The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MAY 25, 1915. N.Z. HOSPITAL SHIP.
We print elsewhere in this issue Lord Liverpool's appeal to the people of New Zealand to provide a fully eqaip ped hospital ship to convey our wounded men from the Dardanelles to tbe base hospitals at Malta and Egypt. Already the appeal which wae made last week has been gener ourly responded to, and at a monster meeting at the Town Hall in Welling, ton £5000 was raised. Besides this, the Union. Company bave made a donniion "t £ 1000, tbe Hon. R. H, Rhodes, our member, has donated £500 and Mr A. E. G. Rhodes £500. Many other generous offers have been received, and throughout the whole Dominion there is a great effort being made to send the Maheno from New Zealand in two or three weeks' time] comfortably equipped with nurses and doctors and provided witb every com fort; for tbe care of our gallant con 8
who have bean wounded in the dcs perate struggle in which tbey bave covered themselves with glory at the Dardanelles His Excellency's action in promptly tnking the steps outlined in his message in so admirable a manner will give general satisfaction! and there is not the least doubt that eager response will be made to the call for funds to ensure that every comfort shall be provided for our wounded. When we scan our cas ualty lists and find many of our own brave eons bave fallen in tbe great struggle which is to preserve] our mighty Empire as dictator to the j world of peace and right to 6very) nation, we feel that these brave souls should be provided with every pos Bible comfort. Wbile we live in this Dominion under tbe protection of those brave troops from our own Dominion and of our Allies who are steadily pressing back the enemy to bis last stand, we all feel a personal responsibility to provide that when they fall tbey shall be conveyed to a resting place that will be a worthy reward for tbe great service they are rendering their King and Empire. We are certain that our worthy readers ]
on Banks Peninsula wilt again answer the call to aid in this very necessary objeot with tbe greatest generosity as i they did in their responses to tbe ap peal for the brave Belgium nation. In his appeal His Excellency outlines the many urgent needs for oar troopß both I in the fighting line and tbe hos itals. The vast range of the necessities calls upon our utmost limits of generosity, and these we should not hesitate to go to with such pressing and worthy objects to bestow them upon. We hope then that our unstinted help shall be forthceming to provide tbe comforts for our brave soldiers on active service.