POKTYPOOL. Agentl-Wr. J. Hardini, Uarket Bookstall, Hr Fieldhtuse The Market, and Messrs. Jones and Edwards. J The Market, and .Mea,r.. Jonu and Edwards. THE BLAENAVON MILLS.-It is stated that the Blaonavon Company are about to re-start their steelworks. MINKRS' AND LOCAL ELICCT.-ONS.-At a meeting of the Glyn Colliery workmen at Pontypool, Mr Abraham Norman presiding, it was stated that for -some time past the workmen of this colliery had been dissatisfied with the action of the members of ,the various local bodies, and a resolution was passed which will be sent to the monthly meeting .of the Eastern Valleys District of the Miners' Federation, calling upon the district to select i-suitabla Labour candidates to contest the seats on the various local bodies et the forthcoming "elections.
SKENERITH. UNITED DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD. A special meeting was held at the Clerk's Office, Abergavenny, Mr W. H. S. Whitney (chairman) residing.. The Board considered the application of Mr John Davies, master of New Inn School, to make Shis salary a fixed one. Upon the proposition of Mr Guy. seconded by Miss Jackson, it was ixesolved to fix the salary at L75. The Clerk having obtained an expert; opinion -that the Board were within their legal rights in vassuiug a precept to the overseers of Llantilio Orossenny for a seven months' proportion of the .annual amount paid by that parish towards the -maintenance of New Inn School, a precept was signed for £ 10 9s 2d upon the overseers of that parish, the same being payable on the 15th September. This would cover up to the 30th September, when it was thought the Board would expire. In the event of the Board going on until the 1st of April next, it was resolved to cancel the ■ contribution order, and to issue an order for the full amount when the same became due in February. The Chairman said he was of opinion that the Board could issue precepts upon the overseers of Llantilio in the ordinary course for the money they required from time to time, without waiting for the twelve months to elapse. Miss Jackson contended that the Board had no such power; in fact the parish had been advised that this was so. The Chairmau said it was only equitable that J the expenditure should be met as it arose, otherwise the outgoing ratepayers would escape their just proportion of the rate, and that was a direct con- tradiction of the general principle of rating. Miss Jaekxon said there was something in that contention but she was bound by her legal opinion thereon. The Vice-Chairman said if that were so the other parishes o ight to be called upon to pay their rate only ones a year. The Chairman said the matter was but a small one but the principle involved was important,upon which he should satisfy himself. He had been informed that an attempt had been made to close New Iun School altogether. Miss Jackson said that Mr Legard, the Chief Inspector, was anxious to close all the small schools. It was decided to apportion the loan and interest on Garway School upon the actual cost of the erection of that school, the Clerk stating that he had all available figures at command. It was decided to hold the next meeting at Norton.
The Labour Question in South Africa. The labour question, which has exercised the minds of the mining magnates in South Africa, has reiched a new stage, which seems to point to such a solution as may be afforded by the introduction of a large num- ber of unskilled labourers from China. It will be remembered that when Mr Chamber- lain was in South Africa he advised that an attempt should be made to draw upon the districts north of the Zambesi, but whatever attempts have been made in that direction, have not been very successful, and protests have been made by the local authorities that there was scarcely sufficient native labour available for harvesting and other operations at home. There was also some talk of importing natives from India, and if there were a good thing going begging we should certainly like to see it received by our fellow-subjects in India rather than by foreigners. But the proposal was to employ natives from India for a few years. Five was mentioned as the most convenient period, and then to send them back. The Indian Government VERY PROPERLY OBJECTED to the exploitation of their people by a system under which, no doubt, the strongest men would be selected to give the best years of their life, and then be returned to India, having learned nothing which would be of any use to them in obtaining a livelihood out of a mining district. Recourse to China will probably be more successful. The Chinese do not like foreigners, but when it is a question of emigration they are com- pelled, like the apothecary in "Romeo and Juliet," to say" My poverty but not my will consents." If some agent is commis- sioned to collect Chinese for exportation he will probably have no difficulty in obtaining as many as he frants, and the population in some of the large towns is so congested that the Government of China are scarcely likely to raise any objection. This labour problem, it is to be feared, is to some extent a question of obtaining labourers at less than the market price. If it were not so, one would think that there would be no difficulty in supplying the demand, There was no serious lack of native labour, such as now exists, until the proprietors of the minea reduced the rate of remuneration, wuich resulted in a large decrease in the number of candidates. Now the old rate has been restored,, but it is found that while it is easy to reduce the number of workers by lowering the wage, it is quite another thing to secure the return of men from among 0 a widely-scattered population. Again reports from South Africa agree in stating that there are a large number of white emigants who are 11 UNABLE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT, and it is difficult to believe that these men would refuse to work in the mines if they were offered an adequate wage. There are also very many men in the United Kingdom who are seeking employment, and they could scarcely afford to refuse work which would enable them to meet the somewhat heavy cost of living in South Africa. These men, if they were employed, would accom- plish a good deal more work than either natives or Chinese, and it would be to the interest of the mine proprietors to pay them a proportionately larger wage. It may be that we are doing an injustice to the mining magnates in presenting this view of the question, but a good many people would like to have a little further information on the point, and if the explanation were satisfactory, they would view much more sympathetically the attempts which are being made to solve the problem.
I The Bad Fruit Season. The London Daily Express in an article on Ruiiied Crops cays:- This year's crop of Kentish cob nuts is one of the poorest on record, while the English fruit in the markets at present is, comparatively speaking nothing. English greengages, plums, apples, and pears are being sold, when they do arrive, at prices nearly 100 per cent. higher than the normal figures. Fruit farmers have to face the ironical fact that an unprecedented quantity of foreign apples has reached our shores almost every mouth this year, to compete with the home-grown crop in a wretchedly bad season. In July alone 80,147cwts. of apples were imported, or far more than double the imports of July 19U2. And for the week ending August 15th this year imported apples totalled 17,610cwts, in excess of the imports during the same week of last year. The exceptionally rainy season experienced :in Ireland during the past two months has in very many districts practically ruined the crops, and the agricultural population, who form the bulk of the Irish people, will suffer enormous lass. The potato crop has been practically ruined, and though spraying operations were extensively carried out, the wet season in the eud proved victorious. It may be taken for granted, however, that there will not be a famine, but the extensive failure of the potato crop is certain to create a large amount f distress.
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Arbitration Case re Cefn lia Estate. As briefly related in our last issue the hearing of this case was concluded on Friday. In his cross-examination of Mr Hartmann, on Wednesday, Mr Lyndon Moore elicited that a certain Mr David, whose name was affixed to an analysis of the drinking water at Cefn Ila, was a coal merchant, and that the supposed sanitary inspector was a neighbour of the witness's in London, and had now obtained a Government appointment abroad. Amongst the witnesses called on Friday.on behalf of the tenant, was Mr Dyer, cabinet-maker. Cardiff, formerly employed by Messrs. Lavertone, Ltd., who moved Mr Hartmann'. furniture from Crick House, near Chepstow, to Cefn lid. Mr Dyer worked at Cefn Ila for 44 days between March and August, 1895. Ho gave evidence similar to that of previous witnesses in regard to the condition of the drive, and also as to the interior of the mansion. Mr A. E. Howells, manager for Messrs. John Hartmann and Sons, merchants, Cardiff, stated that he went over the house and grounds in 189S, when Mr Hartmann took possession. He noticed that they were in a neglected condition, and would require a great deal of attention to put them into a proper state. He knew that Mr Hartmann*?had spent a lot of money on the premises, and he considered they were in a much better condition when Mr Hartmann left than .when he took possession. Mr F. Vogel, a frequent visitor to Cefn Ila, gave evidence to the same effect. Mr Holman Gregory then addressed the umpire at great length, contending that the property was in much the same condition in March last as it was when Mr Hartmann took possession in March, 1898. There was absolutely no ground for saying that Mr Hartmann intended to injure the property. The drive was demised without any reservation. He asked the umpire to say that the claimant had not substantiated her claim. Mr Moore, in his reply, said his position was somewhat difficult because his friend had been instructed to describe the conduct of Mrs Lister as an attempt to extort money from the gentleman whom he represented. In modern parlance, what was called blackmailing was the assertion made. He agreed that there were circumstances which made the case peculiar. There were contradictions of an emphatic nature on both sides, and in dealing with these he was going to apply three or four tests to ascertain whether there had been gross exaggeration or worse. He did not like to suggest that perjury had been resorted to, but the burden had been rather put upnll him by his friend. He should ask the umpire to say that there had been extraordinary exaggeration, and extraordinary facility for stating and believing things which submitted to the test of common sense appeared to be ridiculously farcical. But be was not going to allege anything more than absurd mistake*. Mr James, for instance, must have been mistaken when he alleged that he met Mrs Lister on the 11th March. Possibly he met her some other day, and possibly the conversation with Mr Hartmann and the witness took place. The incidents occurred five years ago, and probably the witness had performed a psychological feat and had mixed up in his recollection what actually happened and what he bad been told, so that his evidence must be discounted. The same general observation was justified in regard to the times given by Mr Hartmann. When overtures were made for a settlement, the case for the other side was that they had allowed the &hrubs to grow,* the brambles to extend, uature to have her ruthless way. But how had the delay arisen? The correspondence showed that Messrs. tiunter and Haynes, acting for Mrs Lister, wrote early in the spring suggesting a meeting of the two surveyors with a view to an early settlement, and if their advice had been followed, there would have been no delay such as had taken place. With regard to the evidence he was not going to criticise witnesses in the humbler class of life. There was on the other hand no witness except Mr and Mrs Harmann who bad reason to remember the exact condition of the premises when they were taken on lease five years ago, There was on Mrs Lister's behalf one witness who had every reason to recollect, and this was Mr Thomas Parry, who put the premises up for lIale by auction. To this evidence Mr Moore said he attached the greatest importance. Mr Parry spent three days there in preparing for the sale. -If not in order before, it was his province to get it in order in expectation of what would happen-the sale of what had been a show place in the county, and noted for its artistic arrangement and beauty. Everything would be eliminated from the grounds which would be displeasing to intending purchasers, who would not expect to find brambles or over- growth in the grounds, or the kitchen garden a mass of weeds. He thought some of the witnesses for Mr Hartmann must have had a happy party. The word filth was used by Mr Hartmann, and witness after witness availed themselves of the same phrase to indicate that weeds were everywhere. Where persons in that class of life were found making use of a common expression for a general application, the word must have come from a common source. It would be remembered that each witness for t.he defence had stated that the place was better now than it was when the tenancy commenced. Imagine what the vegetation is in the month of March and the month of August, and ask how recklessly some of these people must have sworn to things that compare as does the state of growth of vegetation in August and March. He asserted that when Mr Hartmann entered upon the tenancy the premises were in a good con- dition-in such good condition as bad not been maintained during the last two years of the term- It was abundantly proved from the evidence of the Misses Glynn, Mr Hawley, and Mr Parry that the grounds were in very good condition in 1898, and that the house was in a fair condition also. The greater part of the damage alleged was undoubtedly in connectiou with the grounds, but there must also In regard to the condition of the house be some question of damage. There was a difficulty, he confessed, in arriving at the amount. It was obvious that the conditions of the lease to "maintain and keep the trees and ornamental shrubs properly pruned and trimmed, and the ivy growing on the mansion cut twice a year," bad not been complied with. The grounds were the result of much care and labour, they represented skill and artistic taste, and some sort of ornamental timber had to be dealt with in considering the damage which the shrubs had suffered. Substantial damages ought to be given because the house was not so likely to be taken as it would be if every. thing had been well kept and attended to. He bad been charged with referring prominently to the correspondence. It was admitted that Mr Hartmann was not a discreet letter writer. It was almost incomprehensible that a man of business, accustomed to frame his own correspondence, should threaten a widow lady that he would make her establishment the residence of an ex-convict, or that be should follow this with letter after letter breathing a spirit of bitterness, so much so that his own solicitor found it difficult to smooth over the statements maie. These letters were in strong contrast with the dignified and rcild letters of Mrs Lister, who promptly disowned the desire to aunoy him in the matter of the cutting down of the trees and who throughout showed a disposition to be conciliatory and courteous. The claim for £ 250 damages for marking the trees reminded one of ex-President Kruger's claim for moral and intellectual damages of anything from a million sterling downwards, and Mr Hartmann's counter- claim was in keeping with that eminent example. What did happen after these letters? If a man says I will ruin this house and grounds if it brings me to the Bankruptcy Court," and respectable witnesses fiud that the grounds and house have been deteriorated and damaged, the only conclusion which could be come to was that Mr Hartmanu had fulfilled his threat, and that he only had himself to thank for whatever damages he had to pay. There was evidence to show that there had been neglect, that the neglect com- menced at a certain date, and that the testimony t of King, Butcher, Mr Hitchcox, and others proved clearly and conclusively that some damage had been sustained—damage which was the result of the declared policy of Mr Hartmann. He could not say how the damages should be arrived at, that was for the umpire to decide; but they must be substantial. This concluded the inquiry, and the umpire intimated that he would communicate his award in writing to both parties. In the meantime, he said, he should inspect the property alone.
I USK. I PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY. Before H. HuxpHuxys, Esq. (in the chair), H. A. I WILLIAMS, Esq., and S. A. HILBY, Esq. OVERSTOCKING A Cow.-Edmund Lewis, farmer, Llanerthil Mill, Llandenny, was charged with wilfully illtreating a cow by over-stocking the animal with milk at Usk Market, on the 17th August.-P.S. Sheddick stated that at 10.15 a.m., at Usk Cattle Market, on the day named, be saw a Hereford cow and calf exposed for sale. The calf was tied to the railings. He noticed that the cows udder was very full, with milk running from it. The animal appeared to be very aneasy and her legs were wide apart. He pointed out to Lewis when he came out that the cow ought to have been milked before that or the calf allowed to suck. He tried the teats and udder and found them very hard and hot. Defendant then allowed the calf to suck. In answer to witness, Lewis said the cow was milked at seven o'clock the evening before. -Cross- examined The calf was not muzzled, and when it was untied from the railings did not suck at first as the teats were dirty.-P.C. Mitchell corroborated.—For the defence Edward Morgan stated that he found the cow full of milk, and in his opinion not in pain. He milked her, and she was a very easy cow to milk and kept very quiet. Witness did not know about the police having seen the cow. In answer to the Superintendent, witness said the cow was running her milk on the ground. The calf was not muzzled, and loose when he went to the cow.—John Cook, in the employ of defendant, said he milked the cow at 7 o'clock on the previous evening, he milked her clean out, after the calf had been sucking. The other cows were milked about 7 a.m. on the Monday morning. The calf was loose on the way to the market. He was sure the calf had sucked the cow that morning. Witness had never seen milk running from the cow before.—The Chair man said the evidence showed that the cow was suffering from not being milked before, and he must pay the costs of the case, 7s, and take a warning from it. STARVING A PIG.-George Dobbins, of Gwer- nesney, was charged with unlawfully and cruelly ill-treating a BOW, by not giving her sufficient food, thereby starving the said animal, at Gwernesney, on the 20th August.—P.S. Sheddick stated that at 8.30 p.m. in company with P.O. Mitchell, he went to the defendant's cottage and saw him and his wife. He told him he wanted to see his sow, and defendant then fetched a light. The animal was in a shocking state, extremely emaciated, and nothing but skin and bones. It was simply a frame, and he had never seen a pig in that condition before. He asked him how often he fed the pig, and defendant replied, three times a day, with wash and sharps. Witness asked defendant how the sow got into that state, and Dobbins replied that she had had nine little otiei; which had been weaned three weeks. Witness was taken round to the back of the house to see them. Several of them were half the size they ought to have been, they were not in much better condition than the sow. He told him the pigs were not getting sufficient food and must get some then, and feed them. Defendant's wife produced a few pounds of sharps, with which they made up some food for the sow and pigs. They ate it up ravenously and afterwards licked the floor. Defendant promised to keep them better in the future. Witness went to the house on the next Monday but did not find tho animals in much better condition. He asked to see the wash and was shown about a couple of buckets in a tub, which was nothing better than clean water. Every bone in the animal was sticking out, and anyone could count the ribs by candle light. It was also lame in one leg.-P.C. Mitchell gave similar evidence.—Defendant said he did not think he had starved the sow, he had given her plenty of food, but the litter kept her down. It was a very small place in which she was kept, and he bad no room to turn her out. Defendant was fined 5s and 6s costs.—The Chairman said the police would be sent to examine the pigs before the next sessions, and if they were not then in a better condition he would be liable to imprisonment without the option of a fine. If defendant took his advice he would dispose of them.
ABERGAVENNY. j POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. Before F. M. HUMFREY, Esq. (in the chair), aud Dr S. H. STEBL. CARDIFF MOTORIST FINED.—Mr L. Gottwaltz, auctioneer, Cardiff, was charged by Mr Victor Bosanquet, chief constable of Monmouthshire, with aiding and abetting the driver of his motor-car in driving at an excessive speed, refusing to stop when signalled, and giving a false name and address.—Mr Horace Lyne proseouted, and Mr Joseph Henry Jones, Cardiff, defended.—Mr Bosanquet said that on the 7th inst., he was driving a horse that had only recently been put in harness; it was attached to a brake. When about two miles out from Abergaveuny, on the Monmouth-road, he heard a motor-car approaching from behind, and held up his hand, his horse being restive. The car passed at something like 30 miles an hour. A few minutes later be found the caj stopped by the roadside, and demanded the name and address of the driver, who told him Thomas Johnson, Primrose. terrace, Shrewsbury." He also said he was the owner of the car. Subsequent inquiries proved this to be wrong. Witness called on defendant for the name and address of his driver, which he declined to give.—For the defence, it was stated that the car was a heavy touring car, and its maximum speed was 20 miles. It had journeyed from Llaudrindod that morning. The accumulator was so nearly exhausted when they passed the brake that the speed was reduced to ten miles, and then gradually came down to standing point about a mile ahead of where they had passed the brake that no hand was raised to signal them to stop that defendant was suffering from a cold and had his ears stopped with wool, and although he saw Mr Bosanquet speaking to his driver he did not distinguish what was said, and did not know he was a constable until he mentioned it on leaving them. He had declined to give Mr Bosanquet information which could be used against himself. —The Bench accepted the statement of three witnesses that no hand was seen by them signalling them to stop, but convicted on. the other two charges, and fined defendant 25.
I CAERLEON. I POLICE COURT, FRIDAY. ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. -Frederick Rosser, labourer, working at the new asylum works, Caerleon, was charged with attempting to commit suicide, and also with being drunk and disorderly, at Caerleon on Thursday.—William Carter, market gardener, stated that he lived near the river, and heard some- one singiug. He went out and saw the prisoner with his coat covered with mud. Witness lost sight of the prisoner for a moment, and then dis- covered that he was in the middle of the river. Whilst two men set out in a boat to rescue the prisoner, witness ran to the police-station and gave information. He helped the police to get the man out of the river. On the road to the station prisoner was very violent.-P.C. Harris stated that he assisted to take the man out of the river. Whil-t. taking him to the police-station he was disorderly, and he was forced to handcuff the prisoner, who knocked witness violently.—P.S. Morris applied for a remand for a week, so that medical evidence could be obtained as to the prisoner's state of mind.—The application was granted. ALLEGED ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE. -Frederick Rosser, of Caerleon, was charged on remand with attempting to commit suicide in the River Usk, at Caerleon, on August 20th.-Fresh evidence was given by John James, cabinet maker, of Caerleon, who said that he saw the defendant jump into the river with his clothes on and swim out to the middle. James and his son immediately put off in a boat and pulled towards the defendant. He, however, would not let them take him to the bank, and only cursed them for their trouble. A minute later he exclaimed It's all over." James got him by the neck and took him to the bank, where he became very violent.-Defendent was remanded until next Thursday, when he will appear at the ordinary sitting of the beach at Cwmbran.
I MONMOUTH. I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. ASSAUL-E-. -Charles Pritchard, 21, labourer, was I ent to prison for two months for assaulting Mary \nn Pritchard (his mother), Ethel Pritchard (hie sister), and P.S. Jones on August 21st.—Prisoner went into the market, where his mother had a stall, tried to take some tomatoes, and, on being prevented, attacked his mother and sister and assaulted P.S. Jones on the way to the station. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESD AY. I DRUNKBN MILITIAMEN.—Thomas Austin Pope, landlord of the Barrel Inn, Agincourt-square, Monmouth, was summoned for permitting drunkenness on August 15th. P.S. Jones and two other constables saw defendant fielpiwg two or three Militiamen out in a very drunken condition. They then visited the house, and found defendant holding a Militiaman up who had since been convicted. -T)Pfeidint gave evidence, and said the allegations of 'he police were practically correct regarding dru ken Militiamen being on his premilles-i: w; a frequent occurrence—but he (defendant) could not help it, his inn being near the entrance to the Militia camp, and the men, having got drunk in other parts of the town, frequently tumbled into his house. He never served them, and had invariably ejected them with the least possible delay.—Three witnesses cor- roborated this statement.—The Mayor said there was no doubt men were drunk in the house, and there was very strong doubt in the minds of the bench as to whether evyrything possible bad been done to prevent it, but, looking at the testimony of defendant and other witnesses, they decided to dismiss the case.—Superintendent Captain Parker gave notice of appeal.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT, FRIDAY. BAD RECORD.—A girl named Annie Lewis, aged 22, living at 2, Ebenezer-terrace, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Commercial-road, this being her fourth time within twelve months. She has a bad record (seventeen times before the court), and was described by the police as a nightly pest to Commercial-road. She was the first person put on the black list by the Newport magistrates. On her consenting to be dealt with summarily instead of being committed for trial, the Bench announced that she would be sent to the home for inebriates at Brentry for three years. POLICE COURT, MONDAY. I THEFT FROM SLOT GAS METERS.—Two men were each sentenced to three months' imprisonment on Monday for 6tealing money from slot gas-meters in empty houses at Newport.
PONTYPOOL. I POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. I COLLIERY NEGLECT. I William Norman, a collier, employed at the Glyn Colliery, Pontypool, was summoned for an infringement of Rule 22 of the Coal Mines Regulation Act by neglecting to sprag his working place at the colliery with timber. The employers' case, as set out by Mr Hugh Jones, barrister, Cardiff, was that on the 3lst ult. Inspector Walker, in company with Mr Bevan, an official at the colliery, went to the defendant's working place, and in the course of their inspection they found that, instead of having timbers at six feet distance, defendant had one intervening distance of between 8ft and 9ft from face to top. In cross-examination, Mr Bevan admitted that workmen were allowed a certain amount of discre- tion in these matters. Mr T. iS. Edwards said it was not usual for the Miners' Federation to defend negligent workmen, but in this case they recognised that the defendant was perfectly justified in not putting up a prop, and for that reason he had been instructed to defend the man. Evidence was called for the defence that two examiners had passed the place as perfectly safe" before the defendant started work that morning. The Bench retired for about twenty-five minutes, and on their return the Chairman (Mr A. A. Williams) stated that the justices had disagreed as to the point from which the measurements should be taken. As this was a matter of importance, it was decided that the case be adjourned to September 12th, when probably further evidence will be given.
GENERAL. I PONTYPOOL IRONWORKERS' THEFT.—At Wrexham on Monday two ironworkers, named William Osborne and Ll. Copner, of Pontypool, were charged with having stolen a silver lever watch, the property of Mrs Beresford, mother of Inspector Beresford, of Wrexham. The prisoners stole the watch from a bedroom, and pawned it at Shrewsbury. They both admitted the offence, and were sent to prison for 21 days. POACHING AFFRAY.—At Blaenavon Police Court on Tuesday the Blaenavon Company brought charges against Jtmes Harris and Arthur Collins, colliers, Blaina, of trespassing in pursuit of game, assaulting their gamekeeper Eiward Williams, and giving false names and addresses.—A fine of 30s each and imprisonment for 21 days was imposed. RIDING WITHOUT A TiCKET.-At the same court, John Taylor, collier, Blaenavon, was fined -20s, or 14 days hard labour, for riding without a ticket on the Great Western Railway between Pont- newynydd and Blaenavon on July 20th. Prisoner alleged that he had taken a return ticket and had lost°the return half, but this was denied, and it was proved that the prisoner had only taken a single ticket.
Markets. MONMOUTH, CATTLB, Monday.—This market was held in an almost continuous downpour of rain. The attendance, however, was fairly good, and an average trade was done. A small supply of beef met a quick sale. Veal was also in good demand. Sheep numerous, and trade rather slow. The pig trade was dragging. Store cattle changed hands privately at satisfactory prices, especially milch cows, which made from £ 11 10s to L15. Quotations:—Prime beef, up to 7td: coarser qualities, 6d to 61-cl; veal, about 9td; wether 1 4 mutton, 8d to 8|d ewe ditto, 6^d to 7id; lamb, 9d to 10d per Ib; pork, 10s 6d to lis 6d per score. Auction pricesThe following prices were realised under the hammers of Messrs. Nelmes, Poole, and Atkins (Moumouth, Newnham, and Stroud), and Messrs. Dampier and Wigmore (Ross and Monmcuth) :-Fat beasts, X12 to £17 JOs; calves, 60s to 8-ts; store calves, 27s to 45s; wethers, 43s to 47s; lambs, 28s 61 to 25s; small porkers, up to d5s. CHEPSTOW, CATTLE, Tuesday.—There was a large market on Tuesday, with a large supply of stores, whilst the attendance was good. Best beef made from 6|d to 7d per lb., with 6d per lb. for second 2 quality; veal, 7!d per lb.; wether mutton, 7:fd to 8d per lb., ewe, 6d to 7d, and lamb from 8d to 9d per lb; porkers realised 9; 6d per score. NEWPORT, CORN, Wednesday.—There was a fair attendance and an average demand. Wheat dd dearer fbur-fines 24s. NEWPORT, CATTLE, Wednesday.-There was an average attendance, a good supply, and a fair dt'inaud. Best beef fif-d to 7d. seconds Gtd to 6td, cows 6d to 6-Ld per lb best wether mutton <5d to 4 s.). ewes 6id to 6M veal, 8d per lb. NEWPORT, CHEESE, Wednesday.-There was a fair supply and average demand, and a good attendance. Caerphillys 38s to 44s fancy dairies 46s to 50s, doubles 45s to 48s, truckles 58s to 63s, and Derbys 5Gs.
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I An Inhuman ftother. At Bideford County Sessions Frances Mary Day, of Wood's Cottage, Northam, near Bideford, who was stated to be a person of good social position, was tried fr r assaulting, illtresting, neglecting, and exposing her two children-Joan, azed thirteen, and Phyllis, aged nine-in a manner likely to cause then unnecessary suffering and injury to health The N.S.P.C.C. prosecuted, and a shreking hltt was revealed by Joan, the principal witness. On a certain night in June, she alleged, her mother shook her to such an extent that her hair fell out in h'.Dd- fuls. On another occasion. she said, she was taken to a loft and tied up to a beam, and whilst in that popition her mother struck her across the mouth and made her nose biped. She wos left there for about seven hours, and when she was able to release her- self her arms were black aid blue, and the rope seemed to be buried in her flesh. About nine the same night she was permitted to enter the house to have a bath, and because, it was alleged, she wair too long about the operation, she was sent back to the loft without any clothing, and there she remained the whole night. She also alleged that on another occasion her mother bit her finger; and on a further date in July, because she was some time ia washing up the crockery, three buckets of water were thrown over her. On one occasion, the girl continued, she slept on the back-door mat. One day while they were at Wimbledon her mother pat the child's hand on the hot bars of the grate and burned it. On another occasion, because she rooted up some seeds, her mother took a knife and chopped two pieces out of her arm and several pieces out of her hand. Several times she received a hundred strokes with a carpet-beater when all her clothes had been taken off. Once or twice a stock- ing was tied round her neck by her mother and drawn until she was nearly choked. One. Sunday, when at Wimbledon, her mother twisted her left arm till it broke above the elbow. She had many times been put in a dark cupboard beneath the stairs. There was no room either to etand up or lie down. She had bread to eat on Christmas Day. On January 14th her mother cut off all her hair, and in the night stripped her anj put her out into the garden. The child remained there until four o'clock in the morning. It was a frosty night, and she was afraid to leave because someone at intervals looked out to see if she was still where she was told to remain. On another night, in February of the present year, her mother tied her to the orchard gate, and she remained there until eight o'clock the following morning. Phyllis, the other child, gave evidence to the effect that in January she and the previous witness and another child were turned out into the garden at night without any clothes. Two of the children remained there only about five minutes, but Joan was there the whole night. Corroborative evidence having been given by neighbours, the defendant pleaded "Not guilty, and reserved her defenca. Bail was allowed, herself in Z50 and two suieties of £ 25 each.
Mr. Chamberlain expected to speak at Cardiff". Mr J. H. Cory, chairmin of the Cirdiff C visarva- tive Association, received the following t -le4ram from the Right Hon. Joseph Cha;nberlaia on Thursday morning Arrangements not finally settled, but hope to come to Cardiff on the date named. The date which has been suggested is November 20th.
A Record Salmon. A beautiful fresh-run. salmon, weighing 3ilb, measuring 25in. round the girth, anl 45in in length, has been caught in the Towy below Carmarthen Tin Works.
A Grateful Passenger. Mr Richard Crawley, a well known Southampton gentleman who died recently, left a somewhat remarkable will. It was his praotioe during the latter years of his life to spend a great deal of his time on board the Isle of Wight Company's pleasure steamers, and in consideration of the courtesy extended to him from time to time he haa left all the captains he wis personnliy acquainted with-a dozen or so in number—one hundred pounds each. In addition he has bequeathed a thousand pounds to the Royal South Hants and Southampton I Hospital, and smaller sums to other local charities.
I The America Cup. The race between Rsliance and Shamrock III. on Thursday was futile, neither vessel reaching home before the expiration of the time limit. Reliance led all the way. and at the close Stiamrock was a mile and a half astern. The next race will be on Saturday, and should this result in favour of Reliance the latter will have won the Cup, and the series will be closed.
m I Macedonian Outrages. Early on Thursday morning, the mail train from Sofia, Belgrade, and Buia-Pesth was wrecked at Kuleli Burgas, near Adrianople, by a dynamite bomb exploding in the dining car; seven persons, I mostly women and children, being killed, and fifteen wounded.
Cricket. USK V. PANTEGr. This match, the fourth of the season, was played at Panteg on Saturday last, aud resulted in an exciting win for the visitors by four runs. Scores:— PANTEG. E T. Jones, c Wallace, b F. Edmunds 2 W. Jones, c G. Edmunds, b F. J. Edmunds. 3 D. Brown, b F. J. Edmunds 5 G. W. Hughes, b F. J. Edmunds. 0 C. Francis, b W. F. Roberts. 7 C. Jarrett, b F. Edmunde 0 T. T. Price, c G. Morgan, b W. F. Roberts. 3 E- Walker, bW F. Roberts 0 F. L. Jones, c G. Edmunds, b F. J. Edmunde 8 T. Moses, not out 0 C. Williams, b W. F. Roberts. 0 Extras. 2 Total. 30 USK. T. Rees. b E. P. Jones. 0 S. A. Hiley, c C. Jarrett, b C. Williams I A. G. Wallace, c Hughes, b Williams 0 W. F. Roberts, b C. Williams. 1 F. J. Edmunds, b C. Williams. 0 A. Hiley, b C.Williams. 7 G. Edmunds, l.b.w., b E. P. Jones 4 G. Morgan, b C. Williams 7 A.J. Thomas, not out & R. Etheridge, c C. Jarrett, b D. Brown 3 J. H. Mar fell, c C. Francis, b Williams 0 Extras 7 Total. 3l
NEWPORT RATEPAYERS AND THE CORPORATION. The Newport Ratepayers and Property Owners' Association have intimated to the Local Government Board that they intend to oppose the application of > the Newport Corporation for leave to borrow £58,000 ,-for providing additional electric plant. Newport Corporation is to be asked, in the .interests of hauliers and all those who have to care s-for horses, not to lay stone pitching on Stow Hill in connection with the proposed tramway line, or to deviate from the route now suggested.
PANDY. PANDY FLOWER SHOW.—The Pandy and Monnow-Side Cottagers' Flower Show was held at IPandy on Thursday in last week, under the most depressing conditions, rain descending in torrents throughout the whole of the day, the natural result of which was but a very poor attendance, and a lack of interest generally in the proceedings. The judges found great fault with the staging of the exhibits, and a little more business aptitude must be thrown into the affair next year, if the previous iqgood record of the institution is to be maintained. Mr Davies's Brass Band from Ebbw Vale was in attendance, and some sports took place in the afternoon and dancing in the evening.
URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. I Mr F. Probyn, J.P., presided on Wednesday, and there were also present Dr. J. R. Essex, Messrs F. Jones, W. H. Hughes, W. H. Griffiths, P. Eokersley, D. W. Simpson, D. Reid, E. Probyn, J. Moseley, and the officers. NEW RATE. I In submitting the estimate of the ensuing1 ^half-year, Mr Hughes said that the Council -were in practically the same position as at the com anencement of the previous half-year, and he thought that they would be able to do with the same rate as last half-year-ls 5d in the X. He congratulated -the Council that they were not compelled to increase the rate, especially taking into consideration the fact that there would be a big advance in the poor- -sate.-The rate was adopted. FINANCE REPORT. Mr Hughes, chairman of the Finance Committee, reported that after payment of all bills there would te a balanoe in hand of X419 14s 7d. STREET REPAIRS. Mr Hughes asked that Upper George-street and -Catholic Lane should be repaired before the visit of 'the Bedwellty Show to the town. He felt ashamed -that some 400 or 500 vehicles should traverse • •George-street, and call it one of the principal streets of the town.—It was resolved that the two streets be repaired. SICKNESS DECREASING. The Medical Officer (Dr S. B. Mason) reported 6 deaths and 13 births for the month of July, the trates being 11 "6 and 25'2, four of the deaths being due to pneumonia. He had received notification of -four cases of scarlatina and two of diphtheretic throat' •Scarlatina appeared to be again invading the district. The amount of sickness had materially decreased. BOUNDARY COMMITTEE. Mr Husrhes said that at the beginning of the year ,-the Boundary Committee was amalgamated with the Housing Committee. He was anxious that the 'meeting of this Committee should be held as soon ■ as possible, not only with regard to the boundary but more particularly with regard to the Housing -question. In this matter they had been in a state of suspended animation for the last ifcen or twelve months, and it was quite time some- -thing should be done. There was also the question of extending their boundaries, upon which their late "surveyor had been engaged up to the time of his death.—Mr Griffiths supported the fluggestion and complained that this Committee should have been in existence for twelve months without having ,presented a report. They were appointed to report as to the terms upon which they could obtain land nfor building houses upon. etc.-It was resolved that a meeting of the Committee be called at an early .date. THE BEDWELLTY SHOW. Mr Hughes pointed out that this was the first visit ,<;If the Bedwellty Show to Pontypool, and suggested ithat as was the custom in other districts the Chair 'man and members of the Council should welcome -<the committee of the Show to Pontypool.This was cananimously agreed to.
ALLEGED MURDER.—At Stalybridge on Wednes- day Margaret Broadbent was committed for trial charged with the wilful murder of her husband. Joel Broadbent, a forge labourer. It was alleged that the parties quarrelled in consequence of the accused's drinking habits and over money matters, and in the altercation the woman picked up a potato knife and plunged it into the man's throat with such violence that it penetrated into his mouth.
year of X410,180, and after adding last years balance and deducting debenture interest and -interim dividends paid, there was an available ..surplus of L378,347, from which the directors pro. posed to pay a dividend of 6 per cent. on the preference and 10 per cent. on the ordinary shares, toaddjeiSOOOOto the reserve fund, and to carry forward £ 137,097.—The reports were adopted.— The Chairman said that our fiscal system was a very "wide question, and affected the national welfare. Naturally, if anything could be done to improve the future of their trade, which was one of the staple industries of the country, he would support it. 'There were, no doubt, pros. and cons. to be con- sidered, and their workpeople, as well as themselves, were equally interested in the question. Therefore, "Until they knew what Mr Chamberlain's soheme propoled he would ask all to suspend their judgment.