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ABERYSTWYTH. 1 i Our representative in Abervsowytl: is .Mr..T. ] DENLEY SPENCER, 11, Custom House Street, to whom notice should be given of all events required to be reported in the COUNTY TIMES. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. M 0 N D V Y Present: Mr J. R. James, chairman Mr David Lloyd, vice-chairman, Vaenor Lower Messrs B. E. Morgan, John Jenkins, T. E. Salmon, Richard Edwards, and Thomas Jones, Aberystwyth; Griffith Morgan, Ceulanymaesmawr; Lewis Richards, 'Cwznt-lleiclol Hugh James and J. M. Williams, Cyfoetiiybrenin; W. A. Miller, Issavndre; James Jones, Llaubadarn Lower; David Davies, Llanfihangel Lower; Daniel Morris and David Edwards, Llanilar; Evan Simon, Uchayndre: and Thomao Powell, Llanfihaugel Upper; with Mr Das-id Davies, dc-plity clerk. STATISTICS. The following sums have been paid in out-relief during the past fortnight: Per Mr John Jones, to 146 paupers, £ 40 5s per Mi J. J. Hughes, to 215 recipients, £ 54 Is. Number of inmates in the House 35, corresponding period of last year 51 vairrauts relieved 61, as compared with 58 during the same period of last year. RENT OF THE COMMITTEE ROOM. The Town Clerk wrote to say that the Council could not see their way to accept less than C7 for the use of the i-oom.Alr Miller proposed that they give up the re or. i altogether, and come to the guardian room.—Mr B. E. Morgan seconded.—1 he motion was supported by Mr Salmon and carried. THE SMALL-POX SCARE. The Cleik to the Guardians of the Aberayon Union wrote to say that his Board was prepared to co-operate with the Aberystwyth Board in the vaccinating or re-vaccinating of the casual pampers. and instructions to this effect had already been given to the medical officer. MARRIED PAUPERS AND THEIR RIGHTS. The following letter was read from the Clerk to the Guardians of the Hampstead Workhouse :—I am requested to inform you that a short time ago James Hill, 66 years of age, an inmate of this House married a woman aged 66, who is also an inmate, and that ;mmediately after their marriage still claimed for himself and his wife possession of one of the rooms which were erected at consider- able expense for married couples. The feeling of the Guardians is that these rooms were intended only for the use of couples who had lived together in married life before adverse cir umstances drove tnem to the parish; and they do not think that when the law was made under which the special apartments were provided, it was intended that these apartments should be appropriated to persons already inmates of the House, who should go through the marriage ceremony for the purpose of obtaining more comfortable quarters than those enjoyed by their fellow inmates, my Board wishing to have an official interpietation of the law appealed to the Local Government Board and received a reply to the effect That the persons re- ferred to must be permitted to occupy a sleeping room in the married couples quarters, and to asso- ciate when not at work or at meals." It seems to this Board that if the Hill's example should invite other inmates of this and other workhouses to act in like manner, the consequences would be incon- venient and costly. My Board therefore suggests that Boards of Guardians shall petition the Govern- ment to amend the law so that each case may be dealt with on its own merits, and Guardians be enabled either to grant or refuse the use of a room in the married couples' quarters to couples who have been married daring residence in the House or within six months residence.—Mr B. E. Morgan said that it was a serious matter, and in the future might lead to a great deal of inconvenience. He gave notice of motion that he would bring it on at the next meeting. POOR LAW 'CONFERENCE. The Chairman announced that a poor law con- ference would be held in London on the 10th of June, and the Board were asked to send delegates down.—Mr J. M. Williams asked if the expenses of the delegates were to be paid by the delegates.— I Mr B. E. Morgan said that he would like if the chairman would go down to the conference.—Mr Salmon supported this view.-The Chairman He is not willing to pay expenses (laughter).—Mr J. M. Williams: Farming does not pay now.—The Chairman No.—Ultimately it was decided that the chairman should attend the conference, and in the event of his not being able to attend Mr B. E. Morgan was deputed to go. THE CARTAGE OF STONE. The next question that was discussed was the report of the Master as to the cartage of stone to the house. The Master reported that the con- tractor (Mr Theophilus) had failed to keep his con- tract, and in consequence the Master bad to em- ploy another carrier. The contractor had not com- plied with the tsrms of the contract. Recently the Master found it necessary to repair the doors and gates, and he gave the contractor proper notice not to bring stone on the day that the repairs were being carried out. No notice appeared to be taken of this request, and on the day that the repairs were being carried out the contractor brought stone. He could not bring the cart into the yard, and the stone was left outside, the contractor refusing to take it into the yard. The con- tractor, in reply to the chairman, said that his carts were broken and he was thus prevented from bringing the stone. On the occasion of bringing the stone into the yard he said that he could have easily passed into the yard with the cart.—The contractor persisted in answering all questions in Welsh, and refused to answer Mr Salmon in English.—Mr Salmon He defies the Board. He knows English well enough to answer the questions.—At this moment the guardians sit- ting near to the door were startled to see the door flung open and a form bursting into the room, with fist shut and arm raised in a threatening gesture to Mr Salmon. The guardians sitting nearest to him at once asked him to retire which he did reluctantly. The Master and the contractor were asked to leave the room.—Mr J. M. Williams said that they ought to support the Master, whom they had always found straight-forward. It was the duty of the con- tractor to supply the stone there and he had not done so.—Mr B. E. Morgan What did the man say as he left the room ?—Mr T. E. Salmon He thanked me for supporting the Master because he said the Master drank so much beer in my house. —Mr B. E. Morgan That was an insult to the Giiardiaiis.-After scme discussion Mr Lloyd sug- gested that they should order the contractor to con- tinue the contract.—Mr Jenkins said that the man offered to give it up.—Mr Salmon The contractor is bound to carry it out, and if he does not do it we can get others to do it and surcharge him.—Mr R. Edwards proposed as an amendment that they ask the contractor to get a good supply of stones in tho House and then break the contract.—Mr J. Jones opposed this because it would be difficult to sret thT c^Qtractors in the summer.—Mr Jenkins said a e thing should be put a stop to that day as tracto a between the master and the con- tee sh M°rga° suggested that a commit- stone aPP°iuted to give the orders for would be r- mon 8a'd that if they passed this it tor and a vei"dict in favour of the contrac- general uproaf foil °f the ^^ter aside.-A Chairman ?aca^°7u m e midsfc of which the members rose from lu- °hair and several of the Mr J. M. William 863,18 to leave the room.— Chairman and memwl,t?rnately aPPealing to the that the conduct of Mr i°1resume their seats said Salmon Mr Jenkins h was to° bad.—Mr the master, a personal aUact t? attack against master neglects his work —M- T saya that tho The Chairman I rule vonr-~f ,msdeniofl this. —Mr Salmon I abide by t?e 3 °Ut of order" man.—Upon the suggestion of" Mr M'Ghair" decided that the master should in -,ii er lt was givo the orders for stone. fulure cases THE CASE OF THE OLD SEA CAPTAIN. Mr Thomas Jones said that Cantair, r/ '• Evans who had been sent down for 14 davs' h "h labour to Carmarthen prison for refusing to d h duties at the workhouse had returned to the°l t named place and in a conversation with the speaker told him Lhat he medicalllfficer at the prison said it wag a shame he was sent down as he was not in a fit state to work and consequently he was only given a slight task. Mr Jenkins proposed that they offer £ 1 reward for the address of the son of the pauper. The Chairman said if it came to that he would find the address of the son and no reward would be required.—It was also stated that the relatives of the son were prepared to fight the case to the end. IMPORTANT BUSINESS NEGLECTED. Mr Salmon called attention to the number of members present about one o'clock when the list of paupers was being gone into and said that those Guardians who went away cared very little about the poor.-The Chairman said that Mr Salmon was quite right.-At this time there was barely a quorum present.

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