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I EDITORIAL NOTES. IT is plain that the spirit of semi-barbarism which prevailed in the mining districts of the country thirty or forty years is not yet extinct in some parts of the Rhondda Vallay, Two cases w hich were brought before thetoniypridd stipendiary yesterday are only a cample of the horrible brutality shown from time to time by the more depraved among the Rhondda colliers. In one case an Irishman was again brought up on remand charged with puttii. j a lad of 14 on the fire, and afterwards dropping him in scalding water, so far back as the 9th of last month. The doctor attending the injured lad said he would not be able to attend for another fortnight. This means that the victim of the Irishman's brutaliry will have suffered five or six weeks' pain from the burns and scalds he received, and it remains to be seen what punishment the administrators of the law will think sufficient for such wanton crueiy iufiicted, is is said, foi no other reason than because the boy refused to give up a pipe which the accused man SCLMVAN said belonged to him. In the other case, heard yesterday, a young Welshman was changed with biting a piece from the chin of anotner man, with whom he persisted in quarrelling. The piece of skin and flesh bit out was the size of a shilling. Yet the stipendiary magistrate thought the intliction of a tine of £5, or in default a month's imprisonment, was sufficient punishment for such a horrible case of cannibalism. Suoh leniency is not, we fear, very much calculated to decrease cases of the nature we are now referring to, among the Rhondda miners. THE danger of throwing lighted matches down in the public streets has often been exemplified. Sometimes the result is that a lady's dress catches fire, and in other caies the lighted match falls into the cellar and sets the contents ablaze. This is supposed to have been the case in High-street, Cardiff, last night. A fire broke but in a cellar underneath an auctioneer's store-room, and had it not been discovered in time the premises, which are very old, and therefore of a highiy combustible nature, would probably have been destroyed. The premises were left apparently safe at half-past nine, and the fire was not perceived until a quarter past eleven. As it originated in the cellar, to which there is an open-barred grating facing the street, it is supposed that a lighted match thrown away by some smoker had fallen through the grating into the cellar and ignited the loose straw, a large quantity of which was in the cellar at the time. It is to be hoped that all smokers who light their pipes, cigars, or cigarettes out of doors will take care to blow out their matches ere throwing them down.

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