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DENBIGHSHIRE STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE. On Friday last, before the meeting of the Quarter Sessions, a special meeting of the Standing Joint Committee of Denbighshire was held, for the purpose of appointing some person to act as Deputy Clerk of the Peace, until the vacancy in the office, caused by the lamented death of Mr. Adams, should be filled up. The chair was occupied by Captain Griffith-Boscawen, and the fol- lowing members were present:—Represent- ing the Quarter Sessions: Capt. Cole, Col. Heaton, Mr. T. P. Jones-Parry, Sir R. Egerton, Mr. J. R. Burton, Mr. Saxon Gregson Ellis, and Col. Mesham. Repre senting the County Council: Messrs. J. Watkin Lumley, O. Isgoed Jones, J. Roberts (Plas Heaton), A. O. Evans, T. Morris, E. Hooson, E. Griffiths, Gomer Roberts, and W. G. Dodd. An apology for absence was received from Mr. Pen Dennis. THE LATE MR. ADAMS. The Chairman said that before they pro- ceeded to the business, it would be in accord- ance with the feelings of all present that he should just say a few words about the late Mr. Adams. He had known Mr Adams himself for very many years. He knew him at the time of Mr. Peers, when he came first into contact with him. He was appointed the chairman of the Quarter Sessions about eighteen years ago. At that time Mr. Peers was in office, and Mr. Adams was assisting him. He believed Mr. Adams was Deputy Clerk of the Peace at that time. Mr. Peers resigned in the autumn of 1883. Mr. Adams was appointed by the Lord Lieutenant, who was at that time custos rotulorum, and had the appointment of the Clerk of the Peace. He (the speaker) had turned up his notes which he kept of every Quarter Sessions, and he found that the appointment was reported in 1883. He saw in some of the papers that Mr. Adams was appointed in 1884, but that was not the case. He was appointed in the month of September 1883, when Mr. Peers resigned owing to ill-health. Mr. Peers died in the following January. That was a long time ago, 15 years or more, and during that time, he (Capt. Boscawen) had been in con- tact with Mr. Llewelyn Adams, at e. ery Quarter Sessions, and at a great many com- mittees, and he had always been treated by him with the most unfailing courtesy and kindness, and he might safely say that dur- ing that fifteen years in which he was con- tinually in contact with him, they never had an unpleasant word (applause). Mr. Adams was always most anxious to do his duty. Of course, a very large amount of extra work was thrown upon him when the County Council was set up', and he thought it was a great of trouble to him at first, but he must say Mr. Adams tried to do his best in every possible way. On some occasions he was awkwardly placed, bmt he tried to do his duty, and it was a very great loss to the County to lose a man of his status and position. He begged to move the following resolutionThat the Standing Joint Committee, representing the Court of Quar- ter Sessions, and the County Council for the County of Denbigh, begs to tender to the family of the late Clerk of the Peace its deep sympathy and condolence, and desires itsappreciation of the fidelty with which he so conscientiously discharged his duties as Clerk of the Peace and Clerk of the County Council, to be recorded on the minutes of this committee.' Mr. Hooson seconded the motion, and Mr. O. Isgoed Jones supported. He said he could not speak with the experience of their worthy chairman, but he could speak with some little experience, as he had been on that committee ever since its formation ten years ago. He himself always found Mr. Adams on all occasions most obliging, and he must say his loss would be felt not only at the various committees and bodies with which he was connected, but by the whole county as well. The obliging and genial character of Mr. Adams was worthy of being made an example to whoever might be his successor. As representing the Council Council he could not, somehow or other, fail to feel that they had been except- ionally unfortunate, within the last year, as they had not only lost their clerk but their chairman (hear, hear). But they must not lose heart. There were others who were coming in to fill the ranks most wonderfully, and they had been educated as it were under the auspices of the departed, for which they had to be thankful (hear, hear). The motion was then carried unanim- ously. APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY CLERK OF THE PEACE. The next business was the appointment of the deputy clerk. The Chairman suggested that they should pass a resolution on similar lines to those mentioned in the notice of the meeting, namely that the deputy should hold office until the appointment of Mr. Adams's suc- cessor. It was not well to hurry the matter, as they would have to consider questions of salary, etc, but the business of the com- mittee and the county was always going on, and therefore they needed someone to take the place of Mr. Adams temporarily till his successor was elected. The Chairman having read out the Sections in the Act-83, Subsection 4, Mr. Lumley asked whether it was competent for the Committee then, under that Section, to appoint a Deputy Clerk of the Peace. The Chairman, replying, said that in his opinion, it was competent; but he thought the Deputy should only hold office till the Clerk of the Peace was appointed. Probably they would then appoint a deputy, but he thought it should not be done now, except in the way he had stated. Mr. Lumley said he thought it should be the other way, and he moved that they appoint a Deputy Clerk of the Peace to hold office at the pleasure of the Committee. Mr. O. Isgoed Jones asked what was the difference between the two proposals. The Chairman said the motion before them would appoint a deputy who would be in office till they chose to' ask him to retire, and the plan he thought they should adopt was that they should elect a deputy whose office would cease when the Clerk of the Peace was ap- pointed, leaving the question of deputy to be then decided. He thought it would be much better to leave the Committee a free hand. It did not follow that the person whom they would elect the deputy would not become de- paty Clerk of the Peace in due course. Mr. Lumley: Certainly not. He might even be appointed the Clerk of the Peace. The Chairman Quite so. Sir Robert Egerton But your proposal,Mr. Lumley, creates a new office; and it is difficult to remove an officer once appointed. The Chairman Quite so; even m petty ses- sional matters, an officer is not removed with. out difficulty. Mr. William Griffith wished for further ex. planation, shewing the difference between Mr. Lumley's proposal and the Chairman's sugges- tion. The Chairman, repeating what he had already said, in reply to Mr. Isgoed Jones, asked Mr. Lumley to substitute the word temporarily' in his motion, instead of 'at the pleasure of the Committee.' Mr. Lumley, however, declined to alter his motion. Mr. Dodd seconded the motion of Mr. Lum, ley. Captain Cole asked where would the Deputy Clerk's salary come from. The Chairman From the rates, of course. Mr Lumley: But we have the salaries to revise yet, and there need be no alarm. Mr. Saxon Ellis moved, and Col. Heaton seconded, That a deputy clerk be appointed until the appointment of the Clerk of the Peace be made.' The Chairman said that Mr. Lumley's motion would in effect provide the new Clerk of the Peace with a deputy before they elected that officer. He thought that would be rather awkward. He thought the new Clerk of the Peace should have a free hand whoever he might be. The Committee voted, when the amendment was lost by nine votes against it, and eight for —all the magisterial members voting for the amendment, and all the County Council mem bers voting against it. The Committee then proceeded to make the appointment. Mr Hooson said I beg to propose that we appoint the Clerk we have been so well suited with for so many years. He has the work of this Committee and of the county at the end of his fingers. It would be a great blow to the Standing Joint Committee and the County Council to lose his services; he has been most prominent in connection with the work of the county and the Standing Joint Committee for years. I need not dwell upon his qualifica tions they are so wellknown to all of us. I refer to Mr. John Roberts, our convener, who, has acted under Mr. Adams for so many years. I have very great pleasure in proposing his appointment. Mr. Dodd I beg to second. The Chairman I am sure Mr. Roberts has gone to a great deal of trouble in carrying on the county work, and I think he is quite capable of carrying en the work of the De- f puty Clerk of the Peace, although, of course, when you come to appoint the Clerk of the Peace himself, other questions may arise. The motion was then carried unanimously. Mr Lumley moved that the remuneration of the Deputy Clerk be considered and reported upon by a small sub-committee to be appointed, representing an equal number of the interests upon the Committee. Mr. Isgoed Jones seconded, and the motion was agreed to, it being understood that the Committee, which will be nominated at the Standing Joint Committee to-day (Friday), will also go into and report upon the question of the salary to be paid to the new Clerk of the Peace as well Mr. John Roberts having been re called, The Chairman informed him of his unani- mous appointment, and said he had no doubt Mr. Rooerts would be able to carry out the duties very well. Mr. John Roberts said he was much obliged to the Committee for the confidence they had reposed in him It was an office of responsi- bility, but he had had a great deal of experi- ence, and if he failed in the performance of the important duties relating to the office, he could assure the Committee it would not be for want of enthusiasm or for want of effort.

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