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CHRISTCHURCH, April 1. The annual report of the Society for the Protection of Women and Children refers regretfully to the fact that the president (the ltev. F. N. Taylor) will not be able to accept the chair during the coming year. The treasurer (Mr G. H. Hall) is also resigning his position^ and the collector (Mr Candy) is unable to continue in his position. Appreciation is expressed of the services of Mr J. R. Cunningham, who had conducted the society's cases in. Court during the year.

The following cases had been dealt with during the lajt 12 months:— Neglected children, 66; troubles between husbands and wives, 57 • drunkenness, 52; affiliation and illegitimate children, 43; immorality and bad company, 34; homes for children, etc., 20----mothers deserting illegitimate children 10; deserted wives, 1; cruelty to children, 9; girls and children not under proper control, 8; miscellaneous and distress, 50; maintenance, 50. The Ashburton branch dealt with 19 additional cases.

A note by the president states: The end of the war and the return of the soldiers are events for which all public-spirited people are profoundly thankful, but there are many after-the-war problems in the solving of which our society will have to bear its part. We appeal boldly for the continued support of the public, and our plea is that the defence of the weak and erring is a public service of the highest value to the community, it has been said that Ntew Zealand has the, best la,ws in the world—only they are never kept. One instance at least of this has been, brought to our notice during the past year. Not long ago the Legislature, passed a most necessary and beneficent Act, which required that defaulting husbands in separation cases should .pay their maintenance money at, .the. Court, and that an officer should be appointed in each district to carry ou-tr^iffut this provision. We have been amazed to find that no such officer has been appointed in Christchurch, and the wives in these cases have still had to collect the money themselves, and sue their husbands themselves in case of default, with the result that many women are deprived of their proper maintenance because they cannot be always going to law about it. The Minister of the Department concerned, when his attention was called to this vstate of things, made the amazing reply that "it has not been found practicable" to carry out the law! .

The balance-sheet shows that receipts amounted to £318 8s 4d (includine; £176 19s lid brought forward, £61 7s 6d subscriptions, and £75 Government grant), and the expenditure to £131 2s 3d, leaving a balance to carry forward of £187 6s Id.

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WOMEN AND CHILDREN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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WOMEN AND CHILDREN Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919