THE BELGIUM FUND.
TO THE EDITOH, Sir, —The generosity of the people of the Peninsula in giving money and produce for the Belgium Fund i 3 certainly very creditable but their liberality ia being spoiled by the suggestions of many that others have not given or given sufficiently to assist the starving and wrongly-treated Belgians , Wn «" know there are wealthy men on the PomnEula, and I believe they have mostly contributed handsomely to the fund—but if a man's income ia, say, £1500 per year, does JiiOO of that, or evtn i' 4 or £5 a month hurt him ? Would he have to deny himself of so much if he gave even half hie income ? un the other hand, a small farmer who has to find much interest an) usually has to provide for a large family certainly does miss even £1 it is an act of denial on his part. In order to get over the difficulty and give everyone an opportunity of do ng his little b t might I msko the following suggestion I bat the various Belgium Fund confmittees secure from different land owners sections of suitable land for the planting potatoes, etc The sections be divided into Bay one eighth of an acre plots (or as much &■* n thought suitab'e) and every able bodied man, rich and poor, be granted a plot on application to the committee, the condition being that he himoeif (no paid or outside worker allowed)
d' - g and cultivate his plot Bnd put in and hprveet some puitable crop. I feel sure tbat lundownere everywhere would give suitable ■ and, end would on'y be too pleased to give it for the purpose. I feel Eure if such was waa done the total harvest wonld be j| a very large one. By this means the poor man would feel that he had done something, while those who are in a position to give liberally would certainly feel they had given a little more than money.—l am, eta , A MAXIMIS AD MINIMA.
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THE BELGIUM FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3410, 30 March 1915