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- MERIONETH QUARTER SESSIONS.

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MERIONETH POLICE COMMITTEE.

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MERIONETH POLICE COMMITTEE. The quarterly meeting of the above was held at the County Hall. Dolgelley, on Tuesday afternoon, when there were present Mr 0 Slaney Wynne, presiding, Messrs R S Wayne, C E Munro Edwards, R M Wynne, Wm Hughes, Dr Jno Jones, J Davies, C E J Owen, with Mr Robert Jones (Clerk of the Peace), Major Best (Chief Constable), and Mr J M Jones (County Surveyor). GROCERS' LICENCES. A letter was received from the Northampton Standing Joint Committee with reference to a resolution passed by them, to the effect that grocers' licences should be under the control of the existing authorities. — Dr Jno Jones moved that the Committee should petition Parliament that the power to suppress or refuse grocers' licences at their own discretion as in the case of other licences. He was of opinion that grocers' licences had caused a lot of harm in the country, and he considered that the increase of drunkenness in the county was mainly due to them. It was unfair that they should be exempted from the same regulations as applied to public-house keepers.- Mr C E J Owen seconded.—Mr W R M Wynne in supporting said it would have been better to ask the Government to do away with them altogether. He thoroughly agreed with the motion.-Dr Jones remarked that be was quite open to have the proposition amended, but Mr Wynne said that he thought it would be just as well to leave it as proposed. — The resolution was then carried unanimously. THE CHIEF CONSTABLE 8 REPORT. This report stated that the total number of vagrants relieved during the last quarters was 750, as against 554 in the corresponding period of last quarter, which was an increase of 196. 39 had been proceeded against 31 in the corresponding period of last quarter. The number of people who had been prosecuted for drunkenness was 59 as against 63. Three publicans were proceeded against for breaches of the Lincensing Act and wore convicted as against the same number.— In reply to a quoo. fy,c Airmail as to how he accouted for the increase in the number oi vagrants, the Chief-constable replied that there were no common lodging houses in the town of Dolgelley and every vagrant who passed through had to spend the evening at the Workhouse. The largest increase was at Corwen where they passed through on their way to get work at the light railways, which were being constructed in the adjoining county of Montgemery.—The Chairman remarked that he did not remember ever having seen such a dangerous looking lot, as passed through the county at present.— Major Best replied that the number of convicts, where however much the same. THE SURVEYOR'S REPORT. This report states that there was a small wood which belonged to the Dolgelley Council which required thining, and the Surveyor considered it would be advisable to sell the land, which was now rented, as the tenant was willing to buy it.—A committee was appointbd to look into the matter. DYFFRYN POLICE STATION. The Surveyor recommended that repairs which were advised by Mr John Davies should be carried out, and this was accordingly ordered. THE COUNTY BUILDINGS. This question had been referred to a committee who had received replies from other places showing how the matter was being dealt with there, but they had received very little light upon the subject. There did not appear to be any general rule on the matter of letting these halls, and they thought it was a matter for the County Council.—The Clerk explained that the matter was vested in the County Council, who had the right to hold their meetings t bere.-Major Best said that at present the District Council used the room and did not pay for gas or coatI. — The Chairman thought that perhaps Dr Jones would bring it to the notice of the County Council at the next meeting.- Dr Jones promised to do ao.—Tbia closed the meeting.

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