INCREASED GOVERNMENT ALLOWANCE TO VOLUN- TF.RRs.-By a circular just issued from the War Office a substantial addition is made to the allowance pay- able by Government to volunteers towards the ex- pense of regimental encampments. Irrespective of 5s per head paid to artillery corps in respect of mem- bers carrying on gun practice, the contributions hitherto allowed out of the public funds towards the expenses of volunteers whilst under canvas has been only 2s 6d for each man remaining under canvas for three clear days in camp, with an additional 2s 6d in respect of those who remain four days or more. Under the new regulation 2s per day for a period not exceeding six days annually will be allowed to volunteer corps for each officer, non-commissioned officer, and private who attends the camp and remains there for a period of not less than three consecutive days and nights, exclusive of the days of assembly and return. In addition to this a travelling allowance will he made of 2s 6d per head in the case of a conso- lidated volunteer corps encamping at a distance of more than five miles from its headquarters, or 5s per head in the case of an administrative battalion. As he military year ends on the 31st October, and the new order has been issued this month, the increased grant will be drawn, in respect of the present season's encampments, by those regiments to which it applies.
ABERSYCHAN LOCAL BOARD. The usual monthly meeting of this authority was held in the Board-room on Tuesday, R. Green- way, Esq., presiding. The other members present were Messrs. H. Lewis, J. Daniel, D. Davies, H. Brain, G. Griffiths, W. L. Pratt, W. Lewis, Geo. Oliver, and C. Herbert. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, the Surveyor presented his report, as follows Gentlemen,—I beg to report upon the undermen- tioned subjects :— Drainage (Waterloo Road).—Having received pro- mises of subscriptions equal in amount to half the cost of the above work, I immediately proceeded with the same, which will be completed in a few days. River Wall (near Gas Works).-In pursuance of the orders of the Board, I have calculated the cost of build- ing a wall on the side of the river at the rear of the Gas Works, and find it to be about £ 45. Pisgalt Road (Tall-ivaiii).-I have been requested to call the attention of the Board to the necessity of erect- ing a fence on the side of the road between Pisgah Chapel and the Rock and Fountain Bridge. During the last five weeks three accidents have occurred to per- sons and animals which have fallen over the side and sustained severe injuries therefrom. New Bitildiitys. -Plans are before the Board to-day for approval, of alterations and additions to cottages at Abersychan for Mr Wm. Lewis, and a cowhouse at Golynos for Mr John Evans, and amended plans of villas, at Wainfelin, for Messrs Thomas and Davies. Repair of R(ads.-The repairs to the roads at Taly- wain and Wainfelin, ordered by the last Board, ha.ve been completed, and we are now effecting some repairs to the road between Wainfelin and the Tranch. Pcntrepiod Road.-I have received a letter from Mr T. D. Roberts, the engineer af the Mon. Railway and Canal Company, stating that the Board of Directors have accepted the proposals of this Board with refer- ence to the above matter. Nuisances.-On the 2nd inst., I seized a quantity of unsound fish which was exposed for sale in the streets, and procured an order from the magistrates for its de- struction. I am, &c., ENOCH COOK. THE RIVER WALL. Mr Daniel said he should certainly oppose any such sum as 445 being spent at present in erecting a wall near the river. He thought the subject ought to be deferred until the next rate was laid. The Chairman pointed out that at present the place was in a very dangerous state, and something ought to be done. Mr W. Lewis said he suggested some time ago that a temporary fence should be put up. The Surveyor said that a heavy storm would dis- place temporary rails. Mr Daniel remarked that they must not get into debt, although he admitted that the place was un- safe. Mr H. Lewis thought it would not be wisdom to put up a temporary fence. That in itself would cost several pounds. Mr Daniel was determined to oppose the Board going into debt. If they deferred the matter until October, there would be plenty of opportunities of doing the work. The Chairman remarked that it would cost the Board a great deal more money at some future time than it would now. Mr Daniel could not see that it would. He pro- posed that the subject be deferred until the next rate was made. Mr W. Lewis seconded, and the motion was carried. PISGAH ROAD. A committee appointed by the Chairman, con- sisting of Messrs Herbert, Davies, and H. Lewis, was delegated to view this road and decide upon the necessity of putting a fence in the place indi- cated, and to direct that it be erected if found to be necessary. Mr Daniel was at first proposed on the commit- tee, but he declined to act on the ground that they ought first to enquire whose right it was to be at the expense of the fence. If it was the owner's, they were laying a precedent it would be unwise to follow, for the Board would have to maintain the fence in the future if they put it up. THE BOARD AND THE RAILWAY COMPANY. In reference to a complaint which had been forwarded to the Monmouthshire Railway & Canal Company respecting the bridge near the gas works at Abersychan, a letter was received from Mr Har- rison, C.E., stating that the Company would pay every attention to the matter. THE GAS COMPANIES. The following letter was read with regard to a communication respecting the public lamps for- warded by the Board to the Pontypool Gas & Water Company:- Pontypool Gas avi Water Company, PonVrpool, 13th August, 1879. Dcai'-Sir,-In reply to *bUr letter of the 5th inst., asking this Company Ii to be good enough to adjust their charges for gas supplied to the public lamps, so as to make them uniform with those made by the Aber- sychan Gas Company," I am instructed by my directors to say they will be pleased to meet the wishes of your Board in this matter, and they will accept the same amount per lamp which you pay to the Abersychan Gas Company, in which case our meter will not be taken into the account at all, but we will accept the average of the Abersychan meters, an account of which your clerk must be instructed to furnish us with quarterly, so that we may be enabled to make out our bill in ac- cordance with it. Yours truly, ANDREW HAIR, Secretary and Manager. Mr J. H. Wainwright, Clerk to the Abersycban Local Board. Several members expressed their satisfaction at the course taken by the Pontypool Gas Company. Mr Daniel asked whether the burners were of the same size. The Chairman said they would take the average. The Surveyor, replying to the Chairman, said the burners used by the Pontypool Company were less than those of Abersychan. It was resolved to accept the arrangement. A COMPLAINT. A letter was read from Mr Williams, of New- port, complaining that the Surveyor had allowed a pipe to discharge its contents upon his property. The Surveyor replied that he had written to Mr Williams, telling him that his property had sus- tained no damage, and should not. The Chairman said he supposed there had been some cause of complaint, and the matter dropped. A HEAVY CLAIM. A letter was read from a firm of solicitors in Newport, on behalf of the Usk-side Company, de- manding payment of a sum of .£637 12s 6d by Saturday next, or further proceedings would be taken without notice. The claim had reference to the new iron bridge on the New Road. This com- munication was supplemented by another, in which it was stated that the Chairman's assurance of payment would be regarded as sufficient to stay proceedings. The Chairman stated that he had not thought fit to give such an assurance. (Laughter.) It was resolved to write to the Company saying that the money was in hand, and would be paid immediately the work was completed. The Surveyor said it would only take two days to complete it. MEDICAL OFFICER'S: REPORT. Dr Mulligan reported that the death-rate for the quarter was 11.6 per thousand per annum. The births had exceeded the deaths by 37. No deaths had occurred from zymotic diseases, and he had pleasure in reporting the convalescence of the typhoid case, to which he referred last month, without spreading the disease He had to report one case of fever, and proper Vfecautigng had fee^n taken for patiedL Snd lfto harm Had* resulted.. PLANS. Plans were received from Mr W. Lewis for the erection of a few cottages. Mr Lewis offered to o-ive a piece of land to the Board, and so widen the street, if they would continue the kerbing a little further. This was unanimously agreed to, and the meet- ing broke up.
A GAMEKEEPER FINED FOR KILLING GAME. On Thursday (yesterday) a gamekeeper, named Donald Watson, was fined ±5 at Inver- ness for killing game in the close time.
THE FLOODS IN NTORTH WALES. The past week has been one of an almost ex- ceptional character in theimmensity of destruc- tion which the heavy rains and floods have produced. Railway traffic has been to a great degreesuspended,tho Irish Mail has beendelayed on its journey, a reservoir has burst at New- castle Emlyn, and the most serious results have happened to the crops in all parts of the coun- try. The loss of property has been very con- siderable, and at times families have been placed in extreme peril. The mining and ag- ricultural districts of North Wales have es- specially suffered, and grave apprehensions are entertained if this stormy weather con- tinues.
Mr. Herbert Spencer has resolved to make a final effort for the completion of his work of organising Psychology, of which he has only yet been enabled to give first principles." Lest death or a total break- down in health or any other circumstance prevent him performing this task himself, he has nominated his successors in philosophical research. At the Shirehall, Dorchester, Sir C. Whetham, Lord Mayor of London, has taken the oaths as a magistrate for Dorsetshire.
LLANFRECHFA UPPER LOCAL BOARD. The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Monday, C. Conway, Esq., in the chair. There were also present-Blessrs H. Griffiths, H. Parfitt, D. Llewellin, G. Williams, R. Richards, and E. Francis. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. DRAINAGE MATTERS. The Surveyor laid before the Board his estimate of the cost of draining 12 houses, the property of Messrs Slade and Sage, at Pontrhydyrun, and also an estimate for laying pipes from Pontnewydd sewer to the gates at Cwmbran Churchyard. Mr Griffiths remarked that any defect in the drainage of the district ought to be dealt with at once, and prompt measures taken to secure an efficient system. The hot weather was coming on, and defective drainage was liable to breed disease and spread contagion. Mr Llewellin said that in the Panteg district they were building houses in a most disgraceful manner, although it was no business of theirs. Mr Griffiths observed with regard to the 12 cottages, that he hoped it would be a lesson to them to be more careful in passing plans. The drainage was the very first thing which ought to be looked into. Ultimately it was proposed by Mr Llewellin, and seconded by Mr Parfitt, That permission be granted to construct, in a suitable position, a cess- pool for the accommodation of Messrs Slade and Sages' houses, and that the owners of that property be called upon to provide an efficient scheme of drainage within 21 days, and in the event of such notice not being complied with, the Board do the necessary work, and charge the cost to the parties liable." -C-.trried. Mr Parfitt proposed That permission be given for making a drain between the canal and the churchyard, for the purpose of carrying off the sur- face water." Mr Llewellin seconded, and the motion was car- ried. THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE QUESTION. Mr Champion submitted amended plans tõthe Board for the construction of a slaughter house on his premises at Griffithstown, and a long conversa- tion ensued upon the matter. Mr Griffiths proposed That the plan of the slaughter house to be built by Mr Champion be ap- proved, subject to his providing a drain, as marked on plan (by the Board), and increasing to 12 inches the present pipe underneath the temporary road- way leading from the premises to Mr R. Richards's lane, and complying with the bye-laws of the Board." Mr Parfitt seconded the resolution, and it was at once carried. There was no other business, and the Board ad- journed.
ARRIVAL OF CAPTAIN CAREY.—HIS STORY OF THE PRINCE'S DEATH. The Jumna troopship arrived at Plymouth on Wednesday. The Daily Chronicled reporter imme- diately went on board and thus describes his interview with Captain Carey: "On boarding the Jumna I found Carey, looking well and in good spirits, and although his uniform betokened that he was a pri- soner, yet the arrest is merely nominal. Notwith- standing this, however, he was unable to land, which he was desirous of doing, in the hope of teeing his father, who still awaits him at Portsmouth. When told of the address of sympathy that had been pre- pared at Plymouth for presentation to him, he ex- pressed himself as highly pleased, all the' more so because it came from his own countrymen. With regard to the death of the Prince Imperial he said: —Lord Chelmsford sent me out to choose the line of advance for the army, and, after several hits, I chose one road which in my opinion was the best for the purpose. When I reported the result of my survey of the country, he said, I want you to make a map of it, so that I may send it home to the Horse Guards.' Everything that was decided upon, went home. The day before that I had ridden out within two miles of the kraal which lay in front of us, accom- panied by Colonel Buller, and when I told him of the road I had chosen, he laughed at my choice, told me there was a donga thirty feet wide lying across it. I told him I did not think he was right; but his statement worried me. Upon returning to camp Colonel Harrison, the Quartermaster General, said to me, The Prince is going out to-morrow over your road to make a morl) detailed report, and to choose a camping ground, and you had better stop at home and finish your map.' I replied, < Well, to- morrow we shall be advancing, and I shall not .be able to touch the map. Do you mind my going out with the Prince, because I want to go over the ground again to verify a certain point I am not quite sure about ?' He said at first, No, you had better stop at home and do your map,' but afterwards ho said, 4 Very well, you may go.' Since then, and especially at the court-martial, Colonel Harrison has said that to the best of his belief what he said was this, 41 am glad you are going, because you can look after the Prince.' To the best of my belief, however, he never said anything of the kind. Even if he had, I contend that that in no sense gave me the command of the party, nor was there any reason to suppose that I was undertaking any such duty. Colonel Harri- son was simply directing me as the elder officer to keep my eye upon the Prince, in order to see that he did not do anything rash. At all events, that was how I should have interpreted any remark of the kind, supposing it to have been made; but as well as I recollect and to the best of my behalf, nothing of the kind ever passed. Next morning I went to the Prince, and asked him when he was going to start. He replied, 4 About half-past eight' but I did not see anything of the escort, and I then went to Colonel Harrison and found that the escort had not been warned; it was simply in order to save the Prince the trouble that I undertook to ferret out an escort, which I got together. The Prince gave every word of command. I at no time interfered with him, and did not consider I should have been justified in doing so. The Prince was doing a particular duty, and I merely accom- panied him for the purpose of obtaining for myself the protection of his escort. It was impossible for me to have been on duty, as I had no instructions. I never went out on duty without having from Colonel Harrison fully-written instructions and the fict of my not having any instructions on this occasion, is, I hold, conclusive proof that I was not in charge of the escort, and I was not on duty. I was simply acting for my own convenience, and gaining the necessary information for completing the map. There were heaps of staff officers from whom to select somebody to accompany the Prince if it had been required, and for me to have gone with him would have been a mere waste of time.' With regard to the Court-Martial, Captain Carey stated, in answer to questions, that he did not know the real finding and sentence of the Court, and he ridiculed the idea that it was death. At the very worst, the Court could only reprimand him for not not going back to assist the Prince when the attack was made, but he defends his conduct by asserting that, in the stampede that ensued it was impossible to rally owing to the horses being so terri- fied, and even if they had, the result could only have been the slaughter of the entire party.
STRANGE CHARGE OF BIGAMY. At the Hampton petty sessions, Ellen Humphreys, a well-dressed female, who appeared to be about 27 years of age, has been committed for trial, charged with intermarrying with Henry Outram, her first husband, George Humphreys, a builder's foreman, being alive. The first husband said he was married to the prisoner on the 16th June, 1873, at St Mar- garet's Church, London. She had money left he» Bome nine months back, and to get possession of it .11110 had to travel abroad. She left him suddenly on her rctun^ and he never saw her again until she was at;thoH police station. The prisoner here became very excited, and said in a loud tone that she had been brought up and educated as a lady. She accused the first husband of having treated her like a slave, and left her for days. That was her reason for leaving him. It was stated that the second husband had absconded upon hearing of the prisoner's arrest. Marriage certificates were here handed to the chair- man, from which it appeared that prisoner had been married in her maiden name to the second husband. A relative of the prisoner stated that the accused had once been confined in anasylum, and was notattimes accountable for her actions.
The Right Rev. Alfred Ollivant, D.D., Bistiop of t, Llandaff, was born at Manchester on August 16, 1798, and has therefore completed his 81st year. He is the olcjost bishop on the Episcopal bench.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. LIGHT.—It is a congratulatory fact that the public lamps are at last lighted in the town. FURTHER EMIGRATION.—The exit of people of this neighbourhood from their mother country to distant colonies still continues. During the week a number of persons have left Pontypool for America and Australia. THE HANBURY CHALLENGE Cup.-The fifth monthly competition for the above Challenge Cup took place at the Cwmlickey Range on Thursday week, when the highest score, 46 points, was made by Corporal C. Davis. This being the fourth oc- casion of his winning the cup, it now becomes t Corporal Davis's property. This is, we believe, the first time in the history of the corps that four competitions have been won by the same man in one year. A SUPPER, which had been shot for a few days previously by members of the Hanbury Corps, was partaken of at the Globe Hotel on Thursday week, upon which occasion an excellent repast was pro- vided by Host Newth. After the removal of the cloth, the proceedings were enlivened by singing, &c., and a very enjoyable evening was spent. AMONG the recent departures from our town are Mr and Mrs Joseph Green, of Pontypool, who left on Tuesday morning for Australia. From his con- nection with the Ebbw Vale Co.'s collieries, Mr Green was widely known and respected, and we trust that in the distant country to which he has gone he may meet with the success he merits. A number of hands were on Saturday discharged from the Panteg Steel Works. We hear, however, that from some favourable cause many have been, or are likely to be, re-instated. Upwards of 100 men are thus temporarily thrown out of employ- ment, but we are glad to state that trade at these works generally is brisk, as they are going night and day. AN ENTERTAINMENT, underf the auspices of the Temperance Society, was held at Mount Pleasant Chapel on Monday evening last, when there was a fair attendance. The Rev T. Llewelyn Jones oc- cupied the chair. During the evening, readings, recitations, &e., were given, and the proceedings passed off most successfully. There were four pledges taken at the close of the meeting. WESLEYAN CHAPEL, HIGH ST.—We beg to call the attention of our readers to an announcement in another column respecting the anniversary ser- vices of the above place of worship, which will be held on Sunday next. The friends connected with the Church are to be congratulated on having again secured the services of so able and popular a preacher and lecturer as the Rev Peter M'Kenzie, of Leeds. The anniversary of last year, when Mr M'Kenzie preached and lectured, will be remem- bered as most successful; and we are glad to know that everything augurs well for the success of the services and lecture about to be held. A RUNAWAY MAIL CART-—Great consternation was caused last Sunday night in Newport by the spectacle of the horses attached to the Pontypool and Abergavenny maii cart rushing along at a violent pace. They came through Malpas, along the Marshes-road, Hio-h-st., and Commercial-st., and when near the Parrot Hotel were pluckily stopped by Mr Edgar Evans and another young man. The horses and cart were taken back to the post office. Considering the crowded state of High- street, it is re-arkable-that no accident occurred. The driver is alleged to have been thrown out beyond Malpas. He appeared at the post office a short time after the arrival of the mail. SHOCKING ACCIDENT THROUGH DRINK. —A man named John Reece, 30 years of age, a labourer,who was on Saturday discharged with many others from the Panteg Steel Works? met with a shocking ac- cident in Pontypool on Tuesday. It appears that he and a woman had been drinking, and while Reece was larkino-" with the woman he fell over a wall at some back buildings in George Street. He was picked up and conveyed to the Union Workhouse in an unconscious state. Dr. Cousins attended the unfortunate man, and found him to be suffering from concussion of the brain and flesh wounds on the face. He remains in a very pre- carious stare, but hopes are held of his recovery. PONTYPOOL BAPTIST COLLEGE.—On Tuesday last the Students of this Institution re-assembled after the annual vacation, and on the same day the Examination of Candidates for admission took place. The Examination was conducted by the Rev. W. M. Lewis, M A., the President, and D. A. Bassett, Esq., B.A., L.L.B., Classical Tutor pro tem. There were seventeen candidates for admis- sion, ana tne subjects tor Examination were- Arithmetic, Algebra, Euclid, English Grammar, Geography, EnglishHifitory,Greek and L^tin, and Sketches o# Se^qfeus. The standard for ad- mission has been .considerably advanced from former years. The following were the successful candidates in their order of merit, 200 being the maximum of marks: D. Davies, Newcastle Em- lyn, 193; J. Morris, Briton Ferry, 1G6; J. Harris, Rhymney, 156; D. Williams, St. Clears, 154; H. Thomas, Treorky, 144; Thomas Evans, Carmar- then, 140; Chas. H. Watkins, Blaenavon, 134; and John Evans, Ton, Ystrad, 128. The following were also accepted as outdoor Students for the current term:—William Vaughan, Goginau Jos. Miles, Rhymney; Owen Davies, Cwmbach; W. H. Prosser, Mountain Ash; Richard John, Llanelly, Carmarthen; and J. Roberts, Hirwain. The num- ber of Students now in the Institution is 24, and, with the outdoor Students enumerated above, there will be 30 attending the classes. We are glad to hear that the Rev. D. Thomas, B.A., the Classical Tutor, is now entirely restored to health. A VIOLENT LODGER. — At the Magistrates' Clerk's office, on Friday, a man named Stephen Ryan was charged by Sergt. Lewis with being drunk and riotous at Abersychan. Defendant lodged with a well-known character who goes under the name of Johanna Carey, and it appears the parties got on the spree" and quarrelled. Prisoner then went to the house and smashed the windows and committed other damage. A corn- Plaint was made to the police, who gave complainant some suitable advice, but at a later period of the evening defendant was found drunk and repeating his former destructive conduct. Sergt. Lewis then placed him in durance vile."—For being drunk, he was sent to prison for seven days, and for com- mitting wilful damage he was sent for a month, the imprisonment to be consecutive. TRIP TO RAGLAN CASTLE.—On Thursday, the 14th inst., about 50 of the teachers and friends connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School, Pon- typool, had a. day's outing to Raglan Castle, under the leadership of Mr Thomas Williams, who made the necessary arrangements to promote the comfort and happiness of the party. They were courteous- ly received, upon theii arrival, by Mr Cuxson, the Warden of the Castle, who afterwards kindly showed the company the different features of note in the ruins, taking great pains to explain any par- ticular point of interesting history, and graphi- cally describing how battles had been fought and conquests gained by the warriors of ancient times. At 4 o'clock, an excellent tea was provided, under the superintendence of Mesdames T. Williams, G. Anthony, J. Bees; W. Woodley, and Miss Jolliffe, and was heartily ttartaken of by those present. Throughout the innocent amusements were tor the homward IM), the only matter tor regret being that the dayjyphich was most happily spent by all, had provea&ceedingly shox't. DESPERATE ST^BGLE WITH A LUNATIC.—A powerful, smart-lo'«kino- man, named James Fel- tham, a labourer, -gas recently received into the r I Pontypool Union fiotn Usk, apparently suffering from delirium tremeu- or some affection of the brain. He was duly visited by the/Aedical officer, who saw nothing in his condict to warrant him being placed under any kind of restraint except that of the usual supervision of the Souse. He remained harmless and inoffensive unti. Monday night, and went to bed in the ordinarj course with other patients, sleeping in an up-sfeirs ward. About five o'clock on Tuesday morning the other inmates of the room were alarmed by foe conduct of the man, who commenced jumping across other beds, and finally made his way to the window, which he attempted to lower. Luckily, ihe window was rather stiff and did not readily C\me down, but when the luna- tic, for such he undoubtedly was, got it open wide enough to admit his lody, he tried to throw him- self out. The other iimates mustered in a body and drew him back br the legs as he was on the verge of falling out. On regaining his feet in the ward he furiously attacked several old men, tem- porarily blinding one jy closing his eyes, smashing the teeth of another, tnd seriously injuring others. He was eventually 0-vorpowered, and later in the day was sent to the Aylum at Abergavenny. MONMOUTHSHIRE REFORMATORY AT LITTLE MILL.-Major Inrlis [I M. Inspector of reforma- tories and industrial s-.hools, paid his first visit to this institution on Thursday, 7th instant. He carefully inspected tie whole establishment, in. cluding the grounds vhere the crops of vegeta- bles, fruit, &c., are beno, raised for the markets; and the boys, 29 in lUber, were examined by him. He expressed hmself highly pleased and satisfied with all he say and heard. His full re- port will appear in tie next Government Blue Book, meanwhile the following entry was made by him in the directors' visiting book :—" I have this day inspected and examined the school, and am very much pleased with my visit. The boys look cheerful, bright, aid healthy. I hear a very good report of their conduct during the past year, and their health seems to have been good. They passed a very good examination. The school seems going on in a thoroughly satisfactory manner. The premises are in very good order, and suitable for the work." It is satisfactory, also, to be able to add to the above report that, through the good management of the soil and successful sales of produce, the funds of this institution are in a prosperous state; no subscriptions for its support have for some years been received or needed. Nearly the whole of the ground has assumed a garden-like appearance, with solid paths and roads. Several boys, rescued through its instrumentality, are filling useful positions with respectability and credit. '1 he superintendent and bailiff for the 20 years of its existence has been Mr Arnold. The schoolmaster is Mr Merrick. County Observer. THE MORTALITY OF PONTYPOOL.—It is matter for congratulation that there have been no deaths registered at the Pontypool Registry Office during the past week except those of two young children, one being only five months old. COLLIERY ACCIDENT.—The wire-rope at one of the Cwmlickey pits broke on Friday, as a tram of coal was being brought to the surface. The tram descended with frightful velocity, but happily no one was injured. The damage was speedily re- paired, and on the next day work was resumed. RESUMPTION OF WORK BY PONTYPOOL COLLIERS. —We are glad to say that the men at the Ponty- pool Collieries of the Ebbw Vale Company have resumed work, the dispute as to time of com- mencing in the morning having been arranged. They will now begin at six o'clock, instead of five, as had been proposed by the Company. THE NEW LiNF,It is expected that the London and North Western Extension Railway from Pontypr 1 vwain will be opened for traffic on the 1st ember. A double service of trains will be run between Newport and Blaenavon—on the old Monmouthshire line between Newport and Pontypool, and above that, partly on the Mon- mouthshire, and partly on the new line. We hear special arrangements have been entered into under which return tickets taken out on either line will be a Triable on the other for the return journey. Ttuo fi prove a great boon to the public, and cannot fail to be much appreciated. cannot fail to be much appreciated. e FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT TO A PONTYPOOL MAN.-Early on Wednesday morning a shocking accident happened to a fireman residing at Grif- fithstown. As a goods train was passing through z, Abergavenny (Great Western) Station the fireman was knocked off the engine, through his head coming in contact with the footbridge at the sta- tion, and fell under the train. Both legs were cut off, and he was otherwise injured. The poor fel- low was carried into the first-class waiting room at the station, and a doctor sent for, but he died in great agony in about an hour afterwards. De- ceased's name is Charles Willis, and he has a wife and family residing at Griffithstown. This is not the first accident which has happened from a simi- lar cause, as the bridge is evidently too low. PRESENTATION TO A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER, —Before the departure of Mr John Williams. Freehold Land, for Australia, he was presented by Mount Pleasant Sunday School, on Sunday afternoon last, with the following books :-H The Life and Words of Christ," by Cunningham Geikie, D.D. (2 large, handsome vols.); Morning I and Evening Exercises," by the Rev W. Jay (4 vols.) and H Arnot on the Parables." These works are not excelled by any on their respective subjects. The presentation was made by the pastor (the Rev. T. LI. Jones), in the name of the school. Mr Sandbrook, Mr Dauncey, Mr Coles, &c., delivered appropriate addresses. It may be interesting to know that Mr Williams was received into the Church at Mount Pleasant about six years ago. From that time he has been a consistent, intelli- gent, useful Christian but during the last two or three years his well-balanced mind, his growing zeal, and his steadily-increasing desire to be useful drew him on to more prominence and publicity. He has for years been a teacher in the Sunday School, and a District Superintendent. He was re- cently appointed to the Diaconate, and has just served his time as one of the Superintendents of the Sunday School. Thus the School has lost one of its most prompt and punctual workers, the Prayer Meeting one of its most faithful attendants, and the Church a man whose firmness, consistency, and uprightness cannot but be felt and utilized in the land'of his adoption. Mr Williams has carried with him, not only the good wishes of his Pastor, Church, and Sunday School, but also of the Volun- teer Corps, and of the Benefit Societies of the town, in whose welfare he always evinced the deepest interest. CONSECRATION OF PONTNEWYNYDD CHURCH.— Our ieaders»will see, by an announcement in ano- ther column, that St. Luke's Church, conveniently situated midway between Pontnewynydd and Abersychan, is to be consecrated for Divine Wor- ship on Tuesday next by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese. Everyone in the neighbourhood is aware how a series of misfortunes have attended the ef- forts of the vicar and churchwardens for the time being to re-build this church, so that we now need but to glance at them. When Pontnewynydd Works were in full swing, and there seemed every 0 probability of the place enjoying a long period of prosperity which should obliterate, in some mea- sure, its former lengthened stagnation, it appeared to the vicar of that°time and influential members of his congregation, that they might venture upon repairs, which had long been needed, but for which there had been no funds.When the church was exa- mined, it was discovered that the walls had given way, and that the only course open to them was to take down the old church and build a new one, but when this had been determined upon, and the new building had been so far proceeded with that its walls were some feet above the ground, the Wire Works were suddenly brought to a standstill by the unexpected failure of its proprietor, and there en- sued in consequence idleness and poverty, instead of work and good wages. Various circumstances occurred to cause delays-a dispute arose between the committee and the contractor (during which the architeet died), which caused a large sum of money to vanish in law expenses-the large sub- scription promised by Mr Henley lapsed when he failed—and the vicar, the Rev. John Morgan, was appointed to another living-so that when the present vicar, the Rev. D. O. Davies, took charge of the district parish, he found the affairs of his church in a deplorable state, from which it seemed at first that nothino- could remove them. However, by dint of unflao-o-ino* perseverance, and the most strenuous exertions, Mr Davies has succeeded in getting the edifice completed andrendered suitable for its Sacred purpose. Certainly the tower is not yet built, but its base is, and that forms a porch, over which the tower intended by the architect can be reared at any future time. The interior also is not completed and furnished in a permanent man- ner, but Fall that is necessary for decently and reverently conducting Divine service has been pro- vided temporarily and economically. In his good work the Vicar has been greatly aided by several members of his congregation, among them being three gentlemen who generously lent a large sum each, free of interest, for as long a time as it might be required. (Since then, one of these gentlemen has, we regret to say, been taken from among us.) The amount of subscriptions still required, .£540, is large; but the actual deficiency just now is not as great as this, for the reason that the before- mentioned loans for an indefinite period are of ne- cessity included in this sum by thejcommittee.We earnestly hope that a large congregation will be present at both services on Tuesday next, to testify to the sympathy for the cause which, we are sure, is generally felt in the neighbourhood. The morn- ing sermon will be preached by our venerable r, s Bishop, who is, we believe, the senior on the Bench; and that in the evening, by the Rev. O. T. H. Phillips, a former Incumbent of St. Luke's, who is still remembered with much respect and esteem by many persons.
BLAENAVON. The Rev. W. Rees, the pastor of the Engiish Baptist Church at Broad-street, has accepted a call to the church at Abertivey, Cardiganshire., BAD TIMES AND THE CLUBS.—Matters are com- ing to a serious crisis in this town. The funds in some of the clubs are getting so low that the sick pay has been reduced as much as Is., 2s., and even 3s. per week. WE have been requested to publish the follow- ing programme of the recent entertainment at the English Baptist Schoolroom, which was omitted from our last for want of space :— Pianoforte Solo-Miss A. Morgan.
Song-The sea is England's glory—Mr John Davies. Anthem—Open ye the gates-Choir. Song-Footsteps on the stairs—Miss Lizzie Morgan. Duet-Two merry girls—Misses A. Morgan and S. A. Williams. Song—Straight tips— Mr John Jones. Glee—The village blacksmith—Mr W. Warren & Party. Pianoforte Solo—Miss Gwynne. S ong—Won't y ou buy my prett y flowers—Miss Watkins. Reading—Joy in the house of "Ward—Mr C. A. Bird. Trio-Winds, gently whisper—Mr J. Davies and Party. Song—I always make myself at home—Miss A. John. Duet—Cottage by the sea—Misses M. & S. A. Williams. Song—Man the Life-boat—Mr D. Davies. Song—One bright summer's morn—Miss P. Walters. Pianoforte Solo—Miss M. Watkins. Song-The blackbird—Miss R. Gwynne. Song-The boys and girls of Old England—Master E. Price. Quartette—Oh, how lovely is Zion-Mr J. Davies and Party. Song—The gallant 24th—Mr W. Morgan. Song—Love has eyes—Mr J. Williams. Quartette—The singer in the sky—Mr E. Morgan and Party. Anthem—The Lord reignotil-Choir. GHOSTLY ALARM.—During the week, consider- able excitement and no small alarm have been created among the inhabitants of King Street by the appearance of a ghost (?), and many have been sitting up until midnight to see it. The appear- ance is said to be that of a moving light, accom- panied by a great noise.
VARTEG. ON Tuesday evening, the 12th inst., a lecture on The Bible was given in the schoolroom by Mr John Lloyd, of Varteg. The chair was occupied by Mr Samuel Thomas, of Garndiffaith; and the meeting was opened with singing and prayer. The lecturer handled his subject well, and greatly pleased the audience. A vote of thanks to the lecturer and chairman brought to a close a very enjoyable meeting.
ABERSYCHAN. THE Rev. W. R. Thomas, Vicar of Abersychan, conducted the services at All Saints' Church, Tyn- dall Street, Cardiff, preaching in the morning and evening in English, and in the afternoon in Welsh. At the close of the services liberal collections were made in aid of the Church Pastoral Aid Society. PROPERTY SALE.—On Tuesday last Mr J. H. Wainwright conducted a sale of copyhold property at the White Hart Hotel. Lot 1 (a villa residence, known as Glanavon House, lately the property of, and for many years occupied by, the late Rev. S. Price), was put up. The biddings rose to .£340, but failing to reach the vendor's reserve, the lot was withdrawn. The Auctioneer announced that the vendors were open to treat by private contract. Lots 2 and 3 (four cottages at Abersychan), were then put up, and were eventually knocked down to Mr John Price, draper, for the sum of X152 10s. DEPARTURE OF THE REV. R. JONES.—The fol- lowing resolution was passed at the Central Com- mittee of the Baptist College, Pontypool, at a meeting held on Wednesday: This meeting sincerely regrets the approaching departure from this country of the Rev. Richard Jones, of Pisgah, who has so faithfully served the College as a member of the House and Central Committees, re- cognizes gratefully the high character which he has maintained as a minister of the Gospel, re- joices in the success which has crowned his labours in the sphere he has so long occupied, and earnest- ly wishes Mrs Jones and himself much prosperity and happiness in their new home."
PONTNEWYNYDD. SERIOUS ACCIDENT.-On W-ednesdayweek a man named Daniel Morgan, a collier, while working underground at Cwmffrwdoer, was run over by a tram, one of his legs being fractured, and other flesh wounds resulting. Dr Mason was called to the spot, and promptly attended the suffering man, who is now in a fair way of recovery.
GRIFFITHSTOWN. GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY MECHANICS' INSTI- TUTE.—The committee of this very deserving In- stitute have just issued their annual report, with the balance-sheet of accounts made up to the end of June last. It appears from the report that the Institute has been supplied with gas fittings since last year, so that members and others have now the advantage of using gas-light instead of the lamp-light which they formerly had to put up wilh. In addition to a number of other news- papers, the committee thank the Editors of the Standard, Western Mail, South Wales Daily News, Hereford Times, and PONTYPOOL FREE PRESS, for the copies of those papers which they receive. A feeling allusion is made to the death of Mr Orlidge, who was one of the trustees of the Institute, and who lost his life by an accident in January last. Some other vacancies having been caused amongst the trustees, a new trust deed has been drawn up and seven trustees appointed. The balance-sheet is satisfactory although the treasurer, Mr J. Wat- kin, has had to advance .£11 6s 2d towards paying for the laying on of the gas, as it is evident that if these expenses had not been incurred, there would have remained in the treasurer's hands a larger balance than last year. We may congratulate the committee, and the active secretary, Mr A. Wilks, upon their continued success.
CWMBRAN. THE ANNIVERSARY SERVICES were held at Ebe- nezer Baptist Chapel, Two Locks, on Sunday, when three sermons were preached by Mr R. Cory, of Cardiff. The attendance was very good, especially at the evening service; and the collections realised a good sum, Mr Cory contributing liberally towards the chapel funds. On Monday, a tea meeting was held, which was very successful; and in the even- ing a concert was given, when the chapel was quite filled with an appreciative audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. Mr J. Place most ably filled the office of chairman. Sub- joined is the programme PART I. Pianoforte Solo-Mr E. G. Morgan. Anthem—The Lord is my Shepherd—Choir. Song-Noble Twenty-fourth-Alr A. Shearne. Song—The soldier's tear—Mr H. Bees. Glee-Little Minnie—Juvenile Party. Song—Close the shutters—Mr S. Summers. Song—Miss A. Francis. Duet-Flow gently, Deva—Messrs Walters & Lewis. Song—The mother and her babe-Llew Cynon Anthem-Rejoice, 0 Daughter of ZiOn-Choir. PART II. Pianoforte Solo—Mr E. G. Morgau. Quartette—We with redoubled rage return—Mr J. Lewis and Party. Serenade—For ever—Miss E. Giles. Solo-Honour and Arms-Llew Cynon. Song-Mr J. Lewis. Sleighing Song—Juvenile Party. Song—Miss A. Francis. Song-Sir Garnet will show them the ivay-A-ir J. Cocker. Glee-Awake, iEolian Lyre-Choir. Finale—National Anthem.
ABERGAVENNY. Boy DROWNED.—On Monday evening, about 7 o'clock, a lad named Edward Watkins, 13 years of age, the son of a charwoman, living at Hunt's lodging-house, in Tudor-street, was drowned in the river Usk, near the town. The deceased went with another boy to Llanfoist Bridge. The boys got climbing on to some planks placed between the pillars, when one of them suddenly shifted, precipitating deceased into ths water, and he was washed under the bridge and down the stream. Mr Robert Williams, St. Ellen's road, and some children who happened to be standing on the bridge at the time, saw the accident. The poor lad cried, Save me three times, and then sank near the turn-pool. The occurrence brought hun- dreds of people to the banks of the river, but too late to render any assistance. The river was hea- vily flooded, but, notwithstanding, three men, Bob James, Charles Price, and James Knight, gal- lantly entered the water, and dived into the turn- pool, with the view of recovering the body, but without success. The same evening the river was dragged, and again on Tuesday, when the body was recovered.
CAERPHILLY. THE children attending the Tonyfelin Welsh Baptist Sunday School had their annual treat on Wednesday last at the Board Schools, which are placed, during the holiday-time, at the disposal of all denominations. After tea, an entertainment, consisting of songs, recitations, &c., was given at the chapel, the various parts being sustained chiefly by the children's choir.
SWANSEA. FATAL BOATING AccIDF-T.-Mr Gasl-oin, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Copperman's Arms, St. Thomas, on Monday, upon the body of William Seale, shipwright, who was drowned in Swansea Bay on Saturday evening.—Captain Seale, de- ceased's father, said his son was a married man. He last saw him alive on Saturday morning at four o clock.—Llewellyn Evans, a shipwright, liv- ing in Onion-street, said that he was out with the deceased in a sailing boat on Saturday afternoon. In the evening they left for the Mumbles, and made for Swansea Pier, arriving at the Extension in about 25 minutes. The wind was blowing rather hard from N.N.W. As the pier took the wind out of the sails, they thought it better to tack in instead of pulling. They tried to keep the boat away from the pier, but could not do so, as it continually went to leeward. To prevent the boat getting into the breakers they weared her, and a sharp gust of wind coming, she took the water in over the gunwale, & sank shortly afterwards. This occurred about 300 feet from the Extension. About 18 inches of the mast was above water, and witness and deceased made for it. After they got hold of the mast witness saw an oar, which he laid hold of, and drifted away. Witness asked deceased if he were all right, but before there was time to answer a swell swept over him, carrying him away. Witness was picked up by a boat, but he saw no more of deceased. He believed that Seale could swim very well. The jury returned a verdict of Accidentally drowned."
Lord Randolph Churchill, it is stated, hai bewi stricken with paralysis. Sir Theophilus Shepstone is to resume the ad- ministration of the Transvaal shortly. A boy has been struck by lightning at Ruthfirland, and was killed. It is again reported that, in consequence of the death of Lord Fife, there will be no Highland gather- ing at Braemar this season. It is announced that King O-ear of Sweden and Norway has decided to make the Prince Royal Viceroy of the latter country.
I SPECIAL SERVICES AT GLASCOED CHURCH. Glascoed is a hamlet in the parish of Tfk, for which and the surrounding district there had been no church accommodation until about 30 years ago, when through the instrumentality of the late Rev. W. Evans, Vicar of Usk, the late W. A. Williams, Esq., of Llangibby Castle, and the late Mr John Morgan, of the Hiil (on whose property it was built), the present neat and suitable edifice was erected. The building is of good stone, and the work was well done. The church consists of a nave only, with a little turret and a bell. It is surrounded by a good- sized piece of ground, used as a place of burial. There was difficulty, for some years, in getting supplies of clergymen, but now regular services are held here, the Rev. S. C. Baker, Vicar of Usk, having succeeded in obtaining a grant 11 from the Church Pastoral Aid Society. These services are held alternately with those at Monkswood by the present curate-in-charge the Rev. II. L. M. Walters, M.A., Christ Church! Oxford, a most active and industrious labourer in our Lord's Vineyard. To aid the musical part of the service, Mr Walters recently purchased, of Mr W. H. Haskins, a neat and suitable har- monium and special services were held on Thursday, the lith inst., wheu collections were made towards defraying the cost of the instru- ment. Two excellent and appropriate sermons were preached by Mr Walters; his afternoou text was from the 122nd Psalm. 1st verse, "I was glad when tuey said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord and the evening text was from the 47th Psalm, 13th verse, "Thy way, 0 God, is in the Sanctuary. Who is so great a God as our God ?" In each discourse he warmly pleaded for the money needed to pay for the harmonium and other requirements. Mrs. A. A. Williams, of Maesderwen, most kindly presided at the har- uioiiiuuj^ and Mr. Williamc, with Mies Evans, of Chepstow, and two young persons whom Mrs. Williams brought with her, assisted the choir, as also did Mr. William H. Jenkins, of Trostra, and Mr Abraham Jenkins and his daughter. All passed off admirably well. Tea was provided between the services, and the day being fine, the attendance was as good as might be expected during the harvest season. We sincerely hope the pecuniary results were satisfactory. We may just add that Mr. Walters hopes soon to make an effort towards the resto- ration of Monkswood parish church, as it much requires it. In this and all other similar work we heartily wish him "good luck in the name of the Lord. Correspondent.
ACTION AGAINST THE BLAENAVON IRON COMPANY. In the High Court of Justice on Friday, before Mr Justice Fry, an action was deter- mained in which the Blaenavon Iron Company (exparte) and Mr E. Mackenzie were the prin- cipals. This was a summons for liberty to enter upon the property of the Company as comprised in the mortgage deed, to distrain for rent and foreclosure. It appeared that Mr Mackenzie had lent £ 125,000 on the property under fa deed of mortgage, and he asked for liberty to distrain upon such of the property as was available for that purpose, a quarter's rent of £2,141 being due at the time of the entry of the summous. On the other hand it was con- tended that if the mortgagee was allowed to enter into possession all sorts of questions must arise. The mortgagee had the security of pro- perty valued at £ 700.000, whereas the mort- gage money was ouly £ 125,000. At the conclusion of the arguments, his lordship made an order for the liquidator to pay S3000 before the end of 21 days, and the balance of the in- terest and rent now due at the expiration of ten weeks. Leave was given to restrain the foreclosure action and restrain the entry and distress until November.
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MAIDSTONE CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. Wheat is fully as dear, and on account of the wet weather in some cases fetched more money. The trade is firm, with a little more demand. Grinding stuffs about the same as last week. Other articles remain as before.
BRISTOL CORN MARKET.—THURSDAY. The supply of English wheat on our market to-day was virtually nil. Foreign wheat was in abundance, and trade very quiet at last week's prices. Maize plentiful, and very slow value unaltered. Barley scarce, at 6d dearer, and in strong demand.
LONDON HAY MARKET.—THURSDAY. Moderate supply, and trade very dull prices as before. Prime clover, 1008 to 128s inferior, 85s to 95s. Prime meadow hay, 95s to 102s 6d; inferior, 40s to 75s. Straw, 30s to 41s per load.
LONDON CATTLE MARKET.—THURSDAY. There were 690 beasts, including 310 foreign market quiet 48 to 5s 8d. 9590 sheep and lambs, including 3200 foreign market iuactive; sheep, 5s to 6s lOd lambs, 7s to 7s 6d. 310 calves, 5s to 5s lOd per 8 lbs.
BRISTOL CATTLE MAR-KET.-THurSDAY. Beef in moderate supply, but trade was very dull owing to large sales of Canadian cattle at Avonmouth. Beef fetched 70s middling, 60s to 63s. Mutton in fair supply at 9d lamb in demand at 9d to lOd. 600 pigs bacon, 10s 6d; porkers, 10s 9d to lis.
AN APPALLING NIGHT. An account of nit: experiences or tne five men who went out to rescue some boys who were in peril at the Swansea Regatta, and who were at first sup- posed to be drowned, is published in the South IFola Daily News. Eight brave fellows, named John Edwards, John Cornelius, Thomas Thomas, John Banks, Alfred Teesdale, George George, David Davies, and Thomas Richards (a bov), volunteered to go to the assistance of a number of lads, who were seen in distress abont two miles from land. The sea was very rough at the time, and, as a violent wind was also raging, the occupants of the boat had no slight task before them. They put out about five o'clock and in two hours succeeded in coming up to the boys, when three of the men—Edwards, Banks, and David Davis—transferred themselves to the boys' boat, and after some hard work, were picked np by a passing barque. The other boat, containing the four men and the boy disappeared from view, and nothing has been heard of it excepting a vaguo account to the effect that it had been seen, when the men were making for the Mumbles. It now ap- pears that after being left by the three men named the remaining five tried to keep up with the other boat, and that, by some means, the two craft parted company. Shortly after this a heavy storm came on, obscuring the view and rendering the men almost helpless. They say that they were near enough to the barque which rescued their companions to hear shouting from the ship to the boat, and that they tried in vain to get up to her. They felt themselves washed further and further out to sea, the boat in- clining in the direction of Nash Point, and at this point the fury of the storm was at its height. They became exhausted, and for a time were unable to usa the oars, of which they then had but three, when a huge wave swept over the boat and completely cap- sized her, throwing the occupants into the water. Fortunately they could all swim, and, having recovered the oars, they succeeded, though with great difficulty, in clutching the boat so as to save themselves. One of them went to the bow and the others to the side, by which means they managed to heave the boat into her proper position The men were then fortunate enough to regain their places, and, as a mist was fa,t approaching, they again applied themselves to the ours, though in a half despairing kind of way. Anon the poor fellows became exhausted, gave up pulling, resigned themselves to what they considered their inevitable fate—a watery grave. Again, and once again, they were thrown into the water, but managed to readjust the boat, when they were dashed upen some rocks. The bottom of the boat was stove in, and the occupants were much knocked and bruised about the body. Upon regaining their feet they climbed up the rocks, ur.til a place of comparative safety w-s reached. The place at which the men were wrecked was very near to Nash Point, where the sands are verv dangerous. They remained upon the sands until nine in the morning, when they left for Bridgend, and, after being hospitably treated in a farmhouse at that place they took the first train for Swansea, anivmg there in the evening.
At the Guildhall Police Court, London, Charles Shore, a farmer, of Little Chester, near Derby, has been lined £ 20 and costs for sending bad meat to the London market: and for a similar offence Thomas Crampin, of Kelveston, Essex, has been fined ilo and costs. The London Gazette contains an Order in Council under the Weights and Measures Act 1STS, approv- ing the denominations of standards of apothecaries' weight and measure set forth in an annexed schedule and directing that the same shall be Board of Trade standards.
PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY. Before Col. BYRDE and C. J. PARKES, Esq. AN EX-DRAGOON CONVICTED OF THEFT. James Griffiths, who has been twice remanded on a charge of stealing a plough plane, pleaded guilty.— The prosecutor, C. W. Simmons, of Cheltenham, stated that prisoner had been employed at the same works as himself at Pontnewynydd and the particu- lars of the case have already been fully reported.— Prisoner pleaded for mercy, stating that he had a wife and three children. In 1872 he was discharged from the First Dragoons, as he suffered from palpitation of the heart, and when he took a drop of drink he did not know what he was doing.—Supt. Macintosh re- marked that he never knew before that palpitation of the heart affected the brain. He had been previously convicted of a similar theft at U sk.-Col. Byrde said that as prisoner had been already detained a fortnight, the Bench would only sentence him to one months hard labour. PECULIAR CASE OF NON-PAYMENT. Samuel Booth, labourer, of Abertillery, was sum- moned for non-payment of X2, arrears under an order for the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Annie Price.—Prisoner said he would pay the money, but he did not know where the mother was.—Complainant's mother said her daughter had since married, and she had the custody of the child. She had told defendant that her daughter had empowered her to receive the money.—The Bench made an order for the payment of the amount, with 9s costs.—Defendant said he only had 10s.-The Chairman Then you will have to go to prison for a month, and this will not relieve you from payment. DRUNKEN WOMEN. Mary Ann Lawrence, a woman of excitable tem- perament was summoned by P.c, Adams for being drunk and riotous on the previous Saturday night in Troscant.—The constable stated that she was very drunk, and her husband pushed her out of doors. She then went knocking at other people's doors, and was very disorderly.—Defendant denied the charge, but was ordered to pay a fine of 10s, or go to prison for seven days.—She said she would have to go to gaol. Mary Beezer was summoned by P.c. Styren for a similar offence, but as there were irritating features in the case, and as she admitted the offence, a fine of 5s only, or four days hard labour, was imposed.—In this case also the woman was detained. TWICE CHARGED WITH ONE OFFENCE. Henry Jackson and Thomas Smith were charged by P.c. Ford for being drunk and committing a breach of the peace at Llanvrechva Upper.—The constable saw them stiipped and fighting in afield, and ordered them away. Both were drunk.—It transpired that half-an- hour afterwards Smith was met by another constable and locked up for being drunk. On the Monday morning [following he was taken before the magis- trates and fined 10s.—Col. Byrde said it was contrary to English law to punish a man twice for the same offence, and Smith would be discharged.—Jackson was fined 10s, or seven days. A CAUTION TO STONE-THROWERS. Thomas Elim, a youth, was summoned for assault- ing John Seys, at Abersychan.—Complainant had reason to remonstrate with the lad on account of his conduct, when he took up a large stone & threw it at him, severely injuring his face.—The defendant ad- mitted the charge, and the Bench said it was a very serious thing to do; the defendant would have to pay a fine of 20s, or go to gaol for 14 days.—Prison. VIOLENT ASSAULT. Philip Wilmot, who did not appear, was summoned for assaulting William Jones, an elderly man.—Com- plainant stated that on Saturday evening last he met the defendant on the road, and he called out to him that he wanted to speak to him. He then went di- rectly up to him, and saying," You I want you," struck him a blow in the face. Witness said, I shall not touch you, Philip, but I will make ycu pay for it."—Defendant replied, You if I have to pay for it you shall have some more," and struck him a violent blow in the face and kicked him.—Supt. Macintosh said that defendant was an old offender, having been before the court many times, and was just such a character as would act in the way de- scribed.—A fine of 40s., or 21 days hard labour, was imposed. STEALING A GOLD RING. Annie White, a girl 14 years of age, was charged, on remand, with stealing a gold ring, the property of John Day Andrews, of Blaenavon.—Mr Greenway appeared for the prisoner.—Mrs Andrews stated that prisoner slept with her, in the absence of her husband She missed the ring and a gold brooch from a box. in her room seven weeks ago.-A woman named Parker who kept reiterating during the whole time she was in the box that she would tell no lies, but speak the truth," stated that she received the ring from the prisoner, who asked her to pledge it. She did so for 4s, and the girl offered her 3d for her trouble. Prisoner told her that it belonged to her brother's wife.—In cross-examination, witness denied that she instigated the girl to take the Jting, or that she had the whole of the 4s.-P.c. Smith deposed that when he apprehended the girl she said, I took the ring from Mrs Andrews. It is in the pawnshop now." She also made a statement at the police station.—Mr Greenway strongly commented upon a child so young being questioned, and asked, as it were, to incrimi- nate herself, by the police.—The Bench admitted that it was improper conduct, and ordered part of the con- stable's evidence to be struck out.—Supt. Macintosh remarked that the first admission was made to her father, who told her to speak the truth.—Nathan Myers, pawnbroker, deposed to receiving the ring produced from the witness Parker, and advancing 4s upon it. When the prosecutrix was asked to identify it, she was in doubt.—Mr Greenway submitted that the woman Parker had instigated the child to commit the theft, and that she derived the whole benefit of the 4s. It was hardly consistent with honesty that an elderly woman would secretly take from a little girl such an article as a ring, and go and pledge it, telling her to say nothing about it. He asked the Bench to deal mercifully with the child, who had no mother, and was left to the moral instruction of a neighbour. —The Chairman said the conduct of the witness Parker was anything but creditable, to say the least; and taking all the circumstances into consideration, the Bench would inflict a fine of 20s or seven days.- Prisoner's friends paid the money. POTATO STEALING. Charles Brag and Temperance Brag were summoned for trespassing on the property of John Smith, Ponty- pool, and were each fined 10s, or seven days.—De- fendants did not appear.
PONTYPOOL POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before C. J. PARKES, Esq. SHOCKING INTOXICATJON.- fVm. Parks, a tramp, was charged with being drunk in the streets on Satur- day night. Prisoner was found in the streets in a beastly state of intoxication, being completely over- powered and unable to move. It was all that two constables could do to carry him to the station. On the Sunday he was still drunk in his cell, he having not recovered from his debauch.—He was sent to gaol for 6 days. TUESDAY.—Before C. J. PARKES, Esq. A DISGUSTING WO MAN.Iltl'nie Wilson, alias Mar- shall, a woman of bad character, was charged with being drunk and begging in the streets on the pre- vious evening.—P.c. Styren apprehended the wo- man, who conducted herself in a most disgusting manner in the police station.—She was sent to pri- son for 7 days. WEDNESDAY.—Before J. RICHARDS, Esq. A DISGUSTING FB^ITOW.—Henry Kitchen was charged with being di-unl* and behaving in an in- decent manner. About ojia o'clock on the previ- r^3ous afternoon, P.c. Styren the man drunk and f?. exposing himself iii the presence of several females near .the Post Office.'—Prisoner expressed his re- gret, and was fined 10s or 7 days.—Removed. Too MANY TIMES IN PRISON.-Henry Twissel and David Evans, natives of Pontypool, and in- I mates of the Workhouse, were charged with ab- sconding from the Union in the Workhouse clothes. -Mr H. Feather, Master of the Union, stated that he missed the prisoners from the yard on the pre- vious morning, and telegraphed to Newport, where they were apprehended.—The Magistrates' Clerk asked Twissel how many times he had been in prison.-Prisoner: I have been too many times, worse luck.—Supt. Macintosh said he had recently served 7 years penal servitude, and was now under police supervision.—Each was sent to prison for 10 days hard labour.
DESTRUCTIOF A TOWN BY FIRE. American advices to the 5th inst. state that the lit io V lrgiman town of Voaeno was almost obliterated by fire on the 4th inst. and its 2,000 inhabitants were forced to seek shelter in the neighbouring mountains. The town was situated in a valley between two loftv hills, and was without appliances to extinguish or check a fire. The oil trade was the chief staple of the place, and everything was saturated with that most inflammable material. The flames, it was said of incendiarism, broke out about four in themorninc and spread with great rapidity. They reached°a number of tanks containing large quantities of oil, which exploded with a terriffic noise. The oil ran through the street in a blazen torrent, setting fire to everything in its progress. As all the buildings were of wood they fe!l an easy prey to the fire. The roar of the conflagration is described as resembling that of the ocean in a storm. Homes were deserted, and men, women, and children rushed to a place of safety. The hotel, several churches, the post and telegraph offices, and a newspaper office were amon" the buildings destroyed. American insurance com° panies were the principal sufferers, but two English companies-the Queen, of Liverpool and London, and the American Union, of London, have incurred some trifling losses.