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Death of Mr. Matthew Truran, J.P., With great regret we have to record the death of Mr. Matthew Truran, J.P., of Oak- royd, Penydarren Park, Morthyr, which took plaoe on Tuesday morning, after a brief; severe illness, in the 78th year of his age. The de- ceased-had been in an indifferent condition of health for a considerable period, but was not seriously ill until quite reoently. Last week he underwent an operation for an internal trouble, 1 to the. effects of which, combined with his previous debilitated condition, be succumbed on Tuesday. The late Mr. Truran was th", eldest son of the late Mr. Samu'el Truran, who held a responsible position as mechanical engineer in the Dowiais Ironworks and oollieries for a long period during the first half of the last oentury. His eon Matthew went into the colliery department, and worked himself up to the appointment of general manager of the collieries to which he succeeded on the ap- pointment of the late Mr. T. E. Wales as In- spector for the South Wales District. He resided for many years at Bedlinog House, until his retirement from active life, when Mr. H. W. Martin was appointed colliery manager. Shortly afterwards he purchase the house known as Oakroyd, adjacent to the Penydamen- road entrance to Penydarren Park, to which he made some additions, and resided there to the end of his days. He was reputed to be one of the most efficient colliery managers in the South Wales coalfield, and the pits under his charge enjoyed a remarkable immunity from aerious accidents. In his retirement be was very fond of gardening and flowers, and took f^reat pleasure and pride in keeping the pretty grounds around his house in app:e-pie order, 3-nd always bright with the Bowers of the changing seasons. He was a justice of the peace for the county of Glamorgan, and regu- larly discharged his duties on the Bench at the Merthyr Court He was for many years a number of the Merthyr Board of Guardians nd Assessment Committee, and the Gellygaer Rural District Council; and as chairman of that authority he laid the foundation stone of the Council Offioe at Hengoed. His wife pre- deceased him soon after they went to live at Oakroyd. He leaves four sons and three daugh- ters, one of whom is the wife of Mr. D. JEt- Jones of Dowlais, and another the wife of Mr. T. B. Hirst, blast furnace manager, Blaenavon. We tender to the family our sinoere condolence in their bereavement. The funeral (strictly private) will take place to-day (Friday). MAGISTERIAL REFERENCES. At Merthyr Police-court on Tuesday, Sir T. Marchant. Williams (Stipendiary Magistrate) made a touching referenoe to the deceased. "We have just heard," he said, "very sad news. —the death of our colleague, Mr. Truran. I did not know that he was ailing, and I do not think any one of my colleagues knew that he was seriously ill, eo that the news of his death has taken us gp-eatly by surprise. I have known Mr. Truran on this Bench for some years. He was a singularly straightforward man, the very essence of honour, clear-minded, fair-minded, and just. I found him an honourable colleague, and I shall miss him very much indeed. He was a. conspicuous figure in this town and dis- trict for a large number of years, and I am sure that he will be verv much missed by his many friends. My colleagues entirely agree with me with regard to the loss we have sus- tained, and we extend to the family our sincere condolence. He was one of the best menwho ever sat with me on the Bench in my district, and be was much boloved." Mr. W. W. Meredith, as the senior solicitor present, endorsed all that the Stipendiary had said. Mr. Truran was, he said, a good man, both as a magistrate and a citizen, and all would feel his loss.

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