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Rev. F. G. Gumming presided over a meeting of the Employment and Relief Committee of the Patriotic and Welfare Association this afternoon.

The Relief Committee reported that 32 applications for relief had been considered to date, and relief amounting to £lO2 2s 3d granted, while tons of coal had been distributed. —Adopted. The Employment Committee reported that t* date £1,567 3s 6d had been paid in wages, and 101 men were now employed en the various relief works, as follows : Leith wall (University section), 20; Leith wall (City Council section), 12; Ocean Drive, 23; Flagstatf aiforestation, 12; Portobello Road Board, 8; Unity Ground, 11; Wallace street (road forming), 15; total, 101 men. In addition to the above, employment has been found privately for over 20 men.

The committee expressed deep regret that no further men had been put on the Leith wall (City Council section), and stated that, so far as could be ascertained, there was no reasonable excuse for this not having been done. It was recommended that the letter from the manager of Mount Boyal Station, Palmerston, bo sent forward to the executive, tho committee regretting being under the necessity Of doing so. They would also express the opinion that the action of tho men as set out by the manager of the station appeared to be exceedingly ungrateful, taking into account the persistent clVorts and tho time occupied on the committee in their endeavors to obtain work for those out of employment. The proposal contained in the Town Clerk's letter of 20th November in re Chisholm Park had received the consideration of the committee, and it was recommended that it could not be entetained at tho present time.— Adopted. The City Engineer wrote with reference to Wallace sheet, in reply to a query as to what was being done with regard to this street. His Worship directed the writer to say that it is proposed to form the road 40tt wide from the building line on the Eoslyn side en to the Town' Belt. The 40ft. when tho work is all do:i?, will be made up of a 10ft fc-otwalk along the Eoslyn frontage, 25ft of metalled roadway, ana a. margin outside the metal about aft wide. The- bush on the Town Belt is to ba trimmed bade to a width of about a chain, not in a straight lino, but with sorre semblance to a park drive, i<\ and out, and with openings to give peeps of the harbor and the distance. Tho work is to extend from Melrose street, io Mr John Ross's gata.—Received. Tiva Chairman said he regretted thai ille matter of the Leith wall had not progressed, its rapidly as it 6honld have done. There was really no reason now why a lars;e number of men should not be employed there. He was surprised that when the executive granted a, sum of £3,000 such a small number of men (12) should be employed on this important work. Ho expected that at least 40 men should have been employed. He hoped that this would ba the last time, that he •would have occasion to .refer to this matter.

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