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ANNUAL MEETING.

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ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Otter Hunt was held at the Yelverton Anns Hotel, Whitland, last Thursday week. Dr. Henry Lawrence, of Lampeter House, was in the chair. The Hon. Secretary (Mr G. Protheroe-Beynon, of Trewern) presented the balance-sheet as fol- lows :—Receipts To balance from last year, JE19 12s. subscriptions, JE183 7s. Payments: By cheque to Master, Cl9 12s.; subscriptions to Master, JE170 printing, Cl2 Is.; postage leaving a balance in hand of JE11 18s. lid., plus 10s. 6d. which bad been received late, JE12 9s. 5d. Mr Protheroe-Beynon briefly referred to the accounts, and remarked that the subscriptions were higher than in any previous year. (Hear, hear.) In 1906 they amounted to JE167 3s.; 1907, JE149 5s.; 1908, JE134 14s. 6d.; 1909, JE157 Is. 6d., plus sum received from the Swansea district, JE189 12s. 6d. The subscription from Swansea had not yet come in, but he had a letter from Mr Vivian, who stated that he would write again if he met with the success he anticipated. No doubt they would receive the subscriptions in due course. Another matter he should like to refer to was that he thought the cap had been very satisfactory, the sum of £14 12s. 6d. having been obtained from 2s. 6d. caps," against Z4 Is. 6d. in the previous year, or an increase of over .£10. (Hear, hear.) The "caps" were:—Captain Forbes, R7 Is. Mr R. H. Harries, R3 18s. 6d. the Master, £2 5s, Mr W. J. Williams, £1 3s. 6d. Dr. Thomas, 7s. 6d. In answer to a question, Mr Protheroe-Beynon said they had received £30 from Swaneea last year. The Hon. Secretary also mentioned that the membership was about the same, though a good many had increased their subscriptions. (Hear, hear.) The Master (Mr D. G. Protheroe) said he was sorry he could not report to the same effect that be did last year. They had not killed the same number of otters it might have been his fault, it might have been the fault of the hounds, but he hoped not. The hounds had been out 40 days hunted 27 otters, killed 15, and had 27 blank days. Owing to the death of the King they, of course, did not hunt until after the funeral. Again, from August 12th to September 5th, the rivers were banks high, and though they were out and had drags, which showed that otters were about, sport was impossible, owing to the state of the rivers. But on the whole, as regarded hunting they had had better hunts almost than in any other season. Some of the hunts had lasted 3 and 31 hours, while the record hunt was from 12.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., and if they failed to kill it showed the otter was a game one, and deserved to live for another day. He wished to thank the members for their kind support, and for the way they turned out and swelled the field. He had been spoken to several times about the 2s. 6d. "cap," but he thought the field had rather increased since the practice was first stated, and they had certainly been more representative. Having thanked the members again, Mr Protheroe said that if they were inclined to select him again for the mastership he would try and give them the Eame sport he had done in the past. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman remarked that it had neverthe- less been a very satisfactory season, although the floods had interfered with the sport. Mr Pro- theroe always showed good sport, and he hoped he would continue for another year. Captain Jordan proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the Master, and hoped he would serve another year. Captain Forbes seconded, and the motion having been carried unanimously, Mr Protheroe accepted and remarked that he thought he could guarantee as good if not a better pack for next season. (Hear, hear.) Captain Forbes referred to the practice of capping," and said he had taken even a shilling. There were some people who though good sports- men.could not afford 2s. 6d. Votes of thanks were accorded Captain Forbes and Mr R. H. Harries for their handsome caps," the Hon. Secretary observing that they hoped to double the amount next season.

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