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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   189

tribute comforts to the men at the Front. Large quantities of clothing—socks, wristlets, cardigans, gloves, helmets, etc.—have been sent to France, as well as hundreds of bales and cases addressed to individuals or ear-marked for special units and containing tobacco, maple sugar, tooth brushes, footballs, boxing gloves, etc. Some of the articles were received from Canada; the rest were purchased by the Association. Gramophones have been presented to various battalions by the Association, and at Christmas, 1916, a portable cinema was sent to each brigade. The Queen's Canadian Military Hospital, Beachborough Park, Shorncliffe, as already stated, is maintained and operated by this Association, (the grounds and house having been lent by the late Sir Arthur Markham, Bart., M.P.) and its 125 beds have been continuously occupied by Canadian, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and other British soldiers. The total amount contributed to the Association from Canadian sources amounted to $141,482.95, on March 31st, 1917. This, however, does not include the donations in kind, which in all probability amount to thousands of dollars in addition.

Early in the war, a newspaper clipping scheme to supply news to the men at the Front was started by the Queen Mary's Needlework Guild of Montreal. The scheme proved inadequate and the Guild det'ided to have a news sheet printed, the Soldiers' Gazette being the result. Nearly 700,000 copies had been sent to the soldiers in France up to October, 1916, the expenses being borne by contributions obtained by the Guild. The total amount received during the first year alone was $8,780.40, nearly all from the Province of Quebec.

Returned soldiers' associations have been formed throughout the Dominion during the last two years for the purpose of taking care of the soldiers on their return from the firing line.' Large amounts have been contri-

IThe Soldiers' Aid Commission of Ontario was incorporated by special act of the Legislature.


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