BRECON BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual meeting of this Board was held on Satur- day morning, at the Town-hall, W. Perrott, Esq., presiding. There were also present, Lewis Hughes, Esq., Messrs. Thomas Evans, St. Mary; F. Watkins, Christ College; P. Edwards, St. Johns; Thomas Williams, Modrydd John Powell, Aberyscir John Davies, Llandefaelog fach Philip Morgan, Llanfi- hangel Nantbran John Griffiths and John Phillips, Llandefalley Llewellyn, Maescar; Thos. S. Cornish, Llanspyddid David Downes, Llandetty; David Morgan and Watkin Davies, Merthyr Cynog Thos. Smith, St. David's; John Prothero, St. Mary's; Morgan Watkins, Tray anglais J. Powell, Cray; Thomas Griffiths, Glyn Thomas Lewis, Llanfihangel Talyllyn Thomas Williams, Llansaintfread Wm. Davies, Llanfrynach Evan Williams, Aberyscir James Probert, St. David; James Herring, Llanfillo; Thomas Ferrar, Llanddew; and Wm. Edwards, Vennyfach. VAGRANTS. It appeared that the number of vagrants relieved during the last fortnight had been 109, being an increase of 52 over the preceding fortnight. Some conversation took place in reference to the large number of tramps relieved, and Mr. Evans said they gave them supper and break- fast. How would it do if they were to "dock" one meal ? The Chairman asked the master what they gave the tramps, and The Master replied that they got nothing at all scarcely. The Clerk stated that out of these 109 persons there might be probably 20 cases of absolute necessity. It would be very hard upon these poor creatures if they were to have less than at present. It was upon his suggestion some time ago that the diet was reduced and now they had nothing but the absolute waste. Instead of broth, also, they had water. They could not reduce that. In reply to the Chairman, The Master said the vagrants never brought any- thing into the house in the shape of food. BELIEF. During the past fortnight the amount of relief granted in money and kind had been, in Brecknock, 135 10s. Id. and R30 12s. 9d. in Llangorse, X20 12s. 6d. and -619 10s. 6d. and in Defynock, X27 18s. 9d. and L26 13s. 3d. THE MASTER'S JOURNAL. The Master reported that there had been three admissions, 2 discharges, and 1 death in the house, leaving 74, which was an increase of 6 on the corres- ponding period of last year. Cost of maintenance, 2s. 9Jd. per head. The medical officer had attended on the 5th and the 8th inst. THE CHAPLAIN'S BOOK Showed that Divine service had been twice per- formed—on August 9th and 15th. THE 1NFIBMABY CONTRACTORS AND THE VISITING COMMITTEE. The Clerk reported that he had written to Mr. Williams stating that the Board were surprised to find that the building had been slated, wi'hout notice having been given them, that they might come up and inspect it, and asking for an explanation. In reply he had received a letter from the brother of Mr. Williams stating that he was sorry they should have any Cause of complaint, and that it must have been an oversight on the part of his brother, who was from home. Mr. Downes stated that when the visiting committee attended it was expressly understood that they were to view the timber before it was slated. Mr. Prothero, who had consented to act as clerk of the works, having here made his appearance, The Chairman asked him how the building was getting on ? Mr. Prothero replied he was not prepared to report in detail, but they were getting on remarkably well. Mr. Evans said a complaint had been brought before them that Mr. Williams had put the slates on the roof, without having given him previous notice of his in- tention to do so, in order that they might inspect the timber. Mr. Prothero observed that that would not prevent their examining the timber. Mr. Hughes: What is the use of our giving an order if it is not attended to. 11 Mr. Prothero: I did not know anything about it. y n Mr. Downes: It was expressly understood that the committee were to come and see the timber before the slates were put on. Mr. Prothero: That is a matter between the com- mittee and Mr. Williams. Mr. Downes: Mr. Prothero was made a member of the committee, and could have known if he had attended. The Clerk explained that the committee considered the mortar used was of a very inferior description, and had no business to be used. The builder would not agree to that, and said they did not understand it. 11 y They then told him that they would look at the timbers, and he was to give them information whenit was ready. Instead of this, however, he had got them under cover without their knowing anything about it. Mr. Cornish said he had seen Mr. John Williams, who told him that they would commence putting on the roof next Monday. He (Mr. C.) said he believed a committee meeting would be held, and Mr. Williams replied he knew nothing about it. Mr. Prothero: If there is any complaint to make I will pay special attention to it. The Chairman: The only complaint is that the committee ought to have had an opportunity of viewing the timber. Mr. Prothero: I do not think Mr. Williams had any cause for not giving you notice. The subject then dropped. THE VAGRANT SYSTEM. The Clerk read a circular from the Gloucester Union in reference to the system of giving way" tickets to tramps, and issuing hand-bills requesting the public not to give alms to them, as they would be relieved at the union. Mr. Evans said he did not agree with the system. It would be telling the tramps where to go to, and give them the means of imposing on the Board, while they would beg and get just as much from the public. Mr. Prothero asked what was the additional cost to the union weekly from these tramps. The Clerk said they had calculated it was 3d. per head but since the food had been altered, and they only got the remnants, he thought it was only about half that sum. The Board did not seem to look with much favour on the system alluded to in the circular, and no reso- lution was come to upon the matter. COMMUNICATIONS FROI THE POOR LAW BOARD. The Clerk read the following letter he had received: Poor Law Board, 7th May, 1867. Sir,- am directed by the Poor Law Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 1st instant, and to inform you that under the provisions of the 27th and 28th Vict., c. 42, they consent to an annual allowance of £20 being granted by the Guardians of the Brecknock "Union to Mrs. Margaret Powell late matron of the workhouse, who has resigned that office in consequence of her having1, by reason of advanced age and declining health, become incapable of discharging efficiently the duties of such office. I am, &c., G. SLATER BOOTH., Sec. No comment took place upon the above, and the clerk then read a correspondence forwarded to the Board which had taken place between the Poor Law Board and Mr. R. Williams, the relieving officer. The district auditsr reported that "this cQcer (Mr. R. Williams) had not always set forth the quantity and description of the provisions administerfd by him." In his explanation of this circumstance, Mr. Williams said that the paupers were suffering from illness, and he gave the usual order, upon receipt of the certi- ficate from the medical officer, to the friends of the pauper, but he to a certain extent left the choice of the quantity and description of the articles to the pauper and his friends. In two cases the paupers had been relieved by the overseers." The reply of the Poor Law Board stated that" the occurrence of the omission reported is very unsatisfactory after the several letters of instruction and warning which had been addressed to you. The course pursued by you of allowing the friends of such paupers to determine the quantity and description of the articles supplied was extremely improper. If any similar irregularity hereafter occurs the Board will take into their con- sideration whether you ought to be allowed to retain your office." The Clerk said he thought the Poor Law Board did not quite understand Mr. Williams's letter, and that was the reason they wrote so angrily. He could not leave to the paupers' friends the quantity of provisions, as there was an order to give them so much. When he said he left the quantity and description to the paupers' friends, he did not really mean that, as he always stipulated as to quantity before taking out one thing or the other. This being all the business before the Board, the relief list was proceeded with.
We understand that Mr. Thomas Arter, of Ludlow and Kington, Herefordshire, has been fined £20 for sending lucifer matches from Ludlow to Brecon by rail, contrary to the bye laws. THE VOLUNTEERS.—The Volunteer corps assembled at the Drill Hall for full dress parade, on Wednesday evening. Being headed by the band, they proceeded to the cricket field, and were there put through a course of drilling'. About nine o'clock they returned I' to the armoury, and were shortly afterwards dismissed.
THE MISSING GUA.RD.-A few evenings since a guard, named Barnes, was missed from his van on the arrival of the goods trains at the Neath station. The train was detained while the Superintendent went down the line on a spec;al engine, to ascertain what had become of him. He was found at Swansea, having been left behind by the train, while collecting the way bills" of the goods he was in charge of. The welcome news of his safety was telegraphed up to the officials, to re- move their suspense respecting his fate. TOWN IMPROVEMENTS. — The drainage of James- street has been begun, and the houses on either side are also to be connected with the main sewer. Re- ports are still in existence that the old South- Western Railway station is to be again used for passenger traffic, and that the town station is likely to be kept exclusively for Vale of Neath traffic. The first sections of the ornamental railings are now fixed on the Bath stone coping of the boundary wall of the new church, and the plans and drawings of the wrought-iron gates are in the hands of the manufac- turers. The roof of the new Weslejan chapel is fast approaching completion, and the "cleaning down" of the stone dressings is being rapidly proceeded with- the marked contrast of the Bath stone and the native quarry being very prominent. The Grnoll-road is receiving "any quantity" of rubble previous to being levelled before the winter sets in, and renders the road again impassable. Mr. Isaac Smith has attempted to improve the appearance of the North end of the Wern Villas by building a diaper-pattern wall under the sloped way facing his residence. The idea is rather novel in its application to out-door building. Rapid progress is being made with the exterior of the Anchor Inn its massive appearance leads to the supposition among strangers that new bank offices are being erected. The ominous notice, "No admission except on business" has been affixed, sugges'ive of more than one inference as to its application. The rubbish heaps in Tynicia are all removed since our previous notice of them, and the road is now comparatively safe. The Little London" nuisance has been finally and completely stopped by the field bdng- railed in all round. The "latter day saints" do not intend appear- ing in public again in this locality—a great blessing to the morality of the neighbourhood. In the valuation lists for the Glamorganshire Unions, the amount of the rateable value, as settled by the assessment com- mittee in the lists la,t approved, Neath figures for X183,896, and Swansea only £ 162,098. MARKET ITEms.-A,horoiigh Neath day-wet, dirty, and uncomfortable—had its usual effect on the market. Lit Ie alteration took place in the price of jjennral produce. Potatoes were scarcer than u-ual. Butter increased in price 21. per lb. French apples were abundant; English limited in supply, only one has- head being in the market. Prices of other commodities remained unchanged from last week's quotations. The cattle market had 189 sheep, 232 p'gs, 15 head of cattle, and a novelty in the shape of a flock of goats— 54 in number-the owner of wnich disputed payment of toll on t e plea that they were not sheep, and not mentioned in the Act. A threat from the agent to dispose of the lot if the toll was not paid altered the state of the case at once. Pri, es of stock were lowtr than last week, and lambs were sold alive, as they weighed, at 4d. per lb. A fair amount of business was done, but the market was slow and generally flat. NEATH CRICKET CLUB-Two matehf s have been played (return), on(- at Cardiff, the other at Pembroke, agaicst picked elevens, by the above clut), during the past week, in both of which Neath was victorious. We propose to give the gross score next week, and also an account of the return match with the Clifton professionals, played during the end of the present week. ON DIT-That the prosecutor in the late case of assault on the cricket field has been served with a writ for an action of libel in connection with the publication of the anonymous letter in the Cambria Daily Le ider. FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT.-An accident of a serious nature occurred to a man named Thomas, alias Samuel Turley, on Friday last. It appears that he was walk- ing along the viaduct crossing the river near the Vale of Neath station, when a lot of trucks were being pushed by an engine on the line now used as a siding. The driver observed the unfortunate fellow, and tried to arrest his attention, but, while crossing the line, the buffer of one of the trucks struck him on the hip, and threw him across the metals. One leg was im- mediately severed from his body, and the other fright- fully cut. He was taken to the Union Workhouse, where amputation was performed above the knre by Dr. Rvding, assisted by Dr. Russell and his assistant, Mr. Thirlwall. The poor fellaw lies in a very precarious state, and but little hopes are entertained of his re- covery. His misfortune will probably be another warning to trespassers on the line, both here and elsewhere. MELANCHOLY DEATH.—We have to record the death of a highly respectable mechanic named Thomas, who for the past fifteen years has been in charge of the engine at the Bryncoch works. It appears that a fortnight ago he incautiously raised a gun by the muzzle from the ground, and the trigger catching in something, caused the hammer to fall and the ball to pass through his band and up the fleshy part of his arm. Unfavourable symptoms set in from the first, and, on Tuesday last, he died from tetanus, or lock- jaw. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his unfortunate and untimely end. ALLEGED HIGHWAY ROBBERY.— Considerable excite- ment has been existing in the neighbourhood lately from a report that a man had been waylaid his money or his life demanded, and, after being robbed, having his throat cut by the person demanding his property. Some little truth exists in the report, it being the man's own statement, but subsequent inquiry has led to the discovery that he has not been robbed at all that he sharpened his own knife the same day that be is a left-handed man and that the cut in the throat was made from right to left. Other circumstances have come to light respecting the suspicious affair, but we arj requested to suppress them for the present. MRLYNCRYDDAN TEA PA.UTY.-Tli e children attending the day and Sunday-schools of Melyncryddan were kindly treated by P. W. Flowers, Esq to an after- noon's recreation and amusement, with a sumptuous tea, on Thursday last. The spot selected was at Eagle's Bush, near the residence of R. J. Phillips, Esq., and the merry party thoroughly enjoyed the excellent and unlimited repast provided for them. The Welsh choir were invited by the rector, and there were present on the ground Miss Hews, Mrs. Oliver, Miss Cuthbertson, besides the R-v. J. Griffiths ahd Mrs. Griffiths, the Rev. J. Cunnick and Mrs. Cunnick, the Rev. Price Jones and Mrs. Jones, the Rev. James Jones and the Rev. Lewis, of Brynmawr. After attending to the "little people" the "great ones" adjourned to another field, where refreshments were I prepared for them. Various games and aud amuse- ments were praliided, and everything done likely to ensure the amusement and happiness of all who were present, by the ladies and gentlemen on the ground. How THE "SUNDAY BATHING" IS STOPPED.—This nuisance was again enacted on Sunday last, until one of the police-officers took possession of a few suits of clothes, releasing them only when the owners gave their names, pending further proceedings for the inde- Vcent annoyance. The water was not troubled with j bathers after the seizure by the police. WEEKLY OFFERTORY.—The balance sheet of the offertory of St. David's was published on Sunday last, by which it appears that the amount receve(i fr..m December, 1866. to June, 1867, was 9106 17s. 10d, and that the expenditure had been E106 4s. 6d., leaving a balance in hand of 13s. 5d. The accounts were audited and passed by Mr. Rowland Thomas and Mr. Philip Davies. THE MO.RMONITES.-N otwithstanding the fact that an immense number of people had collected on the Corporation Quay on Sunday last to hear the Salt Lake" doctrine explained, none of the "saints" put in an appearance, the controversy having been inter- dicted by one of the "apostles!" another fact which needs no comment from us. STRANGE FATALITY TO A HORSE.-On Monday night, a thoroughbred and valuable horse, the property of Mr. Moore, of Lonlas, was being ridden home by Mr. Moore, jun., when, on nearing Neath Abbey, the animal exhibited such strange symptoms that Mr. Moore thought it prudent to dismount. He had scarcely done so when the animal fell, at d before assistance could be obtained it struggled a few moments, and, rolling over, died on the spot. CURATIVE MESMERISM.—Miss James took her benefit at the Town-hall on Monday last, and also gave a special seance, on Saturday, to a large and respectab e audience. Her experiments were certainly extraor- dinary, and fully equal to those she performed under such flattering auspices at Cardiff. She remains a short time longer in Neath for the practice of cura- tive mesmerism," previous to exhibing her extraordi- nary powers in Brecon for particulars of which see advertisement. ACCIDENT AND NARROW ESCAPE.—Mr. Sims, agent for Lord Dynevor, met with au unfortunate accident on Monday last. It appears that some timber was being unloaded on the Green while he was sorting some pieces on the ground, and, while doing so one of the men threw a piece over, striking Mr. Sims with great violence on the head. The injuries are not of a severe chaiacter, but the escape from fatal consequences is almost miraculous. THE 17TH GLAMORGANSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS AT HIRW HN- Private Harris, of the above corps, won a prize of £ 2 10s.. and Private Sims, of the same com- pany, won the X2 prize at the Hirwain" all comers" competition on Friday last. "A MAD 'BITLL "-On Tuesday a fine bull escaped from the slaughter-house and ran, in a state of great excitement, up the London Road. Every one in the immediate neighbourhood endeavoured to get away, but the infuriated beast overset a donkey and cart, and injured a child near Mexico-row. After some little difficulty the animal became quieter, and was driven back to the enclosure whence it had escaped, without doing further mischief. ANOTHER ACCIDENT.-A man was taken to the Union on Wednesday, having been injured and burned at the brick-kilns. It, appears he had laid himself down to sleep, and the wind blew a quantity of hot bricks from the kiln on to his leg, cu'ting; and burning it severely. His hands were burnt througli trying to remove the bricks from his limbs. Under the circum- stances he is progressing favourably, and is out of danger. ORDER OF SERVICES AT ST. DAVID'S FOR THE 11TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.—Voluntary, Jesu filice, Spohr; Glorias. No. 1; Venite, No. 6; Te Deum, No. 6A; Kyrie, Tallis hymns, 195, 122 Voluntary, Lord to Thep," Mareello. Evening Service-Qual Analante, G'uck Nunc DirmtHs, No. 8 Cantate, No. 7; hvmns, 232, 192; Psalms, 118, 4; concluding Voluntary, Gloria, Haydn, 4th in D. GRAND SCHOOL TRFAT AT THE DUFFRYN.—A school treat and festival of no ordinary character was given on Friday last to the Bryn-coch National School children, by Mrs. Gwyn, of Duffryn, the wif of Howel Gwyn, Esq M.P. The children, upwards of one hundred in number, assembled at the school-room punctually at the hour fixed, and were marshalled in admirable order by their highly respected master, Mr. T. Madge, proceeding at once in procession, accom- panied by the Rev. H. W. Davies and the Sunday School teachers, to the noble residence of their bene- factress, where they were shewn around th e lawn and grounds, to witness Much a magnificent, display of flowers (arranged with inimitable taste) as seldom falls to the lot of children of the humbler classes to behold. Tea and cake with buns and tarts in unlimited quantities followed the "feast for the eves;" and here, too much praise cannot be given to those ladies and gentlemen who waited on the children, for the very efficient manner in which they kept the happy band amply supplied until their keen appetites were fairly "spoiled" by the abundance of good things offered them. A few school songs admirably given followed the repast, and the audience" expressed their satis- faction at the manner in which the young musicians acquitted themselves. The climax of the evening's enjoyment followed the music and it is impossible to describe the thorough abandon and zeal with which all parties entered into it. On a large green preparations had been made by some of the young gentlemen for a trial of the boys' skill in a regular round of athletic sports, so organised that all could compete in "batches," according to size and age, the winners carrying off books, knives, money prizes, and presents ot all kinds, both useful and valuable. Nor were the girls forgotten, for the ladies, under the presidency and direciion of Mrs. Gwyn, were equally successful in entertaining them, by means of skipping and running matches, games, interes'ing trials of skill, &c., &c., which constituted the test for prizes of wear- ing apparel, prints, domestic articles, workbox furni- ture, &c. By this time the energies of the youngbters were pretty well exhausted, when another treat appeared on the programme in t he shap of heaps of fruit of all kinds, and a second distribution of prizes amongst the nrn-successful competitors in the sports. Evening being now far advanced, there remained the very pleasing duty of sho ving the gratitude of the young recipients for the extraordinary treat they had so liberally received. This was done in a hearty and unmistakeable round of cheers, again and again re- peated, for Mr. and Mrs. Gwyn, and the ladies and gentlemen who had contributed so much to the pleasures of a day, almost without precedent in the annals of school fetes, and not easily to be forgotten by the scholars, teachers, and friends of Bryncoch National school.
THE HORRIBLE FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE SOUTH-WALES RAILWAY. An inquest was held on the 23rd instant, before H. Cuthbertson, Esq., on the body of Mr. Emanuel Marendey, a farmer, residing at Taibach, and his servant man, who were killed while crossing the line rn Wednesday morning—the bodies being so fright- fully mangled that thev had to be carried home in bags. The particulars of the case may best be gathered 11 t, from the evidence of the principal witness, John Evans, who said; I was in the employ of the deceased; William, John, and Mr. Marendez went early in the morning of Wednesday last (I can't say what time) to the Merfa to fetch some hay; we had two cars and horses; we had to cross the railway; I found the two gates closed, and I opened them; I did so before the cars were moved; I told William not to go on till I came back; he was in the first car, and deceased was in the other; after opening the gates I saw a light coining on the line from Bridgend; I went up to the first horse, and beat him with a stick, and we got over safely; I ran to meet the other horse, and I think I took hold of it, when I was struck down by something I do not know what; I think Mr. Marendez was in the cart; I was struck into the six-foot way; I got up, and the train was gone I found my master and the other servant on the up line quite dead; there was a mark on his forehead; the horse was on the down line, and dead also; it was quite dark, but a fine morning. Mr. Simons questioned the witness as to the time occupied in opening the gates being the cause of the detention which led to the accident. Mr. Laniidon, the coroner, and the jury, also ques- tioned the witness in reference to the safety of the gates, and the time elapsing between seeing the light and meeting with the accident. The driver, Robert Parish, stated that after passing Margam he pulled up, thinking something had broken belonging to the engine, but after examining her he found everything right, and then went on to Swansea, where be found he had run over a horse; the train was going at the rate of fifty miles an hour. John Joseph gave evidence to prove that the road was a public one, and that no one was placed there now to protect the gates. Mr. Simons appeared for the friends of deceased Mr. Langdon for the Railway Company. A verdict of Accidental Death" was returned, the jury recommending that a man be placed at the cross- ing, and that the staples to posts be replaced. It should be mentioned that the deceased, William Jones, was well known in the neighbourhood as Will Sais." He had been in the service of Mr. Richards, of Aberavon, for nearly fifty years, and although, perhaps, his intellectual faculties were not so bright as ordinary mortals possess, he was a faithful servant, and of most harmless manners. The power of kind- ness" had a marked effect upon him at all times.
BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held at the Union on Tuesday last. Tnere were present Ilowel Gwyn, Esq. (in the chair) the Revs, A. T. Hughes, and M. R. Morgan Jonathan Rees, Esq. (vice-chair) William Jones, Esq. (vice-chair) Messrs. F G. Gibbins, P. Davies, John James, David Roderick, Philip Williams, Thomas Evans, John Morgan, R. C. Fisher, David Smith, H. B. Sloan, J. W. Vintin, David Beavan (Cadoxton), and D. Jenkins, (Llansamlet). The minutes of the last meeting were read, and con- firmed. THE CHAPLAIN'S JOURNAL. According to this journal it was shown that the chaplain had visited the house four times during the last fortnight, and had examined the school children in their catechism and scripture. His report of their progress was very satisfactory. THE MASTER'S REPORT. The number of inmates in the house during the last week had been 108, against 95 in the corresponding period of last year. There were two admitted and two discharged in the past week. THE CALL SYSTEM. Mr. Wm. Jones said he had one thing which he wished to brirl,, before the Board, and that was the question of the calls. He considered it a very impor- tant question. There had been a new system brought into effect, and he thought their calls should be made in accordance wiih it. The system he alluded to pro- vided that there should be a valuation list made out in every parish, and the calls were made according to the poundage. They were to take the valuation list as it stood, notwithstanding any alteration that may eventually be made. He thought it would prove very advantageous to them, as their calls were at present made at random. He therefore moved that they should get a proper valuation list made out in all their different parishes, and that the new system be adopted. The Chairman It is such important business that I think we cannot rightly discuss it now. Mr. Jones had better give notice that he will bring the subject before the Board at the next meeting. The Board were unanimously of opinion that this was the best way to act, aud Mr. Jones gave the requisite notice. THE REFUGE. Mr, Sloan inquired how he was to recover the rent for the cottage which he had procured as a refuge in the time of cholera last year. The cottage had beeu retained as such ever since, and a bill for the rent was in his hands. Mr. P. Davies Am I to understand that the amount is to be refunded to you ? Mr. Sloan: Yes. Mr. P. Davies Under the Diseases Prevention Act? Mr. Sloan replied in the affirmative. Mr. P. Davies then asked if they were to keep dif- ferent asylums in the same house. Mr. Sloan The last orders I had from the Board were; that the cottage was to be kept on. Mr. P. Davies For what purpose ? Mr. Sloan In case of cholera breaking out again. The Board thought it better to postpone the matter to the next meeting. A SAD CASE. Mr. Griffiths said he thought it proper to bring before the Board the case of a woman named Catherine Jones, living near the Abbey. She was in a very bad state, having been laid up in bed with rheumatism for a considerable time. Her husband worked at the Abbey works, and got very good wages but he was a drunken fellow, and treated his wife very badly. She wished to be taken into the house. The Chairman said they had no power whatever to interfere, as the persons" lived together in the same house. Mr. P. Davies Nor have we power to take pro- ceedings against the man. It is one of those cases which come under our notice, and can only be relieved by private charity. Mr. Gibbins It is indeed a very bad case. The Chairman It is a bad case undoubtedly, but we cannot do anything in the matter. We cannot take proceedings against the man. Mr. Gibbins Could not he be punished ? The Chairman Who is to charge him ? The Rev. M. R. Morgan asked Mr. Gibbins if he could not go to the man and talk to him, and try to show him his duty. Mr. Gibbins replied that the man was nearly always drinking, and going from one public-house to the other. Mr. P. Davies And you don't like to follow him ? (Laughter.) APPRENTICESHIP. The relieving-officer said that it was desired that Henry Donovan, the boy with the two wooden legs, should be apprenticed to a tailor. The boy said he would rather be a shoemaker, but be could not work at that trade, and he was willing to be a tailor. He was 15 years of age. The Board observed that he was a very sharp- looking lad, and ultimately decided that he should be kept in school until the beginning of next year. It was also ordered that a new suit of clothes should be got for him. Mr. Roderick Shoes and all ? Mr. Sloan He won't require shoes. (Laughter.) THE STATE OF THE FUNDS. The Chairman remarked that the funds were exceed- ingly low, and quite inadequate to meet the demands made upon them. The Board, however, were of opinion that there would be a great many payments made in the ensuing fonnight, and the funds would be increased con- siderably. The Chairman, therefore, suggested that the signing of the cheques drawn at this meeting should be deferred until the next Board, which was agreed to. THE REFUGE FURNITURE. Some d'scussion occurred as to what should be done with the furniture which had been kept in the cottage used as a refuge for the cholera cases last year. Mr. Roderick said that in Aberavon they had disposed of the furniture and given up the house. The Chairman saw no reason why they should retain the house when there was no cholera any more than at Aberavon. He thought the furniture should be sold there on the premises, and the money paid into the bank. Mr. Sloan asked the Chairman if he would order that, and he would get it done. But the question was whether there would be a fresh outbreak of cholera. It was reported that the disease was approaching their shores very rapidly and he had heard that it had even broken out. There had been some cases in Belfast. Mr. P. Davies observed that it had appeared in the Brecon County Times of the previous Saturday, that the cholera tiad broken out in Swansea. That state- ment was qnite erroneous, and he was sorry that it had appeared in the paper. Mr. Sloan thought the house ought to be kept for another month. The Board then decided upon keeping the house for another month, and if they had no outbreak during that time, the furniture should be sold, and the house disposed of. COMPLAINTS TO THE VISITORS. Mr. Roderick said he had been one of the visitors in the house, and he wished to speak with reference to one pauper. Thomas Davies had complained to them that he had not seen the chaplain nor one of the ministers for some time and he should like if one of them would call. Mr. P. Davies said the person alluded to was no pauper at all, but was his brother. He had been an invalid for some time, and he (Mr. Davies) had placed him in the house, thinking that to be the best place for him, and he paid for his being kept comfortably there. He was sure that he had not the least ground for entertaining any complaint. He sent him nearly all the newspapers published in the locality, and a great many daily papers and books. He was sure, too, that the Rector would visit his brother at any time if he wished but they migLt have felt a little annoyed with him, as he was of a very curious disposition, and he had lately turned from a Churchman to a Baptist. There was not the slightest occasion for his complaint. Mr. Roderick said he was not aware that the patient was Mr. Davies's brother, but he thought it was their duty to represent his complaint to the Board. He observed that the person appeared to be very comfort- able and well attended to. It was shown that the curate had visited the house recently, and the Board were of opinion that there was no reason for entertaining the patient's complaint. Mr. Roderick said that some of the old men in the house complained that they could not eat cheese. He thought it was very hard that because they could not eat cheese they were obliged to eat bare bread. Cheese did not agree with everybody. Mr. P. Davies said that if they gave them butter there would be some complaint again. But they had no right to alter the regulations of diet without the consent of the Poor Law Board. He was aware, how- ever, that some of the cheese sent to the house was too hard for any person to eit. He was very glad to learn that there was a number of ladies about to form themselves into a committee, and they were going to ask the Board for permission to visit the house. He was glad, also, to learn that Mrs. Fowler was one of the ladies. One of the inmates, named John Phillips, com- plained to the visitors of not having seen the doctor for a long time. The Master said that Mr. Russell's assistant had visited the man on Saturday. The Board considered it a very serious charge against Mr. Russell, and that it should not be allowed to remain on the visitors' book without being proved. The man was, therefore, called before them, and examined. He said he had not seen Mr. Russell for three months; he had seen Mr. Russell's assistant on the previous Thursday, and he had sounded him, but he had not given him anything to take; he was suffer- ing from very severe pains in the sides and back, and he considered that the doctor ought to have given him some medicine to take; he did not know what he should have; he thought the doctor was the best judge of his complaint, and knew what he should have; he thought he ought to have something to take that would relieve him of his pains. The Board decided that the pauper had no right to make the complaint he had, nor to think whether he should have medicine or not. The doctor was the best judge of that. They considered that a most outrageous imputation had been laid against Mr. Russell, and censured the visitors for having entered it on the book without first getting it proved. The visitors thought it was their duty to represent the complaints made by the paupers. They had no means of knowing whether such complaints were true or not. A remark was then entered on the book, to the effect that the complaint in question was untrue. The Board shortly afterwards adjourned.
THE CRICKET FIELD ASSAULT CASE. THE DEFENCE OF MESSRS. MOORE AND BELL. On Tuesday, at ten o'clock, Messrs. Moore and Bell, accompanied by their solicitors, appeared at the Town Hall, by adjournment from Thursday last, to offer their defence to the charge of aiding and assisting in unlawfully wounding Mr. May, on the 2nd August last, in the Neath cricket ground. In consequence of the absence of Mr. Plews, a further adjournment took place till half-past twelve, when the court re-assembled, the only magistrate on the bench being J. H. Row- lands, Esq., Ex-Mayor. Mr. Turberville then read a telegram, stating that Mr. Plews was not in England, and that there must be a further adjournment in consequence. The Ex-Mayor: That is his must," not mine. Mr. Grey then rose and said that as the advocate of Mr. May was not present, he wished to be heard on behalf of the prosecution. He had never been a party to any attempt at compromising the matter- The Ex-Mayor Who are you, sir. Mr. Smith The prosecutor. The Ex-Mayor 1 thought Mr. May was the prose- cutor. Mr. Smith: Mr. Grey is the father-in-law of Mr. May. Mr. Grey It was only at the moment of my coming here that I was made aware of the absence of the solicitor, and on public grounds I Mr Smith I don't object to Mr. Grey making any statement here but as you, sir, object to an adjourn- ment, I think he should say nothing but what is about that adjournment. Mr. Grey I wish the case to go on; Mr. Smith I would not take the slightest advantage of my friend's absence, but I wish both cases heard together. Mr. Grey No, I believe it; and I shall go home quite contented which ever way it ends,-in either case. The Ex-Mayor Let the case go on at once, then but I do not wish to adopt this method as a rule, or to lay this down as a precedent for other irregular advocating, especially if the cases are heard together. Mr. Smith Under certain circumstances there can be no ordinary rule, and therefore I bow to the decision of the Bench. The Ex-Mayor: My duty is to consider the evidence and to judge whether a grand jury will find a true bill. It has caused me great care and anxiety from the commencement, and I have no doubt that on hearing the evidence for the prosecution the grand jury would not only probably—but that, in fact, they would almost be bound to—find a true bill in these cases. No amount of evidence could induce me to al'er that opinion. If, therefore, after that, you think it worth while to take up our time by examining witnesses for the defence, who you know cannot be called before the grand jury, I'll sit and hear you as long as you please. Mr. Smith I thoroughly sympathise with you, sir, in the matter but an Act of Parliament will come into operation on the 1st of November, by which witnesses for the defence must not only be examined, but also bound over to attend the higher court in the same manner as witnesses for the prosecution. I think it only right to ask you now to hear the witnesses whom I shall proceed to call before you. I have a solemn duty to perform in regard to my clients-the defendants, or prisoners and I must call witnesses, sir, even if I keep you here for days. I don't want a single thing kept back, but I must not allow the evidence for the prosecution to go before the public alone, when I believe I have evidence for the defence Stronger even than that. I propose therefore to call witnesses, and have the cases heard separately, as it was arranged I might do if I found it necessary at the close of the case for the prosecution. Mr. Doran, re-called and re-examined by the Bench: I did not see the stick produced here last week; it was not produced. [The sword-stick was then laid on the table.] Examination continued: I know Mr. Bell pretty well. The Clerk: If I understand the drift of your ques- tion it will affect Mr. Bell only, not Moore. Mr. Smith: Yes, it will. Mr. 1 urberville, on being sworn, said, in reply to Mr. Smith: I am clerk to the solicitor for the prosecution in this case; I was on the cricket ground on Friday, the 2nd of August last; I saw Mr. Lewis, Mr. Moore, and., Mr. Bell there; I was standing at "short-leg" when the three came down; I do not know who was batting; I was at the side-the left side of Mr. May; when they came up something was done; there was a scuffle, and I saw Mr. May fall; I saw Mr. Moore take the stump out of Mr. May's hand. Mr. Smith explained that he wished the evidence to be considered as taken for Messrs. Moore and Bell. The Ex-Mayor: I shall let you do as you please, provided you keep within proper bounds. Mr. Smith (to Mr. Turberville): Did you see some- thing else? Mr. Turberville: Will you tell me what you mean by something else? Mr. Smith: Well, did they interfere? Mr. Turberville: When Hutchins interfered with Mr. Lewis they interfered and tried to prevent Hutchins taking Lewis off May I saw no kicks given by Mr. Moore; I can't tell you whether any were given; I saw none; the kicks mi^ht have b' en given to May, but to the best of my belief no kicks were given; I was standing close by; I can't say whether any blow:* with the fist were given by Moore; a blow miht have been given without my seeing it; to the best of my belief no blow was given; I did not see Moore do anything in the second affray I saw nothing done after the second fall; but in the second and third affray, that is just before the third, I saw him take Hutchins by the collar, and that is the offence for which he has been served with a writ; I did not hear Mr. Moore make use of any expressions; I was close to Mr. Moore, but more like a man paralysed than anything else. Mr. Smith: Were you in such a state of paralysis that you could not hear what was said ? Mr. Turberville: I dare say I was, for I have not been well ince. Mr. Smith: I don't want to know anything about yc,ur paralysis, but- The Ex-Mayor: The expression is admissible, it has to do with the case. He states what was his position and feelings at the time. Examination continued: I was near enough to hear the expression "Kill the b- out of the way," if it had been used, but I did not hear it; if such an expres- sion had been used in such a" murderous attack" I might have heard it; I heard no expressions at all. By Mr. Cuthbertson: There was great confusion there; Mr. May might have been kicked without my seeing it. By the Ex-Mayor: Mr. Moore took hold of Hutchins by the collar; there was a fight almost between Ley- shon and Moore; he pulled him about. Mr. Gethin Griffith examined I am son of the Vicar of Cadoxton I was on the cricket-field on the 2nd of August last; 1 saw Lewis, Moore, and Bell come down to May I was batting at the end where May was keeping wicket; after May came up and Lewis used the whip, Moore came up and tried to keep away some of those who had rushed on Mr. Lewis after they had closed Hutchins and Lovering were two of those who came up to Lewis May and Lewis closed, wrestled, and fell I was standing about a yard away I did not see Moore do anything to May if a blow had been struck with a stick I think I must have seen it, but I saw no such blow I saw nothing done to May by Moore when he was on the ground I saw no kick by Moore, but if May had been kicked I think I might have seen it; I was looking specially at that which took place between the princi- pals when on the ground and if a blow had been given by an outsider, or by anyone besides Mr Lewis, I must have seen it, and no such blow was given I did not observe the next or second struggle my attention was directed during the second struggle to the struggle between Bell and Hutchins I think it was Hutchins I went to separate Bell and Hutchins, and asked Moore to take his friend away during that time Moore could not be doing anything to May Hutchins bad a stump in his hand and was about to enter into a fight with Bell, Hutchins being very flur- ried and excited; next time I saw May he was standing up; he was abusing Mr. Lewis, and Mr. Lewis was abusing him I mean abusing with his tongue after the abuse May rushed forward with the stump, and Lewis ran to meet him, and they closed I observed that Lewis was bleeding at the mouth Lewis bad nothing in his hand I noticed nothing else then. By the Ex-Mayor I did not see the whip, nor did I know where it was. Examination continued; I was standing about two yards from them, and saw nothing done by Mr. Moore to Mr. May I must have seen it if anything had been done I am quite sure that no blows or kicks were used towards Mr. May at that time I do not remem- ber hearing any expressions from Mr. Moore such an expression might have been used as "KIll the b- but I did not hear it; I heard no expression used by Mr. Moore I remember one expression by Lewis, "I wish they'd let me get at you, I'd ring seven bells out of you;" May said, 'At any rate I don't look at ladies with opera, glasses. Cross-examined by Mr. Cuthbertson The expres- sions might have been used such as Mr. Smith has used without my hearing them; blows might have possibly been given without my seeing them; I was standing by at the time of the affray and did not inter- fere I do not remember whether I had the bat in my hand or not I saw Moore rush forward and try to get Hutchins and Lovering off; he did nothing else he caught hold of one or the other, I do not know which there were a lot of people round them I saw all that took place in the first round Moore was on Hutchins before they fell on the ground; I think Moore could not have done anything to May on the ground in the third round without nre seeing it I do not know how many persons were present fifteen to 20 perhaps. By Mr. Smith: I could see everything that took place on the ground, and I saw Mr. Moore do notning in the second round Moore was doing something with another person, and nothing was done to May then by him and in the third round 1 saw nothing done by Moore to May Mr. Moore was endeavouring to get Hutchins away, and, having got him away, Lewis and May got free; if the expressions mentioned were shouted in a loud voice for four, five, eight, or ten times, I should probably have heard them and men- tioned them. By the Ex-Mayor Mr. Hutchins was very flurried and excited, but Moore was not excited; he seemed anxious, and not flurried he seemed anxious about keeping the others off, Hutchins and Loverin" princi- pally. a F Mr. James Kerr was the next witness examined. He gave similar evidence to that recorded in Lieut. Lewises case, but in reference to the kicks said I saw no kicks given I am certain I did not see Mr. Moore kick Mr. May I was one of those who separated May and Lewis Moore said nothing about fair play he was moving about the ground excited I heard no threatening language I must have heard it if spoken in a loud tone; we were all excited Hutchins was using his tongue as well as his hands. Cross-examined Expressions may have been used and blows struck without my knowing it. Mr. Robert Leyshon, articled clerk to Mr. Kemp- thorne, was next examined. He said I saw Mr. May and Mr. Lewis close I was at- the lower wicket I ran down and saw them fall Moore was on the right of Lewis, about three or four yards off; I saw no blows or kicks given to May on the ground except by Lewis Moore was doing nothing to interfere when I saw him I heard Moore say, 11 Fair play, Mr. Hut- chins, what are you interfering for?" I do not recollect any other expression used by Mr Moore he did not say "Kill the b in my hearing, or I should remember it. Cross-examined by Mr. Cuthbertson I won't swear that May was not kicked there was no excitement in particular; all were talkative I am prepared to swear to the best of my belief that no bad expressions were used I was about ten yards from May and from Moore, in a triangular position, during the third round. By Mr. Smith Mr. Moore and myself had an altercation after the round was over, and somebody said to Moore, You bad better make yourself scarce," and he went part of the way down the field with Lieutenant Lewis. Mr. Sidefin was next called, but did not answer, and Mr. Bell. one of the defendants, was then sworn. He said I am a merchant, residing at Swansea; I went on the 2nd of August to the Neath cricket ground with Mr. Lewis, and when there I went up to Mr. May with Mr. Lewis; I saw them both close, struggle, and fall Mr. May got up, and in a minute they were both on the ground again as they fell, Mr. Hutchins and one or two others pushed against Mr. Lewis Mr. Moore was then standing close by so was I; I did not see Mr. Moore do anything at all; I believe he had a small cane in his hand, but he certainly did not use it; I should say most decidedly that Mr, May was not touched by any person but Mr. Lewis when they closed the second time it was not more than a minute before Lewis threw May when they met I was engaged with Mr. Hutchins, having some words I considered he was behaving in an unfair manner. The Clerk here cautioned Mr. Bell that he need not answer any questions that might criminate himself. Mr. Smith said Mr. Bell had not been cautioned by him because he was anxious to give his evidence, whatever the consequences might be. Mr. Bell replied that the whole of it should come out. Examination continued I thought that at the end of the second round all was over, but on turning round I observed a general melee; I did not hear Mr. Moore make use of any other expression than "Fair play, gentlemen I then attempted to interfere, to prevent the matter going further, believing it to be over, when Mr. Hutchins seized hold of me, and I could see but imperfectly what took place afterwards during the first and second round I stood by, and I neither saw Mr. Moore kick or strike Mr. May, or use such an expression as "Kill the b—— out of the way; Mr. Hutchins was in a very "fussy" state altogether. Cross-examined by Mr. Cuthbertson I do not know whether I am charged as an aider and abettor in this case I swear most distinctly that I did not see Mr. Moore strike a blow, and I was near him the whole time. By Mr. Smith At the end of the second round, I took hold of Mr. Lewis and took him away; many persons must have seen it I interfered in trying to get Lewis away from May. By the Bench My reason for being on the ground was that Mr. Moore gave me to understand that an explanation would be going on between Mr. May and Mr. Lewis, respecting something that had occurred, and I went to look on Mr. Moore may have said, Come and see Mr. May horsewhipped he did not make use of the term explanation he had spoken to me on the previous day on the subject, and he told me there would be an explanation between ihimself and another gentleman who had grossly insulted him; he did not mention about horsewhipping until we met at the Castle Hotel I d'd not know until then the person, the manner, or the place of the explanation. Re examined: The conversation occurred at Swan- sea, and after lunch I came away as I was, as the train was due; I then had the stick with me, and there was no time for any other arrangement. Mr. Smith said the last witness's evidence completed his defence of Mr. Moore, and that, as far as Mr. Bell was concerned, the same witnesses would be called, and he should also call Mr. Moore as a witness for the defence, as the case would come in the same category, and the evidence be of similar strength. He did not wish to under or over-rate the evidence he had offered, but what he objected to was that the case should stand over for several months, with the imputation resting on these two gentlemen that they had been guilty of cowardice. He wished it to be known that his clients distinctly and emphatically denied the charge brought against them, and which, at the proper time, would be disproved. He wished it to be known also that Mr. Doran had been intimately and personally acquainted with Mr. Bell for the past twelve years, and that for the last two years he had seen him carry the stick in his daily walks. Mr. Leyshon would also prove that tile sword was never drawn, not even partially, or if it was a little, it must have been by Mr. Leyshon himself. Mr. Rowland said that he never understood that it was drawn, or if it got loose it was in the scuffle. Mr. Smith replied: I am glad to hear your Worship say so; but a paper which has an immense circulation in Neath, has stated that it was drawn in Bell's hand." Reporter of Cambria Daily Leader: Name the paper.—Name the paper. Mr. Smith I have no occasion to name the paper. Reporter Yes, you must- Mr. Smith Well, the Brecon Times. His Worship consulted with the clerk, and then stated that he felt bound to commit the two defendants to take their trial at the next assizes, and that Mr. Superintendent Phillips and Mr. May must enter into recognizances to the amount of X100 each to prose- cute and give evidence at that time. It was then arranged that two separate commitments should be made, and that the defendants should answer the charges separately and distinctly. [In reference to Mr. Smith's remark respecting the statement in the Brecon County Times, our reporter was not in a position to deny it at the time, not having a copy of the evidence published in that paper with him. On referring, however, to the evidence of the witness Swash, who alone refers to the use of the sword-stick, it will be seen that the exact words are, "Bell drew the sword out of the cane-that is, half drew it." As the expression was verbatim from the witness, we are the more surprised at the addition Mr. Smith has made to it, viz. "Drawn in Bell's hand." It will also be noticed in TvIr: Smith's cross-exami- nation of the witness that he distinctly swears "The sword-c.ine was not drawn right out." Under these circumstances we think some apology is due to our reporter, who has evidently been at considerable pains to give an unbiassed and correct report of the unfor- tunate affair to the public generally.-ED. B. O. T.]
BOROUGH POLICE COURT, before S. Gardner, Esq., Mayor, and J. H. Rowland, Esq., Ex-Mayor. Two SIDES TO THE QUESTION.—John Bamford, of Melyn- crythan, was charged with being drunk and riotous on the 20th mst. P.C, Lewellyn endeavoured to prove the case, Mr. Dixon appearing for the defendant.—The Bench dismissed the case, condemning'in strong terms the unnecessary violence of the public officer in apprehending the defendant. a VIOLENT THREATS.—Annliandell was charged WITH annoying Sarah Arnold, alias Goodluck," by foully abusing her. The expenses, 23s., were divided, complainant to pay °3-' ae*?ndant 15s., or to be committed. ADJOURNED CASE.—Janet Thomas, whose case was adjourned from the 9th of July, appeared before the Bencn. the superin- tendent complained of her disorderly and dnmKen conduct, and the Bench committed her for seven days~~fuse °f Correc- tion—the warrant not to be enforced it sue itmoved from the neighbourhood within a week. and A NEW STYLE OF "CHILD CHOPPING. and James Murphy were charged with being ^nu causing a crowd in the streets on Saturday last.—^iae maie prisoner it appears let a child fall at the station and pi cwnaect to run away; he denied being drunk.—The Magistrates nntu tiie woman 5s. and costs, and discharged the man.- OKCIIAKD KOBBKM'- Gook and George Baker were charged with stealing' the orchard belonging-to Mr. Dickson, of Cadoxton. INO prosecutor appearing, they were discharged. LAKCENY.—France*■ Forty, a young girl, was charged with stealing a skirt from Mr. lVm. Crooombe, of Union-row.-P.C, Benjamin Owens arrested the prisoner near the turnpike-gate on the London-roqo.-She admitted the charge, and appeared to feel deeply her distressing position.—She was committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions. Printed for the Proprietors by William Henry Clark, at the Offices in Church Street, and published at the Office in High Street, both in the parish of Saint Mary and borough of Bi-econ.-AU.uat 31, 1867.