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[Per United Press Association.]

WELLINGTON, November 30,

The reinforcement camp now' established at Trentham is remarkable in more ways than one. It is the first national camp in a truly national sense held in New Zealand. The men in it are fully representative of the best manhood in the- country, and the camp is considered to be the best organised and administered that has yet been held in this country. In the past camps have been held upon a purely regimental brigade or a district scale. In the present camp at TVentham the whole of the New Zealand army is represented; every regiment and every arm of service and men in it arc going to reinforce every unit in the Expeditionary Force now on their way to Europe. The men have been drawn from all parte of New Zealand. The camp is admirably laid out and equipped.

OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. The hon. treasurers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association acknowledge the receipt of the following donations to the fund : Previously acknowledged £16,682 5 o E. W. Merry b 1 1 0 Walter Bull 5 0 0 Employee?, hosiery department Roslym Mills ... o 212 6 Palmerston Patriotic Committee a and B 130 0 0 Teviot Station employees Aandß 13 11 0 Otago Women’s Patriotic Association a!SO 0 0 Garrison Hall meeting, November 25 b 1,151 5 10 Hillside Workshops (Bth contribution) ClB 7 6 £18,154 1 1 A Denotes Great Britain and Ireland fund, n Denotes Belgian fund, c Denotes local relief. FOR THE BELGIANS. Three little school girls made a brave effort at Port Chalmers on Saturday to help the Belgians, and the result was encouraging. Little Lily Smith thought of holding a bazaar, ana Eleanor and Ethel Jones helped to carry this undertaking to a successful issue. Mrs Smith placed a room at the children's disposal, and when all was ready tho school children came and patronised clothes stall, lolly stall, and refreshment room. Business was brisk, and tho stock was sold out. The cash result amounted to 16s This was handed to tho Mayor, who thanked the children for their efforts to help the distressed Belgians.

DONATIONS BY SCHOOL CHILDREN. The committee of the Dunedin branch of the Overseas Club acknowledge the receipt of the following donations from the pupils of tho undermentioned schools, and specially wish to thank the four little girls at Alexandra —Misses F. Bowler, I. Simonscn, E. Simonson, and L. Hannay—for the donation collected by them: —Tapanui D.H. School £3 12s 6d, Livingstone 10s, Maerewhemia 11s, Tahatika 13s, Alexandra D.H. School £3 14s 3d, Sutton ss. Otepopo 255, Reacliff 10s, St. Leonards 9s 9d, Akatore ss, Portobello 20s, North-cast Harbor 15s, To Houka 11s, Kaikorai £5 13s 6.pi. Jean Hunter, of Kaikorai, who is only three years old, handed in tho contents of her money hox (4s for tho benefit of the little Belgian children. A NEW ZEALANDER IN AN ENGLISH CAMP. A Dunedin man writes from Farnhara (Surrey)—tho place where Sayers and Keenan fought—as follows This is a training camp tor field ambulances. Fifteen of them are here. They are to go to France with various divisions of Kitchener’s new army. Each ambulance consists of 230 men, 10 officers, 20 waggons, from 90 to 100 horses, etc. Our day begins at 6.30, and ends at 4.30. I have to leach tho men ordinary drill and lecture to them on elementary anatomy, bandaging, etc. This is an ordinary day’s work : 6.45 a.m., called; 6.30, stretcher drill for officers; 7.30, breakfast; 8.30, repair to orderly room and look over business of the day ; 9, parade; 10, lecture; 11, parade; 2 p.m., lecture; 3, parade till 4.30. Tho parades are either squad drill, section or company drill, or stretcher drill, or the while morning or afternoon may be replaced by a route march. Wc are camped at Twcsoldown racecourse. Daily tho camp grows bigger. Eight hundred men arrived yesterday, and now officers come in daily/ The c.o. sleeps in the jockeys’ room ; others, with myself, in the weighing room. All have camp beds, three blankets, and a woollen sleeping bag. All the men are still in tents, though the Army rules state that no man should be under canvas after Ist October. Wooden huts for winter are going up rapidly.”

DUNEDIN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION. The committee will welcome workers any day this week from 10 till 5. There is a lot to be done for the Expeditionary Force reinforcements, as well as the finishing up of the packing for the relief fund. The committee hope to finish packing for the British and Belgian relief fund at the end of this week. Donations will bo received at the Early Settlers’ Hall up till Thursday. After that, work in this direction will bo discontinued until February. In the meantime it is hoped that all women wishful to help will work in their own homes, and have their parcels ready to bring to the hall in February. The committee thank Mr A. H. O’Keefe for his donation of two pictures to the Lady Liverpool fund; also Miss Cray (Owaka), who gave one to the Belgian fund. These pictures are by Du Portal, C. F. Kelly, and E. M. Munday. It is hoped to realise a very substantial sum by the sale of them.

It is impossible to adequately thank all donors of flowers and sweets which were forwarded to the Early Settlers’ Hall for Hospital Saturday, also the largo number of ladies who worked all day Friday and Saturday arranging flowers and getting the sweets ready for sale. Thanks are specially due to Mrs Crammond, who decorated the basket which was presented to Miss Carrie Moore at the Princess Theatre on Saturday night, as well as the numerous other baskets which were sent out for sale during the day. It is interesting to note that nearly 5,000 boxes and bags of sweets left the hall for the various stands on Saturday. Mrs James Gray and Mrs Hendry took charge of this section. Flowers came from all parts—Auckland to the Bluff.

To-morrow is “Non-smokers’ Day.” Gifts of money, chocolates, cigarettes, and tobacco will he thankfully received and forwarded as Christmas gifts to our soldiers in Samoa. This case will be shipped on Friday to catch the Navua at Auckland. Any friends sending in cakes must put them into soldered tins, otherwise they will become mouldy. Parcels for this case will not bo received after Wednesday, December 2.

A lady who wishes to remain anonymous has offered tomato plants for sale. Monetary donations : —Smokers’ fund : Collected by Mr Charles Leith, £3 18s; St. Martin’s Girls’ Friendly, 11s. Lady Liverpool fund: E.G.S., 10s. Money for cardigan jackets is required for the reinforcements.

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AN IDEAL CAMP., Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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AN IDEAL CAMP. Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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