ON DITS OF THE COUNCIL CHAMBER.—That the vacancy caused in the Council by the election of Mr. J. H. Rowland to the Alderman's seat, vacant by the withdrawal of Mr. Howell Morgan, is likely to be strongly contested. Several names are already before the public, many of them of most extreme views. Nothing official has yet been made known, but Thursday week is spoken of as the day when "Greek will meet Greek" for the "tug of war," should a vacancy be declared. Mr. Boone, a member of the Society of Friends, lias issued an address soliciting the suffrages of the burgesses. Mr. George J. May has also announced his intention of coming forward again, and contesting the vacancy, on "independent principles." Under the circumstances his return is considered certain. Mr. Bevan, of Cadoxton, ia also Dominated. Mr. Gibbins and Mr. Sutton will not come forward. Other gentlemen have been named, but the "coming man," so long threatened, has not yet announced himself, although heralded by the gossip of the town. CODBSING AT LLETTY RAFEL.—On Tuesday last, by the kind permission of H. H. Vivian, Esq., M.P., Messrs. Hughes Brothers, of Swansea, and a select party, enjoyed a day's excellent coursing at the above grounds. The coursing took place with a first-rate team of dogs, some of which have been winners of the first prize stakes in the Principality. Hares were found to be abundant, ten having been killed out of thirteen courses. The sports closed only with the dusk of evening. THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBFR.-Less tom-foolery and firework excitement took place in the neighbourhood on the 5th than usual in former years, the custom, "more honoured in the breach than the observance," gradually dying out with the advance of education. SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT BRITON FERRY IRON- WORKS.—On Monday a boy Darned Patrick Kinahan, employed at the Briton Ferry Ironworks, met with a serious accident while engaged at his usual duty. It appears that he was passing by the circular saw, when his foot slipped on the iron plates near it, and in order to save his head from coming in contact with the teeth of the machine, he threw out his arm, three fingers of his hand falling on the edge of the revolving saw and being instantly cut off, and the hand other- wise seriously injured. Medical aid was at once procured, and the wound dressed, but the shock to the system, as well as the severe nature of the accident, render his sufferings not only acute, but his condition in many respects critical and dangerous. BRILLIANT METEOR.—On Sunday night, at a few minutes before ten o'clock, a large and brilliant meteor was observed making a south-westerly course in the heavens. The sky was perfectly cloudless, and the light from the meteor was of a blueish pink, sufficiently strong to render small print quite distinctly visible while it was in motion. It dis- appeared behind the Drymma mountain, or probably its passage and duration might have been more definitely marked. EQUESTRIAN ENTERTAINMENT. An equestrian troupe of performers visited Neath -in Saturday, and gave two entertainments, which were very fairly patronised. A report that the company were the French artistes about to give a winter season of entertainments at the new Amphitheatre, Swansea, attracted many persons to the entertainment. Several very narrow escapes from serious personal injury took place during the customary parade of the town, the streets being crowded with visitors on business. MARKET ITEMS.—A decided advance in the price of nearly every article offered in the general market was observable on Wednesday last, notwithstand- ing that the supplies were large and abundant. Vegetables were offered at the same figures, but from the severity of the weather few purchases in large quantities took place. Apples were plentiful, and a few boxes of foreign fruit, especially grapes, were offered at an advance. Fish was scarce and dear; poultry also. The cattle market was fairly attended, and fat stock met with a ready sale. Buyers were scarce, and dealers anxious to get rid of stock for keeping. The show of sheep was not equal to last week's, and the number of store pigs also showed a falling off. ORDER OF SERVICES AT ST. DAVID'S CHURCH.— Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity, November 15th. Morning: Voluntary, "Here shall sofe charity;" Venite and Gloria, No. 15 Te Deum, No. 10A and 11A Jubilate, No. 15A; Kyrie, No. 4 in E flat Hymn, 167 (Emmanuel) Psalm, 100; Voluntary, Marcia, from" Athalie." Evening: Voluntary, Selection from Dr. Fowle; Gloria, Jones in D; Cantate, Winter; Nunc Dimittis, "Salvium;" Hymns, 270 (St. Peter's), 239, 190; Concluding Voluntary, Credo," Haydn. THE HARMONIC SOCIFTY.-The society continues to hold its meetings, and increase the number of its members, as usual every Friday evening, 240 per- forming subscribers being present at the last prac- tice, under the talented conductor Mons. Allard. We are glad to learn that an elementary class, for theoretical practice only, is about to be formed, under the management of the same gentlemen—a step as necessary as it is desirable. The strongest support has already been guaranteed to the move- ment. POPULAR READINGS.—The first of the above enter- tainments since the opening night took place on Thursday. The attendance proved that the move- ment was popular" in every sense of the word, and the programme, of which we subjoin the published copy, was admirably gone through :— March—" Costa" Band of the 15th G.R.V. Readings-" The burial of Sir John Moore" and The bridge of sighs" Eev. D. R. Jones. Glee—"Hark, the lark" (Dr. Cooke) Glee Party Reading-" The Ramsgate lifeboat" Mr. Rowland Duet-" The minute gun at sea" .Revs. D. W. Jones and D. R. Jones. Reading—"The waters of Lodore" (Southey) .Rev. D. W. Jones. Four-part Song-" The open air" (Mendelssohn) .Glee Party Reading-" No. 186" .Mr. P. H. Rowland Polka-" Our sailor Prince" .The Band God save the Queen" .Glee Party. The next readings were announced for the 26th inst., when we are glad to say that Mr. Robinson, whose high musical talent is so much appreciated in Neath, and Mr. Middleton, a gentleman of acknowledged musical proficiency, will give their valuable assis- tance. BRITON FERRY ARTILLERY.—A carbine shooting match by the efficient members of the above com- pany took place on Monday last, when the following was the result of the competition Private E. Newman, 27 points, 1st prize, value 20s. „ S. Nurse, 24 2nd „ „ 188. „ T. Raymond, 24 „ 3rd „ „ 17s. „ T. Timothy, 23 „ 4th „ „ 16s. „ R. Thomas, 22 „ 5th „ 15s. „ W. Lloyd, 19 „ 6th 14s. „ M. Harries, 18 7th 13s. „ J. Ball, 18 „ 8th „ 12s. J.Maedonald,17 9th n 118. F. Norman, 15 „ 10th" „ ios. H. Lewis 15 11th" 5s. B. Cole, 14 12th 5s. „ J. Parry, 14 „ 13th" 5s. „ Thos. Davies, 14 14th 5s. W. Williams, 14 „ 15th 5s. (2)D. Williams, 13 16th 5s. J. Auckland, 13 17th „ 5s. R. Barratt 13 18th 5s. „ (1)D. Williams, 13 19th „ 5s. „ W. Thomas 20th u 5s. The total amount of prizes was XU lbs,, and the average points made 18. The shooting was carried out with considerable spirit, and a first-rate banquet wound up the day's proceedings, a like edition of which was tendered at Christmas to the corps by Sergeant Davies.
ELECTION OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN. On Monday last, the Ninth of November, the election of a gentleman to fill the important office of Mayor of the borough of Neath took place at the Guildhall, the numerous surmises as to the honoured one" being most singularly at fault, Mr. Thomas Andrew having been selected to occupy the civic chair, partly perhaps as some amends for not receiving the honour in 1867, and partly also on account of his long tried practical experience as one of the members of the Town Council. The following gentlemen were present :—Messrs. W. J. Player '(Mayor), Sankey Gardner, John H. Rowland, Evan Evans, Pendrill Charles, Howel Cuthbertson, H. H. Curtis, Philip Davies, H. Lake, N. B. Allen, R. Barthtt., Thomas Andrew, Rowland Thomas, and Alfred Curtis (Town Clerk). The,ex-)fayor, Sankey Gardner, Esq., in proposing the name of Mr. Thomas Andrew, paid a high tribute of praise to his fitness for the post about to become vacant; and the gentleman who seconded tho motion, Alderman Evan Evans, also spoke highly of the aualifications possessed by Mr. Andrew both privately and publicly, which peculiarly fitted him for the proper discharge of those duties-as responsible as they were important—so inseparably connected with the mayoralty of this borough. The Mayor, Mr. W. J. Player, who occupied the chair, enquired if any gentleman had any other candidate to propose, upon which Mr. P. Davies said I beg to move, as an amend- ment, that Mr. Rowland Thomas be appointed mayor for this borough for the ensuing year. He has been for many years in the Council, and he is quite equal to the discharge of the duties of the office. Mr. H. H. Curtis I beg to second the amend- ment. Mr. Thomas is a gentleman of considerable leisure. He is well known and respected, and will doubtless fill the office with dignity and self-respect. The Mavor There are two names before the Council, gentlemen, Mr. Thomas Andrew and Mr. Rowland Thomas.. It is necessary to make the selection by vote. Mr. Btrtlett Mr. Rowland Thomas has been mayor before. I think it will b^ better to have some one who has not taken tfee chair. Mr. P. Davies We must take the sense of the meeting on the question. Mr. Gardner: I was not aware that any other gentleman would have been proposed when I brought forward Mr. Andrew's name, and I thought the feeling would therefore be quite unanimous. It is highly desirable that it should be. Mr. Andrew'has been a member of the Council for many years, and has never been elected to the office. I therefore thought he would receive the unanimous support of all present. Mr. J. H. Rowland Mr. Andrew expressed his willingness to fill the office of mayor if no other suitable gentleman could be found. He did not wish to have any division on the election, and I therefore think it is a great pity if the question is put to the vote. Under all the circumstances, though I have a great respect for Mr. Rowland Thomas, I shall vote for Mr. Andrew. Mr. Rowland Thomas I wish it to be quite under- stood that I have no desire to be mayor unless it is the unanimous wish of the Council. I should have been pleased to take the office if no other gentleman had come forward, but after what has fallen from Mr. Rowland, I do not think it would be desirable to divide the Council on the matter, and I therefore beg to have my name withdrawn. (Applause.) Mr. P. Davies I must say I think it most uncour- teous that no intimation of the intention to propose Mr. Andrew has been conveyed to the Council before now. We were together on Wednesday last, and nothing was said. I do not think, after my fifteen years' service in the Council,that it is the proper way to act. Some gentleman should certainly have men- tioned the other candidate's name. The Mayor It is not necessary to put it to the vote, I suppose ? The Town Clerk It must be done by voting papers. The formal signing of the papers then took place, and the Clerk read the signatures, announcing that there were ten votes for Mr. T. Andrew and one for Mr. Rowland Thomas. Mr. P. Davies I apprehend that vote was given under an idea that both gentlemen were being voted for. I am sure Mr. Curtis will withdraw it. Mr. Curtis Certainly, under the circumstances. Mr. Player then vacated the chair, and amidst considerable applause Mr. Thomas Andrew occu- pied it. Mr. Rowland Thomas I think it rather desirable that it should go forth to the public that I withdrew from the contest, and that Mr. Andrew was elected without any opposition. (Hear, hear.) The Mayor then took the oath and read the declaration, after which he said I beg to thank you for the very high honour you have done me in electing me to the office of chief magistrate of this borough. I feel that the peculiar duties connected with the office will not be unat- tended with inconvenience at times yet I assure you it shall be my study to fill the office to my own credit and the satisfaction of those with whom it brings me more immediately in contact. (Applause.) I am extremely obliged to Mr. Gardner for the nomination, and to Mr. Evans for the flattering manner in which he seconded the same. Mr. Gardner is a gentleman with whom I have been 1 associated from my earliest days, and I may say almost the same of Mr. Evans. I feel consequently the honour more gratefully. (Applause.) We must of course expect in all things some little differences of opinion, and in dividing the Corporation they become more apparent. Such feelings are only natural, but I am proud to observe that no feeling of antagonism exists to my appointment to this office, and I can but refer with pleasure to the handsome manner in which Mr. Rowland Thomas withdrew his name. (Applause.) I trust I may always receive your hearty co-operation, and then, with the assis- tance of the gentleman who has so ably preceded me in the duties connected with the office, I have no doubt we shall be able to go on very amicably together. (Applause.) Mr. J. H. Rowland I rise to propose a vote of thanks to our late Mayor. I believe I had the honour of proposing him for the office last year, and as Mayor of this town we owe him a vote of thanks for the able manner in which he has discharged the duties of his office. It has occupied a great deal of his time no doubt, and his attention also, but I do not think he has at any time failed in anything at all connected with the duties of the Bench. No one has felt in the slightest degree any inconvenience through his residing out of town. In fact I reside out of town myself. The thanks of the Council are due to him if but for one thing alone—that is the putting down of the singing and dancing at the public-houses, and thereby doing away with those sinks of iniquity so long existing in this town. (Applause.) He has attended, I believe, all the meetings of the Council, and I can only say if our new Mayor will act as his predecessor has done, he will most ably discharge the duties of the important office he has this day been elected to. (Applause.) Mr. Gardner I do not remember exactly, but I believe I seconded the nomination of the ex-Mayor, and I have now grrat pleasure in sfeconding the vote of thanks to him for his past services, and, at the same time, I must compliment him highly on his punctuality, as well as for the able discharge of his duties. I am sure they were never performed in a more satisfactory manner. We may, I think, regard him as our model Mayor, and whoever may hereafter succeed him I trust they will continue to impart that strictly moral tone to the proceedings of the Bench which has marked his mayorality. (Applause.) Mr. P. Davies I can endorse every word that Mr. Gardner and Mr. Rowland have said. Alluding to Mr. Player's residence out of town, I was afraid at his election that the Sunday duty of the office would not be properly looked after. There is a deal of drunkenness here on Sunday, which a non-resident mayor does not see. In other respects I think he has attended to his duties very closely. Mr. Player I feel exceedingly gratified at the kind manner in which you have so flatteringly pro- posed a vote of thanks to me for my past services. I must confess that there is a great deal more work connected with the office than I had anticipated. I have, however, endeavoured to do all I had to do as well as I could, and I have always received the greatest assistance when I desired it. I must not omit to refer to the very efficipnt aid I have at all times received from the Town Clerk. (Applause.) I do not know how I should have got on without it, for he was always ready when most needed, and I found that the more I was brought into contact with him the more valuable I found his attention and his services to be. I can only say I most unfeignedly thank you for the manner in which you have noticed my period of office. ELECTION OF ALDERMEN. The next business before the Council was the elec- tion of two aldermen to fill the vacancies caused through the retirement by rotation of Howel Gwyn, Esq., M.P., and David Howel Morgan, Esq. The Mayor (Thomas Andrew, Esq.,) in stating the next business, informed the Council that he bad seen Mr. Morgan, and that he had said he should not seek re-election, in consequence of his residing the greater part of his time in London. Mr. P. Davies then said I have two gentlemen to propose to fill the vacancies referred to by the Mayor—Mr. Howel Gwyn and Mr. John Henry Rowland. (Applause.) The first gentleman we know to be useful in a Parliamentary manner, and the latter we have practically felt the use of by his advancing the sum of £ 1,500 to the Council when it was most needed. (Applause.) Mr. Player If Mr. Davies had not anticipated me I should have proposed the two gentlemen my- self but, as it is, I have much pleasure in seconding the proposal. The Mayor Before the papers are filled up, I should like to know if any other gentleman will be proposed. No reply being given, the papers were signed, and the gentlemen named declared duly elected. Mr. P. Davies Say for six years. (Laughter.) Mr. J. H. Rowland replied: Gentlemen, On behalf of Mr. H. Gwyn and myself, I return you my sincere thanks for the honour, first, in re-elect- ing him, and, next, for electing me. Mr. Gwyn's business, I might almost say, is of more importance in Parliament than it is in Neath. He will be glad to be related to us, however, though not able to be always present and his connection with the House of Commons has been found to be of great service to us, as we had occasion to know when we went up to borrow the money for the town sewerage improve- ment. I am much obliged personally for the honour of the election. It is an office that I value very much, especially because it was held by my late father, (Applause) I hope I may be able to dis- charge the duties of it as ably as he did, and also continue to meet with the same approbation that my conduct has hitherto done, or I should not have been elected to this vacancy. (Applause.) I can only say that even if I had not been a member of the Council at the time Mr. Davies has referred to, I should have been happy to have accommodated them with the money in the manner I did. (Applause.) I should add, that should the Mayor require any assis- tance in the discharge of his office, he will always find me ready and willing to assist him as far as it is in my power. (Applause.) Mr. Player The next thing to be done is to move a resolution that his name be added to the list in the hall. Mr. H. H. Curtis seconded the motion, which was carried nem. con and the business of the elections terminated.
TOWN COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING. After the election of the gentlemen recorded above, the public business of the borough was entered into by the Council. The quarterly meetings were fixed, watch, audit, finance, market, and sewer s ef mmittees formed, and the days of meeting for each arranged. THE TOWN-HALL BEPAIRS. This important subject next came under discussion. The Clerk said that there were two accounts from Mr. Rees, the contractor, one being independent of the special contract. The accounts had been returned to him in order that he might separate the charges, keeping the extras from the contract sum at first named. The total amount was .£113 9s., the "extras" making the difference. The original con- tract was for X46. He had an allowance made him of £ 10 for taking down the work and re-plastering a portion, and the "rustic quoins." were measured up to 660 feet, for which ze24 15s. was charged. Plastering the ceiling was put down at £6 19s. 9d. Mr. Morris, the surveyor, had sent in a letter and a calculation of the work charged as "extras." It materially differed from the contractor's, a difference of 116 feet being made in one measurement alone. Tke lathing and plastering were, be considered, wrongly charged. He had examined the whole of the work, and he considered it had been done in a very satisfactory manner, but he suggested that as it had been so long delayed-until the frosts had set in-a guarantee should be taken from the contrac- tor to make good any defects that might occur through the work being frozen, and giving way in the spring. A long discussion ensued upon the items and charges, and especially on the question of lineal or superficial measurement in the charges made. The 35 yards at 2s. 9d. per yard should have been 35 at 6d. according to the surveyor's report. Eventually it was agreed that Mr. Rees, the contractor, and Mr. Morris, the surveyor, be requested to meet Mr. Lake and Mr. W. B. Allen, in order to take the measurements, and check the same, both of the "rustic quoins" and the work generally a cheque to be drawn for .£56 in favour of Mr. Rees, and that the payment of the remainder of the account be subject to the report of the two gentlemen appointed to meet the contractor and surveyor. THE DISTRICT SURVEYOR'S CHARGES. A letter was read from Mr. A. B. Campion, sur- veyor, requesting payment of the account due to him for professional services, including the percentage on the cost of the sewers' improvement, amounting to X-120. It was passed without comment by the Council, and ordered to be paid. THE HEAD-CONSTABLE'S REPORT. The annual statistical report of the Head-Constable was read, giving a tabulated account of the number of cases of all kinds disposed of in the borough of Neath We have not space for its publication in our edition of this date, but we shall refer to the statistics in a future impression. The state of the times may be gathered from the fact that 3,661 vagrants were relieved during the past year, and that there were 51 public-houses, 38 beershops, 7 brothels, and 3 known receivers of stolen goods, in the borough. The report, it will be observed, is highly interesting, although indicative of a rather unhealthy state of morals, 43 drunkards having been discharged with a caution during the late mayoralty—alargepercentage of those apprehended. BOROUGH FUND ACCOUNT. The Clerk read the items of receipts and expendi- ture for the past year, and produced the usual orders for payment to be signed by the Council Receipts.-Rents, less income tax, Y,179 14s. 5d. tolls and dues, Y,1,057 lis. 9d.; sundries, X197 Is. 6d. Total, XI,434 7s. 8d. Expenditure. Public works and repairs, J64 6s. lid.; interest to 25th March last, less income tax, X191 6s. lOd Mayor's allowance, £ 5 5s. Od. police and constables, E477 7s. 5d. rates and taxes, Y,213 9s. Od. salaries, £ 70 10s. Od.; law charges, Y,31 9s. 9d.; miscellaneous, X239 13s. Od. -total, X,1,293 7s. lid; balance due to treasurer per last account, 228 11s. 7d.; balance, X112 8s. 2d. Total, £ 1,434 7s. 8d.—JAMES EVANS, treasurer JOSEPH L. MATTHEWS and D. J, RHYs, auditors, appointed under Municipal Act. AN ACCOUNT FROM THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. The Clerk produced an account, being a charge made by the assistant overseer, Mr. W. Morris, for making out the burgess list. Mr. Player said the account was due to the over- seers, and not to the assistant overseer but as 113 names had been left out of the list he really did not think he was entitled to any payment at all. He should propose that the account be remitted to the overseer, as the Municipal Act does not take any cognizance of an assistant overseer. Mr. P. Davies said that the salary was increased from .£50 to f 70 in order that he might take all the work into his own hands, Mr. H. H. Curtis thought that the omission was so serious that no payment ought to be made, Mr. J. H. Rowland was of opinion that as the overseers had employed a very incompetent person, instead of a competent one, they ought to have the bill sent to them and if they wanted anything, let them make another application for it. Mr. Bartlett thought they would have to pay it at last. Mr. P. Davies said he had no wish to clog" the proceedings, but he could find ll3 names more on the list that had no business there, as well as the 113 which were omitted. The Clerk then gave a summary of the law on the question, and pointed out the respective duties of the overseers in the matter. After some further discussion it was resolved that the bill be handed back, with a notice to the effect that the Council do not recognise any person but the overseers who. could by law make any charge for the preparation of the burgess lists of the borough. THE SLAUQHTEB-HOUSE. Some discussion followed the statement that the ;ropes and other articles were out of repair at this place. A suggestion was made that some person should be placed there in charge of the place, but the fact of several fatal cases of illness having occurred at the cottage near the spot pointed out as a suitable residence, the suggestion was abandoned, and the repairs ordered to be done. The neglect of the lessee was freely commented on during the dis- cussion. The wasting of the water at the tank was brought under the notice of the Council, Mr. Player su sting a valve to the cistern by which the supply icould Be regulated. THE BRIDGE IMPROVEMENT. The Clerk opened and read the tenders for the improvements in the Neath river bridge. The first was from the Usk-side Iron Company's works, but the tender was for the iron work alone, and the amount 1595-one-lialf to be paid on the comple- tion of the contract, and one-half at the expiration of three months. The company did not undertake masonry, but a separate estimate would be sent in if desired. With respect, to the holes in the knees, girders, and lattice ties, the specification did not say whether they were to be drilled or punched, but the Usk Company would undertake to drill them for the sum stated. The second tender was from Mr. W. Jones, of Cadoxton, son of Mr. Jones, spirit merchant, Neath, the gentleman who made the plans of the proposed improvements his tender was for X700 gross, with- out extras of any kind. The Clerk suggested that as the bridge would have to pass the county surveyor's inspection it would be the safest plan to send the tenders to Mr. Bassett. Mr. Pendrill Charles said that all the surveyor required was that the bridge should be completed to his satisfaction. Mr. Allen, who advocated warmly the claims of Mr. W. Janes, said that he was well known to Mr. Bassett, and was prepared to carry out the work thoroughly. He had made a calculation, and found that not one penny profit would be got out of the bridge at the figure named, viz., X700. Mr. J. H. Rowland demurred to the latter state- ment. Mr. Gardner proposed that Mr, Jones's tender should be accepted. Mr. P. Charles seconded the motion, which was carried nem. con. Mr. J. H. Rowland said that the money required, in addition to the E300 given by the county, was quite ready, but the lady who would lend it wished it to be taken up at once. The question of security for the performance of the contract and the arrangement for periodical pay- ments, as also the proposal to employ a clerk of the works, were allowed to stand over until the erection of the new works had begun to take place. MR. CAMPION'S ACCOUNT. The Clerk read a letter from Mr. A. B. Campion requesting payment of X20, professional charges for services rendered, calculations made, plans executed, and attendance given in connection with the new bridge.—The usual order was-made. Several minor matters subsequently occupied the attention of the Council, but nothing of public interest took place after the disposal of the notice referred to in our report above.
NEATH HIGHWAY BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board took place on Wednesday, when the following gentlemen were present :-Griffith Lewellyn, Esq. (chairman), the Rev. D. Griffiths, Messrs. J. H. Rowland, W. Jones, P. Davies, R. Parsons, W. J. Player, C. Thresher, D. Smith Mr. A. B. Campion, surveyor, and Mr. James Kempthorne, clerk. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the public business was gone into, the principal items of which have been before our readers in our general news columns. Mr. Thomas's request for permission to build in Green- street, in a line with the Anchor Inn, was not granted. The encroachment by re-opening an old shaft on the Cymla road was again brought under the notice of the Board, but the discussion on the subject was postponed. The "rope walk" repairs, and the peremptory order of the Gnoll Trus- tees to refrain from repairing the same, was again brought up, but at the suggestion of Mr. R. Parsons the question was allowed to stand over till the next meeting, in order that some amicable arrangement might be made between all parties if possible, part of the road being required for a tramway from the new collieries at the Gnoll to the Great Western Rail- way. The old road from the Cymla to Melyn- crytban, from which the bridge had been removed, was brought under the notice of the Board. The surveyor was ordered to make inquiries respecting it, and to report at the next meeting. The surveyor's report was rea i and discussed, but the particulars have been already before our readers.
DEATH FROM STONE THROWING. A SERIOUS CA UTION. An inquest was held at the Town-hall, Neath, on Monday last, before Howell Cuthbertson, Esq., coroner, to enquire into the cause of death of a child named Alice Kitchener, aged seven ytars, whose death it was reported had been caused by a stone thrown at her by another little girl with whom she was playing. Sarah Rees, on being sworn, said I live ia Gold- street, Neath, and am a single woman I saw the deceased on Viondav last (2nd November), between twelve and one o'clock, by Mr. Sibbering's factory in Gold-street; there were a lot of little children playing together; I knew them very nearly all; they were playing school; I heard Bridget Cassidy ask Elizabeth Jones if she should be the governess of the school, and Elizabeth Jones told her "No," and if she did not sit down she should not play at all Bridget Cassidy then went down from the steps into the road and picked up a stone, and "let fly the stone at Elizabeth Jones it did not strike her, but it struck Alice Kitchener on the back of her head she was standing by the side of the steps and about a yard from Elizabeth Jones her back was towards Bridget Cassidy after 'Bridget Cassidy threw the stone she ran away Alice Kitchener was taken home by her sister she had nothing on her head when the stone was thrown I saw some blood on the back of deceased's head I did not see her after she was taken home I don't know how old deceased was; Bridget Cassidy's moihor told me that she was seven years and three months old; the deceased cried a good deal after the stone had struck her. Sarah Ann Kitchener, sister of deceased, deposed I live in Wind-street, Neath I saw my little sister on Monday last, between twelve and one o'clock, in Gold-stree- she was playing school with some other children I heard Bridget Cassidy ask Elizabeth Jones if she should be the teacher, and Elizabeth Jones told her "No," and if she did not sit down and behave herself she should not play at all Bridget Cassidy then went to the road, picked up a stone, and threw it at Elizabeth Jones, but the stone struck my sister in the back of the head Bridget Cassidy then ran away I took my sister then to Bridget Cassidy's mother, to show her, and then took her home my sister wanted to go to sleep after she had had the blow, but mother would not let her the deceased went to bed at half-past seven o'clock; she never spoke from that time, and she died on Friday morning, at half-past three. John Russell, M.D., then deposed I am a surgeon practising at Neath I was sent for on Wednesday night last, at ten o'clock, to see the deceased I found her in an unconscious state, and twisting about, as if suffering great pain her mother told me that she had received a blow on the back of her head, on Monday I examined the head the outward appearances were very slight indeed I saw her again the following day, and found her still uncon- scious, but her mother said she could rouse her sufficiently to take the medicine I had put up for her; Mr. Thelwall saw her also on two or three occasions; in my opinion death was caused from injury to the brain, which occasioned internal hemorrhage; the blow from the stone might have produced the injury to the brain, but I cannot state the precise cause without first examining the head. No other evidence was offered, the jury considering the medical testimony sufficient, and a verdict was returned to the following effect That Bridget Cassidy did unintentionally kill and slay Alice Kitchener." A suitable, but severe, admonition was given by the Coroner to the mother and girl, upon the common practice of stone throwing, and specially upon the fatal results of the act committed by the latter.
THE ALLEGED CASE OF |DEATH FROM STARVATION ON THE MERA. THE INQUEST. An adjourned inquest was held at the Town-hall on Thursday, to enquire into the death of Margaret Rees, report having said that she died of want and starvation. Considerable feeling existed in the neighbourhood in reference to the matter, and hence the searching inquiry. The first witness called was Elizabeth Parker. She deposed I was living in the house with deceased about a fortnight; I am a single woman I knew Margaret Rees from a girl her husband's name was Thomas Rees he is a roller man she did not live with her husband, but I can't say how long I don't know how long he has left her I went to live with Margaret Rees a fortnight last Monday I am still living there there are only two rooms-one up and one down there were five children living with the deceased; she got her living by gathering sticks from the woods and sending her little daughter to sell them the neighbours also gave her "bits" nearly every day she often com- plained to me of bein^ just starved, and said she would go to the Union; the neighbours had been giving them bits" for about three years she was confined about three months ago I went for her to Francis to ask for relief, but he sent me from his door, and said I should not have it; I then went to Mr. Gardner, who gave me a note to go to Mr. Francis his daughter took the note from my hand, and sent me away from the door Francis told me that "if I did not go away from his door he would throw fire in my face;" she was in want of food then she was in an awful state she wanted clothing I applied for relief after her confinement; I can't say how long the deceased nor myself did not apply for relief lately I slept down stairs, and she slept up stairs with her five children she had only straw under her, and the two sheets and coun- terpane her five children slept with her; there are four panes in the window, three of which are broken I don't think the window was broken when she was confined, but I don't know; they were broken when I went there last Monday fortnight the deceased went to bed about ten o'clock last Mon- day she had a cup of tea with me about nine o'clock the children were all upstairs then I gave her food that day-a couple of potatoes and a herring; about half-past three o'clock I was roused by one of her little boys calling me because the child was crying; the little boy said, "I don't hear breath in my mother," so I put my dress on and went out to call the neighbours I then went up with a lamp, and found her and the children lying on the straw, with a sheet and counterpane over them she was dead, but not cold I put my hand on her and raised the baby up she told me before she went to bed that she was not half well that she had something in her stomach and she was shivering it was a very cold night; I made her a strong cup of tea before she went to bed, and shared some of my food with her she did not go out of the house all that day she intended to fetch a load of sticks, but was too bad she was crouching down by the fire nearly all day, and was too weak to rise; she had nothing on but an old flannel gown I never saw her drunk in my life; the deceased never went to the Cross Keys; her sister sent her food for herself and children she first complained of being ill on Monday morning I never saw any of the clergy- men visiting her nor any one else. By the Jury I never applied to the rector myself for anything for deceased; I saw Miss Chester Thomas passing one Saturday morning, and I called her in, but she did not do anything for her. By the Coroner That was about three weeks ago I told Miss Thomas that the woman had not a bit in the house she did not say anything, but went out; I went down to Miss Thomas's bouse about a week after for a ticket for myself, and she told me that the neighbours told her that deceased was a drunken woman she gave me a ticket for myself it was a ticket for food, and I shared that with deceased and her children. By the Jury None of the children are earning anything the oldest at home is eleven years of age they have nothing to wear to go to work in there are six children altogether, but one is working and living with deceased's husband at Melincrythan; she has been confined since her husband left her. The next witness called was Dr. John Russell, who deposed I am a surgeon practising at Neath I made a post mortem examination of deceased yes- terday (Wednesday, November Ilth) the general appearance of the body was plump and fat; under- neath the skin there was a thickness of a quarter of an inch of fat; the brain was healthy both the lower lobes of the lungs were congested the heart was natural; the stomach was inflamed there was more accumulation in some parts than naturally should be there was about an ounce and a-half of fluid food ift the stomach, about the thickness of gruel; the liver was enlarged, and also the kidneys there was also food in the small intestines there was no evident cause of death death might be caused from starvation for want of solid food, but persons who nearly subsist on spirituous food are liable to sudden death exposure to cold might have been the immediate cause of death the appearance of the stomach was not such as if caused by an irri- tating poison. By the Jury There were no marks of violence on any part of the body. By the Coroner To the best of my belief she died from natural causes, but those causes may have been hastened by exposure to cold or want of solid food. Mary Lewis then deposed I live in Water-street; I am married my husband's name is Thomas Lewis; he is a collier I knew the deceased she is no relation to me I used to go and see her, to take her a basin of broth or a bit of stew now and then she called me in on Monday night, to ask me for a bit of soap to wash the baby that was about four o'clock in the evening she told me she was most starving and perishing she also cried bitterly she had nothing on but an old flannel gown it was a pretty good gown; on Sunday and Monday evening she talked to me about going into the Union; I remember when she was confined Mr. Francis brought up a carriage to take her to the Union, but she was too weak to go she had a few shillings relief after- wards, but did not apply again it is about two years and a half since her husband left her he has not lived with her since to my knowledge I once saw them in the Cross Keys together, drinking tea, on Saturday evening, about a twelvemonth ago I do not know why he left her I have heard that he was always abusing her when he lived with her I never heard anyone say why he left her I never saw anyone visit the house, nor any clergymen it was four o'clock Monday evening when I last saw her alive; she complained of being ili and cold it was a very cold night; it froze hard that night; the windows have been in a broken state, I think, about two years I don't know whether she asked anyone to repair them; about seven months ago Harvey the bailiff seized the deceased's goods for rent for Mr. Glass there is no furniture there now; there was about two aprons full of straw. By the Jury It is very small, like chaff, about two inches long. By the Coroner She brought the straw there after the goods were seized it is very poor straw the five children used to sleep with her, all together, the baby in her arms, on it. By the Jury They were all with her at the time she died. I By the Coroner: The neighbours used to take her food in now and then she got her living by selling sticks, and putting her children to beg about the children have nothing but old rags about them the neighbours used to say she drank, but I never saw her drunk she used to have a glass of beer some. times, but did not spend every penny c? iu drink; I went down on Tuesday t° the husband at Briton Ferry, to tell him to come and take his children and bury his wife, but he told me he had nothing to do with it. By the Jury Her husband knew she was in such a destitute state. By the Coroner: She was too weak to go to the Union she had one boy working, and earning about 4s. 6d. per week, and the father came up and took him away about seven months ago; I cannot say who is the father of the child last born I never heard anything of the name of the father I asked her many times, but she never told me; I do not know whether her husband has given anything towards her support; the mother sent the little boy down for something to help to keep her, and the father sent back word that he would give nothing as he was going to get married I asked her who was the father of the child, because I did not think it was her husband—that was the meaning of my ques- tion I have heard that a person used to visit her at night. The witness, on being pressed by the jury, fenced the question, but after a while named the person. She stated that it was after the birth of the child that she heard the report as to the visits ot the person mentioned.. The next witness called was Jenkin rrancis (relieving-officer). He deposed I officer for Neath I knew the deceased she never applied herself for relief I believe her sister came to me before her confinement for a doctor's order she said she was in labour; I gave her an order for Mr. Russell to attend the case; in about half an hour afterwards Mr. Thelwall drove up to my door to request me to immediately remove her to the Union I then wfnt to her house with a ticket of admission to the UniOD, and she partly promised she would go immediately I saw her, and spoke to her u;p stairs, and I then went down to Lanham's, and took a conveyance up to her house to take her to the Union I went up stairs to her, and asked her if she would come, as I had the gig at the door she flatly refused to go then her sister, who was pre- sent, put her arms around her, and begged and implored her to go I then went down to Mr. P. Davies (this was on the 24th July), and sent her 14s. 6d. worth of goods-bread, butter, tea, sugar, oatmeal, and a pair of sheets and coverlid Eliza- beth Parker came to me after her confinement for relief, and I said I would not entrust any relief to her until she sent a proper person Ann Lewis then came, and I gave her 3s. worth of goods I had no application after I knew that the husband did not live with her, but did not know why I sent to the husband, but he would not maintain her in July last I sent her two sheets and a counterpane. By the Jury She has made no application since I have not seen her for three months. Dr. Russell inquired if no medical orders were given, and the officer said none. The Coroner hereupon wished to have the evidence of the husband, and he issued a summons for his attendance. The inquest being formally adjourned to 4.30 p.m. On the re-assembling of the jury, Thomas Rees, the husband of the deceased, was sworn. He said: I live at Briton Ferry I am a labourer in the iron works there the deceased was mv wife we have been married nineteen years; it is a little more than two years since I left her I left her because she had given herself away to drink, and because she went with other men; I saw a police- man with his arm round her neck, kissing her, up the court, close by here I have heard other men talking about it before I left her I said nothing to her about it at the time, but before I left her I told her what I had seen, and that I wouldn't have any more of it; she tried to deny it; I accused her before I left her of what I had been told, and where she had been with a farmer's son, from Pontrydefen, in Orchard-street; I have seen her on the street here since I left her, but I always kept out of the town, because people abused me so much about hor I have never taken tea with her in in the Cross Keys nor have I cohabited with her since I left her from what I had heard, and what I had seen, I thought I was justified in leaving her; I have been told that she had been confined last July; I am not the father of that child my eldest son is sixteen years of age; he is at the printing office with Mr. Whit- tington; he has been there about three years; he has been living at the Cross Keys I have another boy he has been with me about six months. At this stage of the proceedings Mr. Henry Sherwin, the correspondent of the Swansea Herald and Cambrian newspapers was ordered by the Coroner to leave the jury room, in consequence of his being in a state of intoxication. Instead of com- plying with the coroner's request he attempted to argue respecting a remark of the coroner, as to his having been in a similar state frequently before in his presence, Superintendent Phillips corroborating the accusation. After some further annoyance, P. C. Phelps was obliged, by order of the superin- tendent, to remove him forcibly from the room. The discreditable scene created considerable interruption while it listed. Examination resumed: The boy was running about the streets doing nothing, so I took him with me; it is not true that he was getting 4s. 6d. per week at the tin works he was too young, and was discharged from there; I am able to say positively that my wife had misconducted herself before I left her I have sent money regularly every week to her, and paid towards the support of my children, but I stopped it as soon as I heard she was confined in July Mr. Jenkins knew that I sent the money I left her with a good house full of furniture, and took nothing away. This concluded the evidence, and the Coroner, addressing the jury, said Gentlemen, your duty is now to consider your verdict. I think you will find the evidence of the medical gentleman to be your best guide, and that the death occurred from natural causes, hastened by exposure. It appears that but little solid food was found in her stomach, but she did not die of starvation. The question you have to decide is this, was there any legal responsibility upon the husband to support her and supply her with proper food and clothing. After hearing his evidence 1 think you will agree with me that she had forfeited all claim on him, and no responsibility could possibly exist there. With regard to Mr. Jenkin Francis, the relieving officer, I am of opinion that he did his duty also. The Jury We all think so too. The Coroner He relieved her when he was applied to, and I must say it is not his place to go round the town and, seek out paupers. One thing I must mention We have a number of clergymen in this town, whose duty it is not only to go to church but to visit from house to house to see the poor and the sick, and if they find persons in want, and are not able to relieve them, they should make them known to the proper authorities, and relief would be given. It is a disgrace to Neath that such 11 case should have occurred. The Coroner made some fur- ther remarks in reference to the Popular Readings, and continued The only verdict, I think, under the circumstances that you can possibly give, is, that she died from natural causes accelerated by exposure to cold. The Jury: It is a very distressing and painful case, but we all agree that the relieving officer has done his duty, and we also think that if th« strongest man in this room had been in a like situation he would have died. The houses are a disgrace to the place, and ought to be taken down. The Coroner The relieving officer has a very difficult duty to perform, and he must of course use his discretion but if any person is not satisfied they can always come to the Board of Guardians and complain, and the truth of the case will be fully gone into. The proceedings then terminated.
BEAUFORT. POPULAR READINGS.— I he second entertainment of this character came off last Wednesday. The British Schoolroom was well filled on the occasion, the attendance being more numerous than on the previous m l6, meetiug was under the presi- dency of W. H. lodd, Esq., who made a few remarks at the commencement, which were well received. The programme was gone through in a most masterly style, and both reading, ringing, and reciting, gave entire satisfaction. ° °' =" ° SUDDEN DEATH.—Another very sudden death occurred here last week,—that of an old inhabitant of the place of the name of Jane Willy. She had been ill for some time, suffering from heart disease, but no danger was apprehended. The day of her death she had been engaged with her house work. While at her dinner, her son noticed that she was not as usual, and he ran for medical aid at once. J: E. Pearce, Esq., was on the spot in a very short time, but he 'arrived too late. The cause of death was heart disease. Deceased had been a most consistent member of the Welsh Independent Church for nearly thirty years. Her remains were buried on Saturday in Carmel chapel-yard, and the Rev. R. Hughes delivered a most appropriate sermon on the mournful occasion..
BTJILTH. Guv FAWKES' DAV.-The old custom of letting off fireworks on this day has this year been revived in this town. James Vaughan, Esq., of Grove Villa, determined to give the young folk a treat, and with his usual liberality purchased a large quantity of that eminent artiste, Mr. Darby, of Regent-street, London. They consisted of asteroid and other sky rockets, mortars, Roman candles, Chinese and Italian strearners2 several magnificent wheels, mines, Jack- Tb n an(* a ^arge <lusintity °f smaller articles, the Grove Green, which is adjacent to the town, was the place selected for the display, whither, about eight p.m., Some hundreds repaired. Mr. Vaughan Was present, and seemed to take the liveliest interest in all that was going on. The display was considered by all to be very grand, several of the wheels and some of the large rockets being specially admired. The amusements were wound up by the ascent of a large and magnificent balloon from the front of Mr. Vaughan's residence. This caused quite a furore among the spectators. We are happy to say that no accident occurred during the evening. Printed and published for the Proprietors by WILLIAM HENRY CLARK, at the Brecon County Times" Office, Ghurch-street, in the chapelry of St. Mary, and borough of Brecon.—SATUBDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1868.