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THE REGISTRAR GENEBAL'S REPORT.-We learn from this report that in the Neath district there has been a falling off in the number of marriages in the quarter ended the las day of June, as compared with the corresponding quarters of the two preced- iBg years. In 1866 the number was 141; in 1867, 126 and in 1868, 119. The number of births for the quarter ended September 30th presents an increase over the same quarters of the two previous years in 1866, it was 682 in 1867, 600 and in 1868, 697. The deaths in the same quarr er show an increase on those of the same quarter of the previous year, but are far less than the year 1866, in which year they were 933; in 1867, 275 and in 1868, 298. THE EARTHQUAKE AT NEATH.—On Friday week, about half-past ten at night, Neath and its neigh- bourhood experienced a severe shock of earthquake. The earth-wave appeared to run from south to north, and was more especially felt in the parts near the river. The sensations have been variously described, but a peculiar running vibration, accompanied by a rumbling sound, appears to have been noticed by all. The violence of the shock, and the dull heavy "thud" which succeeded it, in the neighbourhood of Ffr-d Vale roused Mr. J. H Rowland, who despatched a mounted messenger to the Bryncoch pits to enquire if an explosion had taken place. At the Roman Catholic Chapel the bells were violently rung, and at the Vale of Neath Junction one of the massive signal posts was split from the bottom upwards. Many of the inhabitants of the town rushed into the streets terrified, and fearful of a second and more severe shock; and in many houses the glass and crockery fell from the shelves. At Briton Ferry the noise heard outwards towards the sea resembled 1bt of heavy gun firing, while in several houses the rooms were seen to move and the chairs appeared to be lifted from the floor, as if by the explosion of a mine underneath. At Resolven and Aberdulais the effect of the shock was more personally felt than in other localities, the alarm created by the noise which preceded the occurrence having produced considerable nervous excitement among the more timid of the inhabitants. The fact of all earthquake of so severe a nature occurring with such startling effects in this country, and extending over so large an area, has given rise to considerable surmise, and news from foreign quarters is anxiously looked for, especially from New Zealand and Australia. ST. DAVID'S CHUlWH.- vVe have much pleasure in announcing that the annual sermons in behalf of Alderman Davies' and Melincryddan Schools will this year be preached at the above church, on the Mayor's Sunday," morning and evening, by the Rev- David Howell, vicar of Cardiff. This will be the first time for Mr. Howell to occupy the pulpit in this church, and it is expected that the great popu- larity of this able and eloquent preacher, so well known in Neath, will secure large congregations on the occasion. His many old friends here will rejoice in having an opportunity of hearing him again. MR. GETHIN'S TESTIMONIAL. The committee entrusted with the management of the above testi- monial have just issued an appeal to their friends in the form of a circular, in which that gentleman's services are most ably referred to. Mr. J. R. Jones, of Aberdulais, is the chairman of the committee. Mr. D. Hopkins, the treasurer, and Mr. Wm. Rees, the secretary. The Baptist Church alone have collected upwards of JE22, and the high esteem in which Mr. Gethin is held by all denominations will doubtless be the means of obtaining a testimonial, not only valuable as a mark of respect, but one which will do credit to those who have so kindly and so nobly set the movement on foot. We shall duly chronicle the progress and success of the presenta- tion. THE WEBN FIELDS.—We are glad to observe that the excellent drainage carried out by Mr. Ghss has been the means of removing the great body of water, which had, through the late rains, accumulated in these valuable meadows. The skating arrangement may therefore be finally considered as abandoned, so far as this spot is concerned. EMMA STANLEY."—On Monday last Miss Emma Stanley gave her popular entertainment, The seven ages of woman," at the Town-hall. The necessity for the erection of a building capable of seating one or two thousand persons was never perhaps more visible than on this occasion, numbers of people being turned away because the hall was so densely crowded. Of the entertainment itself it is impossible to speak too highly the roarvellou3 changes of costume, the truthfulness of the portrait delineated, the hih musical talent displayed, and the general attraetivi ness, in sparkling wit, the tender, the grave, and the gay,—place the fair entertainer in the first rank of histrionic performers. Unquestionably it is the result of much natural genius as well as keen appreciation of character. SCAFFOLD AcCIDENT.-The high wind of Wednes- day last caused part of the woodwork of the new tower of St. David's to come down with a crash on to the roof of the chancel. Providentially no person was injured, but the force of the fall broke away the rafters in the interior of the building, and con- siderably damaged the upper part of the ornamental tiles. NEATH UNION AUDIT.—Edward Jones, Esq., the district auditor appointed by the Poor-Law Board, has announced his intention of being at the Neath Union to audit the books of the various officers on the 14th and following days. We shall duly report the results under the new forms required by the Act. THE GNOLL CASTLE.—Our readers will be gratified to learn that the above residence, formerly occupied by the Calland family, has again been taken by a gentleman named Gordon. The stately mansion is being put in thorough repair previous to the arrival of the new inmates. ORDER OF SERVICES AT ST. DAVID'S CHURCH.- Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity, November 8th. —Morning: Voluntary, Andante, Max Keller; Venite and Gloria, No. 5 (Felton); 1e Deum, No. 10, 11 Jubilate, No. 15; Kyrie, No. 4; Hymns 175, 209; Voluntary, Choral Motett (Rinck). Evening: Voluntary, Selection from Auber Gloria (Houldsworth) Cantate, No. 5 (Mutlow) Nunc Dimittis, No; 14; Hymns 218, 288, 190; concluding Voluntary, Fuga in C (Wesley). MARKET ITEMS—A limited supply of nearly all the usual market commodities was offered on Wed- nesday last, at prices which showed a falling off in the demand. The general complaint appeared to be that business was exceedingly dull. The cattle market was poorly stacked, and but little dealing transacted, even at lower figures tha^i grst quoted. Very few sheep or pigs were penned. MUNICIPAL MATTERS.—The two retiring Alder- men, Mr. D. H. Morgan and Mr. H. Gwyn, M.P., will, we understand, offer themselves for re-election. Mr. Gwyn's popularity will secure him a seat, but Mr. Morgan's non est proclivities will, it is rumoured, unseat him, and another contest will take place in the Council. Mr. Rowland Thomas is expected to take the civic chair. A CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS.-On Monday last a youth named Rees was about to proceed to work with his father when he happened casually to go into a neighbour's house, in which there stood a chaff-cutting machine. After playing with the wheel for some moments he unfortunately brought his hand in contact with the knife, and the next revolution of the cutters took three of his fingers completely off. Dr. Croker, of Lansamlet, attended to the sufferer at once, and dressed the injured parts, but the terrible maiming ought to be a warning to meddlesome persons, especially boys.—A serious accident also occurred at the "Red Jacket" level of the Chisselton collieries at Briton Ferry. It appears that the haulier of ihe pit by some means had lost his light, and fell off the trams, breaking his leg in a most serious manner. He was conveyed to his home at Skewen, but the nature of the injury will prevent his returning to his usual employment for some months.—Another sad occurrence took place at Brynddeury, also to a collier. It appears that he was about to lift a lump of coal into a tram, when a stone fell from above, smashing his hands jin a frightful manner.—On Wednesday another narrow escape from serious injury, through the incautious use of firearms, took place at Llantwit. A gun in the hands of a young man accidentally went off, and lodged part of the contents in his companions' arm and chest. THE "YOUNG GENTLEMAN" OF NEATH!—A benefit performance at Hord's theatre took place on Tuesday last, when the bills announced that a "young gentleman of Neath" would give a "step dance." The following evening a "clog dance" was also advertised to be performed by another young gentle- man. The youthful representative of the gentry proved to be the son of Morgan Mainwaring, whose skill and proficiency as an emptier of cesspools has hitherto been better known than his Terpsichorean abilities. A comic song on a living donkey, by Mr. Hord, was also one of the attractions of the evening.