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•Sib,—One would conclude from the letter which appeared in your columns, on Wednesday last, from the pen of " Helene Friedlander," President of the ABhburton Dorcas Society, that there is no other Dorcas Society in the .town but the one over which she presides, and no help is given to the poor and needy but by herself and those who are working with her. This, however, is not correct. And let me assure her that one of the reverend gentlemen referred to by her made no mention of her Society in the article which appeared in your paper a few days ago. I would not have troubled you, air, were it not for the lamentable ignorance displayed in that letter, at leaßt with reference to more than one rev. gentleman of this town, " Helene Friedlander " says—" If only some of those gentlemen would move more amongst the poorer classes, they would soon find many indeed who need assistance." She says— "some." Who are the "some?" There are not many reverend gentlemen in the town. For myself, I can Bay I am acquainted with all of the families of my churoh and congregation, and regularly visit the poor as well as others. Besides there is a collection taken once a month in my church amongst its members- for the poor, the distribution of which is left to a small committee with myself, and I know that there are other ministers and churches in the town doing a similar thing. It is very easy, and with some very popular, to have a dig at the clergymen ; but, from what I know, I venture to assert that you will not find a class of people more interested in the needy, and who in proportion to their means pat their hands deeper in their pockets to help the poor than the clergymen.—l am, etc,, Alfred Fbteks, Minister Baring Square Methodist Church.

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IS THERE POVERTY IN ASHBURTON?, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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IS THERE POVERTY IN ASHBURTON? Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXI, Issue 6620, 13 July 1905

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