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The moiPhly mooting of the Otago Acl climatisaiion Society was held in tho secretary’s ollicc last night, the vice-president (Mr C. W. Chamberlain) presiding over a large attendance of members. '

J. Logan (Mnkarora) wrote stating that ha had liberated 22 opossums on Mount Albert station. Ho wished to know whether they were tho property of the society or the writer.—To bo informed that tho opossums had been paid for.

Hr fc.nnp,on (Christchurch) applied for Block 12 in the deer country for himself and Mr F. W. Johnston. in place of Messrs Actual and Campbell, who avo away to the —Permission granted to shoot on Block 12 in tho event, of Mc-srs Aohmd and Campbell not being back in time.

C. W. Harvey (Ilawoa Fiat) wrote slating that owing to unforesoon circutm>ancos he will not bo able to stalk this year on Block 25, also letter from Mr P. 11. Vickery, Invercargill, applying for tho block for himself and Mr It Mackenzie.—Permission granted to Messrs Vickery and Mackenzie to shoos on Block 25.

W. P. Cotter (secretary Upper Clutha Progressive League) wrote protesting against the destruction of hawks recently carried out in Otago Con Ira i, and asking that it be discontinued.—To he informed that the society arc not now paying for tho destruction of hawks. .1. Cowio Nicholks (Dunedin) wrote inquiring if the society would assist him to get some native birds,—Writer to be asked where he intend? to liberate thorn.

Murray, Roberts, and Co. applied to have the dam situated on section 22, block 9, Strath Taiori, on a portion of tho Gladbrook IDitain, declared u sanctuary for game. —Further particular:! to be obtained as to size of block, distance from township, etc. The Town Clerk (Dunedin) wrote stating that tho Corporation ecu Id not see its way to have the branches of the willows overlianging tho Leith cut. —Received. Tho Secretary of the Wyudhain Anglers’ Association wrote giving particulars of amounts received for rent of hut on the Mimihau.—The Wyudham Anglers’ Association to be informed that it is the society’s desire that ihc association should continue to look after the hut, spend some of the money in hand in fixing it up, tho balance to bo spent in clearing the banks of the Mimili;iu River.

Mr Stevens reported that every available hour during the past month had been devoted to the distribution of fry and yearlings in various streams, and that at time of writing 18,000 yearlings and about half tho total number of fry bad bom liberated. Tho weather had been exceptionally suitable for tho work, and as a consequence there had been no loss in transit. Tho reports from anglers throughout tho southern part of tho society's district invariably stated that there were plenty of fish, in tine condition. The streams arc now in splendid fishing order.— Adopted.

Mr Steven reported that the exceptionally unseasonable weather which has prevailed throughout the past month, has made the work of rearing young birds a very difficult and trying one, as well as being very trying on young birds batching out under natural conditions. Both t.ho old Canadian geese have hatched out their broods. One hatched out four birds from six eggs, but one of the goslings had since died. Tho other bird hatched out two chicks from three eggs,

so there were only five birds from tho two broods. There was no sign of any of the other birds building this season, Tho following birds were in stock: —16 hen pheasants, 9 cocks, 1 jungle code, 10 mallard ducks, 5 drakes, and 50 ducklings (there were a number of settings to hatch out, also several settings of pheasants due to hatch out shortly), 5 Capo Barron geese and 5 goslings, 16 Canadian geese and 5 goslings. Two settings of pheasant eggs hod been sent to Cromwell, as directed, and two settings of milliards to {seaward Downs. The report was received.

It was decided to accept the offer of Mr T. Telford, Otanomomo, to supply the society with a number of opossums, the society’s ranger to do the (rapping. It was also decided to send a pair of Canadian geese and six pair of quail to Mr Telford. Mr W. Martin, Papatowai, applied for a number of cel pots. Ho stated that the Tahakopa Kivcr was a splendid trout stream, but that tho trout suffered through the depredations of eels. Ho mentioned that his son had caught an cel weighing 281b.—It was decided to comply with the request. A letter was received from Mr W. P. Cotter. Hnwea Flat, urging the council to agree to the netting of trout in Lake Hawea. —On the motion of Mr I’cden, seconded by Sir Butterworth. it was resolved;—“ That licenses be granted to not on Lake Hawea for one mile from tho mouth of tho Timaru Creek, on ilio south-east side, to ono mile, from Long Yalley Creek, on tho south side, at a fee of £l, one net only to be used for ono license.

It was decided to present Mr F. Deans, a former ranger of tho society, with a photo enlargement of himself. The Finance Committee reported that accounts amounting to £B7 8s 4d had been, passed for payment. The bank’s credit balance at date stood at £l7O.

The Chairman mentioned that an inquiry had been received asking what was the minimum size of porch which could be taken. Members generally expressed tbo opinion that there was no restriction as to size, and it was decided that, the secretary communicate with the Internal Aifairs Department for definite information.

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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY Issue 15664, 1 December 1914

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