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Merthyr Watch Committee.

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Merthyr Watch Committee. CONSTABLES WORK EIGHT HOURS. A meeting of the Watch Committee was held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, the Mayor (Aid. Wilson) presiding. Chief Constable Wilson reported that during the month £ 3 5s. had been received for ped- lars' certificates, JS1 for summonses and war- rants, L14 12s. lid. for special polico duty, JB2 5,. under weights and measures, and 10s. realised upon the sale of a stray dog.—Coun. Thomas Williams ascertained that this was a dog which had for more than a week terror- ised and kept awake the inhabitants at Merthyr Vale. "It was worth 10s. to get rid of it," Eaid Coun. Williams. Ald. D. W. Jones strongly protested against a Merthyr tradesman going to Dowlais to re- pair the police-station there, when there were plenty of tradesmen at Dowlais ready to do the work, and was given the assurance that this would not occur again. It was stated that the cost of horsing the "black Maria" was l&s. a week, and in reply to Ald. Berry, the Chief Constable said the vehicle would acpommodate sixteen prisoners. —Aid. Berry: When the Corporation go to the waterworks in it, we shall have to make two journeys (laughter). The Town Clerk said that some time ago he reported that the committee had -no power to pay a salary to a police-court missionary. The Chief Constable made inquiries from thirty-four towijs, and in every case no such salary was paid, and Mr. Barker, the probationer officer, had said he thought the Watch Committee should s-et an example. The Town Clerk added that if the Committee paid the missionary, the Auditor wotyld surcharge it.—A reply was or- dered to be sent to Mr. Barker accordingly. A letter was read from the Dowlais Free Church Council asking the Committee to give the policemen one day's rest in seven.—The Mayor said a movement with this object in view was on foot in other towns, and the Chief Con- stable told tho Committee that a Select Com- mittep of the House of Commons were also considering this and similar matters relating to the police. He also said that a constable was on duty eight hours a day, but the men in cottage police stations were on duty ten hours. The staff in the chief office worked twelve hours a. day. from 9 to 9, and Sundays 9 to 6.—Aid. p. W. Jones said this state of affairs ought to be remedied, as there was nothing worse to a man's health than being 'in an office for so many liours.-Ald. < Berry agreed.—The Chief Constable said tho clerks were employed upon ■work upon the new books, and in about eix months a lot of the present work would be un- necessary.-The question will b3 considered later A letter was read from the Board of Trade asking the Committee to enforce the statutory Dr0visions with regard to the sale of bread by weight.—The Chief Constable asked to be al- lowed to take proceedings, and to expend monev as necessity required for samples. He also asked what should be done with the bread, and the Town Clerk suggested that it should be hand- ed over to the soup kitchen committee.—Aid. D W. Jones: What about whiskey?—The Chief Constable: Wa haven't taken that yet (laugh- tey-) '-Ald. Jones considered it proper that sarv nles should be taken and analysed. He moved accordingly, and that the disposal of such sam- ples be left to the discretion of the Chief.— The Mayor: The whiskey had better be sent to the Town Clerk and myself for the Mayor's parlour (laughter). The resolution was car- ried. The letter from Mr. J. Mann, on behalf of the Ratepayers' Association, enclosing a peti- tion from the ironmongers in the Borough pray- nrr the Council to put in force the Shop Hours as affecting ironmongers, was referred by the Council to this Committee for consideration. The Town Clerk said it cost £ 40 to put the Act into force for each trade, whereas the same cost would cover all trades if all were desirous o^having the Act adopted. The Council had to pay £ 40 to adopt the Act relating to hair- d>-e=sers. The Act had proved a horrible failure in other towns. There would be endless confusion if -this request were adopted, be- cause an auctioneer might be selling linoleum at 10.30 at night, when ironmongers were not allowed under a penalty to do so. An aiieton- cer would have to differentiate between one article and another.- The Mayor moved that the Chambers of Trade be written to asking whether all trades were desirous of being in- cluded in the order.—Aid. Berry, in moving t,lia, f, no action be taken, said that if the Coun- cil knew, when they put the Act into force for the barbers, as much as they knew to-day. they would never have done it.—It was agreed by four votes to three that no action be taken.

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Dowlais Chamber of Trade.

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Dowlais Chamber of Trade.