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BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the board was held at the union workhouse on Monday. Present — Mr Morris Davies (in the chair) Mr John James, ex-ojjicio Rev Prebendary Williams, Messrs C. M. Williams, John Morgan, and John Jenkins, Aber- ystwyth; Rev J. M. Griffiths, Llanfihangel Geneu'r- glyn Messrs Thomas James, Llwyniorwerth; Richard Hughes, Cefnhendre Evan James, Tanrallt; David Thomas, Hrysgaga; John Jones, Moelglomea David Jones, Rest; Rev J. T. Griffiths, Llanilar; Mr Thomas Evans, Trawsnant; and Hugh Hughes, clerk. THE HOUSE. The Master reported that there were 67 paupers in the house, against 65 in the corresponding fort- night of last year. The number of vagrants relieved was 27, against 15 in the correspond- ing fortnight of last year. FINANCE. The following out-relief was admistered during the past fortnight :—Aberyatwyth district, per Mr John Jones, .£35 8s 6d, to 149 paupers, corresponding fort- night of last year, .£38 10e, to 161 paupers; Geneu'r- glyn district, per Mr John D. Jones, .£46 13s, to 177 paupers, corresponding fortnight, .£t8 12s 6d, to 186 paupers; Ilar district, per Mr Joseph Morgan, .£41 6s, to 166 paupsrs, corresponding fortnight, £ 43 12s, to 173 paupers. The amount in the bank to the credit of the union was .£5505s lOd. MR FRYER'S RESIGNATION. The Chairman said the following letter had been received by their clerk from Mr Fryer. He had heard that Mr Fryer had met with an acciderit-that he had been shot in the face, and he was so injured that he was unable to write, and the letter had been written by Lady Parker, and signed by Mr Fryer:- "Dear Sir,- Will you kindly express to the guardians my grateful acknowledgment of the compliment they have again paid me, by so unanimously wishing me to reconsider my decision and withdraw my resigna- tion. It was not without very serious thought and the most grave consideration that I arrived at the conclusion that circumstances made it my duty to resign the chairmanship of the board. That necessity I can assure the guardians none of them regret as much as I do. But circumstances really leave me no choice and I am obliged to adhere to my resolution, and to ask the board to accept my resignation at next Monday's meeting. Reiterating my sincere thanks for the very kindly feelings evinced towards me to the very last by the guardians,—Believe (me, dear sir, yours truly, H. C. FRYER." The Chairman said that Mr Fryer's resignation had come at last. It would not do to receive it in actual silence, but he did not propose to occupy much of their time, for two reasons. In the first place, it would not be necessary to tell the guardians anything about the good results which had come about owing to the chairmanship of Mr Fryer. But there was another reason if he knew anything of Mr Fryer's character, he (Mr Fryer) would be the first to depre- cate a course of making a long speech. Mr Fryer would say, "perhaps it is true that during my chair- manship there have been happy results,and if you have been pleased to appreciate them that is sufficient thanks for me; but it would have been impossible for me to have brought about these results if it was not for the loyal support given me by an intelligent board, and an intelligent body of officers." Be that as it may. they all knew what Mr Fryer had done for the board and for the ratepayers. But they as a board would remember Mr Fryer more especially for the way in which he did his work. Since 1871 they had had very hot discussions and debates, and during these by inuendo, sarcasm, or downright insult had hurt the feelings of their brother guardians, and also outside remarks might have been said for which they were afterwards sorry but he did not think that anyone had ever heard Mr Fryer make a remark which would hurt the feelings of anyone that was a charitable and Christian trait in his character which the board would remember him by. One of the first things to be done was to appoint a successor. It was determined to proceed to the election of Mr Fryer's successor at the next meeting of the board. The Rev Prebendary Williams proposed the follow- ing resolution :—"That we, the members of the Aber- ystwyth Board of Guardians, remembering the marked ability and great impartiality with which H. C. Fryer, Esq., has presided over this board for the space of 14 years, accept his resignation as a serious loss to the public in general and the board in particular." Mr Thomas James seconded the resolution, and said he could reiterate all that had been said by the chairman as to Mr Fryer, as he always conducted the business in a business-like a.nd gentlemanly way, and he had very great pleasure in seconding the resolu- tion. Mr David Jones said he was very sorry to lose Mr Fryer, who had acted as a gentleman to his opponents as well as to his friends. Mr John James endorsed all that had been Said, and he felt very much that they were about to lose Mi- Fryer. He was v&ry much surprised to see that he was about to resign. He thought that Mr Fryer really never had any opponents he was always so fair and impartial that no poison could have found the least fault with im. It would be very difficulttoget one who would act so fairly and impartially as Mr Fryer had. They would all regret that he should have cause to sever his connection with the board. The Rev J. M. Griffiths said that during the time he had been a member of the board, whenever Mr Fryer was present, he had been more than pleased with the way in which he conducted the business of the board. He had seen him act under great provo- cation, but he never saw him so much ruffled as to say a word to his opponent in argument that would hurt his feelings. Mr C. M. Williams felt that words were inadequate to give expression to their feelings. This was the first board in the new year, and the chairman had wished them a happy new year,but in one sense it was a sad new year. as they had lost Mr Fryer as chairman. He thought they would all say that a better chairman than Mr Fryer that board never had had. During the time that he had been in the chair he had conducted the business in such a way as was satisfactory to all the members, and his great aim had been to adminis- ter justice. His knowledge had been of great advan- tage to them, and he feared that it was not until they had lost him that they would be able to rightly appre- ciate his services. In taking his leave of them Mr Fryer was taking with him the best wishes for a long life and happiness. Mr John James said they would proceed to the election of a chairman that day fortnight, and he should like it to be understood that whoever was elected it would be for one year only, so that there should be no feeling if they felt disposed to change at any time. He thought it preferable that they should have the same chairman for not more than two years, and then they would not feel the loss so much as they now felt the loss of Mr Fryer. He would like to see some of the farmers in the chair, as it would give them more interest in the work of the board. RESIGNATION OF THE FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN. Mr Morris Davies (first vice-chairman), who spoke with evident feeling, said that at their next meeting their first work would be to appoint a chairman, and the next work would be to appoint a first vice-chair- man, as circumstances would very likely prevent his attending the meetings of this board in future, at least for some time during the year he believed that he should be prevented from attending the board as he had been attending since the death of poor Mrs Fryer. He felt it necessary for him to give up because whoever was selected as chairman must not only be a person who would devote a great deal of his energies and time to the management of the union—that was if he wished to leave it in as good a position as he found it—but he would require the loyal and constant support of his vice-chairman. He could not promise to give him that support, as it would be out of his power. He had therefore to ask them to accept his resignation, and it was better that he should go now. [Here Mr Davies completely broke down, and it was found necessary to proceed with other business so as to give him an opportunity of getting the better of his feelings.] Later on, Mr Davies asked them to excuse the difficulty he found in proceeding, but it was a very difficult thing for anyone to say good-bye to any body of gentlemen with whom he had worked for so long. He asked them to accept his resignation at the end of that meeting, as he found that he really must devote more of his time in the future to his own affairs. He could not possibly attend to the board in the future as it was necessary that he should do. He thanked them for the great support which they had given him in the past. Mr C. M. Williams rose with a view of making an appeal to Mr Davies, but that gentleman begged of him to desist, and Mr Williams, in complying with his wish, said he should refer to the matter again before the board rose. The relief lists were disposed of, and Mr C. M. Williams raised a question of irregularity on the part of the house committee in doing certain work without first of all getting the sanction of the whole board. He quite approved of the work which had been carried out; and the Chairman admitted that an irregularity had occurred owing to an over- sight, at the same time he counselled a little more peace on earth and goodwill towards men in that board. After this matter had been arranged, Mr C. M. Williams again adverted to the resignation of Mr Davies, and said he could not allow the remarks made by that gentleman to pass unnoticed. Mr Fryer had resigned, and Mr Davies had come to the conclusion also to resign, but he thought he should not be allowed to do so without a strong expression on thQir part asking him not to do so. What would become of the board if the two most important persons were to leave ? He asked Mr Davies to continue until April, and if he then found that he was going to leave the district, all well and good. Mr Davies had been there for the past twelve or thirteen years, and no one had taken greater interest, acted more con- scientiously, or bean more anxious to do the best for the unions than Mr Davies. Now that Mr Fryer had gone, be thought the board would not be doing its duty if it did not recognise Mr Davies's services for the past and ask him to withdraw his resignation, and the board would ehow its loyalty by electing him as chairman until April. He thought it was always usual to elect the first vice-chairman to fill the chairman's place, and they ought to do the same thing if only merely as a compliment for the time and labour which Mr Davies had bestowed upon that institution. For thirteen years Mr Davies had never spared time nor trouble, and had come into town nearly every fortnight to attend meetings of the house committee. The least they could do was to appeal to Mr Davies to withdraw his resignation, and allow things to take their course, and personally he had no doubt th,t he would be unanimously elected as chairman. Although Yet in accord politically with Mr he had always been able to co-operate with him except on one or two occasions. The Rev J. M. Griffiths said he thought Mr Williams had expressed rightly the feelings of the great majority of the board, and he implored Mr Davies, to reconsider his decision and allow things to take their course. Mr J0hn Morgan perfectly agreed with all that Mr Williams had said. The Chairman said he had thought it all out, and The Chairman said he had thought it all out, and he believed that if the members wanted the support of the old members now was the time, and if circum- stances would not have prevented his attending the board he should certainly have kept on, however inconvenient it might be. He thought it was better that the mate should go with the captain. He had not got the force to carry on the work as he had done in the past; hø. could not do it. Mr U. M. Willia-ns again appealed to Mr Davies, as they never had more need of him than now. The Chairman: I am particularly anxious for a holiday. The Rev Prebendary Williams said it would cer- tainly be better for Mr Davies to leave them as chairman than vice-chairman, if he did leave them in March. The Chairman said he was most anxious to retire. He wished to be unfettered so as to attend to his own personal affairs. The Rev J. M. Griffiths, after again appealing to Mr Davies, to which Mr Davies did not reply, said they would accept his silence as an answer until March, and the board would not accept his resigna- tion. This concluded the business.