The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1915. THE PATRIOTIC FUNDS.
The confusion that has surrounded the designation of the different patriotic? fund 3 still remains to be thoroughly explained, and on the Peninsula the question has been asked continually as to what actua 1 benefit each fund has for its object. Tbiedeliyed explanation bas prevented
any very definite action being t>kpnin the woik for the different funds, <s-
Deeially the Cantor-bury Patriotic Fund, and tbs Rick and wounded soldiers funds. To morrow, bowpve' - ,
bo Maynf nf Christchurch and tbe
organiser, Mr E. R. Webb, will fully explain tbo objects of the Canterbury P.itrioMc Fund, and in a letter to tbe Mayor of Akaroa be appealed as follows to those who did not under
stand its object to attend:—"My Committee would like, if possible, a meeting arranged for, say. 4.30 on Saturday afternoon, po that the aims and objects of the Canterbury Patrio tio Fund can be brought before tbe residents of your town and district with a view to stimulating interest in this Fund. The speakers at the afternoon meeting will be his Worship the Mayor of Christchurch and Mr E. B Webb, the official organiser for the r Fund. At febts meeting we hope that a strong committee will be set up fully representing the Peninsula "
Later arrangements have been made whereby Messrs Webb and Hobhs will
address a meeting at Duvaucbewe tr day We hope, aa the letter suggests tbn a thoroughly representative meeting will be held, as a great deal of the future support coming from the Pen* sola will depend upon the objects for which the fund has been established. Today, at, Puvaucbelle, the initial ctep is being taken in arranging a monster Peninsula carnival, represen tative of the Borough of Akaroa, and the Counties of UK Herbert, Wai rewa and Akaroa. We hope, indeed, that this meeting will be attended by everyone able to attend, and we think that it should not be confined to public body men alone. Wβ are sure that by oalling in everyone interested the whole interest of the district will be aroused to make a supreme efibrl on behalf of our district. We are sore aleo that the generosity of the district will be stimulated as never before to provide for those of our men who return after a strenuous campaign broken in health and disabled Once the object of the fund is ex plained, however, and the residents know exactly what they are working for there will be no hesitation in providing our proper share to so laudable an object. It has been sug gested that the County Councils should rate their districts to provide our share to the fund; but this would touch the ratepayer, and in our case, the landowner. Rating on the unimproved value in country districts is out of the question. The explanation to be made by the official heads of the Canterbury Pa triotio Fund should be thoroughly investigated before ary contributions are banded over to the controllers of the fund. One point for instance, which does not seem at ali clear, is the area which the Canterbnry Fund extends over. The question will probably be asked, and it is of the utmost importance. If the fund extends nver the whole Canterbury military district, then, we understand, that the West Coast, Nelson, and Marlborough will be included, as well as North Canterbury. In the apportionment of the Fund the Canterbury Patriotic Executive have, we understand, only reckoned their levy on what is practically the Lytfcelton Harbour Beard rating district. What about the rest of the district,? and what are they doing towards the Fund'? These are matters which should be fully pine into, and we are sure the ofiuial heads of the fund will be able to i;\ve us a satisfactory explanation. TJen we can get to work and do our share.
LOCAL AND GENttRA L,
The fortnightly stock sale will be he J at Duzauchelle today.
Old Linen fob Red Cbobs—The Mayrrese Mrs G. Armstrong, would be pleased if all who have old linen to spare would Bend i ome to her residence The linen is required Übe cent in by Monday next
Harvard's Pictures—Hayward's Pic! ires will be shown this evening at the Oddfell ws' Hall, the star film being "The Third Do gree," 5000 ft long Another special fi m is "John Bull's Visiting Curd '
Pknikiula Patriotic Gam—a mfetir ■•. of members of l-cai hodisa of tho thrpe P> ■■ insula counts.'S will be held at the Duvauc 1 •• Hβ Hall at 11 cm. to-day to discuss the O't animation of ii Peninsula gala to be he'd tit Christmas time.
Leather Waistcoat Fund —A social in aid of the lonther waieeo'it fond w«s held in Kahiina nt Mr 13. VV. B. Bayl-y'a residence last week. A fair number ot the valley residents were present, and a very pleasent evening was pji-'nt. The amusements were organised by Mis* D. Field and Mrs Bavley, and took the form of card games, RU"Bsintf competitions, salr-i of sweets, etc. The result wbb highly succc?*ful. £I 953 being realised for the fund.
Tho' distrust may submit oach new c'aiin to ''it-pste. Unanimity ever prevails,
Where years of integrity build tbe re ute Of a medicine that always ay 11s. Such decisions are rare, and the socpt. s beware Lest vile frauds should their favour allure ; For they know the sad dearth in ttich treasures of worth As Woods' Great Peppermint Cure.