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Although the Mayor of Akaroa had wired to Mr Webb on Thursday to r-Hend the meeting at Duvaucbelle on Friday, a mistake by the telegraph c i'ficer in Cbristchu eh made it appear that the meeting would not be h.ld until the evening Mr Webb, however, arrived by the mid day car, and addressed those attending the ihe stock sale on Friday at the yards, ! le said tha two chief funds tbe people v.ero now asked to contribute to were i iie Red Cross Fund and the CanterI ary Patriotic Fund. The Red Cross Fund dealt with eases while in hospital at the front, and provided comi -rts for soldiers in our local hospitals, Ja'fcer which the Patriotio Fund was c tiled upon. The Patriotic Fund was V) provide for the soldinr who is i,'.aimed and incapacitated, perhaps f r life, for the soldier's widow and f itherless children, and the returned s .Idier who is debilitated or lacks c nployment, and must be cared for until health and occupation render lim again independent of assistance. !-, was considered at the conference in Wellington that £750,000 was re <■ tired for this purpose, and on that ii isi_ North Canterbury must provide ■C 100,000. TheareacoveredbytheCan-!<-rbury Patriotic Fund extended from •be Rakaia River on tbe South up to Mid including the Amuri and Cheviot 0-unties on the north Already Yego had raised £150,000, South Ctnterbury £80,000, Wellingron town nrnl district £190,000, Wairarpa and lYlmerston districts £80,000 each. O;ngo bad raised 20a pet- bead of ;opnlntion, Wellington 15s per head, South . Canterbury 17s 6*l per bead, iind North Canterbury only 4s per _ -ad. Since the beginning of tbe war bey had raised £27,000 in North Linterbury, and cow they had to raise the balance of £100,000, viz, £78,000. He said the West Coast, Marlborough aad Nelson were all working for themselves. He suggested Akaroa own and country should work to gather, and the Peninsula should be vorked as a unit, all money collected being paid through tha county clerks. The farmers were gettiDg abnormal prices for their produce, and be asked .hern to go home and reckon what they were making out of these high prices and what best they could do for tho fund. Tbey were depending ab .-oln'e'y .on voluntary subscriptions. I"bey were having (heir present sue < c hrs of the protection of the britigh array and navy

As to the necessity of the fund, be bad ..een follows come Luck from tbe war. Tbey did not want to put these men in veterans homes, They must bring them back to their civilian life, and make them useful members of tbe community for the rest of their lives. They bad also to provide for the dependents of those killed. It was a privilege to give to such a fund. In conclusion, be asked them not to stop their support to tbe Red Gross Fund.

Mr Webb was applauded for his address. PATRIOTIC CONCERT AT AKAROA. £316 RAISED

A most successful concert was given en Saturday last in tbe Oddfellows' Hall, Afctroa, by the Bristol concert oarty, under the managoment of Mr R A. Home. Too much cannot be said of tbe generous way in which the concert was run. The cars bringing the party down were lent, and the Bruce and __etropo!e*botel proprietors at Akaroa put up the party free of all charge In fact, those organising the concert found all bands willing to giv? service free, with the result that the expenses of the concert are practically nil. After the interval the Mayor of j Christchureh gave a short and inter . esting address*. On behalf of Mrs 1 Holland, he thanked the Akaroa ladies i for tbe work they bad done and were ; doing for the various funis. He also \ explained the objects of the Canter- i bury Patriotic Funds on the same j linos of tbe address given by Mr E. R. j Webb, and reported elsewhere. MrT. • W. Wilkins then auctioned a flag which at the end of the war will le ■ emblazoned with the Peninsula Roll \ of Honour, and hung in the Akaroa ; Borough Council Chambers with the j names of tbe purchasers inscribed be- ! low. All those purchasers at £10 and ij over will receive a duplicate flag to keep in their possession. Subscribers'; are asked to pay all amounts due to Mr H W Wilkins, of Akaroa. The following are the bids ;— ' £ h d* E E Lelievre SO 0 0 [ MrsE E Lelievre 9 0 0 Miss Lelievre 2 0 0! Geo. Armstrong 25 0 0 j Mrs Armstrong 25 0 0 Mies Lorna Armstrong .. .. 5 0 0 James Knight 23 0 0 A Squadron 0.V.0 .. .. 25 10 Of L J Vangioni 20 0 01 Mrs BW Piper 10 0 0 Miss Piper 2 0 0 r 7 H W Wilkins 10 0 10 B Mrs BW Wilkins .. .. 5 0 0 . Geo. Checkley 10 0 0 Arohie Narbey 10 0 0 TE Taylor 5 0 0 Miss Buckland 4 0 01 if F Armstrong 4 0 0 is J E Armstrong .<, .. .. 3 0 0 „ MrsWGlynan 3 0 0 sMr Coombs .. .. .. 3 0 0 Mrs Pilkington .. .. .. 3 0 0 'S D Curry 3 3 0 James Rhodes 800 Mrs H Bell .. .. ..300 August Lelievre 2 10 0 GW Thomas 2 0 0 Moore Bros. •• .. .. 2 0 0 P Shadbolt.. 2 0 0 Mr .Toll 10 0 Mr Hawker 10 0 -, A J Rhodes 10 0 a ' ACropp 10 0 r* Mr Home 10 0 Q- W Sunckell 10 0 ,•__, Mrs J R Newton 10 0 ' y Mrs Youngman 10 0 **, Mrs James Brown.. .. .. 10 0 '»' F Taylor 10 0 "Akaroa Mail" 10 0 Cash collected in hall .. .. 20 6 8 Takings concert 30 5 G £316 1G 0

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OBJECTS OF PATRIOTIC FUND., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3493, 5 October 1915

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OBJECTS OF PATRIOTIC FUND. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3493, 5 October 1915

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