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PORTHCAWL MYSTERY ELUCIDATED I
PORTHCAWL MYSTERY ELUCIDATED I WOMAN'S BODY FOUND ON BEACH. The bo b' of a well-dressed woman Was pisked up by Measrr. Lyons and Harries eariy on Thursday near the Old Pilot lookout by the Porthcawl Breakwater. The following is the poliee description of the body:—Height, 5ft. 4in.; robust build; black hair; dressed in a black silk blouse and skirt. Tke bouy was minus shoes, stcckinga Ctd hat, whilst there was nothing in the pocket and no rings. It ilppeare-d to have beee in tke watsr only a few hours. Tke body was removed to the mortuary, whece it was identified as that of Marie Spring, a. married woman. The inquest wai heldi on Friday by Mr. L. M. Thomas. Mrs. Morgan, landlady of the resi dence where deceased had staved, said she came to her house orer five weeks ago. Deceased • husband was at Newcastle. Deceased had been depressed, and before going out on Wed- nesday she wrote a letter to Irs. Dunn, 9, Kent Street, South Shields. She was in greet trouble about her sister. Mrs. Spring had been separated from her husband for 12 or IS yea. On Tuesday deceased destroyed all her letters and papers, saying, They will not know where I am." A verdict of Suicide while of unsound mind was returned.
PORTHCAWL. ENTERTAINMENT TO WOUNDED.— Over 100 wounded soldiera convalescing at the Porthcawl Rest and their nurses were List week entertained to tea and a musical pro- gramme by the ladies of the local Calvinistis Methxxiist Church.
THE DEMON OF DUST
THE DEMON OF DUST. DR. RANDALL'S WEIGHTY ADVICE. In his annual report to Bridgecd Urban District Council, Dr. Wyndham Randall (medical officer of health), as a protection from infectious disease, emphasises the im- portance of destroying all organio matter and refuse. Dust carts, he points out, oontain, largely, organio refuse and dust, so should invariably be covered. When it is consi- dered that this dust, unl 4ass removed when damp or during wet weather, may be blown into shops and through the windows of other houses, where milk and other food may be contaminated by its deposition, greater oare should be exercised in laying it, and in its re- move. In dry weather may be seen in our streets clouds of dust accompanying the raid- ing of every shorelful to an uncovered dust cart, and the street filled with a dust cloud foe 20 or 30 yards above or below the site of the operation. This is seen at its worst when no watering of streets is carried out. I hope that the cards "Hints on the feeding and management of babies and young children," distributed to mothers oa the registration of their infanta may prore of some value. In 1911, that dry summer, the need for a nuis- ance inspector, who would devote his whole time to sanitary work, had been shown defin- itely; a house-to-house inspection should have been carried out; house refuse in the vicinity of dwellings, and other nuisances rigorously remored; defective sanitary arrangements re- paired; unpaved back yards sought for and reported with a view to their, promptly, being paved or concreted. I cannot help thinking that by such means some deaths,. and certainly some illnesses, may often be averted." Upon the subject of town dust, Dr. RandaJl quotes the following from Dr. C. W. Saleeby: Town dust is itself richly contaminated with bacteria, and serves as their vehicle, for which the wind provides motor power. The dust of our streets is best described as dried sewage. The least part of it is derived from the attrition of paving stones by traffic. Town dust, therefore, is an actively infectious assortment of microbes, their virulence depending on many factors, of which the degree of exposure to direct sun- light, that inoomparable antiseptic, is prob- ably the most important. To expose the meat of butchers' shops to such dust is little more than disgusting, in effect, for the meat will be cooked. To expose milk, or such fruit as strawberries, to such dust, as we do, is to ask for disease and get it. To neglect the street excrement which dries into dust is to favour the insects which breed in it. Of these, in this country, the most important is the domestic fly. Surely the time has passed when anyone can desire or permit me to tell the alphabet of this matter to a modern audience. Merely I remind the reader that this country, and its Army doc- tors such as Sir Ronald Ross and Sir David Bruce, to say nothing of Sir Patrick Manson before them, are the creditors of all mankind in the demonstration of the part played by insects as carriers of microbes Curious is it, however, that we should have incriminated and dealt with mosquitoes and tsetse-flies, should have cleansed and saved many parts of the Tropics, should have set the American army doctors on the lines which abolished the domestic mosquito and yellow fever, and made the Panama Canal possible—before we realised that our own domestic fly is slaugh- tering us and our children in goores of thou- sands every year, with our connivance and presumably with our applause. It follows that the neglect of the dust of our streets is, in fact, forewarned, wholesale, rampant in- fanticide, of which the figures of the summer months will long bear hideous record, unless the present counsels of folly and filth be over- ruled. I appeal to every reader with a muni- cipal vote to see to it. at once. that the pre- sent outrage upon public decency and safety be ended forthwith. To use the lowest argu- ment I know, it costs less to water the streets than to bury the babies killed by the present nauseous and murderous economy."
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PENYBONT RURAL DISTRICT I COUNCILI
PENYBONT RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. WAS BONUS FOR OFFICIALS. QUESTION OF DIPHTHERIA AT KENFIG HILL. Ail ordinary meeting of the Penybont Rural District Council waa held on Saturday last, Mr. Wm. Evans presiding. There were also present Messrs. Thomas Davies, Wm. Butler, T. Prescott, Thomas Morgan, Jenkin Jones, T. Woods, W. A. Howell, Rees John, D. H. Price, George Jeanes, J. T. Salathiel, Howell Williams, W. B. Loveluek, Edward Morgan, J. Dunn, and Col. J. 1. D. Nicholl, with Messrs. Eiryn Davies end Simon Davies (sanitary in- spectors), Ernest Jenkins (surveyor), and the clerks (Messrs. R. Hamar Cox and Eustace Bevan. ) The firist business of public interest was to hear a petition from the principal officers of the Council for a "rise" of wages on account of the increased cost of living. The petition was signed by R. Hamar Cox, clerk (prseent salary ;CIOO) Eustace Bevan, deputy clerk (280); Kate Hale, assistant clerk (12s. a week); Ernest Jenkins, surveyor (estimated at £ 200); Eiryn W. Davies ( £ 200) and J. Simon Davies (kl78), sanitary inspectors. It was stated that Dr. Wyndham Randall (salary k85) had promised sign, but had not done WD. A member: I suppose you'll all go on strike unless you get it. (Laughter). Afr. D. H. Price: Have our officers had any sort of honorarium since the war began? The Clerk None whatever. Mr. J. T. Salathiel moved that the officers present retire during the discussion of the petition. Mr. Eustace Bevan: You will have the pleasure, gentlemen, of taking your own minutes for once. ThQ officers having retired, Mr. W. A. Howell said everybody was having a war bonus now, and their officers ought to have one. An increase of ten per cent. all round was proposed. Mr. William Butler did not think the per- centage principle a good one. The petition was based on the increased cost of living, and the increased cost of living was not (unfortu- ately) based on percentage of salary. Mr. W. A. Howell agreed. On the percent- age basis the man with the biggest salary got the biggest increase. He moved that each ease be taken individually, on its merits. This having been unanimously agreed on the following increases of salaTy were voted: Mr. Cox, £ 20; Mr. Bevan, £ 25; Miss Hale, 3a. a weels; Dr. Randall, £ 15; Mr. Jenkins, £ 20; Mr. Eiryn Davies, £ 20; Mr. Simon Davies, JE20. Mr. D. H. Price: Is this a war bonus or an increase of wages ? Mr. W. A. Howell; What's in a name. COLLECTION OF HOUSE REFUSE AT I YNYSAWDRE. A letter was read from the Ynysawdre Paro- chial Committee complaining that the contrac- tor for removing house refuse goes his rounds too early in the day. He has finished them before the hour he should commence," the complaint ran. The refuse is not collected in some parts, but tipped in the back roads. Mr. Eiryn Davies agreed that the man realty did go round t-oo early-before 7 a.m. He had seen him and told him about it, and the mat- ter would be remedied. FOR BELGIAN CHILDREN. I A letter was read from the National Com- mittee for Relief in Belgium, asking the Council's co-operation in a great national ap- peal on behalf of the children of Belgium, "among whom, as a result of German in- humanity and underfeeding, tuberculosis and other diseases are now making alarming in- roads." A Christmas Envelope was en- closed containing the Lord Mayor's appeal, and it was earnestly hoped that one of these would find its way to every Christmas din- ner table in the area under your authority." A lso, would the Council help (1) by forming a local committee, if one did not already exist, to distribute and collect envelopes; (2) by ap- pealing through the local Press on behalf of the cause. The Council were requested to say how many envelopes they were in a position to dstribute. Col. J. I. D. Nicholl: We can't vote money ourselves^ for such a purpose. The Clerk: Practically they ask us to form ourselves into a committee and then distribute the envelopes. Mr. W. A. Howell moved, as the best way of dealing with the question, that they supply the National Committee with the names of all their Parish Councils. We are not," said Mr. Howell, an Urban District Council, and cannot work the thing ourselves." This was carried. I INSPECTORS' REPORTS. The Sanitary Inspector for No. 1 district (Mr. Eiryn W. Davies) reported six cases of infectious disease during the month, namely, four of diphtheria (Aberkenfig and Kenfig Hill) and two of scarlet fever (both at Kenfig Hill). Although the cleansing of the brook at Aberkenfig had only just been completed, ho had already to report the throwing into it of household rubbish, etc., presumably from some of the houses close to. With regard to the contract entered into with Mr. S. Jenkins, Cefn Cribbwr, to do cer- tain dranage work at Kenfig Hill, Mr. Jenkins had asked to be released from the contract owing to the impossibility of getting men to carry out the work. Mr. Davies also submitted the County Pub- lic Health report on the bacteriological exami- nation of the water from the springs at Dym- bath and Nantyci. The report was excellent, and was summarised as follows: No bacillus eoli organisms present. Bacteriological examination indicates the sample to be of a high degree of bacterial purity." A mem ber:. Hear, hear. Arising out of the report, Mr. J. T. Salathiel asked what had been done in the matter of tho oases of diphtheria mentioned in the Inspec- tor's last months report. On hie motion (Mr. Salathjel's) the Counoil then directed that the medical officer look into the matter and re- port. The cases mentioned in the present re- port were new cases. What had been done in the matter of the others ? Mr. Eiryn Davies had had no report from the doctor, but said it was unquestionable that the vitality of the people living in houses now under discussion would be materially lowered by the stench from the Maeeteg lagoons. The Clerk (answering Mr. SaJathiel): I am afraid the medical officer has not been written to in the matter. Mr. Salathiel: There are four more casee in to-day's report. It is a very serious matter. It is also a very simple matter. Diphtheria is known to be due to one of two causes-either to bad milk or to sewerage gas. It was agreed to await the medical officer's report before doing anything. Also arising out of the report, Mr. W. But- ler said they had called on the man who sca- venged Aberkenfig to find some other place, to tip the rubbish. He was still tipping in the same place. Mr. Eiryn DaTies: He did stop for a time, but later he had an irresponsible lad at work for him. I think we shall have to specify places of tipping in future, which will materially increase the cost of the contract. ThQ Inspector of No. 2 district (Mr. J. Simon Davies) reported 17 cases of measles during the month; four at St. Brides Major, one at Ewenny, eight at Pencoed, and four at Blackniill. He had disinfected the schools at St. Brides, and the infant school at Pencoed. THE HEALTH VISITORS. I The Lady Health Visitors reported as fol- lows There had been 32 notifications of birth in No. 1 district and 14 in No. 2. The vast majority of the babies were being breast-fed; there had been no deaths, and the babies were all in good health. The household conditions were everywhere satisfactory. There were no new oases of tuberculosis in either district, but on the other hand No. 1 district had six cases of measles and No. 2 fourteen. (These had been already dealt with in the Sanitary In- spector's reports). I ALLEGED RIGHT OF WAY AT I NEWCASTLE HIGHER. II A communication was read from the Parisli Counoil of Newcastle Higher in regard to what was alleged to be a right of way over land known as Pare Tyrgunter, and ne8.r. to what is called the Ballast Hole. It ap- peared that certain persons had been charged with trespass by the landowner (Lord Dun- raTen) at Bridgend Police Court, where the magistrates declined to deal with it on account of the claimed right of way. The Parish Council took the matter up, beard evidence, and came to the conclusion that a right of Way does exist; and it now asked the Penybont Council to take the matter up undex Seetion 26 of the Local Government Act. It further appeared from the communica- tion that the Parish Council was itself being sued for trespass by the landowner. The Clerk It seems to me the Parish Coun- oil wants to make this Council the defendants in the case when we know nothing about the matter. Col. Nioholl moved that Lord Dunraven's solicitor (Mr. S. H. Stockwood) be written to asking him to postpone the matter until they (that Council) oould form a Committee to look into the matter. Mr. T. Davies having seconded it was car- ried, and a oommittee was forthwith ap- pointed.
I SKER FOOTPATHI
I SKER FOOTPATH. I REPORT OF COMMITTEEE OF INVESTI- I GATION. F The Committee appointed to investigate the question of the alleged right of way at Sker presented their report, as follows:— Your Committee met at Sker on the 7th October when there were present the chairman (Mr. W. Evans), and Messrs. D. H. Price, T. Davies, T. Morgan, W. Prescott, Rev. T. D. Bevan, W. A. Howell, Rees John, T. Woods, J. Jones and J. T. Salathiel, with the Sur- veyor, Sanitary Inspector for No. 1 Distriot, and the Deputy Clerk. The Committee took evidence from a num- ber of persons who had used the paths for a considerable period, without hindrance; which evidence is now submitted to you. The Com- mittee recommend that the Council communi- cate with Mr. Lipscomb informing him that I the Council consider the following paths as public, viz. (1) From Penymynvdd, thence through Cae Newydd, on the North Side, afterwards through the rick yard and back yard of Sker House, to the Well and so on to the Beach. (2) From Waun-y-Mer, thence on South Side of Cae Newydd to Sker rick yard, and back- yard of the house to the Well from the beach. (3) From near Pare Newydd via the Golf Links to Ffynon-Mer. They also recommend that the Council re- quest Mr. Lipscomb on behalf of the Margam lfktate to remove the obstructions. The same Committee also met on the 11th inst. and inspected the minutes with regard to the well near Sker House, and they were of opinion that it is a public well, and that the Margam Estate be written to that effect, and to see that it is preserved for the public use, or that the public shall have the undisputed right to a pump in the Sker House Yard. The Committee walked over these three paths; they viewed the well; they viewed the spot at Waun-y-Mer where a stone stile which had formerly existed had been built up; and finally they found the stone stile still existing in the south wall of the rick yard and the west wall of the farm yard. I THE EVIDENCE. Wm. Howell Roe, Myrth Cottage, Nottage, 40 years of age, deposed that he had for the past 30 years used the footpath leading from Pare Newydd diagonally across the field in the I direction of the Rest on the Golf Links side of the wall to Rest Bay. H ehad never been stopped, and had always looked on it aa a right of way. He had for the same perioi walked from Splott by the Golf Link* to Rest Bay. John Williame, 17, Kenfig Hill Road, Pyle, had used the paths for over 50 years and had neTer been stopped or interfered with. He was 61 years of age. Wm. Jenkins, 59, High Street, Kenfig Hill, who is 68, had walked the paths for nearly 60 years. He had done so when Mr. Thomas was tenant at Sker, and he always looked on them as a right of way. On two occasions the col- liers from Cefn and Bryndu had a fete at Sker and used one of these paths, and were not stopped or turned back. Robert Burnell, Swiss Cottage, nr. Nottage, aged 75, had used all three paths for over 60 years, and his father had done so before him, and neither of them wru ever turned back or stopped. The stile at Splott had been put up by the present tenant of Sker. Thomas Richards, Heol-fach, North Cor- nelly (78), said he was born at South Cornelly, and had lived in the district all his life. He had used the three paths constantly for 00 years as a means of getting down to the beach, and had never been interfered with in any way by the successive teants of the farm or any other person. Many other people had done so as well. In 1862 or 1863 a fete for the Kenfig Hill oolliers was held on Sker Beach and all who attended it used one or two other of the paths to get to it. He himself was one of the hundreds who attended the fete. David Marks, Commercial Street, Kenfig Hill, 65 years old, remembere d going down to Sker Beach by way of one of the paths 55 years ago, when Mr. Thomas waa tenant-far- mer of Sker. He also had attended the col- liers fete already spoken of. With regard to the Well, there used to be a gap in the wall so that people might fetch water, and the well was constantly used by the public. It was open, with two steps to go down and the flag- stone on end at the top. Job David, another veteran of 68, and a life- lonlr inhabitant of North Cornelly, deposed to the same general effect, except in regard to the rick yard, which, he had been under the im- pression, was private property. Wm. Thomas, Maudlam, said he bad used the path on the north side of Cae Newydd and through the rick yard frequently for forty years. He 'did not go through the well-field, but got over the rick yard wall on to the common. He had never met with any inter- ference, and had seen many people use the path. I John Murphy, born at Waun-y-Mer, remem- bered a gate and iityle at Waun-y-Mer at the entrance of the field known as Trefila, whence there was a deflnent footpath with Cae Newydd and through the rickyard. The gate- way was eventually walled up, but the stile was left. In eommon with all the other in- habitants fthe district he had always use d this path to get down to the beach,and with- out interference. As regard. the well, he re- membere d it open to the publie and steps to go down it. Evidence to the same general effect was also given by Wm. Rees (the Horse and Tram), S. Cornelly, Jenkin Davicfy S. Cornelly, John Richard, S. Cornelly, Samuel Jones, Heolfaoh (North Cornelly), and Mrs. Rees (P wily garth Street, Kenfig Hill). Practically all the deponents were prepared to give evidenee in accordance with the above statements in a Court of Law.
POLICE METHODS IN LIQUOR CASESI
POLICE METHODS IN LIQUOR CASES I ARE THEY JUSTIFIABLE? I This question is discussed at some length in a contemporary, apropos the large number of liquor prosecutions that come up every week in the polioe oourts all over the country. The matter is discussed in regard to a case at Wigan wherein it was shown that, in order to secure a case, a constable and a female police witness had crossed the boundary-line of truth. The "special" denied that he was such to a man in the publio-house room, and had to admit in Court that he had told an un- truth. In another case, in which a man was charged with selling whisky to a female police witness, it was alleged that she declared she wanted it for her mother because she was dangerously ill. She admitted asking for it for her mother but denied that she said she was ill. The defending solicitor (Mr. J. C. Gibson) submitted that whilst it was the duty of the police to prevent crime, it was not for them to adopt trickery and lies to get people to com- mit themselves. Evidently the magistrates agreed with this view, for they dismissed the case, the Town Clerk adding: We don't agree with witnesses telling lies; they are not iustified under any circum- stances.
IUSE AND ABUSE OF AIR GUNSI
I USE (AND ABUSE) OF AIR GUNS I MAY BE PURCHASED, BUT NOT USED. Five small boys, and their mothers and other female relatives from Kenfig Hill, put in an appearance at Bridgend Police Court on Monday—before Mr. D. H. Lloyd (in the chair) and Dr. E. J. Parry—the case raising, once more, the issue of the U6e of air guns, which are bought, and used, as toys—toys that may inflict serious, and indeed, fatal in- juries. The lads were Edwin Hordridge (10), William Pemberton (11), Lewis James (13), Frank Short (10), and William Venn (13), who were charged with having, on Nov. 6th, at Kenfig Hill, been in possession of a certain gun in Picton Street, to the danger of pedestrians. Defendants were let off on payment of 4s. 6d. costs eewh-and after a severe warning and rebuke on the- part of the Magistrates. On* of the mothers said similar guns were on sale in shops-, and the one produced was g iven to her son as a gift. The Magistratea admonished the parents to lock up the toys (or weapons), which, they said, would be destroyed in the event of a similar charge.
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TONDU AND ABERKENFIG
TONDU AND ABERKENFIG. SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' DEPEN- DENTS.—A large and influential committee has been formed for the purpose of providing comforts and neoessaries for the dependents of our gallant soldiers and sailors, and it is possible some immediate relief will be given. A sub-committee of ladies has been appointed, who will organise a sewing guild for the mak- ing and distribution of clothing, more especi- ally for the children of needy families. It is hoped that it may be possible to make weekly collections from all householders, so as to maintain the fund during the period for which the committee intend carrying on the work. NEWCASTLE HIGHER PARISH COUN- CIL.—A sjecial meeting of the Newcastle Higher Parish Council was held on Thursday evening last week.—The question of the foot- path from Coronation Street to New Street was again considered, and it was resolved to ask for a copy of terms on which the land in question oould be obtained for the public—In regard to the footpath dispute at Park, a letter was read from the solicitors to the estate, and after discussion, it was resolved to send the whole of the correspondence, to- gether with the evidence collected, to the Rural District Council, with the object of in- ducing it to take up the matter of maintain- ing the public right of way.-A letter was read from the local Trades Council urging the Parish Council to do all they possibly could to keep the path open, as it was of very great utility to men working at the adjacent ool- lieries.
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