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THE TRAOK OF BARRY DOCK:! IX COMPARISON WITH NEIGHBOURING PORTS. A comparison of the average weekly trade done at. the Barry Docks with thot of other coil ports along the Bristol Channel may not be uninterest- ing reading matter to many of our readers. During last week the trade of Cardiff, it is stated, maintained the average," whatever that may mean. At Barry Docks the coal shipments alone exceeded 127,000 tons at Swansea over 50,000 tons while the trade at Newport registered scarcely 20,000. At Penarth the coal traffic yielded a total of nearly 40,000 tons. BARRY LOCAL BOARD AND THE REGULATION OF SEAMEN'S BOARDING-HOUSES. The Barry and Cadoxton Local Board, acting as Port Sanitary Authority, is the first public body in the entire kingdom to carry into actual practice the Board of Trade bye-laws for the regulation of seamen's boarding-houses, and now that the example has been so worthily set, other authorities in the country-including Cardiff as the only Welsh port so far—follow- ing the advice of the Government authorities, have resolved upon adopting similar measures. These regulations, which are based upon the Merchant Shipping Acts of 1854 and 1883, provide for, amongst other objects, the licensing of seamen's lodging-houses, the inspection and sanitary condition of the same, the prohibition of unlicensed houses, and the exclusion from all licensed houses of persons of improper character. Persons not registered by the Sanitary Authority shall be liable upon con- viction to a penalty not exceeding f20. Anv person who has been convicted of disorderly conduct shall be prohibited from conducting a seaman's lodging-house for three years and amongst the classes of tradespeople who are restricted from conducting such establishments are holders of beer licenses, clothiers, outfitters, and slop dealers. Section 26 provides that X 0 proprietor of a seaman's lodging-house, nor any person managing the same, shall knowingly lodge or harbour any thief, or re- puted thief, or any prostitute or reputed prostitute and a register shall be kept of the name, age, and nationality of every lodger received into the house, with a complete des- cription of the ship with which he was last connected. These regulations are already in force at Barry, with the exception of the clauses- prohibiting unlicensed houses to exist in the district but as soon as the Order in Council, which has been applied for, has been received the Barry Port Sanitary Authority will be able to give full effect to the provisions of their new code, and, considering the desirable results, calculated to promote the well-being of the sea- faring community while in port, which must; necessarily ensue upon the general adoption of these bye-laws, we hope the authorities at such ports as Cardiff, Hull, &c., which have applied to the authorities at Barry for copies of the new bye-laws, will lose no time in following the pro- gressive example which has just been set by those representing the new port on the Bristol Channel.

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