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LOCAL AND DISTinCT NEWS. AN EXCURSION of the members of the Philanthropic lodges of the district took place on Saturday last. About 500 persons proceeded to Bristol. THE CHARLES DICKENS" which sailed from Ham- burg on April 5th, and the "City of Agra" which sailed from Londoa on May 3rd, have arrived safely in Queens- land. MOUNT PLEASANT SUNDAY SCHOOL.—The annual treat to those attending this school was given on Thursday last. After tea, the teachers and scholars formed into procession, and paraded the principal streets of the town. On Monday a great demonstration of Good Tem- plars was held at Briton Ferry. A number of strangers arrived in the morning, and at ten o'clock a public meeting was held in Rehoboth chapel. The chair was taken by the Rev L. Llewelyn. AN INQUEST was held on Friday, at the Town Hall, by E. D. Batt, Esq., coroner, touching the death of Wm. Jenkins, who was found dead in bed on the morn- ing of Thursday, the 9th inst. A verdict of "Found dead" was returned the cause, heart disease. A POLICR INSPECTION was held at the Town Hall yesterday (Thursday), when the men, to the num- ber of 24—comprising 4 sergeants and 20 constables —were examined by tbe Government inspector. Everything, so far as we can learn, passed off satis- factorily. THE SOUTH WALES COLLIERS' STRIKB. The Nantyglo and Blaina colliers, who are on strike for an advance of 15 per cent., have been offered an ad- vance of 10 per cent. The majority of the men are in favour of accepting it, but no definite reply has yet been given. SECOND MONMOUTHSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS (No. 1 COMPANY.)—The fifth monthly competition for the prize given by J. C. Hanbury, Esq., took place at the Cwmlickey Range, on Friday last, with the following result:—Private Jas. Green, 31 points; Corporal A. Cook, 31 points; and Private Thomas Saunders, 36 points. The previous winners this year have been Corporal Cook, Corporal Fletcher, Lieut. Green, and Private J. Howells. GLOUCESTER ASSIZES (Aug. 9th.) — Griffiths and wife v. M. R & O. Co.—This was a claim for £1,000 as com- pensation for injuries sustained in the accident at Aber- sychan railway station on the 24th of August, 1874. Damages, £280 with costs. It will be remembered that a young sister to Griffiths (who is the constable at Aber- sychan Ironworks), recovered the sum of £400 compen- sation from this Company in 1875 for the loss of her arm through the same accident. AN AMUSING ADVENTURE.—One Sunday night, a newly-married couple were returning by train to Ponty- pool after enjoying an evening's pleasure af Cwmbran Gardens, when some parties in the train began to indulge in a familiar chat with the bride. The distracted hus- band chewed the cud of discontent during the short journey, but on alighting from the train he exclaimed to his young wife, Good bye!" and then walked away. The terrified bride followed him along the Albion-road to the Lower Race, where he jumped into a kind of marsh, and got up to his waist in mud and water, de- stroying a good suit of broadcloth. He was extricated from this curious predicament by some friends, who sent him home a sadder and a wiser man." Truly green-eyed Jealousy is a monster when it makes a man jump into mud CARDIFF FLOWER SHOW.—The 15th annnal Show was held on Wednesday, in a field near the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The Band of the Grenadier Guards, under Mr Dan Godfrey, and the Cyfartha Band, under Mr G. F. Livsey, were present, and delighted the throngs of bystanders. They played several pieces together in magnificent style. Among the prize- winners were Mrs Rous, of Courtyrala, who took 1st for Verbenas in Class 3 (amateurs), 12 bunches, dis- tinct sorts, 3 trusses of each; 1st for plums, Class 4 (open), dish of 12 and 2nd for Aprieots, Class 4, dish of 12. Our townsman, Mr E. Fowler, jun., took 2nd prize for Hardy Ferns, class 1 (open), 8 distinct sorts, 3rd for Roses, Class 3 (amateurs), tea-scented, 6 distinct varieties, and 1st for British Ferns, Class 3 (amateurs), 6 distinct sorts. ST. JAMES'S CHURCH PIC-NIC.—The second annual pic-nic of the choir took place on Thursday last, in the far-famed ruins of Raglan Castle, being selected as the most suitable spot for enjoying the day's outing. The weather seemed very unpropitious at the time of starting, but fortunately cleared up, and with the exception of a slight shower, the day proved much finer than could have been expected. In addi- tion to the choir and Mr W. H. Haskins (organist), several visitors had been invited, among whom may be mentioned Mr Roderick and Mr Bunning (church- wardens), Mrs Roderick, Mrs Bunning, Miss S. Wil- liams, Miss M. G. Hughes, Rev I. D. Lewis, Rev J. Jones, Capt. D. M. Llewellin, &c., &c., the paTty numbering in all about forty persons. After dinner, toasts were proposed by Mr W. H. Haskins and the Rev I. D. Lewis, which were duly responded to by IYICS513 ItuduU/tt) 1"1, aud LKttUIUI* Detweu dinner and tea the choir ascended the keep and sang a couple of glees, under the leadership of Mr W. H. Haskins, in very good style, the effect of which was exceedingly pleasing. Dancing, swinging, and various games were also heartily entered into and thoroughly enjoyed. The thanks of all, both choir and visitors, are due to Mrs Roderick, Mrs Bunning, and other kind friends, for their very excellent management of the cuisine, the viands provided being in great abun- dance and of the choicest quality. When we consider the untiring energy which has been shewn, and the great success which has attended the labors of or- ganist and choir, we see every reason why a similar acknowledgment of their efforts should be repeated annually. It need hardly be mentioned that all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and will doubtless retain pleasant recollections for some time of the St. James's Choir Pic-nic of 1877.

BLAENAVON.

NEWPORT.

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THE COST OF ARMY CLOTHING.

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