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sEflat and District. PORTRAIT OF MR ELIAS, TRAFFIC MANAGER or THE CAMBRIAN RAILWAYS.—We have heard from reliable authority that this gentleman has consented to sit for his portrait to Mr G. B. Black, F.R.S., of London, and that the likeness will be published. WELSH EVICTIONS FUND.-All applications for com- pensation from this fund should be made not later than the 15th March next. For Carmarthenshire, to Mr J. B. Rogers, Lammas street, Carmarthen for Cardiganshire, to Mr Thomas Harris, Llechryd, Llandyssil s for Qarna vonshire, to Mr John Evans, Carnarvon; other conuti, a, to the honorary secretary, Gohebydd," 135, Ledbury- road, Westbourne Park, London, W. SIR WATKIN AND HIS BALA TENANTRT. -The following letter appears in the Dydd SIR,-I noticed in the last Dydd an address to Sir Watkin from his tenants izL this neighbourhood, under which is my name. With reference to tnat address, I wish to make it known that it& contents were not fully made known to me, when I was called upon to ask for my signature to it. All that was said to me was this I That it was an address to Sir Watkin to ex- press to him our sympathy with him in the face of the disrespectful aud ungentlemanly treatment which he re- ceived at Bala on the day of the last election.' And under that impression I appended my name to the address willingly and heartily.—Yours truly, THOMAS JONES.— Deildref, Llanuwchllyn." PARLIAMENTARY PETITIONS.—The following petitions have been presented to the House qf Commons during jthe past weekBy Sir W. Wynn, from the Wrejduua High- way Board, in favour of the abolition of turnpike .trusts. Mr Watkin Williams, from the Corporation of Wrexham, complaining of the inequality and unfairness of turnpike tolls, and praying that the turnpike roads may be added to the highway districts and local boards. Mr Osborne Morgan, from the Wrexham Board of Guardian, in favour of the abolition of turnpike tolls; and from a mass meeting at Wrexham, representing 5,000 miners, in favour of an improved system of inspection and regulation of mines. Mr Ormsby Gore, from the Wem Union, praying that whereas certain descriptions of property now subject to imperial taxation are exempt from poor rates, grants may be made from the consolidated fund, towards the expenditure of Poor-Law Unions, in order to remove to some extent the injustice of partial taxation. Mr Villiers, from the guardians of Bangor andBe Union, praying for an equitable assessment of property for local purposes. LIFEBOAT SERVICES ON THE WELSH COAST.—Dating Carnarvon, Feb. 15th, Mr J. Jackson says-The Llân- ddwyn lifeboat, John Gray Bell, belonging to the Lifeboat Society, was launched yesterday morning during a strong easterly gale, in reply to signals of distress from the schooner Lewis, of this port, which was at anchor inairfo the banks of the bar, at the entrance to the Menai Straits. Owing to the force of the gale and the ebb tide, the life- boat at first failed to reach the vessel, and had to return but shortly afterwards she was again taken out, and then succeeded in getting alongside the schooner, when she took off from her a woman who was a passenger, and the crew of three men of another schooner, the Scotia, also belong- ing to Carnarvon. It appeared that the three men taken refuge on board the Lewis, on their vessel dragging her anchor. The Scotia drifted out to ERpk a derelict, and in the afternoon she was observed by the coxswain of the Porthdinllaen lifeboat, which also belongs to the National Institution, and as she appeared to be in distress the life- boat, Cotton Sheppard, was taken out to her..Finding she was abandoned, six of the crew of the boat were put on board, sail was made, and she was got safely into Porth- dinllaen this morning.—Dating Newquay, Cardiganshire, February 14th, Mr Jas. Barry, the chief officer of Coast- guard, says—A smack was seen in the offing this morning apparently in distress, and the lifeboat Forester, belong- ing to the Lifeboat Society, was accordingly launched, but on arriving alongside she was found to be abandoned. She was appatently a barge belonging to Aberdovey, having about a quarter of a ton of railway iron in her. She was taken in tow by the lifeboat, and successfully brought into Newquay this afternoon. Mr Barry states that he cannot speak too highly of the lifeboat's behaviour t's in the heavy sea. THE WELSH FASTING GIRL.-No definite information about the prosecution in the case of the Welsh Fasting Girl has been received. Some correspondence has passed between the treasury office and the coroner, and the magistrates' clerk for the district. The coronet; has furnished the solicitor to the treasury with a cojgf of the depositions taken at the inquest, and these have been returned to the magistrates' clerk. An official has waited upon the secretary to the Local Committee, who under- took the watching of the girl. This official obtained the names of the committee, fifteen in number, most of them farmers, except the vicar of the parish and the local solicitor. It is believed that the committee and the medical men who attended the girl will be tried for con- spiracy, although it has been ascertained that the surgeons were not on the committee, and were only appointed to warn the immediate approach of fatal symptoms. The legal adviser of the girl s father has 'offered a Drief for the defence to Mr Hardinge Giffard, Q.C.; but that gentle- man has at present declined to accept a retainer, on the ground that, owing to the status of the Bar, the Crown has first call on his services. The assizes commence on the 8th of March, and the trial is expected to take place on the following day. The Pall Mall Gazette says—"Al- though the prosecution of Evan Jacob for manslaughter has been resolved upon by the Government, there is a difficulty as to the magisterial inquiry. The. Crown ordered the inquiry to be made, but some of theacounty magistrates deem it wholly unnecessary, and have written to the Home-Office, inquiring who will pay the expenses. To this no answer has been received, but if the expenses are to fall upon the county, it will, probably, not be held. The names of the local committee who instituted the watching, engaged the nurses and the doctors, &c., have been sent to the Home-Office, byyrequest. The father of the girl still expresses a firm belief in his child's fasting powers, and the general opinion is that he will be acquitted, and that if really guilty he will be sufficiently punished by paying the cost of his defence. This is the view of those who believe that the father was the dupe of his wife and child, and who argue, with some plausibility, that if he were the dupe of his family, the conduct of the physician, and one, at least, of the surgeons who expressed their belief in the genuine fasting of the child, was enough to justify him in all he did." Mr St. John Wontner, of the firm of Wontner and Son, visited the secretary of the Fasting Girl Committee at Llandyssul on Tuesday,to obtain information for the prosecution on behalf of the Treasury. The brief for the defence of Evan Jacob, the girl's father, was accepted by Mr James Bowlen, South Wales Circuit. Mr Grove will probably also be retained. THE BURIAL LAWS AMENDMENT BILL.—This Bill- which has been brought in by Mr Osborne Morgan, Mr Hadfield, and Mr M'Arthur—is intended to apply to Eng- land and Wales the principle which already prevails in Ire- land and Scotland; by allowing other than ministers of the Church of England to officiate at interments in the paro- chial churchyards. At present, while the churchyard is public property, and all the parishioners have the right of burial, nonconformists cannot avail themselves of the ser- vices of their own ministers, or have any other service than that of a church to which they do not belong. In the case of unbaptized persons, the parochial clergyman may refuse to read the service of that church, and the burial must take place without any service. Even when the deceased has been baptized, clergymen sometimes de- cline to recognize dissenting baptisms, and, contrary to law, refuse to officiate. The result is, that not only are dissenters deprived of the solace which they might derive from services performed by their own ministers, but, in many cases, the feelings of relatives are deeply wounded by the necessity for burying their dead in silence, and the churchyard becomes the scene of incidents which are discreditable to a civilized community. In Wales, the evil is aggravated by the fact that seven-eighths of the population are dissenters, and are utterly alienated from the church whose services are thus forced upon them. In many of the towns the evil is mitigated by the estab- lishment of parochial cemeteries-in the unconsecrated portions of which ministers of all religious bodies may officiate; but in the great majority of the rural parishes, as the churchyard is, and will for a long period continue to be, sufficient as a place of burial for all the inhabit- ants, the provision of a cemetery involves needless ex- pense. Mr Osborne Morgan's Bill recognizes this fact, and renders the churchyard available for all religious bodies, in respect to burial services, as well as to the mere risrht of burial. Where it is wished that a burial should take place either with some other service than that of the Church of England, or without any service, forty- eight hours' notice is to be given to the incumbent, or some one appointed by him; and if the time named happens to be that already fixed for either a service in the church, or another, funeral, he is, within twenty-four hours, to fix a different hour. If the incumbent sends no notice of such alteration of time, the burial is to take place in accordance with the notice. Any person author- ized by the relatives may conduct a service, and all religious services shall be conducted in a decent and solemn manner;" and any person behaving indecently, or obstructing the service, will be guilty of a misdemeanour. Nothing in the Act will affect existing burial rights, and it is provided that the clergy shall, in all cases, continue to receive the existing fees. The Bill contains a provision which-now that churchyards cannot be repaired by means of compulsory church rates-is of considerable practical importance. Applying to churchyards gener- ally the principle adopted in the Burial Acts, in respect to- those which have been closed by order in council, it charges the expenses of keeping them in decent condition on the poor rate—subject to the approval of the vestry. All parties will thus share the burden involved in main- taining the common burial place, in which the rights of all will be respected. The second reading of the Bill—which consists of but ten short clauses-is fixed for Wednesday, the 23rd of March.








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