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PORTUCAWL DiSikiU urtJNCIL.

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GLAMORGAN QUARTER SESSIONS-

STRIKING BRIDOEND EVIDENCE.

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BRIDGEND POLICE COURT.I

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BRIDGEND BOARD OF GUARDIANS

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BRIDGEND BOARD OF GUARDIANS MEDICAL OFFICER'S SALARY INCREASED. The fortnightly meeting of the Bridgend and Cowbridge Board of Guardians was held on Saturday, under the presidency of Mr. T. C. Jones (Pontyrhil). There was a large at- tendance of members. RELIEF. The CLerk (Mr. R. Harmar Cox) reported that during the week ended September 27th, 1,383 outdoor paupers were relieved at a cost of £ 203 6s. 4d., and in the week ended Octo- ber 4tli, 1,393 at £209 13s. 4d. The vagrants relieved during the fortnight ended October lltli, numbered 315, compared with 267 in the same period' of last year. PROPOSED NURSERY. The Secretary to the Local' Government Board wrote that before deciding on the pro- posal of the Guardians to e-ect a. nursery for the younger children at the Cottage Homes, the Board would consult their inspector (Mr. Hugh Williams), who was now, however, ab- sent on leave. The matter would, therefore, have to remain in abeyance for at least a month. COUNTY RATE. The Clerk stated that ho had written the County Council asking for ail explanation as to why they did not state in their precept the rate in the £ of the money required for special purposes." Mr. T. Mansel Frank- len replied that the "special purposes rate" was entirely for the purposes of elementary education, but it could not be apportioned as a pound rate, because it varied in different parishes according to the schccl loans. The Board accepted this explanation as satisfactory. RESIGNATION REQUESTED. Mr. H. Golledge. chairman of the LIangyn- wyd Middle Parish Council, wrote acknow- ledging the receipt of the Council's communi- cation with regard to the requested resigna- tion of the assistant overseer for the parish. He stated at a meeting of the Council on the 9th inst., it was decided to petition the Local- Government Board to reconsider their deci- sion in the matter. The Chairman The Guardians have noth- ing further to do until they appoint a suc- cessor. COWBRIDGE APPOINTMENT. A letter was read from ex-Se-rgt. D. L. Jones, Cowbridge. resigning his appointment as assistant relieving officer for the purpose of dispensing relief to vagrants. It was stated that Sergt. W. Gill, of Aber- kenfig. who had been appointed to take charge of the Cowbridge police district, had taken, up his residence there some days previ- ously. On the motion of Mrs. Richards (Ponty- cymmer), Sergt. Gill was appointed to suc- ceed Sergt. Jones. MEDICAL OFFICER S SALARY. Rev. T. B. Phillips. Tylagwyn (chairman of the House Committee), proposed that the salary of the medical officer of health (Dr. Wyndham Randall) be increased from £54 to L,80 per annum, in accordance with the re- commendation of the committee. On a pre- vious occasion, he said, figures had been placed1 before the Board showing the salaries paid by other Boards, and it was felt that Dr. Randall, whose service extended over a, long period, was entitled to an increase. The chief reason which had prompted the doctor in making the application was that his work had practically doubled during the last six years. Rev. R. Odery (Bridgend) seconded. Rev. H. Eynon Lewis (Uryncethin) pointed out that the committee recommended some time ago that the Board increase Dr. Ran- dall's salary to jElOO. Why. he asked, had they changed their mind? The Chairman i don't suppose you object to the reduction. (Laughter.) Rev. T. B. Phillips, replying to Mr. Lewis's question, stated that the committee had' now de.cided to grant an increase in respect of the work done at the house and the Cottage Homes. Dr. Randall had also asked for in- creased payment for his services as medical officer for the central district, but the com- mittee did not entertain this. Mr. J. Pope (Nantymoel): What attend- aulCeS are made by the doctor at the House? Rev. T. B. Phillips: He comes here every other day now. I had a conversation with him to-day, however, and he intimates that he is prepared to attend daily if required. The resolution was carried. IN CASE OF FIRE. The House Committee reported that, having considered the arrangements made for coping with any outbreak of fire at the House and Infirmary, they had come to the conclu- sion that they were not satisfactory. With regard to the House, the committee recom- mended the provision, of new hydrants, which should be fixed in front of the House, in the dormitory, the boiler-house, wood-chopping shed, on the main road' so as to reach the mortuary, porter's lodge, tramp wards, on the back road near the laundry, etc. The recommendations relating to the infirmary included purchase of three Minimax extin- guishers, the provision of stand pipes and hydrants, and sufficient hose to reach any p3lrt which might be in danger also the sub- stitution of the 2in. water main by one of at least 4 inches. It was also recommended that the infirmary be connected by electric bells with the master's house. Rev. T. B. Phillips proposed the adoption of the recommendations relating to the Work- house. Rev. R. Odery, in seconding, said it was exceedingly important that some improve- ment should be made in the arrangements. The only apparati at present were in the building, and fixed on wooden stairs, with wooden partitions at the side. It would be absolutely impossible to use these in case of a serious fire, because they would be in flames almost directly. In the interests of the in- mates, the additional hydrants should be pro- vided immediately. Rev. H. E. Lewis was informed that the committee could not produce an estimate of the cost. Rev. T. B. Phillips said the Workhouse Al- terations Committee would go into that matter. Rev. H. E. Lewis proposed, as an amend- ment "That the Board decides to provide the fire extinguishing apparatus required for the Innrmary and the Workhouse, and that the House Committee be requested to report as to the probable cost." Rev. R. Odery contended that there was no necessity for the first part of the amend- ment, as the Board had decided to deal with the question. The amendment was carried, and a further amendment by the Rev. T. B. Phillips that the matter be referred to the Workhouse Al- terations Committee was accepted. THE MORTUARY. Mr. J. 1. D. Nicholl (chairman of the Work- house Alterations Committee) reported that the contractor had' now completed the erec- tion of the mortuary, hearse-house, etc.. with the exception, of some painting. This work had been delayed on account of the weather.

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PENYBONT DISTRICT COUNCIL.I

Glamorgan Assizes.

The Weather and the Crops.

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