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BBINMAWB. C-HRISTMASTIDE.-Although a dense fog pre- vailed on Christmas Eve, a large number of people were astir in the town. At 7 p.m., while Mr. J. Vowell's brass band were playing in King- street, a trap with two female occupants drove up. The horse took fright and scattered the musicians, damaging their instruments to the extent of il2. The owner-Mrs. Pritchard, Llanvihangel, near Abergavenny-happened to be in the vehicle, and was thrown on the road sustaining serious injuries. During the confusion which followed, the animal broke the shafts and bolted in the direction of Llanelly, where it was captured after a wild career. On the same even- ing took place the usual distribution of Christ- mas prizes in kind, contributed by the tradesmen of Brynmawr, Beaufort, and Blaina, and shot for in November last by the members of B Com- pany, 1st Breconshire V. B., S. W. B., at the Griffin Hotel. Capt. T. G. Powell presentedithe prizes, of which there was an excellent show. There was a large attendance.of the public. On Christmas Day two performances were given by the Excelsior Choir, under Mr. S. Jones, A.C., of Dr. Parry's sacred dramatic cantata, iJoseph, in full costume and character. Both representations were well attended, as was also the performance on Boxing Day. The Brynmawr Harmonic Society performed Handel's Messiah at Rehoboth Chapel. In the evening the building was exces- sively crowded, and the rendering of the oratorio was received with general approbation. Mr. W. Evans, A.C., Brynmawr, was the conductor, and the accompanists Miss Lottie Evans, Beaufort, and Mr. W. A. Phillips, Brynmawr. There was a full orchestra, under the leadership of Mr. D. O. Evans, of Cardiff, and the artistes secured by the society for the occasion were Madame Olanffrwd Thomas (Llinos-y-de), Swansea, soprano Madame W. A. Davies, Tredegar, con trill to Dr. Gordon Fletcher, Manchester, tenor and Mr. J. Walters, R.A.M., London, -bass.
GARNDIFFAITH. FUNERAL SERMON.—A funeral sermon in com- memoration of the death of Miss Mary Evans, who was a member of Sardis Congregational Church, and who died, after a short illness, at the age of 22 years, on Monday, December 21st, was preached in the above chapel, on Sunday last, Dy the pastor, the Rev. D. M. Da vies. The rev. gentleman, before commencing the sermon, spoke in very high terms of the departed sister, who had been a member of the church from her earliest youth, indeed almost from the days ot emldhood, ana had always and in all respects walked worthy of the Gospel of Christ. She was an intelligent, pure-minded, and conscien- tious Christian, as all who knew her could testify. Though she suffered a good deal from bodily in. firmities, she was always cheerful and patient. She found her chiefest delight in her Master's work, and cheerfully did what she could to advance His cause. It was a comfort to all her relatives, as well as the members of the church, to know that she was gone to be at rest for ever. The rev. gentleman then proceeded with his dis- course, which was founded on 1 Cor. 1. 7—" Wait- fg for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 11 the hymns sung during the service were ones which had been especial favourites with the de- ceased sister.
VARTEG. DINNER.—On Monday week the brethren of the Varteg Hill Benefit Society met at the Crown Inn, and sat down to a first-rate spread, provided in Miss Pugh's celebrated style of cater- ing. The selected carvers were Capt. D. R. Jones, Mr. Huzzey (Cardiff), and Mr. T. Pugh.- After the removal of the cloth, Captain Jones was voted to the chair, assisted by Mr. Huzzey as vice-chairman, and Mr. J. Williams as sup- porter.—The Chairman, after a few preliminary remarks, proposed the toast of The Queen,' and entered into details of her Majesty's leng and prosperous reign, during whicii, period the British empire had become exceedingly mighty- It had extended over so many regions in all the globe that the sun never set on Britannia's pos- sessions. British subjects had never seen better times or enjoyed more comforts of life; Coal raised had: been larger in quantity eoawoerce and manufactures had prospered with more surprising rapidity during her reign than, under any of her predecessors since the time of Julius Caesar. This great empire must still go on in- creasing injextent, population, and the iormation of good institutions, in addition to those already established, for the purpose of improving the condition of the working classes. The defensive powers of England were next dwelt upon, anai after concluding a most eloquent and interesting address, the speaker resumed his seat amid loud; applause.-Mr. J. Williams proposed the toast of The Army, Navy, and Volunteer Forces, associated with the name of the chairman, who responded in a very able manner.-The-Chairman proposed Success to the Varteg Hill Benefit Society," and called upon the secretary, Bro. J. Watkins, who read a report of the year s account, which was highly satisfactory. After paying all demands, there was a balance in hand sufficient to allow a bonus of S41 3s 7!d to be divided among 47 members, with which they were highly pleased. "The health of the Carvers was drunk and acknowledged.—The Chairman pro- posed The Press," coupled with the iaame of our representative, who briefly responded.— Some good recitations and singing were given at intervals by Messrs. E. Manscavann, H. Harris, H. Morgan. W. Rees, H. Hawkins, and others.— The health of the hostess, Miss Pugh, was drunk with musical honours, and suitably acknowledged by Mr. T. Pugh.-A vote of thanks, with great warmth, was accorded the chairman for so ably presiding, and duly acknowledged.—A very plea- sant evening was spent.
PONTYPOOL BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the Board of Guardians was held at the Workhouse, Griffiths- town, on Thursday morning. There were present-Mr. E. J. Phillips, J.P. (chairman), the Rev. F. Forster, Messrs. W. L. Pratt, J.P., I. Butler, J.P., C. Voyce, D. S. Davies, D. E. Williams, and T. Watkins (clerk). REGISTERING OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS. A deputation, consisting of Messrs. James, Williams and Job Hyatt, waited upon the Board with reference to the question of regis- tering births and deaths at Griffithstown. Mr. Williams, who acted as spokesman, said they found there was a great grievance existing in Griffithstown in connection with the system of registering births and deaths. Taking the area of the Griffithstown district, they found it included a population of about 2,000 persons, and those persons had to go to Cryceili to register a death, and could only register a birth at Griffithstown once a month. Taking into consideration that Griffithstown was the place where the mass of population was, and also taking into; consideration an announcement made at the last meeting that there would be a registrar's office established in Griffithstown for the purpose of registering the Panteg district, they thought it might be possible to arrange to include the Griffithstown district in that office for registration purposes. The Chairman said that was really what the Board contemplated, but it was not a matter entirely with themselves. For the convenience of the public it was intended to open an office at Griffithstown, and Mr. Watkins, their clerk, and who was also Superintendent-Registrar, could throw more light upon it. The Clerk said that Griffithstown was in the Llangibby district, and Mr. Maddy, being the registrar of that district, attended twice a month at Griffithstown. It was now proposed by the Registrar-General to add Panteg to the Llan- gibby district, with the proviso that Mr. Maddy would have to keep an office at Griffithstown regularly opened. v Mr. Williams That will meet our wants. I take it the inhabitants' of Griffithstown need not now trouble to petition the Local Govern- ment Board, but that you will watch our interests. The Chairman We will do the best we can for you; but you can send your memorial if you wish. The Clerk: If you like to send me a memorial addressed to the Registrar-General, I will for- ward it for you. The deputation thanked the Board, and with- drew. THE PROPOSED ALTERATIONS TO THE HOUSS. A letter ws.s read from Mr. F. T. Bircham, Poor-Law inspector, to the effect that the Local Government Boards architect had made his report, and asking the Guardians to postpone their consideration of the same until the 14th instant, when he (Mr. Bircham) and the archi- tect would attend. The report was referred to the building com- mittee, and its consideration deferred accord- ingly. THE CHARGES AGAINST A RELIEVING-OTFICER. In reply to Mr. Pratt, the Clerk said he would draft a report of the investigations into the charges against a relieving-officer by the fol- lowing Monday, if possible, when the building committee would meet. A RELIC OF THE LLANERCH DISASTER. The Master reported that a little girl named Davies had left her home and come to the Work- house, where she was now in the Cottage Homes. Her mother was the widow of a collier killed in the Llanerch disaster, and the little girl and her sister had been convicted. The mother received 2s. 6d. per week from the Llanerch Fund in respect of the child in question. Mr. Pratt said he had already written on the conviction of the girl to Mr. Smith, asking him to withhold the payment from the mother. The Chairman: That is quite right, but the Guardians must receive it now. MASTER'S REPORT. The master (Mr. Hartley Feather) reported as follows:— Number of inmates in the Workhouse at the date of the last meeting, 188; admissions, 7 born, 0 discharges, lb dead, 3 remain- ing, 179 Men 86 women 49, children 44. No. in the corresponding period of last year, 165 increase, 14. Number of vagrants relieved in the casual wards of the Workhouse during the past rortnight; Men, 25 women, 2 children, 4 total, ol. No. of children in the Cottage Homes Boys, 15 girls, 161; total, 31.
OUTDOOR RELIEF. The outdoor relief for the past fortnight was as follows :-Trevethin district, X90 17s. Panteg, 160 5s. 6d. Usk, £ 2215s. The amounts for the corresponding period of last year were Trevethin, £ 89 lis. 4d.; Panteg, £ 62 6s. 6d. Usk, £ 2317s. od.
A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COALFIELD. It is stated that the recent borings for minerals in Northamptonshire have resulted in proving the existence of valuable seams of coal, apparently an extension of the great Midland coalfield, and covering a wide area. The importance of this dis- covery cannot be ovgr-estimated in connection with the growing pig-iron industrv of Northamp- tonshire,that county at present having to rely for its supply of fuel ciiiefly upon Derbyshi re,South Yorkshire, and Staffordshire. Owirxg to the searcity and high price of fuel,Northar jptonshire smelters have been hitherto compelle d to restrict operations.
OUTRAGE AT A TIN MINE. An outrage has been discovered to have been eommitted at Killifreth tin mine, Cornwall. The lift being found to be not working properly the pumps were thoroughly examined, when it was ascertained that a large piece of iron and a quan. tity of wood and stones had been thrown down the lift, with the apparent object of stopping the pumping and allowing the water to run into the mine. The fortunate discovery of the outrage has prevented much possible damage and suffer- ing. The mime authorities have offered a reward for the discovery of the perpetrator.
THE CASUALTY ON THE RATED OWN. A Board of Trade inquiry regarding- the ensu. alty on board the Belfast-bmilt sailing ship Rath. down while on her maiden voyage. has been con- cluded in 13elfast. The vessel was built of steel, as were the masta, which were constructed acoording to Lloyd's rules a*d under the inspec- tion of Lloyd's aurv or When a few days out the foremast broke, and was bent down, the fore- topmast being carried away, and injury done 10 the main topmast. Four men were furling sail, and one was drowned. The Court said the casu- alty was caused by the structural weakness of the foremast, and found neither the master nor chief officer in default.
A. MFU'DEROUS ASSAULT. Tbomatr Robertson, forty-two^ a stable-mass, has been charged at the- Westminster Folice Cburt, witi causisg- grSsvous bodily injury to a man, said to be o-;e1" eighty, named James Alford, at St. Peter's Chambers; a com-mon lodglng-houser iii, Westminster,—Inspector Savinv A division, s.i.i the injured man was in Westminster Hospital. His rifeft were broken, it wu* wiid, by the prisoner jumping on his chest, and owing to hi& advanced age it was impossible to say what the result would; be. Adiaputejaroseia the bedroom- of the lodging- house about whether- a window should be opened -or shut.-Williuin Cas&le, a sandwich man said that the old man Alford complained that the bedroom window had been left open, He was very irritable. Prisoner got out of bed and knocked the old man down. Alford picked up a crockery vessel, which Willi- broken in a scuffle, and prisoner then assaulted him -Con *table Hawken, 67 A R, said he had much difficulty iu preventing prisoner from being lynched, the other lodgers striking at him and shouting. Lynch him Shove him in the fire ? The injured man was seated on a form bleeding from the face and very bad. After prisoner was charged he said, I did strike him—no doubt a very hard blow."—Mr. Sheil What are the old man's injuries ?—Witness Several fractured ribi on the left side and serious cuts about the face.— The prisoner, who said nothing, was remanded ia custody.
SAD SUICIDE. Mr. John Troutbeck, coroner, has held an in- quiry at the Westminster Town Hall, relative to the death of Edgar Smith, aged forty-six, des- cribed as an Under-Secretary, lately residing at 85, Denbigh Road', W andsworth. The widow of the deceased identified the body. When he left home he appeared very depressed. He had lost all his money and had threatened to take his life. Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, living at Gillingham Street, desposed that the deceased came and took a room at her house. He retired to ret and witness did not see him again. William Smith, hnsband of the last witness, said that his attention was called to the fact that deceased had not been heard to move. He went to his room, and found him in bed. He was then dead. There wat3 a letter in the pocket of the deceased's coat, but there was no allusion to committiu g suicide. Dr. Pearce, who was called, said that he found the deceased in bed covered in blood. Theie was a wound in the neck six inches in length. He had been dead at least ten or twelve hours. The jury returned a verdict of suicide. The coroner again ques- tioned the jury as to their verdict, and after some deliberation a verdict of suicide while in a state of.temporary insanity was returned.
SERIOUS RAILWAY COLLISION. A Glasgow correspondent says that a railway collision has occurred near Partick, when eight persons were injured. It appeass tjyit a passenger train from Manuel, after passing Par tick "all well" on its way to Clydesbank. was suddenly signalled to stop- The driver pulled up as quickly as possible, and then. seeing a pilot engine rushing round the curve, he with his fireman jumped off, and escaped unhurt. The engines collided with great force, and the driver of the pilot engine was badly hurt. The passenger train did not leave the metals, and the passengers' injuries were not serious. The pilot engine had been helping a goods train up the hill OH its way to Clydesbank, and it is said that the signalman suddenly found this engine returnhig instead of going ahead, as he supposed it was doing, and he altered the signal accordingly. The injured, who were taken to Dr. Paterson's surgery, were all able to proceed to tfheir homes after receiving medieal attention.
A FATAL FIGHT. A man named John Grant has died in tlA- Southern Hospital, from internal injuries supposed to have been received in a fight with a man named Thomas Armstrong, who is detained by the police- pending inquiry. It seems that on tie night of Boxing Day GStint was in a public-house called the Chesterfield Arms. in Toxteth Park. He had a cage of birds, and was showing them to Mr Mason, the landlord, when Armstrong. pointing to. one of the birds, said, "That one is no good. Grant showed him all the birds, and asked, •' Can you call any of them bad birds ? He then went out. saying to Armstrong. Wait a bit." He came back in about a quarter of-an hour without his coat, and said to Armstfoiig. Now I am ready." The men went out into Stanhope Street, and there fought, both of them falling several times. The men apparently parted good frieuds, but after- wards Grant was taken ill. He was removed to the Southern Hospital, where he died. The depositions of the deceased man were taken at the hospital, and are as follows I am a ship-scraper, and live atl6, ia 4 Court. Blair Street, and about seven o'clock on the '26th. Saturdaý, I went into the public-house called the Chesterfield Arms, where I had four pints of beer. I was with two men named Frederick Roberts and Jack Matthews. There were several other men there- eight altogether. We were talking about birds, and a man whom I do not know by name, a little red fellow, with brown clothes and hat, said he had better birds than me. We had some high words, and he challenged me out to fight. I had some birds, which I took home. I then came back to the public-house. He wus still there. I said, 4 Now I am ready for you.' We both went out into the street. We had a few rounds. I was getting the best of it. He got hold of me, and I fell down, and he. then put his knee into my stomach on purpose. We both got up and shook hands. He said he would give in, and he then went away." -1
r :TS AND fancies, A c I-Tljc nians. A vc—Tins proof-reader.' N i, ■ .ii3 garter—-Ballet Mghfc, Tl:, » u trip—Ciicrnjnavigating tfin- globe; 1." L The "g of Sltfencft* A engagement—Hugging yovn? ifancefc-| cie! Tlierit's always- roorw at lite All pj Iclu--ozi- spectacle-rfame without ght* Jii vi;;i; Tor an :U.D.-If:rou'ro ashing caKmo cariv. 1. h ov_r T ing to give you a lift—The elevator-' boy. j'T- -• ■», once ppeaking*. of a (jBarrelscms- fel;owr «*, >• if fie j)a(j tvvo ideas in his head they' í.,1¡ "t with each otlier. A pnldr r in Liverpool is said ta-be 103 years olcG He has vrj,, so many typograpical- errors during Biff career i iat, he is afraid to die. SvoJO I." ¡ dinner customs still prevair.7 The Romans n (f to recline at their banquets, and the* habit- of ly at public dinners stilt prevails. In this country men are called heathen it they worship the jng, lit India they are heathen- if they worship the Jugg'ernaut, Mr. La Critique r "Pardon me, Mitc Parvenu,, bnt this is a Raphael?" Mi*. Parvenu-: 44*Lor, »ofib's a real oil painting." Magisti-a te- (to a witsess) r What is sion* A lawyer. Well, try to fojget it-while ^ou- are giving your testimony. Orpheus was a musician, whos*music Bad power todraw rocks, &c., towards him. The-modeiai- itreet musician- has the same pow.. .J.
NOTHING DESPERATE: Daughter—44 Pa, George is in the parlour, and wants to see yon." Texas father-" What? That ormy dude, wants to see me? Well, he shall, see. uae more of mo than: he wants to." Daug-hter-" Now, Pa,, please dont hurt hia feelings." Texas father-" I sha'n't hurt his feelings" Mother-" Say, John, don't you. go and do something desperate and get put in gaol for it." Texas father—441 ain't going to do anything desperate. I jusc intend to kill him. Who said anything about being desperate ?
WHO, WAS THE FLAT! "Portaw," said a newly-fledged English com- mercial traveller to a railway porter at Guthrie Junction one <3&y, what tioe p.m. mean ? It means punctual to a moment, sir that's what it meass," vas the reply. 44 Ah, in (iced," responded the bagman" rather taken aback by the sharpness of the Ij'orfarian. 44 And what does. R. m.. mean ?" 44 A.M. means any minute we like, sir but here's the stat 1 a he seen speaking to passengers, t; uJo day, six."
NOT SUCH A FOOL AFTftR ALL. It is said that Sir Walter Scolft,, who, like all wholesome natures, liked to joJte with his friends, met one day a half-watecl fellow, who lived near Abbottsford, and BAAtl to him Sandy, I'll gie you a t'awwand pounds If yon let me kill you." "Na, tia, Sir Walter," replied Sandy; "bat Til compromise wF ye. aAd let ye half kill me for half the money." We hear every day of men .killing themselves by overwork in the D'lad race for wealth, and we feel, with Sandy, that they would be wiser if they only half killed themselvea for half the money. L
THE HONOUR OF AN 1SB GENTLEMAN. An nmwsing story is told ef Dititiew barring-' tort, the Irksli btttristet, who became Recorder of Bristol. Having fcyappeiw for- a plnirifc'iff ih a £ ;isS aft C10.lJIØei., j, ATTACKED the defendant ioil un- meaewred terms. The individual inveighed agairwt nob being present, only heard of the invectives. After Barrington, however, bad got; b:1tk- inlo Dublinr the defendant, a Tipper- ary ma?*, mimed- i'oley,. lost no tiirs»» in paying hi* cowplimei*? bo tin} counsel. He ivde all and, covered with siset, :\n iwi bvfora Kiim-ingticHi's Aeidenco in iiareouet* e'jfeet, Dr&lin. a Throwing Iho aridle erf liis smokfn'g' lIor. ovsr the racing of the area, fie- unncftm.-cd liig- arrival by_^ »■ iliaeoderiiir.- knock at the door., valeif the andV openirrp the 3#reet-door, beheld rt»e sippa-' riticir of, the* rough-coated'T-ip[>erury fire e« ter,- -tvi i,ii A large stick uneJer li ip, arm., and the sleefr- btickisg to hi? bushy whiekcrjh- 44 Is^yoiir Itp" demanded the visitor, in' a voice tfcnt gav-&- some in-Uuaation ei- Lilow object f lii»« jo.frney. No; answered tlie-&,in. These gÍ\re J;,im mvi comp'rtrrents, Ablt- say" Mr. Foley-lio'lt- kilow the iitime-will be-,gimL, tb see b i: a. The vii.*b w,-nv; tft:t¡Í!. nnd his master,- who w bed, tfoe pur pert of hia-vi-it. Tliel.Io¡¡'t¡ je Air. y&:cy in fer your life," saift- RarHngtcni, "'for it- is not a, hare or & br;.ee of dwektf lw has malel LO" present m- WJtA." I we man was lcnr^ng' the bedreeia when a. rO- wet srutt pushed bT- hint, while a thick vo c-3 said, By leave" and the su tiine Folfey entered the -t!etk<oom.- Yon knexv my business sir," he tow Barriisgt^)n. "1 Jia-Te made '*■"journey to tcacit yon rtoanners;. and it; n..t nvy purj>e»e to re- turn irfctil I ji-ave bi»ker:■ evJry bone in your" ibody and nd>:t.h<j sanje tin:* he cut » figure ■)of eiglkfc" with* hia- Qeforo the* chev al- f glass. not*- met-i rjJ) say y would'murder me in bed 1" eeiclaimeni Uainw-, who had as imi4eii lit-=our ccwrage. • "No, replie-,i, the oti-ur **but'get up as 300n as y 30 41 Yes, replietir Dairm> ,ctii*b you might- fell me the moment 1 1109 mysett out of tho blanket*. r "No," replied tlie-other?- "T jtfedge yoo my word 'not to tIo8cb. you- tili-yjju 'tue^out of bed." You U". Na" LTpon Y~ -bon enr 'I-U, pon Lny honour." "Thabis enough, said Twines, Turning over, •, and' makingt" himseiT. comfortable, and' seeming is though he meai*& to fall asleep^ 441 have ;lie honour of an I gentleman,and • may :e*t as-thougj* I was* under the Ci%Fift, gnii-d. Tippwrary sahimander looked: ttiarve?- ionsly astonished at Site pretended steeper, Lub toon Daines began to more. "Halloa! said Mzr.- Foley. you ¡:ping--to get -to "No," saii.^Daines"I have • the • word of a»> Irish geusfieniait i-hst* lie-will not ^tn ike via in and J snra 1 atn not going -1 get up toliave-my L) bi'o'tewj 1 ltevsr ■ g»;t n[> In tike meantime, Mr. Foley; it you ^hoid'iPwanb yow breaki'jwt,. rittij t he fcWl; the jest the: h.e; ix jA your service. ,norni;-ty paper will be*k*re-presently, but be sure ,w,(] air iik bofol-c;o- reading, for there is nothing from which n i"ii so tpiickly opti,elies cokl: E" lOndItv_~n dlUM-p.]tMU.iIut Mid' DawtCS at'ecLed!to WI t crxuksep. The Tip. lind fnn^in 1 well as farocit.y Ke-coiihl not i-eirimb the conning of tije-cc-tti.-4e). fi III', Mr. Harr!ng«w>n,. for, in .beiLsoi- onto have nti-tbhe to leintisu dtoll a heart: The- result! was that in le"S than • an hoar nft« rwards Daines and •• in tended murderer were- sitting to a warm breaking, the latter only intent up«n assaulting^ A., dish of smoking chr>" =
WITHOUT' FAl'^i?. JTanyyears agpy. wheu lim greai Prairie State was a new couEAry, a r.tweiing w held at a grove near a scMoolhotise-on one of- its broad piairtes to pray for rain. For weeks-the skiee had seemed to be- bra" Tho-- grass had withered;, the cern was yellow and; sickly, gar- dentt hcvd been abandoned, streams- had drhd tepi, live- stock was suffering, an-1 farmers were iu dire distress. For many milea around they came pouring bit,. that grove. Their needs were denLIIe, and no help was-tn be expected from human soarces. Why should they not look heavenward ? The hot sun. poured down ita cays om the parched earh, as tiieyw perspired fmd prayed. Not a cloud. coaJd be see<t in all tike bron-i sky, bat they remaiued: until late ia the afternoon, despairingly urging their cause. Then a change cauxe over, the heavens. A cloud lID bigger than a mate's hand apjteared low down oil the horizon. It spread with greab sapidity, liglvbwing flashed across the sky, thunder crashed and eeltoed it deafsiuiig peat en peaj, and before tite people bad recovered from their surprise, 'fche rain was-falling iu tor- cents, For ten long tiotwo it poured down with- out intermission oil the thirsty earth. The farmees who had come with their families drove home through the storm wet to tlie skin and grumbling at the unexpected answer to their praters. For, of all Site tlwueands who went ba- that Meeting not oite had taketh an vunbrella. except a little girl, in, answer to wlkose pruyec oir faith that rain. came.
SHE KNEW TOO MUCK. What are you doing there, J&oe ? 44 Why l, Um. going to dye my ^oll'agiaa- fbre red." 44 But w.hat have you tcwdye ih with. Beer, pa Beet-! Who oa. eaiMrh told you that beer- would dye red. \Yhy., ma said yesterday that it was. beer thaft made your nose so red, and I thought U"t 41 Heie. Stisahk take this clild, ta be(L.
,4THE SH;ioEM aKER TO HIS IiAST." A specimen of Katie's faith in the efficacy of prayer show& that she believ^ea hi faith with works. She and a little compaiuoa had got locked into tke bathroom, and after long and fruitless- efflnrts to unlock the door, Katie pro- posed a- prayer for de^iveirauce, which site iinmediately began, but aftei' tList directing hei little fellow captive to make, while the prayet was undter way, a vigorous axl industrious use of a screw driver, which they had got hold qf. "The. door come wite open," said Katie. "Btft why dida'ii yow use the screw driver and let Mary do the praying?" t4Cos she can't pray'a welL 8 I cau—and she ca» use screw drivers."—*
SCOTCH WIT. A Scotch lati was on one occasion accused of stealing some articles from a doctor's shop. The judge was much struck with hie respectable appearance, and asked him why he was guilty of such a contemptible act. Weel, ye see," replied the prisoner, "I had a bit of pain in my side, IUlil my uiither tatdd me tae gang tae tha doctor's and Uk' something. 1 "9'1 yes," said the 44 bub surely she didn t tell you to go ,-jiud take an eight-day CIOCK The prisoner wae e.vidently nonplussed, bub It was only for a -itollielit. Turning to the judge, a bright stni'ie of humour stealing over his countenance, he replied quietly There's an atili proverb that e-tys, 'Time an' the doctor CI,no a diseases,' an' Baa I thocht-" But the remPiinder of the reply was lost ia the laughter of 7,he com b.
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GRIFFITHSTOWN. ACCIDENT.—On Monday last a man named E<JArd Powell, a coal merchant, met with a seTOre accident at Griffithstown. It appears that while turning his own horse off the weighing machine be was kicked by a horse the property of Mr. Jenkins: There were no bones broken, but he is seveilely Jsruised above the knees.
NEWBRIDGE. ENGLISH BAPTIST CHAPEL. A lecture entitled The Bible Its History and Defen- ders," was ably delivered and illustrated by dis- solving views by Mr. Worthy Adams at the above chapel on Christmas Day. ^as a very fair attendance. The Rev. J.M.Jones (pastor) took the chair.
A opcciai cjorrespunaenc in tnmj, who Is making a tour of the missionary digtricts, states that at each place he visited he fouud m'f ecling of unrest and anxiety At iakou forty-t Wo rebels who had murdered Christians were executed.
¡ VALEDICTORY SERVICE AT CWMBRAN. On Sunday evening last, the Rev. Samuel Jones, who has been pastor of Elim Congrega- tional Church for nearly three years, delivered hie farewell sermon to a large audience, several friends froa the neighbouring- churches being pcesent. The service throughout, was an appro- priate one, aad the hymn, Shall we meet beyond the river?" nicely rendered by the choir,, was very suitable for such an occasion. Mi. Jones chose for his text the word* of Christ,, u It is expedient for you that I go away," being: a. portion- of the 7th verse of the 16th chapter of St. John. It was not a very easy matter., said he, to preach a farewell sermon, and he wished that he could have gone away withowt saying anything abent leaving, allowing thewock that he had done in the past to be his farewell. His text might appear strange,, but with, con- sideration it would be found not SOlmlprope11 and out of place. In the first plaee,. it showed that going away may be as much. an advantage as coming and staying wese. Christ told them it was expedient for Him to go away, and if it was true of Him, how much more was it true of His ser- vants'? It was possible to-stay too-long iu a place, to stay till aspecial work was done, and ao perhaps be a hindrance instead of a help. He, the minister, thought it was his duty, not merely his interest, to leave them. So long as Christ was with His followers, they leaned upon Him, but afterwards they became leaders, and carried on the work He had initiated. Some ministers had to do all the preaching, all the praying, and all the work. They must be at the bead of every movement, and so it came to pass that the people stood by and let the ministers do it all. Up to the present time continued Mr. Jones, I nave felt that I ought to stay here. Some- how or other we think that we are needed when in reality we are not needed. But the time has come, I think, that my leaving instead ot being an injury will rather be a help to this church. Is there not sucti a thing as looking a little too much to me, as if I had all the work to do my- self ? If so, it would be a calamity for me to stay. It may do you good to be thrown upon your own responsibilities." He further remarked that his leaving should not be wondered at in such a world where going away was so common Change and decay on all around I see, and there had been many changes at Elim during his ministry, many friends having gone to be with their Master. It was thought that the cause ,r. would suffer through their departure, but in looking back over the years that had been it could not be said that they were so neces- sary that they could not be done with- out. Although all the ministers that had occupied their pulpit had gone, the church still lived, which proved that assertion. He thought, therefore, that he was not so neces- sary ana that after his departure the church would still live and thrive, because the Master would remain. A change of diet was beneficial sometimes, and he thought a change of pastor would be helpful to-them. He said he was not leaving without pain and sorrow. He had been very happy, and felt at home among them, and would carry away sunny memories of the place. To the young people he would say, Stand by each other, and work together. He was very glad of the Christian intercourse he had had with his ministerial brethren of all denomina- tions in the district, and also with the Christians of other churches. He had learned to have con- fidence in them, and would rejoice to hear of their spiritual success. He was going into a large sphere of labour, trusting in Christ, and he asked his hearers to follow him with their prayers.
CRUELTY TO FOWLS. At the City Summons Court, Fanny Simmons 'M been summoned for cruelly ill-treating twenty- seven fowls. A constable deposed to seeing twenty-seven fowls packed in a crate 3ft. I I in. long, 22in. wide, and 12in. high. They were so close that there was no room for them to move. When he had the crate opened, and some of the fowls put on top, they were so exhausted that they could not stand. It was the practice of the Jews to buy live fowls and engage a porter to cnrt them down to the East End. paying him so much per crate, so that the more birds they got in one crate the less porterage they had to pay. The de- fendant said the birds were all small ones, but they might have been hurt. She would plead guilty. Alderman Ritchie said this sort of thing could not be tolerated. People seemed to think they could use dumb animals as they liked, but that was not so. Defendant would have to pay a fine of 20s. and costs. .wa
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. The Llangibby Hounds will meet on Tuesday. January 5th, at The Beech, WeiitNvoo(I Friday, 8th, Llangibby Tollbar at 10.30.
A man is in C1.1stodyat Sandwich on a charge of sacrilege. Several churches in various East Kent 1 towns and conn try parishes have been entered recently and the alms-boxes forced, and the ac- cusseil Î3- sÙspectel of being- concerned in most, if not all, of these robberies. The memorial to the late Mr. James Martin, of Wainileet, Lincolnshire, who was. one of the best- known of Lincolnshire agriculturists, is to take the form. tf the complete restoration of Wainfleet Chu.rch. The cost of restoration is to be about £ 900, and the greater part of the funds required is alraadv in hand. Mr. Beerbohm Tree informs the -7).,t;7!1 J.Yen:. that the run of •' The Dan cm £ «u*l win eil<i ou Fri- day the 10th January the anniversary ot its production—and that 'Hamlet will be produced at the Hiiymarket on Thursday, January 21. A classical play on the subject of Hypa till." is ia preparation for the present season. A hitherto unknown stone has been found in the minin. district of Candelaria. in Nevada. It is^ of. a <hirk "-reen colour and takes on a very high polish, and is classed by the State geologist -as '• sariscile." Several beautiful ornaments have been produced irom it, but so fur it has not loeen found in any considerable quantity. Among the plisoners at Wandsworth "Police Court, the other day, was Elizabeth Watts, young woman charged with being drunk and behaving disorderly i11. r>attefsea Park Ptoad. It was stated that the prisoner hud been charged 117 times. Mr. Dennian said she was evidently beyond cure. nc committed her to prison for one month. Mr. Dennian said she was evidently beyond ure. He committsd her to prison for one month.
THE COAL CRISIS THE POSITION OF THE MONMOUTH- SHIRE MINERS. A large section of the Monmocthshire miners who are employed by the Associated Coalawners' are placed in a very awkward position in se quence of the dispute. The employers arB parties to the Slidiag Scale agreement, and, lik e other members of the Coalownersr Association they have served their workmen with notices terminating contracts, which expire to-day. The men themselves, however, are members of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, and accord- ingly,, although their earning» are regtslated by the South Wales Sliding Scale, they are antagonistic to the very primi-ple of sliding scales. It will thas be seen that they are directly interested in the dispute now pending, aad yet nave no voice in ane matter or its settlement. The Monmouthshire collieries thus situated, having their owners affiliated to the South Wales Seale Committee and their work- men members of the Great Britain Federa- tion are the fouowing :Green Meadow Colliery, Afeertilleryr Messus. Robbiss and Co., 100 men Henwainr Blaina* owned by Messrs. Lancaster and Co., 400 vaen Cwmsychan, Messrs. Hoskins and Llewellyn,, 130 men and the following pits of Messrs. Partridge,. Jonep. and Co., Llanhilleth Colliery, so. men Six Bells Colliery, 400 men Blaensychan Colliery, 320 men, in addition to lodges at Risca and Aber- carn. Mr. Brace, the agent of the Moamouth- shire Branch of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, is in constant attendance at the Angel Hotel, with a view of ascertaining the result, which, when obtained he will communicate at once to these men and advise them how to act. It may happen that the agreement entered into by the two sections of the Sliding Scale Com- mittee may be unacceptable to the Mon- mouthshire men, and, as they are not in any way bound by the actions of the work- men's representatives on the scale, they wits of course be free either to reject or adopt the bargain that may be made. The policy to be adopted by them will depend entirely upon the issue of to-day's proceedings but that no preci- pitate action is meditated is evident from the fact that Mr. Brace, from certain information he has obtained, wired this morning to Mon- mouthshire, advising the men that there is no immediate necessity for them to bring their tools out. The ultimate course of procedure on their part will be decided by the General Council of the English Federation and a meeting of that body to consider their case is to be held at Han- ley, Staffordshire, on the 12th day of January, Should they then be advised to cease work, or should they strike even now, they will receive strike pay from the central fund of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, which has ample resources at its command.
AFFAIRS OF A MONMOUTH SCHOOLMASTER. The public examination of Henry Wilson Peill, of Thorncroft, Monmouth, lately one of the assistant masters of the Monmouth Grammar School, was held at the Town Hall, Newport, on Thursday, before the Registrar (Mr. H. J. Davis). The debtor's statement shewed gross liabilities, £ 1,588 3s. 5d.; expected to rank for dividend, £1,447 19s. 5d.; deficiency, £1,416 16s. 9d. The debtor admitted that he was to a certain extent insolvent seven years ago, but said he looked upon his position at the school as a permanent one, and expected ultimately to get a boarding-house, when his income would have risen from £250 (which he had lately received) to f500 or 1:600. Under the new scheme ap- proved by the Charity Commissioners, a new headmaster had been chosen, and he had been dismissed, after holding the position since April, 1872. The debtor was questioned to some extent as to his wife's property, which she received on the death of her aunt (Mrs. Jackson), and by which £ 750 in cash and house property and land at Monmouth passed into her possession; and also as to several cows which had been purchased from time to time on behalf of Mrs. Peill in carrying on a milk-selling business. Ultimately the examination was closed.
THE BEAUTIFUL HAND: --J Three fair girls were seated on a inosty bank by Llio borders of a rippling stream, which flowod in silver beauty nt their feet. The SJII was gilding all things with a golden brightness, etui lighting up the feauues of the young and mirthful damsel*. It was a mosb beautiful picture. The young girls were merrily engaged ill wreathing garlands of wild flowers, and deck- ing each other with flowery coronets woven by their own fairy fiugors. By and by they begnii to compare the size and beauty of their hand*, and each disputed with the other whether hers were nob the 1«"c- lie-«t. of all. Ouo washed her hands in the limpid stream, and lot tho pearly II rop" trickle from her fingers; another plucked wild strawberries and stained her tinger-tips with a ruddy pink the third gathered sweet violets muii her h:1IId were redolent of their fragrance; and 11.11 were beauti- fcul. An aged an;l haggard woman, clail in the g;tt-b of tiieititt,b poverty, drew near, saying: "Give mo of your charity I am very poor." AH throe denied her but a fourth girl, who ent cloe by li;lii(ls utiwa^hen in the broolc, unstained with fruit, undented with flowers, gave the poor woman a little gift with a kindly aiwile, and received her grateful thank*. Then the aged woman asked them the subject pf their dispute, and they tuid hor, lilting up their Lcautiiwl hands. "Beautiful iinvetid sho. But when they asked her which was the most beautiful, she *aid — It is not tho hand wKioh w.-is wafhed in the I iitre-titi it is red; it isjiot ihehand with the frngrautflnwers: but it isi the hand which </ir<s to tin-. ■; oar w !iich is most beautiful." As *ho said tlic-e word*, her wrinkles lied, her atiti was thrown aw ay, and a beautiful angel *tood before (.Item. She touched tile git-i with her hand, and said. Your beauty, illy child, will Ia. fur ever." Turning to tho re*),, sh^ heart and the kindly ;ire beautiful, and where these are ►t I hero i-i tio And straightway «sho vanished out of i heir sight, j Rightbeauty is but -,kin deep." brown list of honest sailor Iaek is better than the fairest hand that ever wore diamonds, with a proud, unfeelhvg'heart behind wb.
The inquiry regarding the death of Mr. Arch! bald MncNeill at Boulogne is beingJfcrriad on, an many witnesses have been calleaflrThe nccustA havo not beeu"arresced, but have been repeatedly examined by the jti lge. It i3 beiieve I th no seriona corroboration of the informer s evidence lias yet been obKuned. Charles E. seaman on the White Star Comnauy's steamship Teutonic. was token ill in New Yjrk a day or two ago with pneumonia. He was anxious to return to England, but was ordeyeO to be removed to the hospital. He hecame Oe'idoQ.* and cut his thruar, with a razor, dying a le 5* hours afterwards. A colliery worker was charged at Ystrad Police Court recently with cruelty to a pony, he Laving (for no :u>parent reason other than ani- mosity to the poor beast) cut its tongue out. He was fined 40s., the Bench remarking that "they were sorry they could not inflict a heavier fine." Against the next time the Ystrad Bench find themselves in this difficulty, let me invite their attention to the example set by Mr. Shiel, who at Westminster Police Court about this same time passed a sentence of 6 weeks hard labour on a man who had gone away into the country for a week, leaving his pony locked up if the stable without food, with the result that the animal died immediately after its release. If either of these sentences was right, the other must be out- rageously wrong.—Truth, A PAINFUL AFFAIR. Mr. W. T. Husband. deputy county coroner has held an inquest at Golborne respecting: the case of Sarah Hurst, wife of Thomas Hurst, lavndlord of the Queen Ann, 71 Golbome, whose death occurred under distressing circumstances. From the evi- dence it al- red that deceased, who waff sixty- seven year.- age. had lately been unwell, and had been medically attended for insomnia. Her hus- bafid left her in bed about half-past fix one morning", and on going trpttairs about an hour later he found she had locked herself in the bed- room An entrance was forced, when ihehns-band was horrified to discover his wife lying in a pool of blood, having out her throat with a kirife which was lying By her side; death resultirig, almost immediately. The jury were mranimousiy of tlip; opiniorr that the deceased- eommitted suicide iwkile in » state-of unsound mind." j
tofiRIOUsTcHARGE OF WOUNDING. A coloured fireman, named James F. Water- man, has been charged on remnnd with having wounded Michael Carroll. another fireman, on the 29th October, on board the steamship Craiglin. The charge was not gone into, a further remand being asked for by Mr. Moss, who conducted the prosecution; but it is stated that the prosecutor was so severely struck "the head with a crowbar that he is still in hospital. The prisoner made a somewhat "lengthy statement to the stipendiary. He said, he joined the vessel at Adelaide, and about v. ;ee or four of the other men tackled him. One man went ivto the engine-room, and called out one of tiie engineers, spying, "Come out, and see how I will give this black a doing." The engineer said. You had better Jet the man alone. He would have noiring more to do with them that night, but next morning they thumped him about the forecastle. He went to the captain, and complained to him. but the captain swore at him, and told him not to bother him. He heard one of those who were beating him say to the others. Wait till we get to New York, we will give this black, nigger a doing." The captair put him in irons, and stopped 47s. out of his money, and they had had him confined since October.— The remand was gran ted.
The rOTsbaml was an exceptionally mesB man;- His wife said to him My dear, it is time we were thinking afaeai tho education of our Jules." Oh it, costs- too, much.- *Don't you know of a cheap schcAt" "Yes 'r "Which is it T" S TLie school of adversity J*
ENGLISH AS SHE IS WTiOTE. The tcacher, a lesson lie taught; The preacher, a sermon he praughfe; The stealer, he stole The healer, he hole And the screecher, he awfully scraugliU. The long-winded speaker he spoke ;c The poor-oflice sacker, lie »uke The runner, he ran The dunner, lie dan And the shrieker most horribly shrokcj. The flyer to Canada few The buver, on credit he bew; The doer, he did The soer, he sid And the liar (a fisherman) lew. The writer, this nonsense h. wrote-j The fighter (an editor) fote The swimmer, he swam The skimmer, he skam And the biter was hungry and bote-
HE WAS SAFE. At noon yesterday a Michigan avenue grocer made a sudden dash for his open door,, and. a ooy who bad been standing outside made just as. sud- den, a dash for the middle of the street. 11.1 tell you I won't stand thie uinch longer, shouted the grocer as-he shook his fist, at the. boy. Wbit was I doings" 44 You were breaking these carrots to piecos." 44 Well, can't a fellow see if they are ripe ? 44 You look out 1 I'll ibave an officer after- you The one on this beat? uYest tho one on this oeat 41 Rats He's a-courting my sister, attd you ea)n imagine thessort of collar he'd give me- Just let him walk me down and Bell will,shake him. lik& an old door-mat 1"
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TWO WOMEN AND; A MOITSE. IC France, said Aunt Pennifeather-irr a tenabla whisper, 44 aare- you asleep I" I started from the* bed- .O DO what dO. you wast ?" 441 hate to have you get npjr said she,, peering over the banister at me, as-1 peered urp at her,, 44 but there's something in the bed. I tsfeink. i&'s»a mouse." «*- Now Aunt Pennffeather bad an uncomfortable deg-ree of moral courage, as aJl her fnien«l« know,, and in that strength of spiris that holdipits, own- against grief and paifr or the-great mysteries, sho. is rnnnificcnt. but confront her with a oreeping- thing and a child could lead her. 41 Why didnTt you double him up in the bed- clothes 44 It Iras got in the pillow ease Frances- 011.. don't let him oet t" jumpiug upon that throne of necessity, a chair. "Don't scream, Aunt Pennifeather, I have the- end secure, but. it isn't as plump as a mouse. I believe it's a bat. luta-kobinitobbowin&wand shake him out.- Ob, Frances, be careful. Oh, I see lim;àon'b" let him fly out." But the thing wouldn't shake out and as* tho children were now aroused, scurrying roumd in their night-gowne and uttering little squeals, and their father shouted from below, What's the row, Fan?" I concluded to take the object to him The Captain jumped out of bed ami seized ..wwe.. I filled the bath-tub with water, while he pa his hand quickly over ito" bitt ft. 41 I 44 Shake, r ranees. A dark thing fell firto the water and was in. stantly submerged by a blow from the eane. It rose delinautly. Another Mow with, the stick. 44 Hold ib under the water." shouted some- body. "It is dead squealed Aunt Pennifeather, behind the crack of the door. Dead ?" roared the Captain it has bcen-ad a hundred years. Take your old black kid gfove and don't try to pass it off for a wild animal daiwat ner
ENORMOUS SALE OF MEAT. From an an- nouncement in the window of Messrs. T. Nelmes and Son, Co-operative Butchers, Broad Street, the total amount of meat sold to the members of the society,during the quarter ending December 31st, realised no less a sum than t720 7s. %d. BAPTIST CHAPEL, FORGE SIDE.-The annual sale of work, in connection with the above, took .place on Boxing day and was opened by Mrs. Danks. The children's fruit stall was well patronised by the juveniles, and, considering the weather, a good amount of business was done at the fancy stall. At intervals there were magic lantern performances during the evening, which gave immense satisfaction. The com- mittee desire to tender their best thanks to the many friends who have so kindly assisted by Contributing articles and money towards this .effort to reduce the chapel debt. CANTATA.—On Christmas evening, the Horeb Baptist Choir gave a very successful sacred can- tata in the chapel, entitled The Night of Glory," which was most efficiently rendered, the harmony throughout being excellent. The duets, quartets, and choruses elicited general admira- tion. The choir had been under the skilful training of Mr. B. Jones, who had taken consi- derable care in getting up the cantata. A pIano- ferte solo by Miss M. A. Evans was played with much taste. The accompanist during the even- ing was Miss Polly Scourneld, who acquitted her- self with her usual ability. Mr. E. Padneldalso did his work in a pleasing manner at the organ. The pastor presided. The chapel was more than half full, which, considering the various attrac- tions elsewhere, was very good. The proceeds of the cantata go to the chapel funds. SUDDEN DEATH.—An inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon at the Police-station, before Mr. C. Dauncey, deputy coroner, respect- ing the death, of Ellen Bennett, 12 months old, who was found dead by her mother's side on Saturday morning last. Mr. John Harris was foreman of the jury. From the evidence of t o mother, it appears that the child, wlwwas y from the unwell on Fnday night and was put to bed about 8 p.m. When the mother awoke at 4 a.m. the child was found to be dead. A neighbour said that the little one had every fair play and that the parents were very fond of it. Dr. Skrimshire said the child had been attended to about a month ago by one of his assistants, and from the prescription he 8Cribed the sickness to teething. He did not see the child prior to death, and could only sur- mise the cause to be a natural one. The face was placid and the body shewed no evidence of discolouration. The coroner, in summing up, said that one pleasant feature of the case was that the child was not insured, and added incidentally, that the present inquiry was the third he had held during the week relating to a 45imilar cause. The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes. The parents of the deceased are comparative strangers to the town, and reside in apartments in Charles-street. Being in exceptionally poor circumstances, the coroner generously handed the mother a dona- tion of 5s. to assist in defraying the funeral -expenses.