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have been made for the reception of emigrants. The society has correspondents in Townsville and Rockhampton, Queensland, and hopes shortly to renew its connection with Brisbane. It has excellent arrangements at Sydney, and a correspondent in Adelaide; and in New Zealand there are correspondents at Auckland, Dunedin, and Christchurch.
The report also stated that, until this spring only one local branch existed; but three more have started during the last three months.
“The first branch, for South Devon, has been in existence for a year. It is managed by Miss STUDDY, Waddeton Court, Brixham.
“ The second, for Dorchester, is managed by Miss PEARCE, Somerleigh, Dorchester.
“The third, for Stepney and Whitechapel, by Mrs. Ross, St. Philip's Vicarage, Stepney, or 5, Cannon Place, Whitechapel Road, E.
“ The fourth, has been opened by Viscountess STRANGFORD, at 13, Dorset Street, Portman Square. It is managed by Mrs. BLANCHARD, who, from her long experience and practical knowledge of emigration matters is a valued and prominent member of the committee. At this branch office there is also a home for intending emigrants.
“ The Women's Emigration Society is not responsible for any emigrants sent out by the branches, unless they have passed the Central Committee. These emigrants are provided with a card signed by the hon. secretary, stamped with the society's stamp.
“In conclusion, the committee draws attention to the financial statement. The working expenses are necessarily far higher in proportion than as shown, last year, when the report extended over eighteen instead of twelve months. At the same time subscribers
feel assured that the committee is determined to keep these expenses as low as possible, and to epend all available money upon the real objects of the society.
“ Subscriptions and donations may be sent to the hon. secretary's private address, 38, Belgrave Road, S.W., or paid to the account of the society, to Messrs. RANSOM,
BOUVERIE AND Co., 1 Pall Mall East, S.W. Cheques, &c., to be made payable to E. L. BROWNE."
A few of the cases in whicb emigrants had speedily found employment, were quoted.
“Good reports have been received of a party of twentyfour who sailed for Canada, on March 28th. All have found work, and all, but one, appear to give satisfaction. One woman, who sailed for Queensland, in March, 1881, with a family of six daughters, and one boy, is keeping a boarding-house there. All the girls have suitable work. This woman was in a state of distress when she applied to the society. She had been a National School Teacher, but was unequal to present standards, and could find no other work in England. Several ladies who have gone as governesses have obtained situations of from £70 to £100 per annum ;
but nursery governesses get, of course, less. One young lady has obtained a situation in a Grammar School, at £100, for languages and music, and an additional £50 as organist. The widow of a professional man, left in great distress by the fraud of a trustee, was enabled to sail for Queensland with her two daughters, and has found means of
support for them and herself.” On the motion of Archdeacon LAUDER (Canada), seconded by Sir SAMUEL SAUL, agent-general for New South Wales, the report was unanimously adopted. The meeting was also addressed by Sir Bartle Frere, the Bishop of Ballarat, the Rev. Mr. Bridger, Madame de Koerber, Mrs. Ross, &c., and several resolutions in harmony with the objects of the society were duly proposed and carried. The proceedings were brought to a close with the passing of votes of thanks to the chairman, and to the Duke of Westminster, for placing his house at the disposal of the association for the annual meeting.
A TEMPERANCE BREAKFAST, The Presbyterian General Assembly has been held at Belfast during the first part of this month, and a deputation from the Women's Temperance Association of Belfast, consisting of two ladies well-known to the assembly-Mrs. Robert Workman and Mrs.
Byers—asked them to present a cordial invitation to the assembly to honour the association with their presence for breakfast at half-past eight o'clock on Thursday morning in the Ulster Hall
. For some years there had been subscription breakfasts, to which some members of the assembly were invited, but their lady friends desired to see every minister and his wife and every elder at the breakfast.
The invitation was accepted, the moderator observing that when these breakfasts were in the hands of his own sex, it was only a number of the General Assembly who received invitations, but when the ladies took it up
the whole assembly was invited.
The breakfast was arranged in the Ulster Hall, which was tastefully decorated with flags and evergreens, and the platform and the body of the hall were crowded with the tables that were spread for the 1,200 guests. The following are the ladies who presided at the breakfast tables :-On the platform-Mrs. Workman, Mrs. Corry, Miss Corry, Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Steen. In the area- The Misses Hardy, Mrs. Mackenzie, Miss M'Bride, Mre. Dr. Killen, Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Black, Mrs. Wallace, Miss Hanna, Miss Kinghan, Mrs. D. L. Mitchell, Mrs. S. M'Bride, Mrs. M’Mordie, Miss Lowry and Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Park, Miss Sinclair, Miss Fleming, Mrs. Byers, Mrs. J. K. M'Causland, Mrs. Blackwood, Mrs. Kinghan, the Misses Haslett, Mrs. F. Brown, Mrs. Dr. Barnett, Miss Marion Steen, Mrs. M'Causland, Mrs. M'Lean, Miss Blackwood, Mrs. M'Neill, Mrs. Dr. Workman, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Waddell, Mrs. Leitch, Mrs. Turnbull, Mrs. Galway, Mis H. D. Fleming, Mrs. King, Mrs. Browne, Miss Harkness, Mrs. George Shaw, Miss Matier, Mrs. Carson, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. W. R. Rea, Mrs. Dr. Watts, Mrs. Rogers, and Mrs. Warwick.
During the speeches that were made after the breakfast, the moderator said that if the General Assembly could, in any way, encourage the Women's Temperance Association, he was sure they would all be most happy to do so.
The ladies had branch associations throughout the country, and desired to extend their number, and they believed the ministers might help them very
15th, 1882. much by establishing these associations in their different congregations and districts.
WOMEN AND THE DIOCESAN CONFERENCE. H. B., in the Women's Suffrage Journal, draws attention to the continual ignoring of women in clerical or spiritual matters. She says :
There is probably not a parish in the land in which the organizations of the Church of England-its schools, classes, charities of all sorts—do not depend largely for their vitality, often for their initiative, on the services of women. When we hear, then, that a scheme has been promulgated for a “ London Diocesan Church Conference,” it was only reasonable to expect that the voices of women should have some recognition in its representation.
The scheme proposes that the Conference consist of representatives, both lay and clerical, from each rural deanery in the diocese—the clerical representatives to be chosen by the clergy; the lay representatives by all laymen, members of the Church of England, of full age, resident or ratepayers in the parish.”. Layman is a generic word, and should include both sexes ; so far this might seem as if the work of women was to be recognised. But examining the scheme further, it appears from the detailed instructions that the meetings for election of representatives in each parish is to be of “adult male members of the Church."
We have been assured that the committee by which this scheme has been prepared " do not ignore the priceless character of female aid in the Church's work.” To completely pass over the voices of the large body of women who spend their time, strength, and substance in doing the Church's work is a remarkable way of recognising the “ pricelessness of their labour ;” and when our informant proceeds to tell us that “to invite any but adult male members of the Church would involve them in greater dificulties than they are prepared to meet or able to provide against,” we see how deeply the systematic ignoring of women in political rights has vitiated public opinion, when one of the chief dioceses of the National Church finds insuperable difficulties in meting out fair measure to the women whose services are so much in request in every parish.
HOMES FOR WORKING GIRLS IN LONDON.—The Society for the establishment of Homes for Working Girls in London opened, on July 6th, their seventh Home, which is situate at 50, Well Street, Mare Street, Hackney: A marquee had been erected in the grounds behind the house, and in it a meeting was held in the afternoon. Mr. S. MORLEY, M.P., occupied the chair, and amongst those present were the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen, the Hon. A. F. Kinnaird, the Rev. A. Brook, rector of Hackney, and the Rev. C. F. Robinson, rector
of West Hackney. After singing and prayer, Mr. SHRIMPTON, the honorary secretary, stated that they had long had a desire to open a house in the East-end of London, and they could only obtain this one by purchasing the lease, which they were unwilling to do, but Mr. Morley having promised a donation of £250, it was decided that they should take the house. Besides the cost of the lease, they had to lay out £600 in alterations and necessary repairs, £550 in furnishing, and £100 more in incidental expenses, making £1,950 in all, towards which they had received £1,250, leaving £700 still to be raised. In these seven houses they were able to accommodate 200 girls ; in this they could accommodate 48. The charge made to each for lodging was 2s. 6d. a week, and they could board for 4s. 6d. a week
The CHAIRMAN said it was calculated that there were 300,000 young women in situations in London, many from pious homes in the country, and they were thrown into this vortex and exposed to great peril
. In these homes they would come under a beneficial influence, and they would have far more healthy and agreeable surroundings, without any more expense, than in the miserable lodgings in which, as he was informed, many of them now resided. The meeting was also addressed by the Hon. A. Kinnaird, the Earl of Aberdeen, and others.
MISCELLANEOUS. At a meeting held in the Town Hall, Manchester, to promote the formation of an art museum there, the committee was proposed for election. Mr. HORSFALL said that he thought it was very desirable to have the assistance of ladies in their work, and he proposed that Mrs. Horsfall and Mrs. Reeve be added to the committee, which was at once unanimously voted. THE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY
TO ANIMALS. The fifty-eighth annual ineeting of this Society was held on June 29th, at St. James's Hall, the chair being taken by Lord ABERDARE, the President. The report, which was read by the Secretary, stated that during the past year 4,132 convictions for cruelty had been