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The thirtieth annual report of the New Zealand Travellers and Warehousemen’s Association states that the increase in the funds for tho year was £1,239, which is the “high-water mark” as representing ope _ year’s financial headway. The association’s figures now aggregate a total of £13,374, being an increase on the previous year’s figures of £1,259. The mortuary fund now stands at £4,408. During the year three deaths occurred in the ranks of the association membership, and the dividends paid amounted to £133. Club subscriptions totalled £261, an increase on the previous year’s figures of £25. Since the conference of the United Association held at Melbourne at Faster, the welcome news has come to hand that the Australasian Steamship Owners’ Association have agreed to recognise New Zealand.’* bona fide traveller’s certificate on the undentinclhg that it will be issued on exactly the same terms and conditions as apply to the Australian certificate. The next conference of the United New Zealand Association will be held in Dunedin in February next, when a full representation of the four affiliated associations is hoped for. Financial members on roll on November 30 last: Association, 368 (as against 361 last year); club, 139 (against 125 last year). Three association members —A. Tapper, J. H. Bethuno, and G. L. M’Gavin—died during the year, and this opportunity is taken to record a deep sense of sorrow and regret at their loss and sympathy with the bereaved relatives. —Commercials and the War.-

The report, in its opening paragraph, says: Before referring to business matters, it is perhaps fitting that your committee, as a largo body of commercial men, should record profound concern over the terrible war now raging

in Europe. Wo deplore tuo pwiui sacufioo of human life, the devastation of peaceful country, and the huge economic loss to the nations of the wo rid. For all concerned; a speedy termination to the disastrous conflict, which an insane, arrogant despotism has forced upon us, Is earnestly desired; but now that our nation has embarked upon it, not one of her citizens wishes to see her slacken her efforts until the possibility oi a recurrence is removed beyond the shadow of a doubt. -

And in respect to contribution to patriotic funds it remarks iater on: In tins time of national peril your committee thought it their duty to offer a contribution ~of £IOO, to bo divided equally between the patriotic fund and tho relief fund. Although it was an unconstitutional procedure, the committee felt they could rely upon the- patriotism of members, and recognising tnat the value of any contribution would. be discounted by delay, they ventuied on the course with full confidence that their action will receive your hearty eudoieement. Other movements were inaugurated and carried out, by members on their own initiative, which i resulted in considerable sums being collected for patriotic purposes. Our travel-1 ling members have been enthusiastically active in this direction. A number of our members have gone to the front, and sovoral have since joined the reinforcements. We w'ish them a hearty Godspeed and safe return, feeling sure that they will acquit themselves with credit to their country and association.

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