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Attholast meeting of the Milton Borough Council Cr Duthie introduced the subject of tho scandal raised by the Trustees of the Benevolent Institution in connection with the recommendation of the mayor that charitable aid be given to a certain family, and requested His Worship to explain the circumstances for the information of the Council. Tho Mayor related the facts, and added that as the case required immediate relief he did not wait for the next meeting of the Council, but obtainod the approval of a sufficient number of members to ratify the action he took. After a little discussion, in the course of which the conduct of the Trustees and their inspector was rather severely criticised, it was unanimously resolved—" That the clerk write to the Trustees of the Otago Benevolent Institution protesting against the insinuations against the mayor and Council made at their meeting as reported in the Evening Stak, and requesting them to appoint a respectable man to investigate the whole affair. And that this Council hereby expresses its full satisfaction with the action taken by the mayor, and its firm conviction that he did what was perfectly right, and that the case relieved was very deserving," Tho ' Bruce Herald' asserts, after inquiry, that the actual facts were these:—The widow has a family of ten. The youngest is a child three yeprs old, which had been ailing for some time, and had an operation performed on its throat a week Then one two years older is an invalid, with the doctor almost constantly in attendance. Besides other medicine, this child has to take a bottle of cod liver oil every fortnight, which costs half a crown. The next four range from seven to twelve years. There is nothing the matter with them but good appetites, which, it is needless to say, they are not able to supply out of any earnings of their own. A boy of thirteen earns Os a week at the pottery, and a girl of sixteen is out of a situation. Another of twenty had a situation in which she earned 103 a week, but she is now at homo sick ; and an elder girl, who is staying with a relation. The 'Herald' complains that tho Trustees, acting on the statement of their inspector, should have reduced the woman's allowance in tho face of the opinion to the contrary of the Rev. G. Fynes-Clinton, who was conversant with the facts.

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THE BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES' INSPECTOR., Evening Star, Issue 8023, 27 September 1889

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THE BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES' INSPECTOR. Evening Star, Issue 8023, 27 September 1889