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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 1896.

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SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL.

SOCIETYOF SOUTH WALES MUSICIANS.

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MUSICAL GOSSIP.

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MERTHYR GUARDIANS.

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MERTHYR GUARDIANS. Saturday. Present Messrs. D. P. Davies, J.P. (in the chair), T. Jenkins, H. W. Martin, T. Thomas, Rev." Aaron Davies, W. Phillips, D. Davies, J.P., Father O'Reilly, H. P. D. Phillip, J.P., J. Lloyd, D. Davies, Mrs. Emma Williams, Mrs. Mary Williams, Mrs. Peter Williams, Mrs. D. M. Richards, Messrs. Augustus Davies, T. Edwards, V. A. Wills, T. Williams, J.P., M. Truran, J.P., T. E. Mills, Canon Wade, Joseph Owen, T. Morris, R. H. Rhys, J.P.. J. Rogers..J.P., J. Rees, T. Pyle, D. James, D. Evans, E. Edwards, T. Bevan. Isaac H. Jones, T. Harris, J. W. Evans, W. Williams, R. Edwards, L. P. Edwards, Tudor Williams. D. Abra- ham, E. D. Howells, E. M. Hann, W. Davies, and F. T. James (clerk). SMALL-POX.âTwo fresh cases of small-pox were re- ported. One was at Aberdare the patient had been conveyed into the hospital, and everything was done to prevent the spread of the disease. The second case was at Dowlais, the sufferer having been conveyed in- to the hospital.âMr. H. W. Martin asked the clerk if he had had a report about a small-pox patient in Dowlais walking about the town ?âMr. Dan Thomas That is the man, I suppose, who attended a wedding when he was actually sickening with small-pox.âThe Clerk said that in the case reported from Dowlais the man had for a time refused to enter the hospital, and when he did go he insisted on walking there, refusing to go in the ambulance. WHAT THE VACCINATORS SAY. â The Clerk read the replies of the public vaccinators to the question whether re-vaccination was desirable. They all re- Elied in the affirmative with two exceptions, namely, >r. Leigh, Treharris, and Dr. T. Thomas.âMr. Rhys proposed, and Mr. D. Davies, J.P., seconded, that placards lie issued advising people to be revaccinated. âMr. Will" moved that the Guardians, including the lady Guardians, be asked to set an example. âMr. J. W. Evans seconded the motion, which was carried. UXVACCINATKD CHILDREN.âAt the previous meet- ing of the Board it will be remembered that Mr. Wills referred to an allegation that there were 500 children in the parish of Merthyr unvaccinated. The clerk had since made inquiries, and now reported that the figures fcr last year were as follows Births, 2,391 vaccinated, 1,995; dead. 244; removed. 24 vaccination postponed, 126. This accounted for 2,389 of the children born.âCanon Wade said the allega- tion was that a number of children were not registered, and the figures given by the clerk had reference only to those who had been registered. ELECTION OF RELIEVING OFFICER.âThe Clerk read the applications and testimonials of four of the candi- dates selected to appear before the Board. These were Rees R. Price, 42, road foreman under the Aberdare Council; Llewellyn Richards, 35, head roods guard, Great Western Railway; David Williams, 27, traveller in the employ of the Aber- ?wawr Brewery and J. W. Young, 27, clerk in the employ of the Aberdare-Merthyr Colliery, Hirwain. The four were called into the room, and questions were asked them by the chairman and other mem- bers. Mr. Price was informed that the clerk had re- ceived an anonymous letter stating that his (Mr. Price's) age was 46 if so, he would be above the stipu- lated limit.âMr. Price said that, to the be;,t of his belief, he was only 42, but he would be prepared to produce a certificate of birth in order to put the matter beyond dispute.âMr. D. Davies Do you speak Welsh, Mr. Price?âMr. Price Oh yes.â Mr. J. W. Morgan You are a Welsh bard, are you not, Mr. Price?âMr. Price did not deny the soft im- peachment.âThe candidates having been personally questioned, the voting was proceeded with, it being understood that Mr. Price's election, if he had a majority, was subject to the production of a certifi- cate of birth proving him to be within the advertised limit. In the first division the figures were Price, 15 Richards, 14 Williams, 9 Young, 6. Young's name was then struck off, and the six who had voted for him were asked to vote again. The result then was as follows Price, 19 Richards, 15 Williams, 10. The third and final division gave the following result:âPrice, 27 Richards, 16.âThe former was then declared elected. MASTER'S REPORT.âThe Master (Mr. Pearcey) reported that the number of inmates in the house was 382 corresponding week, 409 A parcel of periodicals had been received from Mr. Jones, fishmonger, Glebe- land, and the usual parcel ot the Literature Society had also arrived. A LITERARY BREEZE.âThere was a slight breeze ment these parcels of literature.âMr. J. Lloyd asked if the parcels that were sent to the house were exam- ined by anybody with a view of ascertaining whether sverything received was of a proper and respectable character.âMr. Dan Thomas said the question was a most improper one. It was not likely that the kind people who sent periodicals and books to the house would be guilty of the reprehensible conduct suggested by Mr. Lloyd.âMr. D. Davies thought the subject was an important one, and he would say a small com- mittee should be appointed to examine the parcels both at the house and the Industrial School. There was danger that the minds of the inmates, especially the young children, might be contaminated by impure literature.âMr. Dan Thomas said Mr. Davies' mind wanted enlightenment much more than the minds of the little children.âMr. D. Davies was sorry to say that a book was put in his hands the previous night which he would grieve to find in the house.âFather O'Reilly: Was that a book sent to the house ?âMr. Davies No.âFather O'Reilly: Are Mr. Davies' remarks not a reflection on the master ?âMr. Dan Thomas Of course they are. For my own part I shall watch most carefully all literature coming from Baptist quarters henceforth (laughter) âThe Clerk, on being asked, said he had, in conjunction with the master, examined some of the parcels that had been received. He had found nothing of an objectionable nature. The worst he could say of the literature was that it was dry, awfully dry (laughter).âUltimately the matter was left in the hands of the clerk and master. THE BOARDROOM.âA small committee was ap- pointed to consider the alterations required in the Boardroom.

THEATRE ROYAL, MERTHYR.

DROWNING FATALITY AT ABEH-DARE…

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-METEOROLOGICAL REGISTER.

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