The monthly meeting of the Flemingto Gospel Temperance Society and Band of Hop was held on Friday evening last. Th, weather was not very favourable, but th schoolroom was full. The Rev. A. Blake who occupied the chair, justified the existence of such Societies on grounds of expediency. Some said why not lead the drunkard straight to Christ? No doubt this was the cure; it was also Scriptural to cut off the occasion to sin. Christ only could raise Lazarus, but | He said to those standing by " Take ye away the stone." There was a passage m Exodus which required that an ox that had gored any one be put to death; but if it had been known to do it before, and the owner knew it, he also was punished. Then there was the extension of the traffic to the African tribes with its degrading effects, when they rather stood m need of help. The Bible sanction of the Rechabites and Nazarites was quoted, and the benefit that still accrued to our fellow creatures from the example of abstainers. i The Rev J. N. Buttle was glad of every favorable opportunity that offered to advocate social reform. It was a great social question, and considering its far-reaching interest, the misery caused by the drink traffic, and the lives sacrificed, no one could call it secondary. There was a proposal to save £7000 b> triennial elections. Why not vote to stop the waste of two millions and a half? There were some who had acquired drinking habits, who, he knew, would be glad if the temptations were removed. Tiiere were two aspects of the questions—the civil and the Christian. The civil aspect was a burning question. The House of Parliament had talked more about it than ever it did. As to the Christian aspect ifc was Christ, and the spirit of Christ, who gave strength and backbone to every movement for the benefit of the people. Christ was a Reformer. The principles of labor and capital were combined m His own person. If we are true to His principles we" shall be strong to do that which is right. Mr Watkins, who next addressed the meeting, said he knew something about " the ox " that was goring the folk, and hn was pleased to see that ministers had the manhood to denounce it. There was a time when they scarce could get ministers to take up Gospel Temperance. They had liked to feel their way. As for himself he had been charged with having "blue ribbon on the brain." Well, he thought that was better than having "alcohol on the brain." It troubled him to think of the temptations that awaited their children as they grew up and entered the cities where the mischief was. Magistrates seemed afraid sometimes to convict, and m a case that occurred recently they could find no true bill. (Cries of " Shame.") Young men had fallen victims to the snare, and it was their duty to combine to have this hateful traffic stopped. Mr Osborne, referring to the man who had been seen lying drunk on Sunday near the Waterton Hotel, said if he did not get it there, he got it somewhere else. (Mr Buttle: "We found out where he got it.") He desired, on behalf of the meeting, to thank those who had assisted m carrying it successfully through. A choir, ted by Mr Dunn, sang at intervals select and appropriate pieces from the additional Sankey, and Miss Ingram accompanied on a harmonium, kindly lent by Mr Preble. That gentleman sang a solo ,which met- with great acceptance, and Miss McMeifcin gave very well a lengthy, but touching and appropriate, recitation. After some additional signatures had been obtained j the meeting was closed. ]
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FLEMINGTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890
FLEMINGTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890
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