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8 'THE HUDDERSFIELD GHRONICLE, [CHRONICLE] SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 1830. a ERNE [ERE] MEETING OF IMPROVEMENT COMMISs- [Commission- Commissioners] SIONERS. [SINNERS] . APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS. Tho annual meeting of the Huddersfield Improvement srmissioners Commissioners] was heldi [held] itv [it] the Guildhall on Wednesday evening, for the purpose of finally examivting, [examining] and settling, and allowing, and certifying the accounts of the said Com- [Commissioners] missionors, [mission] (which have been balanced up to the sixtcenth [sixteenth] day of May, instant ;) and for appointing two auditors-te audit the same and also for transacting such- [such other] other busi- [bus- business] ness as shall then appear riecessary [necessary] to be transactedi. [transacted. At the commencement of the proceedings there were not mote than thirty ratepayors [ratepayers] present, but in a. short time the room was nearly fille [fill] with ratepayers, who appoared [appeared] to take an interest in the proceedings There were present the following Uommissioners [Commissioners] - Jossph [Joseph] Brook, #sq., (Chairman of the Board); Messrs. eo. Armitage, J. Firth, T. P. Crosland, Luke Swallew, [Swallow] J. Booth, T. Firth, E. Kastwood, [Eastwood] T. Hayley, John Brook, Henry Chartesworth, [Charlesworth] W.. P. England. On the motion, of Commissioner Booth, seconded by Commissioner John Brook, Joseph Brook, Esq., was wnani- [nan- unanimously] mously [Mosley] elected, Chairman of the Board for the year cnsuing, [ensuing] aad [and] in virtue ofthat [of that] vote proceeded to act as . The Cuairnmay, [Cairns] by remarking that the first thing thay [that] Vad [Ad] to do was tp pass the accounts-that duty being.at yvesert [desert] confined to the Cummissioners [Commissioners] themselves, but. who were, by the terms of their act, compelled, to -pass- [pass them] them at 2 public meeting of ratepayers,, and then.those ratepayers wera [were] empowered to elect two or more auditors to go through these accounts, and those accounts.would not have finally j 9zsed [j used] until those auditors had. attached their signatures. 4a conclusion he intimated that the Commissioners would siva [Siva] any information respecting the accounts after they had bean read. Ifr. [If] Hopsox,, [Hopson] Clerk of Works, then proceeded to read. inc annual balance-sheet, which, th several forms, has al-. ready; appeared in the columns of the Chronicle. After the reading of the accounts had been concluded, Mr. JoHN [John] CARTER remarked that. there appeared to be a difference of near 300 between the income and the expen- [expense- expenditure] diture [future] on private drainage, desired. to know by what means this had occurred The CHAIRMAN and Mr.. Hopson. remarked that 300 or thereabout was part profit or part. labour in connection with the private works done. The Commissioners charged as near as they could' what that class of work cost them, with the five or seven per cent. for seeing that the work was properly done In answer to a further ques- [question] tion [ion] from Mr. Carter, Mr. Hobson explained that the sum of 245 for sundries in this department mainly arose for work done in private places, such as in the erection of ash- [ash pits] pits and privies, with the expense of which the particular parties would. be charged, and in case they did not then pay promptly,.the Commissioners. could' get..the -money ac- [accord] cord'ng [ng] to law by an Mr. JOSEPH SHAW said that, if-he-understood the chair- [chairman] man aright at the commencement, the commissioners were there to pass their own accounts. The It is. s0; but. the. ratepayers have next the power to appoint persons to audit them. -Such being the case, it was elear [clear] then that they were merely there for the purpose of elect- [electing] ing auditors.- For the information of the meeting the particular clauses of the Improvement Act, bearing on this point, were read by the Clerk of Works. -From that clause, Mr. Shaw.remarked, it was clear they could'nat. [could'at] at that stage put any veto on the-passing of these aceounts, [accounts] and, therefore, it begame [became] them, as.men of Tusiness, [Business] to appoint two auditors, who would examine those accounts with-a-keen and piercing eye;.and who would strike out every penny expended contrary to law. (Hear, hear.) Their duty was not merely to see that so much had been received, and so much expended, but they must be men who would take care that the money was expended according to law. (Hear, hear.). Had he (the speaker) been fortified by the act of parliament, he should. have moved one or more amendments previous-to the-pasaihg [the-passing] of those accounts but under the present arrangements he could not do so. How- [However] ever, desirable that they should all attend this meet- [meeting] ing, as it was the only occasion when the.represented'and the representatives met face to face.. During the twelve months their purses were at. the mercy of these-gentlemen, and it, therefore, behoved them to watch their conduct nar- [near- narrowly] rowly, [Rowley] and see that the money-they did expend'was spent well and wiscly, [wisely] as much so as.if they were.expending tlicir [slicer] own finds.. (Hear, hear.) Now, in. his own experience; he had ascertained it.as a-fict, [a-fit] which. no.man would .ven- [en- venture] ture [true] to dispute, that if they wanted to have work done well and cheaply it must be let according to contract, for he did not hesitate to say that the man who, now-a.days, built a house on.day wage was a. fool to himself. (Hear, hear.) Let them apply this reasoning. to their own commissioners, and what did they find Ncar [Near] upon. 2,000 of the public money was expended during the past twelve.months in day labour. While at the board he (the speaker) endea- [end- endeavoured] voured [poured] to urge this matter on the Commissioners, and to induce them to contract for everything for which they could contract. During the past twelve months there had been a sum of, 1,175. cxpendéd [expended] in the seayenging [seasoning] depart ment [men] alone. Now, the only sct-off [act-off] to-tliis [to-tiles] was- 266; [was- W] leaving a.loss to the town of 910.. He. (the speaker) had Been branded as a non-practical man, but he had no hesitation in saying that had the Commissioners to pay this money out of theit [their] own pockets the system would hava, [have] besn [been] altered . hefore [before] this. (Hear, hear.) He honoured and.respected the Commissioners, but he was there in the discharge.of a public duty, and at.the request of.a Jarge [Large] number of. mtepayers, [ratepayers] who viewed those items he liad [had] alliaded' [alluded] to with disgust and with considerable. indignation. Scavenging in most towns was contracted for, and he (the speaker) felt certain that if introduced here it would relieve the Commissioners of a considerable. amount of duty, and, he had reason to heliave [believe] also,, that half the sum which had been expended in this department hitHerto [hitherto] would' have been found suf- [su- sufficient] ficient, [efficient] and more than sufficient.. The speaker ilien [lien] passed aver the lighting and constabulary expenses, with which he expressed himself satisfied, and then remarked upon the item, of. 435 for day-labour in the Paving Department, which he characterised as wanton ig the extreme. He wished tosee.the [tose.the] occupancy of a seat at the Commissioners' Board 'not a,post'of honour hut duty.. But there was one other matter which.it, behoved that meeting, . as ratepayers, to take cognizance of. No doubt the majority. of the meeting had' heard tlirough [thorough] the public prints, that a. highly-influeatial [highly-influenza memorial was presented to.the ommissioners, [Commissioners] not asking them to parchase [purchase] the gas-works, ar to erect gas-works, but. simply requesting that they would appoint a committee to enquire into the existing gas-supply of Huddersfield. Now, to a memorial so in- [influential] fiuentially [finally] and.so respectably and so numerously signed, it did surprise him (the speaker) that these gentlemen. Com- [Commissioners] missioners should, in. their wisdom, Haye seen cause fer acouting [acting] that memorial (Hear, hear; and cheers.) The CHAIRMAN--Thai is rather a strong term, Mr. Shaw, thihlx [thinks] you-are not warrantedtin-making [warranted tin-making] use af. SHaw, [Shaw] in continuation, said that memorial he had examined, and it was. respectfully worded and respectably signed, and Mr. a committee of enquiry in, conformity with the wish of the memorialists. [memorials] Now that rationalandpraper motion was.repressed by an organised majority. of 9. to 4-(cries of shame ; and though, he (the speaker) didnot [didn't] there wish to argne.the.gas [argue.the.gas] qpestien [pestilent] he could. not but think that tha [that that] majority of the Commis [Comms] sioners [sinners] then present had been wanting in that decorousness and.courtesy which should .chamctesise [characterise] a.public body ,and he hoped. the ratepayers would take notice of that circum- [circus- circumstance] stance atseme [assume future period.. (Hear, hear.) He had.no, notion of these gentlemen turning round and kicking atithe [tithe] ladder which had.raised 'them to their present. poe sition.. [sit ion] (Hear, hear.) After some further remarks, Mr.. 'Shay concludedihy. [concluded] expressing his satisfaction with the ba- [balance] Jance-sheet, [Jane-sheet, -sheet] -iithe. -the] exceptions he had enumerated. Mr. Brook, Buxton-read, said there was an item ef between 400 and 500 for salaries, and he wished to hava-the [have-the] particulars which went.to.form these-ibems.. [these-items] 'Mr., HoRsos [Horses] proceeded to. read. over the items, and' Kaving [Having] dong sa,. Mre [Mr] Tames Brook said it hed [he] tee stated 'that the ex- [expenditure] nditure [nature] under. this. Improyement [Improvement] would not he more Tea under the old.s ratern. [return] He did not know. what had Ween the oxpense [expense] under tie old' system. for lighting and watching, Kut, [Out] he knew the expenses 'of, the old Board 'of Surveyors, of which, he was one for two years, The salaries ef that depariment,, [department] on, an ave of ten years, was. 132 [was. W] a year. In the new arrangement le found. the salaries wera [were] 990, W] or would be, when they had a. new clerk at 80 ayear.. [year] He did not, therefore, want the ratepayers to he deceived by the dpceptive [digestive] reposts published in the public prints, to. the effect that these expenses. were not. greater. han an] under tlie. [tie] old system, for he considered'they would 'be fiye [fire] onsix [on six] fold as. much in salaries.alone. 'Phen [Then] thera-was. [there-was] 100 a-year for rent, but, undér [under] the-old system 7. a year was suffitient [sufficient] for that purpose, and they hadsthen [hadst hen] every ac- [accommodation] aommodation [accommodation] gentlemen corld' [cold] wish to haye.. [hay] Then.there was near 100 a year for printing and'stationery, but #5 or 6 used to be the average undbr [under] the old system; and, in addition to Mr. Clougivs [Clogs] als [as] Chores were iar [air] xpenses. expenses] amounting te near a. years. Ina. perio [period] ten, years ie Board of. Surveyors had only 'three years in. which thera, [there] were- [were any] any expenses, leaving & Clear. seven. years in. which there were no law ex- [ex whatever] whatever; but in the. way tliey [tile] were now going on. a F and private purp [pure] found, taking all thiays [this] info consideration, that the ex- [exp] of the past year had been something like 8,000. . penses [senses] i Hie foun [found] that the ezpeaditure [expenditure] of the old Board of Sur- [Sir- Surveyors] veyors, [surveyor] for ten years, fell short of 20,000 both for publio [public] ones, which was less than 2,000 a-vear, [a-near] Under the old system ten-penny rate served the purpose ,of the Surveyors, and that rate was only levied upon a certain class of ratepayers, and under it there were some 1 1,800 cottages from which no rate whatever was collected, 'but which had now to pay the rates leviad [levied] by the Improve- [Improvement] ment [men] Commissioners, who were golup [Gallup] on with an expendi- [expend- expenditure] ture [true] of something near 10,000 a-year, and whatever delu- [deli- delusion] sion [ion] they might try to cqver [cover] their expenditure by. the ratepayers would find tat things were as he said, and that the Commissicnerg [Commissioned] were running on a debt the interest of which world cost more than.was formerly axpendediin, [independent] the. repairs' of the streets. The speaker procsededitp [proceeding] contend, that the money spent in private drainages had been ox- [expended] pended illegally, andi [and] alse. [ale] and for which the Commissioners would-uever [would-ever] getia [get] return of ten shillings in the pound. The speaker then ded [de] to give, as an in- [instance] stance, the case-of Mr..George to alter his privies and'crect-water-closets, [and'erect-water-closets] and he that these alterations would not amount to more tham [than] 5,, but.vwhen the [but.when the] bill went in Mr. Mallinson wassurprised [was surprised] to find his bill 20; and his convenience no better than before. fiook, [fork] said the speaker, at the absurdity of these water- [water closets] closets, which. conveyed the human excrementa [excrement] into the riter, [river] the wator [water] of which, at Colne-bridge, the people were compelled to use. The very idea of this, the speaker re- [market] market, amid. the ironical. cheers. of the audience; was- [was enough] enough to make u-man shudder. This, he added; was.a matter' on.whiah [on.which common sense could decide, and. if the contents. of these water-closets were to be allowed to run into the drain, and the drain into the river, was not that enough te croate [create] a distemper (Laughter.) He suggested, land, which would make the land more fruitful, and thus. make it yield a much greater return but the present mad scheme was enough to make a man blash [lash] with horror and' shame. (Laughter.). But.the fact was the men at the head of town's affairs did'not know how to manage them pro- [properly] perly. [reply] (Ironical' cries.of hear, hear, and'laughter.). The speaker then proceeded to contend that. the present arrangement, by which privies were-enclosed. with lids, was injurious to health, and on the contrary, he-maintained, they ought to be left open, so that the gases might daily escape, and not be opened once or twice a-year, as.ordered by the Commissioners, which latter course, he asserted, was enough to breed ten thousand disorders. (Hear, hear, and laughter.). This, the speaker assured. the mecting, [meeting] made his blood run cold to think of. With.regard to the gas question. hethought [thought] it rather premature, circumstanced as they were; to-introdice-tha-purchase [to-introduced-that-purchase] of the gas.works at present, for it appeared to him that, notwithstanding the number of paid servants the Commissioners had, they could not manage. the business already before them..(Hear, hear, and ironical cheers.) In proof of this he instanced.the dis- [disgraceful] graceful state. of. St. Paul's-street, which was undrained,. and unpaved; and'water had been standing on it for six months ata [at] time. The would not let the proprietors make a drain and pave the strect [street] nor would they do it themselves. The same state of things, the speaker remarked, obtained in-Stable-street, in.the- [the latter] latter of which the money was ready, if the-Commissioners had not already got it from the inhabitants. For these reasons and others he should like to. see the business of the town better attended to before they took other business into hand, and then he should-not. object to -have a meeting of ratepayers to consider whetlier [whether] theyshouldibuy [should] the gas-works at a fair price The-spcaker [The-speaker] was about te.advert at greater length to this gas question, but was reminded by the chairman that he must keep to the business before the meeting. Mr. James Brook, in continuation, said he should like to know first whether this gas question would be a paying concern. It had, he was aware, been stated in the local journal, that it would be if it was in the hands of the Commissioners but he.(the speaker) had been deceived so often that he could scarcely believe anything; for it was stated, some time sinee, [sine] that tha [that] sweeping of the strects [streets] would be a source. of profit; but, hitherto, it liad [had] always been a loss. The same parties told them that if they had the soil from pri- [pro- private] vate [ate] privies as well, then, tlie [tie] Commissioners would realise a famous income but now that they had both it wasa [was] loss -of 900 a year. Formerly the soil was fetched away, for which the inhabitants go something; but now there were complaints on every hand that they could not get the privies cleansed, and, therefore, he received with extreme any at t to palm upon them any new powers ; and'he further believed, that if the gas-works were in the hands of the Commissioners it would be at the expense of the inhabitants, like many other things which had. pre- [per- preceded] ceded it. Commissioner Eastwoop, [Eastwood] in answer to Mr. Shaw; assured that gentleman that there was a stronger disposition among the Commissioners to contract in ail cases than when that. gentleman was at the Board; but the whole of that sum ( 635) [W] was only some 12 a week, and as a great number of the old streets had.to be repaired; which could' not be done with advantage by contraet, [contract] he did not think that the sum.was large. 'ith [it] reference to the gas question, and the memorialpresented to [memorial presented to] the Commissioners on that subject, he denied that there was any want of courtesy shown by the Board, for he was the seconder of a motion for the reception of that mcmoriil [memorial] and for its due consider- [consideration] ation, [action] That motion was carried unanimously. But the Commissioners could'not pledge themselves to act upon the advice of the ratepayers generally, inasmuch as.the Board had access.to details on these matters of which the-rate payers generally were ignorant, and. they were. therefore better able-to judge what was forthe [forth] interests.of the rate- [ratepayers] payers than the ratepayers.themselves, and from consider- [considerations] ations [nations] of that kind the Commissioners did; not deem it prndent [pendent] to act on the recommendations of the memorialists. [memorials] fr. Shaw had asserted that the motion for an enquiry into. the gas question had been refused by an organised majo- [Major- majority] rity, [city, but as one of that m [in] jority [majority] he denied any knowledge of crganisation organisation as far as his own vote was conccrned [concerned] Mr. Brock-had complained that. St. Paul's-street was not in a proper state, but there were-impedimenis [were-impediments] in the way- [way of] of putting it in a proper state, in consequence of the course taken by the Ramsden Trustees, and had they, some time ago, put that street in repair, the Commpfissioners [Compositions] would have sacrificed the interests of the ratepaycas [ratepayers] to a very considerable extent. (Hear, hear.) The- [The commissioners] Commissioners bad certainly an undertak'ng- [undertake'ng- from] from the inhabitants of Stable-street, but in that case there- [there had] had been. no un-. necessary delay, as.it was requisite the made soil, should Rave time. to. consolidate, and that was the reason why that street had not as yet been attended. te. (Hear, hear.) Nor was there anything like the loss on the scavenging as that alluded ta.by Mr. Brook. There were have cleanliness, they must. alse [ale] pay for. it.. (Hear, ear. Commissioner CROSLAND, in, answer to the. statements of somo [some] of the previous speakers, said. that the amount ex- [expended] pended in private improverents; [improvements] in.the paving department, and, which would every penny have to be paid back, was 1,160 4s. 3d.. -Mr. JaMES [James] Brook You will never get ten shillings in the pound for it. The expense of private drainage, in the. private drainage department, was 1,811 10s. 5d.; there was, also, expended in sewerage, and which would have repaid;. 293,12s..10d.; W,1st..d] and, a sum of 226 19s..0d., [1st..0d] dered [deed] sold ;.making a total of more than. 3,500 ta. be deducted off the public.expendi- [public.expend- expenditure] ture-on [true-on -on] which Mr. James Brook had made-his assumed cal- [calculations] culations. [calculations] This would leave, for public purposes, a yearly sum of 6,000 odd, with which the. town. maintained an. extra police force, and enjoyed' the. greater security it affarded'; [afforded] they had, also, an increased scayenging [scavenging] force, with the cleanliness which followed and they bad also, a.great . addition .to the lighting department,.and the-public benefit resulting ccandtbey, [canted] liad, [had] again, .a fire apparatus, which.the town.did not possess under the old system.. But against this 6,000 they must set off the stack-in-hand, [hand] which to. returns read Hy the Clerk of. Works were some 400 inthe [another] paying.department; 14 'returns, the speaker contended, was to show, that, not- [notwithstanding] withstanding the outcry made against the expenditure, the commissioners. could carry out. these improvements, and manage the-town's. affairs, as they aught, ta be managed for little more than. 4,000 a year.. (Hear, hear.) 'believed, from the estimates which. had been made for the coming. year that the commissioners would. do all this with a twenty-penny rate, so far as. the public expenditure was converted. He reminded the meeting that, under. the ald [al] 'system, the Surveyors of the Highways had'a ten-penny rate, and the lighting and watching department another amount which would be requisite for all the public. embraced under, the more extended powers.of the Im- [In- Improvement] 'provement [improvement] Commigsioners [Commissioners] But was. there. any. com- [comparison] parison [prison] between tlie. [tie] state. of the,town then-and now (Hear, beay,) [Bray] Was the.town, und [and the old system, either 'well drained, or cleansed; or; watched and were not thesa [these] things.wall attended to;now.. (Hear,.hear.) Was Chia [China] hill; under, the old system,, the same kind. of pl; they now found it, and, would it. not. naw. [new] last. for. years without further expense (Hear, licay.), [lucky] Was there not an. observable improvemer t.made [improve t.made] on the length of read fom. [from] ithe [the ahove. [have] point. to Longroy -bridge, [Longroyd -bridge] and again on. the- [great] ; Great, North-zoad [North-road] (Hear, hegr.) [her.) What tlie [tie] Commissioners. 'hadidone, [hidden] they had dore [ore] effectually,, and..if they had not law. expenses would entail ruin. on the town ;, for he. attended. to Stable-strect,, [Stable-street] itwas. [its] because the ground was. Maltin [Martin] Mallinson, who was ordered as a preferable course, that the manure be carted on to the. mined to have their-ac certainly some.expenses, but not a great loss; but if they ' .in. the private. drainage The-result of these . ow, he - rate.af tenpence, [ten pence] making a total ratal [fatal] of twenty-pence, the brother, Dr. M not sufficiently consolidated, and not becatise [because] there Y been either oversight or neglect.. (Heat; hear.)- [hear] With regard to Mr. James Brook's- alarms lest the Csmmis- [Dismiss- Dismiss] sioners [sinners] should.take-the gas-works; le (the-spezker) [the-speaker) could assure him.that.in the disoussion. [discussion] oft the question na Com-- [Com] missioner ex a, Wish to. take tHe [the] gas; but after the memorial liad [had been presented; it was thought de- [desirable] sirable, [sir able] by some of; tlie [tie Commissioners, himself amongst others, that an should' be instituted, but the majority over-ruled that enquiry, With. regard' to- [tithe] the town, e had'no doubt that the mprovement [improvement] Act would ifjproperly [improperly] attended to, result in a saving af expense to the ratepayers, and the benefits to he derived from it were incalculable when. compared with the old'system.oftthings; [old'system.oft things] in fact, it was called into existence by an imperative necessity, for the old bodies could go on no longer, and had not the town set about improving that state of things, it would have been put under the lic [li] Health Act, and managed by of a Board in London, instead of securing the management themselves under their local act. (Hear, hear. . The CHaIRMAN.nid'he [Chairman.nd'he] wishea [wishes] to correct. an. error into whicli [which Mr. James Erook [Brook] had fallen throughout his remarks; and which was very much calculated to mislead the meet-- [meet] ing, in reference tothe [tithe] money borrowed That money was borrowed for private purposes, and by which private partics [parties] tiie [tie] money so. borrowed; with. interest, would' be repaid, whether that private party was Sir J. W. Ramsdén.or [Ramsden.or] any party else, but the Commissioners were beund [bound] to pay it off by rate. The Commissioners were, however, by the execu-- [exec-- exec] tion [ion] of these works, creating no debt.. Now, with regard to the salaries, it.was true they appeared large, but there was a great deal more te. do than under the old system, and'he was sure.tie meeting would say with him (the chair- [chairman] man); if they were improving the town at the expense of private-individuals that the town was thereby much bene- [been- benefit] fitted, and that was one of the mcst [most] important powers em- [embraced] braced'in [in] their act. (Hear, hear.) It wasall [wall] very. well for these old'surveyors to say we did with so much'money but what was the fact They had worked things into such a wretched state that they could' no longer go on. Mr. James Brook-I say you have made things worse It was true the salaries 'were considerable,. but.then it should be. Borne in mind that they had to lay out at least 10,000 for Sir J. W Ramsden ;. the Commissioners found the money, it was-true, but that money was repaid' with interest, and' they also charged on all these works a commission for su- [superintendent] peritendence, [superintendence] which would materially reduce the salaries, as.from the expenditure of this 10,000 they. would at least get 700 for commission So that this.money was most of it got Back again,, which could not be.the-case under the old'system of things, andihe [and] merely wislied [wielded] to set the meet- [meeting] ing right on that subjeet. [subject] It was, no doubt, tHe [the] duty of the Commissioners to hear any remarks that might be made, and'if they were sound it was their duty to attend to them too, and he (the Clairman). [Chairman] certainly thought that. what had been said by Mr. Shaw with reference to-seaveng- [to-seven- scavenging] ing was very proper, but.they must.first try what.the ex- [expenditure] penditure [expenditure] for these things. was, and not go-and make-con- [contracts] tracts in tiie [tie] dark bat on Belialf [Behalf] of the Commissioners he felt certain tliattthe [lathe] matter would have their full consider. ation [action] and attention. (Hear, hear.). Mr.. Shaw had told them that the office of a Commissioner was considered a post of honour, but lie (tle [te] Chairman) believed that the majority of the Board'simply looked' upon it as a matter of duty, and were solely actuated- [actuated by] by-a desire to serve the town. For his owz [ow] part he-stood-there as their chairman. reluctantly, and'would have been personally obliged to them had'they turned him out-(cries of no, no )-for it occu- [occur- occupied] pied a considerable portion of his time, and he really was not in a position to spare that time, but so long as he- [he maintained] maintained the postion [position] he would endeavour to discharge the duties. (Hear.). If things.were not properly conducted the ratepayers must blame thiemselves-and'not [themselves-and'not] the Comm's- sioners. [sinners] Whoever the ratopayers [ratepayers] sent to that Board would be received with courtesy,.and as they (the ratepayers) had the power of.dection, [of.section] it was for them to see that they sent proper persons at the proper time, and he sincerely hoped that at the next election they would make a good selection. (Hear, hear.) As to the gas question, he had never yet given anopinion [an opinion] upon it, nor was he about to give an opinion onit [ont] then. It was discussed, when hefore [before] the Commissioners, with considerable ability by some per- [persons] sons; but considering the price at which the town.was now supplied with gas, it might be a question whether it was desirable to take steps in the matter, but very possibly the time might arrive when it would become -desirable for the ratepayers to consde [consider the question for themselves. (Hear, hear.) There was, however, no want of courtesy shown by the general body of the Commissioners in the discussion ef the question, but it was the opinion ef'the majority of tae. [tea] Commissioners that no practical result could arise from an.enquiry instituted-at the present time. With regard to salaries, he felt it his duty to.state-that if the Commission was to be-well and economically managed, he did not think that the salaries could be-reducediat. [be-reduced] present, and it might be that it would'be necessary to increase them for a short time. AJthough [Although] various rumours had'been set on foot, he took that opportinity [opportunity] of saying that the accounts never- [never were] wrong,. but the Commissioners were anxious to know, -from month to month, how. they stood, and that nothing - ;Was mis-applied, [is-applied] fr experienee [experience] had shown him that it did mot do to-have-any aecounts [accounts] left in doubt or uneertainty. [uncertainty] (Hear, hear.) Hehad [Head] pressed' this point strongly on the attention of the Commissioners; and in all probability he should not have been there that day did he not desire to have those accounts-kept- [kept up] up. in a proper 'manner; and he believed that the majority of the Commissioners were deter-. counts kept correct, even though it in- [incurred] curred [cured] a little more-expense.. He did.not wish the Meeting to suppose, with Mr. James Brook; that they could reduce the salaries, for he was quite convinced that they could not, do so but at the same time he did belia [bela] h ;ture [true] would ultimately be less, and that. the interests of the- [tenfold] townwould [town would] be better served t D han [an] they had been before He did not envy the julgment [judgment] of any man who could go through 'our streets, and who could. not say that he-sawa [he-saw] visible improveinent, [improvement] and he thought that if they-had kept any- [anything] thing near the old (as he believed they had), the public service had been amply. served. (Hear, hear.) They were there a public-men, anxious, as he believed, to promote the publé [public] interest, and; as far as the Commis- [Comms- Commissioners] Sloners [loners] consistently could, he had no doubt they would endeavour to dd se. (Hear, hear.) A WORKING-MAN, whose name did not reach us, having complained that he was not allowed to sell his manure jand, [and] alse,.that [ale,.that] he could' not Have- [Have] it fetched away by the Com-. missioners, Mr. Hobson explained that, if the party in, question made at the Commissioners Rb 'manure heap would' be. immediately attendéd.to, [attended.to] on which 'the party in question. added I wilt not go and'solicit any- [any party] party to come.and rob me. (Laughter.) Mr. JoserH [Joseph] rose to explain that he hadino [Harding] sym- [sum- sympathy] .pathy [path] with the remarks made by Mr. James Brook, whose he considered a nou-practical [no-practical] one, unless' he had ;conchaded [conceded] it by moving that the Improvement Act should be repealed. Mr..James Brook I will move that-with, 'pleasure. He (the speaker) wanted' to get. as. much good as he could from the aot [at] at the least possible expense.. (Hear, hear.) He did not- [not object] object to the amount ex- [expended] pended by the Commissioners s much as to the mode. 'In which that expenditure Had been made, as he didnot [didn't] 'consider it-had beon, [been] in same instances, either wisely or 'economically or- [or prudently] prudently made. Ho-did' net, therefore, . now rise to oppose the Improvement Act, but he would tell them fairly that ifhe [if he] an idea.that the- [the act] act would pays cost 5,000 ho should 'have most. certainly. -being prccwed [proceeded] (hear, hear -but 'it should bered [breed] that the old Commissioners spent 1000 of the money of the ratepayers. in opposing the act, and the-result was. 'that the ratepayers had to pull money out of one pocket 'with which to fight the money-influence extracted from the- [brother] -other,. [Hear, hears) The- [The speaker] speaker conaluded'by [concluded'by] express-. Ang his approval of the balance-shoet, [balance-short] as-a-whole, in the-av-. 'rangement [management] of which; however, he suggested some improve-. 'ment, [men] and ridiculed' theidea [the idea] of any man comparing the. 'book-keeping under the old'systemwith [old'system with] what was neees-. [NeWS] ary [art] to-be done under the Improvement Commissioners; - Mr. RICHARD Brook complained that the principle upon. iwhich [which] the Commissioners borrowed money was not a correst. [correct] one, but respect his. opinion was called in question, -by the Chairman, and after some. further diseussion [discussion] .tite- [title- Commissioners] Commissioners passed their accounts-nem. [accounts-men] con. tors by the meeting -Mr. Barnard Hen Brook, Mr. John. Hirst, Kilner, Mr- [Joseph] Joseph Shaw, Mr John Carter, 'and Mn Henry Bradley. On a.show.of hands the Chait-- [Chair-- Chair] Man déclared that [declared that] Mr. Joseph Shaveand.Mr. [Shave and.Mr] Henry Brad-. Jey [Hey] had a majority of votes, and they were appoimted-to [appointed-to] . jaudit [audit] the accounts-of the , Thanks.were ther [the] a tion, [ion] and the proceedings, then terminated.. ear accordingly. edita [Edith] the Chairman by acclama-. [Alma] which were somewhat NoRTHERN [Northern CONGREGATIONAL. of this institution have unaniinously [unanimously] appointed Mr. Daniel Munro, A.M., of'King's College, unro, [into] as principal' classicaliand' [classical] mathema-. [Mather] tical'master. [critical'master] Mr. M carried some ofithe [other] first' prizes during his university course, and'cemes [and'comes] with high testiinonials [testimonials] from the several profeseors,-He [Professor,-He] Has. alsa, [asa] held' during the last eighteen months the same offite [office] of fitst [first] classical tutor, in a- large educational establishment, near London, which Dr. had ye that the expendi-. [expend] oms his The following-gentlemen were then nominated for audi [aid . een, [en] to succeed his SPORTING. LNTELLIGE [INTELLIGENCE] NCE. [ONCE] ROBERT TOWN RAGES. These races have for some twenty-five years been nearly . discontinued, in consequence of the retirement of the neigh- [neighbouring] 'bouring [boring] baronet, the late Sir George Armytage, from the turf and the partial -of the common on which they were held. The inhabitants of this locality having Samongst.them [Amongst.them] many influential turfites, [fixtures] could not, however, 'submit.to the deprivation of their aristocratic amusement; ' 1 4 considerable eclat, so much so that the sportsmen deter- [determined] 'mined, if possible, to restore them this-yearto [this-year to] their pristine notoriety. On Thursday last, being. the first day of the races, we wended our way to the neighbourhood of Peep-green, the spot celebrated' by many achievements of the bold Robin Hvod. [Hood. Aitheughithe [Although] weather 'was. favourable, we , anticipate so numerous. a gathering of the wealth ,and'respectability of the surrounding towns and. villages. by the presence of a numerous concourse of ladies, and the principal spertitg [septet] men of the-district, amongst witem [white] we observed comma influential members of the Leviathan Racing Club, and the prinaitpal [principal] book-makers from Hud- [HUD- Huddersfield] dersfisld'and'Leeds. [Huddersfield'and'Leeds. 'and'Leeds] The common. was literally covered with booths, stalls, merry-go-rounds, knock-'em-downs, and gimerxacks [Gimcrack] of every juveniles and a.playful population.of more-advanced years, were enjoying themselves with rare gusto. The demand also for ale, porter, pop, and stift-shackle, [Swift-shackle] appeared quite equal to the-supply-the bonifaces, [benefices] costermongers, [strangers, re- [re creature] creature comforis [comforts] doing a roaring trade. The racing commenced alittle [little] after three o'clock, with the Innkeepers' Stakes, which brought six of the terrible-high- [high bred] bred cattle to the post, who contested 'the ground'inch by starting efficient, and the judge's décisions [decision] satisfactory. The races came off in the following order [order] INNKEEPERS' STAKES. Heats; the best of five. Mr. Marston's b. m. 111 Mr Concert's-b..h. 22 3 Mr..Summner's [Mr..Summer's] o m.. Little Fanny 3.3 2 Mr.. Ashton's b. m. Kate 00 Mr.. Taylor's-br. m. Miss Shepherd .................... 000 First heat.-Miss-'Shepherd took the lead' at starting the others well up.. At the White-house, Little Fanny and Sally drew forward a splendid race ensued, from the dis- [distance] tance [lance] botween [between] these. two and Chesterfield, who came with a tremendous rush at the finish.. Sally, however, by dint of won cleverly by a head.. Little Fanny a third Second and 'third heats.-Sally made running at a strong pace, was never headed, and won both heats cleverly - Chesterfield and Little Fanny, who ran gamely and well, finishing respectively in the places above assigned. Pony Race. Heats as before. Mr..Summer's c. h. Greengrocer Mr. Concert's br. m. Peggy Mr. Cliffe's d. h. Teazle Joe First heat.-Greengrocer jumped off with the lead, closely followed by the others; at the. narrow- [moribund] bend, an- [an unsuccessful] unsuccessful attempt was made. by Teazle Joe,. who was riddén [ridden] by his sporting owner, to collar Greengrocer Peggy coming out.at the same moment, amost [most] determined struggle took place for second place-neck and neck, whip and spur, they raced to the. finish; Peggy second, with nothing to Spare Téazle [Teazle] Joe was greatly assisted by the artistic mode of his rider, whose elbows up, coat-tails flying, and cheering shouts, encouraged his 7os xaxte [os Baxter] to the contest. Second and third heats.-Won in a canter, by twenty lengths. Teazle Joe, in the second heat, bolted at the wide dip-his rider being placed hors [horse] de combat, and. re- [receiving] ceiving [receiving] a severe contusion on the side of the head.. ERICKET. [CRICKET] A match was played on the Huddersfield und, [and] on Wednesday last, betweey [between] eleven gentlemen of Halifax and eleven of- [Huddersfield] Huddersfield. The match was not played out, but we hope soon to see these players again in the field. The following is the score. [score] HUDDERSFIELD, First. Innings. Second Innings. J. Armitage, Esq, b Norris.. 19 b Templar............ la J. Cooke, Esq, b Templar ............ 24 b Temptar............ [Templar] 45 E. Brooke, Esq, cTemplarb [temple] Norris 7 bTemplar......... temple] 3 C. H. Bradley, Esq, s W. A. Norris 6 b Templar............ 9 John Battye, Bsq, [BS] run out............ cNorrisbC.Norris [Crosby.Norris] 16 A. Barkworth, Esq, b Templar...... not out ............. John Brook, Esq, not out 18. hwbC. [BC] Norris 8 T. Blenkhorn, Fsq, [Fs] b Templar ...... 3 cTemplarbNorris W. Aspinall, Esq, c Tem [Te bNorria- [borrow- borrow] 8 b Templar............ W. Esq, 1 cb W. A. Norris... 41 T. Abbey, Esq, b Templar ............. b Templar............ 3 B28, [B] WBl6 [Bl] ... [C] 44 B22,W19,NB3 44 TOA [TO] 130 Total........., 194 HALIFAX,, First Innings, C Norris Esq, h w Bradley 14 W A Norris, Esq, b Lockwood 0... 26 - Heaton, Esq,1 bw bCH [Bach] Bradley .................. 5 R Templar Esq, b Lockwood 00.0.0... 0.0.0. - Hayne, Esq, b OO d,E Norris, Esq, Cooke b 4 G Haigh, Esq, c Armitage b Cooke 8 Saran, Esq, not out OF H Norris, Esq, b.Coola [b.Cool] 5 es Fe Bent, Rete [Rate] we O . Alexander, b Armitage 3 B6, WB4, [B] NB lic [li] 11 Total... 72 ee MELTHAM v. SLAITHWAITE.-On Monday afternoon last, the scholars of the Slaithwaite and Meltham National Schools met, for the first time, in a field (kindly granted for the occasion by Messrs. Eastwood, ot the latter place), situated at the t of Deer-hill, near and played'a game at cricket. The-atternoon [The-afternoon] was-remarkably- [remarkably fine] fine, and'many ladies and gentlemen and parents of the children availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting that romantic spot, and witnessing the sports, which ter- [te- terminated] minated [mounted] in favour of the Meltham School, although the little Slaithwaite juveniles exerted themselves in 2 cre- [re- creditable] ditable [suitable] and 'pleasing manneg,. [manner] 'Nn. EXPENSIVE Drive.-Joseph before Joseph Starkey Esq., on Thursday last, with riding in one of Mr. Middleton's cabs on the night of the 19th inst. and Having'no money to pay his fare The man pleaded guilty,.upon which he was fined in the nominal sum of Is. which, with expenses, amounted to 11s. - NOPICE [NOTICE] TO CORRESPONDENTS. ScRUTINY. -We Scrutiny. -We] would suggest th paricular [particular] cammittee [committee] of the Improvement Commissioners h attention... BIRTHS. On the 17th instant, the lady of the Rev, Peter Bennett, curate. of Saddleworth, of a son. On the 17th instant, the lady of the Rev. St. John's-place, Wakefield, of a son. MARRIAGES. On the 26th instant; atthe [Arthur] parish church, Huddersfield, Mr. Jolin [Join] Taylor, clothier; of Linthwaite, to Miss Mary Varley, of Slaithvwaite. [Slaithwaite] On the 18th instant, at St. John's church, Wakefield; gate, Wakefield On the 17th instant, at the Hud [HUD] Mr. Thomas Ramsden, mason, -both of Paddock. dersfieldgparish [Huddersfield] church to Miss Mary Ann Clowes, 'Mn John Lee, of Brownlill; [Brownhill] in Cartworth, 'Messrs. Beardsell, manufacturers, to Mary; -of Mr, Matthew Wadsworth; Masons' Arms Inn, Under-. -bank, Holmfirth... On-tle [On-te] 16th instant; at the-parish chureh; [church] Huddersfteld;. [Huddersfield] Mr. Samuel Sykes, elothier, [either] to Miss-Mary Lowrey, Both of this towm [town] On the 16th instant, at our parish church, Mr. Hen .Wrigglesworth, smith) to Miss Mary Breok; [Brook] beth [bath] of this jtown.. [town] .. On.the 16th.instant, [the.instant] at the parish church, in this town, .Mr.. James Oates, cordwainer, [Goodwin] of; Huddersfield, to Miss 'Sarah Ann Bensen, [Benson] of Marsh.. ; On the 13th instant, at St. Mary's church, Elland, by the Rev. G. L. Beckwith, Mr. Samuel Townsend, of Elland;. 'to Miss. Mary, Ann Robinson, of Fixby DEATHS; On the 26th ihstant, [instant] aged 37, Hannah, third daugh [day] the late Mr. Rotiert [Robert] Dowse, of Marsden. ughter [daughter] of manager for Munro filled before entering upon his present sphere. The- [There] Rev. T Scales has left and is now residing at Sil [Ail] coates,, [Coated] Inte [Inter] Mr, Levi Kaye, of Choppard's- [Choppards's] 'the races were last year revived, when they passed oft with A substantial Grand Stand was ereated,,. [treated] which was graced'4 escription, [description] amon, [among] which the storers [stores] of exhausted nature, and cther- [other- ctheradministerers] administerers [administered] of inch to- [tithe] the finish.. 'The course was admirably kept, the- [the walker] Walker was charged at our correspondent's ' proper course would be to lay his strictures before the ' aving [having] charge of the department referred to, and we make no doubt that the matter would receive their best . G. K. Reynolds, 'Mir. to.Miss Mary Ayison, [Avison] both of West- [West] - On the 17th instant; at. Holmfirth-church, James, son oft eldest danchter [dante] ELD [LED] MARKET, ty... More business has been done fur the Oa ine [in] American and Continental buyers have na Rey the demand for home COMSAMption [Consumption] has sales are progressing without any - Sly BRaDFORD [Bradford MARKET, Thursday loa [lo] a fair amount of business deing [being] in lib and. late prices are fully amporai [empire] bettersdemand. [betters demand] Yarns middle of the menth [month] an Cobourgs [scourges] are scarce, and the bnit k [bit k] oy, to order. Fancy Alpacas are previously ordered them, at-prices not satisfactory Havirax, [Averages] Saturpay, [Saturday] 72 roains [rains] in pretty much the sme [same] 4 27 ow miy [may] te Moreens [Moreen] J TP and, with respect to varn, [van] the ide [de . oi proving prtees. [Peters] There is a ttle [title] and the rather LEEDs; [Leeds] Tuesday, June 18. ; have good market at the quautity [quantity] of goods have been deliv. [deli] Makers keep their stweks [weeks] ver. [Rev] prices. There. is-alvo [is-also] a goed) [good] for the home trade, and the - Rocupane, [Occupant] Monday, June average business doing iu the y much the same as those of last Vf 1 been rather quiet, with no chau [Chas] MACCLESFIELD, Tuesday, June visited us during the week, Dur. [Du] ,) done.. Trade generally is dull, work. We observed, on a fi preparing goods, not for aleci [Alice] or consignments to agents fo for thrown silk; but priees [prices] do nor the raw-material. There has been China silks, during the last week 4; sold, in some cases at slightly improved WAKEFIELD CORN MARKET, We have a fair trade for wheat t the demand is chiefly upon fresh in other articles Arrivals-whear [Arrivals-wheat] beans 82 qrs.; [Mrs] shelling 438, malt bag, BARNSLEY CORN MARKET, Wesines [We sines] about an average supply of gran at ur moderate sales at prices varying ex 4 week, LIVERPOOL.CORN MARKET, Thesis has been a good steady demund [demand] for whe [the] 2d. noted last Tuesday is fully r freely at an advance of 6d. per and oatmeal td..per load luwer. [lower] Beans w for grinding purposes rather dearer mand, [and] but not dearer. LEEps [Lees] Corn ExcHance, [Exchange] in good supply The dull acoennts [Agents] trom [from] Marx 'to be less active. Holders, how ert [et] done was at Friday's rates. 'articles no change,-Arrival 1,090; beans; 755; peas; 52; rapes Lite. s NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE CORN Marae [Mare] 7 .18.-The supplies of both whe [the] whole of which met a ready svc [sc] Govod [Good] Norfolk red wheat of household flour 20s. per sack mand, [and] No change in other articles. HULL Corn Market. Tuesday. market was tolerably supplied wit wer [we] s free sale, at fully the rates of las quality, in fair demand, at fully bite nic [ni] corn, STATE OF TRARE [RARE] IN MANcHestes. [Manchester] Tos The lettersfrem [deciphered] the United the ir 'fully confirm the disastrous advi [advise] crop. As far as experience of 1 'guide with reference to the sus [us] shorter than the last; and when ws falling off in the latter, the prospect 1 is not a little alarming. Not either cloth or yara;. [yard] but prices. fully maintained. The weather i be Upon the whole the feeling is healthy. avi [vi] to the higher range of prices, TS THE YORKSHIRE Borovcy [Privacy] followa-Leeds, [follows-Leeds] 26th June, T. F. Els [Ls] Doncaster, 1st July, Robert Hall. Es). fract, [fact] Ist [Its] July, B. Boothby, Esy.. [Es] Reo [Re] THE West-Ripinc [West-ripping] Sessioys [Sessions] ill Skipton, Tuesday, 2nd July Beattie. bo July Rotherham, Monday. sth [st] July THE WATERLOO Banque [Banquet -The 27 'of the battle of Waterloo was among the Waterloo veterans 1 Duke of Wellington, at Apsley [Aspley] Hoi [Ho] Covers were laid for eighty Prince Albert, the Marquis of Anzlesey. [Angles] Seaton, the Earl of Strafford. Sir Gun tes [te] Dalrymple Ross, Colonel Okiti [Oct] 8 Viscount' Hardinge, [Harding] Prince ter), [te] and.a number of other Water loyal and patriotic. toasts were n and at half-past ten the Iron Duke room, ordered his carriage, an t ball at the West End. Tt was remer [refer] illustrious guests that tite [title] noble inky on many similar o casions [o occasion] far sume [sum] ys ha ' qo Ret Ss PRICE OF SHAS5 [SHAW'S] FRIDAY, JUNE 2 The Share Market is scarcely 7 amount of business has been lune- line- Luther] the week are not so fivourable. [favourable] London,-London and North Weste [West] 36 Great Western NAME OF est per Share, Halt year ehding [ending] Dec. 31 Dividend or Inter- [Inter] - i Amount per Share. Paid per Share. t A ' 5 er 3 20 8 Ambete. [Lambeth] Nec [Ne] 100 Briste [Bristo and Exetel [Exeter] stck, [stock] 50 - Do. Pref 24 for five you Ata [At] Sas [As] un afterwards in pst [post] 20 Eastern Countics [Counties] 25 Lancashire tt Do. pref Quute [Quite] Do. Pret [Pre] Futh [Faith] Great De. Haives [Haves] A &' . Do. B. Sper [Per] cent. Pree [Pre] Creag [Cream] Wester. Laneashire [Lancashire] and Fores Ditto Piiths [Paths] Ditto Hue Ditto West Ditto Prete [Peter] o 2 aT i) a - ip pow - OOSCSO [COOS] wwardsin [Watson] Leaden, Brights) London and Net Ditto Fu. Manchester, Shet [She] [C] Do. Pref for 6 years FON' [ON] Isdy, [Used] & Ditto Gr ome [one] SO pushy Halves, int. ne North British rs 5 ner [ne] cent 5 De. I Te 174 [W North Ruka [Ruck] ose [one] eocor [ec] 15 50 25 50 25 a eT oe s 0- 04 'ste 50 Oxford, Worcester. ' 94 5 8 Do. Pref 5 . 15 jNorth [North] Western 15 Do. Pref. (Cisse [Cease] , 183 'Shef. [She] R. BW. HSS [HAS] 50 South Eustern [Eastern] [C] 1 pur [our] 25 York, Newaistie [Newest] u 50., York and No 10 Do. Pref eoocooo [ec] MP 1 25 Lonpe [Line] CLOSING PRICE OF CONSOLS [CONSOLE] gist For jo For Money, shut. BANKS... '- muidersfield [Huddersfield] 25 10 Budde [Budd] Banking ee 5 West Riding compe [come] - chs [cs] Published 48 Je gous [goes] 2 ee juss [just] . ' Ropert [Report] MICKLATHWAITE, MICKLETHWAITE] On the 16th instant, aged 60, Mrs. Kaye, widow of the- mill, near parish of Huddersfield. -SatuBPs' [Stumps]