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¿IINDA ANNUAL FETE.
The annual fete and bazaar in aid of the ¿linda Home for We.ik-Minded Children took place on the Continental Oval at tiie .Jubilee Exhibition on »Saturday afternoon. ¿Ir». .1. G. Jenkin.-!, -iccompamed by the Premier, arrived at 2.30 p.m., and avas re- ceived by the president ("Senator Sir Jo»iah »Symon), tlie lion. George Brookman (vice president). Mesdames George Brookman, James Gartrell, YV. Kither, anti Whitham, Messrs. C. Allen, A. W. Marshall, D. Nock, Thomas Rhodes, and C. L. Whitham (member's of the executive council), and the secretary (Mr. >L C. Gender.«-).
Sir Josiah Symon said lie had much plea- sure, on behalf of the committee, in asking Mrs. Jenkin«? to declare the fete open. Ile was sorry that it Avas impossible to hold it at Minda, where the work of the institu- tion would have been seen to better advan- tage, but an outbreak of whooping cough rendered this impossible. It seemed to hint to be one of tlie highest objects of philanthropy to seek to educate the feeble and unexpanded minti. (Hear, hear.) Minda wasnotaninstitution for dealing with disease, but it Avas an effort to enable child- ren whose mental faculties are dull lo reach a development Avhere they can enjoy some of the happiness of life, and be of ?.onie u.»e among'their friends and relatives. The .success of the institution during the past two or three years had been so mark- ed that they had been obliged to expand their operations. Besides the parent booie they had two cottages, but their present accommodation Avoidd only provide room for two or three more patients. Various Governments had given the home kindly assistance, and he was sure the present Premier would continue the help of the Go- vernment; to them in this good Avork, (Heal*, hear.)
Mrs. Jenkins said-I thank you, Sir Josiah, for the kind welcome the committee have given me, and for the honor you have done me in tasking me to dpen the fete in aid of so deserving an institution. It is very interesting to hear of the good Avork accomplished at Minda, and it makes one'.? heart glad to know that it is possible to do so much to brighten the li\*es of these litt'e ones so sadly afflicted. In this, as in most philanthropic movements, the great draw- back is want of money, but I hope we shail do «11 Ave can this afternoon, and if we leave here with our purses somewhat lighter our- hearts -will be lighter too, for we shall feel that Ave- have done something to promote a good and noble avork.. I have great pleasure in declaring the fete open. (Cheers.)
The stalls were nicely arranged and were in the care of the following ladies and gentlemen:-Work stall-Mra. C L. Whit- ham, assisted by Mesdames C. Allen, J. C. Genders, Jones, M. M. Maughan, T. C. A. -Magarey, R. Woolnough, and Miss Heslop. (Jake stall-Mrs. Wm. Kither, assisted by -Mesdames W. Burford, James'Gartrell, H. i.'. »Sparks, A. F. Wea\-er, Misses Gartrèll, luther, and Read. '-¡Sweets stall-Mrs. A. \V. Marshall, assisted ' by "Mrs. A. Mellor, .Misses Aird, and Brown. Provisions stall Mrs. John Hill, assisted 'by Mesdames V. N. Burchell, and Arthur Langsford. Tea stall Mrs. C. H. DeRose, assisted by Mesdames George Brookman, A. W. Ware, Williams, Wimble, Misses Blackmore, Brookman, Crampton, DeRose, Fotheringham (2), R. Schlank, Thomas, Ware, and Williams. Special Sunbeam stall-Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Bottrill. Bran pie-Miss Whitham, assisted by Misses Symon (2), and Woolnough. The amusements committee eonsisted of Mr. U. Allen (chairman), and Messrs. J. U. Bony- thon, W. G. Smith, and Whitham, jun. Aunt Dorothy's nieces and nephews contri- buted a number of articles to the various
Miss Fox, the teacher of the children at the home, exhibited .specimens of their work in the shape of copyJbooks, baskets, &c. Miss Fox had experience at the Royal Albert Asylum, England, before coming here, and has been A-ery successful in her difficult task. A gymnastic demonstration ivas provided by .members of the O.B.I., under Mr. Kirkham Evaás. Other amuse- ments Avere:-Gramaphone, by Mr. S. B. Hunt; Punch and Judy show, by Mr. McAnna; aird an Aunt Sally, lent by Messrs. A. Simpson & Son's Benevolent Club. The Police Band was present by kind permission of Colonel Madley.