PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY. Before Col. BYRDE (in the chair), and E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq. JUVENILE RUFFIANISM. Timothy Reardon, Daniel M'Gavin, and Jeremiah Minahan, three lads, were summoned for assaulting a young woman, named Martha Jones, at Abersychan, on the 8th inst.—Com- plainant stated that the defendants threw stones at her, struck her several blows, and kicked her; one of them gave her a violent blow with a bottle. The defence was that complainant was beating a boy who was a friend of the defendants, and they interfered on his behalf.—The Chairman said it was the opinion of the Bench that they were very bad boys. They would each have to pay a fine of 10s., or go to prison for seven days with hard labour. IN PURSUIT OF GAME. Francis Ralph Watson and Alfred Smith were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game on lands belonging to the Blaenavon Iron Company.—Mr H. C. Steel, estate agent to the Company, stated, in answer to Mr Greenway (who prosecuted), that on the 2nd inst. he saw the de- fendants on a farm belonging to the Company a little boy was with them, and there were several dogs the dogs were coursing round the farm he met them again half-an-hour afterwards, and asked Watson why he allowed his dogs to beat about in the manner they were doing he replied that he had mistaken his road on the way home; the game on this particular farm was preserved great complaints had been made by the tenants of people trespassing upon their farms with dogs; in several instances sheep had been destroyed, and the Company had been asked to take measures to prevent a repetition of the annoyance.—A wit- ness was called, who stated that he heard a boy who was with the defendants call out to them that someone was coming, and they then jumped over the hedge into the road.—Mr Greenway called upon the Bench to deal with the case in some degree of severity. Both parties were well- known offenders and notorious poachers. Fences were broken down, sheep were killed, and great damage done to property by people who followed their vocation. The Chairman said the Bench felt no doubt that the dogs kept by the defendants were em- ployed for the sole purpose of poaching.—Smith, who had been once before convicted of a similar offence, would be fined 40s. and Watson 30s., im- prisonment to follow in default of payment. DRUNKENNESS. Thomas Davies pleaded guilty to being drunk on the highway. -P.c. Blaydon stated that he found the prisoner helplessly drunk on the Sow- hill at one o'clock in the morning.—Fined 10s., with the alternative of 7 days hard labour. NON-PAYMENT OF RATES. Ann Rees, innkeeper, was summoned at the in- stance of the Blaenavon Local Board for non- payment of 12 2s 8d, arrears of rates.—The Col- lector stated that defendant had appealed against the rates, but the Board refused to allow it.- Order made for payment with costs. David Lewis, farmer, was summoned by the Abersychan Local Board for neglecting to pay arrears of Local rates.—Defendant's wife, who spoke in Welsh, said she refused to pay on the ground that there was no road to her house. The Local Board had improved the road at the expense of the poor ratepayers for the especial accommodation of the gentry of the district.—Mr Phillips It struck me as being a hard case when you were summoned here before.—The Chairman: We have no alternative but to order you to pay the amount with costs.—Mrs Lewis I can't pay it, and I shan't.
LEGALITY OF THE LOCAL BOARD RATE DISPUTED. At the Pontypool Petty Sessions, on Saturday last (before Col. Byrde ariE. J. Phillips, Esq.). John Williams, landlord of foe Masons' Anns, Pontypool, who claims to ne a member of the 1..("a1 Board, was bumuiuuud a-i the Instance of the Board for refusing to pay the sum of £3 fis., ar- rears of rate. Mr E. Jones, collector to the Board, produced the rate book. The Bench Is the rate signed ? Mr Wainwright, clerk to the Board, said the seal of the Board had been affixed,which amounted to the same thing. Mr Phillips Is this the 4s. rate we have heard 80 much about ? Defendant: As a member of the Board, I re- ceived no notice to attend the meeting when the rate was made, and therefore it is illegal. Mr Wainwrigbt stated that defendant was not A member of the Board; and that even if he were, IT was not required to give notice beyond that which was always publicly made. Mr Williams was not a member of the Board at the time this rate was made. Defendant I was elected a. member of the finance committee for this year. [Mr Williams L here handed to the Bench a documentary proof of membership, and some communications which he had since received from the Local Government Board, and which were addressed to him as a mem- ber of the Board.] Mr Phillips You can hardly pay he is not a member of the Board when documents are ad- dressed to him as a member by the Local Govern- ment Board. Mr Wainwright: We had better put Mr Ste- phens in the box. He was clerk to the Local Board at the time Mr Williams resigned, and will prove that he has not since been re-elected. Defendant: I attended a second meeting of the Board, of which I did not receive notice, and I was then assaulted in the discharge of my duties as a member of the Board, which prevented me attend- ing again. The Chairman: Do the members of the Board assault one another ? Defendant said there was another point to which he desired to call attention. The Chairman and the members of the streets and finance committee en- tered on the estimates .£188 12s for re-payment of loans, and .£58 17s 3d was passed by the Auditor, "whilst there was not a penny due till June 18, 1879. How had this money been appropriated? He had numbers of ratepayers at his back. The point which he contended was that they had a right to know the income and expenditure of the Board, and that the expenditure should be audited by a committee of ratepayers. He had reason to believe that there had been money wilfully wasted away. Mr Jones., the Collector, pointed out that defen- dant was dealing with last year's mtes. Defendant: I contend this .£188 ought to have been used for reducing the rate of the present Year. Mr Jones: This amount was in the last year's estimates and passed by the Auditor. Mr Greenway here said he had received instruc- tions to appear for the Local Board. The only thing the Board needed to do was to produce the rate book, reference to other matters was un- necessary. As to Mr Williams's contention about a notice of the Board meeting not having been sent to him, he would say that, although such no- tices were usually given, it was simply as a matter of courtesy, and omission to do so did not invali- date the rate. The time of the court would be Unnecessarily taken up if the questions raised by Mr Williams were discussed. The Chairman: These objections are of no weight, and what has been advanced by the defen- dant will not invalidate his liability. Defendant: If you decide against me I shall appeal. Mr Greenway: And then you will not object to my appearing against you, as counsel will be em- ployed. (Laughter.) [Defendant had objected to Mr Greenway ap- pearing.] The Magistrates' Clerk: You are entitled to ap- peal at Quarter Sessions. Defendant: I am prepared to do so, and shall, if you decide against me. The Chairman We are bound to accept the rate book, and the objection against it for the last year cannot influence us. We have no alternative but to order payment of the rate, with costs. Defendant: Some hundreds of pounds of the ratepayers' money were wasted away last year. The Chairman I am sorry to hear it. Defendant then gave formal notice of appeal, and the proceedings terminated.
MONMOUTH. THEFT OF Æ;)2.-0n Monday morning, informa- tion was received at the Monmouth police office that £5 had been stolen from Mrs Nutty's lodg- ing-house. It was found that Mrs Nutty kept her money secreted under her bed, and her room-door always locked. The money was stolen on Monday.
RAGLAN. Foun HORSES STOLEN.—Some time on Friday night or Saturday morning four valuable horses were stolen from a stable a", Trostrey-hill Farm, The stable-door lock was broken, and the animals 1 taken out..
BYYNMAWR. CALVARY BAPTIST CHAPEL.—The last of the opening services in connection with this place of worship was held on Sunday, when three sermons were preached by the Rev. Dr. Edwards, B.A., of Haverfordwest. The discourses of the rev. gentle man were of an eloquent and earnest character, and were listened to with rapt attention. The choir, under Mr G. Powell, rendered good service. The members are to be congratulated upon the success of the re-opening services, the collections realising a good sum. 11 2ND B.R.V.-This corps and sub-division, which has its full complement of members (159), is now, at the suggestion of the officer commanding the brigade department, to be formed into two com- panies. A large numberof young men of the town being ready to join, no doubt the ranks of the two companies will be soon filled up. We understand that the new captain will be Lieut. T. G. Powell, whe is very popular with the men, and whose pro- motion will give satisfaction to all. The annual Christmas shooting of the corps is to be held on Monday next, and amongst the subscribers to the funds are Captain L. D. Browne and Mrs Browne, Lieut. T. G. Powell, Dr Skrimshire, Mr D. Powell, Mr W. F. Maitland, M.P., Hon. A. Morgan (Tre- degar Park), Mr Basil Jayne, Mr S. Lancaster, Mr E. J. RIker (Gloucester Bank), and many others. The tradesmen of the district have also subscribed liberally to the funds.
BLAENAVON. THE CONVERTED CLOWX.- We hear that the Pri- mitive Methodists of this town have, for the present, abandoned their arrangements with Mr Brown, the converted clown, for revival services during two or three weeks, until the times get better. 0 THE WORKS.—Hopes are now entertained bv many in this place, that better times are in store, and that the beginning of the New Year will bring with it more definite anticipations of increased activity than have been indulged in for a considerable time. Missmxs -The annual sermons in aid of the Primi- tne Methodist Missions were preached on Sunday, by the Rev J. Shepherd, of Brynmawr. On Tuesdav evening a public meeting was held in the chapel. 1\(r H. Collier presided. The Rev J. Shepherd attended as deputation from the society, and delivered an earnest address on mission work. Addresses were also given by the Rev W. N ewns and Mr Collier. I:> RELIGIONS SERA-ICES.—Special services Avere held in the Baptist Chapel on Sundav last, when the Rev X. Countee, a fugitive slave, preached three sermons. There were large congregations on each occasion, and the collections were unusually good. On Mondav night, Mr C<>untee gave a most instructive lecture de'- scriptive of his own life, and his fortunate escape'from slavery. The Rev O. Tidman presided, and there was a large attendance. About £8 were raised in aid of the chapel funds. EBENEZER CHAPEL ANNIVEKSARY.—The anni- versary service of the Sunday-school of Ebenezer Welsh Baptist Chapel were held on Sunday last. Three able sermons were preached by the Rev Evan Jones, of Rhymney in Welsh in the morn. ing and evenikg, and in English in the afternoon,
VARTEG. POPULARENTEETAINMENT.—The second of these entertainments was given in aid of the Wesleyan Sunday School on Thursday week. Mr T. Williams presided, and discharged the duties in a most z, pleasing manner. Mr S. Lucas conducted, and the accompanist was Miss Vincent, of Blaenavon. The following is the programme :—Pianoforte Solo, Silvery Wraves," Miss Vincent; song, "The mis- sing boat," Mr S. Lucas reading, Mr J. J. Blatch- ley song, Spring-time is returning," Mr B. Badman song, The trumpet sounding," Mr H. Blatchley song, The bills I have to pay (en- cored) Mr J. Lane concertina solo, Lord Hard- wick (encored) Mr IV, Jones; song and chorus, "The girl with the calico dress," Mr G. Lloyd; song, Land ho Mr Dando; recitation' Beau- tiful snoAV," Mr WT. G. Williams; song, Far away," Mr C. Edwards: reading, Mr Fisher's bereavement," Mr D. R. Jones; pianoforte solo, "Home, sweet home" (encored) Miss Vincent; song, Out in the starlight," Mr S. Lucas; song, Loved ones far away," Mr B. Badman concer- tina solo (encored) Mr W. Jones song, The Englishman," Mr Dando song, The times will soon be mending," Mr J. Lane finale, "God Save the Queen." The programme Avas gone through in an excellent manner, one of the most pleasing fea- tures of the evening being the playing of Vincent, whose performance on the 1'; a hearty encore.
ABERSYCHAN. CONCERT.—A successful concert was given at th( British Schoolroom on Thursday evening. An nc. count of the proceedings will appear in our next
ABERTILLERY. THE TEMPERANCE QUESTION.—A lecture onthil subject was given by the Rev Dr Valpy French, it the Congregational Chapel, on Monday. The Vica of Abertillery presided. He said that as he claimei nearly 60 years' experience-40 as a moderat drinker, and nearly 20 as an abstainer-he though himself entitled to speak on the subject. He gav his opinion unhesitatingly on the side of total at stinence. A.t the conclusion of his remarks th- Chairman introduced the Rev Dr French wh spoke for nearly an hour and a half in a very abl manner, dealing with the question socially, poli tically, and religiously. He strongly advocate" the claims of the "County Temperance Associa tion," and recommended the double platform o the Church of England Temperance Society, a every available force and influence should b brought to bear down this gigantic evil, whic; might truly be described as the source of ruin misery, and wretchedness. The Lecturer quote some startling incidents from his own experienct one of which wa.s that when passing through certain town in company with one of the Queen' chaplains, he beard a poor woman exclaim to man in a public-house, I wish the drink was guinea a glass, so that you would not be able 1 get it." He observed to his friend, I can't stan this," and went. into the public-house; collare the fellow, and led him about a quarter c a mile from the public house, his wife fo- lowing. After some persuasion they both pre mised to attend a Temperance meeting on th following night, where they signed the pledg with about 70 others. This occurred in Cirenceste After urging all teetotallers to use their votes an influence for candidates most favourable to Teu perance, he concluded his lecture by quotin Æsop's Fable of the Traveller, pointing out tl moral that we are on the winning side, and th: whether victory will come sooner or later depen* on the rate we travel. The usual votes of than terminated the proceedings.
LONDON CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. There were 1630 beasts, including 240 foreign market steady; 4s to 6s 4d. 5870 sheep, inclu ding 50 foreign market firm 5s to 7s 2d. 13f calves, 5s to 6s per 8 lbs.
MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.-THUMDAY J[.W heat trade is slow, with no change in price The same remarks apply to barley. There is great deal of very inferior wheat and barley, whi( is almost unsaleable. Other articles as before.
BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. On our market to-day both English and forei wheat were very slow, and barley realised 1 week's prices. Maize was rather cheaper. Th, was very little demand for barley or oats.
POLICE COURT. WEDNESDAY.—Before A. D. BERRINGTON and C. J. PARKES, Esqrs. TRESPASS.— Mary Cook and John Cook, mo- ther and son, were charged with trespassing on land belonging to M r J. C. Hanbury, & stealing a quantity ot growing wheat.—P.c, Adams proved finding the prisoners in a certain field owned by Mr Hanbury, and seeing them take a quantity of corn away .The woman was sent to prison for 14 days with hard labour, in uf paying a fine of 20s., and the boy WU-b discharged.
Only about 300 of the 6,000 camels which set out with the Russian expedition against the Tur- comans are still alive. H Well my dear, how did you enjoy yourself at 'arty?" Ob, very much. mama; Mrs splendid Cake and such nice Pastry from Crane-street, Poutypool.—ADVT.
ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of this Board was held at the offices, I Abersychan, on Tuesday last. R. Greenway, Esq., presided, and there were also present—Dr Verity, Messrs H. Lewis, A. A. Wil- liams, W. Prosser, D. Davies, G. Griffiths, P. Ham- bleton, J. G. Dent, D. Williams, W. Lewis, C. Herbert, H. Brain, and E. Jones. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor read his monthly report, as fol- lows :— Hcpaif of Roads.-The retaining wall ordered by the BoarJ to be built near the Rock and Fountain Bridge, Giundiffaith, is completed, and we have commenced the excavations for the new path near Snatchwood House. Diseased Meat.—On the 5th inst. I seized several carcases of diseased meat, and carried the same before the magistrates, who ordered certain of them to bo destroyed. Building Plaiis.-Plans are before the Board to-day for their approval of alterations to a house at Garndif- faith for Mr John Rosser. They are in accordance with the bye-laws. I am, &c., ENOCH COOKE. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. Dr Mulligan reported that the health of the district was unusually good. The deaths for the past month numbered 13, and the births 29. There were no cases of zymotic diseases. FINANCES. The Collector's statement showed that there was a balance in hand of £ 101 4s 6d. Bills were pre- sented for payment amounting to X131 lis 7d. THE SANITARY IMPROVEMENT OF THE DISTRICT. The Chairman called upon the Board to say whether or not they would make application to the Public Works Loan Commissioners for any loan for the coming year. He would remind them that certain works would have to be carried out, and it was probable that money would be required for effecting the sanitary recommendations submitted to them by Dr Ogle. If the Board deemed it necessary to apply for a loan, they would have to give notice of their intention before the end of the year, and then, whether they really required it or not, they would obtain it at 3* per cent., where otherwise they would have to pay considerably more. He would strongly advise the Board to give notice of their intention to apply for a loan, because if they decided as already suggested, that the several Boards in the district should unite in carrying out the recommendations of Dr Ogle, money would be required. He (the Chairman) thought they might give notice for the borrowing of a couple of thousand pounds, but this did not necessarily imply that they would have to spend it. Mr W. Lewis observed that the health of the district was in itself excellent; and as remarked by Dr Ogle, the uncleanly habits of the people caused what disease there was. Dr Verity: It is the elements that have done it this year. Mr A. A. Williams said he could not agree with Dr Ogle as to the way in which the difficulty was to be met. To carry out his recommendations would plunge the whole district deeply in debt, and he was of opinion that a more economical method might be adopted. Mr Jones remarked that if they were bound to spend X2000, they would save money in another way. Mr Hambleton proposed that notice be given of the Board's intention to borrow X2000 for the pro- bable expenditure of the coming year. Mr A. A. Williams seconded, and the motion was unanimously carried. WATER SUPPLY FOR THE GARN. Dr Verity stated that some time ago he brought forward a question respecting the necessity for supplying the inhabitants of the Garn with water. The subject had been referred to in Dr Ogle's re- port, but it had been constantly shelved by the Board. The Chairnan said the difficulty was occasioned by the scarcity of water. Dr Verity replied that that made it all the worse. There ought to be a sufficiency of water. He believed the Water Company could be com- pelled to afford a sufficient supply on a guarantee being given for payment. Mr Jones said it was a reflection upon the Board that something was not done. It was really sad to see the way in which children had to wait at the well for a drop of water. Sometimes 40 or 50 children could be seen standing at the well with cans waiting for the supply to be turned oa. I Mr Herbert observed that he had seen children waiting at all hours of the morning to get a supply of water. Mr W. Lewis asserted that the dirtiness of the district was due to the unclean habits of thfe people. Mr A. A. Williams suggested that half-a-dozer petitions should be drawn up, and left at certain places in the district to receive the signatures of those interested* XL. wdtiKi then, ac- presented to the Board in due form, and they would have a legal right for taking action in the matter. If a majority of the ratepayers were in favour of a proper supply of water being conveyed there, it could be insisted upon. Mr Jones suggested that instead of having taps at every house there should be so many public taps, which would answer the purpose equally as well and at the same time save expense. The Chairman remarked that if they adopted such a course it would be found that many would not contribute, while they at the same time re- ceived the same benefit which those obtained who did contribute. Mr H. Lewis thought that the owners of pro- perty in the district should appeal to the Water Company. It was ultimately decided that memorials should be prepared for signature by the inhabitants, call- ing upon the Board to take the necessary steps to compel the Water Company to give a proper sup- ply of water, the necessary guarantee to be first obtained. THE PUBLIC LAMPS.—JEALOUSY BETWEEN THE INNER AND OUTER DISTRICTS. Mr Prosser, in accordance with notice given at the previous meeting, moved that the resolution passed for extinguishing the public lamps at midnight be rescinded, and in lieu of the proposal, that the lamps be extinguished five months in the year and also five nights in each month at full moon. Mr Jones supported the motion on the ground that they would lose nothing by carrying it into effect, while they would, at the same time, be deal- ing out even-handed justice to all parties. He thought people had as much right to have the roads lighted whose duties took them out between midnight and six o'clock in the morning, as those who went home before midnight. Ratepayers in the lighting district were entitled to this. Many had to go to work at early hours of the morning, and it was only just that they should have the benefit of the light. He therefore had pleasure in seconding the motion. Mr W. Lewis said it was due to a portion of the public that he should mention a few of the grounds upon which he opposed the proposition. In the estimates submitted to their notice for the coming z, half-year, he took exception to the charges for the inner and the outer districts. In the inner dis- trict they amounted to Is 4d in the £ while the outer district only contributed 9d. At the last board meeting they were told that a certain por- tion of the community benefited by the lighting of the lamps in the outer district. If it benefited the working man, it likewise was a benefit to his employer. The Board had already passed a resolution that the lamps should be extinguished at midnight, and now a motion was brought for- ward to burn them all night long. No provision was made for lighting the roads on dark summer nights. The motion had been made to them not so much for the purpose of promoting public good as for the desire, on the part of some of the mem- bers of the Board, to assert their own supremacy. [The Chairman No, no; you should not say that.] He did not envy the triumph of those who sought to force this measure upon them. The Sanitary Act of 1875 said that any member of a joint stock company, who was also a member of a local board, should not vote in the latter capacity upon a ques- tion dealing with the interests of the first. He therefore respectfully submitted that the chair- man was not entitled to vote that morning. Mr A. A. Williams asked if there was any ma- terial difference in the cost of the two estimates— for the extinguishing of the lamps at midnight, and continuing them until morning. Mr Griffiths said there was a difference of be- tween t35 and X40 a year. Mr A. A. Williams suggested that the matter should be deferred until the next meeting, by which timethey wouldobtain more complete infor- mation,and also a proper estimate of the cost from the gas manager. Mr. Jones asked if it was right for them to de- prive the rate-payers of light after twelve o'clock at night. Those who contributed to the lighting rate were perfectly entitled to be supplied with light throughout the night. Mr* Griffiths said he had seen a great many of the working classes, and they said that they could do very well without the light. Mr. Prosser said many working men had stopped him, and run the Board down because they had stopped the light in the early morning. It was wanted more than ever after twelve o'clock. Mr. Dent was anxious that the rate-payers of the lighting district should have their way in the matter. He had made enquiries of the colliers, who were the parties chiefly interested, and had not found one who considered the light necessary. The Chairman asked Mr. Dent to show that there -u any extra expense in carrying out the proposition of Mr. Prosser as compared with the existing state of things. It had been asserted, but not proved. Mr. W. Lewis spoke of the quality of the gas, which he strongly condemned, although it was now better than it used to be. It could not be the fault of the manager so much as the material with which he was supplied for making gas of. The Surveyor was directed to make enquiries into the matter, and the subject was postponed until the next meeting—the lamps to be extin- guished, meanwhile, at midnight. LITERARY INSTITUTE. Mr. W. Lewis called attention to a memorial soliciting support for a movement to obtain a sup- ply of modern books for the recently established literary institute of Abersychan, and also a book- case to be placed in the Board-room. Sanction was given for the book-case to be put up, and several of the members subscribed to the proposed library. MORE LIGHT. A letter was read from the Pontypool Gas and Water Co., replying to a communication from the Board, stating that they would extend the lighting of their district up to the residence of C. J. Parkes, Esq., Wentsland, and lay the main if the Board would light the lamps. After some discussion the Board decided that they could not at present undertake the expense. RAILWAY ACCOMMODATION. Dr. Verity called attention to the inefficient railway service from Garndiffaith & Cwmnantddu, and proposed that petitions be forwarded to the London and North Western and Monmouthshire Railway Companies, asking for additional trains. These districts were growing largely in popula- 9 11 tion, and the want of a proper train service was largely felt. Mr. A. A. Williams agreed, and hoped a return would be made to the old system so long adopted on the Eastern Valleys Railway. Mr. Jones also supported the motion, and it was resolved that the memorials should be addressed to the railway companies. This completed the business of the meeting.
PONTYPOOL LOCAL BOARD. EXPULSION OF MR. JOHN WILLIAMS.- A SCENE. The usual monthly meeting of the Pontypool Local Board was held at the Town Hall on Wed- nesday, Mr T. Fletcher in the chair. There were also present-Messrs W. Sandbrook, P. Eckersley, W. H. Rosser, W. H. Haskins, S. Morgan, G. Jeremiah, D. Davies, T. Roderick, H. Fox, G. Gorrell, G. J. Jee, and F. Morgan. Besides the officers, Mr John Williams, of the Masons' Arms, was also in attendance. A SCENE.—REFUSAL OF MR. WILLIAMS TO LEAVE THE MEETING. Prior to the commencement of business, Mr Fletcher read a letter which he had received that morning from their regular Chairman, Mr E. H. Davies. The letter stated that the writer had been very unwell during the night. He had fully intended to be present at the meeting, but his illness necessitated his absence from the Board. He wished to convey to the members his feeling of regret at being unable to be present. Air Fletcher then said With regret I read this letter and take this position to-day; and now I ask Mr John Williams his business and right to be here. Mr Williams My business and my right ? My business in being present is to look after the in- terests of the ratepayers, and my right is as a member of the Board. The Chairman I believe that you are interested; but your right, I think, may be open to question. j I now very respectfully ask you, in the name of this Board, to retire. [Mr Williams still retained his seat. J Mr Eckersley It is no use sittino- here. You had better ask him if he intends to retire. Mr Williams: Give the Reporter time to put that down. Mr Sandbrook Your object is to see your name in print again. (Laughter.) Mr Williams It is with reoret I see the neces- sity- ° A member at this juncture entering the room, the Chairman again read the letter received from Mr Davies, and stated the position of the Board with regard to Mr Williams. Mr Eckersley said that this matter, being a, public one, was an important matter, though not in a legal, but in a courteous sense. As regards the legality of the thing he had no apprehension at all. He had no need to go into the former his- tory of Mr Williams's connection with the Board. < Mr Williams resigned his seat, and afterwards sent a letter recalling that position. It was open for them to accept his resignation or withdrawal,"j Td tlwv accepted his resi^ri'i'i-^i. "Wr Wil liams come to the meeting simply as a ratepayer to see how they conducted their business, no one would otrjgfft. font .he Was there to assert his right as he did on a former oconsion. He should, in'! conclusion,'simply propose that in *he opinion of this meeting Mr Williams is not a member of this Board. Mr Jee I second that with pleasure. Mr Williams: I see a bill before me which shows the necessity of my being here. This bill shows that goods have been supplied by a member of the Board, which is not legal, according to the Public Health Act of 1875. The Chairman I cannot allow you to interfere with the business of the Board. Mr Jee And I would add to that resolution that Mr Williams be removed from the room. Mr Eckersley: Mr Fletcher will take the neces- sary steps after the resolution is carried. The motion was then put to the meeting, and carried without a dissentient. Mr Williams was at this point examining one of a number of bills which lay on the table before him, when Mr Stephens (the Surveyor) took hold of them and requested him to give them up to him, saying, You will allow me, Mr Williams, please." Mr Williams refused to relinquish his possession of the bills, and in the scuffle that en- sued two or three of them were torn. Consider- able confusion existed at this juncture, various members expostulating with Mr Williams, and pointing out the desirability of his quietly leaving, in order that the business might proceed. He, however, still occupied his seat. The Chairman Now, Mr Williams, I again ask you, in the name of this Board, to retire from this room. Mr Williams (referring to the struggle which had just taken place): I shan't forget you for that, Mr Stephens—I shan't. The Chairman Will you kindly do as you are requested? Mr Jee As Mr Williams is so anxious to be- come a member, an opportunity will soon be open to him. Mr Eckersley (to Mr Williams) You had a clear course open to you after the last affair. Why not vindicate your right like a man ? Mr Haskins: These scenes are most unseemly, Mr Davies Yes; and (to Mr Williams) don't make yourself a bigger fool than you have hitherto. [Police-Sergeant Young, who had been sent for, at this stage of the proceedings entered the room.] The Chairman, addressing him, said Sergeant Young,—We are very sorry to call in your aid this morning-, and request you to remove Mr John Williams. Sergt. Young: At your responsibility ? The Chairman At the Board's responsibility. Sergt. Young That won't do. I want the re- sponsibility of an individual. I hold you respon- sible, Mr Chairman, for that duty. The Chairman I accept the responsibility, and therefore request you to perform your duty. Mr Williams (to the officer) I ask you to look at this letter from the Local Government Board. Sergt. Young This has nothing to do with me. Several Members No, no. Mr Eckersley (to Mr Williams) You have your remedy. Sergt. Young: I shall be under the painful ne- cessity of expelling you, and the Chairman will be responsible. The Chairman (to Mr Williams) You are de- laying the business of the Board. A Member: Why not assert your rights some- where else r Sergt. Young Now, Mr Williams, I don't want to turn you out, nor to lay a hand upon you. Mr Williams I want to have some hold upon the Chairman. Sergt. Young then stepped up to him, and lay- ing his hand on Mr Williams's shoulder said: There, then. [Mr Williams then took his hat and quietly left the room.] A Member: Thus endeth the first lesson." (Laughter.) THE DRAINAGE QUESTION. Some discussion arose with reference to this subject; but it was ultimately resolved, on the motion of Mr Gorrell, seconded by Mr Fox, that the matter be deferred for the present. NEW SLAUGHTER-HOUSE REGULATIONS. In pursuance of the regulations requiring the various slaughter-houses to be licensed, Mr Geo. Jeremiah applied for a license for his premises at the back of the Winning Horse.—Dr. Ogle, in his report, as well as the Surveyor and Medical Offi- cer, spoke favourably of Mr Jeremiah's premises, and the license applied for was granted. TREE GUARDS AT PARK TERRACE. It was reported that of the 12 guards required for enclosing the trees it was proposed to plant in Park Terrace, nine had been promised by various gentlemen, together with a sum of 10s. towards another. The Surveyor stated that he expected the trees on Thursday, and that Mr Paterson would send two of his we,, -i^ist in planting them. MR CHRISTMAS LAWRENCE AND THE BOARD. The Surveyor reported in reference to the sum- mons he had been instructed to apply for against Mr C. Lawrence, that he saw Mr who advised him not to take out the summons for a fortnight, and in the meantime he would see Mr Lawrence, Mr Greenway afterwards saw Mr Lawrence, who pro- mised to take down the obstruction. Some discus ion afterwards ensued with respect to a notice served upon parties who had encroached at Coedcae by the surveyor, but the matter ultimately dropped. THE LATE SUMMONS AGAINST MR JOHN WILLIAMS. The Collector explained the action taken for the recovery of £ 3 Us. arrears if rate due from Mr John Williams, who was ordered to pay the amount claim- ed with costs. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer (Lr Mason.) reported as folllows: Mr Chairman and Gelltlnell,-lll the month of November I have to report 11 deaths and 20 births. The death rate amounted to 25"8 per 1000, per annum. I am glad to say there were no deaths from zymotic disease, aud I believe the district to be free from such. Since my last report I hava received regularly every week the list of the pauper sick, and I am able to re- port that no zymotic diseas prevails amongst that class of the community, colls, bronchial affections, and general diseases being predominant. I have visited the slaughter house behind :he Winning Horse, and am satisfied that it is put into such a state of repair as would warrant your granting a license, I am, your;. &c., S. B. Mason, L.R.C.P., &c. IIOUSE-TO-HOUSF, VISITAHOX. The surveyor stated that the necessary books been received, & he and the Iledieal Ofiicer intended commencing the house-to-house visitation on Thursday. FINANCE. The Chairman of the France Committee (Mr Fletcher) reported that the expenditure for bills, wages, and salaries was X;9 cs 3d and the collector had paid to the credit of the Board the sum of £17i 16s. PROPOSED SCHEME FOR ACCUIRING THE GAS AND WATER WORKS. Mr Jee rose to speak upon a subject which he con- sidered to be of interest and importance to the Board. The quality of the water supplied by the Water Company was very good, and equal to anything sup- plied in the United Kingdom. It might be a little deficient at times, but that was occasionally the case everywhere. He had heard hat the Company were about to construct a large reservoir, to contain 4,500,000 gallons of water. It would be 100 yards long, 50 yards wide, and capable of holding an aver- age depth of 17 feet of wate". He considered that this was a most favourable time for them,as a Board, to purchase,—to exercise tbeij full powers, and be- come the proprietors of the Gas and Water Works. Of course they should be prepcred to meet the Com- pany in a liberal spirit. It would not be fair to acquire their property without giving them ample compensation,and allowing them, probably, the value on 20 years purchase. He did not know how far the Board would be able to acquire the necessary capital for the outlay. Many shareholders might be favourable to the undertaking, and would transfer their shares from the present Company to them. It was now generally felt tint the local authorities should be the proprietors ot gas and water works. At Cardiff, they had taken steps to acquire the water works. A Member: And at Abergavenny. Mr Jee, continuing, said be thought the people of the town should be much obliged to the Gas and Water Company for what they had done. Some shareholders would, no doubt, transfer their in- terest in the undertaking to the Pontypool Local Board. In any case, it would be no harm to ap- point a deputation to wait upon the directors of the Gas and Water Company at their meeting in January, in order to ascertain their feeling on the subject. As it was more a matter of finance than anything else, perhaps the members of that com- mittee would form the deputation, or they might appoint a committee of the whole of the Board. He should now like to have the views of the other members. Mr Haskins did not know whether the Board had power to borrow the amount required for such an undertaking. It would be useless to form a committee to see the directors unless they had power to borrow the money. Mr Eckersley took it for granted that they had power to borrow money for the proposed purchase. He thought great credit was due to the Gas and Water T'ompnny. for d: :•• nly of men who introduced into a town the blessings of light and water were deserving of all praise. The Company might be willing to sell to the local authority, and he be- lieved, as hinted by Mr Jee, it was desirable that the local authorities should be the proprietors of gas and water works. No possible harm could arise from appointing a deputation to wait upon z, the directors. That deputation could, wait upon IHe Qii"6uLorE fr iiiciL* 1J!1111i-d lel'U!g- oi* Hl, ytJijjc other time. He had pleasure in seconding Mr Jee's proposition, and would iike those present to express their opinions as to the desirability of the scheme. Mr Haskins said lie would support it if he were certain as to the borrowing powers of the Board. Mr Gorrell considered it to be a step in the right direction. The scheme, if carried out, would be in favour of the curtailing of expenses. Gas would become cheaper, if not water. The Chairman said they would, of course, have to give notice to the Public Works' Loan Commis- sioners, of the sum they were likely to want. A Member suggested the desirability of giving notice to borrow X40,000. t:I Mr Sandbrook Better say X60,000, for unless you want it you need not touch a penny of it. Mr Fox: I beg to move that we give notice to borrow £ 60,000. Mr P. Eckersley: That sounds respectable. (Laughter.) Mr Gorrell seconded, and the motion, as well as that appointing the finance committee to wait upon the directors, was carried. THE TRAIN SERVICE. Mr Fox said that some time ago it was decided to send a memorial to the Monmouthshire Railway Company respecting the alteration in the time of trains to and from Pontypool. Had anything been done in the matter ? The Chairman said the matter had entirely slipped his memory, and nothing had yet been done. After some further remarks from Mr Sandbrook and others, the subject dropped. LIST OF MEMBERS. Mr Fox said he had repeatedly made application that a list of members should be written or print- ed, and posted up in the Board room for the gui- dance of members. Some discussion having ensued, it was resolved, on the motion of Mr Gorrell, that the matter be deferred till the commencement of the year. DR. OGLE'S REPORT. The Clerk read a letter from the Local Govern- ment Board, Whitehall, asking what steps the Board had taken with reference to the recommen- dations and suggestions contained in Dr. Ogle's report on the sanitary condition of the district. It was stated that the regular chairman and Mr Fletcher had not yet consulted the Chairmen of the different Boards in the district, as resolved upon at the last meeting. The Clerk was instructed to acknowledge receipt of the letter, and intimate that the mntter was under consideration. ROUTINE. A plan of an alteration to a building at Chapel Lane, for Mr G. Wilton, was passed, subject to the bye-laws being adhered to. There was no other business.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. PONTYPOOL DRAMATIC CLUB.—The inaugural performance of this Club was given at the Town Hall on Thursday evening. A report will appear in our next. & ACCIDENT.—A youth named Thomas Gibbs, employed at the Lower Mill, had his band drawn into the rolls of the revolving shaft on Thursday last. The limb was shockingly mutilated and one of the fingers was ampu- tated by Mr Essex, surgeon, immediately afterwards. PRIMITIVE METHODIST MISSIONS.—Special ser- vices in connection with the Home and Foreign Missions were held at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday last, when two able and appro- priate sermons were preached by the Rev G. Clark, of Lydney. There were good congregations, and collections were made on behalf of the Mission funds. BOARD OF GUARDIAN?.—The usual fortnightly meeting of this Board was held at the Union on n Thursday, H. Lewis, Esq., presiding. The business was simply of a routine nature, and the only matter of public interest, was the appointment of tradesmen for the supply of provisions for the ensuing three months. Mr T. Lewis's tender was accepted for meat, and that- of Mr J. Daniel for groceries. DEATH OF A TOWNSMAN.—We regret this week to announce the death, at the age of 33 years, of Mr W. H. Williams, who carried on business as a boot and shoe manufacturer at Market Street. Mr Williams had an attack of rheumatic fever, to which he succumbed on Saturday morning. He was held in high esteem by his fellow townsmen, z, and leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.-In our obi- tuary this week will be found recorded the death, on the 8th inst., at the ripe old age of 77 years, of one who has been, perhaps, more than anyone else in the neighbourhood, a living link between past and present. We refer to Mr John Williams, of Pontymoile, who had been a roller in the Tin Works. hut HvM upon his means. He effected considerable savings during former years, and in this respect his conduct furnishes an ex imple to many in the present day who squander away their earnings, without giving thought of the future. Mr Williams possessed a marvellously retentive memory, and as he also made notes to passing events, his antiquarian knowledge was particularly interesting and valuable to those who conversed with him. It is remarkable that his mother also lived to an advanced age, and from her lips there is no doubt he derived much knowledge. RAGGED SCHOOL MISSION, PONTYMOILE.—Mr C. Edwards, of the Evangelization Society, London, brought to a close a series of united evangelistic services at Pontypool on Sunday night, and in re- sponseto anearnest invitation preached in theMis- sion Hall on Monday evening to a full audience. His text was John, c. 10, verse 9, I am the door." The congregation listened with rapt attention, drinking in the precious truths of Jesus and His love.—A report of a lecture delivered on Tuesday evening, on "Rags and bones, and what to clo with them," will appear in our next. SHOCKING ACCIDENT. —Oil Sunday morning last, a man named Joseph Miles, one uf the oldest workmen in the employ of the Ebbw Yale Company, met with a shocking accident. He was engaged in clearing a portion •. f the inside of one of the railway wagons at Cwralickey, when the engine drew up at full speed and shunted the waggon a distance of at least 100 yards before it was discovered that he was underneath the truck. Dr. J. R E-sex was sent for, and found that the right leg was terribly smashed, the joint of the knee being forced over the middle of the thigh. The left leg was also fractured in three places, and the back and side were injured. It is a most surprising matter that the man, who is about 70 years of age, survived the shock, and stlil more so that there is a probability of his recovery under the aaxious attendance of Mr Essex. MOUNT PLEASANT TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.—An entertainment in connection with the above Society was given on Monday evening, the President (the Rev T. LI. Jones) in the chair. The attendance was very good, and the meeting proved a most en- joyable one. Appropriate remarks were made at intervals by the Chairman, and one pledge was taken at the close. The following is the pro- gramme Reading, 'Tis buts," Mr Simpson recitation, "The Bridge of Sighs," Mr A. Stock; song, The cooling spring," Mr Cook reading, A tale of the sea," Mr Coles; recitation, The death of Samson," Mr Simpson song, Will you come with me, my pretty one," Mr Cook; reading, Drops to keep the cold out," Mr Coles. ODD FELLOWS' DINNER.—The quarterly meet- ing of the Pontypool District of Odd Fellows was held at the Wrliming Horse Hotel on Monday last, and was followed by a sumptuous dinner, provided by Host Jeremiah in his usual well- known style. The statement of accounts rendered by Bro. J. Ellis, Secretary, showed that upwards of £1 i; had been distributed in funeral expenses during the past three months, but notwithstand- ing this a favourable balance rested with the Trea- surer.—Mr E. Davies, G.M., occupied the chair, and Mr G. Lewis, P.G.M., the vice-chair.—The customary loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honoured, and the prosperity of the Order was heartily drunk.—The health of the host and hostess was given in a most complimentary manner, and responded to by Mr Jeremiah.—Bro. Probyn, the oldest P.P. of the district, responded on behalf of the "Town and Trade of Pontypool."—Mr H. Griffiths, of Griffithstown, in responding to the toast of his health as the P.P.G.M. of the Order, referred to the benefits which it conferred upon the members, and the security which they en- joyed in time of illness when defended from de- pendency upon others by reason of their member- ship.—Other toasts followed, and a pleasant even- ing was enjoyed. LLANVRECHVA LOCAL BOARD.—The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last, J. Jacob, Esq., in the chair. There were also pre- sent—Messrs R. Richards, W. Jones, E. Francis, J. Williams, and G. Harris, and Mr J. H. Wain- wright (Clerk).—The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the sub- ject of Mr Conway's letter with regard to the stable recently built by Mr Knipe was adjourned until the next meeting.—An application from Mr Deacon, Surveyor, &c., for the payment of his fees under an engagement by the Board, was ordered t. be acknowledged, but the cheque was not authorised at present on the ground that the loan had not yet been procured.—A discussion ensued with regard to the probable expenditure for the Board for the coming year, aud what would be necessary for carrying out the improvements of the district.—On the motion of Mr Williams, se- conded by Mr Jones. if was resound that be srii-on to the Pllbli ^e,rks Commissioners of the Board's int jiition to apply for a loan of the motioir-^f Mr Jacob, seconded by Mr Francis, it tras .i.d.e3 that the members of the uppdfr division appointed a committee for the purpose of ma king arn.I>cements with the Gai Company tor a supply of ga-s- and the lighting and extinguishing of the Limps.—The remainder of the business was of a routine character. AN EISTEDDFOD WAS held in the Town Hall, PontypooLon Thursday week, when several prizes for Singing, Reciting, &c., were competed for. The Chairman Avas Mr John Place, of Cwm- bran, whose jocular remarks added greatly to the enjoyment of the audience, and the Adjudicators were Mr T. B: Smith and Mr C. Lawrence. The accompaniments were played byMrT. H.Morgan. The prizes and. their winners were as follows :— Recitation," The Felon," by boy Sunday Scholars under 15, 2s. Master A. Winsor was the only com- petitor, and received the award. Invested by the Chairman. Duett, "Albion, on thy fertile Plains," 10s. One party only appeared, (although there were four entries), Messrs C. Jenkins and E. Gun- ter. They were awarded the prize, which was invested by Mrs J Wralden. Solo, "Only an Armour Bearer," for girls under 15, 2s. Gd. Two competed, Miss M. A. Morgan gaining the prize. Invested by Mr D. Davies. Song, The Anchor's weighed," for tenor, 5s.; nine had entered, but only three competed, and the prize was divided between Messrs E. Gibson and E. Gunter. In- vested by M ss H. Williams. Recitation, The Bridge of Sighs," for males, 5s. Six competed. The prize was awarded to Mr John Curzon. In- j vested by Miss M. J. Winsor. Song, "Little Nell," for females, 5s. Three competed. The prize was divided between Miss R. Vaughan and Miss R. Squires. Invested by Mr W. Allsop. Recitation, The Death of my Mother," for girl. Sunday Scholars under 15, 2s. Two competed. Miss Adey received the prize. Invested by the Chairman. Quartet, Since first I saw your face," 10s. Two parties competed, but neither being considered to have shown sufficient merit,the prize was withheld, Song, The Wolf," for bass, 5s, Four competed, The prize was awarded to Mr T. Price, of Abersy- chan, and a second prize of 5s, was divided between Messrs W. M. Evans and W. Squires. Impromptu Speech, 2s. Gd. This feature of Eis- teddfodau is usually looked forward to with much interest, as affording the principal amusement to the audience, and on this occasion they were not disappointed. The subject selected was How to procure a wife." Much laughter was caused by a mistake in the subject made by one competitor, who thought it was How to cure a wife." The prize was awarded to Mr S. Fisher. Invested by Miss S. Cooper. Glee, Where art thou, beam of light," for not less than 20 voices, £3. Two | parties competed. The Pontypool Glee Party, conducted by Mr E. G. Morgan, and the Abersy- chan Glee Party, conducted by Mr J. Protheroe. Mr C. Lawrence, in giving the adjudication, said the piece had been very creditably performed by both parties, and gave Mr Morgan much praise for the improvement he had effected in his party, but said there was no comparison between the respective renderings of the two parties, that of Abersychan Glee Party beimr excellent, and he had no hesitation whatever in awarding the prize to Abersychan. Invested by Miss R. Price, of Newport.
ABERGAVENNY. LETTING OF THE TURNPIKE TOLLS.—These tolls were on Wednesday let to MvGodden, Newbridge Gate, WolverhaInpton, at £ 2,sio for the year 1880, being JC130 less than the rent this year. THE Abergaveeny Cattle and General Market tolls were let on Wednesday, the latter at being .£101 less than this year. Mr J. H. Smith, Abergavenny, is the new lessee. The Cattle Mar- ket was let at £300, being less than in the current year. ARE CO-OPERATIVE STORES A BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY ?"—This has been the subject of a long debate on two evenings by the Abergavenny Debating and Mutual Improvement Society, re- sulting in 17 voting in th- negative against 3 in the affirmative. RCRAL SANITARY AUTHORITY.—The committee forming- this authority met at the Clerk's office on Friday afternoon. Dr. Smythe reported several cases of typhoid fever at Llanover. Every precau- tion had been taken to prevent the fever spreading and to isolate the patients, but, notwithstanding, two deaths had occurred. He also called attention to the defective sanitary state of Govilon National School. The privies and urinals were filthy, and the ventilation of the School insufficient. The in- spector of nuisances (Mr Jenkins) was ordered to serve the usual notice upon the managers to abate the nuisance. THE CHRISTMAS STOCK MARKET was held on Tuesday, but was nothing like so full as usual; beef was up at least a penny per lb., but there did not seem to be much improvement in the price of mutton, no doubt attributable to a great extent to the number of superior sheep on offer; however, good wether mutton was Avort-h 7fdper lb., but the average price of mutton in the market was 7d per lb, The more useful fat beasts were sold by weight at 8d per lb. The pig trade was exceedingly slack pork, 10s per score. Ou the general market dressed poultry was unusually dear, small chickens fetching 4s 6d per couple; ducks from 6s to 8s Gd per couple; geese, from 6s eaeh, with giblets; eggs, 7 for Is apples and pears plentiful and very cheap, considering the time of year; potatoes—red skin flourballs—16s 6d per sack. BOARD OF GUARDIANS (Friday).-Present: Mr B. Lewis (in the chair), Mrs Fielder (the lady Guardian), Messrs Thos. Williams (Bryncain), W. Watkins (Wernycwm), the Rev W. J. C. Lindsay, Messrs J. Gill and D. Lewis (Blaenavon), Thomas Allen (Abergavenny), and others.—The master re- ported there were 164 paupers in the Workhouse, and 163 tramps had been relieved during the past fortnight.—The relief lists were unusually heavy. Instead of occupying the Board from 10.30 until 12.30, it took them till nearly 2.30 to go through both lists.—Mr LeAvis, the relieving officer, said the Avages at Blaenavon had now become very low. He had 21 men employed in the stone yard there; and be asked the Board, upon the recommendation of the committee (Mr Bireham and Mr Martin), to keep the yard open until the end of this year. Mr Martin had told him there were little hopes of anything moving before then. Mr Powell (Llan- ellen) Can't they get work., Mr Lewis: No; there is a great difficulty. Mr Gill: All the best men are gone. When the work gets more brisk those remaining will no doubt get work. We had better continue the relief in the stone yard for ano- ther fortnight. This was agreed to.—The Board made the usual allowance of roast beef and plum pudding for the paupers' Christmas dinner at the Workhouse.—The Clerk reported that Caleb War- ren, of Govilon, who had been sent from the Workhouse to the Institution for.the Blind at Swansea a short time ago, had been expelled for bad conduct. It had cost the Board nearly £ 6 for his outfit to go. He had not come back to the Workhouse.-The Guardians agreed to the recom- mendation of the Local Government Board to pay Dr, Quirk, of Blaenavon, Is. 6d. for each case of successful vaccination at his surgery, and 3s. for each case at Pwllddu and Garuderris.-Mr Morris, the relieving officer for the Abergavenny district, asked the Board for a testimonial to enable him to apply for a more lucrative appointment at Swan- sea. The Clerk was directed to prepare one. AN ADDITIONAL STOCK FAIR.—On Saturday afternoon last, a special meeting of the Town Commissioners to consider the desirability of es- tablishing another annual fair in Abergavenny, to take place in January, was held. Present: Messrs Edwin Tucker (Chairman), J. Bishop, F. Morgan, W. Tucker, S. Eames, J. Morgan, and G H. Gor- vin. The Chairman explained that the meeting was specially convened to consider the above sub- ject in consequence of representations made from time to time by a number of neighbouring farmers and dealers attending the Abergavenny markets and fairs. At present the fairs were the third Tuesday in March, which was the first in the year; the 14th May; the third Tuesday in June the Tuesday before July 20th; Sept. 25th and Nov. 19th. With the exception, therefore, of the ones in June and July, the fairs here were held every two months. The June fair was the "wool fair." It was thought very desirable to establish a fair in January because it was too long a time for farmers to keep their stock from Nov. 19th to the middle of March, and thus they were obliged to resort to other -nlae-s to dispose of ih-m. At present there were no fairs held anywhere round within a widt, radius in January, except one at TaJgarth and another at Trecaatle. The Clerk said he had in his list a fair in January at Criekhowell. Mr Gor- vin But that is the list for 1879. I don't think it is correct; I have a list for 18S0, and that does does not show it, but it has a fair down for Janu- ""oJ uc*iier They have altered their fairs at Brecon, I know. Mr Gorvin. There is no fair at Criekhowell before May 12th. Mr J. Morgan and the Chairman spoke to having con- sulted several farmers and dealers who etronglv recommended the third Tuesday in January for the annual fair. It was then unanimously resolved to establish an additional annual fair on that date, the first to take place on the third Tuesdav in next month. A vote of thanks to the Chairman con- cluded the meeting.
PONTNEWYNYDD. BAPTIST PREACHING Room.-A popular ent<. tainment: was held at the above room on Thur day, the 11th inst., when the chair was taken I Mr P. Eckersley, of Pontypool, who well dischargt his duties; and the accompanist was Mr J. I Morgan, of the Baptist College, Pontypool. T1 audience was not so good as on former occasion owing to the eisteddfod at the Town Hall; b1 the programme was well performed, and all eJ joyed themselves. Mr Gwilym Evans's readir and singing was very popular, and he respond" to an enthusiastic encore. Mr H. Thomas's rec tation was very interesting, and was delivered clearly that everyone in the room could well hee and understand. Mr J. Morris greatly please the audience, and he will be welcome at any tim Much credit and praise are also due to all tl other performers for their able services. Tl: usual votes of thanks to the Chairman and to a who had come forward to lend their help brougl the pleasant evening to a close. Subjoined is tb programme :—Harmonium solo, Mr J. H. Morga (encored) song, Master J. Parry recitatioi Master William Madley; song, Mrs Jenkins (er cored) reading, Mr Evans song, Mr J. Morri (encored); song, Mr J. Lloyd (encored) reading Mr J. Kinsey song, Mrs Jenkins recitation, M H. Thomas; reading, Mr Mark Salvage; song Mr Evans (encored); reading, Mr Kinsey; song Mr Morris; song, Mrs Absalom Doxology.
PONTNEWTDD. LECTURig.-On Monday evening a lecture was delivered by the Rev T. Cocker, Baptist minister, at the Good Templars' Hall, the subject being Perseverance." The attendance was fair, and the chair was occupied by the Rev. D. Evans (In- dependent), Cwmbran. After singing, the chair- man called upon Mr Cocker to deliver his lecture., The lecturer said perseverance was able to accoin- plish everything, and commanded success. In proof of this he instanced the immortal Christmas Evans, upon whom he founded his lecture. The secret of his success was that he took one thing at a time and thoroughly mastered it before he took another. The speaker urged all persons to perse- vere. In the course of the lecture, which took an hour and a quarter to deliver, many concise and lively sayings were introduced. When the lecturer sat down, the chairman made a few eulogistic re- marks, and proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Cocker, which was carried unanimously. Mr W. Williams then moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, for the able manner in which he had discharged his duties. This having been carried, a pleasant and profitable meeting was brought to a close with singing and the Benediction.—The proceeds are for the chapel fund.
CWMBRAN. SAD DEATH BY DROWNING.—On Tuesday morn- ing, a man named Abraham Lewis, aged 33 years, Avho liA'ed at No. 12, Forge Row, was found drowned in the canal near the blast furnaces at Cwmbran. It seems that he was a roller in the Nut and Bolt Company's forge, and was at work on Monday night. He began his "turn" and left about 7 o'clock that night, and was not seen again I cl until his body was found about 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, although his wife and others -.vere search- ing for him during the night. He leaves a widow and four children to mourn his sad fate. Au in- quest will be held.
NEWPORT. EXPOSING DISEASED MEAT.—At the Newport police-court, on Monday, Peter Donovan, an Irish cattle dealer, was charged with exposing for sale in the Newport Cattle Market a number of sheep affected with scab. Mr Woollet-t, solicitor, appear- ed for the prosecution. Mr Henry Williams, the inspector of nuisances, stated the case. The de- fendant was a regular dealer in the Newport mar- ket from Ireland. On this occasion he had a flock of 145 sheep. The greater portion of these were sold, but nine remained. Each of these was badly afflicted with scab. They must have had the dis- ease prior to the 1st of December. The number that had been sold had been scattered all over the hills. The defendant said the sheep were all ki: ,_d now and eaten. Mr Fox Scab and ail- Mr In- spector She;if proved the advanced nature of the disease. It was stated that the defendant had bepn fined about ten years ago for a similar of- fence. The bench imposed a penalty of .£8, being a fine of .£1 for each sheep.
CRUMLIN. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—On Mondav evening last, a well-attended meeting under the auspices of the Abercarne Teetotal Association was held at the Wesleyan Chapel. Sydney W. Phillips. Esq., of Newbridge, presided. Dr Schoineid, of Cardiff, attended as a deputation from the Monmouth County Temperance Association, and spoke at great length, his address being a masterpiece of logic and eloquence. Mr W. F. Brett, of Aber- carne (hon. sec.), also spoke a few words; and after some closing remarks from the Chairman (himself an abstainer), the meeting broke up. An effort is being made to form a Temperance Society at Crumlin.
r!1 CAERPHILLY. SUDDEN DEATH.—On Tuesday morning, whi engaged in washing some clothes, the wife of I Edward Evans was suddenly taken ill ,and short after the arrival of Drs. Llewellyn and Jones s1 expired. The deceased lady was well known ar highly respected, and last Sunday afternoon wt in the Tonyfelin Baptist Chapel, where she ha been a teacher for many years.
LATEST MARKETS. [BY TELEGRAPH.] BRISTOL CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. To-day was a holiday market. Beef was short, and but little doing; best, 7(is. There was not much mutton on offer; best wethers, 8d to 8.1 d. Yery little doing in store cattle. About 800 pigs; bacon, 9s 9d to 10s porkers, 10s 3d to 10s Gd.
LONDON 11 Very lr