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The annual meeting was held in the Chamber of Commerce last evening, and was attended by about twenty members. Mr E. E. N. Twopeny occupied the chair. ANNUAL REPORT. The Hon, Treasurer (Mr E. A. Crawdraw) read the annual report, which was to the following effect Wo see by the balance-sheet that the society started with a small balance of 11s sd—which was not increased, but rather the reverse, as the income fell a few pounds short of expenses. I'his deficiency the Committee (who are always willing to do anything in their power to forward the society) paid, although the result was not very encouraging to them after working so hard and enduring so much worry in catering for the public benefit. The society held only one show during the year, Laving only poultry, pigeon, and canary classes represented, and leaving out the dogs. The Committee decided to leave tho show of dogs over until Exhibition time, and this no doubt made a material difference in the money taken at the door. The show was hold a moirh earlier this year, in consequence of the society having a f previous shows been unfortunate in the matter of weather. The change proved beneficial, and the society were favored for once with good weather. This apparently saved ns from any serious los, and with the addition of a show of dogs we would, I feel sure, have had a surplus, I he society acted wisely in keeping up the art union, and gave a valuable suite of furniture. Tho art union was the means of bringing in a few pounds extra to the society, and if taken in time next year with a good, hard-working committee will no doubt prove a great benefit. The following figures will show the increase and decrease in entries at the five shows held by the society

It will be noticed that the number of entries of poultry fell a few short in 1889 of the numbers in 1888. The exhibitors must be complimented, however, on the very marked improvident in all classes; there being a wonderful

difference in the style and plumage of the birds since the first year’s show. The entries for pigeons have slightly decreased, but it is more than likely that there will be a big show in this section shortly. Canatiea have increased considerably in tin number of entries as compared with last year, and the highest standard of excellence was maintained. The exhibits in this seotion promise to be considerably increased next year, the fanciers being very earnest in tin if endeavors to nuke the show a success. The people were very liberal in their support and gave some handsome special prizes. The thanks of the society are duo to our worthy secretary, the judges, the donors of special prizes, and the Press for their very liberal suppot t. In conclusion, ! must say that I have no fear that the society with a good hard working committee, who have the interest of the show at heart, and the assistance of ft few valuable members, who will contribute to the welfare of the society, may look forward to a successful show next year. The Chairman congratulated the society upon the improvement that was apparent at the last show in the poultry, but he was afraid that this improvement did not extend to dogs. He had himself stopped breeding dogs, but Messrs Young and Forsyth were importing some new stock. He believed, however, that the absence of competition militated against progress being made in the dog classes. He predicted that the shows during Exhibition time would cause fresh interest to be taken in the society, and that beneficial results would accrue from them. The report was adopted. It was resolved to request His Excellency the Governor to become patron of the society. The following office-bearers were elected : —President, Mr R. E. N. Twopeny; vicepresidents, Messrs W. Carlton and S. Myers; hon. treasurer, Mr R. A. Crawshaw (re-elected); secretary, Mr R. Brownlie (re-elected); committee—Messrs Loasby, Aitken, Webster, Cooper, Lowes, Kerr, Stirling, Eason, Ferguson, Wright, Paterson, Townsend, Front, Driver, Hyde, and H. Brownlie.

Mr Aitken mooted the advisability of awarding medals in lieu of money prizes at the Exhibition show. He thought that the matter should be settled then. He urged that the successful exhibitors at the Exhibition showshould receiveastheirawards something that would serve as a memorial of the occasion, and he moved that medals be granted in lieu of money prizes at the show, —The Chairman observed that he was a great believer in medals. At Christchurch he had, as a prize for a dog, received a medal which he still had in his possession.—Mr Carlton seconded Mr Aitken’s motion on the understanding that the arrangement should apply to the Exhibition show only.— The motion was carried by a substantial majority.

1885. 188*. 18871883. 1831). Poultry .. 302 m 678 001 SCO Pigeons 81 67 31 17 15 Canaries .. 131 125 185 83 117 Dogs .. 42 206 139 100 Total ... 609 959 883 801 692

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