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EMPLOYMENT AND PKLtF.F COMMITTEE. At the meeting of the Employment and Relief Committee Yesterday afternoon the chairman (Rev. F. O. Cnmming) spoke very strongly on the matter of the work on tin; Leith retaining wall being “hung up.” Mr M'Allen regretted that at this season of the year men should he unable to obtain work. He did not know who was to blame, lint it was evident that the fault lay with the City Council rather than with !he Harbor Hoard. Whoever was responsible, it was nrttently necessary that immediate steps should be taken lo settle matters. In reply to Mr J. M'Donald, the chairman stated that he estimated that there are about 40 men whose- circumstances warranted their yetting immediate relief. .Mr Ed. Kellott sain the responsibility rested with some official. Who was that official? The public had a right to know. Mr d. M. Callaway said he understood from tlio chairman's remarks that there was someone connected with this business who was not. " playing the game.” The chairman should be prepared to name the "someone” who is to blame. The Chairman : 1 can’t. Mr Oallaway : Well, I certainly think the meeting should be taken into your confidence, or the remarks should not have been made. Air .1. Loudon said the responsibility really rested with the chairman of the City Council Works Committee and the city engineer. The Chairman ; Hear, hear. Mr Loudon said he could assure the meeting, however, that the Harbor Board or their officials were not to blame. He understood there was some little difference, between the officials of the two bodies, hut the Harbor Board’s engineer would return to town in a few days, and the matter would then be cleared up. Mr Callaway : The explanation given i; satisfactory. The motion (the- adoption of clauses 1 and 2) was then put and carried. in reply lo Mr T. Somerville the Chairman said" that unless something definite was done by Thursday he would call the committee together urgently. It was resolved that clause o of the report (Ihat relating to the complaint from Mount Royal) be deleted, and the matter referred to a sub-committee to make further inquiries. On the motion of T)r Brown a vote of condolence was passed to Air Herbert Webb, a member of the committee, whoso son. Dr Webb, was accidentally killed on a transport whilst en route to Egypt with tho Expeditionary Force.

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OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION., Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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