A meeting of subscribers to the Agnew fund was held at Mi G. Fenwick’s office yesterday afternoon. Mr H. Gourley occupied the chair. Mr Fenwick, who had been acting as secretary, stated that L 29 9s Gd had been collected, of which L 25 Is 6d had been expended, while there were other expenses which, when paid, would, in all, amount to the sum subscribed. It was a question as to whether it would be advisable or otherwise to pay the interest on the mortgage, because when that was paid there would he absolutely nothing left. He would not express an opinion himself, but Mr Haggitt had said it would he advisable to pay tho interest, which amounted to L 3. At first the Agnews had agreed to reside on their land providing things were put straight, and this would certainly have been done, but now the couple absolutely refused to go. They (the subscribers) had not accepted any verbal promise from the Aguews, but had bound them to a written agreement when the preposterous stipulation was made that they should receive L2OO. Goods had been bought, arrangements had also been made for the conveyance of the goods by waggon, when Agnew said he would not go until “ justice had been done” to him. He (Mr Fenwick) had replied that nothing more would be done for the couple than was originally arranged. Mr H. F. Hardy thought it would be advisable to pay the interest on the mortgage, let the couple do what they liked, and then for them (the subscribers) to wash their hands of the whole affair.
Mr Fenwick said that Inspector Weldon had received instructions from Government to forward the Agnews to their land and to give them L 5 on arrival. It was decided to pay the interest for a year on the mortgage. Mr Hardy said that after what had transpired he was of opinion that the Agnews were not deserving of the trouble that had been taken. Mr Gourley said that those who had gone to any trouble in connection with the matter had only got abuse instead of thanks. Mr Fenwick said that both Dr Alexander and Sir Robert Stout had stated that it would be better to place the Agnews on their land, as it was the only chance of keeping them from the asylum or the gaol. Mr Gourley considered that so long as they were supported by the public they would not seek employment. The meeting then terminated, those who had taken an active part in the matter of securing subscriptions being accorded a vote of thanks.
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THE AGNEWS., Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889
THE AGNEWS. Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889
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