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CAERSWS BOARD OF GUARDIANS. WEDNESDAY. Present Mr R Bennett (chairman) presiding-, Mr R Evans (vice-chairman), Messrs N Bennett, D Higgs, Evan Williams, John Evans, Evan Powell, Thomas Mills, D Lloyd, E P Davies, Evan Jones, D Jones, R Breeze, Edward Powell, John Lewis, John Brown, Thomas Jones, William Jones, D T Francis, and John Humphreys, with rhe Clerk (Mr R Wil- liams), and the Deputy Clerk (Mr C T M Taylor). CONDOLENCE. Following the reading of the minutes, the Chair- man alluded in sympathetic terms to the sad bereavement which had recently taken place in the family of one of the Guardians, Mr Edward Powell. He suggested that a letter of condolence be sent from the Board to Mr and Mrs Powell.—All present signified their approval by risinir. WTGAN PROTESTS. The Guardians of the Union forwarded for the approval of the Board the foHowing circular resolution r.—"That in the opinion of thi« Board the minimum charge fixed by the Local Govern- ment Board by the Vaccination Order, 1893, for vaccination is too high and requires revision, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to all Unions in England and Wales, also to the Poor Law Unious Association, with a request that the Executive Council take steps to remedy thi* defect."—M John Lewis agreed with the resolution and proposed that the Board adopt a similar one.—Mr Evan Powell seconded, and it was unanimously agreed to. COUNTY RATE BASIS. The Clerk to the Montgomery County Council wrote that he was directed by the committee appointed for the purpose of preparing a basis or standard for fair 'and eqnal county rates for the county of Montgomery, to forward to the Bourd a copy of the result of the researches prepared from the returns made by the several Union Assessment Committees of every place separately rated to the relief of the poor wit hin the county for the current year. Any objections to the scheme would be con- sidered by the committee at the Town Hail,Welsh- pool, on the 22nd of February next. The Clerk said the County Council altered the standard every two or three years. As far as their Union was con- cerned, there was no objection. The assessable value was put as he bad returned it, and was according to the assessment of last. year.—Mr Edw Powell thought that the best course to pursue would be to acknowledge receipt of the communica- tion and stfggest to the Council that they after jtho assessment every year in accordance with the returns preprared by all Unions, and not, as at present, every two or three years. He moved as a formal resolution that this course be adopted.—-Mr John Lewis seconded.—Carried. TH-E LIBERTY OF THE PRESS: NHOCLP INMATES WRITE TO THE PAPKKF< ? The Chairman Have any members of the Board seen a letter in the Newtown paper of January 9th, headed" Religion in Caersws Workhouse?"—All the Guardians bad read the letter with the excep- tion of two.—The Chairman, continuing, said the letter had bee:1 written by an inmate complaining of the want of a chaplain to the House. It was signed Homo," but it was well known that the man who wrote it was the inmate Thomas Rogers. He (the Chairman) must conscientiously say that he was surprised at the editor of the Montgomery- shire Express inserting such a letter. At. tiie pre- sent time Kotrers was acting as deputy porter, but it was his (Mr Bennett's) opinion Úmt tile post was rathor too good for hinl. Tho porter had informed him that Rogers spent a large porriou of his time in writing. Seeing that there was another man in the House who was competent for the post of deputy porter, he suggested that Rogers be tnoved from the porters room. Lots o" people had come to him after reading the better and said This is a fine state of things at Caersws Workhouse." He asked permission to cad Rogers into the room and inform him that the Board had decided to send him back to the pauper wards. — Mr Edward Powell said there was no doubt a great deal of irritation and unpleasantness was caused JJY the Joe(¡1 Press iti- serting letters of this kind. If any inmate had a grievance, the proper and legitimate course for him to follow was to lay it before the Board. The representatives present could report the complaint if they chose, and then it was open for any editor who liked to comment upon it to do so. He held that proprietors or editors of news- papers had no more right to publish a letter like the one in question than they had to publish a I libellous or slanderous statement. Too often the proprietors of local papers thought thev could print anything so long as the writers enclosed their names. He hoped the Board would call the attention of the Express to the matter by requesting the editor not to again publish anything of a similar nature until it had come before the notice of the Guardians. — Thomas Rogers was then brought before the Board, aud, in response to the Chairman, said he had written the letter referred t). He had also enclosed his real name, which, however, he had not meant for publication. Being further questioned by Mr Bennett,, he said hft had a nice writing place ill the porrer's room. What ink and paper he required he paid for it out of his own pocket. A friend outside supplied him with a little money.—The Chairman You will have to go from that office of the porter's. — Rogers I am very sorry. I wish to apologise for writing the letter. I hope the Board will pass it by this once.- -The Chairman (loudly): o! You are to leave that room to-day and go back to the other wards and make yourself generally useful.— Rogers: Oh! Yes. I always make myself gener- ally useful. I bave never refused to do nythÍ1g since I have been here. If the Guardians will overlook this, I promise that I will never write any more letters to the Press.—The Chairman If yon ever have any more complaints to make, you must bring them before the Board in the proper way by asking the Master to put it on his books, not by writing to the papers. And mind you leave that room to-day.— Rogers: Very well.— Mr E P Davies, after Rogers had left the room, appealed to the Chairman to overlook the matter. Rogers made an excellent deputy porter. —Mr Edward Powell t This man Rogers is hut a half-witted fellow and I am astonished at the proprietors of the E#pres& inserting such a letter. Is it right that letters from every "Tom, Dick and Harry" should be given publicity in this manner. To put the matter straight, 1 propose that the clerk be instructed to write to the proprietors of the Express* asking if they receive anymore letters from inmates of the Workhouse, for them not to be inserted until the writers had givan assurance that the complaint had first been brought before the Board.— Mr E P Davies seconded and it was cariied. — Mr Davies then moved that Rogers be allowed to remain in the post of deputy ported. The Chairman dissented. — Mr Edward Powell Do not let us dismiss the man because he has written this silly letter. if you have a. man more competent for the post, then appoint him. We shall be much blamed, and you, Mr Chairman, will have to bear the brunt of it. in the local Press. We must really be careful.—Mr Evan Powell pointed out, amidst much laughter, that the Chair- man had called Rogers into the room and told him of his dismissal before any resolution had been passed by the BOlinL-The Chairman I take the responsibility of ordering him from that room upon my own shoulders.—At a later stage of the meeting, Mr Evan Jones informed the Chairman that he had seen the porter, who told him it was untrue that there was another man in the house capable of taking Rogers' place.—The Chairman I won't withdraw my word.-—Mr Jones Yes, but your word is only one man's word, after ali (laughter). PRESENTS FOR THE INMATES. The Master reported that the Christmas dinner was very enjoyed by the inmates. The fol- lowing presents had been received — Christmas cake, tea, sugar, tobacco, matches, crackers, sweets and Christmas cards, from Mrs Powell; variety of toys for the children, caps, scarves, pocket hand- kerchiefs and periodicals from Mrs Purchas; parcel of periodicals from Mr A Davies; books, sweets and apples from Miss Lloyd basket of apples from Mrs Kinsey oranges from MrRees; parcel of per- iodicals, toys, books and sweets from Mrs A S Cooke. The male voice party under the conductor- ship of Mr R Jones, gave a musical entertainment on Sunday, the 7th itiet. Entertainments were also given on the 28th ult. and on the Ilih imt, on which latter date the R.W.W. Recreation Society ably sustained an excellent programme. Colonel E Pryee-Jones, M.P., who presided over the concert, presented each inmate with a Transvaal souvenir, of threepence, and also gave them oringes and sweets. The Revs J Humphreys and J D Davies visited the sick wards on the 22nd and 29th ult respectively. Divine service had beer: held on various dates by the Rev Rhys Davies, the Rev D B Edmands, the Rev J Jones (Vicar of Llanwnog), the Rev D Davies, and Ur J Francis. Also the Rev R H Jones hstd visited the sick wards on the 15th of the present month.—The various donors and entertainers having been thanked by the Board, the Chairman said: "Those who read the papers will be convinced that the inmates have had plenty of services and plenty of enjoyment. A RELIEVING OFFICER PROTESTS. A man, infirm and bowed with the weight of 63 years, applied to the Board for relief. His name, he said was John Thomas, and his trade that of a wheelwright. He lived at Moc-hdre.—Mr Robert Lloyd, Relieving Officer for Newtown, reported that the applicant was, about 15 years ago, in a flourish ing business at Mochdre and had saved some two or tjhree hutidred pounds. Ail this he had squandered in driuk. By his dissipated habits and persistent cruelty he had unhinged his wife's mind, the unhappy woman dyinu some time after her removal to Bicton as a pauper lunatic. Ever since his wife's death Thomas had been on the downgrade.—Much discussion followed Mr Lloyd's statement, Mr John Lewis remarking that the rann had been a very competent and hardworking tradesman. Never in his life had he met a man who could make a better gambo cart than John Thomas.—Ultimately it was decided to grant the applicant, as an experiment, 38 per week for four weeks —The Chairman J hope Mr Lloyd and the Guardians will watch the case very carefully.— Mr Lloyd I must protest against the Boards decision. I mast; speak my mind. Not long ago I met tl;! man drunk in the streets of Newtown. No discrimination is made between the deserving and the undeserving poor, and, con- sequently, an Officer has no encouragement to do his duty. OVERSEERS IN ARRCAR. Tiie Cierk reported "ona,t the overseers of the parishes of Carno and Liang?nog were very much behindhand, being in arrear to the amount, of four calls each. At the last meeting of the Rural Dis- trict Council he was directed to write to the over- soern. This he bad done and had ascertained that they had paid nothing since last September on both parishes. Tbe eol!eéjJor hal told him it was not: the fault of the overseers, but the fanlt of the j assistant overseer who wouid not give np the book. The great mistake was that the two offices were separated, and one no-r jmt. the blame on the other. Mr Evan Powell To what body is the assistant overseer responsible ? — The Clerk The Parish Couuoil.—Mr Powell: Well, why the Parish Council take him in hand, then?—The Clerk said be had received a letter from one of the overseers, Mr Jones, promising that the money should be paid into the bank next week. Of course, if the money was not paid, the only remedy the Board would have would be to summon the overseer.— .Mr Lewis suggested that they should ask Mr Jones to look at the rate book and see when the rate for the current year was formed by the justices, and then if the rate was not met the only thing for them to do communicate with the Parish Council. He pro- posed that the matter be adjourned to the next meeting.-T1-:tis was seconded and carried. THE ALTERATIONS: THE CONTRACTOR "FIXICS" THE BOARD. Mr John Lewis rapoited that the committee ap- pointed to see if the contract in respect of Work- house alterations, entered into with Mr Marpcle, of Llanidloes, could not be mcdified, had met, when he in the absence of Mr Evan Jones, presided. I They had gone very carefully fcbronsrh the various items, only to find that their hands were absolutely tied by the contractor. They had put some ques- tions to Mr Marpcle, who had asked for time to consider before he replied to them. Accordingly they had adjourned for ten days. When they met agam they received the contractor's reply stating that he could not in the least, from the con- tract, which had been signed by the Chairman and confirmed by the Local Government Board. The I mishap was that the matter had. not been brought up sooner, when the Board could easily have dratted another scheme,, which would not have been nearly so expensive as the present, one.A letter was read from the Rev T II Hughes stating that he was unable to attend the meeting owing to a severe cold. He had wished to discuss the alterations at the House. He hoped the Board would adhere to tbeir original resolution. HOW THE POOH LIVE. A feeble old man named Thomas Evans, aged 82 f years, applied to the Board for Gne additional help towards maintaining himself, bin wife (aged 74), and bis grand-daughter. At present he received Is a week from the parish, and his two j sons contributed each 28 per week. — The Chair- man How much rent do you pay?—A pplic-ant (sturdily) That matters net to you. I pay it always. For 51 years I have lived in the same house.—It being' explained to Evans that the ques- tion was usually put to those applyiug- for relief, he at length admitted Ire paid three guineas a year.—The Chairman all see that tin's is I a. very straightforward case. I think all tho better of the old man for his sharp answer.—It was decided 11;0 allow KV'H1S 2s a week extra, thus bringing his yearly income to £18 the applicant being informed of what the Board ha.d agreed upon, he exclaimed: I was thinking you would have given me mora than that, whatever. How am I and mine to live, and find fire, clothing, and rant, out of 7s a week ?—The Chairman If it is not enough von must make a second appJicarien for an increase — Evans (cheerily) Oh I will do the best I can, sir.