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the Vrincipality. PRESENTATION TO DR. REES, OF SWANSEA.—On Tuesday evening the Rev. Dr Rees, minister at Ebenezer Chapel, was presented with an address and testimonial The chair was taken by the Rev. William Jones, Castle-street Chapel, and there was a large attendance. The address was read by the Rev. B. Wil- liams, Camian Chapel, Swansea, and the testimonial, which took the substantial shape of a cheque for £ 450, was presented by Mrs John Hughes, Grove-place. Some complimentary speeches to Dr Rees were made on the occasion, and the rev. gentleman suitably acknowledged the handsome gift, which was intended as a recognition of his services in the cause of nonconformity in Wales, in connection with which he has been long known and widely respected. THE RUSSIAN COMMISSIONERS AT BRECON.—The Russian commissioners, and the distinguished party accompanying them, visited Brecon on Monday. As stated previously, there were representatives from Russia, Germany, Norway, besides theEng- lisn commissioners; and the party included the Duke of Suther- land Count Bobrinsky, Count Berg, Count Schenzie, Count Zamoysky, Captain Tyler, Mr Danvers, MrThorntou, and a num- ber of distinguished engineers, and English and foreign directors and managers of different companies. On Monday afternoon the Fairlie engine took a load of from 540 to 560 tons from Three Cocks to Builth, on a comparatively level line. A break-down, however, occurred in one place, owing to Mr Fairlie, who was driving, not knowing the road and the gradients. On Tuesday morning the trial was repeated with as heavy, or rather slightly heavier load, an experienced driver being on the engine, and the load was then carried easily. In the afternoon the same ermine took a load of about 140 tons up an incline of 1 in 38, from Taly- bont to Dowlais. The Dowlais Works were also visited, and the party hospitablv entertained by Mr Clark. They then-returned to Brecon, and after dinner the healths of the Duke of Suther- land, Count Bobrinsky, the managers and engineers of the rail- way, the foreign engineers, &c., were drunk, and acknowledg- ment made of the hospitality shown to the commissioners. On Wednesday morning the party left Brecon.—Western Mail. ANOTHER "FASTING" CASE.—A correspondent writes—"A married person, of the name of Mary Roberts, who, with her husband, resided at a place called Bwlch, Glan Conway, and who, it is believed, is still alive and well, and residing at Eglwysbach, half way between Conway and Llanrwst, having accidentally, when a young girl, swallowed some poisonous drug, has ever since (or had within the last few years) abstained altogether from solid food. Having a strong and healthy constitution, she was in the habit, especially at harvest time, of assisting her husband in field labour; and often she was seen in company with her husband and the other reapers for a whole day, work- ing as hard as any of them, while her only nourishment would be a small teacupful of milk, and seldom she would drink the whole of that, which she did by the smallest possible draughts at a time. The nearest approach to eating she made was at long intervals, when she would place a small piece of butter on a crust of bread of the size of an ordinary nut, and allow the butter to melt in her mouth, not eating the crust. The hnsband never made the discovery of the whole truth, as (intentionally and in deference to his feelings) she withheld it from him; and biscuits which he used to bring her she secretly shared amongst her intimate friends. The doctor who attended her when she had swallowed the poison remarked at the time that she would never be able to swallow any solid food, her stomach having been so seriously injured by it." EXPLOSION AT MORFA COLLIERY.—TWENTV-NINE DEATHS.— A shocking accident took place at Morfa colliery, South Wales, on Monday, the 14th inst. It appears that at 6.20 a.m., as the men were proceeding to their work, an explosion of a very violent character occurred at the principal drawing shaft. The natural conclusion come to was, that this explosion was caused by fire- damp The manager, Mr Grey, at once descended the pit, and after a careful examination of the workings, he has reported that a store of gunpowder, more or less large, but supposed to be from a quarter to half a cask, kept by the men engaged in sinking the pit to a deeper level, had exploded, and caused the loss of life. The Messrs Vivian, owners of the pit, state no such quantity of powder was allowed to be left in the pit. Another account states that the night men were leaving their work, and the day men taking their places when the explosion occurred. Like one long peal of thunder it awoke the echoes of the sur- rounding hills, and struck consternation into the hearts of all who heard it. The explosion took place not very far from the bottom of the pit. The shock was felt like an earthquake in the neighbourhood, and the guides of the carriages were all blown into atoms. Amid all the rumours at the pit s mouth, it wasnot possible to know the precise number of the killed and injured. Some twenty-one or twenty-two were taken up. Of these some were dead, others dying, and other sadly burned. They were raised in a bucket, one or two at a time. It is easier to imagine than to describe the scene around the pit, where mothenL fathers, brothers, and sisters were anxiously waiting the arrival of each bucket. The groans which escaped from the wives when taken to recognise their husbands (about breathing their last) were heartrending. This is not the first explosion in the Morfa, but it is believed that it is by far the most terrible. Up to Thurs- day twenty-nine colliers had died; and a large number of horses also were destroyed.. PAINFUL OCCURRENCE IN WALES.—TWO LIVES LOST.—Oppo- site to the beautiful mansion of Llysdulas, belonging to the Right Hon. Lady Dinorben, at Llanwenllwyfo, Amlwch,' is situate the little island of Ynys Gadwm. At five o'clock en the m^T-nintr 0f Saturday last a young man of the name of William Henry nephew of Mrs Williams, late of Tyddynmawr, took with him one Roberts, of Pengorphwysfa, and went to the island to shoot wild ducks. They remained on the island all day, and were heard shooting at dusk on Saturday evening. The island is little more than half a mile from the shore, but the wind had freshened so much during the day that they were probably deterred from venturing across in their small boat, and they remained on the islandthe whole night. Theirfailmg to return ^rritAd alarm, and messengers were sent to Moelfra. From aome^iwe ™fuchdoubUess will be investigated at the inquest, toe lifeboai does not seem to have been put in motion until past one o m on Sunday, when it was drawn across the Sligwy sands to Dulas sands, where it arrived at two p.m. In the meantime, everything that could be done at Llysdulas to attract the atten- tion of the young men on the island, by flags, <fcc., was done, with a view to prevent them attempting the passage; but jus* at one o'clock they could be seen launching their tiny skiff, and nutting off from the island. It was then blowing a gale of wind from the eastward and bitterly cold. Eye-witnesses described the scene as one of absorbing interest as they watched the tiny skiff struggling among the tremendous breakers. Every moment it seemea engulphed for ever, but would again appear, and finally it came within twenty furlongs ot the sTiore and seemed as though it would hold its own against such terrible odds. At this point however, it was seen to upset, and for a moment or two was keel uppermost. It righted again, and both men were still in it—one lying at the bottom, apparently a corpse. Once more the little craft turned over, and the struggling survivor was seen yet to cling to it and grasp at the keel, when a tremendous wave beat himoff completely. The shore just there is covered with enormous boulders, and there are also the remains of an old •WMT will Against these the poor fellow was evidently beaten to death ratherfhan drowned. Twomen—John.Hughes and Wm. Owen, grooms at Llysdulas-at the imminent nsk of their own lives, rushed into the breakers, and brought out a lifeless corpse —that of Roberts. Mr Henry's body had not been found up to Monday afternoon. Everything that human imagination could devise, by procuring rop<»,&c., was done by Mr Owen Jones, bailiff at Llvsdulas. and those under him on Lady Dinorben a estate, to aid in the rescue, if it had been possible.


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