BREACH OF THE PEACE. William West, Joseph Shortman, and Tm. Shortman were charged with a broach of the peace, by fighting at Poutnewynydd on Monday pight, the 23rd ult. P.c. Saunders proved the charge. West was fined 10s., and the other defend- ants, who did not appear, 15s each. THREATS. Wm. Phillips was charged with using violent threats towards Jeremiah Buckley.Ordered to pay costs. DRUNI^ARPS' LIST. Albert Stewart was charge with being drunk at Sebastopol. P.c. Beanland proved the charge. Fined 10s. Mary Neville was charged with being drnQk and riotous at Nightingale Village.Fined lQp. Rachel Smith was charged with a like of- fence.Fined 10s. William Parry was charged with a like of- fence.Fined 15s. Ann Parry, his wife, was also charged with being drunk.Dismiss :d. Joseph Price was charged with being drunk at Garndiffaith.Fined 10s. MONDAY. Before the Rev. J. C Llewellin. COAL STEALING. Howell Price was charged with stealing a quantity of coal, the property ef the Blaenafon Company.Reinandod till Saturday. John Hayes was charged with being drunk at Garndiffaith.Fined 10s. WEDNESDAY. Before Rev J. C. Llewellin and C. J. Parhee,Esq. CHARGE OF EMBEZZLEMENT. Arthur Simmonds was charged with etnbez* zling various sums of money, ^mounting to £ ,5 4s, whilst in th" employ of Join; Devau, fnr- I yityre dealer, at Blaeuafoq. I Rosanna Hamm, wife of William Hamm, Blaenafon, deposed that she bought some goods from the shop of Mr Bevan, at Blaenafon she bought them from prisoner, who made out the bill and gave it to her on March 28tb she paid the prisoner IOri. This sum was not accounted for by prisoner, and the entry was made by Mr Bevau himself. Sarah Jones, daughter of Henry Jones. Rising Sun, Blaenafon, said that some time in Decem- ber she purchased goods for her sister from the shop of John Bevan did not pay for them at the time the goods were delivered on February 17th she paid the sum of £3 14s to prisoner the writing was in his handwriting; she saw him write it. Gustavus Vaunbrooke Cary, clerk, said he purchased goods at the shop of Mr Bevan 12 mouths ago, but the goods on account were por. chased in December; on March 26th he paid prisoner tl on account. John Bevan, furniture dealer, carrying on business at Blaenafon, said that in January last he employed prisoner as a salesman and mana- ger he had authority to receive money for pro- secutor; discharged him about three weeks ago he has not accounted for the various Bums mentioned by the previous witnesses according to the stock book, there was about £36 worth of furniture and other articles which were missing. Prisoner was committed for trial to the Quar- ter Sessions. ter Sessions.
THE ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD ELECTION V. THE TRADESMEN OF THE PLACE. To the Editor of the Free t'ms. Sir,—The writer has no inclination to weary your numerous readers with regard to the further discussion of a topic-so many days after date—which has now de- generated to an exceedingly low level of personality and abuse; he therefore contents himself by observing that he treats with unmitigated oonteupt the interminable rigmarole, the low vulgarity, and ill-sustained perform- ances of Messrs Collier, P.W.O.B., and Quid pro Quo. By the complexion of the correspondence that has ensued one would at first sight suppose that the abo re trio were totally dissimilar personages, but upon a oloser scrutiny of their ill-disguised efforts it requires but little pene- tration to perceive that after all they are only Birds of a feather, Banded together that, in faet, they are one and the same person, a la chatwkon ior is it not a somewhat striking coincidence that the same ideas should pervade the general scope of ) their observations ? This phenomenon is only explicable by the theory that the singular and fortuitous concur- rence of intellectual (?) atoms oauses all great minds to think and act alike, and in this instance particularly so, verifying what has been previously advanced, viz.:— that these jointly simulated effusions are the product of the same fertile creation that they emanate from the same source, a.nd, up to the time of writing, form the eoup de grace of a prolix series of deapatohes-infiicted upon a forbearing public-by the man of many aliases. This is none the less remarkable than real, and to those who happen to know the drift of the situation," there can be nothing surprising in the characteristic features of it, "IQuocnt" per.- ni may be made to appear as the victims of a morbid suspicion, and to suffer wrongfully from uncalled fo.r (?) imputations; but between those whose native modesty would warrant the belief that they were thoroughly innocuous, and those who habitually swear by the card, there is a considerable difference of degree and principle. Such choice epithets as mawk- ish sage, shainelessnoss and duplicity of the writer, un- sqrupulou3 insinuations,priggish consciousness of hisown excellence, bombastic affectation, mushroom value of the flits of his genius, inflated self importance, literary scum, &c., &c., can only be looked upon as the natural and venomous expectorations of a many coloured lizard. They moreover are part and parcel of the unwashed the dirty white oontents of the penny-a-liner's rag bag, and by prescriptive right they are the stock-in-trade of the li- terary charlatans and pedlers who throng the purlieus of the baok slums of St. Giles's and Billingsgate—from whose choice baskets and stores they have undoubtedly been culled. Expletives of the above kind cer- tainly form no part of the educational style of Tib for Tat," hence he has no intention to soil his hands by coming in contact with such contaminating filth and whilst Quid pro Quo" revels in his congenial delight of distributing far and wide the dregs of a literary cess- pool, the equanimity of the writer is not in the least sense disturbed by the accomplishment of the process; he does not seek Co rival the attempt, and consoles himr self by the reflection that hard and foul words never broke any bones or at any time seriously affected an argument. rhe objects of Tit for Tats first letter "were to show, primarily, that the middle classes of this country occu- pied a station in society quite independent of their infe. riors or superiors and secondly, that in regard to the recent local election, certain "agitators," as they are termed, were sold and betrayed--Judas like-by admit- ting a few consummate hypocrites and humbugs into their private or committee meetings. By silence, or otherwise by default, these views have been tacitly con- ceded as being just and true in contention and proof, and consequently require no further elaboration for the pur- I poses of this reply. When, however, a local board pan- test occurs again, it will be highly desirable for the promoters of independency and integrity of action, in regard tie social politfc ;0 ascertain who it is that can be trusted prior to tamg them into confidence, and once finding their doub-le-f4.ced supporters out, they will just apply the needful and drop them down stairs." Quid pro Quo" and Tit for Tat" are pretty well synonymous terms; they are consequently upon an equal footing, although the former seems to have intentionally overlooked the fact tfcat the previous communication of the latter was prompted by the same spirit as was manip fested by the cat's-paw, Collier," and further, that it was a response to his letter in the form and manner adopted by him, viz.ineogtiito. Personally, the writer of this article is averse to anonymous correspondence; still, like many others-but not so frequently as they do,-he sometimes makes a virtue of necessity. If Quid pro Quo" had but the common Tionesty to attaoh his name to his note or notes; if whilst pointing a moral he would seek to adorn a tale, why not practise what ho preaches ? If he acted up to this standard, his consistency would be generally admired as the matter rests, however, it is considerably at a discount. In cons elusion, the writer, still "holding the courage of his opinions," would be only too pleased to emulate a good example, and when the genuine Simon dona fidely intro- duces himself to your readers, his manly action will be speedily followed by Yours truly, TIT FOR TAT. P.S.—The writer of the above has studiously avoided any digression into side issues; but in regard to one statement—to the effect that he has a "novice, and proudly boasts of his nominee "—he begs to say that such an assertion is as groes a lie as it is a libel. He has never indulged in any bravado of the kind, and the judgment of the whole neighbourhood would be with him had 4e not taken the trouble to deny so much. In bidding Quid pro Quo" good day, he blesses his stars and thanks his good fortune that he has not, nor never had, a despicable I following, and no appendage, in the form of a sooty pseudo collier, briskly in his wake.
THE PROPOSED NEW ROAD TO POtfTYPOOL. I To the Editnr of the Free Press. Dear Sir,—The manner in which this new road has been approached appears to me to deserve something more than a passing notice. By your last week's issue I find that the first meeting of the two Boards took place on Friday, the 27th ult., and it appears that they were pretty well prepared for the business on both sides. On the part of some of the gentlemen present, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that this new road could be ipade with er without tha consent of those parties who will have to help to pay for it. Whether or not the Board has the authority to mortgage the district they represent without the consent of the ratepayers, any person would imagine that, before they committed themselves to such a costly expenditure, they should consult their neigh- bours upon the subject. But, probably, it was not deemed desirable or safe to challenge public opinion. It is plain, from the composition of the committees, that the most of them have great interest in the road being made; and that the making of it cannot contribute to the prosperity of Abersychan district proper, I have no doubt, is a question of very little concern to them. The proceedings of the first meeting were suspiciously unanimous, but just sufficiently diversified to entertain the reader's in- terest with an appearance of patriotism so palpable as to make the whole thing look a shain. As pointed out in iqy former letter, the facilities for the conveyance of traffic between Pontypool and Blaenafon are all that can be desired, and I do not hesitate to say that it would be a very difficult task to name another similar district any- I where in Monmouthshire and South Wales so favourably circumstanced as this neighbourhood in this particular respect. As for those who walk the road between Pont- ypool and Abersychan, it cannot surely be seriously con- tended that the little hill they have to encounter is a very formidable barrier to their doing so. ]f they do complain, I shall at once tell them they have the choice of the two other roads, and the matter of the hill in question is but an evil of their own choosing. If the road is to be made for the accommodation of vehicles, and as those who possess them are very few in number, and whose interest is centered in rontypoot rather than Abersychan, let them endeavour to persuade the rate- payers of Pontypool that it will bo to their exclusive ad- vantage if the new road be made, and get them to make this new road. I shall not then complain. What is the reason that Abersychan is always allowed to remain the same to-day and for ever-in a state of inertia ? Dis- tinctly, local improvements there are none And I fear there is too good a reason why none are ever proposed —not the least among them being that we are already so heavily taxed that we simply cannot pay more that is, we are, in justice to our own immediate interests, bound to say that the length of the tether has been reach- ed. With seventy and odd miles of highway to keep in order, we have quite enough to attend to in the way of road repairing. Some think not, and propose more for us Is there anything at all cheering in the prospeot before us ? The staple industries of our district are coal mining and iron manufacture. The former of these is in a deplorable state, struggling hard to keep alive; the latter has, to all appearance, departed from us! The picture is a painful n The district being depopulated, poverty and wretchedness abounding upon all sides; its industries paralysed and destroyed tradesmen in des- pair at the utter hopelessness of the scene; two large ironworks, with their giant machinery and life-feeding resources, strangled, and as silent as the grave-yard, with not a single ray or silver lining upon the edge of the horizon of the dim future This picture may be completed by the back-ground being represented as oc- cupied with a few gentlemen whd ignore all this suffer- ing and woe, and engage themselves in adding to the poor and the oppressed tax-payers, struggling in the foreground of the canvass!! Is pot all this a.s true as it is appalling ? Let us look still further a-head. We have before us the duty of providing out of the public funds for the education of the poor of the district. The school already erected may be, in a great measure, selfreupr porting, but should our local trade and industries COI) tinue in their present state of want, not even tb; tappy state of things can long exist. Our poor-rates will, of necessity, increase, and our means of paying them will decrease in like proportion. Less ready-money will be in circulation, which means, in its turn, less btuinese done, less goods sola, less returns to the struggling shop- keeper, making the payment of our poor-law taxes ex- actly that much the more difficult. Can it for a moment be entertained that this is the proper time to undertake the making of costly new roads ? I feel sure that very little reflection is needed lo convince any unprejudiced man that quite the reverse is the case! Even necessary repairs have to be set about with care- ful economy. We have, in addition, the drainage scheme to meet, involving the expenditure of some thou- sands of pounds. The interest alone upon the borrowed cash for the construction of the Twynyffrwd road, Board room and store-houses, &c., at Abersychan, the necessary school buildings throughout the district, and last, if not least, the thousands of pounds for the drainage scheme, together will total a sum well nigh calculated to make the most reckless hesitate ere they committed themselves to such a thoughtless and ruinous scheme of expenditure as that involved in the making of this uncalled-for new road. It must not be forgotten that this matter is not disposed of by calculating the interest to be paid each year, and the raising the necessary taxes for that pur- pose for it is rumoured that part payment of the prin- cipal or amount borrowed will be at least equal to the first year's interest upon the whole,—with this disad- vantage, if I am correctly informed, that that amount will have to be paid yearly during the whole of the term covered by the loan. A moderate calculation of the lia- bilities of the drainage scheme, and the new road as pro- posed to be saddled upon this district, will make up a total of about tl,200, which will have to be paid by the tax-payers of Abersychan district, in addition to what they have to pay already, being an increase of about £ 1,020! It may be urged that the greater portion of these taxes are paid by the owners of the collieries and ironworks in this neighbourhood. Even so, but would it not be far better to lighten the burdens of the owners and give them all the encouragement possible ? At pre- sent the most important of these collieries are either idle or workine short time. and the ironworks closed! Will this additional tax encourage the owners to re-start them? Nothing of the kind. On the other hand it will materially tell against the industry of all the tradesmen of the district: and, for that matter, Pontypool will also assist in the work of depression; There is positively and absolutely no necessity for this new road, and to make it in the face of a departed iron trade is the nearest ap- proach to a policy of suicide I have seen for a very long time. In all conscience, if the Boards are resolved upon spending money upon improv- ments, let them be in the high- est sense necessary and urgent. In our district there Is the Bluett's Bridge, at GaraAiiftuth. in a state so thoroughly di- lapidated that no person can walk across it without extreme danger. Thete is too the road toTrevethinJthedifflculiies of ap- proach as wretched an affair as can be met with, and its foot- paths, if not used by the public on sufferance of the owner, are in no sense in a tit condition for the public convenience. Without wishing to encroach too much upon your valuable space, I conclude by hoping that every legitimate effort possible wilt be made to prevent this scheme from being carried out at the cost of the tradesmen of the Abersychan district, and that for the many reasons given. Inte their hands I now leave the remarks I have felt bound to offer in protest against this new burden, in the hope that they will give them a thorough and emphatic practical value in opposing it. Yours, &c., Abersychan, May 8, 1877. 1. WILLIAMS. Dear Sir,—I hasten to push in a word edge-way before our hero, the shoemaker, will want you to devote to him the whole of your paper to discuss the new road, for it is said two heads are better that one if only sheeps' heads. The protection of the shopkeepers is a graud ideak and grander still for the shopkeepers to get this knight of the lapstone to cease hammering that, and hammer at this last soandalous job. There does sometimes good ccype out of evil, though I don't preach the doctrine that the end justifies the means; but during the Franco-Prussian War we learned a lesson that would be of great service now to t':u (;ill-.3 that havo put themselves under the wing of the shoemaker—that is, supposing he holds a brief to defend their cause,—and as it is in print it must ej during the war the city of Paris was sur- rounded and all communication with the outer world suspended, and, of course, everything in the city fetching famine prices; only fancy having to buy a pair of shoes then. Instead of spending the money in making this road, which Mr William., does not object to because he knows it is an improvement, but because it gives the ratepayers facilities for going to spend their money where they choose. Now, as Abersychan could not afford to keep an army to keep the people in their own ter- ritory and compel us to spend-all our money in our own district, the money might be spent in building a wall round the place, and only let those go out that took flight in a balloon, as they did in Paris. We might have gates, as in olden times, to prevent any but the shopkeepers leaving the city every train might be searched before entering this city of refuge, lest any outside friends should send anything to those inside; luggage trains (I mean as passenger trains) would not be required Rate- payers and fellow parishioners, be alive to the interests of others do not show yourselves so thick-headed as to have an eye to your own interests. And now, Mr Editor a more one-sided scandalous effusion I should think was never penned; and I do hope, for the sake of the shop- L keepers, that this long epistle is only the imagination of his own brain, just as he might fancy himself a young man after usipg some of Madame Rachel's hair dye. In- dependent of the question whether the road is required or not, the reasons Mr W. has advanced are quite be- side the mark. There are a quantity of insinuations about self interest, but if his reasons are not wicked and I selfish. I am at a los3 to know what self means, and so far as I know, the parties that are taking an active part in it have less interest or convenience to serve in that spot than any in the parish. I hope our local parliament will decide at all times what is for the general good and not ask whose loss or gain will it be. Mr W. believes the publicans ought to be sacrificed on the altar of the Permissive Bill for the sake of the general good; I have no doubt he is a believer in free trade in corn and lea- ther outside of this distriot, but here he wants to impede our looomotion by bad roads and no roads at all. The old road has done for me so far, and I have no doubt I can manage if they stop that. It is not my intention to advocate the new road, but I do protest against this scandalous advocacy of class legislation I think the wage-earning money-spending class ought to be consi- dered as well as the shopkeepers. The shopkeepers are a hardworking, deserving class of mon, and worthy of our support; and I hope, for their own credit's sake, they will never oppose an improvement lest it might benefit others as well as themselves, 1 must beg their pardon for even supposing such a state of things possi- bly our district requires more spirit and enterprise. Take Sleepy Hollow as a sample; a first-class market town, money pouring in from all quarters, and yet it is an old, ugly, dilapidated town, scarcely any improve- ment it h%s not produced men with sufficient public spirit te put a new face on it like every other town al- most in the kingdom. It is a great misfortune to any town or district when its leading men are satisfied to pocket the halfpence and care nothing for the place that gave them birth and wealth. Improvements must pay, or they would have ceased in other places before we begun. What would Old England have been to-day had it not been that men looked ahead ? Thanking you for this much, without promising to return to the subject, I remain, yours, R. PRICE, British, Abersychan.
'• STITCH! STITCH! STITCH To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir,—Can you or any of the readers of your widely-circulated paper kindly inform me whether or not there is in this district a gentleman who holds an appointment under Government as Inspector of Facto- ries ? and whether dressmakers' workrooms do not come within the province of his duties ? I am informed, upon credible authority, that it is no unusual thing for young women in this town to have to work until 10 or even 11 o'clock at night-especially on Saturday night-tofinish work I do not wish in this communication to be per- sonal; but if particular instances are desired, I can assure your readers that they could easily be forthcoming. Trusting that I may receive the necessary information, in order that the law may be put in force against the persons so offending, I remain, yours, &c., ANTI-SLAVERY.
A WELSH"TIT-GIRTT"STABBED~BY~HER~ SWEETHEART. An atrocious attack was made on a tip-girl named Sarah Ann Evnns "t Bedlinog oa Tuesday morning in & cabin at the Coliy Colliery, belonging to the Powlais Iron Company. The accused is a young man named Thomas Holloway, of Pendarren, Merthyr, who, it ap- pears, has paid some attention to the girl Evans. Both it appears, were employed at the above colliery, Hollo" way as a shunter," and the girl on No. 5 tip. About nine o'clock they were in the cabin having breakfast when Holloway, after toasting some meat upon a knife offered a portion to the girl, who refused it. He then said, I suppose that other people's meat is better than mine?" The girl resented the remark, when the young man struck her in the left side with the knife which was still open in his hand, and the blade penetrated her clothing to the flesh, wounding her just under the heart. As soon as he saw the blood upon the blade he wiped it off with his finger and thumb. Both went to a wood just below together in order to examine the cut. They found the clotted blood about the dress, and both, ac- cording to Holloway's statement, agreed to keep the matter quiet, and went to their work. The girl, how- ever, soon failed, and had to be taken home to her father's residence at Garnddulais, at Dowlais. Informa- tion was subsequcstly given to Police-constable G. Hunt Who proceeded to the colliery, and got there just in time to apprehend the prisoner, who was just about to leave on one of the engines on the Taff Bargoed Railway, which was taking a train of coal from the colliery. The excitement in the district is at a high pitch. Prisoner, who was taken to Caerphilly and locked up at the police station, is about 21 years old, and the girl is about 23 years,
THE TYNEWYDD DISASTER. The five rescued men were on Monday so far recovered as to be able to return to their homes, which they did in Dr H. Nauntou Davies's car- riage. All the villagers came to their doors to witness their return. In the afternoon John Thomas wns taken to the house of his nncle, Mr Edward Edwards, tho manager of Booring-ailt. A FETE AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. To the Editor of the Western Mail. SIR,—The Welsh concert and "National De- monstration" which I had arranged to be given in London in aid of the fund for the Welsh miners will now, in consequence of a commu- nication from the directors, take place on a grand scale at the Crystal Palace. My suggestions were laid before the directors on Thursday last, and on Friday morning I re- ceived the following letter from Major Flood Page, the secretary.—I am, &c., BRINLEY BICHARPS. 6t Mary Abbotfa-terrace, Kensington, May 7. (Copy.) Crystal Palace, May 3rd, 1877. Dear Sir,—My directors have to-day approved of the suggested Welsh fete, and 1 have communicated with Cardiff with a view of inviting the miners; I have also spoken to Mr Manns, and will take immediate steps to commence the organisation of the fete. I think your sketch pf the day will do very well, and we will of- gauise it on that basis. I will communicate again wip lDU witlj<?ut delay.-Yours faithfully, S. FLOOD PAGE, Secretary.
The nomination for the election of a member for the Montgomery boroughs has been fixed for the 11th inst. The polling will take place on the 15th inst. The can- didates are Viscount Castlereagh (Conservative) apd the Hon. Frederick Hanbury-Tracy (Liberal)
PAY SOME OF YOUR DEBTS i Some people object to 'extreme principles,' tttd this reminds ns of a story related by John Stuart Mill. Mr Mill spoke of a man who had a great objection to extreme principles, and who used to niaujtaiu that the right course was al- ways themiddle coarse. It was a just principle that a man should pay his debts, but it would be carrying a principle to an extreme if a man were to pay all his debts. On the other hand, it would be an extreme course to pay none of them. The middle course, the golden mean, was to be.com- mended, and that was to pay some of them.— [Please pay the printer !]
POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. Before Colonel Syrde, E. J. Phillips, Esq., and and C. J. Parkeq, Esq. DOG OFFENCE. John Watkins was charged with keeping a dog without a license, on the 27tb of March. Mrs Watkins appeared, and said that she had taken cnt a license upon the day that the officer called at her hoose at the time, she had boon in Pontypool to get the license. A question was raised as to the power to con- vict under the circumstances and Mr Bolger said if such was the interpretation put upon the Act, it would be better to have it repealed at once. Andrew Murdoch, excise officer, was called, and proved the service of summons. John Biybsin, pxcise officer, deposed that on the 27th of March, in consequence of a com- plaint that wasuiade about Watkins's dog having killed some sheep, he visited the premises and saw the dog there asked the person in the house if there was a license taken oat for this dog, and the person answered yes asked the person to produce the license, and she said it was locked up at the time; referred to his book to see if one had been granted at the Stamp Office, and found it was not so came back to Pontypool to the office, and inspected the counterparts on his book, and found that the license had not been previously taken out. After some deliberation, the Bench said they had no alternative but to convict; but thisoou- yiction would be subject to the decision given in a similar case now pending in one of the superior courts. AFFILIATION. Godfrey Williams was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Agues Price. Both complainant and defeudant seemed to be little better than children. Mr Greenway appeared for the defence. Complainant had been in service at the house of defendant s father for about two years, and it was there she alleged that the criminal intimacy took place. Thie, case lasted for some considerable time, and was at length dismissed until complainant couj produce further evidence. A ROW AT BLtrsNAYON MARKET. Thomas Butler was charged with assaulting Henry Nelmes, at Blaenafon, on Saturday night. JJeluifs was also charged with assaulting Joseph Stokes on the same night. Mr Gardner appeared for Nelmes, Complainant deposed that Butler came up to him near the Market-house, and catching hold of him rudely, asked him if he had any money, Baying he would figi-t him for it. Thomas Meredith was called, and said that Nelmes and Stokes had been quarrelling they passed on some five or six yards, and Butler met Nelmes, and, catching hold of his collar, said Have you got any money about you '? if you have, I'll fight yon for £ oj;" Nelmes answered that if he should figilt he would fight, not for money, but for a bellyfnll. In examination, witness said that Nelmes did strike Stoken. Alfred Nelmes, a hoy, son of Thomas Nelmes, was with his father on Saturday evening saw Bntler catch hold of his father and chuck" bim by the collar, saying if he was present he (complainant) should not have struck Stokes he then asked Nelmes, Have 3 011 got any %rage ?" Notmes said, Yes, a little defendant Said, If you have, I'll fight you for a £ 5 note to-morrow morning," pulling out his money and -'Dg it complainant said to loose him or he rve him (Butler) as he had served ltlei 6 wife came and pulled him into but he came out again aud began to a*. Nelmes. jitintion,;<Snw his fatheristrike Staks, er came up and said if ho had been shot, ld not have struck Stokes he illiams, lessee of the market, said be Stokes to turn the gas off at 11 p.m. stokes in a short time came back to him, aaying he could not get Nelmes to go out of the mar- ket, and that he was very abusive Nelmes made an excuse that he had lost balKa-sovereign Stokes said he did not, and Nelmes then struck him down j Butler came up, but did nothing (0 provoke him. Joseph Stokes then gave evidence, and said til.at when he asked Nelmes for the toll on Sa- turday evening lie became very abusive, but b e subsequently got the toll from him: at eleven o'clock, when he waited to put out the gas, Nelmes threatened bun with a knife in his hand; went to Mr WilIiams and told him about it f.'en back and met him at the gate, an some parley Nelmes knocked witness down Butler came up and said," Nelmes, don't do that, or yon will get summoned." Butler was discharged, and an arrangement was come to whereby Nelmes paid the costs of the other case. SOTTING A CHIMJTEY O FrRB. William Philpot, Blaenafon, was charged with setting a chimney on fire, at Blaenafon, on the g6th alt. Mr Gardner defended. It appeared that f brewer in Mr Phjlpot's eto- ploy, who sat up at night, put some sbaviqgs QD the fire, causing the loat to pqrn, Dismissed. ANOTHER AFFILIATION. William Williams, Talywain, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Martha Pipe. Ordered to pay 2s 6d a week. AND ANOTHER. ThrsWilliams, tailor, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Esther Jane Lewis. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Complainant deposed that Lewis gave her. on the 14th April, 4 2-shilling piece towards the child. This defendant denied. Tom was placed in rather a curious predica- raeut, for a short time ago he got married to a Mrs Box, and on that occasion acknowledged to one who was present at the marriage ceremony iu the registrar's office, that he was afraid be- cause of the confinement of the complainant. Orèered to pay Ss per week. PRoniBITRD HOURS. Edward Aiiatin was charged with keeping Lie house open, during prohibited hours, for the sale of beer, on Sunday. The service of summons having been proved, defendant was fined gQs,, and thp licepce to be endorsed.
SOTJTIJ AUSTItALIA.-Ilie Agent-General for South Australia (Arthur Bljthe, Esq.) has received the fol- lowing telegram from the Government, dated Adelaide, 27th April:—"The season is especially favourable; I yrlieqt, 7s per bhJ J" I
ABERSYCHAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. An adjourned meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday, when the following gen' tlemen were present Messrs Richd. Greenway (chairman), D. Williams, E. Jones, T. Lewis, H. Lewis, J. G. Dent, J. Daniel, A. A. Williams, C. Herbert, D. Davies, P. Hambleton, W. L. Pratt, G. Griffiths, and T. Winston. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. With reference to the giving up by Mr Chap- man of book vouchers, &c., the surveyor said that Mr Chapman had given him the letter book, but there were 16 pages torn out of it. Mr Chapman That is so there were several letters in the book that did not belong to the Board. My son had, on some occasions, by. mistake, put a letter in the wrong book and im- mediately taken it out. The chairman I do hope you won't interfere with any book, for we do not know the conse- quences arising from such an act. Has any other book been mutilated or leaves extracted? Mr Chapman I do not know. Mr Cook haa looked through them. Mr Jones, after examining the letter book, said it did appear that the leaves had been taken but at the time they were written, because they were not indexed. The chairman That is probably 80 but for the satisfaction of the Board, and for Mr Chap- man's own satisfaction, would he allow those leaves to be examined by, a member of the Board ? He could choose his own member. Mr Chapman was quite willing, and he did not care what gentleman would 'examine the leaves in question. Mr Henry Lewis was appointed to do no. The surveyor said that the vouchers for the years ending Lady-day, 1864, to Lady-day, 1865, 1865 to 1866, m2 to 1873, and 1876 to 1877 had not been hded io. Mr Chapman I gave you all I had, A member But where are the last year's vouchers? Mr Chapman: The vouchers for laat year were brought here last Board day. The surveyor The vouchers were not brought here. The chairman (to Mr Chapman) I recollect asking you for the vouchers last Board meeting, and you said you would let Mr Cook have them. Mr Chapman I do not remember that, but the vouchers were here; I had them tied up in a piece of brown paper. The surveyor The only vouchers brought here on the last Board day were those for the previous month. Mr Chapman Yes, and for the whole year: I put them in the safe. Mr Daniel The responsibility must rest with you, inasmuch as you did not leave them here in a proper way. Mr Chapman I am confideqt I left them here; I put them in the safe. Mr Daniel said that Mr Chapman ought to have the surveyor a signature for everything that he had delivered up to him. The surveyor said he believed someone had been tampering with the safe since last Board day he failed to get the key into the lock at one time. Mr Pratt (to Mr Chapman) Have you got a key of that safe? Mr Chapman No, I have not. During the latter part Of the discussion, a search was being made in the safe for the vouchers and at length Mr C. Herbert, having found them, laid them on the table, saying it was a great pity that a better search had not been made for them. A letter, signed by 30 inhabitants of the neigh- bourhood of Pentrepeod,was reaii, directing the •attention of the Boar^ ^e destruction of a well, which supplied the village with water, by the Railway Company. It was agreed to call the attention of Mr Roberts, engineer to the Railway Company, to this question. A letter was read from Mr Pullin, Pontypool, complaining of the Board's workmen damaging some fences of his near Trevethin. The surveyor was instructed to caution the men on this. A letter was read from Mr Alexander Ed- wards, resigning his appointment as clerk, and thanking the Board for the courtesy shown him for the long term of years he had been clerk. The chairman felt sorry they were about to "lose Mr Edwardfl, dd lio ;«M etro the Board would say with him they were all sorry Mr Edwards, through ill health, had sent in his re- signation, but they hoped that during his de- clining years ho would enjoy better health. The appointment of clerk was deferred to next Board meeting. Mr Jones proposed that the surveyor be ap- pointed clerk pro tern. Mr T. Lewis seconded the proposition, which was carried. Mr Edmonds thought it would be very unde- sirable to concentrate too many offices in one person. Mr Cook was a good man as surveyor, and was paying faithful attention to the wants of the parish and it would be undesirable to have his time:occnpl.ed by book-keeping. The chairman said those were quite Mr Parkes' views oil the subject. Mr Pratt: We should be only drifting into the old groove, about which now there is so much contention. [The subject then dropped.] The chairman said, as to the suggested new road between Pontypool and Pontnewynydd, the subject had been broached by gentlemen from this neighbourhood and other places to the Pontypool Board. It was thought very de- sirable that the two Boards should unitedly take up this matter they think if it be not taken up now, it never will be,-or, at least, they would never have such an opportunity again. Tho Pontypool Board readily received the gentlemen who waited upon them and in anticipation that the Abersychan Board would unite with them they (the Pontypool Board) appointed a committee of six gentlemen to meet a commit- tee of the Abersychan Board, if it should see fit to take the subjeot UP oLd there would be a meeting of the joint committees on Friday next, when the matter would receive fuller consider ation. What the Board would have to consider was, first, Was it desirable to make the road ? and, if so, Which was the better route to take, for there were two plans before the Board- behind the Club House, Pontypool, or in front of it? Secondly, from what resorfToes was the road to be made from the rates or by borrow- ing money? The latter is supposed to be the better course, for they eould borrow money for a long period, say 30 years. A member Forty or fifty ? Mr Herbert: Or sixty yeals ? The chairman No, no half a oentnry is quite long enough for a loan. Another matter for consideration would be what proportion of the cost should be borne by each Board whe- ther it should be equally divided or should each Board construot- the road as far as its own boundary, thtB Board Bees fit to ap- point a committle. The chairman, in answer to a question by a member, said that the gentlemen who waited upon the Pontypool Board were mostly mem- bers of the Abersychan Board, but were not de- puted by it. There can be no doubt something must be done if they did not make this new road, he believed they would have to be answer- able for many necks being broken. There would be accidents certainly occur an the old road on account of its eontiguousness to the new line. Not only that, bot by constructing the new road they would be saving two steep iiills--tbe one coming up from Pontypoot and another at Pont- newynydd. He (the chairman) had waited upon the owners of land between Pontypool and Pont- newynydd, and they all received the proposition very favourably, with the exception of one per- son. Mr Walters, of pontnewyuydd, will not stand in the way with reference to that corner, but he simply asks that the committee may erect similar buildings on his own ground. Mr Herbert Will he give up the land ? The chairman Yes, provided you make him similar premises to those that will be required by the committee. Mr Herbert That is very honourable. The chairman Then put the question, Does this Board entertain favourably the scheme of making this new road ? Mr Dent said the chairman had put the matter in a very favourable light, but there wore other things which they must consider. They should remember that by borrowing money they wou'd add considerably to the rates for some time to come. Pepple who had property in the neigh- bourhood were forced to go short of the neces- sariesof life tp pay their rates, and taany were crying out that tbis w a most unseasonable time for taking up such a scheme, trade was sp very bad, and the works all stopped in the neighbourhood. Mr Greenway said it had been suggested at one time to solicit subscriptions and then fall upon thfrfstep fur the rcmajntjer—r~ Air Dent Horrow the money, and there is a permanent burden added to the rates. Mr T. Lewis suggested that both schemes be combined. Mr Jones thought the host way would be to borrow a sum of money for 50 years. As for the present state of trade, that was no argument against it, for the various classes of labour can be now had at a very reduced cost. Mr Hambleton The greatest item would be mason-work, and that was very high it would cost at least £1500 or £ 2000. Mr Jones thought it would be premature for any one to say what the cost would be, for that is a matter that must be gone into again. They should never effect aay improvements if they looked at matters from a personal point of view. As a member of the Board, he (Mr Jones) thought he represented not merely a portion of the district in which he lived, but the whole of the district and if, in a question of this kind, he should say an improvement did not benefit his portion of the district, he would not be fit to sit as a member of the Board. He could point to many improvements that had been effected that did no good whatever to the portion of the district in which he lived, as, for instance, the drainage of the houses at Abersychan, &c., and yet the expense of the same was paid over the whole of the district. There was the Twyny- frwd road, which was a great improvement, and a benefit to a great many people it was no benefit whatever to Pontnewynydd orCwmavon, yet the payment of the cost of making that road was spread over the whole of the district. If men would condemn every public improve- ment simply because it did not benefit their districts, they would never be able to effect an improvement. He thought the suggested new road would be a great improvement, and he further considered it was one which should have been constructed many years ago. He did not think there was a road in Monmouthshire so ill-suited for the purposes of traffic as the pre- sent road between Pontypool and Abersychan was. Referring to the former proposals for the construction of the new road, Mr Jones thought that if there was a substantial reason for the making of it, that reason was intensified now that the new railway was being made. He hoped, in conclusion, that they would all ap- proach this matter in a public spirit, considering whether it will be a public improvement or not, and a benefit to the district. The chairman said the construction of this new road would do him a great deal of injury, inasmuch as a great deal of his property was situate in George-st. but notwithstanding this he felt it to be his duty to vote for the scheme. Mr Jones: We are here to represent the whole district-not ourselves we must lose sight of private interests in a question of this kind. Mr Dent said they all felt they would like to see public improvements, but deprecated the burdening of the rates. He pointed out that there would be other matters which would fall heavily upon the rates-the carrying out of the Education Act and the cost of the drainage question. All these would be added to the rates, and he feared if they went into questions of this kind the tax would be so great that smaller rate- payers would be unable to bear up against it. Mr Edmonds was very glad to hear the re- marks which had fallen from Mr Jones, for he considered they had struck the proper nail on the head. Referring to a letter which ap- peared in the FREE PRESS with reference to this question (though it may be better to trgat it with the contempt which it deserved) he had hoped that such sentiments were not shared by any one else in this neighbourhood. The writer expressly says in italics that public improve- ments have been made for one or two. Mr Jones had referred to one or two improvements, and could any say that these had not been a benefit to the whole of the parish at large ? If the road be made from Pontypool to Pontnew- ynydd, it will enable the Abersychan Iron Co. to buy their bay cheaper, and to get to the town where their banks and offices are, and would not that be a benefit to the whole district ? Mr Eduionds, after applying similar arguments in reference to the other works in the neighbour- hood, expressed himself in favour of carrying out the scheme by means of a Joan spread over 50 years. This would make the burden scarcely felt by the ratepayers at laige, and perhaps not at all by the gentlemau who was writing. Mr Herbert remarked that although the road in question would not be, perhaps, an immedi- ate benefit, liA wasin favour of it; and although I he was rated at £400, lie should be most happy to pay his quota towards tho expenses. Mr Daniel remarked that there were two sides to every question, and said that a large number of ratepayers paid their rates out of their needs. MrJones: I should think every ratepayer does. Mr Daniel thought the load would be a ¡ benefit-it would be a benefit to hiin--but he ¡' could not help thinking of the burden it would bo upon the rates. Referring to the Education Act, the drainage question and all considered, he I had no doubt tbe rates would be mortgaged some E30,000 or £ 40,000. They had their re- gular expenses to pay, and this dead weight to pay off year by year would serve to depreciate the value of property. The present state of the neighbourhood was unfavourable for the collec- tion of rates, and he would advocate deferring this question till there was dome proposal of the Abersychan Works starting. The loss to the district owing to these works being idle was very great, There was a sum of £ 4000 per week paid in wages then, whereas not a fifth of that sum was paid now. Mr Jones thought it was very unfortunate that Mr Edmotids mentioned the letter in the FREE PRESS. But the letter took such a narrow view of the question that he did not believe it represented the views of a single ratepayer in the whole parish-that no person who had a mind as big as a mouse could imagine such a thing. He thonght it must have been written by someone who had nothing else to do. Speak- ing with reference to the mortgaging of the rates, Mr Jones thought one may go through 1 the whole of Monmouthshire and not find a dis- trict more lightly mortgaged than the Abersy- chan district was. He could not agree with Mr Daniel that property would be depreciated to aoy extent; on the contrary, he believed that the value of property would be greatly enhanced by this road being made, for then industry would be encouraged in the Cwm valleys. He thought something ought to be done towards encouraging people to come in the neighbour- hood to sink pits and develope the resources of that valley, which was one of the most impor- tant districts in the whole of our local district. There could be no two opinions as to the great improvement which the road, if made, would be to the district. He could not see any great hardship in the small ratepayers just straiuing a point in favour of an extra fivepence or six- pence in the year. Mr Dent (with reference to Mr T. Williams's letter) assured those present that he was not one of the tradesmen said to have authorised the writing of the letter. He had asked several tradesmen, and was assured by them that they did not authorise the writing of that letter. He considered it very unwarrantable on the pal of the writer to say so. Mr Pratt asked would it not be well to get at the probable estimate ? The chairman said that would be a question for the committee to deal with. Mr A. A.Williams pointed ont that the question whether the road be made or not will be the 1 -t.L tjli LIJOCI; or much consideration Lty the joint com- mittee. Mr Edmonds suggested that the road and drainage committee be appointed to act with the committee of the Pontypool Board. Mr Dent Can the road be made without a poll of the parish being taken ? Mr Jones The members of the Local Board are the representatives of the parish. If it is necessary that the vote of the whole parish be taken for the making of a road, it is quite as necessary to take a vote qpoQ the-«onsfruction of a yard of drainage. Mr Dent could not see that. The chairman believed it was the intention tQ call a parish meeting. Mr Edmonds moved that, in the opinion of this Board, the scheme for the construction of a new road between Pontypool and Pontnew- ynydd is necessary, and that the following gen- tlemen be formed as a committee, to act with the committee appointed by the Pontypool Board Messrs R. Greenway, E. Jonis, D. Wil liams, C. Herbert, J. T. Edmonds, C. J Parses, H. Lewis, and W. P. James. Mr D. Williams seconded the proposition, which was carried, Mr Dent dissenting. The Board then resolved itself into a finance committee.
A. M C. ANCIENT ORDER OF SHEPHERDS, NEWPORT DISTRICT, A.U. A GRAND FETE AND. GALA TT7ILL, by the kind permission of the MAYOR (GEO FOTHEHGILL, Esq.,) and the C0EP0RATI0X, f I be held on the NEWPORT MARSHES, ON WHIT-MOND AY, MAY2lst, 1877. ON UNFERTILE DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE of the MAYOR and CORPORATION, Right Hon. LORD TREDEGAR, LORD B. SOMERSET, M.P.; HON. F. C. MORGAN, M.P.; THOMAS CORDES, Esq, M.P.; &o., &c., &o. By the kind permission of the Commanding Officer, the brilliant BAND OF HER MAJESTY'S COLDSTREAM GUARDS, Under the Leadership of MR. FRED GODFREY, will perform a choice Selection of Musio on the field. A GRAND PROCESSI ON, Consisting of the whole of the Friendly Sooieties of the Neighbourhood, in Full Regalia. STAGE PERFORMANCES provided by that renowned Caterer, Mr. C. ROBERTS, of London Bands for Dancing, Rustic Sports, A Grand Display of Fireworks, &c. Special Arrangements have been made with the Monmouthshire, Sirbowy, and Brecon and Merthyr RAILWAY COMPANIES to carry Passengers at a GREATLY RFiDUCED RATE. Price of Admission to the Fete-ONE SHILLING. Committee Room, THOMAS PHILLIPSON, Ship and Pilot Hotel, Newport, Mon. Secretary.
PANTEG LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. I The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Present: Messrs A. A. Williams, E. Holdsworth, D. Williams, J. Parker, G. J. Jacob, D. Jones, and J. Richards. Mr Holdsworth, as returning officer, presided, and announced the result of the election. Messrs A. A. Williams, D. Williams, and D. Jones were elected the next two candidate? on the list— Messrs J. Rosser and J. R. Griffiths-lpolled 76 votes each it was for theBoard to decide which should be the sitting member. He proposed a vote of thanks toMrA. A.Williams for the manner in which he had fulfilled the duties of chairman during the past year and would now propose that he be re-elected chairman for the ensuing year. Mr D. Williams seconded Mr Holdsworth's motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr A. A. Williams, in taking his seat, said he was very thankful to the gentlemen present for the manner in which they had received his name and for the honour they again invested him with. There was another matter; he thought it was their common dnty to thank the return- ing officer for the trouble, labour, and anxiety which, he has given to the business of this elec- tion, and begged to propose a vote of thanka to Mr Holdsworth. Mr Parker I beg to second that. Mr Holdsworth briefly returned thanks. The chairman said the first question to be settled waa that of deciding between Mr Rosser and Mr Griffiths, who had each polled 76 votes. This was to be settled in the same manner as the filling up of any casual vacancy. After some deliberation, it was agreed that Mr Griffiths be chosen. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The surveyor's report was read, as follows:- Gentleine,n,-I beg to report that the road leadingfrom the Slovad Farm to. the Soar Brook has been repaired with fine stones, and the slopes cleaned on either side of the road; also the road leading from the turnpike road I to Coedygwailad Farm has been partly repaired, md will be completed during the present month. 1 beg also to report that I have prepared an estimate of the money required for defraying such expenses as are charged upon the General District Bate under the powers of the Public Health Act, 1875, for the year ending March 25th, 1878. Subjoined is an estimate:— March 25th, 1878. Subjoined is an estimate:— Salaries qf officers £ 70 0 0 Medical officer 10 0 0 .Auditor 4 4 0 Scavenging 15 5 0 Public Works Ivan Office 28 10 0 l,ighting District 40 0 0 Printing and stationery 10 0 0 Board room 3 0 0 Way rent 1 1 0 Election expenses 9 0 0 Total 191 0 0 To meet the above expenditure will require a general dis- trict rate of id in the S, which will produce about the sum oj 152 3 8 Sebastopol drainage rat 17 11 0 Gwmyniscoy drainage rate 30 0 0 Balance of general district rate in hand 6 16 2 Total 206 10 10 £ Less probable void property,$c 15 0 0 Total collectable 191 10 lOt i beg to present tor the consideration of the Board an estimate of the cost necessary for the repairs of turnpike roads in the parish of Fanteg, also the east necessary for the repairs of the highways in the said parish for the year ending March 25th, 1878. Subjoined is an estimate TURNPIKE ROADS. From Machine-house to Pontymoil bridge, 250 tons af limestone, including royalty, raising, hauling, breaking, and spreading, at 5s blper ton, £ 68 15s 1 Id; from Ma- chine-house to Pontymoil Tin Works, 40 tons of gravel for repairing, screening, hauling, spreading, and raising at 4t Qd per ton, £ 9; from road leading from Middle n New Inn to Pontrhydyrun, 200 tons, including re^ialtu, breaking, §c., spreading at 7s 6d per ton, £ 75; mew's time, cleaning slopes and scraping, levelling stone, attend- ing to water courses on turnpike roads, £ 16 making a total of £ 167 15#. HIGHWAYS. Road leading from Pontymoil Shop to top of Cwmy- ni8coy, 100 tons of stones, including royalty, fe., lie., X22 10s; road leading from Great Western Railway bridge to end of parish boundary near Hanbury-terrace. 100 tons limestone at 6s 6dper ton, including all cost as previously described, £ 32 10s/ road leading from, Green Hill Home and Waterloo brook, 60 tons at 7s 6d, all cost included, X22 108 road leading from turnpike road by Middle New Inn to Slovad House, 60 tons limestone at 7s 6d, including all, X22 los; road leading from Slovad to Pettingale, 40 tons at 8s per ton, including all cost, £ 16 Glascoed roads, 50 tons at 7s 6d, £ 18 15# Treher- bert road, GO torn at 7s 6d, £ 22 10s; New House and Coedygwilad roads, 40 tons at 7s 6d, £ 15 Mountain roads, Owrdy Mount, and Healvolty roads, 60 tons at 4# 6d, £ 13 10#, cleaning slopes on the various roads, scraping roads, attending to sewers and gullies, settling stones and water courses, jE60 j tools, repairs, fe., Xio total, £ 255 15?. Incidentals, repairs of church paths and roads, £ 15; total cost of highways, £ 270 total cost of turnpike roads, £ 167 15s: gross total, £ 437 15#. To tneet the above expenditure will require a highway rate of 6d in the £ which will produce a sum of £ 315 13s balance in hand March 25th, 1876, X162 3s lid: making a total of £ 477 16 lid. Less allowance, voids, and irrccoverables, £30; net collectable, £ 437 16# lid. J. GOODENOUGH, Surveyor, 4e. A general district rate of 6d in the £ and a highway rate of 6d in the jE, were prepared for confirmation by the next Board meeting. The question of the time of meeting was then discussed very fully, but no conclusion was ar- rived at; and the subject was deferred to the next meeting, when a greater number of mem- bers are expected to be in attendance. A bill of £6, expenses in connection .with the election, was handed over to the surveyor to supply particulars. The resolution with reference to the Univer- sity College of Wales was adopted and signed by the chairman on behalf of the Foard. This closed the proceedings.
TREVETHIN-SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board was held OR Wednesday. Present: Messrs W. Conway (chairman), E. Jones, J. Daniel, E. H. Davies, J. T. Edmonds, R. Greenway, and A. A. Williams. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and can fir mad, the transfer of the British Sohool to the Board -igain came on for discussion. After some conversation it was resolved, on the motion of Mr Jones, seconded by Mr Daniel, that the chairman and Messrs Williams, Greenway and Davies be appoint* ed members of a committee to arrange for the transfer of the British School to the School Board. The chairman thought they could take over the school without the sanction of the Education Department, but the clerk was rather doubtful on that point; and the committee are to take the course which, on considera- tion. mav seem to them the best. Messrs Conway, Greenway, Davies, Williams, Huriah Thomas, Pontnewynydd, T. Roderick, chemist, and H. Bytheway were named as managers for the school for the School Board, Mr Conway to act as t easurer pro tem. The above was agreed to, on the motion of Mr Ed- monds, seconded by Mr Daniel. It was also agreed that the current expenses of the school up to April 30th be defrayed by the Board, and a cheque for £70 in favour of the school was handed over to the .treasurer An application by the Pontnewynydd Primitive Me- thodists for the use of the school for their anniversary on the 27th was acceded to, on condition that they pay the usual fee. With regard to the question of repairs, it was proposed by Mr Jones, and seconded by Mr Edmonds, that the njjjnagers be requested to procure plans to answer the alterations, and submit the same, accompanied by an estimate, to the Board. The chairman said the taking over of this school was very important, for there were hundreds of children who could not get admission into the school at the present time and the Board could not put in force the com- pulsory powers conferred by the Education Act until they had sufficient school accommodation. Mr Sandbrook, of the firm of Davies & Sandbrook, waited upon the Board to ask their permission to erect a structure for the storage of dynamite in a field of Mr Davies's, near the British School. He explained the reason why ho came to the Board for their permission it was because they were compelled to get tbe consent of all owners of property within 2Q0 yards of any buy- ing. The chairman said it was a serious thing—tha storing of dynamite. Mr Sandbrook said it was quite harmless. of dynamite. Mr Sandbrook said it was quite harmless. Mr Edmotds Oh, yes, a feather bed is nothing to it [ (laughter.) Mr Williams said he thought it should not go fortlfc to the public that they treated the matter as a toke. A member Supposing an accident happens. Mr Sandbrook said their firm was willing to enter into an agreement; if any damage was dom, they would be responsible for it (loud laughter). Mr Sandbrook As regards buildings. The matter was left to a committee. Mr Ball's account came up next for discussion. His claim was £ 22 Is; it was agreed to give him seventeen guineas. A resolution to support a memorial to Government for a grant of £ 5,000 towards the building of the Uni- versity College of Wales, and also an annual grant of £ 2,500 tewaids the College itself, was moved.by Bf* Davies, seconded by Mr Williams, and carried anan- imously. The chairman announced that this was the last meet- ing of the Board, and suggested that some sort of a re- port as to what had been done, the position it was in, and what was the amount of its expenditure should be drawn up. He thought it was only due to the public and he did not think as a Board they haddone anything they need be ashamed of. They were very economical in their expenditure, and they would bear comparison with any Board in Monmouthshire or Glamorganobire. Mr Williams did not think such a report was neceei- sary; he was rather in favour of reserving their powder, and not giving it away. Mr Edmonds was of opinion that there was no neces- sity for the Board to defend themselves until they were attacked, and it would then be time enough to reply, and those who would not be on the Board would be able to reply from a more efficient standpoint, and with more propriety than now. They would thus avoid the dis- agreeables which the instituting of comparisons would inevitably cause. No facts concerning the oxpenditure of money could be made known without a kicking up of the dust by some parties. They had an instance of that lately at Abersyohan. A cheque for £ 60, on account of the Garndiffaith Scboolt, was drawn out, and the Board resolved itself into committee.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. On Monday Mr W. Williams had a narrow escape of being killed in one of the workings at the Glyn Pits, A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION for the parish of Tre- I vethin will take place on the I Ith of June. The number of members to be elected is nine; all nominations must be sent in by the 28th inst. Our well-known and firmiy-establiehed Philharmonic Scciety are about to make their first appeal (see advt.) to the public for support. Comment is auite unnecessary, and we hope and trust they will have a bumper." At a recent meeting of the Welsh Baptist Ministers at Llanelly, it was resolved that the new president of Pontypool College ought to combine with his other qualifications a knowledge of Welsh, and that the pre- sent classical tutor of the college, Professor Lewis, M.A., was a gentleman fitted to efficiently discharge the duties of that office. HEMARKABLB SUDDEN DEATH IN USK, PBJSON. A marine store dealer from Newport, who was some time ago committed to Usk prison for 13 months, having spent nine of the 12 months, was, on account of ill health, to be liberated. He was not told that he waa *o be liberated till his wife had brought a cab, and had entered the prison to fetch him. On being told that he was free he fell dead in his wife's presence. PONTYPOOL HISTRIONIC CLUB.—We have been in- formed that this club intends giving aaother perform- ance in the neighbourhood at an early date. The repre- sentation of Blow for Blow" was received with approval so unmistakeable that we are safe in predicting a decided success for their next attempt. It is hopea that one or two of the amateurs who were rather defective in memory and utterance will give the new play their most careful study, "nd" bold the mirror up to Nature" more faithfully for the future. We cannot give the club better advice than to seek the co-operation and suggestions of good professionals, such as they had judiciously engaged at the late entertainment. Besides < the preparatory assistance these are able to give, it is not forgotten that their own public performance showed dramatic talent rarely seen in a town of the size of Pontypool. Miss Wiber's polished playing wasfin itself a wonderful attraction, and the announcement that aha will appear in the coming affair would be received with pleasure by the play-going public. Musical people would be doubly gratified if favoured by the presence of our glorious Philharmonic Band, the Pride of Ponty, pool."—(Communicated.) ABERSYCHAN e nave excellent authority for stating that the two blast furnaoes which have been repairing during tÀ8 past months will be blown in early next week. ° BLAENAFON The anniversary services of the Welsh Calvinistio Chapel were held on Sunday last, when three sermons were preached by the Rev W. James, M.A. Cardiff. The services were extremely well attended, and the col- lections amounted to £ 15.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS. "Plush" is quite right in crediting us with a wish to keep the Abersychan correspondence within rea- sonable bounds," which we think can be best done by carrying out the policy of England in the Eastern question, and restricting it to the original Com- batants. EPPS'S COCOA—OSATEFTH. 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 prbperties 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 jadioieoa 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.C ivit SERVICE GAZETTI,
CÄUTION.- MESSRS. RECKITT & SONS beg tot caution the public against imitation squareBlue of very inferior quality. The Paris Blue in squares (used in the Prince of Wales' Laundry) is sold in wrapper, bearing the name and Trade Mark. FITS.—EPILEPTIC FITS OR FALLING SICKNESS.—A certain method of cure has been discovered for this dis- tressing complaint by a physician, who is desirous that all sufferers may benefit from this providential dis* covery it is never known to fail, and will cure the most hopeless case after all other means have been tried. Full particulars will be sent by post to any person free of charge. -Address: -Mr WILLIAMS, 10, Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, London. WATERS' QUININE WINE for sixteen years has been universally admitted to be the best Tonic, known, and a usefitl and agreeable accompaniment to Cod Liver Oil. We can bear personal testimony to its value as a tonic." Standard.-Local Agents JOHN KNIPE & SON, Family Grocers, &c., Crane-street, Pontypool, and Griffiths- town and Messrs JONES & WHITNEY, Tea Dealers, Family Grocers, &c., Blaenafon. Wholesale: Waters and Son, 34, Eastcheap. London; Lewis&Co.,Worcester. HOLL.OWAY'S PIL.LS.-This Medicine has resisted every test which time, prejudice, and vested interest cotild impose upon it, and it at length stands forth tri- umphant as the most reliable remedy for these derange- ments of the system ao common at the change of seasons* When the air grows cooler, and the functions of the skin are retarded, an occasional dose of Holloway's Pills will call on the liver and kidneys for greater activity, and compensate the system for diminished cutaneous action. As alteratives, aperients, and tonics these Pills have no equal. To every aged and delicate person whose appetite is defective, digestion infirm, and tone of health low. this medicine will be a precious boon, con- ferring both ease and strength.
THROAT AFFECTIONS AND HOARSENESS.—All øut. fering from irritation of the throat and hoarseness will be agreeably surprised at the almost immediate relief afforded by the use of Brown's Bronchial Trcches." These famous" lozenges" are now sold by most respectable chemists in this country at Is lid per box. People troubled with a hacking cough," a "slight cold," or bronchial affeotions, can* not try them too soon, as similar troubles, if allowed to progress, result in serious Pulmonary and Asthmatic affections. See that the words Brown's Bronghi4 Troches" are on the Government Stamp aroxtndj each box.—Manufactured by JOHN I. BROWN A SOMI Boston, United States. Depot, 493 Oxford.8 London. ADVICE TO MOTIMY-tg I-A" yon broken la yetaf rest by a sick child suffering with the pain of cutting teeth ? Go at once to a chemist and get a bottle of MRS. WINSLOW'S SOOTHXNO SYRUP. It will relieve the poor sufferer immediately. It is perfectly harm- less and pleasant to taste, it produces natural, quiet sleep, by relieving the child from pain, and the little eherub awakes" as bright as a button." It soothes the child, it softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea, whether arising from teething or other causes. Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup is sold by Medicine dealers everywhere at Is lid per bottle.—Manufactured ill New Yojrk, and at 493 Qxford-stjreet, London.