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MERTHYR BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual weekly meeting of this Board was held on Saturday last, in the Board-room of the Union Workhouse. There were presentG. T. Clark Esq., in thecharand Messrs. R. H. Rhys, G. Martin, B. Kirkhouse, J. Edwards, L. Rees, Lewis Lewis, E. W. Scale, J. Williams, J. Morgan, J. W. Russell, D. Rosser, D. Rees, and Revs. J. Griffith and G. Harris. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. THE INFIRMARY REPAIRS. A letter was read from Mr. Harpur, surveyor, stating that a sum of JS60 was due to Mr. O'Neil, on his contract for the repairs, &c., in the Infirmary. Mr. Harpur also stated that in accordance with the wish of the Board, ex- pressed at the last meeting, with respect to the imperfect state of the masonry in th. walls, he went to see the work, and he believed it to be of the same character and the same quality as the work of the present building which was the standard mentioned in the specification. No pebbles had been used, and those he saw there on the previous Saturday he had ordered them away. The Chairman asked were they quarry stones that were used in the work ? Mr. Lewis Yes. The Chairman Perhaps it would be as well for us to go there and see those ourselves, as we may be as competent to judge of that, I should think, as Mr. Harpur. Mr. Lewis The work was only beginning when I saw it. After some remarks, Messrs. G. Martin, B. Kirkhouse, and L. Lewis were appointed to go to see the work, and tell whether it was being done in a satisfactory manner or not. A letter was read from the Poor Law Commissioners, ill which they expressed their satisfaction that the Guardians of the Merthyr Union had acccepted their suggestions with respect to the repairs, &c., in the Infirmary. A DISCUSSION ABOUT POLICE. Mr. R. H. Rhys remarked that Mr. Fowler had told him this morning there was some movement going on in the county with respect to the police arrangements. He understood it was in contemplation to throw the whole of the county police on the general county rates, irrespective I of the districts. He (Mr. Rhys) believed the Union would then have to pay a large portion of such county rate, and I he thought that was very unfair (hear, hear). The Chairman said he had not been fully made ac- quainted with the facts of the scheme, but he had heard it spoken of. Heknew Mr. Fowler objected to the arrangement, as it would cause him a considerable deal of additional trouble. Mr. R. H. Rhys That is, in the petty sessional district? The Chairman Yes. Mr. R. H. Rhys It is with respect to the financial department I speak. He told me there was a proposal to throw the whole of the county police on the county rate, instead of leaving each district to pay for itself. The Chairman said he had heard this much about the affair It seemed there was something wrong in the present arrangements. Although the police were practically for the protection of the county, still they objected to going out- side of their own district. Consequently, a policeman in a limited district declines to go across the borders to take an offender at the other side. It was, therefore, thought it would be much better to give a greater area to the police operations—in fact, to abolish those districts and make policemen for the whole county. He (the chairman) believed the Captain objected to it; he had written a letter about it, and, at all events, he believed there would be many difficulties in the way of working out the change (hear, hear). Mr. R. H. Rhys thought that as representatives of the ratepayers, the Guardians should do all they possibly could to prevent such an arrangement being carried out. It would not be right to throw the whole of the police in the county exclusively on the county, and for this reason VY e here were the largest ratepayers, by far, in the county, and yec we had not anything like the number of police to which we were entitled in proportion to the rates we paid (hear, hear). The police in this district did not by any means equal in proportien the rateable value, and two of the largest towns in the county —Swansea and Oarùiff-were excluded from this rate because they were corporate towns. They paid a heavy police rate of their own, and did not contribute to the county police rate (hear, heair). Conse- quently, this Union at present paying one-third of the whole rates of the county— would pay, in the event of the proposed change, even a much larger proportion than they now paid, which was not fair (hear, hear). The Chairman believed the best way in whitch to deal with the question would be to draw up a petition and have it presented at the Quarter Sessions (hear, hear). Mr. Rosser The best means of all would be to form a corporation—it is an excellent thing. The Chairman: Take care—you would then have your own police to pay. Mr. Rosser But if we had a corporation we would be excluded from yaying for the county police rate, and would only have to pay for those in our own district. I think that would be the better plan. Mr. J. W. Russell: I very much doubt that (hear, hear). The Chairman: I recommend you, Mr. Rosser, to con- sider you argument before you bring it forward here. Mr R. H. Rhys Well, we are not going now to discuss the merits or demerits of a. corporation, but I think this was the proper time and place for the matter I mentioned to be discussed (hear, hear). Of course, whatever may be the final consequences it may be well to consider the ques- tion at once (hear, hear). Mr. B. Kirkhouse We should at least take care that we should not pay more than our own proportion of those rates (hear, hear). The Rev J. Griffiith quite agreed with what had 1 )een said by Mr. R. H. Rhys, but he doubted very m.uch whether we should be able to make an impression on the gentlemen of the Quarter Sessions. He rarely atter .ded Quarter Sessions, but when he did go he considered that when anything in connection with Merthyr was brox tght forward, they looked upon the place as a mere vill age, scarcely worth noticing— The Chairman No, no! The Rev. Mr. Grimith: That is merely my opinion —I give you only my own impression— The Chairman Certainly The Rev. Mr. Griffiths I think I can say, however- and Mr. Fowler will agree with me—whenever any ques tion is brought forward at the Quarter Sessions in which ] Mer- thyr is concerned were always "pooh poohed and cried down Therefore, anything you propose, in order to try and make an impression on the Quarter Sessions, I viil 6 BcbTtd most heartily Qew). Mr. R. H. Rhys: I think if our chairman took up the question he would have sufficient influence to see that our interests were properly attended to (hear, hear). The Chairman You had better draw up a statement of the case. Mr. R. H. Rhys: I am only speaking of what Mr. Fowler told me, and I am not mentioning it officially. The Chairman It is a rather short notice I think. It is very true the notices have been out, but we have had only a very short intimation of it, and the chairman of the Quarter Sessions is in London. The Clerk It is a very important question, and I think the Board might get some time to consider it. Mr. R. H. Rhys I think the chairman might attend the Quarter Sessions and get the matter postponed, till we could have an opportunity of further considering it (hear, hear). Mr. Scale Attention should be called to the number of private police paid for by the ironmasters. I think we have a claim on the county for the whole of those men. Mr. R. H. Rhys What we are wanted to do is, to pay for the police in our own district and proportionally for those in the county. The Chairman That is what we do now. Mr. R. H. Rhys Yes, and there should not be any change made in the system (hear, hear). The Chairman I have heard no arguments about the question at all, and know very little of it. I think the best plan is, if we are not able to have our wishes acceeded to at the Quarter Sessions, at least to have the matter postponed (hear, hear). Mr. R H. Rhys That is the best plan. The Chairman I think it is not an unreasonable request, and I don't see why it should not be acceded to (hear, hear). There should be a petition drawn up on the subject (hear, hear). The Clerk: I may simply state that this Board heard with great apprehension and alarm that it was proposed to throw the police county force all on one rate, and, as re- presenting a very large district, we very strongly object to such a movement (hear, hear). Mr. R. H. Rhys I think you might say that a change in the police arrangements would be very prejudicial to this district. The Chairman The best plan is to petition at the Quarter Sessions, and then if I can't get what you'll ask, I'll try and have the matter put off for some time (hear, hear). You may not, however, mention the "putting off I in the petition (hear, hear). Mr. R. H. Rhys: Mr. Fowler told me the arrangement would increase our contributions very much. Mr. J. W. Russell said he would like to have some statis- tical account of the proportion of police rate paid by this Union to the whole county (hear, hear). Mr. Rosser thought they should have got full notice of the matter before it came on. He did not see it published in the local paper (the MERTHYR TELEGRAPH) or any other paper. Mr. J. W. Russel believed they did not always give notices of those things to the newspapers The Chairman remarked that perhaps the arrangement might make the rate fall heavier on one part of the county than on the other, and he would not wish to consider the narrow question of only one particular district—he referred to the whole county. Mr. L. Lewis Hear, hear. The Chairman did not wish to take that narrow view of the question, but still, if it caused any unfairness here, of course he would oppose it. If it increased our rate, and did not ?ive a corresponding advantage to the county, of course we should oppose it. He, however, was entirely in the dark, and he really did not know what was best to do. After some further conversation, it was agreed that the petition spoken of should be drawn up and presented to the magistrates at the Quarter Sessions. Mr. Scale thought the Rector would be the better person to present it. The Rev. J. Griffith said he never went ttt the quarter sessions except to give his vote on some subject. Mr. R. H. Rhys thought Mr. Clark (the chairman) would be the best gentleman .to present it (hear, hear). The Chairman said he would do whatever the Board wished. He did not like making- speeches there, and he might mention there was also a Roman Catholic subject coming on there for discussion (laughter). The matter dropped. REVISION OF THE LIST. Mr. Lewis informed the Board that the revision of the list had taken place, and he was glad to tell them that he never saw the widows and their children ill a better posi- tion than they now were (hear, hear). He thought the Catholic Priest was not right in interfering with the chil- dren in the house, because he (Mr. Lewis) knew Catholics who where getting out-door relief, but were sending their children to the protestant school. The Chairman said it was better not to call public atten- tion to that matter or the children might be taken away, (laughter). Mr. Lewis: But, I only mentioned that there are several Catholic people getting out-door relief who send their chil- dren to the Protestant school. The Chairman was sure the Board would be very glad to hear what Mr. Lewis had to say, and be was very happy to find the business of revision had been so well done (hear, hear). He knew the Board would be very glad to hear what Mr. Lewis said with respect to the general aopearance of widows aud orphans, and with respect to those who attended particular schools, he did not believe it was right for people to allow their religious opinions to stand in the way of sending their children to good schools (hear hear). The matter then dropped. THE MASTER'S REPORT was read and it showed that there had been admitted during the week, 29 discharged, 38 died. 1 born. 0 re- maining at present, 198 corresponding week last year, 211; decrease on the year. 13 number in the infirmary, 34. The othtr business was rortine.





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