LLANTRISSENT. AGENT for County Observer, Mr. Arnold, Hand Post Office. SALB OF WORK.—A very successful sale of work was held in the School on Tuesday, and the weather for the time of year proved all that could tbe desired. It was opened at. 3 p.m. by the Rural Dean (the Rev. Herbert Addams Williams, M.A.), Rector of Llangibby, who was accompanied by Mrs. Williams. He said he was very plea-ed to accept the invitation of the Vicar, on behalf of the ladies' committee, to come and open their sale of work, and hoped there would be plenty of buyers, and that the persuasive powers of the stall-holders would soon enable them to dispose of the various articles so tastefully displayed. Among those present from outside the parish we noticed Mrs. Harold Addams-Williams, Mrs. Waddir.gton, Miss Janet Salusbury, &c. The useful stall was presided over by Lady Georgina Legge and Miss Barnardiston the rummage stall by Mr?. Doubting, 1.1iss Laweon, and Miss Kate Jenkins; the refreshment stall by Miss Evans, Miss Thomas and Miss Harriet Thomas the fancy stall by Mrs, ..Jones, Miss M. Wright and Miss Alice Hunt. The buyers were numerous, and most of the articles were sold. The amount realised is about JE20. The evening concluded with a dance which was iinuch enjoyed by the workers and their friends.
MONMOUTH. I Agent.—Mr. Caffrey. Bookseller, Monmouth. I A NOTED AUTOMORILIST.—The Hon. O. S. Rolls has entered for the Paris-Vienna race for automobiles which will take place next year. HOCKEY CHEPSTOW V AIONMOUTH.-Chepstow gained a decisive victory over Monmouth on Wednesday. The game was played at the county town. In the first half Monmouth scored, and iled at the interval. Crossing over, the visitors pulled themselves together, and put on seven goals. Evill and Evaus scored three each, and E. Woodgate one. Monmouth also added a second .goal. The homesters did most of the attacking in the first half, and gave Davies a lot of work to do in goal. He, however, defended well. Final:— Chepstow, 7 goals, and Monmouth 2 goals.
SAD FATAL ACCIDENT. I Mr. Charles Nicholas, son of Mr. Elijah Nicholas, Red Hill, Wonastow, died under sad circumstances on Saturday evening. He had been to see Mr. George Roberts, Graig-y-dorth, on business, and was returning on horseback when he appears to bave been thrown from his horse. He was found unconscious, and suffering from serious injuries to his head, on the road about threequarters of a mile from his house. His whip was found 100 yards away, bat his horse was grazing near him. Mr. Robert Edwards, whose daughter first found him took him home, but he expired an hour later without having recovered consciousness. Deceased, who was 34 years of age, was only married about six months ago to Miss Ellen Steed, eldest daughter of Mr. Fred and Mrs. Steed, of the Monmouthshire House Inn, Michel Troy. It would appear that the horse, a spirited animal, was startled, and that, in falling, Mr. Nicholas's head came iu contact with a gate post. His foot also caught in the .stirrup and he was dragged some 12 yards down the ditch. INQUEST. I An inquest was held on Monday afternoon I before Mr. B. H. Deakin. Evidence of identifica- tion was given by Mr. Elijah Nicholas, Wonastowe, who said his son was 36 years of age, and had only been married six months. A little girl named Ethel Roberts said the deceased "called at her parents' house at noon on Saturday for some cider, and rode off with it. Some time afterwards she found him lying in an uuconscious condition on the roadway near to the laundry of Captain Walters, and she called her mother. According to other evidence deceased was conveyed to his residence in a cart belonging to a neighbouring farmer named Edwards, and a doctor was sum- moned. Dr. H. C. Groves said he found deceased unconscious and vomiting blood. He died between 6 30 and 7 the same evening. Death was due to fracture of the skull. In summing up the Coroner put forward the assumption that the /horse which deceased rode became startled at some thing, and threw its rider against a gate post, and afterwards dragged the body some distance along the roadway. A verdict of accidental death was returned by the jury.—The Coroner paid he was sure the jury would join him in an expression of sympathy with the young widow and other relatives of deceased, aud the jury endorsed his ,tremarks.
NEWPORT. I Agents—Messrs Greenland and Co.. Newsagent*. I WELCOME TO CAPTAIN I"ORE-'zTIF It- WALK FP. "Owing to the limited space at the disposal of the -committee, the dinner to be held at Caslleton on Saturday to welcome home Captain Roland Fofestier-Walker fiom South Africa will be «ou £ ned to the inhabitants of St. Mellons, Marshfield, Peterstone, Michaelstone, St. Bride's, -and Coedkernew. CRUELTY TO A HORE.-At Newport on Wednes- day, John Incleton. haulier, of 13, Livingstone Place, was summoned for cruelly ilitreating a horse, whilst John Monks, his employer, and a member of the Monmouthshire County Council, was summoned for causing the horse to be worked. .-Incleton was fined 5s. and Mr. Monks 20s. NEWPORT WATER SUPPLY.—It appears that Newport is getting shoit of wafer. The two ixeservoirs are lower than they have been for several years, and that at Ynys-y-Bro is out of repair and nearly dry. By order of the Waterworks Com- mittee of the Newport Corporation, notice has been issued that from Monday, October 28th. until tfurthet notice, the town water supply will be cut off from eleven o'clock each night until five in the "morning. COLLAPSE OF A ROOF AT CASTLETON. On Thursday morning an accident, attended with liatality, occurred at the Riding School Mr. Herbert B. Cory is erecting at Druidstone, Castleton. The >bui!ding was just approaching completion, and -:many workmen were still engaged upon it, when at about half-past, nine one of the end girders gave way, and the whole building collapsed. One man, who only started work on Wednesday, was billed outright one boy named Spooner was so seriously injured that his life was despaired of another man had his leg broken in two or three places; one man has .serious injuries to the back, and it is suspected that he has a dislocation of the spine; yet another bad his foot smashed; another has a serious scalp wound and fracture of the *kull is suspected while others have suffered minor injuries. On hearing of the accident. Mr. Herbert Cory and his Agent were quickly on the scene, and within an hour Dr. Shiack, Llanishen Dr. Biggs and Dr. Sparrow, Cardiff; and Dr. Gratte, Newport, were in attendance. It was found that the lad Spooner -bad sustained a fractured skull, and the doctors satisfactorily performed an operation upon him, but, unfortunately, a few hours after he succumbed to shock.
PONTYPOOL. I Agents—Mr. J. Harding, Market Bookstall, i/r Fieldhouse, I The Market, and Messrs. Jones and £ uwards. MR. LEO. WALDEN, assistant magistrates' clerk at the Pontypool Police Court, has bten appointed to the position of second assistant magistrates clerk at the West Ham Police Court, and leaves the district in a week's time. LITERARY INSTITUTE CONCERT.—A concert in aid of the funds of the above Institute was held on Wednesday night, when there was an excellent attendance. The Rev. Joshua Evans presided. The programme was as follows:—Pianoforte solo, "Norwegian Bridal Procession" Miss L. Wilton; eong, "A Dream of Paradise" Miss Francis flute solo, Mr. A. Huxley song, The Girl of my heart," Mr. Simrns; pianoforte solo, Air de Ballet" Professor S. T. Roderick; song, "A Hundred Fathoms Deep" Mr. T. Loveless; mandoline solo, "The Broken Melody" Mr. Bennett; pianoforte solo, Ii you know Miss M. Watkins pianoforte solo, Impromptu" Miss C. Probyn; solo, "There's health to His Majtsty" Mr. A. H. Babbidge; pianoforte duett, Zampa Professor Roderick .and Miss 0. Probyn solo, In the mellow autumn tiaie" Miss N. Buxley; and violin solo, Mr. W. J. Williams.
ILLANHILLETH LOOP LINE QUESTION. I A conference of the representatives of the Pontypool, Panteg, and Abersychan District Councils, and the Pontypool Board of Guardians and Chamber of Trade, was held at the Town Hall. Pontypool, on Friday night, in order to discus* the step to be taken to induce the Great Western Railway Company to open the Llanhilleth loop line for passenger traffic. Mr. Thomas Williams, J.P., presided, as chairman of thePontypool District Council, and there were also present:—Mr. W. L. Pratt, J.P., chairman of the Board of Guardians; Mr. A. Williams, J.P., chairman of the Panteg U.D.C W. B. Witchell, J.P., chairman of the Abersychan U.D.C., and a number of lepresentative men. The Chairman said that they had met in order to consider means of providing proper com- munication between the Eastern and Western Valleys. The matter had been under the consideration of the Pontypool Cl arnber of Trade, but up to the present time the Great Western Railway Company had ignored all applications made by them. Mr. Webb said that in 1895, as president of the Chamber of Trade, he had a great deal to do with this matter. At that time they learned 'hat the gradient did not present any serious difficulty, but that the question was purely one of finance. The Company pointed out that it would be impossible to work the line for passenger traffic, unless the line was doubled, and that in older to double it they would have to acquire land on the upper si ie, where the ground was exceedingly rocky. The Chamber urged that there would be no necessity to double the line, but the Company pointed out that there were two quarries which had an entrance over the line, and that it would be impossible to give "line clear unless this traffic was stopped. It would be necessary to do away with the existing quarries or else to have an apparatus for a signalman attached to each of the quarries. At that time the Chamber bad the support of everyone in the district, and even the Abertillery U.D.C. signed a memorial to the Great Western Railway Company in favour of the proposal. Since that time, however, Abertillery had developed, and he did not know whether they would still be of the same opinion. Llanhilleth had always been in favour of the line, because the main portion of the inhabitants felt that Pontypool was their natural market town. Their late friend, Mr. E. J. Phillips, J.P., took it up and mentioned the matter at two of the half yearly meetings of the Company, and he was fullowed by Mr. Edward Jones, J.P., but up to the present time nothing had been done. In reply to a question, Mr. T. Watkins faid that in 1891, the population of Llanhilleth was 1900, and, at the present time it was 5000. Mr. Webb said that the Company were now running a market train from Llanhilleth to Abertillery, and last week the train was over- loaded. Mr. A. A. Williams, J.P., said that the question was of vast importance to this district and also to the Western Valleys. If the line were opened the vast population living in the Llanhilleth district would have a better approach to the West and the North of England than they had at present by going round by Newport. If they made up their minds that the thing could be done it would be done. Mr. Alfred Baldwin, who was largely interested in that district bad recently become a director of the Company, end if he was approached his interest might help them. Mr. Eckersley expressed the hope that the whole of the local authorities represented at that meet ng would work harmoniously together for this object. Dr. Essex said he understood that over 1000 people went back by the last train from Pontypool to the Western Valleys on a Saturday night. If that were so the number would be largely increased if the loop line were opened. Mr. Witchell said that it was evident that the reluctance of the Great Western Railway Company to comply with the desires of the representatives of Pontypool was owing to the fact that they thought ii; would not pay. Now he thought that the 'bus traffic from Abersychan to Pontypool should have proved an object lesson for them, as C2000 per annum was now taken by the 'buses. The Company had said that it would not pay to run more frequent train?, but the amount taken by the 'buses showed differently. The owners of the 'buses would make a good profit. He believed that a satisfactory result would follow if the loop line were opened for passenger traffic. Mr. Hughes suggested that a number of memorials should be prepared for presentation to the Company. He believed that they wi uld be largely signed by the inhabitants of the Western Valleys as well as by those of the Eastern Valleys. After further discussion it was resolved, upon the suggestion of Mr. L. Davies, that a committee consisting of Mr. Webb and the chairmen of each of the five local authorities be formed to draw up a memorial for presentation to the Great Western Railway Company.
WEST MONMOUTHSHIRE SCHOOL. The quarterly meeting of the governors of West Monmouthshire Grammar School was held at Pontypool on Friday, when there were present: — Mr. f. Daniel (in the chair), and Messrs. D. Jones, P. Eckersley, A. C. Legard, M. Wheeler, and A. A. Williams. The prize distribution was fixed to take place on Thursday, the 7th of November. Mr. P. Eckersley was added to the finance com- mittee, in the place of the late Mr. Saudbrook. __m-
PONTYPOOL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Pontypool Urban District Council was held at the Town Hall, on Wednesday afternoon, when there were present:- Councillors T. Williams (chairman), J. R. Essex (vice-chairman), J. J. Harmston, L. E. Webb, J. Rosie, W. H. Griffiths, W. H. Hughes, D. Reid, J. Walker, E. Probyn, G. Udell, E. Fowler, F. Probyn, F. James, D. W. Simpson, J. Moseley, P. Eckersley, Messrs 11. H. Haden (clerk), J. Powell (surveyor, &c.), and E, Jones (collector). FINANCE. I Mr Webb, in moving the adoption of the Finance Committee's report, stated that the balance in hand at the last meeting was £ 182 17s 9J. Since then the Collector had paid in £ 294 5s. and X6 had been received from the County Council as a supplemen- tary grant for main roads. There was now a balance in the hands of the Treasurer of zC244 10s. The Collector had piesented a fairly good report as to the prosecution of persons for non-payment of rates, and now there was but £9(1 outstanding, and some of the larger amounts unpaid were those due from persons who were appealing against their assessments. The Committee recommended that two persons be excused. The Vice-chairman seconded, and the report was adopted. In accordance with notice, Mr Webb proposed that the Finance Committee meet in future at 2.30 on the day of the Council meeting, and this was agreed to. MAIN ROADS. In reply to Mr Hughes, the Clerk said the L6 grant referred to was with regard to an additional piece of main road repaired by the Council. Mr Hughes asked if the Clerk had had a reply from the County Council as to an increased grant for the roads. The Clerk said it was not decided that he should write. Mr Webb said that the Finance Committee thought that, considering certain circumstances, the application should not be made. The matter should be discussed at a Finance Committee meeting, and he thought Mr Hughes would then be satisfied. Mr Hughes said he had been inclined to think the Clerk to blame in the matter, but it seemed to be the Finance Committee. He thought it a very high-handed proceeding for that Committee to assume the function of the Council. Mr W6bb: That is so. Mr Hughes: It is very wrong. Mr Webb Yes. (Laughter.) Mr Hughes: Even Mr Webb may be wrong som i. times. Mr Webb: I admit it. (Renewed laughter.) J The subject dropped, it being understood that it would be dealt with by the Finance Coma ittie. if necessary. I MSTi iiurnox (,F WORK, Mr Griffitbs referring to a bill for blacksmith's work done, urged that such woik should be It evenly as possible distribu'< d amongst the trades. men of the town, and he moved that the Surveyor be instructed accordingly. The Surveyor said the price charged was a very reasonable one, and, in reply to Mr Webb, he stated that the man had never been engaged before. Mr Webb remarked that that being so the wotk was being distributed as suggested. THE MARKET. I Mr Hughes complained that there had been very little improvement apparent at the market with regard to the gangways. He knew that there were difficulties. however, m the way. It was remarked that now the fruit season was passing, there would not be so much congestion. THE CATTLE MABKET. Mr Huuhes referred to the absence from the Maiket Committee's report of any reference to the changing of the day of the Cattle Market, or (of the alternate proposal to bold more fairs. The Clerk said the matter was considered, but deferred. Mr Hughes pointed out that the matter was one of great importance and urgency and he proposed that a special meeting be held on Tuesday evening for the purpose of considering it. Something would have to be done. He did not suppose that since the opening market the Collector had received sufficient tolls from the cattle market to pay for a dinner for himself. Ir. D. Reid seconded the proposition, and it wes agreed to. SIGNS IN THE MARKET. I Mr. D. W. Simpson said an ice-cream sign in the market was as objectionable as the sign which had been removed. Mr. Walker disagreed, and urged that discretion should be used in such matters. The question was, however, referred to the Market Committee. I THE TAKING OVER OF STREBTS. The Streets' Committee recommendation that Gwent-fctreet, Moreton-street, and North-street be taken over by the Council, on condition that the owners of property there first put the streets into proper repair, &c., led to considerable discussion, and resolutions and amendments galore were suggested. Ultimately these all took concrete form in a motion to refer the paragraph back to the Committee, the Clerk to search the records and give information as to the taking over of other streets in the town, and the Surveyor to report as to the cost of the present suggestion. In reply to prior opposition, Mr. Hughes expressed the opinion that discoveries might be made which would surprise even the oldest cf the councillors, but members should neither be afraid on behalf of their friends nor themselves as to the result of such an investigation. Mr. Webb urged that the matter should not be proceeded with hastily, but cautiously. No one wanted to involve the Council in a big expenditure. With regard to North-road, where there were excellent building sites, it would be grossly unfair for improvements to be effected at the public expense for the benefit of the owners of the property. I MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. I Dr. Mason reported that during September there p were five deaths and twelve births, giving rates per thousand per annum of the population of 9 7 and 23*5 respectively. There was nothing about the causes of death for him to direct their special attention to. Five notifications of infectious disease had reached him, viz., erysipelas, 2; and scarlatina, 3. Precautions had been taken in each case with a view lo prevent the spread of the contagion. He had received an invitation from the Mayor of Cardiff, and afterwards one from the Clerk to the Council, to attend a meeting at Cardiff, on October 3rd, convened for the purpose of discussing the prevention of tuberculosis. He attended the gathering, and was very much interested in the matters brought forward. Still, the facts deduced by the various speakers were all very well known to the medical men, and he found that in his annual report for 1898 be dwelt at length on the infectious nature of the disease of the lungs of a tubercular nature, in the following paragraph "The subject of tuberculosis is engaging the attention of sanitarians all over the country, and the Local Government Board, I am given to understand, will take some definite action before long with regard to its control, and some extended system of sanitoria will, doubtless, be instituted, at convenient places, for the treat- ment of the disease in its earlier stages, when it is very amenable to remedial measures and often curable. As a word of warning is expected from medical officers of health, the public at large should understand that any person suffering from lung disease, more properly termed con- sumption, should be as far as possible isolated, should sleep in a bed alone, and in a separate room, should never expectorate except into a spittoon containing some disinfectant jor into a Japanese paper handkerchief which could be immediately burned. No person shewing a tendency to tuberculosis should be employed as a teacher, or be engaged in employment where he has to mix or come into close contact with others, especially young persons. Social and domestic sanitation can do a great deal to lessen the dangers of the disease where its exists, and also in preventing the spread of it to others." The measures advocated at the conference will doubtless have the effect of lessening the disease, if not of stamping it out, but it will require the co-operation of the community at large to bring about the desired effect. He bad no doubt but that sanitary authorities generally would receive some definite instructions later on from the central authority. The report was adopted. ISOLATION HOSPITAL. Mr. Hughes drew attention to the great need of an isolation hospital for the district, and urged that it would be cheaper for the Council to take up the matter voluntarily than to be compelled to do so and erect an expensive building. He suggested that Poniypool, Panteg, and Abersychan might join hands and put up an iron structure which would meet' all requirements for about £ 1000. Mr. Reid alluded to the fact that, formerly they had used a tellt for the purpose. Mr. Hughes said that would do very well in the summer, but not iu the winter. The Surveyor said the tent was &towed away. When he last saw it it was in good condition. On the proposition of Mr. Hughes, seconded by Dr. Essex, the Clerk was requested to write to the Councils named inviting each to appoint representatives on a joint committee to deal with the matter. I THE FREE LIBRARIES ACT. A somewhat heated and decidedly nrolonged discussion took place on the question whether or not the Free Libraries Act should be adopted. Mr. W. H. Griffiths moved the adoption of the Act, and Mr. W. H. Hughes seconded in a very long speech, which was punctuated with interrup- tions. Mr. Harmston moved a direct negative, and the I motion was ultimately lost by three votes to r ati hour's fifteen, after over att hour's elocution.
Llandaff Diocesan Conference. I The Bishop of Llandaff opened the Diocesan Conference at Cardiff Town Hall on Thursday, when there was a large attendance of the clergy and laity. Among those on the platform were Lord Tredegar, the Hon. J. M. Rolls, Sir Arthur Mackworth, and Mr. S. C. Bosanquet. His Lordship, in his opening charge, dealt specially with the educational question, advocating greater support for the voluntary and national schools. Some people, he remarked, would object to this, saying there was a grant of public fnnds, and there should be public control. This objectiou was already met by the fact that the schools were under the control of committees of managers, whilst all their funds and the. schools themselves were under the supervision of Government auditors and inspectors. His lordship advocated the extension of Church training colleges, and the improvement of the Sunday-schools, now far from satisfactory. Touching upon the disesttiblishmeut question, the Bishop said that if he read the signs f the times aiight, it was a great mistake to believe that there would be no fresh attack. Referring to the dearth of candidates for Holy Orders, the Bishop announced that the valuable work of St. Michael's College, Aberdare, had received a further stimulus throueh the munificence of a Church-woman in the parish, the endowment having been augmented by the sum of £ 3,000.
Municipal Elections. As a result of the nominations of candidates for 'he municipal elections at Cardiff, on Thursday, contests are threatened in seven out of the ten wards. At Newport, unless there are withdrawals, there will be fights in all the five wards. At Monmouth there are seven candidates for four seas.
CURRENT TOPICS. I UNITED KINGDOM ALLIANCE fTATISTICS. j The annual report of the United Kingdom Alliance presented at the General Council meeting last week is an interesting and striking document, but one cannot help some little wonder as to where the alliance got the information that £ 16 Is. 5d. Is spent every year in drink by each working class family. That may be the share of each family, and the figures are sufficientiv appalling when one considers the large number of families who are abstaitiers, but it does not seem to be very easy to divide the expenditure between the different classes of society. The national drink bill for 1900 is given at 160 millions sterling, to say nothing of an odd £ 891,000 or so, and it is scarcely a matter for surprise that the Alliance should not regard such an expenditure as satisfactory. At the same time one reads that 1,341 beneficed clergymen of the Church of England have an average stipend of f65 a year, and that, on the authority of the Bishop of London, it would only require one million sterling to raise all livings in England to £ 200 a year. RAILWAY COMPANIES. I The figures which have been published with respect to the increase of tramway traffic in Liverpool, indicate very plainly that where the facilities for travelling are extended, there will always be a more than corresponding increase in the number of passengers. It seems, however, to be quite impossible to convey this lesson to the minds of the majority of railway directors. In the South of England particularly, some of the railways cling tenaciously to the policy of making as much as possible out of the individual passenger, the theory being that people must travel, and that they might as well be compelled to pay a shilling as ninepence. This is a fallacy which cannot be permitted to prevail very much longer, and if the Companies will not mend of their own accord, Parliament will have to compel them to adopt a course which will be as much to their own advantage as that of the public. AN AWKWARD DISFRANCHISEMENT. I A few years ago it happened very frequently that soldiers and sailors who had been serving their country abroad found when they came home that their names had been struck off the register of voters. A special Act of Parliament was passed in order to prevent such an anomaly, and since that time little has been heard of soldiers or sailors being disfranchised during their compulsory absence from home. A conspicuous exception is, however, reported from Scotland, the name of J. Bruce, of Paisley, having been removed from the register during his absence as a surgeon in South Africa. The incident is a very annoying one, the more so because Dr. Bruce is disqualified from service on the Town Council, for which he intended to be a candidate. LORD RUSSELL'S TREATMENT IN PRISON. I Lord Rnssell s imprisonment at Holloway seems to have been somewhat of a farce, if we may judge from the account of his experiences which he is stated to have given to a London paper. He was, he says, very well treated, so far as the re-tilatioiis permitted. He was allowed to oriler what meals he liked from a neighbouring restaurant, and, having increased three stone in weight, he resorted to a special diet, which brought his weight down to 71bs, more than when he entered the prison, He wns "only" allowed to receive three letters a week, and to see three visitors during the same period. There was a wire partition between the prisoner and the visitor, but when he found that the grill affected his eyes, the Home Office allowed it to be removed for one of the weekly visits. Altogether Lord RUsell appears to have been more comfortable in Holloway prison than a great many people are in their homes. THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL PARLIAMENT. I A very difficult and awkward question has arisen in the course of the first Session of the Australian Federal Parliament. On the discussion of the Federal Postal Bill, the Labour Party brought forward an amendment prohibiting the employment of coloured labour of all kinds, on board mail steamers. Ministers were in favour of the amendment, which was passed, but Mr. Barton was evidently not very sanguine that the Royal assent would be given to such a measure. The doubts entertained in this direction by Ministers, need scarcely excite surprise, seeing that the policy of the amendment is entirely opposed to that of all British Governments.
Ancient Churches and Monas- teries in the Diocese of llandaff. r On Tuesday evening, at a meeting of the Newport Literary Society, Major C. B. Fowler. F.R.I.B A., delivered an interesting lecture, illustrated by lime-light views, on the above subject. The Churches of Monmouthshire, he said, were generally richer and had finer porches than those in Glamorganshire. Most of them belonged to the 12th and 13th centuries in many cases they had windows to the rood loft and a window in the south side of the chancel, which was generally supposed to be the lepers' window and the altar-stones, with their five crosses, were often placed face downwards at the entrance to the porch, so that they might be trodden under-foot, or were buried in the floor of the church—changes introduced at the Reformation. Referring to fonts, the lecturer showed that when immersion was practi ed. they were low and large, but in later years have become higher and smaller. In connection with the churchyard crosses he' mentioned that he had noticed a portion of a cross built at the end of a dwarf wall on Stow Hill. There was but one ancient pulpit in the diocese- the old stone one built in the north wall of the nave at Newton Nottage, where also the only pre- Reformation altar was found. The ruined church at Cogan was the only piece of Saxon building left in Glamorganshire, and Roggiett Chinch had one of the quaintest east-end windows he had ever seen. Passing on to Monasteries, Major Fowler alluded to the exploration of the Blackfriars and I Greyfriars Monasteries at Cardiff, which he undertook at the instigation and cost of the late Marquis of Bute, and at whose death the work was stopped. When the foundations of the Dominican M' nlstery were laid bare, the complete plan of the building, which was burned down by Owen Glendwyr, appeared. Ttie excavations resulted in the unearthing of painted glass (the only Fourteenth Century glass known in Glamorgan- shire), the flooring tiles of the church, with quaint armorial and ecclesiastical desigus and the keys of the building. The tomb of a Bishop of Llandaff who died at Bishton in 1323 was aiscovered in the middle of the clicii-, but though the leaden coffin was found it was open from end to end, and it contained neither ring nor crozier, showing plainly that it had been plundered at an earlier period. After diligent search, Major Fowler came across the Greyfiiars Monastery at Cardiff, and discovered there a grave containing the body of a giant, and another containing two bodies, one of them with a battle axe wound in the skull.
J ABERGAVENNY. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. COUNTY BUSINESS, Before Captain R. POWELL REES (in the chair), J. O. MAReH. Esq., and Colonel MAKSEL. LICENSING.—The full transfer of the licence of the Old Mitre was granted to Edwin Lewis that of the Pantrhiewgoch Inn to George H. Hargreaves; nrid that of the Bridgend Inn, Abergavenny, to Narracott. Several school cases were dealt with, fines being inflicted. EXCITABLE.-Henry Miller was charged with being drunk on the licensed premises of the Carpen- ters' Arms, Llanvihangel Gobion, on the 8th inst.— P.C. Henry Thomas, stationed at Llanartb, proved the case, and called Charles Salt as a witness, who I »aid that when he went into the house defendant apparently ail rig/it, I hey conversed, and .s paid for a pint of beer for defendant, who J I seemed to get quite excited, said he had been c Army, and could show them how to do drill, >»< d pulled off his coat and waistcoat and went through a lot of drill. He threw his waistcoat in Salt's face. Then the police constable arrived and defendant was ordered off the premises.—Samuel Summers. landlord of the beerhouse, bad been sum- moned for permitting the drunkenness of Miller, but on the strength of the witness Salt the Bench decided to dismiss Summers with a very strong caution.- Miller was fiued 58., including costs. BOROUGH BUSINESS. I A YOUTHFUL OFFENDER.—Edith Watkins, 13, was charged with stealing money, amounting to £ 2, the property of Miss Margaret Blanche Rumsey, and Emma Watkins and Arthur Watkins, the mother and younger brother of the accused were charged with receiving a portion of the money, know- ing it to have been stolen.-Ilr Luther Davies appeared for the defence.—The prosecutrix (Miss Rumsey) said she had a confectionery business at 12. High Street, and her aunt, a Mrs Watkins, lived with her. This aunt, was a relative of the accused parties. The little girl, Edith, was in the habit of visiting the shop to buy sweets, but was not in any way encouraged to go there. On the 10th inst., witness and her aunt went out after closing the shop at 2.20 p.m. The aunt returned at 3.20 p.m., and re-opened the shop. Witness returned at about 8.30 p.m., when her aunt made a statement which caused her to communicate with the police.—P.S. Bullock proved the apprehension of the child, and was about to read a statement made by her when Mr Davies raised a very strong objection to its being admitted as evidence.—His objection was over-ruled.—The statement was as follows:- Yesterday afternoon I went to Mrs Watkins' shop in High Street to buy some sweets. The shop was closed, but the passage door was open, and I went in and found the door of the house open. I went in, but no one was there. I went into the shop and took the mnney out of the drawer. It was a little tin box. 1 gave my brother Arthur, who had waited for me outside, sixpence. I kept a few shillings for myself, and gave my mother the other. I dont know how much it was. There was a sovereign or half-a-sovereign amongst the silver. Most of it was silver. My mother didn't ask me where I got it from. I spent a few shillings, and bought the purse at Mrs Smith's, Tudor St., for 6|d."—After hearing the evidence, the Bench decided to dismiss the case against Arthur and Mrs Watkins, and dealt with the little girl under the First Offenders' Act, ordering her to come up for judgment when called upon.
CHEPSTOW. COUNTY COURT, MONDAY. Before His Honour JUDGE OWEN. I AN INTERESTING ACTION.-Heiiry Davies, of St. Briavel's, was sued, as surety for William Price, late assistant-overseer of St. Briavel's, by the Chepstow Board of Guardititis to recover from him two sums of L32 6. 8d., and £69 17s. 2d., alieged to have been embezzled by Price, now incarcerated in an asylum as a lunatic.—Mr. Arthur Lewis was counsel for plaintiffs, and Mr. Corner for Defendant.—In 1S86 Price was appointed assistant-overseer for the Patish of St. Briavel's, and in May of that year gave a bond to the Chepstow Board of Guardians, defendant being one of the sureties On the passing of the Parish Councils Act, in 1895, Price's salary was increased, and what purported to be a new bond was, in August, 1895, given to the new authority, who, however, still remained the board of guardians. Ultimately, it was alleged that Price had embezzled the sums in questiou, and the guardians sought to recover from Davies, he with auother man named Cox (since dead) being the reputed signatories of both bonds.—The defendant, who had paid JE32 6s. 8d. into court, with a denial of liability, now alleged that the second bond was a forgery, and denied signing it, and that the first bond was void, being given to a different authority. In the first bond Cox had signed with a cross, but in the second document it appeared in full, and Cox's son swore that his father was unable to write. The difficulty of the case was that the attesting witness, or the supposed attesting witness, was dead. A great amouut of evidence was taken as to the alleged forgery, a handwiiting expert express- ing the opinion that iC was Davis's signature to the bond.—His Honour held that even were the second a forgery the first bond became the subsisting document, and still held good, not having been caucelled.—After considerable legal argument and evidence, Mr. Corner agreed to accept liability under the first bond to the extent of such an amount as the guardians might prove due.—In the result, his Honour gave judgment for the plaintiffs for the £32 6s. 8d. paid into court, without costs.
MONMOUTH. I COUNTY COURT, TUESDAY. Before His Honour JUDGE OWEN. A RIGHT-OF-WAY CASE.—His Honour had before him a right-of-way case in which the Mayor and Corporation, represented by the Town Clerk, Mr. B. H. Deakin, figured.—Mr. T. Hanbury Jones, builder, for whom Mr. Herbert Williams appeared, claimed a right-of-way for vehicles across Chippenham, in virtue of his having purchased some property at the back of Monnow-street.— Mr. Williams agreed that there was a general right-of-way across Chippenham but his Honour pointed out that that was only in reject to foot passengers. If Air. Williams was prepared to bring evidence to show that there was a right of property purchased he would adjourn the case for the purpose of hearing it.—The case was accordingly adjourned until the December Court, the Town Clerk stating that he would be unable to appear at the next sitting. POLICE COURT. THURSDAY. Before the Mayor (Councillor H. BAILLIE;, and G. LOSSENS, Esq. FURIOUS DRIVING.-Reginald Garlick, farmer, Biddlestone Farm, near New Inn, who did not appear, was summoned for furious diivitig.-P. Jones saw defendant drive out from the Beaufort Arms Hotel, and strike the horse over the head two or three times. The animal galloped down Monnow-sfreet at a break-neck pace, and witness followed, fearing that an accident would occur at Monnow Bridge.—A fiue of 5s aud 6s 6d costs was impo.-ed.
PONTYPOOL. I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. I Before A. A. WILLIAMS, Esq. (chairman), W. P. JAMES, Esq., W. L. PRATT, Esq., L. LLEWELLYN, Esq., E. FOWLER, Esq., T. WILLIAMS, Esq., I. BUTLEit, Esq., aud W. B. WITCHELL, Esq. SEATS FOR SHOP ASSISTANTS.—William Williams, draper, Pontypool, was summoned under the Seats for Shop Assistants Act for not providing seats for his assistants.— Mr. H. S. Gustard prosecuted on behalf of the Monmouthshire County Council, and said that this was the first case under the Act.—Mr. L. E. Webb defended.—Mr. Gustard said that on the previous night he had received a letter from Mr. Williams stating that the seats had been provided, and that the matter had previously escaped his memory.—Mr. Webb said that Mr. Williams had no intention of doing wrong. He admitted that Mr. Lewis had spoken to him about the matter, but he had unfortuuately allowed it to ecape hill memory.—Mr. Lewis, the inspector under the Act, said he called upon Mr. Williams on December 31st to provide the seats, and he promised to do so.—Witness called again on the 8th October, and found that they bad not been provided. Defendant was ordered to pay the costs. 5s. NOT PROPERLY SPIZA(;GIRD. -William Arthur and William Challenger were fined 20. each, and Solomon Davies 10s for not spragging their working places at the Llanerch Colliery. Thomas Barwood and Edward Davies were also fitied 20s, each for similar offences at the Blaewsychal1 Colliery. CRUELTY TO His Wi.-E.-Thofnas Rileerthorne, shoemaker, was summoned for persistent cruelty to his wife, Annie.—Complainant who is very deaf, and cannot see much, stated that her husband bad threatened to kill her, be bad also struck her and had kept her without food.—Mrs. Lily Davies, defendant's daughter, stated that her father had kept her mother without food many tirbes.-A separation order was arranted, defendant bpi!);)" ordered to pay 76. per week towards his wife's maintenance.
US K. PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. Before R. BICKABDS, Esq. (iu the chair), and II. HUMPHREYS. Esq. No LIGHT.—Leonard Williams, haycutter, Gwernesney, was summoned for driving a. horse and trap at Llangeview, at 7.20 p.m., o-u the 18th October, without a ligbt.-P.C. Pettitt gave the facts.—Fined 4s6d (costs). DRUNK.—Emma Haines, married woman, LIan- llowell, was summoned for being drunk ia Priorv- street, Usk, on the 18th October.—Defendant did not appear.-P.C. Pettitt proved the service of the sommoDg.—P.S. Sheddick stated that at 8.15 p.m. on the date named he found the defendant drunk. She had fallen down, her face was bleeding, and her groceries were scattered over the footpath. He took her to the police-station, and kept her there till she was sober.—Fined 5s, 7 days' in default. A SERIOUS ASSAULT. 1 homas Jones, a young labourer, of Llaubadce, was summoned for assaulting Jeremiah Staith, a middle-aged man, at Llangibby, on the 22nd October. Complainant, who appeared with a bandage round his head to cover a very badly bruised and cut eye on the left-hand side, stated that on Tuesday night last he called at the Bittia Farm, Llangibby, on business nnd asked for a drink of cider, which was given to him. While there defendant came up and he offered him a drink out of the cup, which he accepted, and they had another cup of cider. They were joking together and telling tales, wbeu without a moment's warning, defendant struck him a very violent blow in the eye, knocking him down. Jones then kicked him on the cheek, thigh, and other places, and got on top of him. Defendant would have strangled him, but he shouted, and young Stephens came to his assistance and pulled Jones off him. Subsequently Jones, who W-as with, young Stephens, waylaid him. and he pulled out his knife and told Jones he would certainly use it if he came near him. In cross-examination, complainant denied that he- challenged Jones to go out into the meadow to- fight. and that be ran after defendant with a knife and threatened to kill him if he bad to hang for it on the morrow. He might have called after him in his temper, because he thought his eye-ball had been burst with the blow, and that he should lose his sight. He re-asserted that defendant kicked him several times. He produced the rag with which he wiped his eye, at the Bittia. Thomas Stephens stated that he heard com- plainant and defendant wrangling, and that Smith challenged Jones to go out iu the meadow to fight. Jones would not go, and did not move. Smith, called Jones" a nasty blackguard." Examined by Smith He did not hear Mrs Smith's name mentioned. Cross-examined Smith challenged Jones to fight, and subsequently said he would stab him to death if he had to be hanged for it. Bv the Bench: Witness was there from the, beginning of the quarrel. He did not see them fight. There was nothing the matter with them when he got home after they had the cider. He did not see Jones kick Smith. It was dark at the time. He did not see nor hear Jones strike or kick' Smith. Smith got the blow in the eye somehow in the row. By Complainant: Witness pulled Jones off him. James Stephens, brother of the last witness, said he did not see any of the row. As soon as he had given them the cider he left. Complainant said he did not &'tbpœna Miss Stephens as he thought the other witnesses would be sufficient for his case, but she was present when the row was on. Defendsut said Smith challenged him to fight and told him he would do for him. Smith closed up to him, and he struck him in the eve thinking he was going to strike him. He denied that he kicked him at all. The Bench imposed a fine of 208 and costs (lis), remarking that there was not sufficient provocation. for defendant to give Smith such an eye as he had. They did not believe that Thomas Stephens had told then all he knew about the case. The money was paid. ADJOURNED.—The affiliation case, Francis v. Thomas, was adjourned by consent. POOR RATES.—Several poor rates were signed, including those for the Parishes of Usk (at 18 in the X), Gwehelog, Gwernesney, and Llanllowell (at Is 4d in the £ each).
An Intrepid Lady. New York, Friday. The Sun says:—Miss Anna Taylor yesterday went through the Canadian Rapid, abore Niagara, in a barrel and then plunged over the Horse Shoe Fall, a distance of 165 feet. She escaped with some bruises.
A Segro Lynched. New York, Friday. A Negro who had assaulted a white w.,man was burned alive by a mob at Balistown, Louisiana, yesterday.
il Death of Mrs. Bunting. Mrs. Bunting, who was shot by her brot.her-iu- law, at Blackfriars, died early this morning.
Miss Stone. New York, Friday. The Journal's correspondent at Sofia, says: — That the opiuiou is growing that Miss Stone can. hardly have survived the hardships she has undergone.
The King Receives. The King to- day received the Home Secretary.
Decided to Die Together tl-l At the inquest held on Armand Quelelher, who was found shot dead in Leicester Square Hotel, while a lady companion was found wounded, a. letter, written by deceased, was read, which. showed that the pair had decided to die; togethera and wished to be buried iu the same coifiu. 1