The Ashburton Home. —At the meeting of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board on Wednesday, the Ashburton House Committee acknowledged with thanks the receipt of a case of books from Mr G. Gould for the instruction and entertainment of the residents of the Home. Mr G. Gould has also given an order to the value of £5 for materials for mats, &c., to be manufactured by the inmates. It is hoped that this liberal and thoughtful example will find many imitators.
The Question of Emigration is occupying the anxious consideration of the working people throughout the old country at present. The South Staffordshire miners met at West Broomwich to discuss the preliminaries of a scheme of emigration which provides that every man wishing to emigrate should contribute at regular periods a fixed payment to a common fund. .At such times when snflicent funds are in hand a ballot among the subscribers will take place for the choice of emigrants. Any man who desires can contribute double payment and take a double chance in the ballot. The scheme receives cordial support among the miners, and many have already left the Cannock districts for the colonies, being aided by Colonial Government grants. In Sheffield also the scheme has attracted practical attention, and. pieetings there have been held declaring a considerable emigration of surplus population highly desirable at present. It was resolved to form an associa--tion to facilitate this object.
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