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NEWPORT BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of the Newport Union was held at the workhouse on Saturday, Lord Tredegar in the chair. The master reported the number of inmates to be 265; sick, 74; small-pox patients in the Old Barn Hospital, 19 children in the Caerleon schools, 129.—Mr. Evans, clerk, stated that until recently the Board of Guardians could not take the security of more than one guarantee company. This difficulty was now obviated, provided the Guard- ians themselves took the responsibility.—The Clerk also mentioned that during the suspension of the late relieving-officer, Mr. Edmunds, Francis Francis per- formed the duties, and made a charge of £2 7s. This amount the auditor, Mr. Murrell, had disallowed from the account. The Guardians considered it was a case in which the money ought to be paid. An appeal was made to the Local Government Board, and now they had sent the case down to the Guardians for the pur- pose of having their remarks thereon. He laid the communication before the Board. A communication from Mr. D. Lewis, surgeon, was read, stating that he hoped to return to his duties in about a month. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF CAERLEON SCHOOLS. The Clerk said he had received a communication from Mr. Lyne, chairman of the Committee of the Caerleon Schools, stating that he was in London, and unable to be present to bring forward the report. It was, however, presented and read by the Clerk. It stated that at the last meeting nine members were present out of 13. With regard to the Caerleon Schools, the committee had very minutely examined into their general management. The members were unanimously of opinion that the Superintendent (Mr. Bennett) was not equal to the responsibility of the duties appertaining to his office. However efficient he may be as a schoolmaster, he was not equal to the task of m.maging the schools at Caerleon. He seemed to the committee to lack the power of control of such an establishment. Referring to the revolting disease—the itch-which had broken out at the schools, the com- mittee considered one of the special duties of the Superintendent was to prevent the recurrence of this loathsome disease. Having failed to do so, the com- mittee advised that he be not allowed to remain there as Superintendent. Unless he placed his resignation in the hands of the guardians, they recommended that an application be made to the proper authorities for removal. With reference to Mr. Bryant, the school- master, the committee thought he had neglected his orders in not seeing to the chapging of the water in the washing of the boys. In other respects he appeared generally to have performed his class duties to their satisfaction. The report having been read, Mr. PHILLIPS said that seeing the unanimous determination at which the Com- mittee had arrived, he begged to move that a copy of that report be presented to Mr. Bennett, and that the discussion thereon take place next Saturday. He thought that would be desirable rather than that any observations should be made thereon to-day. He also begged to suggest that the Committee who met on Wed- nesday, should present their report to the Board on the Chaplain's application on Saturday next. If the two matters were combined no doubt they would have a large attendance on Saturday, and the members would be prepared to discuss the two questions. Mr. W. PRICE disagreed with the report. There was not a single charge against Mr. Bennett so far as he could see from the reading at the report. On a former occasion, when there was a charge against hin, Mr. Lyne was the man who proposed that the resolution should lie on the table. Now there was no charge against him, and he suggested that the guardians should adopt the same course now. If any one was to blame it was Dr. Morris, and not the Superintendent. Unless a charge was well grounded and could be properly sub- stantiated, they would have no end of correspondence with the Local Government Board, who would give them a lot of trouble to no purpose. An inspector, after a time would be sent down, and he would report he had no fault to find. Hence he suggested that the report should be on the table. Mr. LL. JENKINS agreed with Mr. Phillips, and would second the proposition, provided it was convenient for his Lordship to attend on Saturday naxt. The CHAIRMAN said he always made a point of attending the Board when any matter of importance was to come before the Board for discussion. He observed that he concurred with Mr. Phillips's remarks, aud had every confidence in the Committee who had been appointed to investigate this matter, believing that they performed their duty efficiently. The Board, he considered, were almost bound to attend to their recommendation. Mr. JOHN DAVIES agreed with the motion of Mr. Phillips, and by that time Mr. Bennett would have op- portunity for considering any reply he desired to make. Mr. BENNETT asked permission to say a word or two. The noble CHAIRMAN objected. Mr. BENNETT persisted in saying that he had no ob- jaction to send in his resignation provided it could be shown that he had been guilty of any fraud, neglect of duty, or, in fact, anything wrong. His LORDSHIP said such a thing had never been hinted at, and he would do himself an injustice if he took that view of the matter. The Board considered him incompetent for the situation he held. Incapacity was the ground of the committee's complaint. On Saturday next, however, he could make himself master of the report, and an opportunity would then be afforded him to defend himself. Mr. PHILLIPS: That is the object I had in view by my motion. The resolution was put and carried. Mr. MOGGRIDGE wished to correct an idea which had gone forth in the papers in reference to his remarks about Mr. Bryant. When he spoke of his being ineffi- cient, he did not mean it to apply generally, bdt only as it regarded discipline after school hours. As a schoolmaster he considered Mr. Bryant was efficient. This was all the business.





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