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South Carnarvonshire Notes

Letter to the Editor.I


'Carnarvon Harbour Trust.


The Queen's Visit- to Ireland.


Welsh Industries Association



I--Royal Society for the PreveEtioa…


I-- Royal Society for the PreveE- tioa of Cruelty to Ghiitlrsa The annual meeting of the Carnarvon- shire and Anglesey Branch of the R.S.P.C.A. was held on Wednesday week at Holyhead, under the presidency of Captain Kendall. Letters of apology for inability to attend were received from Mr J. E. Greaves (Lord Lieutenant of Car-1 nasvonshire, President of the .Branch), and a number of ladies and gentlemen. The Chairman remarked that this was the first time for the annual meeting of I the branch to be held at Holyhead, and h-è expressed the hope that it would arouse greater interest in the work of the society. REPORTS AND -JCOUNTS. Colonel Marshall read the reports and accounts, of which the following are sum- maries — I The Hon. Secretary (Miss M. F. Rath- bone, Glanymenai, Meaiai Bridge), in her report for the past year stated that the work of the branch had gone on steadily. No progress seemed to have been made to- wards the adoption of regulations for market cars by the Joint Committee of the Carnarvon Town Council and the Gwyrfai Durall: District Council. How- ever, some good seemed to have been done by posting about 1350 placards, in English and Welsh, cautioning drivers and beg- ging for the co-operation of passengers. Shet drew attention to the great educa- cational work in the principles and prac- tise of humanity which could be accom- plished by the formation of "Bands of Mercy." If only the sympathies of child- ren could be enlisted on the side of the animals, there would be little need of the society in the future, at any rate for the work of prosecution. Their new worker at Llanfairfechan, Miss Pollock, and her sis- ter had started a "Band of Mercy" among the school girls there, and they hoped to extend it to the boys. This was the only "band" in the branch, and workers and members were urged to take up the work during the current year. The committee were giving attention to the suggestion of the President of the branch for dis- couraging the present fashion of docking horses, and hoped that something might be accomplished during the ensuino- year. She was glad to be able to report that the work of the branch had made considerable progress both in public interest and fin- ancially in Penmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan, and Beaumaris, though they still needed workers for Conway, Criccieth, Llanddeu- sant, and Valley. Miss Williams had con- tinued work for Amlwch and neighbour- hood. They hoped to have the co-opera- tion. in Lleyn of Professor and Mrs Evans, I of Llanbedrog, for the current year. 'Not- withstanding the heavy calls upon every- one towards the close of the year their in- come from subscriptions and donations had risen from JE121 481 3d to R125 8s Id, an increase of dE4 3s lOd. The branch ex- penses had been heavier than usual so that the balance at the bank was again reduced. The addition of £ 20 to their income for 1900 would enable them to meet their minimum obligations to the Parent So- ciety (£150), and to cover an reasonable branch expenses. The Hon.. Treasurer (Mr James Smith, Lloyd's Bank, Bangor), in his report, urged that all subscribers and collectors should in future forward all subscriptions, donations, and collections, as early as pos- sible in the year. At present the receipts generally came in about Christmas, ar.d very often did not reach him until too late I for the balance sheet. Mr J. Dowty, the inspector, in his re- port, stated that during the past Tear 40 convictions had been obtained in the branch against persons guilty of cruelty to animals. The fines and costs imposed amounted to £26 8s 9d, of which the so- ciety received no portion. In most of the cases of working horses in an unfit state the defendants were the owners of the animals. Special attention had been paid to the market car traffic throughout the two counties. There had been great improvement, only one prosecution hav- ing been taken as compared with six the previous year. Overloading of cars still, existed, but not to such a nature as to overload the animals to the same extent as previously. The balance sheet showed receipts amounting to 9155 lls 6d. The expendi- ture, including remittances to the Parent Society, amounted to P,144 4s 9d, leaving a balance in hand at the end of the year of Pll 6s 9d. The subscriptions and dona- tions for the past year amounted to 9125 8s Id. Thp Rev R. Williams, Llanfaethlu, moved the adoption of the reports and ac- counts. He said that public sentiment to- wards dumb animals had visibly improved since he could remember, and that throughout the country there existed a more humane feeling than used to exist years ago. This he attributed to the work done by the society. The Rev R. Price, Holyhead, in second- ing remarked that the objects of this so- ciety were most praiseworthy. He con- sidered it important that the loading and I t. unloading of cattle, &c., in connection I with the Irish traffic should be carefully watched. He feared there was much vet to be done in respect to the overloading of market and other cars. I The motion was then carried. ELECTION OF OFFICERS, ETC. The Rev John Hughes proposed the re- election. of the committee, executive,officers, and workers. He was struck with the great amount of labour of love expended by the secretary, members of the executive and workers in the various centres. He re- ferred: to the fact that the number of prosecutions bad decreased as' compared with the previous year, and this was evidence that the influence of the society was be- coming moire felt in the district. With regard to the work amongst children he I could assure them that much was already being done in Holyhead in that direction. Mrs Binney seconded the motion, which was carried. Colonel Marshall, in returning thanks on behalf of the Executive Committee for their re-election, said as far as he was con- cerned he was more or kss a lay figure on the committee, that the real thanks of the branch were due to the hon. secretary, Miss Rathbone, whese work was continuous and by no means light: a large amount of cor- ¡ respondence had to be got through in the course of the year, accounts of a more or course of the year, accounts of a more or less complicated description had to be kept, a report and balance sheet prepared, all of which work devolved upon the hon secre- tary, and was admirably performed. Colon- el Marshall then made a few remarks on the formation of Bands of Mercy in elementary schools, saying that at present the form- ation of such bands seemed to be confined to girls' schools, whereas, in his opinion, boys, required to be educated in the practice or kindness to animals raiiier Ihat; girls: they were by nature more inclined to cruel- ty, and had more opportunities of giving way to their proclivities in that direction than girls had. Miss Rathbone said that, while wishing to thank Colonel Marshall for his kind words about her own work, she felt she must draw attention to that of the branch, which was often tiresome and dull, as it consist- ed mainly in collecting than the more direct work of furthering the objects of. the society which fell to her own share. At the same time, if it were not for the successful efforts of the workers in providing funds, the branch would cease to exist Colonel Marshall then asked the Chair- man to adept Miss Rathbone's words as a vote of thanks to the workers, while he was most happy to second, as he fully agreed in all that had been said. Mr and Mrs Greenly called attention to carelessness in the harnessing of cart horses, and also to the cruelty in loading and unloading pigs at country railway sta- tions, and the Chairman remarked that the inspector was in the habit of attending to such matters as these in the course of his duty. The Rev Owen Williams (Lla-nrhyddlad) movedl that the Executive Committee be empowered to remit contributions to "e Parent Society as funds permit. Mrs Kendal seconded', and was passed un- animously. The Rev Richard Williams suggested tha.t the committee should print and dis- tribute among the elementary school teach- ers in the branch leaflets, in English and Welsh, containing rules and suggestions for the formation of Bands of Mercy in rural schools. Colonel Marshall promised that the mat- ter should be considered at the next meet- ing of the committee. The Chairman, in the course of an inter- esting address, said he had for a long time been interested in the society. He referred to a remark made by a previous speaker that the decrease in the numbers of prosecut- ions was a procf of the good work done by the society, and said that this was to him the most valuable part of the society's work. It must be remembered that the work of obtaining convictions before the magistrates was fraught with the greatest, difficulties. Hé, however, believed more strongly in the effect for good which the society exerted on the community at large by the dissemina- tion of the principles of kindness and con- sideration, and the infusion into the public mind of the highest objects aimed at by the society. The meeting concluded with a hearty vote of thanks, to the Chairman, which was pass- ed on the. motion of Mr Greenly, seconded by Mr Rae.