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MEETING AT AKAROA.

A meeting for tho object of providing food for the poor of Britain, Ireland, and Belgium affected by the European war was held at the Oddfellows' Hall, Akaroa, on Friday night, when his Worship the Mayor, Mr Geo. Arm* strong, presided. Mr Teschmaker, a mem. ber of the Central Committee in Christ' church, attended, and addressed those pres. ent. There was not a very large attendance, though the meeting was enthusiastic).

His Worship the Mayor, in introducing Mr Tescbmaker, said the object of the fund was one of the most deserving. He thanked all those who had so liberally contributed to the Patriotic, Lady Liverpool, and Ladies Funds He instanced the great suffering that had been caused by the German invasion of Belgium, and he said the Belgians' splendid pluck and endurance had practically saved Europe from the successfnl operations of the German forces. He would like to see every man, woman, and child make a contribution to this fund, no matter how small, to relieve the distress which had been brought about at Home and in Belgium. He read a letter from an old oge pensioner enclosing ten shillings for; the fund, and said he considered that such a donation was what he called a most patriotic sacrifice. He said the splendid way the poor people bad contributed was really noble and much more of a sacrifice than the contributions made by those better able to afford them. He would ask the people to help Britain in her valiant cause. The Peninsula people could give cheese, cattle, and sheep as they had already given-horses, and he was sure they would not be behind in this course. i

Mr Teschmaker, addressing the meeting said Britain maintained her hospitals and charitable institutions purely on subscriptions." whereas we in this country supported them by local body levies. We had to remember without Britain's aid this country oould never have beoome the prosperous country she was to.day, She took our supplies, she protected our country and fought our battles, and surely we could help her in ' her present distress to provide for thousands of foodless, clothles3 destitute. It must never be said of New Zealand that she refused such to the poor starving people of our own blood. He had been asked to come to Akaroa, where the people had nlways been generous and kind, and would not desert those helping.. He aslced them to consider when sheep could be bought for 2s a head, and how when re frigerating first started the Old Country prilled us out of the mire with her markets and made us prosperous, We bad enjoyed the protection of the British Navy, which had kept our commerce open. He was cer tpin the object was a worthy one, and he was perfectly sure Akaroa would subscribe handsomely, They did not want cash alone, but anything whjch they could realise upon. The money would go to the High Commissioner at Home, and then to the Prince of Wales Fund. He instanced the enthusi. asm shown in Christchurch, when violet day produced £500. One sheep would sup' port 350 souls for a whole day. He was sure it would be a short war, and everything would boom after it a hundred fold. He asked them to give a little to those who had nothing at all. They could not realise one'haif of the suffering that was taking place in the Old Country and Belgium. He relied on the people to help the cause, and those who did so he was sur6 would never regret it to their dyiDg day. He did not think Akaroa would be the last on the list in Uβ support.

Roy J. W. Hayward moved tho following motion :—That this meeting entirely agross with the views expressed by his Worship the Mayor, namely, that provision should be made to provide food for the poor of Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium, and pledges itself to bolp forward so good a cause." Be said the Peninsula people had given hearty support to the Patriotic Fund without the stimulus of the large public meetings, and he was sure nothing would appeal to them

more forcibly than this fund. There had been great distress in Belgium, and they had sived the {situation when the very existence of the Britieh Emuire was at stake. There were very many who oould not imacine the state of the poor in England. He was only sorry there were not ten times the nnmber present to hear Mr Tesohmaker epenk. but he wan certain the people wonld give heartily ttnd liberally, and even with sacrifice to themselves,

Mr J. D. Bruce, Akaroa County Chairman, eeribnded the motion. He said they should do their utmost to h»lp the poor of the old land and Belgium. Hβ did not think the war was going to be over in a month, and he suggested they should all pay so much monthly instead of one big subscription The district had come forward very well indeed for other funds. The motion wae carried unanimously. The following committee was elected to oenvass the distriot :-D. Macphail, Wainni; J. Wright. French Farm ; l> McKay. Duvnn ohelle; W W. Williams, Robinson's Bay ; B Herriott, German Bay ; the Mayor, Rays. a. H. Julius and J. W. Hayward, Messrs J. V. Bruoe and G. W. Thomas, Akaroa.

Mr MunTO moved— , "The Mayor tele ß raph the Prjrn.". en" ask the Government to pay £100.000 out of the Consolidation Fund towards this ob<iect." . The motion was not seconded. Mr C. Hall moved a vote rf thanks to Mr Tesohmaker for his address. The motion was carried with applause. Mr Tesohmnker, in rsply. SaM he had been received with greatest kindness b» all flnfl thanked them for their motion. H* moved a TOte of thanks to the chairman,,which was carried with acclamation. ; : HELP FROM CHURCHES The Churches on thn Peninsula will devote the whole of one Sunday's ,off°rtories to the fund.

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MEETING AT AKAROA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4429, 15 September 1914

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MEETING AT AKAROA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4429, 15 September 1914

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