7 MARCH 1896, Page 3

The report presented at the annual meeting of the Charity

Organisation Society, held at the Royal United Service Insti- tution on Tuesday last, showed that this much misunderstood and much abused body is doing its good, work—and there is no better charitable work done in London—as thoroughly and as successfully as ever. When it gives relief, the relief is always adequate, and there are now no leas than 1,089 persons in receipt of pensions raised by it,—a complete answer to the gibe that it organises charity out of existence. Again, during the great frost of last year, 25,650 was spent in helping the poor. At the various offices of the Society, information is filed in regard to no lees than 500,000 persons, mostly heads of families. In the past year, 23,603 new cases were inquired into. Again, 2,108 cotivalescent cases bad been dealt with. The Society, said the Chairman in his speech, is now taking up the question of the London hospitals. Though the Charity Organisation Society does not beg, it, like other bodies, wants funds to carry on its work. It offers one very great advantage to the balancing subscriber. No money sent to it will be wasted on people who ought to, and could if they tried, help themselves. It is possible that the Society may sometimes be too severe, but it is never too slack. The subscriber can feel certain that his money will not be thrown away.