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An ordinary meeting of the above was held last evening, thirteen members being present. ’A letter of apology •was, read bom the Vice-President, regretting his unavoidable absence. No Vice-Presiden-tial address being therefore forthcoming, a ballot was taken to decide on a subject for discussion, when that of “smoking” famished a topic for extempore speaking. .. A non-smoker drew the “ affirmative ” ticket, and had to defend a practice with which be has personally no sympathy, and never indulges ; Mr £eir, a strong partisan of the weed, drew the "negative” ticket, and had to denounce a habit, which he daily practices. The smokers had it. ' - . The next subject debated was that of “Free Trade v Protection,” Mr McGre§or being allotted the task of defending Vee Trade, while Mr Q. B. Branson championed the cause of Protection. The Free Traders had it. Several hew membera were proposed, and the meeting adjourned to next Wednesday evening, n tflien Mr Lawrence and Mr Townshend will lead on the question of whether capital punishment should be abolished or 1 - ■ not. • - . *

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DEBATING SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 639, 18 May 1882

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DEBATING SOCIETY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 639, 18 May 1882

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