ADJOURNED SINE DIE. Drastic Treatment of Pembroke Dock Bankrupts. OFFICIAL RECEIVES STRONG COM- MENTS. Two Pembroke Dock bankrupts, Thomas Owen Roberts and William Miller, had their public examinations adjourned sine die at Pembroke Dock Bankruptcy Court on Friday, before the Registrar (Mr. S. H. Owen). Roberts was first examined, this being his third appearance. He was again represented by Mr. F. W. Merriman. Bankrupt is a dock- yard labourer, and had also carried on busi- ness as a draper and confectioner in Meyrick- street. His liabilities amounted to Z350 and his assets were nil. Some remarkable state- ments were made by debtor at his previous examinations, and were reported in this paper at the time. In reply to the O.R. (Mr. Thomas Thomas), debtor now stated that he had submitted a sup- plemental account showing the money he had deposited in the bank and the money he had received through the County Court. This showed that lie had received E51 3s. 2d. He had also made payments amounting to £ 50 2s. lid. The O. R.: Why didn't you give the dates in that account of the various payments you made I—Debtor replied that the payments were nearly all made at the time he was in Queen- street. He began to withdraw from the bank in 1903. The O. R. pointed out that debtor's accounts showed the payments were made in April, 1903, Bankrupt could not have withdrawn the money to make the payments, if the pay- ments were made early in 1903, as the money was withdrawn in November, 1903. Debtor re- plied that he had made up the account as best he could from the information given by the bank. He admitted that the account could not be a proper one. The O. R.: Why didn't you furnish a proper account?—I have done so to the best of my ability. It is not an account of the money you re- ceived from the bank, because you made these payments before you received the money from the bank. You admit that is unsatisfactory. It is no account at all of the money you had in the bank ?—No answer. You admit that don't you?—In the face of that I have to. UNSATISFACTORY ELEMENTS. That is another unsatisfactory element in your case. You ha\e furnished a list of the debts collected in the County Court in your name, your wife's name, and Messrs. Harris's name. Is that list correct?—It is according to the information I received from the County Court. You say there are only three debts amount- ing to Pl 18s. 7d. now due?—Yes, sir. Mr. Merriman then questioned bankrupt as to his dealings with Messrs. Harris and Co., and he said that they had extended over eleven years. At the outset a verbal agreement was I entered into that he should receive a 20 per cent. commission on all money he collected for them. During the last few years, how- ever, he had been in the position of customer, and they had supplied him in the ordinary way of trade. The debt of E250 which he had incurred to Messrs. Harris extended over the whole eleven years, but most of it had been incurred during the last few years, owing to people leaving the town and leaving their debts behind them. He had also, on various occa- sions, recovered from customers articles on which payments had not been kept up, and had sent them back to the firm. The Official Receiver: Recovered them in what way?—They could not, or would not, keep up their payments, so I said I must have the goods returned to me. In many instances- in fact, I seldom failed—I had the goods re- turned, and returned them to the firm, but I have been given no credit for them. The Official Receiver: If you were a buyer from the firm, as you allege, why did you return them to the firm 1-Thcy allowed me for the returns, instead of paying cash for the goods. They backed me up in that. It was their way of trading. W hat would you say that amounted to ?— Bankrupt replied that he had recovered scores of articles, but could not say what they had amounted to. In reply to a further question, Roberts said that Messrs. Harris used "sprung prices." He explained that he meant that they would list an article wotth 20s. at 28s. 6d. ANTICIPATION. The Official Receiver: What do you mean- that they overcharged?—I can say nothing more than that at this stage. Do you expect another stage, then?—I do not know what you are going to do. The Registrar asked Mr. Merriman what was the object of his examination, and Mr. Merri- man said that the examination of the Official Receiver went to show that his instructions were that Roberts was an agent for these people, whereas his (Mr. Merriman's) instruc- tions were that the man was no agent at all. Some further questions were put, and bank- rupt said tkat sometimes Messrs. Harris sent him goods without being ordered. The Registrar: Are you trying to show there was reckless trading? Mr. Merriman said that he was trying to point out that Messrs. Harris and Co.'s method of trading was such as to allow a man of this sort-a man of no substance-to get into debt to the tune of k250. The Registrar: I do not think that matters. If they have traded recklessly they must stand the consequences, you see. Mr. Merriman then questioned Roberts about the bad debts owing him, and he said that if he could sue these people he could pay Messrs. Harris. He had offered to assign these debts to Messrs. Harris, and they had replied ae cepting, but no assignment had yet been madr He had sent them a list of the debts Aid tbe last known addresses of the debtors. The Official Receiver: I need not remind you, sir, how very unsatisfactory this case has been from the beginning. Debtor's enduot has been throughout most unsatisfactory. There has been only one SERIES OF PROVOCATIONS from beginning to end. I am sorry to speak so strongly, but I feel strongly in this case. I ask you to adjourn this case sine die. The Registrar: I cannot refuse your pppli- cation, Mr. Receiver. The case, as you say, is most unsatisfactory, and in the mtere ts justice I feel Imust adjourn it sine die. I do not like going to that extreme Ct mse m most cases. MR. MILLER'S AFFAIRS. William Miller, commission agent a-d cut fitter, of Laws Street, Pembroke Dock, then ap- peared for his adjourned examination il. A. Jones Lloyd appeared on debtor's Leha f. and Mr. F. W. Merriman appeared for eeit?;n creditors. The Official Receiver: At your ¡..t ^r.vi a- tion you promised to hand over a CT.'oc.-ng book for the period immediately before Jure, 1907. Why have you not done so?- Pf- Muse they have all been taken possession of. Why wasn't this particular book nailed over? You do not suggest this was with ibe books taken over by Mr. Bowling?—bo far as my knowledge extends. Now, sir, be very careful, will yoi, pierre. You handed over to Mr. Bowling ^'ght li oks? -He took everything in my room. Now are you so disinterested in your cwn »Jw..Kr'.irwii.wlvw — I affairs that you don't know "/hat books All. j Bowling had ?—I do not. He had all my booki. I Will you say whether or not tiais book wis with them?—So far as I know every bjok was there. As far as you know, this book was amongst them?—Yes. Haven't you written to me a very different story to that?—I don't think so. I didn't expect you to deny that. Have you written to say the book was destroyed prior to this?-No, sir. Have you written to me lately?—I have an- swered your questions. About that book?—Yes. Didn't you say in your answer that this book was destroyed because the totals were brought forward into another book?—No; sir. What was your practice when these books were finished 1-1 took no great interest in the books when they were done with, especially the collector's books, because they were no more good to me. NOT GENERALLY PRESERVED. The Official Receiver then read a letter writ- ten to him by MilleT on January 10th, in which he stated that when he had finished with them his collector's books were not generally pre- served.-Pebtor admitted this was correct. The Official Receiver: Very well. Why did you deny that a few minutes ago?—I said that I had never destroyed them to my knowledge. You denied you had written this letter to me?—I did not deny writing. You say the books were not generally pre- served. What became of them if they were not preserved?—I cannot tell you. I took no interest in them. I must press you for an answer. What do you mean. Are you insinuating that Mr. Bowling has taken the books?—He had several books, but I do not know what books. Well, it was to your interest to know?—I asked him, but he would not let me know. Was this particular book I want with them? I have no more books in my possession. In answer to further questions, bankrupt said that all the. books handed over to Mr. Bowling were old books. He admitted that he had previously stated that he had handed over all books of account to the Official Receiver. The Official Receiver: They were books of account -I thought they were no good to anyone. How are you to judge? They were books of account ?—Y ee. Since then you have handed over to Mr. Bowling eight books?—I do not know the number. Is the matter of such indifference. to you that you do not know how many books there were ?—He would not give me time. Have you ever found these pass books that you alleged your little daughter destroyed?— Not one. I have no books in my possession at all. Was it not from these small books that you got the figure:; for your statement of affairs?— No; from my collecting book. You said before that it was from the small books you prepared your statement of affairs ?— Oh, yes; it was the small books. That is right, the small books. Then why did you destroy them ?—I did not destroy them. You allowed them to be destroyed. At the previous examination you said, "I threw down the books and said The Registrar: Is this the story of the books destroyed by the child? The Official Receiver: These amounts are shown in your statement of affairs. These amounts are due to your customers after taking 20 per cent. for collection ?—I think so. The Official Receiver then questioned debtor with regard to his transactions with various tradesmen, for whom he admitted he hajj collected certain sums. He admitted that he had used some of the money collected in his own business, without the authority of the persons to whom they belonged. The OxTicial Receiver then said that it had been reported to him that debtor interrupted the sale of his stock, on January 9th, by ask- ing people not to bid. Debtor: I was present, and I had one or two friends with me. I made a bid, and when people saw me bid they said, "Miller wants his goods back. We will not interfere." Twice that happened with regard to my fixtures. Did you not ask certain individuals not to bid against you?—I did not move off m'y door- step. You know it was your duty to assist in every way the realisation of your estate, instead of which you tried to injure the sale?—I do not think I did. Forgive me, sir. It was not my intention. AN INCIDENT AT THE SALE. Will you swear that you did not in any way interfere with the sale by asking people not to bid? Be very careful, because the people are alive to-day ?—I do not think I asked any- body not to bid. Do you know Mr. Jenkins, of the Swan Inn? -I do. Didn't you ask him not to bid. Did you make any signs to him?—I said, "Jenkins, I should like my fixtures for myself." What is that but asking him not to bid?— It is a very mild form. Didn't you also speak to Mr. Brown, of Upper Gwyther Street?—I don't know the gentleman. Miller was next cross-examined with regard to a bill of sale on some furniture belonging to a man named Wright, of Tenby, which he held. It was for Z35, and he declared that nothing was now due to him. He had re- garded this money as pocket-money, and had not entered it into his cash book because he did not think it necessary. The Official Receiver: Why put anything in the cash book at all?—It was not for goods sold. The Official Receiver: It was for furniture sold. Debtor was then questioned about a valuable snuff-box which had been in his possession. He said that it was not his, but belonged to a lady, whose name he wrote down on a slip of paper, for whom he tried to sell it on com- mission. Mr. Merriman then cross-examined debtor, who said that he could not say what was the value of his stock twelve months ago, and he could not give any idea of the greatest value of stock he had had in his shop at any time. He had handed over everything that belonged to him, including furniture. He had bought his furniture piecemeal as he had required it. The whole of the furniture on his premises had not belonged to him, but Mr. Bowling had had what belonged to him. The rest of the furniture had belonged to his wife. AN INSURANCE MATTER. Mr. Merriman: Would you have had over E20 of furniture five years ago?—Nothing ap- proaching to it. What did you insure it for?—I never insured it. What would you have insured it for?—I can- not answer. Did you insure it?—I insured the house, stock, and furniture. Did you insure the furniture?—I insured everything. What did you insure the furniture for?—I cannot answer that. Did you insure your furniture five years ago for £3001-0h, did I? Did you?—At that time, let me tell you, I had goods belonging to other people in the house, for which I was responsible. In reply to another question, debtor said that he had had oil paintings in his house worth R500, but had not disclosed the value of these paintings to the insurance company.
TERRITORIAL ARMY. PEMBROKESHIRE SCHEME. A meeting of the County Association (Terri- torial Army Act) was held at Haverfordwest on Saturday when there were present Earl Cawdor (president), Col. Holford Walker (chairman), Col. Lloyd (vice-chairman). Col. Meyrick, Col. Ivor Philipps. M.P., Col. Mirehouse, Col. W. R. Roberts, Major J. P. Lloyd Phillips, Major Colby, Major Beddoe. Major Treweeks, Capt. W. J. Jones, Dr. Griffiths, and Mr. Edwaid White. The proceedings were private. The meeting co-opted as members, Lord Kensington, Col. Gooueve, and Mr. J. B. Bowen, Llwyn- gwair. The Pembrokeshire scheme, which was re- ceived from the War Office, and consider vi, provides for three infantry companies in the county—Haverfordwest, Pembroke, and Milford Haven. The Pembrokeshire group will consist of Yeomanry, 15 officers and 239 men; other ranks, four companies—R.G.A. 12 officers and 308 men; Engineers, three officers, and 97 men; electric light company, four officers, and 80 men. There will thus be one battalion of in- fantry (less four companies for Carmarthen- shire), consisting df 15 officers and 512 men. A communication was received from Carmar- thenshire with regard to the appointment of a joint secretary. Considerable division of op- inion was manifested, and an amendment moved by Col. Ivor Philipps that Pembroke shire have its own secretary, was defat-ed. A great deal now depends on the action uf Cardiganshire, for unless the proposal to ap- point a joint secrtary, is appointed by the three counties, it will again come up for considera- tion. The proposal is regarded with some alarm in Pembrokeshire, for if a joint secretary resi- dent in Carmarthenshire is appointed it is feared that the headquarters may be removed from Haverfordwest to Llanelly.
CARMARTHEN ASSIZES. Mr. Justice A. T. Lawrence opened the As- sizes at Carmarthen on Saturday. There was only one prisoner. COMMISSION AGENT ACQUITTED. Thomas Davies, a young commission agent, was charged with embezzling £3 14s. from his former employers, the "Welshman" Newspaper and Steam Printing Co., Ltd. The jury found a verdict of "Not guilty," on the ground that as prisoner was not in receipt of a salary or wage he was not a proper servant. His Lordship: Very well, gentlemen; I have your verdict, but I think it is very dangerous ground you have put it on. Addressing the prisoner his Lordship said: You can be dis- charged, but I hope it will be a warning to you to be more careful in future. The decision was received with applause, which was immediately suppressed at the di- rection of the judge. PEMBROKESHIRE FAMILY SQUABBLES. Alluding to the remitted action from the Pembrokeshire Assizes, Davies v. John, Mr. Ivor Bowen, who appeared for the defendant, said it was an unfortunate family squabble over the keep of a horse, and, as his Lordship knew, they always fought very hard in that part of the country. His Lordship: Family squabbles are in most parts of the country. On the application of Mr. Bowen, his Lord- ship then agreed to the case being tried at the Pembrokeshire Assizes in Mav. ACTION SETTLED. A settlement was arrived at in the consoli- dated suit of Saunders and Rees v. Lewis and another, which was an action for a declaration of a right of way over a farm at Cold Walter, in the parish of Llangendeirne. ¡
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— PEMBROKE BOARD OF GiiARBiANS. A Workhorse Romance. A meeting of the Pembroke Board of G u-r •M1S was iirId on Thursday at the Workhouse, hen there v.ore present Mr. T. John (chair- an), Mr. \V. G. Parcel (vice-chairman), Mrs. rieve, Mrs. Lowless, Mrs. Williams. the Rev. C. Eva'):- J. 11. Thomas, W. Penney. J. Hito-hings..T. Tucker, W. vans, J. -V. M. widths, and J. Good- dge, with the cierk (Mr. J. fc3. W. Jones) and le Master it'ir. v. Jj'luiter). THEY MET IX THE HOUSE. A man named "Buttery came beiore the Board id asked for relief, lie said that he had no prk and had a wife an- child to keep. He id not want, to come into the House just as ihie wo-k couiinj into NeyLind. He was iarried at Llarstadwell Parish Chilrch about ft weeks ago. The Chairman: And now you cannot main- fin the wife you have married. It seems a ither queer business. Applicant: We went out here together. Mrs. Lowless: Did I not talk to you about aking this step? Applicant Yes. The Chairman: Do you think it proper to lCce upon yourself these responsibilities and hen throw them upon the ratepayers within Wb months ? Applicant said that lie and his wife were do- ng their best. In answer to other questions, applicant said taat he was 28 years of age. A child was born rL April of last year. He now had a home in eyland. Mr. J. Jones: Were you acquainted with her ^Sfore you met her in the house?—Yes; I met up in Tenbv. The Chairman: Have you any regular em- ployment besides stone-breaking?—None at all. Mrs. Grieve said that the man could not do totteh work as one side of him was paralysed. lie had been in the House for nearly twelve Months, and had discharged himself a couple Of times and gone in search of work. It was decided to give relief in kind. SALARIES. A lette- was read from the Local Govern- ment BoaL asking for the reason of the pro- Posed increase in the salaries of the master and matron. Mr. Parcell: Yery loner service without any irterease, and increased duties. The Clerk was directed to send a reply giving the reasons mentioned by Mr. Parcell. Nurse Ayres, of the Infirmary, applied for increase of salary, stating that she had now held the appointment for three years. It vas stated that she now received £ 40 and for uniform, and upon the proposition of Griffiths, seconded by Mr. Tucker, it was ^S.cided not to accede to the application, sev- llr4l Guard ans expressing the opinion that she I "as very well paid at present. A DIFFICULT CASE. The Clerk reported that he had received a Jfiply from Messrs. Harlaiid and Wolff stating ~lat William James Haddock (whose four chil- are in the Pembroke Workhouse) was in their employ and received 33s. per week. Mr. Parcell: Why not let him take the chil- dren out I Mr. Lowless: Because he was not considered tit, to keep them. Mr. Parcell: But he is in another Union now. The Rev. B. C. Evans: We adopted the Children. Mr. Parcell: That resolution could be re- scinded. We should let the responsibility lie *ith the Union the man is living in. The Clerk: His settlement is here now. Mrs. Grieve- The father is able to support ^ese children, and ought to keep them. Mr. J. Thomas asked if there was not & otK^er au*hority to look after the children at places besides Pembroke. Mrs. Lowless said that they had no right to interfere. Mr. j. Thomas said that the man had asked 0 have the children ou+ and would not pay anything. If he took the children out and did not treat them properly there would be a Proper authority at Devonport to deal with the flatter. He did not see how the Board were to get at these people, for they had defied the law. Mr. Parcell said that the man was living at Plymouth, and lie did not see that the Pem- broke Board should have the responsibility of Poking after the children. Mrs. Grieve: Morally, is it right. Mr. Parcell: Don't you think there are people ti! ^yniou^h and Devonport M-ho can look after morals of the children as well as we can. After some further discussion the clerk was lfected to take proceedings to enforce the Order already made against Haddock to sup- port his children. THE WATER PROBLEM. The Chairman said that the committee ap- tinted to go into the question of the water X"PPly of the Workhouse had met and con- 8id.l'ed the matter. They had looked up some Of the reports on the old supply and found one Whi(h stated that ammonia was present in fpnsiderable quantities, and pointed to pollu- IOn of the nature of sewage, and the water 'as therefore unsatisfactory. Most of them ^ere aware that they used to get this water r°m Golden Hill, near the railway. There was a row of houses there with the usual offices at the back of the gardens, and the spring was lust the other side of the hedge. There was **o doubt that this water was very unsatis- factory, and he did not think they ought to ake the responsibility of using that water any fUrther there. It would cost them over £100 i? lay pipes to convey the water there, and for t e extra fittings. If they used this water only flushing there was the risk that it might ^sed for other purposes, and might breed lipase. He did not think any of them would e to feel responsible for the death of any 7u°n *n ^iere- .Mr. Parcell asked what water the people in the cottages used? The Chairman said that the cottages were sli I)Plied with water from Pembroke Dock. Con- 1?u.lnS, he said that they had considered the p Usability of obtaining a supply from the >f°^e Waterworks. They were in the Paris of Mary's, Pembroke, and no doubt the sanitary authority was under an obligation to supply them with water. They would then Pay their share of the water rate, which, he believed, amounted to about Is. in the E, and 110 would work out at about £9 per annum for their Workhouse. As against that they ttiust remember that the borough supply was ot supposed to be sufficient during the sum- n*er months. Then they could fall back upon the Pembroke Dock supply. But even if the Pembroke supply only sufficed for three-quar- ts out of the four, they would reduce the of their water supply considerably. Mr. Griffiths was certain that the Pembroke Ward could not supply them with water for three-quarters of the year. He also did not that they had any claim upon the ward, p' r* J- Jones: It is ridiculous to suppose that T)nnb r.°^e vviH supply for £ 9 what Pembroke v ls getting £ 120 for. It is ridiculous. I a ttiember of the committee, but I would not vote for it The Rev. g C. Evans said that any house ,e.n 1 to ask for a water supply, and the VV orkliouse hacj tjle same rjght as any other house. They had the right, according to law, to make such a claim. It would be foolish to spend money On the old supply, because, as the Chairman had said, that had been con- demned in the time of the late Mr. Roch. It would be folly to spend money upon a doubt- ful supply. He had no doubt that Pembroke Would do their best in the matter, and they could always nil back on the Pembroke Dock supply. Mr. W. Evans said that when the Pembroke Ward applied .for an augmentation of the as- sessment of the House, the Mayor an- Town Clerk said that they were prepared to supply 'them with water. » The Chairman: That is so. Mr. Evans said that it would be a great sav- to the Union to have the supply from Pembroke instead of Pembroke Dock, who were ^arging an exorbitant rate. He belonged to f'embroke Dock, and he knew that they were faking an income of about £ 200 a year out of *neir water supply. At the same time, as a J*nardian he must be honest and square, and ^11 them that they could get water more ECONOMICALLY. Mr. Griffiths did not think Pembroke would able to supply the Workhouse more than ix months in the year. He thought they j^ght to ask the Pembroke Dock Water Com- Jttee to reduce their charges. After further discussion the report of the nimittee was unanimously adopted, upon the Oposition of the ReT. B. C. Evans seconded }b. Penmay.
-+ A' THE PROSPERITY OF MILFORD HAVEN. H vsr the Consumption of Gas has Risen. A meeting of the Milford Haven Urban Dis- trict Council was held on Friday evening, when there were present Mr. J. Hire (chair- man), Colonel W. R. Roberts, Dr. G. Griffith, Dr. B. T. P. Davies, Messrs. J. Llewellyn Davies, C. T. Blethyn, J. Walkley, G. Cole, T. G. Hancock, J, V. bicher, D. G. Jones, G. S. Kelway, aDd A. Chugg, with the clerk (Mr. Lewis), the surveyor (Mr. Morgan), and the gas and water manager (Mr. Calderwood). AN IMPORTANT PROPOSAL. The Gas and Water Committee reported that they had considered a report received from the gas manager 0:1 the subject of the new addi- tional plant required at the works, also the particulars of the mains required to complete the scheme for the better distribution of gas, and for the extension of mains to other parts of the district; the first portion of the said scheme having been sanctioned by the Coun- cil in December, 1906. The committee recom- mended that an application be made to the Local Government Board for their sanction to borrow Z2 000, under the new Gas Order of 1907, to cover the cost of the proposed works and expense: of loan. The committee recom- mended that the Council advertise for tenders for a supply from 1st April, 1908, to 31st March, 1909, of 1,200 tons of large gas coal and 50 tons of bituminous steam coal. They fur- ther recommended the purchase of some tubing at a cost of £14 10s., and various small articles such as shovels and brooms. Mr. J. Ll. Davies proposed the adoption of the report. In doing so he said that he should like to call the attention of the Council to the fact that the committee had no desire to spring anything upon them; therefore they had sent out the information before coming to the meet- ing. They had now, he presumed, all read the report of the gas and water manager, and they would be able to gather from it that it was absolutely necessary and desirable that a large sum of money should be spent on the present gas works. When these gas works were built they were built with the intention and idea of being able to make fully twice the amount of gas the town consumed at that time. He now desired to call their attention to the position of affairs. In 1896 the total of the gas manufactured at the gas works was 4,604.000 cubic feet. Five years afterwards, in 1901, the gas consupmtion had increased to 7,112,000 cubic feet. In another five years, although during that time the Dock Com- pany commenced to manufacture their own gas, and they thus lost a considerable amount of income; the consumption was 7. 823,000 cubic feet. They had therefore, picked up in the town more than they had lost when the Dockf commenced to make their own supply. In 1907 the consumption had increased to 9,449,000, and during the present year ending in March, it was estimated that the consumption would considerably exceed 10,000,000 cubic feet. A gas-house constructed for the manufacture of 8.000.000 cubic fe-et of gas was not either ade- quate or economical for the manufacture of the 10,000,000 cubic feet now required in the town for consumption. After looking at these facts he was sure he could look forward to the sup- port of every member to the report of the Gas and Water Committee. This Council had at dif- ferent times done everything in its power to encourage the development of the trade of the town of Milford. They had had no reason to regret anything they had done in the last fifteen years. He was sure that if he had been able to convince them that it was absolutely necessary and desirable to lay out this money upon the gas-works in order to meet the re- quirements of the town, he should have their cordial and hearty support. With regard to tho pipes to be put down that matter was discussed in 1906, when plans were submitted of the extra pipes that would be required to main the town. A portion of this scheme had been caried out, but the remainder had. not as their borrowing powers were limited. They now pro- posed to complete the scheme throughout the whole town. Thfere were many cross-streets in the town, where there was nothing but ser- vice pipes. It was proposed to put mains in all these streets and also to lay them in new streets. There was no doubt about it, a large num- ber of gas consumers lived in the new streets, and others would be consumers if the pipes were laid. He considered it would be in the bona fide interests of the town that the mains should be laid and the gas-works should be put in a position to manufacture the actual amount of gas required. He therefore moved the ad- option of the report. Col. Roberts seconded, and said that he thought the committee were fully justified in recommending the proposal to borrow £2,000 for gas purposes. It would have failed in an obvious duty if it had not done so. As Mr. Llewellyn Davies had pointed out, the gas plant erected 20 years ago was in a fairly Woffi out condition now, and renewals were neces- sary in order to prevent a possible breakdown. Furthermore, extensions were urgently needed in order to meet the requirements of a rapidly growing population by providing mains, for unless they offered adequate facilities to the public they could not make a large gas under- taking a commercial success, and increase the number of customers. He knew it was said outside that their public debts were increasing by leaps and bounds, but surely that should be a matter of congratulation, for it was the best possible evidence of the growing prosperity of the town. The report was adopted, and the resolution applying to the Local Government Board for permission to borrow the necessary money was also carried unanimously. Mr. LI. Davies added that the material at the old water-works had been sold, and had real- ised £ 31. SANITARY MATTERS. The Sanitary Committee recommended (a) That a reward of ten shillings be offered for information leading to the conviction of any person or persons, throwing or laying nightsoil or filth of any kind, on any street, or on any grating, or gully therein, (b) That owing to the improper use made of the urinals, Bye- Laws as to the decent conduct of persons using the same be made. (c) Your committee have visited the accommodation road to the back of houses on the North side of Greville Road; they recommend that a cesspit be con- structed at the east end of that accommodation road, to deal with the surface water that accu- mulates at that point. Dr. Davies in moving the adoption of the re- port, said that a little while back complaints were made with regard to the smell emanating from the gratings. He believed that the pub- lic generally did not know that these gratings were not supposed to take anything besides rain water, and that no filth was supposed to be thrown in the gullies. Mr. D. G. Jones seconded. Some discussion took place with regard to the proposed cesspit at Greville Road, Mr. Kelway suggeting that a better plan would be to connect with the drains from the school. The report was adopted. THE OFFICES. The Highwayø; Lighting, and Improvements Committee reported that they had received the following tenders for new partition in office lobby, and for the necessary shelving, viz.: James Thomas, P.9 7s., and shelving 5d. per foot; Lloyd and Co., £6 5s., and shelving 7d. per foot; Phelps and Owens, £6 2s. 6d., and shelving 4d. per foot; S. A. Scott, £5 15s., and shelving 5d. per foot. They recommended that S. A. Scott's tender be accepted. They also reported that they had received nine applications for the post of caretaker, and recommended that Mrs. Frances Davies, of Pill Road, be appointed. They further re- ported that they have had under consideration the wages paid to the roadmen, and they recommended that the following increases be made, i.e. Devonald, Morgan, and Davies, from 18s. to 20s. per week; Mathias, from 15s. to 18s. per week. The committee also recommended:—That H.M. Postmaster-General be granted permission to erect three additional telephone poles in Charles Street, on the same side as the poles already erected. That tenders be invited for a supply of about 1,500 tons of granite, or other stone of approved quality, for next year. That a new gas-fire be obtained for the sur- veyor's office. Mr. Kelway moved the adoption of the report, and Mr. Blethyn seconded. Mr. Jones said that at a meeting of the Council it had been decided that the accom- modation roads should be paved with limestone setts. He should like to know why notices had not been served upon the owners of pro- perty in accordance with the terms of that resolution ? Mr. Kelway said it was simply because the surveyor, up to the present time, had not been able to provide the necessary plans. He hoped to place some before them at their next meet- ing. After some further discussion the report was adopted.
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