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The adjourned monthly meeting ;of this Bociety was held at trie Mechanics' Institute at two p.m. yesterday, the members, present being Messrs Stujdholme (chairman), Oakden, Davie, Lee, Murray- Ayneley, Macfarlan, Stevens, Wilkins, Khodes, Speedily, Hielbp, and the secretary,, Mr Johnston. ...... . . , , ..... ; , . , ~.' : The minutes of last meeting were read and, after some discussion, coinfirmed. . '• The following persons had become members of .the eociety since the last meeting, viz., Messrs C. Xi. Wiggins, J. Lane, J. ,0. Cottrell, T. J. jßoyes, J. W. Hamilton, and J. Varley. ......

Contributions had been received by the Society as follows, viz.—From Mrli. -: W. Stoddart, an alarum clocfc;; Mr A. HsPriee, a garden seat; Master G-. Pirkie, a mpkomoko; and a tui bird; Dr. Fischer, a work on veterinary homoeopathy. ■."•'.. , The balance sheet was read, showiog a balance of £320 6a 3d to the credit of the society. A letter from the Domain Board was read, stating that in going to the Acclimatisation Gardens persons were iv the habit of trespassing on the grounds and damaging the fences. It was resolved that the matter should be attended to. A letter was also read from Signor Yertelli, asking permission of the society to erect a rope in the Domain, for the purpose of performing upon. It was decided, that the society had no power in the matter. It -was stated that news had been received of tbe wteck of the Krishna,

but it was not known whether the deer for the society was on board or not. It was also mentioned that Mr Yarley, ! who intended to leave for England /shortly, had expressed his willingness iccrifskercharge of any native birds that the society might desire to send home, and also that Mr C. W. Cooke, who was leaving for Auckland, had kindly his services to convey the pheasants promised to be forwarded to the society by his Excellency Sir Gh Grey. ;-■ The offers of both the above gentlemen were accepted by the and votes of thanks passed to them for the same/- Similar vote's were passed to the. following gentlemen for donations and kindness in assisting the society, viz:-—Captain Deßourbel, Dr. Mac(Fonalid, I)r. Fisher, and Mr Sprigg. Mr Lee then moved—" That the secretary, in issuing notices of meetings for the future, should confine himself strictly to the proposed business, ,withou,t comment thereon. . Mr Wilkin seconded the motion, which was carried. In reference to the price to be charged for the young pheasants, of which there were about forty in the possession of the Society, it was decided on the motion of Mr Macfarlan, that the pheasants should be sold in pairs at £2 per pair, as soon as the sexes could be distinguished. A list of suggestions made by the -Cnratpr was then considered. In respect to obtaining a legal tender of the ground held by the Society on sufferance from the Government, ie was decided to let that matter remain as hitherto.

A suggestion was made by the Curator that increased facilities ehould be afforded for rearing and acclimatising imported birds, but after some discussion it was decided, on the motion of ;Mr Wilkin that it was nt>t desirable to spend any more money for that purpose. ~MrDavie moved—" That wire fencing, ta the expense of £100, be imported for the purpose of being erected as an enclosure to keep the goats and other animals of the domain in, and that Mr Murra.y-Ayn.sley be requested to make arrangements for importing the same." Mr Lee seconded the motion. He thought it very necessary to provide an enclosure for the purpose of secnritig the animals.

Mr Speechly did not approve of £100 being spent oh fencing directly they ;got : a little money in hand. Mr Macfarlan thought they might spend the money to more advantage in importing small birds and fishes. Mr Gould considered it would , be better to defer the consideration of the subject for the present. An amendment was proposed by Mr Johnson, " That the consideration of the question be postponed," which on being put, was carried. On the motion of Mr Stevens, it was decided that nothing should be done at present to improve the fish-ponds. The question of reimbursing the Curator, in the. sutn of £60, expense incurred ,in importing the trout ova , from Tasmania, was then mooted. After considerable the Society, on the suggestion of Mr Lee, declined to consider the subject.. In reference, to the matter of the Curator's salary, dissatisfaction was expressed at the manner in which the duties of secretary were performed by Mr Johnstone, and it was decided that he be asked to resign his position of secretary, and that the offer of Mr Speechly to act as honorary secretary, be accepted. . On the . motion of Mr Macfarlan, seconded by Mr Speechly, it was resolved that the salary of .Johnson as Curator, should be £120 a year; instead of £100 as hitherto. The meeting theu adjourned.

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Press, Press, Volume XII, Issue 1609, 4 January 1868

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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY. Press, Volume XII, Issue 1609, 4 January 1868