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A meeting was held this morning and attended by Messrs A. Solomon, J, RMonson, H. F. Hardy, W. Dawson, J. Green, W. Snow, P. Miller, and Captain Mackenzie. In the absence of Mr Robin, Mr Solomon was voted to the chair. THE FEMALE REFUGE. Mr Hardy moved and Mr Dawson seconded a hearty vote of thanks to the ladies who manage the Female Refuge. The Committee had done excellent work, and their management was a pattern to other bodies. The motion was carried unanimously, ESTIMATES. The following requisitions were approved of:—Benevolent Institution, L 9.000 ; Industrial School, Caversham, L 2.788105: St. Mary's Industrial School, Nelson, L 300; Dunedin Female Refuge, L 200; Board expenses, LI 20. THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. Mr Hardy asked the relative cost of maintenance per head in the Industrial School and the Benevolent Institution. The Chairman : In the School, 7s 6d per week ; in the Benevolent Institution, about 5s 4d. Mr Hardy did not understand why there should be this difference of about 50 per cent., and thought that efforts should be continued to obtain some control over that institution. He would move—"That this Board desire once more to record their opinion that they should have a share in the management of the Industrial School at Caversham in consideration of the large amount contributed by the Board towards the maintenance of that institution, and that the Government be recommended to make tho necessary alterations in the Act."

Mr Dawsox seconded the motion, but at the same time would remark that the Institution was excellently managed. Mr Harm' did not wish to be understood as complaining of the management. Mr Green supported the motioa, and thought that the administrative body should have the determining of what children (other than criminal children) should be placed in the institution. The motion was carried. THE BATE. The Chairman moved—"That whereas the total estimated annual cost of maintain ing the institutions in these united districts for the year 1889-90 is LI 3,648 10a, which is made up as follows :- Otago Benevolent Institution maintenance .. .. .. ..£10,240 0 0 Dunedin Female Refuge maintenance „ 200 0 0 IndustiUl School, Civershaiu .. 2,788 10 0 St. M-iry's Industrial School, Nelson .. WO 0 0 Board exponsea .. .. .. 120 0 0 and whereas the net annual income estimated to be available for such purposes is L 1,240, leaving the remainder of L 12,408 10s to be allocated for contribution by the local authorities in these united districts, less the sum ef L 6.204 ss, receivable from the Consolidated Fund in respect of such remainder: therefore, this Board, in pursuance of the provisions of the Hospital and Charitable Institutions Act 1885 Amendment Act, 1886, and of every and any other power enabling the Board in this behalf, resolves that the said remainder or balance of L 6,204 5s be allocated for contribution by the undermentioned local authorities in proportion to the rateable value of the rateable property in the districts or subdivisions represented by each such local authority respectively in the amounts respectively set opposite the names of the said local authorities as under, viz.:—

VALUATIONS UNDRRTIIF. KATISO ACT 1882. £ 8. d. Vincent C mnty .. „ K.i 4 o 2 Mantototn Countv .. .. 234 2 7 Tuapeka County' .. .. 397 6 7 Woikouaiti County .. .. 22116 0 Tali'tl County .. .. .. 543 15 6 Waihomo County ... .. 178 10 0 Peninsula Road Board .. .. 97 7 8 Portobello Road Baud .. 86 lfi 1 Bruce County 388 10 4 (limha County .. 410 17 9 Palmerßton Borough .. .. 19 9 5 Total .. .. £2,912 0 0 VALUATIONS UNDER THE RATJXO ACT, 1876. £ B. d. Alexandra Boroutrh .. .. 9 4 5 Cromwell borough .. .. 25 18 8 Nftieby Borouirh .. .. 24 1 8 Lawrence Borough .. .. 57 18 10 Roxburgh Borough .. .. 10 3 7 Tapanui Borough .. .. 19 7 0 DunrdinCity 1,812 1110 St. Kilda Borough .. .. 60 11 7 Mormnjrton Borough .. .. 163 4 4 Borough .. .. 179 9 2 Maori Hill Borough .. .. S3 7 9 North-sast Valley Borough .. 125 lfl 0 West Harbor Borough .. .. 75 7 11 Port ChalmcrK Boroujh .. 83 10 10 Hiwkpubury Borough .. .. 22 12 4 Green Wand Borough .. .. 24 3 2 Milton Borouirh ~ .. 41 19 0 Balclutha Borough .. .. 38 3 9 Mosciel Borouirh .. „ 33 S 2 Caverahatußoiough .. .. 202 10 5 Siuth Danedin Borough .. 149 18 0 Kaitaugata Borough „ .. 35 1 7

Grand total .. ..£0,204 6 0 And this Board further resolves that the respective amounts so levied as aforesaid shall be paid to the treasurer of the Board in Dunedin in one sum."

In answer to Mr Snow, tho Chairman said that for boroughs the rate was slightly under ljd in the £, and for counties slightly under 7-G4ths of Id in the £, Mr Green seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. Mr Black (secretary) said that the figures on which the valuations were based were procured from the Property Tax CommisI sioner. It was resolved that it be a recommendation to local bodies to make their contributions monthly. HOSPITAL BOARD. The meeting of this Board was then held, and attended by Messrs Robin (chairnan), Monson, Hardy, Dawson, Snow, Solomon, Green, and Captain Mackenzie. ESTIMATES. The Chairman stated that L 5,100 was required by the hospital for general maintenance for the year, and LI 10 expenses of the Board. The maintenance estimate was the same as for the previous year, and the expenses LlO less. The rate it was p"oposed to strike was slightly over 7-Bths of Id in the £ for boroughs. Captain Mackenzie asked for information as to the vote for the operating theatre. He believed that the Board had refused to vote the L4GO asked for, and yet he read in the papers that that sum had been spent. Where did the money come from ? The Chairman replied that the Board had voted the L4OO, and had paid it, and Government promised L4OO, which was ulti-« mately paid. Captain Mackenzie was certainly under the impression that the Board had positively refused to vote it. Mr Snow : It may be just as well ta state exaptly what happened. The fact is that the Hospital Trustees took it out of us. Wa did not vote it.

Mr Solomqn explained the circunv stances under which the money was obtained.

Captain Mackenzie repeated that the Board positively refused to pay because it was not a just claim against the ratepayers. The money was required not for the maintenance of the hospital, but for educational purposes for the educating of young doctors, not for the accommodation of patients. And if the Trustees had got the money out of the Board in any other way, all he could say was that the Trustees had been guilty of a very wrong action, and the whole thing was a farce. What was the use of the Board meeting if money that they refused to vote was taken from them in spite of them ? Mr Green was still completely in the dark as to this matter, and hoped that Captain Mackenzie would succeed in getting satisfactory answers to bis questions. The cost of tho theatre was L 1,600 odd, and he (Mr Green) could not find out where the balance of L4OO came from, or how it was passed through the books. He was of opinion that the patients would not derive any benefit from this expenditure, or from other expenditure that was proposed. The Chairman could assure members that the estimate now before them was based on the actual cost of maintenance for the previous year, and not for buildings. He would thank someone to put the meeting in order by moving that the sum asked for be granted.

Mr Hardy moved in the direction indicated.

Mr Solomon seconded the motion pro forma. Captain Mackenzie, speaking to the motion, condemned the present system of raising funds as pressing harshly on the poorer classes, and also thought that the expenditure should be strictly confined to maintenance.

Mr Dawson understood that the Trustees had under consideration a large expenditure as compared with other hospitals in the colony, and he should oppose it. Mr Solomon pointed out that one of the .purposes of the hospital was to aid and encourage the Medical School. Captain Mackenzie : No. Mr Solomon : It is easy to say " no," but you will find it so stated in the rules on which the hospital was established. I did not know of this myself until I took the trouble to look up the subject. Mr Green : Who made the rules ? Mr Solomon : I think, but am not quite sure, that it was the Provincial Council, of which body Captain Mackenzie was a member. —(Laughter.) The Chairman remarked that members were wandering from the motion. The motion was then put and carried, and it was also resolved that the rate be struck. It was stated that the rate would raise about L 2.600. Mr Solomon then movsd—"That this Board desire to express thoir opinion that in deciding what shall be done in the matter of proposed alterations and improvements in the .Dunedin Hospital care should be taken not to raise to any considerable extent the annual cost of that institution." In speaking to this motion, the mover said that it was not easy for the Trustees to withstand the pressure brought to bear on them when they were told by the medical men that such and such work was absolutely necessary to the ftealth of the patients. He thought that the gynecological ward would not entail any extra expense, but the Nurses' Home certainly would. Captain Mackenzie seconded the motion, and in doing so said they ought not to allow the medical profession to rule them. Medical men generally had fads on subjects that they took up, and it was unfair to country contributors that all the suggestions of the profession should be carried out. The motion was carried nem. con. CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS.

The Chairman : You will perhaps bear with me for a minute or two while I make some remarks I had intended to make at the outset of the meeting had I not been delayed. I do not intend makingany general remarks at the present meeting. The new Charitable Aid Bill has been reviewed before, and by so many, that I would merely say the more consideration I give it the more I feel if it is carried into effect it will in nowise tend to lessen the pauperism that is now in existence throughout the colony, and which appears to be increasing;. Yon will remember when speaking at Queenstown the Hon. the Minister of Defence pointed out how rapidly the demands for hospital and charitable aid are increasicg throughout the country. In order to estimate how our district stands in this respect, I have had prepared » return showing the amount paid to the Benevolent Institution and hospital respectively by or through the Board since the present Act came into force. The smallnesa of the amount for the first four months is accounted for by the fact that during that period we got from the Government double subsidy. I have also had prepared a return showing the number of patients who have had the benefit of the hospital, and the districts from which they came, which, with your permission, I will read : Return in respect of patients in tbe Dunedin Hospital for tho year ended 31st March. 1889:—Number of patients from the City of Dunedin. 382 ; Borough of South Dunedin, 02; Borough of Caversham, 48; Borough of North-east Valley, 38; B trough of Roslyri, 15; Borough of Maori Hill, 0; Borough of Mornington, 8; Borough of St. Hilda, 8; Borough of WeBC Harbor, 9; total, 574. Other patients from within the Otago Hospital District, 205; patients from outside of Otago Hospital District, 60; patients from shipping, 30; patients from localities unknown, 5. Grand total, 874. Return of expenditure on account of the Dunedin Hospital and the Otago Benevolent Institution respectively since tho coming into operation of the Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Aot, provision for which has been made by or through the Hospital and Charitable Aid Boards : iT,„„'.k-i Benevolent Hcßpital. Illßtitutlon . Fo'ir months, 1585-86 £743 £I,OOO Yewlßßß-87 .. .. 5,587 7.096 Yeir 1887-88.. .. *5,600 18.714 Ye u 1888-89.. .. 4,903 8,808 '■ Includes L4OO granted by Board for new operating room.

t Includeii L6OO granted by Board for addition to Old Men's Home.

Estimates of Dunedin Hospital and Benevolent Institution Trustees respectively for the current Bnaocial year: Hospital, L 5.100; Benevolent Institution, LfI.OOO.

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CHARITABLE AID BOARD., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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CHARITABLE AID BOARD. Issue 7974, 1 August 1889

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