TOWN HALL ABERYSTWITH. The attention of our worthy Mayor and his brother Magistrates has been occupied a good deal of late, by an enquiry into a case of bigamy, which termi- nated in the accused being sent before a Jury at Cardigan;—but scarcely had this Vagabond par excellence been disposed of, before another scamp, in the shape of a Sorcerer, forsooth, was brought before the Court to answer to a series of charges disgraceful in the present day, not only to the Impos- tor but also to the poor victims themselves. This fellow, who stiled himself a disciple of"Agrippa Cornelius," is known by the name of John Miles, and there were no less than four separate charges against him for having obtained divers sums of money under the pretence that he would charm away the diseasef, with which the parties, who appeared against him, were afflicted. The following is a specimen of the manner in which this picked scamp (himself a cripple) contrived to possess himself of the money of the poor ignorant creatures whom chance allowed to come in his way. It appeared from the statement of John Morris, who is a maker or mender of Umbrellas at Trefechan. in this Town, that he, Morris, had for some time past boon seriously unwell, that a few days ago the Prisoner called on him and said, I have one or two under my hands, and if I can do you any "good I shall be glad;" he then added, my books are at Llanbadarn but I will call on you to morrow" he did call on the morrow, when he told the poor fellow he was "bewitched", an elderly woman who had never been married had cast an evil eye upon him," he told Morris that if he would give him seven shillings he would let him see this woman who had been so kind towards him. Notwithstanding John Morris felt a desire to see this descendant of the house of Endor, still, seven shillings was more cash than he could muster, he had however one solitary sixpence which he handed over to Mr. Sorcerer. with a promise that the remaining 6s. 6d. should be paid on his suc- ceeding in introducing the Witch, and curing the bewitched of his disorder. The Sorcerer agreed to this stipulation, and then gave Morris apiece of paper which he desired him to pin as near as possible to his heart of all places in the world. He then desired him to cut off part of the nails of all his fingers and toes, and part of the hair from the back of his head, to which he was to add two spoonfuls of salt, this delectable olio was to be converted into powder, by the process of heating between two hot irons—the powder was to be sprinkled about the floor of the house and in front of the door, which would cause the wicked Hag to have no rest till she came to him and con- fessed her iniquity. He then gave poor Morris eight different sorts of weeds, which he was to boil in a quart of vinegar three table-spoonfuls of which were to be taken every three hours, and he Mr. Sorcerer would call again to-morrow to see his patient. To-morrow however never came, neither did the Witch nor the Sorcerer,—poor Morris added that the stuff he was foolish enough to take took away his stomach entirely and nearly killed him. The Mayor entered into three other cases of a similar nature for the purpose as he justly observed of ex- posing the nefarious arts practiced by such pests of society as empirics of all grades, and in the hope that all who heard him would take caution and not allow themselves to be imposed upon by such villainous arts. The fellow Miles confessed the charges and the Court sentenced him to three months imprisonment in the gaol at Cardigan. Fatal Accident-At Cardigan, on Thursday evening last, a young man 18 years of age, whose name was David Lewis, was unfortunately drowned at Pwllcastell near that town. It appears that he and another man had been rowing a party of Gentlemen, (Barristers we believe) down to the Bar, and on their return home, a brisk race took place between his boat and another in which there was also a party of Gentlemen, during the race the deceased evinced great prowess in rowing, and his boat won he was liberally treated and paid by the Gentlemen, and perhaps in the pride of the moment, and wishing to shew what he could do in the management of a Canoe, which had been presented him by a Captain of a Brig from America, he paddled down the river as far as Pwllcastell, where it is supposed the Canoe was upset, and the unfortunate young man lost his life. This happened in about ten minutes after he had landed from his former excursion. On Friday, James Bowen, Esq. Coroner, held an inquest on the body, Verdict, found drowned. It is but justice to add, that the Gentlemen evinced great kindness towards the family of the deceased, and appeared much hurt at the sudden and melan- choly event. We have it on the best authority that the Ministry and the Archbishop of Canterbury have given way on all points affecting the Welsh Church.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. ON Sunday morning, the 26tli ult. the Annual Ser- mon in aid of the funds of this Society, was preached in St. Michael's Chapel, in this Town, by the Rev. Professor Jones, of Lampeter, who made a powerful appeal to his auditory, selecting as his text Luke xxiv, 29, 30 after which, a collection was made at the doors, which amounted to upwards of £ 19 and on Tuesday evening, the 28th ult. the Annual Meet- ing was held at the Assembly Rooms, at 6 o'Clock, about which time the Rev. Professor Jones entered the room with the Rev. Mr. Rees, the Rev. Mr. Gwythers, the Rev. Mr. James, and other Gentle- men, who were followed shortly afterwards by the Rev. Mr. Latham, as well as by the Rev. Mr. Parry, the Deputation from the Parent Society. The Rev. Professor Jones, on being called to the Chair, re- marked that a sudden domestic bereavement had prevented the Meeting from deriving the benefit of the attendance of their estimable Vicar, and a dis- appointment had been also experienced in the non- attendance of three or four other Gentlemen, one of whom had been expected to have taken the Chair; he had therefore consented to preside at this Meet- ing, for although he could not be considered so efficient a Chairman as he had hoped to have seen there, yet he trusted, as a sincere advocate of the cause for which they were assembled, his services would be received. The Chairman called on the Rev. Mr. Gwythers to open the Meeting with Prayer. The Rev. Mr. Rees then read a statement of the accounts of the society for the past year, by which it appeared that the sum of X37 10s. 2d. had been remitted to the Parent Society. The Rev. Chairman, in addressing the Meeting, stated that as the Deputation from the Parent Society would short- ly be in the room, he would only occupy a short portion of their-time he proceeded to state that the Society in its early years had established a Mission in N. W. America, in a place called the Red River Settlement, where he, the Chairman, had laboured as a Missionary for 15 years that previously to the Society establishing this Mission, the centre of the Continent of North America was completely enveloped in spiritual darkness. In 1821, a Church and School-room were erected, of which, the Rev. Mr. West was Pastor, who was succeeded by the Chairman in 1823. He then drew a pleasing picture of the gradual increase of Churches in that settlement, from 1823 to 1838. In 1826, a Church was built, and another Labourer sent out by the Society; in two or three years the Missions were separated, and another Church was built about 13 miles off. In 1834, another Church was erected, and in 1838, a Stone Church was built. The Chairman observed that not only were these Churches built, but he felt thankful when he was enabled to state that they were filled with attentive hearers: he gave the following account of the state of this Settlement at the period of his quitting it, viz -3 Missionary Statiolis-2 Mission- aries-7 Schoolmasters-400 Comrnillicants-1700 Congre- gatioii-about 2000 Children in the Schools. The Chairman then very pathetically appealed to every individual present, to contribute towards sending the Gospel to a Country which had never been measured but by latitude and longi- tude," and to a people who were from year to year applying to the Church Missionary Society for aid. which they were prevented, by want of means, from extending. The Chairman concluded a most eloquent address, by urging that the North American Indians had very peculiar claims on this Country their lands had been taken away from them, and the Indians were seen hovering about the soil "like Ghosts in the ashes of an extinguished race." The Rev. Mr. Rees, in a very appropriate speech, pro- posed the first Resolution, viz:—That this Meeting cordially approve of the objects and endeavours of the Church Mission- ary Society. The Rev. Mr. James, in rising to second the Resolution, rejoiced that he was permitted to attend an Anniversary to make an appeal to the hearts and feelings of his fellow christians in behalf of the heathen world. The Missionary Interest indeed was not lesseiied-all the sacrifices made in past years had not died away, but had opened a door to save
Grace's visit:—he also inspected another buoy, with its mooring chain, now ready to be laid down. His Grace then examined the Cast-iron Capstan, which has subsequently been fixed in the place appointed for it on the Pier, for the facility of the transit of vessels entering and departing from the Harbour. Altogether, His Grace spent about two hours in the inspection of the works in which, from their com- mencement, he has taken so lively an interest. Aberystwith National Schools We perceive by advertisement that these Schools which are supported by voluntary contributions, are to be advocated in St. Michael's, on Sunday next Aug. 23. The impor- tant advantages derived by the Children of the Poor from the establishment of these schools are too appar- ent and self-evident to need any comment. Church Missionary Society The Anniversary of the Aberystwith auxiliary of this Society was holden on Tuesday the 28th ult. and though we have given a report of the proceedings in another page, we regret our utter inability to do anything like justice to the Speakers on the occasion, and we can scarcely say whether the quiet, unassuming manner of the Rev. Professor Jones,—the eloquence of the Rev. Mr. Latham, lately a Missionary in Calcutta,—or the very interesting details given to the meeting by the deputation from the parent society, The Rev. Mr. Parry, most rivetted our attention. We were sorry to learn that a domestic bereavement prevented the attendance of our estimable Vicar, and we cannot refrain from remarking that although there were 150 of our respectable Inhabitants present, as well as visiters, we felt disapointed that the number was not larger. Seeing how well filled our Church is on every succeeding Sabbath, we are at a loss to account for the absence of so many from so interesting a meeting as a Missionary meeting. Hafod and the Devil's Bridge A paragraph, under this Title has appeared in one or two Provin- cial Newspapers to the effect that this Property was expected shortly to be again offered for public com- petition. We are at a loss to account for this invention, we have every reason to believe there is not the slightest foundation for it: on the contrary, the Noble Owner with the Ladies Clinton, and Lord Robert are now sojourning at Hafod, where they will shortly entertain some distinguished Visiters, amongst them, we understand, Mr. Gaily Knight, M. P. and his Lady. The Harvest.-Reaping has commenced generally in the Vales, new barley in excellent condition was sold in Aberystwith Market, on Monday, the 27th ultimo.