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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   171

the Census and Statistics Office in the second year of the war, and brought as nearly as possible to date at the end of the fiscal year 1916-17. The method of the Office was to secure from the management of every "fund" or "appeal" organized in connection with the war, a statement showing the total amount of contributions and their origin by provinces. This was supplemented by miscellaneous data obtained from Provincial Governments, county and municipal authorities and various clubs and organizations which had contributed to or worked on behalf of the several funds, and whose records accordingly revealed a "cross section" of the situation, the object being to use the data in question as a check and as showing the mechanism by which most of the contributions were collected. The return is limited of course to organized contributions to Canadian, Imperial, and Allied causes.

By way of at once assembling and classifying the definitely known facts in a form convenient for reference, the accompanying tabular statement has been drawn up. It shows the amount contributed to each of the more important funds in the Dominion as a whole and (where the information could be secured) in each of the provinces. The figures, to repeat, are final only in the sense of stating a minimum which is known in several cases to have been exceeded. The provincial totals, in particular, are to be regarded as indicative only, as there are several funds of which the Dominion total is known but the apportionment of which by provinces is in-complete.

Altogether the table definitely accounts for the sum of $49,271,012.32 in Canadian patriotic givings up to March, 1917. But, as just stated, there are undoubted additions to be made to this. Specific instances will be cited below in the brief account which is given of the several funds. Here it may be said that a considerable element in these additions arises out of the donations that have been made in "kind "—food, clothing and


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