NEWPORT. Agents-Messrs greenlisad and Co., Newsagent*. DEATH OF ALBERT PALMER.—Albert Palmer, the well-known international cross-country runner, and captain of the Newport Harriers, was fatally crushed by a wagon at St. Julian's Brickworks, Caerleon, on Thursday. COUNTY COUNCIL APPOINTMENT.—At a meeting of the main roads and bridges committee of the Monmouthshire County Council, at Newport, on Wednesday, Mr Edgar J. Jenkins, of Newport, was appointed clerk to the County Surveyor, at a salary beginning at £ 120, rising to X150 per annum. LOCAL WILL—Mr John Francis, of Victoria Avenue, Maindee, Newport, who died on January Ist, and probate of whose will has been granted to Mrs Anno Blackmore Francis, of 81, Victoria Avenue, the widow, and William James Lloyd, of Newport, solicitor, left property of the value of JB2 731 Os 2d gross, and X2,397 2a 8d net. CONGRATULATION.- 0 a Thursday, Lord Tredegar reached his 74th milestone, but if he were only as old as he looks he might well be on the sunnyside of 7). His lordship is a striking illustration of the efficacy of happy thoughts happily expressed, good deeds, and plenty of out-door exercise as a tiealth preservative. May he long be with us in he enjoyment of good health. ART WORK FOR ROYALTY.—At Tuesday evening's meeting of the Newport Technical Instruction Committee, Mr Bush reported that the art work had been forwarded to the Board of Education for inspection. He had also sent some .embroidered work, which Lady Llangattock had presented to Princess Alexandra of Teck, on her marriage, and which had been designed by Miss Williams, teacher of art needlework. SUNDAY TRADING.—The attempts to suppress Sun. day trading at Newport, which have been suspended for some weeks owing to the Bench being equally divided, are being renewed, and this week 36 sum- mouses have been issued, so that, with the 23 sum- monses which were adjourned, some 60 cases are .,down for hearing. The Shopkeepers' Association threaten reprisals, and application is to be made for summonses against prominent Newport firms, as well as the Corporation, for doing work other than -work of necessity or charity on the Lord's Day. CENTENARY OF THB BIBLE SOCIETY. Lord Tredegar presided at the Temperance Hall, Newport, on Tuesday evening, at a public meeting in connection with the centenary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and regretted there vag not a larger attendance. If they kept no ,oth,er centenary, he thought they should keep the .centenary of the Bible Society. He was afraid a great many of the inhabitants of Newport were ignorant of the work of the society, which knew JJO creed.—Archdeacon Bruce, in the course of an eloquent and appealing address, said he was glad that the leaders of the Church of England bad ,struck so generous a note of admiration for the .Bible Society. LOCAL WEDDING.—On Wednesday, at St. Mark's Church. Newport, the marriage took place of Mr C. D. Phillips. jun., son of Mr C. D. Phillips, J.P., of The Gaer, Newport, and Miss Emma Swalwell, youngest daughter of Mr J. Swalwell. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory satin trimmed with Limerick lace. The (bridesmaids, Misses Marion and Rose Phillips, wore dresses of pale blue voile, with crepe do chine .and Maltese lace trimmings, whilst Miss Olive Sainsbury wore a white muslin costume. The Rev T. LI. Lister, vicar, assisted by the Rev D. J. Sproule, officiated. The bride's going-away dress was of blue cloth, with hat to match, and ostrich iltole. The honeymoon is being spent in JLondon. A
PONTYPOOL. idrents—M-J. ffardin, Market Bookstall, Mr Fieldhouse The Market, and Messrs. Jones and Edwards. TECHNICAL I NSTRUCTION. -Miss Edith Haskins, a ,clever painter, and native of Pontypool, has become a teacher in the Newport Art Schools, where she re- ceived her tuition. ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH.—The Rev. C. Cook (vicar), has elected Mr Maisey as his warden, and the parishioners have re-appointed Mr E. Parker as their warden. The account shows a slight bal- ance on the right side. COLLIERY EXTENSIONS.—The Tirpentwys Black Vein Steam Coal and Coke Co., Ltd., are sinking to the deeper veins at their Pontypool Collieries. They first of all propose to tap the Meadow vein, and it is expected that additional 300 to 4UO hands will be employed. PANTEG COUNCIL MEETING.-At the annual meet. ing, on Tuesday night. Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., Maesderwen, who has been chairman of the council ver since its formation forty years ago, was re- flected chairman, with Major D. E. Williams, Griffithstown, another old and valued member of the -council, as his vice. The following new district rates were levied Panteg, la. 6d. Griffithstown, • 2B. 3d.; and Llanfihangel, Is. Id. BOWLS -The. annual meeting of the Pontypool Bowling Club was held at the Crown Hotel, Mr Edwin Fowler, J.P., presiding. The financial state- ment, as presented by the treasurer, showed a credit balance of £3 8s 5d. Mr E. Fowler, J.P., was re- appointed president, and Mr Lewis Davies and Mr H. H. Pratt secretary and treasurer respectively. Mr Z. Onions was elected vice-president. The opening day of the season was fixed for Thursday, May 5th. ACCIDENT AT LLANERCH COLLIERY.—An accident, which, fortunately, bad no serious results, occurred at Messrs. Partridge, Jones and Co.'s, Xlanerch Colliery, on Tuesday afternoon. While bringing coal to the surface, one of the slides on the old-fashioned cage, got out of order, preventing the night workmen from descending. 'The day men, who were in the pit at the time of the accident, were brought up by the shaft at the lilaensychan Colliery and through the old water shaft near. A FATAL TERMINATION.—An inquest was held at the Town Hall, Pontypool, on Saturday morning, by Mr W. J. Everett, on Joseph James, who resided at 1, Coedcae Terrace, Pontypool.— Francis James, grocer, High-street, Pontypool, son of the deceased, said his father was 60 years -of age.—Arthur Brown, 12, said that he was -delivering groceries at Typwll, on April 9th, with the deceased. The cart in which the deceased was standing passed over a large stone. The lamp became extinguished, and the horse fell down. The horse then bolted, and witness and -.James were thrown out. When witness next saw the deceased his leg was under one of the cart -wheels.-Sarah Jane Todd, matron of the Pontypool and District Hospital, said the deceased died on Wednesday.—Dr Mason expressed the ..opinion that death was due to blood poisoning.— The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and the Coroner expressed -.sorrow with the deceased's relatives.
qp- RAGLAN. Agent-Mr. W. Parker, Photographer. WEDDING.—On Wednesday afternoon, at St John's Church, Cardiff, the wedding took place of the Rev. R. Shelley Plant, formerly curate of St John's, and -now vicar of Raglan, and Miss A. M. Pritchard, of 'Charles-street, Cardiff. The service was fully choral. 'The Rev. A. Henderson, (vicar) officiated, assisted by the Rev. A. Short,, Mr Coles presiding at the organ. The bridesmaids were Miss Violet Sweet- lEscott and Miss Edna Wallace, and the best man -was tte Rev. Charles Feetham, curate of St John's. The Bride was given away by the Rev. David Griffiths, vicar of Brynmawr, her brother-in-law. The church was crowded.
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ABERGAVENNY. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. IMPROPER POSTERS.—Frank Dawson, alias Keys, alias Frederick Hyde, of Clare-street, Cardiff, who did not appear, was sentenced to a month's hard labour, without the option of a fine, for aiding and abetting some person or persons unknown in posting bills of an improper character in certain places within the borough. I A LUNATIC AT LARGE. Howell James, who described himself as a first- class mechanical practical engineer, was charged with exposing himself to the annoyance of two ladies, at Penpergwm, on Tuesday afternoon; with attempting to enter a G.W.R. goods train whilst in motion; and (by Supt Davis) with being a lunatic wandering at large. Mr P. L. Morgan, Penpergwm, stated that at a quarter past six on Tuesday evening he was proceed- ing to Penpergwm railway station when, outside the station, he saw the prisoner with his clothes dis- arranged, and there were two ladies passing at the time. Mr H. W. Warrington, the station-master, cor- roborated. Prisoner: I cannot understand how you can tell such lies. It is an infernal lie, and I wonder it didn't choke you. I am a V.C. and a Spion Kop hero, and a pint of beer don't make me drunk, your Honours. The seoond case was then dealt with. Ernest Hinders stated that at 5.15 p.m., at Pen- pergwm station, prisoner asked the gunrd of a goods train to let him go by that train, and was told he could not' As soon as the train started prisoner got into one of the empty wagons, and the guard and witness had to tell him to get out. The Station-master stated that prisoner said he wanted to go to Hereford. The train was for South Wales. In reply to the Bench, prisoner said he came from Nantyglo, and lived at Ebbw Vale. He had been in the Abergavenny Asylum for seven months six months ago. He was going to Stockton-on-Tees. Prisoner was examined by Dr Steel, and, later on, was sent to Abergavenny Asylum.
CAERLEON. I PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. I Before F. J. MITCHELL, Esq. (in the chair), SIR ARTHUR MACKWORTH, A. M. PILLINER, Esq., D. W. JENKINS, Eeq,, E. H, CRAWSHAY, Esq., and H. MACKWORTH, Esq OCCASIONAL LiCENsp,An occasional license was granted to Mr Frederick Foster Phillips, Star Inn, Dock Street, Newport, for a booth and grand stand enclosure at Caerleon Racecourse on the 5th and 6th May. GAMBLING.—Robert Hopkins, Evan Hopkins, Evan Griffiths, George Marchant, and Michael Keeliher, labourers, Caerleon, were summoned for gaming with cards at the Penrose Farm, Llan- gattock, on the 10th April.—Evidence was given that the lads were playing "banker" in a field at Penrose Farm, through which a public footpath ran. They all used the cqrds, and placed money on the top of them.—Mrs Parker said that her son, Michael Keeliher, aged 16 years, had enlisted in the South Wales Borderers, and had not had the summons.— Robert Hopkius and Evan Griffiths, who appeared, were fined 5s each, and Evan Hopkins and George Marchant, who did not appear, 7s 6d each. The case against Keeliher was adjourned —The Chair- man said that something must be done to put down gambling. DISMISSED.-Edris Davies. butcher. Caerleon, was summoned for allowing a horse to stray on the highway at Caerleon, on the 11th April.—Evidence was given by P.C. Harris that he found the horse on a footpath outside the Police Station.—Mr Davies said that the horse was on the Goldcrcft Common, and the case was dismissed. Mrs S. J. Richardson,, butcher, Caerleon, was summoned for allowing a horse to stray on the highway at Caerleon, on the 3rd April.—Mrs Richardson said that someone had opened the gate of^-the-field and thus let the horse out on to the road. —She was advised to get the gate fastened, and the ease was dismissed. HARD LINEs.-David Harris, labourer, of Llan- thewy, was summoned for riding a bicycle without a light after lighting up time, on April 7th.-It appeared that defendant had been for a trip to Pontypool and New Inn and was returning when, near Ponthir, he met P.C. Harris, He dismounted and asked for a match. What for?" asked the constable. "Why, to light my lamp," replied the cyclist. The constable thought this was a subter- fuge, and pointed to the empty lamp bracket. Defendant now said that just before he met the policeman he rode over a large stone, and he sup- posed this must have extinguished his light. After alighting, however, he found that the lamp had gone as well, and he and the constable went back to look for it.-P. C. Harris admitted that about 50 yards up the road a piece of lamp was found.— Fined 5s, SUPERINTENDENT JAMES.—At the conclusion of the Court, the Chairman said that this was the last time Superintendent James would present to them the police sheet to be signed. He under- stood that Superintendent James had been in this division for 36 years, and that for the pallt eleven years he had had charge of the district of Caerleon. They had always found him most capable and attentive to his duties, and he had rendered them assistance in every possible way. They were sorry to lose him, and hoped that he would have many years of ease and comfort in his retirement.— Superintendent James briefly acknowledged, saying that he vas glad to find that his conduct had met with their worships' approval.
I CHEPSTOW. I I PETTY SESSIONS, TUESDAY. I Before G-. SEYS, G. Y. HUGHES, G. DEWDNEY, E, T. HEAP, and C. W. WHALLEY, Esqs. BAD TEMPER.—John Chard, who was represented by his wife, was summoned for allowing his chimney to be on fire.-P.C. Thomas said that at 11.40 p.m. on April 6th, he saw a volume of smoke issuing from defendant's house in Davis' Court, Chepstow, and the neighbours complained that Chard had set his chimney on fire. Witness entered the house and found that defendant, after a row with his wife, had smashed some furniture and put the pieces on the fire. Upon leaving, witness heard Chard say that he would burn the place down.—P.S. Groves stated that he was called to the house on the pre- vious Saturday when Chard had smashed a lot of things.—Fined £1 ahd 4s 6d costs, one month in de. fault. No DECLARATION. — Richard Sheraton, Cherry j Orchard Farm, Earlswood, was summoned for re- moving 77 sheep from Clearwell, Gloucestershire, v into Monmouthshire, without a declaration. De- fendant pleaded that he did not know it was neces- sary.—Fined 5s and 7s costs. TRESPASS AFTER RABBIT3. John Nash, Henry Nash, and George Watkins, of Caldicot, were sum- moned for trespassing in pursuit of conies on land owned by Mr C. E. Lewis, at Mathern.—From the evidence it appeared that John Williams saw defen- dants on the land, with three dogs, beating fern, at 5 p.m. on April 18th, and when they saw him they j made off. P.C. Pritchard subsequently saw Henry Nash and Watkins, and the latter admitted being on the land, but denied being after rabbits.—John Nash, the only one to appear, now said that he was directed across the fields on his way to Pwlmeyric, and denied that he was in pursuit of rabbits.—In the result he was fined 15s inclusive, having a previous conviction against him this year, seven days' in de- fault, and the other two, not appearing, were simi- larly dealt with. A NEIGHBOURS' QUARREL.—Annie Brewer, of St Arvans, summoned George Davies, a neighbour, for using threats towards her on April 16th.—After hearing evidence from both sides as to a quarrel with reference to borrowed buckets of coal and the making of a pair of trousers, the Bench dismissed the case, complainant to pay 2s costs. TRANSFER. The licence of the Tredegar Arms Inn, Shirenewton, was transferred from A. Matthews to W. J. Stoodly, of Chepstow.
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THE GRAIG. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY. Before R. VAUGHAN, Esq. (chairman), Colonel BRADNEY, and the Hon J. M. ROLLS. CRUELTY.—John Hodges, Skenfrith Mill, was summoned for cruelty to a horse by working same in an unfit condition at Llangattock- Vibon-Avel, on the 30th March, and was fined 5s 6d and costs. ASSAULT.—John Grindley, Blackbrook, Skenfrith, was summoned for assaulting Abraham Williams, Norton, farm labourer, at Blackbrook, on 1st April.— Mr Herbert Williams, solicitor, Mon- mouth defended.—Complainant, James Earley, and Arthur Jones, gave evidence as to the assault.-Defendaot stated that as complainant would not leave the stable when requested by him to do so, he took him by the collar to remove him when complainant struck him twice on the nose and face. Defendant never struck him at all with his fist or hunting crop. He dismissed com- plainant then and there, because Mr Jackson had complained about him.—Mr Williams having addressed the Bench for the defence, the Chairman said: We consider that defendant had a perfect right to turn complainant out, but that in doing so he lost his temper and committed an assault for which he will be fined Yt and costs. HEAVY FINE.-Allen Ellis, Cross Ash, postman, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence on the 10th March last.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—Mr Evan Owen, Supervisor of Inland Revenue, Monmouth, who prosecuted, stated that defendant had been asked three times to pay his licence.—The Chairman said it was a very serious case, and defendant would be fined £2 and costs-E2 198 in all.
MONMOUTH. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. Before the Mayor (Councillor G. R. EDWARDS), H. BAILEY, Esq., and G. P, COSSENS, Esq. No DOG LICENCE.—John Bills, labourer, for keeping a dog without a licence, was fined 9s, including costs James Herbert, labourer, Nailor's Lane, 5s and 6s costs—Mr Owen, Supervisor of Inland Revenue, who conducted the prosecution, said both defendants had been warned, and invited to pay 2s 6d extra for their licence. A BAD DOG.-William Jones, labourer, was summoned for keeping a dog which was not under proper control.-P.C. Collins proved the case, and the defendant was ordered to pay costs, 7s, and to keep the animal under proper control. BAD LANGUAGE.—Heury Thomas, 25, carpenter, and Charles Wigmcre, 27, labourer, were sum- moned for using obscene language in public.— P.S. Jones heard the defendants on Wye Bridge, shortly before midnight, using language which was put in in writing. Thomas was fined 5s and 4s 6d costs, and Wigmore, who did not appear, 7s 6d and 4s 6d costs. DRUNK AND RIOTOUS. -Margaret Gilbert, married, living near Monnow Bridge, admitted having been drunk and riotous, and was ordered to pay costs, 4s 6d. t UNLICENSED T-RAP.-William C. Morgan, builder, Wyebridge-street, was summoned for keeping a trap without a licence, on April 19th.-Defendant admitted having no licence for the last three years. His name was painted on the trap, which was used principally for conveying light material for the pur- pose of trade. The hearing, which lasted a long time, revealed the existence of some feeling between defendant and Supervisor Owen, who prosecuted. The Bench expressed disapproval of some language Air Owen admitted having used towards defendant. They, however, found that Morgan was liable to pay ,the licence, and a fine of 10s and coits was imposed, with an order to take out a licence. COUNTY COURT, TUESDAY. Before His Honour JUDGB OWEN. CLAIM FOR HAY.—Morgan Bros., coal and hay merchants, Monmouth, v Edward Perry, mail con- tractor, Newport. -Plaintifts had obtained judgment for f29 2s 8d for hay supplied, but defendant had paid nothing, and alleged that everything had been made over to his trustees.—A new order for JE2 a month was made. IN BANKRUPTCY.—Mr G. H. Llewellyn, Official Receiver in Bankruptcy, v Thomas Meek, engine driver, Bream.-Philip Williams, grocer, Bream, proved that at the time of his bankruptcy, in Nov., 1903, defendant owed him X8 5s 10d.—Judgment was given for CC 19s I Id. at 4s a month.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. A PEST.—Thomas Ryan, a stalwart Irishman, of venerable appearance, who bad spent the interval since Monday in the cells at Newport, was on Wednesday described as the pest of South Wales." The old man went from shop to shop in Commercial-street, asking for alms. In the shop of Messrs. Reynolds and Co., Ltd., on being refused, he struck one of the assistants with his walking-stick. Ryan refused to leave the Old Bush Inn, and when forcibly ejected he broke a glass panel in one of the doors. He has been convicted in several courts in South Wales, and was now sentenced to two months' imprison- ment. "COULD DO IT LIKE A Top.Amotigst the women who appeared in the dock was Rose Catherine Sullivan, who was released from Usk I., Prison, on Saturday, after a sojourn of two months, and on Monday she was arrested for disorderly conduct. The record showed 44 appearances at Glamorgan Courts, 67 at Cardiff, and three previous convictions at Newport. The woman was sentenced to one month's imprison- ment, and calmly told the Court that she could do it like a top." SCENE BETWEEN PILOTS.-Isaac Davies, pilot, 24, Clytha-square, and Simon Bigmore, dock pilot, of 12, David-street, appeared for a breaoh of the peace at the Alexandra Dock Pieihead. The men had words over a boat which was entering the dock on the 15th inst. Bigmore was in a small boat in the river at the time, and, when he got ashore at the Pierhead, Davies struck him. The men closed together and fell, and Dock-constable Pickering separated thA.-The Bench bound the defendants over to keep the peace, and ordered them to pay the costs.
11 PONTYPOOL. I I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. I MAINTENANCE.—William Jayne, mason, and Thomas Roach, collier, Mountain Ash, were summoned in respect of the maintenance of their father, and were each ordered to contribute Is 6d towards their father's maintenance.—At the same court the following were summoned for arrears of maintenance: Frank Marshall, police constable, Lowestoft, for 15s John Burgess, collier, Tranch, for 13s 6d Enos Powell, collier, Tranch, for 12s and Frederick Evans, collier, Freehold Land, for JE1 Is. Each of the defendants was committed for 14 days, but the committal was suspended for 14 days to enable them to pay.—Mr T. Watkius prosecuted on behalf of the Pontypool Board of Guardians. REFRACTORY.—John Robinson, tramp, was summoned for refractory conduct at the Work- house.—Mr Thomas Watkius, solicitor, Pontypool, prosecuted,—Thomas Balkwell, labour master, I '¡'" said the defendant declined to do the allotted task, on the pretence that he was ill. Witness had him medically examined, and the doctor certified that he was able and fit to work. Robinson, however, still declined to do the work.—He was sent to prison for 14: days. CRUELTY.-Haury Hart, colliery haulier, was summoned for ill-treating a horse in the Abersychan Colliery.—John Thomas, master haulier, was summoned for permitting the horse to be ill-treated.—Defendants pleaded guilty.- J. B. Shern, surveyor, appeared on behalf of Siesarp. Hoskins and Llewellyn, and proved seeing the horse worked while it was suffering from sore shoulders.—Hart was fined 10s, and the other defendant 20s. ASSAULT. -William Perry, farmer, Mamhilad, was summoned for assaulting Edward Henry Humphries, at Mamhilad, on April 25th.—Mr T, P. H. Watkins, Pontypool, prosecuted.— Prosecutor said that the defendant objected to his repairing one of his (prosecutor's) hedges, and, after a quarrel, Perry struck him in the face several times.—A fine of 20s was imposed. NEGLECTING TO SPRAG.-Arthur Jones, collier, Talywain, was summoned for neglecting to sprag his working place at the Blaensychan Colliery, on March 29th.—Mr W. J. Everett appeared to prosecute,-Redley Clarke, assistant manager, said that on visiting the defendant's working place he saw a piece of overhanging coal about 10ft. I lin. in length, by 3ft. lOin. iu breadth. At the one end it waq overhanging about 2ft 6in, and at the other end 1ft llin. There ought to have been at least two sprags to keep it up, but the defendant had not placed any.-A fine of 20s was imposed. DAMAGING A WALL.—Israel Hill, 13, Woodland Row, Talywain, was summoned for doing damage to a wall to the extent of 10s, at Talywain.—Henry Howells said he saw the boy pulling stones out of the wall.—William Lewis, grocer, Abersychan, said the wall was his property, and he estimated the damage at 10s. -Fitied 10s. CRUELTY.—James Hyett, labourer, Newport,"was summoned for working a horse io an unfit state at Pontypool, on April 14th.-Thomas Warren, ostler, Newport, was summoned for causing the same to be worked.—P.S. Watkins said that on the day in question he saw Hyett in charge of two horses and a brewer's dray. Witness examined the horses, and noticed that there were four sores on one of the horses' shoulders. The sores were very raw, and about the size of a shilling. Witness ordered Hyett to take the horse out of the dray, and this he did.—Inspector Lewis, of Newport, said he had a conversation with Warren, who admitted that he was responsible for the horses being worked.—Warren was fined 20s, and Hyett 10s. BAD LANGUAGE.—John Lewis, carpenter, Pontypool, and Herbert Hurst, collier, Pont- newydd, were summoned for using profane and obscene language. A fine of 7s 6d was inflicted in each case. RIOTOUS.-Harold James Wheeler, Thomas Evans, Oliver Cooper, and David Williams, colliers, Pontyoool, were summoned for riotous behaviour, at Pontypool, on April 16th-Wheeler and Evans were fined 15s each, and the other defendants 7s 6d each. A TRIVIAL CAsE,-Herbert Collins, pupil teacher, at George-street Board School, Pontypool, was summoned for assaulting Edith Watt, at Pontypool, on April 18th.—Mr W. J. Everett defended.—Edith Watt, 11, said that the defendant had given instructions that no one should speak, but she did not hear him give the order and spoke out. He thereupon gave her a cut on the hand with a ruler. She then refused to go on with her work, and he gave her another two cuts with the ruler, but as she still refused to do as she was told he sent her to the headmaster to be punished.—Maggie Highly, another little girl, gave similar evidence.—Mr Everett proceeded to cross-examine the witnesses, but the chairman (Mr A. A. Williams) stated that the Bench considered it a very trivial case, and one that never ought to have been brought. It was simply wasting the time of the Court.—The case was dismissed.
GENERAL. ASSAULT ON CONSTABLES. John Bennett, collier, of Ebbw Vale, was charged at Ebbw Vale. with being drunk and disorderly, and with assaulting P.C's Phillips and and Baker.—Defendant pleaded guilty.-P.C. Phillips stated that he was taking a woman into custody when prisoner followed him and threw two loaves at him, one of which struck him on the head. He had to leave his prisoner to take Bennett into custody. He offered considerable resistance, and struck him and kicked him several times on the leg. Witness had to blow his whistle for assistance. Prisoner continued to be violent on the way to the station, and butted witness in the stomach with his head.-P.C. Baker said he gave Phillips assistance in takiusr the woman into cuslody. In consequence of Bennett's behaviour, he had to release the woman and assist Phillips.- The magistrates said they were determined to stop these violent assaults on the police, and prisoner, who said he knew nothing about it, was fined X20, or three months' hard labour. ;r ..&'=-
FISH AS AN ARTICLE OF DIET. ITS GREAT IMPORTANCE. All doctors agree as to the great importance of fish as an article of diet, but, unfortunately, there is a sameness in the ways of serving fish that prevents its wider use. We must have our palates tickled, or we do not relish what we take. What is wanted is a greater variety in serving the com- moner sorts of fish. To obtain this, fish should ba served with a variety of simple yet tasty sauces. Such sauces are now within the reach of all, and in Brown & Poison's booklet, Simple Fish Sauces," written for ordinary households, by a leading expert, a number of excellent recipes for such sauces are given. These are quickly and easily made, and give snap, flavour and richness to the commonest fish. The thickening for such sauces is Brown & Poison's Patent Corn flour. Application for this booklet should be made at once, to Brown & Poisons, Paisley, enclosing Id stamp. 2
Russia and Japan. A Reuter's telegram from St. Peters- burg, on Thursday, says Rear-Admiral Jeszen telegraphs that on the night of April 26th, two Russian torpedo-boats met at sea the Japanese military transport Kinshiu Maru, of 4,000 tons, laden with rice and other military stores, and about 1,500 tons of coal. The transport was armed with four Hotchkiss guns of 47 millimetres. The Russians took on board seventeen officers, twenty soldiers, eighty-five military carriers or coolies, and sixty-five men of the crew, who surrendered. The remainder of the men, who were to form a landing party, and who were left without officers, obstinately refused to surrender, or to go on board a Russian cruiser. Furthermore, they offered armed resist- ance to the Russians. In the end, they were selit to the bottom with the transport. The report -states that two hundred men went down in the Kinshiu Maru.
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I The Lessons of the War. The majority of people, if they were asked what have been the lessons of the Russo-Japanese war, so far as it has proceeded, would reply that for Britain there was one great lesson which might be discovered without prolonged reflection. No doubt before the campaign is finished it will demonstrate the folly of going to war, but the moral of all that has so far occurred is, that we should take care to maintain our fleet in a state of preparedness. That is a precaution which Russia has strangely neglected, and with various disasters and mishaps she has had to pay dearly for the omission. It is hard to understand how it is that a powerful nation like Russia, which has always taken its share of war-like operations, should have allowed itself to fall into such a predicament. It i" said at St. Petersburg, that Japan treacherously attacked the Russian fleet at Port Arthur without making a declaration of war, but the Russian Government must surely have realised that the course which it was pursuing might lead to war. No country, unless it were one of the "dying nations to which Lord Salisbury referred, could tolerate such treatment as that which Japau experienced, and the clamour which was raised at Tokio should have been I SUFFICIENT TO WARN THE GOVERNMENT I at St. Petersburg, that, if it continued the irritating and menacing policy of delay, the Japanese would I certainly resort to arms. Notwithstanding indications, which it seemed impossible to mistake, Russia continued to procrastinate, and she does I not seem to have prepared for war. Perhaps her ministers thought they could do that which they have done before-maintain a threatening attitude until the eleventh hour, and then, when they found that the other side was not frightened, adopt a more reasonable course. But even if Japan had declared war, it would have made little or no difference. Russia herself would scarcely deny that it is perfectly legitimate to follow a declaration of war by immediate action, and, even if Japan had waited a week or a month, Russia could have done little to strengthen her naval position. Her fleet in the Yellow Sea was not adequate to prevent the transport of Japanese troops, and the nearest reinforcements that she bad were in the Black Sea, where, as she knew, they must remain until permission was obtained for their passage through the Dardanelles. It is stated-whether truly or not—that the Black Sea fleet consisted of ships which are out of date, and quite unfit to meet I 80 FORMIDABLE AN ADVERSARY I as the Japanese fleet," but in any event they were useless where they were, and Russia might have foreseen that unless she transferred them to the Yellow Sea before the outbreak of hostilities she might not be able to get them there at all. Possibly she fell into the fatal error of under- estimating the strength of the enemy but she could scarcely have failed to perceive that Japan would exert all her strength to prevent a junction of the two squadrons, or that she would prove so ignorant of strategy as not to attempt the destruction of the Port Arthur Squadron before the other could arrive. It has been said that Britain has a way of muddling through but we have no reason to apprehend that our Admiralty would prove so helpless as the Russian naval department has been in this crisis. There is happily something more than a blind and unquestioning faith to justify our confidence. We all remember the mobilisation of the Special Service Squadron, in 1896, and we may be tolerably sure that if Britain had been immediately involved in the troubles of the Far East, there would very soon have been at the theatre of possible war a British fleet which no single Power could have had any hope of resisting. I
Monmouth County Governing Body and the Education Act. The annual meeting of the County Governing Body took place at Newport, on Monday afternoon, when Mr S. C. Bosanquet was re-elected chairman until the "appointed day," and Mr J. D. Thomas (Hengoed), vice-chairman. I POSITION OF USK SCHOOL. I In reply to a question as to the position of the Usk School, the Chairman said he was of the opinion that it would be classed as an elementary, opinion that it would be classed as an elementary, and not as a higher elemexory school. Mr Dauncey agreed. Mr Hall, director of education, said he thought it would come under the new class of higher elementary schools. Mr Hall was instructed to write to the Board of Education to ascertain. Mr S. N. Jones raised the question of some schools having large balances at the bank whereas other schools had nothing and the County Governing Body was short of money. He wished to know when the new Act came into force whether all the money would be applied equally to the schools and school districts. Mr C. Dauncey said there was nothing in the Act which would compel governors of particular schools to give up their balances. The Tredegar School had a balance of LI,000, and the governors intended to stick to it. If some schools, owing to better management, were able to put away a nest egg, surely it was never contemplated that they should penalise them for their efficiency. To deprive them of their balance in hand would be to penalise them. Alderman Grove said, as chairman of the education committee, that authority would, when it came into office, see what action it could take under the old Act.
Drunken Man's Miraculous Escape. At Tredegar Police Court, on Tuesday, Jenkin Jenkins, collier, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Bargoed, on Monday, and with tres- passing on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway and refusing to quit when requested. P.C. Jenkins stated that about four o'clock he was called to Aber-Bargoed Station, where he found the prisoner detained by the railway authorities. He was given into custody. Prisoner was very disor- derly, used shocking language, and had to be locked up. Mr Holliday, engineer to the Railway Company, said ho was travelling on the line, and noticed a man lying in the four-feet way, over which the train had just passed. He expected he was killed. The train was stopped, and going back they found the prisoner helplessly drunk and quite uninjured. They set him on his feet, and he then became abusive. He refused to give his name and address, and they ulti- mately got him into the van. Prisoner had nothing to say, except to admit that he was drunk. He fell down, and although he saw the train approaching, he could not get up. There were fifteeu previous convictions, and he was now fined zC5, or a month's hard labour.
i Markets. I CHEPSTOW, CATTLE, Tuesday.—There was a good supply at this market. Beef was rather dearer, best quality making 7d per lb, with from 2 6d to 6|d per lb for rougher quality, and bulls 5j-d to 6d per lb. Sheep were in full supply, and inclined to be dear, those in the wool fetching from 9d to lOd per lb, whilst shorn fetched fully 8d per lb, «wes and tegs making from 7d to 8d. Porkers realised 9s per score, and baconers from 8s to 8s 6d. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—It was reported here to-day that wheat was very quiet and 6d to 9d per quarter cheaper on the week. Maize and barley had a slow sale, with prices rather in favour of buyers, and fines flour was at 25s 6d per sack. NEWPORT CATTLE, Wednesday.-There was a short supply of cattle and wether mutton OIL offer [ here to-day, but the supply of calves and lambs was plentiful. The attendance and trade were very good. QcLotationr, :-Beat beef 6id to 6td per lb, seconds 6d to 6Jd; cows, 5d to 5H best wether mutton (In the wool), 9d to lOd; shorn wethers, Sld; ewes, 7d to 8d lamb, lid, and 2 veal 7d to 9d. Porker pigs were at from 9s 3d to 9s 9d, and bacon 8s per score. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.—There was an average attendance, with good supply and fair trade, at the cheese market here to-day. Quota- tions Caerphilly, 30s to 40s per cwt fancy dairies, 42s to 44s Derbys, 60s to 64s; doubles, 56a to 58s, Cheddars, 56s to 60s.
The New Police Superintendent of the Pontypool Division. Alderman S. N. Jones, chairman of the Mon- mouthshire County Council, who presided at Aber- tillery Police Court, on Wednesday, said he and his colleagues wished to express regret at losing the ser- vices of Inspactor James in the district, and at the same time to heartily congratulate him upon his pro- motion to be superintendent of Pontypool police division, in the place of Superintendent Jamas, re- tired. Inspector James had ably done his dutv. He started on the bottom round of the ladder, and had almost succeeded in getting to the top, and the Bench wished him every success. Mr E. Jones Williams and Mr J. Tarrant joine" in the well, wishing, and &ad Superintendent James acknowledged the exprs- the sions of goodwill. 'for Superintendent James has been connected V5 the Monmouthshire Constabulary for a period ol years. He obtained his sergeant's stripes wheffs- Tredegar, some sixteen years ago, and he has bepese inspector about ten years. "Om He will be succeeded by Inspector Saunders, of Abercarn.
Bevan and Company, Limited. The directors of Bevan and Company (Limited), Cardiff, in their fourteenth annual report'and state- ment of accounts, to ilarch 31st, 1904. show a net profit on the year's working of L3,446 4s. lid., after providing an adequate reserve for bad debts and all working expenses. To this must be added the sum of £ 73 7s, 4d., brought forward from last year's profit ani loss account, making the total available for dividend L3,,519 12s. 3d. An interim dividend has absorbed £1,74:1 7s. Id., leaving £ 1,778 5s. 2d. to be disposed of. Out of this sum the directors recommend that a final dividend for the half-year ending March 3lst, 1904, be paid on the preference shares at the rate of 7 per cent. per annum, and on the ordinary shares at the rate of 5 per cent. per annum, making, with the interim dividend, 5 per cent, for the year, and leaving £ 38 tis. Id. to be carried forward to next year's accounts. Messrs John Bevan and Edwin Grove are the retiring directors. Mr Bevan offers himself for re-election, but Mr Grove does not again seek office.
Western Valleys Sewerage n Board. At a meeting of the Western Valleys Sewerage Board, at Newport, on Wednesday, Councillor William Thomas, Aberbeeg. was appointed chairman for the ensuing year. and Couuoillor Alf Jones, Ebbw Vale, vice-chairman. A vote of thanks was passed to Councillor G. H. Nurse for his services during the preceding year. In consequence of a reply from the Local Government Board stating that they thought the Sewerage Board might properly defray the railway expenses of the members, it was decided that in. future the Board allow their members second class railway fares. Mr Chatterton, engineer, reported that the whole of the outdoor work was now completed, and that the other portions would be vigorously proceeded with. A letter was read from Mr H. S. Gustard, clerk to the County Council, offering to introduce the Board to a firm who would be able to offer a loan. of X19,000 for the defrayment of their Parliamentaty costs, for five years, at four per cent., and seven-eighths per cent. procuration, fees. The Clerk was instructed to ascertain the name of the firm and to enter into negotiations for So loan of £ 19,000 on the terms named. Mr T. S. Edwards was re-appointed clerk at a salary of £ 150 per annum.
Parliamentary. NEW EDUCATION BILL. In the House of Commons, on Tuesday, a Government Bill, introduced by Sir William Anson, for settling educational 15 troubles in AVales, passed its first reading- with a majority of 152. Under the Bill it is proposed to ignore the county councils which refuse to ad- minister the Act so far as it refers to th& voluntary schools. The Government propose to give addi- tional powers to the denominational mana- gers of voluntary schools, so that they can. appoint teachers and incur necessary ex- penditure. Money so spent by the denominational managers is to be a debt due to the Crown, which may be deducted by the Board of Education from the parliamentary grant payable to the local authority. The Welsh members, at a subsequent meeting, passed a resolution to t the Bill 11 tooth and nail." They also decided to offer opposition of a determined and per- sistent character to every Government measure now before Parliament." THE TEA TAX. On Wednesday, an amendment moved by Mr Lough urging that the duty on tea. should be kept to its present limit of 6d. per pound was rejected by a Majority of 37. On the report of the resolution fixing the duty at 8d., the Government majority was raised to 44. At the evening sitting Mr J. Rutherford. moved a resolution declaring i4; to be incum- bent upon the Government to encourage the growth of cotton in British Africa. The Colonial Secretary also spoke, and the motion was amended so as to include other parts of the Empire, and was agreed to without a division. in In the House of Lords, on Thursday, the, Outdoor Relief (Friendly Societies) Bill passed through Committee. In the House of Commons a discussion took place on the sanitary and other arrangements of the House. The question of the removal of the "grille" from th$ Ladies' Gallery was also discussed,