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floral jottings. A town's meeting of the ratepayers of Southport has unanimously decided to support a resolution passed by the Town Council in favour of pro- moting a Bill in the ensuing session of Parlia- ment (conjointly with the Birkdale Urban District Council and the West Lancashire Rural District Council, or one of them) for the purchase of the Southport Waterworks Company's undertaking, and for the formation of a water board. At the recent meeting of the Bangor City Council the ex-Mayor (Alderman J. Evans Roberts) moved a resolution that the freedom of the borough be conferred on General Baden- Powell, and that a committee be formed to carry the matter through. He reminded the Council that they had resolved on this step some six or seven months ago, and he had written to General Baden-Powell, but through war troubles he only received an answer on September 21, to the effect that he would have great pleasure in receiving the honour. The motion was unanimously car- ried and a committee appointed as asked. The Penmaenmawr District Council have decided to construct a promenade at that fine health resort at a cost of £ 15,000. The attrac- tions of this place on the North Wales coast, it is well to remember, were first discovered and made known by the late Mr. W. E. Gladstone, and for more than forty years it was a favourite resort of the Gladstone family. Mr. John Bright and the late Duke of Westminster were also fre- quent visitors; so, too, is Lord Penrhyn, while his Honour Judge Sir Horatio Lloyd has a resi- dence there. The retiring Mayor of Bangor (Alderman J. E. Roberts), in his speech closing his year of office, announced that in order to mark his sense of the kindness and assistance given to him during his three terms of office he proposed to offer to the town the sum of one hundred guineas, to be devoted to some useful purpose such as the erection of a drinking fountain or other purpose to be approved by himself and the Council. The Council unanimously approved, and warmly thanked the retiring Mayor for his handsome gift. The Ormskirk Board of Guardians has again signalised the approach of the season by dis- cussing the perennial question of beer or no beer for the inmates with their Christmas dinner. This time the negative was introduced by the resolution of a lady guardian, as it notably is in many similar insalccs. The old argument was trotted out that the greater number ot the inmates were in the house through intemperance, directly or indirectly, a.,d it would be inconsistent for the guardians to give beer. There was still a little milk of human kindness left .'n f he hearts of some members of the Board, however; for while the Rev. Father Carr thought it would be a pity to deprive some of the deserving old people of a drink of beer on Christmas-day, another guardian had the courage to deny the statement that the greater number of inmates were in the house through drink. Many were there, he said, from circumstances over which they had no control. The decision in favour of "the little luxury" was decided only by 13 votes to 12. After a lengthy and exhaustive inquiry a special committee of the Manchester Town Council have reported that the action of Alder- man Higginbottom (at one time the Lord Mayor elect for the city) with respect to certain charges made by Mr. Norbury Williams, an elective auditor, in regard to certain contracts with the Electricity and Gas Committees, of which he was a member, had been altogether improper. Ac- cordingly, at a meeting of the City Council, Mr. Higginbottom tendered his resignation as alder- man, and also the position of Lord Mayor elect, paying the fee of 250. As the result of a private meeting of members of the Council, Mr. Thomas Briggs consented to be re-elected Lord Mayor for the present year. Subsequently, in the course of a statement to the Press, Mr. Norbury Williams averred that there are other revelations to be made to the general public which will astonish and surprise them in relation to the expenditure of the Electricity Department, as well as its general management. The turn of events at Manchester has had the ffect of putting other corporate bodies on their guard. After the election of the Mayor at Bolton the Town Council appointed a committee to con- sider and report upon the position of members of the Council having interests in contracts with the Corporation, either through registered companies or otherwise. At Oldham Town Council meeting the Mayor referred to the same subject, replying to a statement that "if things were bad in another town they were worse at Oldham." Mr. Saint, a member of the Llangollen Urban Council, in an attack on the Clerk and a member at their last meeting, asked the Clerk why a certain notice of motion he had forwarded to him had not been brought before the Board. It was pointed out to him that the, document did not convey a notice of motion. Whereupon Mr. Saint, proceeding to address the Council, declared he had been insulted, and accused the Clerk and Mr. M. H. Roberts of telling lies," an accusa- tion which he repeated more than once. A withdrawal was of course demanded, but Mr. Saint remained obdurate, and a brisk and lively scene terminated in the offending member with- drawing himself from the meeting. Pity these things should be.

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