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The four demonstrations held yesterday Afternoon in aid of the fund to assist the Belgians and British who have been brought to rain by tho war resulted in the attainment of on approximate total of £2,776, of which no less than £1,498 was actually collected in tho Octagon Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre, the Princess Theatre, and the Garrison Hall, while the balance consisted of cheques forwarded. Without any incitement people were in the mood to give, particularly for tho Belgians, whoso wonderful resistance saved anearlv disaster; and when this sympathy had been inflamed into fervor by the splendid patriotic addresses of the Revs. R. S. Gray, A. Wynns Thomas, and Father Coffey, Messrs C. Holdsworth, Donald Reid.* and G. Fenwick, and kept on the flood tide of open-handedness by the programmes of patriotic music given by bands, orchestras, and well-known singers, it was not difficult to induce everybody to give more than the price paid for admission. Indeed, the appeal of the Rev. Mr Gray in each hall brought many individual offers, ranging from £25 to £l. There is no need to describe each programme. In essentials they were the same, and with the large body of talent available the committee were able to make an even distribution as to merit. The Rev. Mr Gray told a story at the Octagon Hall very touching, and very typical of the spirit of the times. He said he had that Hay received a donation of 10a from a woman lying in the. Hospital, is an offering from her week-old babe to .'he British and Belgian relief fund. In lending the gift she wrote that she hoped that her boy would grow up to do his duty to God, to his King, and to his country. Some members of the Balmacewen Bowling. Tennis, and Croquet Club, who preferred playing on the club’s grounds to attending the patriotic meetings yesterday afternoon, salved their consciences by subscribing £5 5s to the Belgian relief fund. The Hillside Workshops men, who were unable to be present, forwarded the following telegram, which was read to all audiences by the Rev. R. S. Gray: “ Kindly apologise at each meeting for the absence of the Hillside men. Hillside Workshops are appaiently not included in department.’ The men unite in sending greetings. God save the King 1 —(Signed) Peters, secretary.” A MESSAGE TO BELGIUM. At each of the four halls tho following motion was proposed by the chairman in the particular building, and was carried in every instance with loud plaudits: That a respectful address in.the following terms be forwarded through the proper channels- to the gallant but stricken people of Belgium - " The citizens of Dunedin, New Zealand, desire to express their profound and grateful admiration of the heroic and inspiring defence by the Belgian army of the freedom of its country, their sense of horror of the dastardly outrages that have been practised by the Germans upon the civil and unarmed population of Belgium, and their deep and heartfelt sympathy with the men, women, and children of Belgium in their hour of anguish and trial. “ They have, from tho moment when Germ any, proud of her might, broke her solemn engagement and violated the integrity of Belgium, unitedly followed with the most intense interest and the keenest anxiety the resistance offered, in the face of overwhelming odds, by the Belgian people to a ruthless and barbarous invader. “ They have been thrilled by the record of tho dauntless gallantry of the Belgian army. They have been revolted by the gross cruellies and the savage atrocities to which defenceless people, regardless of age and sex, have been subjected in Belgium. They have been shocked by the wanton destruction of public and private property. The valor and the self-sacrifice of the Belgians under tragic adversity have become an enduring inspiration to the civilised world. “It is earnestly prayed that the clay may soon arrive when, through the triumph of the Allies’ 'firms over an insolent foe, the soil of Belgiunj will be free from the presence of the invaders, and be fully restored to a people who preferred freedom to case, to security, even to life itself.” LIST OF DONATIONS. The following have also_ to bo added to tho grand total collected in the halls; £ -s. d. L. C. Hazlett 100 0 0 Mrs Shaddock, sen 100 0 0 Wm. Dawson ... 100 0 0 Fernhill Club (some members) 100 0 0 Robert Glendining 100 0 0 John Roberts, C.M.G 100 0 0 C. F, Greenslade 100 0 0 John Ross 100 0 0 C. Speight. 100 0 0 Thomson and Co 100 0 0 J. A. Johnstone ICO 0 0 Wright, Stephenson, and Co., lA .. ... 100 0 0 “We Are Seven ” 70 0 0 Mrs Ewen (making £IOO in all) 50 0 0 Daniel Havnes, Wm. Emery, C. Holdsworth, D. K.. Theomin, P. B. Sargood and family, and Otago branch Navy League. £SO each. Dominican Nuns’ prize fluid, £SO. J. Rattray and Sou, Reid and Gray, G. Joachim, Wilson and Canham, and Donald Reid. £25 each. E C. Hazlett and John Edmond, £2O each. •‘Farmer’? Wife,” £ls. John Sidey, G. Fenwick, J. S. Nichol, and E. 0. Reynolds, £lO 10s each. “M.H.5.,” R. G. Baxter, J. W. Milnes, D. T. Shand, “ E.H.W.,” Mrs Stark, L. E. Barton, Mrs Gideon Scott, Nathaniel Reed, E. M. Theomin, and Rev. Wynne Thomas, £lO each. Otago Brush Company’s employees, £6 6s. Balmacewen Bawling, Tennis, and Croquet Club. Father Coffey, “8.W.,” Lady M’Lean. Sir George M’Lean, *D. Phillips, 1). Crawford, Hon. Jas. Allen, Mrs Eden Howler, William Couston, and C. D. Cntten, £5 5s each. Mrs Alfred Arthur, John Callander, “ N.G.,” “R.A.8.,” R. K. Smith, W. .Matthewson, Professor Dickie, Dr Colqnhoun, Mrs Keith Ramsay, Mrs Connor, Mrs Will Forrester, J. H. M'Pheo, C. R. Smith, C. B. Smith, G. and J. Manson, George Simpson, S. Kingston, R. Gilkison. Mrs E. H. Logan, “ K.M.C.,”, William Cunningham, " Old Friend," and Jeannie Gray, £5 each.

The collections in the halls totalled £1.498 7s 3d, and the donations detailed above over £1,400, the grand total passing the £3,000 mark. To this has yet to be added a number of collections to come to hand from the country. All the money promised on the forms distributed at the meetings should be sent in to Mr J. A. Johnstone, chairman of the Public Appeal Committee, Box 462, Dunedin. It has also come under notice that a large number of those people who were unable to attend yesterday’s demonstration desire to send in their contributions to the fund, and they are urged to either hand their donations to members of the committee or to send them to the foregoing address. Quite a number of additional subscriptions have been received to-day from people who have been moved by reading the report of the speeches of the two principal speakers yesterday afternoon.

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A SPLENDID RESPONSE, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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A SPLENDID RESPONSE Issue 15630, 22 October 1914

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