Philip Lewis, labourer, who was working at Altybill v on the dav in question, said he Raw the horties coming no the road with William". and they had a U shocking job to get up. Williams was beating them with a stick to get them along. Sometime* thf-y would not pull at all, and some- times they only went about a yard. Williams went rou d them all, and they all eot the same with th," slick. It tank them nearly an hour to go about 100 yards. Witnean did not leave his work. He did not see the mare in the road. Williams's boy went home after ano'her horse to fetch the wagon awav. Between 5 and 6 n'clock witness saw a lizht. coming down the road. and heard "them all" talking. Williams told his wife to take hold of the m-kre by the tail and heave at her, and said that. if he could not get her up be would knock her eye out. There was no trouble to bear the blows, which were many. When witness gQt to work next morning the mare was on the common. CrosS-pxamined: Edwards could have heard the alleged expression of Williams as well as he. The blows s^i'nded as though they were from a stick and a foot. Mr Co<>per: Why, if the mare was being served so, did you not go to her? Witnens: Perhaps I should have got the same as the mate if I did. You are related to Williams s wife r Yea, Worse luck; I wish I had never seen them in tny tire. You have had differences in the County Court ?— Yes. Twice, and they bad judgment ?—Yes, but that Was a fraud. Further questioned, witness denied that he had told M s Lfdwick (Mrs Williams's mother), or Air Evans (The Steps), that he would do his best to get Williams into prison; also that he had given information to the police. P.S. Sheddick stated that at about 2.15 p.m. on the 7th December, in company with P.C. Hayward, he was on duty near Altybilla Farm, when, on a piece of roadside waste, or common, he found an old bay cart mare lying on the ground. At first sight she appeared to be dead, but when he got up to her he found she was not. She was in an extremely poor condition. Her bones were promi- nently sticking out—backbone, ribs, and pin bones -and she had the appearance of having been terribly knocked about. Inside the right hip a large piece of skin, 11 inches by 9 inches was off and another piece 5 inches by 3 inches was off the right pin bone, while another large piece was off behind the right foreleg. There were large bare patches on the belly, a swelling around the eyes, and cracks around the but of the tail. All had been apparently freshly caused. There was also a deep contused wound inside the upper lip, in front, Which was much swollen. The mare was lying oil the bare ground without a covering, al- though it was a very cold day and the white frost was still hanging about the ground. Witness and ■^•C. Hayward lifted the animal's head, but she inade no effort to stand up. She appeared to be In pain and was groaning. There was a handful of hay near her, and they gave it to her. She attempted to eat it, but some of it fell back out of her mouth. They obtained hay and water from Altybilla, which they gave her. She appeared to be very thirsty and hungry. They examined the road from the place where the mare fell-about SO yards higher up-to the common. About 40 yards of it was hard road with loose stones lying about. There were signs of severe struggling on the road, with loose hair from mane, body, and tail, as well as blood on the stones and grass. They went. tn lnnlr fnr Williams. and found him on the road some distance from his house. Witness asked 'him what he was going to do about the old mare lying down below, and he replied Nothing; I sent to tell Court to fetch her, but he sent to say he could not come until 9 o'clock to-morrow morn- ing." Witness asked what defendant was going to do with her in the meantime, and he said "Nothing I can't do anything. She belongs to 'Court." "Have you fed her," queried witness. "Yes," answered Williams, "I took her a bit of 'hay this morning." "Have you given her any water?" "No," defendant said, adding that Mr Court lent him the mare at the end of September for her keep. Witness told defendant that it was cruelty to leave the mare as she was, and that he should get something to put over her as well as give her some food. Witness got three old bags and a bit of clover, and accompanied them to the 'common, defendant pointing out the place where the mare fell on the road, and saying that she got stuck in the mud and would not get up. Witness asked him how he got her to the common, and he replied that they got a halter, and he and his missus and boy tushed her down. Witness asked him how he accounted for the mare's injuries, and he replied that she did that herself by falling and plundering" about, When they got to the snare witness asked him if he would kill her. He refused to do so. The Sergeant then told him that he had been informed that he had severely beaten "the animals up the road, and he said that was Wrong, as he had no whip. Witness told him that it was with a stick. Witness picked up splinters of a stick lying about the road, and drew defen- dant's attention to the hair that had been picked Up and the blood on the stones (samples produced). Defendant said the blood was from the mare's ttiouth. That night witness went to Mr Court's at Mamhilad, and got him to send over for the mare 'the same night. He produced a halter received from John Edwards with blood on it. On Decem- ber ioth witness went with Mr Sidney Smith to defendant's farm and saw the remaining three horses, all of which were in poor condition, while one had a wound on the left shoulder. Two were totally unfit for work according to the veterinary surgeon, and witness told defendant not to work them. The next day he paid another visit with teupt James. CrosH-examined: Defendant did not tell him that bioi wife fed and watered the horse on the 6th. P.C. Hayward corroborated this evidence, and "Said that when he went up to Altybilla about 9 'o'clock on the 7th he found that the old mare had died, and just after Mr Court's man took the car- case away. j Cross-examined: He knew Williams well, and had seex the horses a good manv times, but he bad never cautioned him about working them. Mr Sidney Smith, veterinary surgeon, Usk, gave evidence as to the state of the three animals on defendant's farm on December 10th. A five-year- old roan mare was in a very low condition and Unable to work in consequence of a wound about the size of a halfpenny or two-shilling-piece on the, shoulder. The old nag was also very poor, but was too vicious to be properly examined. The third animal was an old black mare, in very low ■condition and scarcely able to walk. They were in the *tate named, in his opinion, from want of 'food and, perhaps, over-work. There was hardly anything in the field for them. Defendant: They have 75 acres to run over. On behalf of the defendant, Mr Cooper urged that he had only committed an error of judgment in taking the animals out, and that did not amount to cruelty. Defendant sworn, said that on December Rth he left home with four horses to fetch the empty Wagon, which weighed 161 cwts., home from a quaiter of a mile below Altybilla, leaving one some distance above that farm. The remaining three got the wagon 174 yards up the Altybilla road when the mare fell, after getting off the rough stones. He unharnessed her, and John Edwards came to bis assistance, but left after pushing the Wagon back, saying he bad to go back to work. Be took the wagon home with the other horses, stabled and fed the animals, and then returned to the mare with his wife. The mar- was then 20 yards lower down the road, and there were signs where she had been struggling up and down. That might be about 6.30 or 7 o clock. In reply to the Chairman, defendant said the toad was a very bad one, and that was why he had three horses. Continuing, witness said the mare was wnn ner head downhill, and his wife took hold of the halter while he tried to lift the mare 150™ behind, Then she jumped ap and "plunged forward again. He put her comfortable on the Common and gave her some hay which his boy brought after returning the halter to Altybills. Mr Hiley: What do you mean by making her comfortable ? Defendant: I put her legs down tidy as she Would lie in the meadow. Defendant further averred that it was a mild £ ght, the weather being something like it wag that morning. The mare had been In the habit of lying out. He took her down some hay, and gave her some water which he got at Altybilla. Next morning he went down with the gun and saw Mr Davies, with whom he had a conversation. Defendant said he had a good mind to shoot the mare. Mr Davies replied Well, it isn't your mare, is it, Mr Williams? Witness:" No, it is not." Mr Davies: Then I should not shoot her, as the owner may make you pay just what he likes for her." Witness Then I had better not do so." He went back home, and a couple of bum afterwards he saw the police. He had given the mare hay and water before he went down to Altybilla with the gun. He told the Sergeant that he had given her food and water the night before. The horses were fit to work on the 6:h. The nag horse had been in the same condition during the two years (in April) that he had had her the others, too, were in the same condition as they had been. He had taken loads of bay to Usk with them. The mare that died was all right, and she had plenty of flesh on her. She had not been over-worked. The Chairman remarked that four horses to bring up an empty wagon seemed rather a large number. Defendant said the road was a very bad one with rock coming out of its face, which made the horses apt to slip. Mr Cooper said defendant was anxious that the animals should not be overworked. Defendant denied that he beat the horses on the road, and that they had been underfed. lie also said the statement attributed to him by Lewis was untrue. By Supt James: The horses were in working order. Laura Williams, defendant's wife, corroborated, stating that she took fodder and water to the mare late on the night of the 6th, and again on the 7th, but on the latter occasion the mare had been taken away. They did all they could for her. She denied that her but4band either beat or kicked the animal. The horses bad had plenty to eat. and there was a good stock of fodder and feeding stuffs at the house. After a retirement of the Bench, the Chairman said they had unanimously decided to convict 'he defendant, and thinking it to be a very aggravated case of cruelty the full penalty of dE5 with costs would be inflicted, one month's hard labour in default. The Magistrates' Clerk said the penalty was for the three charges against the defendant. The costs amounted to X2 311. WILLIAMS IN MORE TROUBLE. FINED AND BOUND OVBR. The same defendant as in the last case next naa to answer the charge of assaulting William Probert, labourer, Llaogeview. on the 29th December, and there was a cross-summons. Williams was not represented in this case. William Probert'a story was that on the night in question he started home with Mr and Mrs Morgan, but going up Noah's Ark Lane he left them and hurried on, carrying a basket. On the pitch he saw three or four people whom he did not at the tirne kuow, and he said to them, "Glod night, all." Some of the people replied, and he had gone on 40 or 50 yards when Williams and another man [whom he pointed out in Court, and who was a subsequent witness for Williams, named Aaron Higgs], who bad followed him came up, and Williams kicked him in the side, saying. Stop a minute, you will have more than that." Witness went to tarn round, when defendant kicked the basket out of his hand. The other man helped defendant, and together they got him down on the ground and he was again kicked and knocked about. The Morgans, on coming up, in- terfered, and Mrs Williams held Mrs Morgan in the ditch. Defendant, when he attacked him, said "I will give you report my horse." Witness replied I did not do it, Williams." When he got up one of the men said to Williams Let him alone; he has had enough." Williams answered No; make a clean job of it; putthe-OLt of mess." The Bench inquired the meaning of the phrase, and defendant said be understood it to mean that they should kill him, but another suggested that it meant, in army parlance, that he should be put out of action. Witness added that he returned to Usk and saw P.O. Hayward. Cross-examined: He did not bump up against defendant and his wife and call her bad names, nor did he attempt to hit defendant with a stick. Mrs Elizabeth Morgan corroborated Probert's evidence as far as she saw the affray, and P.C. Hayward stated that Probert came to him in Bridge-street, Usk, at 11.15 p.m., on the 29th December, and told him he had been assaulted. He had a cut on his nose, another under his left eye, his face was covered in blood and his clothes with mud. Probert wanted witness to fetch his assailant, but he told him he could not do so, and that he had better summon him. Probert was sober. Edward Williams, his wife, Aaron Higgs and Oliver Good (colliers, Abersychan), stated on oath that Probert wps the aggressor. They said be bumped into Williams and his wife as he was passing them in the lane. using bad language to Mrs Williams, and then saying that he had got it in" for Williams and went for him with a stick. Williams parried the blow with his left arm and took the stick from him, but Probert followed him again with another stick. Mrs Williams said that she pushed Mrs Morgan into the hedge to prevent her throwing stones at the men. In Cross-examining, Probert told Higgs that he was the man who did most of the work on him. In the result, the Bench fined Williams 10s. and 7s. costs, and bound him over in his own recog- nizances or £10 to keep the peace ior six moniius. The case against Probert was dismissed. Mrs Williams then came forward and asked that Probert should also be bound over to keep the peace towards her as she went in fear of him, but The Magistrates' Clerk told her to go away, as she was not before the Court. [Defendant was subsequently allowed 14 days in which to pay the fines, &c. which amounted to £ 8.] j STEALING RABBITS AND SNARES. I Henry Thomas, Geo. Mayo, and Charles Powell, young farm labourers working at Lower Berth- llwydd, Trostrey, pleaded guilty to stealing 23 rabbit snares, value 3s lOd, the property of Joseph Berry, and six rabbits, value 6s, the property of William E. Parker, at The Hill, Trostrey, on the 8th January. Berry was engaged on the farm rabbit catching, and on the 8th he laid a number of wires in three fields, on the 9th he missed a lot and also the rabbits that bad been in some of them. He tracked the defendants to Mr Parry's farm. and P.C. Hay- ward saw the lad Powell and subsequently Mayo and Thomas, and recovered 23 snares and six rabbits, the former, and three of the latter being in a loft, and the other three rabbits in the house. He brought defendants to Usk, Wm. E. Parker spoke as to engaging Berry to catch rabbits, &c. Mr Parry gave defendants a good character as W<The Beneh discharged the lad Powell with a caution, and fined the older defendants 10s. each. saying that the offence was a serious one. I EJECTMENT ORDER. On the application of Mr Frederick Freeguard, agent for Messrs. Thomas and Tanner, the owner of a house in Baron-street, an ejectment order was issued against Mrs Abraham Williams, the usual formal evidence having been given as to the service of notices, &c.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT. FRIDAY. ORDER AGAINST A LLANDENNY MAN. James Ellis, Llandenny, was summoned by Florence Waite, of 32, Ebeaezer-terrace, Newport, to show cause, etc. Mr Lyndon Cooper appeared for the com- plainant, and Mr Herbert Williams, Monmouth, represented the defendant, who did not appear. Mr Cooper said that the paternity was admitted, and the only question the Bench would be troubled with would be to decide the amount of the order. The defendant was a confidential man in the employ of a Mr Lewis, a horse breeder, of Llanisben. He was in the habit of bringing horses to Newport, where they were put up at the King William IV. Complainant was employed there as a domestic servant, and the child, a girl, was born on the 5th November last. He asked that an order of 3s 6d a week be made. Mr Williams offered 2s 6d a week. The man was only a groom, earning 10s a week and his board. An order of 3s a week was made, and £ 1 Is costs.
PONTYPOOL. I POLICE COURT. SATURDAY. I Before ISAAC BUTLER. Esq. (in the chair) and I other Magistrates. j GROSS CRUELTY TO A HORSE. I Edward Davies, haulier, Abersychan, was charged with cruelly ill-treating a horse, the property of Messrs. Partridge Jones and Co., his employers, at Gwenallt Colliery, Pontnewynydd, on January 1st. James Powell, collier, said that defendant came to hitch his and another man's trams out, and as his horse was slightly restless he commenced to beat it with something which they could not see, and he then picked up a large iron fork used by the timbermen for setting timbers, and struck and prodded the horse several times with it. William Britton and Evan Powell, two Pont- newynydd colliers, gave corroborative evidence as to seeing the defendant beating the horse with the fork. They also stated that on examining the horse they found that it had seven wounds, such as could be inflicted with the single end of the fork. The Chairman here interposed and remarked that those who witnessed the cruelty to the horse ought to have taken the fork from Davies and served him the same as he had served the horse. John Walters, horse-keeper at the colliery, stated that upon examining the horse he found three stabs on the off-side, one close to the tail, and two on the near side. One of the wounds on the near side was five inches deep and one-and-a-half inch long, and the others varied between one-and- a-half to three inches in length and depth. John Willi tins, veterinary surgeon, also spoke as to examining and probing the wounds on the horse, and said that great violence must have been used to cause them. Defendant admitted the offence, and said that he struck the animal with the fork because he had lost his temper with it on account of its being restless. It. had let go at him once. Prisoner was committed to gaol for two months with hard labour. ALLEGED ASSAULT.-George Mansell, fireman at the Pontnewynvdd Galvanising Works, was sum- moned for assaulting Alfred Parker, an aged Pontnewynydd ironworker, at Pontnewynydd, on December 29th.-Mr. W. H. V. Bythway, solicitor, Pontypool, appeared to prosecute, and said he understood defendant had absconded,—The Bench issued a warrant for the arrest of Mansell. CHARGE AGAINST A LICENSEE DISMISSED.— George Parrv Edwards, licensee of the White Hou-ie Inn, Garndiffaith, was summoned for being drunk on his own premises on Christmas evening. Police-constables Fearis and Vaughan said that upon visiting defendant's house on the night in question, they found that he was drunk and unfit to manage his business.—Mr T. Watkins. solicitor, who defended, called a number of witnesses to disprove the charge, and the case was dismissed. COKE STEALING.—Robert Nicholls, 16, iron- worker, Pontypool, and his brother, Bert Nicholls, 12, school boy. were summoned for stealing coke, value Id., the property of the Pontypool Works, Limited, on December 29th.-Mr W. H. V. Byth- way appeared to prosecute on behalf of the company—Arthur Jenkins, the watchman, proved seeing the boys stealing the coke. They were each fined 2s. 6d. MAINTENANCE.—Edwd. Williams, farmer, Llan- geview, was summoned by the Pontypool Guar- dians, for arrears of maintenance, amounting to fil 9-Nir T. Watkins, solicitor, Pontypool, pro- secuted, and secured an order for payment within 14 days, with the alternative of 14 days' imprison- ment, THE USUALS.—James Barnes, collier, Garn- diffaith was fined 20s. for being drunk and disorderly at Girndiff iith on December 25th. Ebenezer Jobbins, labourer, Pontypool, was fined 10s. for the same offences at Pontypool on December 29th. -John Clarey, Charles Day, Alfred Evans, Arthur Lewis, and Richard Murphy, labourers, Pontypool were summoned for being riotous at Pontypool. Olarey and Day were fined 10s., Evans 7s. 6d,, Lewis 20s„ and Murphy 5s,
NEWPORT. I Aqentt— Htstrt Greenland istzi Co., High Street. I SMALL-POX CASES.—This scourge has, unfortu- nately, broken out in the Pill district. It was imported by a seaman from Portugal, who,, although convalescent at the time, gave it to, two of his relatives. They are now in the small-pox hospital, under the treatment of Dr. Howard Jones and his staff. Several persons who had been, in contact with them have been re-vaccinated. THE CASE OF WILLIAM BEAVAN. I The following letter has been received by Mr Digby Powell, solicitor, Newport, from the Home Secretary, in response to the petition, bearing 30,000 signatures, praying for the reduction of the life sentence on William Beavan for the man- slaughter of his wife at a Newport restaurant, in 1905 Whitehall, 5th January, 1907. "Sir,—I am directed by the Secretary of State to inform you that he has given very careful con- sideration to the petition which you forwarded in July last, on behalf of William Beavan, who, at Monmouthshire Assizes, on 27th November, 1905, was sentenced for manslaughter to penal servitude for life, and I am to say that he regrets that he would not be justified at present in advising any reduction of the sentence. The case, however, will not he lost sight of, and Mr. Gladstone hopes that at a later date he will be able to recommend his Majesty to grant some remission of the term of Beavan's sentence. I am, Sir, Your obedient servant, "C. E. TROUP. Digby Powell, Esq., t.11 "Cambrian Chambers, Newport." I
I PANTEG. I A GHAIRMAN'S RESIGNATION NOT I ACCEPTED. At a meeting of the Panteg U.D.O. a letter wa« read from its chairman, Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., C.O., adhering to his determination to retire in view of the threatened action on the part of the council against the Pontypool Gas and Water Company, of which body he is chairman. His present term of office would expire in March, and he did not intend to seek re-election. Alderman D. Jones suggested that the council should decline to accept the resignation, and this was agreed to. It was reported that the Pontypool Gas and Water Company did not wish to sell their under. taking.
Pontypool Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held on Thursday week, when Mr W. P. James, J.P. C.C. (chairman) presided. A ROLICITOKS LETTER. The Clerk (Mr T. Watkins), read the following letter:— Victoria Chambers, "Newport, Mon., 2nd Jan., 1907. "Dear Sir,—It is no doubt within your memory that certain very unpleasant statements were made at the meeting of the Guardians held on the 20th, and published in the Pontypool Free Press of the 21st ultimo, concerning Mr H. J. Phillips, and our client, Mr 0. J. Phillips, and his actions generally- Several statements made and contained in that report are untrue, and from our point of view could only have been said and published with one object, namely, to attempt to prejudice andaotfcoy our client. "OIU client, Mr C. J. Phillips, has disbursed very large sums of money for the maintenance and education of several of the children of his brother, H. J. Phillips, SINCB the date of the latter's bankruotcy, although he was under no obligation, morally or otherwise, to do so. As to one of those children. namely, John Cuthbert Phillips, our client has practically maintained him since he was 3 years of age, and fnr the past 12 months or more be has been educated at the West Monmouthshire School entirely at our client's expense, but, owing to the unfounded and malicious statements which were made and published as before stated, be has now determined he will support him no longer, and at the first convenient opportunity this boy will be sent to the Union and become chargeable to the rates. We shall be obliged if you will read this letter to the Guardians at their meeting to-morrow, and cause it to be published in this week's Pontypoot Frs, Press. Yours faithfully, COLBORNE & Co." GUARDIANS V. BUCK, I The Clerk said he had been asked to prepare a resolution as to legislation making married women with separate estate liable for maintenance of parents. He had therefore drafted the follow. ing:- "That the Court of King's Bench having recently held on the appeal of the Pontypool Guardians v. Buck that a married woman with ample separate estate is not liable to contribute towards the maintenance of her parents or parent, crea'es a legal anomaly and an unfair distinction between the sexes, as a son with property or a sufficient wage earning capacity is so liable; in fact in that very case the one brother of the defendant was contributing Is 6d per week and the other Is towards the father's support, whilst she got scot free, though of greater ability than either; and it is desirable that such an anomaly and distinction should be forthwith removed by legislation; that a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the Local Government Board, the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress, the Association of Poor Law Unions in England and Wales, the Monmouthshire Unions, and the Members of Parliament for the county and the boroughs, and that they be respectively urged to take every step within their respective powers to promote such legislation." It was decided to have the resolution printed, and circulated amongst all the Unions, &e. Hippy" FIRKSNS, or USK. I Mr Wintle said that the notorious William Firkius, Usk. had been brought back to the House again suffering with D.T.s," and he had had to be removed to the Asylum. He wanted to know if there was anv possible means of recovering the £6 12s in relieving this man three times last year ? He gave no end of trouble to the officers, and then he was discharged and went back to UAk, and somebody gave him drink, and he got into the same state again, and was brought back there. The doctor had to certify, for which he had his guinea, and the guardians bad also to pay the cost of his conveyance to Abergavenny. Was there any possible means of putting a stop to this or recovering the cost ? The Clerk: No. He Ie a dwarf. His father is over 60 years of age, is working as a jobbing gardener three or four days a week, and is some- what infirm. The father can do nothing for him. The lad is not an able-bodied man. There is no way that. I can see of recovering anything. Mr Wintle: If you caa't recover ought we not to call the attention of the police at Usk to the matter, and ask how it is that a working-man who goes into a public-house and gets a few pints of beer, and gets drunk, is hauled up at the police court, and this fellow is not prosecuted ? In a few weeks, perhaps, we shall see him here again. I think the police have been very remi-s in their duty. How is it that the fellow can get into this condition, three times through the year without the police taking notice of it ? If we can't recover, I move that the attentiou of the police be called to this matter, and that we ask that at-ps be taken to prevent him, getting into this condition, or that he be dealt with by the law. Mr GrifBin: No one regrets the circumstances more than I do. I should onlv be too delighted if we had the power to deal with this boy, or this man. After be was discharged from the asylum last time I took the liberty of tryirag to persuade him to alter his course. No harm can be done in communicating with the police but he has been under their observation for a considerable time. Although a dwarf, he is endowed with a great deal more brains than some people,, although they are not of much use to him. Everybody that is meeting him is assisting him with coppers. He has. no difficulty in getting whisky, and he gets drunk on premises where the police cannot and do not see him. I am sure his father would be as pleased as the Guardians if something could be done to place the boy out of the way of this temptation other. wise I am now satisfied that he is past redemption, and that we may expect him here as often as he has a chance of getting drunk. Mr Wintle: Then I think we ought to ask the Asylum authorities to keep him there. It was decided to draw the attention of the Usk police to the subject. plioBATIONER NURSB. I A committee of the Board had sifted some 20 applications for the appointment of probationer nurse in succession to Miss Jones (now Mrs Howard Thomas), and three candidates came before the Board to be interviewed, viz., Miss Evans, Cwmbran; Miss Mary Jones, New Inn; and Miss Maud L. Saville, Victoria-road, Ponty- pool. The first ballot wgs :Jones, five; Evans, five; Saville, four. Second ballot:—Jones, six; and Evans, eight. Miss Evans, of Salisbury Workhouse, was appointed.
Rifle Shooting. USK BOYS' SHOOT. The Usk Rifte Club are to be congratulated upon the success which has attended their far-seeing policy in making efforts to encourage youngsters to take up the sport of rifle shooting, and recently there was a special competition on tbe Porthycarne M.R. Range for the boys, Mr P. T. Clifc, tho hon. sec., having kindly given three prizes. It wa» a handicap, and each member bad five shots at 50 yards. The following was the gratifying result, which would seem to show that it is improbable Usk will be wanting good shots for some time to come. And here it might be observed that the Club is deserving of more outside support than it has hitherto received. Details:— Hep. Tl. J. Griffiths 3 5 4 4 4 5 25 T" Lucas 5 4 4 4 4 3 24 F. P. Watkins. 4 4 3 5 5 1 22 F. Roberts 4 3 2 5 4 3 21 F. Jones. 3 3 4 3 5 3 21 J.Pitt 3 5 4 4 4 20 W. Rees 4 3 4 3 3 3 20 G. Doubleday. 2 3 4 3 5 3 20 W. Doubleday 0 3 2 5 3 6 19 T. Morgan 4 4 3 3 3 2 19 W. Davies 3 2 8^0 3 12
PONTYPOOL. Apleati-Mr Fxeldhouse, and Mr G. H Churchill, The Market liessrs. Rettearis ani Co., and Mr. Nickels, New Inn. EX-DISTRICT COUNCILLOR ARRESTED.—Great excitement was caused at Abersychan, on Tuesday evening, when it became known that Mr Abel Myers, a prominent resident in the town, who is an ex-member of the Abersychan Urban District Council, had been arrested by P.S. Jones and P.C. Brown on a warrant issued by the Metropolitan Police, on a charge of conspiring to defraud the creditors of his brother, Joseph Myers, an undis- charged bankrupt, of moneys, goods, and other securities. Mr Myers was taken to London in custody on Wednesday, and on Thursday was remanded on bail. SUICIDE FROM CEUMLIN VIADUCT.—EARLY °n Wednesday morning an Abertillery tinworker, named James Levarne, but generally known as James Rees, aged 55, committed suicide by jumping from the top of Crumlin Viaduct, which is 210 feet from the ground. Four workmen engaged on the Viaduct saw him hanging over the parapet, and made every effort to save him, but failed. Death was instantaneous, and Dr Ryan, who examined the body, found that the neck, right leg, and several ribs were fractured. Deceased had been laid up with bronchitis for about a month, and only resumed work on the Monday. His wife said the affair was a complete mystery to her, as her husband was in very good spirits that morning. An employee at the tin-works, however, stated that since Monday deceased had been very depressed, probably owing to his illness.
[Servants' Ball at Tredegar Park. 5 This time-honoured and most enjoyable social function took place on Wednesday night, and was in every way quite equal to its predecessors- Thanks to the skill and artistic taste of those responsible—the clerk of works (Mr Robinson), tbe house steward (Mr E. Perrott), and the head gardener (Mr J. Bone)—the decorations, con- sisting of flags, garlands, mottoes, hunting souvenirs, a set of gilded horse-shoes tied with the family colours, and a coloured print of the Charge of Balaclava, excited general admiration, and were commented on by the noble host, Viscount Tredegar, who entered the banqueting hall accompanied by his bister, Viscountess Hereford, the Hon. Lilian and the Hon. Rosamond Devereux, Mrs Gould, Mrs Basil Muodv, gisq Miller, Colonel Conrtenay Morgan, and Captain Roland Forestier Walker. as Mr A.. C. Wallace's string band gave The Roast Beef of Old Entrland.^ His lordsbip and the house party then opened the ball with the usual country dance, 11 speed. the Plough," after which the noted ale of Trelegar was served round and a few toasts were given, the first being that of Lord Tredegar himself, proposed by Mr Perrott and heartily responded to by the 200 or so guests- present. His lordship's reply was given in his happiest vein, although he touched a n,te of sadness whew he referred to the deaths of Mr Sargent an 1 Charlie B,irtet,t, both of whom had been with him for mtoy- year9* Referring to the chief p >titical events of the- past year. his Ibrdhip said that perhaps the prinei- pal was the great rout of the Coa3-<rvati ve Party, to whioh he had the honour, pleasure, nod pride to be- Ionir, and to which he hoped many th-re present, belonged. It was a year memorable for great- chnng s. great accidents, and itreit political waves. There are questions, he continued, still before the- country, of which most of Il-S are ,(tt¡" very tired. One is the great education question, and the other, if I may be allowed to allude to it h.re, th.4 suffra- gettes. kLLughter.), Now. I have a notion by wniah most of us could be relieved of thf\" tW) wearisome questions. I should like the snffrtge tes to marry the passive resistors, and go away for A LONG, HONBTJCOOW. (Laughter.) The present Government has passed a- great many Acts of Parliament rather quiekly, manv of which will lead, I am afraid, o a great deal of litigation. Onn of th,se, is, the Workmin's Compensation \ct, and inclai,,it in it is ..Iut ist called domestic service. Now. what I shouti like to know is whether, supposing to-night" I will say after supper—we will say that sonv4 of Volt -WelL, inspired with Mr Wallace's ha-id, and. dancing not wisely, but rather wil-ily-tb.-it y >m shonld in your gvrittiona either throw vour partner tn i break his leg, or he break yotir neck, whether I should be liahla under thoqe circumstance to. kBep the whole of his family. (LAughter ) That is a m -ot ques- tion. I should recommend you ..11 to. sret a copy of that A"t. It has not more than about 150 clauses; it won't take you more than two, weeks to read and about a year to understand, Ell that if you apply yourselves you will know all about it hv the tine of the hall next year. At any rate. I hope you will take care to danee with the caunoo which is neces- sary sometimes after supper, and1 that I shall not find myself within the next 24 hours called upon to suoport several famtHe* from peroon4 co ning to grief at the Tredegar servant,#' bi'll I carièntv sajr what toleasure it gives me to co ne her- fco-nwht. I thonght last year that it would have been the last time that I could come down and enter tnro compe- tition with Mr Bone, but I am happy to aav that up to the present, egged on by the competition of gentlemen of mature age like t»y*«lf, [ have kept up. When you come to my time-of lif-t you will probably find that all you want are food, warmth, sleep, and a book. I think one of the great PLEAS7BS8 OF OEDi AGE is the memory of old things, and the pJeasure that YOll have itiven to other people. There w is a time when in the chase I felt perfectly miserable if any people jumped a fence in front of mi- but now the I more people th it jump the fence in front of me the better I like them. In proposing The Health of the other members of the Tredegar family," Mr Perrott said he h,.ped they would be able sooner or later to welcome Colonel Courtenay Morgan as the member for South Mnmouth. (Hear, hear.) Colonel Conrtenay Morgan, in response, said, that if he had to be a companion of 8fI1e of the people at Westminster, he would rather be at. Trelegar Park. Perhaps before very long the guests present that night would be invited to & ball of the Tredegar Socialises and Anarchists' League. But he did not think they would be admitted freely, as they were now, but would be charged ft a head, and be given t 'list and water. (Laughter.) There were probably a good many persons present who had found out that a gentle- man was mot so terrible and despicable an animal 88 "tbpr people tried to make him out. be band struck up The Men of Harlech as Viscount Tredegar and party left the hall, andL dancing was then continued until early morn.
RAGLAN. Ageiti-Afr. Hopper, The Village. PREPARING FOR THE COUNTY GOUNCIIt ELECTION. A POPULAR CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE. We understand that Mr Francis Hobbs, estate agent, Dixton Road, Monmoath, having been asked by a large number of influential ratepayers, has consented to come out as a candidate for the Raglan Division of the Monmouthshire County Council. Mr Hobbs has been closely identified with the neighbourhood for many years, and his personal knowledge of the district, and its needs, should enable him to make a most capable and useful representative. Mr Hobbs will receive the support and assistance of the Conservative organisation of the district.
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Pontypool Kuril District Council. The monthly meeting of this Council was held at the Sessions House, Usk, on Monday afternoon, Mr S. T. Griffin, J.P., C.O (chairman) presiding over the following members Messrs. W. H. Charles (vice-chairman), T. W. Brooke, John Parker, John William*, James Bevan, James James, T. Watkins (clerk), and R. Derrett (surveyor). FINANCE. The Treasurer's Book showed a balance in hand of £ 732 4s 3d. The Surveyor was granted two cheques of ZSO each. Accounts amounting to 966 10a 9d were ordered to be paid. THE OLWAY. I Several communications were read from owners of land adjoining the Olway Brook with regard to its being cleared of timber and underwood so as to prevent, if possible, th flooding of the Chepstow- road leading out of Usk, which seemed favourable. The Clerk wAs req tea ed to keep the County Council posted up with information there- anent. PONTHIB WATBR SUPPLY. I The Local Government Board wrote sanctioning a loan for the carrying oitt of the Pouthir water supply scheme, and The lease of 'he necessary property from the Pontypool Park Estate (Mr J. C. Hanbury, J.P D.L.), to the Council was duly sealed, the sum payable being £3 138 per annum. OWBHBLOG SCHOOL WATER SUPPLY. I Deaconess Eleanor wrote stating that the Gwehelog School Committee would consult vir Frank Morgan and obtain further particulars with regard to the sinking of a well for the water eupply of the School. StTHVEY(JR'Ø REPOBT. I The Surveyor reported that, after a great deal of correspondence, the steam roller arrived at Uk on the 17th. and went to Penpellenny on the next day, beginning work on the 19tb, and continuing for four davs when frost st,pped it. It had finished in Goytre parish and would do so in GIs,-c,ied that dav. As to the pipe mentioned by Vfr Phillips for the road near the Buildings Gate. Llandegveth, be suggested that he should meet that Councillor on the spot. Some new posts and rails were required and the fencing needed repairing near Whitehall and the Llwyna Road, Llantrissent. As to the footbridge at Pontycarna, Llantarnam, he had met the Sttrveyor to the Llantarnam U.D.C., and they bad agreed that the better side to put it when dismantled was the Llantarnam side. as had already- been pointed out to Messrs. Hornby and Baker. Jones, solicitors, Newport. That m'truiog he had heard from the Llantarnam Officer saying that his Council favoured the disposal of the old bridge by tender if the Pontypool R. D.C. wouid agree. About 50 yards in one place and 10 yards in another of the new footpath there, he found flooded, and he recommended that it be raised with more ashes at those sp Its with a grip cut on the east side an 1 pipes put in underneath at three different places before the old bridge was dismantled. The Surveyor was instructed to deal with the fence referred to in his report. It was decided to leave the disposal of the old foot bridge at Llantarnam to the Urban District Council there, the joint owners-with this Council, and to make enquiries with regard to the masonry. As to the defects in the new footpath made by the Great Western Railway Company, the Clerk was directed to write asking for it to be put right before the Council took it over for future main- tenance. SANITARY REPOBT. I Mr Derrett, as Inspector, reported sanitary defects in a house near Gwehelog School, occupied by Mrs Phipos. The M.O.H., and he recommended the granting of water supply certificates in respect of four new houses built on the Llanbadoc side of Usk Bridge, which had been put up by Mr S. Shaw With the exception of a few cases of mumps and the prevalence of influenza, the health of the district was very satisfactory. The Clerk was directed to issue the necessary certificate of water supply for the new bouses mentioned on receipt of a certificate from Dr G. Harrison Jenkins. HELPING- NEWPORT. I The Newport Chamber of Commerce wrote asking the Council to support them in their endeavours to make Newport a stamping centre and also to get the new Irish express traitll1 of the G. W.R. to stop there. A resolution in favour of both ideas was agreed to. The Chairman remarking, inter- aliav, that he wished the G.W.IL. Company, could be induced to give Usk aad district a better train service. RECEIPTS- AND BXP BKDITtTRB. I Mr Brooke had Rot out the total receipts from eaoh parish in the district, and the amount spent on the roads alone in the year 1905. which varied very considerably. He wondered whether they could not reduce the exceptionally large outlay in some of the parishes, s > that they might expend some money on the roads the Council bad tecently been asked to. repair, but which they had refused to do. He admitted no legal obligation with regard to those roads, but at the same time the people using them were large ratepayers and deserving of some consideration, especially in view of the fact that there seemed a desire to spend money on. projects from which they would derive no benefit whatever. Another year he hoped to get out another return with averages. The Clerk pointed out that the difference in receipts ard expenditure wis due to the fact that some parishes had a very much larger mileage of roads in them repairable by the Council than bad others, and the same thing applied to the respectiv6 rateable values. The Surveyor pointed out that in Llantrissent for instance, the heavy expenditure bad been caused by the great amount of timber hauling from Wentwood along the roads of the parish, and The Clerk observed that that was going on almost continually from one part of Weatwood or another. At Llaiithevy, again, the road mileage was great while the rateable value was small. HEDGE CRASHING. Mr Brooke br night, up the question of hedge drashing, and after s'.me discussion, The Surveyor was instructed to report to the Council at the next meeting all those who had not obeyed the notioe served upon them with a view to police-court proceedings being at once taken against all defaulters.
MONMOIJ m. iffent.—Mr. J. G. Jones, 24, Church Street, Monmouth. DEATH OF THB WORKHONSB MATBON.—The death has occurred of vlrs Fanny Whit inston, matroo of the Workhouse, after a few day." illness. Deceased had held the appointment for nearly 20 years and was hLzhly respected. LORD LLANTJATTOCK'S SUITABLE GrrT.- Lorci Llangattook has sent a cheque to provide specta- cles for 137 children in one of the Walworth groaps of elementary schools, who have been de-i clared to need them for the pursuit of theit studies.
MONMOUTHSHIRE HUNT BALL. This enjoyable annual ball took place at the Rolls Hall, Monmouth, on Friday night, and was attended by 120 guests. Mr Fred Roberts's Cardiff Band supplied the music, and the decorations were exceptionally effective, a special feature being the arrangement of 100 flags from H. M.S. Drake, Lieut. Walwyn, son of Col. Walwyn, Croft-y-Bwla, being the chief gunnery officer of that gunboat Col. Walwyn acted as hon. sec to the Ball Committee, and amongst the company present were: Lord and Lady Llangattock, Sir Henry and Lady Mather- Jackson, Miss Jackson, the Hon. O. Vivian, Capt. and Mrs. Forestier-Walker, Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. Crompton Roberts, Col. Ivor Herbert, M.P., Col. Curre (Master of the Monmouthshire Foxhounds), Mrs. Curre, Mr. C. H. Firbank (High Shiriff), Mrs. and Miss Firbanl, Mr. and Mrs. R. Bannerman, the Misses Bannerman, Col. Morris, Marquis de la Pas- ture the Misses de la Pasture, Col. and Miss Brad- ney, Col. and Mrs. Walwyn, Lieut. Walwyn. R.N., Mr. C. T. Walwyn, Capt. T. Mansel, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Innes, Mr. Percy Laybourne, &c.
CAERLEON. I SPECIAL LICENSING SESSIONS j (THURSDAY WEEK.) Before Sir A. MACKWORTH (in the chair), and J HAKTLBY, Esq. I LOCAL TRANSFRES. I An application was made for the transfer of the licence of the Farmers' Arms, Llandegveth. from Wm. Phillips to Wm. Harris, a wood cutter. Granted. There was also an application for the transfer of the licence of the Red Lion Inn, Caerleon, from G. H. Lavin, to Richard Evans, stated to be an insurance agent.—Superintendent James reported that he had no objection to the transfer, and it was granted. The transfer of the lioence of the Oddfollowil Arms, Caerleon, from Emma Pritchard, to Albert Oummings, a labourer, was also acceded to. Mr R. Searles appeared on behalf of Messrs. Lloyd and Yoratb, the owners of the house. I It was stated that the annual Licensing Court for the district would be held on the 14th February, at Caerleon.