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MACHYNLLETH. BOARD OF G U A R DIA N S — W E D x E SD AT. Present: Mr David Evans (chairman), Mr Lloyd (vice-chairman), Messrs Edward Hughes, John Jones, John Rowlands, Humphrey Jones, John Owen, Ellis Jones, RufusOwen, W Evans, John Davies, Ellis Hughes, John Owen, Rd Morgan, Meredith Joues, and Rd Owen, with Mr Dd EY- j (clerk), and Mr D Morgan (assistant clerk). MASTER'S REPORT, The Master reported that flere wOle):31 inmates in the House as compar^ with 42 during the cor- responding period of l89g Johu Wige and George W ilson, two somo weeks ago absconded from the Ho They were arrested and discharged by magistrates on the strength of a statement that they left because, their clothes were not dry. On I December 15 the Marchioness Dowager of London- derry gave the inmates the usual Christmas treat. Her ladyship who was accompanied by Lady Beaumont, assisted at the tables. There were also present Canon, Mrs and Miss Trevor, Rev D T Hughes and Miss Shoening. A large Christmas tree loaded with presents was given by Lady Lon- donderry. The usual dinner was given on Christ- mas Day. There were present Mrs Lloyd, Mr David Evans, Dr and Mrs and Master Matthews and Mr David Morgan. The inmates passed a vote of thanks to the Guardians for the dinner. The following ladies and gentlemen sent presents: Mrs Lloyd, Mr Sackvilie Phelps, Dr and Mrs Matthews, Mr Edmund Gilliart, Ir It Gillart, Mr David Evans, Mrs Thomas Thomas, Mr David Morgan, Mr Edward Hughes, Mr John 0 Williams, Mr ii Rees, and Mr E Rees. Mr and Mrs Francis I sent £1 towards providing a tea on January 4th. During the past eight weeks 137 vagrants had ¡ been relieved as compared with 172 during the corresponding period of 1899. John Breakwell, aged 78, took leave of absence on January 2nd and earns home drunk. For this offence he was put in the tramp ward.—On the motions of Mr John Rowlands and Mrs Lloyd, votes of thanks were passed to Lady Londonderry and all those who had assisted at the Christmas treats. THE TREATMENT OF TRAMPS. The Clerk asked what was the reason the clothes of the tramps were not dry.—The Master: The men complained that the stove was small.—The Clerk Then you say that this was the reason of their dismissal P—Mr Edward Hughes (who sat on the case) said that his impression was that there was some neglect, and the Master ought to have seen that the men were properly treated. Ap- parently the Master did not see that the men's clothes were dried.—The Master: No, it is quite unusual for me to go into the room. But I send a pauper to put the fires there.—The Clerk: He is not a legal official.—Mr Edward Hughes The Master should have seen that the clothes were dry.—The Master I never go into the room. I do not think it is right for me to go there. I will go if the Board a me; but I think I will be risking my life by going there,-The Clerk How is that ? Someone must do it.—The Master There might be infectious disease there and it is better for one to go than two.— The Visitors Committee weie asked to report upon the matter. THE COUNTY BASIS ASSESSMENT. A letter was read from the Clerk of the Mont- gomery County Countil enclosing a copy of a basis for assessment for the whole of the county. The rate had been made by a committee upon reports received from the several Unions of the county. Any objections had to be forwarded before the 17th inst and these would be considered on Friday, 23rd Fel)ruary.-Tlie Guardians had no objection to the basis adopted. DR ROWLANDS' SALARY. A letter was read from Dr Rowlands, Towyn, as follows :—Dear Sir,—I do not accept the terms offered by the Guardians at their last meeting as a satisfactory answer to my application of the 4th September. Owing to the ingratitude of the Guar- dians I shall in future expect all those who have a right to order medical relief to do so in a proper and legal manner, and I shall expect all such cases to be included in the annual list of paupers. I shail also be glad if you will explain to the overseers their duty as regards application for medical relief, as in future I shall give no more services to the guar- dians than my coutract demands."—The clerk said that the cases mentioned could not be included in the list.—No comment v.as made on the letter. STATISTICS. The following amounts have been paid in out- relief during the past fortnight per Mr John Jones, Nlachynlletli, X17 14s, to 61 recipients; per Mr D Howell, Darowen, £ 38 lis, to 136 recipients; per Mr Jones, Peunal, 123 6s, to 101 recipients. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL—WEDNESDAY. Mr Edward Hughes presided over the ordinary meeting of the Council at the Workhouse.—A letter was read from Mr G D Harrison, clerk of the County Council, enclosing details of the cost of the construction of the bridge over the Dovey. The vouchers and accounts couid be inspected if it was required upon short notice. The county accounts were standing over until the exact amounts of the bridge had been ascertained, when the Council proposed to borrow money to pay for same, which would cover a term of years. The amount due from the District Council was £ 727.—Mr John Jones said that tke estimate was not to exceed 91,000 for the whole of the bridge.—The Clerk Yes, but it went up to £ 1,700.—The Clerk and the Surveyor were appointed to examine the vouckers. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. Mr Williams, surveyor, reported that the con- ditions laid down by Mr F M Campbell in his letter when promising to subscribe CS towards the re- pairing of the Pantglas and Brynllwydwyn road had been fulfilled. He asked for a joint com- mittee of the Rural Council and the Mallwyd Urban Council to visit Walton Bridge and report upon the parapet. A 7ft. 6in. fo-jtbridge was required to cross the brook between Troedy- rhiw and Cwmlychan Mawr. He was of opinion that Mr E II Thruston had encroached upon the Tower and Esgair road by erecting a fence near Pwllbudyr Cottage too near the centre of the high- way. He had written a letter to Mr Thruston and had received two letters from Mrs Thruston. She claimed the right to place the fence where it had been put, and based her claim on the fact that the site had been in use of the house near by for over three hundred years. She suggested the deferring of the matter until the spring, when the matters could be talked over and the question of the parish road by Esgair could be dealt with. If, however, it was decided to compel Mr Thruston to make this alteration there could be of course no question of his making improvements.—The Clerk was asked to make application to Mr Campbell for his pro- mised subscription.—As to the Walton bridge the Surveyor was asked to report and furnish an estimate of the cost after consultation with the Surveyor of the Mallwyd Urban Council. The Surveyor was also directed to construct a bridge over tho brook on the Troedrhiw road. The Council decided that the Surveyor should meet Mrs Thruston 'with respect to the road at Esgair. INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported that there was no urinal accommodation attached to the Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llanbrynmair. Notice had been served on the owner (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn), but nothing bad been doue.-The Council ordered a copy of the report to be sent to Sir Watkin.
MACHYNLLETH SCHOOL BOARD. SPECIAL MEETING ON THURSDAY. On Thursday morning a special meeting of the Machynlleth School Board was held at the Clerk's Office when there were present the Rev W S Jones (chairman), Rev Canon Trevor, Rev Josiah Jones, Mr R Gillart, and the Rev D 11 Hughes, with Mr W Davies Williams, clerk. BOYS TO BE SENT TO THE "CLIO." The attendance officer's report was read and it showed that a large number of children were unable to attend to school owing to illness. There was a long list of irregular attendants many of whom had passed twelve years and were only in first standard. The question arose as to whether the Board had the power to send these boys to the ship "Ciic.Tiie Clerk said that sometime ago it was decided to threaten the parents of the boys that unless their chil- dren attended school they would be sent away to a reformatory or training ship. At that time one of the parents came to him and declared that the Board had no power to do so unless they could prove theft against the boy.—The Rev W S Jones said that he had spoken to the late Marquis of Londonderry upon a similar matter, and his lord- ship replied that they had no power to send the boy away unless he trausgresst-d the law.-The Clerk Mr Evans, clerk to the magistrates, informed the Bench that they had the power to send the boys away.—It was suggested that the attendance officer should threaten the parents, but Mr Gillart did not think this would b of any use.- The Board therefore agreed to ask the magistrates to use their power to send the boys away in the case of offenders. THE BOARD'S ACCOUNT WITH THE TREASURER. The Chairman said that there appeared to be a misunderstanding between the treasurer of the Board (Mr D E R Griffith, L. & P. Bank) as to the salary the Board were to pay him. The treasurer said that the Board owed him £ 18. Some time ago the Board gave him a cheque for £ 9, but the auditor surcharged this because the Board could lppally pay any money for interest. Several of them had the idea th,- At they only owed Cl 10s, and they had been lool^jn„ Up -minutes and could not find anyt> /tlg jn pr0of of an arrangement whereby the_ jgoartj was t0 pay five per cent, on all over dr.'if onjy argument in fa vour of the treasi^j. was the fact that the Board had already out a cheque for £ 9.—Mr R Gillart asked if the treasurer could prove that such an arrangement existed.—The Clerk said that in 1894 both banks wei'e asked to tender for the work and the L & P Bank gave the following terms :—Five per cent. on all temporary over drafts or £ 1 10s per year to cover it. Upon these terms the L and P Bank were appointed.—Canon Trevor thought the overdraft must have been heavy to make up X18. They could nor. expect banks to lend X200 for £1 10s.— The Chairman Yes, the overdraft has been heavy —The Rev Josiah Jones was in favour of appointing someone to go to the Bank.—The Chairman The argument against us is the fact that we drew a cheque for £ 9.—Mr R Gillart thought that they ought to have an explanation as to how long the overdraft had been going on.—The Chairman: Mr Griffith, has showed me the accounts in the ledger and we have been on tho wrong side for a long time. We cannot expect £1 10s. to cover the interest on a big overdraft.-—Mr R Gillart: I do not feel justified in passing that without an explanation and a record made for further guidance. —Cannon Trevor said that ey could not expect the Board to be treated' lifferent to private individuals, and with an overdraft of £ 200.—The Clerk Oh much worse than that —Canon Trevor Well there you are. If our precepts are not obeyed we must obtain money; if the Bank charged more than the usual rate they would have some grounds for objecting.— The Rev Josiah Jones: But wo ought to have an explanation as to the £1 10s.—The Clerk said that the first overdraft was for £ 400, and this was cleared off by instal- ment. —The Board agreed to consult Mr Griffith upon the matter. THE RATES. The Chairman said that there was only CB5 to the credit of the Board, and the salaries would have to be paid next month. The last precept issued December 1st had not been paid. Mr Lewis Williams, the collector, he was sorry to say was ill. —Canon Trevor said that the Board could not do nothing beyond requesting the overseers to have the money collected as soon as possible.—It was agreed to write to the overseers. PROPOSED NEW SCHOOLS FOR THE TOWN. The Chairman said that the next business was to consider the question of a new school for the town. LIe believed that the Clerk had obtained a certain amount of information for them.—The Clerk said that the quantity of land required would depend upon the number of children in the school. The code stated that a quarter of an acre was the minimum for 250 scholars. According to the Attendance Officer's report the number on the register was 277, and a few having left the town brought that number down to 271. Taking the number at 350 the Board would require for each child nearly five square yards, and that would amount to 1,691 yards for the whole or one-third of an acre. Until they decided upon the number of children for whom they would provide they could not enter upon the financial part, but the code stated that the Government would grant a loan not exceeding £10 per child. For 350 children that would mean 23,500. This spread over thirty years would mean an annual repayment of principal and interest of JE214 10s, and if spread over fifty years at 3 per cent. it would represent a payment of el92 10s per year. Rent, rates, and co3 J of improvements at the present school buildings amounted every year to over X40 per annum.—The Rev Josiah Jones was of opinion that they could build at a cheaper rate than £ 10 per head.—The Chairman: Does the £ 10 include cost of site ?- The Clerk: No.—Mr R Gillart: I think that we c,n build a school for less than £ 3,500. I do not think that we shall want a school for 350, but we can arrange the plans so that the building can be enlarged at a future day.—Rev Josiah Jones pointed out that the population of the town was increasing. -,Mr L" Gill-rt: Of course we must make it big enough to meet the increasing population.—Rev dosiah Jones said that the extensions of buildings were always expensive.—Canon Trevor did not want it made LOO large because he thought that it would be necessary to have another school in the town—a ragged school. This will Lave to be taken into colisideration. A ragged school for some forty or fifty pupils would be an invaluable institution in the town, and the expense of the ragged school had come out of the other school.—Rev Josiah Jones: I think 350 is only enough. Canon Trevor: Yes, I think it will be a fair number. Rev Josiah Jones Then I suppose that the school shall be for not less than 350.— Mr R Gillart seconded, and the proposal was cai-ric,d.-It was also decided to visit the various sites in the town at an early date, and the Clerk was directed to report the result of the meeting to Professor Darlington. TIIE BOARD AND THE PRESS. The Chaiiman asked whether the latter part of the proceedings were to be reported. — Mr Gillart: Yes, better let it be reported.—The Rev D H Hughes: We have nothing to hide.—Mr R Gillart: Enough has been said about the meetings not having been reported.—There was no other business.
C A-E RS WS. CAMBRIAN RAILWAYMBN'S DINNER.—The annual Cambrian Railwaymen's dinner for the Moat Lane and Caersws district was held at the Union hotel on Saturday evening, and again proved a great success. Mr T E Kinsey, Maesmawr, presided, with Mr Francis, station master, in the vice-ohair. Between 70 and 80 partook of a capital spread, and after the removal of the cloth all had a jolly good time, as the energetic secretary of the dinner com- mittee, Mr G Chidlow, station master, Moat Lane, had prepared a most attractive toast list with an interesting programme of songs.—The Chairman in proposing the loyal toasts, referred to the continued deep interest taken by Her Majesty in the present crisis.—The toasts were drunk with enthusiasm. —Mr Savage, Penyborfu, proposed, "The Army, Navy, and Auxiliary Forces," and said that he need not commend that toast, as our thoughts were now constantly with the gallant fellows fight- ing so well in the Transvaal. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr W G Cleeton, a member of the 5th S.W.B., who in responding, said that proud as he had been in the past of wearing the uniform, he must be doubly so in the future, after witness- ing the noble manner his comrades were responding to the call to arms.—Mr F G Jones, Maesmawr, in submitting "The Cambrian Railways Staff," said he was pleased to have the opportunity to acknowledge the conscientious manner in which they all dis- charged their various duties, from Mr Dennies down to even the youngest boy on the line. They in Caersws were particularly indebted to the Cambrian Railways, and as an agriculturist he could not see how they could get on without them. He asked them to drink hearty good health to the whole staff from manager down, and would ask Mr Francis and Mr Scanbury to respond.—Mr Francis briefly responded in his own inimitable style. He said he was like the Frenchman writing a billet down who at the commencement did not know what to say and at the finish did not know what he had said. He sincerely thanked them, however, on behalf of his fellow employes for the kind remarks made. Mr Stanbury in a humorous speech also thanked Mr F G Jones for his flattering remarks, and pointed out that whilst all the staff tried to do their duty it must be remembered that there were some fidgety members amongst the public. The Town and Trade of Caersws came next on the list, and was proposed by Mr Evan Davies, Red House, and responded to by Mr Davies, Dolhalfren, and Mr A Bennett, Caersws.—The Chairman in asking them to drink to Mr Chidlow's health, referred to him in eulogistic terms, not only as the originator and pioneer of the movement which established that annual Caersws Railway dinner, but as one of the best fellows in the five parishes round. The health was drank with T^r"T> fVir"^ ir.d For f ['1 fellow."—Mr Chidlow warmly acknowledged the compliment, and assured them that what he had done had been rendered easy by the liberality of the subscribers, and without being invidious he may perhaps bo allowed to mention particu- larly the names of two gentlemen as they bad not been in the neighbourhood long, viz., Mr A W Pryce-Jones, Fronfelin, and Captain Kent, Maesmawr Hall, both of whom were unfor- tunately unable to be present.— Mr J Evans and Mr J Phillips suitably responded on behalf of the subscribers. The latter cordially invited all present to the district ploughing match which would take place on his grounds during the next week.—" The health of Dr Snow" was proposed by Mr E Hum- phreys, and drank with musical honours. The Chairman" was ably proposed by Mr Chidlow. "Mrs and Miss Ford, the hostess" was proposed by Mr W Jones for their admirable catering and for the care and trouble taken in providing: such well-stocked and beautifully-decorato 1 tables, and the meeting, which bad been most enthusiastic and harmonious throughout, concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. The speeches were inter- spersed with songs kindly rendered by the follow- iiig:Ilr E Cleeton, Mr J Spoouley, Mr J Morgan and Mr Rees Jones. Amongst the invited guests were Dr Snow, Messrs R Savage, Penyboifa; C Davies, Dolhalfren D R Thomas, Buck Hotel J Francis, Tymawr; E Watkins, Heufryn J and R Phillips, Llwyrbraiti E Davies, Rod House E R Jones; W Jones, Clatter.
NEWTOWN. ON THE FRONTIER.—This highly sensational drntna was the bill of fare at tne Public Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, there being large audiences on each occasion and the acting of the ditlierent artistes we very realistic, all being under the able direction of Miss Alice Rees. TRAP ACClDENT.-On Friday night as Mr Daw- son was driving home from Abertnule his pony swerved when neaf the steam laundry and the trap struck against a lamp post, the two shafts were broken and the trap otherwise damaged, and Mr Dawson's coachman was thrown out. He ar.d Mr Dawson escaped serious injury, but the pony was scathed. "GoD SAVE OUR CQUNTRY." On Sunday, the Rev J Davies preached two eloquent sermons in connect:on with the Home Mission Society at the Wealeyan Chapel. At^ the evening service the dis- course was a very powerful one, and the choir sang a special hymn suitable in time of war, the National Anthem was also sang, Miss Taylor taking the solo. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Council was held on I Monday evening to confirm the bill in Parliament to purchase the undertaking of the Gas Company. Thero were present, Messrs A S Cooke (in the ¡ chair), E Joues, wool merchant; J Humphreys, J Green, S Powell, G H Ellison, W E Pryce-Jones, R Bowen, E Jones (architect), W M Stokes, W F Pryce, with Mr Woosnam, clerk; and Mr Churchill deputy clerk.—Mr Edward Jones moved that they do not proceed any further in the matter at present. He had been wondering why the meeting was called. He argued that the price of the materials, coal and iron in particular, by which the gas would have to be manufactured,—was up at such a price that it would be impossible to sell it at the price that they should be obliged to sell at according to the Act which the Gas Company had had from the House of Commons namely 4s 7d per thousand feet and whatever more the thing would cost it would have to come out of the ratepayers' pockets. The consumers could only be charged 4s 7d. The valu- ation of the material underground would be made at the value of the pipes at the time and the under. taking was composed chiefly of iron pipes and it would be purchased at the enhanced value.—Mr Edward Jones (architect) asked if the Bill had been placed on the table. He had seen nothing. He should be glad to be informed on the matter.—Tho Chairman explained that the Bill had been sub- mitted to the members of the Gas Committee and a copy was on the table at the last meetiug.-Air Edward Jones (architect) said that was news to him. lie did not think it right that a small com- mittee should have the power. He thought the Bill should be submitted to the whole of the mem- bers of the Board. It was unfair that such an important step should be taken by a small committee. They might be charged outside with promoting a Bill that they hod never seen, it was most unreasonsble on the face of it.- The Deputy Clerk explained that the Bill was sent to the members of the Committee and in accordance with the Standing Order of the House of Commons a copy was laid on the table at the last meeting, 'and bad been on the table all the week.—Mr Edward Jones said he did not see it, and he did not see how they could approve of something they knew nothing about. He seconded Mr Edward Jones's proposition.—The Chairman then moved that the Council do approve the proprietory of the promotion of the Bill in the next Session of Parliament to empower the Urban District Council to supply gas and to purchase the undertaking of the Newtown Gas Company, and for other pur- poses. And further that the expense be defrayed in the first place out of the general district rate, and ultimately out of the money being borrowed under the provisions of the said Bill. He must tell them that he was perfectly astounded at the remarks of Mr Edward Jones (wool merchant), that he should get up there and oppose that bill after the remarks he made at the meeting of the ratepayers that be would do everything in his power to assist the Council to make the undertaking a success, and now the first opportunity he had had he moves a direct negative to the bill before the House. He could not understand such conduct. He gave as the reason-and to him (the speaker) a most ex- traordinary reason-why he opposed the bill, namely, that the price of coal had gone up, and Mr Jones thought that because coal was up they would have to pay a high price for the undertaking. It only wanted a moment's thought to convince themselves that an argument like that was ridicu- lous. If gas was up he submitted that the profits of the Company were 1e38, and it would be on the profits that the matter would be decided. The price of coal varies and before they purchase the gas works, which would be at the earliest twelve months next June, coal may be very low. He did not think they required a single argument to show why they should purchase the undertaking. In addition to that the ratepayers had been brought together, a vote had been taken, and a large majority of the people were in favour of it, and at that stage he was astounded that any member of the Board should propose such an amendment that they do not proceed any further, which in effect was We are the wise men of Newtown and we believe that all you ratepayers are foolish, although you passed a resolution to go in for the undertaking we tell you it is all nonsense. We consider that we have got more sense than you, and we are not going to proceed any further with the bill." Mr Edward Jones did not represent the the ratepayers on this question.—Mr S Powell seconded the resolution. He was very much sur- prised at the remarks of Mr Edward Jones, after they had taken the opinion-not once, but twice-- of the ratepayers. They were not there to over- ride the opinion of the ratepayers. It was their duty to obey them.—Mr J Green said the questiou had been thrashed out at the Council for the last 18 months. Mr Jones had had opportunities and he had opposed the question with all his power and all the skill he could bring against it. Years ago he (Mr Jones) had been for more light-always for more light. When they bad the control of the gas thev would have more light and they could supply Mr Jones with more light.—Mr Bowen At whose expense ?—Mr J Green At the ratepayers' expense. Now they had very poor light and it, was at their expense. They had canvassed the town and had had a ratepayers' meeting, and when Mr Jones saw that the matter was going against him he said that he would support the Council to make the undertaking pay. Now he brought in the price of coal. Before they had the undertaking coal might go down. After they had gone to a large amount of expense, Mr Jones wanted to knock the thing in the head.—Mr Ellison did not think for a single moment that the whole question would crop up again, because it had been settled once for all, and now there was no alternative but to carry out the instruuetion of the ratepayers.— Mr Edward Jones in replying, said he was surprised that he should be made the target for every one of them to shoot at. He proposed a resolution, and that reso- lution was seconded, but everyone had turned their remarks upon him. Mr Ellison made out it was only a matter of form. They had had one form before and he was refused a hearing. Mr Jones then recapitulated his opening remarks for the benefit of one or two members who were late in arriving. He was true to his word, and if the thing was carried through they should not give the public to understand that Edward Jones had gone from his word. He would do his best for the rate- payers of Newtown if the thing is passed, as he had always done.—Mr Cooke explained that the matter must be decided then and they could not wait any longer. The Bill was now before the House and it was necessary for them to pass the resolution confirming the Bill.—The voting was then proceeded with and the resolution of the chairman was carried by 8 votes to 3, the three dissentients being Messrs Edward Jones, wool merchant, Edward Jones, architect, and Mr R 1Y'1""ti, then terminated.
OSWESTRY. INCORPORATION.—MONDAY. Present: Mr W Griffiths (chairman) presiding, Mr John Richards (vice-chairman), the Rev T M Bulkeley-Owen, Messrs A C Nicholson, E Fox Davies, D Vaughan, R Owen, Joseph Vaughan, T Whitfield, D Edwards, W M Richards, A Peate, W E Frith, T Ward Green, II C Holland, J Griffiths, R Howell Davies, and W Humphreys, with Mr J C Bull (clerk), and Mr C H Bull (assistant clerk). INCREASE OE IN-DOOR PAUPERS. Mr Nicholson.called attention to this matter and thought the Master should be asked who the persons were that came into the house. The figures were going up rapidly and he thought the matter should be inquired into.—The Visiting Committee's report called attention to three able-bodied inmates who frequently visited the house. Mr Peate thought they should be proceeded against as rogues and va¡(abonds.-The Vice-Chairman said that as a rule these men took- their discharge before the Board meeting and returned about the following Wednesday.—The Master said they had left and had not been back since. Under the now order he had power to detain these in-and-outers for 168 hours. In reply to the vice-chairman, he said that there were three able-bodied men in the house at i)i-esont.-No resolution was passed. FINANCE. Mr Nicholson submitted the Finance Committee's report recommending payments amounting to £ 1,242 15s 9d. The lunatics cost £ 382 lis 3d being -210 more than last year, and the account of neces- saries for the Hotrse showed an increase of about E100, which was partly owing to tho increase in the the inmates, and the cost of provisions.—The report was adopted. DIFFICULTY WITH A COLLIERY: THE SUPPLY OF COAL. Mr Nicholson mentioned an increase of El odd incurred in having to get coal from a local coal merchant, the Black Park ColIiery not being- able to fulfil their contract. He moved that notice be given to the Colliery proprietors that if they could not supply the House according to contract, the Board would buy against them and charge them with the increased cost.-The proposition was agreed.—In his report, the Master reported that in reply to a letter the Colliery Company stated that they had teen hard put to, hence the delay. THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE. The Clerk stated that he wrote to the Chief Constable, as directed by the last meeting, calling his attention to Supt Lewis's conduct with regard to the case of James Caird. The Chief Constable, in reply, acknowledged the receipt of the letter and said that while not expressing an opinion on the controversy between the justices and the Work- house authorities he thought the Superintendent had no option but to comply with the order of the magistrates. — The Vice-Chairman thought the Board should not allow the magistrates or anybody else to raid that house (hear, bear). If the Chief Constable took no notice of their complaint they had nothing to do but to writo to the Home Office. He moved this.—Mr Ward Green said he hardly thought that the magistrates ordered Supt Lewis to take the course which ile did, as was stated at the last meeting. He thought the matter should be brought to the notice of the Chairman of the Standing Joint Committee.—The Vice-Chairman then withdrew his motion and proposed that the attention of the Chairman of the Standing Joint Committee be called to the matter.—Mr David Vaughan said the matter had been placed in the hands of the Local Governing Committee and it would be satisfactorily settled for the future. —The Vice-Chairman said that was not the question. They were discussing the question ofallowing any- one to raid the house.—The proposition was agreed to. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OFFICER. The School Attendance Committee having ap- pointed Mr R H Richards as temporary school attendance officer during the illness of Mr G C Smith, their action was approved. RATING. A communication was received from the Town Clerk stating that at the last Council meeting it was reported that the County Rating Committee had informed the Finance Committee of the Town Council that they had adopted the income tax as the base of assessment. As there is a considerable difference in the assessment, they asked the Incor- poration to take the same step as they were taking and get a copy of the assessment with a view to correction.—The matter was referred to the Assess- ment Committee on the proposition of Mr Peate, seconded by the Vice-Chairman. POSTS OF LAUNDRESS AND PORTER. The following applications were received :—Mrs Fulcher, Oswestry House of Industry, for the post of laundress Mr and Mrs Rogers, Pentre street, St Martin's, for the posts of porter and laundress jointly; and Messrs Jonah Evans, Glynmorlais, Chirk; James Woosnam, porter at Caersws Work- house John Brown, tho Hall, Maesbury, and Joseph Jones, Canal Bridge, Chirk Bank, for the post of porter.—The Rev T M Bulkeley-Owen gave notice that be would move the appointment of Mrs Fulcher as laundress at the next meeting.—The Vice-Chairman gave notice that he would move the appointment of Mr Brown as porter.—Mr Frith gave notice that he would move the appointment of Mr Joseph Jones.—It was agreed to ask Messrs Brown and Jones to appear at the next meeting. THE HOUSE. The Master acknowledged with thanks a large parcel of illustrated books and papers from Mr C G Downey of Ashlands. Mr W W Coulson being desirous of giving an evening's entertainment for the benefit of the inmates on February 1st, per- mission was granted. Mr and Mrs A Wynne Corrie gave the inmates an excellent tea on January 11 to which ample justice was done. During the evening each old man was presented with a briar pipe and a packet of tobacco, each old woman with tea, sugar aud oranges, and the children also had a share of the good things. Tea was folllowed by a theatrical performance which was much enjoyed. Eaph of the officers received a suitable present. On January 12 Mr F G Davies gave a capital entertainment with the children from Morda school. Miss De Burgho Hodge visited the hospital on the 12th and distributed to the female patients gifts of flannel jackets, sweets, tea, sugar, oranges and cakes. Her kindness had been much appreciated.—Votes of thanks were accorded by the Board to those named.
RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Mr J Richards presided over a meeting of the Council on Monday afternoon.—A resolution was received from the Whittington Parish Council calling attention to the bad state of the road leading from Daywell railway gates to the Top Hengoed.—The Surveyor said he had been informed that water had been diverted at this place, and he believed there was truth in the statement, for the road was never flooded before last year. He bad put in a larger drain, and would inquire further into the matter before the next meeting.—Mr W Humphreys said the road was in a bad state, and Mr Holland added that the drain would not take the water.—A committee was appointed to visit and report.—In accordance with notice given Mr Fox Davies moved that the Council take over the road leading from the Post Office to the Railway Station at Pant. If the Council repaired this road it would be of great benefit to a large number of people.—A committee was appointed to visit the place last year, and in their report they recom- mended that the road should be taken over if the locality contributed two-thirds of the cost of repair. -Mr Fox Davies said it was a poor neighbourhood and tho money would not be forthcoming.—The Chairman pointed out that unless that resolution were rescinded the Council could take no action.— The Surveyor said it would cost ten guineas to put it in a passable state of repair.-Ultimately Mr Fox Davies moved that £4 10s be spent on the road, and he undertook to find £ 3 towards the expendi- ture, but eventually the matter was deferred.-A motion by Mr Fox Davies that the Council should repair a short length of road at the High was not seconded, and consequently fell through.—Pursu- ant to notice, Mr T W Green moved that the Coun- cil repair Sandy lane and raise it to the status of a second class road.—The Surveyor stated that he usually put two boat loads of stones every year on this road, and it was agreed that he ahoutd continue to do so.—Mr W Humphreys called the Council's attention to the state of a road and a canal bridge at Frankton, and theJSurveyor said he would visit the place.— A communication having been I eceived from Mr Griffiths, Lord Bradford's agent, as to the pur- chase of the right of ponnd of water at Llwyntidman Mill, the Clerk was directed to reply stating that the Council had the power to purchase the right of pound, and to ask what sum would be required for it.—The Clerk was also directed to Write to Mr Forrester Addie, Welshpool, Lord Powis's agent, with reference to the purchase of Pant Waterworks. —Relative to the estimate for the construction of waterwork for Sweeney, the Chairman said the amount was higher than had at first been an- ticipated. The amount was £ 410. It was agreed to apply to the Local Government Board for sanction to borrow 2500 to carry out the work.— The Surveyor reported that the new steam roller had commenced work on the roads.—Owing to the continued illness of the Sanitary Inspector (Mr Smith) Mr R H Richards was re-appointed deputy for another month.—The Deputy Sanitary Inspec- tor reported that a case of diphtheria at Haughton had been reported to him. He visited the place twice, aid ww glad to rr>rort that tl", bnv wr-a I nearly convalescent and there had been no further spread of the outbreak. There had been one death from diphtheria in Ruytcn district, but the other eases were convalescent, as were also three patients in the Llanymynech district, who suffered from scarlet fever. There were no other infectious cases in the district. He had received plans of a house which was being built at Chirk Bank for Mr Edwards, If ton Heath, but they did not comply with the by-laws. The Deputy Inspector was directed to see that the drainage was properly carried out and the ceilings put at a proper height.
EL LESIE RE. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the School Attendance Committee of the Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday, Mr Brownlow R C Tower being voted to the chair. There was no business of publio interest, routine work being attended to. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—TUESDAY. Present: Mr Brownlow R C Tower (chairman) presiding, the Rev W C E Kynaston, Messrs H D Chapman, John Hood, C Emberton, T Emberton, J Woodville, W E Trevor Ward, S J Lewis, J Davies, C E Bebb, and D Capper, with Mr R E Lloyd (clerk). STATISTICS. Out-relief administered by Mr W H Rutter in the first week of the fortnight was 19 14s to 107 recipients, against C9 13s 6d to 113 corresponding period last year; second week, £ 8 19s 6d to 107, against P,9 3s 6d to 113. Hanmer district, per Mr W Williams, in the first week £ 2 19s 6d to 31 recipients, against £2 13s to 26 second week, the same.—The Master reported that the number in the house in the first week was 64, against 69; second week 65, against 68. The number of vagrants relieved was 136, being an increase of six. VACCINATION FEES. The Wigan Union forwarded a resolution adopted by them as to the vaccination fees stating that the minimum charge fixed by the Local Government Board was too high and required revision. They asked the Board to adopt it.—Mr T Emberton moved this. The Board fixed a scale, but the Local Government Board over-rode their decision and fixed the scale at a higher rate. He was inclined to think it was too higli.ITr J Hood seconded the proposition, and it was agreed to, the ch"rk being instructed to forward a copy to the Local Govern- ment Board. MISCELLANEOUS. Sir Wyndham Hanmer, Bart., wrote statiug that he had so many matters to attend to that he could not givo the time he should wish to atttendanca at the Guardians and Conncil meetings on behalf of Hanmer, and he desired to resign the seat.—Mr Hood thought if it was pointed out to him that he need only attend once or twice he might re-consider his decision and an election would be avoided.— The next business was taken.—Mr T Emberton gave notice that at the next meeting he would move the re-appointment of Dr Roe.—Mr Williams having reported that the undertaker in his district was not prepared to further supply coffins at the old price of 14s. each, it was agreed to offer him 17s. 6d. per coffin.-The Master reported that Mrs Tower desired to give the inmates a tea on Thurs- day, and on the motion of Mr T Emberton permission was granted, and it was agreed to convey the Board's thanks to Mrs Tower. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—TUESDAY. Present: Mr John Davies (vice-chairman), pre- siding the Rev H Moody, Messrs H D Chapman, Brownlow R C Tower, S J Lewis, J Darlington, John Hood, C Emberton, C E Bebb, W E Trevor Ward, T Emberton, and J Woodville; with Mr RE Lloyd (clerk), Mr Green (sanitary inspector), and Mr Owen (surveyor). INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported that the pool at Hadnall had been thoroughly cloaued out at an expense, so he was informed by Mr Pidduck, of £ 70. Two cases of diphtheria had occurred at Mr Hodnett's, the Criftins, one case proving fatal. The other recovered, and there was no further spread of the disease. There had been an outbreak at the Perthy of scarlatina, two children being attacked. The sanitary improvements at Mr Gregory's, Little Ness, were being carried out satisfactorily.— Adopted. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. In his report, the Surveyor stated that a now footbridge bad been erected between Cockshutt and Whittal. He bad been informed that a footbridge had been erected at the Row, Welshampton, by tho Bridgewater estate authorities. A culvert at Kinton, Nesscliffe, required to be re-laid, and he advised the Council to also have a culvert con- structed on the Lee road. He reported that Mr Linsley, Brynore, encroached on the road by having placed five pieces of timber as supports to the fencing. Some of them extended nearly two feet. He had refused to remove them. He asked for instructions to proceed against Mr John Wild, Broombill, Nesscliffe, for neglecting to trim the hedges. He had been served with notices for three years but he had not complied. Some of the workmen were laid up with influenza and he found it difficult to get men in their places. There being no meeting on Dec, 23, he was unable to get cheques to pay the men.—As to the bridge erected by the Bridgewater estate authorities, Mr Moody said he thought the thanks of the Council were due to them and showed that when a complaint was made to the Council it had not been allowed to go un- heeded. It might interest the Ellosmere members who were opposed to the Council tarking steps in this matter that a large number of ratepayers on the other side of Welshampton who were in the Ellesmere parish would remember those gentlemen (bear, hear and laughter).—Mr Lewis also thought their thanks were due to the Bridgewater Estate, and hoped other estates would follow the example (bear, hear-).-As to the obstruction, tho Surveyor said he had received many complaints. The road was very narrow at the place. — Mr Woodville said there was an encroachment and it was dangerous, He thought the supports should be removed at once.—On the proposition of Mr T Emberton, seconded by Mr Hood, the Clerk was instructed to write to Mr Linsley requesting him to remove the encroachment. Regarding non-compliance with the Surveyor's notice to prune hedges, Mr Darlington thought tho Council should not be treated with contempt and moved that proceedings be taken against Mr Wild.—Mr T Emberton sec- onded and this was agreed to.—Mr Moody asked the Surveyor what arrangements he made to pay the men at Christmas-time, seeing that he had no cheques from the Council.—The Suiveyor replied that he paid the men out of his own pocket (hear, hear).—Mr Moody: That is very good of you.- Instructions were given on the other matters. JUNCTION Off DISTRICT AND MAIN ROADS. Mr S J Lewis Eaid that; the County Council in making up the main roads did not put the road right where a district road led from it, with the result that there was a good drop from the main road, which was inconvenient and almost danger- ous. He proposed that the attention of the County Council should be called to the matter. The Chairman believed the divisional surveyor had promised to attend to the matter.—Mr Lewis did not think it right that this should be left month after month.—Mr Trevor Ward seconded Mr Lewis and the proposition was agreed to. THE RATE OF INTEREST. A communication from the Local Government Board stated that the rate of interest on money borrowed from the Public Works Loan Commis- sioners bad been changed to the following :-For a period not exceeding 30 years, 3 per cent, inter- est; not exceeding 40 years, 3^; not exceeding 50 years, 3. WATER SUPPLIES AT GREAT NKSS. A communication was received from Mr J C Hooper, Derby, stating that a proper supply of water bad been provided for the cottages on the Wilcot estate, and pointing out that there was a large number of houses in the parish without a proper supply, and occupiers had to go further for it in some instances than his cottagers had to go. —Mr Brownlow Tower thought it was only fair that if there were such cases they should be br"ougli t to the notice of the Couiacil.Ilr Trevor Ward said that some time' ago an order was made by the Council that an inspection of the water supplies should be taken. H considered it absolutely worthless, unless the inspector went to all the houses. He (the speaker) was informed that he was instructed not to go to the houses outside the villages. Those were the very places which were the worst supplied. It was an absolute waste of labour to visit some of the houses only and ho hoped the Council would not countenance such a thing. He did not say this out of any disrespect; such an action as that of the Council was what he would expect from a lot of children in a nurserv (laughter).—Mr Moody said the usual course was to take action upon complaints being made of such cases by the Parish Councils. He did not know whether they were going to take notice of complaints written in' that kind of spirit. —Mr Lewis said great efforts had been made by all the landlords to supply water. Mr Harper would not contribute to the repair of the pump in the place, when his cottages would mostly benefit by it. He would like Mr Green to go and see what kind of water Mr H Harper had found.—Mr Chapman supported Mr Lewis in his, remarks. He had received no complaints. He thought Mr Harper should give the names; it was no good putting Mr Green to the great trouble of going to "(11 0 th" .¡.t"1'Ml" Tr^nr vVnrd p:1itJ that was what he wanted to emphasize. It would be no good unless the supplies of all the cottages were inspected.—Mr Tower thought it was the Council's duty to look after the water snpn"ii.>s and the Inspector should be called upon to report upon all. No distinction should be made. He did not think it was their business to apply to Mr Harper for information.—Mr Chapman said they I ad had a report on the supplies of these house?. The Parish Council had not complained nor had be received complaints. Was the Council going- to Lr¡h action on an anonymous communication ?—Mr Moody proposed that the matter be referred to the Parish Council.—Mr Lewis Would it not bo best to ask Mr Harper to point out the cas,,s ?--ATr Hood seconded Mr Moody's proposition and this was agreed to. THE MEDICAL OFFICER. The medical officer sent in a raoort up-in dis- j infecting in cases of iufectious outbreaks. He -i- reported two cases of scarlet fever which had occurred at the same house, and they seemed to be remnants of the late outbreak at the Per thy.—The Local Government Board having written that the time for which Dr Whicaker had been appointed medical officer for the district would shortly expire and asking what arrangement had been made for j the discharge of the duties.—Mr Moody gave notice ,i that at the next meeting he would move that Dr ] Whitaker be re-appointed. time for which Dr Whicaker had been appointed medical officer for the district would expire J and asking what arrangement had been made for the discharge of the duties.—Mr Moody gave notice ,i that at the next meeting he would move that Dr ] Whitaker be re-appointed. THE RURAL PARISH COUNCIL. I The clerk to the Rnral Parish Council of Elles- f mere wrote statiug that he had been directed to f call the Council's attention to the diinpidated con. dition of the Pinfold at Dudleston, which was in ai state of ruin, and as it bad never possessed any t architectural features they suggettod that the Council should widen the road at that point.—It being unknown whose property the Pinfold was, the clerk was instructed to ascertain,—The same Council again called attention to the need of repair- ing the footbridge on the Knolton and G nd his foot- path, but as the District Council had already dis- cussed this matter no action was taken. ROAD BETWEEN MIDDLE AND M 3 ETON. A communication from the Middle Parish Coun- cil calling attention to the state of this road r.nd the matter was referred to the surveyor to report upon on the motion of Mr Moody, seconded by Mr Hood. j IMPROVING A ROAD. I In accordance with notice, Mr T Emberton moved j that the County Council be asked to construct a S footpath from the Urban Council's boundsvy to the footpath running alongside of Buch Hall farm as the road was narrow, dangerous, and frequently very dirty.—The proposition was seconded by Mr Hood and passed. THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. The Rev H Moody, in accordance with notice « given, moved that in the future public elementary THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. Hood and passed. THE SUPPLY OF DISINFECTANTS. The Rev H Moody, in accordance with notice « given, moved that in the future public elementary schools should be supplied by the Conncil with t necessary disinfectants in cases of infectious disease. He said the motion would not be opposed on the score of expense, because it would not cost I the Council, on an average, more than 28 6d per annum. If they adopted it, it would shew that I they were anxious to prevent the spread of in- f fections diseases.—TLe Clerk said the Council had I no power to incur such an expenditure, aud the I matter dropped. • THE SWINE FEVER REGULATIONS. I Mr Moody proposed the following resolution :— i "That in the opinion of this Council, County J Councils should control the Swine Fever Regulations » and that a copy of the resolution be sent, to the I Prime Minister." In support, he said that if the ? control was in the hands of the County Council 1 they would bo able to appeal to their representa- if tives with far more success than on the last 1 occasion.—Tho Chairman said the Executive Com- I mittee of the County Council had applied for the § transfer of the powers to the Connty Council, but 1 up to the present the Board of Agriculture would not grant it. The County Council was a poor body if it did not know more about this matter than the authorities in London (hear, hear).—Mr Hood seconded the motion, and said if pressure was brought to bear on the Board of Agriculture they might give in, as they did lately.— Mr T Emberton J said it had cost the Board of Agriculture close upon 1 a million of money to endeavour to stamp out the disease, and they bad been successful in reducing the numbar of cases considerably. The reason the power was taken out of the hands of the County Councils was because one Council endeavoured to stamp out the disease and another did nothing. The Board of Agriculture should have a fair trial and if they did not succeed power to deal with the matter would be given to the County Councils again.—Mr Trevor Ward said that when the Board of Agriculture Inspector visited Elles- mere the Council thought he had made out a lame tale, and, in fact, he admitted that the efforts of ] the Board had not been successful. If the Board could not stamp out the disease the County Councils could not.—Mr C Emberton thought if the resolu- tion were sent to the Board the Council would not get further ahead in the matter.— Mr Moody ulti. ? mately withdrew his motion. WORKMEN'S WAGES. Mr Hood moved that a resolution passed on « January 26th, 1897, be rescinded. The resolution was to the effect that application by tho workmen for increased wages, less hours mid the loan of tools should be made through the offic u s. Mr Hood thought the application should be made to the 1 Council. Wages were advancing and he knew of cases where labourers who got 12s to 14s a week in the district were getting 238 per week in large towns.— Mr Moody seconded and said if the men were brought into closer touch with the Council thb bel ter it would be.—Mi Trevor Ward said the present system worked admirably, and if the resolution were rescinded it would be a kind of vote of censure on the Surveyor.—The motion was lost by a large majority. DISINFECTING CARTS. Mr Hood moved that the Council protests against the order of the County Council to dis- infect all carts or other vehicles after conveying swine to the Smithfield and ask them to at once cancel the order, as it was useless and caused much I annoyance and expense to owners of swine.— There was no seconder and the motion fell through.
LLANYMYNECH. DEATH OF MR CHARLRs EYELEY.—Mr Charles j Evelev died on the 12th inst., at Llanymynech in his 88th year, and his remains were interred in 1 that village on the Monday following. The deceased, who as well-known in Oswestry and the neighbourhood, was an accomplished musician, and particularly excelled on the violin. He was also a clever artist, and very successful as a portrait painter in oil colours. Amongst his portraits, he painted, some years ago a striking likeness of the late Mr Robert Baugh, who at that time resided at Elm Tree House. Llanymynech.
LLANYBLODWEL. COURSING MEETING. On Monday, by kind permission of Mrs Leslie, a very successful cours- ing meeting took place over the Bryn Tanat Estate in this neighbourhood. Luncheon was provided at Bryn Tanat, Abertanat, Tynyooed, and Llan Farm, and at each place full justice was done to it by the sportsmen. Hares wore plentiful and some capital courses were witnessed, but as a rille, the hares were too fleet of foot and in too good condition for the greyhounds, and only three were accounted for during the day. A rough terrier Mostyn," the property of Miss Leslie showed an extraordinary turn of speed, ami several times held his own with the greyhounds. A similar meeting tuok place at very short notice over the same ground a fortnight ago, and, as on this occasion, the bares nearly all escaped, only two fulling victims to their pursuers.
SELATTYN. THE Children and teachers connected with the Selattyn Church Day and Sunday Schools had an enjoyable time on Monday. At 2 p.m. they met in the Rectory field, and the weather being fine vari- ous games were indulged in, and prizes of boxes of chocolate, sweets, etc., were given by the Rector and his good lady to the successful competitors. At 4 p.m. the happy party at the kind invitation of the Rector and Mrs Lloyd, partook of a substantial tea in the schoolroom, the caterers being Mr and Mrs Davies of the Cross Keys Inn. Before the party separated ringing cheers were given to the kind donors for their hospitality.
PENRHOS. WAR FUND.—The sum of 17 8s 6d has been sent to the Mansion House Fund from this parish for the widows and orphans of our soldiers who have died in the war in South Africa. Of this sum X2 19s was collected in church, and the remaining X4 9s 6d was collected in the parish by the church- wardens, Messrs Davies and Morgan. (
LLANDYSILIO. ] WAR FUND.—The collection in the pnrish church last Sunday week amounted to X3 14s and has been forwarded to the Lord Mayor's fund. SCHOOL REPORT.—The following is a copy of the Government report This school continues to do good work, especially in the elementary subjects. The class subjects scarcely reach the same relative standard, though they are satisfactory on the whole. The defect of a proper apparatus for the geographical object lessons continues, and should be remedied. The instruction of th9 infants shows distire\ imp'-nrpTno- j
ABERDOVEY. THE WAR. Mrs M L Lewis, Bryndovey, has sent to Mrs Anwyl, Llugwy, a complete feather bed and bolsters for the wounded soldiers at the front. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Monday of Mrs Evans, widow of the late Mr Elias Evans, for many years postmaster at Aberdovey. Deceased was a sister of the late Mr R Rowlands, Tredegar Arms,'Towyn. She had been sinking for a long time. The funeral takes place to-day (Thursday) at the cemetery. LECTURE.—On Monday evening the Rev Rhys J Hughes, Bethel, delivered a lecture at the Congre- gational Chapel on Lessons from the life and character of the late Mr T E Ellis." The lecture was very interesting. GOLF.—Several golfers are now staying and are daily playing on the links, among them being a son of the Right Hon Mitchell Thompson and his tutor, who are staying at the Marine Hotel, and Mr C M Welis, the well-known cricketer, who is staying with Mr C H Allcock, president of the club. This winter there has been no water on the links which are now in splendid condition, three greens having recently been returfed at a cost of about £60. The present membership of the club is 157.