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This annual gathering took phoe m the Oddfellows' Hall last evening with a ye y large attendance of visitors from town and oountryi Ao usual the tables were presided over by hdioa of the congregation, trays being provided by Mesdameß Jofrn Orr, Fox (2 traye), 0. Baker, J. W. Baker, Pearson, H. M. Joneß. F. H. Steel and Gamble, and a tempting amy of viands, very pretti'y arranged and ornamented with vases of beautiful flowers, raaulted from their efforts, the large attendance being sufficient evidence that these efforts were well appreciated. A departure from the ordinary routine was made m fhe after meeting, as instead of speeches, &c , the Bey Wm Morley, the popalar preacher of Wesley Ohurch, Ohrißtohurob, gave an interesting lecture entitled "Thirty thousand miles by Land and Sea," this being divided into two pjrtiona of about forty minutes eaoh,

The HaII seats were all arranged and every available one occupied by 8 o'oloek wh.n the curtain rose, showing the stage filled with a strong choir and orchestra, Miss Potter preading at the or^an. Ihe Rev Mr Beattie offered prayer and Bey Mr Buttle then called on Mr J. E. Buchanan to take the' chair, whioh he did making a f ow pleasant remarks regarding the meeting. The choir and oroheatra then gave a chorus, "Sing unto the Lord," this being followed by a vary pretty duet, " Guard well His Flock," well sung by Miss Steel and Mr Flower.

The Rev W, Morley here entered upon the first part of his leoture, this being a rapid sketch of a tour made from New Zealand to the Home Oountry and baok, the voyages being made by a dlreot •teamer. At the oonolusion of this portion the Oholr gave another chorus, " The day now In splendour breakath" and after the seoond part of the leoture an anthem " Praise ye the Lord" was also rendered with good effect, after whioh votes of thanks to all who bad been Instrumental In bringing about the success of the meeting and aervioei were given with acclamation, the D xology song by all present and the benediction pronounoed by the Rev Mr Morley dosing a very iuoobbbful and pleasaut series of services- Mr J Gamble very efficiently conducted the Oholr and Orchestra and great thanks are due to him and the performers for the singing and maaio provided both at the Sunday special services and at the tea meeting.

A detailed report < f Mr Motley's leoture, is not necessary bore; he touched on many Interesting points, however, amongst them baing inoidents of the Home voyage by the " Iootc," visit to Bio Janeiro, with a striking description of the Brazilian Empire ; a short aooount of wonderful events of 1888 m Europe etc, description and graphlo word pnlutlog of the scenery, of England and Scotland, both oountry and city, the power of the press, contrast of wealth and poverty m Great Britain, the latter showing clearly that good legislation only will prevent a future revolution,

The second part was began by remarks on the v»!ub of advertising, as shown In England, some amusing instances being quoted, the lecturer • notice being greatly taken op with the immense .amoqat of money ip«at m briuglng soap and life lnßurtnoo hefora the British public Politics were taken graster Interest m, lv England th»n m the colonies, party feeling running very high, and even dividing families lv some oases. Various political leaders wera desortbsd, speoUl mention being made of Mr Gladstone, the latter eliciting great appiauie from the audience, the leoturer dosing with a detailed acoauut of the last Wesleyan Conference held la Cornwall, at irhlo,h about 600 Ministers wera present, Including representatives from all parti of the world, the laotarer hlmuolf being a delegate from Australasia,

The leoturer wound up with a fervid expression of great faith In the future of Great Britain, ooupled with the opinion that New Zealand's future waa 'u.ou,nd also to be a great one, If the people 'did their duty honestly and exerted thblr poirera ac the Anglo-Saxon raoe only oould

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WESLEYAN CHURCH ANNIVERSARY TEA MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2112, 17 April 1889

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WESLEYAN CHURCH ANNIVERSARY TEA MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2112, 17 April 1889

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