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ABERYSTWYTH. Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of the Board of Guard- ians was held on Monday morning at the Board Room, Union Workhouse, when there were present Mr William Morris, Borth, chairman Mrs E. H. James, Mrs Evan Evans, Rev T. A. Penry, Messrs G. Fossett Roberts, B. Morgan, and T. E. Salmon, Aberystwyth Win Williams, Cwmrheidol; Richard James, Henllys; John Bonner, Llanafan; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; Evan Jones, Llanfibangel Upper; David Davies, Llanfihangel Lower Daniel Jones, Llangwvrvfon Daniel Morris, Llanilar; Evan Lewis, Llanrhystyd Haminiog Rev J Morgan Lewis, Llanrhystyd Mefenydd Joseph Parry, Melindwr; Richard Thomas, Tirymynacb; and Thomas James, Trefeirig with Hugh Hughes Xclerk), E. Llewellyn (assistant-clerk), and Wm. Jones (master). OUT-RELIEF. The amount of out-relief administered during the past fortnight was as follows Aberystwyth district, per Mr T. Vau-Iian, Z47 18s lOd to 151 paupers-an increase of nine in number and £4 14s lOd as compared with the corresponding period last year; ltheidol district, per Mr Thos Morgan, P,50 7s to 148 paupers-an increase of one in number and Is in amount; Llanfihangel district, per Mr J. Ji Hughes, £42 5s to 154 paupers-an increase of/nine in number and £1 12s Od in amount. THE HOUSE. The Master reported that the number in the House the first week of the past fortnight was 45, as compared with 40 the cor- responding period last year, and the second week 41, as compared with 39. The number of vagrants relieved the first week was 13, as compared with 9, and the second week 18, as compared with 4. A town porter had been admitted to the House on the ground that be was destitute. The man said he had been working for commercial travellers, but was now unable to follow the employment. He had admitted to the medical officer that he had been drinking heavily, and on some days he earned 5s and other days 10s. He had since applied for his discharge and had left the House. The Board expressed its opinion that in future where such a man applied for admission he should be punished by being placed in the tramp ward. DEATH OF MR. JOSEPH MORGAX. The Clerk intimate 1 the Board of the death of Mr Joseph Morgan, one of the relieving officers. A few days before his death he had received the following letter from him:—"I am sorry to be obliged to tender you my resignation as Relieving 17i Officer, and of the other appointment I hold for you. I cannot express how deeply I feel having to sever mv connection with the Board after a period of service of close upon thirty years. I look back upon that period with a great amount of pleasure, as we have always pulled together without any friction and unpleasantness. I have the satisfaction to think that the Board will "bear me out that I discharged my duties to the best of my ability. On some occasions I was able to render the Board special service, and I am glad to be able also to acknowledge here that the Board PD every occasion showed their appreciation of that service in a tangible manner. It was my wish and hope to remain in your service for several years to come, but owing to circumstances known to you all I must now, unfortunately, end. Thank- ing you very much for your kind consideration and courtesy during the many years I have had the honour of serving you." The Chairman said they were all aware of Mr Morgan's services to the Board. He bad been an officer for 28 years, and when they granted him a month's leave of absence about six weeks ago they little thought he would leave them so early. He had been one of their most faithful officers, and his sympathy always went out to the necessitous poor. Mr James Jones concurred with the Chairman's remarks. No doubt, Mr Morgan had been one of their best officers. He was always straightforward and understood the work better, perhaps, than any member on the Board. His death would be a great loss to them, but a greater loss to the family. He proposed a resolution of sympathy with the family. This was seconded by Mr Richard James, and carried. Rev T. A. Penry thought they should record in the minute book an expression of their appreciation of Mr Morgan's services, and he would propose -the following resolution That this Board deeply regrets the loss sustained by the death of Mr Joseph Morgan, who, in his capacity of relieving officer, discharged his duties faithfully and to the entire satisfaction of the Board for the long period of 28 years." Mr Richard Thomas seconded, and the resolution was unanimously agreed to. THE VACANT RELIEVING OFFtCERSHIP. The Clerk explaine1 that it was necessary to ap- point a registrar of births and deaths in place of Mr Joseph Morgan, and unless the appointment was made within fourteen days, it would lapse into the hands of the Registrar General. He (the clerk) had the power of appointing the registrar of marriages in his capacity of superintendent regis- trar, but he was always willing to accept the nomtnation of the Guardians. The Rev T. A. Penry said there had been occasions lately at this Board where they bad appointed officers without advertising when they had found a gentleman fit in every respect to discharge the duties of the office. It might be a wish of the Board to act in a similar way on this occasion, if they thought they had anyone in view who might be able to take up the duties of this nart.ifiular office. Mr Salmon said he thought considering the 1:1 z!1 circumstances of this case, and also that Mr Thomas Morgan had acted as deputy during his father's illness, he should be appointed. He gave notice that he would move his appointment as relieving officer and as registrar of births and deaths at a special meeting to be held that day week, without advertising. Mr B. Ellis Morgan said he thought, as far as the office of relieving officer was concerned, that they should advertise it. He thought the public expected that of them. He had no intention to oppose Mr Salmon's motion. He knew what he had in mind, and knew very well what the result would be. Assuming that Mr Thomas Morga.n would apply for it, as they had every reason to believe he would, yet, at the same time, they should advertise. He had heard that feeling expressed already. There were many people looking out for appointments of this kind. They could venture to appoint Mr Thomas Morgan as registrar of births and deaths, but he thought they ought to advertise before appointing a relieving officer. Mr Daniel Jones seconded Mr Morgan's appoint- ment as registrar of births and deaths. Mr G. Fossett Roberts thought the circumstances of this case were exceptional. Mr Thomas Morgan was already removal officer under the Board, and had acted as deputy for his father in the work of relieving officer. He, therefore, thought this was A case where they should dispense with the cost of advertising. He was in favour of the notice of motion that they appoint without advertising. Mr Ellis B. Morgan proposed that they advertise the appointment. Mr Salmon said Mr Thomas Morgan was well- known to them all, and if they advertised all over the < Kingdom, they would never get a more efficient man,to carry out the duties of relieving officer. He did not look at it from the standpoint of saving expense, but it would really be a waste of time on the part of other persons to apply. It was well-known that the majority of the Board would vote for Mr Morgan, and it would be a pity to give people the trouble and expense of getting testimonials and sending in applications when they bad not the ghost of a chance of getting the office. He thought the Board ought to take into consideration the lonp- service of Mr Morgan's father, and as he, in the" capacity of deputy, had done the work on several occasions to the satisfaction of the Board, they could do nothing less than appoint the son as successor to his father. Mr David Davies said they could only act fairly to the,, whole Union by advertising. It was done in regard to other offices, and why not in regard to this? They would not be doing justice to all nnless they did it in this case. Mr B. E. Morgan said it was a rule-he did not know whether it was absolutely necessary, but other Boards had the same rule-that the relieving officer should reside in his own district. He con- sidered Mr Thomas Morgan should do so, and he thought it very doubtful whether he would agree to live in the district they wished him to. He also understood Mr Morgan was a grocer, and the question was would they allow him to continiie in that trade, which would be contrary to their rules. He thought that by advertising they would be able to lay down conditions, and then they would be able to have one end of the stick in their own hands. The Chairman remarked mat the Local ixovern- ment Board would not sanction the appointment of any relieving officer unless he resided in the district. Mr Fossett Roberts said Mr Morgan was quite aware of the conditions of the Local Government Board and was prepared to fall in with them. Mr Salmon thought the discussion was out of order, inasmuch as he had given notice of motion. Mr David Davies, continuing the discussion, reit- erated that they should advertise, and appoint a local man. He objected to the Board going to Tre- garon or elsewhere for a man. j Mr Bonner said Mr Morgan was quite willing to reside in the district if appointed. Rev T. A. Penry said they could appoint a man from another county if they liked,/Ss long as he agreed to come to live in the district. If it was the wish of the members he was quite willing that the post should be advertised. Mr Salmon said the objection he had was the un- necessary trouble which would be given to candi- dates. The guardians themselves would also be pestered by people canvassing, which was very annoying. Mr Joseph Parry and Mr Thomas James also spoke in favour of making the appointment without advertising. Eventually, the resolution to advertise was de- feated, and it was decided that the appointment be made at a special meeting to be held on Monday next. In the meantime, Mr Thomas Morgan was, on the prop sifcion of the Rev T. A. Penry, appointed deputy relieving officer.

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