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THE MARCH FORWARD.,

4 CONSISTENCY (?).

NOTES AND COMMENTS.

♦— Pauperism in Pontypridd…

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♦— Pauperism in Pontypridd Union. From a return issued by Mr Bireham. Local Government Board inspector, shewing the num- ber of out-door paupers (exclusive of paupeit lunatics in asylums and vagrants) relieved dur- m the half-year ended Lady Day, 1897, we ex- tract the following information of interest to the ratepayers of the Pontypridd Union. Ac-, cording to the census of 1891, the population of the Union is given as lto,811. During the per- iod named they relieved 2,172 cases of destitu- tion caused by old age or permanent disability, 1,.324 cases of destitution caused by the deaths absence, or desertion of husband or father;) 964 cases of destitution caused by the iemi>orar« sickness or want of work of male heads oE families and single men; whilst the number of single women in receipt of out-door relief id given as 24. It will thus be fotnyil that during the half-year mentioned 5,119 in this Union re- ceived out-door relief, as compared with 4,255 is the corresponding period of the previous reliefi the percentage of the population relieved being 3.4 and 2.8 respectively. The official figures amply bear out Mr Bircham's related warnings that the out-door recipients of relief are becom- ing gradually more numerous; but, at the samd time, we have every reason to believe that only deserving cases are relieved by Guardians and Officers, and that the public purse is not li,alneA more than is actually necessary.

One Thousand Welsh Farmers…