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FESTINIOG UNION BOARD OF GUARDIANS. INSURANCE MONEY AND OUT-RELIEF. The fortnightly meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday, and it was attended by Messrs Owen Jones (chairman), William Jones (vice-chairman) William Williams, D. Fowden Jones, W. W. Morris, D. Pugh. Richard Williams. M. E. Morris, R. Evans, D. Tegid Jones, Ro- bert Richards, John Roberts, Talsarnau; Owen Evans, Edward Llewelyn, R. A. Vaughan, M. Jones, J. Williams, M. Roberts, J. Pierce, and Thomas Roberts (clerk). A PAUPER'S INSURANCE MONEY. When the Board were considering the case of a deceased pauper whose funeral expenses amounted to JE14 15s 3d, the relieving officer, replying to the Chairman, said that he had en- quired as to the amount of insurance money paid to deceased's wife. Mr R. Richards proposed that the clerk should ask the Insurance Society for particulars of the amount paid in the case referred to by the Board. Mr Fowden Jones seconded, and it was passed. THE CASE OF A HOSPITAL PATIENT. Mr William Thomas, the relieving officer, re- ported that he had given relief in kind to the family of a man who had been sent to a Liver- pool hospital. The Chairman said the Board's medical officer did net advise sending the man to the hospital, but another doctor advised differently. Mr Richards Who paid the expenses of send- ing the man to the hospital? The Relieving Officer: The Congregational Church, to which the patient belonged, gave him a ticket and the travelling expenses, and his brother guaranteed payment at the hospital for a month. The relief granted bv the officer was confirmed. THANKS. Dr. Carey Evans, the newly appointed medical officer for Trawsfvnydd district, thanked the Board for the appointment. COUNTY CALLS. The Merioneth County Council sent a precept for the payment of £ 4600. The Chairman: Out of that amount Festiniog pavs £3243. THE TRAWSFYNYDD MEDICAL OFFICER. The Clerk showed that the payment to the new public vaccinator for Trawsfynvdd district would have to be reconsidered. As the payment was based upon mileage, Dr. Evans, who resided at Blaenau and not in Trawsfynydd, could olaim more fees than if he resided in the district. The Chairman: Dr. Evans must have a surgery in the district. Mr Tegid Jones: But you cannot compel him to reside in the district. The Chairman It is in the advertisement. Mr Tegid Jones You cannot under the terms of the advertisement request Dr. Evans to reside in the district. i, The Chairman: We can compel him to open a surgery there A COMPLAINT. Mr W. C. Logan, Hendre, wrote drawing at- tention to an alleged nuisance caused by a drain belonging to the Board, and which mtht through a field near his residence. The clerk had written to the county surveyor drawing his atten- tion to the matter, and asking permission to lay pipes in the roadway. The surveyor, in his reply, did not say a word about granting per- mission to open the road. At the suggestion of the Chairman it was re- solved to open the road at once, and the county surveyor should be informed of the course taken. WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE? The relieving officers reported the amounts col- lected by them from relatives of paupers, and the amounts outstanding. Mr R Richards asked what was the reason for the arrears. The Chairman: The tender feelings of the Guardians Mr Richards: Somebody is to be blamed. The Chairman: Will you move a resolution condemning the Board of which you are a mem- ber? (laughter). Mr Richards: I think it is time we should wake up. The Chairman: You had better propose a re- solution calling upon the Board to wake upl (loud laughter). The relieving officers bring the cases before us, but we adjourn them. Mr William Thomas (one of the relieving officers): I We have not had an opportunity to re- port for nine months. EXTRAVAGANT FUNERAL EXPENSES. Mr Fowden Jones proposed that any person re- ceiving insurance money after a deceased pauper, should not receive any relief for three or six months. At present, he contended, the insur- ance money was ent on extravagant funerals, and the widows of the deceased paupers applied for out-relief afterwards. If the poor knew that they could not get out-relief for some months after the death of a pauper they would be more careful with the insurance money paid them. The Chairman fully appreciated the principle embodied in Mr Fowden Jones's motion, but he opposed the resolution because it could not be carried out. A resolution of the kind could not interfere with the right of the Board to consider every case on its merit. At the same time he believed that a strong resolution condemning the spending of a large sum of money on the funerals of paupers would be beneficial. The poor should be informed that the Board would always take into consideration, when a widow applied for out- relief, what she had done with the insurance money received. Mr Fowden Jones acceded to the Chairman's suggestion, and a motion to that effect was passed.