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CARDIFF BOARD OF HEALTH. The monthly meeting of this Eonel was held yester- day at the Town Hall, and was attended by the Mayor (in the chair), Aldermen Watkins, Eeece and Evans, and Councillors E. Whiffet), D. Jones, J. McConnochie, R. Spencer, H. North, S. D. Jenkins, W. Yacliell, and H. Bowen. The minutes of the last monthly and ad- journed meetings were read and approved of. The Collector for St. Mary reported that he had col- lected of rates and arrears up to the last monthly return £ 1,583 16s. 9d.; collected during the month i'1,192 2s. 10d.; leaving a balance outstanding of £ 2,369 10s. 5d. He had also received £ 24 8s. on account of private improvements, leaving a balance of X12 7s. 4d. The collector for St. John's reported that he had received £ 537 2s. 7d. at the date of the last return, and had since collected £ 385 lOn., which left a balance of X944 16s. due upon rates aud arrears. He had also received -37 8s. lid. on account of private improvements for which X321 10s. 4d. was still owing. The reports of the Finance, Public Works, and Cab Committees were read and ado-oted.-Aidermaii EVANS referred to the delay which had occurred in commencing the Street Tramways, and the Borough Surveyor re- plied that the engineer of the company had been in the town for some days, and he believed the work would be commenced as soon as the granite stone, which was on its way, arrived.—The Cab Committee stated that they had fixed the 9th and 10th April for the annual inspec- tion of cabs.—Mr. WIIIFFEN complained of the condition of some of the cabs at the Great Western Station, and the MAYOR recommended that he shou'd make his com- plaint specific and not general, as some of the other members did. THE HEALTH OF THE TOWN. The MAYOR read the monthly report of the Officer oJ Health (Dr. Paine), who was unable to attend the meet- ing. It was as follows :— I have to report that the total deaths registered in Cardiff during the four weeks ending February 17th, has been 75, indicating a mortality at the rate of 23 in the 1,000. These deaths have been occasioned as follows :— Diseases of the brain and nervous system, 2 ditto chest, 19 ditto heart, 1; ditto abdominal cavity, 4 fever, 3 scarlet fever, 2; measles, 17 small-pox, I- croup, 2 hoaping cough, 1; dyptheria, 2 atrophy, 8 teething, 2 scrofula, 1; age, 5 and inquests, 5; total, 75. The above analysis shows that, although the death rate of Cardiff during the past month has been one per 1,000 in excess of the ordinary death rate ruling a town popula- tion, this excess is occasioned by the existence of infantile epidemic measles, which disease alone contributed 17 deaths, or 30 per cent. of total deaths and as this is a disease which will from time to time occur, and is one which sanitary provisions cannot control, the sanitary condition of the town may be considered in a very satis- factory state. Three deaths have been registered from fever, but of these two were infantile, and one an adult. Only one death has been occasioned by small-pox, namely, a seaman admitted in the Seamen's Hospital. Six cases of small-pox have been reported to me during the month, namely, three occurring in vessels arriving in the port, suffering from the disease two cases imported into the town from rural districts, and one an inhabitant of the town. The whole of these have been removed into the Seamen's Hospital, and are now, with the exception of one fatal case, under treatment. I have every reason to believe that no other cases of small-pox have occurred in the town, as, owing to the courtesy of my professional brethren, all cases are reported to me. The existence of the Small-pox Hospital has enabled me to deal with this disease, in a most satisfactory manner, by immediately isolating the individual cases, and placing the houses from which they have been removed under a careful dis- infecting process and subsequent sanitary supervision." The health of the town was considered by the Board generally to be in a most satisfactory state, considering the severitv of the small-pox epidemic in adjacent places.—Alderman EVANS mentioned that there had been one death from small-pox in Loudoun-square since the date of the report. MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS. The Borough Surveyor read his monthly report, which contained various recommendations for improve- ments in various parts of the town. In reference to one of them—the making of a pitched crossing at the north end of Mount Stuart-square, entering into West Bute-street—the MAYOR read a requisition from the in- habitants of the square urging the necessity of the work being done. An order was given that the crossing should be made.—The Surveyor recommended that the pitching should be taken up in Stuart-street and relaid, and that a similar order should be given in re- ference to various streets in Newtown and Bute-town. —Mr. JONES thought they had enough on their hands at present, as orders had already been given which they could not complete in six months. Alderman WATKINS at some length called attention to the necessity of laying down a pavement on the west side of St. Mary-street, from the circus building to the entrance to the Great Western Station. It was one of the most important entrances to the town, and at most times was a perfect quagmire. He also urged the laying down of a crossing from Mr. Gover's corner to Mr. Lisle's foundry, and asked that the Wharf should be properly scavenged, as at present the scrapings of several days were allowed to accumulate there. Several members agreed as to the necessity of improving that portion of St. Mary-street, but it was pointed out by the Surveyor that it was necessary first to know what the railway company intended to do with Mr. Gover's corner, for unless that was set back they would not know what line to take for the much-needed pavement. They all knew that the Great Western and Taff Vale Companies had been negotiating for the construction of a new station, and he thought the plan might be suffi- ciently far advanced for him to ascertain their intention in regard to Mr. Gover's corner. Mr. JONES agreed with the Surveyor, and also thought it was necessary that the proposed pavement should be raised, as the present path was too low.—The Surveyor was ordered to pre- pare plans, and obtain information on the matter. Mr. S. D. JENKINS said that as he had failed to bring about any improvement of the droppings from the rail- way bridges, he was desirous of- knowing if the stream of water which flowed over the pavement at the Rhym- ney Bridge in Crockherbtown could not be remedied so as to prevent pedestrians from having wet feet. The Surveyor, after some discussion, was directed to see Mr. Lundie, the traffic manager. Inspector James, the inspector of lodging-houses and nuisances, applied for an increase of salary. Alderman WATKINS, Mr. NORTH, the MAYOR and the Surveyor all bore testimony to the highly satisfactory manner in y which Inspector James performed the duties of his office, and it was pointed out that they were of an im- portant character, as he had to see to the removal of small-pox patients, and execute other duties attended with risk. Alderman WATKINS proposed and Alderman REECE seconded that his wages should be increased from 30. to -62 a week, and the proposal was unani- mously agreed to. The MAYOR stated that the Atlas Insurance Company were preparing the necessary documents in connec- tion with the new arrangement regarding the repay- ment of the loan. X59,686 was the amount now owing. It was proposed that the half-yearly payments should be fixed for the 1st of May and the 1st of November, which would be the most convenient time to the Board —being about six weeks after the making of each of their rates.-This was agreed to. THE PRAINAGE ACROSS THE TAFF. The MAYOR said they had completed their system of drainage for the town, and it was now for them to con- sider the scheme for carrying a sewer across the Taff. When they have done that they would have completed their whole system, and he believed they would have secured a system of drainage equal to any which could have been devised. The Borough Surveyor then presented a series of plans which he had prepared for draining the whole of the borough west of the Taff river, and for connecting the new drains with the Cardiff system of sewers by carry- ing a culvert and weir across the Taff river. In reply to Alderman REECE, Mr. Waring said the weir would be erected exactly midway between the Great Western Railway bridge and the Penarth-road bridge, and it wou d cost about 40,000.-Alderman BEECE asked what it would cost to keep in repair.—The Surveyor said it would not cost much.—Alderman REECE said he had had something to do with a weir, and lie found it was a most expensive thing to keep in proper condition.—The MAYOR said that was probably owing to its not being properly made at first.—The Surveyor, in reply to further ques- tions, said the level pool caused by the weir would terminate at the top of the Sophia Gardens. The water would be 8ft. Gin. deep at the weir, and 3 feet deep under Cardiff bridge.—Mr. JONES said the depth at the weir would be reduced in the course of time, in conse- quence of the silting up, but that would strengthen the weir.—Several members thought that it would make a fine sheet of water.—The MAYOR said it was a most important matter, and one which would require a great deal of consideration. He proposed that the plans should be referred to the Public Works Committee, and that a special meeting should afterwards be called .to take them into consideration. Mr. McConnechie, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Waller were practically acquainted with the matter, and after they had considered it, the board would be better able to deal with it. If they could carry out the scheme at a reasonable cost, it would complete their system of drainage, and make it unsur- passed by any other. The suggestion was adopted, and Mr. G. Fisher was added to the committee. Mr. SPENCER asked for information in regard to the old Vicarage, which was about to be pulled down and was informed that the Board were to pay £500 for a portion of the ground occupied by it. That portion would be thrown into the roadway for the improvement of the street. Mr. SPENCER intimated bi3 intention of calling attention to the necessity of widening Working- street, which was a most important thouroiighfare, and likely to become much more so as soon as the tramway was laid ctowii.-The MAYOR said it was certainly a most important subject.—This was all the business.




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