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KULES OF THE THAMES ANGLING
PEESERVATION SOCIETY,

1. — That the affairs of this society be directed by a committee,
not exceeding twenty-four in number ; two of them shall be
treasurer and honorary secretary, and any five shall be a
quorum. Vacancies occasioned by resignation, or otherwise,
shall be filled up by the committee.

2. — That the committee shall recommend to the Eight
Honourable the Lord Mayor the necessary number, and persons
to be appointed water bailiffs, for the protection of the river —
report tbeir misconduct or neglect of duty — superintend the
payment of their wages and rewards — hear complaints against
poachers, or injury done to the staking of the preserves and
deeps, and all other matters relating to the interest of the
society.

3. — That the committee shall meet the first Saturday in each
fence month, the first Saturday in September, and the first
Saturilay in January, in every year. Bat a special committee



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may be called at any time, at the desire of three of its members,
the object of which shall be stated by the secretary in the sum-
monses, seven days previous to such meeting.

4. — That the annual subscription be one guinea, to become
due on the 1st of March.

5. — That the salaries of the water bailiffs be £10 per annum
(since raised to £20), payable half-yearly ; viz. in April and
October.

ti. — That no person shall be employed in the capacity of
water bailiif, who fishes with nets.

That no water bailiff of the society, wheu engaged to attend
a party fisliing, be allowed to fish himself, unless the party so
employing him be present, authorising his so doing. And
that no fisherman, whose name and residence is inserted in the
society's annual list, be continued therein if complained of as
fishing for himself, to the hindrance or annoyance of any mem-
ber of the society, or other amateurs of angling.

7. — That there be a general meeting of the society in London,
in the month of May in every year, at such place, and on such
day, as the committee may think most convenient to appoint ;
and that the secretary shall give fourteen days' notice thereof,
in two of the public newspapers, when the proceedings of the
society shall be submitted to the subscribers, with, a statement
of its finances, and in what manner they have been appropriated.



LAWS EELATING TO AInGLING.



By an Act of Parliament for consolidating and amending the
Laws relating to Larceny, &c., passed in the 7th and 8th George
IV., it is provided " That if any person shall unlawfully and
wilfully take or destroy any fish in any water which shall run
through or be in any land adjoining or belonging to the dwelling
house of any person being the owner of such water, or having
a right of fishery therein, every such offender shall be guilty of
a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be punished
accordingly ; and if any person shall unlawfully and wilfully
take or destroy, or attempt to take or destroy, any fish in any
water not being such as aforesaid, but which shall be private
property, or in which there shall be any private right of fishery,
every such offender being convicted thereof before a Justice of
the Peace, shall Ibrfeit and pay, over and above the value of the



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fish taken or destroyed, (if any) such sum of money not exceeding
five pounds, as to the Justice shall seem meet ; provided always
that nothing herein before contained shall extend to any person
angling in the day-time ; but if any person shall by angling in
the day-time, unlawfully and wilfully take or destroy, or attempt
to take or destroy, any fish in any such vsrater as first mentioned,
he shall on conviction before a Justice of the Peace, forfeit and
pay any sum not exceeding five pounds ; and if in any such
water as last mentioned, he shall, on the like conviction, forfeit
and pay any sum not exceeding two pounds, as to the Justices
shall seem meet ; and if the boundary of any parish, township,
or village, shall happen to be in, or by the side of any such
water as is herein before mentioned, it shall be sufficient to prove
that the offence was committed, either in the parish, township,
or village named in the indictment or information, or in any
parish, township, or village adjoining thereto.

" And be it enacted, that if any person shall at any time be
found fishing against the provisions of this Act, it shall be lawful
for the owner of the ground, water or fishery, v\rhere such offender
shall be so found, his servants, or any persons authorised by
I him, to demand from such offender any rods, lines, hooks, nets,
or other implements for taking or destroying fish, which shall
then be in his possession ; and in case such offender shall not
immediately deliver up the same, to seize and take them from
him for the use of such owner; provided always, that any person
angling in the day-time against the provisions of this Act, from
whom any implements used by anglers shall be taken, or by
whom the same shall be delivered up as aforesaid, shall by the
taking or delivery thereof, be exempted from the payment of
any damages or penalty for such angling."

And by another Act passed in the 7th and 8th George IV.,
it is provided, that " if any person shall maliciously in iiny way
destroy the dam of a fish-pond or other water, being private
property, wdth intent to take or destroy any of the fish in the
same ; or shaU maliciously put any noxious material in any such
pond or water with intent to destroy the fish therein, such
offender shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and be punished
accordingly."

The provisions of these Acts do not extend to Scotland and
Ireland.

THE END.



Printed et the Office of the " fFesUEni News,'' 475, Neio Oxford-itreet.



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