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LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. AT THE HIRWAIN RIFLE MEETING, last week, our local corps made a good figure, considering the number of competitors, who comprised some of the best shots in England. In Monday and Tuesday's shooting Lieut. Williams won two prizes— £ 3 and 11 and in the list of winners on Wednesday we find :—Captain Hair, 1st prize, L3, 17 points; and Aggregate Prizes, Captain Hair, 1st prize, Y,15, 32 points, and Lieut. Williams, 7th prize, X,3, 29 points. SUDDEN DEATH OF A NOTED CHARACTER.—On Thursday, the 12th inst., died at Brynmawr a young man named Robert Fletcher, by trade a blacksmith, but widely known in this and other parts of the county as a pugilist. He was a native of Monmouth, son of a man of the same name, occupation, and tastes, and he was en- gaged in a fight on the Tuesday before he died. His death was quite sudden, and is attributed to disease of the heart, perhaps hastened by injuries received at some time in the brutalising pursuits to which he had been unfortunately trained. PHILANTHROPIC FESTIVAL.—The Loyal Heart of Oak Lodge, No. 53, of the Philanthropic Institution, Merthyr Unity, Cwmafon District, celebrated their an- niversary by dining together on Saturday last, at their place of meeting, the Three Cranes Hotel. The din- ner placed on the table by Host Glazebrook was satis- factory in everv respect, and 32 sat down. the chair be- ing taken by Mr James George and the vice-chair by Mr John James. A large number of friends afterwards dropped in, and the evening was spent merrily in the usual manner. THE TowN SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY occurred on Thursday, the 19th inst., and was celebrated with the greatest delight by the yourgsters. At four o'clock they were marched in procession to the Park. The girls went first, headed by a handsome banner, embla- zoned with the Hanbury Aims, the name of the school, and the motto Feed my lambs." The boys followed, headed by another large banner, bearing an inscription wishing health, long life, and happiness to the young heir of the Pontypool Park Estate. A number of smaller flag-s was scattered along the line of procession. The children, who looked remarkably nice. were ac- companied hy Mr and Miss Dovey, Mr W. AVood, Mr David Hughes, Mr Williams (assistant master), and other friends. Arrived at the Park, the little folks re- ceived a very kind welcome at the hands of Mrs Ha'n- bury Leigh and her family. An excellent tea and a variety of outdoor games (levated the tiny revellers to the highest pitch of happiness. A LADIES' OPEN AIR CONCERT was given on Thurs- day evening, the 12tb inst., in Market-street, under the auspices of Mr Sykes, the well-known travelling auc- tioneer. Mr Sykes, having excited two amusing 11111- sical contests among the young men of the neighbour- hood. vhoiieht it right that the fair sex should a tu.-n. nnd offered another very haiid«.m« i-Ieotro- >.■;ver cup the best female singer. M;irk?'->trrct. was never so I the crowd k. pt adama'de order. F"ur competitors came forward; and the prize was awarded, by show of hands of the audience, to a voung unmarried woman named Jones, of Peryrheol, formerly milkmaid in the service of Mr Moselev. of Twynpath. Many, however, were of opinion that the first and third competitors (both married) sang in a much more artistic style. Mr Sykes presented each of the unsuccessful candidates with a set of serviceable tea- spoons, being bound to award the cup according to the voice of the majority. We may here observe that Mr Sykes has complained of anonymous threatening let- ters. The sending of threatening letters is a very seri- ous offence, and liable to severe punishment.