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St. Asaph Board of Guardians.


St. Asaph Board of Guardians. MANY APPLICANTS FOR OUT RELIEF. VISIT TO CONWAY COTTAGE HOMES PROPOSED. The fortnightly meeting of the above Board was held on Friday, Mr. J. Frimston, J.P. (PyJ) presiding, with Mr. Wm. Jones in the vice-chair. There were also present Messrs. J. Roberts, T. Evans, J. Pierce, John Jones, J. R. Ellis, J. Blackburn Wil- liams, Abergelo; J. T Parry, Robert Davies. Bettws W. S. Roberts, Bodfari Thos. Hughes, lonnet Jones, Bylchau; Owen Rees, Cdn; Edwin Morgan, Tre- meirchion R. A. Williams, Wm. Williams, Henllan Kev. Canon Roberts, Unddu ls; Messrs. T. U. Jones, Wm. Owen, LLanfair D. Roberts, Llansannan; T. Pennant Wil- liams, Prestatyn; Llew. B. Evans, Rhudd. lan; S. Perks, G F. Gunner, J. Roberts Jones, Hugh Edwards, T. Batho, Mrs. Mary Jones, Rhyl; Messrs. J. Lothian, St. Asaph; J. D. Jones, St. George; John Morris, Trelnml; and the officials. THE HOUSE. It was reported that there were in the Workhouse that day 160 inmates, a decrease of 4 as comoaied with, the corresponding period last year. The number of vagrants relieved during the two weeks was 174—the same number as en the previous Board day. The Master applied for and was allowed the usual extra provisions, &c., for the Workhouse Christmas Treat, the list in- cluding 24 dozen mineral waters, tobacco, snuff, pipes, oranges and sweets. It was announced that Mr. Woodward, of BrynLiu, Mclidcn, had sent his customary £1 is. towards the Christmas festivities of the inmates, ard a vote of thanks was passed to him. THE PROBLEM OF UNEMPLOYMENT. Several men were brought before the Board to explain why they had "ome into the Workhouse, and n one base it was stated that a man was there with his wife and six children. The members questicned the men as to their ability to earn their own living, but the reply from each one was that ther was no work to be obtained. In the case of the man with the family, it was explained that his home had been sold up for rent. Mr. LIew. B. E\ans said :t would be far better for the Board to allow a little out- relief than to keep a family in the Work- house, and while he w as aware that no one would let the man a house whilst he was out of work, he questioned whether the Board could r.ot pay the rent. The Clerk said it was illegal to do so. Mr. Evans replied that they could give an order on a grocer for food, why could tl'ey not give an order on a landlord for rent, so that the family could have shelter intil the father found work. The Chairman said he was afraid it could not be done, but the Board decided to leave the matter with the relieving officer and Mr. Evans, to relieve the man and his family for a few weeks until he obtained work. In another case the Board decided that a man should take his di charge, but he pleaded that he could not get a. living. When asked why he did not sell fish, as formerly, the man replied that in the winter people did not buy so much fish, they went in more for pork. (Laughter.) On its being decided to tell the man to go, one member urged that he had a wood- en leg, and so could not do the same as other men. Mr. John Roberts But a wooden leg does not stop him from drinking. (Laugh- ter.) It the case of two men it was stated that a member of the Board had found them work, and that they would take their dis- charge on Monday. Mr. Hughes suggested that inasmuch as the Abergele Guardians had found work for two of the men the Rhyl Guardians should find work for others. Mr. Llew. Evans: I find lodgings for many of them at my brickworks many a night. (Laughter.) I do my share. (Laughter.) THE CARE OF CHILDREN. It was stated that the action of the Board in taking charge of certain children was amply justified by the results attained. The children had been found excellent places, and they were now very happy. TEDDY'S TRIBUTE. Reference was made to the case of the lad Teddy Evans, who recently died and left £2 3s. to the Board towards defraying the cost of his maintenance in the Work- house. The Board had decided, that while fully appreciating what had been done, they felt it better to hand the money over to the dceased lad's brother, who is an orphan and had been put out to service by the Board. This lad now appeared to thank the Board for their kindness, and stated that he intended putting the money ir. the bank. The Clerk said the only question was as to who should take charge of the bank book. He had questioned the lad as to what he had ■ aved during the time he had been in service, and found that he had drawn out what he had saved and spent it. The lad explained that when his mother died he had drawn the few shillings he had saved and bought clothes. Mr. Lothian considered thit the boy's employer was the most fitting person to take charge of the lad's bank book. This was agreed to, the Chairman advis- ing the lad 10 save all the money he could. The example set to all boys by the deceased was a noble one, as although he earned very little money he had in a short time saved £2 3s. with one object in view —to repay those who had cared for him when he could not care for himself. A FREAK OF NATURE. The Board discussed the case of a child who was stated to be in an extraordinary condition, and gave instructions to their officers to attend to her. She was said to be 15 years of age, but was born without bones, and at the present time only measured 36 inches, and weighed 30 lbs. SUGGESTED ALTERATIONS IN THE WORKHOUSE. Mr. Bait ho, on behalf of the House Com- mittee, rclel red to the recent report of the Local Governetment Board Inspector, who urged that as the accommodation in the Workhouse was getting very limited that the Board should consider the question of entirely removing all the children. They should either take them into cottage homes, or board them out. The Committee reo commended that a deputation consisting of Miss Gee, the Chairman, Canon Roberts, Mr. J. R. Ellis and himself should visit the cottage homes of the Conway Unicn and report fully to the Board on the same. It was considered that the Conway Homes were modern, and no doubt they would learn something there. The Local Govern- ment Board Inspector also reported against the present tramp accommodation, and something would have to be done in that matter. It was also suggested that in order to provide adequate means of exit from one building in case of fire an outside staircase should be provided, and the Master had been asked to prepare an estimate for the work. The Committee had seen to the question of fixing the fireguards in the where they were .required. He moved the adoption of the r-oport. Mr. Davies seconded. Mr. John Roberts questioned whether there was any need for the deputation to visit the Conway Cottage Homes, seeing that they had iess children in the Work- house. The Chairman replied that it was true they had less children than twelve months ago, but they had far too little accommoda- tion now. Mr. John Roberts asked if the deputation would pay their own expenses. Mr. Batho: We shall not charge the Board with any expenses, and we shall re- port to you. The Local Government Board are insisting on clearing the Workhouse of children. Mr. Llew. B. Evans moved that the Board pay the expenses of the deputation, seeing that they were going on the Board's business. Mr. John Roberts Oh, dear, no. They will be paupers if they accept money from the Union. The Chairman We do not want it. The report was adopted. PAUPERS AND PENSIONS. The Clerk read a lengthy letter from the Local Government Board as to the opera- tions of the Old Age Pensions Act for per- sons in receipt rf relief, and stated that it was clearly laid down that no pauper who was 70 years of age was compelled to apply for the old age pension, and that a re- fusal to apply did not debar a person from being granted relief, but if relief was granted they were debarred from receiving a pension, but medical relief to an old age pensioner did not disqualify. Mr. Grims- ley added that no doubt many old people would prefer to remain in the Workhouse and to be well cared for than to go out and live on 5s. per week even with friends. The Relieving Officers were call-d in, and the provisions of the Act explained to them. Mr. Jones (the Denbigh Relieving Officer) asked what he should do in the case of paupers who could not find money to ob- tain their birth or baptismal certificates. The Clerk said the Registrar General was ready to help in such cases. Mr. John Roberts said he was given to understand that jthe Vicar of Llannefydd had given certificates free of charge where asked to do so (Hear, hear.) Canon Roberts I think that is the rule with all clergymen. I always give the certificate in ruch cases. (Hear, hear.)

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