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THE RATING OF COLLIERIES.

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

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MERTHYR BOARD OF HEALTH.

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MERTHYR BOARD OF HEALTH. The ordinary bi-monthly meeting of this Board was held on Wednesday, Mr W. Jones in the chair. There were also present, Messrs Geo. Martin, J. James (Dowlais), J. W. James, W. Gould, G. Overton, J. Gabe, T. Jenkins, and T. Williams. The minutes of the last meeting were read and con- firmed. CAB REGULATIONS. In reply to a question by the Chairman as to whether the committee appointed at the last meeting to revise the existing cab regulations had as yet taken any steps, Mr Thos. Jenkins said he had been informed by the clerk that not one of the cabs in the town had a license now, and they were therefore not under the control of the Board at all. They must first be required to take out a license. The Clerk said that not one of the cabs in the town was registered, nor any of the drivers. The Board must first give notice or issue summonses to compel them all to obtain licenses, then they would be amenable to the control of the Board. They were liable to a penalty of 408 for plying for hire without a license. It was ordered that notice be given to the various cab owners and drivers to take out licenses at once. TENDERS. Tenders for haulage for Dowlais for one year were opened from Messrs John Davies, Henry Bowden, and David Walters. The tender of Mr Henry Bowden was accepted. Tenders for haulage for Merthyr for the same period were opened from Messrs Benjamin Thomas, and Henry Bowden. The tender of Mr Benjamin Thomas was ac- cepted conditional on the alteration ot certain items. Tenders for smith's work for Dowlais were opened from Evan Davies, smith, and for Merthyr from John Protheroe, Post-office Lane. The tender of Mr Davies, for Dowlais, was accepted, and that of Mr Protheroe for Merthyr. Tenders for the supply of printing and stationery were opened from Mr Rees Lewis, Mr David Morgan (Expre88 Office), and Messrs Farrant and Frost. The last-named tender was accepted, subject to the alteration of an item. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor reported, with respect to the houses now in course of erection on the Maerdy estate, Ply- mouth-road, Merthyr, that the builder refused or neglected to insert in the walls a damp-proof course, as required by a resolution of your Board, and as specified in every building notice. The trustees of the Cae Harris Building Society were reported as persisting to lay down in front of their new houses, in Blanche-street, foot pavements of less width than that prescribed by the bye laws. Mr John Gabo was reported as being engaged in enlarging and rebuilding the Victoria Inn, High-street, Dowlais, without having first given notice and deposited plans thereof, as required by the building regulations. The owners or agents of the undermentioned houses, who had been required by notice to provide proper drainage and closet accommodation for their houses had neglected doing so, and the time specified in the notices having expired, it was thereforerecommendedthat they be summoned under the Nuisance Removal Act, and an order obtained against them. Nos. 11 and 12 White-row 12 and 13, Bethel-street; 3, Lower Taff- street; 11. Isle of White; 1, Bridge-street; 35, Bethesda- street; 25 and 30, Quarry-row 40, 41 and 42, Wynd- ham-street, Troedyrhiw 3 and 4, Pontmorlais 82 and 85, 86 to 88 98 to 100, 230 te 237, 224 and 225, Peny- darran-road 8 to 10, Old Tramroad, Penydarran 46, Plantation-street, Penydarran; and 7 to 9, Mount- street, Penydarran. Notices of nusances owing to the want of drainage and closet accommodation in Sand-street, Dowlais, and 29 houses in Merthyr, were laid upon the table, and it was recommended that proceedings be taken against the owners in the usual form. Drawings were laid on the table of a closet which the surveyor recommended for adoption in those outlying portions of the district beyond the reach of the sewers. In this closet means are provided by a shoot for the covering of the excrement with ths house ashes. The pit will contain about 20 cubic feet of ashes and soil, and if used by the inmates of one house will require emptying about once in six weeks. It would be emptied from behind, without disturbing the ground or the structure. If this was done by the scavengers of the Board, and ordinary attention paid to the supply of ashes by the persons for whose use it was provided, it W( ttd be as free from nuisance as was pc ssible for such a place to be. Plans were also laid upon the table of the proposed road improvements and extensions from Penydarran End in Merthyr to near the Dowlais Iron Company's tunnel pits in Gellygaer, the course being through Penyard, Ffosyfran and Bargoed Incline Top, the whole distance being three miles, one furlong, seven chains in length from the Dowlais incline railway near Pantyffin to the Pwllywhiad-road, The proposed width of the road from Penydarran End to Mountain Hare, and of the branch road to the Pwllywhiad is twenty-one feet, and of the road from Mountain Hare to the Tunnel pits 18 feet. As these lines will pass through estates which are now being administered in Chancery, the necessary proceedings would have to be taken at once with a view of obtaining a provisional order of Govern- ment to enable the Board to acquire the necessary lands inder the provisions of the Lands Clauses Consolidation !\ct, 1845, and the surveyor further recommended that n such provisional order the Board should seek for )owers to acquire under the same Act of Parliament ands for improved approaches to the long projeoted >ridge over the river Taff, in lieu of the present Iron bridge in Mertbyr; for the improved approach to tiM Taff Vale Railway Station from High-street; for the erec- tion of the proposed bridge at Abercanaid, and for sites for public slaughter houses. The following building plans were recommended for approval :—From Jos. Rees, addition to house No. 27, White-street, Dowlais. From Watkin Powell, of three houses in "Red Lion Court, Dowlais. From John Gabe, of addition to the house No. 6, Newfoundland, Merthyr. MISCELLANEOUS. The first paragraph of the Surveyor's report having reference to the builder of the houses on the Mardy Estate, Plymouth-road, refusing to put in a damp proof course 'n accordance with a bye-law of the Board, drew forth considerable comment, when it was found that the Board could not enforce the same, as the rule had not been passed as a bye-law, and it was urged that the revision of the bye-laws,which has been in con- templation for some time, be proceeded with at once. The question of obtaining a provisional order for ac- quiring the ground required to make the road over the hill by Mountain Hare to Gelligaer, and for other im- provements in the town, gave rise to a long and desul- tory conversation, the upshot of which was thai the Board determined to adjourn until tho 29th inst., and meet that day to discuss the whole subject of town im. provements, and any other matters which might be brought forward. The medical officer handed in a list of houses already let as lodgings, but which could not be registered as lodging-houses on account of their being without privy accom modation. There was no further business, and the Board ad. journed until the 28th inst. MERTHYR SCHOOL BOiRD. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of this Board was held on Friday, Mr Cbas. H. James (vice chairman), presiding. There were also present Mrs Crawshay, Mr Thos. Williams, the Revs. F. Sonley Johnstone, and O. W. James. The minutes of the meeting were read and con- firmed. FINANCE. The report of the Finance Committee was read and adopted, and the following bills were ordered for pay- ment :—The Clerk, for one quarter's salary, jE25 ad- vertising in the Gloucester Journal, 19s. There were also certificates from the architect for Mr John Everal, contractor, for JE600 on account Penydarran schools, and JE450 on account Twyayrodin schools, besides R9 91 for Mr John Lloyd, clerk of the works at Penydarran. The Chairman said they were rather awkwardly situated with regard to these sums, having but a small balance to their credit in the bank. The receipts for £821, the last amount paid the contractor, which had been sent up to the Public Works Loan Commissioners after the last meeting of the Board had remained un- acknowledged, and not been repaid for some reason, but in the ordinary course of things that amount would have been refunded before now, and that would have placed them in a position to pay these sums. He thought, however, that their bankers would advance them the money for a few days, as this JE821 would cer. tainly be forthcoming directly. The Clerk was directed to see Mr T. J. Evans with reference to the payment of Mr Everal's cheques. APPOINTMENT OF A SCIENCE AND ART TBACHEB. The Chairman said he must call the attention of the Board to a matter of considerable importance. Some time ago they had come to the conclusion that it was desirable to have a science and art teacher in th's dis- trict, and last year Mr Evan Williams had formed classes, and the burden of the science and art teaching of Merthyr devolved upon his shoulders. Since that gentleman's death nothing had been done, and the Board was now without a science and art teacher. The committee thought it a pity that so much trouble.and the certain amount of success which had already been achieved should be wasted, by these classes being allowed to drop, and he had therefore, at their request, communicated with Mr Buckmaster, who had referred them to a very competent person named Lyons,at present employed at Rugely, who was said to be fit to take charge of the classes here. He had then commuicated with Mr Lyons and asked him on what terms he would undertake the science and art classes of this place. Mr Lyons had replied that he would accept JE100 a-year with half the grant and fees, after payment of expenses. This would leave the Board the other half of the grant and fees towards paying off the jElOO salary. He hardly supposed they would get that, and the Board would probably be at a loss, but if they intended their sehools to be carried on as they ought, and particularly if the pupil teachers were to hold the position they should, there must be a science and art teacher to ad- vance them in the same way as in ether places. Mr Lyons had been asked to come to-day, and was now here, so that the Board could see him and judge of his fitness. The Rev. F. S. Johnstone remarked that there seemed to have been three Science and Art Committees represented at the meeting mentioned by Mr James. The Clerk said only two-the Board Committee and the Merthyr Committee. There really was no Aber. morlais Committee, now that being in effect the Board, and the St. David's Committee had not been asked to attend. Mr Lyons then appeared before Board, and it was found that his letters and testimonials were of the highest character. They were from Mr Fortescue, Mr Buckmaster, the vicar of Rugely, and the science and art committee of that place. It appeared that he had been applying for the post of public analyst for the county of Stafford. His teaching seemed to have been very successful, for 6,1) out of his 130 pupils had passed, 19 of them obtained Queen's prizes, and one a scholar- ship. Mr Lyons is the holder of certificates for eleven different subjects. On the motion of the Rev. F. S. Johnstone Mr Lyons was declared duly appointed on the terms mentioned by Mr Chas. H. James, and agreed to commence his duties on Monday, the 20th inst., it being also understood that he might establish classes at Aberdare and Pontypridd if it was found to be feasible, in such case the Board to receive half the grants. The Rev. F. S. Johnstone pointed out that the Mer- thyr Science and Art Committee possessed a geod deal of apparatus which might be transferred for the use of the new teacher. This had been partially purchased for the use of the science classes by subscription raised in the town,and partly by money received from Govern- ment for the purpose. It had been kept at Tydfil School, where the classes had been held, although not in connection with the schooL He understood that Mr Evan Williams's successor did not intend carrying on any science and art classes, and it was only right that the apparatus should be placed at the disposal of the person, who, so to speak, succeeded Mr Evan Williams in these duties. On the motion of Mrs Crawshay. it was resolved that the masters of the several Board schools were expected to give every facility to the science and art teacher in the formation of classes, and that they encourage their pupils to attend. THE ABERCANAID SCHOOL SITE.—APPLICATION FOR COMPULSORY POWERS. The Clerk intimated that the time had arrived for taking steps towards acquiring the site at Abercanaid, if the matter was to be proceeded with this year. The Chairman said the Board was pledged to go on with it. The Rev. F. S. Johnstone thought that was fully understood. The matter had only been allowed to drop last year, because it was feared that the opposition which was threatened would jeopardize the other sites which were applied for at the time. It was resolved that the Solicitor to the Board be re- quested to take the steps necessary for obtaining power to purchased under the compulsory clause, the piece of ground at Abercanaid, which had been selected as suit- able by the Board. PENYDABREN SCHOOL. An application was read from Miss Resser, teacher of Penydarran School, together with a recommendation from the managers, for an increase of salary. The Rev. C. Griffiths gave notice that at the next meeting of the Board he would move that Miss Rosser's salary be advanced, in accordance with the recommenda- tion of the committee. ABERCANAID SCHOOL. Mrs Crawshay gave notice that at the next meeting of the Board she would move the appointment of Mr Wm. Gray, of Chester, as head master of the Abercanaid School, and intimated that Mr Gray would then appear before the Board. This concluded the business of the meeting. ENGLYNION 0 glod i Meistres Crawshay, am ei haelioni ilr tlodion. I J'BYN clod dan nod ei Ner-croesawir Meistres Crawshay dyner; Arwyddair hon, banon ber, Yw Rhyddid i bawb rhodder." Ca'r tlodion gweinion ugeiniau—nawdd hon Yn nydd haint ac eisiau; Y mae ei rhin yn mawrhau Dyngarwch, y dawn gorau. Haelioni lywia'i henaid-dan goron Dyngarwch bendigaid; Hi nodda'r hen yn nydd rhaid, A thai i gynal gweiniaid. GWAS T CASTILL:

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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.