LLANELLY (BRECONSHIRE). THE DEATH is announced of Sir Thomas Phillips, Q.C., of the Inner Temple. The decked, who was born atLlanelly, Brecknockshire, in 1801, was formerly a solicitor, and practised at Newport, Monmouthshire. In January, 1840, he received the honour of knigh hood, free of expense, for his services as mayor of Newport, in contributing to the defeat of the body of Chartist insurgents who entered that town in Novem- ber, 1839, on which occasion he was severely wounded whilst engaged in the discharge of his ma-isterial duties. On beiag knighted he ceased to practice as a solicitor, and in due course was called to the bar by the hon. society of the Inner Temple. Sir Thomas Phillips always evinced a great interest in matters connected with the Church, and was an active member of the Church Institution. He was also a Governor of the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy and of King's College.
TREDEGAR. DREADFUL ACCIDENT.-On Monday evening, as Mrs. Rehards, wife < f Mr. Richards, of the Ivy Bush Hotel, King str» et, Carmarthen, was driving from Ebbw Vale, in a hired conveyance belonging to Mr Spencer, of the Castle Hotel, Tredegar, a young boy named David Jones, engaged in piny, ran from under a wall close by Dr. Homfray's residence, and was IT1 a moment under the horse The animal became restive, and the driver leaning forward to see what was the cause, a shaft broke, and he was thrown out and broke or put out bis ancle. The horse then ran away, and Mrs. Richards was thrown out, receiving some very severe injuries. Miss Williams, sister to Mrs. Richards, and an infant, were sitting behind, and at the first false step were thrown out, but we are happy to state were not much hurt. All the people are getting on well, ex- cept tke little boy who was run over, and he, it appears, besides other severe wounds, had his jawbone broken, and is in a very dangerous state The little fellow walked home to High-street after the accident, no one thinkinghe was so bad, but onreaching home he swooned away. He has not been sensible since, we believe. The horse and trap are both much injured. BLAINA PETTY SESSIONS, FRIDAY, before FRED. LEVICK, Jun., Esq. BREACH OF LICENSE.—John Harris, the landlord of the Tiler's Arms, was summoned for having his house open bffure half-past twelve o'clock- on Sunday morning, the 19th May. Defendant's wife did not deny the charge, and there being two previous con- victions of late date against the same landlord, he was fined 20s. and costs, which were at once paid. DRUNKENNESS.- Thomas Tiley and Chcwles Piercp were fined 6d. each and costs for beintr duii- nt Ebbw Vale on the 18th and 19th instant. Charles Sinclair, who, when bis name was called, made no answer, hu afterwards appeared to answer a similar charge, said be had had a quarrel with some of his relations, ai-d we suppose got a Ii, t Ie excited in consequence. He was also fined 6d. and costs. Mr. Jones, of Aberga- venny, appeared for h'm. ANOTHER BEERHOUSE OFFE-.N-cp,Daniel Williams, keeper of a beerhouse on the Garn, WrlS admo ished and ordered to pay co-ts for his first offence against the law of beerhouses, on Sunday, the 5 h May, at half- past eight o'clock in the morning The landlady said they were J'ew to the busines-, and a man who had been working hard all nitht. begged hard Jor a pint of beer, and they supplied him. WOMEN'S QUARRELs.-Jane Wa'ts v. FIle; Harts- horn.—L-tdies, to the number of about thirty, were in attendance in this one case, but they were disap- pointed, as there \\a- only 0'<e magistrate present, and the hearing was anjou ned to t'redegar. ASSAULT. Richard Illdtson was charged wi!h assaulting John Jones. D-ftndant has absconded, ai d a warrant is now out for his apprehension. A FAMILY QUARREL William Jones v. Thonias Jones, John Jones, and John Willi, iins. -.I ,Fr Jones, of Abergavenny, stated that tie d d not think the case could be set, led, though the defendants had offered to do so. It was a famih quarrel, but he was afraid it must be hard.-Adjolurn,d for a week. STEALING COAL. Elizabeth Kitting aiid Mary Tucker were ordered to pay 8s. 6d. each costs for st. aling coal, the property of the Nantyglo Iron Company. The Company did not press the charge. JUVENILE OFFENDErs.-The same Company prose- cuted John Morgan, Benjamin Williams, and Patrick Gvoynne for damauint; some young t ees. The ciefen- dants, who are boys, were ordered to pay costs. SETTLED -Boycott v. Salontan.-Bath parties are from Blaina. An application to settle was allowed.- Boycott v. B)-iclynta)t. -These parties were also allowed to settle. AFFILIATION CASES.—There were three set down for hearing, but, in consequence of there being only one magistrate present, they were adjourned to Tredegar. POCKET PICKING.—A young man, nineteen years of age, named John Jenkins, whose parents lately kept the Miner's Arms, I rede- ar, was brought up in custody, charged as above. He bears a bad character generally, and has heen a source of great trouble to his parents. The following is the evidence. John Wil- liams, examined I am a rail straightener, working and living at Tredegar I know the prisoner, John Jenkins, and have known him slightly for the last two years on my way home at ahout five o'clock in the evening of Monday last, the 20th of May instant, I called at the Miner's Arms for a pint of beer The prisoner came into the room where I was and asked me if I would pay for a quart of beer for him after some talking with the prisoner I paid for a quart of beer for him and be drank it with his companions, in the same room in which I was sitting the prisoner asked me to pay for some more heer for him and two quarts were brought in, but I refused to pay for I lit in, and they were taken hack; the piisorier told me he had no money, and that was the reason why he asked me to pay for some beer for hm shortly af er- wards I went to sleep with my head resting upon the table; I then had in my pocKft three sovereign*, a five-shilling piece, an,1 my month's divider th- money wa, the produce of some hay I had sold while asleep I telt a person leaning on my shoulder; I shook him off and went to si ep again it was ahout eleven o'clock when I awoRe; I searched my pocket in a minute, and found my purse and money gone I told the girl and the p ople in the room of mv loss, and immediately weur in search of a pI/lie, man; not find- ing Lewis, tLe works constable, I went home and sent my wife to Tredegar Police Station; the prisoner now present is the person I gave the quart of beer to he was moving about constantly in the room and I know sat by me before I.. ent to sleep.—Rachel Gwenlilan, examined I am a sin. Ie woman, and a servant at the Miner's Arm-, Tredegar on Monday last, the 20th mst., the prisoner was in the house all day, from one room to another, and occasionally getting beer from one and another he did nor, to my knowled-e pay for any beer he told me be had no money; the last witness came into the house about five o'clock in the evening shortly afterwards the last witness paid for a quart of beer for the prisoner, which I brought in and gave to him while the last witness was asleep I saw the prisoner sit'ing down by his side; the prisoner left the house a^out half-past ten o'clock the prosecutor left about twelve o'clock his daughter c-ime up for him when he awok • I was in the room, and there were five or six other people 111 the room; the prosecutor searched his pocket sands id he had lost b's purse with three pounds five shillings in it he immediately I. ft the liouse.-Divi(i Ev-ins, examined I am a pud.iW living at Tredeg-ir I was in the work at about half-past five o'clock on Tues- day last, when the prisoner came up to me at the request of the prisoner I went up town with him I first asked him if he hd three-pence he said he had sixpence we went. to the Kind's Head the house wa> not then opened in a gully adjoining the house he pulled a sovereign out of his stocking foot and gave it to me to ge' changed in the King's Head I asked him where he got it from, when he said, I found it I picked it up when the hou,e was opened we went in and I ordered a noggin of whisky; I gave the sovereign to a girl we ordered a pint of cider, and after we got the change, 19s. 3d., we went to the back and I gave him the change he said, you keep 4s. 6d -we wen' to the Tredegar Arms tap, and the Punch House the prisoner paid for every- thing as far as I recollect; the next thins; I know was that I awoke at the back ot the Company's stables; my 4s. 6d. was gone, and I don't know what became of it.—Ann Williams, examined I am a single woman living with my uncle, John Williams, who keeps the King's Head, at Tredegar; on Tuesday morning last, at about five minutes past six o'clock, the pri-oner and the last witness came into the house they called for a noggin of whiskey, and a pint of cider; th. last witness gave me a sovereign, and I got it changed by my uncle I gave 19s. 3 i. in change; they then left the house.-M,r.v Saunders, examined I am the wife )f David Sounders, of Dukestown, innkeeper we keep the Duke Inn there on Tuesday evening last the prisoner cam- to our house, and after driuking two or three pints of beer with two others who were with him, he asked me to change him a sovereign, and to get three suppers when he gave me the sovereign out of a purse, I saw another sovereign in the purse; I gave him change for the sovereign, but being called away, he took the sovereign and my change away with him.—Jeremiah Evans, examined I am a Monmouthshire constable, stationed at Sirhowy on Tuesday last, the 21st instant, from information I had received, I went in search of the prisoner I apprehended him on Wed- nesday last, at about eleven o'clock in the morning, at the Rising Sun public-house, Dukestown; I charged him with stealing from the person of John Williams, at the Miner's Arms, Tredegar, a purse containing three sovereigns and a five-shilling piece, on Monday night, the 20th instant; he saici, "I was not in tti- Miner's Arms that night"; on the road to the station he said, I was there, but I was drunk, and I don't care if I get six or twelve months I took him to th" station, and when there searched him, and upon him found one shilling and three half-pence in money. —The prisoner, after being cautioned, said What I have spent is my own money the money of my own was two pounds ten shillings; I was thinking of going off from here altogether, and went to the pig-ty near my father's house, and took the money from where I had "quutteu" it. He was then committed to take his trial at the next general Quarter Sessions at Usk.
BEYNMAWE. MH. R. B. JONES'S DERBY VENTURE.—This sweep- s'ake was conducted at the Royal Arms, Brynmawr, in a manner that gave satisfaction to all concerned. The first two prizes went to one house in Aber- gavenny, and the third to Tredegar. MR. SIMMS'S MARIONETTE THEATRE.—This display of mechanical ingenuity and skilful manipulation attracts crowded audiences nightly. The support is well merited, and the entertainment is one of a deci- dedly superior character. CONCERT.—A musical treat was afforded to the people of Brynmawr, on Thursday evening, the 23rd instant, in the shape of a concert of vocal and instru- mental music, which took place at the Town Hall. The artistes comprised the principal local musical notorieties, and the programme, as will be seen by a reference to the copy appended, was most select and well chosen. Gwilym Gwent," a local star of the first magnitude, conducted the Nactyglo Church Choir in several glees, in a very superior manner. Mis- Francis, that well-known and successful soprano, appeared with success and sustained her reputation as a local favolli ite her song, Thou art so near,' was rendered with much feeling, and met with the appreeiation it merited. Mr. W. L. Lewis, "Llew Llwyfo;" was equally successful in the parts allotted to him his solos, without exception, were well given, and several re demands were as successfully complied with. Amongst the instrumentdL-ts we observed Mr. W. Sage, the local Paganini, who, of course, took the leading violin the ov(-rt u, es by the com- bined band were very pleasingly rendered, but wo were rather disappointed when we found the programme did not include a s"lo by Mr. W. Sage, whose taste and skill a, a violinist are well-known and admired. The concert, 'aken as a whole, may be de-ig,nated a success. We f.u>join a copy of the programme:- Overture, (S. B. Rodgers,) Brynmatvr Band Madri- gal, "Now is the month of maying," (Morely); S, ng, "Rhyw un \n edrych am rhyw un," Llew Llwyfo Glee, Push about the bot, le, boys" (Bi-hop) Ballad, "Tell nif, my heart" (Boosi), Mi-s Francis; Song, "Will o' the Wisp" (B, ahain), Llew Llwyfo; Part son, 0 Nanni" (Scotch Air) Song, Thou art so near and yet so far" (Reichard'), Miss Francis Quadrille, "Indian Maid" (Gwilym Gwent) Over- ture, 'Timonr the Tartar" (R<>s»fni) Song. "Neddy Jones" (Owilill Alaw). Llew Llwyfo; Glee, "Tbe migh y conqueror" (Webbe) Song, "II Bacio" (Rossini), Duetto; Miss Francs and Llew Llwyfo; Song, "I'm a Reamer" (Mendelssohn), Llew Llwyfo; Glee, "Co/me o'er the brook (Bishop) Ballad, "Come, dwell with me" (Glover), Mi-s Francis; Polka, Old dog tray" (Melland); Finale, "God save the Qut en.' THE POLicr, The annual inspection of the staff of police untier the command of Sergeant Joseph, took pL<ce on Tu-sd iy last. The appearance of the men was in e,ery way c mme dabl., and pe Government Inspector, Captain Willis, expressed the most un- qual'fi d satisfaction as to their < fficienc.y and personal deportment. T ie cells, books, officers, &c., were in the most satisfactory state of cleauli* ess and neat- nes-, and did the sergeant great credit. THE LAST OF THE PRIMITIVE METHODISTS' LIBEL CASE. After the rising of the court on Wednesday week, the contending parties in this vexatious case came to an agreemen;, by which the prosecution would be withheld on defendant's paying the costs incurred, and rendering an apology for the publication of the libel complained of. The subjoined correspondence on the matter has been placed ill our hands by Mr. G. S. Davies, the attorney for the prosecution Crickhowell, 23rd May, 18G7. TRIVET u. MAl'STOXE. Dear Sir,—I send you herewith a copy of defendant's retrac- tation of the libel, as requested. I would suggest that copies be sent to both the papers in which the libel has been published, with the heading- on the other half sheet, and Trivet may take any other steps he thinks fit to make it public. Yours faithfully, 9 G. SIDNEY DAVIES. Mr. Ricks, shoemaker, &c., Brynmawr. After the defendant had been committed for trial, the prosecutor consented, at the request of the defendant, to forbear to prosecute, after the retractation of the libel being signed, and the c sts incurred by him (the prosecutor) being reimbursed to him, which arrange- ment was accordingly carried into effect. The fol- lowing is a copy of the retractation and ap logy signed by the defendant I hereby acknowledge that the accusations made by me against Henry Trivet, and taken down in writing;, and signed by me, and dated the 24 th of April, 1867, are untrue and unfounded, that is to say, it is not true as stated by me 1st, that the wife of Henry Trivet is in the habit of taking something to produce abortion 2nd, that the goods he has in hi, house he stole of George Cook 3rd, Henry Trivet peiv-uaded George CJok to break open the club box, and had a hand in it, namely, the club held at the King William, Glamorgan-street, Bryn- mawr and I hereby express my regret at having published such accusations. Dated at Brynmawr, this 22nd day of May, 1867. The mark X of Ann Map- stone.—I approve of the foregoing retractation of the libel against Henry Trivet, signed by my w: 'fe. The mark X of John Mapstone. Witnesses to the signa- tures of Ann Maps: one and John Mapstone G. S, Davids, solictor, Crickhowell, attorney for the prose- cutor and Wil iam Harvey." LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. The monthiy meeting of this Board was held at the offices, in Beaufo't-street, on Wednesday afternoon last, wi;pn there were present Messrs. Judd (in the chair), H-nry Judd, David Morgan, R. B. Jones, Hope, R. Edwards, Havard, and D. Watkius. THE FAIRS. The Clerk having read the minutes of the last meeting, and the ame having been confitmed, M, R. B Jones presented a petition, numerously signed, requesting the Board to reconsider a motion passed at a recent meeting-, by which the holding of fairs in Brynmawr was prohibited. After this petition had been read, Mr. Edwards stated that his name appeared amongst the l'st of signatures without his consent; he should therefore wish to have it withdrawn. A v> ry numerous deputation, representing those who wished the resolution prohibi ing the holding of the fairs rescinded, here entered the room, accom- panied by their legal advocate, Mr. G. A. Jones, of Ab rgaienny. Mr. Jones explained the business of the deputation, whose cause he pleaded, and expressed h s conviction that the Board would not wittingly do anything to injure, the trade of the place, and it he could prove to them that by adhering to the resolution they had co'ne to, with reference to the fairs at Brynmawr, this would be the ca-e, he was sure they would willingly set that resolution aside. Mr. Ford, a member of the deputation, expressed his belief that the fairs were a benefit to the town in general—not merely to the publicans, and thought the Board ought to decide on allowing the fairs again to be held. The Chairman 'aid that if they wished to have the resolution r,ferred to rescinded on that day, notice of such motion should have been given at the last meeting of the Board. Mr. Edwards said that it was a matter of impos- sibility for the motion to be rescinded in time for the fair. Mr. G. A. Jones Have not the Board power to rescind a resolution made at any general meeting, and had they notice of the resolution made ? The Chairman They knew there would be no fair. A Tradesman There ought to have been bills printed to that effect. The Chairman There is plenty of time to print bills now. A Tradesman suggested that the Board give no power to Mr. Thomas, the surveyor, to take proceed- ings against anyone if the fair were held. The Chairman said that would be tantamount to rescinding the resolution. Mr. Jones thought if Mr. Thomas were not autho- rised to proceed against any one, if the fair were heJd, it would answer the same purpose as if the motion were rescinded. The Chairman said the resolution was made, and they must abide by it. Mr. G. A. Jones suggested that some members of the Board give the required notice, and call a special meeting, for the purpose of rescinding the motion. Mr. Hope asked if the Board had power to proceed in that way. The Clerk replied that they could. The proposition inserted in the books of the Board, in reference to the abolition of the fairs, and, by Mr. Edwards's request, the letter from Messrs. Bailey on the sut)j, et were then read. The let'er was opposed to the holding of fairs in Brynmawr, as they seriously interfered with the Works. Mr. G. A. Jones said the rateable value of the property of persons in favour of the fairs in Beaufort- street alone was £954, and he could, no doubt, produce five or six times as much. If be did that he was sure they would nor, adhere to a resolution so antagonistic to the wishes of the people of Brynmawr. Mr. Jones remarked that the fair was to be held on Whit-Monday, and it was necessary that the matter shoulo be decided in time for that. Mr. G. A. Jones You have power to call a special meeting to rescind any order of a general meeting, and you (speaking to the Chairman) have power, as Chairman, ex-officio, to call that meeting. I Mr Edwa,-ils iliotight, the requisition went rather I far. He did not know what the feeling of the Board was at present—whether those gentlemen who had f passed the resolu ion had altered their minds. f Mr. G. A. Jones believed many of those gentlemen had repented of what they bad done, and 'hat was a good reason why they should rescind the resolution. Might he ask the question how many in, mbers formed the Beard the evening the resolution was passed. The Cl(-.rk Six. Mr. G. A. J< nes Only six. The Clerk Half the Board. Mr. G. A. Jones Th. n if there had been the full Board, Mr. Jones might perhaps have carried his proposition. The Chairman If I had been here, I should have been with the resolution, certainly. The Clerk I don't think it is quite the thing for you to come here and say members of the Board have changed their mind; if they have done so, they will come here to say it. Mr. Edwards Perhaps Mr. Jones will tell us who those members are. I expect one of those gentlemen he means is not a member. Mr. G, A. Jones I am instructed they are, but as they are riot here I can't say who they are. Mr. Edwards Before the adjournment takes place we must pass a resolution that an adjourned meeting shall take place to consider the matter. The Chairman These gentlemen need not wait here. We can discuss tt e matter after they are gone. A Member of the Deputation We will have it set'led at once. Mr. Edwards It is a matter of impossibility to get it settled to-day. Mr. G. A. Jones I am told four form a quorum, and there are eitiht here. I he (o move- The Clerk You can't move anything at this Board, I Mr. Jones. Mr. G. A. Jones I was not going to move as a member of the Board. I was going to address the members and inform them that I apply to them to call a special meeting, and ask them to inform me and the gentlemen round me whether they will do so or not, and also that they shall hold up their hands and show us who vote for it and who don't. The Chairman Of course, if you are going to do the business of the Board, we must throw up altogether. Mr. R. B. Jones I beg to move we call a meeting to consider this. Mr. Ford But the fair will be past. The Clerk I think it will be better that you shon ld leave the Board to deliberate upon this. The Boarrl will-I dare say they will-do what is desirable. You can't come here and put a pressure on the Board and stand over them while they discuss the matter. Mr. G. A. Jones r They don't vote by ballot, and need not fear us seeing how they vote. Mr. Hope The reporters are here, and the way we vote could t,e reported in the papers, so that there is no necessity for concealment. Mr. Ford There are two or three reasons why I advocate the fairs ot course, you know I am per. fectly d sinterested I don't suppose I get t5 in five years out of the fairs, or 5s. either, but having been here for the last seventeen years, I feel that I am called upon, as a tradesman of the town, to stand up tor our original rights. I am not fond of seeing our old land-marks removed, and I hope I nev, r shall. Mr. Ford then recounted the advantages of holding the pig, sheep, and cattle marke's at B, ynmawr, and ended by hoping the gentlemen of the Board would re-consider their decision. A Member of the Deputation: Come now, consider about the Brynmawr ratepayers. Mr. Jones again called upon themeeting to convene a special meeting, proposing this time that it be held on the morrow, when Mr. Hicks would be present. The Chairman I would rather have him pre- sent. He thought very much abour, these fairs. Mr. Hope thought the proposition untimely, he should like to see everything done wisely, and if done wisely, done well. They had just received a deputa- tion of the heaviest ratepayers of Brynmawr, and for his own port he pledged himself to give that deputa- tion his very best consideration. They had had now from those gentlemen all they could reasonably ex- pect their arguments had been very strong, and for himself he had always been a strong advocate for the fairs. (Hear, hear.) He had always felt that if they had two or three fairs in the year, it would be a benefit to the town. (Applause.) If he found the ratepayers wanted the fairs, and if he did not get any benefit, he thought they should give way to the majority of ratepayers. (Applause.) Now, he would beg to move that the meeting be a private one, and that the deputation withdraw, and they would give the memorial their best consideration. Mr. Edwards explained, from the bye-laws, that a meeting could not be held before Monday at the shortest, as three clear days' notice was required before it could be held. Mr. Ford That is the very reason why we should settle it now. Mr. Edwards We must also get the sanction of the .Secretary of State. You know there are certain rules which we cannot violate. A Member of tbe Deputation: You never gave notice to the public that the fairs should not be held. The deputation here withdrew. ANALYSIS OF THE WATER. This subject, which stood adjourned from last Board meeting, for the purpose of ascertaining the terms of analysis by Drs. Xuckett and Fitz Henry, was further adjourned. PAVING. The surveyor, Mr. Thomas, reported that he had prepared, but not yet delivered, notice respecting the paving in trout of the house in Worcester-street nd other streets. P ILLAR-BOX FOR BEAUFORT-STREET. The Clerk produced and read a letter which he had received from Major Morgan, stating that the pillar- box for Beaufort-street had been granted. SCAVENGING. Mr. Thomas it formed the Board that, in accordance with their instructions given at the last meeting, he had made offer of the terms for the removal of rubbish, etc., to the two persons who then sent in tenders Both refused to accept 4d, per load in payment, and asked 5d. Mr. Thomas laid this application before the Board. The Board again expressed themselves unanimously of opinion that 4d. per load was an adequate rate of remuneration, and instructed ttnir purveyor to offer these terms to others. "SCOURGING" OF HOUSES. The Clerk read a letter from the Duke of Beaufort's solicitor on this subject, in which it was stated that, since the complaint was made, no", courging" had taken place. A copy of this letter had oeeu forwarded to Messrs. Bailey. In reply to queries from Mr. Edwards, The Clerk said that the lease of Messrs. Bailey was anterior to most of the bui ding leases in Brynmawr. When the Beaufort lease was granted there was not a house in Brynmawr, he expected. Mr. J,)n, s asked the Clerk to read the printed para- graph which he supposed referred to the case. The Clerk, in accordance with this request, read thp report of a cause between Wakefield and the Duke of Buccleugh, but stated that there existed a difference b. tween the two. In that case they we e the owners of the surface. In this they were the les ees in that case there was no reservation of the inmates in this case there was. The Clerk explained that there were th ee classes of leases under the Duke of Beaufort the first, where they reserve the right to work the mineral by paying compensation 2nd, where they reserve the right to work the minerals but mention nothing of compensation and 3rd, where the reser- vation is accompanied by a specific exclusion of com- pensation. Mr. Biiley said that there was no coal working in Brynmawr. What subsidence did take place must be in consequence of the old workings. PIPES AND TAPS. A letter from Mr. F. Webb, plumber, was read to the Board, in which the writer stated that it was im- possible to supply the genuine tap as represented at the last meeting, Mr. Hope explained that they had present speci- mens of taps that were used at Brecon, and an imita- tion of it. Also a specimen of Guest and Chrimes' tap, and an imitation of it. The price of one was 2s. lid. and of the other 3s. 6d. Mr. Havard: I should like to know how publicity for these tenders was given. The Clerk, on enquiry, found that no publicity had been officially made. All the instructions the public received of the i citation for tenders was through the medium of the local Press. Mr. Havard said the matter ought to be advertized. Bills p isted up about the town would do. Mr. Hope said if any person were prepared to supply the taps and pipes at a cheaper rate than they were then getting them, the proper plan would be for that person to advertize his own goods, and not for the Board to do it for him. Mr. Havard said he consulted the pockets of the ratepayers. It would effect a great saving if the pipes and taps could be obtained at a cheaper rate than they now obtained them. Mr. Hope: If there is any other plumber in the town that will do the same work for 9d. that we pay Is. for now, let him advertize. The m >n, Webb, was called in and explained the relative merits of the different taps, and the superior- ity of the ones they were now using over tho e re cornm nd, d. He said there was three-quarters of an ounce of brass less in one than in the other. Mr. Edwards I should suggest that if Mr. Webb could supply us his tap at th j less price, let him do so, without. more dem tr. It is only 3d. a tap difference, Mr. Wetib agreed to do so. Mr. Havard To do away with all unpleasantness amongst the tradesmen, let us have pouters issued in- viting tenders. Webb stands upon a,s good ground as any one el-e. Mr. Edwards I have been here many years, and have not, heard any complaints. Mr. Havard I have heard several. Mr. Havard then proposed that posters be issued inviting tenders. The proposition was not seconded, and so fell through. THE PROPOSED FILTER BEDS. A report from Mr. Harpur, of Mertbyr, explaining the mode of construction of these beds, was read to the meeting, and the estimated cost mentioned as £ 360. A discussion of an unimportant nature ensued, and the question was adjourned sine die. FAIRS. This suVject was returned to, and Mr. Edwards asked if the resolution could be dealt with at a special in, eting. The Clerk said the members must be unanimous on the point. Mr. Edwards Is that the law as regards a special meeting, or a general one? The Clerk: Any meeting. Mr. Edwards asked what class of people they were who attended as a deputation that day, and did the meeting think the granting of the fairs would benefit the town. No! They caused the Works to be stopped, thus depriving the town of one of its greatest sources < f revenue, while the parties who attended these fairs only took the money out of the town. Anything that interfered with the general progress of the Works robbed the town of its prosperity. The Chairman Just so, and we have all, when the fair is over, said one to another, "Well, this fair has done no good." It is only encouraging rioting and drunkenness. Mr. Jones Tfeere are too many public-houses I will confess, but they must have some way of getting their living, and they depend, in a great measure, upon such spurts as these. There is no other trade to compare with it in this respecr. They coul 1 not say that the butchers and the ironmongers did not benefit by the fairs, and the interests of the innkeepers were to be consulted as well as others. Mr. Edwards: I have no doubt their interest is great, but not such as the rest of the community. You acknowledge yourself there are too many publicans in the town ? Mr. Jones Yes. Mr. Eiwar,is Are there too many drapers, or too many grocers, or too many ironmongers, and why should there not be a legitimate competition ? Why should there be too many, and yet we have a confession of one of the principal ones that there are. The source of that trade must be evil. Mr. Jones said be did not see the force of that ar^uo ent. T- e Chairman There are no fairs in Merthyr or Tredegar. Mr. Edwards said they were really a nuisance to the community. Mr. Jones Were there ever fairs held at Merthyr? Mr. Edw-r ds Oh yes, I remember, very well. Mr. Hope said that as they had had an attendance of very influential and heavy ratepayers—(Laughter.) Mr. Jones Well! they are as a class as heavy ratepayers as any in the town. Mr. Edwards I have no doubt. We have had an example of that with one of the speakers. Mr Hope I shall be ready to propose, as long as the resolution emanates from our chairman, that he be requested to call a sp, cial meeting of the Board, to consider the matter, and for my o ii part, I should be inclined to give them the fairs for this year, and if the public opinion is for the fair, I should give it every year the public can speak on it in the course of the coming year. Mr. Jones seconded the proposition,. which was carried. The Chairman: I did not like the way these gentle- men c ime in here at all. The Clerk It was a kind of an attempt at intimi- dation, I say. Mr. Edwards I think their advocate was very strong indeed. He was going to take the meeting by storm, with his, I propose this, and I move that." The Chairman I did not like the way they came in, all of a body, at all. It looked like, 11 we will make you do it." A little more discussion on this matter closed the meeting.
ABERGAVENNY. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, before F H. WILLIAMS, Esq., T. DAVIFS, Esq., F. C. H. WILLIAMS, Esq., C. BAILEY, jun., Esq., and J. C. HILL, Esq. UNLAWFULLY REMOVING CATTLE.-Isaac Morgan, Brynmawr, was charg. d by Superintendent Freeman with having unlawfully removed cattle without a license from the local authorities. Defendant admitted the offence, but pleaded ignorance of the law. The Bench imposed a mitigated penalty of Is. and costs.— George Jones, Kentchurch, was charged with having unlawfully removed two cows and two calves on Monday, the 14th instant. Defendant did not appear. The service of the summons having been duly proved, P.C. Nicholls proved the charge.—Superintendent Freeman stated that he had seen the defendant the previous day, and he said he would be unable to attend owing to his having an engagement at Hereford. Fined 5s. and costs. ASSAULT.—John Sayce was charged with having assaulted Edward Lewis, at Abergavenny, on the 15th it)stant.-Complainant went into the London Appren- tice, when the defendant, without the slightest provo- cation, offered him a gratuitous insult by striking his hat from his head afterwards striking him to the ground from his chair. Complainant the i went out, and proceeded up the Her. ford road. Defendant followed him, tripped him down, and kicked him severely while down. He received sueh injuries that he was obliged to get medical attendance.—Joseph Williams corroborated the complainant's statement.— Defend ant urged that the complainant was the aggres- sor, but called no witness to substantiate his plea., and the Bench imposed a penalty of 10s. and costs, or 14 days' imprisonment with hard labour. THE "OMAR PASHA" IN THOUBLr,Cliarles Beams, landlord of the "Omar Pasha" Inn, was charged with having allowed bad characters to assemble in his house on the 19 h instant. Mr. J. H. Farquhar d(-fended.-P.C. Guinea stated that on Sunday, the 19th instant, he visit ed the house at 8.30 p.m., and f und therein Thomas Herbert, a returned convict, Ellen Dempsey, a prostitute and convicted thief, and another prostitute he again visited the house at 9.15, and found the same parties sitting down in the house he visited it a third time at tan minutes past ten, and the same disreputable characters vere there making a noise there was diink on 'he table on each occasion; he told Beams he would inform against him, having cautioned him on several previous occasions respecting the sam'' offe-nee.-Srgeal.t Edghill stated that defen- dant had heen previously convicted, on one occasion in the penalty of X3. He also stated that when he served the summons two of the parties were in the house.—Superintendent Freeman read a list of con- viciions against the defendant, numbering in all six offen,-es.-The defence was that, being fair time, and therefore unusually busy, he employed Herbert to assi-t him; the prostitute Davies was also employed to assist, so that Dempsey was the only stranger in the hou,e It was hardly fair, Mr. Farquhar contended, to blame Mr. Beams tor having Herbert in his house, as he was endeavouring, since his return from the convict service, to conduct himself honestly. No one would employ him, and the Bench once complimented the defendant for giving Herbert employment.- Herbert was called, and stated that he had been employed to assist the defendant during the fair week; Davies, the prosti'ute, was also employed Herbert further stated that he was not employed on the Sunday, but was invited to spend the day with defendant.— The Bench severely censured ttie defendant for his conduct, and imposed a penalty of £5 and costs, or in default of payment one month's imprisonment. The Bench recommended defendant to separate the two trades -beerhc;use keeping and lodging-housekeeping. LEAVING WOBIC.—Joseph Symonds was charged with having left the service of Mr. George Sharpe, of Govilon, without having given the specified notice, as agreed between them when the engagement took place.—The son of the prosecutor stated that defendant had been engaged on the 13th of May he had left on a previous occasion without giving notice defendant only continued at work seven days, and then left, taking his son with him, thereby causing much incon- venience he had heard since that defendant was working on the line.—The defendant was ordered to pay the costs, and return to his labour.—Defendant complained that he was obliged to go to the shop for goods instead of being paid in cash, and urged that 12s. 5d. was due to lllm.-Complamallt stated that the e defendant owed him money, and had signed an agree- ment by which he should pay into the shop what he owed ,Fhe Magistrates' Clerk said he could not legally stop defendant's, wages for shop goods, and defendant could sue him in the County Court for the amount. PERMITTING DRUNKENNESS.—Mary Ann Humphreys was charged by P.C. Guinea with having permitted drunkenness in her house (the Albion) on the 26th ins.'aat. Mr. J H. Farquhar, who appeared for the defence, contended that no drunkenness took place on the nig¡t in question. Two witnesses were called (lodgers) to disprove the charge.—James Calder, compositor, stated that there was no drunkenness while he was in the house, which was for nearly the whole cf the day.-The Bench convicted defendant in the penalty of 2s. 6d. and costs.
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CLYRO PETTY SESSIONS. To the Editor of the BRECON COUNTY TIMES. SIR,-I should feel obliged if you would grant me a little space in your paper to make a statement in connection with the fishing case ex parte heard on Monday last. This statement would have been made on oath, and could have been verified by another witness, bad not the Justices, in their wisdom, decided otherwise. Mr. Jebb and myself were in- cluded in the same summons-an old and clever trick frequently practised by those who like to be considered sharp," or who fear, if the truth were known, that they could not obtain a conviction. The simple result of such a course was to close our mouths, and thereby preclude any evidence other than the one-sided evidence so voluminously given by the prosecution. On Thursday morning we left Brecon by the 7.15 train for Boughrood, intending to have a couple of hours fishing, ana returning by the 10 o'clock down train from Buiitb, which we did. I hooked and fought a large fish for some time, but being up to my waist in the river I could not be certain whether it was a fresh one or not. When I aot hold of it I saw it was not a clean fish, nd as quickly as I could I got the Itook out and returned it to the river Having a short time more to spare, I threw the catch over again. Mr. Jebb was the whole of this time on the banks of the river, more than 50 yards from me, taking his breakfast, which was brought to him by Mrs. Fowler, of the Boughrood Inn. I called out loudly to him from the river to make haste, to go and settle the bill, and if he were at the station before me to tell the station master I was coming. I did not see Mr. Jebb again after he left the river until I gut out of the guard's van at Three Cocks Station, where I joined him, four or fine miles away from where I saw him last. After throwing the top of the catch I got out of the river, took my rod partly to pieces, and ran in my fishing clothes all the way from there to the station, a distance of half a mile. The train arrived a few seconds before me; the station master very kindly got my things, and accompanied me across the rails to the opposite platform, and, having the guard's per- mission, I got into the van and took off my fishing things. When on the way to the Three Cocks Station, the guard came from his box to me, and told me of the occurrence on the platform between the wafer-bailiff and Mr. Jebb. This was the first time I had heard of it. I know now from Mr. Jebb that when I went in such haste from the river, through Boughrood viilage, that I passed him whilst he was at the inn settling with the landlady. Mr. Jebb, through his solicitor, offered to plead guilty of having igno- rantly or unknowingly in his possession the fish, pro- viding the charge against me should be withdrawn. No, but if I would plead guilty they would withdraw it against Mr. Jebb. Is there no animus here ? I also told an official of the Court that I was as innocent of the charge as he was. What was his answer ?- that there ivould certainly be a conviction. Before the magistrates it was suggested by Mr. Thomas to separate the cases, so that one of us might be at liberty to give evidence for the other; but it was refused, on the grounds that it was a joint case, that we arrived in the same train, went the same way to the river, and left for Brecon by the same train- constituting it a joint offence. This may be logic, but is it law ? We did not deny that we were fishing, that we came together and left together, and that I caught a fish and returned it to the river. Why did I do so ? Because it was not a new fish. The Chairman re- marked, with great self-satisfaction—" I am happy to say that we are unanimous in the decision at which we have arrived. The decision at which we have arrived is that both the defendants must be convicted." How could they arrive at any other conclusion when they only heard the one side, and refused us the only favour we asked, viz., to take the cases separately. Again, as if to "pile the agonies," the Ch firman says —" We consider that both Mr. Williams and Mr. Jebb have broken the law-really, we hardly know why- because the fish was a very bad one. What a wOllde. ful discovery! It was for that very reason that I returned the fish back to the river. Had he been a good one, or fairly recovered, I should have done, very likely, what a gentleman of that neighbourhood did a few days before at Newbridge, when he caught one nearly 40 lbs. weight,—kept him. How Mr. Jebb. far away from me, and my back turned to him-for I was in the middle of the river fishing-got possession of the fish is not my business. He can answer for himself. All I can say is Mr. Jebb is no sportsman, as evidenced in a former part of this letter. During the time I was fighting this monster (17lbs.), he was coolly on the road above taking his breakfast I feel the injustice done to me so severely, and consequent on that injustice, the disgrace, that I am compelled to take some steps to reverse the decision of the Clyro bench of magistrates. JAS. WILLIAMS.
♦ To the Editor of the BRECON COUNTY TIMES. Sir, AS I was prevented (by the peculiar course taken) in the Fishing Case, heard before the mag's- trat(,s at Clyro, on Monday last, giving any informa- tion in respect to the matter, I shall be obliged if you will allow me to state, through your columns, how the fish that was taken from me at Boughrood, on the 9th May, came into my possession. I was on the banks of the river at Boughrood having my breakfast during the time my friend, Mr. Williams, was vigol ousIy. fighting a large fish. The rocks in the river and 1 he bushes on the side prevented me having an uninter- rupted view of the fiiiht, and it was only occasionally that I caught a glimpse of the fish. We were too far away from each other for any conversation. I think the only words that passed between us were my shout- ing to Mr. Williams, asking what sort of a fish he had got, and his reply was that he was a very big one. This was immediately after he hooked the fish. After my breakfast I had some letters to read, which I had ob-aiued at vhe station in the morning, and this pre- vented me seeing what became of the fish until I went to get my top coat, which was lying a little distance further up the river. I then saw the big salmon in shallow water, close to the land, apparently dead. How it got there I don't know. I dragged the fish out and carried it to the hotel, where I weighed it, and then took it to the station. When I left the river Mr. Williams had gone further up to the top of the catch. I was not aware that the fish was an old one, nor was I aware that I was infringing any law by taking away the fish that I supposed he had lost. I was greatly surprised to have the fi,h taken from me at the station, and did not how until then that it was a bad one. I did not see Mr. Williams from the time I left the river until I not to the Three Cocks Station. He passed the Inn at Boughrood while I was weighing the fish. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, J. A. JEBB.
—♦— To the Editor of the BRECON COUNTY TIMES. SIR -I write at the request of the Board of Guar- dians of the Brecknock Union to correct some state- ments, made in a letter published in your edition of Saturday last, and signed Pro Bono Publico," which are calculated to create a wrong impression. Your correspondent, in criticising the action of the Guar- dians with reference to the alterations at the Infirmary at the Workhouse, commences by assuming that because Mr. William Williams, the County Surveyor, prepared, at the request of the Board, the plans and specifications for the new buildings, he was necessarily to be appointed Surveyor and Clerk of the Works a.nd tells us that "this is the secret of the Surveyor's tender being lower than the other builders who ten- dered," as he then would be able to use more of the old materials than any one else. Perhaps your correspondent will be satisfied when he learns that, at the meeting at which the tenders were received, the Guardians appointed as Surveyor a gentleman in whom they have every confidence, namely, Mr. John Prothero, of this town. It will also be satisfactory for the public to know that the plans and specifications of the proposed alterations and additions were deposited at the Workhouse, and remained there for inspection for more than three weeks before the tenders were received, of which public notice was given, affording every one an ample opportunity of making his own calculations. Before, therefore, your correspondent volunteers to inform the public of what is going on in their locality, he should at least endeavour to make himself ac- quainted with the facts. I am, Sir, yours, &c., DAVID W. J. THOMAS, Clerk to the Guardians. .r- -== Printed for the Proprietors by William Henry Clark, at the Offices in Church Street, and published at £ e Office in High Street, both in the parish of Saint Mary, and borough of Brecon.—June 1, 1-161.
CLYRO. PETTY SESSIONS, MONDAY, before the REV. J. VENABLES, H. ALLEN, and W. BASKERVILLE, ESQRS. STBAY ANIMALS.—John Lloyd, grocer, was sum- moned f >r allowing a donkey to stray on the bihway at Boughrood, on the 7th of May. The defendant did not appear, and service of the summons was proved by P. C. John Thomas, and also the commis- sion of the offence. Defendant had previously been cautioned. He wasfined lis. 6d., including costs, orin default 7 days' imprisonment.—Walter Lewis, farmer, of the same place, was summoned for allowing two horses and a colt to stray on the highway, (,n the 12th of May. Defendant did not appear, and the service of summons and the facts of the case were proved by P. C. Thomas. He was fined 2s. 101" each animal, and 9s. 6d. costs, total 15s.; or in default seven days' im- prisonment. CHARGE OF SHOOTING HORSES. James Williams, described as a glazier, ot Bryn- gwyn, was charged with having 011 the 29th or 30th April, unlawfully, maliciously, and feloniously maimed and wounded certain animals, viz., a horse and two mares, the property of William Price. Mr. Stevens appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Page for the defence. Mr. Stevens stated he was instructed by the prose- cutor, Mr. Price, who preferred this charge against the prisoner. It was one of a very serious naure, and be had no doubt it would receive at their hands the attention it needed. The prisoner was charged, under a clause introduced by Sir Robert Peel ann in- corporated with the Consolidated Statutes, with maiming cattle. He (Mr. Stevens) had only been instructed that morning, and he had therefore not had an op- portunity of going into the case as he should ha, e liked. There were, however, children, of the age of qfive and seven years, who were to have been called as witnesses, whom he found to be so very ignorant-riot knowing their catechism, or the Lord's prayer, and never having heard of a future place—that he did not think he cculd ask the magistrates to examine them as witnesses but if their evidence could have fen taken it would have gone to prove the charge. He should therefore have to fall back upon circumstan- tial evidence, which w-,uld be very short, and the magistrates would have to say whether they consi- dered it sufficient to justify them in sending the case for further investigation. The prisoner was cha, ged with offences upon two separate days, but he thought the evidt-nce would be directed to what took plae" on the 30tb. The evidence was to the following effect. Mr. Price lived in the same parish as the prisoner, and occupied a farm there, having also a house adjoin- ing to some lands which the prisoner occupied. Oil the 30th of April young Mr. Price saw a cart horse, about seven or eight o'elock in the evening,going over his father's field in the direction of the hill. Later in the evening he went to the hill to bring the horse home for the night, and he found that the animal had been severely injured and was very stiff indeed. It was with great difficulty he got him home, and he tben found that he was shot. Slu^s were extrac ed from his b, dy, and on the 4th of May the animal died. Another horse was shot that same day, but there was no evidence to prove that the prisoner did it. The way in which the prisoner was connected with the first offence was this. He was seen upon the hill on the preceding day, by a man named Gwilliin, wtio would tell them of the expressions made use of by the prisoner, and it was for the Bench to decide as to whether he meditated any attack on the horse. Then there was evidence to the effect that on the evening in question, at the time when the horse was stated to have been going in the direction of the hill, the prisoner was seen on the hill with his back leaning again,t a ditch, and the report of a gun was heard from prisoner's land. Then there were some state- ments made by the prisoner, which he would not state to them. That was the whole of the case, and if, after hearing the evidence, they thought the case sufficiently reasonable for the determination of a jury, he would ask them to send it for trial. If not, they would dismiss it. John Price was then called, and said I live with my father, Mr. W. Price, who is a farmer, residing in Bryngwyn, and occupying Llanybymon fa, m. He keeps cart-horses, and they som, times go to Bryn- gwyn hill to pasture. On Thursday, the 30th April last, I saw a cart-horse going up the hill about, seven o'cloek in the evening it was then, quite well about an hour afterwards I went to fetch him home, and found him on the hill be was very stiff and could hardly walk I did not notice any blood upon him, but I at once saw something was the mattt-r I took him home, and examined him next morning; I saw wounds in the neck and shoulder, and pulled Ii small piece of lead out, which I gave to P. C. Barrs there were wounds at the spot, and appeared to be gun shot wounds I bad the horse aitended to, but he died on the 4rh of May we had two other horses injured, one of which died they werf injured in the same way as this one, either the same day or the previous day. Cross-examined I was at home during the time the horse was injured I did not heat any guns go off the horse was in the shed all night it was seven o'clock when I saw it I at once saw the wounds the horse appeared very badly on the night before, but I thought it had sprained itself I am on good terms with the defendant we have always been good neighbours, and there has been no quarrel between my father and the defendant. Thomas Gwillim deposed I live at the Rectory house, Bryngwyn, and occupy a small farm I know the prosecutor and the prisoner; I recollect youthe29th April, going to Mr. Price to borrow a pony horse I went about five o'clock I saw the prisoner inside his hedge, at work I found the pony, and was driving her home, when I had some conversation with the prisoner there was a black pony of Mr. Lloyd's with Mr. Price's on the hill, and as the two ponies ran together I asked the prisoner who was the owner of the black pony he replied, I do not know I said I would take her down with this one, and he s-n), "A good job too to take her from here she is jumping iu my plocks all the time I had gone on a good dis- tance, when he said something about doing an injury it was to the effect that he would do for the horses on the following day I was on Mr. Price's land between seven and eight in the evening my attention was attracted by a man in the ditch I tried to get close to him; I believe it to be James Williams, the prisoner he was with his back against the ditch fronting the hill, where the prosecutor's horses are turned out, and close to the spot where I took the ponies from the previous day. Cross-examined It was in the enclosures I saw the defendant it was adjoining Mr. Williams's land hk was 200 yards from me at the time it was not dare at the time—only drawing dusk be did not seem to be in a bad humour when he said he would do some- thing it was against the horses, and not against the owners, that he said he would do something the defendant follows different trades.—Mr. Pane He is a kind of universal genius, isn't he? (laughter) he is a glazier, and r, pairs guns and locks as well. Esther Gwiilim, wife of he last witness, said I recollect the evening of the 30th April, and remember seeiog the prisoner that evening on the common; he was going towards the little plocks he has on the hill; that was between seven and eight o'clock. Cross-examined There is a house on the plocks I do not know that the defendant goes and work. there sometimes. Thomas Price I am the son of the prosecutor I rent some land near the defendant's plocks, and was there on the 30th April I was about 200 yards from the plocks, and was there most of the evening the last witness came by about seven o'clock, and I had some conversation with her about a quarter of an hour after I heard a gun go oft in the direction of the defendant's plocks I went back two or three yards, and saw the smoke just rising from the defendant's plocks; Bryngwyn hill is ill that direction; the gun had been fired down the plocks towards the bottom of the hill. Cross-examined I cannot say which way the wind was blowing at the time. Some further evidence of a corroborative character was given, and Mr. Page determining to reserve his defence, the magistrates committed the prisoner for trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions for the county of Radnor, consenting to accept bail, the prisoner in 240, and two sureties in 920 each.