ANNUAL MEETING OF THE USK U.D.C. THE FIRE BRIGADE QUESTION. The annual meeting of the Usk Urban District Council was held at the Town Hall, on Tuesday evening, when there were present:—Messrs F. I Jennings, S. A. Hiley, R. Morgan, T. J. Smith, G. Mundy, W. Marfell, E. W. Waters, W. Workman, Mundy, W. Marfell, E. W. Waters, W. Workman, H. Ault, J. Knight, A. F. Lucas (clerk), and T. Bees, junr. (surveyor, &c.) CHAIRMAN'S THANKS. I Mr Jennings, at the commencement of the meet- ing, said it was twelve months since they did him the honour of electing him chairman, and he now wished to thank them very much for the assistance they had rendered him and the sympathy they had •shown towards him during his term of office. He also thanked the Clerk for his kindness, for he had done a lot of work that perhaps he, as chair- man, ought to have done. His chairmanship had been a happy one, and he was sure no one could grumble at the year's work the Council had done. They had not risen the rates, yet they had done all they possibly could in the interests of the rate- payers and for the good of the town. (Hear, hear.) He was not a candidate for the chair this year; indeed he was not a candidate List year, but he was forced into the position. His health had not been so good during the year as it formerly was, .and he felt he must get rid of some of his public duties. He did not think he should be wrong in ssaying that this year the chairmanship would be given to a much better man than himself —(" No.") He hoped so, at any rate although he had tried I to do his very best on behalf of the Council and the town. If he had made mistakes they must please forgive him. ME. HILEY AGAIN CHAIRMAN. I Mr Workman said he had great pleasure in pro- posing Mr Hiley as chairman. Mr Ault: I second that with a great deal of pleasure. We have tried that horse before, he -works well in the collar, and we cannot do better -than have him again. Mr Morgan: Are we to take it for granted that Mr Jennings will not take the position again ? Mr Jennings: Yes, sir. Mr Morgan Then I have great pleasure in sup- sporting Mr Hiley. Twelve months ago I thought fit would be in the early future that he would again be placed in that position. Mr Jennings also supported, and the proposition was agreed to. Mr Hiley then took the chair and said: Allow me to thank you for again doing me the honour of appointing me your chairman. Mr Jennings has been very modest indeed. He has served us very well during the past year, and I hope that under my chairmanship the Council will experience the -:same happy condition of things as we have had here -during the past year. I hope you will give me all the support you see is necessary, and that my year -of office will be a successful one. I hope that we shall not feel obliged to land the town into any very extraordinary expenditure. I feel myself that this question of rates is a very serious one at this time, and there are evidences on every hand that the populace is seriously complaining; but I think that, as far as the Fsk U.D.C. is concerned, we can take to ourselves the credit of having kept the rate -within reasonable bounds, while, at the same time, having kept the town in quite as satisfactory a state as any town of its size in the County of Mon- mouth. (Hear, hear.) It has been a very great pleasure to me to have outsiders coming and con- -gratulating us upon the state of the town. I think it is a fact that the condition of the town is better to-day than it has been, perhaps, since we had a Local Board or U.D.C. Having regard to the amount that we have to pay in the shape of rates, I think that is a matter of very great satisfaction to us, and I hope it will be equally a matter of '.satisfaction to all the ratepayers of the town. (Hear, hear.) I am very much obliged to you for the honour you have done me. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. I The Committees were appointed as follows, three -to form a quorum, and the Chairman an ex-officio member of all Committees:— STREET, TOWN HALL, AND IMPROVEMENT :— Messrs Morgan, Waters, Edmunds, Ault, Mundy, :and Marfell. FINANCE:—Messrs Jennings, Morgan, Smith, Ault, and Marfell. GAS:—Messrs Morgan, Workman, Waters, Mar- fell, and Knight. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION.-—Mr H. Humphreys, :1tev P. L. C. Nash, Messrs J. H. Clark, Ault, Mor- gan, Marfell, Hiley, and Smith. THE FIRE ENGINE. I Last year's Fire Engine Committee:—Rev D. S. "W. Nicholl, Messrs Workman, Knight, and Mundy. Mr Morgan said the public ought to know some- thing about this Committee. A share of the Iblame attached to them had been allotted to him, but they would remember that last year he abso- lutely declined to have any more to do with it. He thought the Committee appointed should have met and appointed a chairman, and then he (Mr Mor- gan) would have done as the former chairman did -by him: he would have met him and formally 'handed the property over. But he had not heard \0£ a Committee meeting, nor of anything having been done. Mr Jennings said something should be done in ,-this matter, which was the only cause of complaint curing the year. It would be a good job if they "went into the question for the sake of the town, if not for the outside district. Mr Knight suggested that the Committee should --onsist of the whole Council, so that all should ashare the responsibility. It was useless to appoint fthree or four members. Mr Smith remarked that a good deal of fuss was -made over the Bertboley a.ffair, but if the engine ,-had been there it would have been of no use, and .it was madness to send to Usk for it when New- port, with its fire engine and horses ready, was 'within almost the same distance. As a man who was there told him, even if the Newport engine ■had been there earlier it would have been impos- sible to stay the fire. Mr Knight: That is quite true. Mr Smith: Besides, I believe there is a minute ,in the book that the engine is not to go outside our -district. I don't think any blame can be attached to the Council or the Committee. Mr Mundy knew nothing about that minute; lie should like to have it turned up. Mr Morgan did not think Mr Mundy was there .;at the time. Mr Mundy was continuing, when The Chairman said they were travelling from -the point, viz., the appointment of a. Committee. Mr Morgan thought Mr Knight's suggestion a ^ery g00d one. aters: Who would be responsible? Who l e run t0 first in case of fire ? /one m v'f sa^ case of Are it would be ;atid er's as much as another's to assist, 3iish thf»^ c,?u^ aPpoint holders of keys, and fur- Mr Mund e7ith t.heir names- "bodv's bu<5i«L at is everybody's business is no- is ad together th'p ^"S 1 that get people to come tf^y' Jou not going to ing them something ™ a- W without pay- tion, I should likf thP 1S,a ?1T The Chairman- -^emmutes turned up of question whether we aro y°urself lo the Qrnot going to have a committee Mr Mundy: In considering that I should like to have a disousslon as to what the committee are going to do. :g The Chairman: Please confine yourself to the one subject. Subsequently he proposed that a Committee be 'formed other than that of the whole Council but .later, withdrew it, remarking that he would not <be an obstacle to anything, and Mr Knight's pro- position was agreed to. In the course of a general discussion, Mr Morgan said that with regard to the fire bri- gade, all that was wanted was men trained in making the hose connections, and they could be trained in this without using water. They had no convenience for drying the hose, and if they used water for practices they might find it rotten when they wanted it for serious work. There was a sufficient length to reach from hydrant to hydrant in the town. Mr Mundy said practice was necessary. Why could they not put up brackets in that room, and dry the hose there ? Mr Morgan That has been done. The Chairman thought it useless to have a desultory conversation at that meeting. It would be better to call a special meeting to consider the several questions involved, such as whether or not the townspeople were going to allow the fire engine to go out of the town. If they were it would have to be pointed out that it would mean expense. It was decided to hold a special meeting to go into the matter next Tuesday week. THANKS. Mr Ault proposed that the best thanks of the Council be given to Mr Jennings for the very sat- isfactory way in which he had carried out his duties as chairman during the past year, often, he was sure, at great personal inconvenience. Mr Waters, in seconding, said Mr Jennings had been most attentive to his duties, and had been most willing and obliging in all that they had asked him to do. Mr Hiley said he supported the proposition very heartily, and he felt sure every other member did. The chairmanship was a position of some consider- able responsibility, and was, more or less, a tax upon a man's time. Mr Jennings had filled the position very satisfactorily, so far as the Council were concerned, and they might congratulate him upon the very happy gatherings they had had from time to time. The proposition was agreed to, and, Mr Jennings having acknowledged the compliment, the meeting terminated.
ABERGVENNY. I Agents,—Messrs Davies Co. Booksellers. I LLANFOIST CHURCH.—On Friday afternoon, in the presence of a large assembly, a new lych gate was dedicated at the entrance to Llanfoist Church- yard by the Yen. Archdeacon Bruce. It was subscribed for by the relatives and friends of those buried there, the Marquis of Abergavenny and Colonel Wheeley generously beading the list. It is built of oak, at a cost of about £ 100, and was erected by Mr T. S. Foster, builder, Abergavenny, from plans designed by a Loudon architect. INQUEST.—On Tuesday, an inquest was held on the body of a newly-born infant. Superintendent Davies received information on Sunday of a body lying in Lovers'-lane, Cledwyrn. Accompanied by P.S. Smith, he found the body to be that of a newly- born female infant, in a nude state, covered with seven or eight stones taken from the hedge. It bore no marks of violence, and was taken to the union mortuary, where Dr W. D. Steele conducted an examination, and found that the child had not had a separate existence.—The jury returned an open verdict, ■ rfl.
CHEPSTOW. I Agent.-Miss Clark I U.D.C.—At Monday's meeting, Mr W. Clifford Thomas was elected chairman for the ensuing year.—The Local Government Board wrote enclos- ing a copy of a letter received from Mr John A. Hall, upon the Hardwick-lane drainage, and the Clerk was instructed to reply, explaining matters. —An application by Mr E. G. Walker, ironmonger, for a licence to store benzoline and motor spirit was deferred for the Surveyor to inspect the store- room.—The annual dinner was fixed for Wednes- day, May 3rd.
GROSMONT. I PARISH COUNCIL. I This authority met in the Town Hall, Grosmont, on Saturday. Present: Messrs. W. Price, John Bryan, W. C. Freeman, E. Richards, T. Farr, J. Llewellyn, and E. Ruck. The first business was the election of chairman and vice-chairman for the viiiuiag year. Mr W. C. Freeman said he had much pleasure in proposing the re-eleotion of their old chairman, Mr Prioe, as he had always conducted the business of that council in the most efficient manner possible. (Hear, hear.) Mr John Bryan seconded and the motion was unanimously carried. Mr Price thanked them for their kindness in re- electing him. He trusted that they would see a reduction in the local rates. With regard to the administration of the Education Act in that district he did not think the work at the present time was efficiently carried out, as it was in the time of the old School Board. He did not think that, under the grouping arrangement, one or two persons were able to carry on the business so well as when they had eight members locally elected to look after their interests. It also had had the effect of increasing their rates, (Hear, hear.) He had much pleasure in proposing the re-election of Mr John Bryan, as vice-chairman. He had carried out the duties for many years to the satisfaction of everybody. (Hear, hear.) Mr Llewellyn seconded. Mr Bryan, in reply, said he had always endeavoured to do his duty. Messrs. John Price. Little Hoaldalbert; W. C. Freeman, Springfield; Thomas Farr, Lower Tresenny and Edwin Eynon, Kingsfield were unanimously re-appointed overseers of the poor for the ensuing year. The Chairman said that he h,1d written the County Council with reference to providing a polling stating at Grosmont, and their County Councillor that morning had received the following very encouraging communication To Councillor W. H. S. Whitney, Grosmont, Hereford. Dear Sir,—The Local Government Committee, at their meeting yesterday, decided to grant the application of the Grosmont Parish Council, and made an order dividing the New Inn (Graig) Parliamentary Polling District into two Polling Districts, one Polling Station to be at Grosmont, and the other at a place to be fixed by me. after consulting yourself and Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart., the two local councillors, about it. With regard to your application for an additional Polling Station at Llanvetherine at County Council Elections, the Committee wera of opinion that as there were at present three Polling Stations for the electoral division any increase in the number would not be justified. Yours truly, H. Stafford Gustard. Mr Freeman proposed a resolution thanking their County Councillor for backing up their application so successfully. Mr Llewellyn seconded, and this was carried nern con
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LLANISHEN. THE CHUROH STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. At about 3.30 on Sunday afternoon, during a heavy thunderstorm, the tower of Llanishen Church, which lies about equi-distant between Chepstow, Monmouth, and Usk, was struck by lightning, which those who witnessed it described as resembling a ball of fire. The Vicar. Rev r. A. Davies, discovered from his library window that the lightning had struck the weathercock and brought down the top of the tower, and that the masonry had crashed through the roof, smashing the tiles for some yards. The weathercock itself was carried into the road, 40 yards away. Some of the masonry of the tower fell near the south entrance, only a yard or two from the porch where some people had just before been sheltering. The lightning, after taking away the top of the tower, seems to have passed along the sbuting, down the side of the wall, and then to the ground, where there is a larsje hole. The damage to the interior of the Church was but slight, and the total damage is estimated at £ 150. The Church, which is dedicated to St. Denis, and with Trelleck Grange is in the gift of the Duke of Beaufort, is of great antiquity, the register dating from the year 1591. The present Vicar has held the living since 1897, and was preceded in the incumbency by the Rev E. J- Hughes, now rector of Ludchurch and Templeton, near Narberth. The little church is situated in a picturesque spot near Tintern arid about 800ft. above the sea. It was re-built half a century ago. The Vicar says memories still linger of the former church with its dilapidated roof repaired with straw supplied by the farmer churchwardens; of the old gallery where the fiddlers played; of the old chancel with its four choristers; and of the hand organ which played certain hymn tunes and did duty in the same way at a neighbouring church.
MONMOUTH. Affent.—Mr. Ga(frcjjt Bookseller, THE LATE Mn H. J. TAYLOR.-The value of t-li" property of Mr H. J. Taylor, of Monmouth, w't > died on November 21st, amounts to £!.nt}a Kit A f gross and X3,124 4a Id net. The widow is the solo executrix.
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NEWPORT. AitnU—Messrs Greenland ti 1 Ci.. N<'lnHn", WENTWOOD WATERWORKS.—Newport Corpora- tion Waterworks Committee paid a special visit to these waterworks, on Monday, to inspect the reservoir and to unveil the memorial tablet fixed on the tower bridge approach, commemorating the opening and completion of the works. The Chair- man (Alderman Goldsworthy) performed the un- veiling ceremony, and said that now they had a reservoir containing 261,000,000 gallons, which was practically equal to the full contents of the old reservoir. It was satisfactory to know that it was perfectly watertight. It had also proved a good watershed, having, during the recert rains, received in one day 15,000,000 gallons.
PRIMROSE LEAGUE ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Talbot and Tred-igar Habitation of the Primrose League was held on Wednesday afternoon, at the Tredegar Hall, New- port, Mrs E. E. Micholls, deputy-dame, presiding until Mr Edward Phillips was elected ruling councillor. It was reported that there had been an increase of membership in the last six months of 80 per cent. Miss Wallis resigned the post of one of the hon secretaries on account of the death of her mother. It was decided to elect Miss Ju I ia Hall as secretary, with Mrs Hearsey and Mrs E ale Marsh as hon sees to assist her, Mrs Hearsey being also hon treas. The awards for the year were as follows :-The wardens' gold challenge badge, Mrs Fussell the gold bar, Mrs Felix Thomas and the special service badge, Mrs Pcsrfitt, Mr Woodcock was elected organising hon secre- tary for entertainments and for men's meeting. Mr Micholls, prospective Conservative candidate for the Monmouth Boroughs, then addressed the meeting, dwelling: especially on the misrepresenta- tion of the Radical Piirty on the Education Act, the Licensing Act, and the fiscal policy. He was thoroughly in accord with Mr Balfour's policy when he said that we should get rid of the idea that \taxation should only be raided for the sake of revenue. He was against the taxation of raw materials. 0.
I PONTYPOOL. Agents-Mr Fieldhoas' The Market, ail Messrs, Edwird s and Co. SNOW.—An inch of snow fell at Abersychan on Wednesday morning. NoaTH MONMOUTH LIBERAL ASSOCIATION-.—Mr Rees Stephens has been elected secretary and registration agent of the North Monmouthshire Liberal Association. OF LOCAL INTEREST.—Captain H. C. B. Phillips, D.S.O., the British resident Governor at Katagum, Northern Nigeria, who has sent a beautiful young giraffe of rare species to the London Zoo, is a son of the late Mr E. J. Phillips, J.P., of The Woodlands, Pontypool, and brother-in-law to Dr J. R. Essex. PROPERTY SALE.—At the Clarence Hotel, Puntypool, Mr W. H. Pitten offered a leasehold residence on the Green Lawn Estate at New Inn, near Pontypool, now in the occupation of Mr Christopher John Wynn. The property was bought by Mr W. George, Waunyclere, near Pontypool, for £ 160. LOCAL DIVORCE CAsE.In the Divorce Court, before the President, Sir Gorell Barnes, Mrs Ellen Webb, residing at Pontypool, sued for a divorce from her husband, John Webb, a butcher, on the grounds of cruelty and misconduct. The suit was undefended. It was stated that the marriage took place on the 18th July, 1887. at Ledbury. After- wards the parties lived at Pontypool. Petitioner said her husband bad been guilty of violence to her. He had formerly been in business as a butcher, but did not succeed, and in 1898 he took a situation. Evidence was given as to the mis- conduct, and a decree nisi was granted. PROPOSED NEW CEMETERY.—On Friday morning Mr M. K North, M.Inst.C.T., Inspector to the Local Government Board, held an inquiry at the Panteg Urban Council Offices, Pontymoile. con- cerning the application of the Council for permission to borrow X2,550 for the provision of a new cemetery near Coedycando Farm, near Pontypool Road Station. Among those present were:—Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., C.C. (chairman of the Council), Dr J. R. Essex, J.P. (medical officer), and Messrs. T. P. Holmes Watkins (clerk). D. J. Louphor (engineer), J. Wallace (surveyor). and W. H. Orlidge (inspector).—Mr Watkins stated the grounds on which the application had been made. The present population of the urban council area was 7.484. and the assessable value was slightly over £ 27,000. At present the general district rate was Is 7d in thp £ and the poor rate 3s 6d in the E. The £ 2,550 was to be re-paid within 40 years. At the proposed new cemetery there would be a capacity for 3,461 adult graves, making a total capacity in th* district for 4,021 graves. The owner of the site (Mr J. C. Hanbnry. J P., D.L.). had agreed to sell the requisite four acres of land for £ 200, and the Council had also pntpre-1 into a provisional agreement to pay B50 to the tenant of the land as recompense for the damage (hat would be done, and for his allowing the council to make the cemetery within 200 yards of his housp. The council proposed erecting a cemetery chipel and a caretaker's house.—Mr North said that. speaking generally he was satisfied with the plans of the diainage, buildings, &c., but required further information on minor points. He then viited the prnposed site. -'='
The lomuonfh Boroughs. A LABOUR CANDIDATE. An adjourned conference of the delegates of the various trades in the Monmouth Boroughs on the question of labour representation was held at Newport, on Wednesday evening, to receive the replies from possible candidates, and a report from the deputation which waited upon the executive of the Miners' Federation at Cardiff. Mr W. Cadogan, president of the Newport Trades Council, presided. There were 70 delegates present. The proceedings were in camera. Replies stating their inability to accept candidature were received from Mr Raynor (Carpenters' Union), Battersea Mr A. Wilkie (Shipwrights'), Newcastle; Mr Parfitt (Loco. Engineers and Firemen's), Aberdare and Mr James Macpherson (Shop Assistants'), London, were read. Mr James Winstone's position was then discussed, and after hearing the report of the deputation to the miners'executive (at which it was stated that in the event of Mr Winstone being adopted as Labour candidate for the boroughs the Miners' Federation would provide half the election expenses), it was agreed, by 63 votes to one, that the conference should accept the conditions as imposed by the miners' execu- tive, and recommended to a mass meeting of workers the name of Mr Winstone as Parlia- mentary Labour candidate for the boroughs. The matter will be taken up by the local branch of the Labour Representation Conference, which has been appointed to deal with the matter. It was resolved that the local Labour Representation Committee should take the conduct of the election in hand, and circularise the branches with a view to the other half of the election expenses being obtained, and generally proceed with the organisation of the work.
I USK. I PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. I Before R. RICKARDS, Esq. (in the chair), and H. t HUMPHREYS, Esq. I BATE CASE. Edward Williams, farmer, formerly of Llan- geview, was summoned for the non-payment of X3 88 6d poor rates due.—T. Rees, jr., gave formal evidence, and a distress warrant was ordered to issue. Defendant did not appear. I WATER RENTAL. I Mary Lewis, Baron-street, Usk, was summoned for noK-pavment of water rental due to the Usk Waterworks Co., Ltd.—T. Rees, jr., gave evidence shewing iiat defendant owed 4s Id.-Order for J payment made. I STRAY COLTS. I John Lewis, farmer, Gwehelog, was summoned for allowing a colt to stray at Gwehelog.-P.C. Hughes said he found the colt straying on the Llaucayo-road at 3.45 p.m., ou the 13th inst.— Defendant said the colt was enticed away by another.—Dismissed with a caution. Edward Bevan, for whom his wife appeared, was similarly summniied.-P.C. Hughes gave evidence. It was a horse colt and was with the filly in the last case. Mrs Bevan said she knew it was on the road, but she had no time to get it in. Mrs Bevan now said she was there by herself, and could not go out for the colt.—Dismissed with a caution. I A NUISANCE. Albert Lewis, of Gwehelog, was summoned under a bye-law for an offence on the Twyn. square, Usk, committed at 10.45 p.m. on Saturday last.-P.C. Hughes gave the facts.—Fined 5s. I STRAY HORSES. I William Stephens, a gipsy, was summoned for allowing four horses to stray on the highway at Llangibby, on the previous afternoon. Defendant did not appear.—P.S. Sheddick said the horses were straying ou the main road near Tregrwg Farm, a quarter-of-a. mile away from the vans, which were on the green at Llangibby.—Fined 10s or 7 days' hard labour. I APPLICATION FOR EJECTMENT. I Mrs Joseph, of the Nag's Head Inn, applied for an ejectment order against A. J. Joues, who said he could not get a house to remove to.—The service of the notices having been proved, the order was made. COUNTY COURT, THURSDAY. I Before His Honour Judge OWEN. I There were between 60 and 70 summonses issued for the Oourt. The Registrar (Mr A. E. Bowen) dealt \with several, only two came before His Honour, and the rest were settled. There were no judgment summonses. EXTRAORDINARY TREATMENT. I Catherine Miles, of 22, El ward-street, Newport, sued Mrs Sharpies, of Hill Grove, Clytha, for 21 17. 7d. for breach of contract. Plaintiff only appeared. She said that she was, through another person, engaged as a domestic servant by the defendant at ZI 10s a month, to commence on the 2nd March. She went to Hill Grove, but could not gain admittance to the house, nor see defendant. She stopped outside the door sotne considerable time. The 7d 7d was for expenses. His Honour said he could not allow the latter, as defendant, did not personally agree to pay them, but gave immediate judgment for £1 10s and costs, remarking that it was an extraordinary case. PETITION IN LUNACY AND EQUITY I In Lunacy and Equity: in the matter of Edward William Henry Donovan, of unsound mind, and the trustees of the widow of Bartholomew Dono- van. This was a petition by Charles Arnold for the appointment of a new trustee in the room of Isaac Madley, formerly of Bryngwyn, who had left the neighbourhood and disappeared, and for directions as to dealing with the trust funds which had vested upon Alice Donovan, the testator's youngest grandchild coming of age. The will had directed the division of the residue between three grand- children upon the youngest coming of age. Of these one had died and Edward W. H. Donovan was a lunatic not so found. Mr Iltyd Gardner, Abergavenny, appeared for all parties concerned, and produced certificates, affi- davits, &c. It appeared that the residue amounted to £ 74 17s. 6d., which was in the hands of the National and Provincial B3.nk of England, Ltd., Abergavenny. In the result His Honour, taking into considera- tion the smalinetss of the amount, did not appoint another trustee, but male an order vesting the right to sue for and recover the estate ia the existing trustee, and directing that when received he should hold and distribute the estate in accordance with the will of the testator. This was all the business.
Deatli of Earl Stanhope. Earl Stanhope, who underwent a serious operation in London on Tuesday, died on Wednesday afternoon. He was in his sixty- seventh year.
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ABERGAVENNY. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before the Mayor (Major WILLIAMS) and Dr WILLIAMS. BAD LANGUAGE.—James Finn, a labourer, was charged with using bad language in Tudor-street. This was Fiun's sixth appearance, and he was fined 13a and costs. LICENSING OFFENCE.—Thomas Jones, landlord of the Guild Hall Inn, was charged with serving a boy named Henry Williams with beer in an unsealed b-ottle.Defetiditit stated that he did it without a thought.—Fined 20s and costs. COUNTY COURT, WEDNESDAY. I Before His Honour Judge OWEN. A FARMER'S DE:BT. -\rrS E. A. Jenkins sued Charles Sayce, a farmer, of Skenfrith, for £13 for rent due.—Mrs Jenkins said that she let a farm to Sayce at X20 per year. He was her tenant for two years, and he had only paid her E27, thus still owing £ 13. He gave up the farm in February, and then owed half a year's rent and :63.Sayee admitted having lived at the farm, but denied owiug the money. He stated that Mrs Jenkins told him he could leave by paying her £ 3.—Mrs Jenkins denied this. — His Honour gave jadgmeut for the £ 13, to be paid in a month, with costs. ANOTHER DEFAULTER.-Messrs. Gwatkin Bros., Abergavenny, claimed a sum of money from Signor Mianacca, an Italian, who had lived in une of their shops. Mignacca previously lived in a house belonging to Messrs. Gwatkin, and had moved from this into a shop rented by them, where he carried on a fish business, and a stove and some gas fittings were put in to enable him to carry on the business. On leaving- the premises, Mignacca took the stove and fittings away with him.—Defendant stated that be had paid more rent than the previous tenant, and the things he had taken away were his. -His Honour gave judgment for L7 9a 6d and costs.
I PONTYPOOL. I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. ASSAULT.—John Price, landlord of the Star Ino, Abersychan, was summoned for assaulting Ellen Hannah Ramsey, 14, at Abersychan, on April 3rd.-Mr T. G. Powell, solicitor, Brynmawr, appeared for the defendant, and pleaded not guilty.—Complainant alleged that after stop-tap on the 3rd inst.. whilst hi-i wife was down in the kitchen, defeudant behaved improperly. She complained to Mrs Price. who asked her not to take any notice of her husband. When the wife saw her husband she struck him several times. I Witness also told P.C. Jones what had occurred.- In cross-examination witness said Mrs Price had offered to settle the case for ;C2.-p.S. Jones paid that at I a.m. on the 4th he was called to the Star Inn. He there saw the defendant, who was under the influence of drink. He also saw the little girl, who complained of having been assaulted, but on being examined by the doctor nothing was found to bear out her statement.—Mrs Price said her husband had always denied all the accutations made against him. Witness had without her husband's consent offered to pay the complainant £ 2 to settle the case.—The Bench found defendant guilty of a common assault, aud imposed a fine of 40s. D. AND D.-Richard Davies, collier, was fined 10s for being drunk and disorderly at Garndiffaitb, on April 10th.—William Henry Saunders, iron- worker, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at, Pon tymoile on April 8 t li. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined IO,J\lhn Walsh was similarly summoned and was fined 10s. A CANNIBAL COLLIER.—Thomas Price, a collier, of AbersychHU was sentenced to two ruontbeP imprisonment for a vicious assault upon two men. named Thoma" Barrett and William Mahotiey. Defendaut bit one man's nose aud the other man's finger. COUNTY COURT, WEDNESDAY. Before His Honour JUDGB OWEN. COMPENSATION CASES. Ann Dando, Westleigh, Chipping Sudbury, Glos., claimed X200 from the Tirpentwys Colliery Company as compensation for the lo of her son- Mr J. Sankey appeared for the applicant, and Mr A. Parsons for the respondents. Deceased met with an accident while lifting a tram on to the line- The case was before the court in November, aDd adjourned pending a decision in the Court of Appeal. Mr Sankey said that decisiou was against him, and judgment was entered for the respondent company, with costs on Seal* C. Lemuel Llewellyn. c llier, 10, F rge-row, Cwmbran, claimed 18s a week from the Elled. Colliery Companv, Pontnewydd. Applicant had sustained an injury to his knee. The Judge made, an award for 18s per week. Abraham Tibbs, of 2, Maindee-terrace, Pont- newydd, who sustained injury whilst, working at Messrs. Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds' Colliery,, was awarded 15s a week. Joseph Rees, of Davies-court, Garndiffaith, who was hurt in the Bartlett Slope, of Messrs- Partridge, Jones and Co's Blaensychaa Collieryp was awarded 5s 8d a week.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. TERROR TO THE TOWN. A well-known character, Patrick Ryan, made his 70th appearance at Newport on Wednesday, charged with stealing a bottle of whiokey and a battle of rum, together of the value if Ps. 6d.. and further with assaulting and beating P.C. Wetter and damaging his uniform. On Monday afternoon, P.C. Wetter said he was called to the Wyndham Arms, where the landlord charged Ryan with s'ealing the whiskey and rum. Ryan danied it. Prisoner walked with the con- stable as far as Llanarth-street all right, and then said, "I'm not going any further with you, you bastard He then became violent, and struggled and kicked. It was only with the assistance of some people that he (P.C. Wetter) could handcuff him. Ryan remarked that on the way to the station P.C Wetter told him he belonged to the football club, and he could easily put him on his —— head. He (Ryan) replied, "Try it," and he did. Later he told them all at the office that he had got him (Ryan) under. Elizabeth Lewis, daughter of the landlord, said she saw Ryan take bold of ö. bottle of whiskey. When asked about it, Ryan replied tbat he wanted to see the kind Ou looking round the bottle of rum was missing. The Mayor: You are a terror to the town. Prisoner I believe I am. The Mayor then sentenced him to three months* hard labour for the larceny, and six months' for assaulting the policeman, to run cousrcutively. Prisoner: That's nine months cheaper than I thought; I thought I might get eighteen months. POLICEMEN COMPLIMENTED. Thomas Gavin, alias Fisher, of Woolwich, and James Webster, of Hickney, were charged with attempting to break into Carisbrook Villa, the residence of Henry Phillips, early on Sunday morn- ing. P.C. James saw Gavin in the act of tamper- ing with the window catch. Webster shouted; Look out," and both ran away in different direc- tions. Gavin got over a wall 8ft. high. and witness followed and eventually caught him. Detective Caldicott subsequently received Webster from the Gloucester police. Prisoners were sentenced to three months' hard labour, the Bench congratulat- ing P.C. James on his smart capture.
GENERAL. COMMUTED TO THE ASSIZES.-At Tredegar, oa Monday, David Jones, 40, Waunliwyd, was charged with criminally assaulting Minnie Penny, aged 8 years, at Cwm. Mr T. G. Po ell prose- cuted, and after evidence had been given Jones was formally charged. To this he replied, I am sorry to say I am guilty."—He was committed for trial at the Assizes.
Markets. Csx APRIL FAIR.—The April fair was held oa Monday, when there was a good attendance. A large number of store cattle were on offer, hut the sale was rather slow. Really good bullocks were scarce. There was a large supply or fat sheep, ewes, and lambs, which sold well, the demand being good. Pigs also sold well; prices were high. The following were the quotations ;—Best beef 6:11 per lb, second quality tid to GJi, bull beef 5d 4 1 to 5-1,1, wether muttou 9d, ewe 7d lamb, lid to Is per lb; couples, 45s to 52s 6d; veal, 8id to T 91 per lb c iws and calves, £ 12 to S16 yearlings, £6 to £ 1" two-year-olds, £ 11 to £ 14 three-year- olds, £16 to £ 21; sows and pigs, E9 to S-,Io strong stores, 35s to 45s each; three months" old, 20s to 23s; weaners, 12s to 18 each; heavy- weight porkers, 8s 6d to 9s a score light ditto, 98 to 9s 6d a sc re. There was not such a number of horses on offer as usual. Good carters made from X40 to £ 50; there was also a call for good cart colts. CHEPSTOW, CATTLE, Tuesday.—There was a good market to-day, but a smaller supply of beef than on the last occasion, best quality making fully 7d per lb, with from 6d to 61-d per lb for second quality, and 5jd per lb fnC bulls. Sheep were quite as dear as at last market, tegs in tha wool fetching 10d per lb, and shorn from 8d to 8td per lb. A large number of calves and latnba 2 were on offer, priine veal making as much as lOd per lb, and rougher sorts from 8id to 9d per lb, whilst lamb realied from lid to Is per lb. Store cattle and sheep sold at late rates. Parkers made from 9s 6d to 10s per score, and baconers about 9s. NEWPOBT, COHN, Wednesday.—Wheat is re- ported this week to be firmer, but there has been ni notable change in prices. Barley has advanced 3d per quarter on the week. Maize has no change, while flour (fines) is at 2;)8 per sack. The at elldance on 'Change to-day was only moderate. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.—Trade opened out very bri-k at this market to-day an,on I- the large at'endanc*, and showed that the supply of cattle was ra' her inadequate. However, there was a good supply sheep, lambs, and calves, and a fai; number of pilg., on otter. Quotations: — Best beef, 6|d per lb; second qualities. 6d to 6 £ d; cows 5d to 5jd beat wether mut*on, 91 • ewe, ?d to 7fd; lamb lid to Is and calves, 8d to 9Jd. 2 2 Pigl" met a NtoderTe trade at go^d prices, porkers fe-chmg from 10 1 to IUs 3d and bacmers 8s per score. NEWPORT, CHlms. Wednesday.—Then* was a supply of about eight ton* of cheese on offer to-day, which met a good demand. There waa also an average attendance. Q,iotatious f aerphillv's 42s to 4Gs, fancy dairies 47s to 49s, Derbys 58i1 to 60s, and CUeddars 60s to 63a per cwt.
not at all prejudiced by this, as the reserve men in the Usk team were counted some of the best. The conditions were: 50yds.'range, 7 shots, I sighter, 3in. bull, Bisley scoring. The shoot proved excit- ing, as after the home team had scored an initial advantage, Newport held their own, afterwards re- gained several points, and, eventually, at the sixth encounter, got level. Their success did not con- tinue, they fell away, and Usk scored a good win by eight points.