SIRIOUS CHARGE OF 10DNDIKG AT PENYGRAIG. COWARDLY ATTACK WITH STONES. PERJURY BY DEFENDANT'S WITNESSES. STRONG REMARKS BY THE STIPEN- DIARY. At the Rhondda Police Court, on Monday, (before the Stipendiary and Mr T. P. Jenkins), Richard L. wis was charged with wounding John Atkins with a Ptonr. Complainant said on Satuedav night, the 9th inst., he saw defendant on the road at Penygraig. He beard defendant talk about him. Went op and asked him what be was using his name for. They bad a quarrel, and then fought. Afterwards, as he was leaving, defendant threw a stone at him, cutting the left side of his lip. Saw him groping for more stones, so he ran away. He went to a doctor, who put in two stitches. They had net been good friends. Edward Morris, son of the landlord of the Swan Inn, said be was with complainant. They met de- fendant, and be and complainant quarrelled and a.nd fought. After that defendant struck complain- ant with a stone. Defendant called David Charles and another wit- ness named Dugan, who said they did not see de- fendant throw a stone. His Worship said they cid not believe a word of what defendant's witnesses bad said. They had perjured themselves, and if that sort of thing went on they would have to tend lots of people to the Assizes. Fined 40s, or a month.
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Y GOLOFN GYMREIG. I ob qolebiapthatt i'm ha)ifon ;r Swyddfa, RHOWCH BOB UN I SEFYLL AR EI VADNAU EI HUN. Pan oeddwn un bore yn cerdded y stryd, Mewn man pur gyhoeddus o'r dref, Canfyddais foneddwr yn sefyll yn syn, Ac un arall yn siarad ag ef. Hawdd deall fod rhywbeth o dipyn o bwys Yn myned yn mlaen rhwng y dau Ystuiniau'r cyfeillion ac ambell i air, A dystiai i hyny'n ddiau. Deallai 'mhen enyd mai mesur rhyw ddyn Yr oeddent pob un werth ei lathen ei hun." Un da a galluog yw'r dyn," ebe'r naill Sut gall ef fod felly?" ebe'r llall Ystyriwch pwy ydyw ei dylwyth bob un Eu haner nid ydynt yn gall A phur ddigymeriad yn wir ydyw rhai Sy'n perthyn yn agos i hwn Gwell peidio ymddiried i ungwr o'i fath, Rhag rhoddi ein hunain dan bwn." Cym'rwch bwyll," ebe'r cyntaf, na fernwch y dyn Cyn ei weled yn sefyll ar ei wadnau ei hun." Da iawn," ebe fi, "dyna sylw yn werth Ei gadw mewn cof dipyn bach." Pan fyddo dyhiryn o deulu da'n dod 'Does neb yn ystyried ei ach Efe ar ei wadnau ei hunan yn llwyr Ga sefyll ger beirniaid y byd Paham na cha cyfraith cyfiawnder fel hun E i gweini i'r cywir eu bry d ? Na rowch feiauereill ar ysgwydd un dyn, Mynwch weled beth yw ar ei wadnau ei him. 'Roedd tylwyth Abiah bach dduwiol yn ddrwg, Yn eilunaddolwyr i gyd "A ddichon dim da ddod o Nazareth?" oedd Yr holiad am Geidwad y byd Mae gem i'w gael weithiau yn righenol y llwch, Mae perlau mewn llaid idd eu cael Ac ambell gymeriad mor loew a'r wawr, Yn hanu o deulu go wael Cyn darnio cymeriad, na barnu un dyn, Rhowch gyfle sefyll ar ei wadnau ei hun. Wilkesbarre, Pa. JANE DAVIES (Vinas Tof). Gynt o Bontypridd.
GRAND CONCERT AT TONYPANDY. The annual concert in connection with Bethel English Baptist Chapel was held on Thursday last. Mr Councillor R. Lewis (in the unavoidable absence of Mr W. Prichard, Clydach Vale), presided, and the following artistes took part:—Accompanists: Mes- dames Roberts and Humphreys; soprano, Madame Ada Davies, Aberiarn; contralto, Madame Lucy Clarke-Elliott, Cardiff; tenor, Mr David Evans, Llwynpia bass, Mr F. J. Matthews, Abercarn. The singing of Madame Clarke-Elliott gave great satisfac- tion, and each of her performances was greeted with an encore. Mention must be made of Mr Gardner, "the blind musician of Hereford," who sang several hymns, and played his own accompaniment. The proceeds ot the concert are to be devoted towards the payment of the chapel debt. On Sunday, Mr Gardner preached two sermons at Bethel. In the morning the pastor of the Chapel, the Rev. Daniel Davies, preached. At the three services the chapel was well filled.
THE RHONDDA LIBERALS AND MR T. P. JENKINS. RHONDDA LABOUR AND LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. THE VOTE OF CENSURE ON THE PRESIDENT RESCINDED. A crowded executive meeting of the Rhondda Labour and Liberal Association was held at the Assembly- room, Pentre, on Monday evening, under the presi- dency of Mr D. Lawrence, Treorky. About 150 rep- resentatives of the different branches attended, and Mr W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon), was present. The meeting bad been specially convened to take into con- sideration the proposed recision of the vote of censure passed at a previous meeting. It appeared that the resolution censuring Mr T. P. Jenkins, J.P., was adopted in consequence of his having opposed a county council candidate selected and supported by the Pen- ygraig branch of the association, and of his having supported Mr Idris Williams, overceer, the nominee of the Porth section of the East Glamorgan Associa- tion. Mr Iaris Williams attended, and explained that he considered Mr Jenkins was absolutely justi- fied in supporting him, inasmuch as the number of electors in the Porth section of the ward, for whose representation he contested, was 700, whilst-the Peny- graig electors only numbered 400. A lengthy delibe- ration ensued. Councillor Richard Lewis, Mr E. H. Davies, Mr Cole, grocer, and Mr Abraham, M.P., re- ferred to the valuable seivice rendered by the prasi- dent on behalf of the assooiation. Mr Horton, as representative of the Penygraig district, who had en- thusiastically supported the resolution in favour of the vote of censure, eventually submitted to the views of Mr William Abraham, M.P., and others, and cor- dially proposed, "That the resolution respecting the vote of censure be rescinded and expunged from the rninutes.Cc,uncillor Morris, Treorky, seconded the proposition, and it was carried unanimously.
THE FATAL ACCIDENT A.T YNYSFEIO COLLIERY. INQUEST AT TYNEWYDD. An inqnest was held at the Welcome Home Inn, Treherbbi t, touching the death cf Nicholas Lewis, who was injured in the Ynysteio Colliery on the 11th of Fel ruary. The coroner for the district presided at the nauirv. Edward Lewis, father of deceased, said his son lived with him at 7, Eleanor street, Treherbert. He was in his 22nd year, and died on the 14th inst. He had been ill five weeks, end was daily attended by a doc- tor. He was woiking with him. He was throwing rnbfcish, ai d a stone, a yard long and weighing about half owt., fell on him. He remained in the pit for two hours after. He bad bimsalf been trying the top, but it gave way all at once. It was about three yards from the lace. There was any amount of timber to he bad if they wanted it. The stone struck him on the flfit, so that his bead was not cut by it. Mr Alfred William White, surgeon, assistantto Dr. Warburton, said be attended deceased. Found him sctfering from bruise of the bead. At first there ap- peared to be nothing else. He was unhealthy. A tnmour formed on and ney|the seat of the bruise, and inflammation set in. "Were were signs of blood poisoning. The cause of dertb, be should say, was suppuration beneath the skull, with blood poisoning. The tumour, no doubt, was the result of the injury. If he bad been healthy he thought very likely the bruise would not have proved serious. Verdict—"Died from accidental injuries to the head by the fall of a, stone."
THE OCEAM COLLIERY AND THE WAGES QUi.SilON. A MASS MEETING DECIDED UPON. The deputation who have conducted the recent negotiations on behalf cf tie workmen of the Ocean Collieries wet on Tuosd-iy evening at Treorky, to consider what steps should be taken row that the associated collieries' workmen have settled the wages dispute It will be remembered that the Ocean men have for some years been a separate b(dy, with a sliding-scale of U eir own, which has orly just been terminatad. Matters were discussed with a view of seeing whether t would be better to v ait on Mr Jetkii s, general mamager, but it was decided Lot to do so, ard to talre no fuither steps without consulting tl> work men generally. Amass meetirg of the Ouean workmen wap, therefore, deci- ded to be held.
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GOOD TEMPLARY. To the Editir of the "Chronicle." Sir,—Temperance is rather a hackneyed subject on which to write in connection with Pontypridd still, with your kind permission, I should like to say a few words on the form of total abstinence which heads this paper. Last, Monday week a very enjoyable entertainment was held in St. David's Hall, got up by the members of the "Charity Lodge" of Good Templars. This meeting, it is hoped, will only be the precursor of many such, and we trust their object will be success- fully attained, viz ;—the increase of membership. It does not seem to be generally known that there is sush an institution in the town. The population of Pontypridd and suburbs is estimated at about 20,000, and of that number only 70, or 3 5 per cent. are up- holders of one of the finest temperance organizations of the day. Of this number all, with four or five ex- ceptions, are young men and women. When temper- ance figures in the political arena, our townsmen prove by overwhelming majorities that they really have the cause at heart; why cannot some of them, therefore, strengthen the object by espousing Good Templary, and help those young friends to carry on the noble work of their association ? It is all very good and right that young people should be interested in such a cause, and we honour them for being so, but what is wanted in the lodge is the countenance of a few older & wiser heads to conduct the meetings with due ceremony and decorum-people whose presence would have some weight and influence. The object of Good Templary is to abolish drunken- ness and its attendants evils, and who should be so ready to give it personal support as those who have children and dependents copying their every move- ment ? Intemperance is the greatest destroyer of our domestic and social happiness, and if heads of families would espouse Good Templary, there is no doubt the results would be highly gratifying. It would lead the younger generations to take an interest and a love in the work from the very outset of life, for, guided by the example of their olders snd super- iors, they would imbibe a strong hatred against this, our mortal enemy, and have no desire ever to indulge in his destructive pleasures. Prevention is better than cure." There is a certain class of people,who although not abstainers confine themselves to what they call "a social glass wiih a friend." These people, we often find, are proprietors and conductors of large busi- nesses and industries, having in their employ large numbers of young women and men. These employees naturally think that what's sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose," and imitate their superiors by taking a "social glass." With some it soon becomes a craving which eventually leads to utter ruin. We are apt to ridicule the idea that such a trivial action could lead to such dire results, but in reality, the consequences are not in the least magnified. The human race will always be guided by example, and, unless the example be pure, it must be degrading and misleading. Could not such men deny themselves their "friendly glass for the sake of others ? It will be no self-denial for them to do so, for the simple reason that they have no love for the stimulant. Let them instead attend the "Charity Lodge meetings, and by their example diffuse new life and enthusi- asm among the young members. Do not let them, for the want of elderly counsel and presence, allow their Lodge to fall to the ground. They are filled with love for the cause, and use every endeavour to make their meetings interesting and amusing, but they lack that feeling of confidence and self-reliance which the support of staid, elderly, people always ensures. Many certainly think such a meeting as a Good Templar Lodge entirely beneath their notice, but, while we pity those from the botaorn of our hearts, we appeal to those who can understand and appreci- ate the noble organization of Good Templars, and their still noble object; we ask them to come forward, as the parents of children and employers of fellow- men, and show us by personal attendance, that a few young peop'e are not left to cirry on a cause which deserves the consideration and support of every seri- ous-thinking man an woman. NEMO.
LLANTRISANT SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. To the Editor of the Chronicle." Sip,-Kindly allow me some of your valuable space to reier to the abcve. Owing to the unseemly squabbles and undignified behaviour of some of the late members of the Board, it is credibly stated that Jud J0 Williams and Mr Josiah Levrisrefased to stand. Looking over the list of candidates it strikes me very forcibly that unless the ratepayers are very careful they will have to put up with a board of very inferior capacity. Ratepayers should remember that starving the schools is bad policy, and especially in a district wbf re working men are in large numbers, they should remember that whatever improvement they have ob- tained, that it is in the main due to the efforts of the better educated amongst them. A good education is the best legacy the working man can receive. It is well to put on the boerd men who know the value of education, who have risen themselves through the means of the elementary schools. Mr Ishmael Williams was a member of the old board, bet his policy was purely to try and close the purse strings. Economy at the cost of effioiency is a bad thing. He avowed that he was not standing again, and under cover of this promise Mr Obadiah Williams came out. If a gentleman is so changeable and un- reliable as that in his school boar 3 policy, "he availeth not much in the councils of the wise." The new hoard will not miss him; let the ratepayers give him three years rest. Mr Obadiah Williams is one of the new blood, of capital business capacity, and well known to the rate- payers as a man of solid attainments and trustworthi- ness. He will make a good progressive member, and the education of the aistrict will benefit through him, and it would be a bad compliment to him to pay that he is equal to half-a-dozen such as his predecesscr Mr Edgar M. Phillips, yet new blood-, his fault being that he is young. Pitt, Earl Chatham, was charged with the same offence by Walpole, but ho turned out to be-a Pitt. Mr Phillips has gone through the whole routine of colliery work from office boy and clerk to that of certificated colliery manager, this ex- perience giving him great administrative capacity, and bringing him in personal contact with workmen and their needs. He will be a fit successor to Mr Stewart, and, like Mr Obadiah Williams, he has come through the aid of the elementary schools alone to his present position. lie ought to have a high position on the poll, which position be will be sure to justify. Mr M. R. liowlaiidsis an old member of tbeYstrad- yfodwg School Board, where his work on the whole was very satisfactory. He however, should be care- ful not to pander to the cheeseparing niggardly cry of false economy. A man who appreciates education well enough to send his son to the University, should, and I have no doubt he will, if returned, do ail he can to get good schools. If good education is needed, it must be paid for. If ratepayers do not believe this, let them ask Mr Rowlands. Yours, &c., J. GOULD.
To thp, Etlitor of the Sill,-It was with feelings of deep regret that everv well-wisher of sound edcation heard of the retirement of Judge Williams from the above contest. This withdrawal, and that of Mr Josiah Lewis, Ty'oy. cymmer, is a calamity to the parish. Both gentlemen are truly representative men in every acceptation of the term. Yonr correspondent, John Locke, was strictly just in your issue of last week,in pointing out the pre-eminent claims of those two gentlemen. If the future board steers badly, and comes ultimately a wreck educationally, a grave and serious responsi- bility wi II rest upon the shoulders of the Judge and Mr Lew s. I have scanned the remaining list of 18 in vain f r an eligible chairman for the board. Not- withstaning the farmers, the tailor, clerics, and the colliery managers (promising men as some of them may be), I fail to spot one who, in the present crisis, possessei3 those unique qualifications so essential in the performance of the onerou3 and responsible duties of chairman of the School Board. The Vicar, in point of learning and culture, possesses the technical knowledge, but, as a Nonconformist and a strong upholder of our board school system, I would pause before entrusting the helmship of schools to a gentleman who cannot but hold hostile opinions to such institutions. The Vicar has a school of his own, an undoubted church aid institution, a kind of prosyleting anteroom to the chuuch, which he tenderly and carefully nurtures. The vicars and parsons of the country cling for dear life to these church schools from a conviction that a better auxiliary for the recruiting of church membership cannot be devised. The staple part of the school funds is the government grant. The voluntary sub- scriptions are, to a great extent, a myth. There are, some, I admit, but compared with the grant and the school fees, they are infinitesimally small and insignificant. There is no denying the fact that in a denominational direction the cnarch school is a powerful agency for the church weal. The Vicar cannot, therefore, at heart be a friend of the board system If the ratepayers' school excel his own in efficiency, by reason of better staff and more appre- ciative pecuniary recognition of that staff, then in the interest of the continued existence of the church school, it will naturally follow that the board schools must be levelled down to the restiicted pecuniary condition of the national school-the pet and darling offspri of the Church of England. I certainly object, and I believe thq Nonconformists of IJan- trisant will show their approval of the objection on Friday, to the inclusion of gentlemen on the directorate of any board or company who are opposed to the fundamental basis of those concerns. Let the Llantrisant Nonconformists bear this fact in mind, and revert, for a justification of the warning, to the last report in your issue of the Llanwonno School Board, when the Rev. Moses Lewis signalled his first action in trying to oppose the new school at Hopkinstown because of the danger which would result to his own church aid school. The argument of Mr White Phillips that the population were Noncon- formists availed not with the Vicar. This school, with its church formularies, catechism, and church seductives, were too weighty to be set aside for any Nonconformists scruples. The vicars are all, more or less, tarred with the same brush," especially and inevitably when there is an institution of their rwnintbe same locality. In roaclusion, I would tender the advice to all Nonconformists-be wary of entrusting the education of their children to the administrative control of an interested clerical gentleman, though he may be the Rer. Joshua Pritchard Hughes, the Vicar of Llantrisant. WILLIAM EVANS.
"A FOOTBALL CORRECT CON," To the Editor of the "Chronicle." SIR,-The "oiffcial limb" of the Lilly white Football Club has again rushed into print. What a Ditv. that little bubble of human individuality is being blown so far and wide beyond his natural dimensio js that soon must come the inevitable—"bust, crash," and back he goes, bang, pop, into his former little self. We sin- cerely condole with him. He puts as in nin,i of the fable of the tail-less fox. Of course we are all young. We are "Juniors"—full of youthful juveuescence. At the same time we do not envy the "official limb" his bump of vanity and conceit. Let him enjoy the babble fame of newspaper prominence. He tried to induce us to appear in print other than as a club. Why should we? He has hurled untruth after untruth at us as a club; as a club, therefore, we reply, and as a club we will stand or fall. Why, then, should we reply as in- dividuals? By-the-bye, the "official limb" does not practice what he preaches. He appeared in "full dress" in your issue of the 22nd ult., but last week- "a change came over the spirit of the dream"—he "marched past" before your readers attired in the niggardly "undress" of the "secretary." As to the "high-sounding jargon" which he accused us of. Very probably to him the diction in which our letter was clothed was all jargon. We don't doubt it for a momPlnt. But he must not think, because the horizon of his English vocabulary is on a par with that of a fourth standard schoolboy, that, to the majority of the readers of your excellent paper it was so unin telligible; to them the language of our letter, no doubt, shone forth as clearly as the rays of a noonday sun. "The junior team met together to discuss" the situ- ation. Well, serious charge, is it not ? Yes, young friend, we did, and can you blame us for acting nnifcealy ? "The Juniors have played over 20 matches, of these they have won about four." Another little falsehood, by the way. The "official limb" has certainly not scored "a grand success" in this further deviation from the path of truthfulness. His morals must indeed have been sadly neglected. The facts are these—we have played 22 matches this year, and won 10, in addition to six drawn games. Does this look like "about four ?" The matches we played were with strong recoguised clubs. We certainly have not played the "bratlings" and first standard boys of elementary schools. No wonder, really, that the Liliputian Lilywhites are the "undefeated" when borrowed Juniors scored all their "points" at the few local matches they have played. With regard to the return match fixture, we will simply repeat the old adage-, 'Convince a man" (and a boy for all that matters) ''against his will, and he is of the same opinion still." We will endeavour to obtain the referee's opinion which you asked for by next week. which you asked for by next week. Yours truly, THE JUNIOR TEAM. Pontypridd, March 21st, 1889.
A CLERGYMAN CONVICTED OF FORGERY. Ab the Leeds Assizer, William Thomas Twamloj (30), clerk in holy orders, surrendered to his bai! on the charge of having forged a banker's cheque for;ES, at Harrogate, on the 5Lh December. The prisoner signed the name of the Rev. Canon Bardsley. vicar of Bradford, on a form which he obtained from the manager of the Harrogate branch of the Bradford Old Hank, and made lite document payable to the Rev. Rawdon Briggs alfo a York-hire clergyman, and endorsed ib. lie himself tendered the cheipie to a Harrogate trndes- man. who cached it. After the case for the prooe- Cntion had been opened, the counsel for I he defence withdrew the plea of nob guilty, and made a statement its to the prisoner's past history. Ho ini(i that at one time the prisoner was in a Clearing-house at Liverpool. With the assistance and advice of his friends he wenb to the Theologi- cal College at Birkenhead, where he slaved two years. .He (,b!;tiiie,l a liceii.,e from the Bishop ot Ripon, and was appointed to a curacy near l'ews- ttiry. He afterwards held a perpetual curacy at Wakefield. At this time lie seemed to have got mixed up with politics he joined several clubs, and contracted intemperate iiabitg. Convicted of drunkenness, he lost his curacy, and was unable to get another appointment. On the day that. he committed the fraud he had seventeen glasses of -wlii.-Icy. The Judge commenbed on the painful nature of the case, and ordered the prisoner to be imprisoned for six months.
A ROMANTIC-MINDED YOUTH. Ab the West minster (London) Police Court, George Wood, well dressed, aged 15, was charged ■with stealing 7s. from his father, Thomas Wood, a tobacconist and newsagent, of 140, Horseferrv Road, Westminster.—The prosecutor, according to his statement to the magistrate at the opening of the court, sent his two sons, the defendant being the eldest, on the previous morning to get his Sunday papers. The boys only returned at night, when they said they had been kidnapped and carried otf by three men in Fleet) Street, who rendered them insensible by a drug, pub a sack over t heir heads, and drove them in a citit to Putney Heat h, wh^re tliey discovered themselves wl>en they recovered consciousness. —Mr. Partridge liad advised that the elder boy should be charged, and just before the courb rose the youth was placed in the dock. His father added some statements xvith which the prisoner had improved the story, euch as being conscious of the rumbling of the cart, although the sack was over his head. When his younger brother, in Lhe presence of a police- man and under great pressure, confessed the invention, prisoner returned 4s. 9d. of the money he ha:l had entrusted to him to purchase the newspapers, and said he had spent and losb tho remainder. — Will am Dougall, a detective officer, produced a larg carpet-bag which the prisoner took away from home with him, containing all his clothes, boots, knife and fork, &c. He temporarily leib it ab a milk shop, and waa going to fetch it When he started on his travels, bub finding thab and a rug also tied up too heavy he abandoned them. Prisoner gave out that he was going to Bulisb for a soldier, and lie wanted his little brother to be a drummer-boy. The pair gob as far as Wimbledon Common before they repented. — Prosecutor having given the prisoner a bad character, Mr. Partridge said ib would be better to send such a boy to a reformatory.—Prisoner, who seemed stolidly indifferent;, was then re- manded.
A FORTUNE-TELLER SENT TO PRISON. Before the Hanley jus) iocs, a gipsy woman named Rosannah Price was charged with an acb of vagrancy by pretending to tell fortunes.—Ib was alleged that the prisoner called at a house in Marsh Street occupied by two women named Woodward ind Rutter, to whom she offered a basket for sale. Mrs. Woodward said she could nob purchase as site bad no money, but the pi isoner continued in con- versation until Woo lwaid produced od. in coppers Mid remarked that that was all the money'she had. Prisoner ab once theud. and walked away, bub on being followed by Mrs. Woodward she re- turned, and said that prosecutrix should either have the money back or the money's worth. On entering the house the prisoner saw an egg on the table, and handing this to Mrs. Wooduaid she went through some mummery under the pretence of telling her fortune. Ultimately she induced Woodward and flutter to leave the room for the purpose of looking for a dark person whom she pretended to have seen, and during their absence 3he went away with the and ihe egg. Informa- tion was given to the police and the prisoner wa* taken into custody. The magistrates committed the apcused to gaol for fourteen days' with hard labour.
THE SWANSEA MURDER. Ab the Glamorgan Assizes held ab Cardiff, Thomas Allen i51, a Zulu, and described as a sea- man, was indicted for the wilful murder of frederick George Kellb. at Swansea, oil Feb. it). I)ocease(i was landlord of the Gloucester Aims Hotel, New South Dock, Swansea. Prisoner's ship was lying in the south dock, and ib is supposed that for the purpose of robbery he gob upstairs un- seen and secreted himself under the bed, aft r- "wards occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Kent. J'n Kent was awoke early in the morning by heading some person strike a match, and she awokfo her ausband. He jumped oub of bed and struggled with prisoner, who inflicted several -evtt) an I fatal wounds upon him with a razor. Still the struggle wenb on until Mrs. Kent lighting a cand > .9 took a loaded revolver from under her husband 1 pillow and ahob prisoner in the thigh. He tlit i, dropped, crawled some distance, gob up, unlocked the door of the bedroom, and escaped. Prisoin-r Araa afterwards apprehended near the sou th doc: when he said he did nob mean to cut the gentleman bub did it in the ati-tiggle.-Tije jury found him guilty of wilful murder, and he was sentenced t" be banged.
A TARDY HONOUR. Captain Gammell is 92. It is only within the last liew davs that he has received an lit,otic iviiicli I. won nearly three-quarters of a century a^o. A- Eusign James Gammei I lie was at the sortie of Bayonne, and leaving the army shortly after- wards never applied for the medal. Ab last Captain Gammell has found himself decorated with two — one the Jubilee medal, accompanied byaletierfrom Sir Henry Ponsonhy on behalf of tho (Jueen the other the PenilllIlar medal, with the clasp for 1 he Nive, forwarded by t lie Duke of Cambridge. It i. never to late todecorlll. a gallant, man, and Colonel Baiguy, who has been active in this matter, is to be congratulated upon the success which hia efforts have attained.
EXCITING SCENE ON A LONDON BRIDGE. The other night a young man, evidently suffer- ilJg from the effects ot drink, attempted to hrow himself over vYesbminster Bridge. He was, how- ever, seized Wy t hree Companions, who were also the worse r. li<¡no, 1\11.1 It terrible ¡;¡tr,le ell;otled, lasting for at least ten minutes. A constable theu appeared on the scene, and the young man's com- panions succeeded ai la-t iu getting him off tho bridge. He, however, continued to struggle •violently, and fre;;u-nil.ly expressed his intention Of "going over into the water." On reaching "Whitehall his companions, tired of his behaviour) released him. He at Ollce rail back to West- minster Bridge, and, going as far as the second arch, he threw off his cat and vest, and, making a running Mimp, landed on the parapet, and would certainly have gone o. ei had he not beef) by two young men w ho were passing. Two con- stables then appeared and the wou!d-be suicide was removed after another exciting struggle.
CHOLERA AND VELLOW FEVER. I The steamer 1 ainui, w hich has arrived ab Ply- mouth, report* that over I'M) deaths per day have occurred at iio tl,: Ilnoinl from cholera. The Argentine Government ,efu-ed to allow the Royal Alail steamer FHalo t„ ^o irll,o Bllellos Ayres and Monte Vie,lo fi-Ollo Pi,, of yellow fever eib boat-,i. Her pas-engeis were put on strict qnatantiitefurr"d!nq. a.,1 the Ktratohad to re- turll to Rio with her I..ail", all,) (;ill'g'O. Two Eiig;islimeii, oiie t Ci-aw- bail, died on board the trato from yellow fever. Captain W. D. Connor. R. E.. lias been appointed Instructor of Fort ti.tions at the Royal Military! Academy. Secretary of Leg ti .n Herr von Rath has been appointed second s* yv et ar_, to the German Embassy la Loudon. appointed second s* yv et ar_, to the German Embassy la Loudon.
6'r- THE PONTYPRIDD BORA FIDE TRAYELLEB QUESTION. CHARGE OF PERJURY AGAINST A PONT- YPRIDD MAN. At the Glamorganshire Spring Assizes, Friday, before Mr Justice Granthan, John Harris sur- rended to his bail on a charge of having falsely and corruptly committed wilful perjury during aprosecution for a contravention of the Licensing Act at Llanwonno on the 6th of March, by stating that on the 19th of January he slept at Ynysybwl, in the house of Thomas Evans. and that he sat up with them talking things over untill nearly eleven o'clock,whereas he knew that these allegations were not true. In reply to the charge prisoner said, "I am guilty, but I did not think there was any harm it. I did not know it was doing wrong." His Lordship: He did it, but he thougt there was no harm in committing perjury. A Barrister: He said he did not understand. His Lordship; You say you don't understand something ? What is it ? Prisoner When the case was put before me. His Lordship You know when you were asked where you had slept the previous night. You knew when you were found drinking at a public-house that you had no right to drink there unless you were a traveller. Prisoner: I did sleep out that night, but I was ashamed to say I slept out. The police-constable who had charge of the case said the prisoner was a widower, and now lived with his mother. He had three children. He was a steady workman, and, with the exception that he had been convicted of assaulting the police he bore a good character. The Judge, in passing sentence, said the prisoner had pleaded guilty to what was a clear case of per- jury when he was before the Magistrates for im- properly drinking in a public-house on Sunday. He believed what prisoner said that he did not think he was doing wrong, and bore out what he had said the previous day. He had no doubt he should be condemned for having said it, but, unfortunately, people here committed perjury without thinking there was anything wrong in it. They had got into the way of it, and they liked to please people. They were very civil & obliging, and he could not help thing they told a lie sometimes because they did like to offend the people they were talking with. It was a matter that ought to be taken up in some way or other, because they were constant- ly having these cases brought before them. The prisoner was one of those people who created so much difficulty to all those who desired the wel- fare'of the people, and he was one of a class who unfortunately took more drink than was good for them, and,as a consequence, other persons had had their liberty restrained. He might send the prisoner to a long term of imprisonment for hav- ing committed perjury, but perhaps he ought not to assume that he was bad at heart in having done this. He had probably done it before' but he must not do it again. He would be sent to prison for a month, but he would warn him not to do it again, and if he had done wrong, and any- body had asked him about it, he should say "Yes," like a man, and he would feel much happier afterwards.
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RHONDDA AND SWANSEA BAY RAILWAY. COMPLETION OF THE TUNNEL. ANOTHER ENGINEERING TRIUMPH. An engineering feat of much importance to the commerce of South Wales has just been accom- plished. The range of mountains which en- close the Rhondda Valley and form a evZ de sac at its upper end was successfully pierced late on Saturday niglit by Messrs W. Jones and Co., the contractors for the Rhondda and Swansea Bay contractors for the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway. The work, which has been going on for two years under the able superintendence of Mr J. T. Jones, C.E., managing partner of the firm, has been energetically pushed forward. Every difficulty in the way was overcome, and so accurate were the engineer's lines and levels that although the junction of headings took place a thousand feet underground and a mile from either end, scarcely any perceptible difference of level could be noted by the eye, the instrument only showing about one sixth of an inch. So far as engineering difficulties are concerned the Rhondda tunnel is now an acomphshed fact. The masonry of the tunnel, which is completed for half its entire length, is of native stone, and is remarkable for its solid and substantial charac- ter and workmanlike finish. The same remarks apply to the masonry of bridges and culverts on the approaching lines of railway. The cuttings and embankments are all but completed, and as the time required to complete the line for traffic can now oe gauged with tolerable accuracy the people of Swansea are within measurable distance of securing that boon which cannot fail to be of immense benefit to them—that is to say, accessto the mineral wealth of the Rhondda. It is a matter of congratulation to the contractors that although the work has been most arduous and often danger- ous yet such was the care and forethought dis- played that only two fatal accidents were recorded during the whole time the works were in progress. One of these was the late unfortunate accident at Abergwynfi, by which two lives were lost. 1 lie contractors received numerous telegrams and congratulations during the day, and are row devoting their entire attention to the early C( ri pletion of the works, which, under the manage- ment of Mr J. T. Joi-es and his efficient staff, are in a very forward state. Before the year is out we hope to be able to chronicle the opening of the line for passengers as well as goods traffic. The Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway Company are also pushing forward the construction < t a loop line at Aberavon, so that trains may run through from Cardiff to Swansea via Pontypridd and Trelierbert.
To the Editor of the "Chronicle." Sir, —1 am glad to find that seven of the aspiring candidates have retired, though I regret that Judge Williams is one of them. However, there is no use in "crying over spilt milk." The Judge has forsaken us, and the best must be done with the material for selection. I hardly thought the strictures of John Locke, in last week's Chronicle, on Mr J. P. Williams were fully deserved. Mr Williams, I admit, has a profouad sense of bis own importance, and so we have all, but perhaps we differ from Mr Williams in leaving it inexpressive, while he is somewhat prone to the his own trumpet blowing policy." It leaving it inexpressive, while he is somewhat prone to the his own trumpet blowing policy." It is possible to make something of Mr Williams in the next board, especially since the degradation of Mr John Davies to the subordinate position of attendance officer. Mr Davies and Mr Williams were counter elements on the last Board, and no doubt the op- posite views held by the two upon details led to a considerable number of unseemly scenes. However, I must support Mr Williams' candidature, as it is not difficult to foreshadow that he will be about the only one that will be returned having any previous experience in the work. Tonyrefail, however, would be ill-adviaedif Mr Gibbon's claims should be overlooked. One returned from a populous locality might result in creating an autocracy, and Mr Williams must be saved from that danger by return- ing Mr Gibbon. Tonyrefail can elect two, and let them be faithful to the old and the new. I hope that Mr Williams and the new member will study gener- ally, and that without delay' a splendid article in this months issue of Cymnv Fydd. It will enlarge their views and make them educationists in a com- prehensive sense. Let these candidates study education, and let them raise to a higher conception of their functions than mere externalities, and above all, if the Vicar be returned, let Messrs Williams and Gibbon match the Vicar, and any attempt on his part in any way to cripple and limit the good in- fluence of our board school system of education. Let these gentlemen cultivate breadth of view, and I believe then that I will have written to some effect when in the future I find that these gentlemen are inbued with a truly lofty and ennobling conception of the high and responsible duties attaching to the position of a School Board Member. MATTHEW ARNOLD.
To the Editor of ths "Chronicle." Sir,—The Rev Camlais Evans has been doing the Grand Tour," under the special direction of Mr Robert Evans. I find that Cymmer has been hon- oured with an instalment of their oratorical powers. Mr Robert Evans is deeply interested in supporting Mr Evans, doubtless from a belief that, aa he holds an influential position in Mr Evans' church, the election of the pastor will practically be equivalent to giving him power. Mr Evans may think he is Mr Evans' neck, and that the conduct of the head will be practically under the control of the neck. It may turn and twist a little, but I believe not wholly. Mr Evans' remarks at Cymmer, on Mr Owen, the respected master at Gilfach, were shockingly in bad tast3. If Mrs Owen keeps a good business, and Mr Evans' business is not the prosperity mine ho des- ires, why descend to such depths of denaded tactics 808 to attack the position of Mr Owen, who has proved a good, honest, and faithful servant of the board. Let Gilfach folks bear this in mind, sanction not the election of any one who is in danger of playing the role of persecutor. I believe that Gilfach is too am- bitious in running two, and the inevitable result will be that both will be out. Ambition overleaping it- self again." Let Mr King go in. He will make a good man, and without a word of disrespect to Ur Evans, let him devote his energy and ability to popularising, not education, but religion. PORTHITE.
SHOCKING FATALITY at PENYGRAIG. A SCHOOLBOY CUT TO PIECES. I About half-past twelve on Wednesday afternoon, a seven year old boy, named Thomas John Morgan, was found lying dead on the railway siding at Penygraig, his head and one of his legs having been severed from his body. It is presumed that the unfortunate lad, who in the morning had been to school, was riding upon the trucks on his way home to dinner, when by some means he fell upon the metals, beneath the wheels, which inflicted the terrible fatal injuries described.
BREACH OF THE TRADES MARKS' ACT. IMPORTANT HEARING AT PONTYPRIDD, At Pontypridd Police Court (before the stipen- diary), Mr Phillips, aerated water manufacturer, of Ystrad, was summoned for this offence. Mr Clifton, of Bristol, appeared for Messrs Elliott, Limited, or rather for the Bristol Mineral Water Trade Protection Society, the real pro- secutors; and Mr Rhys (Morgan and Rhys), Pontypridd, appeared for defendant. In opening the case, Mr Clifton said the charge was for selling aerated water in bottles bearing Elliot's trade mark. Defendant sold three bottles to a Mr Jones, and Mr Selkirk, inspector for the above-named company, subsequently purchased them. They had Elliot's trade mark embossed in the glass. That was a clear violation of the Trades Marks' Act of 1887, which made it an offence to use any covering, &c., including bottle, containing the trade mark of a firm, unless it could be proved that such use had been done innocently. He would prove that defendant could not have acted "innocently," that is as he understood it, in ignorance, for in August and September last he had sent two letters to defendant. In the first he was warned that he was liable to be proceeded against under the Act for using bottles bearing Elliott's trade mark on them, but if he would enter into an undertaking not to repeat the offence the scciety would not prosecute. As no answer was received, a second letter was sent to defendant with a like result. After those letters defendant could not plead ignorance. He understood that reliance for the defence would be placed on the fact that defendant's label was put on the bottles. Several cases of that kind had been tried, one so recently as last November, at the Middlesex Sessions. It was held that the label did not pro- tect the parties from the charge of violating the Act. Mr Clifton then said he would proceed to call witnesses. The Clerk (Mr Porcher) said defendant had a, right to be tried by/jury if he so wished. This led to a brief contention,Mr Clifton stating that defendant must elect which he would do at once, and Mr Rhys contending that the case for the prosecution should first be heard, and then defendant, when charged in the usual way, should make his election. It was decided that he must elect at once. Mr Rhys said his client would go before a jury. The depositions were then taken. John L. Selkirk, inspector to the Protection Society,said in August last year he was in Ystrad, and saw something there which caused certain let- ters to be written to defendant. On the 9th of February last he was at Treherbert, and saw defendand's cart by Captain Thomas' coffee tavern. When the cart was gone he went into the tavern, and called for a bottle of lemonade. Miss Jones served him. He purchased the three bottles produced from Mrs Jones at the same tavern. The bottles were marked in her presence, and had been in his possession ever since. Cross-examined by Mr Rhys-He thought it was Phillips' stuff by the label. He could not be deceived, because he knew the labels. An attempt was made by Mr Rhys to prove malice, but his worship decided against it. Edward Lewis, secretary to Messrs Elliott and Co., Limited, living at Cardiff, said they never sold or charged for their trade marked bottles. They never gave authority to any one to use the bottles. Cross-examined—It might have been that one j of defendant's bottles have been used by mistake by the company, but all bottles were sorted. Notices were posted all over the works, and every precaution was taken to avoid the use of any bot- tles except their own. Mrs Catherine Jones proved the sale of the three bottles to Mr Selkirk, and said they purchased them from defendant. Cross-examined—She knew the contents were defendant's make. In purchasing they looked at the labels, and not at the bottles. At this point Mr Rhys said his client would withdraw his election, and ask his Worship to, decide the case. Mr Clifton did not object. Mr Rhys saw he should put defendant in tjhg witness box. Defendant having been sworn, said he was accustomed to fill bottles belonging to other makers with his stuff, and to send them out. That was the custom of the trade in the Rhondda Valley. By Mr Clifton-He never sorted returned bot- tles, but used them all, putting his labels on them. His Lordship said that made defendant's case bad. If he had used great care not to use other bottles, now and then one might slip through, but according to defendant, he took no care, but used all bottles indiscriminately. Fined £5 including costs.
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PONTYPRIDD MAGISTRATES AND SUNDAY TRADING, DEPUTATION FROM MARDY. At Pontypridd Police Court, on Wednesday,. (before the Stipendiary, Messrs W. Jones, Godfrey Clark, and Dr. H. Naunton Davies), a deputation, consisting of the Rev W. Thomas, curate; Rev Joseph Henry (Independent); and the Rev Joseph Evans (Baptist), attended, and presented a peti- tion, numerously signed, from the Sunday school teachers and deacons of the several places of wor- ship in Mardy,praying that all greengrocers' shops may be closed on Sundays. In reply to the Stipendiary, the deputation said they were not licensed places, but shops for the sale of oranges, apples, sweets, &c. The Stipendiary-Do you ask that this may be done only in Mardy, or generally ? The Deputation-In Mardy. The Stipendiary said he did not know that they had the power to close such shops, but the matter should be looked into. In many towns such shops were kept open. They were in London, and what appeared to him a monstrous thing tobacconists kept open all day Sunday. That he thought unnecessary, because he looked at tobacco not as a necessary, but purely as a luxury. If there was a law to meet the case in point, he thought it- would be unfair to enforce it in one place alone. He should, therefore, suggest that the local authorities should be asked if they would take the matter up. It was not the province of the Bench to institute proceedings. They were an adminis- trative body. If the local authorities, or the superintendent of police, brought cases before them, they would carefully consider the cases, and deal with them. The deputation thanked the Bench, and with- drew. A REAL TREAT FOR BREAKFAST.—Harris' MILD CURED BACON. Try it. 75, Taff Street, Ponty- pridd.
ROCKING STONE LODGE OF IVOR- ITE, RH YDFELEN. The misunderstanding between the above Lodge and Mr Edward Morgan, one of its members, has been cleared up, and the Lodge paid up to him the full amount due, after sufficient evidence had been produced to prove the legality of the claim.
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