PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION'S APPEAL
[Contributed.] Since the war began fat cattle have advanced from 25 per cent, to 30 per cent., butchers' sheep from 15 per cent, to 20 per cent., and freezing sheep for export 10 per cent. Oats have advanced from Is lid to 2s 6d per bushel (ex store). Before the war the price for wheat was 4s 3d per bushel; to-dav the Government price is 4s 9d, but millers are prepared to pay up to 5s 3d per bushel. Both butter and cheese values are at a high level; indeed, the dairying industry was never so prosperous as it is to-day. The value of this industry to New Zealand last season was approximately £4,000,000. The only farming industry that has suffered is that of wool-growing, because of the closing of the Continental markets, but even here it would appear that the Xew Zealand farmer is more fortunate than his brother in Australia, for everywhere at the present time there is a bij; demand, and good prices are ruling for cross-bred wools such as are mainly grown in this Dominion. It is the finer-bred wools that are, we hope, only temporarily suffering in price because of the war. When the above facts are considered. .ind when it is realised that the splendid prices that the farmers are obtaining for
most of their products, it if surprising that our farmers have not given'more liberal support to the patriotic fund now being raised for the maintenance of the families in Britain and Belgium, the heads of which are fighting, and rnany of them laying down their ilves, in order that we may continue to be. free men and havo the benefit of the markets of the world for our products. Our merchants, our manufacture, and our workers—what of them? It is quite true that there has been same dislocation of trade, and in very few cases has it been possible to maintain the conditions antecedent to the war, but in comparison with the happenings in tiie Old World we are not suffering at all, and there are iew persons in Otago who could not do a great deal more for their suffering brethren in the Old Land than they have clone, and than any patriotic-minded person should feel It his duty and privilege to do. It our citizens and settler; in the country will not, on such a momentous occasion as this, make somo personal sacrifice to assist the Patriotic Association in their disinterested efforts to raise £50,000 for the relief of distress in tho Mother Country, in Belgium, and here also should it arise, then I fear we cannot lay much claim to belonging to the brotherhood of mankind, which a crisis such as our nation is passing through to-day should bring vividly home to each man and woman in oar midst. This is a time for plainness of
speech, and I do not hesitate to say that, with comparatively few exceptions, the support that has so far been given to the funds of the Otago Patriotic Association has fallen very far short of the actual necessities of tho case, and arc unworthy of tho traditions of Otago. It seems that vast numbers in Otigo have regarded their giving as if it was to some iocal object they were contributing to. in which case a modest donation would suffice, whereas this is a pressing want towards which all, according to their circumstances, should strain themselves to give handsomely, and, if necessary, make some personal sacrifice to do so. 1 have heard of some noble examples of generous giving to the fund, and chiefly by people whose circumstances wero very humble—such, for instance, as an aged woman who had nn money to give, but with her own hands knitted and gave six pairs of stockings for the men at the front; of another case, where a kind-hearted young woman gave several pounds of her hard-earned savings to the fund. Another striking instance is that of a successful fanner who feels that something extra should be done, for he has writtea a member of th? executive that, if it becomes necessary, he would lie quite willing to give half of all he possesses to help.
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PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION'S APPEAL, Evening Star, Issue 15626, 17 October 1914
PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION'S APPEAL Evening Star, Issue 15626, 17 October 1914
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