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ABERYSTWYTH. HIGHWAY BOARDS.—Meetinsrs of the Highway Boards for the four districts were held on Monday afternoon, when the accounts for the quarter ended December 25th were examined and passed. ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH.—A handsome silver commu- nion service has been presented by the communicants to St. Michael's church. The service, which cost nearly consists of two plates, two c'1ahce, and a flagon. THE Soup KITCHKN has bRen this under the superintendence of Mrs. Viekers, North Parade, and IvIrs Evans, Bridge-street. They distributed on Satur- day," Jan. 18, 210 quarts, and on Wednesday 222 quarts. TEA MEETING.—On January 17, the members of the Aberystwyth United Ton;c Sol-fa Choir and others par- took of tea at the Assembly Rooms tea a short entertainment was given, at which Mr. D. Jenkins pre- sided. Several pieces were sung by Mr. D. Jenkins and Mr. Evans. ENTERTAINMENT.—The next popular entertainment will be given at the Queen's Hotel Assembly Rooms on Tues- day evening, January 28th. Maior Bassett Lewis will preside, and Professor nraig, the Rev. T. C. Evans, Mr. W. R. Hall, and Mr. T. Morrell and his son, will read. KICKED BY A HORSE.—One day last week John Evans, blacksmith, Glanmade. was brought to the Infirmary in an insensible state. He had been kicked by a horse over one of his eyes. At first it was thought the man was dead, but Mr. Lewis Williams had him taken to the Infirmary. He has been attended by Mr. Morris Jones, L.R.C.P., and is now in a fair way towards recovery. PETTY SESSIONS, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22.—Before D. Roberts, Esq., Mayor, J. W. Szlumper, Esq., and Isaac Morgan, Esq. Drunkenness.—On the information of P.S. Evans, Wm. Owen, tinker, Aberyatwyth, was fined 2s. 6d. for having been drunk at Skinner-street on the previous Monday night. He was also fined 5s. for drunkenness on the next night. School Board Prosecutions.—The following orders were made in the School Board cases :—Richard Humphreys, Prospect-street, fined 2s. 6d.; D. Hughes, High-street, two children, and Thomas Roberts, Skinner-street, were fined 18. each the case of Jane Parry, High-street, ad. journed for a week; and the children of Jane Christo- pher, Chalybeate-terrace, and Mrs. Banks, Northgate- street, were ordered to attend school. The Catapult.-Henry Davies, son of Evan Davies, Crynfryn-row, was charged by Superintendent Lloyd with having wantonl,.discharged stones from a catapult in the previous week.—Defendant was fined 2s. 6d., and costs. SANITARY AUTHORITY, MONDAY, JANUARY 20.— Present: Colonel Lloyd Philipps (chairman), Messrs. H. C. Fryer, J. J. Atwood, J. Paull, Edward Edwards, Abra.ham James, James James, David Jones, Rest, and John Edwards Hugh Hughes, clerk, Morris Jones and J. E. Hughes, medical officers. Mr. Bircham, Local Government Board inspector, was also present. The" Hole of a Place."—There having been no answer from Mr. Gardiner respecting a house near Trawscoed Railway Station, the Clerk was directed to write to him. It was stated that it was the intention of the owner to pull the place down. Medical Officers.—The Chairman read a letter from the Local Government Board sanctioning the appointments of the medical officers up to the 29th September. Taliesin.—In answer to the Chairman, the Inspector stated that he had visited Taliesin and the two houses he had been referred to. There had been no progress since the 11th December.—The Chairman remarked that the Inspector had been asked to inspect the village and re- port in detail upon it.—The Inspector replied that he had no such report, but he had the notices which he had re- ceived —The Chairman said that what the Board wanted was a report, which they could send up to the Local Government Board as an answer to their letter. He referred to the report presented at the last meet- ing. — Mr. Bircham said he had never seen such a report presented by an inspector as the first portion of that report. It seemed to him that the Inspector had better attend to his duties and not to make comments upon the work of other officers. The report which the Inspector had presented to that meeting contained no dates or names or anything else. The less he reported in that general manner the better it would be. Mr. Bircham then pro- ceeded to call attention to the absence of a certain book, and in the end the Clerk was directed to obtain it. Inspector's Report.—Mr. D. Jones, Sanitary Inspector, reported as follows :— Llandre I have to inform you that most of the convictions obtained at Tre'rddol on November 7th have been of no avail. Two of the parties convicted made no effort to comply with the magistrates' order. The nuisance of another party, though re- moved after'service of summons, is recurrent, and another has only partially complied with the order, believing it to be un- necessary to do the rest. Tre'rddoJ There is a house occupied by one Mary Thomas, a pauper, unfit for human abode. In ad- dition to dilapidation, it is of so ill a construction that it ought to be permanently discontinued as a dwelling house. Nant- lleien, near Talybont: There are three mud-walled and straw- thatched cottages at this place that ought to be permanently discontinued as human habitations. One of these houses also is occupied by an elderly woman in receipt of out-relief. Tal- iesin: The majority of the notices sened at this place have heen obeyed. There are a few parties, however, wl10 have doue nothing. Obeying orders from the Board of Guardians, I in- spectsdthe house occupied by Joseph Mason at Blaencwmerfin, Trefeirig. He says he is nearly seventy years of age, and has lived by himself for the last twenty years. He still works at his trade as a shoemaker. The house ho lives in con- sists of only one room, in which he lives, sleeps, works, and stores his turf fuel. There is no fault to be found with the cottae,more than a few feet of earth resting against the back wall. The floor is nevertheless dry. There is, however, certainly fault to he found with the way he keeps his house, and with the way he looks after himself from a cleanliness point of view. Llanrhystyd; This village, the largest by far in the southern portion of the Union, is notoriously deficient in privy accommodation. The Chairman stated that the Inspector had general orders to the effect that he was to summon all persons allowing nuisances to recur.—The Inspector and the Medical Officer were directed to visit several places at Llandre and report upon them.—The Inspector was ordered to serve a notice upon the owner of the house at Tre'rddol, requiring him to repair the house and also upon the owner of Nantlleien cottages. It was stated that the owner is Mr. ^Davies, Penpompren.—The In- spector was again asked to specially report upon Taliesin, in order that it might be sent up to the Local Government Board as an answer to their letter.—Referring to this matter, Mr. Bircham said that unless the work were better done, he really could not recommend the repayment of the moiety of salaries of officers. Eventually the meet- ing was adjourned for a fortnight for the special con- sideration of the report.—Blaencwmerfin was stated to be the residence of the man who was said to be defended by rats some time ago when the policeman went to bring him to the Petty Sessions.—The Medical Officer was directed to visit and inspect the house.—Referring to Llanrhystyd, Mr. Atwood said the law respecting privy accommodation was deficient; there was power to compel the erection of those houses, but no power to compel people to use them. (Laughter.)—The Board decided to have the closets erected in two months. Borth Water Supply.—The Chairman read the minutes of the Borth Parochial Committee, by which it appeared that an arrangement had been come to between the people of Borth and Mr. George Lewis, by which Mr. Lewis agreed to provide a passage of the Mill leet through his property by means of an 18-inch pipe, and to keep the culvert free from obstructions.—In answer to a question, Mr. Lewis, chairman of the Borth. Parochial Committee, stated that the water would only be suitable for wAshing purposes.—Mr. Fryer remarked that no doubt the leet was the natural drain of Borth. As it was at present, it was a great nuisance.—Referring to the preliminary ex- penses, Mr. Everitt Jones, on behalf of Mr. George Lewis, claimed to be exempt from the payment of those expenses. Counsel's opinion had been obtained, and the ratepayers, who were now supplied with water, intended to refvwe payment of the late.—Mr. Birsham thought that Mr. Sveritt Jones had not much of a case, but at the same time it behoved the Sanitary Authority to see that no unnecessary expense was incurred.—The Paro- chial Committee was then asked to produce at the ad- journed meeting, a statement of accounts, with vouchers, and also estimate of expense of clearing out the mill leet, &c.—Mr. Lewis said that if a company were formed to supply Borth with water it was very likely that the com- pany would pay the preliminary expenses. TOWN COUNCIL, TUESDAY, JAN. 21.—Present: Mr. David Roberts, mayor, presiding, Aldermen John Watkins, Philip Williams, and Thomas Jones, Coun- cillors Peter Jones, T. D. Harries, J. J. Griffiths, Edward Humphreys, John Jenkins, John Jones, Bridge- end, John James, a.nd Isaac Morgan. Mr. W. if. Thomas, town clerk, Mr. D. Lløyd, Mr. David Jones, borough accountant, Mr. Rees Jones, town surveyor, Mr. Hugh Hugbes, treasurer, and Mr. J. J. Atwood, corporation solicitor. VOTE OF THANKS. On the motion of Alderman VVATKINS, seconded by the MAYOR, a vote of thanks was given to Alderman Wil- liams for his services as convener of the Public Lights Committee. INTEREST. Alderman WATKINS proposed, Mr. JOHN JONES seconded, and it was agreed to pay half-year's interest on £1,644 due on mortgages on Jan. 20. LETTING OF LAND. Mr. JOHN JONES said the Public Works Committee had met and had decided upon certain things, but others were adjourned. The Committee had agreed to divide Plas Crug ground from Mr. Hughes's field, but not to sub- divide it with fences, as it would entail the outlay of between JB70 and J380. Mrs. Mellings had signified her intention of giving up the field she held at Plas Crug, and the Committee recommended that it should be let to Mr. Szlumper with the field he now held, at a rent of £7 10s. per bcre, which the Committee considered to be a fair sum. The Committee recommended that the ditch should be retained. The meeting was adjourned, but he was un- able to attend it in consequence of the weather. Mr. Szlumper had promised to remove the cowshed near the path, and he did not take cows up and down the Plas Crug walk. Mr. PETER JONES thought that Mr. David Jones should be prevented takiifg his animals along that path. He con- sidered that that walk should be kept clean. As to the letting of the land, it was the opinion of the adjourned meeting that the land ishould be let by auction with the other land. There seemed to be a conflict of opinion, and that being so he thought that the whole matter should be re-considered. Mr. SZLUMPER remarked that it was agresd at a, full meeting of the Committee to let .the land to him. He thought the Council would have been in a position to give him an answer to his application. Mr. JOHN JONES then moved, and Dr. HARRIES seconded, that the land should be let to Mr. Szlumper for a period of seven years, and the motion was agreed to. JPLANS. Mr. REES JONES, the town surveyor, presented plans of houses to be erected in Queen-street for Captain David Jenkins and Mr. John Rees, and they were approved on the motion of Mr. ISAAC MORGAN, seconded by Alderman WILLIAMS. FINANCE COMMITTEE. Mr. PETER JONES, on behalf of Mr. James, convener of the Finance Committee, presented the following report:— "Gentlemen,—A meeting of this Committee was held on Monday, January 20, present, Messrs. Isaac Morgan, Peter Jones, J. R. Jones, and John James, convener, W. H. Thomas, town clerk, David Jones, borough account- ant, and Rees Jones, town surveyor.—Stables.—Your Committee recommend that the stables and premises owned by your Council, situate in Moor-street, be let in their present state by public auction, for a term of seven years, the same time as the fields on Morfa Mawr, and that the sum considered necessary towards defraying the cost of the erection and completion of the stables, build- ings, and yard on Morfa Mawr be borrowed, and its re- payment secured by way of mortgage in the usual manner, provided the consent of the Treasury is obtained for that purpose." The TOWN CLERK remarked that the whole of Morfa Mawr was under mortgage, and there would be a difficulty in getting the consent of the Treasury. Mr. PETER JONES replied that if any difficulty existed between the Corporation and the Treasury the Council should make application, and get the difficulty cleared up, once for all. Mr. J. J. GRIFFITHS proposed, Mr. JOHN JONES seconded, and it was agreed to adopt the report. SALE BY AUCTION. On the suggestion of Mr. JOHN JAMES, the Town Clerk was directed to issue advertisements for the sale by auction that day fortnight of the Corporation property on the Flats, the gardens, and the stables. SCHOOL BOARD ARREARS. The MAYOR read the following letter from Mr. Williams, clerk to the School Board :— Dear sir,—I am directed by the Aberystwyth School Board to inform you of the resolution passed at the Board held on this day. The amounts due on the precepts of the Board appear to he as follows :-Arrears on precepts before January 1, 1879, precept made on 11th October, 1878, and due January total, £1,045 16s It was resolved by the Board that unless the sum of JE495 16s., the arrears on precepts due to the Board before the 1st January, 1879, be paid to the Treasurer of this Board on or before Tuesday next, the 21st inst., pro- ceedings shall be taken to obtain a mandamus to compel pay- ment of the said sum of £ 495 16s., so due as aforesaid; and also of the sum of £550, owing under the precept of this Board, made on the 11th day of October, 1878, and due on the 1st Jan.. 1879, making together the sum of £1,045 16s.. and if the said sum of £495 16s. be paid on Tuesday next. and the balance of £;;50, due on the said precept of the 11th day of October, 1878, he not paid on or before the 17th day of February next, that proceedings shall be then taken to compel payment of the said sum of £550.-Yours truly, W. WILLIAMS, Clerk to the Board. Mr. HUGH HUGHES, the treasurer, said he had had a similar letter from the School Board, and he had asked the overseers to be preseat at that meeting. He under- stood that they had nothing to say except that they could not get the collector to get in the money. He did not know what was to be done. He had told them that they should complain to the Board of Guardians, but they said they did not like to do so. The Guardians had power to suspend him; and no doubt if they communicated with the Local Government Board on the subject the collector would be removed. He had a narrow escape last time, and he would be almostsure to be dismissedif another com- plaint were made. He urged the collector every week to get in the money, but he had said that he was ill. He had then advised him to resign, or do something, instead of placing the overseers in the position which they were now in. They left their own business and went collecting the rates, and they got about 2200 in five days. That was out of the arrears, and he understood that there were now between t300 and JE400 arrears. Mr. MATTHIAS, one of the overseers, said he and his colleague intended to go out and collect the arrears. Mr. ISAAC MORGAN asked if there were sufficient arrears to pay the £490. Mr. HUGHES did not think so. Mr. MORGAN added that if there were not enough arrears, the collector was not to blame for the non-pay- ment of the 1:490. Mr. PETER JONES replied that, of course, all precepts were included in the rates, so that there must be enough arrears. Mr. JOHN JONES said it was a chronic state of things. Had the overseers anything to suggest? Mr. WILLIAMS, another overseer, said they could not get Samuel to work with them. They promised to meet him at Mr. Hughes's office the other day, but the collector did not attend. TLey went to his house a short time ago, but he was not at home. Alderman WILLIAMS said the overseers had better com- plain to the Guardians. In answer to the Mayor, the Overseers said they had already borrowed;2340 from the bank, and that they were repaying it with the money they collected. Mr. JAMES asked the overseers if they wanted the Council to do anything ? The Overseers replied that they wanted leniency. Mr. JAMES said they would have so apply to the School Board for leniency. The TOWN CLERK said the Chairman of the School Board was most severe in his remarks respecting the matter. Mr. JAMES said that it was no wonder. Mr. ISAAC MORGAN asked the Town Clerk what he ad- vised the Council to do. The TOWN CLERK said he feared the School Board would proceed against the Corporation in spite of any- thing they did. lVIr. MORGAN remarked that that was what he wanted to prevent. Mr. HUGHES asked the overseerq if they would complain to the Board of GLiat-diani; ? Mr. MATTHIAS replied that he would, but he did not like to do so. The TOWN CLERK-But you must like. Mr. MORGAN again asked the Town Clerk what he ad- vised the Council to do to avoid the issue of a mandamus? The TOWN CLERK replied that he believed the case was incurable. Mr. MORGAN added that the Council would have to ap- point a collector of their own. Mr. JAMES suggested that the Mayor should call upon the clerk of the benool Board, and ask him to delay taking proceedings. The TOWN CLERK believed that he would not delay, as he had definite instructions. Alderman WILLIAMS suggested that the money should be advanced by the treasurer. Mr. HUGHES said he should be glad to get the overseers out of trouble. Mr. JAMES thought it advisable to authorize the trea- surer to advance £ b0t>. Alderman WILLIAMS seconded Mr. James's suggestion, and it was agreed to. Mr. JAMES said he believed that there were people in the town who owed three or four years' rates. He sug- gested that the ovtrseers should ask the collector to resign at the next meeting of the Board of Guardians. He had been told that he contemplated doing so. The overseers consented. THE C4STLE GROUNDS. The MAYOR read a letter from Colonel Phillootts, Pem- broke Dock, enclosing one he had received from Mr. Wilding, Bewdley, to the effect that tbe castle grounds belonged in part to him—the portion known as the Castle Field to Sir Pryse Pryse, Bart., and he held the same as Sir Pryse's tenant, which he let to the Corporation with his (Mr. Wilding's) own. Mr. ATWOOD advised that the Town Clerk should write in reply, stating that the Council did not recognize Mr. Wilding's claim. They recognized Sir Pryse's claim. Mr. MORGAN remarked that the Corporation had paid rent to Mr. Wilding. Mr. HUGH HUGHES replied that the act of the Town Council in that respect did not bind the town. The public had been in quiet enjoyment of the castle grounds from time immemorial. Mr. ATWOOD believed the grounds belonged to the Crown. He advised the Council to state that to Colonel Phillpotts, and endeavour to secure the grounds to the town. It was then decided, on the motion of Alderman WILLIAMS, seconded by Mr. JOHN JONES, that the Town Clerk should reply to the letter in the way suggested. MESSRS. ELLIS AND OWEN'S CLAIM. Mr. ATWOOD said he had attended the meeting of creditors at Machynlleth, and had put a proof on the file for t280. He did not vote. The TOWN CLERK remarked that Mr. Atwood was re- fused. Mr. ATWOOD added that there was a long discussion, whether further steps should Lot be taken towards making the firm bankrupt, but in the end 3s. in the pound was agreed to. That, however, did not put an end to the appeal case in London, which he expected would come on very shortly. He wanted to know if her was to go up to London. He would not do so unless specially ordered t. do so. Air. ISAAC MORGAN moved that Mr. Atwood should not go, but it was agreed that he should, if necessary, on the amendment of Alderman WILLIAMS, seconded by Dr. ILvRRiii.s. WATER MAINS. Mr. MORGAN referred to the purchase of the water mains, and advised that they should be re-laid in places wbe-f the old ones were leaking. He suggested that the subject should bu referred to a commitee. Labour was cheap, and if the works were commenced soon, it would be completed before the first of May. He thought it tin- advisable to wuit until the coustiuction of the new reservoir. Dr. HARRIES thought the pipes should be laid with a certain regard to the future requirements of the town. The present system of mains was a wrong one, for the water pipes weie near the gas mains. They were also not deep enough in the earth, and so were affected by the heat of the sun aud the frost in winter. According to Raw- linson the pipes should be at least 3 feet deep. On the suggestion of Mr. PETER JONES, the subject waa referred to the Public Works Committee. BOUNDARY FENCE. The Public Works Committee were authorized to make arrangements with Mr. Hugh Hughes for the erection of a boundary fence at Plas Crug, the expense to be divided. THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS. The MAYOR read a letter from Mr. George Green, call- ing attention to the excessive rating of the Assembly Rooms. Mr. PETER J OSES replied that that was a subject for the Assessment Committee and not for the Council. MORE TINKERING AT THE FLATS. Mr. MORGAN said there was no chance of getting water by gravitation next summer, and, therefore, he thought it advisable to see if the supply at the Flats could not be improved by the sinking of a well, or by laying down pipes. He suggested that the subject should be referred to the Public Works Committee. Alderman WATKINS seconded the motion, and it was agreed to. The subject of a better supply of water was upon the agenda paper, but as it was nearly one o'clock before it was reached, it was agreed to postpone the discussion till the next meeting.



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