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I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. I THE CARMARTHEN MARKETS AND THE TOWN COUNCIL. I To the Editor of the 11 Welshman." SIR,âAt th:, time when I addressed to you my letter of last week, your valuable report of the proceedings in Council in reference to the Carmarthen Market place had not appeared. The public could not therefore under- stand more than that there had been an endeavour to expose some jobbing going on, but the grave nature of the complaint was not generally known. Thanks to your exertions, the facts are now bared to the light, and the observations I ventured to make upon this transaction are fully justified. The lame and quibbling explanations given by Mr. Fowler to the serious complaints adduced and proved against him, are more calculated to aggravate than to extenuate his offences, and from the nature of the excuses relied on, the Council were called upon, in justice to the rate-payers, whom they represent, to look with scrupulous vigilance upon his whole conduct in reference to the works in progress. I am perfectly aware of the trite observation that it is easy to prefer a gioundless charge, and that nothing is more disgraceful than vague and reckless accusations; but the complaints alluded to are substantial, nor do they require proof, as their truth is admitted even without limitation or partial denial. Under these circumstances it behoved the Council as the guardians of the inteiest of the town to mark their sense of the unosfltdonable man- ner in which the building had been carried on and what have they done? Why, "NOTIIISG." Squabbling and bearding each other was neither decent nor requisite on the occasion. The tu quoque line of argument may suit very well amidst the brawls and gambols of school-boys, but that grave discussions are to be so conducted, places the public in an equivocal position, inasmuch as it is difficult to determine whether the wordy antagonists are desirous of being laughed at, or are themselves laughing at the public. It seems from the report, that there were several grounds of complaint, among which the following may be inst-,need 1st. That the original plans are withheld by the Architect, although he has been paid for them, and repeatedly desired to hand them over. 2nd. That he promised to erect a commodious and ornamental market place with grand entrances according to a lithographed design circulated in the town, at an expence not exceeding £ 5,000, but that he miscalculated the cost, and in lieu, is going to favour us with a naked row of common sheds and three awkward characterless entrances. 3rd. That the building in course of erection is not in a single particular anything like the design approved of by the Council. 4th. That some of the alterations were acceded to by the Council, but they became necessary in consequence of the Architect having miscalculated the expenditure. 5th. That other alterations have been made by the Architect without the consent of or intimation to the Council. 6t'n. That the SHEDS are too narrow, b2ing but a trifle broader than those in the old market place. 7th. The Architect having persuaded the Council that it was necessary to appoint a clerk of the works to see that the contracts were fulfilled, and proper materials used according to the specifications, did not supply to the man appointed as clerk of the works a copy of the spe- cifications, so that he could not know what materials were to be used. 8th. That th" Council having confided to Mr. Fowler the appointment of clerk of the works, he employs in that situation, the father of the foreman of the con- tractor. 9th. The specification required all wood to be Crown Memel or Christiana deals, and that these timbers should be the best of their sort. The contractor, however, used instead Red Pine of an inferior quality, and no portion of Crown Memel has at all been used on'the premises. 10th. That instead of Oak, Red Pine was used for foot pieces. 11th. That much of the Red Pine was sappy, some scantlings having as much as four inches of sap, although the specification provides that all timber should be per- fectly free of sap. 12. That the rafters are put up 15 inches apart instead of 12. 13. That the other timbers were of smaller scantlings than required by the specification. I ltli. That Mr. Fowler agreed with the Council that o per cent. on the outlay should cover all the Architect's charges and expences of supervision, &c., instead of which a further 2 per cent. is now improperly charged and received by Mr. Fowler on account of some Mr. AN'atsoii' iii-,tkiiig the whole sum that the Council will have to pay for supervision fjQO or one-tenth of the whole outiav. H ere are 15 grave charges, eachof which, if proved, would justify and imperatively call for the most stringent mea- sures on the part of the Council. The only question is, were the charges proved ? It is useless to go through the report seriatim, suffice it to say, that in my opinion, every one is clearly substantiated, and the only justification attempted is a series of miserable shifts, equivocations, and apologies as to all but one of the charges; and as to that one, a bouncing clerical error is relied on in extenuation. These are the charges. I ask would any private individual act for himself as our trusty council- men have acted for the town. Let the ratepayers decide the point, and they -ave the remedy in their own hands. It is evident that of the long catalogue of grievances detailed by illr. Simons, sortie are imputable to M. Fowler alone some to him and our precious council jointly, and to Mr. Simons himself a share of the respon- sibility must attach. Proper care should have been taken in the first instance to prevent the present untoward result, instead of whL'h with overweening; confidence the Council have handed themselves over to Mr. Fowler tied ecl, es,? iiist,, 't iie and gagged, the resistless instruments o This pleasure. The only solemn circumstance in, the farce is that tiie rate- payers have to pay the piper for the sport, and to suffer for the incompetency of their unworthy servants. Were it not for this, they might bemire themselves to their hearts' content without an observation or a warning from your constant reader, TIME TO COMI;. P.S.- Can you explain to me by what singular accident a Councillor who spoke in favour of Mr. Simon's first resolution was led to the whimsical act of voting against it. I remember a game played in childhood called the "rule of contrary," "oherein the duty is inculcated that you arc to "hold fast" when I say "let loose, &c," mayhap the worthy Councilman is composing a book of sports for children, and the association of ideas may rule actions.

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