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ORIGIN OF THE WORD " PONTYPOOL."

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THE four-shilling Local Board rate appears to meet with some disfavour, and a decided unwill- ingness to pay it without additional information is indicated by many ratepayers. That the ab. normally high rate has to cover expenditure of an unusual character, everyone is aware and it is a very happy circumstance that our Local Board does not often have to meet legal expenses: In the present case, the law-suit, MASTERS V. PONTY- POOL LOCAL BOARD, has excited a vast amount of interest in the neighbourhood. At the time when the rate was made, two meetings of rate- payers were held in the Town Hall, for the pur- pose of protesting against the rate; and although these meetings did not result in any decisive ac- tion beyond the waiting of a deputation upon the Local Board at their monthly meeting, enough has been said and done to show that much feeling exists. The ratepayers are now aware that it is not within the power of the Local Board to put off the evil day, but that the whole of the costs incurred in the law-suit must be discharged at once. There are some who blame the Board in toto for their action in the matter, and would make the members individually liable for the payment of the costs but we think this feeling is confined to a few, and that the majority of the ratepayers are thoroughly convinced of the bona fides of the Board. The two letters on the subject which have appeared in our columns, one a fortnight ago and the other in the present issue, do not appear in any way to express censure -upon the Board, b,ut rather make a request that the Board wo-dld furnish the general public with jnore precise information as to the way the money goes than is now possessed. "A Victim" aud "Victim, No. 2." ask for the publication in the FREE PRESS of a list of bills for expenses and loss of time sent in for payment by witnesses who went to Loudon. The idea that ratepayers should know what they are paying for seems fair enough, but it appears that the Local Board cannot advertise úch a statement because the Anditor would not pass the charge for doing so in the accounts. It is suggested that we should insert the list as news interesting to the general public. If the Local Board caused such a list to be pre- pared, and had it read at their meeting in the presence of our lieporter, the publication of it, if not obviously too long for the space at our com- mand, would then naturally take place as part of their ordinary transactions. At the same time, it should be clearly understood that the accounts of the Board are open to the inspection of ratepayers. We understand that some gentlemen who went to London as witnesses did not make any charge for their loss of time, only demauding repayment for the bare railway fares and hotel bills, and it seems to us only fair that the sa- crifices made by them in remaining away from business for a longtime without compensation, to save the ratepayers' pockets, should be generally known. The bills were all examined by the Taxing Master, and no doubt all the demands passed by him for payment were strictly legal.

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