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BOARDS OF GUARDIANS. FOEDEN,—WEDNESDAY. Present: Mr Wm. Pryce (vice-chairman) in the chair; Messrs Samnel Miller, E. R. Owen, John Thomas, J. Pryce Jones, E. R. James, E. Jones, T. Rjgers, R. W. Timmins, with Mr Charles S. Pryoe, clerk. STATISTICS. The Master reported that the number of inmates in the House was 103 against 102 corresponding week of last year tramps relieved during the fortnight, 184. The following were the amounts expended in out-relief: Per Mr R. Tomley, Montgomery district, X12 16s. ta 81 persons per Mr J. Fortune, Welsh. pool district, .£11 6s 8d to 74 recipients; per Mr J. Oliver, Worthen district, £9 14s 8d to 67 people. Balance in hands of treasurer on Union account, J21,431 28 lOd. The other business wts of merely a perfunctory character, nothing arising of public interest. MACHYNLLETH,- WEDNESDAY. Present; Messrs E. Hughes, Aberfrydlan, ohair- man, Ellis Hughes, Cemmes, Ed. Morgan and Rd. Hughes, Llanbrynmair, Richard Owen, Issygarreg, Thomas Evans and Evan Evans, Towyn, John Row. lands, solicitor, and R. Ellis, Machynlleth, and David Lewis, Uwehygarreg, Mr D. Evans, clerk, and Mr D. Morgan, assistant clerk. STATISTICS. Out-relief administered during the past fortnight, Machynlleth district, per Mr John Jones. X22 17s 6d to 99 paupers, a decrease of 6s 6s in amount of relief and an increase of 4 paupers. Darowen district, per Mr D. Howell, £ 43 58 to 161 paupers, a decrease of 6s 9d in amount of relief, and of three paupers. Pen. nal district, per Mr W. Jones, .£28 9s lOd to 102 paupers, an increase of 5a lOd in relief and of six paupers. Number in the house, 40 last year, corres- ponding peiiod, 33. Vagrants relieved during the past, fortnight, 114, last year corresponding period, 57. THE igOT-SE. The Master reported that the amended dietary table was commenced on the let October, when the clerk was present, and announced to the inmates the change in the dietary table which he (the Master) believed was much better for the inmates. POOR LAW CONFERENCE. The Clerk read a long letter which he had received from the Clerk to the Dolgelly Board of Guardians, which letter was the reault of the conference held at Rhyl recommending the Aberystwyth tieket system in dealing with paupers.-Mr Edward Morgan asked if their Board d.ff ered from any of the otherii.-The Clerk replied that it did not.-Mr David Lewis said that. compared with Aberystwyth, Machynlleth Union had more vagrants. At Aberystwyth vagrants were relieved upon three kinds of tickets-red, blue, aod white-and the holders of the red tickets were made to do more work than vagrants who had blue and white tickets. If that system was adopted at Machynlleth they would have fewer vagrants there. The matter was deferred to the next meeting. TRAMPS. The Master reported that lately a large number of tramps had called at the house for a night s lodgings, offering to pay, but he had refused to admit them. Mr David Lewis said something should be done in the matter as tramps, when they had nowhere to go to slept in sheds about the farmhouses and on the ba'y, which was <?.angeroue, hay stacks being some- times set on fire. _9n. INPUSTBlAli TKAIWIIHW. Mr John Rowlaads said there were six children in the house between 9 and 16 years of age, and some of them would soon be able to work. He thought if they were taught carefully uuder the direction of the Master it would be a good thing. The Master was a good carpenter.—Mr David Lewis said that if a boy was put on a farm he would learn more there than if apprenticed in a shop.-Mr Edward Morgan: Am I to understand, Mr Rowlands, by your scheme that you want to abandon all agricultural pursuits.-Mr John Rowlands: Oh, no.-Mr Morgan said that all the money to support the children was got from the ratepayers and the farmers, and he thought it hard jkyj faming tbpald t* ignored,—Mr Evan £ r»oa said that the farmers took the boys and taught them for nothing.—Mr Rowlands said they might be able to arrange with the shopkeepers the same as the farmers.—Mr Lewis concurred with Mr Rowlands.— Mr Rowlands said he knew of a boy who had left the house and put to a place and he did not like it.—The Chairman remarked that as good a living conld be earned by farming as at any other trade.—Mr David Lewis said that farming would be a better trade than anything else.—Mr Edward Morgan asked how it was that boys above 16 years of age were left in the house.—Mr John Rowlands proposed that the Master should get to know from the boys what trade they: would prefer being put to.—Mr D. Lewis proposed that if any of the shopkeepers want a boy he should have one from the house, providing that no premium was to be paid.—Mr John Rowlands said that if the Board found timber the Master could teach some of the boys carpentery if they liked it.—Mr Morgan a-ked if the b >ys were physically strong enough to handle tools.-The Clerk replied that they were.- The matter was referred to a sub-committee.—The Board then considered tenders for clothing. Mr RJ6S, draper, Machynlleth, received the tender.














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