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OUR WOMEN’S SHARE IN THE WAR.

GRAND WORK BY OTAGO LADIES

Hi? Worship the Mayor (Mr J. B. Shaddock) p. ts:de<l over a largely-at-tended meeting of ladies in the Town Hall yesterday afternoon, when the secretary of the Dunedin Women’s Committee of the Patriotic General Welfare Association presented an interesting report of the work done during the past three mouths.

His Worship, in opening tho meeting, remarked that the committee was formed in August last at the request of Lady Liverpool, who asked that the ladies of Dunedin should undertake certain work towards the equipment of the troops who had gone to the front. The women’s commit tec became at his sjieciaJ request an integral part of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association to carry on during the war all w-ork possible to woman. The Early Settlers generously caruo forward and offered their building, and the mso.nation was under a great obligation to the Early Settlers for the ti.-e of their premi.-cs, which now looked very much like a huge general warehouse. 'Applause.) Tho cost to the Early Settlers had been large, because they had not boon able to, let their hall for any purpose, Mr Shaddock said he had sent forward to the City Council a n quest that the Early Settlers should be recompensed for the use of their hall in older that they might be compensated to some extent for the loss. (Loud applause.) It was unfortumi’ - that when the Ladies’ Commit fee was formed Mrs Shaeklock was unable to take her place among them, but they wore under a debt, of gratitude to Miss Stewart and to Miss Burt for the wav in which they had given their services to the association. (Loud applause.) The reports had been prepared, and they would hear while they were being read what work had been done. (Applause.) After traversing the preliminary steps taken by tho women of Dunedin in response to the appeal marie by Lady Liverpool to the women of Otago for assistance in equipping tho Otago section of the Expedition;: v v Force, the report presented stated that the figures in connection with equipment, of the'troop* were interesting, and spoke volumes for the energy and enthusiasm of the women of Otago. Over 1.600 full kits were issued, and in addition a number of articles were supplied to complete other kits. The articles sent in to tho Lute l/ivc.qool Fund Committee or provided by the monetary donations sent, in were ns follow :—2,431 shirts, 1,875 cholera bolts, 1,943 housewives, 5.000 handkerchiefs, 893 chest protectors, 2,455 cuffs, 2,350 service* bags, 2.283 balaclavas, 2,100 holdalls. 562 scarves, 1,728 cardigans. 1,200 towel-—making a total of 32,425 articles. Tin’s did not include the Mospiol Company’s donation of woollen goods sent to the* Defence Department and then forwarded to the Early Settlers’ Hall, nor the articles sent from the Defence authorities; nor did it include misesdhumous articles, such as soap. liquorice, knives, forks, spoons, and many other things which wen* used in the filling of the holdalls, along with a few blankets, shoes, boot*, etc. Besides providing cardigan jackets and cuffs for men at Tahuna encampment, the association sent 50 of each garment, io the camp at Palmerston North and 80 to Auckland, so that all the Otago men «vi\; provider! with these very necessary articles two cases containing" socks and handkerchiefs were put on board tho transports. There wore 779 men mi board tho Ruapehu and 920 men on the Hawke’s Bay. and corresponding numbers of both articles were ready to be distributed to the men on their arrival in England. Since the departure of the forces arrangements had been made to provide the regulation kit for 250 of the reinforcements, with the exception of the shirts, singlets, and underpants, which would be supplied by the Defence Department. Several sums of money from_ Otago districts had been sent direct to Wellington. With regard to the British and Belgian Relief Fund work undertaken at the Mavor’s request, the committee arranged for* a flower day. which was held or. Saturday, September 19. Tim sum ot £6OO was handed to the treasurer of the main executive as the result of the work of Dunedin women on that day. The thanks of the committee were duo to all those who took part in the selling of the flowers, and also to all who sent flower*. 1 this as in every other work undertaken the country women came loyally to the cominittee’e assistance. Tins action on the part of Invercargill was reciprocated, a d 51 hose.,- sent to them on their flower day. In connection with the forwarding .if’clothing and blankets to the same fund, 39 cases ot clothing had been shipped by the Pakeba, Zeilandic, and Rakaia, and 140 cases still remained in store to be shipped as opportunity offered. These cases, averaged at £2O each, represented a total value of £3,600. , Mrs Capstick organised biaiiKet and baby days to be held on successive Fridays in aid of the Belgians, fn response to "this appeal 800 blankets were received, and piles of beautifully-made infant clothing were received. Y\’ith tho approach of j tho holidays tho committee considered it 1 advisable to cease work for ibis fund until : the second week in February, when further I .supplies would be received and forwarded, 1 contingent upon the shipping companies j being agreeable and able to forward them. | Until peace was declared the help of every woman in Otago would be required—for them, as for the army, there could be “no discharge in the war." The report would not be complete without a word of grateful thanks to the Early Settlers’ Association, which placed its hall and its organisation at tho committee’s disposal unreservedly. Withouut this they could not, have carried out tho work which they had been privileged to do. ! Tho Treasurer. Mrs Theomin. read her 1 report which showed that the receipts ; from all sources amounted to £2,162 13s, , while the expenditure was set out as , follows: —Lady Liverpool Fund, £9lO 19s j 7d ; Patriotic Fund £57 15s; Belgian Re- \ lief Fund, £3ll 11s; British Relief Fund, | £3ll 11s —making a total of £1,591 16s j 7d. This left a balance in hand of £570 j 16s sd. I Miss Kelsev moved ; I

That this meeting desire to place on record their warmest appreciation of the work done by tho executive ami other members of the women's branch of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association, who by their daily presence during the past three months at the Earlv Settlors’ Hall have made it possible for the women of Otago to contribute so largely to the great cause. This meeting realise that the capable organisation and unremitting attendance of these women have been of the greatest value in directing work into right channels with the least possible waste of energy and of material, and it asks them not only to accept sincere thanks for the self-sacrificing work of the past throe months, bat to continue to serve during the war as the representatives of the women of Otago, who on their part are prepared to do all they can to help them at our Empire’s call.’’ This was seconded by Miss Rawson. The Mayor paid a warm tribute of praise lo the Ladies’ Committee. From frequent visits to the Early Settlers’ HaU lie ,vra-s enabled to see tho amount of work

which was being done in connection with the entertainment of the troops. It was really a magnificent work. At the time it was launched he had committed tho association to the extent of £SOO, in case it should bo needed, Jn order that the work might go on, but the women’s branch of tho association had not come on the patriotic executive for a penny. The ladies had been well supported by tho citizens, but in addition to that they had done n vast amount of good work, anti tho citizens could never adequately repay them for the amount of work they but! done. (Applause.) The motion was carried unanimously by acclamation.

All’s S. M. Park, in returning thanks on behalf of the Ladies' Executive tor the appreciative comment that followed the rending of the report, said that as a member of tho executive she assured her auditors that the devotion to duty of the com mittee as a whole., and of Miss Stewart — upon whom, owing to. the illness of Mrs Shaddock, devolved the responsible duty of chairwoman—of Mrs Theomin as treasurer, and Miss Burt as an indefatigable secretary, had in no way been overstated (Applause.) They would agree with her that the report, while mainly a record of the work accomplished, was also a record of feeling translated into action. It suggested sympathy, suffering and strength. It was sympathy which resulted in the comfortable equipment of the men, and in thought they followed the troops to U'naicustomcd cold, and so pro vided the warm clothing for them. The varied gifts conducive to cleanliness and bodily heal*h wore the outcome of sympathy indicative of thoughtfulness for the Now Zealand forces on their departure to become a part of that stern fellowship who with unequalled heroism were fighting for and maintaining the national liberties of the Empire. (Applause.) This sympathy, moreover, was not confined to a few ; it was universal. Women of town and country had vied in helping. The small schoolgirl had helped. TTie aged grandmother, whose eyes had grown somewhat dim for sewing, had forwarded to the executive many pairs of socks, thus showing that her hands had not lost their cunning in knitting. (Applause). But sympathy implied suffering, and suffering was inseparable from war. When the nation ca'd to their sons “Quit you like men, ix l strong!'’ should they, as women, be less so? What would he thought of the Red Cross nurse who ft inched from looking at the actual wounds? They would acquire strength from looking at the nation’s wounds, to puffer and Ixi strong to tarry on their wo'k till the joy bells rang for'a victorious peace; till the mists of battle cleared, and looking towards the peaks of Beulah they beheld the shimmering gold and rose of a newer, brighter national dawn. (Loud applause.)

KILLED AT THE FRONT’

DR ANGUS AI NAB

Dr R. M’Nab yesterday received a cable message from England stating that his brother (Dr Angus M’Nabi was killed in action on tho French frontier on Friday week

Dr Angus M'Nab was well known in Otago and Southland. He was a son of one of Southland’s pioneers, and began hi? medical course at Otago University. He had served in the Boer Wav. He was au ophthalmic surgeon in the Charing Cross Ophthalmic Hospital. London, and practised in Harley street, London. Ho had been educated in Berlin and Vienna, and was an accomplished French and German scholar. He published a work upon the eye, and translated into English a celebrated German work on the same subject. Dr M’Nab. who was about 39 years of age. leaves a widow and two little children.

THE DISTRESSED BELGIANS,

A SHILLING FUND SUGGESTED

The Wellington Patriotic Commit tee have decided to inaugurate a Dominionwide shilling fund for the benefit of the distressed vx.-ople of Belgium. It is hoped to raise £25.000.

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OUR WOMEN’S SHARE IN THE WAR., Evening Star, Issue 15646, 10 November 1914

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