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HOSPITAL SATURDAY

PROSPECTS PROMISING. LIVELY STREET SCENES. Tho annual collection known to the Otago people as “ Hospital Saturday ” is being made to-day. There is no disputing the fact that considerable additional interest is being manifested in this year’s movement owing to it having been decided that one-quarter of the net proceeds is to bo devoted to tho relief of distressed Belgians. This feature, indeed, was given particular prominence in tho arrangement and decorations of many of the stalls. Tho now familiar red, yellow, and black greeted the eye at every turn, not that the popular red white, and blue was in any way neglected, as some of the stalls adhered rigidly to the latter colors. Inmost cases, however, they were blended with those of the Belgians. Notwithstanding tho threatening aspect of tho weather, tho main streets of the City presented a gay appearance, a large number of the business places displaying a profusion of bunting, and the appearance of some hundreds of women and girl helpers in tho vicinity of tho stalls added greatly to what was undoubtedly an animated scene. On the streets, too, vehicles containing fancifully-dressed folk were prominent in assisting, and fife and drum bands from some of the schools added the required musical touch to the surroundings. One vehicle was used by tho artists at present performing at tho Fuller-Brennan Princess Theatre, amongst whom wore Miss Carrie Moore ami Miss Rosa Loader. This party did particularly good work in tho cause, and gathered in a goodly sum, Mrs Cronio also lending assistance with the collecting box. Tho performing members of this band, did not spare themselves in the matter of contributing vocal and other items of a musical nature, which invariably brought forth a shower of coins. The leading members of the company did not confine themselves to rendering a musical programme, however, but innovations, such as tho disposal of baskets of flowers ty Dutch auction and the sale of a French poodle were introduced by Miss Carrie Moore, who went further still, and disposed of kisses at the tempting figure of one guinea each. Some well-known citizens were seen to avail themselves of tho privilege amid cheers, laughter, and chaff from the bystanders.

The Dunedin Orphans’ Club were again to the fore with a party of fantasticallydressed members and an orchestra. With songs and choruses they attracted considerable attention, and, what is more to the point, a goodly share of coin of the realm. The Lauder-like Scotsman was particularly effective in drawing forth the elusive bawbees. An attractive feature of the dav's proceedings was Mr Roderick MTvenzie’s tandem pony team attached to a trap containing, amongst others, a piper who played selections, which probably bad the effect of materially increasing the contributions by the Celtic section of the community. A dog drawing a miniature Red Cross waggon was also made a neat little display. A large number of Boy Scouts were in evidence, and inquiry showed that their services were of considerable value to the various stallholders and to the officials. ■ Messrs G. C. Israel (president), R. Martin (hon. tresurer). J. C. M‘George (hon. secretary), and E. S. Wilson (organising secretary), assisted by the committee of the association, and many other willing helpers were active in furthering the success of the movement. As the result of personal inquiries from various stallholders, the collection is likely to prove eminently satisfactory. The following are the stalls and the names of those in charge : Manor place (St. Andrew's Church). — Miss Jessie Cairns. Empire Buildings.—Mrs Canstick. Jacobs’s Corner (Karitanc Hospital),— Mrs F. H. Carr. Host Office (convalescent fund). —Mrs A. Johnston Brown. Stock Exchange (St. John’s Ambulance). —Miss .1. D. Hooper. Grand Hotel (Overseas Club). — Miss Sinclair. Government Life Insurance Comer (Catholic stand). —Mrs J. B. Callan, junior. . Sub-stand at Morris, photographer, Mrs Herbert. B.N.Z.—Misses Janies and Stephenson. Brnithwaitos.—Mrs J. M'George. City Hotel (First Church).—Mrs Peter Dick and Sister Mabel. Hallen tein’s Corner (Trinity Church). — Miss Ackroyd. Townsend’s Corner (Otago Ladies’ Club). —Mrs H. Lindo Ferguson. Railway Station (St. Matthews Church). —Mrs lE' Gonrley. A. and T. High's.—Hospital nurses. Sprosen’s Corner (general hospital nurses). —Miss Myles. Moray Place Post Office.—Misses Gcerln and Rattray. Xcii’s Corner (Y.M.C.A.).—Miss A. E. Seaman. City Boot Palace Corner (All Saints Church). —Sister Elizabeth. Mollison’s Corner (St. Helen’s Hospital). —Miss A, H. Halford. Knox Church.—Sister Jean. Collecting stations were also established at South Dunedin, St. Kilda, St. Clair, Cavershani, Mnrninglon, Maori Hill, Opoho, Woodhaugh, ' Xorth-east Valley, Anderson Bay. Roslyn, St. Leonard's, Burkes, Port Chalmers, Broad Bay, and Portobello. PORT CHALMERS. Collecting for the Hospital was being vigorously carried on tn-dav at Port Chalmers and the surrounding district. Thou.di the weather was bleak this morning the ladies were out at 7 o’clock attending at all the early trains. Mr A. Leek, who hud charge of the operations, was very pleased at the systematic manner in which the ladies were carrying on the collecting. The response to the appeal for the hospital went to show that the collecting would not he affected by tho war to the extent at first anticipated.

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HOSPITAL SATURDAY, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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HOSPITAL SATURDAY Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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