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BRITISH AND BELGIAN FLELIEF. FURTHER £5,500 REMITTED. The monthly meeting of the executive of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare) Association was held at lite Town Hall this 'morning, the Mayor (Mr J. 1). Shacklock) presiding over a, fair attendanc©. The secretary of the Duendin Choral Society wrote enclosing the sum of £2l, to be "divided equally between the Belgian. relief fund and the local distress ftind.— Received with thank*. The secretary of the Hospital Saturday Association •wrote enclosing a cheque: /or £375, being the proportion .of the Saturday collection for the Belgian fund. This 'was the proportion ot £1,500 divided amongst the various beneficiaries. There might be a small balance u> allocate yet.— Received with thanks. —Finance..—• Mr I). I - -- Theomin. in the absence of Mr J. .Roberts, submitted the report- of the Finance Committee, which stated that, in regard to the letter oi the .-.eere-i ary of the Patriotic Demonstration Committee forwarding cheque for £BO, and requesting that the sum be used for the externsion of the Leit'li wall, the committee recommend that the cmtribntinn be. not aeoepted subject to the stipulation stated, and that the Demonstration Committee be asked to make tlie donation free of any condition, as funds for the Leith " have beer, fully provided. The. committee reported that since last meeting a further stim of £2,000 ruts been cabled t-» I«ondon for the Belgian relief fund, making a total of £13,050 to date. Also that an application had been made to the University of Ota-go for the payment of the £2OO promised as a. contribution to the erection of the Leith wall. When £6OO has been expended on this work an application will be made to the Government for payment of the £3OO grant.—The report was adopted.

1 Mr F. Mitchell moved th-it the Finance Committee be .asked to take into consideration the advisability of formulating a ».eli«m«J whereby jugular subscriptions might bo collected from the public. Me thought it would bo possible to collect approximately £I,OOO per week by donations of oil* shilling. The labor organisation* micrht assist by arrandii).' for boxes to be placed at the various shops, etc. the amount spent by the public in amusements there should, said Mr Mitchell, be no difficulty in cloin-fj ss he suggested. Mr P. R. Kargnod fa id that. something mi,/ht be done in the way of placing boxes in 'shops' and stores to receive donations of Coods fmm customers. This was being don* in England. Mr M'Allen .said that it would be much better if money were, put into boxes. Ihe men should be made to work for money, indeed no man wished to bo unemployed if Tie could cret work. Mr Sarpood [tinted out that his idea was that the articles purchased should 1*; sent to the Belgian or British funds. The motion was a.creed to. A Curious Position.— The Expeditionary Force Committer reported that 21 binoculars, 21 compasses, and 21 revolvers had been ordered for Colonel Bowler's command, and they asked for an amount to cover the expense. The committee further asked for authority to deal with ouch requirements on application without reference to the Oners 1 Committee, The committee had received cheque* from the Invercargil! Association as follows :—£2so pro forma-^ payment of their share of regimental fund. £2l 17* 9d on account of equipment, and £2O-3 on account of the mounted men of j the Expeditionary Force. .Mr Saruood. in moving the adoption of i the. report, explained that a grant, of £2O was given officers for their equipment, j which cost £SO. consequently junior offi- i eers could not mcr,fc thp extra charge.

Mr Theomin suggested that they should show, their confidence in the committee bv placing a. certain <=."tn nt their disposal. Thev could then produce \olichcrs. Certainly they should not be hampered in their operations. Mr M'Allen supported this suggestion, but lie thought the Government, should certainly give financial assistance io the junior officers. (Hear, bear.) Mr Theomin: Undoubtedly; but they are not doing it.

! Mr M'Allen said that every officer should receive tho necessary allowance to enable, him to be properly equipped. The Mayor : The Government are not doing it. so wc- are helping. Mr Sargood explained it was really an imperial mavter. but tome of the junior officers were not financially able to supplement the £2O allowed them. Mr Cuming asked if the Government had n# undertaken that the, wholo of the p.-quipivnt of orii- men should not be .supplied by them. Certain members admitted that- it had been raid that, that «■».< so, The Mayor ferniinatc-ii the discussion hv remarking that he thought the a<ssoc:a- ---| ti'on would "hsvn to Co on. as they had I The report uao .idopted. and the audioi ritv asked for granted. ;' limp}"Vi<>rnl and Relief.---'i Mr E. G. snbnviued the- w- | j'MJtl of tho Employment and Relief Corn- ! rnilt-ee. In this it was stated that., 97 api nitrations for relief nad Iktu deal! with. | and ih« ewm of £1267 17s 9d disbursed. I The number of men employed at present w..i« 175. .ml there. w;ir prseiirolly no I unemployed :i».r in iheOity. The amounts I sent as gift." to the wives and rhildren of j the men who had gone, or were going to the front, were highly appreciated, and the letter.', of thanks lec-eivird jive exi prffiion to this fart. The committee ,-.. I commended thit. in view of the men euI gaged en th* Eeith wall and Walla, e I r-tTeet, h«insr p-it off for 10 day*, at Christ - I mas time, the- errant these, rnen ! an aikivariro equal to two day;.' pay. I Mr M'Allen i: ; ted th<= case of a voiinc ; man who ha.4, while waiting to be .sent i to fh* front, been unable to secure emi piormmt. -Mr Cummins said that un- ; fortunately he had had to say " Xo " to ! several men wh.-» had mrue to (he commiti fee in pimilar cir cum star, raw To have ; givw tbc«e uipii employment, would have I opened, up a. big question. The matter ; reallv came, under the jurisdiction, of the committee, controlled bv Lieutenant -ro]o. riel Stoneham. —Colonel 50id that iti futur* there would he no excuse for thefip who left the'v employment before h'-inr '-ailed up The. Defence ant horh ie<-, ii-pre is*u:n_r definite iuetnirtions on '. n:s point.—The -.port n-.i« adopted. On tho tnoCon of Mr E. \Y. Mii.-hr!!. seeoiuh-d hv Mr J. U. Walker, the .- T r,„tlve a resolution t'ne:r entirft satisfaction with the wovk done hv the Er)iplo\ni- n nt and Kelirf Cunimtt-j'ryy.-The M.tyoT said that, between the Employment and the City Couneil the matter of unemployment in Eunediu had been handled in a mr,ft i«aM>far. ort manner. -—Reeruitinif Satisfa.f tnry.- -- The r»port. of the. Otatro Rerruitinfr Com inittef Mated that rer-niitinj; meetings h.vl lv«i held at ravinus places, with good l-p.'itlfs in every ease. There eould he no doubt that great £nod would i-rstilt outgide from the efforts made by the eovnmittee and the. many others who had willingly assisted them. Further meeting.* had" been arranged for. Tha committpc bplieved that the reflection tho Otago district, had been living tinder would he soon removed, and that Otago would he, sending all the me-n asked for. Already nn improvement had taken place, largely dttn to the work done by the committee- in placing the position of affairs before the, general public. Mora than the required j number was sent forward on Monday la**, j far the reinforcements, though the PaJno&n rfrmiirements were somewhat, short. .Tiust now th.i eommiUeo intfindod ronSnini; t.heir efforts to the city and suburbs, butlater on. as the necessity became, grea-ter. they intended to push int.o the country diMrictp. Colonel Stoneham also reported that, a.s cltairrnan of the committee, ho had had two interviews with the Defence Minister regarding the question of expenses incurred by tho convmittee when organising meetings* The Minister recognised that,

the committee were ■doing good -"vork, but as they -were the fir*t to approach Mm, hfl had stated that he would have to go carefully into the matter, as it -would require to apply to the whole of the Dominion. The report was adopted. —The Treasurers' -Statement.—

The hon. treasurers reported : The receipts to date from all sources amounted to £47/76 36s 6d. Since the last meeting of the executive the receipts had amounted to £6,279 2s lid, made up as follows:—Unconditional, £2 10s: local distress, £291 12s lid: Britain and Ireland fund, £715 3a Id; Belgium fund, £4.769 15s 8d; Expeditionarv Force, £478 12s M-. ambulance, £2l" 10s 6d ; total, £6,729 2s lid.

The outgo since last meeting amounted to £8,025 15s 3d, made, up as" follows: Belgian relief, £5,006 6*: Britain and Irelandrrelieff f £1,051 4s ;'local distress, £131; Expeditionary Force, £4O0; labor, £1.376 14s 8d ; incidentals ("printing and advertising, etc.), £6O 10s 6d: totaL £8,025 15s 2d.

The following statement (shillings and pence omitted) showed the position of the respective, funds under the control of the association :

Recpts. Expert. Bal. £ £ £ Unconditional ... 14,483 286 14,196 Local distress ... 7,856 (a.) 3,786 4,088 Britain and Ire-

land fund ... 5,115 4,052 . 1.063 Belgian distress 15,641 13,064 2!576 Horse fund ... 946 94 851 Ambulance fund 328 75 252 Expeditionary Force fund ... 2,949 2,133 815 Refunds -wages ... 155 Totals ...£47,476 £23,475 £24,000 Note.—fa) Labor, £3,387 Is 6d; distress, £3Bl. _ Deposited with the Dunedin City Council at call, bearing interest at the rate of 3 per cent, per anaum £21,000 0 0 Bank of New Zealand 3.000 19 6 Total £24,000 13 6 Mr F. W. Mitchell suggested that as there was over £2.000 to the credit of tha Belgian fund a further remittance should be made The sooner it was sent the hf-tfer. .Mr Lctriii also suggested that a further Sinn should be remitted to the British fund. Finally it was unanimously decided to vote a further £2.500 to the Belgian fund and £I,OOO to the British, fund. It- was also decided to communicate willi Lieutenant-colonel Batchelor, asking if he required any portion of the amount donated for the ambulance sections of the Expeditionary Force.

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THE PATRIOTIC ASSOCIATION, Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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