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LIST OF VISITORS.

Gloddaeth Habitation of the…

Conway and Llandudno Petty…

A TRAVELLING HAWKER IN TROUBLE.

A COUNTY COURT OFFICIAL ASSAULTED.

Conway Board of Guardians.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN.

THE SO-CALLED " WORKHOUSE…

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THE SO-CALLED WORKHOUSE TAINT." Mr Bircham (L.G.B. Inspector) congratulated the Board upon their wisdom in re-electing- their Chairman. He (Mr Bircham) did not often pay Conway Workhouse an official visit, and that was perhaps the highest compliment he could pay to the Board, because, if things had been going on badly, he would be there pretty often. With regard to indoor relief its administration there gave him as great pleasure as at any Union in Wales. There had been several improvements since his last official visit, foremost among which were the provision of a trained nurse and the abolition of double beds. As to outdoor relief, ten years ago, it was ^84 now, it was ^64. This made a considerable difference in a year. They heard a great deal of talk by some people about the 6, Workhouse taint." That "taint" could not be said to exist at Conway. It was more dictated by sentiment than by commonsense. If the taint meant giving people out-relief to tempt them to be idle, then to that extent it ought to exist. In conclusion, the Inspector thought that there might be more provision made for the accommodation of tramps in the vagrant-wards it was rather an encouragement of tramps to lodge them (at 4d per night) in the common-lodging- houses when the Workhouse accommodation was fully occupied. The Chairman expressed the Board's thanks to Mr Bircham for the very flattering and gratifying remarks he had made about the Board. With regard to the tramp question he would ask the officials how much the Guardians spent per annum in lodging tramps (at 4d per night) for whom there was not sufficient accommodation in the Work- house. The Clerk replied that it would be about Lt8 or £ 20 per annum. Alderman Hugh Hughes wished to have the Inspector's opinion whether they could have the new tramp wards erected elsewhere than at Conway. Llandudno wanted public offices there, and he suggested that the tramp wards should be located at Llandudno. [Laughter]. After some further discussion, the Chairman said that the matter should be referred to the House Committee. Alderman Hugh Hughes wished to know whether the Chairman wanted to gag him. The Chairman replied in the negative. Mr Bircham said that there ought to be at least ten miles between tramp-wards, and he was sure that the Local Government Board would not sanction a second ward in the same Union. The question of additional tramp-wards was referred to the House Committee, Councillor John Roberts remarking that Alderman Hughes, in mentioning Llandudno, must have intended it as a joke. Alderman Hughes disclaimed the intention.

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