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Merlin. 5th March, 1886
Emma Knapp - Again

The now notorious Emma Knapp was again brought up for being drunk and disorderly in Canal Parade. On Saturday night P.C. Colbourne said he was on duty at the bottom of Llanarth Street. He saw defendant using very bad language and ordered her to go home, but she refused and he took her into custody. Defendant said she only came out on Saturday from doing two months (Laughter). She said she only had two glasses because she felt as weak as a robin and the drink must have overcome her. She had purchased the drink out of a shilling given her on release from Usk.

She begged hard to be let off, and then she would leave the town. The Chairman reminded her that she had given that promise before. It was the defendant's 35th appearance, and the Chairman thought it would be best to send her to the asylum at Abergavenny. She said she would rather go there. The Clerk said he believed she was not right. To the defendant he said, "You are looking better this morning than I have seen you in a long time - your sojourn at Usk has evidently done you good." (Laughter) The defendant was committed for another fourteen days.

Merlin. 26th April, 1886
Whitsuntide Outing

The Marshes Road Wesleyan Sunday School had their Whitsuntide outing on Thursday, in a field on Stow Hill, kindly lent by Mr. Charles D. Phillips. A most enjoyable afternoon was spent and at the close "God Save the Queen" was sung and three cheers were given for Mr. and Mrs. Phillips in acknowledgement of their kindness.

Star of Gwent. 14th May, 1886
A Nightingale

The charming song of this bird has been heard for several evenings past in close proximity to the town a short distance on the Caerleon Road. Many people who have wandered to the locality between 11 and 12 o'clock have been rewarded by hearing the delightful warbling of the nocturnal songster.

Star of Gwent. 14th May, 1886
Whit Monday

An immense attraction by Newport Athletic Club's splendid band of Royal Marines and a magnificent display of oriental fireworks and a grand athletic meeting under A.A.A. and N.C.U. Laws. £85 in prizes. Admission 6d. Newport Athletic Grounds.

Star of Gwent. 4th June, 1886
Oak Apple Day

Saturday being the 28th May, the time honoured custom of wearing oak apples in commemoration of the escape of King Charles II was adhered to by many persons in Newport, the heads of horses in the streets were also freely decorated.

Merlin. 18th June, 1886
The Woodlands Sale

At the Kings Head Hotel Mr. R.B. Evans attempted to sell by auction "The Woodlands" Malpas, the residence for years of the Homfray Family. The estate covers 48 acres, 2 roods and 25 perch, and was offered in three lots. The first lot consisted of the house and twelve acres. The house was described as well and commodiously built etc. The bidding started at £1,400 and slowly advanced to £1,750 but the auctioneer withdrew the property at that figure.

Merlin. 18th June, 1886
The Drunken Innkeeper

David Purcell Rowe landlord of the Waterloo Inn was summoned for being in charge of a horse in Commercial Road an Monday. P.S. Williams said on the day in question he saw the defendant riding a pony down Commercial Road; he was drunk and fell off the horse. This evidence was corroborated the Bench fined defendant twenty shillings.

Merlin. 9th July, 1886
George Eliot at Barnard Town

On Friday Sir George Eliot, the Tory candidate for the Boroughs, after addressing a meeting at the Old Albert Hall, Ebenezer Terrace, drove to the Mission room at Barnard Town, to address another meeting. Towards the middle of the proceedings the room became rather crowded, and it was soon manifest that the majority had no sympathy in common with the Tories. Sir George had a fairly good hearing, whilst reiterating the matter of his former speeches, chiefly relating to his connection with the Docks, and his sympathies in common with the working man. The succeeding speakers, however, Mr. Blake, Colonel Lyne, and Mr. R. Laybourne, experienced great interruption, especially Mr. Laybourne. By the time the meeting broke up a crowd of several hundred persons had gathered outside, and following the example of the majority inside, struck up Mr. Carbutt's election songs, in addition to which, red lights were freely scattered, and all kinds of hooting, groaning, hissing, and booing, were indulged in as Sir George drove off in his carriage. The proceedings were the most lively experienced during the present campaign.

Merlin. 16th July, 1886
Distressing Occurrence at Newport

On Tuesday a very painful case of a suspected suicide took place at Brynglas, at the residence of Mr. T. Cordes. It appears that between six and seven o'clock the coachman was in the stables, when he heard something fall heavily in the stable room. He went into the room, and found that John "the stable man", as he was generally called (his name was John Baldwin), was lying on the floor with his throat cut in a most frightful manner. There was in the room a small looking glass used for shaving and other purposes, and where the razors and other shaving materials were kept. A razor was found by his side, and it is presumed that Baldwin cut his own throat. Intelligence of the occurrence spread rapidly into Newport. Baldwin is about 26 years of age and hails from Garstang in Lancashire, where his mother resides and of whom he was the support.

Star of Gwent. 6th August, 1886
Reverse Of Fortune

A Newport resident, who some years ago had a considerable practice in the town as a solicitor, has now become so reduced that it is feared an attack of illness, from which he is suffering will lead to his removal to the Union House.

Star of Gwent. 8th August, 1886
New Roman Catholic Church At Newport
Laying The Foundation Stone

The want of increased church accommodation for the Roman Catholics at Newport has long been felt although a subscription list for a new edifice at Pill was opened two or three years ago the Reverend Fathers decided wisely not to proceed with the work until sufficient funds were in hand in order that the building should be opened free of debt. Their efforts have now been crowned with success and on Monday morning the foundation stone of the large and handsome Church was laid in Clarence Street by the Bishop of Newport and Menevia. There were early services at the church on Stow Hill and at 10 o'clock the school children assembled and formed into procession. The procession which was nearly half a mile in length was headed by the band of the League of the Cross and the handsome banner of this Order. Next followed the members of the Hibernian Society in white trousers and gloves, these being succeeded by a number of females wearing blue cloaks as belonging to the Order of the Children of Mary. School children numbering about 1200 were next in succession carrying flags and banners, the younger of the scholars were accommodated in vehicles. The procession altogether was one of the finest the Catholics have ever previously organised. The route was up Stow Hill through Havelock Street and North Street, then by way of Baneswell Road to Commercial Street and on to Pill. The new church which is to be called St. Michaels will seat about 1000 persons and its cost is expected to exceed £4000.

Merlin. 27th August, 1886
Housemaid Hurled from a Swinging-Boat

Monday evening, about seven o'clock, a girl named Mary Ann Banfield, aged seventeen, residing in Baneswell, whilst indulging in the past-time of patronising Mr. Studt's swinging-boats at Clarence Place, was, when the boat had risen to a great height, violently hurled from it, and pitched on to the wheel of a cart, and thence to the ground. She was very badly bruised and the shock to the system was very great, necessitating her being conveyed to the Infirmary and detained. This should act as a warning to persons old enough to know better than to ascend in the air in these boats to such a ridiculous height.

Merlin. 5th November, 1886
The Prevalent Destitution

Mr. Burchan (the Board of Guardians' Inspector) visiting the Union on Saturday, was glad to see that the few cases of Relief for able bodied persons in this Union, had been dealt with, without the applicants having to undergo "Pauperising". He was glad to see the men (with families) getting wages from the Corporation for breaking stones. That was a far better course than pauperising them. It answered the purpose very well.

Merlin. 12th November, 1886
Accident to an Onion Vendor

On Thursday an accident occurred to a Frenchman, one of the batch of onion hawkers now in Newport, though happily it was not of a very severe nature. The poor fellow was lifting a basket of onions at the docks, when it fell upon him, inflicting a rather nasty gash on the side of the head. He was removed to the Infirmary and detained.

Merlin. 19th November, 1886
His Worship's Leniency

Charles Wall was the first defendant to come before His Worship the Mayor, George Hoskins Esq., he being summoned on the information of a brother cabman named Lockyer, for carrying three persons in his hansom cab, whereas he was licensed to carry only two. Lockyer told his Worship that about five o'clock on Friday evening three Spaniards came down Dock Street and defendant put them all in his cab, although witness was close by with a four-wheeler, and had only earned one shilling in eight hours. The defendant pleaded that his fares were two young Spaniards and a boy who was going to School at Chepstow. He only took the one young man and the boy to the station, putting the other one down at Blaina Wharf. He would have walked to the wharf but did not know the way. His Worship told the defendant to let this be a lesson to him, and this being the first case brought before him he discharged the defendant.

Merlin. 19th November, 1886
An Insurance Problem

"My darling little wife" said the husband, "you will be pleased to hear I have just insured my life." "Yes of course," replied the wife, "there it is again - the proof of how utterly selfish and inconsiderate men are, always thinking of themselves. Naturally, it never occurred to you to insure my life."

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'Newport First Stop' - 100 Years of News Stories
[ Contents ] [ Acknowledgements ] [ Preface ] [ Postscript ] [ Chronology ]
[ 1800 - 29 ] [ 1830 - 39 ] [ 1840 - 49 ] [ 1850 - 59 ] [ 1860 - 69 ] [ 1870 - 79 ] [ 1880 - 89 ] [ 1890 - 99 ]
[ 1880 ] [ 1881 ] [ 1882 ] [ 1883 ] [ 1884 ] [ 1885 ] [ 1886 ] [ 1887 ] [ 1888 ] [ 1889 ]

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