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POLICE.—MONDAY, MAY 21.- [13efore…




MONDAY, MAY 21.-[Before II.…








SWANSEA. HEALTH OF TOWNS' ACT. In pursuance of public notice, George Thomas Clark, Esq., one of the superintending inspectors under the provisions of the above Act, held a court at the Assembly Rooms, on Monday last, for the purpose of inquiring into the sanitary condition of the town, and other objects contemplated by the provisions of the above statute. The attendance was small. There were but few present beyond the Mayor, Town-clerk, Clerk of the Paving Commissioners, Mr. Tripp, who had been retained to watch the evidence on the pari f the corporation, Air. W. H. Smith, a few members of the Town Council and Paving Commission, and some dozen other gentle- men. The inspector said lie would have to inquire into the general sanitary condition of the town. This would include an investiga- tion into the condition of houses, more especially those of the poorer classes, as well as a statistical inquiry in reference to the mortality and health of various portions of the town. Mr. Clark then named Mornston, Greenhill and the district, Caercrober, Jockey-street, Regent-street, and other portions of the town in whicn diseases most frequently prevailed. The second point of inquiry would comprise the sewerage and surface drainage of the town. The third head of inquiry would have reference princi- pally to the state of the house-drainage of the town. His in- quiries under this head would relate more especially to the dwell- ings of the poorer classes. The fourth head of inquiry would ere have reference to the supply of water avaIlable for the use of the town. It would be a portion of his duty to inquire as to the sup- ply which could be made available for the use of the poor. He would likewise have to ascertain the quality of the water, the situ- ation of its source, and how far it could be rendered available for supplying every portion of the town. The next head ot inquiry would have reference to the means of cleansing and surveying the town the next to tie state of the paving and lighting. It would be his duly to take cognisance of the various lucatacts-re- lating to this part of the subject. The sixth head of inquiry was that respecting the condition of any manufactories carried on within the town, and their influence on its sanitary condition. He would have to inquire as to the efficiency and expense of the light- ing of the town. The eighth topic of inquiry was that of the public nuisances of the town, if any such existed therein. The ninth head related to the state of the burial grounds, the accommo- dation lor burying, &c. He believed that at Swansea all the ground had been fully occupied. The tenth head had reference to the existence of any marshes in the vicinity. This branch of the inquiry was not applicable to Swansea. He would likewise have to inquire into the applicability of portions of the local acts to the carrying out of sanitary improvements. They had reference to the best, mode of supplying the town with water, and to the means of carrying away and distributing the sewerage of the town. The last was a matter of some importance to Swansea. He pre- sumed, seeing that they had a New Cut, und a bridge in course of construction on their river, that sooner or later they would have a floating dock. At any rate it was possible that such might Letbc ease. It was, therefore, obvious that it would be improper to turn tne sewerage of a town into a floating basin. A portion of this. town was below high-water mark, but by far the greaM and better part was above high water. He likew ise found that water was brought to the town by natural pressure. On Tuesday, the superintending inspector again attended at the Assembly Rooms. He commenced his observations by stating that he had em. ployed the previous day in inspecting the suburban districts of ,ie town. He alluded to the examination of the suburban districts and situation of the town. The remaining portion of his task com- prised an inquiry into the sanitary condition of the interior of the town, domestic accommodation, house drainage, &c. He likewise purposed this day visiting the outlying districts, such as Vivian'a town, Morriston, &c. The position of Morriston, in reference to di-ninage, a supply of water, and so forth, ditfurod m \tcrifdly from that of Swansea. The higher portions of the town, and indeed the greater portion of it, lay in a. favourable position for drainage. Not the slightest difficulty to a thorough and efficient drainage of the town presented itself. The difficulty would be somewhat greater in draining the portions of the town lying between portions of High-street and Castle-street, and the Strand, and portions of the latter place. The sewage of these places must be conveyed more directly into the sea, because the fall diminished as the length of the sewer increased. The inspector said that there were two sources from which the town might be supplied with water. The best was that taken possession of by the S wansea Water Works Company. Another was that at Mount Pleasant. The present reservoir was well adapted for preserving the water, and keeping it free from impuri- ties. It was surrounded by a plantation of evergreens, keeping off tliii dust, and preventing the water being filled with withered leaves, &c. The great defect, was its low level, which precluded it from efficiently supplying the upper portions of the town, especially in cases of fire, &e. After answering some questions, the inspector announced the morning's proceedings at a close, as he was about proceeding to Vivian's Town, Landore, and Morriston. MESMERISM AND PHRENOLOGY.-During this week, Swansea has again been enlivened by the visit of two accomplished mes- merists, in the persons of J. D. Owens, M.D., and H. Storer, M.D., whose lectures and manipulations have created some little stir. The influence left in the town, by the visits of Messrs. Davey and Jackson, has been such that in very many private families mesmerism is regularly practised, and in some cases as a remedial agent. The gentlemen who have recently arrived in our town are, however, come to meet with powerful opposition, as it is cui-reiitlv reported that a medical gentleman, well known for his bittel hostility to mesmerism, is determined to expose wliat he considers to be the base hypocrisy of the day. On Monday evening last, Dr. Owens delivered his intrt ductory address on phrenology and mesmerism, and at the close of an admirable lecture mesmerised parties, who up to that hour had been perfect strangers to him. On Wednesday and Friday (this evening), he is to continue the work.