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About twenty members attended the annual meeting of the above society, which was held at Mosgiel yesterday afternoon, the president (Mr W. C. Todd) occupying the chair. ANNUAL REPORT. The Committee's report for the year ending August, ISS9, was as follows : " Your Committee, in presenting their report for the past year, are happy to state that the society is in a much better position than it was last year at the same time. We. lioga.n the year with a credit balance of LIS l-t< Sd, and finished with a credit balance of i ;'.() lis 2.1. The hooks have been duly j audited and found correct. The show held j "ii the 10th November last was very sucwttful, the number of entries being 393. In j LSS7 the number was 3SG. Otfing to the stormy weather the gates did not realise as much as formerly. The Exhibition in Duitdin is to open in November, and the society will require to fix a suitable date for holding the show, and we trust that every member will exert himself to mike it one of the best shows wo have yet held." Mr W. Jaffray, in moving the adoption nf the report and balance-sheet, said it was a credit to the society to be able to show ■• uch a substantial balance, and he hoped that all the members, the youngest as well an the oldest, would do their best to push on the society's affairs. He was glad they had not joined the Dunedin society, because that body was not so flourishing as they were themselves. The Taieri society was the oldest in the southern provinces, and the coming show was either the twenty-sixth or twenty-seventh they had held—a fact which showed that the society should now he in a nourishing condition. Dut why were they not ? It was because the members did not go hand in hand and work shoulder to •shoulder helping ono another long. He hoped that every farmer in the district would exert himself to make a good exhibition at the coming show. Mr P. Dey had much pleasure in seconding the adoption of the report, and in doing so would say he was pleased and rejoiced that the Taieri society had not joined such & rotten society as the Otago A. and P. Association. He was informed that that Association was searly L4OO in debt; whereas the Taieri Agricultural Society, no matter how hard times were, oould always hold its head above water, at any rate. He thought the Taieri society had reason to be very proud of its position, and that it should disdain to entertain the idea of being associated with any such bankrupt pociety as the Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Society. Mr R. Gawn : You are very hard on the Dunedin society. Mr Dey: Well, I don't know. However, «f they get clear of debt, we might take t lem over yet.—(Laughter.) Mr A. C. Thomson felt sorry for the expressions which had fallen from Mr Dey regarding the: k Otago Association—such as calling it a rotten society. It was not Incoming for the members of their society to be severe on the Dune Mis ociety. The motion for the adoption of the report was carried unanimously. ELECTION OF OFFICE-BEARERS. The Chairman stated that the Committee's recommendation that Mr R. Todd should be president and Mr D. Manson vice-president of the society for the ensuing year was approved of.—(Applause.) The following gentlemen were elected to fill the vacancies on the Committee:— Messrs William Smith, John Allan (Holmes), David Grant (Craig), A. C. Thomson, and "William Charters. Messrs A. C. Thomson and John Allan (Holmes) were elected auditors. date of show. It was decided to hold the next Taieri Show on December 26, at the society's grounds. THE LIQUOR QUESTION. The secretary intimated that the following letter had been received by Mr Sydney .lames, secretary of the A. and P. Association, who had forwarded it to the Taieri; society:—" My attention has been called to ' a clause in the lease of the land in East Taieri used by the Agricultural Society for show purposes which forbids the sale of intoxicating liquor on the ground, and which runs as follows:—' And also will not at any time during the said term carry on or permit to be carried on the demised premises the business of an hotelkeeper or publican, or sell or allow to be sold any spirituous or fermented liquors whatsoever on the demised premises.' The clause is so specific, and its provisions so clearly prohibitive, that you will doubtless admit the sale of liquors in any shape on the ground as a breach of the covenant of the lease. The Church Board were not aware that it has been the custom to sell liquors at the annual gatherings of the society—(laughter)—and I am instructed to ask that on future occasions the covenants of the lease in this respect may be strictly adhered to.—l am, etc., E. Smith, Church Faotor." The following petition was received from the East Taieri and Mosgiel Women's Christian Temperance Unions:—" We, the undersigned, in the name and by command • of the unions (temperance) and Good j Templar lodges in the Taieri, desire re- ] srjectfully to memorialise you as follows: Your Committee have noticed with regret that at your annual gatherings several instances of degrading intemperance have occurred. We believe that the recurrence of such Bcenes oould be wholly prevented by your declining to allow intoxicating drink to be sold on your grounds at the annual show. This would besides contribute largely to the respectable character of the whole of the proceedings, and make the show a much more attractive and pleasant place to visit by ladies and children and the lovers of temperance. May it therefore please your honorable Association to respect the terms of your Jewe and decline to allow the sale of intoxicating drink at your forthcoming show." The tetters, which were read amidst laughter, we re minuted as " received." GENERAL. The Secretary Baid the Committee had hid under consideration tLe matter of members' tickets. One reason why the gate imney did not come up to expectations was tint some members brought to the show yery large families who were admitted on members' tickets. It was agreed that the purchasers of membe*./ tickets should be presented with two tickets for admission of two ladies ; and that half-price admission to the show ground should be charged for children under twelve y The newly-elected president took the chair, and a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the retiring president for his services during the past twelve months.

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TAIERI AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY., Evening Star, Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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TAIERI AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Evening Star, Issue 7997, 28 August 1889