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INCENDIARISM. The demonstration which it was reported would take place at Llanelly on Tuesday, did not take place. Much of Mr. Chambers's property has been destroyed by incendiaries no less than thirteen stacks of corn and hay, comprising the produce of Ty'nwern, and Gellyglynog farms, have already been destroyed by incendiary fires, and these irrespective of the destruc- tion of Maensant farm. The latter farm is in the parish of Llangendeirne, and is divided from the parish of Llanelly, by the river Gwendraeth. The other farms are in the parish of Llanelly. Several reasons are assigned for the enmity thus diabolically displayed towards the Owner of the property destroyed. The coast-guard and pilots at Llanelly, most of them Englishmen, were sworn in by the magistrates as special constables and on Monday the workmen of Mr. Cham- 'bers's pottery will be sworn in. They are all Stafford- shire men, and have to a man volunteered to act as special constables whenever called upon. A reward of 950 has been offered for the production •of such evidence as will convict the persons who fired the ricks of oats on Wednesday night, and the stack of straw last night. An address to the inhabitants of Llanelly has been issued by Mr. Chambers :— "TO THE INHABITANTS OF LLANELLY. Brother Parishioners and Fellow-Townsmen,— When called upon a few weeks ago by some of the farmers to preside over a parochial meeting held in the town, I there expressed my readiness to be present at any meeting held in the day time, where the people, 'unrestrained by anything but their sense of right and wrong, might represent their grievances, and discuss the most proper and efficient means to remove the same. With much pleasure, therefore, I went to Mynydd Selen, took a prominent part in that great and respectable meeting, and heard resolutions tending to order passed unanimously and quietly; one of which was,—That the meeting pledged itself to discountenance 4ill nightly meetings, and to restore order. I said there, and repeat it now, that I shall be always ready to sup- port the people in their struggle to redress their griev- ances, as long as they resort to legal means and in the face of day. But my duty as a magistrate binds me to oppose every illegal proceeding, and to use every pos- sible means to put down nightly outrages. W hcn I am informed of any intended nightly attack upon pro- perty, I am bound to head the soldiers thither. Not- withstanding the resolution passed by upwards of 3,000 on Mynydd Selen, I regret to state, I was compelled to go out to suppress violence, and maintain order. I discharged my duty with all possible forbearance; neither I, nor any person under my direction, have as yet fired a shot; but if these disturbances continue, none know what melancholy results may ensue. I shall be unflinching in doing my duty, and no threats against my person nor property shall in the least deter me. Should my property be destroyed, I am secured from loss by an insurance-office, and by my remedy against the hundred and should my person be attacked, my assailants will not do so with impunity. Being certain that many of the respectable farmers look up to me for protection from the attacks of cow ardly miscreants, who, contrary to the general wis continue their nightly and disorderly gatheringsi? thought it right to address you thus. With regard fn° my fellow-townsmen, amongst whom I ha,'e vc for the last 15 years, I have only to say, that I feel very confident they will come forward as a body to oppose manfully the attacks upon persons and property which have this week disgraced our peaceful town under the pretence of redressing grievances. d, W. CHAMBERS, Jun., Justice of the Peace. Llanelly, Sept. 9." Since this was issued, Mr. Chambers has been induced, probably by the entreaties of his family, to leave Llanelly. A London reporter says, in reference to Mr. Cham- bers and incendiarism: This gentleman, as part of his arrangement, was ready at hand with the troops to assist the police if necessary. To show the peculiar cunning of the Welsh, two ricks of oats belonging to this gentleman were fired on the night of the Pontar- dulais affair, it is thought, for the purpose of keeping him at home. They are, however, as revengeful as cunning." No further attack has been made on the house of Mr. Lucroft, at Llanelly, who had rendered himself obnoxious by the introduction of new rules, and by giving a preference to teetotal pilots. On Saturday morning, a very large rick of hay the property of Mr. Francis M'Kiernin, was discerned to be on fire on Llanelly marsh. LLANDILO.—THE BURNT DYNEVOR WHEAT.—On Friday last, an individual of very questionable integ- rity-morally and intellectually—laid information before the proper authorities that he saw the wheat in ques- tion fired, and that he knew the parties but, it is said, that he did not desire to be further communicatvie until the E200, the reward, was handed to him; and that Oegoeiations concerning this point occupied the best part of the day. In the evening, constables in a chaise, 4oi; and a military escort, left the town, and returned > between nine and ten, having captured in his own house very respectable and inoffensive man—brought him from the bosom of his own family at the hour of rest, after a harvest day's labour, and deposited him for the night in the town cell. When it was made known to bim that he was charged with the offence of incendiar- ism is uncertain, but it is said that he had reached Llandilo first. A good deal of excitement prevailed amongst the populace, when it became known who the accused party was, and the rough handling bestowed upon the informer rendered it necessary to place him -under military protection. On Saturday morning seve- ral magistrates met at the Shire Hall (?) where it was intended to carry on the investigation; but from the -disposition of the people, it was deemed prudent not to expose the informer, and the magistrates consequently adjourned to the Cawdor Arms, where the informer Was. The examinations were carried on in private, and were not completed until about midnight, when the accused party was liberated. Attorneys were en- gaged pro and con. The informer was contradicted in all material points by credible witnesses, and in several points, it is said, he contradicted himself. Magistrates have a very difficult task to do, if they perform their duty well, and in this case they were present in sufficient number. Judging by the time consumed, a very patient hearing has been bestowed upon the case also, which but for the extreme opposition of the characters of the accused and the accuser, would seem to be worthy of -all praise. The accused party's son was also charged with the same offence. He was not taken on Friday night, but surrendered himself at Llandilo on Saturday morning. The inhabitants, in a very excited state, avraited the result with uneasiness and impatience, and then carried Davies in triumph through the town, ac- companied by several hundred persons. A great number of persons, chiefly women, also followed the infor- mer, upon whose person they made a most violent at- tack, and had it not been for the very prompt interfe- rence of the dragoons, his life would have been sacri- ficed he was, however, obliged to run for his life, and Tiltimately found shelter in the lock-up-house, under mi- litary protection. He even attempted to escape the following morning, but was closely watched by the mob, and was unable to escape. He remains at the present moment in the lock-up-house, where the military are still obliged to be his guardians and protectors. It is Hot quite clear whether the people sympathise with Varies as a Rebeccaite, or as onesuffering under a false accusation, but we almost presume the latter, as he is •a very respectable farmer, and of quiet inoffensive habits, and has satisfactorily proved an alibi, in reference Iko the charge preferred against him. CAUTION TO THE PUBLIc.-On Saturday last, a fellow arrived at Haverfordwest, from Milford, and put up at the house of Mr. George Davis, Bridgend inn. representing himself as a Lecturer on the Prophesies He remained till he managed to score up for grub lttkd heavy wet" 6s., when he changed his quarters to Itlie Temperance Hotel kept by Mrs. Gibbon, and re- t there till Monday morning, eating like a tea- otaller, when saying he had business with the Rev. r. Fletcher, he decamped, leaving the Landlady mi- us 5.. for meat, tea, coffee, hot rolls, &c. He is ra- her above the middle stature, of ruddy complexion, as a round face, and is apparently about 60 years of age, and had on when here a white striped Jacket, and ustain Trowsers, and went by the name of Cook. THE MAYOR AND MILITARY HOAXED.—Last Wednesday evening, at a late hour intimation was given to the Mayor of Haverfordwest that the Rebeccaites had assembled at Windyhill, and were preparing to attack the Prendergast Turnpike Gate and Toll House. No time was lost by the Mayor, who in company with his brother Magistrates, the Military, and the civil forces "der his command, repaired thither. After waiting there some long and watchful hours, however, they found that the intimation of Rebecca's intended visit was a hoax. 1 IIAVERFORDWRST TOWN COUNCIL, MONDAY, SEPT. p •■Members present, Geo. Parry, Wm. Owen, J. hillipR) j. Robbin, O. E. Davies, Jas. Griffiths, J. Potter, b nI. Evans, Geo. Ll. Millard. The mayor having laid before the Council a resolution of the meeting of the aRistrates and other inhabitants of the town, re- vesting the corporation to adopt measures for keeping atch within the liberties of the town during the whole (If the night,—Ordered that one of the policeman be alternately on watch during the whole of the night;— that the watch committee be required to employ one of the ordinary constables of the town on each night, to Perambulate the town in company with the police, and idat such constables be paid 2s. 6d. per night;—that fo r. Parry be empowered to negotiate with Mr. Prust r the absolute conveyance to him, with the consent of ■_ e Lords of the Treasury, of the field and cottage in his in the parish of St. Martin, in consideration illS surrendering the lease of the corn tolls ;-that the bw clerk give the necessary notice for bringing in a III in the next Sessions of Parliament for widening and "ni,rovin g the river, as ordered the 9tli November, 1842, nd that the same be advertised in the Welshman. OUR NATIVE COUNTRY.-The amor patritr of some of the Welsh may be inferred from the fact that in one English town alone, (Manchester), there are 20,000 ilathes of the principality and such is the interest they ke in their father-land that they never look even at a welsh newspaper. REBECCA AND HER DAUGHTERS.—TOTAL DESTRUC- TION OF LLECHRYD WEIR.—On Wednesday night last Rebecca and her daughters, paid a visit to this Weir, and totally demolished it. She had long threatened to do so, and on the night in question she put her threats in execution. It appears that threatening letters had been sent to some gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Cardigan, that a small Weir near Velingigfran would be pulled down that night, consequently the alarm was given, and the Marines marched from Cardigan down to watch the said Weir, but Rebecca and her daugh- ters" went to work in another quarter, and succeeded in their enterprize. We understand that a rear guard of the Marines, on their return from Velingigfran fell in with the Rebeccaites, 2 of them were in advance, and the 3rd was a little behind, Becca asked him if he had a musket ? Yes' (replied the Marine.) Is it loaded? Yes Is it capped ? Yes Take off the cap then and come with us. He was then taken to a public house in the neighbourhood, and treated with several glasses of ale, and then discharged. He arrived in Cardigan two hours after his comrades. [FROM ANOTHER CORRESPONDENT.] Last Wednesday night information were received at Newcastle Emlyn, that Rebecca and her daughters, were gathering in great number for the purpose of destroying Capt. Prichard of Tyllwyd's house and pro- perty. A troop of Marines, and also a troop of the 4th Light Dragoons were sent off in full speed, and were patrolling the streets all: night, but they did not appear. This proved but a plan to draw the attention of the military so as to give them better opportunity to destroy the Wear at Llecrhyd. Last night hundreds of Rebeccas made their appearance at Llecrhyd, and went on with the work of demolition, and in a very short time the 'whole were entirely ruins, and no weir to be seen. They say tl ere were hundreds of guns loaded with slugs and swan shot ready for action, should it be required. Several large meetings are weekly kept with the Rebeccaites on the mountains, to what purpose God only knows. Some say they want to be strong enough so as to attack the soldiers at Newcastle Workhouse, and to destroy some other property. As soon as the Marines went off last night, an old man who is in the Workhouse commenced to break the windows from inside, and before he could be secured he destroyed 42 panes of glass, and said he would draw the house also down if he could. Here is Rebecca's spirit inside as well as outside. REBECCAISM AT CARDIGAN.—About five years ago, a number of young men and women returning from a wedding near Cardigan, chanced to meet two venerable ladies, whom the silken bonds of hymen had never en- twined-they were within one day of 30 years each, unmarried ladies never grow older. One of the young lads said he would give Miss W- a kiss; on which another of his party said he would give him half a crown if he would. Done said the lad. The ladies advanced, and Davy ran up to one of them, threw his arms round her neck and attempted the tender infliction. It was however most resolutely resisted; Davy however won his half crown but got fined a sovereign for the assault. The story was not forgotten, for last week these maiden ladies were visited by a large party of young Rebeccaites, one of whom tapped at the lady's chamber window and told her Rebecca had called for the sovereign paid by Davy for a kiss some years before, and she had better pay it or else.Wisdom grows with years, and the maiden was wise. She quietly told the party to call again to-morrow," and they should have the money. The Rebeccaites being young be- lieved it, and walked away. Many of them no doubt by this time, very much "wish they may get it." SHAM 'BECCAITEs.-On Friday last, John Francis and John Jones, two sturdy beggars (the latter of whom having a maimed arm) were brought up before the sitting magistrates, John Evans, Esq. (Mayor), and Capt. W. Powell, under the following circumstances Mr. Lewis Jones, merchant, stated that the two pri- soners a few days before came to his shop to beg-the latter showing him the stump of his arm. Having given them some halfpence, Mr. L. Jones, in scanning them a little more narrowly, saw they were in drink, and charged them with it. They did not deny the charge, but said that they had received os. from Mr. Crawshay, the great Merthyr iron master, then at Aber- ystwith, and they had been drinking rather too freely at his expense, and knowing that Mr. Crawshay was not at Aberystwith, Mr. Jones immediately found they were imposters, and gave information which led to their apprehension, by police constable Jones. The principal other witness against the prisoners was Mrs. Jones, of Penybwlch, a farm a few miles south of Aberystwith. The prisoners a few days before had called at the farm house, and pretended they had been maimed by being blown up in a coal pit-the prisoner Francis baring his breast to show the sores that arose from the pretended accident. Mrs. Jones offered them some food, which they positively refused—they would have money, and nothing else. They talked about Rebecca," and said there were 16 of them, but they had been advised by the Rev. Mr. Lewis, of Llanrhystyd, not to go all in a body to the different farm houses, lest they might be taken for Rebecca's children. This witness fou.:d very great difficulty to get rid of the prisoners, and not before they saw her husband was in the house.. Alr. Davies, head police constable of Aberystwith, stated he knew the prisoner Francis for four or five years at Merthyr; there he got his living by begging, and begging letter writing, though he had never seen him in custody before. Several of his companions, such as Shion, Shianko, and others, were transported. Francis confessed that he knew some persons who had been transported, but many more that deserved it. The prisoners said a few words, which in no respect affect the correctness of the above statement. The magis- trates commented with becoming severity upon the conduct of the prisoners going about pretending to be 16 in number in the present unsettled state oaf the country, and sentenced Francis to 3 months' imprison- ment with hard labour, and Jones to 2 months with hard labour. CARDIGANSHIRE TRUST. There was a meeting of the Trustees last Tuesday at the Angel Inn, Cardigan. There were present Edward Lloyd Williams, Esq., the Chairman the Rev. A. Brigstocke, Mr. Lloyd Hall, the Rev. John Jones, Messrs. Parry, ■ Prichard, and many others. This Trust is divided into the upper and lower trust. The meeting of the upper one held at Aberystwith was fully reported in our columns. At the meeting last Tuesday of the lower trust, resolutions were adopted similar to those passed at Aberystwith by the Trustees at the meeting there, It was decided that the interest of tallies should be reduced from 5 to 31 per cent.: that the toll on light carts be 2d. and not 4d. that the toll on cattle be reduced from 5d. to lOd. per score, and that all other tolls he proportionately reduced. It was said that carts carrying lime for manure could not be rendered wholly exempt under the existing act of Parliament. Resolutions were adopted preliminary to the presentation of a petition to parliament for the introduction of a clause in the Act abolishing the power given by the local trust act for back toll when a cart passes through a gate for the third time. The Trustees having thus done all in their power to give satisfaction separated. 0 T. Davies, Esq., of Nantygwylan, Cardiganshire, in- tends returning 20 per cent. to his farm tenants who are not leaseholders on the half year's rent due March next.

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