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RHYL URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. [ THE ANTI-WHISKEY ADVERTISING CRUSADE FALLS FLAT. • THE CHAIRMAN STANDS UP FOR HIS DICNITY. WORKMEN S DWELLINGS CONTRACT LET AT LAST. SCHEME FOR ADVERTISINC RHYL. The monthly meeting of the Rhyl Urban District Council was held on Monday afternoon at the Town Hall. Mr J S Greenhalgh, J.P., presided, and Mr E P Jones occupied the vice- chair. The following Councillors were also present: -Dr W T Girdlestone, Captain E W Keatinge, Messrs J H Ellis, Robert Jones, D Griffiths, J W Jones, Thos Whitley, C W Berrie, W Elwy Williams, H A Tilby, J Frimston, T D Jones, A Maltby, Jos A Williams, A Rowlands (Town Clerk), Dr A Eyton Lloyd (Medical Officer of Health), Messrs Robt Hughes, (Consulting Sur- veyor), L G Hall (Gas and Water Manager), R J Hughes (Sanitary Inspector), and A A Goodall Town Surveyor). Scheme for Advertising Rhyl. Tke Chairman introduced the representative of a firm of publishers of guide books to health resorts, who explained to the Council a scheme he had for the issuing of an official guide to Rhyl, entitled Rhyl Illustrated," to be sold at the price of 6d. The firm are issuing similar guides to many other places, and after laying his scheme before the y 11 Council, it was decided to refer the matter to the General Purposes Committee with power to act. Town Surveyor s Report. The Town Surveyor in his report stated that during the past month 225 loads of sand, and 120 loads of street sweepings had been removed. The total sunshine recorded since the last meeting was 210 hours lo minutes, or a daily average of 7 j hours. The Laying Out of the Old Hospital Site. The Town Surveyor having submitted plans of a proposed way of laying out the old hospital site, the Road Committee had decided to authorise the reducing of the height of the boundary wall to Sfjfc from the ground surface, and recommended the Council to fill up Bath-road to the level of the East Promenade with tar macadam, levelling the si-te of the old hospital except where planted with tooes, which should be trimmed and neatly kept. It was calculated that it would cost £100 to carry out the work. The recommendation was adopted. New Paving Sets. Ih was reported that the Surveyor had been authorised to make a trial crossing of new combina- tion (brick and wood) paving sets on the Water- s leet side of the Market ground. Laying out of Tarleton Street. The Road Committee reported that they had considered a phn presented by Mr W A Dew, auctioneer, for the laying out of the land attached to Mordon, and that after consulting with the Committee, Mr Dew had promised to submit a complete plan to the Town Surveyor to be dealt with in the ordinary course. New Road to the Station. The Road Committee had conferred with the Railway Company's Officials with respect to an improvment of the approach from High-street to the station, and it had been decided that the Town Surveyor should prepare a plan showing the pro- posed improvements, and to draft a report to the Railway Company containing a proposal to that bedy to hand over to the Council the three plots of spare land abutting on the new road, the- Council to lay out and maintain the same as a small pleasure and ornamental grounds, with parmi"ion to erect a sanitary convenience in a suitable place on one of the plots. On being questioned, the Surveyor stated that he had communicated^with the Company on the question of making a footpath on the west side of the road and as to other matters, but he had received no reply. He was also informed by Mr Bullough, who was present at the meeting, that no communication had been received by the officials at the station. In the meantime the work of erecting a boundary wall was being proceeded with. Foryd Bridge. The Road Committee reported that they had held a special meeting for the purpose of consider- ing the closing of the Foryd Bridge. Messrs C W Jones and R Llewelyn Jones were present by invitation as County Councillors. The Town Clerk had been in communication with the Board of Trade on subject of the opening the bridge to pedestrians, cyclists and light vehicular traffic, but had failed to get any concession. The Committee had discussed the question of ap- pointing a joint deputation of the Rhyl Council and County Council to the Board of Trade, but it was ultimately resolved to authorise the Town Clerk to take action under Section 38 of the Rhyl Bridge Act, 1S61, to compel the company to repair the bridge, and to make it passable, under a penalty, failing, of £.ï for every failure, after a week s notice. The notice had been accordingly served on the company, with the result that the repairs were about being commenced. It was also reported that the bridge had been thrown :open to pedestrians and cyclists. The Town Surveyor now reported that the Bridge Company had commenced to temporary repair the bridge by placing supports underneath from the river bed, but he considered that the traffic on the river would be interferred with. Mr Robt Jones stated that at present the Com- pany had in no way interfered with the central passage, but he did not know what they intended to do. and he suggested that their attention should be called to the fact that they were prohibited from interfering with navigation Mr J. W. Jones asked if the Conncil had power to compel the owners of the bridge to open it for the passage of vessels. The Town Clerk stated that the owners were bound to open the bridge if required to do so for the passage of vessels. Mr Robert Jones urged the Council not to press the Company to do anything that was not absolutely necessary, or they might find themselves in a worse mess than at present. He reminded the Council that it was in consequence of their action that the bridge had been closed. 1rk Elwy Williams asked that the Council would watch matters very closely in connection with the bridge, and he hoped that they would put them- selves in such a position as would enable the County Council to help them. He was told that the Com- pany contemplated going to Parliament for powers to do away with their obligation to open the bridge for tratlic, and if that were so the Council should also be ready to oppose if necessary. They should take every precaution in this matter to guard the interests of the public as against those of private speculators, and he asked that the Council would at once ask the Lord High Admiral, who was a person referred to in the Act, to exercise his powers with regard to the bridge, and he also pro- posed that the Company be asked as to their intentions with regard to the permanent repairing of the structure. 0 Mr J. W Jones seconded, and it was carried. New Buildings. The plans for three houses on the West Parade for Messrs Edwards Bros were approved, but the Road Committee, which had considered the matter, declined to sanetion the plans for two houses in Buttertou-roa.d for Mr Andrew Williams, and of twelve houses in Marsh-road for Mr F J (amlin. The Committee had dealt with an alleged breach f bye-laws by Captain Keatinge on the Marine Wive and, after hearing Mr W J Simcock, architect, considered the explanation otfered satisfactory. An application made by Messrs Williams and Sutchne for the Council to adopt Sandringham Avenue had been referred to the Town Surveyor for his report as to the making of the road, and plans fjr five houses in that thoroughfare for Mr C W Berrie were deferred awaiting the report. The Surveyor now reported that the road was properly made, and Mr Robert Jones urged that it should be adopted as soon as possible in order to relieve the heavy traffic on the parade, and open direct access to the lake. It was decided to refer the adoption of the road to the Committee. Improvements in Wellington Road. ?he Council had given notice requiring the footway in front of the North Wales Hotel to be widened, and in reply had received a letter from ;Aessrs Gamlin and Williams, solicitors, acting lor the. owner, threatening to commence aE^ifGfi?n (a8ainat the Council if they interfered witk the footway without paying £ 10 as com- pensation. Correspondence and an interview had followed, with the result that Mr Gamlin had agreed to accept C-1 4s if the Council carry out the improvement at their own cost. The Road Committee recommended that Mr Gallllin's terms be accepted, and the work be carried out forthwith. This was agreed to. Satisfactory Progress with Buildings. The Town Surveyor stated that the building prospects for the coming winter were good, as plans had been passed for 50 dwelling houses, so that there was every liklihood of the rateable vaiue of the district steadily increasing. Repairs Wanted to Seabank Road. Mr Berrie said he had been asked to call the attention of the Council to the need of repairs being carried out in Seabank-road. He did not I know whether that road had been adopted or not, I but he felt that something should be done at once. The matter was referred to the Road Committee. The Lighting of Streets. Messrs J H Ellis, P Mostyn Williams, T Whitley, Jos A Williams, J Frimston, Robt Jones, and D Griffiths were appointed a committee to visit places requiring lighting, and to select the sites for more lamps. West Promenade Extension. It was reported that the Special Committee having charge of this work had met on several occasions, and that the Town Clerk had received a letter from the Office of Woods and Forests, drawing the attention of the Couucil to the fact that two pieces of land on the foreshore have been leased to Messrs Thomas and Wm Redhead, and Mr W Roberts and Miss S Roberts, respectively. It was resolved by the Committee to abandon the embayment in Section B in order to avoid the land leased to Messrs Redhead and that the straight wall be continued with access to the beach. With reference to the two pieces of land mentioned above, it was decided to make appli- cation to the office of Woods for the reversionary interests expectant on the determination of the leases, and that all the foreshore be purchased from the line of high water to the river edge at low water, from oppposite Wellington road, eastward nearly opposite Palace Avenue. The sanction to loans for section A (E1700) and section B (L1410) had been received and it had been de- cided by the Committee to urge Messrs Sutcliffe and Williams to allow the latter section to be proceeded with. The Unsatisfactory Condition of the Lake Grounds. Mr T D Jones called attention to what he con- sidered to be the unsatisfactory condition of the Lake Grounds, adding that it was a disgrace to the town that two men should be regularly employed there, with the help occasionally of a third mam, and yet, with the exception of a few plots near the entrance, the place was a waste. Mr Frimston agreed with Mr Jones, and hoped that the Road Committee would see it at once. A Scene. It was stated in the minutes that the petition reeeived from ratepayers as to the bad condition of Sussex Street, and the fence on the north side, had been considered by the Road Committee, and the Town Surveyor was directed to give notice for the fence to be properly repaired. After the reference on the minutes had been passed, several of the Councillors wanted to refer to it, but the Chairman ruled the discussion out of order, and said that they were dealing with another subject on the agenda. Captain Keatinge urged that the Council had a right to consider the matter pased by the Chairman The Chairman I rule it out of order. You had plenty of time. Mr Frimston We had no time. The Chairman You had time to consider it. I rule it out of order. Mr Frimston Because it atfects yourself. That is why you rule it out of order. The Chairman It affects myself and the town. Mr Frimston: It affects yourself, that is the only reason. The Chairman: I have given way to the members of the Council. I have determined that I will act with authority while I am chairman, and so long as I am in the chair I will act as such. Mr Frimston: When you took the chair you said that you would not be bound by Standing Orders, or anything else. The Chairman I have given way to members ot the Council long enough, and I will not give way now. Mr Elwy Williams claimed that a Councillor had the right to refer to any part of a Committee's report so long as the recommendations were not passed and confirmed. The Chairman I am not going to allow the chair to be degraded as before. I hope that when I leave it that it will be endowed with authority and respect. I am Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the ratepayers, and I will keep up the dignity of the town as much as I can (hear, hear). Since 1889 we have not had much dignity, but have been the laughing stock of everyone and our rivals (laughter). Mr Tilby Can you tell me what part of the minutes we are discussing ? (laughter). The Chairman Part 6. Mr W Elwy Williams It is the part of reforma- tion (laughter). The ;Chairman insisted upon the Council pro- ceeding to the next business, and declined to discuss the question whether he was right in refusing to go back to a matter he had passed in the minutes. The Board of Trade and the Rhyl Pier. Mr J W Jones proposed, and Mr Berrie seconded, that the Town Clerk again ask the Board of Trade for a copy of their Inspector's report as to the condition of the Rhyl Pier. This was agreed to, and the Town Surveyor said he had not heard of any repairs being carried out. Mr Frimston said he was told that an engineer had examined the Pier for the Company. The Question of a Coal Siding. The Road Committee recommended that the Council should adopt a plan which proposed to construct a coal siding on the south side of the railway near Ffynnongroew bridge. Mr Elwy Williams referred to the offer of the Company to give the Council a siding near Elwy Street. He felt that it was a good offer, and that it should be accepted in the interest of the rate- payers, as a siding on the south side would add one-third to the cost of carting. The Chairman urged the Council to look ahead to the time when all the works would be on the south side. It was ultimately decided to refer the matter back to the Committee. The Cemetery. =A letter from the Local Government Board was read with reference to cancellation of balance of loan not borrowed (amount sanctioned £ 2160, actually borrowed £1700: balance, £460), and it was decided that a reply be sent to the Local Government Board, stating that the money is not now required, but in a few years it would be required for extention, and they wished the question of cancellation to be deferred for a while. The Surveyor was instructed to repair the roof of the Lodge. Insanitary Property. Letters were received from iNIrg J Bartley Williams, Holyhead, on behalf of the the joint owners of the property in Vale Road and Victoria Road, asking the Clerk—" If we accept the Council's offer ot JE900, do you think they would meet us so far as to allow us to receive the rents uutil the end of the year, in order that we may try to get in as much of the arrears as possible, and to make up a little of the iloss we shall Buffer by selling at that price." It was decided that the request be allowed, and that the Committee be empowered to negociate for a contract with the owners to purchase the property (for the purpose of providing Workmen's Dwellings), subject to approval and sanction to loan by the Local Government Board. Further, on completion of the contract, that the Committee have power to order the necessary plans, specifica- tions, and estimates for consideration and approval by the Council to accompany the application for sanction to loan. Towyn Hospital-Additional Buildings. The draft conveyance of land sold to the Railway Company at Towyn Hospital was approved as prepared by Mr Ratcliffe, solicitor, and it was decided to affix the seal of the Council to the deed when ready. The Sanitary Committee reported that they had viewed the Hospital, with respect to proposed additions as suggested by the Medical Officer of Health, viz, two nurses' rooms, one at either end of the pavilion, with an addition to central annexe of a sink and space for bath, and a prodongation of verandahs-so as to enable more than two diseases to be received at the Hospital at the same time, and thereby greatly enhance the usefulness of the Hospital and facilitate its working. The cost, roughly estimated, will be about JE500 to jE900, in- eluding furniture and fittings. It was recommended that the Town Surveyor be directed to prepare a plan, specification, and estimate of cost of the pro- posed additions, &c., with the view of .making application to the Local Government Board for sanction to loan for defraying the cost. The Co mittee reminded the Council that they are a boon receiving 9125 from the Railway Company for a piece of the Hospital land, aud that this sum may possibly be allowed to go towards the cost. Mr J. \V. Jones considered it in a want of fore- sight that additions were now required instead of provision been made when the building was erected. Mr Elwy Williams replied that it was all very well for people to speak of want of foresight after defects were found out. No one anticipated that the additions would be required when the plans were first drawn, not even the experts of the Local Government Board. The Medical Officer of Health having explained the necessity for additional accommodation, the Council passed the recommendation of the Com- mittee. Workmen's Dwellings. The General Purposes Committee reported that only one 'tender had been received for erecting' Workmen's Dwellings, and it had been decided t«| accept it, viz: Messrs Jones and Pritchard, Aber gele, for £ 2597. Captain Keatinge proposed that lie question be referred back. It was strange that the Council had received only one tender and he objected to the acceptance of it. Mr C W Berrie replied that the Council could not expect local tenders when all the builders were members of that body. Mr T Whitley objected to that statement and said that the price was too high. He seconded the reference back. Mr J W Jones hoped that the Council would not send the matter back after the tender had been made public. Mr Elwy Williams considered that a quantity surveyor should have been engaged. Mr Ellis said he was tired of seeing the question referred back to the Committee, and he was sure that the longer they delayed it the more expensive the material would become. The tender was a reasonable one, and was lower than the Surveyo r's estimate by £13. He hoped that a start would be made with the buildings. Mr Maltby supported the Committee. Mr Tilby also urged the Council not to delay any longer. Some years had passed since the Council adopted the Act, and if they again referred the tenders back he did not know when the contract would be let. The speaker then said that it was possible that someone could tell a tale why there was only one tender, and why the accepted tender in the first instance was withdrawn. The report of the Committee was then adopted. More Room Wanted. The Gas Committee reported that there was a lack of office and store room accommodation for their department, and it was decided to confer with the Water Committee on the subject. Mr J W Jones said it was time the Conncil con- sidered the advisability of enlarging the Town Hall, and bring all public offices (Post Office included) to one central building. New Works. Mr Hall reported completion of chimney and retort settings at the gas works also, that the iron work for purifiers, lifting gears, and smoke shaft had been inspected at the works at Brierley Hill, and that it would be ready for delivery very shortly. Cas Matters. The report of the working of the Gas Depart- ment for August was as follows Gas made, 4,525,900 cubic feet; coal carbonized, 452i tons; 0 1 2 gas made per ton of coal carbonized, 10,002 cubic feet; gas delivered, 4,529,000, cubic feet corresponding month last year, 3,678,300 cubic feet; increase, 850,700 equal to 23*18 per cent. The average illuminating power of the Gas sup- plied during the month was equal to 17'26 sperm candles The Council had received a claim for jE5 com- pensation for alleged failure of the gas supply to a shop, but it was decided to dispute it. The Water Supply. It was reported that 1000 yards of pipe had been laid between St Asaph and Glascoed. The Local Government Board had sanctioned the loan of Co,286 for new works, but had first declined the loan of 9610 for machinery at the pumping station, though it was anticipated that they would grant it when a lease for the pumping station was completed. Instructions were given the Surveyor to push on with the Fire Station, as the new engine is daily expected. 0 The irrecoverable rates in the district for the past year were stated to be as follows :— Rhyl, C215 19s Id Rhuddlan, f4 5s St Asaph, £ 17 15s 6d Abergele, 934 19s 7d. Total, 12611 Os lid. The amount of water delivered during August was as follows :-Rhyl and Rhuddlan, 11,158,000 gallons Abergele, Pensarn, Towyn, and St George, 2,311,000 St Asaph and Trefnant, 1,178,000. Total water delivered, 14,647,000 gallons corresponding month, 14,068,000 increase, 579,000. The reservoir is overflowing. The daily rain gauge at Llannefydd registered 6'60 inches of rain for the month, the largest amount ever registered in any one month since the gauges were fixed-eight years ago. Slow Work with the Dust Destructor and Electric Light. Complaints were made of the slow progress in erecting the dust destructor and electric light plant, and it was decided to urge forward the erection of the necessary buildings. Finance The Deputation s Report. Captain Keatinge reported the result of the visit of the deputation to London, and stated that they failed to induce the Public Works Loan Board to grant more than zC20,000 at 31 per cent. The Board said they could not lend money on commercial undertakings. The deputation saw the officials of the Prudential Assurance Company, who agreed to reduce their rate of interest from 34; to 3g per cent, but the Finance Committee declined to accept it and suggested that in view of the state of the money market the Rhyl Council should arrange with their treasurer far a loan until they issued stock. Not until the money was wanted would it be borrowed, and if it was required interest would be paid. With regard to the consolidation of the loans, they were told that they could not arrange it, as some of their loans were at 2f per cent, whereas the stock was 3 per cent. The deputation found that the Rhyl stock was a very healthy invest- ment, and in 1896 stood at 117. It was a negotiable stock and the iS3,000 was held by 123 investors, the parcels held ranging from ;1.10,000 to £39. He believed that if the Council waited until a favourable opportunity presented itself they would be able to sell stock at 99 or £10 premium as before In reply to questions, the Town Clerk stated that the deputation had failed to find the Act of Parliament referred to at the last meeting whereby Councils could redeem their loans without compensation. Mr W Elwy Williams contended that the de- putation to London had been a waste of money, as it had been abortive. He complained that the deputation had not sought clients, as was done when the first Rhyl stock was sold at £ 97 10s. The report was adopted. The Financial Statement for the month was as follows Receipts—General, 9345 17s 7d Rates, E2165 6s 6d; Gas, Rentals, &c., 1467 4s Id; Water Rates, &c., 1;559 17s 2d; Total, £3531; 5s 4d. Expenditure-General, JE1387 10s Gas, f523 4s 9d; Gas Capital, f,252 12s lid; Water, 9717 7s lOd; Water Capital, £ 451 9s ld; Total, £ 3332 ^4s 7d. The salaries, wages, and bills for payment were passed, and cheques drawu for the same Total, JE4108 9s 9d. Holidays for the Town Clerk. The Council granted Mr Rowlands his usual holidays. The Sand Competitions: The Criticism Falls Flat. The Town Clerk read a letter he had received from a Liverpool visitor staying in River Street in which he said that he desired to enter a protest against the demoralising use to which the authori- ties were allowing the sands to be put by the huge advertisement given to whisky by bringing it under the very nose of old and yonng. He was sure from inquiries made that the competition was pretty generally condemned and against the best interest of the town. He would certainly cease to be a visitor if such advertisements were continued. —A resolution was also read from the meeting held at the Welsh Baptist Chapel, and another from the Denbighshire and District Temperance Association protesting against the competition. Mr J W Jones asked if the Council had any power to prohibit competitions of this character. The Town Clerk:. I am afraid not—no direct power. Mr J W Jones then directed the attention of the Council to the Bill or Provisional Order which was promoted last session of Parliament for certain powers to acquire control of the foreshore. That Billjwas opposed in one particular only, and that with regard to the control of the beach as regards preaching and open air services. When the deput- ation came back from London they were accom- panied with loud blasts of victory and declarations that they had won. The gentleman who was mainly instrumental in promoting the Bill, and who protested most loudly against free speech, was the very one who organised the competitions and displayed to the world the fact that the Council had no control of the foreshore, It would have been bad enough had it been done by anyone who was not a member of the Council, but it was doubly wrong when it came from a member of the Council, especially from the Chairman of the Foreshore Committee, which body was supposed to look after the foreshore. He would not go into the question of the "demoralising influence the competition would have upon children, but he looked at the question from the point of view that it was undesirable that the sands of the town should be used for advertising purposes. It seemed to him that the competition had had a pernicious effect, as only on the iprevious day someone plastered and disfigured private property in the town with play bills. The walls of chapels and the windows of houses were covered, and yet the Council apparently had no power to stop it. Mr Ellis asked if it was done by children. Mr J W Jones replied that he did not say that it was done by children, but it was the same as making use of children for advertising private goods and interests. The gentleman who had advertised his whiskey in the first competition had I arranged another one which was reeked with Ellis's I Glenlivet. In fact, it was Ellis's sand castle com- petition, and was almost as bad as the first. He asked that the Council would condemn in the I strongest possible terms the holding of such competitions. Mr W Elwy Williams said he understood that Mr Ellis had told an interviewer that he had received the sanction of the Town Clerk to the holding of the competition. Mr Ellis Quite true. The Town Clerk said he did not understand that he had given Mr Ellis permission. He did not sanction it, and did not know that Mr Ellis was doing anything with it. Mr Elwy Williams said he believed that Mr Ellis thought that he was doing a harmless thing. (Mr Ellis: Hear, hear). At the same time he thought it a childish thing, and Mr Ellis knew very well that the magistrates were repeatedly receiving requests that they would discourage as far as possible the sending of children to public-houses for drink. Surely it was worse to employ innocent children as instruments to advertise a thing that had been condemned in the land as causing injury to the people and to the prosperity of the country. He was not there to preach teetotalism, and he did not claim to be a teetotaller, but he did not like to see children employed for such a thing. He hoped that Mr Ellis would say that he was sorry, and that he would not do such a thing again. There was no doubt that he had hurt the best feelings of the best people in the town, arfd he (Mr Williams), hoped that it would not occur again. When they went to Parliament for powers the Council was only opposed on the question of free speech for religious seryices and those who preached the gospel. He had offered to support the Council in everything but the prohibiting of free speech. Where was the Paignton Clause that the Council did not put it in force? He asked whether the [Council could stop this sort of thing. He thought that they could stop anything but free speech. The Town Clerk replied that they could stop it as soon as they made their bye-laws. Captain Keatinge thought that they had heard enough of the matter. 'They all agreed that they should as far as possible keep driuk out ot the minds of people, and especially young children. He was sure that after the strong expres- sion of opinion Mr Ellis would admit that a mistake had been made and that nothing of the kind would occur again. He proposed that the Council pass to the next business. The Vice-Chairman agreed that the least said about the question the better. He was very much suprised when he heard of it in the first place. He believed that Mr Ellis was a very honourable man and had always given encouragement to temperance. He did not mean a total abstainer, but one who always favoured temperance. He (Mr Jones) objected to advertisements on the sands in any shape or form and hoped that the Council would stop it. He objected to the Bovril com- petition. It was a mistake, and he hoped that in future they would have neither Bovril, Whis- key, or Tea on the front. Mr Ellis said he was glad that the Council had acquitted him of any intention to do anything to demoralise the children of either visitors or residents. He had judged in the Bovril competition, and knew that there was disappointment among the children that the competition was not held nearer to the Promenade. He arranged his com- petition to gratify the desire of the children, and as the other competition included certain words he arranged for other words to be introduced, as he was the vendor of a certain article. He thought, that there was no harm in it, and he was innocent of any thought that children or anyone else would be corrupted by making use of a few sheila to spell whiskey. He did not look at it with the same green-billious spectacles that his temperance friends did. He had been thanked by the parents of children and by many other people who watched the competition. Some asked for a second com- petition, and as the temperance folk were so much upset over the first, he went to the other extreme, and arranged a tea competition. As far as lie was concerned the whole thing was finished. He hoped that nothing of the kind would occur again that would engender bad feeling. He claimed that he was as much a temperance man as any temperance reformer in the United Kingdom. He protested against over indulgence in anything. He had lived amongst liquor for 30 years, and it had not tempted him at all. He looked at every individual in the same way. Nothing was tempt- ing if they had control of themselves. The Chairman Now we will pass from whiskey to water (laughter). I have pleasure in present- ing the Council with a framed photograph of the party who visited the reservoir this year. The gift was received with thanks. Next Year's Entertainers. The Council unanimously agreed to re-engage Mr E H Williams to supply the minstrel troupe, and Herr de Mersy to provide the promenade band for next season, subject to the General Purposes Committee re-arranging certain matters. The Council then rose.

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