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BANGOR AND BEAUMARIS UNION The ordinary fortnightly meeting of this Board was held in the Board room, on Wednesday lzlst, when the following Guardians were present :-C. Bicknell, Esq., Chairman Geo. Simpson, Esq., Vice- Chairman W. B. Hughes, Esq., Ex-Officioj nev T. Jones, Williams; Messrs. Rowland Parry, W. T. Rogers, Jno. Roberts, W. J. Holt, Richd. Evans, E. P. Evans, W. Williams, Jno. Senniar, Richd. Jones, and Hugh Hughes. The New Calls.—After the minutes of the previous meeting had been read over and confirmed, the Calls up- on each parish, for the ensuing quarter, were agreed to and signed by the Chairman. The total amount of the calls is £ 4,247 11s. 21d.-that upon the parish of Ban- gor being £ 945 lis. 3id. Mr. W. Bulkeley Hughes remarked that he was glad to find there was a decrease on the total sum as compared with previous calls. The Chairman:observed that such was the eise, which was partly attributable to the police rates. The decrease was general, there being only one or two parishes in which there was an increase, and this could be easily ac- counted for. The Pentraetk Collector of Poor Rates.-It would ap- pear that there is some difficulty in this parish of ob- taining a competent person to collect the Poor Rates, by reason of the small salary given, it being now only £ 10 0s. Od. Sometime ago the Guardians agreed to increase the salary, but the Poor Law Board refused to sanction the same. At this meeting a letter was read from Mr. Roger Evans on the subject who pointed out that unless a salary of £ 14 was given it would be impos- sible to get a tit and proper person to undertake the duty. There was one person who was competent in every respect; but he would not do it for less than f,14 Os. Od. Mr. Evans then went on to state that thero were a great number of small holdings in the parish inhabited by poor people which made the task of collection more tedious and difficult, as the Collector had often to call several times for a single rate, so that the sum of £ 14 was a very reasonable one under the circum- stances, and he hoped the Guardians would agree* to raise the salary to that amount. In reply to a question put by Mr. W. Bulkeley Hughes, The Chairman remarked that probably the reason why the Poor Law Board refused to sanction an increase was because the salary had been raised two or three times before. On the motion of Mr. W. B. Hughes, seconded by Mr W. T. Rogers, it was resolved to forward Mr. Evans's letter to the Poor Law Board, adding that the Guard. ians unanimously agreed with the statements and con elusions contained therein. Llanfairfechan-the Poor Rate Collector.-A letter was likewise read from Mr. John Roberts, Poor-rate Collector for the parish of Llanfairfechan, asking that his salary be increased by £ 5 a year, it being now £20, as there had latelv ben an increase in the number of ratepayers from 200 to 300. For reasons stated by the Chairman, the further con- sideration of the subject was indefinitely deferred. Parish Apprentice—Mr. Evan Jones, tailor and draper, Bethesda appeared in the Board-room to bind a little boy out of the Workhouse, and who had been with him for a month. The boy, a sharp looking little fellow, and who was dressed very neatly, said he liked his master and the business, and he wished to be bound as an apprentice to him. It would seem that the boy's father is working at Festiniog, having deserted his family and Mr. W. B. Hughes remarked that he has the worst character in the county and that is saying a good deal." Mr. Jones was requested to attend the next Board meeting, when the Indentures would be signed, and half the premium paid to him. 11 Vo Pay -Alo Ifot-k." A letter was read from the Rev. D. Thomas, St. Anne's Bethesds, stating that a John Rowland, who was a respectable person, wished to have a little girl out of the Workhouse between the age of 12 and 14 to serve as nurse, his wife recently having had twins. Rowland was then called in, when the Chairman asked him what salary he proposed to give to the girl ? The question appeared to bother John" a good deal, who did not intend to give any salary, as the girl would have no work to do The Chairman—But won't she have to nurse the babies, and don't you consider that nursing is work ? John admitted that she would have to "hold "the babies, but, he did not see it in that light. Besides she would be sent to school. The Guardians likewise did not see it, nor why they should be called upon to pay a person for nursing his children, and so John was sent about his business, to seek for a charity nurse elsewhere. Tenders.-A tender having been sent into supply the house with certain clothing, the Chairman took occasion to remark that he strongly objected to any one person tendering for any goods whatsoever, however respectable the party mae as a tradesman. It was their duty as Guardians and representatives of the ratepayers, to ob- tain goods as cheaply as possible, and they had no chance of doing that if one person only was dealt with. For himself he should strongly object to such a course being pursued. All the Guardians agreed with the Chairman and the matter was deferred. Neglect of Parochial Overseers.-A conversation then took place ou this subject, as several parties have ran away and left their families chargeable to the Union, and no steps have been taken to bring them to justice for so doing. The Chairman observed that the Board found it very difficult to get the Overseers to do their duty in such cases, as they were averse to taking any trouble, so that it was not to be wondered at that the re lief charges were so high. Mr. W. B. Hughes said if the Chairman would point out to him one case he would, himself, take steps to compel the Overseer to do his duty. A case was then brought forward of a union pauper, in the district of which Mr. Wm. Griffith is the Reliev- ing Officer, and the Chairman asked him how it was that he had not found out the man and taken him be- fore the magistrates for neglecting to maintain his family, as it was in his power to do so in all cases in which the pauper belonged to the Union, as contra-distinguished from a Parish ? Mr. Griffith replied that it would be next to impos- sible to catch him as he was going away on that day. He wanted to know whether he could apprehend him at once The Chairman replied that he could do so, as his wife had become chargeable to the Union, and added that if Mr. Griffith did not choose to do his duty to the Board, they would find some other person who would. Mr. Griffith promised to see to the matter at once. Pinancial.-Cheques were signed for the four Reliev- ing Officers to the amount of X470 for the fortnight. Also for £ 226 9s. Od. for the support of non-resident paupers in other Unions, amongst the items, being t98 19s. 9d. to the Anglesey Union. Out-door relief for the past fortnight £ 206 4s. 6d. irremovable poor, £ 218 15s. 9d.; non.settled poor, 1:43 3s. 6d. Balance in the hands of the Treasurer, £ 1099 7s. Id.