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At to-day's meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, the Chairman said that he had a few remarks to make with reference to the statement made by the Mayor of Caversham at the last mectiag of that body, but would read a special report on the matter by the inspector. The Caversham Council had forwarded a communication asking that the sum granted to one applicant should be increased, and stating that a recipient of aid was in the habit of training horses. They also asked for information in connection with a statement made by him (the chairman) that the daughters of tho firstmentioned applicant received 32s per week as wages. What they required was further information regarding the hours worked by the girls to earn 32s per week, and in that connection the inspector (Mr Faveli) had, after inquiries, sent in a special report. in which he said : " I have inquired into the earnings of the two girls, and the following is the result:—One girl is working at Morris and Seelye's factory, and her earnings have been as follow. The dates are from February 14 to June 13 : LI 3s 2d, LI Is 3d, 13s 2d, LI Os 2d, 17s sd, 19s 2d, IU 9d, 14s 2d, 153 Gal, 10* 6d, LI 4s 7d, LI 3s, lSsld, 13s 7d, 17s 2d, 17s 2d. 12s sd, and 4s 6d (one cUy's earnings). The other girl also worked at iho same factory for some time, anil her earnings have been as follows: 17s Id, LI 6s Id, LI 7s Id, LI 7s 9,1, LI 8s Id, LI 6a 3d, 19s lOd, 12s 9d (portion of a week). She then left, and is at present working at Messrs Levy and Guthrie's factory, and her earnings at the last-named place have been as follow : -LI 6s 2d, 17s lOd, LI 3s 6d, LI os id. The average earnings of the first-named for a period of four months and a-half have been 16s 8d per week, while the other for a period of four months has earned 19s 6d per week, tho total avcrsge earnings being LI lGi 2d per week. These sums represent the amounts which can be earned within the usual factory hours—from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.—with half an hour for lunch. When work is taken home it is quite at the option of the girls themselves. Sometimes a girl will go to her employers stating that she wants to go away for an hour or bo, and wants to take her work with her. They do not object, but allow it as a matter of convenience to the girls themselves. As a rule, however, they are not allowed to take work home at all. The other employer states that the not supposed to take work home with them. If it is necessary to do so, it is because they neglect their work in the daytime.'' This report, he (the chairman) thought, showed most conclusively that the statement made by him to the effect that the girls' earnings amounted to fully 32s per week was a correct one, and not exaggerated in the slightest degree. It also showed that it was an extremely dangerous thing for a gentleman in a promiiiHiit public position to thoughtlessly ] nnkc sensational statements. Mr Carroll thought it a most sensel-'.s----p-<;,' :• ,U>.i- -m tl.c part of tho Mayor ut o.\ r:.hain to make t!r> allegations an hu 1,,-ut .; -uinst a body instituted for the v.iirof' distributing oharitable aid. The Chairman did not want to go any further into the matter ; the inspector's report spoke for itself. . . Mr Carroll: At the same time, it is very foolish of the Mayor of Caversham to make such charges, lie should not have uttered the statements he has done lately.

It was decided to forward, as an answer to the Caversham Borough Council's communication, a copy of the inspector's report. . , The Chairman said that with reference to the case of the male recipient of charitable aid, who was stated by the Mayor of Caversham to have been in the habit of training horses, etc., the inspector had also a special report, in which he stated that that man was fully deserving of the aid granted him by the Trustees. The statemeat that he trained horses was incorrect; he simply did odd jobs for a racehorse owner. There was an impression amoDgst Caversham people that ho trained horses, but that was a mistake. His wife had been worfcjpg for soine time in a factory, but bad

been taken 111. As showing that the case was one in which the intervention of the Trustees was not out of place, so far as granting monetary assistance was concerned, the inspector mentioned that the factory hands had granted her an allowance to assiat herself and husband. Had that not been the case the inspector would have suggested an increase instead of a reduction in the sura granted the man by the Trustees; but as it was, he was of opinion that the present relief should be continued until the couple wero placed in lees indigent circumstances. The Trustees decided for the present to continue the relief granted by them to the persons mentioned, the Chairman remarking that the case was a fitting one when the factory hands at which the woman worked granted her nn allowance The disuusbi >u then terminated.

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