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WORK AT MORNINGTON.

Last week was a very .busy week at the Mornington Council Chambers. Socks, culls, and Balaclava caps were received in large numbers for the reinforcements. Good useful and warm clothing was also received for the Belgian relief. Fifteen lar-e parcels were packed and sent to the Early bottlers Hall, ready for shipment. The sum of £0 was handed, over to the Women's Association for the Belgian relief, and £2 os for cadigan jackets. More money is still required, ihe following have sent goods:— Belgian Relief.—Mesdamcs Purvis P f°, w "> T T ° mbs , Congalton, Stanawayi Litolff, J \\. Hunter, Aikman, Ritchie, Bnley and Hcnsley, Misses Thomson Rat-AT-'n {] \ , Mon ?°n> Finlayson (Roslyn), Millea and friends (Milton), and Mr Legal Lady Liverpool Fund.—Mrs I w' Hunter, "Friend," and Miss Louden Money.—Belgian Relief Fund: A.R. £1 Mrs Blockley (Warrington) 10s, "Friend"' % Mrs B»ley 2s 6d, Miss Louden 2s, and iwo Orphans" 2s. J.R. sent 4s 6d, the price of a cardigan jacket. Misses Rattray and Georin sincerely thank all who sent jam vegetables, and sweets anonymously to them for the garden fete, especially those from country districts

WET CANTEENS. 1"0 THE ELUTOJt.

Sin,—My attention has been directed to an account jn yesterday's Times of a discussion on the advisability of establishing wet canteens in Trentham camp. As a mother I feel impelled to write a few words of protest against temptation being placed in the way of either weaklings or ' lar"-e----hearted men who went to give up their lives for the country." A normal supply of wholesome liquor is advocated as beinolikely to advance the cause of temperance". Urald the Moderate League inform me what they would consider a normal supply? That 1 think would have to be gauged by the consumer's capacity and appetite. The wholesomeness of the liquor obtainable either in hotels or in wet canteens is open to question, as evidenced by the fact that Britain, France, and Eussia are each advocating a teetotal army. If alcoholic beverages are wholesome, -why are largehearted, level-headed men like Lord Kitchener, General Joffre, and the Grand JJuke iNicholas anxious to keep them from their troops? Now, we mothers could exult in the fact that our sons had died nobly doing their duty for King and country, but only a mother knows the. keenness of the sorrow in the knowledge that our boys have gone under m the battle of life. I have come in contact with many sad-eyed mothers during the past few months. " The thought of the battlefield is bad enough '* one says; "if my boy dies doing his 3utv 1 can bear it, but the thought of the temptations he must meet and the company he will have to keep terrify me." " If, my boy comes home a drunkard," another says, " it will break my heart." "I would rather see my boy in his grave than come home a drunkard says a third. We mothers thank God for men in authority who can sa J : ' A / to . r 20 years' experience as an officer I believe the elimination of the wet canteen has been of great benefit." The deputation spoke in terms of admiration of "the man \vho sometimes indulged in dissipation." If the man is so much to be admired oven in his dissipations, he must indeed be a grand specimen, and our hearts throb within us as wo contemplate what ho would bo without them. The man who cannot exercise self-denial in his various appetites is more of a "weakling" than is the lad who has to be coddled bv keeping the wet canteen out of Trentham camp, so I would say, in the interests of each, "Coddle them both if thereby wo can make and keep them sober, decent men of whom we need not be ashamed at homo or abroad."—l am, etc., March 11. E. Pinfold

Writing to her son at Hastings, a ladv residing at. Lyme Dorset, says (reports the Tribune) that the realities of war were brought on New Year's night to the doors of the people of the little seaport when a boat containing men from the sunken Formidable drifted into the harbour. Some of the poor fellows had died from exposure. Everything possible was clone for the survivors, and efforts were made to revive those that had collapsed. Among the latter was one whom the doctors had_ given tip, all attempt to resuscitate him having failed. Then occurred a wonderful thing. A sheep dog came and licked the poor fellow s face, and laid its warm bodv on the prostrate sailor, who, to cvervboyd's surprise, revived. Ho was saved by tiio faithful dog. Much regret will be felt in. shippin" circles and in many parts of New Zealand at the news of the death of Lieutenant Robert E. Melsome, R.N.R., who was drowned in the Admiralty tug Char, near ths Goodwin Sands, on Januarv 17. ' Lieutenant Melsome was serving "in the tugs employed on special service in connection with the Dover patrol, other officers with him being Lieutenant. H. G. Hatchwell, U.3N.R., of Lyttolton, formerlv of the Tainm, and Lieutenant A. E. Weller R.N.R., formerly of the lonic. The Char went to the assistance of the Belgian oiltank steamer Erivan, and was holed -'n going alongside. The Erivan was damaged and unable to assist the Char, which was lost with all hands. Lieutenant Melsome was for some years in the service of the New Zealand Shipping Con-many, and had served as second officer of "the Rimutaka anj other ships.

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WORK AT MORNINGTON., Otago Daily Times, Issue 16331, 13 March 1915

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WORK AT MORNINGTON. Otago Daily Times, Issue 16331, 13 March 1915

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