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Temperance Meetinig.

The usrul weekly meeting of the Ash-. burton Lodge, No. 29, was held m the T -1 - -wn o-i Friday last, C.T. Bro. 1, \V-', ii piv-Miii-. The Lodge having been - *■■, •„-i *. > ' F3ro. Cameron was announced, and received with the usual official ceremony. The G.S. then took ■ I tho chair, iind the business of the evening > was discussed. Nine candidates _ were proposed for membership, five initiated, : iind one accepted by clearance card. During the evening Bro. Cameron'cort-'- 1'• gratul»ted"the Lodge on the-very hand-. , some appearance of their meeting room, , [Snaking special--mention of the Xodga*^.,. ■ furniture; great credit being due to tTipae"..." ; brothers who had so ably.assisted to make 1 i tlie ,room what a Templar Lodge room ought to be—both artistic and comfort- . able. Bro. • Cam eron iilao : stated - Jbhnfc' as ■"" I he intended opening a-Lodge at Methven on the following evening, he would-W-, , very pleased if as many;.members of' the' ' Sister Lodges as CDuld possibly .-attend *. would do so, andreiader.m^ B6m'e^ismifc*y J arice in the same. In.response several' members and officera agreed to accompany him. Before closing the,. Lodge;Whearry/fr vote of thanks was carried witK,,^cclama-'' ' tiori to Bro. Cameronfor his visit; and the "'' able manner hi which he had conducted , the various J cerehionies of the'evening;-' 1*1 Harmony was then indulged in till 9.30, when the Lodge was closed in due form by ' GiS. Bro. D. C. Cameron.

A large and^ successful (gathering was, held at Flemington in the school on Friday ?evening inthe interests of! Gospel Temperance.- A'hundred;! and; sUty and upwards were present from the surrounding districts* and *n enjdyabie; evening- <j was spent. -Songs' were -\ givep, -by Mr Dakers, Miss Stewart, Mr Dunn, and Mr Jairies Qsborne. •'- Two songs, were- given by the choir from!' CbMren&Hojjannas,!! , ; ; one by Lizzie Dunn "Little Bessie,',' and , > one by several children ') entitled "The Little Brown Jug." An admirable recitation of an amusing kind.was given by Mr Henderson on the "Organ Question," and a very fine piece was.given by Master Wimboult Harding. An interesting read] ing was given by Mr Harding^ Benrj,!fro» the British Workman: ; The most, interest-,, ing piece of the evening-was a dialogue on "Housekeeping," ulustrating , K the : ad Ti j vantages of temperance, engaged in' by Misses McMeikin, Stewart Jand ; HollMidUand Messrs R; Gilner/iWe^ber "arid - Hayman. ? The Rev A. .Blake, addressed the.inee.fcing, dealing chiefly with the main objects of Gospel Temperance work.. The.move-^ ment had political as .well - ,*s Veligious.. bearings. ' ' When ,fcn«y^ Ww»?ne mere' > entertainments, ' he,j'fpr would- 1' cease attendance. He' 'showed ' fey' several ilustrations-f-some grave, some - ' humorous—the, need of .a^cti societies that, " by ,■ itheir.; ■ united actioh''"'and^'power'of ' sympathy f.they, might Mgood'to ?*ne™- f " He referred, to ths crusadeto ; be: carried on in IreLmd &n-'tne centenary'of Father^ Matthejr. ..jSo'one r ifiough't'of tHe" [ misery, entailed "by,,fee $"&£ 0'i? 6"^!;, charge them, with making'cob nitich of ife.'" 4 f They believed they were getting into line t with Bible-teaching both in spirit and in ' letter. While suttee had been put down ■ in India and slavery ih;the lUnited Statesj' j' it was sad to, ; think: of the effects of r.the trade in opium and rum in 'countries like € China arid Africa.

Mr Harding, in an appropriate speech, moved a vote of thanks to those who had contributed to the success of the meeting, f This was seconded by Mr Bond and. carried. Miss Ingram presided at a piano kindly lent by Mr Henderson: Darius an interval refreshments where literally > dispensed. . • ■

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Temperance Meetinig., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890

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Temperance Meetinig. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890

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