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BOARDS OF GUARDIANS. + WIRRAL. The fortnightly meeting of the Wirral Board of Guardians was held on Wednesday morning at the Clatterbridge Workhouse, Spital, under the chairmanship of Mr. William Knowles. It appeared from the Wirral Union accounts for the year ending Lady Day this year that the total acreage of the townships comprising the union is 45,458; that the popu- lation in September, 1891, was 39,623; and that the ratable value of property on the 30th September, 1896, was £ 252,038. The balance in favour of all the Unions on Lady Day last year was X961 8s. 5d.; there had been X13,78,3 contributed from the rates, which, with EJO 8s. 8d. from other sources, made a total of £ 14,755 7s. Id. The common charges amounted to E4,503 18s. 10d., and county and police rates to 17,554 14,3. 10d., leaving a balance in favour of the parishes on Lady Day this year of £ 2,681 8s. 9d. The total expenditure and balances for 1896 amounted to R12,960 Is. 3d., as against C14,755 7s. Id. this year, making an increase for this year of S,1,795 5s. 10d. The total amount paid in salaries to union officers during the year was S887 5s. 4d. The cost per head of inmates in the workhouse per week amounted to 3s. 4 5-10d. HA WARDEN. At the fortnightly meeting of this Board, at Broughton, on Friday, Mr. Peter Wilcock pre- siding, Miss M. B. Davies, Wallasey, was engaged on a month's trial as assistant matron at the Workhouse. There was only one applica- tion for the post.

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