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Aberystwyth Board of Guardians.


Aberystwyth Board of Guardians. The fortnightly meeting of the Guardians was keld on Monday at the Board Room. Union Work- house, when there were present:—Mr William Morris, Cyfoethvbrenin (chairman); Mrs E. H. James, Mrs Evaii Evai- Mrs Colby, Rev T. A. Penry, Messrs G. Fos"eU Roberts, B. E. Morgan, T. E. Salmon, and Ed ;vin Morris, Aberystwyth Rev J. Davies and Mr E. J. Williams, Ceulanymaes- mawr; Messrs J. 13. Morgan, Cynullmawr; R James, Henllys; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; David Morgan, Llanfihangel Upper; David Davies, Llan- iibangel Lower Daniel Jones, Llangwyryfon; W. Davies. Llanilar: Joseph Parry, Melindwr; R. Thomas, Tirymynach D. James and T. James, Tre- feirig R. L. Thomas. Vaenor Lower and M. D. Williams, Issayndre with Hugh Hughbs (clerk), E. Llewelyn (assistant clerk), and Mr Jones (master). Out-relief.The amount of out-relief adminis- tered during the past fortnight was as follows:— Per Mr T. Vaughan, £57 S-. lid to 177 paupers; per Mr J. J. Hughes, £43 14s to 154 paupers; per Mr T. Morgan, £53 12s to 159 paupers. Master's Report. -The Master reported that the number in the House was 47. as compared with 50 the corresponding period last year. The number of vagrants relieved during the past fortnight was €0 as compared w'th 34 the corresponding period last year. A parcel of periodicals and illustrated papers was received from his Worship the Mayor on the 27th ult. for the use of the sick inmates.— The Clerk was directed to convey the thanks of the Board to the Mayor for his gift. Soxue Committee.—The House Committee, whose report was presented by the Rev T. A. Penry, re- commended that the hours of admission for vagrants be changed from 7 to 9 o'clock as at present to 7 to 8 o'clock from April to September, and from 5 to 7 as at present to 5 to 6 from October to March. "This alteration was recommended chiefly with the object of curtailing the hours of the gardener, who had the charge of vagrants, and who now had to spend 93 hours a week in the House. The com- mittee also recommended that the wages of the cook be incrpased by iC2, making a total of E20 per annum.—The first recommendation was adopted, but that in reference to the cook's salary was deferred, it being necessary to give notice of motion. Small Pox Precanti&ns.—The Rev T. A. Penry proposed that. they as a Board of Guardians refer the question of the treatment of any possible small pox case in the House to the consideration of the Rural District Council. They had no isolating hospital belonging to this House, but they knew there was an arrangement made by the Corporation of Aberystwyth. This house was situated in the rural district, and it would be a matter for tha Rural District Council to come to some arrange- ment wilh the Corporation allowing them, in case of any small pox sase, occurring in the Workhouse, of removing such a case to the hospital they bad provided.—Mr James Jones did not think it would be advisable, because the place at Penro was very small.-Rev T. A. Penry But it will be a matter for the Rural District Council to arrange.—Mr James Jones said it was nonsense to think of that place It was only Ia small place, with five beds, and where were the nurse and attendants to live.— The Clerk said there would be no harm in calling the Board's attention to the matter.—Mr Salmon said he would support Mr Penry's proposition. He was surprised that Mr James Jones should say it all nonsense. The temporary isolation hospital had eight beta, q having regard to the small- pox scare there was notiung like pre- caution. Supposing a case happened In the Workhouse, would it not be well to be able to send the case to the isolation hospital. He was surprised at the light in which Mr Jones bad looked at this matter.—Mr James Jones I quite believe what I have said.—The Chairman said the Clerk could bring the matter on at the next District Council meeting, Vaccination.—Mr B. E. Morgan said with the prevalence of small-pox in London and other large towns, did not the Board think that some steps should be taken to have all the inmates of the House vaccinated. He knew they had no power to insist upon it, but he had spoken to the Medical Officer, who was of the same opinion as himself. he had also spoken to the Master, and asked him to go round all the inmates, and ask them if they were prepared to be vaccinated or not.—The Master said he had been round all the inmates. Out of 45. only one was willing to be vaccinated, another said he would submit if forced to do so, and all the others gave a blank refusal.—Mr B. E. Morgan asked whether some sort of persuation could not be brought to bear on the inmates. He thought it a serious matter, and they did not know what moment some tramp affected with the disease would come to Aberystwyth, and would probablv apply for admission to the House. He would like to ask the Clerk whether there were any means by which they could induce the inmates to be vac- cinated.—The Clerk replied not with adults. If toey did not see the advantage of it, they could not compel them.—The Clerk said when a case broke out in the House five or six years ago, all the inmates were vaccinated.—The Master said that more than half of those were still in the House. Corrections.—Mr Fossett Roberts drew attention to a paragraph which appeared in a contemporary, and as he thought it reflected on the Assessment Committee, of which he was chairman, he took upon himself to bring the matter forward. The paragraph was, to say the least nf it, brimful of in- accuracies. Mr Roberts then read the paragraph, but said he noticej in a subsequent issue that the sum of Z700 stated to have been paid in out-relief in Aberystwytb more than was paid eight or nine years ago had been rejuced to Z500. With refer- ence to the statement made that the ratepayers did not know that their assessments had been increased until they got the demand notes, Mr Roberts said the supplemental list was made in September last, and due notice given and the rate approved in Nov- ember and if any ratepayer felt aggrieved he had the right to appeal to the Assessment Committee, who would do what was fair and reasonable. The paragraph also stated there would be a general revision. That was quite correct. With reference to the statement that the ratepayers had no oppor- tunity of comparing the town assessment with the country assessment, the valuation lists were open to the ratepayers. Penparke paid full poor rate on houses and not one-fourth as stated, and there was a lot of valuable land in the locality which was highly valued, and for which Penparke should have some consideration. As to the statement that the ratepayers bad no voice in the appointment of overseers and the making of assessments, rates, &c, Mr Roberts said the ratepayers had more voice now than they bad formerly, because by the Act of 1894 all the members of the Assessment Committee were elected guardians, whereas before the Act one-third were ex officio guardians. The amount a Is 2d rate brought in at Penparke was P-10 15s 9d, and not £3 4s 6d as stated.—The Assistant Clerk said the School Board precept for the half-year was iC520, as compared with £250 ten years ago, an increase of £ 270; and the county rate was "1, as compared with £263 ten years ago, an in- crease of R.270, or a total increase for School Board and county rate purposes of £ 548. Although the rateable value of Aberystwyth bad increased £ 12,000 in ten years, the Union precept for the present half-year, for Union purposes only, was 4124 less than in the corresponding half ten years ago, so that the guardians were not responsible for the rates keeping up. With reference to the alleged increase of E500 in the out-relief, he found that in the year 1890 the out-relief was £ 3,500. of which E105 was collected from relatives, leaving the net out-relief at £ 3.395. Last year the out- relief was Z3,674, of which JE289 was collected from relatives, leaving the net out-relief at E3,385, or £10 less than in the year 1890. In 1890, in- maintenance was £643, and last year £544, or a decrease of E90. Therefore, if they compared the total cost of relief in this Union last year with the year 1890 (taking both in-door and out-door) tkere was no increase of aboutE700 or even £500, but on the other hand a decrease of £ 109.—Mr Salmon thought that the explanation given was highly satisfactory. Appointment of Gardener.-O-en Richards, of Penparke, the person appointed gardener at the previous meeting, having declined to accept the appointment, it became necessary to appoint another man. Three of the other applicants had been interviewed by the committee, namely. David Williams, Jenkins, Little Darkgate-st., and Messach Davies, Portland-road. Williams and Davies asked 24s a week and Jenkins 25s a week.—Mr J. B. Morgan proposed the election of Davies, who, he said, was a local preacher, and could fill in his time at the House on Sundays by preaching (laughter). Mr E. J. Williams seconded.—Mr B. E. Morgan proposed the appointment of Jenkins, and this was seconded. On a division Davies received 11 votes, as against Jenkins' eight, and the former was de- clared elected.