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The Temperance Hall, Greytown, was crowded to excess the other evening, when the doctrine » of “Mormonism” was preached by two elders of that religion. The most notable feature of the meeting (says the Wairarapa Daily) were the large number of married men that were present, and the great curiosity they evinced to gain information respecting the religion, especially that part relating to polygamy, which the elders were very loth to impart, as it was only to the initiated that definite .information could be given on this subject. The larrikin element were also strongly represented, and after each hymn sung by the elders, the applause was deafening, a very unusual thing, as they (the elders) said. The preaching was very poor, but when it is said that they were merely religious enthusiasts, and not educated men, this will not be wondered at. Their singing evidently did not please the congregation, for later in the evening, when they gave out a hymn, the “ Swetet By-and-Bye ” was started and sung ,by the salvation army ; the singing talent of Greytown evidently took them by surprise, for they did not attempt, to sing by themselves after. Messrs Rush, Gray, Wickerson, and several others present questioned them on the different branches of their religion, and the manner in which they managed to evade giving answers where it did n<bt suit them, would be a credit to a. Parliamentary candidate seeking the Suffrages of a constituency. The meeting adjourned with a vote of thanks to the preachers, and the whole company singing “For they are jolly good fellows.” After most of the larrikins had retired, one of the elders treated those remaining to some selections oil the harmonium, which were performed in a manner rarely heard in Greytown, he being a very accomplished musician. Exchange.

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MORMONS AT GREYTOWN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 541, 23 January 1882

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MORMONS AT GREYTOWN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 541, 23 January 1882

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