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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   177

month of its operations (September, 1914) saw $285,656.89 contributed. The stream rose steadily, and by the following December had passed a million. This doubtless reflected the first Christmas season of the war, for the several months which followed showed a recession. With the advent of 1916, however, and of full appreciation that the war was to be long and bitter, special efforts were put forth. March, 1916, saw total subscriptions of $1,417,802.25, and in June, 1916, the million mark was again passed. The slogan thereafter became "a million a month." On the average this was more than realized. To March 31st, 1917, the total actually subscribed to the Canadian Patriotic Fund had reached the large sum of $22,966,490.35. Even this does not represent the achievement in its entirety, for in addition definite pledges of future contributions to the extent of $14,973,036.63 have been obtained. The reference table shows how this is apportioned by provinces. Ontario, it will be seen, contributed a little under one-half, and Quebec about one-half of the remainder. British Columbia stands third and Alberta fourth, with Saskatchewan close behind. A full statement of how the contributions came in by counties and municipalities may be had in the publications of the Fund.

The Province of Manitoba, it should be explained, is included only to the extent of $122,160.65 in the above figures. The Patriotic Fund in Manitoba was organized from the outset on a separate basis under Provincial statute, with central office at Winnipeg. This agency had raised to March 31st, 1917, the sum of $2,311,292.11, which gives Manitoba third place in the list of provinces. Some overlapping has been occasioned by this arrangement, but the inconvenience is slight, the Dominion Fund having left this Province almost entirely to the local organization.

The disbursements meanwhile have been heavy, and have naturally enough shown a tendency to increase with time. For the period under review, the total was


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