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DENBIGH. CAPTURE OF A WELL-KNOWN POACHER.—Sergeant Jones and P.O. Wise have, at last, been successful in apprehending the offender William Jones, under a Wiirrant. lie has since been sent to gaol by Captain Griffith and Mr Mumberstonc, to spend a period of one month there, with hard labour. The prisoner will also have another month to serve on another committment at the expiration of the above. Will I;n Jones is quite notorious for the manner in which he usually succeeds in evading the police when he is "wanted." MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL.—The monthly meeting was held on Monday last, there being present: Aldermen R. C. B. Clough (Mayor), and E. T. Jones, Councillors R. A. Davies, Dr Caithness, J. Lloyd, David Jones, Dr Ll. Roberts, T. W. Edwards, and D. Davies. LETTERS OF APOLOGY. The following members sent letters of apology for non-attendance :—Mr Parry, Mr T. Williams, and Mr R. H. Roberts. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The mdical officer, Dr Griffith Roberts, reported that the number of deaths during the month were in excess of the average, viz., 15. They were all from ordinary causes, with the exception of one, and that was the case of an infant, who had died from scarlet fever. lIe had only heard ci suallv of other cases, but he believed the disease was now in abeyance. This gave a death rate of 27'58 per 1000. The number of births during the same period had been 16—'J males and 7 feirales, the rate being 29-42. He had inspected the premises where Mr U. Ellis boiled cabbage, and which Mrs Wynne had complained about, but it was not a sufficient nuisance to justify him condemning it. The only thing he could condemn was a manure heap in the farmyard, but this had now been re- moved.—A copy of this report was ordered to be sent to Mrs Wynne. GREEN WATER SUPPLY. I With reference to this question, the report of the committee was endorsed, ion the proposition of Dr Caithness, BOROUGH ACCOUNTANT'S REPORT. The borough accountant, Mr S'lis WiUmins, s'.id there was t fbalance iue to the tre tea- ••• -o I account. The snot i for t.dls was £ '291, being £ U) in excess of wh-.t tho .• were last let for. Mr William* stated s-nee ii.e roads had been taken over hy the; also the tolls, his work had been almost- doubled, in consequence of which he applied for au increase of salary. The sum of over £ 700 had passed through his bauds on petty cash account during the year. Several members expressed an opinion that Mr Williams did his work very creditably, and the matter was ordered to b3 placed on the agenda for the next meeting. THE SURVEYOR'S HEPORT. The surveyor reported that the occupant of the Anchor Inn, Vale-street, had applied for about 25 yards of gutter to be placed in front of his premises to carry a.vav the surface water. He (the surveyor) was of opinion that if this was done, the gutt,et, would soon be destroyed by carts going to and fro on the weighing machine. After a short dis- cussion it was decided to carry out the work For carrying out the improvemsnts in the Assembly Rooms, the following tenders wee accepted:—Mr F, hvin Roberts for joinery, .024 10s; Air James 1'arr, for painting, £ 6; wlll]e Mr D. H. Drwies va.s entrusted with the supply of sundry chairs, benches, &e.—The surveyor was empowered to einplov auumbci of extra men to break stones for the road for the ensuing season, for which purpose h.' proposed getting the material from the GIas Meadows. THE POLICE AND THE COUNCIL. After the Town Clerk had read some preliminary letters on this subject, one from the Chief-constable, -dated December loth, was laid before the Council. The Chief-constable said with reference to the agreement between the police and the borough, he had referred the matter to the clerk of the peace, and it would be laid before the next quarter sessions. He regretted some of the remarks that had been made by members of the Council. The interests of the whole county and borough had had every attention since he had had the honour to be chief-constable, and no ground of complaint had ever been brought before him, which he had not enquired into and remedied if it was in his power. With regard to the borough not being sufficiently supplied with police, be might say that the matter had never been officially reported to him. He was fully aware that the borough was large enough to lead one to suppose that more men were required, but the record of crime did not justify increasing the police rates, or he himself would have proposed an increase in the force long ago. If the Council thought different, it was for them to move, not him. The remarks alleged to have been made by Sergeant Vaughan were denied by that officer. The pro- portion of expense so far as licences were concerned was as follows :-County charge, 2s for 60 borough charge, £:; for 60 and he fancied other charges might be proportionate. He proposed that the boiough should have so many members on the Executive Committee of the county, and work the act as a whole, and that the police should regulate the movements and grant the licences; for who would be better able to tell when a man was making a proper declaration than the constable on whose beat the applicant resides. It was far from his wish to he at variance with any of the authorities on this or any matter connected with his office. As regarded the bye-laws, he did not see that the police had anything to do in connection with them, and he should be happy to see some directions which would guide the police in their duties at Denbigh, lIe wished to correct one or two remarks which were made at the last meeting no policeman was allowed to take proceedings under the Public Health Act, unless he himself was aggrieved. Neither can a policeman be inspector of nuisance. Smoking, chewing, spitting, nor did sliout-iug come under the head of police offences, as one councillor had hinted. —-The Town Clerk read an exhaustive leply which he had prepared for the above, and described huw it was that the borough expenses had been in excess of the county. He said that foot and mouth disease broke out in the borough in August, 1883, and meetings were held, at whick regulations were made necessitating the issuing; of orders, licences and declarations for the removal of animals out of the borough. From August to October, in that year. expenses amounting to t;5t: 7s. od. were incurred for printing, advertising, watchers, licences. Ac. He sent an account of this to the clerk of the peace, with a request that lie would lay the same before the county authority, and obtain an order for payment. Mr Adams replied that he was of opinion that the county authority was only liable to pay a proportion of such expenditure, and the county therefore paid IL22 9s 2d. From February to June, 1884, the council expended £ 141 3s 7d, and the county refunded them t7t. 2s 7d, leaving a balance of 867 Is to be borne by the borough. The chief constable's figures were at fault. The borough charge for licences and declarations, of which there were 1,100, was 1:21 (Is. This sum averaged only £ 1 2s lid for 70. instead £3, as calculated by the chief con- stable. It was singular that the chief constable could not see any police work connected with the bye-laws. In the agreement with the county, it was stipulated that the police should assist anything relating to common lodging houses, and the bye-laws under the Public Health Act, 1875. passed by the Urban Sanitary Authority for the regulation of common lodging houses should be well considered by the police, and they should see that such bye-laws were efficiently carried out. The chief-constable further stated that no policeman was allowed to take proceedings under the Public Health Acts. unless he was the party aggrieved. The Public Health Act of 1875 did not disqualify a policeman from taking proceed- ings under the bye-laws where authorised by the local authority, therefore "permission" for the constable to take proceedings was not required. —The Mayor, Mr Davies, Mr R. H. Roberts and Mr J. II. don-s were deputed to see into the matter.—The chairman said it would not be out of place to ask the chief-constable if they were not entitled to have a policeman to keep order at public meetings. He instanced a case where there was a crowded concert, when the police simply came to the door and walked away again, leaving the children and others to make as much noise as they pleased. THE LATE DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD. Application was made that the fees for the use of the Assembly Rooms in connection with the distri- bution of food on Christmas Day be remitted. This was agreed to. —MI¥I—RII UPIIHIIi"—nmnmiiIIIIIIII HRIHRR^WTnriTT"wrTrrwTrnr

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