WIGTON UNION BOARD OF GUARDIANS
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Mr W. WILLIAMSON presided at the meeting of this body yesterday (Tuesday). There were also present :- Rev Father BOURKE, Rev J. POTTS, REV J. J. BURROWS, Rev J. EWBANK, Messrs A. B. CLARK, G. GIBSON, J. STUDHOLME, J. BEWLEY, W. IVINSON, John FELL, W. HOLLIDAY, J. STOCKDALE, J. MARK, G. MORTON, J. KERR, T. RICHARDSON, J. JOHNSON, W. SHARP, I. TAYLOR, T. GRAHAM, I. ASHBRIDGE, J. R. BELL, J. BARNES, E. GRAINGER, R. B. RIDDELL, W. TATE, R. FENWICK, A. RITSON, W. LITTLE, W. PARKIN, D. FINLAY, J. NEWTON, C. TODPING, J. HUTTON, J. GRAVES, J. J. COULTHARD, J. FELL, and E. H. BANKS ; with Mr RITSON (clerk) and other officers.
THE COUNTY EXPENDITURE.
On the reading of the minutes Mr BARNES drew attention to the increasing county expenditure, and moved that the County Council be asked to be more economical in the future in the expences for the county, seeing that the rates were going up by leaps and bounds.--- Mr TOPPING seconded the motion.---Mr HUTTON thought many of the Guardians would be ready to support the motion if there was a prospect of any good accruing from it.---The Chairman : It is a necessary motion--- Mr BARNES : If there is no agitation there will be no notice taken. Every member at the meeting will support it if it is a question touching the pockets of the ratepayers.-- The motion was carried.
SMALLPOX AT THE WORKHOUSE.
THE DUTY OF URBAN COUNCILS.
The Workhouse Master reported the admission to the workhouse of a man from Aspatria suffering from smallpox. He was at once placed in the infectious wards and isolated. Acting on the doctor's orders he had engaged a man as nurse whose sole duty was to wait upon the patient. A man had also been admitted from QUIGLEY's lodging house, Coupland who had been in contact with a man who was admitted to Carlise Fever Hospital about a week ago. This man was also isolated with another man who was suspected of having smallpox, but who fortunately had proved to be free from the disease. All possible means were being taken to prevent the disease from spreading.---The Chairman said he didn't know by whose authority this case had been admitted to the workhouse, but he was of the opinion that the workhouse was not the place for them. (Hear, hear.) There are three Urban Councils whose duty it is to provide places for such cases, and also a Rural Authority, and they had NO RIGHT TO BRING CASES TO THE WORKHOUSE. ---- Mr JOHNSON : Why did the workhouse take them in ? --- The Clerk said he was of the opinion that the man being a pauper, admission could not be refused.---The Chairman : When the Guardians were the Sanitary Authority they looked after these cases but I hold that the different Councils should look after them in their own area.--- Mr BARNES : being a pauper, is it not stated by law that the Urban Authority are now obliged to provide an isolation hospital for the cases ?---- The Clerk : The Chairman holds the opposite view, that whether he is a puper or not, the district should provide accommodation for him.---Mr MARK : I agree with the Chairman. The Urban Council of Wigton and Aspatria should provide isolation hospitals. We have been obliged to errect one in the Holme Cultram district.---Mr GRAVES said he remembered a case some time ago when a man was admitted to the workhouse. The case was rather different, as the man was not a pauper. A special meeting of the Guardians was called to decide whether the man should be admitted to the workhouse. He moved that the man be taken to the workhouse, but his motion was lost. He was afterwards told by the Local Government Board inspector that the master would have been JUSTIFIED IN REFUSING TO ADMIT THE PATIENT.---The Chairman : With regard to Mr JOHNSON's question, it was an awkward thing for the man to be sent to the workhouse, and not taken in. He moved that the Clerk write to the Local Government Board and ask how they stand in this matter.--- Mr HUTTON : Do you mean that the Sanitary Authority has not power to send cases to the workhouse hospital ?--- The Chairman : I don't think the workhouse hospital is intended for these cases.--- It was decided to write to the Local Government Board for information.--- The Chairman called attention to the tramps that were entering the workhouse, and remarked that it would be well to know if they were being sufficie!
ntly examined.--- Mr MOORE (relieving officer for Wigton) said that Mr GIBSON, the workhouse master, had been very active since the case broke out, and Mr G. FELL the sanitary inspector to the Urban Council, was visiting the lodging-houses nightly to see if there were any suspicious cases.
EVERY PRECAUTION.

Every precation was now being taken by the Urban Council.-- Mr GIBSON moved that the Medical Officer be asked to attend the workhouse every morning to examine the vagrants.---The Clerk : If the Board desire the Medical Officer to go his fee will be two guineas per week.--- Mr GIBSON It might be desirable, instead of engaging a man at a guinea week and paying other expences.---The Rev J. POTTS said it was not a question of terms, although they were reasonable, considering the time that was taken up. It was a matter of the simplest precautions in appointing a doctor to see every case that came into the house, so that they were fulfilling their duty.--- The motion was carried.
APPOINTMENT OF MEDICAL OFFICER.
There were two applicants for the post of medical officer to the Workhouse and the Wigton district of the Union, vacant by the resignation of Dr. TIFFEN. They were Dr. MYLES, Hill House, formerly medical officer to the Kirkland and Bowness districts of the Union ; and Dr BROWN, The Limes, who has taken over the practice of Dr. TIFFEN. Both applicants produced excellent testimonials. Dr. MYLES was appointed by twenty-eight votes to seven.
"DAMPING DOWN" THE MEMBERS.
Mr MOORE asked if any further action would be taken in respect to the children of Mr T. TWENTYMAN now in the Workhouse.---The Clerk said he had been informed that Mr TWENTYMAN had gone to America.--Mr BARNES asked who paid the expences of the police court cases.---The Clerk : Mr TWENTYMAN paid the costs of the first, I don't know who paid the second.---Mr BARNES thought the cases were brought under the wrong information.---Mr MOORE the relieving officer, did not agree with this.---The Chairman : We miss your advice very much when you are away, Mr BARNES. (Laughter)--Mr BARNES : I attend as many meeting as I can. I am sorry you have a tendency to damp down whoever wishes to work in the interests of the ratepayers. (Laughter)---The Chairman : I don't think that is so.--No action was taken.
INCREASED PAUPERISM.
The pauper returns showed that the number of paupers indoors last week was 98, an increase of 23 over the corresponding period of last year. The number of vagrants relieved during the fortnight was 149, an increase over the previous fortnight of 59.
WORK FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD.
It was decided to support a resolution to the Local Government Board from the Cockermouth Union extending the powers of the Guardians to recover the amount of relief granted in certain cases where the recipient was under 21 years of age. A resolution from the Sunderland Union to reduce the fees of medical officers in paticular cases of child birth from £2 to one guinea was also supported.
MISCELLANEOUS.
Dr BRIGGS was re-appointed medical officer for the Allonby district of the Union.---The Workhouse Master reported the receipt of cakes, etc, from the churchwardens after the harvest festival.
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