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w- BANGOR CITY COUNCIL. NORTH WALES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE. THE ELLIS MEMORIAL FUND. The monthly meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday night, under the pre- sidency of Alderman J. E. Roberts (Mayor). The attendance also included. Aldermen T. Lewis, H .Lewis, D. Cameron, H. Savage, H. Grey Edwards, Councillor H. Hughes, W. T. Roberts, W. Bayne, T. J. Williams, Farrar Roberts, D. Owen, J. Williams (builder), E. O. Price, J. Pugh, W. A. Fos- ter, and T. J. Williams Messrs J. A. Rod- way (deputy town clerk), Smith Owen (ac- countant), J. Gill (surveyor), J. Smith (gas manager), and W. H. Worrall (inspector). BIRTH AND DEATH RATES. It was reported that the birth-rate for the past month was 29.88 per 1000 per annum, and the death-rate 11.40. In April of last year the birth-rate was 21.72, and the death-rate 24.1. SANITARY MATTERS. The following resclutions of the Sanitary Committee were confirmed -That the ar- rangement by which the Ogwen District Council pay the sum of £ 7 10s 9d for the treatment of a patient at the hospital be ap- proved that providing there is sufficient accommodation at the hospital, patients suffering from infectious diseases other than small-pox be received from the workhouse, providing the Guardians will undertake to pay £ 1 Is per week per case, this sum not to include: medical attendance and medicine; that the Guardians be in- formed that the Council are willing that the payment for water supplied to the Ban- gor Workhouse shall be based on the rate- able value of the premises immediately the water fittings of the institution have been altered so as to comply with the water regulations in force within the borough. BUILDING PLANS. On the recommendation of the. Highway, Building, aind Improvement Committee drawings of a; new schoolroom proposed to be erected in connection with the Twrgwyn Chapel were approved. Drawings of six houses proposed to be erected on Beach road by Mr William Parry were disap- proved. PROJECTING SIGNS. It was resolved that the Town Clerk's opinion be obtained as to what powers, if any, the Council had to regulate projecting and swinging signs. STREET IMPROVEMENT. On the consideration of th'e minutes of the Highway Committee, which were sub- mitted by Mr Cameron, Mr Henry Lewis asked whether any effort had been made by the committee to persuade the owners of the house next to the National Provincial Bank to put the building back. Mr D. Cameron: Everything that can be done has been done. We have had dealings with the parties in question, but I am scrry to say that nothing very satisfactory has been arrived at. FOOTPATHS. Mr T. J. Williams asked how was it that the footpaths in Caellepa were allowed to rema.in in the state in which they were? Mr D. Cameron: Complaints have reached me on this matter, out I have not had an opportunity of seeing Mr Gill. Per- haps he will be able to answer for himself. The matter rests with him. The Surveyor: I have no explanation to give beyond stating that the matter was before the committee three, months ago, but nothing was then passed. The proper course is to serve notices on the owners to make them good. THE PIER AND FERRY. -_0.00j_ The following recommendations of the Pier and Ferry Committee, of which Mr T. Lewis is chairman, were submitted: That the following foot-note be printed at the bottom of the large pictorial poster, "Regular service of fast steamers to and from Liverpool, Blackpool, and the Isle of Man;" that the Beaumaris Pier Authority be informed that from past experience the committee are fully convinced that the 9 a.m. trip from Beaumaris was not remuner- ative, and is therefore discontinued this season; that the committee do not think it necessary to comply with the request that the number of tickets at the Bangor end should be communicated to the JjeaumaflS Authority each week; that the system of cash collection in use at present be contin- ued, as it was found to work very satisfac- torily the surveyor was directed to have a platform in four sections constructed, at a cost not exceeding £ 18 that the survey- or be authorised to continue the wind screens at the north of the bridge; that Dr H. Grey Edwards, Mr W. Farrar Roberts, and the accountant be authorised to arrange if possible an entertainment on the Pier for Monday, the 1st May. Mr D. Owen asked whether the words "regular service of fast steamers" implied a service for the whole year V Mr H. Lewis: It can be regular every day. Mr D. Owen: That is very ^regular (laughter). On the suggestion of Mr T. Lewis it was resolved to add the words "during the sea- son" after "Isle of Man." Mr T. J. Williams, referring to the re- commendation to continue the wind screens said that he found the screens were rather high and likely to obstruct the view. He suggested that the Surveyor be authorised to "continue the wind screens at the north end of the bridge if required to do so by the Emergency Committee. The suggestion was agreed to, and the remainder of the recommendations were confirmed. COAL TEITDERS. The Lighting (Gas and Electricity) Com- mittee reported that 22 tenders were re- ceived, and the Council were recommended to accept the tender of Messrs Simpson, Da- vies, and Sons to supply 2000 tons of best screened Arley Mine gas coal from the Moss Hall Collieries at 14s 6d per ton. Th'e recommendation was adopted.. GAS MADE. During the year ending the 25th March the quantity of gas made was 42,351,600 cubic feet, an increase of 2,591,100 on the previous year. The illuminating power was 16l candles. TENDERS FOR CARTAGE. Four tenders were received, and it was resolved to accept that of Mr Owen Hughes for another year. MUSEUM, BYE-LAWS, AND GENERAL PURPOSES. Dr E. O. Prfice moved the adoption of the following report of the Museum, Bye-laws, and General Purposes Committee —Baths A letter was submitted from the Secretary of the University College asking for the pro- vision of a boat at the ladies' bathing place for use in case of emergency, and it was re- solved! that the present boat be placed mid- way between the two places, and that Mrs Giilard be provided with a powerful whistle wherewith to call her husband when neces- sary. It was further resolved that notices be issued warning non-bathers against ob- structing the gangways or stages.—The Museum Vase: The clerk reported that on the morning of the 30th of March this vase wrapped in brown paper was found by the clerk in the Museum grounds where it had evidently been thrown early that morning or late the previous evening. It was missed on December the 10th last.-Land, Law Reform Association: A circular letter from this association, together with a form of petition on the subject of the rating of •ground -values was submitted. Resolved that the petition be signed' and passed un- der the seal of the Council.—Firemen's Houses: A letter was submitted from Mr Evan Evans as to the lease of the four houses in Brook Row and considered. It was resolved that the houses be taken on an annual tenancy.—Licenses The Inspector submitted requisitions for the following licenses, viz.: —14 hackney carriages, and 8 drivers. Resolved that these be granted and passed under the seal of the Council. Also resolved that no boat be allowed to ply until the license for the same has been paid. The report was adopted. I NORTH WALES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Mr H. Bulkeley Price, chairman of the Council of the University College of North Wales, and Principal Reichel, attended as a deputation from, the Council of the College to lay before the City Council the question of a new site and buildings for the University College. Mr Bulkeley Price, after thanking the Council for receiving the deputation and acknowledging their many services to the college, said that the matter before them was one which had some claim to the interest of the Corporation. At the University College Council meeting in February this year, Prin- cipal Reichel called attention to the fact that the growth of the college and its various departments had been such that. the existing accommodation was inadequate. The Coun- cil were invited to consider in what manner permanent provision could best be made for the needs cf the college in this respect, and a. committee was appointed to draw out and submit to the Council a statement of the pro- bable requirements, with an estimate ot tne cost of each separate section or building. He (Mr Price) and Principal Reichel were appointed to wait upon the City Council in order to invite in the matter of new buildings the co-operation of that body, and it was de- cided to ask the City Council to name two or more representatives to act upon the Building Committee. Whether they would remain on their present site and add to them buildings, or whether they would go further afield and build elsewhere was a question to be considered and reported upon by the com- mittee, to which the Corporation were asked to add representatives. It was manifest that they would have to make a very considerable addition within a short time. Principal Reichel said that the College in its development had reached and, in his opinion, even passed the limits of its pre- sent accommodation, owing to the remark- able increase in the number of students, which had grown from 127 in 1893 to 312 in 1898, each year showing a steady advance, which had been fully maintained this year. So far as they were able to judge, they had "I _L -.1: not yet reached tHe limits m ine gruwtu ui the number of students. There would be an increase in the number of the depart- ments in connection with the College, and it would be obvious that an increase in this respect would put a greater strain upon the accommodation than an increase purely in numbers to be taught in the same num- ber of departments. The establishment of the new University of Wales had made it necessary to establish new departments of work of various kinds. The chief of these he might indicate as the establishment of the chair of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, to meet the requirements of the B.D. degree course. He would, in addition, point to the very marked growth of the College library, and that was, in his opinion, the most serious immediate need in regard to accommodation. The library numbered over 20,000 volumes, and was increasing at the rate of between two and three hundred volumes per annum. It was not merely a question of housing these books, but of providing proper accommodation for the large number of students who now attended the College. The number who could be accommodated for reading purposes was not more than thirty, while there were 312 students in the college. It was therefore clear that the strain was very considerable. The welfare of the College was of prime im- portance to the whole of North Wales, but especially to the municipality within the confines of which it was situated. The Col- lege was the youngest of the three Univer- sity Colleges of Wales. Its elder sisters had taken in hand this great question of the establishment of adequate buildings for their increased numbers. The eldest of the three, Aberystwyth, had completed its build- ings on a very fine scale, and Cardiff had adopted,, he believed, its plan-and had secured its Government grant, a large sum of money as well; and if this plan were carried out the college would have a magni- ficent site in the park which had been ac- quired by the Corporation of Cardiff. Each of the sister colleges had received a build- ing grant from the Government for this pur- pose, and each had sought and obtained the hearty co-operation of the municipality in which its buildings htio been placed (ap- plause). The Mayor asked the deputation if they could suggest anv way in which the Council could render assistance in the matter. Mr Bulkeley Price: We ask you to appoint two or more members to serve on a building committee that, might be appointed. The Corporation is already represented n our Court of Governors and on our Council. The Mayor felt that the Council would agree with him when he said that he was ex- ceedingly pleased to hear of the marked suc- cess of the College as shown by the fact that the number of students had increased from 127 in 1893 to 312 at present-an increase of 200 per cent. He ventured to say that the Council would be only too glad to do what the- could in the matter (hear, hear). The deputation then retired. Mr David Owen thought the municipality was greatly indebted to the College for th success which had followed its establishment in the town. He directly attributed a con- siderable increase in the rateable value of the town to the establishment of the Univer- sity College. From figures supplied to him by Mr Hughes, rate-collector, he found that the institutions connected with the College, together with the residences of the Principal and the professors, had added to the rateable value of Bangor a sum of about I £ 1300.. He maintained that the Council ought to co-operate in every possible way with the authorities of the College in order to provide suitable accommodation for the students, and moved that three members be elected to serve on the proposed committee of the Collge. Dr Grey Edwards seconded the motion, and said that the facts placed before them were sufficient to prove the necessity for providing proper accommodation for the students. He did rot know in what way the Council could help the. College, but if Cardiff and Aberystwyth had been able to keep their respective colleges they in Ban- gor were quite capable of doing so (hear.hear) He could not help feeling that the location of a University in th'eir midst had added to rjs* -uteiligeree ^-tner«J!y (laughter and hear, 'hear). He could not say why, but it seemed to be done in some unforseen manner. Mr T. Lewis supported the motion, and agreed with what had been said as to the advantages which Bangor had derived from the establishment of the University College in the city (hear, hear). At the time when different towns in North Wales competed for the college the representatives of Bangor did their part well, and he was highly pleased with the result as shewn to-day. They could claim that they had done some few things which were right—(laughter)—and the location of the college in Bangor was one of these (hear, hear). He was pleased to hear of the success of the College and he wished it further prosperity (hear, hear). The resolution was unanimously adopted and the Mayor, Dr E. O. Price, and Dr Grey Edwards, were appointed to assist the Coun- cil of the College on the building commit- tee. PROPOSED STATION AT TALYBONT. A letter was received Get ting the sup- port of the Council to an application to the London and North Western Railway Com- pany for a station at Talybont, near Llan- degai. The letter was referred to the General Purposes Committee. THE LATE MR T. E. ELLIS. A letter was received from Mr J. H. Da- vies, Westminster, acknowledging, on be- half of Mrs T. Ellis, the resolution of sym- pathy passed by the Council. Dr Grey Edwards presented a petition, signed by a large number of ratepayers, ask- ing the Council to summon a public meet- ing to consider the proposed national mem- orial to the late Mr T. E. Ellis. It was resolved to convene a meeting on Tuesday night at the Penrhyn Hall.

Menal Bridge District Council.