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COREESPOIDEICE. COUNTY EXPENDITUEE. To the Editor of the COUNTY OBSERVER. ,SIlt,-Having seen a letter in your last week's paper, signed by a. "Tenant Farmer," commenting on what took place at the last Quarter Sessions and particularly the remarks made by the learned Chairman, that an addition should be made to the salary of the Chief Constable. Now, to quote the words of Lieut.-Col. Relph and Mr Kennard, "1 will not say a word to detract from the honour due to the Chief Constable, but will simply ask has Mr Bosanquet took it into his serious consideration what will became of the ratepayers if the rates and taxes go on increasing in the same manner as they have for ten years past. Only look at the present time: thousands upon thousands of acres of hay swept away and grass spoiled the same may be said respecting the wheat and barley crops being laid flat on the ground, which can never ripen, and scarcely any old hay in the country, and wages more than formerly by 30 per cent. I also hear great complaints about the disease in the potatoe crop, and the weather unfavorable for hoeing and cleaning turnips, the fallow lands getting all green with weeds and filth, because of so much wet, and, according to all accounts, it appears that persons now-a-day take advantage of the Act for Liquidations by Arrangement, which is now all the rage. But what has this to do with landed ? for if all their tenants fail, they will have their claim for rent first, and what is left may be divided amongst the poor creditors, so that they that will work may work, and you will soon be told, and that very quickly, if you don't like it you may leave it,, for we have plenty 01 applications for our farms. Granted, because a sloven and a don t care; as long as he will hold his tongue and pay his rent some how or other, never mind how he farms his land, that will do but what is everybody s business is nobody's. The present appearance of our county constabulary will be the means of all our best farm labourers to give up the plough and join the police, and then bedeck them- selves with gold chains and rings on their fingers, accompanied with ferocious dogs by night and day, also aspire that their position in life is superior to half the ratepayers in the county of Monmouth.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant, POOR RATEPAYER. July 20th, 1875. J To the Editor of the COUNTY OBSERVICR. SIR,-The well timed letter of a Tenant Farmer," in vour last week's paper, has, I think, had a little influence for good in arousing some ratepayers from their apathy and non-interesteJness in matters of public expenditure. It is an acknowledged fact, that they are, as a body, utteri- ndifferent as to the way in which their hard earnings dispensed by those in whose hands, unfortunately, the power is they grumble and complain of the increased burdens under which they are groaning, but don't often trouble themselves to make any enquiry as to how the money is spent, and who are the great overpaid. I, for one, protest against the law that gives ihe power to the few, and some of them, I say it advisedly, are unequal to th ;ir responsibility, to spend the money of the ratepayers with- out their having any voice or control in the matter. The in- crease of salary, I find from the letter to whicu I referred at the commencement, is to be given for increased labour and responsibility that is likely to fall on the Chief Constable, by the inspection of diseased animals, but how, and in what way we are not told this additional labour comes. The Act of Parliament, as it now stands, is a great farce, and a wrong, and a robbery upon the money finders generally. The inspection of diseased animals, last quarter, cost us E205 15s 3d; how these inspectors are paid for their visits and who checks their accounts is all hidden from the pub- lic, and whether rightly or wrongly, all we know is, they o-et their money. I really wish some intelligent farmer would make use of your columns, and try to define what inspection means, what are its results, and what benefit arises therefrom. This, I know, would be found a diffi- cult task, yet some one, there might be, bold enough to stand forth, and give us a proper definition, that would alike be satisfactory to the justices and to the ratepayers. I know one inspector who keeps a farm labourer to do the inspection, who, I suppose, gets the skim milk of the protit for his services, while the inspector himself stops at home doing nothing,and yet takes the cream for his supposed services. This is the true state of affairs as it now stands, and it is for this doing nothing that Mr Bosanquet proposes to increase the salary of the Head Constable, which is already too much. History, it is said, repeats itself, let us hope then that the time is not far distant when some good man like the late Lord Granv.ille Somerset, will come forth as the chairman of our Quarter Sessions, and who, like him, be it said to his ever dear memory, will guard the public purse, and have due regard for the hard earnings of the ratepayers. A RATEPAYER. Gwehelog, July 21, 1875.




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