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LOCAL AND DISTRICT NOTES.

ABERYSTWFTH TOWN COUNCIL.

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ABERYSTWFTH TOWN COUNCIL. MR DAVID HOBEHTS ELECTED ALDKRV1 AN. A special meeting of the town council was held on Tuesday, for the purpose of electing an alderman in place of Mr Thomas Jones, resigned. The Mayor, Mr David Roberts, presided, and there were also present Alderman John Witkins, Alderman John Davies, Ald-rman Phillip Williams; COUII- cellors T. D. Harries, J. J. Griffiths, John James, John Jones, Bridge End, J R. Jones, Pdter Joaes John Jenkins, Tom Griffiths, Edward Humphreys. W. II. Thomas (rown clerk), J. J. Atwood (corpor- ation solicitor), D ivid Lloyd (acting clerk), David Jones (borough accountant), and liees Jones, (sur- veyor). The minutes of the previous meeting of the council were read, after which the town clerk stated that the meeting had been Cth ill consequence of the resignation of Air Jones, 1- uf the aldermen for the borough, and they ha mr fore to fill up the vacancy thus. The one elec d would have to con'inue in office during the remainder of the term of Mr Jones, which would be one year. When the mayor had further spoken as to the object of the me ting, the voting papers would be distributed. Trie mayor said that as tiie town clerk had fully explained the object of the meeting, he would only add that he left it entirely with the meeting to select the very best candidate they could for the office- one who would consider the interest of the town in every way. The town clerk explained that it was quite at the option of the meeting to select an outsider if they chose so to do. The voting papers were then distributed, but before the voting commenced Mr John Jaunts wished to know if a member might vote for himself, and was answered in the affirmative by the town clerk. The papers were accodingly filled up, and on ex- amination it was found that two only had been nominated, viz Mr David Roberts, the mayor, and Mr John Jones. The following is the result of the voting — For Mr Roberts 8 ForMrJones G The M lyor was therefore declared elected. The eight members who voted for the Mayor were Messrs John Watkios, John Davies, Thomas Griffiths, Isaac Morgan, E. Humphreys, T. D. Harries, J. J. Griffiths, and himself. The six members who voted fer Mr John Jones were Messrs P. Williams, John James, John Jenkins, J. R. Jones, Peter Jones, and himself. Aid. Davies then said that he had great pleasure in addressing them on behalf of Mr Roberts. He hoped they would find him a very true and good man. He had already served in office in a manner which did him credit, and he hoped he would ful- fill the duties of alderman in the same way. The father of Mr Roberts had been alderman for this town for upwards of 30 years, and he hoped their present mayor would prove a worthy descendant in the office (hear, hear). He had great pleasure in proposing that a unanimous vote be given for Mr Roberts, for he (the speaker) was sure he would prove an able man (hear, hear). Mr J.J. Griffiths said that he had great pleasure in seconding the proposition so ably moved by Mr. Davies. He was glad to find that the son had been able to follow the footsteps of the father, and he did not think they could do better than honour Mr Roberts as the Council had previously honoured his father (hear, hear), for there was no doubt that his life would prove as profitable, and that he would be as much respected as his father had been before him. He was glad that the choice had fallen upon Mr Roberts, for he had filled many important offices in the town, and since he (the speaker) had sat at that Council, Mr Roberts had fulfilled the duty of Mayor very able and creditably. It raquired a very great sacrifice of time, and Mr Roberts had done his duty in a way which he could not help admiring, and be thought Mr Roberts deserved the thanks of the council for his consistency. He had great pleasure in seconding the vote. It was suggested that the motion be now put to the meeting, to be carried unanimously, but several members objected, saying that they could not con- scienciously vote for another HOW that they had already shown their vote upon the paper. Mr James thought it rather ridiculous. Several of the supporters of Mr Roberts, how- ever, would have the show of hands taken, and on the motion which had been proposed and seconded that Mr Roberts be elected Aldermin being put, some of the members who had voted for Mr Jones held up their hands. The Mayor then rose to reply. In the first place he begged to thank most sincerely those gentlemen who had been so kind as to vote for him. He was only sorry that he could not thank those who did not vote for him but as the majority of the votes had led to his election, he felt the honour and confidence they displayed towards him. In the past he had always tried so do his duty. He bad held the office of Mayor of the town for two years, and, as Mr Griffiths had said, he had devoted as much time as possible to work for the town,—he had never missed any meetings when he could possibly help it, and he sincerely hoped that he would do his duty in the future to the satisfaction of all parties inrerested. In all discussions and divisions at that Council he had always endeavoured to advocate worthy principles, and conscientiously and honestly voted for what was right and would be for the good of the town, and he hoped the future would be with him as the past had been. He would still study the prosperity and welfare of the town of Aberystwyth, and he hoped they would never have to regret recording their votes for him as aldermam of that borough (applause). After Mr Roberts had signed the usual declara- tion, the meeting terminated.

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