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THE MERTHYR SCHOOL BOARD.

ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE.

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ABERDARE INTELLIGENCE. THE WANT OF A COLLIERS'FUND.—A remarkable instance of the unfortunate rejection of the offer of the masters for forming a. permanent accident fund has just occurred at Llwydcoed. A poor fellow at the end of the week was brought home from his work quite dead. He leaves behind him no less than nine children and his widow. It is not easy to imagine the suffering that may have been averted from this bereaved family, by such a fund as the one pro- posed. A brother of the deceased was killed on the same spot a few years ago. Both were engaged at the time in blasting. THE LATE DROWNING CASE.—There appears to be some difficulty in identifying the body of the man found in the Cynov on Friday last, owing to the advanced stage of de- composition. The friends of a man named Price, who has not been seen for a fortnight, believe the body to be his. Price was arrested in the case of the man thrown down a pit naked a few years since.—An inquest was held on Saturday at the Swan Hotel, Aberainan, on the body found on Thursday in the river Cynon. It had oeen recogniserJ 1\1 the body of John Price, of Llwydcoed, one of the men accused of being connected with the shocking Llwydcoed murder, some time since, and who, when discharged, wept so bitterly. There was no evidence to shosv how deceased got into the water, and a verdict was returned of "Found drowned." PRESENTATION.—An interesting meeting of Foresters and a number of friends took place at the Commercial Inn, on Saturday night; Canon Jenkins presided. The object of the meeting was to give a practical recognition of the services of Bro. Lewis Humphries, Secretary to Court United Trade for fifteen years. The presentation con- sisted of an emblem of the Order of Foresters, beautifully written and framed. Upon it was the following inscrip- tion:—Presented by Court "United Trade," No. 5,057, A.O.F., to Bro. Lewis Humphries, for valuable services as Secretary. And also a silver medal, of very elegant design and workmanship upon thi" :1.1so were emblems and an in- scription. The medal was presented by Miss Hosgood. Mr Humphries thanked the Court in suitable terms. Addresses were delivered by Mr William Davis visitor; Chief Ranger J. Williams, Mr Lloyd, Gwladgarwr, and the Revs J, Joseph George and Canon Jenkins The meeting was entertained at intervals by the Abernant Glee Choir, who gave some excellent music; other songs were also given, and a very pleasant evening was passed. -+- MOUNTAIN ASH. DOOR-BOYS ON STRIKE.—COMMITTEES FORMED TO SETTLE DISPUTES BETWEEN MASTERS AND MEN.—An important meeting of colliers and others connected with the Mountain Ash colliers was held on Friday night at the Allen's Arms. The meeting was called together in consequence of the door-boys refusing to work on Friday. The refractory young culprits vere pre.-ent at the meeting, having been, before the opening of the proceedings, arrayed in a semi- circular form around the platform. They seemed to take great interest in the proceedings. Mr John Evans occupied the chair, and in unsparing language denounced these potty strikes, remarking that if such proceedings were allowed to go on unchecked, it would soon be high time for people to leave the place, as they could not, in this way, get a living for themselves and families. Mr David Morgan next addressed the meeting. He commenced by saying that these minor stand-outs had done more for the last thirty years in the Aberdare Valley towards lowering the condition of the colliers and exasperating the masters' feel- ings against them than everything else put together. He, in tho course of a temperate and telling speech, read to the meeting a clause of the rules of the Amalgamated Union of Miners, wherein it is stated that no union men are allowed to cease working, in consequence of disputes arising between them and their employers, until notice of their in- tentions be first sent to the chairman of the union stating the grievance then an inquiry will be made in the matter. The speaker then severely condemned the hauliers for leaving work one day last week and not complying with these rules. Mr Morgan concluded his speech by moving the following resolution: — That two permanent com- mittees, numbering 13 persons in each, be chosen from colliers and other workmen connected with the four works —one committee to represent the Cwmpennar collieries and the other Navigation and Deep Dyffryn collieries and that these committees shall have power to settle all future disputes arising bet Neen the masters and their workmen." Mr W. Edwards supported the resolution, after which it was put to the meeting, and carried unanimously. The committees were afterwards chosen from those present. It was also arranged that they should meet on Saturday night —the Cwmpennar's at the Harp Inn, and the Navigation and Deep Dyffryn's at the Navigation Hotel, to hear the door-boys' grievances. THE TWO-AND-A-HALF PER CENT. ADVANCE.—All the employes at the Navigation Pit were paid, last Saturday evening, the 2l percent, advance due on the amount of their respective earnings, from the date of their resuming work to the time of the award of the arbitrators. Great credit is due to Messrs Nixon, Taylor, and Cory for the fair manner this was done from what was heard from some of the men, even the odd penny had its place among the items on the pay sheet and papyr oaeh." Of course, the satis- faction ot the men is complete. LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. The fortnightly meeting of this board was held on Monday, at the Workmen's-hall, when there were present Messrs G. Wilkinson (chairman), D.Morgan, L. Evans D. Wilhams, J. Griffiths, JS. Thomas G. Brown, J. Edwards, 1 Edwards, D. Coleman, J. Gray D. James, and the Rev J W. Williams. The declaration of the new members as to their qualification to sit on the board was duly signed.—The contract with the Gas Com- pany for lighting the public lamps was the first question of importance under the consideration of the boaru. After a desultory conversation, it was agreed that an agreement on the basis of the old one, with the exception of the re- duction lately made by the company as to the price of eas be signed by the board.— Ihe water for the use of the fire-hose was granted by the Water Company, provided the board will recompense the company for the use of the water, and provide hydrants in convenient places. It was left to the consideration and discretion of the company for the first year to charge according to their own judgment for the water supplied. A conversation occurred as to the number of hydrants required in the town. It was agreed that the number should be 28, at a cost of 7s. Jd. each. A letter was read by the clerk from Mr Spickett, clerk to the Pontypridd guardians, in answer to a letter written to the guardians, asking them for the use of the hearse to convey the corpses of persons who had died from the effects of small-pox to burial. The use of the hearse was granted conditionally on its being returned the same day.—The medical officer's report stated that the place was at present exempt from any new cases of small-pox, all who had suffered from it being in a convalescent condition.—This was all the business of importance. PONTYPRIDD INTELLIGENCE. THE ORDNANCE SURVEY.—The detachment of Engineers who are engaged in surveying this district have issued a notice that anyone removing a. boundary stone, post, block, bolt, pole, or mark placed by them in their survey will be liable to a fine of £10. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.—The usual monthly meeting was held at the Parish Vestry-room on Wednesday after- noon. Members present—Messrs. D. Davies (in the chair), T. Edwards and Dr. Hunter. In the absence of letters expected from the Education Department, the business was confined to monetary matters. The finance report was read, and cheques for the several amounts were accordingly signed. INQUEST.—On Tuesday an inquest was held on the body of John Williams, who died suddenly a few nights ago, at. the Colliers' Arms, before Mr Williams the deputy- coroner, and a jury. A verdict of Death from natural ca m;cs was n>turned. AccrDENT ox THE TAFF VALF WAY —An accident, an nnusal event on this line, occurred at the Pontypridd Station on Friday morning by the breaking down of one of Powell Duffryn's wagons laden with coal while parsing through the station, which caused some delay in the traffic, the down passengers having to run on the up line, while the up passengers had to stay at Treforest until the down had passed. After the obstruction had been clean d away the traffic was resumed. A MELANCHOLY CASE AT DIN VS. -It will be in the recol- lection of our readers that about three weeks aco. a boy of about 12 years oi age fell into the Ilhondda while crossing a narrow bridge on his way to school. One sad feature in the affair is that the poor mother, by her dreadful anguish at the loss <f hrr hov, has become deransred in her mind, and she has been convened to the Bridgend Asvlu-n. The report reached the neighbourhood that the body of a boy had been seen floating in the sea at Penarth. It is said that as soon as the statement came to the ears of the poorftthcr. he started and walked that night to Penarth, a distance of twenty miles, but to find that the report was without any foundation. ANOTHER AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH.—A man named David Bowen died suddenly at the Bunch of Grapes Inn, near the station, Wednesday. The deceased was the land- lord of the Tremains Inn, Cwmpark, Ystrad. He came, as was his wont every fortnight, to Mr Jones, for the purpose of taking back with him a supply of silver change. Whilst in the fikittte-allev. he was seen to bend suddenly forward. He was immediately attended to. but he merely gasped once. He was carried into the house, where everything that could be thought "f was done in endeavouring to restore him. Dr. Leckie wns iu :1. few minutes in at.tel1rbnee, bur only to find that he was beyond human assistance. He has left a wife amI fhe small children to mourn his loss. £20 Is. 9d. was found by Police-constable Jones in his breast pocket. AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH.—A man of the name of John Williams, cabinet-maker, in the employ of Mr Crockett, in whose employment he has heen for twelve years, died suddenly between ten and eleven o'clock on Saturday night at his house in Mill-street. He had been working during the day, and according to the statement, of his fellow work- men, was, if anything, more cheerful than usual. Mr Crockett states that when he received his pay on that night he appeared to he in good health and perfectly comfortable. When taking Lis supper with his wife he suddenly coughed and threw a quantity of blood up. He merely had time to say to his wife Tis all over," before he fell back in his chair in a state of unconsciousness. His poor wife gave immediate alarm, and a number of people rushed in. He war carried to bed, hut it was found that the vital spark had depaited. He wars It mlll well known in the town, Imr1 much respected. His house is next, door but one to that in which the poor old woman, Mary Evans, met her dentil by burning a short time back. THE SANITARY CONDITION OF THE RIIONDDA VALLEY.— It is stated that the smal1-pox is spreading in the Hhondda Valley, but more particularly in the neighbourhoods of Cymmer, Dinas, and Tonypandy; and loud grumblings are heard because the proposed house-to-house visits, to induce people to re-vaccinate, have not, been made, as was suggested by Dr Home when lie visited the district. That more energy is not evinced by the proper authorities for the purpose of checking the epirlemic j. very remarkable. It appears as if the men in authority in some portions of the district are disbelievers in the e-'F cts of science to deal with epidemics; but that they pref r Relieving tbe Koran of Mahomet, that" what is to be i" sure to happen;" therefore attention to the sanitary condition of the district is but a few degrees removed from a" absolute waste of time. We are unwilling to stigmatise the authorities with being so much behind the age as to be ignorant of the noble strides science has made, and of how much it has done to ameliorate the condition of humanity but it appears to us that they have shown a singular want of foresight to improve the sanitary condition of some portions of the district. We are sure they cannot plead ignorance as extenuation, but that it is attributable to neglect only. It is stated that at Dinas water closets are really a rarity It is said that for 1,000 inhabitants there are only ten of such places, and this is given as an illustration as to the condition of other local- ities in the Ilhondda Valley. Can anyone in the face of these figures venture to say that the authorities are doing their duty ? If more inspectors are necessary, why not appoint more? The district of the Pontypridd inspector is much too large. When the population was half what it is at present, probably one man could do the work but he can only pass hurriedly through it as things are at present. One thing is certain, that unless immediate mpasurcs are adopted to improve the sanitary condition of Dinas, th'*re is great probability that the terrible epidpmic will extend its ravages among the industrious population of these beautiful valleys. It is stated that in the Dinas district, owing to the want of proper drains, poisonous deposits are retained during the day in the houses where there are small-pox patients, and emptied into the river at nightfall. If this be true, the wonder jil that the population have not been decimated by the disease. The whole country have a right in demanding the immediate attention of the proper authorities to the subject, for it is a source of peril to the public generally. The Local Government Board have discovered the condition of some portions of the parish of Llantrisant, and have issued instructions to convene a vestry meeting to consider the sanitary improvements re- quired, and that without delay. It is to be hoped that other districts will at once pay attention to the same subject.

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