Ystrad Police Court. KozfzAY-Before Mr Ignatius Williams (Stipendiary), Kr Edmund Thomas (Laneley Hall),and Mr William » Morgan (Ty'nycymer.) ASSAULT AT TKEHEEBERT —Catherine Thomas was charged with nssanlt. Sarah Dypr said on the 3rd instant defendant said she would kill her, and beat her on the forehead with a man's boot nntil she was insensible. She bled very much. Defendant was twitting her abont .viney from America and said her boasted f200 hfld d andled to S8. She was running down her (complaii. M t's) hnsband and she asked de. fendant if he was sucb a low man why she let her son work under him.—Elizabeth Framton, daughter of complainant said she saw defendant strike her another twice with a boot. Witness went to fetch the police. Her mother screamed murder and she went out. P.O. Francis said be called on complainant who aned defendant every bad name she could think of. e neighbours said it was a regular fight between them.—Bound over to keep the peace for six months And to pay the costs. W AGE CASF. AT PKNYGRAIG.—The Naval Colliery Company were summoned for wages. Mr Rosser for the defence. David Morris said he claimed a week's JnODey last Saturday aad they would not pay. John Way stopped him. They paid it the week after. He How claimed for a week that he was kept idle because "Of being stopped work a week before pay without notice. His worship said there was no reason why they should have remained idle for the week. They could have got work elsewhere.—Mr Ropser said the defendant refused to do the work ordered by the under manager and discharged himself.—Case dis- missed.—A similar case in which Charles Lloyd was the defendant was also dismissed. DKI NK IS CH.UIOE OF A Hop ,L.-James Thomas was chained with this offence. P.C. Smith said at a quarter past nine on the 3rd inst., he saw defendant driving a horse and trap so fast as it could go down a bill. Part of the harness Wí1. broken. The wheels 'Went into the ditch two or tl ree times. Two men "Were sitting on the wall at tl e bottom of the hill whose legs would have been < mahed if they had not moved them just in time.—I' iucd 20s and costs. DRT'NK AT TREHERBEUT.—Jutui Churches appeared on this charge.—P.C. Miles ,.id troin information lee received, that prisoner was a.sanltiug girls in Durn- fries Street, he went there ai;d fon^d defendant sit- ting on the ground by a paA shop. He was vqrv drunk and using filthy language.—Told him to go home. but he refused. His mother came. He assisted to take him home lie struck witness, and kicked him several times in the stomach and else where. Defendant called Wiiliom Thomas, collier, Who said he saw defendant and the policeman on the Ith instant. He heard a siraggle and screaming. 1 Saw P C. Miles and defendant on the ground. Miles was on top and bad his finger at his handkerchief. He polled P.C. Miles up and defendant kicked him, which was natural as the policeman was trying to strangle him on the ground. He believed the police- lDan was onder the influence of diink and he con- sidered the policeman was to blanie.-Elizabeth Davies waid she was standing at her door and defen- dant was coming up saying nothing out of the way to -anyone. There were two girls on the other side of the road giving him cheeS- He turned and asked them what they were calling him names for. That all she saw or heard.—Elizabeth Griffiths said the defendant was lying by Mrs Symonds' door and she tried to get him home. She did not see him do anything to the policeman until the constable had him down. Defendant was dead drunk. There was a largc ciowd present. Defendant had gone into his bim down. Defendant was dead drunk. There was a Urge ciowd present. Defendant had gone into his bouse and only just came out again.—For complain- ant Elizabeth Syraons said the servant of the pawn- shop was out and she couldn't eay what she might have 4Hud to defendant, but he came in and accused her of calling him a thief and struck her. P.C. Miles came and offered him to go home. Defendant then struck P.C. Miles. The policeman gave him every chance to Ro home but he refused. She saw both fall to the ground. P.C. Miles wis qnite sober.—His Worship said be had no doubt about the case.—Inspector Thomas said defendant had frequently been convicted before. His Worship said there was no doubt de- fendant struck the officer, and the officer in self- 1 defence put him down. After the officer released him be kicked at him. There was no provocation. —Fined 30s and costs. In all £2 4s !Ià. AFtoLiATiON CASE AT TKEHEKHEF.T.—David Evans W £ a summoned to show cause why he should not '•contribute towards the support of the illegitimate child of Rose Fry. Mr Ros3er, for the defence, said the child was all but still born, and as it died before the application the court bad no jurisdiction. The case stood over for consideration. THEFT AT TREHEHBERT. Elizabeth Condon was charged with stealing a trousers.—Nathan Phillip Tanchan, assistant pawnbroker to Mr Marks Trine, at Treherbert, said last Friday at 7 o'clock defendant came to the shop and took a parcel out of pawn. There were goods on the counter and amongst them the trousers produced by P C. Harris. About half- am-hour after he left be missed the trousers. He gave information to P.C. Harris who brought pri- soner back to the shop with the trousers under her -am.-P.C. Harris said about a quarter to eight on Friday night he arrested the prisoner on the side of tlie mountain at Tynewydd on her way home. He found the trousers produced in her possession. On being charged with the theft she said, No, I did not steal them. I picked them up off the floor in the aJaop." Fined 10s. ASSAULT AT FERNDALE.—David Evans and Joseph Evans were charged with assault. Mr Rosser for the defence. David Williams, collier, said defen- dants beat and kicked him last Thursday week at Lianwonno, outside the public-house by the Church, because he prevented two little boys fighting. It Was about six o'clock in the evening. He was struck down and w hile down defendants kicked him. He was net yet able to wcrk. He had the marks of two kicks on the forehead and his shoulder was bad. Dr. Parry had been attending him. Had never had a word with them before.—Cros3-er:amined He did not fight that day at all. He did not fight with Joph Evans. Both were letting at hie before be talL He was not a fighting man. He did m see some- one striking at an old mau in tbe public noose. He did not on coming out of the public house challenge anybody to fight andlstrike one of the defendants. He did not have a stand-up fight with David Evans or with Joseph Evans. Thomas Daties and someone «lse took him into the inn and w ashed his face. He did not after that challenge Joseph Davies to fight. -Thomas Davies said he was with Williams and went to the funeral at Llanwonno and afterwards to the public house. Saw two young men named John Evans and Griffith Mason going to fight and Williams went on to try to prevent them. David Evans struck him down. When he got up Joseph Evans struck him. After that complainant was again knocked down by David Erans who kicked bim on hia shoulder and on the head. H- was kicked three times altogether. He (witness) picked up Williams who was covered with blood and took him into he inn. Afterbeing washed be went out and was again assaulted, and atter that was carried again into the inn and left lying there till eleven o'clock.—For the defence Griffith Mason said he was present at the ti.rn.s- John Evans wanted to tight him Mca-ase he passed him by and did not give him beer as he was already drunk. David Evans prevented him. Wil- liams then came out and said he Mas the best man in the pit, and then knocked David Evans in the eye ifivs-ns thnl knocked him down. They then had a iiirht. Afterwards a3 the defendants were going home Wi'Siajns challenged Joseph Evans to tight and th^y br'ih stripped and fought four rounds. Williams was then taken to the puMic-house. David Evans did nothing in the second fight.—David Evans was fined 20B and the other 10s. FRA-UlDiULII.N-i, ALTERATION OF A TICKET AT FJLKNDALE. —Richard Jaynes was charced with this offence. Mr Rhys for Messrs David Davies and Son.—John lie wis, clerk of No- 5, Ferndale Colliery, said there is » draw every week and payment .ce a month. De- fendant worked as an outside labourer. Witness made out the draw ticket. He made out defen- dant's ticket for the draw of Saturday 10th. There was 5s *Ju3 to him. The ticket prodnced was the one. The figure five had been blackened and a ggvre one put before it, making 15s. The ticket was baseed in to Mr W" alter Jones who gave it to Mr B«v&a to examine, and Mr Bevan asked him (witness) to compare it with the draw book. He then fcund it bad been tampered with. Mr Bevan gave informa- tion to the police.- Remanded.
HE LOST HIS LIFE! and that through carelessness. If the thousands who are afflicted considered for a ■aoooeat their danger and take H ugheg's Blond Pilh, they wocM at once be relieved of their fAir" abd cored of their dangerous diseases. For ) blood i the original cause of most ai eases that the human race is subject to. They ,jy, strengthen, and stimulate thebiood an(i the ekiej ergons of the body, thereby restoring and pre serving health. Sold everywhere at la. lid., 3b. 9d and 4s. 6d.
MURDEROUS OUTRAGE. A marderous outrage has been committed at Leicester. Two men, named Thomas Russell and William Russell, father and son, visited the house )f a neighbour named Coulson, with whom the father had had a dispute. Coulson was in bed, and it is alleged that the Russells savagely attacked him, beating him about the head with a poker, and so seriously injuring him that he now lies in the m- firinary in a precarious condition. His assailants •' have been arrested.
EXTENSIVE ROBBERY OF JEWELLERY. Samuel Taylor, an hostler, has been charged, at Bow Street Police Court, London, with stealing on the 25th May jewellery to the value of iisi>»> belong- ing to Messrs. Scott and Co. The jewellery was stolen from a cab in Bernard Street, during the temporary absence of the traveller who had charge of the property. Two men were arrestsd, and charged with being concerned in the robbery, but were discharged. Prisoner was arrested by Detec- i tive-sergeant Scandrell. When told the charge he said that he had bought some of the jewellery from a man, and had resold it to another man he did not know.—Sergeant Weidner searched the prisoner's lodgings, and found six bracelets, three brooches, and a pencil-case in a bag in the rootit where lie slept He said lie had bougiit i- worth of jewellery. —Mr. Edward Lucas identified the property found, and the prisoner was remanded.
FATAL AFFilAY AT IIANLEY. A fatal affray has taken place at a lodging-house in Hanover Street, Uanley, the victim being the keeper of the house, Samuel llall (.3-1), a blind man. FroOl enquiries made by the police it appears that j Hall s lodgers, who were all more or ies* intoxicated, quarrelled, and began to fight. Deceased interpose I in order to quell the disturbance, and, with the a d of Iiis wife and daughter, succeeded in getting two if the men out of the house. They, however, forced their way in aga'n, and the quarrel was renewed. i Deceased got'between the Crtmhaianls, when, it is alleged, John brow.i ('J-), labourer, knocked him down and kicked him twice. This was followed up j by another lodger, John Richards (-o'\ collier, Vic-k- ing him whilst he wason the ground and afterwards jumping upon him. Deceased complained of being injured, and died shortly afterwards. Brown and Richards were arrested and brought before the magistrates.—An inquest on the body of the de- ceased was liel(I.-It is stated that the prisoner Richards is a native of Walsall, and only came tc Hanley last week.
MOBBING A CODENED ML'RDERER A strange and exciting scene took place at the Railway Station, Shrewsbury, and in front of the prison which is near it, and is used jointly by the counties of Shropshire and Montgomeryshire, upon the arrival of the mail train from Welshpool the other night. A man named William Samuels, a tradesman, of Welshpool, bad been convicted and sentenced to death for the poisoning, at Welshpool, of a grocer's assistant named William Mabbatts, Those wife and family reside in Shrewsbury. Samuels, with four or five officers, arrived at the station about ten p.m., and was met by a large and Very excited crowd, who groaned, liissert, and threatened to mob him. The prisoner, who grew alarmed, was led across the action and let out by a back way almost in front of the prison. He was followed by those who had gained access to the platforms, whose numbers were largely augmented by another crowd in the street. The excitement here increased tenfold, and the few yards to the prison entrance were traversed with the greatest possible difficulty and danger. The hooting and hiss- I ing increased, stones were thrown, noisy demands made that the officers should let the crowd have their own way with him," and one police officer had his uniform torn in his efforts to protect the prisoner, who however was eventually safely lodged within the prison waits.. r*
FOUR HOHSES BURNED TO DEATH. A fire broke out early the other morning, at the Bridgewater Works, Seward Street, Goswell Road, London, owned by Mr. C. Dye, builder, who lets the ground floor out in tenements to several persons in a small way of business. Some sixteen horses were on the premises, twelve of whom were saved at great risk Notwithstanding the strenuous exertions of the fire brigade, the adjoining premises of Messrs. Jones and Co., I I-)' Goswell Road, ironfounders, whose forges back on Mr. Dye's works, were in- volved, and also the premises of Mr. C. A. Nobles, Ilji, Goswell Iioad. The following is the official report Called at 11.4 p.m., to BridgewaterWorks, Seward Street, Goswell Road: owner. C. Dye, builder. Cause of the fire unknown: insurance unknown. Ground floor let out in tenements. Damage: Timher lmillling of tw.) floors, about 12C by dt. (used as workshops, stable and 'stores), burned and fallen down, and a number of vans in yard damaged by fire and heat, and several horses burned to death. No. U, ditto, scorched. Xo. lot;, Goswell Road, Messrs. Jones and Co., ironfounders, insured as to contents in the Northern Office; building uninsured. Damage: Timber sited, build- ing about Toft, by II)ft., used as store, and contents damaged by fire, heat. and water. No. ]jj: ditto, C. A. Nobles, dyer, insurance unknown. Damage: Brick and timber building of one and two floors, about 120ft. by I'J.'ft., used as workshops and stores burned out and fallen down stores adjoining, and back front of foundry and contents damaged by fire, heat, and stock in yard by water. 102, ditto, Gaslight and Coal Company, secretary Mr. J. Phillips, slightly damaged."
The Marquis of Ripon, K. G., has been re-elected president of the Yorkshire College. Heipy George, after investigation reports that the miners a e the worst-paid working men in the United States. Mr. J. kneat York. solicitor, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, has just died at Newmarket. The excessive heat has killed off two people in East Surrey. One is Elizabeth Folkey, aged forty- three, and the other a child named lies. Mr. Andrew Carnegie has offered to erect a free public library and music-hall in the town of Alle- ghany, Pennsylvania, at a cost of not less than £ 50,000. Lady Archibald Campbell is about to publish, through Mr. Quaritch, a pamphlet entitled "Rain- bow Music," which is said to treat of "I armony in colour grouping." It is reported from Paris that the Due d'Aumale is going to shut up his Chantillvestablishment, and rent a chateau on the Belgian frontier, near the Ardennes Forest. TIle shipbuilding establishment of Herr Schicllllll, in Elbing, has just finished a torpedo boat for China, The speed is to be not less than twenty-four miles an hour. Since Mav, the Right Rev. Bishop of Rochester (Dr. Thorold) has confirmed, at 52 centres, no less than candidates, and there are 11 more due before the vacation. Mexican pulque is a beer made from the juice of the cactus, and it is s#!J for one cent a glass. It looks bitter, smells loud, and tastes yellow, but it gets t'here all the same. One of the pickpockets of the Boulogne pass"n- ger steamer got his deserts, when lie was sentenced at the Folkestone Quarter Sessions to twelve months' imprisonment. Mr. Harrison Smith, who went upon a special mission to the King of Abyssinia some months ago, has arrived in London, and has delivered the result of his mission at the Foreign Office. Mr. Oscar 11. Cooper, who has been elected Super- intendent of Public Instruction at Texas, is only twenty-three years of age. He will have partial control of a schooi fund larger than that of any other ten States in the f nion. JMr. Mills, a Liverpool bicyclist, has completed the journey from Land's End to John O'Groat's in five days one and a-half hours. The time is said to be authentic, and is the best on record by thirty-one hours. At Swinford. near Castlebar, the other morning, a jealous husband, named Dooher, make a fearful attack on his wife with a hatchet The woman was frightfully backed and mutilated, presenting a re- volting spectacle, and is dying. It is stated in a recent return that of the 207,2-12 farms in New England only 17,5y7 are rented, the remainder being farmed by the owners. In the Southern States 1.047,505 farms are occupied by anuincipated coloured tenants. Charier Cartvright. a labourer in the employ of 1 brassfonnders, has been, at Southwark Police Court, sentenced to three months' hard labour for embezzle- ¡ ment The prisoner said he had got into trouble through frequeuting a bettiog house. j
Gorsu TO MORROW. Morrow is a ,.n of some importance about forty miles from Ciii-inti-.i- porter on the rail- way, who did not Kuo •" th.» names of the stations, was approached b'- a stranger the other day while standing by a train "t the Cincinnati station. Does this train gi- *o Morrow to-day ? No," said the porw. who thought the stranger making game of ItUD," it goes to-day yester- day week alter next." YI.u don't understand me," persisted tho stranger; What 1 wit >s to go to Morrow." W ell, why don't you waif till to-morrow, then," said the mau in a tamper, "and not come bother- ing around to-day? You can go to morrow, or the day after, or this day month, or on this day aext year, or any otnsr day that you may please."
COMING NOW. It fell out once up)ri a time that the lady princi- pal of the well-known young ladies' academy at desired to have a stove put up in her school- room, as the winter was descending upon the land, and blue and red noses and fingers bgall to disad- vantageollsly to diversify the beauties of the "sw -et girl graduates," and so forth. So Miss — sent word to old Mr. B., the stove man, to come and put up a stove. yes, certainly," replied the polite man of sheet-iron, "come to-morrow." Slv man: lie knew that to-morrow comes never, and so came he. Miss sent again, and he promised more glibly than before. Thrice he did it, and th«-n the school-mistress put on her thinking-cap, and devised the plan that vanquished him. Next day about half-past nine, while old B. was rattliug about among his sable wares, in marched a sprightly band of ten well-dressed young ladies, who came to a "parade rest in front of the old fellow. The tallest, in the politest manner in the world, in- vited Mr. H. to send to the academy and put up the stove aforesaid. "Certainly" said B., rather overcome by so numerous and angelic a visitation, but procrastinating as usual, "certainly; come up to-morrow. "But Mr. B., to-morrow won't do. We are freezing." "Wal," said the old fellow, "wal, I'll see if I can't git round this afternoon." "Do, please," rejoined the lovely applicant, and the party marched out. B. went on with what lie was about. Not far from half-past ten, a party of ten young ladies marched into his store, and, exactly as before stood forth a spokeswoman and requested and ex- horted. Why," said the dumbfoundered mechanic, there was ten of ye came an hour ago I We want a stove." How many is there on ye, I'd like to know? "Oh, fifty or sixty." "For the land's sake! Are ye all a-comin'?" cc Yes," replied the youngchieftainess, with great state "we are told off in squads of ten, and are to see you turn and turn about once every hour until you come." "Here, Jim shouted old B. "Come and tend store, quick! Bill, go and harness up that 'ere wagin. Good gracious! I'm a-comin' right up now!" He was. He did. The stove was up and a good fire burning in it before dinner.
A HOPEFUL PROGENY. Old Farmer Gruff was one morning tugging away with all his might and mahi at a barrel of apples, which he was endeavouring to get up the cellar- stairs, and calling at the top of his lungs for one of the boys to lend hint a helping hand, but all in vain. When lie had, after an infinite amourit of sweat- ing and tugging, accomplished the task, and ju«t w.ien thev'were not needed, of course, the boys made their appearance. "Where have you been, and what have you been about, I'd like to know, that you could not hear me call?" inquired the farmer in au angry tone, and addressing the eldest. Out in the shop, settin' the And you, Dick? Out in the barn, settin' the And you, sir? "Up in t.ranny's room, settin' the clock." And you. young man ? Up in the garret, settin' the trap." "And now Master Fred, where were you, and what were you settin'?" asked the old farmer of his youngest progeny, the asperity of his temper bying somewhat softened by the amusing category of answers. ( ome, let's hear (loor-step, settin' still, replied the young hopeful.
Economical Adage—Meanness never brought man to tlic workhouse. Make, a point, at a party, if possible, of dancing with the oldest and ugliest woman you see. Iy this amiability many have got to marry Fortune uu- known. Quakers ought all to be professional writers. Have they forgotten their history, and what they owe to their able Pen 11 taken up in defence of free- domof openniou?
PONTYPRIDD LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of the Pontypridd Local Board was held on Thursday, when there were present-the Rev. D. W. Williams, in the chair, Messrs Jas. Roberts, M. C111e. D. Rowlauds, P. Jones, W. Phillips, J. James. G. J. Penn, D. Leyshon, and H. Hopkins. APPKAI, AGAINST A RATE APPORFLOTFMJSNT. A letter was read from Mr Jas. Coonibes, confec- tioner, Pontypridd, protesting against the apportion- ment of the expenses in connection with the paving of the road leading to Morgan Court from the Gas Road on the ground that it was excessive. He had forwarded an appeal against the apportionment to the Local Government Board.—Mr Roberts said that it did seem a hardship especially when Mr Coombes ,$Lnoi??eails entering the road from his property. —The Clefk (Mr H. LI. Grover) said that the Act laid down that the remedy was to appeal to the Local Government Board. The Surveyor made the apportionment, and the members of the Local Board had nothing whatever to do with it.—Mr Hopkins: I find that the Surveyor has adopted the same rule now as he has in all previous cases.—The Clerk advised the Board to let it take its course. The only thing was whether the appeal was forwarded within the prescribed time. He had informed Mr Coombes e" what course to adopt in time for him to appeal within the proper period. He didn't see how the Surveyor could make any different apportionment.— The Chairman: Certainly not.—Mr Coombes, who was in attendance was now admitted to the meeting, and stated that he had already paid his proportion in connection with the main road leading to the Gas Works. The road for which he had now been assessed lay on the other side of the same property, Tjru 1'-l ■ metalled, paved, and channelled. What he wished to bring before the Board was the amount at which he was assessed, which was too heavy, and he ought not to be charged for both sides I of the road. His was a dead wall running the whole length, and he had no doorway or entrance of any kind there, the pavement being for the convenienct of those houses running along Taff Street.—The Chair- mau Do you know it, Mr Cule ?—Mr Cule thought that the Board should visit the place as there was that the Board should visit the place as there was some hardship in regard to the assessment.—The Clerk thought that the Surveyor had adopted the right method of apportionment, and that the Board could not interfere with the- apportionment.—Mr Coombes pointed out that if he had done tke work himself he would only have been required to do one half of the road, but now that the Board had per- tornied the work he had been charged on the whole. -The Clerk thought that as Mr Coombes had appealed to tbe Local Government Board, the best way would be to allow the matter to take its course. -1- j Surveyor said that it had been apportioned according to the frontage.—Mr Coombes then with- drew.—Mr Roberts said there was a great hardship in this case.—Mr Cule again suggested that the members of the Board should visit the spot.—Mr Penn said that the Board would creite a bad prece- dent it tb\ ujEt-rfered with the Surveyor's apportion- ment. Ihe oierk did net see that the Board could i aterfere. lie thought they had better let it be decided by the Local Goverunient Board.—Mr Jfobei;f -•erl?"Pon proposed that the suggestion of tbe Clerk be adopted.—Thi3 was seconded bv Mr f Penn. and »treed to.—Mr Cuombes was then recalled and informed by the Chairman of the decision of the Board. Mr Coombes thou withdrew. Ol'E DHAIX AT TliKHAIOD. The Clerk read a letter from a Mr Wales, cUlin^ attention to the open draiii behind the premises of Mr Morgan Williams, and on the property of Mr Edward Davies, at Trehafod. It was a source of great danger to the inhabitants and he would strongly advise them to close it in at once.—Mr Edward Davies attended the Board meeting, and in answer to the Chairman, said that the drain was very bad and filthy.—The Chairman said they were aware the drain was in a very bad state, but how they were to rectify matters he did not know.—Mr Phillips said ¡ it was a great hardship to Mr Davies, but, as the Chairman had remarked, he did not see how they could remedy it.—The Clerk said that that matter had been before the Board ever since it had been a Board. It was the duty of Mr Davies to clean the drain.—Mr Phillips said that it was very hard that Mr Davies should have to clean the drain for other people. There were about 66 houses which drained into it, ond if it were cleaned out it would be full again in a day or two. The closets of Mr Davies' houses did not drain into it.—Mr Davieg said that he had cleaned it out during the past week.—At the request of the Chairman, Mr Davies now withdrew, -Mr Hopkins: Why should the public pay for private drains.—Mr Penn said this was the hundredth time that it had been before the Board —The Chair- man thought that Mr Davies should go to Dr. Morgan, the owner of the land.—Mr Cule said it was a matter between Mr Davies aiid Dr. Morgan.—Mr Phillips said it was a matter for them as a Board to have the nuisance cleared away. He thought there were ona or two cases of fever there now.—Mr Penn Havn^t we power to indict him for the nuisance?— The Chairman proposed that the Clerk sbould write a letter to Dr. Morgan, calling his attention to the matter and stating that Mr Edward Davies had attended before the Board in reference thereto.—Mr Roberts suggested that the Chairman should speak to Dr. Morgan on the subject.—Mr Peun seconded the Chairman's proposition, which was agreed to.- Mr Edward Davies was then recalled when the Chairman explained to him that the Board were of opinion that they had nothing at all to do with it, but that it was a matter between him and the ground landlord. The Board had, however, d.-cided to write to Dr. Morgan, informing him how matters stood.— Mr Davies then loft. COEDPENMAEN RECREATION GROUND. The Clerk read the following letter which he had received from the Charity Commissioners, dated June 26, 1886:—Sir,—The Commissioners have had under their consideration the application submitted to them by Mr Sprague, on the 1st March last. for the discharge of the churchwardens and overseers by the poor of the parish from the trusts of this land, and ths appointment of the Local Board of Pontypridd in their stead in connection with the extract from the enclosure award, which accompanied your letter of the 8th inst. The Commissioners have come to the conclusion, upon consideration of the provisions of the Enclosure award, which was made under the authority of an Enclosure Act, that they cannot by any aeheme interfere with the provisions by which' the land was expressly vested in the churchwardens and overseers for the purposes of the Act. The i Commissioners will, however, be prepared to enter- tain an application for a scheme empowering the t trustees to make rules and regulations for the management of the recreation ground, which were not inconsistent with the terms of the award. I am accordingly to suggest that your clients r the Pontypridd Local Board] should, in conjunction with the trustees, proceed to frame rules and byelaws, and 1 forward the same to the Commissioners. In framing these rules provision must be made for the appoint- ment of managers and directors of the recreation ground in the manner indicated in the Recreation Grounds Act. 1859 (22 Vict., c. 27), provided that they do not infringe the provisions of the Enclosure award.—I am sir, your obedient servant, GEOHGE H. GAUNTLEY, Chief Clerk.—Mr Hopkins proposed that a letter be written in reply thereto, stating that for the purposes -of a recreation ground the suggestion made by them was practically useless, inasmuch as the body mentioned would not be in a position to levy rates to defray the expenses in connection with the recreation ground. The object for which the land was let originally was not attained, and, worse than that, the lord of the manner was cutting up the surface without anybody being in a position to prevent it.—Mr Roberts seconded the proposition, j which was carried. THE PROPOSED TRAMWAY. The Clerk read a letter which he had received from Mr Pollard, solicitor to the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramways Company, stating that the Board of Trade had now granted the extension of time which the Company had asked for. He expressed a hope that no disputes would arise between the Com- pany and the Local Board, and stated that they had every desire to meet the wishes of the Local Board in carrying out the work. Ht felt sure that the works now about to be commenced would be a great boon to the neighbourhood. THE WAIER SUPPLY OF THE TOWN. A letter was read from the Waterworks Company, stating that the extension of a main to Coedpenmaen and Merthyr Road was under consideration.—Mr Hopkins thought that they ought to call the attention of the Company to the inadequate water supply. If they were unable to supply a sufficient quantity they ought to say so. It was absurd that a large district like this should have such a very limited and irregu- lar snpply of water as at present. He thought as a sanitary Board, it came within their province to call the attention of the Waterworks Company to the matter.—Mr Cule said there was some excuse now.- Mr Hopkins said there were always excuses.—Mr Phillips: I think they have stopped the watering carts ?-The Surveyor: Yea.—The Chairman agreed with the remarks of Mr Hopkins.—Mr Roberts: We ought to make some provision to obtain water for watering the streets.—Mr Penn suggested that they should give authority to the Surveyor to take water from the river to water the town.—Mr Roberta suggested that the Sarveyer should be instructed to i prepare a scheme for supplying the neighbourhood by laying a certain amount of pipes down to the river and other Boorces.—Mr Levshon How much did we pay last year to the Waterworks Compauy The Surveyor: I should say about £ 30.—Mr Roberts' suggestion was agreed to and the Surveyor was instructed accordingly. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor's report was as follows: During the month I have collected f271 179 6d b ilanca owing to bank, A:684 7s lid. On the 27th June, the Public Works Committee met. Mr Griffiths, Surveyor, waited upon the Committee on behalf of the High- way Board with reference to straigteniug Nantydall Road, opposite the culvert. It was moved by Mr Hopkins and seconded by Mr Penn that the plan laid before the committee with the estimate be approved of, provided the Barry Company would do the follow- ing over the culvert, and that this Board pay half the cost of the estimate, viz., £35. The Surveyor laid before the Board a plan and estimate of the Castle Bridge, Treforest, by Messrs Maynard and Cooka. It was moved by Mr Penn, and seconded by Mr Hopkins that the plan and specification be returned as amended. The river retaining wall to the pro- posed width of the bridge on the west to be taker down to low water level and to be rebuilt in mortar; all the pointings to the bridge to be in London cement; the opening in the trellis work of the parapets not to be more than 9 inches; all the stone pillars to be 3 feet wide; the proposed alterations to be done Fit the same price. On the recsipt of the plans with the proposed alterations the committee are prepared to recommend the plans and estimate to the Board and, in the meantime, that the. contractor see the inspector of the Local Government Board at his own expense. The Lighting Committee recem. mendod a lamp to be erected on the machine bridge. The watering cart has arrived. I have received a notice from the manager of the Pontypridd Water- works requesting the Board not to use any nore water from their mains at present. Mr John Busaell, of Tonyrefail, has built additious to his house in Rickard-street, Pontypridd, without tirst submitting plans. I have been asked by Mr Sheppard, agent for Vaughan Lee Estate, to erecS a feuae on the piece of land where the Board has been widening the road at Pwllgwaun. The estimated cost of this fence will be aboat £ 5.—The recommendations contain-sd in the report were adopted. TENDER. Three tenders were received for painting the out- side of the offices of the Board, and that of Mr Reea Williams, of t6 103 being the lowest was accepted. THE ASSESSMENT OF THE OFFICES. The Clerk stated that he had seen Mr Vivian and appealed against the assessment upon the offices of the Board, stating, in support thereof, that only a Eortion of the premises were inhabited. Mr Vivian owever, had replied that it had been held that when a bank clerk simply slept upon the premises of a bank, there being no sparation from the business part of the building the whole was liable to be assessed as a dwelling house. Mr Vivian afterwards came and saw the premises and asked him (the Clerk) if the Board would be willing to let him have them for £ 19 a year. He had replied he didn't think they would. (Laughter). They could not separate the habitable part from the offices, and therefore, their appeal must fall through. The meeting then ter- minated.
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THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP. The dealers in curiosities and antiquities are be- coming more and more inventive. The other day a gentleman went into a shop near the Koulevard Moutmartrj in Paris. There was a woman in at- tendance. Has your husband gone out ? he asked. No; he is in the back shop. Do You want to speak to bim?" "No; do not disturb hid. --to- i. he doing?" "He is working," she replied. At that moment a formidable explosion was heard in the back shop. Ah! what is that? the 1 isioor exclaimed, terri- fied. Oh, it is no But-" "It s my husband. He is finishing a Gothic cabi- net," explained the woman and lifting up a curtain she displayed to the gentleman's wondering gaze her worthy husband firing a small-shot into his pseudo-Gothic cabinet, in order to give it an ap- pearance of worm-eaten antiquity. The cabinet was being finished for the London market, and is uo doubt by this time on view in the metropolis.
A MERMAN MYSTERY We all called him the Merman. He rode abont in a bath-chair in all kinds of weather, always pulled by the same man—a stranger in the town —wearing a kind of half livery. The story had got a our that tile Merman resembled that terrible creature in Wdkie Collins's tt,e-tlttt he had no legs. With respect to the Mermaid, opinion was divided. Sune said she was his wife, and others his daughter. She appeared to be deeply devoted to him, and. was always by his side. They came early in tbe season, and took a furnished house. The man who dragged the chair was their only servant. They kept no company. The Mermaid was tall, and fair, and very pretty. She appeared to be between twenty-one and twenty-three. She wore the most delightful frocks, and the most dainty of shoes, with pointed toes, high heels, and arched instep. I think that perhaps, these shoes did more than anything else towards prejudicing our ladies against the Mermaid, whose behaviour, as far as could be observed, was irreproachable, but therd was a sort of defiant sniff about our ladies. What was the matter with the Merman, and what made him ride about in a chair? unless, as I said, lie had no legs, and consequently could not walk. He was ridiculously ruddy, particularly about the nose. He ate and drank in public places, in turn oysters, stout, and sodas-aiul-b.'s. What he did indoors none could tell, but the butcher who served him said lie was a good customer. Everywhere where the company was most numerous the uninteresting invalid and his facinating companion were to be found in the thickest part of the crowd. And now for the solution of the mystery. One day an unobtrusive geutlcman, whose presence among us no one seemed to have noticed, suddenly darted at and clutched a slender wrist round which was coiled a golden serpent, and from the Mermaid's Iland fell to the ground a l'urs; she had picked a lady's pocket of. Almost at the same moment the Merman found his legs, good long ones, too, and sprung from his Bath-chair, bolted at fulll'pel''¡, never to be seen again. A moment afterward", though, the unobtrusive gentleman's mate, another detective, grapnled with the man in livery, and he and the rerlllai(i had handcuffs on in half a twink- ling. The Bath-chair was taken good care of, too. as well as its contents, which consisted ot a watch or two and a few more purses. And then we all said we knew from the tirst the Mermaid and her malo compauions were a bad lot.
STEALING FROM THE PERSON AT YSTRAD. Henry J Jues was charged with stealing X4 10a from William Jones, grocer, Treorky. the case bas been partly reported before. Farther evidence was now to Roger Thomas, landlord of the Lamb Inn, Heolfaoh, said on Thuraday, July 1st, he si w Junes aud defendant in his house. He supplied picsejutor with beer about three o'clock in the afternoon. He gave a half-crown in pay. ment and leceived the change. He took the half- crown from a money bap which he had in his inside waistcoat pocket. He put Vie 2s change in- to the bag which he returned 10 the smie pocket. He should think he must have had from three to three pounds ten in gold and silver in his hand when he paid for the beer. Saw the bag once or twice during the afternoon. Profecntor left his house about five minutes to ten. Defendant re- mained until eleven. -Cross-examined Whe com- plainant left two men who had oome with him in the morning left with him. They had no money and prosecutor paid for drink for them.—For the defence John Morgan Davies, insurance agent, Treorky, said he went to the public-house at five in the evening. He saw prosecutor there. After a time he lost sight of him. Went out to the back and found prosecutor lyinrz there partly undressed. When he got up money fell to the ground. Pro- seentor picked up some and witness picked up 4d which he gave him.-Henry Daniel, oollier, said he left the Lamb Inn about 10 o'clock, and stopped by a bridge talking to some men. He saw defen- dant coming up and went with him. The cart wae standing cn the road and prosecutor was sleeping in it. The defendant woke him. They then went as far as the Greenfield Inn. There prosecutor told defendant to get into the cart which he did. They came on past the King's Head opposite to David's- house. There defendant got out of the cart and prosecutor jumped out and said to defendant, Give that money back to me." Defendant said, I haven't got your money." He (witness) had br en leading the donkey all the way. He saw no money. D:d not see defendant's hand in prosecu- tor's i)ocket.-Williarn Davies, lodging with laQ witness, said on the night in question he went to look foi Daniel and met him and the others. Com- plainant and defendant, were h. th in the cart half lying down. William Jones caught bold of defen- dant andasVed him to give his money back. De. fendant said be bad Dot got it. He had walked behind the c,t all the way and defendant did not put bis hand into prosecutors pocket at all. About fifty yards from the King's Head prosecutor charged defendant with taking the money. They went on a little further and prosecutor said, D 011, give me baok i" money." Defen- dant got out and complainan' at once followed him. —M«wg»ret l aic gi,i(i eb,, li, ed opoosite the Lamb Irln. On the 1st July h saw a donkey cart out- side. She saw prosecutor sleeping outside some time before dinner. Str- t a.d p \i I defendant 13d th.\t day.—Committed for tiiil nut let one on bail.