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FOUR SIMULTANEOUS MEETINGS FOR A WORTHY OBJECT. It is hardly necessary to remind citizens that four big concerts are to be held simultaneously at the Octagon Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, the Princess Theatre, and the Garrison Hall to-morrow for the purpose of augmenting the fund to assist the Belgians and British who have been reduced to destitution by the. war. There is little fear that Dunedin's response will be a worthy one, and that the citizens will be eager to ehow their willingness to assist, toy their attendance, in the achieving of the worthv object in view. As ifc is expected that the attendances will be very large, the public are requested to make their way to the respective buildings early, so as to secure comfortable seats. Doors will be opened at 1,45 p.m. There will be two principal speakers, the Rev. A. Wynne Thomas, of .Swansea, England, who is at present on a visit, to this City, and the Rev. R. S. Gray; and as they have to address each of the four meetings, it is essential that the. programme should be commenced punctually at 2.30 p.m., and that there should be. no hitch in the proceedings; It i* desired that- the meetings be of the most enthusiastic character, and to this end it is suggested that the audiences join in heartily with the popular songs and choruses.

Again, the citizens are reminded that this is a unique occasion in the history of our Great Empire. Never before has the nation, or, indeed, the whole civilised world, been in such a plight as this war has placed us in, and it is expected that to-morrow's meetings will produce an unprecedented example of generosity on behalf of the citizens of Dnnedin and Otago towards their Belgian brethren who have been fighting for our cause as well as their own, and are to-day without homes, food, clothing, or money. Quite a number of country friends, whose distance from Dunedin prevents their being present, have, during the hist day or two sent in their .subscriptions, and these will be handed in and announced at the respective meetings. 1 f each one make? ftonie sacrifice, for the }>"lgiai)S and the. widows and dependents of our soldiers and sailors who are. engaged in this terrible conflict, there can be no doubt that the outpouring of generositv to-morrow will be magnificent. The Mayor has received a. reply from the Minister of Internal Affairs, 'stating that a half-holiday has been granted to all Government departments except the Post and Telegraph Department, to enable Civil servants to attend the patriotic meetings. We understand all the warehouses and business houses have decided to close for the afternoon, and that many of the factories and foundries will also close. A deputation from the Otago Patriotic Association waited on most of the- leading business houses, and were- met in a most liberal spirit by employers and heads of departments, who expressed their entire sympathy with the movement, and have promised to do all in their power to make the meetings a, huge success. The Mayor and the Otago Patriotic Association have requested all who have flags to have them hoisted on their business and private premises to-morrow; in particular it is desired that all vessels in port should be decorated for the occasion.

Mr 0. Speight informs ns that quite a number of additional donations up to £IOO have been piomised to the fund. The arrangements for the concerts are most complete, and there is every indication that tho citizens recognise the- worthiness of the cause. Xine school life and drum bands are to march to the various theatres. The Albany Street School Band will take part- in tin;' performance at the Octagon Hall.. The performers, it may be added, are very keen to mike the meetings a suc-

'The chairman of the Patriotic Executive to-day received the following :—" We would like you to use your influence to act the large clothing factories to close on Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of us girls will be debaned from assisting in the functions to be held. We <Io not a--k the fiim,s to j,ay us, but. we want to attend and create enthusiasm and give our mite.—We aie. etc., Some of the Girls. 1 ' DUNEDIN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION. Surrounded by lar-e packing-cases, bundle* of clothing of every description, and iuniiineralle other an icier-, the ladies in the Early Settler-' Hall were :ta busy a.s ever ibis n.ontin;:. 'The hall is indeed a hive of iiidustiy, into which willing helpers bring raw material for ollters to convert info r-set'u 1 articles, or made-up garment* to soi f out a■ x 1 pack ready to send fo the KiilFeiing and needy. j.l is anticipated that several cases' will bo shipped away by the Pakeha this week, and evei.fiiaily no less than 100 cases of clothing, etc., will have been sent to Britain- a>nd Belgium. L: addition to this, flic first of cholera belts and socks for the QiteenMary find will be ready to go to Wellington before the. end of the week. Others, of course, will follow, so donations of these necessities need not cease. .If has been finally decided to hold a "" day jn Friday, a>nd. it is confidently exacted that gifts of garments ior the wee ones will lie. a* numerous as have been those for the adults. Already the Green. Island Women's Guild have 6ent a large parcel for "the day," in addition to several sacks and parcels of other articles. Perhaps the most pleasing donations, to be recorded thk morning, however, are- a doll each from Ray Payne, Xgaira Coughlan, and Moira, These, little tot*, fill] of importanceand delight, brought, ill their gifts themselves. And the gilts, it nu'.y be said, represented acts of selfsacrifice, for the dollies vrerf not new ones bought for the. occasion, but their own ticasufed "Mollies'' an id "Janeys" that had doubtless been loved companions. One of these, little girls put in a note, written in hold Jiajid, saying: "J am sending my best dolly to a little Belgian girl." Other children have helped with sifts of different kinds. To-morrow's big meetings are being freely discussed. and it is expected that every woman who can possibly do so will attend oik', or other of the hails. The gifts to be acknowledged to-day are as follow:—British and Belgian uoods: Mrs Lewisham, Mis* Melsom, " F.H.," Mrs Kemnitz. Mrs Vickery, Mrs Harrison, Mrs Lowe, head waiter Grand Hotel, Miss IlartT. " Buehnlme," Mrs Thos. Begg, Mrs Elliott (Musselburgh). Mrs M'Kay. Mrs KLiner, Nurses' Home, " Sympathiser," "Friend," "Little Roy Blue." Mrs Chittlebui'gli, First Church Ladies' Guild, Mrs Sim, Mrs Kee (Clydevale), also £1 Is from " Malm" and 10s from Mrs James Hill, the latter, for Belgian fund only. Lady Liverpool fund, goods: Mrs Popham. "Maheno." Sawyers Bay School, Mis and the Misses Murray (Oiitrani). Mrs Quelch (Mosgiel). Miss 'M'Kay, Miss Strain (East Ti.ic? i). Red Cross day : Mrs Hicks (R;>vensbourne), "Friend," Mrs Matthews (Sawyers Bav). "A.M.," Miss M'Glashan, Mrs'T. Williams (Mosgiel), Miss Zela Rcrs. Mrs G. IT. Stewart (CrooUton). 'NATIONAL RESERVE BAND CONCERT. The National Reserve Band concert, to be held in the Garrison Hall on Thursday evening, promises to be a most attr.'ictive one. The National Band, 60 strong, which is the largest military band in tho Dominion., will give their first public ]>erformance, and though the band has been foimed for euch a short period they have made excellent progress under their capable conductor, Signor SquarLse. The band will be. heard in the following numbers: —March, 'National Reserve Band'; overture, 'La Lyre d'Ox'; and selection. I La FoTzadel Destiro.' Resides the band the following will assist:--Miss Mabel Esquilant (!. Stoneham, L. M', Messrs W. 1". M'Kinlay, R, Bryant. S. H. Osborn."* Ab the pioeeeds are ti, raise funds to fully equip the band, it is expected that 'the Garrison Hall will be packed on Thursday evening. GREEN ISLAND HELP. Yesterday was British and Belgium Relief Day at Green Island, and the committee of the Woroens' Guild received no fewer than 570 articles, including garments for men, women, arid children, blankets, and a large parcel for " Baby Da-v-" T?wo little girls, the Misses Steel a«d Wilson, gave donations, and toys for the London children's Ghriatroafi gifts.

' NATIONAL RESERVE. Good work was don© last night by the officers and non-coins., under Captain Hussey, at the weekly class of instruction, platoon and ex.tende"d order work being done. Next Monday being Labor Day, no dasß Mill be held that evening. As the concert in. aid of the Reserve Band funds will take place on Thursday evening, no parade will be held that night, in order to allow all ranks to be present at the concert. On Thursday of next week the St. Kiida, tit. Clair, Caversliam, Mornington, and No. 5 City Platoons will parade on the Oval for instruction in company work, and on the following Thursday the remaining infantry platoons will meet there and go through similar work. J here is plenty of work necessary in this department before rifles need be used, and it is hoped every member will be present in order to receive the instruction. fn regard to letters which have appeared referring to disbandment of the Roservo in Otago, it may be explained that the organisation was begun before tlie war started, and is here as a permanent body, and even though rifles are not yet available, it is fully answering the purpose for which it was brought into existence. There will be a recess for the holiday months of December and January, but, should the necessity arise, there is no ■li Itha''1 tha '' even "* tllose montnS members will be willing to parade for instruction, GENERAL ITEMS. Private information received by his relatives in Auckland conveys the newe that Lieutenant H. J. T. Walker, of the Ist Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who went to the front with the First British Expeditionary Force, is reported among the missing. Lieutenant Walker is well known throughout the Auckland province, having gained manv successes, in the athletic flela prior to leaving for India to take a commission in the British Armv. It was at King's College that his athletic prowess first attracted attention, he being a brilliant sprinter and a splendid hurdler, gaining many laurejs for his school.* On leaving college ho became a member of the Auckland Amateur Athletic and Cycle Club, and at gatherings held at the domain registered many fine performances, both on the fiat and over hurdles, [lis pace was also displayed to advantage on the football field, his all-round capabilities as a three-quarter whilst playing for the 'Varsity Football Club earning for him Auckland Rugby representative honors. Oil going to India Lieutenant Walker joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and went with the regiment to England, where he again figured prominently on the running path. Lieutenant H. J. T. Walker's brother " Lai." is at present serving as a lieutenant in the advance party of the Sew Zealand Expeditionary Force, at Samoa.

According to a. Wellington paper. Sir Montague Nelson (head of the firm of Nelson' Bros.) eaid to Mr W. 11. Tripe, of Wellington, on the eve of his departure from London: "If you see my brother William vrlieri you get back to Xew Zealand, tell him there is no need to be the least bit apprehensive about this war. Britain if going to win through at all costs, ,md Geiniwny in going to lie put down. It's got to bs done, ami will be. done, oven though it may take three years to do it, and even though we may have to tire bullets of silver and of gold before we reach the end.''

Max Under, the celebrated picture, plaver. weli known and popular in Xew Zealand as the leiding Pathe comedian, is the fust of the front-rank jiicture playejs to fal! in the war. With many other actors of repute. Max Binder joined tIK French colors at the outbreak of hostilities, and (according to the Lor.don paper*) be was killed in action in France. He was only 36 years of age, unmarried, and leaves a' mother and sister. Our (fore correspondent -writes:—On Saturday evening Lieutenant-colonel Bowler, who is about to proceed North to take command of the first reinforcements, was presented by his fellow-members of the legal profession with a. serviceable wristwatch as a small token of their esteem. On Mondav forenoon the Deacons' Court and elders of the ('ore Presbyterian Church, with which Mr Bowler has been associated for many years, met at the High 'School, and presented him with a letter stud a pocket Bible. Last, evening a public presentation was given to Lieutenant -colonel Bowler in the Council Chambers. Mr 1). M'Farlane (Mayor) presided, and there was a- large gathering of representative business men. members of the Citizens' Defence Committee, and members of the Borough Council. Lieu-tenant-colonel Bovne and Captain Domigau were also present. The presentation—a case of pines and a silver tiask—was made bv the Mayor, and speeches were given b'v Lieutenant-colonel Boyne, Captain Domiran. Mr Joseph Hunter. Mr D. L. Poppelwell. and Mr P. C. Gray. Mr Bowler suitablv replied. At Port Chalmers this morning Mr 1-red Svkes. before going away in the express with the other members of the reinforcements, was presented by his fellow-em-ployees at Love Bio.-.' works with a wristlet watch. Mr R. Love, in making the presentation, expressed the good wishes that accompanied the memento of esteem. Members of the Victorian League are reminded that patriotic meetings will be held to-morrow (Trafalgar Day) under the auspices of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association. Tho repair staff of the locomotive department have sent us £1 10s, representing their fifth contribution to the war fund. "•You arc orilv a German, ami l am a Britisher." said' John Weston, when he was ordered out of Gottfried Wahren s hair-dressing shop, j'u Uimbton quay, WelHiK'ton. on Wednesday last. Weston billowed this declaration of war up by striking' the proprietor a violent blow on the face and chest. Weston appeared ill court on Thursday charged with drunkenness and assault. "As a matter of fact, yon are- a Swiss?" said Inspector Hendry to Wahren, when he was giving evidence m the box. "Yes." replied Wahren proud.y. -In that ca-se." cried the aeeused from the other sido of the court. " I apologise mo<t sincerely." Accused was iorma'ly convicted for drunkenness, and fined £l. with costs (8s), for the assault. "The attitude of those who aie arranging lor the opening of the football season this week ns simplv deplorable" (says the London 'Evening Standard' of September 2). "The Rughv clubs have cancelled their fixtures. The Association clubs are inviting men in their tens of thousands to come and stand and gape at a piece of leather being kicked about the field by what Mr John Burns called 'twenty-two indentured athletes." If the spectators were thereby taking exercise and keeping themselves tit for their work, we should hai-e- less to sav against it; but they are not, and, more than that, it makes them disinclined to enlist. It is all absolute waste—waste of energy, waj-Te of manhood." Even the great State of California ha» been hit hard by the war (says the Sari Francisco 'Call'). There is a dearth of waiters in the State institutions as a result of the general exodus of Slavs, Germans, and French waitere to fight for their countries, and to meet the shortage the Cahfornian State Civil Service Commission called a special extraordinary Civil Service examination to fill the numerous vacancies. Males from 21 to 60 were, eligible; and the salary or wage* offered varied from £6 to £9 a month, with room and board. The institutions which suffered most from the dearth of waiters were tire Deaf and Dumb Home and mental hospitals, at Mendocino, Napa, and Stockton. Mis r. M'Gregor has forwarded us £1 in aid of the local distress fund. A P.A. message states that about 400 Auckland troopers left by the midday express bound for Trentham.

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REMEMBER TO-MORROW., Issue 15628, 20 October 1914

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