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TIPYN 0 BOB PETtf." twDO JlOf RBCBMASK-S iltu Tim oinswos OU-a YD I I. bi wtrraas is tai& colemk.] A Llangollen ratepayer, who writes as "a remainder of a bye-gone generation who lags superfluous on the stage," writes to say he is much amused at the modernized version of the three tailors of Tooley Streetsix roadmen of Castle Street he phrases it-pre- sented by the Council workmen's strike at Llangollen. At-, the -same,tiMe"L he says, he would like to correct a .suggestion to the effect that the late Mr. Kenrick Jones, who acted !t? surveyor and rate-collector to the Urban Council for 30s. a. week and declined an offer of more on the grounds that the wor? wasn't -Worth it," was the pioneer of low wages, official and otherwise, at Llangollen. If." he says, you will turn up the minutes of the proceedings of the Local Board in 1874 (February 11, Mr. Fell presiding—I remember the, meeting) you will find the following in- cluded: "The Clerk read a large number of applications from various gentlemen for the vacant position of surveyor. These were eventually brought down to three and Mr. Peter DaVies, Castle Street, was appointed to perform ail the various offices for a sum of £ 45 per annum." The correspondent adds I that. there was quite as much work attached to the position then as now; the population I being precisely the same whilst, on the other hand, a large part of, the road-work is now attended to by. the Countv Council. At the next monthly meeting of the Board, the min- utes state: It was ordered that Inspector Humphreys be paid £5. for the five months he acted as nuisance inspector. These duties were merged in those of the £ 45 appoint- ment." I don't know what the writer desires to ixrove, but give his informa,tipn for what it is worth. I # #v  cont?rib- There is a further paragraph in his contrib- ution, referring t urban affairs of nearly half- a-oentury ago, which is interesting. Again he states, he quotes from the minutes of the Local Board.-for, 1874--how and where he had access to them would be interesting to know: The Gas Company submitted terms for light- ing,,38 lamps during the winter months. The amount required was £ 44 17s. The Board had intended to put in two additional lamps —one at the corner of the street near the new Board Schooils and another at the corner of John Street, but the Gas Co. declined to lay their, mains to this point, whereupon Mr. Bicfaard Griiffths proposed that a paraffin lamp should be placed there and a register kept, and if this was found" to be suitable that they should dispense with gas altogether for lighting the streets; the Surveyor (Mr. Peter Davies) being instructed to provide the necessary lamp. This extract is interesting, as showing; lighting difficulties at Ll&n- gollen are by no means modern affairs they existed long before the coming of the electric light. There does not appear, however, to have been any record kept of the result of the experiment with the paraffin la.mp which it was one of the Surveyor's duties to provide &nd, doubtless, to trim and keep burning. If my' correspondent has any authentic infor- matics on the point it ehbuld prove interest- ing. » A third extract, which the correspoadent, already, quoted, includes iHnoagst. others from the Local Board minutes of approaching half- %-oentury ago isÏPteresting as indicating how certain problems have a tendency to persist in urban iffsirs, Here it is: Nov. 11. 1874, A letter was read from Mr. W. H. Sims, finan- eial secretary of the Free Churches of Eng- land demurring to a. charge of 15s. a day charged for the use of thos Assembly Rooms for religious, services on Sundays, together with an answer sent to him by the Chairman of the Board pointing out that the great consump- tioh of gas in winter rendered this necessary, and a further communication from Mr. Sims admitting this but stating he thought the Board would consider that it was an experi. ment and that lectures would be givep in the summer when there would be no gas used. The Chairman said that 9s. was charged for the room for local purposes but this did nbt pay the Board, as the gas cos^Ss. 6d. a night, and 5s. for the cost of cleaning up after the meetings, and then there wa.s the damage done. It was finally decided that 12s. 6d. should be charged for Sundays, and gs. for one ordinary night or 15s. for two nights weekly." From these facts and figures, appears that the value of the Assembly Rooms—the Town Hall to give it its modern title-as a letting pro- position has not appreciated in half-a-century. However, the particular interest in these three extracts appears to be that they indi- cate, after five decades, that the same 11 hardy annuals confront local legislators. The legacy of asking » little and doing a lot, bequeathed by Peter Davies, of Castle Street, who under- took all the duties pertaining to the surveyor- ship, etc., for £ 45 a year, stul causes trouble; the question of lighting to say nothing of the ga-s "—remains a disturbing factor; and the letting of the Town Hall continues to per- turb parochial politics, and so the things work round in a circle without getting much for- rader." One thing that appears to be abund- arrtly olear, and this would seem to be what my friend desires to lead up to, is that the rates are quite up-to-date; they have not stood still for fifty years, he states, but he fails to indicate the directions in which improvements have been made to make life bettei- worth living in the little town. What he does not appear to grasp—arid this is precisely what the old broer stoically decline to recognise— is that a new era has commenced and that it oostsmore to give a fair allowance to many, than an unfair abundance to a privileged few. Nevertheless, the spirit of the age is in favour of even-handed justice all round, and it win eventually assert itself even in the most un- prdgressive communities. ve n in the most un. EWYA, GLYN. I I I

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