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ABERYSTWYTH. representative in Aberystwyth is Mr. J. DENL::V SPENCER, 32. High Street, to whom; notice should be given of all events required to be reported in the COUNTY TIMES. HOARD OF GUARDIANS. MONDAY. Mr. J. R. James presided over a meeting of the Guardians held at the workhouse when there were also present Messrs David Lloyd, vice-chairman. J. 31. Williams, Huu'h Hntrhes, Thomas Jones, David Jones, T. E. Salmon, H. E. Bonsall, Richard Edwards. Evan Richards, J. P. Thomas, B. E. Morgan. John Jenkins. Lewis Richards. T. R. Morgan. James Jones, Thos. Powell, David Edwards. Evan Lewis. John Jones. Wm. Richards, Evan Simon, with Air Hugh Hns-hes, clerk, and Mr. David Davies, assistant clerk. OCT-EEUEK. The follow ing amounts have been paid in ont- relief during the past fortnight. Per 3Ir. John Jones, £ 39 Is Od to 145 recipients as compared with £ 40 17s Od to 147 recipients during the same period of last vear per Mr J. Morgan. £ 45 4s Od to 142 recipients as compared with £45 lls Od to 150 recipients during the same period of last year; per Mr J. J. Hughes 4C53 2s Od to 202 recipients as compared with £ 51 3s Od to 209 recipients daring the same period of last year. THE DL'TIES OF A RELIEVING OFFICER. A letter was read from the Local Government Board saying that they had no objection to the appointment of Mr J. J. Hughes to the office of relieving officer from the Geneurglyn district at a salarv of £ 55. They also agreed to his appoint- ment as vaccination officer at a salary of ninepence for each successful vaccination, and to his appointment as registrar of births and deaths. Respecting the appointment of Mr Hughes as registrar of marriages, the Board said that they objected to a relieving officer holding this post, because he was often called fyway from his district. and they asked the Guardians to reconsider the matter. The Clerk said that the late relieving officer held the office, but the Registrar-General made the same objection when he submitted the same appointment. He told him that the feeling of the Board was very strong upon the matter that the two offices should be held by the relieving officer. Under these circumstances the Registrar General yielded and signed the appointment. --lifr Hughes proposed that the clerk write a letter to this effect to the Local Government Board.—Mr David Jones I second it.- The Clerk said that the object was to augment the salary of the officer.- It was carried. STRONG LANGUAGE. A discussion took place upon the payment of two bills of guinea charges sent in by Drs. Hughes and Bonsall for examining a lunatic. Dr Hughes's bill was accompanied by the necessary magisterial certificate, but Dr Bonsall's was not. It appears that the woman who was the subject of the examination was in the charge of the police, who called in Dr Bonsall. When Mr Joseph Morgan, the relieving officer, came to town the woman was taken in charge by him and he went in search of Dr Bonsall, but failing to find him he called in Dr Hughes and obtained the necessary certificate for the admission of the woman to the asylum.— During the discussion.tMr J. M. Williams said that in a conversation on the street, Mr Morgan, the relieving officer, called Dr Bonsall a silly and an "idiot." He was astonished to hear the language used, and his blood boiled at the time.—Mr Morgan said that he could not allow that to go unchallenged. He said, You are talking like an idiot." There was a great deal of difference, but he did not ap- prove of what he said upon the spur of the moment. Mr J. M. Williams You said that the doctor was a silly and an idiot.—Mr Jenkins proposed that they ask the two doctors to attend at the next meeting. -Ifr T. E. Salmon seconded.—In reply to a question the Clerk pointed out that until Dr Bonsall produced a certificate the Board could not pay him.—Mr Hugh Hughes contended that legally Dr Hughes was entitled to payment, be- cause it was upon his order that the woman was sent to the asylum.-Mi Richard Edwards asked if the police had the power to call in a doctor in cases of lunacy and charge the Union with the cost.—The Clerk said thet he was just going to put it to them. As he understood the matter, the woman did not become a pauper until handed over to the relieving officer. It was his duty to take proceedings, and whatever doctor he called in, that gentleman was entitled to his fee. The police or somebody called in Dr Bonsall, but unless he had got a certificate from the magistrate certifying that he was entitled to the fee, he was not entitled to it.—Mr Salmon thought that the proper course WtWl to hnvethe doctors there. -The motion proposed by Mr Jenkins was then carried. THE CHAIRMAN'S BILL. Mr B. E. Morgan explained that the Finance Committee did not pass the Chairman's bill for 0E5 15s consequent on his attendance at the Poor-law conference in London because they were under the impression that the chairman stated he would pay his own railway fare.—The Chairman said he would not have attended if this had been the case.—Mr David Jones thought the money should be paid and proposed that this be done.—Mr D. Lloyd seconded and it was carried. THE MASTER'S REPORT. The Master reported that the number in the House was 34 as against 46 during the same period of last year. The number of tramps relieved dur- ing the fortnight was 28 as compared with 39 dur- ing the same period of last year. On June 25th the inmates were taken round the town in two brakes kindly lent by Mr John Jenkins. A platform was erected in front of Salem Chapel on the line of route of the Royal pro- cession and the inmates obtained a good view. Mrs A. J. Hughes. Miss Gilbertson, and Mr. Smith, of 24, Great Darkgate street, kindly provided the inmates with cakes, &c.-It was pro- posed that a letter of thanks be sent to those who treated the inmates.—Mr. Hugh Hughes said that a letter appeared in one of the local papers (The County Times) last week in connection with this matter, and it read in one part as follows:—"I objected to making any payment for seats from which the inmates of the house could view the Royal procession, my reason being that it was possible to obtain seats without payment, and after all,'the inmates did obtain seats without costing one penny."—Mr. Salmon I ask is Mr. Hughes in order in reading this letter new.Mr. Hughes I asked for privilege. I say that this account in the paper is not true. We collected money here last Board meeting.—The Chairman Well Mr. Sal- mon Do not ask Mr. Hughes any questions. Allow him to go on.—-Mr. Hughes said that they paid 23s. for the seats, and the account in the paper was not true.-The Chairman What paper?—Mr. Hughes: The Montgomery County Time*. It is for the public tolknow that things had been done straightforwardly. Mr. Salmon I hope, lr. Chairman, you will not 0 make any remarks. If Mr. Hughes has finished about this letter -Mr. Hughes: Yes, I have, but there are more remarks in the letter.-)Ir. Salmon said that he objected to making any pay- ment from the Board because he did not consider that it was legal to do so, and it was decided that subscriptions should be collected. That proved his contention that they as a Board did not pay for it, and his remarks were perfectly true.— -vV TTT 8a^ the matter originated j-1 J' k- Morgan, and the matter was discussed on the Thursday evening previous to the last meeting of the Board, and they knew as much about poor law as Mr. Salmon Mr. Salmon objected to this remark, he said nothing about poor law 1 he Chairman Do not start any row to- a^' • Salmon; I never said anything about poor law. I cannot stand to see any man Air. J. M. Williams I move that we go on with the next busine.s.-I-lr. D. Lloyd pointed out that Mr. Salmon's contention was that it did not cost the Board anything. Mr. Hughes said that if they gave privilege to one member he was quite satisfied, and resumed his seat—Mr. R. Edwards referred to Mr. Salmon's remarks respecting the meter gover- nor, and said that a gentleman who was staying in the town the manager of a gas works accompanied him (the speaker) to the house and examined the meter 'governor and his decision was that they could not get a better one if they paid £ 1000 for it (bear hear) and they were asked to spend X7 or £8 of the ratepayers' money in getting another governor.—Mr. Salmon asked for the name of the engineer.— Mr. Edwards said that he could give it. —The Chairman asked if anyone would propose a vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen for the treat.—Mr. Salmon I have already proposed it.- The resolution was carried. The Master further reported that in all X2 4s 6d was collected to- wards the inmates' treat, and he had in hand il 3s 6d, and upon the suggestion of Mr. T. Jones, it was decided to give them a treat at some future date. THE OLD SEA CAPTAIN'S CASE The case of Captain Daniel Evans, an inmate of the House, came forward for discussion. It appears that the pauper has a son a curate in Holy Orders, and certain members of the Board sought to make the son pay something towards his father's main- tenance. It is stated that the son together with his sisters were deserted by the father at an early age, and the position he now held was secured bv dint of hard work, in fact he had not finished pay- ing back the money which he borrowed to com- plete his education. He had a wife and family to keep as well as his mother, and he could not afford A I to contribute anything towards his father's keep, who, in his opinion, had no more ciaim on him than any other inmate of the House. Letters were read in support of the son's story and a discussion followed. A vote was taken upon the matter and four voted in favour of making the son pay. but the majority of the Board voted against the proposal. —Mr. John Jenkins asked that the Clerk should write to the Local Government Board to ''state a case.— Mr. J. P. Thomas seconded it because they had a splendid case why the son should not pay. This was carried. PARISHES IN ARREAR. The Clerk presented a long list of parishes in arrears and the Board decided to take proceedings unless the money was paid at once. TOWN COUNCIL—TUESDAY. There were present Councillor T. Griffiths (Mayor), Aldermen D. Roberts and T. Doughton, Councillors C. M. Williams, E. P. Wynne, R. Peake, John Jenkins and W. Thomas, with Air. Charles Massey (Assisting Clerk), Mr. H. L. Evans (Borough Accountant) and Mr. Rees Jones (Borough Surveyor). ALLEGED NUISANCE. A letter was read from a resident in Portland Street, complaining of a nuisance alleged to be caused by some stables erected near to her dwell- in g.-Councillor Peake moved that the letter be handed over to the inspector of nuisances, and it was agreed to. TANCAE SAWPIT. A letter was read from Mr. Thos. Jones, remind- ing the Council that the sawpit at Tancae was his property, and that he noticed the Council was filling it up. He was prepared to hand it over to the Council upon reasonable terms.—Upon the pro- position of Councillor Thomas, seconded by Councillor Peake, it was decided that the letter should be handed over to the Town Clerk for con- sideration, and to consult with the Finance Com- mittee. CAMBRIAN PLACE. A letter was read from residents in Cambrian Place asking that better flagging, should be put down in front of their houses. -Councillor Peake asked the surveyor if he intended repairing it.—The Sur- veyor said that it was not mentioned but it wanted repairing badly.—Councillor Peake moved that it be referred to to the Public Works Committee with power to carry it out.—Alderman Doughton nsked what had been done with Castle lane. He was in- formed some time back that it was included in the estimates. Perhaps the surveyor could tell him.- The Surveyor said that it would be put in hand as soon as possible. They were completing North road. FOOTPRINTS OX THE SANDS. Yen Archdeacon Griffiths, writing from Aberayon, asked the Mayor and Council to grant permission to a body of South Wales tinmen who were out of work, to sing on the sands at Aberystwyth.—■ y I Councillor Thomas said that they had commenced without permission.—Councillor Peake How does our arrangement with the minstrels come in ?- Councillor Thomas These are on the sands which is a different thing. I think that this is a question upon which we should take no part.-Councillor Jenkins said that there was no harm in allowing them on the beach.—Councillor Thomas I do not say that they are doing any harm. Still I think it is a question upon which we should not decide in advance. We have our authorities and we do not think anyone will be hard upon them. At the same time I do not think that it is a question upon which we can give any opinion we have no in- formation upon which we ought to act.—The Mayor said that they had as much right as the Salvation Army.—Councillor Thomas I am not going to argue.-Aidermau Doughton did not see why they should stop them going on the beach. They allowed a "Punch and Judy" to be there, and there was a crowd around that every night. He did not see why they should hinder those people going on to the beach.—Councillor Thomas: No one here has suggested hindering them. Alderman r_1 9 Doughton I do not mean to say that Mr Thomas objected.—Councillor Thomas said that Alderman Doughton had mentioned the Punch and Judy," but bte did not think that Alderman Doughton had had the honour of deciding upon that at all. The Council had not so far decided upon anything going upon the beach, that was so far as his memory served him, and he would leave this alone. -Councillor Peake t3aid that the less said about this matter in public the better. No doubt they were wrong in giving permission for the *minstrels to perform upon the parade.—Alderman Doughton' said that bg always objected to the minstrels going on to the promenade, as he wanted the promenade cleared of all obstructions.—Tha discussion then ceased. THE INSPECTION OF CARRIAGES, ETC. The report of the General Purposes Committee was as follows :-Resolved that no licenses be granted to owners of hackney carriages plying for hire in the borough after the 14th inst; and that the Town Clerk serve a notice upon each owner in- forming him of the fact. Resolved that hackney carriages be examined by an inspector after the above mentioned date; and that Mr Rogers, of Oswestry, be appointed to examine and report on same at a fee not exceeding £ 5.—Mr AlisseN ex- plained that the object of the resolution was to enforce the powers of the Council and compel the owners to take out licenses before the 14th inst. The Borough Accountant stated that not one fourth had taken out licenses. It was decided after some explanation to change the date from the 14th to the 21st, and that it be an instruction to the General Purposes Committee to get it done in the most satisfactory manner, and that intimation of such a course to be sent to the carriage owners. ELECTRIC LIGHTING. The Public Lights Committee recommended that all the electric lamps be lighted until the end of September upon the same terms as was agreed upon for running the extra lamps in the month of A ugust last year. -Councillor Peake proposed the adoption of the report. Councillor Thomas What are the terms ?--The Surveyor Seven shillings per lamp per week.—Agreed to. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, Councillor Thomas moved the adoption of this Committee's report. The hay put up for sale by auction OIl Saturday had not been sold, but the barricades used on the streets made a good sale. The other part of the report dealt with a recom- mendation that the borough surveyor should be instructed to prepare the necessary quantity of concrete slabs for the use of the Board School en- trances. Councillor Peake said strong recommen- dations had been made that the council should undertake the harvesting of the hay on the flats to be used in the corporation stables and he proposed it. Alderman Deighton seconded tbis'and it was I carried. The rest of the report was adopted. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Finance Committee recommended the pay- ment of salaries and bills amounting to -5462 4s 3d and of the half year harbour annuity amounting to 4E194 18s 9d. TIMELY APPRECIATION. Mr. Massey said that at the for mal meeting of the council it was decided that the surveyor (Mr. Rees Jones) should be thanked for his work in con- nection with the royal visit, and a resolution was passed stating That the thanks of the Town Council be tendered to Mr Rees Jones, the borough surveyor, for the invaluable assistance rendered by him on the occasion of the recent visit of H. R. H. the Chancellor of the University of Wales and for the effectual precautions devised and carried out under his direction for the protection of the crowds of persons who visited- Aberystwyth on that memorable occasion." This resolution had been illuminated and would bear the seal of the council and the signature of the Mayor and the Town Clerk. Councillor Peake in proposing the resolution said that he was sure they would all agree with him that no town in the kingdom could have excelled them in the arrangements made by their Surveyor on Friday week, and they ought to be very thankful to Mr. Jones for the strenuous efforts put forth to make that day a success. Alderman David Roberts seconded it, and said that they ought to feel grateful to the Surveyor for the way he had con- ducted the business throughout. He did not think that any improvement could have been made in any branch which he (the Surveyor) undertook to carry out.—The Mayor said that the only com- plaint made was that Mr. Rees Jones made the barriers too strong. He had done his duty well and to the satisfaction of every one.—Councillor C. M. Williams said that it was the general opinion that the town could not have been better barrica- ded or protected than it was upon that occasion. He suggested that the resolution recognising the splendid services rendered by the Surveyor upon that occasion should be framed (bear, hear). Carried. Mr. Rees Jones said that he was glad to learn that there was satisfaction felt at what had been done preparatory to the memorable occasion. He did his best and he had derived much pleasure from carrying out the work, and he thought that that was a sufficent reward to him. It was very gratifying to him that they should think him worthy of the resolution. He should keep the resolution as long as he lived and hoped to tind a corner of it in his family a long time after he was gone (hear, hear). He could not have carried out the work so well were it not for the great help he received from the men who worked cheerfully throughout long hours.—The Mayor said that they were pleased to hear the Surveyor speak like that of the men, as it showed that he had not forgotten them.—Mr. Rees Jones reminded the Council that Mr. Francis of Wallog, had given them trees for the decoration of the streets, and on the proposition of Alderman Roberts seconded by Councilor Peake, a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Francis for his kindness. THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE CROWD ON THE 26TH. Councillor Thomas proposed the following reso- lution That having regard to the thoroughly efficient and satisfactory manner in which the whole of the police and traffic arrangements in connection with the recent visit of H.R.H. the Chancellor of the University of Wales were devised and carried out by and under the direction of the Chief Con- stable of Cardiganshire, the Town Council desire to express their thanks to Ir Howell Evans, and to congratulate him upon the successful result of his efforts on that memorable occasion." He endorsed all that had been said about the surveyor; as to the Chief Constable he was determined from the outset to leave nothing undone that would prevent the work being carried through without a hitch and he believed that it was admitted throughout Wales and England that they were exceptionally fortunate in all their arrangements and they were indebted to a large extent for those arrangements to the Chief Constable and those working with him. He might say that everybody who attended the town on June 26th from H.R.H. the Prince of Wales down to the labourer, were struck by the behaviour of the crowd. There was no question but that it was a credit to the Welsh nation and no doubt it was due to their Sunday and Day Schools as well as the home teaching. Everything had passed off with credit to the officials, to the credit of the Town Council, and to the credit of Wales (hear, hear).Councillor Wynne seconded it.- Alderman Doughton in supporting it said that Mr Thomas had left out one important point. Sunday Schools and Day Schools were right enough but the fact that no tents were allowed at street corners and in empty spaces around the town greatly helped towards the quiet way in which everything was carried out.—Alderman David Roberts said that the way the arrangements were carried out redounded greatly to the credit of the Chief Constable. It would be a day long to be remembered in the town, and they had reason to congratulate themselves. Councillor C. M. Williams said they would all remember the time when the splendid tight was made to get the Prince of Wales installed as Chancellor of the University in the town. Their chief plea was that they were entitled to make that appeal because they had the pioneer college. There was keen opposition and competition offered by larger towns, and the argument used against Aberystwyth was that an important function such as the installation was really too large to be well carried out in a comparatively small town like Aberystwyth. Looking back at the complete arrangements, they could well congratulate themselves upon the manner in which they were carried out. It was pleasant to hear visitors from Cardiff say how complete everything had been made. Satisfaction had been given to all parties, and in a letter to the Mayor as well as in a conversation with the Vice- Chancellor, the Prince of Wales had stated how pleased he was with the arrangements. Lord Rendel had also expressed his delight with every- thing. It redounded to their credit that they were able to carry out such an enormous function, and they were greatly indebted to the Chief Con- stable and the Borough Surveyor for the splendid manner in which they carried out their duties. As they were aware, the Chief Constable had had printed eight to ten pages of instructions for the police, and immediately upon the arrival of the Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire police they were drilled into the instructions, so that by the Friday morning each man knew his work. Alder- man Doughton had touched upon the question of booths, and he (the speaker) did not believe that there was a single case of drunkenness seen during the whole of the day. He should like to know what town ii Wales could make that statement, except Aberystwyth. They could all look baok with pleasure to the carrying out of a function which was oae of the greatest ever held in Wales. —The resolution was then carried. FREE TRADE ? Councillor Thomas called the attention of the Surveyor to », large flag hanging out over a building in Terrace-read, which frightened the horses.—The Surveyor said that it belonged to an American bazaar and the proprietor had promised to take it down.—Councillor Thomas said that it was unfair to the tradespeople. ANNUAL BOAT INSPECTION. Aldermaifl T. SVoaghton moved That in future an annual inspection of all pleasure boats plying for hire be made by a competent boat-builder, and that until such boat or boats have been certified to be fit and proper for use, no license be granted in respect of same." He believed that some of the boatmen had not taken out licenses.—Mr Massey said no licenses would be granted unless a certifi- cate from the Harbour Master was presented.— Alderman Doughton was in favour of having a per- manent inspector on duty on the beach during the season so that there should be no over-crowding. They could not expect P.S. Davies to be there every moment of the day.—Councillor Peake seconded and heartily supported the suggestion of a per- manent inspector. He mooted the question last year but they would not accept it and he was now glad to see that he had another recruit.—Councillor C. M. Williams pointed out that if a list of those boatmen who had not taken out licenses were sup- plied to the police they would be able to take pro- ceedings against offenders. -Alderman Doughton said that in some cases they could not find out who was the owner of the boat and he wanted P.S. Davies to see into the matter.—The resolution was then carried, and the Council rose.









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