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LORD LIVERPOOL'S APPEALTo thb People or Nkw Zealand — "I feel that the time has airived when I should place certain facts before you with a view to seeking both your help and tion.

During the past three weeks my thoughts have, like those of everyone etee in these Islands, been centred on the operations whioh ere being carried on in tbe Dardanelles by ths men of this Dominion. Nor can I re' f ruin from tellinp you how deeply both Lady Liverpool and 1 fesl for those whose homes have D6en visited by eorrow, a or who are in grave aoxiety for the safety of those who are near and dear to them. A HOSIPTAL SHIP AND MORE NURSES I doubt if any of us were prepared for tho very large number of casualties which have occurred, and, realising the strain on tboßa responsible for tbe medical and hospital arrangements in the Mediterranean, the Prime Minister asked me to telegraph to the Secretary of State, asking whether there was any particular way in which New Zealand could further assist in the care of the sick and wounded. On May 16 1 received a reply which, while assuring me that adequate ar rangements had been made, stated that the provision of a fully-equipped hospital ship, primarily (intended for tbe conveyance of New Zealanders from the front to base hos* pitals, which would also be available for such work as the Imperial Authorities considered necessary, would be most welcome at tbe present juncture. Mr Harcourt also added that he would be glad if additional nurses could be sent to Malta and Egypt. PEOPLE TO ASSIST TO EQUIP THE SHIP, I feel that we should all like to have«a share in this work, and while the cost of hiring, fitting out, and manning a hospital ship has been undertaken by the New Zea. land Government, I am writing this letter with the object of aßking the people of these Islands if they will assist me to equip her for the great service for whioh she is re-1 quired. As the Head of the Order of St. John in New Zealand, I have asked all the four Centres to work solely now for our own men in the Mediterranean, but, in addition, I want to appeal to everyone to assist me, because much will be required not only for the ship, but for the station hospitals which are shortly leaving these shores, and for the base hospitals at Malta and in Egypt. Bed. ding, blankets, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, pyjamas, surgioal instruments, bandages, medicines, drugs, etc., will all be necessary, some of which will have to be ordered in England, and in a few days' time I shall hope to publish a complete list of what is required: in the meantime I have telegraphed Home for full information. The Dominion has nobly subscribed to the relief of those who, like tbe Belgians, are in dire distress, and has up to now sent away upwardß of £300,000 in money snd kind, whioh averages out to over £30,000 a month since the beginning of the war, yet I am sure' that any appeal for our own people will receive as ready a response as was given on behalf of our distressed Allies. NEEDS OP THE" MEN IN THE FIGHT- , ING LINE. While making this rtppeal on behalf of tho. sick and wounded, it must not be forgotten that the needs of those in the fighting line are equally pressing, and for this reason 11 trust that those who have so ably assisted

Her Exoellenoy and her oommitteeß in the past will not slaoken in their efforts to pro v , iu evßry 00i nf«t for our troops at present at the front, and those who will be leaving our Khores from time to time. I * Bball be gad if those who wish to assist r:,„ w "' P a > at >y contributions in money *n? fL branoh of the Bank ° f New Zealand. nS«i 4 the . B »me time forward the bunk reDeSlrt*.f r .i J Hißl °P' Under.Sforetan, b B d«l^ objeot '"which the money is to 2n? to'S. **£&** in kind should be cenraa n a f ny t . o{ tfa e seoretariee in the four Z»land ina^in" 3 " °i St - John in Ne ? Treleaven 1,0 &° Ur dlstrict to Mr °- J church. Worcester Streer, Christ

(Sgd.) LIVERBOOL, ■ : Governor. TO SAIL IN 'JL'HBEE WEEKB, Me T dMcal H cLo Dr C ?F* a ' of tbe New Ze«l.nd nita shin tl W 0 in ohar K e <* *he bos--srob.bfoPthat0 P that t Mpd jterr flDPfl n, aad it is andl ihp h«. •# ?° medioal Rtsff for the Bhi P and the boppitala to be established will inSiscoTn^ 0 ' a¥ b l ßt kDOWn W«b"» this co intry Altogether 100 nurses are to avi J.-*?? 25 Df thßm went by™ he H 6y T?°? l ßt I*** Tho "Bt Will follow It' ii v h . op , Pcl, and - inaeea - expected, that the hoppitn) phip will be fitted ready to sail in three weeta.

ihe Union Go's. s.s. Maheno will be fitted out t ?" °°\, hospital ship, and she is at present in Wellington for that purposs'

A committee meeting of tbe Akaroa and Peninsula Miniature Rifle Club was held on Thursday last, May 20th, his Worship the Mayor (president), in tbe chair.

It was decided to class all boys under 18 years, and offer prizes of free ammunition on reaching a certain standard.

It van.? decided to allow all lady members free use of the club's range on the night now allotted to .them weekly.

A vote of thanks was passed to Mr H. Bell for bis prize, and it was al lotted for teams shooting from the different bays The prize ia a'handsome silver egg stand. Tbe Hon. R. H. Rhodes wrote ac cepting tbe position of patron to the club, and stated he would provide a prize to be shot for. As showing the value of practice on the club's range, several teams bavej competed against tbe Akaroa boys from tbe different bays and one from tbe N.Z T.B. Amokura, and have in every case proved that tbe practice tbe boys bave bad enabled them to beat allcomers up to the present time.

The range has been inspected by a number of interested visitors, and-they have pronounced it one of tbe best ranges tbey bave inspected.

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N.Z HOSPITAL SHIP. AKAROA AND PENINSULA MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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N.Z HOSPITAL SHIP. AKAROA AND PENINSULA MINIATURE RIFLE CLUB. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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