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ADJOUUNEU MEETJLN G. THE RECENT ELECTION. MR THOMAS LEWIS EXPLAINS. INSULTING INTERRUPTIONS. REFUSED A HEARING. An adjourned meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday evening, under the presidency of the Mayor (Councillor Grey Edwards). The other members present were Aldermen T. Lewis, E. Jones, H. Savage, R. Langtord Jones Councillors R. Owen, T. G. Williams, J. Williams, E. Jones, Rowland Jones, W. Bayne, Kichard Wilhams, and W. P. Mathews; Messrs J. A. Rodway (de- puty town clerk), J. Gill (surveyor), Smith Owen (accountant), and J. Smith (gas manger). THE GAZELLE TAVERN. The Pier and Ferry Committee reported that 28 amplications had been received for the posts of manageress of the Gazelle Tavern and collector of tolls on the Anglesey side. This number was reduced to eight, and two withdrew, leaving six. The committee asked the Council to authorise them to ask Mr and Mrs Griffith, of Liverpool; and Mr and Mrs J. Williams, Upper Bangor, to appear before them, the committee to have power to make such terms as they might consider neces- SftMr R. Davies (chairman of the committee} moved that the report be confirmed, and Mr W. Bayne secouued. The Mayor observed that the house was closed that day; and therefore the committee ought to ^Colonef Savage characterised the closing of the house as a bad arrangement, and said that the license in consequence might be jeopardised.. He did not know wno was to blame; and he might point out that they could have had a transfer of the license without the house being took advantage of anything nowadays to object to the renewal of a license. kle strongly advised the Council to put some one ia the house at once. It was resolved to ask Mr W. Edwards or Mr Morgan to take charge of the house until the ap- pointment was made. VOTING AN HONORARIUM. On the motion of Mr T. Lewis, it was resolved that an honorarium of £10 be given to Mr Hulme, clerk of the works, whose engagement in connection with the pier had terminated. POSTAL. A letter was read from Mr D. Jones (postmaster) stating that it had been arranged to close the sub- offices at Glanadda and Hirael on Wednesday afternoons for indoor business, the collection and delivery of letters not being affected, and asking if the Council had any objection to this course being taken. Mr R. Owen complained that the late delivery at Glanadda had been stoppel since the advent of the present postmaster. It was resolved to inform the postmaster that it would be a great inconvenience to have the offices mentioned close. REARRANGING COMMITTEES. At the meeting held on Monday it was proposed that the water should be taken from the Water aad Gas Committee and placed under the control.of the Sanitary Committee, which was te be called the Sanitary, Hospital, and Water Committee; and the Mayor now asked the Accountant if such an arrangement would cause any inconvenience as re- garded the accounts. The Accountant replied that there would be no difficulty. The Mayor believed that an arrangement by which the water would be placed under the con- trol of the Sanitary Committee would prove more satisfactory than the preeent one. Mr T. Lewis maintained that they should look upon the gas and water as a whole. It was not simply a matter of accounts. The question ought to be fully gone into, and he had an idea of mov- ing an amendment that gas and water should re- main together as they were under the control of the Water and Gas Committee. Mr Lewis, refer- ring to the rearranging and the appointing of certain committees as done at Monday's meetiag, said I feel very much because of the manner this has been brought about; and it does not require Ja sage to know what underlies it. I have, fortunately or unfortunately, been what you please to call an obstructionist. Of course, I have my strong con- victions, and you, Mr Mayor, and, no doubt, many of you, have your convictions, and strong ones too, upon t" is question. I havj felt very strongly anil do feel strongly. The reason given for upsetting the committees is not sufficient; and I think I have a great deal to do with it. I was put upon the Gas Committee because,as" was then said, I had had long connection with the gas and water works, and that I might be ot si ne service. But, I suppose, because of certain steps I took recently, you, the majority on the Council, have thought well to drop my name j from that committee. < The Mayor: That is not the point under con- 1 sideration. Mr T. Lewis: I have asked your permission, Mr ] Mayor. I am making an explanation, and I have a right to do so. I have been a public man in ■ Hangor for 40 years, and I have a position to up- hold, and I, therefore, claim a right, whilst in the presence of this Council to make an explanation and prove how certain things have been worked during the past few months. I have tried to do j my duty on ev^ry Board in this town during the ( last 40 years, a;j 1 whatever I have said or written ( I have endeavoured to be strictly correct, and this I repeat. j Mr J. Williams: Can I say one word? I g cannot listen to any gentleman praising himself. £ I shall withdraw from the meetiBg if he con- t-'nuee. Mr T. Lewis, uumindful of the interruption essayed to proceed, when The Mayor said: We mast prolest. Wo cannot sit her* all night. Mr Lewis I am aware that the majority on the Council have been looking over the minutes there (pointing to a minute book on the table) in order to try and find something to substantiate what they have said. I have brought the records of the Council here to-night. I had the honour to sit as an alderman in August, 1894, and I was placed on the Gas Committee on the 27th The Mayor: We have nothing to do with the matter Mr T. Lewis If you (the remainder of the sentence was lost in the interruption that took place, duriag which Mr J. Williams was heard to exclaim We have:been elected as well."). Mr T. Lewis (still standing) On the 27th August. 1894 Mr T. G. Williams I rise to a point of order. It is not right that Mr Lewis should indulge in braggadocio. I cannot listen to this. The Mayor: We shall be here all night. Mr Lewis (sternly): You have asserted that I mooted a scheme which would cost jE30,000 or .£40,000 of the ratep&yeia' money. Dr L. Jones: I think this ought to cease. Mr Lewis: I say there is nothing whatsoever in those records to justify that assertion. In fact, I am charged with having mooted this scheme in 14 days after I had been placed upon the committee (Interruption). If you do not listen it shall be otherwise made ynown. I am entitled on account of my age and because of what I have done ilk this 4- +- offer an explanation and to give an em- phatic denial to the statement that I have misled the people, with regard to the question of gas and electricity. What has been stated in a manifesto is an injustice to me. I said nothing but what are facts, and there are the minutes before you. In the manifesto issued by the electric light party the following appears:- h On September 12th, 1894, Mr Thomas Lewis and Mr J. Evan Roberts signed a report which read as follows :—' That the necessary steps be taken to obtain the foreshore in front of the Friars' field with the view to the removal of the gas works when such shall be deemed necessary, and that a new gasholder be erected there and con- nected with the present works as early as possible. Mr J. E. Roberts and Mr Robert Owen were, ia addition to myself, members of the sub-committee which had this report, drafted by the gas manager, under consideration bat I wish to point out that it was not signed by Mr J. E. Roberts. It was simply signed by myself, and nothing further was done. Therefore, it cannot be said that not only has a scheme costing JE30,000 been mooted, but that Mr Thomas Lewis and Mr J. E. Roberts mooted it themselves." Such a statement, as appeared in the manifesto, is entirely misleading, and I believe that some gentlemen would not have put their names to such a document had they known the true tacts. If you, Mr Mayor, rule me out of order, I will not say anything further, but will allow the responsibility to rest upon you. However, I must say that the statement that I mooted a scheme to cost £ 40,000 is without a shadow of foundation. Mr Lewis then resumed his seat. Mr R. 0-ven: What sub-committee does he mean ? The Mayor: You better be quiet. The question under consideration is whether the water should be placed under the control of the Sanitary Com- mittee. Mr 1". Davies moved that this be done, and Mr T. G. Iliams seconded. Colo si Savage moved a direct negative, this being (seconded. The Mayor There is no other object in com- bining water and sanitation than that it would be better for the town. Mr T. Lewis asked whether the majority on the Council were losing confidence in themselves when they appointed on the Lighting Committee gentle- men opposed to the electric light scheme. Why did they not carry through the scheme themselves as they did last year ? (hear, hear). The Mayor: I cannot see what that has to do with the matter. A division was then taken, when eight voted in favour of combining water and sanitation and nve against. y





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