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LOOAL. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, ABERYSTWYTH. Monday, Janll.ary 25th, 1869. The usual fortnightly meeting of the Board was held in the Board Room of the Union Workhouse on Monday last. The guardians present were G. W. Parry, Esq., chairman, Messrs. John Watkins, Richard Morris, John Jones, (Commerce House.) E. H. Morgan, Lewis Jones, Joel Morgan, William Jenkins, David Roberts, Daniel Thomas, Lewis Jones, Thomas James, Isaac James, J. R. Richards, Evan Herbert, Richard Jones, and Jamea Hender- son. Dr. Roberts and Dr. James were in attendance. Mr Hugh Hughes having read the minutes ot the previous meeting, The chairman read the following correspondence to the board :— Strand Union, 6, Bow Street, London, W.C.. 13th January, 1848. Sir, David Jones, a blind man, who was removed under an order of justices from this Union in the month of December last, has been referred by James Vaughan, Esq., the magistrate at Bow Street, again to this Union, having applied to him for assistance. The man states that he was furnished with a railway ticket for London, and 5s. 6Jd. in money to enable him to proceed to London to obtain admission to the Ophthalmic Hospital. That on his arrival he applied at the hospital, but could not obtain admission, and having only the small sum above named, it was soon expended, and is now destitute. The magistrate is of opinion that your board is open to serious complaint fur sending a man in his state, with such an insignificant sum to provide for every contingency, and to expect him to be received into a hospital, without any previous enquiry as to whether he could be received, or any order of admis- sion, is so contrary to the dictates of ordinary pru- dence, that it leads to the impression that your only concern was to get rid of the man regardless of the difficulties he must have to encounter. He requests, therefore, that you will repay to him the 5s. which he has given to the poor man to meet his immediate necessities, and forward to him, ad- dressed James Vaughan, Esq., Police Court, Bow Street, London, a sufficient sum to enable the poor man to return to Aberystwyth forthwith, unless by some means you can obtain his admission to the hos- pital. I am. Sir, Your obedient Servant, JAMES KTLNER. H. Hughes, Esq., Clerk. C1erk to the Guardians, Aberystwyth. To this letter Mr Hughes replied that the pauper. David Jones, had produced to the board a letter pur- porting to be from the authorities of the Ophthalmic Hospital in London, from which it appeared that he would be immediately admitted if he could only ob- tain the means to reach London. On this represen- tation his fare was paid to London, and a small sum of money given him, which the board considered would be sufficient to defray any necessary expenses on the road. The following letter had since been received by Mr Hughes :— Strand Union, 6, Bow Street, London, W C. Sir,—In reply to your letter of the 15th inst., which I have had some difficulty in reading, I have to state that I forwarded it, together with a read- able copy of as much as I could make out, to the magistrate at whose request I wrote to you. The man appeared before him again to-day, when he found that he had been residing in a neighbouring Union, and he decided to send for the relieving offi- cer of that Union to admit him into the Workhouse, I had a long conversation with the man on Wed- nesday last, when he said nothing about having pro- duced a printed paper, signed by some one in autho- rity, for his admission but if he did, I think it was unwise for your board to have acted upon it without corroboration. I am. Sir, Yours obediently, JAMES KILNER, Clerk. The chairman remaikpd that when the board en- abled the man to go to London, it was on the belief that he would be immediately admitted to the hos- pital. Mr Hughes said he should reply by next post to the effect that the board here had been misled by the statements of the pauper, and by a document which he produced, but they were prepared to send for him back if he could not get into an hospitall VAGRAXCY. The chairman read to the board the following let- ter on the above important subject:— Llandilo-fawr Union, Llandilo, Jan. 22nd, 1869 Dear Sir,—It is suggested by the guardians of this Union that a meeting of delegates from the different Unions in the adj8Jin ing connties should meet, to take into consideration the circular of the Poor Law Board, of the 28th November last, on the subject of the increase of vagrancy, with the object of eliciting the views of the different boards as to the best mode to be adopted to check the great evils and expense at present arising from vagrancy. Our delegates propose to meet at Carmarthen at 12 a m. on Wednesday, 3rd February, and I shall be glad to be informed whether your board will co-oper- ate in the matter. I have not yet arranged in what room the meeting will be held, but I will inform you in a few days. I am, dear Sir, Yours faithfully, To H. Hughes, Esq., G. WILLIAMS. Clerk to the Guardians, Aberystwyth. The chairman thought it best to give the plan suggested by the Poor Law Board a fair trial, as no doubt they had well considered the question. No doubt the subject would have the attention of Par- liament next Session. Mr Hughes was instructed to reply to the clerk of the Llandilo Union to this effect. The chairman said he had received a letter cover- ing three sheets of paper from Mr William Joseph Davies, of Trefecban, on the subject of the appoint- ment of a schoolmistress, and he thought it was rather hard if he was expected to reply to these voluminous communications. In this letter the writer stated that since the last meeting he had been speak- ing to some of the guardians, who told him various things, amongst others, that when the question was brought before the board there were persons in the room who held up their hands who were not guard- ians—that it was not the general wish that a mis- tress should be appointed. Now he (the chairman) believed that so far was it from such being the case, that not only was the feeling generally expressed in approval of such appointment, but there was a per- fect unanimity on the point. Mr Jones It was so, sir. The chairman Should you wish to have this let- ter read ? Omnes No, no. The chairman I don't think myself it would be proper to read it, as it contains personalities which ought not to be made public. Mr Morris How does he come to interfere ? The master: He takes the cards from the paupers in the street, and goes about making enquiries Mr Morris: He has no right to interfere. Mr Thomas: None at all; and we must put a stop to his interference. The chairman For what purpose does he inter- fere so ? The master Principally to annoy me, I bt lieve. He tells the paupers he is authorized to make these enquiries, and he publicly calls me a thief through the town. The chairman t If any person so annoys you. or interferes with you in the discharge of your duties, your remedy is to bring such person before the magistrates. Mr Jones This annoyance is intolerable and it must be put an end to. The subject was then suffered to drop

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