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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 8021, 25 September 1889
The weekly meeting of the Benevolent Trustees, held this afternoon, was attended by Messrs A. Solomon (chairman), C. Haynes, M. Pagan, W. D. Stewart, M.H.H., J. Carroll, and R. Chisholm. Accounts amounting to Ll4O 9a were passed for payment. An application by Mrs Gurdenerto adopt a girl in the Institution was declined. It was, reported that Catherine Lindsay had died in the Institution from cancer during the week. The Visiting Committee recommended that a new sink be put in in the kitchen, the present one being in a very dilapidated state.
Mr Fagan said that the Visiting Committee felt it their duty to bring under the Trustees' notico the manner in which the erection of the new wing at the Institution, to provide additional accommodation, had been carried out. There were ridges of mortar, and the work was apparently performed in a very rough and discreditable manner.—The Chairman said that he was out at the Institution on Sunday, and it struck him that the work had been done in a very unsatisfactory manner. The architect's (Mr Hardy) explanation was that 4£in brick-work could only be finished on one side ; the other side had to be left rough.—The Chairman, Messrs Carroll aud Chisholm were appointed to inquire into the matter.
It was intimated that the Victorian School for the Blind had agreed to the admission of a lad from the Institution.
THE lIAWKSBI7KY CASK,
The following letter, addressed to the chairman, was read : Waikouaiti, September 24. Sir, -I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 19th ins*, with an extract from the report of your inspector in reference to the case of Mrs M'Millan, of Hawkshury, who has been in receipt of outdoor relief from the Trustees for a considerable time past, and in reply to inform you that at the time I made application on her behalf several residents of Hawksbury called upon me and represented that Mis M Millan's circumstances were such that she required some relief from the Institution. Mrs M'Millan called herself afterwards and begged of mo to write to the Trustees on her behalf, as with three helpless children on her hands sbe wan not able to go out to earn anything. I accordingly wrote my letter to the Trustees of Bth November, 1886, and 5s a week was granted to her for a period of three months; and here I may remark that through an oversight on the part of my storcman in not rendering the account on the expiry of the three months, the same, when rendered, was referred by the Trustees to the Borough Council for consideration, when a recommendation was madd that my account should be paid; and I may further state that at the same time the Borough Council appointed two or three of its membo a to see Mrs M'Millan and find out her actual case, and whether she was a person deserving of relief or otherwise, and, having satisfied themselves on that point, renortcd the result of their interview to theßorough Council, whiohrecommended to the Trustees that a continuance of relief should be granted to Mrs M'Millan ef 5s per week. At the same time I received a letter from Mr Clulee, secretary of the Benevolent Institution, notifying me that the sum of 5s had been granted from absve date until further notice, and only on Saturday last I received the first intimation instructing me ti> discontinue her allowance.
I mfty further inform you that I have not been Mayor of Hawksbury, nor a member of the Borough Council for the last two years, and have had nothing to do with the matter further than the firstappl'cation male on Mrs M'Millan's behalf, when in my official position as mayor at that time I recommended her &3 a fit subject for charitible aid.—l have, etc.,
A. G. Seid. A letter was also received from John Drew confirming Mr Reid's statement. The Chairman thought it would be sufficient to minute the letters as received.
Mr Stewart expressed the opinion that the inspector had been misled. He was strongly inclined to think that Mr Rcid, who wa3 a man of the highest respectability, had been unnecessarily dragged before the Committee through this report of the inspector. Mr Haynes thought that Mr Reid had bean misled in the first instance by Mrs M'Millan. From information at his disposal he was perfsetly t-utisficd that she had not been deserving of relief for acme time. Mr Fagan said it would be conceded by those w ho knew Mr Reid that he was a perfectly respectable man. It was three years ago since Mr Reid, then mayor, had recommended the case, and the Waikouaiti Borough Council had on two occasions since recommended that the allowance be continued. He absolved Mr Reid from all imputation of having any personal interest in a continuance of relief being granted to this woman. His character was as high as that of anybody in Otago. No doubt the chairman would admit that he had no intention of reflecting on the individual ; it was the principle he dealt with. The Chairman' denied that he had made any reflections. Mr Stewart said the impression he had formed was that Mr E.eid was charged with trying to impose on the Institution with a personal object—viz., the right to supply this woman with goods. He (the speaker) had no doubt that her case having been considered by the local authorities, they deemed it a proper one for relief. Mr Carroll sympathised with Mr Reid, and freed him of any imputation of trying to impose on the Trustees. Tho Chairman said it was very doubtful indeed whether Mrs M'Millan was ever deserving of relief. There could be no question that for three years she had been improperly receiving money from the Institution. Members of borough councils had complained to him objecting to the present system of reporting on caseF. Individual cases were discussed in opon Council in the presence of the reporters, and councillors stated that they had had to vote in favor of a continuance of relief from the Institution for fear they would got themselves into bad odor. It was resolved—" That the Trustees having received Mr Reid's letter consider him free from blame."
BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 8021, 25 September 1889
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