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CARDIGANSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. A quarterly meeting of this council was held at the Town Hall, Lampeter, on Tuesday, when the members present were Mr Levi James, Cardigan, (chairman); Aldermen Major Price Lewes, Tyglyn Aeron David Jenkins, Maesteg Llewellyn Edwards, and C. M. Williams, Aberystwyth Jenkin Jenkins, Felincoed J. T. Morgan. Maesnewydd David Davies, Maengwyn Jenkin Jenkins, Blaenplwf William Davies, Rhydowenfach; E. Cluneglas Davies, Lampeter William Davies, Tanycoed Coun- cillors Morris Davies, Ltanfarian Col. W. Picton Evans, Cardigan G. W. Parry, Llanilar Rev Thomas Levi, and Peter Jones, Aberystwyth Evan Morgan, Llansantffraid W. H. Jones Llangeitho J. T. Morgan, Nantceirio Nicholas Bray, Goginan J. Owen, Taihirion John e3 Dav;es, Talybont; W. O. Brigstocke, Llangoed- more; J. Morris, Taliesin; John Powell, Ttoedyraur; William Morgan, Bow-atreet; D. C. Roberts, Abyerystwyth M. Evans, Oakford Daniel Jenkins, Ystrad; John Davies, Llan«ranog • Evan Davies, Aberbank Evan Rfchards,' Llanfihangel Evan Rowlands, Treearon • William Timothy, New Quay Evan Evans,' Llandyssiliogogo; J. Hugh Jones, Aberarth James James, Llanrhystid John Davies, New Quay David Morgan, Penllwyn Enoch a^d)SSl1; J- M- Howell, Aberayron: and T. W. Davies, Yspytty Ystwyth. The minutes of the three previous meetings were confirmed. Mr J. M. Howell raised a point as t) whether the two new surveyors had been properly appointed according to standing orders, and if so the minutes were irregular. He said the standing orders required that notice of a vacancy in the surveyorship should be given to the Finance Committee before the appointment was made, but no such notice had been given the Finance Committee. The Chairman said that two special meetings of the whole council had been held, and they could not therefore lay much stress on the point raised. APPOINTMENT OF CORONER. The next business was to appoint a fit and qualified person to be coroner for the Lampeter district of the county in the place of the late Dr. John Rowland. Mr W. O. Brigstocke questioned the chairman as to the mode of election, and a discussion ensued. Mr Morgan Evans said he personally objected to voting by ballot. They were reducing their influence by hiding their proceedings in that court. He proposed that it be by open voting. Mr Aeronian Jenkins seconded. ° Mr Morgan Evans said that when he was only representing himself by voting for a member of Parliament, he liked to have the ballot to pro- tect him, but at that meeting he was representing his parishioners, and he wanted them to see what he was doing (hear, hear). Mr Thomas Thomas proposed that it be by ballot, but the original motion was carried. Each member was then furnished with a piece of paper, on which he was to put the name of his candidate and his own name, which was after- wards read out by the Chairman. There were five applicants—Mr A. Evans, surgeon, L-unpeter; Mr E. R. Jones, surgeon, New Quay; Mr Edward Williams, surgeon, Aberaeron Mr Jenkin Lewis, surgeon. Aber- aeron, and Mr Thomas Pugh, surgeon, Llanon. The result of the voting was as follows :-Dr. Evans, 26; Jones, 7 Williams, 4 Lewis, 3 Pugh, 0. Dr. Evans was therefore declared elected. AYRON FISHERY DISTRICT. The next business was to appoint four con- servators for the above fishery district. The outgoing conservators were Messrs E. Lima Jones, and Juhn Evans, Aberayron, Jenkin Jenkins, Blaenplwf, and John Rowlands. Mr J. M. Howell proposed that the three former be re-appointed, saying that as Mr John Rowlands had not attended the meetings of the conservators, the Council should put one in his stead. Two persons were proposed for the fourth membership. Mr Aeron;an Jenkins, referring to his nominee, said he had proposed a man who knew the river all over, and was always fishing or poaching in it. It was said that a thief was the best person to catch a thief, and they could not do better than appoint him. Mr Morgan Evans said they ought not to ap- point anyone whom they thought was poaching cl himself. Mr Aeronian Jenkins said his remarks had been misunderstood by Mr Evans. He never in- tended to say that the one he proposed was like the night poachers, but he may not be on the right lines always. He was a splendid angler, and no one better could be appointed. Mr Morris Davies-Let us appoint someone we know something about. What about the other man ? Mr Aeronian Jenkins—They are six of one and half dozen of the other. Rev Llewelyn Edwards proposed, and Mr D. Morgan seconded, that Mr Rowlands be left on the Board. After further discussion this was carried. THE CONSTABULARY. A communication had been received from the Home Office, enclosing a certificate that the Cardiganshire constabulary had been maintained in a state of efficiency and discipline for the year ending December, 1890. MISCELLANEOUS. Several communications from different quarters were read, among them being one from The Mansion House Association on Railway Rates," asking the Council to give a subscription of P.10 10s towards its funds in order to watch the interest of the public in the question of excessive railway rates. It was decided to refer it to the finance committee. A letter from the CJerk of the Merionethshire County Council was read, calling attention to the desirability of forming a County Council Association for Wales and Monmouthshire. The matter was deferred, it being understood that the question would be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. MAIN ROADS, ETC. Mr Peter Jones, before proposing the adoption of the main roads, bridges, and public buildings committee's report, suggested that the deputation from Lampeter on the question of the roads sug- gested to be taken over by the Council in that borough, should be then admitted. The de- putation, which consisted of Aldermen D. Lloyd, town clerk, and David Jones, and Councillors J. W. Evans and D. T. Davies, was then heard. The former was the spokesman. The deputation asked that Station-terrace and the road in Collece- -I- I SLreet De taken over in addition to those already approved of by the Council. n ?VanS 8aid thafc the Council had thou ht riaht to pass a resolution not to take over but one road through each town, and if they listened to the application made by Lampeter they would have to listen to the application of other towns as well. The same difficulty had arisen at Cardigan. The best plan would be to refer the whole matter to the main roads com- mittee. Mr Peter Jones said he feared they could not agree to the suggestion of Lampeter that day. e suggested that notice be given at the next meeting to rescind the recommendation of the main roads committee, "That one thoroughfare only through the town could be recommended by this comniittee," and that the matter be brought on again. •iJh'th' Tl M°rga" TpoBed "'»• they go on t„ .ri?" °" ,"1Vg'incb' '»«"»' « they l '1,1* the Lampeter deputation, Aberystwyth tllera a dozen streets, TVT^ be taken over (laughter). Major Price Lewes said it was a grievous beeuTeft ^amP,et1er tha,fc such a piece had rofprrprl Vi°*i an a8ked that the matter be back once more. the wflT'j Pavies saicl that.if they acceded to main rr>a!i e<vu deputation to be made a Council ^erystwith would be coming to the main r(tai] askjng them to make Mary-street a it TK a W ten times more traffic on Tl ou§ht to draw a line somewhere, oi 110 matter was dropped, and the report was about to be adopted, when Mr J. M. Howell said he wished to refer to the clause in the report referring to THE ABERAYRON RETAINING WALL. The clause was as follows :—" The general com- mittee directed that the sum of P,20 10s (an account referred to them by the sub-committee) I should be paid to the contractor in respect of the retaining wall of the Aberayron Lower Bridge upon the clerk being satisfied that this sum is the unpaid balance of the original contracts, amount- ing to P,90 10s. for the work." Mr J. M. Howell said that the sum of R20 10a was to be paid con- ditionally, although it was a part of the money and inclusive in the amount voted by the Council for the job. Voice-It is a job, too (laughter). Mr J. M. Howell--Well, it is a job after all. The sub-committee had nothing to do with the job but to carry out the instructions of the Council. Mr Howell was dealing rather exhaus- tively with the subject, when Mr Morris Davies said the best thing Mr Howell could do would be to drop the matter altogether that day, and until they next met at Aberayron. Major Price Lewes said he was a member of the sub-committee, but he was sorry to say he did not attend (laughter). He read an account in the paper that one gentleman had said that the wall was not made as a support to the bridge, but for the benefit of private property (" No, no.") Major Lewes, continuing This is how I read it, The money was spent to improve private and public property." That was what Mr C. M. Williams said. The impression given to me was that it had been built for private property and not public. All he could say was that it had been built as a support to the bridge. He at first strongly opposed the application, but when he found that the Council where to keep the approaches to the bridges, he certainly considered that the wall in question should be built. If more money had been expended than there should be, they ought to hold the county sur- veyor responsible for it. Mr C. M. Williams said he was fully prepared to substantiate anything he had said. In the course of his remarks, Mr Williams said his point was that though the original idea might not have been to improve private property, yet the money had been expended in that manner. Mr Howell should not take upon himself as being the only aggrieved person. Mr D. C. Roberts abruptly proposed that the Council adjourn till two o'clock, and this was decided upon amidst laughter. [A copy of the correspondence that had passed between Mr J. M. Howell and MrC. M. Williams on the above subject will be found in another column.] On resuming, the Chairman said that before they had adjourned several persons had been discussing their grievances, and he thought the best way would be for all to let by-gones be by-gones. A long discussion took place as to the roads which Mr Hutchins, the late surveyor, had objected to as not in a fit state to be taken over. It was ultimately resolved to take over the road from Penlon Wesley to Pantydefaid, and the road from Capel Cynon to Penlon Maenygroes. — It was also decided that the roads from Maes- newydd to Tynyparc, Falcon Inn to Rhiwgwraidd, and Llaudyssil to Capel Cynon, be referred to the surveyor, to give his certificate of their being in proper order, before taking them over. The application of the mayor and corporation of Cardigan to take over some roads was referred to the main roads committee. The main roads committee's report was then adopted. The report of the finance committee was adopted, subject to a little alteration as to the bill of 216 2 2d to the lower Y st wyth district. ABERAYRON. The next business was to receive the report of the committee of inquiry into the application for the conversion of the town of Aberayron into an Urban Sanitary District. The committee reported that after full inquiry, they were unanimously of opinion that it was desirable to take steps for the conversion of that pirtioti within the rural sanitary district of Aberayron into an urban district. Major Lewis proposed, and Mr Morgan Evans seconded, that the report be adopted, and this was carried. CARDIGAN SHIRE HALL. The council next considered the report of the committee appointed to consider the question of the sale of the above hall, to the corporation of Cardigan, for the purposes of an intermediate school. The corporation asked for a lease of the county hall free of rent, the corporation promising to provide a place for holding the petty sessions" -It was thought that the Cardigan corporation was asking too much, and the report was laid on the table. JOINT COUNTIES LUNATIC ASYLUM. The report of the committee of visitois to the above institution to the County Councils for the counties of Carmarthen, Cardigan, and Pembroke, was adopted.The report showed the number of patients in the Asylum at present to be 541, namely 268 males, and 273 females. The ad- missions since their last report had been 64, and the total number of deaths in the same period, 33. The discharges had been 23. The present charge for maintenance was 7s 7d per head, per week. The committee regretted to have to record the death of one of their most valued colleagues, Colonel Jones, who for many years had taken a most active interest in all which pertained to the welfare of the Asylum and its inmates. The committee had caused a strict account to be taken of the expenditure of the three counties, in connection with the cost of the erection, etc., of the Asylum lands and buildings, the result of which was that the committee were of opinion that the amount at which the Asylum was rated under section 263 of the Lunacy Act, 1890, by the Churchwardens and overseers of the parish of St. Peter, in the county of the borough of Carmarthen, on the 16th May, 1890, was excessive, and they proposed taking suitable steps for obtaining a reduction of the sum at which the Asylum has been newly rated. SEA FISHERIES DISTRICT. The next item was to receive the report of the Sea Fisheries Committee, which met at Lampeter on the 29th ult. The report stated that a letter received from Mr Berrington, inspector of fisheries, was laid before the committee, also the draft of an order for the creation of the Western Sea Fisheries District," to comprise the seas and coast from the boundary between the counties of Carnarvon and Denbigh on the north, to St. David's Head on the south. The committee approved generally of the provisions of the draft order but they considered that they requiredamendment in the following directions 1. That instead of thn inshore boundary of the I District by the Mouth of the Dovey being across the said river in continuation of the general line of the coast and ba.r at low water" is proposed, it would tend to the better preservation of shell fish if the line were drawn higher up the estuary, say from the Treddol Pill across to Trefri. 2. That there should be some direct representa- tion of the sea fishermen upon the Local Fisheries Committee, whose representatives should constitute one-third of that body. 3. That, considering the want of Railway com- munication in many parts of the contributory area, and the consequent difficulty of securing regular attendance at the Committee's meetings, the Local Fisheries Committee should be increased from 28, the number proposed, to, at the least, 40 members. ,,e ^ittee had been particularly requested by Mr Berrington to forward any observations they had to muke^ on the draft order to him. they had to make on the draft order to him. The committee had therefore sent up to the Board of Trade the above amendments. In reply Mr Berrington sent the following letter to the council:— 0 Board of Trade (Fisheries Department), Loudon, S.W., February 5th, 1891. SlR,-I am directed by the Board of Trade to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 3rd inst., but received to-day on the subject of the Western Sea Fisheries District. With regard to the amendment yon suggested, I am to assure you that I they will receive very careful consideration. The line at the month of the Dovey was founded on suggestions which were made to me by the fisher- men at Machynlleth some time since, and conveyed by me to the Board of Trade. The fishery members other than those appointed by the Board of Con- servators are required by the Sea Fisheries Regula- lations Act, 1888, under which the order would be ) made, to be selected from representatives of the --++- fisbing interests, and this fact would appear in a great measure to meet your second point. As regards your third point, the desire has been unusually expressed in other distric's that the number of members should be limited, it being recognised that when this is the case, a better and more uniform attendance to the duties is secured. The whole of these matters will, however, be re viewed in the settlement of the draft order. The report was adopted. Several other reports were adopted. Dr Lloyd Snape, U.C.W., was re-appointed as county analyst. EMLYN. The council next considered the propriety of supporting a petition of the inhabitants of Newcastle Emlyn to the b lard of directors of the Great Western Railway Company, that the name of" E,ulyn" may be given to the station about to be erected instead of Newcastle Emlyn." The petition stated that letters addressed to Newcastle Emlyn had even gone to towns called Newcastle in America and the colonies, besides to the many Newcastles in the United Kingdom, thereby causing great inconvenience to the inhabitants.— The council decided to give its support to the petition. MEDICAL OFFICERS' REPORTS. The first notice of motion on the paper was in the name of Mr Aeronian Jenkins who proposed That a Sanitary Committee be appointed to consider, collate and report on the Medical Officers' reports and to settle an uniform form of reports for all Medical Officers. Mr Peter Jones said he was of the same opinion as Mr Jenkins as to the first part of the motion, but he did not agree with the latter part, to settle an uniform form of reports." They ought to leave that to the discretion of the medical officers themselves. He would second Mr Jenkins if the latter part was struck out.—Mr Aeronian Jenkins agreed to this and the motion was carried as amended. Mr Aeronian Jenkins proposed, and Mr Enoch Davies seconded, that Messrs Peter Jones, C. M. Williams, Morris Davies, D. C. Roberts, and Dr. Morgan comprise the sanitary committee. Mr Peter Jones proposed, and Mr Morris Davies seconded as an amendment that one member be nominated from each union. The former gentleman said he would refuse to act if Mr Jenkins did not accept the amendment, as it was not right to appoint all the committee from the same district. Mr D. C. Roberts also refused to sit on the committee. He had good reason for not doing to. He moved that they proceed with the next business. Mr Aeronian Jenkins accepted the amendment, which was then carried. POWERS OF COMMITTEES. Mr Aeronian Jenkins proposed, Mr J. M. Howell seconded, and it was carried- That the Main Road Sub-committee be hence- forth empowered to report direct to the Council, and that the meetings of the combined sub-com- mittees be discontinued. REVISION COURTS. Mr C. M. Williams moved- That for public convenience the revising barrister for the county of Cardigan shall henceforth hold revision courts in each polling place in the county, as directed by 30 and 31 Vict., c. 102, sec. 34, amended by the Local Government Act, 1888, sec. 3., sub-s-c. 12. Mr Williams said he thought his motion would commend itself to all the members, the object of which was simply to make it more convenient for the electors to attend the revision courts. They were aware that complaints were continually made of the inconvenience experienced by the voters, who had sometimes a distance of five to ten miles before they could attend the courts. The period at which they were held was about September, the really busy time of the farmers. In that county, which was a very large one in area-covering 690square miles--they had only some 11 revision courts. If it was necessary that the electoral divisions should be numerous, it was also applicable that the revision courts should be equally numerous. In many cases objection had been taken to names already on the book, because they were not there to answer their names. They ought to use the power given them rightly, by making each electoral division a revision court. Up to last year Carnarvonshire was only divided into 12 revision courts, but exception was taken a id a similar motion to his was carried, & the new move gave great satisfaction. The convenience of the many should be considered more than that of one revising barrister and the officials. Mr Morgan Evans—Will it incur any extra expense] Mr C. M. William-I think a certain sum is voted to the revising barrister kvhich includes his travelling expenses. Mr Aeronian Jenkins-For the reasons ex- pressed by Mr Williams, I secomd the motion. Col. Picton Evans said thee may be some inconvenience to find a place in many divisions to hold the revision court. The revising barrister got his pay. from the Treasury. Clerk-But the Council has to pay it. Col. Picton Evans—Yes, but if he has extra work he will come in-- Clerk-Ota strike (laughter). Col. Picton Evans (continuing)—For extra pay. Mr Enoch Davies-I hope he will (laughter). Mr Morris Davies said he did not wish to throw any stumbling block in Mr Williams's way, but he thought that the motion went rather too far. It would bj almost irritating. Take his own division for instance. He believed that most of the voters there would rather go to Aberystwyth than stay at home to go to the court, for they would then be able to kill two birds with o:ie stone. They could buy a pound of sugar and other necessaries in the town at the same time, whereas if they stopped at home they would have t > lose their Avork without gaining that advantage. Mr Eioch D.ivies supported Mr Williams, and hoped he would not withdraw his motion, as they were on the brink of getting manhood suffrage, and they must prepare themselves for those things (laughter). The motion was carried. I COUNTY PRINTING. Mr C. M. Williams moved, and Col. Picton Evans seconded, the next motion, which was as follows To rescind the following resolution passed by the Finance Committee and adopted by the Council at the meeting held 8th August, 1889: "That thE county advertisements be inserted in the Cambria11 News, the Baite)-, aud Aberystwyth Oserver, at;d thai all printing be done within the county, and bj tender, as far as applicable." Some amendments were proposed, but the original motion was ultimately carried, LOCAL TAXATION ACT, 1890. Rev. Llewellyn Edwards proposed- That the instalment of X999 already received by the county treasurer on account of the moneys payable to the Council under the Local Taxation (Customs and Excise) Act. 1890, and any other sums received under the same head for the year ending 31st March, 1891, be invested on proper security. Mr Aeronian Jenkins proposed tha.t the follow- ing words be added In trust for the purposes of the Intermediate and Technics 1 Education Acts of 1889.TI)is was crrried. The Council then rose.

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