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THE MARRIAGE OF MISS HUGHES, OF ALLTLWYD. ABERYSTWYTH. I —On the occcasion of the marriage of Miss Hughes, of Alltlwyd, the tenantry of the Alltlwyd and Mabws estates presented her with a very handsome electro-plated tray and liqueur frame. The pre- sents, which were greatly admired, were supplied by Messrs M. and H. Davies, Bridge street. LAUNCH OF THE LIFE-BOAT.—The Aberystwyth life-boat will be launched on Monday morning next. During the year 1897 the life-boats around our coasts have saved 534 lives ia addition to 30 vessels. Shore boats have also saved 125 lives making a total of 659 lives saved from a watery grave. The institution is sadly in need of assistance, and the local branches have (where it is possible) to maintain the cost of keeping the boat on that particular station. PRESENTATION.—On Friday afternoon Mr D. Lloyd Lewis, formerly mananer of the National Provincial Bank, Lampecer, but now manager of the &ame bank in this town was presented with a handsome timepiece and a pair of vases by a number of his Lampeter friends as a mark of their esteem and well-wishes on his appointment to the more important branch at Aberystwyth. The presentation, which was made at the Town Hall was presided over by the Mayor (Mr J. Ernest Lloyd). Later in the evening a banquet was given at the Lion Royal Hoel, at which the Mayor presided, supported as vice-president by Mr S. Pavies-Jones, Peterwell. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—MONDAY. Present: Mr B. E. Morgan (chairman), Messrs W. A. Miller, G. Fossett Roberts, R. James, E. J. Evans, David Lloyd, T. Powell, T. E. Salmon, J. E. James, W. Morris, John Jones, Richard Davies, Wm. Hughes, Evan Simon, and the Rev. John Davies; with Mr Bircham (inspector), Mr Huerh Hughes (clerk), and Mr D. Davies (assistant clerk). THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD STEPS IN. A letter was received from the Local Government Board to the effect that the proposal of the Guardians of the Aberystwyth Union to add ten years to the actual period of service of Mr John Jones, late relieving officer, for the purpose of com- puting the superannuation allowance to be awarded to him had been considered, but the grounds stated in the Guardians' letter did not bring the case within the provisions of Section 5 of the Poor Law Officers Superannuation Act, 1896, and they regretted that they were unable to accede to the Guardians' application as they were not em- powered to sanction any addition for purposes of superannuation.—Mr E. J. Evans We were given to understand that the Act gave us the power to do so.—The Clerk: Subject of course to the approval of the Local Government Board.—The Chairman It seemed to me as clear a case as possible, and that there was no doubt about it.—Mr E. J. Evans It raises an important point. We listened to influential members of the Board who said that the Act gave us power and in the end we find it is not so.—Mr Bircham: The same thing occurred at Tregaron. There they paid the man a miserable remuneration whilst in office and decided to increase his pension. The Local Government Board wrote to say that that they had no power to do unless the case was one of extra- ordinary services.—Mr E. J. Evans: We consider ourselves a little more intelligent than the Tre- garon Board—(laughter)—we are not going to follow them.—Rev John Davies asked that the section should be read out.-—The Clerk read out the section of the Act which stated that the extra superannuation was to be made only for peculiar qualifications or extraordinary service but it was within the power of the Local Government Board to determine whether such applicant was entitled to it.—The Chairman: In replying to Mr Evans's remark upon the intelligent members of the Board I hope he does'nt include me. I was one of those who adopted this extra payment. However the thing has now come to an end. MASTER'S REPORT. The Master reported that there were 51 inmates in the house compared with 36 during the corres- ponding period of last year. During the past two weeks 37 vagrants had been relieved compared with 35 during the same period in 1897. The children and adult inmates were taken to the Flower Show on the 10th. inst.—On the motion of Mr E. J. Evans a vote of thanks was passed to the Show Committee. WHERE THE MONEY GOES. Mr Bircham said A few weeks ago I furnished you with copies of my printed statements made up on March 25 last, and I must say that Aberystwyth holdo a very good position amongst the Unions therein enumerated. I see that the pauperism of the Union is 2 percent, which is below the average of the district, and eighth from the top of the list, and there is very little difference between you and those in front of you. Some gentlemen said that we are not to take a word out of the leaf of Tregaron's book but Tregaron stands at the top of the list, and I attribute it to the fact that the people are very poor and have to take special care how every penny is spent, and also these people who have to determine who shall be the permanent paupers are very particular as to who they bring on permanent relief. I can at all events con- gratulate you and Tregaron that you do not form part of the coal district. There can be nothing more miserable than to see what I have seen for the last five months, and tie extent of which you cannot conceive. I think every union that grumbles because they have no industries to make them large rateable value ought to be thankful that they were not forming part of that coal district. You would be surprised to find the amount that is run up in the expendi- ture and I know a small agricultural union not so rich as you on the fringe of the coal district pay- ing £100 a week. I think you are to be con- gratulated generally upon the position you hold with regard to pauperism. I find thai under the head of poor law £15,000 is collected and from other sources you obtain .£17,000 or in all perhaps £26,600. The total amount going to the relief of the poor, salaries of officers, interest upon buildings, etc., is £6,179. This leaves a sum of £10,200 which is spent for other purposes. This is certainly remunerative, it was not thrown into the sea like relief. I mean it comes back in the way of maintaining the roads, police and education. The County Rate took £4109, Rural District Council Rate, which included highways £2056, School Board expenses £2662, Parish Council expenses £111, School Attendance Committee £50. Then there are two items of £1,100, one of which was £352 for preparing registers and jury lists, and JE814 for collecting rates, and whereas your charge upon the Union is ls. 2d., the rest is represented by 2s. 4d., making a total of 3s. 6d. Turning to the indoor relief I must say that I always find the hcuse clean and the bedding clean with the ex- ception of those old bedsteads referred to, and I think the suggestion of doing away with them is a good thing, and will pay for the extra cost. Very often people say that these workhouses ought to be improved. I cannot improve them, that is for the Guardians to do, and it cannot be done unless the Guardians are prepared to increase the size of the house so as to allow for the classifica- tion of paupers. I do not think it is any real kindness to relieve people who are allowed to live in houses in country places which are not fit for habi- tation. But at all events it is for the Rural Dis- trict Council to try and improve these homes by getting better water laid on. The dampness of the houses prevented- the construction of privies, &c. If a Rural Councillor did this he would be able to say that he had done more than his predecessors. The true economy would be found in raising the standard of the oat-door pauper by improving the condition of the dwellings in the country districts, and I think this is the only way to do away with hereditary pauperism (applause).—The Chairman on behalf of the Board thanked Mr Bircham for his address. OUT-RELIEF. The following amounts have been paid in out- relief during the past fortnightPer Mr J. J. Hnghes, JE51 15s to 194 recipients; per Mr T. Vaughan, JE44 17s to 160 recipients; per Morgan, JE45 9s to 130 recipients. THE CARE OF THE CHILDREN. Mr Salmon moved, in accordance with notice, a motion to appoint an assistant to the matron at a salary of £15 per annum. He said that two years ago the industrial trainer left and ever since then all the duties had fallen upon the matron, anrl she had to look after the children. The children how- ever could not be properly looked after by the in- mates of the House the majority of whom were imbeciles.—Mr Miller seconded the proposition.— The Chairman said that they were not obliged to apply to the Local Government Board for sanction to do away with an assistant matron and therefore they could release her after six months. He might say that Mr Bircham strongly favoured the pro- posal.—Mr E. J. Evans opposed the scheme. If they appointed this person it would cost the rate- payers JE15 whereas they were only called upon to contribute £10 of the £20 formerly paid for an in. dustrial trainer. There were less paupers in the house and the Master's salary had been increased. Mr Miller That is wrong. The Master never had an increase and he is here to speak for himself.— Mr Evans Well, let him speak.—The Master said he applcd twice for an advance and had been refused. His salary was the same now as it was when he came. There were 133 inmates in the House at the time.—The Chairman And now there are 52.—Mr E. J. Evans: And- what in the corre- sponding week s-TLe Master Thirty-seven.—Mr Salmon What is it at the present time ? that is the question.—Mr E. J. Evans When the Master was appointed his salary and that of the matron amounted to £60, now it is £ 70.—The Master No. Mr Evans It was increased on July 14th, 1B90, to £70. It was carried upon the casting vote of the Chairman.—Mr Salmon Some old Guardian has misled Mr Evans (laughter).—The Clerk said he had no recollection ot it.—The Master said the Matron had had an increase of £5.-In replying Mr Salmon said that the person appointed would have to look after the children. At present they were in charge of imbeciles, and he thought that the house was becoming part of a lunatic asylum.—Mr E. J. Evans: That is a misleading statement. The children are not allowed to mix up with the im- beciles.—Mr Salmon Mr Evans knows nothing about the house. He has never been through. I have seen the children playing amongst the im- beciles and dining with them.—A vote was taken and the following voted for the proposition The Chairman, Messrs W. A. Miller, George Fossett Roberts, Evan Simon, E. Hughes, and T. E. Salmon. The rest of the Board including the Rev John Davies voted against the motion, which was lost by three votes.—Mr Salmon I am sorry for the poor children. MISCELLANEOUS. On the motion of Mr E. J. Evans, Mr Vaughan, relieving officer, was appointed collector of rela- tives' contributions.—On the motion of the same Guardian, seconded by Mr Salmon, the salary of the officer was increased by JE3 in order to balance the J63 salary following the duties of enquiry officer which he was not now allowed to hold. TOWN COUNCIL.—TUESDAY. Present Councillor John Jenkins (Mayor), Alderman T. Doughton, Councillors Dr. Harries, E. P. Wynne, G. Croydon Marks, R. Peake, and C. M. Williams, with Mr A. J. Hughes (town clerk), Mr Massey (assistant cleik), Dr. Thomas (medical officer), Mr H. L. Evans (borough accountant), and Mr Rees Jones (borough surveyor). SEA1S FOR PENDENNI8. A letter was read from Mr S. H. Lewis, agent of the Nanteos estate, to the effect that Mr Powell had consented to allow seats to be placed upon Pendennis upon the condition that there was no trespassing upon the tenants' fields, and breaking down the fences. He suggested that the Surveyor should fix upon the sites and then they could meet upon the spot. He also asked that the Council should give him a formally written permission to cart gravel from the beach as had already been verbally granted.—Alderman Doughton The Board of Trade has to do with that.—Councillor Peake I move that we write and thank them.—Alderman Doughton Yes; but you cannot comply with the request.—Councillor Peake I am dealing with the offer made.—Councillor Marks I second it. —Carried. THE TOWN BOATING CLUB. A letter was read from Mr T. H. Edwards, hon. sec. of the Town Boating Club, informing the council that the building operations now being carried on in Queen's road had damaged the boat house and a boat which coat £20 only last year was now buried in debris.—Councillor Peake moved that it be referred to the surveyor. — Alderman Dopghton The letter was read at the last Public Works Committee and referred to the Town Clerk. —The Town Clerk: If it is your pleasure I will confer with the surveyor and see what the relative position of the parties may be. Agreed. COLLINS' MINSTRELS. A letter was read from Mr Harry Collins, manager of the Minstrel Troupe, asking the council to take into consideration the question of reducing his fee of J660, as owing to the poor- ness of the season and the counter attractions in the town he would be at a loss to meet expenses. —Councillor Peake moved that it be referred to the General Purposes Committee. — The Town Clerk Perhaps he may be allowed to attend the meeting.—This was agreed to. CONDENSED MILK. The Camberwell vestry wrote asking the council to adopt a resolution calling upon the Government to insist that all vendors of condensed milk should have printed upon the tins particulars of the quantity of such milk required to obtain a pint of milk.—Dr Harries said that medictl men knew the quantities of such milk and invariably prescribed the quantity to be taken. The letter was left on the table. STALLS IN MARKET STREET. The Town Clerk referred to the complaints made as to strangers hawking stuff for sale and pitching their standings on the side walk in Market street. He was of opinion that there was sufficient evidence to justify the Corporation taking action. But before taking proceedings he desired to make further enquires from the Market Hall Company and report at the next meeting.—Councillor C. M. Williams Can we have the report upon the agenda ? —The Clerk Yes.—Alderman Donghton Will it include Marine Terrace?—The Clerk: Yes, it will apply to all places. DELIVERY OF LETTERS. Alderman Doughton I wish to ask the Town Clerk whether he has received any reply or com- munication from the Post Office officials. We spent £20 in sending a deputation to London a month or two ago, and, so far as I can see, no benefit will be derived from it. I have just received my letters on the way to the council, and have not had time to open them.—The Town Clerk I have received no communication. I wrote a week or two ago and will write again. My letters were only delivered at 9-15 just two hundred yards away from the post office. SEA BREEZES." Councillor Marks said that there was an in- spector from the post office staying in town, but owing to the stench arising from the sea weed on the shore (the gentleman described it as sewage) he had left the Marine terrace for Pier street. He appealed to Drs Thomas and Harries to disabuse the mind of this gentleman from such an impres- sion.—Dr Harries said that sea weed consisted of carbon, potash, and what was left after burning, iodine. The other part was more or less fibre, and during the drying process odoriferous elements were given away. Sea weed was really an article of diet, and in Scotland it was eaten. The Japs, the Icelanders, and the Irish all ate sea weed, and there was a certain class of seaweed eaten by our own seamen. It was one of the healthiest things they could have round the coast. The smell was not from decomposition, but science attributed it to the ozone given off by the drying of the seaweed in the sun. Ozone was the result of sea spray coming in contact with the wind. That was one of the advantages following a visit to the seaside. Ozone, too, was given off by fresh water; and if they took a test paper to the Devil's Bridge falls they would find it to be correct. Of course there was a smell from drying sea weeds, but it was not due to decomposition. If they took sea weed home and placed it in the oven they would find it giving off a smell; but he said it without fear of contradiction that there was no harm in it. He only hoped that the gentlemen of the Press would make it known that the smells were due to ozone and not to sewage. There was no sewer of any kind empty- ing in front of the Terrace, and it was quite a wrong thing to say that it was so.—Councillor Marks said he had not bronght it forward in a captious spirit. He had paid a visit to the place where the town sewer emptied itself into the rivers, and he was of opinion that it would be impossible for the sewerage to return to the shore once it was fairly launched into the sea. There was no doubt that the odour from the seed weed was distinctly unpleasant and he was very glad that Dr Harries had made that explanation.—Alderman Doughton said that it was impossible for the Sur- veyor to get the seed weed carted away on Saturday and Sunday. He knew that there was not a single outfall from any drain from Alltwyn (the harbour point, to Craiglas Rocks. Dr Harries: We admit that there is a smell; but it is almost a life-giving odour.—Dr Thomas (medical officer of health) corroborated previous statements. It was only upon occasions of warm southerly winds that the odour was more pro- nounced. As regards the health of the town, the town had never been in a better state. During last year there were only two cases of infectious diseases to report and they consisted of facial erysipelas. That alone spoke for the sanitary con- dition of the town. He did not believe that the smell complained of was injurious, but it was un- pleasant, and if it could be carted away at the time it would be a relief.—Dr Harries added that while in a moist state the weed was like a sponge and impregnated with brine.—The Surveyor said that he had carted away a considerable quantity from the front of the Terrace and also from the South Marine Terrace. He knew for a certainty that there was not a single main emptying into the sea in any part of the front.—The subject was then dropped. FORTHCOMING IMPROVEMENTS. A letter was read from the Local Government Board asking the Council to supply them with plans and estimates of the proposed workmen's cottages, before sanctioning an enquiry in respect of a proposal to borrow £.3,500. — Councillor Williams asked what position the Surveyor was in. There was great dissatisfaction in the town, but they did not blame the Surveyor for the delay. They knew that he had more work than he could do (hear, hear), and they ought to allow him some help in order to prepare the plans. —The Surveyor: Tile Town Clerk wrote to me about them last week and I hope to have them ready by next meeting.—Councillor Peake: What progress is being made with respect to the exten- tion of the Promenade ?—Alderman Doughton The money has not been applied for.—Councillor Peake: There is a resolution to that effect.—The Town Clerk: I think you will find that the resolution has been deferred.—Councillor Peake I think not. Anyone looking at the state of the traffic for the past week or fortnight will conclude that the sooner we get that enquiry held and the work carried out the better will it be.—Councillor Wynne: It was deferred because we could not borrow. — Councillor Peake said that it was a nuis- ance to walk up and down on the Promenade owing to the crush. He hoped the Town Clerk would look it up. and if it was not on the minutes he would put it on the agenda for next meeting.— Councillor Williams said that the whole thing was discussed in 1\5, and the Council was prepared to go to the extent of borrowing £13,000 or £14,000. At that time they had a very glowing state of affairs in the town. The rates were at a very low ebb at that time, but now there was a great change, and it would be-wise for them to re-consider their position. He would suggest that the matter be put upon the agenda for the next meeting.—Councillor Peake: Why were the rates low ? Because the Council ran into debt, and now the ratepayers were obliged to refund the money.Alderman Dough- ton I am sure that no one is more for getting the promenade extended than myself, as much as Mr Peake or any other. Other things should be taken and brought forward at this inquiry. I should like to know our position with respect to the Hotel Cambria—with regard to the seats, lounges, and benches placed outside the hotel. I take it that the hotel has been built upon the exact ground.— Councillor Marks No.—Alderman Doughton If not it has been dedicated to the public and any lounge or chair placed there is upon Corporation property.—The Mayor: That has nothing to do with the other case.—Alderman Doughton I am just going on with this because it is an obstruction there, and I don't want to see it an established fact. How can we summon tradesmen for obstruc- tion if we allow these to remain there ? The Hotel Cambria has no right to place those things out- side 'there.—Councillor Williams suggested that the Town Clerk^should report upon it.—Councillor Peake Thie has nothing to do with the inquiry. I revert back to my previous question.—Councillor Marks rose to a point of order. His friend Capt. Doughton attacked everything which was not in accordance with bis own views. He pointed out that the Company had given up a piece of ground to extend the promenade in front of the hotel and had placed plants there in order to hide the unsightly appearance of the end. No one connected with the company would do anything to prevent a stream of people passing that way, and if the shrubs were considered an obstruction they would be taken away and placed in their own grounds, where they would be glad of them.—Alderman Doughton: I have only just one word-The Mayor: We are not dealing with that now.— Alderman Doughton You allowed Mr Marks. Are these seats to be left there for the use of the hotel ? Is it right ? When two of our citizens went and sat down there out came a flunkey and told them they must go because they had no right there (laughter).—The discussion then stopped. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. Councillor Peake proposed the adoption of the Public Works report.—Alderman Doughton said that Councillor Peake was not there and knew nothing about it.—Councillor Peake: I know as much about it as you do.—Alderman Doughton You know nothing about it. I was Councillor Peake: I propose, and you take a back seat (laughter).—The report was adopted.—There was no other business. PETTY SESSIONS.—WEDNESDAY. Before Messrs John Jenkins (mayor), C M. Wil- liams, T Hughes Jones, R. J. J. Jones, J. Lewis, and Isaac Hopkins. OFFENCE AGAINST THE SUNDAY CLOSING ACT.— Richard O. Pugh, Rhydyfelin, was summoned for having falsely represented himself as a bona-Me traveller and obtaining four pennyworth of brandy at the Lion Hotel on Sunday, July 31. The case was adjourned from the last Court for the appear. ance of the defendant, who now pleaded guilty.— The Bench consulted in private, and fined the defendant 108 6d and costs. STREET OBSTRUCTIONS.—Mrs Catherine Lloyd, of Newry House, Mill Street, was charged by P.C Rowlands with obstructing the footway on August 11th by allowing two sacks of corn to remain there- on. The sacks were there from 11-30 to 3 p.m. The defendant did not appear. By the Bench The defendant had been warned before. Mr Lloyd appeared after the case had been heard and admitted that the sacks were on the pavement, but they were removed as soon as the officer reported it. Fined 2s 6d and costs.—Nicholas Dillaser, Princess street, orjiion seller, was charged by P.S. Phillips with obstructing the roadway alongside the meat market on Suuday by allowing a cart to remain thereon. The defendant said the cart had been left there every year they had been in the town. He was sorry to leave it there if it was against the law.—Fined 2s 6d and costs. FURIOUSLY RIDING.—Edwin Rowe, 7, Cyn.fryn Buildings, was charged with riding a bicycle furiously in Queen's road on August 13th. Evidence was given by P.C. Jerman who said that the defen- dant was riding at the rate of 15 miles an hour (laughter).—Defendant: I stopped within four yards.—P.C. Jerman said that the defendant did not stop when he put up his hand. Defendant also gave bis wrong address.—By Mr R. J. Jones: How can you judge the speed ? I ride myself.-—Defen- dant I shouted all right, and I could not have done that if I was going at the rate of 15 miles an hour. Fined 2s 6d.-Mr C. M. Williams It is to be hoped that the police will keep a sharp eye on the terrace. There are great complaints from the visitors about the speed at which the bicyclists ride.—Supt. Phillips It shall have our attention. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Edmund Davies, of Chalybeate street, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly in Trefechan on the previous Sunday and challenging Robert Roderick Ellis to fight.— P.C. Phillips gave evidence and stated that there was a large crowd of people assembled there at the time.—Defendant said that he had been at the Devil's Bridge and got a little drink. He was aggravated, and having a hasty temper picked a quarrel. The charge against bim by Ellis was withdrawn with the permission of the Bench.— Ellis now appeared and asked that it should be withdrawn.—The defendant was fined 2s 6d and costs.—Elizabeth Davies, of St. David's place, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly on August 15th.—Evidence was given by P.C. Row- lands, who said that the defendant kept up a disturbance until one o'clock in the morning. Defendant: Can you swear I was drunk? (laugh- ter).—Officer: Yes.—Defendant: Can you swear? Yes.—I was not drunk.—P.S. Phillips said that he saw the defendant on the evening in question. She was drunk and exceptionally disorderly, disturbing the whole neighbourhood in the middle of the night. There were three previous convictions within the last twelve months.—The Clerk: Do you admit these?—Defendant: Yes. It's a good job Aber- ystwyth people can pay.—The Clerk Silence.— Fined 10s and costs, in default 14 days. CASES WITHDRAWN.—The charge against Sarah White, St John's Buildings, of assaulting Owen Jones on August 11th, was upon the application of Mr W. P. Owen allowed to be withdrawn. The same course was permitted in the case of against Leek, in which James Leek, postman, Towyn, was charged with ill-treating his wife and neglecting his family.


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