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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   179

the amendment of municipal Acts so as to permit a diversion of taxes into contributions to the Fund.

 

Scarcely less widely organized and supported than the Patriotic Fund are the Red Cross Societies. Both the Canadian and the British Society share in this support, though naturally the former made the stronger appeal to Canadians. In no other war have Red Cross activities been so multifarious or extensive. Certain of these, as, for example, the sending of parcels of food to prisoners of war in the hands of the enemy, are either entirely new or are on a scale that entitles them to be considered new.

The Canadian Red Cross Society is Dominion-wide in its organization. General headquarters are at Toronto, but there is a central office in each province, and a large and increasing number of local branches. Work in behalf of the Society has been indefatigable, having engaged a degree of personal devotion that is perhaps true of no other cause. Especially important has been the part of women's organizations in Red Cross Work.

It is difficult to make a final estimate of the contributions to the Canadian Red Cross Society, for the reason that they have been to a large extent in goods and sup-plies. Much of the value attaching to these is represented not only in initial costs but in the labour which thousands have given to the knitting of socks, the making of bandages, etc. The donations in cash from the beginning of the war to March, 1917, were as follows:

Prince Edward Island   $28,214.25

Nova Scotia    49,776.70

New Brunswick    46,169.61

Quebec   10,953.70

Ontario    1,336,182.45

Manitoba    257,099.48

Saskatchewan    355,649.35

Alberta    137,047.61

British Columbia    146,772.22


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