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TO THE EDITOR. 1' Sir,—Your correspondent "J" accuses me'-of' density or dishonesty and with :' '■' ■■ •■ ■ -.''T.-'Dr Elmslie's sermon>of y . ■ ■ last, The seriousness of ' , ,■ " ■_. ny excuse for jbr^ubling youiagain., t , „ ' _-j ',_','.' , I have to correct' "J.i'ion two points. First, Dr Elmslie did not show the, weak points of Temperance Societies, or Trades Unions. He said ,"I will not come down, to such things," 'but.. I, heard .nothing ,of. these " weak points" and I listened very attentively. Second, Dr Elmslie did,not say "the o]d evangel ever had qv' ever would bring in the millcnium, or gain all the ends social reformers expected- ,-:£ rom •these schemes." He said, "nY covered all the ground,''Vbut he also said it "never , promised .to bring? in the millenhun during this Gentile age." * ' ■ -' \ To put \t mildly,-, ;Ban4a rof Hope, ;'Temperance Societies'and Tratles Unions Avere spoken of coldly. Now even "J" will admit, that Bands of Hope and Temperance Societies have dono tin nnmense amount of good, they have been' 1 ;i ■ 'i r v r ■ ■'■.■v,- : ,■>. ,' ..;■■■ ■ from 1. .a ii,. . *!(.-. :i ■■, -„_>. ■;. deserve more honorablamention bhftnijbheyj got from Dr Flmslio, lam not alone in regarding a professing „ Christian .^vho ■" ttill not c in" down," and support those institutions heart and soul as something of a caricature. The following is the verdict of the Npw j Zealand Sweating Commission rriiAthe'i value of Trodtea pniqns, i-^'f'T^he^evitlenc^; •as a av|iolg gpes v to show .tha^in whatever jjranclj of induistry s n, Pniorf'^ins boon formod, tho condition of tb,e oiioratives is improved, wages do not sink below a living minimum, and the hours"bf work are not excessive." Christianity .ougl^t ,to find, something better to say of'iTrades^ pjiions' "there is ribtlifing against *ybi\." > li> tha r greater includes tho less and Christianity covers all the ground in this case, it must either support Trades •Unidns'.or.iiho.w us a letter plan of preventing the wage sinking below a living minimum,-or the ■ houi's' of. work .''(becoming excessive. I have no doubt there are thousands of pious sweaters at this moment who hardly know where their next meal is coming from, and to tell us "there is nothing against Trades Unions^ but Christianity covers all the ground," appears to my mind a solemn mockery. 1 ' To give every one born into the world an equal share of tho comforts and ■necessaries of life would be an injustice;" • Arc Christians then becoming gluttonous ? Have they forgotten the charge " Take no. thought of the morrow, what ye shall cat or'what ye'shall drink."' 'And does Christianity come down to preach' cold blind justice ? , How are the mighty fallen ! If it be mere justice they want, why forgive their enemies or return good for evil 'I I leave it to any unbias mind to say whether these principles are likely f,o aflord any comfort to the poor. ,;.I,&m etc, . ' , Socialist.

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"SOCIALIST" IN REPLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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"SOCIALIST" IN REPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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