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A. and P. Association.

The annual general meeting of tfye was Agricultural and Pastoral Association held yesterday m the Arcade Chambers. Mr J. C. N. Grigg occupied the chair, and there was a very large attendance, ANNUAL BKBORT, - The following was the annual report submitted by the Committee: —Your Committee have once more pleasure m submitting a satisfactory balance sheet to the members, shoeing steady progress m every -way. The credit balance of £3 10s 7d of last year has been converted into one of £37 12s ?d, as shown by the balance, sheet now submitted; ■ This, of itself speaks ■ well for the future, and is beyond doubt most, encouraging, ' The i annual Show was held on the 2nd^ovember, and although some of the classes show a slight falling off m numbers from last year others have been substantially increased, resulting m the aggregate m. a.

ifforence m favor of lasb Show of twenty-eight entries. Your Committee regret that there has not been an increase m the membership, but have ground for hope that there may be & material improvement m this direction during the ensuing financial year, the greater amount of takings at the gate giving every evidence of the increased amount of interest taken m the Society's %york by the general public. The prize money paid away this year amounted to £328 11s, as against £285 18s 6d for .1888. Taking all these "matters into consideration, the credit balance must be considered most satisfactory. The annual horse parade took place on September 21, and brought forward 32 entries as against 12 for the previous year, and a profit to the Association of £7 6d over 1888. A reaper and binder contest under the auspices of the Association was held on 20th Jam^iy m a field of Tuscan Avheat, kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by Mr John Bonifant. This resulted m a, trifling loss, but was a satisfactory test of the merits of the various machines, and was much appreciated by the farmers, as shown by their large attendance. In conclusion, your Committee beg to thank the Executive, who kindly gave their services at the Show and other matters so successful, and also to those geritlemen who so kindly and liberally subscribed to the prize fund. The balance sheet was also read, showing a total income for the year of £544 3s lOcl, with a total expenditure of £506 11s 3d—leaving a credit balance of £37 12s 7d, as stated m the annual report. The Chairman m moving the adoption of the report and balance sheet, congratulated the members on the satisfactory condition of the Society. He specially noted the satisfactory increase m the ifheep exhibits at the show. He was pleased to see this increase because sheep were now an item m farming that farmers dare not treat lightly. The time had come when much attention should be devoted to sheep raising. The much vaunted resources of the colony ought to be shown, and sheep and frozen mutton trade was a means of showing these resources. That this exhibition was being made was patent m the fac' that sheep were now being grown for meat more than for wool. In times past the full capacity of the sheep for growing wool was availed of, and only after the full capacity had been reached were the sheep available for meat. Now, however, there was scarcely a six-tooth sheep to be found. He referred to the freights of frozen meat, and believed that very soon a class j of slow steamers, using a small quantity of fuel, would be carrying Home frozen mutton at a penny a pound, and finding it one of the best paying cargoes m the world. In regard to wheat, he was pleased to see that a turn for the better had taken place m the wheat market at Home. Last annual meeting he had given it as his opinion that 3s per bushel was about the minimum m future that wheat would reach, believing that no country under the sun could grow wheat at less than 2s 6d per bushel. He believed that the recent fall was more the result of brokers' action than the normal condition of the market. After a reference to the price of cattle and wool, the Chairman moved the adoption of the report and balance sheet. Mr Thomas seconded the motion, and congratulated the Society on its position. Mr Silcock moved an amendment that the report be not adopted. His reason for this was that there was a rule to the effect that the balance sheet should be printed and circulated for one week before the annual meeting. In that report there was an item to the amount of £13, the expenditure of which he did not by any means appprove. By this expenditure many members of the general public had made beasts of themselves with drink, and the Society had to pay for it. He perhaps held pecular views on this subject, but he felt his views were right. In any case he could never agree to the Society's funds being expended on drink to be promiscuously slung about among the public. Mr G. W. Leadley would second the motion pro forma. He was a member of the Committee who had charge of the reaper and binder trial, and he had never sanctioned the bringing upon the ground of a large supply of liquor at the Society's expense. There were men there who got shamefully drunk, were lying helpless m the paddocks, and some had actually lain there all night. Mr Leadley spoke very strongly indeed on the question of supplying drink at such gatherings. The Secretary explained that at a meeting of three members of Committee on the ground, the day before the meeting, he had received an order to procure a barrel of beer and a case of whisky. With the use that liquor was put to he had nothing to do, as it was not under his charge on the ground. In regard to printing the balance sheet beforehand he had acted as his predecessors had done, and as he had been advised to do by them. Mr Leadley did not understand that the refreshments to be procured were for other than those engaged m work m connection with the trial—such as judges experts, etc. He had no fault to find with the general conduct of the Society or the management of its officers, and he complimented the Secretary on the work done by him. Mr Studholme was m favor of the beforehand printing of the balnnoe sheet, and asked Mr Silcock to withdraw his amendment, Mr Silcock only moved the amendment with the object of entering his very strongest protest against the manner m. which strong drink was allowed to be distributed. He would, however, with the consent of lib seconder, withdrew his amendment. The amendment was withdrawn and the report and balance sheet were adopted, after a, few words from Mr Duncan Cameron, Springfield, thanking Messrs Silcock and Leadley for bringing forward the question that had just been discussed. NEW MEMBERS - The following now members were pro* posed, seconded, and unanimously •lected, and their names placed upon the roll:—Wm, Moses, J. T. Ford, W. de * B. Wilson, Wm. Huston, S. Holland. Moore, B. Hampton, G, Murdoch, E. Remmington, H. Zander, H, Somervillc, T. Hurley, G. Pocock, F. Benny, A, Hight, and Martin Griffin, .ELECTION OF OFMCEM. The following office-bearers were then elected : —President—Mr David Thonw.; Vico-Presidents—-Messrs \Y. J. Silcock, John Studholme, jun., and Robert Millar; Treasurer —Mr J. G. Restell ; Secretary - Mr J. J. C. Quane ; Auditors—-Messrs Alfred Curtis and A. H. Shury, and a Committee ol twenty-four members, selected from the several districts of the. County—twelvel to form a quorum. BONUS TO SECKETAHY. In moving the election of the Secretary Mr G. W. Leadley paid Mr Quane ;i high compliment for his management of the Association'sbusinosM, a compliment which M.r.L C. N, Grjgg emphatically endorsed, «kud proposed that a bonus of £10 10s be yo'-ed to Mr Quaije ? which motion w;is adopted. LABOR MATTERS. Mi' Silcock called attention, to the aspect of the labor question at present. Recent affairs indicated that sooner or later they would have to face a matter that very seriously affected the farmers. He was not m a position to make ;i spench on Mm matter, but he thought that koihutUiutf .should be done to nip the matter m the biwj- Mr G-rigg tfiought it to a large question, but it did not yet afl'oct the fanner, mid it ffivi better to let sleeping dogs lie. Mr Orr and Mr Reetell w of opinion

that something should be done, and Mr Leadley advised sending a wire to those affected by the movement, and offering the Society's sympathy. Mr Thomas was not with the idea of identifying themselves with the matter at all. Working men throughout the world had not received their fair share of justice at the hands of capital, and they were trying to get justice and fair play. The farmers and all those present were only a small remove from working men, but it was time enough to meet trouble when it came to them. It was not wise to take off one's coat and say "who'll tread on the tail of it" ; it was better to wait until they were compelled. Mr Cameron thought a general meeting of the Society should be called. Dr. Tweed thought the meeting should be a public one, called by the Mayor, and attended by citizens and farmers. Mr Rudolph Friedlander thought that Dr. Tweed's idea was the best, and the meeting could be m conjunction with the County Council. There were others involved beside the farmers. The Mayor said he would call such a meeting on receipt of a requisition. THANKS. Thanks were tendered to the retirin officers, and the meeting broke up.

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A. and P. Association., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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A. and P. Association. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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