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LANCASHIRE'S ENCROACHMENT. Sir,—I congratulate the writer of the able article in to-day's Chester Courant, on the subject of these Fisheries extending their influences and absorbing the River Dee Fishery, and so taking the means of earning a livelihood from our fishermen, who it is stated number 300, which I think is under the mark. I also give the copy of a letter I have received from the Lancashire Board, objecting to my having a seat as River Dee representative on their Board, where I have always expressed my opinion fully, and tried in every way to get them into line with the prosperity I assisted in inaugurating in British Columbia in fishery matters. I did not succeed, however, and I look on their desire to come up the river Dee and extend over the Welsh ground, as a matter of bluff, to cover up their failures and let them have some more money to spend. I hope this objection will cause attention to the two letters you did me the honour to publish wherein I shewed their failings, and also my opposition to the money of the tax-payers being laid out in expensive committees to London with the superintendent, who now charges his expenses separate from the others, the high salaries and expenses of the steam yacht, which has been mostly employed, according to the record, outside the Lancashire jurisdiction, and in making trips to the side of the Isle of Mau facing Ireland. I did my duty to the best of my ability; I strongly objected to their coming into the district of the River Dee from New Brighton to Meliden. We get no protection, and our salmon are taken by those who pay no licence, to the detriment of those who pay. But this belongs to your own Board, and is no business of mine, not being myself this year on the Board. I suppose out of compliment to me for having been on their Board, some papers are sent me as they will be passed at their quarterly meeting at Preston, on the 23rd August. The second paragraph refers to the resolution passed by the Lancashire County Council, and, therefore, it will be for the County Councils of Cheshire and Wales with their members of Parliament to take action to prevent this great injustice from being done, and I would like those interested to refer to my two letters in your valuable paper. Action has to be taken by Chester and Wales, and, as I have stated, let Lancashire shew she has improved the condition of the fisheries and fishermen, and let her officials get to practical work. A regular reconstruction is wanted, and if the present officials are insufficient, appoint those who will do their duty in a practical manner, and try to take example from the River Dee Board. I see in the Lancashire report of the Finance Committee I forward, the London trips, with their champagne feed, cost £5116s. 2d., and the repair account steam yacht £282 3s. 4d.; but, of course, her running expenses will appear hereafter. Then there is the increase of superintendents' and other salaries. All this money I advocated being spent upon hatcheries and improvements to benefit the fishermen, and so improve the fish supply, instead of having to depend on Holland, Norway, and other places to supply our own market. A searching inquiry by the Board of Trade about the Lancashire Sea Fisheries, their proceedings, and how they have spent their money the last three years, and what good has been the result to the Lancashire fisheries, and how much the supply has increased and fish marketed; so that taxpayers benefited would be desirable. I shall, of course, enter a written protest against any action that may be taken against the River Dee when they are not represented at the meeting at Preston on Monday, the 23rd. I forward a slip cut from the new Westminster paper on the results of the salmon hatchery on the Frazer River. It will be interesting to our fishermen, shewing that the fish are being taken outside the river, and that they are Buffering from the traps at Point Roberts, where the fish come round like our men from Lancashire, sea fishermen, who pay no licences. All the fishermen are grateful to Mr. Sconce for his work against the Chester sewage, and now we want him to look into the catching of salmon outside and give his practical ideas on the subject.—Yours, &c., H. HOLBROOK. 18th August, 1897. [COPY.] LANCASHIRE SEA FISHERIES. Preston, 11th August, 1897. Sir,—I am in receipt of your letter of yesterday's date, and regret the spirit in which it is written. Personally, of course, I can have no objection to your continuing a member of the Joint Committee. My only reason for calling attention to the matter was that under the Act of Parliament as I read it, the Dee Board Conservators have no power to appoint as their representative on this Joint Committee any person who is not a member of their Board, and I should have thought that with the experience you have obtained in public work in Canada and other places, you would have admitted I was right in drawing the attention of the legal adviser of the Dee Board to the anomaly which has arisen. Therefore, I thought it might place you in a false position if any objec- tion was made, and I was asked to give my opinion, and did so without previously having given you and Mr. Jolliffe due notice.—Yours Ac., J. P. MUSPRATT. The Hon. H. Holbrook, Parkgate, Chester. [The letter complained of was in answer to Mr. Muspratt's first letter commenting on my letter in the Chester Courant, and telling me I was not a member of the Board. I thought I had replied in a gentlemanly manner, and I did so as well as I was able, and am sorry a different construction was placed on it.—H. H.] (Enclosure.) THE BIQ RUN OF SALMON HAS FAIRLY COM- MENCED—CANNERIES SWAMPED WITH FISH. (From Daily Columbian, July 26.) As anticipated by those interested, the big run of sockeye salmon fairly commenced last night. Hundreds of citizens gathered along the water front to watch the fishermen throw out their nets, as soon as the signal at six o'clock should proclaim the end of the weekly close season, As by far the larger number of boats are engaged in fishing at the mouth of the main channel, at Steveston, that place was also visited by many, including hundreds of people who came around from Vancouver on the steamers Comax, Rainbow, and Burt, specially chartered for the occasion, while another steamer brought a crowd of excursionists from Nanaimo. Others were there, also, from this city. having gone down on the steamer Edgar, on their bicycles, or in carriages. The sightseers were not dis- appointed for the fleet of fishing boats is larger this year than ever before, and the estuary of the Fraser was dotted with boats and steamers in great variety, as far as the eye could reach. All day long salmon had been seen jumping, and, with some good catches on Friday night, the fishermen were eager to get their nets in the water. So eager, in fact, that one or two of them threw out ahead of time. Their example was at once followed by others, and in five minutes every net was in the water, fully 20 minutes before the legal time, everywhere from above this city to beyond the lighthouse at the sandheads. It was not long before the nets were drawn, and in hundreds of cases, in order to save the nets, this had to be hurriedly done, and the salmon taken out leisurely on shore. It was impossible to strike an average, but most of the boats landed from 200 to 400 from the first drift, many in subsequent drifts bringing their total catch for the night up to about 1,000 fish. As a natural consequence the canneries are busy hives of industry to-day. Many are over- stocked with fish, and several are already offering bnt six cents per fish, as compared with 10 cents, paid all last week. NOTES. The traps at Point Roberts and on San Juan Island were full to overflowing with salmon on Saturday. Scowload after scowload were brought over to the different canneries, in quantities rang- ing from 5,000 to 10,000, while several steamers also brought cargoes of 15,000 and 20,000 to some of the larger canneries. In spite of this, the traps were again full on Sunday morning, the estimate being at least 150,000. These were freely offered at one ct. each, but, as the big run was expected, most of the canneries would not buy, even at that price. It was impossible to strike an average of the catch to-day. The individual catch of most of the boats at Steveston was nearly 600, and that of the boats opposite this city probably from 400 to 600.