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.Board of Guardians.


Board of Guardians. A special meeting of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians was held on Monday morning at the Board Room, Union Workhouse, when there were present Mr William Morris, Cyfoefchybrenin (chair- man), presiding Mr Hugh Hughes, Aberystwyth (vice-chairman) Mrs Evan Hugh James, Mrs Evan Evans, Rev T. A. Penry, Messrs G. Fossett Roberts, E. J. Jones, T. E. Salmon, and Edwin Morris, Aberystwyth E. J, Williams, Ceulanymaesmawr John Morgan and William Williams, Cwmrheidol; Thomas Doughton, Cyfoethybrenin J. B. Morgan, Cynnullmawr; Richard James, Henllys John Bonner, Llanafan; John Jones, Llanbadarn Upper James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; Wm. Mason, Llancynfelin Evan Jones and David Morgan, Llanfihangel Upper; David Davies, Llanfihangel Lower; Daniel Jones, Llangwyryfon Evan Lewis Llanrhystyd Haminiog Joseph Parry, Melindwr Thomas H. Jones, Parcel Canol Richard Thomas, Tirymynach; David James and Thomas James, Trefeirig Lewis R. Lewis, Vaenor Lower and Morgan D. Williams, lssayndre with H. Hughes (clerk), and E. Llewellyn (assistant clerk). 0 THE RELIEVING OFFCERSHIP. The meeting had been convened for the purpose of appointing a relieving officer for the Rbeidol district, which post had been rendered vacant by the death of Mr Joseph Morgan. Mr Salmon proposed, in accordance with the notice he had given, that the appointment be confer- red upon Mr Thomas Morgan, son of the late officer. The Assstant-Clerk said another application had been received for the post, viz., from Mr Alban Lewis, Mount Pleasant, Cross wood. Mr Richard James seconded the appointment of Mr Morgan. Mr David Davies said he would like to have Mr Morgan before the Board in order to know whether, if appointed, he would live in the district. Mr Salmon and Mr James did not live in the district, neither did they consider those who did live in the district, and he did not consider that was fair. He, however, did not oppose the appointment of Mr Morgan. Mr Salmon said if Mr Davies knew the rules of the Local Government Board he would never have J'sked such a question as he had. The Local Government Board would not sanction the appoint- ment of anyone unless they lived in the district to which they were appointed. Mr David Davies: How was it allowed in the late Mr Morgan's case? Did the Local Government Board not know of it? Mr Salmon explained that th condition referred to did not come into operation until long after Mr Morgan's appointment, and he being an eld officer the Board did not interfere with him. Mr David Davies: Law is the question, and I want to have things done according to law. Mr John Morgan said as one residing in the Rheidol district he had pleasure in supporting the appointment of Mr Morgan as a most suitable man to occupy the post. He was practically an old servant of the Board, having assisted Mr Jones, late relieving officer for Aberystwyth, and had acted as deputy for his father on many occasions. As to residing in the district, he understood Mr Morgan was quite prepaired to fall in with the Board's wishes if appointed. Mr Joseph Parry said he hoped the Board would be unanimous in supporting Mr Morgan. The proposition was then put to the meeting and carried unanimously, Mr Morgan, in addition to the relieving officership, being appointed vaccination officer, collector to the Guardians, and registrar of births and deaths for the Rbeidol district. Mr Fossett Roberts said he believed the present would be the opportune moment to consider the salaries of the whole of the relieving officers of the Union. As they were aware, the area of the Rheidol district was almost double that of any other district, but, on the other hand, the popula- tion was about one-half. It was a much more difficult district to traverse, the paupers being more widely separated, necessitated the relieving officer of the Rbeidol district keeping a horse, which entailed considerable expense upon him. At the same time, when they compared the salary which the late Mr Morgan received with the salaries paid to the officers of Abervstwyth and liar districts, it would be found that he was receiving rather more than be should do. The pauperage for the Aberystwyth Union for the hut half-year marked out at 213, Geneurglyn 167. and Rheidiol 170. He quite re- cognised that the paupers in the two former districts were not so scattered, and the roads were in goods order, enabling the officers to work the districts on bicvcles. He, therefore, moved that the salary to be paid Mr Morgan as relieving officer be £60 per annum, a reduction of E3 on what was paid to his late father. The salary of the relieving officer for the Aberystwyth district was £53, and for Geneur- glyn £ 58, and so bv reducing the salary of the Rheidol officer to £ 60, it would pretty nearly approximate the salaries received by the other officers. If the Board approved of this reduction, he could also say that in fairness to the Aberys- twyth officer it should be added to his salary. That however, would require notice of motion. Mr John Bonner seconded. It was pointed out by Mr Hugh Hughes than an addition of 95 was made to the late Mr Joseph's Morgan's salary because the Board transferred the Trefeirig district to his charge. Rev T. A. Penry said the relieving officers had other remunerations, whicn ought to be considered. For the year ending 25th March last, the total receipts of the relieving officer for the Rheidiol district were £ 99 6s 8d; Geneu'rglyn district £ 89 19s 9d; and Aberystwyth district, P-69 2s. The Assistant Clerk said the office of removal officer, held by Mr Thomas Morgan, would now become vacant. He did not think there was any necessity to have such an officer again. This would mean a saving to the Beard of £7 or P,8 a year. Mr David Davies considered the Rheidiol district harder than any other district to he saw no reason for reducing the salary. He proposed that the salary remain the same. Mr David Morgan said he agreed with the prev- ious speaker. The Rheidiol district could only be covered with a horse, whereas the other two dis- tricts could be covered with bicycles. Mr Thomas James opposed the reduction of the salary, pointing out that the tendency everywhere now was to increase salaries. Mr T. H. Jones said they would be having the benefit of Mr Morgan's services while he was in the prime of life, and as they had only increased his father's salary so recently, he thought it was un- reasonable to lower it now. Mr Salmon said he was very glad to find this change of opinion amorgst the country members. Generally, they were strongly opposed to increases of any kind (laughter). Mr R. J. Jones asked whether the Clerk was in a position to give information as to the salary paid Mr Joseph Morgan on his appointment, He found that Mr Morgan had been an oflacer of the Board for 27 years, and it was not customary to appoint a successor at the same salary as that paid the one who retired. As a rule the salary was reduced. Personally he was in favour of giving good salaries to officials. It seemed to him that after 27 years' experience, and 27 years' service to a Board of this kind that a man was certainly en- titled to a larger salary than one about to be ap- pointed. He did not think that any member of the Board could prove that the labour attached to the office had increased. They had had statistics a short time ago showing that the population of the interior of the county had considerably diminished, and they should consider that point, He strongly supported the appointment of Mr Thomas Morgan, but he thought they should consider all the points raised before deciding on the salary. The Assistant Clerk said he could not give the amount of Mr Joseph Morgan's salary when ap- pointed, but the registration fees were much heavier then than what they were now, owing to the decrease in the population. Mr Salmon said if his information was correct, the salary paid the late Mr Morgan on his appoint- ment was £50. Rev T. A Penry said the margin of increase must be very small. He was a man appointed 28 years ago at P.50, and after a long and faithful service was increased to £ 63. They could not now appoint a relieving officer under a salary of L52, as the Local Government Board would not allow it. He was quite agreeable to the salary being continued as at present, but then the Board would be acting differently to what they had done on former oc- casions, because Mr Vaughan, after three years' service, still got less than his predecessor, whilst the work bad not diminished. Mr Joseph Parry opposed the reduction of the salary, remarking, as had already been said, that the tendency was to increase salaries. Twenty- seven years ago they conld have a labourer to work on the farm for Is 6d a day, but now they could not get one for less than 3s. Mr Salmon Farmers were making their fortunes in those days (laughter). Mr Parry It is not fair that you should inter- rupt me, Mr Salmon. Proceeding, Mr Parry ridi- culed the idea of reducing the salary by L3. If they contemplated reducing it by Elo it would be something to talk about. Mr Morgan would have to give his whole time to the work, and P,99 was the maximum he could earn. In his opinion, Mr Morgan could not live on £99 (Cries of Oh.") Mr Fossett Roberts: How do our paupers live on 4s a week. Mr Parry: P.99 is not too much to live on and fulfil the duties faithfully to the satisfaction of the Board. Rev T. A. Penry said £99 was the highest sum received at all by the relieving officer. Three years ago it was P.86, and the year before that £91. The average for the last three years had been £ 92. Mr J B. Morgan proposed that all the relieving officers fulfil the duties of removal officers. Ac- cording to what the clerk had said it was not necessary to appoint such officers, but when Mr Thomas Morgan was appointed they understood that they were compelled to do it. In his opinion, £99 was a good salary to pay a man who had not much work to do. How many men who spent the best part of their lives in college could say they received better salaries than that ? He believed very few of them. There were other emoluments connected with the office, such as at marriages, when a man was pretty liberal with his money. If they granted the P,63 in this case. he was afraid they would have applications for increase from the other relieving officers. The diacussion was further continued, Mr John Morgan remarking that he was surprised that those members who were generally in favour of in- creasing salaries wanted to reduce it in this case (laughter). Eventually, Mr Fossett Roberts' proposition that the salary be P,60 per annum was carried by a large majority.

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