EXPEDITIONARY FORCE FUNDS.
PATRIOTIC RESPONSE FROM AKAROA. On Tuesday night bis Worship the Mayor gave the residents of the Borough of Akaroa a chance of contributing towards the New Zealand Expeditionary Force which is now leaving tbe Dominion for service at the front. A representative gathering responded to the Mayor's call at tbe Borough Chambers.
His Worship the Mayor addressed those present, and said the Dominions" of the mighty British Empire were responding to the call of Britain for assistance in the Great European struggle whioh was now going on. He referred to Canada's handsome - response, and Australia and New Zealand, as dependencies of the British Empire must do their part. The British Empire was the greatest Empire tbe world bad ever known, and linked with Russia, France, and several other European countries she WBS fighting for the liberty of her subjects and the future prosperity of the world. At a meeting of ladies held the previous day there had been an enthusiastic example* set them, and these ladies had already undertaken to provide many of the Expeditionary 1 Force with comforts, and had raised /the sum of £50 towards this object. They had set an example to the men of the town, and he hoped they would give liberally to tbe patriotic fund. He thought Canada's suggestion to insure all the men who went to the front was a good idea. He would like to see every New Zealander insured in the same way. He thought the cost of the Expeditionary Force should be borne by increasing the Land and In. come Tax to the amount required. Then those paying would be able to pay, and the poorer people would not be taxed, He read apologies from Rev J. W. Hayward, Messrs R- A. Dearsly, W, K. Virtue, T. Lewitt and F, Taylor. He informed the meeting that Mr F. Taylor, the proprietor of Hayward's Pictures, had offered to give a night's pictures in aid of the patriotic fund, the Oddfellows giving the Hall free, and Mr Taylor's staff giving their services, He thought this a very patriotic offer. (Applause). Mr J. D. Bruce, Akaroa County Chairman, said he was organising the rest of the Peninsula, and was calling all tbe chairmen of the different Road Boards to meat him at Duvauohelle on Thursday. gThis would give every part of tbe Peninsula an opportunity of subscribing towards the equipment of the Dominion's Expeditionary Force. He was sure the Peninsula people as a whole would join in doing everything possible they could do to make the New Zealanders* work as effective as possible. If they allowed a nation like Germany to dominate Europe tbe whole world would suffer, for it seemed she would do anything that would serve her own ends.
The Rev. A. H. Julius said as a citizen of the British Empire he felt that every m&n should do what be could to serve tbe Empire in her great trouble; In the whole history of the world no country bad gone to war with more honour than England bad. If she had not participated i Q this war she would have gone down fc o a [dishonoured grave. The Britigi,
Empire could not see Belguiin crushed and treaties and bonds broken, as if the Kaiser and his Government were trying to put the world back ibrpe centuries. He sincerely trusted thp Peninsula people would give a good account of themselve in subscribing to the New Zealand Expeditionary Foice Little River had given them a good lead #
Mr 0. Hall also spoke, and urged all to make some sacrifice, to help, and everyone who was not willing to help was not worthy to live under the pro tectioh of the great British Empire. A subscription list was then opened, his' Worship tbe Mayor heading the list with £50 and a horse. After a canvass had been made in the room, the list had risen to £100, two horses and other outfit Most of those subscribing expressed their willingness to renew their donations if they were required Hi 3 Worship the Mayor thanked those present for their ready response, and regretted there were not more pre sent. He thought the , Peninsula
[sbeuld subscribe at least £100Q to tbe (funds. Mr G. W. Thomas was appointed treasurer, and be and the Mayor were appointed collectors for the town. His Worship the Mayor gave notice to move at a later meeting—"That the excess of H.M.S. New Zealand entertainment fund amounting to £43 be devoted to the war fund." The Mayor moved this meeting com municate with the Premier suggesting that the equipment of the New ZeaI land Expeditionary Force should be j paid for by increasing the Land and Income Tax. I
This motion was seconded by Mr A. J. Turner. He said the Expeditionary "was going to fight to protect I their property. An enthusiastic meeting ended by tbe singing of tbe National Anthem. AKAROA COUNTY FUND. The Akaroa County Chairman (Mr J. P. Bruce) called a meeting at Duvauohelle yesterday, at which there was a fair attend' ance, despite the rough weather. Mr Bruce occupied the chair, and pointed out that the object of the meeting was to start a County war fund for tbe equipment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Mr G. Armstrong explained that Akaroa had subscribed £180 and two horses so far, and the ladies bad collected over £50. The collectors had not done the wholo town. The following collectors were appointed ; —Akaroa—Mr J. D. Bruce. Wainui—Mr J. Newbegin., Watershed of Harbour—Messrs W. Cossaf, S. Vogan, D. McKay, T. W. Wilkins and D. Macphail. Okain's —Messrs A. T. Mason and J. R. Thaoker. Little Akaloa—Messrs A. H. Molntosh and John Priest. Pigeon Bay—Messrs J. Pettigrew, J. C. Hay and D. Hunt. Le Bon'a Bay—Messrs W. G. Danish and A. A. Macphail. / Mr J. Pettigrew moved Messrs Bruce and Armstrong be appointed treasurers for the funds, and the amount oollected -be paid into the Bank at Akaroa, Seconded by Mr. W. Cossar and carried. Mr. T. W. Wilkins moved that H.M S. New Zealand surplus funds of £43 be de<voted to tbe war fund. Seconded by Mr Hunt, and carrted."
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EXPEDITIONARY FORCE FUNDS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4421, 14 August 1914
EXPEDITIONARY FORCE FUNDS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4421, 14 August 1914
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