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THE AFFAIRS OF MR MARTIN EDWARDS.

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WORLD'S FAIR NOTES.

SAD DEATH OF A PONTYPOOL -…

Tlih NEW PITS AT BARGOED.

REPRESENTATION OF SOUTH MONMOUTHSHIRE.

A GALLANT DEED.

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"THE WRECK OF THE ARGOSY."

A TRADESMAN'S COMPLAINT.

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A TRADESMAN'S COMPLAINT. To the Editor of the Free Pi-e-ti. Sir,—Please excuse me for trespassing on your valuable paper, but I feel it my duty to write a few lines to show how the Inspector of Weights and Measures has treated me. First of all you remem- ber us having notices posted to bring all scales aud measures to Pontymoil to be examined. Of coursu I took mine to be tested. I was sent home, and the Inspector called on me one Saturday night aft-i and told me they were doing away wich those spring balances, that mine was joz. short, iheruioiv he could not stamp it. I told him it should right as it was a new scale, so I got somt weights for him to try it in my shop. Of course U. spring balance is not supposed to weigh loz., or the makui would have taken the trouble of stamping the io!: as well as the loz. I asked our Inspector wiiui scales he would recommend for use ? He tolu i1; t; the agate bearing or hardened steel and a counter scales. Well, I asked him what maker ho recom- mended, and he said Avery's was very good. OIL that he must not recommend one maker luore th..I1 another. I said I had some weights at home anti would send them down to be tested. I bought thu counter scales and one of Avery's, as he menuoneu Avery's, and sent them down by my son LO the weights and measures office to be tested, tailing hl;i. to ask Mr. Lewis if he could not do it that evonin-, and to ask what time he should call for it m tho morning. The boy came back to my shop and s-L,ci Mr. Lewis told me I was to take it back here i had it from." I couldn't understand thai. 1 ques- tioned him and he said Mr. Lewis didn't take the scales out of the basket." So I walked down and he told me to use the old scales until 1 heard from him." Well" I said, Have you done my weights i'" He told me "No." "Well," I said, "I had better take them, or they would be lost." I left ihem thaj night and sent for them the next morning. Well, not hearing from my old friend when his brother called I asked him where his brother was. stationed, and told him that he promised to let me know about trying my scales, as he had told me to use the old one until I heard from him. He said he would speak to him and let me know again. Of course when the Inspector told me to keep on using my scales I asked him if it was safe. After this new Act came out our scales and measures were to be stamped. I said Suppose the police diopjn ?". He said they had nothing to do with it, as it was en- tirely in our hands," and it would be all right. I went on acting according to his advice. On the 28i.h November he dropped into mv shop, and asked if I had new t,ca,les, and I said I was waiting to hear from him, solve demanded the old one. I packed it in paper at once. In a week's time he called again and wanted to know my private address. I told hun. and asked; him what he was going to do with it. Re said he would summon me. I asked him if he remembered me sending down a new scales for him to test, and he said Yes." I asked him what sort of a. scales it. was. He said it was like that Cmeaning the ome I am using), and I said "No," Then he said it was a huckster's scales. I could see at once ht was in Queer-street. I thought I would tell him that the new scales I sent down was one i bought of Mr., Banning, Pontypool, with agate bearings, which, <•> £ course, I took, back, acting ae- csrding to our Inspectors orders. So he had me o%and ths only plea he bad was that he found a scales on my premises unstamped. I suppose if I hadn't sent the new one book he would have had twai Is this fair play ? I am, yours. b., A. ROSSER.

INFANT BAPTISM : IS IT SCP.WTURAL?

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ABERSYCHAN ALBIONS v. CROESY*…

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FASHIONS FOR JANUARY.

IA SHOCKING STOITR. !

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