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THE BANGOR AND BEAUMARIS UNION EXPENDITURE. To the Editor of the North Wales Chronicle. Sir.-A ques.ion that is often asked uy rate-payers it the above Union is, Where the money goes 1" I heard it asserted, more than once, that the poor does not get half the money collected as poor-rates—that the best share rinds its way to the pockets of the officers. Know- ing this to be a wrong impression, I attempted to remove it by a letter you kindly published in your journal of the 6th inst. My facts and ligures were drawn from the Union's "statements of accounts," which asserts among other things that ill, 129 5s. 7Jd. was expended in relief to a,tî,j5 paupers outside the Workhouse. I ad- mitted that I was unable to ascertain whether this was correct or not, although I was guardian during the year it was expended. I am able to know that the said sum was intrusted to the relieving officers, and that they assert that the money was duly paid to the paupers; but I am unable to examine and to find out that the 3,655 paupers received the exact amount put against their names in the Union books, and I defy any guardian or ex-guardian to do it, that has to work 12 hours perdiena for 6 days in the week. An assertion to the contrary Ï8 all humbug." I am not aware of the extent of the district No. 1, Carnarvonshire," and if Llanfairfechan and Aberis not included in it, as I thought they were, I am truly sorry that I asserted in my last that the medical officer received X68 15s. lOd. in fees. I pray the forgiveness of the learned gentleman. I have no grudge against any officer of the Union; when I was guardian the demeanour of the clerk and the master waa everything that I could have wished, all far as my experience went; but I firmly believe that it is unjust towards the public, and morally wrong, that any clerk should hold the clerkship of two Unions, such as Bangor and Beaumaris and the Carnarvon Union! are. In my humble opinion it is what is condemned in the Scripture as "Cydio maes wrth faes a thy wrth dy hyd oni byddo ehiau Ile." If, when I was guardian, the clerk had addressed the Board and say that he did con- sider it right that he should continue to hold two offices, while he well knew that there were so many able gentle- men that could not get one office, and that therefore he would resign one office which they should prefer, I would have been very glad to hear that, and would have proposed that he should resign the Carnarvon clerkship, and retain that of the Bangor and Beaumaris one. I was asked why, while I complain of the salaries advanc- ing mania, I seconded a motion that the clerk's salary, as clerk to the Assessment Committee, should be C40 t Well, I seconded this to save the Union £30; as the honorable chairman and the vice-chairman said at the meeting that we could not give less than t70. An anonymous writer in your last impression leads the public to think that the master of Workhouse told the guardians that the wool I sent to be picked by the pau- pers in the workhouse was a wreck refuse, and that the price I offered for the work was not enough. I da not believe that Mr. Owen ever uttered such an untruth. The facts are these-after my year of guardianship was over, I asked the Board if they would like to have thoee in the workhouse, that could not be better employed, to be employed in picking wool ? If so, I could send wool to the workhouse and pay for its picking. The Board acquiesced and told me to send few pounds on trial; this I did, and engaged to pay 3d. per lb. for the picking. This wool is German fleece wool, which cost me lDid. per lb. at Liverpool, and for picking which sort they pay in England from 3 farthings to a penny per lb. I am sorry of being "humbugged to write so much that concerns the public so little the question is, can the expenditure of the Union be justly reduced I I be- lieve it could, and ought to be done. It is shameful to contemplate that the poor-rates are ten times higher in some of the Anglesey parishes than they are generally in Ireland. I wonder that so little interest is taken by some of the Anglesey landowners in this question. Their land is depreciated in value fully one fourth by the ex- cess of poor-rates levied on the same, as compared with other lands. There are two sides to every question. We, the rate- payers, complain of the rates; well, the valuers of land* and tenements, Assessment Committees and magistrates, have good cause to complain of the dishonesty displayed by us in general against submitting to be fairly rated, to our houses and land being properly valued. We try all means, legal and illegal, to get the property we occupy to be undervalued. Every one of us know the lettable value of the tenements we hold. We may ask the in- ward man for what sum we would let the property we hold, if it should be ours. Let us compare the answer by the sum put against it in the rate book, and if it doee not agree, let us appeal against the valuation when it il too low as well as when it is too high. We may by ex- ample make other men honest—our senators would soon enact that all mines and woodlands should be rated, and that all parishes in a Union should be rated the same. Our Poor Law Board would let free trade to settle the fee and salaries, and not let them to be monopolised as at present; this would save our Utiioii E150 annually in salaries alone. Our Board of Guardians would also administer relief without favour or affection-they would not put the workhouse test to one or two individuals from revenge, while they give liberal out-door relief to scores of others exactly in the same condition thereby souring the fellings of the poor, and make them desperate and un- happy. Assessment Committees would not put a high price on some tenements from mere whim, while they lower another by favour or friendship. These gentle- men would also give timely notice to the public of any alteration in the law that greatly affects the mode of appealing against poor rates, as the A ssessment Com- mittee Amendment Act" that came to force the firit inst. does. Yes, when we, the rate-payers, shall become honest, Relieving officers dare not recei ve pay for paupers that had been dead 18 months, nor to curse from their presence the honest poor, and give liberal relief to strumpets. Really, gentlemen, it would pay us well to prepare honest things before all men. I am. &c., yours, I JOHN MORGAN. Cadnant, August IStb, 1864. JOHN MORGAN.







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