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The R.S.P.C.A. in Anglesey and Carnarvonshire. ANNUAL MEETING AT BANGOR. At the Railway Temperance Hall, Ban- gor, on Friday, the annual meeting of the Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Branch of the R.S.P.C.A. was held, the Lord Lieutenant of Carnarvonshire (Mr J. E. Greaves) presiding over a representative at- tendance. The Chairman, at the outset, stated that before proceeding to the regular business of Ithe meeting they would, he felt sure, wish some reference to be made to a sad event which had clouded the whole of the British Empire. The nation had lost their Queen, whom They universally loved, and whose demise tnoy greatly mourned, both collectively and individually. The R.S.P.C.A. Society had k-st a gracious and great benefactor, to whose noble influence was due in a large measure the success which it had attained in the past. Though their late Queen had departed from amongst them, her influence would remain a potent force for good as long as the. Society ex- isted. He proposed that a resolution to the following effect should be forwarded t) the Parent Society:—"That the members of the Carnarvonshire and Anglesey Branch of the Society for the Prevention of Crueltv to Animus desire most respectfully to p- proach His Majesty with an expression <A public sympathy and condolence on the death of Her Most .Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria, during whose glorious reign rll works of mercy have prospered, and they respectfully express the hope that His Majesty will be graciously pleased to accept their humble congratulations upon his ac- cession, and that His Majesty will be granted long life and happiness." This resolution was unanimously carried. The report of the Inspector (Mr M. Kennedy) for the year stated that as far as possible during the year all fairs and markets had been attended in the district, and special attention had been paid to dl kinds of traffic; also to the transit of ani- mals by water, rail and road, which wns ex- cessive during the week before Christmas. The result of the year's work was that 13 persons were convicted for cruelty to ani- mals. One person wa,s sent to prison; two fined the full penalty of P,5 and costs each one R3 and costs; one P-2 and costs; and so on downwards to as low as costs only. The fines and costs imposed altogether amounted to £ 49 18s 2d. The record by no means represented the work done by the Branch during the year. as cautions were given daily for petty a.nd minor offences of cruelty; and the pre- sence of the officer was always a great de- terrent to thoughtless and evil-dispcsed persons, and thereby prevented a great amount of suffering to animals. The honorary secretary (Miss M. F. Rathbone) in her annual report stated that the usual work of the Branch had gone on steadily and quietly, and, though it was difficult to give actual reasons, she felt in- clined to think that there was a wider and more enlightened interest in the condition of anini-a-4 growing-up in the minds of the public. Market Cars.—There was, she was sorry to say, no progress to report in this matter, as far as regulations by the local authori- ties were concerned. The placards rela- ting to over-crowding had again been posted in certain places, and. on the whole there seemed to be. fewer complaints than there were of over-loading. Bands of Mercy.—A leaflet containing suggestion^ and very simple rules for the formation of these bands had been printed by the Branch, and a copy of the leaflet, to- gether with a specimen number of the "Band of Mercy Magazine," had been sent to every elementary.and intermediate school in the district. Mutilation of Animals for Fashion.- With a view to discouraging the docking of horses, their committee had communicated with the ten Agricultural and Horse Shows in the district, and it had been decided to offer to the committees the sum of Gl each to be added to one or more of the prizes for light horses and ponies, provided that the winning animals were undocked. Five of the Societies had acknowledged the, offer; but, so far, none had accepted it. Mrs Arnold, at .Penmaenmawr, had again got up an excellent entertainment there, by which she cleared £ 7 l"s 6d for the Branch in addition to her ordinary collec- tion. One of their best workers, Miss Hellyer, had to give up her work at Bettws- ycoed, as she was leaving, and it was through the kindness of the Vicar, the R^v Rich air d Jone&, that the collection had been made for 1900. They were also losing the help of Mrs Jenkin Lloyd at Bethesda. but she hoped to find a successor. Their most helpful and energetic worker at Car- narvon, Miss Sillar, had also had finally to give up her post there through leaving tha town; but, in one way, they could hardly regret it, as she and her sister had succeeded in resuscitating the practically extinct Col- wyn Bay Auxiliary, which had now made an excellent fresh start, both in public in- terest and financial support. The balance sheet showed that the re- ceipts for the past year were E170 10s 6d, and the expenditure £ 143 9s 3d, leaving a balance in favour of the Society of 7 Is Id. Mr H. Bulkeley Price moved the adoption of the reports, which he asserted did not convey an adequate idea of the value of the work performed by the Branch, because the distinctive feature of the work was, he might say, the prevention rather than the cure of cruelty. The report set forth that certain convictions were secured during the year, and the number might, to some, look small for such am organisation, but such facts and figures conveyed but a poor idea of the value of the work done. In the first place the agents of the Society acted to a large extent educationally, and they did not desire to prosecute, their idea being to instil into the minds of keepers of animals the aims of the Society (hear, hear). Even when these educational means failed, end the brutal instincts of persons found their outcome in cruelty, then the Society works in a preventive way, and the offenders weTC summoned. For every case in which con- viction was obtained, there wer-3 about a hundred esses where cruelty was prevented. Mr Charles Alexander Reeks, county le- presentative of the Society, seconded, and delivered a lucid and interesting address upon the work of the Society, which he said was maintaining its good work, through the untiring efforts of such workers as Miss Rathbone (applause). Upon looking through the ledgers of the Parent Society he found that throughout North Wales there had been a steady and continued increase in th- amount of support t'-at was 7-Mng ojvori to the work of the Soci^tv (hear. he-^rV He Tr.»nglaa w see that every vi'liage which profited by the is-tt-s of the Inspector of thc Society had contributed its due share recognised the services rendered in promot- I ing the cause of the dumb animals. The Society when it started faced lnmimer.ib'e and apparently unsurmountable difficulties and the cruelty in Loudon at the time was most dreadful to contemplate. The first part or their work was educational, which ¡ was perhaps the mcst important, and in connection with this Branch Bands of Mercy had been established which were doing inestimable good. The Rev J. Hughes, Holyhead, moved the re-election of the committee, which was cgreed upon. It was also decided to give the executive committee power to remit subscriptions to the Parent Society. Mr Assheton Smith, who seconded the latter proposal, called attention to 31 com- plaint which he had received from a lar;y regarding the cruel hobbling of sheep "in the Llanberis district. Regarding the dock- ing of horses, he thought thart the operation could be done without any cruelty and real'ly a horse with a long tail was disad- vantageous. He stated that there. was a great deatl of wanton cruelty in the shoot- ing of birds in the Menai Straits. He did not see any objection to a man shooting say a heron, for stuffing purposes, but when men shoot birds and did not even pick them up, that was wanton cruelty. He should like to obtain the views of the Society re- garding vivisection. Mr Reeks, replying, said that ruel hob- bring of sheep was a punishable offence and placards could be obtained wiTh regard to the practice. He could not a.gr&j with Mr Assheton Smith on the question of horse docking, though the "tail and reins" argu- ment was a very good one. It was a ques- tion that admitted of two opinions, but be certainly thought that the tail had been given to the horse for a purpose—to dis- lodge flies about its body, which were spe- cially troublesome in the summer time. The killing of birds was wanton cruelty, and the Leicester Town Council had obtained powers to put a stop to it in their town. With regard to vivisection, so long as the a,nimals were in a continuous state of anaesthesia, the Society did not in- terfere, but if the animals recovered from their insensibility, it would be the duty of the Society to take action. If no ill-treat- ment occurred, it did not come within the direct lii e of the Society.—Votes of thanks to Miss Rathbone, the hon. secretary, and the Chairman concluded the meeting. We are requested to state on behalf of the hon. secretaryjmd some of the workers for the Carnarvonshire -and Anglesey Branch R.S.P.C.A. that, owing to an un- fortunate misunderstanding of the work undertaken by each respectively, a number of subscribers 'in Bangor did not receive cards of invitation for the annual meeting on Friday, the 8th inst. It wa.s quite unin- tentional, and much regretted, but not dis- covered until too late.

Carnarvon County Court.