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J. E. London, C. O. Rainer, and E. G. Fonseca. Registrar — J.

Farnum.



CORPOKATE BODIES.

TOWN COUNCIL,— GEORGETOWN,

{Ordinance 28 o/ 1898.)

Mayor — Hon. Francis Dias ; Councillors, — Ward No. 1,
M. F. Juister ; 2, North Cumingsburg, W^est Ward, S. A. H.
Culpeper; 3, North Cumingsburg, East Ward, Hon. G. Garuett ;
4, South Cumingsburg, West Ward, Benjamin Thompson ; 5,
South Cumingsburg, East Ward, Hon. F. Dias ; 6, Robbs Town,
Hon. P. N. Browne ; 7, Columbia and Lacytovvn, A. A. Thorne,
F.R. ; 8, Newtown, C. O. Rainer ; 9, Stabroek, E. G. Fonseca ;
10, Werk-en-Rust, E. A. V. Abraham; 11, Old and New
Charlestown, F. 0. Franker ; 12, Bourda, J. Wood Davis, F.R.
13, Albert Town, E. G. Woolford ; 14, Queenstowa, G. W.
Forshaw.

Town Clerk — P. P. Fairbairn.

Superintendent — Luke M. Hill, M. Inst. C.E.

Assistant Superintendent — W. F. Laurie Thomas.

Health Officer of the Gity—Dv. W. deW. Wishart.

Clerh of Markets — A. Fernandes.

Engineer, Water Works — James W. Gemmel.

Superintendent, Fire Brigade — Louis L. Kerr, Deputy In-
spector General of Police.

Inspector of Hackney Carriages and of Meat and Dairies —
A. Seton Milne, V.S.

Leg(d Adviser — Hon. D, M. Hutson, K,C,



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TOWN COUNCIL OF NEW AMSTERDAM.

(Ordinance 8 o/189L)

jllayor — Major J. V. Mittleliolzer.

Councillors— J. A. Abbensetts, E. A. Luckhoo, J. McLean,
J. L). DoNV, F. G. Ferreira, R. L. Downer.

Toivn Clerk— Q^. Hicken.

Totvn Superintendent — H. D. Scudamore.

Engineer of Water Works and Electrical Poiver Station —
H. D. Scudamore.



THE WEST INDIA COMMITTEE.

J'resident — Sir Nevile Lubbock, K.CM.G.

Chairman — William Middletou Campbell, Esq.

Deputy-Ckairman — R. Rutherford, Esq.

Treasurers— f^^encev H. Curtis, Esq., 23, Rood Lane,
Cyril Guerney, Esq., 7 Mincing Lane, R. Rutherford, Esq., 34
Great Tower Street.

Bankers — The Union of London and Smith's Bank, Ltd.

Secretary — Algernon E. Aspinall, Esq., B.A , 15 Seething
Lane, E.C.

Honorary Cor7'espondents for British Guiana — The Brit-
ish Guiana Planters, A;;sociation, and the Institute of Mines
and Forests.

The Committee is an incorporated association of planters,
merchants and others interested in the British West Indies,
British Guiana and British Honduras.

The object of the Committee is by united action to
promote the interest of the industries and trade, and thus
increase the general welfare of the British West Indies,
British Guiana and British Honduras.

The general administration of the affairs of the Committee
is vested in an Executive Committee consisting of not less than
20 and not more than 36 elected members who are elected by
the AVest India Committee from duly qualified members of
their own body at the annual general meeting.

A fortnightly journal called the West India Committee
Circular is issued to members giving a review of events
of importance, sucli official correspondence of the Committee
as is suitable for publication, statistics as to sugar, cocoa and



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rum sales, weather reports, and other interesting information
connected with the West Indies.

The Committee will be glad to give information regarding
the Colony to tourists and others.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

[Incorporated hy Ordinance No. 3 of 1890.)

Council — Hon. A. P. P. Mackey, President ; J. B. Laing,
Esq., G, R. Garnett, Esq., Vice-Presidents; F. J. Bankart, Esq.,
Treasurer ; Jules Pairaudeau, Esq., Secretary ; Henry G.
Williams, Esq., Assistant Secretary ; George Garnett, Esq.,
G. W. M. Perch, Esq., Jorge Camacho, Esq., Paul Cressall,
Esq., A. K. F. Duncan, Esq., C. Wieting, Esq., A. Summer-
son, Esq. Members of the Council; Bankers, The Britith
Guiana Bank.

BRITISH GUIANA PLANTERS^ ASSOCIATION.

{Established 1871.) .
Ch.airman- — Hon. R. G. Duncan ; Members of Council —
Hon. B. Howell Jones, Hon. A P. P. Mackey and A. Summer-
son, Esq ; Secretary — J. C. McCowan,

INSTITUTE OF MINES AND FORESTS.
Established 20th May, 1890.
{Incorporated under Ordinance 9 oj 1890.)
The objects for which the Institute is incorporated are —
{a) The protection and development of the mining and

forest industries of the colony.
{b) The collection and recording of information and the
forwarding of the same to the Government together
with such suggestions as to legislation as may seem
most advantageous to the interests of these industries,
(c) The undertaking when moved thereto by the parties
concerned, but not. otherwise, tlie settlement by
arbitration of disputes arising out of dealings or rela-
tions in connection with the said industries.
The Institute registers labourers to be employed in the
gold and timber industries and executes a contract with the
labourers so registered to serve their employers for the
stipulated time at a stated wage. In return for the fee for






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i-egibtration (24 cents) and the fee for the contract (48 cents)
tlie Institute undertakes the prosecution of all labourers who
abscond or from other causes fail to carry out their contracts,
and in behalf of the labourer prosecutes the employer who
fails to pay wages owing. The fee for registration and con-
tract is in the first instance paid by the employer but is after-
wards deducted from tlie labourer's wages.

Head Office — Georgetown.

Branch Offices — At Bartika, Arakak^i, Baramanni, Massa-
runi, Potaro, Omai, Puruni (Peters' Mine).

President — E. G. Braddon.

Vice-President — A. P. Bugle.

Hon. Treasurer — James Andrew.

Members of the Council— ¥. V. McConnell, F. W. Hutson,
M. McTurk, Es^an Wong, J. M. Ho-a-Hing, M. P.
Comacho, P. R. Bradley, R. B. Howell and Hon. Geo.
Garnett.

'S e C'l -e t ai -y — J a m e s Wi n t e r.

Aiiditcr — H. A. Wishart.

Registering Officers under the Mining Regulations —

Georgetown — J ames Winter.

Bartika — S. W. Savory.

Arakaka — E. A. Allicock.

Baramanni and Massaivini — E. Farnum.

PuruQii — E. N. Eraser.

Potaro— F, W. Hutson.

07nai — T. E. Hooper.



LAMAHA COMMITTEE.

(Ordinance 2 o/ 1890.)
Consists of three persons elected annually from among the
proprietors or representatives of the Plantations interested
in the Lamaha fresh water canal, and three members of the
Town Council, Georgetown, for the regulation and control of
the Canal, The Stipendiary Magistrate for Georgetown is con-
stituted by the Ordinance President of the Committee.

EAST DEMERARA AVATER SUPPLY COMMISSIONERS.

{Ordinance 12 o/ 1884.)
Five Commissioners appointed by the proprietors of the



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plantations in the districts served by the Lamaha Canal. The
Commissioners are responsible for the conservation and distri-
bution of the waters of the creeks in the district lying between
the Demerara River and the Mahaica Creek.

SHANKS' CANAL COMMISSIONERS.

{Ordinance No. 8 of 1906.)
Three Commissioners appointed by the Governor from
time to time, who are responsible for the regulation, control and
maintenance of the Shanks' Canal.

MAHAICA CANAL COMMISSIONERS.

{Ordinance 1 o/ 1888.)
Two Commissioners appointed from time to time by the
Governor for the control and maintenance of the Mahaica
Canal, which extends from Plantation Dochfour on the East
Coast of Demerara to the Sea Coast at the mouth of the
Mahaica Creek.

BOERASIRIE WATER SUPPLY COMMISSIONERS.

{Ordinance 7 o/1889.)
Two Commissioners appointed bi-annually by the pro-
prietors of the plantations included in the scheme. The duties
of the Commissioners are to regulate and control the conserva-
tion and distribution of the waters of the Boerasirie Creek.



PRINCIPAL CLUBS, SOCIETIES, Etc.

CLUBS.

Teie Georgetown Club, Limited.

Assembly Rooms, Main Street.

Founded in 1858.

Entrance Fee — $50. Annual Su'bscri;ption — Town, $36 ;

County of Demerary, $24 ; Counties of Essequebo and Berbice,

$10.

The New Club.

High Street.

Inaugurated in April, 1902.

Entrance Fee, $10. Annual Subscription : Town, $24.

County of Demerara, $12 3 Counties of Essequebo and Berbice,



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Merchants' Club.

Strand, New Amsterdam.
EstahUshed 1908.

D'Urbax Race Club.

Inaugurated by Sir Benjamin D'Urban, the then Governor
of the Colony, on September 28th, 1829. A grant of the course
was issued in favour of the Secretary of the Club and his
successors by His Excellency Henry Light, Esq., Governor of
the Colony in 1834. The " Grand Stand" was erected by the
members of the Club in 1830. Members of the " Grand Stand"
are elected by ballot, the subscription for life membership
being $30. Membership of the D'Urban Race Club is open to
all colonists, its conditions requiring a subscription of $5 pre-
vious to each race meeting.

As a general rule the race-meetings are held in each year
in April and September, respectively.

Georgetown Cricket Club.
EstahUshed 1852.
Club Ground, Bourda.
Colours, Red, Black, White and Blue.
Match Days — -Saturdays and Public Holidays.
Tennis Days — Mondays (Members and Lady visitors),
Tuesdays (Members), Thursdays (Members), Fridays (Members
and Lady visitors.)

Croquet — Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Entrance Fee — $10 on election. Annual Subscription — Town
Members, $10 : Country Members — County of Demerara, $7.50 ;
Counties of Essequebo and Berbice, $5.

A Lawn Tennis Tournament, open to the public, is usually
held annually under the auspices of the Club.

Berbice County Cricket Club.

Entrance Fee — $3. Annual Suhscrvption — Town Members,
$5 ; Country Members, $3.

Ground, Queenstown, Kew Amsterdam. Practice days,
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

British Guiana Cricket Club,

Club Ground, Thomas Lands,

Colours, Magenta, Yellow and Black,



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Entrance Fee— Ten Shillings.

.Suhscrqjtions—Monthly Members, 60 cts. Country Mem-
Ijers, $5 per annum. Annual Suhscribers $5 per annum.

B. G. C. U. Cricket Club.

Established 1895.
Club Ground, Thomas Lands.
Colours, Dark and Light Blue.
Match 2)^2/5— Saturdays and Public Holidays.
Entrance i<^ee— Ordinary Members $1 ; Subscriptions, 50
cts. per month ; Life Members, $25 ; Annual Subscribers, $6.

Artillery Sports Club.
Established 1902.
Colours, Navy Blue and Red.
Chcb Boom— Fort William Frederick, open on Tuesday
and Friday evenings.

Football and Cricket Grounds— Eve Leary.

The Georgetown Football Club.
Instituted 1902.
• Colours, Blue Jersey, white knickers.
Practice Days -Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Entrance Fee— ^-2. Subscription— %l per quarter payable

in advance.

Demerara Rowing Club.
Boat House, La Penitence.
Colours : Maroon and White.
Entrance Fee — $5. Annual Subscrqition—l^own Mem-
bers, $8. CoiLntry Members — $3.

British Guiana Chess Club.
Established October, 1888.
Subscriptions— E^ivsincQ^ee, $1.20; Monthly Subscription

— 48 cents. a - j

Meetings in the room in Main Street every Saturday

afternoon, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Chess Tournaments are held continuously throughout the

year, and a match once a year to determine the " Champion"

of the Club.

Officers of H. M. Army and Navy visiting the colony are

allowed free entrance to the Club.



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SOCIETIES.
Royal Agricultural and Co^i3Iercial Society,
A Society instituted in March, 1844, and later incorpor-
ated by Ordinance 21 of 1853 which empowered the Society to
acquire immovable property. This Ordinance was re-enacted
with certain amendments by Ordinance 19 of 1866. The
objects of the Society according to the articles of incorpora-
tion are to promote as far as possible the improvement and
encouragement of the agriculture of the colony and of every
branch of industry whereby the resources of the colony are
likely to be developed and increased, and also the collecting
and disseminating, of useful information on such subjects ; the
funds of the Society to be devoted to the establishment of suita-
))le public rooms in the City of Georgetown for the use of mem-
bers, viz : — An exchange room, a reading room, a Museum and
model room and a Library, and to the awarding of premiums
and grants of money for purposes connected with the advance-
ment of agriculture, manufacture or trade. The Society takes
the leading journals, newspapers and periodicals and its
Library comprises 30,000 volumes collected since April, 1864,
at which time tlie previous collection was destroyed by fire.

The annual subscription of members is $10 and associates
are admitted at an annual subscription of $5 which entitles
them to nearly the same privileges as members, with the
exception of not being eligible as office bearers and admitting
visitors. Ladies are also admitted at $10 and $5 and children
at 50 cents a quarter.

The Society's Museum contains most of the natural products
of the colony, including a good collection of animals, a very
fine series of Indian ourios and stone implements, mineralogical
specimens, photos and views. There is also a small collection
of foreign animals and an economic section containing products
from all parts of the world.

Fatron :
His Majesty the King.

Vice-Patron :
His Excellency the Governor,



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Ofice-Biarers Jor 1909.
President :
Hon. B. HowellJones.

Vice-President— J^nke M. Hill, B.E., M.I.C.E.
Hon. Secretary — S. A. H, Culpeper.
Hon. Treasurer — C. Wieting.

Managing Directors :
G. F. Franks, M.A., F.G.S.
J. B. Laing.
A. SummersoD.
Hon. Curator of the Museum, Assistant Secretary

and Librarian, J. Rodway, F.L.S.
Clerk, Harold Moore.

Resident Director in London — Arthur Nevile Lubbock.

Tlie rooms are opened on week-days from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum is open

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on week days and from 3 p.m. 5 p.m

on Sundays.

Berbice Reading Society.
Established June, 1843.
The Library contains upwards of 4,000 volumes. En-
trance Fee — .$5. Annual Subscription — (1) For a member
residing in New Amsterdam $15 ; (2) For a member residing
in the County of Berbice. .^12 ; For a member residing else-
where in the colony, .^6 ; xAssociates, who have only the use of
the Reading Rooms and Books, an annual subscripbion of $5.

Society for the PR0TECTI0^' op Children.
Patron — His Excellency Sir Frederic Mitchell Hodgson,
K. C.M.G. Membership — Honorary.

B.G. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals.

Contributions — Life membership not less than $10 ;
Annual membership not less than $1. Annual associate nofc
less than 48 cents.

B.G. Philatelic Society.
Established May, 1903.
Entrance Fee — 50 cents. Subscription — $1 per annum.
Total Membership — 57.



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MA80NTC LODGES.

The District Grand Lodge of British Guiana.
The meetings are held three times in every year, viz : —
On the last Thursday in the months of February, June and
October, at the Union Masonic Hall, Church Street,

Union Lodge.
No. 247 E.R.
Church Street, Georgetown.
Meetings are held on the Third Tuesday of each month
at 8 p.m.

Mount Olive Lodge.
No. 385 E.R.
Meetings on first Thursday of each month at 7.30 p.m.
at Masonic Hell, 68, Carmichael Street, Georgetown,

Unity Lodge.
No. 797 S.R.

Wellington Street, Georgetown.
Night of meetings — First Wednesday of each month.

St. Andrew Royal Arch Chapter,
No. 140, S.R.
Convocations held on second Monday in every month.



MISCELLANEOUS.

THE LAWS.

The law in force in the colony in civil cases is the Roman-
Dutch law modified by Orders in Council and local enactments,
styled Ordinances, passed by the Legislature. The criminal
law is based on that of Great Britain aud is administered in
the same manner except that iti place of a grand jury, trials
take place on the information of the Attorney General"

QUARANTINE.

Prior to 1905 each of the British West Indian Islands and
British Guiana had its own quarantine laws. As these differed



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from one another in many important points and were not in
accordance with modern ideas of quarantine, it was decided to
hold a conference on matters in connection with quarantine.

Tlie conference was held in 1904 in Barbados at which
representatives of the different colonies attended. The delegates
were assisted in their labours by Dr. Theodore Thompson, of the
Local Government Board of England, specially sent out by the
Secretary of State for the Colonies.

The result of the conference was the drafting of a con-
vention and quarantine regulations. These have been adopted
by the several Governments of the British West Indian colonies
and British Guiana.

The convention is for five years from March, 1905, and
during that period no alteration or modification of the conven-
tion can be made without the consent of all the colonies
adhering or acceding thereto. It will be renewed quinquennially
without formal extension, unless one of the adhering or
acceding colonies within six months before the expiration of
the five years signifies its intention of being no longer bound
by it or the desire that it should be altered or modified.

Every West Indian colony has now a uniform set of regu-
lations based on modern ideas, which must be in the interest
of all concerned, as it must have been very perplexing and
annoying, for ships especially, to go from island to island and
find the quarantine regulations and restrictions differing in
material points from one another.

Whilst in most of the colonies the regulations are admin-
istered by a quarantine board, in this colony they are adminis-
tered by a quarantine Authority, and the Surgeon General for
the time being is the Authority.

There exists a large quarantine station at the " Best" at
which persons under observation may be detained. This
station has accommodation for first and second class passengers
and deckers. There is also hospital accommodation for males
and females with mosquito-proof rooms, and a large steam
disinfect or.

A large Clayton sulphur disinfector on a punt for the pur-
pose of fumigating ships, and a small portable Clayton
disinfector for fumigating houses, clothing, ifec, have also been
provided.



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PUBLIC OFFICERS' PENSIONS FUND.

{Ordinance :i of 1875 and 11 oj 1903.)

Under Ordinance 3 of 1875 every public officer holding an
office provided for on the Civil List or under fixed establishment,
to \vhich is attached a salary at the rate of ,$144 a yfar or up-
wards, was made entitled to a pension calculated at the rate of
one-fiftieth of the average annual salary received for the three
years preceding date of retirement, for each year of service not
exceeding 35 years.

This Ordinance was repealed by Ordinance 11 of 1903
which changed the pension system as regards all officers first
appointed to the service after the 1st April, 1897, but pre-
served the rights of officers under the repealed Ordinance.
Officers under the Ordinance of 1875 will continue to qualify
for pension on the scale and on the conditions laid down in
that Ordinance, unless they shall receive promotion after the
passing of the new Ordinance which will increase their salaries
by '20 per cent, or by £100 whichever amount may be the
lower, when the new scale at the reduced rate provided under
the new Ordinance will apply to them in respect of the period
of their service subsequent to the date of such promotion :
provided (a) that the period of such officer's service to be
counted for pension shall extend to 35 years, and (h) that the
leave of absence granted such officer prior to such appointment,
and leave of absence granted after the date of such promotion
but to which he had become entitled before such promotion,
shall be counted as service for pension. Such officers on being
so promoted shall in all other respects be subject to the
provisions of the new Ordinance.

Under the Ordinance of 1903 the pension of an officCT
first appointed to the service after the 1st April, 1897, is cal-
culated at the rate of one-sixtieth of the average annual
amount of his salary for the five years immediately preceding
his retirement for each year of service not exceeding 30 years.

The following provisions apply to all officers : —

The service in respect of which pension or retiring allow-
ance shall be calculated shall be continuous except in such
cases in which it is specially otherwise provided.

No public officer is entitled to retire on pension unless
he has been 10 years in the service, and no public



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officer shall be entitled to retire under age 55 unless «erti-
fied to be incapable from infirmity of mind or body to dis-
charge his duties. The Governor-in-Council may grant to any
public officer who before completing the period entitling him
to a pension is certified to be incajDable from infirmity of mind
or body to discharge his duties, by way of retiring allowance,
a sum not exceeding a half month's salary for each complete
six months of service.

An officer deprived of his office by reason of abolition
thereof and who is not again employed, shall be entitled to such
pension or gratuity in respect of his period of service, as the
Governor-in-Council may determine. No officer who resigns or
is dismissed for misconduct shall be entitled to the benefit of
the provisions of the Pensions Ordinances. An officer who has
been 10 years in the public service and who lias attained the
age of 60 years may be compulsorily retired.

An officer who is transferred to employment under the
Crown elsewhere shall on final retirement be entitled to pension
in respect of his period of service in the colony calculated : —
(a) In the case of an officer who comes under the old Ordinance
of 1875, — at the rate of one-fiftieth of his salary at date of
transfer ; (6) in the case of an officer who comes under the 1903
Ordinance, — at the rate of one-sixtieth of the annual average
salary during the last 5 years of his service in the colony.

The following provisions apply to officers who come under
the Ordinance of 1903 : —

No service while under the age of 20 years shall count for
pension or i-eliring allowance. The Governor-in-Council has
power to reduce the pension to be granted to an officer who
has been guilty of negligence, irregularity or misconduct, or has
been guilty of any indiscretioTi or impropriety in liis mode of
life which in the opinion of the Governor-in-Council has
affected the length or efficiency of his service.

Pensions shall not be assignable or liable to be attached,
sequestrated or levied upon. Pensions cease on conviction, or
on imprisonment exceeding twelve months, and on bankruptcy.
Provision is made for allowing a climate bonus in the case of
an officer who has served in an office elsewhere under the
Crown in respect of which such an allowance is made.

An officer transferred from a non-pensionable office in the



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colony to a pensionable oflSce therein may count two-thirds of
his non-pensionable service for pension.

An oriicer who while in receipt of a j^ension accepts em-
ployment under the Crown elsewhere, shall not continue to
receive pension if the salary from such employment is equal to
or greater than the salary drawn at date of retirement ; but
where the salary from such employment is less, then, so much
of his pension shall be paid to him as shall make up the salary
from such employment to the amount of salary drawn at date
of retirement from the service of the colony.

An officer who while in receipt of j)ension is again em-
ployed in the public service of the colony shall cease to be paid
pension while so employed. Where the salary of such em-
ployment is not less than the salary previously received at
date of retirement, such officer shall be entitled on final
retirement to pension calculated on the total length
of his service including the first term of service as if
all of his service had been continuous. Where the salary
of such employment is less than the salary previously
received at date of retirement, the pension to which
such officer shall be entitled on final retirement shall be the
amount of the first pension granted him together with pension,
calculated separately, for the second period of service.

Periods of leave other than vacation leave shall not be
counted for pension.

Where an officer who is eligible for pension from the
colony is also eligible for pension from Imperial Funds or from
some other Colonial Government, the maximum pension which
maybe granted such officer from the colony shall in ordinary
cases be such as when added to such other pension does not
exceed two-thirds of the highest salary drawn by such officer
at any time in the coui'se of his service.

The Pensions Ordinances of 1875 and 1903 do not apjjly to



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