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There was no death registered as due directly I to influenza. Epidemics. —There were sixty-six cases of infectious diseases notified during the year I 1896. Measles.—This disease is not included in the Notification of Diseases Act, but is always, as soon as a knowledge of its existence is obtain- ed, treated from a sanitary point of view with precisely the same active measures to try and suppress it, as is taken with any of the other infectious diseases, as frequently owing to the complications that are liable to accompany this disease, as well as to follow it frequently, add very materially to the deathrate, especially the infantile deathrate. There were a few cases imported into the district, but in no instance did the disease spread outside the household into which it had been imported. Scarlet fever.-This disease appears to have been shouldering in this district as well as in surrounding districts throughout the year, and was on several occasions imported into this district. There were sixty cases notified dur- ing the year, and the parish of Corwen, es- pecially the northern division, not the town, and the parish and village of LlansantSraid, suffered most from the disease, but in neither district did I consider it necessary to advice the Sanitary authority to gi"e orders to close the schools. The epidemic appeared to follow in the trail, not so much of the children as of their male parents who worked in the Moel- fferna slate and slab quarries. The only fatal case was in a young unmarried woman—a priinipara complicated with puerperal septi- coemia-the importance of notification was very evident in this instance. I was also im- mediately informed of a death which happened in a small cottage containing a family of several young children. I wrote to explain to the parents the necessity of burying the body as soon as possible for the welfare and safety of the living, as there is no mortuary in this district for such a body to be moved thereto to await burial. I also saw the father to further explain verbally and impress this, which I con- sidered his duty towards his other children. He had the good sense to adopt my suggestion, and the body was hurried at mid-day on Sun- day within thirty hoars of the time of death. This action was very highly commended by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. Many in- stances occurred during the year of scarlet fever being imported into households and not spreading beyond such households, and several instances in which no other person was attacked in such households, as strict pre- cautions as regards isolation, free ventilation, nursing, and disinfectants are immediately taken on receipt of notification. Diphtheria. -There were only two cases noti- fied. One proved fatal in a farmhouse, having being contracted in the village of Gwyddel- wern in December, 1S95, where a fatal case had previously occurred. The other was a very mild case in a farmhouse near Glyndyfrdwy, in the parish of Corwen. In neither instance did the disease attack any other person or inmate of these houses. Typhoid fever. -T h ree cases were notified- two in the town of Corwen, one originated probably here in a large establishment, the place was thoroughly overhauled, and what sanitary defects were detected, which were trivial, were rectified. The other case was evidently contracted in London, and developed in a few days on the return home of the patient. The other case was a young man residing at a farmhouse near Glyndyfrdwy. This patient had evidently contracted the disease at Paris, and none of the other residents at this abode suffered from the disease. All these cases were of a mild type, and active measures were taken to prevent the disease spreading with the usual satisfactory results. Erysipelas.-There was only one case of a mild idiopathic form affecting the face, reported I from Carrog. Whooping cough.—This disease was prevalent in the village of Llandrillo and neighbourhood in the spring, causing indirectly one death owing to complications which accompanied it. I advised the sanitary authority to give orders fer the village school to be closed for fourteen days owing to the prevalence of whooping cough, and some cases of scarlet fever having appeared in the neighbourhood. Such orders were carried out, and I was to extend the period of closure if I considered such action desirable and necessary, but the progress of the disease was so satisfactory that I did not consider any need for further interference. Diarrhoea.—There were two fatal cases of children, both in the parish of Corwen, aged 16 months and one month respectively. There were nine cases of consumption registered during the year 1896. There were five deaths from injuries during 1896, rather a large num- ber, and three of these were non-residents. Drains and sewers.A drain and cesspool has been constructed at Tyucha:r llya. The drains alluded to in previous reports at Plas.yn-ddol and Old China Shop, Cynwyd, have been satis- factorily constructed respectively. A new drain and cesspool has been construc- ted for the cottages as Pen'rallt, Glyndyfrdwy. Also a new drain has been made at Ty'nllwyn Cottage and Smithy, Carrog. The drain has not yet been constructed for Tydu, Carrog. New privies have been built at Pentre Bodorlas, Tanyberllan, Bettws. Also new urinal and water closet at the Market Hall, Corwen, privies at Top yr ochr and Glantrys- tion, Cynwyd, as well as at Morfudd and Ber- mjn Arms, Glyndyfrdwy, have net been put into a satisfactory condition as requested—the latter is specially mentioned by Dr. Bruce Lowe in his report on the polution of the river Dee. Some of these polluted directly into the brook in their vicinity, and action should be taken to have these sanitary contra- ventions rectified. The main sewers in the town of Corwen have been cleared, and are frequently thoroughly flushed. Some pigstyes too near to the houses in the village of Gwyddelwern have been closed. Also the attention of the tenant has been drawn to those at Top yr ochr and Pandy Cynwyd, since which time they have been kept cleaner. Also notice t. discontinue keeping pigs had been given to the tenant at Pentre Bod«rlas, owing to the close proximity of pigstye to house, and general insanitnry con dition of surroundings. An inquiry was held at Corwen r, loan for sewage purification works, report was sent down after the inquiry stating that the proposed scheme could not be constructed and efficiently worked on the pro- posed plot of ground, and now the whole arrangement is in abeyance, the sanitary authority having received orders from the Local Government Board (after all their first trouble and expense having being reported upon as unsatisfactory) to engage a competent engineer to advice them, and correspondence is now taking place with that object in view. Reference was drawn to the Report of Dr. Bruce Lowe, and reply forwarded as to what had been done and what was in contemplation to remedy defects complained of in that re- port. Water supply.—I have on several occasions drawn attention to the public well situated in l a field at the north end of the village of Gwyddelwern. Action has been taken, the well thoroughly cleaned and efficiently protec- ted from superficial contamination, and the approach thereto made more accessible, but the situation of this well, as I have explained to my authority, is not satisfactory. Something ought to be done to prevent the possibility of any soakage from a stone culvert which carries the brook, which brook, is of course liable, and is polluted and flows on higher ground from north to south in a slanting direction across the road in close proximity to this well. The well in the field by Ty'nycefn hag been efficien- tly protected by the District Council's instruc- tions. The bed of the brook at Corwen has been cleaned and repaired, and works con- structed to prevent the brook overflow from storm water. Private works have been con- structed to bring a good supply of pure spring water into the yard of Druid farm, in which yard I had iu my report last year advised the pamp to be closed, as I considered the water act safe to be used for domestic purposes. The fittings of water worlcs ab Llandrillo have been remedied to prevent waste. New works have been constructed to supply the south end of the village of Glyndyfrdwy-a stone tank to hold 1,000 gallons constructed at the spring, and 400 yards of pipe laid down. An extension in the southerly direction will be required here soon. The water for the use of the village of Cynwyd during the summer months proved deficient. A committee of the sanitary authority visited the spot to make enquiries and take evidence with a view to report. In the meantime, before the meeting of the sani- tary authority, rain came, the old spring re- appeared, complaint was no further made, and the matter was allowed to drop. This, of course, will crop up again, but we will need a prolonged drought. Rouses and Cottages.-No very active meas- ures have been taken as regards any cottages, although several defects have been seen to. A cottage near Derwen Station as soon as the inmate was removed after a good deal ot trouble and delay, the house was renovated and made habitable, also two other houses in the same neighbourhood, will in the spring be renovated or rebuilt. The cottages reported upon last year at Cynwyd have not been evacuated, one house, or rather room in such house being inhabited by a single individual who certainly should be removed. Attention was drawn to the sleeping accommodation of farm labourers, reference being made to the unhealthiness of sleeping rooms being situated over animals. I stated that sleeping over animals was not of itself unhealthy, granted the rooms used for the purpose were constructed on proper sanitary lines as regards space and efficiency-special attention will be paid to this matter. Ashes and other refuse matters are frequently thrown into a lane at the back of the Queen's cowhouses in this town, notice boards were put up to discontinue this objec- tionable practice under penalty, as there is no excuse, as a cart is provided to go round the town once a week at stated hours, and oftener if required, to remove all such refuse. I have in my former reports drawn attention to a slaughter-house in the village of Gwyddelwern as a source of danger to the residents in its vicinity, and now have the satisfaction to state that it has been closed for over nine months, and will not be used as such again. I have on several occasions visited common lodging houses, slaughter houses, and bakehouses, and have no fault to report. HOWELL WHITE, M.B. D.P.H. Camb. Corwen, Feb. 17th, 1897. W. E. Williams The report seems to me to be very satisfactory, and I hope it will catch the eye of our friend Mr. Gibson, of the Cambrian News. I propose that we print a number of the report, the same as we did last year. This was seconded by Mr. E. 0. V. Lloyd, and carried. TY'NDDOL BRIDGE. A letter was read from the Corwen Parish Council, asking the District Council join iilywith Uwchaled to repair the footpath and bridge known as Ty'nddol Bridge. Upon the motion of Mr. W. E. Williams, seconded by Mr. Henry Davies, it was resolved to inform the Parish Council that it would be more advisable for them jointly with the Parish Council of Llangwm to undertake this work. The Parish Council would have power to do so under Section xiii (2) Local Government Act, 1894. GWYDDELWERN AND CYNFAL ROAD. A letter was read from the Gwyddelwern Parish Council, calling attention to the bad state of a main road leading from Gwyddel- wern to Cynfal, and asking the District Council to repair it. As it was stated that this road was never repaired by the District Council, it was resolved, upon the motion of the Rev. loan T. Davies, seconded by Dr. Jones, that the Parish Council be recommended to refer the road to the County Council. STATION ROAD, GLYNDYFRDWY. The following letter was read from Mr. Nelson, Solicitor to the Great Western Rail- way Company. Paddington Station, W., London, 27th Jan. 1897. Dear Sir, I have had some correspondence with Mr. John, the Clerk to the Edeyrnion Highway Board, as to the road from the Helyhead Road to the bridge over the Dee at Glyndyfrdwy. The road was constructed by the Llangollen and Corwen Railway Company in substitution for the old road to the Ford, and the Company have been advised that the Local Authority liable for the maintenance of the old road has since been responsible for its maintenance of the new road. An arrangement was therefore entered into provisionally with the Highway Board, under which they were prepared to take over the maintenance upon the payment of 9100, subject to the widening of the road near the Station by the inclusion of a small piece of land belonging to the Company. Owing to the objection of the Llangollen and Corwen Company, this agreement was never carried into effect, and I am now instructed to re-open this matter, as the road is in bad con- dition, and it is desirable that there should be no dispute as to the party responsible for its maintenance. Will you kindly bring the matter before the Corwen District Council, and obtain their in- structions whether they are willing to adopt the agreement entered into with the Edeyrnion Highway Board, as if so the directors will be advised to so settle the question. Yours truly, R. R. NELSON, J. E. BOWEN. T. Hughes, Esq., Corwen. Upon the motion of Mr. R. R. Roberts, seconded by Mr. Godfrey Parry, it was re- solved that the Clerk be instructed to reply that the letter had been brought to the atten- tion of the Council, and that no action was taken. CORWEN SEWAGE PURIFICATION. The letter read at the last meeting from Mr. John Williams, Corwen, asking to be informed what was his position now with the Council with respect to the Sewage Purification Scheme prepared by him, and which was not sanctioned by the Local Government Board, ehiefly be- cause the land proposed was not suitable, was further considered. Upon the motion of Mr. E. Williams, seconded by Mr. Henry Davies, it was resolved that Mr. Williams be informed that as the Local Government Board had re- fused to sanction the scheme prepared by him, the.engagement withhim had therefore lapsed, and consequently that the Rural District Council of Edeyrnion are not further indebted to him. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor submitted a plan of an im- proved culvert for a place on the Pennant Road, Llandrillo, called Pont Ty'nllwyn,' which was estimated to cost about £ 12. Re- solved that the Surveyor be authorized to carry out the improvements specified by him. EXTENSION OF WATER SUPPLY AT > GLYNDYFRDWY. The Inspector submitted for the considera- tion of the Council a plan of a small water works for supplying Pen'rallt cottages, Glyn- dyfrdwy, and estimated to cost about S65. A committee consisting of Dr. Jones, Messrs. G. Parry, R. R. Roberts, and John Jones (Glyn- dyfrdwy) were appointed to inspect the place with the Inspector, and to report to the next meeting. CYNWYD SEWERS. The Inspector reported that the main sewers at Cynwyd were more than half filled up with filthy sewage, and it was impossible to flush them because there was no water avail%ble- they are in their present condition worse than useless. Resolved that they be left as they are for the present. CONDEMNED DWELLINGS. The dwelling houses called Tai Newyddion, J Cynwyd, and the Old Forge, Brynsaith- j narchog, were condemned as unfit for human labitation, and the Inspector was directed to five the tenants-of each seven days notice to sease the occupation of same. i PAY SHEETS. The workmen's pay sheets were examined and cheques were signed to pay the workmen on the roads as follows:—Edeyrnion, £ 24 7s. Od., And Llanarn on D.C. £ 3 Os. Od.

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