RHONDDA SCHOOL BOAKD. THE C jlIING ELECTION PROTEST A-VIN5T THE RETURNING OFFICERS' ACTION. A P&SCEPT OF L15,0". I FAREWELLS AND TEARS. TIIG last MOCTALY meeting of the Rhondda Seirjo1 Bood aa at. present constituted vas held at the Council Offices, Pentre, on Monday, the Chairman, Mr T. Bevan, presiding-. TK-rf were also present Rev W. Morris (vice-chair- man), Rev W Lev/is. Rev Thomas Williams, ¡ Rev W. Charles, Miss Ada J owes, Messrs D&B2. Thomas, John Da.vies. Henry Abraham, David Williams, D. R. Jones, with the clerk, Mr W. G. Ho wells, The Building Committee reported The archi- tect r--ports- hat with the exception of tie renewal of a few panes of glass broken in the old wing, the whole of the rooms in the upprr floor of the Treherbert Beys' School are ready for occupation, and that the Manual Trair.irg Room will be r7-ady for occupation on Monday next, but the outside work will take another fortnight to complete. In accordance with the instructions of the Beard we have visited three suitable sitec upon which a higher grade and science school might Ita erected at Ystrad, and we recommend that the dcrk be instructed to ascertain whether an acre of ground situate on the Maindy Field the end of Maindf road can be had, and if 50a, upon what 'bern t. Should the tite be not available, we r"mmend that the clerk be in- tructed to inquire whothe3r one of the ether two Bites, viz., the oi» adjoining St. David's Chnrch and tihe other behind the Ton boys* and girls' ooL i available, and if yea, upon what terms. On the motion of Mr David Williams, tfce rcpoct was adopted. Tr the report of the Attendance Otrmnit.e appeared the following: We have received replies from Ae teachers of the Trealaw and Penygraig schools to the communications sent to them in reference to the tow attendance at those schools ia June last. Various causes are assigned such 13 (a) inadequacy of staff, b) local attractions, excursions, Sunday School treats, etc., (') indifference of parents and pre- valence of diphtheria. We have had before us a communication ad- dressed to tho Cfcairman of the Board by Mr S. Edwards, Mardy, calling attention to the fact that children betveen three and four years of age are crowded out of the Mardy Infants' School. We. t.h.k that the time has now ar- rived when steps should be taken to provide at that school additional accommodation for rot less than 60 children, and we recommend that it be an instrui^tion to the Building Committee to submit jilanj Showing how such additional accommodation can be best provided. We havo receive! a special report from H.M. Inspector on premises of the Pentre school, in which the niicaber on books largely exoeod < the accomnKKiaition in ail three departments, I while the averse attendance n the bcye and girls' departments shows serious overcrowding. We recommend that the communication be re- ferred to the Building Committee for considera- tion. and report, with the ion that the Old Higher Grade school premises be utilised cm an infants' sdhool for the lower part. The average attendance during the month ended September 22nd was 77.8 as compared with 80.3 last month, and 81 per cent. during the corresponding period of last year. The recommendations of the committee were agreed to. to The Sdrool Management Committee reported that the following teachers have declined to I accept appointments offered to them:—Mor- gan Evans, certificated assistant for Dunraven Boys'; S. Jervis, certificated assistant, for Llwynypia Mixoo; William O. Jones, certifica- ted assistant for Mardy Boys, and W. Griffiths, certificated assistant for Pontrhondda Mix, -1 We have received the resignations of the follow- ing teachers, and recommend their acceptance: I G. V. Burgess, sijpernumerary (Boys'), J, Berry eertif-cated assistant, Trealaw Boys': Margaret ¡ Tho«ias, ex-pupil teacher, Porth Girls'; Emily Williams, ex-pupil teacher, Ferndale Infants'; We have received an application from Mrs S. Beynon, Fishguard, for an appointment as cer- tificated adsififcan! Having regard to her pre- vious long experience under this Board, w» -e- commend that :flie be appointed as certified ed assistant for Porth Sirls' School at the man- etium salary of the Scale ( £ 80). We reco a- ■end that the following transfer be made: Mary Parker, assistant ex-pupil teacher, from Pontygwaith Infants' to Ferndale Infan;q Megan Jonas, assistant ex-pupil teacher. t're n Cymmer Infante, to Pontygwaith Infant'- Amelia Lewis, Lit year pupil teacher, from W: Kamstown Infants to Cymmer Infants'. Ws recommend that application be made to H.M. 1 Inspector to bold a special examination for La- bour Certificate early is December next. Adverting to the resolution passed by the Board at the last meeting to establish Ilighar Grade Centres for Standards VI. and V.1 at Treherbert, Tonypandy, and Porth, we now beg to recommend as follows:—That the Treher- bert Higher Grade Centre shall form a de-art- ment of the Troherbert Boys' School und?.- the charge of Mr M. O. Jones, and that the at- tendance at that department stall count to- the purposes of his salary, according to the scale now in force; that the Tonypandy Higher Grade Centre ahail form a department of the Tonypandy mixed school under the charge of Mr J. W. Juneg, and. that the attendance at that department ahali count for the purpose* of his salary, according to the soale for mixed schools now in force. The following r; ;orraaenda tion was referred to the new Boo.d, That the Porth Higher Grade Cemtre be Ofesed in temjiorary premises simultaneously with the Trefeerbert and Tonypandy Centres, and th, the looaJ members and tl, Clerk be refl uest 1 to Ii :l accommodation. We uavo received the annual reports on the Tstrad Higher Grade and Penygraig Schools, and be. to append tha fellowing particulars: — ery. Total. ••■5. d. s. d. ie. 1. t a. d Xstwd H.<1. 32 S Vi> 6 64 6 1) 17 9 Feny-i¡r .212: ::1 t\ 170 2 2 0 H 0 ^"3 13 9 I We recommend tnat the following appoint- ments be made —David Morgan Hughes, Ynys- hir, as assistant ex-P.T. for Ynyswen Boys' School, wiary according to Scale (£50 to £70. by 12 10b annually; Mary Francis, Cwmpark, as teach ;■ under Article 68 for Park Wantle School (temporarily). Salary, £30 per annum. Eve Jennies, Treala-w. as teacher under Article 68 for Cwmclydach IfiHants' School; salary, P.30 per annum. The report was adopted. The Evening Continuation School Committee in their report stated that the expenditure in respect of the evening schools for the year ended 30th April, 1309, was J6939 Us lid, the total income beinj £ 537 6s 2d; total from rates, £ -K)2 13s 9d. They liad received a communication from Mr S. head-mas ter of the Pontrhondda mixed school, applying for permission to open an evering school at and stating that 23 men anl 20 women had signified their intention of attending. They recommended that the application be granted, and that Mr Davies be appointed head-master. The following assistant teachers were appoin- ted -Blaenrholldda, Mary Davies; Dunraven, G. 1. Thomas; Treyherbert, Owen E. Davies; Park, H. Prosser; Treorky, E. J. Price; Pen- tre, Jonathan Rees; Ton,, W. E. Davies, i). Jenkins, and E. Treherne; Bodringallt, Eliza- beth Price and Thomas Jones; Llwynypia, j Edith M. Glass. Diana Lewis, John Griffiths, J. S. Harterre, and Gomer Evans; Cwmclyd- ach, E. M. Collins, E. Benjamin, and D. E. Griffiths; Ynyshir, John Price; Pontygwaith, David Williams; Tylorstown, William Edwards, Ferndale, G. J. Parry, D. L. Williams, Owen J. Owens, and John Gale; Mardy, L. Blackwell and W. D. Thomas; Porth, Thomas Davies; Hafod, Lizzie Evans and G. Thomas; Cym- mer, Mary A. Jones. The returns for the two weeks ended 22nd Sept. shewed the very substantial increase of 483 on books, and 410 in average attendance as compared with the returns for the correspond- ing period of last year.—This Report was adop- ted. CATCHING TOTES. An application was received from the Ystrad Glee Society for the use of a schoolroom on Sunday for choir practices from 4.30 to 5.30. It was explained that the Board's regulations did not allow it. The Rev W. Lewis moved that permission be given. Rev W. Morris peinted out that the present constitution of the regulations would have te be altered. Rev W. Lewis: They get blfe sdaool at this hour at Pentre. Rev W. Morris: Yots will have to suspend the staading orders. If you like I will do so for The present. Rev W. Lewis: Alright. I think they should get it. Rev W. Charles said that 12 moatha ago a similar application was received, but it was then generally refused although personally he was in favour of it. It should not be rushed now with a view to catching votes. The Chairman: I think that insinuati a is uncalled for. Rev W. Lewis: Twelve months ago they ap- plied for the schools1 free of charge. This is another application. Rev W. Charlea: I supported it then and am not opposed to this now, only I doa> see that it should be done before the election. I protest against it. The Chairman Do you move an amendment? Rev W. Charles: No, but I think the matter should be left for the new Board. The Chairman: A3 usual don't raise your hands and then oppose a motion. Rev W Charles: I object to that assertion when you are in Jit: < Lair Chairman: You are making an assertion that we are paasing this with a view to catching votes. Rev. W. Charles: I say that 12 months ago an application was made by this choir for the school and was then almost generally rejected by the Board. I don't think this important matter ought to be coasidered before the new Fk ard meets. Mr John Davies said that Mr Charles was referring to the deputation who waited upon the Board last year and asked for the school free of charge and not for an alteration in the the rules, on the grounds that it was educat- ion, and upon those grounds the Board re- fused. Fev W. Lewis reminded Mr Charles that the Board had already granted the use of its school on Sunday The resolution was then passed, Mr Charles still considering the motion one co catch votes. ECHOES OF THE HAFOD DISPUTE. A letter was read t'rom the Clerk of the Pont- ypridd School Board forwarding two copies f t » agreement respecting the Hafod Schools dispute and asking the Board to seal it and return it. The cheque for the arrears would be forwarded after the next Board meeting. The agreement was sealed as re- quested. THE OOMING ELECTION. The Education Department wrote that in view of the fact that the Returning Officer was unable to state that he considered that ,-d,litiona number of polling stations desired by the Board to be necessary, the Department was bound to adhere to its de- cision and decline 10 sanction the additional stations. The Clerk remarked that he had been in- structed to ask for 28 booths. Rev W. Morris thought tiiac in justice to ;the present Board that matter ought to be clearly stated. The Board was blamed by "lIrions parties for the arrangements of booths but it was evident the blam-e dil not rest with them because as far back as July 14th the matter CaTne. before the consideration of the Finance Committee who b;1.,J before them a report from the assistant overseer with regard to the 'airrangemert of pdlling booths. Bbe Finance Committee went into the matter thor- oughly and recommerjied tha- the'clerk should v communicate the r^vi-non of the arrangements to the Education Department to have 28 booths instead of 21 aa before. That let- ter was communicated to the Department and also to Mr Spicke'J: the returning Officer. The matter was before the Board afterwards and they saw now oy the Ioirter that the re- turning Officer was solely responsible for the ikiw)ls of the arrangements. He did not take n their request for revision, and the reply from the Department showed that he did not it. L was a scandalous shame a Board reprjsar.ci" 130,000 ratepayers (t..ie1 be managed by au absentee official. He nstsnced cases where ratepayers had to walk a di.-r.ar-r*: from their district to vote. Ii1 many cases it would be ia?poss- :bla for the presiding officer to man- ? the booths especially in the evening when the bulk of the people came to vote. Had the retarnitiz officer seconded their applic ition it would have been confirmed. They shot d pro- test against the system and change the ano- D aly, Te thought they should endeavour to arrange, that the clerk of the District Council or School Board should aot as returning officer u tead of the cierfc of the Guardians, in fact, to have home rule for themselves. He moved that they protest against the action of the returning officer in not sanctioning the increased num- ber of polling booths which the Board consider- d inadequate. The resolution he moved was "We emphat- ically protest against the inadequacy of the pooling booths arrangements for the coming School Board election, wherein Cwmpark, lfafod and Blaenrhomlda are unprovided, and :m excessive number crowded into the larger central booths, and further express our in- dignation at the conduct of the Returning Offi- cer in not supporting the application of the Board to the Education Department and that the clerk communicate this to the Returning Officer and to the secretary of the Depart- ment." Mr Henry Abraham seconded. Ia Hafod the ratepayers believed it was the fault of the local members, who were blamed for not having a beoth there. If it happe.ed to be a wet day malty of the voters would not walk to Cymmer where the booth was. M' John Davies said the number of booths now would be nearly the same as that proposed ty the Board. He understood there would be two booths in Cymmer schools; but he could not see why one of them should not be put at Hafod. From this he gathered the cost would be very little less than if the number asked for had been granted. The booths would now be cxeicrowded, for from his experience he found no presiding officer dould possible deal with more than one voter per minute. Rev W. Morris: And according to our ar. rangements there would be 750 per booth. We must agitate for a change. The resolution was Hnaniniously carried. Mr D. R. Jones said there were 17 pupils at Dunraven desirous of forming an evening school r and he moved that permission be given to form mixed evening classes there, and at all schools where necessary.—This was agreed to. FINANCE. The Finance Committee recommended pay- ments of accounts amounting to £3,610 in the general account and L253 in the loa* account. After that day's payments there would be a eredit balance of £ 5,656. The estimate of re- ceipts and expenditure for the next half-year was submitted, and a precept issued fer £12,11"0, equivalent to a rate of 6.38. in the jB. Mr Daniel Thomas, chairman of the Finance Committee, gave a comparison of the items under tha heads of income and expenditure fet the last three years. The expenditure was: Half-year ended March, 1897, £ 2Sr,816; Septem- ber, 1897, £ 26,584; March, 1898, £ 24,276; Sep- tember, 1898, £ 27,310; March 1899, £ 31,172. The receipts for the corresponding periods were £ 16,325; £ 35,507 -921,484; £ 33,198; 416,517; and LR,M. In the estimate now submitted increases were shown in teachers' salaries to the extent of £ 2,000, due to the fact that the Board had adopted a new scale and partly by reason of the automatic ad*nce in the salaries of teachers working towards their maximum. There was aso a considerable increase in the number of certificated teachers employed by the Board. During the term of the Board new schools had been opened at Pontrhondda, Dinas, Ferndale Science School, Llwyncelyn, and Blaenycwm. Existing schools had also beea improved to meet the requirements, and this had entailed the borrowing of £ 22,918, the addi- tional accommodation represented by the out- lay being £ 2,290. The school-rate during the term had been: March, 1897, 5.9d. in the £ September. 1897, 7.1-1; M^rch, 1898, 6.8d.; September, 1898, 5.7d; March, 1899. 6.1d; Sep- tember, 1899, 6.3d. The mean rate for the six half-years was 6.3d., and that for the two last half-years had practically been the same, al- though, owing to the late strike, the rateable value was reduced by £ 45,264. He thought, therefore, the Board could claim to have carried out its administrative duties with due regard to economy and emciency. That Board compared very favourably with some of the largest Boards in South Wales. The rates in the following districts were: Cardiff, 7.6d.; Swansea, 15.9d.; Barry, 14.25d.; Llanwonno, 12.75d.; Merthyr, 12.4d; Llanelly, 16.75d.; Bedwellty, 36.5d; and Ystradyfodwg, 12.5d. Cardiff had a rateable value of £1,013,000, and only 24,000 children to educate, but the Rhondda had to educate 22,000 children on a rateable value of £ 462,000. In Jtme, 1896, the total grants earned by the Rhondda. Board was E15,551, or an average of 19s 0.4d. per head; in 1899 it had reached Llg.910, or El Is per head. The grant this year also shewed an increase of 7.1d per head over 1898. This state of affairs was satisfactory to all concerned. Under the Poor School Board Act that parish received in Maroh, 1897, £ 861; March, 1898, 93,518, and March, 1899, 93,562. "Blessed are the poor and needy, for they shall receive much." (Laughter). In oonclu- sion he thought it was a matter for congratu- lation that in spite of the ever increasing re- quirements of the Department both as regards buildings and staffing, as well as in other re- spects, and notwithstanding also the great re- duction in the rateable value owing to the late strike, the Board was now in a position to hand over its trust to its successors with a sub- stantial working balance to start lift with, and with a provision made for carrying them safely through the coming half-year without increas- ing the rate and with the prospects of a balance ( on the rig-bt side at the end of that period. In view of those facts he thought they might con- fieiently appeal to their constituents for a re- newal o< their tnist. (Hear. hear). The Chairman remarked that a local paper last week referred to the Board as not being a very bad one. That meant it was not a very good one. He did not think that statement was justified, considering what the Board had done during the last three years. Taking every- thing into' consideration, he thought the Board would compare favourably with any other Board. Of course, they had not revolutionised everything, but there had been steady progress during the last three years. They had multi- plied the number of their schools, and their teachers, but the cost per head to the rate- payers would compare favourably with other bodies. During the last three years the Board had completed buildings and made great extensions to the tune of £ 55,000. In addition they had erected telephones, started manual training schools, engaged two extra teachers for cookery, and paid zC2,500 to the Llanwonno Dcall for the old schools, and that also inclu- ded the cost of arbitration. They had in- creased the salaries of the assistant teachers, which amoupted to nearly ZESOO, and were still increasing. The cost per head had been in 1895, lis 9.7d; 1896, 13s 6d; 1897, 13s 6.2d; 1898, lis 7.6d; 1899, lis 10.8d, and this not- withstanding the fact that they had multiplied the schools, teachers, and apparatus as well. In 1896, when the Board took office, the number of children on book was 20,215, to-day it was 22,000. So they had educated 2,000 extra child- ren at no extra cost to the Beard. They had also educated a number of Pontypridd children at Hafod for nothing, and then they had on the agenda certain very important inovem-,its dealing with the Pupil Teachers' Centre, and several Higher Gmde Schools. With h. se things in view he thought they were ent.,tl..i to be called a proficient board. They had." ly ccntinued the good work of the previous n, and, although it might seem egotisticaj to say ..o, from the chair, he could say that th pre- a-nt Board had been worthy of their pred .s- sors. (Hear, hear). Rev W. Morris thought the Board had a duty to perform before dispersing, and thai was to tender the best and sincere thanks of the Board to the chairman for his conduct while in the chair. All the members were satisfied with the manner in which he had conducted the business of the Board during his term of office, and all hoped to see him a member of the new Board. (Hear, hear). Rev W. Lewis seconded, and paid a tribute to the courtesy and patience which hac, charac- terised the chairman's actions while in the chair. He referred to his faithfulness and regularity in attending the meetings. He thanked the chairman for his kindness on the occasion of the opening of the Ferndale Higher ttrade School when they had an opportunity of meeting Sir George Kekewich. Whoever might be members of the new body he trusted the chairman would be one. The chairman returned thanks, and said he had tried to be as impartial as possible, and he now thanked the members for the courtesy they had shown him. He then proposed a. vote of tbanks to the vice-chairman (Rev W. Morris), who was one of the most active and progressive members of the Board. They greatly apprecia- ted the services he had rendered to the Board and the cause of education. Mr D. R. Jones seconded, and spoke in high terms of the attainments of the Rev W. Mor- ris, whose appointment as chairman of the BiLptieW Unioa, he said, was a great honour. Votes ef thanks were also accorded to the clerk, Miss Jones, architect, and members of the Press, after which the members sorrowfully dispersed, each wondering whether he would see the other back after the election. A general holiday wiH be sriven to all the scholars under the Board on Friday.
Ystrad. Monday UNMUZZLED DOGS. The following were fined for not muzzling "their dogs: -William Phillips, labourer, Gil- fach, 5s and costs; Rev E. T. Davies, Tonypan- dy, Thos. Watkins, innkeeper, Dinas; John Powell, collier, Blaenclydach; Thos. Westoett, collier, Blaenclydach; Morgan Jenkins, smith, Treorky; William Thomaa, butcher, Tynew- England, haulier, Gelli; Richard Lewis, butch- er, Pentre; Mrs Rachael Ellis, Pentre; John ydd; Edward Bennett, Treherbert; Samuet Harries, collier, Gelli; Wyndham Jones, inn- keeper, Treorky; and Robert Warry, collier, Trealaw. William Williams, insurance agent, Treher bert, was ordered to pay the costs for allowing his pigs to stray on the highway. William Davies, labourer, C'wmparjc, and William Williams, ripper, Pandy, were each fined 10a for committing a nuisance. BREACH OF THE PEACE. William Davies, collier, Treherbert, and Wm. Vaughan, collier, Treorky, were charged with fighting in ilbe Railway Bar, Treherbert, on the 26th ult., and were bound over to keep tha peace and ordered to pky the ooete. HAWKING WITHOUT A LICENCE. Mrs Smith, a hawker of Pandy, was sum- moned for hawking without a licence. Her licenee had expired, and she had not renewed it. She was cautioned and discharged. DRUNKS. For being drunk and disorderly the following were fined:—William Perrott, collier, Pandy; John Davies, collier, Treorky; William Davies, collier, Pentre; Thomas Davies, collier, Tre- orky; Joseph Jones, timberman, Tylorstown; Richard Edwards, collier, Ton, Pentre, and Henry Johnson, of no fixed place of abode. Edward Rees, haulier, Dinas, and Henry Thomas, haulier, Treorky, were each fined 5s foi driving their traps after dark without lights. CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION. Walter Edward Griffiths, a shop assistant, of Pandy, was charged with causing an obstruc- tion on the highway by showing piotures in hit window by means of a magic lantern. P.C. 161 stated that he had asked defendant te desist as he was stopping the traffic, but he did not do so. Defendant contended that his travelling inspector it was who showed the piotures, and ho could not prevent this superior from doing so. The Bench adjourned the case in order to have the inspector present. William Davies, a Trealaw boy, was fined 5s for playing on the pavement.. THEFTS. Ann Jones, of Treorky, for stealing coal from the Abergorkie Colliery sidings was fined 5s. Thomas Henry Reynolds, a young Treorky doorboy, was summoned for stealing a leading reins, the property of Thomag Larkham The boy pleaded guilty, and was fined 5s.
Caerphilly-Tuesday Before Mr Edward Edwards (in the chair), 13* M G. Evans, Major H. M. Lindsay, Messrs Jonathan Williams, and William Thomas. PRIVATE OR PUBLIC? The adjourned case against William Thomas, landlord of the King's Arms Hotel, Caerphilly, for allowing his trap to remain on the highway, ,he,eby causing an obstruction, was proceeded with. Mr John Sankey, barrister, (instructed 1. Mr W. Spickett) prosecuted on behalf of the police, and Mr W. F. Williams, barrister, de- fended. The contention of the prosecution was that the land in front of defendant's hotel on which the trap was allowed to remain had I ecoroe dedicated to the public. The defence argued otherwise, and put in a lease and plan to 1'1 cw that the land was purchased by Mr The mas some years ago. The Bench, after a km:; retirement, decided it was a public high- way. and fined defendant 2s 6d and costs. SEPARATION ORDER. Emma Long, Llanbradach, applied for a separation order against her husband, William Long, fitter, Llanbradach. Mr W. Spicket* solicitor, Caerphilly, appeared for the wife, and Mr James Phillips, solicitor, Pontypridd, de- fended. Evidence was given to the effect that defendant was convicted on the 5th September for an aggravated assault upon his 'wife. He was in receipt of 30s per week. Mr Phillips replied that this was the only conviction against his client, who had since offered to provide a home for his wife. The latter kept as many nine lodgers, each of whom paid 2a 6d per week, so that she bad no need of a maintenance order. The Bench, however, made an order for 10s per week. ALLEGED POACHING. James Gardner, Senghenydd, wscs «faarj|i«t with poaching. He was seen by P.C. Jones leaning over a wall on the highway, and on the other side of the wall were a gun and hare. Jb- asmuch as the hare nor gun were found in de. fendant's possession, the Bench held they had 110 jurisdiction in the case. ILLTREATING HORSES. John Edward Jones, a boy, and David Tran- ter, both of Nelson, were respectively charged with illtreating a horse by working it whilst in an unfit state and with allowing it to be worked, P.S. Williams proved the case. The lad Jones was cautioned and discharged, and Tranter fined la and costs. I A similar charge was preferred against Edwin Spiller, haulier, Nelson, who was ordered to pay 10s and costs.
CAERPHILLY DISTRICT COUNCIL. DIPHTHERIA EPIDEMIC AT SBNGHBNYDD. The fortnightly meeting of the Caerphilly District Coancil was held at Bryntirion House, Caerphilly, on Tuesday, the ehairman (Coun- cillor William Thomas, J.P.), presiding. Other members present were Councillors Eli Jenkins, Major T. H. Dowdeswell, E. W. M. Corbett, J.P., Major H. M. Lindsay, Thomas Morgan Thomas Gregory, David Thomas, Edmund Evans, Robert Lougher, J. Powell, J. P. Charles, John Evana, Lewis Williams, with the clerk, Mr W. Spickett, and.other officials. CLERK'S SALARY. An application was made by the Clerk, Mr W. Spickett, for an increase of salary, but the consideration of the application was postponed until the next meeting, pending information being obtained as to the salaries paid at other Councils. ANCIENT RIGHTS. The Nelson Ratepayers Association appeal- ed to the Council to preserve to the inhabit- ants of Nelson an ancient footpath which was now being closed by the Taff Vale Railway Company. The path had been in existence for a good number of years and was much used and valued as a picturesque way to Llanbrad- ach. It ran from Nelson Church across the Taff Vale Ra lway and through some fields to Llanfabon. Major Dowdeswell said he thought that the Ta ffVale Company would readily remedy the matter if written to, and this it was decided to do. NELSON RAILWAY STATION. Mr A. Beasley, general manager of the Taff Vale Railway Company wrote in reply to the Council's letter saying it was the intention of the company to build a passenger station at Nelson to be brought into use concurrently with the completion of the railway now be ihg constructed through Cilfynydd and the run- ning of a passenger service between Nelson and Pontypridd. The building of a joint station had for some time been under oonsiderat;on with the Great Western Railway Company, and plans had fnom time to time been pre- pared, but the cost of such a station would be very great, and so far no arrangements bad been come to. He did not apprehend, however, that the fact of their constructing a separate station would of itself be any bar to the conclusion of an arrangement for con- structing a joint station hereafter should such be found practicable. On the same subject the general manager of the Great Western Railway Company wrote to state that the provision of a joint station at Llancaiach was the subject of ncgotia- ions now being carried on between his company and the Taff Vale Railway Company. With respect to the question of train service, very consideration would be given to the wisfaeu of the Council. The Council considered Doth replies very sat- i factory. Major Dowdeswell stated that the eommit- iee had met to consider the provision of a sew- age system for Nelson, and had decided to adopt the Sceptic system for Nelson and Aber nant. They also recommended that the Mer- thyr Council be asked to allow them to c m- meuce their mains with the Merthyr mains at Quakers Yard. The recommendations were adopted. The assistant surveyor repofted having in- speoted several new buildings which were not being erected in accordance with the byelaws. It was decided to strongly enforce the byelaws with regard to new buildings. MEDICAL OFFICER o REPORT Dr T. W. Thomas, medical officer reported having received 27 notifications of infectious diseases from the 13th September to 7th Octo- ber. All the cases of diphtheria occurred at Senghenydd, where it had been endemic since last December, and now seemed to have burst out afresh, and to have assumed quite an epi- demic form. The cases occurred at 13 and 26, Caerphilly road; 26, 3, 24, and 7, Park Terrace, 56, Commercial street; 50, 45, 13, 12, and 11, High street; 13 and 18, Station Terrace; and 18,° Grove Terrace. The first requisite in pre- venting the spread of infectious diseases was isolation, and that was impossible in a com- munity where so many came and went. In i several of those cases, evidence was shown that pre-existing cases had occurred in the same houses. He was glad to note that a step to- wards the provision of an isolation hospital was to be made. In view of the spread of diph- theria in the immediate neighbourhood only, he thought it would be very advantageous for the Council to get the medical attendants to to take samples of the membrane and submit them (for (bacteriological examination, which could be undertaken by the County Council the cost to be borne by the District Couscil. By this means it would satisfy the public. In that connection, too, it would be well to have some more samples of milk taken and submitted for analysis, and steps should be taken to close a well which had been previously proved to contain sewage matter in suspension, but which, he was told,had again been opened and used. He alluded to the one near the Park Hotel. The surroundings of that place had been remedied by the energetic .action of the Sanitary Inspector. Tho cases of scarlet fever occurred at Garth streeti Taffs Well, and the Van attached to the theatre Caerphilly. The two cases of typhoid fever occurred at Cross street, and Rhos Row, Caerphilly, and the case of erysipelas at Kings- ley Place, Senghenydd. The returns from the Registrar shewed that 19 deaths and 43 births were recorded during September, giving a death and birth-rate of 15.4 and 35.6 per 1,000 per annum. It was explained that the well had been or- dered to be closed about nine months ago, but had again been re-opened, the sanitary inspec- tor remarking that it was on the same premises as the milk supply about which they had pre- viously complained, and the cows drank from this water. Mr David Thomas said that for months the inhabitants near this well had no water, and were compelled to use the well. He thought the Council should take steps to supply water. —It was decided to take steps to have samples of milk taken for analysis, but not samples of the membrane, and to have the well closed, and further to write to the Rhymney and Aber Gas and Water Company to hurry on with the pro- vision of the water. LLANFABON OFFICIAL'S SALARY. In accordance with notice, Mr Lewis Williams proposed that the resolution recently passed in- creasing the salary of the Nelson assistant over- seer from £ 12 to 245 be rescinded. On this subject a letter was received from the chairman and secretary of a public meet- ing held in Nelson enclosing the following re- solution passed by the meeting —"That be- lievit\ -the District Council was under a misap- prehension as to the amount of the duties per- formed by the assistant overseer when an in- crease of salary was granted him, we respectful- ly appeal to the Council to again take the matter into consideration with a view to rescinding tiie resolution granting the increase of salary. Mr Williams stated that the assistant over- seer received in both salary and fees about £80 to M9 a year including making out the lists. Mr J.'P. Charles: You are wrong. The lists beloncr to the overseers. You took it when u vlone overseer. Major Dowdeswell: It shows very bad form on your part, Mr Williams. (Laughter). Mr Lewis Williams: Not at all. (Renewed laughter). Mr Charles: It is possible if you were over- seer to-day you would still be making the vckerie list. Wr Williams: We had a difficulty then with the assistant overseer, and we took the list and the money as a sort of punishment for him. Mr J. Powell: He has to pay for the print- ing? Mr Williams: Yes. that costs a few pounds. Continuing, Mr Williams said he was certain he was voicing the opinion of nine-tenths of the
On The Word of Your Neighbours. The testimony of hundreds of thousands of persons, absolutely unknown to us, is what we rely upon," writes the Manager of the Dr. Williams Medioine Company. "There is not a town, not a village—soarcely a hamlet or a clump of houses-in the length and breadth of this country where Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People have not been used. Nine hundred and ninety-nine out of a thousand we never hear from, but any reader ean easily ASK HIS NEIGHBOURS, and we are confident that he will hear of some boneless Consumptive, some bed-ridden Paralytic, some Rheumatic sufferer, some once wretched Invalid who had used Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People and BECOME WELL AND STRONG Read what your Neighbours say, Welsh people.
ABEaCARJI TINPLATE WORKER I AGONY. RHEUMATIC FEVER AND GOUT CURElV At Abercarn a correspondent of the "Sooth Wales Argus" ileard a remarkable story, the principal character in which was a tinplate worker, who was happily rescued from an early grave by quite an accidental circumstance. The person referred to is Mr Henry Mason, a single man, aged thirty-eight, who lives at 11, Railway Terrace, Abercarn. Mr Mason readily consented 10 relate to the reporter the history of his adventures. "In 1877—tweaty-two years age--I was living in this terrace," he said, "and was employed at the Abercarn Tin Works, where I sWl work. One day while I was standing in the street I was taken with a violent pain aoress my baek— it was in the region of the kidBeys. I went home, and was attended by a doctor, who ordered me to bed. He told me I was suffering from rheumatic fever. I got a little better, and after a time was sufficiently strong te resume work; but I have been troubled with the cruel disease more or less ever since. A short time ago I was again taken ill suddenly wfcale in the works. That was on a Saturday, and on the Sunday morning, being scarcely able to crawl downstairs, two doctors were called in. They told me I was suffering from rheuma- tic gout, and they treated me. Of course, I could not go to work, and had to lay up. My feet, legs, and hands ware so swollen that I thought they would burst. I suffered THE MOST EXCRUCIATING PAIN that man ever endured. I had to be carried downstairs, washed, and dressed. I did not keep entirely to my bed, but sat, pillowed in a chair for a few hours each day. I became so I weak that I could not stand, a-d had to be FED LIKE A BABY- in fact, I may tell you, I was quite as helpless. While lying in bed I was in great agony; even the bedclothes seemed too heavy for me. I shuddered when anyone came into the room. The doctors continued to attend me and gave me medicine; but I did not derive the slightest apparent relief from it, and seemed to be get- tin? worse and worse. At length I almost gave up all hope of ever beintr well again." "It would be interesting to know how you discovered a remedy?" said the interviewer. "While I was sitting in my chair reading the "Weekly Argus," I came across an article on 'The Way to be Well.' It was so interesting that I read it through and through. It was about those cases which had been cured by Dr Wil- liams' Pink Pills for Pale People. As a last re- sort I resolved to give Dr Williams' Pink Pills a trial. I, therefore, sent for a box. I took one pill, and three hours afterwards felt some- what relieved. After the second day's treat- ment I noticed that the swelling in my limbs had already much decreased, and the pain was nothing like so acute. By the time I had fin- ished the box the swelling was gone down com- pletely, and I am glad to say the PAIN HAD ENTIRELY LEFT ME. I am now feeling better and stronger than ever." Mr Mason added that he should always keep a box in the house in case of emergency.
LIFE SAVED AT BARRY. A VICTIM OF CONSUMPTION. AN ASTOUNDING STORY. Miss Mary Jane Bram, who is 26 years of age, lives with her parents, at 70, Queen-street, Barry, and on the evening of St. David's Day a representative of tbe "Barr- Dock News" called at the address named, and inquired for Miss Evans. The young lady was not at home,, but her mother received the reporter, who a moment or two later was listening to one of the most unusual narratives which he had ever taken note of. Mrs Evans waxed quite enthusiastic as she related the interesting details.* She said- "When we lived at Llanidloes, in North Wales, my daughter, Mary Jam, was seriously ill for a long time, suffering, DOCTORS SAID, FROM LUNG TROUBLE. She had terrible and constant pains across the ckest at the slightest exertion, or on coughing she would spit large quantities of blood. Tbe doctors advised us that she was CONSUMPTIVE, and she took all sorts of medicines, bat all to no avail; instead of getting better she was gradually getting worse. During her illness I was advised to try 0r Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. I had heard of the pills bejoce, but had never tried them. I procured a boa, and, having taken the first box, my daughter thought they agreed with her so well that she would try some more. Wo—her father and myself—were anxious to do all we could for her, and we got some more, and after taking three or four boxes she felt wonderfully improved, and the pains she used to suffer were NOT NOW NEARLY SO ACUTE as they were before she began taking the pilla. She continued to take the pills regularly for some time. and at length felt so well that she left off taking them altogether. She fees been quite well ever since, and does not now feel any of the discomforts she used to suffer from. She never complains of pain as she used to, and her chest and lungs are now quite sound. The SPITTING OF BLOOD ALSO STOPPED long before we left Llanidloes, and she has not worn a plaster ever since she began to take Dr Williams' Pink Pills." "It is really wonderful," interjected the re- porter. "Yes, it is, and if you saw the change whicb has been, brought aboot since I bought her the first box of pills you would agree that it waft SIMPVy MXBACUWD&. "How is her health at present?" "Very good indeed. She was a dressmaker by trade, but now she goes out working to different families, and, although this is harder than dressmaking. she is as well as possible." A day or two later the reporter again called and found Miss Evans at home. He recounted the story told by her mother, and she readily endorsed all that had been said. "Dr Wil- liams' Pink Pills," she said, "HAVE DONE WONDERS FOR ME. I have recommended them to several, and all who 'have tried them speak as highly of them as I do."
THE GENUINE PACKAGE CD? WILLIAMS 'jm ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTE. I 25,372 CURES. DR. WILLIAMS' PINK PILLS FOR PALE. PEOPLE have cured no fewer than twenty-nve thousand cases of paralysis, locomotor ataxy, rheumatism, am sciatica; a«o au diseases arising from impoverishment 01 the blood, scrofula, rickets, chronic erysipelas, con- sumption of the- bowels and lnnjrs; a&ffimia, pala and sallow complexion, general muscular weak- ness, indigestion, loss of aPPeV1^' P^pitatione, pains in the back, nervous headache and neural- gia, early decay, all forms of female wea and hysteria. These tTlis are a tonic, not a purgative. They are genuine only with the full name, DR. WrLLI^MS PINK PILLS FOR PALE PEOPLE, and axe sold by chemists and by Dr. Williams Medicine Company, 46, Btal- born Viaduct, London, B.C., at 2s. 9d. a box, or- six boxes for 13s. 9d. Pink pills sold loose or- from glass jars are not Dr. Williams' Pink; Pills. ONLY THE GENINE PILLS EFFECT GENUINE CURES.
-#) ) ASSALTING A TREFORBST POLICEMAN. At the Ystrad Police Court on Monday,James Hurley, labourer, Treforest, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and assaulting the police on the 8th inst. P.O. Williams said that shortly after midnight on Saturday night her was called to 14, Park street, Treforest, by the landlady to see the defendant. He had packed up his clothes to leave, and his landlady asked him to leave. Defendant refused, and witness turned -him out into the road, where he became very abusive, and swore freely. Witness t took him into custody, when the defendant struck and bit him, and behaved generally like a mad- man. He was fined 5s for being drunk and dis- orderly, and 10s for the assault.
THE MOST NUTRITIOUS. EPPS'S GR ATE FU L-OOMFORT? NO. O O O O A 0 •" •- •• r"r ■- '141 Printed and Pull > hy the Propria* M at the Glamorgan Press pe(nha. Worh. 22, Taff Street, Pontvpridd, Pariah i f Ponty* pridd, County of Glamorgan. SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 14, 18gB,
H ratepayers of Llanfabon. It had been argued that the assistant-overseer of Eglwysilan was paid JESS per annum, and that if that were so the assistant overseer of Llanfabon ought to have considerably more than the tl2 he re- ceived, but be (Mr Williams) believed tlkit the assistant overseer of Eglwysilan, received four times more than he should. Mr Thomas Morgan said he did not think there were more than half a dozen ratepayers present at the public meeting. Mr Williams denied that, but his motion fen through, no seconder being found. The Public Works Committee recommended that the motion refusing to light the side streets be rescinded, and thf^. one lamp be allowed for every 18 houses in a line with a modification in the case of Cross streets.—The report was adopted. ISOLATION HOSPITAL. Major Lindsay explained that the Cou.i',y c(Lt,(' ii had resolved to issue a compulsory or- de- to the Caerphilly Council to provide er isolation hospital for the district. That meant f- it the County Council would appoint a com- mittee cf fowr of their members and three mem- (In" of the Caerphilly Council to carry out th wl. That meant that the District Conn-, cil's representatives would be outvoted. If not- ttnrg were done by the next meeting of ne CÇULty 'Council that body would proceed to do the work itself. But if the District Council gut s.) far as to prepare plans, estimates, etc., il ey would be allowed to do the work themselves, ani th e County Council would lend them the mo -ey to fieot the building, and afterwards contribute one talf of the cost of maintenance. He moved that steps be immediately taken to push on the work Major Dowdeswell seconded, and the juHfor waa carried,