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JDOLGELLEF. NEW HOUSES FOR WORKING M E .-Arrangements in connection with the erection of thirty-two new houses by Mr J. Chidlaw Roberts, J.P., are pushed forward rapidly. This is by far the largest attempt made by public or private eftort to provide healthy and convenient houses for working men in any place in the district. On Saturday last the tenders for masenry, joinery, plastering, and painting were opened and the following accepted, all the con- tractors residing in Dolgelley :—Masonry work, No. 1 to No. 32, Mr Edward Evans painting, Mr David Jones joinery, Nos. 1 to 24, Messrs W. and J Owen Nos. 25 to 32. Mr Richard Edwards plastering, Nos. 1 to 24, Mr Griffith Jones No. 25 to No. 32, Mr John Williams. The houses are arranged in three blocks or terraces. Nos. 1 to 12 face Arran-road; Nos. 12 to 24 are behind the latter and face across the river meadows; Nos. 25 and 26 are arranged as shops and face Arran-rcad, while the remainder, Nos. 27 to 32 adjoin the shops and face a new read thirty feet wide leading at right angles from Arran-road. The shops contain shop and living room, pantry, and two large bedrooms, and w.c. All the other houses contain sitting room, kitchen, three bed- rooms, pantry, and warehouse, w.c., and enclosed private yard with back entrance from a cartway eight feet wide. The shops have doors and windows on the front and side of the houses, thus atf jrding thorough ventilation. All other houses have windows and doors in the front and at the back. Two bedrooms in each house have fire- places, while the third bedroom has ventilators in the ceiling. The wash-houses will have a sink with waterwork, top over, a washing boiler, and coal bunk. The outside water-closets will all be Duckett's patent automatic tipping closets, flushed by waste water from the sinks. The houses, which are designed in a simple manner, will be erected by means of material obtained locally and will have dormer gables over the bedroom windows to bar- monize with the adjoining houses. The architects are Messrs Hipkiss and Bassett of Aberdovey and Aberystwyth. The houses are to be commenced forthwith and will be pushed on with reasonable rapidity until completion. Numerous applications for tenancy have already been received. The houses will doubtless be let long before they are completed, the want of artizans' dwellings having been long felt. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL, SATURDAY, ACGCST 27TH.-Present Mr Meyrick Roberts, chairman, presiding Messrs Cadwaladr Roberts, Llangelynin; Chas. Williams and E. P. Jones, Llanaber; W m. Davies, Llanegryn M. G. Williams, L'an^nddwyn Robert Hughes, LIan- fachreth Richard Jones, Llanelltyd H. Pugh, Llanfachreth J. P. Jones, Corris Misers W. R. Davies, clerk R. Barnett, assistant clerk Dr Hugh Jones, medical officer and Wm. Jones, inspector. WATER SUPPLIES AND OTHER MATTERS. The Medical Officer submitted a report on the Llwyngwril water supply, drainage at Llanegryn, and on houses at Friog and Llanaber. which dis- closed a very unsatisfactory state of things.—It was agreed, on the proposition of Mr Charles Williams, seconded by Mr M. Williams, that the report should not be published in the newspapers. CORRIS. Reference wasmadeto as r atement contained in the last medical officer's report as to refuse being thrown into the stream at Corris.-The Inspector said he had served notices on the occupiers of the houses close by, but he had not beeu there.—Mr J. P. Jones said the place was kept quite clean at present.—Other matters reported upon at the last meeting relating to Aberllefenny were deferred until this meeting owing to the absence of the members for that place.—No members were present at this meeting and the matter was again post- poned to the next meeting, the members in the meantime to be asked to attend, failing which the Council will proceed to deal with the matters in their absence. LLWYNGWRIL WATER SUPPLY. Mr Charles Williams proposed in reference to this water supply, which was reported as being so unsatisfactory, that the Surveyor in consultation with some competent person should draw out a scheme which the Council could proceed with.—Mr Rot ert Hughes seconded the proposition.—In reply to Mr Cadwaladr Roberts, Mr M. G. Williams said Mr Williams and Mr Gillart had been deputed to draw out a scheme for the owners.—It was there- fore agreed that the owners should meet the In- spector and, if the former would not draw out a satisfactory scheme, that the Inspector should do so.—Mr Cadwaladr Roberts observed that the time hid come when it was absolutely necessary that a proper water supply should be made at Llwyngwril. —Other small matters mentioned in the Medical Officer's report were dealt with.—When the report was being discussed, Mr E. P. Jones, observing Mr Charles Williams engaged in conversation with the Clerk at the end of the table, protested, saying that was a board meeting and Mr Williams and the Clerk should not carry on a private conversation.—Mr Charles Williams asked that the Council should be ruled by the Chairman.—Mr Jones, proceeding, said he did not care either for the Clerk or Dr Williams; order should be kept.—The Chairman ask- ing for order, Mr Jones said he was able to behave himself as well as the Chairman. DYFFRYN WATER SUPPLY. A letter was read from Messrs Blake, Accrington, in reference tc the proposed hydraulic ram scheme of water supply for Dyffryn. Their representative had visited Dyffryn and reported that on the site pointed out to him by the Council's Committee there was spring water flowing at the rate of sixteen-and-a-quarter gallons per minute with an available working fall of about seventeen feet six inches, and the Council wanted the ram to force 2.000 gallons of this water per day of twenty-four hours to a tank which it was proposed placing at Brynffynon, 113 feet above the ram. After describ- ing the route of the water, it was stated that the weather was dry when the measurements were tak. n and be could not say whether the supply might possibly be a little less at other times. For that reason they proposed to supply a ram which could be adjusted so as to work with any quantity of driving water from eighteen gallons per minute down to only twelve gallons per minute. Their representative pointed out to the Chairman the necessityof forming a small well into which they could collect the several streams which would combinedly form a supply of aixteeo-and-a-quarter gallons per minute and then lay from that well eighty yards of pipes to carry the driving water from the collecting well to a feeding well at the mouth of the injection, from which last-named well the working fall to the ram would be obtained. They considered the scheme quite practicable and likely to work well and out of thesixteen-and-a-quartergallonsof driving watpr per minute they had not the least doubt that the Council would get up fully two thousand gallons per day of twenty-four hours. They enclosed formal tender with the terms and conditions. The cost of the apparatus and the fix- ing would be E115, the Council having to do all the other work and undertake the responsibility and obtain the necessary permission to go through the land.—The Inspector said two thousand gallons would supply from Brynbach to the Post Office. The 161: gallons per minute would produce over twenty- three thousand gallons per day of twenty-four hours and it would be sufficient to supply the remainder of the village.—The Chairman said they had heard the letter read and the statement of the Inspectorand the question now was what steps they were going to take,—Mr Morris Williams proposed that the matter should be deferred so that the opinion of the ratepayers on the matter could be obtained.—In reply to the Chairman, Mr Williams said another scheme was suggested.—Mr Charles Williams pointed out that the estimate in the letter of course only represented one portion of the cost of the whole scheme. The Council would have to carry out a large part of the work themselves and he there- fore proposed that they should first of all get an estimate of the whole cost.—Mr E. P, Jones questioned whether they would derive much benefit from the 9115.-The Surveyor said that amount did not by any means represent the whole expendi- ture, but the other scheme which was suggested would cost, he understood, £ 1,500.—It was then resolved that the Surveyor should bring in an estimate of the scheme in its entirety and that plans of the proposed scheme should be deposited in Mr M. G. Williams' place so that the ratepayers could inspect it. Highway Business.—The highway business was then proceeded with, the Clerk (Mr R. Jones Griffith) being present.—A letter was received from the Local Government Board stating that they had granted the application of the County Council to dismain the road from Friog to Barmouth Ferry which would henceforward be an ordinary high- way. -The question was asked who was to bear the expense of keeping the road and whether the Council would have to go to the expense of making a proper road there.—It was stated that there was at present a tramline on a portion of it and, on the suggestion of Mr Cadr. Roberts, it was decided f fl" i ° owner the tramline informing him of the decision of the Local Government Board.-A letter was received from the Parish Council of JK" askmg the Council to appoint some one wm stat 0n roa^s the parish.—It ed that this had already been done. ANNUAL BitP-WSTER SESSIONS, TUESDAY, Auocst 30TH.-Before J. Vaughan, Esq., in the eha Dr Edward Jones, C. E. Munro Edwards, laney'Vynne, C. E. J. Owen, Dr J. E. Jones, Thomas Edwards, R. Wynne Williams, Francis Evans, and J. Meyrick Jones, Esqrs. LICENSING. Dr Edward Jones rose and addressed those present in Court, there being a crowded attend- the rha that by the kind permission of Slowed r brother magistrates he was allowed to say a few words on the question of licensing. The subject had been under discussion by the magistrates in the grand jury-room, but Mr Vaughan, the chairman, was not present in time. They felt that they would be short of doing their duty at the annual brewster sessions unless something was done or something attempted to be done by them in com- mon with the feeling spreading throughout the whole country to prevent the increase of drunken- ness. (Hear, hear.) There were a few points to which the Bench would like to draw the attention of the Chief Constable, the police officers, and the publicans. He might say at once that there was no objection to a single application for renewal of licence that day, but at the same time he felt that everything should be done to put down drunken- ness, and he felt sure that the publicans in that petty sessional division were prepared and willing and, in fact, anxious to assist the Bench in bringing this about. They had observed, no doubt, the points laid down by the different temperance societies. In the first instance he would refer to the question of supply of drink to children, against which there was a strong current of public opinion. He read an extract of an appeal published by the English Temperance. Society against the practice and pointed out that the Liverpool magistrates also appealed to the publicans to refuse to supply children of tender age with drink. As they were aware, it was a breach of the statute to supply children under thirteen with drink for their own consumption on the premises, but there was nothing in the law against the supply of drink tochildren to take home to their parents. The results of care- ful observation showed that parents sent children of tender age for drink, and when carrying it home they supped it, thus inclining and attaching them to drink, and ultimately helping to make drunkards of them. It was the wish of the Bench, in fact, they were strongly of opinion that the practice should be disoouraged. He hoped that the Chief Constable and the police officers with the publicans would take this matter into their care ful consideration. There was not much ground for complaint in that direction in that division, but he believed there were instances in which publicans supplied children of tender age with drink. He sincerely hoped, and he knew that this was also the sentiment of his brother magistrates, that the publicans should give effect to their suggestions in the matter. Another question which had come to the front was that of back doors. He was told by the Chief Constable that there was not one public-house with objectionable back doors in that division. In many places, however, there were back doors to licensed premises which made police supervision impn-si'ile. Another point which must be recognised a-, a (lifficult one, but one which magistrates elsewh.-ie p,Li I a great deal of attention to, was the tied iiou e qti.-st:oll. Until rec-i.tly they had no reason to c mplain of the number Gf tied-hous-a 111 that town, but he was afraid that ttas houses were now becoming rather numerous. There were objections ami very strong objections amongst those who understood the ques- tion against public houses being tied. There was a strong feeling on the part of justices against the system and if the number of tied houses increased to a treat extent, it was very possible that united ac; i-ln would be taken. As he hid previously inti- mated, however, no objection was offered to the renewal of any of the licences. He thanked them for giving him that opportunity of making those remarks which he assured them were made in good faith and he hoped that the police, assisted by the publicans, would do all they could to put down the drink which, afer all, was the curse and ruin of their youth and endangered the very existence of their grand old country. (Hear, hear.) Supt. Thomas Jones, Dclgelley, submitted the annual report of the police respecting houses licensed to retail intoxicating liquors and the manner in which they hive been conducted during the year 1898. The report was as follows:- Twenty-four licences were granted at the last licensing sessions to sell beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed on or off the premises. Of these licences, seven are six-day licences and consequently eannot sell on Sundays except to persons residing on the premises. Out of the twenty-four licensed houses, 41-6 per cent. are tied or partly-tied houses. Two transfers and one temporary have been granted during the year, viz., the Angel Hotel from W. R. Richards to Emily Beatrice Bicknell the Red Lion Inn, Dinas Mawddwy, from John Breese to Evan Griffiths; the Sun Inn, Llanymawddwy (tem- porary), from Evan Griffiths to William Jones. A change has taken place in the ownership of the following public-houses during the year, viz., the Stay Inn, Dolgelley, sold by Mary Jones to Messrs Sassell and Pharmon, Brewery, Caergwrle; the Cross Foxes, Dolgelley, sold by Anne Jones to Messrs Allsop and Son, Brewery, Burton-on-Trent. During the year three licensed persons have been proceeded against and convicted for breach of the Pawnbrokers' Act and the Licensing Acts, 1872 and 1874, viz., late licensee of the Angel Hotel, Dolgelley late licensee of the Cross Foxes, Dol- gelley and the late licensee of the Sun Inn, Llan- ymawddwy. With the above exceptions, the general conduct of the licensed houses during the year has been good. With regard to the offences against public order fifty cases of drunkenness and drunk and disorderly were brought before the justices during the year as compared with fifty-three in the corresponding year, 1S97, showing a decrease of three. Three applications will be made to your worships this day for permission to transfer the following licenses, viz., the Cross Foxes, Dolgelley, from John Morris Jones (late tenant) to Margaret Jones (present crccupier) the Castle Inn, Dolgelley, from Margaret Jones (late tenant) to Rd, Evans (present occupier); the Sun Inn, Llanymawddwy, from Evan Griffiths (late :tenant) to Wm. 'Jones (present occupier). The population of the district according to the last census is 6,595, therefore the number of inhabitants to each house is 274-8. I herewith append a table showing the population and the number of houses in each petty sessional division in the county :-Dolgelley, population, 6,595 number of public-houses. 24 number of inhabitants to each public-house, 274'8. Barmouth, population, 3,945 number of public-houses, 14 number of inhabitants to each public-house, 2S17. Towyn, population, 8,131; number of public-house3, 20 numbar of inhabitants to each public-house, 406-3. Penrhyndeudraeth, population, 18,680 number of public-houses, 40; number of inhabitants to each public-house, 467. Corwen, population, 5,171 number of public-houses, 23 number of inhabitants to each public-house, 224-8 Bala, population 6115; number of public- houses, 470'3. I give below a table showing the percentage of tied and partly-tied houses in each of the six petty sessional divisions within the county —Dolgelley, number of free houses, 14 number of tied houses, 10 total number of free and tied houses. 24; average per cent. of tied houses, 41*6. Barmouth, free houses, 10 tied houses, 4 total, 14 average of tied houses, 28'5. Towyn, free houses, 18 tied, 2 total, 20 average of tied houses, 10. Penrhyndeudraeth, free houses, 31 tied, 9 total, 40 avetage of tied houses, 22'5. Corwen, free houses, 14 tied, 9 total, 23 aver- age of tied houses, 39'13. Bala, free houses, 8 tied, 5 total, 13 average of tied houses, 38-46. The average percentage of tied houses in the county of Merioneth is 29*104. Annexed to this report is a supplement showing the accommodation available for man and beast at each public-house with the number of doors and remarks as to the police supervision. I have the honour to be your most obedient servant, Thomas Jones, superinten- dent."—The annexed report was favourable in re- gard to the hack doors which in each case were either closed or used solely for domestic purposes. In connection with the Nag's Head Inn, on the re- commendation of the Chief Constable, the entrance from the shop to the licensed premises had since the last Brewster Sessions been closed up. The Chief Constable, referring to the application for the temporary transfer of the Sun Ion, Llany- mawddwy, said there was one great objection to renewal of the licence as the premises stood at present. The entrance to the licensed premises was also the entrance to a grocer's shop in the occu- pation of the licensee. He was informed that the applicant was quite prepared to comply with the recommendation of the police that the licensing premises should be absolutely distinct from the shop. Mr R. Guthrie Jones, solicitor Dolgelley, who appeared for the applicant, Mr William Jones, said his client would have no objection to adopting the recommendation of the police. He afterward dwelt upon the necessity of the licensing premises and the shop in the district and explained that the nearest grocer's shop was some four or five miles distant. Mr Munro Edwards considered it extremely un- desirable for a shop and public-house being kept on the same premises with the same entrance to both. The Chairman (jocularly)—I see no objection to the present system. I think it is an advantage. If a man feels hungry he can have something to eat and if afterward he feels thirsty he can have some- thing to drink on the same premises. (Loud laughter.) This is, of course, my opinion and I do not wish you to be guided by it. Supt. Jones pointed out that if any person went to the shop to make a purchase after ten at night, he would be on licensed premises. Mr Thomas Edwards strongly objected to the renewal of the licence in its present form. The shop should certainly be apart from the licensed premises. Mr Guthrie Jones said his client was quite pre- pared to remove the shop to other premises so as to be absolutely apart from the licensed premises. He would give the undertaking at once if the Bench allowed him three months' time to fit up another establishment for the sale of grocery. The Bench thereupon renewed the licence, giving the applicant three months time to remove the grocery shop to another establishment. Mr R. Gutbrie Jones next applied for the transfer of the Cross Foxes Inn, Dolgelley, from Mr J. Morris Jones to Mrs Margaret Jones. Mr R. Jones-Griffith, solicitor, Dolgelley, appeared on behalf of Mr Carpenter, the landlord of the Castle Inn, to object to the transfer, unless Mrs Jones, who is tenant of the Castle Inn, surrendered the tenancy of the latter licensed house. If she oontinued to hold the license of the Castle Inn, it was but natural that she would only push the trade of the Cross Foxes, seeing that she had only just taken it over. Mr R. Guthrie Jones said the objection was a most unusual one and he did not sea that MrJones- Griffith had any locus standi. Mrs Jones held the tenancy of the Castle Inn up to May. He might state, however, that there would be an application that day for the transfer of the license of the Castle Inn from Mrs Jones to Mr Wm. Evans, her son-in- law. Mr Jones-Griffith thought Mr Carpenter's request a most reasonable one. Mr C. E. Munro Edwards said he was decidedly against the request of Mr Carpenter. This view was entertained by the majority of the Bench and the application for the transfer of the license to Mrs Jones was granted. On the application of Mr Guthrie Jones, the Bench also granted the transfer of the license of the Castle Inn from Mrs Jones to Mr Rd. Evans, her son-in-law. No objections were offered to the licenses of the other public-houses in the division and they were all renewed. Drunk and Disorderly.—The licensing business being over, the charge sheet was taken. Thomas Evans, painter, was charged by P.S. Breeze with having been drunk and disorderly in Bridge-street on August lS!h. -Defenriant's sister appeared and admitted the offer, ce.-Fine(I 5s and cost. Cruelty to a Horse. — Evan Williams, Barmouth, driver, was charged by Supt. Jones with having, at Dolgelley on August lSth, ill-treated a horse by working it whilst in an unfit condition. The animal had a raw wound several inches in diameter. The sore apparently was an old one. He might say in fairness to defendant, however, that the animal had not been worked since.—Dd. Williams, Barmouth, the owner of the horse, said the wound broke out on the day Supt. Jones examined the horse. The animal had not been worked since.— Fined 2s 6d and costs. School Case.—On the application of Mr Jones- Griffidi, clerk to the School Board, the case against Margaret Williams for neglecting to send her grandchild, to school was adjourned, Mr Griffith explaining that efforts were being made to get the cfcdd into the Swansea Deaf and Dumb Institution.





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