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TENBY TOWN COUNCIL. *
TENBY TOWN COUNCIL. ADJOURNED ANNUAL MEETING. REFUSE TIPPING AT SALTERN. THE HARBOUR MASTER'S SALARY. The adjourned annual meeting of the Tenby Town Council was held at noon in the Council Chamber on Monday, when the Mayor (Captain D. Hughes Morgan) presided, those present being Aldermen Chiles and Leach, Councillors Tucker, W. H. Thomas, Lord, Farley, Mason, Da vies, Sandercock, and Morrison, together with the Town Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes), Borough Surveyor (Mr Bertie Morley), and the Borough Accountant (Mr T. M. Eastlake.) The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and signed, the Council proceeded to the signing of money orders, but before this was done Mr Morrison asked whether they could have the Treasurer's statement as to the condition of the various accounts at the Bank. Mr Eastlake then read the following financial statement:— DISTRICT— £ 1855 12s. 6d. Credit. ESTATE— £ 184 6s. 3d. Debit. PIER— £ 530 6s. lOd. Debit. WATER— £ 223 16s. 3d. Credit. He added there was a nett credit of £1264. m1. 11 .hl"t..r.nöCl TRORA OMNO/1 Ille IOUUWlllg VIFFVXV Wiguww • YORKSHIRE INSURANCE COMPANY. 22 3 0 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest on Landing-stage Loan 146 6 5 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest, Sewerage Loan 11 2 10 YORKSHIRE PENNY BANK, principal and interest, Sewerage Loan 44 2 6 T. TUCKER, salary as Mayor 20 0 0 T. M. EASTLAKE, commission on collection of rents, and stamps. 17 7 0 MILDRED TRUSCOTT, out-of-pocket for telegrams re weather reports 6 7 0 MILDRED TRUSCOTT, three-quarters of a year's salary as Meteorological Observer, due November 9th. 1 5 0 THOMAS and JOHN, Sergeants-at- Mace, official duty 1 0 0 GEORGE BOWEN, Harbour Master, quarter's salary 18 0 0 TENBr COTTAGE HOSPITAL 5 0 0 GEORGE DAVIES, painter. 0 7 0 J. D. GWYTHER, draper, mackin- tosh for Market Toll Collector 1 11 6 HERMANN THOMAS, plumber 4 11 2 W. H. PHILLIPS, timber | ° MORRIS BROTHERS, ironmongers 9 18 10 JAMES GRIFFITHS, blacksmith 0 7 7 MERRYWEATHER and Co., hose, blocks, etc., for Fire Brigade. 35 17 6 LEWIS THOMAS, coal for Pumping Station 68 10 11 EDWIN LLOYD, ironmonger, cement gulleys, pipes, etc 24 14 4 SHAW and SONS, stationers, copy of u Explosive Act 0 4 9 T. FLYNN, Malacca cane, for sewers 2 0 0 GEORGE JENKINS, lime, stone, etc.. 2 17 0 BEYNON BROTHERS,^Limited, pipes, cement, etc 9 11 2 DAVID and Co., Saundersfoot, man- holes, standards, etc 9 12 6 R. G. and S. GRIFFITHS, ironmon- gers 0 10 3 J. W. GRIFFITHS, Penally Court, conveying Band 0 7 6 D. HINDS, water way leaves 2 2 0 E. F. WALL, water wayleaves 1 1 0 JAMES THOMAS and SON, Haver- fordwest, tithes (St. Michael's). 5 1 1 STOKES and STOKES, tithes. 19 14 10 G. J. S. Lyons, salary and bill- posting 34 2 4 COURT LODGE OF ODDFELLOWS, prin- cipal and interest on new sewer loan. 33 14 9 T. H. JOHN, return of births and deaths. 0 7 6 Mr MOORE, Crown rents. 29 2 4 GEORGE THOMAS and SON, quarter's town's refuse removal, due Sep- tember 30th 96 15 0 JAMES HUGHES, Poor Rate (St. Mary Out Liberty) on water pipes, etc 5 18 9 ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPAL COR- PORATIONS, annual subscription. 110 JOHN LEACH, advertising 2 6 0 JOHN RICHARDS, blacksmith 9 6 10 CURTIS and HARVEY, gunpowder. 2 6 0 J. B. FRANCIS, chemist, disinfec- tants 11 1 0 BELL and Co., washers, etc 8 0 8 TENBY TRADESMEN'S ASSOCIATION, proceeds of penny rate on J35260 collected up to date (Band) 70 0 0 TRANSFER CHEQUE, to credit of Harbour. 697 15 9 WALTER DAVIES, soap 0 2 2 Miss NOOT, Hall-keeper, quarter's salary 3 15 0 With regard to the ex-Maybr's salary, Mr W. H. Thomas said he understood that this was added to. The Town Clerk said the addition was paid at the time. Upon the cheque for the Harbour Master coming on for signature, Mr Mason said he would like to call the attention of the Council to that cheque. Their Harbour Master was, unfortunately, not in good health, but still he (the speaker) thought in fairness to other ratepayers that Mr Bowen should provide a substitute to carry out his own duties. The Council had now for four weeks paid a substitute for Mr Bowen, and he (Mr Mason) now considered it time that he should provide his own. Mr Farley said this was a matter which had been discussed at the Finance Committee. Mr Bowen, said the speaker, had been a servant to the Tenby Corporation for over forty years, during which time he had not taken one day's holiday, and he thought allowance must be made for that. Most officials were entitled to a fortnight's holiday; and in forty years Mr Bowen must have missed a good many. The speaker thought they might go on giving him a few weeks longer. Mr Mason said they had already paid a substi- tute for Mr Bowen for four weeks. At last Friday night's meeting of the Finance Commit- tee a statement was submitted by the Borough Accountant with regard to the Pier and Har- bour, in connection with which a transfer cheque was to be signed that day, and from which it appeared that the cost of maintenance, salaries, etc., came to the sum of JS580, whilst the total receipts were J3560, thus showing a deficiency of 220. He (the speaker) thought after that statement, and looking at the fact that the Harbour Master was in very good circum- stances, he ought not to ask the ratepayers to pay a substitute for him. No doubt he had been a good servant, but he had had a jolly easy berth. Mr Tucker said he would like to say a few words in reply to Mr Mason. He (the speaker) had known the Harbour Master a great many years, and knowing the good work which Mr Bowen had put in for that Corporation, he (Mr Tucker) had no hesitation in saying it would be money well spent if they had paid a sub- stitute for four months. With regard to Mr Bowen's private means, the speaker did not think that was a matter which had anything to do with that Council. As a matter of fact, he did not think Mr Bowen was so well off as Mr Mason seemed to imagine. Alderman Leach said he was sorry he was unable to agree with Mr Mason in his desire to cut off the Harbour Master's salary. Mr Bowen had served that Corporation for a number of years-nearer fifty than forty. During the time he had been Harbour Master Mr Bowen had not had one half-day's holiday. He never asked for it and never took it without leave. That he had been a good and faithful servant all these years was proved by this fact. Mr Mason-It does not follow. Alderman Leach—Yes, it does. He added that he thought it very ungracious now Mr Bowen was laid aside by illness that any attempt should be made to cut off his salary. Mr Mason-He has been paid for a month. Alderman Leach retorted that if Mr Bowen had been paid for two months that would not affect his argument. With regard to Mr Bowen's private income, that should not be considered at all. His private affairs were quite distinct. He (the speaker) had never enquired as to his private income, it was not his business to do so. Mr Bowen. had received a very low wage for many years. He had first £40, then JS50, and it was not until the Cor- poration built a 914,000 or £15,000 pier that the Harbour Master's salary was raised to its present amount. Mr Bowen had now charge of very valuable property for the Corporation. Mr Mason—Very badly looked after. Alderman Leach-Please, Mr Mason, don't interrupt, you have had your say. The Mayor remarked that he did not think they were in order in discussing the matter that day. What they were now paying the Harbour Master for was for the past. The matter being discussed did not arise upon the signing of the cheque, which was for past services. They were not discussing the salary for the future. If Mr Mason wished to mention the matter he could bring it on at the Finance Committee. Mr Mason replied that he had done that, and was told to bring it before the present meeting, He added Surely this is not a Cripples Benevolent Society Mr Davies rose to speak on the subject. The Mayor-Mention it at the next committee meeting. Alderman Leach remarked that the Finance Committee had no power whatever in dealing with the salaries of officials. Anything dis- cussed at the Finance Committee about such matters would have no effect whatever, as they could not alter them. Mr Mason said that was why he was told to mention it there. The matter then dropped. With regard to Mr Edwin Lloyd's bill, Mr Davies enquired what date the same covered. Mr Eastlake-J uly 6th to September 29th. Mr Davies also asked asked a similar ques- tion with regard to Messrs. Beynon Brothers' account, and was informed by Mr Eastlake that it covered a period from July 5th to October 3rd. Upon the transfer cheque to the Harbour coming on for signature, Mr Mason asked that Mr Eastlake should read out the statement with regard to the Pier and Harbour which he presented at the Finance Committee on Friday night, so that the Council might hear it Mr Eastlake then read the statement, which was as follows :— TRANSFER CHEQUE TO CREDIT OF HARBOUR ACCOUNT. Principal and interest on Harbour Loan Balance of £ 1000 242 12 9 Ditto on Landing-stage Loan of j3655 3s 2677 15 9 Repairs & maintenance, including salaries. 580 0 0 21257 15 9 > Estimated receipts. 560 0 0 £ 697 15 9 Cheque to transfer 697 15 9 Mr Mason, after the statement had been read, said that the Council would see that the maintenance and salaries came to £ 580, and the estimated receipts to j3560, which meant a defi- ciency of £ 20, and that, he contended, was a sufficient reason for strict economy in regard to the Harbour. The next business on the agenda was the confirming of reports of committees. Alderman Leach moved the adoption of the Sanitary Committee reports of October 10th, 17th, 24th, November 14th and 21st. Mr W. H. Thomas seconded. Mr Tucker said he had an objection to raise with regard to a minute in the report of November 14th, which read "Councillor George Thomas proposed, Councillor Mason seconded, that the contractor be informed he must not place any more scavenging refuse on Saltern Tip.—Carried." The speaker said he should like that minute deleted altogether, as he considered it a very unfair thing to the scavenging contractor that he should be ordered to discontinue tipping refuse on the Marsh. Continuing, the Deputy Mayor, said he very much doubted whether the Council had any right to do this he thought it was outside their jurisdiction, and that they were dealing un- justly with a man who had entered into an agreement with regard to the removal of the town's refuse on the distinct understanding that he would do it on the old terms, which included that he should put his first load on the Marsh, thereby saving time. He (the speaker) did not think they ought to order this without first having some report from their Sanitary In- spector, that the tipping of this refuse would be injurious or dangerous to health. Until they had such a report he did- not think that Council should deal with the matter. He did not believe that any nuisance existed, though it might exist in the imagination of certain members of that Council, who quite recently advocated the tipping of the whole of the town's refuse, amounting to 3360 loads, on the Marshes, and had now suddenly discovered that the tipping of one or two loads there daily would be dangerous to health and calculated to cause an epidemic in the town. Proceeding, the speaker said he did not agree that this matter had received careful consideration at the hands of the committee who passed the resolution he now wished to have deleted. In the hurly- burly of that discussion no one knew where they were, and the whole thing resolved itself into a war against rats. One member was busy docking their tails, another their heads, whilst anather wanted to know whether they had taken the necessary steps to prevent their bodies from running away after the operation. (Laughter.) When men talked like that serious business was neglected. He warned them that if the resolution as embodied in the committee report was carried it would mean a great injus- tice to the scavenging contractor. It would mean that the town would be neglected, and not be cleaned in the morning as was the case at present, unless they employed another cart, which would mean an additional expenditure of JE50 or more. He formally moved that the resolution be deleted from the minutes. Mr Mason took it that the Deputy Mayor referred to him, and in reply he (the speaker) only wished to say that provided they had proper treatment he did not desire to hamper the contractor or be unfair to him in any way. The Mayor remarked that until Mr Tucker's motion was seconded the matter could not be discussed. Mr Lord said he understood that only two loads of ashes a day were to be deposited on the Saltern Tip, and that no vegetable or offensive matter was to be included in these loads. If it was understood that only ashes were to be deposited he would second Mr Tucker. Mr Mason said that if only dry ashes were to be deposited there no objection could be raised. What was objected to was house refuse which was likely to be offensive. Alderman Chiles said he had heard a great many complaints with regard to the stuff tipped on this ground. Several ratepayers in the neighbourhood of the tip complained that it was very disagreeable and offensive. Mr Mason-Of course it is Mr Davies said he believed they instructed their Surveyor to ascertain what was the nature of the stuff the scavenger was tipping at Saltern, and if it was found to be objectionable to report to the Council, when it could be stopped. Mr Lord took it that it was in the contract what was allowed to be deposited at Saltern. Alderman Leach thought -that before the Council moved in this matter the Borough Surveyor should ascertain the number of loads which were tipped there. None of them wanted to disturb the contract, but they should know whether the inhabitants of that neighbourhood were justified in complaining that the stuff tipped there was a nuisance. At present the Council had no knowledge as to the nature of the stuff tipped there. The Borough Surveyor-It is only one load a day. Alderman Leach-Do you know that of your own knowledge ? The Borough Surveyor- Yes. After further desultory discussion, Mr Lord formally seconded the Deputy Mayor's resolution to delete the minute referred to. Mr W. H. Thomas said he would like to say that he understood the resolution in the report of the Sanitary Committee arose in connection with a communication from the Local Govern- ment Board respecting rats and he certainly thought that it was a breeding ground for rats, as the stuff deposited there by the scaven- gers was the sort of food that encouraged them. On those grounds he supported the resolution ordering the contractors to tip no more stuff there. Mr Mason proposed as an amendment that the minutes of the Sanitary Committee of 14th- November be confirmed as they stood, and the Surveyor advise the Council in the matter. Mr Davies seconded. Mr Tucker then withdrew his original resolu- tion. Alderman Leach proposed that the Surveyor report as to the number of loads deposited daily by the scavenging contractors at Saltern. Mr Sandercock seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously. Alderman Leach moved, and Alderman Chiles seconded, the confirmation of the reports of the Estate Committee dated October 10th, 17th, and November 14th. Mr Mason, before this resolution was put to the meeting, said he wished to draw attention to the fact that in his copy of the Estates minutes no figures were mentioned with regard to the cost of the South Parade Improvement; it was left blank. The Town Clerk explained that he had been waiting to get the figures from the Surveyor. The Mayor suggested that the figures re- ferred to would be in the minute book. Mr Mason said that was the only objection he had to the passing of these minutes. The Surveyor said the nett cost of the im- provement in South Parade was JS128 18s. 8d., after deducting the sale of the materials. Mr W. H. Thomas drew attention to the minutes of the meeting of October 17th, which contained a reference to the repairing of the Museum Cottage, in connection with which there was a resolution that the work be carried out, and that the Museum Committee be asked to contribute half the cost. He (Mr Thomas) would now like to know whether that had been done. Mr Farley said the resolution was that the Museum Committee be asked to pay half the cost. Mr Thomas contended that the work should not have been proceeded with until after it had been arranged that th& Museum Committee paid half the cost. He now asked whether that had been dope. The Surveyor said that the work had been done. The Town Clerk said the resolution was that the Museum Committee be asked to pay half the cost. Mr Thomas maintained that the work ought not to have been gone on with until they bad been asked. Mr Tucker said the work was urgent and it had to be done. Mr Thomas again contended that the Museum Committee should have been asked to pay half the cost before the work was commenced. The Mayor, referring to the resolution, said that as far as the wording of it was concerned, it was imperative it read that the "work be carried out," and that the Museum Committee be asked to contribute half the cost. Mr Morrison enquired whether the Museum Committee had been asked to do this. Mr Thomas said he was under the impression that the Museum Committee would bear half the cost. The Town Clerk said he had had nothing in reply from them. The matter then dropped. Mr Mason said he wished to call attention to a certain matter if he might. The Corpo- ration had recently been given a very important and old house in Bridge Street, and his sug- gestion was that the Council should ask the Museum Committee whether they would take charge of same and see to its repair. Mr Davies—At whose expense ? Mr Mason replied that he proposed that should be by public subscription. The Mayor thought it was a matter which had better be brought on in committee. The Harbour Committee reports of October 10th and November 14th having been adopted, on the motion of Mr Morrison, seconded by Mr Lord, the proceedings terminated.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS. Prior to the above Council meeting the Estates Committee met on the site of the pro- posed new road to the Railway Station for the purpose of meeting the Rev. R. H. Wilmot's representative (Mr J. Preece James, architect) and representative of the Great Western Rail- way Company.
HARBOUR. Subsequently there was in the Council Chamber a meeting of the Harbour Committee, at which the following tenders for the painting of the cargo shed on the Old Pier were opened, the Borough Surveyor stated that no additonal tenders had been received since the insertion of the advertisement in the local papers :—John Warlow, £5; W. H. Phillips, jB5 10s.; Hart and Lewis, j36 6s. George Davies (Pembroke Villas), S6 15s. A. T. Lea, S7 18s. It was unanimously agreed that the tender of Mr Warlow should be accepted.—At the conclusion of the meeting a member drew attention to the condition of the Holloway Bridge wall, and it was decided that the Town Clerk should write the County Council on the subject. —The Mayor, with regard to the attendance of members at Council and Committee meetings, suggested that a good plan would be if an attendance book were kept and sent round to each member for signature. His Worship's suggestion was agreed to, it being explained that such a plan was in vogue at the Finance Committee.
ESTATES. The following is a summary of the business transacted at a meeting of the Estates Com- mittee held on Monday, November 14th, and which was crowded out of our last issue :— The Town Clerk reported that the sum of JS162 10s., the price of the ground purchased from the Corporation for the extension of the Cemetery, had been paid and suggested that as Consols at the present moment were 80 low, it would perhaps be advisable to place it on deposit with their Treasurer. They would get > per cent. interest. It was agreed to leave the money on deposit for the present. In reply to an enquiry from a Councillor as to whether there was no chance of prevailing upon the Local Government Board to allow the Cor- poration to use this money for the purpose of paying for the purchase of Alderman Griffiths's coalyard, the Town Clerk answered in the negative. A letter was received from Mr Burgess asking permission of the Council to put up a gate (in connection with the Cemetery extension) leading to the pathway in Lower Windmill Lane. It was agreed to accede to the request. The Borough Surveyor reported that legal proceedings in the Police Court had been taken against a collier for injuring a Corporation seat, and he was ordered to defray the damages, which amount had been paid. The same official also reported that he had seen the owners of Nos. 1 and 2, South Parade, with reference to the removal of the steps which at present project out on to the pave- ment, and Mr William Thomas of No. 1 had informed him that he had no objection to set the steps back. With reference to No. 2, the Surveyor said he would later on report the reply of the owner who lived in Cardiff. In reply to a member, it was stated that this most desirable improvement would be made at the cost of the Corporation.
The death has occurred at Haverfordwest of Mr J. D. Synge, landlord of the White Lion, Dew Street. Mr Synge, who was also an assistant overseer, had been in ill health for a consider- able time. He belonged to a noted family, and might have been a baronet had he chosen to take up the title. The baronetcy is an Irish one, but owing to the expense involved, coupled with ill health, he did not go in for the title. He leaves a widow but no family.
I gratefully acknowledge the follow- ing donations sent to me in response to my appeal last week on behalf of the poor widow, who is quite unable to work and has six children to maintain. Within three hours of publication of my notes, Sympathiser," a local gen- tleman, and one of the best, brought me a sovereign. On Friday morning a business man gave me half-a-crown, and sent me two most useful articles of clothing. The next post brought me a P.O. for 7s. 6d. from "A." in an envelope bearing the Ten by post mark; and "Scotia" also gave me 2s. 6d. On Saturday morning I received from my old school-fellow, Mr T. Aneuryn Rees, Town Clerk of Merthyr Tydfil, a cheque for half-a-guinea, accompanied by the following note: I enclose a mite for the widow. I can ill afford it, as the distress around me this winter is awful; but your appeal is strong enough to open a Griffiths' safe. You have got a splendid fellow as a Mayor this year. With all good wishes, etc." « I appreciate my old friend's compli- ment and dearly wish I could open treasure safes on behalf of the very poor by means of my pen. There would be no hungry women or children within reach of it, I hope and believe. What a talisman for happiness a pen possessing that power would be. How many homes in little Tenby even could be made happy and contented by it. During the past week a kind lady called twice to ask me to provide for another wife and five children who were destitute, because the husband and father was out of employment. Not having sufficient confidence in my pen, I felt bound to advise her putting the case before the Charity Organiza- tion Society, as I was doubtful if I should get contributions enough to help the widow and six, on whose behalf my pen has begged lately, to survive the winter in decent comfort. < All who would like to help the wife and five, in addition* to the widow and six, may do so by sending donations to Mrs Hamilton, Tudor Square, Tenby, who will I am sure be delighted to care- fully see that all monies are judiciously expended for the benefit of the unfor- tunate family; but employment for the man would be the greatest blessing. Has my pen the power to find it for him ? He is willing to do anything, but I think would make a satisfactory can- vasser, collector, or even distributor of business accounts or circulars. Will any employer be good enough to give him a trial job ? Please remember the ancient proverb, "He gives twice ivho gives quickly." Until last week, when a very modest exhibition took place in our Market, Tenby has not had a flower or horti- cultural show for something like four- teen years. Think of that, please! A cycle of fourteen years has passed since a few people interested in flowers have joined themselves together to pro- mote a display of what can be grown locally in the way of chrysanthemums or a few homely vegetables. I ask you to think of it because so recently we have had speeches from venerable people claiming credit for the great things that have been done for Tenby and its improvement. V Now that a start has been made I hope the Flower Show Committee will add a few more popular men to their number and at once set to work to do better next year. Last week's Show was quite pretty and attractive. Messrs. George Hughes, Bartlet Span, George Fordham, and A. F. Roblin deserve great credit for their blooms; whilst Mr H. A. Allen, of Penarth, a well-known and enthusiastic amateur, sent a stand of six very fine blooms which had already taken first prize at Aberystwyth, and were" consequently of particular interest to local growers. Mr Edward Laws had some splendid grapes, and Mr Robert Lock some very fine apples. It is not often that we have samples of hoine-baked bread in a flower show, but I noticed some delicious looking loaves in one corner of the Market Place, and a couple of them I should very much have liked to purchase and taken home for my own eating, but neither of these received the pink card of honour. The cakes did not reach the same standard of excellence as far as appearance went, and of butter only two samples were exhibited, both of which, however, looked delicious. Of fancy work there was a very creditable display, but I own to being very tired of this class of exhibit. Still, from the number of sales of work that are held locally, the majority of people cannot be of the same opinion. Tenby ought to be able to provide and support a first-class flower, fruit, and vegetable show. We have in the imme- diate neighbourhood a large number of well-to-do residents, whose gardeners would, I am sure, be pleased to grow a few blooms if a little competition were excited by the offer of suitable prizes. In the cottagers' class Mr George Hughes proved to his neighbours last week what can be done with a little attention and knowledge. I hope, therefore, that the Committee will not disband, but will at once take the necessary steps to ensure a much larger Chrysanthemum Show next year, and settle upon a date which will meet the wishes of local growers. F. B. M. THE TATLER."
MASON'S STREET MAP OF TENBY, showing all the streets and public buildings in the town, North and South Sands, etc., should be in the hands of every visitor. Price 2d. To be ob- tained from all local newsagents or at the Observer Office.
THE MAYOR AT THE POLICE COURT.…
THE MAYOR AT THE POLICE COURT. FELICITATIONS FROM THE BENCH. Captain D. Hughes Morgan, Mayor of Tenby, took his seat on the local Bench for the first time on Monday morning, being supported by the following magistrates:—Messrs. E. Laws, B. Harries. R. H. Tuck, J. Leach, F. N. Railton and T. Tucker. Before the ordinary business of the Court was proceeded, with, Mr Laws, rising, welcomed His Worship among them. He said it gave him great pleasure as one of the oldest, if not indeed, the oldest magistrate, on that Bench, to get up to congratulate Captain Hughes Morgan upon his sitting in that chair. As His Worship, was aware, they were a very old Corporation at Tenby, and be felt certain that he (the Mayor) would do credit to the chair in which he sat. The Justices' Clerk (Mr G. Lort Stokes), on behalf of the legal profession in the town and the officials of that Court, said he had much pleasure in congratulating the Mayor in occupying the chair he now did, and he had no doubt but that His Worship would carry out his duties in that Court with as much efficiency as he at- tended to his duties in another place, if he (the speaker) might so express it. He hoped that as far as that Court was concerned His Worship would have very little trouble. He felt sure that with the assistance of Superintendent Thomas and Sergeant Thomas the Mayor would find that the machinery of the Court worked well. Superintendent Thomas, on behalf of the Borough Force, offered His Worship heartiest congratulations on his appointment as Chief Magistrate of the anoient Borough of Tenby. He hoped he would have a happy year ot office, and also that his duties would be very light in the coming year. The Mayor, replying, said he could assure ihem that it was a great pleasure to him to occupy that chair, and he only trusted that during his year of office as chairman of that Bench he would have a pleasant year, and with the assistance of his brother magistrates, the clerk and police the duties of that court, whatever they might be made as light as possible. It would be his endeavour, whenever the occasion arose, to meet out justioe in every possible form. (Applause.)
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TENBY POLICE COURT. .a. MONDAY. Before the Mayor (Captain D. Hughes Morgan), Messrs. E. Laws, B. Harries, F. N. Rail ton, J. Leach, R. H. Tack, and T. Tucker. THE MAYOR'S PRIVILEGE. William Davies, chauffeur, pleaded guilty to driving a motor car in South Parade at 9.10 p.m. on November 11th without a rear light attached to same.—The Mayor, addressing the defendant, said he believed it was customary for a new Mayor to have the proud privilege of letting off the first case brought before him, and the defendant's being the first on the list, it was somewhat with pleasure—being a motorist himself—that he came before him and he dismissed the case.
SUNDAY TRADING. Qaetano Rapacioli, manager of Messrs. Rabaiotti Brothers' ice cream shop in St. Julian Street, Tenby, was charged on two summonses with keep- ing his shop open on Sunday. He pleaded guilty, but contrary to his usual custom of hurriedly depositing the fine and costs on the Clerk's desk and making a smiling exit, .the defendant on this oocasion silently awaited developments. A con- sultation, sotto voce, ensued between the members of the Bench, they eventually retiring to further consider the matter in private. Upon returning into Court, the Mayor said the defendant would be fined 5s. and costs (5a. 6d.) in each case.—Mr Laws (to defendant): What do you plead guilty for ?—To this question defendant made no reply, beyond hurriedly depositing a handful of small silver on the desk, and briskly leaving the Court.
DRCNK AND DISORDERLY,
DRCNK AND DISORDERLY, Margaret Ledane was brought up in custody on a charge of being drnnk and disorderly in Bridge Street on the previous Saturday night. Defen- dant pleaded not guilty.—Police Constable William John (19) said that on the date in question he saw the defendant drunk and staggering about, shout- ing and making use of very bad language in Bridge Street. She oould be heard a considerable distance away. He remonstrated with-her and requested her to discontinue her conduct, to which she replied "I will see you d first." In con- sequence of her behaviour he took her into custody and locked her up. She continued her conduct on the way to the Police Station.—Defendant: It is a great untruth.—The Mayor: That is not a question.—Defendant alleged that the constable never spoke to her, but simply caught hold of her and dragged her to the Police Station.—The Clerk Do you want to ask him any questions ?— Defendant: I wasn't allowed to Bpeak.—The wit- ness denied that he caught hold of her before speaking to her.—Defendant: He is telling a great untruth; he didn't give me a chance.—Police Constable James Rees (65) said he assisted the last witness to lock the defendant up, her conduct being disgraceful. She was drunk, and they ex- perienced great trouble in bringing her along.— Defendant again stated that she was given no chanoe. The police did not even speak to her. Both constables were telling a great untruth. John was down on her. She thought it was a shame that she should be treated as she was by the police.—In reply to the Bench as to whether the defendant was on the black list, Superinten- dent Thomas replied in the negative, but said she had qualified for it; there had been three con- victions against her within the present year.— Tbe Mayor said the Bench had decided to convict in this case, and told the defendant that she had kept up a steady record, sud that if she came before them again she would be placed on the black list. She would now be fined 5s. and costs (7s.)—Defendant was allowed seven days in which to pay the money.—Mr Tucker enquired where the defendant got the drink from.—Sergeant Thomas said he was unable to say.
CHARGE AGAINST A BLACKLISTER.
CHARGE AGAINST A BLACKLISTER. Mary Ann Davies, who is on the black list, also appeared in custody, charged with being drunk and incapable in Bank Lane on Saturday night. Defendant admitted the offence.—Superintendent Thomas said, as she had pleaded guilty, he would not offer any evidence, but handed in a list of convictions. He added that the defendant had been fairly good during the last twelve months, a fact which he attributed to the fine of forty shillings and costs inflicted on her on the last occasion. He asked their Worships to inflict a substantial fine in the present case so as to act as a further deterrent. The Mayor enquired where the defendant obtained the drink from. Super- intendent Thomas replied that they had not suc- ceeded in finding this out.—Mr Harries: That is most important.—The Mayor agreed that it was important to discover where a blacklister got drink from.—Superintendent Thomas said the police never left a stone unturned to find this out, and had not yet finished their enquiries; it was quite possible they might yet have a sequel to the case.—The Mayor, in fining the defendant 10s. and costs, said the Bench were very anxious that the police should take every step in their power to find out publicans who supplied black- listers, as it was a very serious offence, and anyone found doing so could be very severely dealt with.—The defendant was given seven days in which to pay.
SPECIAL CONSTABLES. The following were sworn as Special Con- stables :—George Davies (St. George Street), John Cadwallader, Thomas John (St. George Street), W. H. Luly, William Jenkins (The Norton), W. H. Thomas (Trafalgar Road), Frede- rick Smith, William Smith, John Thomas (St. Mary Street), Thomas Flynn, Harry Roberts, George Jones (Saltern).
CORRESPONDENCE. ELECTION OF ALDERMEN. To the Editor of the Tenby Observer. SIR,—I observe that at the last annual Tenby Town Council meeting two outgoing Aldermen were re-appointed for a further term of six years. I have no doubt that these gentlemen are well qualified for the office, but I submit that this is an honour which should be handed round, as there are other Councillors who are, I believe, equally entitled to the position. In most well-regulated Boroughs there is a Standing Order which prohibits the reflection of Aldermen unless they have seccessfully contested an election on the 1st November next preceding the date on which they go out of office, and I suggest that this procedure should be adopted by the Tenby Town Council. Once an Alderman always an Alderman ap- pears to be the rule in Tenby municipal affairs. Yours faithfully, November 16th, 1910. TEKBTHE.
RETIREMENT OF JUDGE BISHOP.…
RETIREMENT OF JUDGE BISHOP. so a on- It was officially announced last Thursday that Judge John Bishop had tendered his re- signation to the Lord Chancellor of No. 31 County Court judgeship-a circuit which in- cludes Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and portions of Glamorganshire and Cardigan- shire. Judge Bishop was born in November, 1828, and is the eldest son of the late Mr Charles Bishop, of Dolgarreg, near Llandovery, who for many years acted as clerk of the peace of the county of Carmarthen. The judge was educated at Bridgnorth and Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1853, and joined the South Wales circuit. He was in the course of time appointed deputy clerk of arraigns, and his abilities were further recognised when he was called upon to succeed Mr (now Sir) A. De Rutzen as stipendiary magistrate of Merthyr. Eventually Mr Bishop was appointed county court judge for Mid-Wales, being transferred in 1891 to No 31 Circuit. Throughout his career as judge he devoted great patience and infinite pains to each case. Judge Bishop married the daughter of the late Captain Morgan Pryse-Lloyd, of Glansevin, Llangadock, and Miss Bishop, the only surviving child, attained her majority in November, 1907, when there were great rejoicings on the Dolgarreg estate. Judge Bishop is a J.P. for Carmar- thenshire. Whenever Lord Halsbury-who, as Sir Hardinge Giffard, was chairman of the Carmarthenshire Quarter Sessions 27 years ago —visited West Wales he was invariably the guest of Judge Bishop, whose father was one of his Lordship's friends. Judge Bishop is one of a family of 12 children. Four of his brothers and three of his sisters survive, and when the judge two years ago reached his 81st birthday the ages of the surviving sons and daughters of the late Mr Charles Bishop averaged 70 years. Throughout his long carreer Judge Bishop has been an ardent devotee of outdoor sports, being an excellent oarsman and a skilled shot. He is a Conservative in politics and a Church- man in religion.
. MR. J. LLOYD MORGAN, K.C.,…
MR. J. LLOYD MORGAN, K.C., till" APPOINTED. We are officially informed that Mr I. Lloyd Morgan, K.C., has been appointed Judge of County Courts Circuit 31 in place of his Honour Judge Bishop, resigned. Mr John Lloyd Morgan, K.C., who has repre- sented West Carmarthenshire for 21 years, was born at Carmarthen in 1861, and is the younger son of the late Rev. William Morgan, who was professor of philology over a quarter of a century ago at the Presbyterian College, Car- marthen, when the late Dr. Vance Smith was principal. The new judge's elder brother was the late Mr Rixon Morgan, solicitor, and coroner for West Carmarthenshire. Like his parents, Mr Lloyd Morgan is a staunch Congregationalist. He was educated at Tettenhall College, Stafford- shire Owens College, Manchester; and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. degree. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1884, and, after a very successful practice on the South Wales Circuit and in London, took silk in 1907, being appointed Recorder of the borough of Swansea in the following year. He is a bachelor. On defeating Mr Hugh Williams- Drummond in 1889, Mr Lloyd Morgan became the Liberal M.P. for West Carmarthen, a seat which he has retained ever since. In 1890 he had a walk ever, but in 1895 he was opposed by the late Mr W. J. Buckley, M.F.H., of Penyfai, Llanelly, who, on behalf of the Conservatives, polled 3103 votes against 4143 votes obtained by Mr Lloyd Morgan, whose majority, therefore, was 1040. In 1895 Mr Lloyd Morgan endeavoured to emulate at Westminster his Parliamentary predecessor, Mr W. R. H. Powell, affectionately called the Dyn Bach of Maesgwynne," who, when opposed by Sir James Lawrence, Bart., in 1886, secured the magnificent Liberal majority of 2500, and a year prior to that, when the counties were divided, the Liberal majority was 1500, although his Tory opponent was Viscount Emlyn, now Earl Cawdor. In 1905 he had another walk over, and at the last election he was returned by a large majority over Mr J. W. Jones- Cremlyn (Conservative). Mr Lloyd Morgan is the author of The Life of Professor Morgan," his father. His pastimes include shooting and fishing. He is a member of the Reform Club.
MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING.…
MINIATURE RIFLE SHOOTING. v TENBY v. HUBBERSTONE. TENBY. HUBBERSTONE. Ivor Morris 98 W. C. Boutcher.. 93 D. Lewis 96 B. Howells 92 J. W, John 94 W. Edwards 91 W. S. Lee 94 W. Morgan. 90 A. Parcell 93 j. Childs 79 W. M. Parcell 93 W. John 78 F. Morris 90 T. Childs 77 Captain Yarrow 90 C. Badrick 66 748 666 The conditions were 10 men aside, 10 shots per man the 8 highest scores to count.
NARBERTH'S POSTAL STATUS.…
NARBERTH'S POSTAL STATUS. 8" REDUCTION TO A SUB-OFFICE. PETITION FOR RE-INSTATEMENT. Mr R. H. Buckby, J.P., the Chairman of the Narberth Board of Guardians, at the last fort- nightly meeting of the Board, brought up the question of the status of Narberth Post Office, which about a year ago was reduced from a head office to a sub-office. Mr Buckby said that he did not know whether all the Guardians had the same affection for Narberth as he had, but, having lived all his life in the neighbourhood of Narberth, he did not like to see it going down in the social Bcale. A little time ago, the head Post Office was removed from Narberth to Tenby. An attempt was now being ma.de by the Urban District Council to get the Narberth office re-instated as the head office. Mr Buckby alluded to the central position of Narberth. From Narberth were the strings leading to the different dis- tricts for the postal delivery. Starting with Narberth and Narberth North, the postmen went out to Ludchurch, Narberth South, Martle- twy, Newton, Robeston Wathen, Llawhaden, Llanddewi Velfrey, Lampeter Velfrey, Pen- ffordd, etc. No place could be more central than Narberth for the postal delivery. Tenby had recently been made the head office, but it was in a corner of the district. Many years ago he believed somewhere about the year 1898-Tenby was actually under Narberth, Narberth being the head offioe, and Tenby a sub-office under Narberth. When consideration was given to the great amount of business transacted in Narberth—there was a large legal profession, banks, fairs, auctioneers, and many other things he thought all the Guardians would agree with him that Narberth Post Office ought really to be restored to its former position as a head office. In the event of anything occurring in the district, the postmaster bad at present to travel up from Tenby and make investigation. If it was necessary to go the rounds of any of the postmen, the postmaster had to come to Narberth the night before, and put up at one of the hotels, with the result that his visit was known, and he could not take the men by surprise, because they could all see him coming into the town. On account of these and other considerations, the postal ser- vice in the district could be worked much cheaper from Narberth than from Tenby. As an effort was being made to get the Narberth Post Office re-instated as a head office, he asked the Guardians to support the Urban Authority, and. to give their clerk instructions to draw up a list of reasons why the Guardians wished to have the office again made a head office, and that he as Chairman be allowed to sign the document, which should also be counter- signed by the Clerk. If it was necessary that a deputation should attend in London, he moved that they give authority to the Clerk to go on their behalf on condition that his expenses were paid by the people of Narberth. Mr J. Harries seconded the Chairman's pro- position, and remarked that they had sent up a petition from Penffordd. The motion was unanimously agreed to.