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.THE INTERNATIONAL FISHERIES EXHIBITION A meeting of the general committee of this exhibi- tion, for the purpose of winding up its affairs, was held on Saturday afternoon at South Kensington, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in the chair. Mr. Edward Birkbeck, M.P., chairman of the Exe- cutive Committee, read the report drawn up by that body, and said that he wished to point out that their policy had been a most liberal one, and they had en- deavoured to make the exhibition not only a financial success, but also a lasting benefit for those who were specially interested and engaged in the great fishing industries of this country. It had undoubtedly been of vast importance and given a direct encouragement to the fishing interest, and had brought the fishery questions of the world before the public in a manner never before contemplated. They had placed before fishermen, smackowners, and others engaged in the fisheries all the best modes of fishing and appliances carried on in the world, and had given them every mertns of acquiring as much knowledge on these sub- jects as possible, and it now rested with them to utilise the knowledge for their own benefit, and also for the community at large, by increasing the supply of fish. The Legislature must now follow up these results by taking the necessary steps to obtain a reduction in the prohibitive railway rates, and enable both catcher and consumer to receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Lord Abinger then moved that the report be re- ceived and confirmed, which was seconded by Sir Arthur Blyth, and carried unanimously. His Royal Highness then said You have all listened, I am sure, with great interest to the report that has been read to you by the chairman of the Executive Committee. From what we have heard, I think it is patent to all that the late Fisheries Exhi- bition has, in every point of view, been a success. It has been a financial success, and it has also been a success as regards the enormous quantity of people who have visited it, not only our own countrymen, and those from our colonies, but from every part of the globe. It is unnecessary for me, on an occasion of this kind, to enumerate the objects of this exhi- bition, but I maintain that its two salient objects- viz., the scientific and practical ones have fully justified its existence its scientific object by exhibits being shown of every possible kind of modern appliance that could be invented, thus showing the great improvements that have been made in the fishing industry of the world the practical, because it not only shows to our own countrymen, but to those of all the world, what a valuable means of subsistence fish is, many of whom, I believe, had no idea how valuable it was, whilst the existence of a variety of fish was made known which had not even been heard of by the great majority. Well, gentle- men, you have all heard that there is a surplus amounting to £ 15,243, and the question is naturally how to employ that sum. In the address I read to you at the closing of the Exhibition I held out some hope that this might be applied in a useful and practical manner, and I would therefore now suggest to the general committee that one of the best objects to per- petuate this successful exhibition would be to appro- priate, say about EIO,000, to alleviate the distress of widows and orphans of sea fishermen. I use the words alleviate the distress because I do not wish to bind any of you to our erecting an orphanage. That would cost a great deal of money, and I think would possibly be a mistake. If we were to embark in any great building enterprise of that kind, and in future find ourselves in debt, we might find we had frustrated the very objects we bad in view-viz., supporting the widows and orphans of those brave men who peril their lives at sea. I would also suggest that L- 3000 should be given as an endowment to a society which might be called the Royal Fisheries Society. What shape that might take will be for future consideration, but possibly some society might be founded under such a name of a similar character to the Royal Agricultural Society. We shall then have a surplus of about £ 2000 left, which I think you will all agree will be a good thing to keep in reserve. It would be for the general public in future, I hope, to show their interest in this scheme by supporting it to the best of their ability. I beg, therefore, to move the following resolution: That a sum of XIO,000 be invested with a view to applying the proceeds to the assistance of families who have suffered the loss of a father or husband in the prosecution of his calling as a sea fisherman; and that a further sum of £ 3000 be applied to the formation of a Fisheries Society such as suggested by his Royal Highness the president in his reply to the report of the Executive Committee on the 31st of October, 1883." Earl Ducie seconded the resolution, saying that the proceeds of such a sum of £10,000 would enable the committee at once to proceed to the alleviation of the distress of certain families, whereas if any attempt to found an orphanage were made, it would be necessary to go about collecting subscriptions. An enormous sum would be spent in bricks and mortar, and they would be weighted with the maintenance of the cost of the institution. The resulution was put and carried unanimously, and after some further business, the proceedings then terminated.

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