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, Merthyr Board of Guardians.


Merthyr Board of Guardians. STIPENDIARY AND MAINTENANCE ORDERS. GUARDIANS ANNOYED. i SUGGESTED APPEAL TO THE LORD I CHANCELLOR. Mr. David Hopkins presided at the fort- nightly meeting of the Merthyr Board of Guardians on Saturday.—At the outset, th? Chair?-—" referred to the- sudden death of the Hr iathren Davies, a member of the .t. A" said that Mr. Davies had always ,( 11 a good and faithful member of the Board, and a very good colleague. He nieved that a vote of condolence be seat to the family,-1r, I Rees Rees seconded, and the vote was carried in silenoe.—On the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mrs. Richards, a similar vote was carried and ordered to be sent to the family of the late Di: Davies. of Aberdare, who for some time was one of the medical officers under the Board. The Rector of Dowlais referred to the fact that Mr. David Hughes, of Aberdaro, had been made an alderman for the county of Gla- morgan, and he moved a vote of congratula- tion.—Rev J O'Reilly seconded, and the reso- lution was oarried.—Mr. Hughes acknowledged the compliment. Mrs. M. T. Williams moved, and Mrs. M. A. Evans seconded, a vote of condolence with the Matron upon the death of her sister, and the same was carried in silence. WHO DOES THE WORK? The Rector of Dowlais referred to the fact that the minutes of the Aberdare Relief. Com- mittee were printed fortnightly, showing the names of those who attended the meetings to do the work He thought a report should be presented of all relief committees. —The Chair- man said it would be a very difficult matter, bacause on a Saturday morning the members moved about from one relief committee to an other.—Mr. Meth. Davies said he knew an Aberdare guardiac who never attended a com- mittee meeting, ami he thought ^the proposal would show up the humbugs. "Why do the ratepayers send such humbugs on the Board?" he asked.—Rcctor of Dowlais: The people know who attend meetings without its being pointed out to them. SITE FOR A SANATORIUM. The Sanatorium Committee reported having discussed with Dr. Ward the question of the treatment of the phthisical casss in the work- house, a.nd having regard to the large number of such cases in the Infirmary, and the urgent need of providing suitable accommodation for them. the Committee appointed a deputation, consisting of Mrs. Evans, R«v. LI. Williams, and Mr. John Prowle with the Clerk, to wait upon the Earl of Plymouth s agent, and Messrs. Guest, Keen, and Co., im- mediately. with the view to the jte selected at Pontsarn being acquired for redion of a sanatorium without furi\<?r delay.—The Cerk ifa-id he communicated witr" Mr. Forrest, the Eari of Plymouth's igsnv, and met him at Cardiff. He said thai, the Earl would be pleas- ed to present the freehold site at Pontsa.rn free of cost other than solicitors' charges Jhear, hear). He had Written to Mr Wm Evans, proneral manager of Guest, Keen, and Co., who held the 'and for an unexpired term of twelve years, and a reply ha<'i t»sn received that he would lay the mattw before the next meeting of his directors.—On the motion of Mr. J Prowie, chairman 6f the Sanatorium Commit- teel seconded by the Rector of Dow. a is, a hearty vote of thanks was passed and ordered to be sent to the Ear! of Plymouth. CHILDREN DOING WELL. At a meetinsr of the Children's Homes CQtn- mittee, an application was made for permission for the children to attend a. performance si the Trecvncn Hall bv the Trecynon Co-operative i Society. The CommiUee recommended that permission be granted accordingly, and that the thanks of the Board be conveyed, to tne Society for their invitation.—The Superintend- ent reported that the garctenor bad been absent from dutv for t.wo vrosks owmg to sickness. The Committee authorised the Supeirntendent to engage a temporary substitute, if necessary, during the pardener's absence.—A letter read from Mr Henry Thomas, Brynwgan. LJandilo, with whom Agnes Fleming had been on trial, stating that the girl was giving every satisfaction, and he intended keeping her- The Committee recommended that the usua 1. con- tract be signed.The Committee considered the father's application for William Charles Hoskins, and instructed the Superintendent to visit his home and report at the next meeting of the Commitfiee.—'The Superinteudent pro- duced to the Committee a pupil's certificate granted by the Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, that Eugene McCarthy, of the 1st S.W. Borderers, & former inmate of the Training Sohooil had undergone a course of instruction on the euphonium, and had attain- ed a good d«>=v» of proficiency as a performer thereon. The recorded their sure at the progHo* raado by McCarthy.—The report was adopted. STAFFIK'y OF COTTAGE HOMES AND SCHOOL. At the last costing it was stated that two foster-mothers an assistant were in charge of the new ríving" home, which contained only six children. In consequence, the Chil- dren's Homes Committee had considered the matters, and reported as follows—The Clerk submitted the foi.lowing particulars with refer- ence to the number ,of inmates and staff engag- ed at the School'and HomesNumber of in- mates and accommodation on Sth- March, 1910: Training 48 girls; accommodation. boys. 58 girls. Receiving Home: Tnmates, 5 boys, 3 girls;, accommoda- tion, 15 boys, 15 girK No. 1 Home, Aberdare: Inmates, 1 boy. 14 girls; accommodation, 16 children. No. 2 Home, Aberdare: Ihmates, 6 boys, 10 girls; accommodation, 16 children. No. 1 Homes Bargoed: 1 boy, 8 girls: accom- modation. 10 children. No. 2 Home, Bargoed: Inmates, 2 boy*. 7 giris ;■ accommodation, 10 children. StaffTraining School: Superin- tendent and Matron, schoolmistress and assist- ant schoolmistress, tailor, boilerman, gardeper, shoemaker and boy helper, laundress and eight washerwomen and scrubbers, 2 needlewomen, stocking maker, female trainer, children's. &t: tendant, cook and 'matron s .servant. Receiv- ing Home: Foster mother and assistant foster mother. No; 1 Home, Aberdare: Foster mother. No. 2 Home, Abordare (Children's Hospital: Foster mother and nurse. No. 1 Home, Bargoed: Foster mother. No. 2 Home, Bargoed: Foster mother. The Clerk further reported that the number of children in the Workhouse was 59, of whom only 13 were in the children's quarters, the remainder being in the Infirmary under medical treatment. The 13 children referred to were not suitable for transfer to the Receiving Home, and such of the children in the Infirmary as were suitable would be sent over to the Receiving Home as !'oon as the c Medical Officer certified them to be fit.-The Committee recommended in view of the small number of children at present in. the Receiving Home, that the assistant foster mother be required to assist with the needle- work of the Training School until the number of children increased;—Mr. Meth. Davies said that a.t the last meeting the Rector of Dowlais said there were three officers in the Receiving Home with only six chtln. Aooording to this report, there was one foster mother, an assistant.—Mr. J. Prowie said he was respon- sible for that statement, and it was correct.— Rev. J O'Reilly. said the statement was not correot. There was only one foster mother and an assistant. The other person was a girl who at present was not capable of taking any ap- pointment—one of the inmates of the school. THE STIPENDIARY GUARDIANS. The Clerk referred to the dispute between the Board and the Stipendiary Magistrate (Sir T. Marchaat Williams) with reference to mainten- ance ordere. O.noe ■ they had been made by the Bench, it was the duty of the Board, if they wiihed an order reduced, to return to court with further evidence.—Tho Warrant Officer (Mr. Llewelyn Richards)- submitted a report to the Board, in which he stated at the Merthyr Polioe-oourt on Friday, 11th inst, three maintenance orders were applied for, and the Stipendiary declined to hear any evidence in the first case, and in the other two cases struck out the summonses. Mr. Richards added that the Stipendiary eaid that he Would hear no case in which the Board had already decided what amount a week a person ought to pay, and he Would not allow the Guardians to interfere with any order made. • by the magistrates, the proper course being, if any contributor desired ,a.tanytnDe to have his case reconsidered, to the court and make his application. The Clerk expressed hiftisalf surprised at the attitude of the Stipendiary. Whether the friction was started by the Warrant Officer telling the Bench that the Board wanted an order of so much per week he did not know, but it seemed to him to be a denial of justice to the Board that any of their cases should not be duly heard. In a further report the warrant officer stated that on Friday, the 18th instant, Sir Marohant Williams referred to the case of Mr. James, licensee of the Maesyowmmer Inn, Maesycwmmer, and complained that an order made by the magistrates on the 21st December last, for payment of 6s- 6d- per week, was re- duced by the Guardians on the Sth January to 3s. 6d. a week, and he said that the Stipendiary impreseecl upon him that the order of the magistrates was the only legal one, and it must 1>6 enforced as from the date when it was made. RECTOR OF DOWLAIS AND THE BENCH. The Rev. Lt. M. Williams (Rector of Dow- lais), said that the Stipendiary, as the mouth- piece of the Bench, had held the Board up to contempt, and tried to prove that they were squandering the money of the rate- payers, caring for no one but those, who were able to influence tbem in some backstairs way. In the strongest possible manner he repudi- ated the insinuation. With respect to the insulting remarks made about ministers, they would probably take other action, but he cer- tainly thought the time hod come when they should expose the practises of the Sknch bv declining to go lr>iore th-oin Lev Oi ders. and when they should take the Stip^ndw ry at his word, and apply to tho ixvth Conut for a maAo&mufc £ & fclgq .Uwg 1 .II eend a protect to the Lord Chancellor, so iixat he might know how those he appointed to the Bench were carrying on their work. Mr. John Prowle remarked that Sir Mar- chant Williams had no sympathy for the poor. Tb., t" wa-8 a. larger Labour representation on the Merthyr Board of Guardians than on any other Board of Guardians in the kingdom ,and ho believed that this accounted very largely for the criticism to which they ex- posed. Rev. J. O'Reilly If the Stipendiary is right in law we shall have to submit. The Clerk said that the Board, as litigants, had to apply to the court to make the orders against men who declined to contribute to- ward, the cost of the maintenance of their relatives. By this m?ans the Board recovered about a year. In the interest of the Board any friction with the Justices should be avoided. It was quite true that an order rnado by the magistrates could not ba varied without the consent of the court who made the order. On the other hand the magistrates could not interfere with the Board's instruc- tions to their collector not to press for the money, as the Board had done seores of times-, but an order made by the magistrates could not be reversed by any order made bv the Board. The magistrates alone vary the order. It was unfortunate,, said the Clerk, that the order in question came up for revision 60 soon after it was made, and Sir Marchant Williams declined to reduce the order from 6s. 6d. If the Board were of opinion that the order ought not to be enforced thoy should instruct the collector to ask the Bench to vary it. It would 00 the legal course.—Rev J. O'Reilly: We cannot recover money without the order of the magistrates?—Tho Clerk: That is the machin- ery for recovering the money.—Mr. J. Prowie: Could not we go to the County Clerk replied that if the Board used the County Court thev would lose hundreds of pounds.—No resolution was passed, but the Warrant Officer was instructed to report further upon the case of Mr. James. INCREASED PRECEPT. The Clerk laid before the Board the estimate of receipts and expenditure for the half-year ending 30th September next, which showed that a call of £42,000 would have to be. made upon the overseers as compared with £41,000, the actual expenditure during the corresponding ha2f-year :-rlr, David Evans pointed out that the Glamorgan county rate was £16,212, as oompared with £15,087, and he asked the reason.—The Clerk said his estimate was based upon information received from Mr. Franklen, clerk to the County Council.—In reply to Mr. W. Harris, the Clerk said that until the County Council adjustment had taken place, certain changes would be made by the County Council, and the money would be repaid after adjust- ment. VARIOUS. Mr. T. T. Jenkins asked the Clerk to pre- pare a return showing the trade or calling of every male and female in the Hou e. Mr. W. Jones said he was told that the building contractor who was carrying'out work at the House was not employing Trade Union labour.—Tl:e Clerk said he would write to the oontraotor.—The Rector of Dowlais: Suppose tiie men are sent on the job from the Labour Exchange ? Miss Lilian Mabel Hall, aged 28, of the Workhouse Infirmary Staff, Reading, was ap- pointed female visitor. A sub-committee reported having considered the letter of complaint signed by seven inmates of the Workhouse, and the Master's reply thereto. The Committee also interviewed the Master, Porter, and Labour Master, and the inmates who signed the letter.—The Committee reported having found the charge of cruelty and inhuman treatment made against the offic- ers to be utterly groundless. It was reported that the application of the vaccination officers for increased remuneration had been submitted to the Finance Committee. —The Committee recommended that the con- sideration of the matter be deferred for two months, and that the Clerk be directed to ob- tain in the meantime particulars as to the re- muneration paid in neighbouring Unions.—This was approved.

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