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JUBILEE HALL.-The well-known actress, Mrs. Bandmann Palmer, and her special London company, in her repertoire of high class plays, including "Mary htuart," "Lady of Lyons, and "School for Scandal," will visit Abercarn on January 7th, 8th and 9th, when it is anticipated there will be crowded houses. OBITUARY.—Liont. Upton, of the Salvation Army Corps, stationed at Abercarn, has suc- cumbed to an attack of influenza at her lodgings on Saturday nigbt last. Deceased, who was years of age, has only been in the neighbourhood t £ £ moSti*, tat airing that short time she had won many friends and was respected by everyone who came in contact with her. FREE DINNER.—On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Philips Tanchan, with his usual generosity, pro- vided dinner for about 300 poor children of the neighbourhood at the Board Schools. The ar- rangements were carried out very satisfactorily by Mr. Richard Jones, who was assisted!by Mrs. Jones, Mrs Watkins Mrs. Hughes^Mrs Tanchan Mr. T. Howe, Rev. E. Aubrey. (B.), Jones, Mr. J. Hyde, Rev.Ceitlo D^vies Rev T. A. Thomas, Mr. Llewellyn Grirtittis, Sid Mr. Walter Gwyn. At the, close sweets were distributed amongst the children, given by Mr. D. Davies, Book Mart, and otners. The1 Rev. E. Aubrey, in a felicitous speech, proposed a hearty y?te of thanks to Mr and Mrs Tanchan, which was seconded by the Rev. Ceitho Davies, and carried with acciama tion.
ABERSYCHAN. THE WARDS QUESTION.—We understand that voting papers will on Saturday be distribute persons entitled to vote on the oftbe Svision of the Abersychan Local BoardiDistnet into wards, and will be collected o next.
BLAENAVON. THE COAL Citisis.-We are glad to be able to state that the colliers have resumed work here. The men have not signed the truck book, but that matter was not pushed by the employeis. The struggle has been watoned witii mucn anxiety in tiiis neighbourhood. REMOVAL OF MR. H: COLLIER.-Our old and respected townsman, Mr. H. Collier, a local preacher in the Primitive Methodist Connexion, has recently roceived a call to take charge of a new church just opened in a thickly populated district at Battersea, London. Mr Collier has accepted a three months charge, and left this town on Saturday for his new sphere ot labour, in which we wish him every success, TEMPERANCE ENTERTAINMENT.—On Monday evening, a very successful Temperance Musical Entertainment was given in the Primitive Methodist Schoolroom, by the Chapel choir. The accompaniments were played by a string band, and one of the chief attractions was an exhibition of living waxworks. The whole was very efficiently managed by Mr. W. Hardwick, who had taken every possible care to ensure success in conjunction with Mr. George Prosser, who undertook the arrangements in connection with the carrying out ot the programme. There was a very good attendance. The proceeds will be given in aid of the chapel funds. THE BENEDICTION LODGE ACCOUNTS.—The audit of tne accounts ot the Benediction Lodge of Philanthropies was held at the K-ing s Arms Inn, on Thursday evening. The accounts were passed, and the manner in which the books were kept by the secretary, Mr. John Jones, was praised by the auditors, Messrs. Joseph Luit and Joseph Davies. On the conclusion of the business, Host and Hostess Williams treated those present to cake and other refreshments, a vote of thanks being passed to them for their liberality. The receipts for the year ended December 31st were .tUb 15s., and the expenditure £.117 3s., leaving a balance in hand of iL91 12s. The increase lor the year was ALS7 lys. Ud. INQUEST.—Mr. C. Dauncey, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Police Station on Monday, respecting tne death of the infant daughter of a Mr. Moore, who resides at Bryn-terrace. Mr. John Harris was foreman of the jury.—The first witness examined was Mrs. Rogers, isiyn-terrace, who deposed that the parents of the cnild lodged with her. The child was born on Wednesday night, and appeared quite healthy. It was fed with gruel, as it could not take the breast. Witness saw the child on Thursday morning at about eigut o'clock, when it seemed in a dying state, and frothed at the mouth. Witness took it down stairs and nurssed it by the fire, but in about live minutes the child died. The father of tne child was questioned by the coroner as to how the child was wrapped up, and whether the mouth and nose were covered as to prevent pro- per breathing. At this stage,the inquiry was ad- journed for a short time tor the attendance of the medical attendant, as the coroner was not altogether satisfied with the evidence. Subse- quently Ur. Shrixnshire attended, and said he saw the child at 12 noon on Thursday and exam- ined it. He found tne child was nealtny, and attributed death to suffocation, through being too much wrapped up. A verdict in accordance with tne medical testimony was returned. THE COAL CRISIS RESUMPTION OF WORK. public meeting of tne workmen engaged under the Blanavou Company, Limited, was held dn Monday evening at tne WinLetiorse Assembly Room. Mr. James Magness piosided, and there was a very large attendance. The reports of the delegates wno had attended the meeting held at Carmel Hall, Aberdare, the same day, as representatives of the iilaenavon workmen were heard at the meeting, and con- siderable discussion took place as to tbe modus operatidt to be adopted in face of the position of attain*. It was unanimously decided that no work was to be done on Tuesday, the day being set ap;irt lor enabling the men individually to sIgn o. 1 book, viz., the agreement sanctioned by the Sliding Scale Conference. It was also unanimously decided that .No. 2 book, viz., the deductions or" truck book be not signed at all. Tne men practically signed No. I book on T uesday, as arranged, and although the ob- noxious truck" book lay upon tue tables of the respective signing stations, the employers did not oxter it for signature, but left it optional co the men to do so it they desired, but as far as can be ascertained, very few-it indeed any-did ao. The majority of the men resumed operations on Wednesday morning,to the joy of the trades- men and public at large, and ior the present averted a strike, a:id possibly its colleague, li a look-out," which would have been most disas- trous in this inclement season of the year. Had work been suspended during the week the com- pany would have been obliged to damp down their several blast furnaces owing to the want of coal, there being scarcely any ot that precious commodity in stock. The steel mills, from a similar cause, have been idle since Friday in last week, and up to the time of writing no intima- tion nas been given the workmen in these departments when a resumption of work will take p.acij. Happily, the black and lowering eud Has been bligntened and adjusted tor a time at least. BApyiST CHAPEL, FORGE SIDE.-Bravo, Forge Bide.! bravo It was a big thing to undertake, bkut, by pluckily pegging away it has been accom- plished. Do you ask what"( Why this £ 100 of the chapel debt was paid off at Midsummer last, and now £ 00 more has been cleared. When the pastor, Rev J. Tucker, made this announcement on Sundaj evening last a feeling of grateful satisfaction passed over the large congregation assembled. It has now been resolved to make an elfort to wipe off 9100 more this year. May it be so. A pleasing feature in the service was the distribution of the Baptist Missionary Cen- tenary medals to the children who have collected fjs. and upward towards the Centenary Fund. Amidst Lhe many improvements that have b ien effect ed here of late, not the least are the latest, viz., a new lobby in the schoolroom, and the casing of the pine end of the chapel with galvanised corrugated iron, thereby not only lendering it damp proof, but covering in a large open space which has now been -utilised as a lumber room at the rear of the building. The work has been satisfactorily carried out by. Messrs. Davies and Sandbrook, of Pontypool. Thus it will be seen that progress has been and still is the motto of the friends here.—Cor. —————
CWMBRAN. SALVATION ARMY.—Special services in connec- tion with the Salvation Army were held on Sun- day week (on the re-opening of the Barracks after the fire) and conducted by Major and Mrs Rees, of Cardiff, assisted by Staff Captain Booth and adjutant Lewis. On the following Monday a tea was provided, when about 200 friends sat down, and partook of the good things pre Dared. After tea a demonstration took place round the village, headed by the brass band of the Cwmbran Corps, and a very enjoyable meeting was held in th Barracks led by Major Rees. The mem- bers of the band presented Mr. E. Kelly, band- master, with a handsome Tea and Coffee Service. Mr. Kelly is well deserving of the gift for the way in which he has taught the band.
CRUMLIN. CHRISTMAS TREE.—On Tuesday last a large number of children assembled at the Church School when they were presented by Miss Wil- liams,of Crumlin Hall,with a magnificent Christ- mas tree. Among those whom we noticed assist- ing in the distribution of the valuable presents were the Misses Williams (The Hall), Messrs. D. Davies (Glenview), A. Bowen, W. Williams (The Hall), and F. H. Hughes (The Rectory). In addition to this, Messrs. W. and H. Williams ?;ave an amusing entertainment with the marie antern, which was thoroughly appreciated by all present. At the close of the evening, Mr. Davies in a short speech thanked Miss Williams on behalf of the children, for her kindness and generosity, and reminded them of the interest she had always taken in the welfare of the Sun- day School. The enjoyable. evening terminated with the usual hearty cheering. The family at the Hall are about to leave the neighbourhood,to the profound regret of the inhabitants of Lrum- lin, whose respect they have justly won.
S EBBW VALE. THE COAL Citisis.-We are pleased to find the colliers in this district resumed work on Wednesday morning. The new arrangement, although by no means satisfactory to the. whole of the colliers, was after a long discussion on Tuesda^uit the Market Hall appr<*ved of. It is to be hoped therefore that all the differences have now been finally settled, and that the ugly rumours which have been flying about during the last week or so will be thoroughly dispelled. BRITISH WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION. -On Monday last the above association held a monster tea meeting at the Market Hall which was well attended. In the evening a public meeting was held at Libanus Chapel) the chair being occupied by Mr. E. Grove, the chairman of the Monmouthshire County Council. The other speakers included Mrs. Harse (Newport), Mr. John Fergusson (Cardiff), the Rev. T. O. Jones, and several members of the association. The meeting was a large one and thoroughly enthusiastic.
THE WEST MONMOUTH SCHOOL. BANQUET AT PONTYPOOL. A banquet to signalise the selection of the town of Pontypool as the site of the proposed West Monmouth School was given at the Crown Hotel on Thursday afternoon, and was of a very enjoyable character. Mr. W. Sandbrook, chair- man of the Joint Committee of the Local Boards, who presided, was supported at the principal table—on his right by Mr. E. Grove, J.P., chair- man of the Monmouthshire County Council Mr. E. Jones, J.P., Mr. W. P. James, J.P., Dr. J. W. Mulligan, J.P.; and on his left by Mr. A. A. Williams, J.P., the Rev. J. R. Phillips, vicar of Llanfrechfa Upper Mr. 1. Butler, J.P., and Dr. A. Davies, J.P. Amongst the general com- pany we noticed the Hev. W. Edwards, D.D,, Dr. S. B. Mason. Col. Jacob, Messrs. J. Walters, W. H. Davies, J. R. Essex, G. H. Daniel, Capt. Gus Bevan, Major D. M. Llewellin, Messrs. H. G. Thomas, W. L. Pratt, J.P., R. Herbert, A. E. Bowen, Capt. D. E. Williams, Mr. J. Daniel, Capt. D. R. Jones, Mr. W. J. Davis, Dr. A. R. Verity, Mr. S. Barwell, Capt. H. J. Parkhurst, Messrs. E. Fowler, W. B. Witchell, J. Rosser, H- W. Williams, W, H. Haskins, E. B. Ford, E. Jones (Manchester House), D. S. Davies, T. Williams (hon. sec.), S. Winsor, H. Knipe, J. Walden, L. E. Webb, J. Walker, H. Feather, A. H. Watkins, R. Emmanuel, H. Parfitt, W. G. Farr W. Gunn, G. A. M'Kinlay, T. Watkins, D. W. Hughes, W. Arthur, D. Jones (Belle Vue), H. Peach, H. Bunting, W. Knipe, J. Burgoyne, W. Williams, D. H. W. Powell, E. Jones (clerk to the Local Board), J. W. Hughes, Lieut. White, Messrs. W. Croom, A. H. Babbidge, W. Jacobs, H. H. Haden, R. Tilney, T. Parry, T Barron, the Rev. Father Degan, Messrs. J. Rees, W. Rees, A. Daniel, E. C. Daniel, Lieut. P. B. Ford, Messrs. C. Davis, C. J. Fisher, A. H. Bailey, W. H. Pitten, J. Brace, H. Orlidge, P. Taylor, T. Lewis, C. Lawrence, T. B. Pearson, D. J. Lougher, G. Davis, T. Davis, J. Herbert, L. Richards, C. Jones, T. Taylor, J. Rosser,E. S. Probyn, F. Lewis, J. Moseley, J. H. Carsley, W. H.Hughes, R. Sawtell, W. Parkhouse, F. Davis, R. H. Williams, J. Mumford, &c. Grace was said by the Rev. J. R. Phillips. A magnificent spread was laid upon the tables by Mr. and Mrs. Tanner. The following was THE menu. Soups. Mock turtle. St: Julienne. Fish. Turbot and lobster sauce. Cod and oyster sauce. Filleted soles, a la maitre d'hote. Entrees. Stewed kidneys. Curried chicken. Oyster Kromoskeys. Removes. Roast sirloin of beef. Saddles of mutton. Haunch of venison. Roast and boiled turkeys. Chicken and York nam. Game, Pheasants. Hares. Sweets. Plum and cabinet pudding. Mince pies. Rhubarb and apple tarts. Chartreuse and mareschino jellies. Custards. Compote of fruit. Dessert. Pines. Grapes. Filberts, &c. The following was the TOAST LIST. The Queen," by the Chairman (Mr. W. Sand- brook). The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Royal Family,' 'by the Chairman. The Bishop and Clergy of all Denominations,' by Mr. Lewis E. Webb responded to by President W. Edwards, D.D., and the Rev. Father Degan. "The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," by Mr. Edward J ones, J.P. responded to by Capt. Park- hurst and Capt. D. R. Jones. "The Donor of the Site, Mr. J. C. Hanbury," by Dr. Andrew Davies, J.P.; responded to by Mr. Alfred A. Williams, J.P. Success to the West Monmouth School," by Mr.. W. L. Pratt, J.P.; responded to by Mr. John Daniel, C.(J. "The Joint Committee of the Eastern Valleys, by Mr. E. B. Ford; responded to by Mr. William Sandbrook and Mr. W. P. James, J.P. "The Joint Education Committee of the County," by Mr. Edward Jones, J.P. responded to by Mr. E. Grove, J.P. The Governors of the West Monmouth School," by Mr. Stephen Winsor responded to by Mr. H. Parfitt, C.C, The Honorary Secretary of the Joint Com- mittee," by Mr. Alfred A. Williams, J.P. The Magistrates of the County," by Mr. Thomas Watkins responded to by Mr. Edward Jones, J.P. The Coal, Steel, Iron, and Tinplate Industries of the District," by Mr. George H. Daniel, C.E. responded to by Col. Jacob, Mr. Isaac Butler, J.P. and Mr. W. H. Davies. The Town and Trade of Pontypool," by Captain D. E. Williams responded to by Mr. E. Fowler, Mr. W. H. Haskins, and Mr. Gus Bevan. "The Chairman," by the Hon. Secretary. "The Press," by Mr. David Jones, Belle Vue. "The Host and Hostess, by Mr. D. S. Davies. An extended report of the proceedings is held over until uext week.
"B" COMPANY 3RD Y.B., S.W.B, The following are the names of competitors who won prizes in kind Pte. James Dicks, pair of boots (Mr. W. Witchell) hat (Mr. Will it Williams); Pte. George Jones, shirt (Mr. Wm. Gunn), lib tea (Mr. John Davies), lib tea (Air. Wm. Parry), lb tea (Mr. W. James) n Oorpl. Aaron Bright, 3 dozen bottled stout (Mrs. Claridge) ±'te. Con. Foulk, o dozen bottled stout (Mr. Running) Pte. Evan Rees, turkey (Mr. Davies) Corpi. George W atkins, t>s (id poods (.Mr. D. W. teimpson) Pte. John VVmtle, pair of boots (Mr. VV. iJarkHouiie) JtJte. Wm. Evans, 2nd, 121 bs oJt cake (^Mr. David .Lewis) .Pte. Jonah Filer, Us goods (Mr. Bevan) Pte. Wm. Thayer, tis goods (.Masters and Co.) Sergt. Edwin Coles, clocK (Messrs. Davies and Sandbrook) Col.-Sergt. Wm. George Lewis, pair of trousers (Mr. E. Jones) Pte. Joseph Higgs, pair of legg111^ (Mr. J. Williams) Sergt. Isaac Harding, shoulder of mutton (ivfr. Roger Richards) Pte. James Jones, leg of mutton (Mr. Isaac L, dnvarcls) ergt. Henry Coombs, us goods (Mr. George UCleh) 1'. lll. Glad. Jones. lib of tobacco (Mr. John Lockyer) Pte. Eliat Evans, one ham (Mr. £ ier) Quartermaster- Sergt. Wm. Coles, hat Griffiths) Pte. Henry Jeffries, 61bs of beet (Mrs. W. Jones) Pte. A. Hopkins, ■! £ gallons of ale (Mr. Witchell Brewer); Corpl. Alfred Ball, silver mounted pipe (_Mr. Fox) Pte. Silas Deacon, iron trunk (Mr. Bendall) Pte. John Carpenter, pair of solitaires (Mr. Winter- halder Pte. Daniel Powellj 2 books (Hushes and Son) Sergt. Watkin Jot slippers (Mr. Templar) Pte. William WUcox, (jibs of cake (Mr. George Wall) Corpl. Fredrick Coles, bottle of whisky (Mr. George »Band-Sergt. Wm. Jones, bottle of sherry (M': George Newth) Pte. Henry Tucker, bottle of whisky (Mr. George Hail); Pte. John Price,2no, bottle ot rum (Mrs. Lewis) Pte. John Thayer, oottle of rum (Mrs. Stallard) Pte. James Burrows, bottle ot whisky (Mr. Henry Tanner) Pte. James Johns, bottle of whisky (Mr. Evans) Pte. Wm. Stephens, lib tea (Mr. Wm. Smith) Pte Walter Jones, set of jugs (Mr. B. Mellor) Pte. Willi*"1 Price, lib of tea (ivlr. W. Smith) I'te. John Thomas, 2nd, comb and brush (Mr. li. B. Ford) Fredrick Coombs, bottle of gin (Mr. L Titley Pte. John Parry, shaving box and brush (W- G. C. Wood) Pte. William Stephens, lib ot tea (Mr. J. Davies). The following is a list of subscribers to the Christmas Prize Fund of the above Company Messrs. Edward Jones, J.P. (Snatchwood) and W. T. Ellis £5 each the Officer Commanding, e3; the Marquis of .Abergavenny, £ 2; Mr. J. A. Rolls, Surgeon-major J. W. Mulligan, Major Verity, Cant. D. R- ?nes (Commanding' Company), Lieut. R. Herbert, Lieut. J. Paton, Messrs. J. Tinn and T. J Rogers, Dr. A. Davies, J.P., Messrs. T. H. Deakin T Wilkinson, R. W. Woolley, H. Jayne, J. and B. Pearse and Co., and T. Howell, £ 1 Is. each; Mr. E. Jackson Xl Mrs. Edmunds (Cwmavon) and Dr. Wilson, 10s. 6d. each Messrs. C. Miles* O. P. Thomas, H. Chappell. J. Daniels, and W. D. Jones, 10s. each; Messrs. W. L. Pratt, J.P., J. Brace (manager), J. Walker, W. Davies, D. 0. Davies, W. Doel (Abersychan), W. H. Davies (Glansychan), and J. Rosser, 5s. each Messrs. J. J. Harmston (Pontypool), J. Holloway, W. Arthur, J. Watkins (painter). W. H. Banks, G. Millard, W. Saunders, J. Evans, and T. Roderick, 2s. 6d. each; Messrs. J. Morgan (manager), J. Herbert, W. Weeks, R. Bennett, D. S. Thomas, and A. Probert, 2s. each.
ORIGIN OF WIJTDFAM.—The origin of tills term is said to bo Uio following Some of the nobility of England, by t,ho tenure of their esLat.es, wore forbidden felling of any of the trees upon them, Uio Linibor being reserved for Lhe use of Lhe royal navy. S"c!i trees iijs fell without cuLting were Lho properly of the occupant. A tornado, therefore, was quilo a joyful event to those who Of foi-est. uiid Llia w:iz(L- W-la Of Abharithe quarterly organ of the Anglo- Indian Tempera nee Association, givesin its Jan. issue a great variety of matter bearing on the two awful twin evils of the East, drink and opium. Mr. W. S. Caine as Secretary of the Asso- ciation contributes an unusually large number of bright crisp "Current;" Dr. B. W. Richardson supplies a powerful scientific exposure of "Indian Hemp;" portraits and sketches are given of the Earl of Carlisle, Rev. A. Turnbull, Surrendra Nath Bannerjee, and P. B. Dantra, the two latter influential native supporters of the Associ- ation. In addition the general contents are highly interesting. Abkari" is edited by Mr. H.J. Osborn, and is sent to subscribers in this country from the offices of the A.I.T.A., 33 North Side, Clapham Common, S. W. Mr. Joshua Rowntree, M.P., made a. vigourous defence on Temperance effort at Scarborough on Friday night. He said abstainers would be bound to go on telling what they knew and believed as long as there were men and women fellow citi- zens who were wrecking themselves, their lives and their families by reason of the drink customs of society. They might as well be asked to give the life-boat service and rocket apparatus all ale ng the coast as long as there was danger of a ship going ashore as expect them to refrain from talking Temperance. Men were all puzzling their brains to discover a remedy for the influ- enza, and the Government was moving in the matter. But here was a greater curse, for which they had a simple remedy, which was that they had merely to give up the cause, and the effect would soon cease. Surely this was a simple thing to do. They knew whatTemperance bad done for thousands, and lie called upon them to make the new year happier for themslves by endeavouring to make it happier for others.
VARIETIES. Trip. POI.KA.—Somewhere about the year 18:11, a young peasant girl, who was in the service of a citizen of ElboLeinitz, in Bohemia, performed a dance of her own invention one Sunday afternoon for her special delectation, and sang a Miil.aUe tune to it. Tho schoolmaster, Joseph Normla, who happened to bo prose nr., wrote down the melody, and the new dallco was soon after publicly performed for Lho first tiino in Elbeteinitz. About J835 it made its entrance into Prague, and Lheu obtained the name of Polka, from the Bohemian word "Polka," or half, from Lho half-step prevalent in it. Four years later it was carried to Vienna by a Prague band. I" 1S40, a dancing-master of Piague danced the pollia Willi greal success at the Odeon," whence it found it.sj way, with extra- ordinary rapidity, to every dancing-room. The first polka that, appeared iu the music trade was compose by Franz Hiiniar, teacher at Kopidlinc, and eventually Labilzky, Leibmaiin, Prochaska, Swoboda, and TiLl, produced some first-rate polkas. The girl who discovered Lhia renowned dance was afterwards married, but no one knows her name. How FLTF.3 CMIIC.—Very interesting facts on the above subjocti were contibuLed to the Berlin Society of Natural History by Iferr H. Dewilz, which go far to prove that the feet of iiies cannot possess the sucking pro[»erties ascribed to them, for they are hard, and destitute of muscles. A long time ago lUackwcll contradicted this theory, and maintained that the power of adhercncc waS line to a st icky matter secreted from t.he fouto-hairs of the fly. Tilis theory was pronounced nob proven. Deivitz, after careful experiments, shows LliaC Blaekwell was right, lie watched the exudation i of the sticky matt-or from the feet of a lly, by fastening one to the under side of a piece of glass, uid examining it. Lhrollgh a microscope. A per- I feetly clear liquid was seen to flow from the ends of the foot-hairs, and to attach lhe foot to the ijlass. When lhe foot was lifted up to be pub iown in another place, the drops of sticky matter were left upon the glass exactly on the spot where the foothairs rested. Lcydig discovered certain glands in the folds of the foot in 1850, and from them the adhesive fluid appears to flow down through the hollow of the hair. A similar adhesive fluid appears to be possessed by bugs, many larvae, and probably by all insects which climb Lho under sides of leaves of trees and plants. BRANDY AS MKDICINE.—Dr. Traversi, who was formerly a surgeon in the Italian Army, has now been residing for several years in Eastern Africa is domestic physician to his Majesty Kitig Meuelelc U. of Shoa. It is evident that he is not of Dr. B. \V. Richardson's school. Possibly he owes his popularity with his swat,hy potentate to the fact that he prescribes spirituous liquors to his august) patient, instead of prohibiting them, and that ho and his king call brandy and rum "medicines." It appears that Dr. Traversi orders the king's brandy from Florence. The Florentine (listiller, Si 'nor Gualtievolti, is not content with the profit) of supplying a king with brandy, but thought that he should also like to enjoy the distinction of advertising himself as the sole purveyor to lha Court of Shoa. So he asked Dr. Traversi to ob- tain for him a diploma from his black Majesty. His request was graciously granted, and the dis- tiller has proudly sent the peculiar document) to the Italian journals. Here is the translation of it, We, MCllclek the Second, King of Shoa, Kafra, and all the countries, .impart by means of this brief to Guiseppe Gualtievolti, of Florence, who makes the medicines, the eweeb and good liquors, the righl; ttl continue making for us the three gnod tnedicines and wo also grant to him the right to alfix our armorial bearings over the door of the workshop in which the medicines aro m iilo. Given in the city of Entotto, on the 11th day of the month of Alai-iim, J887.—Menelek, Negus, of Shoa, who has conquered the Lion of J udall." Titti FIUST ELECTRIC TFLF(;RAPff. -Tlie firsb electric telegraph designed by Wheatstone was laid down 011 the North-Western Rail way between EII,;I.OII puare and Camden Town stations, a dis. tauco of a mile and a half. It was first worked nn Lhe evening of July 25th, 1837, which may be oll,.i"ercll as the birthday gf the electric telegraph in Eughui 1. Lot us see how and where it came to pass. ° Late in the evening, in a dingy little room near the booking-office in Euston Square, by tho lierhl. of a flaring dip-candle, which only illuminated i Lhe surroun ling darkness, sat the inventor, with a boating pulse and a heart full of hope. In an squally small room at Camden Town station, wbero tho wires terminaLed, sat Mr. Cooke, his co-partner, allll among others, two witnesses well known taj fame, Mr. Charles Fox and Mr. Stephenson. These gentlemen listened to the first, word spelled by thab trembling tongue of steel which will only cease to speak with the extinction of man himself. Mr. Cooke, in his turn, touched the keys and returned the answer. Never," said Professor Wheatstone, did I feel such a tumultuous sensation before, as when, all alone in the still room, I heard the needles clicic, and as I spelled the words, I felt all the magnitude of the invention now proved to bo practicable beyond cavil or dispute." SOME ROYAL FCNERAIS.—William the Firsb was buried at Caen, in Normandy, in a Monastery, of which he was the founder but a delay was made by the proprietor 6f the land, who demanded pay- ment for it before he would suffer the corpse to be interred. Henry the First died near Rouen, and was embalmed and breught to England, and buried atReadirg. Henry the Fifth died of pleurisy, August 1, 1422, at Rouen, and was brought thence fco London, with a magnificence suitable to the glory of his life. He was buried at Westminster. James, King of Scotland, accompanied the pro- cession as chief mourner; and all the nobility, princes of the blood, &c., attended the interment) of the royal remains. On the 14th of Lhe following T November the infant sou of the deceased monarch was carried in great st.at.e from the Tower, through the streeta of the city on his mother's lap, in an open chair, to the Pat-liaineitt then sitting at West- minster, who recognised his right to the throne. Henry the Sixth was buried at CIjel. tsey after. irnrds removed to Windsor, and thence to est,- minster. His funeral excuses amounted to £ 33, Gs. 8d. Queen Mary was buried in Henry Lhe Seventh's Chapel, with great pomp. ihe Bishop of Westminster preached her funenu ecr- mo", praising the late rei<rn, and lamented Lho present 8tat.e with which freedom that he was apprehend«d and confirmed. (Won Eli/abolli uas buried at Westminster on the 26tli of April, li;03. At which time," says Stowe, Lltat citie was surcharged with multitudes of all sorts of people in their streets, houses, windows, leads, and gutters, that came to see the obsequies and when they beheld her statue or picture lying upon Lhe coffin, set forth in royal robes, having a crown upon the head thereof, and a ball or sceptre iu either hand, there was such a generall syghing, groaning, and weeping, Ilail the like hath not beúllo seene or knowne in the ineinorie of man, iieyLher doth any historic mention any people, time, or State, to make the like lanienLaLion for the death of their soverayne." This funeral cost £ 17,42S. In a vault under St. George's Chapel at Windsor, are interred Henry the Eighth, his Queen, Jane Seymour, Charles the First, and a daughter of Queen Anno. On Uie 13th March, 1789, the work- men employed in repairing the chapel discovered the vault of King Edward the Fourth. The body, enclosed in a leaden and wooden coffin, measured eix foet three inches in length and appeared re- duced to a skeleton. The body of the coffin was covered with a muddy liquor, about, three inches deep, of a strong saline taste. Near this was found a wooden coffin, supposed to have contained the body of his Queen, who died about three years after the king, ä. confinement at Bermondsey Abbey, and is supposed to have been secretly interred. On the sides of this vault were inscribed, in characters resembling those of the times "Edward IV. with several name*, probably those of the workmen employed the funeral. The tomb of this King is fronted with touchstone over it 's a beautiful monument composed of steel, said to have been the work of Queutw )1J.e.ra.
HUNTING AEPOINTMENTS. The Llangibby Hounds will meet on Tuesday, January 12th, at Trevella; Friday, 15th, at Llanmartin.—Each day at 10.30.
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CWMCAEN. CHRISTMAS DRAWINGS.—Miss Annie Bowen Dart, daughter of Mr. Thomas Dart, butcher, won a beautiful doll worth a guinea, which was put up at Mr. Theodore Jones s shop. Strange to say Master David Bowen Dart won a large walking stick of lozenge at the shop of Mrs. Bounds.
GARNDIFFAITH, FUNERAL OF A GOOD TEMPLAR.—On Saturday ast the members of the Lily of the Valiey Lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templarsumring upwards of 50, attended, in. the rtfqy <f the Order, to show their last tribute H to the nemory of their late friend aL r, John Owen, who had been a faithful me f the Order for some length of time, and w id taken an active part in the temperance ci in the locality. The members met at tke loc. room (Wesley Hall) at 2.30 and 6roceeded to, e house of the deceased brother. Iro. A. Allien acted as marshal of the proces- sion. On arriving at the church the usual cere- mony was performed by the officers, Bro. G. Pritchard, C.T., Bro. G. Curtis, P.C.T., and Sister L. Winstone, chaplain, with ail due solemnity, the oocasion being the first in the his- tory of the lodge. INQUEST.—-On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Hanbury Hotel, before Mr. E. H. Davies and a jury, of whom Mr. Jacob Williams was foreman, respecting the death of Sarah Ann Creece.—The Coroner said he had been to the house to see the husband, Edwin Creece, who was too ill to attend, and who stated that he was a collier. His wife was in her usual health on Sunday, the 3rd inst. She partook of some pickled onions with her supper. On going to bed she complained of pain in her head. Shortly afterwards she became worse, and was very gick,* she died just a few minutes before the doctor arrived. She had sometimes shewn symptoms of heart disease.—Dr. Milne said he hild attended Mrs. Creece occasionally some time ago, but he had not seen her lately. He was called to see her about one o'clock on the morning of the 4th inst. She was dead when he arrived at the Louse. From examination and his previous knowledge, he was satisfied that the cause of death was failure of the heart's action, arising from a dis- tended stomach containing indigestible food. A verdict to that effect was returned.
RISCA. SHORTHAND.—We are pleased to learn that Mr. C. J. Richards, of 15, Club-row, Ponty- mister, has been successful in obtaining a certifi- cate of proficiency from Mr. Isaac Pitman, of Bath. Mr. Richards is a pupil of Mr. Harry Dugmore, of Abercarn, and is now studying for a speed certificate.
UPPER CWMBBATF. BOARD SCHOOL -The annual distribution of book prizes to the scholars of the above school took place recently. The chair was taken by Mr. Johnson, member of the Llanfrechfa Upper School Board, who was supported by Mr. W. R. Williams, a member of the Board, and Messrs Titley and Wheeler, managers of the schooL The children went through a creditable pro- gramme of songs and recitations, and were ad- dressed by the Chairman and Messrs. W. R- Williams and Wheeler. The children were highly pleased with their prizes, and thoroughly appreciated the kindly and encouraging addresses .of the gentlemen present, to whom they ac- corded a most enthusiastic vote of thanks for their presence and encouragement.
U8K. LEGAi,Mr. J. Maitland Watkins, of the firm of Watkins and Mostyn, solicitors, has been appointed, by the Lord Chancellor, a commis- sioner toadminister oaths.
Am anecdote it told of a man who had another down, and was holding him there pummelling him, when A stranger, passing by, ssud 44 You great coward, why dO.i'j¡ you let hiin get up, and have a fair fight ? "That may seem very well to 3'ou, I dare «ay," said the joan but if you had hid as much trou- ble as I in getting him down, you would nob be for letting him get up.
Gr C03IPANY, 3RD V.B. S.W.B. The following is a list of subscribers to the Christmas prize fund of the above company The Officer Commanding, £ 3 Surgeon-major Mulligan, Mr. C. Tinn, Messrs. J. & B. Pearse, and Capt. Davies, £ 1 Is. each Messrs. J. A. Rolls and T. P. Price, M,P., E. Jones, J.P., and P. and R., tl each; Messrs. B. and F., W. W., J. Daniel, W. H. Chappell, and Messrs. Hoskins & Lle- wellyn, 10s. each Messrs. D. Williams, W. P. James, J.P., W. Lewis, W. H. Davies, and C. Davis, 10s. 6d. each the Rev. D. O. Davies, Mr C. J. Fisher the Rev. C. E. T. Griffith, Messrs. T. Parry, J. C. Griffiths, H. Tanner, H. Bunting, W. H; Williams, A. E. Bowen, W. L. Pratt, J.P., J. Wil-. liams, W. Jones, E. Cooke, J. Evans, the Pontypool Bakery Company, the Rev. G. G. Williams, Messrs. J. L. Egerton, and H. Jacobs, 5s. each Mr. F. Probyn, 7s. 6d. Mr. R. I. T. Parker, 4s.; Messrs. E. Owen, F. A. Smith, T. Watkins, T. Wilkinson, H. Fox, Wm. Williams, T. Roderick, H. Cross, and E. Hall, 2s. 6d. each A Friend, Is. Mrs. Griffiths, poods, value 5s Messrs. T. James, timepiece T. Jones, bottle of spirits; H. Brain, 2-lbs. of tea George Colli, suit length of tweed H. Peach, 3 bottles of spirits Colour-sergeant Williams, 20-lbs. of beef Mrs. James, bottle of whisky Messrs. J. Arnold, half ton of coal; Parkhouse, pair of K boots W. Cartwright. 1 firkin of ale; Witchell, pair of boots; E. Fowler, hat Jas. Davies, 1-lb. of tea C. Bendall, iron trunk C. J. Fisher, bottle of whisky; W. Lewis, ditto; C. Davis, goose W. Doel. 3 firkins of ale J. Gunn. bottle of whisky B. Pearce, 10-lbs. of beef; W. Hodder, 12-lbs. ditto; J. G. Richards, bottle of whisky; and George Wheeler, 12-lbs. of beef. __j
EXCITING SCENE AT A FIRE. A fite, which was attended with an exeiiing in- cident in the rescue of a man. occurred :ib'»ut half-past one o'clock the other morning at 190, Commercial RO:itl East, upou the premises of Mr. R. C. Albrecht. provision dealer. The police dis- covered the fire raging in the back bt'ssinent, which was used as a store. and is it^w::s s-iid that the occupant was in the building uie eonssables procured a hansom cab, and backing it. ull to the pavement endeavoured to get in. but were driven back by the smoke. h the ineantiiuo tie inat.ur.l from the adjacent fire station arrive i. Fire- man J. Smith, with grevt OilHcul'.y. r.;u o his way through the oeusely gnt A:e and found Albrecht in the back Joom on the ground ;'ior nearly dead. Smiih tr< nght. ib nm-ot-s. i-us man cut into the street nnii^st the h 11;1 aieeis of the large crowds which had r.sseinbled. and nt- tempts were then rllnde to Albrecht back to life. It took three doctors In. 1 i" an hour. Ir wever, to recover him sufficiently to permit, of his re- moval to a hospital. The premises were severely damaged. Air. Smith was tifierm: ivs brought before Captain S'imonds for commendation.
A COLOUR I'D MAN ON A JURY Mt. Wynne Baxter hell an inquest; the other dny at Poplar on the body of a man who had oied suddenly. During the inquiry one of the jurors rose to his feer. and addressing Mr. Baxter, snid Mr. Coroner. I protest; rgainst th-r man (point- ing to a man of colour) sitting on die jury. He ia not a native of this country, and has no )i.rht. here.—The Coroner: I think it quite likely he will do justice to the c: se as well ss Miy o:her man oil the jury. (Hear, be-ir.)-Tlie Juror Well I protest yg.i"st his sitting as a juryman.— The Foreman of the Jury e is under the British flag and can lulfil ilie duties of a British subject, and he lias a perfect rig-ht to sit here. (Hear, bear.) The Juror: o. he has not. I pro- test against h.-The Coroner (to the man of colour) How I"lg have J( u been in t)iis c,lull try-? -The of Col iitr 1 have been in England 16 years and was tnarrie 1 in this country. I am not sitting here 11" m choice, but of necessity. (Hear, b Foreman I appeal to my broLher jurymen it our friend is to be insulted. 'No, no.)—The C'ioller: He shall not be insulted here. He has done his duty, which is more than another has.-Tlie Jnryliaving returned an appro. priate verdict, the CcroLer discharged them.
THE MURDER OF A LANDLADY. At Millom. Cumberland, Joseph Wilson has been .)i.irged with murdering Marion Crossman, his landlady, at Haverigg, on New Year's morning, by blowing her br.ins out with a gun. The pri- soner, who appeared perfectly unconcerned, smiled on the pecple in court, and took off his "lIeckercbief ami rearranged it. His aged father was present — Police-constable Burrie, who appre- hended Wilson. said that in answer to the charge the prisoner remarked, ] did it. I was not sure I had done it. so to make sure work I put another cartridge in the gun to make sure I had done her."—The piis >ner on being asked if he had any reason to urge why he should not be remanded, replied No."—He was accordingly re- mauded to Carlisle gaol. Wilson laughed all the way to the railway station.—An inquest on the botty was held during the afternoon. James Crossman said he was sleeping on a sofa in his mother's kitchen on the nighc in question. He awoke at 10.30, and saw prisoner walk towards the parlour with a gun in his hand. Almost immediately he heard a report, and ran to summon the neighbours. Prisoner then asserted he had shot deceased, and her body was found in the doorway lying in a pool of blood, and with one side of the face blown away.—Dr. Dunn having deposed that death was due to injuries caused by the gun, the inquest was adjourned.