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n ^Cjch!§• fettte. CAUGHT AT LAST.—Our police columns contain a report of the hearing in the case of a supposed burglar, who was found by P.O. Rees in the vicinity of the spot where a robbery took place, as recorded in a previous issue. Jt is rather singular, but never. theless true, that on Sunday night some fellow, exactly resembling the man taken, while attempting to scale the wall of a garden on the Gooll road, missed his footing, and fell plump into a large. tub of wat r, placed for the use of the cattle in the adjoining field. The arrival of some of the neighbours, attracted by the noise, caused the fellow to beat a sharp but cold retreat. TOWN COUNCILLORS.—To prevent a recurrence of the disgraceful scenes which took place on Thursday last, at the election of a councillor for this borough, we are informed that in future a requisition, signed by the principal supporters of each candidate, will be presented previous to any contest taking place. The intention is one which will be the means of allaying considerable personal feeling, as well as of preventing the disgusting and unfeminine exhibition of the last election from being repeated. SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.—The anniversary meeting of the schools connected with the Congre- gational Church, Wind-street, took place on Sunday last. Thomas Webb, Esq., of Cardiff, a deputation from the London Sabbath School Union, occupied the pulpit in the morning, and he addressed the chil- dren assembled in the afternoon. Some excellent and suitable recitations were given by the scholars and the collections on behalf of the school funds were very liberal, being considerably in excess of former years. PROGRESS OF ST. DAVID'S TOWEB.—To remove an erroneous impression respecting the works of the above tower, we are requested to state that the com- pletion is suspended for a short time, in consequence of the tile contractor at Broseley having forwarded, through misunderstanding the order, an improperly made tile for the pinnacles. The contractor, Mr. A. Bucknell, is, however, superintending the improvements in the interior of the building, which are being carried out with the view of removing the in-draughts of cold air so much complained of. This highly dangerous but important task is being rapidly pushed forward by masons and carpenters. THE ALTERATIONS AT THE UNION -The "re-dis- tribution committee met on Wednesday last, when the re-arrangement of the officers' districts was completed, the particulars of which will be given at the next meeting of the Board of Guardians. The contracts for the alterations of the house were also brought under consideration, and three of the ten. ders were selected for the approval of the Guardians. A difference of 1200 existing in some of the amounts sent in, the expediency of appointing a clerk of the works was mooted, and Mr. Hind, at present engaged at St. David's Church, was sent for. The full particulars will not be made public till Tues- day next, at the general Board meeting. RENT AUIDIT.-The rent audit of the Gnoll estates took place at the Castle Hotel on Thursday last, when about 40 tenants sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Mr. Hancock. Mr. Glass, in the absence of Mr. Close through illness, occupied the chair. The usual loyal toasts followed the with- drawal of the cloth, and subsequently Mrs. Grant and other popular individuals were honoured with a "bumper." LEGAL.-Mr. J. T. Davies, son of Mr. D. Davies, an articled pupil to J. Kempthorne, Esq., solicitor, Neath, has successfully passed his intermediate examination at the Incorporated Law Society's Hall, London, this term. It is to be remarked that out of 155 students who sat for the examination this young gentleman was the fourth to take up his papers (containing the questions and answers thereto) to the examiners. AFTER THE ELECTION !-The municipal election of last week ended, as usual, in various squabbles and public-house rows. A serious occurrence took place, however, in the evening, at the Victoria Hotel, a highly respectable house in the occupation of Mr. Irish. It appears that a man infuriated by drink attacked his wife on the premises, and savagely threw a glass at her as she stood at the bar. In order to save herself she rushed to Mrs. Irish for protection, when the fellow hurled a pint measure at her, the missile meeting Mrs. Irish on the forehead, and inflicting a terrible gash nearly two inches in length. The wound was dressed at once, and although of rather a serious nature no unfavourable symptoms have as yet manifested themselves. MARKET ITEMS.—The "Neath drizzle" affected the market on Wednesday in an extraordinary degree, an abundance of general produce being offered at figures much below last week's quotations. Business was slack, and dealers full of complaints, the elections" bearing all the blame of the wretched trade transacted. The cattle market was well stocked with fat beasts, but the demand was slow. Pigs and sheep were also in slow request. The various opinions given by buyers and sellers in the market render it almost impossible to give a faithful record of the sales effected. The mild yet wet season appeared to have lowered the price of store cattle, which were more readily offered and purchased. THE SOCIAL MEETING AT THE TABERNACLE.—The English Baptists worshipping at the above place held one of the above-named pleasant re-unions on Thurs- day last, which, although of such frequent occurrence, lose none of their popularity, in consequence of the spirited manner in which they are generally carried out. It is almost needless to say that the tea and its usual accompaniments were thoroughly enjoyed, and that the public meeting which followed, inter- spersed as it was by recitations and singing, gave unqualified gratification to all present. THE SECOND STATUTE FAIR. -The second of the November "statutes" took place on Wednesday when a large number of male and female servants "stood for hiring," notwithstanding the continued downpour of rain. The pleasure part of the day's fair was represented by a solitary half-ruined merry-go-round" and a rifle shooting gallery. The fruit stalls, gingerbread salesmen, and other indispensable attendants at gatherings of this kind, were nowhere, and the weather eventually compelled the two caterers who had opened their establishments to beat a hasty retreat" from the precincts of the Cattle Market, where they had taken up their positions. ORDER OF SERVICES AT ST. DAVID'S CHURCH.— First Sunday in Advent, November 29.—Morning Voluntary, Agnus Dei, No. 12; Venite and Gloria, No. 13; T6 Deum, No. 11A Jubilate, No. 15A; Kyrie, No. 4; Hymn 4; Psalm'81 Voluntary, Bat- tishill's, No. 22. Evening: Voluntary, Selection OffetoireGloria (Bennett); Cantate, No. 4; Nunc Dimittis, 4; Hymns, 4 (Werbirgh), 2, 190 concluding Voluntary, Dr. Holloway, "Marcia." THE QUEEN'S PIANISTS."—Miss Emily Tate, the juvenile pianiste, who had the honour of receiving the special patronage of Her Majesty and the* Emperor of Russia, has announced her intention of giving a pianoforte recital at the Town-hall next month. The patronage generally extended to musical visitors of this young lady's position is not of the most encouraging kind in this town, but, as she is to be assisted by some very distinguished amateurs, we trust that the musical treat, in its double attractive- ness, may be successfnl in every sense of the word. ON DIT.-That a public dinner is about to be given to Mr. George May by his supporters, as an acknowledgment of his unflinching conduct in the late contests for a seat in the Town Council. As some rather startling revelations are expected to be made on the occasion, we shall endeavour to furnish our readers with a full report of the post prandial proceedings. A FACT THAT SHOULD BE KNOWN.—We are always anxious to draw the attention of our readers to anv special act of prudence or foresight, if it is at all likely to be of benefit to the public generally. We do not hesitate therefore to refer to the following circumstance, which has recently occurred in this town :—Mr. William Howells, residing in Bristol, a son of Mr. Benjamin Howells, of this town, effected an insurance on his life to the amount of zC300 in the "Royal" Insurance Office. He had paid one premium, when, on the 23rd of August, he was taken seriously ill, and his constitution succumbed to the malady. Proof of death was shortly after- wards furnished to the agent, and in three weeks from the date of the application the full amount of the policy was paid to his representatives. We note the fact of the prompt payment of the claim, as being one of the many high characteristics of this excellent office, of which Mr. Henry Ludlow, of Alma-terrace, is the agent in this district. TOWN COUNCIL MEETING.—The adjourned quar- terly meeting of the Neath Town Council was held on Monday last, when it was agreed that no payment should be made to the overseers for the defective burgess list issued by them. An arrangement for a mortgage on the market tolls for the sum necessary to complete the alterations in the Neath river bridge was completed with Miss Lewellyn. Mr. J. C. Rees explained in a letter that the mistake in his accounts had been caused through the amounts being carried out in error, and not through any wrong measure- ment. The other business was purely formal, and the meeting was again adjourned. POPULAR READINGS.—The second entertainment of the present season took place on Thursday last. The weather, although extremely unpropitious, did not prevent a "full house," and the efforts of the performers were deservedly appreciated. We append the published programme March-" Joan of Arc"Band of the 15th Glamorganshire Rifle Volunteers. Beading—"Where is my trunk"Mr. H. Williams Pianoforte solo-Overture, "Cheval de Bronze" Mr. J. W. Robinson. Reading—"King Robert of Sicily" (Longfellow).Mr. Rowland Song—" Jessie's dream" Miss Lewis Reading—" Duke of Brunswick's diamonds"Mr. T. Williams Polka-" Kingfisher" Band Reading-" A peep at a play" .Mr. J. Jenkins Pianoforte solo-Ballad Mr. J. W. Robinson Reading-" Address to a mummy"Mr. C. E. Boone Welsh song. Mr. J. Jenkins Reading-From "Josh Billings" I Mr. H. H. Curtis Galop Band God save the Queen." Mr. J. W. Robinson proved an attraction, and his rendering of the overture was masterly in the highest sense of the word. We are compelled to defer further particulars of this highly attractive enter- tainment till our next issue. The next Readings will take place on Thursday, December 10th. FESTIVITIES AT DYFFBYN. A demonstration in honour of Mr. Gwyn's return for Brecon has taken place during the past week. Salvos of cannon announcing the fact repeatly during the day on Wednesday last, in addition to the visit of the Melyn band, and an unlimited spread for the visitors. On Thursday the proceedings were still further enlivened by the performance in full chorus of the following stanza, as composed for the occasion:— The Brecon M.P. is in again, Hurrah, hurrah! Let's give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah, hurrah! He's in again, and though they try To prove against him bribery, We very well know its all in my eye," For Gwyn's gone fairly in. He's in again, so let them talk, Hurrah, hurrah! The Radicals have lost a chalk," Hurrah, hurrah How sure they were the day before, When Price stood over the Wellington" door And talk'd to the mob, but did no more, For Gwyn went fairly in. The day of the poll came round at last, Hurrah, hurrah! And how the Whigs did pour in fast, Hurrah, hurrah! They screwed and tried with all their might, They made quite sure that Price was right, But votes were loose and bribes were tight, For Gwyn went fairly in. And now he's in, let's keep him there, Hurrah, hurrah! To turn him out let no man dare, Hurrah, hurrah I That he may be the Brecon host, For he's the man we like the most, And never may he leave his post, For he's gone fairly in.

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