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I Bangor and Bsanmaris Guardians. The fortnightly mating was held on I hriclay, Mr Hugh Thomas (chairman) pre- siding. FINANCIAL. The Clerk (Mr R. B. Evans) reported that the amount due that day to the Union was R163 16s Id.—A quar- terly bill amounting to JE350, in respect of tfyj Denbigh Asylum, was ordered to be paid. LLANGRISTIOLUS AND ITS LATE RATE COLLECTOR.—The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board, stating that the assistant district auditor, Mr Pugh Jones, had certified that £ 72 8s Od was due from Hugh Griffith, late assistant overseer for the parish of Llangristiolus, and the Department desired the observations of the Guardians upon the report of the district auditor on the subject, especially with regard to the bond.. The district auditor (Mr William Griffith, Colwyn Bay) had reported' that he under- stood, after making inquiries, that the Guardians did not propose to take any action with the view of enforcing the bond. He further reported that Hugh Griffith had been committed to gaol for three months. The recently appointed col- lector had experienced difficulty in collect- ing tM rates, because the ratepayers thought that the deficiency in Hugh Grif- fith's accounts was included in the rate.— The Chairman declared that the auditor was certainly wrong in some remarks, and why he should have gone out of his way to point them out to the Local Government Board he did not know. Perhaps these defalcations would not have occurred had the accounts of Hugh Griffith been officially examined. As regarded the allegation that the present collector experienced diffi- culty in obtaining the rates, he (the Chairman) did not think such was the case, neither were the ratepayers under the impression that Hugh Griffith's de- ficiency was included in the present rate. That deficiency had been collected a long time ago, and it was at the expressed wish of the parishioners of Llangristiolus that the Guardians did not proceed against the existing securities.—Mr Hughie Jones, as the Guardian for the parish, stated that at a recent meeting he had informed the Board that the parishioners were willing to allow the matter to remain unaltered, but he could answer for no person other than himself. It appeared by this time that the opinion of the parishioners had changed, and certain ratepayers, very im- portant and influential persons, were of opinion that the securities should be pro- ceeded against.—Mr Robert Hughes (Llaji- fairfechan) asked if the bonds had been enforced.—The Chairman No, and I think that some of the heaviest ratepayers do not wish to enforce them, because the per- sons who acted as securities might he ruined.—Dr Roberts considered that the Board should receive an authorised version of the feelings of the parish. He thought the securities should be proceeded against, otherwise what were they good for (hear, hear). The Chairman said that many parties in the parish were willing to go into their own pockets to avoid action being taken against the securities. Mr D. G. Davies thought the Board was bound to proceed against the sureties. The Clerk: I don't think you are bound. In the case of the Bangor rate-collector's de- falcations many years ago, you did not do it. Mr Harry Clegg: What is the use of having securities if we do not take proceed- ings where defalcations have taken place ? I think we should proceed unless there is substantial ground to act otherwise. Mr Thomas Edwards was of opinion that the views of the whole of the ratepayers should be ascertained. Mr Hughie Jones did not favour the adoption of strict measures. — Dr Roberts pointed out that no man should become a surety unless he was able to fulfil the obligations (hear, hear). The Rev W. Morgan, St. Ann's, expressed the opinion that people signed documents to become sureties in a friendly sort of way, without attaching the least importance to what they had done. There was a good deal in what the chairman had said, and there might be a disposition in the parish not to press hardly upon the sureties, who might be ruined. Mr Hughie Jones said that if action were taken the two sureties would be ruined. Mr Robert Hughes moved that the matter be deferred for a fortnight, in order that the view of the Parish Council might be ascertained. As an amendment, Mr Harry Olegg pro- posed that the Board make application to

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