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ocaI dofrernmeut ottings [BY MENTOR.] "f-.J' There are evidently a few determined spirits in Wrexham respecting the matter of cele- brating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. At a special meeting of the Town Council for the purpose of considering the question of securing a recreation ground for the borough as a memorial of the Jubilee year, the ex-Mayor moved, and Mr. Benson seconded, that if the cost of the recreation ground was to come out of the rates the scheme should be abandoned.— The Mayor said a good recreation ground was necessary for the moral and physical welfare of a community. He was sorry that the town for which he had so much regard was so utterly devoid of public spirit as to let such a memor- able occasion as the Diamond Jubilee slip and also his offer of £ 500.—Eventually it was decided to form a committee to further con- sider the question, Mr. Williamson remarking as the Council rose, It's a disgrace to a town like Wrexham that we can't have a park A singular anomaly with respect to the Local Government Act exists in the Prestwich district. Three years ago the Pilsworth ratepayers decided to adopt the Lighting Act, and the Unsworth ward ratepayers took contrary action. The consequence was that for three years the Pilsworth people have been paying for the lighting of their own ward and have also had to pay towards the expenses of lighting Unsworth. Owing to this anomaly and other matters, the Pilsworth ratepayers made applica- tion a month since to be included within the Heywood Borough. At a meeting of the rate- payers of the two wards recently, an acrimonious debate took place on the question, and at the close of the meeting the Pilsworth ratepayers left the room in a body, amid cries of Come back and vote. You're soft," and the meeting broke up in great disorder, the chairman vainly calling for order. A resolution that the pro- posed amalgamation of Pilsworth with Heywood should be opposed, was declared carried. The St. Asaph Parish Council have a desire as the representatives of the ratepayers to secure for the public benefit several sums of money at present lying idle in the various local banks, the balances of flower shows and other public movements of years gone by. They had applied to the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt, but that body reply that they cannot furnish the list of balances at the St. Asaph savings bank, and the Council at their monthly meeting decided to ask the trustees of the bank to furnish the necessary information. Although a city, St. Asaph has not the same railway facilities for cheap bookings as other places, but a letter was read from the general manager of the L. and N.W. Railway Company intimating that in the future the city would be included in the excursion list, for which con- cession the council passed a vote of thanks. Llanrwst, as most of us know, is not a large place, and not particularly wealthy, still its efforts at Diamond Jubilee celebration appear somewhat microscopic compared with its expectations. At a meeting of subscribers to appoint an executive committee to manage the fund collected for the support of a district nurse, it was reported that about £100 had been raised, and that most of it would be available in annual subscriptions;' and, after the election of officers, it was resolved to affiliate with the London Jubilee Nurses Institution, and to request the appointment of a Welsh nurse forthwith.' Mr. Bircham, one of H.M.'s Poor Law Inspectors, is evidently not in favour of a too free distribution of out-door relief. At the Aberystwyth Guardians meeting the other day he drew attention to the fact that that more than half the number of out-door female paupers in the district were found in the Aber- ystwyth Union, they amounting in all to 209. He was afraid this could not be remedied, unless they induced the people to enter the house. In this they could work hand in hand with the sanitary authority in seeing that the dwellings of the poor were improved. In many places the dwellings in the country districts were far from what they ought to be, and the 2s. 6d. and 3s. out-door relief often went to pay the rent. The question of taxing cycles has grown into a perennial plant at the meetings of local governing bodies, although it does not always find favour. At a meeting of the Wrexham Rural District Council a resolution was moved to the effect that the Local Government Board be requested to promote legislation with a view to a tax being imposed on all cycles, the proceeds of which should be applied to the repair and improvement of highways.— The Vice-chairman moved as an amendment that no action be taken in the matter, and on being put to the vote, the amendment was carried by 14 votes to 11. There can be no doubt that something will have to be .done in the matter before long. The gas and electric lighting questions are still undergoing transition and discussion in the districts round about us, with what appears to be benefit to both gas proprietors and the rate- payers. At the Heywood Town Council—who, by-the-bye, possess their own gasworks—it was reported that for the quarter ended June 30th the total consumption of gas was 13,542,107 cubic feet, against 11,709,338 cubic feet for the same quarter last year. This shewed an increase of 1,832,769, and the increase in the receipts amounted to £263 8s. Id. The additional consumption was mainly in gas sold for stoves and motive power, and to dwelling-houses.'—The Town Clerk of Chorley has been instructed to take the necessary steps to oppose the application of the Electric Supply Corporation for powers within the borough, and to apply in the next session of Parliament for a Provisional Order on behalf of the Corporation. The Local Government Board have sanctioned the borrowing of £7,714 for gasworks purposes at Chorley.—In the districts round Manchester the question of reduction in the price of gas- which has been conceded in many instances— has been, and is just now, being very much discussed, together with the rental of meters, which, for the most part, is deemed unfair, and being agitated against on the score that the meter is an instrument of the company to register their sales, and not of the consumer. The lighting of Llandrindod Wells by electricity is now an accomplished fact, the works having been practically completed. The installation for house lighting has been pro- ceeding since Easter, and on Saturday night the whole of the street lamps, about seventy in number, were experimentally lighted for the first time with the electric current. The in- stallation was perfectly successful. The actual lighting commenced on Monday. I have before in this column the waste that goes on at some workhouses, simply from the fact of the food supply lacking a little palatability. A rather singular illustration emphasising the fact is supplied this week from Cockermouth. At a meeting of the Board of Guardians, a member brought forward a. motion to supply treacle sauce with the suet pud- dings given to the paupers. He said the inmates were given suet puddings on Tuesdays and Saturdays. On the first-named day a few currants were added, which made the pudding a little more palatable, but on Saturdays, when no currants were added, one half of the pudding went into the pig trough. He protested against their keeping a cook for the benefit of the pigs, for while the pigs were getting fat they were keeping the paupers lean. These suet puddings were given not only to the able- bodied, but to the aged, the infirm, the sick, and the children. He had examined one of the puddings, and found that it was just like handling a piece of lead.—Several members denied these statements, and said they had found the puddings good.—The Chairman: We have before represented these things to the Local Government Board. The waste must go on, I suppose.—The matter was ultimately referred to the Workhouse Committee.