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The adjourned meeting of the farmers of the Waterton district was held at the Library room, Waterton, on Thursday evening last. Mr Thomas Taylor presided. The Chairman explained that the object of the meeting was to consider the best means of destroying the various small birds which at this time of the year were so destructive to farmers generally. The Secretary having road some correspondence respecting the best method of poisoning the grain, the following members of the Club were duly elected, viz.: —Messrs A. Dawson, T. Davies, T. Taylor, T. White, J. Shearer, P. O’Shannassy, W. Moses, F. Clothier, T. Barr, C. Sargisson, H. Kennedy, H. Hudson, J. Milne, S. Holland, H. Frampton, T. M. Smith, J. Bishop, Brooks, W. Probble, H. Donaldson, T. Bell, T. Crosson, A. J. Houston, N. Thompson, T. Bullock, F. White, D. Evans, 0. Colo, and T. J. Dawson. Mr Shearer proposed, Mr Barr seconded —“ That Mr James Davies bo appointed treasurer to the Club. ” Carried. Mr Thomas Taylor suggested that every farmer being more or less interested in the movement, those who could afford it should give some wheat to those who were unable to afford the expense. For his part, he was willing to give two bushels of wheat to be poisoned, and which was to be sold to anyone on payment of the cost of poisoning. As a practical result of Mr Taylor’s suggestion, the following farmers promised to give two bushels of wheat each, viz. :—Messrs T. Taylor, Dawson, J. White, C. Sargisson, C. Barr, and Shearer, and those who promised one bushel were Messrs Donaldson, and Kennedy. Fifty-five shillings were also subscribed by members present, who were elected as above. It was decided to appoint Messrs White and Moses a committee for poisoning the wheat for the Club, and Mr Hudson was asked to take charge of the grain and that delivered for the use of the Club. • It was proposed by Mr Holland, seconded by Mr Hudson —“That .the treasurer be instructed to obtain strychnine and phosphorous, for the use of the Club.” After passing a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting terminated.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 338, 7 May 1881

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WATERTON SPARROW CLUB. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 338, 7 May 1881