j 1>J..AINA. BAPTISM.—'The ordinance of baptism was ad- TumLtercd to five young persons (one male I four females) ar tbe Salem Baptist Chapel on Sunday, by the Rev Mr Edwards, late of Tirzah. The chapei was crowded. J TOWN BAND.—Biaina Lancaster Town Brass Band won the second prize of 'J 15 at the Fern- dale eisteddfod, on Mondav la-i. The Baud was under the leadership of Mr E. Sutton. Mr j W. Crewe won tho gold medal given by Messrs jJodsey and Co., of Manchester, for his euphonium solo jn the test piece. On their aniv;ii home, the baud was met at Suufcyglo by cheering crowds of people. At Biaina there were stili larger crowds, who cheered on their success. Mr Crewe was shouldered through the town.
CROSS KEYS. THE UNEMPLOYED.—A meeting of the unem- ployed from the Riaca Coiliery was held at the Co-operative Hall on Friday, vhen about 200 were present. It was decided to collect subscrip- tions, and collectors were appointed for this pur- pose. The men are unanimous not to accept work at the terms offeres.. MINISTERIAL.—As announced, the Rev C. H. Watkins has been offered the pastorate of Splott- road Chapel, Cardiff, and on Sunday evening, to the intense sorrow of his Church the rev gentleman tendered his resignation terminating the pastorate of Hope Baptist Church three months' hence. It is impossible to gauge the good which must be credited to the rev gentle- man during his residence of eleven years at Cross Keys, and it is no matter for surprise that the whole Church was moved to tears when the first hint of a probable severance was given some few days ago. Mr Watkins has so endeared himself to his Church members that it is quite within the range of probability that an effort will be made to induce him to reconsider his determination. The slightest acquaintance with the Church and the personal character of the rev gentlemen will suffice to show the sterling worth and noble character of the rev gentleman, which alone have placed the Church at Cross Keys in such a state of prosperity.
GARXD T FFAITH. PERSONAL.—The many friends of Mr James Giles, manager of the Co-operative Stores, will learn with deep regret that he is now lying seriously ill at the Bristol Infirmary, where he had been conveyed for the purpose of under- going an operation, which appears to be a most critical one. ANNIVERSARY.—The Sunday School anniver- sary in connection with the Wesleyan Chapel was held on Sunday last, when the Rev. L. Thomas, Abersychan, preached three very ap- propriate and impressive sermons to large con- gregations, in the evening the chapel being literally packed. Great praise is due to the choirmaster, Mr J. Evaus, both in the selection of the hymns and for the very efficient manner in which the children and choir acquitted them- selves. On Monday, the school met in Wesley Hall at 2 p.m., and, after parading the neighbour- hood, returned and partook of an excellent tea, provided by Mr J. Rosser. In the evening there was an entertainment in the chapel, presided ever by Mr J. Rosser. The following was the programme Anthem, Choir song, Mr T. Tucker ;,song and chorus, Miss Griffin and party song, Mr W. Tucker duet, Miss E. Carter and Mr J. Lloyd song, Mrs Roberts song, Mr Burton anthem, Choir song and chorus, Mr J. Evans and party song, Miss E. Berry song, Mrs Roberts song, Mr E.Willis duet, Miss A. Griffin and Mr W. Griffin song, Mr Burton hymn, Choir. The collections exceeded all ex- pectations, being 120.
(xRIFFITHSTOWTf. ASSOCIATED SOCIETY OF ENGINEMEN AND FIREMEN.—The members of the Pontypool branch of this society journeyed to Abergavenny on Sunday afternoon by brake to open a new branch of the society in that town. The society is making rapid strides in Monmouthshire, Pontypool Road being the No. 1 Branch. INDEPENDENT ORDER OF RECHABITES.—The Faith and Hope and Bud of Promise Adult Tents and the Lily Juvenile Tentformsd in pro- cession at Griffithstown on Sunday, when the members, to the number of about 230, headed by the Pontymoil Mission Hall Brass Band, pro- ceeded to St Hilda's Church, where a very inter- esting sermon was preached by the Rev Joshua Evans, of Pontypool, from Jer. xxxv. 8.
MAMHILAD. j DAIRY Scuoof.A well attended meeting was ^ig-ld jju- acbx■ --njj- ,i t L i make arrangements for the formation of a work- r ing dairy school in the district. Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., presided, and introduced Mr Grant, the organising agent of the County Council, who briefly and clearly explained the requirements for the working of the school, and the beriefits to be derived from the instruction given. A committee of sixteen ladies and gentlemen was elected. Mr D. Lewis was ap- pointed chairman and Mr John Davies (Tymawr) honorary secretary. The school will be held at Little Mill, in a room kindly lent by Mr Lewis. The required number of pupils was nominated for the first course, and the other conditions ful- filled to the entire satisfaction of Mr Grant. A vote of thanks to the chairman ended the business.
NEWBRIDGE. MARRIAGE.—At the English Baptist Chapel, on Monday, the marriage of Mr Albert Hodges and Miss Sophia Williams, Crumlin, was solemn- ised by the Rev J. M. Jones. A number of con- gratulations and useful presents have been re- ceived on behalf of the bride. j
RISCA. PROPERTY SALE.—Mr Thomas Parry (Parry and David, auctioneers, Newport and Cardiff) on Wednesday afternoon sold by auction at the Westgate Hotel, Newport, the property known as the Rlbca Estate, comprising a freehold farm and manor house, with 68 acres of pasture and arable land, 30 freehold workmen's cottages and gardens, 10 public-houses, and ground rents amounting to over Y.400 per annum, secured on different properties at Ri.sca. The vendor was Mr Fred Phillips, the well-known town coun- cillor of the South Ward, Newport. There was a very large company. The whole property was divided into 9U lots, and everything offered was sold in two hours and twenty minutes. The ground rents realized and the remainder £ 13,950, or a total of JL22305. The grounds were dl vide(I into 68 lots, the highest being for £ 2G 8s, secured on the Britannia^Iron and Steel Foundry, and which realised £ 660. The lowest ground rent was one for 10s, and this was sold for £ 50. The manor house and 38a. Or. 37p. attached to it in the lot was secured for £ 2,075 by the tenant, Mr Giles. Colonel Gaskell became the purchaser of the Masons' Arms, a double-licensed house at '0 Pontymister. for £ 1,010 Messrs Cross of the Apple Tree Inn, Moriah-road, Risca. for £ 605 Colonel Gaskell, of the Prince of Wales beer- house for £750 Mr C. D. Phiilips (Newport) of the Fox and Hounds beerhouse for £8ÕO Messrs Searle and Herring, brewers. Newport, of the Western Valleys beerhouse for £!;O;). Five cottages and a quarry, let to Messrs Ponsford. Newport, were secured by Mr C. D. Phillips for i690 four freehold cottages and gardens, yield- ing rents amounting to £:20 8s per annum, were sold to Mr J. Haynes for £ 310 and what was described as the cheapest lot. a building site of 3a. 2r. 4p., on which 30 cottages are about to be erected, fell to Alderman Goldswonhy at £ 640. Three acres of allotment gardens, near Risca Railway Station, were purchased for íG15 by Mr J. D. Pain, solicitor, Newport; Mr E. A. Taylor, Dr Instance, Mr J. Haynes, and other Risca residents, were purchasers of other lots end Mr C. D. Phillips secured several lots of meadow and arable land and orcharding, one lot of 11 acres costing him
SEBASIOPOL. A SMOKING CONCERT was held on Saturday evening last at the Railway Inn for the benefit of Mr T. Llewellyn, who unfortunately lost his right arm some time ago at the Glyn Pits. The chair was taken by Mr Digby Francis, supported by Mr T. Edwards and other friends. Mr George Cox occupied the vice-chair, and the pro- ceedings were enlivened by songs rendered by Messrs J. Jones, E. Hedley, F. Hirst. J. Brown, F. Newman, William Grimson, R, Tobinson, T. Edwards, G. Cox, and William Wakeley, Messrs Forster and Daniels gave several solos on the violin and flute, which were very efficiently rendered and heartily received. A vote of thanks was given to the chairman and Mr R. Tobinson, who kindly lent the room for the occa- sion, and also to Mr Wilks for presiding at the piano, brought the proceedings to a close.
USK. HIGHWAY BOARD. The monthly meetine of the Usk and Pontypool Highway Board was held at tbe Sessions House, Usk, on Monday after- noon, Mr Jas. Powell presiding.—On the pro- position of Mr R. W. Watkins, seconded by Mr W. Lane, it was decided that in future the meet- ings of the Board should be held at 11.30 a.m. in- stead of at 2 p.m.—The surveyor (Mr Joseph Williams) was granted £ 30 on account of general expenditure for the ensuing month. He reported that the auditor had complained of the precepts being signed by the xiianagers of the Usk branch of the London and Provincial Bank, instead of by the treasurer himself, the secretary of the bank.—The matter was adjourned for a month. —The clerk (Mr T. Rees, junr.) reported that none of the calls due had been paid in, and that there was an adverse balance at the bank of f3 Gs. lOd. Bills amounting to il9 tis. 4d. were ordered to be paid.
RISCA SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting was held on Tuesday evening. Present: Mr E. A. Taylor (in the chair), the Revs B. Williams, J. Williams, T. Thomas, and H. S. Targett. The Finance Committee having passed the ordinary items of expenditure, the minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. A letter was read from the clerk, thanking the Board for their expression of sympathy in his illness. The Rev H. S. Targett brought forward a matter postponed from last meeting. He said the County Council bad made a grant for inter- mediate education. Possibly the Board combine with the Mynyddyslwyn to obtain a portion of this to establish a class for intermediate educa- tion in some school in the district. He would be glad if the chairman, as a member of the Council, could give any information on the subject. Mr Taylor, in reply, handed Mr Targett some documents prepared by the Council regarding their scheme. It was decided to bring the matter up again at the next meeting. Plans of alterations to buildings were sub- I mitted, but had not been approved by the De- partment. Mr Rosser, the architect, explained the alterations suggested by the inspector, and promised to send the plans to the Department for their approval as soon as possible. for their approval as soon as possible. The Clerk was directed to summon the Works ¡ Committee as soon as this had been obtyned. The I/eputy-jierK: read a letter TSjra xne f clerk to the Manchester School Board, inviting the co-operation of the Board in forming an association of School Boards, and also pointing out the objects of such Association, and en- closing the proposed rules. I The Chairman said that a similar association of County Councils was an existing and useful institution. It was thought that the matter might well stand over till next month. A letter was read from the Department, enclosing a report of a surprise visit made by the assistant-inspector to Pontymister Boys' by the assistant-inspector to Pontymister Boys' School. He found a boy bad been sent out to look for an absentee, which was not a good plan. The attendance was irregular, and the floor was dirty. The improvements previously recom- mended had not been carried out. The Chairman said he had explained this last matter to the satisfaction of Mr Whitmeil, when making his inspection this week. A letter was also read from the Chamber of Trade applying for the use of the Risca School twice a month. v The application was granted.
DEATH FROM THE BITE OF AN ADDER. On Saturday morning last a lad named Rees Evans, of No. 1, Sherwood-terrace, Pontrhondda, 11 years of age, was nesting on the side of the mountain on the Tyntilla Farm. He thrust his hand into a tuft of grass, and was bitten by an adder on the first finger. He did not feel acute pain until he reached home, when he began to cry, and described what had happened. A navvy working close by made two attempts to suck out the poison, but was unsuccessful. A doctor was called in. but the poor lad died on Monday morning from the effects of blood poisoning. I-
TRAMPS COOK A LAMB—James Taylor, John Williams, Edward Leigh, and William Jones,, four tramps, pleaded guilty at Builth Wells Petty Sessions on Monday to stealing a limb and killing and eating it on the Eppynt Moun- tains, between Brecon and Builth.—Prisoners weie sent to prison for three months with hard labour. SchneideniiVbl, a town iu the Province of Posen, is disturbed, a. Berlin correspondent says, by a. remarkable inundation. At the corner of one of the streets there stood a pump which ■ yielded bad water. Last autumn it was removed, and borings for an artesian well were begun. About a week before Easter a spring was reached, but the water which gushed forth was thick and impure. When a depth of 200 feet had been bored, an immense volume of water flowed, and ran down the street to the Kuedow rivulet. The water was allowed to flow for weeks in the hope that it would become clear. But about a week age great cracks became visible iu the neighbouring houses. Attempts were now made to stop up the spring. The con- cluit pipe had been removed long since. But the water still gushed forth. Great cartloads of sand and stones were thrown in, but the water pene- trated everything. The work goes on day and night, experts from Berlin, Danzig, and Konigs- berg have been summoned, but nobody can do anything. The houses roundabout are more and an I more endangered, and the pavciuu:.t to get loose. On the 2nd mstant the alarm ben was heard calling the firemen. The water bad forced for itself another passage, and no longer flowed down the gutter, but invaded the cellars of the houses. The water of the great lake near Ncustettin has since then sunk many feet. The number of houses threatened is 12, and the occupants have all had to leave.
SHOCKING CRUELTY AT LLANOVER. At the Abargavenny Police Court on Wednes- day, Daniel Johns, of Noyaduewydd Farm, over, was fined £ 5 and costs, and the fees of the Inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Mr Richard Warr), who had summoned the defen- dant for gross cruelty to two cows.—The evi- dence of tne Inspector, corroborated by that of P.C. Davies, was tha.t the defendant, who owned some 00 head of cattle as well as a number of horses and sheep, had on the LJeh of lIIay two cows in a building. Both of the cows were in an extremely emaciated Coll) -,I,) ti and suffering from great debility. They had bad sores upon them, from some of which matter was exuding, while on other parts of their bodies were cavi- ties filled with maggots, which were eating the poor animals alive. They were hide-bound, covered with vermin, and ui a shockiag^y dirty | condition, v Oil the M jnday following tue visit of the officer, the defendant had a chain attached to the neck of one of the cows, and it was dragged by horses out of the building into an adjoining field, where it was knocked on the head by the waggoner.—The Bjnch said ic was the worst case that had ever come aider their notice, and they only retrained fl'm sending the defendant down for 25 lays without option out of consideration to the rest of the cattle oa the farm.
CONVICTS SCALE THE WALLS. Jerry Laughlin and Thomas Kueebolt, twa convicts in the Michigan State prison, have effected their escape. They-had been let out of the cells to assist in bringing in the suppers of the convicts and at a convenient moment darted off and scaied the walls. They were out of sight in the brush- wood in a few minutes. Both were servine sentences for robbery.
TRAGEDY IN QUEBEC. A great setisiitioti has been created throngb-ont Montreal by a brutal tragedy in-which the father, mother, and mister of Mr. H. C. Edy, a prominent btisiiiess m.-tii of Noii-i-cal were murdered at their country residence at Claranceville, Quebec. The assassj;18, after committing the crime, ransacked the piemiBes and secured a large booty. They set. fire to the house betcre leaving, and are still at large.
THE TRAINING SQUADRON^ An adoiiralty order has bat-n issued directing th# T raining Squadron to proceed on a crr.ise to Ice'and. The Squadron will leave Portland 011 June 10 for Beikawick, Iceland, calling at Pantry Tay and Lough Swilly en route. The pouadroti is due at en ."In'-a-S—a-,yt. ,U f«ir 1/3 days, afterwardB returning "to ]rt;l:md sr.d proceed- ing thenco to Gibraltar. The vessels are timed to return to Per:land on Septenil-er 12, so that they will not participate in this year's naval manoeuvres.
A MARRIED COUPLE DROWNED. A few days ago a small boat containing and Mrs. Turnbull, Charles Aley, and another man, put of from the Tyne Dock stage iu order to go aboard the Liverpool steamer Minerva, of -which Turnbull was watchman. After proceeding a short distance the boat, through some cause capsized, the occu- pants being thrown into the Aley and the other man were rescued, but Mr. and Mrs. Turn ball were drowned. The body of the latter has been recovered, but that of the husband is still miss- ug.
TABLEVHOTE DrNx:;I:> IN TIAIJAVAYTRAINS. —The Midland Railway Con pany's announce- ment of the above, to eoninienc*- both in first and third-class carriages next mor.th, is mote of a new departure than it sppeai* to be. as the work will be done entirely by the of cora- pressed oil gas in cooking app^i^tus 'pecialiy designed by Messrs FMcnei. Ihissel and Co., Limited, ac their Warrington h«.u-o. The gas is earned 111 cylinders U(L r the saloon.and it is intended to use the fame fuel also tV-.r v,arming the carriages in -winter. Tb«-> UK- of ordinary coal gas for cooking and heating has spread for years p::si. but ti e u^ef oil gas of high illuminating power for this purpose is at present very uuusua;. and for railvruv dining saloons tbe Midland Company Pas made ti:e first C'1"fnl attempt. The runnirg trials have uceu w- ago. ana the whole arrangements provt-u Ij i,, ■ respect the first time th0 burners were iignCou, although they had beer designed by Messrs. ■ Fletcher, Ru-.seH, and from theoretical calculations alone.—Worr<'■»:,icu Guttnlia;^ June 7tli, 181)0. GREAT SALE OF PIANOS AND ORGANS, NEW AND SECOND-HAND.—BARGAINS. — £ io A MTrPTf^ AIV OPP A1V 13 stops,by the NEEDHAM ORGAN co POTT APF PTANO J0HN BROAOWOOD & SONS (Second-band). BERTH AM ISAACSON V^JAV, Octave Couplers, Knee Swells. Cost 42 G .Frame Rosewood A Ti1 T^T IV O BROADW OOD-W HITE. • r, M If V -RMONTTTM SUITABLE FOB WORKING .MAK'S HOME. Thc Cheap"lMtrUment— and Gilt Incised — Worth 30,' H 1 (I H GTREET> HUNDREDS OF PIANOS, HUNDREDS OF ORGANS, AT COST PRICE. £6 16s. AMERICAN ORGAN, by GILBFPT L. BAUEIR. Usually Bold at NEWPORT, MON. If you want., BARGAINSI, writeifar ouriFULL ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF BARGAIINS, and you will be astouished.
THE pRIMROSE LEAGUE (Panteg lElabitation-No. 2272). THE ANNUAL TEA WILL BE HELD IN THE TOWN HALL, PONTYPOOL, ON THURSDAY, JUNE 22nd. ——————
4älnt). iiftaniaqn, and BIRTH. June 8th, at Henllan, Osborne-road, the wife of R. E. White of a son. DEATHS. June 1, at 30, River-row, Abersychan, aged 76 J ears, Esther, widow of the late Mr William ones, collier. June 2, at 23, Bryn-terrace, Blaenavon, aged 49 years, Ann, wife of Mr Thomas Price, coal miner. June 3, at Vincent-terrace, Blaenavon, aged 33 years, Mr Walter Parsons, tireman at Steel Works. June 3, at 4, Springfield-terrace, New Inn, aged 51 years, Cecilia, wife of Mr Wm. Evans, engine driver. June 3, at 28, Tomlinson-place, Freehold Land, aged 50 years, Mr. Thongs Ware, a colliery mechanic. June 3, at Long-row, British, aged 37 years, Mr Moses Williams, colliery weicher. June 4, at Cef nycrib, aged 62 years, Mr William Butler, agricultural labourer. June 4, at the Upper Coedcae, Blaenavon, aged 60 years, Mr Samuel Bryant, blacksmith. June 5, at the Crown Hotel, Broad- street, Blaenavon, aged 48, Mr Jenkin Jenkins, licensed victualler. Beeply and sincerely regretted. June 5, at Pontypool Union Infirmary, aged 80 years, Mr William Saunders, tilerand plasterer, of Trevethin. June 5, at Pontypool Union Infirmary, aged 44years, Mr Edward Coles, mercantile clerk, of tne parish of Panteg. June 6, at Persondy Farm, Blaenavon, aged 29 years, Mr Ezekiel Morgan, railman. June 6, at Pontypool Union Infirmary, aged 12 months. MrCharxes Griffin Jones, of Trevethin. June 7, at Pontypool Union Infirmary, aged 67 years, Mr John Jackson, strolling actor, of Tre- vethin.
CRANE-STREET CONFERENCE. To the Editor of the Free Pres*. Sir-May I ask C. M." to kindly quote the work or works of Mr John Morlev, trom which he made the quotations in his letter that appeared in your issue of June 2nd. The name of work and parre the words are taken from will oblige. Your obedient servant, E. ARNOLD.
GAMBLING AT VARTEG. To the Editor of the Free Press. Sir,-I should like to draw the attention of the police to the continual card playing at Varteg on the side of the public road, an evil which is demoralising to the rising generation. I cannot blame the police, as their district is too large, but I do hope that the proper authority will put a stop to it. I remain, A CONSTANT OBSERVER.
THE STONE-THROWING NUISANCE. To the 'Editor of the Free Press. Sir,-Kindly allow me, through your valuable paper, to call attention to the danger and also the disgusting language the public of the Cwm are exposed to. The danger I allude to is stone-throw- ing by lads old enough to know better. Their parents simply speak to them about it. and that takes as much effect as nothing, for as soon as their farents are out of sight of them, they start afresh. think it is time someone else interceded a little. I think the man with the shining buttons appearing on the scene, between 7 and 9 o'clock in the evening, would be a verv ffood thing. I may just state that a neighbour's little girl bad a very narrow escape of having her eye knocked out with one of the stones, thrown by a lad of about Ii) years of age that was in the yang it caught her just below the x;yn, utwi wound in rbtt race. VVJ.eil I tnev were spoken to about it. their language was disgusting, though at the same lime, very few yards distant from them, stood three men, preaching the Gospel. I couldn't help noticing that the current of their preaching did not extend far, therefore, I and many others would be glad to see some other steps taken to control the conduct of some of the Cwm lad. Hoping to see some good result from this simple letter. I remain, OXE IN DANGEJR AND DISGUSTED. Cwmyniscoy, June 6,185*3.
THE REV. G. BISHOP, AT GRIFFITHSTOWN. To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir.—Kindly allow me a little space in your variable paper to replv to some of the statements made by the Rev Mr Bishop at the Drill Hall, Grifiirhstown, May 31st, when he delivered his lecture on Tithes. The reverend gentleman said tithes were given many years ago by the owners of the land. Well, sir. in my opinion it was by the supposed owners of land, consisting. chiefly of animals and corn, and in many instances were not theirs to give; and conseLluelltly thev had no right to give, unless the lecturer and his friends can prove that one man has a right to give away that which belongs to another. The reverend gentleman said if the^hurch had her title to tithes since tne year .•^ecould not have a better t'tle to it m his opinion, -ihis 1 think would come with better grace from a solicitor in a court of law than from the lips or a niinii-ter of the Gospel. I should like to-remind the reverend gentleman that his church was not brought into existence for a long- time after that date. and therefore the rev. gentleman and his friends who applauded him are out of court on that point. Mr Bishop further stated that the Church had her rights as wcli as anybody. What does he mean by that ? I shon ld like to remind him that his Church is a Parliamentary Church, a mere creature of the State bvou ht into existence by Parliament, con- trolled and snv,ported to a very great extent by the State; and as a religious body it cannot own any property, and therefore has got none to lose. Sir. I will endeavour next weeK todel with a few more of his points, through the medium of your paper, with your kind permission. Yours truly. A FAlUI LAHOUREK. Goytrey, Junc
PARSONS AND POLITICS. To the Editor t.,f the Free Press. ir,- KindlT allow me a small space in your valuable paper for the insertion of this short note of opinion on men keeping their proper place. I Having had the pleasure to bett the Tov.-n Hall in Blaenavon on Monday last, oth June, when Mr Tuckwell, the Radical parson, was giving a most instructive lecture on Radicalism and how he be- calilz, a iiadical I noticed in the hall and on the platform some of the great men of Blaenavon and PontvpooL Among them were some at those who arc from Sabbath to Sabbath expounding the love or God as manifested in Christ Jesus. And the ijuestioiis I would lil^e to a are •—1st, Are those men in their places during the week when they are J at such meeting's, listening to and debating on such matters as do not concern the kingdom ot God in righteousness ? 2nd, Is that the teaching of Scrip- ture ? If so. will someone kindly let me know in what part of the Bible it is taught I On Sunday these men are serving' God in ministering unto His people in holy thing's and spiritual matters. In the week thsy are trying to serve the people, thus pleasing one class and uispleasing another, and causing much contention. Are these men in public political meetings pleasing God and endeavouring to serve him in righteousness, or are they trying to .-er ve two masters ? Is it not enough for them to pleach the Gospel, and that in love and purity, not contaminated with worldly things, but the true Gospel as founded by Christ ? If they can point out that Christ or John the Baptist, or Paul or Peter. or the patriarchs of old concerned themselves in such matters, I shall be fully convinced that they are in their proper places, but until then I cannot see what such men want to be found at such places tor such purposes, when there are others, I think, who are as fully qualified for that, who do not profess to lead and teach the people in spiritual ways. And if there are not, then let the nation look out to the building flf universities for the purpose of qualify- ing men for it, if needed, and let not the servants of the most High concern themselves in such matters, but let them remember they have been set apart for the express purpose of guiding men and women in the way to life eternal through Christ. God has chosen them to be the instruments and means of reaching degraded sinners, who are dying for salvation. Trusting that I may soon hear of their leading the masses of sinners to Christ, instead of moving the masses of people to politics, which causes so much contention, strife, and arrogance (by that they will remember their calling), and that these great men will remember their great responsibilities in life, and how they are selected by God for His own service. I remain, yours in friendship, • AN OBSERVER.
THE LICENSED VICTTALLERS' BANQUET AND THE WELSH VETO BILL. To the Editor of the Free Press. Sir,—The criticism of a "horny-handed working man" in your issue of May 19th has evidently Sroved an eye-opener to the Bristolian, Mr Harvey, te appears now to be wide awake to the fact that Nonconformists are not the poor, ignorant dupes he asserted they were. The influence under which Mr Harvey made that speech is best known to himself; it was certainly an after-dinner speech. I accept Mr Harvey's apology for the abusive and insulting language he used against Nonconformists as the only redeeming feature in his tirade of invec- tive epithets ag-ainst "Working- Man." His attempted reply is no answer to any of the ques- tions asked by me, and on that account I shall not attempt the destruction of his toy building or fol- low his red herring process. Mr Harvey's statement that the 23 convictions quoted in my letter were cases culled from a popu- lation of more than 200,000 is only in harmony with his previous exaggerated statements. They were not culled," but were simply the record of convic- tions reported in the Pontypool Free Press in one week, and that from amongst a population of little more than 50,000 or 60,000. Still, does it not remain a fact that 23 convictions in one week as the fruits of the drink traffic in our midst, embrac- ing drunkenness, filthy language, vagrancy, rioting, wife-beating, and attempted suicide are not enough to.make this brewer blush r: and so he goes on per-. severing in this nefarious business. Here we have. Mr Editor, another week s list of the fruits of the traffic, as recorded in the same week's Free Press in which Mr Harvey's letter nnnAareiL viz.:— -i-X-' d No 1 Case—Drunk on properly licensed pre- mises, Pontypool, fined 10 0 2 —Drunk and disorderly. Abersy- chan, lined 10 0 3 —Disorderly, and very bad lan- guage, Garndiffaitli: two children destitute, and no money, fined 10 0 4 —Drunk and disorderly, Abersy- chan 10 0 5 -Drunk on properly licensed premises: removed to an asylum now at liberty warrant issued. 6 —Drunk and disorderly, Aberearn, lined 1 0 0 7 — Dlunk and disorderly, Abercarn, lined 100 8 —Drunk and disorderly, Aberearn, previous conviction, fined 1 0 0 9 —Drunk and beastly language, Aberearn. fined 10 0 10 —Drunk and obscene language, Aberearn, -fined 100 11 -Drunk and exposing himself, Aberearn, fined 50 12 —Drunk and disorderly, Cwmdows, to pay costs. IS —Drunk and fighting, Cwmdows, costs and 5 0 14 -Drunk and fightiniz, CwmdoNv:, 1 0 0 15 -Drunk and disorderly, Aberearn 1 0 0 lti —Drunk and assaulting police, Blaenavon 150 17 -Drunk and incapable, Blaenavon- 7 6 18 -Drunk and incapable, Blaenavon- 10 0 19 —Drunk and incapable. Blaenavon- 7 6 20 —Drunk and incapable,Blaenavon- 4 6 Xll 14 6 The "Hotel de Marl" was denounced by Mr Bramble at the Licensed Victuallers' Banquet. I again assert that nothing more heinous than the above has yet been recorded of the "Hotel de Marl." Here we have drunkenness on licensed pre- mises, disorderly conduct, fighting, assaulting the police, incapable, filthy and obscene language, beastly destitution, End ins&iiity I When will Mr Harvey throw away his blue glasses and see things as they are ? Similar result's all along the line of the drink traffic have concurrently manifested themselves. In the face of this. Mr Harvey deplores the result of drinking, and does all in his power to perpetuate it in our midst; he would have us believe that the Licensed Victuallers' Association exists to prevent men from obtaining a footing in the business who would knowingly supply a man with drink until he is drunk. Well. Mr Editor, if Messrs Harvey & Co. are sincere in this, they will see to it at the next are sincere in this, they will see to it at the next Licensing-Session that the landlords who have been convicted of permitting drunkenness on properly- licensed premises do not get their licences renewed. Mr Harvey will make a note of this, and we will wait and see what the licensed victuallers will do. Yours truly A WORKING MAN. (Continuation of Correspondence on page 3.) J -==-1
LOCAL NEWS. BIRTHDAY Colonel C.J. Rromhead, commanding 24th Regimental District, was one of the recipients of the Companionship of the Bath amongst the Queen's birthday honours. LOCAL VETO BILL.-We understand a petition has been forwarded on behalf of the Pontypool and District Licensed Victuallers and Beerhouse keeper?' Association to the House of Commons to oppose the further progress of this Bill. ACCIDENT TO JUDGE OWEN -His Honour Judge Owen, who resides at Abergavenny is too ill to attend the County-court at Cardiff this week. He was kicked on the leg by a horse last week, and erysipelas having set in he has been compelled to remain indoors. LOCAL WILl, DEPUTE.—In the Probate Divis- ion, on W ednesday a suit amine out ofthe will of the late Mr Robert Russell, of Gwent- street The case was adjourned to yesterday (Thursday) at 10.30. A report will appear next week. SHOOTING COMPETITI N.-Tlie competition for the "Bisley" prize otherwise the sum of ±,5 given by Mr J. C. Hanbury, to enable the winner to represent the Hanbury Corps at Bisley, was decided at the Cwmlickey Range on Thurs- day week. The winner was Sergeant E. Price, with a total of 14 points, Private Reed being second with 71 points. PETITIONS.—On Monday, in the House of Commons, Colonel the Hon. F. C. Morgan pre- sented petitions from the Monmouth County Licensed Victuallers and Beerhouse-keepers Association. -"iid the Newport Licensed Vic- tuallers' Association against the Local Veto Bill; and from the inhabitants of Lianover against the Welsh Suspensory Bill. HONOUR FOR A PONTYPOOL MAN.—At the levee held by the Prince or Wales on Monday at St. James's Palace, Surgeon Captain J. T. Thomas, of the 1st Monmouthshire Artillery Volunteers, was presented by his Grace the Duke of Beaufort, who at the same time pre- sented Colonel Wright, Major Wallis, Major "Wiiiiavns, Captain Clifford Pniilips, Capt. Goes, Lieut, Watts, and Veterinary-Surgeon iStorrar.
THE Eiu.w VALE COMPANY—We learn from the South Vule, Daily Neics that the new management of this company, which has been in existence since, the reconstruction at the begin- I ning of the year, have discovered a system of overcharging in the accounts of one of the departments, which has been going on for a long period, and that tbis discovery is likely to result in legal proceedings. v.ullll SUDDEN DEATH AT CWMYNISCOY.—On Wed- nesday afternoon, Mr M. Roberts-Jones, coroner, held an inquest at the Town Hall, as to the death of Hannah King, aged 70 years, wife of John King, who died suddenly on Monday afternoon.—Mr Henry Thomas was foreman of afternoon.—Mr Henry Thomas was foreman of the jury.—John Kin< the husband, said deceased had been in°good health, but had suffered for some years from rheumatism. She became ill on Monday at about 12.50 p.m. She slept very well on Sunday night, and had eaten her breakfast as usual. They sought medical assistance, and Dr Wood attended, but before he arrived death had taken place, at about 3 o clock. Deceased complained of her bead and neck. Deceased had not fallen or hurt herself in any way, and witness believed that death was due to natural causes.—Sarah Elizabeth Bassett, a niece, deposed to deceased complaining, and to assisting her into the room. Deceased com- plained of her right leg and side.—The Jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes—probably a paralytic stroke." PROMENADE CONCERT.—Glorious summer-like weather favoured the Promenade Concert in the Italian Gardens on Thursday evening, and it is therefore not surprising to find that there was a large attendance of the general public. The battalion band of the 3rd V.B., S.W.B., under Bandmaster Roderick, played the following programme of music in splendid style :—Grand march, "Athalie" (Mendelssohn) graceful dance, Palais Royal" (Bonheur) overtime, "Masaniello" (Auber); euphonium solo, by Band-Sergeant Jarvis, "Sehnsiicht" (Hartman); selection, "Patience" (Sullivan); troop, "May Blossom" (Weir) grand march, A distant greeting" (Doring, arranged by C. Godfrey). A LOCAL PATENTEE.—We are pleased to find that Mr William Williams, Glenside Cottage, Freehold Land, Pontnewynydd, has secured a patent for improvements in rolling wire rods." Mr Williams is already well known in connection with a sucoessful patent for rolling rail ends into billets of bar iron. His last invention is a very ingenious process for producing double the quantity of finished wire rods with the same amount of labour as has hitherto produced only one rod, and we are assured by competent authorities that it will prove an invaluable boon to wire works proprietors, especially in the present depressed state of the iron trade, We wish Mr Williams every success. VOLUNTEER OFFICERS' DECORATIONS—The London Gazette of Tuesday night contains the the following War Office, June 6,1893,—Her Majesty the Queen has beea graciously pleased to confer the Volunteer officers' decorations upon the undermentioned officers of the Volunteer force who have been duly recommended for the same under the terms of the Royal Warrant dated July 25,1893 Western District Rifles (4th V.B South Wales Borderers) Honorary Colonel Henry Charles Byrde Acting Chaplain the Rev Thomas Llewellyn Lister, M.A. Captain and Hon Major John Farrant Willies, retired Surgeon William Williams Morgan, M.D., retired Surgeon and Hon Surgeon-Major John Smythe, retired. A MUSICAL FAVOURITE. Madame Alice Gomez, who created such a furore in this town some time ago, appeared with great success at a concert in the Albert Hall, London, on Saturday afternoon, when she sang a romanza of Donizetti, and a melodious new song, "Alice," by Lisa Lehmann. The other vocalists were Madame Patti, Mr Santley, Mr Ben Da vies, and the Meister Glee Singers, who gave some whimsical variations of nursery rhymes. The Misses Marianne and Clara Eissler played the violin and harp, and Madame Pachmann the piano. Madame Alice Gomez wore a costume of yellow satin, veiled with black lace, which (says the Star) made a becoming background for her dark eyes and complexion." PONTYPOOL BICYCLE CLUB.—At a committee 'meeting of this Club, held on Wednesday even- ing, it was decided to hold the annual picnic at Raglan Castle on Thursday, July 6th. A circular letter from the International Cyclists' Associa- tion was read, asking the Club to co-operate in c sending a representative team of amateur cyclists to Chicago to represent England. The com- mittee unanimously approved of the suggestion of the Association, and instructed the Secretary to forward a subscription of half-a-guinea to the funds. It was stated that very few of the mem- beis had paid their annual subscriptions, and a hope was expressed that not only would the subscriptions be paid forthwith but that the members would muster in greater numbers than at present for the Club runs. HALF BATTALION DRILL. On Saturday afternoon last a half-battalion drill in connec- tion with the 3rd V.B., S.W.B., took place at the new Recreation Grounds, Col Bradney being, in command. The companies present were A (Pontypool), B (Garndiffaith), C (Cwmbran), and G (Abersychan). The officers present were Capt and Adjt. Travers, Hon Major D. R. Jones, Capt C. Jacob, Capt D. S. Davies, Capt Paton, Lieuts. Herbert and Griffiths, Brigade-Surgeon Lieut-Col Mulligan, and Surgeon-Capt Essex, Chaplain the Rev J. R. Phillips and Sergt- Major Ayres. The battalion band, under Band- master 8. T. Roderick, was present, together with the Abersychan Company's Drum and Fife Band. The men were put through a series of exercises, including the march past and other battalion manoeuvres, which were very creditably performed, and were witnessed by a large number of spectators. The number on parade was 280 all told. A Boy's ADVENTURE.—A little boy named Joseph Pearce, 7 years of age, living at the Upper Race, had a singular adventure on Satur- day. It appears that the little fellow left home in the afternoon and strayed to the New Recreation Grounds to see the Volunteers drilling. As he did not return home, his mother became alarmed, and communicated with the police. A search of the Recreation Grounds was made that night, but without result, and nothing more was heard of him until Monday, when a telegram was received from the Aberearn police stating that he had been found, and later on the little fellow wan restored to his motlier. The r L .I..w<Junt. .fa-a yauttoU -R+gUl- I on the Recreation Grounds, and started for home before daylight on Sunday morning, but 1 missing the" stepping-bridge." i.e., the bridge spanning the railway beyond The Twmpath, wandered about all day, and finally slept in a wood on the Abercarn side of the mountain. He woke up stiff and cold, on Monday morning, and, his crying attracting the attention of a girl from a farmhouse who was going for water, she took him to the house, and afterwards to Abercarn Police-station. The poor little fellow had had nothing to eat during the whole of his wanderings, and was naturally in a very exhaustive state when found. FORTHCOMING SPORTS.—A meeting was held at the Greyhound Hotel on Monday evnening to consider a suggestion to organise a demonstra- tion and fancy dress procession on the occasion of,the opening of the new Recreation Grounds in George-street on July 3rd. Mr T. A. Jones was voted to the chair. In reply to questions, Mr H. Peach, secretary of the Recreation Grounds Company, said the suggestion to hold a demonstration and fancy dress procession came ffom a townsman, and on behalf of the pro- prietors he had to say that they were quite in favour of the proposal, and would be pleased to admit to the grounds free of charge ou July 3rd, all persons who took part in the demonstration. They hoped to get the co-operation of the police, the fire brigade, the chairman and members of the Local Board, members of friendly societies, the Local Board, members of friendly societies, members of cycling, football, cricket and other I clubs, and also of private individuals who would assume fancy costume. Their idea was to start the procession from the Town Hall at one p.Il1., I and after reaching the grounds to have a comic football match of about half an hours' duration, j afterwards proceeding with the sports. Messrs Miles and James, as delegates of the "Good Intent Lodge, A.B.F. Society, intimated that they had been authorised to say that their Lodge would be very pleased to join in the procession in regalia, bringing their own band and banner. j' Mr Peach replied that he was sure the pro- prietors would be glad to hear that, and if members ox other Lodges would also 'join iu the procession they would be pleased to adiidt them free of charge also. He might sjiy that several tradesmen who were unaTdtj to be present that evening had intimated thdir intention of j helping to make the demonstration a .success* number of name" having been handediuof those willing to appear in fancy drei/s and take part in the comic football match, it was decided to adjourn the meeting to Tuesday next at 8 p-1"- at the same place. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
abercabk. OPENING OF A NEW BANK.-The Loudon and Provincial Bank opened a branch at A bercutD on Monday. Business will be done two clays per week, viz., Mc.nday and Friday. We believe the bank will prove a success in a ftirge place like Aberearn. QUARTERLY MEETINGS. On Sunday and Monday special services were held at Cae Gorlan when the Rev D Davies, Lksfaen, preached, the Rev C. H. Watkins% Cross Keys, preaching in the afternoon in English. Mr Davies stands high as a Welsh preacher; his did- courses on Sun do y were of a lofty tone, and he was most attentively listened to anc^ much enjoyed by good congregations. ANNUAL MEETINGS AT NAZAPVP.TH.—The ll-ov. J. Puleston Jones, M.A., of Bangoi% the popular I I blind preacher, occupied'tbe pulpit at jNa/.arelh Chapel on Sunday and Monday evenings, and preached most impressively. His style is such as to command the attention of his hearers, being fresh and stirring, and his sermons are brimful of good matter. The congregations were good. On Sunday afternoon and evening the chapel was crowded. The expectat ons were more than realised, and the preacher's popularity at Aber- earn is unquestioned. The discourses have stamped themselves indelibly upon all who heard them. We trust Mr Jones's visit will be soon repeated. The collections, we are glad to know, are most satisfactory.
ABERSYCHAN. I CANTATA.—On Monday evening week, at the Board School, the Blaenavon Harmonic Society I performed in excellent style the cantata entitled Christ, the Shepherd King." Though the weather was very unfavourable, a great number of music lovers availed themselves of a rare musical treat. A good selection of preliminaries served to set the choir in tune, and produced in the audience an expectation for greater things, which was not disappointed. A pianoforte so!o by Miss Barwell made it evident that the choir had secured the service of an artistic player. This was not the first time for us to bear the charming voice of Mr T. Fisher at Abersj'chan. The sweet song, "Home, dearie home," was sweetly sung by Miss A. M. West. The quartet Jerusalem, my glorious home," by Misses R. Price, J. Jones, Messrs W. Dash and S. West, tooK very well. The Bugler" by John Lewis, and The children's home by Miss R. Price, were well rendered and a song by Miss Cook moved the house. The most prominent parts of the cantata were taken by the following:— Sopranos, Misses R. Price, M. A. James, and J. Davies contraltos, Misses J. Jones and A. M. West tenors, Messrs W. Williams, E. AHsopp, and T. Fisher bass, MessrsS. West, W.Godfrey, and J. Lfwis pianist, Miss Barwell organist, Mr W. Williams conductor, Mr William Dash. This rare treat was enjoyed under the presidency of the Hev John Morgan, of Pisgah.
ABERTILLKBY. CRICKET. A match between Abertillerv and Llangenny was played on the ground of the former on Saturday. The result was as fol- lows :—Abertillery 61, Llangenny 26. D. Brown (25) batted well for the home team, and Morgan and Withers bowled in rare style.
ABERG VVENNY. THE Improvement Commissioners are pro- moting a Bill in Parliament to confirm a provisional order made by the Local Govern- ment Board in relation to Abergavenny Gas- works. The object of the order is to empower the Improvement Commissioners to extend their gasworks and construct additional works and bnildiugs, for which purposes they are authorised to borrow £ 9,000.
TILARNA YON. HOREB CHAPEL.—The Rev J. Canaid Hughes, B.D., late of Streator, Ill., U.S.A., has declined to accept a pressing call to the pastorate of Horeb Baptist Church, Blaenavon, Monomouthshire. "THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA."—At the Bible Christian Chapel on Tuesday evening, Mr Kane, a most popular lecturer, gave a pleasing lecture on "The rei?n 0f Queen Victoria. There was a fair audience, and the lecture was much appreciated. TRIP TO PORTHCA WL.-On Monday morning the Great Western Railway Company ran an ex- cursion t:ain to Porthcawl. At 8 a.m., the time announced for the departure, only one passenger was at the station to take advantage of the trip, owing partly, no doubt, to the poor condition of trade, and partly to local events arranged for the day. MEMORIAL SERVICE. At the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday evening, the pastor, the Rev A. J. Smith, preached a memorial ser- mon on the late George Prosser, who had been most active in assisting in the duties of the church, and had regularly filled his post. The choir sang "Vital spark," cond cted by Mr Hardwick. PARK-STREET WESLEYAN CHURCH. On Sunday, Park-street WTesleyan Church anniver- sary was held. Three excellent sermons were preached by the Rev R. S. Coe, of Bishop Auckland, late of the town, who is regarded as a very earnest and practical preacher. The attendance was large all day, especially in the evening, when many failed to gain admittance. The Upper Wesley Chapel undergoing renova- tion and being closed for the day, this fact accounts for a large influx of friends. The singing of the choir was very good.—On Monday evening, Mr Coe again preached to a large con- gregation. The collections amounted to .£19. ENTERTAINMENT AT HOREB CHAPEL.—On Thursday evening week the choir, assisted by friends, gave a most successful entertainment to a large audience. The programme was nicely rendered. Tiic,-haii- was taken by Mr Thomas James, who congratulated eoch one taking pad in Tbe evening's proceedir>gs. Miss Scourtield and I\Xossrs. Ilairis ;i iid i'adtie^'i accompanied at the pianoforte and organ with much taste. Mr Jones ably conducted the chclr. The profits go to the new organ funds. Tho following was the programme: — Pianoforte solo, Miss Polly Scourfield chorus, 'How beautiful,' choir; recitation, Master Jas. Morgan song, Mr D. J. Jones song, Mr D. Price recitation, Miss Lily Watkins song, Mr John A. Bowen; song, Miss Harriet Price recitation, Mr S. Royal; song, Mrs Duncan chorus, When the Lord,' choir song, Mr C. Richards song, Miss Adley reci- tation, Miss M. Whitney song, Mr D. Price; recitution, Mr T. Davies chorus, Hallelujah Chorus,' Choir. DEATH.—It is our painful duty to record this week the death of Mr Jenkin Jenkins, Crown Hotel, Broad-street, -the sad occurrence taking place on Monday morning. The deceased gentle- man, who was only 48 years of age at his demise, had been ill for a considerable period, and during most of the time had been confined to his room. prior to entering business, Mr Jenkins had for many years filled the important post of chief roller at the Steel Works, and in that capacity had won the esteem of his employers and fellow workmen by his integrity and straightforward- Tiess. lie was particularly unassuming in his manner and generous in his nature, and was deservedly respected by everyone he came in contact with. In business transactions he was strictly honourable, and as a husband and father was loving and warm hearted. the,functral took place yesterday (Thursday), the interment being at Ebenezer Cemetery, a report of which will appear in our next issue. Widespread sympathy is expressed with the sorrowing widow, the only daughter (Mrs Archer), and the remaining sorrowing relatives. FUNERAL.—The mortal remains of the late Mrs Lydia Emily Davies, the beloved wife of Mr David Davies, The Stores, Broad-street, were interred on Thursday afternoon at Llanwenartli Cemetery. 1 he funeral cortege consisted of a hearse, two mourning coachef. and five other con veyallces, and proceeded from James-street, the private resideuce jf the deceased at 3 p.m., lvaaded by the Horeb Choir, under the Iwuiership of Mr Benjamin Jones. Prior to a > hort service wax at the- house, the li-v-Tv,s (Broati-sueot Baprist Chnpeljand T. It. VVi .ianis (Llanvyenartu) officiating. The cutli (J. was of polished oak and upon it were de- pubued a number of mayniiicent wreaths pre- sented by Mrs Sarah Davies (Philip-street), Mrs A. (ininths (W^-uuuvon Station), Mrs J. •Jonathan (Gilwtrn), sisters —? ^rs Davies •Jonathan (Gilwtrn), slstcrs )frs Davies (Eilick-street). Mr Nicholas Morgan (brother), and others. The bearers were the three brothers of deceased and Mr David Lewis (High-street). At the chapel and graveside the solemn rites we-re feelingly performed by the Rev. T. H. Williams, ilucn sympathy is expressed with the boreaved family in their irrep^^bie loss.
CRUMLIN. FOOTBALL CLUll DIEl.t.-The annual dinner in connection with the Football Club came off on Monday evening at the Railway Hotel. An excellent repast was provided by Mr Williams, the landlord, to which ample justice was done by the numerous supporters of the club who were present, and an enjoyable evening was spent. The cloth having been removed, Mr Boothman was voted to the chair. Mr Harry Jones gave a harp solo. An interesting pro- gramme was gone through, songs being given by Messrs S. Woodford. James Rees, John Jones, George Maxwell, and Tom Davies a recitation by Mr D. M. Williams and brief addresses by Messrs G. Holland, Williams, and H. Pritchard, hon. secretary. The secretary stated that the number of matches played was 29, 16 of which were won. 6 lost, and 7 drawn. He also reported that for next season several good matches had been arranged, and that the club had every prospect of keeping an untarnished record.—On the motion of Mr W. James, seconded by Mr R. Maxwell, a hearty vote of thanks was ac- corded to the chairman.
MEETHYB. A QUESTION OF TIMBERING. On Monday, at the Merthyr Police-court—before Mr North and Mr Smyth—John Powell, colliery workman, of Cyfarthfa, was summoned for a breach of the 22nd general rule and the 201st special rule, at the Castle Pit, the property of Messrs Crawshay Bros., in not putting up the necessary timbering or epragging at his working-place, on the 18th ult.—Mr Albert M. Sims, Government Inspector of Mines, said that on the 18th of May he saw defendant's working place, and called his atten- tion to the want of spragging." Defendant argued that it was not required, but witness con- sidered the place was unsafe with only one "sprag."—Fined 10s. and costs.
POINTNE WYDD. BURNT TO DEATH.—An inquest was held at Croesyceiliog or Saturday afternoon (before Mr Roberts-J ones, coroner) on the body of Gertrude Florence Hathaway, aged 3 years, who died on Thursday from burns received as the result of her nightdress becoming ignited. The mother, who completely broke down while givmg her evidence, stated that she was in the habit of leaving a lighted candle in a room adjoining the children's bedroom, and that the child must have got out of bed on AVednesday night and received the fatal burns while she (witness) was doins some washing in the back kitchen. The jury returned a verdict of « Accidental death."
UPPER CW3IBRAX. M: nIG.- Profcswr Galloway and the students of Cardiff University Mining Class, including Mr Roberts Jones, coroner, recently spent seve- ral hours in exploring the workings of Cwmbran Colliery. Its long tunnel of a mile and a quar- ter, its endless chain haulage, its compressed air engines, and its system of working the thick steam coal by pillar and stall proved highly interesting to the visitors, who were accompanied throughout by Mr Jacobs, the manager.
SHOOTING COMPETITION. "B" COMPANY 3RD VOL. BATT. SOUTH i WALES BORDERERS. | The first of three monthly competitions took place on Monday, at the V.irteg Hill Range, at 200, 500, and GOO yards. The weather was very unfavourable for shooting. Ram fell heavily most of the day. and a very heavy fog hung over the range, a front wind was blowing into the faces' of the competitors, which made it very difficult, to take aim. The above competition is for £ 5. kindly given to tke above named eora- pany annually by Mr Edward Jones. J.P., Snatch wood, to be competed for by all members of the company, at the above named distances, seven founds at each distance. Appended are a few of the highest scores :— T- Names of r 5 5 tors. — x 2 r- •" y Sergt J. Hardin? 20 2~> 25 79 10 Pte J. Dick- 2>> 73 — Setrt-Inst E Frost ~2 -2 72 — Pte Wm. Owens %-i 2S 7u — A.Q-M-Sergt Colee 24 2-t lt> Hi' l."> Corpl A. Bright 2<; ii; li"> d,S 5 Clr-Serirt W. Jones 17 19 60 — Pte J. Carpenter 21 22 17 1,;0 — Pte J.Hi?gs 21 id 22 59 — Lee-Cpl A. Hopkins is 28 17 ~-i — S. D-acon 21 21 16 5S Pte W. Thayer 21 :3 1 57 Pt-e NV. G.ones :1 17 11 — Serjrt. II. Coombs 15 2S 12 55 — Pte E. Rees i? I** lo 51 — Lce-S^-t G. Watkins 23 lo lo 49 —
WORTH £ 100,000 THiiEE YEARS AGO. At a meeting of the creditors of Mr. Dan Ry lands, colliery owner, Barnsley, held at Sheffield, the liabilities were announced at £ 302.200, whi ch in- cluded mortgage securities amounting to £ 229,412. The unsecured estate show ed a trifle over 10s. in the pound. Three years go the debtor was worth ;cioo,ooo. He attempted to commit suicide a weeic after the receiving order was malle, and is still in » dangerous condition.
Mr. C. G. Maelcay Writes to the Glasgow Herald to declare that a local Presbytery for years has beeu sending a dancing cide 1. to the Assembly. The fact, be says, '6 notorious. At the Oxford Encaenia on the 21st inst., the honorary degree of D.C.K. will bo conferred on Lord Roseberv. and Bishop of Oxford, Lord Cromer, Sir C. Euan-Smith, and Professor Tyreli. During the past week twelve steamers landed cattle and fresh meat at Liverpool from various American and Cankdian ports, bvinging a total supply of 4.155 cattle and quarters of beef, The Lord Mayor of York haR received a letter from Sir Francis de Winton stating that tbe Duke of York hopes in the antnmn te visit that city to perform the ceremony of opening the public library. The Rev. Dr. George Adam Fmtth states that the average income of the Free Church or Scotland was during the first ten vents of its existence about 1:300,000 per atinarc, and is uow well over £ 600,000. The Joint Committee of the Northumberland Council have decided to offer 200Z. reward for in. formation 1pad ing to the discovery and conviction of the murder er of Constable Turbett at Scotswood Dene on the ltith inst. The fisbs ng-lngger Albert and Alfred, of East- bourne. rhii down a few days uny a passing Steamer of fXcwharcn. it if believed that tbe whole of the crew were rescued by a pleasure steamer. A young man, Jof^oh nodhon?". employed at tbe cloth "mil's ol" Wilson »>'d ^v,s. Lewis, was can "-at by tbe machinery whirled round the shait- ing:. and crushed to death. Muny women and girls fainted.