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PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN. MEETING AT LLANDUDNO. A well-attended, public meeting was held in the Church House, Llandudno, on Friday, in support of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, of which Lady Augusta. Miostyn is the lady president and Mrs Ea-kins, honorary secre- tary of the local branch. The Rev. Francis J. Reece, B.A., vicar of Llanrhos, presided in the absence of the Rector of Llandudno, who had been announced to take the chair. The Chairman, in opening the meeting, said the Society was doing excellent work in the saving of children from cruel treat- ment,. It was a reproach to their com- mon Christianity that such a Society was needed, but it was needed and deserved the sympathy and support of all. Its work covered a wide area, it was entirely unde- nominational, and every one who had the love of little children at heart should lend a helping hand in order that the Society might carry on its work.—(Applause.) Mr H. R. Summers, the deputation from the Parent Society, then addressed the gathering on its general work, and re- ferred to a meeting he had attended in Llandudno three years ago. Since that time the local ladies' committee had done excellent work, and collected over £ 50 to- wards the funds. -(Applause.) It was not always possible to judge accurately the amount of work done by the subscription list, and this applied very particularly to Llandudno., where a great proportion of the whole amount was received in very small sums. The Society was gradually realising the enormous amount of support it received from those who could only give small sums, and its indebtedness to those ladies who collected them.—(Applause.) He knew the seade was looked upon as the happy hunting ground of societies of all descriptions, but he thought he had no need to apologise for coming into the field on behalf of the children who were suffering not only through the wilful ill- treatment but, by reason of the ignorance of theiir parents. As much cruelty was caused by lack of thought, as by wilful acts, and to remedy that state of things was one of te great, aims of the Society. (Applause.) Cruelty had been defined in an act of Parliament passed 19 years ago to be wilful ill-treatment, in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to health. That definition handicapped the Society in its work, for 75 per cent. of the children in asylums for the blind ought not, to be there', neither should nine- tenths of the crippled children have to be cared for in other institutions. Any doctor in the Kingdom would tell them that the clause of bad eyesight in thousands of cases was dirt, and the same rule ap- plied to other ailments. The greatest part of the work of the Society was to remedy that state of tings. The Society was C NOT A PROSECUTING SOCIETY. Only 5.6 of the number of cases brought to the notice of its officers were followed by prosecutions. The Society was old fashioned enough to believe that the right place for children was theiir own homes.—- (Applause.) No institution, however, admirably it might be managed, could take the place of the home, and so, the Society endeavoured to reclaim parents who had fallen into evil ways.—(Ap- plause.) LEGISLATION FOR THE CHILDREN. The speaker then dealt with the legisla- tion for children which had been secured during the past three years, mentioning tjhje Registration of Births Acti, the medical inspection of school children, the Overlaying and Burning of Children Bill, the adding of one-child homes to the places which must be registered, and the pro- hibiit-ing of children in public-house bars. T'o effectively carry on the work the Society needed funds to enable the com- mittee to. appoint extra, inspectors. The inspector for instance, stationed at, Ban- gor, had practically the whole of Carnar- vonshire and Anglesey to control, and the same thing applied to other districts in North Wales. In the Llandudno dis- trict last year twenty-two, cases had been notified to the inspector. Twenty warn- ings were given, one was followed by a prosecution, and the other was dropped after the first visit. Seventy-five children were affected by those reports, of which nine were made by members of the general public, and the remainder by different officials. A BREEZE, Mr E. E. Bone proposed a vote of thanks to the ladies' committee for the admirable way they had worked during the year. Dr. E. S. Gooddy, in seconding, said thait, cruelty was generally unintentional, but could not be avoided if the parents had given way to drink. He knew that the working men of Llandudno—or of any other place—who spent a large proportion of their wages on drink could not, decent- ly clothe and care for their children. As a medical man he knew that drink was of no practical utility and was only taken by people because they liked it. At this stage a miLd sensation was caused by someone calling out "Question," and the doctor stopped. Mr R. SI. Chamberlain, who was on the platform, said I personally object to this discusiion going on. We are not here to discuss it. I am as gireait a temperance man myself as anybody. Dr. Gooddy I thought you were with me, Mr Chamberlain. The thing I wanted to say is that the 'Society should be un- necessary. If the meeting; is with Mr Chamberlain I will not go on. Mr Chamberlain I am in the hands of the chair. The Chairman (to Dr. Gooddy) I rule that you proceed. Dr. Gooddy I simply want to say that I agree with Dr. Carter, of Deganwy, that r two-thirds of cruetly to children arises t through drink, and if we mean to prevent that, we must do all we can to educate the people that they will spend more on the comfort of their children and less on drink.—(Loud applause.) I am not here to make a teetotal speech. The vote having oeen accorded, Mr Chamberlain, without ali-ading to his pre- vious protest, proposed a YlJt i f thsrks to the Chairman, which was seconded by the, Rev. J. Raymond, and carried^ the company then adjourning for tea provided by the ladies' committee.




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