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The quarterly meeting was held at the Primitive Methodist Church,
Frizington, on Monday last. The Rev. J. B. BUGLASS presided, with the Rev. E. A.
STEEN as secretary. There was a large attendance, and the usual routine
business was transacted.
The ministers were both unanimously invited to remain a third year.
Mr. BUGLASS accepted the invitation but Mr. STEEN asked for three months to
consider the matter of acceptance.
An excellent tea was served by Mrs. KNEALE and Mrs. RUDD. After tea an
open air mission was held; followed by a very successful public meeting. Mr.
Joseph EDWARDS presided, and very effective addresses were delivered by Mr. T.
REED and Mr. W. ROWE of Whitehaven.
At the close a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman,
speakers and to the ladies who presided at the tables on the motion of Mr. R.
SHAW, seconded by Mr. J. JENKINSON, and supported by the Rev. J. B. BUGLASS. Mr.
REED and Mr. ROWE responded.
During the proceedings a resolution of condolence with Mr. W. KERMEEN,
Mowbray House, who has just lost his wife, was passed, on the motion of Mr.
BUGLASS and seconded by the Rev. E. A. STEEN.
A Whitehaven correspondent sends us a copy of the Wellington "Evening
Post" New Zealand, from which we extract the following:
"There is no poverty in New Zealand" has been the vain boast of the
Premier at Coronation banquets and other suitable occasions during the last few
years, notwithstanding the facts that an average of 40 per cent of the old
folks of the colony have been able to satisfy the poverty test of the old age
pensions scheme during the seven years of it's operation, and that about £300,000
of the public money is spent every year for the direct relief of the
destitute. The saddest cases are those which figure in the criminal courts, and do not
appear in any of the formal statistics of poverty. Sometimes the victim
hovers midway between charity and crime; the dispensers of charitable aid pas him
on as a fit subject for the police, and the police wish to hand him back.
A tragic case of a slightly different kind was before the magistrates
on Tuesday. It was not a case of absolute destitution for the young married
man who was the subject of the charge had been earning 30s a week at the date of
the offence. But on this slender wage he had to pay 14s a week in house rent
and with surplus he had to keep himself, his wife and a sick child.
The estimate of the old-fashioned domestic economy was that 15 or 20
per cent of a man's income was a reasonable proportion to allocate for rent,
but here is a man earning 30s a week who is compelled to pay within a shilling
of half of it - about 47 per sent, - for this purpose; so that almost half of
what might at first sight appear a bare living wage, and would be such in
some other places, is absorbed by the first necessity of life, the provision of a
home. The abnormally high price of nearly every other of the necessities of
life increases the poor man's difficulties. In rent, in food and in clothing
the worker in Wellington has to pay far higher prices than his fellow in London,
and the difference is not always made up to him in wages, by any means.
Who would be a packer in Wellington for 30s a week? and who but a
politician will say that poverty is unknown among us?
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