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fact reached the ears of P.C. Wm. Sheldrick, and between leven and duht o'clock on the morning in question, he apprehended Wm. Lewis, at the Old Ilarp, Ueol-y-felin, and the other he afterwards found at the New Inn. Both parlies were taken before R. Morgan, Esq., and Were each hound over in two sureties of JE20, and them- selves in jE20, to keep the peace for six months. This 18 an effectual mode of dealing with these cases; and we are glad to find that we have, at last, an officer in Heol- y-felin, who so well understands, and so vigorously dis- charges his duty. The frequency of these pugilistic en- counters on the common, at all hours of the day, have long called for the interference of the magistracy; and a few such examples as we have above recorded, will, no doubt, soon put an end to the demoralising practice. FtRE.- NARROW ESCAPE.-On Sunday night last, about 12 o'clock, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis, of Commercial-street, Aberdare, (grocer and draper), were alarmed by an unusual smoke arUina- apparently from the shop. On proceeding to ascertain the cause, they found that a partition wall, at the back of a fire-place, had become unusually heated, and had caused the ignition of several sacks, containing flour, and a box of currants. As the goods were not of an inflammable character, the fire was soon extinguished, and fortunately tin damage did not exceed £ 23. The property is insured in the Norwich Union Office. MEETING OF TilE LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH. The fortnightly meeting of this Board was held on Monday last, at the Town Ilall, Crawshay Bailey, Esq.) M.P., presiding. The other members present were— I Messrs. R. H. Rhys, J. Roberts, Griffith Davies, and Philip John. The minutes of the former meeting having been read, the first subject brought on for discussion, was that of the PROPOSED WATEIl SUPPLY. The Clerk read a letter from Mr. David Williams, dated the 17th inst., to the effect, that, since the last meeting, he had seen Mr. Samuel Dobson, in reference to the water of the Dare, and that gentleman had consented to act on his behalf, and is ready to meet any person 'whom the Board may appoint, to go into the whole matter-, ana their decision, as far as he (Mr. W.) was COEcerncd, should be final. If those gentlemen should disagree,they would be at liberty to call in a third party. Mr. Rhys thought that a vel y satisfactory reply. The Chairman suggested, with a view of meeting the "requirements of any parties having a-right to the water lelow t'tie reservoir, that in dry weather the springs "should be turned down as at present, and the town be supplied from the reservoir. He said this, without any opinion as to what award Mr. Dobson. would be likely to ma%e. Mr. Williams; As to compensation for the water, I should be soiry to make any such claim. I merely wish to prev.nt being crippled, by giving up all right to water, which may hereafter be required for the works. The Chairman You are quite right, but it appears to :mc that, if we turn the springs down. wheu you call for it, there will be an end of the difficulty. If we make the reservoir where we proposa, I do not suppose we sball 'Want to go to the other brook. Mr. Williams: I think that would meet the wants generally. The Clerk: You have also a claim to the surface at the site of the intended reservoir. Mr. Williams: I shall raise no objection on that head. The ChairmaR: I was under the impression that the land belonged tu Messrs. Thomas and Joseph. Mr. William-s. A portion of the surface belong to them, but I hold the wbcle of the minerals. The Chairman It would hardly be prudent to work the coal under the reservoir. Mr. Williams: Before the thing had entirely closad, I bad intended drawing the attention of the Board to that subject, Mr. The "dip" of the coal is towards tha site of the intended reservoir. The Chairman: But that will not be two yiírdsiin so ahort a distance. I tfhink it would be dangerous to re- mote the pillars from the coal, and, of course, Mr. Wil- liams will expect to be compensated for what he will have to leave behind. Mr. Williams: That would be, to some extent, a question fur the landlord, who would, no doubt, expect his royalties. I should be quite ready to meet the pa- rishioners in a fair and liberal spirit. The Chairman What is the depth of the «oaF? Mr. Williams The first vein, 2 ft. 9 in. in thickness is between sixty and seventy yards, and the four feet" is about 26 yards-deeper. The Chairman It is premature to discuss this question at present, although it is no doubt one of great impor- tance. The Clerk 6tatedtbat he had received a letter from the Secretary of the Neath Railway, inquiring the-size of the main pipe which it was proposed to lay down alongside the Dare branch. To this be had replied that-the diam- eter would not cxceed 15 iuches. The Chairruaii, was inclined to think that a pipe of 12 or even 3 inches diameter would be adequate for the efficient supply of the town. Mr. Rhys: It wiil make little difference to the Railway Company, whether the size of the pipe be 9 or 15 inches. Mr. ViHiams: The larger the pipe the .greater the weight on the bridge, and a great deal of water will go through a nine-iech pipe. Mr. Rhys: The weight will not be much under any circumstances. The Survey or, 4c reply to a question, said that a 12- inch pipe would cost 28s. a-yard. 'SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The report of the Surveyor,(Mr. W. S. Rampling) stated that he had since the last meeting of the Board, re-exam- ined the drain an Lindsey-street, referred to in his last re- port, and found, as :he had previously stated,, that thire is an old drain which receives the surface-water in High- street, and the drainage of the houses in the locality and which discharges its contents upon the surfaet1 of the stnet thereby causing the nuisance to which he had directed at- tention. The eostlcl continuing this drain to the river would not exceed £6, And would effectually get rid of the evil. He had previously .directed attention to the defective state of the Cae Jockey road, leading from the.TJuitarian Chapel across the common, to the junction of tha Lampeter road, near the British Schools the road never having been properly formed, it would be for the Boa-rd to deter- mine whether they would spend the amount necessary to put it in a good <ta.te of repair, it not being a parish road. A road in thit direction, however, is much wanted, and would be a great convenience to the houses in the.locality. In reference to the proposed water works, the Surveyor reported that on the previous Thursday, he accompanied Mr. Barnard (Colonel Tynte's engineer), over the ground at the Bwll-fa-dase., and pointed out the land which would be required by the Board for the reservoir, as wall as the general nature of the scheme. Mr. Barnard promised to forward his report to the gallant Colonel without delay, and intimated that the Board would have Colonel Tynte's reply in the course of a.few days. In compliance with the order of the Board, made at the last meeting. he had prepared a. plan and section of the drain which he recommended for the removal of the sur- face drainage, &e., proceeding from the houses abutting on the tramway, at Old Hecl-y-felin, and causing the great nuisance which had been the,frequent subject of complaint. Plans for building had been deposited by the Odd- fellows' Society, for two cottages in Mill-street; Dauiul •Evans, one cottage$and Griffith Thomas, four cottages-in ■Bell-street; Wiliiam Williams, three houses and a shop *t Maesydre; Lewis Thomas, back conveniences at Cae- Jaekey and John Thomas, four cottages at Cwmbach, all which were in accordance with the regulations of the T?*rd- The plan of Wm. Evane, for a house and shop at th *WarW> on Mr. Roberts's land, was objectionable, on W0Qld be necessary to leave a passage of tbA w'dth to obtain access,to the back premises of a n« ?-C8es Roberts'-street, which would require V rtioa of the land on which it was proposed to build the present house. THE CAE JACK.EY ROAD. A long discussion took place on this subject; Mr. Rhys Ana other members of the Board maintaining that the parish ought not to be called upon to make it, any more i-han any other private road. There ace houses on one and, beyond doubt, the Board had the power of es*»*og upon the owners of property to repair it. If they Weee once to Jay down a precedent of this sort, they Wouid have to make no end of roads. If Mr. Roberts and the other parties interested would come forward and subscribe one-half of the expense, the parish would not, Perhaps object to pay the other half. The Chairman If the Board undertook the repair of this road, he should certainly call upon them to make a road through his land, at Cwmbach. Mr. Rhys thought such a course would be most unjust towards Mr. Bailey and other persons, who were com- pelled to make roads before any buildings were allowed to ha erected. Mr. P. John did not see the matter in the same light as Mr. Rhys. The road in question crosses the Common, WbiCh is a very different thing to being on private property. Mr. Rhys: What is the difference ? Mr. P. John replied that a large portion of the popu- sh 1°t1 ^ocated below that road, and the distance is that v.6' however, quite concurred in the suggestion of °ne"*lalf °f the expense should be borne by the owners P pei y and the other half by the parish. to makp'rrv>^VleS *emarked that he had been compelled been completed011 but eStat°' they had should certainly takV j ProP"sltlonLbc aPceded to> he roads upon the pa!& 8tCpS l° thr°W the whole of those The Chairman.- Ia'i* • • that this road should not be made°n d' theD> Mr. Williams: Unless it h* T..1 Mr. Rhys said he should be very Jad toT^f8, and he would willingly subscribe towards it W m like to see the owners of the houles mat ?* 7 proposition. It would be an obvious injustice "1 out the public money upon the Common, when private\dt viduale were competed to make roads upon their own properties. 1 e r own Orders were made to continue the sewer in Lindsey- «reet, as recommended by the surveyor; and the plan removing the uuisanco at the tram-road, wa3 approved of. As soon as the necessary notices have been given, the work will be commenced. In regard to the building plans, the recommendations of the surveyor were carried into effect.. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES' REPORT. The Inspector of Nuisances, in his report, called at- tention to the state of the neighbourhood of LlwydcoetT, which is at present in a very filihy state. There being no back conveniences of any description to any of tLe houses, everything is thrown into the road, causing a very serious nuisance. The existing large accumulation of ashes and animal and vegetable matter, should be immediately re- moved; and he recommended that a proper place be made to deposit the ashes, &cM and that a cart be hired once a week to remove the same. In point of cleanliness, he was happy to say that there had been a great improvement in the slaughter-houses; but the majority are without the proper covered tubs, as required by the bye-laws." In the course of soate conversation which ensued, the Inspector stated that the streets were very inadequately cleansed by the scavenger. It was impossible to do the work with two carts, and the back streets were never visited^ There were large accumulations of filth and rubbisu in all directions, which ought to be removed without delay, but with the present force, this was im- practicable. The contractor was called into the room, and reminded that he had contracted to cleanse the whole of th,) streets for 114 a month, and if two cart3 were not enough for the purpose, he must get another. The contractor complained that hundreds of loads had been allowed to accumulate before he took the contract. and it was hardly fair that he should be called upon to remove this. The Inspector and the Surveyor both stated that con- siderable accumulations of offensive matter had been per- mitted since the contract had been entered into, and upon this, the Chairman stated that if the rubbish was not re- moved by the next rr.eeting, the Inspector would be di- rected to hire carts for the purpose, and the contractor would be charged with the expense which would be so incurred. If the contract were too low, he could throw it up by giving the stipulated notice. Several cheques were drawn to meet the ordinary dis- bursements, and the business was brought to a termination.