church was crowded to excess on Sunday morning by sensation seekers. But the rev. gentleman did not preach, to the sore disappoint- ment of the strangers who had assembled in the hope of hearing Mr. Hall refer to the trial through which he has recently passed. The papers of Saturday usually give the church arrangements of the following day, yet, although Ur. Hall was not announced to preach, It was hoped that through some unforseen accident he might have to do so. I am informed that the rev. gentleman contemplates taking a long rest in Switzerland. < Victor Hugo is the greatest dramatist of the age, and, despite his eccentricities, the only great poet that France ever possessed. Yet his dramas, with the exception of Ruy Bias," do not take" in Eng- land. There was another failure the other night. Miss Genevievo Ward has, in Mr. Irving's absence, opened the Lyceum Theatre, and a week ago gave the public a melodrama which had in it many elements of the ridiculous. She presented Lucrezia Borgia." It is a magnificent play in the original. As presented it is stilted and poor. Miss Ward struggled against her audience as best she could, but a poor company and lack of sympathy were too much for her. We may perhaps one day listen to Hugo, but we seem not to be ready yet. The Chinese form of oath, as administered at the Central Criminal Court the other day, in the trial of a charge of theft brought by a Chinaman against two fellow counrtymen, is very curious. When the pro- secutor, who calls himself Ah Sam, was called upon to give evidence against Ah Fow and Ah Wa, a Saucer was handed to him which he threw to the ground with great force, it being smashed, whilst at the same time the interpreter said, "The saucer is cracked, and if you do not speak the truth your body will be cracked the same way as that saucer." It is fortunate that the Heathen Chinee does not very often make his appearance in the English law courts, other- wise it would be necessary to open small crockery stores in the courts, with a good supply of saucers to be smashed by the witnesses. Each year the Academie Francaise meets at Paris to distribute rewards to virtuous and deserving people. At the recent meeting a truly noble women, named runier, was awarded a prize in recognition of the Services she rendered during the Paris insurrection. At the risk of her life she carried letters between the capital and Versailles, and, although arrested more than once, she managed to secrete her correspondence and deliver it to the proper persons. She was de- nounced by the Commune, and on the 22nd of May, when a part of Paris was already in the possession of the Versailles troops, she was arrested, placed against a wall, and shot. She was not mortally wounded, and when picked up was carried off to the hospital, where she remained eight months, losing her left leg and the use of her right arm. After all a prize of £40 is a poor reward for such heroic services. The fearful conflagration at Serajevo, following so closely as it does the flooding of Szegedin, is a great Misfortune for Austria. Difficulties of no slight a character were experienced in bringing about the occupation by Austria, but these had been sur- rounded, and governors and governed were settling down to the quiet adjustment of their affairs, when the work of progress was seriously impeded by this disaster. And a most grave disaster it is too. Sera- jevo was known as the" Pearl of Bosnia," and was not only the seat of government, but also the centre of commerce with the adjoining countries. This is the fifth time it has been destroyed by fire. That the flames spread with rapidity and destructive power is not to be wondered at, for the streets were extremely narrow and closely built, and all attempts to stay the progress of the fire were useless. The tpwn will be rebuilt on a better plan, so that if fire should break out at any future time there will be more chance of preventing the recurrence of another such disaster as that of Friday. In the meantime, however, there are about twenty thousand homeless people. Mr. Tracy Turnerelli has written a great deal of Comic copy, but his last is the best. It is a screamer. Jrom beginning to end it is a prime joke. Its very quotations, the expressions of sympathy which he deceived from the Daily News, the scathing irony of the Saturday Review, and the grandiose fun of the Times, are produced with a simplicity quite too ridiculous." His letter to the Prince and Princess of Wales, in which he anticipates matters by (I hope) many years in calling himself their "dutiful and Obedient subject," seems to lay him open to a charge of high treason. His declaration that he is not a Jew, but a Christian, leads one to wonder why he over for one instant got up a people's tribute to the Premier. He declares that Benjamin Disraeli is "intoxicated with the exuberance of his own arro- gance. He boasts that the Earl sent his brother, the clerk to the House of Lords, to see the wreath. He adds that the Prince of Wales wondered at the beauty Of that same golden ornament. He concludes by Saving that he has tried to write to the Queen, but her secretary will not let him approach her. Having thus lost hia right of petition, he appeals to the country to explain why Lord Beaconsfield would not take the wreath from Tracy Turnerelli's hand. Wouldst thou know the secret ? It is because Tracy Turnerelli called the Premier one of the new-fangled mighties inferior to himself. Lord Beaconsfield was right. To call a man inferior to Tracy Turnerelli is surely as deadly an insult as could be devised.
A wedding in a balloon, with a bridal trip among the douds, was one of the attractions at Indianapolis the other day. During the autumn it is intended to hold a series of important meetings in the principal towns on the sugar bounties agitation. Typhoid fever amongst swine is still spreading to an alarming extent in Dorset. It has now reached the Shaftesbury police division. The Mayor of Portsmouth has laid the foundation Btone of a masonic building to be erected by the local Freemasons' Hall and Club Company. A man, a good, broad^inntrted, strong-limbed Christian man may stand it, when he can't run fast enough to get away, to have a nine-year-old ram help him, at short intervals, all the way across a ten-acre held, |and over a seven rail fence, and not get so very ir,ad about it, but it does just make his soul rise with- in him when the shameless goat, laughing derisively through the fence, shouts after him in mocking tone "Buttin', buttin,' who's got tho buttin' ?" "Man da, is you got dem chickens shut up in de smoke-house, like I told r" No, an' I like to know what's de matter wid you, dat you's so mighty tickler 'bout dom chickens all at once ?" Jfebber you mind, I know what's dc matter, and dat's nuiff till de « chickens is housed. When I hears dem niggers ober dar in dc next yard gwine to liab a party to- morrow night, I wants to be shore dat my chickens dosen't tend it; you hear me P" The chickem wero at Qnce lockftl up
COUNTY COURT. The usual monthly sitting of this court was held at the Town Hall, Pontypool, on Wednesday, be- fore J. M. Herbert, Esq., Judge. The number of plaints entered were less than usual, and the at- tention of the Registrar (Mr Martin Edwards) was not occupied for any length of time. Inde- pendent of the judgment summonses, which were as numerous as ever, there was little before the Judge, and only one disputed case occupied his time. THANKS AND POVERTY. During the hearing of the judgment summonses His Honour made a significant remark, strongly bearing upon the hard times which this neigh- bourhood, in common with the county, is suffering under. A defendant's wife appealed to the Court not to commit her husband. She said that he was earning but little more than 2s a day, And was only employed three days out of the seven, and that they had a family of six children. His Honour said that under such circumstances he could not make an order for committal against the husband. -Defendant's wife Thanks, your honour.—His Honour: Don't thank me, but thank your poverty. I should make you pay if I could. A FAMILY AT VARIANCE. This was a case involving a family quarrel of a painful nature. The plaintiff was Mr Henry Wil- liams, of the Church Farm, Llanvrechva Lower, and the defendant his son-in-law, Wm. Williams, farmer, at Cwm Eron Farm, Llanvrechva. The claim was for £50 on the ground that defendant had converted to his own use certain articles be- longing to the plaintiff, and which were specified in the particulars.—Mr David represented the plaintiff, and Mr Watkins the defendant.—In opening the case Mr David stated that the plain- tiff was the owner of the Church Farm, and he let it to the defendant, who sub-let it to his son, who is the husband of plaintiff's daughter. The par- ticulars of this claim were with respect to the tenancy of this farm, it being alleged that a great quantity of manure & also some household furniture had been illegally removed by the defendant on his leaving the farm.—The evidence clearly revealed that between the father and his daughter, who is the wife of the defendant's son, a family feud of a sad description had occurred, and it was under this enmity that the suit was brought.—The evi- dence was of no public interest, and had concern only to those interested.—When the daughter of plaintiff was under cross-examination, she exclaim- ed, "He has been a very wicked father."—Mr Watkins interposed and said, "No, no, we must have no family quarrels here."—Mr Watkins main- tained an able argument on the part of his client, contending that the evidence entitled him to claim a verdict. The whole thing was the result of an unfortunate dispute between the father and daughter. It was to his mind a most ungenerous claim.—His Honour: I think so, too. If the man had any feeling of kindness for his family, he would abandon his claim. No man of common humanity would have prosecuted it. I would ad- vise you to settle the case and in the event of your not doing so, I shall allow Mr Watkins to make a counter claim. I should only give judg- ment for £4 15s 6d.—A consultation took place, but owing to the bitterness of feeling manifested between father and daughter no reconciliation could be effected.—Mr Watkins then said he should leave the case in his Honour's hands. His Honour Then I give judgment for X4 15s 6d, without costs, and I am very reluctant to do this.—The plain- tiff's daughter left the court, loudly complaining of her father's conduct to her. This was the only case possessing any public interest.
TREVETHIN SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the above Board was held on Wednesday, R. Greenway, Esq, in the chair. Also present-Messrs H. Lewis, W. P. James, and H. Bythway (clerk). The minutes of the last ordinary meeting, and also of a special meeting held July 21st, were con- firmed. ERECTION OF SCHOOL AT CWMFFRWDOER. A letter referring to the above subject, from the Education Department, was read, as follows:— August 12, 1879. Sir,-The Education Department have con- sidered the report made by H. M. Inspector after his meeting with your Board on the 21st ult. He is of opinion that if your Board determine to pro- vide accommodation at Ebenezer in District C (on the map herewith returned), they should do so for 300 children, and should also provide for 80 chil- dren in District B, and should discontinue the at- tendance of any children belonging to that district in the Crumlin School. Should your Board, how- ever, determine not to build a school at Ebenezer, the Inspector thinks that a school for 350 children should be built higher up the Cwmffrwdoer valley, and that the attendance of children (some 30 or 40) from the B district at the Crumlin School should be continued.—Yours, &c., CUMIN." H. Bythway, Esq." The Chairman said if they built higher up they need only build one school, but if they built at Ebenezer they would be required to erect two schools. Mr James thought the Education Department had given way to the wishes of the Board. The Clerk (in answer to Mr Lewis), said the site suggested was near the brickyard. The Chairman said they would have to treat with two or three parties. Mr Lewis thought that would make it more ex- pensive. The Clerk said there were 165 children from Pontnewynydd and Nightingale Village attending the Pontypool Board School, and if they built very near it would militate against the interests of that school. As there were so few in attendance, and the sub- ject being regarded as one of special importance, the members present agreed to defer its considera- tion until the next meeting. PAYMENTS. The following payments were ordered to be made:-Public Works Loan Commissioners, JE76 14s 6d; Mr Collins, .£5. This terminated the business.
VOLUNTEER PRELIMINARY INSPECTION. .The several companies comprising the 2nd Mon. Rifle Volunteers assembled on the top of the mountain at Varteg on Saturday last for the an- nual Commanding-Officer's drill, previous to the inspection. The day was beautifully fine, and the sun shone with benignant rays, but the walk up the mountain proved an accomplishment of no mean degree when done in quick time. The num ber of volunteers present on parade was 450, which does not include the officers and staff. The officers present were—Col. Roden, Major Mitchell, Capt. and Adjt. Carnegy, Surgeon-Major Mulligan, Quartermaster Parkhurst, Captains Mitchell, Jacob, Verity, and Llewellin, Lieutenants Green, Powell, Jones, and Davies, Sub-Lieut. Thomas, Sergt.-Major Johnstone, Drum-Major Waite, to- gether with three sergeant-instructors, 29 ser- geants, and six buglers. There were also present in uniform-Major Hair, Capts. J. F. Williams and Jayne, and Lieuts. Pennymore and Stedman. Capt. Llewellin commanded the Pontymoile, No. 1 Compy.; Lieut. Green (supported by Lieut. Tho- mas, of the Gloucester Volunteers), the Ebbw Vale Companies, Nos. 2 and 4; Capt. Verity (supported by Lieut. Jones), the Garndiffaith Corps Capt. Jacob, the Cwmbran; and Capt. Mitchell, the Sirhowy. The number of people on the ground amounted to several thousands, and considerable interest was taken in the proceedings. The volun- teers were put through the usual variety of evolu- tions, but of the manner in which they were exe- cuted we cannot speak very favourably. At the close of the inspection Col. Roden addressed a few remarks to the battalion. He told them. that their skirmishing was very badly performed, and that there were grave defects in other portions of their drill, even when in marching order. He trusted the officers of the several companies would use their best efforts to improve matters by the time of the annual inspection.—The volunteers were then dis- missed, and directly afterwards assembled in a spacious marquee erected on the ground, where they partook of lunch. This was provided by Col. Roden, and was served in a manner consistent with his generosity. The catering was entrusted to Mr Davies, of the Lion Hotel, Abersychan,who deserves every praise for the sumptuous repast he placed on the table, and the admirable manner in which it was served. The gallant Colonel presided, and after hearty justice had been done to the meal, proceeded to introduce the loyal toasts. The Chairman proposed the health of "Her Majesty the Queen," remarking that they had one ot the best sovereigns in the world, and it was their duty as volunteers and subjects of the Queen to honour her in every respect. (Cheers.) (The toast was received with musical honours by the band.) The Prince and Princess of Wales, and the rest of the Royal Family," was next given from the chair, favourable comment being made upon the readiness of His Royal Highness to forward every movement which was for the public good. ( The band played the air, God Bless the Prince of Wales.") The Chairman remarked that it was not their custom on such occasions to go through the usual routine of toasts, but there was one he could not neglect, and that was the health of the Directors of the Company (Messrs Vipond), who had so kindly placed the ground upon which they stood at their disposal. He desired publicly to thank these gentlemen for their courtesy. (Cheers.) Pr Pavies briefly respouded. The health of the gallant colonel who presided was most enthusiastically received, and in acknow- ledging the compliment Col. Roden expressed his pleasure in meeting the battalion, and his general regard for the volunteer movement. The Chairman gave "The Visitors," to which Mr E. Jones responded. He was glad to see before him so many representatives of her Majesty on the top of the hill. It was not so much a matter of surprise, for Colonel Roden had been in com- mand for nineteen years as colonel of the battalion, and no one was held in more popular regard. It was therefore no wonder that they assembled to meet him when the opportunity 'presented itself (cheers). Capt. Llewellin, in courteous terms, proposed the health of Major Mitchell, and the Chairman also gave that of Captain Verity. Both officers briefly responded, the latter observing that he wanted to see No. 3 Company to the front. The National anthem was shortly afterwards played, and the company dispersed, a thoroughly enjoyable day having been spent by all. y
PANTEG LOCAL BOARD. The ordinary meeting of the above Authority was held on Tuesday last, A. A. Williams Esq., in the chair. Also present-Messrs J. Jenkins, E. Holdsworth, H. J. Parkhurst, J. Watkin, T. Wil- liams (clerk), and J. Goodenough (surveyor). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. BAD STATE OF THE ROAD. A letter was read from the Rev W. N. G. Eliot complaining of the bad state of the road leading from Griffithstown to Panteg Church, and direct- ing the immediate attention of the Board to it. Mr Parkhouse did not think the Board were compelled to repair it. The Chairman said it was a very ancient public way; the Board had never done anything to it, although it had been recognised by the Canal Co.; there was, no doubt, a very ancient right of way there. The Surveyor said they had not been asked to do anything to the road in question for the past 15 or 16 years. The Chairman asked how many loads would be sufficient to put it in repair. The Surveyor: Eight or ten loads. Mr Watkin said he had passed over this road several times. He noticed that it was in a very bad state, and it seemed to him as though it had never been recognised as a public way. He thought it must have been almost impassible for many years before now, though nobody had taken an active part in the matter. The Chairman said that as the Estate he repre- sented had some slight interest in the surface, he would allow a couple of days' haulage, and this would probably meet the difficulty. Mr Watkin thought it would be better if the surveyor were to furnish an estimate of the work required to be done. The Surveyor said he had done so. Mr Parkhurst: Let us accept the chairman's offer; that will cost us nothing. This was agreed to. THE CWM ROAD. The Surveyor said he had prepared an estimate of the work required to be done upon this road, the same to be presented to Mr Hanbury. The Chairman said Mr Hanbury was away at present, but would be at home in about a month. He thought it would be wise if the surveyor were to prepare another estimate to be presented to Mr Hanbury on his return. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor presented his report, as follows:— "Aug. 12, 1879. Gentlemen,—I beg to state that I have writ- ten, as requested, to W. P. James, Esq., The Lindens, near Cardiff, the surveyor to the county of Monmouth, respecting the kerbino- of the path- way leading from Pontymoil to the "parish boun- dary, asking that gentleman if a moiety of the cost would be allowed by the county treasurer. That gentleman's reply will be laid before you this evening. I beg also to state that I have collected during the past month the sum of XIOO of the General District Rate, and have paid the above sum to the credit of the Board, as per bank book. Yours, &c., J. GOODENOUGH." KERBING OF PATHWAY. A letter was read from Mr W. P. James, The Lindens, near Cardiff, the county surveyor, in reply to one sent by the surveyor of the Board asking if a moiety of the cost of kerbing the path- way leading from Pontymoile to the parish boun- dary would be allowed by the county treasurer. Mr James now replied in the negative. The Chairman thought Mr James was hardly the proper person to tender advice in a case of this kind, inasmuch as he was interested in keep- ing down the expenses. He thought, however, that the Board might do the work by degrees- not all at once. Mr Holdsworth thought, if they did all the work, it would be paying too dear for the whis- tle." If they were to begin near where the Pontypool Board left off, and were to carry the work on to the gate leading to the Gas Works, it would be better. Mr Watkin agreed. Mr Holdsworth afterwards suggested that they should carry the work a little lower than the road leading up to the station. It was ultimately agreed to complete that por- tion of the road from the junction adjoining the Pontypool Board to a point of the road leading up to the station. BILLS. The following bills were presented, and were or- dered to be paidThos. Parker, hauling stones, £ 7 lis 8d; W. Wood, chloride of lime, 4s 7d; M. R. & C. Co., rent, 5s; Pontypool Gas Co., £ 35; wages, ifil8 18s 4d; total, .£61 19s 7d. LETTER FROM MR MASTERS. A letter was read from Mr Masters offering to sell to the Board, for a sum of X50, a piece of land adjoining his property at Sebastopol. The writer said he considered this a fine opportunity for the Board's investment, and unless they took advan- tage of this offer, he should proceed to enclose the land in question. During the reading of the letter, which con- tained an allusion to a "corner," one member ejaculated, "A corner' again, by Jove Another Member said he thought it was a law- yer's letter. The Chairman said Mr Masters was no doubt better versed in the law than most people. At the same time he did not altogether agree with Mr Masters; he thought that .£50 was a large sum to pay for the advantage that would accrue to them as a Board. That sum would cover their expenses for two-thirds of the distance from Pontypool to Pontymoil. Mr Watkin Is he not compelled to do what he says he intends doing with reference to the pave- ment ? He thought there was some stipulation by which owners of property were compelled to lay down 3-feet pavement. Mr Parkhurst: He can do as he likes; he may fence it if he pleases. The Chairman thought they could not compel him or anyone else to lay down paving he re- membered the same difficulty cropping up at Aber- sychan the Board tried to compromise the matter by asking the parties to pay half the expense of paving, but failed. The Surveyor referred to a previous application made by Mr Masters some years ago; he was will- ing to give the land then if they would build him a wall; this the Board did not think fit to do at that time; there was a great deal more traffic there at present. The Chairman observed that to pay .£50 for such a small affair was a very serious matter. Mr Watkin concurred. It was decided that the Chairman and Messrs. W. H. O. Taylor, J. Watkin, H. J. Parkhurst, J. Jenkins, and G. J. Jacob should meet Mr Masters on the premises. PLAN OF A HOUSE. A plan of a house to be erected near Sebastopol, by Messrs. Whatmore and Brown, was presented to the Board; but in the course of conversation it was elicited that no provision whatever had been made for drainage. The committee appointed to deal with the last question were requested to see into this matter, the plan being passed subject to the bye-laws of the Board being fully carried out. The Clerk was instructed to make a minute to the effect that in future all plans should be in the hands of the surveyor or clerk three days before the meeting of the Board, so as to afford an oppor- tunity for their examination and the inspection of premises prior to the time of meeting. This was all the business.
AN indefatigable mamma, who has succeeded in getting her own seven daughters I well off her hands has determined to extend to others the benefit )f her system. She is going to open a class for the instruction of young ladies in the art of hlxaband matching. It is-to be called the 1 School of Design,* Epps's COCOA.GRATEFUL AND COMFORTING.— "By a thorough knowledge of the natural laws which govern the operations of digestion and nutrition, and by a careful application of the fine properties of well. selected cocoa, Mr Epps has provided our breakfast tables with a delicately flavoured beverage which may save us many heavy doctors' bills. It is by the judicious use of such articles of diet that a constitution may be gradually built up until strong enough to resist every tendency to disease. Hundreds of subtle maladies are floating around us ready to attack wherever there is a weak point. We may escape many a fatal shaft by keeping ourselves well fortified with pure blood and a properly nourished frame."—Civil Service Gazette.— Sold only in packets labelled "Jaioes Epps & Co,, Homoeopathic Chemists, London."
HOUSE OF LORDS.—FKIDAY. Tho Earl of Carnarvon asked the Secretary of State for India for an explanation as to the intended dis- persion of the Indian Museum. Lord Cranbrook said the matter had been fully considered, and as there was no prospect of making the collection one that would justify the erection of a great national build- ing for an Indian Museum, it was resolved to distri- bute the contents of the present museum so that they might be more widely studied. In reply to Lord Stratheden and Campbell, who asked whether by the 3rd of August the Russian forces were withdrawn from all the territory occupied under the Treaty of Berlin, the Marquis of Salisbury stated Her Majesty's Government had received information. that the Russian troop: had evacuated Eastern Rouraelia on the 27th or 2bh of July, Roumania was evacuated before that time, and the last Russian division quitted Rustchuck on the 4th inst. Their lordships adjourned at 6.10.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—FRIDAY. Mr. O'Clery gave notice that next session he will reintroduce the bill for sanctioning the enrolment of volunteers in Ireland. Mr. Burt gave notice of a question as to whether any efforts had been made to discover the bodies of the troopers who lost their lives at the same time as Prince Louis Napoleon; whether the men had left families, and, if so, whether provision had been made for them and whether the Government would use its influence to obtain a site for the erection of a monument to them by the side of that to Prince Louis Napoleon. The first Lord of the Admiralty, in answer to questions, said no com- minjication had reached the Admiralty as to the suicide of a boy on board the training ship Ganges, to escape the degradation of being flogged for deser- tion. At the evening sitting, on the report of Supply, Sir Wilfrid Lawson called attention to the pro- posed monument in Westminster Abbey to the late Prince Louis Napoleon, and said in his opinion the home of our mighty dead was an unfitting place for a monu- ment to a young man who had done nothing for England and he spoke of the late Prince's recent military career as a mere political move. The Chan- cellor of the Exchequer condemned the speech of Sir W. Lawson, and said the placing of monuments in Westminster Abbey rested with the Dean. The proposal originated with private friends of tho late Prince, and he was authorised to Bay that it in no way originated with the Queen. After some further conversation, the subject dropped.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—SATURDAY. Mr. Callan inquired whether the attention of the Home Secretary had been called to a statement that the jury who were empanelled at the trial of Main- waring for murder at Derby were divided in opinion, and that virtually the verdict of guilty (with its con- sequent sentence of death) was arrived at by drawing lots and the chances of a "toss-up." Mr. Cross said he could not imagine any jury being guilty of such conduct, but if such had been the case he should lay the matter before the law officers of the Crown, in order that if possible punishment might be inflicted. He added that one of the jury had contradicted the statement. In reply to Mr. Burt, Colonel Stanley said that the bodies of the troopers who were killed with Prince Louis Napoleon had been recovered, and, he presumed, buried on the spot. As to the erection of a monument to them near that which it was pro- posed to erect to the memory of the Prince, that was a matter with which the Government could not inter- fere. The Appropriation Bill was read a first time; and the Chancellor of the Exchequer then moved the second reading of the Public Works Loan Bill. He stated that the increasing local expenditure of the country necessitated the placing of proper restrictions on local loans. Mr. Chamberlain objected to the proposal to raise the rate of interest as being unfair to local bodies able to give good security, and while willing to assent to the part of the measure necessary to enable the Commissioners to continue their opera- tions next year he moved the rejection of the bill by way of protest against the portion of the scheme which, he argued, tended to obstruct local work and increase the burdens on the ratepayers. Mr. Ryland seconded the amendment, and a discussion ensued in which a number of members took part. Sir. Cham- berlain eventually withdrew his amendment, and the bill was read a second time. Various measures were advanced a stage, and the House was counted out.
f HOUSE OF LORDS.—MONDAY. The iloyal assent was given to a number of bills and several others were advanced a stage. Replying to Lord Emly, the Duke of Richmond said tha.t the Irish Government were most desirous of carrying out the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act as strictly in Ireland as in England, and the constabulary would co-operate heartily with the local authorities with that object. Their Lordships rose at twenty minutes past five o'clock.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—MONDAY. Mr. Chaplain gave notice that next session he would call attantion to the anomaly which bxists in taxation, whereby one description of property only is made to contribute to objects wholly national in their charac- ter. In answer to further questions, the Chancellor of the Exchequer read the list of the Royal Commis- sioners appointed to inquire into the causes of the agricultural distress, but explained that owing to the difficulty of getting suitable representatives 6f the various interests involved, the Commission is as yet not complete. Mr. Callan asked cer- tain questions with regard to the sentence of the court-martial on Lieutenant Carey, but Colonel Stanley said his sense of duty prevented him from giving an answer. Mr. Cross read a letter from the foreman of the jury in the Derby murder case, from which he drew the conclusion that something very like casting lots for a verdict had been resorted to. He thought it quite unnecessary under the circum- stances to answer the question whether the capital sentence would be allowed to be carried into effect. The debate was continued till a late hour.
fro-USE OF LORDS.—TUESDAY. The Lord Chancellor laid on. the table, for consid- eration during the recess, a bill to consolidate enact- ments relating to municipal corporations. The Artisans' and Labourers' Dwellings Act (1875) ■Amendment Bill was brought from the Lower House and read a first time, and the second reading fixed for Wednesday, when the suspension of the standing orders will be moved to enable the remaining stages of the bill to be gone through. The poor Law Amendment (No. 2) Bill having been read a second time, the order for Committee was negatived in ord er that the third reading might be taken, notwithstand- ing an earnest protest from Lord Redesdale against the practice of hurrying measures through at the close of the session without giving an opportunity for the introduction of amendments. A number of bills were advanced a stage, and Lord O'Hagan, having presented a bill for the protection of neglected lunatics in Ireland, the House adjourned until five o'clock on Wednesday.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—TUESDAY. Sir M. H. Beach, replying to Mr. Puleston, said that it was the intention of the Canadian Government to make some proposal in reference to a loan for the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but no such proposal had yet been received. If the Govern- ment undertook any arrangement as to a guarantee it would have to be ratified by Parliament. Sir S. North- tote announced that the name of Mr. Brice, a tenant- farmer in county Cork, had been added to the Royal Commission on Agricultural Distress. The Chancellor of the Exchequer added that he did not know if the investigations of the Commission would be open to the public, but such a course was not generally adopted. Sir Charles Dilke gave notice that he should oppose the proposed suspension of the Standing Order. On the motion for going into Committee on the Banking Bill, Sir J. McKenna moved as an amendment that the House should go intc Committee that day three months, complaining that the bill proposed dangerous innovations into the national banking system; but, after some discussion, the amendment was withdrawn, and the House went into Committee on Clause 4, which was agreed to. On Clause 5, which deals with reserved liability, a dis- cussion arose, and Sir S. Northcote eventually with- drew it. Clauses G and 7 were also omitted from the bill, and also Clause 9, as to the form of accounts, and Clause 13. All the remaining clauses were agreed to, as well as two additional ones: one pro- viding that the nominal capital may be increased by adding to the nominal value per share, and the other requiring that balance-sheets shall be signed by at least three directors. The bill pased through com- mittee, and the House proceeded to consider the Parliamentary Elections and Corrupt Practices Bill, as amended. Mr. Monk moved the rejection of tho bill, which the Attorney-General contended was little more than a continuance bill, which it was necessary to pass.
f1úUE 0V ^WEDNESDAY. The Earl of Redesdale, on behalf of the Earl of Shafetsbury, presented 'a petition praying that measures might be taken to put down juvenile street smoking. The House subsequently agreed to tha Commons Amendment to the Irish University Bill, passed several bills through committee, and advanced others a stage. A number of bills were also read a third time and passed. After a suspension of an hour, the Appropriation Bill, the Banking and Joint-Stock Companies Bill, and the Public Works Loans Bill were brought frotn the Lower House, and read a first time and the House adjourned at twenty minutes to seven o'clock.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.—WEDNESDAY Mr. Blake tailed attention to the case of a peer who had refused to obey a judgment summons of the Brompton County Cotrrt, and hud pleaded his privi- lege as a peer to protect himself from arrest; and asked if he was entitled to such exemption, and if so, whether the Attorney.General had considered the desirableness of repealing the c-lemption. The Attorney-General said he did not feel that he was called upon to interfere in the matter. It was much to be regretted that the plea of privilege had been! resorted to. After a short debate, the motion of the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the suspension of the Standing Order as to the time limit for Wednes-s day's sittings was agreed to. Mr. iawcett then moved ''That, in view of the fact that the Metropo- litan Board of Works has been unable to pass any measure dealing with the water supply of London, this House is of opinion that it is a subject which Qyghj; without further delay, to be dealt with by the lioVernment." JVir. fScJ a ter-i5ooth admitted there were some matters in connection with supplv with which the Government ought to deal but he was unable t. make any specific promise on the subject. Mr. Cross subsequently undertook that before Parliament met again the whole question should be thoroughly in- vestigated, in order to ascertain whether the water supply of the metropolis could be effectually improved without seriously increasing its cost to the consumer, and whether it would be necessary that the water companies should surrender their powers to some body to be appointed by the Government. After some discussion the motion was withdrawn. The Serjeant-at-Arms having reported that he had re- ceived Mr. C. E. Grissell into his custody, in acord- ance wilh the order of the House, Sir Stafford Northcote gave notice that he would call attention to the subject. The Banking and Joint-Stock Companies Bill, as amended, was considered, and read a third time. The Supreme Court of Judicature (Officers) Bill made some progress in Committee. The Public Works Loans (No. 2) Bill was read a third time. The Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill was read A third time, and the House was counted out.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. A fashionable company assembled last evening in the Italian Gardens to listen to the choice se- lection of music played by theAmateur Reed Band. WE understand that Mr Elias Evans, of Ponty- pool College, has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Pennar, Pem- broke Dock. THE HEALTH OF PONTYPOOL.-The late report of Dr Mason, Medical Officer of Health to the Local Board, was to the effect thatthe health of the neigh- bourhood is satisfactory, and that there are no cases of zymotic diseases. THE EMIGRATION of large numbers of persons from this neighbourhood is still continued. The departures take place for the most part for America and Canada, but a great many leave for New Zea- land. We hear that 200 persons are on the point of leaving Ebbw Vale for America. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—This committee of the Pontypool Board of Guardians met at the Town Hall on Monday last, and were engaged for a con- siderable period in hearing appeals. Mr J. Morgan presided, and the other Guardians present were Col. Byrde, E. J. Phillips, Esq., and the Rev. T. Evans (ex-officio), Messrs H. Lewis, D. Llewellin, and W. Marfell. DEATH OF THE REVISING BARRISTER.—We re- gret to record the recent death of Thomas Syrel Pritchard, Esq., which occurred somewhat sud- denly. The learned gentleman was the leader for several years at the Court of Quarter Sessions at Usk, and was the Revising Barrister for the county of Monmouth. He was well-known in the county, and was held in high esteem. THE EXCURSION TO SWANSEA.—A great many persons availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting Swansea and Mumbles, afforded by the excursion on the Great Western Railway yesterday (Thursday) morning, and as the weather was fine, with a gentle breeze stirring, no doubt a very en- joyable day was spent at the sea-side. Upwards of 220 persons started from Pontypool Town Station. ANTIQUE CHINA.—From an advertisement in another column it will be seen that Mr Wainwright will, on Monday next, in Commercial St., submit for public competition a quantity of china and earthenware, the property of Mr John Allen. We are informed that among the lots to be submitted there are several articles of virtu, of an antique de- scription,and worthy the attention of connoiseurs. APPREHENSION IN PONTYPOOL ON A LONDON WARRANT.—On Friday, Sergeant Young appre- hended a stylish-looking young woman, named Elizabeth Davies, whose home is at Penygarn, on a warrant directed from London, charging her with deserting her illegitimate child. On Satur- day the warrant officer arrived, and removed her in custody to London. The case was afterwards disposed of, and the defendant, with her child, re- turned to Penygarn on Wednesday. TRANCH CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL.-The annual tea party, which is so kindly given by the Vicar to the children of this school, took place on Thurs- day week, in a field near the Tranch Church, kindly lent by Mr Aaron Harris. After tea, the children amused themselves heartily with racing, kiss-in-the-ring, and a variety of other pastimes, in which they were joined by a large number of children from the Town and other schools. The teachers and friends partook of tea in the Church. The arrangements were well carried out under the direction of Mr D. Davies, the superintendent. DIFFERENCES AMONGST THE COLLIERS.—An un- fortunate dispute has arisen between the colliers employed at the Glyn pits and the Ebbw Vale Co., which has resulted in a partial suspension of work. It is said to be owing to an alteration in the hours of working, by which the men are required to com- menee at five o'clock in the morning. They com- plain that they are unable to meet this requirement, and that social and domestic influences render it impossible. The matter is much to be regretted. We understand that the respected manager of the works is not responsible for the proposed altera- tion. A CAM? MEETING, in connection with the Pri- mitive Methodist Church, Pontypool, was held in a field on the Sowhill (kindly lent for the occasion by Mr Tremere), on Sunday afternoon last. Prior to the time of meeting, a number of friends marched in procession from the chapel to the field singing appropriate pieces. The service was conducted and able sermons delivered by the Rev. W. Newns, of Blaenavon; Mr W. Prestwood, Garndiffaith; and Mr J. Lewis, Pontypool. The proceedings were somewhat marred by a shower of rain which fell about 3.30, and the meeting was shortly afterwards brought to a close. FUNERAL OF MR JOHN WARWICK.—The funeral of this much respected gentleman took place on Monday last, and was of a partly-private character. At most of the places of business in the town the shutters were up and blinds were drawn, thus testifying to the esteem in which the deceased was held. The funeral cortege left the house at about 1.45 p.m. In addition to several male relatives, there were present a deputation from the Hospi- tality" Lodge of Oddfellows, of which the deceased was a member. The remains were interred in the family vault at Trevethin Churchyard, the Rev J. Wilson officiating on the sorrowful occasion.
BLAENAVON. AN entertainment was held at Broad St. Baptist Chapel on Thursday week, the Rev W. Rees in the chair. The programme contained a pleasing va- riety of songs, duets, glees, and pianoforte pieces, which were all well performed, proving a great treat, and eliciting loud applause. The chairman had announced that no encores would be allowed, and :this was adhered to. The accompaniments were played by Miss E. Evans and Miss A. Morgan. The large room was filled. A vote of thanks was given to the chairman and all those who had taken part in the entertainment, as well as to Mr Jordan for his kindness in permitting the use of his piano. AT the Abergavenny County Court, on Monday, William Williams, bailer, Blaenavon, brought an action against Coleman Follick to recover the value of goods. Mr Hodges for the plaintiff, and Mr Powell, of Ebbw Vale, for the defendant. This was a claim of JE18, the value of a harmonium and bed and bedclothes, taken from the house of David Williams, plaintiff's son, at New William-street, and belonging to the plaintiff. David Williams executed a bill of sale upon his goods, including the goods in question belonging to his father, in favour of Follick, and subsequently went to Ame- rica, whereupon Follick seized the goods. The Judge considered that there was only proof of Follick's possession of the harmonium, which he ordered to be returned, or payment of .£10, with costs. The Sabbath-school Anniversary of the English Congregational Chapel was held on Sunday. Prior to the commencement of morning service, the choir, teachers, and scholars sang through the town, and afterwards returned to the chapel. Du- ring the day, sermons were preached by the Rev T. E. Davies, of Brecon College, who plainly show- ed, by his sound scriptural discourses, that he is possessed of much ability and aptitude for the ministry. The recitations at each service were very well and correctly rendered by the children, and the singing of the choir, under Mr J. Jones, was exceedingly pleasing, Sankey's Hymns being used. The organ was skilfully played by Miss z;1 Tovey. A large congregation attended each ser- .re- vice. On Monday evening a meeting was held in the chapel, when the audience were entertained by interesting recitations and dialogues, and by sing- ing. Mr John Jones and other members of the choir sang with much taste," Rocked in the cradle of the deep," and other songs. One of the dia- logues, which was recited by twelve young men, was entitled The Prodigal Son." It advocated the principles of temperance. The pianoforte was played by Miss Lewis and the organ by Miss Tovey. There was a large attendance. The col- lections during the two days realized upwards of j610 in aid of the school funds.
GARNDIFFAITH. ON Tuesday last, at the Wesleyan Chapel, an entertainment of sacred music was given by the chapel choir, assisted by vocal talent of the neigh- bourhood and of Blaenavon. Mrs Verity played some of the accompaniments. There was a good attendance and Mr Edward Jones, Talywain, oc- cupied the chair. The prooeeds was given to Mr E. Cook as an acknowledgment of his valuable services for some time past, and of his late services in playing the new organ recently bought for the chapel. ON Thursday week, at Varteg Works, a lad named Charles Thomas received rather serious in- juries by a fall of coal, which fell suddenly upon him, causing a large wound on the head, and also cutting the knee joint very severely. He is now progressing very favourably, Dr Verity being in attendance.
ABERSYCHAN. CONCERT.—On Monday evening, a concert in aid of tha Bible Christian Chapel was given by the Bible Christian Choir of Garndiffaith, under the conductorship of Mr Samuel Jones. There was a good audience, and the programme was carried out in a creditable manner. Mr Edward Jones, of Talywain, presided. JUVENILE MISSIONARY SERVICES were held on Sunday last at the Bible Christian Chapel. Mr Opie Rodway, of Stroud, the popular evangelist, preached morning and evening, and the Rev. R. Jones, of Pisgah, at the afternoon service, when the children also recited and sang suitable pieces. The various services were well attended, and fair collections made in aid of the Society. THE SALVATION ARMY.—The local contingent of this body continue to hold services at the Bible Christian Chapel, and are creating a considerable amount of interest among the working population of this place. Crowded meetings have been con- ducted during the past week by Mrs Coad, Mr Opie Rodway, Mr Alfred Jones, of Newport, and Mr D. Jones, of Cardiff. The leaders of the movement claim to have made a large number of converts during the time they have been here. A HITCH IN REGARD TO THE LITERARY INSTI- TUTE,—ON Thursday evening a meeting of the committee appointed to make arrangements for the Literary Institute and Reading Room for Abersychan took place at the Board Room, for the purpose of considering a letter received from Arch- deacon Crawley, who has refused to hand over the books forming the library, which it was under- stood had become the public property of the Aber- sychan people, These books were the gift of Mr. Chadwick, of Manchester, for the use of the work- men employed at the Ebbw Vale Company' s Works. At the time they were presented the schools were in the possession of the Company; .but two years ago they were formally given up to the Church. Archdeacon Crawley refuses to give up the books or the furniture, on the ground that they were a gift to the schools. After some dis- cussion a committee was appointed to confer with the Archdeacon on the subject,and lay before him the real facts of the case. Mr. E Jones, President, occupied the chair. We learn from Seren Cymru ("Star of Wales," organ of the Welsh Baptists) of last week that the following resolutions were passed in relation to our neighbour, the Rev. Richard Jones, of Pisgah, at the quarterly meetings of the Monmouthshire Welsh Association,held at Goytrey on the 29th and 30th of last month :-]. That this Conference, having heard that our dear brother, Mr Jones, of Pisgah, intends leaving this country for Austra- lia, owing to the delicate state of health of his beloved wife, wishes him a safe and pleasant voy- age, and hopes that the change of climate will answer the end in view, namely, the thorough re- storation of Mrs Jones's health and it also greatly rejoices that there is a movement on foot to pre- sent him with a testimonial on his departure, and desires that the friends and churches in Wales should co-operate with the committee in their praiseworthy object. All monies to be sent to Mr Daniel Davies, Camden House, Pontypool.— 2. That the secretary be authorised to give a letter of recommendation to the Rev Richard Jones, Pisgah, as a good man, a bright Christian, a high- ly-respected minister, and as a preacher of the first class, on his leaving the county and country of his birth for Australia.
PONTNEWYNYDD. ERRATUM.—In our last week's report of a tea party at Bethany Chapel, we said that the Misses Bratchley respectively gave a song." This should have been "the Messrs Bratchley, &c." ANNIVERSARY SERVICES.—On Sunday last. the Sunday School anniversary services in connection with the English Baptist Church were held at the Pontypool Board Schoolroom, which was kindly lent for the occasion. The Rev J. Cole, of Abersy- chan, preached three excellent sermons to large congregations. The scholars recited appropriate pieces at each of the services and the singing of the choir, under the leadership of Mr Baker, was highly commendable.—On Monday, by the kind- ness of Henry Lewis, Esq., the children and friends were provided with an excellent tea at his resi- dence, Sunny Bank, and had the usual out-door games in an adjacent field, afterwards proceeding to their room,where an over-crowded meeting was held, W. L. Pratt, Esq., presiding. Recitations were given by the children, as well as suitable ad- dresses by the chairman and teachers. Several pieces were also creditably sung, Mr Elias Gunter accompanying on the harmonium. The total pro- ceeds of the services amounted to about .£5.
PONTNEWYDD. A NARROW ESCAPE.—On Wednesday, a boy named Patrick Reardon, adout 6 years of age, son of Mr Daniel Reardon, who lives at Nightingale Row, near Pontnewydd, was playing about the cmal lock, when by some means he fell into the lock. Fortunately, he was seen by some women, and their screams attracted the attention of Mr Jeremiah Dacey, who was on the canal bank, and he immediately scrambled down the gate of the lock and rescued the boy. The little fellow had received no injury beyond a cut on his face and a thorough wetting. It was extremely fortunate that help was near at hand, or the child would have been drowned. Dacey deserves much praise for his prompt and courageous action.
11 UPPER CWMBRAN. THE anniversary of the Independent Chapel was held on Sunday at the Board Schoolroom. The Rev Phillips, of Morriston, was to have preached, but owing to illness could not attend, and the Rev D. Evans, minister of Elim Chapel, Cwmbran, of- ficiated in his stead, and preached three excellent sermons. The attendance was very good, espe- cially at the evening service, when the room was full. °—————
LLANOVER. BY permission of the Right Hon. Lady Llanover, a grand Welsh concert was given at the Temper- ance Hall, Llanover, on Thursday evening, August 8th, by a quartette party from the University Col- lege of Wales, Aberystwyth, consisting of Miss Gayney Griffiths & Miss J. Maldwyn Price, North Wales Mr D. Davies, America; and Mr M. W. Griffiths, Pontypool; assisted by Mr Gomer Jen- kins, Pontypool. The following was the pro- gramme :— Pedwarawd (quartette)—" 'Rwy'n gwybod dy hanes (Dr Pllrr,ll)-Misses Griffiths a Price; Messrs Davies a Jenkins. Unawd (solo)—"Y bachgen dewr" (Par)-y)-M, r G. Jenkius Deuawd (duet)—" 0 gartref yr Eryr" (Op. Blodwcn)- Miss Price a Mr Davies. [fiths. Unawd-" Y GardotesFach" -Miss G. Grif- Ullawd-" Fy Mlodwen" Davies. Unawd—"Paham mae Dai," &c. (Parry)-Miss Price tfnawd a Deuad-" Hywel, Hywel (Parry) -Miss Griffiths a Mr Davies. Deuawd ar y Berdoneg (pianoforte duet)—Miss Price a Mr Griffiths. Unawd—" Gwraig y Morwr"—Miss Griffiths Unawd—"Wyt ti yn Cofio'r Uoer "-Nlr Davies. Unawd-" Y Gw-cw (Mrs Watts Hughcs)-Miss Price. Pedwarawd—" Farwel." The programme throughout was performed in the most pleasing and excellent manner. The solos, Y Gardotes Fach and Gwraig y Morwr," by Miss Griffiths, were sung with exquisite pathos and tenderness; and her clear, ringing voice, which came out with great effect in the latter song, quite enraptured the audience. The rendering of "Paham mae Dai" and Y Gwcw," by Miss Price, was very delightful, touching, and sweet; and was rapturously applauded and encored. The solos and parts by Mr Davies were all given with accu- racy, taste, and finish; and we predict for him a bright and successful future. His winning pre- sence at once secures for him a favourable impres- sion, and his voice is of a rare and rich order. The rendering of Y bachgen dewr by Mr Jenkins, was excellent, and was much applauded. It is needless to say that the playing of Mr M. W. Griffiths showed much skill and taste, and added very greatly to the success of the concert. The audience were positively charmed by his many delicate and thrilling touches during the evening. We rejoice at his present success, and hope that the realization of the future will be equal to the promise of the present. We may say that the satisfaction and delight given by this Musical Quartette to the Llanover people will ensure for them the heartiest reception whenever they again favour us with a visit.
ABERTILLERY. SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT THE TIN W ORKs.-On Tuesday afternoon, a coacher named George Pope, employed at these works, while fetching a finished slab from the steam hammer, was much injured by an accident. The hammer struck the coach out of his hand, and the handle of the coach struck him a severe blow on the head, fracturing the skull. He lies in a very critical condition. THE anniversary of the Primitive Methodist Sunday School was held on Sunday last, when the Rev T. J. Collins, of Lancaster, formerly a teacher and scholar in the school, preached in the morn- ing, afternoon, and evening. An interesting se- lection of pieces was recited by the scholars, and a variety of Sunday School hymns and anthems were sung by the choir, and conducted by their leader, Mr T. Preece. Mr G. Winter presided at the harmonium.
CAERPHILLY. THE anniversary of the Wesleyan Chapel took place on Sunday last. The sermons were preached by the Revs J. Shrimpton and Choates. A tea party was held on Wednesday, when nearly 250 sat down to tea. After tea, a public meeting was held, and addresses were delivered by the minis- ters and other gentlemen.
MERTHYR. A CHILD was born in a train near this place, on the Brecon & Merthyr Railway, on Saturday last. The mother, who resided at Grangetown, Merthyr, was sent home in a cab. A STOKER PUNISHED FOR NEGLECT.-On Satur- day, at the Merthyr police-court, the Stipendiary on the bench, Evan Davies, a fireman, was sum- moned for neglecting his work at the Rhymney Works. Defendant did not appear. The prosecu- tors, the Rhymney Company, claimed 15 damages in consequence of the neglect. Mr Gwilym James prosecuted. The evidence showed that a few days since it was noticed there was a slackness of steam in an engine connected with the blast furnace working. Upon inquiry, it was found that defen- dant was asleep. The pressure of steam had gone down considerably, and the consequence was that there were several tons less yield, and the iron was of inferior quality. The Stipendiary made an order for the X5 damages and costs.
PONTYPOOL UNION. The fortnightly meeting of the Board of Guardians of this Union was held at the Work- houscyesterday (Thursday), Henry Lewis, Esq., presiding. There were also present-Col. Byrde and Col. Relph (ex-ofiicios), and Messrs R. Greenway, D. Llewelliu, C. Conway, H. Patfitt, F. J. Powell, E. Holdswortli, G. Harris, and J. E. Price.
THE CHILDREN'S HOMES. Mr Llewellin read some correspondence which had taken place between Mr A. A. Williams and himself as acting under the wish of the Board, with reference to the proposed exchange of some laud for the building of the Children's Homes, aud another portion for the purpose of patting the labour test in operation. It appeared that Mr Hanbury, who owned an adjoining piece of laud at Griffithstown, had expressed himself willing to meet the Board on the conditions that the respective pieces of land be valued by an independent valuer, and that the expenses be paid by the Board. Mr Llewellin proposed the following resolution That the terms and conditions contained in Mr A. A. Williams' letter of the first instant be accepted by this Board, and that Mr W. G. Rees be instructed to value the respective fields proposed to be ex- changed as between the Guardians of this Union and J. C. Hanbury, Esq., and that the arrangement be carried out and completed upon such basis without delay." Mr Mor gan seconded the resolution, of which he cordially approved. He thought it would stave off for a time the necessity of building a new Workhouse, or otherwise enlarging the present one. Col. Relph was greatly opposed to the pro- posal, aud said he should reserve to himself the right of making such a representation on the matter to the Local Government Board as he might think fit. Mr Morgan That is a very offsnsive threat, and I am surprised it should emanate from such a gentleman. Mr Conway said Col. Relph was quite at liberty to express his opinion, although it might not be in accordance with the views of the Board. He (the speaker) did not see why any extra expense should be incurred at present. The Chairman enquired if there were not some reasons for believing that the Local Go- vernment Board would not sanction the pro- posal. Mr Llewellin remarked that the Inspector, on his recent visit, expressed himself cordially in favour of the scheme. The resolution, on being put to tho meeting, was carried, all the Guardians voting for it with the exception of Col. Relph, who held up his hand against it. Mr Llewelliu was asked to accompany the valuer to point out the ground, &c., and the meeting terminated.
THE ZULU WAR. LATEST TELEGRAMS. LIEUTENANT CAREY AT MADEIRA. CETEWAYO DESERTED BY HIS WARRIORS. SIR GARNET WOLSELEY AND THE ZULU CHIEFS. MORE TROOPS ORDERED TO THE FRONT. THE 24TIl REGIMENT ORDERED HOME. A Daily Neics telegram saye that the Jum- na," with invalids, and having Lieut. Carey on board, arrived at Madeira on Thursday (yester- day) morning. She was to leave for England the same day. From various indications, it is fearad that Sir Garnet Wolseley-s conference with the Zulu chicfs at Ulundi cannot have had altogether a satisfactory result. 0 The forward movement of Clarke's Brigade has been re-inforced by the 18th Regiment, and two Gatling guns were ordered to Tomangies. Z5 0 The Flying Column is broken up, and the 13th and 24th Regiments are ordered home. Baker's Horse have been sent to Fort Tenedos, and the Frontier Horse to Landsman's Drift. The Maritzburg Correspondent of the Times telegraphs that Cetewayo has made another effort to ascertain whether his liberty will be granted to him. He said he was completely deserted by his warriors.
LATEST NEWS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] Dr WID. M. Burke, the Registrar General for Ireland, died this (Thursday) morning at his residence in Dublin, in his 60th year.
STEAMER RUN DOWN ON THE THAMES. The Aberdeen Co.'s steamer City of London" was run down by the Yesta" steamer on Wed- nesday night, within about 30 yards of the same part of the Thames which was the scene of the terrible catastrophe to the Princess Alice," when about 600 lives were lost. The City of London" was run ashore to prevent her from sinking. The passengers were all saved. —————
MR GRISSELL IN NEWGATE. Mr Grissell has been this day (Thursday) committed to Newgate for the remainder of the Session for evading the Speaker's warrant. lie will be further punished next Session. The Speaker of the House of Commons recently is- sued a. warrant against Mr Grissell on a charge of "breach of privilege" in conneetion with the Tower High Level Bridge scheme. Mr Grissell went to France, but wrote to say he would return and surrender himself to the Sergeant at Arms on Wednesday. He was accordingly brought to the bar of the House of Commons on Wednesday night, but nothing was theb decided.
LATEST MARKETS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. The fiuo weather which has lately set in makes wheat sell slowly, at about Is per qr. less money. Feeding stuffs of all kinds tnaiotain the late advance.
BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. The wheat trade was very dull priccs nominal: buyers holding off. Barley and-oats firm. Maize 6d dearer, but without activity.
LONDON HAY MARKET.—THURSDAY. There was a moderate supply, trade being fair, and prices very firm. Prime clover, 130s inferior, 85s to 95s. Prime meadow hay, IOs to 105s inferior, 40s to 75s. Straw, 30s to 43s per load. —————
LONDON CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. There were 520 beasts, including 80 foreign market dull 4s 5d to 6s lid. 1066 sheep aud lambs, 7s to 7s 8d. 290 calves made 5s to 10a per 8 lbs. -—————
BRISTOL CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. Beef in large supply, but trade checked by the heavy sales of American at Avonir.outh best, 72s middling, 63s to GGs. Mutton plen- tiful, and selling well best wethers, 91s. There were 1500 store cattle, but business was quiet. 400 pigs bacon, 10s 6d porkers, 10s 9d to lis.