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CHESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. -• The quarterly meeting of the Cheshire County Council was tiftd on Thursday at Chester Castle, Colonel George Dixon presiding over a large at tcndance GUARDIANS AND COUNCILS' ELECTIONS. The Council d scussed the adv .sai>i! ■' .• of making an altera on of the d"w (i.e., Mono- the 28th March) .xcd by tie Local Govt Board for the election of urban and fural t and parish ccuae.l o--s and guardians for urhn. polishes. --it was dec ded to fix the 26th of a the date of ti.e <eciion of urban and to adhere to t ol. h March as k: o- -or the other election- D E SES OF ANIMAL; The Cs: o Countable, in h.s rupor-i to the state of an roai disease in the count,. <1 that there hr„ been cons derabie iLt. n the number oi oaiheaks of anthrax, (dw-n cases having n rt.fied In the corri-p•>■■■• quar- ter of 1 Ui- we, e were not any vc orted. Thirtec. ^ittitwo sheep, two pig*. <<' horses and one ass vv re attacked and d:ed, und tll the carcase wet e iorthwith cremated exc 'n&t of a cow at; a k,(i at Mat pie, which had I- en re- moved to a knacke.'s premises in the 1 o-ough of Stockpc: t H was glad to be able o r-, -o- t that ha thou Et- me. s and other stoJc i were now more nadiiy notifying to the pois^ the ex- istence o' ix on their premises. 3 red by -section of s Anthrax Order of 18'X' T-.vonty- nine cas r>f ocp scab had beei o,t 408 sheep K n, at auked of wh:h nuinbo- iwo were killed f- r, died. and 61 r-eco-v, rid and 342 re- mained t d at the end of the qua. let During the past quarter 4.737 shoep were bro/iit to sale- yards w t in the county; 1 247 of such siwp were bought t the sa'es by Cheshire fium-s and butche = and 1 198 sheep out 0" the 1,247 have been d pp:>d During the quarter, 84 suspected cases o -w 1'1" fever were reported to the Board of Agriculture by local inspectors of th- county, two of such n certified to be oases of sw:ne fever. In botl; cases the disease originated among swine bred in Che-hue. There had not been any out- break o Ft"3- Five hundred and seventeen etray d4) z s ad b2en seized by the polioo during the quarter 45 were killed, 49 returned to owners, and 16 renamed under detention at the end of the uuarter \THRAX IN THE COUNTY. PROPO ED COMPENSATION TO FARMERS. A moot n of the Anthrax Sub-committee of the Executi* Committee under the D scales of Ani. mals P c-t appointed to consider the report of the Chief 1-nri table as to the recent outbreaks of anthrax n trie county, had been heid on Decem- ber 9th and attended by Professor Delepino and an impeo or the Board of Act-culture. The Chief Constable informed the sub committee that subseq oat to the last meeting of the Executive Comm tt on 23rd October there had been eight outbrcaV- of anthrax in the county, and expressed tho op n on that farmers did not ;n all cases notify to the p jIi. i' the deaths of animals on thcr farms, which deaths might in some cas-es have arisen from the animals having been affected with 'anthrax and expi-essed the further opinion that farmers a-id a'l owners of animals should be en- couraged to notify the police of all deaths of ani- mals on th ir premises by compensation being allowed to them in all oases where the deaths have been caused by anthrax. The inspector of the Board of crrictilture stated that the statistics ob- tained In the Board of Agriculture shewed that anthrax was steadily increasing, but it 'was not clear whether such increase indicated an actual -spread or the disease or merely that the disease was now better known to the public and conse- quently more deaths of animals from anthrax were reported than formerly. The inspector also stated t the reason why the Board of Agricul- ture did not nelude in the Anthrax O der now in operation the permissive power contained in the Anthrax Order of 1895 enabling local authorities to pay out of local funds compensatio-i for ani- mals slaughtered affected with anthrax and sus- pected of heing affected with that disease, was that such power had been very seldom acted upon, and in it" operat-on worked more harm than good, and he did not think it probable the Board would renew t e power Professor Delepine furnished the sub-committee with his views upon anthrax under tille following heads, viz., causes, notifica- tion, inspection and remedy, and the county medical officer of health (Dr. Vacher) and the chief veterinary inspector of the county (Mr. Laithwoori) also furnished the sub-committee with their v'ews upon such points. It was resolved- "That P ofessor Delepine, after conferring thereon with the county medical officer of health and the chief veterinary inspector, set out in a concise form his views upon the several points mentioned by him so that the same may bo printed for dis- tribution in the county; and that the committee be recommendrd to make representations to the Board of Agriculture that local authorities under the D:seases of Anima!s Act, 1894 should with a view of enabling them to prevent the spread of anthrax, have a specific power enabling them in cases where the circumstances attendant upon out- breaks or the disease of anthrax appeared to them to be expedient and advisable, to pay out of local rates compensation to owners of animals slaugh- tered as being affected with anthrax or suspected of being so affected, and suggesting that the Board should issue a supplemental Anthrax Order, re-enacting clauses 12 and 13 of the Anthrax Order of 1895 No. 5.294." The Executive Committee adopted the above report, and the following were appointed a depu- tation to nterv'ew the President of the Board of Agricu'ture and Fisheries, with a view to urging rlcu him, in order to prevent the spread of anthrax, to provide fo" the payment of compensation out of Imperial funds for the slaughter of artimals affected or suspected of being affected with that disease or, in the alternative, enabling local authorities to slaughter such animals, and to pay compensation to the owners thereof out of local funds viz :—Colonel George Dixon (chairman of the Council) Mr. C. B. Da vies (chairman of this committee), Mr. Wm. Hodgson and the Chief Constable, and that the members of Parliament for the county be invited to accompany such deputa- tion. Mr C. B. Davies, in moving the confirmation of the above minutes, regretted to observe that anthrax continued to spread in the county, fifteen more cases having arisen since the last meeting or the committee. He was sorry to say that Mr. Potts had received a letter from the Board of Agriculture, which was tantamount to a refusal to receive the deputation that was ap- pointed to wait upon them asking to bo granted the power to pay compensation out of Imperial funds for the slaughter of animals affected with anthrax. It wa3 just possible, however, that they might succeed in inducing the Board of Agricul- ture to receive the deputation if they asked to be allowed to revert to the Board's previous Anthrax Order, which enabled local authorities to kill ani- mals affected with the disease and pay compensa- tion to the owners out of local funds. The fact that there had been fifteen more cases during the last three or four weeks shewed that anthrax had increased to a somewhat serious extent in Cheshire, and it was of the utmost importance that the Council should take every possible measure to st;mp it out. Mr. Frank Barlow seconded, and the minutes were confirmed LARGE EDUCATION EXPENDITURE. Mr. C. E. Thornycroft, in moving the confirma- tion of the Education Committee's pioccedings, eaid he had intended to give the Council a resume of the work of that committee since its inception, but the chairman had anticipated him by the pub- lication of his admirable review of the work of the Council during the past three ye--rs, which in- cluded the work of the Education Committee. He quite agreed with the chairman that the work done by the educational sub-oommittecs had been very effic ient. The area sub-commits cm had been excellently constituted, and had brought to bear upon their work a great deal of technical know- ledge, which proved extremely useful. He hoped that in course of time some of the work at present done by the Education Committee would be en- trusted to those sub-committees. The most serious matter in the education work of the county that called for attention was the great increase in the expenditure. There was for in- stance, an enormous increase in ti e amount of salaries paid to teachers The increase, however, was in many cases absolutely necessary but the committee had certainly increased the ;-alares to a very alarming extent. It would b seen that teachers' salaries had cost the county something like £ 15,000. In addition to that the;, had to meet the expense of the training of teach-re which was a matter of vital importance. (H « hear.) That item also made an enormous in tho expenditure. They were also about to establish pupil teachers' centres. That subject had not yet been thoroughly discussed, but it would receive the careful attention of the committee. Mr. James Wood, in seconding the motion, said they hoped to obtain substantial result-, from the teachers in return for the consideration they had received at the hands of the committee, and that the teachers would shew that the confidence that the committee had placed in them would be amply justified. The committee expeoted radical im- provements would be made in the school buildings generally. as from the inspector's report it would be seen that many of them were altogether inade- quate, and in many respects unfit for educational work. (Hear, hear.) Having regard to the great number of children who were confined for many tours a dav in insanitary and badly ventilated buildings, the matter should reoeive very prompt attention from the managers of the schools. Re- ferring to the school attendance question, he said that bearing in mind that the percentage of at- tendance in Cheshire had been very low for many years, it was time a substantial improvement was made. As the system of school inspection which hitherto prevailed had been inadequate and alto- gether unsuitable in many respects, the present arrangements they had made should produce an increased percentage of attendance An increase of only one per cent. in the attendance would pro- duce JB1 000 to the funds of the Council, and it was thought that without any great difficulty there «horrld be an increase of three or four per cent. The minutes were confirmed. MOTOR-CAR REGULATIONS. At a meeting of the Motor-car Act Sub-commit- tee of the Main Roads Committee, consideration was given to the various regulations made under the Act, and the following recommendations we e made and adopted by the Main Roads Oommt- toe:—1. That the fee to be paid by manufac- turers and dealers in motor-cars in Cheshire be E3. 2. Thaf- no action be taken under sections 8 and 9 of the Act, unless and until it is seen that the other provisions of the A(t render such a course indispensible, and that notification of this decision be given to all the municipal boroughs within the administrative county. 3. That the consideration of the question of the setting up of sign posts denoting dangerous corners, crossroads, and p; ecipitous places, be postponed until the Local Government Board have issued their regu- lations relating theroto. 4. That no d'rections be given indicating the position of the plates con- taining the identification mark on the back and front of the car 5. That the plates forming the identifi ation mark be not supplied by the Council to the owners of registered cars. 6. That the clerk of the Council be authorised to assign to man;i- facturers or dealers in motor-cars such general identification mark as he may think fit, and th t the colouring of the plates containing such dis- tinguishing mark shall be red with white lettering thereon. 7. That the clerk of the Council perform all the duties prescribed by the regulations of the Local Government Board 8. That in registering cars and motor-cyclee preference be given to resi- dents in Cheshire, and afterwards in the order of date in which the applications are received. Sec- tions 8 and 9 above referred to empower the Local Government Board to prohibit motor-oars on any highway wiroh does not exceed 16 feet in width, or on which ordinary motor traffic would in their opinion be especially dangerous and to limit speed to not more'than ten miles an hour in local areas where this is desired. The clerk reported that he had registered six manufacturers or dealers, 184 motor cars, 128 motor cycles, and issued 387 licences to drive motor cars and 59 licences to drive motor cycles, receiving in respect thereof a sum of B345 10s., payable to the county treasurer. Alderman S. H. Sandbach, in moving the con- firmation of the minutes, pointed out that the committee had not adopted all the powers con- ferred by the Act with regard to motor cars. On the advice of the Chief Constable, it was decided not to adopt sections 8 and 9 of the Act, which empowered a county council to prohibit the use of motor cars on any highway not exceeding 16 feet in width, and to limit the speed to not more than ten miles an hour. Canon Armitstcad seconded the motion, and the minutes were confirmed. PRESERVATION OF WIRRAL FOOTPATHS. On the consideration of the minutes of the Main Roads and Bridges Committee. Alderman James Smith called attention to a resolution of the committee refusing to sanction the publication in the press of correspondence which had passed between them and the Wirral Footpaths Preservation Society as to the refusal of the committee to the erection of finger posts pointing to public footpaths in central Wirral. He pointed out that the society named somo years ago erected at their own expense finger posts pointing to all public footpaths there, which had been a great service to the community. With regard to central Wirral, they had recently prepared a complete map, and were desirous of erecting finger posts in that part of the district. He moved that the minutes of the committee be referred back for further consideration. Alderman Sandbach pointed out that when the matter came before the sub-committee they ordered the county surveyor to inspect the roads, and they ascertained that it was extremely doubt- ful whether the so-called footpaths were footpaths at all. With regard to the footpaths which they considered were of public utility, they agreed to finger posts being erected Dr. Hodgson: Let us have the correspondence published, because the rights of the public are just as important as the rights of the property owners. Mr. R. T. Richardson, while offering no objection to the publication of the correspondence, urged that the amendment was out of order, as the proceedings of the committee had twice been before the Council and twice confirmed. After further discussion, the amendment was put to the vote, and was lost. MANAGEMENT OF THE ASYLUMS. A UNIFORM CHARGE REFUSED. The Special Asylums Committee had under con sideration communications from the Stockport and Birkenhead authorities, calling attention to the large difference in the cost of maintenance of lunatics in Parkside and Upton Asylums, and re- questing the County Council to place both asylums under the management of one Visiting Committee with a view to a uniform charge being made to all the unions in the county for the maintenance of lunatics.—The Clerk informed the committee that it was competent for the County Council, under the powers conferred upon them by the Lunacy Act, to appoint one committee for the management and control of the two asylums, and that they might provide a uniform charge for the maintenance of lunatics in the asylums, and that any surpius arising on the accounts of one asylum should be applied to meet the deficit arising on the accounts of another asylum.—After receiving in conference representatives of the Birkenhead and Stockport Corporations, tho committee re- solved—" That, as in the opinion of this com- mittee no sufficient reasons have been shewn for making any change in the existing arrangements for the management and control of the two County Lunatic Asylums at Parkside and Upton. the County Council be recommended not to com- ply with the request of the Guardians of the Stockport Union by placing the two asylums under the management and control of one Visiting Committee with a view to one uniform weekly rate of maintenance being charged in bon asylums, as the committee consider that the ar- rangements which have hitherto existed with respect to the two asylums have worked satis- factorily and should be allowed to continue." The minutes were confirmed. REPRESENTATION ON WIRRAL GUARDIANS. The sub-committee appointed to hold a local inquiry into the representation of the parishes comprising the Wirral Union upon the Board of Guardians made the following recommendations, which were adopted:—(1) That the total number (44) of guardians and rural district councillors now constituting the Board of Guardians of the said union, and which are divided as follows, viz., guardians for urban parishes 22, Rural District Council 22, be increased by four guardians for urban parishes; (2) that two of such additional guardians be allocated to the parish of Hoylake- cum-West Kirby, making ten for that parish instead of eight, as at present, and be added to such one or more of the wards (i.e., Central, Grange, North, South) into which the parish is divided for the election of Guardians, as the clerk to the Council in conference with the clerk to the District Council may determine; (3) that one of such additional guardians be allocated to the parish of Lower Bebington, making seven for that parish instead of six, as at present, and be added to such one of the wards (i.e., Bebington, New Ferry, Park, Pool Bank, Sunlight) into which the parish is divided for the election of Guardians, as the clerk to the Council after conference with the clerk to the District Council may determine; (4) that one of such additional guardians be allocated to the parish of Bromborough, making three for that parish instead of two, as at present, and that for the purpose of the election of Guardians such parish be divided into three wards, such wards being those which now exist for the election of urban district councillors, and that one guardian be elected for each of such wards. PROVISION OF NEW SCHOOLS. At a meeting of the Finance Committee the Clerk reported that the Education Committee had decided to provide new Council schools at Altrincham to accommodate 700 children; Hale. 900; Northwich, 800; West Kirby, 250; Runcorn 600; Sale. 400; and at Sale (Springfield Road). It was resolved that the sum of £6,000 be provided in the treasurer's order, to be allowed at the next meeting of the Council, for the purchase of the sites for the foregoing schools. EXTENSIONS AT PARKSIDE ASYLUM. At a meeting ot the Finance Committee the County Accountant (Mr. James Williams) reported that there had been spent on account of the building of the new infirmary and a.nnexe at Park- side Asylum the sum of E12,089 16s. 9d; cost oi new epileptic ward and nurses' home, £ 12,201 lis. lid. extensions to bake house, £ 1,727 13s. 4d.; improvements at farm buildings, 21,671 lis. 4d. making a total of E28,964 13s. 4d. FIRE PRECAUTIONS AT UPTON ASYLUM. At a meeting of the General Finance Committee an estimate was received from the Committee of Visitors of Upton Lunatic Asylum for a grant oi 1,700 for the erection of an outside fire escape staircase to the old asylum buildings. It wa decided that if an order was made granting that amount application should be made to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow it. On the motion of Alderman John Thompson, seconded by Alderman R. 0. Orton, the minute: were confirmed. AGRICULTURAL RATES ACT. The Clerk submitted a resolution passed by the Hertfordshire County Council, stating "(al T a. in consequence of the large additional burd?n which have been cast upon the county rate# r-inee the passing of the Agricultural Rates Act, 1896, deficiencies in the grant under that Aci have to be met by the general ratepayers, includ- ing agriculturists, to an extent in this county of £ 4,466, which is equal to a rate of nearly fd. in the JB. (b) That the Act should therefore be amended so as to make the agricultural rates grant equal to one-half of the share of agricul turallandin the actual expenditure of the County Council in each financial year, and not as it stood in the year ending 31st March, 1896."—A letter was also received from the Nantwieh Board of Guardians asking that the County Council wou'd i endeavour to secure a revision of the grant made under the Agricultural Rates Act. Mr. R. T. Richardson thought it was very desirable to support the resolution. This was not a question in which agriculturists alone were in- terested, but everybody in the oouniy. In a short time they would be reoeiving a considerably smaller grant under the Agricultural Rate- Act than they were entitled to. The effect of the Education Act was that there would be a large

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