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The Overseas Club room in the New Zealand Express Company’s buildings presented a bright appearance to-day, the British and Belgian colors being a feature of a. wealtli of tasteful decoration. The occasion was designated “ Chiklreh’s Day,.” ami the gifts donated by sympathisers and supporters to be given as Christmas boxes to the distressed war waifs were arranged on benches surrounding the room. The display was an excellent one, and the ladies responsible for its promotion are naturally delighted with the success which has attended their efforts. During the afternoon large numbers of interested spectators visited the room, ami in most cases augmented the display' 1 with gifts of toys, etc. The following additional donations to the Children’s Christmas box are acknowledged :—Miss Una Ferry (Roslyn), Miss Annie Hay Aitken, tops; home-made toys, designed and made by Masters Jack, Joe, ami Douglas M'George; dolls from Noel and Eric M'George; Mrs Jas. Shand (Mornington), Mrs W. G. Smith, and (Mrs Knox; (Mrs Wilson (City Hotel), 20 tins condensed milk; Mrs Eusk (clothing), Mrs Oram (toys ami books); girls of Miss Hall’s workroom (Herbert, Haynes, and Co.), a large box of dressed dolls for sick Belgian children; Mrs Forscutt, children's clothing; Lois and Reggie a parcel of books ami tins of condensed milk ; Forbnry School children, case of goods (second donation), per (Miss Lawrence; Master Frank Hutchison, books; St. Paul’s Girls’ Friendly Society, children’s clothing; Miss Hutchison, large parcel of children’s frocks; Mrs Broawn, children’s clothing; “The Eclipse,” handsome donation of toys; Mrs Coventry, condensed milk; Lawrence Mills, lollies; Miss M. Hutchison, books; Mrs T. R. Fisher (St. Clair), a handsome parcel of toys, etc.; Mrs Wm. Couston, now stockings; Peggy M., teddy bears; head office' New Zealand Express Company, £2; Miss Cook, children’s clothing. The following additional donations of clothing have been received : —Miss Shand, Mrs Wm. Reid (Manor place), Mrs Elliott (George street), large parcel; Mrs J. C. M'George, a large parcel of tinned and packed good ; girls’ Bible class, Mornington Presbyterian Church, large case of clothing; Mrs Henry, Miss Kilgour (Opoho), per Mrs Mace, parcel of flannels ; Mrs Dickie (Sea House), Mrs Oram, large basket of clothing; “A Friend,” St. Peter’s Church, and Sympathiser,


The Caversham branch of the Overseas Club are meeting with a large measure of success in their efforts to. relieve distressed Britishers and Belgians. They report the following additional donations : —Mrs Harrison Jones, Miss Milne, knitted socks and cuffs j Mesdames Motion, Allen (second donation), Boyd, T. R. Smith (third donation, blankets, rugs, and clothing). Geo. Ritchie, Woods, Wilson (St. Clair), and Woods-; and Misses Finlayson ami Douglas; Mrs Tebbit, toys and clothing, and “ A Friend” baby’s clothing and quilt.

THE OTAGO REINFORCEMENTS. Sergeant-major Catto went North as far as Oamaru with the Dunedin section of Otago’s 'quota which went North by the first express yesterday. The ser-geant-major was delighted with the men under his charge, and considers them at ter of physique and intelligence, and conleast equal to the main body in the matsiders they should give a good account of themselves. It is a noteworthy fact that 15 out of the 180 men who were medically examined and finally passed for active service in the first reinforcement despatched from appearance. Dunedin yesterday failed to put in an The men from south of Dunedin for service with the reinforcements .went north by the second express yesterday. In all there were 194 men, 48 of which mounted rifles, 5 mounted ambulance, 18 were from Invercargill, consisting of 26 infantry, and 1 artillery. South Otago (Milton) : 12 mounted rifles, 5 infantry, and 1 ambulance. North Otago (Oamaru) ; 28 infantry. One hundred and eighty men of various arms were despatched from the Dunedin centre, and 10 from Central Otago. The total from Otago district consisted of 284 men. • GORE DEFENCE LEAGUE. A meeting of the General Committee of the' Citizens’ Defence League was held in the Council Chambers yesterday afternoon, the Mayor (Mr I), M’Farlane) presiding. A circular letter was received from the secretary of the Otago Patriotic League inviting the co-operation of the Gore Committee in a request to the Government asking that moneys paid in to the Government by patriotic contributions, and the value of gifts of fodder and equipment, be refunded to the district committees, for the purpose of dealing with unemployment and other hardships arising out of the war. —Mr P. C. Gray said that when the Government had opened an Empire defence fund, and local action had been taken in connection therewith, they had fully understood the position, and therefore, were not entitled to ask any money back; but he was convinced that they had acted wrongly in subscribing to the Empire fund. The Government should have taken the cost out of the Consolidated Revenue or from a war tax, but Laving given the money they should not it back.—-The Mayor explained that Gore had not “ fallen in,” as right from the first the committee had set aside 50 per cent, of all unconditional donations for distress purposes.—Rev. Rugby Pratt agreed with Mr Gray that the equipment might have been raised by methods other than by an appeal to the public. The Government had failed to rise to the occasion and shoulder their responsibilities. However, the action had been taken, and they should not seek to recall it. He moved a resolution ns follows;—" That the communication be received, and that the Otago Committee be advised that this committee have no sympathy with the proposal of the Dunedin circular.”—Mr A. A. MacGibbon, in seconding the motion, stated it as his belief that the Government ami the people were one, and he approved of voluntary assistance to the Government by the people. Why had Lord Kitchener asked Queen Alary to get the women of the Empire to make sox for tho troops when he could have got millions of pah's from the factories? Because, t;aia the speaker, he wished the women lo feci that they had a personal interest in the war. —Mr R. W. M'Crcath did not behove in asking one penny back from the Government. What had been contributed had been given voluntarily.—On the motion being put it was carried unanimously.

The miccting then adjourned till Tuesday next.

The Ladies’ Committee of the Gore branch of the Liverpool fund presented Lieutenant-colonel Bowler with a good useful cavalry horse for his own use on service, The presentation was made by Mrs A. A. Mac Gibbon, at the request of tho Mayoress (Mrs 1). MTarlaneJ, and the laches received the hearty thanks of Mr Bowler for their handsome gift. Mr Bowler proceeded North by the second express to-day, and a very large gathering of friends and public officials took place at tho railway station on Iris departure. The municipal band was in attendance, and played several patriotic airs, concluding with ‘Will ye No come Back Again?’ and ‘God, Save the King.’ As the train moved out hearty cheers were given for Colonel Bonder.—Own correspondent.

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OVERSEAS CLUB., Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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OVERSEAS CLUB. Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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