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THE VOICE OF THE ABERYSTWYTH BUTCHERS. On Thursday evening last, a large number of the master butchers and cattle dealers of the town held a meeting at the White Swan Inn," fur the pur- pose of taking into consideration the tariff charge in the bye laws of the corporation for slaughtering animals in the new and commodious buildiug which bn's just been completed. About 25 were present, and the meeting was nearly unanimous in protesting against what they deemed the exorbitant rates im- posed by the bye-laws. Mr W. Jones was called to the chair, and neatly addressed himself to the subject tor the considera- tion of which the meeting had been convened. It was desirable that they should have an opportunity of expressing their opinions freely on the subject before the slaughter-house was formally opened. If they should be of opinion that the rates charged were too high, or if they had any other ground of complaint, it would be well for them to decide this evening what course they should adopt to remedy the evil complained of. They might decide on sending a deputation to Mr James, the lessee or they might take into consideration the feasibility of attending a slaughter-house beyond the confines of the borough, where the corporation would have no authority to compel their attendance. It would be well to produce a copy of the bye-laws. No one present had the bye-laws, hut some said they remembered the tariff. Two or three butchers protested against the pre- sence of Job Jones, who had just been appointed keeper of the market. It was unfair for him to be present to take a part in their deliberations, as he was a party interested in the new building. Job Jones maintained that inasmuch as he was a butcher he had a right to be present at a public meeting of the craft which had been duly convened. In regard to the threats made use of to turn him out forcibly if he did not go willingly, it would take a good many on 'em to do it—that he was confi- dent. A scene of some confusion then occurred. The chairman and a large majority of the butchers saw no objection to Job's remaining, and the business of the meeting then proceeded after this interrup- liun. Mr Jenkin Jenkins pointed out the hardships under which butchers laboured in a comparatively small town like Aberystwyth in having to pay such high rates. It was a widely different matter in large towns. The Chairman, after further discussion, said the charge for slaughtering a beast had been fixed at 2s. per bead, and they would be allowed 24 hours' use of the building. Did they consider that figure too high or not ? Mr Elias Thomas was of decided opinion that it was too high. He and others thought that Is. was quite sufficient. One of the butchers stated that it hllel cost him before this Is. 10jd. to slaughter a calf when he took into consideration all the charges and imposts direct and indirect. An animated discussion ensued, the proceedings being all conducted in the Welsh language. The Chairman ultimately put it to to the meeting whether h. was deemed a reasonable charge. The large majority deemed that it was on taking a show of hands, a few remaining neutral. The Chairman next asked the opinion of the meeting in respect of 6d. per head being charged for calves. Did they consider that too high ? The voice of the meeting was again almost unna- mously of opinion that it was. A few modest butchers maintained that Id. was enough. A discussion occurred on this subject, some sug- gesting 3d., and others 4d. The Chairman having taken a show of hands, declared that the meeting was almost unanimous in thinking that the charge ought to be 3d. per head. The Chairman said the next tariff was 3d. for sheep. What was their opinion in that respect? The butchers were again singularly unanimous in voting Id. per head as being quite sufficient. If it were more, they would be heavy sufferers. The pig question was next discussed at some length. The Chairman said there were two charges, viz Is. each for scalding, with the use of hot water and other conveniences; and Is. 6d. for singing, with the use of the necessary straw. A butcher said he did not care a jot if they charged a crown for burning, because there was no profit in adopting that process. Another lively conversation ensued. Some sug- gested 8d. per head, and others 6d. The Chairman, after patiently hearing the argu- ments most emphatically addressed, declared that the sixpenny men had the majority. The meeting then deliberated on the 3d. per every 24 hours that animals were allowed to remain after the first 24 hours. One butcher thought that this would prove a most excessive exaction. Supposing a person had 100 or 200 sheep that he sent, to the slaughtering house, •ind daily had occasion to slaughter from six to ten a day. The charge would then amount to-a serious sum. A buteher wished to know whether there was ample room provided to keep flocks of sheep sepa- rate, so that they should not be mixed, to bewilder the owners. An answer was given in the aiffrmative. It was stated that there was quite room enough for 500. Questions were next discussed in regard to the accommodation of pigs or sheep for transit by train. One of the audience stated that this bad been left an open matter. The lessea was allowed to exercise his discretion in that respect, and make private ar- rangements. The butchers then protested against the charge of Id, for cleaning tripe on a table. They contended that no charge was made in other towns, and it was unfair to charge at Aberystwyth. Cardigan, Car- marthen, Swansea, and other towns were quoted. The Chairman did not deem it necessary to di- vide the meeting on the tripe grievance Protests were next made against parting with the offal. Portions of it were valuable to them, and the lessee could have no legitimate claim. They bad no objection to his having the dung (laughter), but not the offal. The Chairman, after giving a patient hearing, stated that they had better select a deputation of some half-a-dozen of their body to act as a deputa- lion, and represent their grievance to Mr. James. After some further debate, the following were ap- pointed as a deputation to wait on the lessee at the •'arliest opportunity, and point out the grievances under which the knights of the clever laboured :— The Chairman, Messrs. William Williams, William Kowlands, Jenkin Jenkins, William Morgan, and John Davies. It was stated that MR James was (anxious to do all in his power to accommodate the butchers and if the represented to him auy grievance under which they imagined they laboured, no doubt they should be listened to with attention. A vote of thanks to the chairman for his good humour and patience terminated the proceedings, which were of a very expressive, and, sometimes, of an Irrepressible character.

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