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The County Council solicit donations of books, periodicals, newspapers, &c., for the use of patients in the hospital, and also donations of linen. We gladly commend the Council’s announcement to our readers. No more wearisome time in a person’s history can be imagined than when, just recovering from an Illness, or kept bedfast from a wound, he is capable of being entertained, but wants the means. At such a time, it is astonishing how much literature a patient will read through, and how highly he will value such gifts as the County Council receive from, the public for the patients. We hope their request will not go without a hearty response, but that both town and country residents will turn out their libraries and see what they can give—and give it. Such books as bound volumes of the illustrated papers, magazines, whether in single numbers or in volumes, copies of Old Country newspapers, and literature generally of a cheerful cast are always welcome in institutions of this kind, and will .. be gladly received, ,As the flower season approaches, too, friends who have a bouquet at their command would do a kind and graceful thing by sending it up to the Hospital. Flowers are always sweet and cheerful companions, and help to lighten many a weary hour in the lives of those even whose health is quite robust. Let us not forget, either, the request for old linen. The most careless sufferer from a slight wound knows the value of a piece of linen for bandaging. In an hospital old linen is indispensable, but it sometimes runs low in stock, and awkward tilings may happen. Let the kinder hearted look out their old linen garments —servants that have been useful in their day and generation,—and promote them to the higher service and holier mission of helping the sick and wounded. The officials at the Hospital will know how to value the linen, and the givers may rest assured that the blessing of many a suffering one will be theirs for a good and kind deed done.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 144, 26 August 1880

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THE HOSPITAL PATIENTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 144, 26 August 1880