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VOLUNTARY WAR RELIEF   233

time that the need for enlarging the work has arisen, the means have been forthcoming. Lady Perley has always been deeply interested in the Clubs, and many generous gifts have been received through her from the Canadian War Contingent Association. The Men's Canadian Clubs of Hamilton and Vancouver and numerous societies, as well as private individuals, have been liberal in their contributions. Members of the I.O.D.E. in London, and of the British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society, have been of great service in helping in the work of canteens and dining-rooms. In raising funds in Canada the committee owes much to the efforts of Mr. Huntley Drummond of Montreal, and of Mr. Angus Sinclair, of Toronto ; also to the enthusiastic support of Colonel A. G. Doughty, of the Dominion Archives.

The clubs are managed by a Committee which meets fortnightly. Each club has an officer-in-charge and under him orderlies, whose duties are to register the men's names, examine their passes, receive money for bed and meals, etc. The officers and orderlies are appointed by the military authorities and are in the pay of the Dominion Government. They have all been at the Front and are medically unfit for service abroad. A matron and assistant-matron attend to the housekeeping, and voluntary workers serve in the canteens or dining rooms, and make the beds.' Charwomen are employed for the heavier work, and cooks, both capable and good-natured, serve excellent meals and provide hot refreshment for the men at whatever time of night the troop trains arrive. On reading over the weekly menu one finds for breakfast at one shilling—porridge, and either sausages, bacon, eggs or fish, and tea or coffee with bread and butter; for luncheon (served only at one of the clubs) at one shilling—cold meat or meat pies with potatoes, and a sweet or a cheese; and for dinner at one shilling and twopence—soup and a meat or fish course with two kinds of vegetable and a pudding. Food

H.R.H. the Princess Patricia frequently helps at the canteens.


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