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County Treasurership,

.-Have You Ever Tried.


Llandilo Water Supply.


Llandilo Water Supply. To the Editor of the Carmarthen Weelly Reporter. SIR,—In your issue of the 14th inst, containing a report of an adjourned meeting ot the Llandilo Urban District Council, it is reported that the Chairman said, "As regards the course wo have taken in this application,-it is only fair and proper. To have acted in the manner that the Vicar of the parislv has acted with the Council (the remainder of the scntonce was not caught by our representative)." This implies remark- able egoism. But has the Chairman and Council forgotten how they acted some months ago in spending a very considerable sum of the ratepayers' money in digging uselessly outside the boundary of the Church ground of Llandyfan, opposite the spring inside in the Baptistry, under the supposed idea that an outflow could be obtained, wheieby they flight act independently of tho Vicar's rights to the same, and in not regarding the nature of their act in their attempt to interfere with the spring? What would the Chairman say of this, if done by another, which was a glaring provocation to the Vicar, and was such a one as moved several interested in Llandyfan to urge him to warn the Chairman and Council of the nature of their act, and of the risk they incurred to dry up the well, by blasting the rock, as well as the danger thereby of diverting the stream into fissures in tho rock, which was partly done, and which cost the Council a considerable sum in their eiforts to dam up the water at the tank, so as to convey a large outflow of water back to the spring, and repair the leakage, the result of the action of the Council; but how did the Vicar act? He did not talk of litigation, nor did he interfere with the action of the Council in their attempts to withdraw the water, if it were possible, from the Baptistry by their quarrying the rock for so many months, notwithstanding the daily evidence of the danger of drying up the spring by their long and deep cuttings nor did he place any obstacles in their way when they approached him, after repeated failures to obtain water elsewhere, and atter casting aside the favourable letter of the Vicar written in reply to their application on September 25th, 1893, and when in September, 1896, a deputation of the Council waited upon him, he at once complied with their request, and agreed to the terms, approved of by the Council, and embodied in the lease, dated November 4th, 1897, and signed by the Vicar and other Church Authorities, and by the Chairman, on behalf of the Council. The provision in the lease as to a supply of water for the inhabitants of Llaodilo and neighbourhood is as follows, "And also shall and will use the water passing through tho said line of pipes for tho inhabitants of the town of Llandilo and the neighbourhood, is being the intention of the parties hereto that the water from the said spring passing through the said line of pipes shall be used C) for a public supply for the inhabitants of the town of Llandiio and neighbourhood "-and the conditions as to the inch pipe are, And also shall and will permit the lesser (the Vicar) and his successors at all times, as he or they may deem fit, and at his own expense, during the said term to connect a one-inch pipe at any point of the system of pipes under the control of the said Council, so as to obtain free of charge a supply of wTater through such one-inch pipe for his and their control in all respects, provided that the said Council shall bo at liberty at any time in case of there being a scarcity of water for domestic purposes to disconnect and discontinue such supply on giving to the said lessor satisfactory proof of such scarcity, the fact of such scarcity to be ascertained in case of dispute by an independent surveyor to be agreed upon by the lesser and Council. Why the Chairman did not refer to the provisions in the lease is a mystery, unless as a solicitor the thought of litigation, for tho moment, was more congenial than the acknowledgement of rights under a lease signed by him as Chairman on behalf of the Council. Truly, the Chairman's conduct is a perplexity, and really one may ask is it usual for Chairmen of Councils to act otherwise than in accordance with terms agreed upon and signed and sealed on behalf of the Local Authority ? If so, then it is not difficult to understand the nature of the courage" accompanying the word litigation uttered by the Chairman of the Llandilo Urban District Council, in relation to the kind of honesty and public justice implied in his applauded statement. As Vicar of the parish, being one of its heaviest ratepayers, I am sorry for the Chairman, under whose sanction, the unfair attempt, and the useless waste of money, has taken place at Llandyfan, and whilst he should be sorry for this, it gives me muth pleasure to be able to say that I have done all in my power to assist the Council to provide a good supply of water for the inhabitants of Llandilo and neighbourhood, when the Council had failed everywhere, and that I am prepared to do what may be expected of me in my position as Vicar, being confidont that I can patiently abide the time again, as I have hitherto done, whilst in the meantime the sayings and doings of the Chairman and Council, at many an adjourned meeting in the future, as in the past, may be extraordinary studies for the ratepayers. I remain, Yours, &c., LEWIS PRICE. The Vicarage, Llandilo, October 17th, 1898.