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. "REJECTED VOLUNTEERS.
"AN ASSOCIATION* FORMED.
_ A largely attended meeting was hold |
in the Mayor's eouUroom last evening for tile purpose of forming a rejected i volunteers' association. Lieut.-Colonel li. P. Young piesided.
. In explaining the objects of the meet- ing, the Chairman sa.'.t that, though he was president of tile Returned Soldiers' League, he thought there was nothing invidious m his presiding at the meet-1 ina, for he felt mat the returning men j aud the rejects had a great deal in common. 'Hie returned men recognis- ed that the rejects had done all in their power to become soldiers, and thcv would do all they could to assist a re- jects' association. The returned sol- diers were going in for a large club, and, speaking personally, and not if. his capacity as president, he would like to seo them affiliate in some mensuie aa regards their club with tho rejects.
Mr. W. E. Cockayne, who had called the meeting, explained that similar as- sociations had been formed in tlio other States, and at two places in Northern Tasmania. He considered it was up to those who could not got to the front to do all in'their power for the men who had gone and for those wùo had return- ed, and to assist the relatives of sol- diers. Ho then detailed the stops he had taken to arrange for the formation of the association. He had icceivcd as- sistance from the secretary of the Re- turned Soldiers' League, irom the offi- cials of rejects' associations on the mainland, from Mr. H. H. Cummins, and others, and had called' a prelimin- ary meeting to discuss details on Fri- day last.
Mr. C. D. Cuthbert said he had been present at tho meeting held to make preliminary arrangements, and he thought they should congratulate Mr. Cockayne on the success of his efforts. Hobart was, ho regretted to say, the last centre to form a rejects" associa- tion, but ho hoped they would make np for their lateness now that thoy had moved in the ¡natter. The rejected volunteers thought that if they could not go to the front they should not re- main inactive, and there was abund- ance of work for thon to do.
Mr. Hedley Barrett said thal he and other returned soldiers would do all they cotild to assist in the formation of the association.
A member of the audience asked would it not be possible, instead of forming a separate assoriation for Southern Tasmania, to affiliate with all the existing associations under a com-
Sir. Cuthbprt said that this had been considered at the preliminary meeting, and it had been thought better to form an association straight away, and deal with the question of affiliation later on. Major Jolliffe then moved that an association be formed, to be known as the Rejected Volunteers' Association of
This was seconded by Mr. Connolly,
Mr. Cuthbert then moved, and Mr. Wesley seconded, that the South- ern Tasmanian Association adopt as its constitution the rules and regulations of the New South Wales Association, with two amendments, and this was
The constitution aa adopted stetes that the objects of the association aro: "To assist all patriotic movements, and to safeguard the interests of the reject. I ed volunteers." Those eligible for mern I bership are men of military ag* who I have volunteered for active service with | the Australian Imperial Force, and
hold a certificate to prove that they have been rejected. The entrance fee is fixed at five shillings, inclusive ni badge, and a subscription of three shil- lings per annum is payable after the first year. The rules provide that any member, if called upon at any time, must be ready to suomit himself for a further military medical examination, and in the event of his refusal or omis- sion to do so, the committee may expel him from the association. In the event of conscription being passed, no reject under it to bo eligible for membership of the association.
Mr. C. D. Cuthbert was unanimously elected president of the association, and Colonel Young vacated the chair in his favour. Before doing so, he wished the now association every success, and enid
he hoped it would work with the Re-
turned Soldiers' Association against the ?cold-footers," for there was no room for the ''shirker" in Tasmania to-day. (Applause.)
The other officers elected were as follows:-Vice-president, Major Jol- liffe- secretary, Mr. H. K. Connolly; treasurer, >lr. W. li. Cockayne; audi. tors, Messrs. R. B. Reynolds and Rob.
It was agreed that the committee should consist of the office-bearers nnd seven other members, and the follow- ing were elected :-'Messrs, J. C. Ren- nie, H. H. Finlayson, H. E. Holbourne, J. A. Brent, S. W. Crane, J. Haigh M'iller, and C. Bayley.
A' vote of thanks to Colonel Young for his assistance was proposed, and carried bv acclamation.
About "fifty of those present handed in .their names for enrolment is,mem- bers, and the secretary stated that ho would receive further names at his office, No. 38 Murray-street.