ASHBURTON LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY.
At the meeting of the Ashbarfaa Mterary and Deba ing 8oo?ety held on Friday, thore was a lan o attendant. Tho Secretary read tha report and balance' "ti»Qt for the torm ending <hit night. The ropnrt eh^vre-1 t'« m 'rab^nhp numbered 49 and th« s 'ocio?y had aoredlt balanoi o e £1 12 i 61. The repo-t and! bi'a r ce sheet wero »dop ed Blootion of officera for the enania^ terra thea took p'aoo, tho result b ing ai follows;-— Preside t, Mr B. M. Oa.hbortsoo (reelected)"; Vice Proaideut, Me G W. Andrews ; Recording Seoretary, Mr, 8: Salek (re elected) ; Corresponding Secretary, Mr A. J. Mnl'er (ro-ehoted) ; urn:, Mr Home ; CHfcio, Mr J. Kelr Great interest was taken m the debate- " Whethor it waa advisable that ay 'aw Bhoald be passod prohibiting tin lale or manafaotare of intoxioitln? Hqaori."' Mt G. W. AudTewe opened Ta tho» affirmative, and notwithstanding he did? so at a veiy short notioe made a very good! speeoh, showing the evlla arisin?, from intemp ranee, and oonteadlny th^t it would be a vey good? thing for everybody if prohibition o*me> l oio fo cr. Mr S. Salek opaned m the> m RiUve, arenftig thak prohibition did nnfc meitn the suppronslon of the l'qnor traffio bat that It woald opsn the way to lllioit distillation and oly grog selling. Ha dye«? a very hatnoroaa platare of 0*309 whara drink waa not an evil bat the revetts. Several sieakera followed Me Jankln« ra»do a very nea 1 ; apeeoh« Although sympathising wUh the '■onaparanoe moVeoaoat ho could not view prohibition with favor. Mr Outbbertaon made * o'-ptts! speeoh against prohibition as also did Mr J. Kelr,. from n logical point of view. Mr Eiitoni made a good spaeoh In favor, and Mir Sawle followed on the s»ma eide, orltloli»---ing unfavorably both the opening apeeohe**. Messrs Dalton, Oarsoo and PJokford^ ipoke m support of Mr Andrews, and at a quarter to 11 p.m. the debate waa adjonraed to the next meeting The oh air was ooonpled pro tern by Mt- Slloook, t» wlinm a vote of thanks wai gtvan at th«
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