ST. ASAPH. THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE. A LIVELY MEETING. THE COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATION REJECTED. On Monday night, Mr. J. Howes Roberts presided over a meeting in the National School, convened to consider the report of a Commit- tee appointed by a previous meeting to con- sider the best method of celebrating the com- pletion of the 60th year of Her Majesty's Reign. There was but a sparse attendance of citizens, but the proceedings turned out to be more ani- mated than was expected. The Chaiiman in explaining the object of the gathering regretted the smallness of the atten- dance. It was said that the posters calling the previous meeting had not been seen by many, and a larger number were printed on the pre- sent occasion, but he was sorry to see the attendance was less. Mr. T. F. Roberts (the Parish Clerk) read the recommendation of the Committee, which was to the effect that a tea be provided for the poor and children of the city, that a brass band be engaged, and sports held on the day ap- pointed for the celebration, that medals be or- dered for the children, and that any balance remaining of the subscriptions be devoted to the purposes of a nucleus of a fund to place the Common in proper order for the pleasure of the public. He also said that letters contain- ing other suggestions had been received from Mr. Heaton and Mr. W. H. Clift. Dr. Easterby suggested that those letters be read to the meeting. Mr. S. Powell said they were like a lot of old women for tea parties, and he was sick and tired of them (laughter). Let them go in for something substantial. They sadly wanted a public hill in the city, and he strongly advo- cated the erection of a public room in 1887. Now they had an opportunity to do something that they could hand down to their families as a memento of this glorious reign. He had no family himself, but would plank a rive pound note down for a start, if they went in for some- thing substantial. There was nothing like building (laughter). It would provide work for the people and would be something to look at. He was sick and tired of these tea parties (laughter), and did not think he would subscribe one penny towards it. If a king's reign they wanted to celebrate, he must think what a lot of old women they were in St. Asaph. They were always going in for tea and buns (laugh- ter). Now there was the old pinfold and the garden attached if they could buy that from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners it would fur- nish a splendid site for a public building, with reading room, billiard room, and baths (ap- plause). He moved that they take that ques- tion into consideration (hear, hear). If the Parish Council could not undertake to do the work, let them form a strong syndicate. They were surrounded by squires, colonels, and cap- tains, and they would come out strong to sup- port a substantial movement. It was an insult to their nobility to suggest a tea party (laugh- ter and applause). Dr. Easterby asked if Mr. Powell had con- sidered what it would cost to build a room sucl as he described? Mr. Powell: From a £1,000 to ;f1,200" Dr. Easterby And what subscriptions are we likely to get ? Mr. Powell: That is a serious matter to con- sider (laughter). The Chairman remarked that for the jubilee celebYation in 1887 £147 odd were subscribed. But on looking through the list he observed that people who had subscribed jES2 Os. 6d. of that sum had gone from amongst them, some by removal and others by death. He did not say that others would not come forward to make up for that to some extent, but he was afraid that the whole would not be replaced. Mr. Powell What were the subscriptions for then ? Dr. Easterby A tea party (laughter). The Chairman: Theie was a tea party cer- tainly. Mr. Powell: Do you think that our nobility would not come out more handsomely than that for some substantial thing ? The Chairman went on to say that out of the subscriptions received in 1887, they had had something beside the tea party. There was a lamp post erected at a cost of 960, and they had a brass band and sports, and medals for the children, and a tree planted in the Cathedral yard. Mr. Powell: Has the Parish Council power to take the matter up ? The Chairman was afraid they had not, out of the rates. But what they had to do that night was to adopt or reject the recommenda- tion of the Committee. Mr. Walter Williams thought the question put by Mr. Powell was a very fair one. Had the Parish Council power to build? The Chairman repHed that they had power to build a room for their own use. Mr. Powell: If we had the shell, we would soon finish it. Continuing, he said a public room would be a source of revenue to the city. At present there was not a single room there large enough to hold public meetings in. They had an Eisteddvod there—and he congratulated his Independent friends on their energy in con- nection with it-every first of March, in which the competitors only would fill that room they were in (applause). Besides, the Parish Council would want some place to meet, and to keep their books and documents. The Chairman remarked that it was the cele- bration of the Queen's Reign they had under consideration that night. Would anyone move the adoption or rejection of the report of the Committee ? Mr. Powell: Never mind (loud laughter). Mr. Miles R. Partington, junior, moved the adoption of the report, and said that whatever else they might decide upon, the things men- tioned in the report were inevitable in connec- tion with rejoicings of the nature of the one under discussion. Mr. Cleaver moved that the letters of Dr. Heaton and Mr. W. H. Clift to the Committee, be read. The Parish Clerk read the letters. Dr. Heaton in his suggested that a fund be formed for the purpose of buying the Irish Square, and pull down the present houses there which were a disgrace to the Cathedral city (applause), and to erect in their stead a row of workmen's dwelling-houses with a frontage to Denbigh Road, and without the square inside in which to accumulate filth. And that the houses be called Victoria Houses, or Victoria Row, and that a path be made from the Smithy to the National Schools, and that the footpath on the Cathedral side be lowered to the level of the road and paved (loud applause). Mr. Clift sug- gested the purchase of a fire engine, As they were situated at present, in the case of an out- break of fire, they would have the pleasure of looking on, and seeing it burn. B200 would cover the cost of an engine and accessories (cheers). The Chairman said of course they could not adopt all suggestions made to them. The Com- mittee would have been glad to adopt any one of the suggestions, but they were afraid they would not be able to get sufficient funds, hence their modest recommendation. Mr. Lucas seconded Mr. Partington's proposi- tion. Mr. Powell said he would move that the re- commendation be not adopted. The Chairman was about to put the question of adopting the report to the meeting, when Mr. John Lloyd (Solicitor) rose to a point of order. Mr. Powell, he said, had moved an amendment, and Mr. Walter Williams had se- conded it. Should not the amendment be put first? The Chairman said he did not understand Mr. Williams to second the amendment, and that gentleman said he had not done so. Mr. Joseph Lloyd (Solicitor) said then he "would second the amendment. In doing so he iJa¡d that the scanty attendance that evening .was-not due to a want of interest in the quos tk*1*' ^ut the inconvenience of the hour, and mode in which the Committee proposed to 'O'Ble'b,rate Her Majesty's glorious reign. This event should be celebrated by something more than a tea. He would not say the erection of a town hall, but he would like to see something erected that he would be able to show to his children as what their grandfather had helped to build in the days of good Queen Victoria, be- fore England went to the dogs (laughter and applause). Mr. W. Williams asked if he understood that the Committee could not see their way to re- commend something more substantial, because of the want of funds. The Chairman said that was exactly so. If they were sure of funds they would be only too pleased to recommend something of a perma- nent character. Mr. Williams said the ground on which the old pinfold stood would be a splendid site for a public room. Mr. Robert Jones stated that the Commis- sioners would not sell the ground for any build- ing purposes. Mr. Powell said then let them go in for the purchase of Irish Square. Dr. Heaton was a. man of considerable influence, and would, no doubt, influence subscriptions. It would be the salvation of St. Asaph, and they would get plenty of bricks from the Square to build a town hall. The recommendation of the Committee was then put to the meeting, when 7 voted in fa. vour and 10 against, and it was consequently rejected. Other suggestions were then made, and Mr. Robert Jones asked if that meeting was not called for the purpose of considering the Committee's report ? The Chairman Yes. v Mr. R. Jones Then it is at an end now? The Chairman Practically, it is. Mr. M. R. Partington rose to move a vote of thanks to the Chairman. Mr. Powell asked if he might suggest that another Committee be appointed to consider the question further, and report to another public meeting. The people were so disgusted with the idea of a tea party that they would not come to a meeting to consider it, notwith- standing the 400 invitations. Place something substantial before them and they would come. Mr. R. Jones: Was there anything in the paper convening the meeting about tea ? The Chairman replied there was not. tfVlr. Powell said it was known generally what the recommendation was. He knew before it was put in print. Mr. Luxmore Can Mr. Powell account for the fact that there were but one or two more present at the first meeting than at this one? (hear, hear). At this stage it was again suggested that the meeting was at an end. To put the matter right, Dr. Easterby suggested that Mr. Howes Roberts should leave the chair, and they could commence de novo. Mr. Roberts having left the chair, Dr. Easterby moved that he again be elected Chairman, and this was carried. The,.Doctor then proceeded to explain what had influenced the Committee in making its recommendation. In 1887 the subscriptions in round numbers amounted to £ 150. But St. Asaph was not now what it was then. Three parishes had been taken from it, and under those circumstances the Committee felt they could not recommend more than what they had. Mr. Powell proposed that a Committee be appointed to further consider the matter, and to correspond with the owners of Irish Square as to what it could be purchased at and to ascertain if the Commissioners would sell the Pinfold ground. Mr. Walter Williams seconded Mr. John Lloyd moved that the Committee be allowed a free hand in the consideration of the question. They would, of course, pay due regard to what the feeling expressed at that meeting was. Mr. Griffiths seconded the amendment which was carried. A Committee was then appointed.
ST. ASAPH (DENBIGH) RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the St. Asaph (Denbighshire) District Council was held on Friday, under the presidency of Mr. Wm. Jones. There were alse present, Messrs. A. Foulkes (vice-chairman), Joseph Lloyd. (Cefn); John Williams, Llannefydd Hugh Jones, Thomas Lloyd, Henllan; John Evans, Morris Jones, Llansannan; R. Hughes, W. Owen, Llanfairtalhaiarn J. D. Jones, St. George; Wm. Owen, Abergele; Charles Grimsley (clerk); Dr. Lloyd Roberts (me- dical officer of health); Messrs. W. G. Bell (for the sanitary surveyor); J. Davies (road surveyor of Henllan District); and John Williams (road surveyor of the Abergele District). TERM OF APPOINTMENT OF MEDICAL OFFICER AND SANITARY SURVEYOR. A suggestion from the Local Goverment Board to the effect that the Medical Officer of Health, and the Sanitary Surveyor, should be appointed for a term of years, rather than for one year as at present, was considered. The Clerk intimated that the Flintshire District Council had decided upon appoint- ing officers for a term of three years. Mr. A. Foulkes moved, and Mr. J. D. Jones seconded that this Council should ap point them for a similar term. Mr. Joseph Lloyd questioned the advisa- bility of adopting that course. Mr. John Evans moved that the appoint- ment be for one year as heretofore. The Clerk observed that the Local Govern- ment Board recommended three years. Mr. Joseph Lloyd thought they were quite as able to judge what was best for them as the Local Government Board. Mr. J. D. Jones considered that a man was likely to do his work better when his ap- pointment extended over a term of years. Mr. John Evans did not think so. When a man had to be elected from year to year, he was more likely to respect his position. Mr. Abel Foulkes said the officers whose appointments were now under discussion had both been in office for a number of years, and from their experience of them they knew they were men who would res- pect their position and the Council. Mr. Morris Jones seconded the proposal that the appointment be for one year. Mr. William Owen reminded the Council that the present system had been in opera- tion for a great number of years, and bad worked well. A letter was read from the Sanitary In- spector pointing out that if the appoint- ments were for a term of years, it would fa. cIlItate. the arrangements for assistance, should it be required. On a division the amendment was carried by a large majority, two only voting for the original motion. A PROPOSAL TO DIVERT A FOOT- PATH AT LLANFAIRTALHAIARN. A communication was read from the Parish Council of Llanfairtalhaiarn enclosing a re- solution relative to the closing of the present footpath from Bodran across the Elwy, and through Bronheulog Meadows, and to sub- stitute for it another path across the mea- dows to the Abergele main road. Also that a footbridge be erected across the river instead of the present pole, which was said to be very dangerous. In the letter accom- panying the copy of the resolution, it was stated that all the people concerned in the diversion of the path had given their con- sent. Mr. Joseph Lloyd said they refused a similar application from Abergele, because it was felt that the parish could undertake the matter itself. The question of diverting a footpath was a very big one, and one which might lead them to law and considerable expense. The Clerk stated the necessary course of procedure in such circumstances, and Mr. Joseph Lloyd said if they were op- posed in quarter sessions, it would perhaps lead to a tremendous expense. They must be very careful as to what they were doing, or they might be landed in a tremendous ex- penditure. The Parish Councils seemed to think that the District Council sat there coining money, and that they had nothing to do but pass a resolution, and the District Council would take the matter up (laugh- ter). Mr. Thomas Lloyd asked if the bridge re- ferred to in the resolution had ever been re- paired by the township. Mr. Thomas Hughes said he never remem- bered a bridge there. Nothing but a pole. It was resolved to proceed to the next business. THE INDIAN FAMINE. The Lord Lieutenant's circular to Public Bodies in the county, in reference to the fund raised by the Lord Mayor of London in aid of the sufferers from famine and pesti- lence in India, was brought under the notice of the Council; and the clerk said if they desired to contribute to the fund, he would be pleased to transmit the amount to the proper quarter. SWINE FEVER IN DENBIGHSHIRE. Correspondence was read from the Clerk of the Denbigh County Council, stating that a letter had been received from the Board of Agriculture in reply to an application from the Council, that Denbighshire be ex- empted from the operations of the Market and Fairs (Swine Fever) order, 11896. The Board of Agriculture thought it best not to grant the exemption asked for in view of the fact that two out-breaks of swine fever had occurred in the county so recently as the 28th of November last, and that there had been intermittent outbreaks of the fever in the county for years past. However, the re- presentations of the County Council would be berffie in mind. THE COUNTY COUNCIL DECLINE TO MAIN THE TOWYN ROAD. Another letter was read from the Clerk of the Denbigh County Councilftating that a proposal to consider the question of main- ing the road leading from Pensarn to Foryd Bridge, Rhyl, had been lost on a division at the County Council. The Vice-chairman said the Act provided for contributions by County Councils to- wards the maintenance of such roads as this one. They contributed towards the main- tenance of a road in Denbigh. On the motion of Mr. J. D. Jones, secon- ded by Mr. A. Foulkes, it was agreed to apply to the County Council for a contribu- 'tion, and that the matter be left in the hands of the clerk. A DANGEROUS PIECE OF ROAD AT LLANDDULAS. A committee appointed to inspect a dan- gerous portion of road at Llanddulas, recom- mended that a wall, which had fallen down for a distance of fifty yards at Clipterfyn, be rebuilt to the level of the road-a height of two feet six inches, at a cost from JE8 to 910. And also that a wire fence be erected along the river side, from a fence, the railway com- pany were prepared to erect, to the stone wall near Llanddulas Bridge. Mr. Joseph Lloyd moved the adoption of the report, and Mr. Hugh Jones seconded, remarking that the work should be done at once. They had heard enough of it at that Council. It was 'Clipterfyn, Clipterfyn,' one meeting after another. Mr. J. Williams (road surveyor) said the work could not be done until the commence- ment of the financial year, as there was no provision for it in the estimates for this year. Eventually it was agreed to leave the matter in the hands of the surveyor, on the understanding that the work should be car- ried out during March. STATE OF THE ROADS AT CEFN. The Chairman, as the only member of the committee, named to inspect the roads at Cefnmeiriadog, said he could not see much the matter with the roads. The sides wan- ted trimming a bit, but otherwise the roads were in a fair state. They were far better than the Llannefydd roads, and he could not see any cause of complaint. THE CLERK AND HIS EXTRA DUTIES. In accordance with a resolution passed by the Council on the 20th March, 1896, to defer the question of fixing the clerk's re- muneration for extra work until the end of the financial year, the matter was brought up for consideration at this meeting. The Clerk said(that the extra duties meant trebling his work. The minutes were double what they used to be, and the meetings were held every fortnight instead of every month, as they were held previous to the passing of the District Councils Act. Then he had to correspond with the several parish Councils, which meant considerable addition to his duties. Mr. Joeseph Lloyd observed that twelve months ago there was some considerable wrangling in that Council. And they thought of setting that right by fixing on a certain salary to Mr. Grimsley. He (the clerk) objected to the amount, and it was agreed that the matter should be reconsi- dered at the end of the year. Mr. Grimsley, no doubt: had a great deal of extra duty. The minutes and correspondence had largely increased, but they were as much in the dark as ever, as to what Mr. Grimsley wanted. They should do their duty towards him as well as to the ratepayers. Mr. Grimsley: In Ruthin the clerk is al- lowed 915 for the extra duties. Mr. Joseph Lloyd suggested that a com- mittee consisting of the Chairman, Mr. Foulkes, and Mr. J. D. Jones, be appointed to consider the matter, and report to the next meeting. Mr. John Williams understood that when they appointed Mr. Grimsley as clerk, there was some talk of extra remuneration for duties in connection with highways. He moved that Mr. Grimsley be requested to furnish a list of his regular duties, and the extra duties by the next meeting. Mr. Foulkes observed that Mr. Grimsley's salary as clerk was only 215. They paid Mr. Wallis Davies £25 as clerk to the high- way authority alone. That was inconsistent, and he thought a case had been made out for some extra remuneration. Mr. Joseph Lloyd remarked that if the salary was £50, there would still be some extra duty. The Council had shown its wisdom in fixing the salary at a low figure, for they could forsee that extra duties were bound to follow. Mr. Grimsley had done the work with great credit to himself and to the Council, and he failed to see what objection there could be to the appointment of a com- mittee to consider the question of extra re- muneration. Mr. John Evans said that an offer of £15 with extras was made to Mr. Grimsley, or X20 to cover all. Would Mr. Grimsley ac- cept £ 20 to cover all now ? The Clerk replied that he had not received a penny yet for the extra duties during last year. He would prefer referring the matter to a committee. The 215 was for highway work alone, and he would prefer one fixed sum for all duties outside his appointment as clerk to the Sanitary Authority. d' Mr. Hugh Jones asked if the extra duties necessitated the services of an extra clerk ? Mr. Grimsley: I have to keep two clerks, I could not do the work with one, Mr. John Williams: I propose that we get particulars of the extra duties. Mr. Thomas Lloyd: Everything seems to be extra Mr. William Owen favoured the sugges- tion to refer the matter to committee. It would be better for them to try to fix on one inclusive sum for all the work. Mr. John Williams: I again move that particulars be furnished of the regular and the extra duties. Mr. Grimsley said the minutes shewed that. Mr. John Evans thought it would be bet- ter for all concerned to defer the matter until the next meeting. They did not wish to wrong Mr. Grimsley, but they wanted a clear understanding. After further desultory conversation, it was agreed to defer the whole question to the next meeting. BAD STATE OF THE LLANSANNAN ROAD. Mr. Howatson, Llansannan, wrote com- plaining of the bad state of the road leading from that village to Denbigh. At the pre- sent time it was in deep ruts, and danger- ous to travel over. Stones, broken and un- broken, where lying in heaps on the side of the road, which already was narrow, and he asked that some attention be paid to it. The Surveyor said that a considerable amount of work had been done on the road, but it was still very bad, and deeply rutted. The bottom was faulty. Mr. Morris Jones thought that when the weather became dry, the road would be all right. All roads were in a bad state now. Mr. Joseph Lloyd: Is the traffic over this road heavy ? The Surveyor Yes, very. A Member And if it was as good a road as possible, Mr. Howatson would still com- plain (laughter). Mr. Lloyd: Are these heaps of stone on the road side as Mr. Howatson states ? Mr. Morris Jones There are no unbroken stones there, beyond what are being carted now. It was resolved that the surveyor should report on the state of the road to the next meeting, and in the meantime, do what he could to repair it. ANOTHER RUTTED ROAD.—A FAR- MER'S CART DAMAGED. Mr. Richard Roberts, Ceunant Canol, Abergele, complained of the state of the road leading up to that place. It was in deep ruts, and the wheel of one of his carts was broken by getting into the ruts. The Surveyor, in reply to a question, said nothing had been done to the road in ques- tion since last spring. He had not seen it lately, but it was necessary that something should be done to it. A LOW BANK BALANCE. The Clerk reported that the manager of the bank at Denbigh complained of the ir- regular state of the District Council's ac- count at the bank. Of course, the bank would be pleased to grant an over-draft on the usual terms. Mr. Grimsley added that there was an over-draft, and some cheques which were passed at the last meeting bad not been forwarded on that account. This was the result of the reduction of the rate from 6d. to 5id. by the Council, which meant a considerable difference. They got no in- terest in the bank for the money deposited there, and they were not charged any com- mission which was a considerable saving to the Council. Mr. Joseph Lloyd said that at times the bank had considerable sums of the rate- payers' money in hand, and he thought if the clerk wrote to the bank manager, he would not under those circumstances charge interest on the over-draft. Mr. Grimsley said the Council had no power to pay interest, and if they did, they would be surcharged by the auditor. A 5-ffld. rate was not sufficient. They had already exceeded the estimates. Mr. Joseph Lloyd remarked that some extra work had been done. Of course, there was nothing lost by having S20 or R30 in the bank to meet contingencies, but they could not make a rate that day. Let it be raised when the new rate was made. The Clerk further complained that some money had been paid to the bank since last meeting, but he was afraid that the demands of the road surveyors that day would more than balance it, and he suggested that a few other accounts should be left over till next month. Mr. Williams (surveyor), said he asked for RGO that day, and Mr. Davies (the surveyor of the Llannefydd District) said he required £45. The Clerk's suggestion was agreed to. AN INVALID NOMINATION.— TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES LATE. The Clerk reported that a vacancy having occurred in the representation of Bettws'yn Rhos on the District Council, he had issued the usual notices. As a result, one nomina- tion had been sent in, but it was invalid, as it was not handed in until five and twenty minutes after the hour stipulated by the Act for receiving nominations. Mr. Joseph Lloyd thought it was absurd that a nomination should be invalid if re- ceived on the day appointed, but after a certain hour. But such was the law.
BOARD OF GUARDIANS. Friday, present Messrs Edwin Morgan (in the chair); John Williams, Abergele (vice chairman); Joseph Roberts, Denbigh; T. Lloyd (Berthewig), J. Lloyd (Lodge), Hugh Jones (Nantyrhengoed), Henllan; William Jones, John Williams, Llannefydd; Morris Jones, John Evans, Llansannan; Abel Foulkes, W. Owen, William Littler, Miss Beatrice Evans, Abergele; Messrs J. D. Jones, St. George; Joseph Lloyd, Cefn; T. Howes Roberts, Miss Bennett, St. Asaph; Messrs John Williams (Pydew), Dyserth; Owen, Robert Hughes, Llanfairtalhaiarn; R. Morris, Mrs. Rawlins. Rhuddlan; Messrs P. Mostyn Williams, W. Wynne, S. Perks, Mrs. Lloyd Jones, Mrs. Mary Jones, Mrs. Jane Roberts, Rhyl; Mr. John Kerfoot (co-optative); Mr. Grimsley (clerk). THE HOUSE. The Master's books showed the number of inmates last Board day to be 128, admitted since 8 discharged 3 remaining in the house this day 133; corresponding date last year 117, an increase of 16. ILLNESS OF THE MASTER. It was stated that the Master was unable to be present at the meeting on aecount of an attack of bronchitis. GRANTS UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL RATING ACT. A correspondence with the Local Government Board was read relative to the grant to this Union under the Agricultural Rating Act 1896. The clerk disagreed with the grant originally proposed to be made, and he said that as a result of the correspondence there would be an increase of f3 10s. Od. per annum in the grant for the next five years. CHILDREN RESTORED TO THEIR FATHER. Edward Morris, joiner Rhyl, wrote asking that his children be allowed to return to him It will be remembered that this man was com- I mitted to prison for cruelty to his children, J ";( and on his release the Guardians resolved not to allow the children to return to him until he had provided a proper home for them, in the meantime exacting payment from him for the maintenance of the children. He now stated that he had found a situtation for the girl, and the boy he could do very well with at home. Mrs. Mary Jones stated that Morris had now greatly reformed and she proposed that his request be granted. Mr. Joseph Lloyd seconded and the motion was agreed to. REMOVAL OF AN IMBECILE FROM THE ASYLUM TO THE HOUSE. A communication was read from Dr. Cox, the Medical Superintendent of the N. W. Counties Lunatic Asylum, asking the Board to accept the charge of a pauper imbecile belong- ing to Abergele, now an inmate of that Institution, on approval for two months. Mrs. Lloyd Jones asked if the patient would require nursing. If so, the nurse would not be fit for some time to undertake the duty, as she was suffering from blood poisoning. Miss Evans protested against making the house a small Lunatic Asylum. It was a work- house, and the attendants had plenty to do as it was. Besides the presence oi imbeciles in the place would be bad for the old people and chil- dren in the house. On the motion of Mr. Wynne, seconded by Mr. Joseph Lloyd it was agreed to take the patient subject to there being room for her in in the house.. ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE. Mrs. Lloyd Jones, moved that it be an instruction to the Visiting Committee, to take under consideration the question of affiliating the illegitimate children born in the house. It was a question that ought to be taken up, as there were a great many people there that ought never to have come there. In large English Unions, the question was taken up. And they ought not to allow any illegitimate child born in that house to leave without affiliating it, or attempting to so. If that were done, it would prove a check on the immorality prevailing in the country. The motion was agreed to, PACKMEN AND PAUPERS.-SCATHING CRITICISM- Application was made by the Relieving Officer of the Abergele District, to admit the children of Thomas Hughes, Crown Square, Abergele, into the house, as the father had been sent to prison on a committal order from the Bangor County Court. Mr. Littler objected to the children being brought to the house, and proposed that 5s. a week be allowed as temporary outrelief to the mother. He said that in November last he heard that these people were in distressed cir- cumstances, and went to see them. There was not a scrap of furniture scarcely in the house. No bed for the children to lie on, and not even a blanket to cover them, beyond some old sacking. He went about the town then, and succeeded in collecting a few articles of bed clothing for them, and food was provid- ed for them. The day before he heard the man had been taken to prison, and he thought if the County Court Judge had been aware of the facts of the case he would not have granted the committal order. The plaintiff in the case was one of those people who went about the country, and induced poor people to buy articles from them on the weekly or fortnight- ly payment system, and when default was made, put them into the County Court; and in this case the man had been committed for twenty one days for a debt owing to a Bangor Scotchman.' It was a shameful thing for a man in Hughes' position to be put in prison, and his family thrown on the ratepayers. Mr. William Owen seconded the motion. He. said these hawkers ought to be exposed. Neither Hughes nor his wife were of as sound a mind as they might be, and therefore they fell easy victims to people of this class. It was resolved to allow 5s. outrelief for two weeks.
CORWEN, BOARD OF GUARDIANS. FRIDAY, February 19th.-Present, Messrs. W. E. Williams (chairman), Dr. Jones, and R. R. Roberts, Corwen; John Jones, and Robert Edwards, Gwyddelwern Thomas Owen, Llan- gar John Jones, Henry Davies and Rev. Evan T. Davies, Llandrillo, E. O. V. Lloyd, Llan- santffraid; Richard Jones and John Williams, Bryneglwys David Jones and W. A. Jones,. Cerrigydruidion Rev. W. Jones, Glyntraian Edward Roberts, Llansantffraid, G.C., William Ellis, Llangollen Rural; Miss Edwards and John Davies, Llangollen Urban; Thos. Thomas. Llangwm; H. T. Owen, and D. W. Roberts, Llantysilio; Thomas Hughes (clerk), E. Derby- shire, and E. Foulkes, Relieving Officers, R. Williams, master. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. Proposed by Mr. John Davies, seconded by Miss Edwards and carried unanimously That the heartfelt sympathy of the Guard- ians be tendered to Mr. W. Pencerdd Williams, Plas Hafod, Llangollen, Mrs. Morgan, and the other members of the family in their great sor- row and bereavement by the death of Mrs. Williams-one of the esteemed lady guardians for Llangollen.' STATISTICS. Out relief administered during the past fort- night. Corwen district, per Mr. E. Derbyshire, £60 lis. 6d. to 270 paupers; corresponding fortnight last year £ 59 18s. to 267 paupers. Llangollen district, per Mr. E. Foulkes, £ 59 13s. 8d to 258 paupers; corresponding fort- night last year, £ 57 7s. to 245 paupers. Num. ber of inmatfes in the house, 65 corresponding week last year 55. Number of vagrants re- lieved, 37 last year, 68. Balance in hands of treasurer, 931 13s. 4d. INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION RATE (DENBIGH). I It was decided not to pay the amount claimed by the Denbighshire County Council, in respect of Intermediate Education for the current half year. DEPUTY DISTRICT MEDICAL OFFICER. Dr. Richard Drinkwater, Llangollen, appoin- ted his father, Dr. James P. Drinkwater, to act as his deputy. VACANT OFFICE OF PUBLIC VACCINATOR. A letter was rea^ffcom the Local Government Board, stating thai"%hey assented to the pro- posal of the Guardians to divide the Llangollen district into two districts for the purpose of vaccination. The Guardians were also informed that it was not required to advertise for candi- dates to fill the office of Public Vaccinator. The Rev. Ivan T. Davies proposed, and Mr. H. T. Owen seconded, 'that we proceed to ap- point public vaccinators for Llangollen and Glyn districts this day fortnight without ad- vertising.' Mr. J. Davies proposed that inasmuch as that we had an election very lately and know the qualifications of the medical officers, that we to-day elect two persons.' Mr. Davies further stated that looking at the testimonials of the two doctors Dr. Davies Jones had not had fair play at the last election. The Rev. Ivan T. Davies Ib is very unfair to bring these matters forward now. Mr. J. Davies Looking at the testimonials of both candidates those of Dr. Davies Jones are llirWe than two to one in his favour. Dr. Jones: I appeal to the chair that it is not in order to discuss now what has been passed. The original motion was carried by a large majority. APPOINTMENT OF A BARBER. Two tenders were received for the work of shaving and haircutting in the workhouse, and that of Mr. Erasmus Jonei,Corwen, being the lowest was accepted-the appointment to be for 12 months.
EDEYRNION RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Friday, February 19th.-Present, Rev. Ivan T. Davies (chairman), Messrs. R R. Roberts, Dr. Jones, pnd Godfrey Parry, Corwen; John Jones and Robert Edwards, Gwyddelwern W. E. Williams and Thomas Owen, Llangar; H. Davies, Llandrillo E. O. V. Lloyd, Llantant: ffraid G. D.; Thomas Hughes (clerk), Dr. White (medical officer), and E. Edwards (In" spector and Surveyor). ELECTION OF PARISH COUNCILLORS AND RURAL DISTRICT COUNCILLORS IN 1897. Circular letters from the Local Government Board referring to the election of Parish and Rural District Councillors for 1897 having been read and explained by the clerk, were directed to be laid on the table. BRITISH INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. The objects of the above institute were brought to the attention of the Council, and a U, letter dealing generally with the work of the Institude was read, and ordered to be laid on the table. COMMEMORATION OF THE QUEEN'S REIGN. Letters were read from the Parish Councils of Corwen, Llangar, and Llansantffraid G. D., intimating their willingness to co-operate with the District Council in celebrating the Queen's long reign. The Parish Council of Gwyddel- wern, while deciding to ppropriately commem- orate the event, were more inclined to do so locally. TREWYN BRIDGE. On the motion of Mr. R. R. Roberts, secon" ded by Air. J. Jones (Gwyddelwern), it was resolved tliat a committee be asked to draft a memorial to the Merionethshire County Council strongly drawing attention to the great need of a carriage bridge over the Dee by Trewyn. Mr. E. O. V. Lloyd said he felt more every day of the necessity for the paid bridge, and the greab boon it would be to a large communi- ty. He made the offer of contributing £60 towards the expense, as he could not think of a morelbeneficial and appropriate way of commem- orating the Queen'? Diamond Jubilee in the locality, and certainly if that object could not be carried out this year, he would be dis- appointed, and would have to withdraw his offer. The Chairman, and Messrs. R R. Roberts, W. E. Williams, Dr. Jones, and E. O. V. Lloyd retired to draft a memorial and on their return, submitted the following, which was unanimously adopted 'That the Merioneth County Council be approached with the view of compromising the matter of dismaining Penybryn Ad Ddol Road, on the follower terms :— 1. That the Penybryn Road be dismained, the County Council to put the same in thorough repair before it be taken over by this Council. 2. That the Ddol Road be not dismained, and in view of the undisputed fact that as this road is a direct and much used medium of communication between the town of Cor- wen and a large agricultural area and the populous districts of Gwyddelwern, Der- wen, Llanelidan, Bryueglwys, Llandegla, &c., the County Council be respectfully asked to contribute half of the cost of constructing a proper carriage bridge over the Dee on this road-the maximum half contribution by the County Council to be fixed at say £ 1,000. 3. That the County Council be urged most strongly to accede to this application at their next council meeting (in March), as it is the feeling of the district that the present is the most opportune occasion to elicit the co-operation and contributions of the general public for the erection of a bridge to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Most Gracious Majesty's reign, and in order to gain this end, it is imperatively important that no time be lost. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH'S ANNUAL REPORT. Dr. White read the following report:- Gentlemen—I beg to submit for your con- sideration my annual report for the year 1896. My district, on whieh I report, is the same as last year. My calculations are made on the estimated population, and I may state that I am of opinion that the population of this dis- trict is more than it was in 1891, inasmuch as some slate quarries are being worked now which were not then, and as a consequence liavefattracted workmen. The estimated popula- tion is given on a decreasing population as the result of the two last census returns. The census ought to be taken every five years, then a more correct estimate of the population, birth rate and death rate could be given. The number of births registered was 152, giving a birthrate of 28-84 per 1.000 of the population. The number of deaths registered was 93, giving a deathrate of 17-64 per 1,000 of the population. The infantile mortality was (12 in 152) 78-94 per 1,000 registered births, which is a very low rate. The zymotic mortality (2 in 93) -38 per 1,000 of the population. DEATHS CLASSIFIED AS TO AGE.—TABLE A. Deaths under one year 12 One year and under five 7 Five and under fifteen 2 Fifteen and under twenty-five 3 Twenty-five and under sixty-five 32 Sixty years and upwards 37 93 Eight of the above were 80 years of age and upwards. The birthrate was higher than in 1895, when it was 144, giving a rate of 27*02. The death rate was lower than in 1895. when the number was 119, giving a rate of 22-35. My figures were given early in 1895, and on which free comments were made reflecting on the sanitary condition of the district. No notice was given to the reasons I gave for the high figures. After a time the figures for other districts appeared which went to show that the general P. deathrate for the year 1895 was higher than it had been for a long number of years, so went to show that this district compared favourably with similar districts elsewhere. Why should the rate for 1896 drop so much in such a satis- factory manner ? During the year 1895, eigh- teen deaths were registered as over 80 years of age, during 1896 only eight were registered as over 80 years old, so this goes to show that most of the feeble aged had died off, which proved of advantage to the late for 1896. Also the deaths of Infants was only 12 in 152, whereas during 1895 it was 14 in 144, which goes further to keep the reduction of the general deathrate. During the year 1896, 10 persons who died within the district were not residents—two had not even slept a night in bhe district, and the longest resident of them had not resided in the district three months. If these were deducted, which would be only fair, it would give the death rate of this district as 15'75. I was net able to ascertain that any inhabitants residents usual in this district had died elsewhere. The infantile mortality is very low, (12 in 152 —viz. 78 94; and it is a recognised fact that mortality is considered a good index to the sanitary condition of any district; and it is satisfactory to notice that this mortality is gradually decreasing in this district. And I may also state that there are only two deaths of infants not certified, which reflects well to the credit of the registrar, and these two were 3 days and 19 hours of age respectively. The cause of death of the infants were one pre- mature birth, one jaundice, one diarrhoea, one ulceration of navel and convulsions, one whooping cough and bronchitis, one eczema, one bronchitis, one debility, five convulsions, no cause specified. The zymotic mortality is also very low, 2 in 93, 38 per 1,000 of the population. These two deaths were—one from failure of the heart after diphtheria, the other from scarlet fever, follow- ed by puerperal septicaemia in a primipara.