TREASURE TROVE. A valuable ring lias just been discovered em- bedded in the clay in a brit Uiiuld at Sittingbom ne by a workman. The man was engaged in digging clay, when he turned up in the mould a large gold ring of antique paLLern. A large cameo is let into the metal, upon which is finely engraved a representation of a pair of horses harnessed to a chariot, which is being driven by a man ap- parently in the dress of a Roman soldier. The ring is in perfect preservation, and is no doubb a Roman relic, as it was discovered on the site of an old Roman seHJenie"t.—A few days ago a man was occupied in screening ashes in another brick- field at SitXingbourne, when he came across a new gold Jubilee t5 piece. This valuable coin doubt- less found its way into the housemaid s box, from thence was transferred to the scavenger's carb, and finally was conveyed by barge from London to Sittingboumo, where immense quantities of Lon- don dirt Or ashes are used in the manufacture of bricks.
A CAREER OF CRIME. At the Hammersmith Police Court, Edith Dady, who had a young child with her, and who is mar- ried, was re-examined on a charge of stealing barrows and a quantity of linen from boys in the streets.-—Inspector Smith, of the Criminal Investi- gation Department, informed tl)3 magistrate thab there were a number of cases against the prisoner. —She now pleaded guilty in two cases, and Ser- geant Drew then state 1 that in J885 the prisoner was sentenced at Bow Street to three months for stealing, in the name of Edith Capling, after previous con victions. He had known her since 1883, when she was convicted at Lambeth and sentenced to two months' for robbing children in the street. She was in custody in October, 1884, on a similar charge. Commissioner Kerr had sent her to a home. She was in the habit of robbing children who took home work.—Mr. Curtis-Bennett, in dealing with the prisoner, said it was the last time she would be summarily punished. He sentenced her to 12 months' imprisonment, being six months' in each case. He ordered the pawnbrokers to give up the property in cases where the prisoner had pledged the goods stolen.
ALLEGED WIFE POISONING. William Yates has been charged at Bolton with Attempting to poison his wife. Evidence -showed that he had given his wife a piece of toast which tasted bad, and which she spat out. A dog On the hearthrug took it, and shortly afterwards died in convulsions. The medical evidence showed that no traces of poison were found, but that might be owing to decomposition. The prisoner was apprehended at Liverpool as lie was eloping with Another woman. He was committed for trial.
ALLEGED FRAUDS ON TRADESMEN. At the Marlborough Street Police Court, Joseph Clement Dent (2G), waiter, Paris Street, Lambeth, was charged on remand with obtaining by means of a false pretence the sum of EIS from James Torrie, of the firm of Baber and Squire, confec- tioners, of Jermyn Street, with intent to defraud. —The evidence for the prosecution showed thab about the loth of last November the prisoner called at the prosecutors' shop and anked to see Mr. Torrie. He requested that genLleman to -change a cheque which he produced, in order to oblige Mr. Nobbs," the steward of the Baroness Burdetb-Coutts. Hel ievillg the cheq lie to be gen uine Mr. Torrie cashed it and paid it into his bankers. A few days after it was returned marked, "No "account," and it transpired that the cheque was not from the Baroness, who was a customer of Messrs. Baber and Squire, it being drawn on the Nottingham Joint Stuck Bank in favour of Nobbs. —On the remand Mr. Bernard Abrahams, solici- tor, appeared for he defence. — Mr. Nobb* deposed that he knew nothing of the cheque produced for JE18. The signature on the back of it was not his, -and he had 110 knowledge of Lhe prisoner, having never seen him before that morning.—Herbert Charles Tyler, a commission agent, said that -about nine months ago he had an account at the Nottingham Joint Stock Bank, but it was now closed. The cheque in question was oub of a -cheque-book which he believed he lost in York last) August. He knew nothing of the accused.- Detective-sergeant Cussens said there were two -other cases against the prisoner, and he therefore -asked for a remand. A telegram had been re- ceived stating that the witness thab was required tfrom the bank at Nottingham would not go to London unless his expenses were paid beforehand. 'This had been done notwithstanding that a -subpcena had been sent to Nottingham.—Mr. Newton said if the subpoena were nob obeyed a "warrallt would be issued.—The prisoner was re sanded.
A DISHONEST TRADER. Ab the Borough Quarter Sessions, held ab Northampton—before Mr. J. H. Brewer, the ro- corded—a case of interest in commercial circles occupied a considerable portion of the day. Mr. "Trevor-White appeared bo prosecute on behalf of the Treasury, and Mr. Briggs defended the pri- soner. From the opening statement of counsel ib appeared that the prisoner, who had several aliases, had opened a shop at Northampton, early in 1887, to a furniture dealer, under the title of Brice and Co., that being the name of an old-established and ,well-known firm in the town. His method of con- ducting business was to send orders for furniture 3f all sores to various wholesale manufacturers in London, Birmingham, and other places, and imme- diately on the goods being consigned to him on credit he forwarded them to the weekly sales of a local auctioneer, where they were disposed of ab half the cost price at which they were invoiced to the prisoner. In September the prisoner suddenly iisappeared from Nort hampton, and a bankruptcy petition was presented against him in October, and 9 be was adjudged bankrupt in November following. No brace could be discovered of the prisoner until May last year, when he was found carrying on Ousiness as a furniture dealer, at Wolverhampton, ander bhe name of Jones. He managed, however, -30 elude the police, who had a warrant for his arresb, iiid was next heard of as trading under the name )f T. Birt, at 558, King's Road, Fulhain, where he tvas arrested on the 15th of last month. Several charges were brought against the prisoner under Jihe provisions of the Debtor's Act, 18G9.—Sentence .Df eighteen months' hard labour was passed.
> A FRENCH JACK THE RIPPER. An assassin, as expert in the art of butchery as Jack the Ripper himself, has thrown Pont-a- Mousson into a state of commotion. A fortnighb Ago a Jewish grocer and his wife were murdered ••as they were at dinner in the parlour behind their -shop. So rapidly was the deed done that the servant in a kitchen close by never heard them "cry out. A woman living in the same town has 'been found with her head all but severed from the •trunk and a widow lady, Mdme. Francois, also tesiding ab Pont-a-Mousson, was murdered in the eame way. There was no mark of violence or of .struggle, and the gashes were inflicted with 80 little bungling that the idea of a butcher being the murderer suggested itself to the doctor who made the post-mortem examination. Additional police have been senb from Nancy to Port-L- Mousson. A telegram received from Epinal states thab the police there have arrested a working lithographer named Dango, who is believed to be the perpe- trator of the four atrocious murders at PQHU- liousson.
£ FATAL SHOOTING AFFRAY. A fatal shooting affray has occurred ab Bally- boden, about six miles south of Dublin. The news received is that a quarrel arose in the public-house -of a Mrs. Connor, in which a Scotchman named Frekeean shot a man named Denis Kavanagh dead, -and a daughter of Mrs. Connor was also shot and ,severely wounded. Frekeean then fled, and has ) Iwt yet) been arrested.—A later telegram from Dublin says the man who fired the shot which killed Kavanagh is Charles Freckleton, gamekeeper on -Captain Guinness's estate at Tibradden and he and a, brotlier-iii-law named Somerville prosecuted «. number of men for poaching. Somerville was afterwards waylaid and badly beaten, and he and Freckletott purchased revolvers for protection. Freckleton had his revolver when he quarrelled with Kavanagh in Mrs. Connor's public-house, and filiot Kavanagh through the head and Miss Connor vin the stomach. He missed a younger sister of Miss Connor. The bullet has been extracted from the latter, and she survives in a critical condition. JFrecklebon has been arrested.
CHARGE AGAINST A COUNTESS. Ab Brighton Esther Gardiner, alias the Comtesse do Monsanto, was charged with fraudulently obtaining a lady's Russian hand-bag, with a silver watch in it, and other goods, to the value of three /guineas, the property of Mr. Trussel, a fancy dealer, of East Street, Brighton. — Mr. Prince prosecuted for the Treasury, and Mr. A. Newton defended.—Mr. Prince, in opening the case, said lie should ask for a remand, as lie would be able to show bhat bhe prisoner had for some time past been engaged in a wholesale system of swindling.—Mr. Trusselgave evidence that the articles were ordered by the prisonerin January, 188S. She had been stay. ing at the Clarendon Hotel, but at that time was living at Courtenay Terrace, Hove. The prisoner gave a cheque in payment for goods, drawn on the ^Brighton branch of the Capital and Counties Bank, which, on being presented, was marked "No account." — Mr. Campbell, manager of the bank, said that on Dec. 29, 1887, the pri- aoner called upon him and presented a draft for 225 francs, drawn on the Bank of Paris, for the purpose of opening an account. W itness ab the same bime gave her a cheque-book. On Jun. 5fol lowing the draft was returned from Paris dis honoured. On the day the prisoner received th4 -Cheque-book she drew a cheque, which was only for a small sum. Witness cashed it. lIe also, before Jan. 5, cashed four other cheques. It was on Jan. 13 that Mr. Trussel presented his cheque, and, instead of being marked no account," it should have been "referred to drawer." In cross examina- tion the witness said he paid the cheques on the -credit of the draft, and at his own risk.—Mr. Newton urged that there was nn case, but said if ib was thought there would be a remand, lie should ask for bail. He said the prisoner belongod to a good family, and had an accmni- for years at a Paris bank but there had boon a long dispute with her trustees.—Mr. Prince opposed bail, and said he was instructed that tlx prisoner had been twice convicted in France.—Mr. Newtou said this was a monstrous thing.—Th< pr'eoner, who had v been aibting in the dock, epra g to her feet and exclaimed thab ib was not true that it was false Aiid should not be allowed in a free country—in an English Court of Justice. prisoner was then mfMnMded. bail being refused.
¡ RHONDDA JOTTINGS. (BY RAMBLER.) I witnessed a touching inoident lately. As I was travelling by one of the trains over the Rhondda Branch, 1 saw a little girl about twelve years of age l supported by crutches. She had suffered acute pain for years, and was ultimately compelled to yield to a r surgical operation at the Cardiff Infirmary. ### On the day in question she was returning home after a twelve months' absence from the place of her birth and that of playmates. I knew the little girl personally, and was, therefore, interested in her movements, in particular when homeward bound. She looked better, though seemingly weak, after the effects of her prolonged indisposition. At Ystrad station, which is near her home, she was met by about thirty children of both sexes, who evinced the greatest pos- sible interest in having once more the cheerful com- pany of the long-absent friend. I cannot describe in words the natural feeling displayed on this occasion. The little ones seemed to be overjoyed at the fact of seeing each other, and no doubt in full anticipation of renewing the friendship of former days. The clspping of hands and feet, with a beaming smile over their faces, proved beyond doubt that the homage paid to the old friend was honest, and a clear indica- tion of sound attachment. I will not soon forget this innocent but very striking circamrtance. Small pox epidemic was imported to this valley a few weeks since from Cardiff. The sufferer resided at Ton, and was said to hail from the place named. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr James), with promptitude and skill,had the patient removed in order to more effectually secure his recovery, and also to check the spread of this unwelcome malady. Some may inquire as to where he was taken ? To the new Fever Hospital, which is known as the Rhondda Fever Hospital, situated on the brow of Penrhys Mountain, and near an old farmhouse that carries the ancient name of Pantysteddfa. The patient lies here now, and is, from what I can glean, recovering from the effects of the dangerous disease. Much has been said about this hospital being inade- quate to cope with any possible emergency. This case is a strong proof of its usefulness. We ought to be thankful for small mercies, very often they meet what we require mueh better than our imaginations oould realise. The Rhonddaites should feel thankful for this needed institution, and I am sure they are all ready to offer sincere thanks to the movers who had the forethought of establishing such a beneficial in- stitution in our midst, for our number is very large indeed, and would tell against us very much should a fever of a virulent form spread among as. Now, however, we can feel relieved of anxiety in critical times, because there is at our service a favourable opportunity to stamp out a dangerous disease by re- moving an afflicted patient to the hospital. I should not pass from this incident without offering a tribute of thanks to the Ystrad Local Board of Health for having the interest of the public so much at heart. *#• A good old man by the name of Jacob Morgan has SasBed away at a ripe age recently at Ystrad. By int of perseverance and determination he had become possessed of some property. He followed the occupa- tion of collier for a large number of years, but a few years prior to his death he had retired to enjoy the reward of his industry. # Mr Morgan belonged to the Welsh Congregational- ists, and I may say that he never betrayed his good principles. He carried out invariably the command- ment—"Love thy neighbour as thyself." He died in peace after a life of usefulness and goodwill towards all men. His ramaina were interred in the graveyard attached to the Methodist Chapel, Llanfabon. Next August the annual Gymanfa (Association) will be held by the Methodists of South Wales at Ton Ystrad. About twenty young ministers will be or- dained on the occasion. The old people used to call this important gathering "Y Sassiwn." I remember the name from my boyhood. It sounds now very natural to old veterans belonging to the "Corph." They cannot very well dispose of the name, by substi- tuting "Y Gymanfa fawr" in its place. This year's association will be looked forward to with keen in- terest throughout the Principality. Another movement of magnitude likely to take place this year in the valley is the holding of the Agricul- tural Show, it is believed, at Treorky. This under- taking should also be encouraged, for no doubt many improvements have been established through the in- fluence of this institution. I hope the Rhcnddaites will come out in their best form, when occasions of such vital importance will be brought into their midst. These facts should stimu- late one and all in doing good, for unquestionably the inhabitants generally will be judged by their actions on these eventful occasions. So it behoves us to be liberal,and offer a hearty welcome to the visitors.
LLWYNPIA AND TONYPANDY ATHLETIC CLUB. ANNUAL BALL. This Club held their annual ball on Thursday evening last, in the spacious and well ventilated Llwynpia Girls' School. It was a grand success, about 120 dancers being present, and for the non- dancers a special room was provided, and games of cards, chess, draughts, &c., were indulged in. The members of the club appeared in cricket and tennis costumes, and sporting the colours of the well-known teams. The programme consisted of 21 dances, and about six extras. Dancing com- menced at 8 o'clock, and was kept up with great vigour until 4 a.m. Messrs Norton and Williams' String Band, from Pontypridd, were engaged, and acquitted themselves admirably. A word of praise is due to the committee and to Mr Ted Hughes (secretary), for the manner in which everything was carried out. Mrs and the Misses Powell also worked very hard in looking after the ladies' cloak room and the refreshments. Messrs J. W. Richards and W. A. Phillips acted as masters of ceremonies. Mr William Morgan, of the Railway Hotel, Ystrad, catered very successfully. The room was decorated profusely with Chinese lan- terns, club mottoes, evergreens, &c., and several large mirrors also adorned the walls. Mrs Morgan kindly lent (and superintended the draping of all the windows with) lace curtains. The balcony for the band she also decorated with much taste. During the interval Mr Ted Hughes favoured the company with a few of his well-known songs, "Love's Golden Dream" being especially well ap- preciated. Mr Hood very kindly lent the services of some of his men in fixing up the balcony, mot- toes, mirrors, and other necessary work to add to the general comfort and appearance.
THE COUNTY COUNCIL BYE- ELECTIONS. MOUNTAIN ASH. Mr William Jones (Unionist), one of the candidates for the vacant seat, addressed a meeting at the Town- hall on Thursday, Dr E. P. Evans occupying the chair. A number of questions were asked. The re- plies to those concerning the taxation of royalties and ground rents, and the division of rates, were unsatis- factory to the majority of the Liberals present. An amendment to the vote of confidence was proposed Mr F. Smith, collier, seconded by Mr David Harris, builder, and carried. PENYGRAIG. An enthusiastic meeting was held in favour of the candidature of the Rev. Hugh Jones for the Porth and Penygraig Ward at Penygraig. Alderman John Jones Griffiths was in the chair. Councillors Richard Lewis and W. Williams delivered stirring speeches. A vote of confidence in Mr Jones was carried with half-a-dozen dissentients. PONTYPRIDD. A public meeting in support of the candidature of Mr Henry Hopkins, the Liberal candidate for the Town Ward, was held on Saturday evening at Siloam Chapel, Gyfeillon. Mr J. Thomas, Great Western, presided. Speeches were delivered by the Rev. J. Kilsbv Jones, Llanwrtyd; the Rev. J. Williams, Hafoa, and Mr Hopkins. A vote of confidence was passed.
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ADVERTISING FRAUDS. At the Berks Assizes at Reading, Frank Coster, labourer, was convicted of obtaining postal orders for half-a-crown each from Samuel Buck of Hounslow and Walter Graham of Southampton by means of advertising frauds. The pri-oner adver- tised a warteradieator, imperial eye water, and other articles, offering £:1 per week to agents. He was sentenced to 18 months' hard labour, the Lord Chief Justice remarking that he hesitated whether he should send the prisoner to penal servitude, but there was'110 previous conviction against him.
SINGULAR CHARGE OF THEFT. Annie Lloyd (24), a tall sbylishly-dressed young woman, described as a barmaid, of 62, Ifield Road, Brompton, was charged at the Westminster Police Court with stealing two gold and jewelled scarf pins and an overcoat, belonging bo Mr. Harold Pearce, a student in the Royal School of Mines.— Mr. Duerdin Dutton defended. Prosecutor, a young gentleman residing at the Glendower Hotel, Harrington Road, South Kensington, missed from his rooms about the 20th ult. the property men- tioned in the charge. On the 20th of the month the prisoner, whom he had never seen before, and who was quite unknown to the proprietor of the hotel, offered the scarf pins in pledge in the name of Sinclair, and gave an address which turned oub to be false. An advance was made upon the jewellery, bub after prisoner came again and tried to pledge the coat, saying that it belonged to her husband, she was interrogated by detectives, and made a number of assertions whi&h ithey knew to be false. She was then charged with the felony, is it was a case of recent possession, and she said bhat a young man with whom she had been out at ilight gave her the things to pawn for him. The two young waiters from the hotel were voluntarily confronted with her, and she at first said that she rather thought one was the young man, and afterwards that she was positive as to his identity. This young man attended the court, and on being cautioned that he need not give evidence as ib might criminate him, he retired without being sworn, but directly afterwards he .Lepped back, and expressed his willingness to be examined.— The police informed the magistrate that he had quite misapprehended the eilect of his worship's intimation. It was altogether a mistake on the -t part of lihe youth. Mr. Partridge: Let the police make further inquiry before they tender him as a witness. Prisoner will be remanded in custody.
GAS EXPLOSION. A gas explosion has occurred in Soho Sbreeb, off Ordsall Lane, Salford. It is believed to have been caused by a leakage from the gas-main, arising from a subsidence. The houses in the locality [Ire built upon tips, or filled up land. They are with- out cellars, but have a space beneath the ground- flooring so as to keep them dry. It is thought that the gas, escaping from the main, and unable to percolate through the pavement, collected in thisspaceand, rising through the floor, was ignited by an oil-lamp. A fire followed the explosion, but was rapidly exLinguished by the Salford Fire- brigade. The explosion, however, had blown out the front of No. 20, and had greatly damaged the partition walls which divided it from the house lIext door. Three of the inmates of No. 20 were injured, and one person in No. 18.
THE LIABILITY OF AUCTIONEERS. At Stratford-on-Avon County Courb—before his Honour Sir R. Harrington, Barb.—Walker Barnard, auctioneer, of Stratford, sued William G. Lambert, provision dealer, Henley Streeb, for £6 10s., being the value of five pigs bought by the defendant at plaintiff's stock sale, on November 13. Lambert made a counter-claim of £29 against Barnard for twenty-eight pigs that had died from the effects of swine-fever through being brought in contact with the animals purchased at the sale. Mr. J. C. Warden appeared for Mr. Barnard, the defendant being represented by Mr. C. Davies. It appeared that on the day named Lamberb attended the stock sale and bid for the pigs in question, which were described by the auctioneer as strong pigs." They were knocked down to him for £Ii 10s. When he got the pigs home lie noticed thab the animals were very weak and could hardly stand, and they refused their food. A day or two after they exhibited symptoms of swine-fever. Four died of the disease, and bhe fifth was killed by order of the veberinary inspecbor. Unfortunately the pigs had been put with others, and bhe disease was in this way communicated to no less than twenty-eighb all of which died of swine- fever or were condemned. Mr. Warden contended that only the usual words of commendation, such as were applied by autioneers at every sale and in respect of every lot, were used, and one of bhe con- ditionsof sale was thftt the lot or lots should betaken to with all fantta and errors of description, if any. His Honour said if the pigs were described as "strong" he couldnot carry the descript ion further and say thab they ought therefore to be tree from dis- ease. The word strong" did not necessarily mean that the animals were healthy, for they knew that in the case of human subjects strong people were sometimes suffering from disease. There would be judgment for the plaintiff for the amount claimed, and the counter-claim was barred.
THE CAPTURE OF A SUPPOSED BURGLAR. At the Highgabe Police Court, London, James Fairman (21 j, seaman, of 21, Commercial Road, E., was charged on remand wibh loitering ab Crouch End for the supposed purpose of committing a felony, and further with having housebreaking im- plements in his possession.—Prisoner now said on the night in question a man came up to him in the Commercial Road and asked him to go with him, and as he had been out for three or four night, without any food he consented. At Crouch End the man gave him the keys and jemmy. The man then left him, telling him to wait for him. He had 3nly been waiting about two minutes when the detective book him into custody.—The Bench com- mitted the prisoner for trial.
The report thab a crisis exists in the Portuguese Cabiueb is denied in Minisberial sircles. A telegram from Hamburg states that the tteamer Betty Sauber, from Sunderland wibh coals, grounded ow her way up the river. Assistance aaa been seab. -Liglit-ors alongside. J -■ ? ,■ ■« ? T > ■*> JL*.
SINGULAR CHRISTENING CERE- MONY AT TONYREFAIL. A week or two ago the Rev. William Evans, the patriarch Calvinistio Methodist Minister of Tony- refa.il, christened the infant child of Mr D. O. Truman, of Britannia, Rhondda Valley. The interesting ceremony was performed at Tonyre- fail, at the residence of the rev. gentleman, who is the great-great-grandfather of the child. This fact is regarded as almost uniquely exceptional. J The Rev. Mr Evans is 94 years of age, and not. withstanding his great age is in good health, and continues to enjoy the full possession of his faculties. He is the father of Mr William Evans, of Cardiff; grandfather of the Rev. W. Evans, M.A., Pembroke Dock, and Mrs R. Truman, Cymmer; great-grandfather of Mr D. O. Truinan, Britannia, and great-great-grandfather of the two children of the lust-nauoed.
CAERPHILLY EISTEDDFOD. v.is; Our readers will perceive by an advertisement in mother column that an eisteddfod on a grand scale will be held at Caerphilly Castle on Whictnon- day, for which most elaborate preparations will be made. The festival will be under the presidency of the popular Welshman, Major Rowland Jones, the American Consul at Cardiff. Other features In will also contribute to making the gathering a decided success. Full particulars may be obtained of the Secretary, Mr D. Williams.
^Stealing a Pair of Boots at Pentre. A PANDY POWNBROKER COMMENDED. At the Ystrad Police Court, on Monday, (before Messrs D.W. Davies and T. P. Jenkins), Richard Lewis, a man of no fixed abode, was charged with stealing a pair of boots. Thomas Davies, engine driver and shoe shop- keeper, said on the 16th of February he missed a pair of boots from a nail inside the door. Lewis Finsburgh, pawnbroker, Pandy, said on the 16th inst., defendant offered a pair of boots for pledge, saying that they were his own. He said he bought them at Merthyr for 7/6. They were plainly marked 5/11. He sent for the police. P.C. Marcombe deposed to arresting prisoner at the pawnbroker's shop. G ,i no i i The Bench highly commended the pawnbroker, and fined defendant 20/- ^.a.3^ DON'T BE DOWNHEARTED !!—Those who suffer from seriousness and melancholy cannot do better than take a weekly dose of Mari Gruffydd's anti- dote to low-spiritedness. See the CHRONICLE every week. Sold everywhere, with all the news of the week, for the modest sum of one penny. g BgCc'
TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS OF SCHOOL BOARDS. RESULTS OF THE POLLING. LLANTWIT FARDRE. The result of the poll for the election of seven members to constitute Llantwit Fardre School Board for the ensuing three years was declared on Tuesday as fol.lows ELECTED. David Leyshon 1,668 Daniel Bryant 821 James Roberts 724 James Richards 608 Rev. W. Ashbv 581 Hopkin Morgan 559 Rev. Ebenezer Rees 531 NON-ELECTED. Frederick Judd 423 Walter Hogg 386 Thomas Lewis. 336 Evan Griffiths 265 & All the elected gentlemen were members of the old board, except Mr Morgan, who displaced Mr Judd.
LLANFABON. ELECTED. Rev. Edward Jones 362 T. H. Dowdeswell. 301 NON-ELECTED. Richard Mathias. 138
LLANWONNO. ELECTED. J. W. Jones 4,387 Edward Jones. 3,704 Llewellyn Llewellyn 3,690 Rev. J. Howell 3,666 M. H. Thomas 3,510 Henry Abraham 3,331 W. W. Phillips 2,710 Idris Williams. 2,617 Rev. B. Lloyd 2,595 Colonel Gray 2,289 Rev. Moses Lewis 2,003 NON-ELECTED. Rev. M. H. Jones 1,961 David Thomas. 1,904 James Coombes 1,861 Mrs Spence 1,748
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STEALING A RUG AT PONTYPRIDD. At Pontypridd Police Court, on Wednesday (be- fore the Stipendiary and Dr. Jones), John John, of Treforest, was charged with stealing a rug. John Samuel Evans, assistant to Messrs William Williams and Company, drapers, of Pontypridd, said on Saturday, the 2nd, he placed the rug produced outside the window in Taff Street at 9 o'clock. It was hung on a nail about 10 feet from the ground. He saw it safe about five in the evening. At nearly eleven o'clock P.&. McDonald brought the rug to the shop. It was worth lis. Barnett Geodman, whose father is a pawnbroker, said on Saturday night week,between ten and eleven, defendant came to the shop wishing to pledge the rug produced. He said it was his mother's "shawl." They took it from him, and sent for the police. He gave the name of Thomas, Pontshon Norton. He wanted 5s on the shawl. P.S. McDonald said from information received he went to Mr Goodman's shop, and saw defendant there. He arrested him on the strength of what Mr Goodman said, and at the police station charged him with stealing the rug. He replied I went into Mr Williams' shop, and bought a hat there, and as I was coming out the rug fell on my shoulder, and I did not like to take it back to the shop again." Mr P. W. Lewis, Merthyr, appeared for the defence Mr Superintendant Matthews gave defendant a good character. Defendant had 19s 6d in his pocket at the time. Mr Lewis thought that would tell in his favour. His Worship said it made the case worse. If he was a poor wretched starving fellow, that might be some excuse, but there was BO excuse for a man with 19s 6d in his pocket stealing. Fined 40a or two months.
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MURDER AND MUTILATION IN DUNDEE The Dundee police are investigating a lionil.U case of murder, in some respect- resembling )! which took place in Wliit.ecliapel. They found tin body of a woman pressed into a wooden client, in 1' i)ouseinPrincessStreet. The abdomen had been Blabbed in a friglltful manner, the bowels protud- ing. The woman is identified as the wife uf W ll- liam Henry Bury, who recently came from London, j Bury has been apprehended.
THREE" MURDERERS LYNCHED. American mail news states that at Tiptonville, about JoO miles from Memphis, in Tennessee, some weeks ago a young man married the daughter of Mrs. J, F. Atchinson, a widow. The young man's father, learning that his son's mother-in law possessed money, concocted a plan for him, his son, and the young wife to murder the old lady for the purpose of robbery. The plan was agreed to, and the crime was committed. The neigh- bours learned of the crime, fixed the guilt upon the trio, and the latter hastily departed. Apos-e of indignant citizens followed, overbook, and hanged the entire party to the limbs of a tree.
THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF A SOLICITOR. STRANGE REVELATIONS. In connection with the disappearance of Mr. W. W. Sherratt, the Kidsgrove solicitor, the district between Audley alld Alsager, where the missing gentleman was last seen on the night of his dis- appearance, has been carefully searched, but 11c trace of Mr. Sherratt's movements can be obtained, and pits in the immediate neighbourhood or spot where the hat and revolver were found have been where the hat and revolver wereiound have been dragged, but without result. Private search parties have been organised, and Mr. Hammersley, the chief constable of Cheshire, visited the locality for the purpose of directing the of the police. In an interview Mr. Sherraft 3 stepmother admitted that it was possible that her stepson had repeated a foolish escapade of seven years ago. Asked to describe this escapade, she said, It is a distressing thing to speak of, but the facts are well known. My poor son—I should say my step- son—high-spirited and impulsive, resented even parental criticism, and one day, pretending to go off to a cricket match, he took the train for Liver- pool, and we never set eyes on him again for five years. When we heard from him; however, we learned that he had sailed for Ameri. where he had enlisted in the United States army as a com- mon soldier. He remained in the army five years, as he was forced to do, and he bitterly regretted his hasty actioll when it was too late. However, his frank, open manner and his superior intelli- gence quickly raised him in the favour of his com- rades and officers, and he ended by securing a fine position. He was stationed almosb all the time iN the wesb, and that rude active life developed in him a quick decisive way of speaking and acting which was much remarked on his return. I never pryed too closely into his life in America, because I felt that lie was sensitive in speaking of it, bub from little things he has let drop I know thab he must have had some thrilling adventures. He told me how he had scalped an Indian on one occasion, and he had become a remarkably fine pistol shot. In fact, he never lost the habit ac- quired in America of carrying a revolver. '—Miss Rigby, fiancee of Mr. Sherratt, informed' a reporter that on the night of the disappearance Mr. Sherratt had arranged to meet her at nine o'clock at his house, which had been newly fur- nished in anticipation of the marriage. In her opinion there could be but one reason for his absence, viz., death. Drawing herself up proudly, Miss Rigby added, I know that it is insinuated by unkind gossips that he had got into some j entanglement in America which would have inter- fered with our marriage; but such statements are absolutely false—absolutely," she added, with emphasis.
HORRIBLE MURDERS IN INDIA. A horribte murder coupled with mutilation is reported from Madras, the body of a native girl, awed 12, having been discovered with the severed head tied to the stomach. A Parsee lias been con- victed of a triple murder in Bombay, perpetrated in circumstances of dramatic atrocity. The mur- derer is a youth of 18 who was employed as a servant. When the men of the house had left in the morning for their business avocations, the servant, arming himself witll an iron curry pestle, first beat out the brains of his mistress and then those of her small grandchild. He then proceeded upstairs and battered to death his mistress's daughter, who had been lying down unwell. He afterwards plundered the house and absconded.
MANUFACTURE OF WAR MUNITIONS. » We understand that the Birmingham Small Arms Company have just completed arrangements for the erection of extensive premises, near Sutton Cold field, which will be used exclusively for the manufacture of large ammunition. Birmingham, during the last six or eight months, has been favoured with several important Government con- tracts for ammunition, chiefly large or quick-firing shells, the Small Arms Company having only recently completed an order for a considerable quantity of this munition. In order to be prepared for any emergency, and to ensure rapid production the company have purchased a site ab Aldridge, near Sutton Coldfield, and accepted a tender for the erection of an elaborate building, with the necessary machinery. It is stated that the factory alone will cost upwards of £10:000, and a well- known railway company has been approached with the view of securing a line of railway up to the new buildings for theconveyance of gunpowder and shells.
THE CHAMPION PUGILIST IN A POLICE COURT. At Birmingham Police Court, before Mr. T. M. Colmore (stipendiary), Alf Greenfield, landlord ot the Swan-With-Two-Necks, Livery Street, was summoned for using threats towards, and assault- ing, Thomas Kelly. Mr. Beiibow Hebbert, who appeared for the complainant, stated that there was a summons before the Court lasc week in which Greenfield and Kelly were involved. Upon leaving the court with heated tempers the parties came in contact. Greenfield seized his opponent, and brandishing a stick above his head threatened to Morris Roberts him and his wife." For- tunately, the police were on the spot, and pre- vented what would, no doubt, have been a terrific encounter. Greenfield rejoices in the titfe of champion pugilist of England," and Kelly is not albbgether unknown in fistic circles. — The Stipendiary said Lhe assault in itself was trivial. The worst phase of it was that it was committed within the court buildings, and that sort of thing could not be permitted. The defendant would have to pay. 10s. and costs, or go to gaol for 14 days.—The money was at once paid.
BRIGHT PROSPECTS OF THE SHIP CANAL. The directors of the Manchester Ship Canal Company in their half-yearly report make a very encouraging statement regarding the progress of the undertaking. The largest and most perfect plant ever put on such a work is employed in the construction of the canal. More than 10,000 men and boys are now engaged, 18U miles of railway have been laid down, and there nre also in use upon the various sections of the canal 141 locomotives 82 steam cranes, and 170 pumping and other steam engines. The excavation is well up to time, and the directors have confidence that the construction of the canal will be completed within the period stipulated in the contract.
CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY. At the Bromley (Kent) Police Court, Daniel Humberbs.011, an Army Reserve man, was charged with stealing a watch and chain, value £5 5s. from the person of Ernest Sprules, a commercial traveller, of Lewisham. The prosecutor said on theCthinsb. he was in a public house at Beckenham, and by way of celebrating his birthday stood treat" to the prisoner and some other men. Prose- cubor then left the house and walked towards Lewisham, when some one snatched his watch and chain away, and ran off, bub some bystanders chased and caught prisoner with the property in his hand. Mr. Gregory, in defence, contended thab this was only a drunken freak, and said his client had served with distinction in the Egyptian wars. He asked the Bench bo deal with the case under the First Offenders' Act, and impose a fine. The Bench, however, sentenced the prisoner to two months' bard labour.
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I THE "STRANGE EXPERIENCE OF A RHONDDA COLLIER." To ike Editor of the "Chronicle." Sir.,—A paragraph from a correspondent under the above sensational heading which appeared in. the last issue of the Chronicle was, perhaps, a greater surprise to the Rev E. Rowland, mission- ary to the deaf and dumb, than to anyone else. )ir Rowland is represented therein as visiting, on Sunday, the 3rd inst., a dumb man name-d David Davies, residing in Hopkin's-street, Trem-rbert, and in the course of conversation of making a remark which aroused the ire of David, who involuntarily and instinctively made an effort to give expression to his anger." Your correspond- ent then proceeds, To his utter amazement, the power of speech came at the moment, and now, as I can testify from personal knowledge, he can talk pretty freely." Now, there is something as •• strange," if not more so. than the experience of that Rhondda collier is said to have been, and :t is this, that on the date (the 3rd inst.) referr i. LJ, when Mr Rowland is said to have played such an important role in connection with the alleged marvellous restoration of Davies, the missionary was vet at Treherbert, but conducting services at Penydarren, and, moreover, Mr Rowland assures me that he has not seen David Davies, of Tre- herbert, since December last. As the paragraph referred to occupied a prominent position in your paper, you will greatly oblige by giving equal publicity to this communication. I am, &c., E. E. PROBERT. Gen. Hon. Sec. of Glamorgan Missions to the Deaf and Dumb. Gelliwastad-terrace, Pontypridd, Feb. 15.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CHRONICLE." SIE, I wa.s grsatly surprised to find in youi paper last week a statement that I said something to David Davies which put him in a passion, and he involuntarily or instinctively made an attempt to express his anger, resulting in the recovery 01 his speech.' I utterly deny such a statement, for I was not with D. Davies on the 3rd iDst. Upon seeing the report in your paper I at once went to Tre- herbert, and saw D. Davies for the first time aiter two months. P.C. 28 kindly helped me to find out where the man lodged. He was in bed. I knocked the ceiling with my umbrella to call him down. I asked him since when had he got his hearing restored in one ear? He answered: 'Five months age.' Then I asked who was the doctor that advised him to go near dvnamite shots for the recovery of his hearing? He gave me the name of a well-known Cardiff doctor, but begged me not to publish it. Then I asked him where he was on Sunday, February 3rd. His reply was,' In Cardiff." In answer to my inquiry as to such a statement appearing in the papers of my being with him on the date named, knowing that I did not see him on that day, he blushed and said that tne man who wrote that report did not understand him. As one of 30 years' experience with the deaf and dumb, I am sorry to say that I cannot see_ that the statement respecting D. Davies's restoration is wholly reliable. I have heard of many similar reports, and never knew one to be true as yet. D. Davies told me he lost his hearing 8 years ago. Tha statement that his throat and tongue are sore I believe to be simply ridiculous. D. Davies was once in the employ of Mr F. S. Lock, Cardiff. Ha works in a pit now. I hope, Mr Editor, that you will kindly oblige by inserting the above in the Chronicle," so that I may not have the trouble and labour of giving so many friends an explanation on my pocket-slate.— I am &c., EDWARD ROWLAND. Pontypridd, February 15th, 1889."
A FOOTBALL CORRECTION. To the Editor of the Chronicle." Sir, will you kindly permit me to correct an trror which appeared in last week's Chronicle." Yon reported a football match between tbe Lily- whites and Juniors, in which you say that the Lilywbites were defeated by a goal and a try. The report is incorrect. A match was arranged between the two teams, but owing tt") some mis. understanding and the unpropitionsnesa of the weather the match did not come off. A practioe game was played between eight Juniors and five Lilywhites, and four others amongst the specta- tors on the Ynysyngharad Field, and not on the Mill Field. I am, yours truly, ITHEL THOMAS, Hon. See., Lilywhifce Club.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SOUTli WALES AND MONMOUTHSHIRE. LONDON MARTRICULATION EXAMINA- TION. The classified list* was issued on Monday. The total number of candidates who entered the examination was 1,314. Of these 608 have passed -47 honours, 418 in the first division, and 142 in the seconded division. The largest centre was Leeds, the second largest centre Cardiff, and Birminghan came third. The only lady student who passed in honours is Miss Eleanor Moss, a scholar of the University College, Cardiff, and a resident of Aberdare Hall. She stands twelfth out of the total of 1,314. The position of the re- maining students who passed from the University College, Cardiff, is as fellows :-First Division Mr F. S. Simons, Cardiff; Mr J. G. Davies, Brecon and Mr John James, Mardy, Pontypridd. Second Division Mr C. R. Shepherd, Cardiff. Mr W. James, Cardiff (evening class student.)
PROPOSED ASSOCIATION OF COLLIERY MANAGERS. The registrations at Somerest House are assum- ing a great and national importance, and it is only necessary to state that the aggregate capitals of companies submitted for registration at Somerest House, London, during the week amount to over six millions sterling. One of the most noticeable companies which has for some time been projected is the National Association of Colliery Managers. The objects are to improve the social, scientific, and intellectual position of colliery managers,and to support and protect their character, status, and interests generally to take over the moneys, effects, and liabilities of the present incorporated association known as the National Association of Colliery Managers; to consider all questions affecting the interests of the association and to originate and promote improvements in the law, and to promote and support alterations therein.
COIING OF AGE OF IR E. Ll. THOKAS, OF YSTRAB MYNACH. During the past week the local committee appointed by the Ystrad MynachandLlanbradach Estates to carry out the project of presenting Mr E. Llewellyn Thomas, of Ystrad Mynach, with a suitable souvenir upon the day he attains his majority, decided that the presentation should consist of a large silver bowl on a block stand, with an inscription to be engraved in EngliA and Welsh. The members of Court 44 Temple of Peace," No. 3,296, of the Ancient Order of Foresters, held at Maesycwmmer, of which Mr Thomas is a member, have decided to present him with a silver cup, suitably engraved. Prepara- tions are on foot to erect large arches in different points in the neighbourhood, and the event will undoubtedly be celebrated in a most befitting manner. >,ft. „„ j