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I ST. ASAPH BOARD OF GUARDIANS. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20TH.—Present B. W. Wynne, Esq. (chairman), T. G. Dixon, Esq., Nant Hall; Rev. D. Evans, Abergele Messrs. T. Winston, Rhyl; J. E. Oldfield, Bettws; Jno. Roberts, Geinas William Bell, Rhuddlan; T. Howes Roberts, A. E. Davies, St. Asaph E. Morgan, Tremeirchion R. Davies, Llanfair; R. Davies, Denbigh J. Kendall, Bodelwyddan, and Mr Murray Browne (Poor Law Inspector). FINANCIAL. Out-relief paid during the past fortnight, 2271 cheques signed for the ensuing fort. night, £ 265. Balance in treasurer's hands, £ 749 6s. 8d. THE CHILDREN Appeared before the Board, the master and mistress informing the Guardians that all the children were well. THE HOUSE. The master reported the number of inmates in the house to be 101, as against 114 last year. Vagrants relieved, 82 corresponding period last year, 127, being a decrease of 45. The state of the house was reported satisfactory. The Visiting Committee also reported that the house was kept in order and leverything Iwas clean.—Isaac Jones, blacksmith, Tremeirchion, applied to have a boy named Robert Hughes, as an apprentice.—A letter was read from Mr P. P. Pennant giving Jones an excellent character, and adding that it would be a comfortable home for the boy.—Jones was called up, and said he should like to have the boy on trial for a month, and afterwards to apprentice him for 5 years.- The Chairman thought that a very long term.- Mr. J. Roberts was also of the same opinion.- Mr. Morgan doubted whether the boy would stay for so long a term.—Mr. J. Roberts If I was the boy, I would not stop to be a "prisoner" for five years (laughter).—The Clerk intimated that the usual term was four years.—Mr. John Roberts was rather surprised at Mr. Pennant's letter, as the man was reckoned to be a poor blacksmith.—The man was again called up, and the Chairman informed him that the Board would let the boy be apprenticed for three years, and give him 24 premium, half to be in clothing.—Jones said he would agree to that, and took the boy on a month's trial. MAINTENANCE. Richard Jones, quarryman, Llanddulas, was ordered to pay Is. a week towards his parents' support. Charles Jones, Tynewydd, Abergele, wrote a letter to the Guardians, informing them that he was quite willing to contribute something to- wards his mother's maintenance. But he thought it hard that his brothers would not give their share. The youngest of them, a chemist, had passed all bis examinations, and was in an excellent situation, but did not give a penny towards his mother after she spent all her money on him.—The Chairman said the mother ought to be taken off the books alto. gether.—The Guardians made an order for 2s a week on each of the brothers. R. Jones, 10, Bean-st., Liverpool, wished the Guardians to reduce the relief which he was contributing from Is 6d to Is, as "his father had now died. and only his mother living."— The Relieving-officer said the man was in re- ceipt of t70 per annum for lookiug after the School for Destitute Children in Liverpool.- The Guardians thought the man "well off" and adhered to their original order—Is. 6d. Mr. J. Parry Jones, Wellington-rd., Rhyl, (one of the overseers) wroto a letter on behalf of Richard Jones, Queen's Court, Rhyl, stating that the man was quite unable to contribute anything towards his widowed mother's sup. port.—Mr Winston could bear out that state- ment, as he had been told that the man did not earn above Is. a day all summer by wheeling out bath-chairs. He (Mr. Winston) knew that some ladies had contributed towards paying the arrears owed by him last year; and now he should propose that Jones be excused from con- tributing this winter, as well as from paying the arrears.—After hearing this, the Guardians agreed to Mr. Winston's proposal. ADDITIONAL GUARDIAN TOR RHYL. It will be remembered that some time back Mr W. Bell gave notice that five guard- ians be elected for the Parish of Rhuddlan- three for Rhyl and two for Rhuddlan, but the Local Government Board were not prepared to sanction it. However, from the following letter it will be seen that the Local Government Board have now agreed to the change :— Local Government Board, "Whitehall, October 19th, 1881. SIE,—I am directed by the Local Government Board to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 29th ult., forwarding a return showing the popu- lation of the several parishes in the St. Asaph Union, according to the last census. The Board direct me to state that they have carefully considered the application of the Guardians for the election of an additional Guardian for the parish of Rhuddlan, and looking at the present population and rateable value of the Parish, the Board are of opinion that there are sufficient grounds for assigning an additional Guardian to it. The Board will accordingly issue an order author- ising the election in future of five Guardians for the Parish, and the division of the Parish into wards, one composing the district of the Rhyl Improvement Commissioners, to be termed the Urban ward, with three Guardians, and the remainder of the Parish to be termed the Rural ward, and to elect two Guardians. —I am, Sir, your obedient servant, "WALTER SENDALL, Assistant Secretary." The Chairman I suppose it will come into force next year P—The Clerk Yes, at the next election of Guardians. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was Mr J. O. Bury, informing the Guardians that the Poor Law Conference for North Wales will be held at Denbigh on the 28th inst.—Mr Murray Brown hoped the Guard- ians would put in a good appearance, as there were some excellent subjects for discussion. Mrs Robinson, Gemig-street, St. Asaph, in answer to a letter from the Board; said her sons were good to her and did what they could, but she thought the parish might allow her a little, considering that she and her husband had served the Board for many years.—The Reliev- ing-officer stated that she had her house rent free and 4s. 6d. a week from her sons.—The Board under these circumstances could not entertain her application. THE PRESENTATION TO MR. BEOWNLOW WYNNE. The Chairman having left the room, Mr E. Morgan said he wished to suggest that all those members who bad subscribed to the testimonial should attend at Garthewin on the 2nd of November, when the presentation will be made. —The Guardians thought it a good suggestion, and several of them promised to attend. COMPLAINT AGAINST AN OFFICER. The Chairman said he wished to acquaint the Board that Mr Henry Williams, the Abergele relieving-officer had not kept a horse since March last, and he (the chairman) was quite sure the officer could not do his duty to the paupers without providing a horse.—The officer in reply said that his horse had died, and he had incurred debt with his farm, which he thought ought to be paid before purchasing a horse.— The Chairman thought the officer ought to look to the interests of the poor paupers, rather than seeing how be could pay his debts. The Board could not tolerate such proceedings.—Mr T. H. Roberts proposed that the officer provide a horse within one month's time, which was se- conded by Mr Bell and carried. This terminated the general business, and the relief lists were then proceeded with.

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