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A British organisation that has for its objects the raising of money for wounded and disabled Imperial soldiera, and for the dependents of thoso killed in the war, is spreading its activities to New Zealand. It is called "The War Seal Foundation. 1 ' The appeal to the people is this: that every man and woman who posts a letter shall affix to it a "war seal," to cost one half-penny. These seals are printed to the order of the promoters of the scheme, and sold in suitable shops to anyone who wishes to purchase them, and the money so raised is to be devoted to the objects already named. It is pointed put that if every letter passing through the British Post Office last year had borne a war seal the amount raised would have been £7,000,000, so that there is in the scheme an immense possibility. But as is pointed out, the demands upon all funds will be enormous. The maximum pension for a disabled British private soldier will be 255. a week, which will be inadequate to keep even a healthy man in comfort, and very much loss than adequate for one hopelessly maimed. For these much more must be done.

The head of the organisation is Mr. Oswald St-011, aiid the organising secretary, Mr. Chester Fox, Coliseum Buildings, St. Martin's Lane, London, W.C. It is intended that the trustees of the foundation will be one of the leading banking corporations of London, and that tne control of the fund will be given to a committee consisting of a representative of the Army, a representative of the Navy, and, if possible, a representative of the Government. Supplios of these "war seals" have been received by Captain Barclay, whose address is at 3 Wesley Road, Wellington. As soon as possible he intends to make arrangements to make them available for sale to the public by those shopkeepers who may be willing to undertake the good work. The "war seal" is not unlike a postage stamp. It is nf similar size, but diamond in shape, lis design is of a round red seal 011 a khaki background. On the_ seal are three words: "Disabled Service 1914].V; above it, the void "War," to the left and right of it tho sign "id." and under it the word "seal." All the lettering is in whito. Tho nee of the seal is to secure tho fastening of an envelopo after this is closed.

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SEAL YOUR LETTERS, Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2475, 31 May 1915

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SEAL YOUR LETTERS Dominion, Volume 8, Issue 2475, 31 May 1915

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