PONTYPOOL POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.. Before Colonel BYRDE (in the chair), Mr 1. BUTLER, Mr A. A. WIGLIAMS, Mr W. P. JAMES, and Mr W. L. PRATT. THE DISORDERLIES. John Desmond was charged with beiDg drunk and disorderly at Pontypool on the 4th June.- P S. Saunders gave evidence, and as defendant pleaded that it was more excitement than drink, he was let off with the payment pf the costs, 486d.. James Bobbert was charged with a. similar offence at Aberbeeg, on the 3rd inst., and on the evidence of P.O. Edmunds, was fined lUs, Elizabeth Barrett was, on the evidence of P.C. Harris, fined 5s for being drunk and disorderly at Abersvchan on 5th June. J John Lam and Morgan Hopkins were WIth neto-gs behavIour at Pontypool o e 5th June.—P.S. Ash gave evidence, and as it*as the defendants' first offence, they were let off with a fine of 10s each, including costs. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AT MAMHILAD. Francis Lewis was charged with cruelty to animals by working a horse dnnt st^,te Mamhilaa on the llth May.-Defendant pieced not guilty.—Inspector Warr, R..S.P.C.A., P, J cuted, and said that about 2.15 p.m oatbe a^ noon of the 18th May, he was on the tighwa3 at Mamhilad when he saw defendant driving a small roan pony. He noticed something wrng, and he stopped him. He found the animal exceedingly lame on the near foreleg, the fetiock was partiy dislocated, the foot badly contracted, and the pastern very much inflamed. He <*lled the defendant's attention to the state °f pony, and he said there was nothing the matter with the animal; it had been like that for a long time. He then whipped it up, and went at the rate of eight or nine miles per hour. went away he noticed that the pony lame, and that the fetlock joint was s pp P and out.—John Williams, veterinary g Abersychan, was called for the defen he had known the pony in question for three years. It had met with an accident some time '3 ago, in consequence of which the sinew was sHrunk, and it was a little lame. He could not term it a dislocation. -It might give the animal a little pain to be worked.—The defendant said he had had the pony for about three years, and since then had driven it to Abergavenny, Usk, and Newport, and it h&d always come back the same as it started. He did not it any pain to be worked.-The Bench decided that the animal was not in a fit state to be worked, and they sentenced defendant to pay a fine of 10s. DAMAGING A RESERVOIR. James Baker was charged with malicious injury to a reservoir, the property of the Paten Nut and Bolt Company, Cwmbran, on the 31st May. —Defendant pleaded guilty to damaging a tank. -,Ur W. H. V. Bythway prosecuted, and said that the pond which defendant was accused of damaging supplied the water for the boilers, and also for 55 horses working underground in the Cwmbran Colliery. On Thursday, the 31st lilt., they found that the pond had been emptied, and they afterwards discovered that it had been done by defendant for the purpose of catching ash: If the fact that the pond was empty had not been discovered in time, the colliery would have had to be stopped, and the horses under- ground would have been without water.-James Price said that he was in chatge of the boilers at Cwmbran Colliery. On the day in question he found that the sluice bad been raised and the pond emptied. The sluice had been put down again, but some pieces of stick had got under, and prevented it from getting down.—William Jacobs, manager, Cwmbran Colliery, said that the last witness reported to him on the 31st ult. that the pond had been emptied. Defendant came to him afterwards, and admitted that he Had emptied the pond for the purpose of catching fish, and wanted him to let him off with a fine. This, however, witness refused to de, as that kind of thing had been done so often previously. They lost over 46,000 gallons of water, which was a great deal in that dry weather, in fact they had not been able to get the pond up since.—A nne of JEl, and 4s 6d costs, was inflicted. ANOTHER CRUELTY CASE. John Lewis was charged with cruelty to animals by working a horse in an unfit state at Llanhilleth, on the 29th May, and Solomon Kremar was also charged with cruelty by causing the horse to be so worked.—Defendants pleaded not guilty.—Inspector Warr, R.S.P.C.A.. prose- cuted, and said that on the 29th May he saw Lewis driving the horse in question at Llan- hilleth. He examined the animal, and found a large raw wound on the back, and also another large wound about three inches over on the side. There was a pad over the wound, which had rubbed off the skin from the sore. The part was exceedingly sensitive, and the horse shrank when touched. He spoke to Lewis, and he said he Jiad not known of the condition of the horse. He had merely hired it for the day, and it had been brought to his house ready harnessed. —For the defence, Lewis repeated the state- ment he had made to the inspector as to his ignorance of the state of the horse, and Kremar said he knew that the horse had had a sore on its back and had a man to attend to -it.-The Bench dismissed the case against Lewis, believ- ing his statement that he had no knowledge of the state of the horse. Kremar was fined 15s including costs. CHARGE OF CRUELTY TO A DUCK. Elizabeth Loman was charged with ill-treating aduck by breaking its leg with a stene, at Llan- hilleth on the 28th May.—Inspector Warr again prosecuted.—David Phillips said that on the 28th May last he had a duck and a drake outside his housr. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon he saw Mrs Loman and a little girl outside. The little girl was beating Uje duck with a branch and Mrs Loman was throwing stones at ït. He told her not to do so, and she said she would knock his head off. He went into the house, and a few minutes afterwards saw the duck come up the path alone. He went to look for the drake, and found it in a level with its leg broken. He took it to Mrs Loman, and charged her with breaking its leg, and she replied that be must have done it himself. He then went to the constable. In reply to questions, witness said he did npt see defendant hit the duck.-P.C. Prosser gave evi- dence as to seeing the drake with a broken leg. Mrs Leek and John Leek, mother and son, gave evidence to the effect that they did not see Mrs Loman hit the drake, but that it went into the level all right.—Mary Parry also gave evidence to the same effect.-The BeRch said they would not convict defendant of the offence, but would sentence her to pay the expenses, 10s. OFFENCE AGAINST THE WILD BIRDS PROTECTION ACT. James Berryman was charged with unlaw- fully being in the possession of two wild birds on the 3rd June.-Defendant pleaded guilty.— Inspector Warr deposed to seeing two thrushes in the possession ot-(Iofendant on the 3rd June. The case had been brought on in order to act as a warning to others. They wished to make the provisions of the Act as widely known as possible, and for that end they had every year printed and distributed bills containing the pro- visions of the Act.—Defendant was sentenced to pay the costs. CRUELTY TO CHILDREN. Elizabeth Tippins was charged with neglecting two children, John Matthews, aged three years, and William Matthews, aged 5 years, her grand- children, on the 27th May, in such a manner as to cause injury to their health.-—Mr L. E. Webb prosecuted for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He said that in this case the two children in question were the illegitimate children of Elizabeth Matthews, and had been given into the charge of her mother by her., Unfortunately, however, Mrs Tippins had recently given way to drink, and had since that time neglected the children very much. The inspector, in his evidence, would describe the children as being filthily dirty and insufficiently clothed.—Sergeant Saunders said he had known Mrs Tippins for the last seven or eight years. During the last six jnonths he had noticed that she had been of more intemperate habits than she had been before. He went to her house on the 26th May. She was then very I drunk, and the little boy was very dirty and very poorly clad. He also went to the house on other dates, and on many occasions found her very drunk. The two little children were on 63'U occasion very dirty and badly clothed.-Un Ânn Bowen and Catherine Evans gave evidence to the effect that the children were badly clothed, and were very dirty, the former saying that on some occasions they had come to hp,r and asked for food.-Inspeaor Coates, said that in company with Sergt. Saunders he visited Mrs Tippin shouse on the 21st May. The bed- room. was filthly dirty, and the bed had no covering upon it, Except ap old counterpane and some rags. They saw$§ children in the, 6f a neighbw- :T • rw,rlv xnev were Doth very o*ad, and their heads covered with .crmin. They were fairly well nourished.- Elizabeth Matthews, single woman, said she was the mother of the two children. They had been in the charge of her mother since last Marcn. She had been paying her mother no regular money, but had given her what she asked for. She thought she gave her on the average about 7s. a month. She had bought the children cloth- Hlg, but she did not know her mother had pawned any of it. The father of the children was dead. —Defendant denied neglecting the children, but said that she had been ill lately, and was not then able to look after them.—The magistrates ordered that the children should be sent to the Workhouse, and sentenced Mrs Tippina to imprisonment for a fortnight. USING A REVOLVER A TINWORKER'S FOOL- HARDY FREAK. Chas. Francis tinworker, Caerleon,, was charged on remand with feloniously shooting at John Halcombe and Stephen Bassett with intent to kill at Panteg on the 4th inst.—Mr L. E. Webb, who appeared for prisoner, submitted at the out- set that prisoner could not be charged with attempting to kill two persons, when only one shot was fired.-T he Chairman No; a man can hardly fire one shot at two persons.—Mr Webb: That is my contention, sir. It is for the prose- cution to answer.-Supt. James, who prose- cuted on behalf of the police, said the bullet passed between the two men, so, under the cir- cumstances, they had charged the prisoner with shooting at the two.-Mr W. P. James: If you can prove he was shooting at one, you will have a difficulty in proving he was aiming at the othey. I Laughter.) — The Chairman: As the charge stands, he is charged with the attempted murder of two men with one shot.—Supt. James: Perhaps your worships will hear the evidence.— The Clerk I think myself a shot such as you describe is' a shooting with intent to murder, but only one person.—Supt. James then called John Halcombe, who said he was a boxer at the tin- works, and lived at Pontrhydyrun. On Sunday afternoon, the 4th inst., he and a friend named Stephen Bassett went for a walk along Ponty- velia field at New Inn, and saw prisoner and three other men sitting on a bank. Witness raised his hat in salutation to the men, two of whom he knew. Prisoner then shouted, Are you 50 yards off V" Witness replied, No, let's go on a bit," and walked on. He then heard a report, and something which he thought was a bullet whizzed between him and Bassett, the latter being at the time two or three yards in front of him. Witness did not think prisoner intended to do any bodily harm to either of them, but thought it was entirely a drunken freak.— Cross examined by Mr Webb: Witness gave information to the police. He did so in order that defendant should not shoot at anybody again. (Laughter.) He had since accompanied a policeman to the spot, and found the distance between where he stood and the place were prisoner sat about 43 yards. Witness did not raise his hat as a target for prisoner to aim at. He did not know prisoner had a pistol with him. After the shot was fired, witness passed on without saying anything to prisoner.—Stephen Bassett, tinworker, Sebasto- pol, gave corroborative evidence, but gave it as his opinion that the bullet passed over their heads.— Daniel Richards, wagon repairer, New Inn, said he was with prisoner and two other men sitting down in the meadow. When prisoner fired he pointed the revolver over the heads of the men towards the river. Prisoner was on the bank, and Halcome and Bassett were below him. By firing from where he was sitting, the bullet would ?o over the men's heads. Prisoner had been rinking that day.—Cross-examined There was no chance of the men being hit.-P.C. Lynch said that from information received he arrested the prisoner on Tuesday morning at his work, and charged him with shooting at Halcombe and Bassett with intent to kill. In reply he said, "I didn't mean to kill or harm them. It was foolhardiness and the drink." Witness asked him what he had done with the revolver, and he said he had thrown it away. Afterwards he said the revolver was near his furnace at the work, and witness could have it if he went and asked a certain man for it. Witness went to the work, but failed to find it. He was told the revolver had been thrown in the feeder.—For the defence Mr Webb said the account which prisoner gave to the police constable was really true. The act of firings the revolver in the manner described was no doubt an extremely foolish and reprehen- sible one, and the cause of it was that Francis had been drinking. His explanation was that ho bought the pistol the night oef ore, as he intended shortly to go to America. There was not at any time any intention in his mind to fire to the injury of either of the men. There ws no direct evidence that prisoner fired directly at the men, and as they were not in any actual danger, he (Mr Webb) would ask the magistrates to deal, summarily with the case and exercise leniency towards the prisoner.—The Chairman, addressing the prisoner, said the Bench had very attentively considered, the evidence brought in support of the charge against him, which was, as he was well aware, a very serious one indeed.. They had desired to give every possible attention to any extenuating circumstances which had been brought forward to prove that he did not intend to inflict grievous bodily harm to anyone. At the same time, it was right that they should ex- press their reprehension of his conduct in making a foolhardy use of a deadly weapon. They did not intend, under the evidence brought before them, to send him to take his trial even for attempting igrevious bodily harm. which they might have done, but they desired to impress upon him the very oolemu -alid responsible posi- tion to which he had brought himself by pro- bably giving way to drink. They trusted this would be a serious warning to him, and with that warning they dismissed him from the charge (Applause in court.) FRACAS IN A PUBLIC HOUSE. Job Shearn was charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the Carpenter's Arms Inn, Llanhilleth, on the 3rd inst.—Mr L. E. Webb appeared for the prosecution. -Jane Lewis, daughter of the licensed holder, said the defend- ant was in the house about 9 o'clock, and dis- turbed the company. Witness told him to leave, but he refused. He continued to disturb the company until a police constable came in.- Jonathan Phillips corroborated, adding that the defendant took up a pmt of beer belonging to him, and when he remonstrated, threatened to strike him.—Defendant called' a witness, who, however, did little to help him.—A fine of 20s, including costs, was imposed. Jeremiah Williams was charged with assaulting Sarah Ann Shearn and Job Shearn, at Llan- hilleth, on the 3rd June.Job Shearn (the defendant in the last case) said that after the conversation between him and the landlady of the Carpenters Arms, the defendant, who was Mrs Lewis's brother, struck him. He, however admitted that he strucK defendant first, and the Bench dismissed the case, orderingj 4ach party to pay his own costs. i' i ^ROBBING A GARDEN. I t George Lewis, James Morris, Edwin Walters, and David Lloyd, boys, were charged With steal- ing a quantity of gooseberries, value 4d, from the garden of Mr W P James, at Abersychail on the 4th June.—Harriett Howells and Samuel Howells, mother and son, gave evidence as to seeing some boys in the prosecutor's garden, but could not swear positively to the defendants.— P.S. Allen said Mrs Howells gave him the names of the four defendants, and said the smallest boy, Lloyd, was put through the hedge y the others, and he handed the gooseberries out.— This the boys practically admitted, and they were fined 10s each.—Mr Pratt also warned them against other mischievous acts, saying that there had been general complaints about their conduct at the British. (Mr W. P. James retired from the Bench during the hearing of this case.) r 2. AN UNFILIAL SON. Joseph, Morris, was charged with not maintain- ing his mother, whereby she became cha rgeable to the Pontypool Union.—Wm. M^aliphant, relieving officer said the defendant's mother became chargeable on the 4th M,A.1 and was allowed 3s per week.—It transpired that the defendant was a married man W ithout children, and that his brother already paid something toward his mother's supporlc.-Defendant was ordered to contribute Is. Pf.r week, and also pay the oosts, 6s 6d. SCHOOL CASES. Chas. Watkim, AfW. Jones, Edward Perry John Hillman and Wm. Edwards, were charged with, neglecting to SP.nd their children to school. Mr Derrett,school attendance officer tothePonty- pool Union, gave evidence.—In the case of Hillman, defendant produced a ihedical certifi- cate stating tlve child wa unable to attend, and the case was dismissed —Orders to attend school were made ui the other cases. Daniel ifces fcnd^SS^W were charged John Roderick at the Race on too. ay.-Prosecutor did not appear, and it was explained that he was unable to attend on the previous Saturday.—The Bench adjourned ^e case for another week. LIVELY TIMES ON THE SOWHILL. Mary Jagles, John Jagles, and Bridget Johnson, were charged with assaulting Margaret O'Connell and Wm. O'Connell at Pontypool on the 4th June.—The evidence of the complainants was to the effect that Mrs Jagles commenced the disturbance on Sunday afternoon by insulting them, following this up by rushing into their house, seizing hold of Mrs O'Connelllby the hair, and beating her, Mr O'Connell interfered, and received awhaok on the back of the neck with a otlcket. The male defendant also took part in the assault, and Jshfison came in at the death ° nd lauded Mr Connell a smack on the side ot I hishead.—Considerable difficulty was experienced in hearing tne evidence, i» ~T 1" noisy and excited attitude of The women were repeatedly^cautioned by the Bench, who had to threaten ce3]jf before they quieted down.—There were ten p vious convictions against V^Le offenoes, and four against Mrs Jagles. There wis nothing against John Jagles, and he was ordered to pay the costs, 8s. 6d. Mrs Jagles an Bridget Johnson were fined 40s. each, or one month. They accepted the alternative and were removed from the court by force, shouting and threatening to have 'em again (meaning the complainants) for it. Mrs Jagles also insisted upon her better half going to Usk with her, in- staed of paying the costs as ordered. BASTARDY ARREARS. Joshua, Carpenter answered an adjourned sum- mons for non-payment of JE6 10s arrears due under a bastardy order to Mary Jones.-Defen- dant was ordered three weeks previously to pay j62 in a fortnight, and JE1 a month afterwards. He had not paid anything, and now stated he had been idle nearly all the time.—Upon bis promising to hand over his pay ticket (produced) for ii. the Bench adjourned the case foranotber fortnight. DISORDERLIES. William Rogers was charged with being drunk at Garndiffaith on the 30th ult.-P.C. Jones said he saw defendant in a beilstly state, with a crowd of children and men round him.—Fined 10s. Mary Ann Donovan and Ann Rees were charged with riotous behaviour at Abersychan on the 3rd June.-Rees did not appear, it being stated that she had recently been c(knfined.Donovan pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s. Frank Harris pleaded guilty to riotous con- duct in a public place at Garndiffaith on the 6th June, and on tne evidence of P.C. Jon<.s was fined 10s. A CAUTION TO SELLERS OF BREAD. John Chambers visa charged with unlawfully carrying and delivering bread in a cart without beine provided with scales at Abersychan on the 2nd June.—Defendant pleaded guilty, but said he was not aware he had to carry scales.—P.S. Allen saw the defendant delivering bread from a trap at Abersychan, and found he had no weights or scales with him.—Fined 15s, including costs. —^— —
AN EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVE- MENT IN AUSTRALIAN COLONI- ZATION. It is a noteworthy, if not unprecedented, fact in the history of British colonization, having regard to the remarkable extent and productive value of the work which has been so rapidly accomplished, that since the commencement of the Irrigation Colonies on the river Murray, by the well-known company of Chaffy Brothers, Limited, about five years ago, no less than five thousand persons, consisting of all ranks and conditions, including noblemen, sons of gentle- men, retired naval and military officers, pro- fessional men, &c., chiefly from Great Britain* have become settled at the Irrigation Colony of Mildura in Victoria, or have acquired property there, for the highly profitable cultivation of valuable products, such as wine, olive oil, oranges, lemons, apricots, peaches, raisins, currants, figs, &c., &c., which are in immediate requirement by the Australian Colonies, and, III extensive demand in Great Britain and other markets of the World. At the sister settlement of Renmark in South Australia, the population (which is of the same character), numbers about one thousand. The total area which is being dealt with so far, embraces not more than some 30,000 out of the half-million acres which the colonial government have granted for the creation of what, in the words of several distin- guished visitors to the settlements, promises to Become "thefuture fruit garden of the world." The most favourable reports are being received with reference to the condition of the planta- tions generally, and the small consignments of- the late season's products, consisting of dried apricots, and peaches, raisins, &c. which have just been received in this country (although representing the yield of .fruit trees planted so recently), are of such excellent quality that a most extensive demand is assured for 'them in the future. Samples of fruits from the Irriga- tion Colonies are now being exhibited at the Imperial Institute, and at the Gardening and Forestry Exhibition, Earl's Court.
RISCA AND THE COUNTY I COUNCIL. SELECTION OF A LIBERAL CANDIDATE. 1-' r r •' t -• A meeting of ldberals in the Bisca Division yas held on Friday night at the Pontymister School for the purpose of selecting a candidate, in view of the expected resignation of Councillor J. R. Jacob on his appointment as superinten- dent rate collector at Newport. The meeting was presided over by Mr George Lewis. The Chqjrman stated that the candidate they had approached (understood to be the Rev.Thos. Thomas, Baptist minister, Pontymister) had re- plied to their deputation that he was not ambi- tious for the seat." They had on two occasions pressed him to become their candidate, and he had replied that if they could find any suitable gentleman he was prepared to stand aside if not, he was prepared to fight their battle. (Ap- plause.) I Mr Dowling spoke in support of Mr D. W. James. Mr T. Smith objected until Mr James- was prepared to recognise the Liberal copstitution and consult them. He had come forward last time on his own initiative, and had said there was not a Liberal constitution in Risca. That Liberal constitution, however, with its feeble effort, defeated him. On the motion of Mr Wm. Bundy, seconded by Mr Antony Hiley, the name of the Rev Thos. Thomas was approved of without dissent. Mr G. H. Gwynne hoped the electors would loyally support their candidate, and allow no paltry quibbles of differences of opinion to come between them. On the motion of Mr Robert Baylis, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Gwynne, and an ex- pression of condolence' passed to Councillor M. Walters ih his bereavement through the acci- dental death of his wife.
A NEW METHOD OF SUICIDE., A very curious case of suicide has just occurred at Thivers, in the Department of the Dordogne. A peasant named Ouzeau, 60 years of age, had for some days past spoken in very melancholy terms of the damage that had been done to the crops in the district by the drought, and had declare^ that he could no longer bear the si<*ht of the parched ground and the dried-up fields. His depression attracted some attention, but his neighbours had no suspicion of his determina- tion tofcut an end to f his days. On Saturday" Y, however, he was found dead. He had after pulling a large cotton cap over his face down to his neck, and tying a handkerchief tightly over his eyes, plunged his head into a bucket half- filled with water, and had maintained under water this position until he was completely asphyxiated.
STOPPAGE OF BRYNGWYN COLLIERY BEDWAS. The workmen of the Bryngwya Colliery Bedwas (owners, Messrs Cartwright, Newport), have been employed for the last two months on the daily contract system, so as to be prepared to cease working on a day's notice, and on Thurs- day the management gave instructions to the colliers to bring their tools to the pit's bank. which the men did forthwith.; This course of action has been taken by the company owing to the pressure of water in this colliery since the stoppage of the worked-out collieries, Cwmyglo, Energlyn, and Rhos-Llantwit, as by this stop- page it was impossible to carry on the workings with the present machinery after the water had risen to a certain point in the colliery The pumping engine will be stopped in a few days and the machinery raised with as little delay as possible. This will affect about 200 workmen, and will cast a gloom over the district.
LAm-ER AND EGG MERCHANT. A rather singular combination of business is being carried on DV a solicitor in the North of England, who, in addition to the practice of the law has set up as an egg and poultry merchant. According to a circular sent to members of the legal profession, this gentleman undertakes to supply new-laid ej. gs at a fixed charge for different months of the year. A Lady's Companion.-The present issue of the Lady's Companion is the commencement of a new volume, and amply bears out what was promised on its origination. To quote the words of the editress:—" As a guide for every woman in domestic management, cookery, the attire of herself and her children, the embellishment on her home, and the due regard she should pay to her health and appearance, these pages will be devoted, while tne lighter arts that beguile the tedium of everyday existence will not De disre- garded." This programme has been carried out to perfection, as a glsnde at the present issue will prove. The fiction is of a high class character and the occasional gratis patterns must be very useful. The one given this week is for a dainty lace cape, which we are informed by feminine authorities is of the latest design and very simple to carry out. HOLLOWAY'S PILLS—There is nothing in the whole Materia Medica" like these Medidaments for the certainty of their action in lumbago, sciatica, tic doloreux, and all flying or settled pains in the nerves and muscles. Diseases of this nature originate in bad blood and depraved humours, and until these are corrected there can be no permanent eure. The ordinary remedies afford out temporary relief ^and in the end always disappoint the sufferer. Holloway's Ointment penetrates the human system as salt penetrates meat, and the Pills greatly assist and accelerate it operation by clearing away all obstructions and giving tone to the system generally. The 1 prophylactic virtues of Holloway's remedies stand unrivalled,
BLACKWOOD POLICE COURT. FRIDAY. Before the Rev J. GRIFFITHS (in the chair) and Mr W. GRIFFITHS. AN UNSUfcTAlNED CLAIM. John Bowen, waggoner, Bedwas, was sum- moned for X2 12s, wages alleged to be due in lieu of notice, to William Rowland Davies.- Complainant, a farmer, said defendant was en- gaged for him in May as a waggoner at 9s a week, indoors, for six months certain. He left wit- ness's employ on the 22nd May without notice. Witness then had 8s of his wages in hand. The amount claimed represented the loss witness had sustained through the horses being idle.—John Brown, farm labourer, said he engaged defend- ant at Brecon fair for Mr Davies, the under- standing being that there was to be, a week's notice on either side.—The Clerk: You did not engage him for six months certain ?—Witness No.—The Clerk Then there is only a shilling due to you, Mr Davies.—The Bench said that as the case was presented to them, they had no alternative but to dismiss it. REFUSING TO QUIT. Thomas Howell, a travelling tinker living at Pontypool, was summoned for being disorderly and refusing to quit the Greyhound Inn, Pont- llanfraith, 011 the 13th May.—Defendant did not appear.—VVm. Davies, landlord of the Grey- hound Inn, said that on the 13th ult. defendant came to his house, offering tins for sale. He also asked for a pint of cider, and witness's daughter supplied him, not noticing that he was the worse for liquor. He afterwards became abusive, and used threats to a gentleman in the house. Wit- ness ordered him to leave, and lie refused to go. -Supt. Bosanquet said defendant was fined lOa in September ot last year for a siuailar,.offence.- 1'he Chairman said that defendant was sum- moned to appear at thslí court, but did not do so. As he had twice treated the court with contempt, and as it was evident bis conduct) in the house was very bad, lie would be fined 40s and costs, or one month. UNLICENSED DOÜ. Win. Lewis (WhO did not appear) was charged with keeping a dog without a licence at Maesy- cwmmer 011 7th April.-Mr T. R. Ferris, super- visor, prosecuted.—Excuse-officer Phillips, Caer- philly, said he called at defendant s house on the 1Lh April, and saw defendant's wife respecting the dog licence. The licence was taken out that day, after wituesss visit. He had previously sent defendant a written notice.—The Bench im- posed a fine of 10s and costs, or 14 days. NON-ATTENDANCE. John Parry (no appearance) was summoned at the instance of the Mynyddislwyn School Board for not sending his child to school.—Attendance- officer Williams said the child had only attended four times out of a possible 41.—Fined,2s 6d. DRUK ON LICENSED PREMISES. Philip Jenkins (who did not appear) was sum- moned for being drunk on licensed premises at Crumlin on the 16th of May.—P.O. Prosser said that at 5 p.m. on the 16th ult. he visited the Masons Arms Inn, Crumlin, and saw defendant in the taproom, druuk. Witness ciftled the land- lord's attention to him and put him out. He was afterwards staggering about the roads.—A fine of 5s and costs was imposed, or 7 days.
AB4RCARN LOCAL BOARD. • This- Board met on Thursday we«kt Alderman George Jones presiding, there being also present Messrs Daniel Matthews, W. Jones, R. Lewis, W. Rowlands, T. Williams, and D J. Coleman. Dr W. E. James's report said that 26 deaths and 5tf births were, registered during the last month, giving at death rate of 312 and a birth rate of 69*6 per 1,000 per annum. There was an increase in the. amount of scarlatina present in the district, 16 cases being notified. Complaints had been received of the overcrowding of a house, near the Railway Inn, Crumlin. He complained of some -of the,suughter-hogseg ivjhe district being in a bad state. He concluded by suggesting that the Board still further limit the public water supply, as there seemed every probability of a prolonged drought. The Board had before them the medical; officer's annual report, presnting a complete re- cord of the sanitary state of the district since the Board's formation. OVERCROWDING AT CRUMLIN. In the matter of a two-roomed house near the Railway Inn, Crumlin, in which 14 persons lived, the clerk was-inatructed to serve the customary notice on the tenant, the landlord also to be com- municated with. SLAUGHTERHOUSE NUISANCE, f Having regard to the doctors report on the objectionable state of the slaughter-house at Abercarn, the Board decided to use the only means in their power, and to call upon the occu- pier to abate the nuisance at once. SCARCITY OF WATER. 'I Considerable discussion ensued Upon the con- tinued scarcity of the water supply, and the pro- bable continuation of dry weather, several mem- bers suggesting that a still further curtailment should be adopted. The Surveyor, however; observed that the level of the reservoirlrad not been reduced during the last month, but in case it was found necessary, it was decided to stop the supply for a further two hours, from six o'clock in the evening. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. MrRooke reported that the work upon the road? at this season was comparatively light, and suggested that the breaking of stone be proceeded with, so that the stone could be put upon the read early in the season, so as to have the advan- tage of being better worked in by vehicular traffic than if laid in driblets. He asked the Board to provide at Newbridge and Abercarn material depots, as at the present time there was no facility for storing. He suggested the advi- sabily of naming the roadi and streets in the district, and also the numbering of all houses, On the 21st of May he discovered that a main in Bridge-street had blown, and so serious was the gscape that had it not been attended to at once, in less than a couple of hours the entire district would have been without Water He examined the old lead caulking, which weighed 51b 2oz; t the proper weight of metal for a similar joint ought to have been 81b llioz. in the matter of the proposed isolation hospital in accordance with instructions, he had duly prepared in dupli- cate a complete design with detailed specification of the building, embodying the additions sug- gested upon the photographic illustration sub- mitted by the Risca Local Board ISOLATION HOSPITAL. The Chairman stated that it was desirable that a joint meeting of the Risca and Abercarn Com- mittee should be held on the 21st inst., for the purpose of agreeing as to the proportion of the sum to be paid by each Board. The Clerk observed that the Risca Local Board had a rateable value of y.31,000, with an area of 4,000 acres and a population of 7,742, while Abercarn had an estimated population of 10,000, an area of 9,398 acres and a valuation of £43;000. As to the basis on which the Boards shall decide the proportion, it was agreed to con- sider the matter at the joint meeting of the Boards. THE CELYNEN BROOK NUISANCE. A letter was read from the Celynen Company stating that they would share a third of the cost, only on the condition that the arch be extended to the river. The matter was further deferred. The Clerk pointed out that legally they had no power to call upon either the Estate or the Colliery Company to do the work, and the only course left open was to serve notice on the occu- piers of the house to stop polluting the brook. RR,. • FIRE BRIGADE.. The Chairman mentioned the question of the formation of a joint Fire Brigade for Risca and Abercarn. A committee of the joint Boards had considered the matter, but it was a question as to whether they were empowered to spend the rate- payers' money, if so he for one was quite willing to do so in order to share the responsibility of the formation and maintenance of the Brigade. Ultimately it was decided to defer the further consideration until the joint Board had again met. APPOINTMENT DECLINED. A letter was read from Mr E. J. Price, of Pontypridd, who had been appointed plumber some two months ago, in which he now declined the appointment, adding that his present em- ployers had increased his salary so as to make it worth his while retaining his present position. Mr Thomas Williams moved and Mr Daniel Matthews seconded, that Mr James Thomas be appointed at 36s per week. It was agreed that the matter be deferred for a month. FINANCES. Alderman George Jones brought up the report of the finance committee, which shewed that cheques were required for £ 419 Os. 8d. He stated that since the last meeting very little money had been collected on the water and general district rate, and the collector, Mr William Elias, com- plained of the difficulty in getting payment. The committee therefore recommended the Board to instruct their clerk to issue notices to th6fce Jin arrears that unless the money be paid promptly proceedings will be taken.
THE NORTHAMPTON LOVE TRAGEDY.-J-LCBGIE Barrett, who looked very ill and was dre?/sed in deep mourning, was remanded at Northampton on Monday, charged with attempting to commit suicide. She was the fiancee of i)r A airman,' who committed suicide a short fone since.
THE NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD. PROPOSAL TO HOLD IT AT NEWPORT. A meeting to consider the advisability of inviting the council of the National Eisteddfod of Wales to hold the annual eisteddfod at New- port in the year 1895 or 1897 was held at the Town Hall, INewport, on Monday evening, under the presidency of the Mayor (Mr T. Jones). There was a fairly large attendance. The Mayor, in opening the proceedings, read letters promising assistance from Mr Albert Spicer, M.P., and Archdeacon Bruce. He men- tioned that one of the first steps secessary would be to get up a guarantee fund, amounting to at least 1:3,000. He thought this amount would be forthcoming, and he would be pleased to become a guarantor for £100. (Applause.) Mr David Bowen (Abercarn) addressed the meeting in support of the proposal. He read letters expressing support from Mr Emlyn Evans (Hereford), Dr Joseph Parry (Penarth), the Rev J. Jenkins (Risca), "Gwilym Lon" (Machen), Mr James (Blaenavon), the Vicar of "Bassaleg, Messrs Taylor (Risca), J. K. Stone, R. L. Davies, Richards (Newport), and others. The speaker also mentioned that Lord Tredegar and Mr C. D. Phillips had promised to do all they could. Mr Bowen then proceeded to speak upon the claims of Monmouthshire, and the prospects of holding the eisteddfol in the county, alludidcl to the excellent railway facilities. He remarkea that no guarantors had ever been called upon in Wales, but in London the eisteddfod was a financial failure. Mr W. N. Johns moved a proposition to the effect that in the opinion of that meeting it was desirable that the eisteddfod should befinvited. Mr R. J. Simpkins seconded, and the resolu- tion was supported by the Rev T. Lewis, Mr William Jones, Dr Garrod Thomas, Mr T. H. Howell, and Mr J. Liscombe. 1 he proposition was unanimously carried. Subscriptions towards the guarantee fund were promised as follows:-Dr Garrod Thomas (deputy-mayor),Messrs D. W. James (Abercarn), Moses- Roberts Jones (Cardiff), and T. H Howell, flOO each; W. Mullock, D. Roger Evans, R. J. Simpkins, and W. N. Johns, t25 each. A representative committee of the county was appointed to make further arrangements, and Mr Bowen was appointed secretary.
SINGULAR FATALITY AT NEWPORT. An inquest was held at the Town-hall, New- port-before Mr Lyndon Moore,borough coroner —on the body of Mary Ann Bass, single woman 72 years of age, living in Canon-street, Barnard- town, who died last week in the infirmary as the result of an accident on the 13th May.—Edward Clifford, labourer, said that between 12 and 1 o'clock he was standing at the corner of Dock- street talking to three other men, when he saw the deceased passing with a parcel on her arm. A bundle of oilcloth, nearly six feet high, coiled loosely so as to have a wide base, standing a foot inside the doorway of one of Messrs Freedman's shops fell out and struck her in the hip. She fell and two men ran out of the shop to her help. One said to the other that there ought to have been a few nails and a piece of rope to hold the roll in its place. The woman was conveyed to her home in a cab, and two days later was ad- mitted into the infirmary, where it was found that the thigh bone of the right leg was frac- tured, and that there was a bruise on the left knee. She was suffering from shock to the sys- tem, and ultimately succumbed to hypostatie pneumonia, which was apt to develop in aged people who it was necessary should be kept in bed.—Joseph Freedman. one of the proprietors, suggested that the floorcloth had been sampled by a customer, and that this act caused it to fall. He was ready to bear the cost of the funeral.— TJie jury thought the floorcloth should have been properly fastened, and returned a verdict of Accidental death."
I LORD SALISBURY ON THE LICENSING QUESTION. Lord Salisbury (writing to a correspondent who had expressed disappointment with his speech on the Church of England Temperance Bill, and stated thai a majority of the working classes favoured measures which would greatly reduce the number of public-houses, and sug- gested the appointment of a Royal Commission to frame a Bill on the subject) says :—"Whether the working classes in this matter of restrictive legislation upon the ordinary consumption of alcoholic drinks approximate more to your opi- nion or to mine is a question with respect to which we have no trustworthy evidence what- ever. Their views probably differ very mueh in various parts of the country. Whatever the truth may be with respect to this question, I do not think that any advantage would come from the institution oc such a Royal Commission as you suggest. If the great majority of the work- ing classes hold your opinions, they will doubt- less give effect to them, and would not be with- held from doing so by the fact that some smaller concession to those opinions had been pre- viously accepted by Parliament. It seems to me to be better that all men should take an interest in this subject, should express the convictions at which they have conscientiously arrived, and leave the decision to those to whom the power of forming it is entrusted."
A LADY AND Two GENTLEMEN DROWNED.— A sad boating accident occurred on Saturday night at Cotham near Bristol, resulting in the death of Leslie Pearce, son of a woollen mer- chant Miss Smith, of Clifton; and Samuel Hoggett, each about 20 years of age. Pearce had been up the river all day, and Hoggett and Miss Smith took a river wherry to fetch him back. As the third person stepped into the boat it capsized, and all were drowned before assis- tance cöûld arrive. "ø HORRIBLE DEATH OF AN ENGINE-CLEANER.— On Saturday morning an engine-cleaner named Joseph Ashper, of Lime-street, Tettenhill, met with a shocking death at the corporation water works pumping station at that place. The de- ceased was following his occupation, when for some reason at present unexplained he put his head inside some railings and it was struck by a descending plunger, the injuries received being of such a character that death was almost instan- taneous. The deceased was 55 years of age and a widower, his wife having died only a short time ago. The LadYII Companion a weekly journal for ladies, eminently carries out its name. It is essentially a home journal as is evidenced by its contents, which comprise clear and moderate articles on home dressmaking and millinery, chapters on babies' clothing, up to date home decoration, middle class eookery. Fancy work, and clear advice on matters of health and the toilet and other useful matters, the whole lightened by high class serial and short stories, poetry, and some earnest and thoughtful advice on difficult subjects by the editress. With the current issue is also given away a paper pattern and full instructions for making a pretty lace cape; so that when we say this is a marvellous pennyworth, onr dictum is not likely. to be called into question. RELEASE FROM PORTLAND OF A D-YNAMITARD. —The Central News says that Gilbert, alias Cun- ningham, the dynamitard, recently liberated from Portland Convict Prison, left Southampton on Saturday for New York in the steamer Chester. At the instance of the Lor don Amnesty Associa- tion, Gilbert was examined by three doctors, who certified that the voyage and his restoration. to. freedom would probably coaduce to prolong his life and ameliorate the heart disease from which he suffers. In an interview, Gilbert de- clared his intention of calling the attention of the American Government to. cases of American citizens still detained at Portland. Gallager he considered hopeless insane. Daley was gradually dying, while others were threatened with in- sanity. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS is now a leading feature of nearly every lady's journal, both high and low priced. It is surprising how many little things women, especially those who live in the country, are glad to learn through the medium of the press. Mostly the desired information is willingly and ungrudgingly bestowed, at the coBt, it must oe presumed, of some little trouble. In no case is this evidenced more than in the columns of the Lady's Companion, a penny weekly lady's journal, where the various answers are classed under their different departments, following the general article on the special subject; so that whether a girl or woman wishes to get an idea for a dress or bonnet, or wants a new stitch in fancy work, some hints on refurnishing her drawing-room, a recipe in cookery, or help in laying out her perhaps limited housekeeping allowance, she has only to write to the lady whose name figures at the head of the special column, and her wants will be met. The editress, too, seems to settle some knotty points, judging by the number before us. A gratis pattern of a lace l cape adds further to the merits of the journal, which should be a success. A SPOTLESS COMPLEXION.—Sulpholine Lotion clears of all imperfections in a few Aaye. Spots, blemishes, irritating objectionable appearances, baldness, roughness, tan, uncomfortable skin dit- Agurements, entirely fade away, leaving a beautiful ekin. Shilling Bottles of Sulpholine everywhere.
'4f 31 -INERS PROVIDENT SOCIETY. The quarterly meetings of the Board of Management of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Itinera Permanent Provident Society were held .at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Friday and Saturday'- There were present Mr G W Wilkinson (in the chair), Sir W. T. Lewis, Messrs Louis Tylor, i^r Parry, W. Alsop, John Jones A. E. H. Bensv1p> John Davies, Wm. Jones, -1 Walters, Tret'erne, Henry Richards, Lewis Davies, Wm. Pow'ell, Thomas Jones, Thomas Richards, Evan Owv'n (general secretary), G. L. j Campbell (consulting and Parliamentary secre- tary) and Jenkin How, "JIl (auditor) Sir W. T. Lewis wa^' unanimously re-elected chairman of the financi1 committee for the en- suing year, and Mr T. M. Walters was appointed vice-chairman. Mr Louifc Tylor was also re- elected chairman of the fimince committee, and Mr T. Richards was appointed vice-chairman.— The accounts submitted by thki general secretary showed that during the quarter the sum of £ 10,669 was received as members' contributions, and £ 2,535 proprietors' percentages. The pay- ments during the* quarter were as follows:— a'lowance, £ 245 relief ta 598 widows, to 1,131 children, £ It792 relief te 3,991 disabled members, £ 5,183. On the 31st March there were 583 widows and 1,105 children in receipt of annuities from the society. A reso- lution was cordially adopted congratulating Sir Hussey Vivian on his elevation to the peerage.- A large number of special cases were subse- quently dealt with, and the meeting afterwards terminated.
SIR WILLIAM THOMAS LEWIS ON EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY. Sir W. T. Lewis, after acknowledging the compliment paid to him by his re-election as chairman of the Board of Management, and assuring the Board of his continued interest in the welfare of the society, said he thought the Government was, through its Employers' Lia- bility Bill, attempting to legislate with a very light heart concerning organisations which had been built up with great labour and had accom- plished great work. In Monmouthshire and bouth Wales alone over 60,000 workmen had, without the slightest suggestion of compulsion, joined with their employers in a movement for providing for the distress arising from all acci- dents, and had on their funds 583 widows and 1105 children. These funds, amounting in their 4 I own district to £ 128,700, were largely the result of contracts which the Government propose to forbid without allowing their merits to be sub- mitted either to a select committee or even bv deputation of workmen to the Secretary of State. Surely, it was not unreasonable to expect that the employers might consider themselves justi- fied, in the absence of any other consideration, in making their contributions to a mutual in- surance fund dependent upon the amount they had to pay under the statute. This would necessarily weaken the mutual fund. As a prac tical suggestion to the Government, which he had reason to hope would be acceptable to the representatives of labour as well as capital, he submitted that it was desir- able that whatever alteration took place in the law, in all cases where at the time of the passing of the new Act, con- tracts in view of exis-ting legislation were in operation, they should be permitted to prevail for a reasonable time-say 12 months. There would then be breathing time less likelihood of action being taken under panic caused by appre- hension of the effect of increased liability and those who had entered into mutual arrangements would have a fair opportunity of ascertaining the actual result of a chauge in legislation which is as grave as it is uncertain.
WORKING DAIRY SCHOOL AT LITTLE MILL. The third class of the Working Dairy School was opened at Little Mill, near Monmouth on Thursday week in a building kindly lent for'the purpose by Mr D. Lewis, Mulberry House. There was a good attendance of visitors, and excellent arrangements were made by the local committee, of which Mr Lewis is chairman, and Mr John Davis, Tymawr, hon. sec. There were 13 applications handed to Mr Grant for admission to the first course, and there appeared to be a very urgent request for a second course to be Sven at this centre. It was much regretted that olonel Byrde could not attend for the opening of this school, especially as it was hoped that he would take the chair. In his absence this duty was performed by the rector, the Rev Christopher Cooke, who was supported by Mr and Mrs W. Lewis, Mra James, Mrs Knight, Mrs Morgan, Mrs Lewis, Miss Parfitt, Messrs Stinehcomb, Ely, Maisey, Morgan, Charles Jenkins, and many I others. The Chairman opened the proceedings by giving advice to the students,, and impressed upon them the advantages placed at their dis- posal by the County Council, which be hoped they would not fail to avail tLemselveaof. Miss Madge Kellett, the popular and sviecessf ul teacher, gave a practical demonstration in butter making, producing 8lbs of butter from 5- quarts of cream, supplied by the Berkeley Dairy Com- pany, Gloucestershire—an operation that was watched with considerable interest by both" students and visitors alike. Mr W. JL Grant, F.R.H.S., ga ve a lecture upon the necessity of I improved dairy management, and at the comple- tion of Miss Kellettrs demonstration 10* students were promptly put to work and so commenced their ten days' training. Mr Lewis moved, and Mr Morgan seconded, a vote of thanks to Miss Kellett for her demon- stration, and Mr Grant for his lectuee, which was very heartily received. The Rev C. Cooke, in moving a vote of thanks to Mr Lewis, reminded those present w much they all were indebted to Mr Lewis for his kind- ness in providing not only a room for the dairy school itself, but also coal, water, and a nice cottage for the use of the students. Mr Lewis, in responding, said that it afforded him pleasure to render all the assistance he could to,-work that was rendering: good service in the vbuntry. <
AN IN DUL&ENT MONARCH. The Sultanvof Jahere is a doughty ally of Cupid. His nephew, who was sent to Carlsbad to be educated, fell in love and married a poor locksmith's daughter. Has the Sultan renounced and denounced him ? Not he. Ox the nephew he has settled £ 100,000,. and upon the bride's parents £3C\0ØQ¡ THE "COUNTESS EYELYNE H- FUND. Th fourth list of this relief fund has just been announced by his Worship the Mayor, li amounts to £ 392 12s.2d, and includes £ 20 contri- buted by the Arconera Iron Ore Company, pfSl" Messrs J. Moses and Company. The may requests- further subscriptions. [ „ FATAL. FALL OTOEIR CLEVIDQH CLIFFS.—At Bristol,, an inquest was held relatiyo to the death of Lilian Weller,.a domestie servant, who suc- cumbed to injuries she received through falling over the cliffs a £ Waltdii tfark.' Deceased ran 1 down the stecj>- slope by tll» Park, ioo, being: onable to>stop herself, felt over on ta the rocks. She waa unconscious when found.. Dr being: onable toaop herself, felt over on ta the rocks. She was unconscious when found.. Dr Theodore Davis, pve evidenoe of the extensive injuries the unfortunate girl received. Tbs jury returned a veadict of Accidental death." A. BARRY DOVER'S GooD WORK. -On Friday, as. the wife of the eaptaia of the ship Samsbury, lying at Banry Dock, was deoeending by means. of & ladder from the deelcto a small boat for tho: purpose of afoing ashore,, she accidently dropped £ 52 in goM into the water. It was stated sh* had the money in a small handbag she carried^, but the clasp suddenly burst open. The diver j was sent for and he-went below, and; succeeded f in less than 20 minutes time in restoring tlw, missing money to the owner. A BRIDAL COUPLE PRJOCIPITATED<A DISTANCS OF 90C&FT.—A Iteater's telegram from Vieana says :—A peculiarly sad Alpine accident was reported on Sunday from the Tyrol. A bridal coupk from Vienna named Hanibrer, who were staying at Alzen, near Littz, started to aseerid the Buckstein, a neighbouring mountain. They had climbed up a considerable distance when, by some mischamee they lost thair foootUg, and both fell a depth of over 900 feet on to the. snow beneath. The lady was observed turning over and over several times in her terrible descent. The bodies have not yet be«& found. FATAL ACCIDENT IN TH R,. SOLFNT.-AN engine- room artificer, named Varley, went for a row on Sunday night at Southsea with two friends, and the boat was capsized by the wash of the Isle of Wight steam packet. Varley, after remaining in the water for twenty minutes, was rescued and taken to the Military Hospital, but his two friends were drowned. GALLANT RESCUE AT NEWPORT.—On Monday afternoon, whilst the members of the Newport Police Cricket Club were practising on the Marshes, an alarm was raised that a lad was was drowning in the river. Several of the officers rushed to the spot, and P.C. Peacock, who had the pads on, he being wicket-keeper when the alarm was raised, plunged into the river and brought up the lad. P.C. Dearies also jumped into the water and went to his colleague's assistance, and the lad was safely lancted in an unconscious state. The officers succeeded in restoring him, and he was afterwards removed to his home, 17, Lucas-street. j NERVE Vt OI&RY,I)IicpRFX--Zlox.-Quinine the only remedy, Pepper's Quinine and Iron dispell au uerve trouble. Must be Pepper a Quimae
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