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WREXHAM BOARD OF GUARDIANS, ] THUESDAY, April 22. I Present Cant. G ;ffith, Mr. A. Peel, Mr. b. I. Baugb, the new. R. 0 Burton, Messrs. C. W. Parana-, A. Sut",r, J Darnel, Robert Jones, E. T. Williams. J. Br. e, J. Barton, E. B. Samuel, Har,)Id L,,Is, Evan Hughes, J. K. Birch, G. E. Woo<>for i. J Al. Joucls, Gamer Roberts, Maurice Tltiahe- G Bra: ley, B. S. Roberts, Elward Rowland, J. H. B nuion, D. Rasbotham, John Matp, Charles B.duiont, William Williams (Rua- bon). P¿t.r\Vri.,t, ana Joan Jones (Tiireapwood); H. W. M r J H. Foulkes, E. Evans, Hamp den Whalley. ex ojjicio. This was h lira*. mee ing of thenew Board. RE ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VIC- I CHAIKMAN. Mr. J. )1:. in proposing the re-election of Capt. Griffi ii, Miid that at that Bo.rd the office of chairman WAS DO sinecure, and it was necessary that the gentleman who filled it shouid be in a position to e.n mawi hi, time sufficiently to enable him to devote a c oiSMlt ruble part of it to the study of Lh-, qu"s:ioiis .v'nirh came before the Bjard, and of the laws beaming upon 'hose questions. Those who had tat at lliat Board knew how admir ably Capt. G iffith had filled the office and tlitr courtesy and 'urbci'i'i'fCti with which he had con- ducted the proceedings bad been such as to gain the approval of all the members. (Hear, hear.) Mr. George Bradlev had great pleasure in ecoldt- ing the prop .-si; ion. He had sat at that Board dur- ing tLe pieceJing twelve mon hs, and bis experi- ence wa- t at iioonc cou dhave been more courteous and agrceab'"i -o the guardians than Capt. Griffith had been. Wiieii the la'e Capt. Panton was chair man, the humblest guardian was regarded in la same light as an e:Cor'.lii.ci') guardian, and the same fairness a)i 1 ;q bad characterised the way in •which Capt,. G: Iffi-h had performed the duties ot his office. (Hear, hear.) During the preceding twelve moL'.hs one or two complaints had been made as to lie manner in which the business o: the BjarJ had >;>en con iucted; and the most em- phatic contrridic'I-m that could be given to the statement that tht chairman had acted arbitrarily was for the memU-rs to re-elect him unanimously. (Applause ) t The niuuou was carried nem. con., as likewise was a vote of t", ub (proposed by Mr. Rasbot- ham, and et-co:ide i by Mr. J. Burton) to Capt. Griffith Tor his ctl:i-iiiet in the chair in the past. Capt. GiliS h I have to thank you for le-elect- ing me as the chairman of this Board. Your doing so is » proof that you still place confidence i.n M." alti I vviii try to merit that confidence by eudeavoiuhig to do my duty towards you. I do not wi=u to detain the Board with any long re- marks, but ;t ha* been customary to make a few observations at the beginning of the year; and, therefore, I will claim yonr indulgence for two or three minuter. I may mention that th9 last printed statement of the expenditure of this Union does not .o beyond last, Michaelmas, but I noticed that there was a decrease in the out-door relief of £:]10, a- ccmt;ared with the amount spent in the corresponding half of the preceding year. I think that is a iac" worth consideration, for although it may be said that it has been owing to the prosperity f the country-that the goi-d wages that have ub!ained, and the abundance of work, may account for this diminution of out door re'ief- vel I tbink we are greitt ly indebted to those gentlemen who attend this Board early and go carefully through the lists and I am sanguine enough to think that if even more attention were paid to the revitalises there might be a still larger reduction. It is must important that every guar. dian should know the cases which exist in bis township, find I think if each guardian would be at the trouble of making a list, or getting a li"t from the reiievir.g-officer, of the persons receiving relief in his township, and asking the relieving of- ficer to give him notice when such cases wouid be brought before fctie Board, the effect would beverj appreciable it the guardian also made a point 01 attending t.) nae that justice was done. I hope I shall not give offence when I say that I think it rather unfortunate that the guardians of the im. portant parish of iluabonare f leeted by the parish as a whole. I tbink it would be far better if the parish WPle divided into di,tricts aBd a guardian elected for each, because we know the old raying that what is evert body's business is nobody's busi- ness. We have an immense number of cases from Ivua'oon, WHICH is a IJOSS important district, and very oitun we find that none of the Ruabon guar- I' dians are pre.-eat, or that those who are here are not acquaint; d w:th the cases. I am far from wishing to cast any reflections upon the gentlemen who ivpre-f-n ed tb;.t eisrnct on the Bjard, because We had on the Bo^rd last year gentlemen who I ) am sorry are not on this Board, but who used to ( attend tolerably regularly, although their private business was !ICU as to make it difficult for them to do so. But there is an immense -.mi,uut of pau- j perism in that populous district, and I venture to I sspress a hope that those gentlemen who have been recently clectul will endeavour to h,ctve Rua. bon bet>r repre nted here than it has been of | late. I think v mo-t important that they should ) assist us with rhtir local knowle ge, for I some- time? my&t.lt h .-73 had to go turough a st, ln ot 60 ,r. or bu case- x<-<;m tiuabon, wben perhaps no one from that distri"t was present to assist with his local knowledge. Although the relieving offL-ers may do their best, vet in a large district like that, of Ruabon they cannot be expected to b- ac- quainted with the cii cum^tauces of each individual. Tle population oi this uuiou is very nearly 50.000, and including as it does centres of mining indus- try, it is important that all ca-es of out-doo; r, liej should be thoroughly wtll looked into. There are many other things now under the control of the Board of Guardian- which I am not goiiig to refer to, but I think iLl! sanitary work of the Board de- serves mention. The Board of Guardians is the rural sanitary authority. So far we have ae ed through t. committee appointed uuder the Public Health Act of 1872, ano I hope ibe Board will fol- low the same c-.ur.-e this year, because I thiuk &i-.t it wuuid be impossible with an unwieldy j Bo'id, consisting ot 4j niembers in addition to ex ujlcio members, to eonduct the bu-ieess of the sanitary authority. Hwwuver, as we are at this moment the sanit 1'7 authori'y, not having yet ap- pointed a clm ,.itr it will not be out of place to l mention wh-1 has heeu done. Those g> ntiemen who have acted on that committee will c -E- .,Arai me whtn I av that the more we have gone into q.i,.s-,ions, and the more w Lave done, the mute Wt find there is to do, and 'ne more ne aie struck with the great difficulty of carrying o .t matters which require pr^ssin^ j attention. We have already re- i olvel co execute i;r.:c works at Riios. CeflJ, and Rhosymedre. ard |i'an.-» are in progress tor the i drainage of the vilCijj.; ot Ruabon. Bu, we aiv continually receiving r-n .rt s from our inspector of nuisances thut large di-tricts about Brymbo, C' d H Coedpceth, Holt, ;ia.-} otimr places require treat- I ment. However, I tiiuiii it would be impossible for us to du all hose t uia,,s at once. Tnis sani I vary tupeiwis on i- a new mature to the country, and I tuiek that toe people require to a oertaia j extent to be educed i understand it and the result would ccrtamly be failure if the Sanitary AuTliur. y of tnis or any other unioa pressed matters too far. We have to horro-v a ¡ amount of money to carry out these works, and I shiinji trom luudine t^e unien into so immense a debt as woulri 0e incurred if executeii all the wor.'t,s that ai-e iiuiz, !la4e,-y wanted. I think we DiUfft pioceed by degrees — (hear, hear) ;—anu whilst liuthonsKjg "U¡ inspector so far as possible I to compel p: o, ny to reaieuy existin,; j nuisances, by d r.«» to execute a system ot sewerage for tuese i,.rg, and POIJIlh"lS di"tricts. I j happened to see yesterday in the Times a le;uiin« article on the I:ill l whien Mr Sclater BootU hal introduced into tl).- Hjuse of Commons for con- soliditing the sui It'.ry laws, a b,.il which I hope! will do some good by giving us one int(.-llis;itjii; r auitary law, ms-eaii of oar having, as at pr';r::Jt, tc pik ùut  tc pick out our powers from a number of A(;I?, Ol raiMament. i.;e 'limes talis ioul of seine observation- made by a. member of tie House of Commons, Coionel Barttelot, who had protested against the propn.-itn.-n which had buen m ude that the medical ofSccrs of health in the different districts should Vie supervised by meaical ill- j epectors. He thought the local authorities might in a gieat mea-ui be left to themselves. Gener- &lly speaking thiy had good officers of health, and in urgent cases they vouid appeal to the central authority. I was much struck with the following remarks made by the limes: To leave local authorities to appeal when they recognise a difficulty is to iu vitu a recurrence of such tragedies as that lately enacted at Over Darwen. Local, authorities do not recognise a difficulty ubtil some epidemic has created a public scandal." I think that is going too far; I do not think they had a right to that. What is written in the leading columns ot the Times carries great weight in the country, rind having acted on a sanitary authority, I feel inclined to contradict that state- ment. I do not tnink we have waited for any public scandal here before deal- ing With any »;.i £ nilc-y, — (bear, hear) and I must ,,ro e. .iinst any scljpHie of over- centralisation. I).t of the gieat points in the j?yv"mm«-nt o' t l- c,nintry has been that a good deal has been entrusted to local authority, and in uiost cases-of course there have been exceptions -tilt-,v have earned out their powers in a con- scientious and proper manner. By centralisation you destroy the interest of the people on the spot in the matters which they have to superintend; and if we had a number of medical inspectors over-nditig our local medical officers, we should flad the latter saying, Well, this matter is en- tirely taken out of our hands; let them do it they choose. Aud we should simply have to uc1: aecurumg to a c, rta-iii number o; theories pro- pounded by gentlemen who came to us from Downing-street. We have only to look to France and some other countries abroad to see the cons? quences of over-centralisation. There is Ilot a I "?gte mdepen.iem local authority to be found -a Frce. and all "be local officials are entirely under the control of the central authority in Paris. I hope the day is far distant when each a state of things will arise in this country. I believe we are quite competent to manage our own affairs. Of course, let there be a central authority to inter- fere in case of default; but so long as we behave ourselves properly I think we may claim to be left a oue, to a certain extent at all events. (Hear, hear.) I will not refer to anything further with the exception of the new Assessment Act. I hope we shall have a good Assessment Committee this year, because a great deal of business will have to be done with respect to the assessment of woods and the rights of game, in accordance with the new Act now to be put in operation. (Applause.) Mr Sutton proposed, and Mr Birch seconded, that Mr Peel be re-elected vice-chairman. Mr Edward Rowland proposed, and Mr E. Evans seconded, that Mr Baugh should also be re- elected vice-chairman. Tiic motions haviug been carried, Mr Baugh intimated that in all points of precedence he should give way to Mr Peel. (Ap- Iau e.) Mr Peel, in returning thanks, said he concurred in the remarks of the chairman, that if more at- tention were paid to the relief cases they would gain to a still greater extent. He thought they did not test to a sufficient extent the destitution by offering the house" in more cases. The mem- oers should remember that they were spending the money of the ratepayers, and they must not ap- peal to their own feelings of generosity, but re- collect that they were trustees of the ratepayers. Mr Baugh tbanked the Board for having re- elected him, and said he would endeavour to de- serve and increase the cenfidence they had placed in him. COMMITTEES. The committees were lormed as follows Comiiilttce.— Captain Griffith, Mr T. P. Jones-Parry. Mr Kiiz-Hugh, Mr J. H. Foulkes, Mr Baugh, Mr lowland, Mr Rasbotham, Mr Beale, Mr Sutton, Mr Maurice Hughes, Mr Uomer Roberts, and Mr John Burton. Fitiancc Co.ithrittee.—Messrs A. W. Edwards, Beale, Woodford, White, Bradley, Rowland, Birch, and J. 1 M.Jones. Visitiny Committee.—Messrs Bradley, Barker, White, Le- s. Edward Evans, J. M. Jones, Bennion, Sutton, Beale, and A. W. Edwitrds. Boardiny-out Q'imimttee.—Messrs Barker, White, Bradley, Kasbotliam, Beale, Maurice Hughes, Ben- nion, William Williams (Ruabon), Wiight, E. T. Williams (BrvuiLo), Daniel, and the Rev. R. O. Burton. Farming Committee.—Messrs Robert Jones, Sutton, Parsonage, Bircil, Bennion, Evan Hughes, and Samuel. The Sanitary Committee will be formed next I Thursday. THE RETIREMENT OF MR. LESTER. A letter was r,ad trom Mr Lester in aeknowledg. ment of the vete of thanks passed at the last B ;ard,-It was stated that it was the intention of Mr Lsster to give a treat to the out-door poor of Bersham, and the Board granted permission to the ui.ion drum and fife band to take part in the proceedins. YPCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. I Letters were read from Mr Lewis, relieving- officer, and from the porter, each making a com- plaint against the other with reference to what. touk place on the 16th ef April. Mr Lewis and the Durer were called into the room.—Mr Lewis said he had been sent for to the Golden Lion Vaults, where a man was suffering from delirium tremens. Dr. Davies stated that he was not fit to be left alone, and he and Relieving-officer Phtnnah took him to the workhouse. They called up the- porter, who grumbled at being aroused at so late an hour (11 45 p m.) The porter went to see the m istc-r, and he (Mr Lewis) presumed to obtain as sistance. He was absent a quarter of an hour, but did not reiurn with any one. He continued to grumble, and was very uncivil. He (Mr Lewis) then went away, and left the man in charge of the p)rter.-The Porter said he had told the relieving officer that the man could not have arrived at the condition he was then in suddenly, and he had told him that it was somewhat curious that some one had not seen to it at an earlier hour.—The Chair- man You had no right to say that. That ques- tion rest3 with the relieving officer of the Board. It is not a part of your duty to judge at what time a man shall be brought in. The Chairman also observed that the relieving officer should not have le.t a man who was insane with the porter without anyone to assist him.—It was the feeling of the Baard that each one had been in the wrong, and i-t garding it in the light of a mere ebullition of temper on each side, the matter was allowed to drop. STATE OF THE HOUSE. I The M-liter reported that there were 207 in- mates in tue house, against 220 last year, and 205 last week aud during the week 29 vagrants had been relieved.

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