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A Farmer's Grievance.


" He Clouted Me Awful."

Old-Age Pensions in Montgomeryshire.



The Government and the Lords.

Sensational Incident at Brecon…

The Royal Declaration.



MACHYNLLETH URBAN COUNCIL. THE UNCLEANLINESS OF THE TOWN. SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS. The monthly meeting of this Council was held on Tuesday evening, when Mr Par- sons presided over the following attendance Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, Dr Williams, Messrs Evan Humphreys (vice-chairman), Richard Gillart, John Pugh, Edward Jones Jones, Evan Morgan, Henry Lewis, John Evans, J. M. Breeze, and R. LI. Williams, with Messrs Edmund Gillart (clerk), J. R: Leighton (assistant clerk), D. Thomas (sur- veyor), and Dr A. O. Davies (medical officer). ADVERTISING THE TOWN. A letter was read from Mr Humphreys' Male Voice Choir, who intend competing at Corwen Eisteddfod, stating that their funds were rather low, and offering to de- vote half the proceeds of a concert in July towards the expense of advertising the town if the Council gave them assistance. The choir wished the use of the Town Hall free, and this was agreed to. NO REDUCTION FOR CHARITY. Mr D. Emrys Lewis wrote applying for a reduction in the charge for the use of the Town Hall on the occasion of a charitable concert in aid of an orphanage. Mr Pugh As the concert will be sup- ported by townspeople that will be suffi- cient to show our appreciation. If we make reductions in the charges we shall find the Town Hall account on the wrong side. I propose that the usual fee should be charged. The Vice-Chairman I second the pro- position on the understanding that all cases are treated alike. Mr Breeze proposed an amendment that £ 1 instead of the usual fee of 30s should be charged Mr Morgan seconded the amendment, but this was defeated by six votes to five. A GEOGRAPHICAL ERROR. A firm of London agents wrote that under a new order of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries reservoirs and other waters be- longing to local authorities in the Severn district were liable to be assessed and rated. The Chairman They do not know in what district we are. The Clerk Perhaps they think the Severn is somewhere in Wales. It was agreed that the Clerk should in- quire whether the order would affect the district. STREET LIGHTING. The Directors of the Gas Company wrote offering to light the public lamps at 30s each per anum including the maintenance of burners and mantles, the time and hours of lighting to be arranged between the Sur- veyor and Manager, and the Council to light and extinguish the lamps. The Di- rectors added that they were unable to supply gas by meter, as meters were not affected by the small quantity consumed by one incandescent burner. The Surveyor said the new terms would be an increase on the present cost The letter was refeired to the Streets and Sanitary Committee and the Surveyor was directed to report further. THE MORGAN CHARITY. A communication from the Board of Edu- cation stated that they had given notice of an order for removing Mr H. F. Norris, solicitor, London, at his own request, from being a trustee of the foundation connected with the late Mr Edward Morgan's charity and appointing the Rector and the Church- wardens of Machynlleth for the time being as trustees. Mr Breeze Have we anything to do with this matter ? The Chairman I think it concerns us or the communication would not be sent. The Clerk explained that non-ecclesiasti- cal charities were governed under the powers transferred to parish councils and local authorities. The new order referred to the charity relating to the organist's fund and National schools. It was for the Coun- cil to say whether they considered the charity was ecclesiastical or non-ecclesias- tical. Mr Breeze If it is concerned with the Council can we use the money as we like ? The Clerk I do not think it can be used in reduction of rate (laughter). Mr Pugh: If we have a right, I think we should exercise it. I propose that a com- mittee should be appointed to look into the matter. Mr Breeze seconded the proposition, which was agreed to, and a committee was appointed consisting of Messrs J. Pugh, E. Morgan, H. Lewis, R. LI. Jones, J. M. Breese, with Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The Clerk said if there was any objection it should be made within twenty-one days of the date of notice. A PUBLIC-SPIRITED INHABITANT. Mr J. Matson. Wynnstay Hotel, called attention to the untidy state of the principal streets on Sundays. The Surveyor would bear him out as to their condition on the Sunday referred to, as he called his atten- tion to them. Arrangements should be made for the man who did the work to go round late on Saturday night and remove the papers and rubbish cast on the streets. J Shopkeepers should be instructed not to sweep rubbish from their shops into the streets. Visitors passing through or staying i in the town thought that the inhabitants did not agree that cleanliness was next to godliness (laughter). He also suggested in- stead of having three dandelion and weed beds in the space around the clock tower (laughter)—it would be more beautiful to plant flowers there. If that could not be done out of the rates, he would be glad to contribute his share of the cost. He was sure it would be a great adornment to the town. The Clerk I think the dandelions have gone (laughter). Mr Pugh thought the Council should be grateful to Mr Matson. He considered the streets were in an abominable condition on Sunday mornings when people went to their places of worship. Mr Edward Jones did not think there was cause for complaint except when a fair was held on Saturday. It watl not right to say that shopkeepers were to blame. A WARM PASSAGE. Dr Williams: What does it matter if there is a fair on Saturday or not ? What we have to consider is that the streets should be kept clean. The Chairman Who said it does not matter ? Dr Williams Why do you jump down my throat ? The Chairman I have suffered too long [ from all this talking. You ought to support the chair. Dr Williams Example is better than precept. I have as much right to talk here as you. Mr H. Lewis said he agreed with the letter. There was no doubt that the streets were not as clean as they should be. In Pwllheli the had seen the streets cleaned on Saturday nights. Mr R. Ll. Jones thought special ar- rangements should be made to clean the streets after fair nights. Mr Morgan said it was not fair to ex- pect the workmen after their day's work to do extra labour without being paid overtime. The Council ought not to be mean and greedy with the workmen. No employer would expect his men to work extra without giving extra pay. The Council had authorised the Surveyor to employ extra labour when necessary. That could be done on fair nights. Mr Breeze said it was only occasionally that the streets were untidy on Sundays, mostly after fairs. As a rule fairs were now held on Wednesdays. The Chairman: It has been said that the streets are more or less in this con- dition every Sunday. Dr Williams said it was not suggested that the men should not be paid extra. He thought the matter ought to be left to the Surveyor.—This was agreed to. MAWDDWY RAILWAY. Arrangements were made to borrow money to be advanced towards the new Mawddwy Railway at 31 per cent. interest. A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY. Mrs Mary Thomas wrote that she had been asked by several people living in the Upper Barracks to call the Council's at- tention to the state of the privies. Thel poor people could scarcely eat their food on account of the stench. The privies were in a worse condition than ever, and were a disgrace to humanity. They were a sight to appal even the most vulgar nature. The letter was referred to the officials, the Medical Officer saying he visited the place a month ago and found the privies cleaned out. MISCELLANEOUS. A charge of F-2 2s per night was fixed for circuses using the Common. The Surveyor was directed to communi- cate with different firms for designs and prices of a portable weighing machine. It was agreed to invite tenders for mak- ing lock-up shops in the Market Hall en- trance according to plans prepared by the Surveyor. Further arrangements were made in connection with the Town Hall, the question of the remuneration of the caretaker being referred. The Surveyor was directed to prepare a list of the care- taker's duties. A general district rate of 3s lOd in the £ was made, compared with the previous rate of 3s 8d. The Surveyor reported that the sewage works were in good working order. He was instructed to do what was necessary to prevent leakages in one of the slate beds. Connections have been made with the sewers involving the drainage of eleven houses. It was decided to spend no money 'in repairing the Garsiwn well pump, which it was reported had been damaged bevond repair.—Dr Williams said it was ridiculous to provide pumps when thousands of pounds had been incurred in providing a public supply. The sooner all the wells were done away with the better it would be for the public health. The Clerk reported that van dwellers had been fined 14s each for contravening the bye-laws dealing with the Commons. The justices had been lenient in allowing the defaulters time to pay.—Mr Edward Jones hoped the money would be made, instead of the Council having to pay the costs, as before.

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