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Absentee Mayor chairs council meeting

[The Luton News: Thursday, September 4th, 1919]

The Mayor of Luton (Councillor H. Impey), who has been absent from the town for the greater part of the time since the night of the riots on July 19th, was present at Tuesday's meeting of the Town Council. In explaining his absence from the meetings held in the intervening time, he also stated that he proposed to continue to hold the office of Mayor till his successor is appointed in the normal course in November, and then for health reasons to vacate all his public appointments.

Ratepayers want council to resign en bloc

Ratepayers headline TT 2-9-1919

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: September 2nd, 1919]

Last night's meeting of ratepayers at the Plait Hall to discuss “the past policy of the Town Council” attracted a gathering which comfortably filled the hall and which in round figures was put at a thousand people. These included a fair number of ladies.

Plea on behalf of Luton malaria sufferers

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: August 30th, 1919]

One of the legacies of the war so far as Luton is concerned will be a very large number of people who are victims of malaria, according to Alderman J. H. Staddon at last night's meeting of the War Pensions Committee, of which he is Chairman. In this connection he made a special appeal to employers of men who suffer from malaria.

Differing views on Peace Day riots

Two shades of opinion resulting from the Peace Day riots were published in The Luton News on August 28th, 1919. The newspaper said it had received many letters but the strong terms and language used by most of the writers had resulted in them being held over.

From Mr F. C. W. Janes, a letter asking if the Corporation were to blame for the troubles. He wrote:

Magnate who ended up in workhouse

Union House workhouse 1906

Walter William Butler was in 1919 a 73-year-old inmate of Union House, Luton's workhouse (pictured above in 1906). But, as the Luton News had discovered his story was stranger than fiction – he had once been a Liverpool city magnate who had dropped to the bottom of life's ladder through ill fortune. In its August 7th, 1919, edition the newspaper reported:

Call for new blood on town council

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, August 26th, 1919]

It was inevitably the case in pre-war times that interest in local municipal affairs centre upon the November elections immediately after the August holidays, but never before in Luton history probably has that interest been of such a pronounced and widespread character as this year.

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