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CHAPTER VI.

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and advice of an Executive Committee. The members of this Central
Committee comprised the Hon’ble Mr. T. Smith, Mr. S. H. Tayler,
Mr. A. A. Black, Mr. C. T. Allen, Mr. N. C. Stiffe, I.C.S., and
Mrs. Vernon, with Mr. J. Lapraik as Honorary Treasurer and
Mr. J. A. Kendall as whole-time Superintendent of the Depot.
The Depdt, which was located in a bungalow kindly lent by
Mr. Smith, undertook and successfully carried out a variety of functions.
Wholesale purchases of materials were made under the advice of the
Purchasing Committee, and supplied at cheap rates to working
centres for the making up of garments. The Depot distributed
approved patterns of all articles which were required to be made up,
and received, sorted and despatched all the consignments received
from branches, besides purchasing and supplying to Bombay for
the hospital articles, such as cigarettes, soap, gramophones, shoes, etc.,
which had to be obtained ready-made and were not made up by the
working parties. During the 15 months of its existence the Depot
purchased stock to the value of just over Rs. 4,40,000 (apart from
dead stock). It sold to the local branches and at its closing sale
materials to the value of Rs. 1,88,000, supplied on payment to Bombay
and other provincial centres, Rs. 35,000 worth of goods, and made
free issues of materials to local centres for making up garments
amounting to Rs. 49,000. The stock in hand at the end of the work
was either sold off or in the case of some small items given to the
Bombay Depdt, while about Rs. 20,000 worth of goods is still on
consignment sale with a firm in Cawnpore. The Depdt was admirably
managed by Mr. Kendall and has been a remarkable success throughout.
One of the chief drawbacks of the earlier organization had been
a lack of definite information as to what articles were required and
in what quantities. After some delay, Sir John Campbell succeeded
in obtaining from Simla a definite allotment of work for the
provinces. This was distributed among the working centres, who were
given monthly tasks to carry out. These allotments were loyally
accepted, and throughout the provinces the working parties threw
themselves into their task with such energy and enthusiasm that our
 
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