Notes and Comments. WE are now within a month of the Penarth School Board Election, that is, unless a suggestion which has been made by a member, viz., that in view of the proposed amalgamation of the Penarth and Cogan School Boards; the election, if possible, be postponed for two or three months. Three years ago Messrs Llewellyn, Thomas, Thompson and Holman ran together, and were elected as representing the non- conformists of the town, and the Rev Sweet-Escott, and Messrs Snell and Lloyd were elected as Church- men. For several elections past there has been a combination of candidates, but has not the time come when indIvidual., instead of collectively, the candi- dates should seek the suffrages of the electors ? Of course it is possible, and we think even probable, that a compact will be entered into between the sections as I named above, for the purpose of securing each other's return to office, but they might rest assured, that if an alliance is formed, an effort will be made to frus- trate any such result, for there is a very strong feel- ing among many of the ratepayers that two or three of the present Board should make room for others. However we may attempt to hide the fact, it still remains, that there is a large section opposed to the return of Mr George Carslake Thompson. Although he thoroughly goes in for unsectarian education, yet he does not represent any sectioa of the Christian Church in Penarth, and Nonconformists are satisfied that from among their own ranks they can find plenty of gentlemen who will serve them quite as faithfully, and as carefully guard the interests of their children. Then against Mr Sam Thomas there is a similar feeling. He is a Churchman—very broad, and also a supporter of the unsectarian platform, but the same argument is applied. Mr Llewellyn truly represents the Nonconformists of Penartb. He is a stalwart defender of Nonconformity, and there are few who can enter into a controversy with him regarding the principles of Nonconformity without having to confess that be is well able to hold his own. But in spite of this there are to be found some who advocate giving him a rest. Mr Holman is a Nonconformist, true as steel, a thorough gentleman, but slow to move, and lacking in general go-aheaded- ness. With the other three-Rev Sweet-Escott and Messrs Snell and Lloyd, in the field, we do not think the Church party could do better. It now behoves Nonconformists to be up and doing, and to be thoroughly alive to their interests. The names of several gentlemen have been mentioned as suitable candidates, and some have been waited upon with a view of inducing them to consent to he nominated, but to ensure unanimity of action, it has been sug- gested that the leaders, or the officials of the various Churches should meet together and consult as to the best candidates to secnre the undivided support of the Nonconformists of the town. Recognising the fact that union is essential to success, we would strongly urge an early meeting of Nonconformists to select candidates, for it is high time they were before the ratepayers. j THERE are two sides to every question, and even the one which has recently occupied the attention of our School Board authorities-Periarth and the United Districts of Cogan and Llandoogb-ought to be viewed from more than one standpoint. It appears that the whole of the Penarth Board, and four out of five of the Cogan Board are in favour of amalgama- tion, and forming one joint Board for the whole of the District Oouncil area. In many respects this would be well, as it would reduce, considerably, the rates of the smaller parishes, whilst the amount ayable by the ratepayers on the bill would be increased. Now we do not suppose the rich residents of Penarth would object to pay a trifle extra to relieve the more heavily burdened ratepayers of Cogan and Llandough, but it is a question whether the residents of the two latter parishes will consent to lose their individuality, and be practically snuffed out by the hillites. Coganites are naturally, and rightly, proud of their village. They have applied to themselves the injunction of Scripture, Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might," and it was always a sore with them, until the District was divided into wards for local government purposes, that they could not secure a single representative on the Board, and what was the case then, will be the case again if the Boards are amalgamated for educational purposes, because the Wards do not apply to School Boards. This is only one matter, and we do not know of any other which can be raised against the proposal, but we presume the ratepayers would be consulted before amalgamation could be carried into effect, and then other questions might be raised This is a matter. however, which requires careful and unselfish con- sideration, and we hope whatever may eventually be decided upon, the spirit of all will be to study not individuals but the general good. SINCE writing the above, a meeting of the Penarth I Board has been held, when it was decided to defer action in the amalgamation until after the election. Mr Thomas thinks it advisable to convene a public meeting and take the ratepayers' advice. The Rec- tor was also antagonistic to the scheme, advancing ae 0 In reasons, that it would be more economical for Penarth in the matter of rates, and that more effective adminis- tration would be attained by small governing bodies. This view, too, was supported by Mr Snell.
Penarth District uouncil. COMPLAINTS RE SEWER SMELLS. LUDLOW LANE'S "BLACK BEAST." The Public Works and Public Health Committee met on Monday night, Mr Snell occupying the chair. Present :-D. Morgan, H. Snell, J. Y. Strawson, L. Purnell, T. S. Lloyd, Evan Rees, W. L. Morris, J.P., R. Guy, arid T. Bevan. The Medical Officer read his report for J uly, stating that 52 births were registered, 31 males and 21, females corresponding to 46-2 per 1,000per annum- Ten deaths also occurred, represent- ing rate of 8.8. Of the deaths 1 was referred to diarrhoea 3 infantile convulsions, 1 cancer and 5 to diseases not necessarily classified. Nine deaths happened in Penarth and one in Cogan. At the time of death 6 were under the age of 1, 2 between 5 and 25, 1 between 2S and 60, and 1 upwards of 60. Under the Infectious Diseases (Notification) Act, only one notice-ei-yt;ipelas-had been received. Whooping cough only was prevalent, but on the whole the health was satitfactory. The report for August was:—34 births, 10 males and 24 females; 80-2 rate. Deaths 11; rate 9. Whooping cough, 2 diarrhcea, 1 respiratory organs, 2; consumption, 1; and 5 others. Whooping cougii was prevalent to some extent as well as diarrhoea, and there were also many ctses of measels in Cogan. 7 y I., of the deaths occurred in Penarth, 1 Llandough, and 3 in Cogan. Under 1 year 6, 2 between 1 and 5. I between 5 and 25, and 2 between 25 and 60. No notices had been received under the Infectious Diseases Notification Act. The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Bakery in Ludlow Street, near to Arcot Street, was without auy sanitary arrangements. There was no yard, the door being nailed up by the tenant of the grocer's shop, and so the slops were thrown into the street. The two places were let to separate tenants. The Clerk stated that people were liable to a penalty fcr throwing slops into the highway. After some discussion, the Inspector was directed to give 'I' the necessary notice to,tfie owner of the property, and to notify the clerk were the defect not attended to. PRIVATE IMPROVEMENTS. I The following tenders were opened :— E. II. Page, C, Albert Crescent £ 406 15s. 9d. Plassey Lane 150 13 8 Church avenue 197 3 2 Crossings 70 0 4 Ford & Escott:- (same order) McKay & Davies X441 6s. 6d. X421 6s. lOd. 152 19 6 135 o 6 227 1 9 190 16 10 76 8 9 89 2 6 Turner Bros., < Plassey Lane X215 Os. Od. Crossings 79 4 6 j Mr one 11 proposed that the lowest be accepted in j all instances, and the Council will therefore be recom. mended to accept this I PROVENDER. Tucker. Langley. ru TJ s* s- d. Clover Hay 4 8 9 4 5 0 Meadow Hay 3 15 0 3 15 0 White Oats 0 2 7 0 2 5 Black Oats 0 1 11 o 1 10 Beans 049 046 Egyptian Beans 0 3 3 0 3 6 ••• 0 4 0 0 3 9 "• 3 7 6 3 0 0 Maize 0 3 0 0 2 9 1\'1" ,r v o u \9 3 y JJlr Morgan moved and Mr Morris seconded that Mr Lang-ley' be recommended for acceptance. Mr Lloyd wished to know what security th3 Council had if a nonfulfilment of a contract occurred. I he Clerk Buy ourselves and sue him. Mr Lloyd was of opinion that in all contracts sura- ties should be forthcoming. Mr Purnell: No need to do that iu such cases ai we have now before us. Mr Morgan: This tender is very reasonable, acd Mr Langley is a very estimable tradesmm. COAL- C. H. Taylor :— P. Rogers :— a. d. 8 d Naval steam Jarge 12 9 CwmClydach large 1 2 6 Through & through 10 9through and through 10 9 House 11 6 House ° 11 3 Cyfartha best Rhon 13 6 Clydach Vale 12 8 Penarth Coal (.,o:- Luddy & Co. Cardiff — s. d. s. d. Na™l 12 6 Naval 12 9 Through and through 9 6 no quotation. House 11 e Hou, e H 6 S.Rhoudda 12 9 Nixon's 12 0 1 y mxon's iz U Mr Morris moved and Mr Lloyd seconded that P. Roger's be the accepted one. .A letter from Mr Heru was read complaining that his ash receptacle, mounted on wheels to facilitate despatch, and made extra strong, was damaged to the extent of 7/6 (which ha now a-ked the Council to refund,) by the rough nsige of the scavengers. Furthermore he insisted on compensation. (Laughter) The Surveyor said his men had repudiated the charge preferred against them, and moreover represented that Mr Herns ash-tub was only an clti soap box, similar to those used by certain children who rode about in them in the streets. (Renewed laughter.) Another letter was read from Mr Stephen B. Read, alleging that his coat had been so torn by the wi". netting round a certain tree, as to necessitate his getting another. He therefor, intended ordering one, and sending his tailor's bill to the Council for settlement, unless the Council had an alternative scheme. (Uproarious laughter). Mr Evans observed that some person must have untwisted the wire--and used pinchers to boot, The Council directed him to see Mr Read on the matter. Mr Lloyd was anxious to know what the old committee had done re the disgraceful urinal in Ludlow Lane. If nothing, he moved the appointment of a new committee. Mr Morgan I've seen Mr Andrews, who Sl1YS we can have another stall for £6 a year It was adduced that the Council were only paying £1 a year for the present one, whereupon Mi Morris moved it be closed altogether. Mr Lloyd added that it was not a fanciful griev- ance, and he would support Mr Morris if they could not obtain more favourable terms. Further discussion elicited that Mr Andrews' would not, himself, be averse to its being done away with. Mr Guy suggested that a suitable sigm would be in Ludlow Street, in the roadway oppusi e the dead Wall of Mr Evan Ellis Robert's property there were no inhabited houses either side. It was thought that as it was possible to get narrow uiiuals similar to sonic: used in Cardiff, the suggestion of Mr Guy should be acted upon, and the Surveyor was instructed to prepare a report thereon. Mr Svans reported the com- pletion of netting the 418 ornamental highway trees at a cost of £19 8" Id, or an average of lid per tree. This was cheaper than the contract price of 1/2 each, and moreover the netting was much higher and stouter than that previously used in addision to this the wine would stretch from time to time, as needed, an for this being made by overlapping. A letter from Mr Taylor, Coal merchant, Showell Road, was read complaining of the offensive shells exhaling from the sewer near his house. Mr Strawson added that many similar complaints had also been made to him, and tbe Surveyor spoke of the same luisauce existing at the end of Park Road, as the result of tremendous up draught. Mr Evans received instructions to do everything to abate this unpleasantness. A letter was read from the occupier of 20, VVestbourne road, apologising for his infraction of the Councils bye-laws by the erection of bia studio on hid premises without the plans having first been sanctioned by the Council; he would, however, have il removed by next May. In deciding to defer its pulling down for 8 months it was elicited that the studio was on a joist foundation and therefore combustible. The plans for the erection of a new Congregational Chapel were recommended to be passed subject to an alteration for improved drainage and additional egress in case ot a fire. The Committee also recommended the plans for i alterations at 43, Windsor RO.À.d, and the plans of 3 cottages for Mr Jones.