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The weekly meeting of the above, held this afternoon, waa attended by Messrs Solomon (chairman), Carroll, Fagan, Chisholm, Haynea, Green, and W. D. Stewart, M.H.R.

The medical superintendent wrote regarding a visit which he had paid to the lying-in ward, and pointed out that the Trustees were incurring considerable responsibility in having six women placed in one ward. In the event of fever attacking any one of the inmates of the room there were no means of isolating the patient, and there was no telling how or when such a casualty might eventuate.—The Chairman mentioned that this difficulty would be arranged satisfactorily when the additions to the present building were completed. It being stated that one of the patients in the Institution had had some money left to him, and wasquite willing to place the interest in the hands of the Trustees, it was decided to retain the money received, and to expend a small sum for the immediate requirements of the patient. The Trustees ultimately decided to request the patient to make over to the Trustees the original amount bequeathed him by his father. With reference to the case of a female patient who had arrived from Melbourne and was half insane, the Chairman mentioned that the only manner in whioh the Trustees could act was either to send her to Melbourne, where she properly belonged, or to allow her to remain in the Institution, from which place she would probably be transferred to the lunatic asylum.—lt was ultimately decided to send her back to Melbourne.

The Chairman read the following letter which he had forwarded to the Mayor of Caversham:—"Sir, I notice that you are reported in today's paper as having stated at last night's meeting of your Council, when giving your opinion as to the manner in which the Trustees of the Institution performed their duties, that 'there were Borne cases on the list sent to the Caversham Council that were not at all deserving ones, and should have been taken off long ago,' and ' that another one a very deserving—had been struck off the list.' Assuming that your Worship has been correctly reported, I shall feel obliged if you will favor me at your earliest convenience with a list of the cases that are, in your opinion, unworthy of charitable aid, and the name of the deserving person who has been struck off the list."

Plans of the proposed additions to the Institution for the increased accommodation required in connection with the lying-in ward were submitted to the meeting, and tenders ordered to be called fer the work.

Forty applications for relief were dealt with.

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES. Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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