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LOCAL NOTES. THE IIRALTH OF THE DISTRICT. We are pleased to see the prompt steps which have been taken by the Local Board for the preservation of the good health of the district. It is evident that the officials, backed up by the members, are determined that disease shall not obtain a firm hold upon the neighbourhood. We have to hand, through the courtesy of Dr. Neale, the fourth annual report of the medical -officer of health. It is well written, and con- tains a mass of useful information, and we only regret that our limited space prohibits us from dealing fully with it. It touching upon the number of births, marriages, and deaths, the report states that the rate of infantile mortality in this district has declined, the total number of deaths amongst infants under one year 11 'of age was 84. Dealing with zymotic diseases, Dr. Neale says that 15 were attributed to scarlet fever, 11 whooping cough, 4 diptheria, 2 enteric or typhoid fever, and 9 to diarrhoea. With regard to the water supply, an analysis of water taken from the Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water Company's Reservoirs is given, and states that although the water is rather hard and not well suited for such domestic purposes as washing, &c., its condition, organically considered, is favourable for dietetic use. Special attention is called to the need of flushing apparatus being provided for water closets. Scavenging operations have been efficiently performed during the year, while the supervision of dairies, cowsheds, and milkshops has been systematically carried out, and the utmost vigilance exercised by Mr. Inspector Leyshon. The same remark applies also to the bakehouses, the whole of which are in good condition. With regard to the food supply and slaughterhouse, Dr. Neale points out that no private slaughtering now exists in the district, and that the shops in the district kept for the sale of meat, poultry, game, fish, or other articles of food exposed for sale or intended for the food of man have been visited at different hours throughout the year, and the articles and premises found to be wholesome and clean. After giving an account of the work of the Inspector of Nuisances, the report concludes with a reference to Port Sanitary matters. It deals especially with the precautions taken with regard to the introduc- tion of cholera, and states that no less than 824 vessels had beeu inspected. In conclusion, Dr. Neale thanks the Dockmaster, the Superin- tendent, the officials of Her Majesty's Customs, the Barry Pilotage Board, and to the officers of the Board of Trade for their kind co-operation in carrying out preventive measures. Inspec- tor Leyshon is also commended for the energy and judgment shown by him in the discharge of his onerous duties, which Dr. Neale says he carried out in a most efficient and complete manner. THE CONDITION OF LEE-STREET. In a recent issue we called the attention of the authorities to the disgraceful condition of Lee-street. We are pleased to End that the Health Committee has taken action in the matter upon a report submitted by the Inspector of Nuisances. We thought it was bad enough to be without water, but it must have been worse to find that there was a supply in the houses, and all that remained was to turn it on. We hope that the inhabitants have now plenty of water, and that the condition of the roads will soon be altered. There is room for plenty of improvements, but, of course, time is re- quired for all things. Now that the matter has been brought prominently to the notice of the Board we feel sure everything for the ,comfort of the inhabitants will be accomplished in the near future. THE GAS AND WATER COMPANY. The meeting of the shareholders of the Barry and Cadoxton Gas and Water Company >'On Tuesday last was nothing if not brief. The directors had but little to say other than what was contained in their report, and had it not been for the questions put by Mr. Thomas nothing would have transpired with regard to -the proposal of the Barry and Cadoxton Local Board outside the more mention of the fact that that body proposed to take over the Com pany's undertaking. The questions asked were certainly to the point, and show which way the wind blows. Even the shareholders are appa- rently prepared to admit that the Local Board should take over the concern at a fair and reasonable price. We are sure that the rate- payers are of the same opinion..

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