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QUARTERLY MEETING AT DENBIGH.

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NORTH WALES COUNTIES LUNATIC ASYLUM. A quarterly meeting of the Committee of Visitors of the North Wales Counties Lunatic Asylum was held on Monday at the Castle Hotel, Conway. Mr. P. P. Pennant presided, there being also present Messrs. P. E. Story and R. E. Hughes, representing the subscribers; Messrs. J. Watkin Lumley, C. K. Benson, and J. T. Millwa.rd, representing Denbighshire Dr. William Easterby and Mr. W. Elwy Wil- liams, representing Flintshire Dr. E. P. Edwards, and Messrs. Harry Clegg, R. P. Wil- liams, and J. Moreton Prichard, representing Anglesea Dr. R. A. Prichard, Messrs. Edward Jones, J. T. Roberts, W. Jones Morris, and W. J. Parry, representing Carnarvonshire Dr. Roger Hughes and Dr. Robert Hughes, repre senting Merionethshire. THE LATE MR. T. GRIFFIES DIXON. Dr. William Easterby moved a sincere vote of condolence with the family of his late fellow citizen, Mr. T. Griffies Dixon, who was one of the oldest visitors to the Asylum, to which lie rendered very valuable services. He was the most active visitor on the Farm Committee, and was always courteous and gentlemanly in his demeanour and bearing. The motion was seconded, endorsed by the Chairman, and unanimously carried* ALLEGED MISMANAGEMENT BY THE COMMITTEE. Mr. Moreton Priehard had given notice of a resolution to the effect that a verbatim short- hand note should be taken of the proceedings of all meetings of the Committee and Sub- Committees, and that duplicates of the tran- scripts be sent to all members of the Committee. In support of this proposition, he had sent a printed circular to the members, arguing that the affairs of the Committee had been allowed to get into confusion, owing to the irregular attendance of members, in consequence of the time and expense incurred in travelling to the meetings. If, therefore, the full account of all the proceedings were sent to every member, they would be able to understand exactly what was going on, and could attend the important mee tings. Mr. J. Watkin Lumley said that Mr. Moreton Pritchard had embodied his opinions in certain letters, of which a synopsis had been prepared by him. He objected to the Visiting Committee dealing with the matter, unless the actual letters were produced at the meeting. Mr. Moreton Prichard-If Mr. Lumley wants these letters, I will print them for him. Mr. Lumley-I call for the letters which are in the possession of the Clerk, so that it may be known what they contain. The Chairman-May I interrupt you. These letters were sent to me by Mr. Barker to peruse, and I regret to say that I have forgotten to put them in my pocket this morning. There is a synopsis Mr. Moreton Prichard-Is not that a fair synopsis, Mr. Chairman ? The Chairman-It is. Mr. Lumley intimated that he would accept the statement of the Chairman. They could not read the letters which were not at hand. But the synopsis was not an accurate one, as the letters contained personal charges, and it was unfair that the question should be consi. dered without these letters being read. Mr. Moreton Prichard denied that he had made any personal charges. Mr. Jones Morris moved that the matter be postponed, and Mr. Lumley seconded this. The Chairman suggested that Mr. Moret>n Prichard should have the right to speak on the proposition. Mr. Moreton Prichard-The substance of my letters was this Mr. Jones Morris-He should not go into the letters. Mr. Moreton Prichard said the point was that the members could not know when impor- tant matters were coming on, and he objected to the adjournment, as there would be three months, during which serious business would have to be done, before the question could be settled. Mr. Harry Clegg said he could quite under- stand the adjournment of the matter, for want of the letters, but he thought a special meeting should be held to consider it. Mr. Lumley-That is another matter. Mr. J. T. Roberts, Carnarvon, expressed the opinion that until a motion for an adjournment could be proposed, the matter would have to be brought before the meeting. How could they adjourn to the next meeting a matter which was not before them? The Chairman—It is possible at any moment to make an adjournment. I think it is quite right and in order that I should put this ques- tion at once (hear, hear). The motion for adjournment was carried by 14 votes to 3. Mr. W. J. Parry moved that a special meeting be called to consider the question. Mr. P. E. Story-I second that, and as there have been charges bandied about, I hope we will go into the whole matter. This motion was carried, and the Committee then discussed the question as to where the meeting should be held. One member proposed that it be at Bangor, and another capped the suggestion by nominating Valley. Colwyn Bay and Conway were also proposed but on a vote being taken, the Committee chose Ban- gor as the meeting place. Mr. Jones Morris suggested that the question of the approximate cost of carrying out the resolution of Mr. Moreton Prichard should be reported upon, and this was agreed to. It was recommended that the letters of Mr. Moreton Prichard should be printed and circu- lated among the members before the meeting. Mr. Moreton Prichard said he was quite will- ing that the letters should be produced and read, and that the gentlemen to whom he refer- red in them should bepresent, as he had said nothing derogatory to anybody. Still, he did not think there was any need to print the letters. Mr. W. J. Parry moved that the letters be printed and circulated. This was seconded by Mr. Harry Clegg.' Mr. Lumley-I think ib is most important that these letters should be printed, for this reason. This circular is asking for all infor- mation, and tor everything printed that is done by every committee. We want th\j members of this Committee to know what has been written. Mr. Moreton Prichard--By all means. The motion was then carried. 'THE ASYLUM ENLARGEMENT DIFFICULTY. DISPUTES WITH THE CONTRACTOR AND ARCHITECT. In the course of a very lengthy debate, part of which was held in camera, on the question of the Asylum enlargement, it appeared that the Committee had dispensed with the services of the architects, Messrs. C. O. Ellison and Son, and had engagad Messrs. T. M. Lockwood and Sons, of Chester, to superintend the completion of the contract, which has been let to Mr. Warburton, and with whom some dispute has arisen as to the manner in which the work has been carried out. Messrs. Ellison and Sons, the original architects, are in possession of the plans, specifications, and other documents, and these they decline to deliver up until the Com- mittee pay to them the balance of the amount due to them as remuneration for their services The Committee now decided that all questions pending between themselves and Messrs. Ellison, barring consequential damages, should be referred to arbitration, among the points of reference being what plans and documents be- long to the Committee, and what remuneration is due to the firm. The Committee are advised by Mr. Cutler, the consulting architect. An agreement with Messrs. Lockwood and S ins was approved. Mr. Warburton made a formal ap- plication to refer the matters of dispute between him and the Committee to arbitration, but on the motion of Mr. Lumley, it was decided to inform him that they failed to see where in the contract he was entitled to demand the appoint- ment of an arbitrator. \;V. WATER SUPPLY. i The Denbigh Town Council applied for a supply of water for the Castle district of that town. Mr. Jones Morris—I move that we do not entertain any applications from the Denbigh Town Council for the supply of water for their district from our mains. Send it to anywhere but Denbigh Mr. Harry Clegg called attention to the fact that they had already decided not to consider any application tor water till the water works were completed. Mr. Jones Morris—That will do for me. Mr. Lumley moved that the matter be refer- red to the House Committee, but the Coinnuttae decided, on the motion of Mr. Jones Mortis, seconded by Mr. Moreton Prichard, to inform the Denbigh Council that they were not in a position to consider any offer on the subject. DATE OF MEETINGS. Mr. J. T Roberts (Carnarvon) moved, for Mr. A. 0. Evans (Denbigh), that the meetings of the Committee be on the third Thursday in the month; but, after a long discussion, the original date was adhered to. VOTE OF THANKS. A letter from the manager of the North and South Wales Bank was read, in which certain terms for banking business were offered, and the Committee agreed to them, Mr. Moreton Prichard pointing out that they were very reasonable. On the motion of Mr. Lumley, a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Prichard for taking the matter up, and securing such an advanta- geous reduction in the terms.

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