KAPDALE GOSPEL TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.
Mataura Ensign, Volume 11, Issue 823, 9 November 1888, Page 6
KAPDALE GOSPEL TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.
MEETINa IN THE OTAMA CHUBCH. Since the formation of the last committee in connection with the Knapdale Gospel Temperance Society, the worthy secretary (Mr "W I) Stewart) haß been indefatigable in his efforts to get up good meetings in the various centres of the paiish. His efforts so far hay c been very successful, the latest meeting taking place last Monday evening in the Oiama Church. The meeting was to have been held a fortnight before, but owing to a miserably wet night it was postponed until last Monday, This time there was given a fine night) a large and enthusiastic audience, and plenty of talent, and as a consequence the meeting passed off very successfully. In the absence of the Eev Mr Wright, president of the Society, Mr John Me Kenna took the chair, and after the usual preliminaries, in opening, he, expressed his regret at the unavoidable absence of the president, who, he said, was quite a host in himself. He was pleased to see so many present ; it showed they took an interest in the work of temperance. He then spoke of the sin of intemperance and showed how nations in past ages had been punished for their sins, and though the fruits of intemperance might be felt mainly by individuals, yet families, communities and the nations at large were sufferers to a large extent. He hoped the meeting would result in good beiug done, that many new names might be added to the roll, and that those who had their names there would be further encouraged and strengthened to hold on to their principles. Mr A Simpson, of Gore, opened with a few humorous remarks. He then advocated the adoption of the principles of total abstinence on the ground that now intemperance was a recognised evil. A true patriotic spirit was badly wanted in the colony/ which would toleratejnothing that would lead to such degradation and misery as was caused by intoxicating drinks. Scotia's sons, who had spent a good part of thek lives in their native land, were proud of their mother country, where battles were fought for national and religious liberty, and where her heroic sons laid down their lives at the stake, la the flood or in the field, fighting, dying, yet conquering, for conscience sake and liberty. The slave's dream was of liberty, and no slave was e?er bound with stronger chains than the victims of intoxicating drink. Why then not free our young colony, from this slavery, that the generations to come would be proud of New gealand. sa their native land, Mr John McOaw, also of Gore, said that good and evil had existed since the world began. There had always been a great struggle and inequality between the two, but victory was ultimately certain, on the side of right Reformation was, badly needed in society, happiress was universally sought after, but the search was very, often in the wrong direction. One of these wrong tracks was ; indulgence strong <Jrinls. $urns sang " may he blessed, but Tarn was- glorious, o'er a' the ilia Q 1 life victorious,'* but he also sung, that pleasures were like poppies spread . , . . a moment white, then/ "ota!^ for ever," |J e f arfcW. pointed out that the only Eourc9 of lasting enjoyment, andi the only cure for the drunkard, was the entire change of the mind and heart through tho power of the gospel. As far as regulating the traffic was concerned, he believed with others that it was useless — better go in for prohibition altogether. In conclusion he urged them to love the temperance cauae and show it in a practical manner,; Mr Fisher, of Knapdale, took up the physiological aspect of the question and showed by the aid of a diagram the relative positions of the heart and lungs, the ork they had to perform, the composition of the blood and the effects of alcohol thereon. He believed also in prohibition, but more in moral suasion, and concluded an interesting speech by urging the formation of a Band of Hope at Qtapa, Interspersed between the speeches were several hymns given by the choir under the leadership of Mr Watt and a lady organist, which were capitally rendered. Master K. Ferguson, of Gore, gave a recitation in very good style "The Burial of Moses," and Mr A. Simpson gave v Nottmanj a song of the Bail,' in. his usual telling man- * flfft
Several donned the blue, and the meeting was brought to a close in the usual way*