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There were no fewer than 10 songs in the national tongue on the programme, and, needless to say, they all received the hearty applause of the audience. Bard McFadyen opened the programme with a Gaelic song. Mrs McKay sang “An t-Eilean Muileach” and “Mo run goal diloas”; Miss McLeod gave “Faill-ill-o angus Ho-ro eile” and another; Mr Kennedy also delighted the audience with a Gaelic song; Mrs Murray sang “Fear a’ bhata” and ‘‘Ho ro mo nighcan dona bhoidheoch.” Chieftain J.D. Cameron’s name appeared for “Maire my Girl,” and to an encore he gave “The Bloom is on the Rye”; Miss Gardner gave “Ye Banks and Braes,” and to a recall sang “Afton Water”; Miss Jemima Munro and Miss Muriel McKenzie danced a seann triubbais; Miss Georgina Munro and Master Bobbie Wright and Miss Jill Fox danced a fling: Miss Millie Fox and Miss Edna Gray gave a double sailor’s hornpipe, and Miss McKenzie and Miss Fox a double jig. Piper Bowman supplied the national music, and Mr Alex McKenzie was MC.
Secure sanatorium advocated
A Press Association telegram from Christchurch states that at yesterday's meeting of the North Canterbury Hospital Board Mrs Herbert moved that the board urges the Government to make provision for sanatorium treatment for undesirable consumptives, the term undesirable meaning persons of ill-repute, drunkards, etc, who have no regard for their own health, and are a menace to the community. Mrs Herbert related a number of cases of consumptives who would not stay in a sanatorium, but lived in their own homes under insanitary conditions without proper health precautions, and in such a fashion as to make themselves a danger to the community. This prevalence of such cases, she declared, could be demonstrated beyond any possible doubt. There was only one remedy: to provide a home where consumptives who would not live a proper way could be detained. Dr Fenwick seconded the motion. Mrs Herbert, he said, had not spoken any too strongly.
Compulsion was necessary to deal with such cases. She had mentioned that what the community needed was a “lock hospital” for consumptives of this class. It was useless to talk about individual liberty while such people were allowed to go about infecting others. Such a measure bore directly on the welfare of the coming generations. The motion was carried unanimously.
Disabled soldiers’ pensions
“Those who went to the war were called ‘heroes’,’’ remarked Mr W. Perry (president of the Wellington Returned Soldiers’ Association) when addressing a public meeting last week on the need for increasing disabled soldiers’ pensions. “We were not heroes, we are not heroes now, we never were heroes, but we do say that the men who went to the war, and the wives, mothers, and sisters who sent them, played the game at that time. They don't want any credit for it, because it was their duty to do it, and they did it, but now they feel that they are justified in asking that the public shall remember that those men played the game then, and that the public should do its duty to them now.”
- ODT, 29.9.1921.