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MERTHYR GUARDIANS. Saturday. Present: Messrs. D. P. Da vies J. r. (in tho chair), D. Da vies, J.P., Mrs. Maria Rieliardr D. T. Williams, J. E. MiUa, Father O'Reilly, T. Thomas, T. Pyle, J. Reea, Augustus Davits, Mrs. Margaret Williams, Messrs. J. W. Evans, 'I. Harris, E. D. Howell, T. Bevan, Rev. Aaron Daviea, M. Truran, D. Hopkins, J. If. Jones, W. Thillipe, Dan Ihonms, Father Wade, Mr?. Emma Wil- !iamp, Messrs. Joseph Owen, D. Abraham, Mrs. Peter Williams, Messrs. V. A. Wills, J. Lloyd, T. Williams, J.P., D. James, T. Jenkinn] Edward Edwards, J. Edwards, David Evans, J. W. Morgan, W. WillianiB, J. E. Jenkins, T Morris, J. Rogers, J.P., and F. T. James (clerk). SMALL-FOX. -Another small-pox case was reported from Dowlais. The patient was a girl of 14, named Nora NrClellan, and had been removed to the hospital. The house, which was in close proximity to houses where previous cases bad arisen, had been disinfected. THE NEW INFIBMARY.—Mr. E. A. Johnson, the architect, wrote for instructions as to drainage, diversion of water course, heating of bathroom and coiridors, and other matters. The matter was referred to the committee, Mr. Johnson to be asked to attend.-Canon Wade enquired a:i to the termina- tion of Mr. Dix's tenancy of the land.-The Clerk replied that Mr. Dix was prepared to give up the land whenever it was wanted. TUK NEW ISOLATING WARD.—Dr. Ward wrote to the effect that a means of communication should be provided between the house and the new isolating ward.—The matter was referred to the committee. AN ADDITIONAL NUKHE WANTED.—Dr. Ward also wrote that an additional nurse was required in the infirmary. At Cardiff there were eleven nurses to 186 beds, whereas here there were only four to 142 beds.—Mr. J. Rogers eaid the patients in the infirmary were now more numerous than in the past.—Mr. D. Davies (Aberdare) was of opinion that the uuml>er of nurse* was not adequate.The matter was referred to the House Management Committee.—Mr. Wills moved for a return of the cost of the staff of nurses for the last twelve months.—This was agreed to. A PETITION' TO PARLIAMENT.—Mr. Dan Thomas asked for information about the petition presented to Parliament by Mr. 1). A. Thomas, M.P., from the officers of the Union in favour of expediting the report of the Royal Commission on Vaccination.— The Clerk had no knowledge of any flllch petition. The petition that had been sent was in favour of the Poor-law Officers' Superannuation Bill. T "A OTF, or CONDOLENCE.—Mr. Thomas William", J.l* asked whether there was a precedent for, and whether he was in order in moving a vote cf con- dolence with one of the officers of the Board. Leave being granted, Mr. Williams proposed a vote of con- dolence with the Rev. J. H. Williams (Brynfardd), Dowlais, one of their relieving officers, who, they were all grieved to understand, was burying his wife that day. J. E. Jenkins seconded, and the motion was carried in silence. RELIEVING OFFICER fOR ABEBDABB. When this business was reached, Mr. Thomas Thomas rose to ask whether their mode of procedure as a Hoard was strictly legal and according to regulations. It had been stated that, Mr. Price's candidature having fallen through, they should begin again dc now, and advertise the vacancy in the usual wav. He (Mr. Thoma s) wished to know what was their" legal posi- tion with regard to the matter.—The Clerk considered the Board's procedure quite regular. There was no need to re-advertise in fact, the Board was not com- pelled by law to advertise at all and they were act- ing legally, he thought, iu proceeding to elect one of the three candidates invited to appear before the Board that day. The clerk then read the applications of the candidates. The first was that of Mr. Llewelvn Richards/head good;? guard on the G.W.K. Mr. Rich- ards' certificate of birih bhovved that he was born oe February 3, 1860. He waa called into the room, and questioned as to his knowledge of Welsh and his familiarity with the district. The second candidate I was Mr* David Williama, traveller in tile enlploy of the Abergwawr Brewery Company. His certificate sbowed that he was born on March 12, 1871, whereon several members exclaimed that he was under the advertised age of 25. After some discussion, Mr. Williams was called into the room, and was asked to explain the statement lis made in his application that he was 27 years of age. Mr. Williams said that his aunt, with whom he had lived from boyhood, had always told him that he was 27; that was the only explanation he could give. The third candidate was Mr. F. W. Young, 27 years of age, clerk in the employ of the Aberdare-Merthyr Colliery, Hirwain. He was also oalled in and asked several questions. The candidate hav ing retired, Canon Wade asked the clerk's opinion as to the legality of Williams' candi- dature, he being uuder age.—The Clerk baid they could not go beyond the resolution already passed with regard to age limitations. That resolution had either Jto be rescinded iu the usual way by giving notice of motion, or they could deal with it there ana then by suspending the standing orders, nrovided a majority of two-thirds of the Board supjxjrted such a motion. —Mr. J, W. E vans moved the suspension of the standing orders with a view to the consideration of Williams' candidature.—Mr. Wills ltiConded.- Only six hands were raised in favour of the motion, which was therefore lost.—Mr. D. Davies was of opinion that Williams should withdraw his applica- tion of his own accord, and follow the example given by Price, who withdrew when be found he waa over the age.—Mr. Thomas Thomas said that a good deal of pressure, if they knew all, had been brought to bear on Price to withdraw his candidature.This abatement, caused some surpiree to the Board, but the matter was not proceeded with any further,Mr. Williams' candidature was coutequently declared to be invalid, and the Board proceeded to divide on the other two candidates, the result being that 15 voted for Young, and 22 for Richards, who was then declared duly elected.—Mr. Dan Thomas took no part in the division. TKK MASTER'S RsroJVr.—Mr. Pearcey reported the number in the house to be 391; corresponding week, .02. A parcel of periodicals had been received from the Christian Endeavour Society, Trinity Chapel, Aberdare, per Mr. Baylis.—Mr. Dan Thomas: May [ ask what is the size of this parcel of periodicals?— There was no answer.

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