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IS POVERTY A CRIME?

A communication regarding a pitiful case of destitution was received by the Southland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board from Constable Fretwell, of Qrepuki, and read at the meeting of .that body last week. The constable had been informed that an old man, named Charles Cunningham, a prospector, was ini, bad state of health, some miles to the west of the Waiau, and he engaged a trap and conveyed the sufferer across the river.and ultimately he was taken to the hospital. . >He was in a helpless condition, destitute, almost naked, and his body and legs were swollen. He was nearly dead with exposure, having been lying out in the open at Blue Cliff for four nights before discovered by some miners who live three miles away. The constable found that the man, who was suffering from heart disease and dropsy, had no relations,' money, nor property. He offered to pay for the trap hire as Boon as he was able to return to work. Accompanying the letter was an account for the amount 18s 61-—The Board declined responsibility for the payment of the money, several members stating ihat the police had a fund for such contingencies. ' - -

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IS POVERTY A CRIME?, Issue 10446, 16 October 1897, Supplement

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IS POVERTY A CRIME? Issue 10446, 16 October 1897, Supplement

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