The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1914. FOOD FOR BRITAIN, IRELAND AND BELGIUM FUND.
This evening a monster meeting will, we hope, take place at the Oddfellows' Hall in response to the Mayor's re quest, so that Peninsula residents can give their support to the Fund for the Poor of Britain, Ireland and Belgium Me Teschmaker, the representative of the Christchurch Central Committee, will address those present, and give some idea as to how it is proposed to help the destitute in the Old Country and Belgium. Tbe fund is one which should receive our unanimous support, and we in this dominion, who are far away from the great strife which is taking place in Europe at the present time, can hardly realise the sacrifices our worthy countrymen are making at Horns, and what fearful privation has been caused by the devastation of Belgium. In Belgium, so a recent cable relates, the rich have become poor and the poor destitute, and it behoves us British in this fa; corner of tbe Empire to help the poor of so worthy an ally to Britain as Belgium has proved herself. Practically the whole of her territory has been over run by the German forces, and every thing that that rich country possessed has either been taken away or/dc strayed, so that nothing remains. In Great Britain and Ireland our kins men have gone to the Continent, and are giving their lives to suppress the
;■•• r >f the peace of Europe. These men have left their homes unprovided for. -Add to the hardships of the soldiers' wives and families the dislocation of trade and industry, which means endless unemployment
or the millions, and we can then only j realise what this great -war means to our own people at Home. By being i an integral part of the great British Empire, we have enjoyed its privileges j for many year?, and we look to tbe British navy for our protection. We nave fqaipped a force to help in tbe struggle, which was our first duty, and we bave subscribed handsomely to help in this direction. But in this cause the helping of those who are directly suffering through the fighting •for our future peace and happiness we should throw in our assistance, and do our utmost to alleviate the misery which follows the cruelty and destruc tion of war. Wβ tnustmake sacrifices, and, as Britishers, we are sure everyone will do bis utmost in so just a cause. We hope sincerely tonight's meeting will be a demonstration of our ready reply to help our kinsmen and Allies to provide for their tbou eands of destitute people. Already tbe ladies of the Peninsula have assisted in providing clothes for the poor, and we hope still further support will be forthcoming this evening.