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Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of the Aberystwyth Board of Guardians was held on Monday morning at the Union Workhouse, when there were present Mr. David Morgan, Llanfihangel Upper (in the chair), Messrs- Hugh Hughes, T. E. Salmon, Rev. T. A. Penry, and Edwin Morris, Aberystwyth; Rev. John Davies and Edward Jones, Ceulanmaesmawr; Wm. Morris, Cyfoethybrenin; Lewis Richards, CWIDo rheidol; Richard James, Henllys; W. A. Miller, Issayndre; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; Richard Jenkins, Llancynfelin; E. J. Evans, Llan- gwyryfon; Daniel Morris, Llanilar; John Jones, Llanmefenydd; Charles Davies, Llanychaiarn; Thomas James, Trefeirig; Richard Thomas, Tirymynach; William Hughes, Vaenor Upper and Thomas H. Jones, Parcel Canol.with Hugh Hughes (clerk), and J. C. Davies (assistant clerk). RELIEF ADMINISTERED. I The amount of relief adminstered during the past fortnight was of follows :-Per Mr. T. Vaughan, £48 8s gid to 175 paupers; per Mr. J. J. Hughes, £ 41 lis Od to 160 paupers; and per Mr. J. Morgan, £ 49 8s Od to 149 paupers. The Master reported that the number in the House the first week of the past fortnight was 45. as against 42 the correspond- ing week of last year, and during the second week 45 as against 43. The number of vagrants relieved the first week was 13 as against 11, and the second week 13 as against 20. A PROTEST. During the consideration of relief cases, Mr. Salmon raised a protest as to the manner in which they were dealt with. In the Henllys ^district, the claims were being called out by the chairman. Although there were several applications for increases, Mr. Evan Richards proposed that the present payment be continued. Mr. Salmon objected to this method, and thought Mr. Richards should give reasons why he did not support those cases where applications for increases were made. Mr. James Jones said several people applied for increases fearing that their present amounts would be reduced. He appealed to the relieving officer if that was not the case. He also thought they should have sufficient confidence in the judgment of Mr. Richards as to whether increases should be granted or not. Mr Salmon But Mr Richards is n-,o-)ne of the best (laughter). 11 Mr Richards said Mr Salmon evidently wished them to go according to other people's opinions and not their own. DBSTITUTB MOTHEBS. Two cases of destitute mothers came before the Board. In the first case, the relieving officer explained that the womar, had a son who possessed a flourishing business. The members decided that her name be struck off the books, inasmuch as they considered the son was in a position to maintain her, and that he be also ordered to refund the msney already paid. In the other case the woman had three sons: two of whom kept public houses in South Wales.—In this case it was resolved to call upon the sons to contribute 6s a week towards their mother's support. 8BLIEV IW THE TOWN DISTRICT. When the list of applications for outdoor relief in the town district was submitted, it was proposed that they be adopted as recommended by the Committee. Mr James Jones said he objected to this on principle, contending that they should consider each caje. The rateable value of Aberystwyth had gone up £4,000 or L5,000, and yet the poor rate was the same. Mr Salmon said Mr Jones' statement was misleading. No doubt, Aberystwyth had increased in rateable value, but in population as well. The principle they had adopted was a fair one and one which the Board had adopted, viz., that the town guardians should consider the town list in order to save two or three hours of the Board's time, and recommend the Board to the best of their ability. He was sure the Uommittee never recommenaca anything detrimental to the Board's interests, neither to increase the rates, or reduce them, and thus deprive the poor paupers of that which they deserved. He could assure them what they had done was for the benefit of the Board and the paupers. Mr. James Jones: Is it true that the rateable value of the town has gone up 4s. in the Z, and the poor rate has gone up the same Mr. Salmon: You are a member of the Assessment Committee,and know perfectly well what the rateable value of the town is without asking that question. It is perfectly true the rateable value of the town had gone up, and it ought to go up in the country also, but favours are shown. New buildings in the country are allowed to remain at the same rateable value, and if the same system was adopted in the country as in the town, the rateable value would also increase there. After further discussion, it was decided to adopt the list as recommended by the Committee. FEMALE LABOUR. At the previous meeting a woman appeared before the Board and applied for relief, stating she was quite willing to work, but could not find anyone to engage her. At that time, Mr. James Jones stated that there were plenty of people in the town requiring charwomen, and promised to give the names bf persons whom he knew to the Rev. T. A. Penry. The Rev. T. A. Penry said that persons whose names Mr. Jones had given him had now found what they required elsewhere. Mr. Salmon enquired whether this particular woman had now found work. The Relieving Officer (Mr. Vaughan) said she had been working last week. A PLBASANT ANNOUNCEMENT. Mr. Vaughan (relieving officer) said he had a pleasant announcement to make to the Board. A widow,' who had four children, and who had been chargeable to the Union for some time, had now again married, and would require no further relief (hear, hear). Mr. Salmon suggested that they should offer the man a good present (loud laughter). .VOTE OF CONDOLENCE. Mr. James Jones intimated to the Board that the death had taken place that morning of Mr. David Rees, who had formerly been a faithful member of the Board for several years. He proposed that a vote of condolence be passed with the family. Mr. Daniel Morris seconded, and the resolution was unanimously agreed to. ASSOCIATION OF POOR LAW UNIONS. The Rev. T. A. Penry drew attention to com- munications from the Association of Poor Law Unions of England and Wales enclosing resolutions calling upon the legislature to take the necessary stepa to adequately provide from national sources for the wives and children of soldiers and sailors now being partly maintained by charity of soldiers and sailors disabled on active service; and the widows and orphans of soldiers and sailors dying while on active 'service. Further, that the relations between the Local Government Board and Board of Guardians need serious consideration with the view to securing to guardians greater freedom of action in the discharge of their public duties. Mr. Penry gave notice that he would move resolutions to this effect at the next meeting. Mr. E. J. Evans asked what was meant by national sources. Did it mean the poor rate ? Rev. T. A. Penry: No, the national exchequer. Mr. Salmon: The amounts they receive from intoxicating drinks (laughter). RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meeting of this Council was held on Monday at the Union Workhouse, Mr. E. J. Evans presiding. A communication was read from the clerk to the Llanilar Parish Council enclosing copy of a resolution passed by that body, which was to the effect that the question of the Pentrellyn water supply be referred to the District Council, with the condition that the cost of placing the supply in a satisfactory state fall upon the owners of the houses in that locality and not on the parish as a whole. Mr. Daniel Morris, who had a motion on the agenda dealing with the matter, proposed that the question be again deferred, and that it be gone into at the next meeting. He believed the Parish Council would take to it themselves now, and would enter into an arrangement with the Pentrellyn people. A deputation, consisting of members of the Llanilar Parish Council, appeared before the Council, and said they were prepared to answer any questions which might be put to them. After some consideration, the matter was deferred uutil the next meeting.

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