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held last year in the Home Counties. Had meetings been held they should have obtained more Members, and the Council should offer some explanation. He also criticised the mode of electing the Council, and argued that the Council should not merely select twentytwo names, but that every Member of the Association should be eligible. A discussion ensued, in the course of which it was explained that the convening of District Meetings rested with the District Secretary. As to the mode of electing the Council, the model of the Parent Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Association of British Architects, had been followed; but a proposition would be submitted to that Meeting for altering the present mode of electing the Council.

Eventually the Report was unanimously adopted.

Mr. A. W. Parry (Reading) and Mr. T. Dawson (Leighton) were appointed auditors for the ensuing year.

Mr. Walker (Croydon), Mr. Holt (Lewes), Mr. Goodchild (Teddington), and Mr. De C. Mead (Hornsey), were appointed scrutineers for the ensuing year.

Mr. Vawser then submitted a proposition for altering the mode of electing the Council. He sympathised to a large extent with the complaints which had been made against the present system, and thought that the election of the Council should be as much in the hands of the Members as possible, and considered that the statement of attendances as at present given was objectionable. He proposed to amend Rule V. to read as follows:V.-" That the Council shall nominate one name for President,

six for Vice-Presidents, one for Hon. Treasurer, and one for Hon. Secretary. Such nominations shall be printed and sent to each Member of the Association not less than fourteen days previous to the Annual Meeting. Every Member shall be entitled to vote for or erase any of such nominations, or substitute other names, subject in all cases to the limits of Rule IV., and return the same within seven days from the date of issue. There shall likewise be issued to the Members, and be returnable by them on the same days as aforesaid, a list of Members qualified to act as Members of the Council, and every Member shall be entitled to vote for any eighteen or less number of names on such list as Members of the Council, and the twelve Members having the highest number of votes for the Council (and not being otherwise Members of the Council) sball

, together with the elected officers of the Association, form the Council for the ensuing year. The voting papers and ballot list shall be examined in London by four scrutineers to be appointed at the previous Annual Meeting; and failing them, by the Members of the Council present at a meeting of the Council specially convened for the purpose.'

Mr. JERRAM seconded the proposition on similar grounds, and affirmed that it was not right that the Council should practically blackball any one they pleased and select their favourites. Mr. Eayrs, Mr. Spencer, and others supported the proposition.

Mr. LOBLEY admitted that a case had been made out for enlarging the area from which the Council is selected, but proposed as an amendment that forty names instead of only twentytwo shall be circulated amongst the Members for ballot.

Mr. CARLTON seconded the amendment.

On being put from the chair, Mr. Lobley's amendment for increasing the number of names sent out at the ballot from twentytwo to forty, was carried by a majority of five.

Mr. ANGELL then moved " that no new rule or alteration of any existing rule be made unless notice of motion for such purpose and the proposed resolution thereon be sent to the Secretary at least three months before the Annual Meeting, and such notice of motion and resolution shall be printed in the Agenda for such Annual Meeting." He objected strongly to any such important change being made in the constitution of the Association when only about a quarter of the Members were present, and the rest had not had any notice of it whatever.

Mr. JERRAM seconded the motion, and it was carried unanimously.

Mr. JONES, after speaking of the gratification it had afforded him to occupy the post of President of the Association, and acknowledging the courtesy and cordiality with which he had always been received, introduced the President-elect for the current year, Mr. W. H. White, M. Inst. C.E. who was received with much applause. No Member of the Association, he said, was more generally or deservedly respected; he was confident he would render valuable services to the Association during his year of office.

Mr. JONES then vacated the chair.

Mr. W. H. WHITE, of Oxford, having taken the Presidential chair, briefly acknowledged the honour conferred upon him by placing him at the head of the Association, and hoped that his year of office would be a successful and prosperous one.

Mr. SPENCER then moved, in highly complimentary terms, a vote of thanks to the retiring President, Mr. Jones, for his services during the past year. He had discharged his duties admirably, and had evinced the greatest kindness and courtesy to every Member.

Mr. VAWSER seconded the proposition, which was carried by acclamation ; and the ex-President in acknowledging the compliment said he had done his best and was gratified that his efforts had been appreciated. The PRESIDENT then read his inaugural address.*

CHAS. JONES, Hon. Sec.
THOMAS COLE, Secretary.

* This address and the papers read at the meeting will be found at the end of the volume.

STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR ENDING APRIL 30TH, 1883.

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STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES, APRIL 30TH, 1883.

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CHAS. JONES, Hon. Secretary. THOMAS COLE, Secretary.

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DISTRICT MEETING AT TYNEMOUTH,

September 27, 1882,

Held in the Council Chamber, Saville Street, North Shields,

Mr. J. G. LYNDE, Past President, in the Chair.

THE minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, after which it was resolved to adjourn the further discussion of Mr. Hall's

's paper on “Private Improvement Apportionments” to the next Northern District Meeting.

The following paper was then read and discussed :

THE OPERATION OF THE CANAL BOATS

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By E. C. BUCHANAN TUDOR, ENGINEER AND SURVEYOR

TO THE LOCAL BOARD, GOOLE. THIS registration district-comprising the Navigation of the Humber, the rivers Trent and Ouse, the Dutch river, and the Goole and Knottingly Canal—is one of the most important, and as regards the number of canal boats passing through the district, probably the second in the kingdom,

Malton and York in the north, and Lincoln and Newark in the south, mark the limits to which these canal boats ply, whilst Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Bradford, and Leeds lie to the west of an intricate network of canals, ramifying through the coal measures of South Yorkshire, and the Barnsley and West Riding districts, the extensive fields of building and flag stone, taking traffic from nearly all the populous towns, and uniting their streams for outlet by the river Aire and the Goole and Knottingly Canal into the Ouse, and the Keadby Canal into the Trent.

When the Act of 1877 came into operation there were upwards of 1000 boats, commonly called keels, trading through the port of Goole, the whole of which were used as dwellings and required registration.

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