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A LLANSANNAN ASSAULT CASE. Thomas Roberts, a farm servant at Coedoros, Llansannan, summoned Evan Jones, of Bryn- anllech, Llansannan for assaulting him on the 7th insb. Mr. A. O. Evans, who appeared for com- plainant, characterised the assault as a most unprovokable and unjustifiable one. Thomas Roberts said he was a wagoner at Coedoros. On the 7th inst, he was proceeding to Brynrhydyrarian in company with others, when defendant struck him a blow in the face, causing him considerable pain. Defendant said he gave complainant the blow in mistake, and was led to make the assault by the fact that a strange young man in service at his house had been illtreated at Bryn. The Bench considered the case proved, and fined defendant 5s. and costs, and allowed 10s 6d. advocate fee; amounting altogether to £ 1. 6. Od. NEGLIGENT PARENTS. Allen Jones, school attendance officer for Llansannan district, summoned Peter Pierce, Ty Newydd, Llannefydd, for not sending his child, seven years of age to school. Defendant did not appear. The officer sta- ted that the child had only attended 39 times out of a possible 110 during the last three months. He was fined Is. 6d. and costs. SWINE FEVER REGULATIONS. WE have been asked to publish the following letter fr jni the Board of Agriculture, which has been received by Mr. J. Parry Jones, Town Clerk, Denbigh :â Board of Agriculture, 4 Whitehall Place, London, S.W., 27th January, 1897. Sir, I have laid before the Board of Agriculture your letter of the 22nd instant, asking that the Borough of Denbigh may be exempted from the operation of the markets and fairs (Swine Fever) order of 1896. In reply I am directed to say that two outbreaks of Swine Fever occurred in Den- bighshire so recently as the week ended 28th of November last, and for some lyears prior to that date the disease has broken out again and again at short intervals. In these circumstances and regard being had to the well-known obscure character of the disease, it would, in the opinion of the Board, be premature to assume that the di- sease has been extinguished, and for the present therefore, they think it would be undesirable that the borough should be ex- empted from the operation of the order. The Representations you make will, how- ever, be kept in view, and the Board will gladly give effect to them so soon as this can be done without detriment to the opera- tions which have been undertaken against the disease in question. I am, Sir, Your obedient Servant, T. H. ELLIOTT. Secretary. SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the Board was held on Tuesday. Mr. Thomas Roberts (Vice Chair- man) presided, the other members present be- ing the Rev. H. Humphreys, Rev. Benjamin Williams, Messrs. W. Keepfer and Edward Mills, with the Clerk (Mr. R. H. Roberts). APOLOGY. The Rev. H. O. Hughes, Henllan, wrote stating his inability to attend, being still con. lined to the house. PUPIL TEACHERS' EXAMINATION. The Clerk read the report of Mr. Roberts, Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, with re- ference to the Pupil Teachers' Examination, iu which ifc was stated that John E. Hughes had passed the examination for admission to the third year's apprenticeship, and that Richard Henry Roberts had passed fairly in his first year. All the other pupil teachers were below fair, and had failed in many subjects. Mr. Humphreys It is rather an unfavour- able report all round. The Vice Chairman Yes, Very. Mr. Humphreys Would it not be better to call the attention of the Head Teachers to the matter ? The Clerk I have done so. Mr. Humphreys They are not absolute fail- ures, except in certain subjects. The Clerk said he did .not know how the Board were to get over the difficulties they were in with regard to the teachers, especially in reference to their apprenticeship. Only one, in addition to J. E. Hughes, had done fairly well-R. Henry Roberts. Mr. Humphreys: The term 'fair' is very moderate praise after all. The Clerk explained that the head master had been complaining to him that he could not get the pupil teachers to get up their home lessons. The Vice Chairman They cannot do them- selves justice in walking about the streets at night. We must not lay all the-fault upon the lit,q (I teachers. Mr. Mills: CertaiT not.. It was decided that the Clerk should report on the subject to the next meeting of the Board. RATE AID TO VOLUNTARY SCHOOLS. THEY CAN'T TURN THE GOVERNMENT.' The Clerk read the following resolution, passed at a meeting of the Manchester School Board, and sent to him with a request that it be placed before the Board, with, a view to its adoption :â That as the cost of each child educated in the Manchester Board Schools has increased from the sum of 14s. 4d. in the year ended 31st August, 1894, to the sum of 17s. Sid. in the year ended 31st August, 1895, an increase of 3s. 4Jd. in one year, it is evident that an ad- ditional grant of 4s. per child, such as was pro- mised in the late Government Bill, would be utterly insufficient to enable the Voluntary Schools to meet what Mr. Chamberlain has called the unfair competition' of the School Boards, and that Her Majesty's Government be urged by memorial to provide a suitable re- medy for this competition by securing in the forthcoming Bill a share in the education rate for all citizens that require it, in the schools of their choice; and that copies of this resolution, if carried, be forwarded to all Urban School Boards in England and Wales, requesting their co-operation with the Manchester Board in ob- taining this measure of justice.' Mr. Humphreys: As the Government has declared against rate-aid, I propose that we have nothing more to say about it. Mr. Keepfer: The Denbigh School Board cannot turn the Government. The Vice Chairman That is net the way to talk, Mr. Keepfer. It is not business. Mr. Keepfer That is my opinion. When this matter came before us some time ago, we decided then to leave the communication we received on the table, and I think we should do the same thing with this. The Vice Chairman Then you practically second Mr. Humphreys' motion? Mr. Keepfer: Yes. Mr. Mills: This has come upon us very sud- denly. I knew nothing about it until now, and I think it would be far better if we were given an opportunity to consider such matters as this before we come to the meeting. The Vice Chairman: I am in the same posi- tion as you, On the agenda I received it was stated 'Business, Nil.' Mr. Humphreys: A Bill is to be brought in in aid of the Voluntary Schools from the Ex- chequer, and, therefore, it would be useless on our part to petition for rate-aid now, as the Government is bringing in a bill finding aid from other sources. Mr. Benjamin Williams I support the re- solution. We ought to show our feelings as regards the rates, and in doing so, it might bring some advantages to the Board Schools. The Vice Chairman: Have you'an amend- ment to move to Mr. Humphreys' suggestion ? Mr. Benjamin Williams: If I understand the resolution rightly, I think we should do some- thing to show our disapproval of what they endeavour to do; and if we, as a Beard, cannot do anything to support the Manchester School Board, I wish we would adopt what they sug- gest in the resolution. Mr. Humphreys That is, you want rate-aid for Voluntary Schools. Is that what you propose ? Mr. Williams: No. Mr. Humphreys: Well, that is what the re- solution wants. Mr. Mills: I think we had better leave it alone. Mr. Keepfer You won't carry it here. The matter then dropped. THE APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF INSPECTOR FOR WALES. A circular letter was read from the Ynys- cynhaiarn School Board, enclosing a resolution passed by that Board, condemning the appoint- mei c of Mr. Legard as Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales, with a request that a simi- lar resolution be adopted by the Denbigh Board. Mr. Mills: I beg to propose that we dis- approve entirely of the appointment of this gentleman to the office, as he does' not under- stand Welsh. [trust that we are all of the same opinion on this matter. The appoint- ment is disapproved of by the general voice of the Principality. Mr. B. Williams seconded. Mr. Humphreys said he supposed, the Chief Inspector was more of an adviser to the Edu- cational Department than otherwise; and he thought it very desirable, even if the Chief In- spector did not examine schools himself, that he should know Welsh. On that account, I think we ought to disapprove of the appoint- ment. The Vice Chairman In my opinion, the ap- pointment is a thoroughly bad one in prin- ciple. There being no amendment, the motion was carried nem. con. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. THE PREVALENCE OF WHOOPING COUGH. The Clerk read the monthly reports of the various schools, in all of which complaints were made as to the very unsatisfactory atten- dance of children during the last two months, and suggesting that this was due to the severe weather, and the prevalence of whooping cough. Mr. Mills: I think myself that the schools ought to be closed. The whooping cough is very prevalent in the town, and is, moreover, very catching. I have, also, registered some fatal cases as the result of this disease. It is, no doubt, contagious, and something should be done to prevent its sptead. Mr. Keepfer Children who are ill ought not to go to school. Mr. Mills But they do go. Mr. Keepfer We often find that very small excuses keep children from school; and it is not likely that they would go when suffering from illness. I;' Mr. Mills: But they do go when V Bering from whooping cough, and eanse a great deal of inconvenience to otliev s. Mr. Keepfer: I have neVIr heard of the schools being closed on account of whoriping cough. What do you say, Mr. Clerk ? The Clerk No, they have not. Mr. Mills: But the disease is quite as con- tagious as any fever. Its prevalence has con- siderably diminished the attendance at the Sunday Schools of the town. Mr. Humphreys: The average at Henllan, particularly the infant department, is also very low. Mr. Keepfer I think it is attributable to the weather more than anything else, and people are very fond of making small excuses. Mr. Mills It is a very important matter, if we allow a thing like this to spread, whereas by closing the schools for a week we might stamp it out, or, at least, prevent its exten- sion. At any rate, we might prevent children attending school from having it. The Attendance Officer haying been called intn the rooms, was asked his opinion on the matter, and replied that there was a great deal of sickness amongst the children of the town. In reply to a further question, be said he would not advise the Board to take proceed-, ings against anybody at present. No resolution was passed em the subject. ILLNESS OF A MEMBER. On the motion of Mr. B. Williams, seconded by Mr. Keepfer, a vote of sympathy was passed with Mr. Hughes, of Henllan, in his severe ill- ness.