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LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOTTINGS.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOTTINGS. From twenty-nine applicants the Llanrwst Guardians finally selected Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, Holywell, for the positions of master and matron of the workhouse. In verF A crowded meeting of the Rhyl ratepayers— among whom fooling has ruled high—by a large majority accepted the Council's scheme for a pavilion and garden on the sands. The Town Clerk explained (tuii. the pavilion was to cost from £ 8,000 to £ 5,000, and the gardens around it about. £ 4,500. There was but a very email minority against the scheme, prominent among whom was Councillor Rhydwcn Jones, who spoke TtgaJnst it. The Llandudno Council has unanimously decided to act on the resolution of tho ratepayers in meeting assembled and to have a poll of the electors in April next on the question of whether the town tilittilseek a charter of incorporation. The new proposals* of the Secretary for War have given rise to some apprehension lest the headquarters of the 4th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers should be removed from Carnarvon to Wrexham, and at a special meeting of the Town Council of tho former Mr. T. Armstrong pointed out the great loss tuch a step would be to the borough. Some- thing like L3,000 a year, he said, was paid in salaries to the permanent staff of the Militia alone, to say nothing of the money spent by officers during training. Carnarvon had a train- ing ground second to none in the kingdom, besides which recruits preferred it to Wrexham. He moved a resolution strongly urging on the Secretary for War and the Army Council the claims of Carnarvon. The resolution waa carried unanimously, and a deputation arranged for, if necessary, to wait on the Secretary for War. Another resolution waa also passed urging on the authorities the claims of Carnarvonshire to be the licakiquart-ers of the proposed Welsh Division. Some Poor Law Guardians seem to be awaken- ing to a senae of their duties in connection with thoee who have to find the money, if what took place at the ]ate meeting of the Liverpool Select Vestry may be taken as a criterion. The occa- sion waa the visit of Mr. A. B. Lowry, Local Government Board Inspector, who regretted that the rate of pauperism in Liverpool waa the highest in his district. Mr. H. Poet, in wel- coming the now inspector, pointed out that when he (the speaker) waa first elected to tho vestry twenty-two years since, the inspectors of the Local Government Board were constantly ad- vising the guardians not to make the workhouse attractive to outsiders; but in later years in- structions given by the central authority were that the guardians should be more generous in their treatment of the poor. Thus it might be that the conditions of life in the workhouse were made more attractive than the lives of many tatong the poorer classes of ratepayers. The T**try, who had to follow the orders of the Local Government Board, could not be held wholly •^sponsible for the inoreaae of pauperism. A lady guardian hoped that the inspeotor would direct special attention to the cases of able-bodied men seeking employment. It is to be hoped that the Colwvn Day Council have finally settled their difficulty concerning- the electric tramway scheme and the proposed restriction of the promenade seasonable amuse- ments, at the special meeting held for the pur- pose. At a previous meeting the Council decided only to allow the feeder-cables for the tram- way to be laid between the rails of the track, but the company objected, on the ground that the best practice was now against it; and they asked that the cables should bo laid along the foot- walk. In addition, the C oncil decided to insist on Jar rah wood paving being laid between the tram rails, while the company were desirous that. the pavement be tarred macadam, which 16ad been found satisfactory at Llandudno. A potion by Mr. Hugh Hughes to rescind the resolutions as aforesaid was provocative of much acrimoniousdiscussion, at times degenerating into I^rsonalities, but finally the resolution was car- ded by nine votes to six. An amendment that, provided the company get the tramway laid at Once, the tar macadam be accepted for the whole track, was also carried by eight votes to 9Bveti, the Chairman (Mr. J. Williams) urging that delay was "killing," and that they would have the ratepayers about their ears if any further obstacle was put in the way to the com- pletion.

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