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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 7980, 8 August 1889
At yesterday’s meeting of the Trust es it was reported lhat Eliz.bcth Fleming and 'ihoinas Pocknall had died in the Institution during tho week. A letter was received from the Christchurch Charitable Aid Board in whl-eh it was slated that a cheque had been passed for maintenance of a man and his vifo who were receiving aid from the Trustees, but that it was consideicd that the responsibility for further aid ought now to cease owing to their protracted resi ience in the Dunedin Trusteed district. The Christchurch district could hardly be held liable for anything beyond temporary aid, seeing that the man only stayed in the Christchurch district a few months, and the case appeared to bo one of many that should be chargeable, not to one particular district for all time, but to the colony as a whole. It was clear there ought to be some finality to the present arrangement, and in o:der to test the question, if tho Trustees desired to do so, any further claim in this matter would not be recognised. This communication was prompted only by equitable consideration 3. The Chairman thought the best plan when people came from an outside district was to give them temporary assist nee, and then tend them back. —The Secb&l'arV said tho Christchurch Charitable Aid Board bad a grievance, inasmuch as the people came f om Wellington origh ally. —The Chairman stated that they wanted to seal these people back, but they said they would not go, as they Would starve. He thought they had better be sent back. Mr llavnks thought that in cases of this sort the people should bo sent back within six months. If they came here the Trustees canid grant them relief for a time, and ther send them back. - Mr Fagan: Suppose they will not go back?—' Die Chairman: I think they would not stop here for six mouths without charitable fid.—Mr Guken thought that the letter should have been sent to them before the exp’ry of tho six months. That period had been allowed to lapse, and now the Canterbury Board turned round and said ; “Oh, this is yourparislroicr.” If they had written this earlier the Tru-tecs here would l ave taken goad care to send tlnm back before the expiry of the six months,—The man receiving relief on being called in said his w fe was being prepared for an opeiation for cataract, and it was no use them going back to Christchurch.—lt was finally decided that the parties should not be sent back at present on accmntofthe woman being prepared for the oporat on, Mr Cutsuoi.M remarking that ihe Christchurch Board cou’d take their stand and the Trustees could take action.
The Chairman brought under tiro notice of the Trustees tho case of the girls named Hodgetts. They had been brought up at the Police Court aud charged with stca'ing ; and, as tho matter had been represented by tho newspapers, these girls had no alternative but to steal or btirve. There was another alternative, and that was work. These Hodgetts had been on tho books t-f tho Institution f.r many years, aud every report that had been given of their case was that the members of the family were not inclined to work. Relief had been stopped after a report by the late Mr Rennie, but it was resumed again and continued until recently, when it was stopped, with the intimation that the mother, who was ill, could go into the Institutiin, and the girls get their Jiving. He was sure these girls were able to earn their own living as general servants. Their ages were from sixteen to twenty years. He hul consulted tho husband of one of the elder sisters, aud ho agreed in this. At the present time two of the girls had obtained places, and a third Was kept by a Mrs Dickie in tho meantime. The mother had gone into the Institution. His reason for Bringing the matter forward was that ho had discovered that a p’eoo of land at Mornington, between a quarter and half au acre in extent, belonged to the mother, of which fact she was unaware, 1 his land was worth about LBO, He should like to know what should be done in tho matter, for they wore hardly justified in maintaining a woman when she bad land like that. The land was there and he knew where tho deeds were.— Mr Carroll moved that tho chair man and treasurer take steps to have this property transferred to the Trustees. This family had received three timts tiro value of this property from the Trustees.—Tho motion was carried,
BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 7980, 8 August 1889
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