TO OUR READERS. I PONTYPOOL FREE PRESS OFFICE, JULT 2, 1877. The Pontypool Free Press was commenced by me in the year 1859, since which time it has been my pleasant duty to chronicle the passing events of this town and neighbourhood; and while I have carefully abstained from advocating the cause of any particular Party, either in matters of General or Local Interest, I have always endeavoured, I trust with some measure of success, to give the news of the district in a strictly faithful and impartial manner, and to render the columns of the paper a Fr" Platform" for the expression of all shades of opinion, irrespective of class or creed. I have now decided to retire from business, after nearly 20 years1 active service in Pontypool, and beg to inform you that I have this day disposed of my Newspaper and General Printing Business, g-c. In taking my leave of the public, I cordially thank all those who have so kindly and liberally patronised me, and beg to introduce my successor, Mr. Henry Hughes, Junr., of this town, who will, I confidently trust, carry on the business with increased energy, enterprise, and success. DA VID WALKINSHA W.
In taking to the business with which Mr. Walkmshaw has been so long associated, I feel that I cannot do better than promise to continue, in the columns of the FREE PRESS, the impartiality of opinion which he has shown; and beg to say that I will make every exertion to merit a continuance of public patronage and support. HENRY HUGHES, Junr.
POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. Before Col. Byrde, C. J. Parises, Esq., and E. J. Phillips, Esq. AFFILIATION. Daviu Griffiths, a married man, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Eliitebefh Rogers. Mr T. Watkins appeared for complain aut, and Mr Gardner for defendant. Ordered to pay 3e per week. TRUMPERY CHARGE. Henry Parfitt was charged with assaulting Mary Aune Rowlands, on the night of Monday, the 2ud inst. Mr Greenway appeared for defendant. Dismissed, complainaut to pay the costs. A ROW AT POSTS EWTNYDD. Three young men, named Hole, Thomas, and Madley, were charged with assaulting William Gallier, at Pontnewynydd, on Saturday, the 30th of Jnne. Defendants pleaded not gnilty. Complainant deposed that on Saturday even- ing the three defendants came down the road drunk, aod because he remonstrated with them for knocking bis little girl down, they all set upon him they struck him with stones and kicked him he was very badly abused be gava them no provocation whatever. Win. Thomas deposed that he saw defendants striking and kicking complainant on the night in question, after it was all over, defendants threatened to kick his ribs in," and they had been threatening him all the week einee. Win. Rankmore deposed that he was standing on his door when the defendants went down he saw them interfering with complainant, and saw thle stones flying about, bat could not tell who threw them complainant did nothing to provoke them. Elizabeth Patman corroborated the evidence of the previous witnesses. For the defence, Elizabeth Creasy was called. She deposed that complainant struck one of the defendants (Thomas) first, and then he was struck in return. Riseley deposed that he heard that "omp&want had struck Thomas when ha went 'oet they had bold of each other witness went and parted them complainant then struck Mad- ley, and a free fight followed complainant took up the poker to strike one of the defendants, but witness took it from him. ins Bench said ine only conclusion IDey could arrive at was to make the parties pay the expenses (28a.) between them. A PUGILISTIC FEMALE. Ellen Nelrues was charged with assaulting Esther Morgan, at Blaenafon. Defendant admitted that she struck com-I plainant, but only in self-defence. Complainant deposed that defendant, after asing improper language, beat her, and struck el her with a poker. Ordered to pay 9s., expenses in default, 7 days' imprisonment. UNMUZZLED DOGS. Thomas Norman, William Cox, William Mor- gan, Thomas Gulliver, Lorenzo Connop, James Taylor, and William Jones were charged with allowiug their dogs to stray at Blaenafon. Fined 2s. 6d. each. BREACH OF THE PEACE. Wm. Stone and Samuel Brown were charged with a breach of the peace by fighting, at Blaenafon. P.c. 83 proved the charge be saw the de- fendants in James-street he thought Brown would be strangled, for hie head was down in a bole, and the other defendant (who did not ap- pear), was on top of him. Brown (who appeared in the dock with his head bandaged), said that, when he was upon the ground, Stone kicked him in the forehead, in consequence of which be had been unable to work all the week, and had been under the doctor's treatment. The Bench, taking this into consideration, discharged Brown, and fined Stone 20s. TWO MORE INEBRIATES. Thomas Buck was charged with being drank and disorderly at Blaenafon.P.c. 83 deposed that he found defendant very drank and riotous. .Defendant, an old offender, was fined 15s. David Humphrey was also charged with drunkenness at Blaenafou.P.c. Ford stated that he found defendant helplessly drunk. Fined 10s. MONDAY. Before the Rev. J. C Llewellin and C. J. Parkes, Esq. FELONY. John H.Jones, draper's assistant, was charged wfth stealing a trousers, value 7s. 6d., and a shirt, value 6s. 6d., the property of John Wil- liams, draper, Blaenafon. P 9. Jaups round prisoner trying to sell the articles for 3a. and on questioning him as to how be came in possession of them, be admitted that lie bad stolen them. John Williams, prisoner's employer, identi- fied-the articles produeed as his property. Pri- soner, be said, was an excellent workman, and knew his business extremely well, but he was too fond of drink. Sentenced to 21 days' hard labour. P.s. James said that prisoner was well known for his poetical compositions, and had recited at some of the national gatherings known as eis- tedfoddan. The magistrates regretted that a man of such talent should abuse it so, and hoped that this event would be a warning to him. TUESDAY. Before C. J. Parkes, Esq. STEALING CIDER. John Price and Dennis Connor, two yong men, were charged with stealing two bottles containing cider, value 2s, the property of Mr Samuel, Cwmbran. Remanded to Caerleon Petty Sessions. WEDNESDAY. Before Rev. J. C. Llewellin. NEGLECTING HIS WIFE. David Pritchard wes charged with leaving his wife and child chargeable to the parish. Sentenced to one month's hard labour. THURSDAY. Before the same Magistrate. FELONY. Elizabpth Skuce was charged with stealing a linen table cloth, the property of Caleb Ed- munds, Blaenafon.P.c. Ford haing given evi- dence, prisoner was remanded till Saturday. DRUNK EN NKSS. Wm. Brown was charged with being drunk at Blaenafon Works on Wednesday.P.c. 83 proved the charge.Fined 10s. Wm. Mead was charged with being drunk at Abersychan ou W eduetlday .Defendant was disrhargrd. John Kane was charged with being drunk and dihorderly at Pontypool on Wednesday Ði",ht.Fiued Fh. J PANTEG LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, when the following gentlemen were presentMessrs. A. A. Williams (chairman); E. Holdsworth, J. R. Griffiths, and D. Jones. Mr Griffiths signed the qualification book. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The surveyor's report was read, as follows:- Gentlemen,—I beg to report that I have seen the in- spector of permanent way for the Great Western Rail- way Co., respecting the dacgerous condition of the corrugated roof over the pathway of the railway bridge at Pontymoil, who promised that the matter should be attended to at once. As ordered by the Board, I have advertised for two weeks for tenders for hauling stones to the various roads in the parish of Panteg from the Cwm Quarry. The tenders will be laid before the Board this evening. I beg to state that the highway rate is made and pro- perly balanced up, and requires the signature and seal of the Board. Respecting the stone shed at Pontymoile, as soon as the stones are broken and removed out of the shed, I will get the roof put in a proper state of repair. J. GOOD ENOUGH, surveyor. The chairman asked the inspector of uuis- ances for information respecting a reported case of typhus in the parish, near Pontyvelin. The inspector said he visited the place, and found the report to be unfounded. The case occurred at the other side of the stream, at the honse of a ffiftn named William Sheldoa the man was recovering, and the people assured him (the inspector) that there was not a pig near any of the houses there. The chairman You had better inquire of the doctor who attended the case, and he may be able to give you important information respect- ing the cause of it. The inspector I asked onr medical officer of health respecting the general health of the dis- trict and he told me it was never better than at the present time. The chairman submitted the proposed high- way rate of 6d. in the C which had been made out, and remarked that the rate was a very small one when compared with those of other parishes. The rate was confirmed and signed. Tenders for the hauling of stones to various parts of the parish from Cwmyniscoy Quarry were examined. Three tondar&bqd been received, and that of Mr Wm. Jones, Staffordshire-row, was accepted. Respecting the stoue breaker's shed, atPouty- moil, it was agreed to cover the same with .V&. u atovl aUvv kkJi The wages for the month amounted to .£14 19s., and the bills to £28. This concluded the business.
TREVETHIN SCHOOL BOARD. I The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday. Present Messrs W. Conway (chairman), J. T. Edmonds, J. Daniel, M. Edwards, E. Jones, H. Lewis, and W. P. James. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The clerk stated that he had received a note from Mr Waddington with reference to the se. lection of a site for the proposed new school on the Sow-hill; that gentleman said be would at- tend some time during the course of the next month, and due notice of his attendance would be given. The next question was the discussion on tenders received for the alterations at the British School. These, it will be reuiembereNO, consist of a new roof, lavatories, class-rooms, a' front elevation,, and such enlargement as will admit of 100 additional scholars being accom- modated. The architect's estimate was £800. There were four tenders rendered, the highest being double that of the architect's estimate, and the lowest £ 1,367. The chairman said Mr Lansdowne estimated that the roof could be done for .£45. Mr Jones, speaking of the estimate in the tenders for building the master's house, thought that half the money would build a good house. The chairman thought, after looking at the tenders, the best thing they could do would be simply to make the school water-tight. The general impression of the members was that the estimates were far too expensive aud after a great deal of discussion, it was agreed that a committee, in conjunction with Mr Lans-- downe, the architect, visit the British School, and make out a fresh estimate, and tlieu adver- tise for tenders again. It was generally considered that the Board would not be justified in spending more than 41.000 on the alterations. The architect was instructed to modify his plans, and present them hi a week's time. It was proposed by Mr Jones, aud seconded by Mr Edwards, that Mr Collins be appointed treasurer for the ensuing three years. Mr Jones thanked the gentlemen of the Board for his appointment to the vice-chairmanship aod said he hoped there would be no occasion for him to take the chair. He hoped the pre- sent chairman would be as regular in his at- tendance during the ensuing three years as he had been in the past. The following bills were ordered to be paid Mr C. Herbert, manager of the Crarndiffaith Schools, current expenses from March 25th to June 30th £ 60 0 0 Mr Stephens, for taking census 10 17 6 "Western Mail," for advertising 1 5 6 Mr Morgan, for clocks 2 4 0 Clerk's salary, one quarter 15 0 0 Treasurer's salary 5 0 0 Total £ 94 7 0 The meetitig then adjourned.
FATAL BOAT ACCIDENT NEAR CHEPSTOW. A melancholy case of drowning occurred in the river Severn, a short distance from the mouth of the Wye, on Monday afternoon, whereby a young fisherman in the employ of Messrs Miller Bros., named George Heyett, lost his life. The deceased, with several other men, was fishing near a spot known as the Western Point, A heavy sea running at the time, with a strong tide, caused the deceased's boat to capsize, and he was thrown into the water. The efforts of his fellow-fishermen to rescue him were fruitless. The deceased, who was heavily clad in oilskin, was unable to battle with the waves, and sunk just as a fisherman named Cumper had got his boat within arm's length of him. The deceased, who was 30 years of age, leaves a wife and four young children. CAUTION.-MESSRS. RECKITT & SONS beg to caution the public agains limitation square Blue 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. ADVICE TO MOTHERS !—-Are yoo broken te yeat rest by a sick child suffering with the pain of cutting teeth ? Go at once to a chemiBt and get a bottle oi Mas. WINSLOW'S SOOTHING 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 cherub awakea 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. Window's Soothing Syrup is sold by Medicine dealers everywhere at le lid per bottle.—Manufactured in K«w York, aud at i93 Oxford-street, London. «
THE PROPOSED NEW ROAD BETWEEN PONTYPOOL AND PONTNEWYNYDD, On Friday, at the Town Ha-IJ, a meeting of the Abersychao Board was held for the purpose of discussing the advisability of contracting a loan for the construction of that portion of the road which will lie in the Abersychan Looal Board district Mr Greenway in the chair. After some discussion, a resolution was agreed to that the road be made and that the Abersy- chan Board borrow a sum of £2000 for the purpose. A joint meeting of both the Pontypool and Abersychan Boards was then hold, at which the following gentlemen were present Messrs R. Greenway, E. H. Davies, W. Sandbrook, S. Morgan, J. Knipe, jun, E. Hutchings, P. Eckers- ley, T. Fletcher, G. Gorrell, G. Wilton, P. Ham- bleton, J. Daniel, E. Jones, D. Williams, J. T. Edmonds, and C. Herbert. I Mr Greenway was, on the motion of Mr Davies, secouded by Mr Fletcher, voted to the chair. Mr Greenway, on taking the chair, said they were met together that day respecting the pro- posed new road. He thought there was scarcely a person in the two districts, who was in any way mixed up in tradiog, but would endorse the necessity of constructing a road between the two places. The question had been gone into very carefully, and the line had been marked out. Committees from each Board had met, gone over the route, and they now think that the time has arrived when the read should be made. Sometime ago the gentlemen composing these joint committees saw the different owners of land along the entire route and he thought that from one end to the other arrangements had been made, or negociations were being nearly completed, so that the entire line of road may be completed at an early date. Referring to the gifts of lands which had been offered by J. C. Hanbury, Esq., and Messrs Eckersley and Havard, Mr Greenway characterised these offers as being handsome and added that Mr Havard would expect to be paid for any stone which may be found in his portion, and which might be used for building fence walls any- where but on his ground. The only land about which there was any difficuty was that belong- ing to the late Mr Luce. Dr Millward, of Car- diff, had been communicated with on the sub- ject, and. it was stated to him that several owuere of land had given ground gratis for the purpose of facilitating the completion of the new road and it was also suggested that Is. 6d. per yard would be a fair and equitable price for land. An answer had been received from Dr Millward, and in this he stated that he could not take the hint with reference to making a gift of the land, as he had no interests in Pon- typool that would be benefitted by the new road he would, however, be willing to sell the land, and he had no doubt that the price sug gested was a fair and equitable one, but there was one thing the Board bad not stated--wlxe- ther they wished to buy the surface only, or all rights attached to it. Mr Edmonds I think we may permit the re- servation of minerals. The chairman The object of the meeting to- day was to state what had been done, and how far the Boards had gone in the matter. Theifr next step would be to write to tbe Local Govern- ment Board to obtain their sanction to borrow money to enable them to construct the road. As to the probable cost, the amount for the whole length of road, in round numbers, would be about £ 3,000. Mr Hambleton considered that more money would be required. The chairman The road will have to be made by two Boards and each will have to borrow money to construct the road as far as their respective boundaries go. It would be easy for each body to ascertain the amount of money required by them respectively. Mr Greenway proceeded to read the propositions of Mr A. A. Williams, agent to Mr Hanbury. These were as follows "NEAR THE PONTNEWYNYDD END. 1. To bring the road intothe old road at such a point so as to avoid arching over the brook and feeder as much as possible. "2. The road near Osborne Forge end not to exceed 25ft. 3. Proper fence walls to be constructed-not less than 4ift. high-on either side of the road where the same ¡25ft. abuts on lands leased by Mr Hanbury (lessees, the Ponty- pool Iron and Tin Plate Co.) 4. Level of private railway leading to Osborne Forge not to be altered, endangered, or otherwise interfered with. The railway to be 20ft. clear between the para- pets, and to be built and maintained at the expense of the Aberaychan Local Board. A. space of ei?ht f-et at the least i *r> be iween tne present feeder leaaingtotJBboK*J%Fw and the new road wall. AS TO MR HANBURY'S LAND NEAR POlvfTTPOOI. TERMINATION OF THE ROAD. I "1. At the Pontypool end. 25ft. is to be deroted to the road (provided the same width be given by the other owners of land along the route), and that it be con- structed with proper drains leading therefrom. A good post and rail fence is to be erected on both sidel of the road before the formation thereof, and two gates are to be placed therein to approach the garden severed. 7. A strip of land is to be assigned by Mr Edkersley —12ft. wide—between the Town Forge and Papd, and an approach from the Town Forge to the new road through Mr Eckersley's land. The Pontypool Local Board and Mr Eckersley to arrange for the drainage of I the property of the latter between points marked upon the plan." mere were two or three minor conditions, amongst which was one to the effect, that the road shall be completed by the 1st day of July, 1879, otherwise the lauds will revert to J. C. Hanbury, Esq. Mr Eckersley wished to make a few observa- tions with refereuce to the 7th proposition. Mr Williams thought Mr Eckersley hadjbetter leave his remarks for the Pontypool Board. Mr Eckersley thought not, for this was a matter that imperilled the whole scheme and therefore he thought it was due to the gentle- men of both Boards that this matter should now crop up. Mr Williams In putting this matter before the Board, will yon be agreeable to abide by the voice of the majority ? Mr Daniel said he thought Mr Eckersley was simply stating a question for the ppinion of gentlemen of tho Board, aud not for their de. cision. Mr Eckersley It would be for yoo to con- aider whether Mr Hanbury's request is a just one. Mr Williams: It is not Mr Hanbury's re- quest it is your own offer. Mr Eakereley waited upon Mr Richards and myself some time ago, and suggested if Mr Hanbury would Con- sent to give his land for the making of this road, that he (Mr Eckersley) would givenp as much land out of his portion near the Town Forge, so that a private railway could be made. Mr Eckersley said that Mr Williams had stated the matter fairly, but not fully. Seeing that the engine-drivers had lost a good d<Hil of time on account of the line between the Town Forge and the river being blocked n;, he thought if he could oblige Mr Hanbury and the Town Forge Company, and benefit himself ht: would be glad to do it. He made the sugges- tion to Messrs Richards aud Williams resjv ct- iug the strip of land near the Town Foaxf^ for constructing a railway, but this en- tirely distinct from either of Lae Boarrtr toeing the matter up.' He said if Mr Hanbury luld grant him a right of way over his lanJ inui George-street, he (Mr Eckersley) would- en- deavour to come to an agreement with Mr Nicholls and if successful, would give up a portion of his land-Lot, however, spe- cifying any quantity—for thepurpose of fay- ing down a liue of rails behind the smith's shop of the Town Forge. Mr Williams pro- mised to entertain the question, but, hew- ever, nothing came of the negociations. Mr Williams asked him the question, Supposing the Board should decide to make this road, on what conditions would he make over the land ? He (Mr Eckersley) said he should be paid out-of- pocket expenses, and would expect to be re- munerated at a fair and equitable value for the land given up to the Town Forge Company. Mr Havard would have as much right to say, when the Board asked for his land to make this road, 'My garden is about 12 feet too short, and I will give you the necessary land on condition that Mr Eckersley would give me 12ft. of his land.' There would be as much reason in this propo. l'" 11 ..10 sition, lr Ulaae by Mr Havard, as in the pro- position laid down by Mr Williams. He (Mr Eckersley) did not consider himself in any way bound by the proposal which he then made, for the circumstances bad entirely changed. Mr Greenway said he considered that this was a matter which Mr Eckersley had better speak to when alone with the Pontypool Board. Mr Eckersley thought it had nothing to do with the Pontypool Board, and suggested that a deputation wait upon Mr Williams with refer- ence to the question, Mr Williams said he hoped the members would recollect that this proposition was first broached by Mr Eckersley himself. This drew from Mr Eckersley an explanation similar to the former. Mr Edmonds said it struck him, when Mr Greenway read the propositions, that they had nothing to do with the question between Mr Eckersley aud the Tin Plate Co.; but it would seem, if the conditions are not carried, the quietus will be put upon the whole scheme. Mr Greenway: Mr Richards said the only way in which he could approach Mr Hanbury on the subject was by showing that some return was to be made to him for the land given up. Mr Eckersley understood by the paper just read that the propositions had not been seen by Mr Hanbury yet and he would give Mr Han bury the credit of not wishing to enforce one of the propositions just read, namely, that he (Mr Eckersley) should give up any of his land. After some discussion, it was agreed that Messrs Jones, Edmonds, Davies, and Greenway be appointed to wait upon Mr Williams on the subject. Mr Wilton suggested that a piece of land be procured for the purpose of briugiug the road out near the Old Forge Hammer. This phase of the question was dropped. A meeting of the Puntypool Board was after- wards held, at which it was decided that a sum of £1,500 be borrowed, on behalf of the Board, for the construction of this road. This terminated the business. L The deputation mentioned in the above re- pert waited upon Mr Williams last Monday, with a view to the settlement of the difficulty, re the land of tho Park Estate and Mr Eckersley but as yet no settlement has been come to].
T. G. P. (LONDON) TO HIS FRIEND D. W. (PONTYPOOL), GREETING. Out of harness freed from toiling Morn till night, for daily bread, Just to keep the meat-pot boiling, And find a pillow for one's head. Next to wishing mine the solace, I would have it thine instead. Hurrah! Out of harness! now and ever, Till the pilgrim journey ends; This—reward for long endeavour, This the prize long labour sends Labour's galling yoke to sever, This the goal that makes amends. Hurrah! Out of harness! into Freedom, Liberty for hand and will; Just to move where nature leads 'em,— Wood, or wild, or sunny hill. Gods my soul with thine rejoices, Though still toil-bound at the mill. Hurrah!
ST. SWITHIN'S DAY. The common adage regarding St. Swithin, as every one knows, is to the effect that, as it rains or is fair on St. Swithin's Day, the 15th of July, there will be a con- tinuous track of wet or dry weather for the forty days ensuing. St. Swithin's Day, if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain St. Swithin's Day, if thou be fair. For forty days 'twill rain nae mair,' The explanation of this saying given by Brand in his Popular Antiquities-an explanation which has been pretty currently received as correct-is as follows:—St. Swithin, bishop of Winchester, was a man equally noted for his uprightness and humility. So far did he carry out the latter quality, that, on his death-bed, he re- quested to be buried, not within the church, but outside in the churchyard, on the north of the sacred building, where his corpse might receive the eaves-droppings from the roof, and his grave be trodden by the feet of the passers-by. His lowly request was complied with, and in this neglected spot his remains reposed till about a hundred years afterwards, when a fit of indignation seized the clergy at the body of so pious a member of their order being allowed to occupy such a position and on an appointed day they all assembled to convey it with great pomp into the adjoining cathedral of Winchester. When they were about to commence the ceremony, a heavy rain burst forth, and continued without inter- mission for the forty succeeding days. The monks in- terpreted this tempest as a warning from Heaven of the blasphemous nature of their attempt to contravene the directions of St. Swithin, and, instead of disturbing his remains, they erected a chapel over his grave, at which many astounding miracles were performed. From this circumstance, it is stated, arose the popular belief of the anniversary of the attempted translation of St. Swithin being invested with a prophetic character, in reference to the condition of the weather for the ensuing six weeks. In France, St. Medard's Day (June 8), and the day of Saints Gervais and Protais (June 19), have a similar character ascribed to them. It is a little curious that St. Medard should have the post of a rainy saint assigned him, as the celebrated fete at Salency, where the young maiden who has enjoyed the highest reputation during the preceding year for good-conduct receives a prize, and is crowned with a chaplet of roses, takes place on his day, and is said to have been instituted by him. A some- what ludicrous account is given of the origin of the peculiar characteristic of St. Medard's Day. It is said that, Medard being out with a large party one hot day in summed, a heavy fall of rain suddenly took place, by which all were thoroughly drenched, with the exception of the saint himself, round whose head an eagle kept continually fluttering and by sheltering him with his wings till his return home, accomplished effectually the Q^aL-iirnbrctb.- T" Tbl-inrn the have a raijur saint, named St. ieve whilst in G«/many, among others, a character of this description is ascribed to the day of the Se^en Sleepers. The question now remains to be answered, whether the popular belief we have been considering has any foundation in fact, and here the observations at Green. wich for the 20 years preceding 1861, must be adduced to demonstrate its fallacy. From these we learn that St. Swithin's Day was wet in 1841, and there were 23 rainy days up to the 24th of August; 1845, 26 rainy days; 1851, 13 rainy days 1853, 18 rainy days 1854,16 rainy days: and, in 1856 14 rainy days. In 1842, and follow- ing years, St. Swithin's Day was dry, and the result was in 1842, 12 rainy days 1843, 22 rainy days 1844, 20 rainy aays; i»4o, ZL rainy uayst; 1/ rainy days • 1843, 31 rainy days 1849, 20 rainy days 1850,17 rainy days 1852,19 rainy days; 1855,18 rainy days; 1857, 14 rainy days; 1858, 14 rainy days; 1859, 13 rainy days and, in 1860, 29 rainy days. It will thus be seen by the average of the foregoing 20 years, that the great- est number of rainy days, after St. Swithin's Day, had taken place when the 15th of July was dry. It is, in- deed, likely enough that a track of wet weather, or the opposite, may occur at this period of the year, as a change generally takes place soon after midsummer, the character of which will depend much on the state of the previous spring. If this has been for the greater part dry, it is very probable that the weather may change to wet about the middle of July, and vice versa. But that any critical meteorological influence resides in the 15th, seems wholly erroneous.
ittbs, Jfttaniages, anU Beatfcs. BIRTHS. On the 17th ult., at San Francisco, the wife ofChas. Wood Hampton, of a son. Y ARRIAGES. July 10, at Trevethin Church, by the Rev J. C. Lle- wellin, Mr William David, Accountant, Llantlly, Carmarthenshire, to Miss Alice Augusta Sarah Davies, only daughter of Mr Wm. Davies, Stone Villa, Aber- sychan. DEATHS. July 4, at Newhouse Farm, Panteg, aged 75 years, Mr Henry Cole, farm.labourer. July 6, at Six Bells, Llanithel, aged 27 years, Han- nah, wife of Mr Ephraim Davis, coal miner. July 7, at Gwent-street, Pontypool, aged 23 years, Elizabeth, wife of Mr George Morgan, coal miner. July 9 (very suddenly), at the Winning Horse, Gam- diffaith, aged 77 years, Mr William Williams. July 9, at Lower Mill, Pontymoil, aged 30 years, Hannah, wife of Mr James Phillips, painter. July 10, at Six Bells, Llanithel, aged 62 years, Mr Mark Lane, coal miner. July 10, at Lower Mill House, after a long and painful illness, Mrs Ann Rosser, wife of the late Mr William Rosser, aged 77.
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SABBATH STONE.—In the recesses of the Northum- berlaijd coal pits is found a parti-coloured clay, in grey and black layers, which bears the name of sabbath stone. It is formed from a fine impalpable pipe-clay, with which the springs oozing into the pits are charged, and which is deposited in the deserted workings. The clay is natu- rally of a pale grey color, approaching to white, and the deposit would be uniformly of this color were it not for the fine black coal-dnst, caused by the working of the miners, which is carried along by the currents of air until it finally settles in the pools, and, of course, is there deposited with the clay. The effect of this coal dust is to make the clay with which it is mixed look black in- stead of its natural color, so that the working days are marked by thin blaek streaks and the nights by thin pale ones, while Sunday is registered by a thick pale layer. When a section of the clay is made, the work of day and the rest of night are found to be regularly and clearly defined by this wonderful time-keeper of Nature and the weeks are marked by the broad line of Sunday as plainly as in an almanac. Holidays, of course, appear like Sundays while stoppages of the work for a week or two, whether from strikes or any other cause, are re- corded by such a mark as at once arrests the attention of all who see it, and compels inquiry as to the cause even from those most unaccustomed to mines. It is to be hoped that this indelible time book will show fewer of these broad records of idleness in the future than it has lately done. WATERS' QUININE WINE for sixteen years has been universally admitted to be the best Tonic known, and a useful 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. VALUABLE DISCOVERT FOB THE Hint. — If YON* hair is turning grey or white, or falling off, use The Mexican Hair Renewer," for it will positively restore in every case Grey or White hair to its original colour, without leaving the disagreeable smell of most "Restorers." It makes the hair charminglybeautifnL as well as promoting the growth of the hair on bald sp< t8, where the glands are not decayed. Ask yomt Chemist for THE MEXICAN HAIR RENE WEB," pre- pared by HENRY O. GALLUP, 493 Oxford Street, London, and sold by Chemists and Perfumers pared by HENRY O. GALLUP, 493 Oxford Street, London, and sold by Chemists and Perfumers e^rywhere at 81 6d per Bottle,
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. NEW CLOTHING was issued to the police on Tuesday last. 2ND MONMOUTHSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEER! We observe with pleasure in the Gazette ot the 23rd June, that Lieutenant David Morgan Llewellin has been appointed Captain in the above Corps. Owners of property who are entitled and may wish to have their names inscribed in the Parliamentary register of voters, are reminded that the last day for sending in their claims to the overseers is Friday, the 20th inst. PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH, PARK. TERRACB.— We are given to understand that the entire proceeds of the Sunday School anniversary held last week are nearly £ 20, and that the whole of the services were eminently successful FREEMASONS.—The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mon- mouthshire, which was to have been held on the 12th of July, has been postponed a week, and will therefore be held on Thursday, the 19th of July, at the Masonic Hall, Dock street, Newport. Mr Granville R. H. Somerset, Q.C., of the Oxford Circuit and the Parliamentary Bar, has been appointed Recorder of Gloucester, in place of the late Mr Whit- more, Q.C. Mr Somerset was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1851, aad was created a Queen's Counsel in 1868. WESLEYAN SCHOOL TREAT.—On Thursday afternoon, the teachers and scholars of the Sunday School con- nected with the Wesleyan Chapel, High street, marched in procession to Typotb Farm, where tea was prepared for them. After tea, various innocent games were played, and a pleasant evening was spent. Most of the sufferers from the falling of the bridge at Bath are reported to be going on well. One of them, M r J. A. Smith, of Dorset, has had one of his feet am. putated, and still lies in a precarious condition. Several aetions against the owners of the bridge have been taken to recover damages for injuries, but none of them have yet been heard. EMIGRATION TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA.—The 11 Forfar. shire," 1,238 tons, Capt. Brown, chartered by Sir A. Blyth, K.C.M.G the Agent-General for South Austra- lia, left Plymouth on Friday for Port Adelaide, with 401 emigrantj under the charge of Dr. F. E. Corbet Singleton, Surgeon, among whom were 79 single fe- male domestic servants, under the care of Mrs Jane Scotcher, Matron. EMIGRATION TO QUEENSLAND —The iron barque "Humboldt," Capt. P. Daw, sailed from Hamburg on Friday, June 29th, bound for Brisbane, Queensland, having on board the following number of emigrants, viz.: 16 married couples, 41 single men, 12 single wo- men, 10 children between the ages of 12 and 1, and 6 infants, making a total of 101 souls, equal to 90 statute adults, Dr. Rheiner acting as Surgeon Superintendent. THE WALKING FEAT AT CWMBRAN GARDENS.—Ma- dame Richards, who has undertaken the difficult task of walking 1,000 milts in 1,000 hours, still pursues her work in a plucky" manner, at Clark's Gardens, Cwm- bran. 2real numbers are attracted—especially on Thursdays and Sundays—to witness the extraordinary feat, no less than 1,500 tickets having been collected, on Sunday last, at the Pontnewydd and Pontrhydyrun stations. THE :HousE OF COMMONS SUBSCRIPTION "FOR THE WELSH MINERS.—For two days there has been on view in one of the rooms of the House of Commons, the watches which are about to be presented by hon. mem- bers to the Welsh miners who saved the lives ef their comrades at the Tynewydd Colliery last April. The House of Commons subscription amounted to Y,400, and out of this sum twenty silver hunting watches, with gold chains attached, were bought, and have already been despatched for presentation. Each watch contains an inscription announcing that it has come from mem, bers of the British Parliament in recognition of bravery in saving life. ASTRONOMICAL NOTE#.—It, may be interesting to some of our readers to know that the brilliant star which has been for some time visible in the evening, even be- fore the brightness of daylight has faded, is the planet Jupiter, the largest in our system, and one of the most beautiful objects for the telescape. The planets Mars and Satnrn both rise how a little south of east at about 11.30 p.m., and are visible from that time until shortly before sunrise. Mars will be more than usually bright this year, being in opposition to the sun on Sept. 6th. On that day it will be at its nearest-point to the earth, and much nearer than it has been for many years. Venus will be visible during this month in the N.W soon after sunset, and in later months in the W. and S.W. It will always set early. THE CAMP AT WIMBLEDON.—In the firing at Wim- bledon on Tuesday, the following local scores were made -Winduaill prize; 500 yards seven shots (highest possible score 35)-Color-Sergeant Evans, 3rd Glamorgan, 30. 200 yards; seven shots (highest pos- sible score 35)-Sergt. Davies, 2nd Carmarthen, 30. Queen's prize 200 yards seven shots (highest possible score, 35)-Cot-porat Davis, 5th Monmouth, 17; J. L. Morgan, 5th Monmouth, 22; G. A. Bevan (re- tired); Sub-Lieutenant Bryson, 3rd Monmouth, 28; Private Greenway, 7th Monmouth, 20; Sergeant Adam, •>nd M"P-. 25; hhate Powell, do., 26 Col.-Sergeant W. Bell, 1st tlrecfln, 24 Corporal J. Jones, 2nd Car- marthen, 26 Sergeant J. P. Carter, do., 28 Sergeant W. Davies, do., 27 Sergeant W. Francis, do., 25 Captain J. Thomas, 1st Carmarthen, 24; Sergeant J. Evans, do., 24 Private Fred Rhys, 11th Glamorgan, 29; Private David Phillips, do., 19; Sergeant John Hopkins, do., 26 Private David Jones, do 29 Sergt. George Smith, 4th Glam., 25; Colour-Sergeant John Evans, 3rd Glam., 20; Sergeant J. M. Harries, do., 21; Color. Sergeant David Evans, do., 30 Captain J. Jones, 9th Glam., 27 Sergeant Thomas Griffiths, 8th Glam., 27; Corporal S. Howard, 10th Glam., 24; Private J. Roberts, 10th Glam., 27; Sergeant Hardage, 16th Glam., 24; Lance-Corporal Evans, 12th Glam., 24. On Tuesday, the funeral of Mr John Jeremiah, mineral surveyor and colliery manager, took place, when one of the largest gatherings that have been seen for some time attended to pay their last respects to the deceased. Amongst those present were Mr David Llewellin, Messrs Phillips and son, Mr Jee, Mr Daniel, Mr Green, and Mr Emmanuels. The following ministers attended the funeral: Revds. Mr Hughes, T. Ll. Jones, Mount Pleasant; Jenkins, Salem Williams, Mynyddyslwyn Thomas, Cwmbran; and Edmund Jones, Cwmnantddu. The bearers were Messrs Daniel, Jee, Thomas, and Green, gentlemen professionally connected with him for many years. Deceased, who was highly respected by all who knew him, came to this county about 41 years ago, and filled the position of manager and surveyor for a period of 15 years under the Messrs Powell, Black- wood; after which he came to Cwmffrwdoer Valley, where, for 26 years, he followed his old occupation of mineral surveyor, until age compelled him to resign, and accept a more suitable situation. Deceased, during his lifetime, occupied a high position in the estimation of both masters and men and bis death cast a gloom over the valley where, for years, he had been so well known. He was long a consistent member of Ebenezer Chapel, Cwmffrwdoer; and in the grave-yard attached to that chapel he was interred, no less than sixty relatives ac- companying him to the grave. He died full of hope and consolation. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH.—SPECIAL SER- VICES AND LECTURE.—Special services on behalf of the above place of worship were held on Sunday and Tues- day last. On Sunday, the Rev. J. Dinsley, of Salisbury, preached three able and impressive sermons to pretty fair congregations. The collections, which, considering the depressed state of trade, were very good, were de. voted to the Renovation Fund." We are glad to find that certain very desirable improvements have lately been effected at this place of worship, the old seats having been removed, and the whole having been com- fortably re-seated. On Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, the Rev. J. Swaun Withington, of Harrogate, an ex- Prestdent of the Conference, preached an eloquent ser- mon in the Crane-street Baptist Chapel, which had been kindly lent for the occasion. The words of his text were as follows Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian." On Tuesday evening, the revd. gentleman delivered bis popular lecture, at the Town Hail, subject, Three Living Statesmen-Gladstone, Beaconsfield, and Bright." H. G. Gregory, Esq., of Salisbury, pre- sided over the meeting. The chairman was supported or the platform by G. W. Armstrong, Esq. (Cardiff), the Revs. C. R. Ramshaw (Newport), J Dinsley (Salis- bury), and W. Barnes (Pontypool). There was a very good attendance on the occasion, the hall being nearly full. We regret that, our space being so limited, we are unable to do justice to the really able lecture de- livered. Suffice it to say that the lecturer, by his thrilling eloquence, succeeded, not only in sustaining, but in rivetting, the attention of the large audience during the whole of the time be was speaking. We have only to say that those who were present could not fail to be highly delighted those who were absent, lost a rich treat. This very pleasant meeting was brought to a close by the proposal of hearty votes of thanks to the chairman and lecturer, and to the Rev. R. C. Page and Baptist friends for so kindly lending their chapel for the afternoon service. ABERSYCBAN ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday morning, a collier named Samuel Sweetman, a young man residing at Talywain, was severely iujured by a fall of coal supposed to weigh about two tons, in the Ebbw Vale Co.'s Top Pit, Aber- sychau. He is progressing satisfactorily. PONTNEWYDD. I.O.G T.-On Monday the annual excursion of the Juvenile Templars of this village took place, when from 70 to 80 members of the lodge, accompanied by about 40 adult friends proceeded by the 8 a ni. to Newport ) en route for the Lighthouse. From Mill-street station the party proceeded in brakes, and after a ride of about five miles through a pleasant tract of country, the Light- house was reached. When a minute inspection of the Lighthouse had been made, the party partook of lunch upon the sea beach, after which they enjoyed themselves in various ways-stríllling on the sea shore, &c., till 3 p.m., when the whole party took tea at the Fisherman's Hut. Cricket, quoite, rounders, and other games were indulged in till the parties returned in brakes to New- port, and arrived by train at Pontnewydd at 8.45 p.m. Everything passed off very pleasantly, nothing occur- ring to mar the day's enjoyment. I BLAENAFON j THE RJKT J. E. Urirri-itis, of Vochrhiw, b;.s, we are informed, accepted a unanimous invitation to the pas- torate of the English Congregational Chapel. 0 A CONCERT has been given at the schoolroom for the bsncSt of the nr.tior.al schools, a&d proved highly sue- cessful. Among those who gave their services were Mr G. Deakin, Mr Mitchell, Mrs Gorrell, the Misses Lewis and Williams, Mrs Pegler, and Miss Prothero, the Church choir, and the Blaenafon Rifle band. THE F AIIIThe stock and pleasure fair was held on Monday, when there was a great influx of visitors from the neighbouring districts. There was a remarkably good supply of cattle, which commanded a good sale. The pig market was better stocked than has been the case for a considerable time. Prices ruled well, but, notwithstanding, a clearance was effected at an early hour. ENGLISH BAPTIST CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY.—The English Baptists of this place held their chapel anni- versary on Sunday last, when the Rev C. Griffiths, of Cinderford, delivered two eloquent and powerful dis- courses in the morning and evening. The collections in aid of the chapel funds realised the handsome sum of L42 12s.—On Monday afternoon, in the schoolroom ad- joining the chapel, 500 persons sat down to tea after which a public meeting wa|^eld in the chapel, when several addresses were de'ii^ffed by various ministers and others. PRIMITIVE METHODIST SUNDAY-SCHOOL ANNIVER SARY. -On Sunday the anniversary services of the abov school were held. The children and their teachers me" at their schoohoom and after a short address from Mt Lawrence, formed into procession and paraded the prin-r cipal streets of the town, pinging several popular hymns from Messrs Moody and Sankey's collections. The Rev ff.S. Targett, Blaina, officiated, and delivered an ex- cellent address; after which the children sang and re- cited in a manner that reflected great credit on their teachers, and especially Mr Walford, the leader of ths singing. There was a meeting on Monday evening, and Mr H. Collier delivered addresses. The collections amounted to L16 14s.
THE ARTILLERY VOLUNTEERS IN CAMP. The Panteg Battery (No. 5) 1st Mon. Artillery Volunteers paraded on Saturday, at the Drill flail, Griifftlistown, under the command of Capt. Wright, accompanied by Lieut. Stedman, for the purpose of proceeding to Church Stretton, Shrop- shire, for five days' camping. The Monmouth- shire Brigade will be joined by Brigades from Shropshire and Worcestershire and we under- stand the camp will be raised on Friday, about midday. The men on Saturday presented a re- markably clean and soldier-like appearance. The muster was a pretty fair one, there being no less than 42 rank and file in attendance but this number does not by any means comprise the sum total of the battery, nor yet the number that will take advantage of improving their military knowledge by a little camp life, for on Wednesday the greater portion of the remain- der will also proceed to Church Stretton. As our readers are aware, a band was a short time since established in connection with the battery, under the leadership of Mr J. Burt and their improvement in musical knowledge is very marked indeed. They have lately been supplied with new instruments and we understand it is the intention of the members to organise an ex- cursion to Swansea, or some other convenient place, for the purpose of defraying expenses connected with the band. The camp was pitched on Friday (by a fa- tigue party fnm Worcester), in a field plea- santly situated between the lailway and the town of Church Stretton. The tents in which the men take up their quarters are arranged in such a manner that the batteries from the different localities are kept distinct from each other. This arrangement cannot, of course, be carried out to the letter, because the different batteries composing the camp, not having mustered in full strength, it is found necessary in some cases to supplement the batteries nu- merically weak by drafts of men from batteries that have mustered in full force. Still, as far as practicable, each battery preserves its dis- tinctiveness on the parade ground, in the mess tent, and in all the daily routine of camp life. Each tent is supposed to accommodate seven men, and these are under the command of a non-commissioned officer, or the senior gunner stationed therein. Each man is supplied with suitable bedding, an indispensable adjunct of which is a waterproof sheet so that, in no in- stance—at least, with the exercise of the most ordinary care—need any one be afraid of suffer- ing from any of those ills which are the result of cold and dampness. The camp having been pitched on Friday, the main body from Mon- mouthshire, Worcestershire, Malvern, and Bal- sall Heath batteries joined on Saturday, the Panteg contingent coming into the camping ground at 6 p.m. On the following Tuesday Lieut. Butler arrived, and on Wednesday, at 2.:W p.m., the band .tt.aoheci to No. 5 battwry and 14 men marched into the ground. The total number of men in camp is 450, and the brigade is composed of the following batteries :Wor- cester, 3; Malvern, 1 Balsall Heath, 1 New- port, 1 Caerleon, 1 and Panteg, 1. The field officers present are—Lieut.-Col. Lyne (in com mand) Major Stallard, Worcester and Major Ly ne, Newport. The brigade is ordered out for battalion drill every morning at 6 o'clock, gun drill taking place at 9 30 a.m. and at 3 p.m. Gun drill, being the chief feature of artillery camp work, of course receives greater attention than any other. There are four 32-pouuder guns, and one breech-loading Armstrong and ar- tillery practice takes place every day on a mountain which rises to the height of 940 feet above the quiet little town of Ohurch Stretton, and about two miles from the camp, the range crossing a deep valley. There are two guards placed on duty, a main guard and a rear guard. The latter consists of seven men, the former of one sergeant, two corporals, and nine gunners. These guards are paraded every Dight at 8.30, and are relieved by guards of similar strength at 8.30 on the following morning. The efficient manner in which sentry and guard duty are performed is remarkably creditable tu the volunteers of the Church Stretton camp. The last post is sounded at 10.30 p.tu when lights are put out; and from the time that the night guard parades, at 8.30, till the last post, a picket consisting of a corporal and four gunners continually parade the streets of the town for the purpose of taking up any stragglers from the camp. The commissariat department is very efficiently served. The officers dine at an hotel in the town, and the non-commissioned officers in tents set apart for the purpose. On Sunday evening, there was a church parade. The general inspection will be held to-day (Friday). Col. Davis, R.A., is the inspecting otticer.
USK CRICKET CLUB ATHLETIC SPORTS. The annual sports of the Usk Cricket Club took place in a field near the town, on Monday, and the weather being fine there was a large concourse of people. There were 14 events on the programme and a large number of entries. The judge was Captain Berthon"; starter, Capt. Hambly, the arrangements being carried out by the hon. secretary, Mr T. Morgan, Usk. During the day the Usk Volunteer Band and Raglan Quadrille Band played a selection of music. Tho following is a list of the com- petitions with the names ef the winners:— Throwing the cricket ball.—For persons resident within three miles of Usk—Prize 7s 6d, H. Haggett. Four ran. 200 yards flat race.—For boys under 14 years of age— 1st prize, 5s., W. Davies 2nd, 2a. 6d., R. Rogers. Long jump.—For persons residing within three miles of Usk—Prize 10s., H. Haggett (Llandenny). 100 yards flat race.—Open to all comers—1st prize, a piece of plate value j62 10s., R. F. Shaw (Hereford); 2nd, value Yl ls., A. Edwards (Usk). 200 yards hurdle race, open to all comers.—Over 8 flights-1st prize, value XI 5s., T. Spittle (Newport); 2nd, value 15s., D. C. Delfosse (Hereford). Donkey race, half-mile.—1st prize, 15s., R. Lucas, Engurande, 2nd, 7s. 6d., Fred Jones' Jenny. Quarter-mile flat race, open to all comers.—1st prize, a piece of plate, value jE2 10s., R. F. Shaw; 2nd, value £lls., A. Edwards (Usk). Open steeplechase, about 2 miles, for horses bona fide the property of the persons entering the same.—Prize, plate value £ 5 5s. Two horses ran. Mr T. Davies's valuable horse Rob Roy won easily, although Mr W. A. Davies's Shrimp was better mounted. One mile flat race, open to all comers.—1st prize, a piece of plate, value jE3 3s, O. x>. iioddoe (Hereford); 21jd, value 11 5s, D. C. Delforse. High jump, for persons resident within 3 miles of Usk. —1st prize, 10s., H. Haggett, 4ft. 9in.; 2nd, 2s. 6d., R. Derrett. 200 yards flat race, for residents within 3 miles of Usk.—1st prize, value £1 5s., H. Haggett; 2nd, value 15s., R. Derrett. Half-mile canoe race, open to all comers.—1st prize, a piece of plate value X2 2s., A. Edwards (Usk); 2nd, value 15s., G. Wheldon (Monmouth). Swimming match, open to all comers (quarter-mile).— 1st prize, £ 1 5s., G. Williams (Usk) 2nd, 10s., E. Gladden. 200 yards consolation race, for unsuccessful runners.— Prize 10s., W. H. Powell.
HOLLOWAY'S PILLS. -in cases of chronic indigestion, disordered liver, and general debiiitv, these Pills are wonderfully effective. They indeed have so general and powerful an effect on the whole system that they clear away or ward off most of the ills that flesh is heir to. They cleanse the bowels, purify the blood, correct the bile, give tone to the stomach, excite a healthy appetite, produce sound sleep, and Impart increased energy to both mind and body. The admirable properties of these far-famed Pi'ls are tod highly appreciated to require any enconium here, as they are resorted to by rich and poor of every nation. The cures they effect are not temporary or imperfect, but they bring about a marvellous and most beneficial change th oughout the entire body, and enable it with renovated powers to resist the approach of all future attacks. t
THE TYNEWYDD MINERS. DISTRIBUTION OF THE MANSION HOUSE i'CJlSD. At the Mansion House, London, yesterday, the meeting of the committee appointed to distribute the fund for the relict of the f yu(,wydd colliers, and the regard of th* persons coileerneci in the rescue of the imprisoned men was held, having been adjourned from Friday, the 29th ult. This was the final meeting of the committee, held to decide upon the method of distributing ttie fund raised at the Mansion House, among the persons entitled to participate therein. The Lord Mayor presided, and there were Dre- sent-Mr. H. H.Vivian, M.P., Mr. Forsyth, M.P., Sir E. A. Lechmere, Bart., M.P., Mr. Talbot, M.P., Mr. Morgan Williams, the Rev. D. W. Williams, Fairfield, Mr. Wales, Her Majesty's Inspector of Mines, Dr. Davies, Mr. Hewitt, Mr. Leith, and other members of the committee. It was resolved, after consideration of the scheme proposed by the Rev. 1). W. Williams at the last meeting, and since revised in accordance with the views expressed in the course of the discussion on that occasion, to adopt the following method of distribution, based upon the amended scheme, viz.:— To award to the three widows of the deceased I men A:2,50 each, making in all £ 7o0. To the 10 children, £30 each. To the widow whose son died in rescuing the others, £60. To the four men rescued after being 10 days imprisoned, £ 150 each; total, £ 600. To the three men rescued a'ter 18 hours con- finement, £25 each total, £ 73. For the education of the boy rescued after 10 days imprisonment, 9150. For the education of the boy imprisoned 18 hours, E50. To Isaac Pride, the hero of the Tesoam, £ 105. To J. W. Howell and Charles Oatridge, for their noble conduct in the work of rescue, tSO each; total, £160. To the 24 shift colliers, to be apportioned w cording to the time they were engaged in the work, E540 among them. To the 25 pump-men, to be apportioned aoeord- ing to the time they individually worked, SU aggregate sum of X212. To the two London divers, X50 each. To the Cardiff diver, X30. To the 37 carters, to be apportioned aooardiqy to the time of work, t66. To each of two carpenters, £ 10 total, J620. To each of two nurses, 4;10; total, 120. The committee further resolved to present to the medical meu, engineers, colliery agents, and others who exposed themselves to danger in directing the work of rescue and attending to the wants of the sufferers, pieces of plate, suitably inscribed, and of the value stated below. To Dr. Davies, plate to the value of 1100. To the medical assistants, Messrs. Dukes and Davies, each, plate value X30. To each of five other medical assistants, plate value £ 10. To Mr. Beith, engineer, in recognition of his professional services, plate value Elo5. To Mr. Wales, Her Majesty's Inspector, p14 value X105. To Messrs. Daniel Thomas, James Thomas, and William Davies, colliery owners and agents, plate of the value of JE63 each. To five other colliery agents, each, plate value X30. To ten other ditto, plate value C15 each. To four other ditto, plate value £ 10 each. The committee likewise resolved to present a testimonial, on vellum, to the Rev. D. W. Williams, of Fairfield, Pontypridd, in recognition of his valuable and disinterested exertions on behalf of the sufferers by the accident, and the other persons claiming to participate in the distribution of the fund. The total amount received by the Mansion House Committee was E4,111, It was stated by Dr. Davies, in answer to an inquiry by one of the members of the committee, that the rescued men were all progressing very favourably, and there was no fear at all of their suffering permanently from the effects of the accident. Finally, it was arranged that the distribution of the fund should take place on August 3rd, the Lord Mayor announcing his intention to proceed to the locality of the accident, accompanied by the members of the Mansion House Fund Com- mittee, to distribute the fund on that day. Upon the conclusion of the business, the members of the committee were entertained at luncheon by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress.
THE SOMNANBULIST. One night I slept and dreamt, when, lo, A face, whose pureness mock'd the snow, Over my pillow bent! I said, Who art thou, lovely sprite ?" I'm Knowledge, and this dark world's light. To thee, fair youth, I'm sent. Then, to my mind, she seem'd to say, follow me, follow me, come away To lands where all is blit&" So I arose and followed her, And yet I did not seem to stir; So wonder'd I at this. She led me by the corridor And staircase known as No. 4, Nor for an instant stay'd: At last we to the garden came, Whose cloisters still bear many a name Of those beneath them laid. Hither arrived, I raised my eyes, All wishful to secure my prize, But sought her now in vain: Frantic I then began to caper, Thinking she'd vanish'd in the vapour. When she appear'd again. Now, for the first time, linger'd she, And sweetly beckon'd unto me: Oh how my heart did bound! I clasp'd her tightly to my breast: My life scarce stood the fearful test; My tears bedew'd the ground. Judge of my horror when, instead Of that sweet form which had me led, I felt what made me jump: The marrow in my bones was chill'd; My mouth with wintry vapour fill'd; I grasp'd the frozen pump July 10, 1877. B
THE 1,000 MILES' WALK AT CANTON, CARDIFF. On Wednesday, Wm. Gale completed half the dis- tance he has undertaken to walk, having, at 12 min. II sees. past 10 o'clock, walked exactly 500 miles since he commenced his remarkable undertaking. During the last two days Gale has walked much more rapidly than previously. The time taken just previous to the completion of the half distance were, lap commencing 9 50, 3 mius. 54 sees; 10-3 rnina. 37 sees; 10. 10-2 mins 11 sees. It is not unlikely that Gale will hereafter suffer for the exertions he made yesterday and the day previous, culminating in the brilliant spurt just recorded. He seeoMci laat: night, however, in excellent form, though for a short time after finishing the 500th mile he was 80mewhat exhausted. The ground was crowded with spectators all day, and in the evening the attendance was con- sider bly augmented by a large contingent of visitors from the Taff Regatta.
LORD BEACONSFIELD. On Wednesday rumours prevailed in quarters which are usually well informed, that Lord Beaconsfield is about to resign the Premiership. Although this report is probably premature, yet we believe that his lordship is anxious to retire from office as soon as the state of public busi- ness will enable him to take that step, hia health having been for some time past in an unsatts* factory condition.-Daily News.
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