THE TEMPORARY NIGHT SHELTER.
afternoon a number of men werelemployed in cleaning out the mill buildings near the Public Library, which have been obtained by Pastor Birch as a temporary night shelter. The building, now that the dust, _c., has been removed, makes a.very good place for the purposes for which it is to be used. On the ground floor, just where the entrance door from the Hereford street bridge is, the kitchen has been established. The Gas Company, with commendable liberality, have given the use of a large gas stove free of charge, and have also put the gas into the building on the same liberal terms. Beyond this is another large room, well lighted., which is situate on tha western side of the building. This it is intended to use as a reading room, and already promises -of illustrated papers, books, &c, have been made. Pastor Birch would be glad of donations of books, papers, Ac, from anyone who may have them to give. In tbe interior room, to the northward side, is the .dormitory. This is a large and well lighted room. The sleeping places are constructed on the floor, running along one side of the wall, the space between tbe boards which form the bunks being filled with straw and covered with sacking. Pastor Birch has some blankets piomised, but this is one of the articles which he will be glad to receive donations of. The men will have a meal supplied to them, and efforts will of course be made to find employment for them as fast as possible. Several of the timber firms in town generously sent timber for making the bed places, &c. Now that the building has been put in order it will be a far better refuge for those so unfortunate as to want a night's lodging than sleeping in the Park. Arrangements have been made for_ the proper supervision of the Refuge, which in another day or so will be in full working order.
The shelter was last night tut to. practical use, several taking refuge there.
The May or arranged yesterday for the em-. ploymeut of some fifteen aged men ca the river bank between the Cashel street aud Montreal street bridges. The men are engaged in filling in the hollows and generally rendering the banks of the river better looking. The amount of subscriptions received in answer to the appeal made by the Mayor is j
about £40. It ia expected that this will be sensibly increased prior to the commencement of next week, when relief employment can begin. It may be noted that the Mayor has received a letter from a gentleman resident in the Darfield district offering to collect subscriptions in aid of the fund there.
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