TOWN HALL, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 1840. At a Petty Sessions held this day before John Hughes, Esq. Mayor, R. 0. Powell, Esq., &c. Griffith Evans, the Turncock to the Water Com- pany, reported to the Court that several Cocks had been taken off and Pipes injured belonging to the Company. The Turncock also complained of parties taking the water into their cisterns before sufficient time had been allowed for cleaning the plugs. It also appeared that several of the inhabitants were not sufficiently careful in keeping their cisterns clean. The Mayor desired Evans the Turncock to obtain a list of the names of the parties who neglected to take the proper means for preventing any deterioration of the water supplied to them by the Company, and to give them a notification that unless their cisterns were kept in a proper and wholesome state, they would be fined under the Act. Mr. Bass, the Proprietor of the Theatre, appeared on a summons obtained against him at the suit of Mr. and Mrs. Hodson, for the non-settlement by him of a disputed claim for wages. The Mayor, after expressing his doubts as to whether the Court could adjudicate on the matter, recommehded that the parties should endeavour to effect a settlement ami- cably. Mr. Bass expressed his willingness to aKde by the decision of an Arbitrator, and the parties left the Court. We understand that the dispute arose from Mr. Ilodson having refused to act certain charac- ters, on a particular night, for which evening Mr. Bass declined paying him. The arbitrators decided that Mr. Hodson was not entitled to payment, he having broken his engagement by his refusal to perform. John Whittall was charged by William Jenkins with having on the 14th of the last month assaulted him, by pushing him out of the Fish Market, pushing him after he was out, and then sweeping dirt with his broom over a barrow load of potatoes, carrots, and turnips, of the aforesaid Jenkins. The statement of the Prosecutor was, in part, confirmed by a boy, and Whittall's defence being, that he was daily an- noyed by the barrow-men and basket-women, calling himself and his wife "stragglers," and insisting on their right to stand in the Market, although it appears Whittall rents it-he was fined Is. only, and costs, together 5s. The Court observing to Whittall that in the event of his being annoyed by any parties in his occupation of the market, he had his remedy against them without taking the matter into his own hands. lIfr. James Ellis preferred a charge of Vagrancy against James Wilson, a Paper-stainer, from Lanca- shire, who, it appeared, had lately been asking and obtaining alms in this place, on a representation by him that he had recently sustained very serious injuries by the bursting of a boiler of a steam-engine. The vigilance of our Police Officers prevented his imposing for any length of time on the credulous, he arrived in the Town on Thursday, and on the fol- lowing day he was safely locked up. The Court admonished and discharged him on his promising immediately to leave the Town. John Ivatt, a youth, who appeared to be in a delicate state of health, and who was ordered by the Magistrates a short time ago, to leave the Town, was again placed at the Bar, the Police Officers having again detected him begging. He stated that his health was not such as to permit him to get out of the Town. He was ordered to be kept in the Sta- tion house until he should be pronounced fit to be sent away. Elizabeth Lloyd, who said she came from Oswestry, was charged by Police Constable Evans, with begging from door to door on the North Parade, at two o'clock in the afternoon of Saturday last. She was admonished and discharged, promising immediately to go out of the Town. Gwen, or Winifred Jones, alias the Queen of the Beggars, was fined 5s. for being drunk and disorderly in the street, at 6 o'clock on Monday last. An old woman, called Mary Jones, who keeps a lodging house at Trefechan, was severely reprimanded by the Court, it appearing that she had been in the habit for some years past of letting out to hire to her guests, including her aforesaid Majesty the Queen of the Beggars, divers articles of wearing apparel, the better to enable them to disguise themselves and practice their impostures on the public. The old woman admitted, not only that she let out Beg- gars' Clothes to hire, but that she was aware her Inmates occasionally borrowed children, the more successfully to excite the pity of the charitable. The Court expressed a hope that her neighbours would keep a strict look out on the old woman's conduct for the future. John Hughes, Esq. gave notice, that at the next meeting of the Commissioners under the Aberystwith Improvement Act, he should bring forward a Motion, the adoption of which would, he hoped, have the effect of putting an end to the mis-conduct of some of the Proprietors of Bathing Machines and Baths, which had of late been much complained of. On THURSDAY last, David Jones, son of Mr. Wil- liam Jones, Watchmaker, was charged by Mr. Eben- ezer Morris, with having been drunk and disorderly on Wednesday morning last, taking up a knife and threatening to stab Mr. M. The magistaates fined Jones 5s. for being drunk, and ordered him to give bail himself in £ 20 and two sureties in X 10 each, to keep the peace towards Mr. Morris, and all other her Majesty's subjects for twelve months. Jones was lock- ed up in default of bail. On FRIDAY last, a meeting of the Commissioners of the Assessed Taxes was holden at the Town Hall for the purpose of hearing appeats against the recent new Assessment to the Window Tax. There was not so numerous an attendance of the Commission- ers as the importance of the occasion seemed to demand. We have heard of but few successful appeals.
ARRIVAL OF THE GREAT WESTERN: The Great Western Steam Ship arrived at Kings road near Bristol at half-past ten on Monday night, the 31 st ultimo, in thirteen days six hours from New York. She brings with her 17 passengers, and also replies to letters sent out by the Acadia, which vessel made the voyage out to Halifax in the incredibly short space of ten days.
Tile &c. Fraser, Blackwood, and Tait have each of them something good in their way this month, but we prefer for the present, selecting a little light reading for our recreation, and shall reserve our notice of these periodicals till another week. MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK, BY BOZ The inimitable Boz, has this month favoured us with Part 5, of Master Humphrey's Clock, which is as amusing as any of the preceding numbers. We give the following extract from the last number which introduces us to the Proprietress of a Waxwork exhi- bition who rejoices in the not very euphonious sou- briquet of Jarley and to a Poet bearing the very poetical name of "Slum". The scene opens just as Mrs. Jarley and her wan are entering the exhibi- tion Town. It was a pretty large town, with an open square which they were crawling slowly across, and in the middle of which was theTown-H all, with a cloektower and a weathercock. There were houses of stone, houses of red brick, houses of yellow brick, houses of lath and plaster, and houses of wood, many of them very old, with withered faces carved upon the beams, and staring down into the street. These had very little twinkling windows, and low-avched doors, and, in some of the narrower ways, quite overhung the pavement. The streets were very clean, very sunny, very empty, and very dull. A few idle men lounged about the two inns, and the empty market-place, and the tradesmen's doors, and some old people were dozing in chairs outside an almshouse wall but scarcely any passengers who seemed bent on going any- where, or to have any object in view, went by and if per chance some straggler did, his footstep echoed on the hot bright pavement for minutes afterwards. Nothing seemed to be going on but the clocks, and they had such drowsy faces, such heavy lazy hands, and such cracked voices, that that they surely must have been too slow. The very dogs were all asleep, and the flies, drunk with moist sugar in the Grocer's shops, forgot their wings and briskness, and baked to death in dusty corners of the window. Rumbling along with most unwonted noise, the caravan stopped at last at the place of exhibition, wliereNell dis- mounted amidst an admiring group of children, who evident- ly supposed her to be an important item of the curiosities and were fully impressed with the belief that her grandfather was a cunning device in wax. The chests were taken out with all convenient despatch, and taken in to be unlocked by Mrs. Jarley, who, attended by George and another man in velvet- een shorts and a drab hat ornamented with turnpike tickets, were waiting to dispose of their contents (consisting of red festoons and other ornamental devices in upholstery work) to the best advantage in the decoration of the room. They all got to work without loss of time, and very busy they were. As the stupendous collection were yet concealed b/ cloths, lest the envious dust should injure their complex- ions, Nell bestirred herself to assist in Itie embellishment of the voom, in which her grandfather was also of great service. The two men being used to it, did a great deal in a short time; and Mrs. Jarley served out the tin tacks from a linen pocket like a toll- collectoi-Is which she wore for the purpose and encouraged her assistants to renewed exertion. While they were thus employed, a tallish gentleman with a hook nose and black hair, dressed in a military surtout very short and tight in the sleeves, and which had once been frog- ged and braided all over but was now sadly shorn of its gar- niture and quite threadbare-dressed too in ancient grey pantaloons fitting tight to the leg, and a pair of pumps in the winter of their existciiee-looked in at the door and smiled affably. Mrs. Jarley's back being then towards him, the military gentleman shook his fore-finger as a sign that her myrmidons were not to apprise her of his presence, and stealing up to her, tapped her lightly on the neck, and cried loh What Air. Slum! cried the lady of the wax-work. Lor who'd have thought of seeing you here 11 Pon my soul and .honour," said Mr. Slum," that's a good remark. 'Pon my soul and honour that's a wise re- mark. Who would have thought it! George my faithful feller, how are you ?" George received this advance with surly indifference, observing that he was well enough for the matter of that, and hammering away all the time. I came here said the military gentleman turning to Mrs. Jarley,—" 'pon my soul and honour I hardly know what I came here for. It would puzzle me to tell you, it would by Gad. 1 wanted a little inspiration, a little freshening up, a little change of ideas, and 'Pon my soul and honour," said the military gentleman, checking himself and looking round the room, 11 what a devilish classical thing this is! By gad, it's quite Minervian!" "it'll look well, enough when it comes to be finished," observed Mrs. Jarley. "Well enough! "said Mr. Slum." Will you believe me when I say it's the delight of my life to have dabbled in poetry, when I've exercised my pen upon this charming theme ? By the bye-aiiy orders? Is there any little thing I can do for you ?" It comes so very expensive, sir," replied Mrs. Jarley and I really dont think it does much good." Hush! No, no 1" returned Mr. Slum elevating his hand. No fibs. I'll not hear it. Don't say it don't do good- Don't say it. I know better!" I dont think it does," said Mrs. Jarley. 11 Ha, ha! cried Mr. Slum," you're giving way, you're coming down. Ask the perfumers, ask the blaekiug-makers, ask the hatters, ask the old lottery office-keepers ask any man among 'em what my poetry has done for him, and mark my words, he blesses the name of Slum. If he's all honest man, he raises his eyes to heaven, and blesses the name of Sltitii-mai-k that! You are acquainted with Westminster Abbey, Mrs. Jarley?"