St. Stephen’s Chuech. —The new incumbent, the Rev. A. Watson Hands was officially inducted into his charge on Sunday. The morning and evening services were largely attended both by members of the church and others. The services were ably conducted in the morning by the Rev. Mr. Harris, 8.A., of Christchurch, who read the lessons and delivered an address, and read the Bishop’s letter authorising the induction of the new pastor, and the ceremony of handing over the keys was performed by Mr. Bullock. Mr. Hands then preached a most impressive sermon from Solomon’s Song, chapter Gv. 3. “lam my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” The evening service was largely attended, and the Rev. Mr. Harris preached the sermon fron 11. Corinthians, chapter 2, v. 16. “ Who is sufficient for these things?” the lessons being read by Mr. Harris. There was a full attendance of the choir under the well known guidance of Miss Gates. “The Disruption.” —We publish in this issue the first instalment of a Scotch story of the “Disruption” that is, the secession of thenowflourishingFreeChurch from the Established Church of Scotland. The angularities of the Scottish character on ecclesiastical matters are most amusingly hit off, and the story, which bristles with humor, is all the more welcome that it is the production of one who was a student of the Free Church and figures in the tale. The book went out of print long ago, not, however, before a large number of copies had been sold, and the tale had caused quite a sensation throughout the country. It was withdrawn from sale, we believe, because the author, having been offered a good Established living, saw fit to go back to that body, and could not, of course, reconcile the authorship of such a book as the “ Disruption” with his new position. We have been asked to republish the story because of its own merit, and because of the great difficulty there is in procuring a copy of the work, that from which we are working being, we understand, the only one in the'colony. Scotch words occur here and there, that may trouble our southern readers, but the pawky Scotchman who kindly gave us the tale has also undertaken to supply a glossary of the hard words which will be published as they occur. The “ YekticalFeed.” —Quite a crowd of people thronged the window of Orr and Co. ’s drapery shop on Saturday evening, to witness the working of the new Davis Vertical Feed Sewing Machine. The machine was attendedbyan American lady, Mi's. Fiske, and her movements were very closely watched while she was working it. We say “-working”—but wo are somewhat in error here, for to our uninitiated eyes her work seemed to consist of simply putting the articles to be sewed into the machine, and then sitting with folded arms till the machine did its work. We don’t know anything about sewing machines —don’t want to ; when sewing labor has been reduced to a minimum, and made as easy as lighting one’s pipe, we may have saddled on to us the extra duty of making our own starched garments, and if machine makers go on as the Davis people seem to be going that is what it is coming to. We saw a cup and saucer made with the machine ; we saw a breakfast plate turned out; we saw six thicknesses of tweed sewed together at one time “ without alteration of tension or stitch ” whatever that may mean, and we saw seven thicknesses of calico sewed, a change from that to the finest frilling, without a change of stitch, tension, needle
or thread. In fact it was pointed out that the most extraordinary things imaginable could be done with this machine, but in consequence of' our conservative notions regarding the duties of the head of a house, we were afraid to become too learned in this machine’s abilities. We would advise all the Ashburton ladies to visit Orr and Co. ’s, and see this extraordinary Yankee affair,
Lecture. —The Rev. A. W. Hands is to give a, lecture in the Templar Hall this evening under the auspices of the recently formed Temperance Association. We understand the rev. gentleman’s subject will be- —“ The Wines of the Bible.” Compensation. —Mr. David White, who claimed LI, 500 from Government for 3« roods of land taken for the Addington workshops, was yesterday awarded by the Compensation Court L 786. Government offered L6OO. The Library Readings. —The next reading of the course in aid of the Library will be given on Thursday evening in the Town Hall. The vocalists are Mesdames Craighead and Dunn, and Miss Permain ; and Messrs. Craighead and Dunn, and songs, duetts, and glees, will be given. The String Band will play three pieces, and the readers will be the Revs. A. M. Beattie, and B. J. Westbrook, and Mr. T. A. Gates, while recitations will be given by Messrs. Minnis, Rowe, and Twomey. Parish Meeting. —A meeting of the parishioners of St. Stephan’s was held in the Library last night to elect two Vestrymen in place of Messrs Boyle and Felton, resigned. Rev. Mr. Hands occupied the chair. Mr. Ward raised the question of the legality of Mr. Bullock’s acts as Church warden, seeing that he had not been confirmed in the office by the Bishop. Rev. Mr. Hands said Mr. Bullock had been verbally confirmed by the Bishop, who*: had promised to send a confimatory but had evidently forgotten to do so.| Ultimately it was resolved that Mr. Hands write to the Bishop asking him to give a formal confirmation to Mr. Bullock’s appointment. A question as to the Vestrymen having a voice in the control of the Church’s finance having been disposed of, the election of two gentlemen to fill the vacancies on the vestry was proceeded with. Messrs Joseph Hunt, F. Mayo, and R. Bean were proposed. All three gentlemen were highly spoken of by the proposers and seconders, but eventually Messrs. Hunt and Mayo were elected. Mr. W. 0. Walker in the course of some remarks on the representation of Tinwald at the Vestry said he would be pleased to see a resident of Tinwald holding a seat. Mr. Fooks desired Mr. Carter to stand, but that gentleman declined. After the election of Vestrymen, and Mr. Ward had stated his willingness to attend to' the interests of Tinwald, the meeting adjourned, and a meeting of Churchwardens and Vestrymen took place.
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