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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES.

The weekly meeting of th<!' Benevolent Trustees was held this afternoon, and attended by Moasrs A. Solomon (chairman), C. Allan, R. WiUon, R. Watson, J. Green, and P. Miller. GENERAL. .;- ; Accounts amounting to £143 33 lOdwere passed for payment. ' The Secretary reported that the cost. of. maintenance in the Institution for the month of September was £359 Os 4d. The inmates numbered 285, and the average cost per head per week was 5s 10id.. - THE DEATH AT MOUNT CARGILL. The Chairman explained that an old man named Sinclair died at Mount Cargill tho other day of cancer of the tongue. It was said that he had been vfcry much neglected, and that he had been receiving a few shillings a week from the Institution. He might tell the Trustees that the man had been repeatedly offered a home at the Institution, but he had always declined, to go there. Mr Mee vißited deceased within a month ago. The Trustees had allowed the man 4s a week, which had been paid to Mr Graham, a neighbor, who found the old man in food. Mr Mee, in his report, said that the man refused '■ to go to the Institution. The inspector -was ofopinion that the wife- arid family were the proper persons to look after the man; Mr Mee saw the wife on the Boh inst, and had a long conversation with her respecting her husband's position. It would be remembered that the wife swore at the inquest that she knew nothing about the. matter. The speaker's object in mentioning this affair was in order that the Trustees and the public might that the man had been offered a/home in the Institution, but he refused to go there. It was a very common thing for old men to decline to go to the Institution. The .Trustees had repeatedly endeavored, to compel several men in the country to go to the Institution by stopping-their:relief, rbut in every case the local body had applied to the Trustees to put the allowances on the books again, saying that the men preferred to live in a hut rather than go to the Home. Mr Watson: The wife said she'did not know where her husband was. '. The Chairman : Mr Mee saw her on the Bth inst, and explained theposition to her. Mr Green had seen Sinclair a large number of times within the last six years. He knew that the man was: very bad, and before he applied for aßsistarice the speaker recommended him to go s ta the Institution or the hospital, but he said he would not go. Mr Miller said in cases where the applicants were in bad health the Trustees should take up a strong stand and say they would have to go to the Home. The public would take advantage of every opportunity to condemn the Trustees if people disd under the eame circumstances as Sinclair. ' RELIEF CASES.- . Thirty-five relief cases were then dealt with. . •.

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES., Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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BENEVOLENT TRUSTEES. Issue 10449, 20 October 1897

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