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ABERYSTWYTH. MARKET.—The quotations at Monday's market were as follows :—Wheat, 6s. 3d. to 7s. 3d.; barley, 4s. 3d. to 5s.; oats, 2s. 6d. to 4s.; butter, Is. Id. to Is. 4d. per lb.; eggs, Id. each; beef, d. to d.; mutton, 6d. to 8d.; wool, 9d. per lb.; turkeys, 5s. each; geese, 4s. 6d. to 5s. each. PICKED UP IN THE HARBOUR.-There now lies in the Custom House, a life buoy, bearing upon it the name "Levant, Liverpool," which was picked up in the harbour on the 20th December. From the appearance of the buoy it seemed to have been in the water for some time. THE WEATHER.—A sharp frost set in on Christmas night, and continued up to Wednesday morning, when it ■was quick1 y dispersed by a sudden thaw. The juvenile fraternity took the opportunity of enjoying a little skating, whilst others had need to complain of being out of work. REMOVAL OF THE POST-OFFIC& -A week or two ago we stated that memorials had been sent to the Postmaster General, with reference to the proposed removal of the post-office. An answer arrived last week to the effect that it was thought proper that the office should remain in the present vicinity as set forth in one of the memorials, and we believe that the premises now occupied by Mr J. Davies have been fixed upon. SEASONABLE BENEVOLENCE.—Lewis Pugh Pugh, 'Esq., of Bridge-street, has, at this time of the year when so many are enjoying themselves, thought of the poor, and ordered twelve tons of coal to be distributed amongst them. Let us hope that other generous-hearted persons may be induced to follow the example set forth by Mr Pugh. A DESERTER.—On Monday last James Grant, of the 4th troop military train, was brought before J. Davies, Esq., on the charge of having deserted from his regiment. P.C. D. Thomas stated that the prisoner gave himself into custody on Christmas Day, stating that he had deterted, and being tired of wandeiing about he was led to give him- self up. Mr Davies remanded the prisoner until the military authorities were communicated with. TEA MEETING.—On Christmas Day, a tea meeting in connection with the Portland-street Congregational chapel, was held in the Assembly Rooms, Laura-place. About three hundred persons partook of the repast, and the tables were presided over by Mrs Jones, Market- street, Mrs Rees, Pier-street, Mrs Griffith, Portland- street, Mrs Lloyd, Bridge-street, Mrs Evans, North Parade, Mrs Lloyd, Baker-street, Miss Roe, Bridge-street, Mrs and Miss Morrell, Mrs Hughes, Prince Albert Inn, Mrs Garner, Terrace-road, and Mrs Simcox. After tea a public meeting was held in the same rooms, when Dr M. Jones, presided. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. A. W. Griffith, Rev. J. Sanders, and Mr T. Thomas, North Parade. Recitations were also given by some of the Sunday school children, and the choir, under the direction of Mr D. H. Evans, sang in excellent style several appropriate pieces, being accompanied on the pianoforte by Miss Kate Rees. A vote of thanks to the ladies who presided at the tea tables, and also to the chair- man, terminated a very pleasant evening. BREAKING-CP AT PENPARKY SCHOOL.—The breaking-up for Christmas holidays of this old-established school took place on Thursday, the 23rd December, and was this year marked by an entertainment of a character both instruc- tive and amusing, thanks to the manager of the school, Mr Thomas. A large company assembled to wit- ness the distribution of the prizes, and also to be present at the entertainment. The proceedings commenced shortly after three o'clock, the Rev. E. 0. Phillips, vicar of Aber- ystwyth, in the chair. The chairman delivered an appro- priate address, after which the following programme was jgone through :— Chorus— Come to Penparky School" Scholars. Song-" The Deserter's Meditation" Miss J. 1 Williams. Reading—"The Wreck of the Hespurus "Mr G. S. Clarke. Duet- The Lion of Judah "Misses Griffith and Davies. Song—"Janet's Choice" .Miss James. Reading-" Questioner" .Mr Davies. ]Duet- O'er Meadows "Misses Edwards and Lewis. Quartette—" We row "Mr Samuel, Mr James, Mrs Trevethan, and Miss Hughes. Presentation of prizes to the children. Duet—"The Flower Gatherers"—Misses Lewis and Davies. Reading-" The Chameleon Mr Clarke. Song and Chorus-" The Angels now are calling," Miss Morgan and party. Reading—"The Hole in the Pocket "Miss Siviter. Duet—" A Hunting Song "Mrs Trevethan and Miss Hughes. Prizes were awarded to Master Clarke for grammar and geography; Master Thomas, geometry; Master Szlumper, arithmetic. Hood's Poems was presented as a prize for needlework and grammar, the recipient being Miss Jane Rees. Mr Watkin Lloyd, late pupil teacher, was pre- sented with a handsome set of books on leaving the school The Chairman, in presenting the testimonial, compli- mented Mr Lloyd on his abilities and the esteem which he had gained from both master and scholars.—Mr Lloyd briefly responded, after which a farewell chorus by the scholars terminated a very pleasant entertainment. CHRISTMAS NIGHT AT THE TEMPERANCE HALL.—On Christmas night a very pleasant evening was spent by a large number who assembled at the Temperance Hall to witness an exhibition of dissolving views. The subjects of the different views were taken from scenes in Egypt and the Holy Land, and the management of the apparatus was very well conducted by the Rev. John Williams and Mr J. Ellis, Aberystwyth. The juvenile portion of the audience were very noisy, but we believe that when another entertainment is given steps will be taken to prevent a similar occurrence. FATAL ACCIDENT.-On Tuesday last a man named John Evans, a native of Aberystwyth, and mate of the "I. T. S., of Barrow, Lancashire, met with an accident which ter- minated fatally. The "I. T. S. laden with pig iron, was bound from Barrow to Newport, Mon., where she arrived at the latter end of last week. On Tuesday Evans was engaged with others in discharging the cargo, and whilst doing so the vessel listed," owing to the ebbing of the tide, and pitched Evans on his head down the hold. He was at once taken to the infirmary, when it was found that he was badly hurt, and the same day he died from the injuries he received. Deceased was a married man, and leaves a wife and two children. DECORATIONS AT\ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH.—On Christmas day St. Michael's Church was decorated in a most artistic style, and evidently no pains had been spared by the ladies and gentlemen who had undertaken the task of ornament- ing the sacred edifice. The chancel presented a very pleasing and attractive appearance, the design having been most beautifully executed. Over the top of the coloured glass window, in white characters, on a ground ef scarlet, appeared the following words-" Unto us a child is born, (into us a son is given," and on each side of the window in similar characters, was Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards men." Underneath the window the following appeared in characters formed of variegated holly leaves and berries, and everlasting flowers —" They shall call his name Immanuel, which is God with us." The altar was also nicely decorated with evergreens. The windows, right and left, bore the following incription, —"Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord;" this was nicely executed, the letters being composed of leaves of evergreens upon a groundwork of scarlet. Over the north entrance were the following words, in characters formed of evergreen leaves—" His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace;" over the south entrance, in similar char- acters, appeared the following—" Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was and is and is to come." The pulpit and reading-desk also appeared nicely dressed with ever- greens and holly berries. We must not forget to mention the font, which was perhaps the finest piece of decoration. It appeared decked in evergreens, mosses, berries, &c., and on the top was laid a cross of everlasting flowers, and the whole had a very pleasing effect. The ladies to whom praise is due for these beautiful decorations were Mrs and the Misses Gilbertson, the Misses Jones, Mount Pleasant, Mrs Phillips, the Vicarage, the Misses Osmotherlay, the Misses Davies, Antarran, Messrs Hugh Davies and Davies, Pier-street. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, MONDAT.-Present: Mr W. Jones, vice-chairman, in the chair; Messrs E. H. Morgan, Philip Williams, John Watkins, Isaac James, Melindwr, Lewis Jones, Henllys, Wm. Thomas, Llan- afan, William Jenkins, Vaenor Lower, R. Roberts, TTchayndre, J. R. Jones, Issayndre, Ebenezer Hughes, Llanfihangel.y-Croyddin Lower, D. J. Davies, Llan- rhysted Haminiog, Morgan Richard, Llanbadarn, D. Stephen, Cwmrheidol, Joel Morgan, Llanychaiam, Wm. Davies, Caelan-y-maesniawr, J. R. Richards, Tre- feirig; Mr Hugh Hughes, clerk; Drs James and Roberts, medical officers. The following amount has been paid in out-door relief during the past fortnight, J6277 13s. 8d. It was agreed that the medical officers' fees for vaccina- tion should be for each patient—one mile. Is. 6d.; two miles, 3s.; above two miles, 3s. 6d. Other places required, 2a. 6d. THE SCHOOLMISTRESS ON THE CARPET. The MASTER of the workhouse complained of the school- mistress having absented herself from the house without leave, Mr Griffiths stated that she was in the habit of going out directly after school hours, and never returned until late in the evening. She absented herself on Christmas Eire, and did not return until next morning, when she put in an appearance just as the children were getting ready for church. He asked her where she had been, and she replied to see her father, who thought there could be no harm in her staying away from the house that Slight, it being Christmas time. The master understood that it,was part of the governess's duty to help in the man- agement of the house. When the governess was away there was no one to look after the children. He also thought it was necessary that the girls should be taught ■ewiacr. but this was never done- With respect to the complaint, it was thought by nme of the guardians that the governess should be pub- licly cautioned by the Board but on the suggestion of the chairman, it was agreed that this time we matter should be left to the house committee; but if any further complaints were made, they would be brought before the Board. A REMINDER FRO. THE POOR-LAW BOARD. The following letters were read by the Clerk:- Poor-law Board, Whitehall, 15th Dee., 1869. gir,-j am directed by the Poor-law Board to inform you that they received a report from Mr W. W. Jones, district auditor, after an examination of the workhouse medical relief book of the Aberystwyth Union, at his audit for the half-year ended at Michaelmas last, in which he states that the column headed Days when attended," is blank throughout the half-year, I am directed to refer you to the correspondence which took place m Kay and November, 1866, respecting similar reports made by the district auditor, and in reminding you of your assurances that the workhouse medical relief book should in future be kept in accordance with the regulations. I am to request that you will lwndob the Board with an explanation on the present represen- ation of the auditer.-I am, sir, your obedient servant, H. FLEMING, Sec. J. Roberts, Esq., Medical Officer of the Workheuse -of the Aberystwyth Union. Aberystwyth, Dec. 19th, 1869. To the Poor-law Board.—Gentlemen,—Your wishes respecting the keeping of the medical workhouse book shall be complied with from this time. The auditor ought not to have reported it, as I am at the poor-house almost eve.-y day.-I remain, your obedient servant, JACOB ROBERTS. Poor-law Board, Whitehall, 24th Dec., 1869. Sir,—I am directed by the Poor-law Board to transmit to you for the information of the Guardians of the Aberystwyth Union, the accompanying copy of a correspondence which has taken place oexwen tne Board and Mr Jacob Roberts, relative to a report of the District Auditor as to the portion of the work. house medical relief book required to be kept by Mr Roberts, as medical officer during the half-year ended at Michaelmas last. I CLm directed to request that the Board may be furnished with any observations which the Guardians may desire to offer on the subject of the enclosed.—I am, sir, your obedient servant, ARTHUR W. PEEL. H. Hughes, Esq., Clerk to the Guardians of the Aberystwyth Union. With respect to the complaint, Dr Roberts assured the Board that he frequently attended the house twice a day. The omission certainly occurred, but he thought the auditor might have been a little less strict. The Guardians were perfectly satisfied with Dr Roberts's explanation. PUNISHMENT FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS. The MASTER brought forward four boys, inmates of the workhouse, whom he charged with damaging part of the building. He wished to know what punishment the Board deemed advisable. Much difference of opinion took place amongst the Guardians, the Chairman and others being in favour of flogging," whilst a number were for the offenders being put on a low diet. A warm discussion ensued, and the Board eventually divided, upon which it was found that the majority were in favour of dieting. The question was again discussed and another division took place which finally resulted in a majority for dieting. APPLICATION BY THE SCHOOL-MISTRESS. A letter was read from Miss Morrell, asking for a day's holiday for the children, and leave of absence for herself from the following Thursday to Monday. Taking into consideration that a short time ago a lengthy leave of absence was granted to Miss Morrell, the Board refused to grant the application now made. RELIEF. This business was next attended to, and the Board signed checks to the amount of £278, for the relieving officers during the current fortnight. This terminated the business. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY.—Before Alderman T. Jones and Griffith Thomas, Esq. Stealiny a Timepiece.—Wm. Woods, a tramping sail- maker, and a native of Uxbridge, was charged with stealing a clock or timepiece from the ship "J. Llewellyn on the 26th December.—James Griffiths said he was mate of the J. Llewellyn." On Monday morn- ing last he missed a timepiece out of the vessel; when he last saw the timepiece it was hanging in the cabin skylight. —Sergeant Evans stated that he took the prisoner in custody at Machynlleth, he having been apprehended with the timepiece in his possession. Prisoner admitted to witness that he took the timepiece. The case was at this stage adjourned in order that the Montgomeryshire constable might attend.—At three o'clock the case was again heard at the Magistrates' Clerk's Office before Robert Edwards, Esq., and T. Jones, Esq., when the following additional evidence was taken:- Richd. Thomas, one of the Montgomeryshire constabulary, stated that he met the prisoner at Cemmes-Coch on the 27th December. Witness searched prisoner and found upon him the time- Eiece produced. The officer told prisoner that he suspected im of having stolen the timepiece, and accordingly locked him up. Prisoner stated that he had passed through Machynlleth and the police there said it was all right; he also stated that he came from Newport, Mon., to Aberystwyth in a vessel, and when in Aberystwyth the captain of the vessel told prisoner to go on shore to buy a clock. He went on shore and bought the clock, but by that time the vessel had gone and left him in Aberystwyth. Whilst in Cemme3 lock-up prisoner confessed to witness that ne stole the timepiece.—Captain Llewellyn indenti- fied the timepiece and said it was worth about 15s.— Prisoner, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to two months' imprisonment. Drv.nk and Biotous. -Evan Rees, coachbuilder, Terrace- road, was charged with committing this offence on the 22nd Dec. -P.C. Thomas stated that he was on duty in North Parade on Wednesday night, the 22nd Dec. About ten o'clock he heard a great row in Mary-street, and on going in that direction found defendant, who had been turned out from the Golden Eagle, very drunk and making a disturbance. The landlord of the Golden Eagle stated that defendant had not been drinking in his house, and he would not let him in because he was drunk.—De- fendant, who did not appear, was fined 5s., and costs. Drunk and Disorderly. -David Jenkins, blacksmith, Penmaesglas-road, was charged with being drunk and dis- orderly on the 24th Dec. -P.C. James said he saw the defendant drunk in Gray's Inn-lane; witness told defend- ant to go home, but instead of doing so he began to make a row.—Defendant, in answer to the charge, said he hap- pened to get drunk on Friday night, the same as a good many more.—Mr Griffith Thomas told defendant he ought to be ashamed of himself, and took this opportunity of cautioning the public who were in court against the use of intoxicating liquors.—Defendant was fined 5s., and costs. Drunk and Assaulting the Police.Thomas Daniel, mariner, Great Darkgate-street, was charged with being drunk and assaulting P.C. Herbert, on the 20th Dec.— The officer stated that he saw the defendant in Bridge- street on the 20th making a row with his brother. Witness told defendant to go home, but instead of doing so he turned into Shipbuilders'-row. Witness tried to persuade defendant to go home, but he refused to go, stating that he was going to drown himself. The officer had hold of defendant, and a short scuffle ensued, during which de. fendant broke the officer's cane; defendant also struck the officer on the arm.—Defendant, who had nothing to say for himself, was fined 5s., costs included..—Thos. Richards, shipwright, Cambrian-place, was charged with committing a similar offence on the25thDec.—P.C. D. Thomas stated that he found the defendant drunk in Rheidol-place on Christmas morning.—Defendant admitted that he had a v' drop too much, giving as an excuse that he was enjoying his Christmas. This was defendant's first offence. Their worships fined him 5s., including costs. Donkeys Straying.—Daniel Hughes, labourer, Skinner- street, was charged by Sergt. Evans with allowing three donkeys to inthe streets on the 23rd December.— Sergt. Evans stated that the -donkeya -were Maying Great Darkgate-street and Pier-street about half-past eight o'clock on the morning of the 23rd.—The Clerk said that donkeys were about the streets all day, and caused quite a disturbance.—Defendant's wife, who appeared, stated that her husband had put them in a field at seven in the morning, but they broke out of the field.-De- fendant, who had previously been warned for a similar offence, was this time again cautioned, and the case against him dismissed. More Chimneys on Fire.-William Williams, labourer, the Ropewalk, and Jane Davies, High-street, were charged with allowing their chimneys to be on fire.—P.C. D. Thomas proved seeing the defendant Williams's chimney on fire on the 22nd.—Defendant admitted the offence, stating that he put it on fire.—The case against Jane Davies was proved by P.C. D. Davies, who said he noticed the chimney on fire about half-past nine o'clock on the evening of the 23rd December. —Defendant said she was not aware of what caused the chimney to go on fire.-The Bench inflicted a fine of Is. in each case. Vagrancy. -A tramp giving the name of John Taylor, who said he was a native of Burnley, Lancashire, was charged with begging in the streets on the 28th December. —Sergt. Evans said he saw the defendant begging in Railway-terrace on Tuesday last. Defendant had been in the town for about three weeks, and witness had pre- viously cautioned him about, begging.—Defendant, in answer to the Bench, said lie was a collier, and was making his way back to Lancashire. -Ile Bench said he was in the wrong country for coaL-Defendant said h should have been out of the town some time ago, only that he was waiting for a pair of trowsers that had been pro- mised him.—Prisoner was discharged on his promising to leave the town. This terminated the business.

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