CHEPSTOW. I POLICE COURT, TUESDAY. I AILSGBO ASBATJLT.—Mrs Caroline Robins, of Ctation-road, Chepstow, summoned her neighbours named Browning, for as <ault. There were cross- summonses.—Mr Harold Berthon, of Lydney, appeared for the Brownings, and Mr Harold Lloyd, Cardiff, was for Mrs Robins.-The Magistrates bound all the parties over in the aam of E10 to keep the peace for twelve months.
CWMBEAN. I POLICE COURT, THURSDAY. Before H. M. PILMNEB, Esq. and EVEJSBTT HABTIBT, Esq. CRUELTY.—David Watkins, farm bailiff, was sum- rrooned for cruelty to a horse at Pantgwyn Farm, "Tredannock, on the 12th August.—P.O. Wears said "that he saw the defendant working a dark brown lorse attached to a gamble, loaded with hay. There -was a wound on the off shoulder and there were two —wounds on the near shoulder, They were very raw, jand full of flies. There was a pad on the wound. which appeared to be a stocking. The horse seemed Aged. Watkins stated that they were short of liorses, and were bound to work this one to finish he hauling.—Cross-examined by Watkins: The qpad was on the wound. He was sure the horse was in pain.—P.S. Norris said that he saw the horse on -the 14th August. He coroborated as to the wounds on the animal. He considered it would have been impossible to have worked the horse without it being in pain. The horse was very low, and not worth more than 3°s., at the most.-Watkins said lie had assisted with horses all his life. The horse in qnestion was about twelve years of age. He had dressed the wonnds and treated the animal kindly -.eyer since he had had it. He padded it properly, and he did not think it was cruel to work it.- .Defendant was fined Sl including costs. RioTous.-Mary Ellen Kellihan was summoned -lor riotous behaviour, at Cwmbran, on the 9th July. -P.C.-Tuoker saw the defendant fighting with another woman.—Fined 5s,—James Wallace, brick- maker, Cwmbran, was fined 15s. for riotous be. haviour at Cwmbran on the 8th July. JUVENILE C&sss.-The Chairman stated that in future the Bench would take all cases in which young persons were concerned first, and immedi- ately afterwards the Court would be cleared of all young persons. A SEBmS OF ASSAULT CHARGES, Clara Da vies, married, was summoned for threat. ening Elizabeth Morgan at Cwmbran on the 17th August.—Both parties were bound over and ordered -to pay the costs between them. Elizabeth Davies, married, was then charged with Assaulting Fanny Morgan, at Cwmbran, on the 17th August. — After hearing evidence. the Chairman stated that there seemed to be a big disturbance going on and they found Mrs Davies guilty. Elizabeth Morgan, wife of Henry Morgan, Wood- land Street, was summoned for assaulting Elizabeth Davies on the 21st August.—The Chairman stated that this was another of these disgraceful neigh- bours' quarrels. It was quite impossible to get at the bottom of it. The parties would be bound over and the costs, 27s., would hava to be paid between -them. John Moore, Thomas Waite, and William Gillard -were charged with assaulting Elizabeth Davies at ^Cwmbran on the 21st August.—The magistrates lound the defendants guilty, and fined them 40.. jeach and costs.
MONMOUTH. BOROUGH POLICE, MONDAY. "Before the Mayor (Councillor G, R. EDWARDS). and Alderman HUGHBS. THBFT Oil A BOTTLE OF STOUT.-J obn Lee, 35, of Blaenavon, pleaded guilty to stealing one bottle of stout, value 6d, belonging to Messrs. Lloyd and Yorath, brewers, Newport, on the 26th August. Prisoner took the bottle from a case on a dray, while the drayman, George Holder, was delivering aplrits at the Barrel Inn.—Sentenced to seven days' imprisonment with hard labour, in default of a fine.
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ON EMIGRATION. I We all know how Wilkins Micawber made a dismal failure of his life at home, but was able to attain to a comfortable competency in Australia. There are many Micawbers in this country who might im- prove their circumstances in a similar way, and Mr S. A. Shaw, who has lived long in New Zealand, suggests that they could not do better than proceed to that country, where, "he would be a hopeless man in- deed who could not keep himself and his family." No doubt Mr Shaw is right, but so strong is the love of home that men do not usually emigrate when they are prosperous, and how is a man to get to New Zealand if he is already living from hand to mouth, and has nothing very valu- able which he can sell. Further, what is to become of his family while he is making a home for them in a distant land, when at least four months must elapse, however successful he may be, before any remittance which he might send could reach Britain ? This is a problem not incapable of solution, to which Colonial Governments must ad- dress themselves if they want men frorp Britain to occupy their uncultivated lands, and to contribute to the prosperity of the State. BOOK-BINDING AND PRINTING. The Library Association, on the occasion of its meeting at Cambridge, devoted some of its time to useful discussions on the binding and printing of books. These are essentially the days of cheap editions, but some of the books are very badly printed and the reader has to pay in injury to his eyesight a good deal more than he saves by purchasing the work at a small price. Other books are printed on fairly good paper, with legible type, and that is as much as the public can reasonably expect for the price they pay. Such books serve their general purpose, and thanks are due to the publishers for the enterprise which prompts them to supply the public with standard works which many people would not otherwise have the opportunity of perusing. It would be unreasonable to object that such books do not last, but librarians often find that more expensive publications are so ill-bound, and the paper upon which they are printed so bad, that they will not long bear the wear and tear to which they are subjected in a public library. It was evident from all that was said at Cambridge that all the popular works ought to be specially bound in order to bear such a strain, and it was stated that publishers were manifesting a disposition to co-operate to this end. I HUMAN BODIES FOUND IN GLACIERS. The body which was found in the upper glacier near Grindelwald was at first sup- posed to be Dr. Haller of Berne, who disappeared with two guides in 1880, while travelling from the Grimsal Pass to Grindel- wald. The body has since been identified as that of a German subject, who has been missing since 1902, but if it had really been that of Dr. Haller, it would not be the first time that a glacier has given up its dead after the lapse of many years. In 1820, two Englishmen, and a Russian, with sever guides, were approaching Mount Blanc, when an avalanche swept three of the guides into a crevasse of a glacier. Now it is well known that glaciers move, although very slowly, and Dr. Fornes, a British geologist, computed that in 35 or 40 years the bodies of the guides would reach the foot of the mountain. In 41 years, viz. in 1861, this prediction was fulfilled in a manner detailed by Stephen d'Arve in his history of Mount Blanc. On August 12, at the hour of the close of mass, a guide arrived out of breath at the mairie of Chamonix, bearing on his shoulders a sack filled with human remains, which he had gathered from the orifice of a crevasse. He conjectured that they were the remains of the victims of 1820, and a minute in- quest demonstrated the accuracy of his supposition.
The Revival of Canal Service. Attention continues to be drawn to the desirability of reviving canal traffic in this country, and we shall probably find some reference to the matter in Lord Jersey's Committee on Railway Rates, who had be- fore them a good deal of evidence on the subject. There can be no doubt that in their present condition the canals are in- capable of rendering any very conspicuous service to the manufacturer, the contractor, and the trader, and the fact that only the other day Basingstoke canal was sold to a private purchaser for a comparatively small sum proves that there is, in the minds of a great many people, very small hope that the canal system of the country, such as it is, will come to ie increasingly employed. That many of these old waterways are derelict and unserviceable is undubitable, and their value is still further diminished by the fact that some of the most useful, including those which served as connecting links, have been purchased by the railway companies. But it does not follow that they are incapable of improvement, and! indeed schemes have been prepared for RE-ORGANISING AND IMPROVING the canal service over a large proportion of England, with a reservation for further extension. It is unnecessary to discuss here the merits of those schemes, but one of them at least is in the hands of people who are convinced that the most serious obstacle, which is the financial one, can be overcome, and seeing that people are everywhere found to invest their funds in wild cat" schemes, it is not inconceivable that they would be prepared to subscribe for an enterprise which would at least afford them the opportunity of viewing their own property. No doubt a vast sum would be required, but investors seem to have a weakness for real estate, and when they perceive in every South African mine, the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice," it is not to too much to suppose that they would be willing to subscribe for shares in a great canal com- pany in this country. The testimony of witnesses before Lord Jersey's Committee was conclusive on the point of the useful. ness of canals, especially for the transport of such heavy and bulky materials as bricks, cement, coal, ballast, and timber, which can be ordered before they are wanted, and are not liable to depreciation by a few days delay. For the carriage of such materials the railways cannot, or at any rate do not, compete with canals, and in all cases the existence of an alternative route has had a wholesome effect in protecting consignors from EXCESSIVE RAILWAY RATES. I On that account manufacturers and traders in some of the great provincial towns are complaining very bitterly of the acquisition of the canals by railway companies, and the consequent abolition of competing rates. Further, there is reason to believe that the provision of an efficient canal service would help to solve the problem of overcrowding in towns. Manufacturers, particularly in the metropolis, declare that they are han- dicapped very seriously by high rates and inflated assessments, and if they could get their goods carried at a cheaper rate, many of them, in all probability, would remove into the country.
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PONTYPOOL. POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. Before A. A. WILLIAMS, Esq., and other Magistrates. THFFFT OF TIMBER. William Organ, Rose Organ, John Orchard, Ifary Orchard, and Amy Griffiths, all of Cwmavon, were summoned for stealing a quantity of timber. value 2a, the property of James Lewis; collier, of Varteg, at Cwmavon, on August 18th. Prosecutor had cut the wood for gate-posts and left them in the wood to season. About 2cwt was stolen. Mr Hughes (Messrs. Hughes and Powell, Bryn- mawr) appeared for the defendants, and admitted that defendauta took the wood, but suggested that as it had been lying in the wood for about three years, and was in the gutter at the side of the road on the evening in question, it was taken without any felonious intent. The Bench imposed a nominal fine of 58 upon oach defendant. ASSAULT. I Morris Davies, farmer, Trevethin, was summoned by George Wheeler, butcher. Pontnewynydd, for an assault. Mr W. J. Everett, solicitor, Pontypool, who appeared for Wheeler, said that on August 21st the two men were on the mountain at Trevethin walking along, when Davies, without receiving any provocation, struck Wheeler a violent blow on the head with a cane which he was carrying and stunned him. Later he assaulted him again, and eventually broke the stick across his head. He liad received a mark on his nose, which would be permanent. Defendant denied the offence, and said that Wheeler, who was drunk, attacked him first because he would not consent to a match between their two eheep dogs. The Bench fined defendant 40s.
RAGLAN. I PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY. I Before S. C. BOBAKQUET, Esq. (in the chair), and I RAGLAN T. H. SOMERSET, Esq. I APPEARED AT LAST.-Ellen Elliman, married woman, of Tregare, failed to appear at the lsst I Court although she was on bail, and the case was Adjourned for her attendance. She now pleaded guilty to being drunk at Raglan on July 19th, and iraa flned Is with 48 lOd costs. Dit-u,cx.-William Stone, labourer, Bryngwyn, far being drunk on the highway was ordered to pay 4a 6d costs. STRAYING HUNTHRS.—Mrs Francesca Sharpies, Hill Grove, Clytha, who did not appear was summoned for allowing three hunters to stray.- P.O. Powell (Clytha) said he had cautioned defendant about the offence. He found the kuaters a mile away from home, and he had to get the assistance of a groom to take them back.—A be of JB1 with 4s 6d costs was inflicted. No REAR LIGHT.-John Lanman, timber haulier, was seen by P.C. Jenkins to have no light to the rear of his waggon as required,lalid was fined 2s 6d with 4s 6d coats. AFFILIATION.—James Hall, labourer, a widower, 9, Plas-road, Lleur-de-Lis, Cardiff, was summoned by Sarah James, of Tregare, in respect of the paternity of her illegitimate male child, born January 30th last.-Hall did not appear.- Prosecutrix stated that defendant lodged at her father's house last year and later promised to marry her, the banns being published in Raglan Church. She had had a child two years ago, but Hall was not its father.-P.C. Jenkins spoke to having seen the parties frequently together.—The Bench adjudged defendant to be the father of the child, and made an order for the payment by him of 2s 6d per week till the child attains the age of 14, and the costs, Us 6d.
WELSH REVOLTERS. I A good suggestion has been made as to how to check the Welah revolt schools, says the Church Courier." It is urged that the Board of Education should at once step in and prevent such schools being opened. To carry them on to the satisfac- tion of the Board certificated teachers will have to be appointed, and as the certificates are granted at Whitehall it is nothing less than gross disobedience to the law for teachers to accept situations in schools which are intended to thwart the objects of the Education Act. The Board of Edu- cation eould stop the revolt easily by adopt- ing the simple plan of warning teachers against taking an active part in the cam- paign, just as the Government has directed the Irish teachers to abstain from taking part in meetings at which disloyalty is openly preached. If this warning were given, Church schools might be ensured from further persecution.
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I BRITISH BULB. The death of Lerothodi, Paramount Chief of Basutoland, has removed a staunch friend of the British Crown, who had well earned the thanks which Lord Milner expressed to him, prior to his lordship's departure from South Africa. Lerothodi was an en- lightened and statesmanlike man, such as one finds here and there among savage, or semi-savage peoples, and he thoroughly recognised that it was greatly to the ad- vantage of his people to remain on terms of friendship with the British. It is to be hoped that his successor, and other native chiefs, will be equally apt to adopt the policy which has recommended itself to men like Lerothodi and Khama, and, if that is so, we shall, have no reason to fear a rising of the natives, which is a matter of constant and painful contemplation to not a few people in South Africa. It is true that the prestige of the white man has been temporarily diminished by the events of the Boer war, that the natives are more effec- tively armed than they used to be, that they outnumber enormously the white population, and that their homogeneity renders it much easier for them to combine for their common safety. Although the events of the war were not such as to im- press the natives with the achievements of the white men, still very many of the most influential chiefs have a wholesome respect for the power of Britain. The surest guarantee for peace is good govern- ment, and if the natives are happier and more prosperous under British rule than they have been without it they are not likely to engage in any serious confederacy against the Crown.
TUB ART OF SWIMMING. Whatever may be the results of succes- sive attempts to swim the channel, it is, at any rate, probable that they will help to popularise swimming in this country, and, in that event, we shall owe some thanks to the apparently increased number of those who are anxious to share the distinction with Captain Webb. Already the art of swimming has made great progress in the elementary schools, and in the upper "suckles" we are told there has been, of recent years, "an immense addition to the number of persons acquainted with the art of natation." Among the latest recruits are the children of the Prince of Wales. It is meet and right that the sons of the Sailor Prince should be able to take care of themselves on the water, but on the other hand it is to be feared that. there are still among our sailors some men who, if they found themselves in deep water, could not support themselves for even half a minute. HOP GATHERING. I Perhaps the greatest boon enjoyed by a large proportion of the poor of London is gathering of hops, which is now in progress in Kent and in those other counties where, to a less extent, the cultivation of hops is engaged in. To many thousands of persons the hop harvest means a change from the overcrowded slums of Eflrt and South Lon- don to the pure air of rae country, accom- panied by the opportunity of earning more money than is required for the maintenance of the family during its absence, and of earning it, too, by labour which is alto- gether pleasanter and healthier than that to which the pickers are accustomed at home. The children, moreover, can earn their share, and when the London schools re-opened on Monday, there must have been not a few absentees from the poorer streets. Owing largely to the efforts of philan- thropic people, the conditions under which the hoppers perform their work have im- proved very much of late years, but on some farms the arrangements still leave much to be desired, and a London medical officer of health who reported on the subject would probably say that the conditions are absolutely fatal. But on this occasion the medical officer would be wrong because the people have been accustomed to equally insanitary, or even worse, conditions in their own homes.
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I THE DISTRESS IN WEST HAM. There can be no doubt that there is a great deal of very real distress in West Ham, and the heart must be hard indeed that does not feel sympathy for the poor people in their sufferings. But at the same time it may be doubted whether some of those who are assisting to obtain relief are well advised in their intimations that unless help is forthcoming they fear they will be unable to induce the unemployed to maintain the good order which they have hitherto preserved. West Ham is & borough where there are few wealthy resi- dents, and those who remain are impelled mainly by a most commendable desire to live and spend among those who have assisted them to make their money. Any disorder, such as seems to be regarded as possible, would tend to drive away those people who are not obliged to live in the boro' and would not unnaturally feel, if their property were made the object of any disturbance, that those whom they had tried to help were ungrateful. But the vast majority of those from whom help is likely to come do not live in West Ham, and are not able to apply the maxim that to know all is to forgive all." They would be disposed to resent the intimations re- ferred to as being something very like a threat, which, in any event, could not be accomplished upon the property of those who do not live in the boro'.
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Markets. MONMOUTH, OATTLH, Monday.—A moderate supply of beef, mostly of secondary quality met a slack trade. Mutton in good supply; trade better. Pigg were fairly numerous; porkers and strong stores changed hands quickly. Trade in store cattle was better-good milch cows fetched from S12 to £ 16 10s, cows and calves from X13 to *17, yearling cattle jE5 108 to Xg 5s, and two- year-old cattle £ 10 to JE14 5a, Pigs: Sows and pigs made from J65 6a to dE8, strong stores up to 40s 6d. Quotations :-Prime beef 6;d to 6ld per lb, secondary qualities 5Id to 6d veal 7d to Sd per Ib; wether mutton 8d per lb, ewe ditto, 6d to 6id per lb; lamb 8d per lb; pork 9s to 93 6d per score. Auction prices.-The following prices were made under the hammer of Messrs. Nelmes, Poole and Atkins, of Monmouth, Newn- ham, and Stroud Bullocks, JE12 10s to 916 5a; heifers, £ 11 2a 6d to C13 6a fat calves 38s to 80a store calves, 27s to 38s; wethers, 44s to 50s; ewes, 38s 6d to 44s; lambs, 21s 6d to 29a; porker pigs, 33a to 44s 6d. NEWPORT, OORN, Wednosday.-Wheat at to- day's market displayed an easier tendency. Barley is still held firm, at 3d advance on the week. Maize is firm, with prices unchanged. Other articles of grain have undergone no change. Offals are sold at 5s per ton dearer, and flour (fines) is offered at 24s 6d per sack. English wheat is again freely offering, fetching frem 38 3d to 3s 6d per bushel of 621b at mills. There was the usual attendance. NEWPORT, CATTM, Wednesday.—There was about an average supply of cattle and calves, with a plentiful supply of lambs, but a short supply of sheep on offer here to-day. A bright morning attracted a good attendance of buyers, and business was of an exceptionally brink character at the following prices:-Best beef 6Jd to 6|d, inferior qualities 6d, fat cows 5d to 5id, best wether mutton 8d to Sid. ewe 6ld to 7d, lamb 8id to 9d and calves 6id to 7-ld per lb. Pigs: Porkers, 10s to 10s 3d per score. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.—The cheese market here to-day was normal. The supply of eight tons offer was well disposed of at good hard figures among an average attendance. Quota- tions:-Caerphillys, 50a to 56s; fancy dairies, 57s to 58s; Derbies, 60s; 'truckles, 54s to 60s; Cheddars, 54a to 56s.
The Institute of Journalists. Members of the Institute of Journalists from all parts of the United Kingdom met at Bournemouth on Tuesday, for their annual conference, and were weloomed by the Mayor, in the name of the Corpo- ration. Mr n. T. Sanderson, of Glasgow, president of the Institute, occupied the chair, and urged members to strengthen their defence fuod, so that it would be in their power to resist every attempt that was made to infringe their just and lawful rights. Whether existing schemes of capitalists and specu- lators prospered or came to naught, he said, the clear course of journalists was to be trae to them- selves and to their Institute. Captain G. F. Gratwicke, of Exeter, was elected president for the ensuing year. At the annual dinner, on Wednesday night, the Earl of Malmesbury, in proposing "The Institute," said he had always had the greatest admiration for a well-managed national press, and he believed the British Press was without rival for respectability, honesty, and reliability. He considered the press censorship which existed in Russia was not only a danger to Russia itself, but acted as a firebrand to the rest of the world. The power the British press had in directing the thoughts of the thoughtless into proper channels was very great indeed.
I The Lost Boy. .W Edwin Pinckott, the schoolboy who has been missing from his home at Abertillery since Friday, has not been found, in spite of a thorough search of the district. On Tuesday morning between 6,000 and 7,000 men abandoned their work at the collieries to go in search of him, but without success. A trained bloodhound was also used. Pinokott has wandered away from home on four previous oocasions.
FACTS AND FANCIES. CONSTANT BIBDB. The married life of most birds could be taten for a model even by members of the human family. There is, for instance, the staid, digni. fied, and homely baldheaded eagle, the glorious emblem of the American Republic. He mates but once, and lives with his one mate until he or she dies. If left a widower-even a young widower—the baldheaded eagle never mates again. He remains alone and disconsolate in the nest on the rock crag or in the branches of of a tall pine that formed his domicile while his mate was alive. No other female eagle can tempt him to forsake his disconsolate life. With him, once a widower always a widower. The golden woodpeckers live in a happy married state, mating but once. If the male dies his rnate's grief is lasting, and she lives a widowed bird the rest of her life. So, too, the mala woodpecker never seeks another mate after the death of his own. He taps on a tree beside their nest day and night, trying to Recall her; then at length, discouraged and hopeless, he be^ pomes silent, and never recovers his gaiety.
THB TBRBACB GHOST. The Terrace of the House, which, during the session, is devoted to tea-parties, and is famous for its strawberries and cream, is specially honoured by ghosts, says Household Words. "For many years it has been haunted by the apparition of a tall woman, clad in dripping wet clothes, as if she had just emerged from the river. This ghost usually walks on foggy nights, and, after pointing with outstretched arm to the illuminated chamber where the nation's legislators are busily engaged, gives an unearthly scream, and vanishes, apparently into the river. In 1878, an attendant, named Ralph, was frightened almost to death by tWo apparition." 't:t.
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Working at the Peace Treaty. 0 New York, Friday. Ten out of fifteen articles of the- Peace Treaty were finished last night. The Peace Plenipotentiaries meet this morning to arrange am, armistice.
Further Details. St. Petersburg, Friday. The Official Communique to-day states that Japan undertakes not to fortify South Saghalien and to keep open La Perouse Straits.
Blown to Pieces. New York, Friday. John Baldwin, aeronaut, ascend- ing at Greenville, Ohio, yesterday, was blown to pieces by an explosion of dynamite which he had taken up, for exhibition purposes.
Cromer Express off the Line. Many Killed and Injured. The Cromer express from London collided with another train at Witham this morning. It is known that two were killed and a very large number injured, but full details are not yet known. Doctors and breakdown gangs have been sent to the scene by a special train which left London at nine twenty-seven this morning. [Later]. The accident at Witham was not a collision, but was caused by the- Cromer Express leaving the metals,. and dashing into the platform and the station building. The wreckage was appalling. Fifteen dead or- unconscious travellers have already been removed from the debris, and search still continues. A full list of the killed and injured is not yet known.
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