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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1914.

In our issue of the 23rd inst. we published ;i letter from Mr Secondary .1. H. Walker, chair Hospital mrm of the Hospital and Site. Ohiirita'ole Aid Hoard, in which he set forth at j considerable length the principal reasons , that, weighed with the. hoard in their determination to set the. secondary hospital 'on tho Wakari site. In discussing the J question with Mr Walker since then, that j gentleman informed un that, the hoard, in I coming to a unanimous decision, were inI fluencod by two factors not disclosed in j the correspondence : first, that the honorary medical staff were not. unanimous in j recommending the Pine Hill site: second. | that there war. every reason to believe. i that the larger area at Pine Tlill. the ! acquisition cf which was deemed by the | medical staff to be of the utmost import- ' auco, could not be bought from the Catholic Church. Those factors call for consideration. We do i:ot attach very much weight to the want of unanimity as between the members of the medical .staff, pince it is understood that only two out of nine were in favor of Fine Hill. The refusal of the church to sell is. however, a final bar to that site. Incidentally we may state that, according to onr information, this refusal on the part of the Church is not in any way an unfriendly aet. The Church authorities became possessed of this land before there was any talk of its being wanted for hospital purposes, and they would, we. are willing to believe, do anything they could to help the board, but there are l-eigal difficulties in the way of parting with property acquired by the Church, and, if the owners were ever so willing to sell, lengthy delays in the matter would be unavoidable. The street .story to the effect that these parties are at arm's length is without foundation. Ivpially incorrect i.s the tale that the- medical staff came, to a hasty conclusion about the matter before there was a chance for full discussion. These embellishing details may be pur on one â– side. Frank'v. we think that the Fine Hill site. pl;i<- the. added area, would have V)' , ?n pr"f"r;'.'nle. Sine.' the added area ' ennnt bo got. and the renditions of the medical staff cannot be tomnliod with, we cheerfully agree that the. action of the board in determining to use Wakari site is justifiable. There is one immediate, advantage about that dot .m mi nation which we have =e far not referred to. but it may be mentioned now. It is that before lons we may expect British, otiieers who have been disabled :n the war to come here for recuperation, and at "Wakari there is a house in which they can l-.e received at one,.. Such a consideration would hardly weigh in rohtion to the question of the sites, but now that Wakari is fi.vd upon that undoubted advantage is worth mentioning.

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1914., Evening Star, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1914. Evening Star, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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