Applicants for Charity.
An Auckland reporter describes a sitting of the Charitable Aid Board there, and gives the following samples of the thirty-six "cases" who came before the Board to ask for assistance : No, 1, application for rations.—The " destitute " family were reported as keeping a sleek bulldog, who, it waß cynically remarked, was probably thriving on the Board's rations. No. 2 was amusing, as showing that human nature is pretty much the same in the breast of a well-to-do landlord as in that of a sturdy beggar at the Charitable Aid Board. So long as the recipient of charity was his tenant, the landlord reported that the applicant was "a most deserving case," but when she left to get another house he expressed his belief that she was undeserving of aid ! No. 8 was a caee in which the father had succeeded in getting rid of his children in the Industrial School, and now wanted the Board to " take him in," and finish tho job. No. 4 had been assisted by some benevolent people who had subscribed LlO to purchase him a trap, and LlO more was in hand. He got rations till the trap was built for him.
No. 5, young woman, two illegitimate children, "wanted rations." On being asked where the fathers were, she replied jauntily ahe did not know, but perhaps the Board or its inspecting officer did ! Could not get work. She got rations. No. 6, applied to the Board, but what for could not clearly be made out, as he was living at the Princes street Receiving Homo, at the expense of the Board. It waß supposed the applicant had got mixed up in his charities and was giving the wrong institution "a call."
No. 7 was an amusing case. The applicant was a fine stalwart looking navvy. " Could get no work ; wanted rations." It was stated he had shipped for the Weßt Coast coal mines, having his passage paid for him. On getting there the strikers paid him to clear out again. He returned to Auckland, to his home, to the Board, and to—rations. The inspecting officer (Mr Strathern) observed : " Why, you spend your time in the Police Court of a morning, hearing tho cases, instead of looking for work," "Oh, Mr Strathern, how can you say so," replied the applicant. "Gentlemen of the Board, I'll tell you the God's truth ; I've only been at the Court three times this week, and this is Thursday !" The members of the Board roared again at the man being convicted out of his own mouth, and the joke pus them in such good humor that, though giving him an order for stone-breaking, they granted a week's rations.
No. 8 wa3 a fine stalwart woman, who turns up month after month with the regularity of the 1o»n clock for rations, The husband has left tho colony.
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Applicants for Charity., Evening Star, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
Applicants for Charity. Evening Star, Issue 7962, 18 July 1889
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