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Carmarthen Rural District…

Mewclmrch Parish,

Sudden Death at Abergwili.

Llaudilo Board of Guardians.



S A N I T A R Y AUTHORIT Y. Dr. W Henry Lloyd, Llandilo, tho medical officer of health, attended the Council, and stated that on the lltii of February, the Cierk requested him -i. il Penygroes School. lIe wont there on the 1:)1, and t'oun-1 measlo? very prevalent ill the loeaii'y. Rta! several eases of scarlet fever. He ordored sohod.-s to be elosod for 0,10 month. Ha hud since fjnnd that tho Master, ou his own responsibility, had opened tne school in a fortnight. It was a very serious matter, for if the scarlet- fever had spread, and deaths had occurred, who would be -the Schoolmaster or the Sanitary Authority r — Chairman I think it is a very serious matter for the. master to have opened the school without consent. —Dr Lloyd said he had only brought it forward as a precedent, md he hoped it would Dot be established. Personally, he had no feeling against the master, but ho (Dr Lloyd) had been asked by the Clerk and the School Board to visit Prnygrocp, and when be went down there he found in the infant school the attendance had fallen by one-half. When he went into the other school he found, from the Master's manner, that he was rather indisposed to close his school. He (Dr !eo ■!) saw Dr Andrrrcn. a medical man, who toh". him there were dozens of cases of scarlet- fever. As far as the measles were concerned, Dr Lloyd did not think he s! oold have been so eager about eh.sing the school, hut wh 11 he found there was scarlet-fever, he fell it is bound*n duty to closc the. tchcol. The \¡:¡<i.l' d to demur very much, but he (Dr Lloyd) had his duty to per- form, and had n very lively recollection of how they were criticised about the diphtheria in Llanfynydd, aud if ecarkt-fever became prevalent at Penvgroef, and there was another Local Goverrment Board enquiry, he did not thiak Mr Williams, the cchoo'.mWer, cr anyone els?, would have been able to shield him from the consequences if he had rot taken steps to have the school closed. lie had done his duty in reporting the matter, ar.d had no vindictive fcc ir, g against the mascr, but if one schoolmaster was allowed to op n his school under the circumstances on his own authority, thaso was no reason why all others in the district might not do the bInns-Tho Clerk (Mr R. S, Le%i-,i.-) -who is also clerk to the Llan- debie School Board uuder whose control Penygroes school is—stated that he had reported the case to the School Board, and had written to the master for an explanation. In his reply he explained his reasons for rc--opening the school. It PoEmed a medical man had told him there were no cases of scarlet-fever and that his opinion was the school might be open. He had no right to open the school. Possibly there was a mistake. He (the clerk) thought there was no scarlet-fever now.- Dr Lloyd said they must permit him to reply to it. They must really grasp the fact with legard to searlet-fever, that according to the rules laid down by tho Losal Government Board, and from what was known to medical science, that if it occurred in a district any child going to school from a ho: s" in which there had been soariet-feTer would, within six weeks, carry infection to the school He did not know what medical man the master bad seen, but his (Dr Lloyd'*) informer was Dr Anderson. If it did not cxiit there now it did a month ago, and it was absurd for any schoolmaster to say that in a fortnight after his visit that scarlct fever did not exist. —Clerk It will come before the School Board, and I have no doubt the master will bo ccnsured for opening the school.— Chairman I think we ouht to take some notice of it. Mr Griffiths I think we better ask you to ask the School Board to take the matter up.—The Clerk The best plan will be for the Chairman of this Board to wiive to the Chairman of the School Board, as I am clerk of botii.-The Chairman, however, thought however it had better be done officially.-Mr D. Dafie8: I have no doubt the master did it unintentionnlly.-Dr Lloyd said, he argued the point with the master, and he gave the maeter his reasons for ordering the school to be closed. He saw the master was very loath to do it. If, added Dr Lloyd, I am responsible, I cannot have a schoolmaster take away my right. — Mr Caleb Thomas said they could not support the schoolmaster by saying he was not intelligent enough to understand what he was about.


Dydd Pen Bhvydd fy Hun. I

Funeral of lev. Dr. Job, Conwil.


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