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MOUNTAIN ASH LOCAL BOARD.

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COUNTY OF GLAMORGAN.

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MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS.

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MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The weekly meeting of this Board was held on Satur- day, Mr Bedlington Kirkhouse in the chair. OAK â¢6 f?as^er reported 223 inmates as compared with J40 in the corresponding week of last year. He also reported that not one of the 35 applicants for relief on Saturday last had entered the house as invited. BTS-V/ T UATION OF PROPERTY. Dr James gave notice that on that day fortnight he would call the attention of the board to the increased value of certain kinds of property in the union, with a view of moving for a fresh valuation of property in different parishes of the union. His reason for this step was in consequence of the great advance in the price of coal during the past eighteen months. They were all aware that coal had advanced something like 150 per cent.âfrom, in fact, 8s to 20s and 24s, and in some cases 30s per ton. Under these circumstances it struck him that, certain other properties being com- pelled to pay so much heavier to the rates, it was high time to make a move in the direction he now pointed. (Hear, hear.) There was a great deal of grumbling just now on the matter, both at Merthyr and Aberdare? He was not posted with statistics on varions points, or as to the amount of royalty paid on coal; but in order to facilitate the motion, he would ask the clerk to supply him by next week with information as to the amount of money paid on coal in the three parishes of Merthyr Aberdare, and Gellygaer. Mr Hopkin Rhys suggested a more simple and effective return, which should include all descriptions of property, distinguishing railways, house property, iron- works, collieries, land, canals, &c. Dr James said he had no objection to these being included. Dr Price: Would you not also include" royalties," Mr Rhys ? Mr Rhys suggested that they had nothing to do with royalties. ELECTION OF PAY CLERK. There were six candidates for the office of pay clerk. Mr Morgan Thomas, deputy-registrar of births, &c., at Cardiff, whose testimonials were excellent, was ap- pointed to the office, upon the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by Mr Rhys. The successful candidate nominated as his sureties Mr John Morrish, farmer, St. Nicholas, and Mr Thomas Greene, farmer of Argoed. RURAL SANITARY BOARD. The meeting of this board was held in the committee- room at twelve o'clock, Mr John Rees presiding. The Chairman, according to notice of motion, pro- posed that this board should apply for all the powers tf a rural sanitary board (according to a specified section of the Act) with respect only to Gellygaer. He said that this proposal received the unanimous assent of the parochial committee. The application of certain powers was peculiarly necessary to Gellygaer, which has been, and was still, a rapidly increasing place as regarded population, so that within the last few years dwellings had been necessarily erected, but unfortunately there had been no authoritative voice as to certain matters of detail in the mode of construction, calculated to contri. bute to the health of the inhabitants. He found upon reference to the supplementary list of the valuation list that in the year 187J there was 58 new houses erected, last year there were 31, and the preceding year no less than 70 and this year there would be a larger number still, and the erection of new dwellings was not con- fined to one part of the parish alone, but all parts. But as yet there had been no authority to regulate the erec- tion and design of these buildings, as might be wit- nessed any day by the marks of carelessness to be seen not only with respect to buildings, but arrangement of streets. They had only to consult the able report furnished recently by Dr. Redwood to discover the number of houses thrown up during the past year or two, that should never have been sanctioned. Happily, however, there were other instances where hygienic considerations had been regarded. He learnt from the clerk that the clause -under which he now proposed to take action- enabled them to apply for all the powers of an urban sanitary authority, but they thought it better simply to seek for those powers that were imme. diately and absolutely necessaryâforemost amongst- these being power in regard to the regulation of new buildings. Then, with respect to public lamps. They had already gas-works in the parish, and if powers were secured, they might erect a few lamps, should the paro. chial committee think it desirable. In conclusion he proposed that application be made by this board to the Local Government Board for an order, under the first section of the Public Health Act, 1872, investing this Board with further authority, applicable only to the parish of Gellygaer, which he might intimate would also include the numbering of houses, naming of streets, and forming of bye-laws. Mr Jenkin Matthews, in seconding the proposal, en- dorsed every sentiment expressed by the chairman. It was a sad misfortune that some authority had not been secured years ago. There was great necessity for it now, where there was every probability of an immense increase in the number of buildings. The chairman had in no way exaggerated the state of things. Mr Jenkin Rhys supported the motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr D. E. Williams withdrew his notice, specifying the application of these additional powers to other outfyinc districts, expressing, however, an intention to bring it forward at some future time. THE FEVER AT TIR PHIL. The Medical officer's report was read, from which it appeared that between the 1st of July to the 30th September, there had been 22 cases of enteric fever and four deaths from that disease at Tir Phil. The same certain cause, "filth," was attributed to the outbreak of this disease.

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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.