Claims for Assistance
Yesterday was observed in the Melbourne churches as "Armenia Sunday." The movement was organised by the Friends of Armenia Committee of Victoria, of which the Lord Mayor (Sir David Hennessy) is patron, and the Rev. A.R. Ebbs is chairman. The appeal met with a ready response. It is hoped by the committee that a large sum will be sent to aid in the repatriation of the Armenians.
Preaching at Collins street Baptist Church last evening, the Rev. T.E. Ruth said that how any man could be concerned with the pastimes of party politics or with strikes or parrot cries of peace, when there was no peace; when the story reached them from Belgium, Galicia, and Turkish Armenia, of massacre, outrage, and starvation, passed his comprehension. They had nothing to do with forgiving the Turk, Mr. Ruth said. Their business was intense hatred of the cruelty, the tyranny, of the Ottoman Empire.
Mr. W.H. Edgar, 435 Collins street, Melbourne, hon. treasurer for Friends of Armenian Committee, acknowledges the following donations:— Samuel Barrett, £1; R.A. Smith, Gormandale, via Rosedale, 10/; E. Selwyn Chase, Panton Hill (per "The Argus"), £1; James Castles, Mystic Park (per "The Argus"), £5; Church of Christ, Ballarat, £2 7/4; Captain Carside, £2; Aaron T. Danks, £10; Mrs. Emilie Knight, £5; "Hands Across the Sea" (per "The Argus"), £1. Total, £27/17/4.