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Who oan measure tbe deep devotion of tbe ladies who have attended at tbe Town Hall day after day almost since the war began, seeking little other diversion than to make and pa.'k comfort?, for our soldiers at the front.? Now that the time for genuine saori fioe his arrived, and our men are battling against a formidable and remorseless foe day in and out, it is fitting that the noble work these w men have done, and still are doihg, should be mentioned, and in that category should oome those ladies who have worked diligently at home in the same good cause. There is no great achievement in a lady with a certain amount of leisure interesting her. self in the work for a day or two. but there are no words of praise good enough to express the public's admiration for those wlo bave stuck to the work week after week eiaoe August last, and who seem to have beaorre part an l parcel of tho Town Hall staff, eojs tho "TVminion"

Visited during a breathing sp»c y caused by the completion of the work of fitting out the static nary hospital with comforts such as pyjamas, nooks, riandkoroimfs, woollon caps bed socks (of wool ant r>lf»r'ketin(>) eto , the usual spick and span Council Chamber pre. sented an interesting appearance. In place of the formal order papers, foolsaap Boosts. and gum pots, the entire chamber was littered with snippets of flannel, tape, cotton, etc., whioh gave >t the appearance of a dress* makii g factory after a heavy day's work. "There." said one lady, pointing to half a dozen gr>>at parcejß. are the goods left over from the stationary hospital—splendid stuff of tbe best quality. Now we are waiting to see what we are to do for the Hospital Ship. Ladies have been bere to day, plenty of tbem, begging for work to do, and when we get to know exactly what is wanted there will be no trouble iv getting it done . .

Now, won't some poor fellow look nice in these blue bed socks ! . . . I bave a son in the Dardanelles, poor boy. . . No, I have not heard from him. I don't want to—no nows is good news, I hope. . . I don't know what I would do at home all day thinking, thinking, so I come down here and work my hardest. It is as much a distraction as anything else, and it is good to think we are able to do ever so little for those poor lads who are in the thick of the fray. , . Oh, how I wish it would all end 1" *

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LOYAL-HEARTED WOMEN, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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LOYAL-HEARTED WOMEN Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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