TALK IN THE TRAIN. [BJT TMAACOCCO JUNIOR.] r The'talk is that Pontypridd is becoming somewhat notorious in the criminal world- that Fillmore, the man just reprieved for the murder of a gamekeeper at Pontrefact, escaped the c-ve' of the police for a time, and lodged somewhere on the Graig, Pontypridd; that Mary Ann Phillips, the woman condemned to death at Cardiff, f r the murder of her bus- band, once lived at Pontshonorton and that Jones, one of the Hereford murderers, hung this week, wa.. a speaker at open air meetings in Pontyplidd last summer. # FT The talk is that several people "spotted" the bridal jntrly in the Jewish wedding con- ducted ,t a chapel in Pontypridd on Wednes- day night, and that no farther pioof is needed of the identity pf the Welsh with the lest tribes of Israel than that the "wedding inarch" played on the occasion was the "March of the men of Harlech." The talk in the neighbourhood of Britannia village is that the Tuff Vale Kailway Com- pany ouglu to re-build the Lhvyncelyn bridge, and so rc-siore the public footpath leading to Fair Oak aud Pwllyr-Hafod. The ancient wooden structure was useful in its day, and its desuuction has created a gap—a literal "gap" -in the inter-communication of the villagers. As there is no telephone to carry a slice of gossip, or no telegraph to bring over a drop of milk (or anything else), the matter may be serious some day. "rhey" EkY the Ratepayers' Protection Association will SOíJn take it up— I mean take the question up, and not the bridge, *#* The talk is that the building of the Cottage Hospital at Ystrad is approaching completion, and the only pity is It is so small. On the other hand, the members of the Local Board say the hospital can easily be enlarged if patients crowd it. The ta;K is that Mr E. Evans, an old mrffi. ber of the Ystrad Local Beard, is likely to be returned unopposed by his Treorky constitu- ents. At Ystrad and Pentre, however, a tus- .ale is anticipated between Mr E. H. L-avies, the retiring member, and Mr E. Lewis, of the Bailey's Lsthte Gtfice. The air is full of war and the rumour of war. The modern Cadw- gan will soon issue the warcry of the men of -Glauioro-,t-ii- Whet your battle axe2," and Penrhys elopes will echo with the shouts of Local Board soldiers, and the tramp, tramp of the iron heels of the chargers carrying the canvassers about; while amid the din the loud shoutu of EYerv" Slwni bub ochr" in the Val- ley will be heaid crying out "Let the best man win." :II: The talk is that the letter you published last weelv from "Not a Sham £ ctor" has ere ated coofternatioi* among the "sham actois" of Pontypridd, and that it was high time for someone tu life his voice above the eternal ap- plause with which admiring friends greeted the amateur Irvings, the indifferent Ellen Terrys. and the very little MadamePattis, who have recently been discovered or invented by the "Al in his own opinion" musician and critic who bases his own estimate of his own abii ities upon the cheers given him by a small audience in the Wesleyan Chapel a quarter of a century ago. The talk is that some recent reform,nces have ltd to biekerirgs at; o: y actors, and thr.t the season of the "cantata in charac- ter" shows is over. The pastors and deacons didn't mind the "Fictiri,so long as the money came, flud things worked smoothly, but when the chapel choirs introduced the ''cythraul calin" to the theatrical stage, the "chapel and stagv guild" was felt to be unsafe, lest it should (haw upon the promoters Mr Spur- gem's curse of the "I "owrgrade religion." *#* Tii" is ?hrf the Pontypridd Local Board is hktlv to be hauled over the coals by a meeting of r -.tevaycrs, for the useless litiga- tion ii^vihich it h;< of late involved itself. Solomon said that in the multitude of counsel there is wisdom, bat then he never waj h ir ember of tbe Pontypndd Local Boar: and he never heard the muliitwie of counsel v. tucL ever; one member can give when opportunity occurs. VV'hat was the building of the temple to the work of laying down pavements in High-street ? The t,¡dk is that the workmen of the Ystrad Local Board, when constructing a new road above Ynyshir, a week or two ago, struck the nlvuth of an old level which must have been Work-id generations ago. Mr Jones, the sur- veyor. has kuown the place for 30 years, and he never hetrd of, or saw, auy signs of this disused colliery before. From its position it is thought to be av. old level from which the monks of Penrhys monastery obtained theii coal at a time when the genuine "Friar of orders grey" was lord of the Llhondda Valleys. If this be true, Mr James Thomas may lose his laurels, for the friar who dug the black diamond in the days of the Welsh kings wa,, tLe real founder of Ynyshir. The talk is that to the antiquarian, Penrhys is full uf interest. When the Penrhys road was being made, although it is sume distance from the site of the old monastery, a silver coin was fODld which, on being exposed, crumbled into dust. # The talk is that Mr J. Griffiths, Porth House, ha3 drafted a new ''Reform Bill" of n very comprehensive character, which the Chronicle should deal with soon, so that the desa ls of the measure may have wider publi city than was accorded them on the "first reading" of the bill. The talk is that the Porth Ratepayers Protection Association will have to resort to the "closure" if the discussions are not over before "sto^ tap." *»* The talk is that the distinguished member for the Graig ward is not going to seek re- election to the Pontypridd Local Board that he is willing to be extinguished and that there will be a three-cornered fight -without gloves—guaranteed not to end, like the Sullivan-Mitchell affair, in a "draw,"
I LIBERAL MEETING AT PONTYPRIDD. f ADDRESSES BY "MABON,M.P., AND MR A. THOMAS, M.P. Mr W. Abraham, M.P., ("Mabon") addressed a well-attended public meeting of his constituents and others at Pontypridd Town-hall on Monday evening. The chair was occupied by Mr Alfred Thcmas, M.P., who was supported by Mr T. Mor- gan, Fron, Rev. Dr. Roberts; Mr W. Howell, Rev. H. Williams, and others. The Chairman remarked at the outset that he was very pissed to be present, especially as it was a gathering at which his friend "Mabon" was to address his constituents. Mr Abraham would speak 0:) two questions, upon which he was well qn ilified to address them—one, the Mines' Rega- lation Act, was a subject on which no man in or out of the House of Commons was better qualified to treat—(app^use)—and the other, the Irish ques- tion way one which Mr Abraham L:.d rendered himself fanii'.iir wi'.h by a visit to Ireland. (Ap- j plan^e.) The Local Government motion which was poesibiytoat evening brought before the Houae of Com!f:o;is was of a very important character. A Conservative gentlemen told him (the speaker) last Friday, in tiisaussi-g the qujstien, th-it if the authorities which the Bill was about to create were not made elective from the people direct,- i.e., if there were any ex officio members upon the Boards—he, the Conservative member would not vote for ib. (Applause.) According to an arrange- nieut 1:;)aàe,,).e received to-night, at a quarter to six, a telegram for that gentleman stating that the BiT inholcco that e"e ling by Mr llitchie rec)g. nised the elec'ivo principle, and, so far us he could gatherfrtm the brh-f message, it meant doing away with the ex-ojilcio elemeut. (Applause.) They would probably have the licensing question dealc with by elected representatives, so that the iiev. J. Pugh and others would not have to go bs- fiire present licensing authorities, but before persons properly elo ted--a body of which Mr Pngh himself might probably be a member. (Ap- plaus'i.) Dealing with the Irish question, Mr Thomas referred to the speech delivered by that great Irish patriot, William O'Brien, a few weeks ego. Although tnat man, when speaking, stood within 20 or 30 feet of the man who had considered it his doty to send him to prison, he did not make any reference to the man except in the kindest and most charitable manner. Notwith- stan ling the -egislation that had taken place, there were many thousanis of tenants who had not; had any relief by such legislation. If he had been f-sked ten years ago whether the Bill of last year would have been iikely to come from a Conserva- tive Government, he, for one, would have said "im- pcsi b!e, "nd thee was no doubt that, if brought in years ago, the Bill of last Session would have been generou.-—it was still just. But further legislation is absolutely necessary. (Applause.) As to the Mitcholstown estate, the 700 tenants, woo had built the houses in which they lived, were within ten d".ya of the time when they would be in a position to be dealt with like the rest, when Lady Kins-ston gq.ve orders that they should be evicted. Mr Wm. O'Brien advised the tenants to held their holdings, and what was the result? They were not evicted—and there they were to- day, etill holding them. (Applause) In the course of the debate Mr Gladstone said he never hid advocated tbe Plan of Campaign, bit its re- sults fully jost-ifi -d its adoption. (Applause.) Amongst other things, it might be uiged that Ih,) Lard Courts always ,ae terms equal to those of the plan of campaign—for instance, where a rebate of 20 per cent. had ^een ad /ecite 1, the Land C, urt cave 22 per cent. Now, the landlords were very glad to grant the demands míid 1, inasmuch as they stiHd 2t per cent. The little peace we have in Ireland was due entirely to Home Rule. (Ap- plause.) What did he mean by Home Rate?—Tr.a rule of the League. It wa3 a gre.tt pity that there should be two Governments in Ireland, but the Government of the Queen was weak there, and Home iiule Government strong. The time was coming when home Rule would not be a matter for the Leigue only. They believed the dark days of Ireland were passing away, and the bright day of liberty pnd freedom would dawn upon that country. (Great cheering.) In conclusion, Mr Thomas said h«» was glad the workmen of South Wi.les had s'^jh a man 'is Mabon to sp- ak for them. It eotild not now bo said that they were without a mouthpiece in the House of Commons—(appl&nse) —and if any more direct labour representatives should be elected, it was to be hoppd tnat they tilcl be such brilliant men as Mr W. Arafcam. (A rp!anse.) Mr W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon) spolre alter- nately in Welsh and English, dealing at con- °vrlera'ile length with the Mine* Regulation Act. He said thfit, although consideiabie improvement bad been effected, tliey were not quite satisfied yet. He dwelt at s me length npon thenmend rqtents made in regard to the position of chock- ■weighers. Another point of importance was the obligntion now put upon the management to have the colliery plans worked tip within three months of date. Th**y might thar. that did not seem on the surface of it a great thing. If tha coillery i).-trq had.been pasted up to within three months the ioding of Tyn^wydd C- liiery would have been impossible. (Applause). Upon the question ff D' ''pr nian&^rg' certificates, he feared no real nuiecdrr.cot had been effected in providing for grtntir g secood-elas-R Certificates. It had already been found thr, t application had been made, and in a ff-w "a*- ■> successfully, for certificates for men who !,«d never acted in any higher capacity than that of fi.cm n. He thought it his duty to s-ty that. wherever aureman wis placed in the posi- tion of under.manager at a colliery through using this certificate, obtained under fal'e pretences, ii would be their duty to got him removed. (Ap- plause). He felt that he hpd no time to enter ia- to the Irish question, or to give an account- of his visit to Ireland,—(cries of Go on ")—but tie pro- ceeded to give an interesting outline of the pr; t- cipal bcenes he nnd Mr A. J. Willium0, M.P., and the Rev. A tron Davies, witnessed. The relation of the speech in which the ]nst named gen tie ir. f-n was curriad away by the NV, leli hwyl was -very telling, and that, as well as the peroration, elicited enthushsptic epolause. Mr John i'homiss, H ipkinstown, moved a vote of thanks to Mr Abraham and Mr W. Howell seconded. Both epeahorc urged Mr Abraham to visit the town ngain to give a fuller aceaunt of his visit to Ireland.. The motion was caariod with acclamation. Mr Abraham proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairrcan, which was seconded by the Rev. Dr. Roberts, and carried also amid cheers. Mabon s<uig the solo of c. Hen Wlad fy Nhadau" and tae audience joined he-utilyin the chorus. The proc eedittgs were then brought to a close with cheers for tho twe M.P.'s.
ALLEGED THEFT OF CLOTHES AT PEN i EE. At Pontypridd polir.e court, on Wednesday, (before the Stipendiary and other magistrates), Ann Williams was charged in conjunction with a woman also named Williams, with stealing a sait of clothes. Mr Thomas Evans said he saw both women in his shop, and on their leaving he missed the clothes. He followed the women a few minutes after, but could not see them. Superintendent Matthews said he should be in a position to prove that the present prisoner pawned the clothes. Remanded till Mouday.-the other woman was re- manded io Cardiff Gaol on Monday until next Monday.
Pontypridd Police Court. WzDNMDAY.—Before thd Stipendiary, Messrs. T Williams and E. John. I BREACH OF COLLIERY RULES AT PONTYPRIDD.— Thomas Walters was charged with having a pipe in his possession in the Maritime Colliery On the 5th ot March.—Fined 10s.
RHONDDA JOTTINGS. (BY RAMBLER). The inhabitants of Ystrad Rhondda, to the nnmber of about 4000, have suffered great incon- venience for many years for want of railway facilities. The principal part of the locality is situated half-way between Ystrad and Llwynpia stations. In order to reaoh either station they are bound to travel this distance, and this is folt as a great hardship, and particularly so during the wintor months. Distressing circumstances often unfortunately compel many familiesto travel bythe morning trains. Old people and children must suffer much unpleasantness. Some months ago this with other various potent reasons induced an influential deputation to wait upon the Taff Yale Railway directors anent the grievance. The deputation consisted of the following gentlemen: The Revs. William Lewis, vicar of Ystradyfodwg T. H. "Williams, Home Missionary; Messrs D. Evane, Bodringallk House; E. W. Lewis, Sur. veyor, Ystrad; E. H. Davies, E. Richards, Thos. Thomas, grocer; D. Lloyd, grocer; D. Ware, Boot Warehouse; D. Yorath and Gomer Thomas. The directors received the deputation very kindly. After the subject was fully discussed the directors promised to consider their prayer carefully, and requested plan of the spot where the station should be established. This was done in a few days, viz., a plan was forwarded. Since, nothing has been heard of the matter. Notwithstanding this the inhabitants hold out a hops that their grievance will have due consideration, they feel sanguine or success as the directors heard their voice in such an agreeable manner. The Ystrad Reform Society has been warmly supported by the Ystrad Chamber of Trode. A question has been asked whether the members belonging to the first society have folded their arms. To this we venture to offer a reply that the members have not allowed the matter to drop, bat they are of opinion they should approach the question with care and respect. Of ljta th9 directors have been embarrassed with the amalgnmation of toe- Bate Dock Scheme, &c., and as the deputation who. waited upon them re railway booking office at Ystrad Rhondda are conscious of this they are anxiously ''pegging awoy," as suggested by one correspondent. However, the society will soon move in the matter again, but they wish to do so in a way th»t Avili eventually prove satisfactory to both parties. We will refer to this matter more fully, or rather add the reasons adduced in favour of establishing a railway booking office in the neighbourhood just mentioned. We hope t'e in- habitants and many others who are deeply con- cerned in the movement will not receive an an- swer from the directors in the negative. A The Ystrad Board of Health election will scon be upon us. I hear that an influential com- mittee was held at the Pentre Hotel, on Friday evening, in favour of one of the candidates, viz., Mr E. Wiliiam Lewis, surveyor, Rhondda Rise, Ystrad Rhondda. Several tradesmen and work- men were in sympathy with the movement. Mr Lewis has resided in the valley for upward" of twellty years,and has been engaged as surveyor by Messrs Crawshay Bailey. One matter of great importance will come ere long under the notice of the Ystrad Board of Health, namely the Sewerage Scheme, which will involve the expenditure of some thousands of pounds. Consequently the rate.payeis will show wisdom if taey chosp n. gentleman of his tact and experience to watch their interest. The aid of a surveyoriof standing would of necessity be of great service. Irrespec- tive of this Mr Lewis could with sound judgment advise equally as well on other matters. I know Mr Lewis p;raonally, and we can safely say that ho is entitled to a warm support by the inhabit- ants of this ward. I know him to be a kind- hearted gentleman, who hasftalways evinced bis generosity to those in need, and always ready to foster every good cause in the district. He has rendered valu ible aid ir endeavouring with others to obtain a station for Y&trad Rhondda. Upon j him devolved the greatest p ict of the work, viz., in preparing a map of the neighbourhood. I hear that a central and SUtJ-cowmitlee have been ap- pointed, and the programme is likely to be carried out effectively. It is announced that Mr E. H. Davies, I'entre, will in all probability contest the seat, which Mr Lewis tries to secure. .*oJt The success which hag attended the efforts of those concerned with the children's concert at Tonypandy has been often tile subject for a plea- sant discussion. The appearance of the children elicited wirm approbation. Indeed, they were beautifully equipped. The training they had UL- dergone reflected great credit upon their instruc- tors and themselves. The object was good, viz. the proceeds for the first two nights were in aid of the Teachers' Orphanages nnd Benevolent Funds, and the sum of about ZCIO (che proceeds of Friday evening's concert), was given to a blind man named Juned, of Trealaw, who about nine months aero met with an accident^which has caused him and his family to suffer adverse circumstances. While upon this head, we cannot understand why the good people of Tonypandy and the surrounding neighbourhood do not establish' a Town Hall. L attended one of the concerts, and can therefore siv (I, little on the inconvenience caused to the iisUntis. The EtjRuezor Chapel is a commodious editice. notwithstanding which it was crowded on mcT i than one occasion. When a concert is an- nounced, it is patronised by different classes. We have on record that some persons have attended places of amusement with no other object than to create a disturbance, We are far from thinking ti.at any one attended these concerts wi .h this ob- ject but we <*au say this much—had anything happened accidentally, and a person had been ter riiied at the incident, a great, confujion might huve b[>en the result. To must of our chapels we have one, and in some cases, wo exits. It has come to my nund very often that had anything happened in the way iudic-ited, a serious calamity wouid have inevitably been the result. Independent of this it causes great ;noonverue,;ee to persons at- t,.nding such plaoes, by the passages being blocked by persons for soma time, w-.ica hinders people from reaching their h LLies in proper time. Loot- itog at these matters in their true light we are of opinion that large halls should be aL the disposal of couc-evt ppers, & in every district, lilo* Treor- ky, Porth, Tonypandy, &n. In one of the topical verses that were gt.rg it was hinted that a own H..11 would he in ex.stence a,, l onypatdy w ri it would be" required in the moon," or something to that > fleet We are of a different opinion, the goed men of Tonypandy, like "urMCives, feel tiie need of o';e at present, but such a step cannot be m'lde in such a hasty rnnnner. However, I respectiuily suggest to the itjh*bif:»nts the desira- bility of adopting fiurh course to, add credit to t.he place, besides offering better facilities in carrying out good objects to a successful issue W,, t-ius u move in this respect will soon be m ide in T.. :yp.t,dy.
ST LA LING- A WATCH AS BAILEE AT PONTYPRIDD A SHAM TRAVELLER AND THE DUPED POLICEMAN. At Pontypridd police e nrt, on Wednesday, (before the Stipendiary, Messrs T. Williams and E. John), John Miles, of Ponty, ridd, was ehar-ed with stealing a watch of which he was a bailee. P.C. All. ii said that on the 2lst of November last he gave piin-oner a watch tor repairs, as he represen- ted himself to be an agent travelling for Alessrs Wheeler and Gee, a firm of watchmakers, of Cardiff. Prosecutor had, however, since ascertained that prisoner bad left the firm's employ. Prosecutor after ,v i i-.1-s found that the watch had been pledged at Cir, a CarcL'fi pawnbroker's for 12a 6d, in the name of ".I.,un Inornas, Pontypridd." The Bench oidertd deieudant to pay the value of the watch (40s) and costs, or a month's hard labour.
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Ratepayers' Protection Association Meeting at Porth. THE ELECTIOFS. A largely-attended meeting of the Porth and Dis- trict Ratepayers' Protection Association was held at the Washington Hotel, Porth, on Monday evening, Mr W. Griffiths occupving the chair. Amongst those were the following:—Messrs David Powell, William Williams (Meton), D. G. Davies, J. H. Thomas, W. H. Meredith, Ebenezer Rees, D. Davies, John Davies, Cymmer, Levi Rees, JohH Davies, Porth Hotel, John Morgan, Hafod, Henry Abraham, William Cole, William Howells, John Davies, grocer, J. Williams, T. A. Limbrick. J. E. Lloyd, T. P. Jenkins, J.P. J The Chairman having briefly opened the meeting, called upon Mr Idris Williams, Brynglas. to read a paper upon the "Local Rates and their Bases." Mr Williams complied, and read a remarkably in- teresting paper, which we shall publish in our columns next week. The Chairman afterwards expressed great pleasure at haying beard such an interesting paper, and invit- ing discussion or questions. Mr Levi Rees, Porth, asked if the assistant over- seers or overseers of the parish had to go round the district to assess new property, because in Llanwonno parish a boy about 16 years of age seemed to be doing that kind of work. The Chairman remarked that he had asked that question of an overseer who had been in otdce for 22 years, and the reply given was "No v.e never go to see anywhere at all we only put plenty down, so that you may appeal to the Commissioners if you like." (Laughter.) Mr D. L- Limbrick was ghd to find that the advice conveyed in the paper was that ratepayers should look after their own interests. Mr J. Morgan said he had been speaking to an over- seer as to the duties, and be could get no explanation as to what they were, except to sigu cheques. as to what they were, except to sign cheques. Mr Idris Williams replied that the overseers could I put anydne they liked to do the work, but they were responsible. He believed that, in the past, Ystradv- fodwg parish had been rated lower than the other parishes, and that was been use they had deviated trom therule laid down by the Assessment Committee. .-they took 30 per c<mt. oif the gross rental, whereas in the other parishes they only deducted 15 per cent. A complaint was raised against them the other day-- the Assessment Committee was called together to a consider the question, and the result was that the other parishes were instructed to adopt the same plan as Ystradyfodwg. (Applause.) Mr Levi Rees cited an instance of 50 houses being j assessed at £100, and a charge made of £ 42 for the work. Mr T. P. Jenkins said there was do doubt this ques- tion of rating was intelligible to very few—(hear, near)—and yet it was a most important matter. Com- petition was becoming keener and keener, and profits smaller and smaller. Tile only way in which trades- people could at all meet this pressure was by closely watching, and endeavouring to curtail, expenditure. Mr Davies grec .>r,Fa;d it was necessary to watch the election of Guardians as well as overseers, as if the Guardians voted the money, the overseers were obliged to furnish it. Mr J..Morgan, Hafod, concurred, and said Gnar- dians were too ready, very often, to increase salaries, even in these days of keen competition and small profits. The Chairman said the majority of members elected on the Llantrisant School Board were Libera- tionists, and yet that Board allowed Church people ths use of the schools and gas. Mr Limbrick No politics, if you please. (Laugh- ter and ''hear, hear.") Mr J. Davies Besides, they pay for the light. The Chairman regretted having transgressed the rule. Mr Idris W illiams said personalities seemed to be more thoroughly appreciated by ratepayers than big questions. That seemed to come out even here to- night." (Laughter.) In Ystradyfodwg parish, he remembered a vestry being convened to vote £ 10,000 towards a cemetery yet the attendance was so small that the overseers had to send out for a ratepayer to come in to help them; but a short time afterwards, when X30 had to be voted to the assistant overseer for work done, there was a large vestry, the room being crowded. (Laughter.) ° After some further discussion, Mr D. Powell said there was not a single overseer for Llanwonno parish residing in or near Porth. He thought they should have someone. Mr Idris Williams proposed that Mr John Morgan, Hafod, have the support of the Association. Mr Henry Abraham seconded.—Carried. Mr John Edwards, Brittan iia, complained that the Guardians recently voted an increa.sa in the salaries of the master of the workhouse and the Eghvysiian relieving ofdcer, and in regard to the latter "the only 9 ground urged by the Rev. D. W. Williams was that he had 10,000 acres to travel. Well, if that was a sufficient reason, all the officers would by and by be asking for the same thing. Yet only five Guardians voted against the increase. They knew who the five were. Mr John Davies, Cymmer, said some Guardians ] had not attended Qnce. Mr Idris Williams remaiked that no more faithful or conscientious Guardians than Mr Aaron Cule and Mr Thomas Jones, Maiudy, existed, and unless some stronger objection could be raised against them than had been mentioned he must distinctly say he would not vote against them. Mr T. P. Jenkins suggested that Mr Williams j should go with the majority whichever way they went. (Laughter and "hear, hear.") Mr Idris Williams thought they might ask the old j members to come to a, luturo meeting and give thsir reasons. Mr W. "Williams (Meton) said all who had read the reports of the meetings of the Guardians, as given in the Chronicle, were competent to judge for themselves, and they had already made np their minds. The ex- planation of conduct, should have been given a. the Board meetings—not here. Mr J. Davies, Cymmer, proposed that a public meeting be held after the nominations had been made, so as tu consider the claims of candidates. This was seconded Ly Mr John Edwards, and agreed to. Ur J. E. Lloyd suggested that nominations be made now, as Monday would be the last day. Mr John Davies Let us nominate whoever we like; it does not matter if there are thirty. Mr Rce«, schoolmaster: ft would be ridiculous to nominate 12 or 13, and then ask them to withdraw. Mr Idris Williams proposed that the nominations be left open. Mr Cole seconded, and it was carried. Mr T. P. Jenkins, Mr J. Davies (Porth Hotel), and others remarked that the feeling was evidently divided upon this question, and it was better Dot to press it. The meeting was then brought to a close with votes of thanks to Mr Williams for his paper aud to the chairman. Mr T. P. Jenkins was invited to read a paper at the nexi meeting.
EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE AGAINST A GROCER'S ASSISTANT AT PEIIYGRAIG A BOY'S ARM DISLOCATED. POTATOES THROWN AT A LAD'S HEAD. On Monday, Mr Ignatins Williams, Stipendiary, Messrs T. P. Jenkins and W. Davies had before them at Ystrad Petty Sessions a case in which Arthur Jenkins, grocer's assistant, of Penygraigr-.was sum moued tor assaulting Morgan John Morley, aged 10, son ot Mary Jane Morley, of the same place. The lad, Morgan John Morley, who said he was between 9 and 10 years old, gave evidence to the effect that last Monday he was playing in a field, and seeing defendant coming towards him, he ran awry. He w. s standing on a hedge, and defendant pushed him down. Defendant jumped down after him, and "shot" him across the hedge into another field. He then dragged him and kicked him, and then took him to a shop, put him between sacks of flour,, and threw potatoes at him. Blood came from his nose. When shot down from the hedge his arm was put out. He now had it in a Mi ing. J Jhn Morgan, ostler, said he saw defendant going after the boy, and be told him to let the lad alone. Defendant, however, caught the boy on the top of the hedge, and poshed him He then threw him into a field. After that be heard the boy say his arm was broken. He dragged the boy along after that for a quarter of a mile, as though be was pulling a sack. When the boy refused to go defendant kicked him with his knee. Mrs Matthews said she saw defendant holding the boy by his arm, and dragging him along. The boy was crying pitifully. Another witness said she saw defendant put the boy between sacks of flour, and twist his arm round. There was a crowd round the shop. She told him to let the boy go, but he would not, and only laughed. This continued for a quarter of an hour. Defendant was fined £3, the Bench expressing a belief that the injury to the boy's arm was an accident aused by the lad falling from the hedge.
j DR. ROSSVALLY AT PONTYPEIDD. INTERESTING JEWISH LECTURES. A series of highly interesting lectures have been delivered at Carmel Baptist Chapel, Pontypridd, by Dr Al. L. Rosavally, a converted Jew, from America, on the subject of Jewish Rios and Cere- monies. On Sunday Dr Rossvally occupied the; palpic of Calvary Chapel, iu the mornicg, and preached a 8s>mon on I hat Jew, who and what is e In tae afternoon, he discoursed upon "The heio ot the American war; and in the evening, the subject was "The conversion of Paul audi another Jew, the 1-etfcer being the preacher bin.- self, who gave a tsnetnsg description d the man aer m w.nch a little diumojer boy t.t G^ttvsbuio'n was^the primary means of effecting his convemo- to Oiuiatianit.y during the American war, g.11. wich thn difficulties surround ng a Jew ir embracing the religion of Christ. On Monday; r evening the series of lectures commenced, at' Car- mel^'ith Ihe Ato;;em-»nt, its sacrifices a-.u cere- monies. The attc-rdance, unfortunately, wus very small, a f.tci whicc w^s bur.alightly improved on the following e^-niug. Referring to tha atone- ment, Dr ni the course of a biilliant j aud depictive kctnre, stated that since the destruc- tion of the temide at Jerusslem the Jews have dis- continued tha offering of sacrifices, with the excep- tion ui offerings cf blood, without which thjre was no remission of sins. For the firsthorn in every orthodox Jewish family a spotless white fowl was offered t>s a sacrifice, and the firstborn male took tne place of the high priest, but he was not respon- sible for any sins committed until he was thirteen years of age. A Jew raised his right hand in I blessing and his left hand in cursing. If a child died before being circumcised the body was not allowed to be buried iu Jevt-ish consecrated ground. Coming to the phylacteries, he gave a practical illustration of how phansaic Jews made a show of so-called^ pi-tv ou their enm and foreheads, "n.I tr'is L. mjst cases "co be sewn of Ulll .jfiQr ¡ referring to the voluntary infliction of pain and BAlf-sacrifice which Jews underwent dundy peiixls 'o" of atonemèéit. Dr xt-isavally dwelt up:,n the more reasonable and acceptable conditions of CnriWan- ity, the blessings of which were offered to the wh le world f-withou; money and without price." In che preparation of the pentateuch scrolls, a scribe wa occupied for over t vo y->,?rs, so minutely ear,- fal was the (••xecntji.n of th., same required to be i that if a single j jt. or tittle wae found amiss the scroll WHS banhhed to the bottom of the ark for twelve months, w'ae.-j it was taken out, and the otnissiou or correction made by the priest. The scroll w,is th(--n est ;red to the service of the syna- gogue. There were two talmuds, or books of Jewish traditions, one tne Jerusalem talmnd and the other the B-.bylunian t Jmud. These h-.d been written bv inspired rabliis. He believed it world be better if the Jews had never seen the taimud, -Itid used the Bible instead"; then thers would be far more Christian J(,ws than there are. Husbands were responsible for bo sins of their wives, and fathers for their daughters. Al! people ouo-ht to be Chnstuns if only for the simplicity and cheap ness of the means of grace. He had not come there ty advocate baptistl1 by immersion as opposed to sprinkling, but he would mention a fact whi-h might interest them. In New York there we-e 374 converted Jews; of these 361 had been bap- used by immersion. He had also been l.kewiss baptised himself. If a Jew happened to die in tle synagogue on the day of atonement, his body was not allowed to leave the building until the iuter- ment, and the "bhst" spirit of the departed, privi- leged to leave the b -dy while engaged at worship in the eartifly sanctuary, was translated forthwith to the seventh heaven. The able lecturer concluded v.ith the following palhetic lives written in response to a letter fiom his mother, curs-nghirn for having become a Chiistian— ° H l"ar away from home, my mother, Djuly I will pray for \hee, Why should I be cursed, my mother ? Why such message send to me ? Once convinced of sic, my mother, I cried 'Jesus, set me free,' I am happy now, my mother, J Cnrist, the Jew, has died for me." On Tuesday eveneng. at the same place, Dr hcs3val!y dealt with the Jewish Feasts, particularlv that of the Trumpets; and on Wednesday evening tho subject of the lecture was "Tbe Jew," closing with tbe interesting ceremony of "A Jewish Wed- dicg," according to the Arabic version of the Til- mud. It shculd be added that on the platform was a collection of magnificent Jewish paraphe'-mlia, with which the ipci-u.es were graphic illy illustr ted. The collection consisted of sacred scrolls, tne phylacteries, ark, meicy breast pL.te, urim and thnmrnirn, sacred trumpets, rcb-s, fringes, pentateuch, circumcision implements, &-c. The scrolls were similar to those used by our Lord in the temple, and were brought from Jerusalem. Dr and Mrs Rossval y save musical selections 1 each evening, the latter also presiding oa the har- monium.
PONTYPKIDD BOARD OF GUARDIANS- The fortnightly raeetiog of this Boird was held at the Union Workhouse, Pontypridd, on Wednesday, whl.!) t -ere were present ;-nl" D. W. Williams, M A., (conirman), Mr Judith Lewis (vice chairman), Messrs. T. Morgan (Fron), \V. H. Mathias, D. Thomae, E. Edward?, M. Powell,- W. John, M. Cule, H. Anthony, E. Evans, W. Morgan, T. Morgan (• ont-g), and E. H. Davies. TENDERS. The Cierk reported that the visiting committee bad recommended the following tenders to be accept, d Bread, Mr Hopkiu Moigan besJ leather tie, 2s p.v score, and 4J per 4-Jb l'af. Meat, Mr Edwin Phillips; beef, 61 per lb. lnuttoa, 7d Foal, 7d bed and mutfbn, for out- doorgp.tup.rs. 7d. _Mi',k, Mr Elias Goronwy. Coal, Mr Ihomas Williams. Ale and wine, dr H. Smytb, chemist. Drappry, Mess-s. W. WiIJiar:" and Ocmoany., D. Cule, and B. Thomas. Clotbin- Messrs. W. Williams ntid Company. Boots an., shoes, Mr it. Lewis, Toff-street. The Clerk (Mr E. C. Spiekett) read a letter from the Loc -1 Governm.-nt Board stating tbr- t owing to the prolonged absence of Dr Fred i homas, t i e vacination officer for Ystradyfodw", anotber officer f >ust be appointed in h-s place, us it was not legil for a deputy to act so long. It was then res -lved to appoint Dr. Joyce, th- present deputy, to act as public vaccinator uutil Dr. Thomas' return. The Chairman Bliti he had received the follow- ing letter from Mr Macfcay marked private," bu: •he did not see of what use it Wis unless made public, and, therefore, he would re :d it- Barry Dock and Railways, Tre.forest, Glam., March 6th, 1888. DEAP. SIR, Knowing that at the present time there are many able-bodied men seeking charity on the plea that thev cannot find work, I think it right for yon to know that many more men could be employed on these worko, and that for the last month we have been very short- handed. The men prefer ''cadging" to working. The wages paid are 33 6d a day for wagon filling. Yours Traly, The Chairman, J. C. MACKAY. Board of Guardians, Pontypridd. The Chairman remarked that this was probably the last meeting at which some of them wouid meet on this Board, as the triennial election was approaching. He thoaahc they could congratul,iti themselves on the triennial system instead of tin annual system. He certainly hoped that the puh. lie would be careful to nominate for the important post of Guardians of the various parishes respon sible and able men. The matter should be take- up at t he vestries, and not let every Tom, Dick and Jim be nominated by anyone who liked to d,, so. (Hear, hear.)
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IN COREA. Mr. Watters, Consul-General in Corea, has lnte)» been visiting some of the ports in that country wit]. a view to studying their commercial possibilities, a' d his report on the subject has just been Lid before Parliament (Miscellaneous Series No. 84). Tile ports, to which most attention was given were Ft1"an and' Yuensan (or Gecsan), which are alrcad. opened by treaty to foreign trade. The former Mr. Watters found to be practically a Japanese settlement of about 2000 persons, with an import trade, wholly in Japanese hands, mainly of Manchester goods, salt, and miscellaneous Japanese wares, and an export trade in nutgalls, beans, and hides. He came to th' conclusion that, although the port is advancing in p.perity, it is neither likely nor advisable that British merchant* should settle there. They should go to some place at a distance from the Japanese, and he s g ,ests tin port of Masampo, 30 miles away. Nord'-es he thin* a British Consul needed there. At Yu—isan, how- ever, th? Japanese are not so firmly established a, an Fusan; the country behind the town is a very i-icil agricultural and grazing district, producing benns, rice, millet, maize, sesamum, and hemp,- besidea valuable minerals. British merchants might establish themselves there, outside the Japanese quarter, with advantage, for the trade in the district shows signs of growing; a consular officer might also do good service if stationed there, for the positi." is one of political importance. The few European 1 .-idents at both ports are full of praises of the clim te, which is said to be very healthy. They are not, h- wever, free from fever and cholera. Yuensan is very cold in winter, and has a short and mild summer Fusan is free from extremes of cold or heat.
THE LABOUR MARKET. The Board of Trade, Journal has the following memorandum from the Labour Correspondent of the Board of Trade The revival which since the begin- ning of the year has been apparent in the shipbuilding trade, and in all the branches of the iron and other trades connected therewith, still continues to improve the condition of the labour marhet of those industries very materially. At the same tin^e, it is to be observed that the proportion of nnemplore: though relatively much less as compared with the past two j years, is still considerable. The building trades are in a very depressed condition, consequent, to a great extent, on the severe weather of last month, which seems not only to have retarded the usual spring opening out of the trade, but also to have greaty increased the number of those out of work. The cabinet-making and printing trades are good. The cotton and carpet trades are moderat In t'.6 finished iron tradesJmplüynwnt is more regular, la the coal trade the number of men actually employed is small, but many collieries are only employed about half-time. Up to the time of going to press 15 triia unions had sent in returns as to unemployed members. With an aggregate membership of 143,S7there were out of work 10,209, as against 11,113 last month; a net decrease of 904, which is a reduction in thn pro- portion from S 3 to 7 per cent. Three societies state generally trade to be 'good,' one 'norma! three ♦ moderate,' seven 'improving,'and one 'bad.' It is also satisfactory to record that in the trades which have most benefited by the improved circumstances of the labour market, many voluntary advances of wages have been conceded."
LITTLE WAIFS. A new bill, "The Moveable Dwellings Bill," has been prepared and is now promoted by Mr. George z' Smith of Coalville, which aims at bringing the gipsy, van and other travelling children ia the kingdom under education an"1 sanitation. The object of the bill is simply to extend, in a few short clauses, the powers of the Canal Boats Acts of IS37 and ISS t to children living in vans and other moveable abodes. The Temporary Dwellings Bill which he has been pro-, moting for so long, and is nON promoting, bei ng A larger and more comprehensive measure, has received another check in the House, and has been put into the pigeon-hole fcr a time, so as to allow of tha Moveable Dwellings Bill," preparing the way by easy stages, to bring about the object Mr. George Smith of Coalville has at heart, viz., the education and protec- tion of the gipsy, van and other travelling children. The bill will be introduced to Parliament in a few days by Mr. Burt, assisted by the following, wh se names are on the back of the bill: Dr. Cameron, Mr. Timothy Healy, Mr. Penrose Fitzgerald, and ?Ir. Hozier. The bill is uncontcntious and clear of partv, and Mr. Smith has reason to believe that the Govern* ment will give it their support. Lord Derby La, written to Mr. Smith telling him that he finds nut' « in the bill to which he objects, and saying that ha wfculd like to see it introduced at once.
I AN OFFICIOUS POLICEMAN. Mr. Joseph Pennell, the well-known American, artist, has been engaged for some time past ia making sketches of the effects of the light at tha Clock Tower of the House of Commons. His sketch 's are intended to illustrate a series of articles on London which Air. Henry James, the novelist, is writing for a monthly magazine. A few evenings ago Mr. Pennell stood, with his drawing-book in his. hand, on the rest" in the Broad Sanctuary, when as policeman came up to him and told him that-he mustj not sketch there. Mr. Pennell asked, "Why not?'* The reply was, You c¥1't make drawings of public buildings." On the question being repeated, the policeman volunteered the further information that There is a law against it." Mr. Pennell asked the policeman to ifnd the law. On this the man went away, but did not freturn, although Mr. Pennell wait e4 for 20 minutes. Subsequently a member of l'ariia* mont made inquiry of the officers of the House as to whether they had given any instructions which, the police nvght have misunderstood, but they stated that they had given no instructions with regard either to sketching or to photographing the Houses of Parliament. The ofucers of the House, or, 1-hok contrary, desire to act with every courtesy to artists like Mr. Pennell.
CUMULATIVE PUNISHMENTS. At the Bristol Assizes, Mr. Justice Mathew said hot was happy to "ay that ?Jr. Justice Day had come to the conclusion that for minor offences, either agninsH person or property, sentences of long periods were in, expedient and unjust, as well as impolitic. He waa glad to think that that view was spreading largely among all charged with the exercise of judicial func- tions. There was at one time an opinion that the. proper way was to go on accumulating punishment,- that was to say. if a man was punished for iarce" oc any other crime, he ought, on subsequent conviction, to be punished also f,)r his previous offences, and ooghfi to have a large extension of punishment. Acri; nnat now could not go long without having the vigilant eya of f-he police upon him, and there was little chance of' escaping from justice. In dealing with the case ot JuRa Donovan, aged 67 years, who pleaded guiltv tOi, stealing a 'pair of stockings, after several pievioua convictions and terms of seven and eight yeaiV penal servitude, he said such sentences were unjust aud ab, surd, and he sentenced her to only one dav's imprison-* ment, which meant her immediate discharge.
AT Galway Assizes Patrick Dwyer was tried for the murder of Michael Mannion on the 22nd Decembet last, when returning from Loughrea. The men ha<3 been drinking together, and. according to Dwyer'a statement, the deceased insisted on fighting him. Mansion's body was found on the roadside with two fatal stabs. Dwyer came up with an open kn Ii' in his hand, and began to cry what would he dn witb himself. He afterwards gave himself up to the police, saying he had killed Mannion in so • -ti. fence, He was found guilty, and sentence was deferred. THE EGYPTIAN POLICE. The police question has at length been finally settled by the appointment of Charles Baker Pasha ait chief of the Surete Publique, with Major Pel,wick as his assistant. This solution, if not exactly what wan originally aimed at, still amounts to a d( cisive via. tory for Sir Evelyn Baring, whose patience and tact from the outset can scarcely be too highly appre* dated. It inflicts a severe blow on the an ti-English party, and proves an absolute checkmate to th6 Tigrane mission, which was, in fact, all along predes- tined to failure. The main point always insisted on* and at length carried, was the necessity for baling an Englishman at the head of the police. The details of the future organisation will now be speedily and easily arranged. The Khedive, though at tiist in. clined to take Nubar's view of the question, to an extent which was beginning to attract a good deal of public attention, finally fell in entirely with Sit Evelyn Baring's opinions, and gave them his cordial support.