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BEAUFORT. SOME time ago the inhabitants here were greatly disappointed in finding that the extension of the Western Valleys Railway was to be stopped short at Pont-y-Grof, a distance of one mile from Beaufort. There were several causes given for this, but "old time," the revealer of all mysteries, has now proved that all obstacles have been overcome, for this week the further extension to Beaufort has been commenced with a right good will, and very soon, if things continue in the same spirit, we shall be able tolioast of having a rail- road into the place, which will be a great boon to the public, and more particularly to the trades- men of the village. A STEP IN THE RIGllT DIRECTION .On Sunday next, weather permitting, all the religious deno- minations in this place intend to form one general religious congregation in the open air, and after hearing a few addresses delivered by several ministers, the united churches will join together, and receive the sacrament of the Lord's Supper together. Such a meeting in this district was never held before, and we trust it will be the harbinger of a permanent union among the several Christian denominations. MUST" it be said that the people here are less patriotic than their neighbours P Rifle Corps are springing into existence all around us, and the masters appear to appreciate these patriotic prin- ciples of the men, whilst in this place nothing appears to be done to extend the movement.. Last week we were favoured with a visit for the first time from the 2nd Breconshire Rifle Corps. The music of their splendid baLd, the serviceable dress of the corps, and their glittering weapons, brought many hundreds into the principal street. The corps halted aj¡.the Castle Inn for ten minutes where every mltn who wished to quench his thirst with a glass of cwrw da had an opportunity of doing so, after which, the sounding of the bugle brought the "men into line again, and having wheeled arourfd they Raon left the infirm and aged behind them,- and ja<Jt many more for we think that nearly all that had the free use of their limbs either took the lead, or followed in the rear, for we do not.recollect seeing such a large muster in the village for a long period. The corps appeared to march in capital order, and we crust their visit will stimulate the leading men in the valley to take a part in this not aggresive,' but defensive movement. THE WANT OF MAGISTRATEs.-Blaina has been a place selected for holding magisterial meetings for many years, and perhaps justice has been dealt out here as satisfactorily as in any district dependent on unpaid magistrates, but there is one thing sadly lacking in the neighbour- hood, that is, the appointment of a larger number as justices of the peace. Owing to this deficiency it frequently happens that prisoners for very slight offences are most cruelly treated by either -k their detention in the lock-up, or their being com- pelled to march through the public streets in the company of a police officer over the hills in various directions, merely in search of a magistrate to remand them or accept bail for their appearance at the ordinary petty sessions. Certainly we have Mr. Bailey and Mr. Levick, two of the best men in the valley to act as justices of the peace, but as neither of them resides here, they cannot be depended upon, but whilst we have such men as Mr. Fothergill Rowlands, Mr. Levick, jun., and Mr. Sloper living here, why do not the ratepayers petition the Lord Lieutenant to appoint one or all of them, and thus if appointed, we should have an end to this frequent injustice to prisoners, and often disappointments to witnesses and others having business with justices of the peace. We trust that these few hints will catch the eye of some who may interest themselves to obtain the object suggested. BLACKWOOD. ROCK PETTY SESSIONS. WEDNESDAY, JULY IS.—Before H. M. JiTen- naird, jEsq. Isaae Thomas was charged with stabbing with felonious intent.—Mr. Robins, an overseer in the service of jMEessrs. Powell and Sons, met prisoner on the evening of the 14th with a plank, the pro- perty of his masters, and insisted on his accom- panying him to Mr. Stroud, the agefit. After proceeding for some distance, prisoner .I's ob- served to feel in his pockets and stop. When urged forward he drew out a pocket-knife and struck Mr. Robins in the breast with it, and afterwards escaped. Had not the blade of the knife closed with the force of the blow, it might have proved a serious wound. After the prisoner, who has hitherto borne an excellent character, was apprehended he confessed his offence, and the depositions being read to him he was com- mitted for trial at the forthcoming assizes. Superintendent Mackintosh v. Wm. Matthews, beer-house keeper, was charged with keeping his house open at improper hours.—Fined 10s. and costs. David Lloyd charged Martha Tavlor with stealing a sheet at Tredegar, on the 12th inst.— Ann Breeze deposed that the prisoner, who lodged with her, came down stairs on Thursday with a bundle under her arm. Suspecting some- thing, she went up to Mr. Cohen, the pawn- broker, and saw the prisoner about to receive 4d. for a sheet produced and identified by prosecu- tor.—Committed to the sessions. Superintendent Mackintosh charged Morgan and Ball, two working men, with fighting in the streets.- Round over to keep the peace. Several bastardy cases were brought forward, but as there was only one sitting magistrate they were adjourned to the Tredegar sessions. An order of removal was obtained by the parish of Bedwellty for David Williams and four children to the parish of Whitford, Flintshire. THE Commissioners for the Assessed Taxes in this division met on the same day at the Hock, and after the disposal of the financial business, proceeded to the election of the collectors for the ensuing year. The following is the result: — ITwchlawrcoed, Tredegar, Edward Davies, book- seller Rhymney, David Williams Islawrcoed. Win. Challenger, Thomas Philips; Penmaen, William Lake, David Williams; Mynvddys- Iwyn, Daniel Edwards, Lewis Williams- Bedwas Upper, William Jones, Thomas Lewis; Bedwas Lower, Wm. Lewyliyn, Wm Matthews; Man- moel, .John Jones, William Hilery Clawrplwyf, Edward Thomas, and Thomas Phillips. BLAENAFON. CONCERT.—On Tuesday evening last a portion of the members of the Rhymney choir gave a concert of secular music in the Oddfellows' Locke Room, at the King's Arms Inn. Mr. C. C. Caird presided at the pianoforte. The per- formance cf the singers, more particularly those of the Misses Forey, were very creditable, and were received with what they well merited- showers of applause from the audience. A number of the pieces were encored; but the Laughing Trio" was omitted, in place of which th;- younger Miss Forty sang the Love letter," this was also encored, and followed by a Welsh song-" Shy Robin," which created considerable mirth. The fantasia by Mr. C. Caird, in which was introduced a number oi variations on "Home Sv/out home," was performed very skilfully and as warmly applauded. The proceedings were tenuinated by the choir singing the National Anthem, the fiudier-cc aasisting in the chorus. BLVYN M"AW ENGLISH WESLEVAN CnAPsL.—On Sunday last, i m\ c sary services in connection with the above of worship were held, when three powerful sermons wero preached by the Rev. Jolan of Brecon. Thp congregations were good. Thiij W i.tH also the first Sunday on which the new harmonium was played by Miss L. Barber, which was done to the great satisfaction of all present. THE Brecon Arms of Uptown, kept by-a-re- turned emigrant, was the Peene of groat excite- mmit a few days ago, occasioned by a visits of the local emigration agent, Mr. Edward Davies, who c<t">° veceive applications for free passages to Australia. nearjy two hundred names we cm ^tered on this occasion, but we do not feel much su.^ge(j at jt an we hear be true. The men in these works and others we could name, are Suffering in more Ways than one from the depression of trade, and though nomi* j nally employed at the same rates are far from earning so much money as they have done. In some cases a large quantity of native ore is on the bank, and this, together with increasing Eng- glish importations, make the masters indifferent about the getting of mine, which having to lie exposed to the air for long periods loses greatly In weight. Again, the coal is cropped to a greater extent than formerly, while every where the men are exposed to the rapacity of small contractors or to the influence of the company shop. What wonder, then, if so many of our workmen go to America, where wages are double and provisions half the price they are here, or that they try for a free passage to Australia, where labour is un- shackled, and when well directed it proves a sure pasg^ort to independence ? THE NEW RAILWAY.—It is now nearly two years ago since the Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway was first promoted. At that time the public became enthusiastic about the project, and every body wanted to have it done at once. But experience has by this time taught them that even the preliminaries for making a railway cannot be got over without much care, full investigation, and the absorbing of considerable time, much less the work itself. However, we are this week, after so long an elapse of time, able to say that the pick and shovel have commenced operations in our own neighbourhood; men are busily en- gaged near the Havod Pits" in fencing off the land between this and Abergavenny at several points, and the works are being carried on with every possible speed. Several stone arches for various crossings are nearly completed, and men are engaged in blasting at both ends of the tunnel at Llanelly; in fact, there is every prospect that the works will be prosecuted as fast as men and means can do so. As the directors have done their duty, we hope the shareholders will do theirs, by punctually paying up the shares as they are called upon, as this will greatly facilitate the com- pletion of the line. EBBW YALE. ^MYSTERIOUS DEATH.—An inquest was held last Wednesday, at the Crown Inn, before C. M. Aslrwin, Esq., over the body of James Thomas, engineer, who came by his death in a very un- accountable manner. Deceased was working on the night-turn at the pumping engine, which Is used to raise water from the river for the forg^j. with Rees Merchant, fireman, and soon after five a.m., he sent the latter to ascertain what o'clock it was. The fireman left him standing on the boilers which are some 10 or 12 feet above the stoking pit. Being not more than two minutes av ay, when he returned deceased was lying be- fore the furnaces insensible. The fireman ran to the house of the engineer of the day-turn, James Carey, who in less than a quarter of an hour re- turned with him to the furnaces, and found de- ceased quite dead. Carey said there was a scar on the temple, but he could not say how deceased came by his death. He might have fallen from the edge of the boiler platform above where he lay, or have fallen down the steps. The wound on the forehead did not seem to the jury a sufficient cause of death, so they returned an open verdict of Found dead, cause unknown." We saw the widow of deceased, however, the day after the inquest, and Rhe told us that before the funeral the right side of the corpse was quite black, and that blood spouted from the mouth and nostrils. This indicates a fall clearly enough, hut why was not a medical man called in as a witness P THE RIFLE MOVEMENT.—The sudden progress made by this movement would be most surprising did we not know that every thinlf had long been in train for this event, and only waiting the sanc- tion of Thomas Brown, Esq., whose judgment has by a long train of successful operations come to be looked upon as almost infallible in these works. Op Thursday unotKo^ mooti'n« Yas called, and it was announced that the corps being nearly 90 strong, it was high time to nominate their officers and appoint a committee. Mr. W. Adams, manager, was unanimously elected captain, and Dr. Laxton, the surgeon of the works, his lieutenant; Mr. John Hughes, cashier, ensign; Mr. A. Brewer, surgeon, and the Rev. ,h W. Hughes, hon. chaplain. The committe con- sists of the following gentlemen :—Messrs. John James, forge agent, (chairman); Phineas James, mineral agent; George Parry, furnaces ditto; Thomas Parry, underground agent; B. A. George, druggist; Thomas Dayson, school- master; Thomas Wright, assistant surgeon; Edwin Richards, engineer; Windsor Richards, ditto; James Brown, office; Henry Lewis, office; Henry Young, master of stables hon. secretary, Skinner, office. Sergeant Ward has been drill sergeant all through the progress made by the volunteers, and their progress is as creditable to him as to them. Probably, however, now that the company has gone far beyond the average strength, a stipendiary instructor will be obtained, and we should not be at all surprised to find, unless much more attention is paid to drill than at present in Tredegar, that the Ebbw Vale leaves the latter as far behind in efficiency as they are now in numbers before Christmas. LAST Sunday the anniversary sermons on be- half of the English Baptist schools were preached in Zion Chapel, by the Rev. Thomas Joiiefi. Chepstow, and attended in a manner by people of different creeds, which assures us that this is really what it professes to be, an age of increasing forbearance and liberality in mere matters of belief or church government. The speaker dwelt earnestly on the great importance of these institutions and his plea was most ably supported by a chorus of infantine voices blending in de. licious melody, and recitations such as "The Life boat," the "Prodigal Son," the "Banner of love," and "Zjon's bank," adapted to the comprehen- sion, and in some cases delivered with a dramatic force which would have been no discredit to much higher opportunities. The contributions on the occasion were liberal, and next day the children had their usual treat of procession and feasting, which, with glorious weather, they en- joyed to their heart's content. THE MONSTER CLUB.On Saturday last, the "King Monster" society held its anniversary. The members marched from the King's Head inn, Victoria Park, to the English Wesleyan Chapel, where an appropriate sermon was deli- vered by the Rev. Mr. Lloyd. The 2nd Brecon- shire Rifle B •;•!• numbering 19 performers, were engaged for the occasion, and their appearance in a new uniform caused considerable interest among the residents, and made even the halt, the lame, and the blind," turn out to the road- side to bear their powerful strains. The club marched back from the chapel to the club-room, where they partook of an excellent dinner pro- vided by host Probert, and where they spent the evening in good fellowship. teedbgar. A battalion of juveniles, bearing flags and floral wreaths, passed up the mountain on Friday to an open-air tea party at Cde. (roleu, where, after a iiberal supply of'plum cake and tea, they amused themselves e'n the greensward with swinging and other games dear to childhood. 'ihe teachers and a large number of youths of both sexes also made sport for themselves, and others, by such games as rounders and kis3 in the ring, &c., while the eiders of the party, not more usefully employed, sauntered about amongst the pleasure- seeking crowd, with pleasant reminiscences of their own spring time of existence. The number of children and teachers reached nearly 300, and the conduct of the fete reflects credit on the school committee, who do wisely in having these entertainments in the open air. Confined to a school-room, the exuberant spirits of children have no room tor .t_d:1Y, and the whole affair be- eomea a niatt,or of moral and physical cramming. On the Sunday following, the sermons usual at this season of the year for the benefit of the above schools, were pre.scbed bv the Rev. John Dredge, and the infant r and e,),-ps dramatique went through tnek very interesting performances on the occasion. We are enabled to a,«ld thai the pecuniary results of the anniversary are satis- factory to the committee. GFIE^TT FEAT OF PEDSSTEIANISM.—Wm. Igowens the celebrated .Salopian pedestrian, on Wednes" day, the 24' h inst., walked seven miles within nine minutes of the hour from Morgan-street of this town, to the great amusement of many of the inhabitants. His noble and manly style of walking (not half-running) was much admired, and it is said that two of our speculative tradesmen made many lucrative bets on the occasion. AHULAM CHAPEL. The above chapel after being closed for some time for painting and other repairs, was re-opened for Divine worship on Sunday and Monday last. On Sunday morning, the Rev. R. Jones, Manchester, preached from Rom. viii. 9. In the afternoon Mr. John Davies, introduced by reading and prayer, and the Revs. R. Roberts, Graig, Rhymney, and D. Williams, Berea, Blaenau, preached from 1 Peter i. 11, and John xii., 26. At six in the evening the Rev. W. Williams, the minister of the place, preached from John xx. 19, 20. At half-past ten on Mon- day morning, Mr. Daniel Davies, Brynmawr, in. troduced by reading and prayer, and the Revs. William Griffith, Rhymney, and T. Jeffreys, Ebbw Vale, preached from Daniel iii. 26, and Isaiah xxviii. 16. In the afternoon, after read- ing and prayer by Mr. John Bowen, Victoria, the Revs. W m; Griffiths, Goshen, and William Jenkins, Brynmawr, preached from Heb. xxii. 2, and Luke xxiii., 6. At six in the evening, the Revs. R. Jones, Manchester, and T. Rees, Beau- fort, preached from Acts ii. 1.13, and Dan. ix. 9. Ail the meetings were well attended, in fact, the chapel was densely crowded, and the people seemed greatly affected by the impressive and effective sermons preached on the occasion. The collection was more than £30. The church and congregation met for divine worship during the tiaae their chapel was closed at the Town-hall, for which they are very thankful to the Tredegar Iron Company, and Mr. F. Serjeant, the master of the Tredegar schools. LAST Friday a woman named Mary James was turned out of a gin-shop drunk, where she was making a disturbance, and then not contented she continued to disturb the neighbourhood till the police interfered, and next morning brought her before H. M. Kennaird, Esq., who fined her 5s. and costs. We are requested to call attention to the new provision against drunkenness in the Wine Licenses Act, which subjects offenders to a penalty of j63, or seven days' imprisonment, and which will we are happy to say put a termi- nation to the use of that relic of a barbarous age the stocks, and at the same time settle the dis- puted question of costs. ON Fridav morning, a little boy was walking sn a plank overhanging the Globe pit, when he tell in, and would certainly have been drowned bad not a young man, alarmed by the outcry, risen from his bed, and plunged into the water after him. There certainly ought to be some fencing to these reservoirs in the heart of a town. AN ACT OF BA.RBARITY which it would be criminal in us not to hold up to public reproba. tion, seeing it will not come to the notice of the Dfficers of the crown, was perpetrated lately in a neighbouring works. That such a thing could happen in a christian country and in the 19th ;entury, is a fact which will startle many of our readers, some of whom will perhaps be surprised :hat it has not been made the subject of judicial investigation. The wife of a person engaged in 'hose works in constant employment was lying at the point of death on a sort of truckle cot with 10 bed under her and without a chemise on her back, this last had been taken by her husband 10 ivork in. In spite of the large earnings of him- self, and his children, who are all earning their living, this house exhibits the squalid appearance invariably accompanying abject poverty brought an by intemperate habits, and the long illness of. the woman terminating, as we are about to relate, must have been one of almost uninterrupte torment. On the morning of her death the poor creature begged for water; she was past taking food, but a feverish thirst tormented her. Some brutal reolv was given, though at last the water was. brought; but alas, the poor creature had no longer strength to rise, and seeing this, her own unnatural daughter dashed the mug of water over her, so that the fluid was actually found lying in the hollow at the base of the windpipe after death had mercifully released the poor woman from her sufferings! Now here is one of a class of cases out of which an apology is at- tempted for the company's shop system, but which is really its bitterest condemnation. A family like this we will say earns £8 or 99 a month; they are settled for good in the works, and trustworthy for at least that amount. As soon as the month's account is closed (turn books) they rush off to the shop, and till the month's credit is nearly exhausted the most extravagant profusion reigns in the victualling department, and perhaps before two-thirds of the month are gone the shop is stopped, and noth- ing remains but a crust and a cup of cold water. Perhaps by a desperate scramble among their neighbours, an ounce of tea or a cup full of sugar may stave off the crisis for a time, but they must infallibly dine with Duke Humphrey many times before the next turn book. Simple people say if it were not for the company shop these people would been starved. Nonsense; admitting their premises, it would only be a fasting Friday once a week instead of a fasting week once a month, and if there must be a com- pulsory fast at all, we would prefer a small weekly to a long monthly fast; but we do not admit the premises. If the money were paid out weekly, neither more nor less than the average earnings, there would be-an inducement—wanting now—to economy, as the punishment of waste would fol- low direct on its heels. The exercise of skill in marketing would, moreover, render a housewife unwilling to throw away in utter waste that penny or shilling which had cost so much tact and negotiation to secure. The alarming price of vegetables when coin bad to be actually paid out of the week's income for them would prevent much neglect of gardens, as if the travelling draper could be driven away clothitfg would be better economised when unlimited credit was gone. We do not say that the maximum of results from this change would be rea- lised in a day or even in a generation. Educa- tion and temperance must both combine their forces before we shall utterly expel from the manufacturing districts such unnatural conduct as we have just noticed, but it should never be forgotten that among the masses improvidence and a sense of wrong are so invariably conco- mitant, as degraded povery and dirt. BLAINA PETTY SESSIONS.—We have received a letter from Mr. Waters, stating that the report of the case of the Bedwellty Union and the Overseers of Aberystruth," which appeared in our last was incorrect. We published the report, as it was received by us, from a correspondent whom we relied upon, and as he appears to have been misinformed with respect to some of the particulars, we much regret its publication. So far as we can learn, Mr. Waters had not by any means conduced to the disagreement between the union and the parish of Aberystruth, neither did the Bench decide that he should pay costs in consequence of any information he had given, or indeed pay costs at all. Magistrate's Cleric's Office, Wednesday, July 25, hbtore Rev. F. C. Leigh, & G. Homfray, Esq. Jane Joshua was charged with obtaining on false pretences from Hester James, at Blaina, on the 11th Jute, a pair of boots belonging to the prosecutrix, Eiiza Cartwright, who deposed ItS follows: I 'have been unwell for some months, and had pawned most of my clothes, but this pair of boots I had 'eft at my lodgings before going to Nantyglo with prisoner to look tor work she knew I had lefi the boots there on the 6th J one, I was committed to prison for seven days for stealing a shawl; on the 12th, the same day that I came out, I went to my lodgings and asked. Hester James tor the boots ;'she told me that ihe prisoner had been for them the day before, saying I had sent her. B-eRter James confirmed the abuve account, and said pLe was not aware of ifliza Cart-iight being in gaol the time prisoner Srtitl they weie working together; she could not be certain that the boots now produced were the same as those she gave up; if they were they had been tapped; the boots nad been in her house about a month.—P.C. Dilling said he apprehended prisoner with the boots on her feet; she admitted they were Cartwright's, and said if he would allow her she would change, and give them up to Cartrigb t.- Committed to the assizes. FELONY.—Janet Rowlands v. John Atwood- Stealing Milk.—Thomas Williams, blacksmith, Pengam, said: Prosecutor set me to watch in consequence of a cow losing her milk, and on the 20th, at half-past three a.m., I saw the priso- ner go to the cow and milk it into a red pitcher. T tried to catch him, and be then struck me with the pitcher on the forehead and broke it. He cut my forehead. The pitcher will hold about a gallon.-By Mr. Bytheway: I have known the prisoner some time. It was light enough tor me to distinguish the prisoner. There was no road through the meadow.—Mr. Rowlands: I put the last witness to watch because I lost milk. I called him at 11 o'clock the previous evening to watch I have been losing milk last summer, and this in great quantities.—P.C. Wm. Philips, Maes Cwmwr, deposed: I produce a jar which was given me by Mrs. Rowlands, and I took prisoner the same day, and he denied the charge. Several witnesses were brought forward to prove an alibi, but the Bench resolved to send the case to a jury, and therefore committed the prisoner to the assizes. Superintendent Mackintosh charged David Griffiths with vairrancy in sleeping in an out- house at Ebbw Vale on the -24th inst.—Defen- dant said he was a razor grinder, and bad received permission from David Jones to sleep in the ovens, because he could not get a bed.—The Bench remarked that a gaffer like Jones had no power to do Sf), but that he (prisoner) would be let off on paying the costs. Superintendent Mackintosh against a drunken tailor, who, on being picked up on the previous evening at Tredegar, returned good for evil and pitched into his benefactors.—To pay costs. It is right for drunkards to know that under the new wine licenses acts they can be fined £ 2 or sent to prison seven days for drunkenness. FAREWELL TO TREDEGAR, BY PUNCH. THOUGH unused to put a finger in his eye the Prince of Gwent cannot quit the scene of so much hospitality without a feeling of deep emotion and deeper gratitude for the attention with which his labours have been received. Years ago, beyond Newport en the one hand, and Abergavenny on the other, Tredegar was unknown to fame. An occasional paragraph in the Merlin under this head conveyed a confused notion of Sir Charles Morgan, the cattle show, or Tredegar Park; nothinarmore. But the MEETHYB TELEGRAPH has given it a locus standi in the newspaper press, and now Cardiff and Hereford sue eagerly for its favours. The princely Punch has even under his own eye formed a race of report ere. who if not very expert in the phonographic art, can turn a sentence as neat as the ankle of Thais and with the aid of Entick squeak out Def endo non offendo. The motto and construction do credit to their humility, and Punch now feels that he can safely leave his subjects to their protection. But this is not the only reason why his highness is looking out for new quarters. A week or two ago in the Star of Gwent a certain volunteer supposed to represent the upperish stratum of society here, complained that he and his comradea had been punched about" too much lately, and though it does seem rather effeminate in a rifleman to object to a few punches." still the Prince is bound to give impartial attention to the wishes of all his subjects, and lie therefore proposes henceforth to let them execute justice upon themselves. He cannot recommend the Japanese fashion, that would offend delicacy here, but there arer^ in Tredegar many temples where they can practice cremation upon the stomach in a very pleasant manner, as heretofore. The Prince will still keep a paternal eye over the people, and as a proof of his good will, he has just commenced negotiation with a gentleman of established repu- tation as a successful manager to take charge of t'no ia»lxioa and mtwiufaofctii o, on whieli tho warlt people and tradesmen depend for a living. One thing which will please them vastly in their new manager, if they get him, is that he is no friend to the company's shop which still presses with some force on the prosperity of the town. Another reason for the departure of the Prince is that he has been long casting a longing eye towards Ebbw Vale, for there alone in North Monmouthshire does he see one man carrying out with a will of iron on an adequate scale those institutions on which the permanent progress of the working people depend. Where else on the hills, shall we see a temple of mediceval beauty and solidity erected at an im- mense cost to the worship of the Most High ? Where spacious halls devoted to literature and science, with doors open from morning till night, at a mere nominal sum to all comers ? and where, except in Dowlais, schools conducted with an equal degree of excellence? But Dowlais itself, which alone equals Ebbw Vale in the importance of its manufacture, cannot get by railway to the sea for eighteen-pence, has not a telegraph, and cannot yet boast of a greater display of patriotic spirit than that recorded of these works last week. It is no wonder, then, if Punch transfers his pivot of operations to a valley which is becoming the centre of influences so important, and he is not without hope that his labours in this quarter may be productive in stimulating the emulation of more inactive seats of manufacture. The Prince commenced his operations in Rhymney, and un- less the Vox populi" is grossly misled, has effected something there of the reproductive kind. At Tredegar, too, he has sown some seed which may yet fructify, while at Ebbw Vale he looks for a course of usefulness correspondent to the magnitude of the field. When his task there is finished, he returns to the banks of the Elerch as to a true Welsh Home, no longer a harsh critic, but with a heart overflowing with sympathies, genial and world embracing. —+_ GENERAL INTELLIGENCE WHEREAS above three hundred and seventy millions of letters passed through the post-office in 1851, in the course of last year the number had increased to nearly five hundred and fifty millions. A COSIMESCIAL traveller, passing through Weston, near Bridgewater, seeing a sign over the door with this one word, Agorsqrdere," he called to the woman to inquire what she sold, when she said she did not sell anything, but that "Agues were cured here." At Leicester assizes, Hannah Holmes, a girl only 16 years of age, has been found guilty on the charge of wilfully poisoning her aged master, Samuel Wells. The presiding judge, while sen- tencing her to death, and forbidding her to hope tor mercy, was visibly affected. MUTINY AND A» TEMPTED MUEDEB.—By a tele- graphic despatch received on Saturday, we learn graphic despatch received on Saturday, we learn of a most daring act of mutiny on board the schooner Flown, Captain Balsdon, of Bideford, the robbery and attempted murder of the master, aud the escape of the crew who made the attack. The schooner was ou a voyage from the Thames to Cardiff, and was pursuing her way down Channel on Friday night, when about 11 o'clock, the vessel being some twelve miles off Berry Head, three of the crew made a desperate and sudden attack upon Captain Baisdon, with the evident intention of murdering him. Having dealt him some fearful blows on the head with an iron pin, rendering him insensible, they seized the mate and lashed h,m to the mast. They then robbed the captain of his money, £ 8 10* and his gold watch, and taking to the ship's boat, made off. The schooner was afterwards fallen in with, and got into Brixham, when the particulars of the daring act and a description of the men were forwarded to various places on the coast. Infor- mation has since been received of the finding of the boat near Beer, some thirty miies higher up ihe coast, but the men had decamped. They are reported to hav? been seen in Branscombe, a neighbouring village. The captain, who was sadty hurt, is recovering. FKIENDLY SOCIETIES. — On Monday, Lord Brougham presented to the House of Lords some petitions from the Manchester TJnity of Odd Fellows, an important asaooiation, with branches all ever the country, complaining of a clause in the Friendly Societies Amendment Act of 1858. which had entirely altered the constitution of all such bodies with regard to winding-up and dis- tributing their money. By the Consolidation Act parsed in 1855, no friendly society could be dissolved except by a resolution at a meeting representing five-sixths of the members. But to the act of 1858 a clause was quietly added, not in committee, but on bringing up the report of the committee on the bill, by which clause a portion of the members of any such friendly society nngptt address a memorandum to any actuary of an ID- surance company, who might then consider the case, and if he chose, might dissolve and wind up the society. Lord Donoughmore said he recol- lected that the clause was discussed by their lord- ships in 1858, and the objections then taken to it having been answered and overruled, the chnue was agreed to as part of the bill. Lord Brougham next referred to a series of twenty-four resolutions which he proposed for the adoption of their lord- ships in 1816 or 1847, with a view to better regu- lating and facilitating the transaction of private business. He wished to have them now printed and circulated. After a few words from Lord Redesdale, the noble and learned lord gave notioe of a motion on the subject. THB PRINCE OF WALES'S VMIT TO CANADA.— Great preparations are made all over the British provinces for the reception of the Prince of Wales. The preparations at Montreal are on a magnifi- cent scale. The Grand Trunk Railway Company have joined with the citizens in the determination to receive the Prince in a manner worthy of British America. In Nova Scotia, the Prince and suitoPwill be the guests of the Earl and Countess of Mulgrave, at the old palace. The provinoe buildings are to be stripped of their furniture, benches, &c., to make room for a grand ball. Two pavilions are being erected, one at each end of the building for dancing, &c. Tickets for the ball, admitting gentleman and lady, 15 dols. The Prince will land at H.M's Dockyard, and will remain in Halifax two days. The Prince will receive a right hearty welcome. The New York Herald of the 14th devotes < leader to the subject of the Prince of Wales's visit, and says:—"The approaching visit of the Prince of Wales to our city is occupying more of the serious attention of the public than any similar event within our recollection. The strongest anxiety is manifested lest by an un- happy accident he should fall into the hands of the Gogs and Magogs who did the honours of the metropolis to the Japanese. The matter, however, should be entrusted to the management of a committae of gentlemen in whom the public have confidence, otherwise it might degenerate into another such scene of rowdyism and vulga- rity as the Japanese ball presented. If the sug- gestion be taken up in time, and acted upon, we believe that an entertainment can be got up which will rival in magnificence and effect any of the costly banquets which the imperial cities of Europe are in the habit of offering to their royal visitors." LATEST INTELLIGENCE. ACCOTJCHEMENTOF THE PRINCESS: FREDERICK WILLIAM. BEBLIN, JULY 24, 10.22 A.M. Her Royal Highness the Princess Frede- rick William has just been happily delivered of a daughter. Her Royal Highness and the Royal infant. are doing well. THE MASSACRE IN SYRIA. PARIS, JULY 24. The Constitutionnel of to-day publishes an article expressing doubts as to the exactitude of the news of an armistice having been con- cluded between the Druses and tho Maro- nites, and hoping that Europe will not thus blow a sponge to be passed over the blood of Christians, and suffer all that has passed to be thus hushed up. The Porte has instrncted its ambassadors at Paris and London to officially communi- cate to the Court of the Tuilenes and St. ".1" James's the conclusion of peace between the Druses and Maronites on the 10th inst. ï In this official communication the Porte, although expressing its satisfaction at thMt i- happy event, adds that it will nevertheless ,I) pursue with the utmost rigour the authors of the recent massacre, and that Fuad Pasha had, to thot end, been invested with the most ample powers, not only to punish the guilty parties, but also to take such measures as would prevent the recurrence of fresh con- flicts between the Druses and the Maronites. THE RISING IN SICILT^3^ NAPLES, JULY 23. Neroux, Dagostino, Nuntziante, Debre, and Scoletta, have been sent away from Naples. Messina, Melazzo, and Syracuse have been evacuated by the troops, who are being trans- ported to Naples in steamers. MARSEILLES, JULY 24. Letters from Naples to the 21st instant, announce that Garibaldi had left Palermo with from 8,000 to 10,000 volunteers. It was expected that Garibaldi would soon effect a landing on the Continent. The chiefs of the revolutionary movement at Naples bad caused an iUuminatieliof the whole city to take place. Crowds of people shouted out Garibaldi for ever!" in defiance of the Royalists. About ten of the late police agents have been killed. The mail steamer from Syria is expected to-day. + VISIT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES TO THE UNITED STATES. The following is the correspondence which took place between President Buchanan and Queen Victoria relative to the visit of the Prince of Wales to the United States:- LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE QUBBN. To Her Majesty Queen Victoria-I have learned from the public journals that the Prince of Wales is about to visit your Majesty's North American dominions. Should it be the intention of His Royal Highness to extend his visit to the United States, I need not say how happy I should be to give him a cordial welcome to Washington. "You may be well assured that everywhere in this countrv he will be greeted by the American people in such a maiiner as cannot fail to prove gratifying to your Majesty. In this they will manifest their deep sense at your domestic virtues, as well as their conviction of your merits as a wise patriot, and constitutional sove- reign.—Your Majesty's most obedient servant, JAMES BUCHANAW. "Washington, June 4th, IBdO." THE QUEEN'S REPLY. Buckingham Palace, June 22,1860. Mv Good Friend—I have been much gratified at the feelings which prompted you to write to me, inviting the Prince of Waies to come to Washington. Hein> tends to l-eturn from Canada through the United States, aud it will give him much pleasure to have an opportu- nity of testifying to you in person that those feelings are tally reciprocated by him. He will. thus be able, at the same time, to mark the respect which he entertains foi t he chief magistrate ot a great and friendly state and kindred nation. t: The Prince ot Wales will drop all Royal state on leaviog my dominions, and travel under the name of Lorii Renfrew, as he has done when travelling on the Coatinentot Europe. The Piince Contort wishes to be kindly remembered to you.—I remain ever, your good friend, J "Victoria