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[By MENTOR.] A propos of the incident mentioned some time ago respecting the singular position in which the Kingsbury Parish Council were placed respecting the election cf a chairman, an opinion has been recently given by the Local Government Board. It will be remembered that at the election in April last, owing to the fact that the retiring chairman was a candidate for re-election, a temporary chairman was found in the person of the clerk. The voting was equal, and the clerk gav a casting vote, the legality of which was impeached. By Rule 10, part 2, of the first schedule of the Local Government Act, 1894, the chairman of a Parish Council has a second or casting vote, but this does not empower a temporary chairman, who is not a parish councillor but a paid servant of the Council, to record a vote in favour •f any candidate for the chair. The Local Government Board, it seems, has given an opinion that a clerk to a Parish Council cannot legally vote on the election of & chairman. An educational difficulty has arisen at Wrex- ham. The managers of the British School are desirous of being relieved of their burden, and have written the Education Department asking to be allowed to hand it over to the School Board. At a meeting of the latter a letter was read from the Rev. Canon Fletcher, vicar of Wrex- ham, stating his preparedness to take over the British School, on certain conditions, or, in the event of this not being entertained, to provide accommodation for the scholars. The writer Pointed out that the acceptance of either of these proposals would obviate a very large ^crease to the borough rates. It was resolved toat the Board should interview the managers v the British School before coming to a A pleasing function was enacted at Conway a few days since, when was laid the memorial stone of what is to be known as the Jubilee School, in course of building on a valuable site given by Mr. A. Wood, of Bodlondeb. The stone was laid by Mrs. Wood, and a vote of thanks to that lady, proposed by the Mayor, and warmly supported by several speakers, having been carried by acclamation, and Mrs. Wood having gracefully acknowledged the same, Archdeacon Pryce moved a vote of thanks to Mr. A. Wood for the gift of a £1,000 site.—Sir Huratio Lloyd seconded, and congratulated the people of Conway upon the steps they had taken. He must confess that he rejoiced in every addition to the voluntary schools of the country.—The Vicar (the Rev. P. J. Lewis) read a letter from Lady Augusta Mostyn regretting she could not be present, and stating that the bazaar at Deganwy in aid of the schools there had realised 9355. I A somewhat delicate matter was discussed at the Salford Board of Guardians the other day, when it was proposed to rescind a resolution, That the matron instruct the porteress to search the women employed in the infirmary each day on coming to work and on leaving the infirmary." It was aigued from a recent decision by a London police magistrate that such searching is illegal, and it was resolved to write to the Local Government Board for advice on the matter. On the face of it the searching savours somewhat of an indignity, but, on the other hand, and from a common- sense aspect, it appears only reasonable, as one can clearly understand how an unscrupulous infirmary attendant might easily be made the vehicle for conveying to a sick person articles which, however desirable to a patient's palate or fancy, might be most undesirable from a hygienic or medical point of view. The question of dietary at workhouses seems to be gaining a hold on Boards of Guardians, and very properly so at a time when there is a prospect of the prices of bread and flour-and consequently other provisions—being enhanced. There can be no doubt that many thousand pounds worth of what would otherwise be good and nutritious food if properly managed, finds its way to the pigs at numerous workhouses in this country, either through the hard-and-fast dietary scales allowing to each pauper fixed quantities, or from the want of a little varia- tion. The subject came up recently at the Chorlton Board of Guardians, when the Chair- man pointed out that, owing to the well-known fact that some inmates could take less food than others, a great saving was effected when they were allowed to have what quantities they desired. No doubt the Local Government Board would ultimately come round to their view of the question. The Prestwich Guardians have also instituted an inquiry into the waste of food at the workhouse. At the same meeting a circular letter from the Bristol Incorporation of the Poor was read in reference to the provision in the Industrial Schools Act, 1896, whereby children could be committed to workhouses by the order of two justices. It was urged that from a moral and sanitary point of view this was undesirable, the Chairman referring to a case in point where a boy so committed was overheard teaching other children the best way to steal clocks. The Bristol circular pointed out that some good might be effected by memorialising the Local Government Board, and it was decided to sup- port the memorial. It is not often one meets with cases of death from over-feeding in workhouses, but one has recently occurred at the Bethnal Green Work- house at Hackney, where a man named Thos Fyfe (70) is stated to have died from that cause, and, moveover, his was said to have been the third case of the kind at that institution' At the inquest held on the body the Master of the Workhouse deposed to being called after tea to the man, whom he found on the floor unconscious, and he died almost immediately. Deceased had been a splendid scholar, and had acted as assistant librarian. For his age he was very strong and active. The doctor was sent for, but on his arrival he pronounced life extinct.—Dr. Walker stated that he had since made an autopsy, and found the body covered with tat. The cause of death was syncope, produced by an overloaded stomach acting on a diseased heart.-The Coroner: One may say that he was killed by kindness.—Witness: It may or it may not be kindness to overload a man's stomach.—The Coroner: Well, it shews he did not go short of food.—Witness: Short i By no means. Why, they have nothing to do but eat, drink, and sleep.—The Coroner: And this is the third case from the same workhouse where death has been due to an overloaded stomach.—The jury returned a verdict of Death from natural causes.'







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