Fund for Russian children swells

Fundraising for Russian famine relief in 1922 included a jazz band performing on this Speight’s brewery lorry. Otago Witness, 16.5.1922

A meeting of the executive of the Russian Famine Relief and Save the Children Fund was held in the room of the Mayor of Dunedin yesterday afternoon. The Mayor (Mr J.S. Douglas), who was in the chair, explained that £3000 had been received, and that a considerable sum had been sent away already. It was suggested that a  further sum of £500 be sent away at a later date. The Mayor pointed out that there were certain promises still outstanding and there would be still further sums to  come in. He also paid a compliment to the citizens for the generosity displayed by them. The Rev Canon Nevill moved that a small sub-committee be appointed to  vontrol the existing funds and that if further funds be acquired for relief purposes the same committee administrate them. He went on to speak of the Bolshevist movement, with which he said they wanted to dissociate themselves. Their sympathies had been extended towards the people of Russia, and particularly to the children.


Queenstown quagmire

A subject which is now exercising the minds of Queenstown people is the deplorable condition of the local recreation ground. The surface is one of hills and  hollows, frost and mud according to the elements, and a menace in reality to the lives and limbs of those who engage in play in the Reserve at this time of the year. Unhappily enough, accidents due in part to this state of things have not been rare this season. The popular captain of the local football club (Mr J. B. Hamilton)  recently suffered a rather severe injury to his knee as the result of the condition of the ground, and others have a genuine grievance against the Reserve also. In  order that the necessary improvements may be undertaken in the near future and the ground made safe for recreation, a public meeting was held here this week to formulate a scheme. The gathering was a thoroughly representative and enthusiastic one.


Highest peak unattainable

The uncertainty respecting the progress of the Mount Everest expedition is ended. The mountain has conquered. Tragedy, unfortunately, attended the final endeavour to reach the summit, seven of the native porters being swept to their death over a crevasse. In the words of Brigadier-general Bruce, the veteran climber of the Himalayas and organiser and leader of the expedition: "ln this tragical manner ends the first attempt to conquer the greatest mountain in the world."


Mahatma Gandhi, or not to be

An interesting outline of the character of Gandhi, leader of the Indian non-co-operative movement, was given at the New Zealand Club luncheon at Wellington by  the Right Hon Srinivasa Sastri. Mr Sastri said that Gandhi, at one time, had a very extensive legal practice, and amassed a considerable amount of money in consequence. This, however, had all been given away by him, as he was now a firm believer in poverty, and owned nothing in the world but his clothes and a few  old boxes containing certain valuable papers. He held that private property was sinful and that wealth was a bondage. He was a hater of all machinery and had a  remarkable prejudice against medical men and all classes of medicine. He held that it was better for a man to die than be treated at the hands of a medical man.

ODT, 18.7.1922