NARROW ESCAPE AT NEWBRIDGE. A day or so ago two children, who were at the most only three years of age, had a marvellous escape of being run over by a train on the WesternYalleys line at Newbridge.The little ones by some means got on the line opposite Tycelyn House, the residence of Mr. J. T. Green, J.P., and while one sat on the metals of the up line, the other sat down on the four-foot. The child- ren were observed in this perilous position by Mrs. Green, who-at once sent a servant girl to arose them train being heard to approach at the time. The girl used all means to coax them away but failed. She could not readily get down the embankment, and seeing a train ap- proaching, she raised an alarm, whereupon a man named Lewis jumped the embankment, and had only just time enough to throw the children on to the down line when the train dashed past.
SHOCKING CRUELTY TO CHILDREN AT NEATH. At Neath police-court on Monday (before the mayor, Ur. W. B. Trick: and the ex-mayor, Mr. John Arnold), David Williams, carpenter, 7, Creswell-terrace, Neath, was charged with neglecting and ill-treating his three children, aged five, eight, and nine respectively. Witnesses swore that defendant had freqnently kicked the children. Police-sergeant Price said he visited the house and found the children covered with vermin and neglected IN every respect. Defen- dant was fined £ 5 and costs, and, failiag to pay the fine, was sent to prison for one month with hard labour.
CADBURY'S COCOA.—" Of full strength, of a highly economical nature, free from added stitch and sugar, —Health.
MINERS' MEETING AT CAERPHILLY. The usual monthly meeting of the delegates connected with the Caerphilly Miners' Associa- tion was held on Saturday at the Goodrich Arms, Caerphilly, the chair being occupied by Mr. E! Jones, Rhos.—The Chairman referred to the late explosion at the Rhosllantwit Colliery, which had brought gloom into several households in the districts, and the Secretary thought it desirable that the meeting should take some notice of the occurrence.-Mr. Richard-Jenkins said that the relatives of their members were amongst the sufferers, and he proposed—"That this meeting desires to express its profound regret at the recent calamity at the Rhosllantwit Pit. and its deep SYMPATHY with the sorrowing relatives; and that an appeal be made on their behalf to the workmen of the district and the public in general.MriFrank Talbot seconded the resolu- tion, and remarked that. they must be thankful that the accident did not occur iwhile the whole of the MENU were at work, for had it happened when there was a full shift yety probably manv more- IROULD HO-R-CR TWIESEL^- tion was carried. A report was given by the representatives of the- Rhosllantwit Colliery of the appeal made toMr.ForsterBrown (managing director of the company) for a certain amount of advance for the introduction of safety lamps, instead of naked lights. Without the least hesitation, Mr. Brown had granted a 7* per cent. rdvance under the rock, and 10 per cent. under the clod, for all colliers and piecework workmen in this section of the colliery that required such change in the mode of working. The meeting passed a unanimous vote of thanks to Mr. Brown for his readiness at all times to meet the work- men for the purpose of investigating and settling questions in dispute.—The financial claim of the executive council of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Colliery Workmen's Federation was considered, and it was resolved to support the cases in dispute at Taff Llantwit and Nixon's Mountain Ash Collieries.—The time having arrived for calling another levy for the support of the sliding-scale fund, it was decided that the collieries should collect the subscriptions at once. —The usual vote of thanks to the officials terminated the proceedings.
MINERS'MEETING AT BEDWAS. ■—— A general meeting of workmen and a section of the Caerphilly Miners' Association was held at the Royal Oak,Bedwas, on Thursday week, under the presidency of Mr. Richard Richards, the vice- chair being occupied by Mr. David Morgan. The first question discussed was the employment of unskilled workmen who enter the mines in this district. It was decided that the matter should re- ceive serious consideration, the executive council of this association to finally arrange as to the future action of the collieries in this mat- ter. Consideration of several other mining ques- tions was adjourned till the next meeting.
—- ■-• PONTYPOOL POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. Before Col. BVRDE (in the chair), Mr. E. J. PHILLIPS, Dr. Ä. DAVIES, and Mr. W. L. PRATT. THE INEBRIATES. John Jones was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Crumlin-street, Pontypool, on the 12th September.-P.C. Morgan deposed that on Saturday last at 10 p.m. he found defendant very -drunk and cursing and swearing. He stopped a gentleman on the road and threatened to knock his head off.—Defendant, in answer to the magis- trates, said he went home when the constable told him.—A fine of 10s. was inflicted. Arthur Flower was charged with 9, similar offence at Six Bells, Llanhilleth, on the 12th September.-P.C. Watkins stated he found de- fendant lying down helplessly drunk. After some trouble he managed to get him home. There was one previous conviction against de- fendant, and he was now fined 10s. Philip Owen (whose mother appeared) was charged with being drunk at G-arndiifaith on the 10th September.—P.C. O'Donnell said he saw tho defendant being carried out of the Crown Inn helplessly drunk.—The/e was no previous ■conviction, and defendant was fined 10s. Philip Clark was charged with being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Blaenavon on the 9th September.—P.S. Thomas deposed that he found defendant very drunk at Blaenavon on the day in question. Previously a woman had complained to him that defendant had insulted her.—Fined 10s. Benjamin Rees was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Blaenavon on the 2nd Sept.— P.C. Barney gave evidence,—There was one pre- vious conviction.—A fine of 10s., or 7s. days hard labour was inflicted. Enoch Davies was charged on the evidence of P.C. O'Donnell with being drunk and disorderly -on the highway at Talywain on the 7th Sept.— Fined 10s.. Joseph Biggs was charged with a similar offence at Garndiffaith on the 13th September, and after evidence had been given by P.C. O'Donnell, was fined 10s. Joseph Parfitt (whose sister appeared) was -charged with being drunk and disorderly in Old- road, Abersychan, on the 9th February.—P.S. Allen said that defendant had absconded at the time and had only just returned.—P.C. Watson ;gave evidence.—There were four previous con victions against defendant.—A fine of 10s., or 7 -da was inflicted. William Jeremiah (whose mother appeared) was charged with being drunk and riotous at Pontnewynydd on the 13th September.-P.C. Stephens said that early on Sunday morning he was called to Mrs. Jeremiah's house. When he got there he found the defendant very drunk and riotous. He had broken two panes of glass and was very excited.—Mrs. Jeremiah said some one had broken her window, and, as she was afraid, she sent for the constable to stay until daylight. (Laughter.)—P.C. Stephens, re- called, said he had to stay there for about two hours, in consequence of defendant's riotous be- Jbaviour.—A fine of 10s.. or 7 days was inflicted. OBSTRUCTING THE HIGHWAY. William Jones, Frederick Howells, Thomas Evans, and Thomas Carter were charged with obstructing the highway at Blaenavon by fight- ing on the 5th inst. All the defendants pleaded guilty, with the exception of Evans, who said he was not fighting.—P.C. Morgan deposed that at 11.50 p.m. on the 5th inst. he was on duty near Cross-street, Blaenavon. He heard a great row, SJid on going to the spot he found the four de- fendants fighting on the road. There were a lot of people about and defendants were creating a great nuisance.—A fine of 10s. each, or 7 days, was inflicted. James Richards and Thomas Hopkins were charged with a similar offence at Abersychan on the 8th inst.-—P.C. Jones said that on the day in question, seeing a crowd of people, he went to the spot, and there found the two defendants fight- ing. They were creating a. great obstruction and disturbance.—There were seven previous convic- tions against Hopkins, dating from 1883 to 1890. He was now fined 15s., the other defendant being let off with a fine of 10s. BREACH OF THE PEACE. Evan Gullick and William Turnr, the latter of whom did not appear, were charged with com- mitting a breach of the peace, by fighting in Albion-road, Pontypool, on the 14th inst.—P.S. Saunders said on the day in question he was called to the Albion-road, and there found the- two defendants fighting. They had their coats off. Gullick was lying down on the road, and the other was standing by and telling to get up and have it. On seeing him they both ran up the road, where they again began fighting, and Turner was knocked down by cJallieir -fuujlr remained insensible for a few mintffes.—Supfo James said Gullick had been there twice before, the last time being in June last, when he was bound over in the sum of .£10 to keep the peace for six months.—Mr. Phillips If you are not prepared to pay, you must go to prison for three months.—Defendant: There were three or four on to me, and I only took my own part.—Dr. Davies You should avoid getting into bad com- pany.—Mr. Phillips Who were the sureties.— Supt. James: He was bound over on his own recognisances.—Colonel Byrde You have been brought up on a very serious charge, and we should like to find out whether you or the •other man were most in • fault. You were both fighting, and not only that, but after having been stopped once, you began again. As you were under the peace at the time I think you deserve a special penalty, and the Court sentences you to pay a fine of 40s. or undergo imprisonment for one calendar month. ASSAULT. Samuel Hughes was charged with assaulting Thomas Lewis at Blaenavon on the 12th mst. Complainant said that on Saturday night last, as he was walking up the street, her met defendant, who at once attacked him, striking him on the face. He heard afterwards that be had been looking for him (witness) for half an hour before. -Charles England, who was called by complain- ant, stated that on Satrffday night he passed Samuel Hughes at Blaenavon, and heard him say he should like to see Lewis to have a row with him. Just at that mOJQent Lewis came out of a shop, and after a few words had passed the two began :6ghting.-Smuel Hughes struck the first blow.—A fine of 2(Js. was inflicted. CARELESS LLANERCH COLLIERS. William- Smithy, William Challoner, William James, and John Williams, the second and third of whom were young lads, were charged with having pipes and matches in their possession, at the Llanerch Colliery, on the 10th September, and thereby committing a breach of the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887, section 91. Dr. Davies and Mr. Pratt did not sit in this case.— All the defendants pleaded guilty. Joseph Morgan, managercof the colliery, said that on September 10th he ordered a "surprise" to be made at the colliery, and every man in the col- liery was searched, with the result that pipes were found on three of the defendants, and matches on the other. — John Silcox said he searched John Williams on the date in question, and found a number of matches in his possession. The other defendants were searched by other men.—Each of the defendants stated that he had the articles by mistake-The Chairman said that all the defendants pleaded that it was by mistake, and he hoped it was by mistake. 1 he Bench, however, could not pass it over as a mis- take, because accidents arose out of mistakes, and mistakes must be avoided. The defendants were risking their own lives and the lives of other men, and after the terrible affair at that colliery they ought to be extremely careful. They would each be fined 20s, or 14 days hard labour. A TECHNICAL ASSAULT. Daniel Dames was charged with assaulting Thomas Williams, at Blaenavon, on the 7th September.—Mr. L. E. Webb defended, and pleaded not guilty.—Complainant said that on Monday, the 7th instant, the blade of his shear broke, and he could not do his work. The defen- dant got 6n to him about it, and kept jawing," and he (complainant) told him to mind his own work and leave him alone. Afterwards, defen- dant came to the other side of the rolls, and slapped him on the face, put his arm against his chest, and tried to trip him backwards. If he had fallen, he would have gone on the chain, which was working at the time.—Cross-examined by Mr. Webb Witness was sure the chain was in motion, and that he had his back to it. He had a witness, the driver of the stationary engine. Three other men were there, and were all in a position to see what took place. Witness would swear that defendant was not standing between him and the chain. He did not leave his side of the machine, and go up to defendant to "cheek" him.—James Bond; a lad, corroborated. —In answer to Mr. Webb, witness admitted that defendant only drew his hand across com- plainant's face, and that he gave him no more than a push. Defendant told witness to put the balance do and he told him to do it himself. —Mr. Webb: We admit the technical assault following upon cheek." (Laughter.)—For the defence, William Davies and James Fisher stated that the bother arose out of defendant telling complainant for his own safety to put the balance down, and that the latter was insolent, and followed defendant up to where they were standing, and asked him to strike him.—The witnesses were cross-examined by complainant, in a manner which would lead one to imagine he was quite capable of cheek."—IQ the result, he Bench adjudged defendant guilty of a tech- tiCal assault, and ordered him to pay the costs, Ga. ,.¡.:¡: THEFT FROM A I'AILVTAY STATION. cl Thomas Rudge, Shadraeh Morgan, David Jones, and Evan Jones, whdse ages ymed .frcfn^l? to 8 years, were charged with stealing three tins of salmon and 2-lbs. of oatmeal, value 3s. 9d„ the property of the Great Western Railway Com- Sany, at Blaenavon, on the 15th September.— Ir. L. E. Webb prosecuted on Jrabalf 9 j 6 Railway Company, and Mr. A. H. Watkins,de- fended.—Mr. Webb said the lads were charged with stealing the articles from a van, whIchas standing on a siding at Blaenavon Station. They were seen by another boy to go to the van, open it, and, bring out the articles referred to. There was a road into the" Company s yard, which was private, and this yard was rather trespassed upon. The Company wished this fact mentioned, so that other lads in Blaenavon should take warning by the position in which the defendants found themselves, and that per- sons trespassing thereon were litely to M pro- ceeded against under the bye-laws. William Parsons, a truck-loader in the employ of Messrs. R. Burton & Son, Newport, .said he loaded a truck on the 14th inst. with tins of salmon and boxes of "Groatine," and the truck was con- signed to Blaenavon.—William Lewis, station- master at Blaenavon, said the truck arrived at Blaenavon at about 8.30 a.fi. on the 15th inst., and by his direction was put upon the "ler or Burgoyne's siding. There was no public way through that siding. There was a road for vehicles, and people passed that way, but it was not public..The Company's officials were very much annoyed by boys there—James Griffiths, carman for Messrs. Burton's agent at Blaenavon, said that at 2 p.m. on the 15thinst. he found the two doors of the truck open, and on entering the truck found a cask of tinned salmon burst open and three tins missing. He also found a box of oatmeal with part of the top off, and a package loose on the floor.—John Osborne, a boy of 10 years, said that on the 15th inst., at about half-past 1, he was sitting on the step of the Great Western Railway station bridge, when he saw the four defendants go to the truck. Morgan tried to open it, but could not, and Rudge, the eldest boy, climbed up and opened it. The four of them went into the van, and wit- ness saw them come out with tins of salmon and bags of oatmeal. Witness went with them up the bank of the river, where the defendants hid the stuff. Witness then left them, and went to school—P.C. Green deposed to apprehending the defendants, and said that when charged with the theft they admitted it. Witness found two tins of salmon and one packet of Groatine by the side of the river.—Mr. A. H'. Watkins, on behalf of the laid*, pleaded guilty, and threw himself upon the leniency of the Court. It ap- peared the boys went there to get some cocoa to eat, and he did not think they understood the gravity of the offence with which they were charged. Their parents were very respectable people, and had lived in Blaenavon for many years. If a penalty was imposed they would pay the same, and also punish the lads in any way the Bench might suggest. The Chairman said they were puzzled as to what they should do with the boys. If they fined them, the parents would have to pay, and that would not be punish- ing the boys and if they ordered the police to whip them with the birch, no doubt the parents would prefer to pay. After lecturing the defen- dants on their conduct, the Chairman said they would be discharged on their parents' recogni- zances to come up for judgment when called upon. ASSAULTS. George Webb was charged with assaulting Harvey Richardson at Blaenavon on the 29th August. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined lis., inching costs. UNPROVOKED ASSAULTS ON NEIGHBOURS. William Coy nibs was charged with assaulting Moses Maggs, it Varteg, on the 9th September. —Defendant "pleaded guilty.—Complainant said there had been a "1f()W between his and defend- ant's wife over the children, and late at night defendant came to his house and wanted him to go out oil the turf and settle it," at the same time putting his fist against witness's nose with sufficient force to provoke him. Witness, how- ever, kept his temper, and refused to go out and fight.—Defendant was ordered to pay a fine of 20s, and about to do so, when his wife (whose ady§utures are chronicled below) exclaimed, '^wouldn't pay it." Margaret Coombs (the laay in question) was then charged with assaulting Martha Maggs, wife of complainant in the last case, at Yarteg, on the 9th September.—Defendant pleaded guilty. stated that her little, girl went out in the morning and returned shortly after- wards crying, and saying that Coombs's little boy had struck her. Witness went to the little boy and askealiim why he struck her child, when defendant shouted out to her, and ran oat with a clofch with which she tried to strike her. In the evemJBjc f»witness went put by the door, and defendant jumped at her, Hit her on the back, caught hold of her hair, and pulled her down in the gutter. Witness fainted away and remem- bered nothing more. She was subject to fits.— Mcffy Ann Challoner and Richard Hawkins s&sited that they saw defendant rush at com- plainant and pull her by the hair of the head to the ground and punch her. Mrs. Challoner said complainant was unconscious for 25 minutes, as the result of defendant's violence.—During the hearing of the evidence, defendant, a stout, strong-looking female, frequently contradicted the witnesses in a flippant and insolent manner, until Mr. Phillips cautioned her to hold her peace.—The Chairman said the Bench were satis- fied with the evidence of complainant and her witnesses, and they considered this a very un- provoked assault upon an inoffensive and weakly woman. They sentenced defendant to pay a fine of 40s., or one mdnth.—Defendant: Then I'll go to Usk.—Later on, however, defendant's husband paid the fine, and she left the court apparently m a bad temper. SCHOOL BOARD CASES. The following parents were summoned for neglecting to have their children educated: James Horam, Henry Clark, George Eastman, Thomas Laing, Emma Richards, William James, and Albert Bodenham.—In the first five cases, fines of 5s each were inflicted, attendance orders being made in the others.—Mr. W. H. V. Byth- way appeared on behalf of the Trevethm School Board, and attendance officers E. Jones and F. Kelly gave evidence. A SUGGESTION FOR TRUANT SCHOOLS. Mr. Phillips, addressing Mr. Bythway, said it woul<f be a very good thing if they could get in each county a truant school, and he thought it would tend very materially towards that end if the various School Boards were to make an ap- plication to the County Council.—Mr. Bythway said he understood there was a truant school nearly finished at Merthyr Tydfil.—Mr. Phillips: Yes but what we want is one in each county. When you consider that there is a population of nearly a quarter-of-a-million in this county, you can readily seeiwhat an advantage it would be to have a truant school here.—Mr. Bythway said he would mention the matter to the School Board. ALLEGED THEFT OF A WATCH. David Corcoran, a boy, was charged with stealing a watch, the property of Wm. Williams, at Blaenavon, on the 12th inst.—Mr. L. E.Webb, who appeared for prisoner, said that he was taken into custody the previotis Saturday and afterwards bailed out by his father and another man. He understood the prosecutor was not now present, and he asked that the case should be dismissed.—Supt. James said that on Satur- ( day, the prosecutor gave. information to the police that a watch had been stolen from his little boy by the prisoner. The constable made enquiries and apprehended prisoner, but during the time he was in custody the watch was re- turned and the owner declined to go farther into the case. He (Supt. James) would ask for a remand Saturday for the attendance of the prosecutor, in order that they might go into the case.—Mr. Webb said he had a complete answer to the charge.—The Chairman remarked that in that case it would probably be better for prisoner that they should hear the case. The magistrates decided to adjourn the case until the following Saturday.—On the application of Mr. Webb, the bail was extended. AFFILIATION. John Davies, junior, Garndiffaith, was sum-1 moned by Dinah Matthews to shew cause, (fee- Mr. L. E. Webb defended, and pleaded not guilty.—Complainant having given evidence,was severely cross-examined by Mr. Webb at con- siderable length. She admitted having given birth previously to two illegitimate children. To all the other questions of Mr. Webb, she gave an emphatic denial, but contradicted herself on more than one occasion. She denied that she had any knowledge that the banns of marriage between her and a man named Benjamin Waters (with whom she formerly kept company) were published, for three Sundays at Llanvihangle Church, although Mr. Webb produced a certifi- cate to that effect from the Rev. C. Cook.— Elizabeth Edwards, sister of complainant, gave evidence for the complainant, and Saran Ann Edwards and Nathaniel Edwards for defendant. —In the result, the magistrates said they could not resist the conviction that defendant was the father ef the child, ana ordered him to contri- bute 2s. 6d. a week.—Mr. Webb gave notice that the decision would be appealed against.
MONDAY. Before Mr. W. L. PRATT. ALLEGED THEFT OF A WATCH. Edwin Jones, formerly a stock-taker at Pont- newynydd Works, was charged with stealing a silver watch value £4:, the property ofWyudham Phillips, at Pontypool, on the 17ta inst.— PMSONEF'RFFA^'IFTH^Y'HO -the -CHARGE*P.CT Foxall said that from information received, he apprehended prisoner; and: charged him witji' stealing the watch (produced), from the beer- house of Mr. Phillips (Prince of Wales Lin), Crane-street. When charged, prisoner (who had lodged with the prosecutor) admitted taking the watch, but said he was drunk at the time. It transpired that the watch was taken from a chest of drawers in prosecutor's bedroom, and was pledged with a pawnbroker in the town.~Prisoner was remanded until Tuesday, for the attendance of a second magistrate.
TUESDAY. Before Mr. C. J. PARKE3 (in the chair) and Mr. W. L. PRATT. THE THEFT OF A WATCH. Edwin Jones was charged on remand with stealing a watch under circumstances reported above.—Mrs. Phillips said she saw the watch on Wednesday, the 16th, and missed it on the Sun- day following from a room to which prisoner had access, as HE was a lodger at the house.— Reuben Fine, pawnbroker, gatd prisoner pledged the wateh with him on Thuwwiay for 13s.—Pn- aoner, who pleadad guilty, was sentenced to 2 months' imprisonment with hard labour, the Chairman saying tl&t but for his admission of guilt he would have btfen committed for a longer term. .l
COMING-OF-AGE FESTIVITIES AT BLACKWOOD, • •- > 1 In connection with the coming of age of Mr. John E. Treharne, son of Mr. W. P. Stewart, Rock Foundry, there were great rejoicings at Blackwood on Friday and Saturday last, when several of tlie EMPLOYEES at the works mani- fested by an early firing of cannon their gratifi- cation at having seen their future master attain his majority. In addition to the workmen, there were present at the dinner, given at the Car- penters' Arms Hotel, the following gentlemen Dr. H.T. Evans (TheLaurels) Dr. Kean (Oak- lands), Mr. D. Bowen (Abercarn), Mr. C. Pond (Bloomfield), Mr. R. Morris, Mr. T. Lawrence, Mr. O. Edwards (representing the Press), Mr.E. Rowlands (Penmain), Mr J. Bevan (Rhoswen), Mr. J. Haskoll, Mr. Isaiah E- and J. Hardinge, Mr. E. Edwards (Holly Bush Colliery); &c., &c. After dinner, two of the oldest workmen in the firm Mr. 1 hos. Davies, foreman fitter, AND .MR. J. Thomas, yard fore- maii—presented Mr. Treharne with a most valu- able and handsome tea service, valued at between f40 and JE50, the gift of the workmen and friends, as inscribed on each article. On presenting it, Mr. J..Thomas, addressing Mr. Treharne, said: Dear sir, this important occasion in your life has prompted us, as workmen employed at the Rock Foundry and friends, to present you with this testimonial, which we hope you will accept, not for its intrinsic value, but rather as a token of our great regard and esteem for you; and we wish you a long life, full of happiness, peace, and nrosneritv Mr. Treharne, in returning thanks, referred to the pleasure he derived from the manifestations of such kindly feelings, and the receipt of such a valuable present. He trusted that the excel- lent feeling which had hitherto existed between master and workmen would still continue. Since his connection with the works, some six years ago, he was proud to state that the relation be- tween master and workmen had been most cor- dial in its character, and that was forcibly proved by the number of guests present that evening. He was glad to boast of one advantage which he now possessed, as lie had been through the pat- tern shop, fitting department, and foreman of the works, and he was fully able to understand the true position of the workmen. < Mr. O. Edwards then read THE FOLLOWING START ZA, DEDICATED to THE heads of Rock Foundry, MESSRS. Stewart and TREHARNE BOED HEDDWEH A BYWYD DIDDAU—I'R DDAU, A RHWYDD HYNT YN MHOB MAN HJR 6ES,.DDILOES# NFIF LAN I^WCH DRYGFYD YN IACH DRIGFAIN. The usual loyal toast followed, PROPOSED from the chair by Mr. STEWART, and RESPONDED to from the vice-chair BY MR. C. Pond, and CARRIED K WITH RIGHT LOYAL HONOUR AND ACCLAMATIONS. 4 THE W of the CLERGY AND MINISTERS OF ALL I DENOMINATIONS'" WAS TBEN proposed by MR. D. < Bowen, ABERCARN, WHO spokeof.the good and ] earnest work done BY our spiritual ADVISERS through the length AND BREADTH of the PnncI- R P3M? 3, MORRIS THEN PROPOSED THE COD TRADE," IN RESPOFLWTC> WH^F M$. CV POND AND ] MR E. EDWARDS REMARKED THAT THOUGH THEY I were nof,JedNUt, A, MODERATE-SCALE IN his branch of INDUSTRY, they were glad to ,] SAY THAT the position of. the WORKING COLLIER, WAS NEVER BETTER THAN SIT, PRESFENT. • THEY' IIAD NOT ANLY THE PRESENT ADVANTAGES OF HIGH WAGES, BUT Edso of free SCHOOLS, which they hoped they < would make the BEST use of. THEY honed the j prices would BE MAINTAINED, though they were j no great advantage to the Colliery proprietor, himself, but mainly to the COLLIER. Dr. H. T: Evans noW PROPOSED THE. ^HEALTH of ( The CHAIRMAN,"MR. STEWART, IN REPLY TO which ( THE chairman remarked that though once he 1 feared he should have to retire FROM BUSINESS, he I was glad to SAY that by the help of his medical < IDVISERS, Dr. Evans AND DR. Keen he was now « JONSIDERABLY better, and he might BE able to I ompete with men of younger years. HE SPOKE I IT some length of the DEVELOPMENT OF the Rock Foundry since his CONNECTION WIth it, both in 1 iron and steel goods, and HE was glad to inform J THEM that orders were received weekly at Black- wood from the most remote parts of the KINGDOM, j thus testifying above ALL doubt to the quality of THE work done there. ] Mr. O. dwards gaye hemex TOAST, that of ] THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, SPEAKING IN EULOGISTIC TERMS OF THE EXCELLENT WORK DONE BY DR. EVANS J AND HIS ASSISTANT, DR. A-EAN- BOTH THESE GENTLEMEN MOST ADMIRABLY REPLIED, DWELLING AT SOME LENGTH ON (THE ABSENCE OF SICKNESS FROM THE PLACE, AND RENMRLANG THAT THEY HAD AT ILL TIMES KEPT TO THEIR DUTIES^^MD TRIED IN EVERY WAY TO RELIEVE THELUFFERMGS OF THEIR FELLOW MEN. SEVERAL EXCELLENT SONGS WERE THEN GIVEN BY 1 Messrs. D. Bowen, ? MOS'T W16™, Jones, J. Leonard, J. Mathews, E. Morris, and J. E. Treharne. Mr. Treharne now PROPOSED 1 he Press,' to which Mr. O. Edwards replied IN a most witty and telling speech, remarkmg at some length upon the factors necessarytomakea community successful and beneficial one to the other and showing that self-iuade men were ttiose who have been mainly of greatest blessing to their country ANMRGLDW Lewi? AND MR-SAMUEL Stokes, two JSSA TT EHLS$F. TRFCT'-TS expressed a wish that his life would be one of Slness, trusting that the mantle of the nroohet would fall upon him, making him a wOTthy, and if POSSIBLE a, superior successor to In^return Mr. treharne said tha,t his chief aim had been and would be to do justice between employer House, cashier, in pro- posing "The Visitors, spoke in testimony of the sterling good quahties of his employers, giving statistics to prove THAT during the last 11 years 16.800 tons of iron goods had been sent off from the Rock Foundry, averaging 1(527 tons a year. In the steel department, which was only of recent establishment at Blackwood they had turned out since its starting 1,015 tons of steel castings. He hoped that the progress for the next years would prove as satisfactory, and then he would be sanguine that this industry would be the largest in this part of the valley. Mr. E. Rowlands briefly REPLIED Mr. C. Pond gave" The. Trade of the Dis- trict," to which Mr. R. Morrlsteplied, remarking about the advancement or the working class since his connection with Blackwood. It was true there were more reforms required, but with patience these would receive the attention of our legislators in due time, and he hoped before At the close Mr. Isaiah Thomas gave the toast of The Host AND Hostess," to which Mr. Powell, the new landlord of the hotel, replied in a most appropriate manner, and then the numerous guests departed with right loyal and cordial good wishes tor the young heir of Sunny Bank. Letters and telegrams of apology for their ab- sence wefe **EAD by MR. Bethel from Messrs. E. Edmunds, Clanftrwd D. Jenkins, Bryngwvn • E. Jones, Woodbine R, Kallend, Woodfield Cottage and several others..
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BLkCKWOOD POLICE COURT •. FRIDAT. I; Before Dr. J. D. JAMES (in the chair), and the Rev. J. GRIFFITHS. CHARGE AGAINST AN ABERCARN PUBLICAN: THE CASE DISMISSED. Thos. H, Davies, New Inn, Abercarn, waf charged with selling liquor to a drunken person on the 31st ult.—Mr. H. S. Lyne prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr. C. M. Bailhache (instructed by Mr. T. S. Edwards) defended.— Mr. Lyme, in opening the case, said there was no question that the defendant was guilty of the offence, as the landlady and servant admitted that they saw the man come into tne house drunk, and they took tio steps to get the man out. 'After hearing the evidenoe he believed the Bench would consider this a bad case, and one in which a heavy fine should be imposed. The house was situated near the Prince of Wales pit, and a small fine to the tenant would be of no consequence. The man found on the premises was fined 5s. at the preiaous sessions.—P.S. James said that on Monday, the 31st August, at 9.30 p.m., he visited the New Inn, Abercarn, in company with P.C.'s Sibbons and Hughes. In the taproom he saw a man named William John sitting down. He was very drunk, and was drinking a glass of beer as witness entered. son was sitting near him. He was sober, and had a pint of beer in front of him. When spoken to, the man commenced to be abusive. A servant girl was in the doorway when witness entered. He did not see the landlord then, but saw the landlady in the bar. He pointed out the man to the landlady, and ahe said he had not been supplied with anything there. There were four men in the room besides John and his son. A man named Phillips said he had given John the glass of beer witness saw him drinking, but John's son said that he gave it. Witness asked them which was speaking the truth, and they said they had both given the man drink. In a short time John left the house, led by two men, named Seaborne and Phillips. He was quite unable to waik.—Mr. Bailhache said the Bench might take it that the man was absolutely drunk. —Proceeding, witness said he went back to the house after watching John down the road and saw the landlord, who said that he did not know that the man was there until he (witness) told him. The landlady said that the servant girl had seen John coming in, and that he was drunk; and also that the girl drew her attention to the man. mtness told defendant he should report him, and defendant said he hoped he would not. -Cross-examined by Mr. Bailhache Witness first saw John that evening in the taproom of defendant's house. He did not see John go into the house. It was at 9.30 p.m. At 9.15 witness was in the Commercial Inn. He was paying a round of visits to the public-houses that night. He went from the Commercial to the Bush, and from the Bush to the New Inn. Witness went buck to the house after John had left. The land- ladysaid she had not served the. man with drink, but that the son had been supplied, and the other man had given him drink. The landlady was not in tne tapreomlwhen he went in the first time. She was in the bar. The landlord was in the kitchen lursing his child. He told witness that he did act know the man was in the house at all. Wit- less thought that this might have been the case. rhere was no disturbance on the part of the man John, and nothing in his conduct to force his presence upon the landlord.P.C. Sibbons cor- ? rated.—Mr. Bailhache said he had no ques- nons to ask this witness.—Mr. Lyne Then I !"• NOT call the other constable.—Mr. Bailhache 'AID that as to the law of TBFE case, he appre- lended there was very little in it, if any. Mr. -^YNE had said that an offence of serving a irunken man with drink was committed if they ervea his companion. That was true, subject o this limitation, that the two men must be com- )anions—in other words must go to the house 'Ogether, and the sober man must call for the •5 L purpose and object of sharing it FIdrunken companion. The explanation ie (Mr. Bailhache) would give he believed would perfectly clear and distinct., He did .not Mink there would be any difficulty about it, be- ause he could accept the evidence of P.S. James A all essentials as absolutely correct, but he felt ure that when he had stated all the facts of the; they would see that this was not a case fora onviction. Mr. Bailhache then proceeded to ^ve a full account of the whole affair, the mst >X which was that the landlady was AWA^E the nan came into the house drunk, having been in- ormed by her servant girl, but that when she pent into the room and ordered him to leave, his on (who was there before he came) asked her to et hhn^stop a minute or two. and he would take mn home.' Further, the Witnesses would swear hat the man was not supplied with any liquor, nd that the constables came in whilst the land- ady was patiently waiting for John, junior, to emove his father. In oonclusion, Mr. Bailhache SPD THATIF H^ could »PXNTIVE these J&CTA it WAS r defendant could "hot be convicted of tBe^ nee. He quite admitted that there was suf- ifeient grounds to justify the sergeant in report- ng the case, but he trusted the evidence would hew that no offence at all had been committed. -Mary Ann Bernard, servant in the employ of lefendant, said she was itanding in the doorway IN the evening in question when defendant came o the house. She told him he had better not :0 in, as he had lad sufficient drink. He, how- ver, attempted to pass her, and she caught hold if his coat, but could not prevent him from en- ering. A man named Seaborne entered whilst witness was talking to him. John went into the. aproom, and witness went into the bar and told he landlady. They both went immediately to he taproom, and the landlady told John he had letter see about getting home, as he had had suf- icient drink. John's son then said that if they pould wait a minute he would see his father Lome. Witness took beer into the taproom that light. She did not take any to John, nor did he take any into the taproom after John came 11, before he was turned out.—Cross-examined Vitness saw Phillips pass John a tot of beer.— Evidence of a similar character was given by Mrs )avies, wife of the defendant, by the defendant, Thos. Everson, Wm. John, junior, and Thos. eabornel all of whom denied that John was erved with any liquor, and asserted that from he time he entered the house to the time the onstables entered barely ten miuutes elapsed. Che reason assigned for John leaving the house rith Seaborne and Phillips was that he turned ibstinate and would not go with his son.—Mr. jynewas about to review the evidence, when Mr bailhache said he apprehended that there should )8 no reply after the case.—Mr. Lyne said he pished to call the sergeant to contradict a state- nent, and thought he was entitled to do that.— llr. Bailhache objected to it as substantive evi- lence, and the objection was upheld. — The Chairman said the Bench had carefully listened 0 the case, and did not think it was one in which conviction should be recorded. It was a very jroper case for the police to bring forward, but ,he only point was whether there should not lave been a summons for permitting drunken- less instead of supplying to a drunken person. rhe landlady should have gone to her husband md told him of the man, and had him removed IT once. The case would be dismissed, but the Sench hoped the landlord would be very careful, is he admitted having been previously warned >y the police. IGNORING AN ORDER. Wm. Rees was charged with disobeying an order ;o contribute towards his wife's maintenance.— rhis case had been adjourned for a fortnight to jive defendant an opportunity of making an ar- rangement.—Defendant did not now appear, and ;he Bench made an order for payment of arrears, )r 1 month hard labour. I-" VR-IS -^MISLEADING A PUBLICAN. Wm. Blayton, Fleur-de-Lis, was changed with pretending to be a bona-Jide traveller at Fleur- ie-Lis on the 23rd ult.—Defendant was repre- sented by his mother.-—Edwin Jones, landlord IF the Ivor Arms, Fleur-de-Lis, said that on Sunday, the 23rd ult., the defendant and several )ther men from Aberdare came to his house as bona-Jide travellers. Witness knew Blayton by ight, and told him he could not admit him. Blayton said he came from Aberdare that morn- ing, and on the strength of what he said witness supplied him with liquor. A constable called shortly afterwards, and saw who were in the house. He subsequently found that Blayton had come to Fleur-de-Lis on the Saturday night, and had slept about 200 yards from complainant's house.—In answer to the Clerk, Mrs. Blayton | said her husband was at Aberdare. He had ex- pressed his sorrow for the offence.-TheClerk I should think so. It might get the loodlord into any amount of trouble.—-A fine of 5s. and costs (15s. in all) was imposed, or 14 days hard labour. THE WRONG CHARGE. A rather singular case was heard, in which Morgan Williams was summoned by Ann Morgan for assaulting her at Blackwood onflie.iQth inst. —In giving her evidence, the compteiaaut, an elderly woman, with a, strong Welsh acg^nt, alleged that defendant made use disgusting expressioms towards her, and rather startled the court by repeating them verbatimL— In answer to the Clerk, complainant said defend- ant did not lodge withner, but had apar^taents. (Laughter.)—The Olerk: Did he strfeejyxm ?— Complainant: No. he didn't touch me. Hocked the door.—The Clerk: Then why have you summoned him for assault? — Complainant: Well, he did insult me.—The Clerk: Then you had better take out another summons.—Are you afraid of-him ?—Complainant: Yes, I'm in fear of my life with him.—Defendant said he would like the case adjourned in order to call a-witness. —The Chairman Can you bring a witness if we adjourn it ?—Defendant: Yes.—Complainant There was nobody else there, and he shan't have an adjournment. (Laughter.)—The Chairman said the case would be adjourned for a fortnight, and complainant had better obtain a fresh sum- mons in the meantime. ROBBING ORCHARD". Ernest Vokes, a young man, was charged with stealing apples, value 3d., the property of John Bowen, at Blackwood, on the 7th inst.—Defen- dant pleaded guilty.—Evidence was given by a man who occupies part of complainant's garden, to the effect that he saw defendant with a long stick knocking the apples down. He caught him, and found about 13 apples in his possession.—Mr Bowen said he wanted a stop put to this sort of thing, as the trees and hedges were destroyed by pilferers. He wished the Bench to be lenient in this case, as defendant had expressed his sorrow for what he had done.—The Chairman I feel strongly in this matter, as I have an otahaid My- self. Not only do fellows steal apples, but they break the trees down. Since Mr. Bowen" is so good as to be lenient, we think the case will be met by defendant paying the court fees, 7s.
TRESPASS IN SEARCH OP GAMJ2, Evan Richards and Charles Williams were charged with trespassing in pursuit ofgame at Penquarly Farm on the 1st inst. he was also further charged with a like o-.fende."on the 3rd inst. at Pantffawydden.—Defendant pleaded not guilty of being in search of game.—A keeper named Thomas, in the employ of Lord TREDE^AT,_ said that on the 1st inst., at about 11 a.m., he and another keeper heard guns fired SFI Pen- quarly. They saw some birds rise, AND DTTE' FALL; They went in the direction, but failed FCJ S^G anyone until they heard another double :li6t: J, when they found both defendants in the stand- ing corn. When they saw witness they RAHAWAY, but Bacon (the other keeper) caught theni.,They- had four dogs and two double-barrelled guns with them.—Witness was examined at "some length by Williams who made a rambling state- ment to the effect that the keeper had not been on the land for 25 years, and that he (Williams} had permission from a Mr. John Lewis to;go there.—Thomas then gave evidence as to the pf. fence on the 3rd inst., to the effect that he found the defendants at the Graig with the same dogs and guns.—Alfred Bacon corroborated:-Thomas Haid he had seen the farmers, and they all denied that they had given anyone permission to go on the land.—The Chairman Even if they did, it would make no difference.-Defenclants were fined JE1 each and costs in each case, amounting altogether to' £ 3 each, or 6 weeks hard labour.— Both men seemed somewhat taken aback at the severity of the fine. AN OBSTINATE MAN COMMITTED. Wm. Lucas, Abercarn (who bid not appear) was charged with disobeying an order to contri- bute towards his father's maintenance.—Mr Jno. Watkins, relieving officer, who appeared on be- half of the Newport Union, said that defendant was ordered two years ago to pay 4s. 6d. a week towards his father's maintenance, and he had paid nothing. He refused to pay, and had been to gaol two or three times. He was a single man. —Supt. James said the man could afford to pay very well if he liked, but he would not do so.- The Bench committed defendant to prison for 1 month with hard labour. NON-MAINTENANCE. John Brittain, an elderly man, was summoned at the .instance of the Newport Union for ne- glecting to contribute towards his wife's main- tenance.—Mr. John Watkins said that defend- ant's wife had been at the lunatic asylum at Abergavenny since February 4th last, at a cost to the Guardians of 7s. PER week.—In answer to the Clerk, defendant said he could pay Is. 6d. a week. He had two sons who had agreed to pay 2s. 6d. between them, and that would make 4s.— Mr. Watkins thought that was hardly enough.— Defendant said he could not afford more.—The Chairman said they thought defendant might contribute a little more than the sum named, and made an, order for 2s. per week SETTLED. Frank Mitchell was charged with stealing a fox-terrier dog, the property of F. J. Matthews, at Abercarn, on the 16th inst.—Complainant did not appear, and defendant stated they had settled the, case on payment by him of costs.— The Bench allowed tne case to LIE Withdrawn.
| ATTACKED BY A LUNATIC. The Central News says a murderous assault was made on Saturday evening last by an inmate of the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum p an officer of the. asylum named Dennis. TH4 latter was alone in the dining-rodm when- it jpatient entered and asked for a piece of bread. Dennis went to the cupboard to gratify the man's request, but whilst his back was turned he was attacked from behind, the patient stabbing him three times in the neck and shoulder with a piece of-, steel. Fortunately another patient hastened to the ofiÏcef,'ø, aid and seized the homicidal mani^P, Who, it appears certain, would otherwise have kuIeCTOennlB. Yfcesuflererwas severely hurt, and has received a great shock to the system. The patient bears a very bad cha- racter. He was some time ago sentenced to six months imprisonment for a violent assault upon a policeman at Portsmouth, and whilst under- going this sentence he made a murderous attack upon one of the warders. He was then transfer- red to Broadmoor, where he had previously served some years, having as a private in the Army struck his superor officer.
CHASE AFTER A NUDE LUNATIC. Considerable excitement was occasioned in Droitwich by the conduct of a tramp, who was subsequently found to be insane. The man was admitted to the tramp ward of the workhouse, and was taken to the bath. He stripped, and then threw a lump of coal at the wardsman, and also dealt the official a severe blow. He made his escape from the building, and proceeded to the railway station, his appearance naturally alarm- ing the passengers. When spoken to by the officials he ran along the line and was lost to view. He was seen by two choir boys as they were leaving Salwarpe Church, and they in terror fled to the schoolhouse. The master (Mr. Trevor) and a signalman named Bennett went in search of the unfortunate man, and on secur- ing him they took him to the schoolhouse, and Mr. Trevor provided him with clothes. He was handed over to the police, and when at the lock- up behaved with great violence, and broke the windows of the cell.
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CONSTABLES. The allegations against three members of the Salford borough police force of having commit- ted a brutal assault upon a man named Berry, against whom the constables concerned had failed to sustain a charge of assault, has been under the serious consideration of the chief-con- stable of the borofegh. Instead of bringing the matter under the notice of the watch committee, the police desired to have the charges dealt with in open court, and under these circumstances Berry has obtained a summons against each of the constables for assault. I
KILLED ON THE LINE. An inquest was held on Saturday at Shrews- bury as to the death of Thos. Taylor, a fireman on the London and North Western Railway, who was killed cm the railway. The deceased saw an injured rabbit on the line. As his train was going slowly up a bank deceased jumped off his engine^ capture the rabbit, and in BO doing was knocked down by another train and killed. A verdiot of "Accidental death" was returned. 'I
I MINERS MEETING AT PONTNEWYNYDD. I A meeting of the local branch of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain was held at Mer- chant's-hill Room, Pontnewynydd, on Tuesday evening last. There was not a large attendance, but the Llanerch, Blaensychan, and Tir Pentwys Collieries were represented. Mr. W. Perry was voted to the chair, and in commencing the pro- ceedings, said they had a lengthy circular, which embraced many items of importance, to go through, but he thought he would first of all ask their agent, Mr. W. Brace, to address the meeting. Mr. Brace said that before coming to the meeting he intended addressing them on the subject of organisation, but having been speaking to their friends Perry and Matthews, and finding they had some important business to attend to, he thought he would confine himself to a resume of the disputes which had recently occurred in I he district. One of the most important disputes was that pending at Ponybont, Abertillery, and which had been pending some months. Some time ago it was thought that it would be rather better for the miners in the Elled seam of that colliery to cut the coal by the ton. For some years past they had been cutting the coal by the day, at a standard of 4s., plus the percentage. MR- Dawson, the manager, offered 2s. per ton as the standard cutting price, with the other several items of labour in accordance. The men, how- eyer, could not see their way clear to accept that, being under the impression that the seam was very much too hard to admit of their cutting it at the price. After consultation with him (the speaker) they came to the conclusion that they had no alternative but to submit the matter to arbitration. Their friend Pope, of Bi:dna, and Biaefiavon, WERE appointed arbitrators upon the case. After gcuug through the colliery and discussing the matter and con., the company's arbitrator came to the con- clusion that the seam was not worth more than ls. 10d. as the cutting price. Their friend Pope said it was impossible do the work at the price, and the men, rather than accept the terms of the company s arbitrator, decided to refer the matter to the umpire, Mr. Thomas, of Gadlys, Aberdare. J Mr. Thomas was accordingly called in to decide between the two arbitrators, and after viewing the seam decided upon an award of a penny per ton less than the company's arbitrator. They had to pay more than f8 for that award, which, after reference to their solicitors, Messrs.Morgan I and Rhys, Pontypridd, they found they could not overthrow, for, though they believed Mr. Thomas was morally wrong, he was legally right, I anu tney naa no alternative but to accept his decision. They found, however, that Mr. Thomas had decided upon one matter which was outside his jurisdiction, viz., the thickness of the seam, which he had set down as 3ft. thick. Last week he (the speaker) had the pleasure of seeing an old book in which the standard" thiçknesses and cutting prices had been given for years, and he found there that the standard thickneiS of JJ-E 1^ERY seam at Penybont was described as 4tt He was pleased to say that the Tillery Colliery Company had met them in a very amicable manner up to the present, and the management were prepared to accept any reason- able suggestion for settling the matter. After referring to the several other disputes in the district, the speaker pointed out the advantages of combination, and especially of affiliation with such a strong organisation as the National Federation. The Chairman also alluded to the benefits of co-operation, and to the valuable services which Mr. Brace had rendered since his appointment as agent. Votes of thanks terminated the proceedings. 4 —
THE MINERS' PROVIDENT SOCIETY. The ordinary quarterly meeting of the above society was held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Saturday. There were present Sir William Thomas Lewis (in the chair), Mr Lewis Tylor, Dr Parry, Messrs H. Thomas, D; Bowen, J. Evans, H. Williams, W. H. Major, D. R. Lewis, W. Bray, J. J. Davies, T. Davies, J. Jones, D. W. James, Evan Owen (general secretary), and G. L. Campbell (consisting secretary). The quarterly statement shewed that the number of members on the 30th June were 55,358, an increase for the quarter of 1,548. JE10,151 had been received from ordinary members, 1:2,282 from proprietors, and X268 from hon. members. wm The following amounts were paid as relief JE278 funeral allowances on the death of 31 members £1,632 to 493 widows £1,543 to 966 children and £3,507 to 2,803 disabled members, The reports of the investigation committees for the districts were submitted, and orders were made in a large number of special cases. Resolu- tions were unanimously passed congratulating Mr Campbell and Dr Parry upon their elevation to the magisterial bench, and to the general secretary on his election as a member of the Cardiff County Council.—The meeting concluded with the usual vote of thanks to the chairman for pre- siding.
JACQUES' LONG FAST. After a most anxious and trying time, Jacques on Saturday.eucceeded in accomplishing his self- imposed task. During his feat he had been allowed to drink water, of which, mineral and plain, he has absorbed 1,784 ounces, or a trifle over 11 gallons. He had also consumed nearly 4 ounces of his powder, or rather over l an ounce per week. His reception room on Satur- day was hardly large enough to accommodate his visitors. After carrying Mr. Kennedy, the mesmerist, who weighs 13st. tlIb., on his back once up and down the room, be took his first meal since July 31. He then proceeded to the central stage, where Mr. J. Ritchie, the President of the Aquarium Summer and Winter Garden Society, presented him with a medal. Jacques bowed Ms acknowledgments, and through his lecturer, Mr. John Davies, returned thank* to the large company present. After leaving the Aquannm, Jaques, accompanied by his wife ana two sons, returned to Crayford, where he was met by a procession and band, and escorted to his home by some thousands of people.. fJY; :-¿'
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