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South Wales Weekly Argus. 17th June, 1893
The Royal Marriage

A question of celebrating the approaching Royal Wedding in Newport was before a meeting of ratepayers at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The Assembly was filled with an audience composed of all classes and the Mayor presided. The subject of declaring a general holiday on 6th June was the point on which the discussion turned, and it was at once evident that there would be opposition to such a course.

Mr. J. Broad prefaced his observations with the remark that he was loyal to the Queen and to the Royal Family and that he wished every happiness to the Duke of York and his bride. The question they had met to discuss affected the working men of the town more than any other section of the community and they had had to suffer considerably of late. (Hear, Hear!) He was prepared to fill the room with skilled mechanics whose average wages for the last 12 months had not exceeded £1 per week. He objected to the holiday because the working men, their wives and children would suffer. (applause). What would a day's work lost mean to the working man in receipt of a £1 a week; with 4 or 5 children along the table - sometimes 6 or 7. It would mean that instead of having a piece of beef on the Sunday, after the Royal Prince was married, he would have to put up with a red herring or a bloater. (Laughter and Hear, Hears!) Besides that he would have the dark looks of his wife and the hungry faces of his children to meet. He therefore proposed the following Resolution. "That this meeting while wishing the Duke and his bride all happiness, but taking into account the depressed state of trade, cannot conscientiously ask for the declaration of the 6th July a general holiday." (applause)

Mr. W. Payne seconded the resolution, it was put, and carried unanimously.

Star of Gwent. 15th July, 1893
Street Accident

On Saturday evening a boy named William Spense whose parents reside at 15 Capel Street was run over in Commercial Road by a ginger beer cart belonging to Mr. Elliot and driven by a youth named Roberts. The boy it appears was playing with some companions at the time and no blame whatever is attached to the driver. Spense was attended to by Doctor Hudson who discovered that his thigh had been fractured.

South Wales Argus. 19th July, 1893
Music in Park Square

The following programme will be played by the Post Office Band on Thursday evening next, weather permitting: "March Tivoli" Schroder; Grand Selection of Sir H. Bishop's "Glass" (solos by principal instruments); Waltz "Fiddle and Eye", Otto Roeder; "Lancers - Army and Navy", Godfrey. Bandmaster F.J. Richardson.

South Wales Argus. 19th July, 1893
Police Trip

Newport Police through the generosity of the Watch Committee have been entertained to an outing to Weston. One half proceeded on Tuesday by the "Queen of the Bay". Each member was allowed to bring his wife or a friend. The other half of the force proceeded today. On both occasions the trip was interfered with for part of the day by rain.

South Wales Argus. 23rd August, 1893
Bad Times

William Thomas charged with sleeping under a hay-rick at Alteryn, was discharged on promising to leave the town. The prisoner said he had no money, and had no work, and if he went elsewhere he would only have to walk about. The Mayor: "I'm afraid so too."

South Wales Argus. 23rd August 1893
Challenge to Morgan Crowther

A challenge has been issued to Morgan Crowther of Newport, by George Siddons, who has met all the best feather-weights in America, to box Crowther at 118lbs or 1221bs for best purse offered.

South Wales Argus. 25th August, 1893
Newport Police Court

George Marshall, Lime Street, and William Henry Jones, Marion Street, were summoned before the Police Court today for an assault on Mary E. Clarke, a married woman residing at St. George's Buildings, Jeddo Street. She stated that on Saturday night about a quarter past ten she went to bed with her little children. Her husband was doing twenty eight days in Usk, and she had no food or fire, and went to bed because she had nothing to eat. At eleven o'clock a Mrs. Burke, who was living with her had a quarrel with a man who lived opposite, over the children. She got out of bed when she heard the noise, and found seven young fellows on the landing. She told them to go out and three of them turned back, but the others rushed into her bedroom. One of them hid behind the door, and another got under the bed. Her child told her the men were in the room and she ordered them out. One of them blew her candle out and threw her on the bed, while the one under the bed tried to commit an indecent assault. Defendants said they had been attracted to the house by cries of "Murder." They denied having been in the bedroom. The woman was tipsy. If she had nothing to eat she had plenty to drink. Anne Burke was called but would not swear to the identity of the men. P.C. Cordey stated he had heard the disturbance and found complainant along with a number of other women. They were in drink. The Bench dismissed the case for want of evidence of identity.

South Wales Argus. 29th August, 1893
Continuation Classes

The Roman Catholics of Newport, under the energetic direction of Rev. Father Bailey, have commenced a series of continuation classes open to all over 14 years of age, free of charge, the only condition being that scholars must attend regularly, or submit to a fine. The programme for this term covers a number of subjects, including French, Book-keeping, Shorthand, Drawing etc.. The classes were opened on Wednesday night and were crowded to excess.

South Wales Argus. 28th October, 1893
Cigarette Manufacture at Newport

The South Wales Tobacco Manufacturing Company, whose factory is located in High Street, Newport, have recently introduced a new feature into their business, which is likely to be popular with the public, and will be profitable to the concern, namely: the manufacture of cigarettes. When the company was formed four years ago, cigarettes were not offered for sale, only tobacco and cigars, but after due consideration the directors decided to experiment in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as carried out in other large towns. The result has been highly satisfactory, not to say remarkable.

South Wales Argus. 6th November, 1893
General Booth in Newport

The Albert Hall has been the scene of many gatherings of varied character, but never in its history, perhaps, has so large a number of people assembled within its walls as was the case on Sunday, when special meetings of the Salvation Army were held and conducted by General Booth. Many remember the occasion of the General's visit to Newport in the Winter of 1881, but the attendances this year far outweigh those of twelve years ago. They exceeded the expectations of the General, who is a man of fine physique and commanding presence and possessed of high intellectual attainment and extraordinary organising ability, and is well fitted to control a great body of men and women like the Salvation Army.

South Wales Argus. 7th November, 1893
Guy Fawkes' Night

The "Fifth" was celebrated with the customary rough and rowdy scenes. Throughout the day the streets were given up to the mercy of the fireworks of exploding urchins and between eight and ten at night the spirit of license was fully abroad, and kept up in the principal streets. A great crowd blocked the street at the Westgate, and those present amused themselves by discharging squibs and crackers at each other, while young boys ran along the street dragging blazing pieces of wood saturated with tar behind them. One rather unusual instant occurred at Maindee. On Monday a boy was fined for throwing a squib into the grocer's shop of Mr. Turner. That night a gang of about a hundred boys besieged the shop, which they stormed with a perfect shower of fireworks and blazing staves. A piece of tar-barrel was sent against the door, and had not a body of men in the neighbourhood come to the shop-keepers assistance the place would have been set on fire. The police were conspicuously absent while these scenes were being enacted, although one was seen leisurely strolling up after the noisy crew had been driven off.

South Wales Argus. 25th November, 1893
Alarming Explosion

About nine o'clock this morning alarm was created in Commercial Street by the report of a loud explosion which caused the windows to rattle and a great shower of mud flying over the footpaths. A Great Western lorry loaded with petroleum barrels, was passing the Metropolitan Bank. The wheels passed over a heap of mud dredged out of the grating by the scavengers, and when the explosion occurred the mud was scattered in all directions, freely bespattering the buildings and people near. Mr. Smith, draper, was standing on the steps outside his shop and he imagined that the barrels had exploded. He was covered with mud as well as the goods he had hung out of the door. A search among the rubbish along the street revealed the fact that a wheel had passed over a fog signal which had evidently been brought out of the grating into which it had been dropped by someone passing.

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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 ]
[ 1890 ] [ 1891 ] [ 1892 ] [ 1893 ] [ 1894 ] [ 1895 ] [1896 ] [ 1897 ] [ 1898 ] [ 1899 ]

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