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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 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.