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Chester 100 Years &30. ■♦

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cfotal oúemment jottings [BY MENTOR.] _# The County Road Inspector of Flintshire has put his foot in it' with the Rural Council. At a recent meeting of the latter a letter was read from the Clerk of the County Council, enclosing a copy of a reply by the inspector of the main Toads to a complaint of the District Council in which occurred the passage:—"It would, I think, be more in order to call upon the Holy- well Rural Council to see to the sanitation of Bagillt, instead of trying to blame another authority for their own negligence. I have yet to learn that it is the duty of the County Council to provide drains to carry away sewage, 4c., from private properties, which, I am sorry to say, finds its way on to the main road at Bagillt, and it would be well for that authority to sweep in front of their own door first." This, of course, was looked upon as an impertinence, and a member asked whether it was the duty of the inspector to criticise that Council, with the result that the letter was ordered to be referred to the County Council, and to inquire if they considered it a proper and courteous reply to the clerk's letter. At the meeting of the Altrincham Urban District Council, the Chairman (Mr. L. Watts) stood upon his dignity in a way that it would be well for many other gentlemen to do who are similarly placed, and who are constantly elng badgered by members whose chief object "18 to obtain a little cheap notoriety. In on Mr. B. Lindsell (Mayor of Altrincham) 'On his election to the Council, the Chairman that he took it as a reply from the J^P&yers to the charge made by Mr. T. H. ernon that he (the chairman) had made an arbitrary use of the authority of the chair, and Stifled free discussion. So far as he was con- cerned, he should take care that the proceedings of the Council should be carried on in an orderly, dignified, and business-like manner, and without the unworthy personalities which had disfigured their proceedings some time back. On the face of it, there would appear to be something radically wrong with the sanitation of Wrexham. I have had several times to allude to this subject, and I am sorry for the sake of the otherwise prosperous borough to note that there still seems to be no improvement in regard to the progress of infectious diseases in it. At a recent meeting of the Sanitary Committee of the Town Council, it was reported that since the previous meeting there had been in the borough 18 cases of scarlet fever, eight of diphtheria, and three of erysipelas. All the cases of diphtheria, with one exception, were of children attending the Stansty Board Schools. It was decided to call the attention of the Rural District Council to the matter. Electric lighting is still forcing itself strongly on the attention of municipalities and boroughs not far from Chester. Among others, of Warring- ton, Rochdale, Blackpool, and Aberystwith. In the latter place, where the light is in the hands of a company, complaint was made at the last Town Council meeting of its unsatisfactory nature. This emphasises the desirability of such works being in the hands of the public. The Menai Bridge District Council are exercising themselves concerning extended pier accommodation. At their recent meeting it was asserted that there was an absolute necessity for better pier accommodation at Menai Bridge. Since the opening of the Bangor Pier the passenger traffic for the Isle Man and Liverpool had been totally diverted 0 Bangor, and unless they provided equal advantages to those at Bangor the days of Menai Bridge as a health resort were numbered. As, however, the extendel accommodation involves an expenditure of something like £3,000, it was considered best to consult the ratepayers before venturing on such an outlay. The householders of Bury, or at least some of them, are very much annoyed by the creaking of brakes and lurries, which have perforce to carry on the traffic in tho early morning, dis- turbing their slumbers, and much to the torture of invalids, and the Town Council was asked at its last sitting to take the matter up, with the view to putting a stop to it. It was suggested that a little oil or grease or a 'dead shoe' would go far to remedy the nuisance. The Town Clerk said the Corporation had no more power to prevent the noise than they had to stop a cock from crowing or dog from barking. Any individual who felt aggrieved could take out a summons for a public nuisance, but he was afraid very groat difficulties would be ex- perienced even in that respect. He did not think the Corporation had any power to control or prevent the noise. The new Act for the Protection of Infant Life, which will take effect on the 1st of January next, was discussed by the Chorlton Union Board of Guardians, when, after its provisions had been explained, a lady guardian remarked that when the proper time arrived she should move that they appoint women inspectors. At present they did not know how far the work might extend. She felt that they would all agree that women inspectors would be best qualified to look after these babies, and that the effect of the Act would be" to strike at the root of the murdering of the babies at the baby farm. I quite agree with the lady. It is one of the phases of workhouse government and existence in respect to which female guardians —for whose appointment I have always con- tended—are best calculated to act compared with the male creature.' Further consideration of the subject was deferred for a month by the Board under notice. An extraordinary incident in the way of local government has recently been revealed in Essex. About three years ago a woman named Sutton, of Booking, was sent by the Braintree Guardians to the County Lunatic Asylum, at Warley, and from time to time her aged mother, who made inquiries con- cerning her condition, was assured that her daughter was in fair bodily health, but mentally no better. This statement was re- newed up till August 6th last. The mother, however, doubted the latter report, as she had been told by a cook at the workhouse that her daughter was dead. The Booking Guardian brought the matter before the Guardians, and inquiries of the medical officer at the asylum resulted in the explanation that there had been two paupers named Emma Sutton in that institution, one of whom—the subject of the inquiry, as it would seem—died in June, 1896, so that the mother had really been oblivious of the death of her daughter for upwards of a year. The circumstance has created much local indignation.


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