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WOMEN'S RESPONSE TO THE EMPIRE'S CALL.

Miss Kelsev, in moving the resolution that was adopted by the women's meeting on Monday, spoke "as follows : T suppose that I have been asked to move this resolution on the principle that the onlooker sees most ol the game. Circumstances have kept me from being more than a small and spasmodic worker. That gives me all the more right, to propose this vote of thanks to those women who have so magnificently acted ns the representatives of the women of Otago. When this awful war broke out we women all felt that we must do something. The forming of this association gave us our opportunity. Originally started to equip our troops, at the Mayor's request t became a part of tho Otago Patriotic and Welfare Association, and work opened up in all directions. Everything connected with the war that woman could do found a centre at the Early Settlers' Hall. The first ten days were strenuous days. Tho Government said that the shirts must be made in that time. The flannel was still on the looms, and energetic women were clamoring for work. If some were disappointed, and found work elsewhere, no one was to blame. Trio work came in rushes —one day little, another day much and a stranger had to go on the chance of being needed. The- greatest helpers were those who were never in the way and never out of the way. There might be only such things as a few hooks to buy, a'few labels to string, but it was tho silent watcher who got the opportunity. But these early days passed, and work lay ready to every willing hand. In a recent novel, "Th« Fear of Living.* the author has a fine preface. In it he explains his title. "The fear of living,'' he says, " means to deserve neither blame nor praise. It is the constant all-desire for peace. It is the flight from responsibility, struggles, risks, and efforts. It : s tlm "careful avoidance of danger, exaltation, passion, enthusiasm, sacrifice—of everything that disturbs and upsets." Now" 1 need not tell any frequenter of the

Early Settlers' Hall that there at least the " fear of living" has not had away. The work—to do it, and to do it in tlm best possible way—has been the only thought in the heart of organiser and worker. Day by day, hour by hour, the name women have been ever at their post, helping forward in every way possible tho one work that is of such extreme importance to us all. We would like them to feel that they have the unbounded confidence of tho women of Otago, not only for what they have already done, but for what they may yet do. I foresee that in the coming weeks the Early Settlers' Hall will become a centre to which all women in trouble through the war will naturally gravitate. They will know that there advice, comfort", sympathy, help of all kinds is waiting for them. And oven if it is only that their souls are touched with the world's present agony, they will be comforted by the presence of those earnest women workers. A lady announced in a London omnibus lately that she was sick of the sight of khaki; in fact, she was bored. But there are people who believe that this war was stirred up to choke the bored people to death. Boredom is the curse of peace. Never was there a time whan women should stand closer together than now, the women who can give with the women who need, the women who know with the women who don't know, the women who realise tho. solemnity of the present crisis with the women whose hearts are still untouched by all but personal issues. Now this is a religious war. Our men are not going to lay down their lives fruitlessly. From this baptism of fire our world must arise purer, truer, nearer in spirit to that city of God, whoso walls are built of that righteousness, which alone exalted a nation. This is a great hope, but a great hope that has its duties. An old book has told us that " Everyone that hath this hope set on her purifieth herself even as He is pure.'' If you were in the Early Settlers' Hall frequently you would henr many women deeply regretting that there was no public daily word of prayer or intercession in our city. Is there no one to say this is a wrong: it must be righted, and I'm th\! one to do it? We desire not to implore God to be on our side, but that we may find ourselves on (.ion's side. Admiral Jellicoe, writing to his brother shortly after war broke out, said : " We shall need your prayers." In the end I think the war will do good by purging the world of much selfishness and luxury. Yes, luxury and selfishness must go, and wo women must lend the way and wo must begin now. Funds will be urgently needed to combat with many troubles, and one woman must be willing to deny herself one luxury, another, another, so that no one industry suffers greatly. I need hardly say that the reflex action of this in our own hearts will be strong and will prepare our bodies as well as our spirits tor that which our God is preparing for us. .Miss Rawson, in seconding the resolution, enir! : It is tho lesson of history that peace and prosperity are not stimulants I'oi the development of the finest characteristics of a nation, but rather it is misfortune, a common menace, and hard timos that make the individual willing to sacrifice himself for a common cause, for he becomes a stronger man and a worthier citizen in doing so. If this war makes us a finer people—a j>eni>le win* can distingi'ieh the real, essential things of li f e t'roiii the non-essentials that bind us down and hamper our nwfulness—then all this siifi'eiing and bloodshed will rot have been in vain. And if it makes bold to strike out for truth, to expose and remedy some of the evils of our civilisation, awl to sho-.v sympathy anJ love and practical help to tinte who may be overtaken bv inisforti.ne. then it has it* beneficent side in renew m:.' ail that is best and most vital in humanity. Here, where the ptdse power is felt but feebly, the stimulus to effort is not as great, as there, is not an immediately pressing demand ; yet there are ways in which all women in New Zealand can help to shoulder their part of the burden and to bear their part, of the fauitice that is weighing so heavily on the countries of

Europe to-day. . . . We women can help tremendously by not putting difficulties in the way of suitable men who wi.-h to %ht for their nation. 1 feel that the test of us- owe a debt of gratitude to every woman who has ?<> far sacrificed herseh as to sav to a (.'-n or husband or lover

'•(.{()," and has said it, willingly. A<s long as we have this kind of women our nation can never bu accused of behi:,' decadent It is only tin l - women who consider tlieir own happiness and ;.'ood fortune first whu ar..; a clot; to the world's, progress. I believe that there are many women, epceially yecng-er ones, vho are longing to find a more practi(£Ll outlet for their patriotism. In England the way is easy. Service is waiting on all t-itles for willing worker.-. We do not know whether a demand will over cornii to us in New Zealand tor similar service, but I believe it behaves us to bo prepared. Why should mot this Women's Association form the nucleus of a band of volunteer women —eoi responding to the men's National Reserve—women who will be 1 early to fail into their place at ihe moment of stress without panic or fear': The training would be all to the good, even should the time for practical application never cumo, for it would give a conscious high purpose to life. Tlie.-e volunteer women could lip. trained in ambulance woik. to keep themselves lit by physical training, and to undertake souie foi'ni of self-sacrifice by which, dining the war, a steady revenue could be ensured to strengthen the existing iclief fund?. It we ci>uld jet a nucleus of wom»':i willing to work nut a. scheme of this kind 1 believe that vie could get number? of eager members, and we. could then feel that in mir small wav wo women were, doing our he.-1

just as ' the. men ate doing. "Finally, let us nmemlier how much the progress of a nation depends upon the. pro press of its women, for it is they who int-til right ideals into the tvxt generation. Piofessor Ramsay once said : " I should he slow to set any limits to the pi ssihlc future development of a nation in which tho women are always on the highest level of the existing generation." This is a challenge to us women. Let tis lie on the higrevt level of this generation ; let Jos sons of unselfishness- mud love u hi<-h tho piesont suffering should draw from the a«c -, awl in so doing we can best show our thi.nks to tlie members of liie Wnmeu's Association who have pinireivd the way in this direction.

DIED FROM WOUND.-. Private advice has been received in Chnstciuirch of the death ol Lieutenant 0. I'. M. Garcia, of tho l-'irst liattahon Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who was wounded in the battle of the .\>i:e. Lieutenant Garcia wa« a son <.t" O'piam Garcia, formerly of Chri-U lnuvh. and was bom at llitvarton in 1806. OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND (.KNLKAL \vj-:l-f.\hl>: association. The hon. treasurers of the Ota-o I'atviofie and General Welfare Asso. lation acknowledge the receipt of the followiu;' donations to the fund :--

THE MAORI CONTINGENT. Afi stated by the Prime Minister in his .speech at Papakura on Monday night, the Maori contingent, which is now in training at Avondale, will not be divided, as was at one time proposed, but tho entire 500 men will be despatched to one destination, which, as has already boon stated, will probably be Egypt. It was stated in the House of Representatives a few weeks ago by the Minister of Defence that an opportunity would probably be given'to some ot tho members of the present garrison force at Samoa to volunteer for the front, and he indicated that in order to allow them to leave Samoa an equal number of Maoris would bo sent there in order to keep up the strength. Tho decision to keep all the Maoris together, however, will render it impossible for any of the men at Samoa to be relieved from duty there. The Prime Minister, in reply to a question, stated that it was not proposed to train a further Maori force for Samoa.

The members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew and friends assembled at St. Paul's Cathedral -u 7 a.m. yesterday morning, when Holy Communion was celebrated by the Rev. V. G. Bryan King, and "special "intercessions were offered for Mr Cecil Child, who is about to leave to join tbe Expeditionary Force. After service an adjournment was made to "Jackson's," Dowling street, and breakfast was partaken of as quests ot Mr Child. The Rev. V. G. Bryan King, in the name of the Brotherhood, presented Mr Child with a wristlet watch, and wished the recipient God-speed and a safe return. Good wishes were extended bv the Rev. W. A. Ilamblett and others. Mr Child responded very feelingly, and thanked one and all for their good-will and affection towards him.

Previously acknowledged ... £14, C02 0 1 Collected" by '' G uy l''a\v kes " hov 0 •?, 0 "W."" /j ~t 0 Win. Mitchell 0 10 0 John Robertson • ••■ 4 0 0 Dunediu City ( orporat ionOfficial "staff (second monthly contribution) ;c 0 0 Caversham \Y;>rd municipal employees (sixth contribution) i 11 0 Gasworks employee* (seventh contribution)... 8 o 0 Sanitary department 2 18 0 John B. Blair 10 0 0 Collected at break-up of Mrs Bligh'.s dancing classes 10 2 fi R. V- Mathoson 5 0 0 " N'o One"' o 0 0 Alex- Ciunn 2 0 0 J. Speight and Co.'s employees (twelfth contribution) 10 0 0 Overseas Club, Dunediii branch 25 0 0 "Sympathiser" ... I 0 0 Seven boys. Anderson Bay Methodist Sunday School 0 7 2 £15.006 19 9

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WOMEN'S RESPONSE TO THE EMPIRE'S CALL., Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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