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ELLESMERE. ODDFELLOWS' ANNIVERSARY. The Loyal Bridgewater Lodge of Oddfellows, celebrated their anniversary on Thursday, in a most successful manner, the state of the elements being all that could be desired. Assembling in the fore- noon, the members preceded by the excellent band of the 3rd Royal Welsh Fus iliers, marched round the town, proceeding, subsequently to the Parish Church, where a sermon appropriate to the occasion was preached by the Vicar (Rev A. E. Wauton). At the conclusion of service, a very large company of members and fiiends adjourned to the Red Lion Hotel, where dinner, provided by Mr and Mrs T. Jones, was partaken of, under the presidency of Mr R. E. Lloyd. There were also present Mr J. Pay (in the vice-chair). Revs A. E. Wautin, F. L. Grindrod, Dr. Griffiths, Dr Glasson, Messrs .1. G. Beaven (station master), H.Hawkins, J.Cartwright, Secretary, and C. Hill, Treasurer.—The repast being concluded, the usual loyal toasts were honoured from the chair, as was also that of the Bishop, Clergy, and Ministers of all denominations," in proposing which, the Chairman alluded to the fact that since they last met they had lost a valued and honoured member in the person of their late Vicar (Rev J. Peake) whowas always a willing guest atthat clubon similar occasions. He was quite sure hat there was not one who did not miss Mr. Peake ry much (ap- plause). He was sure that what he (the chairman) was about, to say would commend itself to them, viz., that they were very glad to welcome on that occasion hev. A. E. Wanton -a very worthy suc- cessor to their late Vicar. It was gratifying that one of the earliest appearances of the Vicar should be on an occasion of that kind, as it showed his desire to promote Oddfellowship. He gave them the toast, coupling with it the name of Rev. A. E. Wauton (applause). The toast having been accorded Lodge honours, the Vicar rose to respond. It was, he said, with feelings of considerable depth that he rose on that, the first occasion, to address them as a body of fellow-men. As had been sug- gested, he should like to join the lodge and become one of themselves (loud applause). He believed very strongly in those societies, and that they helped to keep the country together. They could not meet together with such watchwords as friendship, love, and truth, without trying to live up to them. He hoped that they would lind him one of themselves, always willing to serve them at all times (applause).—Dr. Glasson having proposed The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," associat- ing with it the names of Sergts. Walker and Hawkins, the latter gentleman acknowledged the compliment. The Chairman next submitted the toast of the evening, Prosperity to the Loyal Bridgewater Lodge of Oddfellows." It afforded him great pleasure to submit that toast. because he took the profoundest interest in the Lodge, and was delighted to see it flourishing. There were many "ups and downs" in all Lodges, but theirs seemed to enjoy an uninterrupted course of prosperity—long might that be so (applause). He observed with very much satisfaction that they were about to conduct their accounts on a thoroughly business footing; they were going to have them regularly audited. He did not tiling that any institution of any kind, which had financial ar- rangements to adjust, could properly carry on business except on a business footing. They had always had an excellent secretary, his old friend Mr "Colemere having served them for many years. He hoped that they had found an excellent successor in the present secretary. He was glad to filid the balances 011 the right side all the way down nothing could give them greater satisfaction than that one fact that they had funds in hand. It spoke volumes for the way in which the officers managed the affairs. They had also excellent trustees, and he had no doubt that the administration of the funds was very carefully and generously watched over. He hoped that the success-which had attended the lodge hitherto would continue in the future (applause). The toast having been received with lodye honours, the Secretary (Mr Cartwright), in responding, expressed his in- tention to do his utmost during his term of office to promote the interest of the lodge, and trusted that the members would do the same, and would turn up at the lodge meetings a little oftener. The fact that older members attended would be au in- pucement to the younger generation to join.- The toasts of The Surgeons (Drs. Roe, Griffiths, and Glasson) was next submitted in felicitous terms by the Vice-Chairman.—Dr Glasson, in responding, gave that of the "Vice-Chairman," which was accorded lodge honours. The concluding roasts were the Chairman" and "Host and hostess." The enjoyment of the evening was greatly enhanced by vocal selections contributed by the Chairman, Mr Jonathan Davies, and others. The day's pro- ceedings were brought to a close by dancing and a cycling carnival, which took place in the evening. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—MONDAY. A special meeting was held on Monday when there were present Messrs. Brownlow R. C. Tower, chairman. R. E. Lloyd, vice chairman, J. Hood, I. Cooke, W. Nunnerley, T. Emberton, H. Hawkins, with Mr. J. Pay, clerk, and Mr. Ashley, gas manager. ALTERATIONS AT THE GAS WORKS. Two tenders were received for the above from Messrs. ClayA Sons and Mr. Griffiths, Ellesiiiere.- Mr. 1. Cooke said if they carried out the alterations as proposed they would require to leave the chimney in the middle and if they wanted to re- move the retorts at some future time they could not do it because of the chimney. There was no doubt the retorts would have to be removed, but if they were removed after the alterations were com- pleted they would require to leave the'chimney in the middle to hold the roof up. He thought when the question was before them they should take into consideration the question of a circular roof over the whole building. He would be very sorry to see them do a job and make a muddle of it.—The Manager said if they shifted the retorts they could put the chimney outside. The Chairman was of opinion that the retorts ought to be removed. The position of things at present was certainly verv awkward.—Mr. Hood The best thing would be to get fresh tenders. Mr. 1. Cooke moved and Mr. Hood seconded that the Board ask the two con- tractors for estimates for a circular roof and for the raising of the walls to a proper height, which was agreed it. THE WATER QUESTION. The Chairman read a letter from Earl Brownlow in which he stated that he did not think the reservoir would interfere with the bowling green.— Mr Thomas S. Stooke (water engineer) wrote saying that he estimated that a covered reservoir equal to about three days' supply might be provided in the west side of the Howling Green, opposite St. John's Hill, at a cost of about X875. The Green would only be interfered with during the construction. This site would involve the continuation of the supply main from the Vyrnyw Aqueduct to the reservoir. An alternative site was to be found by the construction of a tower with storage, affording the same altitude as that of the Bowling Green site on the high ground by the briek field on the Grange Road. The construction at that point would involve an expenditure twice as much as that which would be incurred at the Bowling Green. If the former site was agreed to he thought it probable that the estimate would work out at a smaller sum than that asked for by the Council, viz., £ 4,000. The Chairman The first question is whetherthe site is available (applause). He thought they ought to make a strong representation to the Local Government Board to try and get them alter their decision. Mr Emberton thought their mem- ber of Parliament might be able to do something for them. Mr Hood I should suggest that the Chairman, Earl Brownlow, and Mr Stanley Leighton should go up and lay the case before the Local Government Board.—Mr Emberton proposed that the above-named gentlemen with the engineer form a deputation to the Local Government Board on the subject. Mr Hood said he had great pleasure in seconding the motion. He thought it most impor- tant to do away with the reservoir scheme. For his own part he would rather do withouir the water than the bowling green (la.ughter). They would have no excursionists if it was not for the bowling I y green. -The committee was unanimously appointed. —This concluded the business. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—TUESDAY. Present:—Messrs Brownlow R. C. Tower (chair- man), E. Peel, J. Woodville, W. Jones, (the Threw Fingers), J. A. Mossford, J. Jeffries, J. Griffiths, Revs S. T. Wilson Barber, H. Moody, Hugh Hanmer, with Mr R. E. Lloyd (clerk.) MASTER'S REPORT. The number in the Workhouse for the first week was 54 against 54 last year; second week 51 against 56 last year; out-door relief, Ellesmere district, zE15 3s; Hanmer district, £ 9 4s. A communication was read from the Whitchurch Union, asking the Guardians to adopt a resolution that provision should be made for the detention and care of per- sons, who manifested symptoms of insanity when taking small quantities of intoxicating liquor. Xo action was taken in the matter.—The Parish Council of Bettisfield wrote asking the Guardians to con- sider the question of a vaccination station for the parish, the poor people having to walk about seven miles under the present arrangements.—Rev. Mr Moody proposed that the doctor be asked to attend at the school in the parish for vaccination purposes. This was agreed to. THE QUESTION OF MISS GOUGJi's SALARY. The Clerk read letters from Miss Gough re her resignation ot the overseet-ship of Cockshutt in whioh she stated the appointment was only made for one year and expressing her surprise at the Board taking- exception to her action.—Mr Moody then rose to propose his motion that the whole question of Miss (rough's salary be discussed. He statdtl he had seen Miss Gough since the last meet- ing of the Board and from what he saw he was certain Miss Gough was not to blame. The Parish Council of Cockshutt had written to Miss Gough and appointed her overseer. The Parish Council had no more right to appoint Miss Cough than Miss Gough had to appoint the Parish Council. Miss Gough in reply to a second letter wrote declining the post. Mr Moody then proceeded to quote figures which showed that according to the amounts collected and the rateable value of the parish Miss Gough's salary was considerably less than that paid to other overseers in the district. Her appointment and salary were certainly a very -1 1 I- 1. wonaerIUL amur trom beginning to end. In 1877 f Miss Gough was appointed by the vestry at a salary of £ 90; three months afterwards she was appointed by the Guardians at a. salary of X70 per annum. Shortly afterwards she applied to the Guardians for an increase, and the Guardians passed a resolution that no increase should be given without the con- sent of the vestry. Since the salary was fixed in 1840, the rateable value had increased by £9,844 and yet not a half-penny had been added to the overseer's salary. With regard to the new Act it became more and more mysterious. Before the District Councd came into existence, she received a total salary of EIOI 13s. 4d. She now collected exactly the sum and did more work than under the old system and yet her salary had been dropped to £ 70 now he thought there was gross irregularity in this. He was not going to ask them to increase Miss Gough's salary, but he would ask them to appoint a small committee to look into the matter. He proposed that the committee consist of two members from Ellesmere and three omside mem- bers.—Mr Mossford seconded the proposition. 011 the motion of Mr Wilson Barker the committee was enlarged to six members. The following were then appointed:—Chairman (Mr Brownlow It. C. Tower), vice-chairman (Rev T. J. Rider), Mr J. I). Owen! Rev S. T. Wilson Barker, Rev H. Moody and Mr Win .Jones. This concluded the business.