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NEWTOWN. (Continued from page 2.) LARCENY.—At the Police Court on Thursday, before Mr R. Lloyd, Wm Evans was charged by Aaron Hamer, with stealing a coat and cap from him on the previous day. P.C. Jones proved arrest- ing prisoner, whose defence was that prosecutor gave him the coat and cap to sell. He sold the coat, but did not give up the money. The magis- trate said he had no alternative but to send prisoner for trial at the next Quarter Sessions. FL'NF.KAI,.—The mortal remains of the late Mr Rylands were interred in the Newtown Churchyard on Wednesday afternoon amidst the most eloquent signs of sympathy and condolence, the Rector, Rev E. A. Fishbourne. officiating. The funeral was very largely attended, amongst those present being Major Pryce-Jones, M.P., who journeyed from London specially in order to be present. A contin- gent of the Oddfellows' Lodge was also in attendance. numbering about twenty, of which deceased was a member, and the burial service of the order was read by Brother Fred Brown. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Urban District Council took place at the Council Offices last evening, Mr Alfred Ford presiding. There were also present Messrs J. Hughes vice-cuairman), A. S. Cooke, Pryce Wilson Jones, G. II. Ellison, Barker Halliwell, Edward Jones, David Owen, n. Bowen, R. Lewis, Evan Morgan, John Green, Thos. Edmunds, John Humphreys, and Evan Ashton; with Mr W. Cooke (clerk) and Mr R W. Davies (surveyor). THE ROYAL VISIT. The Chairman remarked that since the last meeting in that room an event had occurred in- teresting to the town, the county, and the adjoining county, which was, he believed, unique in its character, and such as would not occur in the history of Wales for some centuries. He thought he should mention to the Council that he had on his own responsibility written on behalf of the Council, to Mr Denniss, the Manager of the Cambrian Rail- ways, asking him for a certain amount of accom- modation at the station upon the event of the Royal train passing through Newtown. AirDeiiiiiss very kindly placed at the disposal of the Council all the accommodation asked for, and he thought their thanks were due to him in particular for his kindness on that occasion, and for other favours granted to the Council. The Clerk also wrote to Mr Gough, the superintendent of the line, ask- ing if the Council could be accommodated with a saloon in which to travel to and from Aberystwyth. That also was granted, and they further owed their thanks to Mr Gough (hear, hear). Perhaps if he briefly reviewed what took place on this occasion it might be of interest to the Council. The most interesting of all would be dealt with by Mr Pryce Wilson Jones, as the Chairman of the Presentation Committee. The Council would recollect that it was announced that the Royal train would slacken speed as it passed through the station. That was no arrangemect of theirs, and they were not respon- sible if the train did not slacken down. He thought that their sympathies were due to those who at con- siderable expense visited the station on that occasion, and who unfortunately did not see their Royal Highnesses to the extent anticipated. There was another event which occurred that day (June 25th) of a very interesting character, and that was the passing through the station of Mr W. E. Glad- stone. He took upon himself to telegraph to Mr Humphreys-Owen asking him if it was possible for the train in which the hon gentleman was travelling to slacken down when passing through their station, and he was sure that it must be a source of gratification to all who were there that day that it did so, and that all had a very satisfactory view of the hon gentleman. As representing ttie Council, he had the honour, and a very great honour he considered it, to be allowed to be present on the Machynlleth platform when the Royal train arrived at that place. He had the pleasure of seeing the Royal party and their suite alight and be received by the county deputation. The next day it was a privilege to some of them Mr. Ellison as representing Bangor University and himself as representing the Council to be present at the installation of the Prince of Wales as Chancellor of the Welsh University, and, speaking for himself, he thought it was one of the grandest sights he ever saw. It was magnificent. The sight in the spacious marquee holding between two and three thousand persons attired in dresses of various shades and colours, flitting about like butterflies, he could only liken to a kaledicscope. It was indeed a grand sight, and one which would leave an impression on his mind during the rest of his lifetime. Perhaps the most interesting business of all was that in which Mr. Ellison, Mr. Wilson Jones, and himself were associated. It would be a great satisfaction to all of them to know that the presentation of Welsh flannel from the Council was made by Mr. Jones in the most satisfactory manner. He only wished, and sin- cerely hoped, that the first visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales through this lovely country, which they doubtless admired, as they deserved, would not be the last (hear, hear).He trusted that it would be the intention of their Royal Highnesses to visit this part of the country again, and if they did. he sincerely hoped they would all be there to see them (hear hear and applause.) Mr Pryce Wilson Jones remarked that the Council would doubtless recollect that at the last Council meeting a small committee was appointed to ascertain whether the manufacturers of the town were prepared to present some specimens cf their manufactured goods to the Princess of Wales. The committee met and deputed Mr Humphreys and himself to wait upon the manufacturers. They visited the different mills and got from the majority of them very satisfactory promises. The next course they bad to pursue was to ascertain whether the Princess of Wales would be willing to accept the presentation. Thev were told by outsiders that H.R.H. would not, and he dared say that had the manufacturers thus approached H.R.II., that the Princess of Wales would not have acceded so favourably as she did to the request of the Council. He however wrote to the County and Borough Members asking them to make overtures to II. H.H. From Mr Humphreys-Owen he had two or three letters, and one from Major Pryce-.lones, in which they intimated that they had written to Sir Francis Knollys, who wrote in reply that the Princess of Wales would be most pleased to accede to the request. They afterwards informed the manufac- turers of this, and from the majority of them they secured most excellent specimens; to them the thanks of the Council were due, and especially for the prompt manner in which they got up the goods. He must mention that the specimens were of a very beautiful character. On the 26th ult., while the ceremony of installation was proceeding, he had the privilege of entering the Royal reception rooms at the Cellege, and there arranging the goods for presentation. He also had the privilege and very great honour of seeing the royal party and other dignitaries, and of being introduced to Sir Francis Knollys. the private secretary to the Prince of Wales. lie was bound to confess that it was a very different meet- ing to what he had anticipated, and if anything created an impression on bis mind, it was the nice and amiable manner in which the royal party received the deputation. He had the high honour of being the spokesman on that occasion. At the moment he hardly knew how to ex- press himself, and he was gratified to learn afterwards that he had committed no blunders. After the presentation, he hardly expected to have the honour of shaking hands with the Prince and Princess of Wales, and he looked upon that as a fitting climax to the whole. They also shook hands with the Chairman and Mr Ellison. It was a red- letter day in ilieirllirtory-a day he would remem- ber for many years to come. In conclusion, lie thanked the Council for the great honour they did him in selecting him to make the present,-ttio-.i.-A vote of thanks having been accorded Mr Denniss and Mr Gough, of the Cambrian Railways, as sug- gcsted by the Chairman, Mr G. H. Ellisoii also spoke, and referred to th3 activity of Mrs (ilad- stone at the Royal reception rooms, where she in- spected the manufactured goods with interest. He thought their thanks were due to Mr Humphreys- Owen for the trouble he had taken in the matter, and he moved a vote of thanks to him accordingly. —The Chairman seconded, and it was carried. THE BOLMtARY QUESTION Ac! A IN. Mr Lewis said it was his duty that evening to bring before them a question which, if nor very palatable, it was, at least, one of considerable antiquity, having been first introduced on the 6th December, 1889, and dangled before them and their predecessors, and, he feared he must say. trifled with by them down through seven long years to the present moment. This question was adjourned at the last meeting of the late Council to the first meeting of the present one, but by an oversight it was omitted from the agenda. It ought not to have been necessary for him to bring it forward under existing conditions that day. It was not his intention to weary them with the history prox and cons —of this troublesome question that had already been done, and he should think that they had had enough of it. He was sure they all understood it, by now, and if they would look at the thing from an unselfish standpoint, they would have no diffi- culty in conceding to them their very moderate request. Proceeding, the speaker said The matter in question is conspicuous by its unfairness and its injustice. A purely agricultural district is called upon to contribute towards town improvements, in the benefits of which they do not participate in the least degree. Is it fair that the inhabitants of this rural district should pay for watering these streets, lighting these streets, cleaning these yards, and scavenging these streets, when we have no share in the enjoyment of these comforts and blessings ? No We arcv paying for what we do not get. There are some 30 or so stock markets held in this town annually, and a large amount of stock are brought here from an extensive area of country, including a great part of Radnorshire and a portion of Shropshire, and we, the farmers of tbe rural part of these two parishes, have to pay towards cleaning the streets—while our brother farmers in the im- mediate neighbouring parishes of Mochdre, Pou- strowed, Kerry, and Llawmerewig, who live nearer the town than we do, pay nothing. If YOil want the cattle on your strsets, and if you think the town gains something by their being there which I suppose you do—then by all means the town should pay, and not call upon a section of agricul- turalists to pay for the rest. I would rather pay toll than I would pay for scavenging after my Radnorshire friends' cattle, which is toll in a most incongenial form. The irregularity of the present boundary is another contemptible source of annoy- ance. You very well remember-and J. very well remember—the question of the boundary extension. I was one who opposed it. You were very reason- able you, the Home Rule Government at New- town at the time, only asked for a limited and I dare say reasonable extension, but a central Government official from Whitehall came amongst us, and with one stroke of the pen, and with a remark not quite in accord with the importance of his mission, tells you to take in the two parishes," and so an old ecclesiastical line of demarcation, one that grew into existence bit by bit during the Dark and Middle Ages, becomes the boundary within which a section of farmers and other rural inhabit- ants should be assessed towards urban improve- ments. Of all the boundaries in existence, that of parishes is the worst, and is only fitted for the pur- pose for which it was intended. By this boundary you have farms and other rateable property included within the urban district at a distance of four miles from the town, while you have others only one and a half miles awav excluded. This is an anomaly which I should not expect any class of a community possessing an ordinary amount of intelligence to submit tc. Well, gentlemen, in order to redress this grievance the farmers have asked for a revision of the district, or that an inner boundary be formed, and that all rateable property outside that boundary should be exempt from cer- taiiv items of expenditure. This was agreed to between a committee of the late Local Board and the representative of the farmers on July 18, 1894. The following is a copy of that resolution (1) That an outer and inner district be formed; (2) That all charges for the following purposes be borne by the inner district—(a) scavenging of streets, (b) watering of streets, (c) public lighting, (<') removal of ashes from yards." The cast of these four items being estimated at 20 per cent. of the rate, the same to be assessed upon the inner district. Now my contention is that this., the principal part of the question that relates-to-per centage, has been bonu-Jide settled by a joint committee representing the urban and rural parts of the district and should have been carried out, and that not doing so, or neglecting to do so, is, to say the least of it, dishonourable on the part of this Council, who are the successors in office to the late Local Board for all practical pur- poses, and that it is disrespectful to, and breaking faith, with the rural part of the district—a com- munity who are certainly deserving better things. Then there is the question of boundary. It has been urged that all land should be treated alike and that accommodation MInd should receive the same abatement as the outer district, and this has been called the logical way out of the difficulty-a glorious discovery. But I think it is the most illogical method that possibly could present itself. suburban land is in the town used for the benefit of the town-is as much a part of the town as a business premises in Broad street; and is used as an accessory to that business, and should be treated as such. The only fair and logical boundary which suggests itself to me is one that will cut off all farms of every de- scription from the inner district. No other one will, I think, be found to be practicable. In con- clusion, he moved that a committee be appointed to carry into effect the agreement of July 18, 1894. Mr Cooke seconded, and observed that in 1894, the late Local -Board were almost unani- mous upon the point, and where the Board erred at that time was in nou defining a boun- dary. He thought the present Council ought to define a boundary, or let the matter drop. He did not believe in giving the same privileges which they were willing to grant to the farmers to those who had accommodation land. They treated the farmers to those privileges, because they lived out of the town, and because they did not therefore partici- pate in the same manner as those living in the towu.-TheC hairmau, in reply to Mr Ellison, [pointed out that on May 10th, 1895, the Council agreed to relieve the farmers from the rates to a certain extent, and until that resolution was rescinded, they could not proceed with Mr Lewis's motion, which was, without doubt, quite out of order.—The uratter then dropped. REPORTS. The usual monthly reports were read. The Medical Officer reported chat the health of the town was in a very satisfactory condition. Tho Treasurer reported having received from the col- lector E325 5s 7d, and from the County Council £ 50; total receipts £ 375 58: 7d. He had paid cheques to the amount of X125 18s, and there was a balance due to him of £ 257 16s 9d. This was all the business of public interest.

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