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cfotsl obetnmtnt jottings. It is satisfactory to note from the quarterly *Jfctement of the Local Government Board for 1900, just issued, that the state of in Lancashire and Cheshire shews a "rY inaterial decrease. At Midsummer il900, there were 29,175 indoor and 47,972 outdoor Supers (irrespective of lunatics in asylums, catered hospitals, and licensed- houses and Vagrants) in receipt of relief, against 29,707 in- door and 49,117 outdoor on the corresponding of 1899, being a decrease of 1,677, or 21 Per cent. The number of persons in receipt of belief was smaller than in the corresponding Periods for thirty out of the forty-three pre- ying years, and the proportion which they We to the population was smaller than in any the preceding years. The proportion was highest in 1863, reaching 47 7 per thousand, "hile in 13 out of the 15 years, 1857 to 1871, it Was over 40 to the 1,000. New public baths have been opened at Birkenhead by the Mayor. The accommoda- tion includes first-class swimming bath 63 feet by 24 feet; a second-class ditto, 75 feet by 30 feet, with the customary dressing cubicles; 19 slipper baths, various, for males and females; vapour bath, with a needle and shower bath 14 connection. Salt and fresh water supplies Prearranged for. There, is a commodious and "eU-equipped laundry in connection with the btlildings, and the various classes are accom- modated with waiting rooms and sanitary Arrangements. There is also a caretaker's house, and the whole building is cellared, so that all the fittings can be readily examined. The cost of the building, including machinery, 18 about Ell,000, and of the salt water storage tanks and filters 21,600. Councillor John Jones (Cedars), of the tilaududno Town Council, has given notice of Motion that the Council should undertake all Are insurance in the town. A few hundreds of Pounds, he said, would cover the whole cost of flfttaage by fire in the town for the past 30 years, while thousands had been paid in Premiums during that period. The same = gentleman took strong exception to a proposal to expend R25 for transplanting trees for the Purpose of beautifying the town. At the same Jtteeting a proposal to form a committee to Consider the question of advisability for con- structing an elee'ris t ramway round the Great rmes Head was unanimously adopted. There was au unusual scene at a recent "leeting of the Lleyn (Pwllheli) Rural District Council. A deputation from Abererch parish Appeared in support of an application con- cerning a certain road, which having been Explained, the deputation was asked in the 'Uual course of things to withdraw while the Council discussed the question. This they doggedly refused to do for some time, declaring that the meeting was open to the public. firing the wrangle a Mr. E. R. Davies asserted to Mr. J. T. Jones You want to be boss of the thow." (It is astonishing what plain English 400me of these good people can use when they 'Choose.) Ultimately the scene ended by the deputation thinking better of it and retiring, but they did not succeed in gaining their point. The City and University authorities of Oxford are likely to come into serious conflict the rating question in connection with the latter body. The City Corporation have Recently had a re-valuation made of the University and College properties with a view increased assessment. This was reported 011 at a special meeting of the City Council Recently, when it appeared from a comparative Valuation list that it is sought to raise the Assessments of the colleges from fA2,522 to 464.046, and the university properties from 411,647 to 921,369, and numerous other pro- perties in like proportion. In moving the Adoption of the report, the Chairman of the tnitte8 and representative of the University d the final issue would very likely come before the law courts. He did not hail with satisfaction the prospect of a very serious, a tbry long, and very expensive litigation. A certain class of Irish seem to take a gleeful Pleasure in shewing their disloyalty on every Presentable occasion against everything con- nected with this country. At a meeting of KUardians of the North Dublin Union the other day, a guardian named Goggins must needs Btep out of his way to propose a vote of thanks to the Queen of Holland for affording pro- Section to Mr. Kruger in his hour of distress. Colonel Lindsay, another guardian, denounced 1(1', Goggins as a most disloyal man, and, *emarking that he could not stay in the same tOOIn with such a person, withdrew from the Meeting. The motion was carried with one dissentient only. and Goggins remains famous for ever. A further development of these pin- pricks" is a proposition that the Dublin Town Council confer the freedom of the city on ex- president Kruger.

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