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I CAERSWS BOARD OF GUARDIANS. WEDNESDAY. Present: Mr Richard Bennett (chairman) pre- siding, Messrs John Lewis, Evan Williams, T Jones (Gilfach), E P Davies, T E Kinsey, R Breeze, D uloyd, D Trnmas, J Brown, Evan Lewis, X Bennett, Evan Powell, Daniel Higgs, and Joseph Jones with the Clerk (Mr Richard Williams). ACKNOWLEDGMENT. Mr Edward Powell, Plas-y-bryn, Newtown, wrote expressing his own and 1hs Powell's grateful acknowledgments of the vote of condolence the Board passed with them in their recent bereavement. THE PRICE OF COAL. A communication was received from Messrs D Morgan and Sons, coal merchants, Llanidloes, in- forming the Board that since the tender was signed ali Ruabon coals had advanced Is 81 per ton. They would esteem it a favour if the Board would grant them an extra Is per ton to the contract price.— The Chairman remarked that if they allowed Messrs Morgan s claim they would have all the other core tractors complaining.— The Master said the contract for coal would expire on the 26th of March.— Mr E P Davies If the price of coal had dropped instead of risen we should have heard nothing about it. 1 move that the contract be adhered to. —This was seconded and carried. AN UNSEKMLY ALTERCATION: THE CHAIRMAN AND THE CHEESEMONGER. Edward Evans, etieese and bacon merchant Newtown, appeared before the Board to protest against an order made at the last meeting calling upon him to contribute 43 weekly to the supnort of his father, who is over 70 years of ;it-e.-Evanq stated his case very vigorously, and the independent attitude he assumed appeared to aggravate the Chairman, who several times impatiently inter- rupted. Evans's story was to the effect that he was at present, and had been for some time, in poor aealth, and unable to do any work. In his own words, he was not worth his meat." His wife and young son attended Welshpool, Mont- gomery, and Llanidloes markets, and out of the money they warned he bad to support a family of seven children. His father, to whose support he was asked to contribute, had turned him adrift when he was seven years of age, and he did not see why he should be called upon to heip to keep such a heartless parent. There was a lady upstairs in bed in one of the wards of the House who could prove every word of his statements.—The Chair- man (irritably): We don't keep ladies here.—Evans (stoutly) Well, what is she then ?—The Chair- man She is not a lady.-Evitis :Well, let's hear what you call ber.The Vice-Chairman She is a I woman.—Evans: Oh! indeed. I never had so much schooling as you, sir. 1 make bold to say, although she is in this House, she is still as much of a lady as she was outside.—The Chairman Oh, yes. We know ali about it, but tell me this Why did you use such insulting language to me last night in Newtown market?—Evans: That fas nothing to do with the present circumstances. You have no right to bring this up before the Board.— The Chairman: Certainly I have. Gentlemen, I stood opposite his atall yesterdar-lr Evan Powell: Really, Mr Chairman, it has nothing to do with the case. We want to hear it. If you want to say anything about it talk to the man outside.—The Chairman (indignantly) Talk to this man outside. Certainly not. (Excitedly) This man called me a b- scoundrel.-Evans: You are a story-teller. \v hat right had you to come to mv stall ,ud without my permission use my pen and ink to write an address.—The Chairman (testily) Get outside. Continuing, Mr Bennett challenged the truth of Evans' statements.— Mr John Lewis: I am afraid we cannot rely upon this man's story. Evans does a roaring business and can well afford to pay 4s a week. I propose that- a summons he taken out against him if he refuses to comply with the order.—Mr Evan Williams seconded.—The Chairman thought it an excellent suggestion.- There being no amendment the proposition was carried, and the relieving officer (Mr Lloyd) was directed to inrorm Kvaus (who was waiting out- side) what the Board had decided to do.—Mr Llovd did so, and re-entering the room informed the members that Evans reiterated his determina* tion not to pay the money. A WEALTHY PACPER. Mr Lloyd (relieving officer for the Newtown district) made an interesting statement with regard to a deceased pauper named Ann Bishop, aged: 64, who had resided in Park street, Newtown, with her mother, Maria Bishop, 86, who was in receipt of relief from the Board. Ann Bishop died on January 13th, after being nursed for some time at the expense of the Board. Both she and her mother had repeatedly infnrrned the officer that they were utterly desti- tude. When the daughter died, Mr Lloyd found that the mother had paid over X3 to a Newtown undertaker for a coffin. He also ascertained that the dead daughter bad owned £ 10 in gold, possessed a bank book, ana had over £ 100 to her credit in the Post Office. TI13 old woman had since gone to live witii her son, Francis Bishop, Mount street, Welsh- pool, aud had applied for the out-relief to be paid through the Forden Bcard.-It was decided that the Clerk should write to Mr Bishop, of Welshpool, informing him that the Board, having received cer- tain informatioil, decided to discontinue the out- relief. THOMAS ROGERS FINDS A CHAMPION IN MR KINSEY. The controversy over the dismissal of Thomas Rogers from his office of deputy porter, for writing a letter to the Newtown Express extolling the vir- tues of Church of England clergymen, revived in all its bitterness, the ball being set rolling by Mr T E Kinsey, who said that out of courtesy, he would, rather than move a proposition that Rogers be re- instated in the porter's room, ask Mr Bennett to be good enough to withdraw the arbitrary sentence passed by him up m Rogers at the last Hoard meet. ing. They all had their and Thomas Rogers had a propensity for writing to the public Press and thus giving ve"t to his feelings. Rogers had not told any untruths in the letter which had so upset the Chairman. On the con- trary Rogers hud told the ti-titii, atid moreover he was a, v?ry tidy old man who did his work well. Surely they, as a Board, were no-, ashamed of any- thing in the -Ti,o Chairiiiall In reply to Mr Kinsey, 1 will not withdraw any words that I have said about, Rogers. I apologise to the Board for taking the responsibility of dis- missing Rogers from his office without first being authorised to do so by a majority of the mem- I)ei-s.Ilr Evan Powell Mr T E Kinsey does not wish you to withdraw anything you said to Rogers.—The Chairman Yes, he does.— Mr Kinsey I o ri', 'v want to get Rogers reinstated. He was very useful in his old office, and t iie Master and portei- speak very highly of him.- The Chair- man I am dealing with the letter. —Mr Evan Williams: 1 propose that we accept the Chairman's apology and let the matter drop.— Mr John Lewis Has any mnn been put in Rogers' pJaee ?-'l'he Chairman Yes.Nir Kinsey How does he per- form his work ?—Tha Chairman: Satisfactorily.— Mr Kinsey Which of the two is the better man ?- The Chairman We will ask the porter.—Mr Daniel Higgs suggested that they should give Rogers out-relief and let him go where he liked. It would be the best thing that could be done.—The Porter here entered the room, and, in reply to the Chairman, sai i he had got a man in the place of Rogers.— Mr Kinsey Who is the better man ? — Mr Evan Williams and the Chairman o, no, no. —The Chairman (to the porter): That is all.-Afr Kinsey You allow us to question everyone else.— The Chairman (excitedly) No, no, no, tio, That is sufficient.—Mr Kinsey I beg to propose that we allow Rogers to go back to the porter's room. I think it is toe bad for the Chairman to bridle the Board in this m inner.— Mr Thomas Jones seconded. — Mr John Lewis seconded Mr Evan Williams' pro- position that the matter be allowed to drop.— Proposition ami amendment were then pnt by the Chairman, when each received three votes.—The Clerk calied attention to the fact, that two guardians, sitting round the fire, had not voiced.—.Mi- D Llovo. (one of tho guardians referred to) said Lhe reason he did not voce was that he was disgusted with the whole business. The members of the Board were holding themselves up to the ridicule of 'he Press and the world.— Another vote being taken, it, was found that four voted for the amendment and four for the motion.— The Chairman then gave his cast- ing vote iu favour of Mr Williims' proposition, wnich was accordingly declared carried. A VICTIM OF JA3EZ BALFOUR. The Relieving Officer for the Llanwuog district (Mr Wilson) stated that he had taken a woman named Martha Jones to Biotou Asylum. Jones was a native of Llanwuog and was one of the victims to the amount of zE210 of the notorious Jabez Balfour swindles. vlr Evan Williams said he knew imilar cases where substantial relief was given out of a fund, the secretary of which was the Rev G Stop- ford Brooks, of London. The clerk should, he thought, communicate with that gentleman stating tbe fact", of this painful case and asking for help to maintain the woman.- M I' John Lewis concurred. He did not see why the Board should pay 7s 9d a week when they could perhaps get help from such a fund. He moved that Mr Williams's suggestion be acted upoii.-Tiiis having been seconded, was agreed to. SERVICES IN THF, HOUSE. On the 21st January, the Rev E Williams, Aber- mule, heic. Divine service in the House, and on the 25th lioly Coaimunion was administered by the Rev 0 Harding. On Sunday Mr R Jones took the service.—The Chairman, after the above report had been read, asked the representatives of the Press to take note of it so that the public should see there was no lack of spiritual consolation for the inmates. I MIGHT AS WELL STARVE OUTSIDE AS STARVE r] HERE." J The Master reported that an inmate named Morris Owen, who originally came from Newtovrn- wished to leave the House. Accordingly the Chairman directed that Owen should be brought into the room to state his reasons. This order A having been executed, Owen said he was wishful to take his departure for the reason which formS our heading'. All the members laughed heartilY at this sweeping denunciation of the Workhouse menu.—The Chairman (to the inmate): Biit YO" have a good fire.-Owen (sullenly) Yes, hat there's 19 of us for it.—The Chairman And Toll have food.—Owen If the food were as plentiful as it is good, there woli i,l be "nowt" to grumble Sl at (laughter). I ask trie Board to grant me 8 le little out-relief to enable me to live in lodgings io ni Newtown. (Owen then left the i,ooni). lr J ] Lewis: I know what's the matter with the man— there's no beer here for him (laughter).—The P1 Chairman said the House had a splendid dietary- ti Tho Master Owen is a born grumbler.—Mr$n P Davies remarked that an inmate had told him h that he was receiving more food than he could eat- S -It was decided to refuse the application. a THE WAR EVEN PENETRATES TO BOARDS OK GUARDIANS. The Visiting Committee reported that the alter' à ations to the House were being very slowly carried v out. The rain water was seriously damaging the t walls of the House. They wou-ld have been pleased t to see a more progress now that "a treaty of peace" had been signed, agitation subsided, and £ Muddle river" crossed. Bombardment had reo vived with renewed activity round "Chaplaincy Court." The Lyddite shells burst with terrific force near" Rogers' Nek and they had a most depressing effect. "Poor old chap" this extra- ] ordinary report concluded" Iw seems to be in ft ( tight place." Needless to add, the reading of the above created a pleasing diversion from the ordinary 1 humdrum of Board of Guardian's meetings. < -+-