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MISS ACKERMAN'S LECTURE

» On Saturday evening Mlas Aokerman, delegate from the Women's Christian Temperanoe Union of America, delivered ! a leoture m the Oddfellows 11 Hall. There w»s a large attendance, the ball being crowded m every part, and amongst those present wore tbo members of the looil i Good Templar Lodge?, who attended m regalia, . j The ohnir was ooonpled by Mr J. W.J Twentym»n, who, m introducing the leoturesa otld that ahe came as a delegate from the Womena Ghrlatain Temperanoe Union of Amerlot, for the purpose of advooating the views and explaining the objects of that great union. It was her Intention to visit every part of the world and her tour would extend over five or six yetra. The great obj.'Ot of the Society Miss Aokerman represented was the sup ptessinn of the drink tr> ffio, and he thought that bis was an object with which all who had a regard for their fellow men. should sympathise, and whloh they should heartily support. - The direful eff-ota of intemperance upon the individual, upon the family, upon aoolety, and upon the State were so great that, too muoh effort oould not be put forth to cope with them. He pointed oat the means by which the friends of temperaooe oould attain their end, the plaolpal being by legislation aud the educstlon of publlo opinion. Mltß Aokerman, who was received with applause,expressed her pleasure at seeing so muny present wearing the regalia of the Independent Order of Good Templars, a S iclety to which she was proud to belong. Had she known that the Good Templara wei c to attend with the distingufshlngbadge of their order she would not have bean outdone but would likewisa have come there with her regalu, The order of Good Templars had dune an immense amount of goad m America, She was able to point to many persons who had been restored to home, position and influence by its means, but perhapß the most palpable result of its labors was the orphan home which had been founded and wftß supported by the Gocd Templara of the State of Oali forma, and whioh when she was on the PAjifio Coast contained 408 orphans gathered m from every highway and by-way of human life, fohe had met them that evening m the interests of a Society of women. Men frequently asked: " What bufltness have women to form a Society ? J Woman's proper place is at home," The fact waa, however, that the men d d not do the woik they Bhould bavo dona, and the women had to get up aid do it for them. There had been a nrghy uprising of the wom?;n of Amerloa, and thay had risen, she mi^ht state for the comfort of the men, not to sit down again till their work had been accomplished. The Society had started from the efforts of a few Christian women who prayed m front of hotels and ea'oons. Others joined them and the movement spread from village to village and from State to .State. This movement was known as the " Women's Crusade," and it oryatalliaed into the Women's Christian Temperanoe Union, a Soo ety which had spread over the world tc euoh an extent that there was Bcaroe'y a nation which had not a branoh. It was a power m Amerio*, where it had 300,000 members It owned on? of the largest publishing houses m the Country. This w*b entirely controlled by women and was devoted to the production of temperanoe literature. The Soolety had under taken legislative work and had been saooessful m a number of State legislatures. In Bom» they had not*been suooeaaful and they were engaged m calling pdfllo attention to the importance of thesubjaot Mies Aokormaa thjn proceeded to Bpeak of the system by whloh the liquor traffic was controlled— the lloenee system, If it waa admitted that the tr&ffio m Uqaor was wrong, what must be said of the Governments which legalised ic. She Btigraatised the lioense system as a blot on the statute books of a country, and a burning disgrace to olvll'sntlon. It had been said that a Government depended for muoh of its reveoue on the fees derivable from the trnde Iv strong drink, but what must be thought of a Government which amassod wealth on the vloes and degradation of its olllz?ns? The drink traffic, however, was no sonroe of profit to the State because for every pound that was received by* the Government from it, five had to be expended on orimlnal trials, on gaols, on lunstlo asylums, and on charity, all being necessitated by the ruin, bodily and moral, of the vlotlms of intemperance. Mlbb Aokerman next devoted a few words to discussing the effects of prohibition m the States of America whloh had adopted it, and ehe conoludod by explaining the objects and stating the essentials for membership of the Soolety whloh aho represented. In reeponae to the invitation made several new members i allied the Soolety. Curing the eyoning -a aholr under the leadership of Mr Gamble, Bang several appropriate aactod pieces of music* O'i Sunday night the Oddfellows' Hall wnßuliei! ™! k hone of the largest audiences that has ever assembled within that building. There mnet have been quite 700 persona present. The seating accommodation was totally inadequate and large nurabura of people had to stand. — The chair waa occupied by Mr J. W. Sawle. IVllbb' Aokertuan delivered a 7?ry oarneat address on temperanoe, whloh waa listened to with great attention, A ohoir under the leadership of. Me Gamble sang wvernl Uftpred ptapei during the evening,

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MISS ACKERMAN'S LECTURE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2133, 13 May 1889

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