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BARMOUTH. THE BOART" SCHOOL.—The reports of H. M. inspectors on the Barmouth Boaid School have recently been received. The highest grant has been Earned, viz., £ 1 Os. 6d. per head, by both the infants and^ie other department. JJSIL CART COMES TO GRIEE.—On Moaday even- ing the mail cart running between Barmouth and Dolgelley, when about a mile out of the latter town, came across a flock of sheep. One of the sheep got between one of the horses' legs and caused it to fall, with the result that the cart was upset and the occupants, four ladies and a child, were thrown on to the road. No one was seriously hurt. THE JESUITS.—The first batch of Jesuit priests is expected to arrive this week, and from this time on fresh batches will arrive and the old ones wili go, Altogether several hundreds will stay at Barmouth. The coming of the priests is regarded by the inhabitants as the signal of the advent of the busiest time of the year, and their arrival is awaited with pleasure because at present many houses are empty. A SURPRISING FIND.—On Tuesday a man walk- ing along the banks of theWnicn near Dolgelley was startled by seeing a huge 3nake in the water. On approaching nearer he found that it was dsad. It was thought that the snake had escaped from a menagerie which was in the town, but the manager of that concern refused to accept it. It was sub- sequently given to Mr Rawlings, of this town, who is having it preserved. The snake is about Oft. 6in. long. THE NEW URBAN* DISTRICT R.ATE.—A corres- pondent writes-" Although the general district rate now levied for the ensuing year is fifteen pence in the pound less than what it was last year, which to the large lodging-house keepers means a substan- tial reduction on the previous amount paid by them, still several of the ratepayers do not think it a wise policy on the part of the Council to drop it so low at present, but would prefer the existing over-draft should be gradually diminished so as to avoid paying interest thereon. The capital is still untouched and is a lasting burden." COUNTY SCHOOL.—An adjourned meeting of the Managers was held on Monday, when thf-re were present Messrs W. J. Morris (chairman), Lewis Lewis (vice-chairman), Rev Z. Mather, Dr D. A. Hughes, Mr H. Evans, Mrs Davies; Messrs E. D. Jones, headmaster, and J. Lloyd, clerk.—On the recommendation of the Headmaster, it was decided to bring the present term to a close on July 26th and that the school should be re-opened on Tues- day, September 19th.-As the annual examination of the lpopils is to take place on the 25th, the day fixed for the laying ot the foundation stones, it was decided to adjourn the ceremony till Thursday, July 27th.—The Chairman and Dr Hughes under- took to complete the necessary arrangements required on the occasion. Several speakers have already been invited and ic is expected that a large number of people will be present.—The examina- tion for entrance scholarships for the ensuing year is to be held on Saturday next (to-morrow).—The wordiog of the inscription on the stones and trowels was entrusted to Mr Mather and the Headmaster. —It was decided co order the trowels from Mr G. Owen and Mr Owen Parry, silversmiths.—The meeting was further adjourned till July 20th so as to draw out a final programme of the day's pro- ceedings. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL, TUESDAY, JULY IITH.-Present: The Rev J. Gwynoro Davies, chairman, presiding Messrs E. Richards, J. Richards, 0. W. Morris, Wynne Williams, D. E. Davies, Wm. Owen, Edward Williams, Owen > Williams, Hugh Evans, and Robert Williams, W. George, clerk Owen Jones, assistant clerk and J. Adams, surveyor. BOATINO. The Chairman said the question of boating regu- lations had not been brought up because of what had happened at another watering plase recently. They had most stringent regulations already in force and they had been enforced during the last two or three seasons. He was glad to say also that so far they had been very fortunate in not having had any boating accidents. He wished it to go forth that they had a boating inspector and each owner of a boat was expected to take out a licence. The boating inspector had full authority to dea4 with any violation of the bylaws. He (the Chair- man) understood, however, that the boatmen were nnder the impression that it was the duty of the Council to send them word to say that their licences had expired. Of course, that was not sc, as it was stated on the licences distinctly that they expired on such and such a date, and it they con- tinued to employ boatmen and so on after the ex-, piration they were open to prosecution. However, to save any trouble or misunderstanding, perhaps it would be advisable to send word to the boatmen asking them to take out fresh licences and inform- ing them that unless they did so proceedings would hav» to be taken against them. He thought also that the Inspector should be told to report any violation to the Council so that they might be proceeded against. It was a matter which aff cted the interests of the town and the boatmen themselves. The Council could expect the heartiest co-operation from them, because if the town earned a bad reputation for boating it would tell immensely against the boatmen themselves and the town.—Mr Wynne Williams understood that the powers of the Council were rather limited. He did not know whether they could enforce the taking out of licences.—The Mayor: We hava bylaws. How- ever, let us do our duty and then we will be fre of any responsibility.—Captain Evan Richards said last year he remembered that a discussion took place in reference to the manning of wailing boats. It was thought that no sailing boats should- go cut without competent men in them and tlw large boats should have two. Suppose something happened to j the only man in a boat, twelve or thirteen lives might easily be lost.—The Mayor thought they should join with other seaside resorts in demanding fuller powers to deal with these matters.—Mr D. E. Davies said they did not want the same regula- tions at Barmouth as they had in places where the boating was done in the open sea. He thought if they did the same as last year it would do very well. He thought everything was carried on very satisfactorily last year. Of course, no regulations would prevent accidents similar to the one which last happened there, where a man climbed up the mast in a small boat.—Mr John Richards agreed with what Mr Evan Richards had said, that there ought to be a competent boatman in eac?: sailing boat. In the case Mr Davies mentioned, if there had been a boatman he would have prevented the man climbing the mast.-The Mayor observed that they could not compel a private owner of a boat to take a boatman out.—Mr John Richards You ought to apply to the Local Government Board for power.—The Clerk They would never give us that power. It would be encroaching on the liberty of the subject. —Mr Hugh Evans sug- gested that the Council should make an appeal to the boatmen to co-operate with the Council in this matter.—It was agreed, on Lhe proposition of Mr D. E. Davies, seconded by Mr 0. W. Morris, to write to the boatmen as suggested asking them to renew their licences.—The Mayor asked what the Council were going to do in regard to the number to be carried by each boat. Woull they leave that to the discretion of the Inspector, who would limit the number during stormy weather.—Mr John Richards proposed that this be left to the discretion of the Inspector, Captain Evan Richards observing that the boatmen could be trusted not to allow their boats to go out on stormy weather.—Mr D. E. Davies soconded the proposition.—The proposi- tion was carried. POSTAL DELIVERY. The Chairman said it would be remembered that last year the postal delivery was very unsatisfac- tory and it had been hoped that there would be a change for the better this year. He was sorry to say, however, that not only had there not been an improvement, but there had been a change for the worse. (Hear, hear.) To start with, the train did not arrive until twenty minutes or half-an-hour later in the morning than it used to during July, August, and September. But apart from that, say the train arrived at, perhaps, a quarter to eight. He sup- posed the delivery would start about a quarter to nine. At present the delivery was not over in several places within a few hundred yards of the Station until a quarter to ten. That was so now and he did not expect the deliveries would be completed later in the season until a quarter to eleven. He need not tell them what an inconvenience this was to visitors. He thought it was monstrous that a place like Barmouth was thus handicapped when it would be quite easy to get the mails down winter and summer by seven o'clock. The mails were received at Dolgelley, only ten miles away, at hall- past six and what could be easier than to have Bar- mouth mails sent down that way. They could be sent by road if it came to that, though it would be quite easy to run an engine and carriage down from Dolgelley to reach Barmouth at seven so that all the letters could be delivered before eight. Again, he found that this year a mail train from Euston ran to Barmouth via Machynlleth arriving at seven o'clock. Why not have the Barmouth mails brought that way during the summer months? If they came that way they would arrive at seven. He did not think any time wi to be lest in the matter. They ought to place it before the postal authorities without delay even if it meant a few pounds expense. He thought the only thing to do was to get the assistance of two or three members of Parliament and go straight to the fountain head and see the Postmaster General. It was a thing which could easily be remedied. It only meant that the mails should be sent via Welshpool and Machynlleth. He also thought that they should have a larger number of hands at the Pest Office in the summer months.— Mr Hugh Evans said this was a general complaint with towns in the district. —The Mayor: Yes, but we are worse off than any of them, Mr John Richards said the best: plan for the Council would be to agitate for getting the mails Dolgelley way, because if they came that way it would make no dTfference whether it was summer or winter.—The Mayor said he feared the only thing they could do at present wis to try and get them the other way, as no doubt the postal authorities had entered into an agreement with the L. and N. W. Railway for I that year.—All the members approved of the sug- gestion of the Chairman and on the proposition of Mr Wynne Williams, seconded by Mr D. E. Davies, it was agreed that the Chairman and Mr Hugh Evans should form a deputation to-interview the Postmaster General and to endeavour to enlist the assistance of some members of Parliament.— Tne Chairman said this would be done at their own expense. THE NEW RATE A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION". The Chairman said he thought he cught to make a statement in regard to the rate for the current year.— Mr Wynne Williams asked whether the meeting which had been called was a regular one ? —The Chairman said he would come to that in a minute. Proceeding, he said, as they were aware, the Council had negotiated with the Penny Bank for the extension of the period of the repayment of loans. The first obstacle they had to surmount was the Local Government Board. After a great deal of correspondence and many interviews, the Local Government Board consented to the exten- sion of the period of repayment of the in respect of the waterworks. They, however, were not satisfied with that and made another effort with the result that a. final reply came stating that it no tise their applying to the Board any more, that they had given their decision and that they had never granted what they asked for to any other body. Now the Council were not willing to accept that as tinal and they asked I .Mr Lloyd George to use his in- iluence with the authorities, and not long ago a rply came down from him stating that Mr Chaplin, president of the Local Government Board, had ranted them what was asked for. That relteved them very much of the anxiety they felt. The state of Barmouth was such at t-he time that they did not feel very cheerful in making an increase in the rates, because there would have been an in- crease had they no been able to carry this matter to a successful issue. However, they subsequently received the formal sanction of the Penny Bank to the extension of t'me and they met that day week and after a good deal of discussion agreed upon a rate. Without entering into details, he might say they found that they could reduce t,he rate by one shilling in the pound without in any way impairing the efficiency of the work of the Council. It was a genuine reduction, because by this extension of the time they saved something like £500, which meant about thirteen pence or fourteen pence in the pound, but as there were other things they did not think it advisable to reduce the rate to that extent. They found that with the reduction of a shilling they would leave about £200 for emergencies. When they were sitting there, the Clerk despatched a telegram to the Penny Bank with regard to the repayment of the standing arrears of loans. They saw that if this was granted—that the arrears should be included as from that time out in the extended time—they would easily be able to make another threepence or more reduction. No reply was received then, but the following morning he met one of the members in the street who told him the good news that a reply had been received from the Penny Bank granting their request. He felt inclined to say Let thy servant now depart in peace." (Laughter). Broad daylight had come at once. Their little bark after tossing about at the mercy of the storm outside the bar had at last found sufficient water to carry it into port and at last in they came. After seeing one or two members he thought they would be justified in calling a meeting, as they were en- titled to do by declaring the matter urgent. He sent word down to the office asking the Assistant Clerk to call an extraordinary meeting in order to discuss this matter, to re-open the question since they were in a position to reduce the rate by con- siderably more than a shilling in the pound. Well, they met together, five of them, the meeting was declared urgent and the question of the rate was considered afresh. They did not interfere at all with the rate previously made, but they found that they had a surplus of JE140 or £150 to deal with after adding to the considerable sum they had previously allowed for emergencies. They found it came to about threepence and he thought they were quite justified in reducing the rate by this amount. He would go further and say that, know- ing that they had allowed a large margin for any- thing that might crop up. they would not be doing their duty unless they levied what was a fair rate, a rate that would cover any possible contingency. So they decided upon a 4s 6d general and district rate, a rate he might venture to say that would compare favourably with that of many places not only of the same size, but much larger than Bar- I mouth. tie could name half a dozen places in North Wales where the general and district rate was higher. The rate, including the water rate, was only 6; 6d in the pound and he was glad to say that the other rates were also lower, so that instead of having, as he saw it stated in one paper, a total rate of 10s in the pound, including every- thing', it was under 9s in the pound. That in- cluded even the water rate. Therefore he thought they had reason to be thankful. They had looked forward to this. They had been working hard for it. Every member had striven hard, and much was due to their Clerk and his brother who had served Barmouth beyond all praise. He did not know what they would have done had it not been for them. They had worked for Barmouth in season and out of sea- son. Wheneve r they asked Mr Lloyd George to go on their behalf to fight for them in high quarters he had done so cheerfully at all times. Not only had he never refused them, but he seemed glad to do anything for Barmouth and his efforts and their efforts had now been crowned with success. Bar- mouth was safe and he was not ashamed of expressing his joy and his pride in having had a hand with them in extricating Bir" j mouth from the morass into which it had been lead ypars ago. Let those who had lead Bar- mouth into this morass make fun of them as much as they could. The Council had won and they had not. They had the good wishes of every ratepayer in Barmouth—p-rhapa not everyone. He had one friend. Mr Allsop and the Rev Edward Hughes, the Siamese twins of Barmouth—where the one was the other was—he heard were now, having just recovered from the disappointment of their de- feat, preparing to oppose the extension of the loans or any payments in connection with the matter at the audit. Let them come, the Council were pre- pared for them. As he said before, they had quiet consciences in this matter and they had the hearty support of the majority of the Barmouth people. While he was on his feet he might say they nad recently received some communications from the Ratepayers Union. Now he had thought that the Ratepayers Union, or a few of them, had been taught a wholesome lesson at the last election and the one before and he was hoping that they would not place themselves as tools again in the hands of one or two outsiders. They knew who ha.d instig- ated the resolutions passed by the Ratepayers Union. If the ratepayers of Barmouth had lost confidence in the Council, why was it that only five months ago there was an overwhelming majority backing them most heartily and as long as the Council received their support, they ought to follow the course they had followed for the last three or four years. Until they told the Council they had no longer their confidence, he thought it was their duty to proceed on the same lines. Three years ago they saved Barntouth by going to the Penny Bank—who had treated them most gener- ously—and giving up the Economic,about f300 and now they had saved them £600 a year, and if the saving of jE900 a year was not something to be proud of, he did not know what was. In regard to what Mr Wynne Williams had said, he took the responsibility of calling the meeting and he did it with singleness of purpose and he did not think they would have cause to regret it.Captain E. Richards said he was very glad they were able to reduce the rates, but at the same time after calling a meeting and fixing upon a reduction of a shilling in the rate, he thought it would have been better to leave that as it was and use the remainder to reduce the overdraft.—The Clerk said to avoid any possibility of trouble, it would be better to piss a substantive resolution agreeing to a rate at that meeting.—Mr Wynne Williams Was the other meeting regular?—The Mayor Yes.—Mr Wynne Williams did not think so as the matter was not one of urgency because the time for making the rate had not expired.—The Mayor We declared it urgentin order tc fix the rate and havea week'snotice. We decided to call another meeting on Thursday to Bign it. Of course, there was a conspiracy not to attend that meeting, but we will let bygones be bygones.—Captain E. Richards: Who conspired? -1r John Richards I think it is better to pass a formal resolution to-day, as the Clerk says. You know how people are on the watch.—Mr Hugh Evans proposed that a rate of 451 6d be made. He could not help feeling very glad that they were able to make that reduc- tion. He felt that he would sacrifice a let for that and that all the other members would do the same. Of course, if they had received the reply to the telegram the first day, they would have made a reduction of Is 3d then. He thought they should leave questions of regularity on one side and not squabble among themselves there. There was no doubt that many people had suffered through the rates being so high.—Mr Wynne Williams I may say that there was no conspiracy. I never did any- thing but what was right. I do not care what any- body says.—The Chairman: That word" con- spiracy" has not hurt you, has it?—Mr Williams Yes, indeed.—The Chairman: Well, I will with- draw it. I did Jnot use it in any bad sense. I merely meant that on" or two members had said to each other" We won't attend that meeting."—Mr Owen Williams said he had spoken to one or two about it. When he understood it was not regular he did not go down, because he did not see the use. —The Mayor Well, we will leave that now.—Mr O. W. Morris said he was as anxious as anybody to 4 reduce the rate. He suffered as much as anybody if the rates were high. He felt that there were many improvements to bo carried on at Barmouth ] and that it would be better to retain the surplus J for that purpose. He proposed that the rate be 4s 9d, as originally agreed qpon.—Mr Edward I Williams asked whether the estimate last year did] not exceed the sum actually expended by a J siderable amount?—Mr O. W. Morris said t would not have been a surplus, but rather an o: j j draft, if things had come out as they anticipated. They would remember that they provided a sum to meet expenses in connection with the obtaining of a new loan, but things did not turn out as they thought and the new loan was not applied for.— Mr Edward Williams seconded the proposition.— Mr Wm. Owen said Mr Morris wanted impiove- ments for Barmouth. The greatest improvement they could have at Barmouth was a reduction in the rate. (Laughter.)—Mr Owen Williams seconded the amendment, believing the ratepayers were in favour of reducing the overdraft.—The Chairman said they made reasonable provision for the re- duction of the overdraft. He did not think it would be fair to pay off in one year what they should do in four or five years.—Mr Wynne Wil- liams thought they had made a sufficient reduction in the rate when they reduced it by a shilling. He did not think they should allow the overdraft to accumulate at the bank.—The Chairman said he would not like the impression to go forth that the overdraft in the bank was being caused by deficien- cies in the working expenses from year to year. The working expenses were cleared each year, but such thing as the waterworks and the removal of the money into the Penny Bank cropped up and went into the bank,—Mr Hugh Evans having pro- posed that the matter be declared a matter of urgency so as to place the Council in order in pass- ing the resolution and the proposition being agreed to, the Chairman put the amendment for which five voted:—Messrs 0. W. Morris, Wynne Wil- liams, Owen Wi'liams, Capt E. Richards, and Mr. J. Richards. For the proposition to reduce the rate by 3d., five of the remaining mem- bers voted, Mr R. Williams not voting at all. The Mayor gave his casting vote in favour of the pro- position which was therefore carried.

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