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MEETING OF EXECUTIVE. A meeting of the executive of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association was hold in the Town Hall yesterday morning. Mr P. R. Sarguod was voted to the ciiair. Tho Hon. Secretary (Mr K. F. Duthie) reported having received tho following sums of money since last meeting: ‘Otago Daily Times’ list, two cheques, £93 os 3d and £499 16s 4(1, the former to be credited to the patriotic fund and tho latter to tho Belgian relief fund: Dunedin Orchestral Society, £lO3 18s, net proceeds of concert: Mrs James Fulton (Taieri), £5 to Dr Batchelor's fund ; Cromwell Lodge of Oddfellows, £25; New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association, £IOO, being first instalment proceeds of patriotic sports; per Rev. Father Coffey. £SO (£2O from St. Joseph's Primary School girls for local reliet, and £SO "from Dominican nuns’ prize fund for relief distress Great Britain and Ireland).

.Mr J. A. Johnstone, chairman and convener of the Public Appeal Committee, reported as follows:—"I have to report that the proceeds of the four meetings held on Wednesday are as follow Gash received, £2,448 6s '4d ; jnmnises, £BOS 7a 6 <l; total, £3,251 13* lUd. Several hundreds of pounds of the foregoing totals came to hand during yesterday and this morning, and it is quite probable Unit there will be a large number of additional subscriptions received during the next few days. A number of the smaller contributors have desired that acknowledgment of their donations be made through the Press, and in order that this may he done 1 have sent the amount* direct to the treasurers, so that the actual total to date, for 1 ho four meetings is well over £s.c>oo. and 1 desire to take this opportunity of asking your executive to put on iccoid their appreciation of the valuable, assistance received bv the committee from various sources, and to that, end I have pleasure in moving the following motion:—‘Thai this association extend a hearty vote- of thank* to the Rev. Father J. Coffey. Mr G. Fenwick, Mr C. Holdsworth. and Mr Donald Reid, snn., tor acting as chairmen at the meetings. to the Her. R, S. Gray and the Rev. A.' Wynne Thomas, for their inspiring speeches, to Mr A. Barnett (who at his own expense prepared the vety striking poster and also assisted in drat king other advertisements), to Haywards’ Picture Go., the Garrison Hall trustees, and Messrs Fuller and Sons for providing halls, to the various staffs at tho different buildings under the able direction ol Messrs Grome, Fraser, Petersen, and Humann, and to the following for the respective parts they took in the proceedings Philharmonic •Society. Dunedin Orchestral Society. Duneditin' Liederlafel, the orchestra at the Princess Theatre, Mr Martinelli s orchestra, Knox Church choir, the band of the 4th Regiment, St. Kilda. Municipal Band, the National Reserve Band, Head Masters' Association, and the various school bands. Mrs Power. Miss Helen Gatd’ner, Vida Waters. Miss Keqnilant, Miss Wal-' ton. Messrs F. 11. Osborn. Percy Jtimes. F. G. Angoll, Slylield. A. Gicen. and A. Peterson, lady collectors, and the four honorary trrasuiei-.' In moving the foregoing resolution J have not im-lml-d the names of Mr Charles Speight and Mr 11. Bennell. nor any of the other members of the Public Appeal Committee ot this association, because 1 feel Ural they would not wish me lo do so. 1 cannot, however, allow thi.'i opportunity to pass withoutsaying publicly that the success that hits attended the great effort to raise a. large sum of money for the Belgian and British relief fund on Wednesday litis been, in a great ineasuie. due to the self-devotion to the object and the magnificent work of Mr .Speight and Mr Bennell. (bond applause.) I. have never been associated in public witlGa-ny other two men whoso cooperation was so essential to the success of any undertaking, or who. from the moment the project was taken in hand, could I have devoted themselves with greater energy and ability than have the two colleagues- just named. .1 shall always re- I

gard my association with Mr Speight and Mr Bennell in this noble work for the re-, lief of tho sore-stricken Belgians ami for help of the dependants of our own bravo soldiers and Bailors as one of the happiest incidents in my life, and 1 do hope that thousands of pounds will yet pour into the fund, because the case is urgent and the need great." (Applanse.) The Chairman, in seconding the motion, said it was most gratifying that the response to tho appeal had been so generous. The work done by different individuals had been heavy, but the success attending their efforts was a just recognition.

The motion for the adoption of the report was carried amidst applause. Mr John Roberts moved—“ That the host thanks of this association be tendered to Mr J. A. Johnstone for the very excellent services rendered by him in connection with the recent appeal.” Seconded by Mr Joachim, and carried amidst hearty applause. The hon. treasurers submitted a statement as to finance. The receipts from all sources amounted to £28.564 7s 5J,d; a third payment of £SO had been made to tho Employment and Relief Committee for urgent cases of distress. On the motion of Mr John Roberts, chairman of the "Finance Committee, it was decided to remit another £2,000 lo T.ondon in aid of the Belgian relief fund, the remitting to be through the channels thought host by the Finance Committee. In answer to a question as to how it was intended to remit the money’, Mr G. L. Denniston, one of the hon.'treasurers, said the previous amount forwarded was sent to the High Commissioner, the bank remitting free of charge, only the cable having to be paid for. Mr J. A. Johnstone suggested that the money should go through Lord Liverpool. Mr E. C. Hazlott said it would be a wrong thing to remit through His Excellency the Governor. It would mean that the money would probably go to the Prince of Wales or some other fund, and Otago would then lose its identity. Mr F. G. Gumming, chairman and convener of the Employment and Relief Committee, reported that 56 additional applications for relief had been dealt with, and £95 18s 6d granted. Mr Gumming said the decision arrived at at last meeting of tho executive with regard to the extension of the 1-pith wail was now found to have been a wise one. Had (he Employment and Relief Committee been correctly informed as to the position, the matter would not have conic up in the form it did. A conference, consisting of the chairmen of the Harbor Board, Drainage Board, and City Council Works Committee and their engineers, was shortly to he held, and lie believed that the end of tho week would sen the matter settled. He moved the adoption of the report. Mr Israel seconded the motion. Mr R. Breen said that he took the opportunity of withdrawing unreserved iv the statement he had made at last meeting of the executive with reference to sonic members of the executive endeavoring to block recommendations brought down"* hv the Employment and Relief Committee. ' MX George Fenwick, as the mover of the amendment at last meeting referring the particular clause relating to the Leith wall_ back to the committee, said he was part icuiarly gratified at the handsome manner in which Mr Breen am! Mr Gumming had withdrawn.

The Chairman also expressed his gratification at the turn of affairs, and he thought that the committee would realise that tho executive, instead of working at cross purposes with the different committees, were endeavoring to assist them.

A motion that- the report be adopted was carried.

Mr J. A. Johnstone said that the Rev. R. S. Gray had mentioned lo him that if he could get another to assist him he purposed going round various centres to urge the appeal for additional funds.—Referred to the Public Appeal Committee to deal with.

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OTAGO PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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OTAGO PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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