MONDAY, AMit. 35. CRITICAL STATE OF AFFAIRS. The special correspondent of the Standard, who has just returned to Fort Amiel fruuI a town in the Transvaal, telegraphs that the con- clusion he has arrived at is that the situation Is distinctly critical. When the treaty of peace was signed the Boers agreed to abide by the decision of the Royal Com- mission on certain specified points. They now threaten that they will accept nothing which will infringe upon their supposed rights, nor will they consent to aaf cession of territory. At present, therefore, it would be a farce for the commission to hold its sittings. The word Suzerainty" also seems likely to occasion difl. culties. The Boer people are suffering more or low from a military fever. Many of them fully believe that if tbe.war recommenoes they will be able to drive the English into the sea. A wide difference exists be- tween the views of the Boer leaders and tboas of the m.s of the people. An embarrassing incident has occurred near Wak- kerstroom. A Boer named Rensberg, who had taken possession of a farm belonging to an Englishman we- fused to evacuate it when called upon to do so. The landdrost wrote to him asking him to go to New- castle to discuss the matter there. Rensberg refused to receive the letter, and ordered the messenger te leave his premises. The native question is also ominous of evil. Several cases have occurred of ill-treatment, and even murder of natives by the Boers, and sworn informations have been made before the Transvaal magiatrat- s. During the progress of the hostilities the Boers seized the property and cattle of the natives right and left. The natives, trusting to the restoration of British suflfremacy, obeyed our officials, and made no reprisals, notwithstanding that the Boer farms lay at their mercy, owing to the absence of the men at the war. They now naturally complain that they have been robbed, and that apparently there is no prospect of redress, and much trouble is anticipated on this score. In the opinion of the officials who are best qualified to judge, tne natives of the Transvaal, having once experienced tbe advantages of English rule, will not submit to the government of the Boers. The English pay for native labour; the Boers do not. Consequently the latter have lately experienced increasing difficulty in obtaining any native service, and this was un- doubtedly one reason of the recent rebellion. In order to meet the withdrawal of English com- merce and capital M. Joubert has stacted a scheme for national banking and trading companies. ft The exodus of English from the Transvaal has si- ready commenced. Some six or seven families pass this place daily on their way to Natal. The Boer leaders have arrived. The meeting at the Royal Commission is again indefinitely postponed. The cause of this new and provoking delay is, we are told, Sir Hercules Robinson's inability to attend. The following is the substanoe of an authentie speci- men of the petitions now being addressed to the British authorities by the native chiefs in the Trans- vaal The chief prays for information as to whether the English have really been beaten by the Been. He asks when the British governor, if It be actually the case that the insurgents have been victorious, pro- poses to leave the country also when the commis- sion is to sit. I-s, he inquires, the peace which has been agreed to a genuine peace? May hidribe move about the country without fear of insult or outrage* May they consider that the road to Pretoria is open to them ee that they may buy and sell, barter and traffio freely, and generally dispose of their produce without risk of molestation ? He and his people are vary »ad on account of the disasters that have fallen 08 the British arms. They had felt certain that the English governor would always remain as the ruler of the Transvaal, and be their father and protector. Now, however, they feel that they are abandoned te the Boers; and they, therefore, implore that the English, previous to their abdication of authority in the Transvaal, will at least not ignore the interests of the black population, or forget to make such terms on their behalf as will cause them to bless the Government of the Queen in years to come. They pray that the commission wm make careful stipulations for the protection of the natives against the tyranny and oppression of the Boers- and that no peace will be accepted which » not a real peace, so|far as the interuta of the black population are involved. General Wood, not unmoved by such pathetic appeals, has drawn up a skilfully worded statement, which is to be circulated among the natives. In it recent events are described in a manner which it is hoped will havs a soothing influence upon these poor people. The Durban correspondent of the Daily Newt telegraphed on Sunday :— Advices from the Transvaal seem to forebode far- ther troubles. A strong party of Boers threaten the resumption of hostilities unless the whole of the Transvaal be given up unconditionally. The. mission will probably sit this month. Chief Justice Villiers arrived here yesterday. Sir Hercules Robinson is expected shortly in the Orontss. Fresh evidence goes to shsw that the Bronker's Spruit engagement was a fair fight.
Two loads of straw in the Yorkshire Hotel yard. Burnley, occupied by Mr.John B irker.were deetroyea by fire, which there can be no doubt wee wilfully caused. A similar fire occurred at the came place a month ago. Sentence of 60 day; imprisonment has been passed at GIs-gow on Chailos McBride, master of the ehip Aline, for having ill-treattd a seaman named John Welsh, while on a voyMe from the East Indies to Greenock. Welfh had refused to work, and the captain had him put jn irons and chained up in a cramped position in the storeroom, where he was kept for six weeks. He had been tied up with his h anas shackled in front of him above his head, and his food for a short time was a little bread and water. The ebtriff tibawtetiMHl the ca^U u's couduct as
LONDON CLUBS AND SOCIETY. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) It is the opinion of the Lancet that Lord Beaconsfield died because the higher faculties wrre not called in to the help of the lower. He expired as a fire goes out which needs the bel- lows. He ought never to have left the House of Commons, for he needed the mental stimulus its debates afforded. Having gone to the House of Lords, he should have been ordered to take greater part in public. From the time that hisillneBs began his interest should have been excited by those things which appealed to his mind. Lord Rowton should have been brought home earlier, and should have seen him sooner. The Queen's visit should have be. II paid. So says the leading medical journal; and it is k-asy to be wise after the event. A very awkward theory respecting the cause or the possible cause of Lord Beaconsfield's death has been mooted. It is said that the ttables close to the back of the house throw off s' me ammonia, and that possibly that may have induced the inflammation in the throat. There are mews certainly in Derby-street, dose to No. 19, Curzon-stjpet, but it is not ttated that any smell from these ever penetrated the Earl's dwelling. I am not a little surprised to hear as I do from one who from his very position must be most accurately informed, that so mixed are many of Lord Beaconsfield's papers that are left behind that it is not at all prob- able any biographical notice of him, such as Lord Rowton is now about to devote himself to, Ban be completed by any possibility for several fears at least. It had been rumoured so per- sistently that an autobiography was nearly finished that one began to look for it almost immediately. That expectation will not now be gratified. It is stated on the authority of a member of the College of Arms that Mr. Disraeli had no irmiu* gentleman, and bore them for ti-i first time.as a peer. Previously there was no register of his shield. But he always said that his family motto was Forti nihil difficile. In one of his lint speeches he set forth this as the legend of his race, and was rewarded immediately by a translation of it into "Impudence sticks at nothing." Where did he get his heraldry ?- bit eagle, his lion, and his tower argent dis- played in chief? Nobody seems to know. Even the College of Arms, which knows every- thing, does not pretend to know that. Reminiscences of Lord Beaconsfield are now the vogue. To add to them I may give the memories of a fellow clerk with the son of a bookworm in the office where young Benjamin Disraeli went as an articled clerk. Nearly everybody who has written about him speaks M though he had shewn during this early time an almost saintly devotion to duty. Such, it all events, is not the remembrance of his jolleague, who has since become distinguished In civic life. Young Disraeli's companionship is oherished by his friends of that day for that his animal spirits made of him an inveterate and accomplished practical joker. His fertile invention seemed to be inexhaustible, and his power of acting so great that he covered his maddest freaks with the gravity of Minos. So while his intimates were splitting with laughter, and being suspected of larking In office hours, he was regarded as the exemplary model. His fellow clerks at all events liked and almost loved him; his chief respected him. Even then he had learnt to be til things to all men. Lord Dufferin had no sooner arrived in Eng- land than he received from all sorts of men of both parties—to the extent of those who are just, now in town—cards and other tokens of satisfaction at his return, if only for a short period. The noble Earl is in capital health, but Lady Dufferin has not hitherto been' so well, as the Russian air has not qiiit-i suited her. It is hoped that on the bauks of the B.a- phorus she will find a much more satisfactory ttm sphere, and that she will speedily grow strong again. She is certainly one of the most accomplished women of whom England can boast. Endowed schools will shortly come before the House of Oommons again, but Mr. Mundella will, I believe, resist any application for the re- arrangement of the present system until Lord Bandon's Act expires, which is not until next year. That overworked body, the Charity Commis- sion, Is growing to see that the charity education of England left for both boys and girls ought not to have been appropriated wholly to the boys. They state in their last report that; they have given attention to the question of educating the female portion of our population out of existing endowments in all the schemes for endowed schools which have come before them. Should the scheme for David Hughes's Charity at Beaumaris, for Tasker's Charity at Haverfordwest, for the Crypt School and Rich's Hospital at Gloucester, for Dulwich College, for Christ's Hospital, Ipswich, and, above all, for Christ's Hospital, London, take effect, five day schools and an importantdevelop- ment of one existing boarding school for the higher education of girls will be secured out of endowments hitherto almost wholly devoted, so far as they were educational at all, to the edu- cation of boys. An important subsidy to the education of girls in Manchester is contem- plated in the pending scheme for the Uulme Charity, and other schemes in progress contain provisions for employing endowment in some form or other for the education of girls. At the same time, it must be obvious that what we have been able to accomplish, however satisfac- tory in itself, is far from meeting the full requirements of the case, and that, If provision for the higher education of girls is to be made to an extent approximately equal to that existing for boys, It must be found in resources not now within the scope of the Endowed Schools Acts. It may be hoped, therefore, that whenever further powers are given for the improved application of charities now obsolete or useless, amongst the modes of application directed due prominence may be given to the advancement of the education of girls. A very good hint, which it is of some Importance that it should be kept in mind when endowed schools eome before the House of Oommons again. The Blues are, I hear, rapidly being got Into shape under their new Colonel-Bur- naby—of Khiva notoriety and those who know the regiment predict that it will soon be smarter than it has been for many years to come. But I do not hear the very best accounts of the health of the new commanding officer. This b the more of a pity, as I think there would soon be some kind of proposal on the part of the regiment for a little less monotonous service than is now accorded it. The Foot-guards are agitating for this, and it is not surprising the Blues are moving In the matter too. It is very likely a criminal prosecution will be entered against a titled person who lately left London after contracting large gambling and other debts, not for the money he gambled away, but for cheques which were given, and which were not met. If this is done a light will be let in upon the doings of certain clubs in the West-end which will not lead to the raising of those clubs too highly in popular estimation, and some serious scandals will come out.
H.R.H. the Prince of Wales will inspect the Norfolk Artillery Militia, of which he is colonel, at Great Yarmouth in June; The Duke of Cambridge is also expected to be present. H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh has left Ports- mouth in the Lively, to continue his spring inspection of coastguards. In the Orkney Islands rain is much needed, as there are no signs of grass, and the farmers have to sell their beasts for want of fodder. A party of nine members of the Junior Cinque Ports Yacht Club crossed the Channel last week in a small steam launch, measuring not more than 25 feet in length. The boat left Dover at 8 a.m., and reached Calais at 1.15 p.m. the same day, the passengers un board the Calais mail packet evincing great interest, and cheering them as they passed them in mid- Channel. The news rapidly spread at Calais on the arrival of the mail paeket, and by the time the little "eøet steamed into the harbour the quays and pier- lndiMS|liw4vitk|is9lib • i,
Y GOLOFN GYMREIG. Y Goliebiaethau i'w danfon i'r Golygydd MR. COSSLETT COSSLETT, (CARNELIAN), PONTYPRIDD.
Y THEATRE. LLITH 2. DAIONI TN CAM. EI BRIODOLI IDDI NAD TDTW TN ai GTFLAWVTJ.—Ceisiaf osgoi esiampl fy ngwrth- wynebwyr. y rhai a ganddyfynant neu a wyrdroant eiriau eu gwrthddadleuydd, gyda'r amcan, yn ddiau, o enill safle mwy manteisiol i'w ateb. Nis gallaf ddirnad beth oedd amcan Fairplay yn gwneyd yr haeriad, Wherever learning was at its highest the drama was at its zenith-when Athens was the seat of learning, the people there were in the habit of attending the great theatre," &c., os nad i osod allan fod y theatre yn hyrwyddo gwareiddiad a dysgeidiaeth; ynte mai pobl wareiddiedig a dysgawdwyr sydd yn ei chynal ac yn ei mynychu. Os y naill neu y llall o'r pethau hyn; neu bob un o'r ddau, mae'r haeriad yn dwyllodrus; ond os nad hyn, ymddengys i mi yn hollol ddiamcan. Yn dwyllodrus am fod yr haerydd yn cymeryd safle hollol wahanol i'w wrthddadleuydd-safle fydol yn lie y crefyddol a'r moesol; neu yn ddiamcan am nad oes un gwirionedd yn cael. ei awgrymu ynddo. Cymerer ef y ffordd a fyner, y mae yn dwyllodrus, hefyd, am nad yw cydfodolaeth ynddo ei hun yn cynwys dybyniaeth y naill beth ar y llall. Nid yw chwedloniaeth yn wybodaeth, nac yn symbyliad i wybodaeth, ond yn hytrach yn at-dyniad oddiwrth wybodaeth. Marchoga ar gefn gwybodaeth, a gyra yr olaf dros y dibyn i for anghof. Cyfeirir ein sylw at y chwareudy yn Athens. Yr oedd hwnw wedi ei gysegru i Dionysius neu Bacchus- duw y gwin; duw meddwdod; y duw a yrai y bobl yn wyllt a gwallgof. Ystyrid ef fel cyn- ryehiolydd a noddydd chwareuyddieathau Groeg. Dilynwyd ei Origies neu Bachannalia, gan drythyllwch anfad. Cymdeithion boreuol y duw hwn oedd y Zeleidesau a'r Lladesau; a chwmpeini ei hyntiau diweddarach oeddynt wragedd Bachanalaidd, y rhai a nodweddid gan orpwylledd a phenboethder gwyllt. Desgrifia eu cerfluniau hwy yn taflu eu penau yn ol-wedi yfed, feallai, gormod o rywbeth a gariai arnynt yr un effaith a wisci. Os yw y duw hwn yn fyw yn nychynyg pobl yn awr, nid rhyfedd genyf fod cynifer o fenywod yn awduresam chwedleuon; yn darllen chwedleuon; ac mynychu y cbwareudai. Nid yn unig y mae hanes forcuol y theatre Athenaidd wedi ei hysgrifenu mewn gwin ac mewn try- thyllwch, ond y mae hefyd mewn hygoeliaeth grefyddol. Yr oedd allor i Dionysius yn nghanol y ddawnsfa (Orchestra). Yn agos i deiui Bacchus y safai cerfddelwau o Apollo, Minerva, Iau, Mercury, a'r Awenau (muses). Yr oedd y ddinas wedi ei britho a duwiau. Dywedir fod yno ar un adeg nifer luosocaeh. o dduwiau nag o ddynion i'w haddoli. Ac er eu bod wedi eu lleihau trwy yr anrhaith a wnawd ar y ddinas, cawn fod yno gynifer a 3000 yn amser Pliny. Y mae genym faul yn awdurdod fod ei phobl yn mhob peth yn dra choelgrefyddol." Nid wyf yn canfod achos i betruso datgan fod cysylluad mwy perthynasol rhwng y chwareufeydd Athenaidd a Meddwdod, trythyliwch, gwallgoiwydd, ac ofer- goeliaeth nag a fuasai ryngddynt a gwareiddiad a dysg. Tra yr elai y werin anwybodus, anfeddylgar, ac ofergoelus i weled a gwrandaw y treisganau (tragedies) yn cael ei perfformio, elai dosbarth, byehan mewn cymhariaeth, ac o dueddiadau mwy sylweddol i Ysgolion Plato, Aristoti a'u holynwyr i ymgydnabyddu a ffrwyth meddyliau toreithiog y rhai hyn, y rhai a ystynwn yn cynrychioli treiddioldeb meddwl y byd cenedlig mewn argyfwng neillduoi yn ei hanes. Y mae yn bur amheus a oedd y dynion rhyfeddol hyn, y rhai a gallai Groeg hynafol ymffrostio ynddynt, yn bleidiol i'r chwaroniaeth lygredig a gydoesai a'u hathroniaeth hwy. Yr oedd, fel yr awgrywwyd yn barod, cysylltiad perthynasol rhwng crefydd Athen a chwareuyddiaeth Athen. Crefydd Athen oedd crefydd tir Groeg; a gorfu i Aristotle dan y cyhuddiad o fod yn elyn i grefydd ei wlad, ttoi am ei fywyd i Chalcis. Credai mai tynged Socrates fuasai ei dynged yntau. Yn mhellach y mae ei lafur dirfawr mewn cysylltiad a rhesymeg, rheitheg, ac athroniaeth yn myned yn mhell i ddangos ei fod wedi eyfyngu ei feddwl at y pethau hyn. Gadawir y gweddill ar y pwnc dan sylw hyd y llith aesaf. JXBBMIAH.
GWELLIANT GWALL. Yn eiddo Llinos Taf yn y rhifyn diweddaf y pumed penill, yn lie, o eisiau bod hyswain, darllener o eisiau bod hyawi n, &c.
Y DYN PWFFYDDOL. Unbenaeth—annibynol—y V yw Ei fost fawr dragwyddol; Hen greadur sur ei siol A beirniad gwir Ditchbornoe. Groeswen. GWYNDAF ELIAN.
Y "WYSTL FAELFA" (PAWNSHOP.) Gwyøtl Faelfa,' dyna dy hynod !— Ue'r a Llawer un dan warth-nod; Prynu, gwerthu, a gwrthod Geir yn hwn, heb gywir nod. Dinas. CARW CYNON.
CYFLWYNEDIG I DR. REES HOPKINS, PONTYPRIDD. DOCTOK HopKiN gwin di-gel-yr awen Rywiog ga'n ein gorwel; Dyn yw a i swyn o dan eel Deilynga odlau angel. CAJCFONWT. JESSIE MABEL ANWYL BLENTYN MR. SERGEANT JONES, (IEUAN GLYN COTHI,) A'i BRIOD, PONTYPRIDD. Am dro i'r ddaear brydferth Daeth JESSIE MABKL fach,- A'i grudd ni wisga rosyn prudd, Tlos yw y lili iach Hir, hir y bo' heb wywo Yn nglwysardd Cymru Wen, Ac angel gwyn o wlad y gwawl Fo' 'n hofran uwch ei phen. Ei mam sy'n dotio ami Yn effro, ac mewn hun: A leuan-bardd Glyn Cothi hardd- -Ei thad,—wel ynddi ei lunt 0 mae hi 'n dlos, ac anwyl, Ac mor ddiniwed yw A'r g'lomen nefol a ehed 0 gylch gorseddfa Duw. Ceir "Milton," a Colenso," A Stanley i brodyr cu- Ar gadarn gaer i noddi eu chwaer Yn nydd y storom ddu. Ein lor i JESSIE MABEL Fo'n darian ar bob awr A pban ddirwyno i hoes i ben Ar aden angel uwch y nen Yr aed i'r nefoedd fawr. Pontypridd, CAESONWY,
PENILLION I'R ANRYDEDDUS W. E. GLADSTONE, Y PRIF WEINIDOG. lIIae duwies uchelglod ar ben ein hoff Gladstone, Ca gathlau gan brif awnyddion yr oes, Mae'n UD, a dangosa ei hun y fath wrOD- Anturia i'r frwydr yn nydd y storm groes; Dyn vdyw na fedr un siomiant ei lethu, Nac encil cyfeillion ei rwystro i'w dait7, Un yw na orphwysa na brysio i gredu Nee chwilio yn fanwl i mewn idd ei waith. Fel pwyllog wleidyddwr teilynga ein clodydd^- Dyn ydyw SY'11 deall yr oes yo. mae'n byw Dangosa'n feanyddiol alluodd dihysbydd, A'i gwbl deilyngdod i fod wrth y Llyw; Ei adolj giadau ynt ddidderbyn wyneb, Dangosa i'r ieuanc wleidyddwyr eu bai, Ac yn ei areithiau cyrhaedda gywirdeb- Mae stor ei hyawdledcl fel llanw didrai. Fel had ymddysgleiria ar ben y Weinyddiath, A thanbaid belydrau ei ddoniau a ddyd Y coegyn mewn c'wilydd gan nerthoedd ei araetb, A'r honwr rhodresgar mewn siomiant yn fud. Y cyndyn ddadleuwr ysgydwa o'i safle, Gan rym y rhesymau a ddyga yn mla'n, A thyrfa'r gwrth-bleidwyr a wyliant am gyfle, Pan dry ei GyØegran-i ffoi rhag ei dAn. Er meddu galluoedd eryraidd, mae'n addfwyn, Ymosod un amser ni wna ar y gwan I'r cryf 'nol gorchfygu, mae'n dyner ac ymddwyn, Rhydd law iddo'n ebrwydd i'w godi i'r lan Nid heriwr er cyfEro ymryson yw'n doethwr, Ond un at amddiffyn yn gadarn wrth raid, Dyn na cheir pob peth, yn llaesu fel gwan-wr Ond saif yn ddiysgog yn darian i'w blaid. Pontygwaith. UTHR WTON.
ST. CATHERINE'S CHURCH. IMPORTANT VESTRY MEETING. Under the presidency of the Rev. Mr Jones, vicar of Glyntaff, a vestry meeting of the Ponty- pridd district was held on Thursday night, 21st inst. The minutes of last year's meeting were confirmed. The accounts for the past 12 months were audited by Mr Joseph Davies and Mr Sprague, and ordered to be printed for distribution. They showedjthe disbursements to have been jBll7 4s 9d; balance from the preceding year, £ 14 6s 9d; total disbursements. £131 lOa 4d. The receipts had amounted to £ 92 16s Zd, leaving a deficiency of £38 14s 2d. Mr H. LI. Grover, solicitor, was, upon the YICAB'S proposal, reappointed vicar's warden for the en. suing twelve months. The Vicar observed that they had embarked in an undertaking to clear off the church-building debt. Mr SPRAGUE proposed the re-electien of Mr Key, chemist, as people's warden, for the same period In doing so he expressed regret at Mr Key's ina. bility to be present through indisposition, so that he (Mr Sprague) might have called his attention to the objectionable manner in which the Church Ser- vices were conducted at St. Catherine s Church. He protested most emphatically against playing the organ through the Lord's prayer." (Hear, hear.) He had been a Churchman all his lifetime, and was ardently attached to the Establishment; but he did not see the necessity of these innovations in the service. (Hear, hear.) It was, to say the least, a queer way of doing things-to play the organ through the Lord's Prayer and not through the other prayers. Either let the organ playing be discontinued in the Lord's Prayer" and the Creed," or let it be played throughout the entire service. The VicAR Including the sermon ? (A laugh). Mr SPRAGUE Yes, if necessary. (Laughter). The congregation consider the course now adopted absurd and rioiculous, and many persons will not for this reason attend the Sunday evening service. I trust Mr Key will not sanction a continuance of what I have referred to. (Hear, hear.) Mr LOUGHER seconded the resolution, appointing Mr Key churchwarden, which was declared by the chairman to be carried, and echoed the hope expressed by Mr Sprague. There was too much singing carried on in the church, and hence in that respect ought to be curtailed. As Mr Sprague had said, persons abstained from church rather than be parties to the extravagance detailed. They were afraid to speak out. The VICAlt said that he must exculpate the warden in this matter, and take the onus of the blame upon himself. No one was more fond of a musical service than he was, but he was willing to sacrifice his personal feelings for the sake of his people. (Hear, hear.) He and his assistants were not there to give offence to the parishioners, but to attract them. He did not see that much was gained by the organ playing in the Lord's Prayer and the Creed, and he would pledge his word to the vestry that it should henceforth be discon. tinued. (Hear, hear). Mr WILLIAMS, solicitor, the church organist, observed that he was evidently the individual cen- sured by Mr Sprague and Mr Lougher. He had a reason for play ing the organ in the parts of the service indicated, and that was because they pro- fessed to have a choral service. He had heard no complaint on the subject. Surely if they were to have a choral service at the church in the evening, they should have it through and through." If those gentlemen who demurred to the service wanted a service after their own hearts, let them attend church on week nights. Mr SPRAGUE I retort, how many of those who approve of the choral service attend church on Sunday night because of the choral service ? Re- ferring to the financial accounts, Mr Sprague observed that the evening collections for the year only exceeded those of the morning by about d62. In the previous year before these choral experi- ments, the figures were for the morning and evening £ 30 odd and 1:50 odd respectively. (Hear, hear.) He disavowed the imputation that he was driving at" Mr Williams. He took it that the vicar was the person responsible for the services of the church, and that what had been done had been done by the vicar's direction. The VICAR: I hope this matter will now be allowed to drop. I have given you my pledge. Mr H. LI. GROVER I have no doubt at all that anything approaching a choral service is thoroughly distasteful to the congregation. Now, last Sunday but that I did not like to cast a slight upon the House of God, I would have gone away. I object most strongly and decidedly, as one of the congregation, to stand on my legs at church listening for a quarter of an hour to a solo It is not worshipping God according to my notion. (Hear, hear.) We are in the midst of a population whose natural wish and feeling in church service is anything but choral. (Hear, hear.) I should not object to a choral service on festival days now and then, but it will not take every Sunday night. (Hear, hear.) Mr Tax WILLIAMS, (the church choir leader, whose daughter had sung the solo alluded to by Mr Grover, explained that she had not done so of her own free will and wish. Mr GROVKK I did not say it was. Mr WILLIAMS It was I asked her to sing, and it was the wish of several members of the congre- gation. Mr GBOVER said that if Patti herself had sung the solo it would sot have been, in his opinion, wor- shipping God. Mr WILLIAMS: The rubic directs that the Apostles' Creed and all the creeds shall be sung or said. Mr SPRAGUE Let it be said, then. Mr WILLIAMS But preference is given to the singing. Mr LOUGHER: I take it that the body of the church do not give preference to the singing. Mr WILLIAMS: When the Psalms are read they don't join in. The VICAR: Gentlemen, we have had quite enough of this. I rise to propose a vote of thanks to Mr Williams, the organist; Mr Tom Williams, the choir leader; and the choir for their past services. This and other supplementary complimentary resolutions were cordially carried, and the pro- ceedings were brought to a close with the usual vote of thanks to the chairman.
YSTRADYFODWG LOCAL BOARD IMPORTANT MEETING. The annual meeting of the Ystradyfodwg Local Board was held on Friday, under the presidency of Mr D. Evans' Bodringallt. Mr Lewis Davies, Fern- dale, was unanimously re-elected chairman for the ensuing year.-Dr. Franklen reported that the Ystrad well was impure. The magisterial pro. ceedings will therefore be continued. There were three other wells at Ferndale, declared by the medical officer (Dr. James) to be impure. -The board resolved upon taking action to close these also.—With reference to the outbreak of fever at Trealaw, Dr James could not find any unsanitari. ness to account for it. The death rate (32-2) was rather high for the month.—With reference to the adoption of sewerage measures it was decided to have a special board meeting, to deal with the matter, that day week. As the building plans were being discussed, those for some houses at Coedcae colliery were put in. The board disap- proved of them owing to the narrowness of the measurements. Just afterwards, however, a fresh set was put in--persons being in the ante-room. The incidect caused some disapproval, and the board resolved that before they be passed the archi- tect should examine them. Some colliery houses were condemned as unsanitary. The rest of the i board business was of no material public interest.
PENTRE POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before Mr G. Williams, Stipendiary, and Mr T. Joseph. KEEPING A DOG WITHOUT LICENSE.—Samuel Thomas, Ystrad, was fined 611 including costs, for keeping a dog without license. ILLEGALLY PLEDGING GOODs.-Margaret Rogers, Ystrad, was charged with pledging two quilts, value dB2, property of Susan Rees, of the same place, on Tuesday, 19th inst. Complainant is a I dressmaker, and was living in apartments with defendant. Mr W. Williams, appeared for defen- dant, and Mr D. Rosser for oomplainant. It I appears that complainant had owed defendant some rent, but paid up on the 14th of March. Afterwards defendant gave her notice. On the 31st of March defendant showod a pawn ticket to complainant, and said she had pledged the quilts for 5s 9d. Complainant examined the room, and found her quilts were missing. Mr Laurie, pawn. broker, said defendant came to him on the 30th of March with a pair of quilts and wanted some money on them, he gave her 5s 9d for them, they were redeemed on the 4th of April. Two pairs of quilts were produced in court, complainant examined the first pair, and recognized them as her own. Mr Lautie said that was not the pair defendant pledged with him. The second pair was then shown, which he said were the ones. The case was dismissed. DISMISSAL.—Harriet Troot, whose case was ad- journed last Wednesday, for stealing an antimacasser from the Trealaw Inn, was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence. THEFT.—Ann Sullivan, was charged with stealing half a bullock's head. property of Thomas Williams butcher, Ton Ystrad, on the 9th of April, value Is 3d. The boy saw prisoner take the head away. Prisoner told him that she would settle with the master about it. Prisoner said she did not steal it, that the head was cut for her. The Stipendiary said she was committed several times before. Sent to gaol for 7 days with hard labour. STEALING A PINT.-Thomas Bowen was charged with stealing a pint measure, property of William Jenkins, Brynffynon Inn, Llanwonno, on Sunday, 24th inst. About 2.30 in the evening, prisoner was going to the mountain with a pint in his hand. A policeman saw him and asked him what he had, prisoner said, "nothing." The policeman then looked and saw he had some beer in it, and asked him where he was taking it. Prisoner said he was taking it to a man on the mountain. The constable said there was nobody on the mountain. It was afterwards found that he had stolen the pint from the Brynffynon Inn. Dismissed. OBSTRUCTING THE HIGHWAY.—Lewin Gould, Tre- herbert, was charged with leaving his horse on the highway, by the Welcome Home Inn, Treherbert, on Tuesday, 19th inst. It appears that defendant had tied the horse to a hook on the wall of the Welcome Home Inn, P.C. Meylor was passing on the pavement, when the horse kicked him. He then went in and inquired as to whom it belonged. Defendant said he was not aware that the law did not allow him to tie a horse to a wall of a publio- house, where hooks were for the purpose, the landlady had told him he could do so. Fined 6d and costs. WOMEN'S RIGHTS.—Elizabeth James, Treherbert, was charged with threatening to kill Elizabeth Simons, of the same place, on the 10th inst. Defendant said she would kill complainant and that she would put the poker through her. Bound over in £5 to keep the peace for six months. BASTARDY.—George Albert Saunders was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Mary Jane Phillips, of the same place. Defendant had previously given her 92 4s. An order was made for 3s 6d a week, and 25s costs aqd expenses. THHKAT.— Gomer John, Trealaw, was charged with threatening Mary Evans, of the same place, on Monday, 11th inst. Defendant went to com- plainant and asked where his fowls were. Complain. ant said "I do'nt know anything about your fowls." Defendant said I will rip you to pieces, I will suffer six months imprisonment cr the cord around my neck for your sake." Several witnesses were called to prove the offence. Defendant said that five of his fowls had br-en poisoned, and that he suspected complainant of poisoning them. The Stipendiary told him that he ought to have sum- moned her. and he would make her pay well for it if it could be proved Bound over in 95 to keep the peace for six months. STEALING COAL.-Ann Griffiths was charged with stealing about 25lbs of coal value Id, property of Messrs Brown and Co., Fernhill Colliery, on the 18th inst. Prisoner was fined 10s including costs. DAMAGE TO RAILINGS.—William Watts, Treher- bert, a boy about 10 years of age, was charged with damaging the fence of a field Defendant was pulling at a rail until he broke it in two, He wds fined 5s including coat. BASTARDY.—Richard Aahton, labourer, Por. h, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Elizabeth Jones, of the same place. Defen- dant pretented to be very deaf, and could not hear anything that was asked him. He was ordered to pay 3s 6d a week and 40s expenses.
PONTYPRIDD POLICE COURT. Wednesday-before Mr G. Williams, (Stipendiary) STEALING TiMMK—Daniel Drew, a boatman, was brought up in custody, charged with stealing a quantity of timber, at Pontypridd, the property of Messrs. Nixon and others. The prisoner was known to the police to have been convicted on former occasions, and was sentenced to one calendar month at Cardiff. WAGES.—The Great Western Colliery Company, was summoned by Walter Hawkins, for non- payment of wages, the amount was ordered to be paid, and costs. DRUNKENNESS.—Evan Davies. and John Jones, of Pentrebach, were summoned by Sergt. Jones, for being drunk and riotous, on the 16th inst, at Pontypridd. Each fined 5s and costs. HAVING NO NAME ON CAKT, &0. — Charles Vallinger of Mountain Ash, was summoned by F. R. Crawshay, Esq., for being drunk in charge of horse and cart, and having no name on cart, on the 18th inst, near Pontypridd. He was fined 5s and eosts, being his first offence. ASSAULT.—Thomas Williams, Evans, and David Samuel, were summoned by Thomas Davies, of Trealaw, for violently assaulting him with a stone, and also by kicking him about the body. Each fined 93 5s 7d including costs.
CAERPHILLY POLICE COURT. TUESDAY.—Before Dr. Lee, H. Jackson, and Dr. Llewelyn. SETTING FIRE TO A HKDGK.Shadrach Davies, a boy of Machen, was charged by the agent of Lord Tredegar with setting fire to a quick hedge. He was fined 5s, Is damage, and costs LEAVING WORK WITHOUT NOTICE.—Mr Pbillip Woodruff of Macheu Tinworks, charged Charles Hardacre with leaving his employ without giving the usual month's notice. He was ordered to pay 2s 6d. damage, and 6s 6d costs BASTARDY —Martha Collier, of White Cross, summoned Edward Rosser, of Caerphilly, to show cause why he should not contribute towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child. An order of 2s 6d p' r week and all expenses was made. DANGEROUS NEGLIGENCE..—William Roderick, a haulier of the Hautwit and Black Vein Colliery was summoned by the Rhymney Railway Company for leaving a horse and cart upon the railway at a level crossing, to the danger of passengers. The defendant was reprimanded, but on account of his being in poor circumstances and having a large family, the company did not press for a fine; he was let off by paying the costs. John Charles Morgan, a collier, of Fleur-de-lis, charged by the Rhymney Railway Company with travelling in a mineral break van from Caerphilly to Cardiff against the bye-laws of the company, was fined 15s including costs- ASSAULT.—Mary Williams, of Gelligaer, charged John Walters with assault. There was a cross summons taken out by the wife of Walters against Mary Williams. They were each bound over in a sum of £10, and sureties of £5, to keep the peace for six months and to pay costs.
THE OLD WATCHMAKER. It was upon a summer's day He entered our town, And knew not if o'er night he'd stay, What time the sun went down. Weary and worn he seemed, and care, Hung heavy on him then With hat and coat, brown. battered, bare. He shunned the haunts of men. When morning came we saw Lim sit Beside a window pane; His face a joyous smile had lit, His bread he now could gain Deftly his mallet did he wield, And keen through eye-glass peer, And quick the jewelled watch did build, And burnish bright and clear. The art and mystery of wheel, And balance, pivot, pin; Of jewelled plate and coiled steel, In days of yore did win. The toil of years gave him skill, In setting part to part; ro small machines a going will Almost, he seemed to impart. Besides his craft, much more he knew, For he had crossed the seas; The broad Ohio's waters blue, And tall Canadian trees, He once had seen; the Indian's home, His haunts, where wild deer run, And prairies vast, where buffaloes roam, In the lands of the setting sun. Alas, ere long we could descry, A trembling of the hand; A lisping tongue a bleared eye, Limbs weak beyond command. The vacant stare and wild, the gaze. Lit up with lurid light. Like that which shoots from below and plays O'er a burning crater at night! One day we saw him leave, alas, His board and watches and clocks, His wife was ill-but he must pass, Away a couple of fiocks, The Angel Inn—that Angel he Had come to love too well! For in its tempting company He trod the way to hell. Before that evening's sun had set, We sought him at his home. How dreadful was the sight that met Us in that dismal room! On bed of straw, a scene most sad, In plight most vile and evil, The Angel man was muttering mad, Something about the devil. Beside him lie in anguish great, His true and faithful wife; But she was passing through the state, That ends this mortal strife. Her breath grew faint, anAglazedltnd dim Became her full orbed efes. She lisped a prayer, and prayed to Him, The Lord of Paradise. While he was fighting devils, cursed And cursing tnem and hell! The gates of mystery she had burst, Immortal was and well. While he was raving Help, help, come, Susie-to hell I'm driven!" Her spirit sought a better home, And found its way to heaven. Pontypridd. W. PARRY.
IMPORTANT DISPUTE AT PENY- GRAIG COLLIERY. At the Pentre police-court, on Monday (before Mr Gwilym Williams and Mr Tiioiuas Joseph), Richard Jones, Edmund Richard*, and George Vaughan claimed wages alleged to be due to them from the owners of the Penygraig No 3 Colliery, Mr Walter Morgan appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr Brynmor Jones, barrister-at-law, instructed by Mr John Morgan, Cardiff and Pontypridd, appeared for the defendants. The question really before the Bench was as to who were the real owners of the said colliery, and who was, therefore, the proper authority at the said works. These particular works, which are distinct from the colliery in which the recent explosion took place, are the pro- perty of Messrs Moses Rowlands, Wm. Morgan, and Wm. Williams, while the colliery in which the recent disaster occurred is the property of the two first alone. For some years past serious disputes have taken place between Mr W. Williams and his two partners, resulting in Chancery proceedings. In July of last year an arrangement was arrived at between the parties, under which it was agreed that, until a tinal settlement was arrived at, the colliery should be managed under the supervision of two engineers, viz., Mr William Thomas Lewis (Lord Bute's mineral agent), on behalf of Mr Wil. liam Williams, and Mr D. Morgan, C.E., Ponty. pridd, on behalf of Messrs Rowlands and Morgan. It appeared that it was clearly stipulated in the agreement, which was read in court, that everything was to be carried on as formerly. Now, under the former arrangement, Mr Moses Rowlands was the working partner, and Mr Rowland Rowlands, the former's brother, was the chief manager, under his supervision. It seemed that soon after the arrangement between the parties was arrived at to engage the supervising engineers, Mr Rowland Rowlands withdrew from the mangagsmont so that no misunderstanding could possibly arise owing to his close relationship to the other part- ners. The two engineers then selected Mr Henry Kirkhouse as manager. Mr Henry Kirkhouse was engaged in August at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, but in the written contract it was expressly stipulated that the engagement was made subject to the approval of Mr Moses Rowlands, the active partner. Mr Moses Rowlands did approve, and Mr Henry Kirkhouse entered upon the duties of his office. It seemed, however, that soon after Mr Kirkhouse entered upon his duties an impression prevailed in the neighbourhood that Mr Moses Rowlands had now nothing whatever to do with the works, and that all authority was vested in Messrs W. T. Lewis and David Morgan, and that Mr Henry Kirkhouse was their agent, and that he was to re- ceive no orders from Mr Moses Rowlands. It seems that it had been forgotten altogether that ander the agreement the works were to be carried on as formerly, when Mr Moses Rowlands was the active partner, vested with full authority. This misapprehension gave rise to numerous petty annoyances to Mr Moses Rowlands. His private horse was turned out of the stables of the works, and a lad employed by him in his private capacity, as was alleged, was dismissed—the former '*because it ate the company's food," the latter because he was paid out of the company's funds." Mr Mose. Rowlands at last made up his mind to assert his authority, and discharged the three plaintiffs, who were ostlers, and who seemed to have had some- thing to do with the private horse. The plaintiffs received on the 15th of March a written notice, penned by Mr W. Williams, clerk and cashier of the works, but signed by Mr Moses Rowlands, ordering them to leave the works on the 19th. On the 21st (Monday) Mr Henry Kirkhouse, after consulting the two engineers, requested the three men to con. tinue at their duties as usual. They did so until the 2nd of April, and these proceedings were insti- tuted to recover the wages earned between the 19th of March and the 2nd of April by them, which th* defendants had refused to pay. Eventually the Beneh dismissed the case. the Stipendiary ruling that Mr Moses Rowlands had full power to aet as ho had done in dismissing the plaintiffs, and that it was not necessary for an employer to consult his agent before dismissing a servant.
ELECTION INTELLIGENCE. There is no foundation for the statement which has appeared to the effeotthat Mr. G. W. Elliott intended to resign his seat for Northallerton. Alderman Samuel Storey (L) was en Mondar No turned unopposed as member f«r tthmderlacd in plaee of Sir H. Havelock-Allen (resigned). Mr. 8terey is about 40 yean of ap, hae been thviee mayor of the borough.and is managing proprietor of the SwdgrUmi Jkte tiw tiwwfcijfetak
THE LATE LORD BEACONS- FIELD. RECIPIENT OF A GENEROUS BEQUEST. A contemporary tells the following story About the time of tne Exhibition of 1851, a lady, unknown to him, wrote to Mr. Disraeli several times asking tor an interview with him. He took no notice of the request, and his correspondent next preferred the same request to his wife, adding that she was 60 years of age, and almost at the end of her earthly career. This request was granted, and the visitor explained that she was the widow OJ an Indian officer of some distinction, and she had no family,and that, being herself a Jewess, and an ardent admirer of Mr. Disraeli's literary and political genius, she desired to will her fortune to him. Mrs. Disraeli communicated this to her husband, who, looking upon the matter as a joke, wrote to the lady that he had no objection to become her heir if she were so minded. A day or two afterwards Mr. Dis- raeli received i a letter, which he put into the rket of his overcoat and forgot all about Some weeks afterwards his valet, finding it there unopened, took it to his master, who found that it contained a letter from the lady inclosing a eheque for £ 1,000, which she thought be wquld no doubt find useful in payins his expenses at the nsxt election. Mr. Disraeli then called upon his fair correspondent to thank her for the acceptable gift, upon which she shewed him a will in which she had bequeathed to him all her property, only stipulating that he and Mrs. Disraeli should pay her a holiday visit twice a year at her house in Torquay. Four or five ▼ears after this the lady died, and Mr. Disraeli found nimself possessed of £ 40,000 or £ 50,000 in cash, a quantity of plate, jewels, a fine library, and a hand. somsly-appointed house. CONNECTION WITH THE LAW. The &l,eitor,' Journal states that the facts relating to Lord Beaconsfield's connection with the law in early life are these: "He was articled to Mr. William Stevens, solicitor, of the firm of Swain, Stevens, Maples, Pearse, and Hunt, of No. 6, Frede- rick's-plaee, Old Jewry. The articles of clerkship, which are still preserved by Messrs. Maples, Teesdale, and Co., the successors to the business of the above. mentioned firm, are dated the 10th of November, 1821. Mr. Disraeli, though articled to Mr. Stevens, was exclusively employed in the department of the late Mr. Maples, one of the other partners in the firm, wUo was an old friend of Mr. Disraeli's father and mother. It was, indeed, through this friendship that Mr. Disraeli came into the office. Mr. Maples always described Mr. Disraeli as being most assiduous in his attention to business, ana as shewing great ability in its transaction. So marked, indeed, was his talent that Mr. Maples advised Mr. Isaac Disraeli that his son ought to be allowed to go to the Bar. This advice was not followed, and Mr. Disraeli re- mained between three and four years in Messrs. Swain and Co.'s office, but left, we beUeve, about the beginning of the year 1825." CONSTITUTIONAL PECULIARITIES. The Lancet publishes the following remarks upon Lord Beaeonsneld's constitutional peculiarities Al- though dsitiring to welcome and cherish any hope which oould be suggested, we have not been able to disguise the circumstance that throughout the conditions have been unfavourable to recovery. Those who closely watched the health of the deceased gentleman, during the last 15 years particu- larly, cannot fail to have noticed the struggle which has been maintained by the mind against, and to some extent at the expense of, the body. While Mr. Disraeli sat in the Sense of Commons his life was an almost continuous effort. His imper- turbable bearing, his habit of emotional self- restraint, his almost uniformly placid style of delivery—artistically, and always as the result of pur- pose, never involuntarily—varied by lighter and brighter passages of elocution, were the fruits of effort The statuesque posture, the motionless face, the ab- stracted or seemingly indifferent manner, which the superficial observefstistoett for indications of a con- stitutional lack of sensibility, were in truth tokens of the intensity of the emotional nature they disguised. Lord Beaconsfield was a man 01 profoundly deep feel- ing and a highly sensitive temperament,but, with an indomitable will habituated to self-control, the cus- tomary expressions of such feeling as he possessed were interdicted. Speaking now freely, we believe the deceased statesman would havelived longer if be had not thus late retired to a scene of comparative quiet, npon which he ought, in the interests of his health, to have entered when the Queen urged him to do so some years before. As it was, Lord Beacon- sfield was deprived of his aocustomed mental stimulus at the precise moment when he most needed it; and although his immediate personal feelings were those of relief, the physical ease was purchased at too great a price. From the outset of the last illness the ease was, in our judgment, hopeless, unless the highest cerebral centres of the nerveus system came to the relief of the lower. It must ever be a source of regret that Lord Rowton, who alone had stood in close personal relations with the deceased gentleman during many recent and trying years of his life, was unavoid- ably absent during the first and only hopeful stage of his illness. It is also, we think, unfortunate that Lord "Rowton did not fee the noble lord until four days after his return, whatever may have been the fact as to Lord Beaconsfield's own wishes in the matter. It is again, we think, to be regretted that her Majesty's graciously expressed desire to visit the noble lord was not earned into effect. We must be excuse! for giving expression to these regrets—they are essential to the professional view we take of the illness. THIRTY YEARS AGO. Mr. George H. Parkinson writes to the Times from the Central Office, Royal Courts of Justice: "The inclosed extract from my diary of 1852 may be accept- able. I was clerk to Baron Parke (Lord Wensleydale) at the time, and can vouch for the correctness of the incidents referred to: 'Saturday, June 12, 1852.— Mr. Disraeli, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, eame down about 2 to be sworn in. He was quite alone, and Davis, the usher, shewed him into the judge's private room, where I happened to be, arranging some papers. I placed him in a chair, and said I would go and tell the judges he had arrived. In a few minutes they came in—Lord Chief Baron Pollock, Barons Parke, Alderson, Rolfe, and Platt. All seemed to know him. and all talked and laughed together. His new black silk robe, heavily embroidered, with gold bullion fringe and lace was lying across the chair. "Here, get on your trown," said Baron Alderaon; "you'll find it monstrously heavy." "Oh, I find it uncommonly light," said tbs new Chancellor. "Well, it's heavy with what makes other things light," said the Lord Chief Baron. to Now, what am I to say and do in this performance ?" was the next question. "Why, you'll first be sworn in by Vincent, and then you'll sit down again and if you look to the extreme left of the first row of counsel you will see a rather tall man looking at you. That is Mr. Willes out of court, but Mr. Tubman in court, and you must say, Mr. Tnbman, have you anything to move?' He will make his motion, and when he sits down you must say, Take a rule, Mr. Tubman,' and that will be the end of the affair.' The ushers were summoned, and all marched to the Bench-Baron Platt as junior baron first, Mr. Disraeli last, immediately preceded by the Lord Chief Baron. Mr. Vincent, the Queen's Remembrancer, administered the ancient oath, in Norman-French, I think. Mr. Tubman (afterwards Mr. Justice Willes) made some fictitious motion, was duly desired to "take a rule," and the Chancellor and barons re* turned to the private. "Well, I must say you fellows have easy work to do if this is a specimen," said Mr. Disraeli. "Now, don't you think that, or you'll be cutting down our salaries," replied one of the judges. "Take care of that robe," said Baron Alderson; you can leave it to your son when the Queen makes him a Chancellor." Oh, no you've settled that business," said the new Chancellor, "you'd decide that was fettering the Royal prerogative." There was a general roar at this witty allusion to a very important case just decided in the House of Lords, ic which the peers had held that a large monetary bequest by the late Earl of Bridgewater to his son on condition that he should obtain the title of duke within a certain time was void on the ground that it was a fettering of the Royal prerogative. There was a mutual shaking of hands, and all parties separated. LETTER OF LORD BEACONSFIELD. The following is a hitherto unpublished letter by the late Earl of Beaconsfield addressed to Mr. Francis Heath: Hughenden Manor, December 28, 1880.—Dear Sir,—I thank you for your new volume. Your life is occupied with two subjects which always deeply interest me—the condition of our peasantry and trees. Having had some know- ledge of the West of England five and twervty years ago, I am persuaded of the general accuracy < .f your reports, both of their previous and their present con. dition. You will remember, however, that the con- dition of the British peasant has at all times much varied in different parts of the country. Those of this distriot are well-to-do. Their wages have risen 40 per cent. in my time, and their habitations are wonderfully improved. A3ain, the agricultural population of the north of England, the hinds of Northumberland and the contiguous counties, were always in great advance of the southern peasantry, andwithalfour improvements continue so. With regard to your being informed that in many parts of the West of England the peasantry are now starv- ing, I should recommend you to be very strict in your investigations before you adopt that statement. Where is this ? and how, with our present law, could this occur With regard to trees, I passed part of my y. uth in the shade of Burnham Beeches, and have now the happiness of living amid my own green re- treats.' I am not surprised that the ancients wor- bhipped trees. Lakes and mountains, however glorious for a time, in time weary; sylvan scenery never palls.—Yours faithfully, BKAOONSFIELD." By Lord Beaconsfield's death the knighthood of the Gaiter, which was conferred upon him on the death of Emtl ttusseU, Mia to Ihe disposal Mr. 01SMN%
THE TRANSVAAL. FRIDAY, Atbil 2S. REPORTED SPLIT IN THE TRIUMVIR A Tr. ATTITUDE OF THE BOVRS. The Times' correspondent at Durban ie graphed on Thuraday :— There is a reported split in the Triumvirate Mr. Kruger and Mr. Pretorfus, supported by the war patty, object to a cession of territory and to an iu- demnity for the goods which were pillaged In Natal. Mr. Joubert and his party abide by the conditi -tim of pence fully. Sir Evelyn Wood has taken stops to resssure the Zulus and Swazis. The Upper Chamber at the Cape has shelved the address to the Queen approving of the terms of pes« by the casting vote of the Acting President. The debate in the Asumbly continues. Full accounts have been received from all parts f4 the Transvaal. English reeidents of all classes are leaving Pretoria. It is believed that a native war is inevitable there. The country can but retrograde. The Boers at Potchefstroom acted differently to those in other parts of the Transvaal. They behe red harshly and cruelly to the inmates of the fort, wh" suffered fearful hardships. Many civilian liver ere lost under the constant fire. In a telegram from Heidelburg, dated the 17th inst., the special correspondent of the Standard says :— The field commandants have drawn up an im- portant petition, signed by everybody, including the members of the Volksraad, addressed to the Trium- virate, in the following terms: The undersigned burghers of the African Republic, learning tnat the peace settlement is relegated to a Royal Commission, which possesses the right of an- nexing a portion of the Transvaal, declares the latter would infringe upon our rights, and mi's upon the Triumvirate to watch over the dearest wishes of the people. Explain to the commis- sion that it would be dangerous to peace in the Trane- Taal,alld is not calculated to restore confidence in hot Majerty's Government or strengthen the reconcilia- tion. Our earnest duty is to give timely warning that our people cannot submit to the loss of territory, or to any decision of the commission contrary to otir rights." The petition, which is in circulation throughout the Transvaal, concludes by hoping that tbe British officials will deal justly, and that peace will b« main- tain d and love for the Queen increased. Joubert resitted the drawing up of this petition. In another despatch, sent on the 18th, do correspondent says The Volksraad is now dissolved. The Boars com- plain that the English in the Transvaal are endea- vouring to ufnet the treaty of peace. New from Leydenburg confirms the reports as to the restlessness of the Kaffirs. Joubert admits that two Boers have been killed. A favourite toast among the Boers is United Free South Africa—sooner or later, and the sooner the better. Although the bearing of the lower class of Piem is very unpleasant to those who have to meet them, nearly all the statements that have been circulated about their committing outrages on English people are untrue; hitherto, at l»ast, I have failed to authenticate one of these, which I regard as malicious exaggerations that are too prevalent among our countrymen in the Transvaal. After discussion, the Transvaal Independence Com- mittee have resolved to oppose the execution of the Loren co-Marques Treaty (Delagoa Bay) on the follow. ing grounds: 1. Because the treaty, the negotiations for which were commenced under the late Adminis- tration and while the Transvaal was a British oolony, im of no advantage to England, and is not desired by the Portuguese Government or the people of tne Transvaal. 2. The treaty is inconsistent with the inde* pendence of the Transvaal Republic, aud will hinder its natural growth and development. S. It increases the responsibilities of this country, and will probably lead to future complications and expense.