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MONDAY, MAltCH 5.

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CARDIFF. CARDIFF TOWN COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Town Council was held on Tuesday last, for the purpose of deciding whether a piece of land, the propei ty of the Corporation, situate in the parish of Lanishen, should or should not be sold. The notice convening the meeting having been read, the Mayor said that the property was now rented to Mr. Wyadham Lewis, who had offered to purchase it for £ ,3100. Mr. Ityde, the agent of Mr. Lewis, and himself (the Mayor) had had several meetings, and the result thereof was the present offer of £ .5,103. He begged to suggest to the Council the wisdom of accepting the offer; they would thereby clear the debt of EI,101 on the market-place, and all their other liabilities. The ground was only 131 acres odd, and he thought the offer a good one. Mr. Charles Williams I am decidedly of the same opinion; and as we want money I think it is better to accept the offer. 'I he gentlemen at Swansea are making their courts as conveniently as they possibly can. We also must be up and doing. Mr. W. Bird cOlleurred n the sallle opinion. Mr. Lewis Reece I think it is much better to let the land in detached parcels for gardens and potato ground; it would pay much better. The present rent (£7:)) is not enough for it. Mr. Lewis had offered £ 100 not long ago for it, and I am sure it is worth that. Mr. Lewis. It is CIOD per ai-.iini. After a few other remarks from the Mayor and Mr. Lewis on the nature of small letcings, Mr. Charles Williams proposed, and Dr. Moore seconded, that the offer made by W. W. Lewis, Esq., be accepted, and that the land be sold to him for £ 3,100. Mr. Lewis Reece Does that mean the whole of the land with- out any reservation ? Tlic'Nfa,v,)r Yes. Mr. Lewis Reece Then I am decidedly opposed to such a being made, the race-course should be preserved for a week of national sport would pay as well as an assize week. Mr. W. Bird I thought it was to be sold without reserve the last time it was advertised for sale. Mr. L. Reece Aye, for £ 3,500 four hundred pounds make a considerable difference. The Mayor. I think we are discussing about trifles. Ine in- crease of the town and such matters certainly require our serious considerations but, as far as I a:n concerned, I do not suppose it is at all important whether wo reserve the race-course or not for a week of hunting or racing is a week of great demoralization, and consequently races arc abandoned all over the kingdom. Mr. L. Reece: There are two in the adjoining county. The Mayor: Perhaps so but it must be allowed that the morals of the people are greatly affected by the characters that always as- semble on such 1 ccasions, I do not, therefore, care 3 iartnmgs lor reserving the course. Mr. L. Reece: The facilities that will bo afforded by means of the Railway will certainly secure a large attendance here, which will prove beneficial to the towu. The Mayor I suppose we shall have so:n3 of the Newmarket gentlemen down here, (laughter.) Mr. Lewis Reece: The feeling out of door is perfectly strong that should be considered. If we keep the land for 20 yeais it be worth double the money. 1 ■. Mr. C. Vachell The l;l,t time this property was oitereu for sale I concluded it was worth t: au;I,1 thitilc so now. Mr.aw- son has told me if it wa- rented out in lots, it would bring 10a-li- the revenue to the corporation for it is certainly a very P -asa.i bPMf Lewis Rjcce: It is the runt pleasant spot imaginable and Mr. Levis's lionis oa- of tlu pivccis.is at --1-- A county. Mr. Lewis Yes, but consider our necessities; the rapidity of the increase of the population demands proper accommodation, and our income is not sufficient to meet these demands. Mr. Lewis Reece: Our income is not lower. Paying the Police out of the corporation fund is a misapplication of it. Mr, C. Vaclieil: 1 am not an advocate for races more than the Mayor, but I am not fur selling this land. As to the Police, they are'so useful, that I would gladly pay a rate for the defraying of the expenses. Mr. \V. Bird: It should not be reproachfully said, that we have paid the Police out of the corporation fund for it was done to ac commodate the inhabitants because they complained of heavy tax- ation. Mr. C. Vachell: I say unflinchingly that the funds have been misapplied, I have never been against a police rate it is the street rates that I complain of. The Mayor: Whatever we settle to-day will be irrevocable and I am glad the matter is viewed in every possible light. Is there any amendment to move ? Mr. William Vachell: I beg to propose that EIOO be taken off, on condition that the race-course be reserved for the corporation. Mr. Pride I beg to second that proposition. Another long conversation ensued on the eligibility of the ground for building villas, &c.; and it was held that it was superior to any that was at present offered, either by the Marquis of Bute 01 Sir C. Morgan. The Mayor Well if I could come to the same conclusion as Mr. Vachell and Mr. Recce, that it might be used for building Villas, &c., I would say that the thought of selling it would be absurd; but the question is—can we, within any reasonable pertoll of time, expect that the land will be more valuable?—or are we induced to accept the present offer rather than rely on any other distant pros- pects ? Mr. Priest Richards I have been talking to Mr. Dalton on the police subject, and I think the Councillors would do well to consider the matter; for I think it is desirable to throw the Police on the County, [hear, hear] and let the expense be borne by the district. If you can/lo away with the pride of having your own appointed police, you will save £ 800 or £ 1000, and have a more efficient police also. We must have night police of course, they are very necessary and useful, and I do not know whether the County can give us that. If you make up your mind to throw the police on the County. 1 would say that you had better keep the property. Mr. Charles Williams: We want a deal of money for the drain- age and public buildings of the town, and I do not know whera wo can get it from. Mr. P. Itiel-tards: If the inhabitants will not voluntarily come forward to assist us in these things there is no alternative but to tax them and if a tax be levied for the maintenance of the police, Swansea and Neath will soon follow our example. The Mayor: Well, that is a matter of consideration, but we cannot enter into the details of it at present. I do not think that Mr. William Vacheli's proposition is exactly an amendment. Mr. C. Vachell If not, then I will move as an amendment, "that it is inexpedient to sell the town lands at present, as great future advantages may accrue to the inhabitants from inclosing them. Mr. Lewis Reece I have great pleasure in seconding the amendment. The Mayor then put the amendment to the meeting, when the following Councilmen voted for it Messrs. C. Vachell, It. L. lleece Captain Morgan, J. Pride, William Vachell, and Lisle. The'following voted against it: Messrs. C. ('. Williams, Jas. Lewis G. Phillips, Dr. Moore, George Insole, W. Bird, G. Bird J. Williams, W. Harris, and T. Williams. Mr. C. Vachell proposed that the names of the Councillors who voted for the amendment be entered oil the Minute-book. Mr. Lewis Reece thought that this was very proper, as the majority was so small, and their protest, he thought, should be re- corded. After some conversation on this point, the proposition was re- fused, and the original motion put and carried. The Mavor then said that he had pleasant intelligence to com- municate." Mr. Booker had told him last Saturday that he would subscribe £ 50 towards the Town Hall, aud that Mr. Wood, the wine merchant, would also subscribe £ 5. After a vote of thanks to the Mayor, the meeting separated. TOWN-HALT,.—We perceive by the report of the Town Coun- cil held on Tuesday that T. W. Booker, Esq., has subscribed £ 50 towards the contemplated new Town Hall. InrsH RELIEF.—We find by the Parliamentary reports that Lord Dudley Stuart moved on Tuesday evening for a return of the number of Irish relieved in the principal sea port towns of the kingdom, and also the amount of the relief granted. The particulars will be found in our Parliamentary intelli- gence. ROBBERIES.—Ou Thursday night, while the men were in the office, a cask of butter which had been left on the premises of the PRINCIPALITY office was stolen. On the same night an at- tempt was made to plunder the Tuff Vale Railway office, but without success. The guilty parties have not yet been disco- verecl. A person was taken on suspicion of having stolen the butter, but for want of suflbient evidence he was dismissed. STREET GRATE.—We haye this week seen the model of a street grate and stink-trap, byE. S.Barber, Esq.,C E.. our county surveyor, with the scientific construction of which we were highly delighted. It is a kind of quadrangular box, and the bottom of it is inclined from the upper to the lower angle (so that nothing can remain in it) there the :rap is placed, always close, but any influx of fluid thro.ugh the grating above opens it drainways, and after the influx ceases, it immediately closes again. A little mechanical exactness in the of this grate would render it almost a perfect safeguard against the escape of all unpleasant effluvia from the drains the trap should be made to fit with the greatest nicety, its ,pivots and and their receptacles should be heterogeneous bodies, and some unguent for them is desirable, so that the trap will move with tluTleast possible retardation, water cert duly prevents fric- tion. but it speedily evaparutes and corrodes the metals; we dare say though that the ingenuity of the inventor will provile for all this, and that the making of the grate will be committed to htnds both. skilful and exact. 1:1 ELIHU BURRITT, the celebrated American blacksmith, and Peace advocate will visit this town iu the course of next week We understand that the English Baptist chapel has been of- fered for his services. He will lecture on behalf of the Peace Society.

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MERIIIYR.

SWANSEA.

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