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M-A.("flyiNLLETH. FISHING.—The heavy rains have piov ldecl good sport in the Dovey for the fishermen. Many visitors are staying in town for the purpose of fishing. TEMPKRANCE.—A temperance meeting was held at the Englsh Presbyterian Chapel on Sunday afternoon when an address on that hubject was de- livered by the Rev David Jones, Cardiff. The rev. gentleman also preaehtil at the same chapel in the morning and evening. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL.-Tlie following have al- ready been nominated as governors of the Inter- mediate School by the parents of the children Mrs Davies, Maldwyn House Messrs \V. M. Jonej, Johu Thomas, and T. R. Morgan. The three first nam»-d are old members. The election will take place on August 16ch. MICAH AGAIN IN TKOCBLK.—At a special police court before Major Bonsall, Edward Rees, and — Hughes, P'sqrs., John Micah was charged by P.S. Hanit-r wit i having been druuk and disorderly on Saturday night.—The case was proved and he was fined teu shillings and costs, being given a week in which to pay. FAIP, -Ti,e fair known as Fair Awst was held on Monday. The dealers in attendance were numerous, but the farmers complain of the smail- ness ot tne prices. ine sale oi store cattle was slow, but for cows with calves, which were sold mostly to purchasers and not to English dealers, there was a good demand. Considerable excitmpnt was caused in the afternoon by the arrest of alleged p ckpo2ke^9. URBAN DISTRICT COTNCIL.—A special meeting of the Council was held ou Tuesday when, in the absence of the Chairman. Mr Richard Rees was voted to the erair.-Tiiere were also present Messrs l. W. Griffith, Edward Rees. Richard Owen, J. M. Bretzf, John Thomas, W. M. Jones, E. Gillart, R. Gillart, and T. R. Morgau, Mr J. Rowlands, clerk, and Mr J. Jones, surveyor.—The Clerk sub- mitted the estimate for the current year, showing an estimated expenditure on public works, scaven- ging. sewerage, &c., of jL70 lis Od on the roads, £ 145 6s proposed works and improvements, ;E30 public lighting, £93 15s; waterworks (including salary ot reservoir keeper, £ 22 4s, fencing reservoir, £ S, pipes, &c.. and labour, £ 40), &70 4s salaries of officers, £ 112; establishment charges, £ 40; elections, £ 3 10s iuterest and instalments to be repaid, £ 305 19s contingencies, £ 60 Ss 6d balance due to the Treasurer, JE85 8i 6d— total, £1,017 2s OI-It:'Es waterworks loan, £ 150; repayment by County Council in respect to salaries, fl5 lents of water closets, £ 5 nett, E847 2s—To meet this expenditure it was agreed to levy a three shilling rate.—It was stated, in reply to Mr Gillart, that this was a lower rate than that of any other town in the locality.—It had been decided not to include the amount re- quited under the Library Act in this estimate, the amount of £23, which the penny rate would bring in, being consioered quite inadequate to meet the expenses which have to be incurred at the com- mencement and it being thought advisable to first uf all make all necessary arrangements for starting the library, such as the provision of the building, &c. With this object it was decided that all the members of the Council should form a committee to go into the matt r.-Mr R. Lewis was re-ap- pointed ai collector.—The new bylaws dealing with new ttreets, buildings, &c., were presented and, on the m3tion of Mr E. Gillart, seconded by Mr Richard Owen, it was agreed that the seal of the Council should be affixed.-Plans of new cottages proposed to be built by Mr Ed. Morgan, at Tanrallt, were passed. BOARD OF GUARDIANS, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH.- Present: Mr N. B. Owen, chairman, presiding Mr D. Evans, vice-chaiiman Messrs John Davies, Darowen John Morgan, Uwchy- parreg Richard Owen, Isygarreg Humphrey Jones, P,nnal John Owen, Meredith Jones, Towyn Edward Davies, Llanwrin J. Hughes Jones, Aberdovey John Davies, John Rowlands, Machynlleth William Jones, Aberdovey John Watkin,. E. M. Jones, Llanbrynmair; William Evaos, Glyndwr Richard Hughes, Penegoes D. Evans, clerk; J. Jones, master; Daniel Howell aud Willian Jones, relieving officers. Statistic*.—Out-relief administered during the past fortn'ght: Machynlleth district, per Mr John Jones, £1 í 12s 9d to 68 paupers Pennal district, per Mr Wm. Jones, 1:29 9s Od to 97 paupers Darowen district, per Mr Daniel Howell, £ 40 18s Od to 157 paupers. Number of inmates in the House, 39 last year corresponding period, 36. Number of vagrauts relieved during the past fortnight, 44. The Hou^.—The Master reported that Edward Austin had been admitted into the House from Towyn. He had been abused and was unwell. The Relieving Officer would give fuller particulars. Mr Bircham had paid a visit to the House and reported in the visiting book that a cabinet should be provided for the purpose of keeping the chil- dren's clothing. The dead house shoul i be kept clean and not used for any other purpose.—The Master, on bring questioned, said they had been without a cabinet for years and the matter had not been mentioned by Mr Bircham before. In regard co the dead house, a hen happened to stray into the house and that was what Mr Bircham saN. (Laughter.)—Nothing was done in the matter. Poor-La,v Conjereiire.-A communication was received asking the Board to appoint representa- tives to attend the Poor Law Conference at Bangor in September and subscribe the usual amount (7s 6d) towards the expense. This amount was made up by means of subscriptions by the Guardians pre- sent and the Cha rman and Vice-chairman were appointed to attend. Lunacy I?Ppo)-ts. -Reports as to the state of the lunatics from the Union were received from the North Wales County Asylum and the Carmirthen Asylum. Pl inting —Two tenders for printing the abstract of accounts were received and the lowest was accepted. Arrears of Contributions.- The Board passed a resolution to the effect that proceedings should be taken against the overseers of each parish whose contributions had not been paid in before that day week. The Case of Austin.—Mr William Jones, relieving officer, was questioned as to this case.—A bill was received for attendance for thirteen days on Austin before his removal at the rate of 2s. 6d. a day. A bill of f4 4s. 4d. was also received for his keep, attendance, washing, &c., at Bryncrug prior to his removal to the Workhouse.—Tne passing of these bills were deferred for further enquiries. The expense in connection with his removal to the Workhouze and the fcod ordered for him by the Relieving Officer was however agreed to be paid by the Board.—The Relieving Officer, in reply to a question, said the man was removed with the sanction of Dr Rowlands. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD ENQUIRY. On Tuesday morning an enquiry was held at the Town Hall by Mr Walter A. Ducat, Local Govern- ment Board inspector, touching the application of the Urban District Council for sanction to borrow 93.000 for the purpose of carrying out sewerage works and a scheme for the disposal of sewage. Among those present were Mr J. Rowlands, clerk to the Council; Mr D. Phillip Jones, assistant clerk; Mr Kirby, engineer Mr John Jones, surveyor Councillors Richard Owen, Richard Rees, Edward Rees, John Thomas, J. M. Jones, R. Gillart, E. Gillart, J. M. Breeze, Henry Lewis, T. R. Morgan. G. W. Griffith, Messrs Edward Morgan, David Jones, W. D. Lewis, J. Ci Aston, R. Lloyd, E. L. Evans, and Mr A. J. Martin (of the firm of Messrs Cameron, Commin, and Martin, Exeter, patentees of the septic tank system). Considerable public interest attaches to the application because of the new departure in the treatment of sewage which is proposed to be made by the adoption of the septic tank system. This system, which is the invention of Mr Cameron, city surveyor of Exeter, has of late attracted a good deal of attention owing to the great advantages which it is claimed to have over the old treatment. The process adopted is to pass the sewage into tanks specially fitted to hasten natural decomposi- tion and to liquefy all animal and vegetable solids. These latter being thrown into solution, it is stated that there is practically no sludge formed and that therefore the heavy expense incurred in dealing with it is avoided, the sewage thus freed being in such a condition that it may be discharged into tidal water or dealt with by irrigation or filtration. The aystem has been adopted at Exeter, Yeovil, and other places, where it is stated to realise the expectations formed of it. The Clerk, explaining the nature of the applica- tion, said he would first of all state the present position of the town in regard to loans already obtained. They had obtained a loan in con- nection with the water supply of E4,700, but of that, the sum of £ 94 9s had been repaid, reducing the amount owing to 1:4,605 lis. The Council applied for an additional loan for the completion of the waterworks of £1,050 which had been duly sanctioned by the Local Government Board. They also applied for an additional E150 which was sanctioned on July 12th, 1898, in connection with the Park Common scheme. Those were their pre- sent liabilities. The ratable value of the district under the poor rate assessment was £ 7,103 9s lid and assessable value for 1898 and 1899 was £ 5,654 10s 9d. The population of the town at the last census was 1,826. The application for the loan for the purpose of sewerage and sewage disposal was made on October, 27th, 1897, whenacopyof theresolu- tion of the Council to that effect was sent to the Local Government Board. Under thepresentsystem the sewage and surface water were dealt with in the same way. It was a very old system and no doubt was inefficient and very unsuitable to the present exigencies of the place. The town had gone in for a good water supply and it was felt very desirable that there should be a proper sewerage scheme. In connection with the application in the first instance they applied, in the event of the loan being sanctioned, that it should be repaid in thirty years, but under the present circumstances they asked that the period should be extended to fifty years. The reason was that they had incurred a heavy liability in connection with the water supply and this coming close upon that, they felt that the burden on the ratepayers would be unduly heavy. There was DO opposition to the application. Mr Kirby produced plans, etc., of the proposed scheme on which he was quest oned by the Inspec- tor. He stated that the terms upon which the Council could have lard for the purpose of the outlet was F.120, It was intended to exclude sur- face-water in this scheme. The Inspector asked if that land was liable to be flooded? The Eugineer said it was to a certain extent. It was, however, the highest available, but the whole of the valley was liable to be fl-ioded. As far as his own observations went, he had never seen this land flooded and he had been in the locality for a number of years. Ordinary floods, which were rather frequent in that put owing to the nearness of tidal water, did not reach this land. In further reply, he said it was not intended to drain the sub-soil of the land. At present, very few houses had connections with tne present system. In fact, the town was almost absolutely cesspool-drained. Mr Edward Morgan said there were perhaps about twelve to fourteen houses which were con- neccd. In reply to the Inspector, the Engineer said they did not know exactly how many or where they were. Mr Edward Morgan, having obtained permission to question the Engineer, asked if the soil ot the land was of such a nature that it would be possible to irrigate ? The Engineer replied that he thought it wa", It was not, however, intended doing so. Mr Morgan said his opinion was, that it would not absorb He further asked how the field cost- ing E200 an acre was fixed upon. The Engineer said the instructions of tne Coun- cil were that he should choose the most suitable sit". Mr Morgan-In what respect is this land the most suitable? The EnginEer-Because it is higher and less liable to be flooded. Mr Morgan-Was there any enquiry made as to cheaper land ? The Engineer-I had nothing to do with the question of the price of the land. I simply rt- poited the most suitable site. Mr Morgan—Do you consider that six inches difference in elevatiou would be of that importance? The Engineer-Yes, inasmuch as it would be less liable to flood. Mr Martin then answered a few questions as to the proposed scheme for the disposal of sewage. The Clerk asked the Inspector if any evidence was desired as to whether the new scheme was necessary ? The Inspector (laughting)-No I should think not. The enquiry then terminated, the Inspector observing that there was not the slightest chance of the Local Government Board granting the applica- tion before the necessary land was properly acquired. The site of the proposed works was afterwards visited by the Inspector. CHARGE OF THEFT AT MACHYN- LLETH RAILWAY STATION. At Machynlleth Police Court on Tuesday, before E. Rees and D. D. Wlliame, Esqrs., a man and woman were charged on suspicion by P.S. Morgan of New- town with stealing money from a person at the Railway Station on Monday. The accused were well dressed and the woman said she was French. and did not appear to understand English or Welsh. John Owen, Penllyn Farm, Towyn, said he was at Machynlleth fair on Monday and went to the station to go home by train. When the train came in he walked to one of the compartments and as he did so he telt some one take hold of him from behind. The male defendant had his hands in his (witness's) trousers pockets. Thinking he wanted to go intothetrain, witness a&ked him what he wanted. Witness got into the catriage and P.S. Morgan came up and asked him if he had lost anything. Wttness then missed his purse contain- ing JE7 10s in gold, 3s in silver, and a few coppers. The purse produced was his.—By the male defend- ant He did not miss the purse until the officer came to him. He saw the male defendant searched and no purse was found on him.—P.S. Morgan, Newtown, said on Monday he was on duty at Machynlleth in plain clothes. He noticed three men and twa women, including the accused at the Railway Station; they were strangers and appeared to be suspicious characters. When tne last wit- ness was getting into a carriage the male defendalt followed him with a coat on his arm, and he dis- tinctly saw one of his hands in Owen's pocket. The female defendant was pushing Owen on the other side and the other woman and men were all around him. The male defendant turned away from Owen and handed something to the female defendant, who went in the direction of the ladies' waiting room. Finding Owen had lost his purse he arrested the male defendant and took him to the waiting room. The man told him to be careful as he was a gentleman on his holidays. On searching him he found £6 5s 2d, a railway carriage key. and papers of a suspicious character. tie next arrested the woman and accused her of receiving the purse. After locking up defendants, he returned to tne Railway Station, but failed to find the other woman a.nd men. Hesearched the railway station, and iu a waste paper basket in the ladies' lavat )ry he found the purse produced, and a small key. The female de- fendant was searched by Mrs Hamer and fo 8s 6d was found upon her.—The male defendant said he had no acquaintance with the female defendant and never saw her until she was arrested. He had a ticket for Shrewsbury in his possession, and if the woman had had any connection with him would she not have had a ticket, too ?-The defendants were remanded for dight days. The prisoners were conveyed for Shrewsbury Goal under the charge of P.C. Tudor on Wednesday.




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