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SECOND DAY.-WEDNESDAY.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF WALES.

FARRAGO ACADEMIC.

THE MELINDWR WATER SCHEME.

RESIGNATION OF MR VAUGHAN,…

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this time, but your county has paid nothing. I am convinced there must be a mistake somewhere, as I feel sure the magistrates of your county would not desire to cause the committee any inconvenience, and moreover the loss must eventually fall upon your county, as the unpaid calls made upon you must be charged with interest. The architects have already certified for £ 9,000, and your proportion of this ought to be at once paid. I shonld be glad to bear from you by the I3lh, on which day the committee meet "—From the copy of the cost referred to, it ap- peared that the total expenditure in connection with the asylum would be ^15 543 6s 2d. The proportion •payable by Carmarthenshire, at 38 per eent., would be is,890 that of Cardiganshire, at 23 per cent., £:3,.565; and Pembrokeshire, at 39 per cent., -^6 045 The amount they were now called upon to pay was 23 per cent- 011 £ 9,000— if he were wrong, CaptVaughan would correct him. Capt Vaughan said he thought that was the amount. The Chairman asked if there would be any diffi- culty in borrowing the amount. Mr A. J. Hughes said be had no doubt they -would be able to obtain the money with two or three good names to a. note (laughter). The Chairman said he understood that the Treasury had power to sanction the advance by the public Works L'HUI Commissioners, even if no notice had been given, if there was good cause for it. Mr Morris Davies said Carmarthenshire did not give the req u ired uotiee, but borrowed the money on the note of hand of two or three good men. The Chairman suggested that the clerk of the Deace write to the Treasury for permission to borrow the money. Mr F. R. Roberts said the Treasury would want to know the reason the loan was nor applied for in the proper way. The Chairman said the eourt did not know the money would be required, as the works were not ■begun until January of this year. lie supposed they must raise money temporarily in the objection- able way suggested by Mr Hughes, at not exceeding five per cent, interest. Mud there been any formal Tesolution adopted for the payment of the money ? Mr F. H. Roberts said there was an order to bor- row the money. It was resolved that the treasurer should tem- porarily borrow a sum not exceeding < £ 2,800, at not exceeding five per cent. interest, and that (he clerk of the peace give notice to borrow the money from the Puhlic Works Loan Commissioners before the end of the year. THE CONTAGIOUS DISEASES (ANIMALS) ACT. The Chairman said the next matter of importance was one to which their attention was called, and that was what were their duties under the Conta- gious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878. Under itittt Act they were made the local authority, and various powers were given to them, one of which was to authorise the slaughter of infected animals, and a variety of other matters, including power also to appoint, committees, who shall have the same power as the local authority—the justices in quarter sessions. Unfortunately the court of quarter sessions broke up last time without an ad- journment, and could not meet in the interval to make orders respecting the slaughtering of animals. Soon after the last court an out-break of swine fever occurred at the upper end of the county, and, under the Act of Parliament, although there was no mention made of swine, there was au enact- ment that the Act shoull extend to "other animals." On the outbreak of swine fever, the Privy Council issued an order by which swine were included in the Act. He understood that the in. spector under the Act visited the infected place and took such steps as were necessary, under the cir- cumstances, but he had no power to order the slaughter of the animals. Inspector John Lloyd "had addressed the following letter, under date, September 20th, to the Privy Council Office. "I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your memorandum, dated the 25th inst., and in reply to acquaint. you that the required returns aro now sent. The reason why the diseased swine were not slaughtered is that the local authority have made no order authorising this being done." Th" follow- ing letter in reply was received by the clerk of the peace from the Privy Council office, dated October 1st, 1879. Sir,—Referring to the last paragraph of a letter addressed to me by Superintendant John Lloyd, a copy of which I enclose, relative to the nonslaugrhter of certain swine affected with swim- fever, belonging to Mary Hughes, of Maesgwinno farm, Lianon Elizabeth Morris, of Crosty Bach farm, Crosty Bach, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys Evan Evans, of Frongoy farm, Frongoy, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys and Evan Fvaos, of Cefngwartharan- ucba, Llanbadarn Trefeglwys; I am directed by the lords of the council to request that you will have the goodness to call the immediate attention of the local authority for Cardiganshire to article 10 of the Swine Fever Act, of 187H, by which they will see that they are bouna to cause all swine affected with swine fever to be slaughtered within two days after the existence of the disease is known to them." A farther letter was sent, pointing out the duties of the local authority under the Act. It was dated October Gth, and was as follows :Sir,-IR(,ferririg to the correspondence whiclot has taken place re- specting the recent outbreak of swine fever in the county of Cardigan, and to your statement that the local authority have been unable to make any order owing to there being no adjourned sessions, and that they will be unable to do so until the general quarter sessions, to be held on the 14th inst I am directed by the lords of the council to request that you will have the goodness to call the especial at- tention of the local authority, at their next meeting, to the provisions contained in the sixth schedule of the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878, rela- tive to committees of local authorities, and more particularly to paragraph 6, which empowers a executive committee to appoint a. eub-committee or sob-committees. The lords of the council are of oipnion that it is most important that the local authority should investigate, with the least possible delay, every fresh outbreak of pleuropneumonia, foot and mouth disease, and swine fever and the legislature has expressed this policy bv requiring the local authority in cases of pleuro-pneumonia and foot and moUth disease to enquire forthwith, [Act of 1878 section 16 (5) and 22(5)], and that requirement has been extended to swine tever by a general order of council, No 500, under the powers conferred on the Privy Council by the said act. It is, therefore, right that there should be a sub-committee ready to act as occasion arises. After he had read the correspondence, he (the chairman) suggested that the magistrates in each petty sessional division should forai a committee in their respective districts. Mr L. P. Pugh contended that it was not the intention of the legislature to give these great powers to the magistrates of each petty sessional division, neither did he think the powers would be exercised to the satisfaction of the county at large. What appeared to him the best plan would be to Appoint two committees for the whole of the dis- trict—one for the Upper end, and one for the iower. Mr Vaughan Davies proposed that the magistrates of each petty sessional division be appointed the sub-committee ander the Gth schedule, 41 and 42 Victoria c. 44, and that there be delegated to them all powers possessed by the court of quarter sessiens as a local authority. The Rev Rhys Jenes Lloyd seconded. Mr L. I • Pugh proposed as an amendment that only two com™"«68 appointed, one for the lower, and one for the^upper end of the county, and that three mag1 memh»^ ^acl1 Petty sessional division be appointed m bera of that committee. Mr Morris Davies seconded. On beiug put to the vote fwu. voted for the amendment and four for the proportion. The Chairman said he should give his casting s mg vote in favour of the proposition and regretted that there should be so few magistrates present to decide an important matter like that. THE CARDIGAN GAOL. The Chairman suggested that the gaol at Car- digan should not be sold until after the next sessions, in order to see what the government would do. He was of opinion that something should be done to provide substantial lock-ups at Aberyst- wyth and Cardigan. The suggestion was adopted. The Clerk of the Peace handed in the deed of conveyance of the county prison from the govern- ment to the county authorities. CONVEYANCE OF PRISONERS. After a short discussion, it was resolved that the Chief Constable be allowed discretionary powers in the conveyance of prisoners: whether he would have them conveyed by public or private conveyances several complaints having been made of them being conveyed with ordinary passengers by the coaches. TEIFY AND AERON FISHERY BOARD. Messrs J. P. V. Pryse, Bwlchbychan; John R. Howell, Noyadd Trefawr; Thomas Lloyd Edwardes, Lampeter; and T. H. Brenchley, Glaneirw, were appointed as conservators for the Teify and Aeron Fishery district for the county of Cardigan. PUBLIC ANALYST'S REPORT. The Public Analyst, Mr W. Morgan, Swansea, reported that during the past quarter he had received no samples of either food or drugs for analysis. PREVENTION OF CRIME. The Chairman said lie had received a letter from the Home Office signed A. F. O. Liddell, under date August 30th, 1879, as follows Sir,—I am directed by Mr Secretary Cross to forward to you a copv ol the Prevention of Crime Act, 1879, and I alll to call attention to the 1st section, repealing 27 and 28 Vict., c. 47, s. 2, so far as regards the miui- mum term of penal servitude in cases of a previous conviction of felony." The Act provided that the minimu a punishment should be five years instead cf seven years. Cosrs OF PROSECUTION. The Chairman reid a letter, signed R R. W. Linger, dated 28th July, 1S79, as follows ''Sir,— I am directed by the lords commissioners of Her Majesty's treasury to transmit to you herewith the enclosed statement, showing the sums payable to the county of Cardigan for the expenses of criminal prosecutions during the half-year ended December 3lst, 1878, and the manner in which such sums have been calculated. I am to add that instructions have been issued for the payment to the treasurer of £ 4 > 2-> lOlL It will be remembered that the commu- ted sum fixed under the authority of the minutes of January, 1S75, as the basis on which the costs at sessions were to be repaid was limited to three years. As that period has now expired, my lords have caused the claims for the three years ended ;W th June, 1877, to be examined, and a new average has, as you will perceive, been struck, by which the payments in sessions cases will for the future be regulated. My lords have disallowed the costs, nine shillings, of a dismissed case, because they are not repayable from the Parliamentary Grants." COUNTY SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The County Surveyor, Mr J. W. Szlumper, C.E., reported as follows During the past quarter, Roods of unusual and extraordinary severity have occurred, doing serious damage to many of the county bridges, and entirely destroying two, viz. Llanwnen, and Tycam. The districts which suffered most were the tributaries of the river Teify, between Limpeter and Adpar, (especially the Granell) and the Aeron Valley. Llanwnen bridge, over the Granell, on the turnpike road between Lampeter and Llanybyther, was entirely takeu away, though it was a very high bridge. The Granell rose to such an extent as to entirely, cover it, and in addition to carrying some parts of the approach roadway with the culverts under it. The roadway and culverts I at once had replaced, and as it was necessary that the traffic of the district shouid not be stopped longer than was neeessary, I had as soon as possible a temporary bridge erected, the timber for which cost 158 oJ, for which I ex- pect to obtain at least e20 when it is sold again. Thl" labour and materials in erecting such temporary bridge cost, with the replacement of the culverts and the approach roadway, about £:8. I re- commend that a new bridge should be built next summer. Tycam bridge, on the turnpike road be- tween Lampeter and Aberayron, is also entirely washed away, and as it was necessary that the traffic on the road shonld also not be stepped longer than possible, I at once took steps to erect a temporary weoden bridge, which has been completed at a cost of about X 19. I recommend that a new bridge shall be built next summer. The bridges which were partially washed away and unsafe were Llanwenog bridge, over the river Cleolyn, on the turnpike road between Adpar and Lampeter Ythan Bridge on the same road Cerdin bridge on the same road Pcnddol bridge on the same road, and New bridge on the road between Ystrad and Talsavn. I found that all the bridges except Cerdin, could with advantage be at once rebuilt, and so save the expense of a temporary structure, and also ensure the safety of the remaining portions of the bridge, which, if allowed to stand in their state through the winter would most probably have fallen, and have rendered necessary a much larger expenditure. The bridges I have had completed and the work has been satisfactorily done, at a total cost of X113 16s 3d. Under the roadway and within 100 yards of Alltrodyn Arms bridge, on the turnpike road between Adpar and Lampeter, there were four three feet culverts which had been, with the roadway, entirely taken away. I had to erect a temporary wooden bridge at the place at a cost of £0 10s. I recommend that two three feet openings should be built at the place. Cerdin bridge has been partially washed away. I have had it fenced so as to render it safe for the public. A portion ot the approach wall of Dolfor bridge over the river Clethwr has been taken away. I am now having the walls rebuilt as soon as the possible after the fl,)od. I deemed it desirable to inspect every county bridge which I have accord- ingly done, but all that have been mentioned by me were all that have received serious injury. I, how- ever, found many other bridges that have been slightly undermined and that a little pinning and pointing will naturally preserve the work which has been dono. The bridges are 22 in number and the cost has been from 7s. (id. to £ 3 4s. 6d. per bridge, making a total of X33 16;. Taking the figures given in the report the total damage done to county bridges by the flood of August 16th last amounted to the sum of £ 902 17s. 8. In addition to the work already done, sums of money for certain bridges will be required. Devils Bridge, over the river Mynach, consists of two sbperate and distinct bridges, one over the other. The lower one is fast perishing. I hardly think the county is liable to maintain the lower bridge as it is of no practical use. FINANCE. The report of the finance committee on all bills and demands brought before them was read, and the various accounts were examined and passed in con- formity with the rules of the court. TREASURER'S ACCOUNTS. The treasurer, Mr A. J. Hughes, produced his accounts for the past quarter, which were duly examined and passed. THE CHIEF CONSTABLE'S REPORT. Major Bassett Lewis, chief constable reported as follows I have the honour to submit for your inspection my returns for the quarter ended 27th September, 1879. The number of persons sum- moned and apprehended during the quarter amounted to 007, namely 555 males and 52 females. Of these seven were committed for trial 439 summarily convicted; 82 compromised and 79 discharged. During the past quarter the constables have been employed in carrying out the provisions of the Customs and Revenue Act, 1878, with respect to dogs, and have detected several persons keeping dogs without having a license or a certificate of exemption. I regret to state that swine fever has broken out in the parishes of Llanbadarn Trefeglwys and LlansantfEraid. Many pigs have died, and a few were still ill. The inspector, Superintendant John Lloyd has frequently visited the district and has done all in his power to insolate and cure the disease. RATES, A county rate of one penny in the pound, and a rate of a like amount for the police was agreed upon, and the court adjourned.