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COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT.
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT. HALF-YEARLY MEETING. NEW VISITING BYE-LAW. THE FINANCES OF THE INSTITUTION. THE NEED OF INCREASED SUBSCRIPTIONS. A half-yearly meeting of the Committee of Management of the Tenby Cottage Hospital was held in the Charity Trustees' Room, St. George Street, at noon last Saturday, when there were present—Mrs C. F. Egerton Allen, Mrs Voyle (The Norton), Miss Emily Edwards (Brython), Miss Evans (St. Mary's House), Mr Edward Laws, J.P., Mr Robert Lock, M.A., Mr J. F. C. Burgess, the Rev. Benjamin Lewis (Presby- terian), the Rev. G. C. Clarke (Wesleyan), and Mr G. E. Mainland (lion. sec. and treasurer). On the proposition of Mr Lock, seconded by the Rev. B. Lewis, Mr Laws was voted to the ohair. Letters expressing regret at inability to at- tend the meeting were read from Mr C. F. Egerton Allen, J.P., and the Rev. T. Erasmus Gravell (Cold Inn). The minutes of the last half-yearly meeting (held on Saturday, April 17th) having been read and confirmed, Mr Mainland submitted the financial state- ment from April 1st to September 30th, from which it appeared that for the last six months the total receipts of the institution from all sources had been £224 17s. 4 £ d., as compared with £205 3s. 3 £ d. during the corresponding period of last year, while the expenditure had amounted to J3198 12s. 2^d. as against J3164 13s. Id. for the same period of 1908. The re- ceipts had thus increased by jS19 14s. Id., and the expenditure by J355 19s. l^d. The debit balance was thus £14 5s. 0 £ d. Analyzing the receipts, Mr Mainland pointed out that the subscriptions had increased by £9; congrega- tional collections, B2; entertainments, £24; and Linen and Bed Fund, £7; total, £24. The decreases were donations, £11; patients' payments, £1; alms boxes, Sl auction sale, £6; and Hospital Saturday, j35 total, £22; thus leaving a nett increase of £20. In the matter of expenditure, there had been an in- crease of £6 for provisions J314 for medicine, etc. £1 domestic; jSl garden £9 repairs; £9 salaries and wagea while the only decrease had been that of £6 in the Linen and Bed Fund expenditure, the nett increase being J354. The number of subscribers to the hospital on the register on January 1st last was 147, con- tributing B128 38., compared with 144, contri- buting B124 2s. on the corresponding date of the previous year. During 1909 there had been five new subscribers, bringing in an additional £32s. 6d., while four subscribers had increased their subscriptions by 16s. 6d. and one de- creased by 10s. 6d., the nett increase being thus 6s. During the year seven subscribers had either left the town or died, their contri- butions totalling £6 3s. Up to September 30th 108 subscribers had paid J3101 10s. 6d., leaving 37 to pay JB25 18s. With regard to the large increase in the medicine bill, Mr Mainland pointed out that this was more apparent than real, as the account had come in later this year. The repairs item was increased by the expense of exterior painting. A return of the patients was then presented by Mr Mainland, from which it appeared that on April 1st last there were six patients in the hospital as compared with five on the corres- ponding date last year. Thirty-one had been admitted since as against 35, so that altogether 37 had been under treatment during the past six months, as against 40 last year. Thirty had been discharged, nunQ had died, and seven re- mained. During the last six months there were no dental cases. The total number of days spent in the hospital during the last six months was 966, represented by 686 for 29 paying patients, and 280 for eight free patients. Compared with the same period of last year these figures showed a marked increase, 40 patients spending only 754 days in the institu- tion. Mr Mainland, in explanation of the in- crease of over 200 days, said they had had to deal with some very serious and tedious cases during the past half-year, one case of appen- dicitis remaining under treatment for 116 days. This increase in the duration of time accounted for the increased expenditure already referred to. There had been 15 surgical cases as against 11 last year. Mr Mainland said that in consequence of these serious cases there had been a heavy bill for extra nursing. Sister Lloyd was very hard worked indeed, and was obliged to have a nurse in for about six weeks, the bill amounting to j312 6s. In view of this he (Mr Mainland) applied to their old friend, Mr Clement Williams, asking if he could give them any help, and in answer to this he wrote enclosing a cheque for ten guineas. (Applause.) At the same time Mr Williams expressed the opinion that an effort should be made by some of the subscribers to give a little more by increasing their subscriptions. The next business on the agenda was the revision of the bye-law relating to visitors to patients. Mr Mainland, in bringing the matter forward, said it had been found, now that the hospital was so much more used, the the rule for the admission of visitors and friends to patients was much too lax. At present people were allowed to visit patients every week day from three to four and from six to seven, and on Sundays from three to five. When there were a number of patients in the hospital, seven, eight, and nine beds being occupied some weeks, it had been a very great strain on a very small staff; and the medical staff had brought this matter under his notice. He had looked into the rules of other similar hospitals at different places, and found that none of them allowed visitors on every day of the week the average was about two days during the week and Sundays. It was now suggested in regard to the Tenby Cottage Hospital that three days in the week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, between the hours of three and four and six and seven, and from three to five on Sundays, should be available for visitors. The Chairman, in formally proposing that the bye-law with regard to visitors to the hospital to see patients should be altered in accordance with the terms put before the meeting by Mr Mainland, said that, of course, a lot of tramping in and out meant a lot of work for the servants to keep the hospital clean and as they were all aware it was absolutely necessary that a hospital should be kept perfectly clean. The more trampling in and out there was the more dirty boots which added enormously to the labour of those who had to do the work of keeping the place clean. He proposed that the hours of visiting should be altered—three to four and six to seven on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and from three to five on Sundays. Even with this alteration the visiting time wottld be very much more liberal than any of the other hospi- tals which Mr Mainland had named Abingdon, Llandudno, Axminster, Evesham, etc. Mr Lock seconded, and in doing so said he agreed with Mr Laws that a great deal of extra work was brought upon the staff by people tramping in and out. He thought that the wish of the doctors in this matter should be acceded to. The Rev. B. Lewis—Would that apply to ministers visiting sick patients 1 Mr Mainland replied in the negative, and added that ministers of religion could visit patients at any time and at all times. The Rev. G. C. Clarke, in supporting the resolution, said he considered it a very reason- able move. The Chairman suggested that perhaps it would be as well to add to the proposition that the clergy and ministers would be free to visit patients at any time. Mr Mainland did not think this necessary, as there was already a rule abont it. The Rev. G. C. Clarke-I think that is gene- rally understood in every institution. Mr Mainland—Patients have the utmost reli- gious liberty and can be visited by ministers whenever desired. -0_ The resolution was then put to the meeting and carried unanimously. The Rev. G. C. Clarke said he wished to say how altogether thankful they were as well as delighted with the regular working of the hos- pital. It was a joy to him in hisJiumble minis- trations, now and again, to find everything in such good order and the patients so well cared for. For this state of things great thanks were due to the members of the House Committee and especially to their wonderful nurse. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman, referring to the services rendered to the hospital by Mr Mainland, said he (the speaker) had so often impressed upon them the thankfulness they ought to feel to their friend that it was becoming almost tire- some, but he did not think it was possible for them to get a better man than they had got as hon. secretary. (Applause.) Mr Mainland spent the whole of his time—morning, noon and night— in doing almost the best work that a man could do, and he (Mr Laws) was sure that they all felt most thankful to him—they as committee men the patients and the town of Tenby. (Applause.) Mr Mainland said he was very much obliged for the kind remarks of the chairman. It was a great pleasure to him to do what he was doing, and he hoped to continue as long as he was spared and given health and strength to carry on the work. At the same time he must say that the good regular working of the insti- tution was not so much due to him as to Sister Lloyd and the doctors who saw after every- thing. (Applause.) Every praise was due to the Sister and the medical staff for the great care and time they gave to the institution. Everyone who had been a patient said how pleased and grateful they were at the treatment received and he instanced the case of a little boy who upon the first night he left the hospital cried to return to go to bed there. A vote of thanks to Mr Laws for presiding was proposed by Mr Mainland, seconded by Mr Lock, and carried with acclamation. The Chairman, in acknowledging the vote, said that in the working of a little hospital like their's it followed on the lines of the bigger ones if it kept up to date. The appliances for patients were increased very much, and as a consequence the expenditure was increased aud therefore they must all try and meet the new demands on them. Mr Mainland«had pointed out the drugs bills, which had enor. mously increased, the doctors requiring new appliances which were never dreamt of before. They had had operations which wore never an- ticipated when the little hospital was built. As a consequence of all this the expenses of the institution had largely increased, and although their friends in Tenby and neighbourhood had been very good, it was for them to see if they could get them to increase their subscriptions. In the course of a desultory discussion on the subject of ways and means, Mr Mainland remarked that the regular sub- scriptions represented about one-third of what might be called the endowment income of the hospital the remaining 66 per cent. was ob- tained from casual collections. Mr Lock thought that before they separated they should pass a vote of thanks to all those who had contributed an aggregate sum of over j370 this year on behalf of the hospital. This large sum had been realized by the Hospital Saturday Collection, the Royal Strolling Players (B8 11s. 3d.), Mr John Studt (£12 13s. 6d.), Mr Thomas Jones's fishing competition (£2 4s. 10d.), Mr F. B. Mason (auction sale), etc. Mr Mainland said that they could not have done without this assistance. Mr Lock formally proposed a vote of thanks to all who had in any way assisted in contri- buting the different sums mentioned. The Chairman had much pleasure in seconding the vote which was carried unanimously. Mr Mainland said the expenditure of the in- stitution for the half-year had been JB198. Mr Lock enquired whether they seemed to get any new subscribers locally. Mr Mainland replied in the negative, and said that the present number was less on January 1st. He mentioned that every year he sent the report and a pleading circular round with a view of getting addititional sub- scriptions. Tho Chairman "aid thai tho population of Tenby was very small, and that was the diffi- culty about getting extra subscriptions. The people were generous enough, but the popu- lation was so small to collect from. Mr Lock remarked that they did not go very far into the county. The Chairman—Much further than we did and we get more assistance than we did. A vote of thanks to the chairman closed the meeting.
A PEMBROKESHIRE TANGLE.
A PEMBROKESHIRE TANGLE. A rather curious position has arisen in Pem- brokeshire in regard to the granting of theatri- cal licences. Until recently the Pembroke and Tenby borough magistrates used to grant these licences, but a short time ago an applicant, who was refused a licence by the Pembroke-Dock magistrates, raised the question of jurisdiction. He applied to the county magistrates for the CaBtlemartin division, who granted the licence, being advised by their clerk that they had the power to do so. Then the Pembroke Town Council took up the matter, and decided to apply to the County Council to have the powers with regard to these licences delegated to them. At the Castlemartin Petty Sessions at Pem- broke on Saturday Mr G. Lort Stokes, solicitor, Tenby, applied for a theatrical licence for the Assembly Rooms, Tenby, which had in the past been granted by the Tenby magistrates. Mr C. F. Egerton Allen, J.P., raised the question of jurisdiction of the county magistrates. The other magistrates, however, were satisfied that they had the power, and the Chairman (Col. W. R. Mirehouse) said the licence would be granted. Mr Egerton Allen said that in his humble opinion the county .magistrates had no power to grant a licence for a place not in the petty sessional division, and this house was in the borough of Tenby, and not in the Castlemartin division. The Chairman—Are yon addressing Mr Stokes ? Mr Egerton Allen-No, sir. The Chairman—Then I must call you to order. The case has been decided, and I don't think it is a case for the public at all. Mr Egerton Allen-I will submit to your ruling. The Chairman—You can take any step you like. Mr Egerton AJlen-I think it is a public duty. The Chairmah-We will proceed with the next case.
PEMBROKE BOROUGHS. The Liberal Party in the Pembroke and Haverfordwest Boroughs believe that they will retain the seat by a large majority in the event of a General Election taking place in the near future. They claim to have benefited in every contributory district, except Milford Haven, at the Registration Courts, and are confident that they will gain considerably on the score of the Budget. They, however, re- cognise that at the last election, largely as the result of the publication of a letter from Lord Cawdor, who was First Lord of the Admiralty in the last Conservative Government, in which he said that it would in future be a difficult matter to find employment for the workmen at Pembroke Dock-yard aud foreshadowed a large future reduction at that establishment, a great many Conservatives supported Mr Owen Philipps, who are not likely to do so on a future occasion, and therefore they do not anticipate maintaining the majority then obtained. Still, as the present Government, after carrying out one reduction in the early part of 1906, has continued to find work to keep the yard fairly well employed, they have confidence that, at Pembroke-Dock, the prospects of the Liberals, as far as they are likely to be influenced by dock-yard policy, are better than those of their opponents. These views do not, as far as can be ascertained, differ widely from those enter- tained by the Conservatives. Opposition to the Budget does not appear to evoke much enthusiasm, and Conservatives generally do not, therefore, evince much anxiety for an election. The party agents, indeed, are not over sanguine of success should an election take place.—South Wales Daily News.
Ie. THE EARL OF DENBIGH AT HAVER- FORDWEST. WRATH WITH THE CHANCELLOR. COUNTY MAGNATE'S INDIGNATION. Sir Charles Philipps presided at a Conservative meeting held at Haverfordwest last week, when the principal speakers were the Earl of Denbigh and Sir George Armstrong, Conservative candi- date for the Pembroke and Haverfordwest Boroughs. Among others on the platform were Lord and Lady Kensington, Sir Owen and Lady Scouriield, Archdecon Hilbers, Mr Williams (town clerk of Haverfordwest), Dr. Davies, Glanafon, and Mr Birt, Milford Haven. The Chairman said he must speak with bated breadth because they had members present who belonged to that House which, according to Mr Lloyd George, consisted of 600 members of the unemployed. When he thought of the illustrious members who adorned that House, he, for one, said that the House of Lords was a body of which they might feel proud. There was very great need of a change of Government. For four mortal years we had had a Government which had done hardly anything but harass every insti- tution. They had made uneasy every institution in the land. They had harassed the Church, harassed the schools, and they were now harassing the landlords, and those who belonged to a very respectable and recognised trade—the licensing trade. It was time that the voice of the country was heard, when a member holding high place in the Government stood before an audience at Newcastle, and for one and a half hours denounced landlords. In Wales landlords and tenants lived on very friendly and happy terms. He did not think that any worse time could possibly arrive than the setting up of the horrible, abominable, class jealousy between landlords and tenantry and people as a whole, which he was sorry to see Mr Lloyd George set up at Newcastle. The Chan- cellor represented landlords as people with no sympathy, as men who wanted to grasp as much as possible. Yet he (Sir Charles) ventured to say that the smallest landlord in Pembrokeshire had done more good to the people with whom he was associated than Mr Lloyd George had done with his salary of JE5000, which all taxpayers, helped to pay. The Earl of Denbigh said he stood before them as a double-dyed criminal. He was not only a landlord, but a member of that assembly which they were constantly told took its chief pleasure in everlastingly trampling upon the declared wishes of the Sovereign people. Greater non- sense than that was never uttered. The House of Lords knew perfectly well that it could not oppose the declared wishes of the people. The Budget was an indirect attempt to accomplish what the Lords had rejected, and an effort to scotch Tariff Reform. In his Newcastle speech Mr Lloyd George was playing a dangerous game. He was arousing passions which were more easily aroused than allayed. The Chancellor was deve- loping into a mere frothy demogogue, such as we were accustomed to meet at street corners. Sir George Armstrong criticised Mr Hem- merdes's recent speech at Pembroke-Dock, whose utterances he characterised as a tissue of exaggera- tions and false statements. Mr Hemmerdes's speech was really an insult to the intelligence of his audience. The policy of the Unionists was to make foreigners pay. The Budget would not have the slightest effect in relieving unemployment. Lord Kensington said the present Cabinet was born by lies, and had carried on their work by a series of misconstructions" which at school they called lies.
.I i I ...— SUCCESSFUL CHORAL…
I i I — SUCCESSFUL CHORAL CLASS. RECOGNISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. In connection with the Village Society of Manorbier, Penally and St. Florence, which was formed last year by Lady St. Davids, a successful Choral Society was conducted last winter by Mr Richard Williams, L.R.A.M., Tenby. The class was placed on the list recog- nised by the Board of Education as eligible for aid, under the provisions of the Board's Regu- lations for evening and Technical Schools, and grants for satisfactory attendance and progress have been received from the Board of Education and the Local Education Authority towards the maintenance of the class.
PEMBROKESHIRE POLICE. MORE CONSTABLES, MORE CRIME." LAW-ABIDING NEYLAND. Sir Charles Philipps presided at a meeting of the Pembrokeshire Standing Joint Committee, held at Haverfordwest last week. A communi- cation was received from the Home Office dealing with mutual aid between the police forces. The Chief Constable (Mr Fred Sum- mers) said that Pembrokeshire had never entered into an agreement with other counties, and Dr. Griffith remarked, "My experience is that the less we have to do with other counties the better." The Chairman promised to dis- cuss the matter with the Chief Constable and report to the next meeting. The Chief Con- stable, reporting on the question whether any- one in the force was eligible to receive tQe King's medal for long and distinguished service, said he was not prepared to make any recom- mendation at the present moment. It had been suggested that ex-Superintendent Evans, of Pembroke-Dock, was a suitable person to receive the medal, and he had communicated with the Home Office with a view to ascer- taining whether ex-superintendents and ex- policemen who had retired within the last few years were eligible. Up to the present they had received no reply. NEYLAND'S ONE POLICEMAN. The Neyland Urban District Council made an application for^an additional constable for that town. It was pointed out that, with a popula- tion of 3926, the town had only one policeman. The Chief Constable said he was unable to re- commend an increase. There had only been 15 police cases from Neyland since last April, but if the fishing industry developed it might be necessary to place an additional man there.— The Chairman—It is increasing. We had, 40 smacks in last week.—Mr J. C. Yorke said that with two policemen the number of police cases since April might have been doubled.—Dr. Griffith-l always find that the more constables, the more crime. (Laughter.)—The Chairman said he was pleased to hear that Neyland was such a peaceable town, but he did not think the Neyland Council would make such an applica- tion unless they thought an additional police- man necessary. The matter was left to the discretion of the Chief Constable, who promised to interview the Neyland Council on the matter. POLICE STATION AT GOODWICK. The committee were urged by the Fishguard justices to proceed without delay with the new police station at Goodwick. It was pointed out that last week five stowaways were landed from one of the liners, and these took up all the accommodation provided at the local police station. The surveyor was instructed to pro- ceed with the plaus as soon as the accommodation had been decided upon, and the matter of the accommodation was left to a sub-committee. A communication was received from the clerk to the Dungleddy justices urging that a new ses- sions house should be provided at Clarbeston Road. It was pointed out that at present the magistrates sat in a room, and no witnesses' room, and when the magistrates deliberated in private the public had to wait ouside in the road. The committee resolved to build a new sessions house.
"RECOLLECTIONS OF OLD TENBY" is an in- teresting collection of views of Tenby as it appeared in the latter part of the 18th century, with descriptive letterpress. Every visitor ought to obtain a copy. Price one shilling, from the local newsagents or the Observer Office.
In the early part of this year I had occasion to appeal for donations from the charitable towards relieving the necessities of a poor family, the mother and children of which had been left for fourteen or fifteen days practically without any care or atten- tion at all. The response to my appeal in that case was most generous, and I was enabled to rescue the family from debt and give them a fresh start. # A month or two afterwards I made another appeal on behalf of Mrs Theo Mathias, who appeared in the Tenby Police Court last week, when her hus- band was charged with neglecting his ten children comprising the family. For some reason I was entrusted with only a very few pounds for the relief of Mrs Mathias and her numerous family I now wish to call the parti- cular attention of my readers to the evidence given at the Police Court by Inspector Jones, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. *.Z$ Going into the witness-box the In- spector on oath said that there was no food of any kiiid in the house. Mrs Mathias stated that the children had had a little breakfast. She was dazed and did not look to him like a woman responsible for her actions at the time. She was almost demented. It was the most heart-rending case he had ever seen, so many children starving and naked in fact he had never seen any- thing like it before." What a terrible indictment this is against the various charitable institu- tions of Tenbyl Surely the clergy will have something to say about it I Some thought me rather severe in the re- marks I made some months ago anent the case of the necessitious poor of Tenby, but surely no pen can write words strong enough to condemn any system or want of system under which such a case as Mrs Mathias's could possibly exist. Children naked and starving at our very doors The mother vainly trying to feed and clothe them on three-halfpence per day each! "Disgusting"! most suitably describes the matter in my opinion. A correspondent who feels deeply over the case writes me to enquire why one family should starve like this while another man who can earn moderately fair wages receives abput 4s. 6d. a week from the parish has grown-up sons in regular work, and a wife taking in a large amount of laundry work. The man in question publicly solicits dona- tions in the High Street, yet no notice is taken of it. All I can say in reply to this correspondent is that persistent beggars generally come off best, whilst those who are too proud to do so are left to starve. F. B. M. THE TATLER." P.S.—I beg to return hearty thanks to the reader of my "notes" who so kindly sent a fine brace of pheasants addressed to The Warrior," Giltar House, Tenby. Although the Warrior is making splendid progress, his trainer will not allow him to partake of pheasant, but I hope to do justice to them on his behalf.-F. B. M.
PEMBROKE-DOCK AP- PRENTICES. A18t- EXAMINATION SUCCESSES. The distribution of prizes at the apprentices' school, Pembroke Dock-yard, as the result of the examination held in June last took place last week. Captain Superintendent G. H. B. Mundy, M.V.O., made the presentations, and amongst those present were Staff-Captain Moulton, J.P., King's harbourmaster, Mr H. Pledge, chief constructor; Mr N. A. Hay, naval store officer; Fleet Surgeon Andrews, M.D., Mr H. F. Hunt, B.Sc., electrical engineer; Engineer Lieutenant Hobbs, chief engineer; Mr J. B. Scannell, assistant expense accounts officer; and Mr J. Rogers, assistant constructor. The Captain Superinten- dent said he was very pleased to have received a satisfactory report on the schools. The lads as a whole had worked well, and the best of them had more than held their own with the foremost boys at other yards. During the year technical lectures had been introduced. As the result of the examination, W. J. A. Davies, T. G. Robbins, H. S. Oliver, and T. C. Morgan were allowed their text books, the cost of each set being about JE12. After a long struggle against formidable candidates, W. J. A. Davies had secured the first place amongst fourth year boys, and been awardel a cadetship in naval construction. Of the third year boys W. J. John, with 259 marks, had secured the fourth place at all yards in educational subjects. The highest candidate of the entry was D. J. Offord, Portsmouth, with 283 marks. In the second year G. McCloghrie had won the Admiralty prize for the second time in succession. In the first year Kill, who was 50th on the list of his entry in 1908, was now fourth on the general liet. The Captain Superintendent then presented prizes to the following:-4th year, W. J. A. Davies, T. J. Robbins, H. S. Oliver 3rd year, W. J. John, A. W. A. Jones, A. W. Smith; 2nd year, G. McGloghrie, C. S. Evans, G. G. Fielder, W. N. Hancock 1st year, E. F. Kill, A. G. Vaughan, B. J. Lewis.
EXCELLENT EXHIBITS. Under the auspices of the Fishguard Cattle Show Committee, the first foal show was held at Letterston on Monday. The innovation has for its object the improvement and encouragement of agriculture. The organisers, of whom Mr J. Victor Higgon, J.P., Sealyham, is president, com- prise members of the committee of the North Pembrokeshire Farmers' Club. On the whole the show was successful, many of the leading stock breeders of the county exhibiting foals of excel lent quality. Subsequently the animals were offered by auction, several changing hands. PRIZE LIST. Cart foal—1, George Griffiths, Penycwm; 2, John W. Thomas, Portfield Gate; 3, W. B. Williams, Broad Haven. Foal by Lunesdale King or Glastonbury-l. W. B. Williams, Broad Haven 2, J. G. Reed, Clar- beston Road. Foal by Castlecenias Chief—1, J. Lloyd Lewis, Mathry 2, T. E. Thomas, Mathry. Challenge cup for the best suckling cart foal- George Griffiths, Penycwm. Hackney foal—1, Benjamin Evans, Goodhope, 2, W. L. Williams, Longhook; 3, Thomas Griffiths, Priskilly. Welsh cob foal—1, James Harries, Hay castle 2, Thomas Vaughan, Little Newcastle 3, James, Harries, Hayscastle. Best foal by Pride of Briton-James Harries. Hunters.—Foal—1, W. B. Williams, Harold- ston; 2, W. J. Morris, Letterston 3, C. E. Vaughan, Bowlings. Best foal by Utility-W. J. Morris, Letterston. Best foal by Orphens-C. E. Vaughan, Rud- baxton.
PEMBROKE BOARD OF GUARDIANS.
PEMBROKE BOARD OF GUARDIANS. "11. At the last meeting of the Pembroke of Guar- dians, held at the Pembroke Workhouse under the chairmanship of Mr Thomas John, it was stated that during the first week Mr Valentine Roberts, Relieving Officer for No. 1 district, expended on 381 pau]j|rs the sum of JE53 14s. 2d., and in the second week on 374, JE50 10s., average 2s. 8d. per head. Mr G. R. Young, Relieving Officer for No. 2 district, stated that during the first week his out- lay on 274 paupers was JE32 19s. 3d., and in the second week on 259 paupers JE30 2s.; average 2s. 4d. per head. A letter was read from Mr Charles Mathias, the guardian for the parish of Lamphey, pointing out that a pauper in his parish had gone to live with her son-in-law, and he asked the Board to stop her relief, and take an inventory of the furniture she had taken with her, as it was more or less the property of the guardians. Chorus of Voices—Oh, no Mr Young remarked that the pauper in ques- tion was 83 years of age, and had left her house in Lamphey having had notice to quit from her landlord, Mr Mathias. It was agreed to continue the relief of 5s. per week. Mr Tucker—What are you going to do with re- gard to that letter? I don't think the Board should be dictated to in that way by any guardian. The Chairman—Let it lie on the table. The Clerk—Put it in the are (laughter). Mrs H. W. Lewis, a lady visitor, reported having visited the House, and was pleased to notice a greatly improved tone in its work and manage- ment. The Master reported that on the 28th ult. an inmate named Sarah Lewis, attempted to drown herself in the Millpond. She was now in the Asylum. In pulling her out the porter ruined a pair of trousers and a new pair had been given him. Several young women and men had made application for leave to go to the fair, but the House Committee recommended that no leave be granted. The Chairman—They always come back in a more or less intoxicated condition, and the recom- mendation is a wise one. Mr George Thomas moved that the wishes of committee be carried out, and this was agreed to. The Master stated that two bed ridden inmates of the infirmary, Emma Callon and Gertrude Warlow, had kicked up a disturbance because they were not allowed to go to the fair, and they had taken their discharge. Mr Penney—What ? These two women who have always been in bed with bad legs going to the fair? The Master—That is where they want to go. Mr W. Evans—In the face of that our indul- gence with these two women has been a farce. They have always been given preferential treat- ment, and despite the wishes of the doctor, and likewise the Master and Matron, they have got up from bed and taken their discharge in order to go to the fair If they come back to the House again they should not be given this special treat- ment. The Chairman—They will not go back to the infirmary. Mr Penney—They have been in bed for months and months. The Master stated that one of the women was in a frightful condition. The matter then dropped. The Chairman said that at the last meeting he asked the members to study the returns of the Poor Law Inspector (Mr Williams) and he hoped they had done so. Dealing with the figures as they stood in the Pembroke Union, the Chair- man said that in 1905 the percentage of paupers on the population was 2.4, and in 1909 2.8, a slight increase. In 1905 the cost of maintenance —indoor and outdoor—per head was 3s. 5 £ d., and in 1909, 4s. Id. per head. Mr Hancock—The increased relief given to the children might account for that increase. Continuing, the Chairman said that there were three unions in the county, and although com- parisons were perhaps odious, it was well to see how they stood with regard to them, The cost per head in the Narberth Union last year was 5a. 9id., and in the Haverfordwest Union, 4s. 10d., so they in Pembroke were much lower. There were 53 unions in Mr Williams's district, which included Wales and Monmouthshire, and five years ago Pembroke stood tenth on the list; this year they were bracketed with several other unions as 23rd. The percentage for the whole district stood at 2*9, and the Pembroke Union stood at 2*8. Their maintenance had increased from JE5600 to JE6500, but a reference to last year's abstract of account would explain the reason. They were coming down now, and he hoped the old level would soon be reached. The percentage in some parishes in the union were (jwice at high as in others. The Clerk—Upton has no percentage at all. The Chairman—For instance, if you take the percentage of St. Mary's (Pembroke and Pem- broke-Dock), and compare them with St. Michael's and Monkton, you wiil find the percentage doubled. Mr Tucker—Where does Tenby stand ? The Chairman—Tenby stands at the 2.9, the average of the whole union. In reply to Mr Evans, the Chairman said Pem- broke-Dock worked out at 2.1. That was ex- tremely low, and he attributed it to the fact that so many pensioners resided there. Mr Evans—You would be bankrupt it it were not for Pembroke-Dock. Mr George Thomas—St. Michael's takes the cake. I am sorry my old friend Mr John Jones is not here. The Chairman—That is due to the lodging- houses and the neighbourhood generally. Mr Evans—Take away the rookeries you get rid of the crows. The matter then dropped.
MILFORD WOUNDING CASE.
MILFORD WOUNDING CASE. HUSBAND'S ALLEGED FEROCITY. At the Milford Haven Police Court last week —before Dr. George Griffith and other magis- trates-Mathew John, described as a shunter on the Milford Docks, and living at Priory, was brought up on remand charged with feloniously wounding his wife with intent to do her grevious bodily harm. Martha John, the pri- soner's wife, said her husband locked the door, placed the key in his pocket, and exclaimed, "I don't want the sixpence (as to- which there had been a quarrel); I want what I said—your life." The prisoner, who was under the in- fluence of drink, then struck her to the ground. He knelt on her chest, placed his hand on her mouth, and battered her head. Then he threw a paraffin lamp at her, and her dress caught fire. He also threatened to take her life with a razor. The clothes worn by the wit- ness on the night in question were produced. They were covered with blood, as also was the prisoner's shirt. Asked whether he had any questions to put the prisoner said that he never threatened his wife. "I have been a good husband to her." John then broke down and wept bitterly. Prisoner elected to be sworn. He said he gave his wife a sovereign on Friday evening, and when she came to reckon it up it was found that Is. 6d. was missing. She could not give any account of it. He denied that he threatened to kill her. When he came home on the night in question she threw a knife at him, and capsized the table. "I don't know what to do with her. She will drive me mad," he added. The prisoner was committed for trial at the Assizes.
HAVERFORDWEST CRUELTY CASE.
HAVERFORDWEST CRUELTY CASE. At Haverfordwest Petty Sessions on Monday, John Glass, dealer, Swansea, was summoned at the instance of Inspector Freed, of the R.S.P.C.A., for ill-treating a horse by kicking it. Evidence was given by Thomas Ibbert, porter at Commerce House, Haverfordwest; Mrs Anna Miles, Hollo- way House, Haverfordwest, and Harry Devonald, ostler at the Dragon Hotel, who stated that they saw the defendant give a chestnut pony a violent running kick in the abdomen, which he repeated. They also saw the defendant beat the horse with a stick, and Mrs Miles remarked to Captain Stod- dart, who was with her, I cannot stand this," and immediately spoke to the defendant. The cart was so heavily loaded that the horse could hardly move. Defendant said he was not the owner of the horse and cart, but he had a stall in the Haverfordwest Fair, and he was afraid that the horse might upset it. lie admitted kicking the horse, but denied that they were violent kicks. A fine of 2s. 6d. and 16s. costs was imposed.
CORRESPONDENCE. 8'8'- THE PRICE OF TYRES. To the Editor of the Tenby Observer SIR,—Our attention has been drawn to a para- graph which appeared in your issue of the 30th ult., under the heading of Local Sittings," and which, to our mind, would convey quite an erroneous impression as to what has actually occurred in connection with the recent increase in the prices effected by several tyre companies. The paragraph would lead one to think that the company mentioned was the only one supplying motor tyres at the old prices, but we would point out that Continental" tyres have not been increased in price, as the result of the rise in the cost of raw rubber, neither has the quality of same in any way deteriorated. It might, also, we think, be of interest to mention that our agents in the Tenby district are Messrs. George Ace, Ltd., a firm carrying a very representative stock of our tyres. Trusting you will give the above facts publicity in an early issue, we beg to remain, Yours faithfully, THE CONTINENTAL TYRE & RUBBER Co. (Great Britain), LTD. G. JUNG. 102—108, Clerkenwell Road, London, E.C., October 5th, 1909. [ADVT.] 1
" A TENBY FAMILY'S POVERTY."
A TENBY FAMILY'S POVERTY." To the Editor of the Tenby Observer. SIR,—The facts of the above case as they trans- pired at the local police court last week reveal a state of things which is hardly creditable to a town like Tenby with all its places of worship, its charitable agencies, and its many public subscrip- tions. Unless one had it upon the sworn testi- mony of reliable witnesses one would be inclined to be somewhat sceptical as to the possibility of such a state of things actually existing with regard to these poor children and this long-suffering mother. Where is the vaunted charity, the reli- gion, even the civilization of this royal and ancient borough that such things could be possible ? Ten children of tender years practically naked and on the verge of starvation It is a grave blot upon the charity of the town, and I venture also to say upon its religious bodies, irrespective of denomination. Whilst ten children and a poor struggling mother are in the awful plight sworn to by the Inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Parish Church authorities are col- lecting scores of pounds to provide the means of keeping the congregation warm and comfortable during Divine service What irony What does it matter though a hundred poor little mites starve and shiver as long as the wor- shippers at the Established Church are kept warm! Had anyone connected with Any of the local religious bodies ? thought for this poor, un- fortunate family? Where were the clergy, the Nonconformist ministers, the district visitors, the Charity Organization officials ? Were there any good Samaritans amongst them all, or was the work of succour and rescue left to outsiders ? We read of people literally dying of starvation in the great City of London, but that it should be possible in a small town like Tenby for human beings to go through the sufferings which these children, according to the Inspector, undoubtedly went through, is almost beyond belief. There is something radically wrong with the arrangement of the various relief agencies in the town, or, on the other hand, there is abroad a spirit of callous indifference to human suffering. A bazaar, sale of work, entertainment, dance, or what not, held in Tenby draws large sums of money, and whilst this is being done children are allowed to starve and experience the discomforts of insufficient clothing. After such an exposure as this let us trust the poor and needy of the parish will be better looked after.—Yours truly, Tenby, October 18th, 1909. SYMPATHY.
PEMBROKESHIRE APPEAL CASE.
PEMBROKESHIRE APPEAL CASE. 'I CHOIR CONDUCTOR AND CHORISTER. PATHETIC LETTERS. APPEAL DISMISSED. ASTOUNDING ALLEGATIONS. Some extraordinary evidence was given and a number of pathetic letters were read in the course of an affiliation appeal heard at the Pembroke- shire Quarter Sessions at Haverfordwest on Tues- day. Thomas Thomas, of Gwaenau, Nevern, appealed against an order made against him by the Newport (Pem.) magistrates to contribute towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Elizabeth Howells, of Nantsue Farm, Nevern. Mr W. Llewelyn Evans, M.P. (instructed by Mr Evans, Fishguard), appeared for the appellant, and Mr Marlay Samson (instructed by Mr R. Evans, Newcastle Emlyn) was for the respondent. The respondent stated that the appellant was a married man, and she had known him for many years. He had been superintendent of the Sun- day-school at Caersalem where the respondent used to attend, and he was the leader of the choir there. She and the appellant frequently met after the chapel services, and on several occasions he used to hand her notes before going into the chapel asking her to meet him. In April, 1907, on Barley Saturday," the appellant took her to Cardigan, and he treated her to a drop of brandy at the Carpenters' Arms. At the singing practices shortly before the Jabez singing festival, she used to see the appellant, and he would take her for walks. She had received many presents from him, including a silver brooch and a silk hand- kerchief. After the birth of the child she wrote a letter to the appellant containing the following passages:— What kind of a man are yon ? I hear that you are singing and praying at Caersalem. I am asking you to come and speak to me in some place with one or two with you from Caer- salem. It is better for us, Thomas, to come to terms rather than to go to the meeting where, the town, county and church would have fun." They are waiting for some big battle. If you are going to take your oath that you are not the father, bow do you intend to die? This will worry you on your death-bed, and when you will be rotting in the grave, you, Thomas," will be the father of the child. You were a very wicked man to say you are as free as God that you are not the father of the child. In another letter to the appellant the respon- dent wrote:— It is very hard on me. I am left in the lurch. I have finished with the meetings and the Sunday-school for my life. I have broken my heart. A further communication from the respondent to the appellant contained the following passages: —" You are not going to have peace. I will worry you until your death if I don't get help. 1 am willing to make up with you on the sly. The baby swears his father now, although it is only a small child. He has red hair like fire and black eyes like you. You could never see a prettier child." The respondent stated, in reply to Mr Samson, that the appellant had asked her to suffocate the child. On one occasion he kissed her on the stairs of the chapel. The landlord of the Carpenters' Arms said he saw the appellant and the respondent at his house on "Barley Saturday." The witness knew he was a married man, but he thought he might have buried his wife. (Laughter.) Mr Samson—You thought he was making a fresh start?—Yes. (Laughter.) Maria Jane Evans, of Nevern, also called as a witness, said she was a member of Caersalem Chapel, and she remembered the programmes being distributed in connection with the singing festival. The appellant and respondent remained behind after the practice, and witness heard them whisper on the stairs after all the lights had been put out. There was only one candle burning downstairs. Mary Howells, another young woman, said that after the singing practice she heard the appellant and respondent whispering. Howells and the ap- pellant went down a separate stairs, and witness's suspicions being aroused she asked a friend to ac- company her back to the chapel. Mr Williams—Has the girl Howells a good voice ? Witness—Yes, she is a very good singer. The appellant's story was a complete denial. He said he never told the girl. to suffocate the child. He never kissed her on the chapel st&irs, made no presents to her, and no notes had ever passed betweeu them in chapel in July, 1903. "The Sunday school register will prove'that,■' added the witness. A large number of witnesses were called. The magistrate's decision was upheld aud the appeal dismissed with costs.