At the meeting of the Enniskillen Guardians on Tuesday, Mr. J. M. Geddis, presiding,

Mr. Donaldson, Inspector of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, came before the Board and appealed to the Guardians to grant outdoor relief for some weeks to a woman in Enniskillen who has a number of children.

She was, he said, in a destitute state, but he believed there was every chance of some of the children being soon admitted into the Bundoran Orphanage.

Mr. W. J. Brown, J. P., thought that anyone who was destitute should come into the House.

“Send them up,” he added, “to freedom to the Free State, and the sooner you send them, the better.”

Mr. Donaldson said all his own friends lived within the Union and were paying rates, and, therefore, he would not be in favour of imposing any expenditure on the ratepayers that was not justified.

The Chairman said from information he had obtained, he considered that those people should come into the Workhouse. The police had to go down to his place last week.

Mr. Hugh M’Manus, the former R.O., said it would be the means of reforming the mother and as well as a benefit to the children if they were all brought into the House.

Mr. Thomas M’Manus said if they compelled the children to come into the House, they would be putting the stigma of pauperism on them. They should give them outdoor relief.

(Outdoor relief is pauperism. – Ed. I. R.)

The Board refused the outdoor relief, and Mr. Donaldson said the mother would not come into the House, and if she went away he would get the police to bring the children into the House.

The Clerk – You are coming to dictate to the Board.

Mr. Donaldson – I am not dictating to the Board, but there is no use in trying to make people blacker than they are.