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His AA’orehip the Mayor presided at tho mooting of tho executive of the Patriotic and General Welfare Association held this morning. A letter was received from the Prime Minister acknowledging receipt of tho association’s letter requesting that contributions in cash and other donations sent direct to tho Government for expenditure in connection with tho Expeditionary Force might be allotted to the committee controlling patriotic funds for distribution, and stating that tho matter was being submitted to the Hon. tho Minister of Finance for consideration. —Replies were also received from kindred societies as follows ;—Marlborough, Nelson, Auckland, and Wanganui. In each case it was stated to bo undesirable to support the suggestion.

A telegram. was received from Christchurch as follows :—The following telegram has been sent to the Prime .Minister ; “ Christchurch and Timuru committees of the poor relief fund respectfully urge Government subsidise voluntary contributions to. extent of £ for £. Dominion docs not compare favorably with other parts of Empire. rice London • Times,’ .September 15. ’’ Hope your committee will support this resolution. — Parker, secretary.—The .Mayor said personally he did not think tire re was any chance of the amounts being subscribed.— Mr Gumming mentioned Unit Mr llownie Stewart hint approached the Hon. Mr Allen in regard to the matter, and had been informed that the Government could do nothing. The New Zealand Farmers’ Union (Otago Provincial Council) forwarded a cheque for £9OO, on account of donations received for the association, the amounts to bo allocated as follows Expeditionary Force £254,, Belgian fund 107 14s, distress fund £193 12a, horse fund £239 14s—total £9OO. Mr Mitchell (secretary), in a covering letter, said that the gifts reached a total of £3,674 12s. _ He continued that as several members of the union had paid in direct to the Government and through the local patriotic associations, it was impossible to get at tho actual total of the union’s donations, but when it was stated that Otago was nob doing her share in comparison with other centres he felt this was open to question, as endless donations had been paid in' direct to tho Government, and could these be tabulated, ho was inclined to think that they would find Otago, as was always the case, well to the front, as in kindred donations of this description. (Applause.) Dunedin Waterside Workers’ Union wrote regretting their inability to subscribe to the fund owing to tho low state of their finances; members were contributing individually, and several were on the way to the front. —Received. The lion, treasurer reported as follows: —Receipts to date from all sources, £31,<154 9s 6.1. Expenditure since last meeting: Labor, £2BO 9s 9d. Belgian fund; Gabled to London, £2,050. Great Britain ami Ireland fund; Cabled to London. £2,000. Incidentals, £5 Bs. Deposited with City Corporation, £3,000. Mr Gumming moved, and Mr Mitchell seconded, that the meeting stand adjourned till Wednesday morning, when the Relief Committee's report, could bo discussed.—Carried.

Mi- Johnstone presented the following re part:—l have, to report that, the not result to date of the Public Appeal Committee'* effort.-? on behalf of the British and Belgian relief funds is r.a follows; Osh received, including Trafalgar Day codec 1 ion, £5.502 2s 4d ; promises. £155; total. £3,657 2s 4il. If we add to the foregoing the- amount collected by the ‘ Otago Daily Times’ and the amount that has been sene to the treasurer direct, we have a grand total to date of £7 ; 397 15t=. 6d. In this connection I notice from Saturday’s t’luistehurch ‘Progs’ that the cash received there to date for the same fund is £18,481 14s Sc l . F tut hen note, the actual value of goods sent to Great Britain and Belgium is £7,017 11s 7d, and although 1 have not by mo the figure-.* for Dunedin. I am sure they are nob ime-third of that, amount, to that wo are still a very long way behind the Canterbury people.--The Dev. Mr Gray said, Iron private information in lue possession, he believed that the- Christchurch patriotic fund was very much less than their own.—-Mr Johnstone explained that he was only speaking of the British and Belgian relief fund.--The ie|.ori was adopted. Mr Gumming stated that a Utter had been received from the City Council in regard to the walling of tlio Leith, and if the accosiation's proposal to grant. £3.000 towards the cost be agreed to work might he commenced us goon ns the Otago Harbor Board gave the necessary undertaking as regards their part of the vn:k. Mr Gumming also said that the. .Minister of Public Works had agreed to grant a. subsidy of £1,500 pound for pound towards the Ocean Bench esplanade, am) ■ was anxious that operations should he commenced immediately. The plans were approved by the district engineer at Dimed m. Country Organisation Committee.—Since last reporting the following donations have been received :—Lawrence, branch £l5O, I’orb Chalmers £IOO. Queenstown £66 9.5 Id. Maniototo £53 10s, Moa Flat £34 5s 6d, Portobello £62 9s, Lawrence Horticultural Society £29, Becks-Cambrian Committee £ls, Outram £l4 19s. Taieri Beach School children £lO 2s 6ci, Mosgiel District High ■School £4 ss. sundries £29 10s. The hon. treasurer of tho women’s section of tho Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association reported as follows: The receipts to date from all sources amount to £2,027 17s lOd. Tho following statement shows : (at Tho several purposes for which the donations have been subscribed, lb) the payments made against the same, and (el the balance available for the several purposes respectively : —Lady Liverpool fund—(a) £946 2s 3d, (l>) £BIO 7s 3d, (cl £135 15s ; patriotic- funds—(a) £238 Is 7d, (c) £2BB Is 7d: Belgian relief fund—(ai £456 15s sd. lb) £304 18s 9d, le) £lOl 14s 6d; British relief fund—(a) £387 0s Sd, (b) £304 18s 9d, (c) £B3 2s Id; totals —(a) £2.027 17s lOd, (1.) £1,420 4s Bd, (c) £607 13s 2d.

Mr Israel said that they all recognised tho great work done by the ladies of the Patriotic Association. (Hear, hear.) Tho effort they had made was a credit to the Citv and dr benefit to all concerned. He moved that a hearty voio of thanks bo passed to the ladies for their hearty cooperation ill the work of) the association. (Hear, hear.)—Mr Satgood seconded the motion, which was carried by acclamation.

Mr P. R. Sarcood moved—* That the time has arrived when an amount of £20,000 should be earmarked for the relief of returned soldiers and the dependents of any of the local troops at the front, same to be placed in the hands of the Finance Committee of the "Association for administration." Mr Sargood said he was aware that the Goverdteent should do something in this direction, hut the plant would of necessity be small, and exp.a ici.c.-s in'con-

nection with men returned from the Boer War made it necessary that tho fund set apart should be adequate. —The Rev. Mr (Iray said ho would be prepared to vote for the earmarking of £IO,OOO right away. Pressure, however, should be brought upon the Government to make some statement regarding their intentions in tho matter of pensions. He thought £20,000 was too much to set aside, in view of tho works in hand, and in any case doubted whether the committee had power to do it. He would move as an amendment that this matter also bo fully discussed at the adjourned meeting on Wednesday.—Mr G. R. Ritchie seconded this, and it was carried.

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