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------------BARRY RE-DIVISION…

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The sanction of the Local Government Board has been DINAS IPOWIS obtained by the Llandaff and ISEWERAGE Dinas Powis Rural District SCHEME. Council for the raising of a loan of £13,500 to defray the cost of carrying out the scheme of drainage atjDmas Powia. The District Council have, therefore, instructed their consulting engineer, Mr Baldwin Latham, to prepare specifications andfbills of quantities of the pro posed works. As soon as these are ready, pro_ bably in the course of a month, the Council will advertise for tenders for the execution of the scheme. The annual report of the Barry District Nursing Asso- BARRY NURSING ciation for 1902 has this ASSOCIATION. week been issued from the Press. In their annual statement the Committee point out that owing to the depressed state of trade in the town, and the fact that a special effort was made during the year in connection with the Coronation Fund, the receipts fell considerably below the average. The total receipts for the year amounted to J6701 2s 5d, and the expenditure to JE634 8s 9d, a balance of 966 13s 8id being transferred to deficiency account. The workmen's contributions during the year decreased from JE429 14s 3d to JE379 18s 6d the offertories from churches and chapels fell from 918 16s 6d to £ 17 5s 7d, and the amount from Friendly Societies f 920 4s to 9,13 Os 3d. On the other hand, the amount received from public bodies (the Board of Guardians) was JE40, compared with £ 30 the previous year. The subscriptions of private individuals fell from £262 2s 2d to £228198 7d and the total receipts decreased from J6809 4s 2d to £ 701 2s 5d. There was also a reduction in household expenses from £223 7s8Jdto £ 173 18s; !F and the bank interest from JE46 3s 3d to f,30 7s 6d, and the total expenditure from £ 723 8s 3d to JE632 10s 2td. Notwithstanding this falling off under nearly all heads of receipts, the income during the year exceeded the expendi- ture by Y,68 12s 2d, which, as we have already indicated, was applied to the liquidation of the remaining debt on the building fund of the Nurses' Home. At the begining of the year 1902 this debt amounted to JE946 lis 7d, but mainly through the instrumentality of Mr J. Arthur Hughes, the hon. secretary of the asso- ciation, during his year of office as chairman of the District Council, he succeeded in raising no less than 9754 17s 6d, so that by the close of the year this debt had been reduced to Y,166 5s 11. The number of cases nursed during the year was 371, and the number of visits paid thereto was close upon 17,000. These figures, which we have extracted from the report, are in themselves sufficient to show what excellent work, at a moderate voluntary cost to the public, is being done through the agency of this Association, an institution which has been in existence now for twelve years, and is doing an e-fer-increasing amount of good work year by year. The opinion of the Local Government Board THE LEGAL POSITION having been sought as to OF PASSIVE the course to be adopted RESISTERS." where a portion only of the Poor Rate is ten- dered by persons who object to pay the amount to be devoted to educational purposes, the Board have stated that subject to the provisions of Section 2 of the Poor Rate Assessment and Collection Act, 1869 (32 and 33 Vic, c. 41), relating to the payment of rates by occupiers of tenements let for short terms, and in Section 15 of the same Act with respect to a poor rate being declared by the overseers payable by instalments at specified times, it appears to them that, as soon as a Poor Rate has been allowed by the justices, and has been published, it is payable in full on demand. When a Poor Rate is made payable by instalments, section 15 directs that each instalment only shall be enforceable as and when it falls due. It rests with the Overseers to decide whether they will or not in any particular case accept part payment of an amount of Poor Rate due but if they do an acknowledgment should be given for the same as required by Article 4 of the General Order for Accounts of the Poor Law Board of January 14th, 1769. The form of acknowledgment prescribed by the order is in general terms, and as the Overseers have no power to allocate any part payment so that it may be applied otherwise than towards tho purpose for which the rate is levied, there should be no reference in the acknowledgment to the payment being made for any particular purposes chargeable on the Poor Rate. The Board sees no ground for supposing that pay- ment of the balance of a rate cannot be enforced, if a sum is received on account but that if any sum due in respect of a Poor Rate is not paid when demanded, legal proceedings may be taken for its recovery, subject to this limitation, that the goods of the person neglecting to pay cannot be distrained upon until after the expiration of seven days from th"l date of the demand of the rate. The proceedings should, therefore, be deferred until the seven days have elapsed."