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JPOLteE COURT. FRIDAY. Before C. J. Parkes, Esq. Watkin Edwards was charged with twing drunk and riotous, at Aborsychan, on the 25th inst. Ps. Lewie proved the charge.—Fined 10s. SATURDAY. Befors Col. Byrdi and C. J. Parkes, Esq. ASSAULTING A RAILWAY PQRTER. Evan Roberts, collier, Llanithel, was charged with assaulting John Mace, a railway porter, in the execution of his duty, at the Clarence Sta- tion, on the 14th April. Complainant deposed that he was on duty at the Clarence station on the date named, at 5.40 p.m. defendant came from the platform, and attempted to cross the line as the train from Crnmlin was approaching; complainant was standing near the crossing to keep all clear, and put out his hand to keep defendant back, telling him the train was coming in defendant per- sisted in crossing, and when complainant caught him by the arm to hold him back, defendant clutched him by the hair of the head and com- menced knocking him about and just as the train stopped, he flung complainant and himself against it. Beneh Why did you not bring this charge before. Inspector Mends: The case was laid before the General Manager, and we were awaiting his instructions. Defendant said he was very sorry for having committed the assault, but he only wanted to cross the line to catch the train for Crumlin. Complainant: The train was not five yards from the crossing when defendant attempted to pass the second time. Fined 40s, or 14 days' hard labour. Defendant: It is very hard for me to pay my fare and have to walk home, and pay all this money afterwards. A ROW ON CANAL PARADE. Arthur Lloyd, butcher, was charged with as- saulting Ann Hewett. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Complainant deposed that defendant came to her door, and called both her sister and her bad names she went out to ask whom he meant; he had two sticks and kept pointing them at her face she put up her hand to shove the sticks away, and he up with his fist and knocked her down, and as fast as she got up he knocked her down again complainant showed some bruises, which she alleged were the result of defendant's abusing her.. Defendant, however, declared those bruises were received byeoi-nplainantwlien lierlitisband knocked her down stairs, and said that com- plainant struck him (defendant) in the face three times. Mary Sheen, sister of complainant, stated that defendant was beating her sister near a wall when witness could not see any one coming to her sister's assistance, she ran into the house, fetched a poker, and struck him with it. Defendant They were both very drunk. Elizabeth Bethel said that Mrs Sheen had been in the house of defendant's grandmother, ran- sacking it, looking fora shawl defendant went in and stopped her some short time after wit- ness beard screams, and when she went out Mrs Sheen was using coal scuttles, poker, &c. Other witnesses were called, but the Bench considered the charge of assault to be proved, but defendant had suffered great provocation. He was ordered to pay costs (16s). THE BLAENYCWM TRESPASS. John Thomas, a hawker, was charged with wilful and malicious trespass by removing a fence, the property of Messrs Darby and Norris, at Blaenycwm, on the lgth May. Defendant was also charged with assaulting a servant in the employ of Messrs Darby and Norris. Mr Ward (Colborne and Ward) appeared for complainants, and Mr Dixon, Risca, for defend- ant. Col. Byrde stated that as Mr Parkes repre- sented interests which may come into collision with the parties in this case, he had decided to withdraw from the Bench during the hearing and the case was, consequently, left in his own power. Mr Dixon So tar as the alleged trespass is concerned, no justice can deal with it; but so far as the assault is concerned, one justice can- not deal with it. Mr Dixon wished to apply for an adjourn- ment his client was only served on Thursday evening with the summons, and had not time to f collect bÎ8 witnesses. The case waa similar to one that came before their worships some few weeks ago, and the same battle had to bo fought over again. His client had only three or four witnesses out of twelve, and he wished to have all tht witnesses together before he should pro- ceed with the case. He did not know why his friend left the summoning till the last moment, unless it was to steal a march upon them and he felt it would be an injustice to his client to proceed with the case before the whole of the witnesses had been got together. Mr Ward remarked that this case was pre- cisely similar to the one tried a few weeks ago; that being the case, what possible difficulty was there in the way of Mr Dixon defending it now ? There were only four cottages whose occupants had any pretence of right to travel over this tramway; and what possible grounds could there be for asking for a week's adjournment? Mr Dixon But it is a ridiculous thing to summon us on Thursday evening and expect us to defend ourselves on Saturday. Mr Edwards: But you were summoned bo- fore 12 o'clock. Mr Dixon denied this. Supt. M'lntosh called upon the policeman who bad served the summons to prove differently. Mr Dixon said he would admit it; and, as- suming it to be so, how could they expect this man, upon such a hurried notice' to walk away from his business. Defendant was in ill health, and unable to procure subpoenas and even if be did procure subpoenas, he would have to pro- cure them on Friday, and serve them on the same day and then the witnesses, perhaps, could not attend on account of the short notice. The Bench When the case was brought be- fore us, we then decided that we had no juris- diction. Mr Ward As it appeared before you tnen it was so but now it is different. After some further remarks, Mr Ward continued that he opposed the ad- jonrnment because it would entail a g.reat and unnecessary expense. If Mr Dixon is goilJg to support his claim to a bona fide right, he has no need of a dozen witnesses; he can do it him- self. Let the trespass case be opened first, and if he has not good grounds for his application, their worships would know how to deal with it. Mr Dixon need not take several days to get these witnesses here. It was useless to talk aboat surprises they brought gangs of men to destroy the property of his clients they were not satisfied with doing what was necessary, but they proceeded in a malicioosmanner. They must know that this case conld not pass without a prosecution they must know that they could not throw stones of 20 or 30lbs weight at men without thinking they were to be prosecuted. The Bench If it is the mere question of trespass, it cannot come before UfI. Mr Ward: If you will allow me, I will open my caise- Mr Dixon No, indeed, yon will not. Mr Ward If I do open it, Mr Dixon will have the benefit of my remarks. Let us proceed with the assault case. Mr Dixon We want the same evidence in the case of assault as we do in the case of tres- pass. We have only three witnesses out of twelve and I say it would be a monstrous in- justice to let this case go on without having the whole of the witnesses. The Bench Is there no possibility of coming to an arrangement ? A suggestion having been. made that the matter may be settled by arbitration, Mr Ward said be would be perfectly content with that solution of the difficulty, provided all parties who claim a right of way along the tram- road would give reasonable assurance that they would be bound by the decision of the arbitra- tors in that case he would be most happy to accept Mr Edwards as an arbitrator. He was going to throw out the suggestion, viz., to ad- mit that the public had a right of footway along this tramway, but that hIs chants fences shouid be protected. All they ask is that they may fence their farms, in order to prevent the cattle I from straying on to the mountain. This they would allow for the sake of peace. There was not the slightest shadow of a right for a cart- way but if the people would be content to take the right of footway along the tramroad, his clients would be content. Mr Dixon That is delightful now they have admitted a footway. Mr Ward We have not; I am more careful of my language than that. Mr Dixon Well, the cartway we shall prove. Mr Ward Mr Dixon has the case at his fin- gers; ends k i» evident that he has given it his- attention therefore, I shall ask you to decide upon the adjournment at once, but I must ask you to hear the opening. The Bench We can't refuse an adjournment of the case. The case was adjourned till Saturday, the 9th of June. AFFILIATION. The case of G. Williams, charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Agnes Price, which came before the Bench some weeks ago, was again brought on. Mr Gardner, Abergavenny, prosecuted Mr Greenway defended. Additional evidence was taken, but the case was finally dismissed. PUBLIC-HOUSE OFFENCE William Roberts, landlord of the Prince of Wales, Abersychan, was charged with selling beer during illegal hours on Sunday. P.c. Saunders and another policeman were sta- tioned to watch this house, at a distance of 30 yards, and saw a man supplied with a tin they followed the man, whose name was Lynch, and found that he had beer in this tin asked him to go back with them, but he refused, saying he did not want to get into trouble. Fined e5, and the license ordered to be endorsed. BRUTAL ASSAULT. William George and Edward George were charged with assaulting Benjamin Spillar, on Saturday night. Defendants did not appear and P.c. Saunders proved the service of the summons. Spillar said he went into the Buck," at Aber- sychan, on Saturday night the two defendants came in and began talking about barleycorns and how many would reach round the world they set on complainant, and kicked him into the road. William Pask corroborated Spillar's evidence, and said they kicked him (Pask) about 15 or 16 yards, and left him for dead on the road. Mary Ann Pask, wife of last witness, appeared with a pair of black eyes and the side of her face much discoloured, the results of the Messrs Georges' discussion about barleycorns. Defendants, it appeared, had too much of John Barleycorn, and the result was that they were fined 20s in each case-or £3 a piece. FIGHTING- # David Richards and Geo. Richards (brothers), Blaenafon, were charged with fighting, on Saturday night. P.s. James proved the charge, but said the fault lay principally with George. George was fined 10s, and David 5s. DRUNKENNESS. John Godding was charged with being drunk and riotous at rlaenafou.P-0. Lewis proved the charge.Fined 10s. I John Ashton was charged with a like offence. .Fined 10s. Thomas Humphreys was charged with a similar offence.Fined 5s. Samuel Britton was charged with being drunk and riotous, at Blaenafon, on Monday night. P.c. Wilmott proved the charge. Difeudaut said that the policeman had looked in at his window, and he only came ont to ask him why he did it.A Mrs Jones confirmed defendant's statement, but allowed that he was drunk.The policeman said he stood four yards from the window, and denied having looked in.Another policeman was called, aDd he corroborated the charge of drunkenness.Fined 58. MONDAY- Before the Rev. J. C Lletfcllin and C. J. Parkes, Esq THE STABBING CHARGE. Robert Eades, baker, was brought up (on re- mand) charged with maliciously cutting and wounding his wife, Anue Eades, on Wednes- day, 23rd inst. Mr Watkins appeared for the defeftofe. Supt. M'Intosh said that he had received, from Dr Thomas, a certificate stating that the woman was progressing very favourably he does not apprehend any danger but, at the same time, she is so weak from loss of blood that she can- not attend within a fortnight. Prisoner was admitted to bail, himself in A100 and two sureties in £ 50 each. Charles Powell (mcle to Mrs Elides) and his son became sureties for prisoner. I
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. The last meeting of this board was held on Wednes- day. Present: Messrs W. Conway (chairman,) J. Dan- iel, E. Jones, A. A. Williams, R. Greenway, John T. Edmonds. and E. H. Davies. The minutes of the last meeting were read and con- firmed. Mr Williams asked if there had been an inspection of the Garndiffaith Schools. Mr Jones: It is to be in July. Some conversation having taken place respecting the falling off in attendance at the different schools owing to medical certificates being required by children in whose homes epidemic disease had been prevalent, A member asked if the Education Department would make allowances for such absence. Mr Edmonds said it would. A cheque for jE70, current expenses connected with the British School since its transfer to the Board, was signed and handed to Mr Conway. The above account ran to the end of the first quarter, and a further cheque ofjElS 10s 3d, expenses since the end of the quarter, was also presented. It was unanimously carried that this cheque be also paid. Mr Williams said that some time ago a resolution was passed in reference to Bible reading. It was agreed that a copy of the resolution be hung up in the Board Schools. Mr Williams suggested that a copy be hung up in the British School. 0 The clerk was advised to make a minute of instruc- 1tion to the managers to that effect. A census was presented by which it appeared there were nearly 300 children above the age of 5 years not attending any school. Mr Lansdowne, architect, Newport, in accordance with instructions presented his plan of alterations pro- posed to be effected at the British School, Pontypool. The alterations would accommodate 100 additional scholars. The plan also embraced a house for the master. Mr Conway said the Board could do nothing with these plans; it would be for the new Board to deal with them. Mr Williams proposed that the plans be recom- mended to the consideration of the new Board. This motion, which was seconded by Mr Davies, was carried unanimously. Mr Edmonds: Has the architect given you any idea of the cost of these alterations? The chairman The master's house will cost J6300, and the school £ 500. Mr Jones That is about what we estimated for the school, I think. I The chairman You will have room for 300 scholars; and if you get it done £ 4 a head it will be very reason- able. The chairman announced that the balance against the Board up to the half year ending March was £112 3s Sd. A bill of zC15 18s 9d for articles supplied for school use by Messis Davies & Sandbrook, and a bill of 8s 6d from Knight & Co., were presented. Mr Edmonds proposed that these bills be paid.— Carried. The chairman I suppose a Id rate upon the whole paiish would pay our expenses up to the present time, and more than pay them when we get the Government Grant. Mr Greenway What would a Id rate realise ? Mr Edmonds: 1200. The chairman And three-times £ 200 will defray our current expenses. Besides, gentlemen, we should re- member there have been expenses which will not occur again— the fitting up of the school-room for instance. Mr Edmonds suggested that Messrs Davies and Con- way, if they could spare time, should meet together and calculate what the schools had cost altogether. The chairman said he felt confident a Id rate would cover the expenses; at Llanfrechfa Lower it took a 5d rate to keep the school going. Mr Edmonds: That is a smaller district, and the smaller the district the heavier of course will come the rate on the parishioners. Mr Davies thought it was the duty of the expiring f board. before they separated, to accord a vote of thanks to Mr Conway for his services as chairman. This was seconded by Mr Greenway, and carried unanimously. Mr Conway returned thanks, saying he had done his best; he thanked the members, who had made his office a pleasaut one and who had helped him to get over the business. The meeting then terminated.
DEATHS. May 24, at Pontnewynydd, aged 60 years, Miss Mary Desmond. May 27. aged 12 years, John, son of Mr Jas. Dekina, Llanfair-Kilgedin. May 27, at Victoria Village, Garndiffaich, aged 60, Mr Joseph Williamson, quarryman. May 7. at Upper Race, aged <j i, Mary, wife of Mr Abraham Mason, blast furnaceman. May 23, at Cwmyniscoed, aged 53, Mr John Jones, pattern maker. May 27, at Aberbeeg, aged 37, Mr Thomas Fry, labourer. May 27, at Three Stiles Farm, Panteg, aged 40, Mr Philip Jones, labourer. May 28, at Pontnewynydd, aged 66, Mr John Jones, haulier. May 29, at Garndiffaith,t aged 44, Mr Robert Giles, carpenter. May 29, at Victoria Village, Garndiffaith. aged It, Mary Ann, daughter of Mr Samuel Calcutt, labourer. May 29, at the Old Barracks, BlaenafoD, Leah Davis, widow, aged 72.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS. THE COUNTY COURT OFFICES have been removed to the Town Hall. THE DERBY was run on Wednesday, with the fol- lowing result :-Silvio, 1; Glen Arthur, 2; Rob Roy, 3. The favourites were nowhere. Seventeen started. THE TIN TRADE.—We regret to state that owing to the great depression in the tin trade an arrangement bati been come to whereby the works will be stopped one week out of every three. This, we understand, will be general in all tin works. Early on Monday morning an explosion of gas oc- curred in the deep pit of the Nantyglo Colliery, and a fireman named Elias Davies was killed. In his pocket was found the gauze which should have surrounded the light, and it is supposed that the accident was caused by its removal from the lamp. TABERNACLE BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL-The teach- ers and scholars attending the above school held their annual tea meeting on Monday last. when about 200 partook of tea. The children afterwards marched through town, and from thcnce to a field at Penlasgarn, where several games were indulged in, and a very pleasant afternoon was spent. UNITED METHODIST FREE CHURCH:.—The teachers and scholars attending the Sunday School in connection with the above place of worship gave a very pleasing entertainment on Thursday week. The solos, recitations, dialogues, &c., were rendered with remarkably good taste. There was a very fair attendance on the occa- sion and at the close a collection was made in aid of the school funds. We understand that the Rev J. Swann Withington, of Harrogate, a most able and popular lecturer, will shortly be in this town lecturing in the Town Hall on a most interesting and appropriate subject, "Three Living Statesmen-Gladstone, Beaconsfield & Bright." This lecture was delivered some time ago at Stockton- on-Tees, the member for the borough (J. Dodds, Esq.) presiding. At the close of the lecture he said, It is the most able and eloquent lecture I ever heard." To all who are interested in these gentlemen and their work this lecture will doubtless prove a treat. Further notice wHI shortly be given. I NEWPORT LlCENSEViCTUA.LLERS-ASSOCIATION.- On Tuesday, a committee from the above asgochtion, composed of Captain Oliver, president; Mr J. A* Eelly, vice-president; Mr J. Dredge, past-president; Mr E. W. Grove, past-president; and Messrs James Witts aad Charles, met at the Bell Inn, Abercarne, for the purpose of opening a branch in the Western Valley in connec- tion with the bead association at Newport. Mr Oliver occupied the chair, and opened the meeting by explain- ing the advantages which accrue from the trade asso- ciating together for their protection. In connection with their association there was a Benevolent Fund, which already amounted to some hundreds of pounds, and it was the intention of the officers to found alms houses similar to those already in existence in the Asy- lum Road, London, and elsewhere, in order that indigent members may be cared for in their old age. A branch had been most successfully started at Pontypool and sur- rounding district, and from the large number of mem- bers of the trade joining he felt convinced that abranch in this valley (the Western) would be equally successful. After a few remarks from Mr E. W. Grove and other members ot the committee, a branch was commenced, having for its president Mr John Boulton, Albert Hotel, Risca Mr George, Bush Inn, Abercarne, vice-president; and Mr Matthews, Crown Hotel, Abercarne, kindly un- dertaking the onerous duties of honorary secretary. A good working committee was also formed.
BLAENAFON BETHLEHEM WELSH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL.—The anniversary services of this place of worship were held on Sunday and Monday last. The services, which were held three times each day, were largely attended, many coming from a distance. The following ministers offici- ated Revs. D. Rees, Dowlais; R. Evans, Merthyr; J. Morgan, Cwmbach, Aberdare E. Powell, Tredegar J. P. Williams, Brynmawr; D. T. Rvans, Rhymney and W. Russell, Blaenafon. The two days' eallectiona amounted to nearly £ 30. On Monday afternoon the Sabbath-school children and teachers, headed by the choir of the Upper Wesley chapel, sang through the town, after which they re- paired to the Wesleyan day-school room, and were well regaled with tea and cake. Tea being over, they pro- ceeded again to the chapel, where a most interesting and pleasant evening was spent. There was a large atten- dance. 4TH MON. R. V.—There was a full muster of this corps on Sunday morning last, under the command of Capt. Jayne and Lieut. Pennymore, to attend Divine service in St. Peter's Church. An effective sermon was preached by the Rev J. Jones, vicar, who at the con- clusion referred in a touching manner to the recent death of their late officer, Lieut Williams, who had been since the formation of the corps one of its most efficient members; in thia life he was always anxious for the welfare of his comrades, and in his last moments was most concerned for their spiritual welfare. We have to add that the corps hus sustained a loss in his d ath, and the volunteer service an efficient officer. At tue close of the service the corps, headed by their band, marched to the residence of Capt. Jayne, who before dismissing them complimented them for their good attendance and attention.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. The monthly meeting was held on Friday. Present: Messrs Thomas Hemmings (chairman), D. Lawrence, J. Burgoyne, H. C. Steel, J. G. Williams, E. L. Harris, J. Kays, D. Lewis, and J. Morgan—Messrs Hayward and Tyler's bill for hoso supplied was again under con- sideration. It will be remembered that the board de- cided to purchase flaxen hose at 28 6d per yard, but Mr Burgoytie, who was requested to buy the hose, made a mistake, and ordered one of leather, costing 2s Od a foot. The board saw the hose far too expensive for their requirements, and wanted the- manufacturers to take it back. Messrs Hayward and Tyler, however, declined to change the hose, and pressed for the payment of their bill. The matter had been before the board on several occasions, and it was now resolved to pay the money, about X37. It was alsp ordered that the hose should be fitted with diminishing sockets, in order that it may be used with the old hose. — Mr Steel called attention to the fact that they had no one to look after the fire- engine, and he said that when a fire broke out at Bunker's-hill recently the engine could rot be brought into use. The chairman said there was a man named Richard Burfield, who had been accustomed to fire- engines, and a resolution was passed to employ Burfield to look after the board's engine.—The surveyor reported that since the last meeting Hill-street had been put in thorough repair.—A plan was submitted by Mr Wil- liam* of his INTENDED extension of his premises in Bread- street. This extension, it effected, would have no space in the back as requirtd by the bye-laws of the board, and a long discussion arose as to whether the board would make a concession in this case, they having done so to Mr Williams's neighbours, Messrs Witchell and Hooper The matter was ultimately put to the vote, when five members voted for making the concession and five against it. The chairman hesitated about giving his casting vote, and after some time asked the board to give him a fortnight to consider. (Laughter.) This was agreed to.-Dr Ball reported that the number of cases of measles had slightly increased during the month. Al- together upwards of 50 cases had come under his notice since the 1st of April, and of these 20 within the last fortnight. Two cases had terminated fatally, one fn Rifle-street and the other in A-row. THE total number of deaths for the month was 16.—A petition, signed by nearly all the innkeepers in the town, as well as by several tradesmen, calling the board's attention to the fact thit on the original plan now in the possession of the board fl} l.he enlargement of the market place by Mr J. G. Williams, the old building was to have been entirely re-modelled, and a large entrance of good ar- chitectural design to be placed, opening towards Broad- street as the main entrance, and thus directly connected with the principal thoroughfares. This, the petition stated, would have been a great improvement to the town, but now a large portion of the old market house and site facing Broad-street, as actually shown in the original plan, had been sold or leased for building pur- poses, and buyers had been sought for the remainder. Thus the market place would be quite shut in from the main street by buildings, etc., being erected in front ef it, ana tne advantage and convenience of the public would be sacrificed to private interest. Mr J. G. Wil- liams, who was present, said that Mr Philpott, of the Market Tavern, applied to him to purchase the part where a shop was now going b be built, but they failed to agree as to price, and this petition wa3 the result- he had let it to another party. The clerk said that there bad been no plan of the market submitted to the board, as far as he remembered. Mr Williams said if there was any dispute it was all between private owners; surely he could do what he liked with his property. Mr Gill But you must conform to the bye-laws of the board. The matter was deferred.—The clerk to the Brynmawr Board wrote to say that his board fully ap- proved of the proposal to make a road between Blaen- afon and Brynmawr hut they could render no saoit- uiary assistance.—A letter from the Local Government Board, calling attention to the necessity of providing a building for the reception of cases of zymotic disease where the patient could not be isolated at his own home, was read but the board took no action in the matter. --On the motion of Mr W. B. Edwards, seconded by Mr D. Lewis, it was resolved to petition in favour dC the application by the council of the University College of Wales to Government for an annual grant of X2,500, and a sum ot 95,000 to complete the building. VALUABLE DISCOVERY FOB THE HArn. Tf yottr
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PONTYPOOL I LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD. The monthly meeting was held on Friday. Present: Messrs E. H. Davies (chairman), T. Roderick, P. Eckersley, W. Conway, T. Fletcher, J. Be*an, T. Jones, E. Hntchings, G. Gorrell, R. Jones, S. B. Mason, W. Sandbrook, and J. Knipe, jon. The minutes of the !ast meeting were read and confirmed. Mr Conway said he had noticed in the repoit of the last Board meeting soniet. remarks made by Mr Roderick now would be the proper time to bring the matter forward he would be happy to give any explanation in reference to the matter allnded to. Mr Roderick had brought the matter forward, 'I' because he thought it best to do so but, as Mr Conway was not present then, it was deferred till the next meeting. He thought it was only fair to Mr Williams that some explanation should be given by Mr Conway. Mr Conway would be most happy to do so and, in reference to Mr Roderiek's bringing the subject forward, he had no doubt but that he was actuated by the best motives. Mr Roderick I do not think that it is in the broad sense expressed that the term complained of should be taken. However, if you will ex- plain- Mr Conway What I said, I believe, was this: that I declined to act with Mr Williams on the streets committee because, in the dispute with Mr Masters, he had compromised himself against the interests of the Board and against the in- terests of the town. Apart from this, I have long felt that it is highly objectionable for a member of the streets committee to be a builder or architect, to revise his own plans, and sit in judgment upon those of others; that in itself would be objectionable, especially as we have seen how it has operated with Mr Williams him- self. Mr Conway then, returning to the charge of Mr Williams compromising himself with re- gard to the Greyhouud dispute, referred to the minute book, and said that Mr Williams was present at a meeting held on Nov. 4th, at which there was a proposal that the Board be memo- rialised to acquire Mr Masters' property he was also present on Nov. 14th, when plans were in- troduced with reference to the purchase of Mr Masters' property. The plans were approved of, and the solicitors were requested to proceed, at once, to carry out that resolution he (Mr Con- way) came in not as a member of the Board, but by invitation, and he distinctly recollccted Mr Williams did not hold np his hand the chairman turned round and said, Do you vote for that, Mr Williams?" he answered, I do he was also present at a meeting when it was ordered that the Board should borrow £ 5000, and the chairman was requested to sign a form for that purpose. What he (Mr Conway) com- plained of was this, that Mr Williams should have induced the Board to go to the expense of brioging an inspector down from London, and then go into the witness-box and say, after all, that is not the right side to effect the improve- ment. He would say that was compromising himself against the interests of the town, for he was more anxious fot the interests of Mr Mas- ters than for the interests of the town. He had found Mr Williams, apart from this, in every sense of the word, strictly upright and honour- able. He might say, also, of Mr Roderick, who had brought this matter forward, that there was no man he had more respect for he knew that Mr Ruderiok had to withstand great pressure, but he had stuck to them through thick and thie: and he respected him for it. But there was ano- ther matter, still more serious. Mr Williams made an affidavit in Chancery stating that he was the architect, and that he was carrying out Mr Masters' building in strict accordance with th& plans but they found out that a pine end of the building had been pulled down, and, in utter violation of the bye-laws) a 8pace that had been used for ventilating had been covered over. The bye-laws were very explicit on this point; they said, in fact, Whenever any open space occurs belonging to any building, when the sanction of the Local Board has been obtained for its erection, such space shall never after- wards be built upon without the sanction of the Local Board." Directly he (Mr Conway) saw Mr Williams' affidavit, he saw it was a serious thing for him, and scut for him. He would give Mr Williams the credit that directly it was pointed out to him, he admitted his affidavit was wrong Mr Williams had stated that a thing had been done which was not done-he (Mr Conway) did not think Mr Williams would state the thing that was wrong but there had been no afficiavit from Mr Williams since, to contradict that statement there it had remained intact. If Mr Williams and Mr Masters, after receiving notices, continued the alterations, he apprehended the builder was liable to a fine for every day he continued the works. What could a man do but compromise himself, after having been told all this, if he still carried out the work in violation of the bye-laws 2 He had no per- sonal feeling in the matter himself. Mr Roder- ick called it a harsh term, but he Considered it the mildest term he could make use of, and he was quite justified in saying that Mr Williams had so couipi,omi8e himself that he could not I act upon tle streets COfDIDJtteo with him. Mr Roderick Of course, your explanation to the public, the same as vour remarks at the Board meeting, will be taken just for what they are worth. I Mr Conway Of course for what they are worth. j Mr Roderick Your explanation of the term will show exactly what was meant there are different meanings. I thought it was suggested that Mr Williams had revealed something of what had taken place here at the Board to the other side it is your explanation that you did not mean it in sneh a way ? Mr Conway 1 think Sir Williams has acted honourably and fairly to both aides. Mr Roderick You could not expect Mr Wil- liams to ti'row up his bnsiness and profession II for the sake of the Board. Mr Conway Certainly not; but I think he ought to throw up his position as a member of the streets committee a builder should not sit to adjudicate his own plans. Mr Rederick Two or three months ago Mr Williams wished to resign his seat at the Board, but you prossed him not to do so. Mr Conway I have said that I believe Mr Williams, as a member of the Board, has acted honourably to both sides. I have no objection whatever to Mr Williams as a member of the Board. Mr Roderick Then your explanation is that Mr Williams should not sit on the streets com- mittee. I Mr Conway Yes, that and what I have said. The subject then dropped. I THE GREYHOUND DISPUTE. The ohairioan then produced the reply of the Local Government Board, Whitehall, to- the ap- plication of this Board, to purchase, compulso- rily, the Greyhound and other premises. The chairman said the members would observe that the decision was based upon points that never came up at the local inqniry at all, viz., water and sewerage: there was also another point dwelt on, namely, George-street, near the Full Moon, being so narrow. He had been under the im- pression that they had qnite satisfied the in- spector's mind npon that point, the fact being placetl before him that the Board had in con- templation the widening of George-street, and that negociations with that view had actually commenced. The following is a copy of the reply of the Board Local Government Board, Whitehall, S.W. 14th May, 1877.. sir,—l am directed by the Local Government Board to state that they hare had under their consideration the report of their inspector, Major Tulloch, made after his inquiry, with reference to the application of the Pontypool Local Government Board for a provisional order to enable them to acquire, by compulsory pur- chase, certain lands required for the purpose of widen- ing Commercial-street, Pontypool. The Board are advised by Major Tulloch, that the scheme proposed by the Local Board would not, of itself, be sufficient to relieve the prewure of h-atlie in Commer- cial-street, inasmuch as the road a short distance from the Greyhound Inn narrows to 8t feet, and continues at this width for a considerable length. Major Tulloch also stated that the improvement would cost a much larger sum of money than it is desirable that the Local Board should be authorised to borrow, regard being had to the fact that the more presting wants of the town, in respect of sewerage and water supply, have not yet been met. Under the circumstances, the Board see no sufficient reason for issuing the provisional order for which the Local Board have applied, and they trust that the im- portant subject of the sewerage and water supply of the town will receive the early attention of the Local Board. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, W. YVOTTON, Assistant Secretary. To E. Stephens, Esq., Clerk to the Local Govt. Board, Pontypool. The chairman So, by and by, when we go to widen George-street, they will reply to 08 that Commercial-street is too narrow. The following reply was sent to the head department :— Pontypool, May 15,1877. The Secretary of the Local Govt. Board Whitehall. Sir,—The Pontypool Local Board have received your communication of the 14th iDSfc. stating that ymwr Board so* ne sufficient reason for issuing the provisional order for which they have applied, upon the grounds that the I road proposed to be widened is narrower some distance farther on, and that the sewerage and water supply have not yet been met; and I am requested to inform yoo I that our Board are 'bow, and ha/e been for some time, negociating for purchase of premises so as to widen the narrow part of the street above referred to, and also for the construction, in "conjunction with the Abersychan Local Board, of a new road, and that these improve- ments will be rendered almost useless unless the road near the Greyhound Inn (which is only 12 feet wide) can also be widened. I am also directed to inform you that (although no reference was made to either of these matters at the in- quiry) our Board can easily satisfy you that this town has now one of the best supplies of water and gas 18 be found in the kingdom and that, with the exception of the outlet therefrom, the drainage is very satisfactory. I am directed, therefore, to inquire if the Local Go- vernment Board will appoint aday for a deputation from this Board to wait upon them, to explain the extreme importance of the application being granted in the in- terests cf this district. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, E. H. DAVIES, Chairman of the Pontypool Local Board. The following reply to the above was received on Thursday morning Local Government Board, Whitehall, S.W., 23rd May, 1877. Sir,I am directed by the Local Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 15th inst. with reference to the application of the Local Board for Pontypool for a provisional order to enable them to ac- quire certain landa for the widening of Commercial- street. The Board have communicated with their inspector, Major Tulloch, and they are advised by him that, inde- pendently of any other question, the cost of the improve- ment to the ratepayers would be out of proportion to the benefit to be derived by them and, under all the cir- cumstances, it does not appear to the Board that any advantage would result from the attendance of a depu- tation from the Local Board as proposed. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, W. WOTTOX, Assistant Secretary. To E. n. Davies, Esq., Chairman of the Pontypool Local Board. Mr Conway It appears to me strongly on the face of it there has been some communication from other quarters. What right had MajorTul- loch to know anything about our water supply ? I am strongly impressed with the belief that there has been some little back-stairs move- ment, or how could a question not arising at the inquiry have cropped up ? You must recollect this so far, we have accomplished a good pur- pose, for Mr Masters had given it in his Chan- cery proceedings that we had not offered to purchase his premises as we had MrsWheeley's, next door. It has, however, transpired that we offered to purchase, and he refused. The judge cannot say now, Here is Masters willing to sell, can you not come to some arrangement?" Major Tulloch had no right, in his advice to the Local Government Board,to adopt ex parte state- ments. With reference to the cost, it is evident whatever the premises were worth to Mr Mas- ters they were worth the same to us, except 10 per cent, for compulsory purchase. I was strongly impressed with the idea that he had no intention to grant it, for when we called wit- nesses, such as Mr A. A. Williams, who proved what a great improvement to the town the widening of the road would be, he would not hear them. He also made an inquiry into the I Chancery proceedings, which had nothing at all to do with the question. There are some few gentlemen, members of this Board, who were like many officers at the time of the Crimean War, who had to come home on urgent private business," or got sick; these gentlemen found out their time was so tremendously precious, they had no time for the consideration of Board business. The reply that I should like to give to this communication of the Local Government Board would be to resign in a body, and let them find another Board in default; but, in the face of Mr Masters' question in the Court of Chancery, we should not be justified in doing that till we have this question fought out. We called upon the Local Government Board and told them our case, and they replied that there was no question but that we could obtain pow- ers. i 1 ) nppose we are the only town in Mon mouthshire that have not mortgaged our rates, and yet we cannot buy a public-hoose. The chairman And the need of the imDrove- ment is admitted. A Mr Bevan Even by their own witnesses. I The chairman There was no data by which Major Tolloch could arrive at the cost; indeed, their witness, Mr Philpot, acknowledged that the same amount we gave Mr Masters we could receive again. Mr Maoon Is there no appeal ? Mr Conway There is no appeal from the de- cision of the Local Government Board. PLANS, &c. The following plaos were passed, subject to the bye-lasrs of the Board being carried out Messrs E. B. Edwards & Son, offices near St. James's Church Mr E. Hutchiags, shop near the Club House, George-street; Mr Little, of Newport, shop near the Club House, George- street. The two latter plans were passed sub- ject to the owners securing the necessary quan- tity of spare land at the bacli required for ventilation. FINANCE, &c. Mr Fletcher said the bills amounted to R,77 148 3d, wages 918 128 Id. He was happy to inform the Board that the collector had got in E29 13s 5d of the old rate, and £ 123 11s 9d of the rate made at the last Board meeting. The collector wished to call attention to his salary, which, he said, was very small, and hoped they would take into consideration to increase it his salary was far below that of any col- lector in the district. Mr Conway What do you get now ? The collector 115 per year. Mr Conway I suppose you will retire in a few years they all do. (Laughter.) The collector Not if they do not get more than £ 15 a year. Mr Conway Let as know what the rating has increased since you were engaged. The chairman Yoa had better send a written application by our next meeting. The salary of the clerk, Mr Stephens, was raised to P, I per week. UIVERSITY COLLEGBOF WALES. The chairman called attention to a memorial which was sent to him, to be signed by him on their behalf, praying the Government to bestow a grant upon the University College of Wales. The colleges of Scotland aod Ireland received Government aid but, at present, Wales received no grant in any shape or form. There was no doubt but that Aberystwyth College Was a great boon to Wales. 6 Mr Conway This memorial has been gener- ally adopted by nearly all the Local Boards in the country. The chairman It is very expensive for young men from Wales to have to go to Scotland Ire- land, and England for their education. Mr Conway proposed that the chairman be empowered to sign the memorial. Mr GorreH seconded the proposition, which was carried unanimously. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. 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To the Ed'tor of the Free Freis. Dear Sir,—As our different benches of magistrates are considered to be interested in having suitable per- sons appointed to sit on the bench and share their dig- nity, it is only reasonable to suppose that when there is an occa< to ereate .w oawgl,, "-YFj ii. be-askod to ox- ipress an opinion on th; list, and if the maker has no one in particular to oblige, I have no doubt a suggestion by them of certain personi would be allowed. Now, if ever a Baptist minister eAould be thought a fit and proper person to sit on the btuch, I consider our old friend, the Rev S. Price, is entitled to a little favourable notice at the next selection. Mr Price seems to regret the retire- ment of Mr Parkes at this time, no doubt-on account of the new road. He renembers the clear-headed busi- ness habits" he displayed on the last occasion, ir oppos- ing the movement. I believe, if be exercises all the patience and painstaking qualities Mr Price mentions, to find out the two sides of a question, it is just possible he may now see the other side of this. He does not belong to the borrowing elass, and borrowed money goes like water through a riddle." Now, this seems in- consistent in Mr Price, for it is a fact that there is scarcely a dissenting chapel or a Baptist college in the kingdom where the riddle has not been largely in use. Why does not Mr Price try to preach it down, in reli- gious as well as in worldly matters ? Borrowing is the very life of all our commercial prosperity. I have no doubt Mr Price has lent a little. Then surely, if bor- rowing is a crime, the lender is not free from blame. Even sermons are borrowed now-a-days, and in some cases stolen. But I nop t insinuate that our old friend is guilty of either. His orations, I believe, cannot be charged with having any Fleet-street ring about them, and those who know him best will give him credit for his sermons being original, and I hope his congregation is able to catch something ip their riddles besides straw. "From his position, it is in his power to do more for the neighbourhood than any other person." I don't in- tend to say a word against Mr Parkes: he is a gentle- man: but don't yon Mr Price, that this is putting it on rather too thick f If he has the power, there is ample opportunity n°* f°r exercising it. There is about as much truth in that as in W. T. Davies's assertion, where he says the two or three colliery proprietors have not one penny of property *A stake. Such a base and scandalous charge carries its own refutation, for, bad as our position is would it be were it not for these two or three coUjery proprietors? It is a great pity, when our frieads Write, which they have a per- fect right to do, that tney <Jon't appeal to our reason, and not to our prejudice: and try to speak the truth, and be a little more geDerottg to those who differ from them. Mr Editor, I would simply ask W. T. Davies if he thinks it is anything to his credit to oharge a gen- tleman with being a Judas and betraying the trust im- posed upon him ? lt does not appear from the different reports that have oppe", that this Judas was em- ployed by any section of tie ratepayers, unless there has been a meeting at some private house, which I should think your correspondent would not sanotion, judging from the pious we he manifests at hearing of the guilty proceedings of the Pontypool Local Board. I understand, to be a Judas, 18 for a man to sell his prin- ciples for gain. I think a man as much a Judas, though he may never change his views, when he advocates gain simply for himself, against a public good; but in this case, here is a gentleman, I understand,who hae nothing to gain, but, if anything, the reverse at one time he opposes an improvement (ana even Mr Daniel does not deny that) because he thought it would interfere with his private interests: now he comes forward as a gen- tleman and a Briton, and in the face of possible loss to himself, he advocates.an improvement which is for the general good. Such conduct is worthy of all praise, and a man of that stamp can well afford to bear the un- gentlemanly criticism of W. T. Davies. Let him be assured the majority of those who differ from him must admire his disinterestedness. Again thanking you for a continuance of your kind- ness in allowing those of us that are at bursting point to blow off, I remain, yours, R. PRICE. Abersycban.
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TREVETlllN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. The term of office of the present School Board having expired, notice of electioa of members ,for the new Board were issued a short time ago. Nominations were received up to the 28th May. Ou the closing of the nomination list the follow- ing names, with the several religious inter. ests which they represent, were received :— Messrs. Wm. Conway, gentleman, Pontypool (Baptist) John Daniel, grocer, Abersychan (Independent) Ebenezer Harris Davies, iron. monger, Pontypool (Baptist) Martin Edwards, solicitor, Pontypool (Roman Catholic) John T. Edmonds, coal proprietor, Cwmafon (Wesley- an) Peter Eekersley, merchant, Poutypool (Baptist) Richard Greenway, solicitor, Ponty- pool (Wesleyan) Charles Herbert, grocer, Garndiffaith (Churchman) Edward Jones, coal proprietor, Varteg (Churchman) William P. James, mineral agent, Abersychan (Indepen dent) Rev J. C. Llewellin, Trevethin (Church- man) Henry Lewis, gentleman, Sunny Bank, Freehold Land, Pontnewynydd (Baptist) Tho mas Lewis, provision dealer, Abersychan (Bap- tist) Josiah J. Richards, ironmaster, Wain Wern, Pontypool (Churchman) Robert Rich- ards, gentleman, Kemeys Vach, Sebastopol (Ro- man Catholic) William Seage, grocer, Abersy- ohan(BibleChristian ;)Alfred Addams Williams, estate agent, Maesderweu, Panteg (Churchman). It will be seen by the above list that there are 17 candidates for 9 seats. At the establishment of the School Board, about three years ago, there were, as now, a greater number of candidates nominated for School Board honours than there were seats; but a compromise was arrived at by which a contest was avoided. It remains to be seen whether, at the present time, a similar course will be pursued but appearances do not justify us ir. expecting so cheap a solution of the diffi- culty. Nor are compromises in all cases desir- able. There is, as p correspondent this week remarks, a great want of public spirit in Pont- ypool and its neighbourhood events of the greatest loeal importance seem to excite no in- terest-or at least very little-in the breasts of the inhabitants generally and election com- promises, no doubt, have a tendency that way. A School Board or Local Board election would in some constituencies excite the greatest inter- est possible but the inhabitants of Pontypool seem to be for the most part serenely indifferent to the issues of both. We say by all means save the expenses consequent upon an election, but hot by sacrifice of principle and, let us add, if a contest be inevitable, we bid it welcome. A meeting was held on Wednesday for the purpose of effecting such an arrangement as above referred to. Most of the candidates were present, and also several members of various denominations. After some discussion Messrs W. Conway, P. Eckersley, T. Lewis, R. Richards and W. Seage consented to withdraw in order to facilitate ar- rangements for avoiding a contested election. Mr Richards suggested that the new Board consist of 4 Churchmen, 4 Nonconformists, and 1 Roman Catholic. Mr Conway said that wonld at once give a preponderance to the Church party, for the Roman Catholic would vote with the Church members. Mr Jones did not agree with Mr Conway that the Roman Catholics voted with the Church party he believed they had invariably voted against the Church party. The Roman Catholics had voted with Nonconformists on the question of Bible reading at Bedwellty and other School Boards. His experience was that in 9 cases out of 10 they voted with the Nonconformists. Messrs James and Conway considered that the Roman Catholics voted with the Church party Mr Edmonds thought this discussion was wasting a good deal of valuable time, and sug- gested that the gentlemen holding different views divide into two classes, the better to con- sult amongst themselves whether anything can be done to avoid an election the great object they had in view was to save the ratepayers' money. Mr Jones hoped that the different parties would hold in view the lepresentation of the different districts. Mr Conway thought Mr Josiab Richards should be communicated with if the balance of parties could be maintained, perhaps he would resign. Mr Llewellin's impression was, if the balance of parties could be maintained, as in the last Board, he would have no objection to resign. Some further remarks having been made with refer- ence to the balance of Parties. with a Ca*hnlie bwtween, Mr W. P. James asked why should the Dissenters lose a seat at the Board more than the Church party. Mr Edmonds Would it be agreeable that the Non- conformists retire ? Each party could then put their' views into some tangible form. Mr R. Richards stated that he would retire provided Mr Martin Edwards would staird but if Mr Edwards would not go to the poll, he would not retire. He thought there ought to be one member on the Board to represent the Roman Catholics. Mr Richards took oc- casion to say that he fould no fault whatever with the old Board. Mr Eckersley had hoped that some gentleman would have proposed before the meeting separated that the whole of the last Board should have gone back again they had worked well, and had given satisfaction to all during their term of office. In reference to what Mr Richards said about the representa'ion of one body of denominationalists, he would say there were large Dis- senting bodies who had not been represented on the last Board. Mr Richards admitted himself that there had been no grievance. He thought it would be desirable that the old Board shouid go back, and suggested that the sense of the meeting should be taken on the subject. Mr Conway It would not meet the question at all, because there were two or three candidates who would not retire. What they were discussing then was, what could be done to avoid an election. Mr Edmonds would give in his resignation but for two or three reasons. There were two Wesleyans on the Board and he din not think that was an excessive re- presentation for that body. He also represented a very large ratepaying interest and he had also taken a good deal of interest in the work of education when it was very greatly neglected, having a school established at the Yarteg. These he felt to be his claims when offer- ing himself for a seat at the Board. However, he would consent to balloting to decide his candidature, give in his resignation, or place himself in the hands of the meetiner. Mr Conway That is a very liberal way of meeting the question bnt I should be sorry to lose Mr Ed- monds. Mr Greenway expressed his willingness to do the same as M Edmonds. 0 Mr Conway referred to the last meeting of the Board, and said that be then brought forward a motion that they should give an account of their stewardship, and incidental y stated that they coald, in their work and aocounts, bear comparison with any school board in the county, or in the two counties. Mr Edmonds remarked that he did not think it would be judicious to make invidious comparisons between other boards and their own; he did not oppose a statement of accounts being given he was in fact in favour of such a statement being given. Mr Edmonds, referring to the report of that meeting which appeared in the papers, and some subseqnent correspondence, said that the chairman bad been re- marking that the expenditure of this board was im- mensely less than that of other boards, and cited names. What he (Mr Edmonds) 8aidwas, that it was unneces- sary prematurely to enter into a discussion on the pre- paration ef such a statement, because it would be the duty of the board, officially, when it retires, to place be- fore the public some account of its stewardship. The different parties new separated to endeavour to come to some irrangement to avert a contest, but on reassembling it was announced that nothing had been agreed upon. A meeting of the candidates will be held to-day (Fri- day,) Saturday being the last day when resignations can be received.
To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir,—Being a native of a village in close prox- imity to the town of Pontypool, I have been more or less acquainted with its movements for the last thirty years; and I can't help noticing that its interest of late years has considerably abated as regards the great public questions of the times and I am at a loss to account for this anomalous fact, unless indeed the town has become more Conservative than it was formerly. I can well re- member when such men as Edward Miall, Esq., Henry Richards, Esq., and Henry Vincent, Esq., and several other notables paid visits to the town, either as deputa- tations or in some other capacity; and I can assure you that the addresses delivered by those gentlemen at that time have not yet lost their influence on my mind: in fact, they have given an impetus and shape to my thoughts touching the progressive development of civil and religious liberty-subjects at that time considered by the generality almost Utopian, but now, I am happy to say, are actual facts. The reason I refer to this is simply to show that it is a great loss to any town or county to be deprived of the opportunities presented by the free discussion of great questions in public meetings. mee In So much for that. I can hardly believe that the town of Pontypool is playing into the arms of Conservatism of late years, because it is a well-known fact that Liberal- ism has gained considerably in numbers and prestige, but I am inclined to question the pluck and the pr inci- ple, unless the fault lies in the fact that we lack spirited and energetic leaders. Do you think that the Pontypool of thirty years ago would have remained inert and in- active if such a stir was created then, as that recently caused by the introduction of Mr Gladstone's resolutions relating to the Eastern Question into Parliament? I question this, and in fact, I believe we should have had half-a-dozen public meetings before this time, protesting in the most unmistakeable terms against drifting into war under present circumstances, and condemnatory of the indecisive and vacillating policy of the Government as regards this vexed question. Before I close my letter, I have one suggestion to throw out to the leading men of Pontypool and Aber- sychan that is, Would it not be possible to form a Lib- eral Association in this locality, upon such a basia as would include the Liberal working men of the district ? and get up funds for the purpose of defraying expenses connected with public meetings, and thus to be on a foot- ing to be able to invite men of talent, and renowned as politicians, to come amongst us. I am very sorty that the county of Monmouth has been so inactive of late, and more especially the town of Pontypool. Perhaps, some of your readers will be good enough to take my suggestion and comment upon it in a future impression of your paper. I am, yours, &c., A LIBERAL.
PONTYPOOL COLLEGE. Sir,—The proceedings connected with the election of a new President for this Institution are so extraordinary and so unprecedented in the history of Nonconformist CoBs, that I have been in<iweed to scrutinize the votes of the meeting held at Crane-street Chapel on Wednesday last. The following is the result of a care- ful analysis of the last annual report:- VOTES FOR REV. W. M. LEWIS, M.A. Eighty-one voters representing a total of congregational contributions, X215 19s lOd. Of these the personal subscriptions are as follows :— -C s.d. 1 Mr W. Thomas, 10 0 0 6 at X.1, or;Cl Is each 6 3 0 13 at 10s, or 10s 6d 6 12 0 11 at 5s „ 2 15 0 24 at 2s 6d (all ministers) 3 0 0 26 non-subscribing ministers 81 Total 28 10 0 Of the 64 ministers who voted for Mr Lewis- 3 subscribed 10s .each I 10 0 11 „ 5s „ 2 15 0 24 „ 2s 6d „ 3 0 0 26 non-subscribers 64 Total. 7 5 0! VOTERS FOR REV. THOS. WILLIAMS, B.A. Fifty-one voters representing a total of congregational contributions, £ 177 8s 9d. Of these the personal subscriptions are the following:— £ s. d. 5 at X5 .each 25 0 0 2 at Y,2, or £ 2 2s „ 4 2 0 9 at £ 1, or £ 1 Is 9 4 0 15 at 10s, or 10s 6d 7 14 0 15 ministers 11 11 0 5 non-subscribing ministers 51 Total 57 11 0 liet the friends of the College ponder these facts and figures; they open up a gloomy prospect! Many will naturally ask, Why all this agitation, disunion, and division about the election of one Tutor, when there were perfect unanimity and cordiality in the choice of Mr David Thomas, B.A., for a Classical Tutor. There must be grave reasons for the difference.—Yours, SCRUTATOR.
FUNERAL OF MR JAMES WEARE. On Monday the remains of Mr James Weare, an old and respected inhabitant of Pontypool, were borne to their last resting place at Trevethin. The following is a list of those who were present at the funeral:—Mr R. Greenway, Mr T. Roderick, Rev 1. D. Lewis, Mr R. Essex, Mr T. Jarrett, Mr W. Peters, Mr J. Rogers, Mr C. George, Mr G. Collingwood, MrD. Evans Messrs W. Draper, R. Lloyd, W. Truman, and G. Gorrell, bearers: Mr W. Arthur, Mr J. AVarwick, Mr Paterson. Mr W. Thomas, jun., Mr J. Thomas, Mr E. Thomas, Mr L. Thomas, Mr D. Evans, Mr Williams, Mr Simmonds, Mr Russell; [Hearse;] Rev J. C. Llewellin Mr Z. Lloyd, Mr Z. Lloyd, jun., Mr J. Philpot, Mr Morgan, and Mr J. H. Wingfieid. The funeral arrangements, which were satisfactorily carried out, were under the direction of Mr Thomas, draper. -II
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