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FEAST OF SONG AT PONTARDAWE.

PONTARDAWE BOARD OF GUARDIANS

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PONTARDAWE BOARD OF GUARDIANS The fortnightly meeting of the Pont- ardawe Board of Guardians took place on Thursday, Mr. J. G. Harris (vice- president) presiding over a fair attend- ance of members. SYMPATHY WITH CHAIRMAN. The Clerk reported that the chair man, Mr. H. j. Powell (Ystalyfera) could not attend owing to the death of his brother, and on the motion of Mr. J. M. Davies, a resolution of sym- pathy with Mr. Powell was passed by all members rising in their seats. ANOTHER UNUSUAL RELIEF CASE I The Western Relief Committee re- ported on a. somewhat unusual relief case. A man residing at Gwauncae- gurwen with a family of six was in re- ceipt of 18s. per week relief, and one of his sons, living at Whitland, had been requested to contibute to this fund. Replying on an official form, the man said he was a plasterer earning an average of only £ 1 per week and offering to pay 6d. per week. He was a married man with 110 children, and the members were informed that he lived in his own house, upon which there was a mortgage of JE160. His mother-in-law lived with him and drew the old age pension of 5s. per week. The Guardians suggested that he should pay 2s. 6d. per week. The Clerk said the man's employers had been written to and they declared his average earnings to be £ I Os. lOd. per week. Mr. L. W. Francis thought inquiries should be made regarding the case. He had reason to believe that the father receiving relief was the owner of the house in question, because the son could scarcely have "launched out" on house building when he was only receiving JB1 per week. He moved that Mr. Dd. Jenkins, relieving officer, be sent down to investigate the matter. Mr. Richard Thomas thought there was no necessity to do this. All the in- formation necessary could be obtained by writing to the Whitland Guardians. Mr. J. M. Davies seconded the pro- prsition of Mr. Francis, and amend- ments were moved and seconded that the Clerk should write to the Whitland Guardians, and that an order of 2s. 6d. per week should be made. Ultimately it was decided to send Mr. Jenkins to make the necessary inquiries. MASTER'S REMUNERATION. I The Clerk observed that at the com- mencement of January, the Board voted £ 10 to the Master, Mr. Jones, for his services in the management of the gardens, firewood department, etc., during 1913, but contrary to their pre- vious custom the Local Government Board had this year asked several questions regarding the circumstances of the payment. They stated that be- fore further considering the matter, additional information was required of the duties performed by the Master that the Guardians considered justified the extra payment. He (the Clerk) had in mind to reply to the Board that the payment was partly in the terms of the Master's appointment, but one point overlooked by most of the mem- bers was that the terms provided that the Master should carry out these duties and receive the grant "Until a porter was appointed who should undertake this and other work." He had spoken to the Master, and the lat- ter said that if a porter was appointed who was able to do the work he (the Master) was entirely in the hands of the Guardians, but he pointed out that the present porter was a new man and knew little about gardening. Mr. Harry Thomas said it had been previously decided that the £10 was part of the Master's allowance and was in the terms of his appointment. It was agreed that the payment for 1913 should be confirmed and particu- lars sent to the L.G.B., and that the question should be referred to the House Management Committee for their consideration, together with the duties at present being discharged by the porter. ,00004

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FEAST OF SONG AT PONTARDAWE.