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BARMOUTH. ILLNESS.—Many people in the town are suffering from influenza. The epidemic is not of so serious a nature as that whiGbprevailed here seme years ago. THE NEW PAVILION.-We are informed that a determined attempt is to be made to have the new pavilion by Mr Dd Davies completed by August next. The shops on the ground floor will be ready in May. THE WAR.—Mrs Best, wife of Major Best, chief constable, has been appointed hon secretary of the Ardudwy-is-Artro branch of the Soldieis and Sailors' Families' Association. She is making great efforts to raise subscriptions towards the society. — Close upon £ 100 has been collected in the town towards supporting the widows of families of those now fighting in South Africa. HARBOUR TRUST.—The quarterly meeting was held on Monday, Mr Lewis Lewis in the chair. There were also present Messrs John Evans, C.C., W Morris, E Richards, E Lewis, J Richards, R Owen, and William Jones, with the treasurer and secretary. — The statement submitted by the Treasurer showed that there was a balance on the right side at the bank. He was instructed upon receiving a certificate from the surveyor to pay the balance due to the contractor for building the sea wall on Ynysybrawd.—The clerk was instructed to send a notice to the party who gave permission to tip rubbish on the foreshore to protect the same from being carried to the harbour by building a sea wall.-The application of the Urban Council for a portion of land close to the approach to the quay so as to widen the main road in that part of the town was granted.-A vote of sympathy was passed with Captain John Garnett in his illness. THE PROSPECTS OF THE TOWN.- A correspond- ent writes: It seems that Barmouth has seen its worst day and is now on the high road to prosperity A healthy sign is the fact that the inhabitants themselves have faith in its future, for on all hands there are signs of prospective works. The action of the Urban Council in reducing the rates has had a most wholesome effect, for several of the inhabi- tants have recently bought land and are now build- ing houses. This will increase the rateable value, and thus in time reduce the rates. Amongst those who are now building, or are about to build are Messrs Owen Williams, butcher; G E Owen, watch- maker John Richards, Joseph Thomas, D E Davies, butcher; Alun Evans, David Davies, Beach road J A Dorset, and the Rev Arberth Evans. Not for many years have building operations been carried on with such briskness. OBITUARY.—We regret to record the death of Mr Isaac R Hanfield, Sea View Terrace. The deceased was a deacon of the new Congregational Chapel, was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, and well liked in the town. He came to the town about 12 years ago from Birmingham on account of fail- ing health. The change did him good, and deceased proved a useful citizen. The funeral took place on Thursday at Llanaber Church yard, the Rev Z Mather officiating. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—TUESDAY. Present: Rev J Gwynoro Davies, chairman, presiding; Messrs Evan Richards, John Richards, D E Davies, William Owen, Owen Williams, Owen W Morris, Robert Williams, Hugh Evans, with Mr George, clerk; Owen Jones, assistant clerk; Dr D A Hughes, medical officer; and John Adams, surveyor. PIPE LINE. A meeting of the whole Council held on January 11th, reported that six tenders had been received for laying pipes from Ceilwart down to the centre of the town. The meeting was adjourned until a later hour, when the Committee decided to recom- mend the adoption of the tender sent in by Mr Evan Williams, as against that sent by Mr Bishop, it being Etated that after taking everything into account the tender of Mr Williams was the lowest. -The Chairman, however, pointed out that the Engineer (Mr T Roberts) had just died, and under the circumstances he believed it advisable to adjourn the matter in order to make arrangements with some other person.-The Clerk said he had seen Mr Robert's son who stated that they were making arrangements with their late assistant to complete the works commenced.—Upon the motion of Mr Hugh Evans it was agreed to adopt the recommendation of the committee and to adjourn the matter for the present. A COMPLAINT. The Local Government Board sent a communica- tion in which was enclosed a letter of complaint from the Dolgelley Rural District Council in re- gard to the carting of refuse. The committee re- commended that a horse and cart be purchased by the Council for the purpose of carting the refuse, and that a stable be erected at a cost not exceeding £ 50. Evan Richards said that having taken the liabilities which the Council had to meet dur- ing the year into consideration he suggested that the matter be deferred for twelve months. If things like that cropped up the probability was that thev would have to increase the rate by 6d at the commencement of next financial year. He quite agreed that it would be to the advantage of the Council to have the carting done by their employees. Mr William Owen aereed with Mr Richards and failed to see how they could manage with one horse and cart-The Chairman pointed out that it would not be a loss but an advantage if they purchased the horse and cart and gained £ 50 by it, even at the cost of going to extra expense at the commencement.-Mr Owen Williams said the committee had many reasons for coming to their decision. The object of the committee in recommending that only one horse be purchased at the present time was to save expense.—Mr Win Owen I do not see how we can do with one horse. —Mr Williams We had many reasons.—Mr 0 V Morris proposed the adoption of the report, and Mr Hugh Evans seconded the proposition. Mr Evan Richards proposed an amendment that the arrangement should not be carried out for another year_Mr Wrn Owen seconded.—Two only voted for the amendment and the committee's report was THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RURAL COUNCILLOR STRONG REMARKS. The letter of the Dolgelley District Council to the Local Government Board was next considered. -Mr D E Davies pointed out that the decision of the Council to purchase a horse and cart would do away with the couse of eomplaint.- The Chairman said the Council did not admit the accusations contained in the letter, and resented the inter- ference by outsiders in their business. The Council had sent a most courteous letter to the Rural Council asking for the dates and particulars of the nuisance complained of but this was refused.—The letter of the Rural Council was then read, in which they stated that they had for a long time received complaints from residents in their district of the manner in which the Urban Council conveyed and dealt with street sweepings, house refuse, and contents of privies. [The Chairman There are no contents of privies conveyed. This is false and a downright untruth, and I am astounded that the Urban Council should sanction the sending of what they ought to know is untrue.] This offensive matter was conveyed along the main road in open cart causing a serious nuisance to persons residing along the route fand persons travelling the road. These complaints were frequent in summer and were in the opinion of the Council well founded. Reports bad from time to time been made to the Urban Council but without result, and even so late as Saturday last two members of the Rural Council on their way to the meeting met the cart convey- ing the offensive refuse which was then uncovered and emitting a very offensive smell. They invoked the assistance of the Board to put an end to this nuisance.—The Chairman: I find that the two informants preferred to are Dr Charles Williams, Hengwm, and Mr Pugh Jones, Llwyndy. When we appealed to them through the Council they simply sneered at us, as [much as to say that they would not condescend to render any assistance. No doubt they wished to prevent them (the Urban Council) carrying the refuse to where it is taken now. When it was deposited at Egryn farm, belonging to Dr Charles Williams, for more than 18 months not a word was said. It was the same kind of refuse and everything was the same as now, but when the Council were fortunate enough in having a place to deposit it and thereby save money to the ratepayers, low and behold, Dr Williams at almost every meeting of the Council brought accusations, and that in itself proved to my mind that it is not a nuisance, but that we had been able to find a place to deposit it at less expense. Had the refuse been still taken to Egryn and there im- prove the land as it has done immensely, that use- less bog would be made doubly valuable, and no doubt not a single word would have been said. I feel bonnd to express my opinion. That is my opinion, and if the Council is with me it will write to the Local Government Board to state what was going on and tell them these facts. I appeal to Dr Hughes if it was a fact that they carried every day the matter stated through the streets? -Dr Hughes Not to my knowledge. — The Ohairman You know you are the medical officer.-Dr Hughes: It is absolutely untrue, as far as my knowledge goes.—Mr Hugh Evans said he quite concurred in all the Chairman had said, and proposed that the Chairman and the Clerk should meet to draw up a letter to the Local Government Board.— This was seconded, and carried unanimously. AMUSEMENT. The Improvement Committee recommended that Messrs Pare and Bowden's Band be allowed to play in summer on the same terms as before, subject to their agreeing to play in the places in the town, and in accordance with a programme to be drawn out by the Council. They also recommended thit the Male Voice Choir be allowed to sing on the beach on condition that they adhere to the instructions of the Council. The committee further recommended that tenders be invited for the privi. lege of using the foreshore for bathing purposes.- The report was adopted. BILL OF COSTS. The Finance Committee recommended the pay- ment of several accounts, including the interest on the bill of costs of the recent action against the Council. -Mr D E Davies asked if the Council was legally bound to pay this sum.—The Clerk said that that was the order of the Court.—Mr Davies asked if they were bound to pay because of the Council's delay, and the Clerk replied that they could not pay it until it was taxed. MEDICAL OFEICER'S REPORT. Dr Hughes again drew attention to the dangerous practice of dressing stones on the side of the streets without placing hoardings to cover them.- The Chairman said the Council had passed a resolution sometime ago and a notice had been issued prohibiting stone dressing in the open street.— Mr 0 W Morris. It is hightime the resolution should be enforced.-The Surveyor was instructed to call upon every builder before com- mencing to build. THE RATES. The Rate Collector reported that X406 Is 8d had been collected during the month, leaving C459 15s 5d recoverable arrears.-The Chairman con- sidered the report highly satisfactory. If the Col- lector collected a similar sum this month, there would be about X50 only outstanding. He hoped they would have a cleaia sheet by the end of the financial year. OBJECTION TO ELECTRIC LIGHTING. The Chairman stated that Mr Pybus, as solicitor for and on behalf of the Corsygedol and Marine Hotels and Freehold Land Company, had given notice to the Board of Trade, as the owners of notice to the Board of Trade, as the owners of Victoria road, extending from High street to Jubi- lee road, objecting to the proposal for lighting the town with electricity.-The Chairman Is it a fact that Mr Denniss is the chairman of the Gas Com- pany ?—Several Members Yes.-The Chairman Oh !-Another letter by Mr Denniss, objecting to the electric lighting proposal, was read, this time as the owner of the greater portion of N orthfield Estate.-The Chairman said those two objections showed they would not have their own way. They, however, would not be deterred by that opposition. A CONCESSION. The Harbour Trust wrote acceding to the request of the Council to remove the wall in front of Quay Cottage, High street, and stating that they were also prepared to give a portion of the ground in front of Penlan to enable the Council to widen the street in the locality (hear, hear).—On the propo- sition of Mr Hugh Evans a vote of thanks was passed to the Trust for their concessions.-The Chairman said Mr J Evansjwas willing to give the land necessary to having a straight line there, and Mr Powell was willing to remove a verandah for the same purpose. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. The Chairman said he felt sure he was express- ing the feeling of the Council when he said that they all sympathised with the family of the late Mr Thomas Roberts, engineer. On Thursday a letter was read from him advising the Council not to let a contract until he came down. Little did they think that they would never see him alive again.-On the motion of Mr E Richards, seconded by Mr Hugh Evans, a vote of condolence was passed and recorded on the minutes,