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A special meeting of the Otago Acclimatisation Society was held yesterday afternoon. There was a good attendance of members, and Mr J, P. Maitland (president) occupied the chair. The Chairman stated the object of the meeting, which was to consider tho motion, of which Mr A. C. Begg had given notice at a previous meeting, dealing with tho question of disposing of the society’s Opoho property. Mr .Begg moved Ida resolution, which suggested the advisability of selling the property. In doing so he urged that It was advisable to dispose of one of their breeding establishments on the score of expense, and argued that the Clinton establishment should be the one to be retained owing to its advantageous position between Invercargill and Dunedin and its central situation in the fishing districts. There was also a more plentiful supply of water at Clinton than at Opoho. Mr H. Driver said that he would second tho motion pro forma if the mover would append to it a condition that tho property should not be sold for less than it had coat the society. Mr Begg accepted the suggestion, and it was seconded accordingly. Mr Carlton said ho would move an amendment to the effect that the society viewed with alarm the proposal to sell the Opoho property, and therefore protested against it. In the course of his remarks he said that Mr Begg had undoubtedly done good service for the society, but his views as just expressed were certainly not a reflex of the minds of tho public, or of the subscribers. Mr Begg, indeed, appeared to him to be a good man gone wrong altogether.— laughter.) The 'society were in no financial straits; they had as good a balance • sheet as any private or public company—as good as even the Mutual Agency Company—(laughter)—and had no need for tho acquisition of tho money that the sale of the Opoho property would realise. Mr R. Chisholm seconded the amendment, uhich was supported by Messrs G. P. Clifford and Stoddart. Mr Wilkie spoke in favor of tho motion, and Mr Begg having replied to tho previous speakers, the amendment was put and carried nem. con., not one hand being held up in favor of tho motion.

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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY., Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889

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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY. Evening Star, Issue 7931, 12 June 1889