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THE MAYOR'S JUBILEE MEDAL.…

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NORTH WALES POOR LAW CONFERENCE 0 OUT-RELIEF V. WORKHOUSE. On Monday, the annual Poor-law Conference for North Wales was opened at Llangollen, under the presidency of Captain Griffith- Boscawen, chairman of the Wrexham Board of Guardians. There was a very good attendance. The PRESIDENT, in his opening address, said that, taking the most important subject first- namely, outdoor relief, he must say that the statistics issued by Mr. Bircham, the Local Government Board inspector, were most instructive. Owing to the varying districts in North Wales, no hard and fast rule could be laid down, but after allowing for the differences in the districts, he thought the figures of Mr. Bircham shewed differences which were some- what strange. They had representatives from different Boards, and he thought they should give those statistics the greatest consideration, and go carefully into the matter. He held the opinion that where outdoor relief was wanted it should be ample, and not in paltry doles. Respecting their workhouses, there were hopeful signs, but he wished something could be done to alter the name workhouse,' as with some persons a certain stigma was attached to workhouses. He referred with pleasure to the interest taken by outside persons in the inmates of their workhouses, and said that in 170 workhouses the Brabazon scheme was in operation. In conclusion, he regretted that they. did got have a uniform assessment valuation, under the care of a Government valuer. (Ap- plause.) Mr. T. W. WILLIAMS, vice-chairman of the Carnarvon Board of Guardians, read a paper on 'The Administration of the Poor-laws.' He dealt at the outset with the collecting of the rates, the real work of which, he said, bad now fallen into the hands of the assistant overseer, without any practical and effi- cient control by the overseers. He would transfer the powers of overseers to parish councils, er matters should remain as now with the addition that no rate should be valid unless formally allowed by the Assessment Committee, who should see that the basis taken agreed with the valuation in force. Their answer to the objection by some boards of giving out-relief to young widows, able-bodied men, and children was that in rural unions they knew the paupers and their circumstances. Strange as it might appear, he was prepared to affirm that the majority of those having out- relief in their district were persons held in high esteem in the spheres in which they moved, and the little assistance given them enabled them to keep their homes intact, and bring up their children as well, often better, than their more favoured neighbours. Work- houses, they in rural unions thought, destroyed the sense of family ties, which the system of out-relief preserved. The Carnarvon Guardians now educated their children at the Carnarvon Board School, and he could assure them that the physical change had been most remarkable, while the instruction given was most efficient. An interesting discussion followed.

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