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AN APPEAL TO NEW ZEALAND. Mr Thomas E. Sedsewick, writing from 33 Oriental street Poplar, E.C., has addressed an appeal to the women of New Zealand on behalf of the widows of the United Kingdom. He states that there are 1,364.000 widows in the United Kingdom, and their numbers are being increased daily by the losses in the war. By far the most humane and the only real form of lelief, he says, would be to enable suitable widows and their children to go to New Zealand to obtain employment at good wages. Widows of the artisan type are well cpudified to {.erform the whole of the work of the house, and would be a great gain for the Dominion. Until recently widows had been regarded as eligible* for reduced fares as domestics for New Zealand, "but recent inquiry shows that, on instructions from Wellington, desirable types of domesticated females are now not generally regarded as eligible." A recent trial of 20 widows as domestics had been an unqualified success in New South Wales, and tho peopie of the Dominion should fee that such widows are again regarded as eligible by the, Immigration Department. Mr Sedrewick suggests that each borough and district might tollective'y nominate as many widows as it, could absorb, and they could be drawn 'rom one centre in Britain. The widows could be required to pay the cost of their nomination and transference to New Zealand. Widows with more than two children should not be accepted. Good physiqiw- and abstinence from alcohol might be insisted on, and the age limit could be fixed at 35 or <3O for the mothers, with a minimum of three or four years for the children ; provided each woman had her husband's death certificate of a certain date as well as her marriage lines, any trouble with regard to posthumous chiliren would be avoideel.

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WAR WIDOWS., Evening Star, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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WAR WIDOWS. Evening Star, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914