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PEMBROKE BOARD OF GLARDIANS. WHAT LITIGATION COSTS THE RATE- PAYERS. A meeting of the Pembroke Board of Guard- ians was held on Thursday afternoon at the Board Room, when there were present, Mr. T. John (chairman). Mr. W. G. Parcell (vice- chairman), Mrs. Lowless, Mrs. Grieve, the Rev. B. C. Evans, Messrs. G. Thomas, J. Thomas, W. Evans, J. Hitchings. W. M. Griffiths, J. Picton, J. Goodridge, B. Hancock, J. W. Jenney, J. Tucker and W. C. Jones, with the Clerk (Mr. J. S. W. Jones), and the Master (Mr. C. Flutter). A DISPUTED SETTLEMENT., The Chairman read a letter from the Ber- mondsey Union stating that exhaustive en- quiries had been made with regard to the case of Martha Shorter, a widow, now an inmate in the Pembroke Workhouse, to whom the Bermondsey Union had been asked to accept. They considered that the woman had not gained a settlement in the Bermondsey Union, ,and therefore they would decline to take her, and would appeal against the magistrate's order. The woman was called in and questioned by the Guardians, she said that she was born at Bermondsey and had been twice married, firstly in 1374 to George Baumer, who died after seven years, and then again in 1885 to Henry Shorter. She had been in the Bermondsey Workhouse for five years prior to coming to Pembroke Dock in answer to an advertisement. When she left her place she came into the workhouse. She had letters from the matron of the Bermondsey Workhouse. The Master pointed out that the woman had admitted in his presence to a Mr. Burnett, who had come down from Bermondsey that she had not an unbroken residence, and had been in the habit of going in the summer to seaside places. The Chairman: That is very important. Mrs. Shorter, when asked if she had resided in any other place than London, said that she had not, but for eight years before she became chargeable she had been in the habit of going tothe seaside as a cook for four months every year. She had been to a number of seaside places, but she always returned to Bermondsey. Continuing, she said that she was born in Bermondsey, she was married there, her hus- band was born there, and she had children born there. It was all rot to say that she did not belong to the parish. After some further discussion the matter was referred to the House Committee to be further investigated. THE NURSE'S UNIFORM. A letter was read from the assistant nurse (Miss Adams), stating that in her agreement there was no reference to uniform. She would like to know if she was entitled to it, like other nurses. Mr. W. M. Griffiths said that her salary was only £ 18 and she was a most satisfactory nurse. He proposed that they allow another £2 for uniform. Mrs. Lowless seconded and said they had a very worthy assistant nurse, and this was carried unanimously. TARDY OVERSEERS. Once more the question of the tardy manner in which the ovserseers cf some of the parishes pay in their quotas arose, and this time the complaint was with regard ta Neyland. The Chairman said that at the last meeting of the Board it was said that there was a re- solution on the books deciding that the Clerk should not write to overseers who were in ar- rears. The books had been searched, and this resolution was not fpund, though it appeared that such a resolution had been passed by the District Council. He thought that they should write to the overseers of Neyland for the money. Mr. Griffiths proposed that they be written to. The Clerk: How long will you give them ? Mr. Griffiths: One quota should be paid im- mediately. The resolution was carried. COSTLY APPEALS. Mr. Hancock said that he should like to draw attention to the expense the Guardians had been put to in conseouence of the two ap- peals they had had to tight at the-Quarter Sessions at Haverfordwest. He thought that the Board ought to be acquainted with the results. The Chairman said that he thought they were all aware of the circumstances under which they were taken to tiie Quarter Sessions by Mr. Charles Mathias, of Lamphey Court. He appealed against the assessment of some land in the parish of Lamphey and not being sat- isfied wtih the decision of the Assessment Com- mittee, he took the matter to Quarter Sessions. Judgment was given in favour of the Guardians but in consequence of the very low fees allowed by the Court, the case cost them P,18 18s. 8d. There was a second case which had a similar result, and this time the Board were put to the expense of £15 13s. 3d. The result of the two cases was that the ratepayers had to pay £ 32 lis. lid. for the fun of going to Quarter Sessions. Mr. G. Thomas: What did we receive ? The Chairman: In the first case £10 Is. 4d. and in the second case, £12 6s. 8d. Mr. G. Thomas: How much did our case cost more than Mr. Mathias's ? The Chairman: We don't know what Mr. Mathias's case cost. Mr. Hancock said that he took it the total cost of the two cases to the Board was about E60. and after they had received a portion of the cost,, a sum of £32 lis.lid. fell upon the rates. What the cost was to Mr. Mathias they could net tell. And they must remember that Mr. Mathias was a member of that Board, and also a justice of the peace for the county. Mr. G. Thomas: That's a bad remark. Every individual has a perfect right to appeal. Mrs. Lowless asked if it would benefit the Assessment Committee in the future to have obtained these two decisions in their favour. The Chairman: Mr. Mathias is appealing again. There is another appeal pending once more. We are not through it yet. At the last Assessment Committee he came here with sheets and sheets of objections. Mr. J. Thomas said that he considered some of the items in the lawyer's bill ought to be read to the Guardians. The Chairman said that the Board brief Mr. Meag of Swansea, for their first case. They pai 1 ?< Mepger eight guineas and the Court only avowed l«i:ii two guineas. If any of them went to law £ hey must not be under the im- press on that if they won it would cost them went to law £ hey must not be under the im- press on that it they won it would cost them nothing. K wis not so. Although the Board had both their they had had to pay over £ 32. MISCELLANEOUS. The Master reported the following gifts had been received at the Workhouse:—Lady St. David' rocking horse for the nursery; Miss Stokes, cakes, sweets, jam, crackers, and tea for the women; Miss Jennings. Broxford, Hants, 10 nightingale jackets, 10 woollen jackets, and 19 pairs of bed socks; Canon Bowen, oranges: Mr. George Thomas, mineral water3.- The usual votes of thanks were passed. It was reported that the number of inmates in the House was 170, and the number of vagrants relieved in the past fortnight was four.

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