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QUEEREST PARISH COUNCIL IN THE KINGDOM. THE MYSTERY OF ST. PETER'S I WITHOUT. A PAROCHIAL FREAK IN CARMAR- I THENSHIRE. Carmarthenshire contains within its borders the most interesting parochial freak in the kingdom. As we all know, Carmarthen town is almost unduly proud of its prison-tho grim old castle overlooking the Towy. Until last year the prison and part of six houses nea.r it belonged to the rural parish of New- church, although the nearest point of that parish is miles distant This geographical curiosity is accounted for in an interesting manner. The lords of Carmarthen Castle in its palmiest days refused to become sub- servient to the authority of the mayor of the town in his capacity as chief magistrate, and obtained a. Royal grant under which their historic domicile and its grounds were de- tached from St. Peter's (Carmarthen);, and added to distant Newchurch. Why Newchurch was fixed upon is a mystery, because Llangun- nor parish adjoined (only the Towy interven- ing), and the castre grounds already extended to the bridge. Steps were taken by the county council some months ago to remove anomalies of this kind throughout the country for the purposes of the Parish Councils Act. The result at Carmarthen is that, if possible, the present state of thiuts is moreabsnrd than the old, What was done ? "The isolated portion could not be made part of the borough (St. Peter's), because the boundaries of a municipality cannot be ex- tended without going through an expensive Parliamentary process, and this no one was prepared to adopt. The county council simply constituted it a parish of itself, and christened it St. Peter's Without." It comprises the prison and governor's houses, four houses in Bridge-street, and (another absurdity) one back room in the Swan Inn and one back room in the Buffalo Inn in Nott- ai?cl oiif,, I?ftcic roo-cn ;,t square! Of course, this unique parochial ban- tam is entitled to its parish meeting, if not its parish council, bat the parishioners have not hitherto availed themselves of that doubtful privilege. In the event of any parishioner demanding his right under the Parish Councils Act many knotty points will have to be un- ravelled. It is not necessary to be a ratepayer to vote under this Act; lodgers can vote and act on the council. That being so, what would be the position of the lodgers and parishioners in her Majesty's prison, practically the only place <;f importance in the whole parish ? There is also the point whether the people who live at the Swan and Buffalo could claim votes in St Peter's Without, as well as Carmarthen borough, seeing that they have only a back room each situate in it. If they could, would they pay rates for the two parishes without demur ? Heaps of queer propositions arise out I of the most unusual state of things existing in the parish, and the amusing incidents which have occurred in the pnsfe fn connection with the composition of juries at coroners' inquests I held ill the prison would All a volume.

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MR. TOM HUGHES AND THE DEPUTY…

ODDFELLOWSHIP IN SOUTH WALES.

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THE TINPLATE TRADE .—————.—————.

THE TOWN GAS BILL.

NOVEL FRACAS AT CARMARTHEN.

ERRORS IN FOOD AND DRINK.

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