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--A-- FESTINIOG. DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Council was held on Thursday evening, to consider the report of the Medical Officer of Health. Mr. W. Owen presided. SANITARY MATTERS. Dr. Richard Jones explained that the birth-rate showed an increase while the death-rate showed a larger decrease as compared with the return of 1896. The birth-rate had been above the average for a number of years, and this might have an indirect.influence on the death-rate, particularly the rate of infant mortality. He recommended a perfect system of drainage: dry. healthy dwellings, with healthy surroundings; wholesome unadulter- ated food; and cleanliness in all its form. The responsibility of the Council in some of these matters were no less important that that of parents and guardians, in view of the fact that thecnildsen of to-day would be the ratepayers of the future. The lowest death-rate was found in the Teigil and Cynfal wards (16.6), and the highest (21.6) in Diphwys ward. The number of iatal accidents at the quarries, the staple industry of the district, during: the last three years was as follows:—1896, 3: 1887, 1 1898, 4; the rate being 0.65 per 1,000 men employed. The milk supply of the district continued to be good, and as about 120,000gallons were imported annually, it was important that the local authority should exercise the greatest care in insisting upon the quality being pure. He would I ( Z, recommend that all persons carrying on the trade of dairymen or purveyors of milk should be registered; that a regular in- spection of cattle, cowsheds, dairies, &c., especially with regard to cleansing, drainage, and water supply be made imperative, and that every care should be taken to prevent the milk sold from being contaminated or infected. He pointed out that the district contained only one common regis- tered lodging-house, which was far from adequate in such a populous district, and maintained that a ottage hospital was urgently required in order to facilitate the recovery of persons who had suffered from serious accidents.—Upon the motion of Mr. Owen Roberts, seconded by Mr. Humphrey Roberts, a copy of the Dairies, Cowsheds, and Miik Shops Order, 1885, was ordered to be supplied in order to enable them to frame the necessary bye-laws for the protection of milk consumers. ill r. 0. J. Owen (Rhiw), proposed, and Mr. E. J. Lloyd- Powell seconded that so.-tion of the Public Health Act relating to the notification of diseases be translated into Welsh and adopted.—Mr. Owen Jones proposed that the member for the county (Mr. O. M. Edwards) be approached with regard to the desirability of having all Acts of Parlia- ment relating to the health of the public published in Welsh as well as in English.—Mr. Howell Jones seconded and the matter was passed unanimously. -On the motion of Mr. Evan R. Jones, seconded by Mr. O. J. Owen, it was resolved to publish a Welsh leaflet containing instructions as to nursing and to distribute it throughout the district. COTTAGE HOSPITAL. On the motion of Mr. Lloyd-Powell, seconded by Mr, J. T. Jones., it was resolved that the quarry owners be approached with the view of erecting a cottage hospital for the use of quarry- men and otliers.A vote of Lhanks was passed to the medical officer.

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