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CARDIFF COUNCIL. LATE HEAD CONSTABLE'S ALLEGED DEFICITS. WELLS CHARITY SCHOLARSHIPS. A special meeting of the council was held on Monday, there Mayor (Aid. D. Jones), in the enxir Ainerfhea Lewis, Jacobs, Cory, Waring, Yorath, C-irey, and Taylor Councillors Proper, Trounce, E, Boa van, Thomas P. Pricn, C.irr, Lewis, Jotham, A. Rees, Heme, Mildou, Boulanger, Reynolds, Hopkins, and Burrow. THHTIMti: B LL-A "TOY." In the minutes nf the Finance Committee was an item of £ 27 for "rent of time ;g I I ball," this being among the bills examined and ordered for pyitioiit. Councillor Trounce called attention to the item, questioning whether the time ball was of service to anybody; and the Ilayor expressed :11\ opinion that it was a toy of no service. Mr Trounce considered the expenditure to be waste of public money. It. was ascertained that a five years' agreement (of which three years have still to ruu) was iu force and Mr Boulanger remarked that when the agreement was arrived at it was understood that the ball would he connected with a clock, but 110 clock had been placed at the town- ha¡¡.-(),}Uu(il1or Lswis remarked that a clock would He a benefit to the inhabitants. COST OF PRIVATE IMPROVKMKNTS. Letters had bneu received Irom persons who own properly iu Uyfarlbfa-stieet, Treharris- street, and Piasnewydd-road complaining of the cost of private improvements there a compared with what had been charged elsewhere. It was explained to Mr Trounce, who brought up tlie buestiou upon the minutes of tho Public Works Committee, that the loweMt tender was in each case accepted for doing the work, and the sums then equitably apportioned. The differ- ence, therefore, arose from the amount of the tenders. Tilig ALLEGED DEFICTKNCIIiS IN THK I.ATK HItAD- CONSTABLE'S ACCOUNTS. The minutes of a npeciai meeting of the watch committee, held on the 28th of June, read as follows Tbe borough treasurer reported that there ware cer- tain deficits in the accounts of the late Jlr Hemingway (the hcad-constabie) in respect of moneys which had not been paid over by biin to the borough treasurer, as follows £ s. d. £ s. d. Deficit m rcspect of Special Service Money 45 15 0 Dr.lica in regard to the Poor Box Account 6b 13 10 f 111 8 10 [ Decjt in relation to tho Police Ban Account ?.frj 10 2 Total 376 19 0 Kesoived—That til1 borough treasurer be instructed t,) deduct the sum of £ 4a las. the amount of the special service money deficit, from the gratuity of i;,100 granted to the widow of the late heail-constable. Ke.solved—Tli.it it be ail instruction to the borough treasurer to algn retain out. of the paid gratuity the sum of £ bb 13s lOd, the amount of the deticit in th« poor box account. Ite,iolveci-TdAt no part of the gratuity be paid over by the fcorouuh treasurer, and that. the question of the police band account deficit, stand over to be dealt witli by the council at their next meeting. ltesolved—That tb, chairman and deputy-chairman be desirod to srive notice of motion for the next meeting of the council to rescind the gratuity granted to Mrs Hemingway, and in lieu thereof that ths sum of £400 be paid to tlin widow ot the late head constable, Mr Walter Hemingway, less the sum of £ 15 l&s, alleged deficit in the account, of the police special service fund; aud the sum of 1:65 13s 10 1, alleged deticit ill tlie poor box fund, and less such furtliei, suir in respect of the band fund as the council in its discretion may see fit. The agenda contained notices of motion in accordance with the resolutions above quoted and in submitting them to the council tho Mayor .star.ed t.hat the two items— £ 45 15 and £ 65 13s 10d—were the amounts arrived at after a careful investigation of such of the accounts as could begot hold of from Inspector Pike, and of any documents Mrs Hemingway had in her po"ps¡o¡¡. Seeintr tll:1 t tb»»e were esseutially public matters, part of them being the moneys of the corporation, and part moneys which Mr Hemingway was custodian of, it had been thought best to bring the whole matter before the watch committee. After it had been discussed in full detail on the 28th Juno, whilst the committee were almost unanimously of opinion that the two first items should bo stopped, they wore not so distinctly agreed as to the sums due in respoct of thd hand. It would be remembered that when t.be band was formed, permission was given and the connexion of the council with the oand was of a purely psrmisaive character. The instruments were paid for by public subscriptions, and tho band had been maintained hitherto by sub- scriptions and by concerts. It would seem that there had been a considerable amount of money in the hands of Mr Hemingway in respect of the band, and whether they, as a couucil, had any legal riglit to deal with an alleged deficit in that direction be was not so sure. The town clerk thought not. Another thing which made it difficult, to deal with the matter was that Mrs Hemingway stated that several of the promised subscriptions which appeared in the book had not been paid. Upon the band account ther3 seemed to be a deficiency of jp265 10s 21. He should propose that the first two items should be deducted from any sum the council voted to Mrs Hemingway, and that tho sum ot £ 265 10< 2d be deducted if the couucil eaw fit to deal with it in that fashion. A short discussion as to procedure followed, ending in the Mayor separating tha two tirst- uamed items from the band accouut aud the council theu dealt with those two items, namely, the JEM Hh and the 265 13s lOLl. The MAYOR seated that Mr Mather, who was brother-in-law to the late Mr Hemingway, bad been in communication with the committee all the time, and he was to have met the committee at their last meeting, but did not attend. Every opportunity had been allowed for him to be in possession of the whole facts. Alderman CARET asked whether, on the death of Mr Hemingway, his keys and the things con- nected with his office were handed over to the Mayor or the Town Clerk or were they banded to Mrs Hemingway and Mr Mather and if the latter, what time had elapsed before the keys of the nafe and other private keys were handed to tho town clerk ? The MAYOR said he knew nothing of any private keys. Alderman CARKY Were thoy in the posses- sion of Mrs Hemingway or ot officials in the office ? The TOWN CLERK said that on the day of the funeral it was arranged that the papers, the drawer, etc., should be opened and Mr Mather produced keys. Tho drawers and papers were gone through in the presence of Mr Mather, the huperintendent Gf police, Inspector Pike, and himselt (tbe town clerk). Those that were of a private character Mr Mather took away; those of an official nature were left behind, and a com- plete inventory and schedule was directed to be made of what was found in the office. With respect to anyone acting on behalf of Mr Hemingway in this i-usiness, Mr Matber had been acting for her. He was a gentleman of sound common sense, and one who appeared to be well able to grapple with the matter. He came from Liverpool, and went through the whole of the accounts. Up to that time he (the town clerk) understood that Mrs Hemingway would consent to the money found due from her husband being deducted she had told him that she would soe to the money being paid. After Mr Mather had gone through the accounts, a document was prepared whereby the treasurer should be authorised to take tho two sums named (£45 and E65). That document Mr Mather took away, saying he would bring it back in a day or two, r signed. Instead of that he went back to Liver- pool. Some little time aftorwards he (the town clerk), with Mr Greenhill (treasurer), went to see j^Irs Hemingway and she said she would not consent to anything whatever being deducted from the £400, She said other things as well, and the result was that it was deemed best to convene a meeting of the watch committee. He did not think be should refer to what Mrs Hemingway did say but it left them no alterna- tive except to convene the meeting of the com- mittee. Mrs Hemingway was asked if Mr Matber could attend the meeting of the committee, and she said be would, but before tha meeting a message came up that ho would not attend. In further reply to Alderman Carey, Mr WHEATLEY said that in the examination on the day of the funeral, some 4* or 5s worth of coppers were found in the poor-box, which he believed was open. It was a wooden box, and apparently bad not been used for a very long time. It appeared to him to have been opened two or three years ago. Mr CARE supported the proposition of the mayor, considering the council to be the custodians of the public interest. It was their duty to see that property entrusted to the late head-constable was refunded. They ought to be more careful of the honour of the late head-constable than his widow was, and he (Mr Carr) was sure that if that excellent officer were present, animated by the high sense of honour which always charac- terised him, he would most readily have paid those sums, unless he had a complete explanation to offer. (Hear.) Alderman LKWIS questioned whether the poor- box fund came under the control of the council. The MAYOR said that the fund having been held by the head constable in his official capacity, the council were responsible for seeing that the money xeceived by their officer was made good. In the regulations affecting the appoint. ment of the new head constable, it was provided that all moneys should be paid over to the borough treasurer. Alderman CARET supported the resolution. In justice to the memory of Mr Hemineway, it should be known that at the time of his death there was over B130 in the bank to his credit; and as the two Hums mentioned amounted together to about £ 111, there was really sufficient money in the bank to satisfy the claim of the corpora- tion. Also, in the month of March last, in his report, he referred to one of the items and gave the council full credit of it, asking instructions as to how to deal with that specific sum. He fully admitted that that specifio sum was one of the liabilities. It should be publicly known that there really was sufficient money in the bank to meet those two sums. The resolution as to deducting the two sums (£4-5 and JBbS) from the ffrant of JMOO was then put, and was agreed to. The MAYOR repeated his former observations as to the band account, and stated his belief that that fund would have to stand in the position of a creditor to the estate. It was stated that Mrs Hemingway had placed at the disposal of the treasurer all the papers re- lating to the band account; and, after observa- tions from other members of the council, Alderman OAEXY pointed out that subscriptions were asked for only during the first period of formation. Since then there bad been no sub- scriptions towards its maintenance. Ho was informed that thn highest profit received tromany one concert was 2100 last year. They were aware of the fact that Mr Hemingway had paid Mr Draper j320 a year, and no donbt there were a lot of expenses counected with the band—items which Mr Hemingway bad paid out of his own pocket, and which could uot be found in the accounts. It would be within the recollectinn of the corporation that Mr Hemingway, wbea speaking of the band, had often said, It. is really a drain on my private pocket." He (Alderman C '.rey) was very much I surprised that such a sum could in any possible way be put to the debit of Mr Hemingway, because it was only just before the last concert that he expressed a hope the concert would be a success, as the band fund needed replenishing. ;\[r CAllR, speaking from knowledge of the late head-constable, expressed belief that if Mr Hemingway were there to give explanations ha would perfectly satisfy everyone. Aldeiniin JACOBS supported what had been said as to prdnt,ill ty that the band account was exhausted prior to the last concert, and added that wheu he congratulated the late head-con- stable 011 the success of that concert and on the profit ri;aliz:i, Mr Hemingway replied, "Not before I wanted ir/' The manner In which tue reply was given led him (Alderman Jacobs) to understand that the fund had beau exhausted. The uir.tter then dropped. THK FKKSE.STATION TO MR GLADSTONE. The MAYOR reported that 'the presentation of the Ireedom of tiie borough had Ween made to Mr Gladstone, and said that Sir E J. Reed had very kindly placed his house at the disposal of the deputation, everything baing done that possibly could be done to enable the whole matter to pass utI willI success. They were all deeply indebted tn Sir E. J. Reed for his courtesy and geuerous hospitality and he moved a resolution of thanks to 1 he lion, member for Cardiff. Alderman LKWIS, in seconding the motion, complimented the Mayor upou tha dignity and talent he had displayed on the occasion; the honour of the town had bsen worthily sustained. Alderman CAREY supported the motion. Councillor P. PRICE observed that Alderman Lewis had himself made an excellent I'peecl1, Cully supporting the high character the town bears for eloquence. ALBANY ROAD, ROATH. A petition from inhabitants of this road pray- ing that their street should be m;"d>3 60 feet wide instead of 50 feeo was referred to tue committee for confidiiration. WKLLS CLIAKITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND EXHIBITIONS. Tne Lowii (Jierk reported that the seneine of the Charity Commissioners in regard to Craddock Charity received tlie approval of her By ckuse 4 the council are authorized to elect four representative eroveru- ors. The governors are to pay yeariy to the college, so long as it is constituted in such a manner all to fnili! the conditions of the schedule, a sum of £ 800 or one«half th" net income, whichever sh.dl be the smaller. Until a further scheme shall take effect, a yearly I' sum of £200 ii! to be applied in main- tenance 01 scholarships, each of tho annual value of not less than £3 or more than £10, to be awarded equally, between boys ami girl*, who I have, while under the age of 13 years, been scholars for a period of two years in Cardiff elementary schools, where the fee is not more than 6 I per week, the scholarship* to be tenable at the higher elementary school, or similar institution in Cuditf, Exhibitions, to be called Craddock Exhibitions," are to be established, the holders of which are to be entitled to exemption for olle year from payment oC lecture feell. or oom- position for lecture fees, in the college and also to the lium of £O; thes- exhibitions to be given as reward of merit, after examination, to (scholars as described iu the cane of scholarships. Provision is made alo for five first-year exhibitions, for candidates under the age of 18; five second-year exhibitions for candidates under tha age of 19; and live third-year exhibition* for candidaies under the age of 20. It was ordered that tha report be inserted on the minutes. THE PARISH OF RUMNKT. The council ordered that, the common seal should be affixed to the memorial of the Local Government Board in oppositiou to the proposal to transfer the parish of Rumney from Cardiff Union to the Newp.ut TJuion. CORPORATION PROPERTY. The next business was to receive from the borough treasurer aud borough engineer a schedule of the reuts aud the plans of the different proper- ties of the corporation. This schedule will bs printed and distributed. RLEOTBIO LIGHTING. Formal preliminary notices were received from five companies announcing their intention to make application for provinional orders affecting Cardiff. THE EXTENSION OR THK FREE LIBRARY. Alettor from the Local Government Board gave sanctioll of the body to tbe borrowing (If tbe lum of £10,000, and also granting consent to the apprl,pWu,IOI1 of certaiu lands adjoining the present budding, for the exteusion of the fret library. Mr CAnR raised a discussion as to the doings of tii9 committee, under whose decision the present building was erected; but Mr Reeg pointed out that 104 plaus came before the com- mittee, that they carefully made their choice, and that that choice was continued by au expert from London, who chose the same design, not knowing that it had previously bseu selected by the com- mittee. CANTON BKIDGJC AND ITS LAMPS. Councilor BKAVAN raised this question, moving the re8cision u{ the resolutioll under which tho alteration of the lamps was made, and proposing that the origiual lamps be replaced with an im- proved light. He animadverted upon the iujury dOM to the appearauce of the bridge by tht change, and declared that the new lamp-posti were au obstruction to tha footway. Councillor BRAIN said that the light affxrded I by the new lamps was just double Miat given by the old lamps, and that this was secured with s, saving of £3 per anuum in cost. Ultimately it was decided, on the motion of Alderman CAREY, to let the new lamps remain until further experience had beengaiQed. This concluded the business.

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