OTAGO ANGLERS' ASSOCIATION.
ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the above Association was held last night in the rooms Exchange Court; Mr R. Chisholm (president) in the chair. There was a good muster of members. , SHAG RIVER. Two letters were read from Mr William Russell, Shag Valley, the one stating that in the river there the fish seemed to he very numerous, but that poaching had been almost reduced to a hue art; and in the other intimation was made that the owner of the Lees Farm had granted permission to the members of the Association to fish over all that portion of the Shag River which ran through the property (except Sundays) during the hshing season of 1897-98. The Chairman moved that a hearty vote of thanks be passed to Mr Russell for his intimation that the members be allowed to fish through the property named.—Agreed to. sew members. The following new members were elected:— Messrs J. G. Sawell, Thomas Long, A. M. Braik, and Samuel Prout. ANNUAL REPORT. The fifteenth annual report, which was taken as read, stated that the number of members on the roll for the season 1896-97 was fifty-five, being an iucrease of twenty-seven as against the season of 1895-90. The aggregate weight of the fish caught in the season's competitions was 4041b, as compared with 2S(jlb in the preceding season. During the winter months several social meetings were held, and all proved very enjoyable. I he heartiest thanks of the Association were due to the president for his very entertaining and instructive paper on the 'Early Introduction of Irout Into Otago.' Communications had been addressed to the secretaries of the Stirling and border Anglers Associations on the subject of holding competitions with them and their own Association, but no replies had been received. Messrs M'Callum, Coghill, and Williams were appointed delegates of the Association to wait on the City Council, in conjunction with representatives from the Acclimatisation Society and others, m the matter of the pollution of the Leith. The matter had been referred by the Dunedin City Council to the Maori Hill Borough Council, and it was understood that that body were taking what steps were considered necessary.
The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report, said that one very pleasing feature about it was that they had doubled their membership u j'?- g *, e year> and he thought that with four additional members elected to-night it augured well for the future success of the Association. Mr G. N. Mannim; seconded the adoption of the report. Mr Mathews called attention to the way in which the bare-fly competitions were carried out. lie thought that the size of the fly should be hxed. . After some remarks by Mr M'Callum the subject dropped, and the report was adopted unanimously. treasurer's report. Mr P. Aitken (treasurer) submitted the annual balance-sheet, which showed a credit balance of All) Us 4d. The Chairman hadfmuch pleasure in moving the adoption of the treasurer's statement, which was the best the Association had been able to lay on the table. Mr Forrest seconded the adoption, which was carried. ~„ election of office-bearers. ihe following office-bearers were elected:— President, Mr R. Chisholm; vice-presidents, Messrs R. Forrest and A. Anderson ; secretary, A. K Jenkins; treasurer, P. Aitken ; auditor, J. I', leake; committee—Mes?rs J. B. M'Callum, S. M Donald, sen., A. Mathews, H. G. Williams, C. N. Cooper, John Ogg, R. Coghill, J. G. Sawell, R. Henry, and R. Long.
PRESIDENTS ADDRESS. Ihe Chairman read a paper on 'The Introduc•s a ?"i. J r °P a B ati °n of Trout in Otago.' He said that the year 1875 might be regarded as the beginning of a new era in the history of fish culture. It was no longer necessary to run the risk and incur the expense of importing brown trout ova. Mr Deans the manager, was able to secure an abundant supply from the stock fish he now had in the ponds at Opoho (from one of which he procured about 5,000 eggs) and from the large trout frequenting the streams within an easy distance of .Dunedm, such as the Water of Leith, Fulton's Creek, Loyells Creek, and Waitati. The habit and condition of the fish at this period made their capture comparatively easy, anil afforded an opportunity for the unscrupulous poacher indulging to the utmost in the nefarious practice of not only killing the parent tish, which was not in a condition for eating but destroying the thousands of eggs she contained. Alter referring to the causes which tended to prevent the eggs of the trout fertilising during the spawning season, and the efforts of the Acclimatisation Society to keep up the stock, the chairman dwelt upon the polutioa of streams and rivers, particularly the Shag ;,i ve l'u Le -f„- Strea ™. and Water of Leith Uf the Water of Leith, especially the lower _ portion, the less said the better. The anglers heart sank as he gazed intently on the pools, which some years ago were bright and clear, now the receptacle for all sorts of refuse and rubbish, from kerosene tins to dead do"s Quoting from a writer in the' American Sportsmen s Magazine,'who recommended the adminis- • r i n ?u° a thor °uphly high-class and reliable clubbing to poachers, he (the chairman) remarked that they had not got the lumbermen here, but he thought that a ; few of the forwards in the Wellington football team who distinguished themselves on the Cansbrook Ground a few Saturdays a"0 would make admirable substitutes.—(Much' laughter.)
On the motion of Mr M'Cauxm the chairman was thanked for his address, and it was agreed to defer discussion upon it until next meeting of the Association.
CIRCULARISE PROPERTY-OWNERS. It was decided to at once issue circulars to property-owners, asking their permission to fish on rivers passing through their property
FLY COMPETITIONS. On the motion of Mr Forrest it was agreed to recommend to the Acclimatisation Society that no fly larger than a lake fly be used in future fly competitions.
PERCII COMPETITIONS. «. V v ? s ™? g T eed , to hold a P erch competition on the first_ Wednesday and one on the second Saturday of the season.
VOTES OF THANKS. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr Russell, secretary of the Acclimatisation Society, for the courteous way in which he treated members coming into the room.
A similar compliment being awarded the chair- "•"» /° r presiding, the proceedings terminated with the singing of ' Auld lang syne.'
WOKK AND WAGES.
A wages dispute has occurred between the Ngunguru Coal Company and the miners at Kinpaka (Auckland). The present rate is 2s 2id per ton for mining coal as it comes from the mine. The miners, it is said, want a Bliding scale according to the thickness of the seam. The company proposed to pay from 2s s}d to 3s 5d per ton for mining coal, but these terms were refused, and hence the dispute.
The Congress of Federated Bootmakers' Unions at Christchurch waa concluded yesterday. The chief business was the lowering of entrance fees for membership in the unions, the revising of the geteral fund rules, and the instituting of sick benefits. In the evening the delegates were entertained at a large meeting of bootmakers, and a resolution was passed urging the Government to pass the Old Age Pensions, Eight Hours, and Master and Apprentice Bills this session if possible. At a meeting of the Otago Knights of Labor, held in the Trades Hall last night, several candidates were initiated and admitted. Bro. Gore gave an address on the question • How Criminals are Made.' The Furniture Union in Wellington have decided to appeal to the Arbitration Court against the Conciliation Board's award on all the clauses except that relating to overtime.
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