I TOWN COUNCIL. At the monthly meeting on Monday, the Mayor (Councillor A. E. Jones) presiding, A discussion took place respec'ing the sheep removal restrictions, which interfered with the Monmouth market. Farmers living within two miles and some ratepayers were prevented from taking sheep to the market, especially from the Herefordshire side. It was decided to support a petition which was being circulated to send to the Board of Agriculture on the subject. Mr Sambrook referred to the attempt being made by Newport to have the assizes removed from Monmouth, and thought that the Hon. J. M. Rolls should be thanked for opposing it at the recent County Council meeting. He urged the getting up of a petition. Mr Ballinger repudiated a statement that Monmouth had not the necessary accommodation for people attending the assizer, and said the hotels could receive 300 people at a moment's notice. The matter was referred to a committee. Mr E. Arnott's action in stopping a footpath on the Kymin was reported on by the Highways Committee, who considered there was ample evidence of the public character of the path, but they did not think it was of sufficient importance to recommend any legal action being taken. After discussion, the report was adopted. The treasurer's estimates showed a deficiency on the borough fund of L280 (about half of last year). and £ 3,953 on the general district rate, the latter equal to about 48 6d in the £ at which it had been of late.
CWMBRAN. I POLICE COURT, THURSDAY. Before Sir A. MACKWORTH (ill the chair). F. E. PROTHERO. E-q., A. M. PILLINBR, Esq, A. WILLIAMS, Esq., W. H. PARTRIDGB, Esq., and E, HARTLEY, Esq. No LICENSE.—David Hughes was fined 20a for keeping a dog without a license.
I MONMOUTH. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. ILLEGAL REMOVAL OF SHEEP.—For failing to get the'necessary permission Joseph Gugg, butcher, Monmouth, who sent three sheep to a farm less than two miles away, was fined os. and 5s. costs, and his workman, William Cameron, was ordered to pay the costs, 4s.—The boundary line between a, scheduled and non-scheduled area runs near the town. CRUELTY.—Ernest Lloyd, farmer, Skenfritb, was summoned for cruelty to a mare.—Defendant was taking a load of ten bags of oilcake from Monmouth to Skenfrith, eight miles, over rough roads, with an aged mare, suffering from ringbone. Mr F. J. Tucker, veterinary surgeon, spoke to the horse's condition, and said be advised defen- dant to get another horse to tatce the load home, which he did.-A fine of 11 and 16s. 6d. costs was imposed.
NEWPORT. POLICE COURT, SATURDAY. ASSATTLT AT CHRISTCHURCH.—John Jones. farm labourer, who had a long list of previous convic- tions, was sent to prison for fourteen days for an assault upon an elderly woman, named Caroline Jenkins, at Christchurch, on April 24th. Com- plainant said she objected to the defendant coming to the house after her daughter, and when she ordered him away, at 7 p.m., he struck her a blow on the side of the head, knocking her down in a. stunned condition. I POLICE COURT, WEDNESDAY. MILK A DULTERATIOX. William Groves. dairy- man, of 41, Almt-street, was summoned for selling adulterated milk on April 4th.—Mr A.bbott, from the Town Clerk's Office, appeared for the proseou- tion, and Mr Lyndon Ccoper was for the defence.— The Analyst's certificate showed that there wa.s 8.5 per cent. of added water and 20 per cent. deficiency of milk fat.-The defence was that the milk was sold in exactly the same condition as received.—The Bench, having regard to previous convictions, im- posed an inclusive fine of L5. I COUNTY COURT, THURSDAY. I Before His Honour Judge OWEN. COLONEL IVOR HERBERT, L.P., BLED, Mr Jordan, a Newport builder, brought an action against Colonel Ivor Herbert, M.P., to recover £ 8 5s 9d for rent. Mr LI. Lloyd was for plaintiff, and Mr Parsons defended. The premises, 19, Clarence Place, Newport, a lock-up shop, were let to Colonel Herbert for the purpose of committee-rooms, during the General Election, the rent agreed upon being JE", the tenancy to terminate on the night of the declara- tion of the poll. It was stated by the defence that on the day following the key was left at the adjoining house, which was occupied by the plaintiff's father. The plaintiff, in the box, said that he did not inquire of his father for the key—he did not know he had it-and it was eight days after the poll was declared that he regained possession of the premises. In reply to his Honour, Mr Jordan said that the premises were now let at £ 35 a year. His Honour gave judgment for £ 6 10s.
PONTYPOOL. POLICE COURT, SATURDAY, THEFT OF COAL. For stealing coal, value 6d., the property of the Blaendare Colliery Company, Florence Wood, single, Pontypool, who had been previously con- victed, was fined 5s. ASSAULT. Mary Ann Bell, married, Tranch, was summoned for assaulting Hannah Elizabeth Collier, also of Pontypool. Complainant said defendant's children assaulted her children, and when she remonstrated, defendant struck her in the face with a parcel. Edith Williams and Dora Williams corroborated. Defendant stated that Collier struck her first, and that she only acted in self-defence. Defendant was fined 10s., with the alternative of seven days' imprisonment. SHEEP WORRYING. John Price, farmer, Talocha Farm, Cwmnantddu, was summoned by Walter Challoner, Gellideg Farm, Pantygasseg, for allowing his dog to injure his lambs, and to do damage to the extent of 15s. Mr T. P. H. Watkins, solicitor, prosecuted, and Mr W. J. Everett, solicitor, appeared for the defendant. Mr Watkins said that, since December, 21 sheep and lambs belonging to the prosecutor had been killed by dogs. Price was sworn, and stated that the dog was in the house at the time when it was alleged to have killed the lamb. Witness was of opinion that the lamb that was killed was only worth os. After retirement, the Bench found defendant's dog did kill a lamb, and ordered defendant to pay 15s. damages and 15s. costs. The Chairman intimated that if defendant were summoned for allowing the same dog to worry sheep again an order for the animal to be destroyed would be made. ¿ -==. ..4
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Pontypool Rural District Council. THE ANNUAL MEETING. I The annual meeting of the above Council was ,held at the Sessions House, Usk, on Monday, when Mr W, H. Charles was voted to the chair pro tern And there were also present :—Messrs. S. T. 'Griffin, James James, John Parker, Gwyn Arthur, J. Z. Edmunds, John Williams, James Bevan, T. W. Brooke, R. Williams, B. Morgan (deputy «2lerk), R. Derrett (surveyor, &c ) It was reported that the Clerk was indisposed. -and advised by his medical attendant to remain at home. THE CHAIRMANSHIP. I Mr W. H. Charles said he had very much pleasure in proposing the re-election of Mr S. T. 'Griffin as chairman for the ensuing year, as he bad carried out the duties so ably during his term •of office, and particularly as this was the year before the election. He should like the Council to petition the Lord Lieutenant to make Mr ogrifrin a permanent J.P. (Hear, hear.) Mr Richard Williams seconded. Mr Bevan said agriculturists of the district "Wanted one on the Bench who knew their needs, nd he s rongly supported the idea of the petition deferred to by Mr Charles, believing that, as in other similar cases, it would be properly considered. 'They not only appreciated Mr Griffin as a fellow Imeraber of that Council and their Ghairman but for his other public work as their representative on the C-mnty Council. (Applause.) Mr Parker also endorsed all that had been said, and The proposition having been unanimously .carried, 1 Mr S. T. Griffin took the chair. He said he *ully expected that the honour of occupying the Position would have fallen upon their friend Mr Charles this year, and he came himself prepared to propose him as Chairman, but as Mr Charles had so kindly proposed him, and they had been good enough to elect him unanimously, he could not do less than accept the position and acknowledge the renewal of the honour they had on several occasions conferred upon him. He at all times felt that the difficulties of the office were small, thanks to the assistance all rendered him and the harmonious and unanimous manner in which they conducted their business. Mr Bevan had on a previous occasion suggested that their chairman should occasionally sit on the magisterial Bench at Usk, so that the interests of agriculturists might be specially watched. He had not sat at Usk during the year, however. There appeared to be a certain amount of etiquette in the matter. and, having been deputed to act in the Pontypool Division, he had not deviated from the practice of doing so, although there had been occasions when he could have found it convenient to sit at Usk. He was their chairman through their generosity, and he placed himself in their hands. He was anxious to serve their interests, and if they wished him to sit at Usk instead of at Pontypool he would do so, but he could not attend both. There were, he found, two claases of magistrates, one known as "blue-paper," and the other as parchment" magistrates, but he maintained that the blue paper magistrates, who were elected by the popular voice, should be paid the same respect as the parchment" magistrates. He returned them his sincere thanks for re-electing him. As to the suggested petition that was their business, not his. but he could assure them that as long as he could act as a magistrate be would endeavour to uphold the position with honour and integrity, and fulfil its obligations. (Hear, hear.) THE VICE-CHAIRMAN. I The Chairman then proposed the re-election of Mr W. H. Charles as vice-chairman. Mr J. Williams seconded, and it was carried, and Mr Charles briefly returned thanks. A LLANBADOC MATTER. Mr Bevan, as a member of the special com- mittee appointed to deal with the matter, said they recommended that the County Council should be asked to provide a footpath outride the Llanbadoc Churchyard wall round the dangerous bend from north to south. and that the R.D.O. should asphalt the road from the path to the southern entrance to the Churchyard, from 15 yards to 20 yards in extent. The Chairman said the matter of the footpath was now before the Inspection Sub-Committee of the County Main Roads and Bridges Committee, and as soon as it was reported upon by them it would be dealt with. As to the other question it was a very small matter, but it would be a great convenience to people going to the Church, and he suggested that the Surveyor be instructed to proceed with the work. The suggestions were agreed to. I LLANFRECHFA LOWER DEFECTION. The Committee appointed at the last meeting to watch the interests of the Council in the matter of the threatened secession of Llanfreohfa Lower, were re-appointed, the Chairman remarking that they had not yet heard of any steps having been taken towards getting the parish made an urban district. LLANFRBCHFA LOWER WATER SUPPLY. The Local Government Board had written asking for a report on the progress made in this matter, and it was reported that the Clerk had replied forwarding a copy of the analyst's report on water, the gaugings of the spring, specifications, &c., and asking for sanction to raise a loan and carry out the scheme. GLA8COED AND GWEHELOG SCHOOLS. The Local Government Board also wrote point- ing out that the Medical Officer had again drawn attention, in his annual report, to the need of a water supply at these schools, and asking what action the Council proposed taking in the matter. From discussion it appeared that the Council had on previous occasions moved in the matter, but the position of the schools made the water supply to them difficult, although efforts had been made to remedy the matter. It was decided to lay the facts before the i L.G.B.. and to write to the new Education Authority on the subject. "MOTOR DUST." A communication was read from the St. Albans R.D.C. suggesting the adoption of a resolution re motor vehicles [see Usk U.D.C. report in another column for full details]. Mr Bevan said they should by all means support the resolution. The Chairman thought it was a reasonable one. Mr Brooke said the question of means of abating the admitted nuisance caused by motor traffic was in its infancy, and it was questionable whether watering the roads was the best palliative which could be devised. It was, therefore, in his opinion, premature to name the exact manner of disposal of the revenue which would accrue from a tax with which all would agree. The resolution was adopted, subject to an alteration which would not confine Councils to using the suggested grant for watering purposes alone. A MAMHILAD MATTER. The Mamhilad Parish Council wrote with reference to the state of a piece of the Pentuscan rond in that parish, and The Vice-Chairman said if a beech tree were cut down on a patch of green there it would save much damage being done. It was stated that the road was little used, and the question of authority to cut down the tree was raised. Ultimately the Surveyor was asked to report on the subject at the next meeting. FINANCE. A balance in hand of £ 427 lis 3d was reported, as well as the payment to Treasurer of £ 143 14s 8d, grant under the Agricultural Rates Act, by the L.G.B. THE OLWAY BRIDGES. The Chairman said Mr Parker and he had arranged to meet Mr S. A. Hiley and Mr William Marfell (of the Usk U.D.C.) that evening with regard to the flooding of the Olway, and he suggested that Mr Brooke be also asked to join them as he had made some useful suggestions on the matter. This was agreed to. [The joint committee subsequently met and viewed the locus in quo, and agreed to forward a joint communication to the County Council making recommendations which included the substitution of a girder bridge for the present stone structure over the brook on the south side of the road, the clearing of growing timber, &c., from the water- course, and other improvements, which would facilitate the carrying off of the water.] STATION ROAD, PONTHIR. I The Llanfrechfa Lower Parish Council had written a letter to the Council on this subject, and the Clerk had replied. It appeared that the Parish Council had altogether misconstrued the proposals of the R.D.C., and an explanatory letter would put the matter right. Mr R. Williams gave the views cf some of the parishioners with regard to it, and The Council agreed to receive a deputation from the parish. A GOYTRE SUGGESTION. Goytre Parish Council wrote calling attention to some nasty turns in the road to Nantyderry Station, between Church and Goytre Farms, and suggesting that larger "sweeps" in the road could easily be made to improve it. The Vice-Chairman and Mr Parker were asked to report upon it. PRACTICALLY A MAIN ROAD, The Chairman said the recommendation of the Inspection Sub-Committee of the Monmouthshire Main Roads aad Bridges Committee with regard to the road from Little Mill to Llanover had been adopted, whereby instead of the R.D.C. receiving £ 8 58 towards the cost of its maintenance they would, in future, receive between £60 aud £ 70 per anuum. Some of the County Councillors from the urban districts thought that the rural districts were being better served than their own in this matter, and there was a strong debate on the subject with the result stated, however. The Vice-Chairman remarked that Goytre was very well satisfied with what had been done in the matter. I MIDWIFERY SCHOLARSHIP. The Director of Higher Education wrote pointing out that a few scholarships of the value of SS 8s would be offered to persons desirous of qualifying as mid wives. [See Usk U.D.C. report for full particulars.] I HIGHWAY REPORT. The Surveyor reported that he bad furnished the Clerk with particulars respecting the work done at Wain-y-pwil, a moiety of the cost of which Mr Edwards had promised to pay. He had also made a return of the wages of the roadmen and stone-breakers employed by the Council for insurance purposes under the Employers Liability Act. There had been a small slip on the side of Penywain, or Common, pitch, Llanthewy Vach, and about seven strong piles and four bundles of strong watlings were required there. Having five piles on band he had ordered two more as well as the watlings. Several roadmen have done practically no work on the roads during the month, but as they had informed him that other work was unobtainable just now, he had put some of them to stone-raising and breaking. No doubt there would be work for them on the farma in a month's time. He was obliged to keep a few on pretty regularly in the large parishes, and in many cases there were slopes and other work to be attended to which could not be done in the winter months. He suggested that the County Council should be approached with a view to their making a bye-law compelling all timber wagons to be provided with brakes instead of the skid or shoe now used, as the heavy timber hauling did such a great amount of damage by the tying of wheels on the pitches. I SANITARY. As Sanitary Inspector, Mr Derrett reported that on the 7th ult. he disinfected the School at Llantrissent after an epidemic of measles which had prevailed in the district for some weeks. Upon visiting Dover-place, Croesyoeilog, on the 11t h ult., he found the nuisance com plained of abated, the closets having been cleaned out as well as the open ditch in the adjoining field. Two cases of scarlatina at Gwernesney were reported to him on the 22nd April, aud he visited the house on the following morning, with disinfectants, aud gave the inmates the usual instructions as to isolation, &c., subsequently sending the printed circular and window card. In the face of this, however, he was informed that the head of the family was in public company the very same eveuing, and on the following Thursday (26th) he met one of the patients going to Usk in a trap. He at once reported the matter to the Melical Officer and the Clerk, and was requested to bring the matter before the meeting that day. From what he could glean there had been several cases of the kind in the parish of Llandenny, but he could not hear of their having been officially reported. Three cases of measles in the parish of Llanbadoc had been reported to him. He was pleased to say there had been no further spread of either disease. BRAKES INSTEAD OF SKIDS. After discussion the Council approved of the Surveyor's suggestion, and it was decided to com- municate with the County Council. municate with the County Council. I A NEGLECTED PARISH. Mr Brooke complained of the very bad state of the roads in his parish which had not been attended to as they should have been during the past six mon'hs. He understood that the Sur- veyor did not like to put a man on as he had been told to economise. He (Mr Brooke) did not believe in economy at the expense of his parish in particular. The Surveyor said that at the last meeting he was asked to curtail expenses as much as he possibly could. The Chairman said it was not intended that any particular parish, or any portion of the district, should suffer, but that the Surveyor should exercise a wise discretion in the matter. Mr Brooke said it was absolutely dangerous for vehicles to come down the hill at Coedcwnnwr, and it ought not to be. He also pointed out that on another road a couple of iron pipes had been lying about for the last twelve monthi. The Surveyor said he had not had time to use them. THE ACCOUNTS. I Mr Brooke also asked if they could not have the printed accounts earlier, so that they might be of some use. The Clerk said they could not have them until after the audit. Mr Brooke said he noticed in some of the wages books there were many blank pages ruled off, which seemed to him extravagant, and he thought they ought to be able to so arrange them as to save half the expense. The Chairman said he always favoured economy in these things, and perhaps Mr Brooke would look over the books and see how a saving might be effected. GWEHELOG SCHOOL. I The Medical Officer was asked to visit this school to investigate the statement of the Schoolmistress as to illness greatly affecting the attendance, and re- quiring the closing of the School. It appeared that there had been no notification of infectious disease, consequently the M.O. H. had taken no action in the matter. SPREADING DISEASE. I Some strong remarks were made with regard to the Gwernesney case referred to by the Inspector, and the Council at first decided to prosecute, but, unfortunately, circumstances pointed out by the sanitary officer would have weakened the case for the prosecution, and the idea fell through. It was emphasized that the great expense and trouble to which the Council and officers were put in endea- vouring to check the spread of such diseases as scarlatina were futile if rules and regulations were set at nought, and a determination was evinced to see that they were properly respected in the future.
ABERGAVENNY. I Agestsi-Messr; Dmvids J: Go. Booksellers. THE RIFLE RANGE.-The Marquis of Aber- gavenny will open the new rifle range in Market- street, Abergavenny, on Saturday (12th). CHURCH DEFENCE.—'The Bishop of Llandaff pre- sided at a largely attended meeting at the Town Hall. on Monday, to make preparations for a united protest against the Education Bill, when resolutions in favour of parochial organisations and of joint action to defeat the measure, as drafted, were carried.
CAERLEON. Berry, Newsagent, Cross-street. GAZETTE NOTICE.-A receivinar order has been made against William Hayward Miller, Weston. super-Mare, late of Ash well House, Caerleon, bank accountant. MAN INJURED.—On Monday, William Roberts, employed at Caerleon Engineering Works, fell from a platform about 14 feet and suffered severe injuries to his head and face. He was taken home and attended to by Dr de Gruchy. COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION.-At a largely attended meeting of the Caerleon and District Conservative Association on Saturday night, when every parish was represented, it was unanimously resolved to nominate Mr L. Foster Stedman for the seat on the Monmouthshire County Council vacated by the elevation of Mr T. Parry to the aldermanic bench. HORSE KILLED.—As Mr Philip Hopkins, of Caerleon Tinplate and Engineering Company, was riding into Newport on Saturday, his horse was run into by a horse and cart belonging to Mr G. F. Thome, grocer, Maindee, with the result that the fetlock of the off hind foot of Mr Hopkins's horse was broken. Veterinary skill could do nothing for the animal, and it was therefore shot.
I MONMOU I'H. I I AoenG-Afr. J. G. Jones, 21, Church Street, Monmouth. I I BOARD OF GUARDIANS. Mr S. C. Bosanquet presided at the fortnightly meeting on Friday, when it was reported that there were 132 inmates in the Workhouse. Vagrants during the pallt fortnight totalled 266, an increase of 63 on last year. Out relief was J6196 Is 4d, agaiust .£206 19s in the same fortnight last year. A letter was read from the Registrar General objecting to the decision of the Board a fortnight ago that there should be two relieving officers for the Dean Forest district instead of one, and that they should aut as regis; rars and relieving officers for their respective districts, West Dean and Newland. The Registrar General considered this was not desirable, and asked the Guardians to proceed with the appointmeut of registrar for the whole district. After discussion it was decided to ask the Registrar General to reconsider his decision, and to request Sir Charles Dilke, M.P., to use his influence in the matter. It was stated that it was the unanimous wish of the Forest residents that the scheme proposed by the Guardians should be carried into effect.
EXHIBITION AT LORD LL&NGATTOCKIS LONDON RESIDENCE. By invitation of Lord and Lady Llangattoek a larire company visited South Lodge, Knightsbridge, on Wednesday, to inspect a very useful exhibition of nursery furniture and toys made by the crippled and afflicted members of the Guild of the Brave Poor Things. The exhibition was planned to show the various stages through which the boys pass, from the making of a ladder for a doll's house or a railway siimal-post with movable arms, up to a well-finished writing desk, and the prices for all were moderate. The organisation came into existence eleven years ago, in connection with the Bermondsey Settlement, in order to bring some brightness to those upon whom life's handicap was very heavy, and one of its most important developments has been the establish. ment at Chailey of a home for the manual training of crippled lads, where health and physical develop- ment are duly considered, and the course of teaching has secured the highest praise in the official report of the chief inspector of the Board of Education. A beginning' has now been made towards the training of crippled girls, and a house has been taken for this purpose, also at Chailey, where six are already in residence, a number to be increased to twelve as funds permit. These will be taught the highest branches of decorative needleoraft.
NEWPORT. I AocAM-Ressrt Greenland and Co.. High Stree!. I THE RECENT BAZAAR.—The gross takings of the Bazaar at the Gymnasium, Newport, in aid of the building fund of St. Cadoc's Home for Waifs and Strays at Caerleon, were between LI,100 and £ 1,200. A SERIES OF BURGLARIES.—Mr A. J. Fontaine. of the Dock Foundry, has had his npstairs office entered five times in the last six weeks, and twice the safe has been removed and attacked with sledge hammers and chisels. The intruders, however, obtained only Is. 6d. HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS' BILL.-Lord Onslow, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, having reported that the opposition to the Newport Harbour Commissioners' Bill has been withdrawn, the Bill will now prooeed as an unopposed measure. THE LATE MR. BARRETT.—Mr Charles William Barrett, of Black Cottage, Ebbw Bridge, Bassalleg, who died on April 15th last, left estate of the gross value of £l,256 3s. 4d., including £1,226 17s. 7d. in net personalty, and probate of his will has been granted to Mr Charles Alexander Barrett, of Trede. gar Park, near Newport, herdsman, the son of the testator.
SEAMEN'S CHURCH AND INSTITUTE, CARDIFF. In re-opening the Seamen's Church and Institute, at the Docks. Cardiff, on Tuesday afternoon, Viscount Tredegar said that when he arrived at the Institute he expected to find the hall full of ancient mariners and old tars, with straw hats at the back of their heads, hauling in the slack for all they were worth -(laugh ter) -and be was afraid that the speech he had prepared for the occasion was not suitable for the large company of lovely ladies he saw before him. (Renewed laughter.) It was a familiar saying that when greatness was con- ferred upon anyone it brought with it heavy respon- sibilities as well as honour. That saying applied to thr city of Cardiff. The penalties of greatness had been thrust upon it of recent years. It had been obliged to enlarge its Town Hall accommodation, and also to enlarge its lunatic asylum. (Loud laughter.) They had heard a good deal lately about municipal trading, and there were buildings like the Seamen's Institute that really ought to be kept up by the city itself. (Hear, hear.) el
I. PANTEG. I U.D.C. MEETING. Mr A. A. Williams, J.P. (chairman), presented a statement to the Council, at their last meeting, showing that the annual ex- penditure of the Council had increased frcm £ 1,925 in 1902 to t2.192 in 1905, whilst the rateable value of the various parishes, during the same period, in- creased as follows :-Panteg. £18,991 to £ 15,913 GriflSthstown, £6,477 to £ 7,978; Llanvihangel Pontymoile, £ 2,618 to £ 3,076. It was estimated that the present rateable values of the respective parishes were £ 16,713, £ 8,598, and £ 3,518. He thought the Council should economise, and moved that it be an instruction to the Clerk to call a special meeting of the Council to consider the esti- mates at the beginning of each year, so that the expenditure might be reasonably curtailed.—The proposition was adopted.
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PONTYPOOL. Aqenti—Mr Fieldhomt, and Mr G. II Churchill, The Market Messrs, KUurn r'Kt and Co., and Mr. Nickels, New Inn. COLLIER KILLED.—William John Tatton, oollier, of Freehold Land, Pontypool, was killed at the Tir- pentwys Colliery, on Wednesday, by a fall of roof, and a lid, named Baxter, of Pontnewynydd, who was working with him, was seriously injured. COLLIKRS* SBTTLBMENT.-At a mass meeting of the employees of Messrs. Blindell and Wakeford's and Messrs. Baldwin's Collieries held on Saturday at the Waverley Hotel, Pontypool, Mr J. NVinstoiis, miners' agent, reported that a deputa- tion had waited upon the management of both collieries. and an agreement had been arrived at whereby the colliers in future would receive not less than 4s 9d per shift standard, and the hauliers 4s Id per shift standard, the other con- ditions of employment to remain as heretofore. The report was adopted as a satisfactory settle- ment.
I NORTH MONMOUTHSHIRE CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION. At the annual meeting of this Association at Blaenavon, on Monday, Mr A. A. Williams, J.P., C.C., presiding, The financial statement presented by the treasurer (Lieutenant-Colouel D. E. Williams, J.P showed that the year commenced with a credit balance of £ <30, and ended with £ 135 in hand. A heavy expenditure had had to be met during the year, and he made a special appeal for more funds. T- 1 .!ii! 1.1 _1 k 11 L loll sui/ujibbiug tuc auuutu report, tue eeuremry ip (Mr H. Hallewell) referred to the importance of inviting someone to contest the constituency at the next general election, in order that he might get a knowledge of the division and the wants and wishes of the electors. Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Campbell wrote returning thanks for the resolution passed by the association appreciating the services rendered by him to the cause during the recent election. The following appointments were made :— President, Lord Llangattoek chairman, Mr J. C. Hanbury, D.L., J.P.; vice-chairmen, Messrs, A. A. Williams and R. W. Kennard. Lieutenant-Colonel D. E. Williams moved:- "That the consultative and emergency com- mittee be dissolved, a sub-committee to be formed in lieu thereof consisting of the chairman, and sub-chairman of each polling district in the division, together with the officials of the association, this committee to be called together in case of emergency only, and is not intended to supersede or over-ride the work of the executive committee." The resolution was carried. Lieutenant-Colonel Williams gave notice that the central offices of the Association be removed from Abere;avenny to Pontypool; and Mr E. Bumford, Pontnewydd, that all future meetings of the executive be held at Pontypool.
Second Reading of the Education Bill. The division on the second reading of the Bill in the House of Commons on Thursday night resulted in a Government majority of 206. Amongst those who took part in the debate were Mr Redmond, Mr Asquith, Mr Healy, Mr Balfour, and Mr Birrell. Mr Healy (Nat.), speaking on behalf of the Roman Catholics, delivered a remarkable speech, which made a pro- found impression upon the House. He thought the preamble of the Bill should read, Go and teach the nations," with the consent of the county council. (Laughter.) Should they put into the Bill the simple Bible teaching dear to the hearts of all, or should they say, Oh, no, let us leave that to the London County Council" ?—(laughter)—the body selected to look after their drainage and their theology. (Laughter.) I would rather, he continued, have my children taught "Our Father" than the use of the globes, and I would rather have them understand their religion in provision for the eternity that is to come than that they should be rich and prosperous and educated people in this world. I care very little for your education. I cannot spell myself. (Laughter.) I cannot parse an English sentence I cannot do the rule of three. (Renewed laughter.) I am supposed to know a little law, but I think that is a mistake. (Loud laughter.) But (speaking with emotion) there is one thing which my mind has got a grip of, and that is belief in Christ to come, and a belief that our children-whatever be their distress, whatever be their misfor- tunes, whatever be their poverty-will receive a rich reward if they have listened to the teachings and put into practice the lessons received in Catholic schools. (Cheers.) Mr Healy's sentiments are also those of earnest Anglicans of all classes.
Monmouthshire an English County. The Town Clerk of Monmouth contributes the following interesting extract in this week's Beacon. He F-ays:- May I give an extract from the Charter granted by King Edward VI.. in the third year of his reign, to the Burgesses of Monmouth, whieh, after the grant of other rights and privileges, runs as follows:- And moreover of our further grace, We have granted f-,r us, our heirs and successors, that the aforesaid Burgesses, their heirs and successors and their servant-A, and also the tenants of the same Burgesses, their heirs and successors, within the Town and Borough aforesaid resident at any time iu future, shall not be drawn into plea nor be forced to answer before any Judges, or other our officers or our heirs, upon any indictment, accusation or appeal of treason or felony. nor of trespasses, rights, injuries, misprisions or other crimes or offences whatsoever, nor in any actions or pleas, real, personal or mixed, at our suit or of our heirs or of any other person whomsoever, in any Court within the D -ruaiiis of Grosetnounte. Whitecastell and Skenfrith, nor in the foreign Court of Monmuuth. except in the aforesaid Hundred or before our Justices Itinerant, or of our heirs or before our Chief Steward or our heirs or his Deputy General when they shall come into those parts, nor shall they be convicted or tried, nor shall either of them be convicted or tried within the aforesaid Demesnes by any foreigners, but by English men of the same Borough only, and not oy any men of Wales, for ever." The above extract is conclusive that the men of Monmouth of that day had no wish to be con- sidered Welshmen, and I venture to think the feeling is the same now. I should like to explain that the "foreign of the Borough of Monmouth comprised that part of the Borough lying without the walls of the Town, the metes and bounds of which theu were: ,4 The bridge of Malebrooke. Brodeston, Radbrooke, the bridge of Little Troy, Portefelde, Badyputt, Ricardsforde, and Maynstone Cross, surrounding the said Town."
CAERLEON. f POLICE COURT, MONDAY. Before Sir ARTHUR W. MACK-WORTH, Bart., and JOHN DAKERS, Esq. ALLEGED ASSAULT. William Henry Bourne, clerk, of Corporation-road, Newport, was charged wi)h indecently assaulting Catherine O'Leary. 10, daughter of Arthur Patrick O'Leary, traffic fore- man at Newport Gasworks, in the Lodge Wood, Caerleon, on Saturday night-It was stated that the child, with two or three others, was out for a walk, picking flowers, when the defendant overtook them and asked them if they wanted more flowers. He then led them to the wood, where, it was alleged, the assault took place. He then accompanied the girls back to Newport. The girl O'Leary made a complaint, with the result that Bourne was arrested. —Defendant was remanded until the Cwmbran Petty Sessions, on Thursday, on bail, in two sureties of 920 each, when he was again remanded for a week.
render the sight of other vehicles almost impossible to give time to get out of the way." On the proposition of Mr Marfell, seconded by Hr Jennine*. it was decided to adopt the resolution ,aud forward it to the local members of Parliament and the President of the L.G. B. THE EDUCATION BILL. The U.D C. Association wrote with reference to, and enclosing a copy of this Bill. No discussion t >ok place, but it was decided that the copy should go round the members who wished to consider it. THE NBW RATE. The Finance Committee were requested to meet I that day fortnight to prepare an estimate for the llew rate. I TUB FIRE ENGINE. I Mr Mundy asked in what state the fire engine now was. The Council had not heard anything about it for a long time. The Chairman said the members could have a look at it at any time. It was decided to call out the fire brigade for -drill and inspection on Wednesday in next week, at 7.30 p.m. JUSTICBS OF THE PBACH. I The U.D. Clerks' Association, at the request of lIr E. B. Barnard, M.P., wrote drawing attention to the notice of motion he had put on the table of the House of Commons, to the following effect On second reading of the Justices of "he Peace (No. 2) Bill, to move-' That no measure dealing with the law relnting to Justices of the Peace can be deemed satisfactory by this House which does not provide for the addition to the Commission of the Peace of the name of every person who shall liereafter be elected for two consecutive years to any office by virtue whereof be shall be, or entitled to act as. a Justice of the Peace' The letter continued that Mr Barnard was anxious to ascertain whether the motion met with the approval of the U.D.C.s throughout the country Approval of the idea was expressed by several members, but Mr Mundy said it would be better to have a stipendiary magistrates, and Mr Edmunds remarked that that would be more satisfactory. The Council passed a resolution in favour of Mr Barnard's motion. TRAINING OF MIDWIVES. The following letter was read from Mr A. B. Badger, the County Director of Higher Educa- tion I am instructed to ask vou to be good enough to inform your Council at their next meeting, and the Medical Officer of Health for your district, that the County Education Committee will shortly award a limited number of scholarships, of the lialue of £ 8 8s, to aid suitable candidates from the Administrative County to obtain such training at the Maternity Department of the Newport and Monmouthshire Hospital as shall qualifv them to pass the examination of the Central Mid wives' Board. Candidates must send me an application in their own writing, stating their qualifications, accompanied by a form of certificate as to their suitability, signed by a duly qualified medical practitioner, and by a member of the County Council. The necessary forms may be obtained from me. Candidates most also appear before the Special Sub-Committee appointed to interview them, and show that they can read and write sufficiently well to have a reasonable prospect of satisfying the requirements of the Central Mid- wives' Board. The Special Sub-Committee would be greatly obliged if you would ask the representatives of the Press present at your meeting to make this scholar- ship sebeme as widely known as possible." Mr Mundy presumed that the cosfc would come out of the rates again. Mr Smith replied that they might as well participate in the benefits as any other district. U8K AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE. I Mr Mundy once more asked if there were any =Ore signs of the promised agricultural college being founded at Usk. The Chairman replied that only on the previous day the local Higher Education Committee had the, matter before them, and they had decided to do all in their power to urge it forward, and bad written to the County Education Committee stating that they thought the time had arrived for the college to be provided. (Hear, hear.) MARKETS V. AUCTION SALES. I The Surveyor stated that on the 26th April he met an inspector of the Board of Agriculture and drew his attention to the fact of auction sales aud lairs being held at Raglan. He asked whether anything could be done to stop them, as Usk, Abergavenny, and Monmouth had been to a big expense to provide proper cattle markets so as to take the stock off the streets and prevent a nuisance. and these sales were a great injustice to those Councils, being held without res rictions. He wanted to know whether such sales could not be stopped, or a proper place for holding them be made compulsory. The Inspector replied that he "Would do what he could in the matter, but it "Would be better if the Councils affected would take joint action in representing the facts to his Board. '(Hear, hear.) The Chairman said they had all felt the hardship of places like Raglan, just outside their district, being able to hold auction sales, after having been leorapelled to go to the expense of providing a proper market place themselves. After some conversation, during which the suggestion was humorously made that the auctioneers who got up the sales should be boy- cotted—it was decided to approach Abergavetiny and Monmouth in the matter, with a view to joint action being taken. THE OLWAY BRIDGES. I The Chairman reported that Mr Marfell and he bad on the previous evening, met a committee of the Pontypool R.D.C., with regard to the Olway bridge and arches, and they had agreed upon a Joint letter being sent to the County Council •embodying their recommendations.