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ABERDARE V. LLANELLY. -

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. NEATH V. NANTYMOEL.

I !ABERAVON RESERVES V. SWANSEA…

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.. ENGLAND V. SCOTLAND.

BRITON FERRY V. TENBY.

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-.. SWANSEA SCHOOLS' LEAGUE.

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I AXYGRAIG V. PONTAEDULAIS,

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■ i- -—a SWANSEA POLICE ESTIMATES.

THOUSAND NATIVES KILLED.

COMMOTION IN A LLANELLY THOROUGHFARE.

SWANSEA POLICE FORCE BUDGET

WELSH COLLEGES APPEAL.

THERE IS NO SECRET.

PONTARDAWE MEDICAL OFFICERI

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PONTARDAWE MEDICAL OFFICER I COUNCIL REl-USE TO REAPPOINT DR. GRIFFITHS. I' SEQUEL TO A SWANSEA POLICE COURT CASE. Fontardawo District Counci. on Thurs- day (Mr. John Griffith presiding) decided by ten votes to six (four members being neuiral) not to reappoint Dr. G. Griffiths as medical officer of hetith for the Pentar- dawe Western District. The appomtmeiit had been deferred for a month pending explanation from Dr. Griffiths with reference to the carcase of a cow alleged to have been unfit for human food. For exposing meat from this carcase Mr. John Owen, butcher, Swansea, was on Monday week lined £2-0, including cosies, at j Swansea. Police Court. "Is there a letter from Dr. GriffUns.' asked Mr. L. W. Francis. The Clerk said that there was, and the Chairman suggested that perhaps it would be well to have the letter read. It was as follows: "Bryncelyn, Pontardawe, March 14th. Sir,—In reply to your letter oi the 19:n ultimo. If it was reported to the Council meeting that it was alleged that 1 had pass- ed a. carcase of a cow at Pontardawe as ht for human food, allow me to say there is no foundation for that statement. The cow referred to is, I presume, one which was bought for a nominal sum of 25s. by Mr. Owen, butcher, Swansea. Before he bought the cow I am informed he was made a war- of what had happened to it, viz., that 't hai been horned by another cow, and that the veterinary surgeon had advised that the animal should oe killed. Although I saw the cow after it was kilSeu, 1 am 11: formed that the carcase appeared healthy en the day it was killed; but I was not ash- ed to pass it for human food, nor did 1 do so. If the carcase was exposed for sale as lit for human food subsequently, I cannot1 say what condition it then was in, nor, as 1 respectfully submit, am I responsible. I think I am entitled to ask the Council bY whom it was alleged that I had so passed a carcase?—I am, sir, yours obediently, G. Griffiths." Mr. Fran sis reminded hi- colleagues of the duties of medical officers a^aid down by the Public Health Act. It provides that a medical officer "shall inform himself as tar as practicable respecting ail influences affect- ing or threatening to affect injuriously the public healih within the district.' and that "in any case in which it may appear to him to be necessary or advisable he shall himself inspect and examine any ammal, carcase, meat, or any other article to which the provisions of the Act apply, whether the article is exposed for sale, or deposited tor the purpose of sale, or of preparation tor sale and intended for the food of man. If he finds that such animal or article is un- sound or unwholesome, or unfit for the iood of man, he shall give such instructions as may be necessary for causing tne same to be dealt with by a justice according to the provisions of the statute applicable to the case." Mr. Francis detailed the story of the sale of the carcase which has already anpeartd in the reports of the polioe courl proceedings. Dr. Evans, an assistant of Dr. Griffiths, had endeavoured to dispose of the carcase to local butchers without success. Dr. Evans then wrote the following letter to 1: Owen — "Bryncelyn, Pontardawe, February 6th- Dear Sir,—Mr. Phillips, the butcher here, has suggested your name to m as a likeiy person to make a deal with. 1 have a cow (now killed) horned by another last Friday —ruptured, and was in calf. Mr. Stewart, veterinary surgeon, from Swansea, saw her on Saturday night, and he suggested killing her. She is small, bruised badly in the Sank. She weighs 343 lbs., perfectly healthy, and Mr. Stewart says that the meat is none the worse so I shall be glad if you can come to see the carcase. It is hanging in Mr. Phillips's slaughterhouse (at present). Trusting you can come up in the morning. —Yours truly, Griffith Griffiths (p.p. W. O. In response to that letter Mr. Owen ram." up en the following day, bought the carcase from Dr. Evans, and pmd tor it, Dr. Evans at the same time giving him the following certificate: "This beast was killed in my presence, and was apparently found in perfect health liver and iungs showed no sign of disease.—W. Owen Evans, surgeon." Mr. Hodgson (interrupting): Are we ac- cusing Dr. Griffiths? Is Dr. Griffiths on his trial here? If so, I think he ought to be present. Mr. Francis No, I don't take it in that light at all. Chairman Have you the original of that last certificate, so called? Mr. Francis: i have the originals of let- ter ar.d certificate. Mr. Parry Why should Dr. Griffiths ask who gave the information when everybody knows about it? Mr. Francis There's no reason why that question should be asked. We are h^;e to do cur duty to the public, and if we lack in that we axe not fit to sit here. This is an important matter, and we must do it. 110 matter how unpleasant it may be. (Hear, hear.) Continuing, Mr. rrancis said the meat was taken to Swansea in the usual manner and exposed for sale. Dr. Jenkins (Clyaach; How many days after? Mr. Francis: Seven days. The meat was condemned, and the butcher fined £2C). Mr. Hodgson (to "Mr. Francisj May I ask are you giving this as a reason why Dr. Griffiths should not he reappointed? Mr. Francis I am giving these facts to the Council; it is for them to consider. Proceeding, he said that Mr. Stewart, the veterinary surgeon, had written to a Cardiff I newspaper flatly contradicting a statement made in the police court, and tha.t it was three davs before it was killed that he saw the animal. The Chairman moved, and Mr. T. Mor- gan seconded, that Dr. Griffiths be reap- pointed. Mr. H. Thomas I move that he be not reappointed. He should be asked to resign alter the explanation of Mr. Irancis. Mr. T. Morgan: I think Dr. Griffith6 i ought to have an opportunity of replying. vive members voted for Dr. Griffiths re- election; ten (including the chairman) against. Dr. John Jones, Clydach 1 m neutral. Mr. P. S. Hodgson: Hear, hear. A record of the was then taken. The voting was:— i j_(,r Joim Jenkins, i. Rees, D. Thomas, j J. G. Harries, T. Parry, John Jordan. Against D. Jones, F. L. Francis, D. W. Davies (Trebanos), D. M. Davies, J. James, H. Thomas, W. Hargreaves, D. Jones, D. E. parry, and J. Griffiths (chairman). Neu- jrjs—D*r- John Jones, D. W. Davies, R. S. Hodgson. Rev. J. Roes. Mr. J ohn James urged that, having re- gard to the seriousness of the charge, Dr. Griffiths should have the opportunity of ap- pearing before the Council. Rev. Joim Rees I second that. Chairman: Dr. Griffiths knew the matter was to be discussed. Mr. Francis The matter has already been discussed, and cannot be reopened. A member said that Dr. Griffiths was out- side, and other members agreed that he should be called in others that it wouldn't be risrht because some members had left. In "reply to k Henry Thomas, who said h" had been threatened with an action, the Clerk said members had a perfect right to criticise an officer, provided the criticism was bona iide and without malioe. \1,. Francis: Of course we have; it is OUT duty. "What would it benefit to call in the doc- tor?" asked Mr. Parry. He said they had all the facts before them. Mr. J. Jones said the doctor denied that be was responsible for the negligence at all. I The Chairman was surprised they hadn't thought of interviewing the doctor before I they took the vote. ( Dr. Jenkins, Clydiacli, suggested that as the meat had been kept eight days it mignt I have deteriorated. It was perishable. j A member What about the price? j Dr. Jenkins The price has nothing to do j with it. Mr. James: Why should local butchers refuse it?

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I !ABERAVON RESERVES V. SWANSEA…

BRITON FERRY V. TENBY.