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MACHYNLLETH. FAIR.—The fair on Wednesday was a very suc- cessful one, the day being very fine, and a very large number of people came into the town from the country. COUNTY SCHOOL.—Another pupil of this school, Arthur Herbert Hamer, has satisfied tho require- ments of the Civil Service Commissioners and qualified himself as a Post Office clerk. The pupils of this school have been singularly successful at these examinations. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—TUESDAY. Present: Mr W 11 Jones (chairman) presiding, Messrs Richard Gillart, Edmund Gillart. Richard Owen, John Pugh, Thomas Smith, Richard Rees, Edward Rees, and J M Breeze, with Mr J Rowlands (clerk), Mr D P Jones (assistant clerk), Dr A 0 Davies (medical officer), and Mr John Jones (sur- veyor). COUNTY RATIXG. A cirenkr letter was read from the Montgomery Couuty Council enclosing the basis for county ratiag and stutiug that objectiona would have to be made by a oertain ti:re. The existing basis was £6,4(j3, and the new basis .£7,19ó 188 3d.— It was stated that as the Council based its figures upon those of the Board of Guardians objections should come from that body and not from the Council. NOTIFICATION OF DISEASES. The Local Government Beard wrote in regard to tb) notification of infectious (HSpaS2", stating tk., Infectious Diseases Notification Act of 1389 lad now been mnde compulsory for Urban acd Rural Councils.—The Clerk said he had sent a copy to every medical officer in the district informing them that they wore to notify all cases of infection icr which a fee of 2s 6d be given.—The fteticn ef the clerk in this matter was approved r". A LCU L IRCKITKOT APPEARS BEFORE THE COUNCIL, The titreets Committee recommended that plans &uhor.*t;.ed by Mr G H. Williams, architect, be appjcvei of.Mr Williams at?ended tho Council treetinsr, comp'rirfng that plans drawn out by him had been repeatedly rejected by the Council. As i nat.ha of the town ho fe't that he d:d not re- I ceived the encouragement which ho. thought h? was cntit'ed to by the Council. The result cf having b;s plans rejected wa", thaT, his name appeared Õf1 rhe iornl papers fiR one unab1e to prepare plans in accordance w.;tl1 the Council's bye-!awa. What made the matter singular was that other Councils passed his plans. The' Machynlleih Council d>d not even fnrrish him with tho reasons which led them to refrre his plans.—The Chairman Has not the surveyor told you the reasons why ?—Mr Wi'b'nms: I have been with the surveyor and he openly told me that be was ignorant of the bye-laws.—The Survevor: I toid you that you had a copy of the bve-laws and you to study them. Ho added that thero was no privy accommodation shown on the plan.—Mr Williams I have come to an understanding with yon as regards those at the back which were to be used. In that case it was not necessary tofhowtfcera on the plan. The Surveyor: I was told that after the plans were rejected. The Surveyor and Mr Williams continuing to argue the matter between themselves, Mr J Pugh said he did not think the Council could possibly do anything against Mr Williams. On the other hand ihoy were desirons to assist him in every they could. At the same time Mr Williams must know that it was necessary to have offices aud to them on the plan. The Council did not dcd different with the plans sent iu by Mr Williams than they did with those sentiu by other architects. Mr Vy illiams said he now felt satisfied that it was not the Council's fault.—Mr R Gillart said be was surry that Mr Williams should think for a moment ttiat the Council were against his success. As one member of the Council it was far from his intention to injure him in his piofession at all. It was necessary in the interests of the town that sanitary arrangements should be shown on all plans.—Mr Williams pointed out that the plans he had sent in were far Irani complying with the by- laws. They were sent in by mistake. Still the Council had approved of these plans.—The Clerk: Your initials are affixed to them.—Mr Willinms They were my plans I am sorry they were sent in I by mistake.—Mr E Gillart then proposed that the new plans be deferred in ordar to go before 1 com- rDee& ( nlš course was UU:t1111110usly agreed to. THE SE.VKRAGE WORKS—A DEAD LOCK. The clerk read tho letters that had passed between him and Mr J M Howell, Aberdovey, ia regard to the purchase of a piece of land for the purpose of the new sewerage works. Mr Howell pointed out that he had a st roug objection to selling the land for the purpose named, feeling that the fnrter the 8ewerage works were from hjs proporty tho bet" r. As regards the harndessness and effi- ciency of the antÍfwptic" treatment, which the Council proposed to make on his land, ho felt that there wcre other field" closer to town than his prop- erty at Ogof Fach.—The Engineers, (to whom Mr Howell's letter had been sent), wrote that they had fixed upon Ogof'Fach, as it was the best site in the:r opinion. It was more level. There were other sites that could be utilised for the purpose. As regards the elficiency of the treatment there was "mole testimony of its efficiency from people who ivpd m to the works than would be the nse here. — Mr Howell having received a copy of the aKne, wrots again, pointing out that he had a strong objection to selling his land for the purpose mentioned.—The clerk suggested that a committee should be appointed to interview Mr Howell.—-Mr John Pugh said Mr Howell was wrong in thinking that the treatment was an antiseptic one. It was the 1 sceptic one. Perhaps when he understood, that he would change his opinion.— Mr E Giila.rt: Mr Pugh is sceptical (laughter).—The committee appointed to see Mr Howe1. are the chairman, Mr E Gillart, and the clerk. STREET REFUSE. Mr E Gillart brought to the notice of the Coun- cil the in ct that the street refuse was not carried away according to the arrangement made. Refuse could be seen about the town at such a late hour as 12 noon. That was not the fault of the carter, but, of the townspeople, who did not pnt their boxes out in time. The attention of the public should he drawn to this matter.—The Surveyor was instruc- ted to attend to it. IKE VACANT SEAT. The Clerk said that the matter of the seat vacated by the death of the late Mr Joseph Evans had been brought before the last meeting. The usual way was to dcclari the seat vacant and to elect a mem- er by the next meeting.—Tho matter was ad- ontoed. LAMP-LIGHTING. Mr John Jones, one of the Council's workmen, was appointed to light the street lamps during the winter at a salary of one shilling a right.—Mr J Pugh and Mr R Gillart spoke in favour of this work. RATE COLLECTING. Mv Davies-Williams, rate collector, reported that acting upon the Council's instructions he had issued summonses returnable at the next Potty Sessions. As regards the summons issued against Mr Edward Jones, Lion Hotel, Mr Jones laid great stress before the magistrates on the fact that he was summoned for the non-payment of rates and appeared to be very indignant stating that that was tho first time that proceedings had been taken against him. He was unable at the time to contradict, but he was since in possession of evidence that ,Mr Joaea had been before them on a previous occasion for the non-payment of the general district rate. At the last meeting the Council directed him to collect the second instalment cf the rate. Out of £480 159 9d due on that day he was pleased to say he had collected £319 10s 3d, so that day, including the vacancies which to be deducted, the amount due was £J 61 5s If orders were made upon those summoned he hoped by the next meet- ing to be able to present aolean sheet, without any arrears whatever.—Mr Edmund Gillart said the Council had been placed under some disadvantage as to the recovery of rates owing to the fact that the second instalment had become due at a short interval after the first was demanded. Ho had proviomly referred to this matter pointing out that there had been a tendency on the part of collectors in past—lie did not refer to the present collector—to go round for the second instalment to the good payers before clearing the first instal- ment from all ratepayers that was to say, those who paid regularly had to pay twice before the bad ones paid once. That was not fair to the good payers. He (Mr Gillart) had not paid his rate because of this. —Mr Pngh You ought to have paid (laughter).— Mr Gillart said that perhaps Mr Pugh had adopted the same course. He did not pay on that principle. He had always paid the rate3 regularly bnfc if h;s name was f0nnd this ti:.1lÜcn the bad list that was the cause of it. Owing also to the late time at which tho rate wag made it was difficult, to colioct the rates. It was very essential that the rate should be done at once, and if possible presented to the next meeting. This would do away with the unpleasantness of collecting 'two instalments so close together. Ho had heard people complaining that no sooner was one rate collected than the other was deroaodsd.—Mr Breeze thought it was a mistake that the Rate Collector had not seen Mr Jones, Lion Hotel, before issuing the summons. Proceedings were sometimes taken when the money could easily be collected by calling. A call should be given after the demand note was sent.—The Chairman observed that it was only fair to the Collector for it to be known that he had called on more than cue occasion at the Lion Hotel. —The Rate Collector assured Mr Bieese that he need not be afraid that he had not called often enough for the money.—The Chairman remarked that the suggestions of Mr Gillart were worthy of their attention. ENFORCED ABSENCE. Lord Henry Vane-Tempest wired to the Chair- man regretting his inability to attend as he was away from home. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—WEDNESDAY. Present Mr David Evans,, chairman, presiding; Mrs Maglona Lloyd, in the vice-chair; Messrs John Owen and Richard Morgan, Tovryn; William Jones and J Hughes Jones, Aberdovey; John Jones, Darowen; E M Jones, Llanbryrrmair; Humphrey Jones, Pennal; Wrm Evans, Scubory- coed; Eliis Hnghes, Cemmes; Edward Hughes, Llanwrin Rowland Jones, Caereinion and John Rowlands, Machynlleth; with I) Evans, clerk; D ¡¡¡Ol";¡,n, assistant clnrk; and tha reJieviug officers. STATISTICS. Amount of out-relief administered during the past fortnight, Machynlleth district, per Mr John Jones, £23 6d 4d to 87 paupers; Darowen district, per Mr Daniel Howell. £42 16s 6:1 to 138 paupers; Pennal district, per Mr WM Jones, £31 7s to 107 paupers. Number of vagrants relieved during the past fortnight 32, a decrease of ten as compared with the corresponding period of last year. THE RECENT CASS. At the last meeting the Board had under con- sideration tho question of the dismissal by the magistrates cf a charge brought against two vagrants for having absconded from the House, the defence made by them being that they were unable to get their ciothes dried. Thu Master, en being questioned in regard to the statement, said he never entered the room, and considerod he would be risking his life it he did no. The Board appointed a committee to look into the matter.— Mr Edward Hughes now reported or behalf of Mr Wm Evans and himself that they onsidered the stove big enough if coal was put on it ofteu.—The Master was instructed to attend to this matter in future. FAIR DAY.. The consideration of the abvtroct of accounts was deferred to the next meeting on account of it being fair day, P ETT Y 8ESS fONS.—WKDNKSDAY. Before Major J J Borisall (presiding), Mr Edward Davies, Dr Edwards, Mr Richard Reos, Mr Edward Hnghes, Mr Richard Gillkrt, Dr A 0 Da-vies, and Major1 Hugh Bonsall (Peithyll). CONGRATULATION.—Mr Edward Davies, as tho senior magistrate on the Bench, said he had an agreeable and a happy duty to perform in welcoming the brother of their presiding magistrate there for the first time. It was his pleasure and privilege to congratulato tho three other new magistrates on another occasion. Major Bonsall had splendid qualifications for the Bench, and on behalf of himself and the Bench he extended to him the hand of fellowship, hoping lie would Lave many useful years before, him to discharge that important duty. —Major Bonsall thanked the Bunch for the kind we !corne. DRINK.—Fur having been driml-, John Evans, Cemmes. labourer, charged by P.O. T Hamer, was fined 2r1 6d and THE BENCH AND SHF.F.P SCAB.—Several persons s'.tranioued for not notifying cases of sheep se:ib.—The case against Sarah Wiiiiams, Star Inn, Dylifo, was first heard. Defendant did not appear, bur, sent a neighbour (Evan Davies) to represent her. P.C. Tudor said that on the 17th January, in company with a veterinary surgeon, he called at the farm held by defendant and fonnd five sheep suffering frcm scab. Daviea addressed the Bench at length, and was proceeding to explain the symp- toms of the disease, when the Clerk intervened. He maintained that these sheep were not suffering from scab, and if they were, then all the shoep in the whole district were suffering from it (laughter). This matter was an important one for farmers. Tho constable acknowledged that four of tho sheep were but slightly affected. That was an impossibility. F i' r: t ',) r f" ".(' ('.J r: n t 1. ? 7 ï:' r;1 1, ';J claimed that they were not.—The Bench decided to hear the other cases before deciding on this.— Thomas Jones, Tymawr, Llanwrin, charged bv P.C. Pugh, acknowledged that four sheep among many others were affected. Unlike the previous cas, the defence in thiii was that the infeotion was so slight as not to need notification. Defendant's sheep had always been reported when scab was detected, —In the case against Lewis Pugh, Plasrhiw Season, Llaubrynmair. the dofenco set forth was that he only owned two of tho sheep in regard to which the summons had been taken out. Hannah Edwards, Topycae, Darowon, acknowledged the existence of the scab, but pledged ignorance of the need of reporting it.—John Morgan, Rhiv/lwyfen, Machynlleth (represented by his son, R Morgui), admitted that sheep were affected, but they were not reported on account of witness being awsiv from home and his father ill in bed.—The Bench dismissed the case against Sarah William? upon the payment of costs. All the others were fined 6d each and costs. The Chairman appealed to the farmers to do all they could to eradicate this disease by careful dipping.—Thomas Jones (one of the defendants), addressing the Bench, said that no amount of dipping would eradicate the disease. It created itself.—The Magistrates' Clerk in- terrupted the defendant, and said they would have to send him to Parliament to teach that doctrine and to have the order revoked (laughter). NIGHT POACHING AT CARNO.—Four young men, John Evans, Pikins, Carno, labourer; John Wil- liams and Thomas Wdkim1, Caednon, Carno and John Evans, Clawrvcoed, Carno; were charged with trespassing in pursuit of game on the night of the loth December on land in the occupation of John Jones, Talerddig. The first three defendants acknowdedged the offence, whilst the fourth defen- dant denied the charge against him.—P.C. Tudor said about 1130 p.m. he saw Watkins and some other young men in the field mentioned. On going to the field he met John Evans and asked him fvha*: he was doing there. lie went after Williams and Evans who commencod running. Williams had a net and a dog which, he said, belonged to the farm. He produced the net.—Evan Humphreys, game- keeper, in the employ of Captain Adams, corrobo- rated.—Evans (Clawrycoed) then elected to give evidence on his own behalf. 'He went over the wall to the jiold in order to see who were in the field and what they were doing. It was in the field he saw the-defendanta first. lIe was taking the shortest route home.-The Bench gave Evans the benefit of tbe doubt and fined John Evans, Pekins, John Williams, and Thomas Watkins lOs each and 8s costs. RATE CASE,—D Davies Williams, rate collector to the Urban Council, applied for an order against Humphrey Williams, Maengvvyn Street, for the payment of E2 8s 2d, and it was granted.