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Brecon Board of Guardians. 1 NO EXTRAVAGANCE AT WORKHOUSE- BUT COMMENDABLE ECONOMY. At the Brecon Board of Guardians on Friday there were present:—The chairman (Mr Owen Price), Mips Adelaide Williams, Revs. R. M. Jenkins, H. J. Church Jones, T. C. Richards, A. E. Evans, Messrs. John Jones (Battle), O. T. Harrys Howells, Dd. Davies, John Smith, Thos. Daniels, John Jones (Glyn), Jenkin Williams, Dl. Watkin^, John Jones (vice-chairman), A. A. Mitchell, Reea Williams, J. Price, W. C. Davys. Dl. Phillips, John Phillips, J. F. Ricketts, W. Watcyn Williams, together with the deputy-clerk (Mr E. J. Hill) and other officials. The number of vagrants relieved at the workhouse during the past month was 107, showing a decrease of 93 compared with the corresponding period last year. There are at present 61 inmates. Unfounded Complaint. The House Committee reported that they had fully dis- cussed and investigated the charge made of extrava- gance and waste at the workhouse, and were satisfied that the- allegation was incorrect. The committee were pleased to find that the supplies and consumption of provisions by the inmates and officers were quite satis- factory and that everything was being carried out as economically as possible. Miss Adelaide Williams, in moving the adoption of the report- said the clerk, herself and the committee went into figures very carefully, and they found every- thing possible had been done to reduce the expendi- ture. The Board would be pleased to hear that the officials of their own accord for some months had voluntarily not drawn the rations they were entitled to, in fact they had done with a great deal less than they might have, and done it of thtir own accord, and could not reduce it any more. Mr J. Smith, in seconding, said the tlerk produced a full list of the dietary and prices allowed, and by that it was shown that the amount they were entitled to was XIIO, whereas the actual amount spent in the last quarter was t72, notwithstanding the increased cost of provisions. He thought that was very much to the cre- dit of the officials, and this had been done voluntarily. He thought they could safely leave this matter to the officials, who would carry on things as economically as 1)O;ible. (Hear, hear.) The clerk stated that the figures were £102 and R72 odd respectively, and showed an actual saving in ex- penditure of £28. Mr J. Smith: And that in spite of the very much in- creased cost of provisions. "Chronic Epidemic." The relieving officers applied for a war bonus. Mr J. Smith: It seems a chronic epidemic and very contagious. (Laughter.) TbcChaJrman: It is. natural enough! (Renewed laughter.) The application was referred to the Finance Com- mittee.

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