ABERGAVENNY. Agents;-Messrs Davits A Co. Booksellers. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.—The Chamber of Trade held a special meeting on Tuesday for the purpose of considering the Christmas holidays. It was decided to close Monday, Tuesday, and Wednes- day following Christmas Day, and that instead of a half-holiday on the Thursday the shops will remain open. THE PATENT LAWS.—Mr Justice Ridley, in the King's Bench Division on Tuesday, granted Mr Joseph Day. of Romford, an injunction to restrain George Davies and Co., of Abergavenny, drom infringing: plaintiff's patent for paraxon oil engines, with an inquiry as to damages, an order for delivery up of infringing goods, and payment of the costs of the action. Execution was stayed in view ot appeal. MAYOBAL SUNDAY.—The Mayor (Alderman Major W. Williams), accompanied by the Rev Morgan Gilbert, M.A. (chaplain), Alderman W. H. Gwatkio (deputy Mayor). Councillor J. Straker (ex-Mayor), Aldermen J. G. Thomas and E. Foster, Councillors Z. Wheat,ley, T. Delafield, P. H. Price, J. G. Bishop, J. Evans, J. C. Gwatkin, B. J. Frincis, T. A. Delafield, L. Davis, S. Deverall, and W. D. Woodward, all wearing their Council robes, and Mr J. T. Rutherford (Town Clerk), Mr B. Walford (magistrates' clerk), and a large number of magistrates and other representa- tives of public bodies, Accompanied by all the friendly societies of the town, the members of H. and 1. Co.. 41b V.B.S.W.B., under Major Marsh; the Fire Brigade, under Captain Powell, the ambulance corps and others formed up in proces- sion, headed by the Abergavenny Bor ugh Band wi'h the mace beater, and proceeded, under the direction of Councillor Z. Wheatley, to St. Marv's Church, where the Vicar, the Rev Morgan Gilbert, delivered an effective sermon, in which he earnestly appealed to the Mayor and Corporation to take the spirit of the Gospel into their deliberations. At the close of the se vice the Volunteers were drawn up outside the Church, and the Mayor (who has ?heen a Volunteer), congratulated Major Marsh and 'the men present, and also Corporal Evans, upon whose breast the Mayoress pinned the Long Service Medal. The procession then reformed and returned, via Monk-street, Lion-street, Frogmore- gtreet, and High-street, to the Town Hall. A ,large number of the public witnessed the "Parade.
ABERSYCHAN. OUTBREAK OF MEASLES.—At Monday's meeting of the Abersychan District Council, the medical officer of health (Dr J. Mulligan) reported that the general sickness throughout the district had been •very heavy during the month of October. Measles had assumed the proportions of an epidemic, 51 oases having been notified at Garndiffaitb and Abersychan. The closing of the schools seemed to have bad a good effect. They were thoroughly disinfected before being re-opened.
MONMOUTH. I Age)tt.-Mr. C,%tF,-eu._ Bookseller, Sfo/imoutit. AN ORIGINAL DEFENCE.-Apprehended at New. port after imprisonment for desertion, John Whitehead, sapper No. 403 R.M.R.E. (Militia), Was charged at Hereford Police Court, on Monday, With being a person, having been discharged with •disgface from his Majesty's forces, did afterwards snlist in the Royal Monmouth Royal Engineers (Militia) without declaring the circumstances of his discharge, on June 26th, 1900. He said he had Sot served in his Majesty's forces, but in the late Queen's forces. He understood that when the "Qneen died all his offences were remitted. "Whitehead was sent to gaol for two months' hard labour.
NEWPORT. I Ag&nts Wessrs l -AU <?>.» Nwnuw*. I GAZETTE NOTIC U.-A receiving order was ^announced in Friday's Gazette re Georpe Henry Llewellyn, of Westgate Chambers, Newport, aoli, "i tor. NV.WPORT CASTLE.—At a meeting of the Newport "Parli,mentary Committee, on Tuesday, it was 'decided to approach Lord Tredegar with a view to seeing if some joint arrangement; can be made for "the preservation a d care of Newport Castle, the •south tower of which belongs to the Corporation 'and thi) rest to Lord Tredegar. DEAT H OF MR E. WEBBER.—Mr Edwin Webber, 'Hightield, Caerau-crescent, Newport, passed Away on Monday, after a lingering illness. The "deceased gentleman, who was a native of Tiverton, "Was well-known in the town, having acted as Manager of the local branch of the National aud '^rovinci^l Bank from January, 1876, till May, •^903, whom he retired. He was 65 years of age, ;and wa f.V a large number of years a director and he treasurer of the Newport and District Hospital. Mrs Webber, who was a daughter of MrLoveridge, formerly o\f Ross, predeceased him 13 years, deceased leaves one son, who is cashier at the Richfield branch of the National and Provincial -'Bank, THE PROPOSED TKIBUTB TO LORD TREDEGAR.- A circular sigiued by Sir Alfred Thomas, president the University College of South Wales and ■Wonmoutbshiire Mr J. Blandy Jenkins, chairman of the Glamorgan County Council; Mr S. W. Jones, chairtpan of the Monmouthshire County Council Alderman J. Jenkins, ex-Mayor of "Cardiff; Sir Griffith Thomas, ex-Mayor of Swansea; and Mr Clifford Phillipw, ex-Mayor of Newport; has been issued, calling a meeting to held at t ae Town Hall. Cardiff, on Thursday, December I tqt, to consider the nature of the suSgested tr ibute to be rendered to Lord Tredegar <011 the 50th (anniversary of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade," and to appoint a committee .1;0 take stepu to carry the scheme into effect.
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"A NAVAL OFFICER." Frederick William Dennis, alias Povey, &c. (27), appeared before the Newport Justices on Monday, charged with stealing a silver watch and chain, belonging to Thomas Madden. 14, Temple-street, and also with obtaining board and lodgings by false pretences from Mrs Clara Jones, of 41, Eton- road, Both offences, it was alleged, were com- mitted over 12 months ago. He passed himself off as a member of the naval brigade from H.M.S. Powerful, and also as a drill instructor at Portsmouth, and said be had been wounded in the arm during the South African war. He visited Newport a second time in the early part of this month, and he was then apprehended. He posed as a naval lieutenant, his blue cap and jacket with gold braid being produced in court. Evidence was given showing that the references by which he obtained lodgings twelve months ago in Newport were false, whilst the police said they had learned that the prisoner is a deserter from the Worcester Regiment. Dennis, who is wanted at Cardiff, Swansea, Chelmsford, Banbury, Gloucester, Lincoln, &c., was committed on both charges to take his trial at the Assizes.
A BRAVE BOY. Sidney Leech (15), of 40, Witharn-street, Newport, was presented with a testimonial from the Royal Humane Society, on Wednesday, at Newport, in recognition of his gallant, though unsuccessful, attempt to rescue another lad from drowning in the River Usk, on the evening of July 19th. Amongst a number of boys who went to bathe near the Great Western Wharf on that day. were Charles William Richards, aged 15, and Sidney Leech. The former could not swim, and, venturing beyond his depth, was caught in a current and carried away. One of the other boys cried out that Richards was drowning, and Leech, though a smaller boy than Richards, swam out to him. Richards sank once, but on coming to the surface was caugrht, by Leech, who managed to pull him towards the shore for some short distance. Richards, however, in his fright caught hold of Leech's left wrist and drew him under the water, and, although Leech made a brave and determined struggle to rescue him, he was finally obliged to let the deceased go, in order to save his own life. Mr A. J. Stevens, who presided at the magistrates' court, where the presentation was made, expressed his great appreciation of the action of the lad. He had done what was the highest and noblest thing that a man or a boy could do, sacrifice himself for the benefit of a fellow. It would always be a sense of satisfaction to him, and he hoped he would always keep the same high ideal before him.
ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SALISBURY CLUB. On Monday, the chairman and committee of the Salisbury Club gave a tea in the Cranboume Hall. to members of the Club and their wives. Mr H. Pugsley presided, and amongst those present were Mr., Mrs and Miss Micholls, of Llwyn Celyn. A good musical programme was rendered, and both Mr and Mrs Micholls delivered short addresses.
PONTYPOOL. I Agent*—Mr Fxtldhou.se, The Market, and Messrs. Edwards and Co. THE GLYN COLLIERy.-It is stated that the Glyn Colliery has been acq aired by the Ebbw Vale Company, who will continue to work it. FATALITY AT A COLLIFIty.rhe second accident within a fortnight occurred at the Tiroentwys Colliery, on Wednesday, when James Price, a I roadman, was run over by a journey of trams. His body was found in a mutilated condition by Thomas Walters, traffic inspector. ACCIDENT TO AN ENGINE DRIVER.—On :MondaY evening, George Thomas, a G.W.R. engine driver, of Pontypool-road, while oiling his engine at Quaker's Yard got in the way of some vehicles on the opposite line, was knocked down, and bad one of his legs so badly crushed that it is feared' amputation of the foot will become necessary. He was medically attended to, and sent by special train to Pontypool-road. "SMOKER" AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB.—On Monday night, Mr A. A. Williams, J. P., Maesderwen, presided over the second of a series of smoking concerts held at the Constitutional Club. Mr Halliwell, the divisional agent, said he felt confident that the agitation which was now going on in Wales with regard to the Education Act would succumb. Conservatism appeared to be advancing in the division, for on the previous night they had an enthusiastic gathering of over 200 men at Abergavenny. Reference was made to the unwarrantable attack made by the Baltic Fleet upon the English fishermen in the North Sea, and, upon the suggestion of the Chairman, it was decided to send a vote of condolence to the relatives of the victims and the sufferers. An excellent musical programme was gone through.
TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION MEETING. At a meeting of the local branch of the National Union of Teachers, at Pontypool, on Monday, the following resolution was passed unani- mously That the executive of the National Union of Teachers be asked to convene a conference of the teachers of Wales and Monmouthshire at an early date to consider the grave crisis in educational affairs in the Principality. A resolution of protest was passed against the decision of the Monmouthshire Education Com- mittee to terminate the engagements of all teachers whose salaries had been increased other- wise than automatically unless such persons consent to accept the salaries paid to them before the issue of the circular of the 5th of January, 1903.-It was decided to call the attention of the executive of the Monmouthshire County Associa- tion to the matter, and the secretary was instructed to lay the question before the general secretary of the Union.
The Staiiiiard's New ilitor MrH. A..Grwynue. a native of Swansea, has been appointed Editor of the Standard." Mr Gwynne has had a brilliant career, and began his journalistic life as an unattached regular contributor to the "Times" in Roumania. He then joined the staff of Router's Agency as correspondent at Buk. harest, and later represented the agency in the British expedition to Kumassi. He took part in the Dongola expedition and in 1897 was in Greece, and afterwards in China. In 1899 he went to South Africa aud organised a service of war news for Reuter's Agency, remaining there until peace was restored. He accompanied Mr Chamberlain on his South African tour, and soon after his return to England he went to Belgrade on the occasion of the assassina- tion of King Alexander and Queen Draga, and, after a brief interval in England, went out to Macedonia at the time of the insur- rection. During the present year he has acted as foreign director of Reuter's Agency.
I tioytre Shooting Outrage. I At Pontvpool Police O,u rt on Saturday, before iMac Butler, Esq. (in the chair), E. Fowler, Esq., W L. Pratt, sq., J. R Essex, E-q., W. P. James, E-q S. T. Griffin, Esq., and W. R. Williams, Esq. Basil Tyler, IS, labourer, and Luther Pinner, axle turner, both of Abergavenny, were again charged, the former with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of John Thomns. and sfealing therefrom one gun, 15 cartridges, a razor, lather- brush. and waterproof cape, value £ 3 10s, the property of William Tho'nas, in the parish of Llanvihaneel Yestern Liewern, on the night of October 7th. He was further charged with shooting at Charles Cornish, gamekeeper in the employ of Captain Cooke, Goytre House, Govt re, with intent to murder him. on October 8th. Luther Pinner was charged with aiding tii(i abetting Basil TylAr in shooting at Cornish wÍLh intent to murder him. Mr Horace LvnA appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Harold Lloyd, Cardiff, defended. It wns decided to take the charge of shooting with intent to murder first, and Tvler handed up to the magistrates an official-looking document. Mr Lvne having outlined tho casa, details of which have already appeared in these columns, Charles Cornish, who wore a large green shade over his eye, stated tha" he lived at the Gelli Cottage, Goytre, and was in the employ of Caotain Cooke. On Saturday, the S'.h of October, about five o'clock. he heard shots in the Wern Wood, and went in the direction of the sound. In one of the rides he came across two persons, whom he thought to be a man and a boy. In reply to Mr Lvne, he said he did not recognise either of the prisoners. The light in the wood was very dim. He did not say anythinsr to them. Tyler came out on his right., and the smaller man (Pinner) cartie out, behind him. They were about two feet apart, and the ride was about 8ft. wide. The big man had a gnll, and a" soon as he saw witness he swung the gun no to his shoulder, pointed it. straight, at witness's head. and fired. Witness did not like the look nf his action, and turned his head on one side. He fell to the ground, and lav there for about five minutes. He then got up. He could then see the blood flowing out of the wounds in his head like the water out of the rose of a watering pot, I could see the little streams runuiny." He ultimately found himself at Captain Cooke's house, and since then had been under the doctor's hands. The man was between fifteen and twenty yards away when he fired. After the shot he heard one of the men say, Let's go." In answer to Mr Lvne, Cornish said that from the time the man stepped out. to the tim* that the gun wa-i fired, the interval was only sufficient to count, "one, two, three." Dr A. T. Tatham, Abergaver-nv, assistant to Dr Steel. Abergavenny, stated that he first saw Cornish on Sunday, October 9th, after he had been previously seen by Dr Steel. He had gun -hots all over the right side of his face, right eve, right ear and on the left. side of the sealp. He could not say how many shots he had received, but a great many. If he had received the full f irce of the discharge he must have been killed. The gun was fired from a little distance. There was a pro. bability at one time of his succumbing to the effects of the shots and the shock. The most serious wounds were the shots in the eyes. Some of the shots were in the bone. He was out of danger now, but still in his hands. Supt. J. Davies said that on Saturday, the 22nd October, he had the two prisoners in custody at Abergavenny, and in the evening visited them in the cells. Tyler said, "I may as well plead guilty. The o'her man has made a statement, and I wi-h to mak" one" Witness cautioned him, and brought him to the charge room. where he made the following qtittemaiit I left Mrs Morgan's lodging house, Tudor Street, Aber- gavenny. where I was lodging on Friday afternoon, the 7th October, for Llanvilrmgel Yestern Leweru, with a friend. I did not let him know that I WAS not going in search of rabbits, but when I got to the place named he saw that I was not trying to catch rabbits, "so he said he should return to Abergavenny. After he had started b.-ick I went to the farmhouse, named Llanvihungel Court, Yestern Llewern, and stopned in. the building until twelve o'clock. Then I went to the house, and, after breaking the window, entered it and left. taking therefrom one double-barrelled breech- loadinsr gun, 21 cartridges, one lather brush, and one oilskin cape, and went to Goytre and put the gun in a wood, and returned to Abergavenny. I stopped in tlio 'town tifVthe afternoon of Saturday, the 8tii October. I then returned with a friend to the wood at Goytre, where I left the gun. When I got P()81(?ssi"n of the gun I went into the part. of the wood in which many pheasants were then going to roost. I went to fire at one, but. it fled, and was too far away befote T fired. I fired eight, more sliols and killed two with the eighth, one of which hung injong the branches of the trees, and just as I had done so and re-loaded the gun, a man came round the turn in the ride on which we were standing. He sp >ke some words when I turned, thinking to fire by him and frighten him. but I must have hit him, for he turned and fell immediately after I had shot. I turned and ran away, mv friend carrving with him the game which I had shot. I carried the g-nn to the outside of the wood, and then walked back a few steps, and, turning into the wood hid the gun ia some briars, aud then started for Abergavenny. My friend asked me if I had shot, him, and I said that I thought I had when I saw him fail, but I could not have shot him dead because I did not aim straight at him, and I also heard him shout as we were running through the wood. We afterwards proceeded to Abergavenny, where me and my friend have been sropping ever since." Tyler afterwards pointed out to witness where the places were. Supt Junes stated that he saw Cornish at Captain Cooke's residence on October 8th. On the 9th, witness examined the Wern Wood, and found "blood trails" for about half a mile, when he discovered a large quantity of congealed blood on the ground. He also found a number of pheasants' feathers and a deltd pheasant, which was about 15 yards from where the pool of blood was. Witness picked up twenty exploded cartridges in the wood, and also found one cartridge which had not exploded. On Oct. 22ud, witness saw Pinner in custody at Abergavenny, and he made the following statement On the Friday before the keeper was shot, George asked me to go with him in the country. He said he was going to catch rabbit-. We went within five miles of Monmouth. He said he was going to stay for the night, and I left him there. I got back to my lodgings at half-past nine in Abergavenny, I had a wife and two children there. I saw him at the lodging house at Abergavenny, that Saturday, October 8t;h. He asked me to go with him into the country again. He called at Bevau and Evans's ironmonger's shop, at Abergavenny. On the way out we went through Llanover aud across some fields by the Church and through the yard across a little field, through a wicket gate and into a wood. We went down a big path, and about fifty yards below a little brook. George said, You stop here,' and he turned into the wood on the left, and showed me a gun wrapped up in a mackintosh, he threw the mackintosh down and brought the gun out to me on the path. We went back to where the pheasants were. He fired the gun, and missed the first nheasant. He shot nine, one very badly (that we left in the wood). I went to examine the bird that was shot badly, and when I was down looking at the bird a man said, What games are you up to, my lads?' and before I could look around to see who it was a shot, was fired, and when I (lid look around the man was laid upon his back, and then George ran away and I followed. When we went to the edge of the wood he left me there for about a minute, and went and hid the gun, and then we got into the lane, aud I said, What have you done-shot him?' and he said •Yes,' We came back to Abergaveiiny together. As we were coming along Llanover a youcg man on a bicycle passed us, and got off at the constable's house at Llanover. He rapped at the door, and said something to the person who answered the knock. We did not bear what it was, as we steered clear of that. He jumped on his bicycle and went towards Abergavenny, and we thought he went to give the alarm, so we harried on to a village and branched off the main road and wen t lip a by-lane about three parts of a mile up there. He hid the remaining cartridges which he had not fired under a large stone on the top of a low wall. Then, a quarter of a mile further on, we went over a stile and across a field, and while we were crossing the field he pulled the birds out of the bag to count them, and they were eight, and we went into Abergavenny and he sold the birds to Mr Williams on the opposite side of the Town Hall in the main street. It. is a fish shop, as well as a game shop. I do not know what he had for them, but he gave me seven shillings for my shsre. We went to a public-house before we got to Tudor Street, with a big animal as a sign, and we had two half-pints of beer, one each, and then we went to our lodgings. Oil ihe Monday, the 10th of this month, we saw the account of the affair in the paper, and the man George said we should be quite safe in being taken for a man six inches shorter than he is, and myself for a boy. P.C. Powell, Mardy, said that on October 21. he saw the prisoner on the old Hereford Road, allll noticed that Tyler answered the description of a man wanted for burglary. Witness walked on a little way, and read over the description of the man again, and then went buck to arrest him. When witness overtook him he said, Where are you staying now, Tyler?" He replied, "At George Morgan's, in Abergavenny." Witness told him he would have to accompany him to the police station, and Tyler then said, I am not coming any farther. If you want to take me you will have to fight f-r it." Tyler then commenced a struggle which lasted for about half an hour, but. with assistance, witness ultimately got him to Abergavenny. Tyler struck witness over the head several times with a stick, bit his ear, and kicked him severely. Inspector Lewis, Newnort, proved the arrest of prisoner at Newport. Prisoner then said, I wish to give myself up, as I was the person who was taken to be the boy that was with the man who shot the gamekeeper in the wood." Afterwards he said, I thought I would get off lighter by giving myself up." P.S. Hatherall, Griffithstown, stated that on the 21st October he found the gun (produced) hidden away in some bushes in the Wern Wood. He also produced some cartridges which wera found in the wood. William Thomas, son of John Thomas, Llan- vihangel Court, identified the gun produced by P S. HatheraU as his father's property. It was stolen from his father's house on the night between the 7th and 8th October. Prisoners pleaded not guilty, and when asked if thev desired to call any witnesses, replied No, sir. Prisoners were then formally committed to the Assizes (which open at Monmouth on the 22nd inet.), the charge being reduced to one of attempting to do grievous bodily harm to Charles Cornish. C, The charge of burglary against Tyler was then proceeded with. John Thomas, farmer, Court Farm, identified the gun, etc., produced, as his property, which was stolen from his house on October 7th. George Williams, mau-servant at the farm, said that when he came downstairs on the morning of October 8th, he found that an entrance bad been eff-oted to the house by the smashing of a pane of glass in the back kitchen. The back door, which witness bolted the previous night, was also unbolted. P.C. Powell proved the arrest of Tyler. When charged Tyler replied Not guilty." P.S. Hatherall proved finding the gun in the Wern Wood, on October 21st, and P.C. Davies, Llanover, proved finding the mackintosh cape on the same day. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. He was committed for trial to the Assizes on this charge also.
Markets. MONMOUTH, CATTLE, Alotiiay.-Beef in good supply. Trade slow, except for best quality animals. Veal scarce, with fair demaud. There were a large number of sheep on offer, trade in prime wethers and lambs being brisk. Pigs numerous, with a dull trade, especially in stores and small pigs. Store cattle sold slowly. Cows and calvej fetched from £ 14 to £ 17 15s, yearlings £ 6* 10s to £ 8 5s, and two-year-olds £ 11 to jE14 10s. Quotations :—Prime beef 6d to 2 6fd, coarser qualities 5d to 6d veal 84d 4 wether mutton 7fd to 8d, ewe ditto 7d, lamb 81 per lb pork, 9s to 9s 6d bacon 8s to 8s fid per score. The following prices were realised under the hammer of Messrs. Nelmes, Poole, and Atkins (Monrnouth, Newnham, and Stroud) — Bullocks, £16 to LIS heifers, £ 15 to E17 1 Ots fit calves, £3 to S4 store ditto, 25s to 30s; ewes 32s 6d to 35s; fat, wethers, 38s to 4:5s 6d; lambs, 30s to 38s; porker pigs, 45s to 50s; baconers, 8s to 100s each. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wediiesday.-The supply of cattle was fair, of sheep very short, and of lambs and calves large. The trade was exceptionally brisk, and there was a good attendance of buyers. QnotatiolJs :-Best beef, 6id per lb seconds, 5d 4 o 6d cows, ;)1:11 to 51-11 best we-lior mutton, 9d 2 to 91-cl ewe, 7-VI to 8d. lamb, 8d to Sd; veal, I 2 ad to 9d. Porker pigs were at from 9s to 9s 6d, nd bacon pigs 8s per score. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—It was reported that the corn market here to-day was dull and quiet, wheat being 3d to 6d cheaper, and other grains having no change. Flour (fines) was at 26s per sack. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.—There was a good supply, with a fair demand, and an average attendance, at the cheese market here to-day. Quotations:—Caerphillys 38s to 44s, fancy dairies 45s to 46s, Derbys 60s to 64s, truckles 63s to 68s, Cheddars 5Ss to 63s, and doubles 56s to 58s per cwt.
Monmouthshire Assizes. The Autumn Assizes for the County of Monmouth will be held at the Shire Hall, Monmouth, on Wednesday next, before Mr Justice Channell. The Calendar is a heavy one and contains some serious charges. There are nine prisoners for trial, as follows: — I.-Geor,-e Frederick Oliver. 29, haulier; charged with the murder of his wife, Edith Ellen, at Risoa, on July 3rd last; also with attempted suicide. 2,-Edwin Tyler, 50, labourer, on bail offence under the Criminal Ltw Amendment Act, at Shire- newton, on the 14th July last. 3.-David Edwards, 41, labourer setting fire to a barn containing hav and doine damaure to the extent of X50, at Bed was, on the 6th August. 4-Arthiir Wood, 23. gardener; offence under the Criminal Lew Amendment Act, at Caerleon. j uxta- Llangattook. 5.—John Adams, 29, fireman; stealing a sailor's bag, with clothes, &c., at Newport Railway Station, Oa the 17th October. 6.-Georire White, 36, baker; stealing a cash-box and X2 9s. OJ. at Newport on the 9th November. 7 and S.-Basil Tyler, 19, labourer, and Luther Pinner, coach-axle maker shooting at Charles Cor- nish, at Goytre, on 8th October, with intent to do grievous boiilv harm. Tyler is also charged with burglary at Llanvihangel-yestern-Llewern on the 7th-8th October. 9.-Fiederick William Dennis, 27, engineer; false pretences aDd larceny at Newport, in November, 1903. The Judge will take his seat on the bench, after the first day, ac 10.30 o'clock.
) THE Australian cricket team is expected to reach London on April 20th.
I USK. I PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. I Before ALBERT A. WILLIAMS, Esq., J. T. DAVIES, I Esq and FBANK JENNINGS, Esq. I A STRAY PIG. Langley Shuker, labourer, Llangibby, was summoned for allowiug a pig to stray on the highway, at Llangibby, on the 20tb October. P.C. Hayward said that at 5.30 p.m. oa the day in question, he saw a sow on the road near Penyglobe and drove it to defendant's house, where his wife admitted that it was hers. She said that she turned it out for exercise because it h id rheumatic and got stiff in the cot. Witness li:, I received several complaints about animals M-r tving into gardens in the district. Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. I MAINTENANCE ARREARS. Thomas Price, Trostrey, at the last Court, was ordered to pay £1 towards wiping out the arrears which had accumulated under a maintenance order, and was bound over to appear to-day. He now handed over that amount, and was discharged with the warning that if he did not pay up in the future he would be brought there again. He said he was willing to pay but he could not always do it. always do it. I ASSAULT CASE. William Birden. labourer. LUngwm, was sum- moned for assaulting Alfred Hayward, at Llau- gwm, on the 21st August. Defendant did not appear, but his sister-in-law produced a letter from him with the request that, as he could nnt leave his work at Risca, the case might be adjourned for a fortnight. Mrs Birden was asked if i-he would pay com- plainant's expenses for the day, if the case were adjourned, but she made no answer. Complainant said he was a collier, working at Mountain Ash. The return train fare was 3s. 9d., and his day's wages 10s. Subsequently atelesram arrived from defendant, which stated that he had lost the train, at Newport, bur. was coming byroad. He asked that the case might be proceeded with. It appeared that, the summons was taken out the day after the occurrence, but it could not be served until Monday last, as defendant had left the neighbourhood, and his address was not known. The Bench decided to hear the case in the defendant's absence, and Complainant gave the facts. He said that on the Sunday night in question defendant came to his house at Gaevawr, Llaugwm, and began tap- ping on his (witness's) bowler hat. Complainant asked him not to do that as he did not get his hats for nothing. Birden asked him to shake hands, and then. saying that he would knock com- plainant abmt, too. hit him in the eye and clean off the chair he was sitting on. There had been no dispute between them. Witness believed that defendant had been drinking some wine he should think he wai betwixt being drunk and mad. Witness pushed Birden out with a chair. He, however, returned, and burst in the door' There were subsequent struggles outside, witness putting defendant on his back, and Birden ^mashed in about four window panes. Birden spoke to him about what someone else had said a s to his owing Rirden's mother E4 for hay, which he was never going to pay, and complainant re- quested the person who said that to be brought before him, as he could prove it to be false. Mrs Hayward corroborated as to the assault, and It appeared that when the summons was applied for Hayward had a black eye. Defendant was fined 20s. and 6s. costs. EJECTMENT ORDER. I On the application of Mr W. W. Gibbon, acting for Mr R. Herbert, Twyn Shop, Dsk, an e]eotment order was made almost Mr George Evans in respect of a house in Priorv Street. Mr« Evans said she could not get another house. Mr Gibbon paid uotioas had been given without. effect for six months, and during that time one of the employees, for whom it was intended, had been without a house to live in. GAME TRESPASS. James Stephens, farmer, Llangibby, was sum- moned for trespassing in pursuit of game upon laDd in the occupation of Mr Edgar Davies, at Llan- badoc, on the 9th November. Defendant pleaded not guilty, and said he simply went over his boundary to recover a rabbit that he had wounded. Thomas Day, gamekeeper to Mr E. P. Martin, stated that a few minutes after five o'clock p.m. on the 9th November, be heard the report of a gun, and going in the direction of the sound was within ten yards of defendant, when he saw him shoot at a pheasant which was roostiDg in a tree. The bird fell, and defendant put it in his left-hand pocket and jumped the brook into h is own land. In reply to the Bench, witness said it was light enough for him to see whether the pheasant was a cock or a hen it was the latter. Stephens said he could not put a bird into his pocket. Witness said defendant was getting over the fence when he accosted him. Witness said to him, "I have caught you at last." He called btephens by his name, but he did not give witness a chance to come up to him. Witness was certain he shot two pheasants on Mr Martin's land. Thomas Day. who Nvqs with his father on the occasion, corroborated the evidence given in every detail. In reply to the Bench, the first witness produced a cartridge which he picked up on the spot, and said there were feathers in two places. Defendant denied that he had either a. pheasant or a rabbit on him. After a short retirement of the Bench-now Messrs J. T. Davies and F. Jennings, Mr A. A. Williams having left, as Stephens is a tenant of the Llangibby Estate—Mr Davies said they had found the case proved, and would iauict the very light fine of 10s. and 6s. costs. They were sorry to see Stephens brought upon such a charge, because a man's reputation was made when he was quite young.
ABERGAVENNY. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. Before the MAYOR aud o'her Magistrates. On taking the chair, Alderman W. Williams, the new Mayor, was congratulated by Captain R. Powell Rees, on behalf of his brother magistrates, and by Mr Horace Lyne, on behalf of the legal profession practising in that court. 1-1 11 D. AN-D D.- Willia!U Harris, the first prisoner, charged with being drunk and disorderly on the previous night, was discharged, ia accordance with the rule. GAME BKALER HEAVILY FINED, Arthur R. William^, game dealer, Abergavenny, was charged with haviug illegally purchased game from unlicensed dealers, namely, Basil Tyler and Luther Pinner, the two men now awaiting trial at the Assizes, on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October, and twice on the 8th of October. Mr II. 8, Lyne, Newport, prosecuted on behalf of hh- police. Defendant pleaded guilty, and said he was of opinion that he could purchase fc-ame from anyone, provided he paid the market prices for it. He bad previously denied buying auy pheasants from Tyler and Pinner. Basil Tyler said that he was in shop twice ou the 8th, and his compaoion was with him. Defendant was fined f2 and costs, in each of the first five cases, and £10 in the sixth case, making a total of £21 16s 6d, with the alternative of one month in each case, or six months in all. The Magistrates' Clerk said, that owing to the conviction his game license would be forfeited. I
Everybody knows that PPO is an admirable food. I the nicest and most nutritious ( beverage for the breakfast table. It is made in a. moment with boiling water or milk, and its sterling qualities are COCOA Appreciated by all.
I MONMOUTH. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. REFOSIXG TO WORK.- William Frost, 40, a tramp, was sent to gaol for 14 days' for ref,isiug- to work in the casual ward Prisoner said 6 cwt. of stone was too much for a man to break oa bread and water. I
I PONTYPOOL. I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. ASSAULT.—Sarah Ann Taylor, married, Pont- newynydd, was fined 20s for assaulting Ruth Phillips, at Pontnewynydd, on November 2nd.— Defendant also threatened to make complainant's head as big as a bucket." FUNEBAL OF MRS. NVEBIR.-There was a represen- tative gatherin v at the funeral of Mrs Webb, widoW" of the late Mr. Webb, solieit< r, of Pontypool, which took place on Thursday afternoon. The deceased lady was highly respected throughout the district, and the greatest sympat.hv is felt for the three orphan children. She was interred with her husband at Trevethin Churchvard. MAINTENANCE.—John Wallace, labourer, New- port, was ordered to contribute Is per week towards the maintenance of his mother, who had become chargeable to the Pontypool Board of Guardians.—Henry Davies, plasterer, Nawport, was summoned for arrears of maintenance, in respect of his mother, to the extent of 12s. A. committal of fourteen days was suspended for fourteen days.—William Jones, ironworker, Pontypool, and Edwin Tuberville, collier, Beaufort, were summoned for the non-pavmeut of 15s and R-1 14s respectively, due in respect of the maintenance of their parents. They were each ordered to pay within 14 days, with the alternative 14 days' imprisonment.—Mr T. P. H. Wafkins, solicitor, prosecuted on behalf of the Pontypool Guardians. POLICE COURT, MONDAY. REFRACTORY.—William White. George Evans, and John Cook, tramps, were brought up in custody, charged with refractory conduct at the Workhouse, on November 14th.-Ur T. P. Holmes Watkins, solicitor, prosecuted for the Guardians.— Thomas Balkwell, labour master, gave evidence to the effect that the men were admitted to the Casual Ward on Saturday evening, and they had that morning refused to do their task. -Defendants were sent to prison for seven days.
GENERAL. COMMITTED TO LITTLE MILL REFORMATORY. At Abercarn Police Court, on Thursday, a Newbridge boy, named Joseph Morgan, ased twelve, was committed to Little Mill Reformatory School for five years for stealin2 a coat, value £ 1 5s, the property of Frederick Camm, haulier, of Newbridge. The prosecutor bavins identified the c'at, & youth named Maiden said the prisoner asked him to pledge it, which he did fo- 10,. Prisoner's father said he had had considerable trouble with his son. He got into similar trouble about a year ago. He had no mother, and be asked the Bench to send him to a reformatory, which they did. ASSAULTING A LANDLORD. Edward Probert, a Crumlin collier, was at Abercarn Police Court, on Thursday, fined f5, or one month for being disorderly and refusing to quit the Viaduct Tiveru alehouse, Crumlin, and for assaulting John H. Ricketts, the licensee.
Ur Justice A. T. Lnwren ce Honoured with Knighthood. After holding a Council at Buckingham Palace on Monday, the King received in audience Mr A. T. Lnwrence, K.C., the newly appointed judge of the King's Bench Division, and conferred upon him the honour of knighthood. Sir Alfred Lawreuce's Monmouthshire friends heartily congratulate him upon his distinction.
Literature. THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY. This is the title of a useful book just published by the Country Gentlemen's Association, 2" Waterloo Place, S.W., iu their Es'ate Library series, price 12s 6d. Mr Richard Henderson, the author, is a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, and of (h Surveyors' Institute, and can therefore claim to have a good knowledge of the subjects uaon which, be writes. The object of the work is given in the Preface. It is for the benefit of those employed in the various branches of Agriculture and in Forestry, who are desirous uf knowing something- of the why aud wherefore of much that they see going on around them, either in connection with the soils, plants, and animals of our farms, or the leafy occupants of our plantations, and deals with each iu a manner intelligible to the ordinary reader. The appearance of Christmas nueibers marks the closing months of the year, aud judging by those that have already come to band the magazines and journals quite maintain their standard. As usual the presentation plate with "The Queen" is a veritable work of art, in the form of a Rembrandt Gravure, the re-production of I. Snowman's picture called 11 The Wedding Morn." If, is artistically produced on proof paper and the subject speaks for itself. T. P's. WEEKLY "-a.lwli.1 entertaining, always instructive—gives in its Christmas number, price 3d, ten complete stories by such well-known writers as Mr Arthur Morrison, Mr Percy White, Mr Eden Phillpotts, Mr Arnold Bennett, Mr Murray Gilchrist, Mr Oliver Onions, Mr Howard Pease, Mr Neil Munro, Alr J. J. Bell, and Miss Barlow, the scenes of all the stories being laid within the confines of the British Isles. There is also a musical supplement of patriotic songs.
The Twill Sea Outrage. n The Board of Trade inquiry into the oc- currence in the North Sea. in which the Baltic fleet shelled English trawlers, was- resumed at Hull on Wednesday. Evidence was given by fishermen who had been wounded, and it whs stated that firing lasted half an hour. It was repeatedly denied that any Japanese craft had been seen either before or at the time of fthe Russian attack. Russia's representative tried to get the witnesses to admit that the trawlers might. have been mistaken in the dark for torpedo boats. The inquiry was again adjourned,
CWMBltAN. 1 ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY'S AWARD-—On Tuesday, J "the Royal Humane Society awarded a testimonial to John Burr, Cwmbran, for his pluck in jumping "into the canal lock and rescuing a boy named Jones, who had fallen in on October 16th. Only a few months before Burr saved another boy's !1ife.
MONKSWOOD. I CONCERT. I A verv successful concert was held in the School- room. MonkRwood, on Tuesday evening, when the SRev. D. S. W. Nicholl presided over a large atten- .da.nce and at the conclusion of the programme' 'proposed a hearty vote of thanks to all who had assisted. Purt f.-Pianoforte Duet, Miss Waters and Miss Crump song, "The Two Cities," Miss Bowen song. "The King's Own," Mr H. Rouse; song, Maggie, the cows are in the clover," Miss Nellie Morgan; song, "The Dear Home Sonlls." Mr W. Jackson; violin solo, Pleyel's sonatina. Miss Winnie ouse; sonar, "The Midshipmite," Mr C. Meyrick; -song, "Under the Deodar," Miss B. Crump; comic song Let go 'Liza." Mr J. Rosser. Part II.—Pianoforte duet, Chorus of Hunts- men," Miss Gunter and Miss Waters; song, "Angus Macdonald," Miss Nellie Morgan; song, '"Vicar of Bray," Mr W, Jackson; song, "The Deathless Army," Mr H. Rouse; song, "Love's 'Old Sweet Song," Miss Bowen song, Sing me to sleep," Miss A. Farr; violin solo, Miss Winnie Rouse; comic song, Won't you come home Bill -Bailey," Mr C. Meyrick.- God save the King." I